BEACON PHOTO/ANTHONY DeFEO Everything Zen — Jacky Lee, a Chinese artist and founder of the Oriental Zen Tea company, pours tea during a demonstration at DeLand Bakery and Natural Market Feb. 11.
Friday, February 12, 2016
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You might think sitting down with a warm cup of tea is just a way to get refreshed and relaxed at the end of a busy day, but to Jacky Lee, there’s artistry in every sip. Lee, a Chinese artist,... + continue reading

Shaken up — Owner Vince Nahoun stands outside Belly Busters, one of the businesses that has received a pre-litigation demand letter from Daytona Beach attorney Joe Quick concerning accessibility issues. Nahoun said the letter’s demands are onerous on small businesses like his eatery. He has tried to improve access by installing a handicapped-accessible side door, he said, but the business’ small footprint makes many improvements difficult. BEACON PHOTO/ANTHONY DeFEO
Friday, February 12, 2016
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On the heels of some 15 lawsuits filed against West Volusia businesses in the fall of 2015 over the Americans With Disabilities Act, more than a half-dozen more small businesses have reported being... + continue reading

BEACON PHOTO/KATE KOWSH Powerlifter Whitney Zittle practicing.
Friday, February 12, 2016
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One is a cop; the other works for DeLand utilities office Collectively, they could probably bench-press a person — and not a small one. City of DeLand employees Whitney “Junior” Zittle, 26, and... + continue reading

COURTESY STETSON UNIVERSITY
Friday, February 12, 2016
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Stetson University will host a Water/Climate Change Panel on Feb. 16, regarding the recent Paris Climate Change Accords (COP21).The public panel discussion will feature Stetson’s visiting Woodrow... + continue reading
Friday, February 12, 2016
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Saturday, Feb. 13 ‘Love Your Heart’ Valentine 5K/Walk7:30 a.m. leaving Deltona Middle School, 250 Enterprise Road. The race follows the River-to-Sea Trail, looping at Thornby Park, and returning... + continue reading

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Thursday, February 11, 2016
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The City of Deltona is looking for a total of five residents to fill vacancies on three of its advisory boards.The city has three openings on its Planning and Zoning board, one opening on its... + continue reading

A scene from West Indiana Avenue during the Taste of DeLand on Jan. 16. BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
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BURNING QUESTION Q: I was walking in Downtown DeLand Jan. 16, when I encountered a barrier on West Indiana Avenue, where the Taste of DeLand event was in progress. They said I would need a... + continue reading

BEACON PHOTO/ANTHONY DeFEO Everything Zen — Jacky Lee, a Chinese artist and founder of the Oriental Zen Tea company, pours tea during a demonstration at DeLand Bakery and Natural Market Feb. 11.

Shaken up — Owner Vince Nahoun stands outside Belly Busters, one of the businesses that has received a pre-litigation demand letter from Daytona Beach attorney Joe Quick concerning accessibility issues. Nahoun said the letter’s demands are onerous on small businesses like his eatery. He has tried to improve access by installing a handicapped-accessible side door, he said, but the business’ small footprint makes many improvements difficult. BEACON PHOTO/ANTHONY DeFEO

BEACON PHOTO/KATE KOWSH Powerlifter Whitney Zittle practicing.

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A scene from West Indiana Avenue during the Taste of DeLand on Jan. 16. BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN

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A new approach to the homeless problem - People whose life's work is meeting the needs of those less fortunate call for establishing the Volusia/Flagler Commission on Homelessness. The new panel is supposed to bring together people and resources for finding permanent housing for those wanting to change their lives. From left to right are Pam Woods, Volusia County Schools' homeless liaison; Ray Salazar, former president of United Way of Volusia/Flagler Counties; Randy Croy, former executive director of Haven Recovery Center; and Chet Bell, former executive director of Stewart-Marchman/Act Behavioral Healthcare. BEACON PHOTO/AL EVERSON
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Case management more important than shelter, organizers say Social-service leaders are organizing a new commission to combat the problem of homelessness, and to make certain those who want help to change their lives and find housing have the opportunity.The Volusia/Flagler Commission on Homelessness will strive to marshal resources to... + continue reading

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Despite some disagreement on including bluejeans as acceptable attire in Volusia County Schools’ proposed uniform policy, it was decided at the Volusia County School Board’s Feb. 9 meeting that the ubiquitous denim garments will be in the final version of the policy.The new garb rules will be advertised publicly for a month — to comply with... + continue reading

Crews from Florida Victorian Architectural Antiques work to remove roof and ceiling supports from what was once a church sanctuary. BEACON PHOTO/ANTHONY DeFEO
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Nearly a year after it was purchased by a hotel development group, the end is drawing close for one of DeLand’s oldest buildings.The Gould Building, at 308 N. Woodland Blvd., was purchased by Avista Hotels & Resorts in March 2015. The Orlando hotel developer will be replacing the 19th-century building, along with several adjacent structures,... + continue reading

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PHOTO COURTESY MONYA WINZER GILBERT In London — Monya Winzer Gilbert, some years back, is in London for the presentation of the Queen’s Award for Export to Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. She said “Neville Marriner’s very expensive photographer (worked miracles)” with this photo. “We needed publicity photos, so I was lucky,” she commented. Gilbert, having traveled the world for music, lives now in DeLand, and is involved with Dear Neighbor in that group’s opposition to private student housing proposed near the University Terrace neighborhood.
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Editor’s note: The DeLand City Commission will vote on the new student-housing proposal for North Amelia Avenue (referenced in this opinion piece) at its meeting Monday, Feb. 15. The meeting, which... + continue reading

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90-year-old gets new roof — This crew from Tecta America Southeast recently completed installing a new polyester-membrane roof on the 1923 Conrad Realty Co. building at 110-116 W. New York Ave. in DeLand. The workers are, from left, foreman Douglas Parker of Casselberry, Jorge Deleon of Deltona, Pablo Mendez of Orlando, John Guinan and Phillip Erwin, both of Deltona, and Chris Sheets of Orlando. BEACON PHOTO/BARB SHEPHERD
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Next step: installation of 187 solar panelsThe first major milestone has been reached in the installation of what could be Volusia County’s largest privately owned solar array.A crew from Tecta... + continue reading

Former hotel — Grand Villa of DeLand, an assisted-living and memory-care facility at 350 E. International Speedway Blvd. in DeLand, used to be a 148-room hotel. BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS
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Getting reborn — This former Windward Behavioral Center substance-abuse rehabilitation facility could be getting a new life as an assisted-living facility. BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS
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Roasting couple — Clay Cass and his wife and business partner, Michelle Cass, flank a menu board at their current shop inside DaVinci Design Studios. BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS
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The Volusia Teachers Organization and the Volusia County school district held their 10th negotiating session Feb. 1 at DeLand High School. The session was brief, and both sides accused each other of... + continue reading