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Viera High grad hopes to climb to new heights in Singapore By Carl Kotala

Ashley Norton has always been good at climbing things. but this will be the rock climbing wall adventure of a lifetime. The 18-year-old Viera High graduate has been invited to compete at the IFC World Youth Championship, which will take place Aug. 29 through Sept. 1 on Siloso Beach, located on Sentosa Island in Singapore. “I’m so grateful that I’m getting an opportunity to do this,” Norton said. “It’s so exciting to me.” Norton finished 10th in speed climbing at the Sports Climbing Series (SCS) Youth National Championships

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in Atlanta last month. It was the 10th year she had competed at the nationals, and because of age limitations, it was also her last. The top four finishers received invitations to compete at the world championships. Two of those were accepted, but one by one, other climbers declined. When Ashley heard that, she and her family wondered if that meant an invitation would be coming her way. They talked about it at dinner on July 18. Later that night, Ashley’s father, Jim, checked his email. Sure enough … See Rock Climbing, Page 30

Viera High School grad Ashley Norton competes at the SCS Youth National Championships in Atlanta July 5-8 and has accepted an invitation to compete at the World Championships in Singapore. VIERA VOICE Photo by Jim Norton

VSLL sends three teams to state By Carl Kotala

By Jeff Navin

Rabbi Patricia Ernest Hickman still misses her mother. That will never change — even 1 1/2 years after Shirley Ernest’s death. A promise that eventually was fulfilled makes it easier. On June 21 at the Free Synagogue of Flushing in New York, Hickman was ordained a rabbi. She already was the cantor and spiritual leader at Temple Israel in Viera. “Before my mother died, she said to me, ‘Will you become a rabbi?’ I told her, ‘Yes, mom, I promise.’ I never imagined it when I was child growing up with my dad (Charles) and mom.’’ See Rabbi, Page 4

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It’s been an amazing season for the Viera Suntree Little League, and it’s not over yet. The VSLL Juniors baseball team won the sectional tournament on July 21 and were headed off to the state tournament in Bradenton, hosted by the Braden River Little League. Of the five VSLL teams to win a district championship, the Juniors were the only team still playing as of July 22. The Juniors were also one of three VSLL teams to win a sectional title and advance to the state tournament, joining the Majors softball and 1011 baseball teams. Two other teams—Majors baseball and 9-10 baseball —lost in the championship game of their respective sectional tournaments. VV

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Sharing the gift of life By George White

Organ donors give more than the gift of life for patients stricken with catastrophic illness, some of which are too ill for the procedures which could mean a cure. Donors give hope. Mother of three, Kim Gabriel, of Suntree, formerly an executive with Space Coast Habitat for Humanity, needs a heart transplant. “I had this episode after a board meeting where I felt light-headed and dizzy and sick to my stomach. I went to the ER the next day and they found that I had a heart murmur and that my ejection fraction (how well the heart is pumping) was low,’’ she said. Subsequent complications left Gabriel gravely ill. “My cardiologist told my family to prepare for the worst. I asked him if I was going to make it and he said, ‘I’m trying,’ ” she said. A trip to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville confirmed the journey Gabriel must endure to get back to a life of health, albeit on expensive

anti-rejection drugs. She was officially put on the transplant list April 27. “I was told that my heart was no longer intact and that my future was in transplant,’’ she said. The reality of her challenge has made Gabriel clear about the importance of donors, even to the point of becoming a donor herself. “It’s very different to realize that someone else has to die for me to begin life again. Part of my prayers now are for the family of that person,’’ she said. Donors, she said, “know exactly what life’s about. Nobody wants to die but life is a gift to be shared.” Bill Hahn developed Type 1 diabetes at age 26 and complications from the disease required a combination kidney/ pancreas transplant which he had on New Year’s Eve 2008 at Shands Medical Center in Gainesville. “My donor was a 22-yearold male and I’m trying to get in touch with his family to thank them. It’s a great gift,’’ he said. Signing the back of your

driver’s license to become a donor shows compassion and helps spare families a difficult decision in the event of tragedy. “It’s not anything you can take with you. You take your soul, but not your body,’’ he said. Hahn attended the National Transplant Games in 2010 but was unable to compete because of a paperwork problem. But he found out something surprisingly profound that made him want to find a way to give back. “The most amazing people

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Kim Gabriel, who has been on the waiting list for a heart transplant since April 27, 2012, hopes with her family, that an eligible donor will help save her life.

I met were donor families, they were everywhere supporting the people who received the transplants. It shows you how special that connection is. It’s a real convergence of humanity,’’ he said. Hahn organized the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) “Footprints In The Sand” Kidney Beach Walk, which included a sand castle building contest and attracted 50 teams and 400 people that helped raise $50,000. “I tried to make it a family event that benefits the gift of life. We’re already making plans for next year.’’ he said. To learn more about organ donations, visit organdonor. gov or call 888-894-6361. VV

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If not for the age of the internet, Hickman likely never would have become one of the estimated 1,000 female rabbis. She would have had to leave Florida to complete her studies. “That was the biggest obstacle,’’ said Hickman, who has served at Temple Israel for the past nine years. “I wasn’t living in a city with a seminary. I was able to find another way - a seminary without walls. I couldn’t leave and I didn’t want to leave with my mother ill.’’ The Rabbinical Academy, which is based in the suburb of Queens in New York City, accepted her application for the two-year program. Her years of devoted service as a spiritual leader at synagogues in Livingston, N.J., Jacksonville, Maryland and locally at Temple Israel made her a perfect candidate when combined with her academic background. The 60-year-old Hickman received her bachelor’s degree in 1973 from the Manhattan School of Music and earned her master’s degree in Sacred Music from Hebrew Union College in 1989. “I had to send in sermons, proof of classes that I had taught in religion, the curriculum and a wealth of things that I had saved,’’ said Hickman, who lives in Satellite Beach with her husband Ray and their five cats. “I never stopped - there was always something to learn. I want to learn to teach to others and continue the chain of tradition.’’ “I already had the foundation; they could look at the record and see what I was doing here. The program was tailored specifically for our further work and studies. I studied Jewish philosophy

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and advanced works in Hebrew. I translated Hebrew texts and works with the Talmud as well.’’ Temple Israel will be bolstered as Hickman makes the transition from cantor to rabbi. “I want to do as much teaching as my schedule will allow,’’ said Hickman, who grew up in Oceanside, N.Y. on Long Island. “I’m more passionate now. I want to continue my interfaith work and be a positive force in the community. I see myself as a leader of causes.’’ Some fights will be more worthy than others. As a woman rabbi, Hickman knows there will be some who never will accept her advanced role. “I know (the concept of women rabbis) still bothers some of the more traditional orthodox believers,’’ Hickman said. “The people here have been accepting, but others might prefer to go to another temple. I have encountered that kind of prejudice and in my cantor’s role as well.’’

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Regina Jones of Berlin, Germany became the first woman to be ordained a rabbi in 1935. Sally Priesand was the first female in the United States to be ordained a rabbi in Reform Judaism in 1972. While serving as the spiritual leader at a Jacksonville synagogue in 1995, Hickman dealt well with a stressful situation and knew she could become a rabbi. “Both rabbis left the synagogue without a chance to hire someone before the high holy days,’’ said Hickman, whose husband, Ray, was the vice president and general manager of public radio station WJCT at the time. “Instead of falling apart, I thrived and I grew. I loved it and knew that I needed to set a goal for myself.’’ The couple’s daughter, Jennifer Hickman, is studying at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Another daughter, Gabrielle Chuchro, is married to Rob Chuchro, who is a Navy Seal. Florida has become home for the native New Yorker. “I still have family up there,’’ said Hickman, who fought off breast cancer in 1998. “I’ll go there once or twice a year on a pilgrimage to take in a show and see a museum. I have to get my New York fix.’’ Each day, the roundtrip drive from Satellite Beach to Viera is a time for thought. “I love the ocean and going over the causeway,’’ Hickman said. “I can look at the beauty, the boats and the lights and I get a great sense of peace. It’s a wonderful way to start the day and end the day.’’ VV

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Russ Barnes of Suntree updates his signature with help from Supervisor of Elections staff on Friday, June 15, 2012. By Linda Wiggins

When you receive a voter registration card and letter in the mail this month, don’t just toss it out because you’re already registered. Brevard County Supervisor of Elections Lori Scott wants to put your fresh John Hancock on the voter rolls. “Handwriting and signatures can change over time, and if it gets to a point that our computers don’t match the one on file with the form you sign when you vote, it will get tossed out,” Scott said. Russ Barnes of Suntree moved to Brevard and registered to vote in 1958, in the time of a vast Democrat majority. “That’s the way you had to register then if you wanted to vote on anything then,”

Barnes said, referring to the primaries that occur in August. Voter mood isn’t the only thing that changed in those 54 years, with the majority of elected officials and their constituents now Republican. Barnes’ signature had wavered over time. Voter registration staff printed out his old signature, held on file before the invention of the computer scanner, and scanned into the system since along with all other voter signatures. “I never would have thought about my signature changing,” he said as he filled out his new signature card. Many voters will get a card in the mail informing them of changes in their district number or polling place, as population shifts from the 2010 U.S. Census redraw districts and cost

cutting at the elections office streamlines the number of ballot locations. “This is the perfect opportunity to come in and update your signature,” said Scott, adding that signatures that change over time are not the only thing to void a vote cast. “With the increase in absentee mail-in ballots we are seeing parents sign for students at college, husbands sign for wives and vice versa,” Scott said. “In each case, the vote is cast out. It’s important if someone is going to vote absentee that the ballot reach them, that they vote, then sign and mail it back personally.” For more information or to find the closest Voter Registration office, go to or call 321-633-2124.VV


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The League of Women Voters of the Space Coast is pleased to announce that the onerous provisions of Florida’s 2011 voter registration law have ended. The league will once again be able to participate in voter registration drives. The League of Women Voters of the Space Coast heralds this victory and welcomes the opportunity to once again register voters in Brevard County. On May 31, 2012, a federal court ruled that numerous provisions of Florida’s 2011 voter registration law were “harsh and impractical.” The law imposed a number We offer


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of onerous burdens on organizations like the League of Women Voters who help citizens register to vote. One of the most egregious sections which was overturned required voter registration forms to be turned in within 48 hours after they were collected — even in the event of a hurricane. The sections that were blocked under the ruling by Judge Robert Hinkle made it clear that voter registration drives are constitutionally-protected activities. The league was one of the primary litigants in the lawsuit that resulted in the May 31 ruling. Our members all across Brevard County are excited about our ability to once again play a pivotal role in bringing new voices and voters into our democratic process. Many reports have shown that Florida is

lagging in new registrations compared to 2008, and there are many communities such as students, the disabled, the elderly, minorities and lowincome groups who depend on the league to help them get registered to vote. We look forward to working closely with our Supervisor of Elections as we carefully train and prepare our volunteers to work within the framework of the law, as we have always done. We want to encourage every Florida citizen to “Be Ready to Vote” in 2012 by checking if they are registered, and if their registration is up to date, at our voter service website: There, voters can download a registration form, update their address, request a mailin ballot, find their polling location and get early voting hours. VV

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Camping World, the nation’s largest RV and outdoor retailer, has opened their newest retail location in Cocoa. The location is officially named Camping World of Cocoa and offers a wide array of RV sales, service and accessories for the outdoor enthusiast. Camping World of Cocoa is located at 4700 King Street at exit 201 off I-95. The new 15,000 square foot facility encompasses both a Camping World retail store and Camping World RV Sales dealership. For information, call 888-691-3610. VV

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Care and Counsel for Combat Trauma By MARY BROTHERTON

As hard as it can be to await the return of deployed military personnel, discovering changes due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) can be devastating for loved ones. Women Reaching Women, a 501(c)(3) outreach organization formed to assist military mothers and children who seek help coping with the sometimes drastic changes that occur when spouses and parents return to civilian life, is sponsoring Care and Counsel for Combat Trauma in September. CCCT is a course to raise awareness and provide 30 continuing education units for counselors, family members, pastors and other volunteers. The training program, approved by the American Psychological Association and the National Board of Certified Counselors, will be held at Calvary Chapel located at 2852 Fellowship Place in Viera, near Space Coast Stadium, Sept. 20 through 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. There are no special

requirements needed and anyone can benefit from the course. Those suffering from trauma or their family members may participate, according to Donna Long, founder of Women Reaching Women. CCCT will be facilitated by Crystal Turman, licensed clinical social worker. Long said, “Crystal has facilitated this course twice before when Women Reaching Women presented it to the public.� The program is free for awareness attendees; the cost for CEUs is $180, which includes the $30 processing fee. “Women Reaching Women is so thankful that Calvary Chapel shares the vision to educate and equip as many in the community as possible in order to help those who suffer from trauma, which is not reserved for the military only; people experience the effects of trauma through car accidents, rape, natural disasters or loss of loved ones,� Long said. To reserve your seat, contact Include your name and phone number in your email. VV

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25 years and many helping hands later, Hope shines on By Linda Wiggins

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When Frank Bradley and Art Griffin came to Suntree, the need was clear. Though the town was just starting out and neighboring Viera was not even on the map, the area was growing and churches would be needed. Twenty-five years later, a musical anniversary bash for Hope Episcopal Church is planned for 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14 called Rockin’ on Interlachen, so named for the street on which the church is located, just south of N. Wickham Road. “We have a rich history and an even richer present and future,” said Rev. Debbie Vann, pastor of the church. “We wanted to do something for the community to celebrate our growing up together, but also give an opportunity for those who wish to join us in helping those less fortunate.”

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Bradley, Griffin and other pioneers first met in July of their first year of worship, at what was then Suntree United Methodist Church’s building, now the home of St. Paul’s Anglican Church. The musical chairs of churches continued when the

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Nancy and Frank Bradley and Art and Arlene Griffin are Hope Episcopal Church pioneers who first saw the need for the church in Suntree 25 years ago.

first property was purchased, on what is now the home of Friendship Unitarian Universalist Church. “Our first building was an old house,” Griffin said. “We all pitched in, cleaned it up, and put a couple of candles on a table for an altar.” The popular service quickly outgrew the space and members met in the Suntree Elementary School cafeteria for worship. The current facility was built in two phases and now includes a community room with wood floors overlooking towering pines and a pristine lake.

“I felt we didn’t need a ministerial association as much as we needed the people who do the work. Pastors are so busy, but they also attend,” Bradley said. S/VAAC pools funds from member churches to pay for emergency needs like utilities, rent and gas cards to keep families in their homes and their breadwinners in the workplace. Hope and other member churches collect food, which is distributed at the Advent Lutheran Church food pantry at 6 p.m. Thursdays by S/VAAC volunteers.

Shortly after the church’s founding, Bradley saw the need to reach out to the community to fill basic needs. He formed the Suntree/Viera Area Association of Churches, which brings together the outreach volunteers of 12 churches along the Wickham Road, Murrell Road and U.S. 1 corridor, from Faith Fellowship to the south, to Faith “Viera” Lutheran to the north.

The free music fest will showcase local praise bands, including Hope Praise Band, Advent Lutheran’s Disciple 13, The DOCK Kids African Drum Circle and Gospel Band, Holy Trinity Academy’s Honors Music Society and Melbourne Church of Christ’s Chorus. Donations will be accepted for S/VAAC emergency giving and food donations collected for the Advent Lutheran food pantry. For more information, call 321-259-5810. VV

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Impressive season for VSLL All-Stars By Carl Kotala

The list of accomplishments the Viera Suntree Little League has accomplished this All-Star season is impressive to say the least. Five district championships. Three sectional championships. Three teams reaching the state tournament, and one of them is still going. The VSLL Juniors won their sectional tournament to advance to the state championship tournament, hosted by the Braden River Little League in Bradenton. The Juniors defeated Boca Raton 10 and SW Port St. Lucie 6-3 to win their section title. Sebastian Samuels had three hits and four RBIs in the first game, while Hayden Kingston also had three hits and Vincent Benvenuto and Jimmy Cawley each had two. Chris McLaughlin had an RBI and stole two bases. Bryson Wallace had two hits and two RBIs. Wallace, Kingston, Jackson Prater, Samuels and Christian Smallwood all combined to pitch a one-hit shutout. In the second game, Alex Brait hit a three-run double, followed by home runs from Prater and Samuels. Prater struck out six and allowed one earned run, and Samuels came on to get the save, using only 10 pitches to get the final three outs.

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The all-volunteer Space Coast Writers’ Guild (SCWG) members recently elected Viera resident and author Donna Chesher as its president. The SCWG is dedicated to encouraging, instructing and developing writers and the leadership’s goal is an emphasis on outreach. Chesher’s previous nonprofit experience includes fundraising with the University of California. For more information, visit VV

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Summer’s a fine time to emphasize lacrosse fundamentals By Jeff Navin

Summer vacation didn’t slow down the girls who play for the Viera Vipers as part of the Viera Suntree Lacrosse club. They just played a different version of the same sport. Chumash, a version of lacrosse which usually is three-on-three competition with a goal in the center of a smaller field, became a fun way to enjoy the game. “In the summer, so many of the girls were on vacation,’’ Viera Vipers coach Donna Wallace said. “Three on three Chumash is good for the girls to show up when they are available. We don’t have to worry about fielding enough people for a larger field.’’ The smaller game also is an excellent way to work on fundamentals in a controlled environment. Wallace’s players range from third grade to eighth grade.



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Viera roller derby novice gets up to speed By George White

Getting up to speed, and gladly taking a few hits and falls, are just part of the fun these days for Viera resident Suzy Molnar, a new member of The Molly Roger Rollergirls (MRRG), a fullcontact, women’s flat-track roller derby league. Game play consists of a series of short matchups or “jams” in which both teams designate a scoring player, the “jammer”, who scores points by lapping members of the opposing team. The teams attempt to assist their own jammer while hindering the opposing jammer—in effect, playing both offense and defense simultaneously. Molnar, now playing under the nickname “Sooz Momofuku,” aspires to be a blocker. She made her first “pace line” during practice in late June, nearly keeping up with


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For the members of the Sunrise Springboard Diving club, practicing at the Satellite Beach High School pool twice weekly is not a chore. The young men and women who hone their skills in various dives say they find true joy in what they are doing. Six members of the club will compete in the A.A.U. (Amateur Athletic Union) diving competitions in Huntersville, N.C. at the end of July. Each age group must complete a certain amount of dives and score a preset number of points prior to being chosen for the competition. For the 12 and 13 year olds, seven dives must be completed. Younger divers, those 11 and under, must complete five dives. Scores for the one-meter board

must be 205 to qualify for the competition and for the threemeter board, a score of 210 or higher is required. There are five basic dives with variations on each. These are the front dive, the back, the reverse (or gainer), the inward and the twister. Each dive has its own degree of difficulty. Sunrise Springboard Diving Club’s owner and coach, Bill Talbot, admits he can be a bit of a taskmaster when it comes to the members, but he displays a soft side, also. It is obvious from talking with him, he truly cares about the children he coaches. The six qualified divers who will participate in this year’s national competition are Sarah “Ninja” Rousseau, Ali Giuliani, Lillian Henderson, Cameron Johnson, Courtney Clark and Hana Hamilton.

They practice two to three times a week prior to competition at the school (for the one-meter board) or at the high school in Sebastian (for the three-meter board). Sarah Rousseau, 12, has been diving since she was 7. Her love of the water and swimming began when she was only 5 years old. Her favorite dives are the front double on the one-meter board and the inward one-and-one-half pike on the three-meter board. With high aspirations, she said what she liked best about diving is, “Competing, making friends, and a chance to go to the Olympics one day.” For more information about the Sunrise Springboard Diving Club or the A.A.U., please call Bill Talbot at 321-610-3424 or VV

Viera’s Best Kept Secret Come celebrate summer with us, we have classes for everyone! Zumba , Zumba Gold, Pilates Barre, Pilates and TRX.Our instructors are all certified, experienced and fabulous! For the month of August your first class is free! Space is limited so please call ahead to reserve your spot. We also offer one on one pilates training to take your practice to the next level. Nothing beats a reformer workout!

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AAU tournament draws 109 teams to Brevard County By Carl Kotala

Fifth-grade basketball players and their families from all around the country descended on Brevard County during the week of July 16-21 for the annual AAU Boys Basketball National Tournament. The event not only helped crown an AAU national champion, but it also had a significant impact on the local economy. Rusty Buchanan, executive director of Space Coast Sports, which has put on the event for the past 20 years, estimated the 109 teams took up 6,000 room nights and generated an economic impact of $3 million. Teams from as far away as California made the trip to Brevard County to play in the tournament. In fact, the field was so big, it had to be divided into two divisions based on skill level. There were also two separate opening ceremonies. Nine gyms from around the county were used to host the tournament, including

Viera High, where the championship game was played. The Indy Hoosiers defeated the South Carolina Hornets 54-50 to win the 11U title. P.K. Martin, one of two AAU commissioners on hand for the tournament, said the fifth-grade event is very important because this is where the children really begin to separate themselves physically, and he praised the way the tournament here is run. “It’s so critical, for fourth and fifth grade, that we make it a pageantry for them and that’s what Space Coast Sports does a fantastic job of,” Martin said. “I would have to say that they’re probably, behind Disney, our No. 1 pageantry in terms of the opening ceremony, in terms of the presentation of the awards. I love coming down here.” Buchanan is proud that he has been able to continually win the bid to keep hosting the event. It will be here again in 2013 and, hopefully, long after that as well. VV

Viera East Bowling League Champions 2011-12 L-R: Bob Brown, Janet Groberski, Carlos Medina and Jim Mieritz are the 2011-12 champions of the Viera East Bowling League, which is open to anyone and bowls at Brunswick Harbor Lanes on south Wickham Road from November to March. New bowlers are always welcome. For more details, contact Jim Mieritz at or VIERA VOICE Photo 262-227-6447.



This year’s AAU 11-under tournament drew 109 teams from throughout the country, including this team from Indianapolis, which won the national championship with a 54-50 win over a team from South Carolina. July 21, 2012 Viera High School.

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Registration under way for 40-and-older Basketball League in Viera Registration is under way for a 40-and-older Basketball League through Brevard County South Area Parks and Recreation. Games will be played on Monday evenings at the Viera Regional Community Center, 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way in Viera. The team fee is $345, which includes a 10-game regular season and a single-elimination playoff tournament. For more information, call the Viera Regional Community Center at 321-433-4891.


Viera Realty’s Ice Cream Social & Devereux School Supply Drive 2 - 4 p.m. Viera Discovery Center 7350 Shoppes Drive 321- 254-4800 Viera Suntree Lacrosse Club Offseason Boys and Girls Clinics Viera Regional Park 2 to 4 p.m. Fields: 6 and 7 321-480-5521


Space Coast Ice Plex Family Public Ice Skate

3 - 5 p.m. One child skates free per paying adult $7 admission, $3 skate rental Children under 3 Free Children 4&5 cost is $5 including skates 720 Roy Wall Blvd. 321-504-7500


Brevard Schools Registration Day!



5 - 6 p.m. $12 Viera Rec. Center 321-433-4891

1 - 9:30 pm Pineda Inn, Rockledge

Space Coast Ice Plex Family Public Ice Skate

3 - 5 p.m. One child skates free per paying adult $7 admission, $3 skate rental Children under 3 Free Children 4&5 cost is $5 including skates 720 Roy Wall Blvd. 321-5047500


Brevard Manatees vs. Clearwater Threshers

National Night Out


Election Day Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Central Brevard Support Group 9:30-11 a.m. Get answers to questions on custody, guardianship, adoption issues, public benefits, etc. 123 Barton Blvd., Rockledge 321-631-7776

Space Coast Stadium $5/person, $2/dog 321-636-3343

The 5th Annual Sam Jam to Benefit Brevard Music Aid


5 p.m. Join your neighborhood watch groups and Suntree Garden Club local businesses for this 9-12 p.m. Suntree/Viera Public Library event emphasizing the importance of crime 902 Jordan Blass Dr. prevention and offering 321-255-4404 helpful tips. Admission is free, and food will be available! Bricks4Kidz McLarty Park, Rockledge 5-6 p.m. $12 Viera Rec. Center 433-4891

Bark in the Park





Classic Albums Live The Doors- First Album 8 p.m. King Center for the Performing Arts 3865 N. Wickham Road Melbourne 321-242-2219


5 - 6 p.m. $12 Viera Rec. Center 433-4891




National Senior Citizen’s Day! Friends of the Suntree/Viera Library Board Meeting



5 - 6 p.m. $12 Viera Rec. Center 5:05 p.m. Space Coast Stadium, Viera 321-433-4891

Space Coast Ice Plex Family Public Ice Skate

3 - 5 p.m. One child skates free per paying adult $7 admission, $3 skate rental Children under 3 Free Children 4&5 cost is $5 including skates 720 Roy Wall Blvd. Rockledge




Brevard County Manatees Brevard County Manatees Movie in the Park vs. Jupiter Hammerheads vs. Jupiter Hammerheads “Up” 6:35 p.m. Space Coast Stadium

6:35 p.m. Space Coast Stadium

8:30 p.m. Wickham Park

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Viera Means Business Networking Group 7:55 a.m. Various Locations 321-242-1235

Board of Supervisors of the Viera East Community Development Basic Perspective I District workshop Drawing Class 1 p.m. Education Building Faith Lutheran Church 5550 Faith Drive 407-841-5524


Oyster Mat Workshop

10 a.m. to noon Free 12 years old and older Riverwalk: A Family Park 5355 US Hwy 1 Rockledge 321- 254-9453

Aug. 9 & 16 Daytime 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Evening Session 6- 8 p.m. Art Gallery of Viera 2261 Town Center Avenue Suite 111, Viera 321-504-4343



6 - 7 p.m. $12 Viera Rec. Center 321-433-4891


Free Seminar Back and Neck Pain

Noon - 1 p.m. Deuk Spine, Viera 8043 Spyglass Hill Rd. RSVP 321-775-0428


1 p.m. Education Building of the Faith Lutheran Church 5550 Faith Drive 407-841-5524



The Fresh Beat Band

7 p.m. King Center for the Performing Arts 3865 N. Wickham Road 321-242-2219 Basic Perspective II Drawing Class Aug. 23 & 30 Daytime 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Evening Session 6 - 8 p.m. Art Gallery of Viera 2261 Town Center Avenue 321-504-4343


Creed Concert

7:30 p.m. King Center for the Performing Arts 3865 N. Wickham Road Melbourne 321-242-2219


Brevard Zoo Youth ECO Summit

9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Brevard Zoo Teen Program is hosting a Youth ECO Summit to educate and encourage the youth of Brevard County to work to conserve the environment that surrounds them! Youth ages 11 to 18 will have the opportunity to meet others their own age that share the same interests, and aspire to preserve the environment.


Central Brevard Humane Society 60th Anniversary Inaugural Tuxes and Tails Gala

Indian River Colony Club in Melbourne (Viera)

Parent’s Night Out

Humane Society Adoptable Pets Event

9 a.m. - 1p.m. Suntree/Viera Public Library Central Brevard 321-255-4404 5:30 -10 p.m. Viera Rec. Center 433-5521


Classic Albums Live Beatles: Rubber Soul and Revolver

8 p.m. King Center for the Performing Arts 3865 N. Wickham Road 321-242-2219 Call for appointment. *Adams Golf 6300 N. Wickham Rd. 321-752-0078

Board of Supervisors Viera East CDD meeting


Seaside Piecemakers

Demo Day at Golf USA

3-5 p.m. Suntree/Viera Public Library Free Basketball Clinic 902 Jordan Blass Dr. 6-16 yr olds 321-255-4404 5:30 - 8 p.m. Viera Rec. Center 321-525-2535




Atlantic Eye MD Dr. Frederick Ho Silver Anniversary Open House

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Molly Mutt III Thrift Shop Rockledge 321-636-3343


Suntree/Viera Youth Football League vs. Titusville Viera Regional Park

Lagoon Restoration

10-11:30 a.m. The Marine Resources Council’s role in restoring the Indian River Lagoon. 6195 N. Tropical Trail Merritt Island. 321-449-4720

6th Annual Daffodil Gala

South Pacific Style Holiday Inn-Viera 268-5504


Brevard Manatees vs. Clearwater Threshers 6:35 p.m. Space Coast Stadium

3 - 6 p.m. 8040 N. Wickham Rd. Viera 321-757-7272


Sept. 1

Grand Opening Thrifty Produce

Palm Bay 2135 Palm Bay Road 321-726-8007


6 - 7 p.m. $12 Viera Rec. Center 321-433-4891

Do you have an event you would like on this calendar?

Email your event before the 15th of each month to: Please include the name of the event, time, address and a contact phone number. If email is not an option, please call 321-242-1235, also by the 15th of each month or mail your information to: Viera Voice, 7630 N. Wickham Rd., Suite 105, Viera, FL 32940


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â&#x20AC;&#x153;First Crush!â&#x20AC;? wine-tasting extravaganza Special to Viera Voice

heart-related technological advances for Health First Heart & Vascular Services such as Optical Coherence Tomography technology and an Intravascular Ultrasound that can non-invasively visualize heart blockages. While listening to live music, â&#x20AC;&#x153;First Crush!â&#x20AC;? attendees may sample international wines with gourmet foods prepared by some of Brevardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier

Every fall, the Health First Foundation hosts a fundraiser called Grape Escape. On Aug. 25, the foundation introduces â&#x20AC;&#x153;First Crush!â&#x20AC;? from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Audi of Melbourne dealership on Nasa Boulevard in Melbourne. The funds raised from these events help purchase

restaurants, including Green Turtle Market, Djonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Oceanside Grille, au bon pain, and Silvestroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Tickets are $100 per person and the event will be limited to 250 participants. For tickets or more information, contact the Health First Foundation at 321-434-7353 or VV

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Your car, our track! Bring your zucchini race car and test its speed before entering the Zucchini 500 race at Harvest Festival.

VIERA EAST COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS TO CONSIDER THE REVISION OF THE RULES AND RATES GOVERNING THE OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF THE VIERA EAST GOLF CLUB AND ADOPTION OF THE DISTRICTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S FISCAL YEAR 2012/2013 BUDGET. The Board of Supervisors of the Viera East Community Development District will hold a public hearing on August 23, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. for the purpose of hearing public comment and objections to the amendment of Chapter IV of the Rules of Procedure and certain rates, fees, charges, and operating policies for the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s golf course. A public hearing will also be held at 7 p.m. for the purpose of hearing comments and objections on the adoption of the budget of the District for Fiscal Year 2012/2013. In addition, the Board will hear public comment and objections relative to the levy of a non ad valorem assessment pursuant to Florida Law for the purpose of funding operations and maintenance and principal and interest expenses of the District.

A copy of the agenda and proposed rules and budget may  $$$#$"$ '# $$ % %# Drive, Viera, FL 32955, during normal business hours, or on the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website at

The public hearing and meeting are open to the public and will be conducted in accordance with the provisions of Florida law for Community Development Districts. The public hearing and meeting may be continued to a date, time, !$ #!' $" "$$$

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$#$  "$&$  %"#!" "$ $$& %"" or speech impaired, please contact the Florida Relay Service 

  " $$$#$"$' Each person who decides to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at the public hearings or meeting is advised that person will need a record of proceedings and that accordingly, the person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including the testimony and evidence upon which such appeal is to be based. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;District Manager

Test race your carâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s design in September (Check Viera Voice Sept. issue for schedule) Use your imagination to win prizes Children â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Get prepared for the second annual Viera Voice Zucchini 500, part of the Scarecrow Stroll & Harvest Festival. Test your Zucchini car and racing skills in September on our track prior to the big race at Harvest Festival on Oct. 13, when racers will compete for judging and ribbons. Will your car be the fastest? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to build a zucchini car. Select a squash you think will be sleek enough to win, add two axles and wheels (new or used; wood, metal or plastic) and decorate with paint, decals, fins or whatever you want to make the car uniquely your own. Make it a science project. What makes a car aerodynamic?

Zucchini Race Car requirements â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘

Car size limits will be published in Septemberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Viera Voice NO explosives or motors. Each entry must be self-propelled. Children are encouraged to build cars in advance. Wheels must be attached to zucchini. The zucchini cannot be a â&#x20AC;&#x153;passengerâ&#x20AC;?, but part of the body. Racers must bring decorated cars to the trials and also to the finals at the Harvest Festival on Oct. 13. Please note: due to the perishable nature of produce, you may have to reproduce your car more than once.

Judging and prize categories at Harvest Festival October 13. 1. Fastest â&#x20AC;&#x201C; First to the bottom wins!

Test trials in September to achieve your goals. 2. Most Creative â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Does your zucchini car stand out in a crowd? 3. 100% NASCAR Theme â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Design your zucchini race car after your favorite driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s car! Check out the photos from the Zucchini Race at the Scarecrow Stroll and Harvest Festival 2011.

Read the September issue of Viera Voice for more details on the trials.

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Former students are now teachers

VIERA VOICE Rosemary H. Lynn

Aaron Hendrickson and John Houlihan practice together at the Creative, Music, Art & Learning Center in Suntree on July 17, 2012.

VIERA VOICE Rosemary H. Lynn

Loretta Fox sits at the piano between Aaron Hendrickson and John Houlihan, the two young students who teach at the Creative Music, Art and Learning Center in Suntree on July 17, 2012. By Rosemary H. Lynn

VIERA VOICE Rosemary H. Lynn

John Houlihan works with a student, Jeremy Gluck, at the piano during a lesson at the Creative Music, Art and Learning Center in Suntree on July 17, 2012.

The Creative Music, Art and Learning Center on Bedford Drive in Suntree is located in an inconspicuous building that might easily be missed. Loretta Fox has owned and operated the center since 2000. She has studied music for most of her life. She has a degree in education. Aaron Hendrickson and John Houlihan were students at the school when they were younger and wanted to continue their musical experience by offering lessons to young musicians. Both are 17 years old and students at Viera High School. They each have studied music since they were quite young and enjoy helping other young

people learn to play piano and violin. Hendrickson is accomplished on the violin as well as the piano. Houlihan plays and teaches piano at the school. Both continue to study music, as well as teach it. When asked why they wanted to teach at the school, both indicated a passion for music. Hendrickson said, “I want to share my experience and knowledge of music with others.” Houlihan said, “I wanted a summer job that was rewarding and teaching piano was a natural choice.” Currently, Hendrickson has two students, ages 9 and 12. Houlihan has one student, 14-year-old Jeremy

Gluck who has been taking lessons for three years. Houlihan plays clarinet and trumpet and enjoys tennis as well and is taking advanced placement (AP) classes. Hendrickson also plays oboe and xylophone but has other interests as well. He is a surfer, plays soccer, and takes AP classes. The school currently has eight instructors who teach piano, violin, harp, guitar, voice and drums. They also have a program called Music for Little Mozarts for children 4 to 6. For more information about the school, contact Loretta Fox at 321-255-0116. VV


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Brevard Public Schools new enrollment requirements Age Requirements Mandatory School Age: Florida Statute 1003.21 requires that all children, who will have attained the age of 6 years old by Feb. 1 of any school year, must attend school regularly during the entire school term. Kindergarten A child entering kindergarten for the first time must be five years old on or before Sept. 1. First Grade A child entering first grade must have satisfactorily completed kindergarten and be six years old on or before Sept. 1. Proof of Age The acceptable evidence or documents for proof of age as outlined in FS 1003.21 are listed below and may be accepted in the order listed. A birth certificate is the primary document required. However, if one cannot be obtained, the next evidence obtainable in the order set forth shall be acceptable. Birth Certificate A duly attested transcript of the childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birth record filed according to law with a public officer charged with the duty of recording births must be presented at the time of registration for proof of age. Baptism Certificate A duly attested transcript of a certificate of baptism showing the date of birth and place of baptism of the child accompanied by an affidavit sworn to by the parent. Insurance Policy An insurance policy on the childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life, which has been in force for at least two years. Bible Record A bonafide contemporary Bible record of the childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birth accompanied by an affidavit sworn to by the parent. Passport A passport or certificate of arrival in the United States showing the age of the child. School Record A transcript of record of age shown in the childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s school record of at least four years prior to application, stating date of birth. If none of these evidences can be produced, an affidavit of age sworn to by the parent, accompanied by a certificate of age signed by a public health officer or by a public school physician, or, if neither of these shall be available in the county, by a licensed practicing physician designated by the school board. The certificate shall state that the health officer or physician has examined the child and believes that the age

as stated in the affidavit is correct.

Compulsory Immunizations

All students must have a valid certificate of immunization or certificate of exemption on file before being admitted to a year round school. A student whose immunization records are not in compliance will not be admitted to school until a valid certificate of immunization or exemption is presented.

Immunizations Requirements 2011-2012 IMPORTANT NOTE - Hepatitis B Immunization A student must have completed the first Hepatitis B shot and have a valid temporary medical exemption. Transfer of Records A student may be allowed to attend school up to thirty (30) days until his/her cumulative records are transferred from a previous school, provided that you get verification from previous school that all immunizations have already been completed and proper certification is a part of the studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cumulative record. This is not a waiver period, only time allowed to request and receive the studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s official record. Should the records arrive with no certification included, the student may not continue in school until the proper certification of immunization or exemption is presented. The student is temporarily excluded from school and (student and parents) referred to the Brevard County Health Department. Certificate of Immunization Department of Health Form 680 The Florida Certificate of Immunization (Department of Health Form 680), must be used to document immunization requirements for admittance or attendance in a childcare facility, public or non-public school, grades Pre-K, K12. Physical Examinations

Within thirty (30) school days of initial entry to a Brevard County public school, a student must present evidence of a physical examination performed within one year prior to the date of entry. Students transferring into Brevard County public schools from a school within the State of Florida who have a completed physical

examination as part of their school record need not be reexamined. *Please note that 30 days is not extended to PreK and Kindergarten students. Reports of physical examinations may be made on forms provided by the Brevard County Health Department and available from the health department and physicians. Reports of physical examinations completed out-of-state may be accepted, if performed within one year of entry and good pertinent information is recorded. It is no longer necessary to transfer information to a Florida Form 3040. Physical examinations in the State of Florida may be performed by an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP), any licensed physician, including chiropractic physicians. Exemptions from Physical Examination and/or Immunizations A child may be exempt from the required physical examination and/or immunizations upon written request of the parent or guardian of such child stating objection to the immunizations and/or examinations on religious grounds or for medical reason certified by a competent medical authority. VV

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Youth ECO Summit brings ideas to better environment By Jeff Navin

If all goes well, it won’t just be another day at the zoo. Meg Lieth, the zoo teen coordinator at the Brevard Zoo, and her young friends hope the inaugural Youth ECO Summit will prompt young people throughout Brevard County to make the necessary changes to counteract climate change in order to preserve and improve the environment. It won’t be an easy task. The Youth ECO Summit will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4 at the Brevard Zoo. Boys and girls ranging in age from 11 to 18 will attend workshops, listen to speakers and develop plans to help restore zest to Brevard County’s environment. “Last November, we went to the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit in Sarasota at Mote Marine Laboratory,’’ said Sarah Tanke, who will be a sophomore at West Shore Junior/Senior High this month. “That inspired us to start a beach cleanup. And then, we decided to take it a step forward to have this summit. There was a lot of brainstorming with a lot of kids. The summit gave us a little focus on the environment and different problems in other areas of the state.’’


West Shore Junior/Senior High sophomore, Sarah Tanke, far left; Robbie Breininger, also a sophomore at West Shore Junior/Senior High; Amanda Tito, a senior at Edgewood Junior/Senior High and Meg Lieth, the zoo teen coordinator, have worked hard to organize the inaugural Youth ECO Summit.

“We’d like to see them make a pledge to save part of the environment.” Amanda Tito, who will be a senior at Edgewood Junior/ Senior High on Merritt Island, is worried about the plight of the ocean. “I like being on the water and I want to help and protect the animals,’’ the 17-year-old Tito said. “Through the beach cleanups, we’ve seen what a problem smoking can be on the beach. People throw their butts all over the place. This is harmful for the seagulls, birds and animals when it’s

washed into the ocean.’’ Tanke, 15, has focused her efforts on the complex world of the Intracoastal Waterway, which has fascinated marine biologists around the world as freshwater and saltwater species merge. “I’m into the ocean, too, but I want to help restore the Indian River Lagoon oyster mats,’’ Tanke said. “If we can get that going and deploy oyster mats there and into the Mosquito Lagoon, I feel that we could make a

difference.’’ Robbie Breininger, who will be a 10th grader at West Shore next month, has fond memories and continues to enjoy trekking through scrub lands with his father, David, a biologist, and his brothers. “I’m passionate about scrub jays and scrub lands,’’ Breininger said. “I’ve been able to work with my dad and he’s taught me how we can help. He does population counts, puts differentcolored bands on them to

help identify them and how old they are. I’ve learned how they need to be protected and I want to help.’’ Three teens can’t save the world, but the Youth ECO Summit could help to change the attitudes of some young people. “We’d like to see them make a plan for what they can do,’’ said Lieth, a native of North Carolina who has worked at the Brevard Zoo for the past six years. “They could help on a project or start their own. We’d like to see them make a pledge to save part of the environment. It could be something as simple as recycling or turning out the lights. Every little bit helps.’’ Tanke, Tito and Breininger are all members of the Zoo Teens. The volunteers, ranging in age from 13 to 16, help the staff at the Brevard Zoo with animal handling and public education, kayaking and animal husbandry. The program also fulfills the community service requirement for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program. “We just want kids who have a love for animals and the environment,’’ Lieth said. “No experience is necessary. We just want the kids to be excited to be here.’’ For information on the Youth ECO Summit, call Lieth at 321-254-9453, ext. 272.VV CHRISTIAN OWNED COMPANY

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School starts on the earliest day in Brevard County history, Wednesday, Aug. 8, the date set by soaring scores on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, or FCAT. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are a high performing school district and so we get to start earlier in August,â&#x20AC;? said Brevard schools official Monique Henzmann. Each of the past three years, schools have started two weeks ahead of any schools in the state that are not high performing. Leap year made the date the earliest on local record. Some parents had hoped for a later start, with many voicing concerns to the Brevard County School Board at meetings in recent months. But in the end, the board accepted the Florida Department of Educationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offer to apply as a high-scoring district and will start the school year two weeks earlier. The downsides voiced by parents: â&#x20AC;˘ National, and even some in-state, contests and camps are still under way and local students must either miss them or miss the start of school. â&#x20AC;˘ School starts in the height of the summer heat, stretching the hot streak before the typical mid-October break in temperatures. â&#x20AC;˘ Families may need to choose between skipping late-summer family reunions and vacations or keeping students out of school. â&#x20AC;˘ The early start date leads to child-custody friction between divorced parents whose former spouses live in northern states, which typically start school after Labor Day, which this year puts the school start date at Sept. 4, one month later than Brevard schoolsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; beginning date. For many families, the benefits outweigh the downsides, especially as students reach junior high and high school levels. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obviously, the main advantage that we have earned, and the point of this, is that students and teachers have the extra two weeks to prepare for the FCAT, which this year will be in March, a month earlier than the previous year,â&#x20AC;? said Ruth McCreeary, administration manager for Manatee Elementary School in Viera. Area elementary schools Suntree, Quest and Ralph Williams also maintained their A grades. Other benefits: â&#x20AC;˘ Students will finish the semester before winter break, and not risk forgetting important lessons or having to study during vacation for tougher tests in junior high and high school. â&#x20AC;˘ School will end earlier in spring. To pick up a copy of a studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s individual FCAT results, contact the studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s front office or call 321-633-1000 to be connected, or for any other school district information. VV


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Dr. Marc Gray moved his family from Michigan for the fair Florida weather and returned to the classroom to stay current on the newest advances in chiropractic medicine so he can continue bringing healing and balance to patients, as he has since 1978. He opened his clinic in the Suntree Business Park on July 2. Experienced in all phases of chiropractic, the former competitive polo player said his four children have received chiropractic adjustments since birth. He has worked with athletes dealing with sports injuries from pee wee to the Olympic and professional levels. He also works with nonathletes of all ages. Suntree Chiropractic is located at 130 Interlachen Rd., Suite D, just off Wickham Road. For more information, call 321-622-6778. VV

and families as well as those who have been driving from Rockledge/Viera to Merritt Island for years. Erin Coris said, “We chose Viera because the community is continuing to grow. It has great family-oriented and pet-friendly neighborhoods. We hope to provide caring, compassionate service to the animals and their families.” Erin Coris will manage the Viera clinic with Ian Birkbeck, DVM; Matthew Coris will continue to provide animal


Erin Coris has been a doctor of veterinary medicine since 2003. She and her husband, Matthew Coris, who is also a veterinarian, have owned Island Animal Hospital on Merritt Island for four years. After they saw the rapid expansion of homes and businesses in Viera, they decided to expand. Animal Hospital opened in Viera on Monday, July 18 and welcomes new pets

care at the Merritt Island location along with Dr. Thomas Sisserson. “Ian is a wonderful addition to our business,” Erin Coris said. “He joined us right after he graduated from the University of Florida in 2011.” Animal Hospital in Viera is located in the Publix plaza at the intersection of Stadium Pkwy. and Viera Blvd. For hours or more information, call 321-6338387 or visit islandanimal. com. VV

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people have here is by far the most unique part of this office. The atmosphere we have created makes it a great place to visit.” Sundance Dentistry opened in late July and is located at 5380 Stadium Parkway, Suite 119 . For more information, call 321-806-4200. VV

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Changes in media positions at Brevard schools By Linda Wiggins

If parents need to speak to someone about schools or if information is to go out to the public or the media, a new voice will do the talking. Brevard County Public Schools hired a new communications director July 23. Michelle Irwin comes to Brevard schools from L’Anse Creuse Public Schools in Michigan where she served as the senior director for community relations and programs since 2004. Brevard’s previous communications director, Christine A. Davis, Ed.S., now serves as coordinator of Choice, Charter and Strategic Planning. “The District has an array of options for our students to explore their passions and discover new skills—magnet schools, choice schools, academies, choice programs, career and technical programs, and much more,” Davis said. “Unfortunately, school choice is often an unknown concept to many of our families. As parents, we often have more information about purchasing a new cell phone than we do about how to choose a school for our children. I want to change that.” The goal of the new role is to help parents understand what educational resources are currently available for their children. “As a mom and a resident of Brevard, I understand

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King, from North Carolina, received two bachelor’s degrees in college, one in biology and one in nursing. Later, she earned a master’s degree in biochemistry. “I grew up wanting to be a doctor, but life took me other places for a while, so I did it in a very roundabout way. I think nursing helped me be a better doctor, but I would say if you‘re going to be in that much debt, go straight for it. I kept my nursing degree for a long time because I worked hard to get that degree. Nurses work extremely hard, don‘t get the respect that they deserve and they take a holistic look at a human being, not just their medical issue. Doctors need to listen to nurses,’’ she said. A single parent, King took an Army scholarship at Texas Tech Medical School and subsequently served six years in the military. King was in North Carolina when she heard about the opening in Viera. “We fell in love with this area. We love the beach. People were kind. Low crime. Everyone exercising. I just try to avoid I-95. I don’t want to live in a big city, so it had all the appeal to me,’’ she said. King enjoys her current

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practice as a member of Health First Physicians. “It’s been growing very rapidly. I treat things like high blood pressure, kidney problems and routine sickness like colds. Basically, anything that an adult can experience, I can take care of,’’ she said. Internal medicine physicians “handle more complicated issues as well.

We’re sort of a central hub for all of the specialists they have to see.’’ King admits running behind on patients because she takes time to listen to each one of them. “Doctors are in a conflict, caught between spending time with people and seeing a certain number of people. You have to have a good balance,’’ she said. VV


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American politics may forever become more interactive as the result of Thepeoplesvote, the brainchild of Chuck Kirkpatrick, of Rockledge. Active in Georgia politics and the Georgia Association of Professional Employers Organization, Kirkpatrick once was asked to run for office but passed on the offer. Because being elected is about relying on the help of a single party, he knew that eventually that party would e ask him to vote accordingly and perhaps against his better judgment. “I’ve always loved politics but declined. I‘ve always been supportive of the candidate and I‘ve never voted along party lines,’’ he said. A reoccurring dream has now become a website, to be launched Aug. 10, on which members voice their opinions on “non-binding, non-partisan advisory propositions.” “It’s a way for citizens to share their opinions before it becomes law because it’s extremely hard to alter a bill once it’s in the process. To me it’s so simple. It’s a new way of doing it but it‘s exactly like our nation‘s founders intended it to be,’’ he said.

The service would be free to basic members, $4 annually for an ad-free version and $59 per year for premium members which also includes a chat room and the ability to request statistical reports, according to Kirkpatrick. ”As important as the service will be to the voters, the data collected and compiled will mean even more to the politicians, especially compared to the information gleaned from often partisan current polling practices,” he said. “It’s a tool for them to understand the makeup of the district and how they feel about the issues.” Kirkpatrick quotes Thomas Jefferson about effective government being “well informed citizens meeting as neighbors so that policies could be decided by the common reason of the citizens themselves.’’ With positive feedback so far, he believes that soon will become an important part of the American political landscape. “It’s just an amazing feeling for me to see the excitement about this. It‘s just like the nation‘s founders intended. All we’re doing is bringing the technology in to make it more interactive,’’ he said. VV


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Several years from now, Viera High graduates could become regulars in the annual Colbert Classic at Duran Golf Club. That would only be appropriate since the golf event helps the Academy of Business & Finance and the Academy for Digital Arts & Media at the school. Money raised from the Colbert Classic helps to provide supplemental materials, fund field trips and pay for other products to sustain the academies. The alumni from these programs eventually could become the business leaders of Brevard County. The sixth annual Colbert Classic is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 17 at Duran Golf Club. The cost to compete is $80 for individual golfers and $300 for a foursome. The price will increase to $100 for

individual golfers and $350 for a foursome one week before the event. Breakfast and lunch will be included, as well as various prizes including a $200 gift card and four free rounds of golf at Duran Golf Club for the winner. It will begin at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start. Anyone lucky enough to record a hole-in-one will win a lucrative prize. There also are sponsorship opportunities and all contributions are tax deductible. Sandra Spence, a business teacher at Viera High, also teaches classes in the Academy of Business & Finance that focus on accounting, personal finance and microsoft word certification. “They learn so many skills,’’ Spence said. “I only wish every kid could do this program. But, we only have so many spots. There’s a

lot of team building, career shadowing and tours at accounting firms, banks, businesses and even at Viera Hospital. Between their junior and senior years, we have internships for them.’’ One popular program is learning how to manage a fictitious stock portfolio that opens with an equally fictitious $100,000. It doesn’t take long before the lingo of trading on margin, short selling and alternating between puts and calls becomes second nature. A typical freshman class will begin with 50 students for each academy. “We have kids in band and every sport is represented in the academies,’’ Spence said. “I’m certified in Microsoft, and that’s a great skill for the kids to have.’’ For information, call 321-751-8943. VV

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“I was just really excited,” Ashley said. “I started crying.” Climbing has always come naturally to Norton. When she was 4, she and her sister, Brittany, were playing outside at a friend’s house in the family’s Westland, Mich. condominium association. Jim came out to bring the girls in for lunch, but he didn’t see Ashley. When he asked where she was, her friends pointed up at a pine tree stretching between 40 to 50 feet into the sky. There was Ashley, at the top. “I wasn’t tall enough to reach the first branch, so my friends lifted me up to the first branch and I started going at it,” Ashley said. She climbed down the tree, too. Four years later, her father introduced her to rock climbing. Now, she has the opportunity of a lifetime, and the family is trying to raise $2,000 to help make that dream possible. If you would like to help Ashley, visit ashleynorton to donate. The website lists July 31 as the deadline, but funds VIERA VOICE Photo by Jim Norton can be accepted until Viera High School grad Ashley Norton, climbs up an artificial rock wall at Aug. 23. VV the SCS Youth National Championships in Atlanta last month.


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VHS Senior considering West Point future By George White

Viera High School Senior Thomas Seiler has been a member of his school’s Army ROTC unit for two years, rising to the rank of battalion commander. Such an experience is good for any student’s resume when the student is planning to attend an upper level college anywhere in the country, but Seiler has his sites set in a related direction to an institution considered at the top of service academies. Seiler, who is looking seriously at a career in the military, was selected for the Summer Leaders Seminar June 9 through 16 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point that only admits students who are strong candidates to attend West Point after graduation. There were 500 candidates in Seiler’s group, with a similar number already having taken the seminar previously. Only the best of the best will actually be chosen to become West Pointers; Seiler is hopeful he has a good shot.

“It was awesome. We had to wake up early and do the physical fitness part and then it was three days of training in engineering, leadership and ethics. I definitely got a good taste of what it’s going to be like there,’’ Seiler said. He said that the experience was a surprise in that some of his misconceptions were dispelled by the visit. “Before, I thought it was going to be super strict with everybody yelling at you, but it really wasn’t that way. It’s just a college that is strict, but they just expect you to do the work and don’t yell much,’’ he said. Seiler, like the other candidates for West Point, exhibits the qualities of a well-rounded student including being a member of the lacrosse and rifle teams and being named trumpet section leader in the Viera High School Marching Band. He would like his military career to be centered on engineering and ordnance, he said. VV


Thomas Seiler was selected for the Summer Leaders Seminar June 9 through 16 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point

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On this early June morning, I am exploring a pond at the Viera Wetlands. The birds are noisy with their morning chatter. Soon, the strident calls of a black-necked stilt (a bird with stilt-like legs) draw me to the water’s edge. I crouch among the tall reeds and wait. Before long, two adult stilts approach. A lively newborn closely follows. Staying at an appropriate

distance, I expectantly adjust my long lens. Promptly, the skittish female reacts. Relentless shrieks pierce the air. She darts into the water in a highstepping frenzy. When the youngling finally joins her, the agitation fades; she lowers herself upon it and broods in the shallow water. Her purpose is to shield the offspring from predation. To further shelter the chick, she encapsulates it under her wing. Then, with the chick still confined against her body, she painstakingly stands on her long legs. At this point, the chick is partially concealed, but its long dangling legs are fully exposed (see photo). Without delay, the protective mother heads towards nearby vegetation. She is yet burdened with the

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Business scarecrows wanted! The scarecrows might be scary, but the cause certainly isn’t as Bluewater Creative Group, Inc., the parent company of Viera Voice and Senior Life, will sponsor the second annual Harvest Festival. For $125, businesses can build their own scarecrows to help benefit local charities. Participating businesses will display scarecrows at their locations from Oct. 1 to Oct. 12 before moving them to the Harvest Festival at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13 for display and silent auction, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. If it rains, the event will be held on Oct. 14. Vendors who want to participate in the Harvest Festival may contact Katherine Sonn of the Viera Voice at 321-242-1635. Scarecrows which are not sold will be donated to local charitable organizations for seasonal decorations. A scarecrow building class will be held in September to guide businesses through the

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Virginia Hamilton, (left) coordinated this fund raising event with World of Beer owners Maribeth Liska and Chuck Liska.

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Shrek Crow was a popular scarecrow at the Harvest Festival last year.

task of constructing one of their favorite characters. Scarecrows may be scary, traditional or funny. Faces may be sad, cheerful, beautiful, angry or ugly. They must be freestanding, supported by a prop or built around a frame. Rubber, plastic or store-bought masks are not permitted. Scarecrows must be no taller than 7 feet and they must fit in a 5 foot by 5 foot space. They must be portable, weighing no more than 50 lbs.

Individuals, families, civic organizations and schools may participate. Prizes will be awarded by a panel of judges for first, second and third place. There also will be a People’s Choice Award and a Best of Show schoolcrow award given to a local school. Pick up your entry form at the Viera Voice office at 7630 N. Wickham Rd., Suite 105 in Viera. For information, call Viera Voice at 321-242-1235. VV

Which has the bigger number: Breeds of dogs in the world or brands of beer in the world? The two are not even close. There are more than150 breeds registered with the American Kennel Club, and well more than 500 with various other kennel clubs. But if you want a truly big number, there are more than 20,000 brands of beer in the world. World of Beer in The Avenue Viera doesn’t have quite that many, but they do have a rather large collection. Ales for Tails—joining beer and dogs came about as a fundraiser for Brevard Aiding Shelter Animals Project, Inc. (ASAP) through the efforts of Virginia Hamilton, education director for ASAP, Sherri Binggeli, president, and World of Beer owners, Maribeth and Chuck Liska. The fundraiser was to raise monies to convert an unused locker room at the South Animal Care Center into a new and needed Isolation Room at the 5100 W. Eau Gallie Blvd. location. There is a North Animal Care Center at 2605 Flake Road, Titusville. Also, the fundraiser will help in the two spay/neuter programs that are ongoing. For more information, visit or call 321-574-2713. VV

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The Mother Nature scarecrow demonstrates that scarecrows can be beautiful.

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Taking on the Cheetah Challenge is 5-yearold Kevin Lamson of Melbourne. The rope climbing takes Kevin from the upper deck to ground level. He is the son of Veronica Winchell and Andrew Lamson.

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Colton Pacot (left) 6 years old, and Caleb Maestas, 4 years old, view the rhino exhibit, part of the African Adventure. The boys are the sons of Brooke Saunders of Melbourne.

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Have you ever had the feeling that someone was watching you over your shoulder? Kristen Werner, (left) an African Adventure zookeeper, enjoys the time she spends in the giraffe exhibit.

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be in available for photo opportunities and petting the baby gator. The kickoff party begins at 5:30 p.m. with pep rally music and highlights from the Gators’ previous seasons on the television screens. A revolving power point presentation will preview the upcoming season and honor the past gator players who attend the event. A “TailGator” buffet begins at 6:30 p.m. Vendors will be on hand, selling unique items and bringing a little bit of “The Swamp” to Brevard as well as a silent auction, giveaways and prizes for the best dressed male and female Gators. Former gator players Tony Rowell, Robin Fisher, Cal Dixon, Fred McCallister and Hugh Barton will attend the event and other players may attend. The players will also be playing in the golf challenge and sign autographs during the event. “Kelly Red” Collazo from ESPN radio’s Playn the Field and Mike Lowe from Lite

Rock’s 93.9 Mike and Mindy show will co-host the event. Tickets for the kickoff party are $20 for members, $25 for non-members and $15 for children under 12. The golf challenge begins at 4 p.m. the nine-hole, parthree event will feature a closest to the pin and longest putt contest. The format is a two-man scramble. There will be prizes for the winning and losing teams and the winners of the two contests. The golf event will sell out quickly, as it is limited to 36 golfers. Tickets for the golf event are $20. People and businesses may participate in this event by making a donation, providing prizes or choosing a level of sponsorship. Program sponsors begin at $25. Golf-hole sponsorships are $50. Purchase tickets at For further information, to make a donation or to become a sponsor call 321-890-7754 or email VV

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