Andrew J. Hession, an HVAC technician for Harvard Medical School (HMS) for seven years, died on May 26 of complications from heart surgery. He was 52. A widely known figure throughout the HMS campus, Hession was particularly appreciated for his expertise and mild manner in the face of HVAC emergencies. He is survived by his wife Mary V. (Murphy) Hession.
Laurence H. Tribe, the Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard Law School (HLS), is the recipient of the 2009 Outstanding Scholar Award from the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation (ABF). The annual award recognizes an individual who has engaged in outstanding scholarship in law or in the field of government.“Laurence Tribe is one of the great constitutional scholars of our time,” said ABF Director Robert L. Nelson. “His work has influenced the thinking of generations of law students, legal scholars, and the courts. Professor Tribe has applied his considerable analytic talents through constitution writing and appellate advocacy. Because he exemplifies the highest ideals of scholarship and public service in the legal academy, he is a wonderful choice for this prestigious award.”Tribe will be presented the award and will deliver the keynote address at the 53rd Annual Awards Reception and Banquet during the American Bar Association Midyear Meeting on Feb. 14. The ceremony will take place at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston.Tribe, a noted constitutional scholar, has published more than 100 books and articles including “American Constitutional Law,” which has been cited more often than any other post-1950 legal text. He has argued more than 35 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and has frequently testified before Congress on a broad range of constitutional issues.
We regret to advise you that Jeffrey J. Garrigan, 53, died on January 30, 2013, following an on duty EMS shift according to our submitter. He was a paramedic for St. Clares Medical Center and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Rahway for the past 31 years. A life member of the Newton First Aid Squad, Jeff joined the squad at the age of 16. He was also a former member of Kittatinny Hose and Ladder, which he had joined when he was 18. Jeff is survived by his wife, Donna; three daughters, Jamie of Montague, Kellie of Columbia, SC, and Brittanie of Montague; one son, Jeffrey J., Jr., of Montague; and his brother, Dennis P. Garrigan of Newton. Memorial donations may be made to the Newton First Aid Squad, PO Box 5, Newton, NJ 07860. Our condolences to all affected.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreTwo staples of the make-believe world of children’s toys will soon reflect real life diversity.LEGO will add its first mini-figure in a wheelchair and Barbie will add some curves, as well as seven different skin tones.WANT MORE BREAKTHROUGHS IN YOUR LIFE? …GET OUR GOOD NEWS APP —> Download FREE for Android and iOSLEGO unveiled its “Fun in the Park” play set, which features 14 elements including a boy in a wheelchair. The addition shows that children with mobility issues are just like everyone else who wants to play in the park.Toymaker Mattel is also addressing children’s body images by unveiling a variety of body sizes and skin color for Barbie. The message to children is that there is no one image of beauty.CHECK OUT: IKEA Lovingly Turns Kids’ Drawings Into Actual Plush Toys Sold for CharityCompany spokesperson Michelle Chidoni says changes are “a better reflection of what girls see in the world around them.”Photos: LEGO; MattelPASS On the Good News… AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Fifteen years ago, Nordic enthusiast Martha Robertson, of Peru, Vermont, combined her passion for skiing with her passion for helping others in need to create “Ski for Heat.” What started out as a local “ski-a-thon” in southwestern Vermont to raise $100 to help one family with heating fuel assistance has broadened its scope to aid low-income Vermonters throughout the state.Today, Ski for Heat is a series of winter events that include alpine skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing fundraisers at participating Vermont ski resorts and Nordic centers. While fundraising takes place through the season, Sunday, January 25th is this year’s designated Ski for Heat day, with activities scheduled at a number of ski areas around Vermont (details can be found at www.skiforheat.org(link is external)).To date, Ski for Heat has raised more than $300,000 to benefit hundreds of Vermont families. “The need for assistance is staggering,” commented Robertson. “Being warm is a basic need, yet many in our area either are without it, or have it at the expense of another basic living necessity, such as food or medicine. This collaborative effort—with the generous support of so many committed businesses and individuals—is striving to change that.”According to Robertson, “We want to provide assistance to as many Vermonters as we can who can barely stay warm through these cold months, and we also want to have it be fun and accessible for people of all ages and abilities to take part—folks appreciate the opportunity to make a difference for others in their communities.”Now with its own nonprofit designation from the IRS, Ski for Heat is partnering with all five of Vermont’s Community Action Agencies (CAAs) to raise money to help those in our communities who are struggling to stay warm this winter. VSECU is the presenting sponsor of the winter-long awareness and fundraising program.”We’re a member cooperative that believes in leveraging our resources to help improve the lives of Vermonters,” said VSECU CEO Rob Miller. “Being a part of this groundbreaking initiative aligns perfectly with our belief in helping sustain the basic needs of Vermonters, such as keeping warm.”Steve Geller, Executive Director of Southeastern Vermont Community Action and President of the Vermont Community Action Partnership, had great praise for Ski for Heat. “The VT CAAs are where Vermonters who can’t afford to heat their homes turn to when they’ve run out of heating fuel and will freeze without some quick help,” he said. “And every winter we struggle to find enough money to provide that help. Dedicated community volunteers like Martha and the many other folks who support Ski for Heat enable us to keep many more families from being left out in the cold.”There are a variety of ways for people to participate in and contribute to Ski for Heat at a level that is comfortable for them. Information and details can be found on Ski for Heat’s website, www.skiforheat.org(link is external).Community volunteers and corporate sponsors are the backbone of Ski for Heat. In addition to VSECU, sponsors include Clark’s Quality Foods in Londonderry, The Vermont Country Store, Ski Vermont, Great Big Graphics and The Point FM. Many local businesses, listed on the Ski for Heat’s website, are also contributing to this endeavor.Source: www.skiforheat.org(link is external). 1.20.2015
State Rep. Emily Perry, whose 24th district includes all of Merriam and portions of Mission and northern Overland Park, filed for reelection on Monday.Perry, a Democrat, is seeking her second term in office. She sits on the Transportation Committee, and the Judiciary and Federal and State Affairs Committee. Perry signaled a commitment to public education funding in a statement that accompanied her announcement.“It has been an honor to serve my district, and work to craft policy that benefits our citizens,” she said. “I had the benefit of excellent public schools from Kindergarten through Law School and I will work to protect those institutions, as they are Kansas’ greatest asset.”Perry, who lives in Overland Park, is an attorney. She made the announcement in conjunction with fellow Democrat and 22nd district Rep. Nancy LuskAs of this writing, all four northeast Johnson County representatives — Perry, as well as Republicans Barbara Bollier, Stephanie Clayton and Melissa Rooker — have filed for reelection, and none have drawn challengers.
Shawnee police say they are looking for an 18-year-old male in connection with a string of residential burglaries as well as attempted and completed sexual assaults.A photo of William Louis Elliot provided by Shawnee police.The department’s release on the arrest warrant and the suspect is below:The Shawnee Police Department is investigating three residential burglaries that have occurred over the last few days. In each of these burglaries, entry was made into the residence (two apartments and one single family home) through an unlocked door and a sexual assault or attempted sexual assault occurred inside the residence. Two of these occurred near 75th and Goddard and the third occurred near 55th and Caenen.An arrest warrant has been issued for William Louis Elliot (b/m 18 years old) for Aggravated Burglary and Aggravated Sexual Battery by the Johnson Country District Court. A picture of him is attached. If you know where he is please call 911, the Shawnee Police Department at 913-631-2150, or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).Our Detectives are following up on leads on the cases with the assistance of the Johnson County Criminalistics Laboratory. Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.We ask that residents routinely double check all doors (front, back, sliding glass, etc) and lower level windows on their homes to make sure they are locked.UPDATED: Shawnee police reported Tuesday afternoon that the suspect is now in custody.
COSTA MESA, Calif. — Sept. 19, 2019 — BenQ announced a new 30-day Try and Buy free trial program for InstaShow WDC10 (HDMI) and WDC10C (USB-C) wireless presentation systems. InstaShow is the first system of its kind to deliver true plug-and-play wireless presentation capabilities, eliminating the setup hassles, collaboration obstacles and network security risks for attendees and IT managers. After completing the trial, organizations have the option of buying the system and saving $300 off the purchase price.“Despite the importance of collaborative presentations in business meetings and classrooms, most organizations still waste an incredible amount of time trying to get meetings started and switching between users,” said Bob Wudeck, senior director of business development at BenQ America Corp. “Users will love how InstaShow makes meetings simple. This trial gives customers the opportunity to experience firsthand the easiest and fastest way to get connected and ready to present.”With InstaShow, attendees no longer have to awkwardly pass around a single cable, run risky third-party software or acquire network access in order to present to room displays. Enabling simple, fast deployment into any space, InstaShow features a unique button-style transmitter design that requires no additional hardware or software downloads. Users simply plug the transmitter into their laptop or notebook port and push the button to immediately share their screens. Organizations can mix and match WDC10 and WDC10C buttons in the same room to accommodate laptops equipped with HDMI- and USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 ports. The system hosts up to 16 presenters at a time and is interoperable with any operating system or hardware platform. Through WPA2-PSK protection with AES 128-bit encryption, it ensures absolute data security. It also supports smooth, low-latency full HD 1080p video and 16-bit stereo audio wireless streaming to any display device.To participate in the Try and Buy program, organizations can sign up and select between the InstaShow WDC10 (HDMI) or WDC10C (USB-C) wireless presentation system. After 30 days, organizations that decide to purchase their InstaShow wireless presentation system will receive $300 off the already attractive MSRP of $999 (WDC10) or $1,099 (WDC10C).More information on InstaShow is available here.
Sarasota Bar bestows awards October 15, 2012 Regular News THE SARASOTA COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION (SCBA) recently honored two of its members and a veterans organization for their service and commitment to the community and to the profession at its annual awards ceremony and installation dinner. The C.L. McKaig Award was presented to attorney Evelyn L. Moya for service to the SCBA for her efforts and commitment to improving the association’s goal of diversity in the practice of law in her roles as chair of the Diversity Committee, co-editor and editor of The Docket, as well as a consistent supporter of member programs and functions. Attorney Janella K. Leibovitz received the Distinguished Community Service Award in recognition for dedicating hundreds of hours each year to the women and children of Sarasota most in need of legal counsel, but without resources, by volunteering weekly at Legal Aid of Manasota, Inc., and The Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota. Florida Veterans for Common Sense was recognized with the Distinguished Service Award by a Layperson for its dedicated effort to establish veterans’ diversion courts throughout Florida, and its active support of the Courts Assisting Veterans program in Sarasota, Manatee, and DeSoto counties. Pictured seated from the left are Moya, Gene Jones of Veterans for Common Sense, and Leibovitz. Standing from the left are Norman Vaughan-Birch, Mark Flaherty, Mark Haskins, Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy A. Quince, Alyssa Nohren, Derek Byrd, Charles Sniffen, and Chief Judge Andrew D. Owens, Jr.