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• The U.S. and Brazil Davis Cup teams are squaring off at the Arena as part of the 2013 Davis Cup beginning Friday, but fans will be able to see the tennis teams for free today as part of an open practice session. The U.S. team will practice from 4-5 p.m. and the Brazilian team will follow from 5-6 p.m. Doors open at 3:45 p.m. and the event is limited to the first 600 fans. For information and tickets to the weekend matches, visit usta.com/daviscup.

• City Employee Services Director Jarik Conrad has left the City to return to his speaking and consulting business and spend time with his family. His last day was Friday and the department is now be led by Director Ellen Blair. Conrad served as Mayor Alvin Brown's acting director of human resources and as volunteer during Brown's personnel transition committee before being appointed full time to employee services in December 2011.

• An addition to Tuesday's story on the Jacksonville Port Authority's CEO search, JPA board member John Newman was assigned to be the board's liaison to human resources and staff concerns.

• Confused about when the Florida Coastal School of Law 2013 Justice Raymond Ehrlich Award Luncheon is taking place? A number of invitations to the event honoring Judge Roberto Arias have been mailed with the correct date, but the wrong day of the week. The event is Thursday, Feb. 7, at The River Club. To reserve a seat or purchase a table, register at fcsl.edu or call (904) 256-1212.   

• Officials from nine area hospitals will be Downtown at Hemming Plaza at 10 a.m. Feb. 12 for the release of a multicounty community health needs assessment report released by the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida. The effort builds on a model receiving recognition as a best practice for unifying community-benefit and impact strategies for the health sector. As part of the Affordable Care Act, nonprofit hospitals at least every three years must conduct and implement a community health needs assessment to identify needs not being met, especially those of the poor as well as the homeless.

• Gov. Rick Scott has appointed Clara White Mission case manager Cherron Newby to the Council on Homelessness. She succeeds Joanell Greubell for a term that began Friday and ends June 30. The council was created in 2001 to develop policies and recommendations to reduce homelessness in the state.

• After receiving two scholarship funds last week, the Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute announced Tuesday it is accepting applications for the fall semester. It also announced Gov. Rick Scott will attend its Feb. 7 board of advisers meeting to discuss public policy issues facing the state, including health care, education and economic development. Prospective students can visits ju.edu/ppi to submit an application for the program, which offers the first master's in public policy in the state.

• Correction: In an interview with Jacksonville Area Legal Aid Executive Director Jim Kowalski, information about legal aid's Baker County Defense Project was incorrect. The Baker Defense Project serves Baker County. Immigration detainees that are detained in the region by Homeland Security normally are transferred its facility in Baker County.

• Grubb & Ellis Phoenix Realty Group brokers Aaron Zarle, Bryan Bartlett and John Richardson negotiated a lease for Dalfen America Corp. for a 240,000-square-foot distribution center at 10089 N. Main St. in Imeson International Industrial Park. The tenant, Samsonite, intends to use the space for storage and distribution, according to a news release.

• Jacksonville Port Authority Interim CEO Roy Schleicher recognized employee service milestones at the JPA board of directors meeting Monday. From left, Art Mansfield, maintenance technician II at Talleyrand Marine Terminal, 20 years of service; Linda Williams, director of corporate performance and contracts, 20 years; and Michael Becker, crane technician III, 15 years. Vince St. John, maintenance foreman at Blount Island Marine Terminal, 20 years, also was honored but is not pictured.

• Prudential Network Realty announced Tuesday it has a new mortgage partnership with EverBank to be managed by Cindy Barker, EverBank Mortgage sales manager. "EverBank has long been recognized as an industry leader in sound mortgage practices, and the creation of a new mortgage partnership is another important milestone for our company," said Linda Sherrer, Prudential president and CEO, in a news release. Barker will lead the mortgage team and loan officers.

• Neil Henrichsen, new Duval County Democratic Executive Committee chairman, will be the guest speaker of the Jacksonville Young Democrats' first meeting of 2013 at 7 p.m. today at Northstar Substation. Henrichsen was elected in December to succeed the outgoing chairman Travis Bridges.

• Clockwork Marketing Services has hired Liz McCarthy as office manager. McCarthy will support all areas of public and media relations, including marketing initiatives, research and award submissions, among other responsibilities. She previously served as executive director of Arnold Palmer Design Co. Clockwork is a public relations and marketing firm based in Ponte Vedra Beach.

• Stellar has promoted Tom Boll, Allison Korman Shelton and Kurt Warzysnki to vice president positions.

Boll has been promoted to vice president of project development and has been with the company for 21 years. He oversees development of new projects for food and beverage manufacturers, including turnkey process design and facility design as well as construction and equipment services.

Korman has been promoted to vice president of marketing and has been with the company since 2005. She leads all of the company's corporate marketing, public affairs, communication and communications and community relations initiatives. She also led the company's philanthropic activities that resulted in the creation of the Stellar Foundation.

Warzynski has been promoted to vice president of process engineering. He oversees design, procurement, supply, installation and commissioning of food processing lines and incorporates the latest equipment, automation and services.

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