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Workshops shed light on Affordable Care Act plight
It's the elephant in the waiting room: the Affordable Care Act. For the past two months, Volusia County libraries and the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida have partnered to demystify and prune away obstacles on the path to the new Health Insurance Marketplace. In October, more than 300 residents attended the workshops ...
Local teens sing to fight breast cancer at hospital
About 120 choral students from University High School presented the World Music Concert to a crowd of 300 on Oct. 25. Not only was the music by the Orange City teens uplifting, so was the purpose of the concert. Twenty percent of the donations raised by the event will be donated to Florida Hospital Fish Memorial to fund screen...
Deltona's parade goes back to its "route"
Calling all Christmas spirit seekers: Deltona's "An Old-Fashioned Christmas" parade will make its way down Deltona Boulevard at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. The third annual Christmas parade is moving back to its original route after traveling down Providence Boulevard last year. Safety and an opportunity to showcase an area "on the b...
Too tempting
Tiago Wilkes, 2, of New Smyrna Beach wants to take a Christmas ornament home with him from the tree at Christmas Park during Christmas on Canal Street on Saturday, Nov. 30....
City selling industrial property to restaurant supplier
Ormond Beach City Commissioners authorized the sale of city-owned lots at the Airport Business Park to Padwell Holdings LLC. Also on Nov. 19, the commission approved Padwell as a Qualified Target Industry, providing property tax reimbursement incentives and financing a planned construction project. While Padwe...
Former Port Orange mayor dies
Former Port Orange Mayor James "Jim" Fisher, 76, died of heart failure Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Riverside Pavilion, 3431 Ridgewood Ave., Port Orange. Originally from Baltimore, Mayor Fisher moved to Daytona Beach in the 1960s after serving in the U.S. Air F...
Fletcher Freeman of DeBary is given a sample of a rich smoke-enhanced chili from Chef Tommy of Genuine Bistro & Lounge with jokes supervised by Petrea Letscher during the DeBary Chili Cook-off contest hosted by DeBary Parks and Recreation in Community Park on Saturday, Nov 30....
Town embarks on second phase of Timucuan Oaks
The Ponce Inlet Town Council approved $8,850 for the second phase of Timucuan Oaks Gardens park improvements at its Nov. 21 meeting. The eight-acre park, located riverside in the 4500 block of South Peninsula Drive, was acquired in 2004 as part of Ponce Inlet's Land Acquisition Committee's Ponce Preserve Conse...
Artisan will feature world class chef
From Wolfgang Puck's Spago in the Four Seasons Resort on Maui to Sarah and Hina Patel's The Artisan Downtown, Chef Jason Bruner is starting at Square 1. Not to be confused with "back to square one." This world-class chef is moving forward on the wings of a vision he shares with the sisters who recently purchased the old hotel. Fro...
Stormwater drainage issue still dominates meeting
Residents continued on Nov. 26 to implore the Holly Hill City Commission to change its plans to buy and shutdown a mobile home park on Riverside Drive for stormwater drainage basins. The initial resolution passed at a Nov. 12 meeting 3-1 with Commissioner Elizabeth Albert against and Commissioner Penny Currie ...
Building a submarine
Rebekah Collins, 14, of Ormond Beach and her teammate, Lauren Lebron, 16, of Palm Coast discuss how to build a remotely operated submarine during the home school class Robotics 2.0 at the Museum of Arts & Sciences in Daytona Beach on Thursday, Nov. 21....
Local agencies discuss homeless situation
The United States of America is the world's richest nation, but it bears a dark scar on its face called homelessness. Homelessness is visible in Daytona Beach and Volusia County as a whole. Bringing people together and addressing the homeless situation, the Volusia-Flagler Continuum Care conducted a "Chronic ...
Pizza time
Joshua Kirby of Deltona gets to make his own pizza at the Pizza Hut on South Atlantic Boulevard. in Daytona Beach. Students from Monarch Academy in Daytona Beach took a field trip to the restaurant, getting a view of what it's like to work at a pizza house....
Turkey giveaway helps those in need for holidays
Halifax Urban Ministries gave away 800 turkeys during its annual pre-Thanksgiving food distribution Nov. 22. The holiday meals were distributed at several locations in Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach, Port Orange and New Smyrna. Organizers were pleased with the turnout of the event. "It has gone great and really ...
Local businesses, law enforcement, legislators cooperate to stop sale of stolen goods
Last December, shortly after her grandson moved in, some of Sue Clark's jewelry went missing. Several months later Mrs. Clark's daughter, Elizabeth Panariello, who lives in another house on the same property in DeLand, returned from work to discover some of her jewelry was gone. Ms. Panariello called the police and confronted her ...
A very tall order
Abi, 5, and Sami, 3, Jamison of Deltona are having balloon art made for them from stilted toy soldier Troy Davis of Orlando during the DeBary Chili Cook-off contest hosted by DeBary Parks and Recreation in Community Park on Saturday, Nov 30....
Seashore slates December activities
The Canaveral National Seashore has several activities scheduled in December, including two-hour pontoon boat cruises. Pontoon boat cruises to the backwaters of Mosquito Lagoon will be at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Fridays and cruises to historic Seminole Rest will be at 10 a.m. Thursdays. Reservations are required. A cost recovery fee of $20 per pers...
Volusia, SJRWMD will build water pipeline from Sanford
The health of Florida's natural springs and supplying water to an exploding population are among the St. Johns River Water Management District's top priorities. Solutions, one of which is district funding, are trickling down to Volusia County and its cities. At its regular meeting Nov. 21, the Volusia County Council voted unanimou...
Dave Neubauer of Ormond Beach spent the day looking at antique automobiles with his granddaughter Zoya Rawlings, 3, during the 56th annual Birthplace of Speed Antique Car Show at Fortunato Park in Ormond Beach on Saturday, Nov. 30....
Aids activist named 'unsung hero'
Ormond Beach resident Jeff Allen has been chosen as one of a 100 unsung heroes for 2013 by POZ magazine. POZ is an award-winning magazine for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Since 1994, POZ sends its monthly magazine free to anyone with HIV and distributes more than 125,000 copies at doctors' offices and AIDS serv...
Writing is not for the faint of art
A while back I was invited by my good friend and local author Marian Tomblin to spend a few hours at the Ormond Beach Public Library as part of a writer's forum. She had gathered a distinguished panel of writers (and me) to possibly help first time authors find their way into print. To be honest, I only do these lecture things in order to sell a ...
Taking care of those who take care of you during the holidays made simple
Making sure that everyone in your life is smiling during the holidays can be a source of stress. Besides buying presents for the little ones and baking pies for parties at work, making sure that those who provide year-round services are taken care of during the holidays is usuall...

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