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Foodie File: Sweets-N-Eats food truck is living the dream

They haven’t looked back — Nathan and Kristen Camburn greet customers at their food truck, Sweets-N-Eats, at the Volusia County Fairgrounds May 17. The DeLand couple said they haven’t looked back since quitting their jobs and launching their mobile business.

They haven’t looked back — Nathan and Kristen Camburn greet customers at their food truck, Sweets-N-Eats, at the Volusia County Fairgrounds May 17. The DeLand couple said they haven’t looked back since quitting their jobs and launching their mobile business.

BEACON PHOTO/RYAN ROUGEUX

A customer favorite — This Brisket Grilled Cheese is one of the most popular items on the Sweets-N-Eats menu. The food truck is a regular at the Wednesday-morning Farmers Market on the Volusia County Fairgrounds east of DeLand.

A customer favorite — This Brisket Grilled Cheese is one of the most popular items on the Sweets-N-Eats menu. The food truck is a regular at the Wednesday-morning Farmers Market on the Volusia County Fairgrounds east of DeLand.

BEACON PHOTO/RYAN ROUGEUX

Yes, that’s bacon — With Kristen Camburn’s Maple Bacon Cheesecake, you can have breakfast and dessert all in one slice.

Yes, that’s bacon — With Kristen Camburn’s Maple Bacon Cheesecake, you can have breakfast and dessert all in one slice.

BEACON PHOTO/RYAN ROUGEUX

Strolling onto the Volusia County Fairgrounds during the weekly Wednesday-morning Farmers Market, I was visually, auditorily and scentfully drawn to the laid-back happy vibes radiating from the Sweets-N-Eats food truck.

The truck’s paint job made me think of shiny tie-dye, and the sweet sounds of reggae danced through my ears.

DeLand-based food-truck adventurers Kristen and Nathan Camburn are the chefs and owners of Sweets-N-Eats. They both quit their food-service-industry jobs to launch their dream food truck in July 2016.

“We saved up for years to be able to purchase this truck, and when the time was right, we went for it and haven’t looked back,” said Kristen Camburn, the pastry chef.

The husband and wife met in culinary school in Pittsburgh, and then practiced their arts in Colorado before moving to DeLand in 2005 to join family living here.

Mon
22
May

PHOTOS: 2017 ME STRONG Eat in the Street fundraiser

Best in show — This Rockford Peaches table won Best in Show during the fourth annual ME STRONG Eat in the Street fundraiser. The Rockford Peaches were a women’s professional baseball team in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, from 1943 to 1954. The team is featured in the 1992 film A League of Their Own. From left are Suzanne Mark, Lindsay Hagen, Blessing Ball, Diane Jennings, Tracey Word, Kelley Zagers and Shannon Honeyager. 

BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN

Best in show — This Rockford Peaches table won Best in Show during the fourth annual ME STRONG Eat in the Street fundraiser. The Rockford Peaches were a women’s professional baseball team in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, from 1943 to 1954. The team is featured in the 1992 film A League of Their Own. From left are Suzanne Mark, Lindsay Hagen, Blessing Ball, Diane Jennings, Tracey Word, Kelley Zagers and Shannon Honeyager. 

The fourth annual ME STRONG Eat in the Street fundraiser happened on April 1. Teams of friends, businesses, and families decorated tables according to a theme each team chose, and they were judged on creativity, fun, and use of concept. Beacon photos by Marsha McLaughlin.  

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Fri
19
May

Sheriff's Office, community mourning death of deputy's 17-year-old daughter

Darian Dearborn, shown in a photo posted on GoFundMe  ​​​​​​​

Darian Dearborn, shown in a photo posted on GoFundMe

 

The 17-year-old daughter of a Volusia County sheriff’s deputy lost her life in a car crash in Seville Wednesday afternoon, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

“The Volusia County Sheriff's Office family is grieving the loss of Darian Dearborn, the 17-year-old daughter of one of our deputies, Dennis Dearborn,” said Sheriff’s Office spokesman Andrew Gant. “Darian lost her life Wednesday afternoon in a single-vehicle crash in Seville.”

The crash happened around 2:05 p.m. near the corner of Raulerson Road and Brownlee Road, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

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May

West Volusia Calendar of Events May 20-27, 2017

Saturday, May 20
 
Barberville Family Farm Swap and Market
6 a.m.-12:30 p.m. west of Barberville Pioneer Settlement, three-fourths of a mile west of U.S. Highway 17, on State Road 40, Barberville. Call 386-469-9409.
 
Farmers Market
8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Gateway Center for the Arts, 880 North U.S. Highway 17-92, DeBary. Call 407-443-6965.
 
Market in the Park
8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Blake Park, 437 S. Lakeview Drive, Lake Helen. Call 305-393-0682.
 
Low-Cost Pet-Shot Clinic
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17
May

STILL NOT MAYOR: Circuit judge rules against Clint Johnson, but quashes seven out of eight counts in DeBary’s case against him

Removal hearing — Clint Johnson listens in August 2016 as his colleagues on the DeBary City Council decide to remove him as mayor. They said he violated the charter by giving orders to city employees.

Removal hearing — Clint Johnson listens in August 2016 as his colleagues on the DeBary City Council decide to remove him as mayor. They said he violated the charter by giving orders to city employees.

BEACON FILE PHOTO

Elected in 2014 and sworn in in early 2015, Clint Johnson is ready to go as DeBary’s mayor.

Elected in 2014 and sworn in in early 2015, Clint Johnson is ready to go as DeBary’s mayor.

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READ THE BEACON'S OPINION ON THE DeBARY DEBACLE HERE

Johnson’s attorney: We will appeal the ruling

More than a month after lawyers argued over Clint Johnson’s suit to be reinstated as mayor of DeBary, a judge has handed down his decision.

Circuit Judge Randell Rowe ruled against Johnson, but he also rebuked the DeBary City Council for most of its votes to oust Johnson for allegedly violating the city’s charter.

The court ruling may not be the end of the matter, as Johnson’s attorney, Doug Daniels, said.

“I think we’ll just go ahead and file the appeal and move on,” Daniels said.

Johnson himself said the drawn-out process of fighting for his elected office has been stressful.

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17
May

DeLand garbage pickup to cost more

A survey of trash-pickup prices — City of DeLand officials used this chart to illustrate to city commissioners that even a new higher charge of $12.23 a month for a single-family residence is lower than the monthly rates in most nearby communities. However, many of those communities with higher rates offer twice-a-week pickup, and DeLand residents get only one. In the “type of collection service” column, “msw” is regular garbage pickup, “recy” is recycling service, and “grw” is yard-waste collection. The nu

A survey of trash-pickup prices — City of DeLand officials used this chart to illustrate to city commissioners that even a new higher charge of $12.23 a month for a single-family residence is lower than the monthly rates in most nearby communities. However, many of those communities with higher rates offer twice-a-week pickup, and DeLand residents get only one. In the “type of collection service” column, “msw” is regular garbage pickup, “recy” is recycling service, and “grw” is yard-waste collection. The numerals indicate the times per week the various services are offered. In the commercial column, “open mkt” means commercial customers are free to shop on the open market for waste-hauling for their businesses.

GRAPHIC COURTESY CITY OF DELAND

DeLand city commissioners on May 15 approved a five-year extension of the city’s waste-pickup contract with Waste Corporation of America — including an increase in garbage pickup rates.

The cost of residential service will increase from $9.86 to $12.23 per month; the cost of pickup at the back door will remain at $14.68 monthly.

Even with the 24-percent rate increase, the City of DeLand will still have lower rates than many other Volusia County communities.

“We are still the lowest in the region on the residential side,” Director of Public Works Demetris Pressley told the City Commission.

Commercial pickup rates will increase from $5.07 per cubic yard to $7.20 per cubic yard. Businesses using toters will pay $14.36 per toter per month, up from $11.58.

Wed
17
May

Schools face funding cuts

school board volusia funding teacher pay BEACON FILE PHOTO

BEACON FILE PHOTO

Facing a $7 million shortfall, the Volusia County School District will have to consider “smarter school spending” in the coming year, Chief Academic Officer Teresa Marcks told the School Board May 9.

Changing staffing formulas to eliminate teaching positions, and reducing the number of class periods in middle school are among money-saving ideas being discussed.

District Chief Financial Officer Debra Muller issued a grim financial forecast for 2017-18.

The Florida Legislature’s eleventh-hour passage of a state budget yielded what many see as less-than-well-thought-out education funding. It reduces per-student funding to $4,133.64, or $27.07 less per pupil.

With 63,000 students, the district stands to get about $1.7 million less from the state. The state funds supplement the local district’s funds, which are raised largely through property taxes.

Wed
17
May

Sheriff shakes up West Volusia PAL: Chitwood says VCSO can’t afford to subsidize the nonprofit

At left, Sheriff Mike Chitwood. At right, former West Volusia PAL President Rocky Kaiser.

At left, Sheriff Mike Chitwood. At right, former West Volusia PAL President Rocky Kaiser.

BEACON FILE PHOTOS

BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO

Sheriff Mike Chitwood bluntly told the West Volusia Police Athletic League that the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office will no longer be affiliated with the nonprofit group, effective May 29.

Chitwood’s two-sentence letter dated April 25 also instructed PAL board members to contact VCSO Director of Juvenile Services Carla Quann to transfer PAL’s files and keys.

The separation has been building since early this year when Chitwood took office, and at first resulted in the resignations of long-standing West Volusia PAL board members, including President Fred “Rocky” Kaiser.

However, some board members, including Kaiser, have since said they will rejoin PAL for the sake of the kids.

The mission of PAL is to provide young people with positive role models and safe activities, as well as helping youths build their self-esteem, while allowing them to get to know officers of the law as friends and mentors.

Wed
17
May

Stetson starts on aquatic center

Breaking ground — Stetson University leaders and athletes at the ceremonial groundbreaking of the Sandra Stetson Aquatic Center, from left, are Xavier Mulligan, member of the Stetson University rowing team; Karen Ryan, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Preston T. Phillips, the architect who designed the center; Stetson University President Wendy B. Libby; Sarah Burnham, member of the Stetson University rowing team; Athletics Director Jeff Altier; and Assistant Coach Stephen Harris.

Breaking ground — Stetson University leaders and athletes at the ceremonial groundbreaking of the Sandra Stetson Aquatic Center, from left, are Xavier Mulligan, member of the Stetson University rowing team; Karen Ryan, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Preston T. Phillips, the architect who designed the center; Stetson University President Wendy B. Libby; Sarah Burnham, member of the Stetson University rowing team; Athletics Director Jeff Altier; and Assistant Coach Stephen Harris.

PHOTO COURTESY STETSON UNIVERSITY

IMAGE COURTESY STETSON UNIVERSITY  What it will look like — A rendering shows the new Sandra Stetson Aquatic Center along Lake Beresford.

IMAGE COURTESY STETSON UNIVERSITY

What it will look like — A rendering shows the new Sandra Stetson Aquatic Center along Lake Beresford.

April 28 marked a groundbreaking on the western shore of Lake Beresford for the future home for Stetson University rowing teams and researchers with the university’s Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience.

The 10,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility also will allow for public recreation when it is completed next year.

The much-anticipated Sandra Stetson Aquatic Center is named for a great-granddaughter of university namesake John B. Stetson. Sandra Stetson donated $6 million for the project, including $1.5 million that has been placed into an endowment to maintain and operate the building.

Volusia County also awarded a $400,000 grant from the ECHO program (for environmental, cultural, historical and outdoor recreation projects) to build public restrooms and public parking on the 10-acre lakefront site, and to provide a public launch for canoes and kayaks.

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May

Foodie File: Urban Brick offers much more than pizza

A toast to taste — Frequent customers Laura Roth, left, and her co-worker and friend David Ball join Rosemarie Morelli in a toast at Morelli’s restaurant, Urban Brick, in Downtown DeLand. Roth is clerk of court for Volusia County; her office in the courthouse is just a few blocks away.

A toast to taste — Frequent customers Laura Roth, left, and her co-worker and friend David Ball join Rosemarie Morelli in a toast at Morelli’s restaurant, Urban Brick, in Downtown DeLand. Roth is clerk of court for Volusia County; her office in the courthouse is just a few blocks away.

BEACON PHOTOS/RYAN ROUGEUX

Urban Brick head server Bonnie Tyler shows the restaurant’s Sweet and Salty pizza, one of the eatery’s pizzetta (small pizza) offerings.

Urban Brick head server Bonnie Tyler shows the restaurant’s Sweet and Salty pizza, one of the eatery’s pizzetta (small pizza) offerings.

Some mouthwatering, explosive flavor combinations await you at Urban Brick, on the restaurant-rich strip of Woodland Boulevard in Downtown DeLand.

Moseying down the Boulevard, I opened the door into a rustic, comfortable dining establishment and was greeted by smiles like I was part of the family.

Owner Rosemarie Morelli opened this artisanal Italian scratch kitchen in March 2016 with the mission to bring you authentic, delicious, freshly made creations that you will find only at Urban Brick.

For my first course, I chose Baked Pretzel Baguettes accompanied by a smoked-Gouda-bacon queso and spicy Nutella dipping sauce. The sweet and salty flavor combination was phenomenal; I wanted more with each bite.

Rosemarie is Italian; her grandparents were born in Palermo, Sicily. She has a hospitality background. In her parents’ Italian restaurant, Sardi’s, in Mequon, Wisconsin, she was a hostess, worked in salad prep, and was a server.

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