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September, 2017


Rosette J. Brown Retired After 40-Year Career as Educator in Brevard County

By Space Coast Daily Rosette J. Brown, a native of Cocoa, retired from Brevard Public Schools on June 30 after an outstanding 40-year career as a guidance counselor, language arts teacher, dean, assistant principal of curriculum and principal. Her public school education included Poinsett Elementary (currently McNair Magnet School), Monroe High School, Kennedy Middle School and Rockledge High School.   “It is so fulfilling to serve as principal in the same building that I attended first through sixth grade,” said Ms. Brown. Upon graduation from high school, she attended Florida State UniversityRead More

12th Grade Checklist for Academic and Financial Preparation (Students & Parents) (

12th grade is the time to apply for admission to college and to apply for federal student aid by filling out the FAFSA®.   Here’s what students and parents should be doing throughout the year to stay on track at this busy time—including learning how to manage federal student aid.   Students To Do: All Year Work hard all the way to graduation—second-semester grades can affect scholarship eligibility. Stay involved in after-school activities, and seeks leadership roles if possible. Fall As soon as possible after its Oct. 1 release, complete andRead More

A (Very Small) Taste of Homelessness

Hurricane Irma left many families in Brevard County with damaged homes and no power for days, allowing a very small taste of what homeless families have to deal with every day of their lives.  Homeless families, when they are fortunate enough to have the money to do so, stay in motels to escape the elements much like those of us who had to evacuate.  Sometimes these families “couch surf” moving from one friend or family members home to another, much like many of us had to do during and afterRead More

Florida Tech Dining and International Student and Scholar Services Hosts “Caribbean Night”

by Debbie Matta (Manager of International Student Programs) and Tom Stewart (Director of Dining Services, FIT) The sun shone brightly through the windows at the Panther Dining Hall on the campus of Florida Institute of Technology (FIT). The smiles on the faces of the student members of the Caribbean Student Association (CSA) shone even brighter. On the evening of September 21, this group of students hosted Caribbean Dinner Night for students, faculty, staff, and members of the Melbourne community.   The dinner was planned weeks earlier, when the students met with ChefRead More

Free Caregiver Education Classes to be Held in Central Brevard

Announcements Hospice of St. Francis will be offering Caregiving Education and Resource classes for current and future caregivers, their family and friend helpers.  All classes were developed nationally in response to the issues caregivers, themselves, identified.  Each class focuses on different issues a caregiver will face.  Hospice of St. Francis’ programs and training classes are offered free of charge to Brevard County residents.   Sunflower House, located in Merritt Square Mall, Merritt Island 32952, will be hosting this series of classes.  The program consists of six-90 minute classes that willRead More

From The Preacher’s Pen – Do You Take Time to Pastor Your Pastor?

By Rev. Ralph T. Newell During Hurricanes Harvey and Irma  several pastors were criticized for not coming to the forefront and offering assistance as quickly as some people thought they should. This was broadcast on the media and twitter, etc. There are times when pastors need a pastor rather than criticism. October is designated as Pastor’s Appreciation Month. This would be a great time to begin to learn how to pastor your pastor. Have you ever thought about who pastors your pastor? This could be your mission in life. AskRead More

In the Storm, There is Power in the Name of Jesus

Purvette Bryant, Living Single: Maximize the Moment Driving through Atlanta on highway I-75, the sky was cloudy and rain began to fall that afternoon. It was June 1993. My cousin Randy, his then-wife, two young boys and I lived in Houston, Texas. We were traveling to our grandmother’s funeral in North Carolina. The four-year-old was securely belted in the Honda Accord’s backseat. The crying baby was cradled in his mother’s arms. The weather grew worse when Randy insisted Theresa (not her real name) place the one-year-old in the car seat and buckleRead More

Opinion: How Do We Prepare Children to Succeed in School?

First grader Lilly at Ralph M. Williams Elementary in Viera .  (Photo: TIM SHORTT/FLORIDA TODAY)   By David Lawrence Jr. and Vance Aloupis, Guest columnists As a new school year begins, more than 230,000 Florida children have stepped into kindergarten to begin their primary education, and perhaps 30 percent of them won’t really be ready to succeed. In Florida, age is the sole determining factor for entry into public kindergarten programs. But child education experts and common sense will tell you age alone is not the best way to measure readiness.Read More

Should the Democrats Trust the Snake Because He Spoke?

By Roger Caldwell Eight months into his presidency and the president has not worked with the Democratic leadership to pass his agenda, because he expected to get his policies across the finish line with just his ow n party. This mindset did not make sense because Republicans were disorganized, dysfunctional, and not a unified party. As a result of Republicans being disorganized, President Trump has decided to work with the Democratic leadership who appear to have control of the members in their party. With the first major bipartisan bill passedRead More

The MVH/SHS Legacy Project

For Ebony News Today On April 15, 2017, the Melbourne Vocational High and Stone High School Legacy display was relocated from the Moore Cultural Center to the Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Library. The display which has resided on the Melbourne campus since 2006 is now a permanent fixture in the South Brevard community. Between 1967 and 1968, the three black high schools in Brevard County were forced to close their doors to make way for school integration. The schools were: Monroe High School in Cocoa; Gibson High School inRead More