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Margaret Johnson-RIP

If you know any woman currently undergoing chemotherapy, please pass the word to her that there is a cleaning service that provides FREE housecleaning - once per month for 4 months while she is in treatment. All she has to do is sign up and have her doctor fax a note confirming the treatment. Cleaning for a Reason will have a participating maid service in her zip code area arrange for the service. This organization serves the entire USA and currently has 547 partners to help these women. It's our job to pass the word and let them know that there are people out there that care. Be a blessing to someone and pass this information along.

http://www.cleaningforareason.org/  

Great information. You may not know someone going through chemo, but someone on your email list might. Please forward!

Bear Theft

Crime Alert Notice Thread (CANT)

Crime Address Link

2009 BBPOA Christmas Party

Residential Guidelines Regarding Yard Trimmings

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Volusia Residential Guidelines

Volunteer Beach Cleanup

VOLUNTEERS INVITED TO BEACH CLEANUP SEPT. 19

Citizens are encouraged to play a role in preserving Volusia County's beaches by participating in the International Coastal Cleanup from 8:30 - 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19. This worldwide annual event, hosted by the Ocean Conservancy and Volusia County Environmental Management, features many locations along the coast for people interested in helping clean up the beach.

The cleanup is the largest and most successful volunteer event of its kind, according to the Ocean Conservancy. The Ocean Conservancy promotes healthy and diverse ocean ecosystems and opposes practices that threaten ocean life and human life. The Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup is a year-round program designed to keep the ocean and waterways free from trash and safer for people and wildlife.

Each year thousands of volunteers from around the globe participate in the cleanup, clearing tons of trash from ocean coastlines, rivers and lakes. In 2008, in 104 countries nearly 400,000 volunteers picked up more than six million pounds of debris from shorelines and beaches. Last year in Volusia County there were 633 volunteers who removed 2,700 pounds of trash.

"Not only is the trash removed, but every piece collected is recorded on a tally card," said Jennifer Winters, project coordinator with Volusia County Environmental Management. "This data helps environmentalists track and understand the type and amount of trash found on beaches worldwide. For example, in 2008, more than 28,000 cigarette butts and 6,000 bottle caps were removed from Volusia County beaches.

"It's important to remember that trash left on the beach does not just disappear. In fact, most of it eventually ends up in the waterways, which can affect the drinking water," added Winters. "We encourage citizens to dispose of trash properly to ensure a healthy environment for future generations."

Volunteers can participate in the cleanup at the following locations:

- North Peninsula State Park, 40 Highbridge Road, Ormond-by-the-Sea
- Bicentennial Park, 1800 N. Oceanshore Blvd., Ormond-by-the-Sea
- Tom Renick Park, 1575 Oceanshore Blvd., Ormond-by-the-Sea
- Sunsplash Park, 611 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach
- Frank Rendon Park, 2705 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach Shores
- Toronita off-beach parking area, 4200 S. Atlantic Ave., Wilbur-by-the-Sea
- Winter Haven Park, 4589 S. Atlantic Ave., Ponce Inlet
- North Beach Neighborhood Park, 1100 N. Atlantic Ave., New Smyrna Beach
- Flagler Avenue beach approach, Flagler Ave., New Smyrna Beach
- 27th Avenue Park, 3701 S. Atlantic Ave., New Smyrna Beach
- Bethune Beach Park, 6656 S. Atlantic Ave., New Smyrna Beach

Citizens can register to participate in the cleanup at the Ocean Conservancy web site www.oceanconservancy.org/cleanup. Preregistered participants will receive a Coastal Cleanup water bottle and memento.

Registered participants should check in between 8:30 - 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at their designated location. Participants are encouraged to bring used, plastic shopping bags to separate recyclables from trash and drinking water, and should wear sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen and comfortable clothing.

This year, participants also are invited to volunteer to help coordinate the efforts at the different locations in Volusia County, according to Winters.
These "lead volunteers" would assist with checking people in, explaining the tally cards, distributing supplies and giveaways, and helping compile site data. For more information about this volunteer opportunity, please contact Winters at (386) 238-4668.

For more information about the cleanup, please visit www.volusia.org/cleanup or contact Chad Truxall at (386) 428-3310, chad@marinediscoverycenter.org for locations in New Smyrna Beach, or Volusia County Environmental Management at (386) 238-4716, emintern@co.volusia.fl.us or jwinters@co.volusia.fl.us.

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Burglary Suspects Caught

ON JULY 14, 2009 D/S LEONARDI WAS ON ROUTINE PATROL IN THE AREA OF BETHUNE BEACH PARK CONDUCTING A PROPERTY CHECK. UPON COMPLETING THE CHECK VCSO DISPATCH ADVISED AN AUTOMOBILE BURGLARY JUST OCCURRED ONE BLOCK NORTH OF THE PARK. D/S LEONARDI RESPONDED TO THE AREA OF 6418 S ATLANTIC AVE., AND MADE CONTACT WITH THE VICTIM, MOONEY, MARGARET(V1). MOONEY ADVISED SHE JUST CAUGHT A WHITE MALE BURGLARIZING HER VEHICLE PARKED IN THE DRIVEWAY. SHE INDICATED THE MALE RAN SOUTH TOWARD BETHUNE BEACH PARK AFTER SHE SCARED HIM OFF. D/S LEONARDI CONTACTED SGT. PERROTTA WHO SUMMONED THE ASSISTANCE OF THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE HELICOPTER AND VCSO CANINE DEPUTY J. HARDING. DURING THE ARRIVAL OF CANINE AND AIR ONE, DEPUTY CLINE AND DEPUTY ECKBERG ARRIVED ON SCENE AND ASSISTED WITH A PERIMETER. AS DEPUTIES WERE MAINTAINING A PERIMETER, A WITNESS, DARDEN, FRANK(W1)CALLED THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE AND ADVISED HE WITNESSED TWO WHITE MALES RUN ACROSS ENGRAM RD., AND RUN INTO AN EMPTY LOT NEAR 6350 TURTLEMOUND RD. THE INFORMATION WAS RELAYED TO VCSO CANINE DEPUTY HARDING WHO DEPLOYED HIS CANINE PARTNER WHERE THE WITNESS SAW THE SUBJECTS RUN. DURING THE SEARCH OF THE AREA, D/S HARDING ADVISED HE LOCATED TWO BLACK BACKPACKS WHERE HIS CANINE TRACKED THE TWO SUBJECTS (SEE D/S HARDING'S SUPPLEMENT FOR FURTHER DETAILS). D/S LEONARDI PICKED UP THE BACKPACKS AND SECURED THEM IN THE REAR OF HIS PATROL UNIT FOR SAFE KEEPING. D/S HARDING ADVISED AN OPEN DOOR WAS LOCATED AT THE RESIDENCE WHERE THE BACKPACKS WERE DISCOVERED AND REQUESTED ASSISTANCE. AS D/S HARDING WAS ENTERING THE OPEN DOOR ON THE BOTTOM FLOOR OF THE RESIDENCE D/S LEONARDI NOTICED MOVEMENT ON THE SECOND FLOOR COVERED PORCH/DECK AREA. D/S LEONARDI NOTICED THE MOVEMENT WAS IN FACT TWO PERSON'S WHO APPEARED TO BE CONCEALING THEMSELVES FROM VIEW BY LAYING ON THE PORCH/DECK FLOOR. BOTH OF THE SUBJECTS WERE ORDERED TO SHOW THEIR HANDS AND TO MOVE DOWN THE STEPS FOR IDENTIFICATION. BOTH OF THE SUBJECTS WERE ACTIVELY ATTEMPTING TO CONCEAL THEMSELVES FROM THE PURSUING CANINE DEPUTY AND ENTERED THE COVERED DECK/PORCH IN A STEALTHILY MANNER. THE HOMEOWNER/VICTIM WITNESSED THE TWO SUSPECTS ON THE COVERED DECK/PORCH AND ADVISED HE NOTICED THEM BECAUSE OF THE FLASHING POLICE LIGHTS. THE VICTIM, RICHARD FREDERICK ALSO ADVISED HE DID NOT GIVE ANYONE PERMISSION TO BE ON OR ABOUT HIS PROPERTY AND NOTICED THE MALES CONCEALING THEMSELVES FROM THE DEPUTIES BELOW. FREDERICK COMPLETED A SWORN WITNESS STATEMENT. D/S LEONARDI SEPARATED BOTH SUBJECTS WHO WERE SWEATING HEAVILY AND APPEARED TO HAVE BEEN OUT OF BREATH. D/S LEONARDI READ DEFENDANT #1, JOHN THOMAS COLLIER HIS MIRANDA RIGHTS, WHICH HE WAIVED AND IMPLICATED HIS CO-DEFENDANT, JUSTIN L SHAFFER AND HIMSELF AS THE SUSPECTS THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE WAS LOOKING FOR FOR COMMITTING THE BURGLARIES. COLLIER ADVISED POST MIRANDA, HE WAS COMMITTING THE BURGLARIES WITH SHAFFER BECAUSE THE ECONOMY IS POOR AND HE DOES NOT HAVE A JOB. COLLIER ADVISED HE IN FACT ENTERED THE VEHICLE LOCATED AT 6418 S. ATLANTIC AVE., HOWEVER NOTHING WAS TAKEN AT THAT ADDRESS, BECAUSE NOTHING OF VALUE WAS IN THE CAR. COLLIER STATED HE ALSO DID SEVERAL OTHER BURGLARIES THIS EVENING, WHERE A GPS UNIT WAS TAKEN. COLLIER WAS NOT ABLE TO PROVIDE D/S LEONARDI WITH AN ADDRESS OF WHERE THE PROPERTY WAS STOLEN. (D/S LEONARDI LATER LEARNED THE GPS' OWNERS RESIDED AT 6368 S. ATLANTIC AVE PER THE GPS UNIT MEMORY) D/S ECKBERG READ SHAFFER HIS MIRANDA RIGHTS, IN WHICH HE WAIVED AND TOLD D/S LEONARDI HE TOO WAS INVOLVED WITH THE BURGLARIES, HOWEVER HE WAS JUST A LOOK-OUT AND DID NOT ENTER ANY OF THE VEHICLES. SHAFFER INDICATED THREE TO FOUR VEHICLE'S WERE BURGLARIZED, HOWEVER ONLY THE GPS UNIT WAS TAKEN. A SEARCH OF THE BACK-PACKS REVEALED A GRAY IN COLOR GARMIN GPS UNIT, A SET OF FORD KEYS, A WALLET CONTAINING COLLIER'S FLORIDA IDENTIFICATION, A PAIR OF GLOVES AND BINOCULARS.(BURGLARS TOOLS). A SEARCH OF COLLIER REVEALED A SMALL BLACK FLASHLIGHT, AND A CELL PHONE. D/S LEONARDI SEIZED THE BINOCULARS, GLOVES AND FLASHLIGHT AS EVIDENCE AND CHARGED COLLIER AND SHAFFER WITH POSSESSION OF BURGLAR'S TOOLS AS WELL AS BURGLARY TO AN UNOCCUPIED CONVEYANCE AND BURGLARY TO AN OCCUPIED DWELLING. COLLIER ADVISED HE IS ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR SEVERAL OTHER BURGLARIES THAT HAVE OCCURRED IN THE COUNTY AREA OF NEW SMYRNA BEACH IN THE PAST SEVERAL WEEKS. COLLIER ADVISED HE IS NOT SURE HOW MANY BURGLARIES HE HAS COMMITTED, HOWEVER ACKNOWLEDGED IT WAS SEVERAL. SHAFFER ALSO ADVISED HE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR SEVERAL BURGLARIES IN THE AREA AS WELL, HOWEVER HE WAS NOT SURE OF THE QUANTITY. D/S CLINE RESPONDED TO THE SCENE OF THE ORIGINALLY REPORTED BURGLARY AND MADE CONTACT WITH THE VICTIM MARGARET MOONEY. D/S CLINE TRANSPORTED MOONEY TO THE SCENE WHERE D/S LEONARDI HAD COLLIER DETAINED, AND MOONEY POSITIVELY IDENTIFIED COLLIER AS THE PERSON WHO WAS IN HER VEHICLE WITHOUT HER PERMISSION. MOONEY ALSO COMPLETED A SWORN WITNESS STATEMENT. D/S LEONARDI PLACED BOTH COLLIER AND SHAFFER UNDER ARREST FOR THE BURGLARIES AND TRANSPORTED THEM TO THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE FOR PROCESSING. SGT. PERROTTA CONTACTED SGT GOWAN AND INV. ACEVEDO FROM THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS DIVISION FOR FURTHER INVESTIGATION/INTERVIEWS. D/S LEONARDI LOGGED THE FLASHLIGHT, BINOCULARS AND GLOVES AS EVIDENCE AT VCSO DISTRICT 5. THE GPS UNIT WAS TURNED OVER TO CID TO NOTIFY THE OWNER.

 

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Notice! 

On June 18th the Volusia County Council will meet and discuss (along with other topics) turning over control of our Fire Station 21 to the City of New Smyrna Beach.  The City of New Smyrna Beach is financially unable to provide the service we now have and would like to reduce the personnel at Fire Station 21 to less than the proper staff required; and may close it down to save money, covering our area from their Fire Station 50.  The response time from Station 50 will approximate 10-15 minutes.

 

We now have Fire Safety, EMT and ALS within 4 minutes response time, and covers the area up to 27th Ave. in N S B, which includes Sea Woods. 

 

If you are motivated to save what you have in Silver Sands/Bethune Beach you should make a point of attending that June 18th meeting in DeLand.  It would be a good idea to write, email or call the County Manager's office in DeLand at 386-736-5920, and also your Councilman Jack Hayman at 386-740-5224 and let them know that their idea to cut our services is not a good one! 

 

Bank Examiner Scam

April 30, 2009

For immediate release

Contacts: Gary Davidson, Public Information Officer

SHERIFF’S OFFICE WARNS OF BANK EXAMINER SCAM

The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office is issuing a scam alert to the public after a 74-year-old Ormond Beach woman nearly got conned earlier this week out of close to $7,000. At least four similar fraud attempts have been reported this week in East Volusia, and officials want to get the word out about the scam to prevent residents from becoming victims. No money was taken in the four incidents from this week. “Fortunately, we’ve had no reports of anyone actually falling for this scam,” said Sergeant Jay Toth, a certified crime prevention practitioner for the Sheriff’s Office. “These con artists are smooth talkers and often seek to target seniors. Knowing their methods and gimmicks is the public’s best defense in avoiding victimization.”

The current ruse making the rounds is known as the bank examiner scam. Like most scams, this ones preys upon the generosity, kindness and trusting nature of the victim. Here’s how it works: The con artist usually draws the victim into the scheme by asking for assistance in catching a dishonest teller. The con artist instructs the victim to withdraw a large amount of cash and turn it over to someone posing as a bank examiner investigating a teller suspected of stealing money from the bank. The con artists will give a variety of explanations, claiming they need to check the serial numbers on the bills, do an audit or mark the currency and deposit it to see if the dishonest teller pockets any of the money. The swindler promises to return the money once the investigation is completed, but of course, the con artist -- along with the victim’s money -- quickly disappears.

In New Smyrna Beach, a 67-year-old woman reported receiving a suspicious call from a man who asked her to withdraw $6,800 from the bank and meet him at a local store. The victim didn’t withdraw the money and instead called the police department. On Wednesday, a 79-year-old woman who lives near Ormond Beach told Sheriff’s deputies that she had received a call earlier in the week from someone claiming to be a bank auditor investigating a fraud involving the victim’s account. The scam attempt didn’t reach the point where the victim was asked to withdraw money from the bank. And the Port Orange Police Department took a similar report on Wednesday. However, on Tuesday, a 74-year-old woman who also lives near Ormond Beach withdrew $6,800 from her account after receiving a call from a man who said he was a bank auditor and needed the victim’s help investigating a dishonest teller who supposedly had stolen money from the woman’s account. The woman agreed to help and withdrew the money from her bank and then drove to an agreed-upon meeting spot, but left about 90 minutes later when the suspect failed to show up. She later contacted her bank, realized the call was a scam and notified the Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone who receives a call like this should know it’s a scam because banks don’t ask customers to use their money in an investigation, warns Sergeant Toth. “Banks don’t operate like that,” explains Sergeant Toth. “Anyone who receives one of these calls should hang up the phone and then report the incident to their nearest law enforcement agency. We need as much information as possible so that we can get to the bottom of this, find the person or persons responsible for these calls and ensure that our citizens don’t become victims.”

 

Speeding

Based on BBPOA request for a more aggressive monitoring of speeders on Turtlemound and South Atlantic, the County Sheriff will be increasing its survailance in the coming months.

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Distraction Crime

SHERIFF’S OFFICE WARNS RESIDENTS OF DISTRACTION BURGLARIES

The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents to be on the alert for a possible distraction burglary scheme that has been reported to deputies at least twice Wednesday in Deltona. An 86-year-old woman said that one man had kept her occupied in her backyard talking about the need to check property lines while an accomplice entered her home and stole money. That same day, a 74-year-old man said that something similar happened to him, but while he was in his backyard with one man, the accomplice encountered his wife inside and was shooed away.


This old scheme of one person keeping the victim occupied while a partner does the dirty work can have many cover stories. The 86-year-old woman said that on Wednesday at about 3:50 p.m. she was on her back porch when two men came around the back of the house and stopped to talk to her. According to the woman, they didn’t identify themselves as being from any specific company, but told her they needed to measure her lot and place markers for future work to be done in the easement behind her home. One man took the woman along as he did his work while the other man walked back to the pair’s truck to answer a phone call. After they left, the woman said that she noticed some money missing from her house and then reported the incident.


The 74-year-old man said that a truck pulled into his driveway at about 3:00 p.m. Wednesday and two men got out. They told him they were from Progress Energy and needed to trim trees in his backyard. One man had the homeowner walk with him around the backyard to identify the property lines. While they were doing so, the other man knocked on the home’s front door and then immediately stepped inside. The homeowner’s wife was there, though, and told the man to leave, which he did. Shortly thereafter, the pair drove away. The homeowner thought that the situation was suspicious and called the electric company. He found out that no one for the company was supposed to be in the area doing any tree trimming work.
The best way to avoid this type of scam is to be aware of it in the first place. With that knowledge, it then becomes easier to spot anything unusual when someone comes to your house claiming work needs to be done. Don’t be afraid to question anyone who comes knocking on your door. Ask to see paperwork and professional credentials. Get a phone number for the company the person works for and then call the company to verify the person’s claim. However, don’t trust the number on any business cards the visitor might provide; look up the company in the phone book for yourself.  Typically, a reputable company will make arrangements to conduct business ahead of time and not send a representative to your home unannounced. Finally, call local law enforcement if you believe anything suspicious is going on.

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BBPOA 2008 Christmas Party

 

Place:  JB’s Fish Camp (Entire Restaurant Reserved)
Date:  Monday, December 15th
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM (1830 Hrs – 2030 Hrs)
Cost: $10.00 per BBPOA member (an additional $10.00 will be paid by BBPOA), $20.00 non-member (per person in both cases), Children 18 & under Free. Payment at the door.
Food:  All you can eat (See Menu below)
Drinks: 2 Free Ticket for Beverage per person – Balance is Cash-Bar
Dress:  Floridian
Attitude: Festive
Entertainment:  Susan Hounsom & accompanist

Hors D’Oeuvres Menu

Salmon Dip
Shrimp (both hot & cold)
Smoked Salmon
Breads & Crackers
Stuffed Mushrooms
Fried Fish Fingers

Meatballs
Gator Bites
Vegetable Platter (Hot)
Calamari (Squid)
Crab Ball Hushpuppys
Baked Beans
Coffee & Carrot Cake

Come and join the festivities! RSVPs will be welcomed rmcdonal@bethunebeachfl.com (424-8400) so we can get a good head-count and ample Hors D’Oeuvres to go around.

Lost Parrot

LOST PARROT

Jake Look-alike

Lost my beloved Quaker Parrot in Bethune on Saturday, November 8th.  The picture above is not an actual picture of him but is similar to what he looks like.  He’s green with a bald chest and answers to Jake.  Please call Joe (386) 846-2915 or Karen (386) 690-0183.  Thank you.

 

Utilities Commission

(Message from Bob Granstrom - President BBPOA)

The Utilities Commission is painting the neighborhood water meter panels bright blue instead of the normal gray. We don't know if this is a political statement or if they have run out of gray paint. To call with your objections or explanation, contact Mr. Bill Deab at (386) 547-1555

Newspaper Littering

(Message from Bob Granstrom-President BBPOA)

            The avalanche of newspapers (Pinch-a-Penny, Observer, Hometown, etc.) thrown into yards seems to have increased lately where homes that have been boarded up or vacant and/or unoccupied are littered with plastic wrapped newspapers. The recent winds also help carry them into the streets where taking a walk is an obstacle course if not unsightly for our neighborhood. Bob has called the Observer and they have agreed to deliver (more like throw) their papers to only the addresses that would accept them if we would supply them a list of those addresses. He hopes to follow suit with the other papers and get a similar agreement.

            We need your cooperation in compiling a list of those dwellings that wish to receive the newspapers and therefore responsible for picking them up. This way, vacant, unoccupied, or those wishing not to receive the newspapers will not have them thrown in their yards or driveways. Please respond to this e-mail or to rmcdonal@bethunebeachfl.com with a YES or NO where if yes, you will be on the list to receive them or no you do not wish to receive them. If no response is received by October 31st, you will NOT be on the list provided to the newspapers for receiving any of their newspapers.

            Should the Newspapers not comply with their agreements, Bob plans to call the Sheriff and file charges for littering. If that fails, we will need volunteers to man the roadways with nail-studded straps to throw their way as they approach the driveways/yards (joke)!

            In addition, if you lose or forget this e-mail, it is posted on the website www.bethunebeachfl.com, News tab à Announcements.

Don’t forget the BBPOA Picnic this Saturday, 25th of October at 3:30 PM

Bethune Beach Senior Student Achievement Award

 

            The Bethune Beach Property Owners Association (BBPOA) annual awards deadline is March 3, 2008. Applications for these scholarship awards must be submitted to the various High School Guidance Councilors. All the Guidance offices have the application criteria for the Seniors. Equal weight will be given to academic achievement, school activities/service, community activities/service, leadership, work experience and financial need.

 

            One award of $500.00 will be given to a qualified girl, one to a qualified boy, and one to an additional student. Awards will be given only if the selection committee feels the applicant(s) has demonstrated a high level of achievement. Payment will be made to the individual student at the April meeting of the Bethune Beach Property Owners Association meeting.

 

            The qualifying student(s) must be residents of Bethune Beach.

 

 

 


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