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Ormond Beach Observer Saturday, May 26, 2018 10 months ago

Project preps students for jobs

Also: April home sales report
by: Wayne Grant Real Estate Editor

Eight Project SEARCH Volusia County students, who are enrolled in the Exceptional Student Education program, received their high school diplomas May 23 at a ceremony at Halifax Health Medical Center.

The graduates had completed their senior year at their respective local high school, but had their diploma deferred for a year of special job-coached internships at Halifax Health and other community job sites. Several of the graduates have jobs waiting for them with local businesses, including Halifax Health Dietary Department; Cobb Theatres; Boston Market; a Chevrolet dealership; Taco Bell; and Good Samaritan. 

Students and project leaders shown in the photo are (back row): Patty Snyder, project instructor; Justin Alfano; Zachary Hall; Vickie Parnell, employment specialist; W.G. Watts, business liaison; James Ullery; Brittany Sanchez; and Brandon Davis, skills trainer. Front row: Alex Cobean; Justin Baumgardner; Capreisha Massey and Kaylee Moritz.

The program is a business-led, one-year school-to-work program that takes place entirely at the workplace, providing real-life work experience. This is the program’s second graduating class.

Halifax Health is a host site for this joint venture between Volusia County Schools, Progressive Abilities Support Services and the Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.


Homes sales and prices rise


Single-family home sales and median sales prices rose around the greater Daytona Beach area in April, according to an analysis of a Multiple Listing Service report by Wyse Home Team Realty, of Port Orange,

For April, the MLS reported that 455 existing single-family homes were sold with a median home sales price of $227,000. That amounts to a 10.4 percent increase in sales and an eight percent rise in median sales prices, compared to the same month last year. In month-over-month comparisons, home sales remained flat and median prices fell slightly by 3 percent. 

Year to date, home sales are up slightly and median sales prices are up a notable 12 percent compared to the first four months of 2017 

“The spring sales season is now in full swing,” said Daytona Beach Area Realtor Ron Wysocarski, broker and CEO of Wyse Home Team Realty. “I think we will continue to see strong sales and median prices through the spring and summer.”

Meanwhile, the number of homes listed for sale in the greater Daytona Beach area fell slightly in April from the number of homes listed the month prior. However, the number of existing single family homes listed in April was 10 percent higher than it was in April 2017.


Healthy Start gets check from trust


David Holland presents Dixie Morgese, of Healthy Start Coalition, with a check for $25,000.

David Holland, CPA and trustee of the Timothy G. Kurpa Legacy Trust, presented Dixie Morgese, executive director of Healthy Start Coalition of Flagler and Volusia Counties Inc., with a $25,000 check on May 3. Healthy Start is a non-profit organization that aids pregnant women, children and families.

“It is the kind of organization Timothy Kurpa would have ardently supported,” Holland said. “One of the most rewarding aspects of my job as a trustee is to celebrate the life and generosity of my clients. … Being able to facilitate his gift to a variety of worthy charities over the last several years has been a privilege and great honor.”


Ormond thrift store relocates


The Thift Store and Food Pantry, operated by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, will have a grand opening of their new location at 1648 Ocean Shore Blvd., Ormond Beach, at 10 a.m. on June 1.There will be sales and door prizes, according to the organization.

The former location, 1100 Ocean Shore Blvd., was closed May 19. Call 256-4838 for the thrift store or 265-1963 for the food pantry.


New credit union hiring


Launch Federal Credit Union celebrated the opening of its 14th branch recently at 240 N. Williamson Blvd., Ormond Beach, on May 18.

The credit union plans a credit score seminar for May 29 at the branch, beginning at 5:30 pm. RSVP to [email protected]. for additional seminars.

Launch FCU will host two job fairs simultaneously on Saturday, June 2, at its Merritt Island branch and the new Ormond Beach branch. Onsite job interviews will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Resumes are required. For job descriptions, visit and click on “Search our Careers Database.” 

Call 321- 455-9400.



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