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Joe Imondi is the new golf professional at Indian River Colony Club in Viera. Joe Imondi is the new golf professional at Indian River Colony Club in Viera. Critter Run set for Nov. 25

The Central Brevard Humane Society will host its 15th annual Critter Run on Sunday, Nov. 25, starting at 10 a.m. at the Humane Society, located at 1020 Cox Road in Cocoa.

Cost to participate in the poker run will be $7 per hand or two hands for $10. All vehicles are welcome.

The run begins at the Central Brevard Humane Society and will end at Dog 'n' Bone British Pub, located at 9 Stone St. in Cocoa Village. The first bike out will be scheduled to leave at 10 a.m., with the last one departing at 11:30 a.m.

Event activities will include a 50/50 drawing, vendor displays, food and live entertainment by the Big Daddy Band, beginning at 1 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for best, worst and “mystery” hands.

Event sponsors include ABATE of Florida-Brevard Chapter, Sally Bargain Barn & Pawn Shop and the AT&T The Real Yellow Pages. Other sponsorship opportunities are available at different levels and donations are greatly appreciated. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Theresa Clifton at 432-636-3343 or tclifton1@cfl. rr.com.

All proceeds from this event help to raise awareness and financial support for the thousands of unwanted and abandoned pets that go to the shelter each year. For more information, contact the Central Brevard Humane Society at 636-3343 ext. 203. ¦

Florida Tech researchers diagnose coral disease

Marine diseases are killing coral populations all over the world, threatening the livelihoods of millions of people who depend on reefs for food and protection from storms. Are these diseases new and unprecedented infections, or do they erupt from the stresses of environmental change?

Florida Institute of Technology biologist Robert van Woesik and his former student Erinn Muller — now a researcher at the Mote Marine Lab in Sarasota — used a mapping technique to examine disease clustering and determine what might have caused the recent increase of coral diseases in the Caribbean. Their results appear in the Oct. 9 issue of “Global Change Biology.”

Public health officials have been mapping diseases since the first outbreak of cholera in London in 1854. Mapping provides clues about the origin of diseases and how rapidly diseases can spread. “When diseases cluster they are usually contagious and are spreading rapidly. When they don't cluster, environmental stress is usually the cause,” Ms. Muller said.

Ms. Muller and Mr. van Woesik mapped the clustering of three coral diseases in the Caribbean and concluded that they are stress-related rather than contagious. “These coral diseases in the Caribbean are likely caused by stress,” said Mr. van Woesik, “and that stress is the warming seas that are the result of climate change.” The researchers suspect the corals’ immune systems are compromised by increasing water temperatures, making them more susceptible to infection.

“We more easily catch a cold when we are stressed, and corals are likewise responding to stress by getting sick,” said Mr. van Woesik. “The ocean will continue to warm, increasing the likelihood of coral diseases.” ¦

New golf pro at Indian River Colony Club

Joe Imondi is the new golf professional at Indian River Colony Club, the 55-andolder Viera golf community that began as a retirement destination for military officers.

In his new role, Mr. Imondi oversees all golf operations, including private lessons, pro shop sales, tournament scheduling and more. A member of the PGA, Mr. Imondi is an experienced teacher and an expert at club fitting. He is one of only two lead members for the Callaway Golf brand in Florida.

IRCC sports a challenging 18-hole, par 72 course nestled among natural preserves and almost 800 lakefront and golf course homes on 453 acres.

Mr. Imondi said he’s impressed with the quality of the golf amenities and the enthusiasm of the IRCC members.

“The people are wonderful and it's easy to see why they're proud of this beautiful facility,” he said. “Each hole is designed for scenic beauty, all shaped around water features. But it’s a challenging, shot-maker’s course.”

Eight public tournaments are scheduled for play at Indian River Colony Club through November. More information about Indian River Colony Club is available at www.IndianRiverColonyClub.com or by calling 877-298-8124. ¦

‘Best Pets of Brevard’ calendar on sale

The Central Brevard Humane Society is sponsoring its 21st anniversary 2013 “Best Pets of Brevard” Calendar.

Gracing the cover is Wobbles, a brown and white tabby enjoying the Florida sunshine. Other features of the calendar include the “In Loving Memory” of pets that have passed away, honorable mentions, Paws of Distinction and special money-saving coupons.

This year the calendar costs $6 in honor of the Humane Society's 60th anniversary. It can be purchased at the Central Brevard Humane Society located at 1020 Cox Road in Cocoa; any of its four Molly Mutt Thrift Shops, located in downtown Melbourne, Merritt Island, Palm Bay and Rockledge; local veterinary offices; and online at crittersavers.com.

Proceeds from the sales of these calendars will help raise awareness and financial support for the thousands of unwanted and abandoned shelter pets who need a home each year. For more information, contact the Central Brevard Humane Society at 321-636-3343 or visit www.crittersavers.com. ¦


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