Gainesville woman honored for work with veterans

Published: Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 10:10 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 10:10 p.m.

Vianne Marchese, a Gainesville resident and chief of community care service at North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System, received a Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary’s Award for Excellence for her leadership in establishing the HONOR Center in Gainesville. The award was presented to Marchese by Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki.

The HONOR Center is a state-of-the-art facility that provides comprehensive programs for homeless veterans. It also features a 45-bed domiciliary for homeless veterans who are disabled or in need of a place to recuperate from health care crises or serious illness.

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Daniel Vazquez recently took the oath of admission to the Florida Bar before Florida Supreme Court Justice Jorge Labarga at the state’s Supreme Court in Tallahassee.

Vazquez is an associate in the Gainesville law firm of Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano, where he practices personal injury, wrongful death, environmental law and toxic torts including oil spill litigation. He serves on the Center for Government Responsibility and is consulting for the Center’s research team on developing legal response and policy solutions regarding issues resulting from the spring 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Vazquez graduated with honors from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. While in law school, he served as clerk for Labarga.

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The Williston Public Library was recently nominated for the 2011 National Medal for Museum and Library Service by U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns.

The National Medal recognizes museums and libraries that make extraordinary civic, educational, economic, environmental, and social contributions. It’s the highest honor bestowed for exemplary museum and library community service. Medal winners receive a $10,000 award and are honored at a ceremony in Washington D.C.

To be considered for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the Williston Library will need to submit nomination forms and three letters of recommendation from the community. Any library patron who would like to participate and is cognizant of the strengths and outstanding assets of the Williston Library is being asked to contact librarian Michelle Traylor at 528-2313 or Mary McDaniel at 528-5972.

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