New Smyrna Beach Mom

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Filippo’s Pizza

Not only did I hit the Blue Mule Deli last week but I also hit Filippo’s Pizza. Twice.  This is probably the best-kept secret in Edgewater.  My first visit I tried an Italian Sub, it was huge and yes I ate the whole thing. My plan was to save half for dinner. Well, that did not happen. It was delicious. My second visit, I tried the pizza. Also fantastic. I chatted with Filippo for a few minutes on both visits. He is warm and welcoming. My next visit I will try the wings. They have lunch specials from 11:00 am – 3:30 pm, which are a killer deal. They also deliver.

Filippo’s is located at 132 West Park Avenue in Edgewater.  Highly recommend.

New Gig

It is not a secret that I am an animal lover,  the array of rescued pets that allow me to live with them attests to that. I was recently asked to help out at the Edgewater Animal Shelter. Helping out has morphed into becoming the Director of the joint.  If you are not familiar with the Edgewater Animal Shelter let me take a minute and fill you in. This shelter was at one time run by the city of Edgewater. In 2013, a local non-profit took over and it is now privately funded through donations and the never ending support of Dr. Ginger Bryant of Glencoe Veterinary Hospital.  In 2016 the shelter adopted out almost 200 cats and kittens, and 98 dogs and puppies. Currently, we are housing approximately 54 cats and 22 dogs. That number fluctuates daily based on owner surrenders and those that are picked up as strays, and of course, those that are adopted into loving families.

The shelter is “low-kill” which means that only animals that are sick and cannot be healed or are too aggressive to be adopted are euthanized (it is a very low number). We offer low-cost wellness services to the community on Wednesdays (stay tuned another day to be added soon). The list of wellness services offered can be found here.

As we rely solely on donations from the community, we are always in need of pet food and kitty litter. Our wish list can be found here.  Donations can be dropped off at the shelter or cash donations (which we love, our employees like to get paid) can be made securely via Paypal here.

I am hoping that many of my local business partners that I have met and worked with the last 9 years while writing this blog will step up now and help us out. We need things like a bench for out front, landscaping, pressure washing, tile steam cleaning, kitty litter (we always need kitty litter), gift cards to include in raffle baskets…the list is long.

There is nothing that we won’t take. One of our awesome volunteers takes things that she comes across and sells them on Swip Swap and donates the money to us. If they are broken her husband fixes them up. We also share the wealth, in the event we have too much pet food, we donate it to Sophie’s Circle, South East Volusia Humane Society and other rescue organizations in Volusia County. Extra sheets and towels go to the FROG Ministry in Edgewater. Nothing is ever wasted and it is all appreciated.

Speaking of volunteers, we need those too. People to do laundry, walk the dogs, play with the cats, attend adoption events, foster dogs, make phone calls, beg for donations, clean the shelter and more. That list is long too, and every minute you give, we appreciate.

Our hours are 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Monday – Saturday. Please stop by and visit the animals, sign up to volunteer or drop off donations, we would love to see you.

Spring Fair & Food Festival

The events presented by Port Orange Family Days are always fun! This one should be delicious as well. The events start on Thursday, March 3, at 5 pm with live music, a car & jeep show and food trucks! The rest of the weekend is filled with food, entertainment and fun! Meet your local businesses and take the kids to the carnival.

 

Learn more on their website.

Godspeed Mr. Wall

Cuda Nation is a very sad place today. Most of us knew Robert Wall, many of us considered him a friend. I met him when my kids were in the Middle School.  He met my then very gangly daughter, who had very little self-confidence and told her she should play sports. Basketball he thought, she laughed at him and said no the uniforms are ugly, so he said how about Volleyball? Every time he saw her he encouraged her until she finally said ok, started working out with her brother and Coach Wood and never looked back.

I worked with Mr. Wall, as I called him,  he insisted on calling me Mrs. Hicks (drove me nuts) for several years.  I helped coordinate the activities of the baseball program as sort of a liaison between the athletic department, the coaches, the city, the parents. It was an interesting undertaking. We had many lively discussions and debates about many topics in his office, on the baseball field and in the gym. We often agreed to disagree but always left each other smiling.  I ended up monitoring and administering Cuda Nation’s social media for him, along with some other fun things.

I ran into Rob and his wife last week at Beef O’Brady’s and we hugged and chatted, he asked about my kids, checked in on Sammi and reminded me that he was rooting for her. I reminded him it was he who was responsible for her playing sports in the first place. I told him I would see him soon. Today, I am very glad I ran into him and we took the time to visit. Next time you see someone across a restaurant, I highly recommend making the time to say hello.

Some other things you may not know about Mr. Wall, he was probably one of the kindest people. Truly, truly kind people are few and far between. Rob Wall was one of those people. He would literally take money out of his pocket to help a  deserving student who needed help.

Before he left for his new adventure at Campbell Middle School he gave Tara Galloway, Dominick Amendolare and I an award for what he said was “a thank you for all you do for Cuda Nation.” Well, Mr. Wall, thank you for all you did for all of our kids, making them better students, better athletes but most importantly, better adults and better people.  Cuda Nation is shedding tears for you today and tomorrow but we will remember you with a smile.

 

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