Airport traffic up in November

Passenger traffic at Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB) increased 11.1 percent for November in comparison with the same month in 2017, according to unofficial data provided by the airlines serving the airport.

During the month, 62,807 passengers flew in or out of the county-operated airport, compared to 56,512 in November 2017. For the 12 months ending Nov. 30, total passenger traffic at DAB increased 5.3 percent, with 721,136 passengers traveling through DAB in 2017 compared to 759,412 passengers in 2018.

November was the 10th straight month of passenger-traffic increase over 2017, and DAB officials are predicting similar increases for December.

Female mayors to speak

The West Volusia Regional Chamber of Commerce’s WILLOW committee presents “Women in Leadership,” with guest speakers DeBary Mayor Karen Chasez, Deltona Mayor Heidi Herzberg and Lake Helen Mayor Daisy Raisler.

2019 will be a year of firsts for West Volusia as three communities will be led by a woman mayor.

The West Volusia Regional Chamber of Commerce’s WILLOW (Women in Leadership Leaning on Wisdom) committee is proud to host this event, an opportunity to hear each mayor’s path to success and vision for her community.

The luncheon will be held 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at DeBary Golf & Country Club, 300 Plantation Club Drive. The cost is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers.

Registration is required and can be made by going to

For more information, call 386-490-4606.

Stetson professor honored in Israel


Jennifer Foo, Ph.D.

Jennifer Foo, Ph.D., professor of finance in Stetson University’s School of Business Administration, has been honored as a member of the Jewish National Fund’s Winter 2018-2019 Faculty Fellowship Program in Israel.

This competitive academic fellowship gives full-time higher-education faculty members the opportunity to participate in a 12-day all-expenses-paid academic trip to Israel.

The program strives to link scholars from diverse disciplines with their Israeli counterparts at major universities to initiate collaboration and exchanges, and to give participants an opportunity to explore Israel’s history, politics, culture and economy.

Foo is the first Stetson University faculty member to receive this fellowship.

Extension offers homebuyer classes

The University of Florida/Volusia County Extension will present free classes to help potential homebuyers prepare to purchase a house. The classes, which include tips on improving credit scores, meet the education requirement for federal down-payment and closing-cost assistance programs available through state and local governments.

Extension Agent Lisa Hamilton, a HUD-certified housing counselor and accredited financial counselor, will instruct the classes at the Volusia County Agricultural Center, 3100 E. New York Ave. in DeLand, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on these dates:

· Friday, Feb. 15 (English only)

· Saturday, March 9 (English and Spanish)

· Friday, April 26 (English and Spanish)

· Friday, May 17 (English only)

· Saturday, June 22 (English and Spanish)

The Extension is a HUD-approved housing counseling agency. The classes are provided at no charge to participants.

Advance registration is required. To register, contact Patricia Caradonna at 386-822-5778 or For more information, visit

Career Academy applications are online

Following the Volusia County Schools High School Showcase on Dec. 13, the District Career Academy Program application for the 2019-2020 school year is available online.

The form includes a list of all academy programs and clusters, as well as the contact information for each school. Each completed application must be returned to the academy school by Jan. 31. Priority is given to applications turned in by the deadline.

Visit to access the application form.

— Compiled by Business Editor Joe Crews

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