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T H E N E W S PA P E R O F V I E R A & S U N T R E E • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • A B L U E W AT E R C R E AT I V E G R O U P P U B L I C AT I O N JANUARY 2011

Robotics team prepares for January kick-off BY WENDY SCHEURING

Kaitlin Lostroscio works on a VEX robot for the FIRST Robotics Pink Team. Sixty-�ive students from three area high schools— Rockledge, Viera and Cocoa Beach High Schools— combine to form the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Pink Team. The mission of FIRST “is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting, mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster wellrounded life capabilities including self-con�idence, communication and leaderContinued on page 10



Suntree-Viera Pet Rescue finds homes for furry friends BY GEORGE WHITE



Jennifer Crumley of Suntree wanted a puppy for her children, 10-year-old Trey and 11-year-old Grace. So she turned to SuntreeViera Pet Rescue and got four-month-old Ted, an excitable yet loveable member of the household. Grace Crumley volunteers every weekend for the organization by helping at Petco, where a selection of adoptable dogs and cats are brought for the public to view. “We don’t really have a facility so we can’t take them all in. The bene�it of people bringing their unwanted animal to us is that we are a nokill shelter. If we get it, we keep it in a foster home until it’s adopted,’’ said pet rescue president Melinda Buschor. Since the rescue’s opening in 2004, more than 8,000 pets have been saved, including all breeds of dogs and cats and even the occasional pet rabbit, she said. Potential adoptees must complete an adoption application and be approved. Minimum adoption fees are $85 and up for cats and $150 to $300 for dogs. All animals are vet checked, Presort Std U.S. Postage PAID Orlando, FL Permit No. 1979

spayed/neutered, current on age-appropriate vaccines and free of internal and external parasites. Cats are tested for feline leukemia and feline AIDS and dogs eight months and older are tested for heartworm. Pet rescue volunteers have animals on display from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at Petco in Viera and from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at the Adoption Center (next to the grooming area) of PetSmart in Melbourne on Evans VIERA VOICE George White Road and U.S. 192. Another bene�it of Jennifer Crumley of Suntree and her children, Trey and Grace, welcome adopting through the their adopted puppy, Ted, into the family. pet rescue is that all she said. now — about the worst I’ve animals are microchipped for “It’s hard to say how many ever seen it,’’ Buschor said. later identi�ication, Buschor foster homes we need at any Donations can be made to said. one time. One week, we’ll the Suntree-Viera Pet Rescue, “That way, if they end up have 20 dogs and the next P.O. Box 410123, Melbourne in a shelter we can go get week we’ll have �ive,’’ she FL, 32941. them,’’ she said. said. For more information, call About 25 to 30 families This season is particularly 321-432-4921 or visit the serve as foster homes for anibad for unwanted cats, she websites svpr.rescuegroups. mals waiting to be adopted org or pet� VV with the need for more foster said. “It’s horrible for cats right homes during busy times,


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On behalf of the entire staff of VIERA VOICE, I wish you a joyous and prosperous new year! To say goodbye to 2010, I’d like to re�lect on some of my most cherished memories from the year. In August, after an inspiring interview with Bill Klein from TLC’s The Little Couple, I grabbed a blanket, headed to the beach and

waited for the night sky. The Perseid meteor shower was at its peak that night, and I watched as beautiful debris streamed above me. If you’ve never witnessed a meteor shower before, you should put it on your to-do list for 2011. That night is one I’ll remember for the rest of my life. I will also carry with me the sense of pride I felt while rooting for the United States during the FIFA World Cup. At �irst, my friends

had to heavily persuade me to take part in watching the festivities. Once I was standing side by side with other Americans, though, I was overwhelmed with an indescribable feeling of togetherness. At the end of 2010, I was able to watch the GFWC Sunshine Juniorettes give Christmas gifts to girls at a Devereux group home. One of the girls told her counselor that it was “the best Christmas she ever had.”


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Eckerd Youth Alternatives is accepting nominations for the honorees of the 2011 Brevard County Children’s Hero of the Year awards. These awards celebrate those individuals who have given their time, talent or treasure to help children in need. Eckerd realizes the profound impact an individual can have on the life of a child and would like to honor those individuals who have made signi�icant contributions to youth. “There are many unsung heroes in our community who sel�lessly devote their lives to children, and we would like to recognize them for their heartfelt contribution to our youth,” said Richard Rogers, area director for Eckerd Youth Alternatives. Award �inalists will be recognized at Eckerd’s Brevard Walk of Fame event, scheduled for Saturday, March 5, 2011, at the Holiday Inn Viera. Eckerd Youth Alternatives is a not-for-pro�it youth and family service organization. Eckerd has been serving Brevard county since 1997 with services such as violence and substance abuse prevention, child abuse and neglect prevention, and family preservation through counseling and therapeutic visitation services. If you know a hero and would like to nominate him or her for the award, please visit www. and complete the online nomination form. The deadline for entries is Jan. 31. For more information on Eckerd Youth Alternatives or the Children’s Hero of the Year awards, please call 321-633-7090. VV


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The GFWC Space Coast Junior Woman’s Club will host a Ladies Night Out Social on Thursday, Jan. 27 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Isles of Baytree Clubhouse. For $25, one can receive wine, appetizers and wonderful prizes throughout the event, including a pair of one-carat diamond earrings, which are valued at $2,000. The GFWC Space Coast Junior Woman’s Club is a civic, charitable and educational organization focusing on the needs in the Space Coast community. Membership is open to women 18 years of age and older. For more information, contact Sarah Korab at 321-752-4034. VV


The GFWC Space Coast Junior Woman’s Club accompanies the Juniorettes in bringing gifts to the Devereux home on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010. From left: Diane Roberts, president; Lori Patraka, treasurer; Wendy Lockwood and Sarah Korab.


The GFWC Sunshine Juniorette Club brings gifts to the Devereux group home in Cocoa on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010. From left: Vivian Mundo, president; Lexy Lockwood, secretary; Brittany Patraka and Kelsey Schaneville.


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Youths in the community learn the importance of serving others BY ANGELA SMITH

Collecting shoes was their �irst project — and they did so, collecting over 1,000 pairs. Their second project was to assist a local program’s toy drive in which they succeeded overwhelmingly. Who’s behind these acts of community kindness? A group of about 40 teens and children, who gather each month looking for ways to serve people within the community and others around the world, hoping to touch as many people as possible. Nerve2Serve, a two-monthold community service organization in Viera, began as a program speci�ically designed to strive and nurture a Christ-like humanity and sense of civic-mindedness in today’s teens and preadoles-

cent children. “My husband and I had this idea about two years ago and we have been sitting on it,” said Paula McCabe, Nerve2Serve coordinator. “We were noticing in our area of Viera and Suntree that we’re extremely privileged and very blessed to have what we have…and we said we really don’t want our kids to be under the impression that life is so easy and that everything comes so easy. We wanted them to know that there are people out there that are having a harder time and there are a lot of things we can do about it.” At the group’s �irst meeting in October, the members of Nerve2Serve decided their �irst project would be collect-

ing shoes for Soles4Souls, a national charity that collects shoes and distributes them to people in need. “That evening I was on Facebook, and I saw several of the kids sending out a notice saying, ‘Hey if anyone has any shoes we have a good place to send them where people really need them’,” McCabe said. “I was so blown away. I was like, ‘look at these guys.’ It was unbelievable.” The organization collected 1,043 pairs of new and gently used shoes in one month. As November rolled around, McCabe and the group set out to prepare for their second community service project, partnering with Christ on Campus, a local after-school program, to put on a Toys for

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Nerve2Serve members pose for a photo opportunity with 1,043 pairs of shoes collected during their first community service project. Tots drive during the �irst weekend of December. Nerve2Serve was on hand, managing the toy table and �ield games, all with smiles on their faces, helping those within their community and outside it. “Kids are just extremely energetic and so creative when you put any project in front of them,” McCabe said.

“They can take something like just collecting shoes for example, where there’s not really a lot of zest and appeal, but when you put a group of kids together they make it so much fun.” For more information on Nerve2Serve, visit www., or contact Paula McCabe at 321-6262627 or at VV


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Watersong member Pat Hemphill took home top honors in the Brevard County Art Museum’s Go Green Campaign with her winning piece, created by assembling torn fragments of pictures from magazines. because it was a smaller piece, about 18 inches by 24 inches, and I usually do watercolors. This is the �irst time I’ve tried this,’’ said Hemphill, who lives in the Watersong independent living community in Viera. The winning entry depicted a little boy snorkeling under the title The Diver’s Dream. “I was excited because it’s a traveling show that will go to different places all around the county and I think next it goes to Florida Tech in Melbourne,’’ she said. Also sponsored by the Strawbridge Art League, the Go Green competition had three categories including Florida Wildlife: from �ish to feathers; Our Green Earth: from lagoon to estuary; and the category Hemphill won, Use It Up: recycle it. For her winning entry, Hemphill was awarded a certi�icate, a ribbon and a check

for $500, she said. Several Watersong members traveled to the Art Museum to support Hemphill as she accepted her prize, said Katie Huffstetler, director of public relations for senior living communities including Watersong. The Strawbridge Art League, Inc. was founded more than 10 years ago by a small, dedicated group of artists intent on bringing to the Space Coast a limited version of a similar program in Alexandria, Va. Artists practice their chosen �ield by exhibiting �inished works for sale, creating their art or both. The organization has now grown to more than 200 members with regular exhibits held within the walls of Henegar Center for the Arts in historic downtown Melbourne. VV




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Viera couple documents three-year sail around the world BY KEN PREVITI

Jeanne and Jim Kenaston will never wonder what it would be like to stop everything and sail around the world. The Viera couple did it for three years. Jeanne recently wrote the two-volume book, On Sabbatical, describing the glories, adventures and misadventures of the jour-

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Insert: Jim and Jeanne Kenaston, today. Above: “Sabbatical” sailed the world with owners from Viera, Fla. minders of the sophisticated technologies sailors consider necessities today. Jim jokes about his personal reason for helping with the book: “We like people to know that once we were very young, skinny and physically �it.” To order On Sabbatical, visit and search for On Sabbatical, or email Jeanne at VV

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photos is the logical conclusion. The book’s accurate details are drawn from their letters, journals and logs. The harrowing storms, buoyant adventures, picturesque landscapes in exotic lands and ebullient encounters with colorful people are drawn from the vivid memories etched in their minds and hearts. The exhausting work of two people who shared the daily tasks of sailing and living on a small boat were real enough, but the sheer radiance of adventure dominates both volumes. Jeanne’s writing is clear and clever and makes for a wonderful read. She reveals the facts of sailing in 1980 with the use of a sextant for celestial navigation and a ham radio for communication; these details are rather stark re-


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Elementary students gather to give toys BY AngElA SmIth

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Children form a line to pass toys to the U.S. Marines at the Toys for Tots toy drive organized by the Christ on Campus organization on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010 at Viera Regional Park. on Campus students while also donating a toy for a good cause. Lynn Park’s 11-year-old son, Bradley, attends Suntree Elementary and participates in the Christ on Campus program. Lynn believes the event helped her son understand the importance of giving back. “I hope that he learns to live by example and helping people in the community,” Lynn said.

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his future calling as a highranking officer. “Over time my injuries with my back got worse and worse,” Dugan said, “to the point where the Army said I had to have surgery and take a desk job or get out. I’m not really fond of desk jobs. So I got out.” To this day, Dugan is still not fond of desk jobs, which

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approved by the U.S. Army Cadet Command in September 2009 and was begun the following year. Thus far, the program has recruited 187 cadets in grades 9 through 12, 30 percent of which are female. The purpose of the Junior ROTC program Viera Voice Photo is to teach Retired U.S. Navy SEAL Teams Lt. Cmdr. Amir Pishdad briefs JROTC students at the students Viera High School on today’s requirements to enter SEAL Team/UnderWater leadership, Demolition Team training. accountability, responsibilRetired Major Of�icer Third you have the work effort to ity, respect for authority and Class Amir Pishdad visited set goals and to reach that common courtesy. the cadets in the Junior ROTC dream, ultimately you’re goCadets take an elective program at Viera High School ing to achieve what you put course for credit and meet in November to talk about your mind to accomplish,” during the school day. There his experiences as a Navy Sea Thomas said. are extracurricular activiAir Land specialist (SEAL). Pishdad emphasized the ties offered, including color “He spoke about how tough importance of setting goals guard, drill team and raider the training is,” said retired and having dreams, never Lt. Col. Timothy Thomas, quitting, staying on track and team. “The drill team does prewho is the senior Army insurrounding yourself with cise marching movements structor (SAI) of the Junior people who encourage you. and handling of weapons ROTC at Viera High School. He advised students to stay with precision in drill and Master Sergeant Michael away from people who don’t ceremony, and the raider Sonenschein is the assistant encourage you to accomplish team builds self-con�idence Army instructor. and try to discourage you. by emphasizing physical “If you believe in your The Junior ROTC program heart and in your mind and at Viera High School was Continued on page 26

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The students have six weeks to �inish the robot. The remainder of the students work on other aspects of the competition, such as creating a web page, public relations, making a documentary, or designing t-shirts for the team. The �irst competition— with about 60 other teams— is March 10 to 12 at the University of Central Florida. “The competition is crazy,” Passmore said. “When we go to the competition on Thursday, it’s like NASCAR. You get your robot inspected and get some practice time on the �ield. Friday and Saturday are the actual days of competition.” This year, the world championship will take place in St. Louis, MO. “It’s an all-around competition,” added Passmore. “The kids learn teamwork, science, and public speaking skills.” VV

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Though the word “science” may mean the study of nature and the universe, science meant fun for Suntree Elementary students who attended the Science Night on Thursday, Dec. 2. Stations were set up throughout the school to pack what seemed like a month’s worth of learning into one unforgettable evening. Two members of the Orlando Science Center pro-

vided the grand �inale — a high-tech “Kaboom” with rocket fuel igniting, balloons shrinking and exploding and various other noisy experiments. This was Suntree Elementary’s �irst Science Night, instituted by school principal Mecheall Giombetti, who brought the idea with her from Endeavour Elementary School in Cocoa. She developed Science Night to increase student involvement in the sciences and to give parents and other family members a chance to participate in their students’ learning processes. VIERA VOICE Darrell Woehler School of�icials reAidan Hickman, a fifth-grade student, views ported more Earth’s nearest celestial neighbors through a telescope during Science Night at Suntree than 400 Elementary on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010. students and family

members attended the evening’s events. Students received “passports” at the event, which were stamped at each station and turned in for prizes, including four tickets to the Orlando Science Center Ultimate Adventure. Stations of Science Night inVIERA VOICE Darrell Woehler cluded demonstraShaina Fullerton, a second-grade tions such as magstudent at Suntree Elementary, tests the netism, sounds and resistance of the inclined plane at optical illusions. Science Night on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010. Leo, a red-tailed boa constrictor, caught much back to the moon, and maybe attention as students could on to planets such as Mars, pet the snake’s long body and perhaps moons of other without getting too close to planets in our solar syshis head. tem? A night such as this in Another popular site was the courtyard, where 10 tele- a small elementary school scopes were set up. Students on Florida’s Space Coast of all ages were captivated may give the inspiration to a and enjoyed star-gazing. young boy or girl to do What better place to be just that. VV learning about “science” than here on the “Space Coast,” Cover Photo by Darrell Woehler where the generation of Ray Cerrato and his son young students will not have Anthony Cerrato to travel far to be launched

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Wilson out to make the most of her senior year BY CARL KOTALA


K.K. Wilson is determined to make the most of her senior basketball season at Viera High. “I’m so determined,” the 5-foot-7 guard said. “I’m excited every game. It doesn’t matter who we play, I come focused.” First-year Hawks coach Jamie Risberg is �inding out just how valuable Wilson can be, both as a player and as a leader. “She’s a really good athlete, (she has) explosive offensive moves,”

Viera High senior guard K.K. Wilson can hit from a long distance, but her favorite move is a crossover dribble and drive to the basket.

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Risberg said. “She sees the �loor really well. She can really be the heart and soul of this team when she’s up and she’s smiling … it’s infectious, her spirit and her enthusiasm.” Though she can pop outside and hit a 3-pointer, Wilson’s signature move is the crossover drive to the basket and with a little luck, a chance at a three-point play, the old-fashioned way. “I’m pretty balanced,” she grinned. “I like to drive in and get the foul call.” However, while Wilson can be an offensive threat, it’s been her defense that’s gotten the most work over the offseason. The senior said she worked to do a better job of moving her feet, covering help side and running through screens. “She does a good job. I’d like to see her do a great job,” Risberg said. “I know she’s capable of doing a great job because of her quickness and athleticism.” Because the Hawks don’t have a lot of height -- their tallest player is 5-8 -- their best bet is to play up-tempo and hope they can get their Continued on page 25

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If all goes according to plan, Corbin Jackson will accomplish something no other Viera High boys basketball player has ever done. The senior forward is poised to become the school’s �irst 1,000point scorer sometime this month. “I’m de�initely excited for it,” the 6-foot7, 192-pound senior forward said. Jackson was averaging 19 points and 9.7 VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala points midway through Viera High senior Corbin Jackson is December. That comes expected to become the first 1,000on the heels of a junior point scorer in school history this season in which he led month. A number of colleges have the county in rebound- shown interest in the 6-foot-7 ing (12 per game) and forward. was top 10 in scoring “It does, because we look to (15 points a game). take advantage of those misBecause of his size and ball-handling ability, Jackson matches,” Hawks coach Jim Cook said. “He’s got enough gives the Hawks an array of size and enough skill to offensive options. where we can put him inside, and if we get a mismatch on the outside, he’s got enough skill to penetrate and get around those guys that are not quite defensively capable of guarding somebody out there.” The 18-year-old has drawn the interest of a number of Division I and II colleges. Though he wants to decide by the end of the season, he’s not in a rush right now. “As a team captain, I don’t feel like it would be fair to the rest of my guys to just focus on my individual accolades and achievements,” Jackson said. “I want to get the team rolling before I really start to think about colleges.” Becoming the �irst player in school history to score 1,000 points is important to Jackson, who was considering a transfer prior to this season. He’s still a Hawk. And soon he’ll make history. “It means a lot,” he said. “I was actually faced with the decision this year to go to a different school and Coach Cook was a lot of the reason I came back. (That) and because I felt like I wanted to be here. This is my legacy. This is where I want to graduate from. It means a lot to me to be able to make a �irst like that at the school.” VV

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nine �ighters he sponsors here in Florida and two others in Texas. Spiros Nifakos, of North Melbourne, learned of Rukus after he and his wife attended their �irst MMA event in Kissimmee where Rukus was the marquee sponsor. He was impressed and understood Dugan’s concept, as Nifakos is also a veteran. “The gear is great. The

logos are tough looking. The best feature is that there is an American �lag emblazoned on all of the gear, which really shows the spirit of the Rukus brand,” Nifakos said. “His military service is the life-blood of Rukus, and I believe it will run viral through MMA circles.” With Dugan’s business taking off, things are �inally heading in a positive direction for the veteran. After years of paperwork and many trips to the VA clinic in Viera, Dugan received the approval for his much-awaited back surgery – thanks to the Veteran’s Association- clearing him of the challenges he used to face. “I was dealing with the pain on a day-to-day basis, which was very depressing and it hindered a lot of things I did, like driving out to gyms and going to events,” Dugan said. “I’ll be able to increase by 110 percent because I can be out there longer, standing longer and driving longer.” His recovery from his November back surgery is going well, and he’s even taken on a new project collecting blankets and monetary donations to give to the VA clinic in Viera for homeless veterans during this winter season. He hopes to collect at least 1,000 blankets by the beginning of January. “I have a real soft spot for veterans, as I’m a veteran myself,” Dugan said. “I know there are about 1,000 homeless veterans just in the Brevard County area, and I know they don’t always get the help they need and what they need. The least we can do is try to help.” For more information, contact Jeremy Dugan at jd@rukus� VV

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JUNIOR VARSITY GIRLS BASKETBALL All games at 5:30 unless noted Jan. 4 – at Palm Bay, 6:15 p.m. Jan. 6 – at Cocoa Jan. 7 – at Harmony Jan. 11 – Melbourne Jan. 13 – Space Coast Jan. 14 – Palm Bay*, 6:15 p.m. Jan. 20 – at Merritt Island, 6:15 p.m. Jan. 21 – at Melbourne* Jan. 26 – Heritage Jan. 27 – at Satellite

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FRESHMEN GIRLS BASKETBALL All games at 5 p.m. Jan. 4 – at Palm Bay Jan. 14 – Palm Bay Jan. 20 – at Merritt Island VARSITY BOYS SOCCER All games at 7 p.m. unless noted *District game Jan. 5 – at Heritage

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Viera wrestler works hard for state run By CARl KOtAlA drives me to do my best.” Midway through December, Walker was 14-2 after helping his team win the 2010 Matt Classic at St. Joseph’s Academy in St. Augustine. Viera coach Jim Gentile VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala said he would Viera High senior wrestler Jeff Walker (green like to see shirt) is a three-time regional qualifier. He is Walker add hoping to qualify for his first state tournament. a few more moves to his Jeff Walker is not going playbook this season, but to be denied this year. The recognizes how determined Viera High senior wreshis senior captain is to join tler has qualified for the teammates and fellow capregionals three times, but tains Ty Cartmell, Brandon has yet to make the state Searle and Dustin Waite as tournament. state qualifiers. This is his last shot. This is “From a mental standpoint, his year. I think he understands what To that end, the Hawks’ he has to do,“ Gentile said. 160-pounder has been push- “He not only wants to qualify ing himself hard every day in for state, he wants to place.” practice to make sure he gets This is the first year Walker there. has wrestled at 160. Last “I just try to work harder year, he was at 152 and acin the wrestling room,” he tually reached the regional said. “I try to push myself to semifinals. The previous two where I’m working harder seasons, he wrestled at 145 than everyone else in there. and was also one win away In my mind, I think I have from making it to state only to work harder than someto come up just a little short. one at another school that’s Over the summer, when working to beat me. That he wasn’t getting ready to

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What are your hopes for our nation at the beginning of another new year? Would you like to participate in our “Your Voice” column? Each month we pose a new question and print a photo with your answer. We’d love to include YOU. Call us at 321-242-1235.

Mary Fasulo That especially for those in most need, that everything starts looking up, and that the job situation shows marked improvement.


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To have world peace and love for everyone. That we have an end to the recession, an increase in employment, and to have a dramatic improvement in the housing market.




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That everyone has their health, a job and to be with God.

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That the federal government gets realistic on what it can do to help our country’s situation. There appears to be a disconnect between current policies and what our country truly needs.

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Carolyn “Lee” Thompson Words to live by “If you can dream it, you can do it.” –Walt Disney

Carolyn “Lee” Thompson is a person who pursues her dreams. After serving as the chief of the Small Business Of�ice at Patrick Air Force Base for 30 years, she wished to volunteer. She has since been the president of GFWC Viera Woman’s Club, advisor to the GFWC Sunshine Juniorettes and president of United Methodist Women. She has also been involved in the Red Hat Angels and Rolling Readers. Thompson holds a love for Disney World, and since she always dreamed of working there, she recently did just that and obtained a part-time job working at the Grand Floridian and various other positions. She is happy to be behind-the-scenes and witnessing the magic of one of her favorite places, and watching other dreams come true, too. What are your three all-time favorite TV shows? I Love Lucy, The Price is Right and The Amazing Race.

Teresa “T” Kline retired from the Air Force as a captain after serving for 22 years. Now, she passionately gives her time and talent as chairwoman for Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build, a group comprised of women who build houses from the ground up. Though she enjoys roo�ing when it comes to the building aspect of Women Build, Kline loves witnessing the sense of empowerment women feel once they have accomplished building a home. Through Habitat for Humanity and Women Build, Kline has helped to build 22 houses for less-fortunate Brevard County residents. Aliona Groh, a member of Women Build, said, “T is indeed an extraordinary person who makes a huge difference in many people’s lives, including mine.” What can always be found in your freezer? Ice cream.

What is your favorite indulgence? Spending time at Disney parks.

What are your three all-time favorite TV shows? The Closure, Glee and Cagney & Lacy.

If you could be friends with any historical �igure, who would it be? Eleanor Roosevelt.

What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done? Taken �light in a glider in New Mexico.

If you were a superhero, which power would you have? I’d love to be able to �ly!

What is your greatest accomplishment? All of the friends I have in my life. I’m surrounded by so many great people.

What is your greatest pet peeve? Complainers.

If you had a million dollars, how would you spend it? I would invest it in local schools.

Which event in your life has made the biggest impact on who you are today? My father always told me I should give that extra �ive percent in everything I did. What actor would play you in a movie about your life? Linda Carter. What one word would friends say describes you? Tall.

Words to live by “Live well, love much, laugh often.” –Author Unknown

What little-known fact about you would surprise casual acquaintances? Although I’m tall, I never played basketball. My favorite sport was roller-skate dancing.

If you could be friends with any historical �igure, who would it be? Amelia Earhart. If you were a superhero, which power would you have? The power to change peoples’ attitudes and prejudices. What drove you to pursue your career? I wanted the opportunity to pursue different challenges.

What person in your life has made the biggest impact on who you are today? My late partner, Barbara Rei�ler. If you could teach the world a lesson, what would it be? To take care of each other.

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Entering their Sharpes home for the first time are, from left, Tatum Hagans, Michele Hagans and Jocelyn Hagans on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010. The contrast between old and new at Michelle Hagan’s home in Sharpes is like the difference between night and day, thanks to volunteers working with Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County. Hagans, who had been with the program since 2002,

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Business Affiliates Continued from page 12 opponents, keep them on the run and wear them down. Wilson is hoping to continue playing in college, though she’s not sure where that will be. Right now, she’s tying to get adjusted to Risberg’s

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same page, as far as where we want to go. We get on the court and we work hard and play our hearts out. That’s the only way to get it.” VV

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Continued from page 10 endurance,” Thomas said. “We give the cadets a chance to be in leadership positions so they can learn their leadership style.” The raider team con-

structed a one-man rope bridge. They also do endurance events, such as running through an obstacle course and carrying a stretcher with 120 pounds on it. The purpose of the raider team, according to Thomas, is “to

build self-con�idence and to expand their [the students’] leadership skills.” Effective communication is emphasized, including speaking in front of large groups of people. “We also teach them that

part of the communication process is being able to listen to their teammates, how to listen to folks under them and the effect of handling those issues,” Thomas said. VV

Head to the marketplace for fresh, local food BY KEN PREVITI

Terry LaPlante, owner and chef of Jasper’s All Natural Foods, prepares to serve a freshly made portion of pumpkin butter to Mary Burla of Viera during a Saturday Suntree Marketplace sampling as others look on.

Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, local vendors offer delicious, delectable delights for sale to the public at 3280 Suntree Blvd. The Suntree Outdoor Marketplace is the site of choice for cakes, pies, salsa, gluten-free baked goods, organic and vegan edibles, jams, cookies, ice cream, box lunches, condiments and more – all made fresh. Many of the food vendors will also cater to your needs and offer catering to your home. Tim and Karen Shea own and operate TCS Foods in addition to the commissary kitchen on Suntree Boulevard. Their specialty is TCS Crock Style Cheese Spreads. Tim said, “We have recently opened our doors to other small specialty food businesses. For a small monthly fee people can begin or grow their already existing busi-


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ness in the shared space.” Mary Daugherty points out an even more personal local appeal. “We have a new way for people to sample these delicious food items in their own homes. They can host a Love at First Bite food demonstration where they and their friends and neighbors can sample a delicious assortment of freshly made food specialties.” Daugherty has made a name for herself through her award-winning Mary’s Downtown Salsa. Herbal aromatics, �lowers and hand-made soaps are among the items offered by local entrepreneurs who help the local economy grow while offering fresh culinary wares each Saturday. Suntree Marketplace is the place for people interested in small, locally owned businesses - and great food. VV


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“It’s like history in the making,” said Colette Dziadul, regarding the passing of S510 on Nov. 30. “It’s the first food safety bill passed in 70 years.” Her daughter, 13-year-old Dana Dziadul, developed salmonella poona food poisoning at age three. “We’re actually blessed because she survived. We went through a period of two weeks when we weren’t sure if she was going to die,” Colette said. The incident left Dana with chronic joint pain and early onset arthritis. A normal day for her is coming home from

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school and taking aspirin for joint pain. “The bill is really going to give the FDA more control over food recalls and food inspections,” Colette said. “We became interested in this bill because Dana almost died from eating cantaloupe, which was imported from Mexico. S510 gives the FDA more regulation regarding imported foods.” Dana travelled to Washington D.C. twice to fight for tougher laws governing our food supply. In March 2010, she testified before Congress regarding her experience, meeting with Senator Tom

Harkin of D-Iowa and Tino Cuellar, special assistant to the president for Justice and Regulatory Policy. “It was nice to share the message with Congress so that they can also spread the message as well. I told them my story and how they could help change the laws to help others not get sick,” Dana said. The bill is expected to arrive on the president’s desk by the end of the year, and Dana is expected to be invited to witness the signing. “We also met with representatives from Senator Bill Nelson’s and Senator George Le Mieux’s offices. It’s a nonpartisan bill; it’s about creating safer food laws for our country,” Colette said. VV

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Brevard Zoo builds new animal hospital Parting Shot by Charlie Corbeil VIERA VOICE George White

Brevard Zoo’s Neil Abramson (left), chief development officer, and Trevor Zachariah, veterinarian, speak in front of the new animal hospital, which is currently under construction.


Brevard Zoo’s new veterinarian, Trevor Zachariah, took the job knowing that there would soon be an end to cramped working conditions at the zoo’s current hospital facility, a small building shared with the maintenance department. And he won’t have long to wait with the construction of the new 9,000-squarefoot Animal Care Center being built on zoo property in advance of completing fundraising for the $2 million facility. “It’s something that has been needed a long time. We’re in about 1,300 square feet now. At any given time, we‘ve got several animals that suffer from trauma, toxicity, infectious diseases and

other ailments. And, because we take such good care of the animals, they live to an old age where they get conditions related to that,’’ he said. The zoo has had several full-time veterinarians since 2003. Prior to that, Brevard Zoo contracted vet services, he said. “In effect, we’ll be able to deal with any ailment for any of the animals except giraffes and rhinos, and we’ll have a lot more room in holding pens inside, which will be a lot better,’’ Zachariah said. Neil Abramson, the zoo’s chief development of�icer, faces the task of raising money for the hospital, less a half-million dollar grant that already has been obtained for the project. “We’ve raised about

$900,000 so far, but because of this economy the money has been more dif�icult to raise,’’ he said. Abramson said the project has already started because the grant required the money to be spent by a certain day, and zoo of�icials want to take advantage of cheaper construction costs. “Now is the right time to build,” Abramson said. The public is invited to see the progress on the hospital at two open houses to be held Jan. 28 and Feb. 5. In addition, the zoo is offering commemorative tiles starting at $350, he said. The Brevard Zoo is located at 8225 N. Wickham Rd. For more information about Brevard Zoo or the hospital project, or to make a donation, call 321-254-4453, ext. 234, or visit the website VV

Green Anole The green anole is a common lizard native to the southeastern states. It is sometimes called a chameleon due to its color-changing ability. Temperature, humidity, health, and mood affect its coloration. For example, when it is severely stressed, the skin turns dark brown. This active and agile creature is slender in build, with a narrow head. It has specially adapted pads on its feet which permit it to run, climb, and cling to virtually any surface. As a defense against predation, the long, fragile, slender tail drops off its body

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