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Rants & raves
Rating: 1.4 / 5 (10 votes)  
Posted: 2014 Jan 17 - 06:14

Double dose of good Samaritans

On New Years Eve afternoon, I was driving from my South Daytona home on South Ridgewood Avenue towards Port Orange when my car suddenly lost all power. I coasted to a stop in a clearing before a center island out of traffic. 

I called home. I became a nervous wreck. A man riding his bicycle north on Ridgewood parked his bike and asked if I needed help.

He used his phone to call AAA for me. He raised the hood and waited there with me until the tow truck arrived. I could not thank that man enough.   

Moving on to Saturday, Jan 4, my car had been fixed so I drove to Publix in South Daytona, near my home and got groceries. The car went crazy again and was not fixed. Publix employees and a shopper asked if there was anyone I could call. 

I told him the only call I could make was to my brother and nephew who were at church and I couldn't call while they were at Mass. 

He offered to take me and my groceries home, which he did. I am so grateful to these two good kind men who came to my rescue. I can only hope they read this sincerest thank you.

No sidewalks for NASCAR

Now NASCAR wants more walkways over International Speedway Boulevard for its benefit and taxpayers will get the bill for the tune of $20 million.

How is building these walkways going to benefit the taxpayers?

No wonder Volusia County has the second highest taxes in the state with little or no return for the majority of us, while the good old boys line their pockets at our expense.

Thanks, Elks

Thanks a million to Port Orange Elks Lodge 2723 on Ridgewood Avenue for the hot Christmas dinner they gave to all the homebound people.

Dr. Harper don't go

I just found out my vet, Dr. Harper, in Port Orange has retired. He and his wife were so wonderful and informative. I do believe he saved my pug's life last year. He is too young to retire. We need you to come back to work. You care about the animals. Dr. Harper please come back.

In response to: Twinkle, Twinkle NSB Stars

All of the shows that were mentioned deserved to be mentioned. They put New Smyrna Beach in a positive light.

There has been some very awful talk about a reality show coming to New Smyrna based on the Jersey Shore type shows. I hope that show never airs. New Smyrna is a beautiful beach town, great family values, friendly people who are proud to call New Smyrna home.

The one thing that this charming town does not need is a bunch of fake people being filmed getting drunk, causing fights, and stripping off their clothes. You want to do a show on New Smyrna, then do it right. Don't trash this town.

Thanks, Creative Designs

In your Jan 3 issue, you had an article written by Tonya West, regarding the 25th anniversary of Creative Designs for Hair and Nails, and she got it right on. I have been going to this salon for several years and can vouch, they really do care about their clients.

Unfortunately this seems to be a rarity, rather than the norm, these days. When you walk into this salon, it doesn't matter what kind of day you are having, you always walk out with a smile on your face, have had a few laughs and, somehow, just feeling calmer and happier within. You don't feel like a client, it is more like an extended family member.

The paragraph containing the reference to the donation box for the Marine Corps League, further reaffirms their commitment to the community and extended family experience. For the past year, this salon has been a drop off location for day to day items for veterans being moved into housing that needed a helping hand to get started again. The employees and clients have helped numerous veterans in need.

When the holidays began to approach, they took it upon themselves to start collecting food for the veteran's emergency food pantry. Monetary contributions appeared to buy specific items needed for the holidays. The MCL had the pleasure of coordinating Christmas for veterans at several housing locations; however, this "family of strangers with caring hearts," along with other community organizations, made it all possible.

Thank you Hometown News for a great article and thank you Creative Designs for Hair and Nails and extended family for making many veterans feel better. Not just this holiday season, but for all the days you have been collecting items for veterans in need.

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