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The Historic New Smyrna Beach Preservation Commission is accepting nominations for the 2015 Donnadine Miller Memorial Historic Preservation Award. Buildings at least 50 years old or sites associated with a historic event are eligible.
The nomination deadline is 5 p.m., Friday, January 30.
Awards are given annually to one residential and one non-residential historic preservation project that promotes pride in the City’s past and increases awareness and appreciation for buildings that contribute to the history and character of New Smyrna Beach, according to Gail Henrikson, New Smyrna Beach planning manager.
“Award recipients are encouraged to apply for local landmark designation,” Henrikson added. “However receiving an award does not place any restrictions on the property.”
Applications are available at City Hall, 210 Sams Avenue; the New Smyrna Museum of History, 201 Sams Avenue; and online at cityofnsb.com.
Each award winner will be presented a bronze plaque at a March City Commission meeting to coincide with Florida Heritage Week. The 2014 winners were the residential property at 616 Magnolia Street and the non-residential property at 149 Canal Street.
“The City created the Historic preservation award program in 2002,” Henrikson said. “In 2009, the award program was renamed in memory of Donnadine Miller, who was an active volunteer and member of the community.”
Miller served as Historic New Smyrna Beach Preservation Commission chair, worked as an amateur archaeologist, and participated in numerous other events and activities, Henrikson said.
For more information or a nomination form, please log on to www.cityofnsb.com/261/Donnadine-Miller-Historic-Preservation-A or contact Gail Henrikson at 386.424.2134.
1st Saturday Art Stroll/Gallery Walk January 3
The monthly Art Stroll and Gallery Walk in the Canal Street Historic District is Saturday, January 3, 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 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.
Jessica Flood in concert January 3
Music lovers may enjoy a free concert in Christmas Park from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, January 3, in the Canal Street Historic District’s Christmas Park. Keyboardist Jessica Flood will perform. Christmas Park is on the corner of Live Oak and Canal streets in New Smyrna Beach. For information on monthly performers, please call Marc Monteson at 386.423.9760.
Mayor’s Fitness Challenge begins January 5
The City of New Smyrna Beach kicks off its 5th annual Mayor’s Fitness Challenge at 5:30 p.m., Monday, January 5, at the New Smyrna Beach Woman’s Club, 403 Magnolia St., New Smyrna Beach.
With events at locations around the NSB Waterfront LOOP, the 10-week self-improvement contest is designed to motivate participants to improve their overall wellness. A $1,000 cash prize is awarded to the male and female who show the most fitness improvement at the end of the challenge. The Challenge runs through March 21.
The $125 entry fee covers all Challenge activities. Registration applications and an activity schedule are online at www.cityofnsb.com/Mayors-Fitness-Challenge-NSB. For more information, please call the New Smyrna Beach Recreation and Special Events Department at 386.424.2175.
Music Night at the Hub January 9
On the second Friday of the month, the Hub on Canal hosts Music Night at the Hub. From 6-9 p.m. enjoy live entertainment. Member admission is free. The fee for non-members is $3. The Hub is at 132 Canal Street, New Smyrna Beach. For more information, please visit www.thehuboncanal.org or call 386.957.3924.
Canal Street Cruise January 10
The Canal Street Cruise will be from 4-8 p.m., Saturday, January 10, 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.
Art Walk on Flagler January 24
Art Walk will be on Flagler Avenue from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, January 24. Nearly a dozen local and Florida artists scatter along the Avenue at 12 retail locations. Artists change each month to offer a unique variety of fine art and crafts. 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 24
Explore interesting wines as you walk Flagler Avenue from 1-7 p.m., Saturday, January 24. 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 towww.partyonflagler.com
25th annual NSB Chowder Festival January 25
The 25th annual NSB Chowder Festival will take over Flagler Avenue from noon-5 p.m., Sunday, January 25, in New Smyrna Beach. Featuring 30 chowders, the progressive chowder cook-off will be held along both sides of the Avenue. The event is sponsored by the Merchants of Flagler Avenue and the New Smyrna Beach Moose Lodge. Proceeds from sales of the $15 passport benefit the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Camp in Barberville. For more information, please log on to www.partyonflagler.com .
WHAT: The North Atlantic Right Whale
WHEN: Thursday, January 15 6-8 p.m.
WHERE: Marine Discovery Center
520 Barracuda Blvd.
New Smyrna Beach
COST: The public is invited, no charge, no reservations required. 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.
CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 386-428-4828
Light Up Flagler December 5
Beachside-goers soon may say “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas on Flagler Avenue.” The annual Light Up Flagler celebration is from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Friday, December 5, in New Smyrna beach. The Avenue will be aglow as part of the free, holiday kick-off event, which will include toys, entertainers, carolers, and more as businesses light their façades and offer tastings. The holiday movie, Elf, will be shown outdoors at 7 p.m. at the east end of the Avenue. Donate a new, unwrapped toy and receive a holiday commemorative photo at Santa’s Workshop at the corner of Flagler Avenue and Cooper Street. Toys will be donated to Toys for Tots. Flagler Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic during the event from Peninsula Drive east to Buenos Aires Street. For more information, please call 386.898.9444 or 386.409.3456.
1st Saturday Art Stroll/Gallery Walk December 6
Stroll the Canal Street Historic District Saturday, December 6, during the 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 386.690.8666.
Jim Bryer in Concert December 6
Music lovers may enjoy a free concert by Jazz Guitarist Jim Bryer from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, December 6, 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.
Christmas Parade December 6
The annual New Smyrna Beach Christmas parade will step off at 4 p.m., Saturday, December 6, and travel the NSB Waterfront Loop from Flagler Avenue to Canal Street. This year’s theme is “A Southern Christmas.” The event is free. For more information, please call New Smyrna Beach Recreation Department 386.424.2175.
31st annual Ed Root Memorial 5k/10k Run December 6
The 31st annual Ed Root Memorial 5k/10K Run will be Saturday, December 6, in the NSB Waterfront LOOP. Race-day registration begins at 7 a.m. at Coronado Civic Center, 223 Flagler Avenue, at the corner of Pine Street and Flagler Avenue. The race begins at 8 a.m. The 10k is a scenic route that takes runners across the Inlet Dunes boardwalk and the residential streets of the north beach. The race is a charter member of the Daytona Area Grand Prix. Race-day registration is $40 for the 10k and $30 for the 5k. Pre-registration closes at 5 p.m., Wednesday, December 3. For more information, please contact the New Smyrna Beach Recreation Office at 386.424.2175 or log on towww.cityofnsb.com.
Toys for Tots Train in the LOOP December 13
Santa Claus will drive a Florida East Coast Railroad (FEC) train to a 20-minute stop in the NSB Waterfront LOOP at 10 a.m., Saturday, December 13, at the railroad tracks at Canal Street and U.S. 1. The big guy and Mrs. Claus will provide toys to the local Toys for Tots program and greet local children and families. At 9:30 a.m., the NSB Stingrays Dance Team will perform. The FEC Toys for Tots train is a partnership between the FEC and the Toys for Tots organization that gives FEC employees an opportunity to give toys to children in the communities along eight stops on the FEC rail line between Jacksonville and Miami. The toys are distributed later by the local Toys for Tots organizations. Children attending the stop also may donate to the Toys for Tots drive. For more information, please call Flare Elliot at 386.423.2184.
Canal Street Cruise December 13
The Canal Street Cruise will be from 4-8 p.m., Saturday, December 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.
Visit Santa in Christmas Park through December 20
Jolly ol’ St. Nick isn’t wasting any time compiling his holiday gift list. On the day after Thanksgiving, Santa begins greeting children in Christmas Park on the corner of Canal and Live Oak streets in New Smyrna Beach. For select dates through December 20, he will pose for photographs and make a note of the holiday wishes of children in Southeast Volusia County. To accommodate busy parents, Santa will open his doors for daytime and evening visits. His schedule is:
For more information, please call the New Smyrna Beach Recreation and Special Events Department at 386.424.2175.
Flagler Avenue Wine Walk December 27
Explore interesting wines as you walk Flagler Avenue from 1-7 p.m., Saturday, December 27. 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 towww.partyonflagler.com .
Art Walk on Flagler December 27
Artists will be on Flagler Avenue from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, December 27. Nearly a dozen local and Florida artists scatter along the Avenue at 12 retail locations. Artists change each month to offer a unique variety of fine art and crafts. 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.
New Year’s Eve Celebration/Fireworks December 31
Flagler Avenue will host its annual New Year’s Eve party from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m., Wednesday, December 31. Ring in 2015 with fireworks at 9 p.m. at the corner of Cooper Street and Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach. For more information, please log on to www.partyonflagler.com.
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL – The New Smyrna Beach Board of REALTORS® (NSB BOR) has coordinated with two local charities to supply food baskets for the Thanksgiving holiday to local families in need. The recipient families were chosen by each charity.
Each food basket will contain a turkey, ham and plenty of sides, giving each family enough food for the holiday and a few days of leftovers. Volunteers from the NSB BOR will prepare all of the food baskets on November 24, 2014. The receiving families will arrive at Hidden Lakes Golf Club on November 25, 2014 to pick up the baskets.
The NSB BOR is able to purchase the food for each basket using money raised from fundraising events throughout the year such as the Lucky Duck Race and the annual golf tournament hosted at Hidden Lakes Golf Club. The money raised will feed up to 300 local families this year.
The NSB BOR coordinated with the Gifts of Love Coalition, a food pantry located in Edgewater, and Halifax Urban Ministries (HUM), whose mission is homelessness prevention in Volusia and Flagler counties. The food will be purchased at the Publix Super Market on State Rd 44 and BJs Wholesale Club in Port Orange.
Next month, New Smyrna Beach will be recognized for its Community Redevelopment Agency’s (CRA) Opportunity Site Program. The Surfcoast Chapter of the Florida Planning and Zoning Association (FPZA) will present the Public /Private Partnership Award December 12 at the group’s Holiday Awards Gala in New Smyrna Beach.
“This innovative grant program has helped to spur the revitalization of the City’s Community Redevelopment Area through the use of public and private funds,” said Tony Otte, New Smyrna Beach community redevelopment/economic development director. “We’ve already seen improvements in property values and increased commercial occupancy in areas where grant projects are located.”
The CRA’s Opportunity Site Program provides funds to incentivize redevelopment on sites that are identified as “Opportunity Sites” in the CRA Master Plan Update, according to Otte.
For more information on grant programs offered by the New Smyrna Beach CRA, please log on to www.cityofnsb.com/grant-programs .
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.
WHO: The Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach
WHAT: “Miracle on 34th Street” – Published by Dramatic Publishing and adapted by Mountain Community Theater from the novel by Valentine Davies. Based upon the Twentieth Century Fox motion picture Miracle on 34th Street
Directed by Ida Bailey
WHEN: 8 p.m. December 5 – 6 and 2 p.m. December 7; 8 p.m. December 11, 12, 13 and 2 p.m. matinees on December 13 and 14
WHERE: The Little Theatre, 726 Third Ave., New Smyrna Beach
TICKETS: $16 Adults, $15 Senior, $8 Students (under 18)
INFORMATION: 386-423-1246 or www.nsbplayers.org
By chance, Kris Kringle, an old man in a retirement home, gets a job working as Santa for Macy’s. Kris unleashes waves of good will with Macy’s customers and the commercial world of New York City by referring parents to other stores to find exactly the toy their child has asked for. Seen as deluded and dangerous by Macy’s vocational counselor, Kris ends up in a court competency hearing. Especially at stake is one little girl, Susan’s belief in Santa. In a dramatic decision, the court confirms Kris as the true Santa, allowing Susan and countless other children to experience the joy of childhood fantasy.
CAST: Listing of principles only (entire cast is over 35)
Susan Walker (age 7) : Ryleigh Wade
Doris Walker: Krystina Hatcher
Kris Kringle: Scott Bailey
Fred Gayley: Larry Schnabel
Dr. Pierce: Barry Kite
Shelly Shellhammer: Maria Cox
Judge Harper: Ellen Shaw
Finley: Marilynne Fallon
Drunken Santa/Halloran: Don Campbell
Sawyer: Melinda Tedeschi
The New Smyrna Beach Fire Department recognized newly promoted Lt. Mike Greene and Driver Engineer Don Smith as well as newly hired firefighters Jeremy Macklefresh and Dylan Sempsrott on Tuesday, November 11, at the City Commission meeting.
“It is gratifying to see these two wonderful young men starting their careers with the New Smyrna Beach Fire Department,” said Interim Fire Chief James Tauber. “I am excited for and proud of our two veteran employees who were promoted and are embracing new challenges and responsibilities. We are fortunate to have these people on our team.”
The firefighters and their family members participated in a long-time firefighter tradition of getting pinned. This tradition signifies the entrance into the fire department or movement in the ranks by receiving their badge.
Lt. Greene has been a member of the department since 2005. Smith joined the agency in 2001.
Maklefresh, 22, graduated from Atlantic High School where he was a varsity wrestler. A Port Orange resident, Macklefresh is a certified emergency medical technician (EMT) who plans on using his experience to become a skilled firefighter and progress through the ranks.
Sempsrott, 20, is a New Smyrna Beach native and graduate of New Smyrna Beach High School where he was the captain of the cross country team. Sempsrott also is a certified EMT and plans on making his career with New Smyrna Beach. The two new firefighters will replace open positions from recently retired members of the department. They must complete a one-year probation period during which they are trained in all aspects of firefighting, Tauber said.
Snowflake & Candlelight Christmas Luncheon
Looking for help on Saturday, November 29th to help with Coastal Market (Canal Street): Times are outlined below.
Looking for volunteers for GNO – Times are outlined below
Thank you your help. You can indicate the times you are available to volunteer and what duty you choose by replying to this email or calling 386-409-7881. Thank you for helping make the 6th Annual Christmas on Canal Street amazing for the Community.
We understand that extra funds are scarce; however, if you wish to make a donation to this event you can mail it to our post office box 641, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168. Check out our website for further details on all of the events atwww.christmasoncanalstreet.com
Thank you for all of your support and assistance. Happy Holidays
From the Christmas on Canal Street Committee
As part of its quest to achieve certification from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA), a team of assessors will examine all aspects of the New Smyrna Beach Police Department beginning December 10.
“The City has been working toward earning accreditation voluntarily for more than a year,” said Donna Lavallee, New Smyrna Beach interim police chief. “The assessors will comb through our policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services. It’s a very thorough, voluntary process to gain or maintain accreditation – a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.”
During the three-day process, independent reviewers will ensure the agency has met specific requirements and prescribed standards, Lavallee added.
Citizens are encouraged to offer comments to the assessment team. Written comments about the New Smyrna Beach Police Department’s ability to meet the standards of accreditation may be sent to CFA, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, FL, 32302 or by email to email@example.com.
In an effort to ensure the professional delivery of public safety services, the CFA establishes standards, oversees an accreditation program, and awards accreditation to compliant Florida law enforcement agencies, according to the agency’s website. The New Smyrna Beach Police Department has to comply with approximately 260 standards in order to receive accredited status. Many of the standards are critical to life, health and safety issues, Lavallee added.
Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, the full Commission will decide if the agency is to receive accredited status for three years.
The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar agencies who will review written materials, interview individuals and visit offices and other locations where compliance can be witnessed. The CFA Assessment Team Leader is Master Officer Tammy Farnham of the Stuart Florida Police Department. Other team members are Assistant Chief Derrick Lewis of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Department and Samantha Jones of the Neptune Beach Police Department.
A copy of the standards is available for review by contacting New Smyrna Beach Police Department Accrediation Program Manager David Burns at (386) 424-2235 or Kelly Williams at (386) 424-2276.
For more information regarding CFA, please log on to http://www.flaccreditation.org/.
The annual 31st annual Ed Root Memorial 5K/10K Run will be Saturday, December 6, in the NSB Waterfront LOOP. Race-day registration begins at 7 a.m. at Coronado Civic Center, 223 Flagler Avenue, at the corner of Pine Street and Flagler Avenue. The race begins at 8 a.m.
The 10k is a scenic route that takes runners across the Inlet Dunes boardwalk and the residential streets of the north beach. Each year, more than 300 people participate in the holiday race, according to Liz Yancey, New Smyrna
Beach Recreation and Special Events manager.
The race is a charter member of the Daytona Area Grand Prix.
Race-day registration is $40 for the 10k and $30 for the 5k. Pre-registration closes at 5 p.m., Wednesday, December 3.
Online registration is available at http://www.racesmith.com/races/EdRoot.html .
For more information, please contact the New Smyrna Beach Recreation Office, 1000 Live Oak Street, 386.424.2175, or log on to www.cityofnsb.com.
The 24th annual Flamingo Follies Holiday Art Show will be from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., November 8-9, along Flagler Avenue in the NSB Waterfront LOOP. More than 120 artists and crafters from around the state will display their work.
Live entertainment will continue throughout the weekend on the stage at the corner of Flagler Avenue and Pine Street. The schedule is:
Saturday, November 8:
10-11a.m. Nedobeck Trio
Noon -1:30 p.m. Ronnie Rogers Band
2:30-4:30 p.m. Max Q
Sunday, November 9:
10-11:30 a.m. Jeremy and Andrea Mix
Noon-2 p.m. Windjammer
2:30-4:30 p.m. Sea of Key
Admission is free. For more information, please call the City of New Smyrna Beach Recreation Department at 386.424.2175.
It’s time to take flight in New Smyrna Beach – the widely popular New Smyrna Beach Kite Festival returns Saturday Nov 15th and Sunday Nov 16th from 11am to 3pm each day. The event takes place beachside at the Flagler Avenue Beach Approach.
The festival features scores of tethered kites, some as large as a vehicle, kite demonstrations, competitions and displays form multiple kites clubs including those from North Florida, Central Florida and the Space Coast. Separately over 700 free kites will be given away to children during festival hours while supplies last. The kites are those that allow for decoration and as such, decoration stations are set along the beach for kid’s to personalize their kite before taking flight. To help first timers, kite club volunteers will be on hand to help with quick lessons.
Parking is plentiful in the area and the festival is completely free to the public. For more information go to BeachWeeks.com
The New Smyrna Beach Kite Festival is part of Fall Beach Weeks in New Smyrna Beach – 40 days of festivals in nine weeks from Sept 26th through Nov 29th. Other sponsors include Kite Stop, Central Florida Kite Club, Fun 4 Daytona Kids, Riverside Clinical Research, and The New Smyrna Beach Visitor’s Center. For more festival information and special Beach Weeks/Kite Festival accommodations call the New Smyrna Beach Visitors Center at 1-800-541-9621. Those with a smart phone can also text “KITE” to 40691 for event information and a schedule of all Beach Weeks events.