Oct 10

2019 Volunteer of the Year -- Edward L. Jones

Posted on October 10, 2019 at 12:03 PM by Rachel Horst

Edward L. JonesDiamond Square Redevelopment Agency Board Member, United States Army Veteran, and all around community supporter, Edward L. Jones has been selected as the 2019 Volunteer of the Year. 

Shortly after moving to Cocoa in 1965, Edward, who graduated from Lincoln Barber School in Tallahassee, opened the Afro City Barber Shop on what was then Magnolia Street. Eventually the shop was moved to the corner of Blake Avenue and King Street and then moved once again to where it is currently located at 576 West King Street.

Edward is married to Jo Ann Jones, a native Cocoa resident and they have five children, Edwin (Coach Fuzzy), Angelia, Erik, Elvin (Pop) and Sam, and thirteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Edward joined the City of Cocoa’s Diamond Square Community Redevelopment Agency Board in 1998 and has been a member of the board ever since where he works passionately for the community. Edward is also a member of Zion Orthodox Primitive Baptist Church in Cocoa, where he serves on the Usher Board. He has also been an athletic booster club sponsor for both Cocoa and Rockledge High Schools as well as a supporter of many other local organizations. Edward is best known for providing haircuts to those who are ill, housebound or in the hospital. For all of his many efforts in making sure that Cocoa is the best community, Edward Jones is recognized as the City of Cocoa’s 2019 Volunteer of the Year.

Jul 02

In Memory of Some of Our Great Volunteers

Posted on July 2, 2019 at 4:01 PM by Rachel Horst

Collage of 4 images of volunteers that passed away. From left to right: Adrian Moss-Beasley, Mike CiThe City of Cocoa lost four of our great volunteers this past quarter including Adrian Moss-Beasley, Mike Cicerrella, Mathew Ford, and Barbara Jenkins. Adrian Moss-Beasley served on the Diamond Square Community Redevelopment Agency for many years where he worked tirelessly to better that community. He was a graduate of Cocoa High School where he served as captain of the football team.

Mike Cicerrella served our community on the Code Enforcement board for many years. He was also an avid volunteer and financial contributor of the Cocoa High School Band. Mathew Ford served on the City of Cocoa’s Board of Adjustment for nearly 20 years. Mathew was honored as the 2016 City of Cocoa Volunteer of the Year for his contributions to our community. He
also proudly served in the Army.

Barbara Jenkins served on a number of boards for the City of Cocoa including the Beautification Advisory Council, Human Relations Board, Cocoa Housing Authority and the Advisory Board for the Cocoa Police Department. In recognition of her many contributions to the Cocoa community, the City of Cocoa re-named the street where she lived Barbara Jenkins Street in her honor.
We are so thankful for the many contributions these fine residents gave to our community.
May 02

Trash Bash

Posted on May 2, 2019 at 10:33 AM by Rachel Horst

group photo taken outside of City Council members, City employees and citizens at Trash BashEach year the City of Cocoa participates in a county-wide clean-up event hosted by Keep Brevard Beautiful. This event has communities across the county recruit volunteers on one day and pick-up trash throughout that community.

This year’s Trash Bash event was held on April 6, 2019. Our Leisure Services team recruited 313 volunteers to pick up trash throughout the City. Those volunteers collected 11,576 pounds of trash throughout the entire City on that one day.

After the volunteers were through with collecting trash, they came to the Porcher House for a volunteer luncheon served by some members of Council including Mayor Williams and Councilwoman Koss.

A number of different groups volunteered for this event including Cocoa PAL, Cocoa High School ROTC, Team BACRAP, Saturn Elementary, Rockledge Youth Football League, the Brevard Democrats, Trinity Lutheran Girl Scouts, Top Teens of America, City of Cocoa staff and many more.

The City of Cocoa came in second place for the entire county in both number of volunteers recruited and amount of trash collected behind the City of Palm Bay who collected 14.24 tons of trash and the City of Melbourne who recruited 338 volunteers. A HUGE THANK YOU to all of our 313 volunteers that came out to Keep Cocoa Beautiful!