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Ormond Beach Observer Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 6 years ago

NEWS BRIEFS: Changes confirmed for re-employment assistance


Plus: The Casements plans its centennial, and improvements made at South Neighborhood Center.


New platform for re-employment

The Center for Business Excellence has announced that the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity will launch a new way to claim weekly Re-employment Assistance benefits, update and monitor accounts, and respond to requests for information. Known as CONNECT, this new system will provide Re-employment Assistance customers with better service and convenience, according to the department.

Beginning Oct. 15, DEO’s Contact Center will be open extended hours, from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, to help claimants with CONNECT. The Contact Center phone number is 800-204-2418 and website is

The current system will not be available from noon Oct. 9 until 7:59 a.m. Oct. 15. Claimants who do not claim their weeks by noon Oct. 9, may not claim those weeks until 8 a.m. Oct. 15. Claimants who do not follow these instructions will likely experience delays with their payments.

The Casements to celebrate centennial

On Oct. 19, the Casements will celebrate its 100th Anniversary 2-4 p.m. The Casements Centennial Gazebo, a gift from The Casements Guild, will be dedicated at the celebration, and a 100-year historical timeline, including photographs and documents, will be unveiled.

The home will be open to the public for tours. There will be light refreshments and entertainment.

City’s Public Works Report

There was a joint effort from stormwater and concrete crews to install a basin at Bonita Avenue and South Beach Street, as well as remove a trailer from the Sports Complex.

At the South Ormond Neighborhood Center, tile was replaced in the main hallway and the west-side restroom.

Emergency Stats

The following numbers, for the week of Oct. 4, were provided by city staff.

Police Stats

Calls for Service 1,532

Arrests 31

Citations Issued 117

Reports Written 127

Traffic Stops 226

Fire Operations Stats

Incidents 114

EMS 63

Motor Vehicle Accidents 6

Fires 0

Fire Alarms 4

Public Assists 40

Hazardous 1


The Daytona Blues Festival will be Oct. 11-13, and will benefit the Halifax Health Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Project WARM.

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