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Tomoka Elementary receives grant from Tanger Outlets

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by: Jarleene Almenas News Editor

Tanger Outlets awarded Tomoka Elementary with a $2,200 grant for its "Get 'em Out, Get 'em Movin', Get Us Healthy" program on Wednesday, May 23.

Tomoka Elementary Coach Jennifer Evans applied for the grant. Funds will be applied for the 2018-2019 school year. 

Ormond Beach Lions Club awards scholarship to Seabreeze High School senior

Seabreeze High School senior Zoe Hays was the recipient of the Ormond Beach Lions Club Foundation's $1,000 Andy Romano Memorial Scholarship.

Lion Trish Vevera, scholarship committee chair, smiles with Zoe Hays. Courtesy photo

Hays served as co-president of the school's student government association, president of the Leo Club, treasurer of the National Honor Society and ambassador of the Seabreeze Spirit Club, and she was the founder of the Conspiracy Club. She was also an active member of Seabreeze High School's American Sign Language Club, the psychology club and the DECA Association of Marketing Students. 

In addition to her 4.48 GPA, Hays earned the Student Diploma of Distinction, which is awarded to students who complete a series of advanced placement courses. She will attend the University of Florida in the fall. 

Ormond Beach resident places third in nation's second-largest bass tournament

Ormond Beach resident Scott George and Lake Helen resident Brian Heaberlin caught an 8.42-pound bass during the Big Bas competition at the 29th-annual Wolfson Children's Hospital Bass Tournament in Palatka. 

The tournament, which is the second largest bass tournament in the U.S., took place on May 17-19 at the Palatka City Docks. A total of 1,130 fishermen in 565 boats competed. Thanks to the sponsors and participants, the tournament was able to raise more than $4 million to the Wolfson Children's Hospital.

City receives grant from FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program for pump project

The city of Ormond Beach was awarded an $811,842 grant from the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program for the second phase of a project associated with the Fleming Avenue Pump Station at Central Park, which will cover 75% of the costs for design, permitting and survey. 

The city will match the remaining 25% of the cost, coming in at $270,614, which puts the total design phase cost at $1,082,456.

The project was submitted in 2017 under the Hurricane Matthew FEMA disaster declaration for funding, but it had been in the works since a storm in 2009 flooded about 72 homes in the Laurel Creek Drainage Basin area. An investigation of the area recommended a two-phase approach which included interconnecting the Central Park lakes and connecting them to Laurel Creek. It also recommended construction of an emergency pump, flap gates, infrastructure piping and a connection at Wilmette Avenue.

Phase 1 was completed in 2014. The total cost of phase 2 is $8,700,000.

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