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Two days after being adopted by Oliver and Jeanne Downs of Suntree on Jan. 15, Jake still was wagging his tail and barking with glee. Perhaps, a little too much. Before that, the 8-year-old Yellow Labrador’s plight was sad and all too common in Florida. Jake’s best friend, a man, died two years ago. The man’s wife took care of Jake the best she could, but Jake never fully recovered from the loss of his forever buddy. Forever was too short for Jake, who gained weight and became a portly 83 pounds. The 72-year-old woman was hospitalized on Oct. 31. Jake was left alone. A neighbor came in once a day to leave some food, and a door was left open for Jake to relieve himself as needed in

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Runners follow the rainbow in colorful Emerald City 5K BY MARIA SONNENBERG Like Dorothy of Oz fame, the folks at Family Promise of Brevard know there is no place like home. The organization, dedicated to eradicating family homelessness on the Space Coast, is using its upcoming Emerald City 5K to raise both funds and awareness for the plight of displaced families. “We’re on the same path as Dorothy, because we all need help from our friends,” said Tara Pagliarini, Family Promise’s executive director. More than a thousand Brevard families currently are without permanent housing. The Emerald City 5K, now in its third year,

brings the community together in Viera to help improve the situation. Approximately 500 runners participated last year. Pagliarini thinks more will participate this year. “We hope we can reach 1,000,” she said. The afternoon race starts at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 from the Church at Viera. It is located at 9005 N. Wickham Road. Registration and packet pickup will be from 10 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Running Zone is orchestrating the race, which costs $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 and younger. While running this yellow brick road might not get you to Oz, it might deliver a particularly nice

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Cordell Rolle, the 2017 board chair, and volunteer Kathi Ridner dressed up for the 2017 Emerald City 5K in Viera. bauble — a $2,000 emerald donated by Wesche Jewelers. “Holly Wesche values our organization and didn’t hesitate to say yes when we approached her for a donation,” Pagliarini said. Every participant will receive a key to the Emerald City that might win them the emerald. To encourage teamwork, a team of four will receive two keys per person. The largest team in the pack will receive three keys per person. About half of the runners get into the spirit of Oz by dressing as their favorite character. Who is the most

popular? “We definitely get a lot of Dorothys,” Pagliarini said. The event includes prizes for best costume, best team costumes and fastest costume. With a vision of seeing every family in Brevard in safe, affordable housing, Family Promise of Brevard provides homelessness prevention, emergency shelter and aftercare service to equip families with resources necessary to maintain permanent housing. “We are with families every step of the way to help


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Naval Reserve as an ensign in the Navy Supply Corps, where she remained until she retired in 2013 with the rank of Commander. Morton’s job with the Supply Corps, which entailed financial and system analysis, included deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan and Cuba. She developed such severe breathing difficulties and asthma because of exposure to chemicals during deployment that she ended up at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. The hospital stay proved critical in providing direction

for the next chapter in her life, since both the attending physician and a nurse there recommended she consider a move to Florida — to Indian River Colony Club in Viera, to be precise. Morton took their advice, settling into her new home in IRCC in 2014. While walking her two beagles, Joline and Mercy, Morton kept running into her neighbor. Dr. Arthur Morton, a retired Army medical doctor, was exercising his own


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Boomer Expo sizzles with fire knife dancers from Polynesia BY MARIA SONNENBERG Aloha, boomer and senior family! Could you use a little trip to the South Seas? If so, the Boomer Guide Senior Expo has a deal for you. Boomer Guide Senior

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The Lanakila's Polynesian Dancers take spectators on a musical journey to the South Pacific as part of the Boomer Guide Senior Expo, which will feature tips on health, wellness and retirement. expo will bring together hundreds of participants with some of the best exhibitors that provide service for boomers and seniors.” The popular event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, March 1 at the Space Coast Convention Center at 301 Tucker Lane, off Interstate 95 in Cocoa. “We take people on a musical journey to Polynesia,” said Nathan Pokipala, who started the Lanakila’s 29 years ago. A native of Maui, Hawaii, Pokipala is about as Polynesian as one can get. His troupe includes professional artists from throughout the South Pacific. Lanikala’s has its beginnings as the first traveling Polynesian entertainment company on the Eastern Seaboard. Since 2002, the Orlandobased troupe has delighted audiences with an authentic luau experience at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando, as well as at Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park. Lanakila’s has performed its exotic songs and dances from the South Pacific in more than 100 countries. The Boomer Guide Expo performances will include

musicians, hula dancers and the male fire dancers. “We’ll have several shows throughout the day,” Pokipala said. Be prepared to engage your inner hula dancer. “It’s a very high-energy, interactive audience experience,” Pokipala said. Beyond the hula hullabaloo, the Boomer Guide Expo includes live music, educational exhibits, demonstrations, prizes, limited free medical screenings and — drum roll, please — the unveiling of the 2019 Boomer Guide, a comprehensive fact book of everything Brevard, particularly as it pertains to boomers and seniors. Meet the 2019 “Cover Boomers” on the pool deck in the afternoon While a journey to the South Pacific can drain your pocketbook, a visit to the Boomer Guide Senior Expo is a mini-adventure to Polynesia at the cost of absolutely nothing. Even better, you will go home armed with information to help make 2019 a great year. “It’s our big celebration,” Blue said. Exhibitor booths still are available. For more information, call 321-242-1235. VV

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Thinga-ma-Jogger 5K returns to Manatee Elementary School BY CHRIS BONNANO A fun yearly tradition is set to be renewed at Manatee Elementary in Viera on Feb. 23 as the fifth annual Thinga-ma-Jogger 5K is held. The walk/run event is held as part of a celebration of the NEA Read Across America program and is held near Dr. Seuss’ birthday of March 2 each year as a celebration of his works. The race either caps off or starts a week of Dr. Seussthemed events at the school, according to Nicki Hensley, who serves as co-chair of the 5K and as a parent volunteer. This year, it will begin the festivities. “We really always have celebrated the author and his amazing use of vocabulary, poetry, humor,’’ Hensley said. “So, we thought, let's do a race around the same time that would celebrate his

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Drive before ending back at Manatee. Packet pickup along with last-minute registration will be held from 6:30 to 7:15 a.m. on the day of the race. The 5K itself begins at 7:30 a.m. and a free children’s run for ages 6 and younger will be held following the conclusion of the 5K. Those interested in signing up for the race can do so through the Thinga-maJogger 5K’s page at runsignup. com. The fee to register for the race through Feb. 9 is $23 for adults and $15 for children younger than 18. Those numbers increase from Feb. 10 to 22 when adults will have to pay $27 and children $20. On race day, the registration fee will

be $30 for adults and $25 for children. Hensley added that the first 650 finishers will receive a finishing medal to help celebrate the fifth anniversary of the event. Those who register by Feb. 9 also will be guaranteed a free shirt as well, organizers say. “We’re very excited about the fifth year,” Hensley said. “We can’t believe we made it this far.” In addition, the school is accepting new or “gentlyused books” to be donated as part of a book drive. Organizers said the book drive will help school libraries in need. Those books, they add, can be donated anytime at the school’s media center or on the morning of the race.VV




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Viera wrestlers gain experience for postseason BY CARL KOTALA

There’s no question Viera High wrestlers like Nathaniel Stover and John Banks are feeling much more comfortable in their second year in the sport. “I feel a lot more confident when I’m wrestling,” said Stover, who pointed out the improvement he’s made in his technique under the direction of Hawks coach Jim Gentile. Banks, meanwhile, has become more dedicated to the sport in his second year. “I feel like I’m more into it than last year,” Banks said. “I feel like I’ve fallen in love VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala with the sport. I’m just doing Viera High's Nathaniel Stover, right, said his improved technique has him thinking about a possible trip to this all I can to win and to just be year's state meet. the best I can be.” with the sport. at Bayside High, followed are coming up with the As the Hawks enter the Hatfield is one of five by the district meet which Cape Coast Conference meet month of February, the first-year wrestlers on this will lead into March and biggest meets of the year set for February 8 and 9 year’s team. That group also the regional and state includes freshman Braden championship meets. Urso (126/132), junior Gentile believes his team Connor Kennedy (182), has a much better chance sophomore Juan Gutierrez to do well in those settings (145) and freshman Autumn thanks to a busy schedule Soto (152). that has gotten them Sophomore Gavin Latawa prepared for the postseason. (126/132) is a second-year “January has been a wrestler who is also showing busy month for us,” Gentile progress. said. “I think once we get Stover, who went to to February, hopefully we’ll the regionals last year, has peak at the right time — in made it his goal to get to the conference and in districts. “Our ultimate goal is to get state meet this season after improving in several areas. people to states.” “(Coach Gentile has) Gentile said Stover, a helped with my technique a senior who wrestles at 220 lot,” Stover said. “Last year, pounds and had a 7-3 record at press time, has a good shot I was just trying to use my power. Now, I’ve got more to get to the state meet. technique with it, so I’ve got Stover is one of four power with technique. captains on this year’s team “I’m working a lot along with sophomore Andrew Pinzon (120), senior more big-boy moves, like underhooks and stuff like Dalton Hongell (170) and that.” senior Jacob Light (195). Banks also has a trip to the Other key wrestlers state meet on his mind. include newcomer Jackson “I think I can possibly go to Hatfield (285), a sophomore states if I just somehow have who Gentile said has “good enough faith and believe that talent” and can become a I can,” he said. VV good wrestler if he sticks

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Wicker wins first Junior Par 3 Course title at Duran BY CARL KOTALA Duran Golf Club held its first Junior Par 3 Course Championship last month and crowned winners in three different age groups. Camden Wicker, who will turn 14 this month, shot 28 on the nine-hole course to win the main portion of the event.

“To watch the next generation of golfers have so much fun and compete at such a high level was amazing.” — Matt Morrison

Cyrus Joseph won the 5 to 7 age flight by shooting 31, while Jerimiah Smith won the 8 to 11 age flight. He also shot 31. There were 22 kids competing in the event, which took place Jan. 12. Wicker began playing golf five years ago after having a birthday party with Duran’s

Director of Instruction Justin Blazer. He then played for a few seasons in the PGA Junior League at Duran. He is now an eighth grader at Edgewood Junior/ Senior High School. He is a two-time letter winner for the Indians, who won the Cape Coast Conference and Class 1A, District 12 championships this past season. In addition to being a promising young golfer, Wicker also plays on the Viera Hawks travel baseball team. “It was a great day for junior golf in the Viera area,” Duran Head PGA Professional Matt Morrison said in a press release. “To watch the next generation of golfers have so much fun and compete at such a high level was amazing. The scores were low and it was great competition.” While it was a big day for the juniors, the adults will get their chance at some friendly competition in the future. Duran will host the first Par 3 Course Championship in March. VV

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It could turn out to be an exciting postseason for the Viera High and Holy Trinity boys and girls soccer teams. Three of the four teams entered their district tournament as top seeds

while the fourth — the Viera High girls — will be seeded second and looking to avenge its only regularseason loss to the archrival Melbourne Bulldogs. The Class 4A, District 6 girls tournament began Jan. 29 with Viera hosting

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The first Junior Par 3 Course Championship tournament drew 22 players, competing in three different flights, last month at Duran.

Lincoln Park Academy at 7 p.m. The championship game was set for Jan. 31. Viera’s top-seeded boys team also hosted this year’s Class 4A, District 6 Tournament. The Hawks played Sebastian River in the

semifinals at 7 p.m. Jan. 30, with the title game set for Feb. 1. Holy Trinity’s girls were set to host this year’s Class 1A, District 10 Tournament with the semifinals on Jan. 24. The title game was held at 6 p.m. Jan. 29. VV

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BASEBALL Home games played at USSSA Space Coast Stadium * District game Feb. 19 – Preseason Classic vs. Dr. Phillips at The First Academy, 7 p.m. Feb. 21 – Preseason Classic vs. Boone at The First Academy, 7 p.m. Feb. 26 – Eau Gallie, 6 p.m. Feb. 28 – Melbourne, 6 p.m.* BOYS LACROSSE Feb. 16 – at Hagerty Preseason Jamboree at Lake Highland Prep, TBD Feb. 19 – IMG, 6 p.m. Feb. 21 – Martin County, 6 p.m. Feb. 22 – West Shore, 7 p.m Feb. 26 – at Eau Gallie, 7 p.m. GIRLS LACROSSE * District game Feb. 13 – at Preseason Jamboree at Celebration, TBD Feb. 18 – at Sebastian River, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 20 – at Martin County, 7 p.m. Feb. 22 – West Shore, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 26 – at Eau Gallie, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 28 – Rockledge, 7 p.m.* SOFTBALL Home games played at USSSA Space Coast Stadium JV games at 5:15 p.m., varsity games at 7:15 p.m. unless noted * District game Feb. 20 – at Palm Bay


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Duran will host second annual Moon Golf Invitational BY CARL KOTALA The Duran Golf Club is about to play host once again to some of the top collegiate players from around the country. The second annual Moon Golf Invitational is set to take place Feb. 17 to 19 with the University of Louisville women’s golf program serving as the host team for the second consecutive year. It will be a 54-hole event with a practice round on Sunday, Feb. 17 followed by 36 holes on Monday and 18 holes on Tuesday to conclude the tournament.

There are 17 teams scheduled to compete, 12 of which are currently ranked among the top 65 in the country. That includes the Oklahoma Sooners, who are in the top 25. Other teams expected to be coming to Brevard County for the event include Kansas, Maryland, Memphis, Michigan, Minnesota, Notre Dame and the University of Central Florida. Admission to the event is free. “Moon Golf is so proud to be the host for the second annual Moon Golf Invitational,” Anne Moon,

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The Louisville women's golf team will host the second annual Moon Golf Invitational this month at Duran Golf Club. Players from 17 of the top programs in the country will play in the event.

owner of Moon Golf, said in a press release. “We are thrilled with the quality of teams that have chosen to participate and are looking forward to another quality event.” Furman University won the inaugural Moon Golf Invitational last season. Louisville finished seventh. “We look forward to competing at Duran Golf Club once again this February,” Louisville women’s golf coach Courtney Trimble said in a press release. “We really enjoy being in Brevard County this time of the year with teams traveling from all across the United States


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— Matt Morrison seeking great golf and great weather.” The Moon Invitational will be the first of several highprofile collegiate events at Duran in the coming months. The Florida Tech men’s and women’s golf programs will host tournaments and Duran will also be the site for the NJCAA National Championship this spring.

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On Jan. 3, Bill Scholtens, Jim Kopliner, Tim Brown and Tom Bergeron were the top golfers in the A flight. In the B flight, James Ward, Gary Shiffrin, Wilson Butler and Bruce Schwanda were the top golfers. Tony Hines, David Horst, Duck Milne, Ed Wierda and Allen Satcher were the top golfers in the C flight. In the D flight, Frank Westwell, Bill Oakley, Dick May and Joe Skowron were the top golfers. Gary Koch on No. 4, Bill Scholtens on No. 7, Wilson Butler on No. 13 and Gary Shiffrin on No. 16 were closestto-the-pin.

On Jan. 10, VEMA played a four-man team, best-ball event with one best ball on the par 5s, two best balls on the par 4s and three best balls on the par 3s. The top three finishers were within a stroke or two of each other. The team of Bill Oakley, Gary Waldron, Bruce Ames and Jack Webb won the event. Bill Scholtens, Bruce Schwanda, Marty Gillette and a random draw player finished second. Bill Hall, Larry Henris, James Ward and Abe Leonard teamed up to place third. Marty Gillette on No. 4, Red Stanley on No. 7, Freddie Baltazar on No. 13 and Kevin Dalvano on No. 16 were closest-to-the-pin. Each Thursday, many of the VEMA members meet at Divots Restaurant at the Viera East Golf Club to obtain the results and share stories about long putts that missed by an inch or so. VEMA is open to all men 21 or older. For information, go to VV

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It might take at least one round of 69 or better to win the Viera East Men’s Golf Association’s Club Championship this winter. Members are vying for one of 12 spots in the event. Then, out of that 12, four golfers will move on to compete in a playoff to decide the champion. The course at Viera East is in excellent shape. Look for low scores and a competitive tournament and playoff. The first Thursday of the month is reserved for an individual flighted round of golf with individual scores recorded versus team results.

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Feb. 27 – Eau Gallie Feb. 28 – at Harmony (varsity only), 7 p.m.* BOYS TENNIS All matches at 4 p.m. * District match Feb. 12 – at West Shore Feb. 14 – Satellite Feb. 19 – Heritage* Feb. 21 – at Bayside* Feb. 26 – at Rockledge Feb. 28 – Melbourne GIRLS TENNIS All matches at 4 p.m. * District match Feb. 12 – West Shore Feb. 14 – at Satellite Feb. 19 – at Heritage* Feb. 21 – Bayside* Feb. 26 – Rockledge Feb. 28 – at Melbourne TRACK & FIELD Feb. 8 – at Astronaut Preseason Classic, 5 p.m. Feb. 12 – at Merritt Island Developmental, 5 p.m. Feb. 19 – at Bob Mosher Wildcat Open at Showalter Field, 9 a.m. Feb. 22 – at Satellite Invitational, 5 p.m.


Winter Sports BOYS BASKETBALL Feb. 1 – Victory Christian (varsity only), 6:30 p.m. Feb. 2 – at TFA Shootout at Seffner Christian (varsity only), 3:15 p.m. Feb. 7 – Treasure Coast (JV 5 p.m., varsity 6:30) Feb. 8 – at Viera (JV 5:30 p.m., varsity 7) Feb 12 – Class 5A, District 7 quarterfinals, 5:30/7 p.m. Feb. 13 – Class 5A, District 7 semifinals, 5:30/7 p.m. Feb. 15 – Class 5A. District 7 Championship Game, 7 p.m. Feb. 21 – Class 5A regional quarterfinals, site TBD, 7 p.m. Feb. 26 – Class 5A regional semifinals, site TBD, 7 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Feb. 4 – Class 5A, District 7 quarterfinals at Astronaut, 5:30/7 p.m. Feb. 6 – Class 5A, District 7 semifinals at Astronaut, 5:30/7 p.m. Feb. 8 – Class 5A, District 7 Championship Game at Astronaut, 7 p.m. Feb. 14 – Class 5A regional quarterfinals, site TBD, 7 p.m. Feb. 19 – Class 5A regional semifinals, site TBD, 7p.m. Feb. 22 – Class 5A regional finals, site TBD, 7 p.m. Feb. 25-March 2 – Class 5A State Championship Tournament in Lakeland (specific dates/times not available at press time)

Feb. 6 – Class 1A regional quarterfinals, site TBD, 7 p.m. Feb. 9 – Class 1A regional semifinals, site TBD, 7 p.m. Feb. 13 – Class 1A regional finals, site TBD, 7 p.m. Feb. 16 – Class 1A state semifinals, site TBD. 7 p.m. Feb. 21 – Class 1A State Championship Game at Spec Martin Stadium in Deland, 4 p.m. GIRLS SOCCER Feb. 5 – Class 1A regional quarterfinals, site TBD, 7 p.m. Feb. 8 – Class 1A regional semifinals, site TBD, 7 p.m. Feb. 12 – Class 1A regional finals, site TBD, 7 p.m. Feb. 15 – Class 1A state semifinals, site TBD, 7 p.m. Feb. 20 – Class 1A State Championship Game at Spec Martin Stadium in Deland, 4 p.m.

Spring Sports BASEBALL Feb. 19 – Preseason Classic, TBD Feb. 21 – Preseason Classic, TBD Feb. 25 – at Eau Gallie, 6 p.m. BOYS LACROSSE * District game Feb. 16 – vs. Eau Gallie at Melbourne, 1 p.m.* Feb. 19 – Edgewood, 7 p.m. Feb. 21 – at Seminole, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26 – at West Shore, 7 p.m.* Feb. 28 – Martin County, 7 p.m.

Viera-Suntree Soccer Club celebrates its prestigious 10-year anniversary BY WENDY SCHEURING On Jan. 17, the VieraSuntree Soccer Club celebrated its 10-year anniversary. “Our main success is basically our club over the past 10 years,’’ said Udo Schenatsky, the founder and general manager. “We started with 93 kids in January 2009, growing to almost 400 kids in 2013. Right now, we maintain an average of 250 kids. To celebrate, the club is planning a big party in early May with music, stand-up

comedians, food and fun. “Everybody who is registered with us will get free entrance,” added Schenatsky. “It’s going to be a big celebration.” Schenatsky has maintained a soccer presence in Brevard County for 16 years. And, his experience in soccer is more extensive than that. “I was the director of soccer operations from 2004 to 2008 at the Cocoa Expo Sports Center, and I was the head goalkeeper coach for the Florida Youth Soccer Association from 2004 to

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Udo Schenatsky founded the VieraSuntree Soccer Club. The native of Germany has helped soccer players in Brevard County for the past 16 years in different roles.

2009. In Germany, Schenatsky also was a semi-pro goalkeeper. He also coached at the highest youth level for Eintracht Frankfurt from 1990 to 1996. Beginning this fall, the Viera-Suntree Soccer Club will field competitive teams ranging from U12 to U18. “We are a family-oriented soccer club as we’ve always been,” Schenatsky said. “And, we are looking forward to having competitive teams in the fall.” In order to acquire its FYSA (Florida Youth Soccer Association) status for its competitive soccer teams, the Viera-Suntree Soccer Club will partner with a soccer club in Orlando. “That will give us a big opportunity to improve the soccer here in Brevard County and to compete with other major clubs here in the county,” Schenatsky said. Registration for competitive soccer teams will begin in May. The club has been practicing at the Viera East Community Association (VECA) for the past six years, where young soccer players have access to 2.5 acres for practice. “VECA has been very kind to us. They support us with everything to keep the program alive,” Schenatsky said. For information, go to or call 321-427-7337. VV



Evening of Elegance returns to beautiful setting SPECIAL TO VIERA VOICE Save the date for Holy Trinity’s Evening of Elegance: Adventure Awaits on March 9. The picturesque outdoor setting alongside the Indian River Lagoon sets the stage for an elegant jungle-themed event under the stars. By popular demand, Evening of Elegance will once again take place on the beautiful South Tropical Trail estate of 2007 alumni parents, Ed and Cheryl Scott. Scott also is a former Holy Trinity trustee. This year, 100 percent of the funds donated to the school through sponsorship and attendance at Evening of Elegance will be used toward the purchase of a new school bus. Holy Trinity parents and cochairs, Hope Chanda and Jessica Eisenmenger Fleming (Class of 2004), along with master of ceremonies Bino Campanini have planned an adventurethemed evening featuring live music by Wonderama, delicious food and a live auction.

This is Chanda’s second year chairing Evening of Elegance. “It was a simple yes when being asked to co-chair Evening of Elegance for a second time,’’ Chanda said. “This is a small way that I can give back to Holy Trinity’s faculty, staff, students and our families.” Chanda and her husband, Joe, also have two sons, Cole and Wyatt, who are in seventh grade. Eisenmenger Fleming is Holy Trinity Class of 2004 alumna, and a Lower School parent. All three of her children attend the Lower School with plans to be Holy Trinity lifers. James Fleming is in second grade and enjoys competing for the swim team, basketball team and the math lab. Caroline Fleming is in the first grade and loves Holy Trinity cheerleading and the swim team. Evelyn Fleming is in pre-k and plans to join her siblings as an HT athlete as soon as she reaches first grade. Eisenmenger Fleming also is a dedicated volunteer serving Holy Trinity as an art docent for

multiple classes, a classroom volunteer, the Daisy Girl Scout Troop leader and a substitute teacher. When they moved back to Brevard County in 2016, Eisenmenger Fleming and her husband Michael chose to send their children to Holy Trinity because “Holy Trinity has the incredible ability to educate the whole child in an individualized, academically rigorous, arts enriched environment with an unparalleled focus on nurturing kindness and strong character in its students. We can’t imagine sending our children anywhere else.” Campanini and his wife Trish have three children. Carlo was the captain of the varsity soccer team and a Class of 2018 graduate; Luca, a Class of 2016 graduate also was captain of the varsity soccer team and is now a junior at Florida Tech; and Isabella is a graduate student at Florida Tech. Tickets are limited and last year's event was a sold-out success. For information, go to

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Newly independent Viera High robotics team gears up for competition BY CARL KOTALA The Viera High robotics team has gone independent, and that can only mean one thing for the members of this year’s Hawks Robotics group: They’re not just building a robot. They’re laying a new foundation for an entirely new program. “Being in the first year of the team is pretty exciting because you sort of get to set the legacy for the team for the future,� said Ryan Buchanon, the chief engineer for this year’s team. “I think it’s exciting to be part of the first year of this team.� After an offseason of fundraising and preparing for what will be an eight-week competition schedule, the Hawks are currently in the Building Season.

“We’ve got six weeks where we’ve got to build our robot,� Buchanan said. “Right now, we’re working on the design process. We’re trying to use CAD software to make 3D models of what we want our robot to look like.� The team is set to compete at the Orlando Regional on March 13 at the CFE Arena before heading to West Palm Beach for the South Florida Regional from March 27 to 30. If the team wins the competition or gets an award, it will get an invite to the national event which will be held from April 16 to 21 in Houston. Buchanan is one of 23 students on this year’s team. The others include: Sabrina Antoine; Alex Budko; Mikhail Budko; Asher Burrell; Joshua Carrizales; Alejondra Gonzalez-Nieves; Parker Helms; Tristan Hera;

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Viera High students are in the Building Stage of putting together their robot for an eight-week competition schedule that begins next month. After previously being associated with Pink Alliance, the Hawks are now an independent team.

Zachary Knutson; Brianna Loughran; Ryan Lynch; Kyra McGowan; Michael Miniclier; Ethan Moran; Taylor Presley; Siddarth Ranganath; Kaila Rodriguez; Alex Sprunger; Isaiah Tadrous and Molly Walsh. Of the 23, Buchanan and Burrell are homeschooled. The rest are all Viera High students, whereas last year’s team consisted of students from Viera and four other schools. Previously, Viera’s robotics team had been with the NASA’s Pink Alliance. Viera High teacher David Formanek, who serves as the director and head coach of the Hawks Robotics team,

said it was time for the program to go independent. “It was mostly because there’s a growing interest in robotics at Viera High School,� he said. “We just felt it was time for us to venture out on our own.� With help from sponsors such as Lockheed Martin, Collins Aerospace and EMF Inc., the team and its coaches — Formanek; Roy Burrell; John “Courtney� Carlson; Jeff Dohmen; Daniel Penny; Sean Whyard and Vanessa Whyard — hope making a splash at this year’s competitions will put Viera’s team on the map. “The challenge has been that we don’t have the legacy of the Pink Team,� Formanek

said. “They’ve been around for 20-plus years. This is our first season. But the school’s been supportive. We’ve got a great group of kids. We’ve been meeting since September. “As coaches, we want to make sure that this robot is theirs, that it’s not the mentor’s (robot). ‌ We’re just there to guide, coach and get them to where they want to be.â€? This year’s First Tech Challenge competition is called Destination Deep Space, which features two game pieces — a hatch, which


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Perfect job for Suntree’s school resource officer BY ERNEST ARICO When Cpl. Joel Hernandez was given the opportunity to be a school resource officer at Suntree Elementary School, it was a “no brainer” for him. “It was a perfect situation for me because it was part of my five-year plan to work and be able to go back to school and get my bachelor’s degree,” he said. “I couldn’t be happier.” Born in Passaic, New Jersey in 1992, Hernandez graduated from Palm Bay High School in 2011 where he excelled on the school’s varsity baseball and football teams. In October 2015, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office sponsored Hernandez to attend Eastern Florida State College’s police academy. Following his graduation from the police academy in 2016, Hernandez joined the Sheriff’s Office as a road deputy and was assigned to the department’s North Precinct, which covers Port St. John, Titusville and Mims. In August 2018, he became the school resource officer at Suntree Elementary. He is responsible for the safety


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is like a disc with a hole in the middle and cargo, which is like a kickball. “You have to grab those and place them, which is the main way to score points in

and security of almost 700 students, teachers, staff and administrators. “In the past, most of your school resource officers were older deputies or retirees, and

if you took a position with a school it was considered a setback,” Hernandez explained. “But now, Sheriff (Wayne) Ivey has been putting our best deputies in our schools to

handle any potential threat or situation.” As the school resource officer, Hernandez said his two biggest concerns are identifying potential shooters and keeping track of who comes into the school. “Most people don’t know that many of the active shooters in schools are students,” he said. “That’s why I always ask administrators to identify for me who are the bullies in school. I want to watch them and keep an eye on them. “My other big concern is keeping track of who comes into the school,” he continued. “I monitor all 10 cameras and make sure that all visitors coming into the school are wearing their yellow visiting stickers.” Since taking the position, Hernandez had a chance to evaluate the school’s security system. He saw a potential safety issue that concerned him — the school’s Assisted Walker Program. “Law enforcement thinks differently than administrators,” he explained. “I saw potential problems with

the game,” Buchanan said. To do that requires the students to work in a number of different areas, including the strategists who break down the rules and the different things that have to happen in the game while also doing scouting and data analysis.

“We help with the drive team, which basically is who controls the robot at the competitions,” said Walsh, one of the team’s strategists. “We’ve been working on several spreadsheets to help simplify things. We help with game strategy in general.”

Buchanan, who has been doing robotics for three years, has decided he wants to become a mechanical engineer. That’s just one of the many benefits the program can provide. “This program exposes kids to all kinds of different careers,” Formanek said.

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Cpl. Joel Hernandez is a former football and baseball player from Palm Bay High School who likes to joke around with the students at Suntree Elementary School.

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the program. Too many parents and people waiting outside the gate to pick up students and walk them back to their cars.” Administrators discontinued the program. Another issue Hernandez addressed were parents picking up students after school. “We had some incidents where drivers were driving on the sidewalk to get around the traffic,” he said. “I started parking my patrol car partially on the sidewalk to prevent that.” Despite some of the safety issues, Hernandez said he’s having a great time at Suntree — especially with the kids. “When you work on the road as a road deputy, you deal with a lot of negativity,” he said. “However, here at Suntree everyone has smiles for you. They’re happy to see you. The kids feel very comfortable talking to me and being around me. I try to make it a point to talk to them in the cafeteria and on the playground. I enjoy playing basketball with them and interacting with them.”


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Jake, right, is happy to share a dog bed with Winnie after being alone for more than two months.

him a new home. While reading a story on the Internet about prescription drug prices in Canada, Jeanne Downs saw Jake’s story and picture when it popped up on the free Nextdoor App. The Downs have Winnie, an estimated 7-year-old West Highland Terrier mix. She was found wandering just off State Road 528. They adopted her in May from the Brevard Humane Society in Cocoa. “It took us three months to get to the point where she wasn’t scared anymore,’’ said Jeanne Downs, 71. “Now, she’s just laid back and goofy.’’ They thought Jake would be the perfect dog to keep Winnie company. “We were going to start looking for another dog,’’ said

Oliver Downs, 73. “We hate to leave Winnie alone. We knew how friendly Labs can be. When Jeanne showed me that picture, I said, ‘let’s go for it.’ We’re just too old to get puppies and go through that again.’’ Jake walks a little slow right now, but it shouldn’t take long before the weight comes off and he’s ready for long jaunts. “He’s starting to get over his anxiety,’’ Oliver Downs said. “I got down on the bed next to him and talked to him quietly. I let him know that he’s ours.’’ Nine people showed interested in adopting Jake and more were soon to follow as people read about his plight on the Nextdoor App. Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida has several homeless dogs available for adoption. Anyone who considered adopting Jake should contact VV

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New restaurants bolster food options in Viera, east and west BY CHRIS BONANNO

There’s more positive business news for the Viera-Suntree area in addition to the opening of an Earth Fare health and wellness supermarket at 5410 Murrell Road. A new IHOP restaurant will soon be opening just east of the entrance to the Brevard Zoo. According to Janet Alexander, director of marketing and communications with IHOP, the new eatery will open in the footprint of what was formerly a Denny’s restaurant at 8201 N. Wickham Road. Alexander, in an email to the Viera Voice, added that the new establishment “will be bringing at a minimum 80 new jobs to the area.” She added that IHOP was hoping to open the restaurant in May. Beyond that, a new Culver’s restaurant is set to be constructed at 6451 Lake Andrew Drive in Viera, near the intersection with Judge Fran Jamieson Way, according to Paul Pitas, director

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A new IHOP restaurant is slated to open in the footprint of what was a Denny's restaurant at 8201 Wickham Road in Viera. of public relations and communications with Culver’s. Per its website, Culver’s specializes in what they call “butterburgers” along with fresh frozen custard and Wisconsin cheese curds. Pitas added that the company expects the eatery to open in the late spring. While some businesses were planning to open their doors, others were closing them. The Pollo Tropical restaurant, located at The Avenue Viera, has closed. A note left on one of the doors of the building did state that “it’s never an easy decision to close a restaurant with

loyal guests like you, and we’re sorry for the inconvenience.” The note also encouraged people to visit their West Melbourne location. Additionally, the Beef O’Brady’s restaurant, also located in the same shopping center as Earth Fare at 5410 Murrell Road, was closed until further notice as of Dec. 24. A note was left on a door of the establishment indicating that the closure was due to a remodeling of the eatery. The Burger 21 restaurant, located at 7171 Lake Andrew Drive in Viera, is temporarily closed. According to a note left on the front door of the establishment, the temporary closure is due to a remodeling. VV

Viera Rotary moves meetings, looks for new members SPECIAL TO VIERA VOICE

Nobody will go back to work hungry as the Viera Rotary Club has moved its weekly meetings to Amici’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria in Suntree. The Viera Rotary Club meets at noon each Wednesday for one hour. “We’re looking to expand our membership with our new look,’’ said Patty Hurst, the director of development for the Viera Rotary Club. “We’ll be meeting at Amici’s Chef’s Table and enjoying the beautiful view, professional atmosphere and incredible food. When you walk in, you feel like this is where a Rotary Club should be. The gourmet Italian food is to die for.’’ Amici’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria is located at 7720 North Wickham Road #120 in Suntree. “Our members are owners of small and large businesses, representatives of charitable organizations and solopreneurs,’’ Hurst said. “We even have some retired community members.’’ For information on joining the Viera Rotary Club, go to or go to one of the meetings at Amici's.VV

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Novus Artem will host inaugural art show in Viera BY WENDY SCHEURING As a creator of jewelry, Melbourne resident Lissa Cordova realized that exhibiting works of art in a traditional gallery doesn’t always help artists acquire the exposure they need. Artists have a great need to develop a fan base, but few know how. Cordova created the Novus Artem International Gallery to help fill that need. “Novus Artem” means “the new art” in Latin. Novus Artem comprises traveling art shows, where patrons can meet and chat with artists and an online presence of artists and their work, including a 3D gallery. The inaugural traveling exhibit, “Art is My Favorite Lover” will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 16 in Viera at the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce at 2261 Town Center Avenue, Suite 103. “This first art exhibit focuses on the love art imparts in all of our lives,” Cordova, the founder and executive director, wrote in an email. The paintings of four Central Florida artists will be shown. The featured artist is Jose Sanchez of Apopka. “He offers portraits in a surrealistic approach as an homage to great influencers such as Picasso and Dali,” wrote Cordova. “Raul Gomez awakens our sense of responsibility


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with our environment with paintings such as ‘Y El Cambio Pa’ Cuando” (“When will be ready to change?”),” Cordova added. “He’s aware of the changes in the environment, in the Indian River Lagoon with the red tide and the sewage problems, and worldwide with the oil spills, and what waste does to the environment,” she said. “Carmen Rubio’s paintings are abstract and so well done,” Cordova said. “The colors flow so beautifully. They are very decorative and pretty.” Artist Tania Michelle started painting “vivid,


Raul Gomez used oil on canvas to paint “ODA II.” The inaugural traveling exhibit, “Art is My Favorite Lover,” will feature art, music, food, wine and a pop-up shop.

colorful landscapes via her impressionistic strokes” after her child was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy. “Her paintings are bright, colorful

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New Earth Fare market opens BY ERNEST ARICO If the size of the crowd that attended the grand opening of the new Earth Fare supermarket on Jan. 9 is any indication of how successful the store will be, local officials will be ecstatic. More than 780 people

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BY MARIA SONNENBERG Dick Losi’s car always makes a grand entrance into parking lots. The Suntree resident’s 1923 Model T would be cool enough as an antique, but Losi has souped it up with a 350-horsepower Chevy engine, a Mustang rear end and yards of glistening chrome.

“It’s actually a Model T-Bucket, a hot rod,” Losi said. Losi’s car will be among the drool-inspiring vehicles at the Suntree Car & Craft Show, scheduled from noon until 4 p.m. Sunday, March 10 at the Suntree Master Homeowners Association building on 7550 Spyglass Hill Road.

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Book points to ‘100 Things To Do In Orlando Before You Die’ BY JULIE STURGEON Co-authors John Brown and Jon Busdeker’s book “100 Things To Do In Orlando Before You Die” provides a bucket list of day trips for anyone in Central Florida. The book is a handy compilation of unique restaurants, recreational activities, historical sites and other singular attractions. “Central Florida is so much more than Walt Disney and theme parks,” said Busdeker, an Orlando resident. “There are a lot of neat, quirky things to do. And, my job was to go out and find them.” Busdeker, who worked at The Orlando Sentinel and WESH, is somewhat of an expert on happenings in Orlando and the Central Florida area. Based upon his exposure as a reporter, Busdeker was tasked with going out and finding new places for the book’s second edition. Eateries include a sweet factory and an oyster bar, while entertainment ranges from a hot air balloon ride to the world’s tallest swing. There are typically no long lines, crowded sidewalks and sweltering temperatures to endure at these local gems. Many of the sports and recreation activities involve water or air conditioning. There is an indoor ski and snowboard park, an indoor kart and game center, even an indoor

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Orlando offers a wide range of interesting and unique activities. out Fridays only costs $10 to play unlimited pinball. Another of Busdeker’s favorite places is the Soap Museum, located at Clean the World’s nonprofit facility in Orlando. The museum illustrates the history of health and hygiene products and features antique washing machines, advertisements and illustrations from the 1700s to the present.

skydiving arena. So, what are some of the authors’ recommendations? “My absolute favorite place is the Pinball Lounge,” Busdeker said. “These guys were pinball machine collectors from early on.” The Pinball Lounge, which features classic pinball machines from the past to the present, is in Oviedo, just north of Orlando. Flip

Davidson of Dundee, said Busdeker, is a delightful roadside attraction featuring jellies, jams and other sweet treats. “I had a great time putting this together,” Busdeker said. “I really like highlighting the mom and pop shops.” The link to order a signed book from Busdeker is jonbusdekervideo. com/book. VV

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National Women Physicians Day

Space Coast Jazz Society Jazz Concert

2 - 4 p.m., Sundays Rockledge Country Club 1591 South Fiske Boulevard Rockledge, 321-327-3728

Advent Lutheran Church Concert Series “From Bach to Gospel”



National Thank a Mail Carrier Day

Spanish Class

Boomers Aerobics with Christina


Intermediate 1 - 2 p.m. Advanced 2 - 3 p.m.

11 - 12 p.m. $5/class Viera Regional Comm. Ctr. 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 732-512-8548 (Christina)

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


Space Coast Jazz Society Jazz Concert with Saxophonist Jeff Rupert

2 - 4 p.m., Sundays Rockledge Country Club 1591 South Fiske Boulevard Rockledge, 321-327-3728


National Shut-In Visitation Day

Solaris Heart Health Seminar with Dr. Ravi Rao


Space Coast Jazz Society Jazz Concert

3:30 p.m. Solaris Senior Living 535 Crockett Boulevard Merritt Island, 321-454-2363 Senior Center, Bldg. 3 1025 Florida Ave. Books Are Always Rockledge, 321-631-8288 6:30 - 7:45 p.m., Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Viera, 321-255-4404

Peak Performance Stem Cell Therapy Seminar



9 a.m. Duran Golf Club 7032 Stadium Parkway Viera, RSVP 321-432-4122

Presidents Day

Bone Builders

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Mon., Tues., Wed. and Fri. Viera Regional Comm. Ctr. 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 386-341-6779



Space Coast Jazz Society Jazz Concert

9 - 10:30 a.m., Tuesdays 7777 North Wickham Road Suntree, 321-777-7556 Story Time 2 years and up 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Suntree/Viera Public Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Viera, 321-255-4404

2 - 4 p.m., Sundays Rockledge Country Club 1591 South Fiske Boulevard Rockledge, 321-327-3728

National Clam Chowder Day

Musical Theatre Viera (MTV)

4 - 5 p.m. Kindergarten 5 - 6 p.m. Grades 2 and 3 Viera Regional Comm. Ctr. 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 321-266-1114

Chocolate Mint Day

A Cup of Joe with GO Travel at Suntree

Eye of the Dragon 10K and SLAM (SweatLikeAMother) Tail of the Lizard 2 Mile Do both races for three awesome medals. Eau Gallie Civic Center 1551 Highland Avenue Melbourne For information, go to

9 a.m. Duran Golf Club 7032 Stadium Parkway Viera, RSVP 321-432-4122


ACBL Duplicate Bridge

12:30 p.m., Mon. & Thurs. Martin Andersen Senior Ctr. 1025 Florida Ave., Bldg. 2 Rockledge, 321-636-0568

Computer Class


National Tortellini Day

Chair Fitness with Renee


Valentine’s Day

Viera, 321-302-8397 (Renee) Center for Aeronautics and Innovation 1050 West NASA Boulevard Melbourne, 321-674-8382 4 - 5 p.m. First Grade 5 - 6 p.m. Grades 4, 5, & 6 Select Option 2 Call for pricing. Young Authors Group Viera Regional Comm. Ctr. 4:30 p.m. 9 years and up 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Suntree/Viera Library Viera, 321-266-1114 902 Jordan Blass Drive Viera, 321-255-4404

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National Love Your Pet Day

Peak Performance Stem Cell Therapy Seminar

9 a.m. Duran Golf Club 7032 Stadium Parkway Viera, RSVP 321-432-4122


National Grain-Free Day

Thirsty 3rd Thursday

5 - 8 p.m. The Avenue Viera Central Park 2261 Town Center Ave. Viera, 321-634-5390


National Wear Red Day

The Brevard Antiques and Collectibles Club 10 a.m. Subject will be “Nautical” Please bring one item for study and discussion. Suntree Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-254-5831

Ladies Shorin Ryu Karate


National Pistachio Day


National Retro Day


National Chili Day

31st annual Very Special 31st annual Very Special Tini Thursday Arts Festival Feb. 26 to 28 Arts Festival Feb. 26 to 28 5 - 9:30 p.m. 10:30 a.m. Brevard Zoo 8225 N. Wickham Road Viera, 321-632-8610

Boomer Trivia

Pizza Gallery & Grill

10:30 a.m. Brevard Achievement Center gives ESE students of Brevard a chance to enjoy creativity & movement while interacting with animals. Brevard Zoo 8225 N. Wickham Road Viera, 321-632-8610

Story Time

4:30 p.m., 2 years and up Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Viera, 321-255-4404

$5 martinis Pizza Gallery & Grill 2250 Town Center Ave. Viera, 321-633-0397

Paint the Night Red for Heart Health Rockledge Regional Medical Center’s Café 110 Longwood Ave., Rockledge, 321-637-2727


SATURDAY National Groundhog Day

Super Hero 5K

7:30 a.m. The Avenue Viera 2261 Town Center Ave. Viera, 321-751-8890

Frosch Travel Showcase

9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Brevard Zoo 8225 North Wickham Rd. Viera, 321-253-3674

3-month class 5:30 - 7 p.m. Learn self defense. Free! Viera Regional Comm. Ctr. 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 321-848-3197

Space Coast Symphony Jacob Plays Beethoven



National Boy Scouts Day

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10:15 - 11:15 a.m., Fridays Martin Andersen Senior Ctr. 1025 Florida Ave., Bldg. 1 Rockledge, 321-452-1944

Spanish Class, beginning

1 - 2 p.m., Fridays Martin Andersen Senior Center, Bldg. 1 1025 Florida Ave. Rockledge, 321-453-5098

7 p.m. The Scott Center 5625 Holy Trinity Drive Suntree, 855-252-7276

National Pizza Day

Brevard Zoo’s Terrapin Trot 3K 7 a.m. This 1.86 mile course offers plenty of animal viewing opportunities and the chance to spend a fun day at the Zoo for 50 percent off the entry fee. Brevard Zoo 8225 N. Wickham Road Viera, 321-751-8890

“Tiaras & Bow Ties” Father-Daughter Dance

Cocoa-Rockledge Garden Club 1431 S. Fiske Boulevard Rockledge, 321-544-4063


National Caregivers Day


Do a Grouch a Favor Day

SLAM (SweatLikeAMother) Novus Artem Art Exhibit 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. “Art is My Favorite Lover” Mon., Tues., Wed. and Fri. $50/month; $10/class Viera Regional Comm. Ctr. 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 386-341-6779

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


National Margarita Day

“Rediscovering Your Best Self After Age 50”


Pop up 6 - 10 p.m. Cocoa Beach Chamber Viera Office The Avenue Viera 2261 Town Center Ave.

Tennis Lessons, age 9-15

2 - 4 p.m. Experts discuss mental, sexual & financial health for women. Sit-n-Stitch Group One Senior Place Volleyball with Tom 1 - 3 p.m. 8085 Spyglass Hill Road 6:30 8:30 p.m. $8/session Suntree/Viera Library Viera, 321-751-6771 Viera Regional Comm. Ctr. 902 Jordan Blass Drive 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Elementary Authors Viera, 321-255-4404 Non-Fiction Book Club “Raise Some Dough” Viera Viera, 321-514-2807 (Tom) 3:30 p.m. 5 - 8 years 3 - 5 p.m. High JRROTC Fundraiser Suntree/Viera Library Suntree/Viera Public Library 9 - 10 a.m. 902 Jordan Blass Drive 902 Jordan Blass Drive Blaze Pizza - Viera Viera, 321-255-4404 Viera, 321-255-4404 2348 Citadel Way #101 Viera, 321-248-8586

4 - 6 p.m. Trivia and boomer buffet. Pizza Gallery & Grill 2250 Town Center Ave. Viera, 321-633-0397


Peak Performance Stem Cell Therapy Seminar

Send a Card to a Friend Day

FIT Lifelong Scholar Society 9 a.m., Tuesdays & Fridays 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. “News Engagement: The Work with watercolors, oils, $5/class Public’s Accountability in acrylics & colored pencils. Viera Regional Comm. Ctr. the News Process” 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way 6 p.m. Martin Andersen

9 a.m., Mon., Wed. & Fri. Martin Andersen 2 - 4 p.m., Sundays Senior Center, Bldg. 3 Rockledge Country Club 1591 South Fiske Boulevard 1025 Florida Ave. Rockledge, 321-327-3728 Rockledge 321-631-2749

National Tortilla Chip Day


National Plum Pudding Day

Art & Painting Workshop

Better Book Club

Random Acts of Kindness Day


National Frozen Yogurt Day

Tini Thursday 2 p.m., First Wednesdays 5 - 9:30 p.m. M.A. Senior Center, Bldg. 1 $5 martinis and BOGO 9 - 10:30 a.m., Tuesdays half off appetizers 7777 North Wickham Road 1025 Florida Ave. Suntree, 321-777-7556 Rockledge, 321-633-5987 Pizza Gallery & Grill 2250 Town Center Ave. Yoga in the Park Viera, 321-633-0397 9 - 10 a.m. The Avenue Viera Central Park 226 Town Center Ave. Viera, 321-634-5390

A Cup of Joe with GO Travel at Suntree

3 p.m. Free. Organist/composer Mark Miller on pipe organ Advent Lutheran Church 7550 North Wickham Road Suntree, 321-426-9378

National Home Warranty Day

Weatherpersons Day


5 - 8 p.m. $6/hour Viera Regional Comm. Ctr. 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 321-960-9898


National Toast Day

Pink Ribbon Classic Golf Tournament

8 a.m. Duran Golf Club 7032 Stadium Parkway Viera, 321-504-7776

Expedia Cruise Ship Space Coast Travel Showcase

1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Holiday Inn Viera 8298 North Wickham Road Melbourne, 321-233-1400

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The Brevard County Heart Walk will be held at 8 a.m. Feb. 23 at The Avenue Viera. Feb. 1 is National Wear Red Day in launching American Heart Month.

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awareness of heart health, but it gives the American What better way to Heart Association a chance celebrate the awareness of to really come out and talk heart health than during the about heart health and thank month of February, which is our sponsors,” Rivera said. filled with hearts and flowers “Just getting the awareness and Valentine’s Day? out is pretty special. Heart In fact, Feb. 1 is National month is a wonderful time. Wear Red Day in launching Everybody is united in their American Heart Month. communities, and they have “This year, our Brevard the same goal to prevent County Heart Walk will be heart disease and stroke.” held at The Avenue Viera The American Heart with two options for walking Association benefits everyone. — a three-mile and a one-mile “American Heart is walk,” said Megan Rivera, committed to leading efforts, the assistant director of prevention, education, the Brevard, Polk, Volusia research and treatment,” and Flagler American Heart Rivera said. “I like to share Associations. “One mile is the with people about the work survivor route for all heart that is all around us and not patient walkers or stroke really realize it.” survivors. They get baseball Rivera cited athletic fields caps with the year on it to with automatic defibrillators, wear so all attending can see restaurants that no longer who was affected with heart allow smoking, explaining ailments or stroke.” the detrimental effects of The free event will secondhand smoke, and welcome between 1,500 how doctors are discovering and 2,000 participants at technology and doing 8 a.m. Feb. 23. Everyone research funded by the heart can register online either association. individually or as a team. To register for the heart Those who raise $100 on walk, go to brevardheartwalk. their own get a heart T-shirt. org. For information on heart The event is children and healthy recipes, exercises, dog friendly, and all are signs of stroke or heart attack encouraged to walk. and prevention of heart “The event not only raises illnesses, go to VV

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Attorney will share legal advice at Boomer Guide Senior Expo BY MARIA SONNENBERG


Attorney William Johnson, right, chats with Sharron Fienning at his law firm in Suntree.

Growing older requires legal savvy. Life unfortunately doesn’t get simpler as the years pass. We might grow wiser as we grow older, but also grow in need of legal savvy as our financial and physical situation grows more complex. According to elder law attorney William Johnson, it’s never too young to start preparing for issues such

as estate, incapacity and long-term care planning, guardianships, probate, Medicaid and wills and trusts. “The point is to know the rules and plan accordingly,” said Johnson, a major sponsor of this year’s Aloha Brevard — Boomer Guide Senior Expo, a South Pacific themed expo. Tomorrow will be here sooner than later, and then it might be too late. “If you don’t plan ahead, you can end up in a really bad situation,” Johnson added. If anyone knows the subject of elder law, it is Johnson. The Melbourne attorney is the only one

in the county to be board certified in elder law by the Florida Bar Association. Few attorneys achieve this high level of expertise. In 2017 and 2018, he was named Member of the Year by the Elder Law Section of the Florida Bar Association. He was co-winner of the distinction in 2015 and 2016. His accomplishments in the field of elder law earned him inclusion among the elite group of Florida Super Lawyers. For several years, he discussed elder law issues through his column in Florida Today. A graduate of the University of Florida College of Law, Johnson was admitted to the Florida Bar

in 1991. “Ever since I opened my office, I did estate planning,” he said. With more than 25 years of experience, Johnson has witnessed the many horror stories that can happen to folks who enter the golden years without a plan. Johnson makes it easier with a free consultation to discuss a customized course of action. “There is a lot of misinformation out there,” Johnson said. The law office of William A. Johnson is at 140 Interlachen Road, Suite B. in Melbourne. For information, call 321-426-1865 or go to VV


Hampshire for years before heading to Edgewater, where Losi purchased it from a collector. A removable hardtop converts it into a coupe, but Losi rarely goes that route, preferring to feel the wind in his hair and to hear the roar of the car’s mighty Chevy engine. While the Model T-Bucket is in pristine condition, Losi still uses it for

traveling around town. “This is not a “trailer queen,” he said. For more information on the car show, email Dick Losi at or call him at 321-751-0258. For arts/crafts/food vendor spaces, contact Susie Parente at or call the Homeowners’ Association at 321-242-8960. VV

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Disposing of old CRT TVs often hurts fragile environment Technology is cool and has been changing at a pace that many cannot keep up with. With an estimate of 229 million units sold in 2017, TV sales are expected to increase in 2019 due to new “jumbo-sized sets in stores along with more enhancements to display performance and increasingly sophisticated voice control,” according to Consumer Reports. This leaves consumers wondering what to do with their old box once they upgrade. Some flat screen TVs, now unwanted, can easily be recycled as e-waste. Recycle Brevard accepts those as well as other electronics through a partnership with Titusvillebased Computers Advancing Education, whose goal is to refurbish computers to donate to local nonprofit organizations, seniors, students and teachers. Whatever cannot be refurbished is recycled. But what about my darn old CRT TV? As NBC News reported in 2016, demand for new technologies led TV manufacturers to no longer produce cathode ray tubes (CRT) TVs, driving to the ground the market of used glass tubes. The alternative

the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers stopped accepting CRTs on June 1, 2016 and since then CRTs are being landfilled here, too. CRTs make their way to the landfill through waste collection haulers. In Viera, Waste Management instructs residents to place CRT TVs out with their yard waste. CRTs will be picked up for free. Recycling still is being offered by companies such as Best Buy, though. CRTs smaller than 32 inches can be recycled in their program, but they do charge $25 for the service. Even though CRTs are no longer produced, there are around five billion pounds worth of CRT TVs still in American homes, according to the Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse. They will need to be dealt with in the near future. Consumers disposing of their CRT TVs will have to decide whether to opt for convenience and place their CRTs on the curb, or take a better approach and choose to recycle them for a fee. What would you do if one of those consumers were you? Email Marcia Booth at VV

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to safely dispose of those tubes, which contain on average six pounds of lead, is to recycle them. The problem is there are just a limited number of recyclers who accept CRTs. “There really isn’t a viable option for recycling CRT TVs, at least in the state of West Virginia," said James Young, the Kanawha County waste agency executive, who spoke to NBC News. Since the process of separating, storing and transporting without causing environmental contamination is expensive and, on top of that, “the value of the remaining commodities, such as copper wiring, plastic and other metals, has gone down in the past few years,” recyclers find it much harder to absorb the costs associated with CRT recycling, according to Earth911. CRT TVs started to be officially dumped into West Virginia landfills on July 1, 2016. In Brevard County,

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Florida migration not just a bird’s tale Spinning tales about birds, who are among are the most resilient and vital creatures. Birds are survivors. Behaviors and adaptations enable them to encounter cold climates and find nourishment. Of course, mature birds are fitter. How do birds tolerate winter venues? Some remain in breeding grounds. They forage in tree bark for seeds and insects instead of on the frozen ground. Feeders and birdhouses for roosting are advantageous. Actually, 13 male bluebirds were witnessed nestled in a single birdhouse. For some species, migration occurs. Around 1,800 of the 10,000 bird species are long-distance travelers seeking their dietary needs. Most migrating timing and control is processed at birth; environmental cues, mental maps and landmarks also provide guidance. Currently of concern are progressively shorter winters. The warmer, early springs (false springs) bring earlier arrivals; consequently, connections are disrupted for peak breeding and peak insect availability. A serious causal effect is reproductive failure. In Florida, wintering birds savor the climate. Most of the northern birds reach their destinations by early December. Several wintering locations endure: waterfowl at St. Marks in the Panhandle and at Merritt Island; warblers in the Keys; American bitterns in the sawgrass marshes

of the Everglades; and redbreasted mergansers along the coastline. Certainly, the availability of food is accommodating. Undeniably, these creatures are essential to the planet. They pollinate, disperse seeds, control pests and parasites, recycle nutrients and they might signal a threatened ecosystem (as the canary in the coal mine). Moreover, birds have inspired man to fly. Enthusiasts such as Da Vinci and the Wright brothers were avid observers of these creatures. Obviously, airplane wings are designed similar to birds. For thrust to create lift, birds flap their wings and airplanes use engines. Therefore, NASA and Boeing are studying the efficient V-shaped formation of Canada geese during migration. In the future, aligned jetliners could fly in formation like birds, saving energy by reducing drag. Likewise beneficial is the joy birds generate. It is captivating to perceive flocks of purple martins gracing the skies while migrating to and from South America. And always soothing is the brilliant blue of the indigo bunting or the iridescence of the hummingbird. VV

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cause and the opportunity to be able to do it. It was just overall. The whole experience was wonderful.” “Me too,” added Parente. “Helping to build houses for people who can’t afford (it) themselves and it just is wonderful and amazing going over the edge.”

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Habitat for Humanity fundraiser goes over the edge BY CHRIS BONANNO More than 80 people rappelled 85 feet down the side of the Melbourne Hilton Rialto on Jan. 19 for a good cause as the inaugural Over the Edge fundraiser was held to benefit the Habitat for Humanity of Brevard. “Really, the idea came to me because I wanted to bring a different supporter and I wanted to bring more awareness to Habitat,” said Pam Davis, vice president of development and marketing with Habitat for Humanity. All of the participants had either raised $1,000 themselves, joined a team or were rappelling as part of a sponsorship, Davis said. “It’s an amazing way to not only brand Habitat but also raise awareness to a whole different demographic in Melbourne here,” Davis said. “All of the money that we are raising is going to stay

local and it’s going to help build homes for low-income families. The average cost is about $114,000 for one of our houses. So, this money that’s raised here locally today is all going to go toward that 114 (thousand), which is all of our material costs.” The Viera-Suntree area was well represented among the participants, with Mike Acosta of Viera Pizza as well as Nicole Grammer and Susie Parente from the Viera REMAX team among those who were courageous in the name of charity. “I’ve never done anything like this, so I mean I would say yes, it’s definitely a little bit scary, little bit scary,” Acosta said. “The anticipation leading up to it is what’s the really scary part ’cause you’re thinking and over thinking and over thinking. But, once you get in there and you feel the harnesses and they’re


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