January 25, 2013Wellmont TheatreMontclair, NJ7:00 Doors, 8:00 ShowtimeTickets will be available through a real time presale beginning Friday, December 7th at 10:00am (eastern time) and ending Thursday, December 13th at 5:00pm (eastern time) athttp://treytickets.rlc.net/TreyAnastasio/calendar.aspxTickets go on sale Friday, December 14th at Noon EST. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.tickets.com. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the venue box office (Fridays noon – 6pm and show days noon – 9pm). This is an all ages show.$42.50 General Admission floor and General Admission Balcony January 23, 2013Capitol TheatrePort Chester, NY6:30 Doors, 8:00 ShowtimeATTENTION: Anyone who has valid tickets from the postponed October 28th Port Chester, NY show may use their tickets for the newly announced January 23rd Port Chester show. Those who cannot attend the rescheduled date may seek refunds at the point of purchase.Tickets will be available through a real time presale beginning Friday, December 7th at 10:00am (eastern time) and ending Thursday, December 13th at 5:00pm (eastern time) athttp://treytickets.rlc.net/TreyAnastasio/calendar.aspxTickets go on sale Friday, December 14th at Noon EST. Tickets can be purchased online athttp://buy.ticketfly.us/lounge/event/153865?utm_medium=bks or charge by phone at 877-435-9849. This is an 18 and over show.$39.50 General AdmissionJanuary 24, 2013Capitol TheatrePort Chester, NY6:30 Doors, 8:00 ShowtimeTickets will be available through a real time presale beginning Friday, December 7th at 10:00am (eastern time) and ending Thursday, December 13th at 5:00pm (eastern time) athttp://treytickets.rlc.net/TreyAnastasio/calendar.aspxTickets go on sale Friday, December 14th at Noon EST. Tickets can be purchased online athttp://buy.ticketfly.us/lounge/event/153865?utm_medium=bks or charge by phone at 877-435-9849. This is an 18 and over show.$39.50 General Admission January 19, 2013Landmark TheatreSyracuse, NY6:30 Doors, 7:30 ShowtimeTickets will be available through a real time presale beginning Friday, December 7th at 10:00am (eastern time) and ending Thursday, December 13th at 5:00pm (eastern time) athttp://treytickets.rlc.net/TreyAnastasio/calendar.aspxTickets go on sale Friday, December 14 at 10:00am EST. Tickets can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 800.745.3000. Tickets can also be purchased at TicketMaster outlets and in person at the Landmark Theatre Box Office (Mon – Fri 10am – 5pm & Saturday 10am – 2pm). This is an all ages show.$42.50 Reserved January 20, 2013State TheatrePortland, ME7:00 Doors, 8:00 ShowtimeTickets will be available through a real time presale beginning Friday, December 7th at 10:00am (eastern time) and ending Thursday, December 13th at 5:00pm (eastern time) athttp://treytickets.rlc.net/TreyAnastasio/calendar.aspxTickets go on sale Friday, December 14th at 10:00am EST. Tickets can be purchased online at or charge by phone at 800.745.3000. Tickets can also be purchased or charge by phone at 800.745.3000. Tickets can also be purchased at TicketMaster outlets and in person at the Cumberland County Civic Center Box Office. The State Theatre Box Office will be open at 5pm night of show. This is an all ages show.$42.50 General Admission Phish frontman Trey Anastasio will return to the road in 2013 for an extension of his ‘Traveler Tour’. The short tour will kick off January 18th in Toronto, Canada and conclude January 26th in Albany, New York. Trey will also stop by the new Capitol Theater in Port Chester, New York on January 23rd and 24th. The show on the 23rd will be the make up date for the previous show that was rescheduled due to Hurricane Sandy.Tickets will be available through a presale starting Friday December 7th at 10am, and ending Thursday, December 13th at 5pm, here. Check Trey.com for regular on sale times for particular shows. Complete dates are below.January 18, 2013Danforth Music HallToronto, Ontario, Canada7:00 Doors, 8:00 ShowtimeTickets will be available through a real time presale beginning Friday, December 7th at 10:00am (eastern time) and ending Thursday, December 13th at 5:00pm (eastern time) athttp://treytickets.rlc.net/TreyAnastasio/calendar.aspxTickets go on sale Friday, December 14 at 10:00am EST. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.ticketmaster.ca or charge by phone at 855.985.5000. Tickets can also be purchased at TicketMaster outlets and in person at the Danforth Music Hall Box Office, 2 hours before doors on event days. This is an all ages show.$49.50 General Admission floor and Reserved Balcony January 26, 2013Palace TheatreAlbany, NY6:30 Doors, 7:30 ShowtimeTickets will be available through a real time presale beginning Friday, December 7th at 10:00am (eastern time) and ending Thursday, December 13th at 5:00pm (eastern time) athttp://treytickets.rlc.net/TreyAnastasio/calendar.aspxTickets go on sale Saturday, December 15th at 10:00am EST. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 800.745.3000. Tickets can also be purchased at TicketMaster outlets and in person at the Palace Theatre Box Office (Mon – Fri 10am – 5pm & Saturday 10am – 2pm). This is an all ages show.$42.50 Reserved
What’s one way to put a modern twist on David Bowie‘s classic track, “Golden Years”? Give the controls to LCD Soundsystem‘s James Murphy. The electronic musician produced his own version of the groovy Bowie tune for the upcoming film, While We’re Young. The result: a xylophone-heavy, instrumental rendition that leads the film’s soundtrack. Listen below:The soundtrack also consists of an original Murphy track, “We Used To Dance.” While We’re Young is directed by Noah Baumbach and stars Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts and Beastie Boys‘ Adam “Ad-Rock” Horowitz – check it out when it hits theaters Friday, March 27. This isn’t the first time the LCD Soundsystem frontman has covered the Ziggy Stardust creator. Murphy’s 10-minute version of “Love Is Lost” was included on Bowie’s 2013 album, The Next Day. While We’re Young Motion Picture Soundtrack Tracklist: 01. James Murphy – “Golden Years” 02. Antonio Vivaldi – “Concerto for Lute, 2 Violins and Continuo in D, RV. 93″ 03. Lionel Richie – “All Night Long (All Night)” 04. A Tribe Called Quest – “Buggin’ Out” 05. The Psychedelic Furs – “The Ghost in You” 06. Danny Kaye – “The Inch Worm” 07. James Murphy – “Only the Stars Above Welcome Me Home” 08. Haim – “Falling (Duke Dumont Remix)” 09. Survivor – “Eye of the Tiger” 10. Antonio Vivaldi – “Andante du Concerto Pour Flautino en ut Majeur (From the MGM film The Wild Child)” 11. Foreigner – “Waiting for a Girl Like You” 12. Paul McCartney & Wings – “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five” 13. James Murphy – “We Used to Dance” 14. David Bowie – “Golden Years”
Maurice Petty, the man who supplied the horsepower that propelled his brother Richard Petty to nearly all of his 200 NASCAR Cup Series victories and seven NASCAR Cup Series championships, has died. He was 81.The man simply called “Chief” was one of the best engine builders in the history of the sport, and an often behind-the-scenes member of the Petty dynasty. Maurice was the fourth member of the family dynasty to be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame — following his older brother Richard, father Lee Petty and his cousin Dale Inman.“Never did. Didn’t then and don’t right now,” Maurice Petty said in 2013 when asked if he’d felt passed over in previous years. “It really makes me happy, because that means I was part of all of them getting in. They’ve got all of us in now.”Petty, born in 1939 in Level Cross, North Carolina, was the first engine builder to be inducted into the prestigious Hall of Fame. He is credited with 212 wins as an engine builder, according to Richard Petty Motorsports. The stock-car racing pioneer also served as the occasional crew chief and was later the team’s general manager.PHOTOS: Maurice Petty remembered“The ‘Chief’ was one of the most talented mechanics in NASCAR history,” Jim France, NASCAR Chairman and CEO, said in a statement. “He provided the power that helped Petty Enterprises define dominance in sports. While he was known for his work under the hood, Maurice played multiple “behind-the-scenes” roles, doing whatever it took to help deliver his cars to Victory Lane. On behalf of the France family, I offer my condolences to the friends and family of Maurice Petty, a true NASCAR giant.”Maurice had a brief driving career — 26 premier series races with seven top-five and 16 top-10 finishes between 1960 and 1964 — but found his calling in the shop.Petty, 21 months younger than his elder sibling Richard, overcame polio as a child. Both Richard and Maurice worked on their father’s pit crew as teenagers. He later consulted with Dodge upon its return to NASCAR’s premier series in 2001.Maurice built the engines that carried his brother to 198 of his NASCAR record 200 career wins. He also built engines that put drivers such as Buddy Baker, Pete Hamilton and Jim Paschal in Victory Lane.“I was one of the first (engine builders), so it makes you like a pioneer or something,” Petty said in 2013. “We had three or four guys helping out, but not the whole time. We did it the hard way.“I came along and I have welded, swept the floors and I drove. I did it all up until a point — in 1964, that’s when I turned it all into building the engines.”Upon Maurice being voted into the Hall of Fame, Richard Petty said that without his younger brother’s talents, “then there wouldn’t have been a Richard Petty or a Lee Petty or a Dale Inman accomplishing the things that (we) did accomplish.“He is the engine man that everybody has to compete against.”Leonard Wood, whose Wood Brothers Racing team often found itself going head-to-head with Petty Enterprises for supremacy in the sport, said Maurice “was doing just about everything right.”“A very tough competitor who took his job very seriously,” Wood said in 2013. “You’ve got all those people you know you have to beat each and every week, but you knew when you went out that if you could beat him, you could win the race.“All those years he built all those engines for the Pettys, his engines always ran up front; just very hard to beat.”
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore After trekking along more than 300 miles of dusty Virginia country roads and suburban highways, six Franciscan friars reached Washington on Tuesday, having walked from Roanoke with only their brown robes, sandals and a belief in the kindness of strangers to feed and shelter them. (Continue reading, with photos, in Washington Post) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreFor the past month, the Charlotte Observer has run a series of stories on particular struggling families that signed up to get toys from the Salvation Army’s annual Christmas program. And dozens of readers responded to the stories with offers of cash, toys, furniture and groceries.“In one case, a couple accepted an invitation to lunch at Wendy’s, where a reader presented them with a check for $15,000 on behalf of an anonymous philanthropist.”In another, a little boy and his sister received a delivery of 100 books, after the Observer article shared that he loved his Charlie Brown book that he got last Christmas through the Empty Stockings program.One of the biggest responses from readers followed the story featuring a 58-year-old disabled woman raising two small grandchildren. The three, living in public housing and surviving on food stamps, wanted three beds, since the family had none.“After reading the story, one Huntersville man arranged to have new beds delivered to Ross’ home, along with bed linens he collected through his bridge club,” reports the Observer.He and other donors filled their home with toys on the children’s’ Christmas wish lists and a much-needed clothes dryer.(READ the story from the Observer)Photo credit: brent flanders (CC license) / Story tip from Kelly HarringtonAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
In past years, campus dining at Saint Mary’s consisted of students cramming almost 12 people around a table, enjoying meals and studying for hours on end.Since August, dining at Saint Mary’s has looked a little different — students laying out blankets, eating on the grass or dining in a tent on the Student Center lot. Some students eat their meals in the dorm lounges or even in their rooms. The College’s dining experience is changing once again, following a Sept. 30 email from dean of student academic services Karen Chambers, announcing a return to indoor dining. The email explained if students wish to dine inside, they are to make reservations through PRISM — similar to signing up for a class — and are expected to appear within the designated block of time.Students are now able to dine indoors with four to a table behind plexiglass barriers separating them from each other. While some students said they are grateful for the effort put forth, others are struggling to adapt to the new dining experience.Sophomore Erin Dotson emphasized that the plexiglass barriers are an impediment to having an enjoyable conversation.“You can hear your voice reverberating through the glass, and it’s incredibly difficult to hear while trying to have conversations with your friend group, even when at the same table,” Dotson said.Though indoor dining options offer an opportunity to escape the cooler weather, the glass partitions look strange and separate friends from each other, first year Emerson Henry said.“I think it’s great to have indoor dining again since it’s getting cold, but I am also not a fan of the plexiglass,” Henry said. “It’s kind of hard to hear with the plexiglass, especially for being hearing impaired.”As the days get colder and more individuals might wish to eat inside, Henry said she’s worried the limited seating space might create problems for the student body.“We want to eat inside, but it’s just going to get harder as it’s gets colder and people are going to fight for tables,” she said.Juniors Isabella Thompson-Davoli and Sarah Frick agreed that the half-hour time slots provide another challenge, as normally meals are very casual and people tend to meet up at arbitrary times.“It is very difficult to plan and stay on a strict schedule of exactly when we should eat,” Frick said.Thompson-Davoli and Frick said they think a better approach would be to have a restaurant-like system, where a host directs you to a table, instead of the current system which requires that one abide by a strict schedule and routine.“The limit of only four people to a table due to the plexiglass barriers was difficult,” Thompson-Davoli said.Some students voiced concerns about the elimination of the ice cream machine, which was considered a dining hall staple in previous years.“I was expecting dining to be a focal point of where you meet your friends, where you interact and see other people that you didn’t see during the day,” first-year Reese Bauer said. “[The dining hall is] supposed to be a place to get away from any social drama or stress that we’re feeling and a place to just relax. Especially during COVID, there is no way to ‘get away,’ and this can’t serve as a getting away place either.”Despite these difficulties, Dotson said she is happy to have the opportunity to eat indoors again.“I think the efforts put forth by the school are taken into consideration,” she said. “If they forced us to eat in our rooms, then I wouldn’t be able to do that. They are putting forth an effort and I am grateful.”Tags: Campus DIning, covid precautions, Noble Family Dining Hall
Reminder! Law enforcement agencies will be out in force to keep our roads safe as you travel. AAA estimates a record setting 39.8 million Americans will chose automobiles as means of transportation during the 4th of July holiday travel season. National Safety Conference estimates that nationally between July 3-7, which is the 4th of July holiday, that 565 lives will be lost and another 64,500 people will receive serious bodily injuries from traffic crashes on our roadways. Keep in mind as you celebrate and if you’re going to consume alcoholic beverage that you do so responsibly.Never take a chance: As you plan to drink adult beverages, also plan for a responsible, sober driver to transport you home. Also, with celebrating the 4th of July, there’s a tradition of popping fireworks. The popping of fireworks in the city limits of Port Arthur is illegal; even the mere possession of fireworks in the city of Port Arthur is illegal! Fireworks are very dangerous and should not be handled by unskilled pyrotechnic workers.Why would municipalities like Port Arthur have such an ordinance prohibiting people from celebrating with fireworks? It’s because fireworks in the hands of the unskilled are dangerous and deadly. In 2017, eight people were killed and apparently 13,000 injured to the degree that they sought emergency care for the use of fireworks, and 66% of those deaths and injuries are during the 4th of July celebration. Having knowledge of this beforehand makes it seem like we need to find a different way to celebrate. Do not be dismayed. The city of Port Arthur along with neighboring municipalities will have a fireworks display on the 4th under the control of professional pyrotechnics that can be viewed over the city but is enjoyed much more if you gather near the seawall in Port Arthur.Mable from Port Neches asks: Officer Antoine, thank you for this column. I can’t express my gratitude to you, PAPD and The News for educating the public on driving laws. Officer Antoine, the other day a co-worker and I were enjoying some retail therapy (shopping) when we observed a small four-door vehicle with two adults and five children crammed in the back seat. Officer Antoine, I’m sure this vehicle couldn’t seat more than five people, but they were surely sitting on top of each other inside that car. Officer Antoine, is it illegal to have more people in a vehicle than what it’s designed to accommodate?Answer: Good question, Mable! I can imagine the shock that you experienced witnessing all of the passengers, especially the children in such a small vehicle. Mable, it only makes sense that if a vehicle is equipped to accommodate five passengers that no more than five passengers can legally ride in said vehicle.But according to state law, we do not enforce seatbelt laws on private property and if all seatbelts in the vehicle are properly used securing passengers, then additional passengers can ride in the same vehicle without being secured by a seatbelt. From the desk of the Chief of Police Tim Duriso and all of the proud, hard-working men and women of the Port Arthur Police Department, we extend a happy Independence Day, 4th of July to all of our Port Arthurians and neighboring communities whom we serve daily. We hope everyone is able to come together and join our nation as we enjoy a safe and peaceful 4th of July celebration. Also we all know that popping fireworks is illegal in Port Arthur, but we still will have some of our citizens ignite fireworks and our dispatch department becomes flooded with such calls. Please understand that we’re not ignoring your call; be patient with us as we still have other calls for service that may have a greater need of response! So the number of passengers a vehicle is equipped to hold doesn’t necessarily mean all the passengers that vehicle can legally transport on the road. Mable, of course this means transporting passengers is dangerous but legal. I guess the question is, who’s volunteering to be the unsecured passengers?Chris from Port Arthur asks: Officer Antoine, this blew my mind. I saw a car on the road while I was in Humble with no doors, no hood or trunk cover! It appeared that this car surely shouldn’t be on any road legally in Texas. This car looked like it should be in the junkyard. What’s even more shocking is that a police officer pulled up next to the vehicle and just shook his head. Now, Officer Antoine, is this legal to drive on the roads of Texas without any doors, hood or trunk cover? Thanks for all you do.Answer: Good Question Chris! As strange as that vehicle may have appeared to be on the roadway without doors, hood or trunk cover, there’s nothing in the Texas Transportation Code that prohibits such operation. I’m sure that’s why the officer did not take any action because there was nothing illegal about the vehicle. Chris, I would agree with you that this car probably looked like it was ready to be sent to a salvage yard but as long as it was inspected with current registration and insured it was no fault for this vehicle to be on the roads of Texas.Join Officer Antoine for Ask A Cop Live, on KSAP 96.9 FM, “The Breeze” radio station every Tuesday from 1-2 p.m. Tune in and listen as Officer Antoine discusses in detail the newly released Ask A Cop article that printed in The News. You can also tune in via internet at www.ksapthebreeze.org. Feel free to call in and ask your question live to Officer Antoine at 409-982-0247.Remember to email your questions to [email protected], or call 409-983-8673 and leave a message or voice mail question, or mail them to: Ofc. Rickey Antoine, 645 Fourth St., Port Arthur, Texas, 77640. If you happen to see me in public you can Ask A Cop!
View Comments Marvin’s Room Related Shows As previously announced, the Broadway debut of Scott McPherson’s award-winning Marvin’s Room will be one of the first productions to kick off the 2017-2018 season. Directed by Anne Kauffman, the play will star film and comedy fave Janeane Garofalo and stage vet Lili Taylor as estranged sisters Lee and Bessie, respectively. Stage alum Celia Weston will play their aunt, Ruth Wakefield, in the Roundabout Theatre Company production. Here’s a first look at the trio getting silly with some pink flamingos! The limited engagement is scheduled to run June 8 through August 27 at Roundabout’s American Airlines Theatre. Opening night is set for June 29. Take a peek at the hot shot above, and be sure to catch this dramedy when it bows on Broadway! Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 27, 2017 Janeane Garofalo, Lili Taylor & Celia Weston(Photo: Chris Buck)
Panelists stressed the importance of innovation and collaboration to Black-owned business during the COVID-19 pandemic during DMV Black Restaurant Week’s third annual conference.The five-day conference equipped business owners with strategies and tools to adapt to the pandemic, focusing on collaboration between businesses. Free and open to the public, it was held virtually Nov. 10-14.Collaboration is ‘imperative’Marketing strategist Johnny Bailey knows better than most the importance of technology in growing small, minority-owned businesses. As D.C.’s Grow With Google Digital Coach, he provides digital skills workshops to help Black and Latinx small businesses boost their digital presence in order to grow. He is also the founder of the ShineHard Foundation, which aims to eliminate the racial wealth gap by empowering Black entrepreneurs.Bailey moderated the conference’s “Embracing Technology – Food + Tech,” a conversation about the importance of technology for Black-owned restaurants and bars in D.C.“Black businesses are behind in our ability to leverage technology to reach new audiences or communicate to current customers new hours of operation or business practices [during COVID],” Bailey said. “Some of the things that seem easy to do are also easy not to do.”He said it is “imperative” for the Black community to patronize business within their community to the same extent that other racial and ethnic groups support their businesses.“We need to encourage Black entrepreneurs to occupy spaces in the marketplace so there are places for Black customers to spend their dollar,” Bailey said.Bailey also argues there is an “over-saturation” of Black ownership in certain businesses and that more diversity would benefit the community as there would be a greater “Black presence” on every ladder of the supply chain. He said Black-owned grocery stores are important, but it is equally important for there to be Black farmers to supply them with produce.Bailey also talked about how the information era can help Black entrepreneurs understand and adapt to challenges, and operate in a shared group interest.‘Bridging the virtual with real life’When the pandemic struck, it made April Johnson’s app Happied “useless” overnight. The D.C.-based platform connected consumers to happy hours to “build community around food and drink, while exploring new restaurants and bars,” but traditional happy hours ceased as bars closed and people began to socially distance.“We had to quickly think about how we could continue to provide that same sense of community to the thousands of people that use our app and to the restaurant and bar community,” Johnson said.Appearing on the DMV BRW panel, Johnson explained how her team quickly redefined their business model and the technology they relied on.Happied began hosting virtual mixology classes for a $10 fee, helping to keep “displaced bartenders” employed while providing “community-like experiences.” They’ve also partnered with third parties to deliver the necessary ingredients to participants and also now offer their own cocktail kits.Realizing the potential for corporate collaboration, Johnson began to offer these events to companies that wanted to “keep their team connected or clients engaged.” She reached out to law firms she had connections with and now primarily organizes corporate events, where participants get kits sent to their homes and follow along on Zoom.“The goal is to create seamless events that bridge the virtual with real life as much as possible,” Johnson said. “We want to keep people connected and teams engaged, which also helps the bottom line for the businesses at the same time.”Her advice to other businesses who are rethinking their business model is to think about how to continue fulfilling their core mission in new circumstances.Johnson’s biggest focus when it comes to technology is integration, how to connect all the parts of the new services. She uses Squarespace for bookings, HubSpot to interact with customers, Zoom to host events and Zapier to link all of the programs into a single workflow.‘Everyone can eat and win’In 2017, David Cabello and his twin decided to drop out of college at 22 to build something to help connect their community.Two years later, Cabello launched Black & Mobile. Serving Atlanta, Detroit and Philadelphia, it is the first Black-owned delivery service that partners solely with Black-owned restaurants to increase their exposure.According to Cabello, Black & Mobile hosts over 3,600 restaurants and has 300,000 users.According to Cabello, Black & Mobile hosts over 3,600 restaurants and has 300,000 users.He said he noticed it was difficult to intentionally find Black-owned restaurants because Google didn’t cater to searches like that at the time, so he decided to create one.“We know where everyone else’s businesses are but don’t know where ours are,” Cabello said during the panel.In addition to hosting businesses on his app, Cabello encourages collaboration between the business owners to help build websites, apps and a robust online presence that he said many Black-owned businesses lack.Kristal Willaims, co-owner of the Shaw restaurant FishScale, expressed Black business owners need more support in technological literacy. FishScale was one of 86 restaurants, catering services, food trucks and beverage businesses participating in DMV Black Restaurant Week.The rise of the Black Lives Matter movement has inspired an increased interest in supporting Black-owned businesses across the country. It has also prompted other food delivery services to spotlight Black-owned businesses on their platforms.However, Cabello said that Black & Mobile remains the best choice because they are invested in the success of the businesses.“[On Black & Mobile], they aren’t competing with McDonalds or against other Black businesses,” Cabello said during the panel. “Everyone is bringing in their traffic so everyone can eat and win.”,Fear growing in ICE detention centers as COVID-19 cases steadily climb this winter. 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Hotline to assist Floridians facing foreclosure Hotline to assist Floridians facing foreclosure July 15, 2008 Regular News Florida lawyers are now available to assist homeowners facing forclosure.Florida Attorneys Saving Homes is a collaborative effort of The Florida Bar, The Florida Bar Foundation, Florida Legal Services, and the Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section designed to provide pro bono assistance to distressed homeowers.As of June, an estimated 77,000 Floridians were in foreclosure and a recent report indicated that 11.6 percent of Florida property owners were more than 30 days past due on a mortgage payment or in foreclosure, suggesting more trouble ahead, said Kent Spuhler, executive director of Florida Legal Services, Inc.In response Florida Attorneys Saving Homes has launch a toll-free hotline — (866) 607-2187 — to take calls weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from those who fear they may soon be unable to make their mortgage payments or have already missed payments.“We believe this is the first project of its kind that pairs homeowners with volunteer attorneys before the foreclosure is started in an effort to hold back the flood of foreclosures,” Spuhler said.Bar staff will collect information from the callers and Florida Legal Services will screen the calls and forward to the RPPTL volunteers only those homeowners who appear “ripe” for a workout with their loan, according to Terry Hill, director of the Bar’s Programs Division.The pro bono lawyers will in turn negotiate with the lenders on behalf of the homeowner with the hope of creating a relationship where the lender and the homeowner can together create a loan that allows the homeowner to remain in the home, thus avoiding foreclosure.“The concept for the project began with the announcement from the banking industry of their HOPE NOW and Project Lifeline Projects,” Spuhler said. “We felt homeowners having trouble with their mortgage would have better success negotiating with their lender if they had the assistance of an attorney.”Several months ago, Florida CFO Alex Sink approached The Florida Bar Board of Governors and asked that the Bar try to help Floridians facing foreclosure, said Sandra Fascell Diamond, chair of the Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section.“The Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section is pleased to have the opportunity to assist with the coordination of the efforts of volunteer attorneys in this task,” Diamond said. “We hope to help individual owners and their families find a way to keep their homes.”Lawyers interested in volunteering for the effort can visithttp://www.floridaprobono.org for more information.