Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Do you Freecycle? If you don't you should look into it. Easy and Free way to get rid of your "stuff", the idea is not to get a bunch of free stuff but to keep things out of the landfills by sharing with others. We have a great group here in New Smyrna Beach. I think we have over 1,000 members in the area. There are over 6.5 million members worldwide. Check it out.
Took my daughter and our dogs to Smyrna Dunes Park today. It was a beautiful day and the park is very nice. If you have a dog that likes to play in the water it is especially nice.
Had my annual mammogram today at Port Orange Imaging Center on Dunlawton. This is my second year going there and it is a very pleasant experience. You don't wait, they are all very nice and it is pretty painless. Well, as painless as having a Ford F250 driven over your boob is.(just kidding, really, I am kidding)
Not sure if I have mentioned this but I love my son's teachers at Warner Christian Academy. He was dreading middle school and he loves Warner. Speaking of schools, I heard a rumor that Coronado Elementary was going to be closed. The announcement was supposed to be made after FCAT, never heard it so I guess it is just a rumor. Not a good one either I might add. I heard it from a teacher at another school, so we shall see.
In closing, a very good friend of mines husband died after a long illness this past week. They have two son's who are heartbroken. Please consider donating your organs upon your death. Did you know that each day an average of 63 people receive donated organs and another 16 people die on the waiting list?
Sunday, March 29, 2009
What a nice weekend at the beach, yes a rainy Sunday is nice when all you ever see is sun!
This weeks picks are all websites or blogs I have found on Twitter.
Stay in the Pink - Breast Cancer Survivor has a GREAT website and Blog.
Fit Business Woman great tips for getting off the couch or chair etc. Love the blog too.
Such a Southern Girl - this is just good. I love reading it.
Today's Moms - this is written by the Today Show's Producers, has some good stuff.
Gift For No Reason - this store is located on the North Causeway - support your local business.
$5.00 Dinners - who doesn't love a dinner for 5.00??
Mommy Wizdom - lots of good resources here.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
I stood back tonight and observed while customer after customer were just plain RUDE to both him and the other man working. What is up with that? Why would you go into any public establishment and abuse the people working there? Would you do that in YOUR hometown? If your mother, sister, wife, brother or friend was working at 7-11 would you be happy if someone was mean or disrespectful to them?
One man at the counter asked the clerk who was counting his change what was taking so long "do you need an abacus?" ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
I don't care who you are or what kind of hurry you are in, there is no excuse for being nasty, rude and mean to someone who is waiting on you. Turns out I left my ATM card in the store, the clerk I mentioned before, the one who needs an abacus....brought it to my house on his way home. How's that for service?
Check back later for the Sunday Stumble!!!
Friday, March 27, 2009
Teams of people from all walks of life have fun while raising much-needed funds to fight cancer and raise awareness of cancer prevention and treatment. Here are some local events planned to raise money:
Tomorrow night the Westside Community is hosting a Banquet with entertainment at Babe James Center beginning at 7:00pm Contact: Edith Alderman email@example.com
Christ Community Cuzzins is selling subscriptions to The Observer, receive a year's subscription for $20.00 plus a coupon for one free ad in the newspaper. Get the FULL Observer not the light edition that is delivered for free. Call Debbie at 428-8391 for further info.
Saturday April 4 – Hopeful Gathering - Concert in Honor of Carolyn Moore and in Memory of Suzanne Haycook – 1st Presbyterian Church – Magnolia Street
Clean Sweepers Barbecue will also be held April 4th 2009 from 2-6 pm at the All American Club located at 4233 US1 Edgewater $10.00 per ticket covers food and there will be raffles and door prizes. For more information or tickets call Linda Fauvelle at 386-427-6754.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
New Smyrna Speedway has the Brighthouse Challenge at 7:30pm on Saturday.
The Farmers Market will be held as usual on Canal Street from 7:30am-12:30pm. Yes, the Orchid Lady is still there...(lots of questions in my email about that.)
Ce-La-Luna Italian Bar & Grill will feature the Sounds of Sinatra with the Marc Monteson Quartet this Saturday night from 6-9pm. They are located at 2976 Ridgewood in Edgewater, in the Edgewater Commons Plaza.
Art Walk on Flagler is Saturday at 10am. Food is the Focus.
Interesting Event on Saturday's at the Southeast Museum of Photography at Daytona State College. It is a FREE event on Saturday, April 18th and Saturday, May 23rd for kids ages 7-11, they run from 11:30am-1pm. They are located at 1200 W International Speedway Blvd call 386-506-4569 for more information.
There are several bands and entertainers playing around town starting today! Check here for more information and a schedule. Chase's, Trader's and Stella's Skyline, Maloney's have acts this week, just to mention a few
Saturday, March 28th the Council on Aging is holding a Trout & Redfish Tournament at Lagoon Bait & Tackle, the cost is 35.00 to enter with a 50/50 payout. They are at 700 Hwy1 in Oak Hill, call for more information. 386-345-0023.
We are expecting above average temperatures, it will be a great weekend for the beach....
This is a free event sponsored by the Gallery Group, contact them at 386-428-1770 if you would like to exhibit in one of these monthly events.
Support your local business!
Monday, March 23, 2009
Watch CBS Videos Online
If you are looking for a job go check out NSB Jobs-it is updated twice daily with new local jobs!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Many uses of Epsom Salts - who knew???
Spoiled Mom - get all the information on the Casey Anthony Case in one place.
Earth Clinic - Folk Remedies, very interesting, some I had heard of some I had not, some are scary.
Rara Bakes - GREAT recipe site....no ads, music or crap just good food.
Natural Remedies - one more on the remedy/health side. This one is pretty slick.
That is it for today! Enjoy....
Friday, March 20, 2009
Our own New Smyrna Beach Police and Fire/Rescue Department has been nominated for Fox 35 Orlando's Friday Salute. Each Friday the morning news on Fox salutes a local Police and Fire Department that is voted on by the viewers. You can check out videos on past winners here.
You can vote here or by clicking on the button at the top of the post. Our local heroes are up against Titusville and Lake Mary, we are currently winning. You need to register to vote and it takes about 30 seconds to register with their site. You can uncheck the box so you don't get email from FOX 35 and vote for our men and women in law enforcement and fire/rescue. If they win Fox Morning news will come to our fair city and do a piece on them next Friday.
Check back here next week and I will let you know how we are doing!
Interesting way to store napkins, sweet n low and other condiments, in a tackle box on the table, keeps it clean and bug free.
Goodrich's is locates at 253 River Rd in Oak Hill, it is worth the short drive from the beach for some great seafood and excellent service. If you go on the weekend you can hit the Oak Hill Flea Market and find some treasures......
Thursday, March 19, 2009
The March Challenge at 12 for 12K is all about the kids. More than 12.4 million children in America are at risk from hunger. 12.4 million - that’s one in six children. Consequences include poorer health, fatigue, hospitalization, behavioral difficulties and impaired scholastic performance. Share Our Strength aims to change that.
Catch up on what 12 for 12K is all about here.
For just $12.00 you can be part of the solution to hungry kids in the United States. I am guessing the majority of my readers don't have to worry about where their next meal is coming from, but I know people who do and in the last couple of years I have relied on family and friends to help me out more than once. So...let's all do our part and give just $12.00 for this great cause.
If you are use Twitter there is a 12 hour Tweetathon going on today to promote this cause.
Check out their Facebook Page and join the cause.
Enjoy the day!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Friday, March 20th there will be a 50's & 60's Sock Hop, starting at 6pm at the American Legion Post 17. They are located at 619 W. Canal Street. Tickets are $7.00 and music will be provided by "Wally"
This weekend at the NSB Farmers Market you can get your pet's photo taken for FREE. Nina Ehrr Photography will provide the free pictures.
The New Smyrna Board of Realtors is having a Yard Sale and Bake Sale this weekend at 725 W Canal St. It will be held this Saturday at 725 W Canal St beginning at 8am. All proceeds will benefit the March of Dimes.
Also this Saturday from 9am-5pm the Merchant's of Flagler Ave are holding a Sidewalk Sale, many of the gift shops and boutiques are cutting prices and offering huge discounts and specials to blow out their merchandise.
The Lion's Club is holding a chicken barbecue on Saturday, it starts at 11am at their Clubhouse on Sunset Drive. The price is $7.00 until they run out.
This Sunday, March 22 at 2pm, head on over to the Brannon Center for "A Tribute to the Big Bands". The Orlando Jazz Orchestra wil be performing, there will be door prizes and refreshments available. The cost is $15.00.
If you want to head up to Daytona, The Taste of Home Cooking School, will hold its Spring Sensational, tickets are $15.00, it runs from 1pm-3pm at Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center on International Speedway Blvd in Daytona Beach.
United Church of Christ, UCC Chapman Hall, 203 Washington St. New Smyrna Beach
Call Gary Broughman at (386)690-9295
Where all paths come together
According to Just Weather the weekend will be great for the beach. Enjoy the weekend!
Monday, March 16, 2009
It will be held at ACA’s Whatmore Commons at 1414 Art Center Avenue
Local chef Matt Keller will answer the age old question, “Where does dinner come from?” Participants will explore the culinary arts in a professional kitchen at ACA’s main campus. Keller will handle the sharp and hot, and let everyone else handle the fun. They are making Chicken Parmagiana and Spaghetti. Sign up information is at their website.
Fee: $25 ACA member; $30 nonmember
Sunday, March 15, 2009
We are very lucky to have Twilight Pediatrics for after hours if our kids are sick, I have used them and they are great. If you are an adult however there are not many choices, actually there are NO choices in Edgewater or New Smyrna Beach other than Bert Fish Emergency. I found that out on Saturday when I could wait no longer to see a doctor. If you Google Urgent Care you get Bert Fish or Bayview Urgent Care in Venetian Bay, I am guessing Bayview is not open yet since I could not find it....anywhere. Venetian Bay also advertises a Farmer's Market, did not see that anywhere either....but I digress....back to the medical issues at hand....So once I realized there is no urgent care in Venetian Bay and I have a $150.00 co-pay for Bert Fish Emergency I decided to head on up to Port Orange.
Port Orange Urgent Care is located at 1690 Dunlawton Ave, they are in Suite 120. There was a very short wait to see the doctor, he was friendly and quick, which is what I was looking for in my miserable sinus infected state. Judging from the small number of people in this Urgent Care I would guess our small community cannot support one as we just don't have enough sick people. I guess that is a good thing, although it was not so good for me on Saturday!
If you are sick and cannot wait, take the 10 minute drive to Port Orange Urgent Care and skip the Emergency Room.
The Merchants of Flagler will sponsor the 2nd annual St. Patrick's Day Party on Flagler this Tuesday, March 17th. The Om Bar will have free Corned Beef and Cabbage all day long, and there will be music, music, music at 10 different Flagler Ave Venues. A treasure hunt and traditional Irish food and drink will be featured. Should be fun for all so come on down to Flagler!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
In these days of corporate greed it was nice to read this article about the CEO of Beth Israel Hospital in New England.
Here are some sites that feature only Good News all the time:
Good News Daily Happy News Good News Network
Have you seen anyone locally doing something nice for someone else? If so please email me or leave a comment. We would love to get them recognized.....
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
This tournament will mark the first professional surfing tournament in the area since 1989 when the Aloe-Up Cup took place. More information can be found here.
The local and national news has of course focused on our "shark bite capitol of the world" status each and every time they report on this tournament. Hopefully our sharky friends will stay quiet during the 4 day tournament. This will bring about 2,000 visitors to the inlet. The area needs the business and welcomes this tournament!
Smyrna Surfari Club
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Since we have lived here we have attended several churches. Beachside we visited Coronado United Methodist. We also visited Crossroads Christian Church. Their holiday events were excellent and we enjoyed the regular service very much. We regularly attend Edgewater Alliance Church in Edgewater. Both of these wonderful churches provide their sermons online so you can have a listen before you go if you so desire.
The beach is lovely this weekend, low surf, water is cold but no sign of any jellyfish.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend!
Friday, March 6, 2009
Interesting and Informative Blog on local real estate conditions-New Smyrna Real Estate.
Halifax Urban Ministries has opened a new office in New Smyrna Beach. They relocated from the First United Methodist Church to a larger site at 715 Canal St. This office, which is the agency's fifth in Volusia County, is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and serves 800 to 1,000 people a month with food and financial assistance.
The Atlantis Bistro on Flagler Ave will be reviewed quite favorably in the Orlando Sentinel this weekend. You can read it now here. My brother and I have had lunch there several times and it has always been excellent with great service.
Finally, I received a quite nasty email from a local reader who feels I should not talk about our school system. I am not sure why he/she is not outraged by the budget cuts and nonsense that is going on but apparently he/she is not. It states:
"you should shut up about Volusia County Schools, we do not want higher taxes and we don't care about program cuts" (I am guessing they have no children and don't care about the future of our state or country) They go on to say "Your kid does not even attend Volusia County so why do you care?"
Let me tell you why I care, first let me correct you, my daughter attends Coronado Elementary School. My son also went to Coronado, I made the personal decision to send my son to Warner Christian Academy for 6th grade. Mainly because of the quality of education, class size and budget cuts. This was before the additional millions was taken from our children and teachers this year. They are looking at losing music, art, sports, academic programs and in some schools are being forced to sit in a gymnasium when teachers call in sick with no academic instruction. The public education system is in a shambles and no one in our government seems willing to be accountable for the disaster and take steps to fix it. This is why I care. My parents pay for my son to attend private school or he would not be able to attend. This is why I care. His educational experience this year has been excellent and he loves school, even though he gets up 90 minutes earlier than his friends to catch a bus to Daytona at 7am and does not have early release every Wednesday, no teacher work days off of school and it is a fairly strict atmosphere. No complaints from him. Because of all those extra educational hours they have built in they did not have to make up the Tropical Storm Fay days and had the whole week of Thanksgiving off. It is not perfect but it has been an overall positive experience.
So in conclusion to my anonymous reader. I will continue to harp on the school system when appropriate and share information as I come across it. I chose not to publish your entire email in the event that you might be embarrased by some of your grammar and spelling. There is a tool called spellcheck that will help you with that. My children know how to use it...they learned it in school. This is why I care.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
I had the pleasure of utilizing Twilight Pediatrics at Bert Fish last night. There was literally no wait, the staff was extremely pleasant and it was a positive experience, as positive as you can have with a sick kid.
This Sunday March is the Bluegrass Bash For a Cure, it begins at 3PM at Beachside Tavern. It is a benefit for The Relay For Life and features The Pickin’ Kind and The Pot Likkers, special guest star Ben Prestage, on stage at 7:30pm. Donations accepted at the door. Hosted by the Cancer Bustin’ Bankers.
Java Jungle in Port Orange has a great friday night alternative to the bar scene. It's a great place to meet and get the evening started or to wind down after dinner, the theater or a movie. Enjoy a signature coffee beverage and enjoy dessert on us. That's right, free dessert for everyone. It is from 5pm-10pm.
They are located at:
4606 Clyde Morris Blvd.
Port Orange, FL
More events to come, we have had a rough week, sick kids, dogs killing squirrels and much more fun!
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
We will have the weekend events later in the week when I figure out what they are, one note. One of our readers, Jill (thanks Jill) has let me know there is a Farmers Market in Edgewater, it is called Laurino's Fresh Produce and is located in the old Curves in Edgewater. This is 2102 S. Ridgewood Ave. I will try and find out there hours and let you know, they have a farm in Samsula so it is all locally grown!
There is now one Curves in the immediate area and it is in the K-Mart Plaza on 44.
I had one addition to the Money Saving Links from yesterday. Cents to get Debt Free. She has great tips, I read the Walgreens 101 section and learned alot.
The bikers rolled into town on Friday, made my very first visit to Pub 44 on Friday night, it was a pretty tame experience. I found all the bikers we talked to to be friendly, respectful and very nice. For the most part they said they preferred our town to Daytona because it is "low-key" compared to Daytona. Good for New Smyrna Beach I would say.
Have a great week and keep those links and local information coming. Remember to support your local business!