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Ormond Beach Observer Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019 2 months ago

Ormond MainStreet to hold public meeting to create a destination brand for the city

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by: Jarleene Almenas News Editor

Ormond Beach MainStreet is working on the next phase for the city's downtown district, and the non-profit organization wants the help of the residents and businesses for it.

Ormond Beach MainStreet has engaged outside consultant Arnett & Muldrow, of Greenville, South Carolina, to hold a three-day workshop with focus groups and a charrette-style public meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15. There is also an online survey, available until Jan. 9, that will give the consulting firm a better understanding of the way locals feel about Ormond Beach. 

According to a press release, data collected will be used to develop a cohesive marketing and branding strategy for the city and the downtown district. The firm will use public input to create a destination brand for the area. For more information, contact Ormond Beach MainStreet Executive Director Julia Truilo at 492-2938 or at [email protected].

Backpacks for victims of human trafficking

Representatives from the St. Brendan Catholic Church Council of Catholic Women and the Daytona Junior League packed 20

backpacks for local children and teen victims of human trafficking and sexual assault. They provided the backpacks to the Ormond Beach Police Department on Dec. 17.

The backpacks contained clothing, flip flops, towels, washcloths, personal hygiene items, flashlights and resource information cards. Ormond Beach's Walmart donated $50 gift cards for the project.

Rotary Club helps transport vets to Washington

After Ron Woxberg, of Honor Flight Network, spoke to the Rotary Club of Downtown Ormond Beach about the organization's work

transporting veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials dedicated to their service, Club President Becky Parker and Service Projects Chair Alex Youngblood presented him with a $300 check. 

The funds came from the club's Happy Dollars collection. Over 35,000 veterans are currently on the Honor Flight Network's waiting list. The group charters flights, provides medical care, feeds, houses and escorts the veterans to the memorials. 

Great Kids spread holiday cheer

The children of the Great Kids Learning Center performed a holiday show for their friends and family on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at First United Methodist Church.

The "Christmas Countdown" show featured dancing to popular songs, such as "Run, Run, Rudolph" and "Hot Chocolate." The show also included a Santa Claus parade, Nutcracker soldiers, holiday humor, elves and the story of the first Christmas. On Friday, Dec. 14, the students also performed the show for the residents of the Bishop's Glen retirement center.

Third-annual Tree of Hope

The Lester Family of Ormond Beach built its third-annual Tree of Hope from donated canned goods, thanks to donations from Total Health of Ormond Beach, Tomoka Family Dentistry, Hale McGee

and Associates, as well as residents in the Sandy Oaks Boulevard area.

Purchases were also made through a Thrivent Financial action team project. The tree stood over 6 feet and was made up of 1400 cans. All donations were sent to Halifax Urban Ministries. The Lester family sends thanks to the team effort in making a difference.

 

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