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Autumn in Brevard County

Fall is still a few weeks away, but that doesn’t diminish the level of excitement surrounding the season’s arrival in the least bit. Although Brevard County doesn’t have many of the season’s staples, such as brightly colored leaves or steep temperature drops, the Space Coast makes up for it by enthusiastically embracing smores, crisp breezes and thin sweaters. Brevard County residents trade in their iced coffees for warm lattes and hot apple ciders and can’t wait to dig into pumpkin and apple pies.

Autumn weather in Brevard County is absolutely delightful. The temperature draws down from the heat welcomed during the precious summer months, but remains warm enough for family trips to the beach. Unlike many other places across the country, the waters

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 Merritt Island High Celebrates 50 Years Launching Dreams

Back when Merritt Island High School’s first classmen walked the halls, things were a tad different. Without the help of Google, Wikipedia, the Internet or computers altogether, they ardently studied, wrote papers and used the Dewey Decimal system to find physical library books to read.

The class of 2015 still studies, but most of their research is conducted online and they often prefer to read books on pint sized digital devices. These same devices browse the Internet, buy products on Amazon and place phone calls. Students email their teachers and dozens of other people daily, but rarely if ever send paper letters.

A lot has changed in 50 years. Blackboards have been replaced with whiteboards. Paper white is a feature on e-readers and real

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 Pieces of World Trade Center Arrive in Brevard County

On Friday, two pieces of the World Trade Center completed long journeys to Brevard County where they will be displayed in memorials. A large beam from the World Trade Center was ceremoniously delivered to Kennedy Space Center and a smaller beam was honorably received by the Titusville Fire Department.

An article in Florida Today reported that firetrucks shot water cannons over the plane carrying the artifacts when it arrived in Miami. The larger beam was draped in the American flag and transported by truck across Brevard County to Kennedy Space Center. Firefighters stood at attention and saluted from firetrucks with American flags flying from their ladders as the procession passed.

WESH Channel Two reported that hundreds of motorcycles, law

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 Rocket Launch Set for August 31st

A rocket launch will light up the sky again at the end of this month. At 4:07 a.m. on August 31st, a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station with valuable military cargo. The rocket will haul the fourth in a series of Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellites into space. 

Information released by Kennedy Space Center stated these next-generation Navy satellites aid U.S. ground forces in communicating while in transit. Florida Today reported that the MUOS satellites orbit over 22,000 miles above the equator to increase the capacity of military communication systems.

The U.S. Air Force and its mission partners are already preparing for the next launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The

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Eastern Florida State College (EFSC) will hold a groundbreaking ceremony this month for their new 65,000 square foot Health Sciences Institute. Space Coast Daily reported that the facility’s specialized labs will enable students in 12 health sciences programs to train for a broad range of health care professions. The groundbreaking for the Health Sciences Institute will be held on August 17th at 10 a.m. near the Melbourne campus’s main entrance.

Vast campus expansion in the works

The groundbreaking for the Health Sciences Institute rides the coattails of the opening of the new Public Safety Institute on the EFSC Melbourne campus this past January. Space Coast Daily quoted EFSC President, Dr. Jim Richey, as stating that both buildings are part of

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USSSA Moves to Space Coast Stadium

The announcement that the Washington Nationals would be moving their annual spring training operations from Viera to West Palm Beach was a tad disheartening, but on the heels of that news story came another that is sure to garner smiles.

Florida Today reported that the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) is moving their national headquarters from Kissimmee to Viera. USSSA is the world’s largest multi-sport athletic organization, reportedly boasting 3.9 million members and governing powers over 13 amateur sports, including baseball, basketball, karate, volley ball, soccer and junior golf.

Viera welcomes USSSA and the economic boost their presence will create. In a Florida Today article Brevard County District 1 Commissioner Robin

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Emma Parrish Theatre Holds Florida Premiere of The Little Mermaid

One of the most beloved fairy tales and cast of Disney characters to date is making its Florida debut on August 14th at Emma Parrish Theatre in downtown Titusville. The Little Mermaid will open Titusville Playhouse’s 51st season with the Florida premiere of the popular Broadway show. It promises to be a crowd pleaser with talented performers, eye-catching costumes and novel technical effects, courtesy of recent playhouse renovation efforts.

The Little Mermaid ran from 2008-2009 on Broadway before being licensed to select regional and international theaters. This is the first time in six years that it has been available for licensing. The show has undergone some improvements since its debut in 2008, which are sure to delight theatregoers.

Flying

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From Moon to Classroom: Buzz Aldrin Becomes Professor at FIT

The Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) is preparing to make a stellar hiring announcement. Florida Today reported that Buzz Aldrin will serve as a research professor and lead a new space exploration program of study at FIT that seeks to generate youth interest in reaching Mars.

The 81-year-old celebrated space explorer has been a very vocal promoter of missions to Mars over returning to the moon and is quoted by Florida Today as stating that revisiting the “magnificent desolation” of the moon’s surface is “more like reaching for past glory than striving for new triumphs.” Aldrin’s storied life proves that these words are more than mere talking points. As one of the astronauts that achieved that “past glory,” he is aptly qualified to encourage

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Florida's 2015 Back-to-School Tax Holiday Starts Today

The sales tax holiday weekend offered by the Florida Department of Revenue in 2014 has been extended for this coming school year. Starting today, back-to-school shoppers will enjoy a full ten days of tax-free supplies and clothing purchases.

Florida Today recently reported that the average American family spends approximately $630 on back-to-school shopping excursions, $98 of which is expended purely on classroom supplies. According to the article, this figure is the second highest since the recession, which may explain the 25 percent increase in families that are waiting until the two weeks prior to school starting to do their requisite shopping.

From August 7th to August 16th 2015, families can use the tax exemption on clothing items worth up

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Meet & Greet Opportunities with the New BPS Superintendent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This past June, Dr. Desmond Blackburn was selected to lead Brevard County’s public school district, which serves 73,000 students at more than 80 schools across the Space Coast.

The new superintendent is holding two meet & greet opportunities this week at schools in the north and south ends of the county. Both events are being held during evening hours on public school campuses and are open to all Brevard County residents.

Meet & Greet Details

North Area Meet & Greet

Where: Space Coast Jr./Sr. High Auditorium
6150 Banyan St., Port St. John
When: Tuesday, July 28, 2015 (5-7 pm)

South Area Meet & Greet

Where: West Shore Jr./Sr. High Auditorium
250 Wildcat Alley, Melbourne
When: Wednesday, July 29,

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