110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Health insurance navigators offer assistance at public libraries
The next open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace runs from Nov. 15 to Feb. 15, but individuals can enroll now if they have experienced certain changes in status, including:
●Had a baby or adopted a child
●Had a change in immigration status
●Were released from incarceration
●Moved to Florida or a different county in the state
●Received an exemption status from the marketplace but now have a qualifying income
●Lost their health insurance coverage because they left or lost a job, got divorced, turned 26 and lost coverage on a parent’s plan, aged out of foster care, graduated from college and lost student-based coverage, or lost eligibility for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program
Certified navigators will help residents determine if they qualify and help them enroll at six Volusia County public libraries.
●Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave.: 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 7, 14, 21 and 28
●DeLand Regional Library, 130 E. Howry Ave.: 5-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4; and 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Aug. 20
●Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave.: English programs 9:30-1 a.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 4, 11, 18 and 25; bilingual programs 10 a.m.-1 p.m. July 26 and Aug. 16, and 1-3 p.m. Aug. 6
●New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway: 3:30-6 p.m. Mondays, Aug. 4, 11, 18 and 25
●Ormond Beach Regional Library, 30 S. Beach St.: 3:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 5, 12 and 19; and 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26
●Port Orange Regional Library, 1005 City Center Circle: 3:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 14, 21 and 28
Reservations are not required. For more information, call the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida at 866-295-5955.
The Affordable Care Act was signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. It created the Health Insurance Marketplace, a resource where individuals, families and small businesses can compare, choose and enroll in health insurance plans. Employees from the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida have been trained to explain the process to local residents and help them enroll.
Halifax BPW to host a presentation by League of Women Voters Aug. 12.
Halifax Business and Professional Women’s Club (BPW/Halifax) will host its monthly business meeting Tuesday, Aug. 12, at Malcolm’s Restaurant at 1000 LPGA, Daytona Beach.
Following networking from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., representatives from the League of Women Voters of Volusia County will make a presentation about the upcoming Aug. 26 Primary Election and provide a non-biased view of the amendments and other issues on the ballot that will impact the businesses and residents of Volusia County.
Port Orange library shows free movies
Beat the high price of movies at the Port Orange Regional Library, which shows a free Hollywood blockbuster every week.
Upcoming movies include:
●Call for title: 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4. A journalist picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent. Judi Dench received a best actress nomination. Rated PG-13, 98
●Call for title: 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10. This documentary takes a look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit's illegal high-wire routine between the World Trade Center's twin towers in 1974. The film won the 2009 Academy Award for best documentary feature. Rated PG-13, 94
●Call for title: 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11. An aging, booze-addled father travels from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son to claim a million-dollar sweepstakes prize. Bruce Dern received a best actor nomination. Rated R, 115 minutes.
●“Non-stop”: 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18. Liam Neeson stars in this action thriller as an air marshal confronted with a hostile person who plans to kill every passenger on a flight if he doesn’t receive a hefty ransom. Rated PG-13, 106 minutes.
●“Heaven is for Real”: 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25. When their young son (Connor Corum) enters the hospital with a life-threatening illness, devastated parents (Greg Kinnear and Kelly Reilly) are uncertain whether he will make it out of the operating room alive. But he survives with an incredible story that seems to confirm the existence of heaven. Rated PG, 100 minutes.
Because of the agreement that allows the library to show movies for free, some titles can't be published, but library staff can release them over the phone. Please call the library at 386-322-5152, option 4, for titles.
The movies are funded by the Friends of the Port Orange Library. Learn more about the group at www.portorangefol.org.
The library is open seven days a week at 1005 City Center Circle, Port Orange.
Local History Research and Writing Group Workshops offered July 31 and Sept. 23
West Volusia Historical Society will offer free local history workshops on “Recording West Volusia Memories”
Oral history techniques and basic library research will be featured in two free local history workshops, “Recording West Volusia Memories,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 31, and Tuesday, Sept. 23, in the Conrad Educational and Research Center at 137 W. Michigan Ave. in DeLand.
The workshops, presented by the West Volusia Historical Society’s Local History Research and Writing Group, are open to the public. Space is limited, and reservations are required. Materials will be provided.
Workshop leaders will be Conrad Center librarian/archivist Louise Caccamise and WVHS Vice President Mary Lou Peffer, a retired educator. Caccamise is a retired librarian and author of several books on the history of West Volusia. Peffer will introduce her new reference publication Guide To Creating An Oral History.
"The WVHS supports all types of research focused on the early development of DeLand and West Volusia County. The professionally cataloged and classified library in the Conrad Center is a major resource for genealogists, writers and students. Through these workshops, we hope to expand our oral history program and make the library more accessible,” said Peffer.
To reserve a workshop seat or to obtain additional information, call the WVHS Office noon-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday at 386-740-6813, or e-mail to email@example.com.
Change of location for Candidate Night today, July 24
The venue for the Enterprise Candidate Night, to be held 6-8:30 p.m. today, Thursday, July 24, has been moved indoors because of the possibility of inclement weather.
The new meeting place is at All Saint's Episcopal Church, 155 Clark S. in Enterprise.
Monday, July 21, 2014
DeLand Library bookstore offers teacher discount
The Friends of the DeLand Library bookstore will offer teacher discounts through Oct. 1.
When teachers show their school ID, they can buy one young children’s book and get one free. They also will receive 25-percent off juvenile and young adult books, and can pay $5 a bag for books published before 2000.
The bookstore is part of the DeLand Regional Library complex at 130 E. Howry Ave. It’s open 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Friday, July 18, 2014
Calling All Kid Chefs: 2014 Student Chef Cook-Off Kicks Off
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services searching for inaugural class of student-chef ambassadors
Are you a student going into 4th through 12th grade? Do you like to cook? Then this is the contest for you!
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is searching for student chef ambassadors to promote “Fresh From Florida” recipes and products.
Entry requirements include:
·You must be a Florida student going into 4th-12th grade.
·You must create an original recipe and submit with a photo.
·The recipe must contain one fresh fruit or fresh vegetable.
·The recipe must have clear directions, provide four snack-size servings and be prepared in 45 minutes or less.
·Your recipe must promote good nutrition and healthy eating habits.
Students in five regions will submit recipes that will be judged on nutrition, presentation/appeal, and originality. Three qualifying round winners will be chosen per grade category, for a total of 45 finalist entries statewide. The grade categories are 4th-5th grade, 6th-8th grade and 9th-12th grade. These qualifying round winners will be invited to cook their recipe for a panel of judges at Publix Aprons Cooking Schools in their region.
Finalist rounds will be held at:
·Sept. 27: Tampa- Central/West
·Oct. 11: Tallahassee- Northwest
·Oct. 25: Jacksonville- Northeast
·Nov. 1: Miami- South
·Nov. 15: Orlando- Central
Each regional cook-off will have three winners from each grade category. Third-place winners will receive a $50 gift certificate; second-place winners a $75 gift certificate and first-place winners a $100 gift certificate. All winners will also receive a certificate for a free Publix Aprons Cooking School class and an additional $50 gift certificate to cover travel and ingredient expenses. The high school first-place winner will be designated each region’s student chef ambassador.
Deadline to enter is Sept. 15. For more rules and to submit your entry, go to www.FreshFromFlorida.com/Cookoff.
Republican Club hosts Meet the Candidates July 19
The Republican Club of West Volusia invites the public to a Candidate Meet and Greet beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 19, at Fan Central Station, 614 S. Alabama Ave. in DeLand. Candidates will have about three minutes apiece to introduce themselves to the crowd.
Candidates who said they would appear are:
From the judicial races - Thomas G. Portuallo, Kelly Killebrew, Karen Foxman, Adam Warren, Angela Dempsey, Kelly Weston and Steven Sands
DeLand mayoral race - Pat Johnson and Robert Apgar.
Deltona mayoral race - Zenaida Denziac.r
County council races - Pat Patterson and Ronnie Mills, District 1; Rich Gailey, District 5;
Deb Denys, District 3; Webster Barnaby, at Large.
School Board race - John Hill, District 1.
Florida House race - David Santiago, District 27.
On the state and national scene - Representatives from the Scott and DeSantis campaigns may appear.
For more information, call 386-801-5787.
4-H sponsors summer camps in August
Volusia County 4-H will sponsor career and art camps to help keep kids active and involved while they wait for school to start.
The career camp will be offered 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, Aug. 4-8. Teens ages 13-18 will design business cards, write resumes, practice interview skills, and learn about stress and money management. Registration is requested by July 25. The $25 fee is payable at the door.
The art camp will be offered 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Aug. 11-13. Youth ages 8-18 will work with charcoal, pastels and music. Registration is requested by Aug. 4. The $10 fee is payable at the door. This program is limited to 15 participants.
Both camps will be held at the Volusia County Agricultural Center, 3100 E. New York Ave., DeLand.
Participants do not have to be 4-H members. Materials will be provided. Campers should bring a lunch.
Applications are available online at www.volusia.org/4-H. For more information, call the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension at 386-822-5778.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Call for volunteers for month-long community service
Total Realty Corp needs volunteers for various community service projects, food distributions, visit senior care facilities, yard work and other various projects throughout the Volusia County area during the entire month of August.
In celebration of their 10th Anniversary, Total Realty Corp is celebrating with a month of service and showing “Care” that gives back to the community, benefitting individual homeowners, schools and nonprofit organizations.
“We feel that through our month long of caring events, we can make our community a better place to live, work and play for generations to come.” states Cynthia DeLuca, president of Total Realty. In fact, the company, staff and Realtors® feel so strongly about it that it’s a part of their company mission statement.
“We would love to have the members of the community join in showing their care for our area. There are so many great local projects that we have on the schedule, and having the community engage in those will only multiply our efforts.” Cynthia goes on to say. “Ten years is a big deal to us, and we felt it was important to give back to the community that has supported us. We didn’t want to throw a big party to celebrate, and at the end of the day ask ourselves 'what have we accomplished?' We want to make a difference.”
Making a difference is exactly what they plan on doing. Total Realty’s CareFest activities include service days such as hosting an ice-cream party for the Boys and Girls Club; gathering items for children under the attention of the Childhood Cancer Foundation; planting new plants at Visitation House; clean up a local road from trash; collect boxes with donations for the Volusia County Homeless Coalition; hosting a Blood Drive; and even writing letters of support for our Soldiers through Operation Gratitude.
To see a full schedule of all the Total Realty CareFest activities, visit www.TotalRealtyCorp.com and click on the “About Us” button to find the “Community Involvement” page to view the calendar.
Individuals, neighborhood groups, churches, school clubs, teams and businesses are invited to participate in a variety of one-day projects. To volunteer, contact Amber Morgan at 386-738-5500 or TotalCareFest@TotalRealtyCorp.com. To follow along in the CareFest monthly activities, search the hashtag #TotalCareFest.
In the past 10 years of existence, Total Realty Corp and its staff and Realtors® have together donated more than $50,000 to local nonprofit organizations and groups. Cynthia DeLuca states, “At Total Realty, we truly are a caring team, and I love being a part of it.”
Wine-tasting at Mia Dona’s Market to benefit PACE Center for Girls Volusia/Flagler
PACE Center for Girls Volusia/Flagler will host a wine tasting at Mia Dona’s Market, 203 S. Yonge St. in Ormond Beach, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 31. The $20 admission to the fundraiser includes light appetizers and tastings from five wines.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the PACE Center for Girls in Volusia/Flagler, a nonprofit school located in Ormond Beach targeting the unique needs of females ages 11-18, who are identified as dependent, truant, runaway, delinquent or in need of academic skills.
Tickets are available in advance by visiting https://squareup.com/market/mia-dona-market/pace-center-for-girls-wine-tasting-fundraiser or at the door.
For additional information, call Lori Richards at 386-944-111 Ext. 1116 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pinecastle Bombing Range announces live bombing July 22-24
The Jacksonville Naval Air Station reports that Navy training schedules show that live bombing will take place at the Pinecastle Range Complex located in the Ocala National Forest the following day and time:
8 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, July 22
8:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 23
1-8 p.m. Thursday, July 24
The telephone number for noise complaints is 1-800-874-5059, Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility, Jacksonville, Fla. For additional information, call 904-542-5588.
Rail-to-trail bike tour starts Aug. 1; send-off celebration set for 8 a.m. in DeBary
Four Central Florida cyclists will demonstrate the practical link between SunRail and Florida trails during a Rail-to-Trail Tour Aug. 1-8.
Carol and Mighk Wilson, Laura Hallam and Robert Seidler will load their bicycles onto SunRail passenger cars at various stations on Friday, Aug. 1. They’ll arrive at the DeBary station at 8 a.m., where tour sponsors and trail enthusiasts are planning a send-off celebration.
Over the following week, the cyclists will complete the St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop, a 260-mile trail system that spans five counties and showcases Florida’s natural beauty. They’ll spend the night in Titusville Aug. 1, New Smyrna Beach Aug. 2, Flagler Beach Aug. 3, St.
Augustine Aug. 4 and 5, Crescent City Aug. 6, and DeLand Aug. 7 before riding SunRail back to Orlando.
The St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop is a work in progress, said Herb Hiller, a consultant for the East Coast Greenway Alliance, which is planning the demonstration bike tour.
“Although 20 percent of its 260 miles are paved and off-road, the remainder of the loop is variously under construction, otherwise funded for building, or on a state priority list for planning and design,” noted the veteran cyclist, who is hoping for completion in 2020.
In 2008, Volusia, Flagler, St. Johns, Putnam and Brevard counties signed a memorandum of understanding agreeing to work toward joining numerous trail segments into the St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop, which one day will stretch from St. Augustine to Titusville, making it the longest multi-use trail loop in the Southeast. Volusia County’s Spring-to-Spring and East Central Regional Rail trails are parts of the loop.
Bike tour sponsors are Bike Florida, DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce, East-Central Florida Regional Planning Council, East Coast Greenway Alliance, Florida Bicycle Association, Florida Hospital System, MetroPlan Orlando, Orange Cycle, River-to-Sea Transportation Planning Organization, and West Volusia Tourism Advertising Authority, and Visit Florida.
For more information about the bike tour and the St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop, email Hiller at email@example.com.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
DeSantis amendments to hold IRS accountable pass House
Today, July 16, the U.S. House of Representatives passed two amendments offered by Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) to the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2015. Both amendments aim to curb the flagrant abuse of power and taxpayer money by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
One DeSantis amendment, which passed 264-157, will ban spending taxpayer dollars on IRS conferences. The other DeSantis amendment, which passed 351-71, will prohibit the IRS from using correspondence systems that are not susceptible to meaningful oversight.
"The systematic abuse of taxpayer money and the attempts to evade congressional oversight at the IRS are an outrage,” DeSantis said. “As an agency that has been used as a powerful and destructive tool against taxpayers, it is necessary that the IRS is fully transparent to both Congress and the American people. At a time in which active duty military personnel are receiving pink slips, we cannot allow the IRS to spend lavishly on conferences. And we cannot accept any further obfuscation or evasion from this powerful agency."
For more updates on Rep. DeSantis, follow @RepDeSantis on Twitter, like Rep. DeSantis on Facebook, or visit http://www.desantis.house.gov.
WESH TV’s Claire Metz named Volusia/Flagler FPRA Great Communicator
From hurricanes to wildfires, and from human-interest stories to community news, WESH 2 News (NBC) reporter and bureau chief Claire Metz has covered the most memorable and important news in Central Florida for more than 30 years.
Join us Aug. 26 at 11:30 a.m. as this veteran journalist is honored as Volusia/Flagler Public Relations Association’s (FPRA) 2014 Great Communicator for her excellence in journalism and contributions to the communications field. The 15th Annual Great Communicator luncheon will be held at LPGA International, 1000 Champions Drive, Daytona Beach. The Great Communicator Award is the highest honor bestowed by the FPRA Volusia/Flagler Chapter and honors lifetime achievements in effective communication.
The public is invited to attend the Aug. 26 event, which is sponsored by FPRA, Florida Health Care Plans and LPGA International.
Stefany Strong, FPRA Volusia/Flagler Chapter president, said Metz has demonstrated effective communication skills that are the hallmark of a true professional. “She has the ability to engage people, build relationships, listen and make a complicated subject understandable,” Strong said. “We are pleased to present her with this prestigious award.”
Metz was born in Chicago and graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans with a degree in communications. She has earned numerous awards during her career, including an Emmy® award for her coverage of a family who survived in rough seas on Christmas Eve and numerous Florida Press Club awards.
The event will include a cooking demonstration by LPGA’s International Chef and the opportunity to mingle with distinguished past Great Communicators. Guests also are invited to participate in FPRA Volusia/Flagler’s book drive by donating a new children’s book during the luncheon. The books will benefit children in the care of Speediatrics at Halifax Health in Daytona Beach.
The registration fee, which includes lunch, is $18 for students, $20 for FPRA members, and $25 for non-members. Deadline for registration is Aug. 25, however this event tends to fill up quickly and early registrations are encouraged. RSVP and pay online at www.frpravf.org.
DCF launches ‘There’s a Special Need for Your Heart’ Campaign
Campaign encourages more families to foster and adopt children with special needs
The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), Community-Based Care (CBC) lead agencies and community partnersJuly 16 launched “There’s a Special Need for Your Heart” campaign that aims to raise awareness among Florida families about opportunities to foster and adopt children with physical, emotional and mental disabilities.
“Making the decision to welcome a child into your home is life changing and can sometimes be an intimidating process, especially when caring for a child with special needs,” Interim Secretary Mike Carroll said. “But it can also be immensely rewarding and we want to support foster and adoptive parents in their journey to becoming parents, and equip them with the
resources they need to care for these extraordinary children.”
More than 800 Florida foster children who have been diagnosed with a disability are in need of a loving family to help them grow and thrive. Traditionally, these children have been more challenging to place in foster or adoptive homes, but the campaign aims to demystify the process and highlight the joy and love these children can bring to a family.
“Florida’s child welfare community is steadfast in our commitment to find children in our care safe, permanent homes. Our goal with this campaign is to increase the number of families and individuals who are prepared to take on children who have been diagnosed with behavioral, emotional and medical special needs,” Kurt Kelly, CEO and President of the Florida Coalition for Children said. “Children with special needs need special people in their
lives who can care for them. For parents and families who have considered foster care or adoption, we want them to know that we’re with them every step of the way, providing resources and support to help both the family and child grow and thrive.”
DCF and its CBC lead agencies, along with more than 15 campaign partners, are working collaboratively to increase the number of foster and adoptive parents for special needs children. The campaign provides a resource guide for parents and guardians of children with special needs, which includes answers to frequently asked questions, where to go for medical support, who to call for educational assistance, and connections to resources such as training and support groups.
“When a family fosters or adopts a child with special needs, the life of the child isn’t the only thing changed – the family who fosters or adopts also has life-changing experiences,” Brian Bostick, Executive Director for Eckerd Community Alternatives Pinellas/Pasco said. “All of us at Eckerd have seen first-hand many families who have experienced incredible happiness, purpose and joy after welcoming a child with special needs into their home.”
The campaign launched during a press conference at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium where Winter the dolphin was fostered after losing her tail. Winter’s story, as told through the movie “Dolphin Tale,” is one of hope and inspiration that exemplifies what is possible with the support of family.
For more information about the campaign or to find out how to get started on path to caring for a special needs child, visit www.MyFLFamilies.com/SpecialHeart. Two PSAs and additional resources for media are available.
Volusia/Flagler UCF Alumni Club hosts panel discussion July 30
The University of Central Florida and the Volusia/Flagler UCF Alumni Club will host a special panel discussion with some of the university’s most distinguished leaders at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 30.
“Alumni, as well as interested guests, are invited to find out about the many developments and plans with the nation’s second-largest university, both locally and throughout UCF campuses and athletics,” according to Damien Richards, chair of the Volusia/Flagler UCF Alumni Club.
Attendees will have the opportunity to network with and ask questions of the following panelists:
•Linda Bradley-Thacker, assistant vice president of academic affairs and campus director for UCF Daytona Beach
•Jeff Jones, vice provost and faculty administrator, UCF Regional Campuses
•Tom Messina, associate vice president, UCF Alumni Relations
•Zack Lassiter, senior associate athletic director, UCF External Operations
“The UCF Alumni Association’s chapter and club program is making great strides in engaging alumni with the university and each other through social and professional activities,” Tom Messina says. “The recently revitalized Volusia/Flagler UCF Alumni Club will be a valuable asset for making and maintaining connections with people who share a UCF experience.”
The event takes place in the UCF Daytona Auditorium, Building 150, Room 101, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd. in Daytona Beach. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served, and parking is free with no permit required.
For more details and reservations, call 407-823-2586, or visit http://ucfalumni.com/volusiaflagler.
Interfaith Council of Central Florida to host “Prayers for Peace Service” July 17
The Interfaith Council of Central Florida will host a “Prayers for Peace Service” at 7:30 pm Thursday, July 17, in Rooms 225 and 226 at the Winter Park Campus of Valencia College, 850 W. Morse Blvd. in Winter Park.
The service was planned after local representatives of Islam, Judaism and Christianity met in response to the much-publicized recent beating in Israel of 15-year-old Palestinian-American Tariq Abu Khdeir from Tampa, as well as concern about the earlier Israeli and Palestinian youth deaths and the escalation of hostilities in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Lives continue to be lost, injuries inflicted, and property destroyed. Serious conflicts also rage in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Ukraine, and elsewhere around the globe.
Thursday-night’s service will include readings, prayers and music from an array of faith traditions. To ensure a service time that would accommodate the schedules of both the general public and Muslims (who are celebrating Ramadan), an Iftar (the ritual breaking of the day’s fast) is scheduled at the conclusion of the prayer service. The food will be provided by the Islamic Society of Central Florida. All in attendance will be invited to observe and/or join in, their personal schedules permitting. For more detail, email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 321-228-4599.
Libraries host ‘Medicare 101’ programs
Residents who are enrolled in Medicare or will qualify within the next few months are invited to free “Medicare 101” programs at three public libraries in August.
The programs will be presented by the nonprofit organization SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders). A representative will explain what is covered under Medicare, how individual parts differ from Medicare Advantage, and how to avoid potential financial penalties when
opting in at a future date.
The programs will take place at:
●10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave. For more information, call 386-257-6036, ext. 16167.
●1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, at the Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave. For more information, call 386-789-7207, option 1, then 4.
●10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at the Ormond Beach Regional Library, 30 S. Beach St. For more information, call 386-676-4191, ext. 21084.
SHINE supports the Florida Department of Elder Affairs’ mission by providing free and unbiased health-insurance counseling through a network of volunteers, empowering Florida seniors to make informed health-care choices.
Big Red Bus to visit Deltona Regional Library Aug. 6
OneBlood’s Big Red Bus will be available for blood donations 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, in the parking lot of the Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are strongly encouraged.
Daniel Brandt, community relations coordinator for OneBlood, will stop by the library 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, to discuss the blood-donation process and schedule appointments for the following day.
Appointments can also be made by visiting www.oneblood.org and clicking on “where to donate.”
OneBlood serves more than 200 hospitals and health care facilities in Central Florida.
For more information, call the library at 386-789-7207.
Monday, July 14, 2014
DCF reminds parents to “Look Before You Lock”
The summer heat can be fatal for young children left alone in hot cars
The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) wants to remind parents to “Look Before You Lock.” The effect of high temperatures on vehicles is a dangerous a threat to young children left behind in cars, especially during the summer. In the past week, five
children were reported to be locked in hot cars. All of the children survived, though some were hospitalized.
The temperature inside a car can rise 20 degrees in only 10 minutes. The heat can be deadly, especially for children because their body temperatures rise five times faster than adults. Since 2013, seven Florida children have died from being left in a vehicle.
“During these extremely hot summer months, it’s critical that parents take extra precautions to ensure they aren’t leaving children unattended in a car for any length of time.” Interim Secretary Mike Carroll said. “Too often we hear of children being left alone in cars and it is not only unlawful but the results can be fatal.”
Although it may be hard to believe, children can easily be left behind in the car when parents are distracted, rushing, multitasking or have a change in routine. This is especially true during the summer months when kids are out of school and may have a different caretaker or driver.
Here are some tips to keep your kids safe this summer:
·Be sure to check the back seat before you leave the vehicle.
·Put your purse, briefcase, lunch, etc. in the back seat so you are sure to look before you lock the door.
·Do not let your children play near vehicles; they may accidentally lock themselves in.
·If there is a change in plans and someone else is dropping the kids off at summer camp, have them call you at drop off so you know everyone made it safely.
·Call 911 immediately if you see a child locked in a hot car.
In Florida, it is a criminal offense to leave a child unattended in a vehicle. Anyone who sees a young child or vulnerable adult unattended in a vehicle during these extreme summer temperatures should contact emergency personnel immediately.
DCF and partners announce “There’s a Special Need for Your Heart” Campaign
Encouraging more families to consider fostering or adopting children with special needs
TAMPA—The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) along with Community-based Care agencies will launch the new “There’s a Special Need for Your Heart” campaign during a press conference at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium on Wednesday. The campaign will raise awareness about special needs children in foster care and encourage foster and adoptive parents to consider caring for a special needs child. There are more than 800 Florida
foster children who have been diagnosed with a disability and are in need of a loving family.
The campaign will provide a resource guide about caring for a child diagnosed with a disability and will work to develop a support network for foster and adoptive parents of special needs children.
Families and children in attendance will have the opportunity to meet Winter, the aquarium’s famous dolphin and star of “Dolphin Tale.”
WHEN: Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 10 a.m. (Special needs children and families will arrive by 8:30 a.m. for private tour, media are welcome to attend)
WHERE: Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Winward Passage, Clearwater, FL
Volusia County’s fleet is No. 5 in North America
For the 10th-straight year, Volusia County’s Fleet Management Division has been named one of the 100 best fleets in North America. The county was ranked fifth this year.
The 100 Best Fleets in North America Program, endorsed by the National Association of Fleet Administrators, recognizes peak-performing public-sector fleet operations and encourages ever-increasing levels of productivity and operational effectiveness.
Evaluators examined 12 key aspects, including accountability, use of technology and information, collaboration, creativity, celebration, evidence of a high-trust culture, performance recognition, doing it right the first time, quick and efficient turnaround, competitive pricing, staff development, and resources stewardship.
“This award is the result of a great team effort,” said George Baker, Volusia County’s central services director. “Our employees take great pride in providing our agencies with safe, reliable and economical vehicles."
Fifty-five full-time employees handle maintenance, field repairs and minor body work for 2,456 county vehicles and pieces of equipment, including fire engines, sheriff’s deputy vehicles, ambulances, bulldozers, dump trucks, backhoes and lawnmowers. They also provide fuel and maintenance services to five other local governmental agencies through contracts.
For more information about the program, go to www.the100bestfleets.com.
Florida PSC urges safety for portable generator use
The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) reminds residents that summer is in full swing, meaning severe weather, including hurricanes, can strike and knock out electric power. While portable generators benefit consumers during power outages, they can be extremely hazardous and even life-threatening, if not used properly.
“We encourage Florida residents impacted by severe weather to be careful when using generators,” said PSC Chairman Art Graham. “Preparedness is the key; plan where and how you’ll use your generator and then do a test run. By planning ahead, you will keep your families safe and healthy during hurricane season, which runs through Nov. 30.”
Here are more tips from the PSC on how to safely use a portable generator.
Tips on how to operate a generator:
•Never use a generator in an enclosed or partially enclosed space. Opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent carbon monoxide (CO) build-up in your home.
•When using a portable generator, remember that you can’t smell or see CO. Even if you can’t smell exhaust fumes, you may still be exposed to CO.
•If you feel sick, dizzy, or weak while using a generator, get to fresh air immediately. The CO from generators can quickly kill you.
•Locate your unit outdoors and away from doors, windows, and vents that could allow CO to come indoors.
•Install battery-operated CO alarms, or plug-in CO alarms with battery back-up in your home.
Tips to eliminate electrical hazards:
•Keep the generator dry and do not use in rain or wet conditions. For best results, operate it on a dry surface, under an open, canopy-like structure.
•Connect appliances to the generator using heavy-duty extension cords designed for outdoor use.
•Never try to power the house wiring by plugging the generator into a wall outlet, a practice known as “backfeeding,” a dangerous code violation.
Tips to prevent fires:
•Never store generator fuel in your home.
•Do not store flammable liquids near a fuel-burning appliance.
•Before refueling your generator, turn it off and let it cool down. Gasoline spilled on hot engine parts could ignite.
For more information on generator safety, please visit the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners website www.naruc.org/resources.cfm?p=561.
For more information on hurricane preparedness, visit the PSC’s website, www.floridapsc.com/publications/consumer/brochure/HurricaneHouse.pdf.
For additional information, visit www.floridapsc.com.
Florida Department of Agriculture accepting applications for 2014 Woman of the Year in Agriculture Award
Award Honors Women for Their Outstanding Contributions to Florida Agriculture
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services wants your nominations for the 2014 Woman of the Year in Agriculture Award.
Since 1985, this award has recognized 30 women who have made a significant contribution to Florida agriculture. Recipients of the Woman of the Year in Agriculture award have come from all parts of the industry, including cattle, vegetables, timber, citrus, row crops, equine, horticulture, tropical fruits, sugar cane, dairy, agricultural journalism and agricultural education and outreach.
The 2013 Woman of the Year in Agriculture, Lynetta Usher Griner, was recognized for her contributions to forestry, environmental stewardship and wildlife conservation. Griner was the first female elected as president of the Florida Forestry Association.
Nominees for the award must be at least 25 years of age, be active in the agriculture industry and have resided in the state of Florida for the past 10 consecutive years. In addition, she must serve her community in some professional or civic capacity and have made some unique or outstanding contribution to the agriculture industry.
The deadline to submit nominations for the 2014 Woman of the Year in Agriculture Award is August 15. The recipient will be honored at next year’s Florida State Fair in Tampa.
For more information about the program or to download the 2014 nomination application, visit www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Marketing-and-Development/Agriculture-Industry/Agricultural-Awards-and-Honors/Woman-of-the-Year-in-Agriculture-Award.
For more information about the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, visit www.FreshFromFlorida.com.