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Past articles by Jim:

Daytona Beach cardiologist climbs mountains of all sizes

“Mountains beyond mountains,” a Haitian expression about life's never-ending obstacles, could well describe the life of Dr. Dinesh Arab, a cardiologist in Daytona Beach.Childhood was enduring poverty in India. Adulthood has its own challenges as he recently completed a journey to the base camp of Mount Everest.Arab spoke to The News Journal about his life.Childhood in IndiaBy American standards,… → Read More

Best Bets: 3 things to do Tuesday

1. Celebrate Bob Dylan's 75th birthday party with an open mic for singing and guitar playing and birthday cake for munching. Come dressed as Bob Dylan or in a period costume. Bring a chair and blanket for this outside party, but the Dylan documentary “Don’t Look Back” will be shown inside the library. The celebration is presented by the Friends of Lake Helen Library, from 5:30-7 p.m., at Lake… → Read More

UF medical school graduates 1st black legacy, and he's from Ormond

On Saturday, the St. James family of Ormond Beach became the first black family to see two generations graduate from the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, university officials confirmed.Luther St. James IV, 32, is the legacy graduate and son of Dr. Carol Tanner-St. James, class of 1984, and Dr. Luther St. James III, class of 1986. Both are family physicians employed at… → Read More

Ormond family are first African-Americans to graduate 2 generations from UF medical school

On Saturday, the St. James family of Ormond Beach became the first African-American family to see two generations graduate from the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, university officials confirmed.Luther St. James IV, 32, is the legacy graduate and son of Dr. Carol Tanner-St. James, class of 1984, and Dr. Luther St. James III, class of 1986. Both are family physicians… → Read More

Presidential Pics

White House photojournalist Larry Downing took iconic pictures of world leaders coming together for peace. He was chosen for President George W. Bush's secret trip to Iraq to celebrate Thanksgiving with the troops.In not so serious times, he snapped pictures of President Jimmy Carter in his running shorts and captured the moment a bug on landed on President Barack Obama's forehead during a… → Read More

Best Bets: 3 things to do Monday

1. White House photographer Larry Downing, who retired to Ormond-by-the-Sea with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the White House News Photographers Association, will tell of covering all the presidents from Jimmy Carter to Barack Obama and flying to all 50 states on Air Force One at 2 p.m., Ormond Beach Library, 30 S. Beach St., Ormond Beach. Free. Information, 386-676-4191. 2. Prrrfect… → Read More

Best Bets: 3 Things to Do Sunday

1. Festa Italiana, last day for carnival rides, food, music and arts and crafts at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 1014 N. Halifax Ave., Daytona Beach, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. All-day ride bracelet is $20. Information, 386-255-0433. 2. Open blues jam with Chance Gardner performing from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Iron Horse Saloon, 1068 N. U.S. 1, Ormond Beach. Information, 386-677-1550. 3.… → Read More

'Mama C' raising funds to help a child with cerebal palsy walk

Constance Jones became friends with Adrienne Bishop at the Florida Department of Children and Families where Bishop was an investigator and Jones was a secretarial specialist helping to compile reports for investigators.Bishop has left the department and Jones plans to retire this year, but they’ve come together for a case of child advocacy near and dear to their hearts.They’re trying to raise… → Read More

Road to Recovery gets cancer patients on track

In December, the News-Journal interviewed Barbara Royere about the need for more drivers for Road to Recovery in Flagler County. This program of the American Cancer Society gives rides to cancer patients needing to go to doctors' appointments and treatments.Like Flagler County, Volusia could use some more drivers as well. More information about volunteering can be found at cancer.org/volunteer… → Read More

Daytona hosts Halifax Oyster & Music Festival

This Saturday, the world is your oyster.The seventh annual Halifax Oyster & Music Festival cracks open with 8,000 pounds of oysters from Cedar Key, a line-up of regional rock bands and marine-themed amusements, including touch tanks filled with sea creatures.The theme is about celebrating a “way of life on the waterways” said Al Smith, the organizer.It's also a community appreciation event.“It’s… → Read More

Young adult with autism finds opportunities in Volusia County

As a 21-year-old with autism, Holly Arment was having trouble finding employment and new opportunities since leaving high school in her native Massachusetts.“We looked and looked and found nothing,” recalled her mother, Lynn Arment. “It was hurtful. It did a lot of damage to (Holly’s) self-esteem.”Scott Badesch, the president of the Autism Society of America, said Holly's situation of leaving… → Read More

Daytona Beach plays supporting role in Jackie Robinson doc

One of Daytona Beach's prouder moments - Jackie Robinson's desegregation of professional baseball - is about to cross home plate again.“Jackie Robinson,” a 4-hour biographical documentary in the archival style of filmmaker Ken Burns, will premiere on PBS (WUCF-TV locally) in 2-hour segments this Monday and Tuesday at 9 p.m.Daytona Beach is highlighted for its bravery in hosting an interracial… → Read More

Slim Chance: 3 sisters, mom lose 437 pounds after weight-loss surgeries

Ryan Cozier once waited in line for several hours for a roller coaster ride only to be told she was too big for the seat and harness.That was enough.After years of humiliation and frustrating fad diets, Cozier led her two sisters and mother to a different kind of thrill - collectively dropping 437 pounds after they all underwent surgeries to reduce their stomach size and curb their appetites.The… → Read More

Spring Home Show in Daytona Beach buzzes with home ideas

A live hive is generating buzz for The Daytona Beach News-Journal's Spring Home Show at the Ocean Center starting on Friday.The enclosed hive is one of the attractions at the free, three-day show that will feature more than 150 vendors giving homeowners ideas and inspiration for home and outdoor projects.Among the busy bees will be landscapers, outdoor kitchen outfitters and home improvement… → Read More

Swim coach making waves at expanded Ormond Y pool

More pool means more aquatic activities at the Ormond Beach YMCA, where the pool has been renovated to the tune of $1.4 million. Scott Bay, the masters swim coach for the Volusia Flagler Family YMCA, became a full-time aquatics specialist in December to help develop new programs for the Y.Bay spoke to The News-Journal about some of these programs.How have activities increased at the pool?We have… → Read More

Don't believe your itchy eyes: Daytona is least worst for allergies

Itchy red eyes? Feeling congested? Sneezing all the time?You might be surprised to learn that Daytona Beach is the least worst (as opposed to best) city to suffer through the spring allergy season, according to a ranking of the 100 largest cities in the United States by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.The foundation based its rankings on three criteria: pollen counts, the number of… → Read More

Couple forms support group for a rare cancer

Multiple myeloma is a cancer formed by malignant plasma cells. The disease can affect the bones, immune system, kidneys and red blood cell count.The good news is that people are living longer because of better medicine and therapy.Maxine Levine of Palm Coast was diagnosed with multiple myeloma three years ago. She and her husband Arnold Levine have formed a support group for survivors. → Read More

Patient takes first steps since being paralyzed by rare disorder

Paralyzed by Guillain-Barre syndrome since last fall, Bill Creek once needed a ventilator to breathe.But now, he is making progress beating the rare disorder in which the body's immune system attacks the nervous system. Creek recently took his first steps since October, said his wife, Melody, of Palm Coast.Creek walks with the support of a harness and a therapist, but the staff at at Florida… → Read More

Hospital chaplain volunteer retires after 22 years

Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City will recognize Chaplain Jim Brussow with a dinner this month for his 22 years of volunteer service.Brussow retired from the hospital in December. He spoke to the News-Journal about his experiences.Tell us about your service in the U.S. Marines from 1944 to 1953, please.I was in Guam in 1945. We were getting ready to invade Japan when the bomb was… → Read More