- July 25, 2022
Daytona Beach International Airport is bringing back the nostalgia of sending postcards by offering them complimentary to passengers at Junction Daytona Beach bar and restaurants, airline gate counters and the airport's information stations.
According to a press release, these postcards represent popular destinations and images from Volusia County, including Ormond Beach. A postcard box is also available where passengers can drop off their postcards, which are later stamped and mailed out by the airport's customer experience team.
“Providing a positive customer experience is always the main objective of everyone that works at Daytona Beach International Airport,” said Joanne Magley, with the airport’s air service, marketing and customer experience department.
The airport’s terminal renovations were finished over a year ago, and passengers can now enjoy amenities such as power outlets built into the seats, a private mother's feeding room and a public library that offers complimentary books, e-books and audio books.
“Adding the extra touch of complimentary postcards is just a small way to send our passengers off on a positive note, while being able to send a happy note to their loved ones,” Magley said.
Four students who worked at the Ormond Beach Library received $1,000 scholarships from the Friends of the Ormond Beach Library on Saturday, April 2. All hope to one day work in the library system.
The first student was Emma Ceku, a junior at the University of Central Florida who plans to eventually earn a master's degree in library and information sciences. According to a press release, Ceku, a part-time employee, has worked 80 hours a month at the Ormond Beach Library for eight years.
“Once I began dedicating my time with children and aiding in programming, I fell in love with the job," Ceku said.
The second was Blake Miller, a student at Florida State University who has worked about 40 hours a month since October 2020. The press release details that, as he shelves books, Miller interacts with patrons and helps them find books. Miller said, "working in a library is the best career for me."
The third student was Marek Novak, who is pursuing his second bachelor's degree at Florida International University. As a full-time employee, he works 40 hours a week at the library said he is grateful for interactions that help him move toward his goal of working in library information technology. He said he likes that "coworkers and patrons appreciate my help when it comes to any issue with technology.”
Last but not least was Molly Reilly, a Mainland High School senior who plans on attending UCF. She works 40 hours a month at the library, and realized she wanted to pursue a career working with children through working in the library's children's department.
“My plan now is to earn my master’s degree in Communications/Speech and Language Pathology, specializing in pediatrics," she said.
Marvin Miller, president of the Jewish Federation of Volusia and Flagler Counties recently presented Michael Townzen, general manager of the local Einstein Bros. Bagels, with a special award in recognition of the business' support.
Einstein Bros. Bagels supplies bagels every week for the federation's needy families and veterans' homeless shelter, the Barracks of Hope at 605 S. Seagrave St.
The Museum of Arts and Sciences recently announced the promotion of Alex Middleton to director of operations, with the primary responsibility of managing the museum's sales and special events department, guest relations department, retail sales and human resources communications.
According to a press release, Middleton joined the MOAS team in 2016 as its director of sales and special events. She previously managed corporate and nonprofit events for the Daytona Beach News-Journal and resource development at the United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties.
When she started working at MOAS, the museum averaged about seven weddings and 50 private rentals a year. In 2017, Middleton had nearly doubled the number of weddings and by 2019, MOAS was averaging over 20 weddings and over 100 private rentals a year. In 2022, post-pandemic, MOAS is close to averaging 30 weddings a year.
“Alex has demonstrated strong leadership skills and capacity for growth within the Museum over the last six years," Interim Executive Director Maria Hane said. "Her new role as director of operations significantly expands her responsibilities within the museum. She is a tremendous asset to the MOAS family, and her new position will build on her proven leadership both within the walls of the museum and in the communities we serve.”