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Job of caregivers: Challenging, rewarding E Daytona PRESORTED STANDARD U.S. POSTAGE PAID Permit #189 Daytona Beach, FL E FR GARY L. FLOWERS: Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ missing contributions by Blacks Page 4 A ROUNDUP OF LOCAL SPORTS See page 7 East Central Florida’s Black Voice See page 5 NOVEMBER 29 - DECEMBER 5, 2012 YEAR 37 NO. 48 Bumpy roads finally getting attention PEOPLE SPEAK Overhaul of Orange Avenue, ISB streetscape to begin in 2013 BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES FILE PHOTO Shown above is the intersection at Orange Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Daytona Beach. Daytona Beach residents who drive down several major thoroughfares throughout the city need to start thinking now about changing their routes or leaving home early as construction is expected to begin soon on revamping and overhauling the streets. “We have to have a plan to keep traffic moving,” said Ron McLemore, who inherited several major projects in their infancy when he became Daytona Beach’s Public Works Department director. The former Winter Springs city manager, who has been employed by Daytona Beach for three years, will oversee several major road projects into fruition next year as bids will be going out for contractors to undertake a massive overhaul of Orange Avenue, completion of the International Speedway Boulevard streetscape - west from Nova Road east to Ridgewood Avenue. A separate streetscape project is planned for the remainder of International Speedway Boulevard (ISB) from Ridgewood Avenue across the bridge to A1A. MLK a high priority McLemore said that with the approval of city leaders bids for these projects hopefully would come under the projected cost so there will be funds available to start work on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. WORLD AIDS DAY 2012 Many don’t know they have disease Please see STREETSCAPE, Page 2 Early voting starts Dec. 8 for school board seat BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Early voting will begin Saturday, Dec. 8, in the special election to replace Volusia County School Board member Al Williams who died unexpectedly on Oct. 1. Volusia County Supervisor of Elections Ann McFall told the Daytona Times this week that registered voters who want to vote early in person will only be able to do so at her office in DeLand up to Dec. 13 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. All other voters will have to wait until Dec. 18, the date set for the primary unless an absentee ballot has been requested. So far, McFall said 10,000 absentee ballots will be sent out to voters who have asked that they always receive absentee ballots for all scheduled elections. Forum on Monday OLIVIER DOULIERY/ABACA PRESS/MCT A huge ribbon hung on the North Portico of the White House on World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, 2011. The day was created in 1988 at the World Summit of Ministers of Health on Programmes in London, England, which brought together health ministers and delegates from 148 different countries. Tubman-King Church to host awareness program Dec. 5 BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Eighty-one people with HIV and 57 with AIDS were diagnosed in 2011 locally, according to the Volusia County Health Department. Patrick Forand is the HIV/AIDS program coordinator for both Volusia and Flagler counties, and has held the job for the past seven years. Forand said there currently are a total of 1,450 people living with the disease in the area but he cautions that 20 percent to 25 percent of Volusia County residents don’t know they are positive. “They don’t know how to protect themselves or their partners,” Forand told the Daytona Times this week as the area gets ready to observe World AIDS Day on Dec. 1. In denial Forand warns that there also are people who have been diagnosed with the disease and refuse to admit it to themselves. They are continuing to pass it on to others, which is a crime. He says that anyone who says they had HIV/AIDS and are saying they are now cured are not telling the truth. “Once you are diagnosed, you will always have HIV/AIDS. Lab tests might show viral level undetectable,” Forand said, but the disease is still present because only a small sample of their blood was taken at the time of the test when the undetectable diagnosis was suggested. McFall said she expects a low turnout for this election considering the school board race is the only one on the ballot. A runoff is scheduled Jan. 15 if no one gets more than half the primary vote. School board members are elected to four-year terms and earn $34,010 annually. The five candidates running for the school board seat will meet Monday in a forum at the Daytona Beach Regional Library on City Island. The forum is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Volusia County and the Volusia County Council of PTA (Parent Teacher Association). It will start at 5:30 p.m. at the library, 105 E. Magnolia Ave. The candidates Candidates already reported by the Daytona Times to compete are Ida Duncan-Wright, an instructor at Bethune- Please see hiv/aids, Page 2 Please see CANDIDATES, Page 2 Christmas tree lighting to be highlight of Saturday Midtown event BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES For the first time, there will be a Christmas tree lighting in Daisy Stocking Park. The tree was delivered Wednesday to the park with a lighting service planned Saturday, Dec. 1, as part of the Light Up Midtown Health Fair. The fair kicks off a series of events in the area every Saturday during December. Clark Sales Display, the vendor who is doing the tree, delivered the 25-foot tree with a star and green metallic garlands. The Volusia County Health Department and a number of health partners are participating in the free health fair from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the park, 550 Third St., Daytona Beach. So far, 30 vendors have signed up to participate in the fair. Lighting of the tree takes place at 5:30 p.m. Doctors to attend In recognition of World AIDS Day, there will be a special dedication to those impacted by HIV/AIDS. Features of Saturday’s health fair will include free HIV testing provided by Stewart Marchman’s Prevention on the Move program; blood pressure screenings; vision testing by Walmart; healthy cooking demonstrations; and information on a number of health topics, including nutrition, diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS and breast cancer. There will also be an “Ask the Doctor” table where residents can privately ask Daytona Beach resident and physician Dr. Delicia M. Haynes health-related questions. Decorations, parade Local business owners and residents also have been asked to decorate their establishments and homes in the holiday spirit using guidelines set by a list of judges, according to a representative from Daytona Beach’s Redevelopment Department. Winners will receive recognition and awards at the Dec. 19 city commission meeting. Other Light Up Midtown events will include a Christmas parade on Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The staging area for the parade will be behind the Daytona Mall. The parade route will continue down Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Please see TREE, Page 2

Daytona Times - November 29, 2012

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