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Community notes - Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach and Holly Hill
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Posted: 2013 Feb 22 - 06:04

Votran Speed Weeks service interruptions announced

Speed Weeks will bring heavy traffic to Volusia County and Votran riders should expect numerous delays, interruptions and route deviations.

Route detours began Thursday, Feb. 21, and will continue through the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb, 24. Detours are subject to change without notice and buses will be rerouted to secondary roads when traffic becomes congested.

Votran riders are encouraged to plan ahead and to call for up-to-date route deviations at (386) 761-7700 in Daytona Beach, (386) 424-6800 in New Smyrna Beach or (386) 943-7033 in West Volusia. Riders may also learn more by visiting www.votran.org.

Andy Romano Beachfront Park grand opening scheduled

A grand opening celebration for Ormond Beach's Andy Romano Beachfront Park will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at 839 S. Atlantic Ave.

The ribbon cutting ceremony will be at 10:30 a.m. with a celebration following to include fun activities, refreshments and entertainment until 3 p.m.

Casual attire is encouraged. Parking will be available on site. To make a reservation, call (386) 676-3241.

History Lecture series continues

The Ormond Beach Historical Society will continue its "Discover Our History Lecture Series" at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Anderson- Price Memorial Building, 42 N. Beach St., Ormond Beach

Robert Cassanello, assistant professor of history at the University of Central Florida, will discuss

"The Long History of the Civil Rights Movement in Florida."

Dr. Cassanello addresses the ways in which African Americans in Florida organized to take actions to protect and advocate for their citizenship rights. This movement started at the end of the Civil War and encompassed most of the 20th century.

Refreshments will be served at 9:30 a.m. Admission and parking is free. For more information call (386) 677-7005, or visit www.OrmondHistory.org.

Garden club to meet

The Volusia Garden Club will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the William Finney Memorial Garden Center, 837 N. Oleander Ave., Daytona Beach.

Speaker is Kimberly Leonardi from Leonardi Nursery, who will be talking about exotic plants found in Florida.

Social starts at 9:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome and it's free.

For more information, call (386) 672-0688.

Sheriff plans opening of communications center

Construction on the much-anticipated $21 million Emergency Operations and Communications Center is complete.

Volusia County Council members will cut the ribbon at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, and offer tours until 5 p.m. Tours also will be available during a community open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 2.

The center is at 3825 Tiger Bay Road, west of Daytona Beach.

During both events, residents may view vehicles and displays from some of the county's emergency response agencies, including the Volusia County Sheriff's Office, Volusia County Fire Services and EVAC Ambulance.

The 43,000-square-foot building will be operational April 4 after the county's Emergency Management Division and the Volusia County Sheriff's Offices' dispatch center move in.

Features include an emergency operations room than can host 90 emergency support personnel during disasters, a state-of-the-art news media broadcast room, citizens information center, ham radio center, 80-foot backup radio tower, backup generators, helicopter pad, a County Council liaison room, meeting rooms, kitchen, and bunk rooms for men and women.

The dispatch center, which has 60 consoles for 9-1-1 dispatchers, will be named after the late Chief Deputy Bill Lee, who was instrumental in establishing a countywide emergency dispatch system for law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services in 2011.

For more information, call (386)822-5062, Ext. 12689.

Parkinson Association to meet

The Parkinson Association of Greater Daytona Beach will meet at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Bishop's Glen Retirement Center (auditorium) at 900 LPGA Blvd., Holly Hill

Local Elder Law Attorney Randal L. Schecter will address its association member group. His topic will be "Medicaid Planning and Asset Protection."

Seating is limited. To make a reservation, call (386) 676-6375 no later than Feb. 25.

Professor to discuss the works of author Martha Grimes

Join Sarah Fogle as she discusses the works of popular detective mystery writer Martha Grimes at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island, 103 E. Magnolia Ave.

Ms. Grimes is best known for her books featuring Richard Jury, a fictional Scotland Yard detective.

Ms. Fogle, a humanities professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, teaches undergraduate courses in crime fiction and has a special research interest in Florida crime fiction.

Reservations are not required. For more information, call (386) 257-6036, Ext. 16264.

Former Navy Seal featured speaker

The President's Speaker Series at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will feature Cade Courtley, former Navy Seal and prominent survivalist. He will discuss his book "Seal Survival Guide" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Lemerand Auditorium, Miller Instructional Center, 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach. A book signing will follow.

All forums are presented by the President's Office and are free and open to the public.

For more information, call (386) 226-7285.

Financial planning for long-term care

Attorneys Michael Pyle and Trisha Dellinger will present a program and answer questions regarding financial planning for long-term care from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island, 103 E. Magnolia Ave.

The attorneys will explain the types of care covered by long-term-care insurance and Medicaid. They also will address assets owned by single and married people, assets versus income, when to plan, and techniques for qualification.

Reservations are not required. For more information, call (386) 257-6036, Ext. 16264.

Walk raises awareness

POMC Island's second annual Rare Disease Day Awareness Walk will be at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at City Island Library parking lot in Daytona Beach. Pro-opimelanocortin Deficiency Disorder is a rare genetic disorder with effects the endocrine glands. Participants will meet a little boy who is one of only 50 in the world with this disease.

For more information, call (386) 214-6984.

Summer lifeguard tryouts begin March 2

The Volusia County Beach Patrol plans on hiring more than 100 part-time lifeguards to help keep beachgoers safe this summer.

Swim tryouts will be on the following Saturdays:

1 to 4 p.m. March 2, 9 and 23 at the Port Orange YMCA, 4701 City Center Pkwy.

8 a.m. to noon March 9 and 1 to 4 p.m. March 23 at the DeLand YMCA, 761 International Speedway Blvd.

8 a.m. to noon March 16 at the Ormond Beach YMCA, 500 Sterthaus Drive

Applicants must be at least 17 and able to swim 500 meters in under 10 minutes, swim 50 yards in under 30 seconds and run a half-mile in under 3 minutes, 15 seconds. Candidates considered for hiring will undergo a background check, physical and drug screening.

Starting pay is $9.77 an hour with EMT certification and $9.37 an hour without certification.

Those who meet the requirements must attend training classes and complete a 40-hour first responder/CPR course.

For information, visit www.volusia.org/beach or call (386) 239-6414.

Tribute slated

The Mary McLeod Bethune Humanitarian Network First Ladies of Diversity will host a tribute to celebrate the legacies of Mary McLeod Bethune and Eleanor Roosevelt at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Rockefeller Gardens, 25 Riverside Drive, Ormond Beach.

The event will honor Wendy Spencer, CEO of Corporation of National and Community Service. Goodwill ambassadors of education are Michelle Carter-Scott, Lucille O'Neal, Congressman John Mica and Harris Rosen.

Entertainment will be provided by harpist Jeff Majors, the Bethune-Cookman University Gospel Choir, American Historical Theater and Native American Dancers & Drummers.

Tax-deductible tickets are $100 per person. Cocktail attire is requested.

To purchase tickets, visit www.firstladiesofdiversity.org.

Proceeds will benefit after school programs for minority women and under served communities.

For more information, call (732) 857-6523 or e-mail info@firstladiesofdiversity.org.

United Way announces poster contest

United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties is conducting its first poster contest.

The contest is open to nearly all ages and encourages creative minds to express how United Way is "Making a Difference in Our Community."

The contest runs through March 25. Winners in the four categories will each receive a prize package worth at least $250. The winners will be announced on April 25, at the United Way/Bright House Networks Outstanding Volunteers of the Year Awards Luncheon.

A panel of volunteers will judge the posters; in addition, one-half of the contests scores will come from votes that they receive through the United Way's Facebook Page. Complete rules, details, prize information, and entry forms can be found at http://unitedwayvfc.org/postercontest.html

County expands online services

Volusia County has expanded its online permit, development and contractor information services.

With the latest phase of Connect Live Permits, registered contractors can apply online for licenses, demolition permits and certain types of residential permits online at ConnectLivePermits.org. Other registered users can submit certain application types online.

The county will continue to expand Connect Live Permits to include additional application types in the future.

Learn how to use the library 24/7

Learn how to take full advantage of the county's 13 library branches during a free program at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island, 103 E. Magnolia Ave.

Staff also will show patrons how to use the library's Mango language learning and NoveList Plus electronic databases.

Reservations for this free program are not required. For more information, call (386) 257-6036, Ext. 16235.

Democrats to meet

Volusia County Democrats will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 25, at the Daytona Beach campus of Daytona State College, UCF Auditorium, Room 150.

For information, e-mail info@volusiademocraticparty.org.

Loop group to meet

The Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail Corridor Management Entity will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the Ormond Beach Public Library, Conference Room 4, 30 S. Beach St., Ormond Beach.

All members and interested members of the public are encouraged to attend.

Beach passes on sale

Volusia County beach passes are on sale at all tollbooths.

The passes, which are good for the entire year, are $20 for Volusia County residents and $40 for people who live outside the county. Daily passes are $5.

The beach is always open and free to pedestrians and bicyclists depending on tides and access ramps being opened.

Tolls are collected from February through November every year along the 17 drivable miles of Volusia County's 50-mile coast.

For more information about Volusia County's beaches, visit www.volusia.org/beach.

DAV offers help

The Disable American Veterans Chapter 84 offers free, professional assistance to veterans and their families in obtaining

benefits and services earned through military service.

For more information, call (386) 252-4551 or visit the chapter at 605 Eighth St., Holly Hill between 9 a.m. and noon, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Chamber to host casino night

The Ormond Beach Chamber of Commerce will host "Black & White Casino Night III" at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Oceanside Country Club, 75 N. Halifax Drive, Ormond Beach.

The night will include a silent auction, DJ, full casino and door prizes.

Admission tickets are $70.

For more information, call (386) 677-3454.

Summer lifeguard tryouts begin March 2

The Volusia County Beach Patrol plans on hiring more than 100 part-time lifeguards to help keep beachgoers safe this summer.

Swim tryouts will be on the following Saturdays:

1 to 4 p.m. March 2, 9 and 23 at the Port Orange YMCA, 4701 City Center Pkwy.

8 a.m. to noon March 9 and 1 to 4 p.m. March 23 at the DeLand YMCA, 761 International Speedway Blvd.

8 a.m. to noon March 16 at the Ormond Beach YMCA, 500 Sterthaus Drive

Applicants must be at least 17 and able to swim 500 meters in under 10 minutes, swim 50 yards in under 30 seconds and run a half-mile in under 3 minutes, 15 seconds. Candidates considered for hiring will undergo a background check, physical and drug screening.

Starting pay is $9.77 an hour with EMT certification and $9.37 an hour without certification.

Those who meet the requirements must attend training classes and complete a 40-hour first responder/CPR course.

For information, visit www.volusia.org/beach or call (386) 239-6414.

Educational forum set

The Volusia chapter of Campaign for Liberty and Orlando chapter of WeAreChange Florida will conduct a free U.S. Constitution educational forum from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at Steve's Famous Diner, 1584 S. Nova Road, Daytona Beach.

Guest speaker will be James P. McCarthy, author of "The Money Spiders: The Ruin-NATION of the United States by the Federal Reserve."

There will be a screening of the second amendment documentary "Innocents Betrayed."

For more information, call (386) 235-3268 and (407) 922-9681.




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