110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
DeBary Hall plans ‘Teas and Trees’ Dec. 14
Experience a Victorian Christmas at DeBary Hall Historic Site by touring the 19th-century hunting lodge and viewing beautifully decorated trees throughout December.
Special “Teas and Trees” tours, featuring tea and cider tastings in each of the downstairs rooms, will be offered at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. The tours will include holiday and Victorian history trivia, a family scavenger hunt, and a festive children’s craft project. The fee is $8 per person. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 386-668-3840.
Regular tours, which do not require reservations, are offered every day but Monday. Admission prices are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for children 2 and younger.
The estate was built in 1871 by Frederick deBary, a New York champagne importer who wanted a retreat in the wilds of central Florida. Today, the site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s owned by the state and managed by Volusia County’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Division.
For more information, visit www.debaryhall.com.
Celebrate Citrus Day Dec. 11 at the Volusia County Farmers Market
Deck yourself out in orange and yellow and celebrate Citrus Day at the Volusia County Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Dec. 11.
Local citrus growers and shippers will offer free samples and give orange and yellow balloons to children. They’ll also provide information about shipping fresh Volusia County citrus gifts to friends and family.
Presentations will include:
10 a.m.: Steve Crump, owner of Vo-LaSalle Farms, on “Citrus varieties and ripeness”
10:30 a.m.: George Benedict, owner of George Benedict Farms, on “Food preparation”
11 a.m.: Jill Taufer, a registered dietitian and extension agent, on “The Florida citrus industry and health benefits of citrus”
The Volusia County Farmers Market is open every Wednesday morning outside the Volusia County Fairgrounds at 3050 E. New York Ave., DeLand.
Citrus Day is sponsored by the farmers market, the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension, Volusia County Farm Bureau and the Volusia County Citrus Growers Association to recognize the county’s citrus growing and packing industries.
For more information, call Commercial Horticulture Extension Agent Karen Stauderman at 386-822-5778.
Col. Arthur Erwin Chapter of DAR meets Dec. 13
The Col. Arthur Erwin Chapter of DAR will meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13.
A Christmas luncheon will be held in the piano room at Woodland Towers, 113 W. Chipola Ave. in DeLand.
The speaker will be professor and author Bill Lazarus on "The Real Story of Christmas Carols."
Reservations only. The cost is $10. Call Linda Williamson at 386-734-5974.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Housing rehab funds available for homeowners with special needs
Volusia County has a limited amount of State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) funds to provide housing rehabilitation for homeowners with certain developmental disabilities and special needs.
The purpose of the assistance is to provide home modifications that will allow homeowners to remain independent in their own homes, and to provide housing rehabilitation necessary to correct code violations or urgent repairs for health and safety concerns.
The program is income-restricted and available to assist households with incomes that do not exceed 120 percent of the area’s median income.
The program provides up to $25,000 of financial assistance. The assistance is provided as a grant for projects of up to $5,000 or a deferred payment loan for projects larger than $5,000. The deferred payment loan has zero percent interest for a 10-year term. The loan is reduced annually and forgiven at the end of 10 years if the homeowner continues to live in the home and complies with program restrictions.
The Special Needs Housing Rehabilitation Program is administered by the county’s Community Assistance Division, in cooperation with nonprofit agencies and governmental agencies that serve this population. Applications will be accepted for an initial 60-day period. Eligible applicants will be placed on a waiting list and selected from the waiting list based on established priorities.
Nonprofit agencies and interested homeowners are asked to complete the required application, gather necessary documentation, and submit the package to Volusia County Community Assistance Division for review and approval. Applications are available at www.volusia.org/affordable-housing.
The county will procure the rehabilitation service on behalf of the selected homeowners.
Other conditions and restrictions apply. The program is not available in the city limits of Daytona Beach, Deltona and Ponce Inlet.
For more information, visit www.volusia.org/housing or call the county’s Community Assistance Division at 386-736-5955.
Decorate your Deltona home for the Holidays
The City of Deltona invites its residents to take part in the fourth annual Deltona Holiday Parade of Homes”... a photo montage that will air on DeltonaTV/Bright House Cable Ch. 199 throughout the Christmas and New Year holidays. This is an interactive contest where residents can vote on their favorite decorated home.
This is how the contest works:
•Residents send in photos of their decorated homes to these email addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, with their Contact information and address.
•All the photos will be seen on DeltonaTV/Ch. 199 in the “Holiday Parade of Homes”, during the non-programming Community Bulletin Board segments on DeltonaTV, 24 hours a day. Each photo will be identified by number.
•The same photos will be seen on the City of Deltona website, www.deltonafl.gov, with the same identifying numbers.
•Beginning on Monday, Dec. 9, through Friday, Jan. 3, residents would go to the City Website, and cast their vote for their favorite house.
•There will be one winner, selected and announced on DeltonaTV and the City Website on Tuesday, Jan. 7.
•At the Commission Meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 21, the winner will receive a Parade of Homes Winner sign, and a gift card from Anderson’s Ace Hardware.
This contest is limited to Deltona residents. For more information, send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Museum Event Series Debuts with “Jazz Concert in the Key of Christmas”
Attendees at Mount Dora’s new Modernism Museum will be treated to an evening of jazz and holiday standards on a one-of-a-kind Steinway piano by internationally performing jazz musicians Per and Tamara Danielsson on Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Jazz pianist Per Danielsson, who will be performing on the Museum’s renowned Wendell Castle “Caligari” piano - along with and alto-saxophonist Tamara Danielsson - will kick off the first of a series of concerts presented by the Museum with “ A Jazz Concert in the Key of Christmas.”
The Museum selected the notable Sunshine State jazz artists for its “Caligari” Concert Series debut with the aim of packing a double punch: The Danielssons’ long list of accomplishments and the Florida fit. The duo has charted on jazz radio and performed on stages in the US and around the globe, including South Africa, Australia, Brazil, Taiwan, France, Sweden, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Canada. As well, Per and Tamara both hold Master’s degrees in jazz studies from University of South Florida. Per is currently Associate Professor with Tenure of jazz piano at the University of Central Florida, a Steinway Music School.
Subsequent concerts on the “Caligari,” which was designed and crafted in 1990 by “Modernist Movement Grandfather” Wendell Castle for the distinguished Steinway Art Case piano series, are scheduled to begin in January and will feature local and national musicians playing the fine arts-crafted Steinway instrument.
Modernism Museum manager Michele Giancola states, “We are so excited to share the sounds of the “Caligari” while introducing [the Museum’s] expansive collection of Modernist art.” The piano is currently on display as part of the year-long exhibition titled “Wharton to Wendell.” Giancola notes that the exhibition focuses on “two of the most iconic and influential masters of the craft;” the “Caligari” is one of the exhibition’s centerpieces.
“Jazz Concert in the Key of Christmas” will take place in the Modernism Museum at 7:30 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 7 at 145 4th Avenue, Mount Dora. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. for a wine and cheese reception. Ticketholders are eligible for post-concert food and drink specials at both Cecile’s French Corner and Maggie’s Attic at Arbors & Eyebrows Retail Complex following the event. Admission is $10.00 per person; Museum Members admitted at no charge. Reservations can be made online at www.ModernismMuseum.org or by calling (352) 385-0034. Day-of-show walk-ins are welcomed but reservations are encouraged.
Southeast Volusia Humane Society needs Holiday Foster Homes
The Southeast Volusia Humane Society (SEVHS) is sponsoring its 5th annual "Foster a Lonely Pet" for the holidays. SEVHS needs holiday foster homes for dogs and cats. Helping to foster a dog or cat during the holidays can help make a positive impact on these lonely animals and at the same time bring joy to their human companions. Interested parties can participate in this program by submitting a "Holiday Foster Care Application". Applications can be found online at SEVhumanesociety.org or can be made in person at the shelter located at 1200 S. Glencoe Rd., New Smyrna Beach, Fl. 32168.
SEVHS will be accepting completed applications all of November and into December of 2013. Applicants will be contacted immediately after submission and appointments will be scheduled at the applicants convenience. The return date for the pet to the Humane Society will be discussed at the initial appointment. SEVHS will take care of the pets needs including food, crate, toys, etc. SEVHS would like to place as many pets as possible in homes during the holidays. For more information please contact SEVHS at (386) 428-9860.
Downtown DeLand Charity Weekend Dec. 13-15
Spread some holiday cheer and support local charities while you get some shopping done. The merchants of downtown DeLand are continuing the annual tradition of "Share Your Christmas" where local businesses support local charities. Receive special discounts from Downtown DeLand merchants for contributions made to area nonprofits December 13-15.
Each of the participating businesses is choosing a local nonprofit organization and offering discounts, giveaways, etc. to any of their customers who make a contribution to that charity. For example, Lace & Accessories is partnering with the Childhood Cancer Foundation and donating 20 percent of sales during the weekend to the foundation. If anyone gives a cash donation, they will receive a free gift. The Muse Bookshop is partnering with the Neighborhood Center and offering 50 percent off any cookbook with a donation of non-perishable food.
This will be the third year for this event. It began as just a one night event, but there was such an outpouring of support that the merchants decided to extend it to include the entire weekend this year. Sandy Chavez, owner of Lace & Accessories felt it was important to expand the event to include Saturday & Sunday, “adding extra days gives everyone more time to bring in their donations. It’s such a wonderful way for businesses & consumers to work together to help our area charities.”
For more information, please contact the MainStreet DeLand Association at 386-738-0649, email@example.com or visit www.mainstreetdeland.org for a list of participating businesses and offers.
Grab a Bite for Sight at the River Grille
The sixth annual Fish Fry Buffet to benefit Florida Lions Conklin Center for the Blind will be 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at the River Grille on the Tomoka, 950 North U.S. Highway 1, Ormond Beach.
The ‘All You Can Eat’ fish fry buffet is $10.99, with coffee or tea included. There will also be drawings for door prizes.
The River Grille donates a generous portion of each diner’s bill to the Center to support its programs that help children and adults who are blind and have additional disabilities fully develop their potential for independence. For more information call Denise Harlow 386-258-3441 or visit www.conklincenter.org.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Cut your own Charlie Brown Christmas tree at Lyonia Preserve
Enjoy a green Christmas by cutting your own tree at Lyonia Preserve in Deltona. You’ll not only get a unique tree, you’ll help to maintain habitat for Florida scrub jays.
Select your favorite sand pines from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 14 and 15. Bring a saw and enter on the unnamed road south of Deltona City Hall.
While they are not traditional Christmas trees, sand pines have been popular among Floridians for decades.
These native trees have been likened to Charlie Brown Christmas trees because they’re sparse and sometimes lopsided. Two or three can be tied together to make a fuller tree, and many people decorate them and leave them outside for wildlife. Most of the trees are 4 to 5 feet tall, but they can grow up to 20 feet.
Lyonia Preserve, adjacent to the Deltona Regional Library at 2150 Eustace Ave., is a 360-acre scrub habitat that has three nature trails. Staff and volunteers routinely remove overgrown sand pines to create bare sand areas with low-growing vegetation preferred by the Florida scrub jays and gopher tortoises that live at Lyonia Preserve.
Donations are requested, and proceeds will be used by the Friends of Deltona Library to support ongoing programs for the Deltona Regional Library.
For more information, call Volusia County Environmental Management at 386-804-0437 or the Friends of Deltona Library at 386-532-0969.
Tips for Charitable Giving During the Holidays
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Helps Floridians Make the Most of their Charitable Contributions
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services offers five tips today that consumers should consider before make a charitable contribution this holiday season.
During the months of November and December, many generous Floridians contribute their hard-earned money to support important causes. The department helps Floridians make the most of their charitable contributions by providing information on charities registered to solicit in Florida at www.800helpfla.com or 1-800 HELP-FLA.
As Giving Tuesday approaches, the department encourages Floridians to take the following simple steps preparing to make a charitable contribution:
1. Give with a Plan
Find a cause that is meaningful to you and your family, do some research and set priorities. Most effective donations are not spur-of-the-moment.
2. Know Who You Are Giving To
Most charities in Florida are required to register with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and provide financial information. You can check a charity’s status online at www.800helpfla.com or by phone at 1-800-HELPFLA (1-800-435-7352) or 1-800-FL-AYUDA (1-800-352-9832).
3. Maximize Your Gift
If you decide to make a gift, find out if your employer will match your charitable contribution to maximize its value.
4. Keep Track of the Work Your Donation Supports
Once you have made your gift, mark your calendar with important dates of your charity’s meetings and key events for the year. You can also follow up your donation with a volunteer experience.
5. Understand the Tax Benefits
Most charitable donations are tax-deductible. Make sure you get the proper documentation, so that you can deduct your contribution at tax time. Keep a record of your donation; you should automatically receive a receipt from the organization. Don’t rely on a cancelled check to count as a receipt.
Visit the Gift Giver’s Guide or call 1-800 HELP FLA for more information.
For more information about the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, visitwww.FreshFromFlorida.com
Easter Seals Florida relocates administrative offices
Effective Tuesday, Nov. 26, Easter Seals Florida (ESF) will relocate its administrative offices to 520 N. Semoran Blvd, Suite 280, Orlando. The offices are currently located in Winter Park. The move comes in a year when ESF expanded services in the state of Florida with the acquisition of a large facility in the Naples area that services its clients with autism and their families.
ESF will maintain its Development offices, as well as its adult daycare facility Day Break at the Miller Center, in the current Winter Park location on Mizell Avenue, near the Crosby Center YMCA and Winter Park Memorial Hospital. These two services share a building, and a sensory garden is also located at the site.
“Strategically, we needed more office space to accommodate our staff and our current location did not offer any room for expansion,” said Sue Ventura, ESF president and CEO. “This new space will place us in a centralized location for easier access to our clients, volunteers and board members.”
ESF provides services for children and adults who have developmental and physical disabilities throughout the state of Florida. This year the non-profit organization is celebrating 65 years of exceptional services.
Affordable Health Care Seminar Dec. 4 in Deltona
Hispanics all over are asking questions and in most cases can not find the answers to them. Their questions are, “what is it that I have to do” “where do I go for help” “I don’t own a computer, what do I do” “I’m on Social Security or Disability, do I have to sign up” and “I already have insurance why do I have to sign up”. All these questions are in reference to the Affordable Health Care Act which will be in affect January 1, 2014.
In order to assist the Hispanic Community and provide them with the answers and the help they need, The Hispanic American Youth Group of Deltona (aka HAYGD) and the Volusia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has schedule an open to the public seminar on the Affordable Health Care Act. There will be Spanish speaking representatives from Get Cover America who will go over all the requirements and answers to their questions in both Spanish and English. Seminar is FREE and Open to the public. No registration is require.
Seminar will be held:
Date: Wednesday – December 4, 2013
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Address: Deltona Community Center
980 Lakeshore Drive –Deltona, Fl.
Refreshments will be served.
Event is being sponsored by The Hispanic American Youth Group of Deltona (HAYGD), The Volusia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Get Cover America.
HAYGD - Founder/Executive Director
“Because the future of the world is dependent upon the leadership qualities of today’s youth”
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Local program brightens the holidays for Volusia County seniors
This season, holiday shoppers in Volusia County can give cheer to area seniors by participating in the Be a Santa to a Senior program.
The program – run by the local Home Instead Senior Care office in partnership with local skilled nursing homes, area retailers, volunteers and members of the community – helps ensure isolated seniors receive gifts and companionship during the holidays. This can be a difficult time for many, especially those who have few relationships or resources available to them.
Retailers participating in Be a Santa to a Senior will display Christmas trees through Dec. 12 that feature ornaments with seniors’ first names and their gift requests. Holiday shoppers can pick an ornament from these trees, buy the items listed and return them unwrapped to the store, with the ornament attached.
Be a Santa to a Senior trees will be located at:
· The Clubhouse Restaurant, 600 Wilder Blvd., Daytona Beach
· Southern Commerce Bank, 1101 Beville Road, Daytona Beach
· Walgreens, 1420 Beville Road, Daytona Beach
· State Farm Insurance (Cindy Ferrara), 713 North Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach
· Every, Stack & Upchurch, Attorney, 444 Seabreeze Blvd., Suite 1003, Daytona Beach
· Belk's, 2617 South Woodland Blvd., Deland
· Walgreens, 300 East New York Ave., Deland
· Belk's, 5519 South Williamson Blvd., Port Orange
· Curves, 5799 Taylor Branch Rd., Port Orange
· Aberdeen, 50 Allwood Green Blvd., Ormond Beach
· Walmart, 1521 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach
The local Home Instead Senior Care office will enlist volunteers from its staff, senior-care business associates, non-profit workers and others to collect, wrap and distribute the gifts to local seniors who might otherwise spend the holiday alone.
“Be a Santa to a Senior gives back to older adults in our area, many of whom have had significant, positive influence on our lives,” said Susan Miller, owner at the local Home Instead Senior Care office. “During this season of giving, we encourage shoppers to buy a little extra to say thank you to these often forgotten community members.”
For more information about the program, visit BeaSantatoaSenior.com or call 386-255-0645.
5 tips to safely prepare food this Thanksgiving
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services offers simple tips to prevent foodborne illness
Each year, roughly one in six Americans, or 48 million people are affected by foodborne illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Fortunately, there are measures Floridians can take to avoid illness when preparing food at home.
With the potential for food poisoning increased during the holidays, it is especially important to remember safe food handling and preparation practices. Here are a few tips:
1. Wash your hands, surfaces and utensils often during food preparation.
2. Keep raw foods away from cooked foods to avoid cross-contamination.
3. Thaw frozen turkey in the refrigerator or under cold-running water. Never defrost the turkey at room temperature.
4. Cook food to the proper temperature. When cooking a turkey, use a thermometer to be sure you have cooked your turkey the proper safe temperature of 165 degrees.
5. Cook the stuffing separate from the turkey to avoid bacterial growth.
For more information about how to safely prepare food, visit our website.
For more information about the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, visit www.FreshFromFlorida.com.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Veterans Memorial Bridge reopens
The Tom Staed Veterans Memorial Bridge in Daytona Beach reopened to vehicular traffic at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, after employees from the county’s Road and Bridge Division replaced a faulty lock assembly.
The bridge, commonly known as the Orange Avenue bridge, crosses the Halifax River, connecting Orange Avenue on the mainland with Silver Beach Avenue on the beachside.
Rabies alert issued for West Volusia
The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County has issued a rabies alert for the western region of Volusia County. This is in response to two raccoons and one feral cat that tested positive for rabies in the last two months.
Rabies is a disease of the nervous system and is fatal to warm blooded animals and humans. The only treatment for human exposure to rabies is rabies specific immune globulin and rabies immunization. Appropriate treatment started soon after the exposure, will protect an exposed person from the disease.
All citizens in Volusia County should be aware that rabies is present in the wild animal population and domestic animals are at risk if not vaccinated. The public is asked to maintain a heightened awareness that rabies is active in Volusia County. Alerts are designed to increase awareness to the public, but they should not give a false sense of security to areas that have not been named as under an alert.
The recent rabies alert is for 60 days. The center of the rabies alert is west Volusia County and includes the areas around DeLand, Orange City, and Deltona.
An animal with rabies could infect other wild animals or domestic animals that have not been vaccinated against rabies. All domestic animals should be vaccinated against rabies and all wildlife contact should be avoided, particularly raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks, otters, bobcats and coyotes; this includes feral cats. The following advice is issued:
Keep rabies vaccinations up to date for all pets.
If your pet is bitten by a wild animal, seek veterinary assistance for the animal immediately and contact your local animal control services.
Call your local animal control agency to remove any stray animals from your neighborhood.
Do not handle, feed, or unintentionally attract wild animals or feral cats by leaving pet food outside, or garbage cans open.
Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home.
Teach children never to handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly.
Prevent bats from entering living quarters or occupied spaces in homes, churches, schools, and other similar areas, where they might come in contact with people and pets.
Persons who have been bitten or scratched by wild or domestic animals should seek medical attention and ensure the injury is reported to the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County at 386-274-0634 or after hours at 386-316-5030.
For further information on rabies, please visit the Florida Department of Health website: http://www.doh.state.fl.us/environment/medicine/rabies/rabies-index.html.
Florida Department of Health Raises Awareness during Get Smart about Antibiotics Week
The Florida Department of Health, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is participating in Get Smart about Antibiotics Week, which is dedicated to raising awareness of antibiotic resistance and promoting appropriate antibiotic use. The effort addresses the popular belief in antibiotics as a fix-all remedy and emphasizes the dangers that antibiotic overuse poses to Floridians.
“While antibiotics should be used to treat bacterial infections, they are not effective against viral infections that cause the common cold, most sore throats, and the flu,” said Dr. Celeste Philip, Deputy Secretary for Health and Deputy State Health Officer for Children’s Medical Services (CMS). “Widespread use of antibiotics promotes the spread of antibiotic resistance. Appropriate use of antibiotics is the key to controlling the spread of resistance.”
Get Smart about Antibiotics Week seeks to educate the public about appropriate antibiotic use as well as the imminent threat of antibiotic resistance. As antibiotic use increases, bacteria evolve to combat the effects of the drug, eventually eliminating the effectiveness of antibiotic drugs completely which has led to severe illness and death in some cases.
The Florida Department of Health encourages medical professionals to work together to reduce the unnecessary use of antibiotics. It is estimated that more than 50 percent of antibiotics are prescribed in office settings for cough and cold illnesses which are caused by viruses that cannot be cured by antibiotics.
“The public can also help minimize the spread of antibiotic resistance,” said Dr. Philip. “Ask your doctor about effective ways to get symptom relief from viral infections. When antibiotics are needed, it is also important to take the entire course of the medicine, even if the patient begins to feel better.”
To learn more about Get Smart about Antibiotics Week, please visit the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/campaign-materials/week/overview.html.
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WROD Radio celebrates anniversary by helping 'Strke-Out Hunger'
WROD is giving back this season. Tuesday, November 26 from 6-8 PM, WROD Morning Cruise host Tracy Dillon will be broadcasting live to help “Strike-Out Hunger” at Bellair Lanes, 2575 N. Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach. Bring a canned good or non-perishable item, to be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank, and receive two free games and a free shoe rental.
WROD is celebrating its 66th Anniversary this month. Stop by Daytona International Speedway during the annual Daytona Turkey Run on Friday, November 29 from 11 AM-3 PM to celebrate 66 years of live and local broadcasting. Meet Morning Cruise host, Tracy Dillon and Afternoon Drive on-air personality, Cadillac Jack. Giveaways with a value of $25 or more will be given away every hour.
WROD 104.7 FM, Hot Rod Radio, is the oldest surviving Daytona Beach radio station and first launched in 1947 featuring hit shows like “The Bob Hope Show” and “The Firestone Hour”. Now, 66 years strong, Daytona Beach's WROD Radio 104.7 FM, simulcast 1340 AM and streaming online at www.WRODRadio.com, remains the only radio station accessible to Daytona Beach listeners to hear the best music mix from the 50s, 60s and 70s. WROD is the official radio station of the Halifax Harbor Marina, and The Casements Centennial Celebration.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Orange Avenue bridge in Daytona closed for repairs
The Tom Staed Veterans Memorial Bridge, commonly known as the Orange Avenue bridge, will remain closed until further notice, the County of Volusia announced Nov. 19. Workers continue to make repairs on the Daytona Beach bridge.
Georgetown University Report Finds Good News for Florida Children
A new report by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families found the number of uninsured children has declined by 14 percent between 2010 and 2012. The report attributes the good news to the success of Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (known as Kid Care in Florida). According to a poll released by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families in conjunction with the report, only 13 percent of those surveyed nationally realized the uninsured rate was declining for children.
“Medicaid and CHIP are examples of federal-state partnership programs that work,” said Joan Alker of Georgetown University’s CCF. “Together they have successfully driven down the uninsured rate for children and are a testament to what states can accomplish when they lean in and work with the federal government to meet the needs of their families. ”
With an estimated 436,000 of Florida’s children still going without health insurance, there is considerable room for improvement.
“When children’s health needs are met, they are able to show up to school able to learn,” said Alker. “Investing in our children today creates a stronger workforce for tomorrow.”
The Georgetown University report found that in 2012, 89.1 percent of Florida’s children had coverage as compared to the 98.6 percent coverage rate for seniors. Children and seniors fare much better than adults ages 18 to 64, who have only a 71.2 percent coverage rate in Florida.
“Florida can continue to make progress and cover the remaining uninsured children, which is still way too high, by removing roadblocks such as the five year waiting period for children of lawfully residing immigrants,” said Leah Barber-Heinz of Florida CHAIN. “Florida can also do right by our kids by expanding Medicaid coverage for their parents and other adults. When parents don’t have to worry about unpaid medical bills, the whole family is more financially secure and children’s health needs are more likely to be met. ”
Most uninsured children are already eligible for KidCare coverage but their families are not aware of it. Families can call 1-888-540-5437 to learn more.
Retired radio announcer to speak at Daytona Beach library Dec. 11
Retired radio announcer Dave Archard will recount passages from his memoir, “Through Slanted Windows: A Journey into Radio,” at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave.
Archard began his 50-year radio career in a New York City broadcasting studio after he graduated from high school. With the emergence of the Top 40 music format, he moved to high-powered stations in Tampa and Miami. He later worked at WNDB and WROD in Daytona Beach and has done on-camera and outreach assignments for WDSC Channel 15.
Join him as he reminisces about the waning “golden age of radio” and the dawn of rock ‘n’ roll. He will also share tips with others interested in writing a memoir.
The free presentation is sponsored by the Friends of the Daytona Beach Library. For more information, call Adult Program Coordinator Deborah Shafer at 386-257-6036, ext. 16264.
Center for Business Excellence elects new board members
The Center for Business Excellence (CBE) Board met on November 15 to conduct its regular annual meeting. Among the various agenda items scheduled for discussion, the Board elected Denise Breneman, as Chair; Bishop Derek Triplett, as Vice Chair and Dr. D. Kent Sharples as Secretary.
The CBE is a Florida private non-profit corporation, designated as the administrative entity, planner and grant recipient of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) funds, the employment and training funds for the State of Florida Welfare Transition Program (WTP), and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for Region #11, consisting of Flagler and Volusia Counties.
Florida Public Relations Association announces Andrew Booth is member of the year for 2013
“Andrew’s ability to work closely with board members and contribute innovative ideas to make our monthly meetings and events successful is why he has been selected as member of the year,” said Kent Donahue, FPRA immediate past president. “He is a true public relations professional and we appreciate his efforts to enhance FPRA.”
Booth is currently the senior manager of media relations at Daytona International Speedway. He previously worked at the Daytona Beach News-Journal and has been a dedicated member of FPRA since 2004.
In May, Booth hosted FPRA’s Media Day at the Daytona International Speedway’s media center. The event attracted a record number of public relations professionals and community leaders who interacted with top media representatives. Booth’s team also provided hot laps around the world’s most famous racetrack for attendees, as well as a photo opportunity on Victory Lane.
A Daytona Beach native, Booth attended Mainland High School and graduated from Stetson University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sports Communication.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Florida Hospital Fish Memorial Road Race Raises Nearly $2,000 to Fight Breast Cancer Locally
On Sunday, October 20, the neighborhoods in DeBary were covered with pink feet, nearly 300 sets of pink feet!
This was all part of the Pink Feet 10K/5K Road Race, hosted by Florida Hospital Fish Memorial Foundation and the Friends of DeBary Hall in honor of breast cancer awareness month.
The event was a certified race at DeBary Hall Historic Site and raised nearly $4,000. Proceeds jointly benefited both the Friends of DeBary Hall’s educational programs, as well as the Florida Hospital Fish Memorial fund for screening mammograms and digital imaging of the breast for local women in-need.
Medals and awards were presented by presenting sponsor Jeff Ritchey, Edward Jones, City of DeBary Council Member Lita Handy-Peters, board certified internal medicine physician Dr. Malika George and City of DeBary Mayor Bob Garcia.
Bryce Seymour, 19, was the overall female winner of the 10K with a time of 39:09.1 and Darryl Parulan, 29, was the male overall winner with a time of 44:12.7. Suzie Babcock, 49, of Orange City was the overall female winner of the 5K with a time of 25:21.7 and Owen Nugent, 18, was the male 5K overall winner with a time of 21:01.9.