Dec 30

Diamond Johnson - 2019 Florida PAL Girl of the Year

Posted on December 30, 2019 at 2:40 PM by Rachel Horst

Diamond JohnsonDiamond Johnson has been a part of the Cocoa Police Athletic League (PAL) for the past three years. In the last two years alone, Diamond has contributed more than 100 volunteer hours to the Cocoa PAL After-School Program and did such a great job, she was hired on as the assistant for the PAL After-School Program during her Junior year of High School.

Diamond has completed two years of Youth Employment Training with Cocoa PAL and continues to volunteer with the program. This past summer Diamond assisted the Cocoa Police Department with the Cocoa PAL Summer Cops and Kids program where she worked
as a Camp Counselor.

Diamond currently serves as President of the Cocoa PAL Youth Directors’ Council (YDC). This year, she began her Senior Year of High School where she has maintained at least a 3.5 GPA. One of her teachers, Ms. Hardy stated about Diamond, “I believe that Diamond has the potential to not only change Brevard County and her community, but the entire world for the better.”

Diamond was selected by the State of Florida Police Athletic/Activites League as the 2019 Florida PAL Girl of the Year. With this prestigious honor also comes a $1,000 scholarship.
Diamond exemplifies community and the City of Cocoa is proud of her and excited to see what the future holds for her!
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.