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Samantha Bishop is the New Economic Development / Redevelopment Coordinator for the City of Edgewater.

New Smyrna Beach, FL – Another exciting turn of events for the Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce! Executive Vice President, Samantha Bishop has accepted a new position as the Economic Development / Redevelopment Coordinator for the City of Edgewater. After four years of restructuring the Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce, Samantha has reached the many goals that she set in 2010 and is ready to hand the leadership reigns over to the next Executive Vice President. Ms. Bishop took over as Interim Executive Vice President of the Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce August 20, 2010 and was named the Executive Vice President in November of that same year.

    At the time, the Chamber was in serious debt and membership had decreased to 476 members. When Samantha started, the Chamber was looking for a temporary location for the time frame during building restoration, all of the equipment was a mismatch of donated items that we couldn’t even send a fax or print a billing. During September of 2010 Ms. Bishop had some very tough decisions to make. In order to keep the Chamber running, expenses had to be drastically cut. From mid September to December 1, the Chamber operated with volunteers only and Ms. Bishop quickly got to work moving the Chamber out of its historic 82 year old home to Julia Street with the help of Bob and Pegge Garriques. Ms. Bishop restored and created partnerships with local organizations and corporations that have earned the Chamber back its credibility and relevance in the community. During the four years, the Chamber has weaned itself off of SVAA funding for operational support and replaced this with Annual Corporate Sponsorships as well as three big fund raisers per year such as the Home Show & Business Expo, Chamber Challenge 5K Run, and Disney Institute. Her motto for any chamber function or event is that it must meet three criteria; 1. It must be good for the Chamber; 2. It must be good for the members – there must be a benefit; and 3. It must be good for the community – otherwise we don’t do it. This has served the Chamber well in the past four years as Ms. Bishop has only the Chamber’s best interest at heart, she has strived to always follow through with any promise, not to promise what she can’t deliver and to always be truthful. This is served her well and the Chamber too! Today, the Chamber has a new corporate identity and look, a new web site, new computers, new telephone system, the Chamber successfully moved back into their original home at 115 Canal Street in the Historic Chamber of Commerce Building, membership is up 680, there is money in reserves, there are only two more payments and the Chamber will be completely debt free, Chamber staff team is the best – they are passionate and love what they do and it shows! Whoever the Board chooses for the next Executive Vice President will have very big shoes to fill!

This is the first time in 33 years that the Executive Vice President position will be advertised openly. The Executive Committee will serve as the hiring team. Resumes can be sent to for consideration.



October 4th, 4-8 p.m., Clay Gallery, 302 S. Riverside Dr., NSB

Clay Gallery will be hosting this year’s Meet the Artists Party. Many of this year’s Plein Air painters will be on hand to help kick off this year’s event. The pre-party will include a raffle for an original work of art as well as a beautiful gift basket. Raffle Tickets will be available before the drawing which will take place at 7:30 p.m.

The public is invited to view original artwork, listen to music and enjoy refreshments.

Reminder: Public Forum To Discuss State Of Indian River Lagoon

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla., The Marine Discovery Center will bring together scientists, wildlife advocates and officials to discuss the status of the Indian River Lagoon in a public forum Thursday, Sept. 11.

The “State of the Lagoon 2014: Indian River Lagoon Public Forum” will be held from 6-8:30 p.m., and will be staged at the Brannon Center, located at 105 S. Riverside Drive in New Smyrna Beach.

The purpose of the event is to update citizens about the health of the IRL, provide an overview of current research and activities on the estuary and to discuss future goals and plans for the most biologically diverse estuary in North America.

Invited researchers and agencies will share their expertise with the public and offer updates on such topics as seagrass, oysters, birds, algal blooms, as well as salt marsh and shoreline restorations around the lagoon.

Guest speakers include: Dr. Margie Lasi, St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD); Lori Morris, SJRWMD; Dr. Linda Walters, University of Central Florida; David Hartgrove, Halifax River Audubon; Dr. Chuck Jacoby, SJRWMD; and Jeff Beal, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)

The forum will begin at 6 p.m., with each speaker presenting information for 15 minutes, followed by an open discussion with attending citizens.

The Indian River Lagoon has endured devastating algal blooms in recent years that have impacted crucial habitats affecting a variety of plant, animal and fish species. The forum is designed to deliver information to the public in a useful way and to give citizens a chance to ask questions and learn what they can do to contribute to the health of the lagoon and its unique ecosystem.

For more information, visit For more information about the forum, contact Annie Morgan at and at 386-428-4828.

About The Marine Discovery Center

The Marine Discovery Center (MDC) was founded in 2000 with the goal to protect and restore the Florida coastal and Indian River Lagoon ecosystems through education, research and community stewardship. A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, MDC has become widely recognized for its quality educational and hands-on, feet-wet learning programs for kids, as well as adults. Using its 40-passenger Discovery boat and fleet of kayaks, the center offers learning opportunities as a floating classroom, in adventure camps, as well as for guided eco-tours by certified naturalists. The center showcases engaging exhibits for experiential learning and invites community participation in stewardship opportunities. For more information, visit

14th Annual New Smyrna Beach Jazz Festival – Meet the Artist

Pamela Ramey Tatum is a full-time professional and award winning artist and a studio artist at The Hub on Canal, a vibrant art space that she shares with other local artists in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Pamela paints portraits, still lifes, sea and landscapes, but portraits and figures remain her favorites. For her, telling a story and moving the viewer is most important to her. She approaches every painting with the questions: what do I want to express and how do I want the viewer to feel?

She strives to paint with a contemporary feel and in 2012 began experimenting with more impressionistic palette knife painting, creating pieces that are modern, dynamic, and fresh. Most of these paintings contain lovers, and they have become her most popular pieces. She also does quite a number of commissioned pieces each year. Pamela teaches a monthly palette knife painting workshop at The Hub on Canal, teaches in Teen Extreme art camp each year, and has volunteered in the art department at NSB High School.

In September 2014, Pamela teams up with Surfscape dance for a show of dance inspired art and art inspired dance. In November 2014 Pamela will collaborate with award winning poet, Terry Godbey, for an exhibit of art and poetry at The Hub: The L Words, Love, Lust and Loss. Another exciting opportunity will take Pamela to Arte Studio Ginestrelle in Assisi, Italy, for the entire month of June 2015. Pamela will be an artist in residence with other visual artists as well as artists of other disciplines. Their work will culminate in an exhibition at the end of that year.

Pamela’s studio is located at The Hub on Canal, at 132 Canal Street, Studio 5, in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Samples of her work can also be found on her website:

As Producer of the Jazz Festival, Marc Monteson said he was delighted to work with Pamela as she created this year’s poster and t-shirt art entitled, Ray Guiser on Sax.

Click Here for the 2014 Website

Marc Monteson Promotions is a licensed agency in NSB and a member of the S.E. Volusia Chamber of Commerce

New Smyrna Beach Jazz Fest 2014 Line-up & Schedule

Click Here for the 2014 Website

Nicole Henry
Kid Dutch™ and his New Orleans Music

Greg Parnell Sextet ” A Tribute to The Jazz Messengers”

Walker /Jordan Band ( 10 pc)

Sybil Gage * Vivacity

Suzy Park & Friends

Linda Cole & The Joshua Bowlus Trio

The Porchdogs * Thom Chambers

The House Cats * Thomas Jones

Music Remembrance Jazz Trio

Robert Harris Trio *Johnny Mag Sax * Brian Petras Trio

Kayonne Riley and the Downtown Trio

M&M Latin Jazz Ensemble feat. Marty Morell

Pat D’Aguanno

Steve Scholz Trio

Ted Connor & Ron Gilotti

Cafè-Grass * Jim Bryer

Ray Guiser Quartet (Kick-off party)



Devastating events in recent years have put the health of the Indian River Lagoon in a state of peril, but we have come a long way in the last year.

Researchers and agencies will share their expertise, what we have learned, upcoming projects, and ways you can get involved. Hear updates on seagrass, oysters, birds, algal blooms, and more.

WHAT: State of the Lagoon 2014: Indian River Lagoon Public Forum
WHEN: September 11, 2014 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Brannon Center, 105 S. Riverside Dr. New Smyrna Beach, FL
COST: No charge, no reservations required
CONTACT: or call 386-428-4828

September happenings in the NSB Waterfront LOOP

September happenings in the NSB Waterfront LOOP

1st Saturday Art Stroll/Gallery Walk September 6

Stroll the Canal Street Historic District Saturday, September 6, during the monthly 1st Saturday Art Stroll and Gallery Walk in the NSB Waterfront LOOP. On the first Saturday of the month, artistic vendors set up along the historic street from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. A free concert also is scheduled from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Christmas Park. Galleries feature solo and group exhibitions and artist talks in the Douglas Avenue area of the district from 4-7 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, please log on to the Canal Street Historic District website at or call Lola Duckworth 386.690.8666.

 Nathan Perer in concert September 6

Music lovers may enjoy a free concert Saturday, September 6. Singer/guitarist Nathan Perer will play from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Christmas Park, on the corner of Live Oak and Canal streets in New Smyrna Beach.  Bring a lawn chair. For information on monthly performers, please call Marc Monteson at 386.423.9760.

 Canal Street Cruise September 13

The Canal Street Cruise will be from 4 – 8 p.m., Saturday, September 13, along historic Canal Street, New Smyrna Beach. Sponsored by the East Coast Cruisers, the family-friendly classic car show offers food and entertainment in a historic setting. For more information, please call Pat Teehan at 386.547.7319.

 ‘Island Education’ on the coastal environment September 17

 The New Smyrna Beach Island Education series continues September 17 with a class on man’s interaction with the coastal environment. The class begins at 9 a.m. at Esther Street Beachfront Park, one block north of Flagler Avenue. The one-hour class is part of a free educational series on the City’s barrier island.  Classes run through November 19 and are open to the public. Registration is not required. For more information, please call 386.424.2175 or log on to

 Art Walk on Flagler September 20

Artists will be on Flagler Avenue from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, September 20.   Sponsored by The Gallery Group of Flagler Avenue, the event has been a part of the community for more than six years. For more information, please call 386.428-1770.

 Flagler Avenue Wine Walk September 20

Explore interesting wines as you walk Flagler Avenue from 1 – 7 p.m., Saturday, September 20.  During the progressive event, taste your choice of more than 100 showcased wines. Wine tasting passports are $25 and are available at the corner of Flagler Avenue and Peninsula Avenue, at the corner of Flagler Avenue and Cooper Street, or at the corner of S. Atlantic and Flagler Avenue. Passports include 20 tasting tickets and a keepsake wine glass. Some locations feature both one- and multi-ticket wines to sample. Those who want to share their 20 tasting tickets with a friend may get an additional wine glass for $5. For more information on the progressive wine tasting, please log on to .

 ‘Island Education’ on mangrove maintenance September 24

Proper maintenance of mangroves and Brazilian pepper trees will be covered during the September 24 Island Education class. The class begins at 9 a.m. at Esther Street Beachfront Park, one block north of Flagler Avenue. The one-hour class is part of a free educational series on the City’s barrier island.  Classes run through November 19 and are open to the public. Registration is not required. For more information, please call 386.424.2175 or log on to

2nd ANNUAL LUCKY DUCK RACE – Sept. 11 from 4:30 to 6:00 PM

Port Orange Ship Modelers Show at Port Orange Libary – September 27 & 28 – FREE Admission!

The Port Orange Ship Modeler’s Club Presents – 2014 Annual Ship Model Show
At the Port Orange Library, 1005 City Center Circle, Port Orange, FL  32129
On Saturday, September 27, 2014  – 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
And Sunday, September 28, 2014  – 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm


Free model kits for the first 25 kids on Saturday; trophies awarded to all kids that return with completed model on Sunday


NSBSHS Alumni Gathering Information 71-79


The Gathering of the Classes as been set up for Saturday Night , August 23 we will all meet at the new H.T. Pub 44 at 6 PM. If you would like dinner the owner said please try to come between 4-6 PM  if you want your meal to be on time to your table. A easy menu will be made up just for us so it will be quick delivery after 6 PM.
                                     I will post it for you below..
 The new Pub 44 has been remodeled and I know you will be really happy with what they did plus all the new additions outside and a new bar, The old Tiki Bar has been removed. I have looked the menu over and eaten there 2 times and the food is really good, A portion of it is prepared from scratch I was told. Their home made french fries are delicious, like thick potato chips, Yum Yum..
    Since I have been to see the owners, I have found out 2 other classes are having their reunions there this summer. I really hope H. T.’s makes a go of it and it will be a place for us to enjoy for a long time.
    Heads up~~There is some discussion about parking across the street at the Publix parking area, I would not advise you to do that or it may be towed if the problem is not resolved.  Hopefully I will have some news on this before our Gathering. You may want to call the Pub and ask them about parking or come with a friend to save space.
Sunday~August 24 

Come have breakfast….

Beacon Restaurant

416 Flagler Avenue

New Smyrna Beach, Fl 32169


Opens at 6:00 am starts serving at 6:30 until PM

Get together with friends for breakfast and a chat.

Pick your own time to allow for flexible departures of out-of-town alumni.

“Cheeseburger in Paradise” Saturday, August 23 – 5 pm & 9 pm.

Rotary clubs of New Smyrna Beach & Edgewater
Sponsor “Cheeseburger in Paradise”

Cheeseburger Paradise committee members: Standing in the rear (left - right) Jeff Abbott, Jerry Kruhm, Mitch Cole and Steve Holmes. Front (left-right) Peter Stanton, Deborah Nicol and Donna Abbott.

 New Smyrna Beach, FL – New Smyrna Beach’s Brannon Center will be the venue for a fund raising event on Saturday, August 23 between 5 pm and 9 pm.  The Rotary clubs of New Smyrna Beach and Edgewater are the sponsoring organizations of a Jimmy Buffet-styled summer time party named after his restaurants – Cheeseburger in Paradise.

Peter Stanton, president of the Rotary Club of Edgewater said “you don’t have to be a parrot head (alluding to Jimmy Buffet’s fans) to have a good time.”  He continued to say “we’ll have a band playing, hamburgers and sliders from over a dozen local restaurants, free beer, wine and sodas plus contests, tequila tasting and lots more to keep everyone entertained.”

Over a dozen local businesses and media are supporting the event as sponsors.

“The net proceeds of this event will fund the clubs’ community support with youth scholarships and youth activities” explained Jeff Abbott, president of the Rotary Club of New Smyrna Beach.   “We expect this to continue to be a very popular event and encourage everyone to purchase tickets early.”

For information on purchasing tickets visit  or call 386-643-4772 or email

Picture:  Cheeseburger Paradise committee members: Standing in the rear (left – right) Jeff Abbott, Jerry Kruhm, Mitch Cole and Steve Holmes. Front (left-right) Peter Stanton, Deborah Nicol and Donna Abbott.

Free 4 Week Fit Camp – August 11 – Riverside Park, NSB

All American BBQ

Grills were fired up by SoNapa, Spruce Creek airplanes flew over, and local politicians came to the All American BBQ held at the new Headquarters of the Republican Club of Southeast Volusia County, 1710 SR 44, NSB, on Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Best of Doo Wop Reunion

Sat. July 26th 4pm-?? at Clancy’s Cantina

Internationally acclaimed Cuban artist, Sandra Ramos, opens new alt_space exhibition

Sandra Ramos
Dreaming Ithaca . . .

Opening reception: Saturday, July 5, 4-7pm
Exhibition dates: July 5 – August 16, 2014

New Smyrna Beach, FL ––Atlantic Center for the Arts Downtown announces the opening of a new alt_space exhibition, Dreaming Ithaca . . ., featuring aquatint etchings and video installations by internationally acclaimed Cuban artist, Sandra Ramos. The exhibition will be on view from July 5 through August 16, 2014, with an opening reception on Saturday, July 5, 4 – 7 PM. The opening reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

In the exhibition, Dreaming Ithaca . . . , interdisciplinary artist Sandra Ramos addresses the paradox and contradictions of utopian idealism through the use of myth, allusions, and semantic juxtaposition. “Through my work I explore the edges at which art intersects with social, political, and global issues in order to establish a critical statement about the future,” explained Ramos.

The exhibition is comprised of aquatint etchings and video installations that accentuate the artist’s academic training and remarkable storytelling capabilities. “While engraving continues to be my favorite medium, I wanted to expand the expressive and communicative potential of my work through a new digital medium. Digital animation allows me to elevate my storytelling capabilities by creating a temporal continuity for my small vignettes,” Ramos explained.

Ramos replaces familiar mythic archetypes with an alter-ego, niña pionera, pioneer girl, to create semi-autobiographical visual narratives that touch upon themes of identity, loss, exile, survival, and the ever present yet unattainable utopian dream. Ramos draws attention to promise and peril of utopian idealism, revealing the ways in which it awakens desire and shapes experience.

About the Artist

Sandra Ramos began her professional career during Cuba’s “Special Period.” During this period Cuba faced near economic collapse due to the dissolution of the USSR, the US imposed embargo, and severe domestic restrictions that reduced the quality of everyday life. By the late 90s, Cuba recognized the value of its artistic patrimony and eased political, economic, and cultural policies, allowing artists legal yet limited flexibility to participate in the global art market. In the midst of Cuba’s transitional phase, Ramos emerged as a critical voice of a new generation of Cuban artists concerned with issues of globalization and the struggles of everyday life.

She has exhibited extensively for over twenty years at venues such as, Museo Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba; Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín, Colombia; Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, Austria; Sheldon Museum of Art, Nebraska; Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, CT; Ringling Museum, Tampa, FL; Miura Museum of Art, Matsuyama, Japan and Urasoe Museum, Okinawa, Japan. Her work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, NY; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and Fuchu Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan, among many others worldwide. Ramos is teacher at The Higher Institute of Art in Havana, Cuba, and curator since 1996 of Cuban contemporary art exhibitions. She has presented at conferences and workshops in international institutions including: National Gallery of Art in Washington DC; The University of Havana; L’ Ecole deux Beaux Arts, Paris; Barbican Center in London; The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Lowe Art Museum, Florida University, Miami and Fuchu Art Museum,Tokyo, Japan.

ArtHaus Emerging Artists 2014

ArtHaus is pleased to inform the public about our current exhibit which runs through August 1, 2014.  We are proud to have two photographers; Alicia Gautreaux and Chris Boyer; along with one graphic artist; Josh Curtis; displaying their talented works of art in our gallery for the 2014 Emerging Artists Exhibition.  The ArtHaus Gallery is located at 3840 Ridgewood Ave. in Port Orange, just one block north of Dunlawton.  As always, this exhibit is free of charge and open to the public.  We encourage everyone to come show their support for these artists.  For information call 386-767-0076 or go to

Creative Summer Camps Focus on Writing, Acting, Film Making, Commercials

A creative summer camp for kids—Camp Express Yourself!!—has been announced by Positively Florida Inc., the arts and ideas nonprofit. The camps, with two sessions by age group, will run for five days each from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The first session, for 4th through 8th graders, is scheduled for July 14-18. The second session is July 21-25, and is designed for 8th through 12th grade students. Eighth grade students can attend either session. Positively Florida will host the classes using the facilities of the United Church of Christ, 203 Washington Street, New Smyrna Beach.

The camps are unique in our area because of their emphasis on creative writing and performing arts, including film making. Subjects covered will include fiction, poetry, and script writing; stage and film acting, film making (videography), and writing and shooting commercials. The camps will feature a highly talented staff, with experienced teachers coming from around Central Florida. Featured will be internationally known film maker Heath Jones, Orlando-based writing teacher Elaine Person, and local award winning actress Sarah Ann De La Hoz.

Cost for the camps is $90. Camp slots are limited. To register call Gary Broughman at 386-690-9295, email, or register online using pay pal or major credit card by visiting Doors will open each morning at 8:30 a.m.


What:  1st Saturday Christmas in July
When: Saturday, July 5th – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Who:   Jim Bryer, guitarist, jazz standards from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
           Special children’s art display from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
            Sixteen ongoing live art demonstrations and interactive art activities including guitar
            making and creating fantasy lands with paper art from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where:  The Hub on Canal, 132 Canal Street, NSB. For more information or phone (386) 957-3924. Event is free and open to the public.
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What:  1st Saturday Gallery Walk Opening Reception
 When:  Saturday, July 5th – 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
 Who:  July’s exhibition in the solo gallery, ”Art is…Creation“, features artwork created in summer art camps by local students. 
 Where:  The Hub on Canal, 132 Canal Street, NSB. For more information or phone (386) 957-3924. Event is free and open to the public.  Hub Gallery Walk music by Ray Guiser on the saxaphone.  Gallery Walk food courtesy of Beachside Publix.
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What:  2nd Friday Music Night @ The Hub
 When:  Friday, July 11th from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
 Who:  Nancy Hartline,vocalist, belting out jazz and rock ‘n blues with soul.  She will be accompanied by two acoustic guitar players.
 The Little Theater of NSB featuring selections from their upcoming performance of Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award winning musical Into the Woods.
 Where: The Hub on Canal, 132 Canal Street, NSB. For more information or phone (386) 957-3924. Event is free to members; $3 for non-members.
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What:  Slo Jam Music Night
 When:  Thursday, July 17 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
 Who:  A Slo Jam has something for everyone, whether you are a beginning or advanced musician or singer.  Come prepared to play, sing or simply listen.  Participants may bring guitars, ukuleles, violins, harmonicas, percussion etc.  Play books and some light refreshments will be provided. 
 Where:  The Hub on Canal, 132 Canal Street, NSB.  For more information or phone (386) 957-3924.  Event is $5 for the Slo Jam evening.
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What:  Jewelry Making & Design  
 When:  An ongoing weekly class beginning Friday, July 18 from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
 Who:  Debbie Moser will demonstrate and teach basic jewelry-making techniques, along with advanced techniques including design, jewelry wrapping, and metal-smithing.  Students may bring their own supplies. Some basic tools will be provided; other supplies available at additional cost.  Cost per class is $20.00  Class size limited.  Contact instructor at to register and obtain supply list.
 Where:  The Hub on Canal, 132 Canal Street, NSB.
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Who:  3-D paper artist Terri Lawson
 What:  3-D paper pictures workshop.  Learn how to work with shapes, color and 3-D techniques.  All the paper and framework base needed to build the participants’ designs are provided.
 When:  Monday, July 28th from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
 Where:  The Hub on Canal, 132 Canal Street, NSB.  $75.00 for the 1-day workshop.  Contact Terry Lawson at for more information and to register. 

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The 22nd Annual Bike and Bar Beer Alert Photo Gallery

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