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of normalcy back into life is welcome. Friends of Children of Brevard, the recipient of this year’s Scarecrow Stroll fundraiser, is all about providing normal activities for children who have been removed from the home environment because of abuse or neglect. The 100-percent, volunteer nonprofit has appropriately chosen a superhero theme for the crow they will create for the Stroll, a Viera Voice signature event. “We’re using the theme of being a hero for a child,” said Brittany Levy, the vice president. Seventeen board members, together with a handful of associate board members, spend the year fundraising to provide anything from sneakers to birthday cakes for the approximately 1,000 vulnerable youngsters in the Guardian Ad Litem program. When the state deems it is in the child’s best interest to be removed from home, they turn to the children’s relatives, friends or licensed foster care homes. While the state covers the basics

for the child, the interim caregivers might not have the financial resources to provide the little extras in life. The children often arrive with only the shirt on their backs. “The state provides the necessities, but it can’t fund everything,” Levy said. Friends of Children steps in to provide un-met needs, be it clothing, holiday gifts and even beds. “Friends of Children are a critical part of helping kids remain kids,” said Carol Jewell, the director for Circuit Court District 18 of the Guardian Ad Litem program, which works closely with Friends of Children. More than half of the Friends of Children members also are associated with Guardian Ad Litem, the volunteer child advocates who help Florida’s abused, abandoned and neglected children. “It started many years ago with a few Harris Corporation employees asking how they could help,” Jewell said. Brittany Levy joined the organization at the

encouragement of her grandmother, 92-year-old Viera resident Esther Glaser, long active in Friends of Children. “We raise funds to help these kids with everything from a summer camp to a prom dress or a cap and gown,” Levy said. To make it all possible, the group hosts several fundraisers, including the Superhero 5K around The Avenue Viera. This year, the Scarecrow Stroll will infuse more funds into the program after the crows are auctioned off at the Oct. 19 Harvest Festival, when 100 percent of proceeds from the auction go to Friends of Children of Brevard. The community is invited to “stroll” from Oct. 2 to 16 to see and vote for their favorite among the many unique crows created by local businesses and organizations, including Autumn House, Fairfield Inn and Suites, the Girl Scouts and the Art Gallery of Viera. For more on the Scarecrow Stroll, call 321242-1235 or go to vieravoice. com. V V

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the year because (we get) the most spirit from the school. It’s the one night all Viera “It’s done during Spirit High School volleyball Week, so everyone dresses players and fans look for as out. It’s just really exciting. soon as the Hawks’ schedule And then there are the (gift) comes out. baskets … everyone pitches This year, that night is in and we get to make a lot Oct. 7. of money for that. I love the That’s when the Hawks Pink Game.” will host Astronaut in the The night will begin at 5:15 13th annual Pink Game. All p.m. with the freshman game, proceeds from the event followed by the JV contest will go to benefit the Sideat 6:15 and then the varsity Out Foundation, a national game, which is scheduled to organization that raises begin at 7:15 p.m. money for breast cancer Players from both teams will research. wear pink uniforms and fans VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala “I love the Pink Game,” Viera are encouraged to wear pink Viera High School's Madi Hintz (No. 3) and Kelly Merz (No. 1) share a laugh during last year's Pink Game against Melbourne Central Catholic. This year, the Hawks will host Astronaut on Oct. 7 in their annual game senior Delaney Lott said. “It’s shirts to show their support. to benefit breast cancer research. probably my favorite game of In past years, cancer

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Holy Trinity’s new athletic complex moves forward BY AUSTIN RUSHNELL For young athletes, the availability of quality resources for sporting events can mean the difference of casually playing a league game to competing in national championships. In the spring, Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy (HTEA) approved a capital campaign for a $5.5 million Tiger Athletic Complex at its Upper School. “This project includes the construction of a 12,207-square-foot field house featuring home and visitor locker rooms, concessions, restrooms, strength and conditioning facilities, athletic trainer facilities, office space and a dining pavilion,” officials wrote in a news release. “It also includes the latest generation artificial turf field and Plexitrac athletic track surface, as well as road, parking, lighting and sidewalk enhancements, gym upgrades and other vital improvements that will transform the Upper School for all Holy Trinity students, families and visitors.” The project was immediately undertaken,

and construction began on the synthetic turf field this summer. By the fall, just in time for the first game of the season on, Sept. 13, the field was completed and the next step of the capital campaign was underway. Construction of a new, 12,207-square-foot field house will begin in November. It should be completed in late 2020 or early 2021. The new turf, having been laid down in the summer, is top-of-the-line quality and provides the student athletes the best resources in synthetic turf. Alongside the field, a running track with a “Plexitrac Accelerator polyresin all-weather surface,” is a new addition. The track and field stadium, labeled the Kelly Automotive Stadium, is only the first step in the capital campaign. It seeks to build an entire complex for HTEA called the Tiger Athletic Complex. “The addition of the Tiger Athletic Complex and related enhancements to our athletic facilities are vital to helping us fulfill our goal of educating the whole child — mind, body and spirit,”

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Viera golf teams focused on reaching state tournament BY CARL KOTALA The Viera High School boys and girls golf teams might have undergone some changes this season, but the goal still is the same: Playing at the Mission Inn Resort with a shot at winning the state championship. “I think this team has a chance to make it to state,” Viera girls coach Greg Ford said. “Our goal is always to get there. We’re just going to have to do what we can do to get there. “They’ll work hard. They’ll be fine.” Viera’s girls have won 11 district tournaments in a row and have been regular visitors to Howey-in-the-Hills for the state competition. However, this year’s team is a much younger group with only two seniors — Briana Gabe and Morgan Bentley. The boys team, meanwhile, has its third coach in three years. But Brian Hoffman, who was an assistant coach last year, believes his group has a shot at making it to state and is trying to get his players to concentrate on each postseason tournament as it comes. “We have the firepower this year to do it, so that’s what we’re hoping for,” Hoffman said. “Our top four guys are all in the 30s, anywhere from a 36 par to 39. Our fifth and sixth guys are in the low 40s. It makes for a well-rounded, complete (group of) six guys on the team, which I think is going to benefit us going into the postseason.” Although the Viera boys team did not qualify for the state tournament last year, Sam Karman advanced to Howey-in-the-Hills as an individual.


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Briana Gabe, left, and Morgan Bentley are the only two seniors on this year's Viera High girls golf team, which is hoping to make it back to the state tournament despite playing in a tougher district and region.

This year’s postseason tournaments will be much tougher after the FHSAA enlarged the districts and reshuffled the regions. Viera is now in the same district with Melbourne, Lake Nona and Vero Beach with three of those teams advancing to the regionals. Karman has been sharing the No. 1 spot this season with senior Douglas Gearhart. Senior Dylan Melby has been playing No. 3, followed by sophomore Chris Hoffman, senior Jacob Melby and junior Nitai Zipp. “We didn’t lose anybody from last year that played in districts or regionals, so that will be good,” Karman said. “We’ve just got to execute when it comes time.” For Viera’s girls, Gabe is the No. 1 player and team leader. Freshman Rebecca Luchs is at No. 2 and another freshman, Brittany Odic, plays either No. 3 or 4. The team also has two young players who were on last year’s team that went to state — Heart Gerosano and Ana Maria Tea.

“We’re definitely a younger team this year,” Gabe said. “It’s not going to be as easy as it was in the past, but we definitely have a shot. We just all need to play our best.” V V

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Holy Trinity cross country teams building for strong finish BY CARL KOTALA This year’s Holy Trinity boys and girls cross teams figure to be following the exact path any coach would want:


Holy Trinity eighth-grader Ivy Knight has emerged as one of the top runners on this year's girls cross country team.

They’re only going to get better as the season goes on. That’s particularly the case for the Holy Trinity boys team, which started off the season with a number of new runners who had never raced in a varsity meet before. “We could have a very phenomenal finish to the season, because once everybody gets into shape, then I’ll truly be able to see what we have,” said Holy Trinity coach Anthony Sullivan following an earlyseason race. Speaking after that same race, senior Brandon Assam also was high on his team’s chances. “I think we can be really good,” Assam said. “We looked really strong this first meet, which was a lot better than last year. I think we have a good chance of pushing for states this year. Our top seven runners are


Freshman Cassidy Werder is one of the top runners on this year's Holy Trinity boys cross country team.

really fast.” Top runner Matt Allen had been battling some injury problems early on in the season, but returned to lead the team at last month’s Katie Caples Invitational with a time of 20 minutes. He was followed by sophomores Will Bell and Jack Riggs, freshman Cassidy

Werder, senior Ryan Mozer and a string of seventh graders — Zack Gunderson, Keaton White, Finley Werder and Thomas McHenry. Holy Trinity’s girls, meanwhile, came into this season facing the prospect of having to replace last year’s Class 1A state champion — Carly McNatt (who transferred to IMG Academy) — as well as another top runner in Sasha Wiechecki Vergara, who graduated. “Trying to replace those two is never going to be an easy task when they’re two of the top 20 runners in 1A,” Sullivan said. “We’re working to try to replace them and trying to push forward as a team, trying to work together as a team.” The results early on have been encouraging. Eighth-grader Braelyn Wahy has moved into the No. 1 spot for the Tigers,

although at the Katie Caples Invitational, she finished third on her team behind Ivy Knight and Ava Knight. Senior Charlotte Varnes was fourth for Holy Trinity in that race with eighthgrader Sophia Weiner, seventh-graders Natalie Morris and Valentina Velarde, junior Jaiden Martin, seventh-grader Janely Tavares and sophomore Julia McNatt all coming in next. Despite the departure of two top runners, the Tigers figure to be in the hunt once again for a finish somewhere in the top seven of this year’s Class 1A state meet, which is set to take place Nov. 9 at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee. “The team is actually going to be very good,” Wahy said. “We have a lot of strong, new seventh graders.” V V

Holy Trinity golf teams improving, but face tough postseason challenge BY CARL KOTALA With a number of young players on both the Holy Trinity boys and girls golf team rosters, this season is all about potential. Holy Trinity’s girls, with no seniors on the roster, won five of their first six matches under new head coach Ben Rotgers. “Against Cocoa Beach

and MCC we had all six girls (shoot) in the 40s,” he said. “They’ve been working hard and having fun doing it.” Junior Ellen Choi is playing No. 1 for the Tigers, followed by freshman Emma Baumgartner, junior Avery Kenney, sophomore Emily Rotgers, junior Nikki Katz and freshman Sydney Smith. “This year, our team has been really strong,”

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that our foster base has decreased significantly, and A poodle and poodle mix lately, we have had to turn rescue group is in dire need away dogs because we didn’t of foster homes. have a home available for a Coastal Poodle Rescue new dog needing to come (CPR) is an all-volunteer, into rescue,” Cronic said. not-for-profit organization “Another reason our foster dedicated to the welfare of homes have decreased is poodles and poodle mixes. the number of permanent Founded in 2004, CPR has fosters in our care. What rescued and re-homed nearly is a permanent foster? A 3,000 dogs. The group fosters dog that will not be put up poodles and poodle mixes for adoption due to medical from Volusia County south to reasons or age-related Miami, with most of the dogs matters. We currently have fostered in Brevard County. 15 permanent fosters — that They operate on donations means that 15 foster homes only and there are no paid are unable to take in more staff members.

We strongly believe in the importance of spaying/ neutering your pets, and helping people understand that the ‘don’t shop . . . adopt’ approach is the right way to address pet overpopulation.” Katsaros added the

moment a dog comes into CPR’s care, there is a 100 percent commitment to the dog’s welfare. “Through our history, some dogs have proven to be unadoptable, due to age, illness or behavior problems.

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“Our dogs each have a unique history, with some coming to us from individuals, some from shelters, and even some from vets and groomers,” according to a news release from the organization. CPR ensures that each dog is spayed/neutered, has their vaccinations updated, are microchipped, are tested for heartworms and other parasites, have a thorough vet exam, and are treated, if possible, for any known conditions found before adoption. All medical information is fully disclosed to new owners. The dogs are placed in foster homes that provide love and patience to help the animals adjust before being adopted. Their stays in foster care vary from several days to several months, depending upon the dog's condition and needs. “The dogs often need a grooming, and we have generous local professionals who will happily clean them up and have them looking beautiful again,” the organization reported. Peggy Cronic, the organization’s vice president, said CPR is having a very tough time in placing poodles and poodle-mixed dogs in good homes. “One main reason is


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Quest Elementary School will host its first Art Night on Oct. 22. There will be a number of stations that students and their parents will be able to take part in for spin art.

BY CARL KOTALA It’s a night that promises to be fun for Quest Elementary School students and their families. The school’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is putting on the first Quest Art Night from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 22. “We’re planning on it to be very hands on, an event that all of the family can be included,” Quest PTO President Dana Wilkins said. “Moms and dads can participate.” There will be no charge to take part in the event, which will feature several different stations for students and their families to rotate to and from. However, there will be a request for donations to help fund a project that will

make the school unique. “We are hoping to create a rock garden in front of Quest,” Wilkins said. “It’s inspired by the book, ‘Only One You’ (by Linda Kranz) so the kids can create a unique rock, just like them.” In addition to a rock painting table, there also will be spin art, a sensory bubble painting station, sand art and a station to make tissue paper fall crafts. The plan also is for there to be a local student on hand to have a station with step-by-step instruction on how to draw. “We’re kind of excited for that,” Wilkins said. “It will be different pictures, so the kids can stay (there) if they wanted and families can draw together.” With so many different stations, the hope is that

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Holy Trinity helps Bahamas with special gift SPECIAL TO VIERA VOICE Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy held a Bahamas hurricane relief fundraiser in September at both campuses, raising $32,000 to aid the people of the Bahamas. Students and their families donated a little more than $20,000 throughout the week, and a generous school family

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Space Coast Poets looking for more members BY ERNEST ARICO

there are about 30 members, National Federation of State Poetry Societies (NFSPS). of which six to eight people Space Coast Poets, a FSPA is holding its next regularly attend meetings. chapter of the Florida State annual convention Oct. 25 The Florida State Poets Poets Association, has moved Association (FSPA) is a to 29 at the Plaza Resort & its meetings to the Suntree/ Spa, 600 N. Atlantic Ave. in nonprofit, tax-exempt Viera Library with hopes of Daytona Beach. organization founded in increasing its membership Peterson is a retired U.S. October 1974 and chartered and bringing a greater by the state of Florida in July Army officer, a former 10appreciation to poetry. year employee at Kennedy 1979. Members will meet from Space Center and a former Their goal is to provide 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. every third English teacher at West Shore opportunities for writing, Tuesday of the month. The Junior/Senior High School. reading, enjoying and library is located at 902 “I started writing poetry learning about the art of Jordan Blass Drive in Suntree. poetry. when I was a child,” he said. Prior to the meeting place FSPA chapters, like Space “Now, it’s like a hobby for me. change, the group gathered Coast Poets, meet throughout It’s also motivated me to at the Melbourne campus of the state for poetry readings, submit poems to a variety of contests.” Eastern Florida State College workshops and events. The Last month, Peterson’s organization hosts two in the Building 10 cafeteria. annual conventions each year poem "Intention" earned “We wanted to move second place in the 2019 and provides several contest because the library Poetry Society of Michigan's opportunities. Through offers better parking contest, in the category its social media accounts, accommodations,” club Margo LaGattuta Memorial it strives to connect its president Jim Peterson said. Award. members with one another Peterson also hopes the Peterson said members and also with the world-wide new meeting location will get the opportunity to read community of poets. increase membership and an original poem on any FSPA is a member of the meeting attendance. Now,

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topic. “We ask members to bring a poem to share or critique,” he said. “We provide the voice and feedback.” Some of the publications that have published works by Space Coast Poets include Lamar Magazine, Pointer View, Revelry and Florida

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Nature, animals inspire Rockledge artist BY ERNEST ARICO Susan Kennicott knew from a very young age that she loved to paint. In fact, the 63-year-old Rockledge artist said her inspiration started when she was a small child growing up on a farm in the Midwest.

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Rockledge artist Susan Kennicott puts the finishing touches to her three-dimensional, acrylic painting “Beta Blast.”

painting full-time. Kennicott moved to Brevard County in December 2014 with her husband, Tony, and son, Brent. Tony, an avid golfer and hunter, ran several major homebuilding companies before retiring, while her son, Brent, graduated from the University of Florida. He now works for a construction company in the Fort Myers area. “I love Brevard County,” Kennicott said. “The people, the county. It felt good to move here. Like a shoe, it fit.” Kennicott has won numerous awards throughout the years. One of her favorites is when she won first place in acrylic paints at the Iowa State Fair. “It seems like I’ve painted forever,” she added. “I love doing acrylic painting and I like doing three-dimensional portraits. I put a lot of depth into my paintings.” Acrylic paint is a great medium because it is relatively inexpensive, water-soluble, quick-drying, versatile and forgiving. Because acrylic is a plastic polymer, it can be painted on any surface as long as it doesn't contain wax or oil. Besides painting, Kennicott loves to teach art. She started teaching art 12 years ago, most recently at Ralph’s Art Supply in Melbourne. She will conduct classes this month at the Art Gallery of Viera on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings.

“I love to teach art,” she said. “I tailor my teaching to the student. I never tell a person they can’t paint. I don’t stand up there and lecture. ” Kennicott said she encourages students to paint what they want. “There is no wrong art,” she added. “It is an expression. You learn as you paint. It’s a relaxed atmosphere. We have fun.” Two artists that have inspired Kennicott are Robert Bateman, a Canadian naturalist and painter, and Rose Frantzen. Frantzen, a native of Maquoketa, Iowa, has gained national and international acclaim for her oil paintings from life that bring contemporary perspectives to a traditional alla prima approach. Alla prima refers to a direct painting approach where paint is applied wet on wet without letting earlier layers dry. In Italian, the term alla prima means "at first attempt.” Kennicott said her future goals are to continue to inspire and teach people how to paint and continue to paint for fun for many more years. “I would like to do more animal portraits,” she said. “I think my favorite paintings are of nature, fish and animals.” For more information about Kennicott and her work, go to susankennicott. com V V

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Florida law limits use of ha ard lights BY ERNEST ARICO If you’ve ever driven on Interstate 95 during a really bad storm, you’ve probably seen other drivers put on their hazard lights — and maybe you’ve done it yourself. But according to the VIERA VOICE photo Florida Highway Patrol, the Florida Department Florida law says use your hazard of Highway Safety and lights only whenever your vehicle is stopped or disabled on the road. Motor Vehicles and AAA,

it’s actually illegal to use your flashers during those conditions in Florida. Turning your hazard lights on makes all four turn signals flash at the same time, giving a headsup to emergency crews that there’s a traffic hazard problem ahead. Many drivers use their flashers during bad weather because they say it’s about increasing visibility.

However, the Florida Highway Patrol says using the hazard lights can make other drivers think you’ve stopped or stalled your vehicle. In addition, FHP says by turning on your flashers, you lose the ability to use your turn signals as you normally would. Florida law enforcement agencies say if the weather is so bad that you can’t

safely see while driving, you should pull over to a safe place until the storm passes. Use your hazard lights only when your vehicle is stopped or disabled on the road. The only acceptable time you can use your hazard lights while driving in Florida is during a funeral procession. According to AAA, the use of hazard lights varies from state to state. V V

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The Florida Institute of Technology’s ROTC Panther Battalion commissioned the newest second lieutenant in the U.S. Army in ceremonies held Sept. 7 at Florida Tech's All Faiths Center. Alexia N. Pearah took the oath of office with Florida Tech Panther Battalion cadets, cadre, family and friends in attendance. She was commissioned in the Army Medical Corps, and she will train to become a Medical Evacuation (MEDIVAC) pilot. Pearah, a second lieutenant, graduated from

Florida Tech with a degree in T.J. O’Conner was the biomedical science. She has guest speaker. He is a retired applied to medical school U.S. Army colonel and a at the Uniformed Services former professor of military University of Health Sciences. science at Florida Tech. Retired Col. Steve Bond, Pearah learned about the who is the second vice Florida Tech ROTC program president of the Military while attending the school, Officers Association of and she received a 3½-year America’s Cape Canaveral ROTC scholarship. She hopes Chapter (MOAACC), to become a medical doctor presented Pearah with gold and flight surgeon. bars. It is the rank insignia As part of her cadet of second lieutenant in the training at Florida Tech, she Army. interned at the Tripler Army Pearah was welcomed Medical Center in Hawaii. to the Officers Corps on During the summer, she behalf of the Cape Canaveral returned to Hawaii to fly Chapter and the 350,000 with Army medivac pilots. members of MOAA. VV


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The two began discussing orchestrating a race that would benefit their community. Acosta already was experienced at supporting local nonprofits. From that pizza-laden meeting came the idea for the Eat My Crust 5K. It has raised more than $100,000 for the Viera High School Athletic Department, the Special Olympics and the Early Steps program. It also made Acosta into a runner.

years ago

The next step was to launch Power of Pizza Charities, or POP, a nonprofit with a full annual schedule of fundraisers. Pizza is Acosta’s love, but he also loves giving back. Viera Pizza is not your average pizzeria, beginning with the location. With the support of Mobil gas station owner Naweed Akram and Z. Baber, Acosta was able to expand from the original tiny take-out

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location in the former storage room of a gas station at the corner of Viera Boulevard and Murrell Road to its current site at 5450 Stadium Parkway. It still is attached to a Mobil, but in name only. Half of the physical facility is the pizzeria, which seats 40 and has plenty of room for the pizzeria’s fabled giant 24inch pizzas. Pizzeria patrons should be ecstatic this month since Acosta plans to feature several specials. “We have some unbelievable deals,” he said. Viera Pizza isn’t all about pizza, either. Wings are popular, given that guests can choose from 15 different sauce flavors and three dry rubs. Gyros are popular, too, including the loaded french fry gyro. The menu also features entrees such as chicken cordon bleu pasta. A new line of dessert pizzas with flaky pastry crust and flavors such as s’mores adds another tasty dimension to the dining experience. Acosta lives and breathes Viera. His most current labor of love is helping to fund the Back the Track Project, which will refurbish the Viera High School track. “As Viera grows, we want to grow along,” Acosta said. “We’re super blessed to be here.” For more information, call 321-636-7696 or go to V V

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Meet Penni Penni is a 2- to 3-year-old rescue Lab from the Lab Rescue of Florida. She is a new resident to Viera/Suntree. She loves belly rubs and is afraid to go out in the dark. Owner: Carson Blue, age 14 Suntree

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Jim Kalupa, Debbie Smith David Schillhammer, chats with Melody Thomas. Schillhammer, the e ecutive director of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, was the guest speaker.

Photos by Hannah Peterson



Andrea Gomes, Jill Blue, Debbie Harringer




BUSINESS The September Viera Means Business meeting was held Sept. 12 at Centre Pointe in Viera. The Viera Means Business networking group meets at 7:55 a.m. the second Thursday of each month at member business locations. For an invitation to the Oct. 10 VMB meeting, email





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ATTORNEYS William A. Johnson, P.A. 321-253-1667 Murphy’s Law Office 321-985-0025 Murtha Law Group 321-600-4989 AUTO DEALER/AUTO SERVICE/REPAIR 2000 Auto 321-259-2000 Melbourne BMW 321-727-3788 Ron Norris Buick GMC 321-267-9200 BARBERSHOP Clip Joint Barbershop


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CHURCHES Calvary Chapel


DENTISTS/ORTHODONTISTS Dr. Cedric Chenet 321-622-3895 The Facial Surgery Center 321-242-2100 Valderrama Orthodontics 321-425-5050 Viera Smiles Studio 321-255-7740 EYE CARE Brevard Eye Dr. Ho, Ophthalmology Pinnacle Eye Space Coast Ophthalmology FINANCE Edward Jones - C. Mitchell Leonard Financial Morgan Stanley – The Carter Hester Group Sage Financial

321-984-3200 321-757-7272 321-255-4949 321-267-0008 321-254-5202 321-259-6239 321-751-2064 321-242-7526

FURNITURE Baer’s Furniture


GOLF & EQUIPMENT Duran Golf Club Viera East Golf Club

321-504-7776 321-639-6500

HEALTH & EXERCISE Club Pilates Viera Empower Life Fitness

321-419-0798 321-750-7113

MOVING/STORAGE Two Men and a Truck

MUSIC, ART CLASSES Creative Music & Art Center 321-255-0116 PETS Swaggin Tailz Pet Salon Viera Petworks

321-872-5391 321-349-2210

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PHARMACY Walgreens


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VIERA VOICE Courtesy of Stephanie Byrd

The American Advertising Federation of the Space Coast is building Buzz Crow out of recycled materials to honor the 5 th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon mission.

Eco friendly Bu Crow will make appearance at Harvest Festival BY ERNEST ARICO Patrons visiting The Avenue Viera for the eighth annual Harvest Festival will get to see some very creative scarecrows — including one that will be completely ecofriendly. Buzz Crow, an astronaut made from all recycled plastic materials, will be one of the displayed scarecrows from the American Advertising Federation of the Space Coast. “The scarecrow is being made out of all recycled plastic — plastic bottles, plastic caps, plastic bags and pvc pipe,” said Stephanie Byrd, the marketing manager for The Viera Company and president-elect of the AAFSC board for 2019-2020. Besides the scarecrow displays, other attractions at the Oct. 19 Harvest Festival include a pumpkin patch, zucchini racing, hay bale horses, face painting, a fun fall photo area and live music. Since this is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon mission, Byrd said it was relevant and timely to use a space theme for their scarecrow. Byrd said the astronaut/ scarecrow design was inspired by the work of artist Sayaka Ganz, whose artwork is currently being showcased in the lobby of the Exploration

Tower in Port Canaveral. “Sayaka Ganz is an artist that I admire along with others who commit to making an honest statement about the beauty we can always find within any artistic medium used to showcase life,” Byrd said. “We will be using only plastic to create this piece. Just keep in mind that plastic is used to make many, many things and we hope to use the Ganz style to underline the ability to build a scarecrow out of reusable everyday objects, Byrd added. “We will have a final build event on Oct. 10 at 28 North and we are inviting all our members to participate by bringing a clean, white plastic element to attach to our astronaut from their reuse containers. I will be doing my best to create a list of everything that was used to create the astronaut. Many hours went into its creation, but it has been a real learning experience,” she concluded. The AAFSC is a local club and part of a nationwide network of 40,000 members, promoting positive awareness of the advertising industry while fostering professional growth for its members. The club continually provides unique opportunities for members to share ideas, engage with experts and give

VIERA VOICE Courtesy of Smithsonian

Buzz Aldrin's astronaut suit was the inspiration for Buzz Crow. It will not be part of the Scarecrow Stroll, but it will be on display at the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber in Viera from Oct. 2 to 1 . Buzz Crow will be available for bidding at the Viera Voice's Harvest Festival on Oct. 1 at The Avenue Viera.

back to the community while protecting the advertising industry on all levels. Byrd said the club’s focus on community connections for the 2019-20 year will include volunteering at beautification events, hosting a spring Innovations in advertising panel for nonprofits, and hosting several

unique networking events with leading advertising and marketing professionals in the area. Our district-wide community service initiative this year is plastic. The AAFSC club also will encourage their members and others to participate in a statewide-led event Nov. 9 that includes beach, lagoon

and lake clean-ups where it is safe to do so. “We are excited to be participating in this project and the ongoing events throughout the year. One cleanup event will not move the needle but hundreds will make a profound difference,” said Scott Eller, the AAFSC chapter president. VV

Viera Voice | October 2019


Twenty dollars can save your life out on the water BY MARIA SONNENBERG

committed boating boating outings and 307 more were injured, enthusiasts such as Ernst Two, 10-dollar bills don’t according to the Florida Fish Hofmann, the Squadron’s get you much these days, but assistant education officer. and Wildlife Conservation with the Banana River Sail Commission’s 2018 Boating “I’ve been boating since and Power Squadron, aka Accident Statistical Report. the 1950s,” Hofmann said. the America’s Boating Club Out of the 628 accidents on The all-volunteer of South Brevard, it can save Squadron aims to encourage Florida’s water in 2018, 449 your life. of the boat operators had no the safe operation of boats Twenty dollars, the fee for formal boating education. through classes held the Squadron’s ABC3 Basic Twenty dollars and a day throughout the year in South Boating Class, provides a of boating classes can save Brevard. The upcoming full day of both classroom your life, whether you are VIERA VOICE Courtesy of Banana River Sail Power Squadron and on-the-water experience basic boating class will be The Banana River Sail and Power S uadron, aka the America’s Boating young or old, male or female held from 9 a.m. until 4:30 on the fundamentals of Club of South Brevard, offers an ine pensive boating class that emphasizes and whether your favorite p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26 at boat types and handling, safety. boat putts along slowly or Ascension Lutheran Church safety, navigation rules, rushes through the water at and casting off and training on subjects such government regulations and at 1053 Pinetree Drive in great speed. as pre-trailer launch, basic other boating-related topics. Indian Harbour Beach. docking. The course meets “You don’t even need to be It will be a busy day boat handling, anchor Instructors are seasoned, the State of Florida and a boat owner,” Hofmann said. with plenty of on-the-water deployment and retrieval certified educators and NASBLA’s requirements for Kelly Enders of certification for a Florida Melbourne took the course Boating Safety identification earlier this year, because she card. Individuals born after wanted to keep up with her Jan. 1, 1988 and operating a husband, an avid boater. boat with 10hp or more are “I really enjoyed learning required to take the course the rules and the on-theto earn the card. water portion was awesome,” The Squadron also Enders said. teaches an approved Junior The registration deadline Safe Boating Course several • Maintenance and Utilities • Independent Living in a Private with payment for the ABC3 Included (excluding phone) Wooded Community times a year during school Basic Boating Class is Oct. • Included in Buena Vida Estates • Clubhouse and Pool breaks. 21. Send a check or money • 24 Luxury Cottages w/Screened lanai Continuing Care Retirement Community Education is critical for order to Ernst Hofmann, • Hurricane Ready: Generator, Impact • 2 Bedroom with study, 2 Bath, glass, metal roof 2 Car Garage running a boat. Folks out 290 Paradise Blvd. No. 36, for a nice day on the water Indialantic, FL 32903. For (321) 724-0060 • Toll-free (800) 742-0060 Call (321) 312-4495 to Reserve do not expect tragedy, but more information, call 3212129 West New Haven Avenue, West Melbourne, FL 3290 4 Your Cottage Today! — Entrance on Doherty Drive — 59 individuals in Florida 220-7775 or go to VV last year perished during



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Pizza with a Purpose

5 - 9 p.m. 10 percent of sales will go to a chosen organization. Pizza Gallery & Grill 2250 Town Center Ave. Viera, 321-633-0397

Story Time

10 - 11 a.m. Ages 2 and up Tuesdays/Thursdays Suntree Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive 321-255-4404


National Mad Hatter Day Opening Season Concert



10 - 11 a.m. Ages 2 and up Tuesdays/Thursdays Suntree Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive 321-255-4404 6 - 7:45 p.m. Viera/Suntree Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404

CAV Student Ministry Oct. 6 to Oct. 31 Mon-Thurs: 4 - 8 p.m. Fri. - Sun. 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Church At Viera 9005 N. Wickham Rd.




10 a.m. 3 p.m. Larry Schultz Park 2560 Fiske Blvd. Rockledge, 321 961 2732

10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Viera/Suntree Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404

10 a.m. Elder Law Attorney William A. Johnson, P.A. will present. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Rd. Viera, 321-253-1667

Columbus Day

Space Coast Farmers arket nvestors Education roup Special Needs Trust

Trumpeter and Former Astronaut Capt. Winston Scott performs with his Cosmic a Ensemble Space Coast Jazz Society 2- 4 p.m. Doors open at 1 p.m. Rockledge Country Club 321-960-4897


Space Coast Art Festival 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Artists, music, food, kids entertainment and more. 6091 Stadium Parkway Viera, 321-784-3322

BRA-dway Brunch

9 a.m. - noon A Breast Cancer Benefit Holiday Inn Melbourne-Viera 8298 North Wickham Road Viera, 321-253-4312

Books are Always Better Book Club

Scarecrow Stroll

Stroll Oct. 2 - 16 Visit more than 26 hand-crafted scarecrows on display at various businesses around town. See map for ballot. Viera, 321-242-1235



Story Time

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

Art Gallery of Viera

Opening Day—Sneak Peek 10 a.m. - 9 .m. The Avenue Viera Across from Pizza Gallery & Grill 2251 Town Center Ave. #105 321-242-1235

National Stop Bullying Day

Yoga in the Park

9 a.m. Wed. & Sat. Complimentary yoga taught by a certified instructor. The Avenue Viera 2261 Town Center Avenue Viera, 321-634-5390

Story Time

10 - 11 a.m. Ages 2 and up Tuesdays/Thursdays Suntree Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive 321-255-4404


Brevard Republican Executive Committee district meeting for each of the five5 districts. Viera Government Center 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 321-254-0073



World Mental Health Day

Boss’ Day

Sit n Stitch

1 - 3 p.m. Crocheters, knitters, cross stitchery, & embroiderers welcome. Viera/Suntree Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404



Brevard Antiques Collectibles Club

10 a.m. - noon Meets on the first Friday of every month. Viera/Suntree Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Viera, 321-455-4404

Food Truck Friday


5 - 8 p.m. Live music, complimentary food, and free drinks. The Avenue Viera 2261 Town Center Avenue Viera, 321-634-5390

Story Time

Do Something Nice Day

Homegrown Health and Wellness

8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Drive community awareness of all the wonderful healthrelated businesses. The Avenue Viera 2261 Town Center Ave. Viera, 321-459-2200

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

Big Band Fever



9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Quilting group meets on the 2nd & 4th Friday of the month. No meeting Oct. 25. Viera/Suntree Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404

7 a.m. Suntree Elementary School’s inaugural 5K. Suntree Elementary 900 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-242-6480

Boo at the Zoo

9 a.m. Complimentary yoga taught by a certified instructor. The Avenue Viera 2261 Town Center Avenue Viera, 321-634-5390

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

TGIF Seaside Peacemakers Spooktacular 5K

5:30 p.m. Oct. 11-13, 18-20 & 25-27. Featuring more than 30 treat stations each weekend. Brevard Zoo 8225 North Wickham Rd. Viera, 321-254-9453

Thirsty 3rd Thursday




National No Beard Day

Yoga in the Park


Hearing and You

Viera Voice Harvest Festival

Great Tastes of Suntree

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. A lunch and learn seminar with Personal Hearing Solutions. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Rd. Viera, 321-253-6310

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Marc Dobson — The One Man Band, kids costume contest, Zucchini 500 racing, pumpkin patch and more. The Avenue Viera Next to Melting Pot Viera, 321-242-1235

6 p.m. Viera/Suntree Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404

Book, Balls

Toddler Story Time Noon -1 p.m. Suntree Viera Library 321-255-4404

Age 2 and older 4 :30 p.m. Viera/Suntree Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404

10 - 11 a.m. Ages 2 and up Tuesdays/Thursdays Suntree Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive 321-255-4404

AARP Drving Course for ages 50+

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Viera/Suntree Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-698-2311

5:30 - 9:30 p.m. Taste local food from Suntree and listen to live music. Suntree Country Club 1 Country Club Drive







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

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Friends of the Suntree/ Viera Public Library annual Fall Book Sale. Viera/Suntree Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404

Questions About Your Hearing

9:30 a.m. Information and answers about hearing loss. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Rd. Viera, 321-253-6310



11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Every Sunday from Oct. 20 to Nov. 24. The Avenue Viera 2261 Town Center Avenue Viera, 321-634-5390

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Designed for drivers age 50 and older. Registration required. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Rd. Viera, 321-698-2311

Jazz in the Park

National Walk to School Day

nternational Plastic odel BREC eneral 6:30 - 9 p.m. Society— Space Coast

Pumpkin Patch

Clergy Appreciation Day



Story Time

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Space Coast Ophthalmology opens new Viera practice BY MARIA SONNENBERG A name familiar to Titusville patients seeking state-of-the-art eye care — Space Coast Ophthalmology — added a new practice in Viera which opened in early September. The new facility at 2328 Medico Lane offers a comprehensive range of services, including treatment for cataracts, dry eye, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic eye diseases, pediatric eye exams, ocular nutrition, eye infections and blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery). LASIK/PRK surgery also will be offered in the near future. Of course, the practice also performs routine eye exams, as well as exams for contact lenses. Dry eye, which causes irritation, redness, burning and stinging, is one of the most common complaints the specialists treat. “Depending on the severity, we start with artificial lubricating drops, prescription drops (Xiidra, Restasis), punctal occlusion and dry eye amniotic membranes,” said Valerie Clark, director of business development for Space Coast Ophthalmology. AmbioDisk, a new treatment for dry eye, is

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The Viera East Men's Golf Association tees off at 8 a.m. each Thursday. On Sept. 12, VEMA had four-man teams in a twobest balls format. The team of Robbie Rosenberger, David Hill, Craig Smith and Bill Oakley finished first. Bob Urban, John Moriarty, Ernie Parra and a blind draw placed second. Dennis Lamb, Jim Robinson, David Jensen and Tom Walker teamed up to finish third. Jensen on No. 4 and No. 7, Jim Kopliner on No. 13 and David Horst on No. 16 were closest-tothe-pin. V V

The Viera area is home to plenty of seniors, but how many can say that they’re a centenarian? On Sept. 12, The Brennity at Melbourne Senior Living hosted a 1940s- and 1950s-themed party. Janice Byrne’s 100th birthday party was the highlight of the festivities. Byrne is a resident at The Brennity. While Byrne’s birthday wasn’t until Sept. 19, The Brennity decided to combine the previously scheduled 1940s and 1950s party with Byrne’s birthday. She already had a planned vacation for the following week. “I’m very excited. I can’t believe the people here,” Byrne said. “(It’s) unbelievable. They have

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s there a future for glass recycling in Brevard County Glass can be recycled forever without compromising the quality of the material. Recycling glass saves 30 percent of energy and eliminates the need to use new sand — something we need in our beaches — to produce new glass. So why is there even a question about

the future of glass recycling? Currently, commercial recycling contracts exclude glass from recycling collection and glass is deemed to be a contaminant in single stream recycling. “Broken glass can stick to paper and cardboard, contaminating those materials,” said Brittany

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reintroduce glass recycling to their curbside program once a new MRF with the equipment to clean and process glass, being built by FCC Environmental Services, Northampton, United Kingdom, is operational. Others are opting for a mix of glass recycling methods from source separation at the facility to dual stream collection. With the recycling services contract for unincorporated Brevard County coming to an end in October 2020, glass recycling has become kind of the talk of the town and a concern to many. In the current contract that Waste Management has with Brevard, glass must be collected for recycling. It has been collected but, for business decisions, most glass is being landfilled. In a new contract, there is a possibility that glass will no longer be accepted in our curbside program. It will be up to the county to negotiate the contract and find alternative solutions for glass waste, if not part of the new contract. According to recyclinginternational. com, in a global market that is expected to reach $3.7 billion by 2025 with a robust compound annual growth rate of 6.6 percent in the period of 2019-2025, the future of glass recycling in Brevard is in the hands of our local government. VV Email Marcia Booth at




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Problematic pests still integral part of food chain Spinning tales about insect pests. Beautiful birds and butterflies invade Florida. Unfortunately, so do insect pests. Mole crickets are gray to brownish subterranean insects, typically more than 1 inch long. They damage turf grass and crops. Equipped with modified front legs, they tunnel through soil leaving bulges like moles. Brown patches appear after roots have been severed. More damage occurs in the spring or fall. Regrettably, predators such as armadillos feed on them and further destroy lawns. Chinch bugs display black bodies with mostly white wings and might reach 1/5-inch long. They also damage lawns, especially St.

Augustine grass when it is water stressed or in full sun. Again, brown patches cannot be restored. Biting midges (no-seeums) are 1 to 3 millimeters long, small enough to enter homes through screens. They resemble small black specks of dirt. Only females feed on blood, which is needed for their eggs. Attracting them are heat and carbon dioxide from humans or increased levels of lactic acid odors from people

exercising. Bites (actually released acidic fluids) are usually on exposed legs and forearms. Activity occurs especially during warm months around dusk. Painful welts might appear hours or days after contact and last weeks. Silverfish are wingless and agile horizontal runners. Comparable to fish, they are silver with a tapered abdomen and wiggling movements. They frequent dark, damp areas such as bathrooms or storage boxes in garages. Among their favorite items are bookbinding glue, along with paper pages left in lacy remains — bookworms. Wallpaper also is destroyed for the glue. With water availability, silverfish can

survive more than a year without food. Love bugs are black with a red area behind the head. In fact, they are flies. They migrated from Central America and identified in Texas in 1940. They are harmless to humans, but not to their cars. Florida is invaded by love bugs around May and September, experiencing four-week mating peaks. Activity ensues around 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in temperatures above 84 degrees. Generally mating and locked in a pair, they collide with a vehicle’s front surfaces while seeking heat from highways or confusing exhaust fumes with appealing decomposing plants. Acidic remains

might damage vehicle paint. Other possible targets are surfaces, which are lightcolored and freshly painted such as garage doors. Instead of poisons, natural biological control is beneficial. For example, utilizing special nematodes, wasps or flies kills mole crickets. As for chinch bugs, homeowners can thatch lawns and reduce fertilizer as a safe alternative to pesticides which these bugs resist. Nevertheless, problematic pests are indispensable as part of the food chain. They nourish many essential creatures such as birds, which disperse seeds. V V

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Marine biologists say the Indian River Lagoon is one of the most diverse water bodies in the country. What do they mean? Two creatures that live there can provide an explanation. Great southern white butterflies are found in coastal areas of Florida, along the Gulf and Atlantic to Texas and south through tropical America to Argentina. They are oyster white, at times translucent or green and shimmery. In Florida, these butterflies might migrate several times a year, flying 20 to 0 miles in two days or less. They usually migrate when temperatures are in the 70s or hotter — often in May. Huge shoreline migrations often can be seen along the Indian River Lagoon or near A1A. It is a luminous and memorable site. The Great Southern

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White male butterflies have a lifespan of about five days and females live eight to 10 days. They can be seen on lantana and verbena. Be careful where you step when observing them to preserve their important sources of nectar. Snook are among the most prized game fish. They are known for the powerful fighting instincts that thrill sports fishermen. Snook are delicious and sought after by anglers at the Indian River Lagoon. Winter months are the best time to catch snook in the Indian River Lagoon, Sebastian River and Mosquito Lagoon.

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Snook are among the most prized game fish in the Indian River Lagoon.

There are five species of snook in the Indian River Lagoon — the only place where all five can be found. They are easily identifiable by the dark black line that runs the length of their body on each side and the high divided dorsal fin. Their pike-like body is

light in color, with silver sides and belly and yellowish-green tail and fins. Ocean snook tend to be more silver, while those found in the Indian River Lagoon are darker. Snook can live to be 20 years old and reach a length of up to 50 inches. A littleknown fact is that they can

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It’s time once again for the annual Great Tastes at Suntree event from the Rotary Club of Suntree, and the club is gearing up for a year that’s going to be “bigger than ever.” On Oct. 19, the Rotary Club of Suntree will host its 16th annual Great Tastes at Suntree event to be held at the Rotary clubhouse. This year, the Great Tastes at Suntree will feature food from a variety

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Viera Voice, October 2019  

The community newspaper of Viera and Suntree, Florida.

Viera Voice, October 2019  

The community newspaper of Viera and Suntree, Florida.