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Casandra M. Marfitt, left, and Laurie Widzgowski are in the Christmas spirit as they get ready for the fifth annual Light Up Viera Holiday Parade. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25 with a fireworks display at Viera High School. BY MARIA SONNENBERG

Brevard County can thank the grand city of Savannah for an event that has quickly become a holiday tradition, the Light Up Viera Holiday Parade, which begins with fireworks at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25 at Viera High School. “I was in Savannah on my birthday in November and we were getting dressed for dinner when I heard a very loud commotion on River Street,” said Lauri Duda, the vice president of marketing

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for the Viera Company who is on the board of the Viera Community Institute, which orchestrates the annual holiday parade for the Viera Company. Duda checked out what was going on in Savannah and discovered the city was hosting a holiday parade. “That’s when I said we should have something similar in Viera,” she said. Viera once had Santa visiting the community on a firetruck, but the area so quickly blossomed that St. Nick had trouble keeping up. A larger event was Presort Std U.S. Postage PAID Orlando, FL Permit No. 1979

definitely warranted, and thus began the Light Up Viera Holiday Parade, now in its fifth year. “We expect anywhere between 15,000 to 20,000 to attend,” said Tonya Evans, marketing and event specialist for the Viera Company. “Last year, we estimated 18,000 filled the streets for the parade and festivities.”


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The sparkle and glow of Christmas comes to life in three of Viera’s most elegant homes this month, and everyone is invited. The annual Christmas Home Tour is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 15. It will feature three breathtaking Viera homes decked out with Christmas trees and holiday decorations amid stunning design themes. Proceeds from the event will be donated to three local charities: Candlelighters of Brevard, Walk on Water and Gabrielle’s Place. “We have hundreds of people show up every year for our home tours,” said Martha Chambers of Spade and Trowel Garden Club. “This is a big money maker for these charities. People love attending this tour.” Candlelighters of Brevard

and Walk on Water receive much-needed donations from the Christmas Home Tour proceeds. Candlelighters of Brevard is an organization that provides support to the families of children with cancer. Walk on Water, an equine non-profit ministry, is committed to helping special needs children and adults through equine therapy. Gabrielle’s Place is a center for women and children. “Walk on Water recently bought property on north Merritt Island,” Chambers said. “They have a pavilion for the kids to do crafts, (enabling them to increase their fine motor skills). And the Candlelighters, they are supporting 70 families right now. They do so much for these families and they need our support.” Christmas Home Tour

tickets, which are $12 in advance and $15 the day of the event, can be purchased from Merle Norman, Bloomers, Viera Cupcake, Fishers Realty, all in Viera, or at Candlelighters in Indialantic. Rockledge Gardens and Sir Walter Uniforms on Merritt Island also will have tickets for sale. Fairway Lakes, Summer Lakes, and Colfax Landing are the three destinations for viewing these magnificent Viera gems. While on the tour, visitors can enjoy delicious baked goods, refreshments and chat with homeowners and garden club members. An assortment of raffle tickets for giveaway baskets will be displayed in the homes. VV Call 321-253-6144 or 321-223-7803 for more ticket locations for the 45th annual Christmas Home Tour.

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in late September. “Brevard’s voters are increasingly taking advantage of making their mailbox their ballot box,” Scott said. “Out of the 320,627 votes cast in the 2016 Presidential Election, 38 percent cast were mail ballots.” The deadline to return mail ballots to any of the four

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Parents give the thumbs up for golf-cart safety BY JULIE STURGEON

Golf carts are a popular mode of transportation among teens in Viera and Suntree. But, how safe are teen-driven golf carts? Volume 11, Number 10 In a recent presentation ©2017 Bluewater at Golf Carts Unlimited, Creative Group, Inc. participants learned that golf carts are only as safe as the All rights reserved drivers, many of whom are not old enough to have a valid driver’s license. Deputy Brett Moore of the VIERA VOICE Jill Blue Gaines Brevard Sheriff’s Department Bluewater Creative Group Both parents and children alike believe that safety programs are gave an in-depth presentation important to make golf carts safe to ride and drive in Viera and Suntree. 321-242-1235 about golf cart safety. To start 7630 N. Wickham Rd. things off, Moore pointed to a Suite 105, Viera, FL 32940 golf-cart occupants who are features to golf carts. shiny new golf cart and posed most at risk. “I have seen many facial a question for the audience. “You have no doors, you injuries from this glass,” Publisher “What makes this golf cart have no bumpers,” Moore Moore said, pointing to the Bluewater Creative Group, Inc. safe?” Moore asked. “There is said. “You have no protection. golf cart’s glass windshield. absolutely nothing safe about Especially for young people, “When you slam on the brakes Managing Editor this golf cart. It’s the person you need to think about that. on a golf cart, your passengers Jill Blue Gaines behind the wheel that will Even though you might be will go forward.” Office Manager create the safety of this golf right (in an accident), it’s you Common golf-cart injuries Sylvia Montes cart. who goes to the hospital.” are sprains, strains, fractures Being aware of pedestrians Although seat belts are not and lacerations, according to Design & Media and bicycles, using rear-view required in golf carts, Moore However, Cory Davis mirrors and having reflective recommends having them and more severe injuries do warning devices are essential using them. Rockledge Rotary happen. Moore said that he Copy Editor as golf-cart drivers share VIERA ClubMEANS president Mark Turner has seen multiple occupants Jeff Navin sidewalks. Golf-cart drivers added to the presentation by air lifted out of golf carts. Sports Writer/SportsBlog must yield the right of way N E T W Oreviewing R K I N G G R the O U Pimportance of The Space Coast Carl Kotala to pedestrians and bicyclists, properly maintaining brake Transportation Planning VIERA MEANS Moore stressed. But when efficiency, proper air pressure Organization (TPO) provided Writers/Reporters crossing intersections, it is the in tires and adding safety some of the safety information Muffy Berlin used during the presentation. Brenda Eggert NETW O R K I NBrader G GROUP Participants received packets Maria Sonnenberg containing golf-cart rules and Caring For Your Family’s Dental Needs Julie Sturgeon regulations. 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alarmingly sharp full-circle turns. In reality, of course, avoiding sharp turns is crucial to safety. Some studies using golf carts and child-size crash dummies suggest that many ejections occur during left turns. Attendees at the workshop agreed that it was worthwhile. “This course is as valuable for children as it is for parents,” said parent Mike Stroface. “I think it was great.” Stroface attended the safety seminar with his daughter Hannah, a ninth grader at Viera High. Hannah participated in the presentation with the deputy as he reviewed safety measures. Hannah is 14 years old, which makes her eligible to drive a golf cart. “I wanted her to take this course before we let her drive to Viera High,” Stroface said. The biggest thing I see around here is when (kids) are heading home from school, lots of kids jump on a golf cart.” The number of people per golf cart limit for a standard cart is four. And the maximum operating speed for golf carts is 20 mph. When operated at speeds surpassing 20 mph, golf carts are considered lowspeed vehicles and the rules change. At speeds of more than 20 mph, drivers must have a license and are not permitted on sidewalks. “I thought it was very worthwhile,” said Dr. Rita Jain, a parent. “It helped that they used people from the audience for the demonstration. We learned a lot.” Jain attended the event with her son Sunil, who drives a cart to Viera High each day. At Viera High, there is a specific area for golf-cart drivers to park on campus. High school students must present proof of insurance, photo identification and golf-cart ownership. “We want to keep our kids safe,” said Rob LaMarr, a Rotary Club member. “We plan to have quarterly presentations on golfcart safety throughout the community.” The presentation was a joint effort by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Department, local rotary clubs, Golf Carts Unlimited and the Avenues. Volunteers from the Interact Club of Rockledge High helped during the presentation. Additional workshops are in the works, including at least one at Viera High. “I think the message for golf-cart users is just like the message for everybody else who drives.’’ Smith said. “We have to understand there is one transportation system, and we need to respect other users.” VV

Harvest Festival full of fun for everyone BY JEFF NAVIN

Temperatures in the 80s made it seem more like summer than fall, but the happy children lining up for the Zucchini 500 races were a sure sign that fall had arrived at the sixth annual Viera Voice Harvest Festival at The Avenue Viera. Scarecrows were lined up against a modified white picket fence in the middle of the parking lot which became an autumnal paradise with a pumpkin patch, hay bales, face painting and business booths boasting scarecrows with humorous links to their various businesses. Within the white fence adorned with the scarecrows on the outside were the gravestones of those from Halloween past. The Penny Creek Band, an annual fixture at the Harvest Festival, entertained everyone with their toe-tapping array of bluegrass musical hits. Scarecrows were auctioned off to help The Children’s Hunger Project. The group helps feed children each weekend through its backpack program. The SPCA of Brevard also was able to find homes for two cats. No dogs were adopted, but children and adults alike stopped by to give the dogs, who were resting next to hay bales, a pat on the head or a stroke under the chin. Jason Kapusta won the Adult Costume Contest dressed as Minecraft Steve. Amy Pederson, dressed as a Hogwarts student, finished second. In the Mini-Crow Contest in the 6- to 9-year-old division, Phoebe Pederson's Peeves Crow was the winner. Kahlan

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Isolde W. sits still while a fancy face is applied.

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Eight-month old Ethan “The Lumberjack” Yates won first place in the under-4 age group of the Costume Contest.

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Event winners received custom-made trophies for their hard-earned efforts.

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Children of all ages participated in various divisions of the Costume Contest.

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This young girl finished first in the 5-and-older division of the Costume Contest as a Rock Painting Table

Pederson's Spike finished second. In the Mini-Crow’s 10and- older division, Gilliam Borgas' Mr. Pirate won the competition. Kiley Dwenger's Save the Lagoon finished second, and Payton Dwenger's Chicago Cubs Crow was third. Anthony Uminn was the Stroll Winner as he went to all of the local businesses to identify each of the Scarecrows before the Harvest Festival. Briana Bjerke was second, and Kiley Dwenger was third. Prizes varied from two round-trip tickets to Bimini, $300 in passes to Sky Zone and a pizza party for 20 at Viera Pizza. VV

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Everyone had the opportunity to take a tour of The Avenue on a hayride.

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The Penny Creek Band won the Best Band trophy at the Viera Voice's Harvest Festival.

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Sahara and Saurav Shah VIERA VOICE Darrell Woehler VIERA VOICE Darrell Woehler loved hanging around the The Zucchini 500 track Deandre Carroll and his sister Aliyah had fun Pumpkin Patch. designing their Zucchini racers. was busy all day.

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Nov. 4 – Class 1A, Region 3 meet (girls at 8 a.m., boys 8:30 a.m.) Nov. 11 – Class 1A State Championships at Apalachee Regional Park, Tallahassee FOOTBALL Nov. 3 – John Carroll Catholic School (Senior Night), 7 p.m. BOYS GOLF Nov. 7-8 – Class 1A State Tournament at Mission Inn & Resort, Howey-in-the-Hills GIRLS GOLF Nov. 7-8 – Class 1A State Tournament at Mission Inn & Resort, Howey-in-the-Hills BOYS & GIRLS SWIMMING Nov. 4 – Class 1A State Championships at Sailfish Splashpark, Stuart VARSITY VOLLEYBALL Nov. 1 – Class 5A regional semifinals Nov. 7 – Class 5A regional finals Nov. 11 – Class 5A State Semifinals Nov. 16 – Class 5A State Championship game at UNF, 7 p.m.

New coach brings new attitude to Holy Trinity swimming BY CARL KOTALA

New coach Chris Beadle is trying to make swimming fun again at Holy Trinity. And by the reactions of her swimmers … it’s working. “I think we’ve all gotten better because of her helping us more,” eighth-grader Ava Middlebrooks said. Beadle, who swam during her days at Cocoa High, had a simple answer when asked about her coaching philosophy. She simply pointed at the pool where her swimmers were practicing. “It’s all about them,” Beadle said. “It’s all about what’s best for them, getting to know them and finding out in turn what would motivate them. It kind of makes a better communication line available. They feel more comfortable discussing if something hurts, or if something is bothering them. “And I point things out during practice as far as technique and efficiency that I think they need to address.” Sophomore Brandon Assam said Beadle’s approach has helped the Tigers

be more excited about their season and about their upcoming meets as the swimmers prepare for the districts, regionals and possibly even the state meet. “Coach Beadle is really good,” Assam said. “I really like her. She’s very interactive with us. She helps us work on our technique a lot, what we need to focus on.” At the district meet, which was held late last month, the Holy Trinity girls were expected to challenge for a top spot with the help of three seniors: Christy Chadwick (50 and 100 freestyle); Annette Wilson (200 and 500 free) and Daniela Spies (100 free and 100 breaststroke). VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala Middlebrooks, whose best Holy Trinity's Ava Middlebrooks and Brandon Assam are event is the 100 butterfly, also a big reason why the future looks bright for the Tigers' was hoping to have a strong swimming program under new coach Chris Beadle. district meet to get to the


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regionals. Junior Selena Nishihata should be a big threat in the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly and sophomore Ramsey Barrows is one to look out for in the 50 and 100 freestyle events. Holy Trinity’s boys, meanwhile, have a relatively young team. Eighth-grader Alex Spies is one of the Tigers’ top swimmers in the 500 free and 100 fly. Junior Brandon Lawrence is solid in the 50 and 100 free and eighth-grader Patrick Nguyen should challenge in the 500 free and 200 IM. Assam will look to qualify in the 200 IM and the 100 breaststroke while juniors Max Pagan (100 fly, 200 IM) and Nikhil Patel (100 back, 200 free) also were expected to be standouts. VV


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Viera divers have good shot to reach state meet BY CARL KOTALA

There might be a lot of new faces on this year’s Viera High swimming team, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. “It forces the older kids to be more of a mentor and the younger kids have a lot to look up to,” said Viera’s Morgan Woodard, who coaches the Hawks along with her mother, Debbie Tweedie. And once again, the Hawks are having a good season. After the boys took second and the girls third at last month’s Cape Coast Conference meet, the Hawks were set to move onto the district meet, which took place Oct. 25 in Sebastian River. The Viera girls were the favorites to win their fifth consecutive district title while the boys also were considered strong championship contenders. Divers Sarah Rousseau and Ryan Just are considered the best bets to get out of this month’s regionals and advance to the Class 3A state meet, which is set for Nov. 11 at the Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center in Stuart. Rousseau will be going for her third consecutive state

championship, which would be unprecedented in Viera’s athletic history, while Just will look to improve on last year’s fourth-place finish. The two seniors already have accomplished a rare feat, with each winning the CCC championship for the fourth consecutive year. “Ryan and Sarah are dedicated and work very hard at their sport,” Viera diving coach Randy Just wrote in an email. “Best of all they are outstanding teammates and great to be around and coach.” Ryan Just has also proven to be quite a swimmer, too, teaming with Ethan Greek, Bryce Hattrup and Blake Wagner to win the 200 freestyle relay at the CCC meet. “It was really good,” Hattrup said of the CCC race. “We all had pretty good times. It was a close race.” Connor Jones also had a big CCC meet, winning the 500 free and finishing second in the 200 free. Dylan Parris was second in boys diving and teammate Tommy Vassallo was seventh, which is notable in that not only is it his first year diving, but he was learning new dives right up until the meet.

Continued from page 6 Nov. 21 – Satellite Nov. 28 – Astronaut BOYS SOCCER All games at 7 p.m. unless noted Nov. 13 – at Edgewood Nov. 21 – John Carroll Nov. 27 – Somerset Prep, 5 p.m. Nov. 29 – at MCC GIRLS SOCCER All varsity games at 7 unless noted Nov. 17 – MCC Nov. 14 – at St. Edward’s Nov. 21 – John Carroll (JV only at 5 p.m.) Nov. 27 – Somerset College Prep Nov. 30 – at Satellite


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BOWLING Nov. 1-2 – State Championships at Boardwalk Bowl, Orlando VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

Viera swimmers who won or took second place at last month's Cape Coast Conference meet are (front, from left to right) Ophelia Jacobson and Sydney Sanchez and (back from left to right) Connor Jones, Blake Wagner, Bryce Hattrup and Ethan Greek. Ryan Just, Dylan Parris and Sarah Rousseau are not pictured.

On the girls side, Sydney Sanchez was second in the 100 breaststroke while Ophelia Jacobson was second in the 200 and 500 free. Jacobson, who moved here from San Diego, said she has been impressed with not only the closeness of the Viera team, but also the way technique is

stressed. “We’re all putting in our best effort and I think a lot of us are dropping times,” Jacobson said. “I’m really excited for districts and regionals for us to drop even more and be district champs again, and hopefully regional champs this year.”. VV

CROSS COUNTRY Nov. 4 – Class 3A, Region 4 meet at South Fork (girls 7:30 a.m., boys 8:30 a.m.) Nov. 11 – Class 3A State Championships at Apalachee Regional Park, Tallahassee (girls 9:10 a.m., boys 10 a.m.) FOOTBALL Nov. 3 – Heritage, 7 p.m. Nov. 10 – Class 7A regional quarterfinals, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 – Class 7A regional semifinals, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 24 – Class 7A regional finals, 7:30 p.m.

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Continued from page 7 BOYS GOLF Nov. 3-4 – Class 3A State Tournament at Mission Inn & Resort, Howey-in-the-Hills GIRLS GOLF Nov. 3-4 – Class 3A State Tournament at Mission Inn & Resort SWIMMING & DIVING Nov. 11 – Class 1A State Championships at Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center, Stuart VARSITY VOLLEYBALL Nov. 1 – Class 7A regional semifinals Nov. 7 – Class 7A regional finals Nov. 11 – Class 7A State Semifinals Nov. 18 – Class 7A State Championship game, UNF, 1 p.m.

Winter Sports

BOYS BASKETBALL Nov. 30 – Satellite, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Nov. 15 – Viera Preseason Classic, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 16 – Viera Preseason Classic, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 20 – at West Shore, 7 p.m. Nov. 21 – Fort Pierce Westwood, 7 p.m. Nov. 27 – Satellite, 7 p.m. Nov. 29 – at Bayside, 7 p.m. VIERA BOYS SOCCER All games at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 – at Melbourne Nov. 16 – at Palm Bay Nov. 20 – Lincoln Park Nov. 28 – Bayside Nov. 30 -- Satellite VIERA GIRLS SOCCER All games at 7 p.m. unless noted Nov. 6 – West Shore Nov. 8 – Palm Bay Nov. 13 – at Satellite Nov. 15 – Eau Gallie Nov. 20 – Lincoln Park, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 27 – at Rockledge Nov. 29 – Bayside




With the beginning of fall, the prime season has begun for the Duran Men’s Golf Association and the Duran Women’s Golf Association. The two groups ushered in their fall season with competitions on Oct. 11 and 12 at the club. VIERA VOICE Darrell Woehler Playing on the 7, 151- Duran Golf Club has become a popular place since opening in 2005. yard, par 72 course at According to Harold Duran Golf Club with holes nicknamed Punch (Jerry) McAnulty, the Bowl, Long Start, Lone marketing and media Palm and The Coffin can representative, the be quite the challenge. club encourages new In the season opener, membership. Activities, 55 men and 40 women events and fundraisers competed in two are held throughout separate events on the the year at the 30gently, rolling terrain, acre site to promote links-style course. Duran Golf Club was friendship, networking, carved out of a A. Duda camaraderie and VIERA VOICE Darrell Woehler & Sons cattle ranch and David Tomczak, Robbie Rosenberger, David Hernandez and Matt Morrison sportsmanship. sod farm. It opened in Robbie Rosenberger of compete in the Duran Men's Golf Association. 2005 and was designed Golf Carts Unlimited and by famed golf architect Dr. David Hernandez Lewis (Chip) Powell. It is located at 7032 Stadium of HD Dental are sponsoring the men’s Parkway, just north of association this season. Wickham Road, and is Deborah Tomczak under the direction of general manager David of Viera Realty and Tomczak. Rosenberger are In addition to the sponsoring the women’s golf course, the site association this season. contains a West IndiesFor more information styled clubhouse, about Duran Golf Club The Tradewinds and its many activities, Restaurant, a Driving VIERA VOICE Darrell Woehler call 321-504-7776 or go Jill Sanders, Sally Soutter, Robbie Rosenberger, Deborah Tomczak, Sue Range, a 9-hole par 3 to Grabowski and Diane Dabbs compete in the Duran Men's and Women's Golf lighted course and a Associations. Development Center. VV Every child deserves to experience the wonderful magic of the holidays. Just imagine how it would feel to have a holiday dinner or open gifts for the first time! Many of the children Devereux Florida serves have never experienced this. Please help us in making their dreams come true. Help a child in need this holiday season! Take a moment to make holiday wishes come true by purchsing a special gift from a cjild’s wish list. There are many other ways you can get involved this holiday season. To learn more, call (321) 258-1772 or contact Patty Hurst at


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The Viera Charter School’s middle school girls’ volleyball team won each of its 14 matches this season, including its finale against Holy Trinity Episcopal to win the Space Coast Christian Athletic Association championship. “This is a very special group of girls,” said Shannon Riley, assistant athletic director of physical education at the school. “They are full of energy and full of personality. I am so glad I was able to be a part of this season. There is so much talent on our team. Every one of these girls practices with dedication, and their hard work paid off. We ended the season 14-0 and as the SCCAA champions.” Team members are Anna Brait, Hailey Lewis, Kristen Lee, Kayla Beigh, Taylor Weiss, Avery Nagel, Shyanne Kirschner, Kendall McNenahan, Deanna Marrs, Hailey Hubbard and Bianca Boniello. “Some of the team’s seventh and eighth graders play club volleyball in the area,” Riley said. “This shows how dedicated they are to play volleyball. We had a really

Snowbirds arrive to bolster VEMA roster BY DAVID D. HORST

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The Viera Charter School volleyball team won the Space Coast Christian Athletic Association championship.

talented team to win when you have dedicated players. They were good last year, and so they were looking for another good year.” The students practice on an outdoor concrete court. “We make it work,” Riley said. “We played home games at the Viera Regional Recreation Center, and that is where we had our finals and beat Holy Trinity to win the championship.” The team practices twice a week for an hour and a half. It plays two games a week. Some of the games are on the

weekend. “As a P.E. teacher, volleyball has always been my passion. When the principal said they needed a volleyball coach, I said I wanted to do it,” Riley added. Only three players will return next season since the others will move on to high school. Six girls play on the court at a time. Tryouts are held each year. There were 11 players on the team this season. “I can’t wait to see where volleyball will take this group in the future.” V V

What a month! Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria left a devastating effect and many have still not recovered to which our thoughts and prayers are with them. Thankfully, the Viera East Men’s Golf Association was able to squeeze in a little golf after a few weeks as it played an individual event with four flights. The top finishers were: First flight: Tim Brown, Jim Robinson, Peter Maloney. Second flight: Fred Bogle, Ben Hermann, Dennis Lamb. Third flight: Mike Schmitt, Jack Webb, Paul Winter. Fourth flight: Duck Milne, Tony Hines, Richard Blakeney. David Horst on No. 4, Robinson on No. 7, Bill Scholtens on No. 13 and Warren Powell on No. 16 were closest-to-the-pin. On Oct. 12, there was evidence that the snowbirds have returned as the field was the largest of the fall. A four-man scramble was held and was followed by the annual luncheon and meeting.

The team of Simon Cole, Benard Pariot, Bruce Schwanda and Roger Harvie tied the team of Gary Shiffrin, Raj Patel, Sam Speziale and Frank Westwell and the team of Marc Brown, Freddie Baltazar, Larry Henris and Mike Schmitt for first place in a rare three-way tie. Schwanda on No. 4, Brown on No. 7, Robinson on No. 13 and Schwanda again on No. 16 were closest-to-the-pin. The Viera East Men’s Golf Association held its annual membership luncheon meeting after the four-man scramble. New officers were elected, with David Hill named vice president, Schmitt named tournament director, Tim Brown named secretary and Horst tabbed to continue writing about the association. Craig Smith will continue in his role as president. VEMA is open to all men 21 and older. The group plays weekly events at the Viera East Golf Course each Thursday. For information, potential new members can call the pro shop and ask for Lane. V V

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Holy Trinity senior Carlo Campanini came up with a house system to help boost school spirit. House members can earn points by attending games and special events and getting good grades.

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and someone who teaches you is watching you play.” The idea for the house system came last year when Campanini attended a junior retreat and spoke with seniors about ways to increase school spirit. He talked to his father, who grew up in England where they had house systems. And, of course, he also learned about the house system from reading Harry Potter books. Before taking his proposal to Nancy Giangrisostomi, the Head of Upper School, Campanini talked to a number of classmates to make sure they approved of his plan. If they didn’t, it wouldn’t work. Giangrisostomi not only likes the house system, but the fact that it was a student who came up with the idea. “We are always thrilled when students take the initiative to develop new ideas to improve our school, and the creation of the house system is already proving to

be a great way to keep our high school students, faculty and staff engaged in student life here at Holy Trinity,” she said. Students also can earn points by getting highest honors or high honors. The winning house will get to attend an end-of-the-year party for free and have its name engraved on a house cup. Those students will also get out-of-uniform privileges for final exams. Now that he’s come up with the system, Campanini is thinking of ways to keep it going beyond this year. “I’m probably the only senior right now who’s really worried about the school after they leave,” he joked “There are a lot of things that need to be done, thinking ahead of how this is going to last. “It’s great this year, but I don’t want it to be (just) great this year. I want it to be great every year.” VV

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Viera Army JROTC Raiders dominate competition BY CARL KOTALA

Cheyenne Garvey and nine of her Viera High Army JROTC Raiders teammates had just finished running 1.2 miles with three of them carrying a 30-pound rucksack on their back and the other seven making sure an 80-pound litter found its way across the finish line. And they did it in just 10 minutes, 35 seconds. “I love the competition and the adrenaline and my team,” said Garvey, a Viera High senior. “We work really well together when we get under pressure and seeing us do this compared to how we practice is just phenomenal.” Garvey and her teammates finished nearly eight minutes ahead of their closest competitor in the event, known as the Cross Country Rescue (CCR). In fact, Viera’s JROTC Raiders team finished first in all five female events at the VHS Raider Challenge — and it wasn’t even close. Viera’s male team was pretty dominant, too, winning three of the five events and taking second in the other two for a first-place finish. The mixed team took third place in the event, which included 29 teams from Brevard County and beyond. Viera’s Raiders teams, under the direction of retired Lt. Col. Timothy Thomas, have a big competition coming up on Nov. 4 at Rockledge High, where they will attempt to qualify for the state championships in December. It would mark the eighth consecutive trip to the state championship for Viera’s Raiders. Members of the Male Team include: Davis Marrs; Ryan Walsh; Liam Kilbane; Gavin Keith; Chris Thorner; Dalton Hongell; Levon Sherr; Gavin Glover; Nick Scialdone; Ron Breninger; Cole Nail; Joe Altieri and Joe Avery-Dipolito. Female Team members are: Brandy Fox; Madeline Shafer; Mikailah Kramer; Garvey; Nylayah Cherichel; Samantha


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you skill you wouldn’t find anywhere else. It gets you to talk in front of your class. It gets you to obtain a lot of responsibility because out here you can get leadership positions. “Raiders, it just teaches you another level of physical endurance. It’s so hard. We practice every day. It gets you ready for a future of being in the military.” Altieri, who moved here from Maryland before his sophomore year, remembered walking into a school orientation, seeing the JROTC table and asking what it was all about. “They told me all the cool things (they do), they told me about Raiders, and I was just instantly hooked,” he said. “I thought this was where I was going to fit in.”. VV

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Viera science research teacher attends national conference BY CARL KOTALA

Viera High science research teacher Elizabeth Youngs visited Washington D.C. last month for a national conference she hopes will have some long-term benefits for local students. “I’m just hoping to bring back knowledge to improve our science research program, not only here at Viera High School, but throughout Brevard County,” she said. Youngs was one of 200 teachers from throughout the country selected for an all-expenses paid trip to the

nation’s capital to attend the Research Teacher’s Conference organized by the Society for Science and the Public. The event was sponsored by Regeneron. In addition to attending several one-hour presentations at the conference, which was held Oct. 13 to 15, Youngs was hoping to do a little networking to gain more knowledge she can use once she returns. “I’m hoping to meet research teachers from all over the United States and get their input on how they run their programs to get

more students involved in our program,” she said. “My other thing is to see how other areas find mentors, because that’s one of our hard things here. We get students who want to do biology projects and micro-biology projects, which are out of my realm of knowledge. My degree is in earth and space science. Trying to find mentors is a very difficult thing.” There are 21 students taking science research as an elective at Viera High this year, a number Youngs would naturally like to see increase. “Students realize that not

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Viera students step up to help Puerto Rico BY CARL KOTALA

When Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, a number of Viera High students stepped in to help. Working with teachers Christy Miller and Gabriel Torres, the students began a drive to collect water, toiletries, canned food, batteries, linens, dog food and baby food — among other items — during a twoweek period that ended last month. “We joined forces and our students really stepped up,” Miller said. “They found the organization to donate

to. They were the point of contact between the organization and our school. They did all the advertising. They put the flyers out, made posters and made sure it was pushed out on social media. “They really did a phenomenal job of getting the word out.” Torres, a math teacher and the Student Government Association advisor, said he was approached by sophomore Alanis Colon and senior Keyanna Kramer at different times, but on the same day, to see if they could help set up a relief effort. They even had the charity


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Unique, creative scarecrows highlight Harvest Festival BY JEFF NAVIN

While the Penny Creek Band was playing a toe-tapping array of bluegrass musical hits at the sixth annual Viera Voice Harvest Festival, scarecrows were lined up all over the autumnal paradise in

a converted parking lot at The Avenue Viera on Oct. 21. Princess Poppy, a troll, won the Viera Voice Scarecrow Stroll's Popular Vote and the Artistic Vote. She was built by the residents of Autumn House Assisted Living in Viera.

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For their effort and creativity, the Autumn House won $500 as the prize for the artistic vote. Some of the scarecrows were lined up on a white fence with gravestones lurking behind to honor the ghosts of Halloween past.

Other scarecrows sat in front of booths manned by local businesses. Many of the scarecrows depicted an active sense of humor prevalent in those businesses or a sense of genuine creativity in the wellconstructed scarecrows.

It was all for a good cause as scarecrows were auctioned off to raise funds for The Children’s Hunger Project. The group helps feed children each weekend through its backpack program. All proceeds from the silent auction went to the organization.VV


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Christians, Jews, Muslims come together to share traditions BY MUFFY BERLYN

The Rev. David Jahn of Advent Lutheran Church in Melbourne knows that despite differences, three major religions can come together in a celebration of thanksgiving. Jahn is a man with a warm and friendly voice who goes by the more informal Pastor Dave. Jahn, who grew up in Detroit, had an untraditional path for a man in the clergy. He started out as a musician and a writer before earning an engineering degree. Playing the bass guitar and singing the lead for Christian rock bands sparked his

transition into the clergy. He studied at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. Jahn has been instrumental in organizing the upcoming Thanksgiving week celebration, “United in Thanksgiving: An Interfaith Celebration of Gratitude,” where Christians, Jews and Muslims will come together “to share traditions and to give thanks to God.” During the service, Jahn will represent the Christian faith. According to Mohammad Samarah, a doctorate and graduate student from the Florida Institute of Technology and an organizer of the event, several leaders from the local Muslim

community, including The Islamic Society of Brevard, will be present. Dr. Muzaffar Shaikh, an active member of the Muslim community and head of the Engineering Systems program at Florida Tech, will lead the Muslim portion of the celebration. “These types of gatherings are great in developing a mutual understanding of all faiths,’’ Shaikh said. Rabbi Patricia Hickman of Temple Israel in Viera will represent Judaism during the celebration. VIERA VOICE Kristy Wright “It is through the Dr. Muzaffar Shaikh, left, Rabbi Patricia Hickman and the Rev. beauty of coming together that we can heal David Jahn are excited about “United in Thanksgiving: An Interfaith Celebration of Gratitude.’’ It will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20 at our world,” Hickman Advent Lutheran Church’s Suntree campus in Melbourne. said. “With deep ecumenism, we can come to an understanding of a Buddhist or Muslim,” Jahn to experience our unity,’’ each other and together join said. “This will be a powerful Jahn said. “Instead of being our voices in thanks to the opportunity just to meet and bombarded with what divides Creator.” have fellowship.” us, I thought what better to be The celebration will be The idea is to bring Jews, united around than thanks.’’ held at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. Muslims and Christians Jahn then conceived the 20 at Advent Lutheran together under one roof. interfaith celebration idea, Church’s Suntree campus in “I was deeply troubled by “United in Thanksgiving,” Melbourne. After the hourthe divisiveness that seemed service. long service, hors d'oeuvres Advent Lutheran Church and desserts will be served as to be increasing in our nation and, as I was praying about it, people meet, chat and mingle. I got a strong sense that this “The average Christian has would be a great opportunity continued to page 30 no idea if they’ve ever met



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Broadway star Maureen McGovern will perform her “Home for the Holidays” Christmas concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy’s Scott Center for Performing Arts. The performance is part of the seventh annual Homeless Heart Christmas Tour of Central Florida, which helps homeless families in Brevard County.

McGovern’s performance at the Scott Center will be her only stop in Brevard County during the threeconcert series. McGovern’s big break came in 1972 when she was asked to sing “The Morning After,’’ which was the theme song for “The Poseidon Adventure.” The song reached No. 1 in 1973, and the song won an Oscar for Best Original Song. VV

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Susin pushes for middle school in Viera, rejects rezoning plan BY CARL KOTALA

The Brevard Public School District’s plan to rezone schools in the Viera/Suntree area has sparked concerns among residents and School Board member Matt Susin. He planned to oppose the plan at the Oct. 24 school board meeting and push for building a middle school in Viera, which he says will alleviate overcrowding at elementary schools districtwide. That’s because the District 4 representative’s plan would also include moving sixth grade from the elementary schools to the middle school level countywide. “We are only one of two districts — out of 67 in the state of Florida — that have sixth grade in elementary school,” Susin said. “We have an abundance of kids in our elementary schools. “If we take sixth grade and move it to the middle schools, all of a sudden, every school that we have that’s under capacity comes up to capacity in middle school. And all of a sudden our elementary schools that are bursting at the seams will go

back to normal capacity.” Susin cited Titusville as an example, where Oak Park Elementary School is “bursting at the seams” while Madison Middle School and Jackson Middle School are under capacity. He also referred to DeLaura Middle School, which could benefit from the addition of beachside students, while also eliminating a costly busing situation.

“At no time will we go into debt to build the school.” —Matt Susin

There currently are nine buses taking students from Viera to DeLaura at a cost of $55,000 per bus and $3.10 a mile. Students are bused approximately 45,000 miles each school year, or nearly twice the circumference of the earth. The estimate for the cost of a new school would be $32 million, with $22 million already available from impact fees. Susin said there is $50 million in the

annual contingency budget — usually reserved for rainy day emergencies — plus a surplus in the district’s health care and food surplus accounts. “It’s there,” he said of the money to build a middle school. “It’s a matter of tightening up our belt and being able to possibly go into the reserves to build it. “At no time will we go into debt to build the school. We can build the school without debt.” On the subject of rezoning, Susin is opposed to moving 165 students in the Springs of Suntree and San Marino developments from Quest, an “A” school, to Ralph Williams, a “B” school. He referred to seven university studies he found that show property values drop when schools are rezoned from high performing schools to less performing schools. Susin also worried about the potential social and emotional impact of having students switch schools. John Meikle, a Viera resident for nearly four years and director of supply management for the Sierra Nevada Corporation, said

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Matt Susin, who represents District 4 on the Brevard Public School Board of Education, is fighting to build a middle school in Viera. parents moving to Brevard specifically choose to buy their home because of the location of a school. “It’s certainly something that really causes unbelievable amounts of discouragement and concern with the parents,” Meikle said. “It’s a bit of a slap in the face for all the work that these parents do to go to

specific schools, regardless the reason. “At the end of the day, they chose that location. The school district, I believe the right approach is to honor that, and then work with the parents to help find a way forward to either change the constraints or work together to … find another solution.” VV


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Red Beans & Rice brings swing jazz to Rockledge Country Club SPECIAL TO VIERA VOICE

Shannon “Chief” Cherry and his Red Beans & Rice swing jazz band will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5 at the Rockledge Country Club. Cherry started his band in 1997 with some fellow college classmates from Brevard Community College’s Cocoa campus in Marion Scott’s band room. Although the band members have changed through the years, swinging music has been a consistent theme for the group. Cherry started the band during the neo-swing revival of the late 1990s to play gigs specifically for dancers during the short-lived swing dance craze. This pursuit

later would foster a deeper love and appreciation for more kinds of jazz as the band branched out to perform other types of jazz from the eras between 1920 and 1960. Today, Cherry writes classic swing-inspired original music with a credit to Harry Connick Jr. Band members include Mark Sunderland on trumpet, Major Bailey and Corey Powell on trombones, Joe Goldberg on clarinet and saxes (when he’s in town from New Orleans), Mike Telesmanick and Marce Talos on the piano, Ron Pirtle on bass and Ritchie Mola and Brock Wollard on drums. Cherry sings, plays the saxophone and writes the

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Recognition comes with a price At the meeting of the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners on Oct. 10, I was presented with a resolution for volunteer work and contributions within the county in the area of recycling, environmental education and care for the environment. I would like to thank all Commissioners for passing the resolution and Commissioner Curt Smith, in particular, for presenting me with the resolution and for his leadership in regards to preserving and protecting the environment in general and the Indian River Lagoon specifically. The accomplishments listed in the resolution were only possible because of the support of my family and so many dear friends who have volunteer with me or have partnered with Recycle Brevard or somehow helped with our initiatives. Those individuals are not only fundamental to getting projects done; they are the inspiration to get new projects on the to-do list. As any recognition, this one also comes with a price. The price is the responsibility of doing more in and for our community in the area we are focused on: reducing waste and promoting sustainable living

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will host the event as part of the Suntree Viera Area Association of Churches (SVAAC). “It is our year to host,” said Jahn, explaining the churches take turns hosting a SVAAC service around Thanksgiving every year. After Advent Lutheran Church decided on the interfaith service, SVAAC, according to Jahn, was open to “making it interfaith.” “There is a level of anxiety that is unprecedented, a level of division, of losing friends because of divisiveness and disagreement,” Jahn said. “When I mention this (interfaith celebration), the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Hickman and Samarah were very positive about it. “In all the major Abrahamic faiths, Christianity, Judaism and Islamic, the vast majority of what we teach — how people ought to treat each other — those things are very similar. The place where we disagree is on what we cannot really know — the nature of God, the character of God — we diverge in terms of our teaching. For those of us who are comfortable with the fact that, compared with the vastness of the universe, we don’t know anything, and for those who are comfortable accepting the idea that there might be other ways of looking at things, this service will be affirming and not threatening.” Jahn hopes that the event can expand to include other faiths and become an annual celebration. It likely would have included other faiths this year if there had been more time to organize the celebration. The service is open to people of all faiths. VV

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Four of Brevard’s premier local authors will give short presentations about their newly released books to an intimate and curious audience, inviting discussion and questions at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5 at Unitarian Fellowship Hall at 3115 Friendship Place in Rockledge. Marshall Frank has written “Amerikastan: Conquest from Within.” Helen Bennett, a poet, has written “Autumn Leaves, Collected Poems.” Ruth Rodgers has written “Tug of War.” David Ferrier, a poet, has written “A Cry For Mercy in the Night.” The event is free and open to the public. For information, call 321-254-3398 or email • Marshall Frank is a retired police captain and homicide investigator from MiamiDade Police, a former symphony violinist and now the author of 14 books, half fiction, half non-fiction. Since the 9/11 attacks on the United States, Frank has taken great interest in the world of Radical Islam and the motivations

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behind the use of terror and the grand plans of Jihadists throughout the world, and most particularly inside the United States. He has written two books on this topic, including ”Amerikastan: Conquest from Within,” which is the product of exhaustive research. His web site is Frank can be reached by email at • Helen Bennett is a poet and author from New York City who has written seven books. She has worked as a librarian, editor and

English teacher. For the past 12 years, she has taught at Senior Adventures in Learning (SAIL). She also is a Unitarian Universalist and Humanist. Bennett is a graduate of Brooklyn College, the University of Wisconsin, the University of California at Berkeley, and Florida Atlantic University. Her current book ”Autumn Leaves: Collected Poems’’ contains poems from her life and imagination. • Ruth Rodgers had a 30-plus year career as an English teacher, most of those years at Brevard Community

College (now Eastern Florida State College). She now is retired and spends her spare time writing fiction. Three of her novels have been published. “Tug of War’’ is set during the Vietnam era as a young woman struggles with her feelings about the war and about two very different men — one a wounded Vietnam vet and the other a fervent anti-war activist. • In the fall of 1967, David Ferrier began the first of his two combat tours with the 571st Dustoff, an elite helicopter ambulance

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Thursday, November 9

Boomer Bash & Senior Expo Senior Life celebrates 20 years with a Roaring 20s-themed expo


Daylight Saving Time Ends

29th annual AMIkids Fall Fundraiser

1 - 4 p.m. Viera Community Center 2300 Judge F. Jamieson Way Viera, 321-752-3200


National Nachos Day

Brevard Independent Film Makers Meeting


What is Aid and Attendance and How Do I Qualify?

5 - 7:45 p.m. Suntree/Viera Public Library 10 - 11 a.m. 902 Jordan Blass Drive Elder Law Attorney William Melbourne, 321-255-4404 A. Johnson will take a comprehensive look at how Home of the Brave: Space Fencing to qualify for the VA Aid Coast Symphony Orchestra 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. and attendance program. Viera Community Center 3 p.m. One Senior Place 2300 Judge F. Jamieson Way The Scott Center 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-258-1054 5625 Holy Trinity Drive Viera, 321-751-6771 Melbourne, 321-723-8323



World Kindness Day

“From Sea to Shining Sea” Brevard Federated 3 p.m. Republican Women Organist Jeannine Jordan in patriotic multi-media musical presentation. Advent Lutheran Church 7550 North Wickham Road Suntree, 321-426-9378


American Made Matters Day

Space Coast Lightfest 5K Run Among the Lights

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


National Cake Day

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Speaker is Bonnie Sundquist Rogers, MBA, BSN, RN, with presentation: “Closing the Gender Gap in Cardiovascular Disease.” Duran Golf Club 7032 Stadium Parkway Viera, 321-727-1212


Name Your PC Day


World Diabetes Day

S.A.L.T. (Single Adults Living Triumphantly)

6 p.m. Grace Fellowship Church 3420 Murrell Road Rockledge, 321-636-3051

Art of Living

6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Meditation Group Suntree/Viera Public Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Melbourne, 321-255-4404


United in Thanksgiving: an Friends of the Suntree/ interfaith celebration of Viera Library 3 - 5 p.m. gratitude



All Saints Day

Sit-n-Stich Group

1 - 3 p.m. Bring your current project Suntree/Viera Public Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404

Cyber Monday

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

Multiple Myeloma Support Group

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Space Coast La Leche League 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Suntree/Viera Public Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Melbourne, 321-255-4404

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Giving Tuesday

The Non-Fiction Book Club

3 - 5 p.m. Discussion will be on “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande Suntree/Viera Public Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Melbourne, 321-255-4404

All Souls’ Day

Fiction Writing Group Meeting




Cliche Day

Bunco Fiesta Fundraiser

6 - 9 p.m. Chili dinner at 6 p.m. 1 - 3 p.m. Suntree/Viera Public Library Bunco at 7 p.m. Brevard Achievement 902 Jordan Blass Drive Center Suntree, 321-255-4404 1845 Cogswell St. Tourette Support Group Junior Jazzercise Rockledge, 321-632-8610 4 - 5:45 p.m. 4 - 5 p.m. Suntree/Viera Public Library 2nd annual Viera Community Center 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way 902 Jordan Blass Drive Fall Vendor Fair Viera, 443-994-990 Melbourne, 321-255-4404 6 - 9 p.m. Springs of Suntree Tennis Lessons Mini Movers (3-5 yrs) Clubhouse 6 - 7 p.m. 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. 8300 Holiday Springs Road Viera Community Center Viera Community Center 2300 Judge F. Jamieson Way 2300 Judge F. Jamieson Way Suntree, 321-446-6575 Viera, 321-960-9898 Viera, 321-433-4891


National Walk to Work Day

Brevard Republican Executive Meeting

6:30 - 9 p.m. Suntree Country Club 1 Country Club Drive Suntree, 321-242-6230

Korean Martial Arts


World Freedom Day

Medical Cannabis: Alternative Medicine

2 p.m. Physician Q & A One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-751-6771


Use Your Common Sense Day

Family Promise of Brevard 6th annual Golf Scramble and Ball Drop 7:30 a.m. Indian River Colony Club 1936 Freedom Drive Viera, 321-610-4400

Central Florida Chamber Winds Concert 3 p.m. 20th Century Reflections Suntree United Methodist Church 7400 N. Wickham Road Suntree, 321-405-2359



2 - 3 p.m. Wuesthoff Living Well Lecture Series One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 800-522-6363

to donate a non-perishable food item. Indian River Colony Club 1936 Freedom Drive Viera, 321-610-4400

Veterans Day USMC Birthday 1775 Lung Cancer: Screenings, Turkey Creek 5K Trail Run 7:30 a.m. Causes, Stages & All participants are invited Treatment

6 - 7 p.m., 6 - 12 yrs. 7 - 8 p.m., 13 yrs. + Viera Community Center 2300 Judge F. Jamieson Way Viera, 321-604-6327

Lil Sports (3-5 yrs.)

4 - 4:45 p.m. Viera Community Center Ninth annual Native 2300 Judge F. Jamieson Way Rhythms Festival Viera, 321-987-0647 Nov. 10 to 12 Wickham Park 2500 Parkway Drive Melbourne, 321-255-4307

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America Recycles Day

SOAK-support group

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. For parents with Autistic children Suntree/Viera Public Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Melbourne, 321-255-4404

Writers Workshop

1 - 3 p.m. Suntree/Viera Public Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Melbourne, 321-255-4404


Humane Society Anniversary Day

Senior Game Room

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Viera Community Center Suntree/Viera Public Library 2300 Judge F. Jamieson Way 7 p.m. Viera, 321-433-4891 902 Jordan Blass Drive Advent Lutheran Church 7550 North Wickham Road Melbourne, 321-255-4404 Day Camp Suntree, 321-259-8515 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Shorin Zyu Karate Grades K-6 5:30 - 7 p.m. Space Coast La Leche Viera Community Center Viera Community Center League 2300 Judge F. Jamieson Way 2300 Judge F. Jamieson Way 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Viera, 321-433-4891 Suntree/Viera Public Library Viera, 321-433-4891 902 Jordan Blass Drive Melbourne, 321-255-4404





Great American Smokeout Have You and Your Family Prepared Your Estate Plan and Health Care Directives?


National Take a Hike Day

Wine Pairing Dinner

6 p.m. $59 per person Tradewinds at Duran Stadium Parkway 10 - 11 a.m. Attorney William A. Johnson Viera 321-504-7776, ext. 7370 One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Movie in the Park Viera, 321-253-1667 5 - 9 p.m. “Fantastic Beasts” Turkey Knockout Golf Wickham Park Pavilion Duran Golf Club 2500 Wickham Road Stadium Parkway Melbourne, 321-255-4307 Viera, 321-504-7776




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Family Volunteer Day

Crop for a Paws

9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Fundraiser “Crafting Day” Holiday gift shopping Viera Community Center 2300 Judge F. Jamieson Way Viera, 321-433-4891


Black Friday

Thanksgiving Grand Buffet The Avenue Viera 12:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. Christmas Tree Lighting

Duran Golf Club Stadium Parkway Viera, 321-504-7776 ext. 7340

World Day of Giving

Light up Viera

6 p.m. - Music starts 6:30 p.m. Tree lighting Youth Musicians of Quartet Movement play as the tree comes to life. The Avenue Viera 2261 Town Center Ave. Viera, 855-252-7276 FREE

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

Computer Security Day


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Events around Brevard NOV. 1

Candlelight Yin Yoga 6:15 p.m. Enjoy an introduction to Yin Yoga Cocoa Beach Public Library, Community Room 550 N. Brevard Ave. Cocoa Beach, 321-868-1104

NOV. 2

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings & The Yearling 2 – 3 p.m.. A Talk by the Florida Historical Society Cocoa Beach Public Library Community Room 550 N. Brevard Ave. Cocoa Beach, 321-868-1104

NOV. 3

Movie in the Park at Eau Gallie Square Park 7 p.m. “Secret Life of Pets,” food tricks and concessions. Bring your own blanket. Eau Gallie Square 1452 Highland Ave. Melbourne, 321-604-7400 First Friday Viera Park Market 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Local farmers market Viera Recreation Park 2400 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 321-759-3713

Brevard Antiques and Collectibles Club 10 a.m. Subject will be “military” Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-254-5831

NOV. 4

Holy Trinity Community Open House 2 – 4 p.m. Lower School (preschool – sixth grade) Holy Trinity Lower School/ Parish Campus 50 W. Strawbridge Ave. Melbourne, 321-723-8323

NOV. 5

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

Holy Trinity Community Open House 2 – 4 p.m. Grades 7 – 12 Holy Trinity Upper School/ Pineda Campus 5625 Holy Trinity Drive Melbourne 321-7238323

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Save Our Lagoon Project Plan! 12 – 1 p.m. Bring your lunch and learn about Brevard County’s Save our Lagoon Project Plan Ted Moorhead Lagoon House 3275 Dixie Highway NE Palm Bay

NOV. 8

Melbourne Municipal Band Concert “Land of the Free” 7:30 – 9:15 p.m. Melbourne Auditorium 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. Melbourne

NOV. 9

Uncorked and Creative 6:20 – 8:30 p.m. Join Recycle Brevard for an evening of wine tasting and wine bottle art Lucky’s Market 3170 W. New Haven Ave. Melbourne 321-220-3379

Veterans Buffet 11 a.m. All veterans are invited to share in a meal to say “thank you” for their service Courtenay Spings Main Dining Room 321-452-1233

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Spinning tales about birds featured in songs. Birds enhance our lives. In return, we sing about them. Hopefully, these songs foster cheer, hope and especially fortitude. Esteemed in songs is the bald eagle, characterized by its white head. It is the national symbol of the United States and dominates the Great Seal. Nearly extinct from pesticides,

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onomatopoeically — after its call which sounds like “whippoor-will.” The opening lyrics “When whippoorwills call, And ev’ning is nigh” to the song “My Blue Heaven” suggest it is time to hurry home to happiness. Walter Donaldson, who wrote the music in 1924, was then employed by the renown composer Irving Berlin. The song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1978. Symbolic of spring is the robin, an abundant migratory bird. And the first to see the spring robin will have good luck! Seemingly, rejuvenation begins “When the Red, Red VIERA VOICE archive photo Charlie Corbeil Robin (Comes Bob, A bald eagle rests on a branch. Bob, Bobbin’ Along),” published in 1926. In 1972, Michael Jackson recorded his version the eagle proudly soars again. of “Rockin’ Robin” in which the Statesman John Ashcroft robin tweets in the company wrote a tribute to America’s of the swallow, chick-a-dee virtues in “Let the Eagle Soar.” (onomatopoeia), owl, crow, It was sung by Guy Hovis raven, buzzard and oriole. from “The Lawrence Welk (Unfortunately, the cherished Show” during the 2005 Bush robin is a host of the West Nile inauguration. virus.) Since 1927, the Florida A soft, drawn-out lament or state bird is the mockingbird. distinctive cooing identifies It is an outstanding mimic the mourning dove. Mated for which often sings all night, life, this creature will mourn especially under spring for its dead mate and attempt moonlight. This vocalization to care for it. It is a leading may be loud, varied and game bird and may be selected repetitive. The song “Listen to clone the passenger pigeon, to the Mocking Bird” depicts a related species hunted to the bird singing above a loved extinction. “When Doves one’s grave. Understandably, Cry,” a 1984 song by Prince, many identified with this promotes hope despite song during the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln commented, tragedy. Also motivating music, “It is as sincere as the laughter especially for children, is “The of a little girl at play.” This Ugly Duckling” in which a moderately lively melody, homely youngling (a cygnet) which also served as marching matures into a beautiful swan. music, was written in 1855 This long-necked, graceful by African-American street creature is closely related to musician Richard Milburn. the duck and goose. The song Seemingly, the vibrant originated from the 1843 Hans bluebird is the harbinger Christian Andersen fairy tale, a of happiness. For example, reflection of his own life. Dorothy in the 1939 film The ultimate message is “The Wizard of Oz” surmises delivered in “Three Little that “Over the Rainbow” Birds” by Bob Marley in 1977. happy little bluebirds fly. Their sweet songs by his This academy-award winner doorstep insist, “Don’t worry written for the movie was about a thing.” ranked the greatest movie Fittingly, “Serenade,” song and the song of the which arises from the 1924 century. Incredibly, it was operetta “The Student Prince,” initially deleted from the embraces the soothing lyrics: movie because it supposedly Nothing is heard but the slowed down the action; also, song of a bird it was considered too mature Filling all the air with for Dorothy to sing. dreaming … VV The whippoorwill is named

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Meet Toula Blue Toula is a 15-year-old gray and white cat. Her mom was a feral cat. At her age, she likes to sleep in her cat bed by the front door and guard the house. She eats her food and steals food from Yin, the other cat, if Yin is too slow in eating his own food. Owners: Jill Blue Gaines and Carson Blue Suntree

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Chance (Chancey) is a 13-year-old Siamese. Not only is he extremely handsome, he is extremely smart. He scored 13 out of 15 on the Cat IQ test. He has a bit of a bad temper but, as long as he gets what he wants, the way he wants it, when he wants it, there is usually no bloodshed. He is bilingual and loves Spanish lullabies.

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Local band offers free program of patriotic hits BY DEBRA A. PERRY

Senior Expos Join us for several functions as we celebrate throughout the year Thursday, Nov. 9, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Senior Life’s Boomer Bash & Senior Expo Theme: The Roaring ’20s Valiant Air Command, Warbird Museum, TICO Airport, Titusville February 2018 • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Senior Life’s Boomer Guide Expo 2018 Boomer Guide models revealed with fun-filled entertainment, exhibits Location: TBA

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René Hulsker has a light in his eyes that starts to dance when you ask him about music. He began playing the cornet, a small trumpet, at age 8 and has never stopped. After a career in human resource management, Hulsker now conducts the New Horizons Band in Melbourne. He and scores of other adults like him have joined the band, a 50-plus musical group that is part of the New Horizons International Musical Association. It’s unlikely to find a more enthusiastic and patriotic band for Veterans Day festivities than the New Horizons Band of Melbourne. It will present a musical salute to “The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12 at Suntree United Methodist Church. At least 40 musicians, depending on the number of winter residents who will be present, will perform. Many,

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Since 2003, the New Horizons Band has been entertaining Brevard County audiences with its patriotic hit songs.

like Hulsker, have played their instrument of choice since youth. New Horizons Band of Melbourne was started in Brevard County in 2003 and is a community band. Not all are retirees. The band includes a family of five. The children are home schooled and New Horizons serves as their music class during Tuesday morning

rehearsals. Referring to all his band members, Hulsker says, “They are really talented.” The November concert will last for 2 hours with a half-hour intermission. “The audience can expect 1½ hours of music that is relaxing and inspiring and (they) will experience the (band’s) joy,” Hulsker said. Military and marching pieces will include the “Armed Forces Salute” and John Philip Sousa’s “Liberty Bell March.” Touching tunes like the recently written 9/11 tribute, “Our American Heroes,” and a version of “Amazing Grace” arranged by Hulsker. Additionally, Melbourne’s Swingtimers Vocal Trio will provide voice accompaniment for “Amazing Grace” and “Hymn to the Fallen.” The church is located at 7400 N. Wickham Road in Melbourne and the concert is free of charge. The 600-seat venue is fully accessible for wheelchair users and there is plenty of parking. VV

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Rainy weather and muddy grounds did not dampen the enthusiasm as the groundbreaking ceremony for the Viera Del Mar Health and Rehabilitation Center was moved Oct. 5 to the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce Viera office. The facility which plans to open in the fall of 2018 will be located 2355 Vidina Drive in Viera, directly behind the emergency room of Viera Hospital. It will have a large gym, courtyard, restaurant-style dining and its own movie theater. Gulf Coast Health Care of Pensacola is the parent company of the Viera Del Mar Health and Rehabilitation Center, an in-patient skilled nursing and rehabilitation center that will have 131 beds, including 78 private rooms. The remaining rooms would be semi-private. “We have over the past 20-plus years provided leading quality inside of our business and the industry,’’ said Jamey Richardson, the CEO and president of Gulf Coast Health Care of Pensacola, who traveled to Brevard County for the event. “We recognize and try to stay ahead of the curve for what the demands are for the future.’’ The facility will focus on skilled nursing care, including nutrition management and infectious disease management along with cardiac and surgical rehabilitation. It also will offer physical, occupational and speech therapy. Patients also can receive wound care and respiratory therapy. “It will only serve to enrich the quality of life here further,’’ said Todd Pokrywa, the senior vice president of land use planning and development for The Viera Company. VV

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Several influential members of the Viera community participated in a modified groundbreaking ceremony at the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce Viera office for the Viera Del Mar Health and Rehabilitation Center. Holding shovels were Pastor Rich Lively, left, of the Church At Viera; Brian Fuhrmeister, the senior vice president of project management and corporate development for Gulf Coast Health Care; Jamey Richardson, the president and CEO of Gulf Coast Health Care; Jennifer Sugarman, the president and CEO of the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce; Todd Pokrywa, the senior vice president of land use planning and development for The Viera Company; Scott Parker, the president of Elkins Construction; and Chantelle Kocik, the director of operations for Gulf Coast Health Care.

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All registered runners will step off at 6 p.m. Dec. 9 for the second annual Pizza Gallery & Grill Christmas Fit-Mas 3K run in Viera. The event will be held at the Viera Regional Park at 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way in Melbourne under the direction of Running Zone on Wickham Road in Melbourne. Each registered runner will receive a moisture wicking race T-shirt, a holiday race packet, an invitation to the Winter Wonderland Party after the event and will be given a chance to win contests, giveaways and prizes. “Top racers in each category will receive a medal,” said Ericka Hash, chair of the event for Pizza Gallery. “Categories are adult, children age 12 and under and the free Little Elf Run for small kids. The cost is $25 per adult, $15 each for children.” The running route will be through the tunnels at Viera High School, running by the courthouse and back around the regional park, Hash said. Sponsors this year are the Running Zone, which is taking care of registration; Health First and the Viera Company. The Winter Wonderland After Party is

sponsored by the Brevard County Parks and Recreation and Cheerio Gram children’s entertainment company which supplies balloon artists, bounce houses and does face painting for children. Food at the party will be Pizza Gallery pizzas galore, Christmas cookies and soft drinks. Pizza Gallery & Grill owner Chris Conneen “is really big on giving back to the community,” Hash said. “So this race has been geared toward raising funds for Suntree, Viera and Rockledge youth athletics. We had 300 runners last year and hope to have 1,000 this year.” Pizza Gallery and Grill is a Viera-based locally owned and operated gourmet pizza restaurant and art gallery founded in 1989. The mission is to enrich the community and provide an incredible dining experience by offering gourmet pizzas and dishes including glutenfree and vegetarian options complemented by displayed local art. Runners can register for the Christmas race through Dec. 7, according to Running Zone, the sponsor currently taking pre-registrations on their website at secure. Race/FL/Melbourne/ ChristmasFitMas3K. V V

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