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Tom Baer

Thomas Frank Baer of New Smyrna, Beach, FL passed away, Saturday, October, 28, 2017 at home after a long illness. He passed away peacefully, but his life could have been an action movie. If you can picture a man “larger than life” Tom would be it. He was rough and gruff, but deep inside he would give you the shirt off his back. Everyone who knew Tom appreciated his hearty laugh, sense of humor and his many stories.

Tom was born April 18, 1952 in Lansdowne, Pa. to Robert and Gradye Baer.

In 1970, Tom entered the US Army and was sent to Vietnam. He was at I-Corp in Da Nang serving as Strategic Communications / DASPO, TS Clearance/Stratcom/DASPO/Army Aviation. There he learned his craft and passion for communications. After honorably serving until 1973, Tom went to Temple University for Broadcast Communications.

Tom began his career as a sound engineer and traveled with acts including Fleetwood Mac, Bruce Springsteen, and Grover Washington. He went on to work for NBC News affiliate in New York City before becoming a Camera Man and eventually Satellite Engineer for NBC News.

He worked in New York and Chicago before moving to Florida to take over the SE Region in his now famous satellite truck Swamp Boy. Throughout his long career with NBC Tom traveled to all the hot spots, Somalia, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan and Haiti just to name a few.

Tom’s love for aviation was well known and he was happiest when piloting his own plane around the country.

Tom leaves behind a brother Bob Baer, of Sarasota, his uncle Herman Fischer & cousins, Tracy Gearheart, Jennifer Fischer and Mark Fischer, all of Yardley, Bucks County, PA. His fiancé Roxanne Hicks and her children Curtis and Samantha Hicks, New Smyrna Beach, FL and many heartbroken friends and colleagues throughout the world.

Memorial Services will be held on November 12th at 3:00 pm at Mary McLeod Bethune Beach Park in New Smyrna Beach. The park is located at 6656 S Atlantic Ave, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in his name to the Edgewater Animal Shelter, 605 Mango Tree Drive, Edgewater, FL 32132 or the Boys and Girls Club of Volusia/Flagler County, New Smyrna Beach, 813 Mary Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168

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.


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