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In honor of Victims' Rights Week, the Ormond Beach City Commission honored Evelyn Rebostini, Ormond Beach Police Department's victims advocate, with a proclamation at the commission meeting on Tuesday, April 2.
Victims' Rights Week started on Sunday, April 7, and will wrap up on Saturday, April 13. Mayor Bill Partington said at the commission meeting that this commemorative week celebrates the energy behind the victims' rights movement. As a crime can leave a lasting impact on anyone, Partington said it's important to have victims advocates in a community.
"Nobody has a bigger heart than Evelyn, that I've ever met," Partington said. "Always in her capacity as victim's advocate, she has worked so hard to help our residents who are dealing with crime."
Police Chief Jesse Godfrey said Rebostini does a lot of work behind the scenes, and, that she helps a lot of victims on a daily basis.
"I'm very proud of her, and we're blessed to have her," Godfrey said.
Mainland High School class project receives grant
Mainland High School's Aqua Culture Division in its Academy of Scientific Inquiry and Medicine was recently awarded a $5,000 grant by Sea Pact, an organization dedicated to advancing seafood sustainability globally.
Sea Pact recognized MHS teacher Daniel Luby's class project, "Shell-a-Brate Good Times," since it focuses on inspiring students toward pursuing aquaculture careers. The project consists of constructing a hard clam hatchery with locally-sourced materials. Students will design and implement plans to culture the hard clam from seed to nursery, and will follow its complete cycle to market.
According to a press release by Volusia County Schools, the project aligns with Sea Pact's mission statement to ensure a constructive ecological effect on aquaculture management.
Library hosts new exhibits
The Ormond Beach Library has two new case displays, both which will be available for viewing for the next month in the library's effort to support local artists and artisans.
The west exhibit is sponsored by the Florida State Poets Association and showcases works by local and national poets and well-known authors. The east exhibit houses more than a dozen paintings by Ormond Beach resident Marianne Verna. Her works include watercolors, oils, acrylics and giclée prints, depicting mainly ocean scenes.
Among her works is "Tangerine Sunrise," an acrylic painting that recently won "Best in Show" at a gallery opening in The Casements earlier this year.
Both case displays will be up until April 30.