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DeBary proudly assembling for Hurricane Irma


Got a skill? Want to help? DeBary residents are assembling a volunteer response team in case Hurricane Irma hits.

Tentative plans call for a meeting of potential volunteers Monday night with a location and other details to be released on DeBary Proud on Facebook.

“We are hoping to have people of all skills available for storm or other natural disaster events that can help along side first responders,” Jason Clisby wrote.

Volusia County offers up-to-date information about storm preparedness, including important checklists, online.

DeBary has been hit hard by flooding in the past, even by indirect storm strikes.  As a result, millions have been spent upgrading the River City’s storm-water systems.

Even with those upgrades, DeBary could suffer widespread flooding under a major storm, Public Works Director Alan Williamson told the City Council in June.

Tropical Storm Fay dumped close to 24 inches of rain in 24 hours on parts of West Volusia in 2008, overflowing lakes, putting streets underwater and flooding 130 homes in DeBary.

Clisby issued an invitation for storm response volunteers on Sunday morning.

“If you are interested in volunteering or just getting more info, comment in this post.,” he wrote. “We will update as we have more information. We will likely call for a bigger meeting one evening this week to get everyone on the same page.”

The National Hurricane Center said this about Irma on Sunday:

  • It’s too early to say with certainty where Irma might hit in the U.S. mainland, though projections show it aiming at Florida and sitting northeast of Cuba by Friday.
  • Hurricane Irma is a Category 3 with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph while moving west-southwest.
  • The storm will power up as it moves over warmer water over the next three to five days.

“After 5 days, the forecast becomes much more uncertain, with most models suggesting a sharp turn north while remaining offshore,” the National Hurricane Center said this morning. “However, direct impacts to Florida can’t be ruled out as forecasts a week out are historically unreliable.”

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DeBary abuzz about once-missing dog Toby

Residents in DeBary are outraged and heartbroken after learning a once-missing, runaway dog ended up with a new family after being found.

“To the family that now has Toby, please please give him back,” Facebook user Tessa Fannin said in a post on Thursday.

Toby’s owner is a single dad with two children, Fannin wrote.

“They love this boy with all their heart & soul,” Fannin added. Toby “has never been neglected and he is a companion to the children.”

The people who have Toby are urged to call original owner Chris Bove at 386-837-2378.

The identity of the individual or individuals who currently have Toby wasn’t immediately known Saturday.

The debate about Toby, the circumstances of his initial disappearance, the involvement of a DeLand-based animal group and the dog’s subsequent rehoming have all been topics on the popular DeBary Proud! Facebook page in recent days.

“Toby is missing his family.” wrote Facebook user Evelyn Patterson Reed. “I’m heartbroken for the family and Toby. His family went door to door in the scorching heat looking for him. I know this because they came to my door. This should not be happening!!!”

The dog went missing on Aug. 1.

An unidentified person found him the next day and “did not make any effort to find it’s owner,” Fannin wrote.

No so, according to  ARK Animal Rescue, a DeLand based nonprofit that released a statement on its Facebook page.

“The dog in question was found and advertised for 5 days by the family who found it. By law a found animal is to be advertised for 72 hours. The people who found the dog obeyed the law. A week later they contacted ARK,” the statement said.

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DeBary vandalism: Genuine Bistro savors support after window smashing

At first, the reaction in DeBary was outrage and surprise.

But the community quickly rallied behind  Genuine Bistro, offering cash and other forms of support after vandals smashed a window at the popular restaurant on U.S. Highway 17-92.

Then it took another positive turn when Genuine Bistro owner Olexiy Kuzmin proposed using the cash donations for another residents’ effort to help feed the needy.

The support surfaced Sunday as word spread about the as-yet-unsolved vandalism at 2 S. Charles Richard Beall Blvd. from the pro-community Facebook page DeBary Proud. Tipsters can contact authorities through these links or by calling 1-888-277-TIPS.

“I am so sorry this happened, what a disgrace, ” Vickii Davies-De Marco said in a post Saturday shortly after the crime was announced.

One Facebook user, Denise Glickler, was so moved, she set up a GoFundMe page to raise donations to help Kuzmin pay for repairs.

He thanked Glickler but asked her to close the fund-raising site.

“Our customers (have)  been very loyal and supportive to us for years and I really don’t think it’s necessary. I really appreciate it,” he wrote. “But I really don’t feel like (collecting) money from people for our building issues. I am still DeBaryProud and I know that a lot of people in our community have more problems (than) our broken window. Thank you so much for your support again.”

By the time she got the message, more than $140 had been raised toward the fund’s goal of $500.

“Greg Runge will receive this check for his new project of feeding homeless people in our area,” Kuzmin said in another post.

Kuzmin posted video from security cameras showing possible suspects but the images don’t reveal many details. Facebook responders posted theories about who was responsible.

“There are 2 boys that run the street constantly with no supervision,” said Keri Kay. “The one is super skinny and taller the other shorter and a little thicker. .. The VCSO knows them very well…”

Meanwhile, other Facebook posters offered comforting words and introspective thoughts.

“This is not a reflection of DeBary, nor the times we live in,” Vera Rekstad said. “This is sadly the perpetual dark and ugly side of human nature which exists everywhere on earth and in all times since the beginning of history. We must overcome it and counter it with good. It’s great to see so much positive support for our friends and neighbors.”

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