AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIsraeli officials approved entry to Israel for a three-week-old Iraqi baby in need of lifesaving heart surgery, a complex procedure not available in neighboring countries. “Sam Muhammad and his mother had been waiting in Jordan for the permission to be treated in Haifa. Entry for four other Iraqi children in need of heart surgery, along with four escorts, were also approved. Muhammad was born with transposition of the great arteries and must be operated on within the next several days.” (Jerusalem Post ) Link submitted by Daniel KeeblerAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreDuring the nearly 30 years of a raging AIDS epidemic, never has there been a more hopeful time than this.Three striking developments took place this week: U.N. officials said new HIV cases are dropping dramatically worldwide. A study showed that a daily pill already on pharmacy shelves could help prevent new infections in gay men. And the pope condoned the use of condoms to help prevent AIDS.(READ full story from Yahoo! News)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
A Port Arthur man is in critical but stable condition following an aggravated assault on Thursday.The Port Arthur Police Department received a 911 call at approximately 11:41 a.m. from Sindhu C. Store, 4149 32nd St. and found the male victim, 26, in the area of the store with a gunshot wound. PAPD’s Criminal Investigations Division is leading the case. No further information is being released so as not to hamper the investigation, police said. He was taken to a local hospital, where he underwent surgery.Police are working to determine the exact location the shooting occurred, Chief Tim Duriso said.
Is this your usual East Village attire? I am not tattooed or pierced, for the record. You performed on stage with Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy in the same year. Can you offer any insight into that celebrity couple? I got them together! Just kidding. They did invite us to their wedding, which was very nice. I love her—and him—but Claire is so smart and brave. Imagine Eliza Doolittle as your first stage role? It’s unfathomable. She was extraordinary and gracious—a great, generous scene partner. Are you as much of an Anglophile as you seem to be? I’m kind of a reluctant Anglophile. My mother’s a children’s librarian and all of the children’s literature I read was from her childhood—E. Nesbit and Dickens, which isn’t children’s literature at all, but I was sort of steeped in English literature. I thought I was of that world. That’s interesting because so many interviews I’ve read with you seem like you live in another era, read Dickens and go to sleep. I don’t want to give you the wrong impression, though we do that, too. You’ve been living with the D’Ysquiths of Gentleman’s Guide for quite a while now—first at Hartford Stage and then at San Diego’s Old Globe. Yes, and they are wretched people. I’ve been involved with the show on and off for about three years now. What was your first response to the material? I loved it because I so loved that Ealing Studio comedy from the ’50s called Kind Hearts and Coronets, which was based on the same source material as The Gentleman’s Guide. I saw that when I was about nine or 10 years old, and I was just gobsmacked by it. I fell in love with Alec Guinness, and maybe even fell in love with acting. One man could play all of these different roles! See Jefferson Mays in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Have there been many mishaps? At the end of the first day of tech, I went up to [costume designer Linda Cho] and said, “I love the costumes, but there’s one thing that’s just terribly wrong.” And she sort of went ashen and said, “What?!” And I said, “There’s no zipper. I can’t pee.” That’s the first thing that comes to mind—a last little detail. Jefferson Mays, who was the talk of the town and took home a Tony Award for playing multiple roles in I Am My Own Wife almost 10 years ago, is at it again. This time the actor is playing all of the many doomed members of the D’Ysquith family in the new musical comedy A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. Mays, who is known for his genteel manner, snappy suits and detailed performances, has also appeared on Broadway in Journey’s End, Pygmalion and The Best Man. He sat down for a cozy breakfast with Broadway.com at his local cafe in the East Village to chat about the intricacies of his many onstage quick changes, eccentric childhood obsessions and the art of dying again and again. Related Shows How do you come up with specific minutiae and bits for so many different roles without losing your mind? Some would argue I have lost my mind. The beauty of performance for me is finding details with which to betray character. My beautiful, long-suffering wife Susan will get up from bed to go to the bathroom and find me in the kitchen—I’ve rearranged all of the furniture to resemble the stage, and I’ll be practicing things with a plate or forks or a newspaper or something. Who were your childhood idols? Oh, God. They were very odd. Lord Nelson. I loved Lord Nelson, the great naval admiral. I loved Alec Guinness and Ralph Richardson, and my parents, of course. It’s fascinating how much thought you’ve put into this, but I meant on stage! There are ways to die on stage that elicit more of a reaction from the audience, but they cause me great pain and suffering. Like falling off the tower. I’m standing on one leg, and I have to go backwards and flail my arms around wildly and fall to the ground. It just hurts me and there’s no joy in that, but the audience seems to enjoy it. What is the best way to die? I think freezing to death. I mean I’ve never done it myself, but I hear that freezing to death is just like going to sleep. You hear about these people who almost die on Everest and they’re like, “Oh, go on. I’ll just take a nap here in the snow.” And the hypothermia sets in. It’s not that dramatic but wouldn’t you prefer that? Drowning can be like that I guess, but wouldn’t you rather freeze? Oh, I guess we all just want to die in our sleep and not screaming. You didn’t have rock stars on your walls, did you? I didn’t. Everyone had a Farrah Fawcett Majors poster on the wall or the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. I didn’t. I had kind of the same thing, though. I had pre-Raphaelite prints from the Tate of the Lady Shalott and Hylas and the Nymphs, which was this young man being dragged into a pool by these bare-breasted redheaded, limpid-eyed naiads. Oh, and I had one of Ophelia by Millais. All of my crushes were dead. It’s easy to imagine the D’Ysquiths all around a table. It certainly is. There’s a wonderful moment in Kind Hearts and Coronets where they are all sitting in the family chapel, and it pans across and there’s Alec Guiness, Alec Guiness, Alec Guiness. Star Files A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder You’re fully trained now? I am housebroken. View Comments There is such elaborate backstage choreography. You must be very close to your dresser. My dresser [Julian Andres Arango] is wonderful. He’s very calm—he does a lot of Bikram yoga. He’s an actor–whisperer. He has a series of hand signals for me ‘cause we can’t really bellow at each other offstage while scenes are going on. It makes me feel like a Westminster Dog Show Airedale. I’ll come running offstage and Julian will just go [puts up his hand in a halt position], and I’ll go [pants like a dog]. You have so many costume changes. Is it stressful? It is. And being naked in the wings is terribly vulnerable. I often fear that my performance is less artistic than athletic. It’s quite a marathon. Do you have a favorite D’Ysquith? They all go by so quickly; it’s hard to get too attached to any of them. There’s one who is the banker. He isn’t terribly funny, but he’s very humane and he has a trajectory, too. He doesn’t just come on and die. I have to fact check here: Is it true that you’ve given all your awards to your agent? Yes. I haven’t given them away, but I’ve loaned them to my agent like Elgin marbles. But yeah, they’re there at the agency ‘cause there’s no room in our apartment. A Tony Award isn’t that big. I love the awards, and I’m grateful, but I don’t want to have them around. Actually, if you came to our house, I don’t think you could tell that people in the theater lived there. There’s nothing: no posters, no awards, no photographs, no souvenirs of any kind. It’s a sixth floor walk-up. You cannot be sentimental. There isn’t any surface for it. I mean we could make a shelf, but I resent having to make a new shelf for something. I remember when I brought [the Tony Award] home thinking the only place it could really fit is the toilet tank, and that just didn’t seem right. Of all the characters you’ve played, which are closest to you? Once you’ve played a part, they are always sort of a part of you. You think of them as almost a family member. When I was younger—I don’t do this too much now—but sometimes if I couldn’t sleep, I would lie in bed and imagine all the characters I’ve played at a dinner table together. This is your first musical in New York. How does it feel to be a Broadway musical theater actor? It’s chilling when you put it that way. It’s amazing listening to old cast recordings of old musicals. You hear every cigarette and every whiskey that these people had. They were not pretty voices; they were potent voices. Now you have these Olympic athletes. And so that’s hard to think about sometimes because I’m not a trained singer. I don’t think of it in terms of singing, I just think of it in terms of acting. You’ve played multiple roles before, most notably in I Am My Own Wife. Is this your specialty? It’s quite a different experience in that Charlotte von Mahlsdorf and everybody were wearing a little black dress. Everyone was a transvestite by default. Here, the transformations are complete. You’ve said you don’t have a television. In what ways do you indulge in pop culture? We have a laptop where we watch certain shows. We’re fixated on The Walking Dead right now. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 17, 2016 You look very dashing in your fedora and suit. I always dress up for recordings. Jefferson Mays
Michael Urie Ben Platt View Comments Aaron Tveit Beanie Feldstein Sutton Foster Raúl Esparza Jesse Tyler Ferguson Alexander Gemignani Brandon Uranowitz Celia Keenan-Bolger Lea Salonga Star Files Neil Patrick Harris Audra McDonald Patti LuPone Annaleigh Ashford Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration was chock-full of Broadway stars. In addition to saluting Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim in song, the concert also raised funds for ASTEP (Artists Striving To End Poverty). The event, which took place on April 26, raised over $400,000 for the organization and has been streamed 1.8 million times. Fans can still stream the performance for free on Broadway.com and the Broadway.com YouTube channel.The free online event, hosted by Raúl Esparza, took place on the 50th anniversary of the opening night of the original Broadway production of Company. Mary-Mitchell Campbell served as the evening’s music director, with Broadway.com Editor-in-Chief Paul Wontorek serving as director.“Thanks to the incredible generosity of everyone who contributed to ASTEP’s Arts Resilience Fund,” said Campbell, who conceived ASTEP with Juilliard students. “What has always made ASTEP unique is our ability to connect artists with community groups working in underserved communities. In this moment of crisis, our partners are serving youth who are navigating food scarcity, economic hardships and home safety, among a host of other issues. With these funds, ASTEP will immediately respond to the needs of these communities.”The evening had a star-studded list of performers, including Meryl Streep, Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPone, Mandy Patinkin, Audra McDonald, Christine Baranski, Donna Murphy, Sutton Foster, Annaleigh Ashford, Laura Benanti, Melissa Errico, Beanie Feldstein, Josh Groban, Jake Gyllenhaal, Neil Patrick Harris, Judy Kuhn, Linda Lavin, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Platt, Randy Rainbow, Lea Salonga, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kelli O’Hara, Aaron Tveit, Maria Friedman, Katrina Lenk, Michael Cerveris, Brandon Uranowitz, Elizabeth Stanley, Chip Zien, Alexander Gemignani, Iain Armitage, Stephen Schwartz and, from the cast of Pacific Overtures at Classic Stage Company, Ann Harada, Austin Ku, Kelvin Moon Loh and Thom Sesma.Broadway.com recently presented a living room livestream of Buyer & Cellar, starring Michael Urie, which raised ver $200,000 for the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund. The site, which celebrates its 20th anniversary on May 1, also hosted and produced a livestreamed reading of the late Terrence McNally’s Lips Together, Teeth Apart, starring Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Zachary Quinto and Ari Graynor, which was seen by over 50,000 theater fans. In addition, Broadway.com’s successful livestreaming return of The Rosie O’Donnell Show on March 22 raised close to $700,000 for The Actors Fund.Watch the full concert below! Jake Gyllenhaal Chip Zien Elizabeth Stanley Katrina Lenk Ari Graynor Bernadette Peters Beanie Feldstein & Ben Platt sing “It Takes Two” on “Take Me to the World” Zachary Quinto View All (28) Mandy Patinkin Laura Benanti Brian Stokes Mitchell Michael Cerveris Lin-Manuel Miranda Josh Groban
The Principal Investigator for this collaboration is Ryan McGinnis, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering and Director of the M-Sense Research Group. Dr. McGinnis is a former employee of MC10 and was instrumental in the development of the fundamental algorithms of the BioStamp platform. At the University of Vermont, Dr. McGinnis continues his work with the BioStamp system with research programs focused on developing new ways to track symptom progression in neurological disorders and measure human biomechanics outside of the laboratory.“Movement disorders, particularly Huntington’s Disease, are understudied and need better characterization. I am hopeful that the outcomes of this collaboration will lead to a deeper understanding of gait pathology and progression in movement disorders with the potential to positively impact future therapies and the quality of life for patients with these conditions. I look forward to continuing to work with MC10 and the BioStamp nPoint system,” said Dr. McGinnis.About MC10MC10 is a privately held company focused on improving human health through digital solutions. The company combines conformal BioStamp sensors with clinical analytics to unlock novel insights from physiological data collected from the home or in clinical settings. Our flagship product, BioStamp nPoint, is marketed into the clinical research community. MC10 is headquartered in Lexington, MA. Visit MC10 online at https://www.mc10inc.com(link is external) or follow us on LinkedIn(link is external).MC10®, BioStamp nPoint®, and the MC10 logo are registered marks owned by MC10, Inc.About University of VermontFounded in 1791, the fifth oldest university in New England, the University of Vermont is a premier research university that places emphasis on undergraduate education. For much of its early history, UVM was a private liberal arts college. In 1865, it became Vermont’s land grant university, serving the needs of the state through the discovery and application of new knowledge. The modern UVM is a public university that combines both strands of its history, offering students a liberal arts-style education in a research university setting.Source: October 24, 2019 LEXINGTON, Mass. & BURLINGTON, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE(link is external))–MC10 University of Vermont,Vermont Business Magazine MC10, Inc, the developer of BioStamp nPoint, an end-to-end system for physiological data collection and analytics, announced today a collaboration with the University of Vermont, a leading academic research institution. This initiative will utilize BioStamp nPoint’s biometric data captured from the lower limbs and the University of Vermont’s biomedical engineering and data science capabilities in creating methods to quantitatively track and analyze changes in gait patterns across a spectrum of disorders, including Huntington’s Disease.“One’s ability or inability to walk has long been recognized as a key aspect of their health status. Recent advances in objective gait analysis have led to metrics such as gait speed being described as the ‘sixth vital sign,’” commented Dr. Arthur Combs, MD, MC10’s Chief Medical Officer. “In the past, evaluation of gait impairment has largely been subjective, instantaneous, and assessed in a laboratory. The use of BioStamp nPoint will allow researchers to monitor a patient’s gait continuously as they go about their daily lives enabling a better understanding of the patient’s health status.”
March 15, 2009 Associate Editor Regular News House panel grills the clerks and the courts House panel grills the clerks and the courts Kim MacQueen Associate EditorPointed questions flew at the House Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations Committee March 12: * Are the courts trying to grab power from the clerks?* How can the clerks justify paying bonuses when the courts are laying off employees?* And what about 41 of 67 clerks using the same collections agency owned by the wife of the president of the clerks’ association?State court officials and representatives of the court clerks were grilled by committee members in the information-only meeting designed to allow both sides to present their case in an ongoing funding debate.The committee was not hearing bills that have been filed that would transfer some filing fees and other revenues from clerks and the state general revenue fund to the courts. Those bills also call for transferring some of the clerks’ court support functions to the courts. But committee members quizzed both sides in a thorough review of their procedures and spending during tight budget times.The clerks found themselves in the hot seat first.After a presentation on the clerks’ funding corporation budget model by Sarasota Clerk of the Court Karen Rushing, committee Chair Sandra Adams, R- Oviedo, zeroed in on reports of clerks distributing hundreds of thousands of dollars in bonuses last year, just as budget cuts forced the courts to cut hundreds of employees.“We have been reducing our budgets statewide, courts included, over the last few sessions, based on revenues that have been collected,” Adams began. “Can you tell me how many of your clerks — I know of at least four, and think there’s more — that gave out bonuses last year, one being as high as $800,000, another as high as $300,000?”While she didn’t know which clerks had given out bonuses, Rushing said sometimes those payments go to reward employees without raising their base pay.“That’s something that we need to just remember, a bonus is one mechanism, financially, to keep a payroll from inflating into the next year,” Rushing said.The issue of bonuses came up again a few minutes later, when Rep. Darren Soto, D-Orlando, asked John Dew, executive director of the Clerks of Court Operating Corporation, “Whether it’s Washington or Detroit or down here in Florida, our constituents are outraged at excessive pay. What can we do to assure that some of the abuses that happened in this state can be prevented in the future?”Dew responded that, while he didn’t know about the bonuses beforehand, “You have to look to see how much their caseload was, to see if it was large enough that there was a lot more revenue expected, which also meant that there was a lot more work expected, to determine if that was something that needed to be done to make sure that the work was also done.”Dew admitted that “in a politically tight time like this, it doesn’t look good.”Adams also focused on the clerks’ use of outside collections agencies to collect court-imposed fines.“I notice that 41 out of 67 clerks use same collections company…. and I believe the woman who owns it is the wife of Dewitt Cason, the president of your association, is that correct?” Adams asked.“That is correct,” Dew answered, pointing out that clerks often will use two or three collections agents to inspire competition among them.Adams responded that she had a list of clerks’ offices, and apart from Miami-Dade County, none of the clerks used more than one collections agent.Nearly two-thirds of the clerks, including Columbia County Clerk of Court DeWitt Cason, have contracts with S.E. Services and Associates, Inc., which is owned by Cason’s wife Sherri, according to Adams.“It does seem alarming. That’s 61 percent,” Adams said. “That’s a high number. I would like you to find out how that is awarded.”State Courts Administrator Lisa Goodner and Trial Court Budget Commission Chair Chief Judge Belvin Perry of the Ninth Circuit both addressed the committee on the courts’ budget priorities. Representatives asked Goodner to elaborate on the main budgetary difference between the clerks and the courts, namely that heavy caseloads mean more revenue for clerks and less for the courts.“The clerk’s budget is workload-based,” Goodner said. “When the workload goes up, there is additional revenue as a result of that increased work. An individual clerk is able to add resources to address workload within the statutory revenue caps.”Conversely, she said, the budget model for the judicial branch is needs-based. The legislature determines budget priorities for the courts, state attorneys, and public defenders and the level of resources provided to address increased workload, if any at all.“In an example of how this works, Miami-Dade filings in circuit and county went up by 21 percent from 06-07 to 07-08,” Goodner said. “As the model works, the clerk’s budget was able to increase by 14 percent. During that same period of time – same workload, same filings – the courts’ budget actually was decreased by 6 percent.”The issue of legislative oversight also came up repeatedly, and both sides were asked to speak to it.“The courts, certainly, in my estimation are underfunded,” said Rep. Nick Thompson, R-Ft.Myers. “I think we need to do everything we can to make sure we have a functioning justice system — that would include the clerks as well.”Thompson said his concern is that the money collected by the clerks goes into the clerks’ corporation, which evaluates its own budgets. Whereas the court budget, he said, is apportioned and evaluated by the Legislature.“Is there some mechanism where the clerks would be amenable to having those budgets reviewed, evaluated, and analyzed at the legislative level as opposed to the corporation level?” Thompson asked.Rushing responded: “The budgets do go through the process adopted by the Legislature… Secondly, if there is going to be more oversight from the legislative perspective, we want to be at the table discussing that with the Legislature, because we don’t want this criticism.”Goodner was asked a similar question by Rep. William Snyder, R-Stuart.“If the goal is to oversee the clerks’ operations so that they are not overspending, would it be fair to say that some government branch could overlook that?” & #x201c;The question the courts have tried to pose is, is the Legislature comfortable with the allocation of those dollars, and level of scrutiny of how those dollars are being spent, to know that the pie is being portioned out in the manner that helps everyone that is generating that revenue?” Goodner said. “I think it’s absolutely the Legislature’s responsibility to oversee the spending of state funds that are allocated to clerks.”“What do you say to those looking at this as a power grab on the part of the court system for money and troops?” Rep. Darryl Evin Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, asked Goodner.“I don’t believe that anything the court system has put forth could be considered a power grab,” Goodner responded. “We’ve asked for a fair and equitable allocation of resources that are coming in from court-related revenues.”
Scott appoints 24 to judicial nominating commissionsGov. Rick Scott announced 11 reappointments and 13 appointments to eight judicial nominating commissions. First DCA JNC • Christa Calamas, 45, of Tallahassee, is the staff director for the Florida House of Representatives’ Health & Human Services Committee. Calamas previously served as the secretary of the Agency for Health Care Administration. She is reappointed for a term beginning December 30, 2016, and ending July 1, 2020. • Heather Stearns, 39, of Tallahassee, is an attorney with the Office of the Chief Inspector General. She succeeds Steven Yablonski and is appointed for a term beginning December 30, 2016, and ending July 1, 2020. • Christine Graves, 39, of Tallahassee, is an appellate attorney and shareholder with Carlton Fields. She succeeds Jerome Novey and is appointed for a term beginning December 30, 2016, and ending July 1, 2019. • Gary Hunter, Jr., 49, of Tallahassee, is an attorney for Hopping Green & Sams, P.A. He is reappointed for a term beginning December 30, 2016, and ending July 1, 2020. Second DCA JNC • Charbel Barakat, 36, of Tampa, is the vice president and chief counsel of the Florida region for D.R. Horton, Inc. He succeeds Peter Meros and is appointed for a term beginning December 30, 2016, and ending July 1, 2020. • Hunter Chamberlin, 44, of Tampa, is an attorney and the owner of Chamberlin Law Firm, P.A. He is reappointed for a term beginning December 30, 2016, and ending July 1, 2020. Fifth DCA JNC • Amanda Carl, 35, of Deltona, is a corporate attorney for A. Duda & Sons, Inc. She succeeds Isaac Lidsky and is appointed for a term beginning December 30, 2016, and ending July 1, 2020. • Brett Renton, 34, of Orlando, is an attorney and partner with Shutts & Bowen, LLP. He succeeds Richard Mitchell and is appointed for a term beginning December 30, 2016, and ending July 1, 2020. • Michael C. Sasso, 64, of Oviedo, is an attorney and partner with Sasso & Sasso, P.A. He is reappointed for a term beginning December 30, 2016, and ending July 1, 2020. Second Circuit JNC • J. Andrew Atkinson, 43, of Tallahassee, is the general counsel for the Department of Management Services. He is reappointed for a term beginning December 30, 2016, and ending July 1, 2020. • Stuart Williams, 46, of Tallahassee, is the general counsel for the Agency for Health Care Administration. He is reappointed for a term beginning December 30, 2016, and ending July 1, 2020. • Robert Clarke, Jr., 59, of Tallahassee, is an attorney with Ausley McMullen. He is reappointed for a term beginning December 30, 2016, and ending July 1, 2020. Sixth Circuit JNC • Bill Bunting, 76, of Hudson, succeeds Kevin Brennan and is appointed for a term beginning December 30, 2016, and ending July 1, 2020. • Todd Jennings, 35, of Belleair, is an attorney with Macfarlane, Ferguson, and McMullen. He is reappointed for a term beginning December 30, 2016, and ending July 1, 2020. • Kara Hardin, 40, of Zephyrhills, is an attorney with Kara Hardin, P.L. She succeeds Hugh Umsted and is appointed for a term beginning December 30, 2016, and ending July 1, 2019. Ninth Circuit JNC • Paetra Brownlee, 34, of Orlando, is an attorney with Charles M. Greene, P.A. She is reappointed for a term beginning December 30, 2016, and ending July 1, 2020. • Matthew Klein, 34, of Orlando, is an attorney with Jackson Lewis, P.C. He succeeds Joshua Grosshans and is appointed for a term beginning December 30, 2016, and ending July 1, 2020. • Joshua Grosshans, 33, of Winter Garden, is an attorney with Latham, Shuker, Eden & Beaudine, LLP. He succeeds William Vose and is appointed for a term beginning December 30, 2016, and ending July 1, 2020. • William Vose, 72, of Orlando, is a former assistant state attorney for the Ninth Circuit. He fills a vacant seat and is appointed for a term beginning December 30, 2016, and ending July 1, 2018. Eleventh Circuit JNC • Paul Huck, Jr., 50, of Pinecrest, is an attorney with Jones Day. He is reappointed for a term beginning December 30, 2016, and ending July 1, 2020. • Hayden O’Byrne, 35, of Coral Gables, is an associate attorney with K&L Gates, LLP. He succeeds Daniel Schwartz and is appointed for a term beginning December 30, 2016, and ending July 1, 2020. • Walter Harvey, 51, of Miami Shores, is an attorney for the Miami-Dade County School Board. He succeeds Melanie Damian and is appointed for a term beginning December 30, 2016, and ending July 1, 2020. Thirteenth Circuit JNC • Michael Beltran, 32, of Tampa, is a sole practitioner with Beltran Litigation, P.A. He succeeds C. Howard Hunter, III, and is appointed for a term beginning December 30, 2016, and ending July 1, 2020. • Gilbert Singer, 61, of Tampa, is an attorney and partner with Marcadis Singer, P.A. He is reappointed for a term beginning December 30, 2016, and ending July 1, 2020. January 15, 2017 Regular News Scott appoints 24 to judicial nominating commissions
Optima Sonoran Village, known for its luxurious high-rise living spaces, award-winning architecture and world-class amenities, has opened its fifth and final tower.Located on the Southeast corner of 68th Street and Camelback Road, the final phase of Optima Sonoran Village features 176 residences across seven stories including one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartment homes with rents starting from the $1,700s to over $5,000. Floor plans range from approximately 776 to 2,089 square feet. The third and final phase is currently leasing and beginning initial move-ins — new residents have the option to tour four new model homes, as well as select from 26 new floor plans.Optima Sonoran Village offers high-rise urban living, unparalleled amenities, as well as spectacular views. The final tower boasts a rooftop Skydeck, exclusive to residents of that tower, complete with an outdoor kitchen, firepits, spa, sundeck and breathtaking views of Camelback Mountain. The final tower also features the most elevated finishes thus far, including modern plank flooring throughout, roller shades, built-in closet shelving, European-style flat-front cabinetry, polished granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances. The homes offer 9ft ceilings, full-size washers and dryers, and like current homes at Optima Sonoran Village, large private terraces, Optima’s distinctive vertical landscaping system, and unparalleled views. Many first-floor homes also offer expansive yards in addition to the outdoor living areas.“No other project in Downtown Scottsdale compares to the amenities package that we have at Optima Sonoran Village. Our elevated finishes were selected specifically to be at the same level as our condominium projects,” said David Hovey Jr., AIA, president of Optima. “Also, what sets us apart from other developments is the amount of exterior living space. I don’t know of any other development that offers this amount of exterior usable space. It is like having another room in your home.”The 19,000 square foot Residents’ Club features amenities unmatched in the market including a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor basketball court, racquetball, indoor lap pool and spa, entertaining space with catering kitchen, pool and ping pong tables, locker rooms with saunas, steam rooms, lounge, massage rooms, and hydrotherapy. There are also two outdoor resort pools and spas with fire pits and towel service. Additional amenities include putting greens, a community pet park and garage parking.“Principal Real Estate Investors is excited to have partnered with Optima on the development of Optima Sonoran Village’s third and final phase,” said Kevin Anderegg, Managing Director of Principal Real Estate Investors. “This development captures the increasing demand for urban living while offering the Scottsdale market something it can’t find in the average apartment community. We look forward to its continued success.”The four other towers in the community, as well as the commercial space are fully stabilized. Prior to opening, Optima Sonoran Village has already leased 30 percent of available homes in the final tower and expects a successful lease up.Optima Sonoran Village is surrounded by upscale shopping and dining destinations in Old Town and Scottsdale Fashion Square. The community features several onsite retail businesses, including a resident favorite, Kaleidoscope Juice.For over 40 years, Optima has designed, developed and built architecturally significant communities in Phoenix, Scottsdale and the Chicago metropolitan area. Optima is well-known across the Valley for its award-winning and visually striking architecture, sustainable green design and lush vertical gardens. Optima has repeatedly delivered the most amenity-rich, wellness-focused, in-demand luxury high-rise offerings.To learn more about Optima Sonoran Village, visit https://www.optimasonoranvillage.com/. To schedule an appointment with a leasing professional, call (480) 990-7400.
NPR:Clearly, researchers love Facebook, even if some of the rest of us are ambivalent.A 2012 survey of social science papers related to the social network turned up 412 separate studies, and there have been even more since. Among the most popular questions: What effect does Facebook have on emotional states?It does seem a reasonable question. After all, about 22 percent of the world’s population uses Facebook regularly, according to the company, logging on for about 50 minutes a day. But is all this interconnectedness creating psychological benefits or global gloom?The answer, it turns out, is complicated.Read the whole story: NPR More of our Members in the Media >