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Deltona's anti-bully effort undergoes name change, seeks to fill its closet
For some, getting kids dressed for back to school is routine. For others, it's possible, but accompanied by angst over already-tight finances. For still others, it's not even part of the school equation. Rent, food and electricity leave nothing in the budget for clothing. Last year's clothes or, if they're lucky, hand-me downs wil...
Backpack giveaway helps with back to school needs
An estimated thousand people attended the Mayor's Backpack Giveaway at the Yvonne Scarlett-Golden Cultural and Educational Center on Vine Street in Daytona Beach on Saturday, Aug. 2. It's the seventh year of the event, which was started by former Daytona Beach Mayor Glenn Ritchey, and one of many going on the...
Deltona and Halifax Humane Society team up to help animals
No mandatory spay/neuter ordinance was adopted at last month's Deltona City Commission meeting, but a program now is in place to help control the animal population while city leaders and residents continue to hash out a more potent antidote. Halifax Humane Society and the city have created Deltona Days, a free spay and neuter prog...
Ormond commission buys land; sets millage rate
It may not be the Louisiana Purchase and certainly not Seward's Folly, but Ormond Beach City Commissioners penned a resolution at their latest meeting authorizing the purchase of up to seven vacant lots at about one-fifth the asking price to add significantly to the city's Central Park. The lots were foreclose...
Clowning around
William "Cotton" Moore, 9, of Port Orange cooks up some laughs during rehearsal for the Clown-Tastics Camp at the Port Orange Regional Library on Thursday, Aug. 1. The students of clown camp spent the entire week preparing their acts for a show on Friday. The unique camp is directed by Karen Poulsen....
Is report of fewer homeless statewide realistic?
Ten thousand fewer Floridians living on the streets is a sign the economy is improving, state officials say. The Florida Department of Children and Families Office of Homelessness reported -- based on a one- day "point in time" count -- nearly 45,000 Floridians were homeless at the beginning of 2013. The 2012 count was 55,000. "Th...
Announce your event
Hometown News will once again be publishing the "In Season" special section on Sept. 27. "In Season" is a master calendar for special events in Volusia County that will take place between October and the end of March. It includes concerts, festivals, sporting events, theater performances, holiday events, art exhibits and others. Please send detail...
On the go women's health
Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center provided free health services for women on July 28 at the Star Family Center at the Coalition for the Homeless in Daytona Beach. Women ranging in ages 22 to 59 took advantage of the free pap smears, screenings for pelvic pain and STDs, as well as clinical breast exams on t...
Meals match challenge huge success in response to Lemerand challenge grant
The Council on Aging has more than matched the $100,000 Lemerand challenge, raising $185,434, according to Doug Beach, CEO of the council. "We are extremely excited to announce that we met the Lemerand challenge grant of $100,000 and actually to date have collected $185,434.83 in funds to support Council on Aging meal programs...
They floated, sort of
The DeLand Mainstreet boat came in first at the Anything That Floats Race sponsored by Mainstreet and hosted by Lake Beresford Yacht Club on Saturday, July 27. From left are Kathy Burley, Solomon Greene, Peter Simoneau, Bill Jennings, Charles Matusick, Steve Burley, Janet Dixon, Steve Bradley, Dan Janeau, and Frank Je...
Causeway Landings site sold to Silvestri Investments
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Atlantic Housing Partners' low-income housing vision for Causeway Landings is being reborn as an upscale condominium project to be known as Isola Bella. Silvestri Investments Inc., a family-owned real estate company out of Texas, has bought the land at 99 North Causeway from Atlantic H...
Catching waves
Qunn Warlow, 10, of Daytona Beach rides a wave as a paddle boarder catches the other during the Jimmy Lane Surfing Academy in New Smyrna Beach on Thursday, July 25....
It's a toss up
Baileigh "Jezabelle" Mount, 9, of New Smyrna Beach, clowns around during rehearsal for the Clown-Tastics Camp at the Port Orange Regional Library on Thursday, Aug. 1. The students of clown camp spent the entire week preparing their acts for a show on Friday. The unique camp is directed by Karen Poulsen....
Lower school tax, teacher raises expected this year
Despite the fact property owners in Volusia County could pay less toward schools in the coming year, employee salaries and jobs still are expected to increase. The Volusia County School Board has voted 4-1 to approve the tentative $764.2 million 2013-14 budget and voted unanimously to lower the proposed millage rate to $7.358 per ...
Celebrating Jamaica
Artist Kenneth Harris of Groveland celebrates the 51st anniversary of Jamaican independence at the opening reception of his collection "Come to Jamaica and Feel Alright" on display at the African American Museum of the Arts in DeLand on Saturday, Aug, 3. His work features images of old and current Jamaica lifestyles p...
Accardi named Good Neighbor Pharmacy of the Year
Just days after receiving the national Good Neighbor Pharmacy of the Year award, Dr. Roger Accardi stood behind the counter, helping customers, in his Orange City dispensary. A young man approached the counter and handed him a prescription slip. "I'm afraid I'm not going to be able to fill this for you. Do you want to know why?" D...
Camp clown
Alexander "Squeak" Kane, 11, of Daytona Beach makes it look easy during rehearsal for the Clown-Tastics Camp at the Port Orange Regional Library on Thursday, Aug. 1. The students of clown camp spent the entire week preparing their acts for a show on Friday. The unique camp is directed by Karen Poulsen....
Finding a clean bite at Gina's 6th Street Deli
Some of you who know me may be surprised to learn I have a serious cleanliness fetish when it comes to my food. That came by way of my mom who was obsessed with isolating all of her food and kitchen utensils from the rest of the world. She was a tiny little non-violent woman, but as a kid if I ran in from the yard and washed my hands in the kitch...
Row your boat
The Halifax Rowing Association hosted its 17th annual Halifax Summer Regatta on July 27 at City Island in Daytona Beach. There were more than 450 participants....

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