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The Jerry Doliner Food Bank provided 100 local families in need with turkeys and all the necessary groceries for a Christmas meal on Tuesday, Dec. 22.
The families each received 14 to 21-pound turkeys, along with bacon, pastrami, sweet potatoes, apples, breads, pastries and other food and hygienic products. The food was made possible thanks to many donors, including American Legion Cassin Young Memorial Post 267, radio host Big John, All Saints Lutheran Church and Paul B. and Constance D. Hunter Foundation, according to a press release.
Additionally, the Jewish Federation provided donated new toys for Christmas and Chanuka to children in need, regardless of race or religion. This was courtesy of donors including the Margarita Society of Volusia County, the HoHoHo Girls, Tomoka Eye Clinic, Faith Lutheran Church, the Daytona Beach Shores Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 4469, and Rose Ann Tornatore at Wholesale Lighting.
Celebrating a milestone
Meg Pierce, a physician assistance with Parks Dermatology, is celebrating 20 years with the practice this January.
In an announcement, Dr. Jeff Parks said that he hired Pierce three years after he completed his residence and had taken over his father's dermatology practice. A
fellow doctor asked him to consider hiring Pierce, and after meeting with her, he decided to give her a shot. Pierce became his first co-provider at the practice, and in the last two decades, has become extremely knowledgeable and reliable in the care of their patients.
"Meg is my side kick, my right arm and I love our conversations about difficult, complex, or rare cases," Parks said. "I trust her implicitly and must console her (hugs, tears) when any of her patients is having a rough time as she treats all of them so special and dear to her heart."
Parks Dermatology now consists of five dermatologists and five extenders, and has grown to six locations in Flagler and Volusia County. Parks thanks Pierce for her excellence, dedication and loyalty over the last 20 years.
"Meg has been a mentor, a teacher, and a shoulder to cry on for our employees," Parks said. "All our employees have the upmost respect for her."
Officer recognized with cash award
The Ormond Beach Police Foundation recently recognized Detective Ryan Mihalko with a $500 cash award.
Mihalko was selected by Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida as its Officer of the Year. He has been with the Police Department for 12 years.
"We are extremely proud of detective Mihalko and his service to our community,” said City Commissioner Dwight Selby, who also serves as the foundation's president.
Low cost pet shot clinics
On Saturday, Jan. 9, the SPCA will host a low-cost pet shot clinic at Skate and Shake, located at 251 N. U.S. 1.
The clinic will be open 2:30-4 p.m. Rabies shots will cost $5. Shots such as the distemper/parvo combo for dogs and the feline leukemia shot for cats will also be available. Heartworm prevention and flea control products will be available for purchase. All vaccinations are administered with a licensed veterinarian. Cash only for the shots. Call or text 748-8993.