The L.B. Knox Bridge, commonly known as Highbridge, will be closed to vehicular traffic from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays from Dec. 19 to Jan. 9 for scheduled repairs. As a result, Highbridge Road from John Anderson Drive to Walter Boardman Lane will be open to local traffic only.
The drawbridge, which crosses the Intracoastal Waterway north of Ormond Beach, will be open to vehicular traffic week nights and weekends during the repair work. While repairs are being done, the bridge will be left in the open position to allow for the passage of boats.
Volusia County's Public Works Department will oversee the replacement of the bridge's wooden fender system, which protects the bridge and piers from damage by boats, with a new system of pre-stressed concrete piles and timber lumber. The navigational clearance will remain unchanged at 90 feet between fenders.
Detour signs will be placed on both sides of the bridge.
The bridge, built in 1955, is one of 54 bridges maintained by Volusia County. About 1,100 vehicles cross the bridge each day.
Votran trolley service returns early for holiday season
With the core beach area of Daytona Beach decked out for the holidays, Votran trolley service will begin early this year to give people another transportation option to take in the festivities, shop and dine, or ring in the new year with a designated driver. Votran's colorful and convenient trolleys will be available for holiday travel along S.R. A1A and Beach Street in Daytona Beach, beginning Dec. 16.
Trolley service is 11:27 a.m. to 12:35 a.m. from Monday to Saturday and 7 a.m. to 6:35 p.m. on Sunday. Connections also can be made with regular fixed service.
Fixed route fares (one-way) are $1.25 for full fare adults and 60 cents for elderly, disabled and youths younger than 18. Value passes are available for one, three, seven and 31 days. A $3 one-day pass allows a rider unlimited trips for 24 hours including transfers to regular Votran routes. All buses and trolleys are wheelchair accessible. For more information, call (386) 761-7700 or visit votran.org.
Drivers safety class scheduled
AARP will conduct a driver safety class for seniors from 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Dec. 18, and Wednesday, Dec. 19, at the Volusia Memorial Funeral Home, 548 N. Nova Road, Ormond Beach. An additional class will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center office building, 301 Memorial Medical Parkway, Daytona Beach.
The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. Reservations with instructors are required.
To make a reservation for the December class, call (386) 451-7453 or for the January class, call (386) 615-4334.
Donations benefit hospice
Halifax Health-Hospice of Volusia/Flagler is once again set up for the 23rd Annual Tree of Remembrance program in Center Court at the Volusia Mall through Dec. 24.
Proceeds help ensure compassionate, end-of-life care can be provided to hospice patients in Volusia and Flagler counties regardless of their ability to pay.
The Tree of Remembrance program's traditional holiday collection of ornaments includes an 18-inch Angel of Hope Figurine ($200 donation), "A Reminder of Life's Beauty" platinum clip on butterfly ($20 donation), "Always in our Hearts" ornament ($20 donation), Halifax Health-Hospice signature Dove ornament ($15 donation) and Teddy Bear ($25), which can also be donated to the BeginAgain Children's Grief Centers, a program of Halifax Health-Hospice. An 18.5-inch angel tree topper, of which six are available, also is offered for a $500 sponsorship donation.
With a donation to this program donors can hang their ornament on one of the Trees of Remembrance on display at Volusia Mall, 1700 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, from now until Monday, Dec 24. Ornaments can also be purchased online at www.hovf.org/tor
For information on the Tree of Remembrance or to make a donation, call (386) 322-4747.
Elks to host Christmas party
The annual Ormond Beach Elks children's Christmas party will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at the Elks Lodge, 285 Wilmette Ave.
The lodge is collecting donations for local underprivileged children.
For more information, call (386) 766-7180.
Guns and Hoses blood drive scheduled
The Guns and Hoses blood drive competition among law enforcement and firefighters to see who can donate the most blood will be from Dec. 17, through Jan. 13.
Donations during the blood drive will help boost the blood supply during the holidays so the ultimate winners will be the patients in our local hospitals.
For more information or to donate, call (888) 936-6283.
No garbage collection on Christmas
Waste Management will not collect garbage on Christmas Day and New Year's Day in Ormond Beach. Service will resume the following Friday. Recycling will not be collected Christmas Day and New Year's Day. The collection will be made up on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.
The yard waste schedule will remain unchanged.
For more information, call (386) 673-0800.
Support group slated
A grief support group is being formed for those who lost someone to an addiction.
It is an opportunity to meet with others who have experienced a loss and receive support.
Sponsored by the Healing Hearts Program of Haven Hospice
There is no cost, but please register by calling (904) 733-9818.
The Father John Washington Post 1944 of the Catholic War Veterans of the U.S.A is looking for members .
The group meets at 10 a.m. the first Saturday of the month in the gold room at Prince of Peace Church 600 S. Nova Road, Ormond Beach.
The group serves coffee and doughnuts every Wednesday morning at the Emory L Bennett Veterans Nursing Home in Daytona Beach
They send grocery coupons to the men and women and their families in the Armed Forces all over the world.
For more information, call (386) 255 -3814 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Hilton Daytona Beach Resort/Ocean Walk Village to give thanks to the USO
The Hilton Daytona Beach Resort/Ocean Walk Village is showing gratitude and appreciation this holiday season to all of the USO heroes who risk their lives in the line of duty to protect our country by donating a proceeds of sales from their spa, restaurants and bars.
On Dec. 25, there will be a holiday all-you-can-eat buffet and $5 of every adult and senior meal sold will go to the USO.
Reservations are recommended at 386.254.8200, Ext. 8054. Complimentary valet parking will be available.
Also, the hotel will offer its special HEROES rate, which is 50 percent off the best available rate for all active duty, reservist and retired men and women of America's law enforcement, firefighters and armed forces.
For more information, visit daytonahilton.com or call (386) 254-8200.
County administrative offices, libraries to close Christmas Eve
Volusia County administrative offices and libraries will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
On New Year's Eve, administrative offices will be open normal hours and library branches will close at 5 p.m.
Food addicts support group to meet
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous can help those who suffer from food obsession, overeating, undereating and bulimia. There are no dues, fees or weigh-ins at FA meetings. There are six weekly meetings in Volusia County.
For more information call (386) 258-0610 or visit www.foodaddicts.org.
No Votran service on Christmas Day or New Year's Day
Votran will not operate bus service Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25, and New Year's Day, Tuesday, Jan. 1, in the Greater Daytona Beach Area, Southeast and West Volusia County areas.
Votran night service will close two hours early Christmas Eve, at approximately 10 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 24.
For more information, call (386) 761-7700 in Daytona Beach, (386) 943-7033 in West Volusia or (386) 424-6800 in Southeast Volusia.
Garbage pick up changed for holiday
There will be no garbage, recycling and yard trash collection for residents of unincorporated Volusia County on Christmas and New Year's days.
Unincorporated areas are outside city limits.
Collection days normally scheduled between Dec. 25 and Jan. 4 will be the following day. For instance, Wednesday collections will be on Thursdays.
The Tomoka Landfill and West Volusia Transfer Station will be closed Christmas and New Year's days.
For more information, call Volusia County's Solid Waste Division at (386) 943-7889 or visit www.volusia.org/recycle.
Learn about being foster parents
Open Hearts Family Services (a ministry of the Florida United Methodist Children's Home in Enterprise) will host a "Q&A: Pondering Foster Care" informational session for those interested in becoming foster parents at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, at Tomoka Christian Church, 1151 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach, FL. 32174 in their Café.
It will be an informational gathering, for those wishing to explore all that is involved. There will be a panel of "experts," folks from all aspects of foster care, who will be present to answer all your questions.
For more information, call (386) 386-299-8142 or e-mail email@example.com.
Grant money available
The United Way Women's Initiative of Volusia has dollars available for limited grant funding to local non-profit organizations and their programs that are either new and/or serve an unmet or under met needs of homeless women and children within the Volusia and Flagler counties area. Deadline to apply is 4 p.m., Jan. 18.
Application can be found at this link:
For any further information, call (386) 366-9050.
Elks to host New Year's party
All Area Elks and their guest are invited to ring in the New Year at the Ormond Elks Lodge 285 Wilmette Ave. There will be hors d'oeuvres beginning at 6:30 p.m. A surf and turf dinner will be served at 8 p.m. Entertainment will be Paul and Marine. A champagne toast will be held at midnight. Coffee and doughnuts will follow the toast.
Tickets are $35. For more information, call (386) 677-7180.
Pet Vet Cruiser announces January schedule
Volusia County's Pet Vet Cruiser offers low-cost spaying and neutering services to residents of unincorporated parts of the county and the cities of DeLand and South Daytona.
Here's where the mobile clinic will be in January:
oFire Station 23, 1850 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach: Jan. 2, 16 and 30
oRockin' Ranch, 801 S. Nova Road, Ormond Beach: Jan. 9 and 23
Fees are based on income. Appointments are required and may be made by calling (386) 323-3575 in Daytona Beach, or (386) 424-6875 in New Smyrna Beach.
For more information, visit volusia.org/petvet.
Caregiver support groups offered
The Council on Aging of Volusia County will host a dementia caregiver support group for nonprofessional caregivers at 9:15 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14, at United Presbyterian Church, 730 Beville Road, Daytona Beach and Friday, Jan. 18, at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 600 S. Nova Road, Ormond Beach.
Respite Care is provided at all Council on Aging support groups for those in the early to mid-stage of dementia. Reservations are not required. For more information, call (386) 253-4700, Ext. 204.
Flu shots available at health department
The Volusia County Health Department is offering flu vaccine at its health centers in Daytona Beach, DeLand, New Smyrna Beach and Deltona.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people get vaccinated against influenza as soon as 2012-2013 flu season vaccine becomes available in their community. Influenza seasons are unpredictable.
Flu vaccines are offered at all Volusia County Health Department locations.
The prices are as follows:
$25 for flu, $45 for high-dose flu zone (65 and older) and $65 for pneumonia
Medicare Part B, non-HMO is accepted.
Health Department locations are:
oDaytona Beach, 1845 Holsonback Drive
oNew Smyrna Beach, 7171 W. Canal St.
oDeLand, 935 N. Spring Garden Ave.
oDeltona- 3151 Howland Blvd.
For more information, visit volusiahealth.com.