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February 2019


South Pacific is calling


Polynesian dancers, exhibitors, educational information featured at annual expo

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A Polynesian dance troupe will headline the entertainment March 1 for Senior Life’s Boomer Guide Senior Expo at the Space Coast Convention Center in Cocoa.

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BY MARIA SONNENBERG Aloha, boomer and senior family! Could you use a little trip to the South Seas? If so, the Boomer Guide Senior Expo has a deal for you. Senior Life’s Boomer Guide Senior Expo always sizzles with entertainment, education and giveaways, but this spring it will literally be on fire, thanks to the appearance of the Lanakila’s troupe of Polynesian dancers, headliners at the expo. “This event launches the new 2019 Boomer Guide magazine that everyone has been waiting for,” said Jill Blue, CEO of Bluewater Creative Group, the publisher of Senior Life, Viera Voice and the Boomer Guide. “You won’t want to miss it. You’ll miss out on all the fun, entertainment and information available. The expo will bring together hundreds of participants with some of the best exhibitors that provide service for boomers and seniors.” The popular event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, March 1 at the Space Coast Convention Center at 301 Tucker Lane, off Interstate 95 in Cocoa. “We take people on a musical journey to Polynesia,” said


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Bob and Laura Harvey met in elementary school.

Love stories like these endure a lifetime BY MARIA SONNEBERG AND R. NORMAN MOODY

Couples whose love has endured the test of time will often remember details of their first meeting or date. Some of these love stories started after a chance encounter, after an introduction by mutual friends or after blossoming from a childhood friendship. But more than six or seven decades later, the spark remains for many of these couples. As we approach Valentine’s Day, senior couples in Brevard County shared their stories.

Childhood friendship blossomed into a love of 68 years and counting

Some couples are college sweethearts. Others get together in high school. A few, like Bob and Laura Harvey, became friends in elementary school. The friendship blossomed into romance, a love story that has lasted 68 years and continues going strong. “We grew up near Pittsburgh and my family had moved away, but he called me up when he came back from the service,” Laura Harvey said.

When they drifted apart for a while, each dated others, but the connection remained. Bob had joined the Navy, but narrowly missed World War II. Laura was studying to be a nurse when she agreed to be Bob’s better half. As it turned out, the only nursing she did was caring for her three children whenever they got sick. Fifteen years ago, the couple moved to Florida after Bob’s sales job required relocation to the Sunshine State. In September of last year, they settled into their new digs at Victoria Landing in the Eau Gallie Arts District. The secret to their long-lasting marriage lies in a well-grounded attitude. “We had rough times, like everyone else does, but we love each other, so we always stuck it out,” Laura said.

It’s winter; it’s summer. It’s Florida weather. And even though it seems to fluctuate from one day to the next, it’s the best winter weather. Though the calendar says winter, there are plenty of activities to enjoy outdoors, like working in the garden, without having to bundle up. We’ll even tell you how to start a spice garden or a small vegetable garden in a limited space. Our story on how to start a small garden will give you some tips on what you can do to get going. In this edition, we’ll also tell you about video doorbells and self-monitored security that you can control from your smart phone, whether you are at home, or across the country enjoying the outdoors. You might feel like you are across the ocean with the South Pacific-themed Boomer Guide Senior Expo. This exciting expo, complete with exhibits, demonstrations, music and Polynesian dancers, including fire dancers, will be held March 1. It will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Space Coast Convention Center at 301 Tucker Ave. in Cocoa, next to the Holiday Inn Express. Best of all, admission and parking is free. The 2019 Boomer Guide will be unveiled at the event. Meet the Boomer Guide models at 1 p.m. on the pool deck and find out who will be on the cover. You’ll be able to pick up your copy of the Boomer Guide, a comprehensive boomer and senior resource magazine. In addition, this edition of Senior Life is packed with stories and information you can use. Check out our calendar of events for a host of activities and events going on in and around Brevard County, including Valentine’s Day related activities. R. Norman Moody

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Mike Maguire moved to Buena Vida Estates in 2011 with Gloria, his wife of 65 years. The couple expected to enjoy the good life in their retirement, but just eight months later, Gloria passed away.

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designated as a senior real estate specialist. That means she has taken advanced training courses through the National Association of Realtors to specifically work with seniors and their families that are planning to downsize their home. “In that training, you are taught how to work with seniors and guide them through all the necessary steps,” she said. Griffin said many seniors want to downsize but are scared to take the step. “That’s where I come in,” she said. “You have to build that trust with the client and help them with all the steps — where to start and what to do.” According to the website balance. com, there are numerous advantages and disadvantages of downsizing your home.

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Artwork highlights Brevard’s colorful history, beauty

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Editor R. Norman Moody Copy Editor Jeff Navin Feature Writers Ernest Arico Ed Baranowski Muffy Berlyn Chris Bonanno Brenda Eggert Brader Sammy Haddad Flora Reigada Maria Sonnenberg Julie Sturgeon John Trieste Photographers Walter Kiely Darrell Woehler

VIERA VOICE Stephen Oliveira One of the most colorful murals in Brevard County shows a fish swimming toward a fly. The mural covers the entire east wall of Harry Goode’s Outdoor Shop in Melbourne.

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BY MARIA SONNENBERG Growing older requires legal savvy. Life unfortunately doesn’t get simpler as the years pass. We might grow wiser as we grow older, but also grow in need of legal savvy as our financial and physical situation grows more complex. According to elder law attorney William Johnson, it’s never too young to start preparing for issues such as estate, incapacity and long-term care planning, guardianships, probate, Medicaid and wills and trusts.

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“The point is to know the rules and plan accordingly,” said Johnson, a major sponsor of this year’s Senior Life Boomer Guide Senior Expo. Tomorrow will be here sooner than later, and then it might be too late. “If you don’t plan ahead, you can end up in a really bad situation,” Johnson added. If anyone knows the subject of elder law, it is Johnson. The Melbourne


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LAWYER continued from page 4 attorney is the only one in the county to be board certified in elder law by the Florida Bar Association. Few attorneys achieve this high level of expertise. In 2017 and 2018, he was named Member of the Year by the Elder Law Section of the Florida Bar Association. He was co-winner of the distinction in 2015 and 2016. His accomplishments in the field of elder law earned him inclusion among the elite group of Florida Super Lawyers. For several years, he discussed elder law issues through his column in Florida Today. A graduate of the University of Florida College of Law, Johnson was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1991. “Ever since I opened my office, I did estate planning,” he said. With more than 25 years of experience, Johnson has witnessed the many horror stories that can happen to folks who enter the golden years without a plan. Johnson makes it easier with a free consultation to discuss a customized course of action. “There is a lot of misinformation out there,” Johnson said. Johnson will be present at the Boomer Guide Senior Expo on March 1 at the Space Coast Convention Center in Cocoa. The law office of William A. Johnson is at 140 Interlachen Road, Suite B in Melbourne. For information, call 321-4261865 or go to SL

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Cedar Creek will showcase its culinary talents at Boomer Guide Senior Expo BY JULIE STURGEON Jason Rodriguez, executive director of Cedar Creek Life Center, has a special place in his heart for family. “I grew up helping family,” Rodriguez said. “I have five children. Family has always come first for me.” Rodriguez, who has been with Cedar Creek the past few years, brings that love of family to the folks who call Cedar Creek home. Everyone, he says, deserves a special place to live out their golden years. “We have a gorgeous community at Cedar Creek,” Rodriguez said. “Our residents don’t live at our employment, we work in their homes.” Located in the center of Brevard County on Merritt Island, Cedar Creek is the ideal setting for families to visit their loved ones. “We have had a lot of amazing people who have lived here,” Rodriguez said. “Our residents were inspirational during their careers, their lives.” Also noteworthy is that Cedar Creek is veteran owned and operated. Rodriguez himself is a fifth-generation military veteran. Activities at Cedar Creek are planned around residents’ individual lifestyle ability and choice. A full-time activity program director ensures that residents have a range of stimulating pursuits to choose from. The emphasis is on keeping the body, mind and soul as healthy as possible. And the food at Cedar Creek strives to be five-star fare, thanks to the talents on the culinary team. “This is not hospital or institutional food, here we cook from our hearts” Rodriguez said proudly. Interestingly, when he left the military, Rodriguez followed another passion, that of cooking. A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, Rodriguez and Executive Chef Jay Bailey create

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daily cuisine delights for Cedar Creek residents. The chefs take pride in the unique and creative menu selections offered at Cedar Creek. Rodriguez and Bailey will showcase their culinary skills with a bite sizes of barbecue during the Boomer Guide Senior Expo on March 1. Cedar Creek will be one of two presenting sponsors at the Boomer Guide Senior Expo to be held at the Space Coast Convention Center in Cocoa. Cedar Creek, a Veritas Senior Living Community, is located at 4279 Judith Ave. on Merritt Island. For information, call 321454-7768. SL

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Neighbors Canaveral Port Ministry serves, cares for seafarers from around the world BY CHRIS BONANNO The Canaveral Port Ministry helps an astounding number of seafarers from ships that come into Port Canaveral, much as it has been doing since 1997. According to Carolyn Bowers, the development director for the CPM, the organization provided assistance to 42,000 seafarers coming from 109 different countries in 2018 alone in a number of a different ways. “The people that work on the ships that come to our port, whether it’s a cruise ship or a cargo ship, we serve their needs,’’ said CPM director Mark Wodka. “We have a hospitality center and the hospitality center’s open seven days a week, usually 8 in the morning until 10 at night depending on the ships that are in port. “At our hospitality center, we have a free lunch. We provide them with fast internet, the ability to receive packages and then a lot of them come because it’s just a place of peace.’’ In addition, the Cape Canaveralbased organization also offers counseling and transportation to and from ships. It also has several chaplains who visit the ships at the port as well,

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Participants at the Canaveral Port Ministry’s volunteer dinner pray before eating on Jan. 17 at the First Baptist Church of Cocoa. Mark Wodka, the director of the ministry, right, speaks prior to dinner. according to the organization’s website. “It’s just a great, great experience to see different people from different cultures,” said Steve Seaman, who volunteers once a week with CPM and then serves as needed beyond that. “It’s not a job. It’s just a real great time.” On Jan. 17, about 150 volunteers with CPM gathered in the dining hall at the First Baptist Church of Cocoa as thanks

for their service. The meal itself, which consisted of beef, chicken, mashed potatoes, salad and bread along with a dessert cake, was impressive enough. What makes it more remarkable was that the meal was prepared by a couple, Nadine and Tom Wardenga, who traveled all the way from Cleveland, Georgia, to feed those in attendance.

“We were so sold on what these people do,” said Nadine Wardenga, who first visited the ministry a couple of years ago. In addition to a meal, patrons were treated to a musical performance by a group from Christ The King Church. Those interested in helping, joining or more information about CPM can go to their website at SL

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Tech Know Tidbits Self-monitored security systems can be bundled with video doorbells BY JULIE STURGEON Two of the top selling home security systems, the Nest and Ring, are now cheaper than some cell phones, thanks to fierce product competition. Google has slashed $100 off the Nest in 2018, while Amazon’s Ring remains one of the best options for affordability. Both products can be bundled with smart doorbells or purchased separately. There are many similarities between the two systems. Let’s say you lose power in your home during a hurricane, but you are staying at a hotel several hundred miles away. Both the Nest and Ring home security systems will continue to work if there is cellular connectivity. There is an extra charge for this feature. Both the Nest and the Ring connect with a signature app that lets users control their home security products remotely. Professional monitoring is available with both the Nest and the Ring at an extra charge. So how do you decide which system

is right for you? You can start with an assessment of your budget and lifestyle. If you prefer a basic system that is more affordable, the Ring is a good choice. The security kit includes a base station, keypad, contact sensor for windows and doors, and a motion detector. Easy to install and relatively inexpensive, the Ring is ideal for smaller homes and apartments. Another Ring plus is that it can be reconnected if you move. Do-ityourself enthusiasts will find that the Ring is easy to install. For someone who wants a fully automated home with multiple devices, the Nest offers the highest level of connectivity. The system contains the Nest Guard (the hub), two Nest Detect sensors for windows, doors and rooms and several Nest Tags that provide access to the home. A key feature offered by Nest is a connected lock which can be controlled remotely. The lock is tamper proof and there is no key.




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There are a variety of self-monitored systems that are easy to utilize. The Nest works with Google-based home security gadgets. You will pay more for the Nest, but for a large home, costs will add up with either system. Depending on how big a home is, for example, extra window sensors must be purchased separately, and they are not cheap. Nest’s sensors, while more expensive, work as either

motion sensors or on doors or windows. For both systems, the do-it-yourself option is cheaper. Nest offers a choice of user or professional installation, while Ring is strictly a self set-up system. For information, go to wireless-security-camera-vs-videodoorbell-which-is-better/. SL

Video doorbells offer convenience, security, remote monitoring BY JULIE STURGEON

Smart doorbells can provide a sense of comfort and security for elderly folks who might have trouble getting to the door right away. Video doorbells allow users to receive an alert on their phone at any location. Depending upon the type of doorbell, the alert might be a sound or a flashing light. A speaker enables users to converse with guests. Raul Montes enjoys the convenience of his Ring doorbell for both security and night light timing. Montes, 62, was impressed by how simple the Ring is to set up and use. “It was very easy to install,” Montes said. “We have a motion sensor, a camera and two outside lamps all set up.” Installation of a smart doorbell is typically done by using an app, although many products also include booklets with instructions. Whichever method, it should have a step-by-step process. App support is an important feature of any video doorbell. The best apps will allow immediate access and no latency period. Montes purchased the yearly

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Senior Living were those nice blue eyes,” she said. It turned out Irish eyes were smiling for Peg, since Mike was born in Ireland. Peg also boasts an Irish heritage, although she was not born on the Emerald Isle. The couple, who married in 2015, held their wedding reception where they met, Buena Vida Estates. With two children and four grandchildren, Peg admits she can’t hold a candle in family size to Mike, who has 12 children, 20 grandchildren and 10 greatgrandchildren, but the couple is too busy dancing and enjoying their golden years to keep close tabs on their ever-expanding clan.

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When Joan O’Brien moved into a retirement community, she didn’t realize that the package included a new husband. Just a year after moving into Buena Vida Estates, O’Brien married Bill Gundlach, who had moved to Buena Vida a couple of months earlier. O’Brien had

Mike and Peg McGuire met at Buena Vida Estates.

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From the darkness of grief, Mike found the light of love in Peg, who had moved to Buena Vida in 2012 from Nebraska after Donald, to whom she had been married for 34 years, died just after Peg had retired from her job in radiation protection for a nuclear facility. Peg kept running into Mike at the many parties, classes and events the community hosted. She liked what she saw in the retired Harris Corporation senior vice president. “There was an aura about him, and then, there

for decades lived happily in Wisconsin, or so she thought. “I was independent, but the long and very cold winters were harder and harder to endure,” she said. When the winters became too unbearable, O’Brien chose Buena Vida because her mom had lived there and she had loved the place. As the new secretary of the Residents’ Association, O’Brien often chatted with Gundlach, who happened to be the new assistant treasurer. On Dec. 29, 2012, Gundlach approached O’Brien as she was walking her dog. They started talking about dogs and that led to dinner in the Buena Vida dining room. “We’ve been talking and walking the dog ever since,” O’Brien said. They were married a year and a day after the fateful dog-walking incident. “The timeframe was taken from a favorite poem by Edward Lear, “The Owl and the Pussycat,” according to O’Brien. In the famous “nonsense” poem, the happy bird and the feline sail away for a year and a day. The poem describes a captivating world meant to be enjoyed, just as O’Brien and Gundlach are delighting in wedded bliss. “After all these years, who would have thought this would happen, but it did!” O’Brien said.

Ride home from movies leads to love for more than six decades

A chance encounter at the movies and a ride home led to a love that has lasted more than six decades. Laurence Petrus was at the movies on a cold December night in 1956 in Wisconsin. Unknown to him, a few seats away was the girl with whom he would share the rest of his life. SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of Doreen Boudreau

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Sharon and Laurence Petrus met at a movie theater in Wisconsin.

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“I was sitting in a movie at the Paradise Movie Theater in West Allis, a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, watching ‘Silver Chalice’ starring Paul Newman,” Petrus said. He was with his friend Jack Duran. “A couple of rows behind me was my future wife,’ said Petrus, who lives in West Melbourne. Sharon, his future wife and her friend, Connie Boyd, sat together. Petrus did not know Sharon at the time but knew two of her 13 brothers and sisters. “At the end of the movie, Connie asked me for a ride home and I said sure as I opened my two-door sedan, a 1946 Ford,” he said. Connie got into the back seat and so did Jack Duran, so Petrus was left in the front seat with Sharon, meeting for the first time. My girlfriend jumped in the back seat and I’m left with the driver,” Sharon said. On the ride home, they made a date for the next week. They were married two years later on Aug. 23, 1958. “Here we are 61 years later,” Petrus said. Now both 79, they live in West Melbourne.

Passion for ice skaters drew woman to future husband Seventy-something years ago,


the then 16-year-old Jane was ice skating at a frozen lake near her home north of Baltimore when she first saw her future husband Tom after hearing boys shout that “here comes Lovelace, let’s have a hockey game.” Jane appreciated his athleticism, but that was that. “I heard his name, but didn’t meet him,” she said. Some time later, while visiting a girlfriend, she again saw Tom Lovelace, this time playing cards with her friend’s brother. Tom asked her out, but Jane was dating another ice skater. “He said if I ever broke up with my boyfriend, to give him a call,” she said. Jane didn’t call, but through the grapevine Tom heard that she was again available and asked her out again. This time, she agreed. On Jan. 25, 1948, after Tom returned from serving in the Merchant Marines during World War II, the couple married. Two children and 71 years later, they still are together, now enjoying retirement at The Fountains in West Melbourne. Leaving Maryland for Florida meant saying goodbye to a shared passion: ice skating. “For many years, we would always keep our ice skates in the car, so we could go skate if we ever got the opportunity,” Jane said. SL

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Bustling with high energy, volunteers and members enjoy an overwhelming amount of activities available at the Greater Palm Bay Senior Center at 275 Culver Drive NE. The center, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, is under the direction of a board of directors and executive committee, with the president overseeing the center. “Membership is $25 per year per person,” said David Trippany, the president. “The 3,000 members are always our top priority.” There are more than 35 activities

that feature anything from several forms of exercise to billiards, bingo, bocce, dominos, euchre, corn hole, chorus, mahjong, movies and reasonable travel options. Any room at the center is available to rent. First-run movies at 6:30 p.m. each Thursday cost $1 per person and are easily one of the most popular events at the center. “The senior center is a member of ASCAP and licensed to show new release movies,” Trippany said. “Each Thursday evening, there are free


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‘Great Movies, Grand Piano’ comes to area BY MUFFY BERLYN Christopher Confessore, the music director and principal conductor of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, will conduct the “Great Movies, Grand Piano” concert in February. It promises to be a fun and friendly concert featuring popular film music for all ages. “A pops concert is a much less formal format by nature than one might expect from a regular symphonic concert,’’ Confessore said. “But, we really strive to make all our programs accessible, not formal. We don’t want anyone to feel intimidated.” Confessore said that as a young musician at 12 he knew “Star Wars” before he knew Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Lively movie themes that feature the piano will be performed by the talented pianist Rich Ridenour and the orchestra. The concert will include music from “The Sting,” “The Pink Panther,” “Forrest Gump,” “Somewhere in Time,” “Exodus” and “Up.” According to the BSO website, critics say Ridenour is amazingly versatile, masterfully musical and wickedly funny. “We had the chance to work together three seasons ago,’’ Confessore said in reference to Ridenour. “It was the most wellreceived pops concert ever. He’s a fabulous pianist and an incredibly entertaining speaker. He makes a great connection with the audience.” In reference to the upcoming concert with the orchestra, Ridenour

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Pianist Rich Ridenour will perform with the Brevard Symphony Orchestra in the “Great Movies, Grand Piano” concert Feb. 9. said, “Chris and I have worked to program some of the most memorable moments in movies where music is the star and, in some cases, gets the Oscar. My part of the program is to bring the piano to the spotlight where it was featured or instrumental in great scenes or moments.” Ridenour said the BSO is a group that feels like family to him. That is a rare quality. “They play so well together with Chris’ leadership,” he said. Ridenour said he couldn’t see any

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Lanikala’s has its beginnings as the first traveling Polynesian entertainment company on the Eastern Seaboard. Since 2002, the Orlando-based troupe has delighted audiences with an authentic luau experience at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando, as well as at Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park. Lanakila’s has performed its exotic songs and dances from the South Pacific in more than 100 countries. The Boomer Guide Senior Expo performances will include musicians, hula dancers and the male fire dancers. “We’ll have several shows throughout the day,” Pokipala said. Be prepared to engage your inner hula dancer. “It’s a very high-energy, interactive audience experience,” Pokipala said.

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Visiting the various exhibitors and learning new things is always a highlight of the Boomer Guide Senior Expo. Beyond the hula hullabaloo, the Boomer Guide Expo includes live music, educational exhibits, demonstrations, prizes, limited free medical screenings and — drum roll, please — the unveiling of the 2019 Boomer Guide, a comprehensive fact book of everything Brevard, particularly as it pertains to boomers and seniors. Meet the 2019 “Cover Boomers” on the pool deck at 1 p.m. While a journey to the South Pacific can drain your pocketbook, a visit to Senior Life’s Boomer Guide Senior Expo is a mini-adventure to Polynesia at the cost of absolutely nothing. Even better, you will go home armed with information to help make 2019 a great year. “It’s our big celebration,” Blue said. Exhibitor booths still are available. For more information, call 321-2421235. SL



Brevard Veterans News Individuals, organizations gather to help homeless veterans BY JULIE STURGEON

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A Veterans Stand Down, a one-day event to help homeless and needy veterans, was held Jan. 26 at the Florida National Guard Armory in Cocoa. Stand Down is a term used in the Vietnam War where troops would stand out from combat for several days in a safe environment. They would get haircuts, took showers, received medical and dental care, and generally had a safe retreat from battle. “This is an effort to help the homeless veterans of Brevard, which we think is around 80, and another 100 or so veterans who are on the edge and are struggling,” said chairman Donn A. Weaver, a retired foreign service officer. Weaver was one of four co-chairs for this year’s event, which was the 23rd in Central Brevard sponsored by the Veterans Memorial Center. Supplies, food, haircuts, medical and dental checkups, eyeglasses and help finding housing were all available for veterans. The event was an overwhelming success, with 169 veterans participating, receiving hot meals, back massages, podiatry care and other essential services. “We have the National Veterans Homeless Support, Red Cross, Department of Defense and many others helping us,” Weaver said. “And for the first time this

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year are partnering with Eastern Florida State College and the University of Central Florida Restores program participating. They treat veterans with PTSD. “We also have for the first time a job fair this year,” Weaver said. “Hopefully, we can get a few hired today.” Brevard’s needy veterans received special attention throughout the day. Homeless veterans, who typically live in the woods, were provided with sleeping bags, flashlights and quality boots, as well as other essentials. “We really want to get them medical help, get their VA card, and get them housed,” said volunteer Kevin R. King, a Vietnam veteran. “They have escorts who walk them through all the services. When they come in the front door, they get a wristband and the VA is right there to assist them,” King said. “Our main focus is to help out the people in the woods.” The Missing Man chair, a special chair designed in honor of American military who have not returned from combat, is a bittersweet memorial at Brevard Stand Downs. The chair is a symbol of respect to the military’s missing men and women’s loved ones. “We want full accountability for all the military, for everyone who served, we want to bring them back,” explained J.J. Justice, a volunteer who served as sergeant first class in the U.S. Army. SL

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Advocate pushes to get new signs directing motorists to Veterans Center New signs point toward Veterans Memorial Center Museum and Park. There are brown state signs along Interstate 95 at the exit to State Road 520 that direct motorists to the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center Museum and Park. As motorists exit from the north or south, there are other signs that point toward the center, which is located at 400 S. Sykes Creek Parkway on Merritt Island. Those signs are there thanks to the efforts of William “Bill” Kowalczyk, a veterans’ advocate who has done so much to build and improve what is one of the best veterans centers in the state. Kowalczyk, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1971 to 1975, gives credit to others for helping in the

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acquisition of the signs. “I worked with Sen. Debbie Mayfield and her staff and we got it accomplished,” he said. Kowalczyk said the center was spending about $2,000 a year on fliers that would be placed at rest stops along I-95. He questioned why there were no signs and got busy working on it until the State Department of Transportation recently installed the signs.

“We thought it ridiculous that we didn’t have signs,” he said. “I was the squeaky wheel for two years.” I don’t know about his being the squeaky wheel. What I do know is that Kowalczyk gets things done at the Veterans Center and wherever he can help a fellow veteran. The former Marine staff sergeant was working at Kennedy Space Center when in 2005 he was near the Veterans Center and saw other veterans working on displays. As a sheet metal mechanic, he offered advice on a project. Other veterans asked that he continue helping and soon began volunteering at the center. “I want to give back to the guys that served,” said Kowalczyk, who served during the Vietnam War but was not sent to the war.

Since that first day volunteering, Kowalczyk has served as chairman of the Brevard Veterans Council and is now chairman of the center’s plaza, where he has helped to refurbish and paint two helicopters and a tank that are on display. The two helicopters are on pedestals as if hovering in front of the center, which is located behind the Merritt Square Mall. Kowalczyk, who has helped to acquire some of the large items displayed at the center’s museum and plaza, said he also has enjoyed the camaraderie with the other veterans at the center. But now he has had to cut back on some of his time at the center so he can help to care for a family member. SL

Tuskegee Airman receives long-deserved final tribute BY MARIA SONNENBERG For 10 years, the patriot and his wife have rested in a couple of plastic urns in an unmarked grave. But on Feb. 7, Edwin and Theda Cowan will finally receive the military honors the Tuskegee Airman deserved. About a year ago, Army Reserve veteran Ray Norman heard that a Tuskegee Airman had been buried in a Merritt Island church cemetery with no markers on his gravesite. Norman told fellow veterans and, with the help of Funeral Solutions of Merritt Island, the group began a nine-month mission to document the gravesite, track down the family and go through the requirements to inter the Cowans with full military honors at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery. Cowan died in 2009, two years after his wife. “As veterans, we are determined that all veterans, let alone a Tuskegee Airman, receive a proper burial,” said Donn Weaver, chairman of the Brevard Veterans Council and coordinator for the ceremony. At 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, an Air Force Honor Guard and 21gun salute will honor Cowan at the National Cemetery. Representatives from the national Tuskegee Airmen organization will present a history of the Tuskegee Airmen and their

important role in the nation’s military history. The service will be led by a chaplain with connections to the Tuskegee Airmen. Cowan’s daughter, Shelley Arnold, and her husband, Phil, will fly in from California for the family-only interment that follows the ceremony. Another daughter, Leslie Cowan, lives on Merritt Island.

“There was something very special about those men who fought so hard for their country even without having civil rights.” — Phil Arnold A celebration of life, planned for 5 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Center following the interment, is open to the public. As a Tuskegee Airman, Cowan was among the first of 994 black pilots and crew trained as part of the 99th Fighter Squadron, the 322nd Fighter Group and the 447th Medium Bombardment Group. Some doubted that training blacks as pilots would

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BY MARIA SONNENBERG At the home of retired Marine Patrick Marshall, the one ruling the kitchen is Marshall himself. Anita, Patrick’s wife of 29 years, knows to let her man do the cooking. “She doesn’t have to know how to cook, because I do,” said Marshall, who loves nothing better than spoiling Anita with gumbo cooked “the Creole way.” When it comes to gumbo, Marshall is a purist who starts from scratch, but, then, he likes to do everything the right way. A Creole through and through, Marshall recently wrote “Memories of a Creole Boy 2” to accompany his original memoir, “Memories of a Creole Boy.” The original “Memories” is available through Amazon. The second book was published by Melbourne-based Bluenote Publishing and is available online at Marshall’s books intertwine his memories of life in his Louisiana Parish with historical anecdotes of the region, as well as family recipes. Life was not easy for Marshall growing up as a sharecropper’s son in the sugar cane country of Loreauville, Louisiana. “I started working in the cane fields when I was 10,” he said. He also picked peppers, including Cayenne, to make ends meet, while his family raised chickens and hogs. They were hard times, but they were also joyous … and tasty. “Everybody cooked and we were always going to each other’s houses to

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six pounds of lead, is to recycle them. The problem is there are just a limited number of recyclers who accept CRTs. “There really isn’t a viable option for recycling CRT TVs, at least in the state of West Virginia,” said James Young, the Kanawha County waste agency executive, who spoke to NBC News. Since the process of separating, storing and transporting without causing environmental contamination is expensive and, on top of that, “the value of the remaining commodities, such as copper wiring, plastic and other metals, has gone down in the past few years,” recyclers find it much harder to absorb the costs associated with CRT recycling, according to Earth911. CRT TVs started to be officially dumped into West Virginia landfills on July 1, 2016. In Brevard County, the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers stopped accepting CRTs on June 1, 2016 and since then CRTs are being landfilled here, too. CRTs make their way to the landfill through your waste collection haulers. In Viera, Waste Management instructs residents to place CRT TVs out with their yard waste. CRTs will be picked up for free. Recycling still is being offered by companies such as Best Buy, though. CRTs smaller than 32 inches can be recycled in their program, but they do charge $25 for the service. Even though CRTs are no longer produced, there are around five billion pounds worth of CRT TVs still in American homes, according to the

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Vintage romance writer Sarina Rose is proud of her novels.

“The Relentless American,” third in the series, is about a staunch war protester who chooses career over marriage. It takes places during the Vietnam War. “The rejected Army reservist volunteers,” Rose said. ‘She finds solace from veterans of the war.” “Loving Nick,” her fourth novel, is the first in a new series about survivors of the Vietnam War. All four of her vintage romance books are for sale on Rose gives advice to those who think they are too old to start writing. “I say just start, put the pencil to paper or fingers on the computer keyboard and put a sentence down. You are on your way to a story.” SL

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BY BRENDA EGGERT BRADER What better way to celebrate the awareness of heart health than during February, which is filled with hearts and flowers and Valentine’s Day? In fact, Feb. 1 is National Wear Red Day in launching American Heart Month. “This year, our Brevard County Heart Walk will be held at The Avenue Viera with two options for walking — a three-mile and a one-mile walk,” said Megan Rivera, the assistant director of the Brevard, Polk, Volusia and Flagler American Heart Associations. “One mile is the survivor route for all heart patient walkers or stroke survivors. They get baseball caps with the year on it to wear so all attending can see who was affected with heart ailments or stroke.” The free event will welcome between 1,500 and 2,000 participants at 8 a.m. Feb. 23. Everyone can register online either individually or as a team. Those who raise $100 on their own get a heart T-shirt. The event is children and dog friendly, and all are encouraged to walk. “The event not only raises

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As many as 2,000 participants are expected Feb. 23 for this year’s Brevard County Heart Walk at The Avenue Viera. awareness of heart health, but it gives the American Heart Association a chance to really come out and talk about heart health and thank our sponsors,” Rivera said. “Just getting the awareness out is pretty special. Heart month is a wonderful time. Everybody

is united in their communities, and they have the same goal to prevent heart disease and stroke.” The American Heart Association

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LIVING WELL sponsored by Rockledge Regional ready to host fifth annual ‘Paint the Night Red for Heart Health’ Knowing what’s going on with your heart can mean the difference between life and death. That’s why Rockledge Regional Medical Center is again hosting its “Paint the Night Red for Heart Health” event to provide useful, lifesaving information to the community.

The fifth annual event is set for Thursday, Feb. 28, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. A partnership between Paul Hocking, director of cardiovascular services, provides a behind-the-scenes tour of Rockledge Regional Medical Center’s catheter lab during the 2018 Paint the hospital and the the Night Red for Heart Health. American Heart Association, the 2019 become victims, sometimes to their Paint the Night Red will take place at great surprise. Rockledge Regional Medical Center’s Café at 110 Longwood Ave., Rockledge. Paint the Night Red will feature several different health screenings, lectures by Health statistics underscore the health professionals, education forums importance of understanding heart and prizes. Attendees can also enjoy disease and taking advantage of an array of healthful hors d’oeuvres screening opportunities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tell and the convenience of complimentary valet parking. us that more than 600,000 people in the United States die of heart disease Physicians and staff will be on hand every year, a ratio of one in every four to provide vital information about deaths. Coronary heart disease is the heart health. The speakers include most common, accounting for 370,000 Amit Sharma, MD, an interventional of those deaths. cardiologist; and Linda Shankland, BS, Heart attacks themselves in the United RD, LDN, CLC, a nutritionist. Their talks, scheduled for 5:30 and 6:15 p.m., States —whether fatal or not — are


machine,” said Andy Romine, president of Rockledge Regional Medical Center. “The trouble is, we often take all that work for granted because it goes on without our thinking about it. We don’t see our hearts pumping and, too often, we neglect our responsibility to care for it. Paint the Night Red is an effort to raise awareness and encourage everyone to take care of their heart health.”

abundantly common: more than 730,000 annually. Even people who have no inkling they are at risk can


Rockledge Mayor Tom Price was among those who took advantage of screenings at last year’s Paint the Night Red. Screenings at the annual event include blood pressure, pulse-oxygen levels and body mass index. Ruth Long, director of ICU at the hospital, checks the mayor’s blood pressure.

The 2019 Paint the Night Red will continue the awareness of heart health that the American Heart Association’s Brevard County Heart Walk, scheduled for 8 a.m. on Feb. 23 at The Avenue Viera, 2261 Town Center Ave. in Viera. The walk will include both three- and one-mile options.

Those who plan to attend Paint the Night Red should RSVP by going to are designed to educate attendees on practical steps they can take to keep their or calling 321-637-2727. In the spirit of the event hearts at peak well-being. we encourage all guests to wear red. Paint the Night Red is again offering its Wear Red informative tour of the catheter lab — the hospital’s high-tech facility where Paint the Night Red for Heart Health physicians insert stents, pacemakers Date & Time: and perform other lifesaving cardiac Thursday, February 28 • 5 to 7:30 p.m. procedures. In addition, attendees get access to free screenings that include Location: blood pressure, pulse-oxygen levels and Rockledge Regional body mass index. Medical Center’s Café 110 Longwood Ave., Rockledge “During an average lifetime, the heart pumps millions of gallons of blood RSVP: throughout every part of the body — it’s or 321-637-2727. an extremely efficient, hard-working

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An organ donor gives the most precious gift of all — the gift of continued life. “He did it on his own May 16, 2016 when he renewed his driver’s license and he was such a happy person,” said Linda Ashworth about her son, Matthew Johnson, who registered to donate his organs and then passed due to an automobile accident in July. “He shared with me that he had just become a donor. He was ecstatic. He was the last one of the bunch that had to register. He knew that his sisters and I were. He said that he had donated and ‘I am going to give it all. Not just part, but all.’ “Matthew said that reason was ‘for me to be away from the body is for me to be with the Lord and that is far better,’” Ashworth said about her son’s desire to become a donor. “He was a really big guy and very healthy. The excitement in his voice was unbelievable. It was the last baptism.” Being donors is a meaningful commitment for the Ashworth family. “The thought of giving another person a second chance to live, I feel we are all blessed to do it if at all possible,” Ashworth said. “It is so much more needed. Not just talking about it but giving it action. I know my three kids feel the same way.” “Matthew saved three lives through the gift of the donation process,” said Betsy Edwards, senior public affairs coordinator for LifeLink Foundation,

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benefits everyone. “American Heart is committed to leading efforts, prevention, education, research and treatment,” Rivera said. “I like to share with people about the work that is all around us and not really realize it.” Rivera cited athletic fields with automatic defibrillators, restaurants that no longer allow smoking, explaining the detrimental effects of secondhand smoke, and how doctors are discovering technology and doing research funded by the heart association. To register for the heart walk, go to For information on heart healthy recipes, exercises, signs of stroke or heart attack and prevention of heart illnesses, go to SL


Inc., a nonprofit donor organization, and chair of Donate Life Florida, the state alliance of Florida’s organ, eye and tissue recovery programs working to educate the public about donation and running the state’s donor registry. Johnson donated his heart, two kidneys, his eyes and his tissue and all his major organs and even his corneas, said his mother. “If I am not here anymore, I want someone to benefit from my body,” she said he told her. What typically takes place when an individual is taken to the hospital with a non-survival head injury, all hospitals are required to contact the regional donor recipient program in the area to check for authorization for donors, Edwards said.

“Once the donor’s program is contacted, the state’s donor registry and national donor registry are contacted. If the donor is over age 18 and registered, they work with the family through the process.” Donors can register at age 13 but it is not legal until age 18. There is no age limit to be a donor and all major religions are in support of donations, Edwards said. Florida has the third largest donor list with more than 10.5 million registered. “An organ donor can save eight lives and with tissue can impact more than 70 people,” Edwards said. National Organ Donor Day is being observed Feb. 14 to bring attention to the need for organ

donors. In Florida, the 909 donors in 2018 resulted in 2,247 organ transplants and those numbers continue to grow year after year, according to Edwards. It’s not all about organs. People must remember that blood, platelet or tissue donors can save lives, too. Once a donor, you carry an organ donor card that saves time for those who are waiting for a donation. There is no cost to the donor or donor family. Registration can be through a driver’s license or online for free at and be registered on multiple state agencies. Or join on the national registry at or on an iPhone or health app. SL

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‘Proud Mary’ — Creedence Clearwater Revival, 1969 BY RANDAL HILL Creedence Clearwater Revival lead singer John Fogerty once recalled seeing a Will Rogers movie about old-time paddle-wheelers. “I believe at one point they actually sing ‘Rolling on the river,’” Fogerty said. “I know that buried deep inside of me are all these little bits and pieces of Americana. It’s deep in my heart, deep in my soul. As I learned in English 101, write about what you know.” Starting in the late 1960s, Fogerty’s band brought images of rural America to the world with a unique musical style dubbed “swamp rock,” which featured southern country music, gritty blues and a heavy, danceable beat. CCR hailed from California, and none of its members had ever been to the South before fame came their way. The Bay Area quartet had started as the Blue Velvets, then became the Golliwogs before military obligations caused a temporary breakup. When the band members came together again, they gleaned a new name from three sources: Creedence from mutual

pal Credence Newball, Clearwater from a TV beer commercial that promoted the brew as coming “from the land of sky-blue waters,” and Revival for the band members’ commitment to their reformation. The group’s debut album — “Creedence Clearwater Revival” — featured the minor swamp-rock hit “Susie-Q,” a tune first recorded by Louisianan Dale Hawkins in 1957. Music fans hailed CCR’s music as a refreshing breakthrough, and many were convinced — erroneously — that the band must have come from the South, so authentic was their sound. Fogerty had a small notebook in which he scribbled song-title ideas. “My first entry was ‘Proud Mary,’” he said. “I didn’t know what those two words meant, but I liked how they sounded together.” Fogerty took his guitar and began playing a song introduction he had been working on, the chord riff based on the opening to Beethoven’s “Fifth Symphony.” “I didn’t like how Beethoven had composed it. I preferred hitting the first chord hard for emphasis, not the fourth. When I added rhythm to the chords, the song had the motion

Cold, flu season ruins fun times of winter

I’m sick of dealing with cold and flu season. Why do the docs keep saying I have a cold when I’m feeling hot? When I’m freezing, they don’t say I’m having a “hot,” so why when I’m hot do they say I have a cold? And how come they tell me to use a vaporizer when I have a cold, which makes the air around me hot and that’s supposed to cool me down? I don’t get it. There’s a lot of things I don’t get when it comes to colds. For instance, why do they pump you full of all this medicine to make you feel better, but when the side effects kick in you feel so much worse. It’s like paying the burglar to take your money. You pay big money for the meds, and then you feel worse? Well yes, the meds work to soothe the symptoms they are designed to help, but who wants to stop a runny nose at the risk of nausea and vomiting. You cured your top end, but now everything south of your chest is at war with you. Hey, before I took those things my intestines and everything else down there was just fine. Well, we got a pill to fix that. Uh, wait a minute. Now you’re paying more money for more meds to fix the new problem, but there’s those pesky side effects of the new stuff. Hmm, may cause headache and sleeplessness. So now your head hurts, you can’t sleep, you’re still a little queasy from the previous bout


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of a boat. I had always loved Mark Twain’s writing and the music of Stephen Foster, so I wrote lyrics about a riverboat. I finished most of the song in two hours. Then, I opened my notebook for a song title. There was ‘Proud Mary.’ ” Not happy with the way the tune sounded when his band recorded it, Fogerty stayed behind that day and overdubbed all the background vocal parts himself after the other members had left the studio. A longtime fan of black music, he sought a more authentic feel and claimed to channel rhythm-and-blues icons Wilson Pickett and Howlin’ Wolf for the re-recording. It was Wolf’s blues influence that led Fogerty to pronounce turnin’ as toinin’ and burnin’ as boinin.’ “Proud Mary” — a Billboard No. 2 chart hit — came from CCR’s second album, “Bayou Country,” a millionseller which fed the music-from-theSouth rumor even more. For Ike and Tina Turner, their sizzling 1971 remake of “Proud Mary” became a million-seller — and their biggest single ever. SL

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Love challenges us in mysterious ways Love stories vary. They might be passionate, torrid, horrid, sinful, common place, painful and enduring. Each connection with another, partnering, coupling and marriage has a range of love experiences. As a writer, I meet deadlines and write months in advance of publication. In December, I wrote about “Angels We Have Known” and concluded with “we are blessed to have special angels in our lives.” On Nov. 6, my spouse of 58 years was taken by ambulance to the hospital. From ER to ICU, to the Heart Center, Rehab and Hospice, there were angels in doctors and nurses who worked to save her life. My January column dealt with the “Future.” I struggled to put words on paper as machines kept my beloved alive. The attending doctor along with specialists did not have a crystal ball. Marlowe’s life ended the evening of Dec. 4. My closing words in my column: “Things will not be like they were in the past. Things will not be like you think they will be. It will be happening faster than you think it is happening.” It happened! For more than a year, I sat in the rear pew of my church. The regulars were part of the “Rear Pew Crew.” During the homily, the pastor asked: “How is your Advent Going?” Further, he asked if we were following the suggestions from the Advent calendar. That day, the suggestion was to write a kind note to someone. Near the

Challenges of Living to Age 100 Ed Baranowski end of the service, I pulled out my notepad (something columnists carry daily) and wrote to the lovely woman on my left: “This is my kind note as suggested by the pastor. Would you have dinner with me tonight?” She turned, smiled and said “Yes!” I didn’t even know her name. We had an enjoyable evening. There are bereavement programs, support groups and counselors helping people who have lost a loved one. Each person copes with loss differently. Circumstances are different for each person. I met with widowers to get their advice. One friend who lost his wife more than a year ago gave me a daily meditations book “Healing After Loss” by Martha W. Hickman. One friend said: “God never gives us more than we can handle.” Then I heard the hymn about moving on — “A Time for New Love.” SL Ed Baranowski is president of Topics Unlimited, a Melbourne-based education, seminar and consulting company. He can be reached at

Welaka, Palatka offer different glimpse of the St. Johns River Let me introduce you to a wonderful one-day tour from Brevard County to discover the greatness of the magnificent St. Johns River and the neat river towns of Welaka and Palatka in Putnam County. Your first stop is the St. Johns River town of Welaka, home to some of the best largemouth bass fishing in the world. Several natural springs in the area feed the calm waters of the fantastic St. Johns River. Welaka also is home to the National Fish Hatchery & Aquarium and the Welaka State Forest. The Aquarium contains exhibits of native and exotic fish and provides information on local wildlife. The hatchery provides walking trails and an observation tower for viewing sandhill cranes, southern bald eagles, herons, ibises, egrets, ospreys and hawks, which are common to the area. The Aquarium is located on State Highway 309 in Welaka. It is open daily. For information, call 386-467-2374. Farther north and on the opposite bank of the St. Johns River is the historic city of Palatka. Here your first stop should be the Chamber of Commerce at 1100 Reid St. For information, call 386-328-1503. Tour their new Visitors Center and pick up material on the highlights of Palatka and surroundings. To start, I would suggest visiting the century-old home of Judge Isaac Bronson, located at 100 Madison St. The home was built in 1854 and it is lavishly furnished with antiques and

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Space Coast Symphony Jacob Plays Beethoven

3 p.m. Trinity Episcopal Church 2365 Pine Avenue Vero Beach, 855-252-7276


National Home Warranty Day

“Love Your Library” Wine Tasting Benefit

10 a.m. $25 for fine wines, food and entertainment. Cocoa Beach Public Library 550 N. Brevard Avenue Cocoa Beach, 321-868-1104

“50 First Dates” Golf Cart Drive-in Movie

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24th annual Watercolor Show

Feb. 16 to 17 Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Azan Shrine Temple 1591 W. Eau Gallie Blvd. Melbourne, 321-525-6928

Space Coast Jazz Society Monthly Jazz Concert

2 - 4 p.m., Every Sunday Rockledge Country Club 1591 S. Fiske Boulevard Rockledge, 321-327-3728


National Tortilla Chip Day

Space Coast Jazz Society Monthly Jazz Concert

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11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Freedom 7 Senior Center 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa Beach, 321-783-9505


National Shut-In Visitation Day

Solaris Heart Health Seminar with Dr. Ravi Rao

3:30 p.m. Solaris Senior Living 535 Crockett Boulevard Merritt Island, 321-454-236

Tai Chi Class

11 a.m. - 12 noon Freedom 7 Senior Center 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa Beach, 321-783-9505 Spanish Class Mondays Intermediate 1 - 2 p.m. Advanced 2 - 3 p.m. Martin Andersen Senior Center, Bldg. 1 1025 Florida Ave. Rockledge, 321-453-5098


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Spirit Night Yappy Hour

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Busy Fingers Crafts

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National Frozen Yogurt Day


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Strength and Balance!

Total Brain Workout Class 10 a.m.

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National Plum Pudding Day

Scrapbooking & Crafts

10 a.m. -3:30 p.m. Bring Scrapbook materials! Everyone welcome, $1 Freedom 7 Senior Center 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa Beach, 321-783-9505

Send a Card to a Friend Day

2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays Freedom 7 Senior Center 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa Beach, 321-783-9505


National Tortellini Day

Beginner Line Dancing

1:30 - 2:30 p.m. $3 members; $4 non-members Freedom 7 Senior Center 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa Beach, 321-783-9505

Coupon Group

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10 a.m., Tuesdays Titusville Public Library 2121 S. Hopkins Ave. Titusville 321-264-5026

The Single, Separated, Widowed and Divorced (SSWD) group lunch and birthday celebration

Art & Painting Workshop

9 a.m., Tuesdays & Fridays Work with watercolors, oils, acrylics & colored pencils. Martin Andersen Senior Center, Bldg. 3 1025 Florida Ave. Rockledge, 321-631-8288

Space Coast Symphony Jacob Plays Beethoven 7 p.m. The Scott Center 5625 Holy Trinity Drive Suntree, 855-252-7276


National Pizza Day

Pioneer Day Festival

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Courtenay Springs 5555 & 6195 N. Tropical Tr. 1200 S Courtenay Pkwy. Merritt Island, 562-257-5255 Merritt Island, 321-452-5260

6:30 - 8:30 p.m. W. Melb. Community Park 3000 Minton Road W. Melbourne, 321-837-7779

Mims United Methodist Church 3307 Green Street Mims, 321-267-6202

Space Coast Food Festival

5 - 9 p.m. Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal 1 9050 Discover Road Port Canaveral, 321-784-6444

Brevard Symphony Orchestra Concert “Great Movies Grand Piano”



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Adult Coloring Club

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Brevard Christian Singles Valentine Dance


National Caregivers Day

Brevard Eye Center CataLaze Vision Seminar 3 p.m. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-984-3200

2 p.m. and 8 p.m. King Center for the Performing Arts 3865 N Wickham Road Melbourne, 321-242-2219

Do a Grouch a Favor Day

Ed Baranowski Lecture

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

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National Grain-Free Day


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Melb. Municipal Band FIT International Students Spanish Class, Beginning 1 - 2 p.m., Fridays Concert “Shall We Dance?” Homeland Showcase Feb. 20 to Feb. 21 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Free. 80-member concert band 6:30 pre-show; the Melbones. Melbourne Auditorium 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. Melbourne, 321-724-0555

1:15 p.m. Caribbean students Buena Vida Estates 2129 W. New Haven Ave. W. Melbourne, 724-0060

Book Club

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National Boy Scouts Day

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The Brevard Antiques and 2 - 3 p.m. Bring unused and expired coupons. Collectibles Club Satellite Beach Library 1:30 p.m. Subject will be “Dolls & Figurines.” Please bring one item for study/ discussion. Melbourne Beach Library 324 Ocean Ave. Melb. Beach, 321-795-7363

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Martin Andersen Senior Center, Bldg. 1 1025 Florida Ave. Rockledge, 321-453-5098

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Now that you’re thinking about downsizing, when is the best age to do it? A recent study by revealed the perfect age to downsize is 64. The study says this is the time when people that age are generally mentally agile enough to be able to deal with the buying and selling of property. The study reports this is the age when downsizing and the ridding of unused space, extreme rooms or difficult to manage gardens and yards pays off best. The study also found that half of over 60s admit they struggle to maintain their property, and a third find it hard to keep on top of their garden or yard. “The results show that people want to make the most of later life and sometimes they can be restricted in that due to being tied to a property they struggle to fill or maintain,” said Richard Drew, CEO of Retirementmove. “The prospect of moving a home is daunting whatever your age, but downsizing at the right time can help avoid years of struggling to manage a larger space or feeling overwhelmed with your current property. Moving at the right time means retirees can get the best out of their new homes, ensuring a focus on living a fulfilling and enjoyable time of life, rather than worrying about property maintenance or upkeep for a place that’s no longer

HOME DOWNSIZING suitable.” Advantages The study brings to the • Increased cash flow. If you’re fore the idea spending less on your mortgage that life really payment, you are likely to have does begin at money left over every month to 60. allocate for other needs or desires. “Part of Or perhaps you could pay cash for a planning for smaller home from the proceeds of retirement is not your existing home. Marni Jameson about the ‘end’ • More time. Fewer rooms and but about new smaller spaces cut down on the time beginnings,” Drew added. expended to clean and maintain. Marni Jameson, a syndicated Smaller homes can reduce the home and lifestyle columnist time spent on household tasks, and the author of the 2016 book, leaving more hours in the day to do “Downsizing the Family Home: something else more enjoyable. What to Save, What to Let Go,” says • Lower utility bills. It costs a lot less one of the biggest obstacles facing to heat or air condition a smaller seniors is getting past the “emotional home than a larger home. Typically, component” of the process. there is no wasted space such as “Find your purpose as to why vaults in a smaller home. Less square you’re doing it,” she said. “And footage decreases the amount of remember, Ask keepabout your eye the ouronmove-in specialsenergy expended. Reducing energy is prize. Try to overcome the resistance better for the environment and helps not to act. Confront the reality.” to keep your home green. Jameson also said that dealing • Reduced consumption. If there is with your children and the no place to put it, you’re much less disbursement of furniture and other likely to buy it. That means less family possessions, can be very money is spent on clothing, food and stressful and emotional. consumer goods. “Believe your kids when they • Minimized stress. Less responsibility, tell you they don’t want your dining smaller workload, increased cash room set,” she continued. “In most flow and greater flexibility — added cases, the kids want you to sell the together, they all reduce stress. furniture and keep the money for Homeowners who have successfully yourself.” SL downsized sometimes appear happier Next month, Senior Life will when they’re no longer overwhelmed examine the process of upsizing to by the demands of a larger home. a larger home.

Disadvantages • Fewer belongings. Moving to a smaller home would probably result in selling, giving away or throwing out furniture, books, kitchen supplies and emptying out the garage, basement and attic. Some people form emotional attachments to stuff and can’t part with any of it. • No room for guests. Hosting a huge holiday dinner might be out of the question in a smaller home. Out-oftown guests might need to stay at a hotel when they come to visit. • Space restrictions. Some homeowners report feeling cramped because there is less space in which to maneuver. It’s hard to get away from other family members and enjoy private, quiet time because there are fewer rooms to escape to when needed.

• Less prestigious. Sometimes appearances are more important than comfort levels. For homeowners who place a great deal of importance on how they are perceived by others, which is often exemplified by offering the appearance that one is maintaining a certain level of financial success, a smaller home might not project that image. • Lifestyle changes. Especially for long-term homeowners, trading down means changing a lifestyle, and some people are resistant to change. There is a certain comfort level obtained by staying with what is familiar.

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North Brevard Titusville’s historic clock could chime again BY FLORA REIGADA The chimes of the McClintock clock hanging from the historic First Federal Bank building at 300 S. Washington Ave. in Titusville once rang in the time with authority each day. However, its musical chimes have

fallen silent and the clock has been out of order for about 30 years. Although it dates back to the 1930s, the clock was mounted on the bank in the early 1960s. A fundraising effort, “Save the Clock,” is underway to restore the landmark timepiece.


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An effort is underway to restore the McClintock clock outside the historic First Federal Bank in Downtown Titusville. Steven Human is coordinating the effort. The clock helped form his childhood memories. “We could hear its chimes all over the downtown area,” he said. “As kids, we would always be down by the river fishing, playing or just hanging out. The clock let us know when it was time to go home and when my mother, who worked at the First Federal Bank, went to lunch.” Human believes it is important to preserve local landmarks such as the clock for future generations. “It will be a sign of the revitalization of our beautiful downtown area,” he said. Thanks to Red Canyon Software, which purchased the bank and the adjoining historic Walker Hotel, that revitalization is progressing. Project amenities include a Red Canyon destination office and boutique-style apartments.

The overall project is called Launch Now. “It is the comprehensive renovation of two historic properties located in the heart of Florida’s booming Space Coast,” the Launch Now website states. Save the Clock’s goal is to have the clock repaired and ready to chime at midnight, 2020 with a New Year’s Eve Party and clock dedication. Greater Titusville Renaissance is a partner in the fundraiser and Executive Director Catherine Musselman recently provided an update. “Thanks to those individuals who have contributed to our cause, we are now able to hire the clock expert to inspect the clock and provide us with a proposal for the work.” But the need for funds continues. For updates and information about contributing to the restoration, call 321403-8556, go to infor@savegtheclock. org or SL


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Upcoming 5K race in Titusville helps fight leukemia assistance to area families that have children with leukemia both financially and through “other acts of kindness.” To add to that, Brittany’s Wish also provides “cheer gifts” along with celebrations marking the end of chemotherapy treatment. It also remembers occasions for children, including birthdays and holidays. Brittany’s Wish also stages an annual toy drive and helps families enjoy meals at local Ronald McDonald houses. The run to benefit the organization itself is scheduled to start at 8 a.m., with registration opening at 7 a.m. An awards ceremony also is slated to be held after the race at 9:15 a.m. Those who registered by Jan. 25


Chuck “Wagon” McRoberts, the founder of the charitable run to benefit Brittany’s Wish, recently passed away. BY CHRIS BONANNO Registration is ongoing for the Wagon’s Run/Walk Roll 5K that will take place March 2 at Chain of Lakes Park in Titusville. Proceeds from the run will benefit Brittany’s Wish, a foundation that provides “financial support and other acts of kindness to families in Central Florida with children receiving treatment for all types of leukemia.” This year’s run will mark the fourth annual installment of the event, according to Linda Roggenkamp, the president of Brittany’s Wish and the race organizer. However, this year’s run will be a little more poignant as it will be held without the presence of Chuck McRoberts, the race founder. He died Jan. 1 following a battle with cancer. McRoberts started the event after he was diagnosed with cancer and after suffering a stroke. “His goal from rehabilitation from the stroke was to walk the Titusville (A. Max Brewer) Bridge,” Roggenkamp said. “When he did that, he raised money for our organization.” The race now is called the Wagon’s Run/Walk Roll 5K in McRoberts’ memory. Roggenkamp noted that

North Brevard Events Feb. 2 • 10 - 10:45 a.m. Guided Walk: Enchanted Forest Sanctuary Enjoy a 45-minute guided hike. Bring a hat, water and walking shoes. Enchanted Forest Sanctuary 444 Columbia Ave. Titusville, 321-264-5185 Feb. 16 • 9 a.m. - Noon Wild Citrus Walk Enjoy a special 2- to 3-mile hike exploring rarely seen parts of the sanctuary, including the cliffs of an old quarry and the remnants of the Hernandez Trail. Ages 16 and up. Registration required. Enchanted Forest Sanctuary 444 Columbia Ave. Titusville, 321-264-5185


McRoberts’ nickname was “Chuck Wagon.” “He’ll be missed, but this is going to go on in his name and his memory,” said Roggenkamp, who also referred to McRoberts as “kind hearted” and “generous.” McRoberts was raising money for a very worthwhile charitable cause in Brittany’s Wish, named after Roggenkamp’s granddaughter who passed at the age of 8 in November 2008. Roggenkamp said the charitable foundation was started in January 2009. According to the organization’s website, Brittany’s wish provides

paid $20. Registrations between Jan. 25 and March 1 will be $25 and those who sign up on March 2 will pay a $35 fee. Those who sign up before Feb. 15 will receive a free shirt. “We’re hoping for 100 or more (runners),” Roggenkamp said. “Last year, we had 66.” Race packets also can be picked up between 5 and 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Titusville YMCA at 2400 Harrison St. or from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Cocoa YMCA at 1519 Clearlake Road. For more information about the race, go to Titusville/WagonsRunWalkRoll5K. For information about Brittany’s Wish, go to SL

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M,W,Th,F: 10am - 5pm, Tue: 12N - 7pm, W, Th, F: 10a,- 5pm. Tues: 10am - 7pm, 386-235-3443 • Sat: 10am - 2pm,M, Sun: CLOSED Sat: 10am - 2 pm. Sun: CLOSED Odyssey Travel 146 S. Atlantic Ave, Ormond Beach, Fl. 32176



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Sunday – Thursday: 9am-9pm Friday & Saturday: 9am-10pm


Nature’s Market Health Foods


Head to Toe

Brevard’s Health Food Store


701 S. Apollo Blvd. Melbourne

a single item.


Restrictions Apply. Cannot be combined with any other offer.

321.802.3183 117 5th Ave, Indialantic, FL 32903

Two cemetery lots at beautiful Oaklawn Memorial Gardens, Titusville, Serenity Gardens, $5,500 Call Jim or Gail Gibson, 321-269-2398 GARAGE / RUMMAGE SALE

Indian River Colony Club Community Garage Sale — Open to the public Saturday, March 2, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 50 garage sellers, artists and crafters, bake sale. Park on Murrell Road near the Continental Ave. gate. Mims United Methodist Church Rummage Sale — 3307 Green St. From 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Fri. & Sat. Feb. 8 & 9. Join us to find those treasures you just can’t do without. Call 321-267-6202 with any questions. SAVE YOUR MEMORIES We convert your VHS Tapes, Slides, Photos, Video Cassettes, ALL Films. We also convert Phonograph Records, Audio Cassettes, Reel to Reel Tape to LIFETIME DISCS. Economical - CALL KEN 321-750-1414 on Merritt Island



Real Estate


Phone: (321) 622-8602, Fax: (321) 622-8574

2850 South Hopkins Ave.



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Serving Brevard County.

Free Immunization Assessment by our Pharmacy Team

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Seniors Day is the first Tuesday of each month. *20% off Regular Price Merchandise with bonus points 55+ with Balance Reward Card

MON-THURS 9-7 • FRI-SAT 9-6 • SUN 12-5

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Brevard Watercolor Society showcases impressive art

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The Brevard Watercolor Society’s 24th annual show, “A Splash of Art Therapy,” will be held Feb. 16 and 17. The show is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 16 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Azan Shrine Temple at 1591 W. Eau Gallie Blvd. in Melbourne. Admission and parking are free. This year’s theme will be expressed through interactive demonstrations where the “viewer” becomes the “creator.” Art can have a therapeutic value for both. It can improve overall mood and well-being and promote awareness and self-exploration. “We want you to wrap yourself in color and visual images created by local artists,” said Donah Miller, the Society’s president. Participants range from beginners to master painters and creations will be shown in one or both galleries, judged and non-judged. Enjoy viewing the art and browsing in the marketplace for unframed originals and prints, with chances of winning gift baskets. Bidding will be held in a silent auction. Several ongoing painting demonstrations will be interactive. One of the highlights of the show is watching a sometimes-hilarious “paint-around,” where five artists rotate their initial paintings and finish them with a short time limit.

SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of Barbara Rios

There is no fee to attend the Brevard Watercolor Society’s 24th annual show.

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Barbara Rios, publicity chair of the Brevard Watercolor Society, said she wants people to come and take advantage of what is being offered at the show. She said there is a lot of tension going on in the world. People can come to the show and feel good about themselves. “Art should elicit all kinds of emotions,” Rios said. “We want those emotions to take over and replace whatever they are going through.” SL

ST. JOHNS RIVER from page 26

to Welaka. From Welaka to Palatka, take 309 North to U.S. 17 North, then follow the signs to Palatka. Palatka is located on the west bank of the St. Johns River. Going home, take State Road 100 east to Bunnell and then U.S. 1 south to I-95. This completes a wonderful day that covers all my requirements of being rewarding, stimulating and educational for you, your friends and your family. SL

Mondays and Tuesdays. Traveling from Brevard to Putnam County takes about two hours. Take I-95 North to exit 265, then go west on State Road 40 to Barberville. Go north on U.S. 17 at Barberville. Continue north on U.S. 17 to Pomona Park. Then, go west on County Road 308B

Our aging community is a sacred asset that we should learn from, honor, and support.

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Call us to Volunteer: » Assist with Food Prep at the Kitchen » Meals on Wheels Driver » Provide a senior transportation » Provide a veteran transportation » Provide information to Caregivers at the Sunflower House



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community caregiver center


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Seniors At Lunch

group dining at neighborhood sites

Call us if you need: » Caregiver Respite » Caregiver Training and Support » Case Management » Catering » Handyman Services » Information and Referral » Light Housekeeping » Meals on Wheels » Personal Care » Seniors at Lunch Fellowship Dining » Transportation » Volunteer Opportunities WEARE

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Aging Matters in Brevard is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofu organimtion recognized by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and the Area Agency on Aging as the LRad Agency for senior servues in Brevard County. 321-242-1235

Serving the Matters of Aging Since 1965 • SENIOR LIFE • FEBRUARY 2019


Caregiving for Seniors Annual Conference Embrace the Power of Positivity

Please join us for our 15th Annual Caregiving for Seniors Conference, tailored to family caregivers providing care and support for their loved ones. This day will be filled with information and community connections to help you continue to provide quality care and find support. This day is for you – relax, enjoy, learn and connect.

Conference Caregiver Sessions will Include: Keynote: “The Magic of Mindfulness in Your Daily Life” Speaker: Alexis McKenzie Second Session: Ten Commandments: Dealing with a loved one with memory loss can sometimes be challenging. The 10 commandments are suggestions that can help you on your caregiving journey. Speaker: Visa Srinivasan, MD Afternoon Session: “The Power and Many Forms of Music and Creativity” Speaker: Alexis McKenzie Exhibitor Resource Fair: “Ask the Experts”

Our 2019 Keynote Speaker:

Alexis McKenzie Alexis McKenzie holds a doctorate degree in Metaphysical Science. She is a master trainer in the Brief Cognitive Assessment Tool (, a certified Dementia Care Practitioner and a clinical hypnotherapist.

Saturday, March 16, 2019 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place 200 Rialto Place, Melbourne, FL 32901 For early registration, call 321.434.4335

Complimentary lunch, door prizes and much more!

Free Valet Parking Sponsored by Viera Company

If you need care for your loved one in order to attend the conference, please call SarahCare at 321.676.3460 after you register for our conference. They will kindly provide respite for your loved one for a nominal fee.

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Senior Life - February 2019  

Senior Life is a community newspaper serving Suntree, Viera and Rockledge, Florida. For more information, call 321-242-1235.

Senior Life - February 2019  

Senior Life is a community newspaper serving Suntree, Viera and Rockledge, Florida. For more information, call 321-242-1235.