Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports agree to four-year contract extension

first_imgRELATED: Chase Elliott photos through the yearsChase Elliott will stay in the No. 24 Chevrolet at Hendrick Motorsports through the 2022 season in a four-year contract extension announced Tuesday afternoon.The 2016 Rookie of the Year took over the famed No. 24 last season upon the retirement of Jeff Gordon. However, Elliott has been in the Hendrick family far longer, having signed with the company in 2011. He was 15 years old at the time.In his first full season of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competition, Elliott won two poles, including the Daytona 500, and qualified for the playoffs.Through the first 16 races of the 2017 season, Elliott, who led the field to the green flag again in the Daytona 500, is sixth in the driver points standings.“It means the world to me to be a part of this organization and I couldn’t be happier (about the extension),” Elliott said in a team press release. “I wouldn’t want to drive for anybody else but Hendrick Motorsports. I am very proud to be where I am, and I definitely take it upon myself to work hard and make sure I do my part for the company as we move forward.”Hendrick Motorsports’ previous contract with Elliott ran through the 2018 season.“As both a driver and a person, where Chase is today at 21 years old is unbelievable,” said team owner Rick Hendrick. “With all the expectations and pressure, he’s stayed focused on being himself and working as hard as he can.“The pure driving talent has always been obvious, and he’s doing so many great things off the track. He’ll be a big part of our organization and our sport for many years. I’m looking forward to watching him continue to grow with us.”In addition to being voted Most Popular Driver four times (2011 and 2011 in the K&N Pro Series East; 2014 and 2015 in the XFINITY Series), Elliott has also been voted in the All-Star Race in each of his first two seasons.Earlier this year, Elliott also started the non-profit Chase Elliott Foundation, which provides support and financial assistance to charitable organizations that emphasize helping others live healthier and happier. The foundation has already raised more than $60,000 to support Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.Elliott also has been part of a ticket sales initiative this season at several tracks, combining music and entertainment with ticket deals geared toward college students, called Chase U.last_img read more

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PAISD welcomes two new administrators

first_imgBy Ashley Sanders Port Arthur ISD has two new leaders at the helm — one a recognizable district figure, the other a new guy on the block. Dr. Mark Porterie and Morcease Beasley were recognized by the district Tuesday for their recent appointments to assistant to the superintendent and deputy superintendent for curriculum, respectively. “The new job is wonderful,” Porterie said during the reception. “I am learning so much about how the district is run.” Porterie, who left his post as principal at Sam Houston Elementary to take the new administrative job, said his heart would always be with the students and staff at Sam Houston. “I will always love Sam Houston,” he said. “I will miss most the smiling faces of the children. But that is what I am doing this job for, the children.” Both Porterie and Beasley began their new jobs on Monday. And according to Beasley, the first few days have been “very good.” “We have been busy,” he said. “I am working on the work — visiting schools, speaking with principals and getting acquainted with the staff.” Beasley worked five years at the Dekalb County Schools in Georgia, prior to joining the PAISD team. His last position with Dekalb was principal and chief learning officer for Stephenson High School. “This is such a wonderful opportunity for me to assist principals in improving student achievement,” Beasley said of the reason why he came to Port Arthur. “Together we can utilize all of the talent here to achieve more for our students.” Beasley, his wife and four children are in the process of finalizing their move to the area. “Everyone in this area has been very welcoming,” he said. “People here are just so friendly and hospitable.” Superintendent Johnny Brown said he was proud to have Beasley and Porterie on his administrative team and that he “envisioned much success in Port Arthur.”last_img read more

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Teen robbery suspects laugh through booking process

first_imgStaff reportBeaumont officers responded early Thursday to an auto-theft-in-progress call at Michael’s parking lot, 4450 Dowlen Road. Two of the juveniles were 15 years old; one 14; and the fourth was 16. The 14-year-old was on probation for a previous robbery, police said. A news release said officers that arrested and booked the juveniles said all four were laughed and joked throughout the booking process, insisting they would only be placed on probation. The four juvenile suspects were arrested and charged with aggravated robbery and engaging in organized criminal activity. They were booked in the Minnie Rogers Juvenile Justice Facility.center_img There, the victim, a 65-year-old employee, said four males wearing dark hoodies and facial coverings approached him in the parking lot and one pointed a gun in his face, forcing him from the vehicle. The suspects took the victim’s mobile phone and wallet, then fled in the victim’s beige Chevrolet Equinox. Police said in an issued statement that a short time later, an officer located the stolen Chevrolet Equinox and the four juvenile suspects at 5080 Helbig. Officers recovered a stolen firearm and other evidence. Detectives believe the suspects were possibly involved in at least one other recent robbery.last_img read more

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Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Divas Simply Singing! Benefit to Feature Todrick Hall, Jenifer Lewis & More

first_img Divas Simply Singing!, the longest-running musical AIDS benefit in the United States, will host its 27th annual fundraiser for The D.I.V.A. Foundation on December 9 at the Taglyan Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The event will be produced and by Tony nominee and D.I.V.A. Foundation founder Sheryl Lee Ralph.“We are always trying to find creative ways to continue to raise HIV/AIDS awareness,” said Ralph. “Anytime you put on an event for over twenty-five years, there’s the danger of becoming old, too familiar and having the community take you for granted. So this year, we thought we would do something different and host it in a venue that brings everyone closer together for maximum interaction and enjoyment.”This year’s talent lineup includes R&B greats Kenny Lattimore and Rahsaan Patterson, The Voice season 3 contestant Terisa Griffin and Broadway alum Jenifer Lewis. The evening will also feature Todrick Hall, the former American Idol contestant and Broadway vet who is this year’s recipient of The DIVA Foundation’s Vision Award.“With his passionate artistic activism, powerful songs and ability to connect with and promote a sense of better understanding with gay kids, straight kids, trans kids and so many others finding their way in the world, I believe Todrick will continue to have a great impact on our industry and the world,” says Ralph. “To use the vernacular term, he is truly woke! And I love him!”Divas Simply Singing! will also honor the drivers for Project Angel Food, who selflessly give their time to help feed and nourish the sick as they battle critical illness. For nearly 35 years, volunteers and staff cook and deliver nutritious meals, free of charge, to homes throughout Los Angeles County to alleviate hunger, prevent malnutrition and returns their clients to health. Partial proceeds from this year’s event will go to support Project Angel Food.Continuing to serve as a loving tribute for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDs, the goal of Divas Simply Singing! is to raise a quarter of The D.I.V.A. Foundation’s operating budget to ensure that they can continue their efforts to erase stigma, raise awareness and promote HIV/AIDS prevention through arts and education. Over the years, divas Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, Teena Marie, Tremaine Hawkins, Karen Clark Sheard, Yolanda Adams, LaShun Pace, Dottie Peoples, Jennifer Hudson and many more have raised their voices in song to support the cause.An acronym for “Divinely Inspired Victoriously Aware,” The D.I.V.A. Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization founded Ralph in 1990 as a memorial to the many friends she lost to HIV/AIDS as an original company member of Dreamgirls on Broadway. Sheryl Lee Ralph(Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) View Commentslast_img read more

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October is National Farm to School Month

first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) staff will attend two events this week that spotlight National Farm to School Month. To highlight ‘Local Crunch for Lunch,’ which will happen statewide today at participating schools; staff will join in at Thatcher Brook Primary School at 11 am.  VAAFM will also attend the ‘Crops by Kids Garden’ apple celebration at Barre Town Middle & Elementary School on Thursday, October 17 at 9:30 am. October National Farm to School Month was created in 2010 when the US House of Representatives sought to recognize the strong role Farm to School plays in promoting good health and strong economies. The Agency also welcomes Senior Agriculture Development Specialist Johanna Herron, who will be responsible for the Farm to School coordination.  Herron comes to Vermont after running the Alaska Farm to School Program, and is familiar with the impact these celebrations and programs have on kids and communities.   ‘Vermont has been a leader in the Farm to School movement which is critical to moving our kids, communities, and economy to a new level,’ said Governor Peter Shumlin. From school gardens to local food on cafeteria trays, farm to school practices help children connect with their food and make healthier choices, while also creating new markets for local and regional farmers, the Governor said. ‘Farm to School programs are key to developing the agricultural literacy we need in our communities to create vibrant and successful agriculture and food system in Vermont,’ said Vermont Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross.  ‘Acknowledging and building awareness of this nationally celebrated month is important to our agency because of the pivotal role Farm to School plays in the lives of every Vermont citizen.’last_img read more

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Triathlon America’s GearCamp at Bike DealerCamp gains momentum

first_img Related Triathlon America’s GearCamp at Bike DealerCamp, the triathlon-focused section of the demo trade show, taking place this 26-28 July, is building momentum.Several dozen triathlon businesses and retailers are already registered. This July, specialty retailers, manufacturers and triathlon industry leaders will gather at Park City, Utah’s Deer Valley Resort, to see and try the latest cycling and triathlon products.To find out more about GearCamp at Bike DealerCamp – ‘where retailers go to meet, ride and decide’ – see which companies are exhibiting, reserve your display space, and register for an attendee badge, go to www.bikedealercamp.com.www.triathlon-america.comlast_img read more

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August 15, 2007 News and Notes

first_imgAugust 15, 2007 News and Notes August 15, 2007 News & Notes News and Notes Drew Prusiecki of Acosta Sales and Marketing Company in Jacksonville was elected chair of the board of directors of the Northeast Florida Chapter of the American Red Cross. Alex H. Hamrick of Wachovia Bank’s 1031 Exchange Services Division presented “TICs Revealed: What Are They? How Do They Work? and Are They Right for Clients?” to the federal tax division at The Florida Bar Tax Section’s organizational meeting. Ryan D. Bailine of Shutts & Bowen’s Miami office was named co-chair of the Network of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. The firm of Dellecker, Wilson, King, McKenna & Ruffier was the presenting sponsor for the annual “Hearts of Gold” event benefiting the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. Mark Bentley of GrayRobinson’s Tampa office was appointed to the Amicus Curiae Committee by the American Planning Association’s board of directors. David M. Rieth of Rieth & Ritchie was appointed chair of the 13th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee E. Michael Robbins of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick’s Tampa office was named to the finance committee for the Tampa JCC/Federation. Mac Richard McCoy, Christopher M. Sacco, and Dianne Triplett were honored with leadership positions within the Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts. Sacco and Triplett were appointed as co-chairs of the event committee for the 2008 Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, and McCoy was elected vice president of the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts Board of Directors Michelle Diffenderfer of Lewis, Longman & Walker’s West Palm Beach office was re-elected chair of the American Bar Association SEER State and Regional Environmental Cooperation Committee. Edith G. Osman of Carlton Fields’ Miami office was appointed to serve a two-year term as a Florida Bar delegate to the ABA House of Delegates by The Florida Bar Board of Governors. Bari L. Goldstein of Christine D. Hanley & Associates earned her certification as a senior professional in human resources with the Society for Human Resource Management. Larry D. Smith of Cabaniss Smith Toole & Wiggins in Orlando was inducted into the Litigation Counsel of America at its spring conference and induction of fellows in New York. Robert C. Downie II of Carlton Fields Tallahassee office spoke at a Florida Section Institute of Transportation Engineers seminar in Naples, and a land use and transportation planning panel at Transplex. Erin L. Deady of Lewis, Longman & Walker’s West Palm Beach office spoke on “Navigating the Course for Successful Corps Appeal” at the 21st Annual Environmental Permitting Summer School at the Marriot’s Marco Island Resort. Caroline K. Black of Sessums Mason Black & Caballero in Tampa was elected president of the Hillsborough County Bar Association for the 2007-08 association year. Hal Lewis of Pathman Lewis LLP was elected to the board of directors of the Commercial Industrial Association of South Florida. Marni Lennon of the University of Miami School of Law was named to the National Advisory Committee for Equal Justice Works. Nicholas Robbins of Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart in West Palm Beach was appointed to the advisory board of directors of the Treasure Coast chapter of the Angel Investment Forum of Florida. Dana Grutchfield of FrankCrum in Clearwater was appointed vice president of business affairs. Rodd Santomauro of Camfield & Santomauro was nominated for barrister membership in the Vassar B. Carlton American Inn of Court and was also chosen as the sponsorship committee chair for the Brevard County Bar Association. David C. Goodwin of Shook, Hardy & Bacon’s Miami office presentated “Rules and Procedures for Federal Court Success” at the National Business Institute’s seminar.last_img read more

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April 30, 2011 News and Notes

first_imgNews and Notes Edward C. Beshara of Beshara, P.A., in Orlando has become an adjunct professor of business migration law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Barbara A. Cook of Barbara A. Kreitz Cook, Esq., in Stuart developed and moderated a Boating Safety Workshop for Law Day. Richard B. Comiter of Comiter, Singer, Baseman & Braun in Palm Beach Gardens spoke on “Current Trends, Strategies, Hot Topics & Issues in Estate Planning” at the FICPA’s Estate and Financial Planning Conference in Ft. Lauderdale and on “Hot Topics in Entity Planning” at the FICPA’s Florida Institute on Federal Taxation Conference in Orlando. George E. Nader of Trenam Kemker in Tampa has been accepted to the American Board of Trial Advocates. Erin Smith Aebel of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Miami joined more than 200 diabetes advocates from across the country in Washington, D.C., for the American Diabetes Association’s Call to Congress. Peter B. Skelos, associate justice of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Second Judicial Department, received the Criminal Courts Bar Association of Nassau County’s Norman F. Lent Memorial Award. Jeffrey Michael Cohen of Carlton Fields in Miami spoke at the ABA Litigation Section’s Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee seminar in Tucson on “Institutional Bad Faith — Putting the Insurer’s Practices and Procedures on Trial,” focusing on the prosecution and defense of bad faith actions alleging that the insurer’s business practices encouraged its claims personnel to disregard the rights of its policy holders. Roberta Casper Watson of Trenam Kemker in Tampa was the planning co-chair of and spoke in an American Law Institute/American Bar Association live video webcast on “Health Reform for Employers — Lessons Learned and What’s Next.” Amy L. Drushal of Trenam Kemker in Tampa received her third Star of the Quarter Award from the ABA Young Lawyers’ Division. Nancy Stroud of Lewis Stroud & Deutsch in Boca Raton co-authored the recently published land use law LexisNexis textbook Planning and Control of Land Development: Cases and Materials. Lori V. Vaughan of Trenam Kemker in Tampa authored “Eleventh Circuit: Good Faith Is Required for Mere-Conduit Defense to §550(a),” which appeared in the March 2011 issue of the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal. Marve Ann Alaimo of Cummings & Lockwood in Bonita Springs has been elected to the board of directors for The Estate Planning Council of Naples, Inc. Julio C. Esquivel of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa has been named to the board of directors of the Tampa Theatre Foundation. Michael A. Igel of Trenam Kemker in St. Petersburg spoke on “Physician and Physician Assistant Licensure: What You Need to Know” and “Keeping a Proper Medical Record: The Easy Way to Reduce Risk” on the Pinellas County Medical Association’s Continuing Medical Education cruise. Adam S. Tanenbaum of Carlton Fields in Tampa published “Rule 17(C) Subpoenas in Modern Criminal Defense Practice — What They Are, What They Are Not, and How a Defense Lawyer Can Use Them to Get What He Wants in Advance of Trial to Prepare His Case” in the February 7 issue of Bloomberg Law Reports’ White Collar Crime Report. Jerald David August of Fox Rothschild in West Palm Beach served as planning chair and moderator of a national ALI-ABA webcast on “Federal Income Tax Compliance: Important Developments.” Suzanne M. Amaducci-Adams of Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod in Miami was elected to the Orange Bowl Committee. Cynthia Hunold, an assistant public defender in Jacksonville, has become a member of the Jacksonville Area Legal Aid Board of Directors. John W. Salmon of Salmon & Dulberg Dispute Resolution in Miami presented a seminar titled “Breaking Impasse: Mediation and the Martial Arts” at the Florida Workers’ Compensation Institute convention in Orlando. Salmon also received the Florida Academy of Professional Mediator’s Award of Merit. David Prather of Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Prather, Keen & Littky-Rubin in West Palm Beach has been named a member of the Federal Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel. John Leighton of Leighton Law, P.A., of Miami and Orlando, was the keynote speaker at the Miami-Dade Health Underwriters luncheon, where he spoke on “Medical Malpractice: What You Don’t Know May Kill You.” Roy B. Gonas of Miami will be a visiting lecturer on international commercial arbitration this spring at the University of Lviv in Ukraine. He also will be a guest lecturer at the Institute of International Relations at the University of Kiev. Dennis Wall of Winter Springs and Orlando debated the principles of the law of liability insurance at an American Law Institute meeting in Philadelphia Gregory C. Yadley of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa participated in the annual small business symposium at the Ohio State University College of Law in Columbus. Jason Korn of Cohen & Grigsby in Bonita Springs was elected chair of the board of directors of the Edison State College Foundation. S. Brent Spain of Theriaque & Spain presented “Judicial Review of Local Zoning Decisions” and a “Case Law & Legislative Update” on growth management/land use law at a seminar hosted by the National Business Institute in Orlando. Christopher G. Lyons of Lyons & Lurvey in Miami spoke on the facets of a high-profile case at the University of Miami School of Law Entertainment and Sports Law Society’s 14th Annual Symposium. Laird A. Lile of Naples presented “Something Old, Something New, Tax Forms and More, What’s in it for You,” a seminar addressing estate tax filings in light of the 2010 tax legislation and gift tax returns for 2010 gifts, including allocations of generation-skipping transfer exemption at American College Trust and Estate Counsel’s Annual meeting in Phoenix. Leonard H. Gilbert of Holland & Knight in Tampa has received the American College of Bankruptcy’s Distinguished Service Award. Lissette Labrousse of Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc., served on a panel to discuss “Foreclosure Assistance, Loan Modification Fraud, and Other Predatory Lending” at the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Protection in Underserved Communities Conference held at the University of Miami. Michael Carney, Joseph Carey, Jarred Dichek and Michael Walsh of Kubicki Draper in Miami spoke at the 2011 FIFEC Conference in Orlando on “Examinations Under Oath and Fraud/Counter Claims.” Rosemarie S. Roth of Miami was presented the Collaborative Family Law Institute’s Stu Webb Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her leadership and devotion to the institute. Beverly A. Pascoe of Rogers Towers in Jacksonville has been appointed to the board of directors for Pine Castle, a Jacksonville organization dedicated to enriching the lives of adults with developmental and acquired disabilities. Stefanie Moon, of counsel with Berger Singerman in Ft. Lauderdale, served as a judge for the Federal Bar Association’s Thurgood Marshall Moot Court Competition held at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C., while attending the FBA Midyear Meeting as the national delegate for the Broward County Chapter of the FBA. Danialle Riggins of Riggins Law Firm in Ocala has been appointed to the Heart of Florida Health Center, Human Resources Personnel Board Recruitment Committee. Stephen C. Watson of GrayRobinson in Lakeland was recognized by the Kiwanis Club of Lakeland for his 40 years of service and membership to the organization. Drew Sorrell of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed in Orlando presented “Is Your Contract Clear or Partly Cloudy?” at the Central Florida Information Technology Society meeting in Orlando. Trent Cotney of Glenn Rasmussen Fogarty & Hooker in Tampal presented a seminar titled “Florida Construction Lien Law” at the Florida Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association’s Education Conference. Kristy M. Johnson of Carlton Fields in Miami was selected as a winner of the 2011 Glass Ceiling Award by the Florida Diversity Council. Timothy M. Ravich of Ravich Law Firm in Miami has been tapped as a “presidential appointee” of the University of Miami School of Law Alumni Association and has published Aviation Law after September 11th, a course book focused on national security, airline passengers’ rights, and accident litigation. Alejandro Uriarte of Legal Services of Greater Miami spoke to Florida International University law students about community service and the opportunities available to all student. Gary I. Resnick of GrayRobinson in Ft. Lauderdale was appointed interim treasurer of the Broward League of Cities. Christine A. Gudaitis of Ver Ploeg & Lumpkin in Miami discussed emerging issues and current laws relating to bad faith, along with a discussion of ethical responsibilities at the National Business Institute seminar on “Bad Faith Insurance Claims in Florida.” April 30, 2011 News & Notes April 30, 2011 News and Noteslast_img read more

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Crowley Raises Cash for Its Newbuild Program

first_imgCrowley Maritime Corporation has successfully raised gross proceeds of $200 million through the sale of 200,000 shares of Series A Income Preferred Securities. The company intends to use the net proceeds from this offering in connection with its new vessel build program as well as for general corporate purposes.“We are very pleased to have concluded this important transaction for the company, especially as it offers a new source of capital to pursue our growth plans,” said Crowley’s Chairman, President and CEO Tom Crowley.DNB Markets acted as exclusive financial advisor to Crowley. DNB Markets and Incapital acted as joint book-running managers for the offering.Related:Aker Philadelphia Shipyard – Crowley Partnership Extended [mappress]Press Release, October 24, 2013last_img read more

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CSL Launches Dive Audit Division

first_imgAberdeen based CSL, located at Geo House on Commerce Street, has established CSL Dive Audit Services in line with the firm’s five year growth strategy. CSL, which was established in 2000, has invested a great deal into expanding its team and core services in the last year with the introduction of new divisions including, technical consulting, subsea support services, resources and training.The dive audit service offers a fully rounded audit of dive processes, procedures, operations and systems which is then reported and presented to the client through a project managed service and from there the recommended changes can be implemented.The service also includes assistance with IMCA certification, review of current dive operations, implementation of revised processes, procedures and operations and the secondment of dive technical authorities onto projects and operations.The new service will be headed by Head of Project Services for CSL, Sarah Hutcheon. She said: “This new service was introduced as a progression of CSL’s commitment to recognising the demands within the industry and following many client requests to audit dive processes, procedures and operations. We hold a long standing reputation for providing client representatives to the offshore diving operations industry so it was a natural progression for the company. CSL will ensure that diving operations are conducted safely and in compliance with the Diving at Work (DAW) regulations, approved codes of practice and best industry practices.”CSL has already provided the new service for parent company DOF Subsea during a recent project for a major client. John Cameron, Regional HSEQ Manager said: “It is absolutely vital that DOF Subsea dive services are fully compliant with industry guidelines and legislation, and this new service offered by CSL proved excellent while we were preparing for our recent project in West Africa. As well as being knowledgeable and experienced in the industry, CSL is working with some of the key figures in the industry to provide this service, and access to their expertise was invaluable.”Press Releaselast_img read more

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