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Senior Games kick off in Port Orange A week-long series of a dozen sporting events for ages 50 and older has begun! This year, almost 200 are participating, including one athlete who swims to fight a fatal lung disease. PAGES 11-12

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Governor to decide on animal cruetly law. PAGE 8


How participating in a virtual dementia tour gave Nichole Osinski a new perspective. PAGE 6


Two Port Orange school volunteers were recently honored with the Outstanding School Volunteer Award by Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart. Kathleen Learn, a Cypress Creek Elementary School volunteer, and Georgia Howard, a Silver Sands Middle School volunteer, were among 15 honored. “Our state’s educators rely on volunteers of all ages and backgrounds to assist in the classroom and with schoolwide events,” Stewart said in a press release. “I am proud to honor these individuals ... who have dedicated selflessly countless hours to making Florida schools great places to receive an education. I applaud their efforts, and I hope they will serve as an inspiration.” 

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Silver Sands’ Jordan Veit was among 1,800 students who participated in Volusia Fitness Festivals. PAGE 3

Bike Week: The party continues, for now



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Why send reporters to Bike Week, where they’re sexually harassed?







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The first time I ever hired a photographer for the newspaper, I sent her on assignment to take pictures of a mechanical bullriding competiting at Thunder Gulch, on U.S. 1 in Bunnell. This was in 2010, and I was new to the area. I didn’t know what Bike Week was, and I certainly didn’t know that, in addition to bull-riding, there would also be a wet T-shirt contest and a Jello wrestling match featuring women wearing bikinis. Since then, I have had two female reporters tell me they have been sexually harassed while covering biker events. The most recent one happened like this: Reporter is taking pictures, accidentally bumps into a biker, apologizes. Then the biker says, “It’s OK, sweetheart. You can rub up on me anytime you want.” First of all, shame on me for only recognizing this problem after eight Bike Weeks and Biketoberfests. I now realize that I am not respectful of my employ-

ees if I send them to cover events at which they should expect to be sexually harassed. Bike Week is a major economic driver for Volusia and Flagler counties. Restaurants and bars fly signs to encourage bikers to stop for something to eat. But Bike Week is also reprehensible in so many ways, as illustrated by a photo proudly displayed on the front page of the Sunday, March 11, edition of the Daytona Beach News-Journal. It’s of a woman in a leopard-print bikini, leaning forward, showing off her cleavage, with $5 bills tucked under a strap and in her bikini bottoms. As if the reader didn’t quite get it, the cutline explains that this woman is trying to “lure bikers to a bike wash.” I have spoken with people who shrug this off, saying, “It is what it is.” In other words, “Boys will be boys,” and we have to accept that the objectification of women is part of the biker “culture.” Really? Although I’m confident most bikers are great people, some, apparently, feel like wearing black leather gives them permission to do whatever they want. Bike Week has a problem. After this edition, the Observer will do its part and be more judicious in how — and if — we cover Bike Week again. Email Brian McMillan at





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Daytona Beach Helping Hearts will be hosting a free Easter egg hunt 11 a.m. Saturday, March 17. Children can also get free pictures with the Easter bunny, but donations are also being accepted. The organization is currently accepting donations of plastic eggs and candy for the egg hunt. Donated items for the Easter baskets are also being accepted. The event is being held at Dunlawton Plantation and Sugar Mill, 950 Old Sugar Mill Road. For more information, visit bit. ly/2FiXnXN. 


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Port Orange PAL holds annual motorcycle fundraiser The Port Orange Police Athletic League will be holding the 22nd-annual Motorcycle Fundraiser. Participants will have the chance to win a 2017 Harley-Davidson Road Glide or $14,000. There will also be 10 $100 winners. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased at the front desk of the Port Orange Police Department. The drawing will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at the Cabbage Patch, 549 Tomoka Farms Road. Call 506-5877. 

Kilted Man to visit Port Orange Library Scottish-born Matthew Gurnsey, better known as The Kilted Man, will sing and perform traditional Irish and Scottish music at 2 p.m. Friday, March 16, at the Port Orange Regional Library, 1005 City Center Circle. Gurnsey’s Celtic instruments include the concertina, bodhran, bones, mandolin, penny whistle and bowed psaltery.  Reservations are not required. For more information, call the Port Orange library at 322-5152, option 4.


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Move it, move it Fitness Festivals are part of the Presidential Fitness Challenge.



t was a busy morning for the students, parents and teachers who had gathered at three schools for the annual Volusia County Fitness Festivals, which have been taking place for more than 30 years.  More than 1,800 Volusia public school students from fourth to eighth grade spent several hours of their morning participating in the events, which took place on Friday, March 9. In Port Orange, middle school students arrived early to compete with students from around the county at Silver Sands Middle School, while elementary students spent the morning  at Spruce Creek High. Students from Forest Lake, Pride and Spirit elementary schools competed on the Forest Lake Elementary campus.  A CHALLENGE FOR EVERY STUDENT 

Silver Sands Middle School student Cooper Foxman.

Silver Sands Middle School student Todd Kistner.

Kicking off the events at Silver Sands was PE Coach Laurie Gawriluk, who has been a part of the Fitness Festivals for about 15



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years. “The kids have an opportunity to come mingle with each other, socialize, realize the importance of fitness, have some competition,” Gawriluk said. “There are not many opportunities for middle-schoolers to compete. This is their time to shine.” Throughout the morning, students participated in various events, including the five-yard dash, shuttle run, mile relay and standing long jump.  Several of the day’s events are also  a part of the Presidential Fitness Challenge, which was started in 1966 to promote physical health among youth.  PHYSICAL HEALTH AND THE COMMUNITY

In Volusia County, the number of middle schools students who are obese has risen from 11.3% in 2010 to 13.6% in 2016, according to the Florida Department of Health. For high-schoolers, the number has gone from 10.5% to 15.7%. “We’re seeing more and more children that are obese,” Executive Community Health Nursing Director for the Volusia DOH Denise Ayers said. “With obesity comes the increase of diabetes.”  Creekside Middle School parents  Kimberly Wolak and Tanya Anderson, who were out supporting their children during the competition, noted that the event was more than just a competition.  “It’s great,” Wolak said. “It gets the students outside.” RETURNING TO THE CHALLENGE

For some students, like Silver Sands Middle School student Gavin Bryant, the challenge wasn’t new. Bryant first had the chance to participate when he was in fourth grade. On Friday he was competing in the long jump.  “The other time I had a lot of fun,” Bryant said, adding that he was still a little nervous about Friday’s competitions.  For one person at the event, the challenges have a special mean-

Port Orange Elementary student Hunter Crider takes a practice run.

HOSPITALIZATIONS IN 2016 Port Orange diabetes hospitalizations: 9 Port Orange overweight and obesity hospitalizations: 11 Numbers from the Florida Department of Health

ing. Jamie Sheriff used to participate in the Fitness Festivals when she was a student at Tomoka Elementary. Now, she is a coach at the  school and helps run the current event. As for her thoughts on what the festivals mean, she sees health and working together major parts of what the students are doing.   “It’s more about being  wellrounded individuals,” Sheriff said. “They have the physical skills, they have the character, the sportsmanship and [they’re] able to support each other and encourage their classmates and their competitors to do the best they can possibly do.”





Can Bike Week and development coexist? The party continues in Daytona — for now.


The dream of city leaders — having more shopping, dining and entertainment on the beachside — has come to Main Street. But it’s only for this week, as the annual party called Bike Week livens up the area. Parking lots have become concert venues or food courts, and normally closed storefronts display endless racks of biker-type clothing and jewelry. But it’s not the kind of life on the street desired by city leaders, including the Beachside Redevelopment Committee, formed in large part to solve the problem of downtown Daytona. The Daytona Beach City Commission has stated that year-round shops and restaurants are needed to support convention center traffic. Business owners have also stated that visitors at the upscale hotels need entertainment options. Some feel Bike Week stands in the way of beachside revitalization, because many businesses leave with the bikers. Spring Break was once a sand-

“Bikers” has been changed to “Riders.”

spur in the city’s foot, but has become small enough that hoteliers enjoy an uptick in the offseason while residents ignore it. Some Bike Week watchers say it’s also getting smaller. Can it be muffled enough on Main Street that year-round businesses can be developed while the 77-yearold party continues? Or perhaps the desired upscale shops can be developed on other streets, while Main Street builds on its night scene year-round, serving a downsized Bike Week. Beachside Daytona Beach is a microcosm of a big city, with the blank, glassy eyes of the high-rises on the east side of State Road

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A1A looking down on iffy neighborhoods on the west side of the road. Over the decades, the city has had countless studies on how to revitalize the area. The special events are always part of the discussion. This week, the party continues. Many of the pedestrians weaving up and down the sidewalk on Main Street seem to be locals taking in the bizarre bazaar. For those interested, I paid $10 to park at a church on Halifax Drive north of Main Street. The county parking garage is also available. Bike Week is  part of the history of Daytona that still exists, for now.

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Members of the Port Orange-South Daytona Rotary Club extend their help across the world with Sustainable Cambodia project The project supports families in rural Cambodia by providing education, training and clean water. NICHOLE OSINSKI STAFF WRITER

It was the first time Joshua Gray and Bill Thompson had been to Cambodia. The two men, both members of the Port OrangeSouth Daytona Rotary Club, were on a roughly 10-day educational trip to learn more about the villages, people and everyday needs of the country.  The journey revolved around a project Gray, Thompson and other Rotary members were involved in — Sustainable Cambodia. This ongoing project, started by Rotarians from Gainesville, has brought together people from across the world to help Cambodians get clean drinking water, education and training to support the next generation.  “It was a little shocking. We live in a culture where we can have whatever we want, whenever we want,” Gray said. “Seeing people struggling for things that basic — it was shocking.” Gray and Thompson returned last month with Rotary member Jim Kotas, who has been a part of the project since its early stages. According to Kotas, the project was co-founded by Richard Allen, who started the project with a friend as a way to combat

the devastation that was a result of the Khmer Rouge communist regime that took place from 1975 to 1979 and resulted in millions of people being killed. “What they did to the country is unthinkable. It essentially wiped out a couple of generations of people with knowledge and expertise and skills,” Thompson said. “Now the country ... is in absolute poverty, disarray; political economic systems were completely destroyed; educational institutes were gone. It was a terrible situation.”  Kotas  first visited around 11 years ago. Since that time, the Port Orange-South Daytona Rotary Club has been making yearly donations of about $1,000 to $3,000, in addition to individual contributions and trips.  “They will go out to these villages and basically assess the needs of the village,” Kotas said. “They talk with the village elders, and the village elders have to agree they want to participate.”    Because of the outpouring of support, the Rotarians have started making changes in rural areas of Cambodia. A major focus has been providing clean water that can also be stored during the dry season. Bio-sand filters have been set up in multiple villages to cre-

ate a filtration system. It was not a quick fix. Wells first had to be dug before the filters were made. Project workers had to construct storage containers to hold the water during droughts.  Water is collected from rooftops during the monsoon season, and people living in the villages must  retain enough water to support their families for the three-month dry season, approximately 4,000 liters for a family of five. “By drinking clean water, it

eliminated a lot of illnesses they had,” Thompson said. “Children could go to school, or adults could work in the fields, or they could go to work in the cities.” Gray, Thompson and Kotas now plan to educate other Rotary members on how their donations have helped.  “It’s such a comprehensive project,” Thompson said. “The way it’s designed is something they can work with to make it lasting so that when we leave the country it doesn’t fall apart.” 

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Jim Kotas, Bill Thompson and Joshua Gray paint the Bio-Sand Filters at the Sustainable Cambodia Campus in Pursat City.

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What is it like to suffer from dementia? How participating in a virtual dementia tour gave me a new perspective.


I like to think of myself as someone who, when given a task, can stay focused and get the job done with little to no difficulty. Thursday evening was a different story.  My vision was blurred, my hands felt useless, and the voices around me were loud and making my head hurt. Even my feet were irritating me, the sensations of pins and needles distracting me with each step. I was trying to fold laundry but stopped, trying to remember another task I had.  I shuffled over to the bedroom night stand and tried changing the time on the clock. I gave up and headed to the dresser and began shoving coins in a small coin purse. Were they all supposed to go in? I couldn’t remember.  I shifted my attention to a dresser and stared at the medicine bottles laid out in front of me. I wasn’t going to get any-

thing done. A hand tapped me on the shoulder.  Shonnette Bennett, registered nurse and account executive for Family Home Health Services, smiled back at me. I breathed a sigh of relief. I was done. Quickly, I peeled off the large gloves that had made it almost impossible to pick up the pennies. Next to go were the headphones that had been blasting what sounded like a distorted conversation in my ears.  I removed the glasses that gave me the sensation I had cataracts, or was going cross-eyed.  Finally, I took off the shoe inserts that had little raised bumps that gave the sensation of peripheral neuropathy, which can cause numbness and pain in the feet and hands. 

I’d been participating in a virtual dementia tour put on by Family Home Health Services at Grace Manor Assisted Living. The sensory simulation training was a way for people to have a better understanding of what individuals can experience with dementia and memory loss. Once I’d been fitted with all of the devices to alter my senses, I was given several different tasks to complete in a small bedroom, in four minutes. I wasn’t given any help, and, with the visual and auditory distractions, I quickly forgot key parts of what I was supposed to be doing.  Suddenly, a simple chore like folding a blanket took incredible effort. When my four minutes were up, I hadn’t been able to fully complete even one task. It was a little disheartening, espe-

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Linda Schwartz participates in the virtual dementia tour while Shonnette Bennett takes notes.

cially for someone who’s used to multitasking. That day, there were also other people coming in to participate in the training, people who had a loved one, or were taking care of someone, with dementia. Christy Kenney, regional director of sales with Family Home Health Services, told me that it was especially important for caretakers to go through this experience to have a better understanding of what a person with dementia is going through.  And while I was able to take off the glasses, remove the inserts, the headphones and the gloves, there are many people who can’t. This is their life. They don’t get to hurry around their homes, ticking off chores in a matter of minutes or picking up multiple items without thinking twice.  What does this mean for those of us not suffering from the effects of dementia or memory loss? I think it’s different for everyone. Maybe it means being more patient with someone trying to get ready. It could mean spending time volunteering at an assisted living facility.  For me, it was a way have more appreciation for what I can do and many times take for granted. Sometimes all it takes is a fourminute reality check.  A second virtual dementia tour will be held for the public on May 10. For more information email  Email Nichole Osinski at

Cities continue support for putting county’s half-cent sales tax on ballot A meeting was held March 12, to discuss the half-cent sales tax, which could be added to the ballot. NICHOLE OSINSKI STAFF WRITER

New Smyrna Beach is the final city that the county is waiting on to pass or not pass a resolution that would allow for a referendum to be added to the November ballot giving residents a chance to vote on a half-cent sales tax for infrastructure improvements. The other 16 cities in Volusia County have already passed resolution to add the half-cent sales tax proposal to the ballot. Oak Hill was the most recent city to do so, with a unanimous vote on Monday, March 12, the same day as a roundtable meeting comprising leaders from each city in the county. In Port Orange, City Council members are hoping to give voters the chance to decide whether they want a half-cent sales tax for

“We’ll be able to start paving roads at the pace we’re supposed to and start doing projects at the pace we’re supposed to.” DON BURNETTE, mayor of Port Orange

the next 20 years. During the Tuesday, Feb. 20, City Council meeting, council members voted 5-0 approving a resolution of support to add it to the ballot. Roads are a major concern, and County Council members want funds from the tax to go toward projects such as lane expansion, as well as projects to improve water quality and stormwater management. The sales tax increase is predicted to generate $45 million throughout the county, with 40% of that revenue generated by tourists. Port Orange is estimated to receive $3,415,331 in one fiscal year —a little over 7% of the total. Port Orange resident and President of the Lodging and Hospitality Association of Volusia County Bob Davis said he supports the tax. According to Davis, within the last 15 years, hospitality contributed $186 million of the halfpenny sales tax. “With the new hotels and all that’s happened in Volusia County, you know that’s going to be a lot more, Davis said. Mayor Don Burnette said that while the tax’s formula isn’t perfect, his job is to make sure voters get to decide what will happen. “We spend about $800,000 a year just maintaining and paving roads and really need to be


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spending about 1.2, but that’s half a million dollars short because we don’t get enough money from the gas tax,” Burnette said. “We’ll be able to start paving roads at the pace we’re supposed to and start doing projects at the pace we’re supposed to.” Volusia County Chairman Ed Kelly said that while Gibson questioned the formula for sharing the revenue, it’s the same formula that’s used right now by any sales tax that’s collected. “The 10 million people that we’re expected to have this year to come into the Daytona Beach area will be paying a big part of the money that’s collected,” Kelly said. “With the half-cent I think that’s very important.”


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In the ‘gateway to Volusia County’: Security First breaks ground in Ormond Crossings Creating jobs for the future generations. JARLEENE ALMENAS STAFF WRITER

Hunter Bradley, 3, plays with his yellow toy bulldozer as Ormond Beach Mayor Bill Partington speaks during Security First’s groundbreaking ceremony for its new headquarters on March 7.

in business in Ormond Beach for 60 years, said Security First Chairman and President Locke Burt. He said it is the hometown insurance company for Volusia and Flagler counties, insuring one out of five homes.  “This is the heart of our business, and we really wanted to stay here and be a part of Ormond Beach — continue to be a part of Ormond Beach,” Burt said.  The biggest change for the company will be crossing the Halifax River, Burt added, since Security First has always operated from the beachside. The company has been in its current location on 140 S. Atlantic Ave. for almost 45 years. “We hope that we’ll be in this

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Security First board members break ground during Security First’s groundbreaking ceremony for its new headquarters on March 7.

location for at least another 60 years,” Burt said. Aside from putting Volusia on the map, Kelley also said the new headquarters will have jobs available for future generations. Ormond Beach Mayor Bill Partington also touched on this point, bringing the crowd’s attention to the kids playing in the dirt with yellow toy bulldozers as the ceremony went on. “Seeing the kids here tonight is fantastic,” Partington said. “[Former Mayor] Fred Costello talked about 15 or 20 years ago,



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Security First Insurance held a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, March 7, for its new $30 million headquarters in Ormond Crossings, which will allow the family-owned company to almost triple its current staffing. Security First began clearing 13 out of the 48 acres for the construction site in early January. The new four-story headquarters will span 133,000 square feet complete with a large cafeteria, fitness center, extra break rooms as well as outdoor walking trails in the remaining acreage. It will be able to house an estimated 750 full-time employees. Volusia County Council Chair Ed Kelley called the new headquarters “one of the greatest historic moments in economical development” in Volusia County, in front of a crowd of about 450 people, including county and Ormond Beach city  officials, Security First board members, employees and their families. He said that Security First is an example that “world-class” companies can start, grow and expand in Volusia. “This shows what happens when you can work together with the county, and the city and the private sector, and arrive at this point today,” Kelley said. When the headquarters open in 2019, Security First will have been




Ponce’s Law on its way to the governor to be signed



The legislation is intended to set animal cruelty sentences at a higher level of offense. NICHOLE OSINSKI STAFF WRITER

Ponce’s Law, which would make animal cruelty convictions more severe, passed the Legislature on March. 9, and is now on its way to Gov. Rick Scott to be signed. House Bill 473, filed on Friday, Oct. 27,  came about after a 9-month-old black  Labrador retriever was beaten and killed in April 2017. Travis Archer was charged with a third-degree felony in the incident, which made national headlines. The dog was later given the name “Ponce,” and, since that time, an outpouring of support has come from the community. One organization,  Justice for Ponce, has received thousands of signatures on a petition to enforce harsher punishment for animal cruelty. This means violations of aggravated animal cruelty in the Criminal Punishment Code would go from a level 3 to a level 5 violation. Aggravated animal cruelty is currently at a level 3. According to the Senate’s web-

Go Further With Food By Catherine Robinson, MS, RDN, LD, CDE

Food loss and waste refers to food that is not eaten by people, for whatever reason. It has been estimated that billions of pounds of food are thrown away each year in the United States alone. That’s roughly 300 pounds of food per year for the average American. Prevention is the first step in reaching our national goal to cut food loss and waste in half. Key concepts to consider for National Nutrition Month include: • Include a variety of healthful foods from all of the food groups on a regular basis. Variety is the spice of life which is true for food choices. • Consider the foods you have on hand before buying more at the store. Planning your meals in advance and shopping with a food list will ensure meals are adequate, varied, and food is available throughout the week. • Buy only the amount that can be eaten or frozen within a few days and plan ways to use leftovers later in the week. Menu planning helps to be sure

all food is eaten before it goes to waste. • Be mindful of serving sizes. Eat and drink the amount that’s right for you, as United States Department of Agriculture’s “Choose My Plate” encourages us to do. MyPlate is the guide set up by reducing the size of the plate to reduce overeating and waste.


March is National Nutrition Month which is an opportunity to highlight health through nutrition and wellness. This year’s theme is “Go Further with Food” and is important for several reasons. We are encouraged to consume a healthful eating plan to achieve the benefits of optimal nutrition. Often we purchase the food, but don’t actually eat it. Healthy eating offers our body’s nutritional demands for fighting and preventing disease. Part of this year’s theme urges us to find ways to cut back on food waste. Embracing this theme will save you in food, nutrients and money.

• Continue to use good food safety practices. Things to think about include cooking meats to proper internal temperatures, washing fresh fruits and vegetables, and washing cutting boards between raw and cooked foods. Let’s plan during National Nutrition Month to reduce our personal amount of food waste. Dietitians are great resources to help you achieve your nutrition goals!

Catherine Robinson is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator. She has a Masters Degree in Education and manages the Diabetes/Health Education department for Florida Health Care Plans, where education is provided to our members for diabetes, diabetes prevention, and medical nutrition therapy.

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‘Peddlers of Death’: Deltona heroin traffic organization dismantled Volusia County deputies have dismantled a 23-person Deltona heroin traffic organization responsible for distributing large amounts of heroin in the county. Deputies seized 1.5 kilograms of heroin, some laced with fentanyl, a firearm and cash. “These scumbags are the peddlers of death in our community,” Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said at a press conference Tuesday, March 13. After a yearlong investigation, the Volusia Bureau of Investigation and the Deltona Narcotics Enforcement Team identified and arrested the alleged ringleader, Henry Guilfu Bermudez, and his Orlando supplier, Salvador Cancel Castillo, during “Operation Heavyweight.” The teams also identified 21 of Bermudez’s “mules,” as Chitwood called them. The confiscated heroin is estimated to be enough for 15,000 doses and valued at $150,000. Five of the 23 members are still outstanding. Chitwood predicted more drug busts in the coming months. “We’re coming after this as much as we can,” Chitwood said.

Knights of Columbus join forces with Habitat for Humanity to build a home



The Port Orange Our Lady of Hope Knights of Columbus Council 8086 with Habitat For Humanity to construct a home in Edgewater, on Saturday, Feb. 24. To begin the initial phase of construction on the house. Knights and their spouses helped cut wood and raise structural walls. They will continue with the project until completion with painting and sod laying.

site, the bill, designated “Ponce’s Law,” would revise the classification of certain animal cruelty offenses while also authorizing the court to “prohibit violators from owning or having contact with animals.” One of the organization’s leaders, Debbie Darino, said she has been working with legislators to come up with the bill that was filed. Rep. Tom Leek filed the legislation.  “What happened in Ponce Inlet was tragic, but Ponce’s law is a just and substantive victory for animal welfare in the state of Florida,” Leek said. Darino put together a petition for the law and has received more than 86,000 signatures.  “This way, if you get convicted, you’re going to jail, and you cannot own an animal,” Darino said. “You cannot have contact with an animal, and the judge will decide for what period of time, if that’s forever or for a short period of time.” A statue dedicated to Ponce was unveiled during a memorial service Wednesday, Oct. 5. 

Police department warns of raccoons with distemper The Port Orange Police Department has put out a warning to residents regarding an increase in the reports of sick raccoons in Port Orange, Volusia and surrounding counties over the past few months.  According to the police department, the raccoons have shown symptoms of distemper. Raccoons are susceptible to both canine and feline distemper, which can be deadly to pets. Residents are asked to not leave pet food outside that can attract wildlife. Residents should consider contacting a veterinarian to discuss vaccination options for pets.  Raccoons that are infected with distemper often move slowly, stumble, appear confused and can lose their fear of humans. Some sick raccoons can become aggressive. Raccoons showing signs of sickness or abnormal behavior should not be approached. An animal with these symptoms should be reported to Volusia County Dispatch, at 248-1777.

Daughters of the American Revolution present check to Horizon Elementary The Sugar Mill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently gave a $200 check to Horizon Elementary School teachers to use toward school supplies after the building was vandalized in mid January.  The check, presented on Friday, March 9, is the latest in an outpouring of help from the community to help supply faculty, staff and students with needed items. 

MARCH 15, 2018

SPORTS Catching up with BethuneCookman’s Malik Maitland

District Champions Hawks edge out New Smyrna Beach to take the title Photos by Ray Boone

Spruce Creek’s Cale Jansen completes the clean-and-jerk in the district meet.



pruce Creek weightlifter Nick Yaeger felt a pain in his right bicep. While pulling on a clean-and-jerk, the senior felt a pop in the muscle — like a slight tear. So when the Hawks were competing for the district title on the afternoon of Friday, March 9, at Flagler Palm Coast High School, Yaeger, who lifts in the most competitive weight class in the state, had to hold back. He bench pressed 355 pounds and clean-and jerked 275 pounds. Yaeger — whose max bench and clean-and-jerk are 365 pounds and 330 pounds, respectively — won the individual district title in the 183-pound weight class. “I still think I did well,” Yaeger said. “But I definitely could have

The Hawks’ Caleb Guthrie prepares for the bench press.

Hawks lifter Nick Yaeger prepares for the bench press.

done more.” Yaeger was one four Spruce Creek lifters who took home individual honors. The Hawks’ Vincent Sneed (169), Cale Jansen (199) and Isaac Attias (238) each claimed the individual title for their respective weight classes. As a team, the Hawks edged out New Smyrna Beach 59-45 to take home the team title. “It was just a good job by the guys overall,” Hawks coach David Nelson said. “I think we’re going to make a really good run at states.” Nelson said the Hawks have about six guys on the roster who have legitimate shots at contending for a state title. One of them is Yaeger, the other: Snead, who was also nursing a shoulder injury on Friday. The Hawks last won the state title as a team in 2016. The goal this season is to win another one. “As far as the athletics part of this program, that’s always the goal for this team,” Nelson said. “I think we’ll give it a good shot. I think we’ll be right there.”

TOP FINISHERS 119: Caleb Guthrie (2nd) and Aaron Nguyen (3rd) 129: Phu Bui (2nd) and Will Watkins (6th) 154: Thien Bui (2nd) and Kevin Bishop (4th) 169: Vincent Sneed (1st) and Brayson Busse (4th) 183: Nick Yaeger (1st) and Marvin Scott (2nd) 199: Cale Jansen (1st) 238: Isaac Attias (1st)


Maitland was a star at Father Lopez before he graduated in 2013.


alik Maitland has lived in Palm Coast for nearly seven years, but he calls Daytona home. “Daytona,” Maitland said, “this is my city.” Maitland, who played at Flagler Palm Coast High School his freshman year, was a threeyear star at Father Lopez. During his junior year at Lopez, Maitland averaged over 35 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists during a holiday tournament. His senior year, he accrued 25 college offers, ultimately deciding to attend Morehead State in Morehead, Kentucky, in 2013. Things didn’t go as planned at Morehead. He transferred from the school in his sophomore season after his ex-coach, Sean Woods, allegedly assaulted Maitland and teammate Soufiyane Diakite. Maitland transferred to Bethune-Cookman before the 2016-17 season and was eligible to play immediately. Now in Year 2 with the Wildcats, the 5-foot9, 175-pound guard is starting to make his mark on the program. He plays 29.3 minutes per game, averaging 10 points, 4.5 assists and 2.7 rebounds. The Wildcats finished the regular season tied for the MidEastern Athletic Conference and had the top overall record of any team in the MEAC. One of the biggest draws to his hometown team was legendary Embry-Riddle men’s basketball coach Steve Ridder and Ridder’s son, Ryan, who took over as the Wildcats’ men’s basketball coach this year. “It’s a whole big family thing,” Maitland said. “We have trust, and we always push each other.” Maitland said he wanted to use his return to the community to improve on and off the court. “It’s a blessing. It’s an honor to be here,” he said. “There’s a reason for everything. This is a dream to play in front of my community.” Email Ray Boone at




Port Orange youth start spring break with pitch, run and hit competition T

o start off spring break, youth from Port Orange gathered on the night of Friday, March 9, to show their talents at the City Center ball fields. During the event, hosted by Major League Baseball and Port Orange Parks and Recreation, youth were judged on their running time, pitching accuracy, and hitting. Michael Tarr won the home run derby at the end of the night with a hit of 104 feet. Josh Linton picks up his bat in preparation of a grand slam.


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Back row: Josh Anderson, John Ruddy, Tom Greathouse, Candy Barnaba, Cristian Hill; front row: Josh Linton, Michael Tarr, and Aiden Canale

Michael Tarr fist bumps Josh Linton after Michael’s home run.

Michael Tarr, Aiden Canale, and Josh Linton huddle before the home run derby.

Coach John Ruddy measures the length of Michael Tarr’s homerun.

Proactive Breast Care in 2018 Join us for a Community Lecture featuring Rebecca Gill, MD, FACS.

Join us on Tuesday, March 27th at 6:00 pm for an opportunity to meet Dr. Rebecca Gill, a new General Surgeon, in the New Smyrna Beach area. Dr. Gill provides comprehensive general surgery care and is passionate about breast care. This passion has driven her to obtain a specialty certification in hidden scar surgery, which helps to hide the marks and reminders of breast cancer.

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LET THE GAMES BEGIN One athlete is using swimming as a way to fight a fatal lung disease. Terril McBride

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“Our slogan is staying active never gets old. Studies show that the more active you are the less you have hospitalizations, injuries, things like that. That’s what the whole point of this is.”


Clink. Clink. Clink. Joe Taynor eyed the horseshoes he had just thrown.  Clink. Clink. Clink.  This time Tom MacDonald took his turn throwing.  The two men continued this back and forth along with a small group around them. And while on any other day the games of horseshoes  would have simply been for fun, on Monday, March 12, the stakes were higher — competing to win in the 2018 Port Orange Senior Games.  The game of horseshoes kicked off what would be a week-long series of about 12 different sporting events for ages 50 and older. This year, almost 200 people signed up to compete, according to Hannah Merlo, recreation coordinator for the  Parks and Recreation Department.  “The importance of having this is staying active,” Merlo said. “Our slogan is, ‘Staying active never gets old.’ Studies show that the more active you are, the less you have hospitalizations, injuries.” Bob Hunt, a member of the Port Orange Horseshoe Club, said in addition to staying fit, the games foster camaraderie. Firsttime Senior Games  horseshoes competitor Thomas Dale agreed camaraderie was a major part of participating in the event. He added he was hoping to finish in at least third place.  “It’s just fun to be out with

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some friends I haven’t seen in a long time and just play,” Bill Netterville, a racketball player, said. FIGHTING A DISEASE ONE LAP AT A TIME

However, for one athlete, the games were more than just a competition. Terril McBride had entered three swim competitions and has previously participated in the Senior Games. Last year, she placed second in the 50-yard butterfly and sixth in the 50-yard SEE GAMES PAGE 12

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Les Cooley, Lois Barinas and Katie Longtin

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freestyle for the national games. McBride’s journey to becoming a serious swimmer started three years ago when she was diagnosed with a fatal lung disease:    idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, which shrinks and scars the lungs, eventually causing asphyxiation. McBride was given three to five years to live. 

So McBride began swimming every day. “Swimming has actually prolonged my life,” McBride said. “What swimming has done, because it forces you to  breathe so deeply and hold your breath in the water, it has kept my lungs elastic, so I’m basically doing this to fight this disease.” McBride now swims every day to stay healthy. 

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strategies for teaching and learning in an inclusive classroom setting, where students with and without disabilities learn together, according to a press release. Future teachers in the college’s education programs will be able to incorporate the strategies into their syllabi and classroom environment. The partnership is funded through a Florida Department of Education grant of just over $14,000. Studies show that inclusion is beneficial for all students, not just those who receive special education services, according to the press release. The inclusive classroom adheres to the principle that students learn differently. One strategy is to break students into small groups so teaching can be tailored to the way each student learns best.

cess annual recognition program. Meyering, of Ormond Beach, is one of three advisers in the area receiving the recognition, according to spokeswoman Molly Shoup. Call 760-2000 or visit the office at ONE Daytona Boulevard, Suite 270.

ROSSMEYER’S GETS AWARD Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Harley-Davidson earned the Silver Bar and Shield Circle of Achievement Award for 2017 from Harley-Davidson Motor Co., an award based on sales and customer service. The dealership is located at 1637 N. U.S. 1, Ormond Beach.



Spring open houses at Daytona State College offer the opportunity to explore a college education, advance a career or re-tool for a new job. Financial aid experts will be on hand. Each open house offers new applicants a chance to win a $500 Daytona State scholarship presented by the DSC Foundation. There will be two scholarship drawings per open house at 5:45 p.m., and entrants must be present to win, except for ATC and News-Journal Center events, where winners will be notified later. There will be other giveaways and a drawing for Taylor Swift concert tickets, according to a press release. The open houses will be as fol-

cash prizes for participation. For information, visit Lohman Community Outreach is a program of Lohman Funeral Homes, Cemeteries and Cremation. Call 673-1100. Visit

Lohman Community Outreach has launched its annual Never Forget Tribute Youth Art Exhibition and Contest, which is open to all Volusia County middle and high school students. NEW TEACHING Mothethe The contest taps into r kcreativnows METHOD EXPLORED ity of youth to design original works best of art that will honor the victims and heroes of September 11, 2001. Daytona State College of EducaIn addition to individual cash prizes, tion has teamed with the University classrooms and groups can receive of Central Florida to develop new

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Dr. Carolyn Geis, medical director for the Halifax Health/Brooks Rehabilitation Center for Inpatient Rehabilitation, has been elected vice-chair of the board of directors for the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Email


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lows: March 27, 5-7 p.m., Daytona Beach Campus Hosseini Center, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd. April 3, 5-7 p.m., Advanced Technology College, 1770 Technology Blvd., Daytona Beach. April 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m., DSC’s News-Journal Center, 221 N. Beach St. Free orchestra and choral concert at 7:30 p.m. April 19, 5-7 p.m., Flagler/Palm Coast Campus, Academic Hall (Building 2), Room 106, 3000 Palm Coast Parkway S.E., Palm Coast. April 21, noon to 2 p.m., New Smyrna Beach-Edgewater Campus, Academic Hall, Room 109, 940 10th St., New Smyrna Beach. There are also events in DeLand and Deltona. Call 506-4471.


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Top transaction: $430,000


house in the Sanctuary on Spruce Creek neighborhood was the top real estate transaction for Feb. 4-10 in Port Orange and South Daytona. Thomas and Diane Gartner, of Port Orange, sold 6102 Sanctuary Garden Boulevard to Michael and Kristen Santillo, of Port Orange, for $430,000. Built in 2002, the house has four bedrooms, 3.5 baths, a fireplace, swimming pool and 3,067 square feet. It sold in 2002 for $327,176.

PORT ORANGE Coquina Cove Deborah Ott, of South Daytona, sold 1951 Yellowfin Drive to Leonaldo Alvarez and Tiffany Greggo, of Port Orange, for $163,000. Built in 2007, the house has three bedrooms, 2.5 baths and 1,405 square feet. It sold in 2016 for $145,000. Countryside Lisa Christopher, of Charlotte, North Carolina, sold 935 Meadow View Drive, Unit B, to Victor Pray IV, of Port Orange, for $151,000. Built in 1984, the house has two bedrooms, one bath and 921 square feet. It sold in 2016 for $116,000.


Hidden Lake Jonathan and Melissa Thomas, of Port Orange, sold 4726 Hidden Lake Drive to Constance McCrossin, of Port Orange, for $162,600. Built in 1986, the house has three bedrooms, two baths, a fireplace and 1,343 square feet. It sold in 2012 for $107,000.

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Villages of Royal Palm Aaron and Sharon Hollander, of Miami, sold 5449 Canna Court to Barbara Adkison, of Port Orange, for $265,000. Built in 2006, the house has four bedrooms, two baths and 1,834 square feet. It sold in 2006 for $333,100.


shooter 54 Hooky player 56 Word with tooth, heart or head 57 Away from home 59 Pleasure craft 60 Had lunch at home 61 Shun 68 Some eagles 69 Earring shape 70 Incubator young 71 Word with three or open 72 Assembly rules 75 B-movie safecracker 76 “___ only as directed”

79 Not skip over (Abbr.) 80 Glance impolitely 81 Diamond corner 82 Valentine blooms 84 Go off the deep end 89 Common duo? 90 Half-and-half half 91 Quite opposed 92 Desert plants 95 Be in a bee 97 Desert fruit 99 Androids 100 Far from flushed 101 Tobacco shop fixtures 106 Arrangement

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The top real estate transaction has three bathrooms and a half-bath.

Plantation Acres Kyle and Sarah Oberst, of Port Orange, sold 700 Herbert St. to James Ries, of Edgewater, for $139,900. Built in 1958, the house has two bedrooms, one bath and 660 square feet. It sold in 2010 for $18,000. Potato Patch Stephen Elsea and Judith Shumaker, of Port Orange, sold 1034 Deer Springs Road to CG Deer Springs LLC, of New Smyrna Beach, for $176,000. Built in 1991, the house has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,389 square feet. It sold in 2002 for $123,000. Southport Mark and Julie Straka, of Port Orange, sold 5827 Westport Drive to Kyle and Sarah Oberst, of Port Orange, for $195,000. Built in 1985, the house has three bedrooms, two baths, a fireplace and 1,286 square feet. It sold in 2003 for $126,000.

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Foxboro Diane Hudson and Kathy Nunnery, of Rex, Georgia, 5571 Mossy Oak Lane to Jason and Monique Hull, of Port Orange, for $192,900. Built in 1988, the house has three bedrooms, two baths, a fireplace and 1,500 square feet.



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53 Middle of telethons? 54 Disorderly outbursts 55 Heavy file 57 Seattle landmark 58 Extra qtrs. 59 Work a horn 60 Noisy commotion 61 “Following this?” 62 Robot maid of Richie Rich 63 Sweater type 64 Place for Chicago touchdowns 65 More than just plump 66 Encourages 67 Nautical diary 72 Complexion spoiler 73 “For” votes 74 “My Name Is Asher ___” 75 Tug 76 Sputnik launcher (Abbr.) 77 Gets an eyeful 78 “___ quam videri” (N.C.’s motto) 81 Cotton capsule 82 Revolutionary Paul 83 Loneliest number 85 Alphabet fill 86 Many breakfasts 87 1040 submitter 88 Some cotton fabrics 92 Small Pacific salmon 93 Become less intense 94 Cook’s apple gizmo 95 Spread out one’s fingers 96 San Diego fielder 97 “Bon appetit!” 98 Cover-up in the kitchen 99 Invitation abbr. 101 Prefix with mount or chute 102 In the thick of 103 Surrender possession 104 More than sensed 105 Command to a dog 107 Peculiar 108 Weep

Winter Park Estates Margaret Johnson, individually and as trustee, sold 727 Prissol Lane to Sara Chapman, of Charlottesville, Virginia, for $210,000. Built in 1988, the house has three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a fireplace and 1,687 square feet. It sold in 2002 for $154,900.

SOUTH DAYTONA Robert and Susan Cerame sold 2900 Lantern Drive to Kerrie Chavez and Jose Chavez-Zapata, of South Daytona, for $184,900. Built in 1973, the house has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,667 square feet. LTD Family Trust LLC sold 2019 Brian Ave. to Randall and Stephanie Johnson, of South Daytona, for $116,000. Built in 1959, the house has two bedrooms, one bath and 936 square feet. It sold in 2002 for $55,000. John Adams, of Adams, Cameron & Co. Realtors, contributed to this report.


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Use promo code PARROT on Savings Pass valid for use on a qualifying merchandise purchase in Bealls Stores, by phone at 800-569-9038, on Click & Find® kiosks and on only. Savings Pass must be presented at time of purchase. Limit one (1) Savings Pass per purchase. Can be used with single item coupon. Cannot be applied to prior purchases, gift card purchases, existing Bealls Florida credit balances, taxes, or shipping charges and cannot be used with Employee Discount or any other offer. Dollar-off discounts will be applied before any percent-off total purchase discounts. Savings Pass is applied to qualifying items on a prorated basis; returns will be credited at the return price on your receipt. EXCLUSIONS: Bealls Extreme Values, Bealls Outstanding Buys, Birkenstock®, Cobian®, Columbia, Hook & Tackle®, Huk™, Levi’s®, Life Is Good®, Melissa & Doug®, Natural Life®, Nite Ize®, Nike®, Nomad™, Oscar Mike®, Pelagic®, Reef®, Sakroots®, Sawyer®, Simply Southern®, Suncloud®, Under Armour®, Vionic® and other brands listed at Not valid at Bealls Outlet. Bealls Stores & are operated by Bealls Stores, Inc. and Beall’s Westgate Corporation. SP02




Earn a $5 Reward for Enrolling!†

bealls $ buck$ FOR EVERY $50 YOU SPEND


• $1 = 2 points when you use your Bealls Florida Credit Card†† • $1 = 1 point when you use any other form of payment • $5 Reward for every 200 points (up to a max of $50 in a month)

Receive $10 Bealls Bucks (March 14-17, 2018) when you make a qualifying merchandise purchase of $50 or more (before taxes) in Bealls Stores only. Maximum of $120 Bealls Bucks awarded per guest. Bealls Bucks have no cash value and can be redeemed in-store (March 18 & 19, 2018) only at Bealls Stores. Bealls Bucks must be presented and surrendered at time of purchase; any remaining balance will be forfeited. Bealls Bucks cannot be earned on purchases of gift cards or applied to prior purchases, gift cards, taxes or existing Bealls Florida credit balances. Bealls Bucks will be applied before any percent off total purchase discounts. Offer cannot be earned or combined with Employee discount. OP13

†Receive 200 points for joining Coast2Coast Rewards.® † † Subject to credit approval. Comenity Bank issues the Bealls Florida Credit Card. This Program is NOT affiliated with or related to the Bealls Outlet Rewards Program in any way. Coast2Coast Rewards® program is provided by Bealls Stores, Inc. which is solely responsible for the Program operation. Bealls Stores, Inc. may change the terms of the Program at any time. For full Rewards Terms and Conditions, please visit

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Bealls Stores & are operated by Bealls Stores, Inc. and Beall’s Westgate Corporation. GE01



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