Don’t miss the 4th Annual Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce Home Show and Business Expo- Saturday, January 18th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Open and free to the public.
Historic Canal Street in New Smyrna Beach will be lined with over 200 businesses professionals from all over Central Florida showcasing their products and services for your business and everyday needs. In 2013 we welcomed over 10,000 visitors to the Third Annual Home Show & Business Expo so we are looking forward to another successful event!
The affair will also include a full line up of live entertainment:
Acoustic Stage (East end of Canal Street)
10:00- 10:50 Cuchetti Brass Band (Cuchetti School of Music and Indian River Institute for Creative Arts)
11:30- 12:20 Carolyn Nicely (Local singer/songwriter)
1:00 – 1:50 Candice Cuchetti (Local singer acoustic covers)
2:30 – 3:30 ChicknsoupDuo/Collaboration (Soul jazz fusion)
Main Stage (West end of Canal Street near US1)
11:00- 12:00 Shelly Big Band (Jazz Ensemble)
12:30 – 1:30 The Hang (5 piece original Jazz Group) 2:00 – 3:00 The Little Theatre (Show tunes)
There will be a FREE kids Zone with bounce house, face painting, games and activities, and great food vendors.
For more information, please contact the
Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce at 368-428-2449
When community members provided input on the City’s proposed new Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) in August, staff and the consultants preparing the master plan were taking notes. Now that the draft master plan has been prepared, community members are encouraged to review it and provide input during January public meetings.
Meetings will be held:
· 11 a.m., Monday, January 13, at the Alonzo “Babe” James Center, 201 N. Myrtle Avenue.
· 6 p.m., Tuesday, January 14, at the Brannon Center, 105 S. Riverside Drive.
· 1 p.m., Wednesday, January 15, at the New Smyrna Beach Police Station, 246 Industrial Park Avenue.
· 6 p.m., Tuesday, January 21, at the Waterway West Clubhouse, 315 N. Causeway
· 6 p.m., Thursday, January 23, in Commission Chambers at New Smyrna Beach City Hall, 210 Sams Avenue
“If approved by the Volusia County Council, this new district will benefit all of us, especially residential and commercial property owners and business owners in the new district,” said Tony Otte, New Smyrna Beach CRA/Economic Development director. “We are encouraging all potential stakeholders to be involved in this process as we prepare to request the new district from Volusia County Government.”
The same presentation will be given at each meeting. Citizens need not attend all meetings unless interested, Otte said.
The proposed CRA includes U.S. 1 from just north of the municipal airport to the southern city limits, the airport and the surrounding industrial area, the incorporated areas of the City’s Historic Westside Community, the Canal Street Historic District including the area around Bert Fish Medical Center, a portion of S.R. 44 to include the former K-Mart building, and contiguous residential areas.
Seating is limited. Reservations are suggested by calling Donna M. Gray-Banks, community resource coordinator, at 386.314.4849.
World Flag Studies by Greg Cole
On exhibit: January 4 – February 15, 2014
Artist reception: Saturday, January 4, 4-7 PM
New Smyrna Beach, FL –– Atlantic Center for the Arts alt_space gallery presents World Flag Studies, a solo exhibition featuring a collection of vibrantly colored flags by digital media artist, Greg Cole. Drawing from the techniques and methodologies of science, graphic design, and computation, World Flag Studies invites viewers to consider the cultural, global, and aesthetic significance of flags in contemporary history.
The exhibition will be on view from January 4, 2014 through February 15, 2014, with an opening reception on Saturday, January 4, 4 – 7 PM. The opening reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.
World Flag Studies is part of an ongoing project seeking to explore the creative potential of applying technologies in support of an artistic practice. Cole’s artistic practice is process based. Cole authored computer programs to extract visual data from 206 national flags in order to analyze recurring texts, colors, patterns, and shapes that are used to represent nationhood. Each flag in this collection was subject to a programmatic or manual workflow that involved the aggregation, classification, and redistribution of data across existing software platforms such as Processing, Illustrator, and Excel. Additional automation tools were created to randomly arrange and recompose elements to form new representational flags.
World Flag Studies is best described as data art, whereby the principles of art and design take precedence over the relational context of the analytic data. The recombinant method allows the artist to explore emergent meaning and to create new visual arrangements without the necessity of preserving the analytic data. Viewers will find the recombinant style can generate intriguing visual results. In 286 Stars of the World, for example, the artist used the programmatic processing of data as a generative engine for creativity. As a starting point, a field of 286 stars of various styles, scale, and color were programmatically extracted from individual flags and then manually reconstructed to create a new representational flag. The reconfigured constellation asks viewers to contemplate how a singular graphic element can convey cultural and universal meaning.
Greg Cole graduated from the University of Florida in 2011 with BFA in Digital Media. His other projects explore ideas of globalization, immigration, identity, mapping, and online databases by using technologies such as programming, Google Earth, Google Maps, experimental video games, embedded electronics, and modified hardware. Cole currently works at Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, FL, where he collaborates with artists of every discipline from around the World.
To see additional work by Greg Cole, visit www.grecole.info.
Atlantic Center for the Arts alt_space gallery is a non-commercial exhibition space dedicated to artists working in a variety of artistic genres that can include: conceptual art, site specific installation, new media, digital media, video, sculpture, or any other experimental practice. This space seeks to provide emerging and established visual artists with an alternative space to show their work, as well as to provide a platform to engage the community in a dialogue about art process, methodology, concepts, and materials. The alt_space gallery is located at ACA’s Downtown facility (123 Douglas Street). For additional information about the alt_space gallery call Meghan Martin at 386.423.1753 x 16. Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday 10 – 5 pm, Saturday 11 – 3 pm.
Resolutions on Canal Street January 4
Kick off 2014 with Resolutions on January 4 in the Canal Street Historic District. Gourmet food trucks will cover several blocks of Canal Street from 4-8 p.m. Merchants also will host a sidewalk sale beginning at 8 a.m. The district’s monthly Art Stroll and Gallery Walk and concert in Christmas Park are part of the Resolutions celebration. For more information, please call the New Smyrna Beach Recreation and Special Events Department at 386.424.2175.
1st Saturday Art Stroll/Gallery Walk January 4
Stroll the Canal Street Historic District Saturday, January 4, 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 www.canalstreetnsb.com or call Lola Duckworth at 386.690.8666.
Phil Bonanno in Concert January 4
Music lovers may enjoy a free concert from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, January 4, in the Canal Street Historic District’s Christmas Park. Phil Bonanno will sing and play pop and blues on the harmonica and guitar. Christmas Park is 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 January 11
The Canal Street Cruise will be from 4-8 p.m., Saturday, January 11, 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.
Art Walk on Flagler January 25
Artists will be on Flagler Avenue from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday, January 25. 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 January 25
Explore interesting wines as you walk Flagler Avenue from 1-7 p.m., Saturday, January 25. During the progressive event, taste your choice of more than 100 showcased wines. Wine tasting passports are $25 and are available at 113 Flagler, at the tent at 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 towww.partyonflagler.com .
24th annual NSB Chowder Festival – The 24th annual NSB Chowder Festival will take over Flagler Avenue from noon-5 p.m., Sunday, January 26, in New Smyrna Beach. Featuring more than 25 chowders, the progressive chowder cook-off will be held inside sponsor locations along the Avenue. The event is sponsored by the Merchants of Flagler Avenue and the New Smyrna Beach Moose Lodge. Proceeds from the $10 passport benefits the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Camp in Barberville. For more information, please log on to www.partyonflagler.com .
Three projects have earned the City of New Smyrna Beach recognition from planning and zoning professionals. The Surfcoast Chapter of the Florida Planning and Zoning Association (FPZA) presented the awards at its January 13 Holiday Awards Gala in New Smyrna Beach. The awards the City received are:
· – Outstanding Planning Study for the City’s Interlocal Service Boundary Agreement
· – Outstanding Public Private Partnership for the Hampton Inn New Smyrna Beach
· – Outstanding Innovation and Design for Esther Street Beachfront Park
“We embark on these projects and initiatives to better serve our residents and visitors,” said New Smyrna Beach City Manager Pam Brangaccio. “It’s also nice when industry peers recognize the value in your efforts.”
The FPZA is a statewide nonprofit organization of planners and other professionals dedicated to planning and developing a quality Florida, and a place for planners to exchange information and assist each other, according to the association’s website www.fpza.org.
City of New Smyrna Beach employees collected nearly $1,100 to support the Second Harvest Food Bank. Combined with food donations, this year’s collection resulted in 6,009 pounds of non-perishable food items to help stock the organization’s food pantry. The effort earned the City third place in the 3rd annual Feed the Need public employee food drive coordinated by Volusia County Government.
“Our employees truly care about this community,” said City Manager Pam Brangaccio. “Year after year, they’re always eager to help out this worthy cause.”
This is the third year New Smyrna Beach employees have participated in the drive, which was led by Claudia Rogers, City human resources assistant.
Eighteen public organizations competed this year.
January 5th from 1:00 to 4:00 will be the perfect opportunity to meet with over 25 vendors with expertise in photography, wedding gowns, hair and makeup, linens, special gifts, floral arrangements, catering, entertainment, cruise planning, venues, and more.
All who register have an opportunity to
The City of Edgewater will ring in the New Year with a new festival. Banjos, Bikes & BBQ will be held on January 3rd and 4th at Hawks Park. The event includes a professional cook team BBQ competition and a music festival featuring bluegrass and traditional country music bands.
The festival begins on Friday night from 5 to 10 p.m. There will be live bands playing all night so bring your lawn chairs or beach blankets and enjoy a great night of music under the stars. The barbecue teams will have their camps set up all around the park. Arts and Crafts vendors will fill the main field as well as food vendors selling lots of great barbecue and other delicious treats. There will also be plenty of free activities to keep the kids happy including inflatables and a rock wall.
Then on Saturday morning, the cook teams will heat up their grills to cook in four different categories – chicken, ribs, pork and brisket. The barbecue contest is sanctioned by the Florida Barbecue Association (FBA). Teams will be competing for prize money in addition to points towards the coveted ‘Team of the Year Award’ and chances to compete in National competitions. Teams cook under a strict set of rules and winners are determined by certified judges who have been trained to critique the presentation, taste/flavor and tenderness/texture of each entry.
Vendors will be showcasing their arts and crafts again on Saturday and children will find lots of activities to keep them busy. Bands take the stage starting at 1 p.m. with live music until 10 p.m. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or a blanket and enjoy the sounds of bluegrass and traditional country music featuring The Kyle Day Band, Seminole Wind, Homespun Band, Isaac Taylor, and The Florida State Bluegrass Band. And bring your appetite! There will, of course, be lots of great barbecue to sample as well as other delicious festival foods.
The Banjos, Bikes & BBQ Festival is presented by the City of Edgewater. Event sponsors include YES Electric, State Farm (Diane Freeman), Bert Fish Medical Center, Doran Sims Wolfe & Kundid, Edgewater’s Best Western Hotel, Allstate (Trey Harshaw), Regions Bank and FPL. For more information, please contact Janet Shira at (386) 424-2485 or email@example.com or visit the Banjos, Bikes & BBQ facebook page.
An early New Year’s Eve party is planned for Tuesday, December 31, 2013 from 1 – 4 pm at the Garlic, 556 E. Third Avenue, New Smyrna Beach.
There will be a buffet, cash bar, dancing to the music of the Marc Monteson Quintet, noisemakers, door prizes and more.
For those who hate going out late at night for New Year’s Eve parties, this is the event for you!
When guests arrive, the party will be on the same time as St. Petersburg Russia, thus the midnight hour will happen at 4 pm…New Smyrna Beach time.
The event is sponsored by, AM1230 and 1490 WSBB, KeysToOurCity.com, Hometown News, Pioneer Trail Self Storage, Edgewater Self Storage, Marc Monteson Promotions and The Garlic.
Pre-sale ticket price is $30 per person and $35 the day of the event. They are available at Southern Trends Home Furnishings, 334 Canal St., Gone Bonkers, 314 Flagler Ave.; Beachside Pack ’n Ship, 1321 Saxon Drive (near Publix), The Brannon Center, 105 S. Riverside Dr. and Hometown News, 2400 S. Ridgewood Ave. Suite 22 (Sunshine Park Mall) South Daytona.
Partial proceeds of the event will benefit The New Smyrna Beach Jazz Festival. For more information call 386-423-9760.
The State of Florida Commission on Ethics has completely exonerated City of New Smyrna Beach officials from ethics violation claims filed last year by a local resident. The State Commission found no probable cause to substantiate any violations of the Code of Ethics.
“The Ethics Commission confirmed the City acted in full compliance with the Code of Ethics,” said New Smyrna Beach City Manager Pam Brangaccio. “We’re happy to put this behind us and to continue to focus on serving the citizens of New Smyrna Beach.”
Brangaccio, City Attorney Frank Gummey and Mayor Adam Barringer were
named in the 2012 complaints filed by a frequent critic of local government. The majority of the allegations stem from a retirement dinner held for former City Commissioner Jim Hathaway. The November 2012 event was held at a New Smyrna Beach restaurant, SoNapa, in which the mayor is one of three principal owners. The complaint suggested the event was a violation of State statute by “doing business with one’s agency.”
“It’s a shame we had to waste taxpayer dollars to defend these frivolous claims,” Barringer said. “The public can rest assured that the Commission on Ethics was fair and thorough in its investigation and based its findings on the facts, not a personal vendetta.”
The Commission on Ethics’ determination is based upon the investigator’s report, Assistant Attorney General Diane Guillemette’s recommendation, the complaint, and staff recommendations, as well as any written statements submitted by the respondent and any oral statements made at the hearing, Gummey said.
Historically it has been standard practice for the City to honor multiple years of
service with retirement events, Brangaccio said. City staff used their personal funds to cover dinner expenses for themselves and all guests as a gift for the retiring commissioner who had served the City for 18 years.
The public cost to defend the complaints is nearly $4,000 – more than three times the cost of the retirement party, Gummey estimated. Records validate the cost of the final restaurant bill for 43 guests was $1,290. The Florida League of Cities will cover 75 percent of the City’s legal fees.
Many New Smyrna Beach properties no longer will be required to carry flood insurance as a result of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act enacted by the federal government July, 2012. That’s because the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has revised base flood elevation maps. While that’s a bit of good news, some property owners will be required to carry flood insurance for the first time.
“There have been rumors that the reform act may be delayed before new Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) go into effect February 19,” said New Smyrna Beach city engineer Kyle Fegley. “So far the Senate nor Congress have passed a moratorium. We want to make sure our residents are aware of changes that could be coming their way in the new year.”
If new FIRM maps go into effect as part of the federal legislation, hundreds of homes in Venetian Bay, Promenade Parke and other areas of the city will be removed from special flood hazard areas (SFHA), Fegley said. Property owners no longer will be required to purchase flood insurance if their mortgage is tied to a federally funded loan.
However, a few small sectors of the city – currently not in a floodplain – will be required to carry flood insurance based on the new maps, Fegley added. For example, Live Oak and Magnolia streets from 2nd Street to Canal Street currently are not in a flood hazard area but will be when the new maps go into effect.
“Properties affected will be grandfathered from previously established elevations until the property is sold or the current property owner lets their insurance policy lapse,” Fegley said. “Properties added to the flood hazard maps will be eligible for the preferred risk policy rate as part of the grandfathering process.
Properties located in SFHA zones A/AE and VE will be affected by the Act, Fegley said. The City is encouraging home and business owners to contact their insurance agent to determine if their policy will be affected.
In July 2012, the U.S. Congress passed the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act to change the way the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is run. Key legislative provisions require the NFIP to raise rates to reflect true flood risk, make the program more financially stable, and change how FIRM updates impact policyholders, according to a FEMA website.
For more information on the Act, please log on to http://www.fema.gov/flood-insurance-reform-act-2012.
WHAT: The 9th annual TAILGATEN PARTY & SILENT AUCTION
Join us for Fun, Football, Food and Beer. Tickets include a complimentary buffet prepared by 12 of the leading restaurants in New Smyrna Beach. Watch a playoff game while you enjoy your food and two complimentary draft beers or wine. You will also have an opportunity to visit the beer tasting table and sample premium brews. You will be automatically entered in a drawing to win one of our door prizes or take your chance at a 50/50 raffle. This year we have 80 items for the silent auction including gift baskets, resort stays, dining and spa certificates, sports items, jewelry and much more!
WHEN: Saturday, January 11, 2014 4-8 p.m.
WHERE: Brannon Center 105 South Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach, Fl
COST: $30 per person or $200 for a table of 8 Advanced Payment Required Tickets can be bought at MDC, over the phone or on-line at Eventbrite.com
CONTACT: Marine Discovery Center at 386-428-4828 or www.marinediscoverycenter.org
NEW SMYRNA BEACH (December 13, 2013) ? The Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach is pleased to announce auditions for its spring musical Man of La Mancha, directed by Ted Pack with musical direction by Dr. Richard Martorano. Performances are February 21 through March 9, 2014 with Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening shows at 8 pm and Sunday matinees at 2 pm.
Harmony Sound Waves, an A Capella 4 part harmony chorus, is a chapter of Harmony Inc. an International Women’s Barbershop organization. The chorus has 25 members which includes 2 quartets. Greg Patterson, their Director for 10 years, has a degree in Music from University of Central Missouri, directs 2 choruses and sings in 2 quartets, Rare Blend and Orlando Exchange, which was an International Competition qualifier. Any woman who is interested in singing with Harmony Sound Waves is invited to join them. They meet Monday evenings at 6:30 at the Presbyterian Church on Magnolia. They perform locally for clubs, community activities, Assisted Living and Nursing Homes. They also compete in District and International Competitions.
This event is open to the public. Wine and light hors d’oeuvres will be served.
There is no admission charge, but donations are always gratefully accepted
COME CELEBRATE THE SEASON
For many families, the holiday season is not a time of joy. It is a source of additional stress for families facing the daily challenge of providing for their family. For the past 24 years, the New Smyrna Beach Police Department has provided assistance to Southeast Volusia families in need through Operation Christmas Cheer.
“We will help to bring Christmas to more than 200 children this year,” said New Smyrna Beach Police Lt. Donna Lavallee, the event organizer. “But it’s only with the help of our community that we can provide items that many of us take for granted.”
The New Smyrna Beach Police Department collects donated toys, non-perishable food and clothing and delivers the items before Christmas, Lavallee said.
Collection boxes will be available through December 20 at four New Smyrna Beach locations:
Donations will be accepted through December 20 and will be distributed to families throughout Southeast Volusia County. Requests for assistance are received daily from families and also from police officers who have identified a need while working in the community, Lavallee said.
For more information or to suggest a family in need, please call Lt. Lavallee at 386.424.2243.
The holidays are a time for celebration, visiting with loved ones and reflecting on the year past and the year ahead. Yet all too often, the holiday spirit is destroyed by the recklessness of a drunk driver.
“Drinking and driving never is worth the risk,” said New Smyrna Beach Police Chief George Markert. “If you are going to drink alcohol, designate a sober driver before the party starts.”
From 2007-2011, 29 percent of December traffic fatalities involved drivers with blood alcohol concentrations of .08 grams per deciliter or higher, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“Everyone knows that driving or riding a vehicle while impaired seriously jeopardizes your safety and the safety of others on the road around you,” Markert said. “But we still see far too many lives lost each December. That’s why we’re reminding everyone again that buzzed driving is drunk driving.”
Safety steps include designating a sober driver (DD) or calling one for a ride home, Markert said. A friend, a taxi or public transportation are good alternatives when a DD is not available.
For more information on the national Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving campaign, please visit www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov.
MARINE DISCOVERY CENTER PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES WHAT: The North Atlantic Right Whale Our guest speaker will be Julie Albert, the coordinator of the Marine Resources Councils North Atlantic Right Whale Sighting Network. Only about 500 North Atlantic right whales exist today. During the winter, pregnant females travel to the warm waters off the Florida coast to the only known calving area in the world for these whales. You can be a part of the trained volunteer spotter network along the Florida coast to identify individuals and protect them from collisions with ships. Your involvement is of particular help if you live in a high-rise building along the coast. Please attend this lecture to get the basic information you need to help these whales survive. WHEN: Thursday, December 19 6-8 p.m. WHERE: Marine Discovery Center 520 Barracuda Blvd. New Smyrna Beach COST: The public is invited, no charge, no reservations required.
Start your holiday shopping and decorating at the Coastal Christmas Market, Merchant Open House and Farmer’s Market…a perfect opportunity to shop local. There are gifts and activities for the young and the young at heart! The Coastal Market is a great place to buy quality gifts from local artisans, as well as an opportunity to support local charities and schools by purchasing arts and crafts. Share this fun day with family, friends and out-of-town guests. Children love The Party Train Express, a unique trackless train that travels up and down Canal Street.