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Ormond Beach boy spends day with NASCAR driver

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by: Jarleene Almenas Associate Editor

Race car driver David Ragan hosted six-year-old Ormond Beach boy Theodore Koulouris, a patient of the Tampa Shriners Hospital, at the Daytona International Speedway for the race on Saturday, June 7.  

Ragan and Front Row Motorsports were joined by Shriners Hospitals for Children as Koulouris, a huge NASCAR fan, met Ragan. He enjoyed a VIP experience with him in the garage and hauler and spent time with him in pre-race activities that night.

Kouloris was born with hereditary multiple exostoses, which causes abnormal bone growth, and his family sought out the Tampa Shriners Hospital for Children for care. Ragan serves as Shriners International's NASCAR ambassador and has been a member since 2012. He often visits Shriners hospitals during race season and raises awareness and funds through several campaigns, donations and activities. 

Ragan and the No. 38 Ford Fusion team's primary sponsor will be Shriners Hospitals for Children. 

Local author to present nonfiction book

Ormond Beach author and Huffington Post blogger Dillon Kalkhurst will present his new book, "Intergenerational Engagement: Understanding the Five Generations in Today's Economy," at the Ormond Beach Regional Library at 11 a.m., July 26.

Kalkhurst's book hones in on the positive aspects of each generation in the workforce and disputes generational stereotypes seen in today's media. Aside from writing, Kalkhurst is also an adviser and consultant to Fortune 500 companies. He wrote the majority of his book in the Ormond Beach library.

City launches online engagement tool

In conjunction with its OB Life series, the city of Ormond Beach has launched a new online engagement tool called OpenGov, which allows citizens to provide additional feedback.

The new platform supports features such as conducting resident surveys on key topics, according to a city press release. It is accessible through the city's website by clicking on the OB Life icon below the featured slides on the main page. 

Now available online are the agenda, presentations and polling questions from the first OB Life meeting. The answers to the "fish bowl" questions are coming soon. People may also submit questions not asked during the community meetings on the city's webpage.


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