photography of people on grass field

NSB Kids can get Back-to-School Shots at Summer Camp

To increase access to back-to-school shots, the Department of Health in Volusia County will offer vaccinations at the Babe James Community Center home of the City of New Smyrna’s popular Summer Fun Camp.  No or low-cost vaccinations will be offered from 4 to 6 p.m., June 24, July 8 and July 22, at the community center located at 201 N. Myrtle Ave., New Smyrna Beach. … Continue reading NSB Kids can get Back-to-School Shots at Summer Camp

Dolphin Days: Marineland

Photos by Kelsey & Scott Walters, photos of the Dolphin Encounter provided by Marineland Recently, Scott decided to surprise Avery and I with a fun day out. All he told us was to grab our towels and get in the car. Before we knew it, we were at Marineland, a classic beachside attraction in St. Augustine right on the border with Palm Coast.  I didn’t … Continue reading Dolphin Days: Marineland

FAC Honors Local Libraries

With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing temporary library closures in March and creating an uncertain future, the Volusia County Public Library was faced with a challenge: how to keep children reading and engaged during summer vacation and beyond. The librarians from the children’s and teen sections put on their thinking caps and envisioned a contact-free library system. They had their work cut out for them. Not … Continue reading FAC Honors Local Libraries

Halloween Magic at Home

Starting this month, family holidays are in full swing. Like everything else this year, we have to make some changes, especially when it comes to the health and safety of our families.  Local Halloween traditions are pretty basic. Parade and costume contest on Canal Street, and then trick-or-treating with family and friends. This year, that may not be possible. What do we do to still … Continue reading Halloween Magic at Home

Back to School Safety

Well, it finally happened…Volusia County spring break has officially ended. It’s hard to believe that all those kiddos left school for a two-week break back in March, only to have it extended five months due to COVID-19. Never in my life have I heard so many kids actually say they WANT to go back to school! Parents have had to make some tough choices during … Continue reading Back to School Safety

New Grandparents in 2020

My grandson, David Banks, was born in June. A total of five grandparents, with great excitement and anticipation for their children, who were about to be first-time new parents, was at an all-time high.  Due to COVID-19, it was very difficult for me and the other grandparents, and one excited aunt, to be forbidden inside the hospital at all. This little guy was my fourth … Continue reading New Grandparents in 2020

Back To School Giveaway in Edgewater

The annual EDGEfest Back to School Party is planned for Saturday, August 8, 2020 at the Southeast Volusia Family YMCA (148 West Turgot Avenue, Edgewater). This year’s event will look and feel quite different from years past since COVID-19 social distancing requirements remain in place. For the first time, the event will be drive up only. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to pass … Continue reading Back To School Giveaway in Edgewater

Close-up of Girl Writing

Volusia County Schools Releases Reopening Plan for Fall

A release from Volusia County Schools Volusia County Schools is actively preparing for the start of school, and we have created this website as a resource for families, employees and the greater community. School Year Start Delayed to August 31, 2020 in Volusia County Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Volusia County School Board has voted to delay the start of the students’ school year … Continue reading Volusia County Schools Releases Reopening Plan for Fall