Libraries to host suicide awareness sessions
Social workers Jessica Buccolo and Jenifer Flores will explain how people can help prevent suicides by recognizing the behavioral changes that often precede suicide attempts. They’ll share their observations during free presentations at:

• 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave.
• 1 p.m. Tuesday, Saturday, Sept. 30, at the DeLand Regional Library, 130 E. Howry Ave.

Buccolo and Flores are suicide prevention case managers with the VA clinics in Daytona Beach and Orlando, respectively.

A 2013 New York Times article stated that suicide rates among middle-aged Americans have risen sharply in the past decade, prompting concern that a generation of baby boomers who have faced years of economic worry and easy access to prescription painkillers may be particularly vulnerable to self-inflicted harm.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more people now die from suicide than car accidents. In 2010 (the latest year for which we have national statistics), 38,364 Americans killed themselves. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.

The presentations, offered in conjunction with National Suicide Prevention Week, are sponsored by the William V. Chappell Jr. VA Outpatient Clinic, the Friends of the Daytona Beach Library, and the Friends of DeLand Library.

For more information, call the Daytona Beach library at 386-257-6036, ext. 16235; or the DeLand library at 386-822-6430, ext. 20763.

T.U.R.N. festival Saturday in New Smyrna Beach
The 12th Annual Spring Hill T.U.R.N. Festival 2014 will be held Sept. 13 on the corner of Beresford and Adelle at Spring Hill Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It will include games, moon bounces and slides for the kids.

There also will be a praise dance competition, cake contest, hula-hoop contest and other entertainment. A large assortment of food will be available for purchase.

For more information or to register, contact Shilretha Dixon at 386-740-0808 or email at

‘Drive to Donate’ takes place Saturday at Speedway
Daytona International Speedway and OneBlood are bringing together the Central Florida community for the 9/11 “Drive to Donate” Blood Drive on Sept. 13 to be held from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. inside the Daytona 500 Club, located in the infield and just outside Gatorade Victory Lane.

Donors can enter the Speedway through the Turn 4 tunnel. This is the ninth straight year that the Speedway will serve as the location for the blood drive.

Every guest who donates will receive a free Daytona International Speedway tour admission ticket a free commemorative T-shirt, an opportunity to win two Daytona 500 Club ticket packages for the 2015 Daytona 500, and a chance to win two Daytona 500 Club ticket packages for the 2015 Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola.

To make an appointment or find out more about the blood drive, visit

Learn about ‘Estate Planning’ at Lunch n’ Lecture
“Estate Planning – When a Will is Not Enough” is the topic for the Palm Coast Parks & Recreation Lunch n’ Lecture, to be held Sept. 24 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Parkway NE. Presenters will be Steven Scifo of JMS Estate Planning Services Inc. and attorney David S. Eldredge.

The presentation will explain the differences between a will and a living trust. The presenters will focus on the details of the court process of probate, when assets pass through a will upon death and how to avoid the probate process for your family with a living trust. The speakers will also discuss the loss of control of assets in the event of a legal incapacitation and how to maintain control of assets if incapacity should occur.

The Lunch n’ Lecture is free, but pre-registration is required by 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22.

Sign up at or call the Community Center at 386-986-2323 for more information on registering.

West Nile case under investigation
The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County has issued an advisory of an increase in mosquito-borne disease activity.

A suspect human case of West Nile illness involving a 34 –year-old female is under investigation in Volusia County. The state laboratory is processing the case and will determine if it is a confirmed case.

The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County reminds residents and visitors to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes that may cause encephalitis disease.  Volusia County Mosquito Control and the health department continue surveillance and prevention efforts and encourage everyone to take basic precautions to help limit exposure.

The Environmental Protection Agency makes the following recommendations:
Get rid of standing water in rain gutters, old tires, buckets, plastic covers, toys or any other container where mosquitoes can breed
Empty and change the water in bird baths, fountains, wading pools, rain barrels and potted plant trays at least once a week to eliminate potential mosquito habitats
Drain temporary pools of water or fill with dirt
Keep swimming pool water treated and circulating

Recycling and trash containers coming to Volusia beaches
Cleanup and recycling efforts on the beach are getting a boost as Volusia County’s Coastal Division begins phasing in 400 sets of new trash and recycling containers.

The new containers are bright blue for trash and vibrant yellow for recycling, with more prominent labels to avoid contamination and promote recycling of plastic drink bottles and aluminum cans. All other materials – including glass containers, which are banned from the
beaches – should be placed in blue trash containers.

“The public has been keenly interested in beach recycling since we began it in 2008,” said Margaret Hodge, activity manager for the Coastal Division. “We realized that our beaches attract worldwide visitors who may not recycle the same items we do here. Due to the amount of food, liquids, soiled paper and other non-recyclable waste materials generated by beachgoers, it is critical that we step up our efforts to help them understand what can be realistically recycled from the beach.”

Landlords invited to Section 8 meeting
Volusia County’s Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program will host an informational meeting for landlords who are renting or interested in renting to Section 8 participants.

The meeting will be from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 19 in the Frank T. Bruno Jr. County Council Chambers of the Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand.

Staff from the county’s Community Assistance Division will explain the program’s rules and regulations.

Reservations are required and may be made by emailing or calling 386-736-5955, ext. 12566



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