She was a resident of Groves for 60 years and she was a homemaker and formerly worked as a medical technologist for the office of Drs. Eisinstat, Elster and Bourgeois.She was preceded in death by her brother, John Dunnahoe, and grandson, Jonathan Bailey. A visitation for family and friends will begin at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves followed by the funeral service at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be at Oak Bluff Memorial Park. Survivors include her husband, Gerald Cunningham of Groves, TX; daughter, Elizabeth Marie Price and her husband Troy of Alabama; three sons, Gerald Sprowl Cunningham of Conroe, James Dunnahoe Cunningham and his wife JoLynn of Cypress, Robert John Cunningham of Groves; four sisters, Martha Prothro, Barbara Little, Judy Barnett, and Nancy Mooney; five grandchildren, Michael Rigdon and his wife Phoebe, Daniel Rigdon and his wife Mery-Lin, Julie Loftin, Jacob Cunningham, Jadon Cunningham, and Ethan Bailey. Jean Frances Dunnahoe Cunningham, 83, of Groves, Texas passed away Monday, March 14, 2016 at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas in Port Arthur.Jean was born July 5, 1932 in Houston, Texas to John Selman and Marie Alcorn Dunnahoe. She graduated in 1955 with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology, she was a Registered Technologist, MT (ASCP).
View Comments Wicked Star Files Jessica Vosk There’s a new green girl in town and her name is Jessica Vosk. After appearing on Broadway in The Bridges of Madison County, Finding Neverland and Fiddler on the Roof, Vosk toured the country as Elphaba in Wicked. Now, she is defying gravity once again, but this time she’s on the Great White Way. Vosk appeared on #LiveAtFive on August 13 to talk about joining the Broadway company of the blockbuster hit and her brand new album, Jessica Vosk: Wild and Free. So, how did she come up with the name of her debut solo album? “I called it Wild and Free because…now I feel OK with who I am completely,” Vosk said on #LiveAtFive. “I remember a time in my life when I didn’t feel that way, and I felt the need to impress people and say things to make other people happy or say things to make my parents happy or just hide who I was because I thought I was a little too much, and I am! I am a ittle cray-cray, and it’s nice to feel that freedom. Yes, I am a little bit wild, but it’s really nice to be able to say, ‘This is who I am and you may not like it but, whatever!’ I know I’m not meant for everyone to think I’m the best. I know what it’s like to feel that way, and it’s OK!”Jessica Vosk: Wild and Free features 14 tracks ranging from Broadway tunes to pop classics that show off the beltress’ natural talent. Vosk reflected on previous life working in the finance world. “I would not be here if I never had a desk job,” she says. “If I never took the chance—and I know a lot of people struggle with that because sometimes we are in a funk or in a place where we don’t feel like we love what we do—if I never decided to take a leap of faith, I wouldn’t be here.”Be sure to get tickets to see Vosk in Wicked, and get Jessica Vosk: Wild and Free now.Watch Vosk on Live at Five below! Jessica Vosk (Photo: Michael Hull) Related Shows from $95.00
by Alicia Freese February 28, 2013 vtdigger.org As the national debate about charter schools rages, a variant of that discussion has unfolded in the Vermont Legislature. The movement underfoot ‘ set in motion by Senate Bill 91’ would attach more strings to the public funding paid to the independent schools.Proponents say the bill is about leveling the playing field for public schools and is not intended as an anti-independent school piece of legislation. But opponents say it fundamentally misunderstands how independent schools operate, and it shackles them with mandates that could spell their doom.View of a school bus through a rainy window.School choice policy in Vermont allows public funding to follow some students ‘ many of whom hail from towns without a public school option ‘ from the sending town to the receiving school. Under this setup, independent schools often receive, to varying degrees, public dollars for a portion of their student body.S.91 was introduced by three members of the Senate Education Committee ‘ Sens. Richard McCormack, Don Collins and David Zuckerman ‘ and Sen. Richard Sears, D-Bennington. It lays out five major mandates for independent schools:‘¢ Adhere to a ‘ blind admissions’ policy. This means all publicly funded students would be accepted on a space-available basis.‘¢ Provide free and reduced lunch to students who qualify under USDA guidelines.‘¢ Subject students to the same testing regimen that public students take part in.‘¢ Require teachers to be licensed by the state.‘¢ Obtain certification in four different categories of special education. There a slightly over a dozen special education categories designated by the Agency of Education.Of the 125 independent schools across the state, the bill would impact about 15, since it applies only to schools where at least a third of the student body consists of publicly funded students. Some of these schools already comply with some of S.91’ s requirements.Declining enrollment ‘ a statewide trend ‘ has led to situations where school districts, seeking to boost enrollment, are competing for tuition dollars with nearby independent schools.‘ If this were 30 years ago and schools were bursting at the seams from too many kids, it would be great if a couple of kids went off to independent schools,’ said McCormack, who chairs the Senate Education Committee.Sen. Dick McCormack. File photo by Alan PanebakerThe scramble for students has led to calls for stricter state regulation of independent schools.Proponents of the bill ‘ the Vermont National Education Association (NEA) and the Vermont School Board Association number among them ‘ say independent schools have an unfair advantage when vying for students since they aren’ t saddled with the same requirements ‘ like providing the entire array of special education services ‘ as public schools.Tom Honigford, who serves on the South Royalton School Board, said independent schools ‘ don’ t play by the same set of rules. They can pick and choose which students they want and which services they want to offer. They aren’ t encumbered by the same rules we are.’Honigford is a former teacher at The Sharon Academy, an independent school in Sharon, which borders South Royalton.The bill is lurching through the legislative process. Senators on the Education Committee say they’ ve received a deluge of mail from people who object to it, and the committee has heard testimony from two headmasters and several parents from schools that stand to be affected.‘ The opponents have done a masterful job of marshaling their forces,’ McCormack observed.McCormack, who is a sponsor of the bill, acknowledged that it’ s riddled with ‘ poison pills’ ‘ certain provisions that spur a toxic backlash ‘ which, he added, the committee plans to address.But the opponents who gave testimony took issue with the very underpinnings of the bill ‘ objecting both to the intent of the bill, which they say would squash innovation at their independent schools, and the fact that the dictates come unaccompanied by any offer of state funding.The executive director of the Vermont Independent Schools Association, Mill Moore, said, ‘ There are philosophical objection here as far as state intrusion into places that it has never gone before and there are practical issues such as if you’ re going to impose requirements on school meals and teacher licensure, these are all unfunded mandates. Some of these small schools are really operating very close to the edge financially and if you put a major financial burden on them, they just couldn’ t possibly comply. That would mean they would have to give up taking publically tuitioned students and in some cases that’ s virtually their entire enrollment, so that would simply put them out of business.’Jennifer Sterling, a parent at Riverside School in Lyndonville ‘ one of the schools slated to see changes under S.91 ‘ told the Senate Education Committee that she moved to Vermont from Florida so that her children could attend Riverside.‘ We realized that we were never going to have enough money to live in an area where we could send our kids to public school that would meet our needs, and we were never going to have enough money to pay for private school for two children,’ she said.Sterling said she was drawn to Riverside because it offers an education tailored to the needs of her children at an affordable price. Asking independent schools to adhere to a ‘ blind admissions’ policy would do away with that specificity, Sterling said.If the bill is an ‘ effort to make all schools accommodate all children, then you’ re making everything bland. You’ re getting rid of all of the seasoning and flavor,’ she said, adding that the bill could lead to prohibitive tuition costs for her and her husband. ‘ If it came down to price ‘¦ then as a teacher and a nurse, we are out-priced.’Debate, which has taken place throughout the week, has become inverted at times, with headmasters calling on legislators to lessen the regulation for public schools rather than intensifying it for independent schools.‘ Why not release the public teachers from some of the things that prohibit them from doing what we do?’ asked Julie Hansen, head of school at the Thaddeus Stevens School in Lyndon.Independent school headmasters took pains to combat the perception that they ‘ cherry-pick’ the most promising kids from surrounding districts.Joel Cook, executive director of the Vermont NEA, said independent schools’ admissions policies allow for de facto discrimination, which creates a liability issue for the state when public dollars are at play. ‘ I’ m not sure what the argument is for an independent school to discriminate against citizens ‘¦ [The bill] simply says, like any other institution that receives public funds, we don’ t sanction discrimination.’Opponents also told lawmakers S.91 would stifle the socioeconomic diversity they currently enjoy at their schools by forcing them to increase tuition.Michael Livingston, head of school at The Sharon Academy, told the committee, ‘ It is going to very adversely impact our ability to run our school. We would have to charge additional to our families and frankly we’ d drive away the low-income families who create socioeconomic diversity.’The Sharon Academy ‘ with 85 percent of its student body publically funded ‘ has been at the fore of the debate.Zuckerman explained that the bill seeks to appease taxpayers who want to ‘ make sure their dollars are spent as effectively and transparently as possible.’ But, he added, ‘ sometimes what that leads to, for publicly elected officials, is reacting to those pressures with more and more rules about how that money is spent, which then leads to some of these shackles and requirement for testing, etc., etc.’A similar but more expansive version of this legislation was introduced in the Senate two years ago but did not gain traction.Disclaimer: VTDigger reporter Alicia Freese graduated from The Sharon Academy in 2006, where Michael Livingston currently serves as head of school and Tom Honigford formerly taught. Freese’ s partner, Charles Enscoe, works for the Vermont School Board Association, Vermont Superintendents’ Association and the Vermont Principals’ Association.
The city of Shawnee has agreed to issue general obligation bonds to cover costs to purchase a new fire truck for Fire Station No. 72. File photoShawnee buying new fire truck for Station 72. The Shawnee city council on Monday agreed to purchase a new fire truck for Fire Station No. 72 at 5840 Renner Road. The city will cover costs of acquisition by issuing up to $780,000 in general obligation bonds. The council voted 7-0 to approve the purchase and bond issuance. Councilmember Kurt Knappen was absent.JCCC named Lenexa Company of the Year. Johnson County Community College was recently recognized as Company of the Year by the Lenexa Chamber of Commerce at its 2020 Annual Dinner and Awards Program. Established in the late 1960s, JCCC has been a chamber member for nearly 40 years. During the past year, JCCC hosted and attended several chamber events and programs including business seminars, interactive workshops and networking events. The college also sponsored a Chamber Membership Luncheon and provided the keynote speaker, JCCC President Joe Sopcich. The college has been a supporter, host and partner of Leadership Lenexa, a program designed to educate area businesses and local professionals.
September 15, 2013 Letters September 15, 2013 Letters Letters Citizenship Is Not the Issue As an attorney who applied to The Florida Bar without either citizenship or permanent residency, I strongly support that citizenship should not factor in Bar admissions.The proposed amendment to Bar Rule 1-3.1 to provide, “No person who has complied with the requirements for admission to The Florida Bar shall be disqualified because he or she is not a United States citizen” remains reasonable and appropriate.But the issue of undocumented or out-of-status applicants is an appropriate factor in meeting the requirements for admission to The Florida Bar.While there is great sympathy for many who find themselves — often through no fault of their own — in the United States illegally, this is a continuing criminal act that is incompatible with being admitted to The Florida Bar. Currently, the Bar application requires a photocopy of “the immigration document that documents your status for submission to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for verification of authenticity” for all non-U.S. citizens. This is an appropriate and sufficient check.The federal government often puts huge obstacles to achieving legal status in this country: Once a person has achieved that legal status, it would be appropriate to recognize and defer to their findings, but until the applicant has achieved such status the Department of Justice is correct in suggesting that they should be disqualified.There is much reform that should be undertaken in immigration law in which our Bar members can participate. As lawyers, let us not flout the law but change the law. The new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is a small, but important, step in that direction.Phil Wigglesworth San Miguel de Allende, Mexico Bradley Manning I’m Bradley Manning.Come arrest and prosecute me as well, because I fully support everything he did.I pray those who have prosecuted and judged Bradley Manning will eventually stand trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity at the Hague, and will hopefully hang no different than the Nuremberg Nazis.David F. Petrano Hawthorne Public Defenders These last months have seen the rather heavy news coverage of the Zimmerman case in Seminole County.At its peak core are the defense attorneys O’Mara and West. During the trial and its ultimate verdict, they were rather celebrated as almost folk heroes and kudos of brilliant lawyers. They were and are, in my personal opinion, very effective trial lawyers.However, after the verdict came in, in their first statements to the press is where I feel bound to stand up for the lowly public defenders of the world. that, I mean the negative comments they made about the state erroneously seeking to obstruct them in obtaining discovery by employing means like they would often get away with when public defenders were representing the defendants.On behalf of old public defenders, I would like to set the record straight and not let their comment go uncontested.As a public defender in the ’70s and ’80s in the 18th Circuit, I tried an abundance of first degree murders and, yes, many second degree murders, as attorneys O’Mara and West successfully had with defendant Zimmerman.Speaking of quality and effectiveness of their defense as a public defender, I would like to draw attention to 1977. As the week of May 16 started in Sanford, I started that week with two cases of second degree murder.The first murder case that week ended on Tuesday, May 17, when the Sanford jury brought in a verdict of not guilty. On Wednesday, May 18, I started the second murder case. On Thursday evening, a second Sanford jury brought in the second not guilty and was the story that appeared in the Sanford Herald. I must admit that those two wins so close together almost made me believe what my mother said about me was true. She always said I was the “greatest trial lawyer.” I was a public defender on both of these cases and probably made about $36 a day.As for the discovery, I never asked for any. My file consisted of about five or six pages. Mv domicile was always in Brevard County. I traveled to Sanford on a regular basis in those days long ago.The Zimmerman attorneys took two weeks to try and acquit their innocent client. I took one week to try and acquit two guilty defendants.With the volume of homicide cases I tried in those days, I had a simple technique: I always looked for and found a butler to hang it on. That trick I learned from watching old Charlie Chan movies.I can assure you that the state will always supply you one, with their tendencies to over witness a case.Back then, there were veteran and very able defense lawyers. Guys like “Big Peg Leg” John McCarey, Frank Clark, Wendell Harris, David Porter, and Thurman Justice. They have long since passed on, and when they did, I felt the courthouse was no longer quite as safe as when Ole Big John and his like roamed the corridors.Franklin D. Kelly Titusville
Extremely premature babies run a much higher risk of developing autism in later childhood, and even during the neonate period differences are seen in the brains of those who do. This according to a new study by researchers from Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital in Sweden. The findings, which are published in the journal Cerebral Cortex, suggest that environmental factors can lead to autismExtremely preterm neonates survive at increasingly early gestation periods thanks to the advances made in intensive care in the past decades. However, babies born more than 13 weeks prematurely run a serious risk of brain damage, autism, ADHD and learning difficulties. They are exposed to numerous stress factors during a period critical to brain development, and it is possible that this plays a key part in the development of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).In this present study, the researchers examined over 100 babies who had been born extremely prematurely (i.e. before week 27, the beginning of the third trimester). With the parents’ permission they studied the growth of the babies’ brains using magnetic resonance imaging during the neonate period, and then screened the children for autistic features when they had reached the age of six. LinkedIn Share on Twitter Share Pinterest Email Share on Facebook “We were surprised by how many – almost 30 per cent – of the extremely preterm-born children had developed ASD symptoms,” says Ulrika Ådén, researcher at the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health at Karolinska Institutet and neonatologist at the Neonatology clinic at Karolinska University Hospital in Sweden. “Amongst children born after full term pregnancy, the corresponding figure is 1 per cent.”The researchers found that it was more common in the group of children who had developed ASD for there to have been complications during the neonate period, such as surgery, than it was amongst their prematurely born peers who had not developed ASD. Already in the neonatal period, long before the children had manifested signs of autism, differences could be observed between the extremely preterm babies who went on to develop ASD and those who did not, with diminished growth of the parts of the brain involved in social contact, empathy and language acquisition – functions that are impaired in autistic children.Autism is generally attributed to genetic factors, even if no specific autism gene has been identified. This new study supports previous findings indicating that birth weight and complications can increase the risk of autism.“Our study shows that environmental factors can also cause autism,” says Dr Ådén. “The brain grows best in the womb, and if the developmental environment changes too early to a life in the atmosphere, it can disrupt the organisation of cerebral networks. With new therapeutic regimes to stimulate the development of such babies and avoid stress, maybe we can reduce the risk of their developing ASD.”The study was funded by grants from several sources, including the Swedish Research Council, the Regional Agreement on Medical Training and Clinical Research (ALF), the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation and the EU Seventh Framework Programme.
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Siemens’ HelWin beta jacket was successfully loaded on the barge yesterday at Heerema’s Vlissingen yard. “The next milestone is the sail away to its final offshore destination,” Heerema Fabrication Gruop said.The jacket is part of the HelWin beta converter platform, which is one of the main components of the TenneT DC offshore grid connection ‘HelWin2′.Last week, Heerema undertook preparations for the loading of the 3,500-ton jacket.HelWin 2 is the link between the North Sea offshore wind farm Amrumbank West and the onshore grid.Offshore WIND Staff, April 1, 2014: Image: Heerema Fabrication Group
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About Dr. Simone AlicaThe Self Esteem Doctor, Dr. Simone Alicia is a certified N.L.P. (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Practitioner and Motivational Coach known as The Self Esteem Doctor. She is based in Miami, Florida, and is a trusted source of empowerment for countless individuals, schools, small businesses, Non-Profit organizations and other groups. In addition to performing as a guest or keynote Speaker and corporate consultant, Dr. Simone Alicia offers one on one or group coaching sessions to men, women, teens, and children nationwide.This University of Florida educated teacher, Honorary Doctorate holder and Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner is fueled by her passion to help kids, families, and educators. Her goal is to transform negative behaviors and limiting beliefs by improving the way people are thinking and feeling about themselves; that’s self-esteem.“The world is my classroom, and it’s time for everyone to know that self-esteem begins with ourselves, but doesn’t end there. It’s about exploring our limitlessness, becoming our best selves and contributing magnanimously to others in this world,” says Dr. Simone Alicia.For tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-self-esteem-summer-conference-2018-tickets-44582859533. According to the National Education Association, it is estimated that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students. In this context, Dr. Simone Alicia, certified N.L.P.(Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Practitioner and Motivational Coach will address her third annual Self Esteem Summer Conference on June 3, 2018, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel(1 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304) from 1pm-4pm. The conference has inspired and helped over 400 students in the past two years. The conference planners will offer a limited number of FREE tickets to kids and teens. This is made possible by the support of local businesses. General entry is $0-$10. VIP Preferred seating is $25.Dr. Alicia’s objective is to help raise the self-esteem, mindfulness, and communication of South Florida’s kids and teens. Also, knowns as the Self Esteem Doctor, Dr. Alicia’s mission has been to give young people an opportunity to address, boost or build their confidence, share their perspective and vocalize their needs.She said, “We are all living in a time now, where it has become more vital than ever to raise the collective consciousness about the true value and power of healthy self-esteem in the lives of children, teens and the family unit as a whole. It’s a fundamental key to shaping the future of our planet, and we need to start teaching it on purpose.”This year, Dr. Alicia is launching the T.SED TV channel on YouTube to highlight the power kids have to steadily improve their attitude and mindset using subconscious language, positive media programming, and empowerment games.This year’s Self Esteem Summer Conference offers valuable information by including the use of activities, games, humor, and entertainment to be enjoyed by kids of all ages. The conference is once again giving kids and teens FREE access to real tools to help them believe in themselves, overcome negativity, like bullying and have the courage to grow into their real purpose. At the end of this conference, they’ll be one step closer to confidently contributing the best of themselves at school, at home, and to the world.