Vanderplas wins Simon Pro Bono Service Award

first_imgJudge William A. Van Nortwick, Jr., a native of Morehead City, NC, received his B.A. from Duke University, with honors in economics, and his J.D., with honors, from the University of Florida College of Law, where he was executive editor of the Law Review. Prior to Judge Van Nortwick’s appointment to the bench, he practiced law with a Jacksonville firm specializing in both business transactional work and appellate practice. Judge Van Nortwick was appointed to Florida’s First District Court of Appeal in 1994.As a lawyer, Van Nortwick was actively involved in providing free legal assistance to the poor. Starting in the early 1970s, he represented many individual clients through Jacksonville Area Legal Aid. In addition, he used his business law expertise serving as pro bono counsel to various organizations that addressed the needs of the poor. With respect to one such charitable organization, he provided more than 200 hours of pro bono legal services to a neighborhood group by forming a non-profit corporation to establish and operate a medical clinic in an inner city area of Jacksonville.Judge Van Nortwick also has worked to enhance support for legal aid and pro bono service organizations. He chaired the Joint Commission of The Florida Bar and The Florida Bar Foundation which, in a year-long study, assessed Florida’s delivery system for providing legal services for the poor. The commission issued significant recommendations to improve access by the poor to legal services and to expand and strengthen how legal services are delivered, including creation of Florida’s current pro bono rules. For the adoption of this innovative plan, The Florida Bar received the ABA’s prestigious Harrison Tweed Award. In addition, Judge Van Nortwick has served as a director and two-term president of both Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc., and Florida Legal Services. Judge Van Nortwick led successful efforts to clarify and expand the mission and reach of both organizations in addressing the legal needs of the poor. Judge Van Nortwick also served as chair of the Legal Assistance for the Poor Grant Committee, and a term as president of The Florida Bar Foundation, where he expanded its professional staff.As a judge, Judge Van Nortwick has continued to be a leader in supporting the provision of pro bono legal services. At the request of then Florida Bar President Terry Russell, in 2001, he planned and chaired the Bar’s statewide symposium on equal access to justice, which led to the various recommendations to improve the delivery of legal services, including the development of legislation that secured the first state funding for civil legal services to the poor. He continues to serve as an active member of The Florida Bar Standing Committee on Pro Bono Service.In 2002-03, he chaired the Task Force on Pro Bono Activities by Judges, affiliated with the standing committee, which petitioned the Supreme Court to adopt an aspirational duty to increase judicial participation in pro bono activities. As a result, the court did amend Canon 4 of the Code of Judicial Conduct to “actively encourage” judges to speak, write and engage in quasi-judicial activities concerning the legal system, including supporting pro bono legal services.Judge Van Nortwick also works to improve the administration of justice. In 1997, he was appointed as one of the original members of the Florida Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, and was instrumental in the creation of the circuit professionalism committees. Since 2001, he has been a member of the Commission on District Court of Appeal Performance and Accountability, which was established by the Supreme Court to oversee, at the district court level, the judicial branch initiative to enhance the performance of Florida’s courts. In addition, he is a member of the Committee on District Court of Appeal Workload and Jurisdiction, charged with developing recommendations to the court on uniform criteria to determine the need to increase, decrease, or re-define the appellate districts and with making recommendations concerning district court structure and jurisdiction.In 1995, the ABA awarded Judge Van Nortwick its Pro Bono Publico Award in recognition of his pro bono service work. He also received The Florida Bar Pro Bono Service Award for the Fourth Circuit in 1992 and has twice (1992 and 2001) received The Florida Bar President’s Award of Merit for his contributions to equal access to justice. THE FLORIDA BAR PRESIDENT’S PRO BONO SERVICE AWARD The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award was established in 1981. Its purpose is twofold: “to further encourage lawyers to volunteer free legal services to the poor by recognizing those who make such public service commitments, and to communicate to the public some sense of the substantial volunteer services provided by Florida lawyers to those who cannot afford legal fees.” This award recognizes individual lawyer service in each of Florida’s specific judicial circuits. It is presented annually in conjunction with the Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award given by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of Florida. Steven E. Quinnell Pensacola First Judicial Circuit Steven E. Quinnell is based in Pensacola with the law firm of Chase, Quinnell, McIver & Jackson, P.A., and practices throughout the First Circuit. He is board certified in Elder Law by The Florida Bar. Quinnell’s received his B.S. degree and J.D. degrees from the University of Michigan. He received his LL.M. in taxation from New York University. Quinnell has served as a volunteer primary instructor at the First Circuit’s Guardianship Education Course since its inception in 1990. He regularly represents Lutheran Services guardianship services, and other guardians, and frequently handles cases for wards who are indigent, or who later become indigent. He usually has 10-15 indigent cases at any time. Quinnell also is a frequent speaker on issues of elder law, probate, guardianship, and general estate planning, speaking to college classes, church groups, hospice organizations, financial planners, and social-work groups. He is past president of the Estate Planning Council of Northwest Florida, and is on the Advisory Board for the Area Agency for Aging for the First District. Martin R. Dix Tallahassee Second Judicial Circuit Martin R. Dix is a shareholder in the Tallahassee office of Akerman Senterfitt where he practices primarily in the area of pharmacy health care law and is a member of the firm’s Health Care Practice Group. Prior to joining Akerman Senterfitt in 2004, Dix was a shareholder with Katz, Kutter, Alderman, and Bryant, and practiced with this firm and its predecessor firms since graduating from Florida State University College of Law with honors in 1985. Dix graduated from Florida State University in 1977. He is a member of both the Health Law Section and the Environmental and Land Use Law Section of The Florida Bar, and is a member of the American Society for Pharmacy Law. He was the 1988 recipient of The Florida Bar Environmental and Land Use Law Section’s Judy Florence Memorial Outstanding Service Award. Dix serves on the board of Legal Services of North Florida, Inc. He has served as the treasurer and vice president and recently ended a two-year term as president. While at Katz Kutter, he was the firm’s pro bono coordinator and managed its collective satisfaction plan. He has handled a variety of pro bono cases, both through the Tallahassee Bar Association’s Legal Aid Organization and through matters he has taken on himself. He has handled more than 20 foreign adoptions on a pro bono basis and developed pro se adoption forms for parents. He is a founding member and first president of the Tallahassee Families with Asian Children. Mr. Dix also served on the initial board as the attorney representative and as vice chair of the Chinese Children Adoption International Advisory Council. Nancy C. Holliday-Fields Lake City Third Judicial Circuit Nancy Holliday-Fields is originally from Kansas City. She graduated from Rockhurst College and worked as a paralegal for 14 years before attending law school. She graduated from Avila College with a B.A. in political science and received her J.D. in 1992 from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Holliday-Fields currently serves with the court administrator’s office as the family court manager for the Third Circuit and as the drug court coordinator for the Juvenile Delinquency and Dependency Drug Courts. She previously served as the pro se coordinator, domestic violence coordinator, and guardian ad litem attorney for the circuit. She is president of the Third Circuit Bar Association and has served as the president of the Columbia County/ Lake City Bar Association. After moving to Florida in 1993, Holliday-Fields volunteered at the Seventh Circuit guardian ad litem office and established its family law guardian ad litem program, volunteering more than 500 hours. Holliday-Fields then went into private practice in family law, juvenile law, and social security disability law. She began accepting pro bono cases from Three Rivers Legal Services, Inc., and joined its board of directors. Holliday-Fields is currently the board president for Three Rivers. During her tenure, Three Rivers has expanded its service area from 12 to 17 counties and established new offices. Holliday-Fields joined the court administrator’s office in 1998 and has been unable to accept standard pro bono referrals. However, she has continued to be active promoting and supporting pro bono programs. Holliday-Fields was instrumental in establishing the Family Law Assistance and Self Help Project jointly with Three Rivers and the clerks of court within the Third Circuit. Chad S. Roberts Jacksonville Fourth Judicial Circuit Chad S. Roberts was born and raised in Miami. Roberts received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1981. Following graduation, he was commissioned as a U. S. naval officer and served for seven years aboard guided missile cruisers and destroyers. His tours of duty included deployments to the Persian Gulf during the Iran-Iraq War, to Beirut, Lebanon, in support of the Multi-National Peace Keeping Force, and to the Caribbean Basin in support of Drug Enforcement Agency international interdiction operations. Roberts graduated, with high honors, from the Florida State University College of Law in 1991, where he was an associate editor of the Law Review. While at Florida State, Roberts served as research assistant and speech writer for Dean Sandy D’Alemberte, then the president-elect of the ABA. Roberts is a trial lawyer and partner at Spohrer Wilner Maxwell & Matthews, P.A., in Jacksonville. He has been a barrister of the Chester Bedell Chapter of the American Inns of Court, and is board certified by The Florida Bar as a specialist in Aviation Law. His principle areas of practice are professional negligence, defective products liability, serious personal injury, and aviation law. In Jacksonville, Roberts is an officer and director of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, the community’s legal services organization. His extensive pro bono efforts through the years have included numerous litigation matters involving physical abuse of detained prisoners in local detention facilities, protracted ADA and Federal Fair Housing Act litigation on behalf of the local chapters of the National Association for the Mentally Ill, and predatory lending and consumer fraud activities preying on military service families. D. Patrick Dalton Ocala Fifth Judicial Circuit D. Patrick Dalton is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia, Florida, and West Virginia, having graduated from the University of Miami School of Law. His private law practice began in West Virginia in 1976, where he was also a fiduciary commissioner, workers’ compensation hearing examiner, municipal court judge, and family law judge. He moved to Florida in 1989 and began law practice with Legal Services in Ocala in early 1991, specializing in representing victims of civil domestic violence. He then practiced with the firm of Trow, Appleget, and Perry for five years prior to becoming the child support hearing officer in October 2004, for the five counties of the Fifth Circuit. In addition to working for Legal Services for almost seven years, in 2003 he spent more than 250 pro bono hours on pro se divorce clinics, representing victims of domestic violence, mediating family law disputes, and representing indigent clients in family law matters. After leaving Legal Services, he took a one year sabbatical and performed more than 500 hours of family pro bono law work from his home. While he was an associate with Trow, Appleget, and Perry, he averaged more than 300 pro bono hours per year. Dalton performed more than 300 hours of pro bono work in the first nine months of 2004. Dalton has two children and three grandchildren. He also finds time to manage two mid-size shopping centers he built in Broward County while in law school, in addition to managing his 1,100 acre ranch in Highlands County. James M. “Van” Vanderplas Indian Rocks Beach Sixth Judicial Circuit Vanderplas received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in psychology and mathematics from the University of Texas in 1948, 1949, and 1951, respectively. He served as a research psychologist at the Aero Medical Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, OH, from 1951 to 1955. He then served as assistant associate and professor of psychology at Washington University, St. Louis, MO, from 1955 to 1983. During his tenure as professor, he attended the Washington University School of Law on a part-time basis from 1973 to 1980, where he was awarded his J.D. degree. He was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1981 and joined the Clearwater Bar Association that same year. He has carried on a solo practice in Indian Rocks Beach since 1981. Since 1982, Vanderplas has donated a minimum of four hours per week to the Gulfcoast Legal Services’ Clearwater office. He conducts interviews of prospective clients, obtaining all information necessary for adequate evaluation for possible — and appropriate — representation by the staff attorneys. Vanderplas applies his experience in real property, probate, family, landlord/tenant, collections, consumer, and Social Security law to offer advice and counseling. In all, Vanderplas has donated approximately 4,500 hours to pro bono activity in 22 years of volunteer service. He has taken an active role in local municipal affairs, both in St. Louis and Indian Rocks Beach, where he has resided since 1983, serving on the city’s Budget Review Committee during the 1980s and aiding in the distribution of support materials during the hurricane of 1985. He also served on the Governor’s Human Rights Advocacy Committee for about five years. Diego Handel Daytona Beach Seventh Judicial Circuit Diego Handel, a native of Uruguay, graduated from the University of Miami in 1980 with a B.A. in philosophy. He graduated in 1983 from the University of Miami School of Law, where he served as an editor of Lawyer of the Americas Journal of International Law. Handel had practiced for more than 20 years of private practice in international business litigation, civil and criminal litigation, immigration and nationality law, and commercial and corporate litigation. Handel has served as a law clerk to the general counsel to the Labour Party in Jerusalem, Israel; as the Central Florida regional coordinator for The Export Legal Assistance Network; as the chair of the Pro Bono Committee of the Volunteer Lawyers Project in Daytona Beach; as an international lecturer at the Universidad Regiomontana, in Monterrey, Mexico, and at Daytona Beach Community College; and has presented seminars for parents for the Flagler County School Board. Handel is active in his community, having served in many ways at Congregation Temple Beth-El and as a member of the board of the Daytona Beach Symphony Society. Handel has performed his pro bono work primarily through Community Legal Service of Mid-Florida and the Volunteer Lawyers Project in Daytona Beach; through The Florida Bar under the Disaster Relief Program following last year’s hurricanes; and through the Catholic Legal Immigration Network. Once a month for the past two years, Handel has rendered legal assistance at evening advice clinics sponsored by the Volunteer Lawyers Project, providing assistance in domestic and consumer law, and representing a number of pro bono cases. In addition, Handel works on a pro bono basis with the Catholic Legal Immigration Network assisting indigent aliens who are detained by the government and awaiting appeal decisions. Joseph S. “Joe” Jackson Gainesville Eighth Judicial Circuit Joe Jackson is a legal skills professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He graduated with honors in philosophy from Princeton University in 1979, and earned his J.D. with high honors from the University of Florida College of Law in 1982. After 10 years of private practice in Arizona and Tampa, Jackson turned to teaching in 1995. He was awarded a fellowship in mental health law at the University of Virginia in 1997. Jackson serves as an advocate for the homeless and for homeless service providers. He rides with the HOME Van, a mobile outreach soup kitchen that delivers food and other necessities to homeless people throughout Gainesville. He has provided pro bono representation in probate, criminal, and other legal matters, and has lobbied local officials to rescind oppressive policies and create needed facilities. When the City of Tampa arrested people for serving food in a downtown park, Jackson persuaded the city to drop the charges and allow the activity to continue. When a Gainesville police officer entered a campsite and shot a homeless person’s dog, he secured an apology from the officer and convinced the city to pay for the dog’s injuries. When a large tent settlement was evicted from private land, Jackson got permission for one ill, elderly man to remain until a unit opened in elder housing. Jackson serves actively on the Public Interest Law Section’s Committee on Homelessness, and was recently named 2004 Outstanding Advocate for the Homeless by the Florida Coalition for the Homeless. James M. Magee Orlando Ninth Judicial Circuit James M. Magee was born in Woodbury, NJ, in 1948 and moved to Orlando in 1957. He graduated from Bishop Moore High School in Orlando in 1966. He then attended the University of Missouri for one year on a ROTC scholarship before transferring to the University of Florida, earning a B.S. in mechanical engineering in 1970. While working for DuPont after graduation, he attended South Texas College of Law, receiving a J.D. in 1973. He was the recipient of the EE Townes Award for Scholastic Excellence, and an editor of the South Texas Law Journal. Magee returned to Orlando in 1973 and joined the law firm of Robert D. Melton & Associates, along with lifelong friend and current partner, Joseph Neduchal. Together, they formed Neduchal & Magee, P.A., in 1976. Their practice areas are commercial litigation, small business, probate, real property, juvenile and family law. Magee has an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell. Magee volunteers through the Orange County Bar Association Legal Aid Society as a guardian ad litem. Through this program, he meets with the child and all other interested parties to gather facts, reviews the child’s medical, psychological, and school records, and reviews reports and records of the Department of Children & Families. He is responsible for appearing in court at all hearings concerning the child, and reporting his recommendations concerning the child, including medical and psychological needs, school related issues, and residence recommendations. Magee has been volunteering as a guardian ad litem since 1974. He has represented more than 100 children during that time. Magee was the recipient of the Orange County Bar Association Award of Excellence for Guardian ad Litem work in 1989, 1998, 1999, 2002, and the Judge J.C. “Jake” Stone Distinguished Service Award in 2004. Beth Harlan Lakeland 10th Judicial Circuit Beth Harlan graduated from the University of Florida in 1978 with her B.S. in business administration in economics. She immediately entered the law school at the University of Florida where she graduated with honors in 1981. After law school, she worked as a judicial clerk at the Second District Court of Appeal in Lakeland, and for the Attorney General’s Office in the RICO section; and finally, spent 13 years as an assistant county attorney for Polk County. In 1998, she began her private practice as a sole practitioner focusing on the area of family law concentrating in dependency law. This new area of practice has led to her involvement with the guardian ad litem program where she has served as both a guardian ad litem and an attorney ad litem. She is a current member of the Juvenile Rules Committee and has previously served on the 10th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee. In her pro bono service, Harlan has been active assisting children who have been placed in the care of the state of Florida. She has acted as a guardian ad litem in many cases, sometimes for children who are in the foster care system but whose needs are not simply met with standard services. Many of these children have been in the system for years and have mental health or other issues, which require extraordinary judicial involvement, and an advocate for their specific needs. In addition to numerous volunteer hours in these programs, Harlan is also a volunteer hearing officer for the Polk County Code Enforcement Board. Matthew P. Coglianese Miami 11th Judicial Circuit Matt Coglianese was born and raised in New Jersey, received his B.S. in biology from the University of Rhode Island, his Ph.D. in biology from Texas A&M University, and his J.D. from the University of Miami. He is a member of The Florida Bar and the State Bar of California. Coglianese is a partner at Bilzin Sumberg, where he practices in the areas of litigation, and environmental law. His practice focuses on CERCLA, RCRA, brownfields redevelopment, state and local environmental matters, mold litigation and toxic torts. Coglianese served as assistant regional counsel with the United States Environmental Protection Agency in Atlanta, where he handled enforcement of federal water and air pollution laws. As senior attorney with a major petroleum company, Coglianese was responsible for managing numerous Superfund and state hazardous waste sites throughout the country. Coglianese has always enjoyed working with children, from Big Brothers/Big Sisters during his college years, to volunteering in dependency court for the last two years. His work with Lawyers for Children has evolved into de facto “big brother” relationships with the children. Coglianese feels many of these children have not been given a chance to succeed, and truly appreciate having someone guide them in the confusing world of dependency court. He continues to work as a pro bono advocate for disadvantaged children and strongly believes that if all members of the Bar volunteered for one such case, the cumulative positive impact would be immeasurable. Jacqulyn Mack Englewood 12th Judicial Circuit Jacqulyn Mack was born in Bridgetown, Barbados, and later moved to Florida. She received her B.A. in business administration from the University of Miami in 1991. She graduated from University of Miami Law School in 1996. Mack is admitted to practice in Florida, United States Middle District of Florida, and United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Mack is a member of The Florida Bar, the ABA, the American Trial Lawyers Association, the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Venice-Englewood Bar Association, and the Charlotte County Bar Association. Mack was president of the Venice-Englewood Bar Association from 2002-2003, and has been a board member since 1998. Mack has donated numerous hours of pro bono service to the Legal Aid of Manasota and to Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc. Mack takes cases no one else will, including ones involving abuse, drugs, etc., focusing on the welfare of the children who are the products of these environments. She has also served as a guardian ad litem. She has received several awards for her dedication to pro bono service including: 2001 Legal Aid of Manasota’s “Newcomer’s Award,” and the 2003 Legal Aid of Manasota’s “Pro Bono Superstar” award. Mack is also a Teen Court judge, participated as a lawyer in the Charlotte County Mock Trial 2004, and co-chairs the Venice-Englewood Law Week. Kathleen S. McLeroy Tampa 13th Judicial Circuit Kathleen S. McLeroy received her B.S. in finance and M.B.A. from Louisiana State University, where she was a Merit Scholar. She received her J.D. from Washington and Lee University, where she served as a member of the Washington and Lee Law Review. McLeroy is a shareholder with Carlton Fields, P.A., working with its Commercial Litigation and Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights practice groups. She has extensive experience in the representation of creditors in disputes with debtors in all forums, including state, federal, and bankruptcy courts, and has significant trial, arbitration, alternative dispute resolution, and mediation experience. McLeroy is chair of Carlton Fields’ Pro Bono Committee and a member and committee executive with the Hillsborough County Bar Association and the ABA. McLeroy serves on the board of directors of The Florida Bar Foundation and Bay Area Legal Services, Inc., of which she also served as past president. She periodically serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Tampa. Well-known for her extensive legal work with the poor in landlord/tenant disputes, mortgage foreclosure actions, consumer matters, and collection matters, McLeroy received the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s 2004 Jimmy Kynes Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service and was recognized in 2001 for Outstanding Pro Bono Service for her client intake work with the Hillsborough Attorney Volunteer Efforts Program. She was also the recipient of the 2001 President’s Award for Excellence from The Florida Bar Foundation. William R. Garrett Panama City 14th Judicial Circuit William R. Garrett was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He received his B.S. in biology with minors in chemistry and German from Alabama College; his M.S. in political science with a certificate in Soviet area studies from the University of Wisconsin – Madison; and his J.D. from the University of Alabama’s School of Law. Garrett has been a member of The Florida Bar since 1986. He has served on several Florida Bar committees, including Prepaid Legal Services, chair from 1992 – 1994; Delivery of Legal Services and Support Issues; and the Juvenile Court Rules Committee. Over the years, he has served on provider panels for several legal plans and on the Lawyer Referral Service of the Bar. He was on the attorney panel for the Florida Lawyers Legal Insurance Corporation from 1987 to 1997 and has been a member of the corporation’s board of directors since 1991. He was the first full-time program attorney for the guardian ad litem program in the Fourteenth Circuit. He is currently in private practice and maintains an office in Panama City. Garrett was involved with the Bay County Bar Association’s First Saturday Legal Clinic at its inception in the 1990’s and has twice served as co-chair with help from his co-chairs and from Legal Services of Northwest Florida. He continues to devote many hours each year to pro bono activities through programs and also individually. Garrett is also a supporter of the local mentoring Orchestra of St. Andrew Bay and volunteers with the therapeutic pet organization P.A.W.S. (Pets Are Working Saints) and Covenant Hospice. Aileen N. Josephs West Palm Beach 15th Judicial Circuit Aileen N. Josephs was born in Mexico, and received her B.A. cum laude in 1986 from Brandeis University and her J.D. in 1990 from Boston College Law School. During law school, she was the international coordinator for the Holocaust/Human Rights Research Project. Through that program, she had the opportunity to interview Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel. After graduation, Josephs worked with the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, New York City, dealing with all facets of immigration law and procedure relating to refugee processing and immigration issues. Josephs then worked for Florida Rural Legal Services Inc., as the immigration attorney for Palm Beach County. In 1995, Josephs went into private practice concentrating in immigration, nationality, and consular law. In 1991, Josephs participated at the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights study program in San Jose, Costa Rica, as a Blaustein Fellow. She has also helped on a pro bono basis for more than 40 undocumented and abandoned immigrant children. Many of these children are Guatemalan Mayan. Josephs has filed private dependency petitions in juvenile court and assisted them in obtaining their legal permanent residency as “Special Immigrant Juveniles.” One of her most notable cases was the Petrona Tomas case. Josephs also created and launched the first Spanish language immigration portal, called www.MiniMundo.net, which provides information about immigration to the United States and other countries. Josephs is a member of The Florida Bar, the District of Columbia Bar, the American Immigration Bar Association, and the Palm Beach County Bar Association. She is also a board member of the American Jewish Committee, Palm Beach County Chapter; and a co-chair of the Immigration Subcommittee, Hispanic-Jewish Coalition of Palm Beach County. Linda B. Wheeler Key West 16th Judicial Circuit Linda B. Wheeler received her B.A. from the University of Florida and her J.D. from the University of Oklahoma Law School. Wheeler was admitted to The Florida Bar and began her legal career as an assistant state attorney in Key West in 1985. She has been in private practice since 1988 in the areas of family law, guardianship, probate and real estate transactions. She has served on numerous community and civic organization boards, including past appointments to the City of Key West Planning Board, the Florida Keys Historic Preservation Board, and the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority. She is also a certified family law mediator. Wheeler’s pro bono service includes providing mediation and counseling services for indigent families, preparation of powers of attorney, living wills and designations of health care surrogate for the elderly, and representation in family law matters and guardianship cases in Monroe County. Wheeler has lived in Key West for more than 30 years. She is interested in historic architecture and has renovated and restored several historic “Conch” houses. Joanne Fanizza Ft. Lauderdale 17th Judicial Circuit Joanne Fanizza, 48, of Ft. Lauderdale, has been a member of The Florida Bar since 1988. A graduate of the University of Florida College of Law, this is her second career. She received a B.S. in political science from the University of Florida in 1981, and spent nine years as a print journalist, working for The Sun-Sentinel, and the Gainesville Sun from 1979-1986. She was associated with Ferrero & Middlebrooks, P.A., from 1988 through 1994. She then established the Law Offices of Joanne Fanizza, P.A., in 1995, where she runs a general civil practice. Fanizza began pro bono work in 1995, assisting a Ft. Lauderdale-based HIV treatment facility with a variety of legal matters for its clients, and accepting cases from Broward Lawyers Care, the Broward Bar’s pro bono program. She twice received the Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award from BLC, in 1998 and 2003, recognizing her work on behalf of those suffering with HIV/AIDS and others in need in her community. Fanizza was also named “Best of the Bar” for her pro bono work by the South Florida Business Journal in 2004. Fanizza has assisted BLC clients with estate planning, going to hospitals and homes when necessary to meet with clients and execute documents. She has helped the physically and mentally handicapped with guardianship and collections matters, and recently helped one destitute couple facing mortgage foreclosure — due to severe medical problems — recover their home from a fraud who tricked them into signing their real estate away without adequate consideration. She also provides free legal assistance to Abandoned Pet Rescue, Inc., a 501( c)(3) charity, and others in the community in which she resides, outside the Bar’s pro bono requirements. Kenneth F. Tworoger Micco 18th Judicial Circuit Kenneth Tworoger was raised in South Florida and graduated with a degree in economics from Emory University in 1965. He received his J.D., with honors, from the University of Florida in 1968, where he was a member of the Law Review. After practice with a Washington, D.C., firm, he returned to South Florida in 1970 to develop a business and financial transaction and litigation practice. In 1998, he retired and left Ft. Lauderdale for South Brevard County. Tworoger spends time as a volunteer legal advisor to nonprofit environmental and community assistance organizations, high school mock trial teams, and with Brevard County Legal Aid, where he concentrates on consumer and housing matters. After the hurricanes of 2004, Tworoger, through Brevard County Legal Aid, provided legal assistance for housing related issues at the FEMA hurricane disaster center in South Brevard County and was a panelist at a workshop for organizations involved with disaster relief. Tworoger is a member of the Brevard and Indian River County Bar associations and the Trial Bar for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. He is a member of the board of the Marine Resources Council and in 2003 received its award for outstanding volunteer service. He serves as vice chair for a Brevard County Parks Committee and received awards from Brevard County Legal Aid in 2002 and 2003. In 2004, he was a finalist for Florida Today’s Brevard County Volunteer of the Year Award and the recipient of Brevard County Legal Aid’s Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award. Deborah M. Hooker Okeechobee 19th Judicial Circuit Deborah M. Hooker is a lifelong resident of Okeechobee, graduating with honors from the University of Florida College of Law in Gainesville. While in law school, Hooker served as the senior research editor for the Florida Law Review and was a legal research and writing fellow. Hooker is currently serving as a magistrate for the Nineteenth Circuit assigned to Okeechobee and Martin counties. Hooker hears family law and dependency matters. Prior to joining the court as a magistrate, Hooker was in private practice in Okeechobee handling estate planning, probate and guardianship, and general civil matters for Conely & Conely, P.A., and earlier for Burton C. Conner, P.A. Hooker also worked for two years after law school as a staff attorney for Chief Judge Gilbert S. Goshorn, Jr., Fifth District Court of Appeal, in Daytona Beach. While in private practice, Hooker was committed to providing pro bono legal services on her own and through Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc. From 1993 to 2004, Hooker donated more than 350 hours in pro bono services for legal cases or matters including juvenile dependency, adult protective services, guardianship, mental health, probate, estate planning, and dissolution of marriage, and donated more than 2,300 hours to public service activities, including service to the legal community, civic organizations, and other charities. Hooker served as president of the Okeechobee Bar Association from 2002 to 2004 and received the Okeechobee County Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award in 1998 and 2001. Although no longer in private practice, Hooker has sustained her commitment to providing pro bono legal services by continuing to serve on the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee, of which she has been a member since 2002. Michael I. Miller Sanibel 20th Judicial Circuit Michael I. Miller has a B.S. from the U.S. Air Force Academy, an M.B.A. with distinction from the University of Michigan, a J.D. magna cum laude from Wayne State University and an LL.M. in taxation from DePaul University. During the Vietnam War, Miller was a captain in the U.S. Air Force and served as an aircraft-commander pilot. He is currently a member of the Budget Committee Association of S.W. Florida and is chair of the Sanibel Amateur Radio Volunteer Team. Before establishing his law practice in 2000, Miller was vice president and treasurer of Owens Corning Corporation headquartered in Toledo, Ohio. Miller is a board certified Elder Law attorney with offices in Cape Coral. In his practice he specializes in guardianship litigation, public benefits eligibility, and trusts and estates. Miller is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Financial Planner. He is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Florida Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Financial Planning Association. Miller’s pro bono efforts have included serving as a volunteer attorney with the Ft. Myers office of Florida Rural Legal Services where he represented clients involving various legal issues. In his private practice his pro bono efforts have included public benefits eligibility and guardianship representation. Richard A. Horder Atlanta, Georgia Out-of-State Division Richard Horder received a J.D. from the University of Florida in 1971, an LL.M. in International Law from the London School of Economics in 1974, and an M.B.A. in International Business from Georgia State University in 1977. He is currently a partner in Kilpatrick Horder Stockton, LLP, located in Atlanta and co-chairs the firm’s Environmental Law and Natural Resources Practice Group. He previously served as an assistant U.S. attorney from 1974 to 1977, was in private practice with Horder, McDonald and Mallard from 1977 to 1979, and was associate general counsel with Georgia-Pacific Corporation from 1979 to 1989. Horder has been involved in pro bono matters for his entire career, having served numerous terms on the board of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society and as president. He has a long history of involvement in pro bono matters involving children and is an expert in adoption law having co-authored the Georgia Adoption Code. He chairs the firm’s Pro Bono Committee and was responsible for creating the Grandparent Adoption Program, a joint project of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society and Kilpatrick Horder Stockton, which addresses the needs of low-income relatives caring for children whose parents are absent due to various factors. This program has represented more than 140 relative caregivers in adoption proceedings donating more than 8,000 hours and positively impacting hundreds of children’s lives. Horder is also responsible for the creation of the first pro bono partner position in a Georgia firm, which was filled in 2001 resulting in the firm’s annual pro bono hours increasing from approximately 8,000 in 2000 to more than 25,000 hours presently. The Florida Bar’s Young Lawyers Division Pro Bono Service Award Recipient Melanie E. Damian Miami Melanie E. Damian is a 1991 graduate of the University of Wisconsin and received her J.D. in 1996 from the University of Miami, where she was a member of the Law Review. She was also a Fulbright Junior Research Fellow in Mexico. Damian is a partner with Damian and Valori and practices business litigation including officer and director liability, corporate governance, securities, professional negligence, and employment litigation. Damian is admitted to practice in all Florida state courts, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Damian is a member of The Florida Bar and the Business Law and Labor and Employment Law sections. She is also a member of the ABA and the ABA’s Litigation, Business Law, and Labor and Employment sections, as well as the Dade County Bar Association. Since her final year of law school when she did her clinical placement at the guardian ad litem office, Damian has donated hundreds of hours advocating for children in the foster care system through the GAL office and Lawyers for Children America. From 1997 to the present, she represented five brothers who had been in and out of foster care since birth and needed advocacy for all aspects of their lives, from home placement and health care services to educational planning. Damian also represented a mentally and physically disabled child who was severely abused by his mother so that the child could be adopted into a safe and loving home. In 2003, Damian founded a nonprofit organization called Educate Tomorrow, dedicated to helping foster children or otherwise disadvantaged students to attain post-secondary education by matching the foster children with volunteers who assist them in researching and applying for post-secondary education and obtaining financial aid and, in some cases, providing scholarships. In addition, the organization provides SAT and FCAT tutoring and assists children in graduating from high school and obtaining admission to post-secondary education. This organization now helps hundreds of children make post-secondary education possible. Damian also is the educational planning chair for the Miami-Dade “It’s Your Life Program,” a life skills training program developed for foster children who will soon turn 18 and age out of the foster care system. The program’s purpose is to provide specific services in the areas of money management, educational and employment opportunities, consumer issues, and housing. A judge is in a unique position to contribute to the improvement of the law, the legal system, and the administration of justice. The support of pro bono services improves the judicial system as a whole. This award is for outstanding and sustained service to the public, especially as it relates to support of pro bono legal services.Judge William A. Van Nortwick, Jr., First District Court of Appeal, Tallahassee The purpose of the Law Firm Commendation is to recognize, when appropriate, a law firm which has demonstrated a significant contribution in the delivery of legal services to individuals or groups on a pro bono basis. Unlike the Tobias Simon and Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Awards, the Law Firm Commendation is not an annual award. Barrett & Barrett Barrett & Barrett was founded 16 years ago in Dunedin by the husband and wife team of Ted and Alicen Barrett. This general practice firm focuses in the areas of bankruptcy, criminal defense, family law, personal injury, and probate.The Barretts began their volunteer work early in their legal careers. While still in law school, Mr. Barrett was a member of the Sixty Plus Law Clinic, which provided free legal assistance to persons over 60, and Ms. Barrett was a volunteer student advisor and instructor for the Student Tutorial Service sponsored by the Student Bar Association.Since its inception, Barrett & Barrett has provided free legal assistance to those in need. The firm has long participated in general civil clinics sponsored by the Gulfcoast Legal Association, which provides free legal assistance to income eligible persons, and Barrett & Barrett has contributed many hours addressing the legal needs of the poor by accepting pro bono cases from Gulfcoast Legal Association, as well as from other sources. Barrett & Barrett was recently recognized by the Clearwater Bar Foundation for its continuing contributions to the pro bono programs coordinated by Gulfcoast Legal Services.Barrett & Barrett also participate in the Clearwater Courthouse Legal Assistance Clinic, a free program that assists pro se litigants who would otherwise be unable to negotiate the court system due to their financial situation. Both attorneys have participated in a number of Clearwater Bar Association committees over the years, providing legal services for those in need. In the wake of Hurricane Charley, both attorneys signed on as volunteer lawyers with the FEMA-YLD Disaster Legal Services Program. As a certified county court mediator, Ms. Barrett provides pro bono mediation services to those unable to afford them.The firm also has a long-standing commitment to community service. Mr. Barrett donates his time as a volunteer speaker in Pinellas County during Law Day Week, and Ms. Barrett volunteers as a speaker for The People’s Law School, sponsored by the Clearwater Bar Association, which provides free seminars to the community on law-related topics. The firm also mentors local college students who are interested in pursuing a career in the legal field.Mr. Barrett has been a member of Rolling Readers of Pinellas County, reading stories to elementary students, president of the City of Dunedin Committee for Environmental Quality, and a member of the City of Dunedin Marina Advisory Committee. Ms. Barrett donates her time as a volunteer counselor with Florida Department of Elder Affairs SHINE program, which assists persons 50 and older with a wide range of issues involving Medicare, Medicaid, disability, and long-term care.The law firm of Barrett & Barrett is committed to the provision of legal services on a pro bono basis to those who cannot otherwise afford such services. It is the firm’s philosophy that the rewards for doing so far outweigh the time and effort expended. THE VOLUNTARY BAR ASSOCIATION PRO BONO SERVICE AWARD Presented by the Chief Justice Vanderplas wins Simon Pro Bono Service Award Melinda Melendez Assistant Editor Chief Justice Barbara Pariente called James M. Vanderplas’ pro bono work “truly remarkable” at a ceremony held April 7 in Tallahassee, at which he was awarded the Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award for 2005. But to hear Vanderplas tell it, he plays only a small role along with a great many attorneys who unselfishly donate their time and effort to helping those who are most in need of legal assistance.“I am only one among perhaps thousands of others who give equally, generously of their time and talent,” Vanderplas said.While Vanderplas expressed gratitude to the court and many others, he also took a moment to address his concern regarding the public image of lawyers.“If one were to believe the stories portrayed by recent headlines,” said Vanderplas, “one would see a view of the typical lawyer as one who is responsible for the exorbitant rise in medical malpractice insurance premiums, or as one who reaps great profits in fees from class action suits.“Seldom seen, in my view, is a headline on a front page depicting the more typical lawyer who does not take cases for lucre alone — who seeks justice and compensation for the injured client,” Vanderplas said. “These are typical of the kinds of cases that are handled by the lawyers at the various legal services offices and other legal aid offices; lawyers who could be earning upwards of three or four times their present salaries, but choose to represent the needy client.”Vanderplas highlighted the importance of the image of lawyers in the public eye and suggested the good works done by countless attorneys are often overlooked.“While the profession and this court duly recognize their contributions, the general public in my view is woefully ignorant of the role they play in society,” he said. “Their efforts can use a great deal more exposure to the public eye and the support, financial and otherwise, of the powers that be.”The award commemorates Tobias Simon, a Miami civil rights lawyer, who died in 1982, and is the highest public honor bestowed by the Supreme Court upon a private lawyer. “We know that the spirit of Tobias Simon lives on in the award that bears his name, which honors those Florida lawyers who have unselfishly carried on his work,” Chief Justice Barbara Pariente said. “He helped to define and preserve certain fundamental rights for us all.”Vanderplas, who has a solo practice in Indian Rocks Beach, was recognized for more than 20 years and 4,500 hours of pro bono service. Since the early ’80s, Vanderplas has been an active volunteer for Gulfcoast Legal Services, donating at least four hours weekly in the Clearwater office. Vanderplas conducts interviews and gathers information from prospective clients of Gulfcoast Legal Services for evaluation. He attends weekly staff meetings and presents his findings to discuss the merits of each case. In instances in which a client may need information rather than legal action, Vanderplas offers his knowledge of real property, landlord/tenant, consumer, collections, probate, and Social Security law on an individual basis.This past year, Florida lawyers donated over $2.5 million in contributions and 1.5 million hours in pro bono work, Pariente said.“These lawyers know that although it is easy to represent a client who is educated and well funded, the poor and the powerless must also have representation if we are to fulfill the promise of equal justice for all,” Chief Justice Pariente said.The court also awarded a new honor, the Distinguished Judicial Service Award, to Judge William A. Van Nortwick, Jr., of Tallahassee. The chief justice presents this award to a judge who has provided outstanding and sustained service to the public, especially as it relates to support of pro bono legal services. Judge Van Nortwick is the first recipient to receive the honor. The court also recognized Barrett & Barrett and the Clearwater Bar Association for their contributions in the area of pro bono work.Kelly Overstreet Johnson, president of The Florida Bar, presented the President’s Service Award to 21 recipients: one winner from each judicial circuit and one attorney from the out-of-state division. The award recognizes outstanding individual attorneys who have made extraordinary contributions in pro bono work.YLD President Michael Faehner also presented the Young Lawyers Division Pro Bono Award to Melanie E. Damian with the law firm of Damian & Valori, for her many contributions to pro bono work including founding the nonprofit organization “Educate Tomorrow.”Damian was not the only young lawyer to receive an honor. Faehner, who thought he was only presenting an award, was recognized by the court with the Chief Justice Special Recognition Award for his tireless volunteer effort on behalf of hurricane victims last year throughout the state.Chief Justice Pariente said, “In 2004, the state of Florida endured the most catastrophic hurricane season in its history. [Faehner] organized and coordinated a joint program with the YLD and FEMA by which lawyers volunteered their time to help the victims of the hurricanes free of charge. Nearly 700 attorneys answered the call to provide service through this program. Your contributions and leadership were truly remarkable.”“It wasn’t just me; it was the spirit of The Florida Bar, everyone just coming together to help those people,” Faehner said. “I was just one person, in one place, at one time.”The ceremony was dedicated to Bar Board of Governors member Henry Latimer, who died in Janaury in a car accident and who was actively involved in pro bono work. To many, Latimer embodied the giving nature of pro bono volunteerism.Pro Bono Awards THE LAW FIRM COMMENDATION Presented by the Chief Justice The purpose of the Voluntary Bar Association Pro Bono Service Award is to recognize, when appropriate, a voluntary bar which has demonstrated a significant contribution in the delivery of legal services to individuals or groups on a pro bono basis. Unlike the Tobias Simon and Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Awards, the Law Firm Commendation is not an annual award.Clearwater Bar Associationcenter_img The Clearwater Bar Association has a membership of more than 800 and has a long history of supporting pro bono efforts through its foundation and in cooperation with Gulfcoast Legal Services. In the 1990s and early 2000s the Clearwater Bar Foundation coordinated pro bono efforts of bar members. Effective January 2003, the Clearwater Bar requested its funding from The Florida Bar Foundation IOTA grants be transferred to Gulfcoast with the understanding that it would employ the foundation’s pro bono coordinator.This redirection of financial support to Gulfcoast has enabled the Clearwater Bar to increase and enhance its pro bono efforts. Its pro bono committee has been reenergized, co-chaired by Judge Nancy Moate Ley and family law attorney Ky Koch. The committee includes representatives from Gulfcoast Legal Services, the Clearwater Bar Young Lawyers Division, the Clearwater Bar Foundation, and family law and probate practitioners. The committee works with Gulfcoast’s pro bono coordinator to develop and produce programs to benefit indigent clients in north Pinellas County and has expanded to neighborhoods throughout the area.The collaborative effort has yielded great success. Gulfcoast has the expertise to develop programs, and the bar provides a communication link between GLS and the bar members for the purposes of recruiting and recognizing volunteers, public relations, fundraising, and, in general, providing support and assistance to Gulfcoast’s staff toward coordination of pro bono efforts.Program highlights for 2004 include: Hispanic outreach clinics; Ross Norton Recreation Center Clinic; the Pro Bono Client Free Training Seminar; Living Wills Project; People’s Law School; wills and general civil clinics; Clearwater Courthouse Legal Assistance Project; the Clearwater Bar Foundation Recognition of outstanding volunteers; and the ongoing recruiting of volunteers.These programs resulted in approximately 600 pro bono hours in the past year. The Clearwater Bar’s efforts to recruit and communicate with volunteers have kept these hours at a high level.As the Clearwater Bar recognizes its 75th Anniversary in 2005, its members plan to continue their long history of giving back to the community and working collaboratively with Gulfcoast Legal Services and the Clearwater Bar Foundation to provide legal advice and direct representation to the indigent in north Pinellas County. The Clearwater Bar Association will continue to support these organizations in creative ways to enhance the provision of pro bono legal services. THE DISTINGUISHED JUDICIAL SERVICE AWARD Presented by the Chief Justice Vanderplas wins Simon Pro Bono Service Award May 1, 2005 Assistant Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Multiple local temporary closures announced due to COVID

first_imgBeer Tree Brew Co. located at 197 Route 369 in Port Crane announced they will be closing as a precaution of the uptick in COVID-19 cases. The locations say they are closing for the health and safety of the community and staff and will continue to post updates as decisions are being made. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — A few locations in Binghamton have announced they will be closed until further notice. center_img Garage Taco Bar will also be closing temporarily after they had been made aware of a positive COVID case.last_img read more

La Administración Wolf destaca los esfuerzos integrales en materia de seguridad alimentaria

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Español,  Press Release,  Public Health A medida que Pennsylvania trabaja para mitigar la propagación del nuevo coronavirus de 2019, la Administración Wolf ha priorizado el abordaje de la inseguridad alimentaria en el estado al proteger nuestra cadena de suministro local, promover las exenciones y los recursos necesarios y garantizar el acceso igualitario a los alimentos saludables.“A medida que buscamos garantizar la salud y la seguridad de los residentes de Pennsylvania y trabajar juntos para salvar vidas mientras mitigamos la COVID-19, los alimentos nunca han ocupado un lugar más importante”, dijo el Gobernador Tom Wolf. “Dependemos de los agricultores para que continúen trabajando la tierra, de los procesadores de alimentos para fabricar productos, de los trabajadores de supermercados para que estén en las cajas y de los voluntarios para apoyar nuestros bancos y despensas de alimentos”.Pennsylvania es el hogar de una industria agrícola y alimentaria fuerte y diversa, conocido por su reputación por la innovación y la generosidad, que crea una base sólida para la seguridad alimentaria en el estado. Garantizar que los residentes de Pennsylvania tengan el acceso igualitario a los alimentos es una pieza crucial de un rompecabezas grande y complejo.“Estos tiempos de incertidumbre han resaltado la complejidad de la cadena de suministro de alimentos de nuestra nación y demandan una nueva manera de pensar. Hemos estado analizando activamente situaciones sin precedentes a medida que se presentan. Trabajamos las 24 horas del día entre todos los organismos para guiar a la industria y garantizar que los alimentos sigan estando disponibles y accesibles. El hambre no se apoderará de este estado”, dijo el Secretario del Departamento de Agricultura, Russell Redding. “Me conmueve la increíble innovación, colaboración y tenacidad que hemos visto a medida que trabajamos con los sectores privado, público y sin fines de lucro para evitar la inseguridad alimentaria en Pennsylvania”.Antes de la COVID-19, más de 1.5 millones de residentes de Pennsylvania padecían hambre crónica de manera regular. Entre ellos, casi medio millón de niños. En las últimas semanas, cientos de miles más han pasado a depender del sistema de alimentos de caridad a medida que las empresas cerraban sus puertas y las clases se mudaban al hogar para aprender de manera virtual y así mitigar la propagación del nuevo coronavirus mortal. Asimismo, hay un grupo completamente nuevo de residentes de Pennsylvania que se encuentra con la necesidad de utilizar los recursos alimentarios de emergencia.Desde el primer momento en que comenzaron los esfuerzos de mitigación de la COVID-19 en Pennsylvania, la agricultura y toda la cadena de suministro de alimentos se consideraron de soporte vital. Para apoyar a la industria y proteger a la fuerza laboral, la Administración Wolf ha recomendado que las operaciones de producción y procesamiento de alimentos permanezcan abiertas y cumplan con una serie de guías integrales para minimizar el riesgo, mantener una fuerza laboral saludable y garantizar la seguridad de los alimentos.Además de guiar a la industria agrícola, la administración ha trabajado diligentemente con el sistema de alimentos de caridad de Pennsylvania para brindar orientación para limitar el riesgo relacionado con la COVID-19, adquirir exenciones de las agencias federales para garantizar que aquellos que necesitan alimentos puedan recibirlos y proveer recursos desde todos los ángulos para apoyar la implementación.Los residentes de Pennsylvania reciben apoyo y asistencia de muchas maneras fuera de la red de Pennsylvania de casi 3,000 despensas de alimentos, comedores de beneficencia, refugios y otros programas de alimentación que sirven a más de dos millones de personas cada año. Los Departamentos de Envejecimiento, Agricultura, Educación y Servicios Humanos, junto con la Agencia de Manejo de Emergencias de Pennsylvania, han trabajado para ampliar la disponibilidad del programa, adquirir las exenciones necesarias y aumentar los recursos durante los esfuerzos de mitigación de la COVID-19 en Pennsylvania.Asimismo, la Administración Wolf se compromete a garantizar que los residentes de Pennsylvania sepan que los recursos están disponibles para ellos mediante la creación y la actualización de la guía de Respuesta a la COVID-19 (Responding to COVID-19 Guide) que brinda una lista completa de la información y los apoyos disponibles, igual que la encuesta Acceso a alimentos (Access to Food) para identificar las áreas de mayor necesidad.Por otra parte, la Administración Wolf ha colaborado con socios públicos y privados con el fin de garantizar que se puedan asignar suministros y donaciones para satisfacer las necesidades de alimentación en todo Pennsylvania.Los esfuerzos de los voluntarios para distribuir comidas y otros servicios de soporte vital en Pennsylvania se consideran actividades esenciales, incluso con la orden estatal vigente de quedarse en casa. El sistema de alimentos de caridad cuenta con el apoyo de una base de decenas de miles de voluntarios que generosamente dan su tiempo para garantizar que nadie en Pennsylvania tenga que preguntarse dónde conseguirá su próxima comida. Debido al aumento de la necesidad, así como de las preocupaciones en materia de salud entre muchos miembros del voluntariado tradicional, se necesitan más voluntarios para ayudar a fortalecer el sistema.La Primera Dama Frances Wolf hizo un llamamiento a los residentes saludables de Pennsylvania para que consideren ser voluntarios para ayudar a quienes lo necesitan, recordándoles que deben cumplir con todas las precauciones de seguridad mientras lo hacen.“Pennsylvania está bien situada para satisfacer la mayor demanda de asistencia alimentaria y apoyo en todo el estado, y continuará utilizando la información disponible y colaborará con los socios públicos y privados para garantizar que ningún residente de Pennsylvania pase hambre durante la pandemia de COVID-19”, dijo Wolf. “Esta crisis de salud pública ha resaltado la importancia de la industria agrícola y alimentaria de Pennsylvania y que brindar un suministro constante y accesible de alimentos inocuos es esencial para la recuperación.Infórmese más sobre Seguridad alimentaria en Pennsylvania:Acerca de la inseguridad alimentariaAcerca del suministro de alimentosRecursos para residentes de PennsylvaniaMedidas tomadas durante la pandemia de COVID-19Para obtener una lista completa de los documentos de guía e información relacionados con la agricultura y los alimentos durante la mitigación de la COVID-19 en Pennsylvania, visite agriculture.pa.gov/COVID o siga al Departamento de Agricultura en Twitter y Facebook. Para obtener la información más exacta y oportuna relacionada con la salud en Pennsylvania, visite on.pa.gov/coronavirus.Ver esta página en inglés. April 29, 2020center_img La Administración Wolf destaca los esfuerzos integrales en materia de seguridad alimentarialast_img read more

Renovated beauty up for grabs in Woody Point

first_imgInside the home at 72 King St, Woody Point.All the work has been done in this renovated family home so all you need to do is move in. My Property Shop marketing agent, Tracey Burns the property at 72 King St, Woody Point had been a much loved family home for decades and had recently been revamped. The home has a tiled, open-plan living and dining area and an open galley kitchen with white cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and walk-through pantry. More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019The new bathroom at 72 King St, Woody Point.The open plan area opens to the undercover deck with outdoor kitchen. Back inside, there are three airconditioned bedrooms with an ensuite and walk-in wardrobe to the main. The main bathroom has a deep bath and large shower and there is a separate toilet. Timber floors feature in the bedrooms at 72 King St, Woody Point.The home also has polished timber floors, single lockup garage and a modern laundry. The lowset house is walking distance to schools, shops and parks and about1.5km from the waterfront. The home is on the market for offers over $549,000.last_img read more

Lucille E. Dittmer

first_imgLucille E. Dittmer, 93, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Monday, February 26, 2018 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.She was born June 7, 1924 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, daughter of the late Leroy Stevens and Mary M. Stevens.She worked at Dearborn County Hospital, retiring after over 30 years of service.Lucille was passionate about her faith, church and family. She was a long time member of the Ebenezer Baptist Church, was a children’s Sunday School teacher for many years and was with the Ladies Missionary Circle. Lucille was a DAR member and also helped with retired R Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the Ebenezer Baptist Church. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.com SVP. She enjoyed cooking, being in the flower garden, going to church and being with her family. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.Surviving are children, David (Mary) Dittmer of Aurora, IN, Debbie (Jim) McKinney of Aurora, IN; grandchildren, James David Dittmer, Gregory William Dittmer, Derrick Erwin Dittmer, James Dylan McKinney; great-grandchildren, Jacob, Madison & William Marshall.She was preceded in death by her husband, Gayle W. Dittmer and several brothers and sisters.Friends will be received Saturday, March 3, 2018, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the funeral home at 2:00 pm with Pastor Tom Fehrman officiating.last_img read more

​Bruce remains in the dark over Newcastle future

first_imgNewcastle United boss, Steve Bruce, has yet to hold talks with the club about his future. The 59-year-old has helped the Magpies perform an unlikely escape this season, as they were near certainties for relegation when he took over from Rafa Benitez. They are currently 13th and eight points clear of the drop zone. But the Saudi Arabia-funded consortium may have its own ideas about who to install as manager when the takeover is complete. Bruce may be moved aside to fit a more high profile appointment into the position. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… The Amanda Staveley-led consortium is finalising the remaining details before officially confirming the purchase of the club from Mike Ashley. And the Daily Star reports that Bruce still does not know if he will be in charge next season.Advertisement Promoted Content7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Most Influential Countries In The History Of The World14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Yearlast_img read more

Malagò: ‘Serie A must have a Plan B’

first_img Loading… Promoted ContentIt Might Be Quentin Tarantino’s Last Movie8 Best 1980s High Tech GadgetsHe Didn’t Agree With His Character Becoming Gay And Quit A Role5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 9 Scariest Haunted Castles In EuropeFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet Coni President, Giovanni Malagò, has claimed ‘there must be a Plan B’ for the resumption of Serie A but knows the playoff hypothesis is not welcomed by everyone. “I speak of agreements with the various components and with the broadcasters. Like the Bundesliga.” Serie A wanted to resume on June 13, but the new decree has suspended all sporting activities until June 14 and one of the alternatives could be the hypothesis of a playoff to assign the championship on the pitch. “If the contagion curve keeps a low index, I think there will be no problem starting a couple of days before. read also:Italian FA chief looking at May return for Serie A “I read [about the hypothesis] and I understand that everyone doesn’t agree. I want to be clear that CONI only has interests if football, or better to say Serie A, manages to solve problems. “I’m not invading the pitch as someone has defined it. I have a proactive, non-critical attitude.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 As Serie A works on the resumption, the CONI chief insists the championship will need alternatives in case of emergency and claims ‘getting there can’t be the only solution’. “For months I insisted that we aim to start again but since it’s not possible to make long-term forecasts, given the existing variables, there must also be a Plan B,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “Not having one is a mistake. I’ll give you an example: Tomorrow, we go by boat from Naples to reach Corsica because the sea is calm, but after a few miles it starts to rise and we must have a plan to either go back or change course. “Getting there can’t be the only solution. The commander must have alternatives. Abroad, the championships have either been shut down or whoever has decided to reopen them or intends to do so, meanwhile, has made everything safe in the event of a new stop.Advertisementlast_img read more

Breach of rules: Icelandic lady weeps for Foden, Greenwood.

first_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “I did not Google the person before I went to meet him, I feel for everyone around him. Family, girlfriend, teammates and him too. “I realised that they were something known, but it was a big mistake for all parties not to have thought beyond what happened.” She added: “We cannot take this back, this is something you have to live with.” “I have come in here to come clean, to tell about my side and the right side of this issue, which has attracted much more attention than I had thought,” she explained. Read AlsoQatar FA fines Xavi, players over Coronavirus rules breach “To answer the main question, I’m the person who picked up the boys and took up this whole situation. It was a huge mistake. “Honestly with all my conscience, I did not realise how famous these guys were,” she added in an interview with a local newspaper in Iceland. Lara Clausen says she had no prior knowledge that Foden already had a two-year-old son with Rebecca Cooke. An Icelandic lady has pleaded on behalf of England international Phil Foden revealing that she neither knew he was an international footballer nor  had a girlfriend with a child. Lara Clausen, 19 another unnamed lady had gone on a secret liason with England duo of Foden and Mason Greenwood in the Three Lions Hotel while on national assignment, but the meeting turned out to be a sweet-bitter experience. Foden was kicked out of England’s training camp in Iceland along with Mason Greenwood over the weekend, having breached coronavirus protocols by inviting two girls into the team hotel after their Nations League win on Saturday. The Manchester City and Manchester United youngsters arrived back in England on Monday night, with Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate warning them to expect a public backlash over the incident. Phil foden and Mason Greenwood hammered for importing ladies into England camp Lara Clausen who revealed she is not a football fan and does not watch also regretted that she did not google to properly know the identity of the guys she and the friend were dealing with. “Many have said to me that he (Foden) has a girlfriend and a child, I did not know,” she said. Loading… Promoted ContentBrother Creates A Phenomenal Dress For His Sister10 Of The Dirtiest Seas In The WorldTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetThe Great Wall Of China: The Hidden StoryBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Most Breathtaking Bridges In The WorldPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBelieve It Or Not, Paul Rudd Is Turning 50 This Yearlast_img read more

State to stay in Stage 4.5 through August 27

first_imgStatewide —During the State’s COVID-19 update on Wednesday, Governor Eric Holcomb announced that the state will be staying in Stage 4.5 of its #BackOnTrack opening plan until August 27th.The Governor also announced the extension of the moratorium on evictions and foreclosures until August 14 to align with the moratorium on utility disconnection. There was not an indication, either way if these two moratoriums would be extended.Governor Holcomb stated he still supports local officials in enforcing more stringent guidelines if necessary.last_img read more

Spurs ‘sign Chiriches’

first_imgTottenham have agreed to sign Steaua Bucharest defender Vlad Chiriches, according to the Romanian club’s manager. Spurs have been searching for a new centre-back following the departures of Steven Caulker and William Gallas. The north London club failed in their bid to sign 23-year-old Chiriches last month, but a fee of around £8.5million appears to have now been agreed. Press Associationcenter_img Steaua hope the defender, who has won 19 caps for Romania, will play in the second leg of their Champions League play-off against Legia Warsaw on Tuesday before completing his move to White Hart Lane. “The two clubs have agreed to transfer him. I’m very happy for him,” Steaua manager Laurentiu Reghecampf told a press conference on Saturday. “I can not say the amount for which (he was) transferred, but it is very high. “It will be the most expensive transfer in the history of Steaua. “The owner says that all there is left to do is sign some documents. “We hope he will help us Tuesday night if he can.” Chiriches has played at four different Romanian clubs and he also had a one-year spell at Benfica between 2007 and 2008. An imposing figure at 6ft 1in, Chiriches can also play at full-back or in midfield. last_img read more

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