Angel Wings Parrot Rescue in Sebastian Florida Needs Your Help

We are a Treasure and Space Coast based Parrot Rescue located in Sebastian Florida, we have been rescuing birds for 11 years and I have fostered for two other parrot rescues.

Due to the volume of requests to take unwanted or unable to keep parrots in my area, I chose to open my own not for profit rescue. We also have a parrot store on eBay as well as an e-commerce store. The store sells parrot related items and food, not birds.

Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and find the correct forever home for our feathered friends. All donations and re-homing fees are for the transportation, vet bills, and care of the parrots. Here we are all about the birds.

If you have a parrot you are unable to care for any longer, or are interested in adopting a feathered friend, or just wish to foster a bird, please contact us…below is a link to our stores, feel free to check it out and look at our feedback.

If you have a unwanted bird contact Kerry Lewis or Cindy Nichols.

Cindy Nichols
Manager Kerry Lewis
9969 Sebastian River Dr
Micco, Florida 32769

Harry Getzov to Speak at Treasure Coast Community Health Foundation Luncheon

Steve Dorrance Speaks with Judyth Piazza about Treasure Coast Community Health Foundation on The American Perspective Radio Program – Click to listen

“The way a nation treats its sick and aging is a direct reflection on the character of the nation as a whole. Harry Getzov and Treasure Coast Community Health Foundation have created a 21st century model that strives toward eldercation and available healthcare. I am proud to be part of these important changes.” Judyth Piazza

Steve Dorrance

Harry Getzov, author, national speaker, and upcoming guest on The View and The Doctors will be speaking in Vero Beach at The Quail Valley River Club on December 5 for the benefit of Treasure Coast Community Health. Harry most recently wrote gOLD, a book of fascinating stories from inspired conversations with Hugh Downs, Maya Angelou (one of the great voices of contemporary literature), Jerry Vale, former major league baseball player William Moose Skowron and nearly 1,600 others. “He is thoughtful, caring and amusing, all at the same time! His uplifting and insightful view of the cycles of our lives is prescient for all, including the boomers who are on deck next, and those who are enjoying the golden years.”

Harry Getzov

Mr. Getzov`s Background

Mr. Getzov is an accomplished attorney, educated at Emory University School of Law. Mr. Getzov obtained a bachelor`s degree from Boston University`s College of Liberal Arts and studied at the Brookdale Center on Aging of Hunter College. As a prolific writer, his articles have appeared in the New York Daily News, Newsday, The Dallas Morning News, The Kansas City Star and amNew York, and he has been a guest on radio in the communities he has visited throughout the country. He spent many years in New York City and Hollywood as an entertainment lawyer. He has an insider`s perspective on an industry most will never experience.

To Benefit Treasure Coast Community Health

Mr. Getzov has generously agreed to make this presentation for the benefit of the Treasure Coast Community Health Foundation (TCCHF). Treasure Coast Community Health provides a wide range of medical, dental and behavioral healthcare services, and is a healthcare home to 20,000 Indian River County residents. We accept Medicare and Medicaid patients, populations of importance to Harry.

Event Details

While overlooking the Indian River from the main dining room, attendees will be served an exceptional lunch by a dedicated staff, and receive a complimentary copy of Mr. Getzov`s book. Please call 772-571-1983 to make a reservation for the December 5th luncheon starting at 11:45 a.m. or request additional information. The TCCH Foundation will benefit from your $50 per person, tax deductible contribution.

Generously sponsored by the Brackett Family Foundation

Judyth Piazza chats with Harry J. Getzov, Author of gOLD, The Extraordinary Side of Aging Revealed Through Inspiring Conversations …

Judyth Piazza interviews Steve Dorrance, Executive Director of Treasure Coast Community Health Foundation…

20th Avenue Church of God Fall Carnival – Vero Beach

20th Avenue Church of God is pleased to announce their annual Children’s Fall Carnival on Saturday, October 29th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 775 20th Avenue, Vero Beach, Florida (772) 562-2235.

Fun For All Ages

The carnival will have games and prizes, a moonwalk, giant slides, food, fun and much more.

All proceeds will benefit The Children’s Ministry, K.W.A.M. 24-7.

20th Avenue Church of God
775 20th Avenue
Vero Beach, FL 32962-1454
(772) 562-2235

Church Service Times
Sunday School-9:20 a.m.
Morn. Worship-10:50 a.m.
Even. Worship-5:50pm

Bible Study-6:50 p.m Youth Class (1st Wednesday)

Prayer-7:00 p.m.

LoPresti First Saturday to Benefit By the River

— Join Us for a Lively Discussion — 

LoPresti First Saturday Charity Breakfast, June 4th, will benefit By the River, the area’s independent living community for low-income seniors. Host author/pilot Howard Keefe, a renowned winning race pilot will share his exciting P-51 stories.

A book signing will follow for personalized autographed copies of “Galloping on Wings.” The event will be at the Sebastian Airport off Main Street, with a hot and fresh breakfast at 9:00 a.m. and presentations from l0:00-ll:30 a.m.

Remo rides available. $8 suggested donation. All are welcome to hear more about By the River and Sebastian aviation. 

For more information about By the River and tours of the community, please call 772-3888-5858

Sebastian Clambake Foundation Gives Generous Donation

Sebastian Clambake treasurer, Dot Judah, presented a check to By the River president, Durga Das Hutner, last week in the amount of $7,920 for the installation of screened-in porches for residents.

Now seniors at Indian River County’s new, affordable living community for low-income elders can more safely and comfortably enjoy the outdoors. It was a welcomed gift.

Joe Coakley, director of charitable gifts for By the River was also on hand to express appreciation to the Sebastian Clambake Foundation for their generous and much needed donation. Other recipients of this year’s Sebastian Clambake included the Sebastian Little League, Sebastian River High School Rowing Club and Sebastian American Legion No. 189.

Charter High Students To Give Performance of Fame The Musical

The performance officially runs February 16-19 at The Theater Guild in Vero Beach.  By the River, located at ll065 Ganga Way in Sebastian, is the area’s affordable, independent residential community for low-income seniors. This is the second year the students have taken their show on the road to By the River. Last year’s performance was well attended and enjoyed by all. Light refreshments will also be served. The public is welcome to attend.
By the River offers a full spectrum of programs designed to keep seniors active and engaged in life, including intergenerational activities, volunteer opportunities, art and music classes, health lectures, fitness plans, yoga and day trips. Area seniors attend many of the programs offered.
Fame the Musical is about students and their struggles and accomplishments at New York City’s High School of Performing Arts. Although IRCHS is not as well-known as the school in “Fame,” it is host to accomplished directors and a pool of talented students who can study several disciplines of the arts including dance, music, choir, theater and visual arts. 
“I felt this musical really highlights just how talented the students of IRCHS really are,” said Michael Naffziger, Director of Theatre for IRCHS. “Many of the performers have to be able to sing, dance, act and even in several circumstances, play instruments”. 
The story of Fame the Musical revolves around several dynamic characters.  Nick Piazza, played by Evan Cisneros, struggles to fend off the affection of fellow acting student Serena Katz, played by Emma Cochran, to focus on his goal of becoming a famous “Method Actor.”  The comic of the show, Jose Vegas, played by Kem Johnson, masks his true feelings for the leading lady Carmen Diaz, played by Nancy Carvajal, through flamboyant flirting with every female at the school.  Fame-obsessed Carmen pushes aside her feelings for the shy pianist Schlomo Metzenbaum, played by Thomas Ingui, in the hopes of making it big in L.A. Other characters search for their identity in the arts. Whether it is Tyrone Jackson’s (Carlos Flores) struggles with illiteracy, Mabel Washington’s( Jernie Talles) quest to not be “the world’s fattest dancer,” Lambchop (Jewel Blakeslee) and Goody King (Sarah Lathem) attempts to get a band together, or Iris Kelly’s (Beth Olsen) battles to break out of poverty, all of the students at the performing arts school, just as they do at IRCHS, have to balance grades, social lives and rehearsals. And while being pressed and pushed by their directors and instructors:  Ms. Sheinkopf (Gabriella Rojas), Ms. Bell (Amellia Strazzulla), Ms. Sherman (Kacy Carvajal) and the acting director Ms. Bell (Sam McCloud).
The performance is directed by Michael Naffziger.  Musical Direction is by Dr. Ray Adams and Dave Mundy.  Vocal direction is by Gary Miller.  Choreography is by Hedi Khurandi with guest choreographer Geneau Escobar and student choreographer Rachel Rendon.  
Tickets for the full production of “Fame the Musical” at The Vero Beach Theater Guild, February 16-19 are $20 and can be purchased by calling IRCHS at 772.567.6600 ext 200 or at The Theater Guild box office one hour before each performance.

John Danz Jr. Interviews Boxing Sensation Dat Nguyen

Boxing. To some, a sweet science. To others, a barbaric punch in the face contest. Either way, one man sees the highly competitive and grueling sport as his calling.

Dat Nguyen was born in Bien Hoa, Vietnam on October 10, 1982 as the son of a Vietnamese POW, and came to the States at age eight. After coming to the States, he began boxing after watching his brother kickbox in Hawaii, and almost instantaneously began showing promise after winning a Junior Olympic Title in 1996.

After graduating high school in 2000, he got a full scholarship to Northern Michigan University as a part of their Olympic boxing program. Adding to his success, he won medals at the 2002 and 2003 National Golden Gloves event, and is the first Vietnamese-American to win a spot at the US National Championships as well. He turned professional in 2004, and has amassed an impressive record of 17 wins and one loss with six wins by way of knockout.

I recently spoke with Dat about his career, future plans and his newly opened boxing academy in Vero Beach, Florida.

JD: First off – what made you want to become a professional boxer, and who were your biggest influences?

Dat: I think what made me really want to be a professional boxer was because when I was growing up, I saw guys like Oscar De La Hoya winning gold in the Olympics and I wondered why I never saw any Vietnamese in the Olympics for boxing. So I continued in that path and tried to make the Olympics. My biggest influences would be my mother, who worked very hard and sacrificed so much of her life to give my brothers and me a better life. So I wanted to do something special to make her proud.

JD: You`ve done some great things in the ring, and your record, silver medal in Golden Gloves and bronze at the US championships – as well as being the first Vietnamese-American to be in a US men`s challenge – reflects that statement. What was your proudest moment in your career, and why?

Dat: I think the proudest moment of my amateur career was getting to the final of the National Golden Gloves. The title of Golden Gloves has been won by many great boxing champions, and I wanted to be one of them. I fought hard for five nights with five different opponents to get to the finals but the judges were never in my corner. However, I still believe that it was my greatest accomplishment for getting there and it gave me the opportunity to showcase my talents on National TV for the first time.

JD: Is boxing a pretty hot thing in Vietnam? How does training over there differ from how boxers might train here?

Dat: Vietnam doesn`t have pro boxing right now, but I think the government is considering staging some big fights there soon. Vietnam is very new to boxing but there economy is booming and the people there are showing an interest in all things Western.  They are also developing their amateur team to compete against other Southeast Asian countries and eventually will try to earn their spot into the Olympics.

JD: Who would you say was your toughest opponent?

Dat: Honestly I haven`t faced any fighters of my caliber yet but I am sure there is still someone out there that will allow me to showcase my talent.   However, I feel like I haven`t been fighting at 100%, I`ve made some fights harder than they should have been. But I`m a professional athlete and my profession dictates that I perform at 100% 100% of the time – that`s why I have changed my work ethic. I`m working harder now than ever to make the necessary adjustment.

JD: You`ve opened up a boxing academy in Vero Beach – what prompted you to open it there? What`s your favorite part about teaching what you`ve learned over the years?

Dat: What prompted me to open up the academy was – first of all – I wanted to have a quality facility for myself to train at and be able to control my own destiny. The boxing gym is essentially my office, and I want to remind myself what I need to do to get to the top. Secondly, I wanted to apply my knowledge and experience to those who wanted to learn the art of boxing and also see it in a different light (the teaching side) and perhaps remind myself of the things I`m teaching.

JD: So what sets your academy apart from other academies a prospective student would seek?

Dat: I would say what sets my academy apart from others is the location and the atmosphere. I have the beach, park and the bridges nearby for the best training. Everything is very close. The fighters will get the best possible training without any distractions. The way I set up my gym is to create that extra motivation that people need for a good workout. I want to provide a unique atmosphere that people feel when they come into the academy.

JD: You`re still pretty much in your prime, so what are your main goals for the future? What can we expect from you?

Dat: My main goals right now are to work hard and give myself a 100% chance to be the best that I can be and give it my all to try to achieve my goals. You can definitely expect me to continue to work hard to get to the top.

JD: What advice would you give to aspiring boxers that want to make it?

Dat: They have to truly believe in themselves when no one else will and that advice goes for anything that someone is trying to accomplish. They have to use that as their motivation to work hard every day and to stay focused.

JD: Finally, any upcoming fights we can expect, and if so, when and where?

Dat: Right now I no longer have a manager who looks out for my career so I`m doing self-managing. My promoter has scheduled a fight for December 18th in Houston TX.

For more information on Dat and The Boxing Academy, Vero Beach, FL visit

To hear an audio interview with Dat conducted by Judyth Piazza, visit

The Veteran’s Council of Indian River County Celebrated Memorial Day

The Veteran’s Council of Indian River County celebrated Memorial Day as well as paid tribute to all of the men and women that have died while defending the United States of America and its allies abroad with Master of Ceremonies, Lt. Col. Eric “Rip” Wieler, USMC (Ret.).  

During the ceremony a moment of silence and the placing of the wreath at the marker of Petty Officer 2nd class, Ronald Scott Owens, a Vero Beach resident who was killed in the attack on the destroyer USS Cole. Owens was also a posthumous recipient of the Purple Heart. Placement of the wreath was carried out by SSG Jack Main, US Army & Sgt. Brian Wright, USMC.  

“Seventeen people died and 39 were injured in an attack on the American guided missile destroyer, USS Cole, in Aden harbor, Yemen, on October 12, 2000.” The attack had been orchestrated by Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida network.

Some other featured events included the invocation by Charlie Cox, U.S. Navy CB’s who is the oldest living veteran in Vero Beach, Florida at the ripe old age of 100. 

Patriotic Medley – Vero Beach High School Band, Band Directors, James Sammons & Page Howell 

Bag Pipes – Michael Hyde, USMM 

Special Music – Dolores mark Chambers, vocalist 

Keynote Address – Col. Martin Zickert, USAF (Ret.)

 21 Gun Salute and Taps – VFW Post 3918 Honor Guard 

Benediction – Capt. Richard Flick, USN (Ret.)

 Bag Pipes – Michael Hyde, USMM 

Sebastian Women’s Group Aglow with Potential

“Through a commitment to prayer, Aglow women are building that spiritual house, a global house of prayer for all nations to see God’s blessing on the peoples of the earth and their destinies fulfilled.”
                                                                        Nancy McDaniel, Aglow International

Sebastian, FL – Aglow International embellished the Treasure Coast with a new sector known as the Sebastian Community Aglow.  These women bond their hearts together in prayer and then respond to God’s unique call as an apostolic body of influence for virtue in the world.

“We got off to a rough start because of the hurricanes, but we are back on track ready to share God’s love,” said Kathy Gehrke, Sebastian, Florida. 
The Sebastian Community Aglow has about 50 members and is continuing to grow. “This is a way in which women can bond with other women whom all believe in the gospel, said Gehrke.  “It is one of the largest international Christian women’s organizations in the world with over 1,400 groups called lighthouses in the U.S. and more than 2,100 groups outside the U.S.”

The interdenominational organization of Christian women is proud of the fact that they introduce others to Jesus Christ, through the sharing of teachings of the Bible. “I am proud to be a member of a unique group such as this one, Sebastian is a great place and the group is the icing on the cake,” said Verla Glen, Sebastian.

In 1967, four Christian women with a similar vision converged together without any restrictions or denominational boundaries. According to, one of the first local fellowships began in Edmonds, a small town just north of Seattle, where women began to invite their friends and neighbors to regular meetings at a local restaurant. Quickly, word spread about a lively series of groups for women, and fellowships began springing up around Washington. Other states followed as well as other countries. By 1972, more than 60 local fellowships were holding monthly meetings around the U.S. By 1973, fellowships began in Canada and New Zealand. The Netherlands followed in 1974, making Aglow an international “network of caring women.”

Cindy Faldo-Di Corrado, owner of The Victorian Lady in Sebastian hosted the group’s last gathering featuring guest speaker Joanne Derstines, author, editor and musician from Bradenton, Florida.

“What a beautiful day, the sun is out and there is a cool breeze in the air, and we have all these wonderful ladies here with us to help keep our spirits high, said Glen.

As of 1998, more than 27 nations around the world held conferences drawing crowds well over 20,000. Currently, Aglow can be found in more than 151 nations reaching out to women of every creed, color, and culture, and through them to families worldwide.

The Sebastian Community Aglow meeting is held on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at the Sebastian Library.

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