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Los Colognes To Re-Release EP Of Songs “From The Vault”

first_imgIndie-Americana jammers Los Colognes have been making waves since the arrival of their debut album Working Together in 2014. These days the Nashville-based group is looking back to its roots by re-releasing tracks from their debut EP from when they went by the name, The Clones. From The Vault will show fans the blueprints for what became the groundwork for Aaron Mortenson and Jay Rutherford‘s first studio recording, Stranger, in 2011.Related: Watch This Trippy Animated Video For Indie-Jammers Los Colognes’ New Album, ‘The Wave’From The Vault, available this Thursday, December 5th, will feature five tracks from the original lo-fi LP that Mortenson and Rutherford first made at home upon moving from Chicago to Nashville in 2010 to pursue music careers.The reason that these tracks haven’t been released to fans before now is that after Mortenson and Rutherford made an actual studio LP for The Clones, (Stranger) the two received a cease-and-desist order from another band called “The Clones.” Thus, the Stranger LP was lost forever in a legal quagmire after Mortenson and Rutherford changed the name of their group to Los Colognes, which was merely a sarcastic faux-Spanish version of “The Clones.”However, while putting together tracks for the release of Los Colognes’ forthcoming album slated for 2020, the original duo took a look back at their early days and found themselves surprised by what they heard.“[Mortenson] sat me down in his car and played some tracks from the old LP, which I hadn’t listened to in years,” Rutherford said. “And [he] said, ‘Dude these sound pretty good! We should re-release some of them.’ I agreed, surprised at how enjoyable it was to hear them for the first time in years.”2020 will see Los Colognes embark on a nationwide tour starting in February. Tickets are available here and dates are listed below.Los Colognes 2020 Tour DatesFeb. 6 – Dallas, TX – House of BluesFeb. 7 – Houston, TX – House of BluesFeb. 8 – Austin, TX – ACL LiveFeb. 19 – Omaha, NE – SlowdownFeb. 20 – Milwaukee, WI – PabstFeb. 21 – St. Paul, MN – Palace TheatreFeb. 22 – Chicago, IL – Vic TheaterFeb. 23 – Kalamazoo, MI – Bell’s Eccentric CafeFeb. 25 – Detroit, MI – MajesticFeb. 26 – Pittsburgh, PA – Thunderbird Music HallFeb. 27 – Washington, DC – HamiltonFeb. 28 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting FactoryFeb. 29 – Boston, MA – House of BluesMarch 1 – Philadelphia, PA – MilkboyMarch 3 – Richmond, VA – NationalMarch 5 – Raleigh, NC – The RitzMarch 6 – Charlotte, NC – The FillmoreMarch 7 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead TheatreMarch 8 – Phoenix, AZ – M3F FestivalView Tour Dateslast_img read more

BCBSVT offers options for Medicare beneficiaries

first_imgBlue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont,Vermont Business Magazine Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) has announced its competitively priced Medicare Part D prescription drug plan options for the 2016 open enrollment period. BCBSVT, in a joint venture with three other New England Blue plans, contracts with the federal government to offer prescription drug coverage, called Blue MedicareRx (PDP). The 2016 open enrollment period runs from October 15 to December 7, 2015. Enrollment is effective on January 1, 2016.   In addition, BCBSVT offers Medicare supplement plans that can support Vermonters achieve a worry-free retirement. Medicare supplement plans provide assistance with costs not paid by Medicare, like co-insurance, co-payments and deductibles. Vermonters turning 65 or just retiring may be eligible for Vermont Medigap Blue—supplemental coverage offered through BCBSVT’s Vermont Health Plan. Vermont Blue 65 is another Medigap policy option for Vermonters covered by Medicare Parts A and B. These plans provide members with coverage throughout the U.S., their choice of doctors and hospitals and access to local, personal service. “We have many product options designed to meet the coverage needs of Vermonters eligible for Medicare. Our Vermont-based staff is available by phone or in person at our central Vermont and South Burlington offices to help individuals find the plan that works best for them,” says Catherine Hamilton, vice president of consumer services and planning.BCBSVT representatives are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to discuss BCBSVT’s broad suite of Medicare coverage options. You can get help by phone at (800) 255-4550(option 2) or in person at the BCBSVT Information and Wellness Center (150 Dorset St., South Burlington Blue Mall) or at the BCBSVT headquarters (445 Industrial Lane, Berlin).Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont, in a joint venture with three other New England Blue plans, contracts with the Federal Government to provide Part D benefits. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc., Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Inc., Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont are the legal entities which have contracted as a joint enterprise with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and are the risk-bearing entities for Blue MedicareRx plans. The joint enterprise is a Medicare-approved Part D Sponsor. Enrollment in BlueMedicareRx (PDP) depends on contract renewal.About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont:Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s oldest and largest health insurer, providing coverage for about 250,000 Vermonters. It employs about 400 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and its Information and Wellness Center in South Burlington’s Blue Mall, and offers group and individual health plans to Vermonters. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at is external) Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.last_img read more

Triathlon loses an icon: aero wheel pioneer Steve Hed passes away…

first_img Related Aero carbon wheel pioneer Steve Hed collapsed outside of one of his facilities in Shoreview, Minnesota, last Thursday and was discovered by an employee minutes later. CPR was administered on the scene and by first responders, who rushed him to hospital.He was placed in an induced coma over the weekend, but was taken off life support on Tuesday night and passed on Wednesday morning.Steve Hed was the manufacturing entrepreneur with the longest pedigree in the sport. During the early 1980s he scraped by owning a small bike shop in the Twin Cities area called Grand Performance. His curious and generous nature was naturally attractive, and he made the acquaintance of a composites tinkerer and the two started making aero bicycle wheels that riders could afford.That was in 1985 and his company, famous for the big block ‘HED’ emblazoned on its wheels has set a standard since. HED was the first triathlon manufacturer.While many of his competitors ebbed and flowed in the ardency of their attachment to aerodynamic wheels, or changed ownership or focus or were absorbed by larger companies, Hed was not compelled by an exit strategy.He enjoyed doing what he did for a living. HED’s arch rival during most of HED’s existence was Zipp, but a measure of the esteem in which his contemporaries held him was the number of Zipp current and former owners and employees who were regularly seen at the HED booth during the Interbike trade show. His relationship with Zipp’s owner for most of its tenure, Andy Ording, grew into a warm friendship after Ording sold his company to SRAM in 2007.Marking their respect to their competitor, Michael Hall, Zipp’s Director Of Advanced Development, and Jason Fowler, Zipp Wheel Product Manager issued a statement honouring the memory of Steve Hed…“Steve Hed was a friend to many at Zipp since the early days, and that friendship stood until the end. He was a guy you sought out at tradeshows to say hello and catch up. On the business side, Steve challenged and pushed Zipp and vice versa. As a result the carbon wheel industry has benefited and taken massive leaps in technology over the past 20 years. We are deeply saddened to learn of his passing. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and all of those at Hed Cycling.Steve was such a rival. It fuelled the industry’s innovation for years and years. He was a pioneer in using measurement, data and technology to advance athletes, both in the pro peloton and in triathlon. He was definitely a big personality. It’s a sad time that we have now lost one of the true innovators and true characters in our industry.”Steve Hed’s patent on toroidal wheel shapes set the standard for aero wheels for years. Zipp began making wheels of this shape only after it bought a license from Hed’s one-time partner and co-patent holder.Hed was an innovator in wider rims at the bead site for both road and tri. He’s been generally proven right in his ardency for wider rims, which caused his wheels to be coveted by road riders. His carbon wheels for MTB riders made him a whole new set of fans, and fat bike enthusiasts were blown away by his lightweight wheels for their bikes at the most recent Interbike show.Hed was an inveterate tinkerer, insatiably curious and creative, which led him to move into aerodynamic handlebars once he knew he would not be competing with long-time friend and Scott handlebar creator Boone Lennon. The HED one-piece aerobar, debuted in the early 2000s, was revolutionary.Most recently his interest had been gravel racing, and he stepped in to help produce the now iconic Almanzo gravel race held in the Twin Cities area.More than just a manufacturer, Hed became and has remained a technical and equipment mentor to many triathlon and cycling legends. Lance Armstrong was fiercely loyal to Hed during the 1990s and for years thereafter, riding HED wheels when he could have earned much more.Hed became the aero bike fitter for Lance, Levi Leipheimer and others on that team. No doubt the loyalty shown Steve Hed flows from the loyalty he exhibited first. Stories have been told for decades of Hed quietly continuing to send stipend checks to athletes for years after those athletes retired, well after they could provide any benefit back to the company.Hed’s trajectory was bent toward triathlon during the early 1980s by an attractive and smart professional in that sport named Anne McDonnell. She was part of the enclave of pro triathletes in the Twin Cities area that included Tony Schiller and Julie Olson.Annie McDonnell became Annie Hed in 1990, but the two have been in, for 30 years, the perfect communion of Steve’s out-of-the-box creativity and Annie’s feet-on-the-ground attachment to the realities of business.Steve Hed was born on 11 July 1955 and died the morning of 26 November 2014. He is survived by his wife of 24 years Anne Hed, a son Andrew and a daughter Rebecca.www.hedcycling.comlast_img read more

Northeast Johnson County legislators, advocates react to Gannon ruling that state school finance isn’t equitable

first_imgThe Kansas Supreme Court this morning issued a ruling in the Gannon education funding case finding that the state has failed to address the equity concerns the court found in previous rulings, and giving the legislature a June 30 deadline to meet its constitutional obligation to properly fund schools.The court found that the state had failed to cure inequities in school funding both in regards to capital outlay and to supplemental general state aid. The latter issue is connected to the Local Option Budgets that school districts can assess to support their state funding.The block grant system of funding schools, which replaced the state school finance formula, does not meet the equity standard for either capital outlay or supplemental aid. The school finance formula had provided a mechanism to provide less wealthy school districts in the state with additional funding to provide equity with wealthier districts.The Supreme Court largely supported the rulings of a district court that said the state has not cured “unconstitutional inequities” that were found in the Gannon ruling of 2014.“… while we do not desire to become a supervisor of the school finance system, neither do we abandon our duty to the people of Kansas under their constitution to review the legislature’s enactments and insure its compliance with its own duty under Article 6,” the court said in its ruling.The court stayed the mandates the lower court made regarding equity until June 30, effectively giving the legislature the rest of its current session to address the problem.The lower court panel had determined the state had complied with orders on the equity issue in 2014. But the panel “retracted its determination” after the 2015 legislature amended those funding formulas for fiscal year 2015 and and repealed the existing school funding system. “For the fiscal year 2015, the 2015 legislature’s amended aid formulas resulted in $54 million of reductions to these statutory entitlements,” the ruling said.The 2015 legislature then moved to the block grant system which locked districts in at the same amount they had been receiving on both capital outlay and supplemental aid.The state has widened the wealth-based disparity between districts with its recent changes, the court said.The ruling only affects the equity portion of the suit. The court is expected to rule on the question of whether the state is appropriating adequate funds later this year.You can read the full ruling here.Reactions from local legislators, schools and advocacy groupsRep. Barbara Bollier (R, Mission Hills): “I am not surprised by the ruling released the morning. The Kansas Supreme Court has found that our block grant system of funding is NOT equitable. I voted against these block grants knowing that they did not meet constitutional muster. The court says we must follow our constitution and have until June 30 to fix it. By giving us until June 30 and by staying the adequacy portion of the lawsuit, we have a great opportunity to shape a funding formula that constitutionally provides an excellent education for the students of Kansas. I look forward to input from my constituents on this matter.”Rep. Stephanie Clayton (R, Overland Park): “I look forward to us proceeding with caution as we figure out a way to best comply with the ruling. As always, my biggest concern is that we have dangerous- or unfriendly-to-public-education policies that would get added to the bill the legislature will create to comply with the ruling. That is something that we saw before in the spring of 2014 when we did an appropriations bill [to comply with an earlier ruling], most notably the tax credit program. That’s what I’m watching for and most worried about. People sometimes complain that the court is trying to tell us what to spend, but the court did not give us a number. They left the process up to us. We will get this done. We just need to watch it and make sure there isn’t any hostile policy inserted.”Rep. Jarrod Ousley (D, Merriam): “Today’s ruling confirmed what I believed to be true when the block grants came before the House. The legislation is unconstitutional. It was the reason I voted against the block grants. The court has granted us the opportunity to correct the situation and do what is right for our children and our state. I’m ready to roll my sleeves up and get to work. We could save ourselves a great deal of time and angst if we would simply reinstate the old formula and fund it.”Rep. Melissa Rooker (R, Fairway): “I have had very little time to read and review the decision in its entirety, however I have reviewed the summary judgment. It is very clear to me that the court has shown the utmost deference to the legislature’s constitutional responsibility to appropriate funds while simultaneously carrying out it’s own constitutional responsibility to review the constitutionality of the laws we make. It is high time that we in the legislature recognize that our responsibility is not discretionary when it comes to providing suitable funding for our public school system. The Supreme Court has given the legislature until June 30 to pass a school finance plan that meets the test of equity and adequacy in accordance with previous court rulings in the Gannon case. I will continue my work with a team of education stakeholders on a funding plan that fulfills our duty to the children of the state.”Sen. Kay Wolf (R, Prairie Village): “The Kansas Supreme Court has executed their duties accordingly by rendering an opinion on the constitutionality of the school finance block grant equity portion. Now it is up to us as the legislative body to abide by the decision and rectify the issue. ” Brandi Fisher, Executive Director, the MainStream Coalition: “The MainStream Coalition applauds the decision of the Kansas Supreme Court in upholding last summer’s ruling that the block grant funding scheme is inequitable. We are excited to see what the combination of election year accountability and this ruling has in store for public school funding as the Kansas Legislature grapples with a solution. We hope they will do the right thing, and reinvigorate our public schools with additional funds, ensuring that every Kansas child has the opportunity to succeed. This should not be a question of whether to finance education equitably, but rather of what failed revenue polices should be rolled back to accomplish it. We look forward to their work.”Judith Deedy, Game On for Kansas Schools: “We agree with the Supreme Court’s decision today. We believe the legislature made certain promises to the Court and the schools in response to the Supreme Court’s earlier decision and then backed away from those promises. We hope the legislature responds by restoring funding rather than by cutting additional funding. We also hope Kansans pay attention to the responses of their local legislators in terms of school funding, the role of the courts and judicial retention elections. Courts and justices shouldn’t be punished for ensuring the legislature upholds its responsibility to our schools and our children.”Neil Melton, Chair, Northeast Johnson County Conservatives: “Kansans will spend over $4 billion on K-12 education in 2016 for the first time ever. The Block Grant formula was never intended to be a long term funding solution, rather a time out, to give the legislature (the branch of government tasked with appropriating money), time to craft a new formula. The fact that the Kansas Supreme Court is using a formula that was eliminated through statute as a basis for the constitutionality of school funding demonstrates the activist reasoning used by this body.”Shawnee Mission School District: “Shawnee Mission School District leaders are reviewing the ruling released this morning by the Kansas Supreme Court in relation to the Gannon v. Kansas case. The district will reserve comment until a thorough understanding of the ruling has been determined. As officials evaluate implications regarding the opinion, we will continue to advocate for a funding solution that is financially sustainable, promotes greater local funding flexibility, and ensures educational excellence for all students in Kansas.”last_img read more

10th JNC to fill two Polk Co. vacancies

first_img June 15, 2008 Regular News The 10th Circuit JNC is now accepting applications to fill two vacancies on the Polk County bench due to the appointments of Judges Angela Cowden and Michael Raiden to the circuit court.Applicants must have been members of the Bar for the preceding five years, registered voters, and must reside in Polk County at the time they take office. Applications may be obtained from Deborah L. Oates, JNC Chair, Office of the State Attorney, 255 N. Broadway, Bartow 33830, phone (863) 534-4907 or from .An original and nine copies of the completed application must be delivered to Oates no later than 5 p.m., July 1.Any applicant who has submitted an application within the past 60 days, in lieu of a new application, may submit a letter requesting the previous application be reconsidered. This letter should also state that there are no changes to the application. 10th JNC to fill two Polk Co. vacanciescenter_img 10th JNC to fill two Polk Co. vacancieslast_img read more

T.J. Reddick Bar installs officers

first_img THE T.J. REDDICK BAR ASSOCIATION recently hosted its installation luncheon in Ft. Lauderdale. Sworn in by Broward County Circuit Court Judge Pedro E. Dijols, the new board pictured in the back from the left include Wilhelmina Curtis, Immediate Past President Gregory A. Haile, Deana Holiday, Burnadette Norris-Weeks, Recording Secretary Sue-Ann Robinson, Yohance Pettis, Judge Pedro E. Dijols, President Alfreda D. Coward, Treasurer Kimberly D. Coward, Joanne Charles, and Felicia Jordan. In the front from the left are President-elect Phoebee R. Francois, Ghenete Wright Muir, and Mertella Burris. The association is dedicated to promoting the professional excellence of black lawyers in Broward County, increasing the enrollment of minority students in college and law school, and promoting the general welfare of all citizens in Broward County. The association provides legal advice clinics and collaborates with the NAACP Ft. Lauderdale Branch legal redress clinic. Its members also mentor children who have cases pending in the dependency and delinquency court systems and minority law students attending local law schools. The bar also sponsors an annual toy drive, celebrates Thanksgiving with the children of local child care centers, sponsors citizenship and voter registration drives, donates items for the patrons of the Northwest Federated Women, Senior and Adult Daycare Center, conducts educational seminars for various community organizations, and provides academic scholarships to students at local law schools (Henry Latimer Scholarship) and magnet high school pre-law programs (Raleigh Rawls Scholarship). November 1, 2008 Regular News T.J. Reddick Bar installs officerslast_img read more

March 15, 2010 News and Notes

first_img March 15, 2010 News & Notes March 15, 2010 News and Notes News and Notescenter_img Anitra D. Lanczi of Shutts & Bowen in Ft. Lauderdale has become president of the board of directors of Seafarers’ House, a nonprofit that provides services to the port community and to crews serving on vessels calling at Port Everglades. Eduardo Palmer of Coral Gables was recently appointed to the Florida Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Contract and Business Cases. Stephen C. Sawicki of Orlando addressed mediation ethics issues at the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution seminar “Debatable Dilemmas: Real World Mediation Ethics for Litigators and Mediators” in Orlando. Thomas A. Dye of Carlton Fields in West Palm Beach was a panelist in a program titled “Winning the Negotiation,” which addressed incorporating the results of scientific studies into the negotiations of settlements in litigation at the ABA Section of Litigation’s Corporate Counsel Continuing Legal Education seminar in Rancho Mirage, California. Ellen S. Morris of Elder Law Associates in Boca Raton has been named to the board of directors of the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys. Phil DiComo of Haile, Shaw & Pfaffenberger in North Palm Beach has been elected chair of the board of directors of the Angel Investment Forum of Florida. Anthony J. Abate of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Sarasota has been elected to the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota County. Ben Solomon of Solomon & Furshman in North Bay Village has been appointed to the board of directors of the Builders Association of South Florida and is also the co-chair of the BASF’s new Philanthropy Committee.  Kenneth A. Tinkler of Carlton Fields Tampa briefed the Pinellas County Economic Development Council on Amendment 4 and other issues at its quarterly meeting. Brian Harrington of St. Petersburg has been named president of the USA Triathlon Board of Directors. Jenifer S. Schembri of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Sarasota has joined the board of directors of the Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy. Keri-Ann C. Baker of Lewis, Longman & Walker in West Palm Beach received the “Star of the Quarter” award from the ABA Young Lawyers Division for her organization of a business development and networking teleconference that included over 800 participants, and for her participation in a presentation regarding special assets. Mindi M. Richter of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa has been elected to the board of directors of The First Tee of Tampa Bay.Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Michael L. Ferguson of Pensacola was awarded the “Order of Saint Maurice” at Fort Benning, Georgia. The award is the National Infantry Association’s highest honor. Albert E. Dotson, Jr., of Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod in Miami was presented with the “Scholastic Heroes” award for his work to promote literacy by Scholastic, Inc., at its annual Scholastic Classroom & Library Group Book Summit. Brian Phillips of A. Brian Phillips, P.A., in Orlando provided the keynote address at the “Partnering for Compliance” East Coast program presented by Partnerships International, Inc. Phillips discussed “Partnering with your Employer to Protect Yourself,” to open the compliance training program geared toward educating organizations and individuals on export and import regulatory matters. Ann Bittinger of Jacksonville discussed “What’s Wrong With This Picture? Negotiating Hospital-Based Physician Group Contracts With Hospitals: The Physician Group Perspective” at the Physicians and Physician Organizations Law Institute in Miami. Richard A. Greenberg of Rumberger, Kirk and Caldwell in Tallahassee has been reappointed by Judge Stephan Mickle to the Criminal Justice Act Panel Oversight Committee for the Northern District of Florida. Seth A. Marmor of Shapiro, Blasi, Wasserman & Gora in Boca Raton has been elected vice chair of the West Boca Chamber of Commerce. Tana Sachs Copple of Maynor Sachs Copple in West Palm Beach was a guest speaker at “A Symposium Addressing Domestic Abuse in the Jewish Community,” at Temple Beth El in West Palm Beach and sponsored by the Alpert Jewish Family & Children’s Service. Robert Zarco of Zarco Einhorn Salkowski & Brito in Miami spoke to more than 350 students at Miami Senior High School about planning their educational and employment careers early as part of the school’s legal and public affairs magnet program. Dean Colson of Colson Hicks Eidson in Boca Raton has been appointed to the Florida Board of Governors, which is responsible for the management of Florida’s State University System. Louis Archambault and David Sacks of Pathman Lewis in Miami addressed “Issues in Buying Distressed Commercial Properties” at a Realtor Association of Miami-Dade County seminar in Coral Gables. John “Jay” G. White III of Richman Greer in West Palm Beach won the Palm Beach County Bar’s Annual Professionalism Award for his years of volunteer work and professionalism within the legal field. James P. Hines, Jr., of Hines Norman Hines has been elected to the board of directors of the Sun City Center Area Chamber of Commerce. Jon K. Stage of Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson in Ft. Lauderdale has been appointed president of the South Florida Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Stephen A. Walker of Lewis, Longman & Walker in West Palm Beach spoke on a panel titled “Cities First—Water for Municipal Growth” at the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources’ 28th Annual Water Law Conference in San Diego. Susan Horovitz Maurer of Panza, Maurer, & Maynard in Ft. Lauderdale has been appointed to Florida’s Commission on Ethics. Lee A.Weintraub of Becker & Poliakoff in Ft. Lauderdale has been accredited as a certified arbitrator by the American Arbitration Association. Charles R. Gallagher III of Gallagher & Associates was elected to the Gulfport Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Richard A. Jacobson of Fowler White Boggs in Tampa was elected to the board of directors of TerraLex,an international network of 160 foreign and U.S. law firms in more than 100 countries. Michael A Moné of Dublin, OH, has been elected secretary/treasurer of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. Mike Mitrione of Gunster in West Palm Beach has been elected chair of the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce. Terry E. Lewis, Brenna Malouf Durden, Erin L. Deady, and Dennis M. Stotts of Lewis, Longman & Walker all spoke at the 2010 Growth Management, Energy, Climate Change, and the Environment Short Course, hosted by the Florida Environmental Network in Orlando. Lance A. Harke of Harke & Clasby has become treasurer of Legal Services of Greater Miami. Derrick B. Gruner of Pinkert Law Firm in Miami wrote “Banks must rethink routines to succeed in 2010,” which was published in the Daily Business Review. Edward J. Page of Carlton Fields in Tampa has become a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Stephen J. Mitchell of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey in Tampa was reappointed to the board of directors of the Gubernatorial Fellows Program. Cody Vaughan-Birch of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt in Ft. Myers has been appointed to the Marine Advisory Committee by the Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners. Barbara Levenson, a senior judge in Miami, has written Justice in June, published by Oceanview Publishing and available wherever books are sold beginning June 7. Linda Suzzanne Griffin of Clearwater spoke on disclaimers to the Pinellas County Estate Planning Council and moderated the First Annual Pinellas County Professionals Seminar for attorneys and CPAs. Scott B. Smith of Smith, Ivey & Fronrath in Palm Beach Gardens has become a member of the board of directors for the Palm Beach County Division of the March of Dimes. Lisa Brody of Bay Area Legal Services in St. Petersburg received the St. Petersburg Bar Foundation’s 2010 Heroes Among Us Award. Robert Thornburg of Allen, Dyer, Doppelt, Milbrath & Gilchrist in Miami has been elected secretary of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Florida. Dennis Wall of Winter Springs and Orlando led a Webinar for Strafford Publications on “Insurance Rescission v. Post-Claim Underwriting.” Wall also led an Orange County Bar Insurance Law Committee seminar titled “Insurance in the Lawsuit and Mediation: Injection and Antidote.” Thomas P. Vecchio of Ross Vecchio, P.A., in Lakeland was recently appointed to the board of directors of Florida Blood Services. William E. Grob of Ford & Harrison in Tampa spoke on the “Legal Aspects of a Layoff “ at the Second Annual State of the Workforce Summit in Lakeland. Gregory A. Haile of Berger Singerman has become chair-elect of 2-1-1 Broward, which provides free, 24-hour comprehensive helpline and support services for individuals seeking crisis intervention assistance and/or information and referrals to health and human services. John M. Howe of the Law Offices of John M. Howe in West Palm Beach has become president-elect of the Palm Beach County Bar Association. Paul D’Arelli of Berger Singerman in Ft. Lauderdale presented “Intelligent, Green & Sustainable: What Are the Innovators Doing?” at the RealTech Middle East summit in Abu Dhabi. Alice Reiter Feld of Tamarac spoke on “Beyond Wills and Trusts: Elder Law for the Estate Planning Attorney” at the Hospice by the Sea seminar titled Ethics, Elder Law, and Hospice in Boca Raton. Joseph L. Amos, Robert H. Dellecker, Jonathan C. Hollingshead, James Kelaher, Marybeth McDonald, Ed Normand, William E. Ruffier, and Richard Singer have become members of the Central Florida Association of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Michael L. Hyman of Hyman Spector & Mars in Miami spoke on remedies to help condominium and homeowner associations collect delinquent maintenance fees at the 31st Annual Community Association Law Seminar in Tucson.last_img read more

Runs in the family: Bit Klecker ready to raise bar for the Gophers alongside sibling

first_imgRuns in the family: Bit Klecker ready to raise bar for the Gophers alongside siblingThe Minnesota women’s cross country team is coming off a fourth-place finish in the Big Ten Championships last year. Bit Klecker, with her sister Sarah, look to change that. Erik NelsonSeptember 14, 2017Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintRunning cross country and track and field is a way of life for Gophers freshman Bit Klecker. Her mother competed in the 1992 Summer Olympics, her father ran cross country for the University of Wisconsin-Stout and two of her siblings are collegiate runners. Now, the Hopkins High School graduate will join older sister redshirt senior Sarah Klecker on the 2017 Gopher women’s cross country team.The team’s culture motivated Bit Klecker to choose the University of Minnesota.“The team is really close,” Klecker said. “There’s good chemistry between everyone. It’s nice to come into that. It’s nice to be close to home so I can still be racing in Minnesota.”Becoming a runnerAt an earlier point in her life, Klecker did not run competitively. She played soccer when she was in seventh grade.“At that point, four of my other siblings were running track and cross country and were having a lot of success,” Klecker said. “I tried out in seventh grade and really liked it.”At first, Sarah Klecker did not get along with her sister during Bit’s first year running cross country, but now she’s happy to be her teammate.“I think there was a little bit of sibling rivalry,” Sarah Klecker said. “It was hard for me to adjust to running with her on the team.” The pair eventually became friends on the team during Bit Klecker’s second year of cross country for Hopkins High School.Head coach Sarah Hopkins hopes Klecker will learn this season and adjust to college-level competition.“Every time you’re switching from high school training to college training, there’s a lot of new things that will get thrown at you,” Hopkins said. “We try not to put [too much pressure] on any of our freshmen. We just want them to come in and learn.”Sarah Klecker was excited when she learned her sister chose Minnesota.“We’re pretty close, so she let me in on her whole college searching process,” she said. “Obviously, I was happy when she went to visit other schools because I think it was important for her to know that she was making the right choice.”Going to the Gophers Bit Klecker said there were other reasons why she chose Minnesota over other schools. She said Minnesota offers her more opportunities to make connections.In 2016, Minnesota finished tenth or higher in all but one of its regular-season meets. The Gophers finished fourth at the 2016 Big 10 Championships.“It seemed like it [Minnesota] was pretty natural for me,” she said.Hopkins said when she looks for potential recruits, she does not look only for great runners. “She’s a great human,” Hopkins said. “You want low-drama. You want somebody who’s going to contribute to the team on all levels and not just running talent.”When she has free time, Klecker likes to do yoga, walk her dog during the summer and spend time outdoors. She loves photography and is majoring in graphic design. “I like to take pictures that people really like and can cherish for the rest of their lives,” Bit Klecker said.‘She went through hard times with running’During her junior year, Bit Klecker suffered a lower back stress fracture.Sarah Klecker said her sister has good natural speed and is motivated to train and improve as an athlete. She also said Bit Klecker knows how to recover from injuries. “Seeing her get through that and be able to come out the other side [and recover from the fracture]…she has a lot of perseverance and love for the sport,” Sarah Klecker said.Bit Klecker’s older brother Joe Klecker runs for the University of Colorado. He thinks her determination to be the best at whatever she does is her strongest quality.“She went through hard times with running when she wasn’t performing too well,” Joe Klecker said. “Even if she had a bad season or a bad race, she still managed to come back strong.”Hopkins said every runner on the team is a puzzle piece. She said Bit Klecker is a unique one.“It’s fun to have her,” Hopkins said. “We’re going to see where it fits and see where it takes her and then see how it can help the team going forward.”last_img read more

How “likes” affect teenagers’ brains

first_imgThe Economist:FOR the first six months after teenagers in Colorado pass their driving test, the state bans them from carrying non-sibling teenage passengers unless someone over 21 is also in the car. It is not alone in this ageist approach. Fourteen other American states impose similar restrictions. The reason is that mountains of data show teenagers take risks more readily in the presence of their peers.But, in today’s virtually enabled world, “presence” is a slippery concept. As a study published in Psychological Science by Lauren Sherman of the University of California, Los Angeles, and her colleagues shows, peers’ influence can travel even through something as apparently trivial as the “like” button in social media.Read the whole story: The Economistlast_img read more