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Alone for the holidays – and loving it

Alone for the holidays – and loving it

A growing number of people are talking about, and owning, their decision to withdraw from the holiday frenzy. BY CHRISTINE CLARRIDGE SEATTLE TIMES/TNS SEATTLE – Ishea Brown grew up in a huge family that celebrated Christmas like nobody’s business. Her mother, who is one of 15 siblings, and her father, who is one of 12, […]

How to keep pets safe, healthy during the holidays

How to keep pets safe, healthy during the holidays

FAMILY FEATURES The holiday season is synonymous with family gatherings, dinner parties, gift openings and plenty of festive food, all of which can pose challenges for pets. Lisa Darling, PetSmart’s resident veterinarian and pet care expert, offers this advice for keeping pets safe, healthy and happy this holiday season and throughout the cold winter months. […]

Holiday safety tips from Volusia County Fire Services

Holiday safety tips from Volusia County Fire Services

Along with the holiday cheer and gift giving, fire safety should be at the top of everyone’s list. According to the National Fire Protection Association, candles are responsible for 38 percent of home decoration structure fires. In fact, the top three days for home candle fires are Christmas, New Year’s Day and Christmas Eve. “The […]

Giving away food, toys and Christmas cheer

Giving away food, toys and Christmas cheer

Daytona businesses and organizations are offering free meals and support during the holidays BY ANDREA BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES With Christmas quickly approaching, many people still may need help to make through the holiday. Local businesses and organizations are stepping in and giving back to help spread holiday cheer. There are free holiday dinners available as […]

A healthy start to the holidays

A healthy start to the holidays

Park event included health information, food and music The annual Light Up Midtown health fair was held on Saturday at Daisy Stocking Park. The event was geared toward resident of all ages. The event included free health screenings, giveaways, plenty of information relating to health and nutrition, children’s activities, along with free food and music. […]

Time running out to file for FEMA, SBA assistance

Time running out to file for FEMA, SBA assistance

SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES The deadline for residents to register for FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) assistance due to damages or losses sustained from Hurricane Matthew is Dec. 16. The Disaster Recovery Center in Daytona Beach, located at the Florida Department of Health – 1845 Holsonback Drive – was scheduled to close at 6 […]

Daytona exploring metal detectors for City Hall

Daytona exploring metal detectors for City Hall

BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES The City of Daytona Beach is exploring installing metal detectors at City Hall. People going to pay water bills, register their kids for sports and pay the sports fees, get building and vending permits as well as attend commission and committee meetings soon could be stopped. City officials site safety […]

Daytona resident leading state criminal justice organization

Daytona resident leading state criminal justice organization

SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES Daytona Beach resident Linda A. Brooks began serving her term as state president of the Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency (FCCD) in November. During the organization’s first quarterly board meeting, Brooks discussed the theme for her presidency, which is “Transforming Race and Crime in our Communities through Education, Empathy and […]

How to avoid a holiday finance hangover

How to avoid a holiday finance hangover

BY ANDREW DEPIETRO GOBANKINGRATES.COM/ TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE The amount of money Americans spend during the holidays is pretty incredible. In 2015, holiday retail sales totaled more than $630 billion, according to Statista. With so much money being spent, it makes sense that so many people find themselves in post-holiday debt. Indeed, according to the TD […]

Consider giving money, time, food, items to help needy

Consider giving money, time, food, items to help needy

FAMILY FEATURES With the season of giving in full swing, try turning your attention away from gift giving in the traditional sense and instead focus on a whole different kind of giving. Charitable giving comes in many forms, and there are numerous causes in nearly every community that accept donations of more than just money. […]