WhatsApp Group of LaPorte friends given commendation for warning residents of a house fire Twitter Facebook IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Pinterest Google+ By Tommie Lee – July 31, 2020 0 399 A group of four high school classmates are being credited with possibly saving a couple’s life from a structure fire in LaPorte.The Northwest Indiana Times reports the group had just gotten together and were headed to a friend’s house when they spotted the fire on July 12.The flames were spreading from the garage to the house, in the 1400 block of I Street. The group pounded on the door until the woman inside, unaware of the fire, answered.Drake Gunn, Jerry Fulton, Wes Cabrera and Tarick Jackson were given a certificate of excellence at a recent LaPorte City Council meeting. Google+ Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Previous articleMan drowns saving children from undertow in Berrien CountyNext articleNIPSCO will offer payment plans to help customers in most dire need Tommie Lee
11Adams House residents Christopher Johnny ’18 (left) and Tasnim Ahmed ’17 welcome students to their House while celebrating Housing Day at Annenberg Hall. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 13Sarah Chapman ’18 and Pietro Galeone ’17 boost Cabot House while students celebrate Housing Day inside Annenberg Hall. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 4Kirkland House members Chris Dolliff ’18 (left) and Hendong Park ’18 take a selfie in University Hall before heading to the dorms with their letters for freshmen. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 15Students celebrate Housing Day inside Annenberg Hall. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 9Eboni White ’17 from Adams shows support to her House by holding a sign. Photo by Silvia Mazzocchin 2House representatives, including Gia Marciano ’18 (left) from Quincy House, and Tom Culp ’19 from Lowell House, charge down the steps of University Hall with their letters for freshmen. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 1Lowell House students, hoisting a photo of Faculty Dean Diana Eck, gather in the dining room to don T-shirts before marching to Harvard Yard for Housing Day, when freshmen receive their housing assignments for the next three years. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 3A Pforzheimer House resident (left) chases down a renegade student who stole a PfoHo polar bear head. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 8Residents of Adams House pose for a group picture before heading to the Harvard Yard. Photo by Silvia Mazzocchin 14Neel Mehta ’18 welcomes students to Pforzheimer House. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 10A student from Currier House leaves University Hall with letters for freshmen in hand. Photo by Silvia Mazzocchin 7Margaret “Maggie” Botros ’17 from Winthrop House cheers in Harvard Yard during Housing Day 2017. Photo by Silvia Mazzocchin 12Isabel Wagner ’18 welcomes students to Pforzheimer House while celebrating Housing Day inside Annenberg Hall as Trevor Noon ’18 (upper right) holds a banner. Camille N’Diaye-Muller ’18 (far left) holds a Leverett House banner and wears bunny ears. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer Wondering why joyous students were dressed as trees and yelling at the tops of their lungs on Thursday morning, or why others were wearing moose antlers or penguin costumes? Don’t worry, we’ve got answers.Harvard College’s annual Housing Day is when freshmen, who spend their first year living in and around the Yard Houses, are sorted into one of 12 upperclass Houses. Freshmen are raucously informed of their House assignments early in the morning by the upperclass residents of their new Houses.This year, as the cheering, spirit, and dancing hit a fever pitch outside, inside University Hall representatives from each House received formal letters to deliver to freshmen informing them of their House assignments. With letters in hand, the representatives stormed into the Yard dorms, letting members of the Class of 2020 know where they will be living for the next three years.The rest was celebration, complete with House colors, shields, pennants, and those identifying costumes. 6Kim Arango ’20 stands in Matthews Hall with her letter from Eliot House, while House members whoop it up in the background. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 5Azraa Chaudhury ’18 (left), of Dunster House and Mohamed M. Aourir ’17 of Adams pose for a picture in Harvard Yard. Photo by Silvia Mazzocchin
The new Brothers Bar & Grill opened at Eddy Street Commons this weekend, and given the success of the bar’s first few days of operation, company management said it expects greater success and popularity moving forward. Scott Severson, vice president of franchising and development, said the company could not be happier with the bar’s first weekend. “We were very happy with the weekend … I don’t think we’ve had a bigger or better opening than we’ve had in South Bend,” Severson said. “It was absolutely spectacular.” Despite some small challenges associated with opening weekend, Severson said customers seemed pleased with their experience. “The community has been incredibly welcoming to us,” Severson said. “I can’t tell you how many people came up to me … and said, ‘Thank you for coming to South Bend.’ … When we did run into service issues, everybody was incredibly patient and sympathetic and understanding.” Severson said the new location offers 80 different tap handles with 37 different types of beer. “What the students will see in our store in South Bend is a spectacular array of tap beers,” Severson said. “It is really the showcase of that store, and it is something we have gotten great feedback on.” The bar also does not plan to have a cover charge, Severson said. “It was a very, very simple business plan,” Severson said. “We wanted to offer our customers a really nice venue, and offer them food and beverage items that were competitively priced in the market.” The entire menu, with only a few exceptions, offers food made from scratch, Severson said. “At the end of the day, we are a bar that serves really good food,” Severson said. The venue, built in just three months, will be a model for future locations. “The food is great, the environment is great [and] it’s been very positive,” Severson said. “We’re very excited and very happy to be in the South Bend market.” Students who visited the bar over the weekend said they were pleased with their experiences. Senior John Heid said he was curious about Brothers before it opened a location in South Bend. “I heard good things about it at other schools,” Heid said, “but it was also close to campus, and I didn’t need to call a cab to get there.” Heid called Brothers a “pleasant change” from other local bars. “I love the Backer and Finny’s, but I don’t want to be standing in an inch of spilled beer every Friday and Saturday,” Heid said. “I think the centrally located bar was a great idea; everybody wasn’t crowding in the same place. The only problem I had with Brothers was that the dance floor was too small.” Senior Christina Kuklinski said she appreciated the lack of cover charge at the bar. “Brothers has the potential to offer something a little different than your typical South Bend bar,” Kuklinski said. “It’s a lot more laid back than other places, and it’s within walking distance, which is a definite advantage. It was nice to just go and talk with people and not be drowned out by music.” The environment at the bar was more relaxed earlier in the night, but became more busy and loud as everyone began to dance later at night, Kuklinski said. No cover charge was also a draw for senior Tony Dang. “Everywhere else in town has a cover on Saturday nights,” Dang said. “It was nice to just walk in.” Even during the first weekend, Dang said the bar was busy. “It was pretty lively, and they had good music going on,” he said. “What was interesting was that they have a lot of TVs in there, and they play the music videos to the songs they are playing, which is kind of cool. It reminded me of bars I’ve been to in Chicago … You haven’t seen that around here.” Dang said he visited a Brothers location in West Lafayette, Ind., when he visited the city for the Notre Dame football game against Purdue earlier this year. He said he hopes Brothers continues to attract students and develop a similar college-town feel. “That place was packed full of people,” Dang said. “That’s what makes it fun, when you can see a lot of people. Hopefully that’s going to be the case here as more people learn about the bar.”
Editor’s Note: Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, The Observer will sit down with Notre Dame experts to break down the election and its importance to students. In this fifth installment, News writer Rachel O’Grady asks Professor of Political Science and Director of Undergraduate Studies Joshua Kaplan about the death of Justice Antonin Scalia and the upcoming South Carolina primary. Rachel O’Grady: The death of Justice Scalia is a major political point of contention now. What does this mean for Obama and his legacy? Does it have any implications on the election?Joshua Kaplan: This is a very significant development. The selection of a new justice has the potential to change the balance of a Court. As a result, the stakes are very high for both parties, as well as for interest groups. In the short term, I believe it will especially energize Clinton’s supporters and perhaps Cruz’s supporters on the Republican side the most because those voters are more likely to see a direct connection between the issues they care about most and the decisions the Court makes. But it may encourage votes to go with the most electable candidate. This appointment will also test the limits of the strategy in Congress that has meant denying President Obama victories whenever possible.It remains to be seen whether there will be pushback from that strategy. In particular, we will see how this plays out for the Republican Senators up for reelection this year in states such as Illinois, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New Hampshire. It is unlikely to be an issue that changes the balance in the Senate, but it could have ramifications beyond the presidential election. It also has the potential to further politicize the Supreme Court, an institution that likes to think of itself as different from the political branches, and possibly damage its credibility if people see it as no different from the political branches.ROG: The South Carolina Primaries are this Saturday. What should we be looking for? Can Sanders pull off another win?JK: A Sanders victory in South Carolina, regarded as part of Clinton’s “firewall,” would indicate real trouble with her campaign, since South Carolina plays to her strengths. But the primary process is a long way from over.ROG: Michael Bloomberg has expressed a degree of interest in running as an independent. What does that mean for the election as a whole, and who or which party does he hurt more by running?JK: It is hard for me to imagine a mainstream Democrat so unhappy with Sanders, or so unenthusiastic about Clinton, that they would bolt the party for Bloomberg. Would moderate Republicans would find their nominee — whether it’s Trump or Cruz — to be so unacceptable that they would bolt the party and vote for Bloomberg? There is certainly a potential split within the party, but the more likely pattern would be for conservative voters to reject a moderate nominee. We have seen libertarian candidates draw support from Republican candidates, and we remember Ralph Nader in 2000. But I do not think we are at the point yet when moderate Republicans or Democrats are ready to leave their party. What normally happens in such situations is that voters [who are] unenthusiastic about their party’s nominee just don’t vote. It is clear that many voters are looking for someone different, but I don’t think that Bloomberg is the person they have in mind.ROG: In your research and opinion, what do you think will be the most important issue in the general election?JK: This is more complicated than it seems. The economy is the number one issue, but it is today not an issue where the positions break evenly along party lines, and voters are not making decisions simply on the basis of of their policy preferences or the positions of the candidates on particular issues. The same would be true for national security. I don’t think voters have much confidence that either party can simply fix these threats to our well-being, which is why they are looking for alternatives. But in the end, elections are not necessarily driven by issues in a straightforward way. Rather voters see issues through lenses that are colored by a variety of other factors.ROG: Taking it back to college campuses, particularly here at Notre Dame, primaries in many of our home states are coming up. What is something we, as college students, should be paying particular attention to?JK: Think about what you regard as the main problems in the world today. Is your member of Congress or Senator, or the presidential candidate you are thinking about supporting, part of the problem or part of the solution? Think about what you look for in a candidate and why you consider those things to be the most important. Go beyond the labels and clichés. All candidates say they want to improve the economy and make us safer. How will they do that? Do you believe that will work? What things are best done by individual decisions as to how we want to live our lives? What things go beyond our individual decisions and are most effectively handled at the policy level? What would you like the future to look like? What combination of individual actions and government policies will help make that happen?Tags: 2016 Election Observer, Joshua Kaplan
Casting shakeup! Dexter favorite Lauren Velez will assume the role of Yaz in the forthcoming Second Stage production of Quiara Alegria Hudes’ The Happiest Song Plays Last, replacing previously announced star Elizabeth Rodriguez (The Motherf*cker with the Hat). Directed by Tony winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson, The Happiest Song Plays Last begins performances February 11, with an official opening night set for March 3 at off-Broadway’s Tony Kiser Theatre. In addition to Velez, The Happiest Song Plays Last also stars Anthony Chisholm, Dariush Kashani, Tony Plana, Armando Riesco and Annapurna Sriram. The final play of Hudes’ Elliot trilogy, The Happiest Song Plays Last tells the story of cousins Elliot (Riesco) and Yaz (Velez), who discover the joy in coming home again and the comfort of family, both by blood and by love. When Elliot gets a lucky break in the film business, Yaz takes on the role of familial and neighborhood matriarch, nourishing those that pass through her door. Featuring the sounds of traditional Puerto Rican folk music, The Happiest Song Plays Last is the story of a year in Elliot and Yaz’s life. Velez previously appeared off-Broadway in Intimate Apparel and in the national tour of Dreamgirls. She also understudied the role of the Witch in Broadway’s Into the Woods. She played Captain Maria LaGuerta for seven seasons on TV’s Dexter. Her additional film and TV credits include Oz, New York Undercover, I Like It Like That and City Hall. Fun fact: Velez’s twin sister Loraine, also a Broadway alum, has appeared in Rent and Dreamgirls. The Happiest Song Plays Last View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on March 23, 2014
The new soil-testing lab at the Zanmi Agricol Learning Center Fritz Lafontant in Corporant, Haiti isn’t sophisticated. But it works, and that’s enough to change the lives of many Haitian farmers. Recently, University of Georgia soil scientists David Kissel and Leticia Sonon traveled to Corporant, located in the country’s Central Plateau region, to install the new soil-testing lab. They gave lectures on the importance of soil testing and trained a handful of teachers and other officials on how to manage and operate the laboratory. “This is the beginning of farmers being able to assess the fertility of Haitian soils and determine how much and which fertilizers their crops need,” said Kissel, who is director of the Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The lab, created by a partnership between the college and Atlanta-based nonprofit League of Hope, opened at the end of June as the only working soil lab in Haiti. Kissel identified the soil lab as a need in the country when he traveled to Haiti on a fact-finding tour in 2010. He and Sonon, the coordinator for the college’s Soil, Plant and Water Analysis Lab, identified practical testing methods appropriate for Haiti’s soils and conditions. They installed low-cost instruments that are compact, tough and inexpensive to operate. The new lab is basically a scaled-down version of the CAES Extension soil-testing lab in Athens, GA. It took Sonon and Kissel about a year to design the steamlined lab and develop procedures that would work in Haiti. The information provided by the soil tests performed in the lab — including nutrient contents and pH levels — can help farmers choose the most appropriate crop varieties for their fields and fertilizers. The goal is to provide Haitian farmers with the information they need to increase their crop yields and feed their families. The lab — with its cement floors, folding work tables and rugged, energy efficient equipment — is located inside a new trade school that has opened to serve the Central Plateau region in the northeastern corner of the island. In addition to electrical, plumbing and carpentry training, the school will offer agricultural and environmental stewardship courses to farmers. The lab technicians who were trained by Sonon and Kissel will serve as part-time agricultural advisers to local farmers. They will run the lab, teach others to use the equipment and start demonstration test plots to show Haitian farmers that their yields can be increased with the right soil additives and fertilizers. “The idea was for us to go down and train the teachers, and the teachers would train their students, who could then spread the word about the lab,” Kissel said.Soil testing was a critical part of the success of American agriculture throughout the 20th century and one of the most common services provided by Extension agents across the U.S. Haitian farmers produce only 40 percent of the food the country needs. Food supplies in Haiti have never been abundant, but they have gotten worse since the 2010 earthquake that destroyed much of the infrastructure around Port-au-Prince. This one soil lab is not going to solve that problem, but it’s a big step towards increasing the ability of Haitian farmers to feed their country, Sonon said.
By U.S. Southern Command September 12, 2019 Medical staff assigned to U.S. Navy Hospital Ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) met with Colombian military and civilian medical personnel to collaborate during subject matter expert exchanges (SMEE) at Battalion Córdoba military base, August 20, and University Hospital Julio Méndez Barreneche, August 26.More than 90 medical personnel attended the discussions that aimed to increase cooperation between both the U.S. and the Colombian military and health care professionals.“The intent is to ensure that we are an enduring partner with these nations and to build up interoperability, so that we can continue to work together in the future,” said U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Connie Johnson, officer in charge of the Comfort preventive medicine unit.The SMEEs focused on a variety of practices that included measures the Comfort medical professionals take to protect the health of service members and maintain mission readiness.“It’s an event of supreme importance because the U.S. military is teaching us many ways to prevent epidemic illnesses that all under-developed countries, like Colombia, have to confront,” said Colombian Army Lieutenant Colonel Janeth Rosero Reyes, Colombian army director of general medicine at Battalion Córdoba.U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Gwendolyn Mulholland, a nurse, and Hospitalman Juni Roscado, both assigned to hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH20), discuss their nursery experience during a subject matter expert exchange with Colombian nurses at the University Hospital Julio Méndez Barreneche. (Photo: U.S. Army Specialist Jacob Gleich)Other important topics discussed included sanitation standards at medical sites and the importance of clean water.“These exchanges end up having a much larger effect than just on the people who are attending,” said U.S. Navy Commander Ken Sausen, psychologist assigned to Comfort. “Those people pass on that information to their students and to other providers, perhaps to other generations of providers, which then has a much longer and stronger effect.”During another SMEE, U.S. Navy nurses discussed their process for training within their community. This included evaluating their use of devices such as IV pumps, methods of infection prevention, and how well they communicate to other medical caregivers or patients. “This SMEE presentation is focusing on different clinical skills that we find valuable to train our new nurses and corpsmen when they first show up to their facility, and they’re just learning how to get started,” said U.S. Navy Lieutenant Lauren Shuetz, a nurse assigned to Comfort. “We discussed some of those skills. Then we evaluated people on those skills and their ability to perform after their initial orientation.”Comfort’s mission stop is accomplished through the efforts of medical and non-medical personnel. The Comfort team is comprised of military and civilian personnel from the U.S. and partner nations, including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Peru, along with several U.S. and international nongovernmental organizations, creating a dynamic team capable of delivering a variety of services.This marks Comfort’s seventh deployment to the region since 2007. At each of the upcoming missions, the embarked medical teams will provide care aboard Comfort and at two land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems caused partly by the increase in Venezuelan migrants.
October 1, 2003 News and Notes October 1, 2003 Regular News Ronald Ravikoff, of Zuckerman Spaeder, LLP, was elected president of the University of Miami Citizens Board. He will also serve as the board’s representative to the university’s board of trustees. Norma Stanley, a partner with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, presented Principles of Estate Planning to a group of Regions Bank clients. She has also begun her second Rollins Educational Series with her presentation of Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003. In addition, Stanley, along with Richard Dellinger, an associate of the firm, presented Hot Topics in the Financial and Estate Planning Arenas for a group of preferred Morgan Stanley clients. Allison R. Day, a partner with Genovese Joblove & Battista, has been elected president of the Florida Network of IWIRC, the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation. Zach Bancroft, an associate of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, presented a seminar for property managers on lease defaults and related issues. James W. McIlrath, of GrayHarris, was elected chair of the Business Law Committee of the Orange County Bar Association. Richard Davidson, a partner with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, presented Aspects of the Purchase Agreement at a seminar titled Buying and Selling a Florida Business in Orlando. Todd Foster, of Cohen, Jayson & Foster, P.A., Tampa, spoke at the First Amendment Lawyers Association’s annual meeting in Montreal, on the topic of First Amendment issues in high profile criminal cases. Eli A. Franks, an associate of Rosenthal & Weissman, has been appointed to the Treasure Coast Food Bank, where he will serve a three-year membership. James F. Johnston, of GrayHarris, was appointed to the board of directors of the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce. Miranda Fitzgerald, a partner with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, spoke at the Environmental Permitting Summer School, sponsored by the Florida Chamber of Commerce in Marco Island. She was a member of the panel teaching the Growth Management and Development of Regional Impact Update course. Kevin M. Levy, of Gunster Yoakley, has been appointed to the steering committee for the Committee of 100 Campaign for Kids, which raises funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami. Sarah Stith, of Fowler White Boggs Banker, has been elected to the board of directors for Dress for Success, which provides interview suits, confidence boosts, and career development to low-income women entering the workforce. David L. Deehl, of Deehl & Carlson, P.A., Coral Gables, was appointed chair of the ABA TIPS Trial Techniques Committee for 2003-04. Rebecca O’Dell Townsend, of Haas, Dutton, Blackburn, Lewis & Longley, P.L., Tampa, spoke as a member of a panel on emerging issues in tort litigation at the 2003 Florida Defense Lawyers Association annual meeting in Key Biscayne. Her topic was Recent Trends in Tort Litigation. She was also appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush to the Florida Film and Entertainment Advisory Council. Jennie S. Malloy, of Malloy & Malloy, P.A., Miami, was a guest on the “Money Sense” radio program on 82.9 FM in South Florida, and addressed issues relating to patents, trademarks and copyrights, and securing protection of and marketing inventions, ideas, etc. David L. Smith, of GrayHarris, has become the board chair of the Florida Chapter of the ALS Association, which is dedicated to fighting Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Scott E. Mitchell, of Gunster Yoakley, was a featured speaker at a ceremony during which Miami-Dade County and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers signed an agreement to dredge the Miami River. As co-chair of the Miami River Commission’s Dredging Working Group, he outlined the grass roots involvement of the effort, the environmental and financial challenges to be overcome, and the community excitement regarding the project. David M. Seifer, of Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A., has been appointed vice chair of the United Way’s Young Leaders Society for 2003-04. Jonathan E. Cole, partner of Edwards & Angell, has been appointed to the steering committee for VisionBROWARD, a community economic development partnership formed to update the vision for the county’s economic future. Matthew Coglianese, of Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod, Miami, was a featured speaker on a panel titled Toxic Tort Law Update at The Florida Bar’s annual update of the environmental and land use section. He covered several toxic tort issues and discussed the rise in the number of toxic mold-related claims and the impact of the fungi on human health and property. Joel A. Bello, assistant board attorney for the School Board of Miami-Dade County, spoke on the topic of special education law at a gathering of school administrators in Miami. Peter Antonacci, of GrayHarris, was reappointed by Gov. Jeb Bush to the Commission on Ethics for 2003-05. Kenneth A. Gordon, a partner of Brinkley, McNerney, Morgan, Solomon & Tatum, LLP, was selected to participate in the Leadership Broward Class XXII 2003-04 program by Leadership Broward Foundation, Inc. John Fulton, Jr., of Malloy & Malloy, P.A., Miami, received the Honorable Marvin H. Gillman Small Claims Clinic Award from the Dade County Bar Association and Put Something Back, a joint pro bono project of the Dade County Bar Association and the 11th Judicial Circuit. Gerald A. Rosenthal, of Rosenthal & Weissman, West Palm Beach, was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Florida Workers’ Advocates organization at the Florida Workers’ Compensation Institute’s Annual Conference, held in Orlando. Morris G. “Skip” Miller, partner of Adorno & Yoss, P.A., West Palm Beach, has been elected chair of the board of directors of the Marinelife Center of Juno Beach. Scott R. Rost, of Doran, Wolfe, Rost & Ansay, Daytona Beach, presented remarks on control and liability issues faced by small American corporations at the Corporate Governance Conference in Salzburg, Austria, sponsored by the Center for International Legal Studies. Daniel P. Mitchell, of GrayHarris, has been selected to join the International Association of Defense Counsel. Oscar A. Sanchez, of Akerman Senterfitt, Miami, addressed the incoming Fall 2003 law class at the University of Florida Levin College of Law’s orientation. J. Brock McClane and Michael A. Tessitore, shareholders of McClane Tessitore, have published an article titled “Florida Civil Law Notaries: A Practical New Tool for Doing Business with Latin America,” in the Summer 2003 edition of the Stetson Law Review. Jules Cohen, of Akerman Senterfitt, has been honored by the Central Florida Bankruptcy Law Association with its outstanding professionalism award and the proclamation of August 19, 2003, as Jules Cohen Day. The award will be known as the C.F.B.L.A. Jules Cohen Professionalism Award. Lee W. Marcus, of Unger, Acree, Weinstein, Marcus, Merrill, Kast & Metz, P.L., Orlando, spoke in Orlando and West Palm Beach in seminars titled Bad Faith Claims in Florida, on the topics of elements of bad faith and ethics. Robert L. Parks, partner of Haggard, Parks, Haggard & Bologna, P.A., Coral Gables, has been appointed to serve on the executive committee and board of directors of the Everglades Foundation, Inc. Jeffery A. Smith, an assistant state attorney and juvenile prosecutor for Citrus County, was recently elected as chair of the Fifth Circuit Juvenile Justice Board, for the five included counties. Michael Goldstein, of Akerman Senterfitt, Miami, moderated a workshop on pollution prevention, Brownfields, Environmental Justice, and Public Health, at the Florida Pollution Prevention Roundtable Annual Conference held in Orlando. Paul Steven Singerman, of Berger Singerman, gave a presentation to the joint meeting of the Creditors’ Rights and Business Litigation subcommittees of the Business Law Section of the ABA, at the section’s annual meeting held in San Francisco. His presentation was titled Can an Asset Protection Plan Survive in Bankruptcy?. David W. Singer, of Hollywood, has been elected secretary of the American Cancer Society’s Broward Unit Board of Directors for the 2003-04 term. Michael A. Haggard, of Haggard, Parks, Haggard & Bologna, P.A., Coral Gables, has been elected to serve on the executive committee of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers. In addition, he won the academy’s Legislative Leadership “Shoe Leather” award and its “Golden Eagle” award. Joseph H. Saunders, of Saunders & Walker, P.A., Pinellas Park, was elected to the office of secretary of the executive committee of the board of directors of Operation PAR, Inc., a nonprofit addiction and mental health facility operating in Pinellas and Manatee counties. He has also been reelected for a third term as president of the board of directors of Alpha, “A Beginning,” Inc. a nonprofit residential program for homeless pregnant women and new mothers and their children in St. Petersburg. Thomas R. Bopp, of Fowler White Boggs Banker, has been elected to the board of directors of the Hillsborough County Bar Association. Rafael Gonzalez, of Barrs, Williamson, Stolberg, Townsend & Gonzalez, P.A., Tampa, was reappointed by Gov. Jeb Bush to the Florida Rehabilitation Council, which assists the Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation in helping Floridians with disabilities obtain employment. Roland Gomez, of Miami Lakes, has been recognized by Miami Lakes Mayor Wayne Slaton for his dedication, service, and leadership to the community’s youth sports programs. In recognition, the mayor proclaimed July 16, 2003, as Roland H. Gomez Day. William J. Flynn III, a shareholder of Fowler White Boggs Banker, has been selected to participate in the 2003-04 class of Leadership Florida. Steven Jaffe, shareholder in Aronovitz Trial Lawyers, Miami, presented Arbitration vs. Litigation in class action litigated matters during The Florida Bar Annual Convention in Orlando. In addition, he has been accepted into the Broward County Chapter of the Inns of Court.
President Trump’s tax proposal, released Wednesday, so far poses no direct threat to the tax exemption that benefits credit unions.But the principles the administration released are general and merely represent the starting point for a debate over tax policy.And as Congress searches for ways to offset tax cuts, it may look to so-called tax expenditures—provisions of the tax law that benefit specific industries, including credit unions.The Trump principles does include a proposal to “eliminate tax breaks for special interests,” but provide no specific proposals to do so.And the administration said that throughout the month of May, administration officials will meet with stakeholders and will continue to meet with members of Congress to craft a tax plan that can pass both chambers. continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
MORE NEWS: Imagine living in a house that starred in a TV show The property has had an impressive two-year renovation. The Osman’s transformed it into the ultimate family entertainer.Owner Priscilla Osman, who lives at the house with her husband and their four children, said they had just finished a two-year renovation where nothing was left untouched. “We fully renovated the house to make it suit our requirements, we are big entertainers,” she said. “The hub of the home is the kitchen island bench where everyone gathers. “The pool is like an extension of the house, right in front of the kitchen so it’s great to watch the children having a fantastic time.” The tranquil bushland forms an picturesque backdrop. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 There’s plenty of fun to be had at 18 Camphorlaurel Court, Tallebudgera Valley.FAMILIES will be zipping into a fun-filled adventure at this hidden Gold Coast treasure. The stylish Tallebudgera Valley house is a haven of fun thanks to is bushland setting and impressive backyard.There’s a resort-style infinity pool with adjoining deck that has outlooks of the tranquil surrounds, plus a creek that runs through the back of the property and a firepit nearby to get the camping experience without leaving the comfort of your own home.To top it all off, there’s a flying fox that will zip its riders over the creek to the back of the property. MORE NEWS: Coast’s most popular house revealed Ms Osman said the five-bedroom house was the ultimate family home. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“Our house is all about family,” she said. “From the moment I stepped onto the land, I instantly fell in love with it, it had a nice spiritual vibe. “The artwork is the trees and children playing, you can see them from every part if the home.” The house has five-bedrooms and three bathrooms.She said the best part of the property was it got the kids outside in nature, whether they were climbing trees, fishing in the creek, yabbying, catching eels, swimming or looking at the fireflies down in the bushland.“We are leaving because our boys have become surf fanatics and we have decided to move closer to the beach because of their passion for surfing,” Ms Osman said. “It’s really sad to leave because we love this house.” The property at 18 Camphorlaurel Court is on the market through LJ Hooker Burleigh Heads agents John Fischer and Danny O’Donnell with an expressions of interest campaign.