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Bird rescue group cares for colorful companions

Malabar safe spot seeks homes for amiable animals Story, page 6

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Cindy Nichols started Angel Wings which takes care of 60 to 90 birds at a time with the help of several volunteers.

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Near the final days of this month, we come to the end of summer. And with it, the end of vacation time for many, unless you like to take your vacations in a little cooler weather. Of course, in Florida, it is not going to get cooler for a while yet. If it is just an outing on a cool day that you want, then there are many options right here on the Space Coast. Check out John Trieste’s column on Riverwalk Nature Center on the Indian River Lagoon, just off U.S. 1 in Rockledge. The center has classes and activities about marine life. There are many informative displays where you can learn about the lagoon. In addition to columns about day trips, we want to continue to also bring you in each issue of Senior Life columns and stories that look at unique parks or outdoor activities along the Space Coast. Picking the right words makes a big difference in what people understand, Ed Baranowski tells us in his latest column. He reminded me that it was the 150th column he has written for you. If you need a little humor in your day, check out Sammy Haddad’s column on a beach full of fun. I mention these columns, but there are so many more very good, useful, entertaining and informative articles in Senior Life. Want to know about recycling and cutting down on waste? We have it covered. How about Woodstock and the 1960s? Read about it in our Behind the Beat column. In addition to all of this, we have stories of the kind that you have come to expect and look forward to reading in Senior Life. Did you know that you can adopt a parrot from a small group of dedicated people who rescue these birds and try to find homes for them? We tell you about it in our cover story. Read about some of what your senior neighbors are doing and about some of the volunteer opportunities and ways in which you can help your community. We also bring you articles on health and on technological devices that you might not yet have ventured into trying. Enjoy the last days of summer with an issue of Senior Life at hand. R. Norman Moody

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Golfing with astronauts strengthens children’s programs BY FLORA REIGADA

The community is invited to tee off for education and meet astronauts in the process at the Golf with the Astronauts tournament and dinner. It is the first of what they hope will be an annual event. Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise will be the keynote dinner speaker. The event is sponsored by 7th Generation Community Services, which seeks to improve the lives of young people through education, and by the American Space Museum, which offers hands-on educational workshops for youth. Both organizations are Titusville based. It will take place Friday, Sept. 13

and Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Suntree Country Club at 1 Country Club Drive in Melbourne. “Proceeds will support 7th Generation’s Life Skills program and the American Space Museum’s STEAM program,” said Heather Barringer, the executive director of 7th Generation. “Life skills include finance, home economics and trade skills. STEAM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, art and math.” A private cocktail hour for sponsors will be held 5 p.m. Friday. Dinner and Haise’s talk will follow at 6 p.m. Tournament registration begins at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, with a shotgun start at 1 p.m.

Several astronauts will play golf with other participants. Following the tournament, a meal will be served. Awards will be given and many will be recognized. Barringer said Titusville donors recently contributed enough funds to send two children to 7th Generation’s Life Skills Camp. “They would not have been able to attend otherwise,” she said. Now she hopes a hundred golfers will rise to the cause. “We try to make sure no child is turned away regardless of their ability to pay,” said Karan Conklin, the executive director of American Space Museum and Walk of Fame. “Students will benefit through

expanded programs and scholarships in our STEAM programs.” For information about Golf with the Astronauts, call Heather Barringer at 321-269-6939, email, or go to The American Space Museum is at 308 Pine St. in Titusville. For more information, call 321264-0434 or go to SL

Memoir writing passes on family legacy BY MUFFY BERLYN For boomers and seniors, now in their 60s and 70s, writing one’s memoirs might be at the top of their bucket list. Memoir writing can be an act of love, passing on a legacy to one’s children and grandchildren and great grandchildren. Patti Rinabarger has been leading the Memoir Writers’ Group at the South Mainland Library in Micco since 2001. She thinks everyone should try to pen a memoir, and she encourages people to find memoir writing books at a library and to join a group. “Come to a class, you’ll be encouraged to keep going,” she said. “Listening to the stories of others may spark a memory.” Since most memoirs are for family, getting published is not the goal and self publishing with a book printing service might be too expensive for some. “A very inexpensive and acceptable way to pass on your history is to write about whatever


you like, make photocopies, include photographs whenever possible, and laminate a cover,” Rinabarger said. She encourages beginners to use a three-ring binder, dividing periods of their lives into decades. “This way, they can write about any subject, starting school, first job, leaving home, etc. — and insert it into the appropriate division,” she said. Prompts for writers and focus topics are given by Rinabarger such as earliest memory, the house you lived in as a child, a family gathering place, games you played, reunions, school days, achievements at school, introduction to religion, fashions of the times, favorite music and more. Rinabarger is from a “huge family” in Crayford, Kent in England with plenty to write about in her own memoirs. She found the “writing bug had bitten …,” when she attended an informal class at a campground in California. “It’s a rewarding experience,” Rinabarger said. “A trip down Memory Lane, a chance to recapture the spirit of the times …. I want those bygone years to come alive in the

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Books on memoir writing at any library can get you started on writing your own life story. stories written by anyone who comes to my group.” The Memoir Writers’ Group meets from 2 to 4 p.m. every first and third Friday from October through May at the South Mainland Library at 7921 Ron Beatty Blvd. in Micco. SL



Neighbors Volunteers give their all into caring for rescued birds

need by converting her home to a parrot rescue. There are more than 200 species of From cockatiel owner to bird sitter parrots of all sizes, and with a lifespan to bird foster carer, to parrot rescuer ranging up to 60 years. Therefore, and short-lived parrot breeder, Cindy many parrots outlive their owners and Nichols, the founder of Angel Wings are in desperate need of new homes. Parrot Rescue, has stayed true to her In 2008, Nichols opened a small passion for birds and their well being. rescue for parrots only — Angel Nichols moved to Florida in Wings Parrot Rescue — and it became 2007 with 30 pet birds. She began a nonprofit in 2013. Angel Wings volunteering with an animal rescue cares for 60 to 90 birds at all times, organization, but soon decided that including the birds they babysit for she could do more to meet the huge vacationing owners. Two to four birds are adopted each month. “I love them,” Nichols said. “It’s God’s work. I am caring for his flock. That’s my purpose on earth. I try to get up and do it joyfully each day. They are above all others, above my family.” Nichols has two or three volunteers each day to help her care for the birds. Fellow bird lovers, the volunteers clean cages, SENIOR LIFE Adam Palumbo wash water bowls and, most importantly, they Parrots feel at home with Cindy Nichols and her volunteers with Angel Wings Parrot Rescue. help to socialize the birds. BY JENNIFER H. MONAGHAN

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Cindy Nichols is the founder of Angel Wings Parrot Rescue.

“I feel so bad for some of them. It’s hard not to bring them home. Someone needs to love them until they get adopted.” — Claire Wilker Claire Wilker, the owner of three parakeets, has been a volunteer with Angel Wings for the past 4½ years. She goes to Angel Wings up to three times each week and often brings cookies for the birds.

“I do it for the love of the birds,” she said emotionally. “I feel so bad for some of them. It’s hard not to bring them home. Someone needs to love them until they get adopted. We work really hard to maintain a clean and loving home for the birds.” Angel Wings is a rescue, not a sanctuary. Accordingly, all birds, except for the permanent residents, need to be adopted. Owners pay for temporary bird sitting. Angel Wings Parrot Rescue, located in Malabar, is run strictly on donations. For more information, call 772-584-6180. SL

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WiFi boosters often solve signal problems BY AUSTIN RUSHNELL While WiFi is quickly becoming ubiquitous, some places still are dragged down by spotty WiFi. Thankfully, there are WiFi extenders that can give your internet a bit more range. Local business owner Ed Andre is familiar with WiFi extenders and how they can provide a boost to WiFi signals. “Basically, (a WiFi extender) picks up a signal from a nearby access point or router, regenerates that signal, and sends it out to a farther distance,” said Andre, the network engineer and owner of Brevard Technology Solutions. “Some of them use WPS, where you associate it to a router or access point that has WPS associated with it. You just push a button on your router and on your access point. (The WiFi) connects to that connection, and then re-broadcasts it.” A number of users, however, have found that some WiFi extenders don’t seem to work very well. “Some don’t work real well. Most

of the time when they don’t work it’s because (someone) doesn’t know how to position them,” Andre said. “(Users) think that just because you’re (using an extender), they forget that you have to put it between (two network points).” Andre also noted that WiFi cannot travel through metal, refrigerators, central air conditioners and similarly dense items. “There’s always a limit (to WiFi), there’s standard (units) that will let you go 400 feet or more, but there are limitations based on the house, the environment, (etc.),” Andre explained. “Limitations are based on your site.” Overall, for those looking to create a stronger WiFi signal in their home, a WiFi booster can help extend the range of current signals. It’s important to understand, however, that WiFi extenders do not strengthen the WiFi signal of a single router. Instead, an extender is used at a distance from the initial router to refresh the signal, allowing the signal to promulgate farther into an area. WiFi extenders can range in price from $20 for a simple booster to a

$99-plus extender, depending on the type of extender, the brand, and how powerful the extender might boost the original signal. When looking to buy a WiFi extender, the first step is to look at what your own router is, and then determine if you need a single extender, or multiple boosters to surround dense areas in your home such as refrigerators and stoves. Ask around in an electronics and technology store about prices and quality or shop around online by reading product reviews and comparing products. Most homes will probably have dead zones — areas in which the WiFi doesn’t normally reach. Living with these less-than-efficient areas is normal. When the number of dead zones outweighs the places with strong WiFi, however, it might be time to reevaluate the router. Is your router surrounded by any dense materials or appliances such as a microwave or an air conditioning unit? Does your router have a clear line of sight to most of the area? If not, you might only need to move your

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Art Gallery of Viera draws diverse talent to The Avenue BY JUDY BERMAN The Art Gallery of Viera is returning to The Avenues in late September. It will be across from Pizza Gallery & Grill. Jill Blue, owner of the gallery, said the 2,750 square-foot space is about comparable to the shared space it had with Decorativa. The gallery will have a dedicated classroom for meetings and art classes. Blue said the gallery also will have monthly opening receptions. More than 25 member artists’ and guest artists’ works will be exhibited when it opens. “We will feature the member artists in articles in Senior Life and Viera Voice.” The first featured artist will be Jeanette Drake, one of the Art Gallery of Viera’s previous owners. “Jeanette was one of the previous owners, and I wanted her to see the vision I have for this endeavor,” Blue said. “She has helped me through the transition and has given me invaluable tips about the trade.” Helen Wheatley, who was Drake’s partner in the Art Gallery of Viera, also has been helpful and encouraging during the transition. For more coverage on the Art Gallery of Viera, go to page 12. “Helen gave me some solid advice after the purchase about what would work well,” Blue said. “Past member artists have approached me to express their interest in joining the gallery once again. “I’m also opening up the arts to children and families,” she said. “They can come in to learn about different styles and techniques.” Holiday art shows also are planned. “That brought in a lot of traffic (for the artists),” Drake said. “I really want to help them with that.” SL

Wireless headphones offer freedom at a wide range of costs BY CHLOE HO The headphone industry was turned upside down when Apple eliminated the headphone jack from the iPhone, forcing manufactures to find a new way to play audio. This is where wireless headphones came in. Wireless headphones typically use a bluetooth connection to connect to music on a smartphone. They are great for enjoying music on your own while carrying out your day. But wireless headphones aren’t only used for music. “I use wireless headphones mostly for listening to podcasts and audible books,” said Marty Berry, a local senior and wireless headphone user. Although wireless headphones offer a whole new freedom that traditional headphones can’t offer, not all wireless headphones were created equal. Every pair has its strengths and weaknesses and picking one that meets your personal needs is important for getting the most bang for your buck. The most popular wireless headphones on the market as of now are Apple’s AirPods, which cost $159. These headphones are similar to the traditional white Apple earbuds that come with most iPhones except they do not use wires. The AirPods work seamlessly with other Apple devices such as iPhones and Apple Watches and require very little setup. AirPods come in a small white charging case that keeps them charged while not in use. These headphones are great for the Apple user who wants a simple and

headphones do, as well as stellar audio quality. These headphones come in many shapes and sizes with prices starting at $249.95. The Bose wireless noise cancelling headphones are great for someone who values high quality audio and being able to turn off the noise around them. “I use the Bose headphones when I am traveling,’’ said Laurie Ho, a Brevard resident. “They are great for the loud airplane.” These are just two examples of the types of Wireless headphones available. With the amount of options on the market, anyone can find a pair of wireless headphones that meet their needs and budget. SL

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Senior Living Courtenay Springs Village to host panel on housing options BY ERNEST ARICO Courtenay Springs Village will hold an informational panel to discuss the different housing options for seniors. The Merritt Island facility will host the panel discussion on resources for seniors aging in place at 2 p.m. Oct. 24. Debbie Williams, Courtenay Springs Village’s director of marketing, said the event is free and open to the public. “We invite all residents and their families to come,” she said. “We want people to know the difference between independent living vs. assisted living.” Independent living is similar to assisted living, though seniors don’t require daily care and assistance. Residents within an independent living community are typically able to perform everyday tasks, such as preparing meals or cleaning their home, though the facility might offer these services as needed. The panel will address various topics, including assisted living, independent living, long-term care, hospice care and skilled rehabilitation and therapy. Some of the panelists scheduled to attend include: • One Senior Place, Lisa Conway, vice president of care services. She will discuss One Senior Place as a senior resource center for the


community that offers 30-minute consultations to help connect individuals to the resources they need. She also will discuss the different levels of in-home care available, including the One Senior Place Care Management Program. • Kindred at Home, Julie Reilly, home health specialist. Reilly will discuss their Skilled Home Health Services that are available, including nursing services, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, social work and home health aide visits. • Hospice of St. Francis, Dr. John Brodnan, pulmonologist and medical staff member. He will discuss how hospice and palliative care can help individuals with advanced or lifethreatening illnesses focus on their quality of life while continuing to age in the place they call their home. • Courtenay Springs Village, Shonda Brandon, rehabilitation director. Brandon will discuss the rehabilitation and therapy service provided to individuals in Courtenay Springs Village Skilled Nursing Facility. • Courtenay Springs Village, Debbie Williams, director of marketing, and Anna Smith, community outreach coordinator. They will discuss what independent senior living means and entails. Courtenay Springs Village is

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Courtenay Springs Village on Merritt Island is located near Kennedy Space Center and Cocoa Beach. centrally located on the Space Coast of Florida. Its location offers spectacular intracoastal water views, an outdoor heated swimming pool, tropical gardens, a lighted shuffleboard court, a gym with exercise classes, a spacious library with cozy reading nooks and a home theater. Courtenay Springs Village is located near the Kennedy Space Center, National Wildlife Refuge and the world famous Cocoa Beach. They also are near Cocoa Village, which is full of places to shop and restaurants. According to its website, Courtenay Springs Village’s mission is to provide housing options for older adults in an environment that enhances their

quality of life physically, mentally and spiritually. The Retirement Housing Foundation is one of the nation’s largest non-profit providers of housing and services for older adults, persons with disabilities, and low-income families. Courtenay Springs Village is a member of the RHF community, offering affordable living options and services to older adults. Courtenay Springs Village is located at 1200 South Courtenay Parkway on Merritt Island. For more information about Courtenay Springs Village, call 321-452-1233 or go to SL



Popular chef brings ideas to Brevard County BY JENNIFER H. MONAGHAN Tickets for Chef Warren’s cooking demonstrations at the South Mainland Library in Micco go quickly. And it’s not just because they are free. “The presentation does very well in the community,” said Heather Palmer, the library director. “Everyone likes food. He puts on a very good show, and everyone benefits from it.”

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The attendees at Warren’s mostrecent demonstration at the library, many senior citizens, listened raptly, took notes and, at the end of the presentation, crowded around Warren with questions and to taste the salmon he had prepared. Warren Caterson (Chef Warren) is a chef and full-time writer who studied at the Southeast Institute of Culinary Arts. He grew up in a large family that loved to cook, so it was not surprising that he became a home cook. Cooking for his family, “was cathartic for me. It was a nice way for me to relax, and I got pretty good at it,” Warren said. Warren’s career grew by word of mouth. He travels extensively, presenting his informative and entertaining cooking demonstrations all over the country. In Brevard County, he is very popular at libraries. He visits 90 to 100 libraries in Florida each year. He originally targeted newlyweds and young couples who might not have learned how to cook at home. However, Warren was pleased that his lessons, “took off among retirees — empty nesters who were used to cooking for families were now down to two and wanted to learn how to cook for two. They didn’t know how to scale it back.” Warren wants his audiences — everyone — to learn how to “cook at home, how to cook healthy, and with not a lot of leftovers.” For more information about Chef Warren, go to SL

Reopening of the Art Gallery of Viera showcases artist BY JUDY BERMAN Vibrant, bright colors capture artist Jeanette Drake’s watercolor paintings of nature, flowers and wildlife. Drake will be the first featured exhibitor when the Art Gallery of Viera reopens in late September at The Avenue. It’s the details that make those paintings memorable. Drake’s website ( provides many samples of her attention to detail: There’s the engaging charm of Thor as he spreads the bright blue feathers of his wings. Thor II, a Hyacinth Macaw, is always ready to chat up visitors at the Brevard Zoo. Or, try the bold gaze of Phil, a jaguar at the Brevard Zoo. That painting by Drake won first place in watercolor in an annual Titusville Spring Show. These paintings on Drake’s website are just a sample of the life she adds to the subjects she paints. Drake, 73, was one of the previous owners of the Art Gallery of Viera, which closed in 2018. She and Helen Wheatley, the last two owners, sold it to Jill Blue, the publisher of Senior Life and Viera Voice. “I’m excited the Art Gallery is continuing. I didn’t want it to end,” Drake said. “We really wanted to put more


Jeanette Drake, the former owner of the Art Gallery of Viera, began painting in 2003.

time into our art.” Drake began painting in 2003 after she retired as a human resource administrator at Miami Dade College. While she has a studio in her Lake Washington home, she also loves traveling in her RV with Mike and capturing images she wants to paint. Her advice to others who paint, or are interested in starting, is to learn about other artists’ art, and take lessons from various people to learn different techniques. “That way, you learn a lot and find out what you like to paint,” Drake said. SL

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Chili heats up at Veterans Center Cook-Off challenge BY MARIA SONNENBERG


Don Pearsall is chairman of the Brevard Veterans Council.

The weather usually begins cooling down in September, but not at the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center, where a Chili Cook-Off will sizzle palates Sept. 21. The Cook-Off will pit chili-making first responders with veterans, relative newcomers in the chili kitchen. The event should provide proof whether or not firefighters, paramedics and police make the best chili. Don Pearsall, chairman of the Brevard Veterans Council, thinks otherwise. “Firehouse chili takes a back seat to what these former warriors can create,” said Pearsall, who along with American Legion Auxiliary Unit 344 president Dorothy Walsh, will orchestrate the Cook-Off. Last year, it was the American Legion against the Veterans of Foreign Wars teams; the Legion snagged the top-chili trophy. “This year, we decided to join forces

and challenge the first responders,” said Walsh, who is pumped to bring first responders’ cooking egos down a notch. The 2018 Cook-Off drew approximately 1,000 chili fans. At least that many people are expected at the 2019 event, scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Veterans Memorial Center and Museum. Besides the camaraderie and the tastings, the Cook-Off serves a serious purpose. Officially called “Brevard Honors Veterans — Wreaths Across America,” the event will raise funds to make sure every veterans’ grave in every one of the 83 private, community and church cemeteries across Brevard will have a wreath or floral spray for Christmas. Proceeds from the CookOff, together with private donations, will fund the graveside project. “Our motto is “we may not know all of them, but we sure do owe all of them,” said Pearsall, a Vietnam War veteran.

The Cook-Off is open to all veterans’ organizations and first responders, as well as to restaurants or individuals. Vendors are welcome. Registration is $10 for chili cooks. Forprofit vendor registration is $15 and $10 for nonprofit groups. Popular disc jockey Doc Holiday has volunteered to add music to the recipe for a great day. Attendees are encouraged to tour the free military museum and stroll the grounds of the center at 400 S. Sykes Creek Parkway on Merritt Island. Prizes will be awarded in several categories, including most festive chilithemed booth. There is also a fishing competition for children up to age 12 (bring your own tackle). “This event is taking on a life of its own,” Walsh said. For more information or to register, call 321-313-2444 or 321-426-6736. SL

Remembering 9/11 tribute to be held on Merritt Island BY AUSTIN RUSHNELL September 11, 2001 is a day that changed America forever. Thousands of innocent lives were lost to radical terrorism, a long-term war was started in the Middle East, and the daily lives of Americans have become more scrutinized than ever with the passing of reactionary laws. One of the most significant facets of the events of September 11 was how the New York police departments, fire departments and medical staff worked together to mitigate the disaster, many of them losing their lives in the process. Today, we remember not only their dedication on the day of the event, but also their continued sacrifice due to breathing in asbestos particulates,

concrete dust and sustained injuries during 9/11. On Sept. 11 of this year, the Brevard County 10-13 Club will host a memorial tribute event at the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center on Merritt Island. “We’ve been (hosting) this since 9/11,” said Al Boettjer, vice president of the 10-13 Club. “This year, we teamed up with the veterans. And, the reason we did that is because the veterans are continuing to pay the price for what happened on 9/11, while we’re overseas. “People (tend to) forget that the military was involved in 9/11,” Boettjer continued. “The military and the Pentagon was hit badly, also. So, we don’t want everybody to forget. That’s the bottom line.” During the event, the Blue Knights

motorcycle brigade will ride in honor of the veterans. There also will be guest speakers, including an air-traffic controller who was on duty during 9/11. He was monitoring air traffic above Pennsylvania. There also will be a guest speaker from the NYPD. He helped to lead the cleanup following 9/11. “I think that people have become complacent about what’s actually going on in the world today. This didn’t stop at 9/11,” Boettjer added. “The terrorists that were involved in this, (i.e.) the Taliban, Isis, they’re still active. This is continuing, and the military is still paying the price for this overseas. We don’t want people to forget what actually happened.” The Memorial Tribute will be held at 5:45 p.m. at 400 S. Sykes Creek

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Quilters honor local veterans with meaning sewn into their work BY AUSTIN RUSHNELL

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Martin Crawford and his daughter are delighted with their new Quilt of Valor.


Crafting can be a fun and rewarding hobby. Quiltmakers, however, are special in the field of crafting in that they not only sew for the love of the craft, but also to give their treasured work away. Some hand their quilts down to family members or loved ones, but a certain group in Brevard decided to join a national tradition of honoring veterans with their sewing skills. On Aug. 22, quilt makers from the Quilts of Valor gathered at Quilts and Lace in Suntree to pay tribute to six

local veterans, each with their own Quilt of Valor. The Quilts of Valor Foundation is dedicated to supporting service members and veterans by bestowing handmade quilts upon them. Each recipient is nominated by family or friends to be selected by the Quilts of Valor. “A Quilt of Valor is not a charity quilt,” said Carmel Sowers, a representative of Quilts of Valor. “If you are a quilter, you know a quilt consists of three layers: the top of the quilt with the many colors, shapes and fabrics, represents the communities and

the many individuals we are. “The batting is the center of the quilt, its warmth,” Sowers continued. “It represents our hope that this quilt will bring warmth, comfort, peace and healing to the individual who receives it. “The backing is the strength that supports the layers,” Sowers said. “It represents the strength of the recipient, the support of his or her family, our community and our nation. “Finally, it is put together with


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Local officials draw hundreds to help homeless veterans Time and time again Brevard County residents have been ready to help when it comes to honoring veterans and assisting the ones in need. Hundreds turned out last month for a $100-per-person fundraiser — Rescuing Veterans Lost in America — at the Radisson Resort at Port Canaveral. It was organized by Brevard County Property Appraiser Dana Blickley and other constitutional officers — Clerk of Courts Scott Ellis, Sheriff Wayne Ivey, Tax Collector Lisa Cullen, Supervisor of Elections Lori Scott, in addition to the 18th Judicial Circuit State Attorney Phil Archer and Public Defender Blaise Trettis. It is the fifth year that Blickley, whose father served with the Marine

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Corps, has recruited others to help raise money for National Veterans Homeless Support. NVHS is a Brevard-based, non-profit organization that has helped to greatly reduce the homeless veteran population in the area. It looked to me as if the event is outgrowing the convention center at the Radisson. Almost every seat was taken in the

hall at the Radisson Resort, packed with 46 tables with 10 chairs each. “There is no county better than Brevard when it comes to veterans’ advocacy,” Blickley said. “It’s a testament to what Brevard means to veterans.” George Taylor Sr., founder of NVHS, said Blickley is tops when it comes to individuals who care about helping veterans in need. Taylor said the homelessness among veterans has been reduced from about 1,800 just a few years ago to a little more than 200 today. Some of the homeless simply do not want to go into transitional housing. NVHS operates transitional houses where they help veterans access their benefits, help them to find work and a permanent home of their own.

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott was the keynote speaker for the event that drew state, county and city officials from around Brevard. Companies and organizations in Brevard helped to sponsor and donated items to be auctioned at the event, held July 27. The event highlighted the case of a veteran helped by NVHS. Michael Moran went from homelessness in 2018 to rekindling a relationship with family, moving into permanent housing and receiving a 100 percent disability rating form the Department of Veterans Affair. His is one example of the dozens helped by NVHS. The organization also is working to help prevent low income veterans from falling into homelessness. SL

Veterans Center chair is military Renaissance man BY MARIA SONNENBERG

The recently elected chair of the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center and Museum has walked the walk when it comes to affairs military, and that is just the beginning of Don Pearsall’s resume. Pearsall has sacrificed his nearest and dearest, his son, in the service of his country. Pearsall’s son, David, was a casualty of Desert Storm. A Vietnam veteran, Pearsall completed two tours of duty there, one with the Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st. Cavalry Division, and one with the 1st Aviation Brigade, 155 Assault Helicopter Company. “I was a UH1 Huey door gunner,” said Pearsall. In 1968, while supporting Army infantry during the Tet Offensive, Pearsall was shot down over the Central Highlands. He survived, and was shot down again, this time in 1969 while taking off after an insertion mission in Quyn Nhon. “I spent time at the 45th Surgical Hospital at Tay Ninh and at the Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii,”

said Pearsall, who was later taken to Kimborough Army Medical Center in Maryland to recuperate. After leaving the military, Pearsall embarked on multiple careers. “I started my post-Army working career as a lineman for New York telephone, worked my way up to cable splicer and then into management a few years later,” he said. He also completed training as an emergency medical technician and served as a captain/assistant chief for the Nesconset Fire Department in Long Island, New York. There’s more, too, for Pearsall is a certified professional life coach and a certified peer support specialist specializing in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He co-owns “Connections to a New Life,” an agency recognized worldwide as a resource for veteran PTSD issues, regardless of country. “PTSD does not discriminate or recognize borders,” he said. The Canaveral Groves resident teaches substance abuse classes and a PTSD self-help program called “Been There, Done That,” as well



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responsible for the 3,385 members of the 14 VFW posts in Brevard and Osceola counties. Even with such a full plate, Pearsall still finds time to be part of the four-man team that is restoring that military icon of the Vietnam War, a UH-1 Huey helicopter, to air-worthy status for the Warbird Museum in Titusville. SL


serving in the Air Force at Patrick Air Force Base, nominated by Diana Hensley. “A lot of these guys served during Vietnam, and they didn’t get much of a welcome home,” said Dave Graham, founding member of the local Quilts of Valor. “These veterans, they sacrificed a lot, and a lot of them are just now getting welcomed home. It’s wonderful just to honor people for what they’re doing, and to give them that recognition (that they deserve). You give somebody a quilt, and it’s something that they can cherish; whenever they use it, they’re reminded again of the backing, support and love that we as a nation have (for them).” For more information about the Quilts of Valor Foundation, go to SL

continued from page 15 stitching. Each stitch that holds the layers together represents love, gratitude and sometimes the tears of the maker,” she concluded. At the presentation event, six recipients, having been previously nominated, were chosen to receive a Quilt of Valor: • Joe Rivera, who served from 1969 to 1971 in the Army, nominated by Debby Perez. • Ronald Grey, who served from 1958 to 1979 in the Army, nominated by Cindy Post. • Darrel Roberts, who served during Operation Desert Storm, nominated by Heather Roberts. • Michelle Roberts, who served in the navy during the 1970s, also nominated by Heather Roberts. • Martin Crawford, who is currently




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STEM students enjoyed the introduction of an inaugural program created by volunteers at Titusville’s Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum who have come out of retirement to help teach STEM — or Science, Technology, Electronics and Math — concepts.

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Commander Norman Daniels the STEM Appreciation Award for “putting his heart and soul into the Valiant Air Command.” During the cookout, team member Frances Cottle encouraged students to follow their career dreams. “There is no such thing as a hard or difficult technology,” she said. The second STEM session begins in October, and the warbirds’ volunteers will be there. “There is nothing greater in life than to pass on knowledge,” Teixeira said. For more information, go to SL


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Volunteers at Titusville’s Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum have come out of retirement to help teach STEM — or Science, Technology, Electronics and Math — concepts. Actually, the Command’s program addresses STEMA, since aviation was added to the mix for the 16 students ages 10 to 17 enrolled in the inaugural program aimed at helping young people develop skill sets that will meet future career requirements. In addition to helping students develop technical competence, the program also infuses new blood into the museum’s volunteer base. “With the aging of volunteers at the Museum, we need youth to get active in the areas that would need to be filled in due to attrition,” said Bill Teixeira, who coordinates the STEM initiative, the first in the Museum’s history. Local schools, particularly Astronaut High School, were instrumental in recruiting students for the free program. Kennedy Space Center’s Space-Track Team agreed to lead some of the classes. Patrick Air Force Base 920th Rescue Wing also joined in the endeavor, sending Capt. Elizabeth Holloway to teach flight basics on a T-34 Navy Trainer aircraft. Military veterans, teachers and other community members volunteered to share their skills with

the young people. Not only did the students hone their STEM skills, but they also sharpened their ability to work with each other. “It was interesting to see how the older students took the younger students under their wing at times to help out,” Teixeira said. The first STEM session, which started in April of this year, ended in July with a cookout for students, parents, VAC members and guests. An awards presentation also was held. Representing the STEM Valiant Radials, Astronaut High School ROTC cadet Koshena Nemband presented

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Patrick Air Force Base welcomes military veterans BY MARIA SONNENBERG

Patrick Air Force Base will roll out the red carpet for local military veterans with RAD, or Retiree Appreciation Day, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. The free special event is open to all military retired members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard, as well as retired members of the Public Health Service, NOAA and their spouses. All attendees must have a valid retired military identification card to gain entrance into PAFB that day. “The goal is to host military retired members of the community that sacrificed so much for their country,” said RAD coordinator George Caddy. Approximately 60 service organizations will distribute information from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Patrick Fitness Center Gymnasium that day. “Attendees will be able to ask questions to area service providers at the information tables venue, and the Patrick AFB ID Card Office will be open for renewals,” Caddy said.

Special presentations will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the PAFB theater. Guest speakers include U.S. Rep. Bill Posey, R-Rockledge, as well as representatives from the Social Security Administration, American Heart Association, VA Clinic, Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Humana Health Group, Arthritis Foundation, Alzheimer’s Foundation and others. “All attendees are invited to hear military retiree specific presentations in the areas of health, finance and local, state and national matters,” added Caddy. Transportation will be provided between the designed parking lots, theater and Fitness Center Gymnasium. It has been four years since Patrick Air Force Base hosted a RAD, once held every other year. Organizers expect 700 or more retirees to attend, since retiree-rich Brevard County ranks among the top 40 counties among the nation’s 3,100 counties. For more information, go to gopatrickfl. com or email SL

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George Caddy, left, is the Retiree Appreciation Day (RAD) coordinator and project emeritus recruiter at Patrick Air Force Base. Joseph Tichich is the director of PAFB’s Retirees’ Activities Office. He said military retirees are welcome to attend the 2019 RAD.

MOAACC continues its work to help Brevard County schools SPECIAL TO SENIOR LIFE Members of the Cape Canaveral Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAACC) are excited about the 2019-2020 school year. On Aug. 6, they joined in the Brevard County secondary school teachers’ in-service day at Viera High School.


MOAACC representatives met with area teachers to highlight the Veterans Back to Class (VBS) program, sponsored by the chapter, in conjunction with the Joe Foss Institute (JFI) and the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center. VBS has military veteran volunteers visit classes to discuss citizenship, civic responsibilities, service, and military


values with the students. One teacher commented that she was not aware of the program, but said, “This is just what we need!” Brevard County’s VBC/JFI program is one of the largest in the nation. At the in-service, MOAACC members also met with the area’s JROTC instructors. The MOAACC Good Deeds

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smoking,” Abouelleil said. “If you are among those with an increased risk factor, you should start the screening process at age 45 instead of 50. For the average 60-year-old male, the chances in finding cancer is from 30 to 60 percent. The exam is a PSA blood test.” Abouelleil said the American Cancer Society recommends PSA screening and prostate cancer screening because it is the best look that we have today. “The gray area is when to stop screening,” Abouelleil said. “Everyone will get it if he lives long enough and an 80-year-old male is 70 to 80 percent more likely to get it. I stop screening at age 75, However, if my patients have excellent health, I usually don’t stop screening unless the health problems of the patients

preclude further screening.” According to the doctor, 174,000 men are diagnosed every year with prostate cancer and 30,000 people die of prostate cancer each year. So check for prevention. Early detection and early screening are two main points Abouelleil discusses with his patients. “Talk about it with a primary care physician and have a plan,” Abouelleil said. “Your overall health and other conditions are a good topic to discuss. Cancer is almost always silent without any symptoms usually too advanced to cure. Detect early so you can cure it.” Getting the exam, having the screening blood tests and talking about it with your primary care physician are his recommendations for men’s prostate health. .SL


Dr. Mourad Abouelleil urges men 50 and older to have a prostate exam.

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Prayer warrior bikes her way to good health


Up every day at 3 a.m., Elva Paddison says she’s a prayer warrior, closely following a daily routine in the morning to pray and read. But, by 6:30 a.m., she mounts her threewheel bike and takes off for an up to two-mile bike hike through the neighborhood of Lamplighter Village. “I am doing really well for God the Father wakes me up every morning at 3 a.m.,” said Paddison, who is 100 years old. “I am up dressing from 3, 4 a.m. deciding what to wear. I have lived right here in this three-bedroom house and have been riding bikes since 2004.” Her bike rides include Thomas Tavares, her live-in caregiver. “Her biking used to take her by my house every morning and she ate breakfast with me,” Tavares said. “Then she spent about five hours on the bike — three in the morning and two in the afternoon. “Everybody in the park loves her.” “I know about every person and every home,” Paddison said about the residents. “I pray for them and say kind words to them, and people stop me to chat and give me kind words.” Physically fit and a cancer survivor, Paddison said she just loves biking and her routine. “As long as my back holds, my upper legs and hips and knees work and my lower legs work and my feet work, I will continue to bike,” Paddison added.

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Elva Paddison, 100, prepares for her morning bike ride around Lamplighter Village. Keeping healthy, she said she doesn’t eat beef and pork. “I go fowl and chicken, mainly chicken, but some turkey,” Paddison said. “I am cautious of the vegetables, but like broccoli and corn-on-the-cob and string beans. I love egg drop soup with noodles. I just love that soup. I love oriental, and I like stuffed crab and salmon.”

Meditating throughout the day and taking time to play her piano, Paddison said there are three things to live by — “always stay cheerful, the most important one is to love much and the third one is laugh often. Be happy it is a new morning. You don’t know what is going to happen any hour of your day and I pray often.” SL

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Is medical marijuana the right prescription for you? BY AUSTIN RUSHNELL

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James Jackson of Discovery Village At Melbourne, left, presents a $300 check to Theresa Clifton of the Brevard Humane Society following the community’s Hot Dogs for the Dogs Charity Event in June.

Melbourne senior community raises awareness, funds for Humane Society

SPECIAL TO SENIOR LIFE Discovery Village At Melbourne presented a $300 donation to the Brevard Humane Society following the senior living community’s successful Hot Dogs for the Dogs Charity Event. The funds will go toward providing food and care for the shelter’s animals as they await to be adopted. “Pets help brighten and enrich the lives of so many residents of Discovery Village At Melbourne,” Executive Director Ken VanDyck said. “It’s with a great deal of love and appreciation that we partner with the Brevard Humane Society

to support a cause that’s near and dear to our community — helping homeless animals in our local area.” The Hot Dogs for the Dogs was in June at Discovery Village At Melbourne, but some don’t want to wait until next summer to do it again. “I’ve already had multiple calls come in asking when we would be doing the event again,” said Senior Lifestyle Counselor James Jackson. Discovery Village, at 3260 N. Harbour City Blvd., offers supervised independent living apartments as well as assisted living and memory care options.SL

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Marijuana, more accurately known as cannabis, has recently been reevaluated by the medical field as to its possible health benefits. According to Tengwen Long in an archaeobotanical article titled, “Cannabis in Eurasia (...),” a site near Japan contains cannabis seeds, which would accurately date the usage of cannabis roughly 10,000 years in the past. Throughout this time, cannabis has been used in a variety of ways, including for its healing properties. On Aug. 19, One Senior Place in Viera offered the local community a seminar led by Dr. Frank Filiberto of Marijuana of Brevard. The event was titled “Medical Marijuana to Treat Chronic Everyday Pains.” Filiberto spoke about the possible benefits of cannabis, as well as information to dispel popular myths. “Medical marijuana use for seniors is a very hot topic,” said Barbara Fradkin, director of One Senior Place, in a recent press release. “A growing body of scientific research now points to significant benefits of medical marijuana for a number of different health conditions. “(Cannabis) is also one of the safest medicines Dr. Filiberto has ever (recommended),” Fradkin added during the event. One local doctor who provides medical cannabis guidance is Dr. John Madlener, whose practice is located at ​903 Jordan Blass Drive in Suntree. He gave Senior Life insight on how a patient might determine whether they would be a medical marijuana candidate. “If somebody is trying to determine whether they’d be a candidate for medical marijuana, there’s a number of ways,” Madlener explained. “If you’re somewhat internet savvy, you can go to the Florida Department of Health website. On their website, they have a little section that says the ‘Office of Medical Marijuana Use’, and if you click on that it’ll bring your to a page that has information for patients. “If you’re not internet savvy, I would say to either talk to your primary physician,” Madlener continued. “Or, if you have certain medical conditions like cancer, you would talk to your oncologist; if you have GI problems like Crohn’s disease, talk to your gastroenterologist, (etc.).” “I think the taboo has significantly worn off,” Madlener added. “The majority of my patients that I see at my medical cannabis clinic are of the average age of 50, 55.” During the seminar, Filiberto outlined a variety of medical uses for cannabis, including for easing the symptoms of chronic pain, for helping patients to tolerate the harmful effects of chemotherapy, and for nausea, pain

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Dr. Frank Filiberto spoke at One Senior Place about the medical benefits of cannabis, especially for seniors.

and vomiting that come with daily, chronic sufferers of various illnesses. “Most frequently dispensed in smokeless form and available for home delivery, medical marijuana is finding favor with Brevard seniors for relief from a number of maladies, including chronic pain,” One Senior Place officials stated. “Ill Floridians have the right to obtain and use medical marijuana (cannabis) with a recommendation by a physician who has determined that the person’s health would benefit from marijuana use in the treatment of cancer, epilepsy, AIDS, HIV, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, chronic pain or any other illness for which marijuana provides relief as outlined by the Medical Marijuana Use Registry.” Filiberto also described the various ways in which cannabis can be prescribed and used. He stressed the importance of both of the chemical compounds THC and CBD in use together, creating what Filiberto described as an “entourage effect.” This entourage effect is the synergy that exists when both THC and CBD are used in conjunction with each other. During the event, some attendees asked if the CBD that is widely available in stores and gas stations is the same as is offered by licensed dispensaries. This is not the case. Dispensaries offer CBD and THC products only to those with medical licenses. The widely available CBD does not contain THC, which is the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. Thus, it does not provide the natural synergy of CBD and THC together. For more information about the medical use of cannabis, go to Filiberto’s website at SL

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By Randal Hill

They were stardust, they were golden — the reality of Woodstock in 1969

Half a century ago in an atmosphere redolent of cow manure and marijuana smoke, 500,000 young people came together on the hillside of a farm in New York state. The historic Woodstock concert of Aug. 15 to 18, 1969 became the watershed moment of the late1960s counterculture generation and offered attendees a brief respite from political assassinations, inner-city race riots, anti-war demonstrations, Chappaquiddick, Charles Manson, a raging foreign war that made no sense, a general feeling of hopelessness and visions of a bleak future — if any future existed. Translation: It was time to party! The architects of Woodstock included idea men Michael Lang, a concert promoter, Capitol Records VP pal Artie Kornfeld, along with trust-fund millionaires John Roberts and Joel Rosenman, who were both willing to fund Lang’s pet project — a history-making concert of prodigious proportions that would feature the current crème de la crème of the rockmusic world and ensure a huge profit for the investors. In January 1969, the foursome named their fledgling company Woodstock Ventures, the title honoring

Lang’s artsy-adopted hometown 108 miles north of the Big Apple and his hoped-for site of the biggest music gathering ever. But Woodstock locals turned thumbs down on the idea of a horde of rowdy, unwashed, long-haired hippies descending on their Norman Rockwellstyle village. After required permits were denied, the four men then set their sights on the hamlet of Wallkill, 64 miles to the south. The Wallkill locals were assured that the Woodstock concert — due to its coolness cachet, the original name was retained — would be a low-key, folky affair drawing no more than 50,000 music fans. Given the green light, Woodstock Ventures leased the nearby 300-acre Mills Industrial Park and went to work. Beginning with Creedence Clearwater Revival, top rock acts of the day were soon signed (at top dollar, in order to secure the biggest names), and aroundthe-clock toil was begun on prepping the area. However, Wallkill folks also began to get cold feet. A hastily organized zoning board of appeals denied the necessary permits. Howls of protest from Woodstock Ventures fell on deaf ears and the proposed concert, now only one month away, appeared to be

Beach full of fun in so many ways

Life can be a real beach sometimes. You know, the brilliant sun, the powdery white soft sand, gentle surf and just enough breeze to keep you comfortable. Now that’s a real beach right? Not. That’s a Hallmark Movie beach. On my beach in 20 minutes, the sun will cook you like an overdone lobster. The powdery white soft sand is such a pleasure to walk on but, if I’m only walking on it, you know like the bottom of my feet are the only thing touching the sand, how do they defy gravity to travel up 4 feet into the netting of my swimsuit? There’s always a bunch there. Take off your sandals when you get home and what spills all over the floor? Sand. What’s on the seats of your car the next day? Sand. Under your fingernails? Sand. What, do they multiply like love bugs once you take them away from their natural environment? I’m telling you something is wrong here. If I have that much sand attached to everything I encountered that day, and there’s a thousand other people doing the same thing, there shouldn’t be any left on the beach. The gentle surf is another story. Recently, while on St. Pete Beach with some friends in the always calm Gulf of Mexico, I witnessed the most hilarious sequence of events. Our friend was trying to help my


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dead in the water. Everyone panicked except Lang, who assured his partners that everything would somehow work out. Given a tip from a realtor friend, Lang journeyed 33 miles west and met with an open-minded Bethel, New York dairy farmer named Max Yasgur, who agreed to lease a sizeable portion of his sprawling property in nearby White Lake. As before, Lang had pitched the idea that no more than

50,000 concertgoers would show up. In mid-August, a river of cars, vans and trucks flowed into White Lake until their drivers could go no farther. Many abandoned their vehicles and walked or hitched rides in cars inching toward Yasgur’s sacred grounds, a bowl-shaped cow pasture that sloped

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Power of the written word still Herculean to this day

What do I say? How do I say it? Our life continues to be full of choices about words to use in communicating with others. Picking the right words can make the difference in what people understand about our message. Remember the trouble you had when using bad words? There might have been punishment to include getting your mouth washed out with soap. In our youth, we experimented with words used by older children on the playground. We were challenged to try them and learned the consequences. During our dating and courting years, we selected words wisely with emotional meanings. Notes with sweet nothings were attached to boxes of candy and bouquets of flowers. Words of love got us in trouble, or happily

Challenges of Living to Age 100 Ed Baranowski married. As we accumulated knowledge, our vocabulary expanded. Some were practical, technical and useful. Some of us were challenged by strange words and odd meanings. Word Power, a special section of Reader’s Digest for the past 75 years, helped us learn new words, pronunciations and meanings. Lexophiles — lovers

of words — are excited about special new words and how to use them. In our day-to-day experiences, we use words to share our thoughts and extend best wishes. Hallmark has helped us with greeting cards to match our situation or condition. Blank note cards give us the challenge to write our own message in our own words. As we move along in life, we often try to find the right words of sympathy. Whether written or spoken, “I’m sorry for your loss,” or “You are in my thoughts and prayers” meets the challenge. Social media today gives all of us the opportunity to share words with a specific audience or single person. Public officials have opted to use Twitter, Facebook and email platforms to thank, admonish, harass, bully

and exploit friends and foes. Word choices make many cringe. Words through the internet outlets can trigger demonstrations, riots or calm people. Lack of civility in word choices and delivery has become part of current messages. Special days and events, including birthdays, anniversaries, graduation, marriage and promotions, trigger the need to make wise word choices. Search for the words that help you live longer. Each day include the words: thanks, enjoy, adapt, move, create, sing, dance and love. What is the longest word in the English language? SL

throughout the semester with a faculty instructor. Since I was volunteering at my daughter’s pre-school, reaching the number of hours required to complete the course would not be a problem. Besides giving students the experience of servicing the community in some capacity, the core message of the course was to be the change where we identified change was needed. My instructor was Erin Baird-Jack, a living example of compassion and passion for community service. BairdJack is an inspiration and the message of making a difference wherever we go got engraved in my heart. While taking the class, I took my then-6-year-old daughter Melissa on a landfill tour to answer her questions about what happened to garbage collected by garbage trucks. During that tour, I learned that Brevard’s recycling rate was only 30 percent. My community engagement gene immediately kicked in and I decided to do something about that. “Perhaps if people had access to more information and resources, they would know what to do and how important it is to recycle,” I thought. My life was about to change and a new journey about to start. I created a blog and a Facebook page and named them Recycle, Brevard! to represent the call to action that it meant to be. And just like that Recycle Brevard was born. Recycle Brevard started as online resources and evolved to be an independent nonprofit organization 100 percent run by volunteers, 100 percent funded by donations and

mission-related services we offer such as recycling for events. After a few years operating from home, in 2017 we opened our facility in Rockledge. From volunteering around the community and sharing useful information online, I became the president of an organization that I wholeheartedly believe in. Once a recognized student for the number of hours put toward community projects, in May 2019 I was back at the Eastern Florida State College (EFSC) recognition ceremony to celebrate other students’ achievements in the area of servicelearning. This time, I was representing Recycle Brevard, an EFSC community partner honored for being listed this fall on EFSC’s Link Directory, a directory of volunteer and servicelearning opportunities for EFSC students. During the academic year of 20182019, 20 Community Involvement courses were offered at EFSC throughout its four campuses, with a total of 223 students immersing themselves in the true lessons the course teaches us: be an active member of our community. Congratulations, graduates. Those numbers make me wonder how many of you will listen and embrace what the community calls for. Community Involvement is a commitment that the class unpacks. Your experience during the class might present you with challenges. Be the change. SL

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Community Involvement class changes life of Brevard resident

Have you ever enrolled in a class that changed the course of your life? Community Involvement did that to me. A few years after receiving my bachelor’s degree, I decided to go back to school. In 2011, I was working toward my Associate of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and Associate of Arts degree at Eastern Florida State College, formerly Brevard Community College. I needed a Social Science class and Community Involvement, described as a course that “provides the student with a unique opportunity to examine community service and citizenship in

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Job fair scheduled for Sept. 4 in Palm Bay SPECIAL TO SENIOR LIFE

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CareerSource Brevard will conduct its annual job fair at the Tony Rosa Community Center in Palm Bay from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 4. The event theme for this year is “Honoring our Vietnam Veterans.” The job fair will be open to the public, with more than 40 employers in attendance looking to hire qualified job seekers. There will be no cost for job seekers or employers. Close to 600 job seekers attended a job fair in June. Some of the employers attending will range from manufacturing, construction, IT, assembly, education, retail, call centers and security. The Vietnam Veterans Traveling Museum also will be on display. SL

Straight talk on how the dollars are spent In 2016, Brevard County voters approved a 10-year, half-cent sales tax to help bring back the health of the Indian River Lagoon. From the Brevard’s Save Our Lagoon Brevard Indian River Project Plan, developed by scientists Lagoon Coalition and the Brevard Natural Resources Management Department, allocates the roughly $40 million annually to projects that remove existing The average Brevard family pollutants, prevent new pollutants contributes only $40 per year to the from entering the waterway or to County’s Save Our Lagoon trust restore water quality. fund, with visitors contributing Most projects are matched by funds approximately 40 percent of the from the cities managing them, such dollars raised. as septic system removals, stormwater Many non-profit groups participate upgrades and muck removal. in Lagoon restoration activities, To ensure the voters have a voice, including the Brevard Zoo, Keep a Citizen Oversight Committee Brevard Beautiful and the Marine (COC) reviews all funding proposals Resources Council. to ensure the money will produce To find a complete listing of places substantive results. to volunteer, go to The COC makes recommendations volunteer. to the County Commission, which has For more information on how final approval. Committee members you can help the lagoon, go to represent the fields of science, or technology, education, finance, real BIRLC. SL estate and lagoon advocacy. The meetings are held at 8:30 a.m. on the third Friday of each month. Stay connected with us! They are open to the public and Go to Facebook/SeniorLife televised on Space Coast TV. To learn more about Brevard County’s role, go to SaveOurLagoon/Home. The Brevard Indian River Lagoon Coalition (HelpTheLagoon. org) is a leading, independent CALL TODAY! FREE Hearing Test unifying voice working with including FREE In Office Demo of community partners to restore Latest Technology in Hearing Aids! the Indian River Lagoon. The coalition focuses on public education and awareness to engage citizens and officials in helping the NOW MAKING Lagoon. Public forums, robust HOUSE CALLS online news and information, IN-HOME and reports on Citizen EVALUATION* *small service charge Oversight Committee and 321-253-6310 County Commission meetings 8085 Spyglass Hill Rd., Viera (inside One Senior Place) help to educate the public. SERVING ALL OF BREVARD The Coalition is nonFinancing available, Insurance accepted partisan and not-for-profit. SANDRA WAGNER BC-HIS It is not a part of the government.

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The wooden boardwalk at the Riverwalk Nature Center winds through mesic and hydric hammocks.

Riverwalk Nature Center sits secretly in Rockledge

Located directly on the Indian River Lagoon in nearby Rockledge is an interesting and inviting compact Nature Center that would be of major interest for everyone in your family. The accommodating park located at 5355 U.S. 1 is called Riverwalk: A Family Park. The Nature Center building, designed in the typical Florida Cracker style, conducts many classes and hands-on activities for the public about marine life. Enjoy its popular interactive touch tanks and learn about the native environment of the lagoon. There are many informative display tables on the lagoon’s extensive marine life. Visitors also will be introduced to the diamondback terrapins, a rare turtle species. Riverwalk Nature Center is one of only two facilities in the county to house them. Riverwalk Nature Center also is one of the two Brevard County official sites for the Florida Master Naturalist Program. This is a 40-hour University of Florida extension education program that will teach courses about Florida’s ecosystems. Enrollment in the course is open to anyone older than 18 who is looking to learn more about Florida’s environment. For information, go to Just outside of the Nature Center is a 900-foot-long accommodating wooden boardwalk that winds through both mesic (moist soil ) and hydric (very wet soil ) hammocks. Hammock is a term used in the southeastern United States for stands of local trees. As you walk along the wellshaded boardwalk, gaze at the Florida mangroves, a wide variety of plants,

Touring the Town John Trieste and the diverse native vegetation that will not be found farther north. The boardwalk ends at the Lagoon, and here you will see all types of local marine life. Here are some interesting facts about this local gem. The Indian River Lagoon is a 156-miles-long estuary stretching from the Ponce de Leon Inlet to the Jupiter Inlet. The lagoon contains more species of wildlife than any other estuary in North America. Here are the fantastic numbers: Fish species are more than 600; bird species more than 350; plant species more than 2,100; and animal species more than 2,200. The Indian River Lagoon also is the only body of water in the world where you will find the Atlantic Salt Marsh Snake. I strongly recommend that your entire family stop at the Riverwalk Nature Center to explore even more of what our outstanding Indian River Lagoon has to offer. The Riverwalk Nature Center is located at 5355 U.S. 1 in Rockledge. It is just north of Viera Boulevard and U.S. 1. There is no admission charge. For information, call 321-433-4490 or email It is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday. SL

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The Riverwalk Nature Center offers a fine view of the Indian River Lagoon.








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Fat Quarter Frenzy

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Space Coast Jazz Society

2 p.m. Guitarist Ryan Waszmer and friends. Rockledge Country Club 1591 S. Fiske Blvd. Rockledge, 321-636-6022


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1 - 2 p.m. Relaxing and rejuvenating Chair Yoga, $5/class. Viera Regional Community Ctr. 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 321-626-1969

5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Free golf tips included with a paid bucket of balls. Duran Golf Club 7032 Stadium Pkwy. Viera, 321-504-7776

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National Voters Registration Day

Free Tip Tuesday’s

ANA Coin Talk

9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Mondays 5:30 - 7:45 p.m. Meet with Bob Mellor of Information and answers the American Numismatic about hearing loss and solutions to it for a safe and Association to talk about coins. healthy lifestyle. Suntree/Viera Library One Senior Place 902 Jordan Blass Drive 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-253-6310 Suntree, 321-255-4404

National Coffee Day


Space Coast Farmers Market Busy Fingers Crafts 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Local artists, crafts, fresh produce and much more. Larry Schultz Park 2560 Fiske Blvd. Rockledge, 321-961-2732

10 a.m. - noon One or more books will be read and a craft is done. Ages 2 & older. Suntree Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404

Art Discussion Goup

9 - 11 a.m. Make items for The Brevard Sharing Center, local nursing homes and hospice with your craft of choice, whether it be knitting, making jewelry or working on a plastic canvas. Martin Andersen Senior Center 1025 Florida Ave. Rockledge, 321-639-8256

Story Time

National Lazy Mom’s Day

Brevard Antiques Club

10 a.m. - noon Meets the first Friday of the month. Suntree Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404

Joseph Ribkoff Trunk Show First Friday Food Truck 1 - 7 p.m. Featuring fall and holiday styles. Refreshments provided. Gift with purchase. La Moda Boutique 6395 N. Wickham Road Suntree, 321-773-5234

3 - 9 p.m. Market starts at 3 p.m. Food trucks start 5 p.m. Viera Regional Park 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 321-759-3713



Senior Game Room

5:30 - 10 p.m. Join us for some food and fun, $15 first child and $10 for each additional child. Viera Regional Community Ctr. 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 321-433-4891


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11:30 a.m. Sept. 11 & 12 Information on medicare followed by free lunch. Perkins Restaurant & Bakery 8200 N. Wickham Road Viera, 844-279-6346

4 - 4:45 p.m. New sport every month. Ages 3 to 5 years, $35 per four-week session. Viera Regional Community Ctr. 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 321-987-0647


Talk like a Pirate Day


Help newcomers to Suntree area get to know their new community. Suntree Country Club 1 Country Club Drive Suntree, 321-254-6500

Brevard Eye’s Dr. Rafael Trespalacios welcomes you to explore innovations that can restore aging eyesight. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-984-3200

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Ballroom Dancing

5 - 8 p.m. Live music, complimentary 6 - 8 p.m. Wear your best Hawaiian shirt food and drinks. for a chance to win a prize. The Avenue, Central Park Expedia Cruise Ship Centers 2261 Town Center Ave. 6375 N. Wickham Road Viera, 321-634-5390 Viera, 321-233-1400


2 - 3 p.m. Martin Andersen Senior Center 1025 Florida Ave., Bldg. 1 Rockledge, 321-452-1944




9 a.m. Wednesdays Free complimentary yoga with a certified instructor. The Avenue Central Park 2261 Town Center Ave. Viera, 321-634-5390

10 a.m. Presented by Elder Law Attorney William A. Johnson, P.A. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-253-1667

3 p.m. Explore innovations that can restore aging eyesight with Brevard Eye. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-984-3200

Yoga in the Park

Brown Bag BINGO

1:30 - 3:30 p.m. “Greggory’s Back!” Hosted by Vascular Vein Centers. Bring your lunch, drinks will be provided. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-751-6771

National Brave Day

Medicaid Planning Seminar Insights on Eyesight

Open House

4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Buena Vida Estates 2129 West New Haven Ave. Melbourne, 800-742-0060


National Family Day

Yoga in the Park

9 a.m. Wednesdays Free complimentary yoga with a certified instructor. The Avenue, Central Park 2261 Town Center Ave. Viera, 321-634-5390

USA Dance Space Coast Chapter #6003

7 - 10 p.m. Lesson and refreshments are included in entry fee of $12. Martin Andersen Senior Ctr. 1025 S. Florida Ave. Rockledge

National Live Creative Day


7 p.m. Concert by Space Coast Symphony Orchestra Scott Center for Performing Arts 5625 Holy Trinity Drive Viera, 855-252-7276

Housing for Homeless Gala

6 - 10 p.m. Dinner, music and auction. 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Indian River Colony Club Celebrate the success of 1936 Freedom Drive businesses. Space Coast Convention Ctr. Viera, 321-639-0166 301 Tucker Lane Cocoa, 321-459-2200

Free Inflammatory Bowel Neighbors of Suntree Fall Coffee Insights on Eyesight 3 p.m. 10 a.m. Disease Seminar 6 - 7 p.m. Discussion on diet, preventive care and treatment. Hosted by Rockledge Regional Medical Center. Space Coast Health Foundation 1100 Rockldge Blvd. Rockledge, 800-522-6363




Kids Night Out

Noon - 4 p.m. Do you like to play Mahjong or Bridge? Tables and Chairs provided. $2 per person. Viera Regional Community Ctr. 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 321-433-4891

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8 a.m. - 9 p.m. An open house event with fresh flowers and small flags provided so visitors can pay their respects to the fallen. The Avenue Viera 2261 Town Center Avenue Viera, 321-634-5390


6 - 7:45 p.m. Come and meet the toy clan. Games, goody bags, Fencing crafts and face painting. 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Ages 13 and up, equipment UNO’s Pizzeria & Grill provided, $10/class. 8260 N. Wickham Road Viera Regional Community Ctr. Viera, 321-255-1400 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 321-258-1054

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Local artists, crafts, fresh produce and much more. Larry Schultz Park 2560 Fiske Blvd. Rockledge, 321-961-2732

Noon - 4 p.m. Join your friends to play pickleball, $2 per person. Viera Regional Community Ctr. 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 321-433-4891

9/11 Memorial Event

1-5 p.m. Speakers from anti-aging aesthetic companies and local physicians. 7000 Spyglass Ct., #300 Viera 321-421-7111

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12:30 p.m. 5:30 - 7 p.m. Suntree Viera Library Adapt discipline while learning traditional karate. 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404 $35/month, $40/family. Viera Regional Community Ctr. 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 321-848-3197

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 20 Fat quarters for $30 from Aug. 31 to Sept. 7. The Quilt Place 575 Barton Blvd. Rockledge, 321-632-3344

National Grandparents Day




Sixth annual Space Coast Soo Bahk Do Championship

9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Wed. & Sat. Demonstrations, training clinics and divisions for tots, kids and adults. Viera Regional Community Ctr. 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 321-604-6327

Aquatic Kids Night Out

6 - 10 p.m. Enjoy an evening out while your kids enjoy swimming, pool games, a movie and pizza. McLarty Park 790 Barton Blvd. Rockledge, 321-633-1874

28 28 Night

5 p.m. Local vendors, local charity. 28 North Gastropub 2250 Town Center Ave. Viera, 321-241-1159

Zonta Club of Melbourne

5 p.m. Come to dance or just enjoy 50s & 60s music, live auction. Melbourne Auditorium 625 East Hibiscus Blvd. Melbourne, 321-729-0755




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Sat. Oct. 19 Saturday, Oct. 19 • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 10Scarecrow a.m. - 2 p.m. Stroll Dates, Oct. 2 - 16 The Avenue Viera Oct. 2-16 The Avenue Viera Viera, Rockledge, Suntree For information, call 321-242-1235 Cash prizes for winners in each age group

What’s happening with the Indian River Lagoon and what can you do to help? The Brevard Indian River Lagoon Coalition, a group of nonprofits working to help restore our unique waterways, will share information on the health of the lagoon, fertilizer regulations, lagoon-friendly landscaping, progress of the County restoration plan, places to enjoy the water, and much more. Look for the article on page 27.

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to a flat space — a perfect setting for the expansive performance stage — and next to a crystal-clear lake. But problems were far from over for the Woodstock Ventures men. Rented portable ticket stands were never delivered, and the incoming human tsunami that weekend pushed over the rickety fences that had been erected around the perimeter. After a while, Woodstock was declared a free event, which meant that Roberts and Rosenman were out about $10 million in today’s money. In between the onstage entertainment, the concert attendees often cavorted, skinny-dipped and made love with abandon — not always privately — as they endured stifling heat and humidity, booming thunderstorms and howling winds. They also gamely staved off exhaustion, thirst, hunger, a shortage of portable toilets and coped with rivers of mud. Drug usage was rampant, yes, but many concert goers had come to just enjoy the world’s largest unchaperoned party and groove on the music. And what music it was! Many of the 32 performing acts that August weekend reflected the quintessence of late-1960s rock and included established megastars of the day (Creedence, Sly and the Family Stone, Joan Baez, Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix) and such on-the-rise artists as Santana, Melanie, Joe Cocker and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. The entertainment commenced on a Friday afternoon with folkie Ritchie Havens and ended the following

IRCC, Dias family are the perfect fit BY FRAN MAJCHER

Ed and Linda Dias were meant to live in Indian River Colony Club. After deciding to leave Mayport, Florida, the couple, with help from IRCC’s Four Star Reality, found their forever home on Yorktown Court in the 55-and-older military community. The two have been married for 11 years. Ed Dias is a retired veteran of the U.S. Army. He has four children who have served in the military. Christopher Dias still is serving in the Army and is stationed in Pennsylvania. Matthew, Edward and Paula are retired from the Army and moved on to jobs with the U.S. government. The four children and Ed have an aggregate of 115 years of military service. Linda Dias is a retired registered nurse. She has two sons-in-law who are U.S. Navy veterans. They have a combined total of 16 years of service. Ed Dias and his children have served tours in Vietnam, German, Korea, Bosnia, Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan, as well as the United States. Ed and Linda Dias also volunteered for the USO in Mayport and have volunteered for the USO in Orlando after moving to IRCC. The couple collect books, DVDs, audio books and toiletries for the USO. They also offer to accept donations and deliver either to Mayport Naval Station or to Orlando Airport USO. SL


Monday morning — rain had delayed the Sunday night performances by several hours — with the legendary Jimi Hendrix. In the book “Woodstock Revisited,” musician/songwriter/producer Sandy McKnight, who was 16 when he attended the event, recalled years later feeling a certain sadness creep into the euphoria that he felt as he sat enthralled as the final artist Hendrix performed his stellar “The StarSpangled Banner” for a sleep-deprived audience that had dwindled to about 35,000. “We knew, as we listened, that it was over,” McKnight said. “We’d made history and ‘come together,’ but we also understood that it could never happen again. Soon there’d be Altamont and Kent State and Watergate and disco. Jimi and Janis and Jim (Morrison) would all die shortly thereafter, as if they knew it was all over, too. But I also felt joy that misty morning. I knew I’d experienced something extraordinary and unique. … I had shared a utopia with my brothers and sisters for a brief moment in time.” Visitors to Yasgur’s farm that summer weekend then began their inexorable march to adulthood, with many “rebels” eventually swapping their VW buses for sensible sedans, free love for marriage vows, spare change for an IRA, and a room at home for a 30-year mortgage. But for the 500,000 people on the cusp of maturity who had temporarily bonded as members of an elite club of sorts, it had meant three days that defined what many would come to mark later as the high point of their young — or perhaps entire — lives and one that to this day retains an almost sanctified aura. SL

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Local authors introduced to community at book signing BY FLORA REIGADA The New Beginnings Christian Book Store at the Titusville Mall had just finished its ribbon cutting ceremony, when it hosted a book signing. Visitors nibbled on the remaining cake while meeting with seven local authors. Between author chats, visitors browsed the store’s assortment of Bibles, journals and hand-made crafts. “I wanted to highlight and focus on local authors and to have an event during which people could meet with several, rather than just one,” said bookstore owner Nadia Wilson. The authors and their books were: • Ariana Hurston, “Parasols and Peril, Adventures in Grace, Book 1,” a historical novel for youth. • Joe Hurston, “Run to the Roar: The veteran missionary pilot uses a lion’s characteristics to teach spiritual principles, documented miracles included.” • DiVoran Lites, The Florida Springs Christian, romance trilogy and western romance, “Go West.” • Rebekah Lyn, “The Jessie Cole

trilogy,” historical fiction woven into the development of the space program and Titusville locations. • Flora Reigada, “Elizabeth’s Secret,” romantic-suspense and “Where Your Heart Meets God’s,” a devotional. • Ike Rigell, “IKE: The Memoir of Isom “Ike” Rigell.” The book recalls his World War II service, outstanding NASA career and more. • Judith Stewart: Inspirational books of finding hope through loss: “How God can bring us out of the ashes.” “I enjoyed meeting the authors and seeing the variety of books that are available,” said Pam Gheen who attended the book signing. “Learning the books’ background stories was especially interesting.” The authors’ books can be purchased in the store and most are available on Amazon. The New Beginnings Christian Bookstore is quickly becoming a community hub, where Bible studies are regularly held. Painting with a Purpose meets there for monthly paint parties to work on faith-based art. “I appreciate what the bookstore is doing in the community,” Gheen said. The bookstore will host the

SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of Judith Stewart

Judith Stewart is one of seven local authors who met with the community during a recent book signing hosted by the New Beginnings Christian Bookstore at the Titusville Mall. inaugural Fall Women’s Conference: Stepping Out of the Boat on Sept. 21 at Temple Baptist Church. For information, stop by the

bookstore at 3550 S. Washington Ave., Suite 5. Also, call 321-408-8488 or go to Facebook at nbcbookstore SL

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Car care ministry volunteers help those in need BY FLORA REIGADA

Alice Chalfante knows what it’s like to be a struggling, single mom and what a strain car repairs can place on household finances. She can identify with the single moms and widows who bring their cars to the Car Care Ministry, her husband Ray led until recently at Indian River City United Methodist Church in Titusville.

“We started by helping single moms and widows. But we discovered that’s not where the need ends.” — Alice Chalfante “I’ve walked the walk,” she said. The outreach began in 2002 after he retired from his job at the Kennedy Space Center. “I encouraged him to put his mechanical talents to use,” she said. She puts hers to use by handling intake. After leading the group for about 16 years, Ray Chalfante handed the reins to Mark Peterson. “It is a ministry to all in the community who are unable to take their cars to repair shops,” Peterson said.

North Brevard Events Sept. 6 • 12:30 p.m. The Single, Separated, Widowed and Divorced (SSWD) Group lunch, all are welcome to join the group. Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill 610 Glen Cheek Drive Port Canaveral, 321-890-4310 Sept. 10 • 10 a.m. Writers Group Meets every Tuesday to read what everyone has written and get input from those who attend. New members are welcome. Cocoa Beach Library 550 N. Brevard Ave. Cocoa Beach, 321-868-1104 Sept. 25 • 12 - 2 p.m. Instructional Line Dancing Join Cathy and her ladies for two hours of fun and learning. Classes are $4 and $2 for seniors 55+ Titusville Public Library 2121 S. Hopkins Ave. Titusville, 321-264-5026


SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of Alice Chalfante

Bill Kidd, left, Wayne Lewis, Mark Peterson and Ray Chalfante are among the volunteers with the Car Care Ministry at Indian River City United Methodist Church who do car repairs for those in need.

From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. each Saturday, volunteers meet in the west parking lot of the church to change oil and filters, replace spark plugs, to work on brakes, wheel bearings, to do window repair and numerous other jobs. Sometimes, they give a second opinion. “We started by helping single moms and widows,” Alice Chalfante said. “But we discovered that’s not where the need ends.” Help has expanded to the disabled, widowers and those in need. Ray Chalfante still is among the core group of 10 to 12 volunteers working in the church parking lot each Saturday. People sign up and start waiting as early as 6 a.m. Jessica was recently among them. Jobs done on her car included brake rotors being turned and the brake pads checked. “The car takes me to work and my daughter to school, so the repairs mean a lot,” she said. The volunteers try their best to help everyone who signs up and usually work long past quitting time. Through the years, they have worked on more than 4,000 vehicles. Anyone is welcome to volunteer, donate a car, tools or write a check. Indian River City United Methodist Church is located at 1355 Cheney Highway in Titusville. For information about the Car Care Ministry, call 321-267-7922 or go to SL

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BREVARD COMMISSION ON AGING Hunt, advocate for aging adults, retires after distinguished career Randall H. Hunt, who has served as the chief executive officer of Seniors Resource Alliance for 12 years and oversaw $24 million in federal, state and local grants for long-term care services for aging adults in Brevard, Orange and Seminole counties, is retiring. “Randall has been a strong and effective advocate for long-term care services, which included testifying before the Florida Legislature regarding the need for support and funding,” according to a July 24 proclamation signed by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. July 24, 2019 was designated as

Randall Hunt Day in Orlando. The city expressed its “gratitude and appreciation for his (Hunt’s) leadership and dedicated and compassionate efforts to serve our community.” Hunt served on the Brevard County Commission on Aging from 2008 to 2019. He resigned from the board at its last meeting Aug. 8. The Brevard County Commission on Aging was established in 2001 to address the ongoing needs of the county’s aging population through a collaborative, coordinated effort among the public and private sector, as well as interested citizens. Hunt received his master’s degree in business administration in 1999 from the University of Illinois and his

bachelor of science degree in 1974 from Bradley University. Hunt gave back to his community by serving in numerous other capacities, including president and CEO of Senior First; president of the Florida Area Agencies on Aging; cochair of the Dementia Care and Cure Initiative; advisory board member of Living Healthy Florida; Medical Care advisory committee member, and chair of the Council of Agency Executives Heart of Florida United Way. In addition to his many leadership roles, Hunt taught Introduction to Business as an adjunct professor at Valencia College for the past 15 years. “Although he is retiring, Hunt will continue to be remembered for the

many important contributions he has made to better the lives of Orlando’s adult residents,” the proclamation said. Hunt, who resides in Clermont, plans to play a lot of golf during his retirement. SL

As part of the Commission on Aging’s continuing educational commitment to the citizens of Brevard County, the next seminar in the Elder Abuse and Education Series will be held Oct. 24 at the Government Center Commission chambers in Viera. These seminars are focused on education, services and resources for

seniors in the community. Among the presenters will be professional guardian and local performer Glen Krasny. He will discuss having the family conversation on hard-life decisions. Financial advisor James Phillips will cover how to decide financially when it is time to retire. A member of the Melbourne Memory clinic staff will

speak about memory loss. Theresa Russell of the Department of Children and Families-Adult Services will discuss the Vial of Life Initiative, initiated by Brevard County Fire Rescue. Attendees will be provided a free Vial of Life. Joe Downs of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office will discuss the Project Lifesaver program. There also will be a morning

session between local elder attorneys and private case managers/guardians on when and how to compile legal paperwork for care late in life. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. Admission is free. For information, contact Cindy Short at 321-633-2076. The commission chambers are at 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way in Viera, Building C, first floor. SL


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What advice would you give to your grandchildren about school? Photos by Ernest Arico

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“Study a lot. Don’t play video games all day. Be kind to one another.” Rockledge

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Sept. 25, 1690

The first American newspaper is published. A single edition of Publick Occurrences Both Foreign and Domestick appears in Boston, Massachusetts. However, British authorities consider the newspaper offensive and order its immediate suppression.

Sept. 11, 2001 Sept. 1, 1939

At 5.30 a.m., Adolph Hitler’s armies invade Poland to start World War II in Europe.

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The United States comes into existence as the Continental Congress changes the name of the new American nation from the United Colonies.



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Senior Life, September 2019  

Award-winning mature publication for Brevard County, Florida.

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Award-winning mature publication for Brevard County, Florida.