Florida presents 30 Days of Amazing Children: Explore Adoption!

Florida presents 30 Days of Amazing Children: Explore Adoption! – a statewide initiative featuring children in foster care who dream of being adopted by permanent, loving, forever families. A unique “Amazing Child” available for adoption in Florida will be featured every day during the month of November. To meet all of the featured children click here.

For more information on the Florida adoption process contact an adoption attorney in Lee County that can assist you with your home study, preparation courses, adoption approval, finding the right match for your family, and adoption finalization.

Serving areas in Hendry County: Labelle, Clewiston, Pioneer, Flaghole, Montura, Hooker’s Point. Serving areas in Glades County: Buckhead Ridge, Moore Haven, Lakeport, Palmdale, and Muse.  Serving areas in Lee County:  Alva, Buckingham, North Ft. Myers, Ft. Myers, and Bonita Springs.

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Hendry teacher arrested for battery on student

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Hendry County—A LaBelle Middle School teacher was jailed on charges of battery against one of her own students last week, resulting in her suspension while a court determines whether she is guilty or not.  Lois Parker, a sixth grade teacher, was arrested on Friday, Jan. 11, after a sixth grade student told the principal that she had grabbed him violently, leaving bruises on his arm — all of this in front of a classroom of kids. According to the arrest report, the teacher is alleged to have used poor judgement in disciplining a student who refused to read from a book.The victim said it all began with Parker advising the class to take out their reading books. The boy reportedly said he did not have his book and, when he asked other students to borrow their book, the teacher became irate. She is said to have walked over to the child and grabbed his shirt collar, causing a red irritation on his neck.  The boy, who suffers from a slow learning disorder, told investigators that his teacher then grabbed his wrist, twisted his arm backward, and pulled him to the front of the class to read to the class. The teacher told him to read from a dictionary, which he refused to do.She grabbed him by his shirt collar again and pulled him to the back room, where he was instructed to fill out his own referral form, and was not allowed to leave the room until after school let out.A deputy who responded noted bruising on the victim’s right arm.

 Hendry teacher arrested after run in with headstrong student, by Savannah Rounds, The Clewiston News, Updated January 16, 2013 at 12:22PM

25 Quotable Thanksgiving Quotes –

Published by Business Pundit- by Drea on November 19, 2010

It’s that time of year again. To celebrate the feedfest–and unofficial holiday season kickoff–that is Thanksgiving, we’ve compiled a list of 25 Thanksgiving quotes. Take them to the table with you this year:

1. “Got no checkbooks, got no banks. Still I’d like to express my thanks.” –Irving Berlin

2. “There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” –George Bernard Shaw

3. “Only a stomach that rarely feels hungry scorns common things.” –Horace

4. “I love Thanksgiving turkey … it’s the only time in Los Angeles that you see natural breasts.” –Arnold Schwarzenegger

5. “I would rather be able to appreciate things I cannot have than to have things I am not able to appreciate.” —Elbert Hubbard

6. “Gratitude consists of being more aware of what you have, than what you don’t.” –-Unknown

7. “We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” –Cynthia Ozick

8. “I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land.” –Jon Stewart

9. “If you count all your assets, you always show a profit.” –Robert Quillen

10. “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.” –Albert Pine

For the full story via 25 Quotable Thanksgiving Quotes.

Florida’s water balance is showing a loss | Ocala.com

By Robert L. Knight – Special to the Star-Banner – Published: Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 6:30 a.m.

Florida is blessed with an abundant freshwater income — an average of about 175 billion gallons per day (BGD). Yet, we are having serious trouble living within our means.A water balance is an analysis of the inflows and outflows, and the resulting change in the amount of water in storage (equivalent to the “balance” in a bank account).

For example, Florida’s water balance includes an estimated average inflow of 150 BGD from direct rainfall over the state’s 38 million acres of land, and 25 BGD from river and groundwater inflows from Georgia and Alabama (e.g., Apalachicola, Suwannee and Withlacoochee rivers).

During dry years, this inflow might decline by about one-third, while during wet years, it may increase by the same fraction.As in a family’s economy, Florida’s natural economy is dependent upon all of these inflows of water. Right off the top, about 107 BGD of these inflows is lost to evaporation and transpiration. While these losses may seem unnecessary, this is nature’s air conditioning, and Earth would be unlivable if evaporated water did not…

Read the full story via Florida’s water balance is showing a loss | Ocala.com.

Midsize law firms upbeat—cautiously—about 2013

By Leigh JonesContactAll Articles – The National Law JournalNovember 8, 2012

The results of a survey The National Law Journal sent to leaders at firms with fewer than 400 attorneys showed that most firms of that size planned to add lawyers—although not many—to their practices. They also expected higher profits per partner.

via Midsize law firms upbeat—cautiously—about 2013.

Hendry Citizens Don’t Show Up For Jury Duty

 November 11, 2012 –

LABELLE, FL. — You don’t have to show up for jury duty Hendry County citizens have been finding out for years. The Hendry County, Florida County and Circuit Court jury pool system is broken and authorities don’t know how to fix it.

Even County Judge James Sloan says “Jury duty to many people has become a joke, but there is no one laughing.” Except maybe those who have found they don’t have to show up anymore for Hendry jury duty.

Southwest Florida Online has been reporting on low turnout for jury duty since March 2007 when the Clerk’s office sent out 450 summonses for jury duty and only 60 people showed up, about 13% of those sent letters in the mail.

Read full story at https://sites.google.com/site/donbrowne/news

Charlie Crist: Rick Scott’s Refusal To Extend Florida Early Voting Is ‘Indefensible’

WASHINGTON — Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) sharply criticized Gov. Rick Scott (R) on Sunday for his refusal to extend early voting hours in the state as individuals waited for hours in lines at the polls. Read the full story at: Charlie Crist: Rick Scott’s Refusal To Extend Florida Early Voting Is ‘Indefensible’.

Don’t Let Mitt Turn Back Time On Women – YouTube

I try not to post hot button issues but this one has struck a chord with so many women. It is a difficult topic to discuss for everyone because everyone carries polar emotions regarding rape and abortion.  However, an issue that faces not just women but every human being that is involved.  This issue does not belong in elections; it belongs and should remain in our own moral compasses.  The freedom to choose is a basic right of personhood.  The freedom to choose is encompassed in who we are as Americans.  A political circus is not the place to discuss these issues nor is it appropriate to sweep under the rug until the next election.  It is an issue that must be addressed and put to bed so that it does not victimize the innocent.

A child is truly a gift.  However, pregnancy and its termination in the instance of rape is also a gift, a gift of choice.  A gift to never again be a victim of her attacker.  If a victim of rape “decides” to bring her child into the world, it should be her choice and no one else’s.  That choice also comes with a terrifying result, which sentences the victim and the unwitting child to a parent relationship with her attacker. Sexual crimes are horrible and the history of sexual offenders prove they do not stop at just one attack.  Soon the child will be a victim of the same attacker if mandated to be a parent to his victim’s child.

I certainly would not want my child to have any kind of relationship with a sexual offender.  Yet family courts, still struggle with this issue and have not found a balance (perhaps, in these cases there is no balance to be made).  Nonetheless, the attacker is a father and with that status comes fatherly rights and obligations.  However, to remove a father from his parental status, the mother of such a child must re-live her sexual attack over and over throughout a long process of family court.  The mother is victimized not just once but over and over and over again.  The mother is sentenced to life of constant contact with her attacker.  The attacker is sentenced to be a father who can now use and victimize his own child to use as a weapon against the mother or worse.

Yes.  This issue is a hot button issue but it is also an issue no one can afford to ignore!

Don’t Let Mitt Turn Back Time On Women – YouTube.

Florida House Representative Matt Hudson Visits the Hodges Naples Campus (2008)

Florida House Representative Matt Hudson visited Hodges University’s Naples campus to engage students about Florida’s legislative process on Thursday, February 28th, 2008.  Students of Dr. Jackreeces’ American Government class, the Fort Myers Legal Society, and ICUF Presidential Fellow Mary Cosmo met with Representative Matt Hudson.  Students from the Ft. Myers campus also logged on for a live podcast  to ask questions during the visit.

Representative Hudson spoke on many topics, such as the current budgeting issues, the cuts we may be facing including FRAG, the process where a bill originates and how it may be passed.  He also walked students through Florida’s excellent website (myfloridahouse.gov) and showed students how they can follow a bill through each step, as well as challenged students to be engaged throughout this very important process.  At myfloridahouse.gov you can find a lot of other useful information about your representative, what bills they have previously voted on, personal background information, which committee your representative sits on, and much more.

Representative Hudson’s constituent area consist of parts of eastern Collier and the western portion of Broward County.  Hudson was elected to the Florida House of Representatives on November 20, 2007.  He is on the Economic Development Committee, Health Quality Committee, and Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee.  As Hudson spoke to students he challenged them with one question each: if they could change one thing about Florida what would it be? Students’ answers ranged from traffic and I-75 issues, FRAG, FCAT testing, healthcare issues, to Nuclear generation and waste issues.

Hudson was scheduled to visit for just a half hour, but with so much student engagement he end up staying almost two hours answering each question, all of relevant importance. He also challenged Dr. Jackreeces’ class to write a press release of a current bill he will be introducing.  It was a great visit where local government and students could openly be engaged in a relaxed environment that is sure to inspire more of this type of engagement in the future.

-Mary Cosmo©2008

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ICUF Presidential Fellow

Ft Myers Legal Society President

This is My Brain

If one could view the inside of my head this is what one would see.   A random organization of non-fiction and fiction perfectly stacked in an ordered chaos.  After four years in undergraduate school and three years of law school, I have accumulated the “Great Wall of China Books” that now surround me.  Buried somewhere in this wall are memories, both good and bad, of wonderful friends and long classes.  The thoughts of great writers with expressions of knowledge that motive and inspire will forever remain in ink waiting for me to re-explore.  My beloved books are a reminder of the great achievements I have made in the last seven years, not to mention the huge student loan debt that is equally voluminous.

This picture seems to be the most appropriate expression of me.

Picture published at Rt.com, Merger of Penguin and Random House creates world’s biggest publisher, Published: 29 October, 2012, 17:32, http://on.rt.com/ea5bpf, Retrieved October 31, 2012.