Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Community Forum-At Risk Kids

The Volusia County Public Libraries have teamed up with the Guardian ad Litem Program for a 'How to Help At-Risk Kids in your Community' forum this Saturday, 9/27, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at New Smyrna Beach Public Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway.

Several organizations that help at-risk kids will have reps there explaining what they do and what volunteers do, you can then visit their tables for more information. Organizations include: Cudas Unhooked (homeless teen support group), Community Partnership for Children (mentors for foster kids), Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler, Mid-Florida Head Start, Babe James Youth Center/PAL, Take Stock in Children/FUTURES, and the Guardian ad Litem Program (become a court-appointed advocate for a foster kid).

There's a jazz concert at the library following @1 p.m. so come early and learn how you can help kids in your community! 

Questions?  Call Judy Evers @ 386-235-2291 (GAL).

Check out their Facebook Page Here.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

VCSO Drug Take Back Day

The Volusia County Sheriff's Office will hold their prescription drug take back day on Saturday, September 27th. The press release is below: 

Since its launch in 2010, a series of national prescription drug take-back events have resulted in nearly 125,000 pounds of unwanted drugs being taken out of circulation in Florida and safely discarded. The numbers will increase this Saturday with the next take-back event, as residents get ready to clean out their medicine cabinets and get rid of unwanted, unused and expired prescription drugs.

On Saturday, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office will join with law enforcement agencies around the country in a national drug take-back event. The Sheriff’s Office will be manning five drop-off sites throughout the county. The events are coordinated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) as part of a national effort to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means for the public to voluntarily dispose of unwanted prescription drugs while also educating residents about the potential for abuse of these medications. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet. 

The Sheriff’s Office’s drop-off sites on Saturday will be located at the agency’s district headquarters in DeLand, Deltona, DeBary, Ormond Beach and New Smyrna Beach. The sites will open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. And for those who miss Saturday’s event, the Sheriff’s Office offers a continuous program where residents can drop off their unwanted prescription drugs at a district office or make arrangements to have a deputy pick up their unwanted prescription medicine by calling the Sheriff’s Office’s Communications Center. Saturday’s event is free and anonymous. The Sheriff’s Office’s drop-off sites will be at the following locations:

1706 S. Woodland Blvd., DeLand
1691 Providence Blvd., Deltona
94 S. U.S. Highway 17-92, DeBary
1435 U.S. Highway 1, Suite D-3, Ormond Beach
101 E. Canal Street, New Smyrna Beach 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014

Avallone Law, PA

Happy Friday! There is a new law firm in town and while I hope you never need them, it is always good to be prepared. Larry Avallone is a former Volusia County Sheriff's Deputy and is also a former Prosecutor. He has vast knowledge of how the legal system works and is uniquely qualified to help if you or a loved one gets in a little trouble. Larry also practices family law and personal injury.

I am personally acquainted with Larry and find him to be very warm and genuine, He truly cares about his clients and helping them achieve the best possible outcome no matter what the circumstances. You can find his Facebook Page here. I recommend filing his number away in your phone in case of that speeding ticket or other mishap that might require a call to an attorney, He is available 24 hours a day and you can sit down and chat with him for free.

He is located at 399 Canal Street, Suite 5

Have a great weekend!                            

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Baby Wheels Daytona

I am waaaaaayyyyyy out of the stroller market but wanted to pass this along. Baby Wheels Daytona has opened in Volusia County. They have a location in Orlando near Disney and have recently expanded into our area. They rent strollers and accessories to make your vacation easier. Friends coming to town?  They can leave their stroller at home and rent a clean, state of the art stroller. Baby Wheels will deliver it and pick it up! Nothing easier!  You can reserve online or give them a call!

Monday, September 8, 2014

International Coastal Cleanup

The 28th annual International Coastal Cleanup is going to be held on September 20, 2014. This is also the 26th annual Halifax/Indian River Cleanup. The cleanup is held from 8-10:30 am and full information and registration can be found here.

If you see trash on our beaches and waterways...pick it up. It only takes a minute to help keep our beaches and rivers beautiful! 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Super Special for High School Seniors

Attention Mom/Dad & graduating Seniors!  If you're looking for something else in addition to your yearbook photo that really brings out your personality, be sure to check out the Senior Portrait special that James Shuler Photography /Videography is running now through the end
of September.

He's not only offering great prices but also a complimentary video!   

Check out the video below and his website to learn more! (watch it full screen for best viewing)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Support the Cudas

It is that time of year again! Golf Tournament time! The 4th Annual RBI Cudas Golf Tournament is October 11th at Hidden Lakes Golf Club. Now more than ever the baseball team needs support. I am sure many of you have read about the challenges the city is facing at the Sports Complex.(I have some links at the end of this post if you would like to check it out.) 

So to put it quite simply, the teams using the sports complex need to be self sufficient. Baseball has always done a pretty good job, we maintain our own field,(with volunteers) we have purchased and secured our own storage at the baseball field, replaced water fountains in the dugouts (that did not work for two years) and now we are replacing the batting cages and bullpens with state of the art covered and lighted facilities. There is no facility in the area for our boys to hit or pitch, there was one in Port Orange that has closed and the next closest is in Ormond Beach.

So in addition to our normal operating expenses, baseballs, uniforms, equipment and scholarships we now have construction expenses. The proceeds from this golf tournament go directly to that effort as well as the scholarship fund. In three years the RBI Cudas have given nearly $10,000 in scholarships to NSBHS graduating seniors.

So, I am asking for your help. Do you golf? Can you or your business be a sponsor? Would you donate a silent auction item or a door prize? If you can help us please contact me at or at You can also contact Robert Schwab at Hidden Lakes Golf Club at 386-314-1909.

Click here to download the flyer and check out all the sponsorship opportunities.

This is a great way to showcase your business in a positive light and support the kids!

Thank you!

Monday, September 1, 2014

100 Happy Days

So I was reading a magazine today. I never really have time for that, but today I sat down and did it. It was kind of fun. In this magazine I found an article about the 100 Happy Days Challenge. So I thought to myself...I can do that. Then I read how 71% of the people who started did not finish. Hmmmm. I am going to give it a whirl starting if you see random pics on my Facebook and Twitter accounts with the hashtag #100happydays, you know why. Join me if you like, it might be eye opening and maybe enjoyable!

Labor Day

School starting, Labor Day...the real start of the new year for many of us. The start of my favorite season...Fall. The crowds disappear, lines are gone, Publix is pleasant again on Saturday afternoon...

Labor Day until Thanksgiving is my very favorite time of year..

I hope everyone had a nice long weekend and we all have a wonderful Fall!