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Sections gear up for 2001 legislative session

first_imgOpposes legislation that would require courts to consider domestic violence counseling or mental health or substance abuse treatment when establishing the amount of bail or type of bond required for a criminal defendant. Opposes revision of Florida law regarding a spouse’s elective share that would modify the percentage of elective share in any revocable trust of a decedent based upon the length of the decedent and spouse’s marriage. Supports amendment to §673.3121, Florida Statutes, to provide a cross reference in it to §673.4111, Florida Statutes, stating that if an official check is not paid, then the person entitled to enforce the official check is entitled to compensation from the obligated bank for refusing to pay. The Florida Bar’s sections have begun preparing for the 2001 session of the Florida Legislature by reaffirming previous legislative positions and establishing several new positions. The Board of Governors last month recognized a variety of section legislative requests. Most were renewals for previous section positions, required because under Bar policies all legislative positions sunset at the end of the legislative biennium. Some sections have also begun with their new requests. Unlike Bar-wide positions, sections lobby in their own name and use only their own voluntary dues to support such advocacy, and consequently have a greater scope for their lobbying activities. Sections can also oppose each other on the same position. The Bar rules require that when section representatives present their positions to lawmakers, they clearly identify that they represent the section and not the Bar as a whole. Because the sections’ legislative activities are supported with voluntary dues, Bar members cannot seek a refund, as they can with Bar-wide positions, of their annual Bar membership fees when they disagree with the position. Anyone with questions about a section legislative position can find a list of section officers in the September Journal directory issue. Following is a list of section positions, both new and renewed, authorized by the board. Supports the creation of a commission to study issues of child support. Supports legislation to clarify that the Earned Income Credit is exempt from legal process under §222.25, Florida Statutes. Supports legislation providing that a motor vehicle is subject to forfeiture under the Florida Contraband Act if it is driven by a person under the influence of alcohol or drugs and the person’s license is suspended, revoked, or canceled as a result of a prior conviction for driving under the influence. Administrative Law Opposes revision of §57.071, Florida Statutes, that would preclude the taxation of expert witness fees in family law matters absent compliance with particularized requirements. Family Law Public Interest Law Business Law Section: Opposes modification of §90.612, Florida Statutes, to require additional protections for the interrogation of witnesses under 14 years of age. Workers’ Compensation Supports statutory creation of the crime of culpable negligence creating financial injury. Opposes the portion of the 1998 Internal Revenue Service Restructuring and Reform Act, which would extend the attorney/client privilege to accountants and enrolled agents in civil tax matters. Government Lawyer Opposes exemptions or exceptions to the Administrative Procedure Act, but otherwise supports a requirement that any exemption or exception be included within Chapter 120, Florida Statutes, itself. Opposes enhancement of the penalties for driving under the influence. Supports legislation amending §119.07(3)(i)(1), Florida Statutes, to exempt from public disclosure the home addresses, telephone numbers, places of employment, and names and locations of schools and day care facilities of grandchildren of justices, district court of appeal judges, circuit court judges, county court judges, general masters and child support hearing officers. Supports legislation to enact the revised Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code as recommended by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. October 15, 2000 Regular News Tax Section: Supports amendments to Florida’s domestic violence laws that would include: (a) amending §741.28(1), Florida Statutes, to eliminate the wording “who is or was residing in the same single dwelling unit”; (b) amending §741.30(6)(c), Florida Statutes, to substitute the term “permanent” instead of “final” with regard to judgments on injunctions for protection against domestic violence; (c) amending §741.30(6)(a)7, Florida Statutes, to authorize the court to enter relief to protect minor children of a domestic violence victim as well as the victim; (d) amending §741.30(1)(g), Florida Statutes, to permit consideration of evidence presented at a hearing of which parties were noticed to be present, as opposed to limiting consideration of evidence to those hearings where parties are actually present; and (e) amending §790.065(a), Florida Statutes, to include review of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence. Administrative Law Section: Opposes legislation to repeal or eliminate the use of discovery depositions in criminal cases. Tax Supports legislation amending §737.307, Florida Statutes, to clarify the six-month statute of limitations applies to a trust accounting, provide a notice requirement for the statute and specify the statute of limitations does not apply to certain dishonest conduct by the trustee. Opposes the extension of child visitation rights to great-grandparents. Supports full legislative funding of the Prosecutor/Public Defender Training Program. Supports repeal of §83.09, Florida Statutes, to clarify that distress no longer applies to residential tenancies. Supports modification of child support guidelines, Chapter 61, Florida Statutes, to eliminate the 25 percent reduction from the total cost of child care prior to allocating that cost between the parents, and to allow consideration of any available tax credit received by one parent as a result of child care expenses when determining allocation of costs. Supports full legislative funding of the Prosecutor/Public Defender Training Program. Supports any legislation that would streamline and make more efficient the administration of justice in the workers’ compensation system. Supports legislation that would make it a capital felony to commit the unlawful killing of a human being while perpetrating or attempting to perpetrate the act of resisting a law enforcement officer with violence. Opposes federal efforts by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to eliminate the attorney fee program, which pays private counsel for successfully representing claimants in Social Security cases. Supports legislation recognizing the state’s legal obligation to provide medical, mental health and developmental services to all children in state custody who need such services. Opposes revisions in the statutory criteria for bail determination that would add consideration of whether there is probable cause to believe a defendant committed a new crime while on pretrial release. Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Supports language in the Legislative Appropriations Act to permit the payment of government attorneys’ Florida Bar membership fees and continuing legal education costs from funds within budget entities, and further supports amendment to general law to authorize all Florida government agencies to pay their government attorneys’ Florida Bar membership fees and continuing education costs. Opposes legislation that would seek to remove from the courts in any way the establishment, modification or enforcement of family support, and/or that would seek to place consideration, effectuation or adjudication of these issues under the jurisdiction of the Department of Revenue or any other governmental or administrative body. Supports legislation to extend child health insurance coverage, including special health care needs, dental care, presumptive eligibility and continuous eligibility, to all children who are eligible for coverage under KidCare. Opposes amendment of the repeat violence laws that would exempt a parent or guardian from setting forth facts sufficient to support an injunction for protection against repeat violence within a petition filed on behalf of a minor. Supports any changes in the current workers’ compensation law that would: (a) ensure the independence of the judges of compensation claims’ ability to discharge the duties of their office in the adjudicatory process, including a reappointment process that promotes and ensures the independence of the judiciary; and (b) ensure the right of injured workers to have their cases reviewed by an Article V court. Supports legislation to replace the term “general master” with “magistrate” within all statutes relating to family law. Opposes any efforts to enact a statutory will. Supports technical amendment of the assignment of rents statute, §697.07, Florida Statutes, to correct typographical and grammatical errors in subsections (2), (4) & (7), and to include the term “or control” inadvertently omitted from subsection (3) in the original 1993 legislation. Supports legislation amending §737.303, Florida Statutes, to make technical corrections to ensure trust accounting terms are used in a uniform manner. Supports the establishment and funding of programs to provide dependency mediation services in each judicial circuit. Supports legislation to allow relatives with custody of a child pursuant to any court order to receive financial assistance under the Relative Caregiver Program. Opposes any amendment to Chapter 120, Florida Statutes, or other legislation, which undermines the rulemaking requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act by allowing “guidelines,” “determinations,” or other statements of agency policy without formal rule making. Opposes mandatory sentences for persons who commit or attempt to commit a forcible felony with a firearm. Supports legislation prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing and accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation. Opposes statutory creation of the “doctrine of necessaries” with regard to joint marital debts. Opposes the rigid allocation of child support based on the number of days a child spends with each parent; supports factors that would permit a deviation in child support based on a rotating custody arrangement or extensive visitation. Supports passage of adoption legislation which: (a) amends Chapters 39 and 63, Florida Statutes, to provide that Chapter 39 applies to all adoptions that involve children surrendered to the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and Chapter 63 applies to all other adoptions; (b) provides that an adoption entity has an affirmative duty to follow specified due process provisions and that a material failure on the part of the entity to meet this duty may result in the entity being liable to the adoptive parents for all sums paid by the adoptive parents in connection with the adoption (such due process provisions should require the entity to begin specified efforts to identify and locate a parent whose consent to an adoption is required within 7 days after the person seeking to place a child for adoption evidences that desire to an adoption entity); (c) adopts the procedural framework for adoptions that is used by agencies under current Chapter 39, bifurcating the two-step process currently accomplished under Chapter 63, with the first step being an accelerated termination of parental rights proceeding; (d) requires repayment to the adoptive parents of certain fees, costs and expenditures by the adoption entity if the court sets aside a consent to adoption or judgment under Chapter 63 due to fraud or duress attributable to the adoption entity, and requires an award of attorneys’ fees to the adoptive parent in such circumstances; (e) requires that a copy of any order imposing sanctions under Chapter 63 be forwarded by the court to DCF if against an agency, and to The Florida Bar if against an intermediary; (f) provides that if the court sets aside a consent to adoption or a judgment under Chapter 63 due to acts or omissions attributable to the adoption entity that the entity is liable to the prevailing party for a reasonable attorney’s fee; (g) provides that consent must be obtained or notice under Chapter 63 must be provided to any man who is the child’s father by marriage, adoption or an order of paternity, and if there is no one, then any man who registers with the Department of Vital Statistics, has provided support to the child or to the mother during her pregnancy in a repetitive customary matter, has been identified under oath by the birth mother as the father, or is a party in a legal proceeding in which the custody, paternity or a legal proceeding in which the custody, paternity or termination of parental rights regarding the child is at issue; (h) provides that an affidavit of non-paternity may be executed in lieu of a consent in certain circumstances and sets out the form affidavit; (i) requires that certain persons with potential rights regarding a minor being placed for adoption execute a consent to adoption, an affidavit of nonpaternity, or receive notice by personal or constructive service of an action to terminate parental rights and which sets out the form notice; (j) allows a person executing a consent to an adoption or an affidavit of nonpaternity to have an independent witness present and requires advance notice of this right; (k) provides that a consent to an adoption may be withdrawn by certified mail sent within three business days after execution, or one business day after a birth mother’s discharge from a hospital or birth center, whichever is later; (l) permits termination of parental rights of an incarcerated parent based upon such incarceration under certain circumstances; (m) specifies the fees and expenditures related to the adoption that may be collected from adoptive parents by the adoption entity, prohibits the charging of certain fees including nonrefundable lump sum payments and facilitation fees, and provides for repayment of these expenses under certain circumstances; (n) grants to the court the authority to scrutinize the fees, costs and expenses connected with an adoption and to restore to the adoptive parents monies paid that were not actually spent; (o) allows a party to an agreement for payment of fees, costs and expenditures related to an adoption to cancel the agreement within a period of three business days after signing it; (p) provides that petitions for declaratory statement, termination of parental rights pending adoption, and adoption filed under Chapter 63 pertaining to the same child may be consolidated at the request of a party or by order of the court, and prohibits the charging of more than one filing fee in such cases; (q) requires that, when readily obtainable, the Social Security number and date of birth of each birth parent be included on the social and medical history form filed with the court; (r) requires that the clerk of the court forward the statement of final decree of adoption to the adoption registry maintained by DCF for retention; (s) requires a statute of repose prohibiting any challenge to an order of adoption or underlying order terminating parental rights on any ground, including fraud or duress, more than one year after entry of the order terminating parental rights; (t) amends current law to set out factors to be considered when terminating parental rights based upon abandonment, preventing de facto termination of parental rights without notice prior to the child’s birthday, and which would preclude a finding of abandonment based upon lack of emotional support provided to a birth mother during her pregnancy; and (u) requires adoption agencies to follow the same law currently applicable to intermediaries regarding children placed out of state for adoption. Supports any legislation that would further enforce the insurance coverage requirements of the Workers’ Compensation Act.center_img Opposes revision of §57.105, Florida Statutes, that would delete the standard of “a complete absence of any justiciable issue of either law or fact raised by the complaint or defense of the losing party” for awarding an attorney’s fee to the prevailing party. Opposes amendment to §733.302, Florida Statutes, to expand the class of non-residents which may serve as personal representative because of a concern that any addition to the class may subject the entire statute to a renewed constitutional challenge. Supports legislation amending §§61.30(11)(b), Florida Statutes, to include a specific mathematical calculation (Gross-up method) for determining child support in cases involving a shared parental arrangement wherein the child spends a “substantial amount of time” with the non-custodial parent. Supports legislation amending §61.30(11)(b), Florida Statutes, to include a definition of “substantial amount of time” connoting the non-custodial parent exercising visitation at 30 percent of the overnights during a calendar year, for the purpose of adjusting child support awards. Supports legislation amending §119.07(3)(i)(1), Florida Statutes, to extend to general masters and child support hearing officers the exemption from public disclosure granted therein. Supports legislation that would add assistant state attorneys, assistant statewide prosecutors and assistant public defenders to the Senior Management Service Class of the Florida Retirement System. Supports extending jurisdiction of the juvenile courts through age 21 for young adults who remain in foster care beyond their 18th birthday. Supports amendment of §918.16, Florida Statutes, which would require that a judge clear the courtroom at the request of a victim during his or her testimony concerning a sexual offense, provided that the judge retained discretion for certain individuals (such as psychologists or other professionals) to hear such testimony. Government Lawyer Section: Supports amendments to Chapter 718, Florida Statutes, Condominiums, and Chapter 719, Florida Statutes, Cooperatives, to require that engineers, architects and other design professionals and manufacturers warrant the fitness of the work they perform on condominiums or cooperatives. Supports amendment to §119.07(3)(x), Florida Statutes, to exempt from disclosure under the public records law, the home addresses and telephone numbers of all current and former government agency employees. Supports the repeal of §744.3725(6), Florida Statutes, which requires the consent of a ward’s spouse before a court may permit a guardian to initiate a proceeding for dissolution of the ward and spouse’s marriage. Supports §718.116 (1)(a) and (e), Florida Statutes, of the Condominium Act as it currently exists, and opposes any amendments that would increase the liability of a first mortgagee for unpaid assessments or that would otherwise unconstitutionally impair the rights of owners or lienors. Health Law Section: Opposes amendment to Chapter 120, Florida Statutes, to deny points of entry to request administrative proceedings where rights of substantially affected persons are involved. Supports amendment to Chapter 63, Florida Statutes, Adoption, to provide that no consents shall be signed by either birth parent prior to the child’s birth and providing that a birth parent be given at least a three-day right of rescission once the consent is signed. Public Interest Law Section: Supports amendment of §61.1301, Florida Statutes, to reinstitute the use of income deduction “orders” rather than income deduction “notices,” and clarification of the authority of a trial court to utilize income deduction for temporary support. Sections gear up for 2001 legislative session Supports amendment of the domestic violence laws to provide that it is unlawful for a person subject to an injunction for protection against domestic violence to refuse to surrender firearms or ammunition, or to interfere with or obstruct a law enforcement officer from enforcing such an injunction. Supports legislative intent language to clarify that statutory restrictions or prohibitions on the private practice of law by government lawyers (other than judges and their staff) do not preclude such lawyers from providing pro bono legal services as contemplated by the Supreme Court of Florida in Amendments to Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, 630 So. 2d 501 (Fla. 1993), which establishes an aspirational goal of 20 hours per year of such services by each Florida lawyer. Supports, for administrative disciplinary proceedings before regulatory boards within the Division of Medical Quality Assurance of the Department of Health, the adoption of a statute of limitations of no less than four years from the time of the conduct giving rise to the complaint, or from the time the conduct is discovered or should have been discovered, but in no event should the statute of limitations be extended more than seven years — said limitations being inapplicable in cases involving: fraud, concealment or intentional misrepresentation of fact by the investigated licensee which affect discovery of the alleged misconduct within the limitations period; a complainant whose minority, incapacity or other legal impediment prevented discovery of the alleged misconduct within the limitations period; claims of sexual activity between a licensee and patient; or alleged conduct that involves fraud or misrepresentation of a material fact in the context of an original or renewal license application. Opposes legislation that would re-enact the Bulk Sales Act, Article 6 of the Uniform Commercial Code. Supports amendment of §61.13(1), Florida Statutes, to clarify that a court may require either or both parents to carry life insurance or to otherwise secure child support obligations. Opposes creation of an evidentiary privilege for parent-child communications. Opposes revision of §827.03, Florida Statutes, that would include as a definition of “child abuse” the commission of an act of domestic violence by a caregiver in the presence of a minor child. Supports legislation amending §61.14(2), Florida Statutes, to clarify the Court has the authority to make upward or downward modification of support retroactive to the date of the filing of the modification action. Supports amendment to Chapter 723, Florida Statutes, specifying that each mobile home owner/owners shall have only one vote at elections or meetings, and to allow association bylaws to specify less than a majority for a quorum. Opposes any portion of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners Title Insurers Model Act and Title Insurance Agent Model Act that may adversely affect Florida attorneys’ ability to participate in real estate closing and the issuance of title insurance. Supports a constitutional amendment removing the restriction on devise of homestead property; also to provide that homestead rights are limited to the head of a family with a surviving spouse or dependent heir. Supports legislation to resolve the cloud on Florida land titles resulting from potential claims that portions of property that appear from the face of deed in the chain of title to have been conveyed into private ownership are subject to a claim of ownership by the State of Florida as sovereignty lands, and further supports a commission to review the issue. Supports the exclusion of proceedings governed by the Family Law Rules of Procedure and Juvenile Rules of Procedure from a parent-child privilege. Supports adequate funding for dependency courts and for all Chapter 39, F.S. proceedings relating to children. Supports confidentiality of Physician Recovery Network records. Supports legislation to clarify that children in shelter or foster care be accorded the protections of §39.4085, Florida Statutes. Opposes any legislation effecting restrictions on, or restructuring of, the payment of attorneys’ fees — either to the attorney of the injured worker or to the attorney for the employer/carrier/self-insured — other than what is currently stated within §440.34, Florida Statutes. Criminal Law Section: Opposes any legislation that would eliminate, impair or change the Interest on Trust Accounts (IOTA) Program. Supports amendment to §162.09(3), Florida Statutes, to clarify the relative priority of recorded municipal code enforcement liens created pursuant to the Local Government Code Enforcement Boards Act. Health Law Supports revision to §704.01, Florida Statutes, the Common Law and Statutory Easements of Necessity, to balance the rights of landowners. Opposes changes in Florida’s insanity defense which would impose on the defendant the burden of proving insanity by clear and convincing evidence. Supports repeal of §6045(f), Internal Revenue Code, which expands the scope of required tax information reporting, to include amounts paid to attorneys even where the payment includes damage awards that clearly are not taxable to the attorney, and even where the payments are made to an incorporated law firm. Supports revisions to §744.301 and §744.387, Florida Statutes, which would increase the settlement authority of natural guardians and clarify the role of guardians ad litem in settlements of claim for minors. Supports legislation to create trust accounting standards similar to probate accounting standards, including a requirement for notice of the deadline for filing objections to the trust accounting. Supports amendment to Chapter 39, Florida Statutes, Proceedings Relating to Children, to provide that a separate proceeding for termination of parental rights be conducted by the juvenile division of the court, thus affording the birth parents the right to counsel. Opposes any legislation limiting property owners’ rights or limiting attorneys’ fees in condemnation proceedings. Business Law Workers’ Compensation Section: Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section: Family Law Section: Supports amendment to §695.26(3)(a), Florida Statutes, to provide that its requirements do not apply to instruments executed before July 1, 1995. Sections gear up for 2001 legislative session Criminal Law Supports adequate funding for mandated programs under the state’s Families in Need of Services and Children in Need of Services legislation pursuant to Chapter 39, Florida Statutes. last_img read more

Charles Lindbergh: Long Island’s Lucky Loner

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Given the rush of merchants trying to cash in on Charles Lindbergh’s historic flight from New York to Paris on May 20, 1927, it’s fitting that the spot where the famous aviator took off is the biggest mall on Long Island today.“Slim” Lindbergh, as he was known in St. Louis among his pilot pals and his business backers, spawned “Spirit of St. Louis” letter openers (named after his plane), ladies’ hats dubbed the “Lucky Lindy Lid” (gray felt with black trim, side flaps and a little propeller on the front), patent leather shoes with his photograph inserted on the top, boys’ britches, and even loaves of “Lucky Lindy Bread.”“Lindbergh became kind of a marketing phenomenon—from coloring books to games to toys to you name it!” says Andrew Parton, executive director of the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City.It has the first plane the famous aviator ever owned, a Curtiss JN4-D—a Jenny—which Lindbergh bought in Georgia for $500 in 1923. Later it was fully restored in the 1970s by George Dade, an LI aviation buff who first met Lindbergh in the 1930s. The museum also has one of three Spirit of St. Louis models that the Ryan Aeronautics Company in San Diego built to Lindbergh’s demanding specifications: no front window in the cockpit, just a periscope and two side windows plus enough tank storage to hold 400 gallons of fuel. Jimmy Stewart used this sister ship to portray Lindbergh in Billy Wilder’s 1957 classic biopic.“The legend is that Charles Lindbergh flew this plane on Long Island in the early ’60s and said it handled the same way,” Parton says. “So we go with the legend!”Nassau County was bustling with aviation activity long before Lindbergh climbed into the cockpit. Where the museum is today was Aviation Field No. 2, the military airstrip renamed Mitchell Field after John Mitchell, the second youngest mayor of New York City, who had joined the Army Air Corps after failing to get re-elected. He died in a training accident in World War I.The other two airstrips then in operation were both civilian. Roosevelt Field was named after President Theodore Roosevelt’s son Quentin, who died in flight combat over France in 1918.Curtiss Field was named after Glenn Curtiss, the first pilot to take off from the Hempstead Plains in 1909. The flat, windy topography was ideal for flying—and the wealth of Manhattan was perfect for financing flights of derring-do. Starting in 1919, Manhattan hotel owner Raymond Orteig, who was born in France, had offered a $25,000 prize to the first aviator to fly nonstop from New York to Paris. Years later, Lindbergh wrote that he was “much more interested in the flight than in the prize… [but he didn’t] mean to imply that the prize was not of definite interest, too.”“Knowing that the money was in New York, all the early aviators gravitated to Long Island,” says Parton. “That’s why it became the cradle of aviation.”So, on the morning of May 20, having gotten no sleep the night before at the Garden City Hotel, Lindbergh had the Spirit of St. Louis towed from its hangar at Curtiss Field, where the Roosevelt Field Mall is today, to the larger and longer runway at Roosevelt Field, which Admiral Richard Byrd had graded in preparation for his own trans-Atlantic flight. That’s where The Source Mall is today. A gully, about where the Meadowbrook State Parkway is now, separated the two air strips. A crowd had gathered in the early light to see him off. Lindbergh later noted that it all felt “more like a funeral procession than the beginning of a flight to Paris.”Charles Lindbergh preparing to leave Long Island for Paris (Photo courtesy Cradle of Aviation)FLY BOYGo to the Roosevelt Field Mall today and on the upper level by the south entrance is a large, airy mural honoring Curtiss Field’s contribution to aviation when it was “the world’s premier airport.” The smiling faces of Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart lofting among the clouds pale in comparison to the striking image of Nikki Minaj in a yellow one-piece bathing suit floating on a turquoise pool surrounded by purple gloss lipsticks, an advertisement for the MAC cosmetics store nearby.On the concourse level outside the mall management office is a plaque telling passersby that Curtiss Field was renamed Roosevelt Field in 1920. Lindbergh only referred to it as Curtiss in his accounts. A more prominent plaque, installed in 1967 by Nassau County and the New York State Education Department on the mall’s main level, proclaims in bright gold letters that “Lindbergh took off from here in the ‘Spirit of St. Louis.’” It can be found underneath an escalator near Tourneau, the pricey watch store. Thirteen clocks mounted in a row above the shop windows tell the time in cities like London, Cairo, Moscow and Seoul, but not Paris—Lindbergh’s destination that took him 33½ hours to reach.About a mile away, at The Source, now in bankruptcy, is an impressive bas-relief sculpture chiseled out of granite by Chris Pelletieri and funded by the Fortunoff family. It supposedly marks the second “bounce,” where Lindbergh’s heavily laden plane finally had enough thrust to get off the ground and barely clear the telephone wires on what’s now Merrick Avenue by about 20 feet. This monument is on a grassy knoll at the intersection of Source Mall Drive and Transverse Drive.On May 20, timed for the anniversary of Lindbergh’s takeoff, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) plans to reintroduce a bill called the Long Island Aviation History Act, which would authorize the Department of the Interior to conduct a feasibility study about incorporating parts of the area—the stone monument at The Source in particular—into “a unit of the National Park System,” a process that could take years. The notion was the inspiration of Adam Sackowitz, a Hostra University American studies major. Meanwhile, Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray and Hempstead Town Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby are “fully on board” with getting the sculpture and its small grassy knoll a landmark designation, a spokesman tells the Press. “We are absolutely committed to it.”Shoppers might know this historical marker because it’s near where the now-defunct Circuit City used to be. Shoplifters might have seen the monument because it’s within sight of Nassau Police’s 3rd Precinct “satellite” substation, where some 1,500 mall arrests are reportedly processed a year.When Lindbergh returned triumphant to the States, he had to steal time for himself. Everyone wanted something from him, especially his publisher George Putnam, to whom he’d promised a book recounting his inspiring journey. Fortunately for Lindbergh, Harry Guggenheim, whose father had established a Fund for the Promotion of Aeronautics, befriended him and took him under his wing.At Falaise, Harry Guggenheim’s palatial Gold Coast estate, Lindbergh cranked out “We” in three weeks, working at a polished desk in an upstairs bedroom or at a secluded table on the grounds to churn out almost 40,000 words and meet his deadline before he would embark on a three-month tour taking the Spirit of St. Louis to all 48 states.The publishers knew they had a hit if they could just get the work into the public’s hands.Lindbergh’s book came out the end of July in 1927 and by June 1928 it was already in its 31st printing. To call it a best-seller is an understatement. The prose, however, is almost child-like in its simplicity.“His writing got a lot better over the years,” says Josh Stoff, the curator at the Cradle of Aviation Museum. “He wrote a better book, “The Spirit of St. Louis,” in the Fifties, which won a Pulitzer Prize….That’s a much better book.” Wilder used it for his movie starring Jimmy Stewart.In his own words, Lindbergh painfully described how he felt after flying for 17 hours and being awake for almost 40:“My back is stiff; my shoulders ache; my face burns, my eyes smart,” he wrote. “It seems impossible to go on longer. All I want in life is to throw myself down flat, stretch out—and sleep.”Decades later, Lindbergh admitted that after flying for 24 hours, he had visions: “vaguely outlined forms, transparent, moving, riding weightless with me in the plane.” They were benign, these misty humanlike shapes, and they spoke to him above the roar of his engine, providing him “messages of importance unattainable in ordinary life.”Soon they left him alone, and then he saw another vision that turned out to be real: fishing boats. Lindbergh circled one of them, came in about 50 feet above the waves, leaned out his window and asked a fisherman, “Which way is Ireland?” He got no reply. The next people he spoke to were in Paris.Lindbergh’s plane on the runway (Photo courtesy Cradle of Aviation)ABOVE AND BELOW“If you look at aviation before Lindbergh and then after his flight, it really changed the world,” says Stoff, the Cradle’s curator. “Commercial aviation really didn’t exist before Lindbergh’s flight because people were afraid to fly in airplanes…. But when Lindbergh made his flight, he showed that one person in a little airplane can fly the ocean safely and get to exactly where he was going on time and on schedule.”Understanding fully the man who made this solo achievement remains elusive, decades after his flight.In his invaluable 1998 book, “Lindbergh,” prize-winning biographer A. Scott Berg says the celebrated aviator was “raised in virtual isolation.” America’s most famous flyer, Berg observes, “was born with a deeply private nature and bred according to the principles of self-reliance—nonconformity and the innate understanding that greatness came at the inevitable price of being misunderstood.”This explanation sheds some insight into other crucial events in Lindbergh’s life: his complex marriage to Anne Morrow, an ambassador’s daughter, and the tragic, fatal kidnapping of their baby from their New Jersey home in 1932; his acceptance of a medal in 1938 from the Nazi leader Hermann Goering “by order of der Fuhrer” in Berlin, and his apparent lack of sympathy for the Jews’ plight and his antipathy toward Britain that led him to support the America First movement. (Lindbergh’s father had been a radical Minnesota Congressman who’d railed against the “Money Trust” keeping America in the “Great War.”) In 1941 President Franklin Roosevelt’s top aide Harold Ickes wrote FDR that “I ardently hope that this convinced fascist will not be given the opportunity to wear the uniform of the United States.”After Pearl Harbor, Lindbergh did want to go to war. He volunteered at the Mayo Clinic in 1942 to test the effects of altitude on pilots, and later he unofficially flew on 50 bombing missions in the South Pacific, according to Berg.Had Lindbergh not had an irreparable falling out with Roosevelt, he might have been made a general, says Stoff. Despite what was happening on the ground, the airman always managed to keep his eyes on the stars up above, and he proved instrumental in getting Guggenheim to invest in Robert Goddard, considered the father of modern rocket propulsion.So, in that sense, the history of modern aviation does owe a debt of thanks to the man who once used Long Island as his launching pad.“You’ve got everything from Lindbergh to going to the moon,” says Andrew Parton, the Cradle’s director, “and it’s all connected here.”A sculpture at The Source Mall marks the spot where Lindbergh’s plane finally got off the ground for good.(Spencer Rumsey/Long Island Press)last_img read more

Set goals for yourself and create your own path

first_img Sharing is caring! 176 Views   6 comments A young Dominican woman who set and accomplished her goal of obtaining a doctorate in psychology at the age of thirty sought to motivate young ladies to set goals for themselves and create their own paths.Shani Shillingford graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a PhD in Clinical and Educational Psychology in December, 2011 spoke on the topic “Journey to Excellence” at a Girls Symposium on Thursday.Dr. Shani Shillingford.She admonished the attendees of the need to chose a career path that they enjoy doing.“The first thing you need to do is set a goal for yourself; what do you want to do, what do you see yourself spending the rest of your life doing? Set a goal to do something that you like, something that you love, something that you enjoy doing.”Shillingford explained when she decided to become a psychologist she was bombarded with questions from many persons who wondered why she chose that field as they did not even know what it was about however, she created her own path.“You have to create your own path. The idea of psychologist is Dr Benjamin and the psychiatric unit, no one knew about the other aspects of psychology and I heard that question over and over again; what is psychology but I created my own path.”“I did it my way”, she said encouraging them to do likewise for; “not everyone can be an accountant, lawyer or doctor choose your path, chose what you want to do”.Shillingford also sought to caution them that the path they may chose will not be void of challenges and obstacles but advised, using the lyrics of Jamaican reggae artist Buju Banton,“many see the glamour, many see the glitter but no one knows how hard it is”.“There were days when I really wanted to give up and wondered why did I leave my beautiful Dominica, why am I in the snow, why am I in this place? No food to eat, no means to pay the bills,” Shillingford said in providing her examples of a trying journey.She cautioned further; there will be days when “you’ll be walking around like a zombie; three, four days you haven’t slept because you’ve been up studying for hours for days and there are days when you’ll feel like giving up packing up your bags and going; it’s not an easy path”.Shillingford also addressed the issue of financing which for her was by no means easy.“I spent the first year working three jobs, going from one job to another working midnight to three and trying to study, trying to find a way to pay that tuition bill” she said, “it’s not an easy road but if you persevere, if you keep at it you can achieve your goals”.According to Shillingford, one must also be “flexible; find other options, find other avenues and do what you have to do but most importantly, never give up”.She told the young ladies that they should “always remember that one day things must get better”, to surround themselves with good company, “friends that will encourage you, friends who will stand by you, friends who will help you cry, friends who will motivate you to do what you have to do”.“If you have a friend who is leading you astray; get rid of that friend” she warned, and remember that “nothing is impossible”.Shillingford concluded; “nothing is impossible no matter where you come from, no matter what obstacles may come in your way, no matter what side of the road you may take; remember that nothing is impossible”.Dominica Vibes News Share Tweetcenter_img LocalNews Set goals for yourself and create your own path by: – March 9, 2012 Share Sharelast_img read more

Flu still widespread in the State

first_imgStatewide—Indiana reported its fourth flu death of the season in the 50th week of the year. All four deaths have involved people older than 65. The state report did not indicate where the deaths were reported in Indiana.Flu activity is still reported as “widespread” in Indiana according to the report. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the flu has already killed 1,800 people since the official season began in late September. It’s sickened at least 3.7 million others and sent 32,000 to a hospital.Not only has flu season struck faster and earlier than usual, but it’s also brought an odd mix of viruses. Influenza B, which normally hits kids harder than adults and typically shows up later in the season has been seen in 60 percent of the specimens collected at public health labs.The CDC does not expect new cases to slow down any time soon and says it’s not too late to get a flu shot.last_img read more

De Grasse books final spot with 100m world lead

first_imgANDRE De Grasse booked his place in the Diamond League 100m final as he emerged victorious in Stockholm with a world-lead time of 9.69 seconds.Canadian De Grasse booked his place in the 100m showpiece in Zurich with the fastest time of the year, beating Youssef Ben Meite and Ryan Shields in the Swedish capital.Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba sealed a spot in the women’s 800m final with her triumph, while Kenya’s Timothy Cheruiyot set the quickest 1500m time of the year – 3:30.77 – in his success.Ivorian Murielle Ahoure prevailed in the women’s 200m with a season’s best time of 22.68 secs, and Spain’s Orlando Ortega won the men’s 110m hurdles in a race that saw two false starts.Steven Gardiner took 400m glory, Norway’s Karsten Warholm won over the same distance in the hurdles and Soufiane El Bakkali comfortably claimed victory in the 3000m steeplechase.Meanwhile, Yaime Perez and Nicole Buchler set meet records to win in the women’s discus and pole vault respectively.last_img read more

Hoops dreams alive, well behind China’s Great Wall

first_imgWith the NFL, college football and the World Series all playing simultaneously, the NBA might be the last thing on sports fans’ minds right now. But to many of the one billion-plus inhabitants of China, basketball is the biggest deal in town all the time.This was certainly the case last week when two NBA preseason games between the Orlando Magic and Cleveland Cavaliers took place in the cities of Shanghai and Macao. When watching the first of the two games on ESPN, I got the sense that Chinese fans were genuinely excited to watch an exhibition match between two mediocre Eastern Conference teams. Just like in America, LeBron James was the big draw for the crowd. Every time he touched the ball, regardless of what he did with it, cheers would erupt from the stands. And they didn’t seem to choose sides either. Whenever a point was scored, fans could be heard applauding politely, even if it was a role player like Ira Newble or Donyell Marshall. It wasn’t important who won. It was just important that the NBA had made its way to China.Obviously, the Chinese aren’t completely unfamiliar with the sport. They have had professional teams for years and now call one of the NBA’s biggest stars their own. With Yao Ming’s success in America and the Milwaukee Bucks recently drafting Yi Jianlian, China may become as big in the NBA as the NBA is in China.I had the wonderful opportunity to visit the country for three weeks this summer, and I was amazed at the extent to which the NBA in particular, and basketball in general, has permeated the Chinese culture. In the capital city of Beijing, which will play host to next year’s Olympics, American advertisements could be found everywhere, with basketball as a common selling point.One Adidas ad on a major Beijing street featured the Wizards’ Gilbert Arenas, and a Nike billboard featured several Chinese teens dribbling the rock. In Shanghai, the host of the Cavs-Magic game, one shopping mall had entire Adidas and Nike stores with jerseys and shoes of NBAers Kevin Garnett and Tracy McGrady. Maybe it’s because he looks like a 7-foot-6 Frankenstein, but Yao Ming surprisingly didn’t have the star appeal to sell in his native land.A basketball court in downtown Beijing also carried the Nike swoosh all over. Players pay their money to secure a court for a certain amount of time, and then play the game they love amidst the backdrop of Garnett and Dwyane Wade looking on from a Gatorade poster. Gotta love commercialism.At schools and universities in China’s larger cities, many students favor basketball over any other sport, opting to hit the blacktop over the soccer pitch. I had the chance to play a pick-up game with several Chinese kids, and they could definitely ball. They all had their favorite player (Tim Duncan and T-Mac were shockingly more popular choices than Yao) and emulated their styles in our friendly scrimmage. One of the kids even went so far in his NBA fandom as to memorize information about certain players, including what team they play for and what year they were drafted. Just to test his knowledge, I asked about a few obscure players. I was definitely surprised when the student knew exactly who LaPhonso Ellis played for and when Rashad McCants was drafted. It was at this point that I realized the NBA had arrived in the People’s Republic and won’t be leaving anytime soon.For the Chinese nation, there is a greater meaning associated with sports than the mere fun and game of it. As a nation that has been behind the rest of the world in nearly every imaginable aspect, China has taken great pride in finally catching up in the athletic arena.Nothing exemplifies this quite like the upcoming 2008 Olympic Games. In the United States, most citizens take it for granted when our country plays host to one of the most prestigious global sporting events. In the past 27 years, the U.S. has housed four Olympics. When the torch reaches Beijing in 2008, it will be the communist country’s first.In the host city, you cannot turn your head without seeing some hint that the Olympics are quickly approaching. In the modern parts of town, entire stores sell Olympic memorabilia to tourists and natives alike. Signs and ads for the games are everywhere, and clocks count down the days and hours until the opening ceremony. Even in the rural parts of Beijing, you will find Chinese people excited and proud to have the Olympics coming to their city.With the increased popularity of basketball in China, plans are in the works to expand the NBA’s presence there, according to ESPN.com, in what commissioner David Stern called “the second NBA, the NBA of China.” This new Chinese subsidiary will not only increase the business of Stern’s league, but will continue to spread the basketball gospel to millions of Chinese ballers.So, basketball fans, be prepared to see a lot more players like Yao and Yi in the NBA as the league continues to gain influence overseas.And you might want to start brushing up on your Mandarin.Tyler is a junior majoring in journalism. If you want some tutoring in Chinese, he only took one semester, but he can try to help with the basics if you contact him at [email protected]last_img read more