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FDOT approves controversial I-95 DDI project at Viera Boulevard BY JULIE STURGEON

In November, tractors and bulldozers arrived near the intersection of Viera Boulevard and Interstate 95, marking the beginning of the controversial diverging diamond interchange (DDI) project. Land preparation for the $17 million DDI, which has an estimated completion date of Spring 2019, signals the first phase of development. The Viera Company is contributing $2.5 million toward the project. The additional access point will improve mobility in Viera and central Brevard County by reducing traffic congestion at the Interstate 95 interchanges with Fiske Boulevard to the north and Wickham Road to the south. Future development in Viera is expected, and the overpass allows for that. “In Brevard County, Interstate 95 is a major north-south artery, so more exits are necessary as the population grows,” said Steve Olson, a communications manager for the Florida Department of

Transportation (FDOT). “Brevard is a very linear county, and people need to use I-95 for (both long) and shorter commutes.” Diverging diamond designs allow for continuous traffic flow. Eastand west-bound traffic will be temporarily diverged from the right to the left side of Viera Boulevard in a crisscross pattern. Essentially, vehicles switch sides as interstate traffic enters or exits with a slight curve. This eliminates the need for traffic to turn left across oncoming traffic. The crisscross-pattern intersection has raised concern among some Viera residents. In 2014, residents at an FDOT meeting voiced strong opposition to the DDI due to fears of an escalation of traffic, increased noise and potential accidents surrounding the interchange. A subsequent meeting in 2016 was held, reportedly with less apprehension from residents, according to the FDOT. “The question is whether people are intuitive enough to figure it out,” Olson said. “And, we think they are.

Stay in your lane and follow signals. Yes, you may be on the opposite side of the road. But, after a few times, drivers will be fine with this.” Olson cited the Interchange Justification Report, which is the document used to justify a new access point or access point revision to an interstate. The Viera DDI report was started in June 2011 and approved February 2012. According to the FDOT, diverging diamond interchanges provide for increased safety since there are fewer conflicts between east- and west-bound traffic. There was consideration given to address concerns with increased noise levels. The criteria to build a sound barrier includes modeling based on noise levels of 66 decibels and a cap of $42,000 per benefited receiver. According to the FDOT, the project did not increase the noise level at any receiver that would be audible to anyone living near the interchange. Also, Olson said, if homes are located at a distance from a wall built on a right-of-way, a wall would have little

effectiveness in reducing ambient sound. “We have heard the concerns and we understand them,’’ Olson said. “In order to make this work, it really had to be a DDI.’’ The Viera diverging diamond is one of two such projects in Brevard. A second DDI is in the works at Interstate 95 and St. Johns Heritage Parkway, north of Micco Road in Palm Bay. (Estimated completion is Summer 2018). There currently are 89 operational diverging diamonds across the United States, including one in Sarasota. “The diverging diamond takes up a lot less space,” Olson said. “You don’t need as large of a right of way. It’s a change from what people are used to, but it will be fine. It will work out.” No public meetings currently are scheduled. A flier was distributed to local schools and to residents within the project area. VV View the flier at cflroads.com/asset/file/3236/201711-9_Project_Flier pdf.

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Viera Discovery Center moves to The Avenue Viera BY JULIE STURGEON

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Viera baseball, softball teams find new home at USSSA complex BY CARL KOTALA AND CHASE CAPIK

Throughout the school year, Viera High senior softball player Kelly Bishop would drive by the new United States Specialty Sports Association’s Space Coast Complex and marvel at its awesomeness. She even wondered what it would be like to play there. Well, this season, Bishop and her teammates — along with the Viera High baseball team — will get that chance. In an agreement reached between the USSSA and Viera High, the Hawks will practice and play their baseball and softball games at the new complex … For free. “It’s a great opportunity,” Viera High baseball coach Bob Doty said. “They’ve done quite an extensive (renovation) over there. My goodness. We’ve had a chance to go over there a couple of times and it’s absolutely immaculate, state of the art. It’s just absolutely awesome.” As part of the agreement, which was put together by Brevard County District 4 School Board Member Matt Susin, Viera players will volunteer 10 hours each at the USSSA Stadium. They will take tickets at the gate and work the concession stands. Proceeds from the front gate from Viera games will go to the school. But USSSA’s generosity doesn’t end there. Fifty Viera students will intern with the USSSA during the summer, where they will benefit from a handson experience in the inner

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Viera High Principal Mike Alba, left; Viera High Athletic Director Chris Gallagher; Kevin Reynolds of the USSSA; Brock Doty, Viera High assistant coach; Viera High Coach Bob Doty; Viera High baseball players Connor Leary, Andrew Brait, Jordan Kaplan, Declan McDermott and Jordan Allen; and Brevard County School Board member Matt Susin are excited about Viera High playing baseball and softball games at the USSSA complex.

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Matt Susin chats with some baseball players from Viera High School, who are delighted to play their home games at the USSSA complex.

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HOLY TRINITY BOYS BASKETBALL JV games at 5:30, Varsity at 7 unless noted * District game Jan. 5 — Lake Highland Prep Jan. 9 — Heritage Jan. 12 — Cocoa Beach* Jan. 18 — Cocoa* Jan. 20 — MCC* Jan. 24 — at Heritage Jan. 26 — at Master’s Academy Jan. 30 — Astronaut GIRLS BASKETBALL JV games at 5:30, Varsity at 7 unless noted * District game Jan. 11 — Edgewood* Jan. 17 — Cocoa Beach* Jan. 18 — at West Shore Jan. 20 — MCC (var, 5:30)* Jan. 22 — at Edgewood* Jan. 23 — at Eau Gallie Jan. 25 — at Astronaut* Jan. 27 — Cocoa Beach* Jan. 30 — at Satellite BOYS SOCCER All games at 6 p.m. unless noted * District game Jan. 5 — at Lakeland Christian, 7 p.m. Continued to page 8

Derek Smith wants to develop football players. But that’s not where it ends for Viera High’s new head football coach. He wants to help them develop into fine young men, too. Perhaps that’s why Smith, 44, was the perfect choice to take over the Hawks football program after Kevin Mays announced last month he was leaving to become the athletic director at Tohopokeliga High in Osceola County. As Viera’s defensive coordinator the past four seasons, Smith already was well known to his players. And as a lifelong friend of Mays, he was also wellversed in the concepts of how the Hawks’ program should be run. “We’re real similar,” Mays said. “He’s going to be energetic. He’s going to stick to the details. He’s going to be there for the kids. He’s going to put the time in to win games. “He is all the things that you would want out of a head coach.” A 1991 graduate of Palm

to serve as the Pirates’ defensive coordinator. Not only did Palm Bay win two state titles, eight district championships and make four final four appearances during Smith’s time there, it was also when he and Mays — who was also coaching for the Pirates — started talking about what it VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala would be like New Viera High head football coach Derek Smith to take over was the defensive coordinator for the Hawks. a program together. Bay High, Smith was a threeThat would sport athlete for the Pirates happen when Smith became before moving on to Chowan head coach at Bayside, and University, where he was with Mays as his offensive a four-year starter on the coordinator, the Bears went defensive line and earned to two regional finals. All-America honors. “We’ve always worked Smith’s coaching career together on what we wanted started as soon as his playing to see and envision in a days ended. He coached the program,” Smith said. “That defensive line at Chowan includes the offseason under Jim Garrison and Lou program, to how we should Saban for two years before treat coaches to how we coming back to Palm Bay should treat players. We developed that concept at Bayside and then (Mays) brought the same concept and idea up here (seven years ago). “Obviously, it’s something I’m going to continue because we branded it together. The only difference is, I’m going to have more of a defensive mentality in how

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I approach things.” With offensive line coach Mike Degory moving into the offensive coordinator slot and former Eau Gallie head coach Tim Powers coming in to work with the quarterbacks and slot backs, the Hawks are expecting a smooth transition. “(I’m impressed by) his ability to help his players understand the game of football,” senior defensive end James Klaas said. “The time and effort he puts in each week — no matter who we play — he puts in over eight hours of watching film on the weekends in his free time. “I think, honestly, him stepping up is probably the best thing for the program right now.” While Smith’s coaching philosophy is designed to help the Hawks become better football players, it goes far beyond the field. “These guys are going to be future fathers,” he said. “We need to teach them now how to be young men now, and how to have that concept of being a great father. “It starts with us shadowing those kids and making sure those kids look up to us, showing them by example how to be a good father.” It’s no coincidence that a number of former Hawks can be seen on Viera’s sidelines during games. “It’s because we develop relationships with the kids,” Smith said. “And that’s not going to stop.” VV

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Suntree Viera cheerleading teams win two BCYFCA titles BY CARL KOTALA

Winning one championship was nice. Two … well, that just made it even more special. That was the case for Suntree Viera at the 2017 Brevard County Youth Football Cheer Association Cheer Competition held last month at Melbourne High. Viera Suntree won the bantam and senior division championships. “As the famous saying goes ... you don’t get what you wish for ... you get what you work for,” Suntree Viera bantam coach Lisell Roan wrote in an email. “These girls poured their hearts into our routine and pushed themselves to beyond comfort zones to

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The Suntree Viera bantam cheerleading team won the championship at the 2017 Brevard County Youth Football Cheer Association Cheer Competition held last month at Melbourne High. The Suntree Viera senior team also took home the title.

achieve the ultimate goal. I am so proud of each and every one of our girls. I know that they will be successful on and off of

the field.” Members of the Suntree Viera bantam division cheerleading team are: Layla Almeida; Sofia Bevan;

Mackenzie Brawner; Jenna Brewer; Emma Carpenter; Kaitlyn Clements; Emily Dailey; Makenna Dunegan; Roxie Edmonson; Regan

Huelle; Megan Loui; Madison McGrory; Chole Moore; Kailey Ojeda; Kendall Pierce; Emily Potts; Ariana Roan; Sadie Starrett; Camile Terry; Faith Weaver and Naomi Williams. The senior team was made up of: Baylee Beyel; Jailyn Plymale; Kamryn Draves; Kayleen Richman; Taylor Koshlap; Shyanne Kessler; Trinity Baker; Bailey Huelle; Mayiah Salazar and Haley Deatherage. “My girls worked so very hard on this routine and it was not easy,” senior coach Jody Spinneweber wrote in an email. “My heart is filled with so much joy to see them get the recognition that they so deserved. I couldn’t be a prouder coach.” VV

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Holy Trinity basketball teams should be contenders

Continued from page 6 Jan 11 — Pine School* Jan. 13 — Viera, TBD Jan. 15 — Westminster Jan. 16 — at Master’s Academy, 3:30 p.m.* Jan 18 — St. Edward’s* Jan. 23 — Satellite, 7 p.m. Jan. 28 — Treasure Coast, 5 Jan. 30 — Class 1A, District 10 semifinals, TBA GIRLS SOCCER * District game Jan. 8 —at John Carroll, 7 p.m.* Jan. 12 — Pine School, 5 p.m.* Jan. 16 — West Shore, 6 p.m. Jan. 19 — Satellite, 7 p.m.

VIERA BOYS BASKETBALL JV games at 6:15 p.m., Varsity at 7:30 unless noted * District game Jan. 9 — Hagerty* Jan. 11 — at Eau Gallie Jan. 12 — at Palm Bay Jan. 16 — at St. Cloud* Jan. 17 — Astronaut Jan. 19 — Liberty, 7 p.m.* Jan. 24 — at Harmony, 7* Jan. 26 — at Celebration, 7* Jan. 30 — Bayside GIRLS BASKETBALL JV games at 5:30 p.m., Varsity at 7 * District game Jan. 3 — Marathon, 5:30 p.m. (varsity only) Jan. 5 — at Melbourne* Jan. 9 — at Hagerty* Jan. 10 — at Astronaut Jan. 16 — St. Cloud* Continued to page 12

BY CARL KOTALA

With a nice blend of new players and established veterans, the Holy Trinity boys and girls basketball teams both hope they can gain the kind of experience early in the season that will pay off in the postseason. “It might take a little bit, but I think within the first 10 games, we’ll have our chemistry down,” Holy Trinity senior guard Brandon Schwab said following an early-season game. “We’ll all know each other and how we play. I think once that starts coming, we’ll really start cooking.” Schwab and fellow senior VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala Tyler Forde both hope they Junior forward Ashley Stevens is one of the core Holy Trinity's Seth Coleman drives in for a layup can close out their final during a recent game against Edgewood. The season with their third trip to players on this year's Holy Trinity team which is hoping to contend for a district title. Tigers should be dangerous again this season. the state final four. To do that, they’ll have to get through game the Tigers like to play. and junior forward Ashley Coach Jay Castillo believes what head coach Steve Dru Nickson is a junior Stevens. the Tigers are definitely a Henderson called “a very point guard who attended The rest of the starting talented group, but need to tough district” that includes Holy Trinity as a seventh and lineup is young with work on being more patient a loaded Melbourne Central eighth grader, but is now back sophomore Jordan Blair at and playing their own game Catholic team. after two years at Melbourne. shooting guard and seventhinstead of getting forced into Talented junior forward Junior forward Floyd Rideau grader Marissa Cloud at the playing their opponent’s style Seth Coleman joins the list of is another transfer from point. of play. top returners for the Tigers Melbourne and sophomore Other key players include “I think this year we’re a lot along with junior guard Tyrel guard Javaris Johnson is a juniors Marissa Catalano younger, but we’re definitely Harris and junior guard transfer from Rockledge. (point guard) and Riley a closer team and I feel like Preston Milo. Freshman guard/forward Draper (center); sophomore we’re going to get far in New to the team are a James BlackStrain is a guard/forward Haley Forde districts,” Kaytee Castillo couple of seniors — Zach and eighth-grade guard Aislin said. “A lot of people have Pfeil and Jaden Smith — who versatile freshman who has Scully. Freshman Gaby Salyer been putting in more work are standouts on the baseball been impressive early on. On the girls side, the Tigers and eighth-grader Izzy Bush over the summer, getting in team. Henderson said they are listed on the JV roster, but the weight room and just have brought plenty of energy are led by their core trio of senior center Kaytee Castillo, also might see time with the being more disciplined for to the team, which is good considering the fast-paced senior forward Katie Starkey varsity team. basketball season.” VV

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Viera basketball teams should continue to get better BY CARL KOTALA

One team has been hot right out of the gate while the other is working on playing more consistently throughout the season. But, both the Viera High boys and girls basketball teams are hoping their seasons will be successful. “These guys are by far the most explosive basketball team I’ve coached,” Viera boys coach Brett Fink said. “I mean, they can blow up and put points on the board faster than any team I’ve coached, and most teams I’ve seen. “We can put up 20, 25 points in three minutes, and we’re not shocked anymore by that.” With players such as Trey Schaneville, Sean Atkins, Kevin Chandler and Quez Menyfield hitting from the outside and players like Cortez Reid and Cooper Davis able to score inside, the Hawks have a nice mix of offensive talent. Senior Tucker Espling is one of those players who seems to be in the middle of everything and can not only provide scoring, but plenty of defense as well. And with a bench that includes Andre Jones, Kameron Brown, Bear

Bollinger and Quentin Mullon, it’s easy to see why the Hawks are thinking big. Whereas past Viera boys teams have certainly had their ups and downs, this year’s group is hungry to turn the corner, particularly with seniors Espling and Schaneville leading the way. “I know Trey and I are very determined since it’s our last season and we’ve been in this program all four years,” Espling said. “We’re very stoked about it. Since Coach Fink got here, he just turned us around, brought us (together) more like a family and we’re taking it by storm.” VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala Viera’s girls, Viera's Cortez Reid goes up for a layup during a recent Caitlin Hoffhine, shown here going up for a shot during game against Heritage a recent game against Palm Bay, is one of two seniors meanwhile, were off on this year's Viera team. to a 5-5 start to the season and working Bella Billings and sophomore guard, and leading scorer, team, so it’s a young group. on becoming more Tyrese Gonzales, along with Junior guard Jayla Mercer consistent. guard Marllana Britt. sophomore guard Jaeda has been a welcome addition “We’re competing better in “For a couple of games, Stewart, the Hawks are one of and the Hawks have also stretches,” coach Ray Kimball when we worked well those teams that should show gotten strong play from said. “But unfortunately, together, we blew teams out,” significant improvement as sophomore forward/center Ali games are not seven or eight Parish said. “I think as soon as Shoff and freshman forward the season goes on. minutes long. They’re 32 we consistently work together, Morgan Mordas, along with minutes. And we have yet to Guard Samantha Parish and I think we’ll be good and we’ll freshman guard Alayna play a 32-minute game.” forward Caitlin Hoffhine are Thurner, freshman forward Led by junior point the only two seniors on the go far.” VV

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New board settles in for Viera East Men's Golf Association BY DAVID D. HORST

The new Viera East Men’s Golf Association Board of Directors has officially started the 2017-2018 golf season at the Viera East Golf Course. The board consists of Craig Smith, president; David Hill, vice president; William Oakley, treasurer; and Tim Brown, secretary. A new board position was created for Mike Schmitt, who will be the tournament director. Now that the winter golf season is in full swing, I have noticed how my own golf game can vary from shot to to shot. As a relatively new retiree at the age of 60, my game has not improved as much as I had hoped. Many of my older golfing buddies from VEMA have enviable short games that I can only dream about. I

have learned the simple truth that practicing putting and chipping is the quickest and most effective way to improve a golf score. November and December provided our golf group with some nice weather and a return to competition. The VEMA Cup was played over two days in November. The first round consisted of two-man teams playing a scramble format. The second round was a best-ball format. There were two flights. The team of John McComas and Freddie Baltazar won the first flight. Peter Maloney and Bob David placed second, and Tim Brown and Schmitt were third. The team of Neil Napolitano and Steve Vasilevich won the second flight. David Hill and Gary Baxter were second, and

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Continued from page 8 Jan. 19 — Liberty (varsity only), 5:30 p.m.* Jan. 23 — Harmony* Jan. 26 — at Celebration (varsity only), 5:30 p.m.* Jan. 31 — at Space Coast

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VIERA BOYS SOCCER JV games at 5 p.m., Varsity games at 7 unless noted * District game Jan. 9 — at Astronaut Jan. 11 — Edgewood Jan. 13 — at Holy Trinity, site and time TBD Jan. 17 — at Edgewood Jan. 29 — Class 4A, District 6 semifinals, VIERA GIRLS SOCCER Jan. 10 — Jensen Beach, 7 p.m. Jan. 13 — Pine Crest, 11 a.m. Jan. 22 — Class 4A, District 6 semifinals at Melbourne, TBA Jan. 26 — Class 4A, District 6 championship game at Melbourne, 7 p.m. VARSITY WRESTLING Dual meets, JV at 6 p.m., Varsity at 7 Jan. 12-13 — at Space Coast Duals Jan. 17 — at Satellite Jan. 24 — Bayside Jan. 26-27 — at 13th annual Pirate Duels & Ships at Palm Bay High Jan. 31 — at Rockledge

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Viera High athletes Caitlin Hoffhine, left, Maddie Day, Madison Headley and Samantha Parish pose for Senior Pictures at Anderson Stormwater Park in Rockledge. Hoffhine and Parish plan to play college basketball next season, Day will play college volleyball and Headley will play college softball. SPECIAL TO VIERA VOICE

Four athletes from Viera High School will continue playing at the collegiate level after graduation this spring. Maddie Day will play volleyball for Caldwell University, which competes at the NCAA Division II level in the Central Atlantic

Collegiate Conference. Madison Headley will play softball for Georgia Southern University, which competes at the NCAA Division I level in the Sun Belt Conference. Basketball players Caitlin Hoffhine and Samantha Parish are being recruited by several schools. VV

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Holy Trinity’s Knight signs with Birmingham Southern BY CARL KOTALA

There were a lot of things Holy Trinity senior lacrosse standout Joshua Knight liked about Birmingham Southern College. That’s what led him to sign with the NCAA Division III program. Knight, who plays midfield for the Tigers, liked the fact that Birmingham Southern

has a small enrollment (1,300), much like Holy Trinity. He plans to major in business. “I really liked the team, I really liked the coach and I really liked the players on the team,” Knight said. “(I liked) the school itself. I visited three or four times, so I knew where I was going. I’m really excited.” VV

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Viera students enjoy special day at Kennedy Space Center BY CARL KOTALA

As part of the 20172018 Brevard Top Scholars event hosted by the NASA Education and Youth Engagement Division at Kennedy Space Center, three Viera High students got the experience of a lifetime. Not only did Viera seniors John Sayut, Ethan Hund and Gus Dahl get to have lunch with retired astronaut Tom Jones, they also took part in a roundtable discussion with NASA engineers, scientists and business experts. One of the big highlights was getting a special behindthe-scenes tour. “We went inside the Vehicle Assembly Building, which was pretty spectacular,” Sayut said. “It looks like the Death Star.” Sayut, Hund and Dahl were chosen by their AP Science teachers to take part in the event, which also included students from all Brevard County public schools. A press release put out by NASA said Jones — who flew four missions aboard the space shuttle — gave the students a “humorous talk,

interspersed with videos, focused on the evolution of space food from the early days of space exploration, including the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs, to the space shuttle and International Space Station. He also talked about the challenges of transporting or growing food on longduration missions such as to Mars.” During the round-table discussion, students had the chance to hear from a panel of experts on various subjects. “They talked a lot about what they do, and what their path was educationwise,” Sayut said. “A lot of them would get a master’s somewhere and go work for NASA while doing their Ph.D.s and stuff like that. It gives you a perspective for what you want to do with your career.” Sayut, who wants to become either a bio-medical or mechanical engineer, said he got a lot out of the experience. “I think I learned a lot,” he said. “It’s easy to look at some scientific concepts

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A group of students from Brevard County public schools, including Viera's John Sayut, Ethan Hund and Gus Dahl, had a chance to take part in the 2017-2018 Brevard Top Scholars event hosted by the NASA Education and Youth Engagement Division at Kennedy Space Center.

— like gravity or simple chemistry — but seeing aerospace engineering or electrical engineering and the basics of that being put into very extreme, very awesome applications, that was what I got out of it, I would say. “… It was a really awesome time, an eye-opening experience.” VV

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Manatee Elementary throws party for the ages to celebrate coveted honor SPECIAL TO VIERA VOICE

Manatee Elementary School celebrated the honor of being named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence during a Dec. 6 party at the Viera school. “I want to share facts about the Blue Ribbon award,’’ said Carl Brown, who retired as principal at Manatee Elementary during the Christmas break. “There are only 342 schools chosen out of 130,000 in the entire United States. Of the 12 schools in Florida, only eight are elementary schools. And, Manatee was one of three in Brevard County and the only non-choice public school chosen.’’ Edgewood Junior/ Senior High School on Merritt Island and Robert L. Stevenson Elementary School, also on Merritt Island, also earned the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence honor. Schools also are recognized for their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student sub-groups. Manatee, which has been an A school since it opened

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Carl Brown, center, has retired as principal at Manatee Elementary School.

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The Manatee Elementary School Chorus sang both "America the Beautiful" and "We're All in this Together" during a party to celebrate being named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.

in 2003 with Brown as its first and only principal, has earned numerous academic and service awards. It focuses on creating a sense of belonging and a history of tradition. The school’s leaders also take pride in the school’s enrichment programs such as Heroes, a kindness and anti-bullying project; their environmental initiatives; and the Manatees Give Back community outreach group. The school’s fifth graders also are given the unique opportunity to go on a three-day camping trip in the Ocala National

Forest where they immerse themselves in hands-on, fun-filled science exploration. “This award was earned because of hard work and the dedication of the teachers and staff,’’ said Brown, who has been an educator since 1991. “And, especially the students, our family of volunteers, our business partners and the entire school community.’’ It wasn’t an official goingaway party for Brown, but it could have been. For a popular principal who enjoyed a special rapport

with his students, the celebration was something to be shared. The Manatee Elementary School Chorus sang “America the Beautiful’’ to begin the event. Brown gave a welcoming address, and special presentations were offered by Matt Susin and Molly Tice. Susin is the Brevard County School Board representative for District 4, and Tice is the legislative aide to Curt Smith, who is the Brevard County commissioner for District 4.

students. “We realized that most of our graduates, when they go away to college, are rooming and going to class with students from all over the world,” Craig said. “We thought it was just another way to prepare them for college, by being associated with people from everywhere and not just people from Melbourne. “It’s really good for the students. They’ve even written to us and said how they were thankful we have an international program at Holy Trinity because it was just natural for them when they went to college.” Of course, there are plenty of benefits for the international student as well. In addition to improving their English skills and getting immersed in American culture, the student’s chances of being accepted to an American college increase greatly. “Sometimes, it can be difficult to navigate transcripts from another country,” Craig said. “(Colleges) know if the student went to Holy Trinity, and our college office sends the transcripts, they know the kind of student they’re truly getting because they’re comparing apples to apples. “That makes it easier and

they have better college acceptances if they’ve been to high school here. Every one (of our international students) has been accepted to an American college.” Qian, who is taking four advanced placement classes this semester, has applied to a number of colleges, including Cornell, Cal, UCLA, Washington, North Carolina and Georgia Tech. Craig uses the Bostonbased company, The Cambridge Institute of International Education, to find international students and translate their transcripts. She also conducts Skype interviews with all potential students. One of the biggest pre-

requisites, of course, is proficiency in English. Once at Holy Trinity, students take two courses — English for International Students and Communications for International Students — to help them assimilate and to get used to writing in English. Lately, Craig has been getting inquiries from students who have friends or relatives in Melbourne, which is a bonus because she knows they will have a host family to stay with. All host families have to pass background checks. The experience has been invaluable for Qian, who has been staying with Bob and Krista Moyer. He has learned a lot about American culture.

Jane Cline, the assistant superintendent for the Elementary Office of Leading and Learning, also spoke. Brown finished the ceremony with closing remarks before the Manatee Elementary School Chorus sang “We’re All in this Together.’’ “I am so proud of Carl Brown’s leadership,’’ Susin said. “We are the district in the state of Florida that has the highest amount of years of experience of any other county in the state of Florida.’’ VV

International students enjoying their life at Holy Trinity BY CARL KOTALA

Being an international student can be challenging on many fronts. But for Holy Trinity senior Jiali “Tony” Qian, the experience has been everything he could have asked for and more. “I love the teachers,” Qian said. “Every teacher is very nice. They are very patient. They will answer basically every question I ask. “And the students are friendly. I’ve made a lot of friends here. Everybody is nice.” Qian, who is from Shanghai, China, is one of 32 Holy Trinity students who are part of the school’s International Student Program, now in its seventh year. Students from China, Vietnam, South Korea, Sweden and Thailand are attending the Melbourne school with students from Germany and Japan expected to arrive next year. Patricia Craig, Holy Trinity’s Director of Enrollment and International Students, said she started the program in order to help students experience different cultures before they move onto colleges like the University of Florida, where there are more than 7,000 international

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CPR training prepares students for dire emergencies BY JULIE STURGEON

According to the Mayo Clinic, sudden cardiac arrest symptoms are immediate and drastic and include: Sudden collapse No pulse No breathing Loss of consciousness

When Lexi Sima collapsed to the floor at a Viera gym during a routine treadmill workout, she became a statistic. Sima is among 10 percent of Americans who have survived a sudden cardiac arrest outside of a hospital in 2016. Fortunately for Sima, 10 minutes of emergency assistance from other gym members made the difference between life and death. Sima experienced sudden cardiac arrest, often fatal, but within seconds after Sima fell off a treadmill, fellow gym members were by her side performing CPR and then using an automated external defibrillator (AED). “It really can happen to anyone,” said Sima, who recently spoke to a group of students at Viera High School. “He (Bob Sick) gave me CPR and used an AED.” Sudden cardiac arrest is

was about 12 minutes until the ambulance got there. Lexi was saved because of four people that acted fast.” In addition to being the No. 1 killer of Americans, sudden cardiac arrest is the primary cause of death in student athletes. Unlike a heart attack, sudden cardiac arrest occurs VIERA VOICE Julie Sturgeon without warning, and loss Sen. Debbie Mayfield encourages students to help pass the CPR bill in Florida. of consciousness can occur within seconds. “Fifty kids since 1997 have when an electrical disturbance died from head injuries from occurs in the heart, stopping football,” Lexi Sima said. blood flow to the body. Death “Sudden cardiac arrest is can ensue within minutes. If the leading cause of death in performed quickly enough, student athletes.” Ninety percent of the time, sudden cardiac arrests are fatal. That bleak figure could be altered if more citizens knew how to perform CPR and use an AED. Ideally, CPR should be performed immediately. VIERA VOICE file photo Response time for 911 can Bill Sick, left, Jack Rhodes and John Lynch helped save Lexi Sima’s life take up to 10 minutes, which after she fell off a treadmill at a fitness center. Frank Venzara M.D. Robert Bashore M.D. Dan Daniels P.A. usually is too late for sudden cardiac revival. CPR can increase the chances on site. “I am trying to get you guys of survival after cardiac arrest. “I am a medical provider, to learn CPR … so you can help In conjunction with CPR, an and I never gave much thought a sibling, parent, grandparent AED can be used to send an to the difference between or friend,” Lexi Sima told VHS electric shock to the heart to sudden cardiac arrest and a regain normal blood flow. The heart attack,” said Shawn Sima, CPR Viera gym had a portable AED Lexi’s father. “In Lexi’s case, it Continued to page 38

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Viera theatre troupe’s one-act performance impresses judges

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Members of Viera High's one-act play “Seussification of a Midsummer Night’s Dream” pose with their medals after receiving a superior rating at the district competition at Eau Gallie High School. That earned them a spot in the state Thespian Festival which takes place in March. It's only the second time in school history — the first since 2010 — that a one-act play from Viera has qualified for the state competition. BY CARL KOTALA

For only the second time in 12 years, Viera High School is sending a group of theatre students to perform their one-act play at the state competition. And if their performance of “Seussification of a Midsummer Night’s Dream” at last month’s district event at Eau Gallie High is any indication, they’re going to give quite an inspiring performance. “The very first thing the judges said to us was, ‘You

blew us away,’” Viera Theater Arts teacher Eloise Evans said. “I’ve never heard that from a judge in 30 years of teaching. The last thing was, (one of the judges) took a selfie with the cast. I’ve never seen that before.” The state Thespian Festival will take place March 14 at the Straz Center in Ferguson Hall in Tampa. Although Viera has sent other performers to the state event, it’s the first time a One Act has made it since 2010. “I’m ecstatic,” said Viera student Emily Simon, the

assistant director and stage manager. “It’s the first show that I’ve assistant directed and it’s the first straight play that I’ve stage managed. To hear that it’s going to state for the first time in forever is just amazing.” Senior Trevor Bickham, president of Viera High School Troupe 7083, described the one-act play as taking William Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream” and giving it a Dr. Seuss spin. “We’ve taken the play, and basically, we’ve made it

rhyme,” he said. Bickham plays Lysander. “It’s a very fun role,” he said. “The whole cast has been great to work with. Ever since we started, it’s just been a blast to be a part of. It’s all come together very smoothly.” Viera students appearing in the one-act play include: Alyssa Denardis; Madison Resnick; Nicole Morganstern; Elisha Gulledge; Drake Vaske; Benjamin Kirk; Taylor Reilly; Bickham; Dominic Hernandez; Allison McDowell; John Sayut; Shane Whitaker; Andrew Meier; Jordan Haded; Chris Greco; Jaden Vasquez; Lindsey DeGrie; Brooke Nicks; Emily Elliss and Ashlynn Edds. Asked what makes the group so special, Evans said: “I think it’s the energy of the cast and how much they love each other and how much they love performing. It just shows up.” VV

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operation and in the field. High school and being in the sports business is about creating memories. They’ll be able to talk about this for years to come.� Bishop, for one, can’t wait for the season to start. “I am very excited to play there,� she said. “I drive past it almost every day and it looks amazing. The turf infield will definitely take some getting used to, but I’m looking forward to it. “We are all very thankful that USSSA is letting us use their facilities.� The USSSA fields, which have artificial turf, should provide a big upgrade over the fields at Viera Regional Park — where the Hawks played previously — because of their ability to drain quickly. Viera’s softball team will play its first game at its new home on Feb. 12 against Palm Bay. Viera’s baseball team will make its Space Coast Complex debut at 6 p.m. Feb. 27 against Satellite. “It’s exciting,� Doty said. “It’s almost too good to be true. Sometimes, I want to pinch myself.� VV

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His Place Ministries serves as cold weather shelter for homeless BY JULIE STURGEON

When the temperature plummets to below 45 degrees in Melbourne, His Place Ministries opens its doors up to folks who need a warm place to sleep. “We are the only cold weather shelter in the area,” said Terry Morris, the pastor of His Place Ministries. “We average about 70 people a night when we’re open.” His Place Ministries is somewhat of a landmark, located at the intersection

of U.S.1 and U.S. Highway 192. The church mission is simple: To help the needy and provide a helping hand to make the world a better place. “We just put a sign out when we’re going to be open,” Morris said. “It’s pretty simple and it works.” Volunteers are crucial to helping the cold weather shelter run smoothly. When open, the shelter has two- to three-hour shifts for volunteers to sign up. Homemade soup is served when the shelter is open, thanks to

local volunteers. “We have the most delicious soup,” Morris said. “We also serve a weekly meal on Sunday afternoon.” When folks leave the shelter, the church often sends a few things with them. Donations of canned protein, sleeping bags and tents are in high demand for this purpose. His Place Ministries has an unusual name, and Morris had a story about how the name came about. “When I was talking about a name

for this church with other pastors, I said, ‘this is his place, not mine,’ ” Morris said. “Someone said that was a great idea for a name.” For information on His Place Ministries, go to facebook. com/His-Place-MinistriesCenter-for-CommunityOutreach-113405078688650/ The hours of operation for the cold-weather shelter are 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. The shelter is located at 1824 S. Harbor City Blvd. in Melbourne. VV

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Friendly service and delicious seafood keep customers coming back to Cheers Seafood and Grill in Rockledge. “Ninety percent of our customers are regulars and locals,” said manager Colby Spaulding. “We have great, fresh food and the best happy hour around.” Favorites at the restaurant are the crab cakes and fresh fish. Both meals are accompanied by a bountiful green salad. “The crab cakes are the most popular menu item,” Spaulding said. “There is very little breading and lots of crab in our crab cakes, so people love them.” Fresh seafood is served seasonally and prepared to

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Michelle Masline of Twin Rivers Insurance, Inc. will begin her second term as president of the Home Builders and Contractors Association (HBCA) of Brevard. Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey led a ceremony

in early December where Masline and other board members were installed. Natasha Cartagena Spencer of Shelter Mortgage Company will be the vice president; Kathie McDaniel of Holiday Builders will serve as the second vice president; Roman Carraway of Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC will be the

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treasurer; and Susan Walker of BB&T will be the secretary. All will be members of the executive committee. The board of directors will be Trevor Lewis of Viera Builders, builder director; Jim Halas of Halco Inc., builder director; Brian Hawkins of Caliber Home Loans, associate director;

Crystal Canina of Fontaine Property Group, associate director; Tara Andrews of Twin Rivers Insurance, Inc., associate director; Corey Lancaster of Harlan Property Development, immediate past president; Paul Joyal of Joyal Homes, NAHB senior life director; and Kimberly Bonder Rezanka of Cantwell

& Goldman, P.A., general counsel. Holiday Builders received the 2017 Builder of the Year Award, and Tara Andrews of Twin Rivers Insurance, Inc. received the 2017 Associate of the Year Award. V V For information on the HBCA of Brevard, call 321-254-3700 or go to HBCA-Brevard.org.

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CFX membership puts Brevard in super-corridor driver’s seat BY JIM BARFIELD

Hurricanes and economic growth might seem to have nothing in common, but having witnessed the impact of both on Brevard County I could argue otherwise. Nature’s wrath and prosperity get people moving, whether fleeing Cocoa Beach as a major storm approaches or commuting to work from Viera. That creates a demand for more transportation options and new road corridors. Fortunately, Brevard County took a big step toward meeting its transportation demands when, in July, it joined the Central Florida Expressway Authority, the region’s toll road agency. As a county commissioner (District 2), I represent Brevard on CFX’s Governing Board, whose membership includes Lake, Osceola, Orange and Seminole counties, and the City of Orlando. Having a seat at the table means

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Brevard County Commissioner Jim Barfield is excited to represent the area on CFX's Governing Board.

Brevard now has a say in CFX plans that could impact our quality of life for generations to come. Consider, for example, the explosive growth of Orlando’s Lake Nona area near Orlando International Airport and development plans for Deseret Ranch in east Osceola County. CFX is studying a multimodal corridor concept that would address eastward expansion toward central/south

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Green events should be a New Year’s resolution While separating recyclables from trash after collecting for a local event, I wondered how much more we could have avoided burying in our landfills. Even though I was processing recycle bins, 83 percent of the content in the bins was either nonrecyclable items or had to be thrown away because it

was soiled and could not be recycled. That was a disheartening experience, but it prompted me to think that we can do better. According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, a California study found that the average participant at a public event generates 2.5 pounds of waste per day.

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food and beverages as well, attendance was over 2,000 people.” That means more than 7,000 pounds of waste was saved from the landfills. What a great feat and an impressive example to be followed. It shows that big events can be successful and friendly to the earth at the same time. Putting on such events and being environmentally conscious should be the goal of any organization, especially groups whose mission is to protect and preserve the environment. The cost involved in the zoo’s effort might be prohibitive to most, but that should not stop every single event organizer from making improvements and taking steps toward creating more sustainable events. In that case, baby steps could be the best approach. Take the example of Daytona State College’s ShORE (SHaring Our Research with Everyone) annual research symposium for students, scientists and the community. In 2016, Dr. Debra W. Woodall of the Institute of Marine and Environmental Studies and the ShORE organizer, hoped to reduce the waste generated at the symposium and implement some green initiatives. Woodall sent empty chip bags to TerraCycle, used compostable plates instead of regular plastic ones and encouraged participants

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to view the agenda online instead of printing it. She promoted the use of individual water bottles and prevented hundreds of cups from being sent to the landfills. She made a sign to alert everyone about what was being done to reduce the event’s footprint. “We are working to make all of our public events green,” Woodall said. For Woodall’s deeds, ShORE 2016 was awarded a green event certificate through the 3Rs and Beyond Green Event Certification Program (3rsandbeyond. org), a program that offers a guideline on how to make events more sustainable. The program, whose goal is to recognize events that hit the mark, is available to any event organizer. It is free. No matter the change, big leaps or baby steps have one thing in common — commitment. Starting with the event organizer, it can extend to vendors, volunteers and attendees. The degree of earthfriendliness that is achieved will depend on other factors, too. But, if there is no commitment, all bets are off. So if you are an event organizer, add to your 2018 resolution to commit to more sustainable events. Making all events green is the responsibility for all of us. Happy New Year! VV Email Marcia Booth at Marcia@3RsAndBeyond.org.

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The group encourages caregivers to maintain their own personal, physical and emotional health as well as optimal care for the person with dementia. Market Street Residence Presentation One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-256-6321

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8 a.m. By Children’s Hunger Project and Sharing Center of Central Brevard. Viera High School 6103 Stadium Parkway Viera, 321-610-1900

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Make Your National National Take Human Trafficking Law Enforcement National Clean Off Dreams Come Awareness Day Appreciation Day Pharmacist Day the Stairs Day Your Desk Day True Day Brevard Federated I am Rock Steady, Alzheimer’s & Dementia Korean Martial Art Sotera Living of Brevard Yoga at The Avenue 9 - 10 a.m. Republican Women Parkinson’s Support Support Group (advanced) Open House Central Park - All levels 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. 4 p.m. RSVP Group Monthly luncheon meeting Duran Golf Club 7032 Stadium Parkway Viera, 321-727-1212

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Martin MartinLuther Luther Dress Up Your King KingJr. Jr.Day Day Pet Day Trumpeter & Retired Card Making Classes Medicaid Planning Astronaut Winston Scott 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Seminar 2 p.m. Space Coast Jazz Society presents Captain Scott, who will be backed by Ron Teixeira on the keyboard, Al Dodds on bass, Doug Grover on drums and vocalist Shyrl Johnson. Rockledge Country Club 1591 S. Fiske Blvd. Rockledge, 321-636-6022

Make two beautiful greeting cards. $10 supplies included Art Gallery of Viera 2261 Town Center Ave. Viera, 321-773-0095

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10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Jan. 8, 22, 29 $2 per day Viera Community Center 2300 J. Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 321-433-4891

2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Discussion on “Devil in the Grove” by Gilbert King. Suntree Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404

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Inaugural Viera Art Festival

9 a.m. The Avenue Viera 2261 Town Center Ave. Viera, 321-722-7295

Friends of the Suntree/ Viera Library 3 - 5 p.m. Suntree Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404

Tropical Breakfast 8 - 11 a.m. Fundraiser to feed Haiti’s Orphan Children. Enjoy a Tropical Breakfast, Tropical Music and young Haitian Dancers performing. Ascension Catholic Church Beuscher Center 2950 N. Harbor City Blvd. Melbourne, 321-254-1595

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Pritchard House Museum Holiday Tour Jan. 1 to 4 10 a.m. Tour a beautifully restored circa 1891 home decorated for the holidays. Advance reservations only.   Pritchard House Museum 424 S. Washington Ave. Titusville, 321-607-0203

Jan. 2

Party Bridge 12:30 p.m. Gather together to play party bridge to support the Veterans Memorial center. Veteran’s Memorial Center 400 S. Sykes Creek Parkway Merritt Island, 321-452-2387

Jan. 3

Great Decisions Discussions Group 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Merritt Island Library 1195 N. Courtenay Parkway Merritt Island, 321-455-1369

Jan. 4

AARP Safe Driving Course 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Register with Lou Castro if you would like to attend Buena Vida Estates 2129 West New Haven Ave. W. Melbourne, 321-698-2311

Jan. 6

Clue At the Zoo 5 – 8 p.m. A Safari Mystery at the

Brevard Zoo will benefit Crosswinds Youth Service Brevard Zoo 8225 N. Wickham Road Viera, 321-254-9453

Jan. 8

Online Safety, Safe at Home Series 2 p.m. Topics to be covered include: online identity and image protection, scam identification, social networking, and computer safety. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-751-6771

Jan. 9

“Jazz with Strings Attached” Jan 9 & 10 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. A free joint concert by Swingtime and the Melbourne Community Orchestra. Melbourne Auditoirum 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd.

Jan. 10 and 17

Family Fun Night 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Enjoy complimentary face painting, glitter tattoos and a tableside balloon twister Pizza Gallery & Grill 2250 Town Center Ave. Viera, 321-633-0397 Science Cafes 6 p.m. Collaboration between the Brevard Zoo and the Florida

Institute of Technology. It is place where anyone interested in science or technology can discuss topical issues with the help of an expert in the field. Each session is free. Tradewinds Restaurant Duran Golf Club 7032 Stadium Parkway Viera, 321-254-9453

Jan. 23

Nonfiction Book Club 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Discussion will be on “Devil in the Grove” by Gilbert King. Suntree Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404

Jan. 24

Freedom 7 Senior Center New Book Club 2 p.m. Freedom 7 Senior Center 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa Beach, 321-783-9505

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TGIF Seaside Piecemakers 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. A quilters group meeting Suntree Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404

Kids Night Out: McLarty Park 6 – 10 p.m. Recreation staff will entertain your children with games, crafts, movies and pizza. Pre-registration required. McLarty Park, 790 Barton Blvd. Rockledge, 321-633-1870

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

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Write family story with help of Genealogical Society of South Brevard BY JULIE STURGEON

Discovering the secrets of your family’s history can be full of unexpected surprises. Douglas Burnett, an engineer-turned history buff, has traveled into his past. Now, he wants you to join him and others on your own exciting journey to uncover the clues to your family’s story. For $25 a year, the Genealogical Society of South Brevard (GSSB) offers unlimited assistance in helping you create your family tree. “I worked at Cape Canaveral for 40 years,” said Burnett, the publicity chair of the GSSB. “I thought historians and English majors were using up my good oxygen. Since retiring

and discovering genealogy, I have done a 180.” The GSSB will get you started on weaving your way through the winding road of how you got here. Burnett says the hobby has been a turnaround for his interest in life. “I love history, finding out what my family did and didn’t do, debunking family stories from over the years,” Burnett said. “To me, the history of the development of my family, along with the development of the southeastern area of the U.S., which is where my family stayed since 1635, is (fascinating). Fortunately, my wife is just as enthused about it as I am.” One of the advantages of belonging to the GSSB is that members enlist the help of

more experienced family historians such as Diane Rice Young, president of GSSB. “You start associating with people with like interests,” Rice Young said. “We acquaint people in the community with some of the joys of the process. We know how to assist with filling out generation charts; we have members who can help (newcomers) check on ancestry.” To get started, there are two sets of classes a year. Family stories can then be debunked or enriched when you start sleuthing into your own family’s mysteries. If you have no idea where to start, just show up at the next meeting with a few key family names, and a web search will be conducted. You will only need the names

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of your parents and your grandparents as the first step. Volunteers will then help you begin or extend your family tree through a database. “DNA is taking genealogy by storm,” Burnett said. “Unfortunately, many people think it is the answer. But, it is just one piece of information. The best guess is that only about 20 percent of the information you need is online. Eventually, you’re going to have to get your hands dirty and visit the courthouse, the historical society and the library.” Because Brevard is such an extensive linear county, there are a few genealogical societies. Members of any of the societies can access databases, use the Melbourne and Cocoa reference collections and get assistance from friendly members of the society. They also have access to the 5,000book collection housed at the Melbourne library. “With the online databases, there is no one resource that is best; they usually

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The world of family stories can be intriguing as you find clues and discover secrets.

cover different areas,” Burnett said, adding that GSSB can provide the handson assistance even with obtaining documentation for fellow members. The GSSB club will help you with your family search. Prospective members can go to the website to see all the programs. For more information, go to gssb.net and stop by the library located in the Fee Avenue library. SL

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Calling all art lovers, computer wizards and anyone interested in three days of creativity and family fun. The Playalinda Festival of the Arts will feature multiple venues where visitors can experience juried art shows, interactive technology, live performances and independent films. “It is a collaborative effort between several established organizations,” said Dr. Michael John Foster, who is chairman of the event. “The Greater Titusville Renaissance, of which I am a part, is providing infrastructure and organization, while partners such as FabLab and The North Brevard Art League are providing engaging experiencing for our guests.” The festival will be held February 2 to 4 at Titus Landing Lifestyle Center at U.S.1 and Harrison Street in Titusville. Admission is free, except for the films. “The festival encourages attendance and engagement for artists of all ages, with activities for children sponsored by area artists,” according to the Greater

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Artists such as Evelyn Trindle displayed their work during a recent North Brevard Art League show. Multiple venues of art will be featured at the upcoming Playalinda Festival of the Arts.

Titusville Renaissance. Visitors can look forward to a talented lineup that will include: • World-class musicians such as Jared Burnett from Cirque du Soleil or Rodney Ailen from Matchbox 20. • Exhibitions of work by professional painters and sculptors, hosted by the North Brevard Art League. • Compelling stories captured by the lens of Florida filmmakers. • Emerging technologies by FabLab to explore and discover. • The inspiring sounds of Brevard County’s Association of Gospel Choirs. • A showcase of talented dancers and musicians.

Foster spoke of the festival’s significance to Titusville’s economy. “North Brevard has been slow to recover from the 2008 housing bubble,” he said. He attributed this to the area’s singular reliance on the space shuttle project. “However, the area has been going through a bit of a renaissance due to the efforts of local leaders and business people,” he said. “The Playalinda Festival of the Arts is one of those efforts. It highlights the many local talented artists and performers. Our hope is that guests will come away inspired to express their own talent, seeing opportunities for entertainment, collaboration and growth that

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