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Children participating in Slam-A-Jama Vacation Bible School at the Church at Viera include, left, Ellie Nipper, Briegan Novak, Kayla Nipper, Emily Gustke, Aiden George, Caden Sichler and Cole Bordin.

their own flare into the elementary students. annual vacation Bible school And that vision inspired program attended by 353 volunteers Perry Nyquist More than 150 adult children in elementary and Beth Meggs to make a volunteers — and 50 teens pretend roller coast do a loop — helped the Church at Viera school and 120 in a separate dr ho ad frontsession cover_Layout 1 10/22/12 9:54 AM Pagein 1 the main lobby, complete for preschool. become a theme park with “We chose from national with a car full of riders a message during Summer themes. There are different hanging upside down. Slam-A-Jama held June 3 curricula out there. We take “Everybody put their to 14. that concept and create heads together and came up Taking the initial with great ideas,’’ he said. inspiration from the national our own vision with it,’’ George Stevens, director Among key volunteers is theme Colossal Coaster of Children’s Ministry for Linda Foster, director for World, the volunteers put By George White

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Edward Eberhardt, Julie Spurlock and Lindsey Spurlock get ready to start the March 2013 St. Baldrick’s event at the Avenue Viera to benefit the Cure for Childhood Cancer. By Rosemary H. Lynn

The annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation event will be held Wednesday, July 3 at Space Coast Stadium in Viera. This year’s theme is “Pack the Park.” The event is held annually to benefit the many children who have cancer. The event is one of the larger fund raising campaign in the world. Beginning in 2005, it has become a huge success around the nation and a fun event for everyone who attends. Garrett Lamp, the group’s head volunteer coordinator in Brevard County, said money is needed to help the many children in the area with cancer. Funds are used to help families in various ways including transportation to and from Orlando, where the closest pediatric oncology facilities are located. Brevard County’s fundraisers have tallied more than $250,000 for cancer research, with more than $100 million raised nationwide through the St. Baldrick’s events before and during the Brevard County Manatees’ ballgame on July 3. There will be special events such as a head shaving to support cancer victims. This will take place in the office at the front of the stadium. The annual shave is the group’s biggest event in the area and was held in the Avenue Viera last year. More than 50 women, as well as many men, had their heads shaved in support for cancer

victims. At this year’s St. Baldricks event, it is hoped that many more will step up to have their heads shaved. Head shaving honors the youngsters who are fighting this disease. The first pitch will be made by Laura Spurlock, a young cancer survivor from Brevard County. In addition to the game, there will be a Manatees auction, which includes a suite giveaway, among other items. Also, there will be a special event during the game and a surprise guest will add excitement to the overall experience. Two Big Red Buses will be outside the stadium from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. for blood donors, with a station for bone marrow testing. This is a simple swab test that sees if you match up with the marrow from a young man, Jason Ward Tyler, who was diagnosed with aplastic anemia. He needs a bone marrow transplant to survive. Everyone from 16 to 44 is encouraged to be tested. Tickets for the game are $7, with $4 from every sale given to the foundation. Tickets can be purchased at the box office. Lamp said purchasers should indicate the ticket will be for the St. Baldrick’s event. Tickets also can be purchased at various venues, including World of Beer and Planet Pizza at the Avenue Viera. For more information, go to or check out the Facebook page for St. Baldricks Brevard. VV


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Supporters eat cupcakes for a cause By Carl Kotala

Family fun, a silent auction and … cupcakes … from some of Brevard County’s top bakeries will all be part of the second “Cupcakes to Cherish” event, which is set to take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 13 at the Heritage Isles Club in Melbourne. The event will be put on by Cherishing the Journey, a non-profit organization. In addition to fun, family-oriented activities, ticket holders will enjoy an unlimited sampling of cupcakes from nine or more local bakeries. Amateur bakers will also compete in a number of different categories, and a number of local businesses have donated goods and services for a silent auction. There will be a Cupcake Decorating Station where kids will be able to decorate their own cupcakes, as well as a balloon artist, facepainting, a photo booth and a Cupcake Boutique featuring cupcake-related



COMMUNITY merchandise. Jennifer Hardin founded Cherishing the Journey following the death of her newborn son, Matthew, who died shortly after birth. Because there was no real support for families in the area, she decided to do something about it. The group provides memory boxes to six hospitals located in Brevard and Indian River County to help preserve the memory of the child for grieving families in similar situations. It includes a photo album, a handprint kit, materials to make a hand cast, a container for locks of hair and comfort items such as a teddy bear, a blanket, a beaded bracelet and a scented candle. The group also refers families to support groups, and Hardin herself has talked to parents across the country about her experience. Though the hospitals usually pass out the boxes, it’s not unusual for her to deliver them in person. “They’re very grateful because … this isn’t some


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A total of $7,500 was generated through a special Mother’s Day baby-bottle fundraising campaign launched by St. John the Evangelist Council of Catholic Women. Proceeds will benefit the work of Pregnancy Resources, a non-profit organization that provides free services, education and support to women and families facing unexpected pregnancy. “It is amazing to see how spare change can add up to make a big difference,” said Judy Miller, executive director of Pregnancy Resources. “We are very thankful to the Council of Catholic Women at St. John the Evangelist who worked diligently on this fundraiser, counting every penny, nickel, dime and quarter to help the clients we serve. It is because of generous volunteers and community support that our programs and services are provided


St. John the Evangelist Council of Catholic Women collected 321 pounds of coins in 400 baby bottles totaling $7,500. free of charge.” Pregnancy Resources offers free medical-grade pregnancy tests, limited obstetric ultrasounds, accurate information, material assistance, pregnancy and parenting education classes and community referrals in a


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Brevard Zoo is the perfect place for a child to play, build, discover and explore the world around them. In July, Brevard Zoo offers many fun activities that will take children’s learning to new heights at a zoo that is nationally recognized for its education programs. The programs provide a variety of opportunities to spark a child’s interest in conservation, science and the outdoors. The month of July is filled with fun and exciting new ways for children to learn, including:

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Men who lunch sow seeds of hope Men are often stoic creatures with little natural talent at expressing the heaviness of their load as father, husband, breadwinner and more, according to members of a group helping other men to do just that. “We frequently hear of women in crisis and many other worthy causes, but there are men in crisis and they will never tell you,” said Daryl Gilbert, one of the unofficial leaders of Viera FUEL, a nondenominational men’s group made up of members from many churches. “You need to share what is going on with your brothers and listen to them, too,” he shared with other members. The weekly meeting takes place at Sonny’s Bar-B-Q on Sheriff Drive, off N. Wickham Road east of Interstate 95. About 40 men meet over a simple noon lunch sponsored by the restaurant and hear from speakers on issues unique to them. The luncheon and meeting are free and there are no dues for the group. The men leave money on the table according to their ability to pay toward the cost of their meals and to tip the wait staff. FUEL stands for Faith, Unity, Evangelism and Leadership. According to its website, FUEL exists for the purpose of enriching men’s lives through the teaching of God’s word, camaraderie among men, accountability and civic relationships. The group advocates the relevance of God’s word in a man’s life and calls men out to live that truth in their daily lives. At the June 6 meeting, worship pastor Chris Johnson of East Coast Christian Center spoke on overcoming setbacks that

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can become life threatening to men. The large Merritt Island church has a Viera campus that meets in Carmike Cinemas at The Avenue Viera. “When your spouse walks out the door and you are broken hearted, it means your joy was in your spouse, so as she left so did your joy,” said Johnson, who with ECCC senior pastor Dan Stallbaum hosts the Morning Breath drive-time show on WMIEFM 91.5 Christian radio. “Learn to find your joy in God and you will never lose it, because He will never leave you.” He shared his dark secret that resulted from chronic depression, insecurity and self-loathing: a failed suicide attempt. According to Johnson, God called him to get up from the asphalt where no fewer than seven vehicles failed to run him over and said, “I have purpose for you.” “Your misery is your ministry,” Johnson said of his life-changing experience. “What you have been delivered from will be your

way of reaching others.” The group’s constant solution to troubles is for men to learn to “look outward,” rather than focusing inward on their own disappointments in pursuit of fleeting self satisfaction. “Don’t wait for someone to come and stroke your ego when you are down. Go out and help someone else,” Gilbert said. “When you do for others, it does more for you than you will ever know.” Retired the past 18 months from putting in 60 to 80 hours each week into his career, Gilbert became a volunteer through his Calvary Chapel Melbourne Viera campus. “I’ve enjoyed life more the past year and a half volunteering shoulder to shoulder with like-minded folk than I have my entire previous 55 years.” For more information about Men’s FUEL, go to Email or call 321-427-4096 to RSVP or volunteer to speak. VV




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Brevard County residents preparing for what emergency and weather officials are predicting will be a “busier than normal season” should think before they pack for shelter, according to officials. “There is a limited amount of space in our shelters, but we do allow, and certainly encourage, residents to bring in bedding items that will make them comfortable,” said Kimberly Prosser, director of the Brevard County Department of Emergency Service. Prosser is gearing up for her second hurricane season since taking the job in February 2012, after the death of longtime former director Bob Lay. Dave Sharp, director of the National Weather Service in Melbourne, also urged residents to take preparations seriously. The location provides weather tracking for the entire region, displayed on every TV news channel. “We are anticipating a busier than normal season,” he said, “so it is seriously important to make preparations for emergency shelter despite the fact we’ve has some quiet years.” In a general population shelter, individuals are allowed a 20-square-foot space, just more than the space a cot would take up, but a bit less than the space a twin bed would take up. A single-person inflatable air mattress, which is smaller than a twin bed, is allowed. Lawn chairs or similar collapsible seating is encouraged. For more information on locations and types of shelters, as well as specific items needed or allowed at each, go to or call 321-637-6670. VV

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Viera camp director has full, happy camp By George White

She knows a lot about organizing community events, but the first year for Viera Regional Park camp director Susie Parente has come across another first — well-behaved triplets. Among the full house of 225 registered children are Sydney, Trenton and Drew Stefurak, all age 5. “I’ve taught swimming to lots of twins and triplets and I would say this is the best behaved set I’ve ever been around. They work well together and never fight,’’ she said. The camp seemed to run smoothly, which is a credit to Parente’s experiences during the past few years. Parente started in May as a recreation leader for Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department. After summer camps are over, she expects to help create and promote events for the county. “This is my first year as camp director, but I’m very involved in the community. I was the chair of Relay for Life for Suntree/Viera two years ago, I own Safety

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Susie Parente, camp director, provides positive reinforcement to the capacity enrollment at Viera Regional Park summer camp.

Susie’s Swim School, I also do the marketing for the Uno Chicago Grill, which does a lot of fundraisers. I am involved with the American Cancer Society and the American Red Cross. I plan to do “Dancing in Brevard” next year because I hurt my knee during rehearsals this year and could not participate in the competition,’’ she said. For Parente, after a few weeks of camp, it’s so far so good, with emphasis on the word good. “It’s grown. We’re at full

capacity. It’s going great, mostly because of my counselors. In all honesty, I couldn’t do it without them,’’ she said. And, as is often the case in group activities with children, good behavior is common because it’s something that is well rewarded, she said. “A big thing I try to do is bring in positive reinforcement — I bring in treats,’’ she said. VV

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Campers of good character are Nicole Rawles, left, and Cara Celestini, both 11. Their camp coach Nick Mauro, 19, started out as a camper.

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As best friends who have gone to summer camp at Viera Community Center since they were in the first grade, Cara Celestini and Nicole Rawles share many things.

For one, they share good character traits, which make them good role models for the 225 attendees of summer camp, said their camp recreation leader. “I’ve been their camp counselor for all five years, since I was a camper like

them,” said recreation leader Nick Mauro. “We’ve never had a problem with either one of them, and they are the first campers to jump in and help when asked. The girls explained how their good friendship formed. “We met each other in soccer and we had so much fun that we have hung out ever since,” Nicole said. They once attended school together at Quest Elementary School, until Cara was rezoned to Manatee Elementary School. Despite this, they hang out nearly every weekend, their parents driving them to each other’s house. Attending camp together was a matter of course. “I’ve really enjoyed camp because you get to do a lot of different activities, you get to spend time with the camp leaders and interact with other kids,” Cara said. “Otherwise, I get pretty bored.” The girls exemplify the good character traits camp leaders attempt to instill in all the campers, said Mauro, who was tapped to join the

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A syndicated columnist with one million viewers a week will be heading home Friday, July 26 to host Every Day is Veterans Day, a special event hosted by One Senior Place in Viera and held at the Brennity, formerly Watersong. Lt. Col. Norris Burkes served as active duty chaplain for Patrick Air Force Base from 1999 to 2002 and has since authored a book. His weekly local columns, often using humor to make a serious point, became syndicated after his tenure here. “We are delighted to bring Chaplain Norris to speak to our veterans,” said Kathi Ridner, director of One Senior Place. “It’s our way of saying that every day should be Veterans Day and not just one day a year, because of what they have sacrificed for us and because we appreciate them for it.” Previous to his active duty on the Space Coast, Burkes served active duty in Izmir,

Turkey. He left Brevard to again serve overseas, with deployments to Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Panama. In Iraq, Burkes served as the senior chaplain at the Air Force Theater Hospital at Balad Air Base. He racked up 15 major medals and commendations from several branches of the Armed Forces. In his columns, carried in newspapers across the many communities he served formerly and beyond, he wrote of his stress of never knowing moment to moment whether he would be killed by shells or enemy saboteurs, or what severe injuries and worse would arrive at the hospital each day. The rest of the days were spent in mindnumbing boredom. In short, his experience was not unlike other active and reserve military members who sacrifice so that others don’t have to. “I can relate to what our veterans went through. I am very blessed that so many of them feel comfortable enough to come to me and share


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what they have never told anyone before, not even their spouse,” Burkes said. “There is tremendous healing in that.” Attendees to the free event will arrive and mingle at 10 a.m., a music therapist is set to play patriotic music in the background until 10:30 a.m. The Patrick Air Force Base bugler and color guard will open the program at the Brennity located at 7300 Watersong Lane in Viera. The event starts and 10 a.m. and goes until 1 p.m. For more information or to RSVP, call 321-751-6771. VV



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Butler’s camp draws 135 summer runners VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

Left: Holy Trinity coach Doug Butler, left, puts a group of runners through a workout during his Set Goals Not Limits running camp in Wickham Park. This is the 14th year Butler has run the camp. This summer’s camp attracted 135 runners of all experience levels. Below: Holy Trinity grad Mackenzie Dummer, center, a

counselor at coach Doug Butler’s Set Goals Not Limits running camp, leads a group of youngsters through their workout.

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Doug Butler’s success as a cross country and track coach at Holy Trinity is unparalleled in Brevard County. But that’s not where the story ends. The coach is hosting his camp, Set Goals Not Limits, for the 14th year this summer at Wickham Park. “It started out the first year as a fundraiser for my cross country team,” Butler said. “We had about 50, 60 people, and it just kind of grew from there. A lot of people wanted personal coaching, so I do three camps year-round now.”

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The 2013 Viera Suntree Little League All-Stars 9/10 Softball If being named to the Viera Suntree Megan Andrews, Bailey Bernard, Brookelynn Helms, Kennedy Hewitt, Yelani Lugo, Deanna Marrs, Morgan Little League Seniors All-Star team Mordas, Kelsey Reiter, Angelina Rodriguez, Abigail wasn’t a big enough honor, the Soliven, Alyssa Tougas and Olivia Vice players on coach Bobby Caruso’s Manager: Mike Soliven team received another big thrill this Coaches: John Morda and Greg Hewitt past month, courtesy of the Brevard 9/10 Baseball (Gold Team) County Manatees. Brett Anderson, Aidan Davis, Ethan Huffman, Gavin As part of the team’s Field of Letawa, Declan McDermott, Matt Morrow, Pete Dreams promotion, the players got to take the Space Coast Stadium field Petracco, Sean Rodney, David Rusnak, Liam Samuels, J.T. Smith and Cole Teply alongside Manatees players as the national anthem played before a June Manager: Mark Huffman Coaches: Damien McDermott and Danny Smith 17 game. 9/10 Baseball (Green Team) Not only was it great for team Peyton Anderson, Robbie Behrens, Connor Brozny, building, it was also the first chance some of the players had to set foot on Dylan Brozny, Trent Durham, Pedro Gonzalez, Steve Klassen, Jake Koons, Declan Owens, Nathan Rao, the same field where the Manatees Vincent Ramos and Nathan Scharff play, and where the Washington Manager: Eric Power Nationals play their spring training Coaches: Steve Brozny and Andy Williams home games. 10/11 Baseball “I think it was a pretty big thrill,” Macguire Agno, Dustin Belknap, Evan Blake, Dane Caruso said. “They had a lot of fun. Campbell, Nick Decker, Camden Hughes, Thomas The Manatees were gracious enough Kaye, Tyler Madl, Bill Moser, Josh Short, Caleb to offer that up and it was a great Smallwood, Matt Snyder and Zach Taylor experience for them.” Manager: Joe Madl Viera’s Senior All-Stars will open Coaches: Dave Belknap and Dave Blake up tournament play July 6 at Rodes Park in West Melbourne. Also starting 11/12 Softball Mary Fentress, Corrin Flajole, Daphne Furman, play were the 11/12 softball, 11/12 Brianna Hatley, Zoie Hatley, Madison Headley, Taylor baseball and Juniors baseball teams. Jensen, Summer Johnson, Livi King, Olivia Nimmo, The 9/10 softball, 9/10 baseball Lauren Rozic and Katie Shine and 10/11 baseball teams started Manager: Paul Rozic their tournament play June 22. Coaches: Jen Underwood Among the top players for this year’s Seniors team are Nathan Beck, 11/12 Baseball Eric Adler, Andrew Brait, Nick Durgin, Brady a pitcher and power hitter; Devon Janssen, Carson Janssen, Zach Kornick, Connor Pishalski, another top pitcher and Leary, Joe Malatino, Tyler Pruett, Trey Schaneville, catcher Anthony Martinez. Jackson Taylor and Joe Veltri Other key players include Nick Manager: Brandon Taylor Bados, Alex Brait, Evan Hall, Ryley Coaches: John Malatino and Bobby Pruett Howe, Bailey Hewatt, Brody Legate, Juniors Baseball Hunter Savage and Christian Jake Barrett, Alex Balsitis, Mason Behrens, Cameron Smallwood. Cannon, Kyle Dentmon, Brannon DiMare, Abie Lind, “We’ve got a dynamite team,” Matthew Pillado, Michael Rusnak, J.T. Santos, Alexi Caruso said. “I think we can do it. I think we can advance. I’ve got a lot of Shytle and Casey Smithwick pitching — seven, eight pitchers. Ray Manager: Jason Allen (Morin), the pitching coach is doing a Coaches: Steve Rusnak and Shannon Smithwick Seniors Baseball phenomenal job. “Defensively, we’re sound. We’re not Nick Bandos, Nathan Beck, Alex Brait, Evan Hall, Ryley Howe, Bailey Hewatt, Brody Legate, Anthony a dynamite hitting team, but we’re Martinez, Devon Pishalski, Hunter Savage and there. We can hit. We play small ball Christian Smallwood — lots of singles, lots of doubles. Manager: Bobby Caruso We’ve got speed, too.” VV Coaches: Ray Morin and Matt Brait By Carl Kotala

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Choice of plans required for Medicaid seniors By George White

Medicaid recipients in longterm care have an important choice to make by July 18, or, after a 90-day tryout period, they may have to live for a year with the choice made for them by state administrators. The choice between four plans is being required because the Florida Medicaid program is in the process of implementing a new system through which Medicaid enrollees will receive longterm care (LTC) services, called the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Long-term Care Program. Long-term care plans available for Brevard County include: American Elder Care, Coventry, Sunshine and UnitedHealthcare. “This is a big transition for the state and for the participants as well. There has been a lot of planning but it’s finally here,’’ said Michelle Dahnke, communications director for the Agency for Healthcare Administration. In Brevard County, part of Region 7, the July 18 choice between four plans will take effect Aug. 1. Other counties in Region 7 include Orange, Osceola and Seminole. “We’ve made an effort to get out and talk about what that change means. Our goal is to help about 10,000 people in Region 7 make the choice,’’ she said. There are three ways to get information and to enroll in the LTC plan of your choice. You can call 1-877-711-3662 and speak with a choice counselor from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday or go to anytime to compare plans. From the call center or the website, you can also submit a request to meet with a choice counselor face-to-face.

If you find that the LTC plan you’ve chosen is not a good fit, you can change plans anytime in the first 90 days after enrollment. After the 90-day period, you are locked into that plan until the open-enrollment period in the following year unless you have a good reason for changing sooner. After the initial 12-month period, recipients can also change plans during an open enrollment period. Counselors are available to help but recipients are “really encouraged to make an action plan’’ to be sure the transition goes smoothly, Dahnke said. The new plan is required to continue existing services unabated for up to 60 days, or until the recipient receives a comprehensive assessment and a new plan of care is developed, she said. In making the decision, recipients should ask themselves, or a counselor: 1. What services do I think I need? Assisted living? Home health care? 2. Which plan has the providers I currently use or think I will need? 3. Are the providers I need part of the plan? “It’s not just a random program. We look at the current provider. We don’t want anybody to have to move from where they’re living because of the program,’’ Dahnke said. Information on the plans available and on how to choose a health plan can be found at Updates about the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care program are posted at Questions about the program can be emailed to FLMedicaidManagedCare@ Speak with a choice counselor weekdays at 1-877-711-3662. VV

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Ben Wadler throws out the first pitch at a Brevard County Manatees game. It was Wadler’s 100th birthday. He is accompanied by his son, Dan.

Forget candles, 100 year old celebrates birthday in Viera with first pitch By Carl Kotala

As a boy, Ben Wadler used to hang out by the players’ entrance at the old Yankee Stadium. That’s where he met none other than Babe Ruth. “Every day he came in, he saw a group that said, ‘Hi, Babe.’ He’d say, ‘Hiya, boys,’” Wadler recalled. “I was 13 years old.” On June 19, Wadler had the opportunity to celebrate his 100th birthday in a very memorable way. With his wheelchair rolled out near home plate at Space Coast Stadium by his son,

Dan, Wadler threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Brevard County Manatees game against the Lakeland Flying Tigers. Clad in his Yankees jacket, Wadler threw the ball to Manatees player Chadwin Stang. Moments later, Wadler was up in a suite with his son, daughter-in-law and a few other residents from Southland Suites, an assisted living facility in Melbourne. He was still holding his autographed ball. It was certainly a big honor, and a big moment for a lifelong baseball fan.

Kevin Soto, the Manatees’ director of promotions and community relations, said he had never heard of someone as old as Wadler getting a chance to throw out the first pitch. “It’s a really cool experience,” Soto said. “People really enjoy it and we’re happy we’re a part of it. A gentleman turning 100 years old … he’s a big baseball fan. He met Babe Ruth. “Just doing something that special for him is really crucial for us. I think it really makes people’s day. It’s something we enjoy doing.”VV

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Pollo Tropical opens to beach party fanfare By linda wiggins

The wait for a popular Miamibased, Caribbean-themed restaurant in Viera is over. “Pollo Tropical is excited to open its second location in the Melbourne area,” said chief operating officer Danny Meisenheimer. The chain has a store in Palm Bay, but now one of its biggest fans won’t have so far to drive. “Everyone who knows me knows I love going to Pollo Tropical,” said Laura Kunde of Suntree, snacking on opening day fare that included her favorite grilled chicken marinated

in eatery’s trademark tropical citrus flavors and spices. Her son Kale’s favorite? The famous macaroni and cheese. “I can’t believe we have one right around the corner now,” she said. Festivities at the June 14 beach party-themed event included a chance to win free food for a year and other prizes, live music by local DJ personalities and a unique landbased surfing contest. The restaurant is located at 6531 Lake Andrew Drive, north of Longhorn Steak House. For more information, go to pollotropical. com.VV

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Pollo Tropical employees are ready for the doors to open for the first time.

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Management staff at Pollo Tropical are all smiles during a Media Day event. Pollo Tropical management staff from left: Manuel Soto, Terry Martin, Kelly McCabe and Al Meneses welcome media the day before opening to the public.

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The Brevard Federated Republican Women will hold its meeting at the Holiday Inn Melbourne-Viera on Wednesday, July 3 with networking and socializing at 11 a.m. Speaking and programs will follow at 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be served to those who made reservations in June. The Milsap family, which has educated, fostered and adopted children in their home for many years, will provide a presentation about homeschooling. Three of the Milsap children, who are members of the Teenage Republicans (TARS), will discuss their experiences from the recent TARS convention. Brevard Federated Republican Women sponsored the area teens and made it possible for them to attend the convention in Orlando. At the convention, they attended workshops, heard renowned speakers and met with legislators. The Brevard TARS also received an award for its 2012 campaign activity. All Republican women and men are invited to attend the July 3 meeting, with a special invitation to Republican women and men who are new to the area and those interested in learning more about Republican activities and issues in the community. The Holiday Inn is located at 8298 N. Wickham Rd. For moreinformation go to or call 321-727-1212.VV

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Viera event leads to mass pet adoptions By Lisa Stella

The SPCA of North Brevard, the Central Brevard Humane Society of Cocoa, South Animal Care Center of Melbourne and North Animal Care Center of Titusville combined efforts and hosted the inaugural “Rescue Me,” Adoption Event at Viera Regional Park June 1. The event, which resulted in the adoption of 104 animals for a reduced fee of $25, offered the animals a day outside the shelters and for families to meet dogs or cats from VIERA VOICE Jill Gaines VIERA VOICE Jill Gaines different facilities. Marjie Fox with Diesel, who Many of the dogs performed “It is so important to have is still available for adoption. tricks. pets on display at community

events because people can get to know them and fall in love,” said Debra Cantwell, adoption coordinator and manager with SPCA of North Brevard. “People who came were looking for a pet to adopt, so it was just a matter of connecting with the right one.” The June 1 event brought families and pets together with the assistance of many volunteers and staff members from the four agencies. It offered the opportunity for potential forever families to see the animals in a more natural environment. Staff members were on hand to assist with the adoption

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process while volunteers walked around with puppies and adult dogs that were available for adoption. Cats and kittens were stationed under tents. Individuals and families were able to walk around and socialize with the animals to find their perfect match. Community festivals and other events not billed as adoption opportunities are important in connecting with pets in need of a home, Cantrell added. “Families who don’t even know they are looking for a pet can bond with one and decide to open their home for a lifelong commitment.” VV

We all want to keep our pets safe. But what most of us don’t realize is that there are many harmful things right in our homes that can be dangerous to them. Some of these items may be obvious, but others are not, and can be equally hazardous. We will go over some more common, and less common items here, so you can become more educated in keeping your pet safe.


Most of us recognize the potential dangers of household chemicals such as anti-freeze and rat killers (rodenticides). Anti-freeze, or ethylene glycol, ingestion can initially cause inebriation, nausea and vomiting, potential seizures, and then acute kidney failure. Here in Florida, we don’t see as many cases of anti-freeze toxicity because of the year-long warm weather. However, we have enough snow-birds in our area to warrant its mentioning. Rat killer, or rodenticide, ingestion is a more common problem in our area. Often, the ingestion has been witnessed and care is more immediate. In this case, a more preventative therapy is started. If the animal has clinical signs, the one most disturbing and often dangerous is bleeding. Both of these toxicities can be successfully treated, but the quicker treatment can begin, the better the prognosis.

A more common concern for bird owners is the danger of Teflon, or polytetrafluoroethylene. This is a common coating to many cooking pots and pans. As this material is heated while cooking, the fumes can cause your bird to experience difficulty breathing. Birds are extremely sensitive to these fumes and can rapidly progress from difficulty breathing to death, even with proper treatment. As the prognosis for birds exposed to these fumes is poor, we highly recommend not using Teflon coated cookware if you own a bird. As harmful as flea infestations can be, it is important to use the correct chemical prevention for your pets. Cats are particularly sensitive to pyrethrins, which are common ingredients in “dog-only” spot-ons, shampoos, dips, foggers and sprays. These product labels should be read carefully to ensure their proper usage because, if given to a cat, they can cause serious complications such as: hypersalivation, muscle tremors, vomiting, seizures and even death. In our area, flea prevention is a must, so just make sure you talk to your veterinarian about the product that is right for your cat.


Most of us love to eat, and many of us enjoy sharing with our pets. So, we will

next look at some common foods we should avoid sharing with our pets. We are all familiar with the “nochocolate” rule. Chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine, both of which are methylxanthines. The amount of methylxanthine present in chocolate depends on the type of chocolate. In general, the less sweet the chocolate, the more dangerous it could be. This means milk chocolate may be less toxic than semisweet, semi-sweet less toxic than baking chocolate. Signs may include fast heart rate, tremors, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures and death. The amount ingested also makes a difference, so if your pet gets into any type of chocolate, call your veterinarian right away to find out the proper way to treat. While grapes and raisins are a great snack for us, it’s not a good choice for our pets. Dogs are the more likely victim here. This toxicity can cause kidney failure with a very small dose. Onions can also be a serious problem in dogs and cats, although it has been reported in other species as well, causing potentially severe anemia. A more recent food toxicity is Xylitol. This sugar alcohol is used as a sweetener in food products, commonly gum. It causes low blood sugar and can progress to liver failure if not treated properly. A common household listing will continue in August. VV

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Holy Trinity students artwork published in Aerie International literary magazine SPECIAL TO VIERA VOICE

Art students at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy were recognized for their work in the 2013 Aerie International literary magazine, Cathy Rodby, Fine Arts Department chair, announced. The annual student international literary magazine showcases poems, short fiction, creative nonfiction, photographs and art of all varieties. The fine art submissions are selected from a worldwide variety of applications. Lorilee EvansLynn is the creative writing

teacher at Big Sky High School, Mont. and doubles as the advisor for Aerie-Big Sky. Veronica Paniccia’s drawing entitled “Suspension” was selected as the cover art. She graduated in May. Tyler Espling’s ceramic pieces entitled, “Transition,” “Destruction,” and “Destruction #42” were selected for the magazine. He also graduated in May. Yue (Lily) Li’s drawing entitled, “Abstraction of Noise” and “Confusion” were selected for the magazine, along with an interview with Yue. The interview gives Yue’s

unique perspective of being an international student with a disability and how she has been inspired through art. She also was part of the 2013 graduating class. A copy of Aerie International will be available for viewing in The Eleanor Baird Library at Holy Trinity’s Pineda campus. The Pineda campus is located at 5625 Holy Trinity Drive, Melbourne. For more information, contact Tiffany Sergis at 321-723-8323 or VV

Above: Confusion, oil on wood by Yue Li. Left: Transition, abandoned object inspired Raku pottery by Tyler Espling.

‘Hairspray’ auditions attract young thespians


The King Center for the Performing Arts of Brevard Community College in partnership with the Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse conducts a five-week summer theatre project for students from high school freshmen to college juniors. At the culmination of their summer study program students will perform “Hairspray” at the King Center. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 21. Call 321-433-5717 for more information. VV

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Police chief shows off winning moves as Viera dancers sparkle By Linda Wiggins

Joe Hellebrand will have quite the reputation to live down amongst his crew of officers at Port Canaveral Port Authority, as well as the police chief’s peers among local law enforcement agencies. He was named top twirler at the Dancing With Brevard fundraiser to benefit KLD and the at-risk youth served by the nonprofit school, along with his dancer partner, Jia Campbell, an instructor at Suntree’s

Melbourne Ballroom. The June 1 Brevard event was held at an Orlando venue to accommodate the large audience that has grown during its nine seasons. Hellebrand is a 35-year veteran of Brevard County law enforcement, retiring from the Melbourne Police Department in 2009 to launch the Port Authority, Florida’s first Seaport Police Department. While spending weeks and months indoors practicing, the event program calls Hellebrand a proud parent

and grandparent who “enjoys spending his spare time outdoors.” Campbell originally trained in her native China and has won competitions there and in the United States. Though well-versed in all forms of ballroom dance, her forte is the International Latin Style. Her husband, Colin, is stationed at Patrick Air Force Base. They have two children, Rowena, 7, and Ethan, 4. It was her first time competing at Dancing with Brevard. Coming in at second


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Lance Sexton. McDonough spent her younger years competing in ballet, tap and jazz. She moved to Brevard County in 1999 with her husband Steve. Her son, Evan, is following in her footsteps in the field of finance at Stetson University, while her 9-yearold daughter, Erin, shares her love of performing dance. Sexton is the owner of Melbourne Ballroom and plans to expand the Suntree business to include a competition-size dance floor. For more information on KLD or to find about competing in the 2014 event, go to VV


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YARD SALE TO BENEFIT CHILD Suntree Garden Club 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Proceeds from a Library yard sale 8 a.m. to 1 Suntree/Viera 321- 255-4404 p.m. Saturday, July 20 will benefit a Viera girl with an aggressive cancer. Location is Perrone Court, 1899 Murrell Rd., Rockledge. Call 321- 266-3998


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Manuel (Manny) Maldonado came to Brevard County recently to manage the new Chase Bank on Stadium Parkway in Viera. Maldonado is originally from Tampa. He worked at Chase Bank for two years prior to being offered the position at the bank in Viera. As one of 5,600 branches nationwide, Chase offers him the ability to grow with the company and work with what he refers to as an“excellent” staff.

April Nichols has been with Chase Bank for eight years. She moved to the Viera branch 15 months ago when it first opened. Her goal is to build a large client base and serve them well. She won one of the coveted National Achiever Awards that Chase hands out annually to 15 percent of its customer service representatives. With more than 30,000 employees nationwide, that is a great achievement.

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Nicki A. Biamonte, CLTC, and Thomas C. Wilson, LUTCF financial services representatives and special needs planners with MetLife’s Special Needs Symposium July 29 to 31 at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes in Orlando. The three-day conference will provide education and training opportunities for participants and is packed with an array of workshops and guest speakers who will offer tips and best practices to assist in the representative’s professional development and growth. Biamonte and Wilson work in the Suntree office at 150 Interlachen Rd.

Ayad B. Saad joins Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Morgan Stanley announced that Ayad B. Saad has joined the firm’s Wealth Management office in Suntree/Viera at 8150 N. Wickham Road, as a Vice President, Financial Advisor. Formerly with Edward D. Jones for 15 years, Saad currently lives in Melbourne with his family.

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Leslie StrausFowler started in March as the Suntree Master Homeowners Association board’s new director of the Parks and Recreation Committee. Receptive to new ideas, StrausFowler said she will build on the tremendous success of events at SMHA’s park on Spyglass Hill Road. In June, the first-ever food truck festival included live music. New events on the horizon include a community grill-off.

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Steven Aylmer is another relationship banker who has earned the national Achiever Award. He has been with Chase Bank for three years and joined the Viera Branch when it opened. Previously, he worked at the bank office off Wickham Road at Post Commons. His goal is to be the best relationship banker possible and to increase his client base. When not working, Aylmer can be found at the beach surfing.

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Slayman may be thinking about fire chief now, but his sights once were set much lower. Born in Cookeville, Tenn., Slayman’s family moved to Mims in 1985. “I always wanted to be a volunteer firefighter because my father did it for several years starting in 1986. I always thought I’d do something medical, and out of high school went to the University of South Florida for an honors medical program, but it didn’t take long to show that was not for me,’’ he said. Slayman said he had never VIERA VOICE George White thought of firefighting as a Lt. Don Slayman is the new public information officer for Brevard career, but that changed in a County Fire Rescue. pretty dramatic way. Serving as a Mims volunteer from 2002 to 2005 By George White a liaison for information led him to attend Florida between personnel in fire Fire Training Institute Brevard County Fire rescue. I‘m the day-to-day in Melbourne, where he Rescue Lt. Don Slayman, 28, guy. If there was a huge graduated in 2005. He also is now serving in the key role incident, there would be has a bachelor’s degree as the public information additional resources pulled in public administration officer (PIO) for the entire in,’’ he said. and a master’s in business department. He started his threeadministration. A rotating position month PIO rotation April PIO may not be his top within fire rescue, being 29, replacing Lt. Jeff Taylor, a PIO should help give who went back into the field goal, but Slayman believes it will help him along the way. Slayman a comprehensive on Engine 29 in Canaveral “Rotating this (position) understanding of all the Groves. allows people like me various systems as he Because many incidents to learn more about the aspires to climb the ladder involve other agencies, he toward becoming a fire chief. already has met with officials department and to meet “Basically, my main role from Florida Highway Patrol, people within all different areas. Being a PIO definitely now is to get accident Brevard County Sheriff’s puts another tool in my information out to the Office and the Florida toolbox.’’ he said. VV media, but I also serve as Division of Forestry.

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Deuk Spine leads the way for new facility on Baytree and Spyglass

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Deuk Spine Institute’s successful Viera location has spawned plans for a much larger medical complex nearby to be called Health Center of Viera. The current facility at 8043 Spyglass Hill Rd., Suite 101, is only about 5,000 square feet, said Karen Foley, Human Resources Generalist for Deuk Spine Institute and Brevard Heart and Vascular, which also is located there. Physicians involved in Deuk Spine Institute include Dr. Ara J. Deukmedjian, Dr. Bharat C. Patel, and Dr. Vijay Katukuri. Physicians involved in Brevard Heart & Vascular Institute include Hong Jeong, MD. The new health center will be located at the corner of Baytree Blvd. and Spyglass Hill Rd. and will feature a 20,000-square-foot building for Deuk Spine, Brevard Heart and Vascular, doctors’ offices and an Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) to be called Surgery Center of Viera, Foley said. “We had definitely outgrown the current space. We started out with about 20 staff and now we have 47,’’ Foley said. The new center also will feature a second, 24,000-square-foot building for diagnositics and other medical-related purposes, Foley said. “Current plans include state-of-the-art medical imaging, clinics and a surgery center capable of performing the most

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Forty-seven employees will move into Deuk Spine Institute’s new 20,000-square-foot building to be called the Health Center of Viera.

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Financial planner Daniel Moisand advocates for investors’ rights By Maria Sonnenberg

In 2005, during his tenure as president of the Financial Planning Association, Viera financial planner Daniel Moisand was fed up with the effect of the socalled “Merrill Lynch Rule,” which exempted fee-based brokerage accounts from being regulated under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 because their investment advice, though given, was nevertheless considered incidental. “We thought it was improper,” said Moisand. “If you hold yourself as an advisor, they should be regulated as such, but that wasn’t necessarily the case.” In a classic case of David versus Goliath, Moisand and the FPA sued the Securities and Exchange Commission… and won, in what was to be a critical moment for the financial planning industry. Daniel Moisand, says he has little patience for financial companies that put themselves ahead of their clients and provide cookie cutter advice. Personal finance is, after all, highly personal, and planners have to be not just able number-crunchers, but also sensitive and ready to respond to client’s needs and personalities. “When you are giving investment advice, you have a duty,” said Moisand, a principal with Moisand Fitzgerald Tamayo in Suntree. “People work to make money and they save money to take care of themselves and others. A financial plan helps to ensure they will be ready. Uncertainty in the financial markets makes having an advocate for your interests even more essential. Moisand has grown up, at least career-wise, with the financial planning industry. In 1989, when he received his bachelor’s degree in finance from Florida State University, financial planning was still in its infancy. “The only way to enter the field was to sell products for a large financial institution,” he said. “It was obvious to me at an early age that people were having a hard time making financial decisions. It is not something people study in school.” Moisand sold insurance for a year before joining a

large broker/dealer. In 2000, he struck out as a fee-only financial planner. His affection for the Space Coast began as a seventh grader at Satellite Beach’s DeLaura Middle School, where he met Kelly Kimball, whose locker was in the same block. The couple, married in 1991, are parents of 17-year-old Megan and Josh, 15, both students at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy in Suntree. When not advocating for his profession, Moisand can be found cheering his children in volleyball and lacrosse, traveling with his family to Europe, South Africa and Japan, among other far-flung locales and, as he puts it, “playing some very bad golf.” Except for a stint in North Carolina, the family has made Brevard County its home, in no small part because both Daniel and Kelly’s parents live in the Viera/Suntree area. As far as business goes Moisand sees no slacking for his financial planning field as the baby boomers ease into retirement. “The boomer generation is much more comfortable with investing than the prior generation, which is more comfortable with saving, but, in reality, you need to do both,” he said. Moisand Fitzgerald Tamayo is located at 6767 N. Wickham Rd., Suite 215. For more information, call 321-253-5400 or visit VV

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has given him an effective outlook on areas to help the public. “What’s different about us is that we’re not a high-end retailer and we’re not your regular, old run-of-the-mill gun shop. We don’t want our customers turned off by the stigmas and stereotypes out there. We want to create an environment that welcomes education, not just sales.’’ Twin Rivers Gunworks will have the Space Coast’s only virtual simulator open to the public. “It will project an image on the wall and trick the brain to move into the environment,’’ Coppola said. “It can’t hurt you. It will take the fears and anxieties away that you might feel on a gun range.’’ The virtual simulator will feature speed drills, fact-action drills, closequarter battle drills and target-discrimination exercises. Each shooter will be able to work on their skills with either inert or recoil-producing platforms. Only the student and the instructor will be in the small room. “Crawl, walk and run starts

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Twin Rivers Gunworks hopes area women will consider a new type of Ladies Night when the store opens this month. The National Shooting Sports Federation reports a 73 percent increase in gun ownership among females from 2005 to 2011. Twin Rivers Gunworks wants women to feel comfortable with their selection of firearm. “Women and people with aversions to firearms have been neglected,’’ said Tyson Coppola, the owner of the new Rocklege business located at 634 Barnes Blvd. in Suites 130 to 132. “For me, it’s fun and a hobby. We need a place where women can come in and feel that they’re being listened to rather than spoken at.’’ Coppola, who plans to move from Winter Springs to Rockledge this month, worked 10 years for the Rockledge Police Department. That stint combined with several years of military training and other law enforcement areas

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Neighbor complaints probably generate the greatest number of phone calls from association residents to a property manager. “My neighbor won’t pick up the dog doo.” “My neighbor parks his pick-up truck outside.” “The neighbor kids blast the stereo at two in the morning.” “The neighbor’s grass is two feet tall.” “They leave garbage cans out all day.” “Who allowed my neighbor’s 65-pound Rottweiler”? In most associations, these complaints fall under the category of deed restriction enforcement. Association documents usually spell out, in detail, how these types of situations are handled. Your property manager should meet with the board of directors, review the documents and establish a written enforcement policy. Typically, this policy consists of the property manager or board member verifying that there actually is a violation. Often, a friendly personal visit will solve the problem and the issue is closed. Sometimes boards prefer to do the entire process in writing. Once the violation is confirmed, a friendly letter is sent to the offending neighbor explaining the nature of the problem. It is important that this first letter establish that this is a violation


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The Barrier Island Center will host its annual fundraiser beginning Saturday night, July 27 with a social and silent auction. Local musicians set the backdrop for the celebration with wine, beer, finger food and education. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $20 at with a limited number at the door for $35. Funds support the sea turtle population. Early on Sunday morning, July 28, a loggerhead sea turtle will be fitted with a transmitter and released to begin the Tour de Turtles Race, along with approximately a dozen turtles released at the same time throughout the Western Hemisphere. The first to swim 1,600 miles is declared the winner. Last year, 800 people attended the Tour de Turtles to watch the turtle head toward the sea. Most people cheered, some cried, some waved, but almost all took photos of the historical event. For details, call 321-723-3556 or visit VV

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Enchanted Forest Sanctuary Management and Education Center presents it’s second annual Creepy Crawly Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 13. The Enchanted Forest is affiliated with Brevard County’s Environmentally Endangered Lands Program. Discover the world of insects, snakes, bats and other creepy crawlies through guided walks, hands-on activities, including a buggy snack. The event is free but a suggested donation of $1 will help keep programs going at the Enchanted Forest, which is located at 444 Columbia Blvd. in Titusville. For more information, call 321-264-5185 or visit efs. VV6th Annual SPACE COAST WOMEN’S 6th Annual SPACE COAST WOMEN’S



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The black skimmer is the only American representative of the skimmer family. It is a graceful creature with an approximate 4-foot wingspan. Both Florida coasts provide year-round habitats, such as rivers, sandy beaches, estuaries and even tidal debris. Colonies are established and vary from several birds to thousands. This bird is exceptionally equipped to feed. In the daytime, the catlike vertical pupils can close to protect the retina from the glare of sand and water. However, hunting is generally in low light and darkness, when small fish approach the surface. Conveniently, large and fully-dilated pupils sharpen night vision. Yet, most advantageous is the unique bill. It is laterally flattened and knife-like, with

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