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Title: Hometown news (Melbourne, FL)
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Publication Date: April 20, 2007
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No.1 Community
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Vol. 3, No. 37


Your Local News & Information Source www.HometownNewsOL.com


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Neighborhood mourns, recovers

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Staff writer


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This Week


Kaitlin Norton/staff photographer
Authorities sift through debris looking for evidence of the cause of an early morning blast that killed two April 11.


Justina Fernandez,
Jim Bridgeland and
Nancy O'Hara sort
through donated
clothes last week
at the Howard
Johnson hotel in
Melbourne, where
residents displaced
by the explosion
were relocated.








Kaitlin Norton
staff photographer


MELBOURNE Police
continue to investigate
the cause of a blast that
killed two people in the
Tucker Heights neighbor-
hood last week.
Joshua Leigh Jackson,
18, and Ja'Miya Jackson, 8
months., were killed when
fire engulfed their apart-
ment after a 3 a.m. explo-
sion April 11.
The police investigation
centers on a natural gas
powered clothes dryer
illegally removed from an
apartment, located at
1101 Mathers St., said Jill
Frederiksen, public infor-
mation specialist for Mel-
bourne Police Depart-
ment.
The evidence shows the
dryer was taken from unit
C, the location of the pri-
mary explosion, said Ms.
Frederiksen. Detectives
found the dryer in unit D,
the apartment where the
two fatalities occurred.
The townhome complex
consists of 10 units, five of
which were destroyed by
the explosion and subse-
quent fire. Police have
fenced off the area to pre-
vent any tampering with
debris or residents'
belongings, said Ms. Fred-
eriksen.
Units immediately
south of the blast suffered
broken windows, and resi-
dents were evacuated.
Melbourne Housing
Authority has repaired the
windows, and those resi-
dents were allowed to
return to their homes.
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Hometown News named No. 1, again


Newspaper earns
12 awards from
national organization
BY GRETCHEN SAUERMAN
Staff writer
NEW ORLEANS For the
fourth year, Hometown News has
been voted one of the nation's top


three community papers by the
Association of Free Community
Papers.
During the annual awards cere-
mony in New Orleans last week-
end, AFCP judges selected Home-
town News as the "Most
Outstanding Publication". of
home delivered newspapers with
25 percent or more editorial con-
tent.


In 2004, Hometown News
received the third place overall
award from AFCP, after only one
year of publication. In 2005,
Hometown News won first place
overall, and in 2006, Hometown
News received second place over-
all.
"We're the reining No. 1 in both
associations (IFPA and AFCP),"
said Steve Erlanger, publisher of


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Classified B11
Crossword 810
Dining Guide .................... B1
Horoscopes Bi
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Police Report ........................ A 5
Business A8
Travel A13
Viewpoint A6


Hometown News. "To the best of
my knowledge, that's never hap-
pened before, which is about as
.good as a result as you can ask
for."
One AFCP judge commented
that Hometown News is "Clearly
an outstanding publication that
features good photography,


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Women's Center

gets $300,000 grant


Funds to fight
homelessness,
offer shelter
BY GRETCHEN SAUERMAN
Staff writer
MELBOURNE The
Women's Center received
$300,000 in state grants to
continue doing what it
does best: offer aid to
women in desperate situa-
tions.
."We helped a woman
who was on drugs, had to
prostitute herself and got
pregnant," said Melissa
Womeldorf, housing,
career and client services
director for the center.
"She has worked very


hard while in our housing
program and has been
clean and sober for two
years," said Ms. Womel-
dorf. "Now, she has a suc-
cessful, full-time job and is
going to college."
Success stories like these
motivate Women's Center
volunteers and staff mem-
bers to continue and
expand their mission.
More than 40 volunteers,
staff members and
Women's Center support-
ers attended a ceremony
April 12 at the center's
headquarters at 1425
Aurora Road to celebrate
the grants.
"I can't tell you how
pleased and proud I am of
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Staff photo by Kaitlin Norton
Florida Department of Children and Families district administrator Alan Abramowitz
presents a $300,000 check to Women's Center executive director Jenny Gessler.
Women's Center staff members, volunteers and supporters are in the background.


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this award," said Dr. Jenny
Gessler, executive director
of the Women's Center.


The state of Florida
Department of Children
and Families awarded two
grants to the center.
A $200,000 grant will be
used for emergency shelter,
programs. The Women's


Center operates 13 apart-
ments in Melbourne and
Palm Bay used to house
women and their children
as they work towards self-
sufficiency, Ms. Womeldorf
said.
"It is wonderful because
the shelter grant is double
what we had last year,"
said Ms. Womeldorf. "Now,
we can double the services
we offer."
The center's client serv-
ices program received a
grant of $100,000 to be
used to help women
obtain or retain a home.
"With the prevention
dollars, we help women
with eviction notices,
down payments and utility


bills," said Ms. Womeldorf.
"We help keep families
from losing the stability
they have in their homes."
Florida Department of
Children and Families dis-
trict administrator Alan
Abramowitz presented the
check to the Women's Cen-
ter.
"The Women's Center is
the only place in the state
to win two awards," said
Mr. Abramowitz. "That's a
real feat."
During the outdoor cere-
mony, many of the atten-
dees' attention drifted
north, to the site of the
Tucker Heights townhome
explosion. The Women's
Center is less than a mile


from the blast site, and
several former clients of
the center live in the Tuck-
er Heights neighborhood.
Immediately following
the explosion, Women's
Center volunteers arrived
with food and supplies for
the victims, said Ms.
Gessler.
"We offer this award in
recognition of (blast vic-
tims Joshua and Ja'Miya
Jackson)," said Mr.
Abramowitz.
Competition for grant
dollars is always fierce,
said Mr. Abramowitz, who
offered his opinion as to
why the' Women's Center
received not one, but two
awards:


"When (the state)
decides who to give the
grants to, they look at who
is going to -spend the
money wisely," he said.
"(The Women's Center)
realizes prevention is the
key to success."
The Women's Center is
always looking for volun-
teers and donations to
help area women in crisis.
For information, call
(321) 242-3110 or visit
www.womenscenterinbre-
vard.org.
Contact Gretchen Sauer-
man at (321) 751-5961 ore-
mail her at
Sauerman@hometown-
newsol.com.


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The Florida Division of Historic
Preservation recently awarded Bre-
vard Community College a $44,125
acquisition and development grant
through the Florida Historic Preser-
vation Small Matching Grants-in-Aid
2008 State Grant
The college ranked 12th out of 81
eligible grant proposals. The top 20
scoring proposals were recommend-
ed for funding.
The grant will cover architectural


and engineering designs to Oliver's
Camp, the keystone to Historic Her-
itage Park.
BCC, Brevard County government
and the North Brevard Heritage
Foundation will collaboratively
interpret the history of the county
through Brevard Heritage Park.
The group has relocated several his-
toric structures scheduled for demo-
lition to the park on the southeastern
section of the Titusville campus.
The park will recapture the charac-
ter of rural 19th and 20th century


pioneer life documenting the citrus
and agribusiness of the county.
L.C. Oliver and his wife, who home-
steaded at Turnbull Hammock in the
late 1880s, owned large tracks of tim-
berland and citrus. Oliver sold the
40-acre hammock to J.J. Parrish in
June 1918. Mr. Parrish was a Florida
senator, one of the state's largest cit-
rus grove owners and a community
leader in the early 1900s. Parrish
used the house for his grove keeper's
residence and so it came to be
known as the Grove House.


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high quality printing."
Hometown News gar-
nered 12 overall awards,
including "Best Internet
Home Page" and "Best Pre-
sentation of Retail Display
Advertising on the Inter-


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net."
Hometown News pho-
tographers took five
awards. Brevard County
photographer Kaitlin Nor-
ton won "Best Original
Black & White Photogra-
phy Used in a News
Event." Chief photogra-
pher Mitch Kloorfain took
home second place hon-
ors in the same category.
Palm Beach County pho-
tographer .Hobie Hiler
received first and third
place honors for "Best
Original Color Photogra-
phy Used in a Feature or
General Interest Story."
NMr. Kloorfain also
received honorable men-
tion in the category of
"Best Original Color Pho-
tography Used in a News
Event."
Three Hometown News
advertisements, designed
by the Fort Pierce team,
received third-place hon-
ors.
More than 4,500 entries
were submitted by nearly
150 companies nation-
wide.
"We continue to prove
our team puts forth more
commitment and more
effort than any other team
out there," said Mr.
Erlanger. "We've also won
more national awards than
any other community
newspaper group in the
country, which is also veri-
fication of our team's com-
mitment.
"To be recognized by
your peers with the vol-
ume of excellence that we
have makes all of the effort
that much more worth-
while. This team should be
- and I'm sure they are -
especially proud of what it
has accomplished."
Contact Gretchen Sauer-
man at (321) 751-5961 or
e-mail her at
sauerman@hometown-
newsol.com.


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Staff photo by Gretchen Sauerman
Local artist Bonnie Hernandez puts the finishing touches on a large mural in the teachers' lounge.


Teachers' lounge gets extreme makeover

Area merchants i a
donate items
for West Shore -
By GRETcHEN SAUEMAN -Nj
Staff writer


MELBOURNE Teach-
ers returning from spring
break at West Shore
Junior/Senior High got a
pleasant surprise.
Members of the school's
Parent-Teacher Associa-
tion gave the teachers'
lounge an extreme
makeover. Volunteers
resurfaced aging cabinets
and discarded warped
lunch tables and replaced
them with new, ergonom-
ic furniture.
The room's cinder block
walls, originally a dreary
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Kaitlin Norton/staff photographer
West Shore Junior/Senior High teachers' lounge was crowded and dated before a PTA
project remodeled the room.


WEEK IN

REVIEW

Melbourne considers
televising council meetings

MELBOURNE Residents are one step closer to
seeing City Council meetings on TV.
Council member John Thomas recommended the
city contract with an outside vendor to provide two
camera crews during each council meeting.
In his report to. the council, city manager Jack
Schluckebier estimated each camera crew would cost
$500 per meeting, assuming the meetings lasted four
hours or less.
Council member Mark LaRusso observed that many
council meetings take more than four hours, and
most crews will assess an overtime charge for addi-
tional hours.
Mayor Harry Goode was concerned about the cost
for the project.
"Where's the money coming from?" said Mr. Goode.
"I'm just being prudent."
Council member Joanne Corby strongly defended
the proposal.
"We have the money," said Ms. Corby. "We need to
do this. I think it's a matter of priority for us as a coun-
cil to communicate with the residents."
The council unanimously approved a motion
directing Mr. Schluckebier to enter into negotiations
with vendors, seeking a production company that can
provide two cameramen each meeting for $900, not
including overtime costs.

School Board votes to close
Explorer Charter School

VIERA Brevard Public Schools School Board
members voted unanimously to close Explorer Ele-
mentary and Middle School at the end of the aca-
demic year.
The vote came April 10, on the heels of Brevard
Public Schools superintendent Richard DiPatri's
recommendation to close the beleaguered
school.
Mr. DiPatri stepped in last month after concerns
surfaced about the school's finances and the school's
board refused to fire two convicted felons working at
the school.
In the document recommending the termination
of the school's charter, Mr. DiPatri cited "Failure to
meet generally accepted standards of fiscal manage-
ment" as the underlying cause for the recommenda-
tion.
Students will be allowed to finish out the academic
year at Explorer but will need to relocate to private or
other public schools for the 2007-08 academic year.

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Staff photo by Gretchen Sauerman
Melbourne Police Department victim advocate Sheri-Biondi, left, and volunteer coordina-
tor Aria Tweedy review a domestic violence pamphlet. On the table are donated cell
phones, programmed to dial 911. The phones are given to victims of domestic violence.


Police program


raises awareness


of domestic abuse


BY GRETCHEN SAUERmAN
Staff writer
MELBOURNE Next
week, the Melbourne
Police Department will
wage a war against domes-
tic violence.
In conjunction with
National Crime Victims'
Rights Week, April 22-28,
the department will focus
on awareness and preven-
tion programs for domes-
tic violence victims, their
families and friends.
"There are programs that
are very helpful for the vic-
tims," said Sheri Biondi,
victim advocate for Mel-
bourne Police Depart-
ment. "The more we edu-
ca-?.these women and
men and get them into
support groups, the soon-
er we can help them see
they have options."
In her role, Ms. Biondi
aids victims when police
suspect domestic abuse.
"A lot of these (domestic
violence) perpetrators will
control everything," said
Ms. Biondi. "The victims
are not allowed to work,
have no income and have
children with the perpe-
trator."
This week, the police will
distribute fliers through-
out the community about
domestic abuse and vic-
tims' rights.
. Domestic abuse victims
are often isolated from
friends and family and feel
unable to leave abusive
situations, said Ms. Bion-
di.
"It's about self-esteem,
too," said Arla Tweedy,
coordinator for Melbourne
Police Department's vol-


unteer program, V-COPS.
Ms. Tweedy oversees
several volunteers who
assist victims of domestic
violence.
This week's message is
that victims do have
options. The Women's
Center and Serene Harbor
offer many services to vic-
tims and their families,
including emergency shel-
ter, counseling and a safe
haven.
The police department
can help victims secure
injunctions to prevent the
perpetrator from contact-
ing the victim.
Victims can also receive
free specially programmed
cell phones that can be
used to 'dial 911 in an
emergency.
"We have drop-off boxes
for old cell phones at the
police headquarters (at
650 N. Apollo Blvd.) or at
the Melbourne Square
Mall police community
relations office,"' said Jill
Frederiksen, Melbourne
Police Department's pub-
lic information specialist.
A federal law stipulates
that obsolete cell phones
can be programmed to
dial 911.
Ms. Biondi urges friends
and families of victims to
become educated about
domestic violence so they
can offer support.
"The best thing is to call
the shelters, get informa-
tion on how to help," said
Ms. Biondi.
The Melbourne Police
Department has a
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