New city clerk begins jobs
Scott McKee began his position as City Clerk of Ormond Beach on Sept. 4.
Mr. McKee has worked in the City Attorney's office since April 2009 as a paralegal. In May 2010, he was admitted to the Florida Bar. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Barry University Andreas School of Law in Orlando and also has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Florida Southern College.
Prior to his employment with the City of Ormond Beach, Mr. McKee was employed by the City of Deltona as Economic Development and Grant Coordinator.
He has lived in the Ormond Beach area since 2004 with his wife Leslie and son Jeremy.
Stetson University to offer political campaign training
Stetson University will host its third annual "Politics 101" conference, a free, one-day crash course on the nuts and bolts of political campaigning from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, in the Stetson Room of the Carlton Union Building.
Politics 101 will feature workshops led by campaign operatives, political scholars and community leaders of varied political stripes. Workshop leaders will, among other things, show participants how to build grassroots campaign organizations, create winning campaign strategies, analyze data to make informed decisions, use social media, and fundraise. In addition, area political organizations and campaigns will be present during a networking fair to provide information about their candidates or causes, and to recruit interns and volunteers.
Registration for Politics 101 is open to everyone, and attendance is free. The conference is non-partisan.
For more information about Politics 101 or to register, visit www.stetson.edu/politics101.
Family photography session slated
The Southeast Museum of Photography will hold a children's program from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, 1200 W. Int'l. Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach.
Enjoy an afternoon of free parent-child art and photography sessions for children aged 6-12. Museum staff will lead a variety of activities that will explore new ways of seeing and creating. As an added bonus, get a sneak-peek of the upcoming children's workshop series.
Due to limited space in all education programs, all children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and pre-registration is required.
For additional information, call (386) 506-4569.
Jewish war veterans to meet
The Volusia/Flagler Counties Jewish War Veterans Post No. 300 will host its first regular breakfast meeting of the season at 9:30 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 9, at the Aberdeen Club House, 55 Allwood Green Blvd., Ormond Beach.
A traditional New York-style breakfast including orange juice, lox, bagels, assorted cream cheeses, herring, sweets, buns, coffee and tea will be served starting at 9 a.m.
All U.S. Jewish veterans and Jewish veterans of military are invited to attend. Spouses and other guests are encouraged to attend. There is no-cost for the breakfast to new members and guests.
Former U.S. Army noncommissioned officer Sal Rutigliano, the Flagler County Veterans Service Officer will discuss local veterans benefits and issues to the members and their guests.
For more information, call (386) 446-0678.
Meeting with the Ormond Beach manager set
The next meeting with the Ormond Beach city manager Joyce Shanahan will be from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, in the Training Room at City Hall, 22 S. Beach St.
Everyone is invited to attend these informal sessions to express their ideas, comments, and suggestions.
Film director to present acclaimed documentary Sept. 10
"America The Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments," a documentary that examines the cause of the country's obsession with dieting, will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, at the Willie Miller Instructional Center Auditorium, Building 11, Room 104 at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Filmmaker, Daryl Roberts will conduct a question and answer session following the screening. The film is a sequel to his highly acclaimed "America The Beautiful", which was released in 2007.
Admission and parking are free.
Women in construction to meet
The East Central Florida Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction will meet on Monday, Sept. 10, Vince Carter's Restaurant
LPGA Boulevard in Daytona Beach.
Tariq Johnson, peak performance strategist from Anthony Robbins Research International, will be the speaker.
This seminar is offered to demonstrate the impact Mr. Johnson may have on a sales and management team's mindset, focus and productivity.
Anthony Robbins is covering all the expenses related to this seminar.
This interactive and empowering 60-minute session is designed to provide you and your team with strategies they can use immediately to measurably enhance their professional and personal lives.
Reservations are required. Cost is $5 meeting fee, dinner will be at 6 p.m. and ordered off menu. Program immediately follows dinner. For reservations, call (386) 255-7336.
Diabetic screening planned
The Ormond by the Sea Lions Club will be offering a free diabetic screening from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 10, at the Riverview United Methodist Church Hall, 2253 John Anderson Drive, Ormond by the Sea.
The honored guest will be Lions immediate past international president Dr. Wing-Kun Tam of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, from the People's Republic of China.
For more information, call (386) 441-4421.
Council on Aging to hold caregiver support groups
The Council on Aging of Volusia County will host a dementia caregiver support groups at 9:15 a.m. Monday, Sept. 10, at United Presbyterian Church, 730 Beville Road, Daytona Beach.
For more information, call (386) 253-4700, ext. 204.
Alzheimer's caregiver workshop planned
An Alzheimer's CARE Training Workshop will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Riviera Senior Living Community, 1825 Ridgewood Ave., Holly Hill.
The workshop, which is open to the public, will teach caregivers and other family members how to:
.Care for themselves while caring for their loved one
For more information, or to make a reservation, call (386) 255-0645.
Library programs will educate and entertain
The Ormond Beach Regional Library will host E-reader workshops on Tuesday, Sept. 12.
Participants should bring their e-reader and learn how to download free library books. Sessions will focus on Nooks from 1 to 2 p.m.; Kindles from 2 to 3 p.m.; and Androids and iPads from 3 to 4 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring their devices. Free WiFi is available throughout the library.
The library is open seven days a week at 30 S. Beach St.
Walking with the manager scheduled
Walking with the Ormond Beach manager will be from 8 to 9 a.m., Friday, Sept. 14, at the Casements, 25 Riverside Drive.
Participants should meet at the front door of The Casements facing Rockefeller Gardens. The entire walk will be about two miles.
The city manager's "guest walker" will be Kelly McGuire, finance director. Citizens are invited to join the walk, ask questions, and share their comments and suggestions.
Purple Parade planned
The Domestic Abuse Council will host its first ever Purple Parade at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15.
The purpose of the parade is to raise awareness and critical funds for prevention of bullying and domestic violence.
The parade is actually a walk and will take place on the sidewalk starting at Riverfront Park on Beach Street in Daytona Beach across the street from the Harley-Davidson Museum. The entire walk is a 2-mile loop. Participants are encouraged to wear purple for a chance to win a Purple Passion Award.
Entry fees for the Purple Parade are $5 per person or $25 for groups of up to 10 people.
Pre-registration and entry fees can be paid online at www.domesticabusecouncil.com. Participants can also register by calling (386) 257-2297, Ext. 27.
Genealogical society to meet
The Halifax Genealogical Society will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, in the Ormond Beach Library Auditorium, 30 S. Beach St.
The speaker will be genealogist Pamela J. Cooper. The program will be "Pathfinders, Guides, Finding Aids & Catalogues ~ Strategies For Genealogy Success."
The monthly genealogical class follows the general meeting. September's topic addresses an area dear to the heart of all genealogists: " How Does Your Garden Grow? ~ Introducing the Young Child to Genealogy." Visitors are welcome.
For more information, call (386) 672-3806.
Genealogical society to meet
The September meeting of the Volusia County Genealogical Society will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at City Island Library, Daytona Beach.
The public is invited to attend.
National Day of Remembrance planned
The Victims' Services Coalition of the Seventh Circuit will conduct a National Day of Remembrance ceremony at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Sunrise Park, 1135 Riverside Drive, Holly Hill.
The National Day of Remembrance for murder, D.U.I, suicide victims is recognized each year, as affirmation that the victims and those left behind have not been forgotten.
To have a name added to the service, call (386) 238-4990 by Monday, Sept. 10.
Annual 'Puttin' on the Ritz' event set for Sept. 15
"Champions for Children" is the theme for the 28th annual 'Puttin' on the Ritz' fundraiser Sept. 15 at the Plaza Resort & Spa, 600 N. Atlantic Ave. in Daytona Beach.
The black tie gala, which benefits the North Coastal Division of the Children's Home Society of Florida, features a champagne reception, dinner and dessert bar; as well as silent and live auctions, live music from DJ Tremble of Black Crow Media, and achievement awards.
This year's awards are Child Advocate of the Year, Ronald Pagano, principal of Taylor Middle-High School in Pierson; Lifetime Achievement, Barbara Wolfson, director of Very Special Arts of Florida/Volusia County; and Corporate Partner of the Year, the Port Orange law firm of Rue & Ziffra P.A.
Last year, the Children's Home Society provided services to more than 198,710 children and families across the state, more than 1,900 were in the North Coastal Division, according to Shirley Jeter, the division's development director.
Tickets, at $100 each, can be purchased online at www.chsfl.org/NorthCoastalRitz or by contacting Ms. Jeter at hirley.Jeter@chsfl.org or (386) 304-7600, Ext. 227.
DAR to meet
Captain James Ormond Chapter - Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 24. at the Anderson-Price Memorial Building, 42 N. Beach St., Ormond Beach, FL 32174.
At the meeting on Sept. 24, the United States Constitution will be honored and celebrated with the presentation of a "Bill of Rights" video and a covered dish luncheon provided by the membership. Prospective members are encouraged to attend.
For more information about DAR visit www.dar.org or call (202) 628-1776. For information about monthly meetings and activities, call (386) 671-6001.
The Mainland High School Class of 1962 is having its 50th reunion. Oct. 12-13.
Friday night activities are at the roof of Joe's Crab Shack and all graduates from 1960 thru 1966 are invited.
Saturday night is a dinner and dance at the Halifax River Yacht Club.
More information can be found at www.Mainland1962.com including a class roster.
For more information, call (386) 239-8728.
Council on Aging to add services
The Council on Aging of Volusia County is adding housekeeping and handyman to its list of services.
Because the council is a designated Lead Agency by the state, all contractors with the council's Housekeeping and Handyman Services must pass Florida Department of Law Enforcement and FBI background checks.
For more information, call (386) 423-5316.
FPL energizes STEM education in schools
Florida Power & Light Company is supporting STEM (science, technology, energy and mathematics) education in Florida schools for the 2012 - 2013 academic year.
FPL's commitment to STEM education has led the company to develop tools and programs to help schools provide STEM education to students.
Here is a brief overview of the various programs:
.New traveling school assembly program "Men in Black, The Kilowatt Connection," offered to schools at no charge
.Adopt-a-classroom matching donation
.Teacher grant programs
This is the fourth year FPL has supported the Energy Teacher Grant Program, which has now awarded more than $122,000 for 120 teacher projects across FPL's 35-county service territory. The awards come from the NextEra Energy Foundation, which is funded by shareholders of FPL's parent company, NextEra Energy, Inc.
To schedule a performance of the traveling assembly program, call (800) 858-3999, Ext. 1. To learn about the matching donations, visit www.adoptaclassroom.org. For more information, visit www.FPL.com.
Audubon Society to meet
The Halifax River Audubon Society will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at Sica Hall, 1065 Daytona Ave, Holly Hill.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Speaker begins at 7 p.m. Sandy Walters, author and environmental activist, will talk about "The Story of Thornby," how ordinary citizens preserved the historic Thornby property in Enterprise.
Guest and visitors are welcome. This event is free.
For more information, call (386) 673-5332.
The Seabreeze High School Class of 1962 will host its 50th reunion Friday, Sept. 21, to Sunday, Sept. 23, at The Shores Resort & Spa, 2637 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach Shores, FL 32118. Cost (exclusive of alcoholic beverages) is $65 per individual for a reception Friday night and dinner Saturday night.
Reservations and checks payable to SHS '62 Reunion should be mailed to Ann Dibble Smith, 489 Pinewood St., Ormond Beach, FL 32176. Room reservations should be made directly with The Shores & Spa, (866) 934-7467. To get the negotiated rates, guests should mention the reunion.
To receive more information and a registration form, contact Ann Dibble Smith at email@example.com or by phone at (386) 235-3957.
Hadassah, the women's Zionist Organization of America to meet
The Daytona Beach Chapter of Hadassah, the women's Zionist Organization of America, will have a general meeting at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at Vince Carter's Restaurant, 2150 LPGA Blvd. Daytona Beach,
The program will be "Let Us Entertain You," with the Follies from the Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center.
Cost is $12 and includes lunch.
Everyone is invited.
Reservation deadline is Monday, Sept. 17.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the Arbor Day Foundation in September and receive 10 free live oak trees for planting in Florida
Everyone from Florida who joins the Arbor Day Foundation in September will receive 10 free live oak trees as part of the Foundation's Trees for America program.
Through Trees for America, everyone is encouraged to plant trees for the benefit of the environment and quality-of-life.
The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting between Oct. 15 and Dec. 10. The six- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge. Planting instructions are enclosed with each shipment of trees.
New members of the Arbor Day Foundation will also receive The Tree Book, which includes information about tree planting and care.
To receive 10 free live oak trees, send a $10 membership contribution to Ten Live Oaks, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410, by Sept, 29, or join online at arborday.org/september.
Newcomer's Club formed
The Daytona Newcomer's Club is a nonprofit club for women who want to meet other ladies new or old to the area.
Enjoy lunch and games like Bridge, Pinochle, Canasta, Hand & Foot or Domino's.
The club meets the first and third Tuesday of each month from October
to May at the Palmetto Club on Beach Street.
The first luncheon is from 11:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 2.
For more information, call (386) 274-5397 or (386) 492-4607.
ECHO Ranger program explores Ormond Beach
Volusia County's ECHO Ranger program is gearing up for another season of adventures.
The word ECHO stands for Ecological, Cultural, Heritage and Outdoor opportunities. Girls and boys who sign up to become ECHO Rangers are able to visit scheduled program sites throughout Volusia County to learn about community resources. ECHO Ranger sites include local parks, museums, and historical sites.
The program is designed for schoolchildren, homeschoolers, Boy and Girl Scouts, religious groups and others in grades 1 to 5.
The cost is $20 per child per season. Entry fees to all sites for the ECHO Ranger candidate and one adult are included in the $20 fee. The program is coordinated by Volusia County and the staff of DeBary Hall.
Signups began in June and activities are offered from September 2012 to May 2013.
The Ormond Beach program will offer three sites on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, and March 23, 2013.
Activities begin in the morning and continue through the early afternoon. Included are The Casements, former home of John D. Rockefeller, the Ormond Memorial Art Museum and Gardens and the Anderson-Price Memorial Building, home to the Ormond Beach Historical Society.
For more information, call (386) 677-7005. or go to the ECHO Ranger website, www.debaryhall/ranger, or www.ormondhistory.org.