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Poverty, homelessness addressed at inaugural conference
The first annual 2014 Poverty and Homelessness Conference, with more than 260 participants, was Sept. 15 at Stetson University. The PHC, founded by Dr. Rajni Shankar-Brown, an associate professor of social justice education, is a collaboration of the university and Volusia County Schools, bringing together school administrators, t...
Orange City hospital celebrates 20 years
It may not seem like two decades have passed since southwest Volusia's first hospital opened, but on Sunday, Sept. 14, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial celebrated its 20-year anniversary in high style with a Founder's Day festival. There were 800 to 1,000 people in attendance throughout the three-hour afternoon event, according to D...
Daytona police chief wants more body cams
Ever since Ferguson, Mo., exploded onto the national consciousness, there's also been a growing demand to issue body-cams to police around the country -- sort of like personal cameras similar to ones on the dashboard in many patrol cars. The Daytona Beach Police Department already has 50 of the devices. And just last week the...
Agility cat
Lucky, a six-month-old Turkish Angora, competes in the timed agility course during the Cat Fancier's Cat Show at the Nova Community Center in Ormond Beach on Saturday, Sept. 20....
Museum adds second concert for Smithsonian finale
It might not be everyday the Museum of Art and Sciences schedules a program so popular it sells out almost right away and a second one has to be added to meet demand. But it is the second time the Daytona Beach museum has done just that -- with the same orchestra in the same month. The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra Conc...
Tennis Center manager leaves after 34 years
It's the end of an era for the city-owned Ormond Beach Tennis Center. Sept. 30 will be Gary Heatwole's last day as the owner, manager, tennis pro and all-around guy in charge of the beachside tennis complex tucked in between two of the city's historic buildings. Mr. Heatwole has been running the center since 1975 when the cit...
Ormond Beach police officers to participate in police unity tour
Ormond Beach Police Officer Amberly Michaelis, Sgts. Lisa Rosenthal and Jamie Gogarty, and Lt. Jesse Godfrey are training and raising awareness for the Police Unity Tour. They will join hundreds of other law enforcement officers from around the nation in May 2015 to participate in the tour, a three-day, 250-mile bicycle ride f...
City gives residents chance to keep unlicensed vehicles
The South Daytona City Council passed a new ordinance Sept. 8 regulating junked vehicles in residents' yards. The city already had the authority to tow vehicles in violation of city code. The ordinance, applicable to any unlicensed or inoperable motorized vehicle, including boats, cars and trailers, provides a...
Having a sick child is 'really scary'
Anthony and Johnna Costanza live in a quiet Port Orange neighborhood in a comfortable home. They have three lovely children, 17-year-old Shelby, 16-year-old Julia and 11-year-old Anthony. Mrs. Costanza is a kindergarten teacher at Spruce Creek Elementary School and Mr. Costanza is an assistant manager at Walgreens...
Combined effort replaces shelter roof
Two-dozen community leaders recently joined staff at the Domestic Abuse Council to celebrate a "Raise the Roof" campaign for the council's shelter. With a Community Development Block Grant from Volusia County, a private foundation donation, gifts from private individuals and in-kind donations from experts, the total roofing pro...
New U.S. citizens sworn in at Stetson
The Stetson University campus was busier than usual Monday, Sept. 15. In Lee Chapel at Elizabeth Hall, 102 individuals were sworn in as U.S. citizens. Ruth Dorochoff, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Tampa District Director, administered the Oath of Allegiance during the special naturalization ceremony, which was part of ...
Halifax Health-Hospice offers pet loss support
Who can't relate to "Rainbow Bridge?" The poem is so popular, it has its own website. "When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge," according to rainbowsbridge.com. "There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty...
Appalachian folk art
Felicia Benzo of Deltona, founder and executive director of C.A.T.A.L.Y.S.T. Global Youth Initiatives, which has operated a mentoring program in Volusia County for the past four years, studies an untitled wood carving by folk artist Hugo Sperger in the "O, Appalachia: Artists of the Southern Mountains" exhibit...
Votran opening maintenance facility in Orange City
In a move to reduce costs and increase operating efficiencies, Votran, Volusia County's public transit system, will open a bus maintenance facility in Orange City. The County Council conducted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 19. The five-acre, environmentally friendly facility at 924 E. Rhode Island Ave. includes offices, sh...
Area attorney to take oath as circuit judge
State Rep. Charles David Hood Jr. will take his judicial oath of office on Sept. 26, becoming the newest judge of the Seventh Judicial Circuit. His investiture will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at the Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center, 399 N. U.S. 1 in Ormond Beach. This is a judicial proceeding and the circuit judges will be sitting en ba...
Civic leader joins Rotary Club
Bill Chegwin joined the Rotary Club of New Smyrna Beach at a special induction ceremony at a luncheon Sept. 11 at the Smyrna Yacht Club. Mr. Chegwin, a son of Presbyterian missionaries, grew up in Souderton, Penn. His parents influenced his career choice to enter the ministry, concluding his studies with a doctorate from Princ...

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