USS O’Kane Starts Biggest Drydocking Period in PHNSY History

first_img Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today USS O’Kane Starts Biggest Drydocking Period in PHNSY History View post tag: americas View post tag: Naval USS O’Kane Starts Biggest Drydocking Period in PHNSY History May 14, 2015 View post tag: Drydocking View post tag: News by topic The guided-missile destroyer USS O’Kane (DDG 77) completed its move to Dry Dock 4 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on March 4 to begin its drydocking selected restricted availability (DSRA), the biggest in Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard (PHNSY) history.O’Kane returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, the ship’s homeport, on Dec. 5, 2014 following a nine-month deployment to the Arabian Gulf and Western Pacific Ocean where they conducted operations supporting regional security and counter-terrorism.Cmdr. Gina McCaine, commanding officer of USS O’Kane, said:This is the 2nd docking in O’Kane’s 15-year history. The repairs and modernizations she receives during this DSRA are critical to sustaining her capability to defend our nation.After months of preparation, the availability began on Feb. 23 following the offload of all missiles and ammunition. Shipyard personnel and tugs precisely maneuvered USS O’Kane into the drydock basin, tied her to the pier, and drained the basin. This allowed the ship to rest on preplaced blocks allowing shipyard personnel and contractors access to below the waterline areas for maintenance, repairs, and upgrades to critical systems on USS O’Kane. This maintenance will help ensure O’Kane reaches the expected life span of 40 years.Work scopeThe availability is 37 weeks. Of those 37 weeks, the ship will spend more than 20 in drydock. Twenty-nine ship alterations are scheduled with one of the largest being the installation of an improved SONAR (Sound Navigation And Ranging) suite. It provides surface warships with a seamlessly integrated undersea/anti-submarine warfare detection, localization, classification and targeting capability. The system presents an integrated picture of the acoustic tactical situation by receiving, combining and processing active and passive sonar sensor data from a variety of hull-mounted arrays, towed arrays, and sonobuoys. This upgrade to the anti-submarine warfare suite will reduce weight, space, cooling, and power requirements.Other major alterations include a bow strengthening modification, advanced galley modifications to enhance meal prep times and serving capacity, two berthing complex renovations, mast preservation, antenna overhaul, and shafts/rudders/propeller reconditioning. O’Kane will also be the first in the U.S. Pacific Fleet to receive the key management infrastructure (KMI) installation. KMI replaces the existing crypto system to provide a means for securely ordering, generating, producing, distributing, managing, and auditing cryptographic products.The projected scope of work is in excess of 80,000 man-days. The predicted manpower requirements are more than 500 people per day. The overall cost is estimated to be $52 million.April 29 marked USS O’Kane’s 25 percent completion of DSRA. O’Kane expects to undock on Aug. 26 and complete the availability on Nov. 6.[mappress mapid=”15965″]Image: US Navy View post tag: Navy View post tag: PHNSY Share this article View post tag: USS O’Kanelast_img read more

Not such great Scots

first_imgEl PresidenteEl Presidenteout24 OctoberSince Franz Ferdinand smashed into the mainstream, the British music press has been looking to the Scots for the new band of the moment. This search seems to have resulted in virtually every new Scottish band being labelled “the next big thing”, even the mind numbingly mediocre. So it is no surprise that Glaswegian outfit El Presidente’s rise to prominence has been swift since the release of their limited single Rocket last year. From this success they have gone on tours with Kasabian, Oasis and Soulwax. There has been a high level of anticipation for their debut album, with the Guardian labelling them “the Glaswegian Scissor Sisters” but, with all the hype, the question is whether this album could see El Presidente become even bigger.The short answer is no. In truth, there can be no denying that founder and front man Dante Gizzi has the ear to write a good tune. The opening track, Without You, is basically a nice, friendly pop song for nice, friendly people: it combines singalong lyrics with a very gentle pop-funk riff. Rocket, evidently describing a hard drug binge, is a straight mix of a good dance beat with pop melodies, providing a vivid and driving mix, while Count on Me has a ridiculously catchy tune.However, catchy alone doesn’t do enough to mask the painfully pathetic lyrics, which Gizzi intersperses with random, mistaken ‘intellectual’ references, with little congruity with the subject. These can only be explained as half-hearted attempts to hide his near-total absence of artistic flair. If Gizzi had a good voice, his foolish and irrelevant musings might have been less noticeable. The problem is that he actually seems to take pride in his limitations, constantly repeating daft phrases until he sounds like a whining cat.These flaws are thrown into sharp relief when compared with bands such as the Scissor Sisters, whose ability to mix genres, interchange older styles with newer ones and amalgamate pop, funk, and dance into a fluctuous sound makes them brilliant. In contrast, El Presidente achieve this only in bits and pieces: I Didn’t Really has moments of Cure-like mellowness, while Come on Now makes a good dance track. The problem for El Presidente is that they haven’t brought their musical influences together, and seem to be constantly imitating a particular genre without concern for their own individuality. The result is that their album drifts at points into sounding more like a band covering older pop. Turn This Around is nice enough in itself, but leads the album into briefly sounding a bit too Spandau Ballet-esque for comfort. 100Mph is a meaningless rock song of the bad Aerosmith early-eighties phase.Ultimately, El Presidente do have their moments. They just need to rethink their style and choose what sort of band they’re going to be. Above all, there’s absolutely nothing Glaswegian about this band. Whereas Franz Ferdinand have simultaneously drawn on both the Glasgow art scene and a general northern down-to-earthness, El Presidente have no real individuality in their music or presentation. Their songs are of a distinctly poor pseudo-American ilk, with little innovation. They would do well to redefine their styles and settle on a music form that suits them.ARCHIVE: 2nd week MT 2005last_img read more

celebration cake maker of the year

first_imgRenshawnapier is proud to continue its support of the industry by sponsoring Celebration Cake Maker of the Year once again.During this difficult financial time, celebrating the best in the industry is more important than ever, says the company. Open to everyone, ranging from small cake-making specialists right up to celebration cake manufacturers, this award aims to search out those highly skilled individuals that make celebration cakes such an exciting and innovative sector. Entrants do not have to be a customer of Renshawnapier to enter the award.”I am delighted to be able to support this prestigious event for the industry and offer cake-makers the opportunity to demonstrate their immense talent in this area,” says Stephen Heslop, CEO of Renshawnapier’s parent company the Real Good Food Company. “The designs and concepts I have seen in the previous four years we have supported this award have been amazing and a real credit to individual finalists and their respective businesses. As a business, we are very clear about our innovations agenda and we hope this will inspire others to achieve similar success.”Judges will be looking for entrants that truly excel in their craft and can demonstrate creativity and individuality in the field of celebration cakes. Key trends in the market include good use of colour and modern, simple designs. Whatever your inspiration, the key to success in this category is being able to translate ideas into vibrant and imaginative cakes.”Companies and individuals should enter to demonstrate their skills and individual flair,” says Nicola Hemming, business development and technical sales manager at Renshawnapier. “Being recognised for the quality of your work provides a great sense of achievement. The feelgood factor is something to be personally very proud of and your business will also benefit. This award raises profiles and highlights the achievements of you and your company across the entire industry.”The Real Good Food Company consolidated Renshaw and Napier Brown Foods into one business unit, renamed as Renshawnapier, in January 2009. The business supplies a wide range of sugars, marzipans, ready-to-roll icings, caramel, mallow, baking chocolate and jam to major cake manufacturers, high street bakers and retailers.—-=== Leanne Tang, cake decorator, Terry Tang Designer Cakes, Liverpool, who won last year’s award. ===”I hadn’t seen the cakes from the other finalists until the awards night. When I saw how good they all were, I was a bit unsure about how I would do. It was such a lovely surprise to win. The whole night was brilliant fun and I was on a real high after winning the award. We highlighted it on our website and have put the trophy and certificate up in the shop. Customers are always asking about it. My dad (Terry Tang) won the award in 2007, so it means that as a business we’ve won it two years in a row. It all adds to the reputation of the business and, on a personal level, it’s nice to be recognised for your work.”last_img read more

PREMIERE: DJ And Producer Maddy O’Neal Debuts Stunning Sophomore EP, ‘Parallels’

first_imgIt’s been a great year for Maddy O’Neal thus far. The Denver electronic producer and DJ has been building hype and making a name for herself since breaking out as a solo artist a little over a year ago. Her sound is effortless and fiercely creative, with her bass-driven and genre-blending tracks synthesizing tastes of hip-hop, rock ‘n’ roll, funk, the blues, and jazz to create a sound uniquely her own. Characterized by lyric overtones, gorgeous production, and resounding bass, O’Neal is by no means timid in the way she crafts her music, and her fearlessness is continually rewarded. This year alone, she has been tapped for huge lineups nationwide, with Lightning in a Bottle, Summer Camp, Euphoria, Gem And Jam, and Sonic Bloom already under her belt and Camp Bisco, Pretty Lights’ Episodic Festival 6 and 8, Infrasound, Arise, and Big Gigantic’s Rowdytown VI at Red Rocks on the horizon. More good news is on the way for fans new and old, as Maddy O’Neal drops her highly anticipated sophomore EP, Parallels, today via Super Best Records.EXCLUSIVE: Maddy O’Neal Talks Personal Growth, Getting Big, And Girl Power“Wanna Know,” Parallels’ opening track, is patient from its onset, taking its time as it swells into its laidback, borderline-psychedelic groove. As the song unfolds, the song moves into an increasingly glitchy sound, though still maintains its initial spaciousness with an echoing combination of piano, electric guitar, and synth. Moving into “Going Down,” a favorite off Parallels, the album takes a distinctly heavier turn, with “Going Down” sporting a darker, more decisive bassline, though still maintaining the unhurried tone of the album’s opening track. “One And The Same” grows out of its sparse introduction, slowly building its volume with layered samples of horn and airy vocals before it drops its bass, with the unpredictable and dynamic number characterized by the diverse sound it offers across its length. After “One And The Same” tapers off, Parallels moves into “Everyday” — a more assertive song with a decisive tone driven by its hitting bassline and eerie orchestral samples. Closing out the EP is “Follow The Sound,” another favorite off the album, featuring Emily Clark on vocals. Opening with Clark’s soulful vocals soaring over a stripped-down synthy riff and orchestral swells, the melodic bass eventually drops in. At first featuring a bouncing, laid-back bassline, the song amps up into a glitchy, aggressive peak before shimmering out at its end with a return to its more expansive groove.Parallels, is a stunning display from Maddy O’Neal, highlighting the wide range of inspiration she draws on and — through her talents in production and her own meticulous ear — her ability to harmonize these influences into impressive, bass-driven electronic songs. Live For Live Music is proud to premiere this latest effort from the producer and DJ. You can stream Parallels below via O’Neal’s Soundcloud, and check below for her upcoming appearances. You can also peep her website for more information, including upcoming details about when she hits the road this fall with Pretty Lights.MADDY O’NEAL 2017 TOUR DATES7/8/17 – The Loft, Minneapolis, MN7/14/17 – Camp Bisco, Scranton PA7/15/17 – Infrasound Music Festival, Highbridge WI8/4/17 – Arise Music Festival, Loveland CO8/5/17 – The Gorge w/ Pretty Lights – George, WA8/18/17 – Northerly Island w/ Pretty Lights, Chicago IL9/30/17 – Red Rocks w/ Big Gigantic, Morrison COlast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Emilia Clarke May Team Up With Theater Director Thea Sharrock & More

first_img Arnold Schwarzenegger to Appear on U.K. Stage Screen star Arnold Schwarzenegger is soon going to be seen live on the U.K. stage. That’s right! In An Evening with Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Governator will talk to host Jonathan Ross at the Lancaster London Hotel on November 15. You can also cozy up to the Golden Globe winner and former Mr Universe at a black tie dinner event at The Grand Pavillion, Leeds on November 14. Next stop, the West End? Well, if LiLo can do it…! Emilia Clarke May Star in Me Before You, Directed by Thea Sharrock Great White Way alum and Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke may headline, according to Deadline, renowned theater director Thea Sharrock’s big screen adaptation of the Jojo Moyes best-selling novel Me Before You. Clarke starred in the Audience Choice award-winning Breakfast at Tiffany’s, while Sharrock’s credits include helming Daniel Radcliffe in Equus on the Great White Way and in the West End. Fun fact? Radcliffe is godfather to Sharrock’s son Misha. Tyne Daly Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Star Files View Commentscenter_img Emilia Clarke Get Up Close & Personal With Aaron Lazar Before you see Aaron Lazar in The Last Ship on the Great White Way, you can catch him in a more intimate setting at a one-night-only concert. Lazar will headline the Broadway Night at the J event at the Maurice Levin Theater on September 6. It’s all in a good cause—he’s helping raise money for the JCC MetroWest Early Childhood Education program. Tony Winner Tyne Daly Will Appear on Modern Family Tyne Daly will guest star on the sixth season of Modern Family. The Hollywood Reporter writes that the Tony and Emmy winner will play Mrs. Plank, Lily’s strict, old-school, teacher in the fourth episode, “Won’t You Be Our Neighbor.” We’re of course still crossing all fingers and toes that we’ll see Daly back on the Great White Way in the David Hyde Pierce-helmed It Shoulda Been You next spring! Aaron Lazarlast_img read more

Atlanta Goat Course

first_imgRegistration for the course is limited to 75 participants. Registration ends Tuesday, July 11. The program costs $100 and includes all course materials, speaker fees, refreshments, meals and a T-shirt. For more information about the course call the Fulton County UGA Extension office at (404) 762-4077. University of Georgia Extension agents of Fulton County will host a six-week Master Goat Farmer Certification course Aug. 5 through Sept. 13.The course will cover basics — like how to raise a herd of healthy meat goats and properly graze them — as well as the latest information on business planning, basic dairy goat management, herd health, building fences and predator management. The class will meet Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Camp Truitt 4-H Education Center, 4300 Herschel Road in College Park, Georgia. Instructors include Will Getz from Fort Valley State University, Scott Sell from Clemson University, Dennis Hancock of UGA Extension, local goat farmers, veterinarians from the UGA College of Veterinary Sciences and UGA Extension agents familiar with goat farming. This is the fourth year UGA Extension has offered the Master Goat Farmer Certification, but it’s the first year the course has been offered in metro Atlanta. “There has been an increase the number of small goat operations in the metro area,” said Grantly Ricketts, an agriculture and natural resources agent in Fulton County. “And we have more residents calling in asking goat questions. Either they want to use goats for weed control, or they believe goat milk is healthier than cows’ milk. There’s also an increased demand for meat goats in the metro area because of the the increase in the Hispanic and Caribbean populations.” The UGA Extension Master Goat Farmer course is meant as both a crash course for beginning goat farmers and a chance for experienced goatherds to improve their skills. Farmers will also have the chance to meet other local goat producers and share the lessons they have learned over the years. last_img read more

Recipients of the 2006 Pro Bono Awards

first_imgRecipients of the 2006 Pro Bono Awards Recipients of the 2006 Pro Bono Awards The Distinguished Judicial Service Awar d 2006 Presented by the Chief Justice 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. Chief Judge Charles A. Francis, Second Judicial Circuit, Tallahassee Judge Charles A. Francis was born in St. Petersburg. He received his B.A. from Florida State University in 1969, and his J.D.with honors,from Florida State University College of Law in 1972. Francis is in his second term as chief judge of the Second Judicial Circuit.Chief Judge Francis practiced in Tallahassee for 27 years prior to his judicial appointment in 1999. While a practicing attorney, he was a Florida Bar Board Certified real estate attorney, a certified circuit court civil mediator, and a member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors from 1992-1998. Leadership positions Chief Judge Francis has held include: president of the Tallahassee Bar Association; president of the Tallahassee Legal Aid Foundation; chair of the Bar Ethics Committee; chair of the Bar Budget Committee; chair of the Second Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee; and a member of the Second Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.The American Board of Trial Advocates (Tallahassee Chapter) named Francis Trial Judge of the Year in 2004. He also received the Bar’s Young Lawyers Division Outstanding Jurist Award, the Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency Distinguished Judicial Services Award, as well as special recognition for his leadership and contributions to the judiciary from the Supreme Court of Florida, the Florida Conference of Circuit Court Judges, the Conference of County Court Judges, and the American Board of Trial Advocates, both the Florida and Tallahassee Chapters.Chief Judge Francis serves on the executive committee of the Conference of Circuit Court Judges and the Trial Court Budget Commission. He is also chair of both the Florida Courts Technology Commission and the Article V Technology Board. The Law Firm Commendation Presented by the Chief Justice 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. Johnson, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel & Burns, LLP, Clearwater & Tampa, Florida Founded more than 30 years ago, Johnson, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel & Burns is a full service firm committed to providing high-quality representation to businesses and individuals throughout Florida. Since its inception, the firm has consistently grown, and is now the largest law firm in Pinellas County. The firm has offices in both Clearwater and in the heart of downtown Tampa. The firm is proud of its deep roots and excellent reputation in Florida’s Tampa Bay area. ­­The firm’s attorneys dedicate their practices to providing high-quality, client-driven legal services with the utmost professional integrity. ­The firm’s clients include commercial lenders, local governments and special districts, a variety of local and national businesses, real estate developers, medical professionals, accounting and engineering firms, and religious institutions, as well as individuals and consumers. ­The firm’s lawyers believe that service to their communities is a vital component of their profession. To that end, they have served on numerous non-profit boards and are active in local area Chambers of Commerce, educational institutions, the arts, and cultural and community events.The Voluntary Bar Association Pro Bono Service Award 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. Hispanic Bar Association, Stetson University College of Law The Hispanic Bar Association of the Stetson University College of Law is a student organization developed to increase awareness of the Hispanic community in the Tampa Bay area.HBA sponsors luncheons for the entire student body serving traditional Hispanic foods paired with Latin music and World Cup viewings in addition to its bi-weekly meetings. These events are open to the entire school and allow members to both celebrate their culture among themselves and share their culture with their peers.The HBA also serves the community by helping local attorneys translate for non-Spanish speaking attorneys in order to help them communicate with Spanish-speaking clients.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. Michael J. Stebbins Pensacola, Florida First Judicial Circuit Michael J. Stebbins was born in Framingham, Mass. He received his B.A. cum laude from Brandeis University in 1978 and his J.D. from Western New England College School of Law in 1983.He moved to Pensacola in 1984 and began practicing law in the U.S. Navy as a member of the Judge Advocate General Corps. In 1989, Stebbins joined the law firm of Ray & Kievit and later became a partner. In 1995, he completed an inter-service transfer from the U.S. Navy Reserve to the U.S. Air Force Reserve. In 1999, Stebbins received the Meritorious Service Medal by the U.S. Air Force for his outstanding service as a reserve judge advocate. He was also presented the Gen. Jerry Scott Award that same year for his development of the Eglin AFB Law Center Web site.Stebbins is a member of The Florida Bar, and the Massachussetts and Pennsylvania bars, the Bar for the Federal District Court of the Northern District of Florida, and the Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar.As a member of the Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar, Stebbins has held various leadership positions including: president, vice president, and treasurer. He has also served as chair and member of several committees. Stebbins is a member of the Northwest Florida Legal Services Board of Trustees and served as its president from 1997-1999. He has also served as its treasurer and vice president.Stebbins was appointed as a traffic court magistrate in April 2000 to hear traffic court cases in Escambia County. Gwendolyn Palmer Adkins Tallahassee Second Judicial Circuit A native of Tallahassee, Gwen Adkins is a graduate with honors of Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Ga. and Florida State University College of Law. She became a member of The Florida Bar in 1992.Adkins is a shareholder with the Tallahassee law firm of Coppins Monroe Adkins Dincman & Spellman. She has served as a representative on The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors and as a member of the board for the Tallahassee Bar Association’s Legal Aid Foundation. Currently, Adkins serves as secretary to the William H. Stafford American Inns of Court. She is also a member of the Tallahassee Bar Association, and The Florida Association of Police Attorneys.Adkins comes from a large, close-knit family, and is a wife and mother to three children, 6-year-old twin boys and a 4-year-old girl. She gives to the community through her service on the board of directors for Easter Seals of North Florida and through her pro bono legal work. Since 1992, Adkins has provided legal services to indigent persons through the Legal Aid Foundation. In 2001, Adkins represented a grandmother fighting to adopt her grandchildren, a case most said was a losing battle. After more than three years and 170 hours, an appeal, and an evidentiary hearing, the grandmother brought her grandchildren home. The case laid the foundation for a subsequent case decided by the Florida Supreme Court which clarified the rights of adoptive parents. John J. Kendron Lake City Third Judicial Circuit John J. Kendron was born in Evanston, Ill., and raised in Lakeland. He graduated from Lakeland High School, then Florida State University where he acquired his undergraduate degree and his J.D., both with honors. Upon graduating from law school in 2000, he moved to Lake City to join the firm of Brannon, Brown, Haley, Robinson & Bullock. In January of 2005, Kendron and three other attorneys left their firm and formed the new firm of Robinson, Kennon & Kendron.Kendron practices in the areas of estate planning, probate, trust, and guardianship administration and elder law. He is a member the Third Circuit Bar Association, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and the Florida Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He was also a member of the U.S. Marine Corps for eight years. In his community he served as the teen court judge for Columbia County and currently serves on the board of directors of Columbia County Senior Services, Inc. Kendron has dedicated numerous pro bono hours to clients of Three Rivers Legal Services, Inc., with estate planning, probate and real estate issues.Kendron’s pro bono work includes estate planning for indigent families in his community and for the Veterans of Foreign War. He has provided assistance with public benefits eligibility for families in his community and served as attorney ad litem for children in dependency proceedings. Kendron also has administered probate estates for indigent families in his community and administered guardianships for indigent wards in his community. John S. Mills Jacksonville Fourth Judicial Circuit John S. Mills is a fifth-generation Floridian. He received his undergraduate degree from Florida State University and his J.D., summa cum laude, from The University of Georgia. After serving as a law clerk for Judge Gerald B. Tjoflat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and practicing in Foley & Lardner’s Jacksonville office, Mills formed an appellate litigation boutique in North Florida in 2002.Mills accepts pro bono appeals from indigent parties who contact him directly, from Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, and also by appointment from the Supreme Court, and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. He files amicus briefs on a pro bono basis for public interest groups, including the Educational Fund to End Gun Violence, the National Security Archive, and the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers. His most high-profile pro bono matter included a victory in the Supreme Court in favor of approximately 1,200 “Mariel” Cubans challenging indefinite detention, which also resulted in the 11th Circuit’s subsequent recognition of the right to court-appointed counsel under the Criminal Justice Act for habeas petitioners in immigration matters. He received the pro bono award of The Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section (2005), and his firm has received the Fourth Judicial Circuit Public Good Champion Award (2004 and 2005). Mills also devotes a portion of his practice to representing lower income clients and the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission on a reduced fee basis. Mary B. Steddom Ocala Fifth Judicial Circuit Mary B. Steddom has been practicing in Ocala since 1973. She was a legal secretary for 20 years prior to entering law school. Steddom received her J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law and after graduating, returned to Ocala to practice with William G. O’Neill prior to opening her solo practice in 1980.Steddom has handled pro bono cases referred by Withlacoochee Area Legal Services, Inc., and has also taken on pro bono clients independently. She has served in numerous volunteer capacities in Ocala, including a four-year term as a trustee of Central Florida Community College; six years on the CFCC Foundation Board; and is now a foundation board member emeritus. Steddom has been honored as a distinguished graduate of CFCC. For 10 years she served on the board of the Fifth Circuit Public Guardian Corporation. She currently serves on the board of Church Without Walls, where she has tutored incarcerated youth at Marion County’s juvenile correction facility. Steddom also has volunteered with the Nursing Home Ombudsman Committee, Red Cross, Marion County Senior Services, and Act II Counseling.Steddom has also been active in her church, serving on its governing board and acting on various committees. She spent three years working with the Permanent Judicial Committee, Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.Steddom was born in New York City, but has lived in Florida since 1948. Elise K. Winters Clearwater Sixth Judicial Circuit Elise K. Winters is a sole practitioner in Clearwater, focusing on the areas of business, commercial real estate, construction, and commercial landlord/tenant law. She earned her undergraduate degree and J.D., with honors, from the University of Florida.Winters has provided pro bono representation and assistance in a wide variety of legal matters. She has conducted intake interviews and case placement for Gulf Coast Legal Services and the Clearwater Bar Foundation and participated in clinics sponsored by Gulf Coast Legal Services, the Clearwater Bar Foundation, the Pinellas County Clerk of Court, and the Clearwater Bar Association.Winters strongly believes in the importance of educating the public about the court system. She is the coordinator for the Clearwater Bar’s Peoples’ Law School, the north county coordinator for the High School Speakers Program, and serves on the speakers bureau for Pinellas County Schools. Winters is currently a member of the Clearwater Bar’s Pro Bono Committee. She has served as president of the Clearwater Bar Foundation, the Clearwater Bar, and the Florida Council of Voluntary Bar Association Presidents. She has also served as chair of the Sixth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission, the Spouse Abuse Shelter Board, and the City of Clearwater Downtown Development Board. She has been a member of the Sixth Circuit Grievance Committee, the Sixth Circuit Pro Se Committee, the Sixth Circuit Committee on Professionalism, the Pinellas County Charitable Solicitations Board, the Pinellas County Social Action Funding Committee, the Samaritan Center Board of Trustees, and the Helpline Committee of Family Resources, Inc. Julia Soerpeboel Palm Coast Seventh Judicial Circuit Julia A. Soerpeboel received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from Valparaiso University School of Law in Indiana. Soerpeboel is eligible to practice in Michigan and Florida.Soerpeboel began her career at the multi-national company, Norsk Hydro Aluminum, where she handled labor relations and human resources matters. She was in private practice for some time in the areas of labor relations, employment, Fair Labor Standard Act, and family law. Soerpeboel then returned to the human resources arena where she was the human resources director for a retirement community which encompassed independent, assisted, and nursing care and employed more than 300 employees. While practicing in Michigan, Soerpeboel was a certified community dispute resolution mediator assisting potential litigants in satisfactorily resolving disputes outside of the court system.Soerpeboel is a member of the Flagler County Bar. She has performed pro bono legal service through Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida and the Volunteer Lawyers Project. Once a month for the past two years Soerpeboel has provided assistance at evening family law advice clinics in Palm Coast. P. Ause Brown Gainesville Eighth Judicial Circuit P. Ause Brown attended the University of Florida, where he earned a B.S. in 1953. Prior to his collegiate career, he served in the U.S. Army for two years. In 1964, he earned his J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law. After graduation, Brown joined the firm of Barton & Burwell. His career experience includes Brown & John-son (1972-1991); P. Ause Brown, P.A. (1991-1995); Bates & Brown (1995-2004). Currently he is self-employed.With more than 40 years of experience, Brown has served the legal community in many capacities. He has been a Florida Supreme Court Mediator, and a mediator for the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida. He has also participated in Alternative Dispute Resolution since 1975.As a legal practitioner since 1964, Brown first provided pro service as a member of the legal aid committee of the Eighth Circuit Bar. Since the early 1970s, Brown has represented clients through Three Rivers Legal Services Volunteer Attorney Program. Over the past several years, he has accepted numerous cases both independently and through legal aid organizations and has provided more than 200 hours of free legal services.Active in his community, Brown serves on the boards for the Red Cross and Santa Fe River Baptist Association. In addition, he is a member of the Gainesville Gator Exchange Club, the American Legion of Newberry, the board of deacons for Parkview Baptist Church, and the Democratic Executive Committee. Matthew G. Brenner Orlando Ninth Judicial Circuit Matt Brenner was born in the Bronx., and grew up in Spring Valley, N.Y. He received bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Economics from Colgate University, and received his J.D. from The College of William and Mary School of Law. Brenner is a partner at Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, focusing on litigation of real estate, banking, and business matters. As a member of the Orange County Bar he has chaired its Judicial Relations and Federal/State Trial Practice committees. He has also chaired a Florida Bar grievance committee for the Ninth Judicial Circuit.Throughout his career, Brenner has provided a variety of pro bono services. He has served as guardian ad litem for neglected and abused children, and has aided clients in a variety of other legal matters. Brenner has taught the Pro Se Divorce Clinic and has participated in Orange County’s Teen Court Diversion Program. Currently, Brenner is providing legal services to Habitat for Humanity. Brenner is his firm’s Pro Bono Committee chair, and has served on the boards of The Pace Center for Girls and Seniors First, Inc.Brenner received The Orange County Legal Aid Society’s New Attorney Award of Excellence in 1990, and the Award of Excellence in 1996. In 2005, he received the Judge J.C. “Jake” Stone Distinguished Service Award from the OCLAS. Stephen R. Senn Lakeland 10th Judicial Circuit Stephen R. Senn earned a B.S. in 1986 from Florida State University and remained at FSU for his legal education, where he served as article and Notes editor for the Florida State University Law Review. In 1989, he received his J.D. with high honors. After graduation, Mr. Senn served as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge William J. Castagna.Senn currently practices in the Lakeland office of Peterson & Myers. His practice includes appeals, federal litigation, employment disputes, and complex commercial and business disputes. He is Board Certified in Appellate Law. Additionally, he chairs the Advisory Committee on Rules for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.Since 1998, he has been a member of the board of directors for Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc., and presently serves as secretary. Senn also is a member of the board of directors and secretary of the Florida Equal Justice Center. He has served on the Pro Bono Committee for the 10th Circuit since 1999. Senn has handled a wide variety of pro bono cases, both independently and through his firm. His extensive pro bono efforts have primarily involved litigation matters in state and federal court. In 2005, Senn was honored with the Jon H. Anderson Pro Bono Exceptional Participation Award, in recognition of exceptional commitment and contribution to pro bono legal services to benefit the lives of indigent individuals. John Kozyak Coral Gables 11th Judicial Circuit John Kozyak was born in Champaign, Ill. He attended the University of Illinois where he earned his B.S. in marketing. He received his J.D. from the Washington University of School of Law in St. Louis and moved to Miami in 1975.Kozyak is a founding partner of Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, a 20-lawyer firm, specializing in complex commercial litigation, including bankruptcy. He is a fellow in both the American College of Bankruptcy and American College of Trial Lawyers and appears in bankruptcy courts across the country. He also serves as trustee and receiver in major cases.Kozyak’s passion for many years has been promoting minority law school students. He personally matches African-American students throughout Florida with judges and lawyers, who serve as mentors. This past fall, he organized a mentoring picnic, which attracted approximately 1,000 judges, lawyers, faculty, and minority students.Kozyak has accepted pro bono cases for more than 25 years. He has helped raise money for legal aid, and has recruited other lawyers to provide pro bono assistance to individuals. Kozyak has been recognized several times by the Dade County Bar Put Something Back Pro Bono project for his efforts. Kozyak received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Washington University and an honorary J.D. from the University of Miami for his efforts to promote diversity and inclusion. In 2004, Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton received the Chief Justice’s Law Firm Commendation. Joseph F. Summonte, Jr. Sarasota 12th Judicial Circuit Joseph F. Summonte Jr., was born and raised in New Jersey and received his B.S. in Political Science, cum laude, from Monmouth College (now Monmouth University). Summonte relocated to Florida in 1994 and received his J.D. cum laude from Stetson University College of Law in 1997. While at Stetson, he completed internships with the Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission, The Hillsbor-ough County Attorney’s Office, and with Judge James D. Whittemore, now a federal district court judge for the Middle District of Florida.Summonte, through the ABA-YLD Disaster Legal Services Program, provided legal assistance to those impacted by 2004 hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne throughout Florida. His work primarily involved protecting families from landlords’ refusals to return security deposits and the threat of eviction proceedings. In each case, the residents were able to remain in possession of their homes until they could locate suitable alternative housing.Summonte is a senior associate with Judd, Ulrich, Scarlett & Dean in Sarasota, where his practice includes civil trial law, commercial litigation, construction law, and condominium and homeowner association law. He has been listed in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America and the 2005-2006 edition of Who’s Who in American Law. He has also been a speaker on construction issues, providing continuing education credits for contractors, engineers, and other construction professionals.Summonte also received The Florida Bar’s Young Lawyers Division 2006 Pro Bono Service Award for his work on behalf of hurricane victims. Charles H. Scruggs III Tampa 13th Judicial Circuit Charles H. Scruggs III, was born in Birmingham, Ala. and moved to Tampa in 1945. He graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in 1960 and received his J.D. from the University of Mississippi.Scruggs has been a member of The Florida Bar since 1964, serving on numerous Hillsborough County Bar committees including the Legal Aid Committee. As chair of the Law Day Committee, he organized courthouse tours for school children. A former circuit judge, Scruggs left the bench in 1979, and began his private practice as a sole practitioner focusing on family law. Well-known within the Christian community for his extensive legal work with the poor, he has donated hundreds of hours as an intake attorney for Bay Area Legal Services; he also mentors less experienced attorneys through the Volunteer Lawyers Program. In recognition of these volunteer activities, he was awarded the H.A.V.E. A Heart Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award in 1999, by the Hillsborough County Bar.Active in his community, Scruggs served as co-founder and director of DWI counterattack, a local program developed to educate/rehabilitate individuals convicted of drunk driving. This program has since been adopted statewide and is statutorily mandated for reinstatement of driving privileges. As a result, the ABA awarded him its Outstanding Traffic Judge Award. Douglas Sale Panama City 14th Judicial Circuit Douglas Sale was born and raised in Panama City. He received his B.A. with high honors in Economics and Political Science from Vanderbilt University, and his J.D. with honors from the University of Florida. He is a member of The Florida Bar and has served as president of the Bay County Bar Association and the Florida Municipal Attorney’s Association. He practices law with the firm of Harrison, Sale, McCloy & Thompson in Panama City and leads the firm’s local government group which represents several cities, community redevelopment agencies, the school board, and several special districts, including the public hospital and the airport.Sale’s pro bono work has been primarily through the Bay County Bar’s First Saturday Legal Clinic and individual referrals. Since 2000, he has served as a judge on the Bay County Teen Court. He also holds an active U.S. Merchant Marine Officer’s Master license. Larry D. Murrell, Jr. West Palm Beach 15th Judicial Circuit Larry “Donnie” Murrell received his J.D. from Florida State University College of Law in 1981. He is Board Certified in criminal trial law. His practice is exclusively criminal defense in state and federal court.Murrell has been involved in pro bono work throughout his career. He has regularly accepted cases from his local legal aid society. He was nominated for The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service award specifically for his work on behalf of a young man wrongfully convicted of first degree murder. The defendant had been sentenced to life in prison at the age of 19 for a shooting he did not commit. Murrell worked for four years, traveling the state interviewing witnesses, taking depositions, and filing post-conviction motions. His work included an appeal to the Fourth DCA and a three-day evidentiary hearing in the trial court, after which the client was granted a new trial. The client was released from prison after 13 years in custody and reunited with his family.Murrell has also donated time and effort to improving the criminal justice system, working with the Indigent Services Committee of the 15th Circuit and the Prosecutor/Public Defender Trial Training Seminar, sponsored by the Criminal Law Section. He was elected as the first president of the Palm Beach Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and served as president of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Howard Talenfeld Parkland 17th Judicial Circuit Since 1981, Howard Talenfeld has practiced civil rights, personal injury, commercial, and class action litigation with Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky & Abate. For years, he represented the state Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services as outside counsel in class actions concerning foster care, children’s mental health, juvenile justice, Florida’s psychiatric hospitals, and Medicaid services. In 1993, he decided to help Florida’s vulnerable populations by representing them in class action litigation and damage claims for negligence and civil rights violations.Talenfield volunteers hundreds of hours annually to protect foster children and the developmentally disabled. He represents foster children as an attorney ad litem and drafted Florida’s Bill of Goals for Dependent Children. He initiated Florida’s pilot program for attorneys ad litem for dependent children, helped create Broward’s Children’s Services Counsel, which provides $50 million annually to protect children and obtained a $12 million appropriation for the Florida Guardian Ad Litem Program. He chairs the Children’s Issues Team for Broward Days, the county’s advocacy group before the legislature and served as director for Florida’s Voice for Mental Retardation (2002-2004). In 2002, he co-founded Florida’s Children First, a nonprofit organization that advocates for at-risk children. As president, he helped obtain the passage of critical legislation for foster children to improve their representation, protect their educations, and obtain access to their records.Talenfield has been a Big Brother, director of Hurricane Relief for Miami Foster Kids, Inc., and a youth soccer and softball coach. Thomas G. Freeman Altamonte Springs 18th Judicial Circuit Thomas G. Freeman was born in Springfield, Ill. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1960. After service in the U.S. Navy, he received his J.D. from the University of Florida in 1965.Freeman served as the Seminole County attorney, and as a municipal judge for Casselberry and Winter Springs. He was an 18th Circuit judge from 1994 to July 2003, when he retired.Freeman has represented clients of the Seminole County Bar’s Legal Aid Society with divorce, paternity, and landlord-tenant issues. In 2004, the SCBA Legal Aid Society recognized his contributions by presenting him with a Life Achievement Award. During the past two years, Freeman helped the SCBA Legal Aid Society procure a new location and pledged $5,000 towards its purchase. The facility will assist in providing indigent clients with legal help for many years.Freeman has served on The Florida Bar’s Board of Governors and the Standing Committee on Professionalism. He has also served as president of the Seminole County Bar and Florida Council of Bar Presidents. He currently president of the SCBA Legal Aid Society.In 2000, he received the Williams-Johnson Award as Judge of the Year. Freeman is currently an adjunct professor at Barry University College of Law and maintains a law office in Altamonte Springs. Brian J. Connelly Vero Beach 19th Judicial Circuit Brian J. Connelly obtained his undergraduate degree from the College of the Holy Cross, and his J.D. from Stetson University College of Law. He returned to Vero Beach to practice personal injury and civil trial law in 1995. Connelly joined Gould Cooksey Fennell in 2000 focusing on the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, product liability, Social Security disability, and insurance litigation.Connelly’s commitment to practicing personal injury law has resulted in the creation of a new law in Florida involving the parameters of expert testimony for cases involving personal injury. His recent trial work with co-counsel David Carter resulted in the largest verdict in Indian River County history for a nonsurgical automobile accident case. The case was recently featured in Florida Lawyer magazine. Additionally, Mr. Connelly’s appellate court experience was instrumental in the creation of a new law in the Florida regarding the obligations of corporate and private defendants to disclose financial relationships with testifying experts.Connelly volunteers with the American Cancer Society and is a board member of the Mental Health Association of Indian River County. He also serves as secretary for the Indian River County Bar and currently serves as the Indian River County pro bono liaison for the 19th Judicial Circuit. Connelly is a member of the AB A, The Florida Bar, and the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, and is licensed to practice in the U.S. Southern District of Florida. Janeice T. Martin Naples 20th Judicial Circuit Janeice T. Martin is a partner with Berry, Day, McFee & Martin, which practices strictly in the area of criminal defense. Martin has handled cases ranging from traffic infractions to capital murder.Martin and her partners and associates have all made a commitment to assisting as many people as they can, whether it involves restoring a driver’s license, seeking help for a crippling addiction, assisting a legal aid immigration lawyer or defending a first-degree murder case on insanity grounds. Martin is grateful to her partners and associates for creating a “culture of giving” within the firm, where each member is free to share the firm’s resources with those who would otherwise be defenseless.In the fall of 1999, Martin was invited to join the board of directors for the Legal Aid Society of Collier County. At the time, LAS was a one-lawyer operation practicing in the field of family law. Since that time, Martin has helped lead LAS through the vast transformation that was required when legal services corporations were asked to regionalize with neighboring agencies. Today, LAS has quadrupled the size of its operation, and has an organized pro bono program for private attorneys to contribute their time as well.Martin is proud to work and serve in her hometown of Naples. She attended Duke University during the famed 1991 and 1992 basketball seasons, and attended the University of Florida College of Law. Bryant Richardson Washington, D.C. Out-of-State Division Bryant Richardson received his B.S. cum laude in Special Education from Florida International University in 1998 and his J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Miami in 2002. He practices in the areas of commercial real estate development and finance, commercial leasing, and real property acquisitions and dispositions. Richardson represents local and national developers on transactions, development projects and complex real estate finance. He also represents large corporate users in connection with various lease matters.Richardson was awarded DLA Piper Rudnick Pro Bono Associate of the Year (2003) for the Washington, D.C. office. He received this honor as a result of contributing more than 300 hours of work on the firm’s special education project. He also donates time to various pro bono transactional matters and pro bono matters that help children.Richardson is a member of The Florida Bar, the ABA, and the District of Columbia Bar. In 2000 he worked as a law clerk for U.S. Magistrate Judge John J. O’Sullivan of the Southern District of Florida and the following year he was a law clerk in the Appellate Division of the U.S. Attorneys’ Office for the Southern District of Florida. Richardson published an article titled “Casting Light on the Gray Area: An Analysis of the Use of Neutral Pronouns in Non-Testifying Codefendant Redacted Confessions under Bruton, Richardson, and Gray” in the University of Miami Law Review in 2001. March 1, 2006 Regular Newslast_img read more

Long Island Music Hall of Fame Induction Rocks Paramount in Huntington

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Stellar performances and moving speeches from some of the music world’s biggest voices and names characterized the Long Island Music Hall of Fame Induction, Awards Ceremony and Fundraising Gala Thursday night at The Paramount in Huntington.The nonprofit’s fifth such induction since its 2004 founding, 2014’s class of honorees included: legendary record producer and music industry executive Clive Davis; famed concert promoter Ron Delsener; acclaimed lyricist Gerry Goffin; superstar record producer and mixer Steve Thompson; singer Deborah “Debbie” Gibson, hip-hop pioneer rapper and record producer Kurtis Blow; and members of the Billy Joel Band—drummer Liberty DeVitto, the late, great bassist Doug Stegmeyer, guitarist Russell Javors and saxophonist/flutist/clarinetist/keyboardist Richie Cannata.They, past honorees and various other music luminaries strutted before a swarm of media crews and flashbulbs during a pre-show “Red Carpet” upon arrival—striking poses and giving brief interviews before heading into the venue’s main performance hall. The sold-out audience sat at tables lining the main floor and packed the upper-level seats and balconies. “It’s amazing. It’s overwhelming,” gushed an ecstatic Gibson as she made her way through the foyer in a sparkling pink sequin dress alongside husband Rutledge Taylor. “It’s really cool.”Darryl McDaniels, “DMC” of hip-hop pioneers Run DMC, flashes his Metallica love on the red carpet of the Long Island Music Hall of Fame Induction Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 at The Paramount in Huntington. (Christopher Twarowski / Long Island Press)“Better than the Grammys,” is how Darryl McDaniels, “DMC” of hip-hop pioneers Run DMC, described the event as he smirked and scowled various facial expressions and stances for cameras and answered questions, flashing a Metallica T-shirt and posing for selfies with reporters.Already an inductee, McDaniels was the recipient of the 2014 Harry Chapin Award.Pink Floyd mastermind Roger Waters skipped the hubbub at the front door on his way to inducting Delsener—the legendary promoter who’s booked and serviced backstage everyone from the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones to Led Zeppelin, Barbra Streisand, Van Halen, Janis Joplin and Simon and Garfunkel, among legions of other artists. “Last night I decided to go a few rounds with a bottle of tequila,” said Waters, with fresh red-black gashes streaked across his right temple. “And the bottle of tequila won.”“I adore Ron,” he continued after explaining he spent the previous night at New York-Presbyterian Hospital getting stitched up. “He’s one of my closest friends. And it gives me enormous pleasure to be [inducting him] at this ceremony.”Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone was among several local politicians on hand, taking the stage to announce that the LIMHOF had selected Wyandanch as its future home. His remarks were accompanied by a video presentation envisioning the new site amid a revitalized hamlet—something he’s championed with the “Wyandanch Rising” redevelopment initiative for years. Following the clip, Bellone whisked away a shroud covering a brand new “Wyandanch/Long Island Music Hall of Fame” LIRR sign held by two local lovely up-and-coming artists, to resounding applause. Performances included musical tributes to the late Gerry Goffin, who penned dozens of hits—many with his former wife Carole King; the two were inducted into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame—among them, chart-toppers “The Loco-Motion,” “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” and “Take Good Care of My Baby.” Doo-wop crooner Jay Siegel (of The Tokens and “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” fame) delivered a heartfelt rendition of the Goffen-King hit “One Fine Day” with members of the R&B group The Cookies.“It’s a great honor,” Siegel told reporters afterward in a media room. “It’s just a great feeling to be in the company of such [amazing] artists.”When asked what it was about Long Island that created so many outstanding musicians, he reminisced about the answer to a question asked about Brooklyn in the past: “It must be in the egg creams. Do they have egg creams on Long Island?”Hip hop pioneer Kurtis “Blow” Walker wows a sold-out crowd at The Paramount in Huntington Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 with a breakdance-heavy performance of his immortal 1980 hit “The Breaks.” (Christopher Twarowski / Long Island Press)Hip-hop pioneer Kurtis Blow [Walker] had the entire house up on their feet, clapping and jiving along to his immortal 1980 hit “The Breaks,” while he and three others twirled on the ground, spun on their heads and broke out several other insane breakdancing wonders.“We are going on 42 years of hip hop!” he shouted. “Would you please stand now!? Get up on your feet now!”“Oh my God,” he gasped while accepting his award following a video induction featuring Def Jam founder/business mogul Russell Simmons. “Ladies and gentleman, I am honored, ecstatic, to be here tonight. “I want to thank God, first and foremost that we all could be here tonight,” he continued. “I am living proof that God is real. And so is hip hop… God is the creator so he created hip hop to save a lot of bros from the perils of urban life.”WBAB radio personality Finger—host of the mandatory-listening “Fingers Metal Shop”—joined famed guitarist/longtime David Bowie collaborator Carlos Alomar in inducting madman record producer Steve Thompson, who’s audio-mastery fingerprints are all over some of the most seminal albums of some of the most seminal artists in rock history. Metallica, John Lennon, Public Enemy, Madonna, Guns N’ Roses, Blondie, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Whitney Houston are just a few; Fingers telling the packed house Thompson invited him to his house back in the day while working on noise-metal Life of Agony’s Ugly.Alomar spoke of Thompson’s dedication to “excellence,” noting that his work has sold upwards of 250 million copies around the world and calling him “a producer of exemplary vision.”At the podium, Thompson gave a passionate speech (despite admitting that he hadn’t prepared anything in advance and didn’t know exactly what he’d be saying), crediting his success to his wife—who stood, smiling, on the floor in front of the stage, recording him on her cell phone—and the legendary Clive Davis, who he called his “biggest mentor in the world” and who emerged onstage with a big hug.Thompson urged artists and would-be artists to wander, to dream, to experiment. “I want to see more Clives in this business,” he declared, to loud applause and cheers. Superstar songstress Dionne Warwick delivered a heartfelt speech while inducting Davis, replete with memories of their special bond and the music exec’s extraordinary gift. “It always amazed me as to how he had that innate way of finding incredible talent,” she explained. “He has that creative energy that impacts eras of music.”“We’re very much a team, he and I,” she added. Davis’ moving speech included tales about his storied career at the top of Columbia Records, RCA, Arista and J Records, the many talents he discovered and signed—from Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead to Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel, among legions of others—and his connection to Long Island, in which, he said, included time in Roslyn.“I relate to Long Island. It is part of my DNA,” he told the audience. “I’m personally very touched, moved, and honored by tonight’s event.”Davis remarked on Long Island’s distinct brand of music—“The Long Island Sound,” he said—describing it as passionate and emotional. “Music that permeates one’s soul,” he added, before “toast[ing] Long Island.”Davis explained that his recent goal has been “to restore the voice to contemporary music,” and that his most recent projects have been working with Aretha Franklin on her latest release, Jennifer Hudson, and a new artist just 19 years old named Avery Wilson—who would make his Long Island debut that night with a soulful, deeply emotional performance that left the entire Paramount on their feet applauding.Acclaimed singer/songwriter Jen Chapin and Darryl McDaniels, “DMC” of hip-hop legends Run DMC, rock the Long Island Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at The Paramount in Huntington Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 with an electrifying hybrid-genre rendition of her father Harry Chapin’s hit “Cat’s In The Cradle.” (Christopher Twarowski / Long Island Press)“DMC” McDaniels and singer/songwriter Jen Chapin also received a standing ovation for their rock-rap-folk performance of her father Harry’s “Cat’s in the Cradle,” a song DMC later credited during his acceptance of the Harry Chapin Award with changing his life.The crowd gave another well-deserving standing-o to Brandon Boardman, who lives with Asperger syndrome and absolutely killed it with his deeply moving take of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” on piano. Part of the mission of the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, stressed its vice chairman, Jim Faith, was education—and through its initiatives and that of other like-minded nonprofits, such as East End Arts Council, children such as he receive the support needed to nurture and develop such extraordinary talents. “It’s an honor to be inducted tonight,” smiled Debbie Gibson, who was raised in Merrick, upon accepting her award.The multi-platinum-selling singer was but a teenager when she wrote, produced and performed a Number One single on the top of the charts, sharing with the crowd her hope that other young girls would look at her career as inspirational proof that: “Debbie did this. I can do this.” A fundraising segment of the evening featured the raffling off of an acoustic signed by Simon and Garfunkel (which fetched just over a grand) and an electric guitar autographed by Jimmy Page, Pete Townsend, John Fogarty, Eddie Van Halen and too many other rock demigods to list. [Oh how we wish there was a Press petty money account for such wonders. Oh, well, we’ll always have Saratoga. And souvlaki. And, of course, the Ramones. #t2]The gala culminated with an electrifying performance by the Billy Joel Band members—their first reunion in more than 25 years, which included powerful takes of “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant,” “Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway)” and “You May Be Right”—with final bows around 1 a.m.Family members of late Billy Joel Band bassist Doug Stegmeyer (holding his bass) stand alongside BJB guitarist Russell Javors, drummer Liberty DeVitto and saxophonist Richie Cannata onstage at The Paramount in Huntington Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 at the group’s induction into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. (Christopher Twarowski / Long Island Press)Stegmeyer’s mother joined other family members onstage alongside Javors, DeVitto and Cannata to accept her late son’s honor, reminiscing about the “four or five or six kids with long hair…trying to find out what the Beatles were doing” and calling what they and LIMHOF Billy Joel created “magic.”The Piano Man, already an inductee, did not show, but instead sent a statement relaying his congratulations to the crew.“As lucky as we were to play with [Joel] is as lucky as he was to play with us,” said Javors. DeVitto credited Ringo Starr and The Young Rascals’ drummer Dino Danelli with teaching him the skins—through the records he played along to—also crediting other local acts such as The Vanilla Fudge as making him the renowned musician he is today. “We made history,” he said of he and fellow bandmates’ romps around the globe, noting that Stegmeyer’s bass joined them onstage. “Doug Stegmeyer, we truly miss you. God bless.”“Doug Stegmeyer is here tonight,” an emotional Cannata told the house, everyone up on their feet dancing, laughing and shaking straight through their post-midnight set. “I feel his vibe. I feel his spirit. “I love you, Doug.”To learn more about the Long Island Music Hall of Fame and its myriad inductees, visit limusichalloffame.orgFollow the @LongIslandPress writers on Twitter at @investigations1 & @SpencerBRumseylast_img read more

Brisbane’s best school zones: where home buyers pay more

first_imgAs kids head back to school, real estate agents have been run off their feet fielding inquiries from parents wanting to buy in key catchment areas. Picture: iStock.Mr Hatzifotis said demand for properties in the catchment had increased by up to 30 per cent, and in the past six months, there had been a 10 per cent rise in international buyers. Luke O’Kelly of Ray White – West End said parents of school-aged children were investing in the family home by buying into areas zoned for some of the city’s best public schools, rather than paying the same in private school fees.Mr O’Kelly said buyers were willing to pay up to $100,000, or around 10 per cent more, for a property in the Brisbane State High School catchment.He’s marketing a five-bedroom house in Chapel Hill, which is in the Indooroopilly State School catchment, which goes to auction this weekend. Brisbane State High School is the top-ranked public high school in Queensland.Those homes that have remained in the catchment are likely to gain in value, while some of those which were excluded are expected to suffer.Michael Hatzifotis of Place Estate Agents – Kangaroo Point said demand to buy in to the Brisbane State High School catchment had grown even stronger since the recent rezoning.The median house price in South Brisbane is $895,000, according to CoreLogic, but that’s not putting off buyers with children.“Every single person has to be in this catchment,” Mr Hatzifotis said.“They’re moving from Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne.” Indooroopilly State High School is in strong demand among families.Alex Jordan of McGrath Estate Agents said demand for schools was the main driver of the housing market in Brisbane’s inner west.“Most people are selling their homes — many in southside suburbs — and moving into the inner west, mainly because of the education for their kids,” he said.Mr Jordan said many families were realising the benefits of buying into a good state school catchment, such as Indooroopilly State High School or Ironside State School, rather than paying private school fees.“If you’ve got two children, then you’re looking at paying about $25,000 per child a year for private schooling,” he said.“They could buy a property in a good school catchment and take out a million-dollar (home) loan, and their outgoings would be the same as having two children in a private school.” Mansfield State High School is one of the most sought-after school catchment areas in Queensland.The average house price in Mansfield has risen more than 22 per cent in the past three years to reach $673,000, according to CoreLogic.A rundown house on a large block of land in Wishart recently sold under the hammer for $1.385 million, with a dozen registered bidders fighting for the property purely because of its proximity to the school.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoIn the city’s west, house prices in the Indooroopilly State High School catchment have risen to an average of $860,000. This house at 74 Warburton St, Bardon, is for sale in a popular school catchment area.TOP RANKED PUBLIC PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN BRISBANE IN 20181. Rainworth State School2. MacGregor State School3. Ashgrove State School4. Ironside State School5. Wishart State School6. Indooroopilly State School7. Sunnybank Hills State School8. Chapel Hill State School9. Graceville State School10. Robertson State SchoolTOP RANKED PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS IN QLD IN 20181. Brisbane State High School2. Mansfield State High School3. Indooroopilly State High School4. Cavendish Road State High School5. Mount Gravatt State High School6. Kelvin Grove State College7. The Gap State High School8. Kenmore State High School9. Brisbane School of Distance Education10. Stretton State College(Source: Real estate agents say families realise the benefits of buying in a popular school catchment.A number of homes going to auction in Brisbane this weekend are in some of the city’s most sought-after school catchments, including this three-bedder in Bardon, which is in the top-ranked Rainworth State School catchment. The property has had inspections from families in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Townsville and even the United Kingdom.Marketing agent Judy Newlands of McGrath Estate Agents said many of the would-be buyers from interstate had commented at the lack of properties available in the catchment.“We have been smashed with numbers through open homes for this one,” she said. This house at 21 Ootana St, Chapel Hill, is in a popular school catchment area.In Brisbane’s southeast, Mansfield State High School is the second top ranked public high school in the state, and demand for properties there is at its peak.Local agent Tony Langanis of Ray White Mt Gravatt said about 70 per cent of people looking to buy in the 4122 postcode were doing so to get into the Mansfield State High catchment.He said some families were willing to pay an extra $50,000 to $80,000 to secure a property in the zone.“Simply because of the reputation of the school and the high OP achievements of the students there,” Mr Langanis said.“As a result, more money’s coming into the suburb. “It’s becoming more affluent, and homes and streetscapes are changing for the better.” Parents are prepared to pay more to buy a home in a popular school catchment. Source: Thinkstock.In-demand schools such as Mansfield State High, Indooroopilly State High, Ironside State School, Mount Gravatt State High and Graceville State School are currently under Education Queensland catchment management plans — which is introduced when a school nears its capacity and a principal is instructed to control any out-of-catchment enrolment requests. The state government released new school catchment maps last year, with big changes made to the zone for Queensland’s top ranked public high school — Brisbane State High, where more than half of all students received OP1s last year. Families are forking out tens of thousands of dollars more to buy homes in school catchments rather than pay the equivalent in private school fees. Picture: iStock.FAMILIES are forking out tens of thousands of dollars more for homes in Brisbane’s prized public school catchments rather than pay the equivalent in private school fees.As parents prepare to send their kids back to school, real estate agents have been run off their feet fielding inquiries for homes in popular school zones, with buyers prepared to pay a premium to be near a top performing school — seeing it as investing not only in their homes, but also their children’s education.Some sought-after schools are at such capacity, they are reportedly discouraging families from buying in the catchments. last_img read more

Unique Townsville home with a cricket pitch in the front yard is up for grabs

first_img Buyers flock to larger lots READ MORE NEWS Situated on just over three acres, the house features beautifully manicured gardens and hedges. The property also has a massive four bay shed with a triple roller door, and an additional six bay carport. “The family are really into their sports and like to be able to train at home,” he said.“They also love having large family gatherings at their house and it’s got a great firepit with a huge renovated patio and barbecue bench for entertaining.”“It’s also got a fully grown avocado and lemon tree so it’s got lots of things that you really can’t buy.”center_img “The reason we’ve decided to take it to auction is because it’s hard to put a price on a house as unique as this,” Mr Raiteri said. “It’s really designed around family living and lifestyle.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“It has everything from a basketball hoop, netball hoop, in-ground swimming pool, cubby house, chicken coupe and veggie garden.”Mr Raiteri said the owners who put in the cricket pitch had owned the house for about 25 years. This home at 41 Melrose Crescent has a full-length cricket pitch in it’s front yard.THE owners of this unique property in Townsville’s Kelso, are expected to be fielding offers for their family home, which has a full-length cement cricket pitch in the front yard. The house which is set to go to auction on 6 August at 6pm, has four airconditioned bedrooms with walk in robes. About Town agent Adrian Raiteri, who is marketing the property, said the house has features you can’t buy. MORE NEWS CBD units are the cheapest they’ve been in over a decadelast_img read more