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November was a strange month. Maybe the cosmos were out of whack or the world’s vibrations were not in tune, but one thing after another just seemed to go wrong. Amongst friends, family, and even the community I saw, read, and heard acts of negativity that resonated deep within me. I took to avoiding social media so as not to see hateful commentary and didn’t want to watch the news to hear about increased crime or attacks. All in all, it started to become a bit overwhelming. In the meantime though, our team was hard at work producing the December holiday issue. The content in this month’s issue actually proved to be a saving grace for me. I interviewed the coordinators of the Brevard County Toys for Tots program the morning after the election when political tensions were at their highest. Seeing so many people come together to help the youth of our community warmed my heart and cut through the negativity I’d heard spewed from opposing sides. Someone very close to me has recently been struggling fiercely with depression. Holidays can be some of the hardest times for people who face this struggle. Then I read our

article about the To Write Love On Her Arms organization, and it reminded me that there’s always hope, and there’s always people willing to be there for others. Finally, I couldn’t put a number on how many smiles were put on my face and on so many others by George Trosset and the rest of his Surfing Santas. Short meetings with George and John Hughes of the Florida Surf Museum in our office, media events at Playalinda Brewing Company celebrating the introduction of the Surfing Santas Ale, and a dancing Santa Clause and his Missus at Mai Tiki Park during the Art Show were all things that were an absolute pleasure to behold. Each of these things are powerhouses in their own right, but combined, they create a beachside holiday season that is truly is a force to be reckoned with. They helped to remind me to always try to take the high road, to believe in the overall good of mankind, and that miracles do in fact exist. And they happen every day. Happy Holidays everybody. Take care of you and yours, and try to smile at everyone you see. A little joy can go a long way.

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Here’s the story, of a man named Trosset, Who was busy surfing waves on Christmas Eve, He was paddling out, dressed as Santa, Spreading cheer for all to see. Till the one day when Trosset brought some friends out, And their surfing spirit really packed a punch. What started with five Santas, grew to thousands, That’s the way they became the Surfing Santas bunch. The Surfing Santas bunch, The Surfing Santas bunch, That’s the way they became the Surfing Santas bunch! Clockwise on the cover are: Britteny and Hadley Trosset, Surfing Santa (Clifford Kuehner), Anna Lusk, Jack Kirschenbaum, Anderson Trosset, George Trosset, The Misses (Terrie Kuehner), George Trosset Jr.




Pat Domenico

Eating is the world’s favorite pastime, and the Space Coast is home to a bevy of delectable diners and culinary champions. Hope you’re hungry, next month Team B-Side is bringing the Food Issue to the table. To contribute to the January food issue, please email us at by Monday, December 12.


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A few months ago, our staff received a call from a lady who had nothing but positive things to say about The Beachside Resident. Amidst her compliments, she mentioned that she would like to submit a piece of her writing to our magazine, and if we’d be willing to publish it she’d be so thrilled. As it turns out, Pat Domenico is not only is a wonderful writer, she’s an absolutely beautiful soul as well. Pat selflessly spends her time, resources, and energy taking care of others and even helps deliver our magazine to various locations around her home on Merritt Island. This spotlight on Pat is meant to show her just a little bit of the gratitude that our team feels. Merry Christmas Pat! Love, Team B-Side



Haley Thompson EDITOR

Rachel Bilchak COPY EDITOR

Nataleigh Palmer DESIGN

Brett Mchatton Rick Piper INTERN

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CONTRIBUTORS Jackie Beatty, Jenny Bilchak, Samantha Deebel, Pat Delmonico, Jamie Glasner, John Goudie, Bill Hausmann, Marie Moore, Nataleigh Palmer, Eva Raczkowska, Dan Reiter, M. Alberto Rivera, Jennifer Ruisch, Kelsie Sandage, Teresa Speed

The Beachside Resident is a free monthly publication and can be found at most local businesses throughout the beachside. We welcome both editorial and photo content by contributors. We can be reached at: 321-323-1231 Mai Tiki Market 301 Minutemen Cswy. Cocoa Beach, FL 32931


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Word on the Street Out and About Cross the Causeway Recipe Surfrider FL Surf Museum Pets of the Month Local Scribe Resident of the Month Open for Business Skilled Labor Restaurant/Bar of the Month Local Amp Boardrider of the Month The Art Side Gift Guide Album Reviews What’s on Tap Patrick AFB Fishing Report Horoscopes Puzzles Continued Page Inquire of Juliet

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Ring in 2017

6pm-1am, $35 plus tax per person Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier, 401 Meade Avenue, Cocoa Beach 7:30pm, Tickets $7-$24 King Center 865 N. Wickham Rd. Melbourne

3rd Santa Shoppe at Cocoa Presbyterian Church

02 Get up & Go Jingle Run

Starts at 5pm, $20-$40 101 N- Washington Ave, Titusville

3rd Annual Krampus Holiday Pub Crawl

03 Ocean Beach Festival

10am-5pm, Free admission Pelican Beach Park 1525 Florida A1A, Satellite Beach

7pm-1am, Admission $18 in advance or $25 day of event Bar Refuge, 2101 Henley Court, Melbourne

Winter Festival Cocoa Beach Main Street

Let it Snow Downtown Street Party

Take Stock in Children’s Run for the Future 5k Walk/Run Event

5pm-10pm, Admission is free, Requests donations of unwrapped toy Historic Downtown Titusville Check out our Facebook page: 2016 Let It Snow Downtown Street Party: A Fundraiser for Brevard County Toys For Tots

Messiah Sing Along

7pm, Free admission St. John the Evangelist Catholic Community 5655 Stadium Pkwy. Melbourne

02-18 Light of Hope Outdoor Christmas Festival

6:30pm-9:30pm, $6 101 N- Washington Ave, Titusville


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5pm-10:30pm, Free event Visit them on Cocoa Beach Mainstreet Facebook for more information. 4pm, $15-$25 Wickham Park Main Pavilion, Melbourne Run4TheFuture5K

The Bible on Parade

2pm, Free Admission The Melbourne Auditorium 625 E Hibiscus Blvd. Melbourne

Light up Rockledge

6pm, Free Admission 1600 Huntington Lane Rockledge

03-04 Cocoa Village 33rd Annual Arts and Crafts Holiday Bazaar

10am-5pm, Free Event Historic Cocoa Village,

Brevard Avenue, Cocoa

Space Coast Lightfest-Stroll Among the Lights 6:30pm-10:00pm, $5 per person Located at Wickham Park in Melbourne

04 Lumberjack 5K

10:00am- 2:00pm, $20-$40 Wickham Park 2500 Parkway Dr, Melbourne

Blizzard at the Barn

Holiday Family Day and Craft Show 1:00 pm-4:00 pm, Free Admission, Fundraiser 2205 Pluckebaum Rd. Cocoa

05 California Guitar Holiday Show 10:30am, Tickets start at $48 King Center 865 N. Wickham Rd. Melbourne

24th Annual Melbourne Light Parade 6pm, Free admission Downtown Melbourne

Brevard Community Chorus

10am-4pm, Free admission Cocoa Presbyterian Church 1404 Dixon Blvd, Cocoa

Cocoa Beach Boat Parade

6pm, Free to watch Starting near Centennial Park on SR 5 cfm20

Cocoa Beach Christmas Parade

2-4pm, Free admission Parade will start near the former Glass Bank location traveling to Brevard Avenue

10-11 Drive thru Nativity

6pm-8pm, Free admission North Merritt Island United Methodist Church 6355 N. Courtenay Pkwy, Merritt Island More information (321) 452-7180.

11 A Tribute to Cole Porter by the Jazz Trio “Under Hot Sun” 2pm-4:30pm, $10 for SCJS members, $15 for guests, students are free Cocoa Beach Country Club, 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd., Cocoa Beach

16 Tropical Haven Contra Dance

7:30pm-11:00pm, $10 over 21, $6 under 21 years old

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Toys for Tots Breakfast

8:30 am-11:00 am, Free admission with new unwrapped toy 900 Airport Rd, Merritt Island


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17 Jingle Bell Run 2 Miler

7:30pm,Tickets start at $48 King Center865 N. Wickham Rd. Melbourne

Times and Prices Vary Various Locations

18 Satellite Beach Boat Parade 6:30pm, starts at the locks

20 The Holiday Unwrapped Michael Law Times Vary-$16-$24 The Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse 300 Brevard Ave Cocoa Village, Cocoa

21 Winter Solstice Celebration

5:00 pm- 9:00 pm, Free admission 2400 South Hopkins Ave. Unit J. Titusville

24 Surfing Santas

8am-1ish, Free admission, T-shirt sales go to Grind for Life and Florida Surf Museum End of Minutemen Causeway, Cocoa Beach

2016 Kiwanis Putt Putt Golf Open

6pm-8pm, $40/couple, $20/individual, Hole Sponsorships $25 Golf N Gator, 6355 North Atlantic Avenue in Cape Canaveral For more information, please contact Bill Geiger, Jr. at (321) 698-7412

5:45, $15-$30 Satellite Beach Library 751 Jamaica Blvd., Satellite Beach

17-18 Star Wars: A Musical Tribute


DAVE’S LIST (He asked for it. He got it.) Brevard County Theatre Performances December 02-18 “A Christmas Story”

Times Vary, Tickets $16-26 The Henegar Center for the Arts 625 E. New Haven Ave. Melbourne

“Miracle on 34th Street” Times Vary, $20-$28 Titusville Playhouse 301 Julia Street, Titusville

December 02-24

“A Tuna Christmas” Times Vary, $29-$31 Melbourne Civic Theatre 817 E. Strawbridge Ave, Melbourne

December 4 Meet me in St. Louis Times Vary-$16-$24

The Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse 300 Brevard Ave Cocoa Village, Cocoa

The Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse 300 Brevard Ave, Cocoa Village, Cocoa

December 5 Theatre for Youth Presents: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

December 17 A Christmas Carol

December 8 ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

December 16-18 The American Nutcracker Galmont Ballet

10:30pm, Tickets start at $8 King Center 865 N. Wickham Rd. Melbourne

10:30am, Tickets start at $48 King Center, 865 N. Wickham Rd. Melbourne

December 12-13 Charlie Brown Christmas & Holiday Special

7pm-$19-$24 The Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse 300 Brevard Ave, Cocoa Village, Cocoa

Times Vary-$16-$24 The Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse 300 Brevard Ave Cocoa Village, Cocoa

Times Vary-$9-$11

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Sandbar Homecoming



6Grand Opening weekend of Mai Tiki Park

Aqua Editions by Derek Gores Gallery

5Melbourne Beach Girl Scouts Troops 901, 490, 1161 and 103 hosted 10

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Santas 2016 Surfing SANTAs December 24, 2016, 8 a.m.

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It’s December in the arts district!

We kick off the season with First Friday on December 2 with Double D’s BBQ from Rockledge, artisan ice cream, beer, and warm cider. We always have live music in the band shell. We’ll kick it off with the Suzuki Violin Group, a talented group of young violin players, followed by Penny Creek. “Deck the District” gets underway at 5:30 on December 2. Shop the arts and crafts vendors in the square, as well as the art galleries that offer custom hand-crafted gifts. The merchants have special events going on so bring your friends and family—and cameras—for some great photo ops in the Square. The celebration is free and open to the public. Food, beer, wine, and warm cider will be available for sale. Come early and be there for the Mayor of Melbourne, Kathy Meehan, to light up our rustic Christmas tree and special snowfall lights from the tree. Stroll the shops, galleries and restaurants on historic Highland Avenue which will be lit by luminarias. The festivities go from 5:30-8:30pm. On December 2, 321 Millennials will also be hosting their own food and kegnog


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wingding at Standard Collective, a lifestyle boutique located at the intersection of Highland Avenue and Eau Gallie Boulevard with live music and millennial fun. The “90s Christmas Party” starts at 6pm, and there is a small charge at the door. Going through December 9, the Derek Gores Gallery is hosting Sound + Vision. This art/design/music experience features music-inspired artwork by Andrew Spear and A.E. Søland, Rebecca Rose and Derek Gores. It’s featuring the WALL OF SOUND, which is album-cover-sized artworks by more than 20 artists. “Deck the District” will continue throughout December. Until Christmas Eve, the arts district merchants will hold holiday raffle baskets and extended shopping hours for your convenience, helping you find a handcrafted and original gift for the creative on your list. Most stores will be open every Thursday and Friday until 7pm, Saturdays from 11am-6pm, and Sundays 11am-4 pm.

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Recipe ofthe Month By Samantha Deebel

A Very Merry Florida Christmas Florida oranges and Florida pink shrimp are two foods our great state is known for throughout the world. Here are two Crock-Pot recipes that are delicious and easy to put together during the busy holiday season. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and a joyful Kwanza! I also wish you a very happy and healthy New Year. May 2017 be the best year ever!

Florida Orange Juice

Crock Pot Chicken 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast 1 cup chicken broth ½ cup freshly squeezed Florida Orange Juice ¼ cup packed brown sugar ¼ cup honey ½ cup rice vinegar ½ cup soy sauce 4 garlic cloves, minced 2 tablespoons fresh orange zest 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes 1 teaspoon ginger powder 1 teaspoon lemon pepper ¼ cup cornstarch 1½ cups heavy cream Put all ingredients except chicken in the crock pot and whisk together. Add the chicken and evenly coat with the broth. Put the lid on and cook on low for four hours. Remove chicken and cut into chunks. Add ¼ cup cornstarch to the broth to thicken the sauce. Mix well and then put the chicken back in. Cover and cook for one more hour on high. Serve with rice or noodles. Top with cilantro, sesame seeds, and chopped scallions.


Pink Shrimp Gumbo

1 pound chicken breasts 1 pound andouille sausage 1 large onion, chopped 3 stalks celery, chopped 1 red pepper, chopped 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 tablespoon each of oregano, thyme, basil, paprika, and herbes de provence 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 4 cups chicken stock 1 28oz can crushed tomatoes Salt and pepper to taste Combine all ingredients except shrimp in the crockpot and cook on low eight hours. Then, add peeled and deveined Florida Pink Shrimp. Cook for another 15 minutes until shrimp is done. Serve with wild rice and a salad.

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President-Elect TRUMP & THE ENVIRONMENT President-elect Donald J. Trump has said that global warming is a “hoax” and claimed it was a Chinese fabrication. He is also “not a big fan of the Paris Climate Accord.” Trump’s energy policy would do away with the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan as well as federal rules intended to protect waterways and wetlands.

Environmental groups warn of the disastrous consequences of the Trump presidency. Trump will “make reckless attacks on the progress we have made in the fight against climate change,” said Seth Stein of the League of Conservation Voters. However, climate change has long been far down of the list of issues that voters say are important to them. Developing clean energy was ranked number 21 of 23 issues by Trump supporters in a Yale/George Mason Survey. In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Trump was asked how he would cut spending. He named the EPA as a potential target. “Environmental Protection, what they do is a disgrace. Every week they come out with new regulations.” Asked by Chris Wallace who would protect the environment in the absence of the EPA, Trump maintained that “[We’ll] be fine with the environment. We can leave a little bit, but you can’t destroy businesses.” Taken literally, Trump’s proposal to abolish the EPA is a recipe for dirty air and legal chaos, according to Ben Adler of grist. org. Adler states that the EPA does not just invent regulations out of thin air. It is an agency charged with implementing laws such as the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act, which have been passed by Congress. It studies pollutants that are harmful to human health, writes rules to curb those pollutants, and monitors compliance. If Congress abolished the EPA but did not repeal the laws

that require the federal government to limit pollution, the government would have legal obligations it could not meet. Scrapping the EPA would cause an unraveling of basic protections of air and water. Robert Percival, director of environmental law at the University of Maryland, said ditching the EPA is a “ridiculous idea.” “It reflects a lack of understanding of the U.S. legal system; you’d have to fundamentally repeal or change all our environmental laws.” If Trump actually manages to kill the EPA, Percival predicts a chaotic race to the bottom. Some states would deregulate standards to attract dirty industries. Liberal states, environmental groups, and public health organizations could then sue the government for failing to meets its legal obligations to protect the public. This shift in Washington comes just as the United States has been assuming a leadership role in the combat of climate change, and it will almost certainly upend the world’s efforts to curb the impact of global warming. Trump has said that he will do everything in his power to undo Obama’s ambitious domestic and international climate change policies. In sending a message to the rest of the world that the United States does not intend to enact a climate change agenda, the Trump presidency could cause reluctant governments to weaken their efforts to cut planet-warming emissions. Maybe it’s time to move to higher ground?




Waiting on Winter


It’s hard to remember a worse September/October/November for waves than we had this year. Sure, we had a couple of standout days. But fall included a near-miss hurricane, a hundred hours of yard clean-up, and the most hateful presidential campaign of modern times. This surfer needed more water time to rinse off all the nastiness.

In times like this, it’s difficult to be optimistic, but for the purpose of our little monthly column, let’s see what’s going on with the Florida Surf Museum in December...

Swap Meet

On Saturday, December 3 at Tables Beach from 11-2 pm, the FSM will sponsor one of our most popular get-togethers, the swap meet. Bring your favorite potluck dish and your boards, fins, paddles, or any other surf-related gear to sell or barter. The Museum will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, and drinks.

Christmas Parade

Check out our float at the Cocoa Beach Christmas Parade on December 10. Hope to see you all there!

Surfing Santas

Hundreds of surfing Kris Kringles, elves,

and snowmen will gather for the annual Christmas fun and buffoonery of Surfing Santas, organized by George Trosset and sponsored by the Museum. As always, the event will be on December 24 at 8am at the end of Minutemen Causeway in Downtown Cocoa Beach. Surfing Santas has become one of the most recognizable and ludicrous events of the season. For more info, check out

Will Lucas Film

The screening of “Surfing With CancerMy Second Vietnam” was well attended, and donations were collected for Honor Flight. Learn more at

As always, follow us on Facebook (Florida Surf Museum) or go to our website ( for more news, pictures, and events.

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Pets oftheMonth

The Brevard Humane Society The Brevard Humane Society has so many animals that want and deserve a loving home, and we can’t just pick one to spotlight! The BHS is located at 1020 Cox Road in Cocoa. You can call them at (321) 636-0127, or email them at shelter@brevardhumanesociety. You can also check out the Merritt Island Adoption Center at 155 Pioneer Road. You can reach them at (321) 636-3343 ext.124, or miadopt@brevardhumanesociety. To see more available animals, go to

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Declawed: No Housetrained: yes Location: Front Office Adoption Price: $55

Reggie4 Animal ID: 30847863 Breed: Shih Tzu/Purebred Age: 7 years, 9 months Sex: Male Size: Small Spayed/Neutered: Yes Location: Stainless Adoption Price: $200

3Reina Animal ID: 19530270 Breed: Hound/ Mix Age: 3 years, 10 months Sex: Female

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Size: Small Spayed/ Neutered: Yes Location: Adopt Kennel

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By Pat Domenico


I am 69 years old, and it just bothers me that I’ve been watching my birthdays go by while not filling my life with experiences of new things. I felt stuck in a rut, but for reasons like the recession, getting overweight and having a lack of energy. I decided I had to get off the couch. I glanced at some activities listed in The Beachside Resident, wondering what I might pick. What didn’t look hard to me was the stand up paddleboarding. I don’t even think it existed 10-plus years back. I see a sign, a brochure, and a pull trailer displaying romantic pictures of young people standing on a paddleboard in exotic locations. They look as if they are meditating on glassy waters. A billboard hangs on the Cocoa Beach Pier with Girard Middleton’s SoBe Surf and Paddle. I take the jump; I write the $65 check for a lesson. So why was SoBe Surf and Paddle the company of choice? I think you have to be cautious when wanting to rent a paddleboard from a vendor. Will you be getting a one-on-one lesson? Is there safety equipment, like a flotation device, well-fitted paddle, or an ankle cuff ? Is there going to be supervision while you’re out on the water? We negotiated an early morning departure time of 9am. This was my moment of truth, when I’d know without a doubt whether I’m proud of the life I am living or whether I’m embarrassed for wasting so much potential. On dry land, Girard shows me the technique of pulling water past the paddleboard, propelling it into motion. We switch from left to right; I learn how to turn and stop. Looking out at the horizon, leaning forward like the science behind a Ouija board, magically making it move. Now it’s time. Girard puts the ankle cuff on me. I walk on. There is a distinct sensation of being ship-bound. I am ready for my trip of spontaneous discovery. We are off into the silvery waters. Vistas are dramatic at every turn. This is a region to be roamed at a lazy pace to appreciate the

mangrove roots that are everywhere. They arch out into the air then down into the water. We meander in and around the shaded lagoon. I could fully practice all of the maneuvers at that time. Out from under the luxurious hideaway, Girard says, “Find a landmark such as a telephone pole that you can come back to when you return.” At five feet above the open river, I glance back at striking views on Merritt Island, impressive, jagged and beautiful. It finally fades on the horizon. I am starting to get anxious. I felt like falling off and getting it over with. I imagined myself on an airplane wing after the plane crashes into the river! I have to admit, I was uncomfortable out on the open water. One tree looks like another. Like a baseball pitcher, Girard’s athletic arm circles way around, pointing south towards Melbourne. He says “Pat, we are going to go this way along the shore.” I respond with “Girard, can we go back now?” He replied, “Yes, Pat. Do you know how to get back?” “Yes.” Girard let me journey out and go forward on my own so I could see for my first time this unique world of stand up paddle­boarding. When we returned, I needed a photograph for a trophy. I asked Girard to take a picture of me struggling to climb off my board. I am excited now. I have had a lesson, bringing me closer to paddleboarding strides I will make on my own. Once you get the technique down, practice till it feels natural. The possibilities for fun are endless.

If you’d like to set up a time to try paddleboarding with Girard, you can be in touch with them by calling (321) 926-6571 or go online at



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of RESIDENTS the MONTH By Nataleigh Palmer

Tinsel and glitter may saturate our homes, but not everything sparkles during the holiday season. Depression, addiction, and self-injury can cloud the sunniest of days and dampen the sparks of joy that fuel celebration. To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA) is an organization dedicated to providing resources to help people who are struggling, regardless of the time of year.

TWLOHA’s History

Chad Moses works in Music and Events for TWLOHA-- a long acronym for an organization with an even greater reach. The organization started with a MySpace story written by TWLOHA founder, Jamie Tworkowski. Jamie wrote it to raise money to fund his friend Renee Yohe’s rehabilitation treatment. TWLOHA’s name was inspired by Renee’s self-harm and Jamie’s wish that she would ‘write love on her arm’ instead of cutting. Chad explained, “It was about her first five days in recovery from cocaine addiction and finding help through self-injury. Jamie shared the story about Renee’s experience with an open-ended goal-- to believe that options for hope and help are available to them as well.” Moses read the article a year and a half after it was written while in college. “All the words that were brought up in the story and appeared on our mission statement resonated in my life. My own struggles, my family’s and with my friends. I was encouraged that people weren’t ignoring these issues but bravely confronting them.” He sent an email to TWLOHA before graduation. He was offered an extended


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volunteer opportunity for the first round of the internship. He moved down to Melbourne from Virginia and he never left.

Holiday Stress

Holidays and times of celebration aren’t always easy for many people. Depression can deepen during the winter holidays. Moses noted that it’s easy to feel conflicted when you have signs posted in the stores with promises of joy, peace, and love. “What happens when those words remind me of a lack of the things that should bring me happiness?” Throughout TWLOHA’s history, they’ve been writing blogs about holiday strife. Some examples include “I Would Love To Cancel Mother’s Day” about the challenges of infertility. “I’ve Never Been A Fan of Fireworks” is a post supporting military personnel with PTSD. Through reading each blog post their message becomes amplified. However you’re feeling, it’s ok. Someone’s been in the same place and there’s hope.

Welcome to Midnight

“Welcome to Midnight” is a blog series that

You were created to love and be loved. You were meant to live life in relationship with other people, to know and be known. You need to know your story is important, and you’re part of a bigger story. You need to know your life matters. reminds readers that a new year is a chance to start again. “Whatever this year was to you, you get to push reset. Whatever dragged you down doesn’t get to have that immediate hold on you. What if these fireworks can be an allegory of bright days ahead?”

Helping Hand

Help is available. TWLOHA has a partnership with a company called the Crisis Text Line. Any time day or night you can text 741-741 or TWLOHA. You will get access to a trained responder to converse with you through text. 1-800-273- TALK (8255) is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. They have crisis responders ready for your call. They’ve heard it all and are ready to listen.

If you check out TWLOHA’s website, they have a whole list of resources organized by geography and by topic. “You’re allowed to research these options. We work in an office filled with people who have complex relationships with holidays, and complex relationships with family and friends. The people you’re gonna be emailing at TWLOHA get it. The people you’ll be calling on our resource website-- they get it too.” Chad encourages you to get help. If you have any doubts, call anyway. The staff at TWLOHA will stand by your side the whole time.

A Bridge to Somewhere

Chad sees TWLOHA not as a destination but as a bridge. TWLOHA’s goals are to encourage

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BUSINESS By Nataleigh Palmer

Surfing Santas

AT HOME & AROUND THE WORLD Excitement builds as Cocoa Beach looks forward to another visit from Surfing Santa. In a town already full of mavericks, on Christmas Eve, Cocoa Beach hosts a bevy of legendary characters. Red wetsuited Santas, costumed snowmen, reindeer, and elves grab their boards and carve some waves. Every year through this sea of red and white trimmed surfers, George Trosset’s dream comes true--smiles as far as the eye can see.

Sets All Over the World

George Trosset, founder of the Surfing Santas, has been busy spreading the word. In 2016, The TDC PR Agency reported that there were 2,262 TV News stories across the US about the Cocoa Beach Surfing Santas. Software also reported 40 million people saw these news stories in all 50 states. George’s newest goal is to film famous surfers donning Santa gear or Santa-clad surfers in iconic spots. This past summer, George went to Tahiti and got a chance to see Teahupo’o. “Teahupo’o is known for world-famous, massive, crazy, knock-you-out-waves. We had this opportunity, and a little extra time, so we decided to check it out.” George had to go by boat since the waves don’t break for a mile out. Several passengers were also aboard including


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a young surfer hitchhiking a ride to the break. On the 20-minute ride out, George told him about the Surfing Santas and convinced him to wear the Santa costume he’d brought. “About an hour goes by, and I start to second-guess myself. Who have I given the Surfing Santa outfit to? This guy has been out there for an hour and hasn’t even caught one. Then this huge wave comes rolling in, and he starts paddling. It was unbelievable. It had to be 10 to 12-foot wave. A big, giant barrel and he just drops into it and cruises along. Totally in the tube in the Surfing Santa outfit and we’re videoing him. This was undoubtedly the best wave ever in Surfing Santas’ history.” George got home and showed a local surfer the video. He learned that the Tahitian surfer was Heiarii Williams.

“Turns out Heiarii Williams is like Todd Holland in Cocoa Beach. He’s a wellknown, revered surfer. We asked him purely by accident. If we hadn’t been there the exact day, the exact minute that he was gonna go, we’d never have met him.”

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For the holiday season, Playalinda Beer Company’s Brix Project has also joined in the fun. PBC brewed a special Surfing Santa’s Cranberry Blonde Ale to celebrate the Surfing Santas. Michelle Mulak from Playalinda Brewing Company explained, “There’s a lot of crossover between the craft beer and Surfing Santas communities- we both share a mission to make people smile. The goal of our brewmaster, Ron Raike, when

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Arrive early, parking is difficult. Be prepared to walk. The Bailiwick Mall kindly offered free parking in their front and back lots. Bring some quarters just to be on the safe side. Lori Wilson Park offers metered parking. Look north and south of the event for the best parking.


Doors open- Aquanuts playing surf music brewing Surfing Santa’s Cranberry Ale was to create something festive, fresh and drinkable. The beer starts with a blonde ale base and infused with fresh cranberry juice and local orange zest. It’s light, tart and totally refreshing.”

Surfing Santa Song

This year, singer-songwriter Anna Lusk created an original song instead of crafting her usual song parodies. Her rendition of “All About the Beach” for 2014 was a twist on “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor. Last year, Anna created “Surf It Off,” a spoof of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.” Her new song explains the history and the fun of the event. George added, “We took the song a couple of weeks ago and made a music video to go along with it. This fella from NPI Productions, Dalton Smith, did the video this year. It’s a lot of fun and the song is cool.” Anna Lusk shared her inspiration. “I had a visceral feeling that I should produce something original for 2016.... I envisioned my favorite things about a Florida Christmas and recalled stories from George Trosset and his Christmas inspirations.” After the song was completed, she brought it to the best guy she knew for the job, Marvin Parish. “Marvin added a killer bassline, some vibes, tasteful guitar and we sang some old school back-up vocals. We hired a local percussionist, Barry Canfield, to give that Cocoa Beach tribal feel we wanted. Our original song “Oh Surfing Santa” was born!”

Gear for the Day

Surfing Santa shirts are available for purchase online. Local tattoo artist Mark Longenecker provided the custom design. The shirts come in red, green or white. They’re also available in both short and long sleeves. The proceeds from the T-shirt sales go to charity. The profits directly benefit Grind for Life in Cocoa Beach and The Florida Surf Museum. Grind for Life provides cancer patients financial assistance to travel long distances for treatment. The Florida Surf Museum, located in the Ron Jon complex, benefits the preservation of our surfing culture and traditions.

The Day of the Event

Surfing Santas kicks off on December 24 at 8am. The surfers will line up at 9am for photos. Pastor Keith Fox from Club Zion will do the invocation, and Anna Lusk will sing her new song during the event. At 10am the surfers will hit the waves. The Brevard Hawaiian dancers will entertain and Bill Yerkes, aka Balsa Bill, will sing Mele Kalikimaka on the ukulele. New this year will be a Surfing Santas Costume Contest. During the event, talent scouts will walk through the crowd nominating outfits. Those invited to the costume contest could win surfboards and other cool items. Sadly, the skydivers won’t be participating this year. It was decided that the combination of safety issues and hurricane-generated beach erosion made it too risky. The winners of the costume contest will be announced later in the afternoon, and the whole event will be wrapped up between 12pm-1pm. George joked, “We have to get ready for Christmas. By 1 o’clock, my wife is ready for us to go home.”

Dreams for the Future

George never expected Surfing Santa to become a Cocoa Beach tradition. “We weren’t looking for 650 surfers. We weren’t looking for 10,000 spectators. We found them, or they found us. One thing I would like to see is someone like Jimmy Buffett or Zac Brown joining us this year. Maybe they’ll write a song about the Surfing Santas and perform it for us. It could happen.” Accomplishing big dreams is what George does best. Jimmy, are you listening?

George hopes to see your smiling face beachside Christmas Eve morning. Surfing Santa shirts are available at elifeguard. com/surfing-santas. Surfing Santas Cranberry Ale is available (while it lasts) at both PBC locations, the Village Idiot Pub in Cocoa and World of Beer in Viera. Keep checking with the Beachside Resident Facebook page for possible beachside establishments in the weeks ahead. If you’d like to see Heiarii Williams’ epic ride, check out YouTube under, “Surfing Santa gets Barrelled at Teahuppo’o June 2016.” Learn more at


Kitesurfing demo


Surfing Santas gather for group picture


Invocation with Pastor Keith Capizzi, Club Zion


Mele Kalikimaka sung by Balsa Bill Yerkes


Surfing Santas enter the water


Anna sings the Surfing Santa songs


Brevard Hula Dancers perform


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SKILLED LABOR By Rachel Bilchak

y t n u o C Brevard Santa’s main workshop may be up at the North Pole, but he’s got a pretty solid hub here in Brevard County. Every year, the Toys for Tots program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve provides Christmas presents for hundreds of thousands of children across the country. Here at the Brevard County Toys for Tots, the hustle and bustle of the holiday season started in mid-October. Program coordinators Randy and Lorrie Barnes, a husband-and-wife duo and retired Marines, explain how their team helps spread the Christmas spirit to well over 10,000 children ages five to 16 throughout the county. The Brevard Toys for Tots main location is a sprawling warehouse in Melbourne. “Health First has blessed us with this building for three years now,” Mr. Barnes explained. It is at this location that families can come in to register their children for presents, and where gifts are stacked, sorted, and distributed. There is a warren of rooms filled with toys, some waiting to be counted and sorted, and others filled with presents sorted by age and gender. The program aims to provide a handful of gifts for every child who registers. “We do one large gift, a small gift, a game, and some stocking stuffers. We make sure we give them about three or four things, but it all depends on the stocking stuffers. We’ve been really blessed that we get a lot of stocking stuffers from Dollar General and Walgreens. Kids like to open stuff !” laughed Mr. Barnes. Naturally, for these presents to be available for the children, there have to be plenty of donations. Residents who wish to donate can bring unwrapped presents to one (or many) of over 160 Toy Drop-Off locations throughout the county. Sponsors can also host events


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where guests can bring toys and raise money that goes to the program as well. A multitude of corporate partners also contribute to Brevard’s Toys for Tots programs. These businesses donate anywhere between $25,000 in cash or $100,00 in toys to $1 million in cash or $2 million in toys over the years. A huge helping hand comes from the Florida East Coast Railway. “They give us anywhere from $4050,000 a year. They make 10 stops from Jacksonville to Miami. They collect about $500,000, then they divide that by 10 and buy toys with it and they’ll stop and give them to us,” said Mr. Barnes. Mr. Barnes was kind enough to give a tour of the building and give some background on the program and how it works each year, and then he passed the reigns on to his wife. “I’m the brawn, she’s the brain of this operation,” he laughed. Used to constantly being on the move or answering questions, it’s apparent that sitting still isn’t the regular for Mrs. Barnes. As we sat, she elaborated on what sets the Brevard County program apart from those across the rest of the nation. “We have been here serving Brevard County for a long time, we’ve got two congressional recognitions… Our goal is to have at least one gift that puts a smile on a child’s face. I’d say around 99 percent of the Toys for Tots in the country do not ask what they want because it’s time-consuming. We do. We’re trying to personalize it more; we have phone numbers you can call to give more information. This is what we’re trying to do for the community.”

And help they do. The Brevard County program originally started in Palm Bay out of one man’s house, providing gifts for 25 children. Since the Barnes have taken it over, it now encompasses the entire county and gives presents to anywhere between 10-12,000 children a year. If there was one thing that both Mr. and Mrs. Barnes made clear, it’s that none of this can be done without the support of the locals. “We have to have the community’s involvement. If we don’t have the money, if we don’t have the toys, then we can’t complete our mission,” said Mrs. Barnes. Every toy or bit of money collected goes back to a child here in Brevard County. There’s especially a need for toys for older children, particularly girls ages 12-16. If those don’t come in, cash donations allow for volunteers to purchase the presents for that age group. The sooner it comes in, the better- getting gifts for 10-12,000 kids is no easy task. Although it’s a lot of work, it’s apparent that the Barnes and the rest of the volunteers are thrilled with what they’re able to provide for the kids. “We just figured we’d take over the program and it’s gone way beyond our expectation,” said Mrs. Barnes. “God just has us in the right direction, and we’re serving the community really good I think.”

To learn more about how you can volunteer or donate to the Brevard County Toys for Tots program, go online to their website at






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If you haven’t been to Titusville in a while, it may be about time you paid a visit. Right off of US1 is Playalinda Brewing Company’s newest project, and good beer is always worth the trip. The Background

The Playalinda Brewing Company is the only craft brewery in Titusville, and it definitely incorporates the historic charm of the area into its brand. It has two locations, both of which are located in buildings with long histories. The original location is in a 100-year-old hardware store in the Downtown area. The most recent location, the Playalinda Brewing Company- Brix Project (PBCBP), was once the Barn Light Electric manufacturing facility. Prior to that, it was an old lumber yard. The space is a roughly 16,000-square-foot location that produces about 10 times more beer than the Hardware Store brewery. This will allow them to move into distribution throughout central Florida, including all of Brevard and Volusia counties as well as the greater Orlando and Jacksonville areas. Playalinda Brewing Company is co-owned by two couples, Ron and Kaitie Raike, and Bryan and Donna Scott. Ron Raike is the brewmaster, and the Scott’s also own Barn Light Electric, a Titusville-based lighting company.

The Building

Our tour of the PBCBP was conducted by Michelle Mulak, Playalinda Brewing’s Director of Marketing. The building pays homage to its warehouse past, and also to the industrial achievements of the city. “A


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lot of the wood and architectural features were salvaged from when it was a lumber yard or when it was the manufacturing facility,” explained Mulak. “For example, all the wood up here [holding the light fixtures], all the wood all along the bar, and all the trusses are from the lumber yard…The tables, bar stools, tap handles, the lighting, everything was made by Barn Light Electric. A good percentage of the things here were made in Titusville, by people who live in Brevard County.” The main space is cavernous but comfortable, with a variety of vintage-style light

fixtures casting a warm glow over the long bar and multitude of community tables. Outside, there’s a pet-friendly patio where pups are welcome to enjoy a drink (of water) with their owners. Even the bathrooms are worth noting. I’ll leave it at “keg urinals.” The building project was a collaboration with Rush Construction, and much of the design was spearheaded by co-owner Donna Scott. “She had a lot to do with this,” said Mulak. “She was very committed to the overall feel of the place.”

The Beards

An unwritten rule of brewing is that there should be beards involved. PBCBP has brewmaster Ron Raike and two assistant brewers, Jordan Lanter and Logan Cody. All three of them have the whiskers to back up the beer. (Not that beards are actually necessary to create amazing beverages, but

they definitely look the part.) These gentlemen are tasked with creating quality beers with satisfying tastes. Raike has an extensive background in the brewing industry. “A lot of the production at the other location will now be more creative, riskier, small batch stuff that Ron, our brewmaster, is known for,” explained Mulak. “He’s very wellknown in the craft community; he has three decades of experience.” That experience has caused Raike to be very particular about what goes into his beers. From the grains to the water itself, everything has to be the best of the best.

The Brews

PBCBP currently has about nine housebrewed beers on tap, and each one is unique. “All my beers are brewed with reverse osmosis water, which is essentially stripped-down water, and I build the flavor profile up,” explained Raike. “It may not make sense [at first], but it makes the beer taste a little different… When you look up a beer, 95% of it is water, so I make that a key ingredient in my beer.” While visiting, we enjoyed a flight of beers, some of which were flagship and the others were of the more creative variety. Raike talked us through our sampling, explaining flavor profiles and the different styles of each. First up was the Bottomless Blonde, an easy-drinking beer that fans of Bud Light, Miller, and Coors should enjoy. Next, we had the Robonaut Red, which is just a step above the blonde. It’s hoppy yet malty, and

just a bit sweet. Third, we had the Pleasure Chest Ale. This one is a hybrid between an IPA and a pale ale, and is slightly bitter yet tropical and juicy. The fourth was Key Lime Slice, and it was a delightful slightly-sour beer that tasted just like a slice of pie. Raike joked about how many pies he had to eat from Publix to get that flavor right. Finally, we sampled the Whiskey Go Big, a Russian Imperial Stout. Even the small sample packed a punch, having been aged for six months in different whiskey barrels. The whiskey flavor is definitely there, but by no means harsh.

The Bites

One of the star qualities of the PBCBC is definitely the food. The kitchen is helmed by Executive Chef Justin Medina, and his menu boasts some of the best food in the county. There are plenty of shareable appetizers, a bevy of interesting sandwiches, and also some entrees. They even host brunch on Sundays. The house charcuterie board is definitely a standout- I’ve had it three times in the past month, and have thought about it probably every day. It has a variety of cured meats,

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YOU’LL SHOOT YOUR EYE OUT! “A Christmas Story: The Musical”

“A CHRISTMAS STORY: THE MUSICAL” presented by The Henegar Center starts December 2 and runs through December 18. “A Christmas Story” is best remembered as the movie from 1983, which is based on the semi-autobiographical stories of Jean Parker Shepherd, who narrates the film.



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The musical is based off the film and was written for the stage by Joseph Robinette with music and lyrics written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The classic film follows Ralphie one holiday season when all he desires is a Red Ryder Rifle, but everyone keeps telling him, “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!” The film is a holiday staple, often appearing in theaters as well as on television throughout December each year. The Henegar Center for the Arts has been bringing quality entertainment to Brevard since 1991 after the building underwent renovations. Located in Historic Downtown Melbourne on New Haven Avenue, the building was constructed in 1919. It was a public school during the 60s (it is named after Ruth Henegar, the principal of the onetime middle school), and is one of the oldest buildings in Brevard still in use. Hank Rion, Artistic Director for The Henegar Center, will direct “A Christmas Story: The Musical.” Hank took some time out of his busy schedule to discuss the stage adaptation of this family favorite.

Is this the first time The Henegar has presented “A Christmas Story: The Musical”? Yes, we are only the second production of this musical in Brevard County. How did the decision to present this Tony-nominated play come about? It is a classic story that everyone knows. The Musical has a couple of surprises in it that the audiences are going to love! Plus, it is a great show for audiences of all ages. There are 23 children performing in the show. The holiday slot in our season is usually reserved as a showcase for our talented youth in the area. How does the musical take off from the classic movie everyone remembers? Will it include iconic imagery such as the leg lamp, triple-dog-dares, and the pink bunny footie pajamas? The Musical includes all those moments fans of the movie love. The story is so iconic that you can’t leave that stuff out. But like I

Dad: Rob Landers, Mom: Brenda Sheets, Ralphie:Aidan Holihan, Randy: Michael Havkin

said, there are some new things in the show that people will love, like a tap number performed by the kids about the BB gun!

think everyone can relate to that.

Where do the cast members come from?

The Henegar’s mission is to give audiences in Brevard new and exciting shows that they have never seen before. Being able to do that is the most exciting part of my job. We will still do a classic now and then, but for the most part, I choose shows that are new to Brevard County, and that is the best!

The cast is made up of all local talent from all over the county, from Titusville to Palm Bay to Sebastian. What makes “A Christmas Story: The Musical” a holiday staple? I think it is because it portrays a normal, dysfunctional family and what it is like around the holidays. So many holiday musicals are all about how happy everyone is! And it’s fake. This show is about the reality of what Christmas is like for a kid. The ups and downs, the happiness and disappointment. I

What is the best part about being a part of the Brevard art community?

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Boardrider Month of the

By Jenny Bilchak

SOPHIAKALANTZIS This month I sat down with another vivacious young lady who is hitting the surf scene with poise and perseverance. Eleven-year-old Sophia Kalantzis kept me smiling throughout our interview with her light-heartedness and easygoing attitude. Sitting relaxed in a spinning chair at my office, Sophia opened up and shared her story. Although she was born and raised beachside, she didn’t start surfing or skating until about two years ago. Sophia told me, “I watched the movie “Soul Surfer,” the story of Bethany Hamilton, and it literally touched my soul. The drive that I felt while watching that movie has not left me.” The ambition was intense and shining bright through Sophia’s eyes, but not as incandescent as her smile. While talking with Sophia, I learned a bit more on why she’s always glowing. Sophia has a supportive family that she credits for keeping her positive and motivated. She has an older brother and younger sister that are her built-in best friends. Her parents support her love and passion for surfing. Besides surfing, Sophia has a deep affection for animals and hopes to make them a part of her life going forward. At home, she has a dog, cats, fish, and lizards, and if she could, she would bring a couple more home. With that being said, Sophia mentioned wanting to be a professional surfer when she grows up. But if that doesn’t come her way she will definitely be working with animals. As we kept the conversation going, I wanted to know what Sophia’s training entailed and


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what her schedule looks like coming up. Sophia said, “Right now I do most of my training between New Smyrna and Cocoa Beach. I’m being coached by Shay Lopez and Speedy Patrick, and I’m riding Shay’s boards as well. Right now I’m using a Lopez 5’1 shortboard. I’m competing in all ESA and NSSA contests and just recently surfed in the ASF regionals. Also, any contest that comes up the coast, I’ll try to get in. I am focusing on my grades, but not many other goals at this time except to have fun. I would love to stay focused and one day make it to the U.S. Regionals.” Hearing Sophia’s focus and drive during that moment was raw and intense. This is a passion that will be with her for some time. As focused as Sophia was for that moment, she then fell back in the chair with a sigh and spun around smiling. Seeing and feeling this young girl’s motivation was contagious. Sophia mentioned her dream surf sesh would take place at Cloud Break with her coach Shay Lopez. She also recognized that her dreams wouldn’t be coming true without the support of her sponsors which are the Too

Pretty Brand, Hari Mari, Luv Surf Apparel, Long Doggers and the Cocoa Beach BRŌQ Surf. She was even given the opportunity by her sponsor the Too Pretty Brand to design

a clothing line. Her “Never Too Pretty To Be Kind,” line has proceeds going to a local charity. When it came down to wrapping the interview, like always I wanted Sophia to give some words of advice for the groms and adults out there. It took her a minute to think about it, but in the end, it was the one motto she lives by, and it’s pretty good. “Don’t let your worst enemy be in-between your own ears.” Simple words that are so difficult for many of us to follow. Sophia also mentioned doing what we can to reduce waste in our ocean. “Remember to pick up trash and hopefully we can work to ban plastic bags. This all ends up in the ocean.” Again it was a pleasure to get to know another amazing youth that is on her way to whatever greatness she chooses. I hope you all can support Sophia on her journey in our community and till next time, I’ll see you in the water.

The ART Side Gift


For the holidays this year, why not shop local for everyone on your nice list? Here are some great gifts made by local artisans that are sure to make the season bright!

1. Feeling Green Soap Company

2. Native Sand Handcrafted Leather Goods

100% natural soaps and sprays to make you feel good about the products you use on a daily basis. They’re for sale at locations like Sunseed Co-Op in Cape Canaveral and Coastal Produce in Cocoa Beach, or you can go to the website at These make perfect stocking stuffers!

The amazing quality of the products at Native Sand will be appreciated by everybody on your Christmas list. These locally-made bags, wallets, and accessories are sure to fit in any size package, and will look even better unwrapped. Shop online at

4. Villon’s Carpinteria The stunning tables crafted by Mark and Xeny of Villon’s Carpinteria are old trees destined for the dump that are repurposed so that the gifts of the environment can keep on giving. A tree under your tree sounds pretty nice, doesn’t it? See more products at, email them at, or give them a call at (321) 427-6900.

3. Official Surfing Santa Wave Bracelet If you’ve seen any of the Surfing Santas crew around town, you’ll notice many of them wearing beautiful silver wave bracelets. These are crafted by the official Surfing Santa himself, Clifford Kuehner. This year, the bracelets will be on sale to the public. To find our more about getting one, give him or his wife Terrie a call at (321) 501-6013.

5. Hand Painted Wine Glasses by Heather Broome

6. Mini Giclée Canvases by Rick Piper Rick Piper is one of the most well-known and respected artists in Brevard County, and these miniature canvases allow anybody to be a proud owner of his work. These would be great for a gift exchange, or for someone who needs just a pop of color in a small space. To get one, you can call Rick at (321) 604-0817 or reach him on Facebook at Art By Rick Piper.

Melbourne native Heather Broome takes many people’s favorite piece of glassware and turns it into a work of art. These pieces are adorned with turtles and mermaids, and are perfect for toasting to a very merry beachside Christmas! The best way to get in touch with Heather to order your glasses is by phone, either call or text at (321) 223-6734.

7. Sea Glass Jewels by Shay Stunning jewelry made with precious stones doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. These beautiful creations will put even the prettiest of Christmas lights to shame. Browse the products on Facebook at Sea Glass Jewels by Shay Timeless Elegance, and give her a call at (321) 607-1588 to place an order.

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Album Reviews The Classic Christmas 80’s Album and The Classic Big Band Christmas Various Artists Legacy, 2016

Everyone knows the emotional point of the holidays is to wring every bit of nostalgia from your already fraught and seriously taxed soul. Legacy has released several holiday-themed albums to soothe your already jangled, eggnog-soaked emotions. From the 80s, there’s slick, soothing pop for your psyche with “Last Christmas” by Wham!, along with the big sound of Whitney Houston’s “Do You Hear What I Hear?” Carefree 50s rock is represented by Dave Edmunds cover of “Run Rudolph Run” and Hall and Oates doing “Jingle Bell Rock.” There are those of you out there who prefer a subversive take on the holidays and who can blame you? Sugarcoated everything can be too much. The upbeat seasonal favorite “Christmas in Hollis” by the seminal RUN-DMC is still irresistible. “‘Zat You Santa Claus?” by Buster Poindexter struts with style and humor. Fishbone’s “Slick Nick, You Devil You” is darkly funny, telling about a Santa who’s memorable for all the wrong reasons. Digging deeper in time is the collection of big band numbers for those old enough to remember, or a chance to remember those family members who loved it. The first sounds of Peggy Lee’s bright-eyed vocal delivery on “Winter Weather” immediately calls a simpler time. “(Don’t Wait Till) the Night Before Christmas” performed by Eddy Duchin is light and airy. The Woody Herman Orchestra version of “Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!” positively glows with buoyant horn blasts and a swinging beat. Probably the most fun part of the big band music is how much the music itself is used to convey humor or paint images of winter. The lyrics and vocal are just icing on this sugar cookie. The sound has been cleaned up wonderfully here. Here’s your game plan. You will alternate these two records (yes, vinyl) one after another, then again. This lets you enjoy the music and ignore that one relative who can’t stop talking about the miseries he endured this past year. Merry Christmas!


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by M.A. Rivera

Legacy Live

The Outlaws

Steamhammer, 2016 The Outlaws are Southern rock royalty. There was a time in the 1970s when the South, and Florida in particular, was the center of the rock universe. The Outlaws did the exceptional feat of balancing rock, jazz, and country with emotional lyrics and imagery that refrained from being trite or cliche. Songs would contemplatively ask forgiveness, and by turns seek otherworldly retribution to right wrongs. Beer drinkin’ and hell raisin’ were not their first orders of business. Now reformed with founding members Henry Paul and Monte Yoho leading an invigorated lineup, the band has released an impressive retrospective live CD spanning the band’s career. The hits you’d expect and want are here: “Knoxville Girl,” “There Goes Another Love Song,” and other 70s staples are all represented. “Cold Harbor” from 1986 is rolled out with a tender and thoughtful rendition. Newer song “It’s About Pride” is a carefully-considered defense of Dixie. Where some outsiders strictly consider the rebel past as full of hatred, the Tampa natives take this opportunity to address a deeply complicated history as best they can. Instrumental “Waterhole” conveys lighthearted fun as the band struts lively with this Texas two-step. “Freeborn Man” shifts from swampy rock to introspective swing and back again. Every band from this time who was worth half a damn had their own epic guitar workout number. The Outlaws had two, and they close out the disc. “Green Grass and High Tides Forever” and their re-working of the country classic, “(Ghost) Riders in the Sky.” Both are solid, but the performances feel more nuanced and refined than earlier versions which relied heavily on brawn and grit. The Outlaws’ music holds up remarkably well, and there’s plenty of gas left in the tank. The strength of the newer songs is proof positive. The vocal harmonies seem sweeter than before, and the playing is extraordinary throughout the album. The Florida guitar army isn’t ready to retire quite just yet.

What's on Tap by Ronnie Chabot

On Premise Craft Brand Manager

SweetWater Brewing Company SweetWater’s roots began back in Boulder, Colorado in the early 90’s while Freddy Bensch and Kevin McNerney were roommates at the University of Colorado, Boulder. During their time out west, they realized they had more of a hankering for beer than books. Their first step into the profession was washing kegs on the loading docks of a local brewery for free beer. Not a bad job when you’re in college! With all this free beer, their grades went up, their cars got fixed, friends were plentiful and the sun shined a little brighter. Once they were finished with school, it was time to either find a real job, or get serious in the brewing business. Easy choice, right? Freddy and Kevin headed off to the American Brewers Guild in California aka Brewing School to sharpen up their knowledge of “Fermentation Science”! After that they were off and running brewing beer for other breweries around the west coast, learning their craft while keeping the dream of their own place alive.


In the summer of 1996, the energy and action of the Olympics brought Freddy to Atlanta.He found this town in need of a West Coast style brewery and knew that he and Kevin were just the guys to turn the local brewing scene on its ear with the hoppy, aggressive ales they had been brewing for years. The boys scraped together (with the help of generous friends, family and loans) just enough money go get started and the first brewery for SweetWater was off of Fulton Industrial Boulevard, on Atlanta’s west side. As they were building their very own brewery, Freddy sought a little cool relief by kayaking down Sweetwater Creek, in a state park just west of the brewery. The name of the brewery became obvious and the motto “Don’t Float the Mainstream” became the guide.

Here are few more great brews to keep an eye out for Winter Cheers

Chocolate Milk Stout

Victory Brewing Company Style: Wheat Ale Downingtown, Pennsylvania

Shipyard Brewing Company Style: Stout Portland, Maine

Winter Ale

Winter Mingle

Goose Island Beer Company Style: Brown Ale Chicago, Illinois

Magic Hat Brewing Company Style: Stout Burlington, Vermont

Till next month, Cheers Ronnie Chabot On Premise Craft Brand Manager D E C 2016


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45th SW Supports Successful

ATLAS V GOES-R LAUNCH CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. --The 45th Space Wing supported NASA’s successful launch of the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R spacecraft aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 here Nov. 19 at 6:42 p.m. ET.   The 45th Space Wing and the Air Force SOnce in geostationary orbit, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s GOES-R weather and environmental satellite will provide National Weather Service forecasters the meteorological equivalent of going from black and white to ultra-high-definition color TV, according to a NASA release. The new satellite can deliver vivid images of severe weather as often as every 30 seconds, scanning the Earth five times faster, with four times greater image resolution and using triple the number of spectral channels compared with today’s other GOES spacecraft.   GOES-R’s advanced imagery and higher resolution will also enable improvements to NOAA’s hurricane tracking and intensity forecasts, as well


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as the forecasting of severe weather including tornadoes, thunderstorms and flooding. “Congratulations to ULA, NASA, NOAA and the entire integrated team who ensured the success of this launch,” said Col. Walt Jackim, 45th Space Wing vice commander and mission Launch Decision Authority. “This successful launch, the first since Hurricane Matthew tore through the Space Coast, is a testament to our dedication, resiliency and perseverance. It’s my honor to be a part of this tremendous space team supporting the space industry. Assured access to space is a team sport and here on the Eastern Range, no matter what Mother Nature may throw our way, we continue to prove we are the ‘World’s Premier Gateway to Space.’”

FISHING REPORT By Capt. Jamie Glasner

Wintertime Fishing! I hope everyone had plenty of turkey. Last month was pretty insane. We caught a lot of fish, especially those giant bull redfish. The bite has been awesome due to the amount of bait that has been holding on to the beach. Most of the fish on the flats have been in the slot, but every now and then you’ll catch a couple of fish that are well over it. Jigs, jerkbaits, and cut bait have been the ticket for them. Make sure to keep your cast net in the boat. My favorite jig to use is an ⅛ oz jig head with a three-inch gulp shrimp. For you jerkbait lovers, an ⅛ oz jerkbait hook matched with a gulp five-inch new penny jerk shad will be deadly. As it gets colder, the trout bite will get better, with a lot of smaller to mid-sized slot fish. You’ll find large quantities of them in deep drop-offs and inside deep creek mouths. You can pretty much catch them on anything, but my favorite is the mirrodine. This lure looks exactly like a small, injured mullet. They can’t resist but strike at it, and redfish will bite it too. Jigs and live

shrimp will also work just as well. Snook season is just about over, so you snook lovers only have a couple more weeks. Sebastian Inlet has been the place to be. Bucktails, bombers, live croakers, and pigfish have been working best. There are also redfish mixed in with the snook, so you never know what you’ll hook. The kingfish bite has also been good slow-trolling live pogies. There are other species that we also catch sometimes while targeting kingfish like cobia, sailfish, mahimahi, and tripletail. Well, that’s all I have for you this month so be safe and good luck on the water. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that duck hunting just opened up for you duck hunter junkies. Be safe in the marsh, and hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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It’s a very busy time for you, but you could be worn out from your social life or work. I feel the focus is towards your popularity and your career. You can be very mysterious as new people come in and try to get to know you. As Mars moves into the sign of Pisces, it could cause you to be all about those head games and passive-aggressive. Try to avoid this.


This month, love relationships take center stage. There could be fights that come up, and confusion or indecision in regards to what you want in the relationship or the future. At this time, self-discipline and focus are needed. You could be more focused on your social life and what others think. It’s best to make up your mind because others can be misleading.

Be careful here, you can be over the top with the holiday spirit. If you’re trying to save your money, hide your money. I feel this energy can make you very passive-aggressive when you don’t get your way. It can also make you very giving and nurturing, which can make you sucker for any sob story that comes your way too. Don’t fall for it

AQUARIUS This could be a time to revamp your social media pages and do something different with your hair or face. If you’re single this month, you may not be for long because you’re on the prowl. Try to get someone by the 25th though because Mercury goes retrograde and it’s inauspicious for new love relationships. Watch your spending because you’re not going to remember where all your money went.

PISCES For some of you, this month will have some secret rendezvous. Also, your independent side is going to come out you’ll stay more to yourself or need your space. Watch your emotional self. Self-discipline is needed for things you don’t like to do. It’ll be best to throw this month’s energy into your spirituality or creative side.


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You have your mind on your money and money on your mind this month. Put a filter on that mouth because you can be over the top and a bit eccentric with your words. At this time, there can be problems or disagreements with the men in your life. You’re not saying what’s on your mind, or there can be miscommunications. Try to speak up; trying to placate everyone’s feelings doesn’t always work.


GEMINI With this energy, your enemies, especially at the workplace, become more vocal. Try to keep a paper trail of who you were talking to and what you are doing. I feel you can be just as bad when it comes to playing games with others, so don’t worry too much about your foes this month. The focus should be more towards your debts and finances.

CANCER Watch your emotional self this month, because you are very passionate about what you want. Your spiritual or creative sides will do well, but self-discipline in other areas is needed. You could be hearing from people that you haven’t spoken too since January of this year, but try to keep the past in the past.

LEO You need to watch your

emotions this month because you take things that other say very personally. You could come off as a bit needy in regards to relationships. Also, you can be accident-prone or forgetful after the 25th of December. Just put a ‘re-’ in front of everything you do.

VIRGO At this time you need to work on communicating your needs and feelings to others. You can have missed opportunities because you don’t speak up. For some of you, you could be more about a particular group in your life. For others, your focus can be on the underdog. Second chances with frenemies present themselves to you as well.

LIBRA Thoughts of moving can come up for some of you. For others, the focus is more on property matters or the physical home itself. You could also be doing things differently in the matter of the heart. Read dating books to help your game. If you’re already in a love relationship, you could be getting very creative, really bringing out your romantic side.

SCORPIO Your intuition is on point, and you are very creative. Ideas and thoughts become things at this time. Unfortunately, around the 25th make sure to get your car checked, put a GPS on your cell phone, and don’t expect anything to go right. You could be sending people a lot of mixed signals at this time, so try to be open about your feelings.

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1 Prize winner gets golden ring exchanged after initial refusal (5,8) 9 Migratory bird from 6 is returned to centre of perch (7) 10 Raise level of a GCSE pass (7) 11 The trunk contains a tonne approximately (5) 12 A drip almost paired up with staggering blonde in 8 tournament (9) 13 Skilfully captivates girl, acting thus? (8) 15 A former college professor studied chiefly coelenterates (6) 18 A measure of medicine after party is wise (6) 19 The Blues requires playing old instruments (8) 22,8 A general request to appear in court? (6,3,6) 24 A student member causes panic (5) 25 Greek character in a spot with height indicates part of horizon (7) 26 One chanting in male voice, misplacing vowels (7) 27 Removes all complexities from unfinished diary scientist scribbled (12)

1 Victorious at 12 in 1998 after Antonov exploded (7) 2 See 16 3 Give money to German for game (5) 4 A strong rising tide submerging Henry’s animal (7) 5 Regions about to be given aid (6) 6 Cake eaten by Gabriel? (5-4) 7 One leaves Daniel frolicking with antelope (5) 8 See 22 14 Legendary seamen have a gas with heartless relatives (9) 16,2 “Surely you jest?” famously heard at 12 – you see ban on court is a possible outcome (3,3,3,2,7) 17 Attendant at 12? (8) 18 Tense situations arising when Mum’s relocated in Indian city (6) 20 Girl’s taking on politician victorious at 12 in 1998 (7) 21 Hound a citizen (6) 23 It was once torn apart in year 506 uprising (5) 24 A lofty Greek? (5)




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Residents of the Month| By Nataleigh Palmer and inspire. They want to share the options available to you. “The hope is that at our best we’re gonna be inspiring communities to take better care of each other.” A community that helps those who are struggling to courageously address issues and create safe places for them to do so. “We’re here to encourage you to continue to find the next step.”

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Chad’s message is simple.“We’re glad you’re here. One of the truest things is that this place is more complete with you here. You deserve an audience and you deserve people to celebrate your unique role in keeping this planet spinning.”

TWLOHA site at contains several numbers and websites that offer help. Some important numbers include the Crisis Hotline of Central Florida (407) 425-2624 which provides 24-hour crisis counseling. The Crisis Text Line Text “TWLOHA” to 741-741. Continued From Page 25

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cheeses, dried fruits, and pickled vegetables. “The key with the charcuterie board is there’s a really complex balance of sweet, sour, salty, and savory,” mentioned Raike. “All those elements, there are some in there that are more intense than others. It’s always interesting to see that balance work out in different bites.” Chef Medina isn’t afraid to take risks with his flavors, creating specialty burgers of the week like a Pad Thai burger with kimchi, or Scotch eggs wrapped with cod instead of sausage. Even classic beer snacks are jazzed up, like the soft pretzels with beer cheese or white truffle parmesan fries. The long and short of it is that a lot of love went into the Playalinda Brewing CompanyBrix Project, and there’s a very bright future ahead for them. The team is toying with a lot of ideas to expand even further, but in the meantime, take the PBCBP’s advice and

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Juliet By Juliet Pomodoro

Dear Juliet,

I am a happily married man who has enjoyed nearly 20 anniversaries with my lovely wife. For Christmas this year, I want to ask her for the fulfillment of my ultimate fantasy. I want to pop naked out of a cake. The thought of busting out of a giant sweet treat and the looks on my audience’s faces really gets me in the mood to bake more than just Christmas cookies. How do I pose this unique holiday request?

-Wanna Get My Jollies in Sebastian Dear Jollies, Though the weather outside is frightful, I find your letter to be very insightful. You’ve obviously been letting this loaf rise for a while. I say invite your lovely wife into your dessert-dwelling fantasy. You’ll want to do a taste test with her before you move on to the real holiday miracle: a willing audience. Good luck and send me some cookies, Juliet

Dear Juliet,

I am a young gay college student, and I am desperately in love with my roommate. I have just a few weeks left in the semester to tell her how I feel before we each head home for Christmas break. I was thinking of a grand reveal, like a trail of presents leading to a tree, where I will be waiting. Any advice for me? -Queer Casanova in Melbourne

Dear Casanova,

I never say this but.. I think a gentler hand may receive a warmer reaction. Are you already sure of her feelings? If not, a big display may not have the desired effect. It could be a little overwhelming to put her on the spot. And then, you’ll still have to live together. My advice is to spend the holidays apart, as planned. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, no? Auld lang syne! Juliet

Dear Juliet,

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popular with the older male diners, and I’m thinking of cashing in on that. I have a feeling I could find myself a sugar daddy dining among my patrons. This could really make my holidays bright, and all I have to do is make his sleigh bells jingle. I’m making a pros and cons list. Care to add to them?

-Strapping Young Reindeer Buck in Orlando Dear Young Buck, I propose to add to both the pros and cons sections on your naughty and nice list. There is definitely a lot to be gained from jumping on a sleigh with a sugar plum daddy. Just remember that you’ll be getting more than just sweet treats. Are you prepared to let him stuff your stocking? Are you going to eagerly unwrap his package on Christmas morning? Is he going to be your Santa, or will he want you to wear the red suit? Draw a map of your boundaries now, Buck, before you wade into your holiday adventure. Love, Juliet

Dear Juliet,

I am a male sub, and I started a live-in relationship with my mistress early this year. My family doesn’t know about my love of being overpowered by the woman in my life. She controls my wallet, my schedule, and let’s just say she’s in charge of my Christmas package. Everything is going well for us at home in the dungeon, but now it’s time to travel to see my family for the holidays. How can we pretend to be vanilla when we celebrate at home?

-Happy Sub in Cocoa Beach Dear Happy Sub, Who says you have to pretend to be vanilla? The way I see it, as long as you are happy and healthy, and your partner claims to love Aunt Carol’s soggy stuffing, all will be right with the world. You don’t need to describe the interior of your dream dungeon. Happy, it’s none of their business if Mistress makes you finish your Christmas ham before she allows you to eat a slice of pumpkin pie. Love, Juliet

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The Beachside Resident Dec 2016: The Holiday Issue  
The Beachside Resident Dec 2016: The Holiday Issue  

’Tis the season! December is a time for giving and goodwill. It also happens to be the time for Surfing Santas of Cocoa Beach! In the Holida...