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Blackhawks return to Notre Dame

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first_imgThe five-time Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks arrived on campus Thursday for their second straight training camp trip to Compton Family Ice Arena, with public practices on Saturday and Sunday.Tom Nevala, general manager of the Compton Family Ice Arena, said the training camp was first set up last year through discussions with Blackhawk’s manager Stan Bowan, a 1995 Notre Dame alumnus.Observer File Photo “With the facilities we have available to them, the campus environment, they thought it would be a great way to start the season,” Nevala said.The team completed physical testing at the United Center in Chicago Thursday morning before traveling to the University, where Nevala said they will reside at the Morris Inn for the duration of their visit.While at Notre Dame, Nevala said the team will participate in both private and public events.“They are doing some things, but they are private functions on campus,” he said. “They are doing some things in the community as well. I think they’ll go to the Robinson Learning Center, I want to say on Friday afternoon.”Team practice on Friday will be closed to the public, but faculty, staff and students from Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross are welcome to join the team for an exclusive practice at the Compton Family Ice Arena from 10:00 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. The training camp itself will take place on Saturday and Sunday from 10:15 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.“Hopefully it’s a chance for everyone [to benefit],” he said. “That’s why we have the Friday event specifically for Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross students, faculty and staff. It’s a great chance to get out and see these guys live in a much smaller venue than the United Center.”Nevala said hosting the team is a special experience that “certainly comes at a great price.” According to the Notre Dame website, the now sold-out general admission tickets for the weekend scrimmages were available for purchase for $10.“I think, more importantly, the 60 guys who come here as part of the Blackhawks enjoy being around the atmosphere that you enjoy every day,” he said. “Maybe a third of an NHL team played hockey in college, most of them [now] have the opportunity to experience the college environment and enjoy kind of being like you guys.”Nevala said the team seems to enjoy the training program set up at Notre Dame.“Before they’ve even started camp this year, they’re already looking forward to returning again next year,” he said.Tags: Chicago Blackhawks, Compton Family Ice Arena, Training Camplast_img

‘Domers on a bench’ Instagram page shares student stories

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first_imgAiming to better connect the Notre Dame community, an Instagram account called “Domers on a Bench,” launched with its first post last week.“Domers” was modeled after popular photoblog “Humans of New York,” which features candid snapshots of New Yorkers and shares their stories.ND Listens, which works alongside the University’s Development Office and keeps in contact with alumni and friends of the University, started the project. Camila Gonzalez, a senior student ambassador at ND Listens, said the department hopes “Domers on a Bench” has an impact on the Notre Dame community similar to “Humans of New York.” “What I like about ‘Humans of New York’ is that it catches people’s attention and it lets people know about the diversity and the different types of people in New York,” Gonzalez said. “So ‘Domers’ is a really great way for members of the Notre Dame community to see the diversity that we have and hear from a bunch of different backgrounds.”Since its first post, “Domers on a Bench” has amassed over 250 followers and provided seven snapshots and personal stories from Notre Dame students on a variety of topics.Junior student ambassador Emily Figueroa said to many of the staff at ND Listens, “Domers on a Bench” seemed like a good way to engage both current students and alumni.“We just want to use Instagram to spread candid stories about students on campus and student life here … not just students but faculty and campus visitors because you hear over and over again how interesting everyone is on this campus and everyone’s doing something unique,” Figueroa said. “The idea is, if you follow the Instagram [account], you’ll get those stories as a student, but you’ll also get those stories when you graduate because it’s going to be ongoing and a way for you to connect with the University after that.” Senior manager Melvin Osanya said the name “Domers on a Bench” came from chemistry professor and dean emeritus Emil Hoffman, who died in 2015. Hoffman was known for being open to hearing anyone and everyone’s stories on campus, Osanya said. “[Hoffman] was really beloved by students [and] would hold office hours so that anyone who wanted to talk to him could come in. And after he retired he still lived in South Bend, so then he would just hold unofficial office hours on benches around campus, so that students who still wanted to talk to him could come talk to him,” Osanya said. “So that was kind of inspiration for the idea of calling it ‘Domers on a Bench.’ … It was kind of like a living memory, and just to come around and have those conversations with people.”Osanya leads a team of about 30 students who are student ambassadors for the page and for ND Listens. The account posts three times a week — Monday, Wednesday and Friday — and will publish throughout the summer as well. Osanya said one of the project’s goals is to make the student body more relatable. “Every time you read a Notre Dame newsletter, it’s about a kid who came from ‘x’ situation and accomplished ‘x’ and you read it and think, ‘Wow.’ Even though everyone here [is] so smart and talented, you feel like you’re not as good because someone has this amazing story,” he said. “So sure, we’re going to tell some amazing stories on there, but at the same time, there could be a story about someone who is just like, ‘I’m missing my dog today.’ It’s something to make sure that we all stay grounded and remember that we’re also kids here at same time.”Gonzalez said she views the page as a means for Notre Dame students to be open and vulnerable.“I think you can learn a bunch from following [it],” she said. ”The students who are getting interviewed are usually very honest, and Notre Dame students often don’t admit they’re struggling, so I feel like ‘Domers’ is a very honest response to what students commonly struggle with, like mental health and school work. It’s really nice to hear someone openly say ‘I also struggle with this, you are not alone.’”Lisa-Maria Legg, senior student ambassador, said the team is also focused on preserving the candid aspect of the page, making sure its stories stay authentic and honest. When interviewing people, ambassadors try to ask specific questions people might not have thought about before, she said.“I think the stories themselves are very interesting, and you can get a more candid account of what people are going through,” Legg said. “Since we are students approaching other students, they usually feel a little more comfortable speaking and [then] we can get some really interesting, honest stories.”For now, Figueroa said, “Domers on a Bench” hopes to increase its followers and help alumni stay involved at the University.“I think we definitely want to improve our follower base and then we also want to reach out and make it known to alumni of the University — because I know that’s sometimes a hard platform to reach — and that’s our goal with ND Listens, essentially,” Figueroa said. “The emphasis of it is to focus on the people who make this place so great … the people who you wouldn’t hear about day to day each have their own special story.” Tags: Alumni, development office, Domers on a Bench, ND Listenslast_img

University awards 2020 Evangelium Vitae Award

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first_imgNotre Dame’s de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture announced in a Sunday news release it will award the 2020 Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae medal to Vicki Thorn. Thorn founded Project Rachel, a post-abortion care program, and is currently executive director of the National Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation and Healing, the release said.“Vicki Thorn’s work has been a source of healing for women and men whose lives have been touched by abortion,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in the release. “I’m grateful to the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture for recognizing Ms. Thorn for her service to the Church and to the work of mercy on behalf of a culture of life.”Carter Snead, the de Nicola Center’s director, said the University was “pleased” to honor Thorn with the metal.“Vicki Thorn has dedicated her life to caring for women and men who have been wounded by abortion,” Snead said in the release. “Her work is a living witness to the unconditional love and mercy that lies at the heart of the culture of life.”Thorn, a grief counselor and spiritual director, founded Project Rachel — a network of clergy, medical and spiritual professionals who provide “one-on-one, confidential post-abortion care” — in 1984 while working for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. The program is now overseen by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and has satellites in most dioceses as well as in 25 other countries.In addition to her work with Project Rachel, Thorn is a lecturer on abortion and author of “Project Rachel, The Face of Compassion,” which was published by the Vatican Publishing House in 2009. She is a member of Pontifical Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, the 2009 recipient of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop’s People of Life Award and is a corresponding member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, according to the release.Kevin Rhoades, bishop of the diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, named Thorn as key figure in the right-to-life movement.“In awarding Vicki Thorn the prestigious Evangelium Vitae Medal, Notre Dame recognizes her important service of the Gospel of life,” Rhoades said in the release. “She has helped thousands of women who have had an abortion to accept St. John Paul II’s invitation in Evangelium Vitae to ‘not give in to discouragement and not lose hope.’ Project Rachel reminds us all that the Gospel of Jesus, the Gospel of life, is also the Gospel of mercy. I offer sincere thanks to Vicki especially for assisting so many women and men to experience God’s love and forgiveness and to become, in the words of St. John Paul II, ‘eloquent defenders of the right to life.’”The Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal is named after Pope John Paul II’s 1995 encyclical “Evangelium Vitae.” The award is “the nation’s most important lifetime achievement award for heroes of the pro-life movement,” the release said. Past recipients of the award are Mother Agnes Mary Donovan and the Sisters of Life; Congressman Chris Smith, co-chair of the Bipartisan Pro-Life Caucus as well as his wife, Marie Smith, director of the Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues; supreme knight Carl Anderson and the Knights of Columbus; the Little Sisters of the Poor; the Jerome Lejeune Foundation and Harvard law professor Mary Ann Glendon.Tags: Abortion, de nicola center for ethics and culture, Evangelium Vitae Medal, University President Fr. John Jenkinslast_img

Family disturbance leads to stabbing, arrest

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first_imgA disturbance between the parents of a baby led to a stabbing and an arrest on Thursday.Port Arthur Police responded to a 911 report of a stabbing about 12:50 p.m. Aug. 30 in the 3200 block of 24th Street. Preliminary but sketchy 911 calls indicated that a baby had been “hit” in the course of whatever was taking place, according to a press release from Port Arthur Police Department.Investigation revealed that the incident occurred nearby in the 2500 block of Fifth Avenue with a dispute between a man and a woman who were the parents of the baby. The woman, after gaining control of the baby, reportedly took the child to the 24th Street location and left the child there. Police believe she returned to the Fifth Avenue location with a brick and a knife.Subsequently, a man received a stab wound to the center portion of his upper back about level with his right shoulder blade, according to police reports.The man, identified as Josue Salamanca, 19, of Port Arthur, was transported to Christus Hospital-St. Elizabeth. His condition is not known at this time however he was conscious and ambulatory at the time of the investigation. Port Arthur Police Criminal Investigations Division will continue to investigate the case.center_img The 15-month-old baby was taken to Christus Hospital-St. Mary. The child’s injuries did not appear to be serious. Police believe at this point the toddler was hit by a relative who became involved in the fray. It is not yet determined whether the toddler was hit accidentally or intentionally.A female, Sabrina Melancon, 18, of Port Arthur, was arrested for aggravated assault/family violence.last_img

The Movie Guy: The raunchy teddy bear still gets laughs

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first_imgWriter director performer Seth MacFarlane is a very funny man, although his humor certainly isn’t for everyone. Case in point, his latest film, “Ted 2” is filled with an onslaught of raunchy jokes, pot-laced humor and gross out sight gags. Much of it is undeniably funny.That being said, there’s really not much that’s new this time around. If you were a fan of the original movie, you’ll still enjoy the humor in “Ted 2.” If you weren’t a fan, then this is definitely not the movie for you.For those of you who don’t remember, Ted was a lonely little boy’s teddy bear who came to life one night. A few decades pass and the boy, John (Mark Wahlberg) and his magical childhood toy (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) are still best friends, but now they are also potty-mouthed, porn-loving, pot smoking slackers. The guys did get married, but Ted the talking teddy bear’s relationship is falling apart. In order to save his marriage, he and his wife (Jessica Barth) decide to have a baby. That’s difficult to do as most children’s toys aren’t given the anatomy needed to conceive a child. After an attempt at artificial insemination goes predictably awry, Ted decides to adopt a child, only to find that he can’t because legally, he is still just a toy.Ted and John find a chill supporter for their cause in the form of a pot-smoking young lawyer named Sam(antha) L. Jackson, played gamely by Amanda Seyfried. The rest of the film turns into an absurd courtroom drama where Ted takes on nothing less than the Dred Scott decision to prove that he deserves to have the same rights as any other citizen.Of course, this plot only serves as a framework for MacFarlane’s non-stop barrage of potty-mouthed jokes. I am happy to report that there is still a lot of fun to be had watching a beloved childhood toy being transformed into a crude mouthpiece for MacFarlane’s out-of-control Id. Not all of these moments work, but the idea is to throw hundreds of jokes against the wall to see which ones stick. Many of those jokes fall flat, but the ones that work are very, very funny. The crowd I was with laughed frequently and loudly. That is the litmus test for any comedy, so while I might prefer to see Ted and John try some new things in their movies, I won’t complain. More importantly, fans of the original movie won’t complain either because they’ll be too busy laughing.Movie reviews by Sean, “The Movie Guy,” are published bi-weekly in “The Port Arthur News” and seen weekly on KFDM and KBTV. Sean welcomes your comments via email at smcbride@sbgtv.com.com.last_img

Ira L. Carter Jr.

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first_imgIra L. Carter Jr., passed away Friday at St. Elizabeth Hospital.He was a faithful deacon of Greater True Vine Church. Burial will follow at Live Oak Cemetery under the direction of Gabriel Funeral Home.Ira is survived by his mother, Ruthie Arceneaux of Beaumont; father, Ira L. Carter, Sr. of Port Arthur; brother, Ronald Arceneaux II of Beaumont; sisters: Irish Carter Clark of Dallas, Tara Carter of Port Arthur and a host of aunts, uncles, relatives, friends and associates. Next UpIra was a 1986 graduate of Lincoln High School.Due to COVID-19, a public viewing is scheduled from 9 AM until 10:30 AM Friday, December 11, 2020 at Gabriel Funeral Home, 3800 Memorial Blvd., Port Arthur.center_img A private service will be held at Greater True Vine Church.last_img

No silver bullet for data protection

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first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by. Henry MeierOn Friday, the Department of Homeland Security issued an advisory urging organizations, “regardless of size,” to “proactively check” for possible infection of their point of sale technology by a data theft virus which steals debit and credit card information as purchases are being made. The catch is that the computer virus that Homeland Security wants merchants to look for has been compromising purchases since at least October 2013 with the result that an estimated 1,000 businesses have been compromised. Brace for phone calls from concerned members and the expense of replacing cards…again!The latest developments in the data theft wars mean that Target was just the canary in the coal mine and de facto scape goat for failing to recognize that its Point Of Sale equipment had been compromised during the holiday rush. Now, let’s hope that policy makers and industry leaders don’t make the mistake of thinking that a single technology can prevent systemic breaches from happening again. But I have my doubts.A lot of analysts were quoted over the weekend as hoping that the latest disclosures will be the straw that broke the camel’s back and force merchants of all sizes to convert to payment processors that accept so-called EMV or chip technology. The basic idea is that chip enabled cards combined with PIN verification provide dynamic protection of payment information.  In contrast, that strip on the back of the credit and debit card contains static information and firewalls. Once it is breached, it can be used over and over again by anyone with the ability to replicate the magnetic strip.A typical quote I read over the weekend was this one in the Times: “The weakness is the magnetic stripe,” said Avivah Litan, a security analyst for Gartner Research. “I can buy a mag stripe reader on eBay and easily read all the data from your credit card. It’s an antiquated technology from the ’60s.” continue reading »last_img

Jury instructions for civil cases now available online

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first_imgJury instructions for civil cases now available online November 15, 2008 Regular News A legal research tool long sought by Florida attorneys and judges — Florida’s complete standard jury instructions for civil cases — has been added to the Florida Supreme Court’s Web site, finalizing years of work to make all standard jury instructions easily available for free and in an up-to-date form.The civil jury instructions, together with criminal jury instructions added in 2005, are linked from the main page of www.floridasupremecourt.org. “This completes a lengthy project that will greatly benefit everyone involved in civil trials in Florida,” said Chief Justice Peggy A. Quince. “Until the instructions were placed on our Web site, it often was difficult to find the most recent versions even though these model instructions are used every day in our civil courts. This addition to our Web site will help avoid costly mistakes at trial while also reducing the costs arising from legal research.”Placing the civil instructions online was a joint project of the Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases and the court’s Public Information Office under the direction of the court.All instructions are now available in a form that easily can be cut and pasted into a final version during the often intense negotiations among lawyers at the end of a civil trial. Standard jury instructions are almost never used verbatim; they must be customized in each case. But the standard instruction are the starting point for these negotiations and help ensure that the lawyers and judges do not overlook important issues.Because they are on the Web in electronic format, the instructions now can be updated instantly. Previously, attorneys and judges had to await periodic paper publications that often were out-of-date by the time they were first used. Public input to the Bar Committee on Standard Civil Jury Instructions also will now be easier. The new civil jury instruction Web site contains a link through which attorneys or anyone else can directly comment to committee members with suggestions or comments for revisions. Committee proposals for changes to the civil instructions also will be placed on the Web site, in addition to the traditional publication in The Florida Bar News.center_img Jury instructions for civil cases now available onlinelast_img

August 15, 2013 News and Notes

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first_img August 15, 2013 News & Notes News and Notes Kim Kaszuba of Koch, Hoffman & Kaszuba in Clearwater has been appointed to the Sixth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission. Cynthia Crofoot Rignanese of Winter Haven was selected as the delegate for the 98th International Kiwanis Convention by the Lake Wales Kiwanis Club. Edith Osman of Carlton Fields in Miami was honored with the Dade County Bar Association’s David W. Dyer Professionalism Award at its Annual Installation Gala. Dennis J. Wall of Winter Springs and Orlando had “What Are Health Insurance Exchanges? A First Look” and “Report from the ACA Battlefront: Medicaid, the ACA, and the United States Supreme Court” published by the ABA. Joshua L. Wintle of Panter, Panter & Sampedro in Miami was elected secretary of the Dade County Bar Young Lawyers Section. Richard A. Berkowitz of Berkowitz Pollack Brant in Miami has been honored with the “Outstanding Florida CPA in Public Service Award” by the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants at the organization’s annual conference in Orlando. Ed Ricci of of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley moderated a panel discussion for the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Judicial Relations Committee held in West Palm Beach. The subject of the discussion was “Non-Jury Trial Practice Tips.” Matthew D. Westerman of Blalock Walters in Bradenton has joined the board of directors of The Child Protection Center, Inc. Cathleen O’Dowd of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa has been appointed to the City of Tampa’s Barrio Latino Commission, which oversees development within the Ybor City Historic District. Lara Donlon of The Law Office of Glen J. Torcivia and Associates in West Palm Beach presented an employment law seminar at the Florida Association of Special District’s 2013 Annual Conference and presented a session on employment law and its relation to Florida’s public records law at the Florida Association of City Clerk’s 2013 Summer Conference and Academy. Keyla Martinez Robertson of Mitchell & Colmenero in Austin, TX, was a panelist on “Preparing the Way” at the National Association of Women Judges’ Sixth Annual Color of Justice Program,” hosted by the University of Texas School of Law. Jarrett L. DeLuca of The DeLuca Law Firm in Boca Raton was inducted as chair of the Florida Justice Association Young Lawyers’ Board of Directors. Eric Singer of Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod in Miami was appointed to the Miami Intermodal Center Steering Committee. David L. Smith of GrayRobinson in Tampa was elected chair of Tampa Downtown Partnership, an organization committed to fostering vibrant neighborhoods throughout downtown Tampa. Michael J. Farrell of Farrell Law in Miami Beach presented “Gender Segregation in America’s Workplace” at an EEOC seminar commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act of 1963. L.A. Perkins of L.A. Perkins Law Firm in Boca Raton was re-inducted into the South Palm Beach County Bar Association as a member of the board of directors. Mary Leslie Smith of Foley & Lardner in Miami has become president of the Dade County Bar Association. Nick DeMartino has published Strangers to the Blood, a nonfiction book regarding the “Baby Lenore” adoption case that changed the New York law on adoption. He also participated in a symposium on this issue at Barry Law School. Marissa Pullano of Brinkley Morgan in Ft. Lauderdale has been elected president of the Young Lawyers Section of the Broward County Bar. David Alschuler of Miami Beach was honored with the 11th Judicial Circuit’s John T. Balikes Professionalism Award. Carol Finklehoffe of Leesfield & Partners in Miami was appointed chair of the Cruise Lines and Passenger Ships Committee of the Maritime Law Association of the United States. A. Wayne Rich of Broad and Cassel in Orlando has been appointed to the Metropolitan Board of Directors of the YMCA of Central Florida. Samantha Feuer of Akerman Senterfitt in West Palm Beach has been honored with the Florida Association for Women Lawyers Annual Justice Barbara Pariente Award, for her support in advancing women in the legal profession. Amelia M. Campbell of Fowler White Boggs in Tampa has been elected president of the Athena Society in Tampa. Lauren S. Fallick of Leopold Law in Palm Beach Gardens has been appointed to the board of governors for Connect Florida. She will serve as co-chair of the Statewide Leadership Institute. Jennifer L. Delaney of the Law Office of Kevin F. Jursinski & Associates in Ft. Myers was sworn into the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida. Dale Appell of Tampa presented to the Tampa Bay Inns of Court on the topic “Marketing in the Age of Social Media: Legal Requirements and Practical Considerations.” Timothy M. Cerio of GrayRobinson in Tallahassee was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the First District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission. Louis Tertocha of Coral Gables lectured as a panelist on theatrical and venue contracts at the ABA’s Annual International Legal Symposium on the World of Music, Film, Television and Sports. Carlos F. Concepción of Concepción Martinez & Bellido in Miami has been admitted to the panel of arbitrators and mediators of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, a division of the American Arbitration Association. Frederick W. Leonhardt of GrayRobinson in Orlando recently joined Gov. Rick Scott and other Florida business leaders on a mission to strengthen the economic partnership with Chile. Amanda J. Ross of the Law Offices of David L. Ross, P.A., in Miami participate in the local Relay for Life sponsored by the American Cancer Society.. Todd Sumner of Law Office of Todd Sumner in Tallahassee has been elected president of the Northwest Florida Marine Industries Association. Anthony J. Horky of Anthony J. Horky, P.A., in Boca Raton was elected to the board of directors for Florida Atlantic University National Alumni Association. Darren Heitner of Wolfe Law Miami was a moderator at St. Thomas University School of Law’s Entertainment and Sports Law Symposium. Julio C. Esquivel of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa has been elected to the board of directors of the Gasparilla Music Festival. William McAfee of Steinger, Iscoe & Greene in Ft. Lauderdale was elected to the The Florida Justice Association Board of Directors. Keyla M. Robertson of Mitchell & Colmenero in Austin, Texas, was sworn in as president-elect of the Hispanic Bar Association of Austin. Daniel H. Coultoff of Latham, Shuker, Eden & Beaudine in Orlando was honored with the Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando Leadership Award. Lynn B. Aust and Heather K. Dodge of The Law Office of Lynn B. Aust, P.L., in Orlando spoke at the Staples Maitland office regarding “Estate Planning for the Whole Family.” Brian H. Bieber of Hirschhorn & Bieber in Miami spoke on “Current Trends in Mortgage Fraud” at the Annual National Federal Sentencing Guidelines Seminar held in Orlando. Peter Quinter of GrayRobinson in Miami has been appointed vice chair of the Customs Law Committee of the ABA Section of International Law and liaison of the ABA Section of International Law to The Florida Bar. Steven P. Befera of Cole, Scott & Kissane in Miami was appointed to the church council for the Church of the Little Flower in Coral Gables. Larry Roth of Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell in Orlando had his article, “Florida’s Motor Vehicle Crashworthiness Enhanced Injury Doctrine: Wanted Dead or. . . , “ published in the spring Barry University Law Review. Gloria Seidule of Gloria Seidule, P.A., in Stuart presented “Overcoming Obstacles in Trial: The Wal-Mart Verdict” at the Martin County Trial Lawyers Committee meeting. Brian M. Bursa of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith in Tampa presented “Guardianship Cases from the Perspective of The Court-Appointed Attorney” to the Pinellas County Guardianship Association. Leigh-Ann A. Buchanan of Berger Singerman in Miami has been appointed to Friends of New World Symphony. Melanie Ann Hines of Berger Singerman in Tallahassees has been appointed to serve on the Judicial Nominating Commission established by Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio. John W. Frost II of Frost Van den Boom & Smith in Bartow has attained the highest distinction within the Gator Boosters, becoming a “Legacy Director.” This designation is given to those whose athletic contributions have surpassed $3 million in lifetime contributions. Ian-Illych Martinez of the Law Offices of Martinez in Coral Gables published “The Battle of Mirbat: The Turning Point” in the Omani Dhofar Rebellion, Small Wars & Insurgencies Journal, Vol. 23, No. 3, July 2012. Patricia Donlevy-Rosen of Donlevy-Rosen & Rosen in Boca Raton presented “Protecting Immovable Assets” for the 19th Annual Continuing Education program of Verdeja & De Armis, CPAs, in Coral Gables. Howard Rosen of Donlevy-Rosen & Rosen in Boca Raton presented “Asset Protection with Offshore Trusts” for the 19th Annual Continuing Education program of Verdeja & De Armis, CPAs, in Coral Gables. Jonathan Barash of the Law Office of Jonathan A. Barash in Atlanta has been selected to participate in the inaugural Frank Family Leadership Institute of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. Kelly Zarzycki Andrews of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa has been selected to join the Women Presidents’ Organization. Jill G. Weiss of Sachs Sax Caplan in Boca Raton was installed as president of the Palm Beach County Bar Association. Lucas Fleming of the Fleming Law Group in St. Petersburg has been elected president-elect of the St. Petersburg Bar Association. Joshua E. Young of Jones Walker in Miami was appointed to the board of directors of the South Florida Association for Financial Professionals. Jack Hill of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley joined the board of directors of the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County. Adam B. Cordover of Tampa was a guest lecturer for the Tampa Bay Association for Marriage and Family Therapy on the topic of “Collaborative Family Law: Offering a Healthier Alternative to Tampa Bay’s Families.” Anne Weintraub of Band Weintraub in Sarasota was appointed to the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus board. Rebecca Palmer of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed in Orlando wrote a chapter in a book titled Inside The Minds: Strategies for Family Law in Florida, published by Aspatore, a division of Thompson/West. David Steinfeld of Palm Beach Gardens has been invited onto to the Keiser University Business Advisory Board. Ann K. Breitinger and Marisa J. Powers of Blalock Walters in Bradenton-Sarasota were elected to the board of directors of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Manatee County Chapter. Breitinger will serve as treasurer. George Wickhorst at Young, Berman, Karpf & Gonzalez in Weston has been appointed by the ABA to serve as a Health Law Section leader. Sia Baker-Barnes of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley was elected to the Palm Beach County Bar Board of Directors and the board of directors of the Palm Beach County Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. Annabella Barboza of Phelan Hallinan in Ft. Lauderdale was named the Broward County Hispanic Bar Association tresurer. Chris Searcy of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley spoke at the Brain Injury Association of California’s Annual Neuroscience of Brain Injury Conference in Napa, California. His subject was “Proof and Argument of Damages in Catastrophic Brain Injury Cases.” Robert I. Targ of Diaz, Reus & Targ in Miami has been re-elected to the board of directors of the Florida International Bankers Association. Andrew Smulian, James Bramnick, and Janis Cheezem of Akerman Senterfitt in Miami were appointed global leaders of Lex Mundi, a network of independent law firms comprised of more than 21,000 lawyers in more than 100 countries. Stephenie Biernacki Anthony of Anthony & Partners in Tampa was chosen incoming president of the Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association. Brian Denney with Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley was invited to join the American Board of Trial Advocates. Julia Wyda of Shapiro, Blasi, Wasserman & Gora in Boca Raton was recently installed as president of the Young Lawyers Section of the Palm Beach County Bar Association. Eunice Baros of Eunice Baros Law, LLC, in Palm Beach Gardens has been elected a director of the Palm Beach County Bar Association North County Section. William Simonitsch of K&L Gates in Miami was a panelist at the Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy in Minneapolis hosted by the ABA, National Bar Association, Hispanic National Bar Association, National Native American Bar Association, and National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. The panel was titled “Advocating with Impact,” and the group discussed translating skills as an attorney into positive community advocacy outcomes. Wendy A. Mara of Mara & Mara in Ormond Beach was awarded the Leadership Award by the Ormond Beach Chamber of Commerce. Jack Scarola of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley participated as a team member at the Palm Beach County Bar’s “Legal Legends v. Younger Guns” seminar sponsored by PBCBA’s Business Litigation CLE Committee. Jennifer L. Delaney of the Law Office of Kevin F. Jursinski & Associates in Ft. Myers was sworn into the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida. Lance A. Harke of Harke Clasby & Bushman in Miami Shores was elected president of the Greater Miami Shores Chamber of Commerce. Luis R. Gracia of Rue, Ziffra & Caldwell in Port Orange became board certified in Social Security disability law by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification. John C. Sumberg of Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod in Miami was appointed to the advisory board of the Master in Real Estate Development + Urbanism program at the University of Miami’s School of Architecture. Ryan Stumphauzer of O’Quinn Stumphauzer in Miami addressed health care fraud and abuse issues at the annual meeting of the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine in San Antonio, Texas. Stumphauzer also served as a panelist for a conference titled “The New Faces of Economic Crime” in Miami. Judge Cindy S. Lederman of Miami has been invited by the National Research Council at the National Academy of Sciences to participate as a member of The Roundtable on Crime Trends, a three-year project where the participants are charged with describing and explaining the crime drop of the last 20 years. Janice M. Fleischer, director of the Florida Dispute Resolution Center in Tallahassee, delivered a presentation to the Chamber of Commerce and various attorneys in Valladolid, Spain, along with colleague and mediator, Oscar Franco. Paul Scheck of partner Shutts & Bowen in Orlando has been elected president of the Orange County Bar Association. John Shipley of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley spoke on “ Modica v. Tree of Life and Penske: ‘Reading Between the Lines’” at the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America’s “National Interstate Trucking Conference Super Summit II – Top Guns” in St. Louis. Stephen R. Klorfein of Chaiken Klorfein in Atlanta has been elected president of the Atlanta Tax Forum. Michael J. Posner of Ward Damon in West Palm Beach presented a “Foreclosure Law Update” to the South Florida Chapter of the Florida Institute of CPAs and served as a panelist at the “Dealing with Distressed Real Estate” seminar, presented by the Attorneys Real Estate Council in partnership with the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches. Michael L. Smith of The Health Law Firm in Orlando was named a “2012 Pro Bono Champion” by the American Health Lawyers Association. Jack C. Morgan of Roetzel in Ft. Myers spoke at the annual Chemical Spill Certification Conference in Key West on the impact of current governmental policies and regulations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in a lecture titled, “OSHA Under the Obama Administration.” Richard E. Kurtz II of Greenberg Traurig in Orlando was reappointed to the Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Thomas Zeichman of Messana, P.A., in Ft. Lauderdale has been named to the Florida Atlantic University Alumni Association board. Cal Warriner and Brenda Fulmer of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley spoke at the American Association for Justice’s Winter Conference in Miami Beach. Warriner’s topic was “Hip Implant Litigation — DePuy, Stryker, and Wright.” Fulmer’s topic was Pradaxa. Jude M. Faccidomo of Jeffrey S. Weiner, P.A., in Miami was appointed chair of the Dade County Bar Criminal Courts Committee. A. Hamilton Cooke of Fisher, Tousey, Leas & Ball in Jacksonville was elected president of Florida Legal Services in Tallahassee. David A. Greene of Fox Rothschild in West Palm Beach has been elected president of Leadership Palm Beach County, Inc. Lee B. Gordon was named Rotarian of the Year for 2012-13 by the Palm Beach Flagler Rotary Club. Raul Perez-Ceballos and Brandon Arkin presented a seminar on “Collecting Child Support” for the women of the Lotus House Shelter in Miami. Rhea F. Law of Fowler White Boggs in Tampa has become chair of the American Heart Association Tampa Bay Metro Board of Directors. Steven Grigas of Akerman Senterfitt in Tallahassee was elected secretary of the ABA Health Law Executive Counsel. C. Andrew Tharp of Leiter & Belsky in Ft. Lauderdale led a roundtable discussion on discovery issues in first party insurance litigation at the annual conference for the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance held in San Antonio. Mary W. Bridgman of Starke was elected chair of the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. Diana Santa Maria of Ft. Lauderdale participated as part of the plaintiff trial lawyer team at a recent Masters in Trial seminar presented by the Ft. Lauderdale Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. William J. (Bill) Mullowney, Valencia College vice president for policy and general counsel, has been elected chair of the board of directors of the National Association of College and University Attorneys. Jay A. Steinman of Carlton Fields in Miami was honored with the YMCA of Greater Miami’s Chairman’s Roundtable Award in recognition for his many years of citizenship, philanthropy, and volunteerism. Archie O. Lowry, Jr., of counsel with Potter Clement Bergholtz Alexander in Mount Dora, was recognized as “Volunteer of the Year” by the Salvation Army for Lake and Sumter counties and as Lake County “Pro Bono Attorney of the Year” by Community Legal Services of Mid–Florida. Andrew Shamp of Life Audit Professionals in boca Raton has been appointed to the board of directors of the Planned Giving Council of Broward. Roland Sanchez-Medina, Jr., of SMGQ in Coral Gables was elected to the Orange Bowl Committe board. Cindy S. Vova of the Law Offices of Cindy S. Vova, P.A., in Ft. Lauderdale was appointed to the Broward College Institute for Economic Development Advisory Board. Sarah Cortvriend of Carlton Fields in West Palm Beach was honored as one of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers’ 2013 “Leaders in the Law.” Beverly Grady of Roetzel in Ft. Myers presented “Concurrency and Infrastructure Capacity in the Wake of DCA’s Demise” for the Florida Municipal Attorneys Association. J. Jeffrey Deery of Winderweedle, Haines, Ward and Woodman in Orlando spoke at the James Bates, LLP Litigation Department Retreat in Lake Burton, Georgia, on how to develop a successful law practice and the importance of building meaningful client relationships. Harvey Gurland and Jerome Wolf of Duane Morris in Boca Raton took part in the ABA’s Fourth Annual International Legal Symposium on the World of Music, Film, Television, and Sports in Miami Beach. Wolf served as a panelist on “Celebrity Big Bucks and International Wealth Management: Income Tax, Estate, and Asset Protection Planning for the Entertainer and Athlete.” Gurland served as moderator for “Intellectual Property Trends and Developments in the International Entertainment Industry.” Brittany Maxey of Maxey Law Offices has become president of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. Christopher B. Lunny of Radey Law Firm in Tallahassee was interviewed for a newscast of Florida Public Radio by reporter Ryan Benk that covered a proposal from the City of Tallahassee to preclude hiring smokers. Anthony D. Bartirome of Blalock Walters has been elected president of the board of directors of the Manatee Community Foundation. Tyra Read of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt in Ft. Myers has been appointed to the Cape Coral Community Foundation Board of Directors. David W. Singer of Hollywood has been re-elected vice chair of the Nova Southeastern University Law Board of Governors. Lacey H. C. Willard of CBRE, Inc., in Tampa presented “Life After Blend and Extends” at an International Commercial Real Estate Conference in San Diego. Email News and Notes and On the Move submissions to mkillian@flabar.org . August 15, 2013 News and Noteslast_img

Casa Grande Apartments Sell for $6.25M

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first_imgColliers International in Greater Phoenix completed the sale of the 132-unit Las Brisas Apartments at 1000 N. Arizola Rd. in Casa Grande, for $6.25 million or approximately $47,349 per unit.Bill Hahn, Jeff Sherman and Trevor Koskovich, executive vice presidents with Colliers’ Phoenix office, represented both the seller and buyer. The seller was Ronald Hansman of Redwood City, California. The buyer was California Capital Real Estate Advisors, who plans moderate property upgrades.Built in 1986, Las Brisas is a 132-unit Class B property consisting of eight two-story buildings with 90,584 rentable square-feet set on approximately 6.96 acres. The community offers 12 studios, 40 one-bedroom and 80 two-bedroom units, ranging from 412 to 830 square-feet. Occupancy at time of sale was 96 percent.Common amenities include a swimming pool, spa, Wi-Fi hotspots, laundry facilities, outdoor barbeques, picnic areas, 240 covered parking space and additional open parking. Unit features include walk-in closets, ceiling fans, dishwashers, private patios and balconies. Select units offer a breakfast bar and wood-burning fireplace.“California Capital Real Estate Advisors owns multiple properties in Phoenix, Tucson and Las Vegas and has been very active for the past five years,” Hahn said. “Las Brisas provided an opportunity for them to acquire an asset in the growing Casa Grande market that offers a better rate of return than comparable properties in the Phoenix metropolitan area.”Casa Grande’s population is growing annually by approximately three percent—more than double the pace of growth seen nationally. Residents are drawn to the city due to its affordable housing, proximity to job centers and healthy infrastructure. Casa Grande is strategically located at the intersection of the Interstate 8 and Interstate 10 highways in an area known as Arizona’s Golden Corridor.K-12 schools, big-box retailers, grocery stores, the Promenade at Casa Grande Mall, Casa Grande Regional Medical Center and the Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort are all located within a two-mile radius of Las Brisas. The University of Arizona and Arizona State University are just one hour away.last_img