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Port Orange Observer Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018 3 years ago

Asian dining expands in Port Orange

Also: Grant received for suicide prevention
by: Wayne Grant Real Estate Editor

The shopping plaza anchored by Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market, at the southeast corner of Clyde Morris Boulevard and Madeline Avenue in Port Orange, now offers a variety of Asian food options. Asian House, featuring Chinese and Thai cuisine, opened last spring, and now Hibachi Express, a Japanese restaurant, opened recently.

Asian House has takeout, delivery or dine-in with online ordering at Several chef specialties are available, and drinks include smoothies as well as milk tea, ranging from coconut milk tea to banana milk tea. Call Asian House at 999-0030.

Hibachi Express features hibachi cooking and a variety of sushi options. Takeout, delivery or dine-in are available in addition to online ordering. Call 777-5888 or find them on Facebook at hibachiexpress168.


Port Orange resident heads home health


Linda Banwell

Linda Banwell, of Port Orange, has been named administrative director of Florida Hospital Home Health, which offers health and social services to recovering, disabled or ill patients who need treatment at home.

A registered nurse, Banwell has nearly 25 years of experience, including serving as regional director of clinical operations for a large skilled nursing company in Michigan.

In related news, Florida Hospital Home Health recently expanded its services to offer speech therapy, which includes treatments for swallowing. Visit


Grant issued for suicide prevention


SMA Behavioral Healthcare Inc. was recently awarded a grant aimed at the local high suicide rate.

The Adult Zero Suicide grant from the US Health and Human Services Department’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will provide care coordination to adults exiting Crisis Stabilization Units, local jails and Veterans Administration services in Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia Counties.

The 5-year award, totaling $2 million, is in recognition of the fact that suicide rates in this four-county area are higher than the state average. 

“Our local jails have increasingly become de facto treatment centers for individuals with substance dependence disorders and severe mental illness,” said Rhonda Harvey, of SMA. “Our goal is to focus new effort toward intervening in that dynamic, as well as targeting those veterans who are not eligible for VA benefits and are treated and released at a VA clinic after experiencing suicidal ideation.”

Contact SMA at 800-539-4228; visit or find them on Facebook.


Local company releases CO2 meter


CO2Meter Inc., of Ormond Beach, has released a new monitor to improve worker safety for businesses that use or store carbon dioxide (CO2).

Carbon Dioxide in high concentrations can cause serious injuries and even kill a human. The SAN-10 Personal 5% Carbon Dioxide Monitor issues alarms if high levels are detected.

“When we created this new design, we were mindful of the CO2 incidents that are occurring in breweries, grow operations, gas delivery, and especially to draft technicians in walk-in coolers,” said Ray Hicks, president of CO2Meter.

The monitor includes an 80-decibel audible alarm, flashin

g strobe, vibration feature, and a new “man down” alarm. 

CO2Meter Inc. manufactures carbon dioxide and other gas detectors, monitors and sensors used in a variety of industrial, commercial and consumer applications. Visit


New flood insurance offered


For the first time in the company’s 13-year history, Security First is now offering combined Flood and Water Backup Coverage to its Floridian customers, according to a press release.

This new coverage protects against flooding as well as damage caused by water that backs up into a home from sewers, drains, or overflows from a pool or sump, with one deductible.

The company was able to develop the coverage because of changes in the law led by Senator Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) and Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier, the release stated.

Senator Brandes said, “I’m glad to see that my bill, SB 542, which became law, has enabled over 20 private insurers in Florida to provide private flood options to Floridians.”

Flood insurance is not covered in a standard homeowners’ insurance policy.

More information about this new insurance product can be found at

Follow Security First, located in Ormond Beach, on Twitter (@SecurityFirstFL) or Facebook (


Cayla Bartolucci-Kaualoku

Local woman joins ad staff


Cayla Bartolucci-Kaualoku, of New Smyrna  Beach, has been named media coordinator at Benedict Advertising and Marketing of Daytona Beach. She and her husband relocated from Colorado, and she previously worked at the firm as an intern.

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