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Ormond Beach Observer Friday, Jun. 1, 2018 1 year ago

Habitat home completed

Also: More development coming to N. U.S. 1.
by: Wayne Grant Real Estate Editor

The dedication of a Habitat for Humanity home built by Thompson Pump employees in Port Orange took place May 29. More than 25 employees and family members, along with other community volunteers, helped build the home over the past eight months at 939 Orange Ave. The home was constructed for purchase by the LeBlanc family.

“The volunteers found it fulfilling to give of their time and it was also very rewarding to get to meet the new homeowners, knowing that our work has made a lasting, positive impact in their lives, ” said Chris Thompson, president of Thompson Pump, of Port Orange.

Initial plans for the project began in April, 2017, when the company decided to sponsor the home.

Thompson Pump, a 48-year-old family-owned company, manufactures pumps and provides engineering expertise for mining, flood control and other applications worldwide. Visit


Donuts coming to U.S. 1


A Dunkin Donuts is likely coming to the northeast corner of U.S. 1 and Benton Street, between Race Trac and Dollar General.

SVN Alliance, commercial real estate advisors, recently negotiated the sale of the one-acre site for $616,000, according to a press release.

Chris Butera, principal at SVN Alliance, negotiated the transaction representing both the New York-based seller, Mike Ferro, and the buyer, the Afshari family. The Afsharis are a local developer/franchisee for Dunkin Donuts.

The buyers are currently in the site plan approval process with the city of Ormond Beach to demolish the gas station and replace it with a new Dunkin Donuts store, the release said.

“This acquisition represents another vote of confidence for the future of the U.S. Highway 1 corridor in Ormond Beach,” Butera said.

Contact Butera at 453-4789 or [email protected]. Visit


College recognizes Lemerand


Daytona State College named its 84,000-square-foot student center under construction in honor of longtime benefactor and former trustee L. Gale Lemerand during a May 31 ceremony. The three-story structure is expected to be completed next spring.

Lemerand is the college’s most generous living benefactor, recently giving $2 million to the Daytona State College Foundation. The gift brings to more than $3 million donated to DSC by the entrepreneur in support of student scholarships and campus growth initiatives.


Nurse gets statewide honor


Theresa Finn, RN, was named nurse administrator of the year. Also shown is Robert Beckman, administrator of Port Orange Nursing and Rehab Center. Courtesy photo

Longtime Port Orange registered nurse Theresa Finn, director of nurses at Port Orange Nursing and Rehab Center, has been recognized as statewide Nurse Administrator of the Year by the Florida Health Care Association at the association’s 2018 Long Term Care Excellence in Nursing Awards, held in St. Pete Beach.

“Theresa knows every resident and staff member in her center personally,” wrote Southern Healthcare Management’s regional clinical director, Mary Buffkin, in Theresa’s nomination letter. “The facility has a five-star rating, with five stars in quality measures – which directly relates to her leadership style.”

FHCA’s Long Term Care Excellence in Nursing Award honorees are health care professionals, nominated by Florida Health Care Association member centers.


Attorney Gracia certified


The National Board of Trial Advocacy has announced that Luis Gracia of the law firm Rue & Ziffra has achieved recertification as a Social Security Disability trial advocate.

The screening of credentials that all NBTA board certified attorneys must complete includes demonstration of substantial trial experience, submission of judicial references, continuing legal education and proof of good standing. Approximately three percent of American lawyers are board certified., according to a press release.

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EMS workers get free lunch


Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center hosted a free barbecue for emergency responders. Shown are emergency department team members Mary Uanino, Kathleen Krier and Nancy Kimpton helping to prepare the food.

In celebration of the 44th annual National Emergency Medical Services Week, May 20-26, local hospitals honored emergency service personnel.

Florida Hospital DeLand, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City, Florida Hospital Flagler in Palm Coast, Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center in Daytona Beach and Florida Hospital New Smyrna in New Smyrna Beach each provided a free lunch outside their ER entrances.

About 500 Emergency Medical Services professionals from agencies throughout Volusia County were treated to complimentary lunches and T-shirts at Halifax Health. Also, lunches were served to local EMS professionals at Halifax Health Emergency Departments in Port Orange, Deltona and Daytona Beach


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