Business

Wed
30
Aug

Comprehensive health care guide coming

SATISFIED USERS — Melissa Cole of Kindred at Home Hospice in Daytona Beach, left, with client Ruey Wheeler, says she and her staff think CountyHealthCareGuide.com is an excellent referral source for providers and the community at large. A print version of the website will be published in January.

SATISFIED USERS — Melissa Cole of Kindred at Home Hospice in Daytona Beach, left, with client Ruey Wheeler, says she and her staff think CountyHealthCareGuide.com is an excellent referral source for providers and the community at large. A print version of the website will be published in January.

PHOTOS COURTESY DESIREE VILANOVA

A directory coming out in January aims to compile into one location all health care listings throughout Volusia County. The free, 90-plus-page publication will be available to the public and distributed to all hospitals, urgent-care and rehab centers, nursing homes, home-care agencies and physicians’ offices.

“Simplifying health care is the aim of CountyHealthCareGuide.com,” said veteran health care provider Desiree Vilanova. “The site is a compilation of all health care entities and services within the borders of Volusia County.”

Vilanova, a 24-year veteran of the health care industry, is the owner of Tiffany on the River assisted living on Riverside Drive in New Smyrna Beach. She also is co-owner of Althafer Senior Placement Services and CountyHealthCareGuide.com, which she runs with her brother Brett Althafer. The siblings are lifelong residents of New Smyrna Beach and Volusia County.

Wed
23
Aug

New ownership for DeLand Ace Hardware

Closed for remodeling — The DeLand Ace Hardware store is going to be completely renovated and will reopen sometime in November, its new owner said recently.

Closed for remodeling — The DeLand Ace Hardware store is going to be completely renovated and will reopen sometime in November, its new owner said recently.

BEACON PHOTOS/JOE CREWS

Giving details — A freshly installed sign tells would-be customers the store is closed for remodeling and under new ownership.

Giving details — A freshly installed sign tells would-be customers the store is closed for remodeling and under new ownership.

The DeLand Ace Hardware store on South Woodland Boulevard has a new owner, who promptly closed the business so it can be completely renovated inside and out.

Richard Anderson, who has owned the Orange City Ace Hardware since it opened 32 years ago, said he’s buying the DeLand store and the property it sits on at 245 S. Woodland Blvd. It will be known as Ace Hardware of DeLand.

The DeLand store moved to its current location late last year after 60 years at an address several blocks north. Both properties are owned by local businesspeople.

A sign on the front door was installed Aug. 21, telling would-be customers the store is closed and under new ownership, and will be reopening in November. It also directs customers needing to make returns to go to the Orange City Ace Hardware.

Wed
23
Aug

St. Johns Marina gains KOA affiliation

Floats of fancy — Boats of all sizes and shapes occupy some of the 178 slips in the marina basin at DeLand/St. Johns River KOA west of DeLand.

Floats of fancy — Boats of all sizes and shapes occupy some of the 178 slips in the marina basin at DeLand/St. Johns River KOA west of DeLand.

BEACON PHOTOS/JOE CREWS

He’s the boss — Tony Bill, manager of DeLand/St. Johns River KOA, poses in front of the on-site restaurant, the St. Johns River Grille.

He’s the boss — Tony Bill, manager of DeLand/St. Johns River KOA, poses in front of the on-site restaurant, the St. Johns River Grille.

St, Johns River Marina & Resort, a large marina and RV campground at 2999 W. State Road 44 west of DeLand, is now an affiliate of Kampgrounds of America.

With the new affiliation, the resort is known in KOA’s listings as DeLand/St. Johns River KOA.

“KOA came to us about a year-and-a-half ago,” said campground manager Tony Bill. “They saw what we were doing and wanted us to be a part of their operation.”

Owned by Robert Miller of Palm Beach since 2005, the marina and resort went through a complete,
multimillion-dollar renovation beginning in the first half of 2015. Existing facilities were upgraded, and some new amenities were added.

“I’ve been working with Robert for more than 30 years,” Bill said. “We started out running shopping centers, then eventually moved to marinas. This is the only one with camping.”

Wed
16
Aug

Second helping: Pet Supermarket to open another store in DeLand

AN EMPTY SHELL — The outer walls are all that exist — so far — for a new Pet Supermarket store under construction on DeLand’s south side. The store is going up next to a Publix Super Market in the Country Club Corners shopping center.

AN EMPTY SHELL — The outer walls are all that exist — so far — for a new Pet Supermarket store under construction on DeLand’s south side. The store is going up next to a Publix Super Market in the Country Club Corners shopping center.

BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS

A second Pet Supermarket store in DeLand — and the chain’s eighth in Volusia County — is under construction on the city’s south side.

The chain of pet-care supplies has had a store at 1511 N. Woodland Blvd. for about five years. The new store is at 2393 S. Woodland Blvd., adjacent to a Publix Super Market in the Country Club Corners shopping center, and will be about 7,500 square feet, according to city planners.

Another Pet Supermarket store is at 1235-B Providence Blvd. in Deltona. There are also two Pet Supermarkets in Port Orange, and one each in Ormond Beach, Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach, according to the company’s website.

Pet Supermarket also has outlets in Palm Coast, Mount Dora, Clermont, Apopka, Casselberry, Oviedo and Winter Park, as well as five in Orlando.

A company representative didn’t return calls seeking information about the new store.

Wed
16
Aug

Honoring the dead: Memorial service held for unmarked graves found at DeLand hospital

MEMORIAL SERVICE — In a tree-shaded memorial garden, Florida Hospital DeLand hosts staff and members of the public at a special service Aug. 15 honoring unmarked graves that were found during construction to expand the hospital’s cardiac-catheterization lab in July 2014. The Aug. 15 event coincided with the two-year anniversary of the opening of the expansion to the lab.

MEMORIAL SERVICE — In a tree-shaded memorial garden, Florida Hospital DeLand hosts staff and members of the public at a special service Aug. 15 honoring unmarked graves that were found during construction to expand the hospital’s cardiac-catheterization lab in July 2014. The Aug. 15 event coincided with the two-year anniversary of the opening of the expansion to the lab.

BEACON PHOTOS/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN

GREETING THE CROWD — Hector de Jesus, Florida Hospital DeLand’s chief operating officer, speaks during an event Aug. 15 honoring the unmarked graves that were found during construction to expand the hospital’s cardiac-catheterization lab in July 2014.

GREETING THE CROWD — Hector de Jesus, Florida Hospital DeLand’s chief operating officer, speaks during an event Aug. 15 honoring the unmarked graves that were found during construction to expand the hospital’s cardiac-catheterization lab in July 2014.

Florida Hospital DeLand hosted a special service in the hospital’s memorial garden on Aug. 15, honoring the unmarked graves that were found during construction to expand the hospital’s cardiac-catheterization lab in July 2014.

The event also coincided with the two-year anniversary of the opening of the $3.5 million, 6,740-square-foot expansion to Florida Hospital DeLand’s cardiac-catheterization lab. The expansion added a third cardiac-catheterization lab and a second endovascular/special procedures lab, as well as space for an additional lab in the future.

Construction was immediately halted when the remains were found.

An investigator from the Medical Examiner’s Office determined that the remains were not forensic.

Archaeologists from Prentice Thomas & Associates, an international archaeological and environmental consulting firm, discovered approximately 21 graves, dating back to the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Wed
09
Aug

Another bank closing: Chase consolidates DeLand and Orange City offices

Closing its doors — The DeLand branch of Chase Bank will be closing at the end of September. This branch is on one end of a small strip center on East International Speedway Boulevard that also houses stores for two cellphone companies, a massage spa, a hair salon, and a restaurant, among other businesses.

Closing its doors — The DeLand branch of Chase Bank will be closing at the end of September. This branch is on one end of a small strip center on East International Speedway Boulevard that also houses stores for two cellphone companies, a massage spa, a hair salon, and a restaurant, among other businesses.

BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS

The DeLand branch of Chase Bank, at 305 E. International Speedway Blvd., in a small strip center near a Lowe’s Home Improvement store, is closing Sept. 28. But there is a possibility that another DeLand office could be in the offing.

For now, though, Chase is “consolidating our DeLand branch into our Crown Center Plaza branch” in Orange City, said bank spokesman Greg Hassell.

In late June, customers were notified of the closing, and notification is prominently posted at the branch and online. Employees will be offered positions at other Chase branches, Hassell said.

“The lease is set to expire on this location, and we’re looking for a better branch to serve your area,” Hassell said in an email from his office in Houston. “Our goal is to have branch growth in Volusia County.”

Wed
09
Aug

‘Wings’ artist gets county deal: Contract calls for videos and five more angel-wings murals

Flying high — Erica Group poses outside the offices of the West Volusia Tourism Advertising Authority on West New York Avenue in DeLand.

Flying high — Erica Group poses outside the offices of the West Volusia Tourism Advertising Authority on West New York Avenue in DeLand.

BEACON PHOTO/ERIKA WEBB

Since the DeLand Wings on a downtown alley wall first started a flap in 2014, Erica Group’s life has been like a very busy fairy tale.

Group, the artist who painted the Wings, was recently named artist-in-residence for the West Volusia Tourism Advertising Authority. The assignment makes Group the face and voice of two about-town video series: “What’s Happening in West Volusia” and “Wings of the West.”

“What’s Happening” will highlight what to do, where to stay and where to eat in the area. Filming started Aug. 8 at Blue Spring State Park and Alling House Bed & Breakfast in Orange City, as well as BakeChop in DeLand.

The three- to five-minute segments will be aired on www.visitwestvolusia.com and www.visitflorida.com, Facebook and Twitter — ”all of the usual suspects,” according to the ad authority’s executive director, Georgia Turner.

Wed
02
Aug

Conrad Realty and The Beacon install weather station

Professional installation — Cameron Gilmore, who works with Ken Goldberg Construction Co. LLC, attaches The Beacon and Conrad Realty Co.’s new weather station to a mounting pole on the roof of the newspaper’s Downtown DeLand headquarters. The station itself, which reports live data over the internet to popular weather site Weather Underground, can be seen by looking up at the building from Artisan Alley.

Professional installation — Cameron Gilmore, who works with Ken Goldberg Construction Co. LLC, attaches The Beacon and Conrad Realty Co.’s new weather station to a mounting pole on the roof of the newspaper’s Downtown DeLand headquarters. The station itself, which reports live data over the internet to popular weather site Weather Underground, can be seen by looking up at the building from Artisan Alley.

PHOTO BY GORDIE JOHNSON

Station is only one in Downtown DeLand on popular weather website. Click here to view live weather!

The West Volusia Beacon and its landlord, Conrad Realty Co., recently partnered to install a wireless, internet-enabled weather station on the rooftop of the company’s main building, at 110-114 W. New York Ave., in the heart of Downtown DeLand.

The station was installed July 26 and immediately began sending live observations about the area’s weather to popular weather website Weather Underground.

More than 250,000 Personal Weather Stations, such as The Beacon’s, are part of the website’s network, in addition to official observations from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration sites.

Wed
02
Aug

Competing with the big boys: New pharmacy says it will offer better pricing and service

DeLand Pharmacy's new pharmacist — Ruchita Patel is the pharmacist at DeLand Pharmacy, which opened July 24 at 251 N. Amelia Ave. The experienced pharmacist will open her shop six days a week.

DeLand Pharmacy's new pharmacist — Ruchita Patel is the pharmacist at DeLand Pharmacy, which opened July 24 at 251 N. Amelia Ave. The experienced pharmacist will open her shop six days a week.

BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS

After almost a year-and-a-half of searching for a location, then obtaining the necessary permits, licenses and insurance-company contracts, DeLand Pharmacy is finally open on the north end of Amelia Plaza Shopping Center in a storefront that has seen a wide variety of tenants over the years.

That location is about a quarter-mile north of a Walgreens store, but pharmacist Ruchita Patel doesn’t plan to go head-to-head with the national chain. No, she plans to offer lower prices and better service.

“We offer free delivery, free flavoring [of liquid children’s meds] and a free diabetic-care club,” she said.

Customers who sign up for the diabetic-care club will get a free test meter, 50 free test strips a month for non-insulin users (100 strips a month for those using insulin), and low-cost additional test strips and lancets, Patel said.

Wed
26
Jul

Astor man graduates from lineman school

Without a net — Riley Rodriguez works on an electricity transmission line during a class at Northwest Lineman Center in Edgewater earlier this year. Rodriguez graduated from the school earlier this month.

Without a net — Riley Rodriguez works on an electricity transmission line during a class at Northwest Lineman Center in Edgewater earlier this year. Rodriguez graduated from the school earlier this month.

PHOTOS COURTESY NORTHWEST LINEMAN CENTER

Reporting for duty — Riley Rodriguez is fully decked out in his climbing gear at Northwest Lineman Center in Edgewater, where he recently graduated. He’s in the process of applying for jobs with Duke Energy and Florida Power & Light.

Reporting for duty — Riley Rodriguez is fully decked out in his climbing gear at Northwest Lineman Center in Edgewater, where he recently graduated. He’s in the process of applying for jobs with Duke Energy and Florida Power & Light.

Riley Rodriguez knows how to get up in the world, and now he has the certificate to prove it.

Rodriguez graduated July 14 from the Electrical Lineworker Program at Northwest Lineman Center in Edgewater. His class of 20 students was the second to take the 15-week course at the new school for training men and women to work on transmission lines and related accoutrements in the electric utility industry.

“I’ve really wanted to do it (lineman work) since I was a little kid,” Rodriguez, a 19-year-old who lives in Volusia County across the St. Johns River from Astor, told The Beacon. “My dad is in construction, and he steered me to do that, but I’ve always wanted to live that lifestyle.”

Rodriguez attended classes at Northwest Lineman Center’s Edgewater campus, the fourth in the Idaho-based company’s campuses and the only one east of the Mississippi River.

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