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a certified domestic center, sheltering to domestic violence and their children. We provide essentials, support and counseling. This year, we are going to work in teen dating awareness month. Part of what we do is prevention and educating young people on how to work relationships and hopefully put ourselves out of business one day. That is what we would like to have happen.” “Education in the schools, getting kids to realize how

they should be treated,” Marx said. “Boys and girls need to be treated with respect.” Run participants are asked to sign up through Running Zone or runsignup. com. There are sponsorship opportunities for local businesses. The sponsorship deadline is Feb. 9. For information on sponsorship, call Mitchell at 321-6312766, Ext. 22 or go to give. salvationarmyflorida.org/ DVBrevard VV

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Central Florida Winds conductor puts meaning into music BY JUDY BERMAN Richard Sabino was 6 when he began his musical training, first with the piano and trumpet. Later, in junior high school, his interest shifted to conducting. At 16, while taking part in a summer music festival with the London Symphony Orchestra in Daytona Beach, he received his first important conducting advice from the late Andre Previn, a German-American pianist, composer, arranger and

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Inside the Ropes BY DAVID D. HORST


Viera High School's Andrew Pinzone has worked hard to prepare himself for this season, which he hopes will lead to a spot in the state wrestling tournament.

Viera’s Pinzone fueled by desire to get to state wrestling tournament BY CARL KOTALA Fueled by a desire to go one step further than he did last year, Viera High School wrestler Andrew Pinzone put in a lot of work during the offseason to prepare himself for the best season of his career. “As a freshman, I had a tough bracket and I didn’t get to regionals,” the junior said. “(As a sophomore at) regionals, I had a tough bracket and I didn’t get to go to states. “Now, I want to be able to beat anybody I go against, no matter the bracket.” Pinzone, who was off to a 17-3 start, is one of the awks’ best bets to get to the state tournament this season. The district tournament is Feb. 21 at Melbourne, with the regionals scheduled for Bayside High School one week later. It’s those kind of tournaments that the Hawks currently are built for, and where they should have the most success. “ ike in year’s past, we’re not a very good dual team


His hard work is paying off because we’re giving up so to the point where when many holes (in the lineup),” he was asked where his Viera coach Jim Gentile wrestling has improved said. “We’re a way better tournament team. Our lower the most, his response was simple: everywhere. weights are solid.” “I feel more fluid with Starting at 106 pounds my attacks,” Pinzone with freshmen Adam Walsh said. “I feel like I can attack and Jaxon Crumpler, the Hawks also are strong at 113 from any position. My pounds with freshman Dylan scrambling … sometimes I force scrambles in practice Quiroga, who has placed at so I can be comfortable being several tournaments this uncomfortable. season. “I can really catch Viera has a couple of opponents off-guard by first year wrestlers at 120 doing some weird move that pounds in sophomores they’ve never seen before, Joseph Shipman and Malik but it’s something I’ve done a Murray. Pinzone wrestles at 126 pounds and his frequent thousand times.” With 25 wrestlers out offseason training partner for the team this season, — sophomore Braden Urso the Hawks certainly are in — is at 132. a position to be excited not The Hawks also have just about the current state senior Connor Kennedy of the program, but also its at 182 and junior Jackson future. atfield — a returning state “We’re at the point now qualifier at 2 pounds. where, with all those ninth “I expect Pinzone and graders, this is a great Jackson to qualify for foundation,” Gentile said. states,” Gentile said, noting “Some of those kids are going it’s possible uiroga and to get bigger, they’re going to Kennedy can get there as get heavier, they’re going to well. grow. VV Pinzone expects it, too.

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Marc Brown were the top scorers in Flight B. It’s never too late to In Flight C, Chris Howes, record your first hole in Andy Mammay, Bob David one. Just ask Warren Powell. and Bob Gustavson were Just after reaching his the leading competitors. 80th birthday, Powell In Flight D, Tom Walker, posted his first hole in one. Tony Abraham, Joe Skowron Mark Hughes also and Dick May led the way. recorded a hole-in-one on Eavonson on No. 4, Bob the fourth hole at Viera East Urban on No. 7, Dave Hill on on Jan. 9 during a Viera No. 13 and Andy Mammay East Men’s Golf ssociation on No. 16 were closest-tocompetition. the-pin. VEMA is about to choose On Jan. 9, VEMA played a sides for its Ryder Cup. team game, using one score Team captains will choose on par 5s, two on par 4s and players for the Red team three on par 3s. and the Blue team at Divots The team of Bill Restaurant while enjoying Scholtens, Gene Quirk, Jim Toy and Tony Abraham tied chicken wings and beer. The first competition will the team of Mark Hughes, be a two-man scramble. The Dale Zeigler, Dick May and eter Maloney for first place. second round will be a twoThe team of David Jensen, man event where the lowest score among the two counts. Freddie Baltazar, John Moriarty and Kerin Vetter On Jan. 2, VEMA played an individual flighted game finished third. ughes’ hole in one on with stableford scoring. Tim Brown, Jim Kopliner, No. 4 allowed him to be closest-to-the-pin. Raj Patel Tom Bergeron and Bruce on No. 7, Jack Webb on No. Ames were the top golfers 13 and Ross Shiffrin on No. in Flight A. 16 also were closest-to-theGene Quirk, Steve Eavonson, Gary Shiffrin and pin. V V


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New track would bolster Viera High, community as well BY GEORGE WHITE A new rubberized track surface at Hawks Stadium at Viera High School could be the start of making Viera the center of athletic achievement, both for VHS students and community runners, said Brevard County School Board member Matt Susin.

“One of the big goals of the Back The Track initiative is to have the new track open to the community.” — Matt Susin

The Back the Track goal is to raise $300,000 — for which nearly half already has been raised — to install a state-of- the-art surface that could become a draw for district wide and regional and off-season meets, he said. Soft-surface tracks are designed for durability and low maintenance, including being resistant to weather. “We want to turn Viera into a leader in the athletics and the track world. Ultimately, Viera needs to lead the state


Matt Susin hopes that the new track at Viera High School will become a gathering point for area runners.

and in order to do that we have to give our kids the best athletic facilities around and that includes rubberizing the track. We want to be able to brag about this facility,’’ he said. For the community, when

not in use by VHS, the track could benefit the health of all ages by providing a place whether they are running, walking or exercising. Susin has a vision of the completed project, with the track lit for early fitness enthusiasts and

at night for runners to use after work. “One of the big goals of the Back The Track initiative is to have the new track open to the community,’’ he said. Spearheading a variety of fundraising activities

its teams face having to play its home games at Viera Regional Park. Originally VHS teams played at Space Coast Stadium, which originally was the spring training facility for

the Florida Marlins (1994 to 2002), Montreal Expos (2003 and 2004), and Washington Nationals (2005 to 2016). Viera High School opened its doors Aug. 9, 2006. V S got on the fields

during its time as home of the Brevard County Manatees (1994 to 2016). Therefore, it didn’t need its own complex as is found at every other high school with baseball programs in the county. VHS has been back on the fields since they were taken over by the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA). Founded in 1968 as the United States Slowpitch Softball Association, the USSSA has grown from a couple of thousand slowpitch softball players to more than 3.5 million participants playing 13 primary sports. Even though technically not a home field for V S teams, the arrangement with the USSSA has worked well, especially with fundraising opportunities, Susin said. “Our schools sold $5,000 for the baseball and softball programs worth of sponsorships to hang banners inside that park. SSS is a premier place,’’ he said. The SSS fields require the use of special rubberized cleats rather than metal cleats. This was after the SSS converted the fields from natural grass to artificial turf. When teams recently announced they did not want to play on the SSS fields

is Viera Pizza owner Mike Acosta and Brittany Struefert, through their Power of Pizza Charities. The nonprofit organization has so far raised $50,000 to be matched by the school board, with total donations at press time totaling about $125,000, Susin said. The goal is to have the track pro ect finished for next track season, he said. “Once we go all in, we’re going to make this thing happen. We’ve gotten an overwhelming response so far,’’ he said. Back The Track will host a fundraiser with special appearances by local mascots from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 11 at Viera High School. About a dozen mascots have signed up, including Viera i a’s mascot Joey Pepperoni, ucker ickle Juice’s mascot ucker, Space Coast Runners’ mascot Drago the Dragon and Viera Voice's mascot ViVo the Sand Hill crane. For a $5 donation, attendees can take photographs and get autographs. For more information, go to VHSbackthetrack.com. VV

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mind. Very modern. Very 21st century,” said Adrienne Schwab, the school’s new principal, and the former principal of Meadowlane Intermediate. The school building boasts 54 classrooms (40 feet by 40 feet) that will line its periphery, six resource rooms, a media center, a multi-purpose room with a stage, and separate art and music rooms. Students will have access to computers every day. In the classroom, teachers will use a Promethean board, an “interactive whiteboard that allows you to project an image from a laptop or a computer, as well as interact with the board

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“It’s exciting to build the school culture from the ground up,” Schwab said. “My vision is to have a very collaborative, innovative learning environment for students.” For more information, go to @newbpselementary2020 on Facebook, the website Brevardschools.org/ newVieraES2020, or contact BPS via email at Vieraareaelementary@ brevardschools.org or by calling 321-735-9735. VV



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BY WENDY SCH ERING Several coyotes have been seen roaming for weeks on and near the Suntree Country Club. On Jan. 7, it killed a nearly 40-pound rescue dog. Area residents are concerned about the safety of their pets and children. “I saw a coyote cross my backyard and I jumped

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sales and group cruises for Odyssey Travel, where Join the Fun’s Brevard office is located. A travel industry pro who has orchestrated escorted worry-free travel for thousands, Shields leads groups with extreme attention to details. “Everything we do, we do right,” Shields said. In addition to escorted day trips, Join the Fun offers three-to-sevenday motorcoach tours to destinations such as Asheville, Key West and New Orleans, group cruises with bus transportation to the port, plus global travel experiences with companies such as Tauck, Globus, Regent and AMA Waterways Group. Day destinations run the gamut from Lion Country Safari in West Palm Beach to the Silver Spurs Rodeo and the Florida Strawberry Festival. Guests board Join

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Restaurant brings Greek traditions to Suntree BY ERNEST ARICO “Serving you, is life well spent.” That’s the motto you first see when you enter Nikos Mediterranean Specialties restaurant at 7777 N. Wickham Road, Suite 20, in the Suntree Square Plaza. Restaurant owner Nicholas (Nikos) Chios said the motto is important because he believes it, has lived it and has earned the right to say it because he’s

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roots to this restaurant. I created this — it was my vision, my dream. I knew how I wanted this to look. “At my age, I feel this is very meaningful to me,” he continued. “Servicing and pleasing our customers is more important to me than making money. It is very easy and very satisfying for me to connect with people.” Opened since November 2019, the restaurant operates seven days a week (except holidays) from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The restaurant also employs 14 to 16 full- and part-time employees. “As a team, we try to please everyone who comes in here,” Chios said. “All the girls are very personable and they believe in my legacy. All the staff is very helpful.” Chios said all the flavors

he offers are fresh and healthy. Everything is cooked and prepared daily and to order. One of the restaurant’s specialties is its “Spartan” salad. The salad is in memory of Chios’ mother, Eugenia. It is made with vine ripened tomatoes, village bread croutons, cucumber, radishes, roasted petite peppers, over micro-greens topped with frilled feta, laced with virgin Spartan oil and served with melas zomos (red wine vinegar, oil and spices). “She (my mother) would be extremely happy with the restaurant and with what I have accomplished,” he said. “She would be very proud of seeing my creations and how I’ve brought Greece here.” For more information, call 321-610-7385 or go to gyrosandpizza.com. V V


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moving forward. More than 160 septic systems near the water have been converted to sewer service, eliminating the constant flow of nitrogen and phosphorous waste into the lagoon. Initial monitoring shows a dramatic drop off in the pollution plume. Two major muck dredging projects are complete, and two more are underway. Millions of cubic yards of muck are being removed. Dredging clears this black goo from the seabed of the

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WINGS Exhibition & Competition


National Freedom Day Superhero 5K & One Mile Fun Run

Art Gallery of Viera • 2251 Town Center Ave, Suite 105, Viera

7:30 - 10 a.m. The Superhero Run has raised thousands of dollars in Brevard’s battle against child abuse. The Avenue Viera Town Center Ave. Viera, 321-690-6823

This event will showcase artists from around the county and abroad, all selected from an open call for entries. The works in the exhibition will focus on the magic of wings and their form. All artists are welcome to attend the Feb. 15 reception.

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3 p.m. An organ concert performed by Jillian Gardner in her signature pink-sequined organ shoes will dazzle with works by composers J.S. Bach, Claude Debussy, César Franck and others. Advent Lutheran Church 7550 North Wickham Road Suntree, 321-426-9378



National Thank A Mail Carrier Day Questions About your Hearing

9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Personal Hearing Solutions will share information about your hearing. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-253-6310


6 p.m. Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors in Military Families. Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404


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Yoga in the Park

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9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Sweat like a Mother stroller exercise group. Viera Regional Community Center 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 386-341-6779

9 a.m. Complimentary yoga taught by a certified instructor. The Avenue Viera Central Park Viera, 321-634-5390


Boomer Aerobics

10 - 11 a.m. Low impact, high energy exercises. Viera Regional Community Ctr. 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 732-5128548

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10 a.m. A free presentation with Odyssey Travel. Viera Holiday Inn 8298 N. Wickham Road Viera, 321-301-4041

9 a.m. - noon Walk in the comfort of the gym. Mileage tracking available. Viera Regional Communtiy Ctr. 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 321-433-4891

9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Quilting group that meets the second and fourth Friday of every month. Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404

9 a.m. Complimentary yoga taught by a certified instructor. The Avenue Viera Central Park Viera, 321-634-5390

Space Coast Jazz Society

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Painting demos, raffles and more. Feb 15-16 Azan Shrine Temple 1591 Eau Gallie Blvd. Melbourne, 321-501-6438

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7:45 p.m. Stop by the reference desk to see what we are reading. Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404

6 - 7 p.m. Free golf tips included with a paid bucket of balls. Duran Golf Club 7032 Stadium Parkway Viera, 321-504-7776

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10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Feb. 15-16 Free event with artists and craft vendors. Rockledge Civic Hub 530 Barton Blvd. Rockledge, 321-221-7540

9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Personal Hearing Solutions will share information about your hearing. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-253-6310

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Space Coast Farmers Market

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Fresh local produce, handmade products and more. Larry Schultz Park 2560 S. Fiske Blvd. Rockledge, 321-961-2732

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7 a.m. All runners will be entered in a drawing for a $500 Disney gift card. Racers receive 50 percent off Zoo admission. Brevard Zoo 8225 N. Wickham Road Viera, 321-254-9453


5 - 10 p.m. Feb. 14, 5 - 11 p.m.; Feb. 15, 3 - 11 p.m.; Feb 16, 11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Enjoy rides, great food and good times. St. Mary Catholic Church 1136 Seminole Drive Rockledge, 321-636-3834

Presidents Day

9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free event open to the public with health and wellness vendors. Courtenay Springs Village 1200 S. Courtenay Pkwy. Merritt Island, 321-452-1233

Women’s Valentine’s Day Seventh annual Kickin’ it Bunco For Hope Event

The Aging Brain

2 p.m. Open house and welcome event at Temple Israel of Brevard. Temple of Israel of Brevard 7350 Lake Andrew Drive Viera, 321-631-9494


National Wear Red Day Health and Wellness Fair Bear Bustle 3K

12:30 - 2 p.m. Learn how to relax and quiet yourself. Mala prayer beads are provided. Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404

Space Coast Jazz Society

1 - 4 p.m. Presented by One Senior Place. Please RSVP. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-751-6771


6 - 8 p.m. An evening with Celebrity Cruises. Expedia Cruise Ship Center 6375 N. Wickham Road Viera, 321-233-1400

5:30 - 7 p.m. Adapt discipline while learning traditional karate. Viera Regional Community Center 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 321-848-3197

National Make National Giving A Friend Day Hearts Day St. Mary Fair Regent Seven Seas Cruises VRCC Walking Club

2 p.m. Fred Goodnight Quartet will perform. Rockledge Country Club 1591 S. Fiske Blvd. Rockledge, 321-960-4897


Boomer Guide Expo

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Senior Life’s annual expo where the 2020 Boomer Guide is unveiled. Music, exhibits, giveaways and more. Free admission, free parking. King Center for the Performing Arts 3865 N. Wickham Road Melbourne, 321-242-1235



9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques and how to operate a vehicle more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-698-2311

9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Enrichment for the homeschool community. Viera Regional Community Center 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 321-43348941

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AARP Drivers Safety Course Homeschool Classes

Pizza with a Purpose

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

Family Night

6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Kids eat free with a purchase of an adult entree. Pizza Gallery and Grill 2250 Town Center Ave. Viera, 321-633-0397

National Love Your Pet Day

Thirsty 3rd Thursday

5- 8 p.m. Live music, complimentary snacks and free drinks. The Avenue Viera Central Park Viera, 321-634-5390

Slim You Workshop

7 - 9 p.m. Play Bunco, laugh and cheer each other on. Calvary Chapel Viera 2852 Fellowship Place Viera, 321-369-9339

Valentine's Singles Day Awareness Day TGIF Seaside Piecemakers Yoga in the Park

5:30 - 9 p.m. Sybil Gage with her Merry Band of Royal Catahoulas. Reserve a spot by Feb. 4. Rockledge Country Club 1591 S. Fiske Blvd. Rockledge, 321-960-4897


National Caregivers Day

AARP Driving Course

9 a.m. For ages 50 and older. A Florida driver’s license is required. Registration required. Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-698-2311

5 - 6 p.m. A free workshop with Slim 6 - 7 p.m. You Laser Spa featuring Ages 13 and up, demonstrations and equipment provided. Viera giveaways. Registration required, seating is limited. Regional Community Ctr. 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Slim You Laser Spa 839 Barton Blvd. Viera, 321-258-1054 Rockledge, 321-608-0606

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Ash Wednesday Ashes & Prayer 7 - 9 a.m. & 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Drive-up Spiritual event. Advent Lutheran Church 7550 N. Wickham Road Suntree, 321-259-8515


1:30 - 3:30 p.m. 5 p.m. Hosted by Vascular Vein Fundraiser night — half off Centers all Take & Bake pizzas. One Senior Place Pizza Gallery & Grill 8085 Spyglass Hill Road 2250 Town Center Ave. Viera, 321-751-6771 Viera, 321-633-0397


Young Authors Group

4:30 p.m. For ages 9 and older Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404

Body, Mind, Spirit

6 - 7 p.m. Dance and get some excercise. Viera Regional Community Ctr. 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera,321-258-2089

9 a.m. Kickball tournament, free family friendly events and more. Viera Baseball Fields 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 321 255-2351

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch and Learn Seminar with Personal Hearing Solutions. Lunch is provided. Please RSVP. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-253-6310

Emerald City 5K

6 p.m. Proceeds benefit Family Promise of Brevard. Church at Viera 9005 N. Wickham Road Viera, 321-209-3391


6 - 10:30 p.m. A culinary showdown, live music, craft brewers and more. 28 North Gastropub 2250 Town Center Ave. Viera, 321-241-1159

Splash of Watercolor Show


2020 Brevard County Heart Walk

8 - 10:30 a.m. Family friendly 3 mile walk. The Avenue Viera 2261 Town Center Ave. Viera, 727-563-8043

Pink Ribbon Classic Golf Tournament

8:30 a.m. A lady friendly four-person golf scramble. Guys are welcome to play. Duran 7032 Stadium Parkway Viera, 321-504-7776


Leap Day

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7 p.m. Space Coast Symphony concert The Scott Center for Performing Arts 5625 Holy Trinity Drive Suntree, 855-252-7276

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Big Shave aims to raise thousands for childhood cancer research BY JENNIFER TORRES Every two minutes, a child is diagnosed with cancer. According to the National Pediatric Foundation, cancer is the No. 1 cause of death among children. Yet, research and treatment for the children is greatly underfunded — receiving just 4 percent of the billions raised each year. As a national volunteer charity, The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is dedicated to raising the money necessary to fund promising research and find cures for childhood cancers. One of its biggest fundraisers will leave locals with a lot less hair. St. Baldrick’s Brevard 10th annual Space Coast Conquers Big Shave will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 14 at The Avenue Viera at 2261 Town Center Avenue. As individuals or as part of a team, participants commit to having their heads shaved to go bald for

a good cause. Before the big shave, they raise money by collecting donations. Through 2018, more than 538,000 heads have been shaved across the country, raising more than $35.7 million. In Brevard County alone, about 3,000 heads already have been shaved in local events since 2011, raising nearly $2 million. The first took place in 2011 at Meg O’Malley’s in Melbourne with $75,000 raised. Last year, the event at Melbourne Square Mall raised a little more than $108,000. But, this year’s goal is the most ambitious yet at $250,000. This year’s event organizer is Tom Neidert, a district chief for Brevard County Fire Rescue. “We are absolutely happy to have it back in Viera,” Neidert said. “People who haven’t come back for years are coming back for the 10th anniversary.” Currently, just more than $13,000 already has been

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Cheerleaders rally the fans at their retirement community BY JENNIFER TORRES

said. “But all these were girls in their 60s and 70s. In a community of retired You now have issues with U.S. military, the members of arthritis, knee surgeries and the Indian River Colony Club back problems. But they are proud of their patriotism. were all gorgeous and in Whether Army, Navy, Air good shape.” Force or Marines, everyone A few months prior to is part of the same team the Army vs. Navy game, — except maybe in midthe group met two or three December when the Army times each week for a vs. Navy game comes on few hours of training and and hundreds assemble in rehearsal — with Yocum Colony Hall. They come to serving as the choreographer. watch the matchup, sporting When game day finally their team’s colors, ready to came around, Gaudet said cheer them on to victory. But their performance was met this year’s game had an extra with enthusiastic applause level of cheer — as the IRCC and support. Rockets Cheer Team kicked “The reaction was VIERA VOICE Jennifer Torres overwhelming,” she said. off the festivities. Ann Dagani, left, Kathy Gaudet, Janet Hall, Cindy Lewandowski, Arlyne Bunin and Sybil Yocum are members The team, which The team hopes to of the Indian River Colony Club’s Rockets Cheer Team. continue as a cheer squad includes Sybil Yocum, Kathy in the new year — and is Gaudet, Janet Hall, Ann retirement community. Navy officer in her 20s for a resident of IRCC since 2012, currently planning its next Dagani, Arlyne Bunin, Cindy Gaudet asked her friend, Navy football team. she was excited to take on a event. Lewandowski and Jack Sybil Yocum, to help her — In addition to cheer, as new challenge. “It’s a great bunch of Garfield, is the brainchild and she happily agreed. a young adult, Yocum was “It’s funny. I was a people and it’s fun and of Gaudet. She was inspired Yocum spent her whole a trained belly dancer with cheerleader all my life and, exciting,” Yocum said. “It’s after seeing the movie a professional troupe. Now when they asked me to do the age of elegance for those “Poms,” a 2019 movie about a life as a cheerleader — from age 55 and up. We’re not as a 70-something water this, I was used to athletic woman who decided to start fifth grade though college dead yet, honey.” VV a cheerleading squad at her — and even as the wife of a aerobics instructor and girls in their 20s,’’ Yocum


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boas and hat boxes. She said they remind her of her days working in the Chris Owens Club on Bourbon Street as a costume valet. In addition to the live entertainment, there will be exhibits, demonstrations, giveaways and a chance to have your drivers’ license renewed and replaced. Those visiting the Art Gallery of Viera’s exhibit booth will be able to watch Brevard’s most talented artists in action. The event is presented by William A. Johnson PA and the event sponsors are Palm Point Behavioral Health and the Art Gallery of Viera. Other sponsors include VNA Home Healthcare, BrightStar Care, ClearCaptions, FROSH, Parrish Medical, All About You Travel and the Melbourne Regional Medical Center. Humana is the main sponsor of the Veterans area. Blue said more than 60 exhibitors will set up in the King Center’s main lobby, rotunda, Black Box Studio and a nearby classroom. The expo also will unveil Senior Life’s annual 2020 Boomer Guide. There will be plenty of free parking for those attending. For more information about the Boomer Guide Expo, call 321-242-1253 or go to boomerseniorexpo.com.VV

Recently, I have been hearing people questioning whether they should recycle or not. With constant changes on what is accepted in our curbside program and what gets to indeed be recycled, some believe recycling is not worth the effort. Despite the current trend, recycling still is a valuable practice. It might not be the first R that should be practiced — reduce and reuse will always come first — but it does have positive effects. It reduces the amount of material buried in landfills and, consequently, the need for more land to be used for landfills; reduces the amount of raw material extracted to make new products; reduces water and energy consumption in the manufacturing of products; prevents pollution by cutting down the production process; and helps create green jobs, among other things, according to the EPA. Recycling has some great benefits, so finding a balance between wishcycling (putting in the recycle bin everything one wishes would be recycled) and not

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recycling at all will be in everyone’s interest. How to decide what to recycle? The Brevard County Solid Waste Management Deptartment has the power to hire services that will dictate what can be recycled in our area, but they also walk the thin line between doing what they would like to do and doing what they can do. A lot of that is due to costs. For unincorporated Brevard, a new recycling contract is being negotiated. According to Euripides Rodriguez, the director of that department, “There has been no discussion of altering the current level of services” and glass will continue to be collected. No other services, like composting or recycling in public places, are planned to be added at this time.

In terms of cost, Rodriguez said, “This is a stand-alone fund, which does not receive contributions from other sources. So, the cost will be borne by the residents of unincorporated Brevard County.” It would be good if items such as glass could be part of the collection service — not reused or discarded. After all, that is the meaning of recycling, whose symbol’s three arrows represent: 1. Collect recyclables. 2. Process them into a new product. 3. Buy products with recycled content (Project Learning Tree). Perhaps requiring that at least a certain percentage of the collected material be indeed recycled would be something a new contract could stipulate, but that might be tricky in practice. The market (demand and price paid) for recyclables greatly influences what ends up being recycled. The more we buy products made of recycled materials, the higher the demand for recyclables is. This, in turn, helps grow the market. The recycling business also is extremely affected

by mixed-in trash and wishcycling — high contamination rates translate into higher costs and lower profits. That ends up affecting what is recycled, especially in unfavorable periods of low demand and prices. So, to help the curbside recycling program, stick to the basics and place in the bin only items you are sure are accepted in your area. Otherwise, follow the rule — when in doubt, throw it out. If you choose to recycle nothing else but your empty milk/juice jugs and aluminum beverage cans, that is all right. If you want to go a bit further and recycle your detergent/ shampoo bottles, water/ soda bottles, cardboard boxes and steel cans, that will be super. But don’t quit. Lean recycling is better than no recycling at all. In order to expand the current program, we need to show that we can do the basics first. The more of the right items we put in the bin, the more we will be able to recycle now and in the future. V V Email Marcia Booth at Marcia@RecycleBrevard.org

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Feathers told unique stories as hats once ruled the day Historically, wild animals accessories were utilized to decorate headdresses. This practice was feasible when animals were plentiful. Spectacular were feather war bonnets awarded to leaders in the Great Plains Indian tribes such as the Sioux. Golden eagle feathers and often ermine skin and beadwork were displayed on these bonnets, which were worn occasionally in battle, but mostly for formal affairs. Striking was the trailer warbonnet with feathers flowing to the ground. Each feather told its story. Other headdresses were unique. These included the porcupine roach (from which the Mohawk hairstyle is modeled), the buffalo horn helmet and the otter fur turban. A brave might assemble his own headdress from feathers awarded him for courage in battle. It was rare to receive three feathers in a lifetime. Most headpieces were worn by men. However, in a few Woodland tribes, the headband was worn by male or female, mostly for beauty. It was constructed with a feather or two from

our country. An entire bird (or more) might decorate just one chic hat. Plus, an egret headdress called the aigrette (French) consumed the feathers of four egrets. Finally, social outcry introduced alternatives, such as the silk and ribbon hat. Awareness brings change. Accordingly, laws

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Judge resets hearing on suit to stop bond purchase for golf course BY ERNEST ARICO A judge has reset a hearing on arguments to dismiss a lawsuit by four homeowners and commercial property owners seeking to stop the Board of Supervisors of the Viera East Community Development District from purchasing an $11.2 million bond for golf course and park improvements. The four Viera East homeowners — Robert Dale, Paul F. Daley, Steve Colasinski and Trisha Smith — now will appear before 18th Judicial Circuit Court Judge George T. Paulk in the Titusville Historic Courthouse at 4 p.m. Feb. 7. The hearing originally was set for 10 a.m. Jan. 7 but was rescheduled because the four homeowners requested a continuance after lawyers for the VECDD filed nearly 1,300 pages of documents Dec. 6, 2019. The homeowners, in its motion for a continuance,

stated they “discovered numerous mistakes and misrepresentations of facts within the documents” and “needed more time to adequately prepare a response.” On Aug. 30, 2019, Judge Paulk denied the homeowners’ motion for a temporary or emergency injunction against the VECDD. The rescheduled Feb. 5 hearing is on the permanent injunction lawsuit. Despite the many residents that voiced their opposition during a public hearing July 25, 2019 in the multi-purpose room of the Faith Lutheran Church at 5550 Faith Drive in Viera, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the 20-year bond that will see more than $11 million put toward improvements at the Viera East Golf Club and golf course. These enhancements include: • Clubhouse renovations,

including a banquet facility at a cost of $2.9 million. • A new irrigation system for $2 million. • Bunker renovations for $1.1 million. In addition to the $9 million in expenses, homeowners also will pay nearly $5 million more in interest. In order to pay off the $11 million bond, Viera East homeowners will have to foot the bill. The assessment will take effect after the VECDD’s water management assessment bond is paid off in 2023. Homeowners in Six Mile Creek, Crane Creek, Cross Creek and some homeowners in the south section of the Indian River Colony Club are not affected by the bond. There are more than 4,200 households in the VECDD. Of that total, 791 houses are on the golf course. Viera East Golf Club


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spent nearly $91,000 in includes the communities of Aberdeen, Addington, Ashton, litigation fees from its Capital Blackheath, Brightwood, Reserve Fund to fight the Canterbury, Collingtree, homeowners’ lawsuit. Durban Park, Oaklefe, “This money is coming out Parkstone, Stratford Place, of the homeowners’ pocket,” and Woodhall. Dale said. “It’s ridiculous. It In a related issue, a will be over $100,000 by the document released for time of the next hearing.” the period ending Nov. 30, VV 2019, shows the VECDD has

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Three candidates seek vacant seats on VECDD board BY ERNEST ARICO Claiming that Viera East needs new leadership, three people have filed papers with the Brevard County Board of Elections and will run for the three vacant Board of Supervisor seats on the Viera East Community Development District in November. The three candidates — Robert Dale, Steve Colasinski and Peter Carnesale — pledge to do the following if elected: • To involve all the HOAs (homeowners associations), and to get their input at all CDD meetings. • To give residents the first voice at CDD meetings. • To ensure the VECDD is about more than just the golf course. • To broaden and improve our lifestyle amenities. • To better focus on Viera East’s waterways, trails and preserves. To improve the fiscal health of the VECDD. Two of the candidates — Dale and Colasinski — filed a lawsuit against the VECDD in an attempt to stop the board from purchasing an $11.2 million bond

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The three candidates that will run for the three vacant Board of Supervisor seats on the Viera East Community Development District in November are, from left, Robert Dale, Steve Colasinski and Peter Carnesale.

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T. Paulk in the Titusville residents for 20 years, Historic Courthouse at 4 passing an $11.2 million p.m. Feb. 7. fiscally irresponsible bond,” The three candidates Dale wrote on Viera East’s also claim that on Nov. 21, website — vieraeast.com. 2019, the current VECDD “It’s time to bring fiscal board voted for the largest sanity and true lifestyle tax increase in Viera East change back to Viera East.” history. The trio also received “This CDD board indebted its first endorsements a generation of Viera East from retired Col. John

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