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Ormond Beach Observer Monday, Oct. 15, 2018 1 year ago

Rescued manatee returned to Tomoka River

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by: Jarleene Almenas Associate Editor

Three years after she was rescued in the Tomoka River, a 1,500-pound manatee was released by Volusia County Environmental, members of Volusia County Beach Safety, Florida Fish and Wildlife and SeaWorld on Friday, Oct. 12.

According to a Facebook post by Volusia County Beaches, the manatee was released in the same location where she was found. The manatee was just a calf when she was brought to SeaWorld for rehabilitation, where she remained until her release back into the wild.

Art Guild celebrates new exhibit

The Ormond Beach Art Guild held an opening reception for its October exhibit at The Casements on Friday, Oct. 5.

Maxine and Tony Bradley of England admire pastel artwork, "Maxine's English Garden," painted for them by member Glenda Donoghue. Courtesy photo

A total of 35 paintings by members will remain on display at The Casement's gallery until Oct. 31. The exhibit displays a variety of mediums, from pastel to watercolor artwork. The gallery viewing hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. 

City announces new program for military recognition

The city of Ormond Beach is starting a Military Appreciation Banner Program to honor the city's military heroes for their service in the U.S. armed services. 

According to a press release, the banner program gives residents the opportunity to honor family members currently in active service, those who have been honorably discharged and those who died in the line of duty. Starting November 2019, the Granada bridge will be lined with 96 street-pole banners with the faces of those veterans. 

The program is free, thanks to a sponsorship by Halifax Health. Banners are filled on a first-come first-serve basis. Applications are now available. Visit for the application and more information.

Publix donates to Food Bank

Publix Charities recently donated $10,000 to The Jewish Federation Jerry Doliner Food Bank. 

Marvin Miller, Federation President, Gary Paul, Publix representative, and Gloria Max, executive director of the Jewish Federation. Courtesy photo

The Jewish Federation of Volusia and Flagler counties states that its food bank feeds 24,000 people in need in the local community each year, in addition to providing 7,000 backpacks with school supplies to children. 

Seniors Got Talent

In an effort to raise $20,000 for a long-term care scholarship to benefit a local senior on the Medicaid waiting list and $10,000 for the local Alzheimer's Walks, the Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center will host "Seniors Got Talent."

This two-day event features preliminaries from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday Oct. 28, and finals from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4. According to a city press release, the event is presented by Selis Elder Law of Florida, Alliance Foundation of Florida, Progressive Medical Research and Kindred Hospice.

Seniors Got Talent will include singers, dancers, a live auction and raffles. Tickets cost $8. Visit

Rotary Club helps local senior move

Members of the Rotary Club of Downtown Ormond Beach helped 92-year-old Angela Lignos move into her new apartment at a local assisted living community. According to a press release, when Certified Senior Advisor Tom Mondloch found out Lignos had no family in the area to help her with her move, he contacted fellow Rotary members for help.

Alex Youngblood, Angela Lignos, Steve Burns and Valerie Walston during Lignos' move. Courtesy photo

Among the members were Alex Youngblood, Steve Burns, Ricard Shelton, Rick Durgin, Brandon Babey, Malik Molville and Mark and Valerie Walston. With the use of two pickup trucks and a van, the move was completed in two trips and three hours. Lignos was very grateful for the help.

Rotary has a global network of about 1.2 million people taking action to create change. The Rotary Club of Downtown Ormond Beach is looking for new members. To learn more, visit

Local artist to judge art festival

Ormond Beach artist Toni Slick was selected as one of the judges for the upcoming 56th-annual Halifax Art Festival on Nov. 3-4 on Beach Street in Daytona Beach.

A press release states that Slick "consistently produces a strong body of award-winning work" that has been on exhibition across the U.S. She has also held local leadership roles in various art

Toni Slick. Courtesy photo

organizations. In this festival, she will be judging the works of 167 artists hoping to win some of the over $30,000 in prize money. 

The festival is presented by the Guild of the Museum of Arts and Sciences. It is the Guild's signature fundraiser. Visit for more information.

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