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March 2020

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Morris is proud of the players’ dedication and their camaraderie. “It is a pleasant thing to see the youngster embracing the culture and watching dad at his best, even at his worst,’’ Morris said. “Being the manager of the team, I am happy to see the father-son relationships. It is good for the community. It has helped me as a father as well to get along with my children and especially my son. I really cherish that.” Everyone is welcome to enjoy the games and the social gathering after the game with musical entertainment and food vendors. Jason Hanna, a resident of Palm Bay, regularly watches BCASCA teams play. “It’s more than something to do. I like to watch. I like to see them hit the ball and run. Moreover, it brings back memories of my childhood in the Bahamas.” BCASCA membership is open to all. More information, including the schedule of games, can be obtained at bcascafl.com. SL

It might be the second most popular sport in the world. It is a bat and ball game. Two teams made up of 11 players each play on a field with a pitch and a wicket at each end. At one time, it was called the gentlemen’s game. The game is cricket. Originated in England in the 17th century, cricket rapidly spread throughout the British empire, including its Caribbean colonies. Although cricket is said to have more fans worldwide than basketball, it is not a major sport in the United States. Moolchand Pariag and his son Avinash play cricket almost every Sunday at the Judge Alli B. Majeed Cricket Complex in Palm Bay’s Fred Poppe Regional Park. They are members of Brevard Caribbean American Sports and Cultural Association (BCASCA) Cricket Club. “As an organization — BCASCA — we try to promote togetherness as a culture, community and family,’’ said Courtney Morris, the manager of the Cricket Club, which has 18 members, all male between the ages of 21 and 60. “And, the game of cricket helps us to accomplish that.’’ Playing cricket affords the Pariags the opportunity to spend time together and with others of similar background. It’s an activity the father loved as a child in the Caribbean. The son, who grew up in New York, appreciates that devotion. Stephen By Attorney Bamfield, a former TRUMAN SCARBOROUGH national cricketer for Guyana, once said, 239 Harrison Street, Titusville, FL “It’s a great outlet to For A Complimentary Copy make sure that your kid is in a disciplined Phone 321 267 — 4770 environment where he has something to do.”

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BY MARIA SONNENBERG Korinn Braden, the director of Field Manor, once enjoyed looking at the acres of experimental citrus trees the University of Florida had planted on the Merritt Island homestead of a Brevard County citrus grower. Unfortunately, Braden witnessed the once-promising grove’s decline as another hope to find a cure for an ailing industry wilts. “They were trying to use a rootstock that would be resilient, but the trees are just not thriving,” Braden said. The historical property by the banks of the Indian River on Merritt

Island would have been the perfect showcase for the rebirth of the Brevard citrus industry, which has been languishing since two major diseases, greening and canker, infected the majority of trees. Canker is bad because it blemishes the fruit, but does not affect the flavor, which still can be used in processing. Greening is worse since, as the name implies, the fruit remains green and never reaches maturity. “We tried everything within reason to make those trees grow,” said Frank Sullivan, a board member with Field Manor. Before canker and before greening, Sullivan Victory Groves was once

Years ago, the citus industry in Brevard County employed thousands of people.


famous for its luscious Indian River citrus. These days, Sullivan owns only 20 acres, where cattle graze and no oranges grow. Although the future is not rosy for citrus, it is not bleak since growers in the state fight back. A conglomerate of old citrus families in Indian River County have joined forces with Coca-Cola and Japanese investors to develop 1,500 acres of grapefruit, according to Sullivan. “Untold millions are beings spent on research on new varieties that are resistant to greening,” he added. In Polk County, growers are experimenting by growing citrus under screen enclosures.

“They’ve planted 110 acres, with 110 more being prepared and another 110 in the works,” Sullivan said. Dundee Citrus Growers, a cooperative, aims for a million trees on the ground by loaning member growers $10 per tree planted. If the tree thrives to the point of bearing productive fruit, the loan will be forgiven. “We’re inching back,” Sullivan said. Perhaps even Field Manor might one day be again adorned with the golden pearls of oranges. SL

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Tech Know Tidbits Light metronome device may help you fall to sleep BY BRENDA EGGERT BRADER Sleep is precious. Individuals handicapped by lack of sleep turn to many forms of aids for help in finding those few precious hours of rest. Over-the-counter tablets, prescriptions and machines are choices. Soft noise provided by fans or a white noise machine to softly induce sleep have been added to by a newer idea — Dodow. “The Dodow is a simple light metronome device that is designed to help sleepers dealing with insomnia or other sleep onset disorders fall asleep within 20 minutes,” according to the manufacturer. “Inspired by behavioral cognitive therapy, yoga and meditation, the machine can restore your ability to naturally fall asleep. The Dodow indicates the optimal breathing rate to follow and the light allows the brain to focus on something way less interesting than your usual thoughts. This ensures a hypnotic effect and consequently helps you let go.” The size of a hockey puck, the instrument lies on the bedside table

pulsing a blue light on the ceiling. The potential sleeper regulates breathing and matches it to the pulsing light. The Mayo Clinic news bureau, as did other clinics and hospitals when contacted, declined comment on the Dodow. It stated, “We don’t endorse any products.” However, comments on the product were forthcoming from online reviews who endorse a purchase because it works, is easy to operate, seems “robust because I have dropped it a few times, easy to take with you, is lightweight and even my kids use it who are also having trouble sleeping,” said Peter of the Does it Pass the Dad Test? review. “A senior citizen needs to get between seven to nine hours of sleep per night,” said Melissa Auricchio, the manager of Health First Sleep Centers. “Establish consistent sleep and wake schedules, even on weekends. Don’t watch TV, work a puzzle instead. “There are all kinds of types of sleep solutions to help people get a better night’s sleep and help with their circadian rhythms — the clock in your head that tells you when you can go to sleep,” Auricchio added. SL

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Elizabeth Kelly of Viera remembers fondly the three-day trip she conducted for Greatest Generation veterans to see the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. PBS filmed the adventure. knows the ins and outs of getting around in unfamiliar territory when you might have to use a wheelchair or have issues such as blindness or deafness. “Communication is the big key, particularly with the airlines,” she said.

Doing due diligence when researching travel pays off, too. The Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality recommends folks with special needs connect with customer service or the special needs desk of airlines or cruise lines to explain the situation and ask for

needed accommodations, such as bulkhead seating or special dietary requirements. “They have to express what they need, because there are products and services they may not be aware of, such as asking a cruise wait staff to pre-cut food or provide soft food for someone who has been paralyzed from a stroke,” Kelly said. She recommends the spring as the best time to travel, whether you are disabled or not. “It’s pleasant weather for those who are sensitive to heat, and there are less people out and about because schools haven’t yet let out,” she said. SL




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Students listen attentively as Anne Wolfe, a retired teacher and children’s book author, reads her book, “Santa Has Retired,” at Golfview Elementary School.

Teacher, inspired by Surfing Santas, writes children’s book BY FLORA REIGADA Teaching in Brevard County Schools was a 25-year adventure for Anne Marie Wolfe of Rockledge. She taught kindergarten through sixth grade at schools such as Freedom 7 Elementary in Cocoa Beach, Theodore Roosevelt Elementary in Cocoa Beach and Roy Allen Elementary in Melbourne. “What I enjoyed most about teaching was reaching children who fell between the cracks — when they had their ah ha moments and showed academic growth,” she said. When Wolfe retired in 2015, she and her husband, Jerry, embarked on a world tour adventure. Destinations included the Grand Canyon, California, England and Mexico. Back home on Florida’s Space Coast, the couple are enjoying


retirement with their dog, Parker. But Wolfe’s adventures were far from over. Attending Cocoa Beach’s annual Surfing Santas each Christmas Eve, inspired her to write a children’s book, “Santa Has Retired.” Now published, it ponders the question what would happen if Santa Claus left the North Pole to join the sun-tanned, retired seniors on Florida’s Space Coast? “With so many dressed like Santa during Surfing Santas, the real one could become anonymous,” Wolfe said. Wolfe enjoys visiting schools and reading her book to students. “This book was very interesting and informative for the students,” said Suzanne Strain, a second-grade teacher at St. Mary’s Catholic School. “They loved to hear about Santa’s adventures and it was awesome how

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Gage brings flamboyant jazz act to Boomer Guide Expo BY JEFF NAVIN Sybil Gage performed three scintillating mini-musical jazz shows with her Merry Band of Royal Catahoulas to highlight Senior Life’s Boomer Guide Senior Expo on Feb. 18 at the King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne. The free 2020 Boomer Guide, a perennial award-winning publication in the North American Mature Publishers Association’s annual contest, was unveiled and distributed during the expo. The theme of the expo was “The Magic of Broadway.’’ “I thought the expo was outstanding. I could not have been more pleased,’’ said Gage, who performed songs honoring Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Pearl Bailey, Janis Joplin, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll, Fats Domino and Betsy Smith. “The people here were energetic at 10 o’clock in the morning. I could not have enjoyed it more. It

was a fantastic event.’’ Gage performs regularly at Heidi’s Jazz Club in Cocoa Beach. Beth Dunlop bought a place to live in Cape Canaveral 13 years ago, and she lives six months of the year in Florida and the other six months in her native Chicago. “I loved Sybil’s show,’’ Dunlop said. “It was phenomenal. “The expo has a lot of brochures and stuff on travel. We love to travel. I’ve traveled to Europe multiple times, Alaska and the Caribbean.’’ More than 60 exhibitors were set up in the King Center’s main lobby, rotunda, Black Box Studio and a nearby classroom. John Welch, 81, moved to Brevard County from Connecticut on Nov. 9, the day after his birthday. “I’m enjoying the expo; it’s very informative,’’ Welch said. “I didn’t miss the winter in Connecticut.’’ Michaelene Sinkavitch, a resident of Scranton, Pennsylvania, has been

visiting Cocoa Beach for the past two months. “I got certain information from all the brochures that will be very helpful,’’ Sinkavitch said. “I like it that the magazine says Boomer and not Senior. That makes me feel young.’’ Nancy Sauter of Melbourne regularly attends the various expos put on by Jill Blue, the CEO of the Bluewater Creative Group. It is the company that publishes Senior Life, the Viera Voice and the Boomer Guide. “I like all the available resources for seniors and boomers. I always find a table that interests me with subjects that I wanted to know more about. I also like all the friendly people that I meet.’’ The Boomer Guide Senior Expo was presented by William A. Johnson PA and the event sponsors were Palm Point Behavioral Healthcare, Cedar Creek and the Art Gallery of Viera. Other sponsors included VNA Home Healthcare, BrightStar Care,

ClearCaptions, FROSH Gadabout Travel, AAA, All About You Travel and the Melbourne Regional Medical Center. Humana was the main sponsor of the Veterans area. Claire Steinbock, a native of Massachusetts, has been a resident of Cape Canaveral for the past eight years. “I like the various health information (tables),’’ Steinbock said. “They cover all the different parts of the body.’’ Bill and Barbara Dubois moved to Palm Bay from Sioux City, Iowa in September. “This expo gives me specific information about products and services,’’ Bill Dubois said. “I find that it’s easier to go from table to table than to look it up on the internet. I have a better idea about what things are all about.” SL

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Brevard Veterans News

History project captures veteran’s war experience with just hours to spare

BY R. NORMAN MOODY A narrative of the war experiences of Reynaldo Lebron recorded just hours before his death, left his family details of his previously untold history to be preserved for generations. “It’s incredible how this whole thing came together,” Lebron’s son Ken Lebron said. “It will always be cherished.” The recording came about when Donn Weaver, an Army veteran and coordinator of special projects for the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center, visited Lebron to record his war memories. “I put on his hat on him and saluted him,” Weaver said. Weaver recorded Lebron’s account and added information that will go to the Library of Congress and a copy archived at the Veterans Memorial Center on Merritt Island. “I could tell that he was not feeling that well,” Weaver said. Lebron died Dec. 6 at age 94, about four hours after the video recording of his experiences in World War II. Lebron told of when he was wounded, picked up and put in a truck with bodies of other soldiers because he was thought to be dead. “His buddy said, ‘we’re not leaving him,’ ” Ken Lebron said. Then the recovery crew saw him moving.

SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of the Lebron family

Reynaldo Lebron earned several medals for his service during World War II. Lebron served as a combat medic with the Army’s 26th Infantry Division. His platoon was in a forested area in northern France when

they were hit by mortars that killed several soldiers and severely wounded Lebron. He was treated in France for four

or five months before being taken to Utica, New York for further treatment and more than a dozen surgeries. “For about eight years, he was in and out of the hospital,” Ken Lebron said. “It took a long time before he would talk about his experiences. It wasn’t an easy story for him to tell.” Lebron told some of his story a few years ago when he was awarded the French Legion of Honor Medal Order of Knight in recognition of his heroic sacrifice in fighting for the liberation of France. He also earned the Bronze Star, the Combat Medic Badge and the Purple Heart among other medals. “He was very, very humble,” daughter-in-law Patty Lebron said. “He never saw himself in that way (as a hero). A friend told us stories about him that we did not know.” The Lebrons said people would often come up to her father-in-law and thank him for his military service. “I’m grateful my son got to see that,” Patty Lebron said of their son, Keenan, 31. Ken Lebron said he was grateful that just weeks before he died, his father was able to share his experiences with about 40 family members at a Thanksgiving Day gathering. “He saw just about every family member he knew and loved,” he said. SL

SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of the Lebron family

Reynaldo Lebron, who died in December at the age of 94, was a distinguished war hero, who also was awarded the French Legion of Honor Medal Order of Knight.





Veteran moves from Desert Storm to ballet academy BY MARIA SONNENBERG It’s a long way from King Fahad Air Base in Saudi Arabia, where Scottwood Ivers reenlisted in a bunker with Col. Alan Hess presiding, to the Eau Gallie Arts District. Ivers is, as he puts it, “the owner’s supportive husband,” of wife Elena’s Brevard Ballet Academy. The Jacksonville, North Carolina native met his wife onstage during a ballet performance. That was after a ballroom dance instructor invited him to audition for what he thought was a musical. “Turns out, it was a ballet,” he said. Single and with a flexible schedule after leaving the military, Ivers accepted the challenge. “All I had to do was dress like a musketeer and move around in the background, kind of like a moving tree,” he joked. It was during rehearsals that Ivers first caught a glimpse of Russian principal ballerina Elena Shokhina. “She was breathtaking,” Ivers said. As it turns out, Scottwood and Elena did not speak to each other during the show. But, 10 years later, they would reconnect and marry soon thereafter. Ivers enlisted in the Air Force in 1987. “I had been a medic in my civilian life, so I was put in charge of a newly assigned medical war readiness unit in Homestead Air Force Base,” he said. In 1989, his unit deployed in support of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. “During this deployment, my fouryear enlistment was up, but I couldn’t bring myself to leave my unit in the middle of Operation Desert Storm,

and that led to 10 more years of service,” he said. After the war, Ivers headed to Brevard County in 1992, thanks to a hurricane called Andrew. In 2014, the couple began searching for a location for a ballet school. They found it in the Eau Gallie Arts District, where Elena opened the Brevard Ballet Academy. “Having an extensive background in carpentry, I was able to refurbish the location,” Ivers said. Brevard Ballet Academy now has more than 200 students, ranging in age from 3 to adults. Ivers is happy to help Elena do her magic, which has translated into having her students accepted for training at the prestigious Boston and Bolshoi Ballets, among others. “My title is whatever she needs me to be that day,” he said. SL

SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of the Ivers family

Elena and Scottwood Ivers own the Brevard Ballet Academy.

SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of the Ivers family

Scottwood Ivers was a member of the Air Force during Desert Storm.

Recordings preserve veterans’ stories for generations It is generally known by those who have loved ones that served during wars, that the veterans often do not talk about their experiences. For some, it is too painful to talk about the horrors of war. Some will open up to fellow veterans years later, often times before they would tell a family member about their experiences on the battlefield. Those veterans have a resource in Brevard County where they can tell their stories that will be preserved for generations of their families or anyone, through the archives of the Library of Congress. The Veterans History Project is part of the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress that records and archives the war experiences of U.S. military veterans. The project, which receives broad support, was created by Congress and signed into law in October 2000. Nearly 200 veterans in Brevard County have shared their stories at the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center. The Center has three volunteer


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videographers and two assistants to record the veterans. The video is then sent to the Library of Congress, which takes several months to post it. The Veterans Memorial Center keeps a copy, which it shares with the families of the veterans. Once the stories are posted in the Library of Congress, anyone can search for the stories by going to loc. gov/vets/ “Each family gets a DVD and that’s important,” said Donn Weaver, who is the special projects coordinator for the Veterans Memorial Center. “We’ve done a couple at nursing homes.” If a veteran cannot make it to the center, volunteers have gone to the veterans to record their stories.

It is important to record the stories for generations to come. Just recently a World War II veteran died within about four hours of recording his story, some of which his family had not heard before. Now his story will be preserved in the Library of Congress. The interviews can take from half

an hour to two hours. The stories can include time in the service as well as time spent after leaving the military. To arrange an appointment to tell your story, contact Donn Weaver at 321-613-2403 or jdweaver@cfl. rr.com, Julie Adamson at 321-4464663 or Chip Hanson at 321-543-7505 or chipvietnam68@aol.com. SL

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by 3 Axis Advisors used data from the state Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) to analyze Florida’s Medicaid managed care system. The report analyzed 359 million individual prescription claims and more than 100 pharmacies participated in the analysis verification of prescription claims from 2012 through June 2019. “The PBMs have been gaming the system with government plans — paying the pharmacies they own more, and forcing their competitors — like my friend Olu — to sell prescriptions at cost, or even at a loss,’’ Nye explained. Florida’s Medicaid program involves total payments of more than $12 billion per year, with 20 to 25 percent of this amount paid to pharmacies by managed care organization, or MCOs, he said. “The current system places a massive amount of money in the hands of a small group of MCOs, and

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Matt Nye is worried about unfair practices that affect independent pharmacies. these are taxpayer dollars that are being squandered,’’ Nye said. The study results show significant prescription drug pricing concerns within Florida’s Medicaid program that have a direct negative impact on pharmacies, patients and taxpayers. In essence, the current system does

not treat all pharmacies equally nor allow them to compete on an even playing field. Instead, vertically integrated companies gain a significant advantage that allows them to set arbitrary prices for competing pharmacies and steer patients to PBMaffiliated pharmacies, he said. SL

Scholarships highlight popular Grant Seafood Festival BY JENNIFER H. MONAGHAN When the 54th annual Grant Seafood Festival ends this year, as much as $65,000 will be set aside for academic scholarships. The long-running event that brings visitors from across Central Florida has mentored students and helped them complete their studies by providing scholarships. Proceeds

from the festival also fund the Grant Library, Historical House and other community causes. One of this year’s scholarship recipients is Nisha Rosa. “I volunteer to help the community and staff, and also I try to gain a scholarship so I can help myself with money toward my master’s degree,” she said. Dakota Church, another

scholarship recipient, has a long connection to the festival. “I grew up in Palm Bay,” he said. “I always come to the festival and I was even helping before. And, when I turned 18 and went to college, they let me know there was a scholarship I could apply for. So, I actually had a purpose for what I was doing here, other than just helping the community out.” These students are part of the volunteer pool of more than 600 who staff the booths and maintain the infrastructure. After the festival, cleanup and a volunteer appreciation party, planning for next year begins. In January and February, the festival grounds is abuzz with activity. Working adults, retirees and students work together in teams performing tasks necessary for the operation of the festival, such as painting, repairing and rebuilding booths, supply

inventory and food preparation. A volunteer for more than 30 years, Nancy Turner manages the meals for volunteers during the days leading to the festival. Her helpers include students, whom Turner fondly refers to as “my kids. I love them,” she said. She is proud of their positive team work, their sense of responsibility and respect for each other. “It’s all about community, and it takes a lot,” said Charlie Christenson, reflecting on the long history of the all-volunteer festival. Christenson is president of the Grant Community Center, which hosts the festival. He was “born into it” as were many other participants. The Grant Seafood Festival was scheduled on festival grounds in Grant-Valkaria on Feb. 29 and March 1 this year. For more information, go to grantseafoodfestival.com. SL

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Impending deadline holds fate of historic Green Gables home BY JENNIFER TORRES For more than a decade, a volunteer group has worked to save the historic Green Gables of Melbourne from demolition. A deadline looms — and its fate could be decided in less than two months.

By April 15, the group, now a nonprofit called Green Gables at Historic Riverview Village Inc., needs to raise about $285,000 to reach a $500,000 goal. That’s in order to meet the deadline for a grant that could provide matching funds of another $500,000, enabling them to purchase the property.

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Walk or drive, cell phone app completes Eau Gallie tour BY MARIA SONNENBERG The old black-and-white photo of the northern side of the Eau Gallie Arts District reveals a busy day in the 1920s, with a stoic-looking white building surrounded by a sea of Model Ts. Fast forward to 2020. The jalopies have been replaced by SUVs and most of the buildings in the vintage image are long gone. But, the Ginter Building remains. Now decked out in period-perfect splendor, thanks to current owner Frank Schrader, he has transformed the aging structure into well-decorated offices and a welllocated Airbnb.

“Each stop delivers three to six minutes of history, accompanied by vintage photos, in this relaxed look at the past.” – Steve Seibert

includes the Eau Gallie Arts District among a star-studded Who’s Who in Florida cities, including Key West, Fort Lauderdale, St. Petersburg and Tallahassee. “Historic areas apply through a grant and EGAD is the only city in Brevard to be included,” said Lisa Packard, the executive director of the Eau Gallie Arts District Main Street. To access tours, download the app called Florida Stories onto a smartphone from the app store. Select Eau Gallie, or any other area that

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Goats could be a natural way to eliminate invasive plants BY GEORGE WHITE Brazilian Peppertrees plants have plagued Florida for decades. Trained goat herds might help eradicate this invasive and predatory plant. Hungry goats are an environmentally friendly idea being tested in Indian River County by Steven Slatem of Melbourne, the founder of Invasive Plant Eradicators. The Indian River County Parks & Conservation Resources Division last fall contracted InvasErad for two pilot projects covering a total of 87 acres. They want to evaluate the effectiveness of goat-assisted vegetation management on former citrus groves. There are two contracts for a future park along a creek and another on a gopher tortoise preserve. The wetlands site is under a six-month contract, which began last October. The gopher tortoise preserve site involves 25 goats on 25 acres. It is under an eight-month contract, which started last November. The total cost is approximately $24,000, with $7,500 covered by a Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission grant for the gopher tortoise preserve contract. A key to the program is the use of human resources (Slatem), using machetes and chain saws to cut down portions of the Brazilian Peppertree that the goats cannot reach. “One of the most important aspects of land management is removing exotic species and restoring the lands to native, healthy habitats,” said Beth Powell, the Parks and Conservation resources assistant director for Indian River County. “These areas are crucial to wildlife and native species that call these areas their home. Mechanical and herbicide treatment of exotics are the most effective tools in our toolbox, but we are looking at other ways to help Mother Nature get a hand up in the restoration process.” Added Slatem: “Human resources and goat resources working together, unlike heavy equipment resources such as mowers and forestry mulchers, selectively and meticulously take down Brazilian Peppertree and vines. (That’s) where they have entangled and crowded out native plants.” So far, Powell said the project has shown positive signs for the future use of goats. “The goats are really starting to put pressure on the non-native herbaceous plants. The Brazilian peppers and other woody species have been significantly reduced throughout the work area. In large part, due to the combination of the goat herder’s hand work and the goats follow-up activity,’’ she said. As for the future, goats on


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BY GEORGE WHITE March is National Kidney Month and hundreds, if not thousands, of those reading this article unknowingly already suffer from the earlier stages of Chronic Kidney Disease. That could be improved with simple lifestyle changes. Unfortunately, most with CKD don’t learn of the hidden symptoms until they face End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). It often requires three times weekly dialysis treatments and, ultimately in a worst-case scenario, a kidney transplant for those healthy enough for the procedure. The National Kidney Foundation of Florida is working with primary care doctors to order simple blood tests for the earlier treatable stages of the disease, according to CEO Savanna Lanza of Orlando. “We’re trying to focus and secure grants that would help with early detection and preventative care — stage two and three, because at that point you can slow the progression of kidney disease most of the time by making some lifestyle changes. “We want to get the information out to the primary care physicians to check for kidney disease early on

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during regular blood testing during checkups,’’ Lanza said. “There are not a whole lot of symptoms before it’s too late.’’ Healthy kidneys regulate the body’s fluid levels, filter wastes and toxins from the body, release a hormone that regulates blood pressure and directs production of red blood cells and keeps blood minerals in balance, including sodium, phosphorus and potassium. Risk factors for CKD include having a family history of diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, age 60 or older, obesity, kidney stones, chronic urinary tract infections and prolonged use of NSAIDS, a type of painkiller, including Ibuprofen and naproxen. At greater risk are those of a certain heritage, including African-American, Native American, Hispanic, Asian and Pacific Islander. Most people with early CKD have no symptoms, which is why early testing is critical. By the time symptoms appear, CKD might be advanced, and symptoms can be misleading, according to the NKF website. Signs there might be kidney problems include fatigue, weakness,

difficult or painful urination, dark or foamy urine, increased thirst, increased need to urinate especially at night, puffy eyes and swollen face, hands, abdomen, ankles or feet. Those with early symptoms of CKD should contact their doctors for medications or to otherwise find ways to lower high blood pressure, keep blood-sugar levels under control if diabetic, get an annual flu shot, reduce salt intake, avoid NSAIDs painkillers with moderate protein consumption. SL Longtime journalist George White was diagnosed with kidney failure in September 2007. Doctors believe the causes to include hypertension and overuse of Ibubrophen (Advil). After stint surgery for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm in May 2009, White received a kidney transplant from his younger sister, attorney Lisa White, on July 17, 2009 at then Florida Hospital South in Orlando (now Advent Health). White continues to take immune suppressant and anti-rejection medications, along with blood pressure medications. He has worked full time as a reporter and photographer since the transplant.

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Walking often isn’t safe in Florida, which is No. 1 in the nation for pedestrian fatalities.

Pedestrians’ safety in Florida draws concern BY JENNIFER TORRES

Regular exercise — like walking — can promote a longer life and lessen the likelihood of serious maladies such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. It also can help alleviate depression and might help prevent some cancers. But just how safe is walking these days? According to Kim Smith, the Education and Safety Coordinator for Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization (TPO), Florida is a tough place for pedestrians. “We rank No. 1 in the nation for pedestrian fatalities,” Smith said. “Adults over 65 make up 10 percent of all walking trips, but they represent 19 percent of pedestrian fatalities, meaning they are overrepresented in the fatality rate “The older you get, the more many want to transition away from driving,’’ Smith said. “So, they start walking more. More folks are getting out there and getting active, which is a very healthy lifestyle choice.” However, in today’s world, with lighted crosswalks, continuous construction, new roads and busy parking lots, the dangers are plentiful. Smith said it’s important for seniors to educate themselves about safety. “Instead of just being a defensive driver, it’s time to talk about being

more of a defensive pedestrian.’’ The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) understands this and created the Safe Mobility for Life Program. The goal is to improve road safety though presentations and programs on topics that range from safely navigating a roundabout to how to use a pedestrian crosswalk or parking lot safely. According to a 2009 FDOT study, the main issues for older adults are a decrease in reaction speed and a lack of mobility. Stan Leavitt, 89, of Melbourne, has been active his entire life. Even after a recent knee injury necessitated the use of a walker, he still walks each morning to stay fit. “I walk in a park or around my apartment community because I’m not comfortable walking on the roads with all the traffic, eavitt said. “I’m not sure there would be enough time for me to get across a crosswalk before the traffic light changes and that concerns me.” Smith said they continuously look at issues, including the timers on crosswalks to make certain there is enough time allotted for everyone to cross safely. “It’s important to get out and connect in the community and many older adults are walking,” Smith said. “Just know the rules, walk defensively and be safe.” SL


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Patrons give back to theaters for love BY JENNIFER TORRES It’s been more than 20 years since Sally Phillips met Ken Titus during a production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Iolanthe” at Surfside Playhouse in Cocoa Beach. He was 60 and an actor in the play. She was 50 and in charge of costumes. “I first talked to en because I was always after the men not to sit on the satin robes,” Phillips said. “I didn’t


want to have to iron them again.” A friendship blossomed and by the time Surfside decided to do “Pirates of Penzance,” the couple was engaged. It was a first marriage for both, and they continued to enjoy years of active involvement in local theatre. Even Titus’ diagnosis of dementia 10 years ago didn’t slow them down. Titus, now 85, and Phillips, 75, continue to support local theatres through donations such as a new stage floor, a piano, carpet and d cor for Surfside. “We love the fact that they fell in love here at Surfside,” Artistic Director Bryan Bergeron said. “In keeping with “The Pirates of Penzance,” a rousing Huzzah to two of our most beloved patrons.” The couple also sponsored last year’s productions of “Tarzan” and “West Side Story” at the Henegar Center in Melbourne and funded a remodel of the reception area. “Ken and Sally are a supportive and amazing asset to the theatre,” said Steven Heron, Henegar’s executive artistic director. “Without their generous help and drive, the Henegar would have not seen the recovery it has.” The glamorous couple still are a constant at local shows, often donning elaborate costumes. “It’s a nice legacy since Ken dedicated his life to theatre,” Phillips said. “I thought it would be appropriate to pay them back for all the love and joy they give us.” They are particularly looking forward to Surfside’s upcoming production of “Pirates of Penzance” from March 13 to 29. “If we can find his pirate costume from the show 20 years ago, you can bet that he’ll be wearing it,” Phillips said. She believes it’s important to stay active as a senior.



Sally Phillips and her husband Ken Titus visit the newly remodeled reception room at the Henegar Center for the Arts in Melbourne, which they donated money to complete the work. “We try to encourage people to get out of their routine and treat themselves to an exciting night out at a play. It’s impossible to be depressed or lonely if you start going to theatre,”

Phillips said. “This is especially important for seniors. There is no reason to be bored. Get out and enjoy life. It’s a choice. So, choose to live life to the fullest.” SL


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‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ – Simon and Garfunkel When you’re down and out, When you’re on the street When evening falls so hard, I will comfort you ••• Paul Simon’s inspiration for his masterpiece creation of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” came from a Civil War-era spiritual called “Mary, Don’t You Weep,” which contained the line “I’ll be your bridge over deep water if you trust in My name.” To Simon, though, the words of the spiritual represented more about friendship — and its attendant bonds and responsibilities — than it did about religion. His future classic began as an understated two-verse tune, which he composed first on his guitar, then switched to a piano in order to better reali e a gospel influence. pon completion of the first draft of “Bridge

Over Troubled Water,” Simon was so affected, he says, that he burst into tears. When asked later about the enigmatic lyric of “Sail on, silver girl,” he admitted to it being an inside joke between him and his wife, Peggy Harper. “She was upset one day,” Simon explains, “when she had found two or three gray hairs on her head.” Simon imagined the tune being a perfect fit for Garfunkel’s soaring tenor voice. Garfunkel, though, argued to the contrary and said that, to him, it was Simon’s voice that was more suitable for the lead vocal. Garfunkel also felt that the song was too short and needed a dynamic conclusion to really bring home the majesty of the composition. Simon grumbled but eventually did add a final verse and even approved a crashing drum finale. e did, however,

convince Garfunkel to take the primary vocal on what would become one of pop music’s most spiritually oriented secular works. Simon and Garfunkel’s track record of 1960s chart success almost guaranteed that “Bridge Over Troubled Water” would be welcomed by S & G fans. However, the pair had never issued a single that ran so long — it was nearly 5 minutes in length — and Simon worried it would be too prolonged for tightly controlled AM radio. It sold six million copies worldwide. The single — and the album of the same name — became the duo’s grandest success. Each reached No. 1 on their respective charts and paved the way for Simon and Garfunkel to garner six Grammy Awards — for Record of the Year, Album of the Year,

Song of the Year, Best Contemporary Song, Best Instrumental Arrangement and Best Engineered Recording. It was a fitting way to end a brilliant career for the two artists from Queens, New York. Pals since the sixth grade, they had begun singing together as teenagers by imitating the Everly Brothers and calling themselves Tom and Jerry. (Their 1957 minor hit of “Hey, Schoolgirl” had first put them on the charts.) From 1966, when they began using their real names, to 1970, when they called it quits as professional artists, Simon and Garfunkel recorded six best-selling Columbia Records LPs, as well as 12 Top 40 Columbia singles, three of which hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. SL

Chuck it list far better than a bucket list Looking for a new way to live to age 100? Skip the bucket list. After Vicki Weinke read about “turning over a new leaf” and setting goals in the January issue of Senior Life, she shared thoughts from the December 2019 newsletter BottomLine Personal. In brief, stop doing — chuck it! Free yourself of stuff you’ve always thought you must do; focus on what is important to you. We carry over goal setting from our active careers to our senior life. It’s a common thread in successful long lives. We all need goals. They give us a reason to get up in the morning and smell the roses. Weinke went on to write, “Have a bucket list! But also have a “chuck it!” list — the things you want to stop doing.

Challenges of Living to Age 100 Ed Baranowski I stopped working as a volunteer for a group where I felt I had value with face-to-face interactions with people. They moved me to a task of computer entries and paperwork. I quit — I chucked it! Chuck It! might be a good theme for your spring house-cleaning activities. If you haven’t used an item

in recent years, donate it, share it, recycle it or give it away. My late wife often commented, “I hope I die a day before you, so I don’t have to deal with all your junk.” I had treasures — she thought I had junk. Get rid of unnecessary stuff. Chuck it and move on! You have dreams of a trip abroad. After looking at the expense, the challenge of long-distance travel at your age, your health and safety concerns, you may chuck it! Look up the daily offerings on the National Geographic channel. You can travel the world as an arm-chair voyager. Daily news often is depressing. Television news sometimes ends with an upbeat story. Tune in for the last few minutes.

The daily edition of the local newspaper is now so thin, readers comment, “I don’t get enough paper to line the bottom of my bird cage.” Chuck it! Read the electronic edition. Program what has your interest. Read what has value — Senior Life! Focus on what has value to you. Change your mindset! Chuck negative thoughts. Look for the best in people, places and things. Remember: “I Am; I Can; I Make Things Happen!” What’s on your “Chuck It” list? SL Ed Baranowski is president of Topics Unlimited, a Melbourne-based education, seminar and consulting company. He can be contacted at topicsed@aol.com

What’s causing the problems in the Indian River Lagoon? ook in the mirror to find blame for IRL’s problems What’s causing the problems in the Indian River Lagoon? Unfortunately, it’s us. The problem is mostly excess nutrients in the water. Nitrogen and phosphorous compounds in the water stimulate massive growth of algae, producing the scum and cloudiness in the lagoon. Even worse, when the algae dies, it decays and uses up the oxygen in the water. This kills the fish and other animals. But, where do the excess nutrients come from? Mostly from people and their activities. Using toilets, washing cars


Lagoon Straight Talk From the Brevard Indian River Lagoon Coalition and fertilizing lawns is problematic. There has been a population explosion in Brevard County, growing from 23,000 in 1950 to more than 584,000 today. Day by day, the nutrients build up through time. Indeed, these contaminants, together with silt and other solid matter washes into the lagoon and

settles to the bottom. This has created a coating of muck, a black, gooey mayonnaise-like material, that covers a lot of the lagoon’s floor. Currently, muck is the biggest nitrogen source since it contributes approximately a million pounds a year through chemical reactions and flux out of this goop. It is followed closely by septic systems flows and stormwater runoff. Wastewater utilities also are an important source of pollutants. Waste facilities used to dump an estimated 40 to 50 million gallons of partially treated wastewater into the lagoon every day. This was halted in 1996 thanks to the Clean Water Act. Some utilities continue to have

spills and leaks in their pipes. This needs to be addressed. Another source that needs attention and control is agriculture, including the dumping of biosolids (partially treated human waste) in Brevard County. Hopefully, the State Legislature will act on this problem. It’s also important to remember that Brevard County still is a growing area. It might reach 750,000 residents by 2050. So, our plans must address the future as well as the past and present. For some tips on what you can do to help, go to tinyurl.com/ HowToHelpLagoon SL



Kick recycling up a notch to make a true difference However limited it might seem, recycling still is an important practice. Even though Reduce and Reuse will always come first, Recycle, among other things, avoids the accumulation of good material in the landfill and the extraction of new material from nature. Curb recycling is limited to items the collector company is able to process. Those in general are (check with your city for variations): plastic bottles, jugs, tubs and jars; paper; cardboard; and glass bottles and jars. But wait! You can do more! If you are up for it, you can kick your recycling up a notch and increase the diversion of material from the landfill. One very simple way is to recycle plastic film at your grocery stores in the plastic bag bin. That bin is for different sorts of clean and dry plastic film grocery, produce, newspaper, bread, and dry cleaning bags; Ziploctype bags; plastic shipping envelopes, bubble wrap, air pillows; plastic wrap from cases of water and soda bottles, paper towels, napkins, disposable cups, bathroom tissue, diapers and female sanitary products; and any plastic film packaging or bag that has the How2Recycle label. Another way is to participate in the various recycling opportunities

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Recycle Brevard has to offer: 1. Terracycle programs — from toothbrushes and empty toothpaste tubes to Gerber and Enfamil packaging. For the complete list, go to RecycleBrevard.org. 2. Electronics (no printers or monitors), wired lights and metal. 3. Alkaline batteries — limit 20 per household/box (leaking batteries should go in the trash). 4. Plastic rings from soda and beer cans. 5. Any clean and dry item that can be reused in projects — from yarn and fabric to stickers, jars, buttons, craft paper, ribbons, folders and frames. 6. Unwanted plastic totes and containers (can cracked or chipped). 7. Recycling for Events — starting at $30 for three bins to have recyclables collected at your event. Recycle Brevard is a small, independent nonprofit organi ation that started nine years ago with the

purpose of sharing information and helping our community to reduce, reuse and recycle more. It is 100 percent run on volunteer power and 100 percent funded by donations and sponsorships. Its anniversary is in March and these are some ways you can contribute to continue this community initiative: 1. Eat at Blaze Pizza Viera on the first Tuesday of each month and mention Recycle Brevard at the register. 2. When buying at Amazon, use Smile.Amazon.com and select Recycle Brevard as the charity to support. 3. Book crafting programs for your group or attend scheduled Crafting with Friends programs — check the online calendar at RecycleBrevard.org 4. Join the Recycling Club — individual memberships start at $10 a year. 5. Have your favorite business become a community partner with an annual contribution (starting at $250). 6. Become a recycling partner and establish a drop-off location for selected items. 7. Sponsor one of the recycling projects such as alkaline battery recycling (starting at $70). 8. Host or organize fundraisers to benefit Recycle Brevard. 9. Share information about Recycle

Brevard and its programs. 10. Become a volunteer. Making the 3Rs — Reduce, Reuse, Recycle — relevant in our daily lives helps build a healthier community. Recycle Brevard is here as a resource to assist in that process, but it needs each of you to make it happen. How can you help?SL Email Marcia Booth at Marcia@ RecycleBrevard.org






Charlie Corbiel Youth Art Contest

CALL FOR STUDENT ARTISTS Charlie Corbeil Youth Art Contest Art, Photography, Poetry

A Youth Art, Photography and Writing Contest is being sponsored by the Viera Voice in an effort to raise awareness for what residents of Brevard can do to help protect our wildlife and nature habitat. All entries will be on exhibition at the Art Gallery of Viera from Saturday, April 11 through May 1.

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Please include a completed entry form adhered to the back of the original artwork along with the required $5 admission fee Checks can be made payable to: Art Gallery of Viera or cash/credit payments accepted at the Art Gallery of Viera Entry must be hand delivered to the Art Gallery of Viera, 2251 Town Center Ave, Suite 105, Viera by 5 pm Tuesday, April 7 Open to K-12 students in Brevard County Entry forms will be available online at artgalleryofviera.com and at the Art Gallery of Viera

Theme for Contest: Colors of Wild Florida


There are three categories for groups from grades K-3, 4-7 and 8-12. 1. Art – two dimensional – painting, digital art and drawing 2. Photography 3. Poetry

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For children with disabilities, a parent or guardian may request contact from the judging committee at 321-242-1235 to assist with category placement. FOR CONTEST RULES AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION VISIT ARTGALLERYOFVIERA.COM




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I have to fall over laughing when I hear someone complaining about living in Central Florida this time of year. Complaining? Highs every day in the high 70s and low 80s and I hear people say, “Oh it’s too hot.” Oh yeah? So, it’s better to have to follow a salt truck and snow plow to get to the store than to be working on your tan at the beach? Uh, no. But it’s so much better to experience the seasons they say. Really? Up north, they sit shivering in their houses wearing what they call layers, which makes them look like the Pillsbury Dough Boy in an ugly sweater contest. That’s because the sleet knocked out their electricity. e’re here in lorida trying to figure out whether to wear the open toed or thong style flip flops. Experiencing the seasons up north means waiting six months from early fall to late spring to see the sun again. In Florida, we call the experience sunrise and it happens almost every day. In Florida, the only chance of slipping on ice is if it falls out of your margarita. Why it’s so cold up north in February, they don’t allow it to have more than 28 days most years just so we can get to spring quicker. You know if experiencing the

Funny thing is... Sammy Haddad seasons is so great why do all the Major eague Baseball teams flee the fro en tundra of the Great White North to come to sunny and warm Florida and Arizona? Oh, yeah. It’s to be able to play their game. And when it is time to start their season up north, the players look like snow men with baseball caps. But, that’s only if their opening games don’t get snowed out. Same thing with golf. Ever tried to putt in a snowbank? Ever tried to run the bases in 3 inches of slush? Not happening folks. Tell me again about the seasons? And which kind of fireworks you prefer watching. The incredible technological miracles of a rocket launch every few weeks or the explosion of and iced over transformer? I just can’t reason with the seasons. So, if you’re here in Florida celebrate. Stop whining and start Wining. Cabernet or Chardonnay? SL

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11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Experience Brevard’s finest chocolate. Melbourne Auditorium 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. Melbourne, 321-952-1443

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Dr. Seuss Day

Wings Art Show

10 a.m. Experience the magic of wings from various guest artists. Running until March 18. Art Gallery of Viera 2251 Town Center Ave. The Avenue Viera 321-745-3710

3 p.m. Don’t miss the celebration. TAPS Suntree UMC 6 - 7:45 p.m. 7400 N. Wickham Road Melbourne, 321-405-2359 Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors in Gospel Blues and BBQ Military Families. 5 p.m. A free BBQ dinner and Suntree/Viera Library blues music service. 902 Jordan Blass Drive Advent Lutheran Church Suntree, 321-255-4404 1805 Oak Street Melbourne Bch., 321-727-1724


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16th annual Odyssey 5K Community Run


National Napping Day

Busy Finger Crafts

9 a.m. Crochet, knit, loom, cross 8 a.m. stitch, bring whatever Fun race, after party, gift baskets, giveaways and more. crafty interest you have to make items for Brevard Fields of Dreams Park Sharing Center, local 3053 Fell Road nursing homes and hospice. Melbourne, 321-345-4117 Martin Andersen Senior Center Lord Nelson Mass 1025 Florida Ave., Bldg. 1 3:30 p.m. Rockledge, 321-639-8256 The Haydn masterpiece performed by Riverside Coast to Coast Chorale and Chamber 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Orchestra. Exhibit of paintings by Riverside Presbyterian Church Michiel Bullock that runs 3400 N. Atlantic Ave. until March 28. Cocoa Beach, 321-525-7825 Fifth Avenue Art Gallery 1470 Highland Ave. Melbourne, 321-259-8261


Indiafest 2020

10 a.m. March 14-15 Food, music and dance, clothing, jewelry and more. Wickham Park 2500 Parkway Drive Melbourne, 321-779-0110

Overeaters Anonymous 3 p.m. Overeaters Anonymous meets every Sunday. Titusville Public Library 2121 S. Hopkins Ave. Titusville, 321-213-2259



11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Unlimited tastings, great music and demonstrations while raising money for Sebastian River Sports and Soccer Associations. Riverview Park U.S. 1 and County Road 512 Sebastian, 772-321-3916

British Invasion

3 p.m. Music from the Beatles to royal coronations. Advent Lutheran Church 7550 N. Wickham Road Suntree, 321-426-0360

Memories in the Making

1:30 - 3 p.m. There are no mistakes in art. No art experience is needed to attend, but space is limited. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-751-6771

Master Gardener Clinic

2 - 3 p.m. An open clinic about gardening that meets the first Tuesday. South Mainland Library 7921 Ron Beatty Blvd. Micco, 772-664-4066


Fifth annual Women We Love Luncheon

National Hospital Day

Yoga in the Galleries

4 - 5:15 p.m. Build physical vitality and 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. increase consciousness. This event celebrates women’s relationships and The class will also include a gong relaxation. connections upon which Ruth Funk Center of Textiles Art the community is built and culture is shared and 150 W. University Blvd. Melbourne, 321-674-8313 woven. Lunch is catered. Historic Rossetter House Let’s Boogie All Night 1320 Highland Ave. 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Melbourne, 321-622-4223 March 4 & 5 A free concert by Family Night Swingtime. Pre-show an 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. hour before by the New Kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entree. Horizons Band. Melbourne Auditorium Pizza Gallery and Grill 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. 2250 Town Center Ave. Melbourne, 321-724-0555 Viera, 321-633-0397


Scrapbook & Crafting

Choral Group

Pizza with a Purpose

Ladies Tennis Leagues (Quads)

10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Drop in anytime for crafting, knitting, scrapbooking, bring your current project. Freedom 7 Senior Center 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa Beach, 321-783-9505



10 a.m. - noon If you like to sing, come join. Martin Andersen Senior Center 1025 Florida Ave., Bldg. 2 Rockledge, 321-454-3014


National Girl Scouts Day

Health Fair

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sponsored by City of Satellite Beach and 55+ Club, free admission. David Schecter Community Center 1089 South Patrick Drive Satellite beach, 321-773-2080




8 a.m. - 3 p.m. March 7, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. A large rummage sale that fills the fellowship hall and four other rooms. Luke’s Presbyterian Church 1255 Knox McRae Drive Titusville, 321-269-3260

8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Huge sale inside and outside. Great prices, don’t miss it. Tropical Haven Community 1205 Eddie Allen Road Melbourne, 937-620-6628

Rummage Sale

Flea Market

Spring Fine Art & Craft Fair

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. March 7 & 8 Cocoa Village 319 Brevard Ave. 321-631-9075

Jazz Fridays

5:30 p.m. Experience art and jazz every first Friday of the month. Char Goodman will perform. Foosaner Art Museum 1463 Highland Ave. Melbourne 321-674-8916


Every Day is Veterans Day

1 - 4 p.m. A patriotic concert featuring the Melbourne Municipal Band. Center for Collaboration 1100 Rockledge Blvd. Rockledge, 321-751-6771


National K9 Veterans Day

Swing into Spring

8:30 a.m. Treat yourself to a flight, followed by a delicious breakfast. Valiant Air Command and Warbird Museum 6600 Tico Road Titusville, 321-268-1941

Spring Wreath Event

2 - 4 p.m. A free event where you 5 p.m. can create a ribbon 7 - 9 p.m. A fun night of music, food, wreath that will last Adult tennis league raffles and wine. Adoptable through spring and the available for women's dogs and cats will be years to come. Seating is doubles. available to visit as well. limited. DeSoto Tennis Courts SPCA of Brevard Adoption Ctr. One Senior Place 499 Desoto Pkwy. 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Satellite Bch., 321-943-8434 6035 Sisson Road Titusville, 321-567-3615 Viera, 321-751-6771

5 p.m. Fundraiser night — half off all Take & Bake pizzas. Pizza Gallery & Grill 2250 Town Center Ave. Viera, 321-633-0397

St. Baldrick’s Big Shave

Wine & Whiskers

Learn the fundamentals and joys of composition for visual impact. Pre-register. Cocoa Beach Library 550 N. Brevard Ave. Cocoa Bch., 321-868-1104

8 a.m. An all-day street party with food, music and drinks. Meg O’Malley’s 812 E. New Haven Ave. Melbourne, 321-952-5510

Every third Wednesday. North Brevard Senior Center 909 Lane Ave. Titusville, 321-603-9363

1:30 p.m. The subject will be “Lighting.” Melbourne Beach Library 324 Ocean Ave. Melbourne Bch., 321-795-7363

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Two hours of fun, dancing and learning. Classes are $4. Titusville Library 2121 S. Hopkins Ave. Titusville, 321-264-5026

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 90th Anniversary Exhibition of the Florida Artists Group, a statewide nonprofit organization of awardwinning fine artists. Foosaner Art Museum 1463 Highland Ave Melbourne, 941-726-5218

8:45 - 9:45 a.m. Great adult workout that combines several forms of exercise. DRS Community Center 1089 S. Patrick Drive Satellite Bch., 321-773-6458

Douglas Dyer in Recital 7:30 p.m. 15-year-old phenom Douglas Dyer on Violin Suntree UMC 7400 N. Wickham Road Suntree, 321-604-0103


9 - 11 a.m. Weather permitting. Greater Palm Bay Senior Ctr. 1275 Culver Drive NE Palm Bay, 321-724-1338


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6:45 - 8:30 p.m. A powerful method of selfdefense that requires only leverage, not strength. Eau Gallie Civic Center 1551 Highland Ave. Melbourne, 321-608-7400

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1 - 2 p.m. Increase stamina, strength, energy and balance. Cocoa Beach Library 550 N. Brevard Ave. Cocoa Beach, 321-868-1104

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9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Get fit, improve balance and build muscle. Freedom 7 Senior Center 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa Beach, 321-783-9505

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1 - 2 p.m. Breathe, stretch and relax. Wear loose and comfortable clothes. Freedom 7 Senior Center 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa Beach, 321-783-9505


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5 - 8 p.m. Hosted by the SPCA of Brevard, meets every third Thursday for adoptable pups, games, food and beer. The Irish Pub and Eatery 125 Harrison St. Titusville, 321-567-3615 6 - 7 p.m. A martial art that stresses the importance of self defense. Eau Gallie Civic Center 1551 Highland Ave. Melbourne, 321-608-7400

7:30 p.m. A Melbourne Community Orchestra concert. Melbourne Auditorium 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. Melourne, 321-285-6724

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7 a.m. The fourth and final race of the Space Coast Trail Race series. Sebastian Inlet State Park 9700 S. Highway A1A Melbourne Bch., 321-652-2675

8 a.m. Walk around neighborhoods in the hopes of bringing awareness to local residents. Vendors will be there throughout the event. St. Vincent De Paul House 300 Malabar Rd. SE Palm Bay, 321-725-6866

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5:30 - 8:30 p.m. A gourmet dinner served in complete darkness by Brevard County law enforcement wearing night vision goggles. It will benefit the Center for the Visually Impaired. Hilton Rialto 200 Rialto Place Melbourne, 386-253-8879

2 - 4 p.m. Presented by Courtenay Springs Village. RSVP is required. Courtenay Springs Village 1200 S. Courtenay Pkwy. Merritt Island, 321-452-1233

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Vietnam War Commeration 10 a.m. Keynote speaker will be retired Col. Joe Kittinger. Cape Canaveral National Cemetary 5525 U.S. 1 Mims, 321-383-2638


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Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island are an outstanding, introductory one-day trip from Brevard County for the entire family. It is northeast of Jacksonville and it is a three-hour drive from Brevard. A visit to Amelia Island is well worth the ride. Amelia Island has outstanding southern charm, great shopping areas, a wonderful Victorian Historic District and a host of sightseeing opportunities. our first stop should be, as I always recommend, the local Chamber of Commerce. The Amelia Island/ Fernandina Beach Chamber is located at 961687 Gateway Blvd. on Amelia Island. Call in advance at 904-2613248 and have them mail a Visitors Guide Vacation Planner. Find them at ameliaisland.com. Here are some sightseeing tours and activities that I suggest you

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explore. • Amelia Island Museum of History — 233 South 3rd St. For information, call 904-261-7378. It is housed in a former jailhouse. Guided tours will introduce you to the eight flags of eight countries that have flown over the harbor. The museum is open seven days a week. There is a modest admission charge. For information, go to ameliamuseum.org • Amelia River Cruises — Fernandina Harbor Marina, 1 North Front Street. For information, call 904

261-9972. They have a great sightseeing cruise of the Amelia River and nearby Cumberland Island. A ferry also can be taken to Cumberland Island. There are fees for all trips. • Historic District — A walking guide of the Historic District of Fernandina Beach is available at the Chamber of Commerce. You will enjoy its Victorian-era architecture and charming historic district. The island is home to Florida’s oldest continuously operating bar, The Palace Saloon. The Palace is located within this sprawling 50 block area of homes and buildings that are on the National Register of Historic Places. • Fort Clinch State Park, located on the northern end of Amelia Island, is one of the most well-preserved 19th century forts in the country. No battles were fought here, but it was garrisoned during both the Civil and

Spanish-American wars. There are daily tours with period reenactors depicting garrison life that will bring the fort to life for you and your family. There is a modest admission fee. For information, call 904-277-7274. • Kingsley Plantation is located at 11676 Palmetto Ave. It is part of the Indian Timucuan Preserve. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week, except on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. There is no admission fee. For information, call 904-251-3537. Amelia Island deserves more than a one-day visit. I suggest an overnight or even a two-night stay. There are many excellent accommodations on Amelia Island that will fit your pocketbook. Excellent accommodations are available downtown on the Amelia River or directly on the delightful Atlantic Ocean. SL

The Viera Company reveals plans for exciting development BY JENNIFER TORRES As part of its commitment to create a community to live, work and play, The Viera Company recently introduced its newest venture — Borrows West. Todd Pokrywa, the president of The Viera Company, announced the 115-acre project during a breakfast meeting of the Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce last month. Along with corporate campus space and professional and medical offices, the project — located southwest of Viera Boulevard and Interstate 95 — will offer development opportunities for waterfront dining, hotels, entertainment, shopping and apartments. Envisioned as a place to gather both socially and professionally, the site also will feature a walking trail, a linear park and the lake will be enlarged from 25.6 acres to about 30 acres. The design also includes a large-scale entrance, pedestrian crosswalks, and traffic-related improvements. Construction of the roadway network and related infrastructure has begun. While the company did not share specifics about what retailers were interested in while establishing a presence there, Eva M. Rey, the director of Community Management, Amenities and Communications for The Viera Company, said its highly visible, well-traveled location will


Borrows West will greet visitors with a unique sense of arrival at its entrance. provide the access and connectivity that companies crave. “As with any large-scale project, the development of Borrows West will happen organically, over time, and as the market dictates,” Rey said. “We are currently talking to several interested parties regarding the opportunity to locate their business in this area.” As for the name — Borrows West — Rey said it’s from a development term – borrow pit. “ hen I- was being built, fill

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dirt was required, which came from borrow pits adjacent to the project,” Rey said. “One such pit exists on the west side of the I-95 interchange and Viera Boulevard. (This) will be the central lake feature of the Borrows West project.” In a news release about the new project, Scott Miller, the senior vice president of Sales and Community Development for The Viera Company, said the plan for a “vibrant and accessible corporate office site south of Viera Boulevard” has been in place

for 30 years. “Borrows West represents a culmination of adherence to that vision,” Miller said. “Borrows West will provide a unique gateway feature at the new Viera Boulevard interchange. (It will) offer stakeholders and visitors a unique sense of arrival into our master planned community by showcasing all the critical components of the community in one thoughtfully planned and well-executed project.” SL



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North Brevard North Brevard Events March 2 • 6 - 8 p.m. Karaoke at North Brevard Senior Center A new activity for the North Brevard Senior Center. 909 Lane Ave. Titusville, 443-838-9665 March 6 & 7 • 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Wuji Wednesday Qigong Balance A large rummage sale that fills the fellowship hall and four other rooms. Luke’s Presbyterian Church 1255 Knox McRae Drive Titusville, 321-269-3260 March 23 • 2 - 4 p.m. Master Gardeners Got garden problems? Come see our Master Gardener. Port St. John Library 6500 Carole Ave. Port St. John, 321-633-1867

Annual craft festival dra s thousands to Fox Lake

BY FLORA REIGADA For those who prefer items hand made with a personal touch rather than mass-produced on an assembly line, a large selection will be available at the Fox Lake Spring Festival of Crafts. Hosted by Brevard County North Area Parks and Recreation, it will take place 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 7 at Fox Lake Park at 4400 Fox Lake Road in Titusville. Judy Davis is a regular. “It’s an awesome fun time,” she said. “We always run into half of Titusville, who are shopping and visiting,” In its 14th year, the festival draws 5,000 to 8,000 attendees. It is free and the park is pet friendly. “Local artisans will be offering woodworking items, jewelry, knitted and crocheted items, soaps and more,” said Annette Devlin, the coordinator of the event. “We will have many


The Fox Lake Spring Festival of Crafts is a popular event in Titusville. unique creations. You name it and we’ll have it.” Browse and grab something to eat. Food trucks will serve an assortment of goodies. Devlin has found her own

treasures, such as artwork and plants. Recreation leader Erika Whitt also is a regular at the craft festival. “I spend a lot of money there, especially on Florida-themed jewelry and charms,” she said. SL

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Experienced riters coach, share expertise at orkshop BY FLORA REIGADA People packed the room during a recent writers’ workshop at the New Beginnings Christian Bookstore in Titusville. It was held for those writing a book, struggling to complete one or wanting to familiarize themselves with publishing. Sandy Grubb was among the attendees. “I like to write and learn,” she said. Jim Esposito was there to meet and network with other writers. Three established area writers shared their expertise. Rebekah Lyn spoke of faithbased fiction. er books include the Titusville-based Jessie Cole trilogy, which unfolds against the backdrop of the space program. “Christian fiction shows we are all human and make mistakes, but through God’s grace we can learn from those mistakes,” she said. “Lives are changed through faith-based fiction. Judy Stewart spoke of writing

from a personal perspective. Her books include “The Song of Clem 5,” a poignant memoir of her autistic grandson, Ty. “I edited the book 16 times,” Stewart said. “I read it over and over, but I also lived it over and over. It was exciting and scary to send it to the publisher. But it was also like Christmas.” Fay Lamb, an author, editor and writing coach, gave a talk called Publishing from the Inside Out. She spoke of getting a manuscript ready for publication and publishing options, including traditional publishing, selfpublishing and acquiring an agent. “Whether you decide to publish traditionally or self-publish, don’t cut corners or rush to send your book to a publisher. Be diligent about editing. Write a good story and make it shine,” she said. Lamb’s books include the “Mullet Harbor Christmas Series,” set in the Everglades town of Mullet Harbor. Books by all the speakers and other area authors are available at the


Authors, speakers and interested persons, who recently attended a writers workshop at the New Beginnings Christian Bookstore in Titusville, enjoyed the event. bookstore and on Amazon. Due to interest in the workshop, bookstore owner Nadia Wilson has scheduled another for March 14. The cost is $25, with lunch included.

The New Beginnings Christian Bookstore is at 3550 S. Washington Ave., Suite 5 in the Titusville Mall. For information, call 321-408-8488 or go to facebook.com/nbcbookstore/ SL

Spotts conquers adversity to establish Big Frank’s Tires BY L. A. DAVIS

Drive up to Big Frank’s Tires in Cocoa and you will see a kind of organized chaos while energized employees work to get cars back on the road. The man at the center of the customers, workers, tires, air hoses, shouts, machinery and tools is “Big Frank” Spotts who knows from personal experience a thing or two about getting back on the road. Spotts, at 6 feet 4 inches, has had a prosthetic on his left leg for more than


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a decade now. “In 2008, I got diabetes but I didn’t know I had it,” he said. “I got a spider bite on my foot and a bad infection, so bad that they took my leg. I was in intensive care for 11 days.” And there was another problem Spotts had to deal with — an addiction to cocaine. Spotts speculates he has overcome so much because his early life taught him the value of perseverance. “I was born in 1955, in Camden, New Jersey,” he said, “But my family moved to Hialeah in the early 1960s for the construction boom. I was young, but I went to work for this Russian guy with a fruit stand. He showed me how to take a $3 box of tomatoes and make $9. I thought that was really neat.” When he was 14, the family moved to Brevard County where Spotts, still persevering, played football and baseball for Merritt Island High School. This led to a scholarship at Florida State University. “I didn’t stay,” Spotts said. “I came back and went to work for a tire company on Merritt Island. In 1991, I decided to go out on my own. Ever since I worked at the fruit stand, I wanted my own store.” But by 2008, Spotts weighed 430 pounds. That combined with the cocaine and diabetes precipitated the spider bite infection. From near disaster, Spotts found a springboard to new life. “I was in a wheelchair for nine months,” Spotts said. “The Florida Vocational Rehabilitation program got me a prosthetic leg. As soon as I got it, I started walking. I didn’t do physical therapy. They said I was a natural.” Spotts lost more than 100 pounds. He got off the cocaine by going to a rehabilitation facility run by Northwinds Ministry on Merritt Island.

I went there and never looked back.” Spotts attributes his comeback success to rediscovering important values, noting Big Frank’s is all about making sure customers get safely back on the road.

Ervin “Chico” Mendez agrees. “I’ve been with Big Frank for 13 years,” Mendez said. “I like working here. We do love here. We work to make a living but, really, we just like taking care of people.” SL

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Do not resuscitate: The choice is yours you would receive CPR to attempt to bring you back. A DNR does not mean the medical team does not do everything possible, with the exception of performing CPR, to keep you alive. They should continue to provide you comfort and support. For example, oxygen through a cannula in your nose, medication to manage pain or any bothersome symptom and repositioning your body are just a few of the many interventions available. Take time to discuss your wishes with your medical providers, friends and family. It is imperative if you

The choice to be a DNR is a personal choice. The decision should not be made by your medical team, your family and it absolutely should not be made by the government. It is important for you and your loved ones to know if you prefer to have every possible mode of treatment remotely available to you, whether it is medically indicated or recommended if the outcomes may or may not be in your favor. A DNR does not mean to hasten death. Hastening or assisted suicide is illegal in the state of Florida. If you are not a DNR and you die in your sleep, once discovered,

With all of the public controversy, the multitude of misinformation and the change of Florida laws surrounding a DNR — Do Not Resuscitate — everyone should be informed about what it really means. DNR stands for Do Not Resuscitate. The yellow DNR is a Do Not Resuscitate printed on yellow paper. All the above must be signed by you, or your legal representative and your physician in addition to being dated. If not, it is not valid. A printed valid DNR is voided if you go into an operating room. The DNR can be voided with verbal request from you or the family.

are firmly decided that you put it in writing. Everyone should make an informed decision about their body, their disease process and their choice and course of treatment. Ask your healthcare professional to educate you. It is not their job to judge or provide comment or opinion on another person’s health care treatment decision. Providing factual, cause and effect teaching, treatment options and (good and bad) outcomes of the chosen treatment options is imperative to help you make personal decisions. SL

Beware of scammers as tax season comes to close

Tax season will soon close, but the scams are only beginning. Expect telephone calls and emails claiming that you have done something wrong or that you need to call a phone number immediately involving your taxes. You also might be told that you have an error and you must immediately respond to prevent being jailed. Some emails will advise that you were missing some important information and you need to reply with the proper data immediately.

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I do have a landline phone. I have one because I mute my cellphone at night. And, if my dad has to make an emergency call, I have the landline.”

time machine In March..

March 27, 1977

The worst accident in the history of civil aviation occurs as two Boeing 747 jets collide on the ground on the Canary Islands, resulting in 570 deaths.

March 20, 1995

A nerve gas attack occurs on the Tokyo subway system during rush hour, resulting in 12 people killed and 5,000 injured. Japanese authorities arrest the leader and members of a Japanese religious cult suspected in the attack.

March 5, 1933

Amid a worsening economic situation, newly elected President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaims a four-day “Bank Holiday” to stop panic withdrawals and the possible collapse of the banking system.

March 12, 1994

The Church of England ordains women as its first emale priests. In protest, 700 male clergy and thousands of church members leave and join the Roman Catholic Church, which does not allow women priests.

March 10, 1862

he first issue o .S. a er mone occurs as and bills are circulated. Photo courtesy of National Museum of American History.


March 15, 44 B.C

Julius Caesar is assassinated in the Senate chamber in Rome by Brutus and fellow conspirators.









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Senior Life, March 2020  

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