INDIAN RIVER COUNTY – The last five months have seen innumerable stories out of Indian River County that have run the gamut from the county’s first – and so far only – Swine flu death, community togetherness, school protests, abandoned Chihuahuas and a county leader who has vertigo and not DUI.
Looking back at these stories since VeroNews.com launched in mid-July, we can tell which articles and topics were of the most import. And we’d like to share those with you in our half-2009 Year in Review. Community’s help needed to fill care packages for Marines, posted Oct. 13
A family friend of the Tozzolos decides she wants to send a care package overseas to Marine Michael Tozzolo, and not only that, but send more than 40 boxes over there so the fellow men and women in his platoon can have comforts from home.
Now, Carolyn is on a mission to get donations to fill and ship 46 care packages in time for a Thanksgiving arrival.
“They really do need a lot of things,” Carolyn said, explaining that the Marines need foot powder, eye drops, water flavorings such as Crystal Light, along with sunscreen, lotion, gum, and other such essentials.
Along with sending items the Marines could use, Carolyn wants to send reminders from home and other comforts to remind the 44 men and two women in the platoon that they are appreciated.
“He’s all about the Gators,” his father, Wayne Tozzolo, said, adding that the care package they send to Marine Tozzolo will most likely have something Gator related in it.
“We’re trying to give these guys a feeling of home,” Wayne said.
A new charter school slated for Sebastian will not be opening as planned. Imagine Charter School at North Indian River County’s contract was terminated at the recommendation of Indian River County School District Superintendent Harry La Cava.
Imagine Charter School Principal Joe Mills, who oversees the Imagine School at South Vero and would have led the Sebastian school, had asked the school board to consider granting the charter an extra year to address the zoning issues that had stopped the school from opening inside Community Baptist Church on Roseland Road.
Over the summer and into the fall, the Indian River County Health Department has confirmed other cases of Swine flu, though none fatal. Other cases include four people at the Life for Youth Camp and two cases at the Boys and Girls Club in Sebastian.
READ about the first reported Swine flu death READ Boys & Girls Club notifies parents after 2 Swine flu casesREAD 4 cases of Swine flu found at Life for Youth CampFor more on this topic, check out our Health Section
School Superintendent Harry La Cava drew the ire of many of the approximately 90 residents at the Indian River County School Board meeting Tuesday night for his decision to delay the showing of President Barack Obama’s national speech on education until it could be reviewed for content.
The battle raged all day long as the School District decided not air President Obama’s speech inside classrooms. The next day, the School District allowed classes to air the taped speech. Parents were given the option to opt their children out.
After a two-day trial and approximately two hours and 15 minutes of deliberation, the four-woman, two-man jury came back with a decision to acquit 52-year-old County Administrator Joe Baird of Driving Under the Influence on his way home from a Youth Guidance fundraiser.
Judge Robert Pegg accepted the plea deal between Stephanie Ann Salvilla-Werking’s attorney and the State Attorney’s Office. Werking has no right to ask for an early termination to her probation under the agreement.