The Sunshine State Carnival Glass Association will host its annual Carnival Cruise Convention on Jan 21-24, 2009 at the Holiday Inn-Cocoa Beach Oceanside Resort, 1300 N. Atlantic Avenue, in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
Some of the highlights include a 5-hour cruise with a free buffet and Las Vegas style entertainment; a seminar by John & Loretta Nielsen; the Sunshine Club auction by the Wroda team and the Saturday night banquet with a program of "Here comes the Judge" with Emmett and Dorothy Morgan as evening speakers.
For additional information on joining the Sunshine State Carnival Glass Association and attending the January event, visit the website: www.sscga.com/convention_info.htm
(from ACC News Service, Association of Collecting Clubs. Collectors.org)
NASA Advisory Council Meeting in Cocoa Beach - Oct 16 WHAT: The NASA Advisory Council (NAC) public meeting WHERE: The Hilton Cocoa Beach in the Sea Oats room WHEN: 8am - 3:45pm on Thursday October 16, 2008 **Business attire is requested** ABOUT: The NAC provides the NASA Administrator with counsel and advice on programs and issues of importance to the Agency. The Council consists of six committees, Aeronautics, Audit and Finance, Exploration, Human Capital, Science, and Space Operations. Each committee conducts fact-finding sessions throughout the year in an effort to gain a broad understanding of current NASA issues and future mission implementation plans. The committees then bring this information to the full Council in order that specific recommendations may be prepared. The Council deliberates on topics raised by each committee in public sessions and presents any findings and recommendations to the NASA Administrator on a quarterly basis. [ Click here to download the meeting agenda]
BY ALISON DIANA • FOR FLORIDA TODAY • October 10, 2008
Every year, hundreds of individuals head to Cocoa Beach to participate in the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup day. And each year, battalion members from the Junior ROTC program at Cocoa High and Merritt Island High are among those volunteering their time to pick up what humans left behind.
“Everybody’s motivated,” said Chelsea Woodhouse, executive officer at the Merritt Island Mustangs Battalion. “If we want to use the beach, we need to keep it clean.” Added Kala Quicksell, commanding sergeant major with the Merritt Island battalion: “I love going to the beach and hate seeing trash all over the place.” About 58 of the 130 members of Cocoa High’s Tiger Battalion participated in this year’s clean-up, said Lieutenant Colonel Scott Beach. Merritt Island expected at least 30 cadets of the groups 161 members at the voluntary event, Woodhouse said. “We find things that would rattle your mind,” said Jamel Freeman, battalion commander. “I really think it’s important, because this is our home.” After their hard work, the battalions planned to celebrate together with hot dogs, chips and sodas.“It’s great to chill with the Cocoa battalion and get to know each other,” said Daryl Joiner, battalion commander at Merritt Island. “We get to know the cadets from different battalions.” By the end of the day, 1,125 volunteers had participated and collected 27,375 pounds of trash, according to Keep Brevard Beautiful, organizers of the local event, which included 15 sites from Titusville to Melbourne Beach.
BY HILLARD GROSSMAN • FLORIDA TODAY • October 4, 2008
Kelly Slater wrapped up his ninth world championship in Mundaka, Spain, clinching the title there for the second time in three years with 21/2 months -- and three contest results -- remaining in the season. This year, he posted five wins in the first eight events, the best opening stretch in history.
"I think I'm a better surfer than I have ever been," said Slater, who graduated from Cocoa Beach in 1991. "It's crazy."
Toasts of beer clattered from the Beach Shack to The Surf on Friday night as local surfing fans celebrated a brief respite from the banter of bailouts, banks and Biden.
Slater, who at 20 became the Association of Surfing Professionals' youngest world champion as a tour rookie, is now also the oldest champion at 36.
The third round of the Billabong Pro Mundaka contest started an hour late after 45-degree temperatures and a rain of hailstones hit the coast. Just a couple of hours later, it was raining champagne on the legendary surfer after he defeated wildcard entrant Eneko Acero of Spain by reeling off 7.83 and 7.13 scores -- the first in a tube -- to win 14.96-10.00.
"It wasn't like a super climactic finish, not a real down-to-the-wire thing to make it exciting for our sport, but I'm satisfied," said Slater, who was carried up the precarious, rocky shoreline by friends and cheered by hundreds of Spanish supporters who braved the rain on the cliffs above.
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Hi all, I have been away for over a month. I was very busy helping my mom plan my fathers funeral in Annapolis. It was a sad but beautiful ceremony. Full military honors. I set up a memorial video site for my father if you would like to see it: http://www.youtube.com/jamesocobb
The service was at the Navy Chapel and his gravesite is on the Naval Academy. Here is a clip from the gravesite service: