GHBA Remodelers Council grabs national award

Published 12:16 pm, Friday, January 26, 2018 window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-3', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 3', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); Image 1of/3 CaptionClose Image 1 of 3 Shown are members of the Remodelers Council. Shown are members of the Remodelers Council. Image 2 of 3 Image 3 of 3 GHBA Remodelers Council grabs national award 1 / 3 Back to Gallery The Remodelers Council of the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) was honored with a national award, the Council Award for Demonstrating Remodeling Excellence (CADREs), for outstanding membership recruitment and retention from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers. The awards were announced during NAHB Remodelers annual awards presentation at the 2018 International Builders' Show in Orlando on Jan. 10. The GHBA Remodelers Council made a distinctive effort in 2017 to grow membership. Designated members followed up with first-time visitors, called lapsed members to remind them to renew their membership, let them know about upcoming educational opportunities and reached out to members who had not been recently involved to gather feedback about what could be more effective. Due to these efforts, the council increased membership from 298 to 361 members from January to October 2017. Kevin Vick, president of the 2017 Remodelers Council, said, "The Remodelers Council has impacted lives in so many ways. I have witnessed the selflessness and professionalism of members who volunteer for charitable projects such as our annual Charity Garage Sale in which the proceeds fund local charity projects at non-profit organizations." The CADRE is the NAHB Remodelers' highest national award for work at the local level. The awards, judged by members of NAHB Remodelers' leadership, are presented Continue Reading

Iowa court administrator David Boyd wins national award

A retired Iowa state court administrator is being honored with a national award for his work improving and modernizing the way Iowa court cases are handled.David K. Boyd, the former state court administrator for the Iowa Judicial Branch, was named Tuesday as a recipient of the National Center for State Courts' Warren E. Burger Award, named for the former U.S. Supreme Court justice.The award recognizes a person, other than a judge, whose efforts have significantly contributed to improving the administration of state courts, according to a news release from the NCSC.Mark Cady, chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court, wrote in a nominating letter that Boyd has served the Iowa Judicial Branch "with honor, integrity, creativity and passion" for the last 40 years.Boyd was named state court administrator in 2003 after working as a deputy state administrator and as administrator for Iowa's Third Judicial District.Under Boyd's leadership, Iowa was the first state in the country to implement an electronic filing system for all cases when it did so in 2015, the release said. Boyd also led the transition to a unified statewide court system from a county-based court system.Following the 2010 election that ousted three sitting Iowa Supreme Court justices in response to the 2009 Varnum decision that legalized same-sex marriage in Iowa, Boyd "gained national recognition for his tireless work to restore public trust and confidence in the justice system," according to the release.Boyd has served on judicial nominating commissions and as president of the Conference of State Court Administrators and vice-chair of NCSC's Board of Directors. He retired as state court administrator in September.The award will be presented to Boyd in August at the annual meeting of the Conference of Chief Justice and the Conference of State Court Administrators, the release said. Continue Reading

St. Louis HELP Wins National Award from Keep America Beautiful Organization

St. Louis Not-For-Profit Receives National Community Improvement Award for Improving Recycling January 19, 2018, St. Louis, Missouri… The St. Louis Health Equipment Lending Program (St. Louis HELP) has won a Keep America Beautiful National Community Improvement Award for recycling used home health equipment by collecting, revitalizing and loaning the equipment for free to anyone who needs it, and for diverting tons of unusable medical equipment from landfills. The national award for St. Louis HELP was announced at the Keep America Beautiful National Awards Ceremony during Keep America Beautiful’s National Conference in Dallas, Texas, on January 18-19. St. Louis HELP is one of some 80 organizations recognized at the America the Beautiful National Awards Ceremony for their commitment and passion to help sustain “clean and green communities.” “These imaginative, inspirational and transformative community leaders help bring to life creative, resourceful and meaningful actions that help make their communities more socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound,” said Keep America Beautiful President and CEO Helen Lowman. In 2017 more than 2,060 people donated a total of 11,279 home medical items to St. Louis HELP. The charitable group cleans and revitalizes new and used home medical equipment for free loans to children, adults and seniors suffering from accidents, illness or disability. ( “We are extremely honored to be recognized by the Keep America Beautiful National Community Improvement Award for our continuing work to achieve our mission,” said Laura Cannon Singer, executive director of St. Louis HELP who founded the nonprofit organization in 2008.  “We collect about 11,000 items of donated home health equipment annually,” Cannon-Singer said. “We revitalize it for free loans and we recycle unusable devices.” “In 2017 we diverted more Continue Reading

Five Houston-area schools nominated for prestigious national award

By Fernando Ramirez Published 6:11 pm, Wednesday, January 17, 2018 window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-5', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 5', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-10', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 10', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-15', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 15', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-20', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 20', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-25', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 25', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-30', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 30', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-35', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 35', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-39', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 39', target_type: 'mix' }); Continue Reading

Huntsman Cancer CEO receives national award

Huntsman Cancer Institute Mary Beckerle, CEO and director at the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah. SALT LAKE CITY — Mary Beckerle, director and CEO of the Huntsman Cancer Institute, received a prestigious national award for her work in cancer genetics. The National Cancer Institute presented Beckerle with the Alfred G. Knudson Award in Cancer Genetics on Wednesday in Maryland. She followed the presentation with a lecture on the work being done in her labs at the University of Utah. "I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with many talented graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and colleagues at Huntsman Cancer Institute, the University of Utah and around the world as we have worked to understand fundamental aspects of cell biology with the goal of improving cancer treatments," Beckerle said, adding that having their accomplishments recognized "is a tremendous honor." Beckerle's research has discovered ways that cells respond to various signals in their environment that regulate growth and movement in tumor biology. Her lab is focused on further understanding such signals, specifically in rare bone cancers. 2 comments on this story Also a distinguished professor of biology and oncological sciences at the U., Beckerle holds the Jon M. Huntsman Presidential Endowed Chair and has completed various prestigious fellowships and accolades throughout her education and career. She is the 22nd scientist and researcher to earn the Knudson award. Early in 2017, Beckerle was fired by University Health Care CEO Vivian Lee, who later resigned in the wake of upset colleagues, students and employees who supported Beckerle and did not condone the unexpected personnel action. Beckerle was quickly reinstated and a new memorandum of understanding was drawn up, better defining the relationship of responsibility between the two partnering entities. Enter your email here to subscribe to the daily Morning edition newsletter Continue Reading

Five units of New York’s Air National Guard win national awards of excellence

Five units of New York’s Air National Guard won a national award recognizing their service locally and overseas. Gov. Cuomo announced Friday that the units have received the national Air National Guard’s awards of excellence. The units receiving the honor are the 174th Attack Wing, the 152nd Air Operations Group, the 106th Rescue Wing, the 109th Security Forces Squadron and the state Air National Guard headquarters in Latham. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Harry’s Savoy Grill owner receives national award

Xavier Teixido jokes he really isn’t famous enough to be named the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation’s 2017 Ambassador of Hospitality.The national award previously has been given to such industry leaders as Celebrity Chef Paul Prudhomme, New Orleans-based restaurateur Ralph Brennan and Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy.“It was a surprise to me,” says Teixido, one of Delaware’s most respected restaurateurs who owns the Harry’s Hospitality Group.“I’m probably the only person who no one knows who has received it,” he says, chuckling.Teixido received the award recently at a gala dinner during the National Restaurant Association’s annual Public Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C. He was honored by peers. Industry leaders reviewed more than 400 nominations and chose seven winners in various categoriesThe owner of Harry’s Savoy Grill, Harry’s Seafood Grill and Kid Shelleen’s restaurant, honored March 28, received the Thad and Alice Eure Ambassador of Hospitality Award. It is given to an industry leader who displays an unwavering commitment to elevating and advancing the restaurant and foodservice industry.Teixido’s restaurant experience has included a stint at the old Brandywine Raceway. Later, he worked in New Orleans at the Brennan family’s legendary Commander’s Palace and returned to Delaware in 1984 to work in the state’s hospitality industry.The U.S. restaurant industry now employs 14 million people, or about one in 10 working Americans, according to the restaurant association.Teixido sees the award as “kind of a recognization to our organization” and also for other Delaware restaurants. Several Delaware restaurant owners came to the awards dinner last month that honored Teixido.“We had a good group. We’re a small state and when someone is recognized, we all feel like we’re all being recognized,” he says.The Continue Reading

Daily News reporter Simone Weichselbaum wins national award

Please excuse us while we kvell. Daily News reporter Simone Weichselbaum has won a national award for her “piercing, respectful, accurate and often entertaining” coverage of multicultural Brooklyn and its various Jewish communities. Weichselbaum, a Brooklyn native, will receive the 2013 Be’chol Lashon Media Award in San Francisco next month. “She writes with authority whether reporting tragic tales of violent crime . . . or, at the other extreme, the high price of matzo,” Be’chol Lashon director Diane Tobin said of Weichselbaum. The award recognizes outstanding journalism depicting the diversity of Judaism. “I grew up in Orthodox Brooklyn and Manhattan,” said Weichselbaum, 31. “People think Hasidim are interesting or weird. No, these are my neighbors.” News Staff Report Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Hillsborough siblings win national awards at Rose Show

HILLSBOROUGH —  While some kids might spend their free time watching television or playing video games, Adam and Rhea Bolar, are taking the time to cultivate, grow and -- literally -- smell the roses.They both won the highest awards at the 2015 American Rose Society (ARS) Fall National Rose Show, conducted in Syracuse, New York, in September. Adam Bolar, 10, won Queen, the highest award, in the Miniature Rose class, and Rhea Bolar, 16, also won the Queen award in the Floribunda Rose class. Adam Bolar set a new National record as the youngest exhibitor to have won a National Queen award. There are four classes for the Queen award competition: Hybrid Tea Roses, Floribunda Roses, Miniature Roses and Miniflora Roses.“I felt very happy to win,” said Adam Bolar, who got interested in growing roses as a hobby through his parents. “My parents always took me to rose shows so I got interested in it, and wanted to grow my own.”His favorite part is “fertilizing the roses and tending to them.”Rhea Bolar also won a National Challenge Trophy — the Fred Edmunds Sr. Memorial Youth Award at the show with her collection of three Hybrid Tea roses — Gemini, Veterans' Honor and Moonstone. The Challenge Class is only open to children between the ages of 10 to 18 years. In the past she had won first place ribbons and photography awards, but this was her first national award.“I like that it’s very involved with nature and plants, which are two things I enjoy," she said. "It is also fun and I love to go to the events and shows. Many are in interesting places, and the people there are always nice and friendly.”She said she planned to continue to grow roses as long as she lived home, as her parents “have a lot of garden space to grow roses and the equipment and tools needed.” She also plans to “continue with the rose photography since I love Continue Reading

Press wins national award

The Asbury Park Press' public service campaign to reform the state's archaic property tax system has been named the winner of this year's national Award for Excellence in Economic Reporting.The "Tax Crisis" series was named the winner of the $2,500 prize Monday by the Institute on Political Journalism. The series, published in October 2015, exposed the disparity of the tax system, showed the impact on the state's economy and revealed how elected officials were gridlocked over finding a solution. A petition of nearly 14,000 voters was collected by the Press and presented to lawmakers shortly before the November election. Half of the Assembly members last year signed written pledges to address the problem before Labor Day. READ: 5 takeaways from a conversation on New Jersey's property taxesThe economics prize is granted to just one publication each year. It is open to magazines, newspapers and websites. Past winners include the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News Service, the Center for Public Integrity and USA Today.The authors of the series are: Paul D'Ambrosio, Susanne Cervenka, Todd B. Bates, Bob Jordan, Michael Symons, Kala Kachmar, Shannon Mullen, Ken Serrano and Michael Diamond. Continue Reading