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parks-and-recreation/ events/holiday-parade The 55th Titusville Christmas Parade, coordinated by the Kiwanis Club, begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 at Titusville High School and continues on U.S.1 to Downtown Titusville. The theme is "Christmas in Space." For information, go to nbbd. com/npr/kiwanis/index. html The 25th Melbourne Light Parade begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 at the intersection of NASA and Airport Boulevards. Its theme is "Lighting the Season With Compassion." Spectators are asked to bring either a non-perishable food item, a new unwrapped toy or a bag of dog or cat food. Volunteers walking alongside the first float

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Righteous wreaths make decorating, giving, indulging a cinch for holidays BY MARIA SONNENBERG

Decorate a front door royally, indulge a loved one Volume 11, Number 11 with a gift certificate, plus ©2017 Bluewater get into the holiday spirit and also provide funds for a Creative Group, Inc. worthy charity at The Avenue All rights reserved Viera. Merchants have decorated some righteous-looking wreaths that will be sold to the highest bidder to benefit Bluewater Creative Group St. Jude Children’s Research 321-242-1235 Hospital. All of the wreaths 7630 N. Wickham Rd. include some serious treats, Suite 105, Viera, FL 32940 such as $100 gift certificates or high-end products, from Publisher the participating stores. Bluewater Creative Group, Inc. 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Brown retires after fun run as Manatee Elementary principal BY JULIE STURGEON

When principal Carl Brown walks through the Manatee Elementary School cafeteria during lunch time, students get excited. Brown, who is retiring in December, is friendly, helpful and goofy with students. First and second graders love his quirkiness. Sixth graders think he’s cool. “I don’t mind being silly; I’ve dressed up as a clown, been taped to walls, eaten fried worms and been in the dunk tank over the years,” Brown said. “It’s those kinds of things that make a principal a human being.” It is his unique style that has made Brown an incredible leader. In return for the silliness factor, students make a concerted effort to do what their principal asks. And their efforts have been noticed — Manatee won the Blue Ribbon Award in addition to being an A school this year. “Bottom line, we are here for the kids,” Brown said. “If they see you being silly and willing to do things for them, they become willing to do things for themselves.” Brown, who has been an educator since 1991, said his desire to teach propelled him to pursue the field of education. Starting as a fifth-grade teacher in Seattle, he enjoyed being in the classroom. When Brown and his family moved to Florida, he started thinking about serving in another capacity. “I had an aunt who was a principal and she inspired me to consider being a principal,” Brown said. After opening three Brevard schools as a teacher,

vice principal) or I have shut our office doors more than five times in five years,” Brown said. “Kids can’t be afraid to come in here, and parents need to come in and ask us questions. That’s why we always try to be out front every morning so we can answer questions from parents and greet students.” Another of Brown’s attributes is knowing the names and the history of every Manatee family, creating a sense of importance and community for students. With a current

enrollment of 925, that takes work. A team effort is evident throughout the Manatee, including the yearly fundraisers that have helped the school succeed through the years. School improvements during Brown’s tenure include a cement track, where yearly walkathons take place to raise school funds. Brown takes time throughout the day to participate in the


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Carl Brown enjoys his last days as principal at Manatee Elementary School.

lead teacher and assistant principal, Brown was hired to open Manatee in 2003. Opening a new school as principal requires strong leadership and dedication, and Brown was a perfect fit for the job. “When Dr. (Richard) DiPatri (superintendent of Brevard Public Schools) hired me, he asked what can you do for Manatee?” Brown said. “I told him that Manatee will always be an A school because, in 2003, schools had to be an A school. And, of course, we have been an A school for 15 years. I did not promise him the Blue Ribbon. So that was a bonus.” The prestigious Blue Ribbon Schools Award is competitive, invitation only and shared by an elite few schools each year. When invited to apply for the

award, Brown said it took him only about 2 seconds to say yes to filling out the 20page application. Manatee was the only non-choice school in Florida to receive this year’s Blue Ribbon award, perceived by some as the pinnacle of success. It is awarded to schools with high levels of student achievement and commitment to the community. Brown is quick to share credit for Manatee’s success with his staff, saying they are a team of top-notch professionals who work closely together. He says he will miss the dedicated, hardworking staff at the school, including teachers and vice principals who enjoy close contact with students. “I don’t think Shannon (Shannon Daly, assistant

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Viera’s Rousseau cements legacy with third state diving title BY CARL KOTALA

There was a time when Sarah Rousseau never pictured herself winning a single state diving title … let alone three in a row. But that’s exactly what the Viera High senior did last month, turning in a dominating performance at the Class 3A one-meter state diving championships at Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center in Stuart.

“I never imagined for me to even win states once, so winning it three times is really surprising.” — Sarah Rousseau

Her 505.5 points easily outdistanced second-place Carina Lumia, a talented freshman from Osceola High School. “It went pretty well,” Rousseau said of her state meet performance. “My dives, overall, were pretty consistent. I could have done a few a little better, but overall, it went pretty well. “… There was definitely some competition. I didn’t know if I was going to win or not so I had to be focused and do the best I could.” The win cemented Rousseau’s legacy as one of the most decorated individual athletes in Viera High sports history. “I never imagined for me

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to even win states once, so winning it three times is really surprising,” Rousseau said. “I’m really happy I got the chance to have this opportunity to win it three times. It’s pretty cool and amazing to get that opportunity.” In addition to her three state titles, Rousseau and teammate Ryan Just also won the Cape Coast Conference title four years in a row. Earlier this year, Rousseau won the 16 to 18 age group in the one-meter event at the 2017 USA Diving National Preliminary Zone D Championships at an event held in Brown Deer, Wis. That qualified her for the 2017 USA Diving National Championships, which were held at Ohio State in August. Rousseau finished 12th. Last month, after taking visits to Florida State, Kentucky and Missouri, she signed her National Letter of Intent to dive for the Tigers. “All of the visits were awesome and fun,” Rosseau said. “I just knew that (Missouri) was the place for me, so I picked there. (I liked) the facility and the team. I liked the atmosphere there.” Next up for Rousseau is a trip to Canada to take part in the CAMO Invitational in Montreal before preparing for the Junior World and Junior Olympic tryouts, which begin in May. The girl who never thought she’d even win one state


Viera High's Sarah Rousseau is the only athlete in school history — individual or team — to have won three state championships. Rousseau, who won her third consecutive state championship last month, has signed with the University of Missouri. diving title sure has come a long way. And as long as she keeps working at it, there’s no telling how far she’ll go. “I definitely didn’t think I would come this far and improve a lot, but thanks to all of my coaches like (Yaidel)

Gamboa and Bill (Talbot of Sunrise Springboard Diving in Satellite Beach) and everyone who’s helped me, I’ve improved so much,” Rosseau said. “I’m happy that I have and I want to continue improving.” VV

Space Coast United's Goff wins national award BY CARL KOTALA

Allie Goff was “honored and shocked” to find out she had been named the 2017 U.S. Youth National Recreation Coach of the Year. The Space Coast United Soccer Club coach is the first in SCU history to win the national award. Goff will VIERA VOICE Courtesy of receive her Space Coast United Soccer Club award at the Allie Goff was a standout soccer player for Eau 2018 U.S. Gallie High and UCF. Youth Soccer Awards Gala Region award twice, and now on Jan. 20 in Philadelphia. the National award. I witness “I am delighted with Coach our coaches’ dedication to Goff’s win and applaud U.S. young female athletes on a Youth Soccer’s choice,” Space regular basis. The national Coast United Soccer Club recognition is well-deserved.” president Ann Fuller said in a The 34-year-old Goff press release. graduated from Eau Gallie “I am not at all surprised High in 2001 and played SCU coaches have won the for UCF from 2001 to 2004 FYSA Girls Recreation Coach before coming to coach at of the Year award three years Space Coast United. in a row, went on to win the Even during her playing

I love the impact that I can make in the girls. — Allie Goff

days, Goff said she knew she wanted to coach. “I coached in all of the UCF summer camps while I played at UCF and that is where I really saw the impact I could have and knew I wanted to continue doing it,” she wrote in an email. Recreational coaches such as Goff work with girls just starting out in the

game, giving them a solid foundation whether they continue playing recreational soccer or decide to develop into competitive players. Goff clearly enjoys her job “I love the impact that I can make in the girls,” she wrote. “Watching their growth and confidence build is my motivator. Soccer has always played a huge role in my life from building my selfconfidence, developing work ethic to drive results, and just overall organization within my life. “So once I was done playing in college, I just really wanted to get involved with

our youth in hopes to help young females have what I felt was one of the greatest experiences in my life.” SCU parent Leah Riggenbach praised Goff in the press release: “Throughout the season Allie demonstrated how much she cared for these girls both on and off the field, teaching them about determination, strength, and confidence. “I honestly believe my daughter will be a better soccer player and a more confident young woman because of the time that she spent with Coach Allie.” VV

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Continued from page 6 Dec. 13 – MCC Dec. 15 – The Master’s Academy* GIRLS SOCCER * District game Dec. 5 – at Pine School, 3:30 pm.* Dec. 8 – at Edgewood, JV at 5:30 p.m., varsity at 7 Dec. 13 – at Saint Edward’s, JV at 4, Varsity at 6*

VIERA BOYS BASKETBALL JV games at 6:15 p.m., Varsity at 7:15 unless noted * District game Dec. 5 – at West Shore Dec. 7 – Heritage* Dec. 8 – Cocoa Beach Dec. 12 – at Rockledge Dec. 14 – Palm Bay GIRLS BASKETBALL JV games at 5:30 p.m., Varsity at 7 * District game Dec. 1 – Eau Gallie Dec. 4 – at Heritage* Dec. 6 – Rockledge Dec. 11 – Palm Bay Dec. 13 – at Fort Pierce Westwood Dec. 21 – Titusville VIERA BOYS SOCCER JV games at 5 p.m., Varsity games at 7 unless noted * District game Dec. 5 – Rockledge Dec. 7 – at Heritage* Dec. 12 – at West Shore Dec. 14 – Eau Gallie Dec. 15 – at Sebastian River*


Hawk Stadium will be the site of some highly entertaining soccer this season, whether you’re watching the Viera boys or the girls on the field. The Viera boys feature a young team that should be exciting to watch grow up into district title contenders while Viera’s two-time state champion girls program has a new coach in Cal Dixon. “Obviously, it’s a good program, it’s a good bunch of girls,” Dixon said. “We’re changing the system a little bit. We’re trying to make them play a little bit more and possess the ball.” Although he is new to Viera High, Dixon is hardly new to most of the Viera High roster, having coached them with the Space Coast United Soccer Club. The Hawks were off to a 4-0 start and looking like a

team that should once again contend for the Cape Coast Conference and district titles on their way to a deep postseason run. “He is awesome,” senior Brooke Walsh said. “He expects a lot from us from practices, so it continues on into games. The training level is just as intense as our games.” Senior Emily Bodi likes the fact that Dixon holds the players accountable, which means players are always giving their best effort. “We have a lot of potential, but we have a lot of work to put in to get there,” Bodi said. Players to watch this season will be Walsh; Emily Bodi; Mya Norton; JJ Bryant; Madelyn Rosario, Carolina Santos, Taylor Collins, Hannah Howe, Victoria Rosario, Kylie Pulliam and goalkeeper Cassie Bodi. Other key players will be Hanna Vega; Kristen Clark;

VIERA GIRLS SOCCER JV games at 5 p.m., Varsity games at 7 unless noted * District game Dec. 6 – at Heritage* Dec. 8 – at Melbourne* Dec. 11 – Astronaut Dec. 13 – Sebastian River*

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Viera's Matthew Kowlessar gets control of the ball during the Hawks' season opener. The young Hawks should only get better as the season goes on.


Viera's Madelyn Rosario works against an Eau Gallie player during the Hawks' 8-0 win earlier this season. Viera has a new coach in Cal Dixon, but still looks like a team ready to make a deep postseason run.

Mollie Roe; Riley Simpson; Jordan Spira; Catherine Koegel; Amanda Zaroogian and Abigail Rolling. The boys team, meanwhile, has a host of young talent that will only get better as the season goes on. Top goal scorers Kia ​ Mohajeri and Andrew Madlener both missed Viera’s 1-0 loss to perennial district champ Melbourne in the season opener. But once they return, they should combine with players such as John Dashi, Kyle Hupfer, Tibor Susanj, Robbie Murtha, Mads Jenson, Patrick Murtha and newcomer Christian Becerra​ to form a dangerous group. “When Kia and Andrew are

full strength up top, they’ve got a lot of goals in them,” second-year coach Nick Robins said. James Leonard had a brilliant game in goal during the loss to Melbourne and should push Max Pacheaco for playing time. Oher Hawks to watch this season include Adam Choss, Tyler McGoldrick, Andrew​​ Scougall, Braedon​ ​Clark, Michael Howell, Nathan​​ Brooker, Mathew Kowlessar, Stephen​​McHale, Corbin​​ Lindsey and Zachary Nielsen. The Hawks have a big game at Heritage on Dec. 7 as they try to create an easier path for themselves to get to the district final.. V V

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Viera will honor athletes with first Hall of Fame Class BY CARL KOTALA

Viera High School has been fortunate to have a number of talented student-athletes walk through its halls during its first 12 years of existence. And now, those athletes will have a chance to have their achievements recognized for all time. From 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 16 in the school auditorium, members of the first Viera Hall of Fame class will be inducted and their plaques placed in the gym lobby. “With all the state champions we’ve accrued over just a short time, we thought it was a good time to start recognizing them, to stay on top of it, and to continue to recognize the student-athletes and the coaches,” said Viera athletic director Chris Gallagher, who worked on the project with Assistant Principal-Facilities Tim Rooney and with help from Assistant Principal-10th grade dean Courtney Lundy, wrestling coach Jim Gentile and Steve Wilson of the “Friday Night Locker Room.” Members of the first class include girls soccer standout Katie Stengel, diver Luke Zippi, wrestler Ty Cartmell,


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tennis player Sasha Belaya, the 2016 girls soccer team, the 2010 girls golf team and outstanding contributor Mike Acosta of Viera Pizza. Stengel, who is playing for the Boston Breakers of the National Women’s Soccer League, has had a decorated career that includes being named the 2009 Gatorade Florida High School Girls Soccer Player of the Year. She also is the first professional athlete to come from Viera High. “Being a part of Viera’s first

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Hall of Fame class is an honor and privilege,” Stengel wrote in an email. “I still look fondly back on my time at Viera High School and the opportunity it gave me going forward. “The teachers, administrators and coaches all helped me reach the point I have now. I am honored to be part of such a prestigious group of individuals. It’s incredible to think about the people who make up this class and how much they’ve accomplished. “I’m grateful to be able to

say that I share some kind of connection with them. I am honored to have the chance to represent Viera amongst such great company.” Zippi, Belaya and Cartmel were all the first Viera athletes to win state championships in their respective sports. The 2010 girls golf team was the first of two Viera teams to win a state title. Although the 2016 girls soccer team’s state championship was the second in program history,

the team was named the 2016 Winter National Champion. “This means a great deal to myself and the girls,” said Lundy, who coached both state championship teams. “I could not be more proud of my girls for all of their accomplishments and to be recognized for their achievements is huge. Also, it is always fun to reminisce the glory days.” Acosta began hosting the Eat My Crust 5K race in 2012 with the help of race director Brittany Streufert. Proceeds from the race have benefited the Viera athletic program. And in 2016, Acosta formed the Power of Pizza Charities to benefit other organizations. “We started Viera Pizza back in 2004 and grew as the Viera Community grew,” Acosta wrote in an email. “Once we were able to build our Stadium (Parkway) location, we knew it was time to give back to the community that had made us so successful. “So in 2012, we decided to put together the Eat My Crust 5K to help the athletic program that was in need of funds.” V V

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Two VHS athletes earn college scholarships BY CARL KOTALA

Two Viera High School athletes have signed national letters of intent to play sports at the collegiate level next year. Maddie Day will play volleyball at the Division II level for Caldwell University in Caldwell, N.J. Madison Headley will play softball at the Division I level for Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Ga. The signing ceremony was held at the Olive Garden on Merritt Island. The restaurant is a Viera High athletics sponsor. VV


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Holy Trinity boys soccer expected to field strong team this season BY CARL KOTALA

to use Knight — also an accomplished midfielder in The feeling around the Holy lacrosse — in several different Trinity boys soccer program positions on the back end. is that this might be one of “He’s a real good, strong the best Tiger teams to come defensive (player),” Phillips around in a long time. said. “I’ve got to find a place for “We were good last year, but him to play because he’s such a when it came to the playoffs, good leader. our inexperience killed us “He’ll work harder than early on,” coach James Phillips anyone else on the field, so said. “It’s pretty much the same you’ve got to find a spot where group of boys, only they’re he’s going to be the most a year older, a year stronger, effective and that’s usually a and a year more mature. And defensive role.” they’ve got the experience Campanini, who has played from last year. up front and on the defensive “I’m excited about it.” end during his time at Holy So is senior Joshua Knight, Trinity, also will find himself who also believes the Tigers moving around to fill different have a chance to be something spots depending on who the special because they’re a bit Tigers play. different than other Holy Two new players will help Trinity teams of the past few fuel their offense. Junior years Danny Lynch transferred in “We’re definitely more of a from California and had all technical team compared to three goals in Holy Trinity’s past years when we’ve been opening game, a 3-3 tie against more of an athletic team. It Edgewood. really helps to be technical Swedish forward David … having someone that can Nordin should also play a big manipulate the ball around the role for the Tigers, who expect field really well.” to get strong play in goal from Knight is one of the leaders Calum Watson. on this year’s team, along Knight said this year’s team with Carlo Campanini, Hunter is working hard to get on the Gaskin and Jack Ganiban. same page and take each game The Tigers are expected as it comes instead of looking

ahead. “I think that’s been a common problem we’ve had in past years,” he said. “We’ve been dead set on, ‘When we get to state’ instead of (focusing) on the process of getting to state.” With more experience, good ball-handling and good speed, this is a team built to go far. “We’re strong this year,” Phillips said. “Player for player, it’s the strongest team I’ve had. Now, it’s just getting the belief there and the right attitude. VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala “If they work as hard as the Holy Trinity soccer players Joshua Knight, left, Hunter Gaskin and Carlo other teams I’ve had, we’ll be Campanini are a big reason why the Tigers believe this could be their best team in years. all right.” VV


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Hawketts debut at Viera High sporting events BY CARL KOTALA

It started out as a simple conversation, grew into a grassroots campaign complete with a more than 200 signatures on a petition and now … The Hawketts are ready to rock. “We weren’t sure if people were going to be interested,” Viera High sophomore Maggie McMahan said of the reaction to Viera High’s new dance team that began performing at school events in September. “But we got a lot of people that were interested and now we’re actually a team. We have even more people that are like, ‘Oh, that’s cool. We want to join that.’ We’ve had a really good reaction.” The idea to form the dance team came from a conversation between McMahan and junior Nicole Edwards, who decided there was a need for dance team at Viera. Their next step was to find a sponsor, and after being turned down several times, they decided to ask guidance counselor Sandy Spence. Before agreeing to it, Spence asked the girls to come back

with signatures to make sure there was interest from the student body. “The students were really open about it, because they like the changes and getting a new team,” Edward said. More than 200 students signed the petition … and the green light was given for the non-competitive dance team that does hip-hop and jazz numbers. They put up posters around the school and had tryouts that drew 45 students. From that group, they chose 23 who have performed at a JV football game, volleyball matches and can be seen performing at a soccer game on Nov. 28 and again at the “Dance for a Cure” event held at Florida Tech in January. Edwards and McMahan are team captains along with Niaiah Hernandez, Taryn Campbell and Lexi Rosenthal. Other team members include: Briana Aiello; Chelsea Bowling; Alanis Colon-Perez; Manuela Correa; Mackenzie Downie; Danielle Fernandez; Valeria Lopez; Anna Mattessich; Shannon McNiff; Erin McNiff; Sam Perez; Anaya Rhodes; Silvia Rivas; Kyla Rourke;

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Members of the Viera High dance team known as the Hawketts pose with sponsor Sandy Spence. The team was formed in a true grassroots campaign and has been performing at various school events.

Diane Santiago; Jessalyn Stilla; Zoe Strong and Madison West. “(My favorite thing) has to be the diversity on the team,” Campbell said. “We have ballet dancers, hip hop and from every background.” Not only are the girls having fun performing together, but they have already developed a familial feeling among the group.

“A lot of us didn’t know each other when we first started forming the team,” Hernandez said. “There were little groups of friends — of like two people — that knew each other. The team bonding over the summer, we really got to know each other. “Just going to practice and talking to people every day, you just learn everything


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Nearly 40 Viera Charter School students went on a trip of a lifetime to Washington, D.C. on Oct. 25. The trip was coordinated by Teacher of the Year Mary Rabun, assisted by additional faculty members and principal Dr. Julie Cady.

grader Megan Fackler. Added fellow member of the newly elected Student Council Deanna Marrs, “It was really cool to have all the people watching us.” Rabun led the team that included the school principal, Dr. Julie Cady, and several other faculty members. The trip is just one example of what made Rabun the Teacher of the Year, Cady said. “Mary gives an enormous amount of personal time to plan, prepare and supervise our students, while at the same time making learning fun,” Cady said. Rabun also is a standard bearer for her peers, according to Cady. “Mary is a true leader. Her colleagues look to her for guidance and support, because they know that she cares for those she works with. She knows the art and science of teaching, she has many years of experience

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Viera Charter School student leaders Megan Fackler, left front, Deanna Marrs, Nick Motty, left back, and Alexandra Rowe were picked to participate in the ceremonial Laying of the Wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during the Oct. 25 school trip to Washington, D.C.

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New program challenges advanced readers of all ages BY CARL KOTALA

Holy Trinity third-grader Gracin Borboroglu has always loved to read because “some books are really interesting.” Well, thanks to a new pilot Reading and Writing Enrichment program at Holy Trinity’s Lower School, students such as Borboroglu will get a chance to delve deeper into reading than they ever have before. “We have offered similar experiences, but not something that’s been this organized and focused,” said Jessica Kelce, Holy Trinity’s Head of Lower School. “It’s for those students that are reading several grades above grade level with enrichment. “... A lot of times, we think of enrichment as, ‘Oh, they need a bigger book. They need more words.’ But not, ‘We need to go more in depth.’” The reading program, much like the school’s math

lab, is designed to help students think creatively instead of just regurgitating the material. Academic coach Whitney Douglas is working with 25 students ranging from kindergarten to third grade. Douglas majored in elementary education and natural science with a minor in comprehensive special education at Vanderbilt before attending Florida State to get her master’s degree in reading and language arts. The program is being funded by an anonymous Lower School family. “The teachers identify students that are working above grade level and thinking above grade level,” Douglas said. “It’s not that they’re not going be challenged and enriched in their own classroom. It’s that we think they could benefit from some additional pushing to see what they really can achieve.

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Students in Holy Trinity Lower School's new Reading and Writing Enrichment program work with academic coach Whitney Douglas to enhance their reading comprehension through discussions and a variety of projects.

things come easy to them will face new challenges. Seeing them find solutions is part of the beauty of the program. “It’s interesting to see the arc that a student can take in a month’s time to gain that confidence to do it themselves,” Douglas said. “A lot of the curriculum I’m using, it’s posing questions to students and letting them lead the discussion about the

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Williams students place second in Jim Harbin Media Festival BY JULIE STURGEON

Television production students from Ralph Williams Elementary recently placed second in the Jim Harbin Media Festival. Williams was the only school in Brevard County to receive a state level award this year. The Jim Harbin Student Media Festival was created in honor of Jim Harbin, a former consultant with the Florida Department of Education who initiated a statewide student media festival. “There was a lot of excitement and pride from parents and teachers in accomplishing the goal and making it to the conference,” said music and TV production teacher Jim Kurowski. “Students had to

place first among six counties before even going to state.” The prize-winning story is the tale of a tribal queen who was kidnapped and rescued. The 3-minute video was written, filmed and edited by Danielle Haddox, Brett Bolton and Jossie Barillas, fifth graders in the Video Production class at Williams. Video Production is a unique class in which students create videos in the categories of drama, news, comedy or public service. Videos range from 1 to 7 minutes and must be approved by Kurowski. “Sometimes they do blue screen effect in which characters are superimposed with the sky or other backgrounds,” said Kurowski, who has been

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Williams students Danielle Haddox, Jossie Barillas and Brett Bolton pose with teacher Jim Kurowski.

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Manatee students help charities through initiative program BY BRENDA EGGERT BRADER

Manatee Elementary in Viera has an initiative program, active for the past four years, where students give back to the community. Part of that program was the presentation of collected items for charities held Nov. 16 at the school. “The kindergarten and first-grade students gave to the Brevard Humane Society for the animals giving dog food, cat food and supplies — things needed by the Humane Society,” said Shannon Daly, assistant principal at Manatee Elementary School. “Second, third and fourth graders collected toys for the Children of Brevard that is an organization for students in foster care. Letters were sent home to students’ parents and those who decided to participate were sent cards with choices listed for each student in the program. Over 300


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them off in their new home, Daly said. “I know that the project we provide survives for families who can get back into housing and remain in housing,” said Tara Pagliarini, executive director of Family Promise of Brevard. “The kids helped to collect items

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cameras and four computers, including new iMacs costing about $2,500 each. Kurowski has written grants for new cameras and equipment during his tenure, and the original videotaping machines have been replaced with digital equipment. “Williams has consistently placed at the state level since 1999 with our video productions,” said Kurowski, who is rightfully proud of this accomplishment. VV

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Seahawk fans. Brown will travel to Seattle to join his wife in December to help care for his mother who has Alzheimer’s. In March, the Browns will travel to New Zealand to vacation for several weeks. “It’s been a great run,” Brown said. “I have really enjoyed my time here.” VV

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Troop 224, who are Boy Scouts from Suntree, collected 79,888 pounds of food during their annual food drive.

Scouting for food feeds families BY JULIE STURGEON

Boy Scouts from Suntree Troop 224, along with other area troops, collected thousands of pounds of food in the Nov. 11 food drive. Troop 224 is part of the Challenger District, which collected 79,888 pounds of

food this year. That was about 3,000 pounds more than last year. The food is used to restock local food banks, then distributed to needy families and individuals throughout Brevard. The yearly event is a group effort spanning two Saturdays. Mailbox hangers

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Crossword Puzzle THEME: TV FAMILIES

69. Modulator-demodulator, for short 70. Proper place for a napkin 71. Inspiration for poets and musicians 72. Born and ____ 73. Before of yore 74. Sign up again

Solution on page 36 ACROSS 1. * Stars of "The Waltons" and "Roseanne," e.g. 6. Equinox mo. 9. D  on't do this to the messenger 13. W  hitman's dooryard bloomer 14. * Logo of "All in the Family" network 15. Beyond normal limits 16. * Where to hear Frasier Crane 17. Workout segment 18. Nary a soul 19. *TV's largest family 21. *Flintstones' best friends 23. Before now 24. Catch some Z's 25. Car nut 28. "Brave New World" drug 30. " Can't stop! I'm ___ a ___!" 35. B  ig Bang's original matter

37. Sheep's milk cheese 39. "So You Think You Can ____" 40. Knowing about 41. *Sansa, Arya, or Robb 43. Narcotics agent 44. Nymph of lakes and springs 46. Most populous continent 47. Major bike maker 48. "____ ____ the Clowns," past tense 50. "Me and ____ and the Dying Girl" 52. "Da" to a Russian 53. Source of protein 55. More, in Madrid 57. *"Blackish" family 61. *"Fuller House" family 65. "So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, ____..." 66. Skeleton in a lock 68. Part of gastro-intestinal system

DOWN 1. Simpleton 2. Hokkaido native 3. Smeltery refuse 4. a.k.a. boreal forest 5. Scrawny ones 6. Army ____ hall 7. Pirate's affirmative 8. Old but in 9. Door opener 10. Adored one 11. Half-moon shaped object 12. Tommy and Spike, e.g. 15. Straighten a paperclip, e.g. 20. Abode toppers 22. Israeli submachine gun 24. Computer program input 25. *Lucious and Cookie 26. Arm bones 27. "___ __ on the ground floor" 29. Of higher order 31. Deliver a tirade 32. Opposite of binary 33. Rocks at mountain base 34. *Family in "The Middle" 36. Castle's line of defense 38. "Mi chiamano Mimi," e.g. 42. Deserved consequence 45. Chinese tapas 49. What's old is new again, prefix 51. Jousting match participant 54. Bracelet-wearing part 56. Sleep sound 57. Doorframe part 58. Airy emanation 59. Sweep under the rug 60. Financial aid criterion 61. Done on a Smith Corona 62. Joie de vivre 63. One way to memorize 64. *"Game of Thrones" bastard 67. Inner, middle or outer, on one's head

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Brevard County TRIAD is working on the 18th annual Senior Santa Project. The goal of the Senior Santa project is to provide the elderly in nursing homes and hospice settings with a personal gift around the holidays. Recipients of these gifts are residents who have little or no support in the area and would not otherwise receive a special gift when family and friends usually gather. For 2017, TRIAD has adopted nearly 1,700 senior Brevard County residents to receive gifts. To accomplish this, they need assistance from the community. Santa face ornaments with specific items these


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Cheers for a more sustainable holiday season The holiday season is approaching and an estimated 164 million people took advantage of Black Friday deals to save a lot of money. This is the time of the year when sales increase and might make up as much as 30 percent of annual sales for retail stores, according to the National Retail Federation reports. Unfortunately, this period also is the time of the year when the volume of household waste in the United States generally increases by 25 percent, which corresponds to about 1 million extra tons of waste. Sadly, almost 70 percent of that waste ends up in landfills according to the EPA. Landfills take up space — a lot of space. Brevard’s landfill in Cocoa, for example, grew its site from the original 285 acres to a site that totals 957 acres

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today ( SolidWaste/TourFacility). That site is expected to reach capacity in about 25 years. With that in mind and knowing that household waste generated in the United States has been increasing since 1960 (EPA), now would be a good time to think twice and find ways to beat that trend. So here are some suggestions to make this year’s holiday season a more sustainable one: Give experiences, not things! How about camping, skydiving, or a guitar or yoga lesson? Surprise everyone with something personal and meaningful. You can find very cool ideas at Make your gifts. Cakes, cookies, candles, soaps, personalized ornaments or kitchen towels you sewed are sweet gifts that will warm anyone’s heart. Choose natural, organic ingredients whenever possible. Make gifts from recycled materials. How about a candle holder from a wine bottle or a coaster from used corks? Get

creative and have fun while making gifts! Buy recycled. Many new products — from furniture to accessories to artwork — can be made from recycled materials. If it is an option, buy second-hand. You might find just the perfect gift in a thrift store and, if the thrift store is in support of a cause, like Brevard Humane Society’s Molly Mutt stores, your purchase will be a gift to a cause, too. When buying new, favor sustainable products from trusted sources. Invest a moment to do some research before buying. Mobile apps such as GoodGuide, Sustainable Palm Oil Shopping and DoneGood might help you get started. Make the gift wrap part of the gift. Trays, bowls, clay pots, reusable bags, ornamental baskets, vases or fabric would make beautiful gift wraps. You may also add some character to the gift if you use newspaper, maps, blueprints or posters instead of wrapping paper. Donate, don’t waste! Ordered too much? Received a duplicate? Consider donating to sharing centers and animal shelters, or sharing with family, friends and neighbors. Also, the old that was replaced with a new can be of use for someone else.

Recycle. Electronics can be taken to Best Buy stores; rechargeable batteries to Batteries Plus; all sorts of plastic wrapping ( and styrofoam to special bins at grocery stores. Reuse tissue paper, wrapping paper, ribbons, bows and gift bags. Take toys and reusable items to Recycle Brevard ( in Rockledge. Check what can be put in your recycle bin ( thinkgreen/what-can-irecycle.jsp). Do NOT place ceramics, artificial Christmas trees, Christmas lights, ornaments or bubble wrap in the recycle bin. When in doubt, the best option is to put it in the trash; otherwise, you may contaminate a good load of recyclables and end up seeing it all go to the landfills. This holiday season, any steps you choose to take as a way to help reduce the waste will make a difference. That’s the best gift you can give to all of us and to our planet. So why not go for more sustainable practices and try to finish the year off with a cheer? Happy holidays and until the next year! VV Email Marcia Booth at Email Marcia Booth at

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SUNDAY, DEC. 3 12th annual Barefoot Bay Christmas Parade 5:30 p.m. Starting point is Barefoot Bay Golf Course and ending point is Community Center – Building A. The lighting ceremony follows the parade with entertainment inside Building A, Barefoot Bay, For information, call 772-631-2365.


Pritchard House Christmas Parade Porch Party 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Upstairs 10 seats, $50 donation; Downstairs 12 seats, $25 donation. Reservations required; festive snacks and drinks served. AHS choral entertainment. Best seats in town for viewing the Titusville parade. 424 S. Washington Ave., Titusville, 321-607-0203 Cocoa Beach Christmas Boat Parade 6 p.m. Cocoa Beach Rotary parade starts at Marker 101 and runs south through the residential canals. Best Places to Watch: Sunset Café – 530 and Banana River Wildlife Watersports – 129 Manatee Lane End of S. Banana River Blvd. Cove Park – 540 McNabb Parkway (just west of the end of 3rd Street North)

Melbourne Light Parade 6 – 9 p.m. “Lighting the Season with Compassion” Parade starts at the intersection of NASA Boulevard and Airport Boulevard and heads south on Airport Boulevard to Hibiscus Boulevard, and turns right on to Hibiscus Boulevard and heads west to Gateway Drive. Spectators are invited to join

in the spirit of giving. Bring a non-perishable food item or a new unwrapped toy or dog or cat food to the parade. Volunteers walking along side the first float will pick up donated items. For more information, call 321-544-1777. Third annual Golf Cart Parade and Decorating Contest 5:30 p.m. Parade starts behind Golf Carts Unlimited at The Avenue Viera 2271 Town Center Ave. #105 Viera. For information, call 321-610-7011.

Santa Skydivers will land in Cocoa Beach Sixty-five parachutists dressed as Santas will kick off the holiday season when they skydive onto the sand at Cocoa Beach Pier. Skydiving Santas at Cocoa Beach will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16. The professional skydivers also will attempt to land on an inflatable sleigh, will jump with flags and will do formations after jumping out of the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum’s Tico Belle. Jumpers will pose for pictures with fans after their jumps. For information, call 407-385-9597. To watch videos, go to

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1 – 3 p.m. Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-0619

5 – 8 p.m. Bid on wreaths to benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital The Avenue Viera 261 Town Center Ave. Viera, 321-634-5390

9 – 10 a.m. The Avenue Viera Central Park 2261 Town Center Ave. Viera, 321-634-5390

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7:30 – 10:30 p.m. Pizza Gallery & Grill 2250 Town Center Ave. Viera, 407-312-3420



10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Meet and discuss stock market investing Suntree/Viera Public Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404

10 – 11:30 a.m. Support group for getting through loss during holidays. Suntree/Viera Pub. Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404

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Indian River Lagoon Coalition Melbourne Municipal 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Band Concert Monthly meeting Suntree/Viera Pub. Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404

Dec. 13 and Dec. 14 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Melbourne Auditorium 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. Toy Drive & Movie Memory Support Group Melbourne, 321-724-0555 2 p.m. Admission is a toy or 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. money donation: Toys for Kids Brvd. Fed. Repub. Women Candlelight Yin Yoga 6:30p.m. – 7:45 p.m. 2nd Wednesday of month 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Church of Viera Market St. Residence Monthly luncheon meeting Brevard Adult & 9005 N. Wickham Road Community Ed. Center One Senior Place Duran Golf Club Viera, 321-259-3454 1225 Clearlake Rd., Rm. 133 8085 Spyglass Hill Road 7032 Stadium Parkway Cocoa, 321-633-3660, ext. 170 Viera, 321-751-6771 Viera, 321-727-1212



Accordion Club Meeting Space Coast 2 – 5 p.m. La Leche League Monthly meeting Elks Lodge #1532 315 Florida Ave. Cocoa, 866-455-2322

Breakfast with Santa

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wonderful Sunday Brunch menu, photos with Santa. Kids 5-12 $12.95 and 4 and younger eat free. Rockledge Country Club 1591 S. Fiske Blvd. Rockledge, 321-636-6022


Christmas Eve

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10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tradewinds at Duran 7032 Stadium Parkway Viera, 321-504-7771

Brunch at Pizza Gallery 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Pizza Gallery & Grill 2250 Town Center Ave. Viera

9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Suntree/Viera Pub. Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404



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



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Friends of the Suntree/ Writer’s Workshop 1 – 3 p.m. Viera Library

3 – 5 p.m. Monthly meeting Suntree/Viera Public Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Space Coast Lymphedema Suntree, 321-255-4404

Christmas Day

Run 4 the Future 5K

4 p.m Race to benefit the Take Stock in Children Program Viera High School 6103 Stadium Parkway Viera, 321-633-1000, ext. 756

12:30 – 3:30 p.m. Suntree/Viera Public Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404

Investor’s Ed. Group

9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Many vendors and food concessions, baked goods and holiday gift wrapping Faith Fellowship Church 2820 Business Center Blvd. Suntree, 321-259-7200

11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Viera Recreation Park 2400 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 321-759-3713

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


National Fruitcake Day


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Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-0619


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10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Make 2 beautiful greeting cards, using high quality papers, inks, stamps, etc. Supplies included for $10 Art Gallery of Viera 2261 Town Center Ave. Viera, 321-773-0095

2017 Homeless Heart Concert TAPS, Tragedy Assistance Medicaid Planning Sit-n-Stitch Group 3 p.m. Program for Survivors Seminar with Elder Law 1 – 3 p.m. Christmas concert featuring 6 – 7:45 p.m. Attorney W. A. Johnson Bring your current project Maureen McGovern. Fundraiser at The Scott Center at Holy Trinity 5625 Holy Trinity Drive Suntree, 321-208-8911



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Second annual Can You hear Me Now? Christmas Fit-Mas 3K Lunch and Learn 6 – 9 p.m. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Personal Hearing Solutions One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-253-6310

Hosted by Pizza Gallery and Grill 2250 Town Center Ave., Suite 113 Viera, 321-633-0397



6 – 9 p.m. Fundraiser benefiting 2nd Harvest Food Bank Rockledge Gardens 2153 U.S. Highway 1 Rockledge, 321-636-7662

7 – 9 p.m. Space Coast Symphony Orchestra FREE Holiday concert The Avenue Viera 2261 Town Center Ave. Viera, 855-252-7276

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5 – 9 p.m. “Elf” - food, kids activities Wickham Park Pavilion 3745 N. Wickham Road Melbourne, 321-255-4400

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Pizza Gallery & Grill 2250 Town Center Ave. Viera

7:30 – 10:30 p.m. Live music: N.Y.-Ohio Cxn. Pizza Gallery & Grill 2250 Town Ctr Ave., Ste. 113 Viera, 321-633-0397

Super Saturday

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7:30 a.m. Calvary Chapel Viera Hosted by Viera Pizza benefiting Calvary Chapel Viera’s 412 Youth Missions and Outreach Program 2852 Fellowship Place Viera, 321-412-1830

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2 – 4 p.m. Will discuss “Magic Strings for Frankie Presto” by Mitch Albom Suntree/Viera Pub. Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404 5 – 8 p.m. Live music, complimentary food and free drinks The Avenue Viera Central Park 2261 Town Center Ave. Viera, 321-634-5390

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8 p.m. – 1 a.m. (Sunday) Swingtime Big Band Holiday Inn Viera 8298 Wickham Road Melbourne, 321-339-7705

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Events around Brevard Dec. 1

Christmas in the Park 6 – 9 p.m. Fun-filled night of caroling, hayrides, writing letters to Mr & Mrs. Claus. Tree lighting will be at 8 p.m. Lipscomb Commun. Center 3316 S. Monroe St. Melbourne, 321-674-5725

Eau Gallie Holiday Tree Lighting with Santa 6 - 10 p.m. Special Christmas edition of First Friday Eau Gallie Downtown Highland Ave. Melbourne, 321-574-2737

Dec. 3

Space Coast Winter Kids Fest 12– 5 p.m. Santa Claus, bounce house, crafts, balloon art, costume characters, face painting and much more Melbourne Auditorium 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. Melbourne, 321-608-7420

Music, dancing, food, Santa! Kiwanis Island Park 951 Kiwanis Island Park Rd. Merritt Is., 321-633-1074

Dec. 16

Lunch with Santa 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free food, toys & bike give-a-way Woody Simpson Park Community Center 1590 Schoolhouse Street Merritt Is., 321-455-1379

Dec. 18

New Millennium 6 – 8 p.m. Civic, government discussion historic & current events Suntree/Viera Public Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404

Dec. 22

Rockin’ Christmas Party with Jimmy Horzen 2 – 4 p.m. Buena Vida Estates 2129 W. New Haven Ave. W. Melbourne, 321-724-0060

Dec. 23

FREE FOURTH Saturday American Space Museum Festival 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 308 Pine Street Titusville, 321-264-0434

Dec. 24

Ninth annual Surfing Santas event 8 a.m.

Big Band’s Annual

Old Fashioned Christmas 3:30 p.m. Indialantic Chamber Singers Tickets free, but required. Riverside Presbyterian 400 N. Atlantic Ave. Cocoa Beach, 321-426-0360


Dec. 5

Phone Call - Santa’s Elves Parents: Call (321) 773-6458 to arrange for any child in U.S. to receive a call from Santa’s elves from 5-8 p.m. Satellite Beach Recreation Department, 321-777-5207

Cocktail Hour • Elegant Dinner Midnight Balloon Drop • Dance to a 20-piece Big Band

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Dec. 7

Gift of Light Tree Lighting and Fireworks Spectacular 6 – 8 p.m. Join us as we honor the past and celebrate the future with the Gift of Light. Parrish Medical Center 951 N. Washington Ave. Titusville, 321-268-6110

Order tickets online at, or pick up a brochure at Holiday Inn Viera or at any MMB or Swingtime event at Melbourne Auditorium. For further information call 321-339-7705.

Dec. 8

Christmas on the Parkway 6 – 9 p.m. real-life snow snow slides, inflatable games, concessions music, free admission, fun for the whole family! East Coast Christian Center 680 N. Courtenay Parkway Merritt Island, 321-452-1060

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22nd annual Reindeer Run/ Walk 5K 8 a.m. Benefit for Brevard Sheriff’s Office Police Athletic League Cherie Down Park 8492 Ridgewood Ave. Cape Canaveral, 321-360-9936

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Spinning tales about the red wolf. Charlotte’s Two species of wolves exist Webin North America — the red wolf and the gray wolf. They Spinning belong to the family Canidae, Tales along with the coyote, jackal, Charlotte A. Corbeil domestic dog and dingo.   Some canines such as the lone wolf might interbreed if a mate is not available.  For example, the wolf, coyote and domestic dog can produce viable and fertile wolfdogs, coywolves and coydogs.   In taxonomy, the red wolf is controversial.  Research suggests that the red wolf is a unique species.  Yet, some believe it is a subspecies of the gray wolf or hybrid of the VIERA VOICE photo gray wolf and The red wolf is critically endangered. coyote.  (Also challenged is the Moreover, in the past, people evolution of the traveled at night, usually dog from the gray wolf.  A during the full moon for safety; contradictory study claims they share a common ancestor inadvertently, they assumed the wolf only howled at the full in an extinct wolf lineage.)  moon.  Actually, a wolf even Red wolf habitats can be howls during the invisible new observed in swamps, forests moon phase.  and coastal prairies.  Dens Historically, the red wolf may exist in thick vegetation, roamed from Texas to Florida hollow logs or even culverts.  to Pennsylvania.  Several This animal is fiercely factors have promoted this territorial when guarding its animal’s severe demise:  fear range.  of its association with the devil Social, it generally forms — reinforced by folklore, its a family pack of around threat to livestock, its allure five to eight members, as game, its loss of habitat and usually related.  The unit accommodates a breeding pair vehicle fatalities.  Actually, the “fanged” wolf, sometimes (the typically monogamous hostile in the past, is elusive alpha male and female) and and avoids humans. their offspring of varying Captive breeding was ages.  Yearly litters might yield initiated in 1973.  The few three to 12 pups. Wild wolves remaining red wolves were commonly survive six to gathered and, in 1980, seven years. this species was declared Nocturnal and carnivorous, extinct in the wild.  Breeding the red wolf generally hunts facilities, including zoos, alone or with its mate for have produced around 200 small mammals such as wolves.  Breeding sites, rabbits.  When chasing such as Florida’s St. Vincent big prey, such as deer, the Island, have contributed to family pack might assemble.  reintroduction efforts in North This wolf thrives on two to Carolina’s wildlife refuge.  five pounds of food daily, Unfortunately, roaming maintaining up to 80 pounds.  wolves in North Carolina Thus, it might journey 20 miles.  It is digitigrade, walking have dwindled to around 50.  Consequently, species survival on its toes.  In pursuit, short is questionable.  (In Florida, bursts can reach 30 miles the extinct black wolf once per hour.   Communication occurs with wandered the shores of the Indian River Lagoon.)  barks, growls, yaps and, of Although the critically course, haunting howls.  In endangered red wolf is a open terrain, howls travel 10 protected species by law, miles.  Strong wind or rain interbreeding with the discourage howling since coyote might threaten the sound is hindered.  (Dog uniqueness of the species breeds with close ties to and affect restoration.  wolves, such as huskies and Optimistically, a persistent malamutes, also howl.)  recovery program (not one Why do people assume that a wolf howls at the full moon?  suspended for review) will allow the striking red wolf, Since it raises its head to project sound farther, it seems adorned in its reddish, tawny coat, to forever howl. VV to be howling at the moon.

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Meet Gizmo Gizmo is a 1-year-old Toy Poodle, who is sweet as could be. He’s a photogenic diva, who will do anything for a good picture and demands attention by whining. He will even go so far as to cry if you don’t pick him up. Owner: Javina Barton Viera

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Kylo is a 1-year-old Miami Blue Pit Bull. He is very special to his humans. He loves to cuddle, explore the back yard and go into the atrium every morning to say hello to his lizard friends. Kylo always finds time at night to stop and read the paper.

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Viera Lions Club brings toys to Sharing Center of Brevard BY BRENDA EGGERT BRADER

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas with dolls that can talk and go for a walk, and footballs and games for the boys as the Viera Lions Club members continue their tradition of donating Christmas toys to the Sharing Center of Brevard. “Beginning in October, I take a letter of introduction to area businesses that explains what we do to collect toys,” said Judy Blakney, a member of the Lions Club who has been the shopper for the Lions project for the past three years. “We donated 200 toys last year. This year, we are having more than that as members have not only stepped up to the plate but have gone beyond that.” Six area businesses have helped with discounts or gift cards. From what the Lions members raised and gave for donations and adding in-store discounts, Blakney shops until all the money is gone. The deadline is Dec. 8 when “we have several of our members take their biggest vehicles and pack up all the toys taking them to Dave Brubaker, executive director/

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CEO of Brevard Sharing Center where the items are unloaded,’’ Blakney said. “They have a need for more toys for girls than boys this year,” Blakney said. “We collect for infants through age 13. It made me feel like a little girl again to buy more dolls this year. “I buy toys and then some games, not anything

like guns and I do not buy anything that requires batteries,” Blakney said. “I do buy some educational toys and limit my price for all toys to $25 or under. I go to all the area stores and know what the prices are. I do some ordering online. This is a lot of fun. I don’t have any grandchildren, and I enjoy doing this and look forward

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Celebrate the holidays with dancing, jazz and holiday music by multi-talented pianist, composer, producer, arranger, conductor and vocalist JD Daniel at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10 at Rockledge Country Club. Charlie DeChant, founding member of the popular band Hall & Oates, will back up Daniel on the saxophone. Chuck Archard, an artist-inresidence of jazz studies at Rollins College, will be on bass along with professional drummer and music teacher Richie Mola. Daniel has recorded and performed around the world with dozens of internationally acclaimed artists. “JD is a brilliant musician, both as a classical player as well as new age innovations,’’ said Diane Schurr, a legendary jazz vocalist. I really enjoyed working with him, and I have very fond memories of our work together in different studios.” Daniel was born in Seattle and began classical training when he was 6 years old. He formed his own group in Tucson, Ariz. when he was 19. The concert at the Rockledge Country Club is open to the public and no reservations are needed. Admission is $10 for members of the Jazz Society and the Rockledge Country Club and $15 for guests. Students are not charged. The Rockledge Country Club is located at 1591 S. Fiske Blvd. in Rockledge. For information, call 321-960-4897 or go to

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Viera East holds off Duran Golf Club, Baytree in Fall 2017 Interclub Challenge BY DAVID D. HORST

Teams from Baytree National Golf Links, Duran Golf Club and Viera East Golf Club played the Fall 2017 Interclub Challenge Cup during two weekends in October. The event featured 20 golfers from each club playing in a Ryder Cup like fashion comprised of two-man teams playing an alternate shot, scramble and best-ball format. The Viera East Men’s team won the first round, which was played at Duran Golf Club. Viera East maintained its lead after a


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second-round scramble played at Viera East. Duran and Baytree followed in second and third, respectively. Tim Brown and Peter Maloney each carded five birdies on the front nine, and Bob Urban added a hole-in-one as Viera East played well in the two-man, best-ball format during the final round at Baytree National Golf Links. Viera East finished first, Duran was second and Baytree placed third. Lane Burney, the captain of the Viera East squad, accepted the trophy for the squad and the hardware is displayed prominently in the proshop. V V


Lane Burney shows off the first-place trophy after Viera East defeated Duran and Baytree to win the Fall 2017 Interclub Challenge Cup.

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