Substance Abuse Police Advisory meets June 24
The Substance Abuse Policy Advisory Board will meet at 1:30 p.m. June 24 at the Sheriff’s Office Training Center, 3901 Tiger Bay Road, Daytona Beach.

Agencies will make presentations on their applications for fiscal year 2013-2014 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Countywide funding. The advisory board will discuss and score the applications, then recommend funding allocations to the Volusia County Council.

This advisory board to the county council provides guidance in addressing substance abuse issues.

For more information, contact Myra Gaziano, Housing and Grants Administration, at or 386-736-5955, ext. 12324.

Volusia’s Community Assistance Division plans public meetings
Volusia County’s Community Assistance Division will hold three public meetings to provide information about the Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnerships and Emergency Solutions Grant programs.

The meetings, which start at 5:30 p.m., will be June 18 at the Chisholm Community Center, 520 S. Clara Ave., DeLand; June 19 at the Babe James Community Center, 201 N. Myrtle Ave., New Smyrna Beach; and June 20 at the South Ormond Neighborhood Center, 176 Division St., Ormond Beach.

Staff members will provide information on the programs’ status and discuss current funding levels and proposed activities for the 2013/2014 program year. Residents are encouraged to attend and provide input on housing and community development needs.

For more information, call Grants Coordinator Donna King at 386-736-5955.

Volusia’s Mosquito Control Division schedules open house
Volusia County’s Mosquito Control Division will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 28 to discuss and display its mosquito-fighting equipment at 801 South St., New Smyrna Beach.

Staff will offer guided tours and tips on mosquito-proofing your home and protecting your skin.

Participants will get a close-up view of the county’s mosquito-fish hatchery, spray trucks, helicopters, airboats, sentinel chickens and mosquito traps. Hot dogs, popcorn and bottled water will be available.

The open house is being presented in recognition of National Mosquito Awareness Week, June 23 to 29.

For more information, call 386-424-2920.

Palm Coast events include meeting with soccer legend
Soccer goalie legend Jim Leighton of Scotland will be at Ralph Carter Park, 1385 Rymfire Drive, at 2 p.m. on June 15 and 3 p.m. at Houligan’s, 50 Plaza Drive, Palm Coast. Free. More info: Palm Coast Parks & Recreation, 386-986-2323.

Palm Coast will present Food Truck Tuesday on June 18 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at Central Park in Town Center, 975 Central Ave., Palm Coast. Presented by the City of Palm Coast and Beach 92.7, the event includes free entertainment, with gourmet food available for purchase from 13 food trucks. More information: 386-986-2341.

Palm Coast’s Frieda Zamba Swimming Pool, 339 Parkview Drive, will join water parks, pools and other aquatic facilities around the globe on June 18 for a simultaneous swimming lesson in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record. Free admission. Check in is 10:30 a.m.; the lesson begins at 11.

More information: or call 386-986-4741.

College to host Strengthening Families Workshop
Daytona State College is scheduling a Strengthening Families Workshop for June 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The aim of the Strengthening Families workshop is to educate parents about the importance of protective factors such as parental resilience, social connections, knowledge of parenting and child development, concrete support in times of need as well as social and emotional competence of children.

Participation is free and open to the public. Facilitators will be Corey Best and Maria Long.
The workshop will be held at the Daytona Beach campus at 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., Bergengren Hall (Building 110, Room 112).

To register, call 386-252-4277, ext. 316 or send email to no later than June 25.

JAG funds available for nonprofits, cities
Volusia County anticipates the award of an Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Countywide from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in the amount of $164,626, of which the county will retain $16,462 for planning, evaluation and administration.

The amount available for countywide distribution is $148,164. Applications are being accepted.

Eligible programs include law enforcement programs; prosecution and court programs; prevention and education programs; corrections and community corrections programs; drug treatment programs; crime victim and witness programs; and planning, evaluation and technology improvement programs.

The county’s Substance Abuse Policy Advisory Board has established funding priorities in the area of behavioral treatment services for substance abuse and mental health problems to score the applications and make funding recommendations. Final approval for funding will be made by the Volusia County Council.

Applications are available online at or by calling Myra Gaziano at 386-736-5955 in DeLand, 386-254-4648 in Daytona Beach, or 386-423-3375 in New Smyrna Beach. Ask for extension 12324. The application deadline is noon Thursday, June 20.



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