The popular Summer Concert Series returns to the NSB Waterfront LOOP June 25 – July 30. Performances are free and in Old Fort Park, New Smyrna Beach.
Concerts are from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. The lineup includes:
· June 25: Amy Alysia (R&B/jazz)
· July 2: JAM-Jeremy and Andrea Mix (acoustical)
· July 9: Gina and Mary Cuchetti (acoustical soul/jazz)
· July 16: Magda Hiller (acoustical)
· July 23: Brad Yates and Gary Hallenbeck (seaside soul)
· July 30: Ronnie Rogers Band (Soul/R&B/Motown)
Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket.
Old Fort Park is on the corner of Sams Avenue and Julia Street. Due to construction of the new Brannon Civic Center and playground in Riverside Park, concerts are being held at this temporary, outdoor venue, according to Kimla Shelton, New Smyrna Beach program coordinator. During inclement weather, concerts will be rescheduled.
The series is hosted by the City of New Smyrna Beach. For more information, please call the New Smyrna Beach Recreation and Events Department at 386.424.2175.
The NSB Waterfront Loop is an initiative by the New Smyrna Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) to promote waterfront, historical and commercial core areas of the City. The Loop includes Canal Street, the North Causeway, Flagler Avenue, Third Avenue and parts of the Historic Westside Community.
The Flagler Avenue Hospitality Group’s monthly Wine Walk is scheduled for Saturday, June 27th 2015 on Flagler Avenue beachside in New Smyrna Beach.
The wine tasting portion runs from 1pm to 7pm and offers a progressive wine tasting along the Avenue where participants can taste 20 of the more than 100 showcased wines. Participants purchase “passports” for $25 which includes a keepsake wine glass. The passports list all of the host locations in geographic order from the ocean to the river and what wines they are featuring. Winery representatives will be on hand at several of the locations. Each host site will also offer a Wine Walk Shop selling the featured wines by the bottle, half case and full case. Participating restaurant locations also offer Wine Walk specials for dinner starting at 6pm.
Participating Wine Walk host locations include Toni and Joe’s Patio, Flagler Tavern, Peanuts Restaurant and Sports Bar, OM Bar & Chill Lounge, Traders’ Sports Pub, Galleria di Vetro, Manzano’s Beachside Deli, Gyftz, Clancy’s Cantina, That’s Amore, Café Heavenly, and Ta Da Gallery.
Happening simultaneously to Wine Walk is the Gallery Group’s Art Walk, which also takes place on Flagler Avenue but from 10am to 5pm. Art Walk offers artists showcasing and selling their creations, a register-to-win art drawing, and gallery guest artist demonstrations. The Flagler Avenue Gallery Group represents the Avenue’s galleries and includes Galleria di Vetro, Jewelry of Joy, Palms Up Pottery and Ta Da Gallery.
Wine Walk is designed to attract a broader audience target audience to New Smyrna Beach and better position the destination, and Flagler Avenue in particular, as the region’s premier fine art and craft destination. Flagler Avenue is located beachside in New Smyrna Beach off the North Causeway Bridge.
In addition to the Flagler Avenue Hospitality Group, Wine Walk is presented by Politis and Matovina – The Justice Attorneys and sponsored by Riverside Clinical Research, Ducer Photography, Exit Realty New Smyrna Beach – Property Solutions, Paradise Power Sport of New Smynra Beach, and New Smyrna Chevy. Also sponsored by The Southern Stone Event Group, HOG 95.7 Classic Rock, VIBE 103.3 Hit Music, LOV 99.5 Soft Hits, Coast Country 93.1 and News Talk 1150.
For event information and special weekend accommodations, call the New Smyrna Beach Visitor’s Center at 1-386-428-1600 or go to PartyOnFlagler.com.
No need to set sail for the Caribbean because New Smyrna Beach is bringing the islands to you, from Surf Rock, Island Music, Ska, and of course, classic Reggae! New Smyrna Beach is embracing that island spirit at the Reggae and Island Music Festival set for Friday June 19th through Sunday June 21st. Multiple acts are set throughout New Smyrna Beach’s Flagler Avenue.
This three-day musical weekend celebrates one of America’s most popular music genres and the weekend includes multiple band meet and greets and plenty of free giveaways. And best yet – every performance is free – no cover charge – though some locations due have a minimum age admission of 21 years.
The complete music festival schedule is located at BeachWeeks.com or by texting REGGAE to 40691 to receive the line-up to your smart phone.
The New Smyrna Beach Reggae and Island Music Festival is part of Spring Beach Weeks in the New Smyrna Beach area – 50 days of festivals in eight weeks from May 5th through July 5th. For more festival information and special Beach Weeks/Reggae and Island Music Festival accommodations, call the New Smyrna Beach Visitors Center at 1-800-541-9621 or visit www.beachweeks.com.
Skipper wannabes may learn to tack and jib at the annual summer Sail Camp hosted by the New Smyrna Beach Recreation and Special Events Department. Weeklong sessions are offered from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., June 8-12 and June 22-26, at the Smyrna Yacht Club, 1201 S. Riverside Drive.
Yacht Club members will teach students age 12 – 20 to sail without assistance. Lessons include hands on training on the water, terminology, sailing techniques, wind, currents, safety precautions and more.
The cost to participate is $150 for New Smyrna Beach residents and $155 for non-residents.
Class size is limited to 13 students. All students must bring their lunch, drinks, sunscreen, sunglasses, sneakers or boat shoes and swimwear. Each student also must have a type 3 life jacket and training manual. Manuals are $25.
Students may register online at www.nsbpnr.com or at the Recreation Department, 1000 Live Oak Street.
For more information, please call (386) 424-2175.
When the City’s first universally accessible playground opens this Saturday, it will offer freedom to children who may not be able to play at other playgrounds. New Smyrna Beach officials will celebrate the opening of the new playground at Rocco Park from 10-11:30 a.m., May 2. Activities for kids will follow ribbon cutting ceremony.
Children and adults are encouraged to attend the celebration.
“A lot of the skills adults use in everyday life are developed on playgrounds,” said New Smyrna Beach Mayor Jim Hathaway. “This new playground welcomes children of all abilities to play and interact with others in an atmosphere where differences can be learned from and valued.”
Rocco Park is not a new facility. The former playground equipment was 17 years old and not ADA compliant, according to Faith Miller, New Smyrna Beach maintenance operations manager.
The new playground provides users access from the car to the apparatus. New sidewalks from the parking area connect to a ramp. Slides, interactive panels, bubble panels, a shade canopy and more offer comfort and opportunities for play and exploration, Miller said. The playground is designed for youth age 5-12 and can accommodate as many as 75 children at a time.
Two handicapped parking spaces have been added to the parking lot. Additional improvements include new mulch and a bi-level water fountain. Bathrooms were repaired and the swing set and pavilion were painted, Miller added.
A universally accessible playground is more comprehensive than an accessible playground, according to the Center for Universal Design at North Carolina State University. The term accessible applies to a facility that complies with the minimum accessibility standards set forth under the Americans with Disabilities Act or in other designs to meet the needs of the functional limitations of people with disabilities and “aims at minimum requirements to achieve usability.” Universal designs are to be “usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.”
The cost of the project was nearly $59,000 and was funded by an $18,800 grant from the vendor, GameTime. The remainder was paid from the City’s general fund
Youth may learn the basics of surfing and competition at the 29th annual NSB Recreation Surf Camp. One-week sessions run June 1 – August 21, at North Beach Park, at the corner of Sapphire Road and N. Atlantic Avenue, New Smyrna Beach.
Sessions cover general ocean safety and the basics of currents, tides and run-outs. All surfers must be able to swim. Camps will be held:
Classes run from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. for ages 5 – 7 and 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. for ages 8 and older. The cost of a weekly session is $195 for New Smyrna Beach residents and $200 for non-residents.
Surfari Surf Sessions are offered for experienced surfers from 1 – 3 p.m. Monday – Friday. Weekly sessions are limited to 12 surfers. The cost is $205 for residents and $210 for non-residents.
For more information, please call the New Smyrna Beach Recreation and Special Events Department at (386) 424-2175.
Rhonda Patrick in concert
Acoustic guitarist Rhonda Patrick will play pop rock and standards during a free concert from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, May 2, in the Canal Street Historic District’s Christmas Park. 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.
1st Saturday Art Stroll/Gallery Walk May 2
Stroll the Canal Street Historic District Saturday, May 2, during the monthly 1st Saturday Art Stroll and Gallery Walk in the NSB Waterfront LOOP. On the first Saturday each 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 and at the Hub on Canal from 4-8 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.
Canal Street Cruise May 9
The Canal Street Cruise will be from 4-8 p.m., Saturday, May 9, 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 on the second Saturday of each month. For more information, please call Pat Teehan at 386.547.7319.
‘Island Education’ on turtle hatchlings May 20
The New Smyrna Beach Island Education series continues May 20 with Hatchlings Head for the Ocean: Keeping dark beaches. 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. The series runs through June 24 and is open to the public. Registration is not required. For more information, please call 386.424.2175 or log on to www.cityofnsb.com/island-education.
‘Island Education’ on native plants and coastal systems May 27
The New Smyrna Beach Island Education series continues May 27 with a class on native plants and coastal systems. 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. The series runs through June 24 and is open to the public. Registration is not required. For more information, please call 386.424.2175 or log on to www.cityofnsb.com/island-education.
5th Friday Food Trucks May 29
Grab your appetite and head to Canal Street Friday, May 29, for the 5th Friday Food Trucks in the historic district. From 4-9 p.m., gourmet food trucks will serve along the street. For more information, please call 386.424.2175.
A Florida native has been selected as New Smyrna Beach’s next fire chief. The City Commission is expected to confirm Greg Anglin to lead the department at its regular meeting, Tuesday, April 28, in City Hall Commission Chambers, 210 Sams Avenue.
“We received 42 applications from around the country including many very strong candidates,” said New Smyrna Beach City Manager Pam Brangaccio. “The interview panel and I feel Chief Anglin has the expertise and leadership skills to fit well internally with the department and in our community.”
Anglin has more than 28 years of experience in fire and emergency medical services (EMS). A native of Melbourne, he is very familiar with Florida’s east coast. Currently he is a district fire chief for the City of Cocoa. Anglin also served 22 years with the City of Melbourne’s fire department. He has been a U.S. Air Force reservist for 29 years, is an adjunct instructor at Eastern Florida State College in the Fire Science Technology program, and has worked oversees for two private contractors training United States armed forces in Afghanistan.
“I am humbled to be selected for this prestigious position,” Anglin said. “I’m looking forward to serving the internal and external customers of New Smyrna Beach and am honored to have the opportunity to work in such a unique community.”
Anglin, 53, has earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees in public administration from the University of Central Florida and an associate’s degree in fire science from Brevard Community College. Recently he was awarded the Chief Fire Officer designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence. It ia a highly competitive credential that assures departments that their leaders have the educational and technical competencies needed to meet the demands of today’s society, according to the organization’s website. Anglin also has earned certification as an Executive Fire Officer from the National Fire Academy.
Chief Anglin will earn $90,000 annually. He will take the reins of the fire department May 18.
The 8th Annual New Smyrna Beach Cinco De Mayo Celebration and Tequila Tasting will take place on Flagler Avenue Tuesday, May 5 starting at 2pm until late on Flagler Avenue Beachside off the North Causeway from US 1/Ridgewood. The progressive festival includes multiple stops, live bands, and Mexican food and drink specials.
The Tequila Tasting runs from 5pm to 9pm and features three flight levels of six award-winning tequilas. Participants receive a keep-sake sombrero as supplies last. Tequila tasting stops include Flagler Tavern, Peanuts Restaurant and Sports Bar, Om Bar & Chill Lounge, Trader’s Pub, Barracudas, and Clancy’s Cantina.
Entertainment and activity locations include Atlantis Bistro, Barracuda’s, Breakers, Café Heavenly, Clancy’s Cantina, Famous Philly’s, Flagler Tavern, Gnarly Surf Bar, Manzano’s Fine Foods, OM Bar & Chill Lounge, Peanut’s Sports Bar, That’s Amore, Tayton O’Brians, Toni and Joe’s Patio, and Trader’s Sports Pub.
Parking is plentiful throughout the Flagler Avenue arts-entertainment-shopping district on pocket parking lots, side streets and lots behind many of the businesses.
The New Smyrna Beach Cinco De Mayo Celebration is hosted by the Flagler Avenue Hospitality Group and the Flagler Merchants Association, and is sponsored by Image Today and the Southern Stone Event Group. The festival is one of a series held each year on Flagler Avenue including the New Smyrna Beach Food Festival, Shrimp and Seafood, Shamrock and Roll, and Fat Tuesday on Flagler.
For more event information and Cinco De Mayo accommodation specials, call 1-386-428-1600 or go to partyonflagler.com.
Alonzo ‘Babe’ James Community Center ribbon cutting ceremony/open house April 29, New Smyrna Beach
City of New Smyrna Beach and Volusia County Government officials will join local citizens Wednesday, April 29, to celebrate the reopening of the Alonzo ‘Babe’ James Community Center. The ceremony and open house will be from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Center at 201 N. Myrtle Ave., New Smyrna Beach.
“The ‘Babe’ James Community Center plays an important role for the Historic Westside Community and the City as a whole,” said New Smyrna Beach Mayor James Hathaway. “This expansion will help us to host larger groups and better accommodate community service programs for our youth and seniors.”
Hathaway will emcee the program, which will include the ribbon cutting and performances by New Smyrna Beach Police Athletic League youth. Tours and refreshments will follow.
The long-anticipated expansion of the Babe James Community Center adds 1,646 square feet of space to create banquet seating for 250 people and a more secure entry, according to Tony Otte, community redevelopment/economic development director.
“This expansion will assist in the economic development of the area by providing more space to cater larger events and conferences,” Otte said.
The cost of the Babe James Center expansion project was nearly $861,000 including design, permitting, construction and portable housing for programs during construction. The cost was funded jointly by the City and the County of Volusia through the City’s Community Redevelopment Agency. Construction began in August 2014.
The public is encouraged to attend. For more information, please call 386.314.4849.
WHEREAS, our nation struggles to build friendships among the peoples of this world, we are mindful that the noblest human concern is concern for others. Understanding, love and respect build cohesive families and communities. The same bonds serve to cement our community and those communities that surround us; and,
WHEREAS, for most of us, this sense of community is nurtured and expressed in our neighborhoods where we give each other an opportunity to share and feel part of a larger family. In recognition of the importance of fostering compassion and respect in ourselves for our neighbors; and,
WHEREAS, Adele Aletti has distinguished herself in our community for many years. This commitment to the community, specifically the beachside business community has been made evident through her devoted service to many civic organizations, which include the Flagler Merchants Association, the Kiwanis of New Smyrna Beach, the New Smyrna Beach Main Street Association, the New Smyrna Beach Community Redevelopment Agency Design Review Board, as well as many local charity organizations. This dedication resulted in Adele being named the 2008 Florida Retailer of the Year for Leadership, by the Florida Retail Federation; and,
WHEREAS, the City of New Smyrna Beach wishes to recognize and celebrate the professional career of Adele Aletti, on the occasion of her retirement, as well as for actions that have clearly embodied those impeccable qualities that have clearly set her apart from her contemporaries and reflect greatly upon her.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jim Hathaway, Mayor of the City of New Smyrna Beach, do hereby proc-laim Wednesday, April 22, 2015 as,
“ADELE ALETTI DAY”
in the City of New Smyrna Beach, and call upon all citizens to join the City Commission in saluting and honoring Adele Aletti for her many accomplishments and expressions of good will within our community.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 14th day of April, 2015.
JAMES W. HATHAWAY, MAYOR
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Children may get an early start on their annual search for eggs Saturday, April 4. An Easter egg hunt will begin at noon in Old Fort Park, 210 Sams Ave., New Smyrna Beach. The hunt will be divided into four age groups: 2-3, 4-5, 6-9, 10-12. The event is free. Children should bring a basket. Free hot dogs, drinks and activities also will be offered. The event is hosted by the City of New Smyrna Beach, the Canal Street Special Events Team, and the New Smyrna Lodge No. 149 Free and Accepted Masons of Florida. For more information, please call the City’s Recreation Department at 386.424.2175
NEW SMYRNA BEACH – The seventh annual New Smyrna Beach Balloon & Sky Fest April 17-19 at the Municipal Airport, will be bigger, better, more exciting, and feature more to do and enjoy than ever before. Two nights and twodays of all the family fun you can handle.
NEW for 2015 – Live in concert Saturday night under the stars – Country Music Star Aaron Tippin. Run the Airport 5K Run / Walk on the airport runways and taxiways Sunday morning.
FOUR Airshows – Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00 and Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 1:00. There will be aerobatics, parachutes, a thrilling wing walker, the debut of the tri-engine 300 MPH Jet Semi, and performances by everyone’s favorite helicopter – OTTO.
Hot-air Balloons – Dozens of balloons, with dazzling balloon glows Friday and Saturday evenings and balloon flights at dawn Saturday and Sunday.
Veterans – Veterans are admitted free of charge, and are welcomed and honored by volunteers. Plus, there are special veterans’ recognition ceremonies during the afternoon air shows.
Sounds of Sky Fest – In addition to Aaron Tippin, there will be lots of music all weekend. Country, Bluegrass, Rock ‘n’ Roll – you name it.
Inspiration Village – A unique venue that will feature everything from radio-controlled aircraft and a NASA exhibit to a real helicopter, a robotics competition and much more.
Animal Encounter – Horseback demonstrations are held several times each day. And you can visit lots of animals up close – everything from farm animals to marine life.
Display Aircraft – A World War II B-17 bomber offering rides and on-board tours. A beautifully restored DC-3 that flies on international mission trips. And many more warbirds and modern training aircraft.
Rides – Available in three types of helicopters, single-engine airplanes and a WWII B-17.
Vendors – Vendor Row has everything you could want. Eat, shop, look and listen.
Carnival – No matter what age you are, the carnival has something for you. It’s great during the day, and even better at night. $25 wrist bands available for Friday.
Hours – Friday 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Saturday 7:00 am – 11:00 pm, Sunday 7:00 am – 5:00 pm Come out and enjoy all that the 2015 New Smyrna Beach Balloon & Sky Fest has to offer. Admission is only $10 for adults. Children under 12 get in free and so do all veterans with ID. And parking is free!
New Smyrna Beach, FL —Arts on Douglas announces the opening of Interiors and Exteriors, a solo exhibition by Orlando-based artist, Larry Moore. The exhibition will be on view April 4—25, 2015 with an opening reception on Saturday, April 4, 4-7pm, and an Artists Talk on Friday, April 17, 11am. The exhibition, opening reception, and Artists Talk are free and open to the public.
Larry Moore is an award-winning painter and illustrator who is equally comfortable painting in the studio as he is painting en plein air. His highly anticipated new exhibition, Interiors and Exteriors, demonstrates the ease of which Moore can move in and out of those environments.
Throughout history, representations of the environment have evolved alongside cultural beliefs and values. By placing the two very different spaces side-by-side, Interiors and Exteriors capture the pervasive tension between natural and manmade environments. The exhibition consists of Moore’s signature scenic landscape oil paintings as well as his little-known gouache paintings of interior spaces.
Moore approaches painting with an understanding that his subject matter is mediated by perception and his physical experience in the field. Unlike conventional plein air painters, Moore does not aim for topographic accuracy. Instead, he approaches painting with an understanding of the perceptual and material conditions of the environment. Before applying paint to the canvas, Moore surveys the scene to determine what expressive theme, narrative, or mood emerges. “Responding to a scene intuitively is a decidedly right-brain event, but quantifying what it is that I see engages the left brain and helps to keep me focused throughout the painting process,” Moore explained. This creative synthesis allows Moore to construct painterly compositions that skillfully render the visual drama of those environments.
Moore’s interior paintings explore the formal qualities of space, shape, angles, color, and texture found in manmade environments. However, the artist playfully disrupts the notion of boundaries and “natural” and artificial order. In Intruder, for instance, a manmade environment is conceived as a boundary to keep the wilderness at a safe distance. Light is filtered through foliage and opaque window panes, illuminating and casting shadows on objects in the industrial space. In this painting, the industrial manmade environment is a contested space wherein the notion of a “safe” interior boundary is interrupted by the appearance of a stately stag. The painting prompts viewers to question who or what is intruding on the “natural” order. Is it nature or mankind? The artist hints: “The insertion of nature into these settings ties the content together, and in some way implies that nature will eventually reclaim her realm.”
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Larry Moore received a B.F.A in Graphic Design from the University of Florida. His award-winning illustrations have been featured in exhibitions, campaigns, and editorials such as Society of Illustrators,Communications Arts- Illustration Annual, and Luerzer Illustrator Archive.Moore regularly participates in organized plein air painting events, including Carmel Art Festival and Buck County Plein Air where he received Best in Show awards. His work has been featured at the Society of Illustrators Museum, NY, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL, Laguna Museum of Art, Laguna, CA, Thomas Center for the Arts, Gainesville, FL, The Museum of Florida Art, Deland, FL, Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX, and Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR. His paintings and illustrations have appeared in numerous publications, such as Plein Air Magazine, American Art Collector, Create Magazine, Pastel Journal, American & books: Artist Workshop Magazine, and The Outdoor Painters Magazine. Moore maintains a studio in Orlando
Downtown Daytona Nights returns to Beach Street Friday, April 10th for the biggest summer block party on the Fun Coast. The free street festival runs 5pm until 9pm on the 100 block of N. Beach Street and features live music from Baby Punch Face and Big Rick and the Troublemakers, as well as food courts, arts and craft vendors, kid’s craft stations, face-painting, and plenty of giveaways.
This family-friendly block party offers friends and co-workers a place to gather after work and the opportunity to experience the restaurants and retail shops in the downtown district. Streets will be closed during the event and parking is plentiful in the downtown area, behind the stores and on side streets.
CREDIT UNION NATIONAL ASSOCIATION RECOGNIZES SENATOR HUKILL’S WORK ON PERSONAL FINANCIAL EDUCATION FOR FLORIDIANS
TALLAHASSEE – Senator Dorothy L. Hukill (R-Port Orange), was recognized by the Credit Union National Association with the Desjardins Financial Education Award for State Government Policymakers. The award is given to government policymakers at the state level who have shown leadership in promoting financial education to individuals. Senator Hukill is the first person in Florida to be recognized with this award.
Senator Hukill has sponsored two bills this year to promote financial education. The first is Senate Bill 92, the Personal Financial Literacy Education Act, which allows for students to take a half credit course on personal financial literacy as a high school requirement. This legislation will give students the opportunity to gain the skills to understand the future financial and economic issues they will face as they join the workforce or head off to college.
The second is Senate Bill 206, the Financial Literacy Program for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities, which will promote economic independence and employment of individuals with developmental disabilities. The information that will be provided such as financial education, financial and health benefit programs and services, job training and employment opportunities will give them the knowledge they need to succeed.
“Thank you to the Credit Union National Association for recognizing me with the Desjardins Financial Education Award as well as the League of Southeastern Credit Unions for nominating me for the award,” said Senator Hukill. “Financial literacy for all individuals has become a passion of mine and I will continue to make every effort to ensure that all Floridians have the opportunity to be financially knowledgeable and successful.”
Seventy feet and 1,400 pounds. That’s the total inches and pounds lost by the 2015 New Smyrna Beach Mayor’s Fitness Challenge participants. It’s the most lost during the program’s five-year history, according to Liz Yancey, New Smyrna Beach events manager.
Two New Smyrna Beach residents not only improved their health, but they also earned $1,000 each for their efforts. Susan Hamilton and David Norvell exhibited the greatest fitness improvement over their starting weight and measurements, Yancey said.
Hamilton, 53, lost 26 pounds and 17 inches, Yancey said. Norvell, 22, lost 32 pounds and 16 inches. Norvell’s first place finish was not a surprise to his mother, Laurina Norvell.
“He’s considered special needs, but we don’t treat him that way,” Laurina said. “Once he sets his mind to something, he never stops.”
David was born with a defect of his heart vessels, which at the time limited a child’s lifespan to ten years. David was among the first babies to undergo a landmark surgery but three years later suffered a closed-head brain injury in a motor vehicle accident that left him in a vegetative state, Laurina explained. He has made significant strides but continues to suffer problems that affect his motor skills including writing and walking. He also has visual and comprehension deficiencies. Despite his physical and mental challenges, David earned his Eagle Scout badge at age 19.
“When you see a young man like David so determined to improve his health, it makes any excuse you may come up with pale in comparison,” Yancey said.
The 5th annual Challenge began January 5 with 179 participants. Nearly 75 percent completed the program. The final results – including the 1,400 pounds lost – only includes tallies from those who completed the course, Yancey added.
“Many of our participants also had significant improvements in their blood pressure and cholesterol levels,” Yancey explained. “Not everyone is interested in losing weight. For many it’s about improving their overall health.”
The 10-week self-improvement contest is designed to motivate participants to improve their overall wellness, Yancey said. Baseline measurements were taken on each person’s blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose, body fat and body weight. Measurements were repeated at the end of the Challenge.
Photos taken during the Challenge and a few essays are online at www.facebook.com/mayors.fitness.challenge.nsb.