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Property values climb in Volusia County as new construction drives growth

accommodate growth that the city is now enjoying,” New Smyrna Beach Mayor Jim Hathaway said of the boost to the city’s tax base. Gilreath referred to New Smyrna as “Central Florida’s Key West,” and said the city was able to withstand the ...

Florida Shark Attack: Teens Bitten In Cocoa Beach And New Smyrna Beach

Florida’s shark attack season appears to be in full swing, as several beachgoers were bitten in Cocoa Beach and New Smyrna Beach on Friday, less than a week after a 13-year-old girl was attacked. The first shark attack of the day involved a 19-year-old ...

WGCA All-America Honorable Mention for Newell Sisters

Today, both sisters competed in a U.S. Women's Open Qualifier at Sugar Mill Country Club in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Anna posted 147 (+3), while AJ carded 148 (+4).

Shark bites Ohio girl, 14, off Cocoa Beach, police say

She was taken to Cape Canaveral Hospital with a non-life-threatening wound on her left foot, officials said. This is the fourth shark bite in Central Florida this year. Three other people have been bitten off New Smyrna Beach in Volusia County.

A coastal sanctuary for both wildlife and people

This is Canaveral National Seashore, the longest unspoiled beach on Florida's east coast ...
The north entrance from New Smyrna Beach is the road less travelled, though it offers diverse recreation and historical sites. Parking is prohibited except ...

Kudos To Southern Stone Communications/Daytona Beach

Kudos to the staff at SOUTHERN STONE COMMUNICATIONS Country WKRO (COAST COUNTRY), Rock WHOG (HOG 95.7), and Top 40 WVYB (VIBE 103.3)/DAYTONA BEACH, FL on raising $3,500 for athletic programs at NEW SMYRNA BEACH HIGH SCHOOL in NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL.

Rip currents along Florida coast leave 3 dead, hundreds needing rescue in 24 hours

Memorial Day weekend turned treacherous and even deadly for Florida beachgoers as powerful rip currents ...
That area of Volusia County, home to Daytona and New Smyrna beach, saw approximately 300 people pulled from the waves Monday, one of which later ...

New details surface regarding failed Scorpio Fest organizers as one is arrested

“In light of the recent events involving Scorpio Fest, that was held on the weekend of November 7, 8, and 9th, 2014, in New Smyrna Beach, Florida by Krazyducks Entertainment Productions, its partners and subsidiaries , it is necessary for myself to ...

Shark bites 18-year-old surfer on foot

New Smyrna Beach, Florida (WKMG) -- Matthew Zaccaria has been surfing every day for last four years and never thought he'd ever get attacked by a shark. "It was just the craziest thing ever," he said. The attack happened near the jetty at New Smyrna Beach ...

New Smyrna Beach art teacher selected as 2015 DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts' featured artist

New Smyrna Beach resident Steve Hardock has been selected as DeLand ...
"Hardock’s works are familiar to many Central Florida art enthusiasts, and he has exhibited and sold his work in FFOA for several years, garnering multiple awards and a loyal ...

Carpenter New Smyrna Beach (FL) – New Smyrna Beach Carpenters

Carpenter New Smyrna Beach (FL) Lending helping hands when you need masterpieces built in New Smyrna Beach (FL). Papa’s Carpenter Specialists in New Smyrna Beach, Florida work with, builds and fixes…

Carpenter New Smyrna Beach (FL) – New Smyrna Beach Carpenters

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SEE: New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Located just down the coast from Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach is the perfect place to go for a quieter Florida Beach vacation.  New Smyrna has long flat wide beaches that beachgoers can park direct…

Marine & Wildlife Expo in New Smyrna Beach and 5K (2015)

Cub Scout Day Camps (open to non-scouts) in Ormond Beach and New Smyrna Beach

CUB SCOUT DAY CAMPS 2015 These camps are open to non-scouts, but there is an additional $15 insurance fee for those who are not Cub...

FREE Monthly Yard Sale in New Smyrna Beach (2015)

New Smyrna Beach Adventures

Hello readers! Been awhile! Trying to get back into the swing of things with this and managing it, and my time, a bit more wisely. There’s so much I’m wanting to incorporate on the blog right now! Fro…

New Smyrna Beach Acreage Homes

http://www.sarahcaudill.c om Have you been looking for acreage in Florida?  New Smyrna Beach has some outstanding opportunities for buyers looking to purchase acreage and live close to the beach. Her…

Learn to Skate Camp in New Smyrna Beach (2015)

How long will it take to sell my home in New Smyrna Beach FL?

Views from Ebb Tide – http://www.sarahcaudill.c om New Smyrna Beach Realtor One of the first questions that sellers typically ask me is “How long will it take for my home to sell?”  This is not a sim…


The Guardian and a warning to NEW SMYRNA BEACH FLORIDA: Jehovah´s Witnesses´ silencing techniques, as terrifying as child abuse

Growing up in a Jehovah’s Witness family is different. As a child, I didn’t celebrate birthdays, Christmas or July 4. Nor did I, or anyone I knew, mix with non-Witness families in Little League or Girl Scouts. Instead, I spent much of my time sharing the “good news.” I used to go door-to-door on my own with a big, strong, well liked man in my congregation, named Jonathan. I was just 9 and 10 when he repeatedly sexually abused me.

It is really hard for kids to speak up when they’re abused. But the Jehovah’s Witnesses make it a lot harder.

They have a “2 Witness” rule, which says that anyone who accuses an adult of abuse must have a second witness. If there is no second witness, the accuser is punished for a false accusation - usually by ordering that no Witness may talk with or associate with the “false” accuser. This is called dis-fellowshipping. For a kid raised only with other Witnesses, it was horrifying. Even your parents would have to ignore you. It was more terrifying than Jonathan.

It was the elders of my congregation who had assigned Jonathan to team up with me. When we separated from the others, he forced me into his pick-up truck and drove us to his house. Then he would say “Let’s play”. It happened too many times. Like everyone else in the congregation, my parents liked “Brother” Jonathan and trusted him in our family.

My parents were consumed with some really huge problems in those years, and later divorced. I was emotionally alone - and wanted to be the best Jehovah’s Witness I could be. That’s why I went out to field service - the door to door ministry that Witnesses are known for.

What my parents didn’t know, was that Jonathan had sexually molested another girl in our congregation. The elders knew this and had kept it a secret. They were following orders from Watchtower leaders, based in the world headquarters in New York, who in 1989 had issued a top-secret instruction to keep known child sex abusers in the congregations a secret. This instruction became Exhibit 1 at my civil trial.

The elders and the Governing Body all knew that child molesters hide in religious groups and often are people who are likeable and friendly - like Jonathan. They knew molesters would likely do it again. But they chose to ignore the safety of the kids, in favor of protecting their image - and their bank account - from lawsuits. It was all in that 1989 letter.

A recent report by the Center for Investigative Reporting revealed that they have continued to issues directives urging silence around child abuse. Last November, elders were instructed to avoid taking criminal matters like child abuse to the authorities. Instead, they were told to handle them internally in confidential committees. The report also showed that Jehovah’s Witnesses evoke the First Amendment to hide sex abuse claims.

It took me learning about Jonathan’s other victims for me to speak up. In 2009, I looked on California’s Megan’s Law website, the state’s official list of registered sex offenders. There, I found he had been convicted a few years before for sexually abusing another 8-year-old girl. I felt horribly guilty that I hadn’t spoken up about him earlier. Now, I need to stop predators from doing this again.

The only way to end this abuse is by lifting this veil of secrecy once and for all.

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How can I follow Congressman votes that I have chosen in NEW SMYRNA BEACH FLORIDA

How to . . .   observe about congressional votes  All voting in Congress is a matter of public record. However, not all floor votes are roll call votes. There are voice votes (“aye” or “no”) and pision or standing votes (where the presiding officer counts Members), and these types of votes do not indicate by name how a member voted.

Senate roll call vote tallies are posted online within an hour of the vote.   You can view today´s votes or use the vote tables to look at any roll call vote taken since the 101st Congress (1989).  In addition to vote tallies, the entries also provide brief descriptions of the votes and links to for the texts of the legislation.

House roll call vote tallies are posted online directly following the vote.   You can view votes from this Congress or use the archives to look at any roll call vote taken since the 101st Congress, 2nd session (1990).  In addition to vote tallies, the entries provide brief descriptions of the votes. provides Senate recorded floor votes going back to the 101st Congress (1989-90) and House recorded floor votes going back to the second session of the 101st Congress (1990). To access votes using search for a bill and click on the "Actions" tab. All House and Senate roll call votes will be listed with links to the House and Senate´s web pages.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH FLORIDA: the March employment report reflects a pace of monthly job growth

The March employment report reflects a pace of monthly job growth below the recent trend, coming on the heels of February’s strong report. The unemployment rate was stable, broader measures of unemployment fell, and hourly earnings continued their rise. A range of factors including the weather and the global economic slowdown have affected economic data for the first quarter. The President has been clear that he will continue to push for policies including investments in infrastructure and relief from the sequester that would help ensure the strong underlying longer-term trends persist.


1. The private sector has added 12.1 million jobs over 61 straight months of job growth, extending the longest streak on record. Today we learned that total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 126,000 in March, driven by a 129,000 increase in private-sector employment. This particular month’s job gains were below the recent trend, as job growth in a number of industries slowed somewhat (see point 5). Over the past twelve months, the private sector has added 3.1 million jobs, nearly the highest year-over-year growth in the recovery so far.

2. Real aggregate weekly earnings have risen nearly 5 percent over the last twelve months. Real aggregate earnings track the purchasing power of total wages and salaries paid to U.S. private-sector employees, reflecting the combined effects of rising employment, rising wages, and a longer workweek. Aggregate earnings are nearly 7 percent above their pre-crisis peak. Indeed, they have recovered nearly twice their losses during the recession. Year-over-year aggregate earnings growth trended about 2-3 percent at an annual rate in recent years, but has risen to 5 percent year-over-year in recent months as hourly earnings have begun to rise (see point 3).


3. Over the past twelve months, rising real hourly earnings accounted for nearly half the increase in real aggregate weekly earnings. The large contribution of rising hourly earnings is a recent trend. Aggregate earnings reached a trough in December 2009, and over the following year-and-a-half, real hourly wages declined. The aggregate earnings increase during that early period was driven by a combination of rising employment and a longer workweek. Over the next three years, both hourly earnings and the workweek were largely stable, with rising employment accounting for 80 percent of the growth in aggregate earnings. Real wage growth over the past year has been a major contributor to the speed-up in aggregate earnings, due to both rising nominal wages and slowing consumer price growth as oil prices have declined. While the recent progress is encouraging, there is more work to do to ensure that real earnings growth is sustained and shared with a broad range of American families.


4. The overall share of jobs held by women rose from an average of 48.5 percent in 2001-2007 to 49.3 percent in March 2015. This 0.8 percentage point increase masks substantial variation within industries. Female workers shifted out of smaller industries like financial activities and information services where the female share declined by 3.1 and 3.7 percentage points, respectively and into higher-employment industries like retail trade. Women’s share of employment also increased somewhat in the government sector, where 57 percent of workers are female. Accordingly, women were disproportionately affected by the cuts to government employment that occurred between 2010 and 2013, but they have also disproportionately benefited from net job growth in this sector since mid-2013.


5. Job growth in a number of industries fell below recent trends in March. Looking over the 61-month streak of private-sector job growth, March was an especially weak month for mining and logging (-11,000), manufacturing (-1,000), leisure and hospitality (+13,000), and construction (-1,000). The weakness in mining and logging is likely attributable in large part to the recent decline in oil prices. March was a stronger than usual month in retail trade (+26,000) and health care and social assistance (+30,000). Across the 17 industries shown below, the correlation between the most recent one-month percent change and the average percent change over the last twelve months rose to 0.51 from 0.13 last month, remaining somewhat below the average correlation over the past two years.


As the Administration stresses every month, the monthly employment and unemployment figures can be volatile, and payroll employment estimates can be subject to substantial revision. Therefore, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report and it is informative to consider each report in the context of other data as they become available.



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