RISE Life Looking to Expand Reach

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RISE Life Management Services Limited is looking to expand its programmes to assist more at-risk youth and to extend its reach outside of the corporate area.“Because our focus is the at-risk youth and their family members, we would like to provide an opportunity for more and more young people, who are not able to get jobs on their own or need assistance with their education,” says Executive Director of RISE Life, Sonita Abrahams.She tells JIS News that a key aim is to expand the after school programme, which caters to children age eight to 14 years. “We need areas to be fixed-up so that we can accommodate more children,” she says.Currently, some 250 children are involved in the programme, who receive assistance with their home work, are taught life skills, and those who are not performing at grade level, receive remedial assistance.“We see the at-risk child at the centre of all we do and so our main objective is to provide as many services as possible so that that child will be fully prepared to make healthy life choices for themselves,” Mrs. Abrahams says.“We want to get them off the street and into a safe environment where they can get the assistance that they need with their homework to pass their Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT),” she notes.She adds that, “we also want to be able to bring in parents (in an environment where) where they can learn how to be better parents, how to nurture their children, how to sit with their children and do homework.”Mrs. Abrahams says that overtime it is the aim of RISE Life to expand its reach beyond Kingston and into the rural areas.RISE (Reaching Individuals through Skills and Education) Life is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation, which was established in 1990 as Addiction Alert, primarily to assist persons suffering from substance abuse addiction.Over the years, the organisation expanded its programmes to include educational, vocational and health-related interventions for high-risk individuals in inner-city Kingston and in 1995, a decision was made to change the name to reflect the scope of the organisation’s work.“We decided to change the name to RISE because under Addition Alert, people thought that all that we did was work with addiction disorders and this is not so,” Mrs. Abrahams says.From its 57 East Street downtown Kingston location, the agency assist scores of young people, who are in danger of becoming involved in crime, violence, and drug abuse, and persons struggling with substance abuse.It reaches young people in some of the most volatile inner-city communities such as Drewsland, Waterhouse, Tower Hill, Allman Town, Parade Gardens and Fletcher’s Land, providing them with the educational, social and life management skills that will help them to deal with potential social problems and develop healthy behaviour patterns, so that they can live fulfilling and productive lives.Among the services offered, which are free of cost, are: the prevention and treatment of addictive disorders; violence, drug, and HIV/AIDS prevention programmes; remedial education and life skills training; parenting programmes; social and health-related services; and HEART/NTA accredited vocational skills training.About 50 persons are currently benefitting from training in customer service at the centre.As it relates to addictive disorder services, Mrs. Abrahams says that the centre provides assistance to persons, who need help overcoming gambling, or the abuse of drugs or alcohol. Counselling is provided through the telephone lifeline service that operates from 8:00 a.m. until midnight.“That telephone number is 1-888-991-4146. Anyone having a gambling, drinking or drug problem can call in or a family member can call in,” she says. Persons are also referred to other institutions and programmes for further help.According to Mrs. Abrahams, RISE Life’s focus ties in with the country’s national development plan Vision 2030.“We really are here to provide opportunities for those who otherwise may not get the opportunities to move ahead in life,” she says.Last October, RISE Life Management Services Limited celebrated 20 years of service, honouring several directors and staff members, who have been stalwarts in the organisation. RelatedRISE Life Looking to Expand Reach RelatedRISE Life Looking to Expand Reach RISE Life Looking to Expand Reach CommunityJanuary 14, 2011Written by: Chris Pattersoncenter_img RelatedRISE Life Looking to Expand Reach Story HighlightsRISE Life Management Services Limited is looking to expand its programmes to assist more at-risk youth and to extend its reach outside of the corporate area.“Because our focus is the at-risk youth and their family members, we would like to provide an opportunity for more and more young people, who are not able to get jobs on their own or need assistance with their education,” says Executive Director of RISE Life, Sonita Abrahams.She tells JIS News that a key aim is to expand the after school programme, which caters to children age eight to 14 years. “We need areas to be fixed-up so that we can accommodate more children,” she says. Advertisementslast_img read more

Clowney’s father denied bond on attempted murder charges

first_imgROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — The father of Houston Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has been denied bond after being charged with attempted murder in a shooting at a Rock Hill bar.A lawyer asked for bond because David Morgan was hurt in the shooting Tuesday. Local media reported that police opposed the request because of the seriousness of the charges.Morgan also was charged with possession of a weapon during a violent crime.A police report said Morgan was removed from the bar for sitting on a stage. Police said he was seen later at the back of the property before firing several rounds at Braxton Homesley. Police say Homesley returned fire.Officers picked up Morgan at Piedmont Medical Center. He was being treated for a gunshot wound to the shoulder.last_img

Westwood governing body candidates on the issues: Future of Westwood View, former Entercom properties

first_imgLast month, we asked our readers what issues they wanted to hear the candidates running for local office address ahead of this fall’s local elections primary. Based on the input we received, we developed a three-item questionnaire for candidates running for governing body in Westwood.Today we publish the candidates’ responses to item two:Progress has been stalled on the reconfiguration of the Westwood View-Dennis Park-former Entercom property sites for a few years now. What’s your hope for progress on that idea? What needs to happen for things to start moving forward?MayorDavid WatersWestwood View Elementary is one of our City’s most important and valuable assets, and our residents expect that our leaders will work to ensure its continued strength and viability. Having served on the Planning Commission and the City Council, and with both of our children currently attending Westwood View, I know how important Westwood View is to our City’s history and our future.In 2016, the Shawnee Mission School District acquired the former Entercom property for the stated purpose of building a new Westwood View. As shown by our comprehensive planning process in 2017, our community strongly supports that development. I do as well. Westwood residents also value parks and green spaces, and we have opportunities to expand and improve our park amenities.That being said, the City’s economic development and park planning has been “paused” for too long and needs to move forward. At this time, the City does not have a clear message from the School District as to whether a new Westwood View will be built on the former Entercom site, or whether the School District will renovate the existing Westwood View, or whether the School District might need property from the 5050 Rainbow site in order accommodate its plans.First and foremost, the City must continue to work with the School District—and not against the School District—to emphasize the importance of Westwood View and the need in our community for strong and modern facilities that will serve our growing population. Westwood View is itself a catalyst for housing redevelopment, the attraction of new families, and investment from the business community in our commercial corridors. Any efforts to discourage improvements for Westwood View are inconsistent with our City’s vision and our great working relationship with the School District.Second, Westwood should move forward to the extent we can with City planning for multiple projects, including park expansion (and ADA accessibility), housing, deferred maintenance on our City Hall or planning for new facilities, and expected commercial expansion. In order to appropriately budget, engage the community in planning, and present development strategies to our residents and businesses, we need confirmation that a new Westwood View is coming to the former Entercom property, and when that will be. The School District can and should be the City’s partner in these efforts, so that our neighborhood school remains a distinguishing feature of our community.Lastly, it is important that our Westwood View family stakeholders be part of the process. Our Friends of Westwood View, our PTA, the Educational Enhancement Fund, and our current and former parents should all have a seat at the table. As Mayor, I will also work with the leaders of our other Westwood View feeder cities—Mission Hills, Fairway, Westwood Hills, and Mission Woods—to help bring these projects to fruition.City Council (at-large)Laura SteeleSince there is new leadership within the Shawnee Mission School District and there will be new leadership in Westwood, my hope is that the lines of communication between the residents, City, school board members and district staff remain open and candid and that the relationship between these groups stays strong and committed to the best interest of the students and school staff.The underlying theme I hear from almost everyone that I speak with during my campaign is that families move here for the school and since my son started kindergarten at Westwood View this past Fall, I can certainly attest to the high value the school brings to the community. While it would be nice to hear concise plans on what the district plans to do with the school property, it’s also important to realize the intricacies of the situation from their end. The other consideration is making sure that the district realizes the value in moving at a pace that is conducive to Westwood’s municipal, residential and student goals. I feel the bottom line is making sure the school community knows that their concerns around this issue are being heard and that they are being advocated for by the City to the most appropriate district board members and staff.Lastly, I would like to take a moment to commend the amazing teachers and staff at Westwood View who make take care of our children every day. The appreciation and respect I have for educators and staff in a district as large as the Shawnee Mission School District is immeasurable – you have our future in your hands so thank you for the care and development of our children.Holly WimerWestwood has a great opportunity when the reconfiguration of these properties happens. The Shawnee Mission School District purchased the former Entercom property in 2016 as a potential rebuild site for the school. For things to move forward, we would need to know what the district plans to do regarding our 50 year old school building and this property they purchased. At that point, Westwood will be able to make progress on plans to expand park space and proceed with other potential development. If a rebuild of Westwood View does happen, students could stay in session on the current site until a new school rebuild is complete on the Entercom property. I do realize the impact a school rebuild on this property will have on many neighbors surrounding the property, so considering school design and traffic flow will be important.With community involvement and input, I would love to see the city explore opening up the property on Rainbow for compatible small scale commercial and or residential development. Furthermore, the city could potentially purchase some of the property where the current Westwood View sits, pushing the park space away from Rainbow to a safer and more peaceful location. I would love to see the mature trees of this area preserved and a park designed with our whole community in mind including amenities like a playground, walking trails and a shelter.Our community has a long history of valuing education and supporting our Westwood View School. Having this excellent public school in our city gives value to each and every resident who lives here by retaining and increasing property value and being a hub of community connection. Continuing this legacy of excellent education through Westwood View is of the utmost importance to our city and top priority when considering city planning and potential reconfiguration.Jayme TebowI’m very excited and look forward to having a new Westwood View school whether it is constructed on the Entercom lot or on the current school site.  The school is a vital asset to our community!  When I moved to Westwood in 1989, closing the school was being discussed due to low attendance.  I fought along with my neighbors to ensure that this would not happen. Closing our school was NOT an option for us!Recently two of my Westwood neighbors and I met with Superintendent Fulton and Deputy Superintendent Atha.  It’s my understanding from that meeting that our new school might not be built for many years.  They said that things could always change but for now there are no plans to build a new school in Westwood.  That’s why it’s critical for city leaders to build and maintain clear communication with the Superintendent’s office.Westwood recently completed a master plan process where there was extensive input from residents regarding the exact areas mentioned in your question.  Unfortunately, the master plan was completed without a cohesive plan being proposed.  There has been plenty of feedback as to what residents want to see on those parcels and, yes, it would be helpful if we had a firm commitment from the school district.  We don’t have that commitment—yet.  I fully intend to keep the lines of communication open with the district so that we as a city can move forward as soon as possible.  We need to re-read those master plan responses and act according to what residents have already expressed.last_img read more

May 1, 2015 On the Move

first_img On the Move Christopher Piekarski has joined Reminger Co., in Louisville focusing on the defense of physicians and long-term care facilities in medical negligence and personal injury litigation. Eugene Polyak has joined Smith, Currie & Hancock in Ft. Lauderdale. Polyak practices complex commercial litigation, with a focus on the construction and real estate investment industry. Michael J. Rotundo has become a partner with Ford & Dean in Aventura, and the firm will now be known as Ford, Dean & Rotundo, P.A. Laura Reich has joined Tenzer PLLC in Miami to head the firm’s litigation practice. Reich will focus on complex commercial litigation and arbitration issues. Kyu S. Cho has joined the Law Office of John J. Sheehan in Boston. Cho focuses on debt collection, foreclosures, public procurement, personal injury claims, immigration, and labor law. Nancy Goren and Tony Vamvas have been named associates at Clayton & McCulloh in Maitland. Goren concentrates on transactional work, while Vamvas concentrates on collections and lien foreclosures. Bruce I. Wiener, Wendy Russell Wiener, and D. Bedford Wilder have joined Broad and Cassel in Tallahassee. Bruce Wiener joins as a partner in the real estate practice group. Wendy Russell Wiener joins as partner in the insurance regulatory practice group. Wilder joins as an assocate in the real estate practice group. John P. Salas has joined Kim Vaughan Lerner LLP as associate. Salas is a litigator focusing his practice on commercial litigation disputes. Brandon DeGel has joined Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman in Winter Park. DeGel focuses on defending lenders and national financial services organizations. C. Rufus Pennington III has joined Coker, Schickel, Sorenson, Posgay, Camerlengo & Iracki in Jacksonville as of counsel focusing on civil jury trials and appeals. Holly Rice has become an associate with Nicole L. Goetz, P.L., in Naples. Rice focuses on marital and family law. Fadi M. Chakour has joined Terrell Hogan in Jacksonville as a member of the medical malpractice team. Jamie Moore Marcario has joined Greenberg Traurig in Tampa as an associate in the firm’s labor and employment practice. Ian C. Walters has joined McDonald Toole Wiggins in Orlando as an associate. Walters focuses on civil litigation, with an emphasis on complex product liability, commercial and catastrophic injury matters. Anthony A. Velardi has joined Clark, Campbell, Lancaster & Munson in Lakeland as a transactional attorney. Leanne L. Ohle has joined Ohle & Ohle as a partner and has opened a new office in Stuart. Ohle focuses on family law and personal injury law. Corey Lee has become a partner with Hunton & Williams in Miami. Lee focuses on commercial litigation and internal investigations for health-care, consumer, and retail companies. Jeffrey Kominksy has joined Lewis Brisbois as an associate in Ft. Lauderdale. Jorge L. Cruz-Bustillo has joined Kelley Kronenberg as managing partner of its new Miami office on Brickell Avenue, which will focus on defending first- and third-party insurance claims, as well as commercial and construction litigation. Cruz-Bustillo focuses on insurance defense litigation and complex commercial and construction disputes. Joining Cruz-Bustillo in the Brickell Avenue office are two of Kelley Kronenberg’s partners from the Ft. Lauderdale office — Tanaz Salehi and Dominick Tamarazzo. A litigation group of attorneys has also been added. Denisse M. Ibarra, partner, focuses on first-party and third-party insurance defense, as well as complex commercial and construction disputes. Nicolle B. Brito focuses on first-party insurance defense, property and casualty and complex commercial construction disputes. Gretel Echarte Morales focuses on first-party insurance defense, property and casualty claims, and complex commercial construction disputes. Nathaniel D. Tobin focuses on first- party insurance defense, property and casualty, and complex commercial construction disputes. Rahysa C. Vargas focuses on first-party insurance defense, property and casualty and complex commercial construction disputes. Bruce S. Liebman and Juan C. Zorrilla have joined Fowler White Burnett as shareholders in the commercial litigation practice group. Joshua C. Kligler has also joined as an associate in the group. Liebman focuses on labor and employment law. Zorrilla focuses on complex commercial and bankruptcy litigation, as well as creditors’ rights. Kligler focuses on all areas of real estate related litigation. Gina Giacusa has joined Trenam Kemker in Tampa as an associate. Giacusa focuses on assisting businesses with entity formation and maintenance, contract negotiations, licensing agreements, consulting agreements, and various other general business transactions. David de la Flor has joined Lalchandani Simon in Miami as an associate. He will join the firm’s health-care and technology divisions. Daniel D. Diaz has been promoted to an assistant city attorney in the City of Miami Office of the City Attorney. He is presently assigned to the land use/transactional division. Mike Dal Lago has opened Dal Lago Law in Naples. The firm offers services in the areas of bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, corporate restructuring, judgment enforcement, asset protection, commercial litigation, and corporate law. Nathan R. Ross has joined Luke Law, LLC in Orange Park. Ross focuses on the defense of DUI cases. Jenelle E. La Chuisa has opened La Chuisa Law in Miami. She focuses on appeals and litigation support, arbitration, and representing small businesses and entrepreneurs. Floyd R. Self has joined Berger Singerman in Tallahassee as a partner and member of the government and regulatory team. Self focuses on regulatory practice in the utility, energy, telecommunications, water, and technology sectors. Richard Coaxum, Jr., has joined Baker Donelson as of counsel in Orlando. Coaxum focuses on legal matters pertaining to the operation of start-up ventures, financial advisory firms, and Fortune 500 companies. Gary A. Sobolevskiy has joined Gregory S. Martin & Associates in Maitland as an associate. Sobolevskiy focuses on commercial litigation and engineering, contributing to the firm’s construction law practice. Jason Palmisano has been promoted to senior associate with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed in Orlando. Palmisano focuses on estate planning, probate, trust administration, guardianship, business planning, and federal tax law. Scott J. Hertz has joined Roetzel & Andress in Ft. Myers. Hertz focuses on construction, commercial, and real estate litigation. John K. “Jack” Rice has joined Corbett, White, Davis and Aston in Lantana.Ft. Lauderdale-based Lubell Rosen recently opened an office in Philadelphia located at 1012 West 9th Ave., King of Prussia, PA 19382. The firm represents medical professionals and others in the health-care industry, but also in the areas of asset protection, business and real estate transactional, commercial and construction litigation, employment law, estate planning and probate, and white collar criminal defense. Scott K. Petersen has opened The Law Office of Scott K. Petersen, PLLC in Sarasota. Petersen is board certified in business litigation and handles a wide variety of cases in commercial, real estate, and probate law. Brian J. Hooper has joined Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice in Atlanta as a senior associate in the mass torts group. J. Steven Warner has joined Ward, Damon, Posner, Pheterson and Bleau in West Palm Beach. Warner focuses on real estate matters including foreclosure, real estate transactions, landlord/tenant representation, and complex real estate litigations. Phoebe J. Eckstein has joined McCabe Rabin in West Palm Beach. Eckstein practices business, securities, and whistleblower litigation. Douglas A. Wolfe has been named a partner with Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton in Miami. Wolfe represents hospitals, clinics, and physician groups in disputes with health insurance companies, and assists his clients with negotiating and drafting contracts with managed care companies. Tiffany Roddenberry has joined Holland & Knight in Tallahassee as an associate. Roddenberry focuses on commercial and appellate litigation involving constitutional challenges, contract disputes, employment discrimination, disability discrimination, and class actions. Marshall Burack has joined Kopelowitz Ostrow in Miami practicing health care law. Meredith I. Biggs and Matthew J. Scheer have joined Gunster in West Palm Beach as associates. Biggs joins the labor and employment practice group, and Scheer joins the tax practice group. Leigh A. Williams has joined Broad and Cassel in Orlando as of counsel in the real estate practice group. Melissa Diaz and Marta Garcia have joined Diaz Reus & Targ in Miami. Diaz focuses on international commercial litigation, contract disputes, and complex fraud. Garcia focuses on international transactions, contractual disputes, and complex commercial litigation. Andrew Jenkins of Tampa was elected to serve a three-year term on Bush Ross’ Board of Directors. Jenkins focuses primarily on commercial finance, secured lending, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate law. Matthew J. Kelly has joined the Law Firm of James L. Essenson in Sarasota as an associate. Melanie S. Griffin, Felipe Guerrero, Brian M. Malec, Jonathan D. Wallace, and Laura Minton Young have been elected as shareholders of Dean, Mead, Egerton, Bloodworth, Capouano & Bozarth. Griffin focuses on commercial disputes and litigation in Orlando and Tampa. Guerrero focuses on commercial and real estate litigation in Orlando. Malec is board certified in wills, trusts, and estates and practices in Orlando. Wallace focuses on all aspects of the acquisition, disposition, development, financing, leasing and operation of commercial properties in Orlando. Young is board certified in real estate law and practices in the Viera office. Douglas A. Harrison has joined the City of Miami Office of the City Attorney as an assistant city attorney in the general litigation division handling litigation in state and federal courts in the areas of government, commercial, civil rights, and torts. Amanda Braun has joined Salazar Jackson in Coral Gables as its in-house project manager. Braun will centralize management of all firm tasks, oversee the effectiveness of the work being completed, scheduled project deadlines, and prioritized projects. Jonathan L. Cooley has become a partner with Hurley, Rogner, Miller, Cox & Waranch in Winter Park. Cooley is board certified in workers’ compensation. Maggie Kramer has joined Johnson Pope in St. Petersburg as an associate and member of the litigation and health care teams. Jack R. Reiter has joined GrayRobinson in Miami as a shareholder and co-chair of the firm’s appellate practice group. Brian K. Furgala has been promoted to shareholder in the Orlando office of GrayRobinson. Furgala focuses on labor and employment law. Elizabeth Blackburn has joined Cobb Cole in Daytona Beach focusing on family law. Jason A. Davis and Stephanie L. Cook have become partners with ShuffieldLowman. Head of the firm’s Lake County office, Davis practices in the areas of estate planning, corporate formations, mergers and acquisitions, securities, and business succession planning. Cook practices primarily in the areas of commercial litigation, probate litigation, trust litigation, and guardianship litigation in Orlando. Lewis D. Kuhl has been named the director of regulatory compliance and legal counsel for GSFSGroup in Houston. Mary Linzee Branham has joined Baker Donelson in Tallahassee as an associate in the business litigation group, where she focuses on title claims, creditors’ rights, bankruptcy, foreclosure, and post-judgment collections. She also counsels on a wide range of financial matters. Jennifer Santos Sily has joined the real estate practice group of the Ft. Lauderdale and Miami offices of Becker & Poliakoff. Laura E. Prather has joined Jackson Lewis as the Tampa office’s managing shareholder. Matthew L. Ransdell has also joined the firm as an associate. Prather and Ransdell focus on labor and employment law. Denise B. D’Aprile has joined Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz in Port Charlotte as a partner. D’Aprile focuses on personal injury law. Matthew Fornaro has opened Matthew Fornaro, P.A. The Coral Springs-based practice focuses on business litigation, real estate litigation, and community association representation throughout South Florida. Allison G. Mawhinney has joined GrayRobinson in Tallahassee as a senior associate in the litigation practice group. Mawhinney focuses on the defense of individuals, government entities, health-care providers/facilities, and insurance companies in a broad range of complex civil litigation and consulting matters. F. Dennis Alvarez has joined Genders- Alvarez-Diecidue in Miami and will continue to offer his services as a mediator, arbitrator, special master, and umpire/neutral. Gerald B. Curington and Ian C. White have become shareholders in Ausley McMullen in Tallahassee. Curington focuses on representing clients before state agencies, as well as constitutional and commercial litigation. White practices real estate, wills, trusts & estates, tax, probate, trademark infringement, and foreclosure. Luke Savage has become a partner with Allen Norton & Blue in Miami. Savage focuses on labor and employment law, representing management in federal and state litigation, as well as administrative and labor-related matters. May 1, 2015 On the Move May 1, 2015 On the Movelast_img read more

American Express starts its home improvements

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