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Jax Daily Record Wednesday, Apr. 3, 201312:00 PM EST

City Notes


• The 1st District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission has submitted a six-name list to Gov. Rick Scott to choose as a replacement for Judge Marguerite Davis, who retired. The submitted list includes two Jacksonville applicants, Kevin Blazs and Waddell Wallace. The others on the list are Gerald Curington, of Tallahassee; Susan Lynne Kelsey, of Tallahassee, Timothy Oserhaus, of Tallahassee; and George Reeves, of Madison.

• The second Generation W event will be 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Friday at the University of North Florida Lazzara Performance Hall. The event's focus is to educate, inspire and connect women, with this year's theme being "Making a Difference Now." Keynote speakers will include Dr. Nancy Snyderman, NBC News chief medical editor, and Carolyn Buck Luce, cofounder of Imaginal Labs. Among the other speakers are Lisa Gersh, former president of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia; Michele Ganeless, Comedy Central president; Susan Chambers, executive vice president of the People Division of Walmart; and Suzan Bymel, cofounder and partner of Management 360. Last year's event was attended by more than 700 people, with more than 900 people expected this year. For more information, visit

• The Jacksonville Transportation Authority board of directors will honor 12-year veteran bus driver and 2012 International Bus Roadeo Champion Ramon Farfan during its 2 p.m. meeting today. Also being recognized will be authority maintenance workers William Lovelady, James Ratliff and George McGarry, who were part of the state's winning maintenance team in the event held in Jacksonville in March. Farfan took first place in the bus operator competition and each of the authority members will participate in the International Bus Roadeo in Indianapolis next month.

• The Girls Scouts of Gateway Council will host its 24th Annual Women of Distinction event at 11:30 a.m. April 11 at the Hyatt Downtown. The event honors local women whose accomplishments, careers and community service exemplify the values of the Girl Scouts, with event proceeds dedicated to area Girl Scout programs. This year's honorees are Jill Langford Dame, interim director of the Jacksonville Children's Commission and incoming Leadership Jacksonville executive director; Estelle McKissick, longtime Duval County Public Schools worker; Shannon Miller, president of the Shannon Miller Foundation and former gymnast; Rita Perry, publisher of the Jacksonville Free Press; Cindy Sanborn; vice president and chief transportation officer at CSX Transportation; and Isabelle Owen Spence, executive director of Leadership Jacksonville.

• The next First Wednesday Art Walk is 5-9 p.m. tonight at various Downtown venues, rain or shine. This month's theme is "Earth Without Art is Just 'Eh'" and will feature an eco-zone on Laura Street between Adams and Forsyth streets, where people can learn about green initiatives from several organizations. For more information about the event and venues, visit

• The Downtown Investment Authority has two upcoming committee meetings. Its Downtown Experience Committee will meet at 2 p.m. Friday in the Don Davis Room at City Hall, and its Downtown Economy Tools Committee is scheduled to meet at 3 p.m. April 15 in the Don Davis Room. The committees are two of the three "buckets" the nine-member board established to discuss specific Downtown facets, with the other committee focusing on Downtown's environment.

• The Downtown Development Review Board of the City Office of Economic Development will meet at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Lynwood Roberts Room at City Hall.

• The Landing will serve as host to the 43rd Earth Day anniversary and Downtown's 23rd Earth Day Ecology Fair from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. April 20. More than 60 public and private organizations will commemorate the day with the event that will educate about conservation, energy reduction, water use and pollution prevention. Activities begin at 10 a.m. and conclude with the Earth Day mini-grant ceremony, where mini-grants for environmental education and improvement projects will be awarded to area nonprofits. For more information, visit

• The Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida announced that Donnie Romine has been appointed to its board of directors, effective immediately. Romine is the executive vice president and chief operating officer of St. Vincent's HealthCare and will serve on the board through October 2014. He has more than 26 years of experience in hospital leadership and became president of St. Vincent's Medical Center-Southside in November 2010, assuming his current role in May 2012. The Health Planning Council is a nonprofit and one of 11 local planning councils mandated by state statute to dedicate resources and expertise to regional community-based health needs assessment, health care utilization studies, management of health-related quality of life indicators and the development of partnerships.

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