“Clear some room, lay on the music and let the high times commence!”Off the back of several highly successful touring seasons, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood are back with another live installment, Betty’s Blends, Volume Two: Best From The West. Recorded under the guidance of former Grateful Dead audio engineer, Betty Cantor-Jackson, the seven-track selection offers a pristine slice of the CRB’s romp through the west coast in the summer of 2014.Beginning with a dynamic, cascading version of “Vibration & Light Suite,” the CRB prove (again) why they are among the leading purveyors of contemporary psychedelic rock. The songs moves with an effortlessness and an ease that is reminiscent to a mid-70s Grateful Dead jam vehicle. And like a classic GD jam vehicle, the songs can stop and turn on a dime into a different dimension. They wade through light and dark, with many shades of grey sandwiched between. Fan favorite “Rosalee,” recorded at Big Sur’s Henry Miller Library, follows. A downright fun and funky tune, keyboard player Adam MacDougall takes a journey intermingling his signature sound with the stylish guitar of Neal Casal until the jam reaches an ambient, dream like state, finishing up with a rocking outro that has band-leader Chris Robinson inquiring, “Is the air getting thinner? Are we getting high?”Chris Robinson Brotherhood Rocks Intimate Revolution Hall Show In PortlandOne of the great things about Betty’s Blends Volume Two is the inclusion of two excellent covers amongst the Brotherhood’s originals, the first being the Grateful Dead’s “They Love Each Other.” A staple of the CRB repertoire since the get-go, this sweet, sultry version had to have put a smile on Betty’s face. After all, this was the woman who aided in the recording of the Dead’s infamous Cornell ’77 show. The second cover tune, “Driving Wheel,” comes via Tom Rush. A love ballad no doubt, this song plays to Robinson’s strength on vocals and sounds like something that could have easily come out of the CRB’s catalog. When the CRB player a cover they own it 100%.Watch Widespread Panic and Chris Robinson Brotherhood Cover Joe Cocker“Tumbleweed In Eden” makes an appearance on the new release, a song from a previous Robinson project, The New Earth Mud. Originally released on 2004’s The Magnificent Distance, the song has found a proper home in the Brotherhood and gains some serious steam towards the latter half of the song. “Shore Power” recorded at Phil Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, CA and “Burn Slow,” recorded at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver from 2014’s Phosphorescent Harvest round out the second installment of Betty’s Blends and provide CRB fans a great dichotomy of material. The former, a punchy, head-bobber is contrasted against the soothing, melodic tones of “Burn Slow.” All in all, Betty’s Blends Volume Two is a solid offering from a still relatively young band. The sky is the limit for this group of veteran musicians.Due out on June 2nd, Betty’s Blends Volume Two: Best From The West will be issued by Robinson’s label Silver Arrow Records as a limited edition release, with only 2000 2-LP sets, 2000 CDs and 2000 downloads available. Be sure to get yours while they’re still in stock!
Carbonari named chair, Fulton named vice chair of Harvard’s JCHS Policy Advisory BoardBruce A. Carbonari, chairman and CEO of Fortune Brands Inc., has been named chair of the Policy Advisory Board at the Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) at Harvard.“Bruce Carbonari is a true leader. His commitment to housing and the research of the Joint Center will help illuminate the critical issues facing the housing market today and tomorrow,” said Nicolas P. Retsinas, director of the Joint Center.The Joint Center also appointed Daniel S. Fulton the board’s new vice chair. Fulton is currently president and CEO and a member of the board of directors of Weyerhaeuser Co.Established in 1959, Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies is the nation’s leading center for information and research on housing in the United States. The JCHS is a collaborative unit affiliated with the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Harvard Kennedy School. The Policy Advisory Board, which was created in 1971, has a long-standing history of supporting housing research at Harvard.HSPH presents Q Prize to maestroThe Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) recently announced that the second annual Q Prize, named in honor of music impresario Quincy Jones, will be awarded to Gustavo Dudamel and to his mentor, José Antonio Abreu. Dudamel is an internationally celebrated conductor, and Abreu is the founder of El Sistema, a pathbreaking Venezuelan program that uses intensive instruction in classical music to transform the lives of hundreds of thousands of at-risk youth. Dudamel emerged from El Sistema, and first gained widespread acclaim as the conductor of El Sistema’s celebrated Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra.The Q Prize was created to recognize and promote extraordinary leadership on behalf of children and is supported by a gift from Time Warner and individual donations.Since 1994, Quincy Jones has collaborated with the Harvard School of Public Health’s Center for Health Communication, directed by Jay Winsten associate dean for public and community affairs in HSPH, on national media campaigns to prevent youth violence and recruit volunteer mentors for at-risk youth.
The spring theater season has officially begun, and a slew of highly anticipated musicals and plays, both brand-new and revisited, are set to bow. Broadway.com’s Spring Preview series captures the stars bringing these stories center stage in the new season. So, American Sign Language is a challenge for Josh; acting is a challenge for Lauren. Falling in love on stage? Not a problem. Explains Jackson, who has done his share (and then some!) of love scenes on screen, “The truth is, you do actually fall in love in the process of doing something like this, where you have to be so exposed and so trusting, and believe that your partner is going to be there. In this dynamic, it wasn’t hard.”“There are a lot of tough issues that are touched on in the play, and we both become raw on that journey,” Ridloff reflects. “Learning another language and another culture brings up all kinds of vulnerabilities, and that leads to exploration and chemistry.” The married mother of two pauses before getting in the last word. “And look, he’s so cute. I mean, it’s easy, right?” Lauren Ridloff Show Closed This production ended its run on May 27, 2018 Lauren Ridloff and Joshua Jackson (Photo by Caitlin McNaney) On set in the Broadway.com studio, the co-stars display a more playful vibe, teasing each other and interacting easily via sign language and through an interpreter. “He’s so much fun and has such a gentle heart,” Ridloff says of Jackson. “He learned to sign so easily, and he’s so sensitive and considerate, so willing to take risks and make mistakes.”Jackson—who does triple duty speaking his own lines, interpreting for his co-star in American Sign Language and narrating the entire play—relies on Ridloff to make his juggling act seem effortless. “Over the course of last summer, I was amazed at how patient [Lauren] was with me as I was learning and trying not to have a panic attack,” he recalls with a laugh. “The deeper we got into it, the stronger that bond became.” Lauren Ridloff and Joshua Jackson (Photo by Caitlin McNaney) “It’s a beautiful, timely story about all the ways we don’t listen to each other,” says Tony-winning director Kenny Leon, who guided Jackson and Ridloff in an acclaimed pre-Broadway run at the Berkshire Theater Group last summer. “But above all, the play is a love story, so it was important that the actors have chemistry. I wanted the audience to root for James and Sarah and to understand the attraction they feel even before they speak.”Luckily for Leon, Jackson and Ridloff exuded that indefinable “it” quality from the moment they read the script together for the first time. Ridloff, a former Miss Deaf America, had been teaching Leon sign language, and the savvy director realized at once that her “charisma, confidence, authenticity and presence” would be a perfect match for Jackson’s star power. “There’s a sensuality they have that’s pretty magnetic,” says Leon. Almost 40 years after its debut, Children of a Lesser God remains fresh and exciting because audiences care what happens to Sarah and James. “I don’t think love ever goes out of fashion,” says Jackson. “What the play is saying about how we talk past each other and try to reform each other in our own image is universal.” Agrees Ridloff, “What’s timeless is our need to connect, to feel intimate, to feel that we are understood and heard by another person.” Children of a Lesser God Related Shows “What’s timeless is our need to connect, to feel intimate, to feel that we are understood and heard by another person.” Joshua Jackson Photos: Caitlin McNaney | Makeup: Rachel Estabrook | Hair: Morgan Blaul | Stylist: Carlton Jones | Wardrobe: Agnes B”Children of a Lesser God” begins on March 22 and opens April 11 at Studio 54 View Comments One of the most unusual love stories ever told on stage is headed back to Broadway on March 22 when TV favorite Joshua Jackson (The Affair, Fringe, Dawson’s Creek) and newcomer Lauren Ridloff star in Mark Medoff’s Tony Award-winning drama Children of a Lesser God. Set in the 1970s at a school for the deaf, the play centers on the emotionally wrenching romance between James, a hearing speech teacher, and Sarah, a deaf school custodian who insists on using sign language rather than learning to lip-read or speak aloud. Star Files Lauren Ridloff and Joshua Jackson (Photo by Caitlin McNaney) The fact that Sarah and her mother (played by Kecia Lewis) are African-American is never mentioned in Leon’s revival, but the director believes it adds an extra level of meaning to a play about the struggle to communicate. “Not only do you see it through [the prism of] hearing and non-hearing,” Leon says, “you see it through race, through class, through so many layers that make the play accessible. I’m always trying to get people who are different to sit next to each other and realize how much they have in common.”Uplifting messages wouldn’t matter very much if Medoff hadn’t succeeded in writing two charismatic lead roles. John Rubinstein and the late Phyllis Frelich won Tonys in 1980 for creating John and Sarah; Marlee Matlin took home the 1987 Best Actress Oscar for the film adaptation opposite Best Actor nominee William Hurt, her partner at the time in a real-life tempestuous romance. Lauren Ridloff and Joshua Jackson (Photo by Caitlin McNaney)
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin announced today that Vermont will receive a $2.4 million grant from FEMA for recovery services for survivors of Tropical Storm Irene. The funds will assist with unmet needs, including housing, social services and more. The grant will be managed by the Vermont Agency of Human Services, which will contract with three Community Action agencies to hire 11 case managers through August of 2013. Those case managers will work with the same clients from start to finish, identifying the assistance already received, prioritize what disaster related needs remain, and locating the resources available. Case managers will follow up with individuals to ensure all needs are met. The case managers will be working in partnership with 11 Long Term Recovery Committees around Vermont. Those who are still in need of case management services should call 2-1-1 to be referred to the appropriate Long Term Recovery Committee. The funding request was prepared and submitted by the Vermont Agency of Human Services and strongly supported by Vermont’s Congressional delegation. ‘I am grateful that FEMA is recognizing Vermonter’s efforts to respond to Tropical Storm Irene. Through the creation of partnerships at the state and municipal level and the creation of long-term recovery centers Vermonters worked together to recover from Irene’s devastation,’ said Gov. Shumlin. ‘This grant will help fill the gap for individuals who need the most long-term help to rebuild their lives.’ Senator Patrick Leahy added, “This grant makes clear that federal agencies will ‘stay in the game’ with Vermonters coping with Irene’s aftermath, supporting state and local recovery needs well into 2013. We know that the damage done by a disaster of this magnitude lasts long after the headlines have ebbed and the State of Vermont showed great foresight and planning by pursuing this grant.” Senator Bernie Sanders said, ‘It is impressive the degree to which Vermonters have rebounded from the devastating impact of Tropical Storm Irene. However, there are many Vermonters who have had trouble navigating the array of federal, state, private and non-profit assistance, and there are others who have regrettably fallen through the cracks. This grant will provide much-needed resources so the state and community action agencies can work with these individuals and families to make sure they are getting all of the assistance they are eligible for.’ Congressman Peter Welch said, “In characteristic fashion, Vermonters are getting back on their feet with neighbors helping neighbors and communities rallying around those hit hardest by Irene’s wrath. But the storm caused immense damage in many parts of Vermont, from which it will take years to recover. These funds will assist organizations doing great work and helping in that long-term recovery effort.” Governor’s office 2.21.2012
Vermont Business Magazine The Act 73 Working Group released its recommendations today for long-term water quality funding to meet the state’s clean water goals. Significant long-term investment is needed to restore and sustain the high quality of Vermont’s waterways. While existing resources available from state, municipal and private sectors will meet their portion of the required clean water investment in the immediate future, these resources are stressed and unlikely to be adequate after FY 2021.With an eye toward developing long-term water quality solutions, the Vermont Legislature passed Act 73 in June. The Act 73 Working Group formed to develop a report that would include recommendations for an equitable and effective long-term clean water funding strategy. The Working Group examined solutions to address the primary goal of Vermont’s clean water initiative, which is not simply to raise and spend money, rather it is to reach water quality standards.The report states that it is essential that any approach to raising revenue is efficient with administrative costs proportionate to the revenue raised. This report offers concrete recommendations for improving water quality over the long-term and lays out a set of parameters that will guide how state dollars are invested to ensure they produce improvements in the most efficient and effective manner possible.“Investing in clean water provides a unique opportunity to protect Vermont’s environment and grow our economy by revitalizing working landscapes, school campuses, downtowns and village centers, supporting farmers and local agriculture, upgrading state and local roads, and restoring important natural resources. We are aggressively funding water quality improvement projects, providing direct support for implementation. Since July alone, the State of Vermont has funded nearly $17 million dollars in clean water projects,” said Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Julie Moore.On November 15, the Act 73 Working Group delivered its Water Quality Funding Report to the Vermont Legislature. This report is an important step forward in identifying long-term water quality funding. The recommendations put forth in the report reflect the need for action and propose a path forward to fund future clean water investments. There are five key, consensus-based recommendations in the report, listed below: Utilize existing state revenues and financial instruments to fund clean water through FY21.Allow clean water priorities to guide how costs are shared across sectors.Establish approaches for revenue collection and service delivery that are environmentally efficient and cost effective.Pursue technological and regulatory innovation, including commoditizing phosphorus, developing flexible financing, and leveraging integrated planning and permitting models.Commit to adaptive management.The report identifies and provides background on critical public policy decisions, including the level of cost-share the state is willing to provide each sector for clean water projects. With respect to “equitable and effective long-term funding,” the Working Group identifies a series of service delivery models that could provide the technical and administrative capacity needed to ensure the efficient, effective delivery of funds and commits to immediately drafting the scope of work that will lead to selection of a preferred approach.When it comes to the state’s role in cost sharing, the Working Group recommends the General Assembly develop a cost-share strategy that will allow the state to distribute revenue across the range of required water quality investments. This report is part of a continued conversation on the state’s overall vision for water quality goals, and the revenue collection and investment needed to inform potential approaches for both raising and distributing revenue.For more information, visit http://anr.vermont.gov/about/special-topics/act-73-clean-water-funding(link is external).Source: ANR 11.15.2017
Revision Military Ltd,Vermont Business Magazine Revision Ballistics, LTD, a manufacturer of protective helmets, armor, and other equipment for military, law enforcement, and special operations in Newport, has been awarded a workforce development grant totaling $160,967 from the Vermont Training Program (VTP).The funding will support cross-training of existing employees in manufacturing steps to increase capacity and productivity at the company’s Newport facility. Revision Ballistics is seeking to evolve production to Lean Manufacturing practices, which reduces waste while still ensuring top-quality products. The training will be led by in-house employee experts, with the support of Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC) facilitators and trainers, who will work closely with Revision leadership to execute Kaizen cycles of improvement. The training is expected to last eight months.“Customers continue to look to us for world-class performance, innovative technology, and increased flexibility to customize and integrate our products and systems. As such, operations need to be efficient and flexible – and our manufacturing practices and workforce need to adapt to meet these evolving needs,” said Scott McClure, Plant Operations Director. “VTP has been instrumental in helping us create a plan to develop our workforce capabilities. This training will have a transformational effect in providing our customers world-class protection, growing the vitality of our operations here in Vermont, and expanding career opportunities for Vermonters.”To date, Revision Ballistics has sold more than 1.1 million helmets to the U.S. military, an additional 300,000 helmets internationally and more than eight million units of spectacles, goggles, and Rx carrier adapters worldwide. The company has recently began manufacturing power management and integrated systems as well.The Newport facility is the primary site for helmet and armor manufacturing. Between 2013 and 2016, the facility expanded by 16,000 square feet and the number of employees more than doubled. In 2017, the Newport facility had 186 employees and is looking grow to more than 200 people in the near future.“Revision is a great example of a company continuing to grow, shipping their products around the globe while bolstering economic development here at home. This company’s success and expansion at the Newport facility brings benefits to the Northeast Kingdom region that ripple across the entire state,” said Commissioner Joan Goldstein of the Department of Economic Development.About the Vermont Training Program (VTP)The Vermont Training Program is administered by the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, Department of Economic Development. It is a workforce development program to enhance the skills of the Vermont workforce and increase productivity of Vermont employers; grants may cover up to 50 percent of the training cost which can either be on-site or through a training provider/vendor. For more information on VTP, visit http://accd.vermont.gov/economic-development/funding-incentives/vtp(link is external).About the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community DevelopmentThe Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development’s (ACCD) mission is to help Vermonters improve their quality of life and build strong communities. ACCD accomplishes this mission by providing grants, technical assistance, and advocacy through three divisions: The Department of Economic Development, the Department of Tourism and Marketing, and the Department of Housing and Community Development. For more information on ACCD please visit: https://accd.vermont.gov/(link is external).NEWPORT, VT – Revision Ballistics, LTD. Courtesy photo.
Marantz today announced its new 8K surround AV pre-amplifier, the AV7706, which features 11.2 channel XLR and RCA pre-outs. Designed for use with high-quality external amplification like the Marantz MM8077, MM7055 and MM7025, the AV7706 is not only an AV processor, it’s also an analog preamplifier with Marantz’s proprietary HDAM circuitry in the preamp section, ensuring what Marantz says is optimal channel separation, minimum crosstalk and enhanced signal to noise ratio for precise detail resolution and stereo imaging. Additionally, ELNA capacitors in the analog section ensure exceptional power and dynamic ability for traditional physical sources, like record players and CDs.The new Marantz AV7706 provides ample connectivity options with eight HDMI inputs and three outputs. One dedicated 8K input supports 8K/60Hz or 4K/120Hz pass-through capability, 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling, Dolby Vision, HLG, HDR10, 21:9 video, 3D and BT.2020 pass-through while the latest HDCP 2.3 copy protection standard is supported on all HDMI inputs. Showcasing all the latest HDMI technology and specifications, the AV7706 enables enthusiasts to elevate their video viewing, gaming and TV watching experience with HDR10+, Dynamic HDR, auto low latency mode (ALLM), variable refresh rate (VRR), quick media switching (QMS) and quick frame transport (QFT) support. The video processor can also upscale any native video source up to 8K quality. In addition, the AV7706 features HDMI eARC which supports 3D audio formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. Other surround formats supported include Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, DTS Virtual:X, IMAX Enhanced and Auro-3DAll new Marantz AV receivers and pre-amps offer extended support for easy custom integration. Features OvrC and Domotz Pro, two major remote monitoring and management technologies along with dedicated web user interface to set up the AV receiver from a computer on the same network. Installers can easily monitor the status of connected products and troubleshoot remotely from a separate location or on-the-go.Additionally, with external RS232 and IP control capabilities, the AV7706 is easily customizable for use with third-party integration solutions. It also offers IP control capability for major third-party control devices, as well as Control4 SDDP (Simple Device Detection Protocol) certification for seamless integration with Control4 home automation equipment. IR (infrared) remote control input and output are included on the rear panel for remote control compatibility with other components in your home theater system.The Marantz AV7706 is $2,499USD MSRP (€2399/£2199 MSRP in Europe). Availability is expected in the US and Europe in mid-November. Go to the Marantz website for more information.Watch a video introducing the Marantz AV7706 Pre-amplifier here:
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 Move
Scientific American:Did you ever get the giggles during a religious service or some other serious occasion? Did you ever have to smile politely when you felt like screaming? In these situations, the emotions that we are required to express differ from the ones we are feeling inside. That can be stressful, unpleasant, and exhausting. Normally our minds and our bodies are in harmony. When facial expressions or posture depart from how we feel, we experience what two psychologists at Northwestern University, Li Huang and Adam Galinsky, call mind–body dissonance.Read the whole story: Scientific American More of our Members in the Media >
The Wall Street Journal:Happy wife, happy life – even at the office?Todd Pedersen, chief executive of home-automation company Vivint Inc., says there’s a connection between the state of his employees’ relationships and their productivity levels.“When my wife’s sad, I am not coming to work with a bounce in my step,” he says.Vivint and a handful of other companies have been launching special clubs and planning events — part professional development, part party –to acquaint employees’ husbands and wives with the work that consumes their partners’ days. Gatherings give spouses space to vent, and, companies hope, help them understand the next time their partner is stuck late at the office or leaving town on a last-minute business trip.An unhappy partner can make the other partner less effective on the job, research findings suggest. A study published in the October issue of the Journal of Marriage and Family found that men are happier with their lives when their wives are satisfied with the state of their union, regardless of the husbands’ feelings about the marriage. And a recent study in Psychological Science showed that a spouse’s personality can influence his or her partner’s performance at work.Read the whole story: The Wall Street Journal More of our Members in the Media >