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Viera Charter School kindergarten teacher Carol-Ann Zaroogian, principal Dr. Julie Cady and students make preparations for Valentine’s Day. BY JULIE STURGEON

Students will be exchanging cards, creating arts and crafts and snacking on sweet treats at local elementary schools in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Several area schools have extra special events planned this month. At Suntree Elementary, students will perform acts of kindness in observance of Valentine’s Day. During the week of Feb. 12, Suntree’s 35 kindness ambassadors

will pass out kindness notes, stamps, stickers and other items. The kindness ambassadors are part of the Kindness Club, which started in December. According to Suntree teacher Tracy Seibert, “Kindness Club’s mission statement is to create a culture where Suntree students work together without judgement or reservation to create a kindness culture at Suntree Elementary School.” Each week, the Kindness Club highlights a “Kindness

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Challenge,” in which students have helped out in the classroom, on campus, or in the community, with gestures such as making cards for members of assisted living facilities or painting rocks with kindness messages. “On the morning Sun News each week, we spotlight a new Kindness Challenge such as sharing, helping or caring,” Seibert said. “Students across the campus work at challenging themselves throughout the week.”

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A father-daughter Valentine’s event called “An Evening in the Garden” has become a much-anticipated annual outing for many Viera Charter School students. VCS girls can invite their fathers or any other significant adult to this fun-filled evening. “There is something very special in dressing up and being treated like a lady, and learning that they are to be


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Passionate, yet massive music playing to the glory of God rose up from the choir loft and filled the sanctuary of the new St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Viera beginning the dedication Mass on Jan. 20. The $7 million building, constructed in the basilica style, seats 1,050 worshippers in gently

curving red oak pews for the five planned weekly Sunday Masses. The pews were packed with parishioners. “This has been our dream and it has been so great to happen,” said the Rev. John Britto, one of two priests from the congregation of the Holy Cross. “A special type of technology was used in the building. The building itself is not the grandeur type of church, but at the same time

there is a graciousness to it.” The Most Rev. John Noonan, Bishop of Orlando, was the presider of the liturgy for the dedication with the Most Rev. Bernard J. Harrington, Bishop Emeritus of Winona, as the concelebrating bishop. The celebration day was selected on Jan. 20 for “it is the feast day of Basil Anthony Moreau, founder of the congregation of the Holy

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Cross and we belong to that order, so it is appropriate that we have it on that day for it is very prominent on our calendar,” Britto said. The service included the Catholic Mass adding gestures and symbolism and a key entrusted to Noonan. The regular readings, homily and creed were cited with singing of the litany of the saints. Noonan placed the relics of the priests’ saints in the altar and smeared the altar with baptism oil. Incense rose up toward heaven as so may the “prayers go to heaven and raise to the lord,” Britto said. Following the dedication, a reception was held in the educational building on campus where services had been held before the new church was constructed. From the time the parish first formed in 2001, the church has gone from 200 to 2,300 families, according to the Rev. R. Bradley Beaupre, who has been with the church for 9½ years and is planning his retirement. The church’s 19,000 square feet has a 58-foot high nave ceiling with an

intricate double barrel vault of curving planes like traditional basilicas drawing the eye upward and toward the east-facing rose window and altar wall in the sanctuary. Twelve of the large arched windows and smaller clerestory windows will feature stained glass, installed behind hurricane-impact glass in the steel-framed structure to withstand Category 5 hurricane-force winds. “It takes two months for each window to be made,” Britto said. “Trying to bring in all the aspects of John, we have 12 windows to be stained glass and 12 statements we have drawn out of the Gospel of John.” Thrilled with the new church, a couple parishioners shared their thoughts. “I have been here all week and every time I come in here (sanctuary) I cry,” said Gloria Teed, a church usher. “It is spectacular.” “I have been waiting for this a long time since we were meeting in the government building,” added Jacqueline Tsarnas, a parishioner from Viera. VV

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respected and adored by their future sweethearts,” parent volunteer Amanda Rost said. Rost, who is coordinating this year’s “Evening in the Garden,” said it was the highlight of her daughter’s year in 2017. A disc jockey will play music and refreshments will be served. Elsewhere at VCS, firstgrade teacher Corey Power will work magic in her first-grade classroom with a Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs theme during Valentine’s Day week.

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Tiki and Gizmo have been together since 1999 at the Brevard Zoo.

“They sometimes preen each other’s feathers,” Zirulnik said. Macaws, unlike many celebrities currently on the hot seat for sexual peccadilllos, are monogamous and mate for life. When they outlive their mate, they are heartbroken. However, don’t fret about the future of this handsome pair, for scarlet macaws can last as much as 100 years in captivity, so Tiki and Gizmo should have many happy

years of feather preening ahead. Another loving zoo couple are siamangs Pete and Sapphire, who have been together since 1997. Siamangs, endangered arboreal gibbons native to the forests of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, can live around 40 to 50 years in captivity, so you could say Pete, age 40, and his 39-year-

Eva Ray “I have a secret Valentine in 2018. We just started seeing each other and are having a lot of fun. You will have to check back with me next year for a progress report!’’

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HOLY TRINITY BOYS BASKETBALL Feb. 1 —at Eau Gallie, 7 p.m. Feb. 6 — Palm Bay, 7 p.m. Feb. 8 — at Poinciana, 7 p.m. Feb. 13-16 — Class 5A, District 7 Tournament at MCC Feb. 22 — Regional Quarterfinals, site and opponent TBD, 7 p.m. Feb. 27 — Regional Semifinals, site and opponent TBD, 7 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Feb. 1 — at Palm Bay, 7 p.m. Feb. 2 — Viera (Senior Night), 7 p.m. Feb. 6-10 — Class 5A, District 7 Tournament at MCC Feb. 15 — Regional Quarterfinals, site and opponent TBD, 7 p.m. Feb. 20 — Regional Semifinals, site and opponent TBD, 7 p.m. Feb. 23 — Regional Finals, site and opponent TBD, 7 p.m. Feb. 28 — Class 5A State Semifinals at RP Funding Center, Lakeland, 2/4 p.m. BOYS SOCCER Feb. 2 — Class 1A, District 10 Championship Game, 6 p.m. Feb. 7 — Regional Quarterfinals, site and opponent TBD, 7 p.m Feb. 10 — Regional Semifinals, site and opponent TBD, 7 p.m. Feb. 14 — Regional Finals, site and opponent TBD, 7 p.m. Feb. 17 — Class 1A State Semifinals, site and opponent TBD, 7 p.m. Feb. 22 — Class 1A State Championship at Spec Martin Memorial Stadium (DeLand), 7 p.m.

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Brevard Rockets claim fall season hockey championship


the ice and skate out there.” The Brevard Although Rockets are the Rockets champions once are the league again. champions, their Following fall season is not an unbeaten over … yet. regular season, The team the Rockets is playing defeated the an extended Volusia Stingrays schedule with 9-0 last month games running to win the through the end Central Florida of this month. High School Randy Just Hockey League said he was (CFHSHL) VIERA VOICE Courtesy of Kristy Patjens looking to set up championship a few contests in Members of the Brevard Rockets pose on the ice at Amway Arena after beating the Volusia Stingrays for the fall 9-0 to claim the Central Florida High School Hockey League fall season championship. the Miami area season. and the team It’s the second Steven Rossi would score (Merritt Island); Ethan is heading to the Boston/ consecutive fall season title twice for the Rockets and Brass (Rockledge); Bona Providence area during for the Rockets, who also won Zach Scorer, Lorenzo Bona (Vero Beach); Jason Dowden Presidents Day Weekend. The the B Team championship in and Will Thew each scored (Merritt Island); Rappaport Rockets will play two games the spring. once. (Lake Minneola); Scorer on Feb. 17 and two more “We played very well,” Goalies Elijah Rappaport (Edgewood) and Nick on Feb. 18 before returning Rockets coach Randy Just and Dan Thew combined for Warner (Melbourne). home. said. “We had been off, the shutout. The top seed in the Earlier this season, the obviously, for the holidays The Rockets, who are based tournament after going 8-0 Rockets made a similar tip to and had sporadic practices, so out of the Space Coast Iceplex in the regular season, the St. Louis. as a coaching staff, we were a in Rockledge, are made up Rockets actually got a bye into “The kids are looking little concerned how the boys of high school players from the championship game when forward to it,” Randy Just would react. throughout Brevard County one of the four teams that said of the team’s upcoming “But we played great. It along with some players from qualified pulled out. The title travel plans. “We had a great was a great game from our surrounding areas where game was played at Amway St. Louis trip. We went 2-1goalies to our defense to our hockey is not offered. Arena, home to the Orlando 1 and not only did the kids forwards. Our first line scored This year’s team featured Solar Bears of the East Coast play good hockey — it’s in the first 30 seconds to set 11 players from Viera High Hockey League (ECHL). nice to play other teams and the tone.” School: Nick Rossi; Steven Rockets players got to see other hockey out there Nick Rossi scored that first Rossi; Ryan Just; Dan Thew; watch the Solar Bears beat — but it was good for the goal on an assist from Ryan William Thew; James Barrall; the Jacksonville Icemen 3-1 camaraderie. It brought the Just and would finish with Tyler King; David Kozak; Will that day before taking the ice team together and they had a three goals for the hat trick Patjens III; Alex Snyder and themselves. good time. on the night. Marc Walker. “It was a great thrill for the “We’re looking for a good Ryan Just had a goal to go Other team members kids,” Randy Just said. “It was trip in February as well.” VV with four assists. included: Thomas Batchelor good for them to get out on

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Space Coast United’s Dixon named regional Coach of the Year BY CARL KOTALA

It’s been quite a year for Space Coast United Soccer Club coach Cal Dixon … and it just keeps getting better. After being named the 2017 Florida Youth Soccer Girls Competitive Coach of the Year award in August, Dixon found out last month that he had won the Region III award as well. The region is made up of 12 state associations: Florida; Georgia; South Carolina; North Carolina; Tennessee; Arkansas; Alabama; Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas North, Texas South and Oklahoma. “It was a bit unexpected,” Dixon said. “I knew that I was voted for the Florida Girls Competitive Coach of the Year. This regional award just came in the mail. I had no idea it was coming. It was a nice surprise.


Florida State College and Florida Tech. He’s now in his first season as head coach of the Viera High girls soccer team, which is poised to make a deep run into the playoffs. Dixon’s Space Coast United teams won numerous tournament titles in 2017, with the big payoff coming when the U14 team won the state championship. VIERA VOICE Courtesy of “It is easy to see why Space Coast United Soccer Coach Dixon’s teams are Space Coast United Soccer coach highly motivated, very Cal Dixon has been named the 2017 Region III Youth Soccer Girls disciplined, and committed Competitive Coach of the Year. to good sportsmanship at every practice and game,” “I was really pleased to SCU President Ann Fuller win it. I give a lot of credit said in a press release. to the girls I coach at the “He is a fantastic role club for helping me win it. model, who not only insists I wouldn’t be able to win it on his players striving for without them working hard.” constant improvement, but In addition to coaching applies that expectation to two teams for Space Coast himself. Space Coast United United in 2017, Dixon was is proud to have him on our also coaching at Eastern staff.” VV

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Continued from page 8 GIRLS SOCCER Feb. 6 — Class 1A Regional Quarterfinals, site and opponent TBD, 7 p.m. Feb. 9 — Regional Semifinals, site and opponent TBD, 7 p.m. Feb. 13 — Regional Finals, site and opponent TBD, 7 p.m. Feb. 16 — Class 1A State Semifinals, site and opponent TBD, 7 p.m. Feb. 21 — Class 1A State Championship at Spec Martin Memorial Stadium (DeLand), 7 p.m.

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Motivated Allen leads promising group BY CARL KOTALA

There are two ways to look at this year’s Viera High wrestling team. With six freshmen and several sophomore first-year wrestlers, the Hawks have a chance to be a very dominant team in a couple of years if everyone sticks with the sport. Then there’s senior Gio Allen. Viera’s 285-pounder has been pretty dominant all season long … and he’s got something to prove after what happened to him last year. Poised to qualify for the state tournament, Allen’s trip to the regional tournament took a devastating turn when a car fire on I-95 backed up traffic and he was disqualified when he couldn’t make it to the weigh-ins on time. This year, Allen is off to a 16-0 start — all by first-round pins. “I want to show how good I am,” he said. Now a legitimate 285 pounds (he was 260 last year), Allen is ready to make another run at the state tournament, which takes place March 2 and 3 at the Silver Spurs Arena in

“If I could place at state, that would be great. That would be my goal.” — Gio Allen Kissimmee. “I’m really going to go all three periods, try to do my best,” he said. “Obviously, I want to make it to state. If I could place at state, that would be great. That would be my goal.” Senior Lou Fox, who VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala could wrestle at 120 or 126, Viera High seniors Gio Allen, left, and Lou Fox were regional qualifiers qualified for regionals last last season and are looking to close out their careers with a trip to the year and has a goal of his state tournament. own. “Mainly just to have fun,” he could possibly drop to 170 and had to start each dual said. “I just enjoy wrestling. It by the postseason. His twin meet already in a 36-0 hole, would be nice if I could get up brother, Gavin, wrestles at the Hawks have enough there in regionals. That would 152. wrestlers to fill every weight be pretty sweet if I could Kristopher Garcilazo has class. place or qualify for state.” been impressive at 195 along While Viera might not Senior Andy Saraka is with Ryken Torgerson at have a lot of experience in another returning regional 120, Dylan Berry at 132 and the room this season, there qualifier at 195 pounds who Andrew Pinzon at 106. is definitely a lot of reason is hoping to finish strong. Viera coach James Gentile for optimism about just how Among the other veterans, has been happy with the good the Hawks can be. junior Samantha Perez (113 numbers and the enthusiasm “This is a growing year,” pounds) is one to watch. of his new wrestlers. Gentile said. “Next year, we As for the freshmen, they Unlike last season, when should improve dramatically are led by Tommy Arevalos, the Hawks would be unable if we keep everybody on the who is at 182 pounds, but to fill six weight classes roster.” VV




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Continued from page 10 VARSITY TENNIS Feb. 7-8 — Boys tournament at Eastern Florida State College, 4 p.m. Feb. 10 — Girls tournament at Fee Avenue Courts, 9 a.m. Feb. 14 — at Edgewood, 3:45 p.m.


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VARSITY BOYS BASKETBALL Feb. 1 — Melbourne, 7:30 p.m.* Feb. 6 — CCC playoff game, 7 p.m. Feb. 8 — Eau Gallie (Senior Night), 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 — at MCC, 7 p.m. Feb. 13-16 — Class 8A, District 6 Tournament at St. Cloud Feb. 22 — Regional Quarterfinals, site and opponent TBD, 7 p.m. Feb. 27 — Regional Semifinals, site and opponent, TBD, 7 p.m. VARSITY GIRLS BASKETBALL Feb. 2 — at Holy Trinity, 7 p.m. Feb. 6-10 — Class 8A, District 6 Tournament at Celebration Feb. 15 — Regional Quarterfinals, site and opponent TBD, 7 p.m. Feb. 20 — Regional Semifinals, site and opponent TBD, 7 p.m. Feb. 23 — Regional Finals, site and opponent TBD, 7 p.m. VARSITY BOYS SOCCER Feb. 2 — Class 4A, District 6 championship game at Melbourne, 7 p.m. Feb. 7 — Regional Quarterfinals, site and opponent TBD, 7 p.m

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With four big events lined up during the next two months, the Duran Golf Club is going to be the place to be for Brevard County golf enthusiasts. It all starts on Feb. 19 and 20, when the inaugural Moon Golf Invitational takes place. The event, hosted by the University of Louisville women’s golf team, will showcase some of the best collegiate golfers in the country. The following weekend (Feb. 24), Duran will host the fifth annual Pink Ribbon Golf Classic, an event focused on raising money for several local cancer organizations. History will be made at Duran March 17 and 18 when the club hosts the inaugural Women’s Space Coast Amateur tournament. A week later, it’s the 10th annual Men’s Space Coast Amateur. “We’re really excited about the (women’s amateur event) with the level of high school golfers in the area, and with the collegiate golfers — the Florida Tech team and the Eastern Florida State College team,” Duran Head Golf

Professional Matt Morrison said. “From a younger, competitive player standpoint, we expect a great turnout. But it’s for ladies of all skill levels. We’ll have multiple flights just like we do with the men’s tournament.” Duran has a promotional partnership with Moon Golf for the women’s event. There will even be a pre-event party at the store’s Wickham Road location the night before the tournament begins. McDonalds, owned locally by Ray Rodriguez, is the title sponsor of both events. The Men’s and Women’s Space Coast Amateurs will both follow with a two-day, 36-hole individual stroke play format. The cost is $125 per player and includes the two rounds, practice balls (prior to play) with lunch each day and prizes. There is a maximum of 100 players for each event and Morrison said spots are filling up fast. For information, go to, or call 321504-7776, ext. 1. Those are the same contact points for anyone interested

in playing in the Pink Ribbon Classic. Although it’s a womenfriendly event, men also are welcome. “We are honored to once again partner with the EWGA (Executive Women’s Golf Association of the Space Coast) to offer one of the area’s most popular events,” Morrison said in a press release. “Thanks to our title sponsor, Connors Wealth Management, along with another major sponsor, 321Cabinets. VIERA VOICE Courtesy of Matt Morrison com, this event has Calvin Sierota, a senior at Viera High grown in popularity at the time, won the 2017 Space Coast and will be one of the Amateur Tournament. biggest ever, featuring exceptional prizes and features 13 teams, including additional on-course food and beverage samplings. two ranked in the top 25 (Louisville and Furman). “This event will sell out quickly, so those interested in Other notable teams expected to be on hand include participating are advised to Michigan, Virginia Tech, sign up quickly.” Maryland, Memphis and The entry fee for the Pink Rutgers. Classic is $85. Hole sponsors The 54-hole event begins also are being accepted. with two rounds of play on For those who want to see Monday, Feb. 19 and then the some of the top women’s final 18 holes on Tuesday, collegiate golfers in action, Feb. 20. VV the Moon Golf Invitational

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Continued from page 12 Feb. 10 — Regional Semifinals, site and opponent TBD, 7 p.m. Feb. 14 — Regional Finals, site and opponent, TBD, 7 p.m. Feb. 17 — Class 4A State Semifinals, site and opponent TBD, 7 p.m. Feb. 24 — Class 4A State Championship at Spec Martin Memorial Stadium (DeLand), 7 p.m.


When Mary Bennett pulled into the parking lot of the new United States Specialty Sports Association Space Coast Complex, her reaction was immediate. “It’s a gorgeous complex,” she said. “Absolutely gorgeous. I’ve never seen anything like it. The turf field is beautiful. VIERA VOICE Courtesy USSSA and Carl Kotala “My first impression After nearly a year of construction, the new USSSA Space Coast Complex — with its 15 state-of-the-art AstroTurf fields — is open for business. was, ‘Wow.’ ” Bennett, who is from sweat and tears and long any new business in its first Seffner, was on hand to Upcoming events hours and meetings, and to year of operation. watch her daughter, Zeta, play get to that point … it kind “Test and repeat,” Reynolds last month in the 14U division at the USSSA Space of gives you goosebumps. said. “Make sure that on Day of the USA Elite Select Coast Complex Everyone felt that, which One, if we hear anything fastpitch Top Gun Challenger February is great. That’s what it’s all that’s an issue, we want to — the first event hosted at about. That’s why you do it, be flexible enough to make the new USSSA Space Coast 16-19 — Presidents Day to put a smile on athlete’s those changes the next day Complex. Super NIT faces and give them a firstso they can see (the changes) Once the spring training 18 — USA Elite Select/ class facility.” immediately. home of the Washington Futures Tryout The plan is to have more “If we wait for the next Nationals, construction on March than 50 events this year at the tournament to come back, 15 state-of-the-art, AstroTurf new complex, which also is that’s too long, in my eyes, fields began nearly a year ago. 2-4 — GSL Softball Spring the home to the USSSA Pride and in the team’s eyes.” Now, after all that time, World Championship of the National Pro Fastpitch The year’s first major event effort and careful planning, 9-11 — Stars vs. Stripes League, and where the Viera at the complex will take place the new USSSA complex is High baseball and softball Presidents Day Weekend, open for business. 16-18 — USSSA Pride teams will play their home when baseball’s Super NIT “From a staff perspective, Camp games this season — for free. event will be held with more and leadership, it was great April As with any new venue, than 102 teams and more to be able to look out the 19-22 — USSSA Hall of of course, there will be than 4,000 players, coaches third- and fourth-floor Fame Classic adjustments that need to be and spectators expected to windows and see cars in the made on the fly. On the first be in town. parking lot and moms and 27-29 — Spring Classic day of the Top Gun Challenger, “Having those 15 fields dads and athletes walking Select 30 — Super NIT for instance, it was noted that going for us is going to be through the fields and there was only one gate open. a huge learning curve,” playing on the fields,” said By the second day, there were his staff to treat 2018 as “test Reynolds said. “Because USSSA Space Coast Complex two, easing the flow of traffic and repeat,” meaning there starting June 20 to … midGeneral Manager Kevin throughout the facility. will be times when plans need August, we’re seven days a Reynolds. Reynolds said he has told to be modified, just like with week, 15 fields every day.” VV “You put in a lot of blood,

VARSITY GIRLS SOCCER Feb. 6 — Class 4A Regional Quarterfinals, site and opponent TBD, 7 p.m. Feb. 9 — Regional Semifinals, site and opponent TBD, 7 p.m. Feb. 13 — Regional Finals, site and opponent TBD, 7 p.m. Feb. 16 — Class 1A State Semifinals, site and opponent TBD, 7 p.m. Feb. 23 — Class 1A State Championship at Spec Martin Memorial Stadium (DeLand), 7 p.m. WRESTLING Feb. 9-10 — Cape Coast Conference Invitational at Bayside, 1:30 p.m. Feb. 15 — Class 2A, District 13 Tournament at Merritt Island, 4 p.m. Feb. 23-24 — Regional Tournament at Jensen Beach, Noon

SPRING SPORTS BASEBALL Home games played at USSSA Space Coast Complex * District Game Feb. 13 — Preseason Classic at First Academy, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 — Preseason Classic vs. Boone at First Academy, 6 p.m. Feb. 20 — at Eau Gallie, 6 p.m. Feb. 22 — at Melbourne, 6 p.m.* Feb. 26 — at Bayside, 6 p.m. Feb. 27 — Satellite, 6 p.m. BOYS LACROSSE Feb. 20 — Eau Gallie, 7 p.m. Feb. 23 — at Satellite, 5:30 p.m.

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Continued from page 13 Feb. 27 — West Shore, 6 p.m. Feb. 28 — at Holy Trinity, 6 p.m. GIRLS LACROSSE Feb. 20 — Eau Gallie, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 23 — at Satellite, 7 p.m. Feb. 26 — West Shore, 7 p.m. Feb. 27 — at Edgewood, 7 p.m. SOFTBALL Home games played at USSSA Space Coast Complex * District game Feb. 7 — Preseason Classic vs. Oxbridge Academy at Melbourne, 5 p.m. Feb. 8 — Preseason Classic vs. Space Coast at Melbourne, 5 p.m. Feb. 12 — Palm Bay, 7 p.m. Feb. 16 — Harmony, 7 p.m.* Feb. 21 — at Eau Gallie, 6 p.m. Feb. 23 — at West Port, 7 p.m. Feb. 26 — DeLand, 7 p.m. Feb. 28 — at Rockledge, 7 p.m. TENNIS * District match Feb. 7 — Merritt Island, 3 p.m.* Feb. 13 — West Shore, 4 p.m. Feb. 15 — at Satellite, 4 p.m. Feb. 20 — at Heritage, 4 p.m.* Feb. 21 — Vero Beach, 3 p.m. Feb. 22 — Bayside, 4 p.m.* Feb. 27 — Rockledge, 4 p.m. TRACK & FIELD Feb. 9 — at Astronaut Preseason Classic, 2 p.m. Feb. 23 — at Merritt Island Invitational, 3 p.m. Feb. 27 — at Merritt Island Developmental Meet, 2 p.m.

Space Coast United Soccer will celebrate National Girls & Women in Sports Day BY CARL KOTALA

Schuck will conclude the festivities with a keynote speech. Space Space Coast United Coast United is among the minority Soccer Club of clubs in the state is going to that offer girls-only celebrate the programming in 32nd annual the younger, youth National Girls developmental age & Women in brackets, and its staff Sports Day on has been repeatedly Feb. 3 at Viera recognized by US Youth Regional Soccer for excellence in Park. girls coaching for the The event, past three years. which will That includes five run from awards in 2017 alone. 10:30 a.m. SCU coaches won the to 2:30 p.m., US Youth Soccer Girls will be held to Recreation Coach of celebrate the VIERA VOICE Courtesy of Space Coast United Soccer Club the Year (state level); extraordinary Girls of all ages will participate in the National Girls & Women in Sports Day on Feb. 3 at the Region III Girls achievements Viera Regional Park. The event will run from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Recreation Coach of . the Year; the Region in girls’ and theme for the event is at Viera Regional Park. women’s III Girls Competitive “Love of the Game and Activities include sports and the positive Coach of the Year; the FYSA Opportunities to Play at All coaching sessions with influence athletic Girls Recreation Coach of female coaches, soccer participation brings to their Levels.” the Year (state level) and The Feb. 3 event is open games, tug-of-war, relay lives. the FYSA Girls Competitive to the public and should races and a JV/Varsity The national theme for Coach of the Year (state be suitable for girls of all scramble friendly between National Girls & Women level). ages. No previous soccer the Eau Gallie High and in Sports Day (which is All told, SCU girls coaches experience is required in Viera High girls teams. actually on Feb. 7) is “Play have won nine awards what promises to be an Rollins College women’s Fair, Play IX.” during the past three years. entertaining, fun-filled day soccer head coach Alicia Space Coast United’s VV

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Through the years, Holy Trinity’s Evening of Elegance has proven to be a night people remember for a long time. This year should be no different. In fact, if you loved the location of last year’s event, you won’t be disappointed this time around, either. That’s because the 26 annual Evening of Elegance will take place March VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala 10, once again at Holy Trinity will host is annual Evening of Elegance fundraiser on March 10. the South Tropical Co-chair Hope Chanda, left, master of ceremonies Bino Campanini, Holy Trinity president Katherine Cobb and co-chair Michelle Shoultz discuss the event. Trail property of Ed and Cheryl Scott. In addition to a live auction Katherine Cobb will do so as The theme of with prizes ranging from president of Holy Trinity. this year’s event, which having a seat on the bench for “I’m so very excited about celebrates the 60-year a varsity basketball or soccer that,” Cobb said. anniversary of the school, is There also is a chance “Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow’ game, or front row seats to graduation up for bid. for local businesses to get and will feature gourmet There also will be an event involved. food catered by Florida Tech known as Wine & Dine, “We are still looking for as well as the return of the where participants pick a sponsorships at various South Florida-based band, cork that has a number on it levels and it would be a very Wonderama. corresponding to a bottle of good opportunity for area “Last year’s event was wine and a restaurant businesses to market their just so beautiful and went gift card. business in front of our Holy so well,” said Colleen Michelle Shoultz, who coTrinity families,” Cobb said. Middlebrooks, Holy Trinity’s chaired last year’s event, is Anyone interested in a Director of Advancement, back to co-chair again, this sponsorship opportunity, who was a co-chair last year. time with Hope Chanda. Bino or wanting to purchase “The property is such a Campanini will again serve individual tickets ($250 draw that the board and as master of ceremonies. each) can visit htacademy. others involved in planning Although she has attended org/EOE thought for the 60th “We were pretty much sold anniversary of the school, we countless Evening of out last year,” Middlebrooks would bring it back there one Elegance events in the past, it will be the first time said. “There was a lot of more time.”

community support. I think it was such a talked-about event, a lot of photos on Facebook and different places … a lot of people are anticipating attending again, or attending when they weren’t able to last year.” One of the main draws will be the location provided by the Scott family, who are well known for their philanthropic endeavors, including donations to fund

the Scott Center for Worship & the Performing Arts at Holy Trinity’s Upper School. “To me, one of the things that makes the setting so unique is that they chose to get a clear tent,” Cobb said. “The setting is so beautiful with the river and the trees and then you have the stars above. They hung beautiful flowers from chandeliers. It’s so Florida elegant. It really is a sight to behold.” VV

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Holy Trinity students embrace drone racing club team BY CARL KOTALA


Overkill is one heck of a robot. And the students who built it, members of Viera High’s PINK Alliance Robotics team, are pretty special, too. That’s why the team is going to the state tournament Feb. 3 at the Prime Convention Center in Jacksonville. VIERA VOICE Courtesy of David Formanek Members of Viera High's PINK Alliance, “We’re really excited,” said David Formanek, the PINK Alliance Robotics right, pose with the Super 7 from Oviedo High after winning the district faculty advisor. championship and advancing to next Made up of students from five month's state tournament. different high schools, including 12 from Viera, the members of the PINK two sets of teams against each other. Alliance have been meeting two or “We knew we were going to do three times a week since September, well,” said Perdomo, the PINK plotting out strategy and working on Alliance captain and lead software their robot in preparation for a First developer. Tech Challenge competition called “I had a lot of faith in our drivers Relic Recovery. and I had a lot of faith in our robot.” “Basically, the purpose of the game Other members of the team from was to grab cubes and score them in Viera include: Logan Bautista-Leaf; (these) side boxes, and then also pick Daniel Del Valle; Jacob Hart; Zachary up the relics and place them outside Lannon; Brianna Loughran; Hanna the field on different scoring pads, Radcliffe; Kai Rodriguez; Brooks right side up if you could,” Viera High Silber; Isaiah Tadrous; Jordan Tsigas senior Derek Perdomo said. and Liana Villafuerte. “The last part was also to be able to The rest of the team is made up scan a picture on the wall and be able from students from Cocoa Beach to interpret that picture to decide (Jace Childs; Ian Cook; Chris which of the boxes to score in.” Douglass; Aiden Fleming and Aden The team came out of qualifying as Widerman), Melbourne Central the No. 1 seed and quickly formed an alliance with the No. 2 seed for the championship round, which pitted continued to page 37


Nearly 30 students have expressed interest in being part of a new club team being formed at Holy Trinity. A drone racing team. The team will compete March 23 at the Innovation Games as part of the Melbourne Air Show at the Melbourne Airport with at least two additional piloting days scheduled for February and March. Brevard County School Board member Matt Susin (District 4) introduced the idea of the drone racing league and was quite receptive to including private and home-schooled students into what could eventually turn into a state-wide event. Viera High is starting a drone racing team, too. Holy Trinity held an introductory meeting last month that drew a number of students and parents. Aethervision, a local company helping to supply the drones, also was on hand. “There’s two basic types of drones — the ones you buy at the hobby stores with the full-motion cameras that you use to take pictures and do surveys and things like that,” said Holy Trinity Physical Science teacher Matthew Bowden, one of the club’s advisors. “Those move fairly slow and they’re for taking pictures from the air. Racing drones use what’s called a first-person view camera, where you’re seeing what the camera — which points straight

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Holy Trinity eighth-grader Braxton LaNois gets a demonstration on working with racing drones from Moboluwarin Olajoyegbe of Aethervision during an introductory meeting last month. The school is forming a drone racing club team.

ahead — sees. You see, in a blur, where the drone is going. That’s actually the hardest part about learning to fly these things is the visuals of it.” Holy Trinity’s Director of College Counseling, Alison Bell, also is a club advisor and sees it as an opportunity for students to take advantage of an emerging skill market. “Drone piloting is probably high on that list because of all the potential applications,” she said. In addition to practicing at school — in the gym and the Tiger Café — Holy Trinity has additional plans for students with an expressed interest in drones.


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When temperatures dip, sea turtles face danger “Water temperature fluctuates less than air temperature, but when there is a prolonged cold period, it does affect the water and the animals in it.� — Kendra Cope


It’s not just people who must adjust when temperatures dip in Brevard County. Sea turtles and other wildlife, like manatees, must adapt to cooler-than-normal temperatures in the air and in the water not just to stay comfortable — but to survive. Kendra Cope is an environmental specialist and sea turtle expert with Indian River County Public Works. She says that sea turtles face a phenomenon called “cold stun� when water temperatures dip below 50 degrees. The National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration defines a cold stun as a hypothermic reaction that can result in decreased heart rate, lethargy, shock, pneumonia and possibly death in sea turtles.

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A "cold stun" turtle was rescued during the cold snap in January. The turtle is being rehabilitated at the Brevard Zoo.

“Water temperature fluctuates less than air temperature, but when there is a prolonged cold period, it does affect the water and the animals in it,� Cope said. The most recent cold snap in early January saw around 11 cold stun turtles rescued out of the north Indian River Lagoon, near the Banana River and Mosquito Lagoon,

Contest should bring out Brevard’s best writers SPECIAL TO SENIOR LIFE

The Space Coast Writers’ Guild and the Brevard Authors’ Society are looking for talented fiction writers to compete in the inaugural Novus Annos Short Story Contest. All entries, 2,500 words or less, must be received by Feb. 28. The contest is open to all Brevard County residents 18 years or older. The topic can be general/ literary fiction, romance, historical fiction, mystery/ suspense, horror or science based/alternative history. Anything with explicit or foul language will not be accepted. Children’s stories

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also will not be accepted, and erotic themes will not be accepted. First prize is worth $250, second prize is $175 and third prize is $100. Fourth and fifth prize winners will receive honorable mention awards. The entry fee is $10. Stories must be at least 1,000 words and no more than 2,500 words in length. The top five winners will be notified by May 1. Awards will be presented at a ceremony at 10 a.m. May 26 at the Central Public Library in Cocoa. For information, go to or brevardauthors. VV

Cope said. According to NOAA, Kemp’s ridley sea turtles are the most common cold stunned species, followed by loggerhead sea turtles and green sea turtles. Cope and organizations such as the Sea Turtle Preservation Society in Indialantic want to raise awareness about cold stun


The Seaside Piecemakers Quilt Guild will conduct its biennial Quilt Show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23 and Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Wickham Park Community Center at 2815 Leisure Way in Melbourne. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10. For groups paying in advance, the ticket price is $8. Group tickets can be ordered online at Breakfast and lunch will be catered by Palm Shores Bistro. This will be the first time that a catering service is provided. For information, call Kathy Baker at 978-2650552, or go to VV

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Smith, Ivey hold meeting with Viera, Suntree residents BY JULIE STURGEON

At a meeting on Jan. 18 at Calvary Chapel in Viera, County Commissioner Curt Smith and Sheriff Wayne Ivey addressed a group of Viera and Suntree residents regarding current issues in Brevard County. The key topics for Brevard, according to Smith, are road improvement, cleaning up the Indian River Lagoon, and planning for the growing economy, including an influx of new jobs in the future. Future road projects in Viera include connecting Stadium Parkway to the Pineda Causeway, south of Viera. Several Viera homeowners voiced concern about the timeline, currently three years, for extending Stadium Parkway to Lake Andrews, south of Strom Park. “My desire is to extend Stadium Parkway to Lake

Andrew and Stadium connected to Pineda much sooner rather than later,” Smith told the homeowners. “I’ve made my preference known which I would like to have done first.” Many Viera homeowners hope the timeline will be shortened. A projected 75,000 visitors per year to the United States Specialty Sports Association Complex will bring more traffic to the area, impacting the roundabout, which currently is the main route to and from several Viera neighborhoods south of Wickham. Another project for the entire county is the restoration of the Indian River Lagoon, which encompasses 157,000 acres in Brevard. Brevard residents approved a half cent-tax in 2017, about $34 million a year for a 10year period, for restoration of the lagoon. The sales tax

went into effect January 1, 2018. The Lagoon cleanup will reduce pollution, remove pollution and restore natural filtration systems in the river. “Within 55 yards of watershed (a creek, pond, river), septic tanks will dump about 9 pounds of nitrogen per year and 12 pounds of phosphorus (per year),” Smith said. “We want to keep that stuff out and dredge the muck.” Conversion of septic tanks to sewer for many homeowners will result in less pollutants, with longterm benefits for the Lagoon. Smith also presented an optimistic lens for job growth in Brevard. Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Harris and Embraer continue to tap into Brevard’s highly skilled labor force. Embraer will add 600 new jobs through 2020, while Blue Origin announced its first rocket will be built in Brevard County.

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the importance of locking car doors, keeping homes secure and teaching them how to protect themselves from crime. “If you are about to become a victim of crime, I’m probably not going to be standing beside you,” Ivey said. “So you need to know how to protect yourself. Our citizens are stakeholders in the community working with us to prevent crime.” Additionally, Ivey said, school security has been increased. That includes the use of a canine unit whenever necessary, as well as a fulltime investigator. Future plans for the Sheriff’s Office include a new west precinct next to the health department in Viera, as well as a new Emergency operations facility in Rockledge. The new emergency operations facility is essential for the safety of Brevard residents. VV

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The Abigail Wright Chamberlain Chapter of DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) recently held a luncheon at the Viera Holiday Inn to announce the winners of its annual contest to promote a love of American history, heritage and patriotism in area schools. Cynthia Robinson was the chairwoman of the event. Anthony Montarella of Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy was the good citizen essay award winner. He received a certificate, a monetary gift and he read his essay. Thuan Tran of Melbourne High School, Elizabeth Deusche of Eau Gallie High, Joseph Martinez of Viera

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2 – 3 p.m. Rockledge Regional Medical Center’s Lecture One Senior Place Mini Movers 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Space Coast Symphony Sit-n-Stitch Group Viera, RSVP to 800-522-6363 Orchestra (2.5 – 5 yrs.) Tennis Lessons Shorin Ryu Karate 1 – 3 p.m. (5 – 8 yrs) 5:30 – 7 p.m. Bring your project and join us 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. 7 – 9 p.m. Open Pickleball Every Thursday of month 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Every Tuesday of the month Suntree/Viera Public Library “Fan Favorites” 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Every Monday of the month Viera Community Center 902 Jordan Blass Dr., Suntree Viera Community Center Scott Center Auditorium at Every Friday of month 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera Community Center 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way 321-255-4404 Holy Trinity Viera Community Center Viera, 321-433-4891 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 321-848-3197 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way 5625 Holy Trinity Drive Viera, 321-223-1498 Melbourne, 855-252-7276 Viera, 321-433-4891


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Tennis Lessons (9 – 11 yrs)

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Every Monday of the month Viera Community Center 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 321-223-1498

Books Are Always Better Book Club ‘Lucky Us’ by Amy Bloom Suntree/Viera Public Library 902 Jordan Blass Dr., Suntree 321-255-4404


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Medicaid Planning Seminar Living Health with 10 a.m. Diabetes Workshop William A. Johnson, P.A. “Mom Couldn’t Remember How to Get Home” One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-253-1667

Feb. 21 to March 26 2 – 4:30 p.m. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-806-3741

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9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Suntree/Viera Public Library 6 – 8 p.m. 902 Jordan Blass Dr., Suntree Suntree/Viera Public Library 321-255-4404 902 Jordan Blass Dr., Suntree 321-255-4404

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2:30 – 4:30pm Discuss “Under the Tuscan Sun” by Frances Mayes Suntree/Viera Public Library 902 Jordan Blass Dr., Suntree 321-255-4404

4 – 5 p.m. Every Wednesday of month Viera Community Center 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 443-994-2990

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5 – 8 p.m. American Numismatic 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Every Monday of the month Association’s Bob Mellor Viera Community Center Suntree/Viera Public Library 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way 902 Jordan Blass Dr., Suntree Viera, 321-604-6327 321-255-4404

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Astronomy for Everyone: Size & Scale of the Universe 7 – 8 p.m. Merritt Island High School 100 Mustang Way Merritt Island, 321-328-1340

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33rd annual Chowder Cook-Off with a Twist 5 – 9 p.m. Area chefs and restaurants compete to determine who has the best chowder and best food twist on Florida's Space Coast. Event features live entertainment, a silent auction and a craft beer garden. Port Canaveral Cruise Term. 1, 9050 Discovery Road Port Canaveral, 321-784-6444

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Mardi Gras Fashion Show and Luncheon 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Sponsored by the Cocoa Beach Woman’s Club. Cocoa Beach Country Club 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa Beach, 321-784-1696

Give Kids Smile – Brevard 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free dental care to children ages 3-14 in need Brevard County Dental Society Eastern Florida State College 1519 Clearlake Road, Cocoa 321-636-182

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French Class for Beginners Tuesdays, Feb. 6 to March 20 9:30 a.m. Pre-register. Cocoa Beach Country Club 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa Beach, 321-784-1696

Feb. 10

Sixth annual Super Bowl of Trivia 5 – 9 p.m. Eight rounds of 10 questions Cash bar, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, drawing Indian River Preserve 3950 Walkabout Way, Mims 321-298-5839

Feb. 14

Nutrition for Macular Degeneration and other Ocular Diseases 12 p.m. Freedom 7 Senior Center 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa Beach, 321-783-9505

Ocean Treasures and Sea Glass Festival 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Guest speakers, ocean inspired artists, guided hikes, exhibitors, art raffle, food and more. Brevard County Barrier Island Center 8385 S. Highway A1A Melbourne Beach 321-723-3556

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Fourth annual Paint the Night Red 5 – 7:30 p.m. Rockledge Regional Medical Center, café Please RSVP to 321-637-2727

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Barbershop Show — Everyone in Harmony

3 – 5 p.m. Merritt Island High School 100 Mustang Way Merritt Island, 321-537-2875 Buckaroo Ball 6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. Great food, games, dancing, Wild West Race and silent auction. Wadsworth Pavilion Timbers West

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Spinning tales about animal phobias. Zoophobia is the irrational fear of animals. Approximately 6 percent of Americans are affected with animal phobias. In unanticipated situations, perchance facing a growling bear, genetics (evolutionary forces) might justifiably activate a fight or flight reflex. However, persistent illogical distress more often affects females, mostly originating in childhood. Dr. Sigmund Freud also claimed frequency in children. Causal factors might include an unpleasant incident such as a bee sting or a parental demeanor involving shrieking and trembling when sighting a daunting creature — plausibly a small bug. The following phobias are typical. Arachnophobia is the fear of arachnids, often spiders. Rarely do spiders bite. Indeed, the shy, venomous brown recluse (also named violin spider for the violin marking on the head) is regularly blamed for unrelated bites. Considering that it sometimes finds shelter in a shoe, it might retaliate if encountered. Nevertheless, spiders control insects, and their spun silk is a strong and elastic natural fiber. Chiroptophobia is the fear of bats. Folklore transforms vampires into bats. The three vampire bat species live almost exclusively on animal blood and can be found in Latin America. Supposedly, few bats carry rabies. Spectacular in flight, freetailed bats stun spectators at evening exits in Bracken Cave in Texas where an estimated 20 million migrate. Beneficial, bats ingest mosquitoes and other crop insects, pollinate and spread seeds. Though swooping close at night, they are pursuing insects, not people’s hair. Katsaridaphobia is the fear of cockroaches. They existed before humans and will outlive them, tolerating extremely high radiation levels and withstanding food deprivation. Even our ancestors despised this pest; John Smith of Jamestown abhorred the excrement of the “cacarooch.” Bacteria on cockroach bodies contaminate food and body parts (protein) to induce allergies. In fact, children might develop asthma through exposure. Still, cockroaches diligently recycle by feeding on dead plants, dead animals and waste. Musophobia is the fear of mice. Ridiculed is the stereotyped woman standing on a chair, escaping a mouse. Also comical is the mammoth, agitated elephant recoiling

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from the miniature mouse. Realistically, a pachyderm may react to any animal suddenly moving at its feet. Admittedly, these rodents contaminate and bite when cornered. Even so, mice are research models possessing characteristics and symptoms similar to humans. Ophidiophobia is the fear of snakes. Certainly, some bite when provoked. Essentially, they prefer to slither away. In Central Florida, 35 of the state’s 46 native species thrive, including four of the six venomous species: the eastern coral snake, the Florida cottonmouth (water moccasin), dusky pygmy rattlesnake and the eastern diamondback rattlesnake. By eating frogs or mice (prey is swallowed whole), they help balance the ecosystem. Ornithophobia is the fear of birds. Unwarranted is the particular fear of black birds (often ravens), supposedly evil and bringing ill omens. Most species are harmless, but they do defend their young and nests. Spreading anxiety are movies — “The Birds” features these creatures aggressively attacking townspeople. Even so, birds are accommodating. According to the Mormon “miracle of the gulls” in 1848 Utah, seagulls devoured crickets and saved the crops — conceivably allegorical, but birds do eat insects. Veritably, bluebirds were utilized in California vineyards to control bacteria-spreading insects causing grape blight. Moreover, birds are skilled flower pollinators. Spheksophobia is the fear of wasps and apiphobia is the fear of bees. These insects do sting when nests are disturbed or when competing for savory picnic food. Yet, wasps consume voracious caterpillars, and bees are uncontested pollinators. Undeniably, these creatures are indispensable to humans and the planet. And most avoid confrontations. VV

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For those lucky enough to be at the King Center on Jan. 17, Gen. James Clapper, who now calls himself “Retired Geezer,” mesmerized the audience with his version of Around the World in 80 Minutes. Six main topics were covered — North Korea, Iran, China, Russia, the environment and disease. Clapper’s visit was sponsored by the Indialantic Rotary Club and Susie DeBusk. It was hosted by Ailish NicPhaidin. The major sponsor was Harris Corporation. Gen. Clapper said North Korea and its nuclear threat

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Logan Chapman edged his father, James Chapman, by 3 seconds at the finish line to win the Health First Fight Child Hunger 5K with a time of 19 minutes, 40 seconds. The Jan. 13 race started and finished at Viera High School. The younger Chapman is 13 years old and his father is 47. They live in Cocoa. Shelby Bennett, 18 and also a resident of Cocoa, won the women’s division with a time of 20:57. Lisa Deaton, 53, finished second in the women’s division with a time of 24:27. She lives in Charleston, S.C. There were 356 runners and walkers, children in strollers, a blind man, lots of dogs and at least one pregnant woman who participated in the fundraising event for the Children’s Hunger Project and the Sharing Center of Central Brevard. The sun crept up over the horizon as the aroma of

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James Chapman, left, finished 3 seconds behind his son, Logan, right, in the Health First Fight Child Hunger 5K in Viera.

sizzling bacon and pancakes, prepared by the Satellite Beach Lions Club, filled the cool, crisp air along with the musical sounds of the Montecito Project, a popular local band. Keith Gee is the executive director of the Children’s Hunger Project; Joseph Brubaker is the president and chief executive office and director of the Sharing Center of Central Brevard;

and the race co-chairs were Bob Gabordi and his daughter, Jessica. The elder Gabordi is the executive editor of Florida Today. The purpose of this race was to raise funds to end child hunger in Central Brevard. The two organizations sponsor numerous events throughout the year. Health First was the main sponsor. Cheney Brothers and Sysco donated

Church at 74 00 N. Wickham Road. The sale will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m. Proceeds from the sale will go to local charities such as: Daily Bread, Devereux,

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food and snacks. The winners in various categories were given a retro metal lunch box. Dean Martineau, a 65-yearold blind man from Palm Bay, finished with a time of 58:14. He was escorted by Lorraine Jones of Suntree, who is on the community advisory board of the Children’s Hunger Project. The pregnant runner, 35-year-old Keisha Greene of Rockledge, finished in 39:05. Hubert Aumson, 6, of Indian Harbour Beach finished in 33:03. He wasn’t the youngest as Dylan Meyer, 4, of Rockledge had a time of 51:08. James and Mason Rolle, 5, of Rockledge finished with times of 57:08 and 57:13, respectively. For information on the Children’s Hunger Project, call 321-610-1900. For information on the Sharing Center of Central Brevard, call 321-631-0306t. VV

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Catholic (Nathan Snyder), Rockledge (Sean King; Jose Malave; Troy Patrick; Tyrese Patrick; Ari Singleton; Jessie Traver) and Space Coast (Jakob Anderson, Ryan Hutchison and Matthew Quinlan). Silber, a Viera High freshman, said has really enjoyed being part of the robotics team. “I really like it because it’s fun,” Silber said. “We have a fun time here. Everybody’s very kind. It’s very fun to work on a project for a very long time and go through all the struggles and then complete it at the end, which is the best feeling in the world.” A win at the state tournament would mean a trip to Athens, Ga. next month for the Super South Regional, followed by the World Championships in Houston in April. Of course, beating out 37 other teams at the state tournament won’t be easy. That’s why the team is still working hard to make improvements to Overkill to make sure it’s ready for the upcoming challenge. “I think it’s going to be a fun struggle going to that tournament, but I still believe in our drivers and our robot to be able to pull it off,” Perdomo said. VV

55+ Military Community Congratulations to Gene Anderson, IRCC’s newly elected 2018 Chairman of the Board. With his impressive military background, IRCC is proud to call Gene our Chairman. He was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the United States Army in 1953 and advanced through grades to Major General in 1981. As the commanding general of the 3rd Armored Division, he was stationed in Germany and has experienced living in many different areas of the United States. But he said that when it came to choosing a place to retire, few places could compete with Brevard. In 1998, on a trip in his boat from Stuart to Jekyll Island, Gene made a stop in Brevard and decided to take a look at IRCC. This was the place he and his lovely wife, Gloria decided they wanted to be. IRCC is a wonderful community, unmatched by any for its unique take on being a very laid back, friendly and cohesive military community. Gene is looking forward to another great year at IRCC – the best place to live in Brevard County! Gene Anderson IRCC Chairman of the Board

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the forests of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, can live around 40 to 50 years in captivity, so you could say Pete, age 40, and his 39-year-old Sapphire are enjoying their golden years making beautiful music. “Siamangs are known for their “singing” abilities,” Zirulnik said. “Pete and Sapphire make loud calls together every day.” At the other end of the age spectrum are babirusas Meru and Piggy, together since last year. Handsome Meru, with his truly awesome upper canines, is just 2 years old and his pretty teen queen Piggy has been on the planet for only a year. Like most teenagers in love, they just can’t keep their hands, or, in Meru’s and Piggy’s case, cloven hooves off each other. “They are often seen “cuddling” in their exhibit,” Zirulnik said. In the swamps of the Indonesian Islands that are the native habitat for the species, Meru would probably strike out on his own, while Piggy would hang out with girl groups, but at the zoo they have become a bonded pair. Folks in Indonesia call them deerpigs because of their slender legs. If they could talk, Meru and Piggy call each other “dear” pig. Babies often follow love, but not for these three zoo couples. Pete and Sapphire are past the nesting age, and Tiki and Gizmo seem to prefer the childless life. Meru and Piggy are another story. “They’re not fully mature yet, so we’ll see what the future holds for them,” Zirulnik said. VV

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Bald eagles make themselves at home in Viera BY JULIE STURGEON

A massive bald eagle’s nest in an old pine tree is a familiar site to many Viera residents who walk or cycle across the Viera Boulevard overpass. The nest, situated in a large pine tree to the northeast of Viera Boulevard and I-95, has been an important consideration in the planning of the new diverging diamond interchange (DDI). Per U.S. Fish and Wildlife regulations, a consultant is monitoring the site to ensure the nest and its inhabitants, a pair of bald eagles, are protected during construction of the DDI. “Eagles will return to their nests year after


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Viera Voice February 2018  

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