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Area events focus on summer safety, drowning prevention
Historically summer is a time of happy-memory making. Activities, freedom from structure, travel and times spent with family. Those joys are carried into adulthood to be taken out of storage and looked at fondly now and then. But for far too many families, one summer can ruin all of the rest and stop memory making in its tracks. E...
Tourism council showered with good news
The Volusia Tourist Development Council got a big dose of good news July 8, hearing a slew of reports that showed business in most areas was up, sometimes considerably, over the same period last year. They also were treated to an overview of International Speedway Corp.'s multimillion project, One Daytona, which is already ha...
DeLand commission gives cottage neighborhoods its blessing
A housing concept that originated in 18th Century London could be coming to DeLand. The City Commission unanimously approved July 7 authorizing staff to prepare a Land Development Regulation amendment to allow Cottage Neighborhoods. Also called pocket neighborhoods, the community concept hearkens back to the days when neighbors we...
Clean and happy
Ted Boyd, left, and Scott Fisher, both of DeLand and volunteers from Frontier Communications, give a free wash to Ricky the Bassett Hound during the Neighborhood Center of West Volusia's "Pounds for Hounds" event in DeLand on Saturday, July 12....
Mad science
Mad Scientist Angela Trapp of DeLand shows what happens to powdered sugar exposed to fire during the FIZZ, BOOM, READ: Mad Science's 'The Science of the Circus' event at the Oak Hill Library on Thursday, July 10....
UC helps save the environment through water reclamation
Every day the New Smyrna Beach Utilities Commission Water Reclamation Facility processes 3.5 to 4 million gallons of sewage to turn it into usable water for irrigation of the city's golf courses, parks, new developments and resident's lawns. The entire process not only helps the environment, but ultima...
Works of art
Sarah and Laura Berkowitz of Port Orange work on their art projects about sea life during summer art camp at ArtHaus in Port Orange on Friday, July 11....
Swamp bunnies basking in vegetative paradise
The parks that bracket the western end of Ormond Beach's Granada Bridge are great settings for all kinds of leisure activities. At almost any time of day they're full of dog walkers, runners, people out for a stroll with their children, boaters getting ready to shove off from the boat ramp or families with fishing gear on their ...
Scale-model realism
Two model trains are about to pass each other on a train layout watched over by Jason Matiaf of Winter Haven, for the layout's creator, Jim Mercier of Auburndale on Saturday, July 12, at the 48th Florida Rail Fair and Model Train and Railroad Artifact Show at the Volusia County Fairgrounds. The shows are prese...
Free legal clinic can get to the heart of civil matters
As David Rodziewicz, an experienced attorney who volunteers for the monthly Free Legal Clinic in Ormond Beach, explained, "If you get arrested and are facing criminal charges, you get a lawyer, one is provided. "If you have your house foreclosed or your roof leaks and the contractor who is supposed to fix it doesn't, or you h...
Spin class
Artist Bill Colby creates pottery for guests at The Hub on Canal Street during Christmas in July in Canal Street Historic District in New Smyrna Beach on Saturday, July 5....
DeLand students are world champs at problem solving
The DeLand City Commission July 7 recognized a group of solution-oriented students. The Odyssey of the Mind DeLand Breakfast Rotary Team are world champions. Parents and other family members watched proudly as Commissioner Charles Paiva presented them with a certificate of recognition. "Odyssey of the Mind is an international educ...
A piece of history returns home to New Smyrna Beach
Everyone has heard the story of a family losing something, such as a family pet, only to be reunited years later by some miracle chance. Recently the New Smyrna Beach Fire Department encountered the same kind of experience. It all started when Fire Chief David McCallister received an email that read, "This needs to come home!....
Painter
Teacher Susan Nathan of DeLand helps Morgan Northey, 9, of DeBary with her checkerboard project on Thursday, July 10, during a summer art camp on making pottery and game boards at the Gateway Center for the Arts in DeBary....
Shores council OKs development plan for old hotel
The Daytona Beach Shores City Council gave initial approval July 8 to a 15-year development agreement that requires the owners of the dilapidated Treasure Island to bring the structure to a concrete shell, making the property less of a public safety hazard and eyesore. Treasure Island became vacant after substantial hurricane d...
Art of healing
Jeanne Hunter of Ormond Beach works on her personal art project during the "Art of Healing'' series at the Ormond Memorial Art Museum on Thursday, June 26. The free visual art program is open to those in medical situations, caregivers and family with no experience required....
Page turner
Coleman Renwick, 7, of Port Orange takes his read to the floor at the Port Orange Regional Library on Thursday, July 3. ...
Deltona appoints interim commissioner
Anthony T. Bellizio has replaced Fred Lowry Jr. on the Deltona City Commission. At a special meeting July 7, commissioners ranked the candidates, choosing Mr. Bellizio over four others to serve as interim commissioner. Commissioner Bellizio, 31, an information specialist for University of Central Florida Foundation who is working ...
Cool claws
Sam Igel, 6, Jackson Jones, 4, and Noah Furr, 8, watch a hermit crab peek from its shell held by camp counselor Julian Povilaitis, 15, during summer camp at the Marine Discovery Center on Friday July 27....

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