Flagler wellrepresented during campaign stop See page 8
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East Central Florida’s Black Voice
OCTOBER 25 - OCTOBER 31, 2012
Last glance before the polls Local candidates share their views in Times questionnaire BY THE DAYTONA TIMES STAFF
What will be your priorities or top issues you will focus on if elected? It’s the first question posed to candidates who are seeking elected office in Daytona Beach and Volusia County. A detailed questionnaire was submitted by the Daytona Times to candidates seeking public office during the Nov. 6 general election.
The future of Volusia County is in voters’ hands as all county council seats are up for grabs with the exception of the at large seat held by Council member Joyce Cusack. There will be three and possibly four new representatives on the Daytona Beach City Commission. History will be made in Daytona Beach for mayor as the choice is between the first Black male or the third female.
Comments start on page 3 In this week’s issue, the Times presents comments from Daytona Beach mayoral and for Day-
tona Beach City Commission Zones 1, 4 and 6 candidates. The candidates weigh in on a variety of subjects – from their thoughts on Daytona’s population change to embracing an event to draw more Black visitors. The candidates in the Volusia County sheriff’s race also present their views this week. See pages 3, 5 and 6 for the responses. Questions also were sent to candidates vying for Volusia County clerk of the court, county chair and county council reps for district 2 and 4. Candidates running for Volusia county judge and school board were asked for
their views as well as those seeking state legislative and congressional seats. Candidates in other races will be featured next week. It is important voters know where those running stand on issues. A tough economy has affected Volusia County and has disproportionately hit the predominantly Black communities of the city. Will those elected have this on their minds if elected? All of the races and extended comments can be read online at www.daytonatimes.com.
Retired teacher, funeral home co-owner Theresa Gainous laid to rest BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES email@example.com
COURTESY OF B-CU
Journalist Roland Martin, best known as a commentator on CNN, recently talked to Bethune-Cookman students about the importance of voting during the annual Rock the Mic event at the university.
Much prayer, patience may be needed at Sunday’s Soul to the Polls BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES firstname.lastname@example.org
hurch members who plan to participate in Sunday’s “Souls to the Polls” march in Daytona Beach should be prepared to wait in a long line for hours. Volusia County Supervisor of Elections Ann McFall says she will not be adding extra voting machines at the site to accommodate what is expected to be a record number of residents early voting in a single day at the site. “As long as they are in line, we will stay open and allow everybody to vote,” said McFall. McFall also told the Daytona Times that the maximum number of people who will be able to vote at the site that day is 3,000. The elections supervisor said the software isn’t set up to handle more than that number.
17 churches on board Dr. L. Ronald Durham, pastor of Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist in Daytona Beach, said that so far the members of 17 churches will gather on the steps of the Courthouse Annex on Orange Avenue at 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 28 next to Jackie Robinson Ballpark. They then will march to
City Island Library where early voting is taking place. McFall said she is concerned about so many people going to vote at one time since early voting starts at 7 a.m. “If you had the march all day long, thats one thing. A (late) march is going to have an impact,” said McFall. She also noted that it is not the number of booths that will expedite residents voting faster.
DeLand, Deltona churches follow suit Durham said the Get Out The Vote effort has now moved from just a local effort on the east side of Volusia to include several churches on the west side of the county as well. Durham said pastors in DeLand and Deltona have begun to mobilize their churches to follow the lead of what is being done in Daytona. “We are tremendously pleased with the responses from this major effort to highlight the importance of this election. We are facing some of the most difficult times in our cities and the nation as we have seen in the last decade. Without question this election will impact the lives of people for a generation, and it is therefore critical that everyone who can vote, should vote,” Durham said. As far as people voting, Durham said, “We are hopeful that the staff of the Supervisor of Elections will honor all
Race between Volusia sheriff, Seminole deputy heats up BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES email@example.com
Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson is accusing his challenger Seminole County Deputy Wendell Bradford of lying in public about what he has accomplished in Volusia County.
“That’s getting into credibility. Is that what you want for your sheriff, (someone) that’s not going to tell you the truth,” questioned Johnson. He also declared that Bradford is not qualified to hold the position of sheriff because he has no managerial experience. Both Johnson and Bradford
A “Celebration of Life’’ service was held Wednesday for Theresa Vivian Crosslin Gainous, a retired Daytona Beach teacher and former owner of R.J. Gainous Funeral Home. Mrs. Gainous died on Oct. 11 in her home. She was 90 years old. The service took place at Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Daytona Beach followed by interment at Greenwood Cemetery. The retired teacher spent most of her years teaching at Bonner Elementary in Daytona and some Theresa at Collins Elementary in Pompa- Crosslin Gainous no Beach.
Couple met at college Gainous was the wife of the late Dr. Rabbi J. Gainous, founder of R.J. Gainous Funeral home. He also had been a science teacher and science department chairman at Bethune-Cookman. “The couple met while they attended BethuneCookman. They often met at Peppers Restaurant nearby. Dr. Gainous always spoke of how he used to play the song, ‘You are so beautiful’ for her,” commented Edward Jennings. Bettye Jennings added, “She was all about her husband. Mr. Gainous came first in her life. She never put anyone before him.” According to the funeral home’s website, in the early 194’s Albert Bethune, son of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune founded the Bethune Funeral Home. At the time, it was located on the corner of Lincoln and Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd. Dr. Gainous wanted to expand his science career to include science. He became a licensed funeral director and embalmer and purchased the Bethune establishment, re-naming it R.J. Gainous Funeral Home.
New proprietor in 2003 As business progressed, he relocated to 804 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd. He worked the busi-
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were interviewed by the Daytona Times recently as both campaign to win in the Nov. 6 election. Johnson said Bradford has accused him of promoting on the “good old boy” system. “He’s accused me of cronyism. He doesn’t have a clue how I do it. If he did, he is telling you a lie or he would be correcting what he said,” Johnson explained. Johnson said he promotes those who pass the test. He said he can take anybody in the top five, but he chooses the person with the highest score.
“If they have worked hard, done all this to do well on that test, they deserve the right. I don’t know how fairer I can get. If that is good old boy or cronyism, then I’m not going to change my ways,” he remarked.
‘Particular about who we hire’ Johnson also has been criticized for the makeup of the Volusia County Sheriff Department. Presently, there are 450 officers working for him and only 19 are
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Black. Twenty-seven are Hispanic. “We are very particular about who we hire,” Johnson said, adding that he wants to hire more minorities. “We want to see diversity. We have seen people (coming out of) the military. We have done sponsorship programs. You go out to the junior college. How many minorities are sitting in the law enforcement classes,” asked Johnson. Please see RACE, Page 2
OCTOBER 25 - OCTOBER 31, 2012
Storm moves up prep football games BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES firstname.lastname@example.org
The threat of Tropical Storm Sandy coming to Florida has opted many high schools to move Friday night football games to
Thursday. The storm isn’t expected to hit Florida but is expected to be a hurricane and bring tropical storm force winds to Brevard, Volusia and Flagler counties on Friday. (Note: The decision to change the games was made after the
Daytona Times’ sports page press deadline.) Local teams slated to originally have games on Thursday were New Smyrna Beach at Orange Park Fleming Island and Kissimmee Poinciana at Atlantic. Games moved from Friday to
Thursday include Mainland at Deltona, Seabreeze at Pine Ridge, Spruce Creek at Neptune Beach Fletcher, and Jacksonville Sandalwood at Flagler Palm Coast. There are still some games slated for Friday night by local teams, including Calvary at
Father Lopez, Ocala St. John at Warner, Jacksonville Mandarin at DeLand, Maitland Orangewood Christian at Taylor, and University at Longwood Lyman. Most games are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. while a few start at 7:30 p.m.
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ness until his death in November 2001. “Having no family to carry on his legacy, Mrs. Gainous relied solely on their welltrained and highly skilled godson, Alexander C. Wynn, III to manage the family business,” the website states. Wynn became the sole proprietor of the funeral home in May 2003. He honored the wishes of Dr. Gainous that the establishment remains as R.J. Gainous Funeral Home.
those who have a space in line before the 7 p.m. closing time and that each one will be allowed to cast their vote on Sunday. We will provide water stations for those who need to have some kind of refreshment while standing in line waiting to vote,” he concluded.
B-CU students to march Oct. 29
‘Good friend, excellent teacher’ Those who knew Mrs. Gainous remembers her as a quiet, caring woman. “She was a good friend and excellent teacher. She was my intern when I was a teacher and she was in college. She was straight up and always spoke the truth. She was caring and friendly to all. She was quiet but positive,” recalls Geneva Loper. Vivian Charles recalled, “I knew her through my aunt that taught with her at Bonner. She was very quiet, reclusive, dignified, and spiritual. She was a very nice person and a humanitarian. She was about family and loved both children and education.’’ Gainous was born in Lecanto, Fla. And was educated at Lincoln Park Academy in Fort Pierce.
Education always at forefront “She was such a good student that her principal encouraged her to become a teacher,” recalled Ronald Victor Crosslin, her nephew.
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Family and friends bid farewell to Theresa Crosslin Gainous on Wednesday at Greater Friendship Baptist Church in Daytona Beach. Mrs. Gainous earned her bachelor’s degree in education at Bethune-Cookman College (now University) and her master’s degree in education from New York University. Gainous was known to be an excellent teacher who had a profound influence on her students. “She was a very interesting person who loved education and had a lot to offer intellectually. She was very nice to her students and encouraged many to go on to college,” Crosslin noted. Charles added, “She was a dynamic teacher and was held in high esteem by her students. She loved the chil-
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Sheriff on cities: We work together
“We can’t hire them until they are law enforcement officers. We definitely want to hire them. Get educated so we can hire. I need the help of the community so we can fill those positions. I can’t just walk out on the street and say you are a cop,” said Johnson. Johnson questioned why after 21 years with the same Seminole Sheriff’s Department, Bradford has never held any rank other than as a deputy. “You don’t start as president of the U.S. being the White House gardener,” Johnson said. If elected, Bradford would be the first Black to hold the position.
During the Times interview, Johnson responded to some of the allegations made against him in public and in news articles. Bradford has accused Johnson of not allowing his officers to work in cities and only in unincorporated areas. “We do work with the cities. Wendell does not realize deputy sheriffs working patrol are not paid for by city taxes. (You) do not see DeLand or Daytona police officers coming into the county unless it is an emergency or some specific thing city residents aren’t paying for deputies that are working patrol,” Johnson said. Johnson did add that some of his deputies are paid by general funds of some cities. “We took over Oak Hill. We were asked by them. They had problems with their police department. We contract with them,” Johnson explained. “He’s going to have city police go out into the county. City residents don’t want their people out there on general calls. County residents don’t want their tax dollars spent inside the city. We work together. We help each other,” Johnson continued.
Johnson’s path to sheriff Johnson has been Volusia County’s Sheriff for the past 12 years. Johnson, who was born in DeLand 62 years ago, said he never planned a career in law enforcement but hoped to be a lawyer. He said 10 positions became open under his former boss Ed Duff in 1971 and his plan was to work as a deputy to help pay his way through college. “In 30 months time I was made a sergeant. I had five years in and was promoted to lieutenant. I found something I loved - never wanted to leave,” Johnson said. After 27 years with the department, Johnson retired in 1988 to run for sheriff in 2000. He defeated a field of four, which at the time included Bradford, who didn’t make it into the runoff. Johnson went on to defeat Gus Beckstrom and
Overtime pay an issue Johnson said there is only so much they can do with the funds they have available. “We don’t’ have the manpower we would like to have. Wendell does not understand the differences in tax bases and how the people are paid,” Johnson said.
dren and was very instrumental in helping them learn.” Mrs. Gainous also the brother of Dr. Neil Crosslin, who had a practice in Daytona Beach with his wife, Dr. Evelyn Crosslin, at 714 Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd. The building is now the Sickle Cell Association of Volusia County Chapter, Inc.
Mother figure to many Mrs. Gainous was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. Although she didn’t have any biological children, she was a mother figure to many. “I grew up with her for the
Bradford has also criticized Johnson for all of the overtime he pays officers. Again, Johnson cited Bradford’s inexperience for not understanding how a sheriff office runs. “Overtime money is just not free money; it is vacant salary money. It is budgeted salary money,” Johnson said. Johnson said while people are training to fill vacant positions that salary money is used for overtime. Training requires 13 weeks in class and 10 weeks in a car. “During that period of time, you do have overtime. Overtime money in one pot, salary money in another pot. In Volusia county, you are always going to have more overtime than other counties because of special events,” Johnson explained. Johnson also said it is cheaper to pay overtime than to hire deputies yearround. Part–time or temporary deputies do not qualify for insurance, other medical benefits or vacation time, Johnson noted.
Johnson touts leadership skills Johnson said some have said he should retire because of his age – that it’s time to give someone else an opportunity after being in office 12 years. “I have proven leadership skills, which is very important. That’s change for the sake of change. If you start getting stale, that’s one thing. This is something I love. When I start getting tired, that’s the time to quit,” Johnson concluded.
Bradford cites qualifications Bradford took issue with Johnson criticizing his
first 14 years of my life. She took me in and was like a mother to me though I was her nephew. My mother was her sister but lived in California,” said Crosslin. Jennings added, “She was like a mother to me and always treated me like a son. She called me her son. I lived with the Gainouses when I was attending Cookman. I ate dinner with them and briefly worked in the funeral home. I always sent her cakes on her birthday. She loved sour cream pound cake.’’ Mrs. Gainous is survived by her sister, Ann Hood, of Los Angeles, Calif., nephews, nieces, cousins and other relatives.
qualifications to be sheriff. “That is why I went to school and received my bachelor’s in business administration and my master’s in strategic leadership,” he said. As far as only being a deputy, Bradford said he has taken the sergeant’s test four times and passed and was on the list to be chosen. “My sheriff picks who he wants. You can be first on the list and he doesn’t have to pick you,” Bradford explained. “I can’t force my agency to promote me. I am not going to leave my agency and go somewhere because they picked someone else.’’ “It is my job as the sheriff to look at mission, vision
Bethune-Cookman University students will have their separate march to the polls on Oct. 29. Dr. Walter Fordham, a B-CU professor, told the Daytona Times that the Political Action Task Force, Associate Provost, select faculty and student leaders have organized a march starting from the university at 9:30 a.m. and ending at the City Island Library, Fordham said the school has offered a variety of activities to register, educate, empower and prepare students to participate in this planned march to celebrate “Your Vote Is Your Voice.’’ At B-CU voting is recognized as an integral part of becoming a productive member of this community and American society. The march helps to demonstrate a commitment of students, faculty, staff and administrators at B-CU,” Fordham added.
EARLY VOTING HOURS AND SITES Early voting is Saturday through Saturday, Oct. 27 through Nov. 3, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
DeLand Department of Elections, Historic Courthouse, 125 W. New York Ave. Deltona Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave. Daytona Beach Volusia County Library Center at City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave. Ormond Beach Ormond Beach Regional Library, 30 S. Beach St. New Smyrna Beach New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway
and future of the sheriff office, which he has failed to do,” Bradford continued. Bradford said his education gives him the ability to run an agency. “He (Johnson) is saying everybody that has a degree should just burn it. What he has forgotten someone with a degree is usually picked over someone who does not have one. If he was doing his job and being a good leader, I wouldn’t be running against him,” Bradford said.
Bradford questions lack of diversity Bradford said he has proof that Johnson has not been actively trying to integrate the sheriff’s office.
He stated that he knows a Black marine who recently retired from the service after 32 years who tried to get a job with the sheriff’s department. The marine said he did every thing that was required of him, and Johnson “gave him the runaround.” “There are Blacks and Hispanics trying to get a job. They are being turned around and not receiving letters. They are waiting five or six months for an interview. He is saying we have higher standards. As long as these folks can pass the test, he should hire them,” said Bradford.
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OCTOBER 25 - OCTOBER 31, 2012 DECEMBER 14 - 20, 2006
The Questions Question 1: What will be your priorities or top issues you will focus on if elected? Question 2: According to the 2010 Census, Daytona Beach’s population fell to 61,000. The number of Whites living in the city dropped while the number of Blacks increased. Is this a problem? Why or why not? What would you attribute to this decrease in population? Question 3: Another form of Black College Reunion (BCR) known as “Spring Bling” is scheduled to return to Daytona Beach in April. In its heydey, BCR attracted between 100,000 to 200,000 mostly young and mostly Black visitors to the area every year over the course of a single weekend. Are you willing to embrace the return of such an event? Why or why not? Question 4: What makes you a better candidate than your opponent? For more questions from the Daytona Times and answers submitted by the candidates, read them online at www.daytonatimes.com. Responses from other candidates also can be read online.
EDITH SHELLEY 1. My overarching goal is to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Daytona Beach. That will be accomplished by: Job growth/economic opportunity-by providing an atmosphere that encourages local business expansion and new business development. I will use our colleges and universities as economic engines. Safer streets - through infrastructure improvements, community policing and proactive techniques for neighborhood improvements. Work to promote City Pride – using technology solutions to improve customer service and accountability within City Hall. 2. A city that is losing residential population is not a thriving city. As with physi-
cal fitness if your core is not healthy, your body is not healthy. This underscores the vital role that the Midtown/Core City area has to the revitalization and future development of our entire city. Part of the challenge is to create new diversified economic opportunities in Daytona Beach so that our young people will choose to live here, rather than move away to find those opportunities. We have to do a better job of promoting our outstanding resources (the I-4/95 interchange, health care facilities, research technology, colleges and universities, and fabulous natural environment). Many local businesses have expanded here in the last year, but there is a disconnect between awareness of the jobs and accessibility to the jobs. I have worked and will continue to work to ensure that residents of Daytona Beach be given priority in hiring. I have also initiated a jobs network link for the city website to allow our citizens to access the job opportunities in our city. This also shows the need to improve our
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residential neighborhoods. Many people that work in the private sector in Daytona Beach choose to live in surrounding cities because they believe that their quality of life is better. Families want recreational programs for their children and clean, safe neighborhoods they are proud to call home. Young people are also looking for entertainment venues. As your Commissioner, I voted to approve a large entertainment project that will be bringing additional shopping, restaurants and theaters into our area. This complex will also be a job creator for our citizens and encourage further business development in our city. 3. I embrace events that enhance the quality of life for our residents and promote economic vitality for our city. Why stop at a single weekend? I am supporting the committee that is putting together the first Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Educational and Cultural Arts Festival. It is being scheduled for April 4-7, 2013 in Daytona Beach. This festival committee has worked with members of the Zora Neale Hurston Festival committee to establish an annual and growing event here in Daytona Beach. I would support a Daytona Beach Black Heritage Festival similar to the festival in Savannah. This is a two-week festival that brings in over 500,000 visitors to the City of Savannah. It celebrates performing and visual arts with a focus on fun and family. This festival is a partnership between the city and an HBCU, Savannah State that receives community support and has multiple corporate sponsors. We need events/festival that celebrate our heritage and bring tourist dollars to our city core. The fact that we have a beautiful beach can only enhance our event/ festival visitor’s experiences. 4. My experience, my knowledge base and my commitment to this community set me apart. My qualifications and demonstrated record of accomplishment in the community lead the local chapter of the NAACP to honor me with a Trailblazer Award in 2011 and the Surfcoast Chapter of the Florida Planning and Zoning Association to present me with their Focus Award in 2010. (Daytona Beach Planning Board – 18 years, served as both Chair and Vice-Chair; Daytona Beach Vision Committee – Chair; Bethune-Cookman University Performing Arts Center Advisory Board; Mayor’s Complete Count Census Education Committee, Daytona Beach Education Alliance, International Speedway Blvd. Coalition, Mayor’s Community Advisory Board, Downtown Ballough Road Redevelopment Area Advisory Board, Longstreet PTA, Spruce Creek High School IB Parents Association to name a few of the public/community boards I have served on.)
DAYTONA BEACH COMMISSIONER ZONE 1 CARL LENTZ 1. The biggest issue in Daytona Beach remains Economic Development. As we encourage the growth of our existing companies and recruit new companies to our area, we will be able to increase the quality of life for our residents. The tax base will increase and we will be able to effectively address many additional issues with the additional revenues. Infrastructure improvements are also critical in Daytona Beach. It is not acceptable to have flooding in our neighborhoods and streets that are inadequate. Crime rates have continued to drop but we need to make sure we provide the necessary resources to law enforcement to ensure a safer community.
My father, Dan Warren, taught me at an early age what was important in life: personal character, professional ethics and a commitment to public service. I have always carried these lessons with me. I believe that there is nothing more sacred or important than your integrity. I have spent my entire legal career serving our community as an Assistant State Attorney, working to keep our community safe. With your support I will bring the highest level of ethics and commitment to follow the law. I will represent the values of Volusia County and bring common sense to the bench.
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2. Population decrease is a problem for the city. The fact that more Whites left than Blacks is insignificant. Our city needs to become more business friendly in order to encourage new businesses and the growth of our existing businesses. When there are more job opportunities in the City, there will be more reasons for people to move here and stay here. 3. Our community thrives on special events. As long as resident safety is not compromised, I would be in favor of this type of event. 4. This position requires leadership, energy, enthusiasm and knowledge of the issues. I have strongly encouraged all who will listen to look back at past joint appearances and Economic Development Board meetings when my opponent and I have been together. It will be clear that I am a better candidate because I surpass her in all of the above categories. I have worked with business leaders in my career and I have the ability to have the important discussions with them regarding the best ways to advance our business community. I have also earned my Masters in Business Administration from UCF (the University of Central Florida). I am also committed to be available to the residents regarding their concerns in the neighborhoods. I will attend all local neighborhood meetings once I am elected.
DERRICK HENRY 1. The restoration of the cities infrastructure including the resurfacing of Orange Avenue and the improvement of storm Water Drain issues that were exposed by the floods in 2009. The restoration of the cities infrastructure is one of the safest and most productive ways to service the interest of the residents and the business community, which is necessary to help create an environment that enables business to thrive, thus create new jobs. A second priority is to resolve the budgetary crisis confronting the city. The Police and Fire pension is the greatest impediment to putting forth a sustainable budget. 3 Serve as the leader of the community and the drive to reduce crime and decrease the drop dropout rate among African-American males. I aim to insure that the parks and recreation programs are adequately funded and that the fees to use city facilities are reasonable and that the city joins with community groups to make the most of city facilities. 2. It is a problem that can be attributed largely to the fact that the quality of life issues in the city needs to be enhanced. Any time a city the size of Daytona Beach looses 5% of its population while similar cities are growing it reflects a systemic problem. The fact that the number of African-Americans living in the city increased is not a problem, but it does point to a need to create an environment where job opportunities are increased. 3. I am willing to embrace any event that generates revenue and promotes the merits of our city, I believe that we need greater diversity in our events and need to be known as a city that embraces the college community that we are and that includes African-American students. I am looking forward to working with the business community in an effort to increase the number of college aged African-American and White students who visit the city and consider the great reduction in the number of them visiting our community to be a great financial and social loss. I will work to remove any barriers perceived or real to welcome them to our community. 4. I have had a 20-year career as an administrator, child advocate, business owner, and elected official. This uniquely qualifies me for dealing with the myriad of problems confronting our city. The volume and diversity of leadership roles that I have had along with a consistent record of supporting residential and business concerns distinguishes me from my opponent. I have a record of viewing business and neighborhood issues as congruent and I have a voting record that demonstrates the ability to meet the needs of both.
••• RUTH TRAGER 1. We need to bring more jobs to Daytona Beach, help our existing businesses, and develop our neighborhoods to attract more residents and businesses. 2. Whenever we lose residents it is a shame, but when residents lose jobs, they go to where the work is. Why should the fact that our White population decreased and our Black population increased be a problem? Every resident should be welcome in our city. 3. Most of our Black College Reunion guests behaved well and it was a fun event for all, except for the much-increased traffic. Many of our new tourists in Daytona Beach are the attendees who had a wonderful time here and wanted to return later with their children. Our residents are used to having patience when events occur, but I think traffic patterns need to be better. This event should be treated the same as Speedweeks or Bike Week. The revenue received greatly helps our city. 4. I have been a resident of Zone 1 for over 55 years and I have been active in the community for that long. My opponent has lived in Zone 1 for less than 1 year. I graduated from Seabreeze High School with highest honors. I have served on the City Boards of Keep Daytona Beach Beautiful (Member of the Year), Economic Development Advisory Board, and Community Development Advisory Board. I was appointed to the Boards by both Mayor Yvonne Scarlet-Golden and Mayor Glenn Ritchey. I am the president of the Halifax Historical Museum and the Volusia Anthropological Society. I have attended two series of classes of Citizen’s Police Academy and the City’s Citizen’s Academy. I was awarded a commendation and recognition for helping to catch a serial burglar by (Police) Chief Chitwood. My practical and business experience and knowledge of the whole city makes me the best choice for residents to elect as City Commissioner Zone 1.
OCTOBER 25 - OCTOBER 31, 2012
Student loan problems mirror those of mortgages An adage counsels, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” When it comes to consumer debt, that advice is also a truism. After years of mortgage borrowers complaining about servicing – or the lack thereof – it appears that problems student loan borrowers face are remarkably similar. With student loan debt topping the trillion-dollar mark, another looming credit crisis could emerge just as the housing market is showing signs of recovery. According to the Survey of Consumer Finance, today one in four American households are headed by someone under the age of 35 with student loan debt. Private student loans account for more than $150 billion of outstanding debt. Moreover, more than 850,000 of these loans are in default and even more are delinquent. Like the many troubled homeowners who did not understand the terms of their mortgages, student loan borrowers are now having the same difficulty. Servicers, often hired by lenders, often do not share or know the terms of repayment, available options for refinance, or even the total amount owed.
Borrowers complain Recently, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a report on the nearly 2,900 private student loan complaints it received since March of this year. Approximately 65 percent of complaints allege problems with servicers regarding fees, billing, fraud and credit reporting. Another 30 percent of borrowers filing com-
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plaints with CFPB were concerned with limited repayment options, debt collection practices and problems related to loans in default. “Student loan borrower stories of detours and dead-ends with their servicers bear an uncanny resemblance to problematic practices uncovered in the mortgage servicing business,” said Rohit Chopra, CFPB’s Student Loan Ombudsman. The vast majority of the student loan complaints received by CFPB were about private loans. Unfortunately, private loans typically do not have the consumer protections built into federal student loans, such as lower interest and fixed rates, income-based repayment plans, military deferments or discharges upon death.
Financial hardship Instead, the typical private student loan servicer actually works for the lender and may not have an incentive to provide a high level of customer service to borrowers. In the face of financial hardship, unemployment or underemployment, these student loan borrowers often discover few or no options that can be adapted for their circumstances. In some cases, servicers encouraged borrowers to pay whatever they could, but failed to inform them their loan status would still be on a path towards
default. With fewer options for refinance or forbearance, some private student loan borrowers are also claiming they were never advised of the difference between a federal and private loan either at the time the loan was first originated or later during repayment. If the original loan was sold or if the servicer changed, many servicers were unable to answer basic questions as to who actually owns the unpaid loan. Depending upon loan terms, it may not be possible to negotiate alternative repayment.
Learn obligations If there is a moral to these unfortunate consumer experiences, it could be summed up with CFPB’s slogan, “Know Before You Owe.” Before any debt is incurred, take the time and necessary persistence to fully learn obligations and responsibilities For consumers now considering a private student loan, invest some time to identify and pursue other forms of financial aid such as grants, scholarships, federal student loans, or work-study programs. “Know Before You Owe” is good advice. Knowing more about financing a college education is even better.
Charlene Crowell is a communications manager with the Center for Responsible Lending. She can be reached at Charlene. crowell@responsiblelending. org. Click on this story at www. daytonatimes.com to write your own response.
Campaign of lies continue As we have seen during three presidential debates and in his campaign speeches, Mitt Romney will say anything – even when he knows it is untrue – in his effort to dislodge President Obama from the White House. Romney charged in the second presidential debate that “it took the president 14 days before he called the attack in Benghazi an act of terror.” Obama denied it, urging Romney to “Get the transcript.”
Check facts FactCheck.org observed. “The transcript does show that Obama said in a Rose Garden speech on Sept. 12: ‘No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for.’” In the same debate, Romney said a gallon of gasoline in Nassau County, N.Y. was $1.86 when Obama took office. It’s now “4 bucks a gallon.” As fact checkers for USA Today stated, “Gas prices were going through a period of exceptional volatility when Obama took office – largely because, as Obama noted, gas prices plummeted as the recession took hold and people drove less…But gas prices are still 34 cents below their all-time high during the Bush administration. In the summer of 2008, the national
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average hit $4.05 a gallon.” FactCheck.org noted, “Mitt Romney falsely claims in a series of TV ads that President Obama ‘will raise taxes on the middle class by $4,000.’ That’s nonsense. The ads cite a conservative group’s study, but even the group itself doesn’t say Obama will raise taxes on middle-income taxpayers. It says his budget could result in a ‘potentially higher tax burden’ over the next 10 years. “In fact, the group’s study considered two other budget scenarios – current law (allowing the Bushera tax cuts to expire as scheduled at the end of this year) and current policy (extending current policies into 2013, including extending the Bush-era tax cuts) – and determined that Obama’s budget ‘provides a middle ground between these two extremes.’ ”
Obama cares Romney said during a Republican debate on Feb 22: “I said today that we’re going to cut taxes on everyone across the country by 20 percent, including the top
1 percent.” However, during a debate with Obama, he said, “I’m not looking to cut taxes for wealthy people.” Romney has repeatedly charge that Obama has “cut Medicare by $716 billion to pay for Obamacare.” But FactCheck.org concluded: Medicare money isn’t being taken away. The Affordable Care Act calls for a $716 billion reduction in the growth of Medicare spending over 10 years, a move that – if successful – would keep the hospital insurance trust fund solvent for an additional eight years. Even on those rare occasions when Romney is telling the truth, there is deception. For example, he claims that he will create 12 million new jobs in his first term. But as fact checkers for USA Today pointed out, “Romney’s pledge to create 12 million jobs has been hotly contested in large part because economic forecasters, including Moody’s Analytics, predict roughly 12 million jobs will be created over the next four years – no matter who is elected president.”
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Cuba begins the road to success The National Black Chamber of Commerce has been studying the evolution of Cuba for 14 years. The evolution has been slow as we entered the 21st century but recently there have been some major economic developments. Last November, Cuban residents were given the right to personal property. They can now buy and sell homes. Beginning last week, they can now freely travel abroad with an authentic visa from the nation they wish to visit. During our first trip to Cuba in August, 2000, we were stunned by all the promising features of this island nation and its people. My mentor, the late Arthur A. Fletcher, marveled at this and said to me, “This nation will one day become the ‘Hong Kong’ of the Caribbean.” Art, it is about to start happening. Let’s look at the possibilities.
HARRY C. ALFORD NNPA COLUMNIST
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The government is estimating that more than 1 million new jobs can be created through this capitalistic activity. This nation has a population of about 11 million people and already 338,000 are now self – employed. Cuba is one of the hottest tourist destinations for Europeans and South Americans. The gates of Cuba are unlocked. It is time for our nation to catch up to these changes and let us travel and do business with our brothers and sisters in Cuba like the rest of the world. Cuba has survived all the sanctions, dirty games, spying and trickery we have thrown at it since 1959. Next year we need to organize a gigantic trade mission to spend a good two weeks in Havana, Santiago and the countryside. Hopefully, our nation will catch up to this modernization and extension of liberty in Cuba.
are some of the best engineers and architects in the world. This island nation is known for its healthcare delivery system. Cuban doctors are so efficient that they travel around the globe helping to address health issues wherever it is needed. A Black Cuban has a lifespan at least a decade longer than an African-American. The biggest provider of wealth for the average American is real estate equity (right now it is in a funk but it will return). Now that Cubans can buy and sell homes it is going to generate cash for prospective entrepreneurs. With these proceeds they can invest in start-up businesses and begin the Cubans ready Harry Alford is the co-foundCuba has a great education sys- venture of wealth building and er, president/CEO of the Najob creation. tem that is far superior to ours. tional Black Chamber of ComThese citizens are ready to take on merce®. Website: www.nationalthe global market as they are ad- Housing demand bcc.org. Email: halford@natioBanks in Cuba are as busy as ev- nalbcc.org. Click on this story ept at the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathemat- er. There is now a housing demand at www.daytonatimes.com to ics) subjects. For example, they for more than 600,000 new homes. write your own response.
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The death of affirmative action “We expect that 25 years from now, the use of racial preferences will no longer be necessary.” – Justice Sandra Day O’ Connor, 2003.” The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard arguments regarding a longstanding racial controversy. So, in the traditional form of our time in America, the Black descendants of slaves will still be losers when the Fisher v. University of Texas case decision is handed down. The court’s decision will affect relatively few students at Texas, which admits most students through a system that doesn’t factor in race. But a broad Supreme Court ruling will roll back affirmative action and be an earthquake at other campuses, and institutions that will mark the death of affirmative actions that use race toward instituting their plans and policies.
Demand money Instead of holding pity parties over the demise of affirmative action, it would be good if the descendants of slaves moved to “demand money to compensate them for their ancestors work as slaves.” Blacks have been “disadvantaged” and “non-compensated” throughout our tenure in America. The majority of Black Americans have bought into the theory and culture of “American Exceptionalism” and “Mainstream Mindsets” that we are more than compensated for the damage of slavery by the good fortune we enjoy by living in America. Some African-American patriots say: “Every Black in the United States is much better off economically, legally, politically, and morally than any Black living in Africa.” It’s time to accept the fact that the basic nature of America excludes parity for Blacks. From the beginning, this country has shown “a particular reluctance to absorb people of African descent.” Because of White Americans intransigence, the little progress made toward racial parity has been slow, cautious, and incremental. For more than four centuries, Blacks were subjected to the most heinous crimes ever committed. Though slavery has been abolished, to this day, no one has been brought to justice for those crimes.
WILLIAM REED BUSINESS EXCHANGE
Racial disparities continue Racial disparities persist at nearly every level of society. From criminal justice to education, employment to housing, Black Americans continue to face an uphill battle toward social and economic equity. Let’s be clear that racism still runs rampant across this nation and that the possibility of using affirmative action to redress the perpetration of past wrongs is in serious doubt. Whereas, Black Americans support Affirmative Action as a remedy or tool of social policy, the major item stifling the issue is that America’s White majority sees nothing wrong with maintaining the status quo. The status quo in America equates to disparate differences in prison populations and childhood mortality rates, biases in the application of capital punishment, and unequal access to education and health care. Systematic exclusion of slaves and their descendants from positions of political and economic power continues to haunt African Americans. Past iterations of affirmative action haven’t helped us as racism continues to shape most Blacks’ lives.
Seek reparations Sixty-two percent of Americans say that the country should “make every possible effort to improve the conditions of Blacks, even if it means giving them preferential treatment.” We can wait for their acts, or institute reparations toward repairing damages inflicted by slavery and continuing racism. From now on, Blacks need to think of themselves as creditors seeking payment of an overdue debt, rather than as social supplicants seeking an undeserved preference.
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ELECTION M A Y2012 OR
OCTOBER 25 - OCTOBER 31, 2012 DECEMBER 14 - 20, 2006
QuestionS LISTED ON PAGE 3 DAYTONA BEACH COMMISSIONER ZONE 4 THOMAS A. KACZKA 1. As we stand up and look around, we cannot help but take notice that Daytona Beach is still very much an attractive and livable community. As to property values, unfortunately, the economy is at fault for the downturn in values… I have faith however that our nation’s economic outlook and our city’s economic outlook will rebound. Yes, there are areas in our city that are in need of clean-up and improvement, there are no easy or quick fix solutions for the problems that exist. For far too long this city, as well as others, has relentlessly fought the battle to try to treat the diseases of apathy and complacency that have infected our run-down and economically depressed neighborhoods. This city needs to be more proactive by directing its resources to prevent the causes and conditions that breed apathy and complacency and replace them with visions of hope for the future. The City of Daytona Beach is at a critical juncture to either find new sources of revenue to provide for the delivery of basic city services or to be forced to pare down existing services… however, of utmost importance and an absolute need is for the city to act to restore public confidence in the American system of government (paraphrasing Abraham Lincoln) “of the people, for the people and by the people.” To deal with these two issues, we must insure that the quality of services delivered by the city to its residents is not diminished. …we must insure that public safety is not compromised by under-funding police and fire budgets…, and we must solve problems rather than avoid problems. 2. Should I perceive the drop in the White population vis-a-vie the rise in Black population as a problem? Quite frankly, NO! I feel it necessary to make this statement…, “White flight is not occurring in Daytona Beach.’’ Daytona Beach is an old, southern predominantly “White’’ city… and without sounding too crude or morbid, people die and as a consequence certain segments of an established segment of society as a result of the natural processes of life will experience a decline in population. Case in point. In my neighbor-
hood during the past year we experienced the loss of seven residents… those souls left spouses that chose to leave Daytona Beach and return to their respective hometowns. The economy affects a city’s ability to keep and maintain population, this city and county have extraordinarily high foreclosure rates, people lose their jobs, cannot find work, lose their homes, families then pack up and move away. The annual census report… just how accurate are those numbers. Personally I am of the opinion that this city is experiencing some growth in both racial groups. In recent years we have seen the developments, catering to the younger generation of both racial groups, of Andros Isle, Integra Shores, Cape Morris Cove, Carolina Lake Apartments and the revitalized Granite Garden Home Apartments. 3. Would I be willing to embrace the return of a BCR type event to Daytona Beach? YES, I would. Speaking, if I may as a potential elected representative of our city, any event that would “showcase” our city with all it has to offer and at the same time result in economic benefit is an absolute necessity. 4. I will be a “Full-Time” Commissioner. I will be the un-relenting voice of all the people of Daytona Beach for what is fair, just and equitable. I will fight for the fair and equitable delivery of city services for all the residents of Daytona Beach I will be accountable only to the people. I served the citizens of my hometown Chicago for over 30 years with professionalism, integrity, strong moral and ethical conviction, and dedication as a proud member of the Chicago Police Department… As a public servant, I swore before God and the citizens of Chicago that my fundamental duty as a public servant was to serve all People… to be honest in thought and deed in both my personal and official life, to never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, animosities or friendships to influence my decisions, and to recognize my Public Office as a Public Trust to be held so long as I am true to the Ethics of Public Service, to my beliefs and the beliefs of the people for and in their best interests.
BOB GILLILAND The Daytona Times did not receive Mr. Gilliland’s response by the newspaper’s presstime on Wednesday.
BARACK OBAMA IS NOT JUST A PRESIDENT FOR SOME OF US.
HE’S FIGHTING FOR ALL OF US.
DAYTONA BEACH COMMISSIONER ZONE 6 PAULA R. REED 1. As a result of my walking my zone and talking with the voters I have identified three priorities: Infrastructure, Economic Development, and Community Development. 2. Any loss in population that our city suffers could pose a potential problem. Although it’s necessary to keep demographical statistics on our population, as long as the citizenry is contributing to our overall mission of the city I don’t see this as a problem. Factors that could have contributed to this loss in population include the economy, employment opportunities and crime.
items. Residents should be aware of the revenue of the city as well as the expenses quarterly. 2. Some would say that jobs or the economy are reasons. The question has been “What does Daytona Beach want to be when it grows up?” Another reason often overlooked is there are very few neighborhood schools. Schools are being built away from the city proper. Local neighborhood schools are a thing of the past and we really have no idea why. The lines for re-districting as it relates to public schools are revisited/re-drawn annually. As a result elementary school children have to catch the bus at 6:30 to arrive at school on time. New residents purchase homes near neighborhood schools. Families with children living where there are no neighborhood schools have relocated to be closer to the schools.
3. Prior to agreeing to such an event I must first be provided with a detailed outline of the plan. Promises for support of such an event are not enough. There must be firm contractual agreements so that failure to perform has a concrete consequence. There must be clearly defined duties and responsibilities. The additional revenue would be great for the city, but poorly planned activities would generate a greater cost to the city. BCR was a great event initially. Near its end visitors were mistreated and misrepresented. Hotel prices were doubled and in some cases tripled. Police were recruited from all over the United States to monitor the visitors. Daytona did not want BCR and it was made clear to the local residents as well as the visitors.
1. There are a number of issues to be addresses but first and foremost the priority would be the budget. The current fiduciaries of the budget have not given the residents the best bang for their taxes paid. The budget should be analyzed very carefully. A clearly articulated “Check List” should be identified with dates certain for correcting
4. Preparation is essential when accepting a task such as that of a City Commissioner. I have studied, prepared and been actively involved in City Boards, Committees and Commission. Learning the Land Development Codes and the process for making projects materialize is essential to serving as City Commissioner. The individual holding this position must be willing to be a servant and spokesperson for the residents not just a figurehead.
3. Yes, I would support this effort. We have a number of special events that come to our town annually and they are very successful. We need to adopt other events during the slow periods that put more feet on our streets, meaning more money being funneled into our local community. 4. I am a highly ethical person, I have a genuine concern for others, and I am just and fair in my dealings. My community engagement, enthusiasm, determination, and dedication to serve separate me from my opponent.
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I promised to be a President who would build a better future; who would move this nation forward; who would ensure that this generation—your generation—had the same chances and the same opportunities that our parents gave us. That’s what I’m here to do. That’s why I ran for President of the United States of America.
THERE’S MORE TO DO, BUT WE’RE ON THE RIGHT TRACK.
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on the area and are something that I wholeheartedly embrace.
BEN JOHNSON 1. I’m very proud of the significant reduction in the crime rate (51.5% in the violent crime category and 12.6% overall) that has occurred since I took office. If returned to office by the voters, my top priority will continue to be sustaining the crime reductions through effective and aggressive enforcement and wise use of personnel, resources and technology. Some of my other top priorities will be to continue to aggressively suppress drug crimes, wisely manage resources and evaluate all programs and services for efficiency and effectiveness in order to maintain the highest quality law enforcement for the citizens of Volusia County, oversee transition to the new Communications Center as the final step in the consolidation of countywide emergency dispatch services and to begin planning for a new, modern evidence storage facility to replace the existing, undersized/outdated facility. 2. I don’t have any factual basis for determining the cause of the population shift within the City of Daytona Beach. 3. All special events that attract large crowds of people – regardless of their race – pose public safety challenges for law enforcement. However, the events themselves and the diversity and economic impact they bring to our community have a very positive effect
4. My combination of education (both in college and at the FBI National Academy), experience in virtually all aspects of policing, my institutional knowledge of the agency and my prior service for 26 ½ years as a Deputy Sheriff with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office – including the supervisory ranks of Sergeant and Lieutenant as well as assignments of high responsibility such as a District Commander, Watch Commander and SWAT Team Entry Leader – and then the last 12 years as the elected Sheriff, are some of the factors that I believe make me the better candidate. Another critical factor is my leadership ability, as demonstrated during my tenure as Sheriff in leading the agency and working effectively with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners, through multi-agency task forces and the Police Chiefs Association, in taking on the lead role in a successful effort to unify the emergency dispatch system for the entire county and in my selection and service as President of the Florida Sheriffs Association. Additionally, I am active in numerous civic endeavors and have been endorsed for re-election by our Deputies through the Volusia Deputies Association. My re-election also has either been endorsed or recommended by the Daytona Beach Police Officers Association, Teamsters Local 2011 representing members from the Florida Department of Corrections, Coastal Florida Police Benevolent Association, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #40, the New Smyrna Beach Board of Realtors,
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West Volusia Board of Realtors and Housing For Tomorrow. Finally, I’m the only candidate with the supervisory, administrative, personnel and budget experience necessary to effectively manage an agency the size of the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. I believe all these factors combined, plus my record of proven results while in office, not only make me the best candidate, but make me the only qualified candidate in the race.
WENDELL BRADFORD 1. First I need to mention that I am not part of the cronyism that has plagued Volusia County for decades and I will promote and hire individuals based on merit, not friendship. As a newly elected Sheriff, my first priority is to complete an audit of the Sheriff’s Department so that I will be able to determine where the res ources (tax payer’s money) are being spent and how we can utilize the funds to better serve the community. We must look at new ways to utilize the funds provided to maintain an up-todate and professional Sheriff’s Department. I will focus on Volusia County’s long term vision, develop-
ing partnerships with local law enforcement agencies and policy changes that will break down obstacles and make Volusia County a better place to live and work. The reactive approach has not worked for the Sheriff’s Department, we must initiate PROACTIVE programs within our communities to fight against the social disorder that is disrupting the lives of our family and friends. When you listen to the other candidate’s speeches, it sounds like an echo. Education through partnership is the key to a successful future for Volusia County. Since 2000, Volusia County Sheriff’s department has been eliminating valuable community programs, such as Crime Against Seniors, Gang Enforcement and School Resource Deputies, and spending taxpayer’s money on high priced equipment and millions of dollars on excessive overtime. By working together we can reduce crime and the fear of crime within our communities.
2. I personally do not believe the overall decrease in population has anything to do with the increase in Black population. The state of the economy has put a burden on many families and businesses, and homeowners have walked away from their homes because their home values have depreciated. According to FDLE UCR Arrest Data between 2007 and 2011, arrest of criminals within Daytona Beach per 100,000 dropped from 16,995.5 to 14,258.3. 3. Yes. The event will bring increased revenue to the businesses in Daytona Beach as well as Volusia County. If the City decided to facilitate the event, as Sheriff we would work with all agencies to coordinate police coverage of the event and any other event they would need our assistance with. 4. I am not part of the cronyism that has plagued Volusia County for decades. I have been a Deputy Sheriff for over 21 years and I
have my Bachelors in Business Administration and Masters in Strategic Leadership. When elected I will focus on Volusia County’s long term vision, developing partnerships with local law enforcement agencies and policy changes that will break down obstacles and make Volusia County a better place to live and work. By working together with local law enforcement agencies and citizens we can maintain the peace, safety, and security for the citizens and businesses, thus reducing crime and the fear of crime. It is time for New Leadership and a New Perspective. Volusia County needs a leader that has the skills, energy, strength, and commitment to lead and execute the laws that will make our community safer. Volusia County has been under the same “cronyism” leadership for over four decades and it is time to bring leadership in the VCSO that will promote individuals based on merit, time served, and their strengths.
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Women’s group to present Raz-Ma-Tazz and All That Jazz The Daytona Beach Section of the National Council of Negro Women Inc. will present “Raz-Ma-tazz and All That Jazz 2012” on Nov. 11 from 2 to 5 p.m. The event, which will take place at the Center for Civic Engagement at Bethune-Cookman University, is a fundraiser for the group’s annual Black History Brain Bowl and other community projects. The center is located at 740 W. International Speedway Blvd. Parking is free. Tickets for Raz-Ma-Tazz are $30 and available from members of the group. In addition to a meal, guests will be treated to the smooth jazz sounds of the Don Durkey Trio featuring Ted Adams. “We hope the public will come out, enjoy a good meal, listen to some jazz and help us raise funds to underwrite the cost of prizes for next year’s brain bowl,” said Patricia Heard, program chair.
Academic competition in February The academic competition, which takes place in February, is open to all middle and high school students in Volusia and Flagler counties. The purpose of this annual event is to encourage the study of African-American history. “For the past seven years we have been able to re-
Who: Daytona Beach Section of the National Council of Negro Women Inc. proudly present “RazzA-Matazz and All That Jazz” Don Durkee Trio featuring Ted Adams What: Supper and live entertainment When: 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012 Where: Center for Civic Engagement at Bethune-Cookman University 740 W. International Speedway Boulevard in Daytona Beach Donation: $30. This is a fundraising event to benefit our annual Black History Brain Bowl competition For more information: call (386) 295-4468
ward the winning high school team with laptop computers and we hope to continue the tradition,” Heard said. “We like to think that we are giving our students a hand up as they head off to college. We would like to be able to also give computers to the middle school winners.” The National Council of Negro Women Inc. was founded in 1935 by Mary McLeod Bethune. The Daytona Beach section is one of more than 240 community-based sections organized to address local needs including developing and sponsoring educational projects.
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BRIEFS Daytona State to conduct open auditions for the musical “All Shook Up” The School of Music, Entertainment and Art at Daytona State College will conduct open auditions for “All Shook Up,” a fun rock musical based on the music of Elvis Presley, at 3 p.m. Nov. 7, and at 6 p.m. on Nov. 8. Auditions will be held in the Choir Room, Goddard Performance Hall (Bldg. 230), on the college’s Daytona Beach Campus, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd. Call-backs will be held on Nov. 9 at 3 p.m. The two-act production is based on William Shakespeare’s 1602 play “Twelfth Night,” and features Presley hits such as “All Shook Up,” “Jail House Rock,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Love Me Tender,” and “Blue Suede Shoes.” The audition will include a one-minute prepared rock and roll piece (music from the show is encouraged), dance and read from the script. Auditions are being held for chorus as well as the following characters: • Natalie Haller (early 20s): A mechanic. • Chad: A great-looking, motorcycling, guitar-playing, leather-jacketed roustabout. • Jim Haller (mid-40s-50s): Natalie’s widowed father. • Sylvia (mid-40s): The no-nonsense, African-American owner of Sylvia’s Honky-Tonk. • Lorraine: Sylvia’s 16-year-old daughter • Dennis: A young, awkward, aspiring dentist. • Miss Sandra: The beautiful, intellectual caretaker of the town’s museum. • Dean Hyde: Matilda’s 16-yearold son. He has grown up at a military boarding school. • Sheriff Earl (mid-40s-50s): the law in town. A man of not many words. Rehearsals will start in January; production dates for the musical are Feb. 22, 23, 24, March 1 & 2, 2013. For more information, call 386226-1903.
Halloween carnival The AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post #100 will hold their annual Halloween carnival on Oct. 27 from 1 p.m. 5 p.m. at 526 Orange Ave. There
Henry Platform for our City’s Core: a Plan to imProve tHe Heart of tHe City • Supports a city staff ‘Live here, work here’ requirement. • Supports an improved Local Preference Ordinance for city contracts. • Supports expanding the city’s events in the urban core, including the expansion of Bike Week down ISB. • Supports a true community-based mentoring program that brings the Midtown and Scarlett Golden Centers to life using students from BCU, ERAU and DSC. • Supports a budget that adequately staffs both Community Centers and does not overcharge residents for use of city facilities. • Supports hiring practices in the city that reflect our 36% AfricanAmerican population, a goal emphasized during Mayor Yvonne Scarlet Golden’s tenure. • Supports a Mary McLeod Bethune Festival similar to the Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts in Eatonville. • Supports the restoration of Orange Avenue.
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will be refreshments, candy, activities, music and much more. This event is free and open to the public. Children must be accompanied by an adult. More information: 386252-2033.
Strengthening Families, Protective Factors & Café Talk Overview The Early Learning Coalition of Flagler and Volusia announce the Strengthening Families, Protective Factors and Café Talk Overview. ELCFV has partnered with families, school readiness providers and community social service agencies to increase family involvement and promote favorable outcomes for the children and families of the community. The overview will be held Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Light snacks, coffee and beverages will be provided. It’s highly suggested to pack a lunch. The event takes place at the Early Learning Coalition of Flagler/ Volusia, 230 North Beach St., 2nd floor conference room. Register at elcfv.org or contact Corey Best cbest@ elcfv.org at 386-323-2400x162. Continuing Education Units are provided and can be purchased at the time of registration.
Car seat check-up event Safe Kids Volusia/Flagler will be holding a car seat check-up event at The Chiles Academy, 868 George W. Ingram Blvd. on Oct. 30 from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. The event will be open for mothers who attend The Chiles Academy from 8:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. and to the general public from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will be on hand to check your child’s car seat for proper installation and assist you in installing your child’s car seat. If possible, please have the child whose seat is being checked or installed present with you. If you are an expectant parent we will assist with installation and demonstrate proper harnessing using a doll. Please bring your vehicle manual and car seat manual. New car seats will be available at a discounted rate. These seats must be installed during the event. Free booster seats will also be available. They must be installed during the event. For more information, call 386323-0000.
NAACP hosting workshop to help ex-felons get rights back Dr. Walter Fordham, chair of the Daytona Beach NAACP Political Action Activity committee, announced this week that a workshop is scheduled to help felonies restore their rights. ‘In an effort to help end Florida’s voting Dr. Walter ban against citizens Fordham in Daytona Beach and surrounding communities with past felonies, the NAACP will host a free workshop for individuals with past felony convictions to apply for restoration of their civil rights,’’ Fordham said. The workshop will take place from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at the John H. Dickerson Center, 308 South Martin Luther King Blvd., Daytona Beach. This workshop is free and no appointments are required. All candidates will be provided with oneon-one assistance to provide information they need to apply for clemency. “State laws vary when it comes to defining a felony and in determining if people who are no longer incarcerated can vote,” Fordham explained. “In taking away the right to vote from thousands of citizens, Florida is completely out of line with the rest on the country. Felons in Florida are stripped on their right to vote until they undertake a lengthy application process and granted restoration of their rights by the governor and the cabinet, sitting as the Executive Clemency Board, “ Fordham continued. For more information, contact the NAACP office at 386-255-3736
B-CU to host Trunk or Treat Sunday Bethune-Cookman University is inviting the community to its second annual Trunk or Treat on Sunday, Oct. 28, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. According to a press release, BCU is providing a safe alternative to trick or treating at the Lee Rhyant Residential Life Center parking lot. There will food, games and other activities. All are welcome for this free event. For more information, send an email to email@example.com.
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Flagler well-represented during campaign stop 26, 4 p.m., at 502 Bacher St., Bunnell. A street ministry, prayer walk is up next at 5:30 p.m., followed on Oct. 27, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., with “A Community Day” at Bunnell City Hall, 200 South Church St. It will focus on the ministry of children and adults and provide medical personnel, as well as food, school supplies, shoes and more. For further details, call Evangelist Dadzie at 386871-7192.
By Jeroline D. Mccarthy | Daytona Times Husband Louie and I basked in excitement waiting with others - for Ketterlinus Gymnasium’s doors to open and listen to Vice President Joe Biden there Saturday in St. Augustine. The campaign stop tuned in more than 950 people, many of whom came from Palm Coast. The vice president’s bullet points for the ObamaBiden ticket stipulate that if everybody plays by the same rules, work hard, do what they’re supposed to do – no matter where they come from – they’ll have a fair shot to building a decent life for their kids and grandkids. The vice president gained a smashing momentum in his 40-minute speech when a baby’s cries allowed him to work the cries into his speech. Talking about (Mitt) Romney and (Paul) Ryan, Biden said, “They eliminate help for middle-class families who want to send their kids to college, like that beautiful baby over there. I don’t blame that baby for crying. That baby knows what’s in store for him or her if Romney wins - I’m glad somebody understands my speech,” Biden asserted. The vice president solicited votes in the battle for Florida, popping off a declaration that the Democratic Party is best for the middle class. Biden said, “He’s out of touch where I think this
country is, where we move, and now, and now they’re even abandoning the core principle of this new Republican Party,” he affirmed. “This is not the Republican Party of 10 years ago. This is not the Republican Party of 20 years ago. This is not even Mitt Romney’s father’s Republican Party. This is an alliance between the right in the Republican Party and the Tea Party – people I saw coming in here. I saw four or five of them,” Biden said. During his motorcade’s arrival, Biden passed protesters along U.S. 1 near the gymnasium who were clothed in Tea Party regalia.
The Flagler County NAACP will have its focus on political debates coming up Oct. 25, 5-7 p.m. at the African-American Cultural Society, 4422 North U.S. 1, Palm Coast. The candidates for sheriff will be incumbent Donald W. Fleming and James Manfre; for Supervisor of Elections, Trey Corbett and incumbent Kimberle B. Weeks. Frank J. Meeker and Abby Romaine will speak vying for the county commission seat, district 2, and incumbent George Hanns and Herb Whitaker, Jr., county commission seat, district 5. The candidates will ex-
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How to start a business Learn how to start your own business during a workshop
Need a job? A job fair will be free to the public Oct. 31, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., at the George Washington Carver Center, 206 Drain St,, Bunnell. Positive thinking, resume writing and mock interviews will be the thrust of the workshops. Snacks and door prizes are both part of the package. Business owners are invited to register for free tables and chairs for a lineup of the businesses. To learn more, call Brian R. Willard at 386-437-8279. ••• As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted and bereaved.
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EasySpeak returns to Schnelby Local talent will present spoken word, singing, rapping and more at the EasySpeak showcase to be held Oct. 26 at the Peggy Schnebly Recreation Center, 1101 N. Atlantic Ave. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. The show starts at 8 p.m. Cost: $5, $15 VIP. More information: 386-383-2426.
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sponsored by the Florida Small Business Development Center and SCORE on Nov. 1 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Daytona State College, Bergengren Hall, Building 110, Room 112. There is no charge for this workshop but registration is required. More information: 386-5064723 or sbdc@daytonastate. edu. Free Prophetic Conference under way The Choice Christian Worship Center, under the direction of Prophetess Deborah Ford
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press their views, moderated by John Winston of the Flagler County NAACP Executive Committee. All are welcome to attend. For further details, call
First Vice President Barbara Goss at 386-446-4644. Evangelist Faye Dadzie of Victorious Life Ministries, Palm Coast, and Evangelist Dorothy White of Glo-
ry Unlimited Ministries, Copperas Cove, Texas, are inviting you to fight with them, conquering love and prayer, through their minimissions outreach on Oct.
and Deacon Harold Ford, will present Prophetic Conference 2012 “A Time for Impartation.’’ The free conference will be held at 327 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and services will start at 7 p.m. Oct. 25-27 with a guest speaker each night and a Saturday noon prayer luncheon. More information: Deborahefordministries.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
view job tips as well as being educated about work ethics are invited to participate in a free job readiness program Nov. 5, 6, 7 at the Palmetto Park Neighborhood Network Center, 704 Hawk St. More information: 386-255-4761.
take part in the Pre-Halloween “Trunk or Treat.”
Church to host skate party A skate party event with Hope Fellowship Church, the Family of Hope and Hope Kids NewGeneration begins at 7 p.m. on Oct. 31 at Skate City, 1790 South Nova Road. Donations: $5. Tickets: 386-226-1122. Free help for job seekers Residents interested in getting help putting together a resume and cover letter, learning how to dress for success, get inter-
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Learn how to use library when closed Learn how to take advantage of Volusia County’s public library branches 24/7 during a free workshop at 5 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island. More information: 386-2576036. Center plans free tennis tourney The Friends of Tennis will present a Flagler Early Learning Day at the Palm Coast Tennis Center Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The event will be a free “round-robin” tennis tournament. Children also can
Haunted house at Lilian Place The Heritage Preservation Trust of Volusia County is hosting the Ghost Stories and Folklore of Lilian Place
Happy Birthday to You! Our son, Andrew, Floral Park, New York, Oct. 26; Keanna Jordan, Oct. 27; Rita Acey, Oct. 28; Verna Mae Johnson, Sheryl Luster, Oct. 29. Happy anniversary to William and Rita Acey, Oct. 31. and Daytona Beach Tour this month. Tours will be Oct. 26 and 27 from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Tickets are $10. Lilian Place is at 111 Silver Beach Ave. More information: www. heritagepreservationtrust.org or 386-299-5628.
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‘Tremendous victory’ for Wildcats over Norfolk BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES email@example.com
Bethune-Cookman handled Norfolk State 48-3 in front of a home crowd of 6,234 this past week. “It was a tremendous victory. It was a great job done by our players and our coaching staff. We kept our focus coming off a bye week,” said Coach Brian Jenkins. Quentin Williams threw for a career-high 157 yards with two touchdowns in just a half of the action to lead the Wildcats. “The game is slowing down for me. I just credit things to preparation and dedication with myself and my teammates,” remarked Williams. Broderick Waters replaced Williams in the second half and ran for 103 yards with a touchdown and threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Jhomo Gordon.
‘Good things’ happening B-CU’s defense entered the game leading the FCS in turnover margin, takeaways and turnover differential. The Wildcats forced three turnovers, recorded four sacks and held the Spartans to 239 total yards, including 72 in the first half. “Our defensive coordinator Yogi Jones and our other assistants have done a good job and our players are buying into the system.
B-CU ROUNDUP They are swarming to the ball and good things are happening,” commented Jenkins. The Wildcats racked up 435 yards of total offense including 264 rushing. Bethune-Cookman (52, 4-0) scored on its opening possession when Williams hooked up with Eddie Poole, who jumped over a defender for a fiveyard score to make it 7-0 in the first quarter. D.J. Howard’s 69-yard fumble return touchdown put B-CU up 14-0 with 3:41 to go in the first quarter. “I just wanted to get to the ball first and when I did I was able to get to the end zone. I got some blocks from my teammates. I was in the right place at the right time,” responded Howard.
34-0 lead early Nesley Marcellon who stripped NSU’s Conley Smith. B-CU led 21-0 after Williams hooked up with K.J. Stroud on a 28-yard touchdown pass with 12:37 to go in the second quarter. A pair of Isidore Jackson touchdown runs in the second quarter gave the Wildcats a 34-0 lead. Norfolk State (2-6, 0-5) got its only points on a 33-yard field goal from Everett Goldberg right before halftime. Stroud finished with four 60 yards with a score and Jhomo Gordon three for 62 with a score for B-CU.
Baker (185 tournament average) also stood out for BCU. The Ladies host the Wildcat Invitational in DeLand from Oct. 26-28.
Volleyball: B-CU falls twice on road
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Bethune-Cookman’s D.J. Howard (23) returns a fumble for a 69-yard touchdown run. The Wildcats beat Norfolk State 48-3 to remain on top of the MEAC title race. Donald Smith (six total tackles) and Jarkevis Fields (five total tackles) led B-CU defensively. Jake Basmagian threw for 119 yards. Xavier Boyce had six catches for 60 yards and Derrick Demps four for 67 yards for Norfolk. Lynden Trail (12 total tackles, one sack) and Terrence Pugh (11 total tackles, one sack) led the Spartans defensively. Norfolk Coach Pete Adrian was B-CU’s defensive coordinator 1997-2004. “It’s great to come back here. I have a lot of friends here and my son is a B-CU grad. As for the game, the turnovers really hurt us.
They have all year,” commented Adrian. The Wildcats held their Second Annual Biker Challenge and wore pink items to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. B-CU hosts North Carolina Central (5-2, 4-0) for first place in the MEAC on Senior Day on Oct. 27.
Bowling: ’Cats finish seventh in tourney The Wildcats went 5-7 in the 12 team Tulane Invitational tournament to open the season this past week. B-CU defeated Southern, Louisiana Tech, Prairie View A&M, Grambling
State and Tulane while three of their defeats came from No. 2 Arkansas State, No. 3 Sam Houston State and No. 10 Stephen F. Austin. “We need to be more consistent as a team. I think that we tried to live up to our ranking instead of playing like we are capable,” bowling coach Tony O’Neal. B-CU entered the weekend ranked No. 17 by the media and No. 18 by the coaches in the polls. The Wildcats’ Natalie Armstrong posted a 202.2 average over the weekend and was named to the AllTournament team. Felicia
The Wildcats lost to Coppin State 3-1 on Sunday and Morgan State 3-0 on Monday. Janeen Davis led the Wildcats with 16 kills and 11 digs against CSU. Krysta Gardner added 12 kills, Monica Lowe 33 assists and Jennifer Jimenez 21 kills to surpass the 800 mark for her career. Gardner paced B-CU with eight kills and eight digs against while Davis added seven kills and Jimenez nine digs against Morgan State. B-CU (3-23) travels to Savannah State and South Carolina State Oct. 26-28.
Golf: Fricker and Wildcats place second Bethune-Cookman’s Ryan Fricker finished second in the Mission Inn Fall Intercollegiate Classic in Howey-in-the- Hills. The event was hosted by St. John’s University. It was the second time this fall that Frick has finished as the runner-up in a tournament. B-CU’s Leon Fricker (224) also finished eight individually. The Wildcats (294) also finished second in team competition.
Johnson and Clark lift NSB to district title BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES firstname.lastname@example.org
Two big fourth-quarter plays rallied New Smyrna Beach past Seabreeze 2114 at Municipal Stadium this past week. The New Smyrna Barracudas clinched the district 6-9A title while the Sandcrabs now must beat Pine Ridge and Mainland the next two weeks to make the playoffs. “We caught a few breaks. Hats off to Seabreeze and their coaching staff. They do well against us every year. It’s always a tough ball game with them,” said New Smyrna Coach Lance Jenkins. Marcus Johnson threw for 287 yards with three touchdowns and James Clark caught 10 passes for
VOLUSIA COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL REVIEW 213 yards with two scores for the Barracudas.
‘A lot of cushion’ New Smyrna (7-0, 3-0) tied the game at 14-14 when Johnson found Clark who went 76 yards for a touchdown when the Seabreeze defender slipped with 10:40 to play. “They gave us a lot of cushion in coverage. They wouldn’t let us beat them deep. We just took a chance at the outside. Marcus made a good throw and James made a good catch,” stated Jenkins. The two hooked up again for another 58-yard touchdown pass, which Clark again separated from
the defender with 6:28 remaining to give NSB a 2114 lead. “We had a sophomore who is filling in for some injured players covering Clark. He had good coverage. Clark is a Division I recruit who just made a couple of plays,” said Seabreeze Coach Marc Beach.
Lot of points lost New Smyrna’s Diamonte Mitchell knocked down Seabreeze’s Connor Blair’s pass intended for Jalen Hinson in the endzone with 49 seconds remaining to seal the deal. Seabreeze (4-4, 1-1) struck first on Trevaughn
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New Smyrna Beach’s offense lines up against Seabreeze’s defense in last weekend’s football game. Rodriguez’ 13-yard touchdown run to end the first quarter. The Barracudas tied the game at 7-7 on Johnson’s 27-yard touchdown pass to Diamonte Mitchell on a fourth-down conversion with 10:23 to play in the second quarter. The Sandcrabs retook the lead at 14-7 when Blair found Jason Hewitt from 22 yards just before halftime. Seabreeze had some chances. They had a field goal attempt blocked, dropped a pass that would have converted a first down, threw an interception in the end zone and failed to convert following a New Smyrna fumble at the NSB 30-yard line. “We had a lot of success, but we left a lot of points out there tonight especially in the first half. We have a good football team. We will keep working and get better,” commented Beach. Rodriguez finished with 74 yards rushing and 105 yards receiving for the Sandcrabs. Blair also threw for 271 yards for the Sandcrabs. Seabreeze played without two-way starter Charles Nelson who is out for the season with a torn ACL.
Football roundup: Mainland, Atlantic win; DeLand loses on ESPN Cameron Hadley threw for 72 yards with two touchdowns, caught four passes for 65 yards and returned a punt for a 65-yard score to lead Mainland past Pine Ridge 47-0 in a district 9-6A game. Chris “C.J.’’ Jones ran for 205 yards with four touchdowns to pace Atlantic to a 37-21 win over Tavares in a district 7-5A contest. JoJo Kemp ran for 210 yards with two touchdowns for DeLand in a 2814 loss to Jacksonville Sandalwood in a 1-8A matchup. The game aired live on ESPN. Other scores: Jacksonville Mandarin-14, Spruce Creek-7; Warner-63, Calvary-0; Neptune Beach Fletcher-31, Flagler Palm Coast-3; Lake Mary-44, University-7; Wildwood-48, Taylor-7; Trinity-23, Florida Air-7; Matanzas-14, Jacksonville Creekside-7; Brandon Fish Academy-59, Halifax-24.
This week’s top games New Smyrna (7-0) at Orange Park Fleming Island
(6-2): The Barracudas have clinched the district title but face a tough non-district opponent on the road. Kissimmee Poinciana (1-5, 0-3) at Atlantic (6-1, 2-1): The Sharks are still battling for a playoff spot. They should win this game at home and keep their chances alive. Jacksonville Sandalwood (5-2, 2-1) at Flagler Palm Coast (5-3, 2-1): It’s a must win for both. The two teams are still alive for the district title and the playoffs. Jacksonville Mandarin (3-4, 1-2) at DeLand (44, 2-1): The Bulldogs are still alive for the district title and a playoff spot. They will be favored at home.
Prep Sports Seven Football 1. *New Smyrna (7-0), 2. Warner (7-1), 3. Atlantic (6-1), 4. Flagler Palm Coast (5-3), 5. Mainland (4-3), 6* Trinity (5-2), tie 7. Seabreeze (4-4) DeLand (4-4). Others: Taylor (4-3). *-denotes made the state playoffs.
Previous ranking 1. New Smyrna, 2. Warner, 3. Atlantic, 4. Flagler Palm Coast, 5. DeLand, 6. Seabreeze, 7. Taylor, Trinity.
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