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Dancing trumps shyness for cause By linda wiggins

VIERA VOICE Linda Wiggins

Businessman Samir Patel and dancer Taylor Gallaher hope their performance wins the gold for KLD at-risk youth at the 2014 Dancing With Brevard event at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 31 at Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando.

As owner and general manager of the Holiday Inn Melbourne-Viera Conference Center, Samir Patel is best known as a quiet, hard-working businessman. So when he accepted the invitation to perform in the Dancing With Brevard 2014 fundraiser on Saturday, May 31, it took some by surprise. “At first he was very stiff and timid,” said Taylor Gallaher, his professional dance partner and instructor at Melbourne Ballroom in Suntree. “I thought, my goodness, this is not going to work out, and here I want him to do a swing routine where he has to be really out there, jumping around and extroverted.” What made Patel step out of his comfort zone to help at-risk teens served by the KLD Youth Foundation school on Merritt Island, which will benefit from the event? “I get asked a lot to help out in the community, and when it is something I feel is vitally important, I usually don’t say no,” said Patel, whose friends on the KLD board urged him to take part. “But yes, I am best known for serving behind the scenes and I am very low key,” said Patel, who serves a similar population as a member of the Brevard board for Devereux Florida, which has a residential school in Viera for children with emotional challenges. Several months and many lessons and rehearsals later, look out. We are going to see a Patel that will knock the socks off viewers, Gallaher said. “That determination to succeed in business? He applies it to learning our dance routine,” Gallaher said. “People have to come and watch because they won’t believe what their eyes are seeing.” The more tickets sold, the more money donated, and the more people who vote for Patel and Gallaher, the greater chance

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There’s just something about a group of elementary school teachers getting together for a couple of softball games that makes the atmosphere at Space Coast Stadium become electric. “There’s an energy that you can’t even quantify,” said Manatee Elementary School sixth-grade teacher and team captain, Todd Zgonc. The 11th annual Faculty Softball Game is set for May 29. This year’s games feature a pair of rematches from last year. Quest Elementary will play Ralph Williams Elementary at 6 p.m., followed by Manatee vs. Golfview Elementary at 7:15. “This being the last night of the school year, I think we’re going to have so many families that are ready for the end of the school year,” said Golfview’s Kevin Howkins, who is co-captain with Mike Fitzpatrick. “Let’s have fun, let’s go out and let’s have a fun night at the ballpark.

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The 11th annual Faculty Softball Game will take place May 29 at Space Coast Stadium. Quest Elementary plays Ralph Williams Elementary at 6 p.m., followed by Golfview and Manatee at 7:15. Pictured are team captains from left, Katie Caruso and Lori Kessel from Quest, Kevin Howkins from Golfview, Erin McMullen from Ralph Williams and Todd Zgonc from Manatee.

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Though the game is not classified as a fundraiser, proceeds will benefit all four schools. Presale tickets are $2 at the schools and come with a coupon for a free Chick-fil-A Nuggets Kid’s Meal (fourcount). Tickets will be $3 at the gate. Brevard County Manatees mascot Manny the Manatee will be on hand along with the Chick-fil-A cow. Wuesthoff Heath Systems, Perry Fiberglass and Chick-fil-A are the game’s sponsors. Concession stands will be open. Manatee has played in the game for all 11 years, while Quest and Ralph Williams will be making their 10th appearances and Golfview will be making its second. Some schools make up T-shirts while others, like

Manatee, will have baseball cards with the teachers’ photos on them. Zgonc said this year’s cards are themed after the 1975 Topps set. “The kids love it,” Ralph Williams Elementary captain Erin McMullen said. “Honestly, it’s one of our biggest school (events). It’s a fun night out. We have a good school community, so it really helps build that rapport. Everybody gets really hyped for it.” It may a great night for families, but as Quest cocaptains Lori Kessel and Katie Caruso pointed out, it’s a fun time for the teachers, custodians and other school staff members as well. “We’re together every day within the school, but it’s nice to really have that connection on the field, getting to know (each other),” Kessel said. VV

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The Viera Company will host its 20th annual Great American Celebration beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 5. The event kicks off with a Brevard Manatees game at Space Coast Stadium, followed by fireworks. Calvary Chapel of Melbourne, adjacent to Space Coast Stadium, will host a free Phil Vassar concert following the game. Tickets to the game are $30 and include VIP seats for the Phil Vassar concert, an all-you-can-eat barbecue and a 20th annual event T-shirt. Only 400 tickets are available and they go on sale May 15 at Families that do not wish to attend the baseball game are invited to bring picnic blankets and chairs to the grounds of Calvary Chapel to enjoy the fireworks that will start approximately at 9 p.m. and the Phil Vassar concert that follows. No tickets are necessary for this option, and it is free. A prize will be awarded for the best picnic setup. People who live outside of Viera are encouraged to attend, too. “The goal here is to produce a quality event for Viera residents, and also welcome in people outside the community,” said Joane Dowd, the event’s architect. “I really hope to create a synergy for everyone who attends.” Dowd moved to the Viera area nine months ago from Orlando and produced the first-ever Light Up Viera event in November. That event saw 600 local volunteers, mostly Calvary Chapel parishioners, and professional parade floats that kicked off the holiday season in revelry. She is already planning this year’s event that will be held on November 29, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. “We already have a community partner who has donated $150,000 to make Light Up Viera a success this year, and plenty of new ideas this year too,” she said. For more information on the upcoming event, go to VV

Linear Park trail opens By George White

Brevard Zoo and county recreation officials used the official opening of the 1.1-mile Brevard Zoo Linear Park trail to announce that funding has been secured for phase two. Dignitaries and zoo supporters gathered for the April 4 ribboncutting ceremony followed by a group hike south from a new parking lot for trail users. First up was Jack Masson, county parks and recreation director. “Today is an exciting day. I feel like a proud papa of my firstborn,’’ he said. County Commissioner Mary Bolin Lewis praised Masson for his work on the project and also thanked the citizens of Brevard County who voted in 2000 for the Parks and Recreation referendum which provided some of the $3.2 million needed for the first-phase project. “This is just the first phase and there’s more to come,’’ she said. To that end, county officials announced the availability of $3 million for the phase two extension of the trail to

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The Linear Park trail, made from recycled plastic planking, seems to stretch on forever although at phase one, it is currently 1.1 miles.

the Pineda Extension. Phase three takes the trail south to Turtlemound Road in Melbourne. Zoo executive director Keith Winsten was one on the trail after the ceremony. “This day actually represents a culmination of a lot of years of work supporting our mission to connect people with nature. It

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Brevard County Parks and Recreation Director Jack Masson addresses the crowd at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

gets us out in beautiful Florida habitat, right along I-95 of all places. It really gets you out and shows you what’s in your own backyard,’’ he said. “Like many young communities, we don’t have those big connectors. This will be a connector where you can get on your bike in Viera and ride all the way to the beach. For us, that’s awfully exciting,’’ he said. The land for the trail was donated by A. Duda and Sons with a large pond donated by S&S Enterprises. The zoo will maintain the trail, which is constructed from durable recycled plastic planking. As part of the agreement between the zoo and the county, zoo patrons will get the use of the new parking spaces near the trailhead. The zoo also will operate concessions for bike rentals. The trail will be open during the zoo’s normal operating hours. It is open to the public and no zoo entry is required. VV

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cover story they will have at taking home the trophy that night at Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando. Of course, the performance counts, but even then, personality can trump technical skills, said Gallaher, whose family settled in Melbourne when her father retired from Patrick Air Force Base. “On the day of the competition it’s very stressful, so you have to remember to have a good time,” she said. “That’s really what the judges are looking for, a performance that is fun to watch.” Their success will not be

stood up unexpectedly. Matter occupied the same place at the without cost. Sore muscles are same time. one thing, but bruises and risk The “beatings” always end of serious injury are another in laughter, often with them matter. And that’s just for both falling in a heap after a Gallaher. failed lift, spin and catch that “He literally has dropped me crumbles along the way. Patel on my butt multiple times,” said credited Gallaher’s tenacity: Gallaher, who attended Eastern “She has turned my three left Florida State College and feet to just one.” graduated from the University It’s helpful that Patel has an of Central Florida with a degree athletic background. He was in elementary education. This a Merritt Island High School set off a verbal volley for who standout, currently plays golf hurts the other the most. and other sports and hits the “She beats me up all the gym regularly. time!” Patel countered. Gallaher Patel said his upbringing has then remembered the time a lot to do with his work ethic she went for a powerful high and desire to give back through kick over Patel’s head, but he KLD. His parents immigrated to Florida in 1980 directly from the state of Gujarat in India, a predominantly Hindu region to the southwest known for a gentle, hardworking people. Nick and Jackie Patel maintained their conservative,

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traditional values, yet all three sons — Samir is the oldest at 30 — were born on U.S. soil and immersed in Western culture. “I got the best of both worlds,” said Patel, who followed father Nick into the family business. They also own a Holiday Inn Express in Cocoa and one in Cocoa Beach. Brother Deep shares his acquired business acumen through Deloitte, the world’s largest management consulting firm, while Sunny is in his second year of residency as a doctor. “My parents showed me hard work and caring about other family members, and they placed a very high priority on education,” said Patel, who like Gallaher is a UCF grad but with a degree in businessentrepreneurship and hospitality. “All of these things can turn around the lives of at-

Enter the doors of the Art Gallery of Viera, and you escape into a quiet yet exciting world of unique creations from local artists. Jerry Hanzl, creative director and founding member of the Art Gallery of Viera, is one of those local artists. His forté? Digital collages. A native Clevelander, Hanzl was primarily influenced by his father, who often spent time drawing with Hanzl during his childhood years. Salvador Dali, the Spanish Catalan surrealist painter, and M.C. Escher, the Dutch graphic artist — best known for his mathematically inspired woodcuts, exploration of

infinity and tessellations — are also major influencers of Hanzl’s style. “My work is recreated reality in an unusual way, other than you’d expect,” Hanzl said. Just like the adage, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” Hanzl’s pieces are an amalgamation of 200 or more individual photos, which can take as long as 100 hours to shoot and arrange. When Hanzl was approached by the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science to create a photo collage depicting the history of the Taylors — a pioneering family from Cocoa at the turn of the century — he used a combination of personal family photos along with

historical ones to create three different collages as a gift to the museum, where they are on permanent display. The family-friendly event will be 6 to 9 p.m. on May 10 and will feature music, wine and cheese, and an art demo by multi-media artist Maria Reyes Laughlin, who specializes in graphite, colored pencils and charcoal. “We wouldn’t have such a wonderful local gallery without the support of the people at the The Avenue Viera,” Hanzl said. The Art Gallery of Viera is located at 2261 Town Center Ave., Suite 111. For more information, go to or call 321-504-4343. VV

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suntreeNews Shredding documents helps guard against identity theft

The Suntree Rotary Club will host a document shredding event from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 24 in the parking lot of Joe’s Club at Brevard Alzheimer’s Foundation, 4676 N. Wickham Rd. in Melbourne. The cost is a suggested $10 donation per banker’s box of materials and benefits membership and outreach efforts of the club, which raises money to meet local community needs as well as those supported by Rotary International. “We learned from a recent presentation at our meeting the importance of properly disposing of old paperwork to guard against identity theft or other scams. It’s such a huge, growing problem,” said project chairman Steve Soltesz. Volunteers will be on hand to help unload boxes. For more information on the event, call Soltesz at 814-282-1956. Suntree Rotary meets at 7:30 a.m. each Friday at Suntree Country Club, 1 Country Club Drive in Melbourne. For more information on the club, go to VV

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Suntree parade rocks new route By Mike Gaffey

The Suntree Spring Fling Parade on April 5 was even better than last year, when the popular event returned to the scene after nearly a decade, organizers said. Residents lined the new route from Suntree Elementary School on Jordan Blass Drive, southwest on St. Andrews Boulevard and north on Interlachen Road, ending in a post-parade festival at Interlachen Park. “Everyone really seemed to love the new route. We had no complaints. People seemed to really love the festival afterward,” said Kaye McKinney, community relations manager for the Suntree Master Homeowners Association, which hosted the parade. The band Oceans performed a selection of Top 40 and rock and roll favorites. Concessions were provided by Udo’s Doener Booth and Mr. J’s Ice Cream & More. Winners in the parade lineup were Prestige Title for best float, Waterford Place Viera Voice Mike Gaffey Subdivision for best decorated golf cart, Mathnasium for best car and Ryan and Kristin Mathnasium won for best Tougas for best bicycles. car. For more information, call 321-242-8960.

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The April 15 “blood moon” from a rare type of total lunar eclipse beams down on the Suntree Country Club Golf Course.

Suntree condo community named award finalist The Courtyards condominium community in Suntree has been named a finalist in the Communities of Excellence program, an annual statewide competition for the community associations in Florida by the Florida Community Association Journal. The monthly magazine contains news and feature articles dealing with areas of interest to homeowners association and condo managers, board members and residents. The contest category is “The Comeback Kid,” representing communities that were in decline and where residents and their leadership made decisions and took action to improve aesthetics, become financially sound, improve safety of the residents and restore and increase property values. The winners will be announced at a conference and gala dinner at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando on Friday May, 2. For more information, call 703-568-9689.

2nd annual Beer Run on tap for June 7

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At the second annual Bottoms Up Beer Run, which is set for June 7 at Wickham Park, runners will drink a 4-ounce shot of beer before the race and at three hydration stations before finishing the 4K race with ... what else? Another beer. By Carl Kotala

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Talk about making a beer run. The Spacecoast Associates for the Advancement of Zymurgy (SAAZ) will host the second annual Bottoms Up Beer Run at 6:30 p.m. June 7 at Wickham Park. The 4K run/walk is a perfect combination for people 21 and over who like the idea of getting in a run while also sampling five different homebrews throughout the course. Runners will get a four-ounce shot of beer in a pre-race toast, sing a verse of “99 Bottles of Beer” and then down another shot of beer at the 1K, 2K and 3K marks (best … hydration stations … ever?) before being handed a full beer after crossing the finish line. For those under 21, or who do not wish to drink beer, water will be available along the course. Proceeds from the race will benefit SAAZ and the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which raises money for childhood cancer research. Last year’s inaugural event drew 372 runners and resulted in a $2,500 donation to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. The goal this year is to draw at least 500 runners and double that donation. “They do it in Orlando and Jacksonville and other big cities. That’s where I got the idea,” race director Anne Gregg said. “I thought it would be a good thing for the homebrew club to do this as a fundraiser and partner up with another organization, do something charitable and raise funds for our group so we could do more

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Being medically challenged and bullied in life, yet having the courage to tell her story in a new book aimed at youth, has become the life’s work of Gabrielle “Gabe” Ford of Viera. Her seemingly normal childhood was forever changed at age 12 when she was diagnosed with Freidreich’s ataxis, a degenerative muscle disorder. The disorder caused her to gradually lose coordination in movement and speech, later making her a target for harsh high school bullies and sending her into selfimposed seclusion. Everything changed for the better two years after graduation when Gabe adopted Izzy, a sweetnatured coon dog puppy that immediately became Gabe’s best friend and link to the world around her. When Izzy developed a similar disorder to Gabe’s, the story went national. First, local media, then Animal Planet, the Today Show, Cosmopolitan, Guideposts, the Huffington Post (which dubbed her “The Voice of America’s Bullied”), and Women’s World. Izzy’s memory is being carried on by Gabe’s new coon dog Ilo (Izzy Lives On)


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and the pair continue to serve as motivational antibullying speakers. “I’ve always had a coon hound. After Izzy we got the same breed but she wasn’t mine. Mom surprised me with a puppy on Valentine’s Day 2013. I was shocked. I didn’t think we would get another dog,’’ she said. National media coverage has been encouraging as the anti-bullying message has struck a chord with many, both the bullies and bullied alike. But Ford wants to also share her story and presentation locally, as a way to be part of improving the situation in Viera and in other Brevard cities. “I’d like to be able to be part of the community in this area and I think I can benefit people with my story. It doesn’t matter what age you are, a lot of people can benefit by learning my story,’’ she said. “GABE & IZZY: Standing Up for America’s Bullied” sells for $16.99; ages 9 and up, by Gabrielle Ford with Sarah Thomson. VV



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Learning, teaching karate a ‘lifelong marathon’ for 10th-degree black belt By Mike Gaffey

It’s been a busy spring so far for karate master Robert Scaglione, chief executive officer for Ueshiro ShorinRyu Karate USA. A Viera resident and 10thdegree black belt, Scaglione found time to teach classes at the Viera Regional Park Community Center while preparing for his third trip to Israel to visit Shorin-Ryu karate clubs there. “It’s always nice to visit with the students,” Scaglione said. “It’s good for them and it’s good for me, too.” Scaglione oversees more than 30 Ueshiro Shorin-Ryu clubs worldwide. Born in 1938 in Brooklyn, N.Y., he founded schools in Viera, Suntree, Merritt Island, Titusville, Cocoa and West Melbourne after moving to Brevard County in 1987 following a 20-year career as a New York City police officer. “I worked high-crime, high-hazard areas of New York City,” said Scaglione, who started Okinawan-style Shorin-Ryu training as an officer in 1967 to stay in shape and learn self-defense techniques. Scaglione regularly used some of that training to collar crooks and

often led the department in felony arrests. “I used just enough force to neutralize them,” he said. Shorin-Ryu differs from other forms of martial arts in that it emphasizes natural stances and movements, Scaglione said. Founded in 1962 by Grand Master Ansei Ueshiro, Shorin-Ryu offers belt levels starting at white and advancing to green, brown and black, which has 10 additional levels. Scaglione met Ueshiro after Ueshiro settled in Brooklyn, eventually becoming his right-hand man and helping to establish Shorin-Ryu headquarters in New York City in 1977. “It’s very traditional,” Scaglione said of Shorin-Ryu. “We don’t change anything. A lot of styles change, but we keep it meticulously the same as it was done when Ueshiro brought it here.” Students often include doctors, lawyers, military and police officers, business executives, housewives and children. And hundreds of them have become black belts under Scaglione’s tutelage. His four sons have all earned black belts as well. Scaglione also has written two books: “The Shorin-Ryu Karate Question and Answer

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Hanshi Robert Scaglione, left, director of Ueshiro Shorin-Ryu Karate USA, warms up with David Norman of Viera, a brown belt, before a class at Viera Regional Park Community Center.

Book,” which he co-authored with artist Bill Cummins, and “Building Warrior Spirit.” “It’s a lifelong marathon. That’s the good thing about karate. If it’s done correctly, you don’t injure yourself,” Scaglione said. He noted that Shorin-Ryu doesn’t offer karate tournaments. “They really don’t have any place in karate because it’s not for sport. It’s for development of one’s body, mind and spirit and keeping the body healthy.”

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Hayley Lofton posted a record breaking triple jump (36-10) and is closing in on the long jump mark as well. Freshman pole vaulter Danice Loney tied the school record in the pole vault (9-0). Not only did the Hawks go undefeated at home this season, they also had success at some important meets. The boys took first and the girls second at Holy Trinity, while both teams also won at Vero Beach. The girls won and the boys took second at MCC, and both teams finished third at the Cape Coast Conference meet. Other top performers this season for the Hawks on the boys side include junior sprinter Devin Nixon; sophomore sprinter Tre Nixon; senior pole vaulter Kyle Bishop; junior shot and discus thrower Chris Hernandez; senior intermediate hurdler Anthony Turnof; senior 400-meter runner Paul Cepeda and distance runners junior Morgan Levine and

sophomores Sam Shaffer, Ryan Miller and Chris Montevecchi. On the girls side, senior Fendi Johnson — who just started running intermediate hurdles last year — is among the top runners in Brevard County. Junior Molly Bryan is one of the team’s top distance runners along with sophomore Anna Martin and junior Emily Capley. Senior Andrea Wilson is tops in the 400 meters, while freshman Rouche Moe has had a strong freshman year as a sprinter. Junior Briana Gorbea and sophomore Macy Norton have both done a good job in the sprints and hurdles, while junior Gabby Vassallo has excelled in the hurdles and is part of the 400 relay team. The district and regional meets took place last month. Top finishers qualified for the the Class 4A state meet on May 3 at the University of North Florida. VV



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Evan Enders has always wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps … and by signing his National Letter of Intent to play soccer at Florida Tech last month, the Holy Trinity senior has done just that. “This is huge. It’s exciting,” Enders said. “I’m looking forward to next year, and the years to come.” Holy Trinity’s careerleading goal scorer (60) was one of eight seniors to sign their NLI form last month to ensure they will play at the next level. Marcus Barham will also be staying local, agreeing to play basketball at Eastern Florida State College, while teammate Hector Vazquez signed with Berry College in Mount Berry, Ga. Garrett Heinlen is also headed to Georgia to play football at LaGrange College, while Stephen Ralph signed with Minot State University. Sprinter James Lovett, who owns the school record in the 100 (10,87) and 200 (22.13), is heading to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Taylor Wilson parlayed her time with the Cape Coast Beach Volleyball Club into a scholarship to play for LSU. Gabrielle “Gabby” Dixon

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The Viera East Ladies 9-hole Golf Championship winners honored at an April 24 awards luncheon include Julie Lasata, who won the overall low gross. Club Championship

Flight A winners are Carol Wainwright, first place, Rae White, second; Flight B: Winnie Hillier, first, Jeanne Gianneshi, second; Flight C: Sue Buttner, first, Ellen Price, second; Flight D: Sandy Barbara, first, Liz Anella, second. VV

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April is a special month for golf. The Masters is held in Augusta, Ga. and the start of spring brings better weather around the country. The Viera East Men’s Golf Association (VEMA) held its own inaugural Masters golf tournament for its members, which was held concurrently with its annual VEMA Club Championship. The 36-hole event was held during a twoweek period and an 18-hole playoff was held April 10 to award the coveted green jacket. Bob David won Flight A, Warren Powell prevailed in Flight B, Larry Henris claimed Flight C and Pedro Nartatez won Flight C to set up the 18-hole playoff. Henris went on to win the playoff and the green jacket with a final net score of 72. David was the runnerup. Jim Robinson, the current club president, won the VEMA Club Championship for the second consecutive year. He shot rounds of 82 and 75 to finish at 157, two strokes better than his winning score of a year ago. His gross score was 159. Jim Minsky was second at 80-80 for 160, Bob David carded 164 with rounds of 85 and 79, Gary Shiffrin finished with 81 and 84 for 164, and Mike Piccininni rounded out the top golfers with rounds of 85 and 81 for 166. Viera East Development District chairman Vincent Anella presented trophies to the four flight winners and

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Hawks gearing up for spring football By Carl Kotala

They are coming off the best season in school history and they’ve got 17 returners coming back. As the Viera Hawks prepare for the start of spring football on May 1, their biggest problem is actually a nice one to have — don’t let contentment set in. “That’s kind of been our big push for the offseason, not to let these guys be complacent – 8-2 wasn’t good enough o because we didn’t make the VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala The Viera Hawks are coming off the best season in school history and playoffs,” coach Kevin Mays have 17 starters back as spring football begins. “Things are pretty good said. “We’re trying to keep right now,” coach Kevin Mays said. them hungry.” So far, that hasn’t been an like to find a running back issue. When Mays asked the in interceptions last year. who can spell rising junior Hawks to set their goals for Jordan Stengel will be back Zack Blanch, who had a next season, every single at linebacker, as will fellow breakout sophomore season. rising seniors Taylor Streeter one of them said they want With talented, speedy wide and Hunter Post. Ryley Howe to make the playoffs, which receivers like Devin and Tre would be another first in will be back at defensive end Nixon, plus receiver Nathan school history. along with Hunter VattesFinding a new quarterback Hartnett and linemen Mitch Dixon and defensive tackles Brown, Brian Pickles and will be chief among the Brandon Callahan, Daniel Matthew Martorelli, the decisions the Hawks must Hayasaka, Leland McCloud make before the start of next Hawks will certainly have and Dustin Singletary. season. Rising junior Hayden some firepower. The Hawks play their Defensively, the Hawks Kingston and rising senior spring game on May 22 at are loaded with experience, Devan Lormand are the top Orlando Freedom at 7 p.m. including rising juniors two candidates for the job. “We’ve got a lot of Trevor Merritt and Evan Other areas Mays will experience coming back,” Cruz at cornerback and be looking to fill will be Mays said. “If these guys play rising senior safety Jacob at linebacker and on the like they can, I expect good Kutcher, who led the county offensive line. He would also things.” VV

Harbor City Gymnastics to host annual golf tournament By Carl Kotala

The annual Harbor City Gymnastics Golf Challenge is May 18 at Rockledge Country Club. Proceeds from the fundraising event will support the club’s competition teams as they compete in the state, regional and national championships.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. with a shotgun start set for 8:30. The entry fee comes with a round of golf, cart fees, range balls, a goodie bag and a catered lunch. There will also be prizes and awards. To register, go to rockledgecc. com/HCG. The cost is $75 for a single golfer, and there are sponsorship packages for $100, $400 and $500. VV

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Back Row - from left, Bobby Caruso (manager), Nick Bandos, Hunter Savage, Alex Babineau, Bailey Hewatt, Anthony Martinez, captain, Devon Pishalski, captain, Nick Loyd, Russ Cammarata (assistant coach). Front Row - from left, Brody Legate, A.J. D’Arco, Adam Babineau, Anthony Iannaccone, Ryan Wolford, captain, and Devon Lorentzen. Trey Cooper and Brandon Grace are missing in the photo. The first game is May 3 against Fort Pierce. By Carl Kotala

Big League Baseball in Brevard County … it’s baaack. Manager Bobby Caruso said for the first time in years, district 2 will have Big League Baseball this season. The Big League Team consists of 16 players aged 16 to 18 from the Suntree, Viera and Palm Bay areas. Many of them play for their local high school teams, which are now wrapping up their seasons.

Caruso credited Viera/ Suntree Little League president Cris Smith with embracing and supporting the idea of bringing Big League Baseball back to the district. The team will play its games at Viera Regional Park beginning in May. This year’s team captains are Devon Pishalski, Anthony Martinez and Ryan Wolford. Other players include Brody Legate, Bailey Hewatt, Nick Loyd, Nick Bandos, Anthony Iannaccone, Trey Cooper,

Brandon Grace, Devon Lorentzen, Hunter Savage, AJ D’Arco, Alex Babineau, Adam Babineau and Alex Balsitis. “Our goal this year is to not only play in the state tournament in Tallahassee in early July, but to win and move onto regionals in Fort Lauderdale,” Caruso said. “These guys have played together for years and really love the game of baseball. My job as a manager is easy!” VV

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Sports Notebook By Carl Kotala

HOLY TRINITY BASEBALL At 11-7, the Tigers had already won 10 more games than last season … Freshman Tony Jenkins was hitting a spectacular .604 (32 hits in 53 at-bats) with three homers, 26 RBI and 28 runs scored – all team highs … Another freshman, Jacquel Perry, was hitting .439 … Senior Kerry Sweeney was second with 19 RBI … Senior pitcher Devon Pishalski was 4-2 with 31 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings … s Eighth-grader Jordan Kaplan was 3-1.

HOLY TRINITY LACROSSE A 17-13 loss to a very good Merritt Island team in the district tournament spelled the end of the season for the Holy Trinity boys. Charlie Barger had five goals in that game. Trey Ville had four goals and an assist. Josh Moisand scored twice for the Tigers and Michael Leary and Brian Putnam each scored once. Holy Trinity’s girls beat rival MCC for their only win of the season. McKenna Ville led the Tigers with 15 goals.

HOLY TRINITY SOFTBALL Freshman standout Talia Douglas was leading the Tigers (5-11) with a .524 batting average, three home runs, 14 RBI, 12 stolen bases and an .880 slugging percentage while junior Suzannah Boyle was batting .364 with 10 RBI … Freshman Casey Cohen was batting .324 and was third on the team with 13 runs scored … Senior Maddy Fink, meanwhile, ranked third on the club with six RBI while junior Kelly O’Neil was second with 14 runs scored.

HOLY TRINITY TENNIS Both teams qualified for regionals, with the Holy Trinity girls capturing the district title, while the boys were the runner-up. Unfortunately, that’s where the journey also

ended for both teams. The girls were defeated by Oxbridge Academy of West Palm Beach, while the boys lost to Morningside of Port St. Lucie. It was the final season for key seniors Matt Allison and Spencer Sperando on the boys side and Hannah Shuman and Kendall Kara on the girls side. HOLY TRINITY TRACK & FIELD The boys and girls geared up for the state meet by each winning district championships. Daryth and Gaby Gayles were both double winners. Daryth won the long jump and the 100 meters. Gaby took the 200 and 400. Taya Britten was also a double winner, taking the triple jump and 100 hurdles. Shelby Smith won the 800 and the 1,600. James Lovett won the 200-meter sprint. John Cacciatore led a 1-2-3-4 sweep in the 1,600.

VIERA HIGH BASEBALL A three-way tie for first place between Viera, Melbourne and Martin County led to a draw to decide the seedings for the district tournament. The Hawks drew the No. 2 spot and a date with Melbourne in the first round. Cody Dentmon was leading Viera in hitting with a .424 average. Sebastian Samuels led the Hawks with two home runs and 16 RBI. Pitcher Kyle Hintz was 5-2 with a 2.10 ERA while Alec Neal was 4-1 with a 1.02 ERA.

season end with a 9-4 loss to Martin County in the district tournament … Viera ended the season with a 14-6 record … While it will be tough to say goodbye to senior captains Kate Callinan and Lauren Palombi, the Hawks have a lot to look forward to in the future with top-notch players like juniors Sarah Seibert and Delaney Goff, sophomores Kiana East and Sydney Brooks and freshmen Kaitlyn Jensen and Haley Hinz coming back.

VIERA TENNIS The boys were the district runner-up and went on to play in the regional tournament, where they lost to George Jenkins of Lakeland 4-1. It was a strong showing for a team led by freshmen Nico Fuchs and Nick Granberry. Senior co-captains Darren Turner and John Houlihan, though, will be missed … Viera’s girls lost in the district tournament, but had a strong season led by senior No. 1 player Tori Pinchera and fellow senior Nicole Rivera-Wynter. With players like juniors Gabby Stanifer and Ana Hall returning, the future is bright. VV



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VIERA LACROSSE Alex Lenk had seven assists and scored four goals — including the game winner — as the Hawks defeated Merritt Island 20-14 in the district tournament to book their ticket to the FHSAA tournament. Layne Miller had four goals and five assists and Ty Wallace added four goals and an assist. Viera was to play MCC in the opening round … Nicole Norton and Lauryn Savage scored the only two goals for Viera’s girls in a season-ending loss to Satellite. VIERA SOFTBALL The Hawks saw their

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Viera High School’s Jefferson Club got straight to work when the Titusville chapter of the American Sewing Guild (ASG) needed to move. Titusville’s ASG chapter, who sews for fun as well as doing community service projects, had been operating out of the North Area Adult Education Center. Due to budget cuts, the school had to reduce its usable space, which meant ASG had to find somewhere else to go. They were given the option to move to another school, but that school was going to charge them to be there. “To the school board, I understand, but the cost of doing that was tremendous,” VIERA VOICE Photo said Matthew Susin, teacher Danielle Mauro and Chester Bowles are among the Viera High School and Jefferson Club sponsor at Jeffereson club students to jumped in to help move the sewing club. Viera High School. He and the Jefferson Club tried to get the price reduced, but ended up finding the nonprofit a new location at a church. Then they helped them move. “They came and they assessed everything, and then they immediately started to pack the trucks,” said Marcia Barnaby, president of Titusville’s ASG chapter. “Four pickup trucks and two trailers, and they all had smiles and were having fun and took everything and nobody VIERA VOICE Photo complained.” Student volunteers and ASG members pause during the club relocation. According to Susin, the crew moved 23 folding tables, seven large bookshelves, a huge cutting board table, it,” Susin said. “These kids are commitment to make more various industrialized sewing involved. It’s what they do.” than 600 “wish pillows” per month for Give Kids the World, machines, crate after crate ASG is now happily situated the Jefferson Club plans to of fabrics, several sewing at Holy Spirit Catholic Church present the American Sewing dummies “and the stuff just in Mims. “They’ve been very Guild with a Jefferson Award kept coming.” gracious for us and allowed for Public Service on May 8. The students didn’t mind. us to use the room there, plus For more information about Community service is a way storage,” Barnaby said. the American Sewing Guild, of life for the teenagers in the Because of ASG’s service visit VV Jefferson Club. “They loved projects, particularly its

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Holy Trinity science teacher inspires students By Carl Kotala

It’s Friday in Wes Lovelace’s Field Biology/ Ecology Honors Class at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, and his students know what that means: Time to go out and check the tree frog traps. For the past six years, Lovelace’s students have been weighing, measuring and taking the temperature of the tree frogs which can be found in any of the 100 traps set around the wetlands on school grounds. There are invertebrate traps, too. There are scrub jays and ospreys, and all kinds of different plants and trees. Sure, there are textbooks — two, to be exact. But what makes taking Lovelace’s class fun is that he actually takes the classroom out of the class. After all, he pointed out, you can see it and hear about it, but when you actually do it … that’s when you understand it. “I’m going to tell you right now, I’ve seen such a change in some of the kids,” Lovelace said. “You’ll have some students that, No. 1, might have some trouble on a test in regurgitating information, but boy, when they get outside, they see relationships that other students don’t see.

“(It’s) the kids that have a lot of the book knowledge, basically, versus the child who gets out there and says, ‘Wait a minute, that oak is related to this oak because of the leaf size.’” Students in Lovelace’s class will get to take the ultimate science exploration trip next year. For the second time, a group of Holy Trinity students will accompany Florida Tech professor Dr. Mark Bush on a trip to the Galapagos Islands. The previous trip came during winter break of the 2012-13 school year when 17 students made the trip. “When we went, it was just unbelievable,” Lovelace said. “We saw so much and did so much … we went to the highlands, we went to the volcanoes, they walked through lava tubes and they got to see the tortoises up in the highlands.” Word of the trip must have spread. Two days after posting a signup sheet for next year’s trip, Lovelace and fellow science teacher Stephanie Hendren already had 39 kids put their names in. Unfortunately, Lovelace said, 17 will likely be the most who can make the trip. Spend a few minutes with Lovelace and it’s easy to see why he says he’s still having fun after 20 years at Holy Trinity. His passion


Holy Trinity science teacher Wes Lovelace, left, and senior Brad Weiss inspect a plant known as a Lady Tress near the wetlands on campus. The eco-friendly teacher will lead a group of students on a trip to the Galapagos Islands next year.

and energy are infectious, and that translates to his students. Brad Weiss, a senior who is taking the Field Biology/ Ecology Honors Class, also took an English class from Lovelace several years ago. Weiss described Lovelace as “a great teacher, a great man. I learned a lot from him.” VV VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

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Nearly 200 Viera High School students recently packed the school’s media center and took on the roles of people they admired. The Living Museum event was the culmination of nearly three months of cross-subject research that asked students to choose a person in their future career and conduct research on that person’s life. Students then made posters with photos and important facts on their choices, and pretended to be those people during the event. Parents and other student wandered from

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Wyatt Varnadoe was Cliff Burton, musician and bass guitarist with metal band Metallica.

one display to the next and learned about the famous names through the students’ portrayals. Famous names like Steve Jobs and Jane Addams lined the media center shelves, alongside infamous ones like Pablo Escobar. Teachers Maryann Evans and Arlene Valazquez, along with media specialist Beth Harris, worked with the reading and English students to research and develop their displays and personas. “This is the fourth year we’ve done this and I’m very encouraged at the amount of kids interested in careers in


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science, technology, math and engineering,” Evans said. The students weren’t limited in their selections, though. Categories like hospitality, education and performing arts were also represented. Siulmarie Vazquez chose autism crusader Temple Grandin because she was inspired by her strides in special education. “I want to be a Special Education teacher one day and so learning about Temple Grandin just made sense to me. It was really inspiring,” Vazquez said. Wyatt Varnadoe set up his poster of Metallica bass guitar player Cliff Burton, threw on a long wig and brought his own bass guitar to his Living Museum exhibit. Like Burton, Varnadoe has aspirations of playing the guitar professionally. “I have played the guitar for about 10 years, and just recently switched to bass,” Varnadoe said. “Cliff Burton is definitely the person to learn about when it comes to bass playing, for sure.” Laura Moreno channeled Caroline Kennedy for her display — a choice she made based on wanting to become a lawyer. “I really like that Caroline Kennedy has helped so many people in her life,” Moreno said. “I want to do that too, and help people solve their problems.” The research project followed Common Core standards but also allowed the kids some room to have fun. “The kids got the chance to do some real research, tie in technology and learn more about their future career paths in the process,” Harris said. VV

Viera’s first principal to retire, urges campus upgrades BY LINDA WIGGINS

Viera’s first principal will retire this month at the end of the school year. Ralph Williams was the first elementary school in the fledgling community, and Cynthia Ford had a lot to say about the school it would become. “I handed the builder a napkin with all the colors I wanted,” said Ford, who spent the past 14 years at the helm of Williams, and before that, trained all the teachers who would come aboard as the sitting principal of Andersen Elementary School in Rockledge, sending over the first 600 students to the new school. “It’s very unusual for a principal to have that kind of direct input, but I wanted the colors that would be conducive to brain development,” said Ford, who admits to having a knack and passion for interior design. That means “calming, settling” browns, maroons, and greens. The color scheme also correlates with the wetlands that transverse Viera, the town intentionally designed so that wildlife would remain as much at home here as the growing influx of residents. That detail factored into the choice of school mascot. “Whenever I came to the school site, there were always about 22 sandhill cranes in front. I fell in love with them,” Ford said, gesturing to one of many portraits, paintings of cranes boldly matted and framed according to the school color scheme. “They mate for life. The dad is just as involved in raising the chicks and looking after them as the mom. They are a family. That’s what I envisioned for the school: a family where everyone is involved in raising the children up in a school setting, the parents, the community, everyone.” After 40 years in Brevard and another four in education before arriving here, Ford said she is ready to focus on a family of her own, literally. She and her husband will spend a lot of time helping their son and daughter-in-law renovate a home they purchased and hope to fill with young ones of their own. “When you are in education, you live and breathe school. I know I am leaving behind a really good position, and I could still work a few more years,” said Ford, 66, “but I have never known freedom from a schedule. I’d like to see where that leads me while I

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am still young.” Ford leaves behind a school that is no longer new, in an economic era where capital funds have long gone dry. She is concerned. “Many things now need replacement and repair to the facility and infrastructure, such as replacing roof soffits around the perimeter of the school, vinyl floor tiles, some carpeting, interior and exterior painting,” Ford said. “Much of the work has been on hold for years now as we’ve focused only on the most immediate educational needs, and that’s put our school plant at risk and perhaps an even greater neglected need is technology,” Ford said. Teacher, administrator and staff computers are seven years old. Student computers are still usable as long as they can still run on dated operating systems. Ten computers have stopped working this year, replaced by donated spares. “We could not do it without the generosity of parents and the community,” Ford said. “But we need to fully address this area so we have the technology required to provide the education necessary to prepare our children for the 21st century opportunities.” Aside from a small private staff party, there will be no public well-wishing event because Ford is an “underthe-radar kind of person.” For more information or to relay regards, call 321-617-7700 or mail cards to the school at 1700 Clubhouse Dr., Viera, 32955. VV

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Water Safety Instructor Course

A Water Safety Instructor course will be held at McLarty Aquatic Center, 790 Barton Blvd., in Rockledge. Classes will be held May 6-18 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday May 10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and final testing on Sunday, May 18, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Participants must attend all classes. Cost is $250 and must be paid upon successful completion of the skills test on May 6. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Upon completion, participants will receive American Red Cross certification as a Water Safety Instructor, and be able to teach swim lessons and water safety presentation. For additional information, call Claire Cawthon at 321-633-1874.

The North Area Parks Operations has several openings for various seasonal recreation workers and lifeguards to be employed during Summer Break 2014. Needed are day camp counselors, lifeguards, water safety instructors and experienced bus drivers. Please call 321-264-5105.


Eat My Crust 5K & Kids’ Run

Viera High School Senior Academic Awards Assembly

7 a.m., $25 for adults, $18 for 18 & under Raising money for VHS athletics. 5450 Stadium Pkwy.

9 a.m. - noon Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Dr. 321-255-4404 Ralph Williams Elementary

Mother’s Day Brunch

10:30 a.m, 12:30 p.m, 2:30 p.m. Duran Golf Club 7032 Stadium Pkwy. 321-504-7776


11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Holiday Inn Viera 8298 N. Wickham Rd. Viera 321-255-0077


Teacher Appreciation Week Begins

Vocal Trash Concert

Manatee and Quest Elementary Schools

King Center for the Performing Arts 321-242-2219

Viera Woman’s Club May Membership Luncheon

Space Coast United Soccer Club NPL Tryouts

11:30 a.m., $15 Holiday Inn Viera RSVP Pay by May 7 321-751-6984

Mother’s Day Brunch

13th through 17th Viera Regional Park Fields

Books Are Better Book Club

6:30 - 7:45 p.m., free Suntree/Viera Library



Summer Arts and Crafts Fair

Painting Sunshine

6 - 8:30 p.m. Call for rate. Every Monday night Art Gallery of Viera 2261 Town Center Ave #111 The Avenue Viera 401-219-6422

Cocoa Village 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Pathfinders UnWined 4 p.m. Travel presentation featuring AMA Waterways representative and fellow travelers. Pizza Gallery & Grill The Avenue Viera 321-355-7566




Mondays Matter

7th annual Space Coast Pride Wickham Pavilion 3701 N. Wickham Rd. Melbourne

11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Half off pizzas and calzones Pizza Gallery & Grill 2250 Town Center Ave. The Avenue Viera 321-633-0397

Fla. residents Free. Bring ID. 9 am. - 5 p.m. Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum 6600 Tico Rd. Titusville 321-268-1941


2nd annual Space Coast Prayer Breakfast 7:30 - 9:30 a.m., $25 Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place 321-373-7590 321-626-4483


The Neighbors Book Club “The Round House” by Louise Erdrich Suntree/Viera Library 321-255-4404

Storytime at Suntree/ Viera Library cancelled until June 2

2014 Export for Beginners Saving Seahorses May 7, 14, and 21 through Citizen Science

Teacher Appreciation Week begins



The Brevard Federated Republican Women

May meeting Guest speaker will be Debbie Mayfield 11 a.m., Holiday Inn Viera 8298 N. Wickham Rd. 321-727-1212

Suntree Garden Club

10 am. - 2 p.m. Duran Golf Club 7032 Stadium Pkwy. 321-504-7776

Memorial Day Weekend Open House


6 p.m. Viera High School

Sunday Brunch





Friends of Suntree/Viera Library Monthly Meeting 3 - 5 p.m. Membership begins at $5 Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Dr. 321-255-4404

9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Cocoa Civic Center Cocoa Village. 321-433-8525.



Vote to End Childhood Hunger Bake Sale

8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Bake sale/gift basket raffle Supervisor of Elections Office, 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Building C 321-690-6850 Summer Reading Programs Registration begins Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Dr. 321-255-4404

6 - 7 p.m., Free 8385 South Highway A1A Melbourne Beach 321-723-3556


Wednesday Group Art Club League of Women Voters 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. Luncheon Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Dr. 321-255-4404

Viera/Suntree Toastmasters

7 p.m. Viera Hospital Conference Room 1 8731 N. Wickham Rd. 321-610-8621


Last day of school for VHS seniors! Noon release

Master Five Money Questions for Women

Indian River Colony Club 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be served. Patricia Del Bene Edward Jones. 321-638-2300



Brevard Antiques & Collectibles

9:30 a.m. - noon Lighting and illumination Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Dr. 321-255-4404



Sensory Sensitive Cinema: Disneynature’s Bears 10 a.m., $7 Carmike Cinemas The Avenue Viera 321-775-1210

Open House

Florida Air Academy 9:30 a.m. Tour the campus. 1950 S. Academy Dr. Melbourne. 321-723-3211, ext. 1

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11:30 a.m., $22 RSVP by May 11 “The Impact of the Economic Development Commission,” Tuscany Grill 7640 N. Wickham Rd. Doreen, 321-622-4071



Musical Theatre Summer Camp registration

Glitz and Glam Fashion for a Purpose Casting Runway Models

Women’s Day Extravaganza Pops Bouquet: A 12 - 4 p.m., free Tribute to Mothers One Senior Place 7 p.m., $25 5625 Holy Trinity Dr. TGIF Piecemakers 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., free Suntree/Viera Library Art Show Opening: 902 Jordan Blass Dr. Art Gallery of Viera 321-255-4404 6 - 9 p.m., free

4 - 6 p.m., Ages 3 - 15 The Viera Studio 3270 Suntree Blvd., Suite 1113 321-426-8229



3:30 - 4:30 p.m., free Free playtime with popular children’s blocks (blocks provided) Ages 5-10 Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Dr. 321-255-4404


Young Authors Group 4:30- 5:45 p.m. Ages 9-16 Introduction to creative writing Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Dr. 321-255-4404


Swingtime Dance “May Flowers Ball”

7 - 10 p.m. $5 advance, $7 door/online Dance with music to an 18-member band. Dance lessons 6 - 7 p.m., $5 Melbourne Auditorium 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. 6:30 - 9 p.m. VHS Stadium 6103 Stadium Pkwy.


10 a.m. - noon, free Suntree/Viera Library 321-255-4404

Viera/Suntree Toastmasters

7 p.m., Viera Hospital 8731 N. Wickham Rd. 321-610-8621


ARMED FORCES DAY Charity Basketball Game with Sheriff’s Department

7 p.m., $10 Adults Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Enforcers vs. Court Kingz Viera High School 6103 Stadium Pkwy. Greg, 321-508-4492

Summer Arts and Crafts Fair, Cocoa Village

Class of 2014 Graduation Day!

Library Book Club

4 to 6 p.m. Viera Models Pre-registration required 321-622-8999


Last day of school!

Quest Elementary, Manatee Elementary, Ralph Williams Elementary, Viera Charter School, and Suntree Elementary


Sunset Celebration 6 p.m. Duran Golf Club 321-504-7776

Daily Bread’s annual Golf Tournament

Indian River Colony Club.

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Memorial Day Weekend Open House

Fla. residents Free. Bring ID. 9 am. - 5 p.m. Aircraft and memorabilia from WWI to present will be on display. Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum Space Coast Regional Airport. 6600 Tico Rd. Titusville 321-268-1941


Daily Bread’s annual Golf Tournament

Indian River Colony Club 1936 Freedom Dr. Melbourne 321-723-1060 or 321-795-5169

Space Coast United Soccer 1936 Freedom Dr., Melbourne State/Region Tryouts 321-723-1060, 321-795-5169 Dancing with Brevard 5:30 p.m. Space Coast United Soccer through the 31st Glitz & Glam State and Region Cup Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel “Fashion for a Purpose” State/Region Tryouts Teams, see schedule 28th through 31st – State and Region Cup Teams Viera Regional Park Fields

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Senior Savings Sundays! All Guests fifty-five years and over can enjoy

Buy One Get One Free Pizzas & Entrees

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DJ business grooves, grows for VHS senior By George White

Viera High School senior Aaron Kirschenbaum started a successful DJ business simple enough, with just a couple of speakers and the basic equipment. Now it’s grown to a full array of special effects as well as thousands of songs played through iTunes. He does Sweet 16 parties, birthday parties, corporate events and proms. “It was the beginning of my sophomore year and all of my friends were having parties and they needed a DJ,’’ he said. He saw how to do it right at his own bar mitzvah by DJ Shane Entertainment, who has now become sort of a mentor to his business. From there, he added the basic lights and more sound equipment to play somewhat larger events and parties. His reputation for professionalism — showing up on time, prepared and ready to go — helped build his business, he said. He started investing into adding the latest high-tech effects and lighting, including laser beams, and has now more than $3,000 invested in equipment. “I can now do fog, bubbles, snow and haze,’’ he said. He says being a DJ fits his personality. “I’m very much a people person and love seeing people happy and dancing around, and I love interacting with the crowd. This is my second year and business is booming. Almost every weekend, I have some sort


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The new directors are Tom Williamson, left, Cathy Rodby, Rebecca Shireman, Don Niemann and Jack Kirschenbaum.

Brevard Cultural Alliance is pleased to welcome five new members of the organization’s board of directors: Jack Kirschenbaum, Don Niemann, Cathy Rodby, Rebecca Shireman and Tom Williamson. “We are pleased to welcome such a high caliber of community leaders to the BCA board of directors,” said BCA Executive Director Neil Levine. “We have significant goals for BCA in the coming months and look forward to Jack, Don, Kathy, Rebecca, and Tom’s contributions to the continued positive impact of Brevard’s arts and cultural sector.” VV

Grand re-opening features fundraiser to help children

On Saturday April 5, Tommy Blair’s Quality Collision Repair had its Grand Re-opening and fundraiser for the Children’s Hunger Project. Residents of Viera, Rockledge, and the rest of Brevard came out to support Tommy Blair and the great work done by Children’s Hunger Project, an organization that provides weekend meals to less fortunate children that may have nothing to eat from Friday afternoon to Monday morning. Rockledge Police and Fire departments, the Brevard County Manatees, and other community groups supported the event. Quality Collision has been involved in community outreach for more than 30 years. Blair continues the commitment that the Sharpes family gave to making a difference in the community. VV

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Construction is underway at Arrivas Village, a development of 200 single-family homes near The Avenue Viera. By Mike gaffey

Viera Builders has started construction on Arrivas Village, a 200-single-familyhome development off Stadium Parkway near The Avenue Viera, and Stadium Villas, a townhome community next to Stadium Corners at Viera shopping center on Stadium Parkway. Arrivas Village is preselling now and model homes are currently being built, said Alicia Faessen, builder relations coordinator for Viera Builders. “It is a Viera Builders exclusive community,” she noted. The development will offer two-story, three- and fourbedroom units starting at $283,900. The San Marco Series has four floor plans ranging from 1,630 square feet of living space to 2,629 square feet, while the Castillo Series features four floor plans from 2,238 square feet to 3,292 square feet. Amenities include a pool area, a dog park and a nature preserve.

Stadium Villas is a maintained community featuring more than 60 twostory tile roof townhomes with courtyards, with prices starting at $224,000. Three floor plans, the Vilano, Sonesta and San Sebastian, range from 1,579 square feet to 1,820 square feet of living space. Viera Builders’ Fairway

Lakes model at 2028 Lamanga Drive currently is acting as the sales center for Arrivas Village, while the Stadium Village sales center is at the Stoneridge model at 5799 Clairborne St. Call 321-633-4101 for Arrivas Village information, 321-3056953 regarding Stadium Villas, or visit VV

Wickham Road expansion begins this month

Traffic life in the Viera/Suntree area is about to change for the next year and a half. Work to widen a section of Wickham Road from four to six lanes from the Viera Roundabout to Murrell Road is scheduled to begin this month. Construction should be done by fall 2015, according to the Viera Company. It took three years for the Viera Company to obtain right-ofway parcels and easements for the project. The I-95/Wickham Road underpass already was widened to accommodate the project in anticipation of the widening when the interstate itself was widened. VV

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Udo and Sylvia Schenatzky combined business with pleasure to come up with Udo’s Doener Booth. By Linda Wiggins

Udo and Sylvia Schenatzky were looking for the perfect complement to their existing business and family lifestyle. They frequently are found amid large groups of children and their families as the owners of the Viera Soccer Club. Success dictates that they spend even more time among children and families at festivals and other outings to market the club. If they weren’t there for business, they would as likely be at outings in support of their own children’s activities. Udo’s Doener Booth was born. It looks like a gyros, but super healthy, with fresh cabbage and other chopped vegetables on a fresh, crunchy

pocket of bread that is the perfect fit for holding in a hand and walking as one eats. The mini loaf is toasted on a panini press grill and stuffed to order with a selection of juicy meats, veggies and fresh sauces just before being handed to the customer. “We make everything from scratch, even the bread,” Sylvia Schenatzky said. “We marinate the chicken, and we make a combination of beef and lamb that is even more flavorful than gyros.” The couple debuted their new wares in March, moving more than 100 sandwiches at their first event. Their second event was at the April 5 Suntree Spring Fling Parade post-festival, again surpassing their sales goals.

Local crusader believes in a ‘Hand Up’ for all who need it By Katie Parsons

John Mandala believes that people are the most valuable resource. As the development officer for the nonprofit group Breathing Space, he looks for ways to give people who need it a “hand up” not a “hand out.” These people often include the homeless, veterans and ex-prisoners. “I live by the credo that for those who are given much, much is required,” Mandala said. “In my own life, this is true. And I come across so many others who just need that extra sense of purpose.” For six months, Mandala operated a food truck at the Suntree Business Center during lunch hours called Chef John’s Red Wagon BBQ that prepared fresh food daily, and asked patrons to pay what they felt was fair. If a person needing a meal had no way to pay for it, Mandala asked for an hour of volunteer time instead. “It is amazing what asking

someone to do a small task can do for their self-esteem, especially when they feel like they have nothing to give,” Mandala said. Chef John’s six-month agreement came to an end and so the meals have stopped for now, at least until Mandala can find another food truck and space to set up that is affordable, or free. In the meantime, he stays busy with a large garden in front of the Unitarian Universalist Friendship Fellowship at Pineda, just north of Suntree Boulevard on U.S. 1. He is in talks with local restaurants to donate some of the crops in return for meal donations to people in the Breathing Space program. On April 26, a fresh food marketplace was held and the money raised went to benefit Breathing Space programs and Friendship Fellowship. In addition to his “hand up” programs, Mandala is a volunteer with the Alternative to Violence Project and has addressed the Unitarian church

The name of the sandwich comes from their native Germany, döner, with an e added after the o to help hapless Americans understand it is not a generous giver but a delicious sandwich. “Whatever they call it, it’s really, really good,” said Rita Holmes, sampling her first chicken doener at the postparade festival, opting for a sprinkle of red peppers on top for an extra kick. “At these kinds of events you typically encounter a lot of hot dogs and pizza, so it’s nice to find something that is healthy yet tasty enough for the kids to want to eat.” For more information or to book Udo’s Doener Booth for an event, call 321-427-7337.

encouraging smarter solutions to anger management. “If you can give someone just a little bit of hope, you can make such a difference,” Mandala said. Those who wish to learn more about volunteering alongside Mandala can email him at

Motherhood makes one Viera mom look at sponges a new way book, “The Mom Inventors Handbook: How to Turn Your Great Idea Into the Next Big Thing,” released in April on Amazon.” She said she talks about issues she went through to get the most cost-effective and safe product. “The lead-free ink comes from Kentucky,” she said. The next step for FirsingParis is on a local level. “I’m going to the dollar stores. I want to make these available to as many moms

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Dawn Firsing-Paris lived in New Jersey the summer she and her husband brought their children to Florida for a theme park vacation. Naturally, the youngsters wanted the colorful, cold treats that come on sticks and drip faster than their little tongues could keep up. “I had an ice cream mess on my hands.” She knew there had to be

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Big enough to shield a child’s hand, Dripsters slide on an icy treat stick and catch drips, keeping the child’s arms and clothes drip-free. Before moving to Viera, eight months ago, FirsingParis appeared on Barbara Corcoran’s Revolution, a locally aired show, to pitch her product, hoping to earn seed money. “My product will be listed in Tamara Monosoff’s new

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State Attorney, federal and local partners celebrate 10th anniversary of “Operation Ceasefire” By Jill Gaines

Scott Perala puts his pants on one leg at a time, just like any Brevard County citizen. The difference is, he then straps on enough firepower to subdue any drug dealer or gangbanger and fades into the woodwork with anonymity.

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the highly successful gun violence prevention program Perala launched and led called Operation Ceasefire Task Force. It is made up of local police departments, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies in the region, including the federal bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, for which Perala is an agent. “There is no way to estimate the number of lives saved or crimes prevented through the actions of this group and this agent,” State Attorney Phil Archer said. The task force has met weekly to review every firearm-related crime in Brevard County to determine whether to seek federal or state prosecution. While Perala will move on, the program will continue. The task force was created in 2004 under the Project Safe Neighborhoods program to bring together local, state and federal law enforcement to target criminals who use a firearm. “It doesn’t matter whether it is a rifle, hand gun, automatic, we go after whoever is



Brevard County State Attorney Phil Archer, at microphone, commended ATF agent Scott Perala, right, and members of Perala’s Operation Ceasefire Task Force, which includes ATF agents Kevin McCann, left, and Kevin Richardson.

committing a crime with a firearm,” Perala said. The undercover job put Perala in the direct line of fire numerous times, earning him the ATF’s 2005 Medal of Valor. While his work in the field was high profile, it was the work around the table that set the project apart, Archer said. “By sharing information and working as partners, criminals are no longer able to exploit jurisdictional boundaries of the multiple enforcement agencies operating in Brevard,” Archer said. “There’s never been a turf war when any federal agency has wanted to step in on a

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Pruritis, the medical term for itching, is a very common complaint at vet clinics across the country, particularly here in the Southeast. Although uncommon (about 10 percent of allergic patients have a food allergy), it tends to attract a lot of attention from owners and pet food marketers. In this article, I’ll try to unravel some of the mystery and misinformation surrounding this condition. An allergy is a hypersensitivity disorder involving the immune system. In other words, the body’s system responsible for fighting infection is triggered in response to something other than a potential infection. In the case of food, it can be a protein, carbohydrate or food additive that triggers the response. The most common

symptoms of food allergy in pets include nonseasonal itching and recurrent skin and ear infections. There are other conditions that can cause these symptoms such as atopy (environmental allergy), flea hypersensitivity, drug reactions, mites, dermatophytosis (ringworm), or behavioral disorders. Your veterinarian will likely recommend testing to help rule in or rule out these conditions prior to testing for food allergy specifically. There can also be overlap among these conditions. For example, 20 to 30 percent of pets with food allergy also have environmental or flea allergy. Pets can be allergic to any ingredient in the diet. The most common offenders are beef, dairy products, lamb, chicken, egg, soy, and wheat. Pets can be experiencing food allergy even on a grain-free diet. While

a grain-free diet does eliminate wheat and other grains, it still contains many other potential allergens. In fact, beef and dairy products have been found to be more common causes of food allergy than wheat in several studies. It does not take a large amount of an ingredient to trigger a reaction. For example, a treat containing chicken could be enough to trigger a reaction in a pet eating an otherwise poultry-free diet. Testing for food allergy is straightforward and involves a food trial. A food trial is when a food containing a single, highly digestible protein source is fed exclusively for eight to 12 weeks. This means no additional treats or even flavored medications can be given. Another potential food choice for a trial is a food in which the proteins have been “hydrolyzed,� or broken down

into pieces thought too small to be recognized by the immune system. Your veterinarian may have a preference for which particular diet to use in a food trial. After eight to 12 weeks, the symptoms should have improved. At this time, a single protein, wheat gluten for example, is added for two weeks to check for an allergic reaction. If there’s no reaction, another protein is added. Any allergic reaction is used to diagnose a food allergy. Over-the-counter diets labeled as containing specific meats have been repeatedly found to be contaminated with other protein sources in several studies. So although

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Young conservationist remembered at two events By Linda Wiggins

Justin Mitchell was remembered for his love of wildlife and nature at two Viera events in April, capping off months of preparation for a mother who lost her only son and his best friend last April. The inaugural Charlie Corbeil Conservation Awards April 25 at the Holiday Inn Melbourne-Viera Conference Center honored Mitchell and Corbeil, a Florida master naturalist and nature photographer who died last fall, and presented awards to the families of Mitchell and Corbeil, as well as annual awards to 10 individuals who also made a difference in “helping man live in harmony with nature.” The following day, they both were honored at the eighth annual Viera Wetlands Nature Festival, where 25-year-old Mitchell spent countless hours waiting and watching for untold species of wildlife, even rare animals like river otters and great bald eagles that seemed magically to appear for him. Corbeil was one of the original volunteer docents to help visitors find their way around the 200acre series of retention ponds that has become a worldwide birding and wildlife attraction for photographers and eco-tourists. The gesture was appreciated, said Kim Wright, Mitchell’s mother and sole surviving family, but oddly, not therapeutic. “It doesn’t make it better. Nothing makes it better. The only way I’m getting through this is that even though it’s a year now, it still does not seem real. It just does not make any sense. I’m very glad folks did what they did, though. I’m very, very appreciative.” Mitchell had just graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in wildlife, ecology and conservation and returned home to Brevard to find his old friends had scattered, but was thrilled to reconnect with an old buddy, Garrett Viccaro. He had recently graduated college as well, and already was at work in his field. Mitchell had just celebrated his 25th birthday, and Viccaro was about to turn 25, so they both went night fishing to celebrate on the Eau Gallie Causeway bridge in Indian Harbour Beach. A driver was looking at his cell phone and his vehicle veered onto the shoulder, killing both young men. “Just two buddies, out celebrating their birthdays, had their young, promising lives stolen from them,” said Viccaro’s mother, Trisha Viccaro. The mothers and their family members and friends became incensed when the judge gave the driver a mere $169 ticket and


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suspended license. The driver also was ordered to perform community service projects selected by survivors, including building a memorial at the Viera Wetlands for Mitchell. Vicarro chose an “It Can Wait” campaign to discourage drivers from texting while behind the wheel. While Vicarro is pouring her rage into the campaign to keep others safe, Wright is having trouble finding any anger at all. “I am so numb, I don’t even know how I feel. A lot of people are more angry about Justin than I am. It’s just such a crazy, stupid thing to happen that makes no sense at all. Anger definitely is easier to feel than grief,” Wright said. While grief counseling is part of her job as a caretaker to aging seniors, whose term of service always ends with the patient’s death and the comforting of family members, her son’s death has sent Wright on an unending quest to grief experts of all types to help make sense of the tragedy. “Oddly enough, I went on a whim to a psychic and she gave me the simplest, most basic advice that was more grief counseling than fortune telling,” Wright said. “She said, ‘You have to accept what has happened or you will continue to suffer.’ I’m not there yet.” VV

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Church summer camps and vacation Bible schools are a popular way to keep kids busy with wholesome activities during the summer months, said Rev. Ron Meyr of Faith “Viera” Lutheran Church. “We know that many families checkerboard around to various local churches to put their kids in as many of the camps as possible because they are good activities, but also because the price is reasonable compared to similar activities, sometimes free,” Meyr said. For that reason, the Suntree/Viera Area Association of Churches has developed a database of churches that offer VBS and camps. S/VAAC hosts several events each year to bring the community together in prayer and help organize volunteers and resources to tackle projects larger than any one church can do alone. If your church is not listed, call Sister Michelle Collins of Advent Lutheran Church at 321-2598515, ext. 224 to place your VBS and camp information in the S/VAAC referral database. VV

Faith “Viera” Lutheran Church: Vacation Bible School at the church at 5550 Faith Dr., Rockledge, runs from 9 a.m. to noon June 23 to 27 for children entering VPK through sixth grade. Participants will follow Moses through the desert looking for the Promised Land. Admission is free. Each boy should bring a box of juice boxes and each girl should bring a box of snacks such as Goldfish or cookies, but no snacks containing peanut products. For more information, call 321-636-5504 or visit


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Suntree United Methodist Church: The church at 7400 N. Wickham Rd. presents MADD (Music, Art, Drama and Dance) Camp from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 23 to 27, with performances June 28 and 29. “The Agape League” is for rising first-through fifth graders, while “Veggie Tales: God Made You Special” is for

kids who have completed kindergarten. Cost is $110 per student, which includes a T-shirt, snacks, a CD and all activities, and $20 per youth volunteer, which includes a T-shirt, snacks and all activities. Vacation Bible School 2014 features “Weird Animals” from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 21 to 25. Cost is $30, which includes a T-shirt, snack and a CD. For more information, call 321-242-2585 or visit Faith Fellowship Church: “Limitless or Bust: On the

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The Brevard County Parks and Recreation is registering for 2014 summer programs in aquatics . Swim lessons will be offered in five sessions May 19 to July 31 at McLarty Park, 790 Barton Blvd., Rockledge, and four sessions June 2 to July 31 at Merritt Island High School, 100 Mustang Way, Merritt Island, for ages 6 months to adults. The Aquacolts swim team will hold workouts at Merritt Island High School and the Electric Eels swim team will practice at Rockledge High School, 220 Raider Rd., Rockledge. Team practices will run June 2 to Aug. 2. The pools at McLarty Park, 790 Barton Blvd., Rockledge, Joe Lee Smith Park, 419 Washington Ave., Cocoa, and Pineda Park, 1232 A St., Cocoa, will be open Memorial Day weekend, May 24 and 26. For additional information, call 321-633-1874. VV

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Air Force Lt. Gen. William Welser III is ostensibly retired, but you wouldn’t know it from his schedule. “My dad says I work more now that I’m retired,” said the Lake Washington resident. The New York native has a 34-plus-year distinguished service career that included numerous staff positions and command positions at squadron, wing and headquarters levels, plus a tour on the Joint Staff. Welser received his commission through the Air Force ROTC at the University of Buffalo in 1971. He earned his wings in 1975. As a command pilot, he logged more than 3,500 hours in more than 20 aircraft such as the C-5 Galaxy, the C-141 Starlifter and the T-1 Jayhawk. As commander of the 18th Air Force at Scott AFB in Illinois, Welser was responsible for tasking and executing all worldwide air mobility operations. After retirement in 2005, Welser joined Northrop Grumman in 2006 as vice president Air Mobility Systems deputy program manager for the Air Force’s Tanker Replacement Program and later as the vice president for business development for the mobility market segment of Grumman’s Aerospace Systems sector. Now retired from Grumman, he continues to serve as an independent consultant with the Air Force Technical Applications Center In addition to his consulting gigs, Welser is chairman of the board of Habitat for Humanity, a job that entails not just overseeing duties, but also handson projects such as wallraisings, volunteering at the Strawberry Festival and service on the electrical team for each of the 25 homes Habitat annually builds in Brevard County. There’s more, for Welser also heads Space Coast Honor Flight, the all-volunteer organization that honors WWII and Korean veterans by providing the opportunity for them to visit their monument in Washington, D.C. Under Welser’s leadership the local program has expanded significantly in just three years and has become a model for other Honor Flight programs in Central Florida.

at churches, American Legion events and VFWs. Welser’s wife, Susan, is the group’s veteran coordinator. Though almost a full-time job for both of them, the Welsers wouldn’t have it any other way. “There is such an adrenaline rush at every Honor Flight,” Welser said. “It’s a passion.” Honor Flight Veterans who served in World War II, Korea, or in between wars, are invited to apply to Space Coast Honor Flight. There are VIERA VOICE Photo

Above: Veterans are treated “like rock stars” during the Honor Flight ceremonies. Left: Lt. Gen. William Welser III.

A family excursion to Washington with his father and father-inlaw helped plant the seeds of Honor Flight in Welser’s heart. “It was a very emotional day,” Welser said. “They were treated like rock stars.” Welser researched Honor Flight and signed up to be a guardian, one of the volunteers who are assigned to a veteran on the trip. “I’ve been hooked ever since,” he said. “These veterans helped rebuild America. They came

home and went back to their jobs and didn’t ask for anything.” The group indicated they could use his help, and Welser readily jumped into the work. He has participated in 20 flights to date. Three years ago, when Welser started, Honor Flight organized three trips a year. Since 2012, the organization has hosted seven trips annually. Since the trip is free for the veterans, fundraising is an important part of Welser’s job. Welser is constantly on the move promoting Honor Flight

still openings for flights in the fall this year. Each veteran is paired with a guardian escort and has a wheelchair available throughout the day. There is no cost to the veteran. Honor Flight also welcomes volunteers and guardians interested in taking the trip. Guardians are responsible for paying their own fare. More information is available at or by calling 1-888-750-2522.


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