City manager named leadership award finalist

Ormond Beach City Manager Joyce Shanahan has been named a top 10 finalist for the League of Women in Government’s 2020 Leadership Trailblazer Award.

Each woman nominated came from a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and regions throughout the United States. The award is considered a testament to more than just career accomplishments, but also to the work each woman has done to mentor, coach, and advance other women in local government.

The League of Women in Government is the primary affiliate group of the International City/County Management Association representing women in local government. The league serves as the umbrella organization to support local and statewide organizations that advance women to local government leadership. The league’s objective is to move the needle forward on the number of women serving at the most senior and executive levels in all areas of local government.

Rotary Club raises funds for Christmas charity

The Rotary Club of New Smyrna Beach recently hosted a Poinsettia sale to benefit Operation Christmas Cheer, a project in collaboration with the New Smyrna Police Department to raise money to buy gift cards for toys, clothes and other items for children and families who are struggling.

The Rotary Club sold all of the Poinsettias ordered and raised $2,500 to present to the Police Department. The department conducted Operation Shop with a Cop for children in kindergarten to eighth grade to buy gifts for themselves and family members.

Police stepping up enforcement for safety

In an effort to protect the safety of the most vulnerable road users, the Port Orange Police Department will conduct High Visibility Enforcement Details until May 14 within the city limits.

Police will focus on pedestrian and bicycle safety in the following areas:

•Ridgewood Avenue from Commonwealth Boulevard to Niver Street from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday

•Dunlawton Avenue from Nova Road to Halifax Drive, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday and Friday

•Dunlawton from Taylor Road to the east side of the intersection of City Center Parkway 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday

The areas are over-represented in traffic crashes resulting in serious and fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists.

HVE details are funded through a contract with the University of North Florida in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation’s focused initiative to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety.

Enforcement efforts will focus primarily on education for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists. However, violations may result in warnings or citations depending on the circumstances.

New members welcome

Happy Wanderers will host a members meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, at Port Orange Presbyterian Church, 4662 Clyde Morris Blvd., Port Orange.

A new member orientation will be at 6 p.m.

For more information, call (386) 256-2160, (386) 214-3890 or visit happywanderersfl.org.

Positively Ponce

The Ponce Inlet Community Center Office is now selling Positively Ponce shirts for $18 at the community center from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday to Friday.

Waste collection for unincorporated areas

There will be no garbage, recycling, bulk waste and yard trash collection for residents of unincorporated Volusia County on New Year’s day.

The collection days normally scheduled for Friday, Jan. 1, will be the following day, Saturday, Jan. 2.

The Tomoka Landfill and West Volusia Transfer Station will be closed New Year’s day.

For more information, call (386) 943-7889 or visit volusia.org/recycle.

Volunteers needed

The Southeast Volusia Habitat for Humanity Re-Store needs volunteers.

Opportunities include sorting and pricing merchandise, arranging the boutique and clothing areas, maintaining other areas of the store, stocking shelves, creating attractive arrangements in the showroom, working with crafts, paintings, linens, toys, or in the home improvements barn, and helping people with donations and purchases.

The Re-store is at 722 S. Dixie Freeway, New Smyrna Beach. For more information, call (386) 438-5010 or email coralie.gilson@yahoo.com.

Votran New Year’s route changes

Votran will operate a limited service schedule on Friday, Jan. 1.

Riders are encouraged to plan their travel in advance to avoid possible travel conflicts. Per CDC guidelines, riders are strongly encouraged to wear a face mask when using Votran services. Votran has Covid-19 safety protocols in place, including increased cleaning operations.

For more information, visit votran.org.

County libraries presented Best Practices Award

The Florida Association of Counties has presented a Best Practices Award to the Volusia County Public Library for its efforts to provide service during the pandemic.

The county librarians presented storytimes and crafts online as well as weekly trivia questions, SAT words and reviews of young adult books. The Escape Room also went online as teens are asked to answer questions and solve riddles to complete a challenge.

Kindergarten readiness programs morphed into Fun Fact Friday posts and videos. Library staff also posted summer reading logs online and handed out “Lit Kits to Go,” customized packages of books, crafts and educational activities based on children’s hobbies and interests. So far, more than 1,600 Lit Kits have been distributed.

The summer food program offered “to go” meals, and libraries started handing out coloring and activity packages that include crossword puzzles, nature walk scavenger hunts and educational worksheets for children and teens.

Low-cost pet clinics

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Rescue will host three low-cost pet clinics Saturday, Jan. 2.

The first clinic will be from 9 to 11 a.m. at Advance America, 1846 S. Ridgewood Ave. in Edgewater.

The second clinic will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Best in Show Pet Groomer, 201 Commonwealth Blvd., Port Orange.

The third clinic will be from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Big Lots, 1998 State Road 44, New Smyrna Beach.

Rabies shots will be free if a dog or cat combo shot is included. If no combo shot is needed, rabies will cost $3.

Nail trims and ear cleaning will be offered for $5. Heartworm prevention and flea control products will be available to buy at a discount. Ask the Vet questions free. Clinics are cash only for the shots. Clinic is open to everyone. No appointment needed.

For more information, call or text (386) 748-8993.

Airport begins parking lot improvement project

Construction has begun on Daytona Beach International Airport’s $7.6 million dollar parking lot improvement project, which includes repaving and painting of the short and long-term parking lots.

During phase one of the project, the short term lot will be closed and all visitors must use the long-term parking lot. After phase one is completed, the short term lot will reopen and the long term lot will close.

During the closures, customer appreciation pricing will be in effect; the daily parking rate will be reduced to $12 from $15. The first 15 minutes of parking will remain free.

The project also includes repaving of Catalina Drive, Innovation Way and the rental car parking area and new way-finding signs, LED lighting and canopies over the parking ticket dispensers.

FDOT funds up to 50% of projects and DAB funds the remaining 50%. To date, FDOT has awarded $1.5 million for phase one.

DAB is a service of Volusia County Government but the airport is an enterprise fund, which means it operates on revenues from airlines, rental cars and other tenants on airport properties. No ad valorem tax dollars are used in airport operations.

SPCA needs donations

The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is in need of donations of pet food, new blankets and money to help abandoned and abused animals this holiday season.

Volunteers also are needed to assist with programs the organization provides. Volunteers will get a training workshop and begin in 2021.

Anyone wanting to volunteer or help the SPCA may text or call (386) 748-8993. Cash contributions may be mailed to the SPCA at PO Box 1411 Orange City, FL 32774.

Volusia County Animal Services seeking volunteers

Volusia County Animal Services is seeking volunteers to assist with a variety of functions, everything from lending a hand in the animal clinic and at public events to helping at pet shelters during declared emergencies.

In addition to the animal clinic, disaster shelter and pet foster care, Animal Services is seeking volunteers to help with administrative services as well as the return to field program for community cats. While experience with animals is a plus, Animal Services provides training to all volunteers.

For more information or to volunteer, call (386) 248-1790.

County offers online utility assistance applications

Residents seeking assistance with their utility bills will be able to complete and submit an application online.

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program provides financial assistance to eligible households to meet the costs of heating and cooling their residence.

Online applications will be accepted beginning at 9 a.m. at volusia.org/hsapply.

Those who prefer an interview can call (386) 239-7757 beginning at 8 a.m. on Mondays to schedule a phone appointment.

Explore Volusia programs

Learn about Volusia County’s conservation lands and land management practices during free Explore Volusia programs in January.

Environmental specialists will lead a variety of outdoor adventures. With social distancing in mind, each program will be limited to eight persons. Participants must register at least 48 hours before the program. Only registrants will be allowed to participate. To register, call (386) 736-5927.

Upcoming events include:

•Hickory Bluff paddle: 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6. Explore the ecosystems along the St. Johns River during a leisurely paddling trip. Participants will learn about the Florida manatee and the area’s biodiversity. Bring a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard, along with a life preserver and whistle. Meet at Hickory Bluff Preserve, 598 Guise Road, Osteen.

•Indian River guided hike: 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 8.Take a short hike around Indian River Lagoon Park to learn about the importance of barrier islands, mangroves and the health of the Indian River Lagoon. Environmental specialists will discuss plant life, water quality and local wildlife on this scenic hike. Meet at 700 Sandpiper St., New Smyrna Beach.

•Bike-about Green Springs: 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12. Experience the natural world while riding the first segment of the East Central Regional Rail Trail from Green Springs to State Road 415 and back. All ages and abilities are welcome on an 11.4-mile round trip. A bicycle and helmet are required. Meet at Green Springs Park, 994 Enterprise-Osteen Road, Enterprise.

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