Brevard County Sheriff’s Animal Services

 Article Rebecca West | Photography Hassan Patterson  Shelter animals are one of the most difficult to place in forever homes. They are also the most frequently returned. It's an epidemic across the nation, as well as in many other countries. Here in Brevard County, Sheriff Wayne Ivey is taking action to help these homeless animals.  The Sherrif's Office took over the…

Horses with HART

 Article Rebecca West | Photography Hassan Patterson  Known for their strength, stamina and athletic prowess, thoroughbreds have long been the choice of horse breeders among the racing set. They are grand, majestic creatures with a lot of heart.  What a lot of people don't realize, however, is that when retirement day comes around, great numbers of these beautiful animals end…

Canine Brains & Games Makes Learning Fun for Dogs & Their Owners

 Article Rebecca West  Have an ill-mannered pup that could benefit from some instruction? You're not alone. Most pet parents experience frustration when it comes to training their beloved canines, hoping to transform them into the model pets they desire.   If you're serious about this transformation, look no further than Canine Brains & Games. Founder Diane Whitney runs the training facility located…

Little Fashionistas

 Article Rebecca West | Photography Harmony Goodson  Whether you're looking for fun summer fashions or stylish back-to-school duds for the kids, Cocoa Beach fashion, accessory and lifestyle boutique Ginger, Grapefruit & Rosemary has just what you're looking for.  The owner and curator is fashionista Kate Vinson, and her boho-chic store is bursting with unique items and original designs that you…

Extracurriculars

 Article Rebecca West  Whether the kids are back in school yet or they've got a few weeks to go before class is in session, we've rounded up a few activities to occupy their free time—(Hint: Power down those electronic devices!)  As any parent knows, keeping them busy is important for keeping them out of mischief. Depending on the activity, it…

The Many Faces of Philanthropy 

 Article and Photography  Sources: Investopedia.com, AdvancementResources.org, NPTechForGood.com, BusinessInsider.com, Knowledge.Wharton.UPenn.edu, Philanthropy.com   W. Dale Crossley, JD Financial Planner, RJFS Evan M. Shear, CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ 1515 International Parkway, Suite 2019, Heathrow, Florida, 407.215.7575 2395 N. Courtenay Parkway, Suite 201, Merritt Island, Florida, 321.452.0061    Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA/SIPIC Material created by Raymond James for use by its…

Disaster Preparedness Tips for Parents and Pet Owners

 Article Rebecca West  Besides all the usual hurricane preparedness, there are a number of steps and precautions you’ll want to take if you have children with you during a storm.  For starters, if there’s any question of a serious threat to life and limb, evacuate your kids from the area as soon as possible. Don’t wait. While you’re at it, send…

Five Things I Love with Jazzy Boyd

 Article Mandy York | Photography Maggie Roub  Jazzy, an 8-year-old girl who attends Roosevelt Elementary in Cocoa Beach and the daughter of Alyssa Boyd—owner of Sand Dollar Realty—shares her five favorite things:  1. Family

Celebrating Family

When you think of family, what comes to mind? Maybe it’s the people you share your mornings with: the husband or wife who makes you breakfast, the toddler who wakes you up before sunrise or the drooling pup in the kitchen just itching for a full dish of food. Maybe it’s the people you share … Continued