Senior Life May 2016

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May 2016

Crazy colors

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BY FLORA REIGADA Crazy hair and fun colors could become a trend for both boomers and seniors. “Coloring or streaking one’s hair in vivid shades of purple, green, red, blue and more, isn’t just for the 20-somethings,” said Jeannine Miller, a stylist at Styles Unlimited in Titusville’s Searstown Mall, Miller loves wearing fashion color in her hair and providing that service for clients who want to have fun. “I am over 50 and almost all my clients are as well,” she said. Miller explained that most people start with a couple of foils to see if they like it. Then, they are hooked. For Sharon Nardone, manager at Barbara’s Hair Design in Titusville, coloring her hair in creative colors was initially a business decision. She had received new colors from a distributor and wanted to know how much the hair needed to be bleached for the color to stick. She experimented on herself. “Most beauticians do this before using a product on a client,” she said. For her own enjoyment, Nardone continues to color her hair and recently included purple and green streaks.

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John Hoover does not let kidney failure keep him from staying active and fit. BY GEORGE WHITE

and Operation Surf at Cocoa Beach. He is currently active on the VA kidney transplant waiting list. “I was in pretty good shape but I started feeling sluggish. When you’re in the military, you don’t think about it much, but when something like this happens you realize that you are only alive for a short time. People don’t understand that one out of seven people will experience kidney problems,” he said. For more information, go to SL

Former Army paratrooper John Hoover, 52, of Cocoa Beach is not going to let kidney failure keep him from being active. Now he will be honored with the 2016 You Are Not Alone Award May 7 after the fifth annual Footprints in the Sand Kidney Walk at a beach ceremony at the Cocoa Beach Pier. Kidney Walk, benefiting the National Kidney Foundation, is the nation’s largest walk to fight kidney disease. Held in nearly 100 communities, the event raises awareness and funds lifesaving programs that educate and support patients, their families and those at risk. Hoover has been on peritoneal dialysis (PD), a type of treatment for patients with severe chronic kidney disease, since June 2014. Even still, Hoover exercises regularly, boxes and lifts weights and runs. He also is a board member of the Cocoa Beach City Council Leisure and By Attorney Waterways committee TRUMAN SCARBOROUGH and serves as a volunteer with Meals 239 Harrison Street, Titusville, FL on Wheels, Veterans For A Complimentary Copy of Foreign Wars and the Wounded Warrior Phone 321 267 — 4770 project. He is also a volunteer every year for National Kidney Foundation Surf Day



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In May ...

May 6, 1937 The German airship “Hindenburg” was destroyed as it tried to dock with its mooring mast in Lakehurst, N.J., killing 36 people.

May 1, 1931 The 102-story Empire State Building was officially opened on May 1, 1931 when President Herbert Hoover pushed a button in Washington D.C. to turn on the Manhattan building’s lights.

May 10, 1869 This Thomas Hill painting depicts the ceremony in Promontory, Utah, when the last spike was driven to join the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads making transcontinental railroad travel possible for the first time.

May 9, 1887 Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show opened in London coinciding with Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee celebration.

May 21, 1881 Clara Barton established the American National Red Cross on this day to provide humanitarian aid to victims of war and natural disasters.

May 23, 1911 The New York Public Library main branch building on Fifth Avenue was dedicated in a ceremony led by President William Howard Taft.

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Volume 20, Number 1 Senior Life of Florida 7630 N. Wickham Rd., #105 Viera, FL 32940 321-242-1235

Senior Life is celebrating the start of its 20th year and it is indeed an exciting time. We thank our readers for your input toward making this an award-winning newspaper and, of course, we thank our advertisers for making it possible to bring you entertaining, informative news. We will be making some changes to Senior Life during the next 12 months. So, as you read each issue, you might see some format changes. Let us know how we are doing, or feel free to share some ideas with us. This is a fun time for day trips and overnight excursions. Our travel writers John Trieste and Andrea Gross share their trips to Ocala and Hot Springs, Ark., respectively, in this issue. After being closed to visitors for the past few years, the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse now welcomes visitors. There are a number of amazing boomers and seniors featured this month, including business entrepreneur Seymour Israel, centenarians Marion Pauline Conklin and Dorothy Gliss, and former Army paratrooper John Hoover of Cocoa Beach who does not let kidney problems prevent him from being active. Dr. Troy Glassman has made the transition from a successful military career to business education at the Florida Institute of Technology. Martha Lemasters gives us a unique outlook into the Apollo space program in the 1960s and 1970s from the viewpoint of someone in public relations. Nancy Johnson, Matt Mahoney, Bob Rall and Michael Edwards also have interesting workout regimens, which have helped them defy Father Time. Our Stripes report, which is dedicated to Brevard Veteran News, lists local events for Memorial Day later this month. The locally owned Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall has also made its annual trip to the area. Have a marvelous May.

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Our neighbors Local actress thrives as Voiceover Queen, caregiver BY WENDY SCHEURING It is becoming more common to work from home, but little would anyone suspect that Suntree resident Nancy Johnson is using her closet as a sound recording studio. “My first job was working at Post Group at the Disney MGM recording studios,” she said. “I remember being nervous on my first job, ‘Best Start on Breastfeeding.’ People were coming by aorlamp0303.a15 on a tour and were watching me. “I submitted it for the FMPTA awards and won best female voiceover,” she added. She soon became known as “The Voiceover Queen.” Besides voiceovers, her portfolio includes TV work, including films, commercials and infomercials. A regular female voice on the Golf Channel, she has also played a news reporter on the television show “SeaQuest,” and did TV promo work for the Home Shopping Network. Today, she travels only as far as Orlando or Tampa for work because she is also a caregiver to husband Mel Johnson, once a top casting director

in Florida. When he moved from Los Angeles to Orlando, he cast roles for episodic shows on Nickelodeon, as well as film. The two met when she was auditioning for a secondary role in “Problem Child 2.” She was called back twice, then shot the scene. “That scene was later written out of the script,” she laughs. But the experience prompted her to take a class he was teaching. They married in 1993. Four years later, they bought a Page 1 of 1 Friday, January 9, 2015 12:34:57 PM 7,000-square-foot home overlooking Frenchman Bay in Bar Harbor, Maine. bed and breakfast, DThey I V Eopened IN a& LIV E THE ACTIVE LIFESTYLE Sunset over West. The winters were Y Ocasting U Dand ESERVE! spent in Orlando with Mel Nancy acting. When Mel developed Lyme disease in 2003, they moved back to Orlando full-time. He continued to experience symptoms and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s five years later. “Parkinson’s is frustrating,” she said. “It affects the thought process and speech.” Still, they are hopeful about a recent acting career. SENIOR LIFE Wendy Scheuring Parkinson’s double blind study where Nancy Johnson works from a closet in For more information on Nancy Mel is improving. With that hope in her Suntree home recording voiceovers. Johnson, go to SL mind, Nancy continues on with her A New Year is upon us and it’s a time for new beginnings! Isn’t it time you live the life you’ve always dreamed of? Our residents enjoy a wide array of amenities and activities to live a vibrant, active lifestyle. We have an incredible selection of homes available to meet any budget. Beautiful, new Palm Harbor homes are under construction with special incentives including

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Surprise ‘Charlie Award’ recipient the ‘most deserving’ conservationist of all BY LINDA WIGGINS The third annual Charlie Corbeil Conservation Awards dinner on Earth Day April 22 included a surprise that awardees said was the most important honor of all: a nod to the event’s emcee since its inception, Vince Lamb, one of the founders of event co-sponsor Preserve Brevard. The “Charlie Award,” so named because it includes the most famous photo of renowned nature photographer Charlie Corbeil for whom the awards are named, was presented at the close of the evening by 2015 Charlie recipient Dr. Duane De Freese. “With each year that goes by, there is an ever more glaring omission. Vince Lamb was a close friend of Charlie Corbeil, and like him a Florida Master Naturalist passionate to share his knowledge with others, and a tremendous nature photographer always happy to share his art to inspire others,” De Freese said, holding the award that features a photo of a fuzzy sandhill crane chick nestled in its mother’s back feathers. On close inspection, Corbeil’s image behind the lens is forever captured in the chick’s eye reflection. “But Vince is busy working behind the scenes and would never name himself,” De Freese continued in front of scores of who’s who among local and regional conservationists at the Heritage Isle ballroom adjacent to the

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Vince Lamb, co-founder of Preserve Brevard, received his own Charlie Award.

Viera Wetlands frequented by Corbeil and Lamb. “So we have done it for him. He is in many ways the most deserving of all.” Organizing host sponsor of the event was Senior Life sister paper Viera Voice, which ran Corbeil’s popular nature column alongside his photos, Parting Shot. Written mostly by his widow, Charlotte Corbeil, she now writes the Viera Voice column Charlotte’s Web-spinning Tales and


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Winners of the 2016 Charlie Awards. invites submissions by budding and established nature photographers. Corbeil donates more than $1,000 each year in cash prizes for the event’s tandem children’s conservation art, photography and writing contest. Submissions were on display at the event and awards were given out April 25 at sponsor Pizza Gallery and Grill at The Avenue Viera. While “The Charlies” reward volunteers, community leaders and experts in conservation to fan their efforts and to inspire others to follow suit “from the St. Johns River to the beaches and beyond,” and though the event focuses on the Viera Wetlands that Corbeil put on the map through the Viera Voice birding guide that bears his name and photos, this year’s honorees were picked for a special purpose. “In many aspects, 2016 is the Year of the Indian River Lagoon,” Lamb said, referring to the recent massive fish kill ripped from the headlines and social media newsfeeds around the world. The most likely main cause is lawn fertilizers washed into the lagoon resulting in a bloom of brown algae that robbed oxygen from the water as it decomposed, calling for grassroots consumer awareness. “It’s no coincidence that many of our award recipients this year are involved in restoring the health of the Indian River Lagoon. It’s one thing we can all agree on as a top priority,” Lamb said. For photos and comments from 2016 recipients Mike Conneen of Anglers for Conservation, Dr. John Windsor of the Environmental Sciences program at the Florida Institute of Technology, Nichole Perna of the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands program, Maureen Rupe of The Partnership for a Sustainable Future, retired project scientist for the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary program Bob Day and Dr. Leesa Souto of the Marine Resources Council and their award presenters, all past Charlie recipients, go to For more information on the awards or to find out what you can do to protect the lagoon or other natural environments, email Lamb at vince@ or call 321-258-5168. SL


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Capt. Rodney Smith, right, nominated and presented Anglers for Conservation executive director Chris Conneen with a 2016 Charlie Award.

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Virginia Barker, left, nominated and presented Marine Resources Council executive director Dr. Leesa Souto with a 2016 Charlie Award.

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2014 Charlie honoree Amy Reaume, left, nominated and presented a 2016 Charlie Award to Nichole Perna of the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands program.

Local entrepreneur refuses to slow down BY TODD PERSONS If you want to keep up with Seymour (Sy) Israel these days, do the following. Walk briskly for three-and-ahalf miles each morning in your neighborhood. Eat healthy. Watch your weight. Get to your office by 10 a.m., where you preside as founder/chairman. Oversee, along with the company president/son, the latest developments of a nearly $55 million firm you began by yourself (with an old pickup truck) more than half a century ago. During the day, check in on some of your 600-plus family members — they’re family to you, not employees. Walk your faith devoting time and talent to national and international Jewish causes, including being the first president of the Jewish Community Center Central Florida and overseeing the opening of the first Jewish Community Center in Maitland. Plan your next Caribbean adventure on your ocean-going motor boat. Don’t worry about hiring a crew, you sail solo (with your wife Debra). Briefly contemplate your retirement in about 12 years. You’re 83, but so what? Lots of good years left. Lots to do. This is Sy Israel’s life and he loves every moment of it. On any given day, you will see his slender, compact form working behind his office desk

at Orlando’s Universal Engineering Sciences’ sprawling headquarters but, more likely, strolling the halls, chatting up department heads or out in the large equipment lot, talking with maintenance workers. Israel’s office is across the hall from his son Mark’s. Their doors are always open to each other and to anyone who needs to talk to either of them. That’s the way Israel has operated since the birth of his business 52 years ago. “You look people straight in the eye and then you do more than you say you’ll do,” is a Sy Israel truism. He has others and means them all. Universal’s guiding principle, “Do whatever it takes” is on the firm’s wall. Israel may have literally started at the bottom, cleaning out his first client’s septic tank on Merritt Island, but the firm has expanded dynamically ever since, to the point that it is the largest, family-owned geotechnical company in the country. Universal Engineering provides a wide variety of services for the development and building industries, from soil and materials testing and tunnel building to excavating and relocating endangered gopher tortoises from construction sites. The company’s 18 branch offices stretch from Miami to Atlanta, as well as most of Florida in between. “We’ve had a lot of offers to sell the company,” the senior Israel said, as son Mark nodded in agreement. “Some of our competitors have sold to

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Since his first job cleaning his client’s septic tank, right, Seymour Israel’s company has grown to be the largest geotechnical company in the country. Now he is able to take time for a swim, above. corporations for one reason or another. Mark has grown up in the business and understands, like I do, that our clients and our employees are our friends.” Mark said, “I recall as a kid sitting in the cabs of the equipment in the storage lot. I loved it!” “I suppose,” he added, “if dad had been a florist, I might have been a florist too.” SL

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Take a guided tour to the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse SPECIAL TO SENIOR LIFE SunWard Tours, an established provider of historical, educational and adventure excursions, along with the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation are working with the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and the 45th Space Wing to offer guided tours to the historic Cape Canaveral Lighthouse. Retired Adm. Bob Merrilees, chair of the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation, is delighted that residents and visitors will again be able to enjoy the rich history of this iconic lighthouse as well as the Air Force’s leading role in space exploration. “Public access to the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse was halted in June 2013 due to the heightened security status required at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station,” Merrilees said. “Recently, however, the Air Force has authorized the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation to resume public tours. We are especially pleased to be working with SunWard Tours since they have the experience, transportation resources and knowledge to help market and guide this tour.” The tour will begin from the Exploration Tower in Port Canaveral where guests will board a comfortable, air-conditioned bus with a Sunward

guide and a guide from the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation. The primary focus of the tour will be the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse. However, the bus route will pass many historic launch sites which will be pointed out by the guides. Following a one-hour stop at the lighthouse, the tour will continue to pass other historical sites on the Air Force station. Leaving the station, the bus will return to the Exploration Tower where guests will have a ticket to enjoy the exhibits, history and views. Ron Thorstad at Sunward Tours said, “It is important to note that this tour is about so much more than just our historic lighthouse. During our time together, you will learn a bit about the Indian River Lagoon and the vital role the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station plays in sending people into space, the moon and beyond.” Sunward Tours is well known for escorting visitors of the Space Coast on adventure and educational tours offering guided tours to the Kennedy Space Center, local and Orlando attractions as well as many different nature based excursions. For reservations and more information, call 321-453-3994 or email CanaveralLighthouse@gmail. com. SL

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Marion Conklin, right, 102 years old, and 100-year-old Dorothy Gliss were feted at Anchor Care and Rehabilitation in celebration of their birthdays. BY GEORGE WHITE

A birthday party for two centenarians — New Yorkers turning 100 and 102 — caused quite a delightful stir April 7 at the 120-bed Anchor Care and Rehabilitation Center at 1515 Port Malabar Rd. in Palm Bay. The skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility came through for the former longtime working women with birthday cake and ice cream, the birthday song, gifts, music and two personal videos including old photos and friendly well wishes from members of the Anchor Care staff. Marion Pauline Conklin was born in Stony Brook, N.Y. on April 10, 1914 and for many years lived in Bloomfield, N.J. She attended Douglas College in New Brunswick from 1931 to 1933 and later Rutgers night school, graduating with a degree in accounting. She served in the Marine Corps from 1943 to 1946, ending at the rank of corporal. She worked as an account supervisor in Clifton, N.J. for 30 years, retiring in 1979. In New Jersey, Conklin was a member of two book clubs, a bridge club, the Victorian Society, Bloomfield Historical Society and was a member of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. She was very active in the Bloomfield Presbyterian Church on the Green. Conklin has lived at Anchor Care since 2011. Dorothy Gliss, an Anchor Care resident for about a year, was born April 2, 1916 in Babylon, N.Y. Raising a child after losing her husband in World War II, Gliss worked as a bookkeeper in Jamaica, Queens, N.Y. for 62 years, retiring at age 82. After retiring, she volunteered in the social services department of Anchor Care. The party was highlighted by the reading of official proclamations from the Palm Bay mayor and city council by Quality of Life director Jackie Lavooy. SL

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Aging Matters raises toast at annual wine fundraiser BY GEORGE WHITE PHOTOS JILL BLUE-GAINES Aging Matters in Brevard’s signature fundraiser Passport to Wines Around the World was held April 16 at the Space Coast Convention Center in Cocoa and raised about $100,000. The event was capped at 320 this year to make sure there was enough room, said Aging Matters CEO Cindy Flachmeyer. “It went really well and it was very successful. This is a key piece of our budget,” she said. Launched in 2008 by Miller & Hurt Financial Group, the event featured food by The Kitchen, wine curated by Florida Wine and Spirits and a live auction by Sheriff Wayne Ivey. For more information, go to SL

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Some people let life take its course. Others, like Florida Tech’s Dr. Troy Glassman, prefer to forge their own way. After more than three decades with the Army, Glassman went into business education as academic chair for online programs and assistant professor of management with the Nathan M. Bisk College of Business at Florida Tech. At home, the Satellite Beach resident and his wife Naomi have three children. Destinee is a retired captain with the Army and married to another captain. Ryan is a specialist, also in the Army, and BreeAnna, aka Mei Mei, is all of 6 years old. “Not only do we have a 6 year old, but we have three amazing grandchildren,” Glassman said, referring to Destinee’s twin 5 year olds and her 3 year old. Lt. Col. Glassman has always had a great family support team. Heading Team Glassman is Naomi, his wife of almost 30 years. Raising a family with her was a pleasure, Glassman said. “We really loved raising our children,” Glasman said. “Our children were part of everything we did.” When the first two fledglings left the nest, the Glassmans knew there was still a lot of love to share. “Naomi and I started to consider adoption because we knew there was a little one out there who needed to join our family,” Glassman said. “After much thought and prayers, we decided we were going to adopt a baby girl from China. After a long five-year wait, our prayers were answered when BreeAnna joined our family. Naomi and I traveled to China

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Lt. Col. Troy Glassman transitioned from the military to business education at the Florida Institute of Technology College of Business. and celebrated her first birthday with her. Two weeks later, all three of us traveled back to the U.S.” The payback has been terrific, Glassman said. “Mei Mei is a bundle of energy, has an amazing outlook on life and makes us smile every day,” he said.

Glassman’s military career began at age 17, when he enlisted as an Army Ranger combat medic. “This was the start of an amazing career,” he said. He attended Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Ga. and was later assigned to Camp Zama, Japan,

Fort Bragg, N.C. and Washington, D.C. The majority of his time in the military was spent within the Special Operations community. In his 30 years with the Army, Glassman served in leadership positions at all levels, was accountable for millions of dollars of equipment, ran multi-milliondollar budgets, developed training opportunities and was responsible for the health and welfare of his soldiers and their families. “My final assignment, and last four years, was as the professor of military for Florida Tech’s Army ROTC Program,” Glassman said. “I feel this was one of my best assignments because of the opportunity to teach, coach and mentor the Army’s next leadership.” After taking a month off from the military and with a Ph.D. in organization and management, Glassman joined the College of Business in June of last year. “The transition was easy because the culture within our college and the university is all about the team,” he said. “To me, there is no better transition than that of teaching, developing, coaching and mentoring our future business leaders.” Although no longer officially connected with ROTC, he continues to mentor cadets. “I truly love to be part of developing Army officers and feel Florida Tech’s program is the best in the country,” Glassman said. With a motto of “keep the fire,” Glassman tackles both career and family life with passion, dedication and appreciation for the important things. SL

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Cape Canaveral National Cemetery hosts Vietnam War commemoration BY DARRELL WOEHLER The recently dedicated Cape Canaveral National Cemetery in Mims was the site of the recent 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War. The large crowd that gathered on a hillside included hundreds of Vietnam veterans and others who served from Nov. 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975. The event was held to thank and honor Vietnam veterans and to highlight the service of all the armed forces during that time. After the invocation by the Rev. J.B. Kump, the Patrick Air Force Base Honor Guard performed the Presentation of the Colors. Guest speaker Sgt. 1ºst Class Melvin Morris, a Medal of Honor recipient who distinguished himself by acts of gallantry during combat operations in the vicinity of Chi Lang, highlighted the efforts of those around him throughout his entire military career. U.S. House of Representative Bill Posey was the keynote speaker. Well known for his support of the military and its veterans, he gave an informative

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presentation on his efforts to help wherever he can and his thoughts on the commemoration. He recalled what it must have been like returning from battle in a war many in the country disagreed with and no one to welcome them back. “For those of you who never were welcomed home, I say to you ‘Welcome Home,’ ” Posey said. The veterans in attendance were presented with a Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin. Presenting pins were Morris, Posey and James Carleton, a director of the volunteer support committee at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery. Numerous state and county officials were on hand to support this effort, many with a military connection. Titusville mayor Jim Tulley was there to receive his pin. He served in the Navy in the Gulf of Tonkin, off the coast of Vietnam, in 1965. George Taylor, president and founder of National Veterans Homeless Support and a well-known veterans advocate, also attended. Taps was conducted by Impact of Orlando Drum and Bugle Corps to conclude the ceremony. SL

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Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall makes its annual stop in Brevard BY GEORGE WHITE The locally-owned Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall made its annual trip — complete with more than 1,000 motorcycle escorts — to be on hand at the annual Vietnam and All Veterans of Brevard Reunion at Wickham Park in Melbourne. But that really is only the start of its journeys in 2016, said wall manager and reunion chairman Doc Russo. The Traveling Memorial Wall, a three-fifths-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, is owned by the Vietnam and All Veterans of Brevard. The VVB is a nonprofit grassroots organization that was formed and incorporated in December 1985. For the past 10 years, the wall has gone on tour throughout the U.S. For 2016, it has a total of 16 stops, Russo said. “This is the event for us and then we hit the road, pretty much across the eastern half of the country. It’s a smaller version of the original for people who don’t get the chance to go to D.C. to see it,’’ he said. With good weather, the reunion, now in its 29th year, drew 87,000 in 2015, he said. “It all depends on Mother Nature. The better the weather, the more folks we have come out,’’ Russo said. SL


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Avoid theft at the pump BY SHERIFF WAYNE IVEY

Martha Lemasters was a single mother of three when she worked as a public relations writer for IBM at Kennedy Space Center at the height of the Apollo program during the 1960s and 1970s. “I started as a typist, like most women, and later was promoted to secretary in the writers’ department.” She was in the right place at the right time and knew the right words to use, so she worked her way up the ranks and soon was on intimate terms with astronauts as well as other members of the Apollo team. “It’s almost as if the team of contractors that worked on Apollo is the team time has forgotten,” Lemasters said. “I believe the Apollo team was the greatest technological team ever assembled, achieving the most difficult challenge of all mankind to date. I know the sacrifices. The commitment was intense.” Lemasters, who now lives in Vero Beach, has written a memoir based on her experiences with that historic team. “The Step: One Woman’s Journey to Finding her Own Happiness and Success During the Apollo Space Program” is her first-hand account of her time on the Apollo program. “The Step” is Lemasters’ first book and the first written about the Apollo program from a woman’s perspective, as well as from the perspective of a NASA contractor. Lemasters said, “It’s the technical team, the engineers, programmers and even the secretaries and typists who kept the administrative side moving, who are portrayed in my book. Combined, the team achieved


Martha Lemasters spoke at the Cocoa Beach Library on Saturday, April 16 and signed copies of her book.

an unbelievable goal of putting men on the moon within the 10-year limit set by [President] Kennedy.” Lemasters said she has met family members of the Apollo team who had no idea what kind of work their relatives had done, let alone the historical significance of their behindthe-scenes work. In April, the author began her selffinanced book tour through five states. “There were many unsung heroes, brilliant engineers, analysts and programmers, doing things that had never been done before, toiling away behind the scenes, that made this momentous, game-changing feat happen,” she said. SL


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Today’s criminals look for every opportunity to target us regardless if it’s by stealing our credit cards through skimming at a gas pump or stealing our possessions while we are not alert. With that in mind, we would ask that you please, apply the following crime prevention techniques when getting fuel or when patronizing a store. AVOIDING CREDIT CARD FRAUD Criminals often install “in-line” credit card skimmers inside gas pumps where you are unable to see them. The device is installed by opening the door on the gas pump and installing the device. When you insert your credit card, the device captures the information embedded on your credit card and stores it for recovery at a later time. Current intelligence tells us that, in most cases, the devices are installed in the gas pumps that are located the farthest from the store and out of the immediate view from the employees. While most businesses use a protective seal on the door of the pump to assure you that it is safe to use, there are no guarantees that the integrity of the pump is protected. We suggest the following crime prevention measures to protect yourself: 1. Always try to get gas from the pumps that are on the inside gas lanes in direct view of the business employees. 2. Prior to using the gas pump, look for the security seal and any suspicious or abnormal devices attached to the front of the pump. 3. When possible, use the same credit card to get fuel on all occasions. This technique allows you to easily monitor credit card transactions and to easily determine if the card has been compromised. 4. Use real-time credit card monitoring so that you are aware of every purchase that takes place on your account. Many credit card companies and banks offer alerts by text message that notify you anytime your credit card is used for a transaction. THEFT FROM YOUR VEHICLE Another technique that is being used by criminals is called “sliding.” Unfortunately, many of us will

leave our car unlocked while standing at the gas pump. “Sliders” will pull alongside your vehicle and appear to be getting gas but instead the passenger of the vehicle exits and then “low crawls” to your unlocked door. Suspects then enter the vehicle having access to your purse, cellular telephone and even briefcases that are all often left in plain view. Here is a URL to a video clip that demonstrates how the criminal technique works: sjkghjJ55BU. In an effort to avoid being a victim of this type of criminal activity, take the following precautions: 1. When exiting your vehicle, always lock your doors and keep your keys safely stored in your pocket. If you believe someone is trying to target you, then immediately activate your car alarm to draw attention to yourself. 2. Never leave your valuables sitting in the front seat where someone can walk by and grab them off the front seat or through an open window. 3. Always keep a constant watch on everything around you and especially cars that pull into the pumps while you are getting fuel. 4. Always park in well-lighted areas so that everyone can see you and you can see anyone walking around you. Routinely look around the surrounding area and make sure that no one can easily walk up to you without being noticed. If someone approaches you that you do not know, quickly enter your vehicle and lock the doors so you can safely exit the parking lot. For more information, call the Community Services Unit at 321-2647755 or go to SL

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searching for William as an interested party to another young man’s death. With a title like “Mama’s Prayers,” readers might expect to find a book of devotionals or scripture passages and, although the book touches on Thelma Jackson’s personal devotional customs and mentions Bible verses, this book is a thrilling novel. It may not be filled with fast-paced action from the first page, but Phillips has written so skillfully that once the action starts, readers will continue eagerly to the conclusion to see how the situation resolves. Once he finalizes the conflict, Phillips masterfully satisfies his sub-plot in the epilogue and leaves readers content. I highly recommend this book to all ages. SL



Those who would judge a book by its cover might walk past “Mama’s Prayers” in bookstores. A glance at the back jacket gives little indication of the story that starts slowly with a prologue about a woman’s private room and daily habit of prayer before sunrise. “Mama’s Prayers” is a story about prayer, but it’s also an intriguing novel about family, faith, trust, truth and unexpected help from strangers. Like many books, “Mama’s Prayers” builds momentum, allowing readers to become acquainted with the characters before it slams them into a dramatic climax that makes putting the book down a difficult task. William Johnson’s mother Thelma is the prayerful widow who is featured in the title, yet William is surrounded by other mysterious protectors when his good intentions land him in the middle of a twisted drug ring that leaves an acquaintance dead. Though severely injured, William escapes those who want to kill him. His slow recuperation and return home to his mother is veiled in mystery and surprises. Phillips weaves a sub-story into the main plot with finesse and readers will find themselves rooting equally for William and Ev Carter, the sheriff


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Work or not work Challenges of Living to Age 100 Ed Baranowski


Silver Springs State Park, near Ocala, features a glass bottom boat tour of the Silver River.

Touring the Town John Trieste Ocala, in nearby Marion County, has much to offer in a one-day family sightseeing adventure. Marion County is a major world thoroughbred center with more than 1,200 horse farms, including about 900 thoroughbred farms. The outstanding Triple Crown winner Affirmed was raised here. Ocala today is well known as a horse capital of the world. Take a leisurely ride on any road outside Ocala and see the many awardwinning horse farms. From I–75 in Ocala, take Highway 40 East and make a brief stop at the Marion County Visitor Center located on Route 40 and South Magnolia to get the latest information on Ocala’s historic district, horse farm tours and visitors guides. For more information, call 352-438-2800. Ocala also has a well preserved historic district. East Fort King Street has many excellent examples of early Victorian architecture. The original Fort King military site during the Seminole Wars was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2004. Continue east on Route 40 and, if time permits, visit the Appleton Museum of Art of the College of Central Florida. This fine museum houses European, American and contemporary sculptures and



paintings, plus African, Asian, Islamic and pre-Columbian artifacts and antiquities. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday. There is a modest entrance fee. For more information, call 352-291-4455. Continuing for a short distance on Route 40 East you will arrive at the world famous Silver Springs State Park. This Florida state park has almost everything for all ages. Start with a glass bottom boat ride of the Silver River. This 30-minute narrated tour will introduce you to the artesian springs that feed the mighty Silver River. The tour boats have clear bottoms allowing a unique opportunity to see below the surface of the water and enjoy the river’s wildlife, vegetation and historical and cultural artifacts. View early Native American and Spanish settler artifacts, movie props from the days of Hollywood Tarzan productions and today’s river life. The park also has a café, Silver River Museum, environmental educational center, 19th century pioneer cracker village, camping facilities and many outdoor activities. Park admission is $8 per car, up to eight people and is open year round. For more information, call 352-2615840. Getting to Marion County is a pleasant two-hour drive. Take Route 528 West to exit 4. Then take the turnpike north to I-75. It’s a short drive on I-75 north to Ocala. This fast-paced visit to Ocala is a first-class day trip that meets all my requirements for an educational, inexpensive and positive experience for the family. SL

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Uncertainty about the future impacts the decision making of seniors heading toward retirement. The pattern of picking up a gold watch and pension at age 65 has changed to soul searching about the four-letter word “work.” With changes in labor laws, employees in most occupations cannot be forced to retire. With people living longer, the retirement age of 65 may not be realistic. Financial challenges related to poorly performing retirement savings accounts, 401(k) plans and other investments give seniors reasons to stay on the job. Many retirees are wondering about how long social security funds will be available. The thought of being on a fixed income raises questions about whether there will be enough cash flow to last until age 100. Some people like to continue to work because they like the income, benefits, responsibility, social connections, support of the work group and better health. In the April issue of the Mayo Clinic Health Letter, a study of 83,000 Americans older than 65 reported that more than 87 percent did not work. Most who continued to work held primarily white-collar jobs. Findings showed that “working older adults were

generally healthier than their retired or unemployed peers.” The general conclusion is that “a job you enjoy can challenge your mind, keep you active and connected with others, and provide a sense of purpose.” What’s the story of the gray-haired waitress in a small diner or the older lady cleaning tables at a fast-food restaurant? Why is Joe the greeter at Wal-Mart? Why does 100-year-old attorney W.J. Vaughn go to his office every day in downtown Melbourne? Some work because they enjoy it and others find the speed bumps in life require the re-entry in the world of work. For low-income individuals 55 or older, the AARP’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) offers help to get back into the workforce. Usually, participants will be placed in a wide variety of local community service activities at nonprofit and public facilities. Job training provided will serve as a bridge to possible other employment opportunities. Hobby interests can fill the need to work while adding enjoyment to daily life. Seniors challenge themselves as artists, handyman carpenters, operating a personal business, retail sales, tutoring, teaching and writing. These activities often provide additional income and a healthy purpose in life. SL Ed Baranowski is president of Topics Unlimited, a Melbourne-based education, seminar and consulting company. He can be reached at

Mothers Funny thing is ... Sammy Haddad There is only one profession whose members can do everything required to sustain the life of a human being. Mothers. Yes, for all my macho brothers out there, it’s time to face the facts. Motherhood is the most prolific profession on earth. Moms cook, they clean, they teach and they nurture, but they’re also judges, investigators, police, chauffeurs, psychologists and, on occasion, plumbers, electricians, auto mechanics and doctors. Now I’m not speaking of the college-degreed professionals here but the instincts of a parent whose only job is to keep their children from committing harakiri on a daily basis until they’re old enough to know that running full speed into a wall or diving off a couch head first may hurt. For most families that means until they leave for college. For example, mom the policewoman has to talk her kid down from the top of the couch before he jumps. If he jumps, mom the doctor has to fix whatever bodily damage occurs while mom the psychologist

has to convince them it doesn’t hurt by promising cake or something sweet made by mom the cook. Then mom the investigator has to find out who convinced junior to jump in the first place, after which mom the judge has to impose sentence known as grounding or time out. Did you ever wonder what moms of famous people must have said to their kids? Like Michelangelo’s mom, “Why can’t you paint on the walls like all the other kids?” Or Albert Einstein’s mom saying, “What do you mean you used the hairbrush I gave you to invent static electricity?” And finally, what do some famous people say about motherhood? Phyllis Diller said, “I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them.” Buddy Hackett said, “My mother’s menu consisted of two choices: Take it or leave it.” Rodney Dangerfield said, “My mother had morning sickness after I was born.” And Milton Berle said, “If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?” Amen Uncle Miltie. Happy Mother’s Day to all moms. SL

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SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of Val Valek

Val Valek of Rockledge proudly displays her new pink hair.

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Jeannine Miller, a stylist at Styles Unlimited in Titusville, enjoys streaking and coloring clients’ hair and wearing vivid colors in her own.


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“Right now, red and purple are hot and eggplant-maroon is too,” she said. At first, Val Valek of Rockledge thought it would be fun to dye one strand of hair pink. When this could not be seen, she “graduated” to two, then three — finally, every strand. Today, she sports an entirely pink “do.” “People laugh and say they love my hair,” Valek said. “But I imagine they are thinking I love your courage.” “No pastels, I want the colors dark,” said artist Cathy Paden of Suntree when she went to the Bamboo Hair Studio in Rockledge to get her hair colored. When the job was finished, Paden, who has multiple sclerosis, admired the colors of a peacock feather — blue, green and purple which was the vision of Caroline Matias, owner of Bamboo Salon, and stylist Mychal Olaiz. “I should have done this for the MS walk,” she said.

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Cathy Paden’s color is called the peacock because of its hues of green and blue under the pink.

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Sharon Nardone, manager at Barbara’s Hair Design in Titusville, will try new colors on herself before using them on clients. Here she sports hues of pink and purple.

3“You can be ities n e m A t Grea

as active as you like.” – Jack Devitt, Victoria Landing Resident The heated pool right next to the gorgeous riverfront is just one sign that assisted living really can be vital – at Victoria Landing.

SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of Robin Lyn Peterson

Robin Lyn Peterson only feels like herself when her hair is purple.

Vacationing with family in Titusville, Robin Lyn Peterson does not feel like herself when her hair is not purple. When the color faded, she realized how important it was to her and had it redone. “Now I feel like myself again,” she said. “It must be that I like to be unique without having to say a word. The hair makes a statement about who I am, which is someone outside the box.” Although this alter-ego doesn’t necessarily match her conservative, Christian self, Peterson said, “It’s fun to express myself in an unexpected way.” SL


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Regular massage can lead to optimal health BY WENDY SCHEURING Massages are relaxing. And they can also benefit your health, says Laura Parkinson, licensed massage therapist (LMT) and owner of Body in Balance Therapeutic Massage in Melbourne. “When you get a massage, your circulation is improved due to physical manipulation of soft tissue,” Parkinson said. “When muscles are kneaded or compressed, chemicals are released that activate your body’s response to relaxation. ” Massage improves circulation by increasing the flow of blood and lymph, which work to detoxify the body. “By increasing the blood flow, I’m also stimulating the lymphatic system, which is like the garbage disposal of the body. It picks up metabolic waste and lactic acid that is created from stress due to movement, expansion and contraction of muscle. The wastes then leave the body through urination, exhalation and sweating.” Hydrating after a massage also helps the body eliminate waste products. “When your circulatory system isn’t working properly, blood flow is impaired and the heart has to work harder. This causes muscle spasms and pain as well as a whole host of other dysfunctions in the body,” she said. Many of us live in continual “fight or flight” mode. “People internalize. They carry too much stress due to their work situation, their family situation, the

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Laura Parkinson is a licensed massage therapist.

nonsense that they hear in the world around them. The world is full of hurry, hurry, go, go, and our bodies are not made to live like that. We are supposed to have down time,” she said. Constantly being on heightened alert increases

levels of adrenaline and cortisol and can result in muscle soreness, headaches, back and hip pain, depression, digestive problems, high blood pressure, elevated blood sugar levels, cloudy thinking and memory issues, increased respiratory function and a weakened immune system. Massage, then, helps bring the body back to a relaxation state by increasing the release of endorphins which allow the body to heal. Massage can also help with injuries, such as sprains and strains, plantar fasciitis, arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome. “If you catch plantar fasciitis in the beginning stages, many times it can be relieved by working the calf muscles. When the calf muscle gets tight, it connects to the Achilles tendon, and all of the connective tissue gets tight and it pulls,” Parkinson said. Massage therapy can also help relieve early symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome by working trigger points in the neck and shoulders. While the scheduling of therapy sessions is determined individually by a therapist, regular massages can and do help keep the body in a state of health and balance, increasing longevity and extending quality of life. Body in Balance Therapeutic Massage is located at 2955 Pineda Plaza Way, Suite 102. For more information, go to SL


You can stack the deck against a silent killer: Stroke By Vaibhav Shah, MD

from smoking altogether. Diet can make a marked difference. Instead of eggs, red meat and poultry, try eating more seafood. You should also consume more plant-based foods, including vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and beans. Cut down on refined flour and other refined grains. Also, limit your intake of sugar, sodium and solid fats.

Your brain performs work of amazing complexity. Accordingly, it needs a steady flow of blood to carry in fresh oxygen — enough to get everything done.

But nearly 800,000 people experience a serious interruption in that flow every year, according to the American Stroke Association. When that happens, the oxygen-starved cells begin to die, causing severe impairment or even death. It’s called stroke.

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Stroke—Progression of Atherosclerosis in the There are two main types of this disease. Ischemic stroke, the more Cerebral Artery common of the two, involves the immediately. Prompt attention is blockage of a blood vessel, a clot. critical to a person’s survival. During the less-common hemorrhagic Because stroke is the fifth-leading stroke, a vessel actually ruptures and cause of death in the United States, it’s bleeds into the brain, often with deadly important that people arm themselves results. with knowledge. According to the American Stroke Association, a stroke A stroke in the U.S. every 40 occurs an average of every 40 seconds seconds nationwide; in many cases, it’s entirely People may wonder how they can preventable. tell if they’re having a stroke. If someone is experiencing unusual Staving off the threat speech difficulties such as slurring, of stroke that’s a distinct warning sign. Other red flags are drooping facial muscles This is another area in which lifestyle — including a “lopsided” smile — or has so much impact. If you want numbing and weakness in one arm. to stack the odds in your favor, it’s When any of those symptoms occur, important that you eat right, exercise, it’s time to call 911 and get to a hospital limit alcohol consumption and refrain



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Physical activity is an important corollary to an anti-stroke diet. Try to boost the number of calories you burn via exercise. You’ll feel better and you’ll be statistically less likely to suffer stroke. Be aware that your risk of stroke doubles if you’re a smoker, so crush out that last cigarette and leave smoking behind. If you drink more than two alcoholic beverages per day, your risk of stroke rises by as much as 34 percent, according to 2015 studies published in the journal Stroke. Make sure to adjust your intake accordingly.

long afterward, even up to two years. Disabilities associated with stroke include paralysis, difficulty controlling movements, chronic pain, impairments in sense of touch and various other sensory issues. Because stroke involves the brain, a victim can suffer memory loss and emotional side effects including depression. Some survivors have difficulty speaking or understanding others.

Be healthy

So watch your lifestyle, be aware of the symptoms, and seek help immediately if you suspect you are having a stroke. The National Stroke Association tells us that fewer Americans today succumb to stroke compared to 15 years ago. That’s good news. We want you to be part of that positive trend. Dr. Shah, a neurologist, is an independent member of the medical staff at Wuesthoff Medical Center Rockledge.

The after effects of stroke

Up to two thirds of the 7 million stroke survivors in this country have a resulting disability. That makes stroke the number-one cause of adult disability in the United States. The type and severity depend on the extent of damage to the brain, and where the stroke has occurred. After a stroke, survivors often experience their quickest recovery during the first four months. However, some continue recovering

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Matt Mahoney, 60

FAVORITE WORKOUT ACTIVITY: I like running, biking, CrossFit, yoga and standup paddle boarding. I enjoy the social aspects of working out in groups, competing and improving my speed, strength and skills. MOTIVATION: I enjoy the overall health benefits of being fit, and the good feeling I get after a hard workout. I’m usually doing something physically active about three hours a day. NUTRITION: I’m 160 pounds and 6 feet tall, so I eat 3,500 to 4,000 calories per day. I usually eat a big breakfast and lunch and just have a small snack at dinner time. I don’t take any nutritional supplements. I just eat real food. I get adequate protein for recovery from foods like tuna, skim milk, cheese, nuts and peanut butter.

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FAVORITE WORKOUT ACTIVITY: Running. I’ve always been active but didn’t take up running until my early 40s. While I don’t love the physical act of running and have never attained the elusive runner’s high, I like getting to see many of my friends at races. MOTIVATION: I want to look healthy and fit for my wife, who is younger than me. I also try to be a positive example for my children whom I hope will focus on healthy activities as they grow older. NUTRITION: I try to be smart but I am not extreme. My wife and I make an effort to eat healthy foods, trying to limit calories and carbs, but we still enjoy our red wine.

FAVORITE WORKOUT ACTIVITY: Running combined with swimming. Because I’m having some knee issues, I’m walking. When I swim, I let my mind empty itself and concentrate on breathing while giving myself a whole body workout. MOTIVATION: Eating properly and exercising makes me feel better. I have seven pets and a husband to care for and want to stay healthy for them. Being an actor, I also want to look and feel my best. I also know that my body is a temple of the Holy Spirit and by caring for it, I am glorifying God. NUTRITION: I avoid sugar, limit my intake of red meat and processed foods, and eat whole grains, wild salmon, veggies, salads. I have been taking Juice Plus to give me nutrition from fruits, vegetables and berries. My bone density has increased by 20 percent. I also enjoy a chilled glass of Pinot Grigio with dinner.

Michael Edwards, 69

FAVORITE WORKOUT ACTIVITY: Yard mowing (not with a selfpropelled mower), weed pulling, edging, picking up limbs (I live near the woods) and trimming. It provides me with excellent cardiovascular activity and it’s great for my muscles, joints and stress reduction. My second favorite activity is disc-golf. MOTIVATION: I participate in the Senior Games. I’ve always been very active and the regional Senior Games and the Florida International Senior Games keep me moving all year round. I also love talking to people about wellness because I believe most diseases are preventable.

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and use the nearby hospital, if necessary. He also suggested that I get a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. I was told that I will be subject to late enrollment penalties because I did not enroll in Parts A, B and D when I first became eligible for Medicare. Is my friend correct? — A Concerned Veteran

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consider getting Medicare so you can access the physicians and medical facilities that participate with Medicare in your new community. It is important to know several things about enrolling in Medicare at this point. Because you did not enroll in Medicare when you were first eligible at age 65, you will only be able to sign up for it during the General Enrollment Period from Jan. 1 to March 31 each year and your coverage will be effective on July 1. You may be subject to a late enrollment penalty of 10 percent for each 12 month period that you did not have Medicare after you became eligible for it. In 2016, the Part B premium for the newest enrollees is $121.80 monthly. Your penalty amount will depend on how many 12-month periods have elapsed since you were eligible times 10 percent of $121.80. You can continue to use your VA coverage to get your medications, however, the VA will fill prescriptions prescribed by a non-VA provider only if all of the following conditions are met: • You are enrolled in VA health benefits; • You have an assigned VA Primary Care Provider; • You have provided your VA health care provider with your medical records from your non-VA provider; • Your VA health care provider agrees with the medication prescribed by your non-VA provider; and • The medication prescribed for you is on the VA medication formulary. Your VA health care provider is under no obligation to prescribe a medication

recommended by a non-VA provider. You may find it more convenient to enroll in a Part D prescription drug plan than to use your VA prescription benefit in your new community. There will be no late enrollment penalty if you choose to enroll in a Part D plan because VA drug coverage is considered creditable, meaning that it is as good as or better than the Medicare prescription drug benefit. You can enroll in a Part D plan during the General Enrollment Period (Jan. 1 to March 31) in which you sign up for Parts A and B. Coverage will be effective July 1. A well-trained SHINE volunteer counselor can answer any additional questions and can also assist you in choosing how you will get your Medicare benefits and in selecting a Part D prescription drug plan. SL About SHINE SHINE is an award-winning statewide volunteer program that provides free, unbiased and confidential counseling and information for people on Medicare, their families and caregivers. SHINE is a program of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and is administered in partnership with the state’s 11 Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs). In Brevard County, the ADRC is the Senior Resource Alliance, located in Orlando. To contact a SHINE counselor, call 1-800-963-5337 or 321-752-8080. SHINE has 12 locations throughout Brevard County. SHINE counselors can assist you by telephone or in person. To find a SHINE counseling site near you, go to or call the telephone numbers above.

IRCC employees team up to rescue baby owl BY MAUREEN REEDER PHOTOS BY RANDY POPPE

Louis Belize, an Indian River Colony Club golf course employee, discovered a baby owl on the ground while working on the seventh hole fairway. Realizing the owl was in trouble, he notified Ed Carbin from IRCC’s pest control. Randy Poppe started documenting the rescue attempt in photos and tracking the owl’s movement while Carbin contacted the Florida Wildlife Hospital and Sanctuary for direction and assistance. The sanctuary requested that they capture and deliver the baby owl to FWHS. Carbin and Johnie Sanchez , an IRCC pest control employee, carefully captured and took the owl to the sanctuary. The plan was to return the baby owl to its original location after a few days of observation, feeding and care, and once it was deemed healthy enough to return. When delivering the baby owl to the sanctuary, they were surprised to learn that its sibling had been delivered a few days prior. The owlettes, as they are called, were most likely blown out of the nest during high winds. Two days later, Carbin coordinated with Green Leaf for a hydraulic lift and, together with FWHS volunteers, installed a make-shift nest made from a modified laundry basket and securely fastened to the tree. The pair of owlettes were placed in the nest with hopes that the parents would return. FWHS volunteers are well educated in the habits and occurrences of blown-out nests and were fairly confident the parents would return. Families of the great horned owl stay together for a very long time. A short time later, Carbin and company discovered the return of the parents and the babies have since graduated to “branchers.” The wildlife sanctuary volunteers have assisted IRCC on numerous occasions for sick or injured animals discovered on IRCC property. Each year, approximately 4,800 animals are admitted to the sanctuary, cared for and returned to their place in the ecosystem. The FWHS is a nonprofit organization staffed entirely by volunteers and operate on donations from memberships, local companies and grants. For more information on FWHS, call 321-254-8843. SL

The baby owl was reluctant to be rescued.

The baby owl is ready for its trip to the Florida Wildlife Hospital and Sanctuary for evaluation.

Owlettes in their new nest wait for their parents to return.

A laundry-basket nest was secured in a tree.


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BY FLORA REIGADA Thanks to the Pilot Club of Titusville Inc. and Pilot International Inc., $10,000 has been donated to the North Brevard Charities Sharing Center, Healing Homes Program. Pilot Club representative Lily Renzetti explained. “Our group had $5,000 to invest in the community, so we looked at various projects for the results and criteria we wanted to reach involving children and families.” The Pilot International mission sets the standard. “Pilot International transforms communities by developing youth, providing service and education and uplifting families.” The Healing Homes Program, which provides support services for Brevard County families with children younger than 12, was deemed a fit. The Pilot Club of Titusville applied for a matching grant from Pilot International. The request was approved and a $10,000 check was presented to the North Brevard Charities executive director Joe Robinson. The grant money will be applied to eyeglasses, school supplies, as well as beds, mattresses and sheets. Robinson said the funds will enable the organization to help several families. “Normally, we can assist with utilities, food and sometimes prescriptions, but it is rare we can help homeless families,” Robinson said. “We can do this with funds given by the Pilot Club.” Robinson cited the example of one homeless family consisting of a pregnant mom and a daughter. In addition to providing housing, North Brevard Charities was able to purchase twin beds for the mother and daughter as well as mattresses, box springs and sheets. A baby bed will be provided for the child on its way. Bedding is an ongoing need and mattresses donated to North Brevard Charities quickly find new homes after they are sterilized. The following words can be read outside the North Brevard Charities thrift store: “Angels don’t always have wings. Helping each other one hand at a time.” The grant from the Pilot Club of Titusville has furthered that mission. For information about the Pilot Club of Titusville, go to North Brevard Charities is located at 4475 S. Hopkins Ave. in Titusville. For more information, call 321-269-3272 or go to SL


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Local cancer survivors led the way at the Relay for Life at The Avenue Viera. BY GEORGE WHITE

The 10th annual Relay for Life Viera/Suntree was a success, featuring a slightly shorter event this year for 22 teams walking around The Avenue Viera to raise money and awareness for cancer research by the American Cancer Society. “Each Relay for Life goes from 18 hours to 12 hours. This year we’re not doing it overnight. We’re trying 12 hours to change things up a little bit and the community responded,” said event chairman Rick Morton, a 10-year participant and supporter who also sits on the board of directors for the American Cancer Society, Brevard County Unit. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer. It unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and take action to finish the fight once and for all, according to its website. The record for the local event, set about eight years ago, was more than $100,000 but there was less competition among worthy charities at the time, he said. The top team at this year’s event was RSM raising $10,159, with Jodie Jacobs taking top honors for individual participants by raising $3,843. For more information, go to SL SENIOR LIFE Bob Parente

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Giving honor and remembrance BY FLORA REIGADA Memorial Day is much more than the unofficial start of summer. It is a national holiday honoring those who gave their lives in military service to their country. Observations to be held in North Brevard include: • American Legion Post #1, supported by Titusville’s Flag and Memorial Committee, invites the community to Titusville’s annual Memorial Day Celebration to take place 10 a.m. May 30 at Veterans Memorial Park at Broad Street in Titusville. The event is free. Many civic and fraternal organizations will be participating with color guard and honor guard units, as well as the placing of memorial wreaths. Local dignitaries and officials will be in attendance. For information, call 321-269-9959 or go to • The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4228 in Titusville will recognize soldiers who died in combat at 2 p.m. May 30 at the VFW, 4411 Capron Rd. The event is free and will include complimentary food and entertainment. For information, call 321-268-4411. • The city of Cocoa’s annual Memorial Day Tribute to honor fallen war veterans will take place 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 30 at Riverfront Park in Cocoa Village. The event is free. It will include a guest speaker, special flag folding ceremony, 21-gun salute, the playing of taps, period costumes, a moment of silence, entertainment and more. For information, call 321-639-3500 or go to • Police officers who died in service will be honored at the Police Hall of Fame’s Memorial Service, 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 20 on the grounds of the American Police Hall of Fame and Museum, 6350 Horizon Dr. in Titusville. The event is free and open to the public. It will include a roll call of officers lost in 2015 and a roll call of officers lost in previous years that have family in attendance. For information, call 321-264-0911. SL

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Pipe Organ Concert

3 p.m., free Featuring Dr. Boyd Jones Ascension Lutheran Church 1053 Pine Tree Dr. Indian Harbour Beach 321-773-1815

May Day Concert

3 p.m., free Space Coast Flute Orchestra presents Music and the Arts Eastminster Presbyterian Church 106 N. Riverside Dr. Indialantic 321-385-7236



Space Coast Mother’s Day Brunch

11 a.m. & 3 p.m. Holiday Inn Express and Convention Center 301 Tucker Lane., Cocoa Call to reserve 321-635-9975



10 - 11 a.m. Presented by William A. Johnson, PA 8085 Spyglass Hill Rd., Viera 321-253-1667

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Titusville Library 2121 S. Hopkins Ave. 321-268-5026

Senior Fitness for Fall Prevention

11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays Merritt Island Library 1195 N. Courtenay Pkwy. 321-455-1369

5 - 7:30 p.m. “Cinderella” Cape Canaveral Library 201 Polk Ave. 321-868-1101


11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Dr. 321-255-4404

12 - 3 p.m. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Rd. 321-751-6771 for appointment

Investor’s Education Group Free Memory Screening

Books Are Always Better Book Club

2 p.m., free Franklin DeGroodt Library 6475 Minton Rd. SW Palm Bay 321-952-6317

Advent Lutheran Church Concert Series 3 p.m. Free but tickets required Organist Alcee Chriss III Advent Lutheran Church 7550 N. Wickham Rd. 321-426-9378


Mimosa Brunch

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Tradewinds Restaurant Duran Golf Club 7032 Stadium Pkwy. 321-504-7771

Monday Movie Night

5 - 7:30 p.m. “Pan’s Labyrinth” Cape Canaveral Library 201 Polk Ave. 321-868-1101

Estate Planning & Advance Directives


Lucky Penny Day

Titusville Farmers Market 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sundays and Mondays Searstown Mall 3550 S. Washington Ave. 321-615-8183

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2 - 5 p.m. Elks Lodge 1532 315 Florida Ave., Cocoa 866-455-2322

8 a.m. shotgun Duran Golf Club 7032 Stadium Pkwy. 321-504-7776

Accordion Club Meeting

6 - 7:45 p.m. Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Dr. 321-255-4404



SkinPen Workshop

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., $25 Hosted by Cathy Presnick Lunch included. Heritage Isle Clubhouse 6800 Legacy Blvd. RSVP 321-604-1333

10 - 11 a.m. William A. Johnson, P.A. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Rd. 321-751-6771

Local Author Presentation 2 p.m. Bill Arcand will discuss his novel “Recurring Dream.” Franklin DeGroodt Library 321-952-6317

International Plastic Modelers’ Society

10 - 11 a.m. Grant Street Community Center 321-608-7460

Love a Tree Day

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Rd. 321-751-6771


Memorial Day Scramble



Bird Day


Writers Workshop

10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Tuesdays Cocoa Beach Library 550 N. Brevard Ave. 321-783-6997

Free Memory Screening 12 - 3 p.m. Tuesdays One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Rd. 321-751-6771


Save Your Hearing Day

Wine Glass Decorating Class

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Brevard Federated Space Coast Prayer Republican Women Forum Breakfast 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., $20 Holiday Inn 8298 N. Wickham Rd., Viera RSVP 321-727-1212

7:30 - 9:30 a.m., $25 Hilton Rialto 200 Rialto Place 321-426-7435

The Koreas: Is Unification Possible?

Conversational French Class for Beginners

6:30 p.m. FIT Lifelong Scholar Society Tradewinds Restaurant Duran Golf Club 7032 Stadium Pkwy. RSVP 321-674-8382

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., $5 Cocoa Beach Library 550 N. Brevard Ave. 321-868-1104 to register

Stamping Club


Cocoa Village Farmer’s Market

Limerick Day

Through May 15, times vary Cocoa Beach Pier 401 Meade Ave.


No Dirty Dishes Day

Demystifying Medicare 2 - 3 p.m., free Central Brevard Library 308 Forrest Ave., Cocoa 321-633-1792

Sit ‘n Stitch


12 - 3 p.m. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Rd., Viera 321-751-6771

Single, Separated, Widowed and Divorced

12:30 p.m. Chili’s Grill & Bar 530 E. Merritt Island Cswy. 321-868-7775


6 - 10 p.m. Crowne Plaza Hotel 2605 Hwy. A1A, Indialantic 321-431-4287


10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Buena Vida Estates 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., free 2129 W. New Haven Ave. 201 Polk Ave. Melbourne 321-868-1101 RSVP 321-724-0060, ext. 23

Table Tennis & Games

Melbourne Friday Fest

Cape Canaveral Library’s 50th Anniversary

Ballroom Dance

6 - 10 p.m. Free street party Main Street Downtown Melbourne

7:30 - 10:30 p.m. Martin Andersen Senior Center 1025 S. Florida Ave. Rockledge 321-631-7549

Photo Walk in the Gardens Friday Nite Live Salsa in 9 a.m., $10 the Street

Grandparents Festival



11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 6 - 9 p.m. Lipscomb Street U.S. 1, Downtown Titusville Community Center 321-267-8563 3316 S. Monroe Street

Rockledge Gardens 2153 U.S. 1 321-636-7662


Lunch and Learn

10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Buena Vida Estates 2129 W. New Haven Ave. Melbourne RSVP 321-724-0060, ext. 23

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8 a.m.; registration 7 a.m. Crown Plaza Melbourne 2605 N. Hwy. A1A 321-951-9998

3:30 p.m., free With Col. John Gaynor Palm Bay Library 1520 Port Malabar Blvd. 321-952-4519

National Wine Day Palm Bay Mayor’s Breakfast Memories of Normandy

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” by William Kamkwamba Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Dr. 321-255-4404

Night for Paws Dinner

3:30 - 5:30 p.m., $5 Cocoa Beach Library 550 N. Brevard Ave. 321-868-1104 to register

12:30 - 3 p.m. This month’s theme: Ireland, Scotland and Wales Central Brevard Library 308 Forrest Ave., Cocoa 321-633-1792

Library Book Club

2 - 5 p.m., $40-$55 World of Beer The Avenue Viera 2261 Town Center Ave. 321-633-6665

Lunch and Learn

Armed Forces Day

Cocoa Beach Friday Fest

Latin American Club of Titusville 30th Anniversary

6 - 10 p.m. Family fun street party 247 Minutemen Cswy. Cocoa Beach

6 - 11 p.m., $30 pp Dinner dance Titusville Elks Club 2955 Columbia Blvd. RSVP 321-504-7587

May Flowers Ball It’s a Mystery Book Group 7 - 10 p.m.

1 - 3 p.m. Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Dr. 321-255-4404

Brews In the Park

Western Humanities: Mythology

7 - 8:30 p.m., All ages Grant Street 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wednesdays Community Center Downtown Cocoa Village 2547 Grant Street 321-608-7460

Thunder on Cocoa Beach


National Nurses Day

Elks East Central District fundraiser Great Outdoors Golf Club 137 Plantation Dr. Titusville 10th Annual Women’s Day 321-749-8466


7 p.m., second Wednesdays Doyle Carlton Pavilion 951 Kiwanis Island Park Rd. Merritt Island 321-525-7540


11 a.m. - 2 p.m., $55 Hilton Melbourne Beach 3003 N. Hwy. A1A RSVP

The Three Sopranos

Platinum Coast Orchid Society


Essence of Spring Elks Golf Tournament Luncheon & Fashion Show 8 a.m. shotgun start

10 a.m. - 12 p.m., $5 Palm Bay Library 1520 Port Malabar Blvd. 321-676-9831

6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Four Wednesdays Keiser Univ., 900 S. Babcock St. 321-220-7775 to register

12:30 p.m., $3 Bring your own glasses up to four. Freedom 7 Senior Center Tom Warriner Blvd. Square Dancing American Legion Post #1 5000 Cocoa Beach 2 - 4 p.m. Memorial Day Celebration 321-783-9505 to register Wickham Park Senior Center 10 a.m. 2815 Leisure Way Ballroom Dance: Cha-Cha Veterans Memorial Park Melbourne 7 - 8 p.m. Broad Street, Titusville 321-608-7490 Eau Gallie Civic Center 321-269-9959 Cost: $5 1551 Highland Ave. Memorial Day Tribute Melbourne 6:30 - 8 p.m. 321-255-4638 Riverfront Park 401 Riveredge Blvd., Cocoa 321-639-3500



7:30 p.m., free, May 4 & 5 Melbourne Auditorium 625 Hibiscus Blvd. 321-285-6724



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Monday Movie Night

6:30 - 7:45 p.m. Discussing “The World Made Straight” by Ron Rash Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Dr. 321-255-4404




Medicaid Planning Seminar Master Gardeners

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Cocoa Beach Library 550 N. Brevard Ave. 321-868-1104



Zombies, Zombification

6 p.m. FIT Lifelong Scholar Society Harris Community Auditorium 1463 Highland Ave. Melbourne 321-674-8382, option 2

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Swingtime Band dance Melbourne Auditorium 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. 321-724-0555

Full Moon Red Dress Charity Stroll

6 - 11 p.m. Fundraiser for Candlelighters of Brevard Breezeway 20 N. Brevard Ave. Cocoa Beach 321-543-1346


8:30 a.m. - Noon Grant Street Community Center, $1 per player 2547 Grant Street



Book Club

10 a.m. “Still Alice” by Lisa Genova Cape Canaveral Library 201 Polk Ave. 321-868-1101

Space Coast Honor Flight Car Show

9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Holy Name of Jesus Church 3050 A1A, Indialantic 321-795-7363

Watercolor with Pearl Ollie Ballroom Dance 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Fridays Merritt Island Library 1195 N. Courtenay Pkwy. 321-455-1369

7:30 - 10:30 p.m. Martin Andersen Senior Center 1025 S. Florida Ave. Rockledge 321-631-7549


Cocoa Village BBQ & Blues Florida State June 3: 4:30 - 9 p.m. Paddleboard June 4: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Championship Riverfront Park Cocoa Village 321-631-9075


7 a.m. International Palms Oceanfront Resort 1300 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach

Big Band in the Square 7:30 p.m. Eau Gallie Arts District 587 W. Eau Gallie Blvd. 321-574-2737

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Gentle Yoga with Eileen

Mother’s Day Brunch at Matt’s

10:30 - 11:45 a.m. Franklin T. DeGroodt Library 6475 Minton Rd. SW, Palm Bay 321-952-6317


2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays Merritt Island Library, 1195 N. Courtenay Pkwy. 321-455-1369

Florida Football Coach Jim McElwain

5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Hosted by the Space Coast Gator Club Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. 321-674-5700

May 6 Zumba

9 - 10:30 a.m. Fridays Merritt Island Library 1195 N. Courtenay Pkwy. 321-455-1369

Book Talk

11 a.m. Betsy Lerner will discuss her book “The Bridge Ladies.” Cocoa Beach Library, 550 N. Brevard Ave. 321-868-1104

Oil Painting with Pearl Ollie

1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Fridays Merritt Island Library, 1195 N. Courtenay Pkwy. 321-455-1369

Florida Master Gardener Clinic

2 - 4 p.m. Eau Gallie Library 1521 Pineapple Ave., Melbourne 321-255-4304

Seatings at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 & 2:30 p.m. Matt’s Casbah, 801 E. New Haven Ave. 321-574-1099

May 11

Stroke Awareness: Signs, Symptoms, Prevention

2 p.m. One Senior Place, 8085 Spyglass Hill Rd., Viera 321-522-6363

MAY 14 Summer Art & Craft Fair & Sportsman Show 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Brevard Ave., Historic Cocoa Village 321-631-9075

Blessing of the Fleet

11 a.m. Banana River, Cocoa Beach and Titusville’s Sail and Power squadrons. Riverfront Park, Cocoa

Jeriatric Jazz

MAY 19 Thirsty Third Thursdays

6 - 10 p.m. Taylor & Poinsetta Avenue, Cape Canaveral 321-868-1226

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

Free Friday Movie: “Spotlight”

May 20

8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Benefits homeless veterans Temple Baptist Church 1400 N. Washington Ave., Titusville 321-267-9294

Space Coast Promise Walk for Preeclampsia 8:30 a.m. The Avenue Viera, 2261 Town Center Ave. 800-655-9341

Space Coast Derby Day

2 - 7:30 p.m. Wickham Park Equestrian Track 2500 Parkway Dr. 321-576-3339

Mary Poppins On Ice

4 p.m. Space Coast Ice Plex, 720 Roy Wall Blvd. Rockledge, 321-504-7500


- Spring Chicken with Wild Rice, Tomato Basil, Minestrone - Tomato Mozzarella with Balsamic Glaze, Apple Walnut Chicken Salad, House Salad - Spiced Carrot Cake, Triple Chocolate Cake, Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie, Strawberry Short Cake, Streusel Crumble Peach Cobbler

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Rockledge Gardens Fairy Garden Festival 9 a.m. Rockledge Gardens, 2153 U.S. 1 321-636-7662

Cocoa Beach Kidney Walk

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Cocoa Beach Library, 550 N. Brevard Ave. 321-868-1104

- Carved Prime Rib with Blueberry Cabernet Au Jus, Jerk Pork Loin with Mango Coconut Sauce - Rosemary Roasted Chicken

MAY 21

3 - 4 p.m., free Central Brevard Library 308 Forrest Ave., Cocoa 321-633-1792

Brevard Authors Society Writers Forum

Carving Stations & Entrees

5 p.m. Parish Center, Church of Our Saviour, 5301 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach 321-868-7775

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8:30 a.m. check-in; 10 a.m. start time Westgate Resorts Cocoa Beach Pier 401 Meade Ave.

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The Single, Separated, Widowed and Divorced Game Night

Free Diabetes Screening

8:30 a.m. Fast for at least one hour prior to testing. Cocoa Beach Pier (Kidney Walk)


6 p.m. Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. 321-674-5700

Cape Canaveral Friday Fest

Third Annual Open Car-Truck-Bike Show

- Chicken & Waffles with Jalapeno Maple Syrup or Very Berry Syrup - Cajun Low country Shrimp and Grits - Country Omelette Station - Mashed Potatoes, Braised Collard Greens, Cranberry Wild Rice - Assorted Fresh Baked Rolls, Fruit & Cheese Display

Fashion Night Out

Celebrate Moms in the Garden


Southern Starters & Sides

Choice of Dessert

1 - 2:45 p.m. 2373 Oak St, Melbourne Beach, 321-427-4624

Seating from 11 am- 3 pm

Come join us in honoring mom this year with our traditional buffet with a twist of southern charm from chicken waffles to the prime rib carving .

Rock the Porch

8 - 11 a.m. Valiant Air Command, 660 Tico Rd., Titusville 321-268-1941

2 - 3 p.m. Central Brevard Library, 308 Forrest Ave. 321-633-1792

3 - 5 p.m. Cocoa Beach Library, 550 N. Brevard Ave. 321-868-1104

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6 - 8 p.m. Rockledge Gardens, 2153 U.S. 1 321-636-7662

Mother’s Day Brunch 2016

Valiant Warbird Museum Fly-in Breakfast

Eau Gallie First Friday

5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Downtown Eau Gallie, Highland Avenue 321-574-2737

The Space Coast

Markstein Quartet

MAY 27 Movie in the Park

6 - 9 p.m. Food trucks from 6 - 9 p.m. “The Goonies” starts at 8:30 p.m. Wickham Park Main Pavilion 3845 N. Wickham Rd., 321-255-4307

MAY 28 Summer Veggie Gardening

2 p.m. Rockledge Gardens, 2153 U.S. 1 321-636-7662

A Tribute to Mothers

7 p.m. Space Coast Symphony Mother’s Day concert. The Scott Center, 5625 Holy Trinity Dr. 855-252-7276

Cocoa Beach Contra Dance

7:30 - 11 p.m., first Saturday monthly Cocoa Beach Rec. Center, 321 Ramp Rd. 321-427-3587



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meeting location or more information, email spacecoast@ Another mechanism is getting the state of Florida to pass protective constitutional amendments, like the ones that promote renewable/clean energy. On Aug. 30 of this year, Constitutional Amendment 4 will be on the primary election ballot. That is a good amendment and we should be for Amendment 4. On Nov. 8, however, an amendment backed by major power companies will be on the Florida ballot and that is Amendment 1. On the November amendment we should say “No” because that amendment claims to support a free-market principle, but they are taking an anti-free-market position by siding with monopolies to stop competition from solar, argues Debbie Dooley, a Tea Party activist. On a local scale, we at 3Rs and Beyond looked at a simple mechanism to help reduce waste and pollution in our community. This year, we created a Green Event Certification to recognize events for promoting the 3Rs and sustainability, and are making strides toward a waste-andpollution-free culture. We are happy that our first pre-certified event was to celebrate Earth Day when the city of Palm Bay received our seal of Green Event Certified for its April 23 event at Goode Park. Congratulations to the city and its community which is incredibly fortunate to have such caring leadership. In the end, my mother was right: Mother’s Day is every day and we should not only celebrate their unconditional love once a year, we should show them respect and appreciation every single day because, as Jane Goodall reminds us, “you cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” Happy Mother’s Day. SL Email Marcia Booth at Marcia@3RsAndBeyond.

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• MAY 2016


Hot Springs

a town where all is possible STORY BY ANDREA GROSS; PHOTOS BY IRV GREEN

The hot springs originate in the nearby Ouachita Mountain Range. I come to Hot Springs with an agenda. I want to relax in the curative waters, find a diamond and go home refreshed and rich. After all, one of the world’s greatest baseball players as well as many of the world’s most notorious gangsters have found the waters restorative, and as for diamonds, just last year a man found a 6.19-carat jewel in a nearby park. Here, I figure, all is possible. Of course, there’s a close relationship between possibility and luck, and Hot Springs, Ark. is undeniably lucky. Located on the eastern edge of Ouachita National Forest, 50 miles from Little Rock, it’s surrounded by such natural beauty that in 1832 Andrew Jackson designated it a “special reservation.” As a result, Hot Springs claims the title of the country’s oldest national park. It’s also the smallest, only seven times the size of New York City’s Central Park. To see how this compares to the larger countryside, we climb 306 steps to the third level of the Hot Springs Tower. There, below us, is a smattering of buildings surrounded by miles and miles of green forest and sparkling lakes. The town is special — and small. But while many places are surrounded by beauty, Hot Springs is also home to 47 springs that send 700,000 gallons a day of mineral rich water into its fountains, and indirectly fill its coffers as well. This is the real source of the town’s luck. During its heyday in the 1920s and 1930s, bathhouses promising

therapeutic soaks that could cure ills from bunions to syphilis attracted the rich, the famous and the infamous. They came for the baths but they stayed for the fun. Gambling and prostitution became major industries. Sports stars like Babe Ruth frequented the casinos and bars at night and sought hangover relief in the baths in the morning. Gangsters like Al Capone made deals with bootleggers who had stills in the nearby forests. By the time the feds cracked down in the 1960s, Hot Springs had the largest illegal gambling operation in the United States. We stop at the Arlington Hotel to see the room where Ruth worked

out when he wasn’t sweating out and A great big diamond might help me where Capone stayed when he was feel, or at least look, more like a star, hanging out. A stop at the Gangster so we head to Crater of the Diamonds Museum, which is filled with an old State Park. More than 75,000 roulette table, vintage slot machines diamonds have been found in this field and other tools of the trade, provides since 1906, when the first one was us with gossipy tidbits on Capone and discovered. Best of all, what you find, his fellow mobsters, including Charles you get to keep. “Lucky” Luciano, Frank Costello and Owney “The Killer” Madden. A quote by Mae West, who The Killer bankrolled, protected and romanced, tells us he was really a sweet guy but could be “oh so vicious.” I’m not sure if Ruth and Capone bathed at the Arlington or at the Buckstaff, which is the only one of the eight original bathhouses that is still operational, but my husband isn’t interested in following the footsteps of Capone anyway. Thus, I opt for the Buckstaff, which is right across the street. The Gangster Museum tells the story of Hot Springs’ The attendant asks me what kind of gambling past. treatment I’d like. The rules state that visitors can “I’ll have what Mae had,” I said. walk around and hope they spot a She tells me to disrobe. Nudity glittering rock, rent a small tool and isn’t on my agenda, but I meekly search through the loose surface soil, follow her instructions and she spends or use special equipment and dig deep, the next 90 minutes making sure that an activity that is best for those who I’m thoroughly rubbed, pummeled have previous experience. and pampered. A long soak in 100 Since we have no previous degree water is followed by a loofa experience, I stroll and search, my rub, hot blanket wrap, sitz bath, vapor husband digs and hopes, and after an cabinet experience and needle shower. hour we both come up empty handed, I emerge feeling more like a survivor dusty and in need of cleansing, if not than a star. restorative, baths. En route back to our motel, we stop at McClard’s, the local barbecue joint that Bill Clinton, who grew up in Hot Springs, claims is one of the best restaurants in the world. The waitress tells us that Clinton favored the chopped beef sandwich with a side of beans. “Even when he was a devout vegan, he’d come in and sneak a bite of our barbecued beef,” she said. Clinton’s beef-and-beans sets us each back $10.13, including tax. It’s true. In Hot Springs, all things are possible. We can have a worldclass meal even if we didn’t find any diamonds. For more information, go to SL

President Bill Clinton has called McClard’s Barbecue one of the best restaurants in the world.

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