The primary mission of Team Hardnotts is to demonstrate through personal experience that it is possible to achieve positive goals in life when evolving out of a negative environment
Photographer Discusses Old Midway Neighborhood
County of Volusia
Professional photographer Duane Fernandez will present his work, “Retracing Gordon Parks’ Midway through a Contemporary Lens,” at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave...
Muffin (Duane Fernandez) prides himself on the fact that he doesn't drink or smoke and has never touched drugs. He has a remarkable memory. Has seen, heard, and understood things the average person might not witness in a lifetime. Like that first time he saw Butter in the company of the Cuban drug lord and told himself that one of the two, he didn't know who, would end up getting killed. Or that time he overheard a teacher warning a neighborhood boy he wouldn't live to see 20 and watched as the boy was buried at 18...
I had no idea what I was in for last year when I elected to write a cover story about Duane ``Muffin'' Fernandez and his nonprofit mentoring organization, Team Hardnotts University. It would be a typical human-interest piece, I'd figured: The story of community mentors reaching out to young, mostly urban young people using uncanny but effective methods of no-nonsense, in your face, scared-straight, ``you-don't-know-like-I-know'' tactics.
Photography student wins scholarship from youth awareness program
The Ormond Beach Senior Games Executive Board honored Lesline Tilfert, a student at Daytona State College majoring in photography with a certificate of appreciation and a $100 scholarship following her volunteer work atthe Senior Games held inOctober... Tilfert also was awarded a matching scholarship from Team Hardnotts University Youth Awareness Program Inc. by Duane C.Fernandez Sr., founder and president...