Archives: February 2008

02/12/08 Palm Beach Opera Announces Auditions

Palm Beach Opera Orchestra

Bruno Aprea, Artistic Director

Announces the following tenure-track vacancies:

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02/01/08 Scholarships for Students Available

South Florida Musicians Association and the Music Performance Fund are offering two $500 scholarships to graduating high school seniors and college undergraduates who will be majoring in Instrumental Music, Music Education, Composition, or Sound Recording / Industry Studies at an accredited college or university. Student must be actively involved in music, playing in school bands, community orchestras, etc.

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02/01/08 Blue Cross Agent to Speak at Membership Meeting

Agenda: Proposed Amendments to the Bylaws

Dan Cherskov from Adcahb, the largest contracting agency for Blue Cross/ Blue Shield of Florida, will also offer a short presentation on Blue Cross/ Blue Shield Health products. Areas of discussion will include regulatory, pricing and claims issues within the industry. Mr. Cherskov will then take questions from those who are interested and offer plan information to members on an individual basis.

02/01/08 FedEx Fined for Misclassifying Employees as Independent Contractors

The Internal Revenue Service has fined FedEx $319 million for misclassifying employees as Independent Contractors. For years, FedEx has treated its drivers at FedEx Ground as Independent Contractors despite several rulings that found the drivers to be employees of FedEx.

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02/01/08 Member Benefits from Union Plus

Act Now If You Have An Adjustable Rate Mortgage

By Gerri Detweiler (Gerri Detweiler is a widely respected consumer educator and author who specializes in credit issues.)

Like millions of Americans, you may have an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) that will change this year or next. Rising interest rates, taxes and insurance, along with a sluggish housing market in some parts of the country, have many people worried about keeping up with their payments.

Dealing with mortgage problems is very stressful. The longer you wait to find a solution, though, the greater the risk that you may lose your home.

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02/01/08 Double Times

Fence Agreement with New World Symphony Renewed

Negotiations for a successor fence agreement with the New World Symphony have concluded and language is being finalized. Some highlights of the new agreement include:

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02/01/08 Industry and Local News

The Carnival Center is now the Adrienne Arsht Center. Arsht, former chairman of Totalbank, has pledged $30 million for naming rights. $13 million this year will be used to fund $4 million in programming and to pay off a loan. An additional $7 million will be donated next year, and the remaining $10 million in 2010. Arsht had previously worked with Center CEO Lawrence Wilker at the Kennedy Center. Carnival Center has agreed to relinquish naming rights for the center in return for a reduction in its pledged donation from $20 million to $10 million, as well as naming rights to the studio theater, the Art Deco tower, and the pedestrian bridge.

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