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Groups unite to bring Christmas to Deltona youth
Nick Pizza showed up at his office in Deltona early Saturday morning for a planned event. He flipped the calendar sitting on the counter in the break room to Dec. 15. A Bible scripture accompanies each date on his calendar. This day's was Mark 10: 14-15: "Let the little children come to me, and do not hind...
Brunching with the bear
Diane Moore (right), president of the Guild for the DeLand Museum of Florida Art and former president Jewel Dickson (left), had a great turnout of approximately 120 people (85 of them children) at their Annual Teddy Bear Brunch on Saturday, Dec. 15. The children were served a child themed lunch, had a visit with Santa...
Deltona's chances of getting a hospital dicey
While reports are coming in that Deltona could get a hospital within its city limits, for now it's closest hospital will be Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City. "We are proud to serve that community. We understand Deltona covers a sprawling geographic area and are working actively to place health...
Lights and music
Joseph and Lynn Goldovitz of DeBary perform traditional Jewish songs for guests during the annual Hanukkah-Festival of Lights at the Indigo Lakes Golf Club in Daytona Beach, Wednesday, Dec. 12. The free event brings people of Jewish faith together and residents from area nursing homes to celebrate the Jewish Holiday...
Beloved volunteer will be missed
Johana Knox shopped for Christmas year-round. One of West Volusia's most well-known and energetic volunteers saw to it that children in need had gifts to open. This year being no exception, countless children in West Volusia who -- without her efforts -- may not have had anything under the tree will indeed...
That's a wrap
Buffy Olin of DeBary volunteers to help wrap presents during the Home Instead Senior Care 'Be a Santa to a Senior' program at Homewood Suites in Daytona Beach, Thursday, Dec. 13. Home Instead Senior Care wanted to help provide needy seniors with gifts who don't have families and friends, in hopes of making their hol...
Delta Queen won't get new home in New Smyrna Beach
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- There won't be calliope music coming from the Delta Queen steamboat on the Indian River here. Wayne Heller, owner of the Riverview Hotel and Spa in New Smyrna Beach, said last week, "It's the end of the year and the end of the story." Mr. Heller and his wife, Judy, had been working...
Residents get home improvements
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- It was an early Christmas for several residents on Mary Avenue, who received home improvements from a new Housing Initiative Program. James Stone, 516 Mary Ave., was outside working, measuring, cutting wood and installing lumber for a new front porch to his home. He was helped by v...
Terra Mar residents rebuilding after storm
EDGEWATER -- Residents of Terra Mar Village will be rebuilding for quite some time after a tornado with wind speed power of 86 to 110 mph slammed into the manufactured home community along the Indian River. The National Weather Service rated the tornado as an EF1, the second weakest on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. The tornado ca...
In remembrance
Boatswains Mate 2nd Class Raymond Roscoe of the United States Coast Guard prepares to place a wreath for the annual Wreaths Across America to honor veterans during the Holiday season in front of the Veterans Monument at the Edgewater/New Smyrna Beach Cemetery, Saturday, Dec. 15. The event to honor the veterans was s...
City gives acting chief full role
The city of Ormond Beach has given acting Fire Chief Robert "Bob" Mandarino the full, starring role in the city's fire department. "Chief Mandarino stepped into the acting capacity about a year ago and has done an excellent job," City Manager Joyce Shanahan said. "Bob is a tremendous asset to our city and I have every confiden...
YMCA may stay in Holly Hill, thanks to wad of cash
HOLLY HILL -- It's becoming a recurring story. The Volusia/Flagler Family YMCA decides to close up shop in Holly Hill, and the city commission courts it into staying a little longer. This time with up to $45,000. At its last regular meeting, Dec. 11, the city commission authorized Jim McCroskey, city man...
Rink to rubble rezoning request approved by city council
SOUTH DAYTONA -- A rezoning change that will shut down a five-decade-old skating rink was approved by the City Council. After passing the Land Development Review Board last month, council members unanimously agreed to approve Rink Properties' request to rezone its property at 1790 S. Nova Road, currently Ska...
Scrub habitat restoration to start after relocated trail opens
PORT ORANGE -- A project aimed at restoring endangered scrub habitat at the Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve will move forward following the completion of a new trail on the southernmost part of the preserve. City leaders recently gave initial approval to an amendment to the land development code that allo...
Enrollment numbers keep disappearing
It looks like the children are going to keep disappearing, and no one's certain how long this will last. At its last regular meeting on Dec. 11, the Volusia County School Board got news that student enrollment is continuing an already five-year trend of decline. "The unknown, but it's reasonable to say, ...
An early Christmas present
Shirley Vail, 97, sits between Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus with her two great-great-grandchildren, Reese Balsano, 5, and Chance Balsano, 15, right, during the New Smyrna Beach VFW Post 4250 annual Christmas Party, Sunday, Dec. 16. More than 60 children received an overstuffed stocking and multiple wrapped gifts with f...
Monks continue to pray for their neighbors near and far despite complaints
In Christianity the directive to "love thy neighbor" is not murky. Yet it is often ignored. Two Glenwood monks have learned all too well, since 2004, just how carelessly the religious rule can be cast aside. When Father Seamus of Jesus and Brother Nicholas of The Immaculate Heart discovered "through prayer...
Food drive nearly doubles last year's effort
More than 6,600 pounds of food a day over 10 days. That's what public employees collected during the second annual Feed The Need Food Drive in November. "It was almost double what they collected last year," said Robert "Bob" Thomas, the Volusia County branch manager of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central...
Pet Vet Cruiser paying off for Volusia County
The numbers suggest the Pet Vet Cruiser is working. Animal Control told the Volusia County Council on Dec. 6 that it took about 1,300 fewer animals to local shelters in fiscal year 2011-2012 than in 2006-2007. The only big difference between the years is the county's mobile spay-and-neuter clinic. Sergio...
Warming up
Environmental specialist Jackie Shum of Port Orange holds one of the turtles as it's being examined at the Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet, Friday, Dec. 7. A total of five cold-stunned loggerhead sea turtles were flown to Florida by a Coast Guard plane and transported to the Marine Science Center (MSC) in Ponce...
THE END? Ominous signs say "YES."
In a dark, damp, stone stairway in the Mexican state of Tabasco, a researcher from Brown University shines his penlight on the wall to reveal an ancient engraving. The Mayan glyph when translated predicts the world will come to an end on Dec. 21, 2012. Soon after, a scientist from the University of Texas comes to the sam...
Holidays are here: Are you ready for all the festivities?
Naomi Bentley, a teacher at Longstreet Elementary School in Daytona Beach for more than 39 years, answered the "Are you ready" question with, "Well, I'm prepared but not ready. "Usually shopping is not my thing, but I'm ready for the celebration of the meaning of the day," Ms. Bentley said. She usually goes in...
Load 'em up
Florida East Coast Railway workers help unload toys from their Christmas train in New Smyrna Beach on Saturday, Dec. 8. FEC collects toys over the year and donates them to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program, which in turn gives them to local children in the area....

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