The middle building is 1968 Shawnee Mission Parkway. The buildings on either side have been purchased by Karbank Real Estate.Mission Woods is at least temporarily holding off on a condemnation proceeding it had set in motion against a building on Shawnee Mission Parkway, one of the few commercial buildings in the small city. The city earlier entered into an agreement with an adjacent property owner, Karbank Real Estate, to help fund the condemnation of the neighbor’s building.Register to continue
WDAF’s Abby Eden emceed the ceremony, which brought together cancer survivors. Photo credit Shawnee Mission Health.Shawnee Mission Health and the Village Shops “Light the Town Pink” for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Shawnee Mission Health and The Village Shops teamed up last week for the fifth annual “Light the Town Pink” event to mark the start of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. WDAF’s Abby Eden and breast cancer survivors who were treated at Shawnee Mission Health helped flip the switch on the pink lights outlining the Village Shops buildings. “This event encourages our community’s support of building and maintaining awareness about the necessary steps in early and proactive disease detection,” said Robin Harrold, vice president of ambulatory development for Shawnee Mission Health. “Our goal is to emphasize the importance of regular mammograms and self- breast exams. When we commit to supporting early detection, and when the disease is caught early, the five- year survival rate is 99 percent.”Mayoral forum for PV candidates on environmental issues coming Wednesday. The Prairie Village Environment/Recycling Committee will host a forum for mayoral candidates Eric Mikkelson and Serena Schermoly on environmental issues on Wednesday, Oct. 3. The forum will be from 7 to 8 p.m. at city hall and moderated by the Shawnee Mission Post. You can find more information here.
Zappiti has added software drivers for home automation systems from Crestron, Savant, ProControl, RTI, Logitech/Harmony and most recently, Control4. Once the IP and IR codes of a chosen driver have been downloaded into the home automation processor, the Zappiti media player is able to function as part of a complete smart home ecosystem, enabling end-users to manage and control their movie libraries from a third-party home control interface.Most of the drivers are free to download and use as “lite” versions that allow users to command a Zappiti player from a third-party remote, keypad or app.The Zappiti options are available to download here: http://www.zappiti.us.com/downloads
January 1, 2010 News & Notes News and Notes 1-1-10 News and Notes Jorge M. Abril of Jorge M. Abril, P.A., in Miami spoke at the National Business Institute program “Collection Law from Start to Finish.” The focus of his presentation was the ethical considerations in the practice of collection law, particularly as they pertain to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and Consumer Protection Statutes. Samuel S. Goren of Goren, Cherof, Doody & Ezrol in Ft. Lauderdale spoke on “Growth Management Laws and the Effects on Comprehensive Land Use Plans,” with an emphasis on the impact of Chapter 2009-96, Laws of Florida (formerly known as Senate Bill 360) at Florida Atlantic University’s Florida Institute of Government in Ft. Lauderdale. Janine N. Kucaba of Adorno & Yoss in Coral Gables has been appointed to the board of directors of Switchboard of Miami, a nonprofit that provides telephone crisis counseling, suicide prevention, information, and referral services. Todd Michael Feldman of Jones Walker in Miami has been admitted to practice in the District of Columbia. Andrew I. Solis and Kelley Geraghty Price of Cohen & Grigsby in Naples will serve as co-chairs of the newly formed Committee on Case Management Reform, which is tasked with modifying and improving the case management system in Collier County. Isabelle Lopez of Lewis, Longman & Walker has been elected vice chair of the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission. Nicole L. Goetz of Asbell, Ho, Klaus, Goetz & Doupé in Naples received an “Award of Merit” from the Bar’s Family Law Section recognizing her leadership, commitment, and labor. Tamatha S. Alvarez of Martin, Lister & Alvarez in Weston spoke on “The Absolute Key to an Effective Case: Using the Right Experts to Meet the Standard of Care, Causation and Damage” at the Obstetric Malpractice Conference in Chicago. Dennis Wall of Winter Springs and Orlando has been elected to the American Law Institute. Rhea F. Law of Fowler White Boggs has been inducted into the NAIOP Tampa Bay Chapter’s Hall of Fame. Andrew Bokan of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt in Ft. Myers has been elected to the Southwest Florida Museum of History Board of Directors. Harsh Arora of Spiegel & Utrera in Miami has become president-elect of the South Asian Bar Association of Florida. Susan Horovitz Maurer of Panza, Maurer and Maynard has been appointed to the board of trustees of the Ft. Lauderdale Historical Society. Maurer also continues to serve as chair of the advisory board for the American Lung Association South Area (covering Dade, Broward, and Monroe counties) and sits on the tri-state board for the American Lung Association of the Southeast (encompassing Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina). John Elliott Leighton of Miami spoke on “Sex, Drugs, & Violence: Inadequate Premises Security Litigation” at a Louisiana Justice Association Conference in New Orleans.Second District Court of Appeal Judge Marva L. Crenshaw has been appointed by the Florida Supreme Court to The Florida Bar Foundation Board of Directors Shannon Bothwell of Greenberg Traurig in West Palm Beach has been appointed to the Wake Forest University Alumni Council. Dan McCawley of Greenberg Traurig in Ft. Lauderdale has been elected chair of the Ft. Lauderdale Downtown Council. Hal Mullis of Trenam Kemker in Tampa has been appointed to the University of South Florida Board of Trustees. Daniel H. Kunkel, Michael R. Miller, and John M. Hament of Kunkel Miller & Hament delivered presentations on “Labor and Employment Law Updates and Changes” to the Florida Health Care Association 2009 Annual Conference in Hollywood and “A New Approach to Labor Relations Management” at the Annual Convention and Expo for the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living in Chicago. David R. Punzak of Carlton Fields in St. Petersburg has been elected to the board of trustees of the Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg. Bruce A. Blitman of Ft. Lauderdale volunteered as a facilitator at the Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism National Town Hall, which drew more than 1,000 participants, facilitators, and observers in 16 cities to shape a nationwide policy agenda that increases independence, engagement, and quality of life for adults living with autism. Gregory C. Yadley of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa moderated a working group discussion for the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation in Washington, D.C. L.A. Perkins of Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs in Boca Raton discussed “Examining Noncompete, Confidentiality, and Independent Contractor Agreements from the Employment, Taxation and Intellectual Property Standpoints” at a South Palm Beach County Bar Labor & Employment, Taxation, and Intellectual Property Law Seminar. Michael “Mickey” S. Smith of Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith in West Palm Beach has been elected vice president of the Palm Beach Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Robert Persante of The Persante Law Group in Dunedin has been certified as a circuit civil court mediator. Cory L. Taylor of Ruden McClosky in Orlando has been elected to the board of directors of Easter Seals Florida. Harold Schuitmaker of Schuitmaker, Cooper, Schuitmaker, Cypher & Knotek of Paw Paw, Michigan, has been elected chair of the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Christopher Paradies of Fowler White Boggs has been elected vice chair of the Tampa Bay Technology Forum. Earnest DeLoach, Jr., of DeLoach Law in Orlando discussed “Practicing in a Downturn Economy” and “Ethics Tips for the Solo/Small Firm Practice” at a FAMU College of Law seminar in Orlando. Kimberly Kolback of Miami moderated the panel “CBC v. MLB and the Impact on Other Sports and Fantasy Games” at the 21st Annual Entertainment And Sports Law Seminar and 15th Annual Intellectual Property Law Institute held in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Stephen G. Charpentier of Charpentier Law Firm in Melbourne has been elected vice chair of the Brevard Community College Board of Trustees. Zackary T. Zuroweste of The Persante Law Group in Dunedin has been elected president of the Clearwater Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. Mary Li Creasy of Loop & Kendrick in Tampa spoke on “Termination and Severance Issues – Strategies to Minimize Liability” to the National Association of Women in Construction, Tampa Chapter. Lawrence Silverman of the Southeast Consumer Law Group in Atlanta presented “The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act – The Consumer’s Perspective” to the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. Victoria Méndez, assistant city attorney for the City of Miami, has become president-elect of the Cuban American Bar Association. Reuben A. Doupe of Asbell, Ho, Klaus, Goetz & Doupé in Naples has become president of the Young Lawyers Section of the Collier County Bar. Melody B. James and S. Brendan Lynch of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed in Orlando were recently nominated to serve as founding members of the Young Professionals Advisory Council, a young professionals group created by The Central Florida Partnership. Michael C. Gerson of Allen & Kimbell in Santa Barbara, California, has been certified as a specialist in taxation law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Gerson also has been appointed to the executive committee of the Trusts and Estates Section of the California State Bar. Stefanie C. Moon, an assistant U.S. attorney in the civil division of the Ft. Lauderdale office, discussed “Preparing and Presenting Expert Testimony” at a Broward County Women Lawyers Association panel discussion on “Litigating Damages.” Anthony J. Diaz is now a Florida Supreme Court certified circuit civil mediator. He also spoke on “Attorneys and Accountants Working Together in Litigation” at the Annual Conference of the Association of Attorney-CPA’s in San Francisco and presented a teleconference to the American Association of Accountants-CPA study group on estate, trust, and probate litigation.
Phoenix-area home prices continue to rise, but a short supply of available homes is causing the amount of activity in the market to fall. A new report from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University gives an update on the hard-hit housing market of Maricopa and Pinal counties, as of April:The median single-family home prices are up 25 percent from a year ago.The overall supply of homes for sale is down 54 percent from last April.The number of single-family homes sold this April was down 11.5 percent from last April, largely due to the lack of supply.Anxious Phoenix-area homeowners will be relieved to see the median single-family home prices in the area went up 25 percent, from $112,000 to $140,000, between April 2011 and April 2012. Realtors will note the average price per square foot went up 16.5 percent in the same timeframe. However, the new W. P. Carey School report indicates we could be seeing even more activity, if more homes were available for sale.“April is normally a very busy month for home sales, but this year’s sales are weaker than last year’s due to the unusual lack of supply,” says Mike Orr, director of the Center for Real Estate Theory and Practice at the W. P. Carey School of Business. “We’re looking at only about 8,800 single-family homes for sale in the Greater Phoenix area, and more than 25 percent are priced at more than $500,000. The inventory of single-family homes for sale under $250,000 with no existing contract is equal to only 21 days of supply.”Orr says we have a very unbalanced market with many more buyers than sellers. Home prices have been going up since they reached a low point in September 2011. Condominiums and townhomes are included in the boost. Their median sales price rose about 23 percent from April 2011 to April 2012, going from $72,500 to $89,050.“Demand remains strong in the market, as evidenced by multiple-bid situations for the majority of resale home listings,” says Orr. “Most homes priced well are attracting multiple offers within a couple of days. Up to 20 or 30 offers for a home are becoming common, and often, many offers exceed the asking price. As a result, in the single month from March to April, the overall median sales price increased by 3.8 percent.”The areas that suffered the most price damage during the recession, such as El Mirage, Maricopa, Tolleson and Glendale, are now seeing the most positive price movement. A few areas that were least affected by foreclosures, such as Cave Creek, Fountain Hills and Wickenburg, are still showing negative price movement.Overall, foreclosures are down 62 percent in the Phoenix area from last April. However, one note of concern comes from the number of foreclosure starts – homeowners receiving notice their lenders may foreclose in 90 days. That number went up 4.7 percent from last April. Orr says he has seen a slight uptick in the rate of foreclosure notices since the signing of a recent legal settlement between the states and five of the nation’s largest housing lenders.New-home sales, normal resales and short sales are up year-over-year, and most lenders have recently encouraged troubled homeowners to use short sales as a preferred alternative to foreclosure. Meantime, sales of homes owned by banks, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the government are going down. In fact, so-called “distressed supply” dropped 81 percent from April to April.“In order for us to see a more stable housing recovery, the basic rules of economics require prices to change enough to bring a new wave of sellers onto the market,” explains Orr. “That hasn’t happened yet, and so far, supply remains insufficient to meet demand.”Orr’s full report on Phoenix-area home prices, including statistics, charts and a breakdown by different areas of the Valley, can be downloaded. More analysis is also available from knowWPCarey, the business school’s online resource and newsletter.
Southampton Town Police said a Flanders man stole a tablet from an acquaintance and used excessive force while doing so on June 1.Rony Geovanny Bonilla-Morales, 27, allegedly grabbed the victim, secured him in a headlock, then ran off with the victim’s knapsack which allegedly contained cash and a “tablet computer.” The two men knew each other, police said. The robbery occurred on Maple Avenue in Flanders.The victim called police on his cell phone, and then ran after Bonilla-Morales. Detectives, aided by a New York State police K-9 unit, tracked Bonilla-Morales down at his residence, on the same street the robbery occurred.Bonilla-Morales was placed under arrest and held overnight for a teleconference arraignment the next morning.In other police news, Southold Town police arrested a 37-year-old Valley Stream man for allegedly driving while intoxicated in Peconic on Sunday, June 7, just after midnight. Gilberto Gregorio was stopped on Route 48 after an officer observed him failing to maintain his westbound lane of travel. He then failed a standardized field sobriety test, police said. According to a police report, officers spoke with an 18-year-old and a 16-year-old who appeared to be passengers in the vehicle. An investigation is ongoing, officials said, and further charges are possible. Share
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Located in the Avanti business and industrial area of Lieto, this new station, together with the existing filling station in Turku, will serve logistics customers and companies in Southwest Finland.For logistics company Kuljetus Harri Mikkola, which operates out of Oripää and Kaarina, the new filling station has allowed the company to place an order for its first LNG-fuelled vehicle.Kuljetus Harri Mikkola operates contract runs for Lidl Finland and alternative fuels are a significant way for the company to reduce emissions and stand out from the competition.“The initiative for a vehicle fuelled cleaner energy came from our contractor, Lidl Finland,” explained Teemu Mikkola Ky, owner of Harri Mikkola Ky.“Since as a company we’ve always been interested in the latest innovations and responsible solutions in the industry, we were immediately excited by the idea.”“We got together to think over the various alternatives and in the end decided on LNG, since it’s perfect for driving long distances.”“The decision was also supported by the new gas filling station on highway 10, since the location is brilliant for our runs.” Demand for alternative fuels has grown at an incredible rate as companies pursue increasingly more environment-friendlier transport kilometres.Over the lifecycle of the fuel, liquefied natural gas can help to cut greenhouse gas emissions by around 20% compared to diesel and filling up with renewable biogas can achieve emissions reductions of up to 85%.“The heavy-duty transport filling station being built in Lieto is part of our network of filling stations in the Nordic countries and adds to it in Finland while strengthening the possibilities for heavy-duty transport to fill up in Southwestern Finland,” said Markus Kaarlela, Development Manager, Traffic, Gasum.“LNG and biogas are an environmentally aware solution that is in reach today to respond to the growing challenges posed by emissions in heavy-duty transport. In addition to which using gas can deliver savings in fuel costs.” “The choice can also be a positive statement to customers and consumers and make a company stand out from the competition.”
The US West Coast Port of Oakland once again saw its Oakland International Container Terminal suspend yard and gate operations yesterday afternoon for the remainder of the day, after longshoremen who refused to work due to a dispute over staffing levels were dismissed, the port said in a notice. The new disruption comes a few days after the port reported a reduction in cargo backlog created by a labor contract dispute between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), representing employers at 29 US West Coast ports. The parties signed a new labor contract back in February.Labor-management disputes created a logjam at all major West Coast ports over the last three months. The result was a coast-wide delay in releasing import containers to customers. At Oakland there was also a lag in placing loaded boxes on ships.The port planned to clear the cargo backup resulting from nine months of bargaining disputes in the next two months, but the latest disruption will only add to the existing congestion.The port saw its January cargo volumes dip by 32% compared to the same period in 2013.
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