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Six conservation heroes reel in prestigious ‘Charlies’ BY CHRIS BONANNO

The sixth annual Charlie Corbeil Conservation Awards, sponsored by the Viera Voice and Preserve Brevard, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. April 14 at the Brevard Zoo. The awards are held each year to recognize the accomplishments of

local conservation leaders. Charlie Corbeil was well-known in the conservation community prior to his unexpected death in 2013. He was known as one of the original "Wetlands Rangers" at the Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands. In addition, Corbeil's nature photography is displayed throughout

the world and he helped many youths hone their wildlife photography skills as well. Corbeil also held a certification as a Florida Master Naturalist. Corbeil along with his wife Charlotte contributed a popular wildlife column each month in the Viera Voice. Here's a look at this year's deserving


Courtney Barker: Barker has served as the City Manager for Satellite Beach for six years. “It’s always been a forefront city in local government on the


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Viera Wetlands Nature Festival returns for 10th annual event BY JEFF NAVIN

Most of the time, Raleigh Berry is happy to see it rain at the Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands in Viera. It’s nature’s way of preserving and enhancing life. But, on April 13 and 14, Berry hopes the rain will skip a weekend for the 10th annual Viera Wetlands Nature Festival. The Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands is located at 3658 Charlie Corbeil Way in Viera at the most western point of Wickham Road. “We’re hoping for lovely weather rather than the two days of rain we got last year,’’ said Berry, who is the environmental land manager for the Viera VIERA VOICE Jill Blue Wetlands. “We plan to have almost the identical set of tours and classes that we had last year. We General Falconer Sharron Montgomery-Pena of Flight of the Raptors and her will have more exhibits, vendors and food trucks colleagues will conduct educational shows at the Viera Wetlands Nature Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 13 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14. on site.’’

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courtyard for an awards ceremony at 9 a.m. Awards The Armed Forces Day will be presented to the Rescue 5K and community top three male and female fair will benefit Brevard finishers; top three male and County military families. female age group finishers, The event will be held and the top male and female May 18 (Armed Forces Day), masters (age 40 and older) beginning with a 5K run that finishers. starts at 7:30 a.m. About 500 All proceeds go to the runners are scheduled to Rescue Special Functions participate. The course starts Committee and the Military and ends in The Avenue Viera. Affairs Council to support Following the race, local military families participants will gather for going through hard times breakfast and beverages in or illnesses. The event also The Avenue’s center garden/ supports the organization’s

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family day and other morale boosting events. Registration is $30 per person through May 17, and $35 on race day. Included in the registration fee is a race T-shirt, sponsor swag, race-themed dog tags, breakfast and beverages. A race packet is available at the Running Zone at 3696 N. Wickham Road in Melbourne. To register, go to armedforcesday5kfl Last year, some money went toward paying the costs of airfare and hotel accommodations for a spouse whose husband had to have emergency surgery while training in Arizona. Funds also went toward a caisson for the funeral of retired Col. Christopher “Sunshine” Hannon, a former rescue pilot and commander

of the 920th Operations Group, 920th Rescue Wing, at Patrick Air Force Base. Hannon was killed Feb. 2 when a vehicle struck his bicycle in Vero Beach. Following the race, the celebration of Armed Forces Day featuring various vendors, exhibits, a 21-plus tent, prizes, demos and games will begin at 10 a.m. A silent auction of several giving baskets will be held at 2:30 p.m., while one vendor, Nicole Maree Bridal, will give away a free wedding dress to a military bride that plans to get married within the year. Live music by Half Step Down, a classic rock group from St. Cloud, will begin its performance at 11 a.m. U.S. Air Force Capt. Robin Simons, the executive officer of the 920th Operations

Group at Patrick AFB, said they are looking for event sponsors. Sponsorship levels include four-star sponsor ($500 and up) three-star sponsor ($350-$499); twostar sponsor ($200-$349); one-star sponsor ($50-$199); silent auction sponsor; race winner sponsor or gift card donation over $40, and booth sponsor ($60 or $50 for MAC member). “We hope to raise around $10,000 for our local military families,” she said. Rob Medina, the military public affairs representative for U.S. Rep. William Posey, will start the event at 10 a.m. If you are interested in sponsoring or volunteering, e-mail Sandy Owens or Simons at sowens@ or runarmedforcesday5k@gmail. com VV

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Zoos are typically home to animals often associated with the African landscape, such as meercats, giraffes and monkeys. The Brevard Zoo not only features these exotic animals, but also new to the zoo are metal statues made by African artists. There are 16 metal sculptures made from recycled materials in various spots throughout the zoo. “These sculptures were all made from recycled materials The hippopotamus sculpture is located near the entrance of the Brevard Zoo. by a group of 19 young artists in Nairobi, Kenya,” Brevard in Vero Beach, and they Zoo officials said in an online purchased the statues from presentation. “The artists, (Ark Collective),” said Elliot called Ark Collective, were Zirulnik, the communications recruited from disadvantaged, manager at the Brevard impoverished backgrounds Zoo. “When they were done and given the opportunity exhibiting them, (the Brevard to learn valuable skills such Zoo) purchased them with as design, metal cutting and other zoos in Florida: the welding — all of which were Jacksonville Zoo, the Naples used to create the sculptures Zoo and the West Palm Beach now housed at the zoo.” Zoo.” The sculptures at the The statues are not a Brevard Zoo are called VIERA MEANS permanent installation in the Sculpture Safari and are Zoo. N E T W OBrevard RKING GR O U PBy the fall, the found all over the zoo. Some are in hard-to-spot areas. “These sculptures were at the Botanical Garden Center continued to page 5





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or three calves. People (also) like the giraffe. It’s the easiest one to find, but they’re all very (interesting).” There is no map for finding the sculptures, so guests will have to be on the lookout for each of the 16 metal animals. Also new to the Brevard Zoo is a bear, which is a 2-year-old, full-grown female. For more information about the sculptures and about the Brevard Zoo, go to brevardzoo. org. VV

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Area residents make their voices heard regarding interchange BY AUSTIN RUSHNELL Since the beginning of construction on the diverging diamond in Viera, local residents have been making their voices heard about the new changes. When the new interchange

was announced two years ago, people expressed their thoughts on Facebook. “From someone that moved down to the area from Naperville, Illinois, that has a diverging diamond, they seem strange at first, but they work well,” wrote Alicia Carson,

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The diverging diamond interchange is nearing completion, which will connect the center of Viera to I-95.

about the coming interchange. “Useless engineering,” local resident Steve Beck commented. “(It may create) more confusion among the roadways which raises the chance for accidents, and more taxpayer (money) wasted. How are we benefiting from this?” Some others were more concerned with the local drivers than the interchange itself, considering instead the population of senior drivers that live in the Viera area. “This is going to be a steep learning curve for our seniors,” noted Ian Fine, a realtor for Melbourne-based Curri Properties, LLC. One of the largest issues facing the new interchange at Viera Boulevard and I-95 is the problem of how to traverse from East to West Viera in a golf cart since using the new diverging diamond is off limits. Today, many local residents are concerned about the golf cart issue, and some raised their concerns to the office of District 4 County Commissioner Curt Smith, whose office resides on Judge

Fran Jamieson Way in the heart of Viera. “There’s a variety of feedback (that we’ve heard),” said Pat Woodard, Smith's chief legislative aide. “A lot of people are apprehensive about how (the diverging diamond) is going to operate, why it’s designed the way it is and various things like that. Other people have seen the (diverging) diamond interchange before, and say they’ve driven on it, it works great and they’re glad they’re doing it. “There’s mostly mixed comments on it,” Woodard continued. “Ones who have never tried it are apprehensive of it, (which are) 60, 65 percent of those type, the other ones are those that have done it before and understand how it works, and they’re supportive, (which make up) around 40 percent of those. It’s kind of a mixed bag.” For more information about the diverging diamond in Viera, go to transystems. com/our-projects/i-95-viera.” VV

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Local girl named International Ambassador for Nothing Down BY AUSTIN RUSHNELL When the parents of Gianna Scauzillo found out that she was to be born with Down syndrome (DS), they experienced the same anxieties that affect any other parents of children with DS. But, they found out that, as a family, they would come to experience things much greater than themselves or the diagnosis of DS. Five-year-old Gianna Scauzillo of Brevard County recently has been recognized as International Ambassador for an organization called Nothing Down, which seeks to destigmatize Down syndrome and to spread awareness about families with DS. “We received a prenatal diagnosis of a heart defect which then led us to finding out Gianna would be born with Down syndrome,” said Gianna’s mother, Amanda Scauzillo. “There were moments of fear, grief and uncertainty because we were about to start a journey less traveled than

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Gianna Scauzillo, 5, has been named International Ambassador for Nothing Down.

most. “Not knowing much, we took to social media and Google and started to educate ourselves on what life with Down syndrome may look like for us,” Scauzillo continued. “So much of the information

was outdated and honestly began to make things scarier for a new parent/ family. Once Gianna was born, I realized that she is more than any diagnosis. Most importantly, that she was a baby first and needed to be loved and cared for just like we did for her big brother.” After Gianna was born, the Scauzillo family connected with the Down syndrome Association of Brevard and began a Facebook group called Peace Love Gianna and “... naturally became a family of advocates.” Since then, Gianna and

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her family have participated in multiple organizations and fundraisers, including the well-known Buddy Walk, where Team Peace Love Gianna raised more than $10,000 in support of the Down syndrome Association of Brevard. Nothing Down started in 2016 and the International Ambassador Program began in 2018, and has since gathered representatives in eight different countries and 22 states in the U.S. As an International Ambassador, Gianna participates in photo shoots, viral videos and the promotion of up-to-date

education and resources for parents that receive the news of a DS diagnosis. “Gianna loves the camera, she loves having an audience,” Scauzillo said. “She’s only 5, so I don’t think she really understands it all. But, I think it’s a great opportunity for us to just share a little bit more about how our typical family (can have) a Down syndrome diagnosis in the mix.” For more information about Gianna and her promotions, go to facebook. com/PeaceLoveGianna, and for more information about Nothing Down, go to VV

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Confessore signs new extension with BSO, Schillhammer brought on BY JULIE STURGEON During an intimate members-only VIP dinner in March, the Brevard Symphony Orchestra (BSO) announced some much-anticipated and exciting news. First, there was the unveiling of the 2019-2020 season, which usually is not

done until much later in the year. Then, there was an update about the symphony’s longstanding conductor, whose contract would soon end. “The dinner provided an opportunity to announce an extension by five years of our music director, Christopher Confessore’s, contract,” said

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David Schillhammer, the BSO’s new executive director. “The announcement was met with an immediate standing ovation,” said Schillhammer, “which was well deserved.” A native Floridian, Confessore has led the Brevard Symphony Orchestra since May 1995. “He is a jewel, he is a gift, he is a blessing to this orchestra and this community each and every day,” Schillhammer said. “It’s almost unparalleled that one person would be so devoted and committed to an orchestra for three decades.” Under Confessore’s tutelage, the BSO has grown from a few concerts each year to 12 subscription series concerts and many community educational and outreach programs. Next year will be Confessore’s 25th year with the BSO as it approaches its 70th year. “It has been my honor and privilege to serve as the Brevard Symphony Orchestra's music director,” said Confessore at the dinner, “and I look forward to continuing to serve as we bring outstanding performances to audiences of all ages.” During a conversation after the dinner, Schillhammer expressed his excitement about

the upcoming concert season, which was announced during the dinner event. “We have a wonderful season ahead of us,” Schillhammer said. The BSO’s main subscription series, the Signature Six, is sure to have something for everyone’s musical palette. The 66th concert season will begin with “The Planets” in celebration of the Apollo 11 moon landing. An ever-popular composition, “The Planets,” a century-old symphony, evokes images of the solar system and outer space. Each movement of Gustav Holst’s suite is named after a different planet. “It’s an amazing work, a powerful work,” Schillhammer said. Other season highlights include Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” Beethoven’s “Pastoral Symphony” and a new visual concert to include imagery and photo choreography. For the Valentine’s Day concert, vocalist Michael Andrew will sing Sinatra love songs. All regular-season concerts will be performed at the King Center. The season will start later than usual, on Nov. 16, due to renovations at the King Center. In the interim, the current season continues and is followed by a special summer

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David Schillhammer started in January as the Brevard Symphony Orchestra’s new executive director.

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Viera’s Woodard steps down after 13 years as swim coach BY CARL KOTALA

Morgan Woodard and her mother, Debbie Tweedie, have built the Viera High School swimming program from the ground up, creating a family atmosphere along the way. But after 13 years, Woodard has decided to step down as Viera’s coach to concentrate on her own family. “My boys are 1 and 4 now and very active, tons of energy,” Woodard said. “It’s just time to focus on family. “My mom always said when I was done, she was done. We just decided this was the time to focus on the kids. They’re only 1 and 4 once.” Woodard, 34, has built quite a program at Viera.

The girls team has won nine district titles, including the last six in a row. The Hawks also won their first Cape Coast Conference championship this past season and have a regional title and two runnerup finishes on their resume. Viera’s boys team has won three district titles and, like the girls team, sent a number of swimmers to the state meet through the years. Woodard also has been named CCC Coach of the Year twice. “She developed a great program with high standards,” Viera athletic director Chris Gallagher said of Woodard. “They were quality academic


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Viera High School swimming coach Morgan Woodard, left, and her mother, Debbie Tweedie, stand in front of framed memories of their first season together. Woodard is stepping down after 13 seasons that have included more than 10 district championships, a Cape Coast Conference title, one regional championship and two CCC Coach of the Year awards.


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Viera lacrosse programs raising the bar this season BY CARL KOTALA Whether it’s a tougher schedule, or just its level of play, the Viera High School boys and girls lacrosse teams are

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BASEBALL Home games played at USSSA Space Coast Stadium Games at 6 p.m. unless noted * District game April 1 – at Vero Beach, 6 p.m. April 2 – Astronaut (Senior Night) April 4 – at Melbourne, 7 p.m.* April 9 – Titusville April 11 – Harmony* April 16 – Merritt Island April 18 – Pinecrest April 23 – The First Academy, 7 p.m. April 25 – Heritage* April 30 – Cape Coast Conference playoff BOYS LACROSSE All games at 7 p.m. unless noted * District game April 2 – Satellite, TBA* April 4 – at Cocoa Beach* April 6 – IMG, 2 p.m. April 9 – Seminole, TBA April 10 – Lake Brantley April 12 – Montverde Academy April 16 – Class 1A, District 21 Semifinals, 5/7 p.m. April 19 – Class 1A, District 21 Championship Game, 6 p.m. April 26 – Class 1A Regional Quarterfinal, 7 p.m. April 30 – Class 1A Regional Semifinal, 7 p.m. GIRLS LACROSSE All games at 5:30 p.m. * District game April 2 – Satellite* April 4 – at Cocoa Beach* April 8 – at St. Edward’s April 10 – Lake Mary Prep April 15 – Class 1A, District Semifinals at Cocoa Beach, 5/7 April 17 – Class 1A, District Championship Game at Cocoa Beach, TBD April 25 – Class 1A Regional Quarterfinals, 7 p.m. April 29 – Class 1A Regional Semifinals, 7 p.m. SOFTBALL Home games played at USSSA Space Coast Stadium JV games at 5:15 p.m., varsity games at 7:15 p.m. unless noted * District game April 5 – at Cocoa, TBD April 13 – South Fork, TBD April 15 – Harmony* April 19 – Winter Springs (varsity only), 7 p.m. April 22 – Cape Coast Conference Playoff Game, TBD April 29 – Class 7A, District 6 Semifinals at Heritage, 6 p.m.


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raising the bar this season. “We keep building. We keep growing,” Viera girls coach Nick Bigerton said. “The girls are playing outside of the season. They’re playing travel ball. They’re playing fall ball with me. “They just love the game. They’re continuing to work at it and they realize if they put the work and effort in, we are a good team.” The Hawks, who have won the past two district titles, are the clear favorite to make it three in a row thanks to the play of top scorers Micki Pippett, Grace Blythe and Brianna Staerk, plus the defense of Sammie Pippett and goalkeeper Tabby Caldwell. Viera also has benefited greatly from the addition of two experienced freshmen — Lexi Fischer and Lia Arbeeny — who already have had a big impact. “I think everything is pretty (much) the same (as last season), but I think we work better together,” Blythe said.


Viera's Tristen Chang gets the Hawks' offense started by winning the draw. She is also an effective scorer. Viera will be looking for its third straight district title this season.

team in the nation,” Viera boys coach Charlie Crawford said. “If you want to get better, you’ve got to play better.” Viera has been getting solid contributions from players such as Dallas Thomas, Nate DePlancke, Jared Weiss and goalkeeper Austin Jensen. DePlancke, who thinks the Hawks’ schedule will help “open our minds a little more and show us where we need to be,” said Viera must learn to play together and focus on the future, not the past. “We can’t really go off of what the past has brought us,” he said. “We’ve got a whole new bunch of younger guys that are going to help us a lot. We’ve got to build them up and just take it from there.” Crawford believes the Hawks have a chance to go far if they can continue to tighten up their game. “I think we’re capable of winning the district and going pretty deep in the playoffs, if they can just maintain their discipline,” he said.VV

“We’re more of a team than individuals.” Should Viera, off to an 8-1 start, claim another district title and get back to the postseason, the next challenge will be to make a deep playoff run. That’s the goal of Viera’s boys team, too, which appears ready to get back to the postseason after losing to Merritt Island in the district

finals each of the past two years. To that end, the Hawks — who already have beaten the Mustangs during the regular season — are playing a more challenging schedule. “We went 15-1 last year and wanted to challenge them with some good teams from out of the county, including IMG (Academy), the fourth-best

together … as a group, we’re doing really well. I’m satisfied with how they’re playing.” Marr inherited a team that had just four players — John Rahmes, Guillermo Marr, Adam Cole and Aaron Benhase — returning from last year. The Tigers have since been bolstered by Sullivan Altman and Preston Milo, players with experience, coming out for their senior seasons. Rahmes, a senior who has

Senior John Rahmes has played six years of lacrosse for the Tigers. He's using that experience to help teach some of the team's younger players.

Holy Trinity lacrosse teams building for success BY CARL KOTALA

The Holy Trinity boys and girls lacrosse teams find themselves in similar positions this season. Both have new coaches and a lot of young players. “We’re a young team. I would say 80 percent of our players are ninth and 10th graders,” Holy Trinity boys coach Eric Marr said. “We’re slowly gelling

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been playing for six years, is the leader on defense, which also has been getting good play from newcomers Marcel Poitier and Trenton Gowins. “I’ve been trying to teach the defense up a little bit since I’ve definitely been here the longest,” Rahmes said. “… I think this year is a rebuilding year. Next year, I know they’re going to be really good.” That doesn’t mean, of course, the Tigers are giving up on being competitive this season. “We’re building slowly up right now,” Eric Marr said. “It’s going to take some time. But I think by the end of the year, we’ll be gelling as a team.” The same could be said for Holy Trinity’s girls team, which already owns a couple of big wins against Merritt Island and Melbourne. “We have a lot of younger girls who are filling in what we lost year, which is exciting,” senior co-captain Olivia McHenry said. “We still have a lot of room to improve, so I think that makes the rest of the year more exciting.”

New coach Sarah O’Connor said she believes the Tigers are capable of getting back to the district championship game. McHenry, meanwhile, described the Tigers as a strong second-half team that is relaxed away from the field. “The more games we’ve been playing, the more they’ve been coming together as a team, which is great to see,” O’Connor said. “I’ve been seeing a lot of leaders step up. I’m really excited for a lot of the new players and just the future of the program.” Despite the loss of last year’s top scorer, Ann Kelly, the Tigers have been getting scoring from a variety of players along with strong play from McHenry, co-captain Hannah Gunderson and leading defender Alex Davenport. “It’s really exciting to see the ball get thrown around a little bit more and for Olivia, especially, to step up in kind of a point guard position,” O’Connor said. “Hannah runs the midfield really well. She’s really exploded this year.” VV

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BY CARL KOTALA The Holy Trinity tennis program would never assume a district championship is in the bag. At the same time, the Tigers have reached a point in their program where they enter each season thinking about much more than becoming district champs. “We’re always trying to be a little better each year,” Tigers coach Mark Harrison said. “Last year, the boys made it to the regional semifinals and lost in a close tiebreaker and the girls made it to the state tournament. That’s huge. “This year … we’re always trying to push ourselves to improve.” The boys and girls teams both have a new No. 1 at the top of the ladder this season. Holy Trinity’s boys, who have won five consecutive district titles, are led by junior Nick Olumu. “Nick’s dedicated to his tennis game,” Harrison said. “He’s ranked No. 11 in the state in junior tennis in Florida. Nick has his eyes set on playing at a D-I college and he has the game for that. “Nick’s an all-court player. And besides his game, he has drive and determination.” Playing behind Olomu are junior Bodie Cohen, senior Briggsie Kilborne and junior Kevin Platt. Eighth-grader Chris Moore and senior Kevin Jacobus rotate between the No. 5 and 6 spots and eighthgrader Conner Bierbrunner plays No. 2 doubles and is in the top eight in singles. The Holy Trinity girls team, which has won four consecutive district titles, features a nice mix of talented young players with a few veterans in the top five. Allie Dzheneva, a seventh grader, leads the way for the Tigers. She’s followed in the lineup by senior Karina Popowycz, junior Anjani Epasinghe and senior Caroline Dixon. Harrison described his undefeated No. 5 singles player — sixth-grader Natalie Morris — as a “future superstar” for the Tigers. Given how much success Holy Trinity has had through

TENNIS All matches at 4 p.m. * District match April 2 – Cape Coast Conference Playoff, TBD April 17-18 – Class 3A, District 13 Playoff at Fee Avenue Courts April 23-25 – Class 3A Regional Playoffs, TBD TRACK & FIELD April 16 – Class 3A, District 13 Meet at Sebastian River, 10 a.m. April 27 – Class 3A, Region 4 Tournament at South Fork, 8 a.m.



Nick Olomu is the No. 1 player on the Holy Trinity boys tennis team and is ranked 11th in junior tennis in the state of Florida. The Tigers are seeking another deep run in the state playoffs this season.

the years, it’s easy to see why the Tigers see themselves as one of the premier programs in the area. “I think it’s safe to say we’ve got a legit program, a very serious program here at Holy Trinity,” Harrison said. “Best program in the county.” And when the Tigers coach

said. “We’re known for our championship tennis program. “We’ve got about 50 kids in the program, total. We also have a junior high squad and a junior varsity squad. It’s a big program. It’s not just the varsity. I’ve got a crop of kids coming up, next generation.” VV

BOYS LACROSSE * District game April 1 – Eau Gallie, 6:30 p.m. April 3 – at Merritt Island, 6 p.m. April 9 – Rockledge, 6:30 p.m. April 11 – Vero Beach, 6 p.m. April 15 – Class 1A, District 22 Tournament at Sebastian River, 5 p.m. April 17 – Class 1A, District 22 Tournament finals at Sebastian River, 7 p.m. April 26 – Class 1A Regional Quarterfinals, 7 p.m. April 30 – Class 1A Regional Semifinals, 7 p.m. GIRLS LACROSSE All games at 6 p.m. unless noted * District game April 5 – John Carroll (Senior Night) April 10 – at St. Edward’s April 15 – Class 1A, District 22 Tournament at Sebastian River, 5 p.m. April 17 – Class 1A, District 22 Tournament Finals at Sebastian River, 7 p.m. April 25 – Class 1A Regional Quarterfinal, 7 p.m. April 29 – Class 1A Regional Semifinal, 7 p.m.


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Hawks can’t wait to hit field for spring football practice BY CARL KOTALA Spring football practice is coming soon, and the Viera High Hawks can’t wait to get started. The players will hit the field for their first practice April 22, with the spring game set for 7:30 p.m. May 17 at West Orange High School. “What I like about spring football is that every player has a clean slate and is trying to earn their position,” Viera coach Derek Smith said. “I like to tell every kid there are no given positions, no given spots. I was asked the other day, ‘Where is my kid going to fit on the depth chart?’ “My statement was, ‘There is no depth chart until the week

we play West Orange.’ ” There is plenty of reason for the Hawks to be excited about the upcoming season, including the return of quarterback Bryce Norton. After leading the state in total yards (4,706) by throwing for 3,353 yards, running for 1,338 yards and accounting for 36 touchdowns, Norton was named the Class 7A Offensive Most Valuable Player by Florida High School Football. The best part about that for the Hawks is that he did all that as a sophomore. As dangerous as Norton already is, Smith said he would like to see the quarterback work on his drop-back passing game this spring.

Viera is graduating two of the state’s top performing receivers in Sean Atkins and Shamaar Mohr, but there are a number of intriguing prospects looking to step into a bigger role. “I’m really excited to see what Jeremiah Housey does this year,” Smith said. “He’s establishing himself as one of the fastest kids in the county.” Housey, who has run 10.89 in the 100 meters during track season, will be joined by transfer Davis Mallinger and returners Caleb Osburn, Karsten Poole and Jarvelle Francis. Donovan Giles, a 6-foot-4 freshman who dominated at the JV level, will also get a chance to become a playmaker on varsity.

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Bryce Norton led the state in total yards (4,706) as a sophomore. He and the rest of the Viera Hawks will start getting ready for next season when spring practice begins April 22.

Jalen Housey and TJ Johnson likely will be the team’s top running backs. Despite graduating Gavin Lamp and Chris Murphy — who both signed to play in college — Viera’s offensive line is expected to be one of the strengths of the team thanks to the return of Andrew Hart, Brady Touzet, Colben Maher and Hunter Plotkin. Cooper Liston, who missed virtually all of last season with an injury, will be back. Smith said he’s looking forward to

seeing what Justin Humphries and Tyler Matas — who mauled defenders on the JV level — can do on varsity. Two of the biggest question marks going into the season will be in the secondary and at linebacker. Zak Sedaros is expected to anchor the secondary along with Kato Holmes, Mallinger, Jeremiah Housey and Bryce Reynolds.


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Holy Trinity football hopes to build on historic season BY CARL KOTALA When the Holy Trinity Tigers hit the field for the first day of spring practice this month, they will try to build on the best season in program history. “The mission is to capitalize off of last season,” Holy Trinity coach Nate Hooks Jr. said. “Each team is different. One year has nothing to do with the next. However, you still want to try to use the success of one season to catapult you to bigger and better things. “You don’t want to go backwards.” Spring practice begins April 22 and will conclude with a spring game next month. At press time, Hooks said he still was trying to finalize the date and spring game opponent for the Tigers. Holy Trinity won the first playoff game in school history last season, beating Cardinal Newman 34-30 in the Class 3A regional quarterfinals. Three big-name players will graduate. Defensive end Seth Coleman was a top-300 recruit who signed with Illinois. Linebacker Sully Altman was named allstate and announced on his


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students year in and year out, along with some pretty successful accomplishments in the swimming pool. “She was a great leader, a quiet leader and a strong leader.” While the Hawks have


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At linebacker, the Hawks have Dan Steen, Connor Kennedy, Kei’Shawne Cooper, Nate DePlancke and transfer D’Andre Lewis. If there is one area the Hawks aren’t worried about, it’s the defensive line. Rising senior Cooper Davis already has several college

Twitter account in late February that he had committed to West Florida. Then there’s quarterback Dru Nickson, who signed to play basketball at Embry-Riddle University, but was selected as honorable mention all-state by Florida High School Football. “A lot of production has to be replaced, but it has to be viewed as an opportunity for other guys,” Hooks said. The Tigers will certainly have some talent coming back in running back Larry Hill and wide receiver James BlackStrain, who have each received multiple Division I scholarship offers. Benji Nicks and Rico Frazier are ready to step in at the defensive end spots. Trey Palmer, who has played cornerback and linebacker, has an offer from Cornell. Holy Trinity is also expecting to get a big contribution at running back from transfer Kevin Chandler. Of course, the big excitement around the Holy Trinity program came when Hooks announced on Twitter that the school will build a new $5.5 million facility and turf field.

yet to hire her replacement, Woodard said she hopes the team is able to keep the same family-like atmosphere she worked hard to create. “Mom and I were the originals, so it was really hard to say that we were done because the swim team is also our family,” Woodard said. “We’ve put so much time and

scholarship offers, including one from West Virginia, while underclassmen Jamari Lyons, Jackson Hatfield and Julius Barfield are proven standouts. “I think we’re going to have one of the better defensive lines I’ve had in my career,” Smith said. “You get four returning starters, they’re going to be dominant. Especially when they’re all very good.” VV


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SOFTBALL * District game April 1 – Cocoa Beach, 5:30 p.m.* April 2 – Cocoa, 5:30 p.m.* April 4 – at Satellite, 6 p.m.* April 8 – Astronaut, 5:30 p.m.* April 9 – at Eau Gallie, 6 p.m. April 11 – Titusville, 5:30 p.m.* April 16 – Astronaut, 5:30 p.m.* April 17 – Space Coast, 5:30 p.m.* April 25 – at Palm Bay, 6 p.m. April 26 – at Sebastian River, 6 p.m.


Holy Trinity wide receiver James BlackStrain, center, has multiple scholarship offers. The Tigers open spring practice April 22.

Hooks said the plan is to have the new facility ready by the time the next school year starts. “We’ll have hands down the best facility in the county,” he said. “It won’t even be close.”

effort into it to make the swim team a family place. Every time we have seniors leave, that’s what they all say — they love the family atmosphere. “I can only hope that … we

In the meantime, the Tigers are on a mission to keep getting better. “That’s what spring is for, finding out who are going to be your ballers in the fall,” Hooks said.VV

have a really strong group of juniors. I told them they’re going to have the hardest job ever on continuing the family vibe with a new coach.” VV

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Manatee Elementary students donate shoe collection BY AUSTIN RUSHNELL For some, collecting shoes is a fun and rewarding hobby — but others, especially young people, might not have the same opportunity to even have a single pair of shoes. Soles4Souls is a project dedicated to donating shoes to children in povertystricken countries and accepts donations from all over. One Brevard County student decided that getting involved with a donation program was a perfect fit for cutting down on his growing shoe collection. Ryan Dierking will donate his gently-used shoes as part of the Future Leaders of Manatee club at Manatee Elementary School in Viera. “The kids are collecting gently-used shoes from March 24 to 29,” said Ryan’s mother Lorraine Dierking. “What they’re going to do is have a day at Manatee Elementary where all of the kids (will

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Students in the Future Leaders of Manatee club at Manatee Elementary School show off their donated shoes.

collect funds), and the money that they make will hopefully help them to mail the shoes to Soles4Souls. “It was kind of a perfect fit for (Ryan),” Dierking said. “(At first) we weren’t sure what the club was about. However, shoes are his thing; he owns more than I do! My husband

at the time was telling him that, ‘for every five pair of sneakers that you donate, I’ll buy you a new pair,’ as he grew out of them.” The Future Leaders of Manatee is a new club at Manatee Elementary, which has reached out to its students for the Soles4Souls

campaign. Students were selected for participation in the campaign by their teachers. “The teacher chooses (the students for participation),” Dierking explained. “So, we had all these shoes piling up, and (Ryan) was asked to belong to this club, and when

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2019 Innovation Games challenges talented students BY AUSTIN RUSHNELL One of the greatest sources of creative invention isn’t actually some stuffy boardroom in a think-tank — it’s inside the young and vigorous minds of today’s STEAM-driven school children. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics. It is the core focus of many of Brevard’s schools. Brevard Public Schools recently partnered with technology leaders, including Boeing and NASA, to host the inaugural Innovation Games. The Innovation Games are a series of competitions held for schools around Brevard in which they compete in STEAM-focused challenges. The teams were made up of sixth-grade students from both standard and magnet schools, public and private.

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Gemini Elementary School students Maximus Carl, left, Gabriella D’Elia, center, and Riley Dwyer, second from right, show off their tie-dye lab coats with teachers Caryn Good and Rodger Cohen during Day 1 of the Innovation Games.

The first day of the Innovation Games was held Feb. 28 at the Brevard County School District (BCSD) center in Viera. One of the largest competitions during the first day was the Destination Mars build. Students gathered in the center of the BCSD building complex to showcase

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Mars and, once landed, thaw them and promote a new colony of fresh, living fish. There were many other competitions held throughout the BCSD complex, including rooms for testing robotic builds, building wearable technology, and even coding within a Minecraft server. “The most interesting (project) would have to be one student from West Melbourne School of Science,” said Gifted teacher Amanda Howell. “Just his detail to everything; the coding factor that he put into (his project, especially,) because he could use all the basic (coding), but he added more.” Within the Minecraft coding challenge, students were asked to design and build a living structure for research on Mars, within the world of the game of Minecraft. “(The student) was adding

so much more code that our Carlos, who works for Microsoft, was saying that Microsoft would hire him in a heartbeat,” Howell added. The second day of the Innovation Games was held March 8 at the Florida Solar Energy Center. Once again, students gathered together to compete in science and technology challenges. “The key is to create a culture where kids are doing things where they can then use in the future for job opportunities,” said Brevard County School Board Member (District 4) Matt Susin. “So when you go and see the drone races, it’s not about the drone racing. It’s about them building the drone, using the 3-D printer, using all of the components that are there.” While this was the first year for students to compete in the Innovation Games, planning for next year is already underway. VV

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Holy Trinity student advances to national spelling bee BY CHRIS BONANNO Dhyana Mishra, an eighth-grade student at Holy Trinity, has earned a berth in the 92nd Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. “I’m really excited,” said Mishra, who spelled “dudgeon,” which according to MerriamWebster means a fit or state of indignation. “I’m hoping to represent … Central Florida really well. It’s going to be a great experience.” Mishra said she will take part in a written test prior to the oral portion of the bee, which will be held in late May. If she passes that portion, she’ll move on to the oral spelling competition. She added that she’s VIERA VOICE Courtesy of Tapas Mishra been buoyed by support Dhyana Mishra, an eighth-grade student at Holy from family, friends Trinity, holds a trophy after winning the Brevard District Spelling Bee on Feb. 21. and the Holy Trinity

community. “It’s so great to hear everyone’s support,” Mishra said. “Everyone’s part of this journey. It’s not just me.” Viera-Suntree area school students excelled at the Brevard District Spelling Bee, with Mishra finishing first and Viera Charter School eighthgrader Brianna Nguyen finishing second in the annual event held Feb. 21 at the Brevard County School Board building in Viera. “I was pretty confident with the words and, even if I didn’t know one, I would just use my pattern and techniques,” said Mishra, who spelled the word “pelagial,” which according to relates to the main body of water of a lake or sea, to win the Brevard District

Spelling Bee. This year’s victory accounted for her fourth county spelling bee title in five years. Mishra said she won as fourth, sixth, seventh and eighth grader. As a fifth grader, she finished second in the county bee but gained a berth into the sectional bee where she won and advanced to the national bee. Dhyana Mishra said she was and is inspired to spell by her sister, Stuti, who finished as the runner-up in the 85th Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2012 held in Washington, D.C. Nguyen, who said she had only participated in the district bee once before, also was ecstatic about her performance. “I feel super proud of myself actually,” said Nguyen, who said she

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BY AUSTIN RUSHNELL Boy Scouts have long been associated with patriotism, and one local Eagle Scout took that message to trial. Eagle Scout Ryan Jarvis of Viera, 18, decided to create a permanent establishment to collect old and retired flags at the Government Center of Viera. “I got inspiration (for the project) from my family,” Jarvis said. “My father, grandfather, my mother’s brother and my father’s brother — they’re all veterans; I’m inspired by their service and I wanted to give back not only to them but to all people who have served and paid tribute to the flag.” According to Jarvis, many are unaware of how a flag should be properly disposed of once it has reached the

point of retirement. The Scouts BSA (formerly Boy Scouts of America) offers a number of options for retiring a flag, including cutting and burning, conducting a burning ceremony, recycling the material, or even cutting the flag in a specific manner and disposing of the flag normally. Specifically, the Scouts BSA guidelines state that, “We simply need to ask ourselves if the manner in which we are retiring (destroying) the flag is dignified. If the answer is yes, then that method is perfectly acceptable.” “(A flag should be considered for retirement) when the colors are faded, when there are rips and tears, when there are stains,” Jarvis explained. “Any sort of visible damage.” For his project, Jarvis built

a receptacle for the flags as a permanent installation in the Government Center of Viera, where it now resides in Lobby C. The flags are collected at interspersed intervals, and Jarvis intends to find a local veterans program to take over the collection once he is no longer living in the area. VV


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plans on attending Viera High School next year. “It’s a very big accomplishment for me actually. …. It’s a milestone for me in a way.” Both competitors also share similarities in that they both credited teachers with helping them, are both advocates for studying words and stressed the importance of remaining calm when participating. “I find that that's one of the hardest parts is you're spelling orally in front of a lot of people,” Nguyen said. “... A lot of people can get creeped out by that." Mishra said prospective spellers can learn new words even when they’re out and about. “Look around at words when you’re in the store,” Mishra added. “Just look at the world around you.” VV

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Technology helps Holy Trinity’s SRO protect his school BY ERNEST ARICO If you’re thinking about sneaking inside Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy’s Upper School undetected, you’re going to have to get past Cpl. Mark Spencer and the latest technology installed at the school. “The school has installed a lot of new technology to make the school safer,” said the 6-foot, 5-inch Spencer. “We have a new gunshot detection system, new cameras and sensors, new badging system, new announcement system and new phone lines.” For example, the gunshot detection system allows Spencer and school officials to quickly detect gunshot activity; determine what type of weapon was used to fire the gunshot; greatly reduce false alarms with dual authentication, and display a floor plan of the school with shot location information. “Anything that I have suggested to make the school and its students, staff and teachers safer, the school has implemented or is implementing,” Spencer said. “It’s a great place to

work.” Born in St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Spencer graduated in 1993 from Osceola High School in Kissimmee where he excelled in basketball and track. In 1997, Spencer received his bachelor’s degree in business management from Weber University. He began his career in law enforcement after he graduated from the Technical Education Center of Osceola (TECO) in 2011. Shortly after completing his police academy work at TECO, Spencer was hired by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. He was assigned to road patrol duty with the department’s East Precinct, which covers Merritt Island and Cape Canaveral. Last August, Spencer left the road patrol to become Holy Trinity’s SRO. However, he was only assigned to stay at the school for six weeks. School officials quickly recognized how valuable Spencer was and wanted him to stay on permanently. “He (Spencer) was very personable and good in working with people,” said

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Michelle Salyer, the school’s communications and marketing manager. As a result, Holy Trinity signed an agreement with the BCSO and Sheriff Wayne Ivey to provide a deputy sheriff to work fulltime as a school resource officer at Holy Trinity’s Upper School.

“We were the first private school in Brevard County to sign a formal agreement to retain a fulltime school resource officer to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff,” Salyer said. Spencer said his duties include patrolling the school, making sure gates

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Viera students win another ocean science academic competition BY CARL KOTALA Viera High School’s ocean science academic team is turning into quite the competitive powerhouse in the state of Florida. Yep, we’re talking threepeat. Viera’s Dani Dowgiallo, JoJo Campbell, Aleena Argull, Katelyn Palmer and J. Ungos — who make up Viera’s B team — won the Manatee Bowl, which was held in late February at FAU Harbor Branch in Fort Pierce. There were 16 teams from 10 different high schools from Key West to Jacksonville at the regional competition, which tested students on their ocean science knowledge through

buzzer-style, multiplechoice questions and open-ended, team challenge questions. Viera’s third consecutive win means five students will head to the 22nd annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB), which takes place April 11 to 14 in Washington D.C. Morgan Woodard, who teaches marine sciences at Viera and served as the team’s coach along with her mother, Debbie Tweedie, and Viera High alumnus Oscar Sang, said she was impressed with the way the team came together. “The interesting thing about the B Team is that all five of the girls … they’re kind of the same person,” Woodard said. “They are

really smart, obviously. They are quiet, really studious, but not the type of person you would think would be really confident in an academic competition. “They worked so hard. They trusted each other. They’re all friends. And they just crushed the competition.” Viera’s A Team, which consisted of Morgan Bentley, Mason Watts, Zack Chace, Maggie Zendehrouh and Zach Hafele, took seventh place in the competition. The championship matchup was an all-Brevard County showdown between Viera and Eau Gallie.


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Home2 Suites will offer family-friendly, extended-stay rooms BY CHRIS BONANNO

Sycamore Investment Group will soon begin construction on a Home2 Suites by Hilton in Viera. The four-story extendedstay hotel will have 118 suites, Sycamore said, and it will be located across the street from The Avenue Viera. The Home2 Suites will be adjacent to a Fairfield Inn and Suites, also developed by the investment group, and will sit at the intersection of Lake Andrew Drive and Town Center Avenue. Sycamore Executive Vice President Ronak Jasani said the Home2 Suites is slated to open in the second quarter of 2020. A release from Sycamore also noted that the company owns and operates the Hampton Inn, located at 130

Sheriff Drive in Viera. Home2 Suites by Hilton will be an allsuite, extended-stay hotel, according to Sycamore. All rooms will include a kitchenette to create a home-like environment perfect for corporate travelers and families visiting for several days or weeks. According to Sycamore, it will feature a patio and pool area along with outdoor seating and grills. Additionally, the hotel will offer a free breakfast, internet access and a fitness center. “Home2 Suites is the only extended stay hotel in the market that offers suites with cooking facilities so guests can grill outside or prepare something in their room if they don’t want to go out,” said Jasani in

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(include) a 150-seat floor plan with a large indoor/ outdoor bar, (and) we expect to be open in the May-June time frame. “I have been in the area for almost 40 years living in Melbourne and Suntree,” Baker added. “I started my first Beef ‘O'Brady's in Melbourne 15 years ago and have been the owner-operator there since the opening; I am also a part owner of the Satellite Beach store.” Beef ‘O’Brady’s will add new and healthier items to its menu, such as more salad options and new meal specials. The renovation of Beef ‘O’Brady’s venues themselves, however, is the main focus of the brand overhaul. “It’s the refresh (that really counts),” Cecil added. “(The effort is) to make it more modern, more hip, just a little more comfortable to walk into. You’re not walking into a time capsule now; you’re walking into 2019, not 1985.” For more information about Beef ‘O’Brady’s and its menus, go to beefobradys. com. VV

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The festival’s official schedule will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 13 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 14. However, Chris Koeppel will conduct pre-dawn and sunrise tours on both days. “You’ll see deer and turkeys that early in the morning,’’ Berry said. “The birds in Rookery Island departing is magical. You can hang out or return at sunset and that’s usually spectacular. It’s so beautiful and quiet on the water.’’ From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Dave MacDonald will conduct tours of the Wetlands. “Dave is one of our Wetlands Rangers, who is quite a character and lots of fun,’’ Berry said. “He is such a wealth of knowledge and knows all about wildlife. Being in golf carts will provide visibility that will be magnificent.’’ Dr. Stephen Blythe will conduct an introduction to photography class for people who want to learn how to take photos at the Wetlands. “Dr. Blythe has 40 years of experience in photography,’’ Berry said. “It’s geared to beginners. People can even use their smartphones, and he’ll give tips on how to take the best photos.’’ Walking tours conducted by Wetland Rangers will be conducted throughout

the morning and afternoon. The tours will last from 45 minutes to as long as an hour. The Flight of the Raptors, falconers and educators will return with their birds of prey. Shows will be conducted throughout the day. Attendees will have an opportunity to take photos. “I love seeing both the involvement of adults as well as the children,’’ said Laurie Widzgowski, the marketing and event coordinator for The Viera Company and Viera Community Institute. “You really see the excitement on everyone’s faces as they line up for the tours. It’s a really fun event.’’ For more information, go to, the Viera Community Institute Facebook page or to VieraCommunityInstitute. com. “The people who come to this event are so knowledgeable,’’ Widzgowski said. “The Viera Wetlands Nature Festival is a fantastic opportunity for the community to learn about the many opportunities available to them in making a difference with our environment.’’ The Viera Wetlands Nature Festival is hosted by the Brevard County Natural Resource Management Department and Utility Services. It is a fundraiser to help the Wetlands. VV

Dowgiallo said the trust among the five members of Team B helped carry the day. “We felt like we were really locked in,” she said. “We worked together as a team. We had these topics that each one of us was more specialized in, so if the question was more focused on that specialization, the person who knew more about that would probably answer that one.” Admittedly a little more “reserved” during her first competition last year, Dowgiallo said she felt much more comfortable this time, noting she and her teammates

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Crossword Puzzle THEME: '80S MUSIC

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Solution on page 38 ACROSS 1. "Formerly," formerly 5. *Steven Tyler to Liv 8. *"Ebony ____ Ivory" 11. Shakespeare king 12. Depression drifter 13. *One with lonely heart 15. Epiphany guests 16. Sir Mix-____-____ 17. *"Free Fallin" performer 18. *"This is what it sounds like when ____ ____" 20. Day before, pl. 21. Scandinavian fjord, e.g.

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April Fools’ Day

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

Story Time

9 a.m. recurring daily Brevard Zoo 8225 N. Wickham Rd. Viera, 321-254-9453

Space Coast State Fair

5 - 10 p.m. Through April 7 Space Coast Daily Park 5800 Stadium Pkwy. Viera, 321-323-4460

10 a.m. - noon Ages 2 & up Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Dr. Suntree, 321-255-4404

Space Coast Farmers Market

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12:30 -3:30 p.m. Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Dr. Suntree, 321-255-4404




National School Librarian Day


National Zoo Lovers Day

Brevard Federated Republican Women

Cherish an Antique Day

Boomers Aerobics

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

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Viera Fishing Derby

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11 a.m. - noon Ages 2 & up Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Dr. Suntree, 321-255-4404


National Pet Day

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

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Freebuilding with LEGO Bricks Viera Spring Festival 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Dr. Viera, 321-255-4404

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Brevard Eye Center CataLaze Vision Seminar


Arbor Day

Medicaid Planning Seminar Elementary Authors with Elder Law Attorney 3:30 p.m. William A. Johnson Suntree/Viera Library 10 a.m. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Rd. Viera, 321-253-1667

Viera Easter Egg Hunt

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National Prime Rib Day

Spring Book Fair

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Children’s Hunger Project Golf Tournament 6:30 a.m. Viera East Golf Club 2300 Clubhouse Dr. Viera, 321-610-1900

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Faith Viera offers adult daycare twice a week BY JULIE STURGEON Faith Viera Lutheran Church's adult daycare center offers a warm welcome and a flurry of activities for care receivers from 1 to 4 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday. “This is basically a time of socializing for the care receivers,” said Fran Kashchy, a volunteer coordinator. “Our program is also for caregivers to have a much-needed break.” Music, card playing, crafts, chair yoga and senior suitable exercises are among the choices for participants. There’s no need to worry about the price since the fun-filled afternoon sessions are free. Monthly activities at the church include entertainment, movies and presentations. While the program is small, the dedicated group of volunteers are eager to help more visitors. “We have a good group of volunteers, so guests will have plenty of attention,” Kashchy said. Caregiving for a loved one can be emotionally exhausting. Caregiving often is an aroundthe-clock job, and it helps to know there is some time during each week for a respite. For families and caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients, the job

can be especially demanding. “We are primarily targeted to stage one Alzheimer’s guests, but we are here for anyone who seeks companionship,” Kashchy said. A few hours of social interaction for loved ones while caregivers shop or run errands can be emotionally rewarding. Also, on the first Thursday of each month, Faith Viera offers a free caregivers workshop that is run by Hospice of St. Francis. Anyone interested in attending the workshop is welcome to drop off their loved one at the church care receiver area. Caregivers should note that no medical services or assistance is provided at the church. With this in mind, there are a few house rules for afternoon guests. Guests must be able to ambulate independently. Use of a walker or cane is acceptable. Guests must be able to use the bathroom. They must have the ability to eat and swallow food to enjoy the snacks provided. To find out more about the adult daycare, call Faith Viera Lutheran Church at 321-6365504 or visit during one of the daycare sessions at 5550 Faith Drive in Viera. VV



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Sullivan edges Bergeron in sudden-death playoff BY DAVID D. HORST Guy Sullivan defeated Tom Bergeron on the third sudden-death playoff hole to win the Viera East Men’s Golf Association’s 2019 Club Championship on Feb. 21. Sullivan won the 2017 Club Championship. Bergeron was the defending champion. Tim Brown and Mike Piccininni also were part of the final four, which was established during an earlier qualifier. More than 100 golfers signed up to play in the March 14 VEMA Member Guest tournament, which was a fourman scramble event. Due to the high number of four-man teams, the only scores recorded

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To view the video of the Boomer Guide Senior Expo, go to Facebook/SeniorLife.

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The popular Boomer Guide Senior Expo, held at the Space Coast Convention Center in Cocoa, featured live music, vendors, exhibits and an opportunity to meet the 2019 Boomer Guide models, shown here with Lanakila’s troupe of Polynesian dancers.

Record crowd enjoys Senior Expo in Cocoa BY ERNEST ARICO More than 1,000 people packed the Space Coast Convention Center in Cocoa for the eighth annual Boomer Guide Senior Expo on March 1. The expo included live music, educational exhibits, demonstrations, limited free medical screenings and the unveiling of the 2019 Boomer Guide, published by the award-winning Bluewater Creative Group. The group, which organized the expo, also publishes the Viera Voice and Senior Life of Florida. The 2019 Boomer Guide is a comprehensive fact book of everything boomers and seniors need to know about

what’s going on, things to do and places to visit in Brevard County. “We had a full house and we got a lot of wonderful compliments,” said Bluewater Creative Group CEO Jill Blue. “The exhibitors and attendees had a wonderful day. The band and dancers were awesome. Many of the vendors said it was the best expo we’ve ever put on.” One of the highlights of this year’s expo was the live entertainment provided by Lanakila’s troupe of Polynesian dancers. “We take people on a musical journey to Polynesia,” said Nathan Pokipala, who started Lanakila’s 29 years ago.

A native of Maui, Hawaii, Pokipala said Lanakila’s has its beginnings as the first traveling Polynesian entertainment company on the Eastern Seaboard. The live performances included musicians, hula dancers and a male knife dancer. “I came to watch the hula girls,” said a smiling 75-yearold Jim Phillips of Michigan, who makes his “snowbird” home in Viera. “This is the third time I’ve been here and it gets better every year. They put on a good program.” About 60 exhibitors filled the convention center and adjacent hallways, including some of the expo’s major

The BOOMER GUIDE is Here Annual Guide helps establish the foundation for a great life

sponsors — Cedar Creek Life Center on Merritt Island; elder law Attorney William A. Johnson of Melbourne, and Brevard Eye Center (the expo’s video sponsor). “We’re proud of being part

of this great event,” said Jason Rodriguez, Cedar Creek’s executive director. “I think it’s very important for the community to see what’s out there. That’s why we’re here.” VV

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“My number one duty is to keep the kids safe,” he said. “I want to be a positive influence in the school. I want to catch things before they get out of hand. I want to take a proactive approach.” Spencer said the hardest part of his job is keeping up with the social media outlets and vaping. “I want to stop the foolishness that’s happening on social media,” he explained. “The bullying, posting a threat, that’s what I want to prevent. Everything is constantly changing. Kids are always one step ahead of you. I want to keep up with the technology and have a better grasp of what kids are doing with their phones.” Spencer also said he’s held seminars on the dangers of vaping. Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling the aerosol, often referred to as vapor, which is produced by an e-cigarette or similar device. The term is used because e-cigarettes do not produce smoke, but rather an aerosol, often mistaken for water vapor that actually consists of fine particles. Many of these particles contain varying amounts of toxic chemicals, which have been linked to cancer as well as respiratory and heart disease. “It’s a real problem,” he said. “Not just in Brevard County, but all

across the U.S.” When asked the difference between working at a private school compared to a public school, Spencer’s answer was quick and simple: “A private school is a smaller school but there is less red tape,” he said. “I can talk to the school president and dean and make a suggestion and it will get done. You can’t do that in a public school. Also, the kids here at Holy Trinity are more focused, and the school does a great job in preparing them for college.” Spencer also said he approaches his job every day with thoughts about the events that happened on Feb. 14, 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. On that day, a gunman killed 17 students and staff members and injured 17 others. “I try to do my part,” he said. “I make sure the cameras are working, the gates are locked, but more importantly I want to have that relationship with kids where they can trust me and touch base with those that know what’s happening in school.” In addition to his SRO duties, Spencer coaches Holy Trinity’s junior high school basketball team. “Basketball gave me the avenue to work with kids,” he said. “I like being a coach, counselor and mentor.” Spencer and his wife, Sandra, have three children, ages 20, 16 and 10. They reside in Melbourne. VV

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Love Your Campus makes strides ahead of Earth Month From Feb. 1 to March 1, Merritt Island High School (MIHS) participated in a campaign to Reduce Litter, Reuse Bottles and Recycle Better. The campaign, born from the initiative of environmental science and biology teacher Teresa Nick and developed by Recycle Brevard, aimed to improve campus practice of the 3Rs.

Nick and her Earth Club students spearheaded the campaign at MIHS. Recycle Brevard provided signs and put together a trivia game for students to learn what to recycle on campus. At the end of the week, students who participated in the trivia game received snacks provided by Recycle Brevard and were randomly selected

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The campus cleanup picked up and filled about 10 grocery bags of litter from the campus grounds. Tracking the bottle-filling stations showed that there was a usage increase of about 3 percent per week, helping to prevent 1,338 disposable plastic bottles from being used. Recycling in the cafeteria has not shown as much progress. Contamination still was an issue. Nick reported a steady improvement in classroom recycling — participants were doing an estimated 20 percent better by the end of the campaign. Those are promising results considering the challenge of the campaign to disseminate the message of what to recycle on campus to all teachers and as many students as possible in a period of just one month. Teachers received a copy of the sign identifying recyclables. Students were exposed to the same information via infomercials and signs on the cafeteria walls. Only 153 students, which represents about 10 percent of the students at MIHS, had the opportunity to directly engage in the trivia game brought to the school once a week. According to the Stages of Change or Transtheoretical Model, “change occurs gradually and relapses are an

inevitable part of the process of making a lifelong change. People are often unwilling or resistant to change during the early stages, but they eventually develop a proactive and committed approach to changing a behavior.” That model only confirms what we knew before we started. It will take time and a lot of practice to get everyone to recycle better. Awareness is just the start; small and gradual improvement is what we should look for. So, I am proud of MIHS for taking the first step into this journey. In order to achieve long-lasting change, one needs to keep at it. The power also is in numbers and getting more individuals — not only students, but staff and teachers as well — involved and committed to the process. That will be a key for MIHS to continue on the path of improvement. Love Your Campus started a process at MIHS that Recycle Brevard would like to help all schools in Brevard County to begin. After all, for a community to change, the whole community must get involved. The more schools we help, the higher the chance we have in making a difference in our community. Lucky’s Market in Melbourne wants to support that effort through its Impact Days program that will donate 10 percent of its sales on April 23 to Recycle Brevard. During this Earth Month, consider investing in a better community by shopping for groceries at Lucky’s on April 23. Recycle Brevard volunteers sincerely appreciate your support. Happy Earth Day! VV Email Marcia Booth at

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Flowers usher in beauty of spring with their colors Spinning tales about the messengers of spring. Spring is a time of rejuvenation. Typically, this season is announced by messengers such as animals and flowers. When the red-breasted robin, the prime spring messenger, arrives in one’s yard, there is mild weather approaching. This bird bobs, hops and tugs at worms. He sings “cheerily” from his perch to attract a mate. Ultimately, the nest will harbor three to five striking blue eggs. As well heralding spring is the eastern bluebird, a cousin of the robin, bedecked in vibrant blue to promote mating. Besides cheerful bird songs, there are significant sounds of spring echoing across the pond. The alligator bellows. The bullfrog, the largest native frog in North America, roars

like a bull. The pig frog grunts like a pig. For safety, wash hands when handling a frog since skin secretions can irritate the eyes. Another harbinger, Punxsutawney Phil of Pennsylvania, is overrated for his prediction of spring by seeing or not seeing his shadow. His accuracy is merely 39 percent. Nurtured by showers, longer days of sunlight and a stronger sun, flowers signal springtime by peeking through their buds. Here, in Florida, flowers grow year round. Appropriately, in 1513, our future state

was labeled “La Florida” (land of flowers) by Ponce de Leon. Some historians claim the name was derived from “Pascua Florida” (feast of flowers) — the Easter season when the Spaniard discovered the peninsula which he believed was an island. Disembarkment was probably in St. Augustine or Melbourne Beach. This explorer also is famous for his Fountain of Youth quest, seemingly a tale. Still, hope remains for eternal youth in stem-cell research or simply smelling the flowers. Certainly, the sweetest smelling flower in the spring in Central and South Florida is the white orange blossom nestled in a cluster. This is our state flower. Since the orange tree might flower and bear fruit simultaneously, the blossom is associated with fertility.

Therefore, in ancient China, brides customarily wore a crown of orange blossoms. Actually, England’s Queen Victoria also wore a wreath

of orange blossoms in her hair for her wedding day. Furthermore, this flower’s oil might improve sleep and circulation and reduce anxiety. The coreopsis, our state wildflower, also starts to bloom in the spring. It brightens the roadsides from yellow to pink. Because its seed resembles a bug or tick, it is frequently called tickseed. Other states are plentiful with spring wildflowers. In Maine, the violet varies from shades of blue to purple; though 18 species invade surroundings, all is forgiven with the splendor of color. In Texas, the bluebonnet, primrose and Indian paintbrush dramatize the landscape. Indeed, the gift of spring revitalizes man, animal and plant. It is a season not to be silenced. VV

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The community newspaper of Viera and Suntree, Florida.

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