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Asbestos Liability Should Be on Domestic Reform Agenda
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Asbestos Liability Should Be on Domestic Reform Agenda

Asbestos use has shrunk dramatically, with levels at barely 3 percent of their 1973 peak. However, that fact hasn’t stopped rapidly multiplying asbestos lawsuits. People once thought that this type of litigation would go away as asbestos was phased out, but instead the number of suits has exploded to 600,000. Indeed, these lawsuits threaten our economy. 67 companies have already been forced into bankruptcy.

02/20/2003
Critics of Guilford County, N.C., Car Rental Tax Question Extension
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Critics of Guilford County, N.C., Car Rental Tax Question Extension

BY David Nivens

Several silent opponents of a portion of Guilford County's car rental tax could be watching tonight when the board of county commissioners considers the issue. Allen Page of Elon, regional grass roots coordinator for Citizens for a Sound Economy, said Wednesday that CSE has lobbied commissioners to drop a 5 percent increase imposed last year because opponents don't expect to get a hearing tonight. CSE is a national organization promoting lower taxes. Commissioners will consider extending the 5 percent increase that started April 1, 2002, during their 6:30 p.m. meeting at the Old Courthouse. The board approved the increase for the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation. PART uses the money for an intercity shuttle bus service with about 400 daily riders and van pools. Eventually, PART wants to develop a commuter bus and rail system. Brent McKinney, PART director, is expected to report to commissioners tonight about how PART has spent tax revenue. "We think it is unfair to tax a competitor to pay for PART's survival," Page said. "That's like taxing Burger King to pay for a Taco Bell." Because of board rules, opponents probably won't be able to discuss the issue tonight, said Democratic Commissioner Jeff Thigpen, the board's vice chairman. But if Republican Commissioner Billy Yow wins a vote, the board may hear opponents. Page said opponents will take their concerns to PART trustees during a March 12 public hearing. Without an extension, PART's slice of the tax expires March 31. "No one has to lobby me," Yow said. "I have been against this tax from the beginning and I will ask our chairman (Democrat Skip Alston) to let the public and the businesses speak about this." Thigpen, who spent nearly two hours Friday discussing the issue with CSE supporters, said several commissioners want to extend the tax from two to five years. "There is a majority to do something for PART," Thigpen said, "and a clear majority against abandoning them." Opponent Glenn Miller, a Greensboro resident who operates a Rent-A-Wreck franchise in Winston-Salem, said the tax hurts even more in a slow economy. Forsyth County also charges the additional tax under PART's regional charter. "This is an unfair tax," Miller said. "Most of my customers rent a car because their car is in the shop for repairs. I don't have a problem so much with the vans, but how they are paid for." The car rental business is down about 15 percent, Miller said. Charging customers as much as 21 percent in taxes has contributed to the failure of several Forsyth County car rental agencies, Miller said. PART claims the tax has had no negative impact on the car rental market because rental business continues to increase. CSE claims local residents pay at least half of the tax. "That's about $ 2 per day and that hurts the small agencies and their customers more," Page said. Commissioners approved the tax increase for one year on condition that PART officials provide detailed reports of how it spends the tax money. Last year, passage of the additional tax was controversial on several fronts. Several local car rental agency managers opposed it. "We are not against mass transit, but the taxing of competitors to pay for it," Page said. "We think commissioners should look at other ways to pay for this, such as a room occupancy tax." When the General Assembly created PART, it gave the authority two revenue alternatives, a tax on license tag renewals and the car rental tax. PART also has used the tax money to attract state and federal money. Pending approval is a $ 1 million federal grant for PART proposed in a bill before the U.S. Senate.

02/20/2003
Medical Malpractice Legislation And Consumer Impact: Is there a doctor in the county?
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Medical Malpractice Legislation And Consumer Impact: Is there a doctor in the county?

Goal: To make high quality, affordable healthcare more widely available. Our goal is for Texans to have access to quality, affordable health care. We all recognize the need for those truly injured to be compensated and for bad players to not just be punished but to be weeded out. We also share in our desire that the injured patients get quicker compensation for their "economic losses."

02/19/2003
Tax Hike on Tobacco is a Bad Idea
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Tax Hike on Tobacco is a Bad Idea

President George W. Bush The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear President Bush: Recent reports indicate that a federal health advisory group commissioned by the Department of Health and Human Services will recommend that you increase the federal excise tax on cigarettes from 39 cents to $2 per pack. On behalf of the 280,000 members of Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE), I urge you to protect taxpayers’ interests and refrain from endorsing this proposal.

02/19/2003
The New Endangered Species: Fiscal Conservatives
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The New Endangered Species: Fiscal Conservatives

This week, President Bush will sign into law a $397.5 billion omnibus appropriations conference bill that, when combined with the defense and military construction appropriations that were agreed on last year, will increase federal discretionary spending 7.8 percent over 2002 outlays. When the bill is enacted, it will cap a two-year spending spree in which the federal budget grew by 22 percent. Astonishingly, the only time the federal budget grew larger – 24.5 percent – was between 1976-1978 when Democrats controlled both the Congress and the presidency.

02/19/2003
A Rush to Judgment?
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A Rush to Judgment?

Earlier this year, Sens. John McCain and Joe Lieberman announced their intention to introduce legislation in the 108th Congress aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. More recently, Sen. Lincoln Chaffee (R-R.I.) has made clear his support for such policies, meaning that the issue could come to a vote on the Senate floor should he break rank with fellow Republican members of the Energy and Public Works Committee. Avoiding the many questions of any global warming plan—scientific uncertainties, compliance by other nations, economic burdens, administration, and enforcement—proponents of efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions claim the plan is superior because it relies on a market-based “cap and trade” system. But ultimately, any system that restricts emissions is restricting the nation’s access to energy. Market-based or not, choking the nation’s energy supply will have significant costs for the economy as consumers face higher prices and workers find themselves out of work in important sectors of the economy.

02/19/2003
Wrobleski Named State GOP Executive Director
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Wrobleski Named State GOP Executive Director

BY John DiStato

CONCORD -- A 23-year-old political operative has won the highly coveted job of executive director of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee. Jennifer Wrobleski of Manchester has been quickly promoted from within the state committee staff to a post that had been sought by more than a dozen applicants from New Hampshire and across the country. She had been the state party's office manager for the past three weeks. "Jennifer has a strong background in working directly with concerned citizens around our state to garner support for various candidates and campaigns at the grassroots level," said Jayne Millerick, the 29-year-old Concord woman who became state GOP chairman several weeks ago. The quick rise of Millerick and Wrobleski signals state Republican leadership's recognition of, and attempt to address, a gender gap that was especially evident in the U.S. Senate race narrowly won by John E. Sununu over former Gov. Jeanne Shaheen last November. Wrobleski succeeds Chuck McGee, who resigned on Feb. 7 after The Union Leader reported that authorities were investigating allegations that a Virginia-based GOP consulting firm had orchestrated an election day operation that jammed get-out-the-vote telephone banks at five Democratic Party offices and the Manchester firefighters union office. McGee at first denied having hired the consultant, GOP Marketplace. Millerick later corrected him and said the state committee did hire the firm. But she said it was hired to organize get-out-the-vote calls on behalf of Republican candidates and the party, not to jam phone lines. The party paid the consultant $15,600 on Nov. 1, but Millerick said the work was never completed, and the party has been seeking a refund. Millerick said McGee did nothing wrong but resigned to minimize distractions caused by the incident. The phone-jamming issue has been referred by Manchester police to the Elections Fraud Unit of the U.S. Justice Department. Last week, top Republican sources told WMUR television and several newspapers, including The Union Leader, that Rob Varsalone, a top political and media aid to Gov. Craig Benson, was the leading candidate to succeed McGee as party executive director. The sources, who are close to both Benson and Varsalone, said Varsalone was interested in taking on the job, and as a Benson aide had the inside track on getting it. But that changed over the weekend. Wrobleski was named executive director, while Benson decided Varsalone should stay with him while also beginning to spend more time at the state party, essentially splitting his time. Varsalone is not a state employee and will be paid as a consultant out of Benson's political action committee, a high-ranking Republican source said. The source said the governor made the decision over the weekend on how he would prefer Varsalone to split his time. Wrobleski, meanwhile, is a 2002 magna cum laude graduate of Boston University, with a degree in history. Prior to joining the state committee, she was a consultant for state Sen. Richard Green's campaign. Wrobleski previously was a field representative for Sean Mahoney's congressional campaign. Mahoney lost the Republican congressional primary to Jeb Bradley, who went on to win election to the U.S. House. In 2000, Wrobleski was director of operations for the Massachusetts Citizens Alliance, which, Millerick said, is not affiliated with the New Hampshire Citizens Alliance. Wrobleski was also a grassroots coordinator for Citizens for a Sound Economy and was a field representative for Steve Forbes 2000 Presidential campaign. Millerick called Wrobleski "an extremely hard worker who will work not only to advance our positive Republican message, but also re-ignite volunteer involvement, win elections and improve communications from state headquarters to Republicans around the state."

02/19/2003
Lawmakers Push Tort Reform Measures
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Lawmakers Push Tort Reform Measures

From the Charleston Daily Mail February 18, 2003, Tuesday Copyright 2003 Charleston Newspapers When they walked out, doctors appealed to patients to show the need for medical malpractice tort reform, and so far it looks like the tactic worked. Now Republicans are appealing to people's pocketbooks as a way to draw attention to the need for tort reform in all insurance areas.

02/18/2003
Officials Consider Part Tax
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Officials Consider Part Tax

BY Paul Muschick

The Guilford County commissioners could decide this week whether the Triad's regional bus service should continue and whether commuter trains are in the area's future. The Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation will ask the commissioners to extend their approval of a 5 percent tax on rental cars. PART uses the money primarily to run buses to Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem. It also runs other transportation programs and would like to start saving for a commuter rail system. PART cannot levy the tax without the commissioners' consent. The board approved a one-year trial last year, and PART wants the approval extended. Forsyth County also permits the rental tax, but will only continue it as long as Guilford County does. Without the tax, PART could go out of business. The tax passed easily last year, but with two pro-PART commissioners now out of office, supporters and opponents could make the vote close with successful lobbying. PART presented information to the commissioners last week showing its bus service has been successful and that riders want the service expanded. It told commissioners it has used the tax money to attract state and federal money. Car rental companies are continuing to fight the tax. They are working harder this time to convince commissioners the tax is a burden on local residents. "It's not a car rental problem," said Mark Schaffer, a regional vice president for Enterprise Rent-A-Car. "It's a taxation problem." The local chapter of Citizens for a Sound Economy, a national organization promoting lower taxes, started meeting with commissioners last week and asking them to rescind the tax. "It's not that we're against mass transit," said member Allen Page of Elon. "We feel it's an unfair tax." It's unfair, he said, because PART is taxing rental companies while competing against them for business by renting vans for car pools. The debate continues to center on who is paying the tax - visitors who rent cars or local residents who rent cars to take trips or drive while their vehicles are in the shop. Citizens for a Sound Economy contends PART has collected at least half of the taxes away from Piedmont Triad International Airport, and presumes at least some of those taxes were paid by local residents. Schaffer would not provide information about how his company's rentals compared before and after the tax. He said it is having an impact because the industry is so competitive, especially during the tough economic times. In the past year, Alamo Rent A Car closed some locations, he said, and smaller renters consolidated. Rental companies in Guilford and Forsyth counties brought in about $3 million less between July and December 2002 than during the same six months in 2001, prior to the tax, according to information PART provided to the commissioners. That's a difference of about 14 percent. If the commissioners grant their approval, PART will hold a public hearing at 8:30 a.m. March 12 at the Piedmont Triad Partnership in Greensboro, and then would make the final decision of whether to continue the tax. There is almost no chance the authority would stop the tax at that point because it would be putting itself out of business and wasting a $600,000 bus terminal it is building on Regional Road.

02/17/2003
Classes
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Classes

CHAIR CANING The Pioneer Settlement for the Creative Arts in Barberville will offer classes on chair caning taught by Dave Bishop. A chair analysis session will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday. Participants should bring a chair that they would like to cane so that the need for materials can be determined. Classes are to begin March 3. Tuition is $31.50 for members and $35 for nonmembers, and it does not include the cost of materials. Details: 386-749-2959. CLOGGING The New Wave Cloggers will have dancing classes at 6 p.m. Monday at the Sanford Chamber of Commerce, 400 E. First Street. Those enrolling will receive personalized instruction while learning the basic steps of the traditional dance form. Several easy dances will be taught. The first class is free. Participants need to wear comfortable, smooth-bottom shoes. Details: 386-775-4155 or newwave.clogdancing.com. CLUBS GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY The Volusia County Genealogical Society will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Volusia County Library Center at City Island in Daytona Beach. June Byrne of the Family History Center will present a program titled "June's Favorite Links -- All New." Details: Sharon Yates at 386-253-8924. PULASKI CLUB The Polish American Pulaski Club, 3621 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, will have a dinner and dance Feb. 23. Dinner will be served at 1 p.m. Music by the Marc Bouchard Orchestra will begin at 2 p.m. The cost is $11 for members, $13 for nonmembers or $8 for those wanting to dance only. Dinner reservations are required. Reservations or details: 386-258-7059. GATOR CLUB The Gator Club of Volusia County will meet Thursday at the Deck Down Under, 78 Dunlawton Ave., Port Orange, just under the Port Orange-Dunlawton Bridge. Marty Cohen, editor of Gator Bait Magazine, will talk about Gator football recruiting. The social hour begins at 5 p.m. and the meeting at 6 p.m. Admission is free to members, $5 for nonmembers. Details: 386-451-0719 or 386-756-3912. FEBRUARY DANCE The Carmen Costa Quartet will set the tune for a dance from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at the City Island Recreation Hall, 110 Orange Ave. in Daytona Beach. Jazz, blues, Latin, Glenn Miller tunes and some country favorites will be featured. Admission is $5. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Refreshments are included. Details: 386-441-0188. SOUND ECONOMY CHAPTER A local chapter of Citizens for a Sound Economy has been started. Membership is open to all county residents. A trip to Tallahassee is planned for early April. Meeting dates and location: 386-734-3624. GREEN PARTY The Green Party of Volusia County will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Port Orange Library, 1005 City Center Circle. Details: David LeBlanc at 386-428-5136 or 386-405-5137. NAVY LEAGUE The Daytona Beach Navy League will sponsor a Coast Guard Appreciation Dinner on Thursday at the Palmetto Club, 1000 Beach St., Daytona Beach. The social hour is at 6 p.m., and dinner and the program begin at 7 p.m. The guest speaker will be Adm. J.S. Carmichael of the Seventh Coast Guard District. All personnel from the Ponce Inlet-New Smyrna Beach Base are expected to attend. The cost is $20. Dinner entree choices are prime rib or orange roughie. The public is invited. Reservations: Marilyn Harmon at 386-322-9540. REPUBLICAN CLUB The Ormond Beach Area Republican Club will meet at noon Tuesday at Red Lobster, 2735 N. Atlantic Ave. in Daytona Beach. The club president is Bob Dahlen. All Republicans are invited to join. Annual dues are $10. Details: 386-441-7878. HOPEBUILDERS DINNER Millard Fuller, Habitat for Humanity International's founder and president, will be the keynote speaker at the Halifax Habitat for Humanity's HopeBuilders Dinner. The public is invited to hear Fuller discuss the need for affordable housing in the Halifax area and the "Build Them by the Dozen" campaign. The dinner will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Plaza Resort and Spa, 600 N. Atlantic Ave. in Daytona Beach. Tickets for the dinner are $45. Before dinner, Fuller will be the guest of honor at a cocktail party and book signing from 6 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $75 and include dinner and an autographed copy of Building Materials for Life." Tickets to the cocktail party are limited. Reservations or details: 386-257-9950 or halifaxhabitat.org. WALKING CLUB The Happy Wanderers Walking Club will have a walk at Ravine State Gardens in Palatka on Saturday. The walk may be started at the pavilion between 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. and must be finished by 2:30 p.m. Walkers may choose either a 5K or 10K route. Written directions are available. The walk will be within the gardens and through the Palatka Historic District on trails, stone steps, dirt, sidewalks and asphalt. The trail is not suitable for wheelchairs or strollers. The cost is $3 for all walkers, with a parking fee of $3.25 per car. Lunch is available for $4.50. Directions or information: Lois Shannon at 386-788-8430 or Marvin Stokes at 386-788-4026. MUSEUMS ASIAN DINOSAURS Opening Saturday and on display through June 22, "The Great Asian Dinosaurs" will be on exhibit at the Museum of Arts and Sciences. The museum is at 1040 Museum Blvd., Daytona Beach. Hours: Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. First Tuesday of each month, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays and holidays. Admission is $7 for adults, $2 for children and students with identification. Museum admission is free on Tuesdays for Florida residents with proof of residency. Admission is discounted $1 on Saturdays for Volusia County residents with proof of residency. Details: 386-255-0285 or moas.org. HEALTH CARDIAC RISK CHECKS The Women's HealthCare Center at Florida Hospital DeLand, is offering a cardiac risk analysis every Tuesday and Thursday from 3 to 4 p.m. The screening includes a cholesterol test and a consultation with a registered nurse specializing in cardiac health and wellness. The cost is $10. To apply for a screening, call the center at 386-943-4607. HEALTH SCREENINGS Florida Hospital DeLand's laboratory department will offer health screenings from 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday in Classroom A on the first floor. Testing includes prostate screening, $20; cholesterol testing, $6; glucose testing, $6; and cardiac risk profiles, $14. Appointments are not necessary. Glucose and cholesterol testing as well as cardiac risk profiles require a 12-hour fast. The hospital is at 701 W. Plymouth Ave. Details: 386-943-4620. BLOOD DONATIONS The American Red Cross needs blood donors. Anyone at least 17 years old, weighing 110 pounds and in generally good health may be an eligible donor. All donor types are needed. Donations can be made at the following locations: Monday, 2 to 7 p.m., The Casements, Riverside Drive at Granada Boulevard, Ormond Beach. Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Central Florida Career Center, Bank of America Building, North Woodland Boulevard, DeLand. The American Red Cross Donor Center, 341 White St., Daytona Beach, is open Monday through Thursday from noon to 7 p.m., Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Walk-in donors will be accommodated at all locations. Appointments: 386-226-1433, Ext. 144. LIBRARIES 'LET'S TALK ABOUT IT' The DeLand Area Public Library, 130 E. Howry Ave., is presenting a lecture and discussion series, "Encore! More Books by Award-Winning Authors." A winner of the Los Angeles Times book award for fiction and the Mountain and Plains Bookseller Association Award, Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver will be discussed at 10:15 a.m. Friday in the auditorium. The program will be presented by Ellen Smith of Stetson University's English department. Details: 386-822-6430. PLANT TALK Master gardeners will present a free talk on "Soil and pH: Build Your Garden from the Ground Up" from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Ormond Beach Public Library, 30 S. Beach St. After the presentation, the gardeners will answer questions and accept water and soil samples to be taken to the Volusia County Extension Service for analysis. The cost is $1 for three samples. Details: 386-822-5778. SUPPORT GROUPS ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER A support group for parents of children with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and related behavioral difficulties will be offered Wednesday at Florida Hospital DeLand. Angel R. Epstein, a therapist at Counseling Associates of Ormond Beach, and a parent of two children with ADD, leads the group, which meets from 6 to 7:15 p.m. in Classroom 1A. The cost is $5 per person. Details: 386-672-1776. LUPUS The Lupus Foundation of America Inc., Volusia/Flagler support group meets from 1 to 3 p.m. at Memorial Hospital Ormond Beach, 875 Sterthaus Ave., on Saturday. The guest speaker will be C.S. Wang, a physical therapist. The meeting will be on the second floor above the Emergency Room entrance and is open to the public. Details: 386-761-0066 or 1-800-684-9276. SPINAL CORD INJURY The Neuroscience Center at Halifax Medical Center will offer a self-help group for spinal cord injury patients. The group will meet from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday in the third-floor conference room of the 201 Building, 201 N. Clyde Morris Blvd., on the Halifax Medical Center main campus in Daytona Beach. The facilitators will be Dr. Carolyn Geis, and Candy Clevenger, a registered nurse. The group is open to those who have had a spinal cord injury and their family members. Details: 386-947-4641. FESTIVALS, SHOWS FESTA ITALIANA Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 201 University Blvd., Daytona Beach, will present Festa Italiana this week. Events include rides, games, prizes, crafts and dancing, as well as a variety of Italian dishes. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday; 5 p.m. to midnight Friday; noon to midnight Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 23. Unlimited ride tickets are available in advance for $35. Details or tickets: 386-252-0391 or 386-255-0433. STORIES FROM THE HEART The Sandcastle Storytellers will present the seventh annual Stories from the Heart at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Sands Theater Center, 600 N. Woodland Blvd. in DeLand. The evening will include 10 stories plus a tandem tale and an ensemble story. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $4 for senior citizens and children. FUND-RAISERS RELAY FOR LIFE The American Cancer Society is recruiting teams to participate in Relay for Life, a fund-raising walkathon. Last year, more than 2 million Americans participated, and more than 350,000 cancer survivors walked the opening laps. Six events are planned for Volusia and Flagler counties this spring. Families, clubs, schools, businesses, churches, service groups, health-care professionals and others may form teams. All money raised will go to cancer research and local patient services. Registration has begun. Details: 386-253-1633 in Daytona Beach, 386-734-7836 in west Volusia; or visit cancer.org and click on Florida. 2003 HEART BALL The American Heart Association 2003 Heart Ball "Leather & Lace" will be at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Adam's Mark Resort, 100 N. Atlantic Ave. in Daytona Beach. To recognize his commitment and dedication in developing Volusia County's first open-heart surgery program, the American Heart Association will pay tribute to Dr. Jack E. Arrants. The evening includes cocktails, dinner, dancing and an auction. Entertainment will be provided by Derek and the Slammers. Tickets are $125. Proceeds will fund cardiovascular research and public education. Last year's event raised more than $40,000. Reservations or details: 386-676-0001. SENIORS CENTER IN ORANGE CITY Wava's Hall, the senior center at 200 N. Holly Ave., offers activities and classes to anyone 55 or older. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Membership is $10 a year for Orange City residents and $12 for nonresidents. Details: 386-775-3121. DANCES The Ormond Beach Senior Center, 351 Andrews St., has dances Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. and Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. with a rotating schedule of bands. A birthday and anniversary dance is presented once a month. The cost is $3. Details: 386-676-3256. ARTHRITIS SELF-HELP COURSE The Volusia County Health Department and the Arthritis Foundation will offer a free course in arthritis self-help at the Ormond Beach Senior Center beginning Thursday. The six-week course will meet from 10 a.m. to noon through March 27. Participants will learn about basic aspects of arthritis, exercise, nutritional habits and stress management. Registration is required. Details: Susan Squires at 386-274-0607. OUTDOORS SAND SPURS BEEP BASEBALL The Florida Sand Spurs Beep Baseball team, sponsored by the Halifax Council for the Blind and the Center for the Visually Impaired is seeking blind and visually impaired players as well as sighted support team members. The team will practice weekly and will play in competitive team sports with any group willing to compete. The goal is to compete in the World Series National Beep Baseball Association games. Details or registration: 386-677-3995 or 386-253-8879. TAX ASSISTANCE Counseling sites The AARP Tax Aide counseling assistance program has trained volunteers to help prepare tax returns and assist with filing requirements for older taxpayers. Volunteers are scheduled to be at the following locations through April 15: DeBary Public Library, 200 N. Charles R. Beall Blvd., on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave., on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fridays from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. DeLand Lutheran Retirement Center, 450 N. McDonald Ave., the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. DeLand Area Public Library, 130 E. Howry Ave., on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon to 4 p.m. Taxpayers should bring a copy of their 2002 tax return and Social Security cards for themselves, spouse and dependents. The service is not limited to AARP members.

02/16/2003

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