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The Rev. David Jahn, left, Rabbi Patricia Hickman and Dr. Muzaffar Shaikh are excited about “United in Thanksgiving: An Interfaith Celebration of Gratitude.’’ It will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20 at Advent Lutheran Church’s Suntree campus in Melbourne. BY MUFFY BERLYN The Rev. David Jahn of Advent Lutheran Church in Melbourne knows that despite differences, three major religions can come together in a celebration of thanksgiving. Jahn is a man with a warm and friendly voice who goes by the more informal Pastor Dave. Jahn, who grew up in Detroit, had an untraditional path for a man in the clergy. He started out as a musician and a writer before earning an engineering degree. Playing the bass guitar and singing the lead for Christian rock bands sparked his transition into the clergy. He studied at Trinity Lutheran

Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. Jahn has been instrumental in organizing the upcoming Thanksgiving week celebration, “United in Thanksgiving: An Interfaith Celebration of Gratitude,” where Christians, Jews and Muslims will come together “to share traditions and to give thanks to God.” During the service, Jahn will represent the Christian faith. According to Mohammad Samarah, a doctorate and graduate student from the Florida Institute of Technology and an organizer of the event, several leaders from the local Muslim community, including The Islamic Society of Brevard, will be present.

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Dr. Muzaffar Shaikh, an active member of the Muslim community and head of the Engineering Systems program at Florida Tech, will lead the Muslim portion of the celebration. “These types of gatherings are great in developing a mutual understanding of all faiths,’’ Shaikh said. Rabbi Patricia Hickman of Temple Israel in Viera will represent Judaism during the celebration. “It is through the beauty of coming together that we can heal our world,” Hickman said. “With

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Thanksgiving isn’t just one day on the Space Coast There are different stories about how a day was set aside to give thanks. I don’t think it matters how or who started the Thanksgiving Day tradition. What probably matters more than anything else is that we do take time to give thanks, not just on a specific day. Despite setbacks and difficulties you may have encountered this year, there is probably plenty for which you are thankful. I know we are here at Senior Life. We are thankful for you; our readers and advertisers that have helped us to make this a successful year for our award-winning publication. In this edition, you will find an unusual story of thanksgiving with three religions and all their differences coming together for a Thanksgiving celebration. “United in Thanksgiving: An Interfaith Celebration of Gratitude,” will bring together Christians, Jews and Muslims to share in traditions and give thanks. The celebration will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 at Advent Lutheran Church in Melbourne. It will be followed by a time for people to meet, chat and mingle. In this month’s edition, you will find stories that we hope will inspire you. Some of these stories also may point out reasons why we have a lot to be thankful for while living on the Space Coast. An early-morning drive across the calm and serene Indian River or an evening with some of the most beautiful sunsets should give us some reasons to be thankful. SL

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Raymond Steiner, left, and his wife Janet Steiner pet a koala bear during their vacation to Australia. The couple celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary with a voyage aboard Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 before reaching Australia. BY MARIA SONNENBERG Three years ago, Janet and Raymond Steiner wanted to do something special for their 50th wedding anniversary. Things happened and the couple didn’t celebrate their 50th until their 53rd. They made up for the three years, big time, with a 53-day trip aboard Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 as part of the ship’s 110-day around-the-world cruise. “We agreed to 53 days, one for every year we’ve been married,” said Janet Steiner, the director of education and family services for the Brevard Alzheimer’s Foundation. Raymond Steiner had worried they might run out of things to do aboard a ship for that length of a voyage. He needn’t have. “There were so many things to do every day,” Steiner said. “We spent very little time in the cabin.” Health issues were never a problem, except for what Steiner

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waves,” Steiner said. After hopping across The Pond to Southampton on the QM 2, the Steiners visited Portugal and the Canary Islands before heading to Namibia in Southern Africa. “The landscape was like being on the moon,” Steiner said. Cape Town followed. “It was such a welcoming and fascinating place,” added Steiner. Their seagoing adventure ended in Sydney, Australia, but it was only a prologue to a journey of discovery on land. “We spent three weeks in Australia,” Steiner said. A cousin who had connected with them served as their tour guide. Raymond had gone to high school in Cooma, New South Wales and was able to revisit the old school haunts, escorted by one of his alma mater’s current students. Of course, any proper Australian interlude should include a visit to the Great Barrier Reef, which the Steiners enjoyed from the vantage point of a submarine. All in all, the couple spent 100 days globetrotting. “The worst part of the trip was the 28-hour plane trip back,” Steiner said. The Steiners are off again, this time up north to Maine, so they can tick off one of the two states they had yet to see. Only North Dakota remains to be discovered, but it will have to wait, since the couple plans to visit Antarctica for two weeks this January. “My husband is always asking where should we go next,” Steiner said. SL

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friends because of divisiveness and disagreement,” Jahn said. “When I mention this (interfaith celebration), the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Rabbi Hickman and Mohammad Samarah were very positive about it. “In all the major Abrahamic faiths, Christianity, Judaism and Islamic, the vast majority of what we teach — how people ought to treat each other — those things are very similar. The place where we disagree is on what we cannot really know — the nature of God, the character of God — we diverge in terms of our teaching. For those of us who are comfortable with the fact that, compared with the vastness of the universe, we don’t know anything, and for those who are comfortable accepting the idea that there might be other ways of looking at things, this service will be affirming and not threatening.” Jahn hopes that the event can expand to include other faiths and become an annual celebration. It likely would have included other faiths this year if there had been more time to organize the celebration. The service is open to people of all faiths. SL

continued from page 1 deep ecumenism, we can come to an understanding of each other and together join our voices in thanks to the Creator.” The celebration will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20 at Advent Lutheran Church’s Suntree campus in Melbourne. After the hour-long service, hors d’oeuvres and desserts will be served as people meet, chat and mingle. “The average Christian has no idea if they’ve ever met a Buddhist or Muslim,” Jahn said. “This will be a powerful opportunity just to meet and have fellowship.” The idea is to bring Jews, Muslims and Christians together under one roof. “I was deeply troubled by the divisiveness that seemed to be increasing in our nation and, as I was praying about it, I got a strong sense that this would be a great opportunity to experience our unity,’’ Jahn said. “Instead of being bombarded with what divides us, I thought what better to be united around than thanks.’’ Jahn then conceived the interfaith celebration idea, “United in Thanksgiving,” service. Advent Lutheran Church will host the event as part of the Suntree Viera Area Association of Churches (SVAAC). “It is our year to host,” said Jahn, explaining the churches take turns hosting a SVAAC service around Thanksgiving every year. After Advent By Attorney Lutheran Church decided on the TRUMAN SCARBOROUGH interfaith service, 239 Harrison Street, Titusville, FL SVAAC, according to Jahn, was open to For A Complimentary Copy “making it interfaith.” Phone 321 267 — 4770 “There is a level of anxiety that is unprecedented, a level of division, of losing



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Past Boomer Guide models still recognized today BY MARIA SONNENBERG Each year, the Boomer Guide selects models to grace this annual resource publication on all things boomer. The time to choose a model is again upon us, so to dispel any doubts you might have about applying for this year’s cover, we’ve revisited some past models to get their take on the experience. A friend alerted Cocoa Beach resident Tim Sparks to the Boomer Guide modeling opportunity for the 2016 issue. For Sparks, it was like coming home. “I had modeled for Macy’s and Hallmark for about 10 years when I was in my 20s,” said Sparks, now 54. “One of the Hallmark cards with me on it is still being sold. I laugh whenever I see it, but if my mother sees it, she buys them all out.” Sparks had a great time with the Boomer gig. “It’s lots of fun and you get to meet a lot of great people,” he said.

Sparks, a broker associate with Apollo Realty in Cocoa Beach, has become a celebrity with his clients. “Whenever they see the Boomer Guide, they’re all excited that they know me,” he said. He strongly recommends the modeling opportunity. “You need stuff like this to appreciate life,” he said. “Do it. You’re only as old as you feel and you can rest when you’re dead.” Like Sparks, Lori Hershey and her favorite man, Luke Pentacoff, had modeling experience before signing up for the Boomer Guide. “We had signed up with Viera Models prior,” Hershey said. “I encouraged Luke, as Viera was looking for models in our age range.” Hershey met Pentacoff through and they have been together since. Hershey moved to Florida from northern Virginia about 3½ years ago, but continues to work long distance for her

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previous employer from her home in Rockledge. “The move to Florida changed my life for the better and I fell in love instantly with the area,” she said. “I wanted to get more involved with Brevard County. I had heard about the Boomer Expo and that is where it started. The Expo itself is fun and a great resource for us Boomers. When they said they were looking for people to be in the Guide, I thought it would be fun. Normal, everyday people who also love Brevard County. It was to my surprise that Luke and myself were chosen to be on the cover. We were, and still are honored and flattered!” Working from home, Hershey doesn’t get out and about much, but when she does, she has had people recognize her because of the 2017 Boomer Guide. “One day at the doctor’s office in Melbourne, a lady was looking at the Guide and came up to me.,” she said. “We became instant friends! Another day I was at Tire Kingdom and the Guide was there. Again, a lady came up to me. I always tell people to take the Guide home and read it. It’s a wealth of valuable information. Both of these ladies asked me to sign the cover. I felt like a celebrity!” Hershey encourages Boomers to attend the Expo and get their picture taken and enjoy the experience. “You never know what it could lead to and of course, being in one of the best publications in Brevard, it is quite an honor!” she said. You would think that posing as a model for a guide for boomers wouldn’t be that exciting to Hershey’s

Luke, who has a unique career as an explosive detection K-9 handler for the U.S. Department of State, serving in both Iraq and Afghanistan. You might think that, but you would be wrong. “I would highly encourage anyone considering participating to do so,” Pentacoff said. “The photo shoots were left up to your creative, pose and personality.” He considers the modeling gig one of the nice perks of reaching a “certain age.” “Getting older is a privilege denied to many,” he said. “You have experience, wisdom, education and training.” You also have the opportunity to become a model. By the way, Luke and Lori are still together. In fact, they became engaged on Lori’s birthday, Sept. 27. “We haven’t set a date yet, but we are very excited,” Hershey said. “You just never know at any age where life will take you.” Mary Denni, who was on the cover of the 2015 Guide, so enjoyed the experience that she would love being able to repeat it. “I would be interested in trying out again, if that is allowed,” said the Rockledge resident. Denni, whose hobbies include reading, gardening, restoring furniture, baking and tennis, saw the modeling experience as a challenge that took her out of the routine and delivered new friends in the process. “I had a great time doing something out of my comfort zone and meeting new, friendly people,” she said. SL

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British woman belied age with unique DJ career BY MUFFY BERLYN This month’s Amazing Senior passed away several years ago, but in researching amazing seniors, Ruth Flowers of Bristol, England stands out. She still can be a great inspiration in how she lived her final years, in her vitality, her love for life and her absolute courage to do something unconventional in her senior years. At the age of 70, Flowers took a bold step in her life. She had realized teaching “little toads with no interest in what I was doing,” as a trainee drama teacher had been no fun. She also had owned a fabric shop and a village shop in England, while enduring a simple retirement. But one fateful night she found something she could love doing. On her grandson’s birthday, Flowers joined him at a London nightclub. The bouncer at the door told Flowers, “You don’t want to go in there, madam.” Flowers responded with “Yes, I jolly well do, it’s my grandson’s birthday!” Inside, she discovered a glorious cacophony of sight and sound. “What I realized was that these young people were just having so much fun.” Flowers told her grandson that she could “arrange things like this, for the local kids.” Even more fateful than that nightclub adventure, was her meeting with a French music producer, Aurelien Simon, soon after that. Simon sought her out after seeing photos of her on the internet from a 2003 photo shoot she had been invited to model in as a “bling granny” character conceived by

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Ruth Flowers as DJ Mamy Rock was a senior citizen who traded simple retirement in idyllic England for life as a disc jockey in world famous nightclubs.

the photographer. Simon thought she should become a disc jockey. “I just thought that was the craziest thing I’d ever heard,” Flowers said. “But what did I have to lose?” Wearing diamante-encrusted headphones, spiky silver hair, red lipstick, a gold bomber jacket, tracksuit bottoms and lots of big heavy jewelry with huge sunglasses and a youthful smile, Mamy Rock was born. Simon took a hands-on approach, training Flowers in DJ techniques. He introduced her to electro, a style of dance music with a fast beat and synthesized backing track. He helped her build her image while she developed her own mixing style. Some of her favorite artists were Freddie Mercury and The Black Eyed Peas. Within five years, Flowers shot to international stardom on the European club circuit. That “bling granny” had become a real life DJ, wowing the young adults who flocked to see her, holding court as DJ in places like

Queen, the biggest nightclub in Paris. As Mamy Rock, Flowers experienced a life totally different from most seniors. She hit the road, boarded airplanes, stayed in hotels and excelled at her new calling. Even though she performed for thousands of people in the most renowned venues worldwide, she was quoted as saying, “I’m just a DJ,” but her fans would differ. Student Pauline Robert said, “We adore Mamy Rock. She loves to make us dance. We all want her as our grandmother.” Nightclub goer Alexandra Ledys said of her, “It’s so cool, I’ve never seen a DJ that old before. Music brings together all generations.” In 2010, Flowers was quoted as saying, “I don’t know why they make such a fuss of me, but it’s like adoration. It’s all photograph, photograph, kissy kiss kissy. They try to hug me, they tell me they want me to be their grandma, they even throw roses at me — which let me tell you, is quite amazing for a woman of my age!” Flowers admitted to a reporter that her new role suited her more than anything she had done before. Mamy Rock’s first single, “Still Rocking,” came out on July 5, 2010. Her last single “Kissy Kissy” was released on April 7, 2014. She died shortly after that on May 27, 2014. In 2017, a documentary of her life, “Mamy Rock: The Amazing Story of a Very Young Old Person,” was released posthumously by a French production company. Just google “Mamy Rock YouTube” to check out videos of her. SL




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Red Beans & Rice brings swing jazz to Rockledge Country Club SPECIAL TO SENIOR LIFE Shannon “Chief” Cherry and his Red Beans & Rice swing jazz band will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5 at the Rockledge Country Club. Cherry started his band in 1997 with some fellow college classmates from Brevard Community College’s Cocoa campus in Marion Scott’s band room. Although the band SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of Space Coast Jazz Society members have changed through Britty Bardez-Tedtmann and Megan Roxane the years, swinging music has Shea have thrived in their vocalist roles for Red been a consistent theme for the Beans & Rice. group. Cherry started the band during the neo-swing revival of the late 1990s to play gigs specifically for dancers during the short-lived swing dance craze. This pursuit later would foster a deeper love and appreciation for more kinds of jazz as the band branched out to perform other types of jazz from the eras between 1920 and 1960. Today, Cherry writes classic swing-inspired original music with a credit to Harry Connick, Jr. Band members include SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of Space Coast Jazz Society Mark Sunderland on trumpet, Shannon “Chief” Cherry started his Red Beans Major Bailey and Corey Powell & Rice swing jazz band in 1997. on trombones, Joe Goldberg on clarinet and saxes (when Female vocalists have been a new he’s in town from New Orleans), Mike addition. Britty Bardez-Tedtmann and Telesmanick and Marce Talos on the Megan Roxane Shea have thrived in piano, Ron Pirtle on bass and Ritchie those roles. Mola and Brock Wollard on drums. Cherry sings, plays the saxophone

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Chamber of Commerce honors Florida Eye Associates SPECIAL TO SENIOR LIFE Florida Eye Associates celebrated its 50th anniversary in October as it honored its doctors, past and present, for their years of hard work and dedication to the practice. Also during the event, leaders from the Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce honored Florida SENIOR LIFE photo Eye Associates with a plaque Florida Eye Associates has served Brevard presentation for its many years of service to the community and since 1967. as a perennial member of the Florida Eye Associates’ nine Chamber. ophthalmologists and three “We are extremely proud of the optometrists provide a wide range growth, the quality doctors and of eye care services. In addition to staff, and the unmatched level of cataract surgery, glaucoma treatment, eye care Florida Eye Associates has retina care, refractive procedures achieved since 1967,” said Dr. Ralph and cosmetic surgery, Florida Eye Paylor, the president of Florida Eye Associates is now involved in more Associates. “While our practice has than a dozen clinical trials to help expanded to meet the needs of our its patients gain access to the latest growing community, our commitment developments in the treatment of of providing our patients the best care many age-related conditions. possible remains the same.” Florida Eye Associates continues Founded by Dr. William to grow and recently announced Broussard in October 1967, Florida that it will expand its main location Eye Associates was the area’s first with a second clinic in downtown ophthalmology group practice. Melbourne. The new facility will What began as a handful of health accommodate Florida Eye Associates’ care professionals has grown to 12 growing patient base and provide physicians and 150 employees — additional services. The company many of whom have been with the continues to add physicians and will company for 10, 15 and even 20 continue to grow to meet the needs of or more years. Today, Florida Eye the community. SL Associates has offices in Melbourne, For information, go to Viera, Palm Bay and Cocoa Beach.

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Senior Living Senior communities crow about their artsy scarecrows BY MARIA SONNENBERG Three Brevard senior living facilities unleashed their creative energies to fashion unique scarecrows that reflected the special characteristics of each of these communities. The ‘crows were part of the Viera Voice’s Scarecrow Stroll and Harvest Festival in October. The inspiration for Autumn House’s Princess Poppy scarecrow came from an unlikely source, a child of one of the staff members. He suggested the star of the “Trolls” film as the perfect subject because of her stock-in-trade. “Princess Poppy makes scrapbooks of happy memories,” said Molly Tucker, the admissions coordinator and marketing associate at Autumn House, a memory care facility in Viera. “We try to make every day great and bring up good memories for our residents. The choice of Princess Poppy was meant to be.” At least 25 of the residents took part in fashioning the Princess, who tops out at 7 feet of pink troll hair. Wearing a blue dress with the Autumn House logo and name tag, Poppy has a cheerful personality that enjoys the beauty of each day. At Market Street, a memory care residence in Viera, the subject was baking with the Market Street Baker scarecrow. The baker ’crow emphasizes the facility’s interest in proper and tasty nutrition. “Our chef always does a baking demonstration every day,” said Renee Rader, the business office coordinator. “It’s one of the highlights of the day for residents.” Attired in chef regalia, the ’crow sports a chef’s toque, courtesy of real-life executive chef Ryan Gorsuch, who also

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Doreen Boudreau, the marketing director for Buena Vida Estates, stands next to the staff-created Scary-Owl-Crow. provided a French chef’s coat and checkered pants. Rader herself made the scarecrow, finished with a snazzy scarf provided by memory director Ruth Norman. Buena Vida Estates’ Nancy Gulker, activities coordinator for assisted living and memory care, and retirement counselor Debbie Williams collaborated for inspiration with the scarecrow that was, literally, for the birds. “The Harry Potter mail owl of the Owl Post was chosen because of the popularity of the books and movies … and Nancy loves

owls,” said Doreen Boudreau, director of marketing at the West Melbourne continuum-of-care community. Buena Vida’s Scarecr-owl was made from burlap, silk flowers, a plastic gourd, feathers and plastic “straw.” “He is delivering a letter from Buena Vida Estates to Harry Potter,” added Boudreau. “Hopefully, when he’s ready to move out from the cupboard under the stairs and into a retirement community, he will choose Buena Vida Estates!” SL

Nancy Cote, Anne Frame and Market Street programming specialist Jennifer Reed, back right, work hard on Baker Crow.

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Residents of Autumn House Assisted Living took part in creating Princess Poppy.

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Autumn House residents designed Princess Poppy, a troll, with a step-by-step project board.



Bailey Hewatt of Ace Hardware, left, and Molly Taylor of Autumn House Assisted Living admire Princess Poppy as they accept her award on behalf of the residents.

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Wreaths Across America pays tribute to fallen heroes

SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of Wreaths Across America

During last year’s National Wreaths Across America Day ceremony at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery, volunteers placed wreaths on veterans’ graves. BY FLORA REIGADA Wreaths Across America will pay tribute to veterans interred at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery. Each December to ensure that fallen veterans and their final resting places are not forgotten, Wreaths Across America coordinates wreathplacing ceremonies at more than 1,200 locations in all 50 states, at sea and abroad. Called “National Wreaths Across America Day,” this year’s observance will take place Saturday, Dec. 16. The local ceremony will be held at 11:45 a.m. at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery, 5525 U.S. 1 in Mims. Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey is the keynote speaker. The public is invited. Wreaths Across America’s mission is to, “remember our fallen U.S. veterans, honor those who serve and teach your children the value of freedom.” Satellite Beach resident Betty Jo Green is the location coordinator. Her military ties go deep. Green’s father was a World War II veteran. Her husband is a Korean War Veteran. Green has worked as a liaison to the Department of Veterans Affairs and volunteered for military-related organizations. “It is inspiring to give back anyway I can to those who have gone before,


“It is inspiring to give back anyway I can to those who have gone before, so we don’t forget their names and who they were.”

wreaths this year to honor our veterans at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery and that number increases each year,” Green said. Organizations and individuals can sponsor wreaths for $15 apiece. SL

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— Betty Jo Green so we don’t forget their names and who they were,” Green said. “This will be the second ceremony at the nearly two-year-old Cape Canaveral National Cemetery.” The effort began with a boyhood trip that founder Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Company in Harrington, Maine, took to Washington D.C. Arlington National Cemetery made an indelible impression on him. Years later, when his business had a surplus of wreaths following the holiday season, Worcester knew they had an important purpose and Wreaths Across America was born. Volunteers who place the wreaths on veterans’ graves are encouraged to speak the veteran’s name aloud and take a moment to thank them for their service to the country. “We need approximately 4,500

Make out checks to Wreaths Across America and mail to: Betty Jo Green P.O. Box 372041 Satellite Beach, FL 32937 For information, call 321-777-1007.

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Care packages continue to cheer up troops abroad Tess Haribacka is a true untiring advocate for the troops. She sent the first care packages more than a decade ago to her sons, Zach Brady and Doug Beck, while they served with the United States Army in Iraq. “It was such an emotional time,” she said of those early days of the war. She soon realized that there were many other U.S. troops that were not as fortunate as her sons. They were not getting the care packages like she was sending her sons. Something had to be done, she thought. So along with two other women, including an Army mom, Haribacka started Operation America Standing in Support (OASIS). Based in Brevard, OASIS is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the morale and welfare of troops deployed overseas and serving at war by sending them themed-care packages and handwritten cards. Haribacka has continued for 11 years now and said she has no plans of stopping. “There are still young men and women out there serving,” she said. “I’ve kept it going because our motto was ‘Until the last one comes home.’” Thousands of packages have since been sent to other men and women serving overseas. Haribacka does not know how many because it was never about numbers but about sending a package to anyone serving. Anyone can sign up a family member or friend serving overseas to receive mail and packages from OASIS. The organization and its army of volunteers also honors local heroes returning home on time off and at the end of deployment with recreational activities

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such as “Welcome Home” parties, tickets to local venues and other events. Brady was injured in Afghanistan and was medically discharged and Beck has since left the Army after serving two deployments to Iraq. But the packages and mail continue. It shows how Haribacka and other volunteers don’t just say they support the troops, but show they truly care by giving their time and money to make life a little better for those serving. The group recently mailed its Halloweenthemed care packages and is preparing for “Stockings from Home” in time for Christmas. Haribacka has received awards and been praised many times through the years for her work on behalf of the military men and women. Among the awards is the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016 from President Barack Obama. Haribacka said she is driven to keep up the work because she knows how much it is appreciated. She has received hundreds of letters of appreciation from military men and women and from their units and commanders. .SL For more information about OASIS or how to help, go to the website

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Members of the New Horizons Band often share their musical ability with younger performers. BY DEBRA A. PERRY René Hulsker has a light in his eyes that starts to dance when you ask him about music. He began playing the cornet, a small trumpet, at age 8 and has never stopped. After a career in human resource management, Hulsker now conducts the New Horizons Band in Melbourne. He and scores of other adults like him have joined the band, a 50-plus musical group that is part of the New Horizons International Musical Association. It’s unlikely to find a more enthusiastic and patriotic band for Veterans Day festivities than the New Horizons Band

of Melbourne. It will present a musical salute to “The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12 at Suntree United Methodist Church. At least 40 musicians, depending on the number of winter residents who will be present, will perform. Many, like Hulsker, have played their instrument of choice since youth. Others, who took their dusty instruments from closets and basements to play anew, and still others who are learning to play for the first time and

NEW HORIZONS continued on page 15

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Rene Hulsker is the conductor for the New Horizons Band in Melbourne.

NEW HORIZONS continued from page 14

are fulfilling lifetime fantasies will perform. New Horizons Band of Melbourne was started in Brevard County in 2003 and is a community band. Not all are retirees. The band includes a family of five. The children are home schooled and New Horizons serves as their music class during Tuesday morning rehearsals. Referring to all his band members, Hulsker says, “They are really talented.” The November concert will last 2 hours with a half-hour intermission. “The audience can expect 1½ hours of music that is relaxing and inspiring and (they) will experience the (band’s) joy,” Hulsker said. The band has prepared a musical program of patriotic and military favorites that will have everyone tapping their thighs, feeling love of country or nostalgic about memories

aroused. Selections will include modern tunes such as “God Bless the USA’’ (written and sung by Lee Greenwood in the early 1980s), as well as patriotic classics such as “America the Beautiful’’ and “The Star Spangled Banner.’’ Military and marching pieces will include the “Armed Forces Salute” and John Philip Sousa’s “Liberty Bell March.” Touching tunes like the recently written 9/11 tribute, “Our American Heroes,” and a version of “Amazing Grace” arranged by Hulsker. Additionally, Melbourne’s Swingtimers Vocal Trio will provide voice accompaniment for “Amazing Grace” and “Hymn to the Fallen.” The church is located at 7400 N. Wickham Road in Melbourne and the concert is free of charge. The 600-seat venue is fully accessible for wheelchair users and there is plenty of parking. SL

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Hell ‘n Blazes owner earns quite a toast and his fellow soldiers had to live in tents in the Raise a glass of brew to Army fields and walked a man Don DiFrisco, but make it a quarter of a mile to glass of Hell ‘n Blazes beer since a small gymnasium DiFrisco founded and is president of when they needed the boutique brewery in Downtown to use the latrine for Melbourne. showers or whatBorn in the Chicago area, have-you. Forget DiFrisco lived in the Windy City the air conditioning, until he enlisted in the Army under the heat and the the Delayed Entry Program in 1982. Training at Fort McClellan, Alabama electricity. provided plenty of stories for him. In October 1983, “I remember having a bodybuilder DiFrisco’s units were drill sergeant who could do normal the Military Police SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of Hell ‘n Blazes Brewing Company pushups with one arm and point to Force portion that Don DiFrisco of Hell ‘n Blazes Brewing Company any one of us who weren’t doing them invaded the island channels his inner Humphrey Bogart at his downtown correctly with the other,” DiFrisco of Grenada during Melbourne boutique brewery. said. Operation Urgent “It was a terrifying sight for a new officer who provided the Army with Fury. recruit.” “President Reagan didn’t inform invaluable real-world intelligence. DiFrisco initially was assigned to anyone of the mission,” DiFrisco said. DiFrisco also earned the Armed the 65th Military Police Company, “He wanted this to be secret in Services Expeditionary Ribbon as 503rd Military Police Battalion,16th. order to limit the potential loss of our confirmation that he had been in in Military Police Brigade (Airborne). lives. We couldn’t even tell family combat. “This battalion at the time was the or friends where we were going, and only Strategic Armed Force of MPs in Of his Grenada experience, he when or if we’d be back.” the Army,” DiFrisco said. remembers Thanksgiving dinner the DiFrisco’s first job on the island His assignment included temporary best. was to guard a huge warehouse full duty at Seneca Army Depot, location “The Army had flown in a lot of of Cuban weapons and ammunition. of the Women’s Nuclear Army cooks and they prepared one of the He later spent weeks searching the Protests. most memorable Thanksgiving meals island for intelligence and monitoring “All day, every day, we either stood I have ever had,” he said. progress of MP units responsible for guard in a makeshift tower or we prisoner-of-war operations. He was “I had Thanksgiving dinner with an trained in the latest methods of dealing awarded the Army Commendation old master sergeant in this bombed-out with large groups of protesters,” he Medal for establishing intelligence said. hotel. Incomparable memories.” liaisons with local nationals and even “It was called the “stomp & drag.” The young soldier was later with a retired British Royal Air Force Seneca was so small that DiFrisco sent on various operations around the world, including Honduras and Northern Africa. He later became the assistant operations and training non-commissioned officer at the 805th Military Police Company in Raleigh, N.C., before being sent to Subic Bay Naval Air Station in the Philippines, the last stop in his military career. His military kudos include two Army Commendations Medals, three Army Achievement Medals, the Good Conduct Medal and a host of others. Back home in Chicago, DiFrisco embarked on a career on the financial side of healthcare cost containment. In 2000, he moved his family to Palm Beach Gardens, where he was EVP and CFO for Cross Match Technologies, makers of a biometric fingerprint scanner. In 2004, he became the owner/CEO of International Surveillance Technology, which specialized in surveillance equipment. We accept your DiFrisco felt the need to embark MEDICAL insurance on a “fun” business that would combine his passion for building You do not need vision renovation and beer. Thus was born Hell ‘n Blazes Brewing Company in insurance to see the doctors the historic downtown Melbourne buildingthat once housed the Contact Lens Exams • Glaucoma • Diabetes Christmas Cottage. Even though the brewery is only • Macular Degeneration Laser Surgery a couple of years old, DiFrisco’s • Dry Eye Specialist Pediatric brewery has become a go-to place in Melbourne and his beer is available at approximately 40 locations across the county, achievements worthy of a toast. SL BY MARIA SONNENBERG


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AFTAC Airman honored for her life-saving actions SPECIAL TO SENIOR LIFE An act of courage and bravery led to an airman from the Air Force Technical Applications Center earning the 2017 Valor Award and Life Saving Medal from the Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida. Senior Airman Jennifer Engblom, a nuclear debris collection and analysis ground systems technician with AFTAC’s Technical Surveillance Squadron, received the award for her actions in November 2016 when she responded to a three-vehicles accident with five severely injured occupants. Engblom and a co-worker were traveling on the Florida SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of Phil Sunkel, U.S. Air Force Turnpike on a Sunday evening U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jennifer last fall when they came upon the Engblom is a nuclear debris collection and multi-car wreck. One vehicle was analysis ground systems technician with the on fire and first responders had Air Force Technical Applications Center at not yet arrived, so Engblom urged Patrick Air Force Base. her co-worker to pull over so they could render assistance. After paramedics arrived, Engblom Engblom took charge of the assisted them. scene, treating one occupant for shock “I had the honor of representing while guiding other bystanders in Jennifer at the Melbourne Chamber’s emergency life-saving procedures. award ceremony,” said Lt. Col. Edward As one vehicle became engulfed G. Ferguson, TESS commander. “I in raging flames, she directed a sat among some amazing people at bystander to move her SUV between an this event — firemen, police officers, immobile victim and the flaming car, emergency medical technicians — creating a blast shield between the fiery people who perform life-saving automobile and the injured passenger on measures nearly every day. And the ground. while I was in awe of their actions, I realized Jen was the only person being recognized who was not a fully certified and trained first responder. That spoke volumes to me.” Every year, the chamber presents three categories of valor awards to eligible Brevard County citizens: a medal of valor, a life-saving medal and an award of merit. Each is presented for some form of extraordinary or unprecedented behavior or action. SL Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 3pm

SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of Susan A. Romano, U.S. Air Force

The Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida’s Medal of Valor was presented to Senior Airman Jennifer Engblom, a nuclear debris collection and analysis ground systems technician with the Air Force Technical Applications Center at Patrick Air Force Base.

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Aerobic exercise fights off depression

SPECIAL TO SENIOR LIFE Think twice about using medication to cure depression. There’s a cheaper and healthier option. Researchers at Berlin’s Free University have found that just 30 minutes of daily exercise on a treadmill substantially improved the moods of their patients who had major depression. While it was only a small study — only 12 patients and 10 of whom had been treated previously with two different antidepressants without improvement — the results were striking and were reported in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. The spirits of a depressed person are seldom elevated when reviewing the various treatments available. The pharmaceutical companies are bedeviled by unpleasant side effects and psychological counseling usually involves multiple and expensive office visits. So, it’s encouraging to hear that there is a simple, supplementary treatment that has no side effects if carried out intelligently, is very

inexpensive, and has health benefits that extend beyond the psyche. The researchers were spurred to evaluate depressed patients after noticing mood improvement in bonemarrow transplant patients. They took part in an earlier study of the effects of exercise on their physical performance. Other physicians found that exercise resulted in similar mood uplifting in depressed patients. These findings should not be totally unexpected since it has been known for a long time that exercise prompts the release of endorphin and other biochemical agents that impact moods. Exercise is by no means a cure for everything. Some patients failed to show any improvement and others only had slight relief of their

symptoms. One study group concluded: “In selected patients with major depression, aerobic training can produce a substantial improvement in symptoms in a short time.” This is encouraging news since antidepressants can take anywhere from two to four weeks before any therapeutic effect is noted. In some patients, no improvement is ever shown. If exercise can benefit people who are clinically depressed, it certainly can help everyone else cope with their day-to-day problems. A Mayo Clinic newsletter reported findings in the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity that showed regular exercise improved mood in people 65 and older. The optimal combination for mood enhancement was strength training mixed with aerobics or other types of exercise. The Journal of Aging found the most consistent improvement in mood among the elderly was with lowintensity exercise done three days a week, but for at least 45 minutes or more a session. SL

LIVING WELL sponsored by ‘Tummy troubles’ are no fun, but you can help alleviate them By Akriti Dewanwala, MD

addition to making the person uncomfortable, With the holidays fast it can lead to problems approaching, people with swallowing. will soon be turning The causes of this their attention to condition vary. Hiatal eating and drinking hernias, for example, – and with it, some can weaken the muscle accompanying holding back the problems. Call them stomach’s contents. “tummy troubles,” The good news is issues involving the that many people can processes of digestion and elimination. control the problem They’re common maladies and they tend to with some simple make the holidays less merry. lifestyle alterations. For many, though, these aren’t just One important change confined to certain seasons: They’re a is dietary: People should chronic problem, year-round. Among the scale back consumption most common of these ailments are of alcoholic beverages, spicy food and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), anything else that causes heartburn on constipation and bloating. a regular basis. They should keep their meal portions reasonable and their near bedtime eating minimal. Maintaining a THE DISCOMFORT OF GERD healthy weight also is important. People with GERD experience the unpleasant sensation of stomach acid and food rising back into the esophagus. This CONQUERING CONSTIPATION surge often results in heartburn. People Constipation is another common generally don’t have a serious problem with problem, one that occurs when a person such backflows, because a muscle called experiences difficulty having a bowel the lower esophageal sphincter keeps the movement. It may involve having opening to the stomach closed off. For infrequent bowel movements or even people with GERD, the muscle fails to passing overly hard stools. Some people prevent this caustic mix from entering the with constipation also experience esophagus. abdominal pain. Some of the unpleasant symptoms The causes of constipation vary include a burning feeling in the chest or widely. The condition can be the result of throat along with the taste of stomach changes in a person’s diet, use of certain fluids. While many people experience this medications, laxative overuse or even from time to time, those with GERD often consuming excessive dairy. Pregnant endure it many times during a week. In women are sometimes beset with



constipation as well. So are people who have had colon cancer, irritable bowel, neurological problems or eating disorders. One issue that can lead to constipation is the absence of fiber in a person’s diet, a condition corrected easily by upping one’s intake. Consuming insufficient amounts of water during the day can also be a cause, one with a simple solution: Stay well-hydrated. People who suffer from constipation can often reverse the condition by eating more fruits and vegetables. Certain foods such as bran cereal and prunes are effective, too. In some cases, the person may wish to purchase an over-the-counter stool softener for a couple weeks’ use. TAKE CARE OF YOUR TRACT Another problem people often encounter is abdominal bloating. This condition involves inflation of the gastrointestinal tract because of too much gas or air. Usually accompanied by a tight

feeling in the belly, it sometimes causes a sense of abdominal hardness and pain. This is common, because gas is a byproduct that releases itself into the tract during the digestive process, sometimes filling it like a balloon to uncomfortable levels. People also swallow air while consuming food and beverages – especially when eating or drinking too quickly. Several medical conditions can cause bloating: irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease and eating disorders, constipation, among other illnesses. To help control bloating, try to eat more slowly and drink carbonated beverages in moderation. Don’t chew gum excessively. You also can help yourself by limiting your intake of sodium and boosting your fiber. Taking good care of your gastrointestinal tract is something we can all do; it usually just requires a little common sense. For the average healthy person, a few precautions can make for much happier holidays – and a happier life. Lecture Topic: Tummy Trouble? Speaker: Akriti Dewanwala, MD* Date & Time: Friday, November 17 at 2 p.m. Location: One Senior Place, 8085 Spyglass Hill Rd., Viera, FL 32940 Please register online at or by calling (800)522-6363. *Member of the medical staff at Rockledge Regional Medical Center

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The Lakefront Battle of the Paddles at Lamplighter Village in Melbourne will draw players of all skill levels.

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Lamplighter Village in Melbourne will host the Lakefront Battle of the Paddles, a pickleball tournament for players of all abilities, at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11. The event is open to all Brevard County players 50 and older. It is specifically organized to include beginner and novice players as well as intermediate and advanced competitors. Players will be matched in both age groups and skill levels. Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the country. The game combines many elements of tennis, badminton and pingpong. It has become a popular sport for the boomer generation. The registration fee of $30 includes snacks, drinks, lunch and souvenir gift bags for all participants. Prizes will be awarded in all divisions. Lamplighter Village is located off of John Rodes Boulevard in Melbourne. SL For information and to register, call 321-254-0303, 321-243-8287 or 561-251-6251. The directors of the tournament also can be reached at

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How many more challenges can we face? There are unsettling world events, debates about health care, taxation, crime, storms and family dysfunction. As we travel through life, we deal with the loss of family and friends more often than in the past. We hear about the importance of “maintaining an attitude of gratitude” from the pastor at our church and from motivational speakers. We might become sad, tearful, depressed, overwhelmed and even defeated. If we give thanks and show gratitude, then we will find comfort in the good we have in our life. When we become upset, angry or even inclined to self-pity, be reminded of the many gifts of life for which to be grateful. If you have trouble with that reflection, get a bound notebook and start your Gratitude Journal. Make entries about those people, events, experiences and things for which you are grateful. Written comments about your spouse, children, grandchildren, friends and neighbors help you remember moments of joy that have come your way. Focus on the best of life. Write about experiences that gave you joy, happiness and gratitude. Note childhood memories, adventures in college, surviving military action, supporting and developing a family, overcoming a medical challenge, coping with losses and recovering from disasters or failures. Here in Florida, we can recall the recent hurricane experience. Some of us lost power, but are grateful that the roof and windows did not blow out.


Challenges of Living to Age 100 Ed Baranowski The fence blew down and you found neighbors on the other side that you had never met before. You cleaned up the debris together. The strong winds and rain beat up the trees and foliage. Everything seemed brown, but you got to see the beauty of the landscape in a whole new way. As you make entries in your journal about how you are grateful and think about your blessings, this activity becomes a prayer. “Thank you, God! I am so grateful!” People who live long lives maintain an attitude of gratitude. Their life is a prayer. Remember, God is good. God never gives you more than you can handle. A Dutch priest Henri Nouwen in his book “The Return of the Prodigal Son” writes about practicing “the discipline of gratitude.” He continues “It’s up to us to make the choice to be grateful even when things aren’t going well.” SL Ed Baranowski is president of Topics Unlimited, a Melbourne-based education, seminar and consulting company. He can be reached at



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Having second thoughts about Medicare choices as deadline approaches? Dear Lance, My wife and I had Original Medicare for several years. During the recent Medicare Annual Enrollment Period, we signed up for a Medicare Advantage Plan that has prescription drug coverage. We are both anxious about our decision because we have never had this type of plan before. If we are not happy with our Medicare Advantage Plan, must we wait until next year’s Annual Enrollment Period to switch back to original Medicare? Having Second Thoughts Dear Having Second Thoughts, It is not uncommon for people to have second thoughts about their choices. Medicare recognizes that this can happen and that beneficiaries might wish to change the options they chose during the Annual Open Enrollment Period or at other times. Here are a few of the most common situations in which people may want to make changes to the choices made during Medicare’s Annual Open Enrollment Period. I have also included options available. Situation 1: (This is your situation.) You enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan for the first time and would like to enroll in Original Medicare instead. You can dis-enroll from the Medicare Advantage Plan and switch to original Medicare any time during the first 12 months you are in the Medicare Advantage Plan. This is called the Medicare Advantage Trial Period, and it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. If you had a Medicare

Ask Lance Lance P. Jarvis SHINE Supplement Plan, you can get it back. If the plan is no longer available, you can enroll in any Medigap Plan A, B, C, F, K, or L. If you had a Part D Prescription Drug Plan, you can reenroll in it. Situation 2: You had original Medicare and just enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan. You previously also had a Medicare Advantage Plan and now would like to return to original Medicare instead. If it is before Dec. 7, you can cancel your enrollment in the Medicare Advantage Plan and you will keep Original Medicare. Otherwise, there is a Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period from Jan. 1 to Feb. 14 at which time you can call Medicare to disenroll and return to Original Medicare. You can also sign up for a Part D Prescription Drug Plan during this period. You cannot switch to another Medicare Advantage Plan during this period unless Situation 3 applies to you. Situation 3: You enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan but would like to switch to a different Medicare Advantage Plan. If it is prior to Dec. 7, you can dis-enroll in the plan you chose and select a different one. After this date, you can make a change only if the

Medicare Advantage plan that you wish to switch to is rated by Medicare as a 5-Star Plan (if available in your area). If so, you can do this at any time. Situation 4: You have Original Medicare or Original Medicare plus a Part D Prescription Drug Plan and would like to enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan instead. After Dec. 7, you cannot make any changes for the coming year. Well-trained volunteer SHINE counselors can further explain the options available to you. SL SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) is an award-winning statewide volunteer program that provides free, unbiased and confidential counseling and information for people

on Medicare, their families and caregivers. SHINE is a program of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and is administered in partnership with the state’s 11 Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs). In Brevard County, our ADRC is the Senior Resource Alliance, located in Orlando. To contact a SHINE volunteer counselor for confidential and unbiased assistance, call the Elder Helpline toll-free at 1-800-963-5337, or call 321-752-8080 locally. SHINE has 12 counseling locations throughout Brevard County. Counselors can assist you by telephone or in person. To find a SHINE counseling site near you, go to or call the telephone numbers listed above.


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Line’s quite thin from courage to craziness There is a razor thin line between courage and insanity. For instance, I wonder who tests the bungee jumping cord for the first time. Did you ever wonder why you never hear about them? Courageous or insane? Like Jeff Foxworthy surmises, “OK, shorten it up a couple of feet and give his family a T-shirt.” People do some crazy things and sometimes I wonder how they ever got started. You know like how did the first skydiver know what equipment to take? Do you think somebody was just sitting around drinking beer one night and said “I wonder what would happen if I jump out of a plane?” His buddies were probably picturing him jumping out of a doorway of a plane while on the tarmac, but he was no doubt thinking about a couple thousand feet up. Well, somebody must have tried it first but you never hear about them do you? And what about those bullet-proof vests? I know they probably tried it on a mannequin the first time, but then some human had to strap one on eventually and have a bullet fired at his chest. What are these people thinking? Are they ridiculously brave or out of their minds? We all admire bravery, but in the case of daredevils is it bravery? Alcoholism? Insanity? Need for attention? Do you ever wonder what people would be thinking at a cocktail party with the Wallendas? You know, the

Funny thing is... Sammy Haddad high-wire daredevils. Imagine Nik Wallenda’s dad bragging that his son crossed the Grand Canyon walking on a tight wire less than 2 inches wide. Most would be thinking “I wouldn’t brag that my kid’s career choice was to risk being a buzzard buffet at the bottom of a ravine.” My response would be “Why?” Do you think they have a sign up in their house that says “If at first you don’t succeed ...” There is a lot of bravery in the world today and, if you’ve read my columns for the past nine years, you know who I admire the most for guts, bravery and courageousness. That’s right — the guys that mow the medians of major highways. I don’t think they get paid as much as the Wallendas, but look what they do. Wearing no protective gear except a yellow vest and headphones, they slalom around bee- and wasp-infested bushes while cutting grass mere inches from semis going 70 mph or faster. Now that’s courage, or is it insanity? SL

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Space Coast Symphony Orchestra brings zest to local performances BY MUFFY BERLYN While growing up in Cocoa Beach, young Aaron Collins started writing music. His grandmother was the choir master in church so music was a part of his life. By 8 years old, he knew music would be his career. Now at 34, he is the conductor and artistic director of the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra (SCSO), serendipitously started by Collins in 2009 with “five dollars in our pocket and a vision” after a successful one-time concert with an orchestra and chorus he organized for a church. Collins said, “It [SCSO] was my baby — myself and four musicians started it … After the sixth-year mark, it started making a turn and becoming easier to manage and has sturdy legs now.” Today, that orchestra “has grown into a fairly big deal — with a one million dollar operating budget — becoming a really important cultural arts group here in Florida,” explained Collins said. As a University of Florida Gator, Collins brings a dynamic new energy to music on the Space Coast. “Our mission and the reason why we exist is to open the music to people who are not necessarily familiar with or go to classical music concerts, to reach out to them, make it accessible, personal and a unique experience for them.”

To make and keep it accessible, Collins came up with the “Symphony for Everyone” concept (their motto) in 2010, which is a model for other symphony orchestras nationally. Tickets are $20 in advance with discounted and complimentary tickets for those who can’t afford regular-ticket prices. A large screen placed above the orchestra, where images and scenes from film series such as “Spider-Man,” “Star Wars” and “Harry Potter,” are accompanied with the original film music, giving the symphony experience an added visual excitement. Images from the Hubble Space Telescope were used for The Cosmos concert. Collins stated that to break the “stuffy and elitist” symphony concert going experience, “we try to be as innovative and welcoming and fun as possible.” The orchestra performs classics, pops, jazz, opera and film music and performs with a woman’s choir. Choir member and special events planner for the SCSO Connie Maltby said, “Being part of the SCSO is like being in a giant surprise party because you never know what’s going to happen on stage — we’ve been collaborating with many arts groups, collaborated with the Orlando Ballet, and a ballerina did the dying swan, a tap dancer did a tap dance concert … also used film clips from ‘An American in Paris,’ while the orchestra played













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‘An American in Paris’ Suite. Such a multi-sensory event, and all that for 20 bucks.” The principal violinist, Concertmaster Carey Moorman, who began playing violin at age 10 in Little Rock, Ark., said, “My sons perform with the orchestra as well. They are advanced high school musicians … we have a wide age range within the orchestra from very advanced teenagers to advanced seasoned professionals.” He also pointed out, “It’s the only orchestra in the area that began as a professional orchestra [paid performers]. Others began as community orchestras [volunteer performers].” SCSO also performs in the summer offseason, which other orchestras rarely

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Connie Maltby, the special events planner for the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, chats with U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, who was the special guest narrator for “The Cosmos” concert.








attempt to do. If someone can’t afford a $20 ticket, go to the website spacecoastsymphony. org. Pick any ticketed concert in the calendar under the Tickets & Calendar tab, look for a button on the page for that concert called Symphony for Everyone. Clicking that will provide a short form to fill out and submit, which reserves a discounted or complimentary ticket. Children 18 and younger and college students get free admission. Upcoming Concerts are: “Home of the Brave,” an armed forces tribute featuring 250 musicians with proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior Project, at 3 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Scott Center for the Performing Arts at 5625 Holy Trinity Drive in Melbourne; “The Sing Along Messiah,” the ultimate Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 1, also at the Scott Center; and “Christmas at the Avenue,” a free holiday concert, at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 at The Avenue Viera at 2241 Town Center Ave. in Melbourne. For more information or to become a volunteer, call 855-252-7276 or go to SL Advertisement

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n November 15, Kutryb Eye Institute will be moving into our brand new office at 730 S. Washington Avenue in Titusville. We put a tremendous amount of planning into the design of this new office. It will have a comfortable and inviting waiting room, a greatly expanded optical shop, a state of the art laser and surgery room, and a spacious conference room where we will be able to have seminars and meetings during the day. A full-service eyecare facility has been long overdue in North Brevard County. Now patients can have complete eye exams, get their glasses, and have laser and surgical procedures all in one place without having to travel to Orlando or Melbourne.


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We are especially thrilled to have our conference room because we love to give seminars and it was often difficult to find a time and place to make it happen. Now we can have coffee and bagels and give a relaxed and informative seminar in the morning, at noon, or at the end of the day. Our office was recently voted “Best In Brevard” for 2017 for eye doctors by the FLORIDA TODAY readers. We were very honored to be recognized in this way and we will continue to work as hard as possible to take care of our patients in a professional and comfortable atmosphere. We try to instill in our staff a positive attitude of service and giving — we’re here to serve our patients, to be helpful, empathetic, and encouraging. Dr. Kutryb is a Board-Certified Ophthalmologist and a member of the American Academy of

Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from St. Louis University and attended the University of Columbia School of Medicine, where he graduated Cum Laude and was voted the Outstanding Ophthalmology Student. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine and Ophthalmology residency at the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans before entering private practice in Florida. Dr. Kutryb has received several awards including the the Secretariat Award and Lifetime Education Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Physician Recognition Award from the American Medical Association. He has served North Brevard for 18 years and has performed over 20,000 Cataract and Laser procedures.



Tallahassee continues to delight Brevard visitors Readers, if you haven’t, I would strongly suggest that you plan at least an overnight or longer visit to Florida’s State Capitol Tallahassee. Before you begin your visit, contact the Tallahassee Visitors Bureau at 800-628-2866 or email and request their latest “Visit Tallahassee Booklet.” The timely information in this booklet will help you plan for a successful experience in Tallahassee proper and the surrounding lovely countryside. If you are limited in time, here are some suggestions. Your first visit in Tallahassee is a visit to the Historic State Capitol of Florida. The Capitol building on Monroe Street has been restored to its 1902 appearance. A self-guided tour of the building, which contains two floors of rooms, provides a wealth of Florida history. Tour the Senate and the House Chambers, Governor’s Suite, Supreme Court, Rotunda and all the Halls. Right behind the Historic State Capitol is the new 22-story Capitol Building that contains the House and Senate Chambers on either side. Don’t miss the public viewing galleries in both chambers. There also is a great observation deck on the top floor with spectacular views of surrounding Tallahassee. Our Florida legislature is in session from March through April. Your second stop in Tallahassee is the outstanding restored Mission San Luis de Apalachee. This mission was a Spanish Franciscan mission built in

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Touring the Town John Trieste 1633 in the Florida Panhandle. The mission on Tennessee Street is only 2 miles west of the present-day Florida Capitol Building. Today, the mission is reconstructed on its original site and brings the past to life with guides in period dress introducing you to colonial buildings, exhibits and archaeology. The buildings that have since been reconstructed include the Church, the Convento, the Council House, the Chief’s House, the Fort and Blockhouse, and a typical Spanish house as well as many interesting features around the site. The brandnew Visitors Center has a beautiful lobby and a 125-seat theater where you’ll view an informative introductory film on the mission. The site is located on 63 beautiful acres. Your visit to the mission will transport you back in time to a 17th Century living community where Apalachee Indians and Spaniards are drawn together by religion as well as military and economic issues. This outstanding mission is Florida’s Apalachee Spanish Living History Museum. Here is a most rewarding


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At night, the historic Old Capitol in Tallahassee is beautiful. and educational site for the entire family to enjoy. The mission is open each day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. except Mondays. It is closed on holidays. There is a modest admission charge. Mission San Luis is located at 2100 West Tennessee Street in Tallahassee. For information, call 850-245-6406 or go to There are many excellent overnight accommodations in Tallahassee and along Route 10. Tallahassee should be at least a two- or three-night visit. There is a lot to see and do.

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Traveling to Tallahassee by auto is very easy from Brevard County. Take Route 528 west to exit 4. This is the Florida Turnpike entrance. Then, take Turnpike north to I-75. Continue north on I-75 to Interstate-10 West, west to Tallahassee. With stops along the way, it’s about a seven- or eight-hour pleasant drive. SL To access my more than 140 previously published travel articles go to All destinations are planned for the enjoyment of the entire family and for educational experiences.

Hospice of St. Francis seeks volunteers SPECIAL TO SENIOR LIFE Hospice of St. Francis seeks compassionate people throughout Brevard County who would like to become hospice volunteers. Volunteers are needed to visit patients and perform clerical duties in the office. Opportunities also are available in other capacities throughout Brevard County. No previous experience is needed. Training is provided at no cost to the participants. A three-day training class will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, Friday, Nov. 10 and Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 4875 N. Wickham Road, Suite 108 in Melbourne. For information and to register, call the South volunteer coordinator at 321-269-4240. Hospice of St. Francis (HOSF), Brevard County’s first hospice, is a local, independent, non-profit organization. HOSF is celebrating its 40th anniversary of providing care for terminally ill patients and support for their families. SL All of Hospice of St. Francis programs are free of charge to Brevard County residents. For information on programs and services, call 321-269-4240 or go to

BoomerSenior Sentiments What are you thankful for? Photos by Walter Kiely

Barbara Rathborne “I am thankful for many things. The biggest of all probably is for life itself — being alive. When you are alive, you have so much to look forward to each and every day.’’

Pat PolidoraChristian “I am thankful for every sunrise. God has planned another day for me.’’

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“I am thankful for my family because family means everything to me. I am thankful for my good friends and thankful that I live in the United States of America. I am thankful that I wake up every morning.’’

“I am thankful for life itself. I am so grateful and blessed. I smile each and every day because of that.”

The Sunflower House, a program of Aging Matters of Brevard, will host a guest speaker on identity theft. The presentation will be held at 1 p.m. Nov. 29 at Sunflower House at 777 E. Merritt Island Causeway, Suite 201 on Merritt Island. The guest speaker will be Theresa Ronnebaum, a victim services specialist with the Florida Office of the Attorney General. She specializes in fighting identity theft and she will discuss various related topics, including what is personal identification information, Florida Identity Theft Law, the top five types of identity theft and common scams. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 321452-4341 Aging Matters in Brevard is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and maintain independence and maximize quality of life for the citizens of Brevard County, particularly the elderly and disabled. SL

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Swingin’ Jazz with Chief Windows Workshop Cherry and His Red Beans 1 p.m. Computer workshop. & Rice 2 - 4:30 p.m. Space Coast Jazz Society Rockledge Country Club 1591 S. Fiske Blvd. Rockledge, 321-636-6022

Wickham Park Senior Center Melbourne, 321-735-8191

Zumba Gold

9:30 a.m. Latin music inspired movement class designed for the 50+ crowd 2 p.m. Cocoa Beach Public Library, Freedom 7 Senior Community Center 550 N. Brevard Ave. 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa Beach Cocoa Beach, 321-783-9505 321-868-1104

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U.S. General Election Day

What is Aid and Attendance and How Do I Qualify?

10 - 11 a.m. Elder Law Attorney William A. Johnson will take a comprehensive look at how to qualify for the VA Aid and attendance program. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-751-6771




Organist Jeannine Jordan in patriotic multi-media musical presentation Advent Lutheran Church 7550 N. Wickham Road Suntree, 321-426-9378

5 - 8:30 p.m. Titusville Welcome Center 419 S. Hopkins Ave. Titusville, 321-607-6540

2 p.m. Miller is a Vietnam veteran and director of the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center Buena Vida Estates 2129 W. New Haven Ave. West Melbourne 321-724-0060

Caregiver Appreciation Day “From Sea to Shining Sea” Titusville Food Truck 3 p.m. Monday Chicken Soup for the Soul Day

Book Club

6:30 - 7:45 p.m. Taste of Jerusalem “One Thousand White 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Women” by Jim Fergus Traditional Jewish food, Suntree/Viera Public Library entertainment and more. 902 Jordan Blass Drive Wickham Park Community Melbourne, 321-255-4404 Center, 2815 Leisure Way


Space Coast Lightfest 5K Run Among the Lights

6 p.m. Wickham Park 2728 Leisure Way Melbourne, 727-455-9446

ArtWorks of Eau Gallie Fine Arts Festival

10 a.m. Downtown Eau Gallie 587 W. Eau Gallie Blvd. Melbourne, 321-242-1456


World Hello Day

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“United in Thanksgiving: Space Coast Lightfest An Interfaith Celebration of Nov. 20 to Jan. 1 6:30 - 10 p.m. Gratitude”

Wickham Park 7 p.m. 2785 Leisure Way Christians, Jews and Melbourne, 321-576-7559 Muslims come together to share music, food and traditions and reflect on the blessings of America. Advent Lutheran Church 7550 N. Wickham Road Suntree, 321-259-8515



2 - 5 p.m. Elks Lodge #1532 315 Florida Ave. Cocoa, 866-455-2322

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-698-2311

Accordian Club Meeting

World Diabetes Day

AARP Driver Safety Class

Cocoa Beach Art Show

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Art Show and music Bands 11 a.m. Delgado 2 p.m. Panama Downtown Cocoa Beach 321-749-7874

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French Toast Day

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All Saints Day

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2 p.m. Buena Vida Estates 2129 W. New Haven Ave. West Melbourne 321-724-0060

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All Souls’ Day

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Cliché Day

Healthy Lifestyle Expo

9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Free to the public. Presented by Doctors Goodwill Foundation Melbourne Hilton Rialto 200 Rialto Place Melbourne, 321-543-1495


Soiree by the Sea

5 - 10 p.m. Parrish Medial Center fundraiser for The Children’s Center Cruise Terminal One 9050 Discovery Place Port Canaveral, 321-269-4066

2 - 3 p.m.. Florida Historical Society Cocoa Beach Public Library, Community Room 550 N. Brevard Ave. Cocoa Beach 321-868-1104

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7:30 - 9:15 p.m. Melbourne Auditoirium 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. Melbourne, 321-608-7420

6:20 - 8:30 p.m. Join Recycle Brevard for wine tasting/wine bottle art. Lucky’s Market 3170 W. New Haven Ave. Melbourne, 321-220-3379

7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Melbourne Chamber Music Society St. Mark’s United Methodist Church 2030 North Highway A1A Indialantic, 321-213-5100

9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Discussion on current affairs, using a book published by Foreign Policy Association Merritt Island Library 1195 North Courtenay Parkway, 321-455-1369

Melbourne Municipal Band Concert “Land of the Free”

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Pastor Appreciation Meet Senior Life’s Boomer Bash & Senior Expo and Greet 2 - 4 p.m. The public is invited to share in this special occasion, refreshments Courtenay Springs Village 321-452-1233

Free admission to museum Exhibits and Music show 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum 6600 Tico Road, 321-242-1235



All-day event Spade and Trowel Garden Club showcases three homes in the Rockledge/ Viera area. 321-223-7802

7 - 10 p.m. Melbourne Municipal Band Melbourne Auditorium 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. Melbourne, 321-339-7705

45th annual Christmas Home Tour

Button Day

Swingtime Dance “A Tribute to our Veterans”

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5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Wickham Park Senior Center 2785 Leisure Way Melbourne, 321-255-4494


Meccore String Quartet

3 p.m. Suntree United Methodist Church, 7400 N. Wickham Road, Suntree 321-405-2359

Veterans Day

Patriotic Flute Concert with The Melbourne Brass Quintet 6:45 p.m. Buena Vida Estates 2129 W. New Haven Ave. West Melbourne 321-724-0060

Brevard Ballet Academy’s Singles/Couples Ballroom inaugural fundraiser Dance 6 - 10 p.m. Ballet performance, live entertainment Tortoise Island Club House Satellite Beach, 321-777-5110

7 - 10 p.m. Music — Janice and Rene Martin Andersen Senior Center, 1025 S. Florida Ave. Rockledge, 321-631-7556



Homemade Bread Day

National Adoption Day

Historic Cocoa Village 7th Artworks: Eau Gallie Fine annual Chili Cook-off Arts Festival 6 - 9 p.m. Riverfront Park 401 Riveredge Blvd. Cocoa, 321-631-9075

Nov. 18 & 19 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Downtown Eau Gallie 587 W. Eau Gallie Blvd. Melbourne, 321-242-1456

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10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibition features 28 textiles — flower cloths and embroidered story clothes — by those in the Hmong community. Weekly on Tues., Wed., Thurs., Fri. and Sat. Admission is free Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts 150 W. University Blvd. Melbourne, 321-674-8313

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Black Friday

Cloth as Community: Thanksgiving Grand Buffet “Avenue Viera Chistmas Hmong Textiles in America 12:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. Tree Lighting”

Square Dance Day

Brevard Chorale “Holiday Concert”

7 p.m. The Great Outdoors 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Community Church Laura Capp, Certified AARP 144 Plantation Drive HomeFit Facilitator. The Titusville, 321-501-0833 program educates older adults on how to navigate all living spaces independently to allow them to remain in their own homes as they age. Titusville Civic & Youth Center 4220 So. Hopkins Ave. Titusville, RSVP is required.

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Merchandise, memberships from your favorite non-profits Veteran’s Memorial Park 400 S. Sykes Creek Parkway Merritt Island, 321-453-1776

Light up Viera

6 p.m. music starts 6:30 p.m. tree lighting Youth Musicians of Quartet Movement play as the tree comes to life. Space Coast Turkey Trot 5K The Avenue Viera Viera, 855-252-7276

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The History of Space Photography Exhibition 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Weekly: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday Admission is free Foosaner Art Museum 1463 Highland Avenue Melbourne 321- 674-8916

5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Parade Viera High School 6103 Stadium Parkway Viera, 321-255-4500

Space Coast Art Festival

Nov. 25 & 26, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Cape Canaveral Manatee Sanctuary Park Lighthouse Tours Recurring Friday, Saturday Cape Canaveral Starting at 8:30 a.m., $27 321-784-3322 Reservations, 321-453-3994

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Seminar helps fight senior abuse SPECIAL TO SENIOR LIFE The Brevard Commission on Aging held a workshop on Community Elder Abuse Awareness Training on Oct. 25 at the Viera Government Center’s Commission Chambers. After introductions by Phil Koechlein of the Brevard Commission on Aging and Brevard County Commissioner Rita Pritchett, Theresa Russell discussed mandated reporter training. She is a program specialist for the Department of Children and Families. Lisa German, a detective with the Indian Harbour Beach Police Department, and Valerie Ballou, a detective with the Satellite Beach Police Department, talked about the

role law enforcement has in enforcing crimes against elders. Melanie Drake, a paramedic with the Satellite Beach Fire Department, also spoke during this presentation. Kathy Dudley, who works for the Victim Advocate Office of the State Attorney, and Justin Keen discussed economic crimes committed against seniors. Michael Hawkins, who works in asset protection as a branch manager for SunTrust Bank, and Robert Dixon of Sentinel Care emphasized the need for seniors to have checks and balances in place to protect their assets. DCF and the Brevard Commission on Aging will offer more workshops on senior issues in the future. SL


Nov. 5 Home of the Brave: Space Coast Symphony Orchestra 3 p.m. Concert will feature music that honors the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces. The Scott Center for Performing Arts 5625 Holy Trinity Drive Melbourne Nov. 9 Lung Cancer: Screenings, Causes, Stages & Treatment 2 – 3 p.m. Wuesthoff Living Well Lecture Series One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 800-522-6363

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North Brevard Old supermarket transforms into new life as a church BY FLORA REIGADA For nearly 20 years, the old Gooding’s Supermarket at the intersection of Harrison Street and Barna Avenue in Titusville was an empty shell falling into decay. That was before The Grove Church, of which Brad Russell is lead pastor, had a bigger vision. Instead of ruin, they saw a church home, complete with a 700- to 800-seat auditorium, classrooms, a large lobby and coffee shop for social gatherings, offices and more. To bring this to fruition, they purchased the 55,000 square-foot building for $750,000. “For five years, we have been a mobile church. This is our first owned property,” Executive Pastor Dustin Sams said. “It will be our launch pad for a ministry to impact lives in North Brevard and beyond — locally, regionally, nationally and globally.” For now, the church meets at three campuses: The Titusville YMCA, Challenger 7 Elementary School in Cocoa and the Brevard County Jail.


The Grove Church in Titusville purchased a building that once housed Gooding’s Supermarket to renovate as its church home. Offices could be relocated there by the beginning of January. Some say the church’s new location is at the corner of where Titusville is divided. The La Cita Country Club community is just a mile away and some of the city’s impoverished areas are nearby. For community pastor Jason Walton, this is a plus. “The location is at the heart of the city,” he said. However, in order to transform an old



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The Grove Church in Titusville purchased an abandoned Gooding’s Supermarket to renovate as its church home. A church volunteer cuts scrap metal to size with an angle grinder.


The Grove Church in Titusville purchased a building that once housed Gooding’s Supermarket to renovate as its church home. Each Tuesday, members volunteer their time to help get things ready. volunteer their time to get the building grocery store into a modern church, ready. Sams said a complete overhaul is Sams estimates offices will be needed. It will include new flooring, relocated to the facility by the new year. ceiling, walls, air-conditioning, an “The first worship service is more electrical system and roofing. than a year away,” he said. The makeover is estimated to cost Campus pastor Barry Russell $2 million. Construction led by Loyd summed up The `Grove’s motivation. Contracting is being planned, with “We want to bring hope to the blueprints being drawn and building community we love,” he said. SL permits being secured. Each Tuesday, church members



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Charitable organizations seek assistance during holiday season BY FLORA REIGADA During the holiday season, charitable organizations help put dinners on tables and give Christmas gifts to those who would otherwise go without. For some of these organizations, their main fundraising is beginning. The Salvation Army is among the organizations helping those in need. Their Christmas bells are ringing and their red kettles are prominent around town. SENIOR LIFE David Reigada “It is our biggest Maj. James Spencer of the Salvation Army in Cocoa fundraiser,” Maj. James discusses the organization’s Angel Trees and new toys Spencer said. the public can donate for needy children. The community can donate or help other bring non-perishable items to the Salvation Army holiday outreaches. organization’s thrift store at 2214 Groups and individuals can donate Garden Street in Titusville. For canned goods, boxed stuffing, turkeys information, call 321-383-8638 or go and hams. to their website at For Christmas, look for Salvation The Cor Jesu Food Pantry also Army “Angel Trees” in public places. is providing holiday food. Bring Participants take a tag from the tree. It non-perishable goods to the little red includes a child’s name and gift ideas. wagon in the vestibule of St. Teresa Bring food and unwrapped gifts to Catholic Church at 203 Ojibway Ave. the Salvation Army at 919 Peachtree in Titusville. Street in Cocoa. For information, call The Titusville Area Chamber of 321-632-6060. Commerce and the City of Titusville North Brevard Charities in are collecting new, unwrapped toys for Titusville also spreads holiday cheer the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys to those in need. for Tots Program. The community is urged to Bring toys to the Chamber of contribute canned goods, boxed Commerce at 2000 S. Washington stuffing, holiday candy, turkeys and Ave. For information, call 321hams. 267-3036. The Titusville City Hall Those wanting to “play Santa” is at 555 S. Washington Ave. For may take a child’s “wish list” from the information, call 321-567-3775 or go organization’s Christmas tree. to the website at “We aim to help 600 families,” said Local food pantries also need to Joe Robinson, the executive director. be stocked. Walk-About-Ministry, Bring food and unwrapped an outreach to the needy and those gifts to North Brevard Charities at struggling with addiction, is among 4475 S. Hopkins Ave. in Titusville. them. For information, call 321-269The organization is at 112 3272 or go to their website at South Brown Ave. in Titusville. For information, call 321-269Hope for North Brevard is having 1200 or go to their website at a Christmas dinner drive. They supply SL the turkey and invite the public to

North Brevard Events Nov. 1 Florida Friendly Landscape 11 a.m. The Titusville Garden Club 5275 Sisson Road Titusville, 321-264-4266 Nov. 9 Giving Thanks Senior Luncheon 11 a.m. Free lunch Cuyler Community Center 2329 Harry T. Moore Avenue Mims, 321-264-5045 Nov. 10 Second annual Police Hall of Fame Golf Tournament 12:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit disabled officers Indian River Preserve Golf Club 3950 Walkabout Way Mims, 321-264-0911

Nov. 11 and 12 Veterans Day Weekend Open House 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Planes, Trains, Automobiles Warbird Air Museum 6600 Tico Road Titusville, 321-268-1941 Nov. 17 Annual Senior Fish Fry 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free fish lunch The Isaac Campbell Senior Club 701 South Street Titusville, 321-264-5040 Nov. 18 24th annual Fox Lake Christmas Festival of Crafts 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Fox Lake Park 4400 Fox Lake Road Titusville, 321-264-5037

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Recognition comes with a price At the meeting of the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners on Oct. 10, I was presented with a resolution for volunteer work and contributions within the county in the area of recycling, environmental education and care for the environment. I would like to thank all commissioners for passing the resolution and Commissioner Curt Smith, in particular, for presenting me with the resolution and for his leadership in regards to preserving and protecting the environment in general and the Indian River Lagoon specifically. The accomplishments listed in the resolution were only possible because of the support of my family and so many dear friends who have volunteered with me or have partnered with Recycle Brevard or somehow helped with our initiatives. Those individuals are not only fundamental to getting projects done; they are the inspiration to get new projects on the to-do list. As any recognition, this one also comes with a price. The price is the responsibility of doing more in and for our community in the area we are focused on: reducing waste and promoting sustainable living through advocacy, action and education. That means continuing to work on reducing plastic pollution, primarily focusing on polystyrene containers and single-use plastic straws; strengthening current partnerships and making new ones; expanding our educational program to offer it to more schools and assist teachers and schools in incorporating sustainable

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practices in the classrooms and the school environment; further investing in recycling alternatives to make recycling even more appealing, especially to businesses; building up the reuse habit to extend the life of materials that would otherwise end up in the landfills. These form the basic scope of our immediate goals. And to spark this reuse spirit, I would like to invite everyone to come check out our Reuse Room at Recycle Brevard’s new facility (1535 Cogswell Street unit C-15, Rockledge from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The room is home to reusable materials — from fabric to artificial flowers to scrapbooking supplies to egg cartons — that can be used in STEM projects, art projects, open-ended play and other creative ways. I also would like to invite you to join us in our first reuse project in partnership with Lucky’s Market on Thursday, Nov. 9 for an evening of wine tasting and wine bottle art. To register, go to UncorkedAndCreative. There always is the hope that we can do more, but there is nothing wrong in taking baby steps. To quote Abraham Lincoln, “I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.” Email Marcia Booth at

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