Bush makes first round of JNC appointments

first_imgBush makes first round of JNC appointmentsGov. Jeb Bush has announced his first judicial nominating commission appointments under a new state law, naming six people each to four of the state’s 26 JNCs.The appointments include one member to each JNC from a list of lawyers submitted by The Florida Bar.A new law approved by the legislature earlier this year and signed by Bush allows Bush to name all nine members of each of the JNCs. For four of the seats, he must choose from a list of three lawyers submitted by the Bar, although he can reject those nominated as many times as he wants. On the other five seats, Bush must appoint at least two lawyers but there are no other restrictions on his choices.The bills ended the terms of the three gubernatorial members plus the three public members on each commission. The three existing Bar appointees on each JNC are allowed to finish their terms before being replaced.A press release form Bush’s office said the appointments were being made first for the four JNCs the Second District Court of Appeal JNC, the Second, 11th and 13th circuit JNCs because they each have a large number of vacancies, either from retirements or from newly created seats.Bush’s office is also working on a training seminar for new JNC members, who must take the instruction within one year of taking office, for August 14 in Tallahassee.The Bar submitted its list of 78 applicants for the JNCs to Bush in late June.Named to the JNCs were:• Second District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission Nancy M. Alfonso, 39, of Dade City, attorney, McClain & Alfonso, P.A.; Malcolm E. Beard, 82, of Tampa, retired state senator; Jack P. Brandon, 56, of Lake Wales, attorney, Peterson & Myers, P.A.; Gow Fields, 38, of Lakeland, president, Fields & Company, Inc.; Armando Flores, 56, of Tampa, president, Supply, Inc.; and Carol M. McGuire, 43, of Parrish, attorney, Holland & Knight, LLP. • 11th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission Marie S. Bell, 41, of Miami, president, Stockton Turner Mortgage; Raoul G. Cantero, III, 40, of Coral Gables, attorney, Adorno & Zeder, P.A.; Gonzalo R. Dorta, 39, of Coral Gables, attorney, Gonzalo R. Dorta, P.A.; Nilda Rodriguez Pedrosa, 27, of Miami, director of Public Policy and Governmental Relations, Miami Children’s Hospital; Ramon E. Rasco, 49, of Coral Gables, attorney, Rasco, Reininger & Perez, P.A.; and Justin Sayfie, 32, of North Miami, attorney, Poole, McKinley & Blosser, P.A. • 13th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission S. Cary Gaylord, 54, of Lutz, attorney, Gaylord, Merlin, Ludovici, Diaz & Bain, P.A.; C. Howard Hunter, 46, of Brandon, attorney, Hill, Ward & Henderson, P.A.; Ken Lawson, 36, of Tampa, assistant U.S. attorney, Office of the U.S. Attorney; Sheila M. McDevitt, 54, of Tampa, general counsel, TECO Energy, Inc.; David H. Stitzel, 37, of Plant City, attorney, Stitzel Law Group; and Barbara B. Wilcox, 68, of Tampa, broker, Barbara Realty, Inc. • 15th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission Herman Baine, 60, of Lake Worth, professor, Broward Community College; Frank DeMario, 58, of Wellington, director of security, Fox Group International; Edward Downey, 42, of Jupiter, attorney, Downey & Downey, P.A.; Peter M. Feaman, 48, of Boca Raton, attorney, Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLP; Dorothy M. Guinn, 68, of Boca Raton, retired professor, Florida Atlantic University; and Kathleen G. Kozinski, 51, of Jupiter, attorney, Kay Scholer, LLP. Brandon, Cantero, Hunter, and Downey were Bar nominees for the JNC appointments. Kozinski in the 15th Circuit was also nominated by the Bar, but she will be serving as a gubernatorial appointee.Under the new law, those chosen from among the Bar nominees will continue to served staggered terms. Gubernatorial appointees will have terms that end shortly after gubernatorial elections to allow a new governor to make his or her own appointments to the panels.Bush’s office announced the appointments July 13, and the press release said the remainder of the appointments would be made within the following month. Bush makes first round of JNC appointments August 1, 2001 Regular Newslast_img read more

The renovating bug took hold for the owners of this former ugly duckling house

first_imgMore from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours ago14 Victoria Ave, Chelmer“What you look for is the ugliest property in the best street and you try and turn it into a nice property,” he said.They bought 14 Victoria Ave in Chelmer four years ago with the goal of turning it into a home that they would feel proud of.“The layout was pretty bad, it had a really small kitchen and the space in the dining room was sort of wasted,” he said.They expanded the kitchen, built a walk-in pantry and a fourth bedroom and renovated the bathrooms.The home was retiled and recarpeted and the backyard was landscaped with a new garden.“It was a pretty big piece of work,” he said. Dan and Keri van Eck with their son Kyle, 2, are selling their home at 14 Victoria Ave, Chelmer. AAP image, John GassFor Dan van Eck a house is more than a home — it is the hobby he sinks his teeth into when he’s not at his desk job.The native New Zealander is an IT worker by day, but by night and weekends he turns unloved homes into modern masterpieces.This Chelmer home is the fifth house that he and his wife Keri have renovated in their spare time to earn some extra cash.Having never learned a trade, he caught the renovation bug when he bought his first unit a decade ago in Auckland and needed to make it more animal friendly for his pet dog.“Then we went from one DIY job to the next and it just grew from there,” he said.Soon the couple realised that this new-found passion could be a tidy little earner in what was a booming Auckland real estate market. 14 Victoria Ave, ChelmerThey did intend to finish the renovation much earlier, but he said the birth of their first child, Kyle, caused a few delays.The home will be auctioned at the Queensland Tennis Centre on Tuesday, February 20 at 6pm by Cameron Crouch and Douglas May from Ray White Sherwood.last_img read more

Student to March in Highlands Parade, Twice!

first_imgHIGHLANDS – Henry Hudson Regional High School Junior Alex Braswell has marched in many parades, but the St. Patrick’s Day parade this Saturday in his hometown is probably the first when he’s marching in the same parade twice!Alex, the son of Carla and Ken Braswell, is the drum section sergeant for the high school’s marching band. He’s active in many other activities at school, so naturally wants to continue his tradition of marching with the Admirals.But he’s also a drummer with the Richmond County Pipes and Drum band of Staten Island. Since his family is originally from there and he’s marched with them before, he wants to be part of that group when it parades down Bay Avenue here.So the only thing to do, Alex reasoned, is march with both groups.The Admirals, consistent standouts in any parade in their sharp blue and white nautical-style uniforms, are near the front of this year’s line of march. The Richmond County contingent is towards the end of the parade, which is featuring close to 100 different groups. So with a bit of advance planning, Alex can fulfill his wish to do both.Once the Admirals step off at Huddy Park, Alex will be playing his drums as usual. When the parade reaches the end of the route, near Bahrs’s Restaurant and the terminus of South Second St., Alex has arranged for a vehicle to be there, arranged for a place to make a hurried change of dress from nautical uniform to kilts, and then a quick ride back to Huddy Park to join the drum and pipes group.Tuesday, the drummer will be part of the Richmond County contingent once again at the New York St. Patty’s day parade. And he’s already marched in the Rumson parade last week, and both the veterans and Mardi Gras parades in New York in earlier seasons. Marching Tuesday in New York will spoil Alex’s school attendance record, his mother concedes, but points out he’s in several advanced program classes, has an excellent attendance record, and on special occasions, the marching experience is beneficial enough to make his school absence excusable.The teen has a natural ability with drums, it seems. Although he’s had a lot of help from a friend, Albert Mongello, who is a music teacher, and his high school music director Jeffrey Starr, Alex taught himself how to play once another neighbor and friend, Rich O’Neil, gave him a set of drums. Tom Elliott was music director at Hudson at the time, and encouraged Alex in his pursuit of music.Among the close to 100 marching units are several Pipe and Drum bands, including the Monmouth County, Union County and Middlesex County Police & Fire Pipes & Drums, the Ocean County Emerald Society Pipes and Drums, and other contingents from Staten Island and Essex County. Wind and Sea Restaurant owners Bob Higgins and Danny Shields, childhood friends, Irish descendants and natives of the Bayshore, are the grand marshals for this year’s event, with Joe Burke, who was project manager for the Highlands project in the Sandy Ground Project to build playgrounds honoring the Newtown Conn. Victims, will be St. Brendan the Navigator.The parade steps off at 2 p.m. at Huddy Park.— By Muriel J. Smithlast_img read more

Sea Bright Officials Secure In Use Of Metered Parking Fees

first_imgBy Liz SheehanSEA BRIGHT – Could a court decision last month that ordered Belmar to place funds from increased beachfront parking fees into the account that is utilized only for beach operations have any impact on Sea Bright’s new metered parking revenues?Kenneth Pringle, who was the mayor of Belmar until 2010, recently argued in a suit against the town that Belmar beachgoers were not treated fairly because the town was using the fees from beachfront parking for other uses than the operation of the beachfront, such as projects that did not benefit them.Superior Court Judge Katie Gummer ruled that funds from the parking fees that had been slated for use for projects not related to the beachfront instead be put back into the beachfront account.In 1989, the New Jersey Supreme Court said the towns on the Jersey shore could not use beach revenue to lower municipal taxes.Councilman Charles Rooney said that because the parking in the Sea Bright lots is metered between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., it does not fall in the same category as Belmar, since it covers more than beach parking.He said the council had only wanted to have paid parking from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. but the Sea Bright Business Association objected and said the burden of possible loss of customers from paid parking was being unfairly placed on the merchants and requested the time be extended to 9 p.m. to share it with other businesses in the town. The attorney for the Sea Bright Business Association, Rooney said, told the town that if the hours were not changed until 9 p.m., it would face a lawsuit. Rooney said that changing the metered parking to 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. beyond beach parking hours “gets us out of that situation.” “They actually did us a favor,” Rooney said.“We would’ve probably found out about it eventually,” he said, referring to constraint on using beach parking fees for uses other than the beach facility as cited in the Belmar case.Rooney was a strong supporter of the new paid parking system and at council meetings, stressed how the income from it would help pay for the $5.7 million bond issue that voters approved last month to rebuild facilities lost in Super Storm Sandy by lowering the burden of paying for the bonds on taxpayers.Acting Borough Administrator Joseph Verruni said Tuesday that the 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. hours of metered parking make it general parking. He said that all the costs of installing and operating the metered parking system were paid out of the general funds of the borough, not the beach facility funds.The paid parking system in the town extends from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. The kiosks to pay for the parking have been removed for storage.last_img read more

Red Bank Volunteers Take Trash Pickup in Hand

first_imgBy Grant Playter Now, on the first Wednesday of each month, Taylor and an ever-expanding group of volunteers meets up at Antoinette Boulangerie on Monmouth Street at 9 a.m. to spend an hour going up and down the street picking up trash. “I see a lot in the media about overabundance and toxicity of plastics everywhere in our oceans and environment and so forth,” said Taylor, 48. “Going into Red Bank every day I see garbage on the streets and thought this would be an awesome event to put together.” The event is sponsored by the Red Bank Business Alliance (RBBA), a nonprofit coalition of Red Bank business owners formed three years ago with the goal of bringing as many people to town as possible. The “Pick It Up!” program is one of the latest RBBA efforts to help the town. Taylor serves on its board of directors and brought this proposal to them for approval and funding. “And I said, don’t give up,” said User. ”I said, one day everyone will hear about it, this is going to be great. Just don’t give up. Even though there are two people, keep doing it.” “The whole idea of the slower you go, the more you see, is going to help people realize just how much of a problem that is,” said Taylor. “And I hate to be so ‘doom and gloom’ about it, but you kind of need this shocking, eye-opening experience to really bring it to light and to start helping people make a change.” Ultimately, while Taylor expressed interest in expanding the “Pick It Up!” program as much as possible, more than anything he wants to spread awareness of one’s surroundings. Even if people don’t attend the Wednesday morning pick-ups in Red Bank, slowing down, seeing garbage where they are and picking it up and throwing it out serves the goals just as much as volunteering with the group. Taylor advocates for pedestrians to slow down and really look at the ground as they walk along the street. He theorizes that the slower someone walks, the more they will realize that streets that seem clean are still covered in little bits of trash. “My whole goal is there’s so much plastic on the street, let’s just pick it up,” said Taylor. “If you see a piece of plastic on the ground – paper, cardboard, whatever it is – you see garbage, pick it up. It’s that simple.” For Taylor, this cleanup isn’t just about his immediate surroundings. He’s worried about the large-scale environmental impact human pollution is having on the world. He is particularly passionate about the impact of plastics. “Red Bank just needs a group like us, getting their hands dirty, to keep moving and making this the Red Bank that it used to be,” said Ayca User, 40, former president of RBBA and owner and operator of Antoinette Boulangerie. The event has grown over its six month tenure. Its inauspicious beginnings started with just Taylor and a few others, but as time has gone on, more and more volunteers have joined. On Aug. 7 more than a dozen volunteers came to volunteer for the program. RED BANK – For his birthday Adam Taylor, CEO and owner of Splendor Design Group, wanted a cleaner environment for the town that houses his business. Rather than wait for others to make it happen, however, Taylor took the initiative, gifting himself the beginnings of the “Pick it Up!” program on that day six months ago. “Think globally, act locally, is what got me thinking about whatever I can do in my own life and my own day walking up and down the street,” said Taylor. “If we can come together and spread the word a little bit, maybe we can reach more areas.”last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Team Gus Adams

first_imgAdams, whose son Greg was a household name during his NHL career with the Vancouver Canucks, started his career as a rookie in the 1956-57 Western International Hockey League season after playing junior with the Lethbridge Native Sons.Adams played in 49 games that season for the Maple Leafs and helped the Green and White to the Savage Cup title in 1961.The Leafs honoured Adams by dressing goalies for the opening ceremonies from every age group in Nelson hockey.Staff and management at Mallards Source for sports would also like to pay tribute to one of the real characters in Nelson hockey with Team of the Week honours.The Adams’ goalies includes, in no specific order, Adam Maida, Brayden Pompu, Derrick Te Boekhorst, Curt Doyle, Jarred Martin, Ben Kelsch, Tenzin Mint and Brady Stocks.Gus Adams is survived by his lovely wife Darlene children Greg, Tracey, Jamie, Jeffery, Gus Jr. and many grandchildren. During the Leafs’ home opener the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League franchise reached back in the hockey archives to honour one of the great netminders in Nelson history, Gus Adams.The former Nelson Senior Maple Leaf backstop recently passed away at his home on the North Shore.last_img read more

Fuel Masters pay price for veering away from defensive identity

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess But Alas felt that defense was nonexistent against the Beermen, who led by double-digits for the majority of the game.Alas also said Phoenix has very limited room for error against a perennial champion in San Miguel and yet the Fuel Masters shot themselves in the foot with 20 turnovers.“I told them, we’re facing a national team here so our margin of error is very slim. But we still had too many turnovers,” Alas said. “You can’t blink against San Miguel.”“Plus, we also weren’t that aggressive in the second and third quarter. I told them, this is a wrestling match and if they’re more physical than we are, do not hope that you will win.”Phoenix made its first foray in the semifinals and it showed.ADVERTISEMENT Alas said it’s understandable for the Fuel Masters to experience “semifinals jitters” but added that it cannot be the case again starting Game 2.“We now have experience playing in the semis so if we will become soft again in some stretches of the game, two to three minutes, before you know it they’re already up by double-digits,” he said.“We need to bring our A-game defensively for 48 minutes.”Alas hopes his squad has already learned its lesson as it tries to even the best-of-seven series on Monday night at Araneta Coliseum.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Head coach Louie Alas said his Fuel Masters tried to outgun the Beermen in a duel it cannot win instead of sticking to their strength which is on the other end of the floor.“We thought that we could beat San Miguel in a shootout,” Alas told reporters in Filipino after Phoenix got manhandled in their Philippine Cup semis opener Saturday night. “There’s no team in the PBA that can win against San Miguel in a shootout. They’re the number one offensive team here.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We’re winning, we’re 9-2 because of our defense and not because of our offense. I need to remind our players what our identity is.”Behind their vaunted defense, the Fuel Masters emerged with the best record after the elimination round. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MANILA, Philippines—Phoenix played San Miguel Beer’s game and paid the price.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Jolina Dela Cruz embracing La Salle-Ateneo rivalry: ‘I don’t want to lose against them’ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View commentslast_img read more

Storm impact across the county rainbows flooding shelters open

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Storm impact across the county: rainbows, flooding, shelters open Posted: January 31, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsDEL MAR (KUSI)- The rainy weather hit North County first before heading down to the Pacific Beach and Downtown. KUSI’s Dan Plante has more on the weather in North County KUSI Newsroom January 31, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- The rain is affecting the homeless residents. Father Joe’s is opening more room in an emergency shelter so that homeless can sleep in a dry environment. KUSI’s Sasha Foo has more on this story in Downtown. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsPACIFIC BEACH (KUSI)- The storm moved it’s way to Pacific Beach and La Jolla where San Diego Lifeguard Swiftwater Rescue teams are ready to help any people trapped by flooding. KUSI’s John Soderman has more on that story.last_img read more