All posts by Cory Skeates


Local Attorneys Form Area’s First Facility for Alternative Dispute Resolution

The visionaries of Central Florida Mediation Group, Samuel G. Crosby, William ‘Mac’ Midyette, III, Kathy Macchione Leggett, and Neal L. O’Toole, have collectively pulled their experience, expertise and resources together to form the area’s first facility completely dedicated to Alternative Dispute Resolution.  The founders of this organization truly believe that Alternative Dispute Resolution is the future of our method to resolving conflict, both in the court system and out of the court system.

The experienced mediators of CFMG have decades of collective experience helping opposing parties come to an agreement that they can all live with, without court or third-party-imposed mandates. CFMG’s veteran judges, attorneys and certified mediators have successfully mediated virtually every type and class of dispute, even those involving contentious parties who never thought it possible to reach an agreement. Mediation can be a simpler, more equitable solution to disputes involving divorce or partnership dissolution, child custody, support, paternity & parenting issues, alimony, division of property, etc. Mediation also serves as a faster, less traumatic answer to claims and liability cases involving corporations, government and law enforcement agencies, employers, commercial and construction disputes, insurance and workers comp claims, property damage, and more.

CFMG’s mediators and arbitrators have vast experience in all types of legal actions, from simple to controversial, two-party to multiparty, and domestic to corporate. Each is an expert in his or her field, and equipped to meld insightful compromise with a keen understanding of the law to help you settle your case out of court, no matter how powerful your opponent.

Central Florida Mediation Group LLC |

4729 US Highway 98 South, Ste 104 | (863) 594-1113


Office Furniture Depot Hosts March Business After Hours

Join fellow Chamber members and guests at one of the favorite After Hours events of the year!

March 18 | 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

2440 US Highway 98 North

$10 Members | $30 Guests

Be sure to attend for:

Plenty of Giveaways | Food & Drinks from Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille | Always great newtorking

Plus: Enter to WIN a one-week condo stay on Beautiful South Padres Island, TX

Register online today!


Florida Career Institute Open House: March 10

Florida Career Institute (FCI) will have an Open House on Wednesday, March 10, 2010 from 4:00PM until 7:00PM.

Free tours and information on our programs will be provided. There will be a live broadcast provided by Radio station WPCV 97 County.   FCI will provide free food, drinks, goodies and provide a bouncy house for the children.  The  EMS students will be engaged in live rescue simulations and our Medical Assistant students will be checking blood pressures and vitals.  We will have our on-site daycare available to tour along with information about our upcoming free GED classes.  FCI  will be giving away a $50.00 gift certificate at the end of the Open House.

The event will be at the campus: 5925 Imperial Parkway, off Shepherd Road in Imperial Lakes.

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Celebrate Harrison’s 20th Anniversary at “Party for the Arts!”

As space is available and schedule permits, Chamber member press releases are posted to

Have a great night out at “Party for the Arts!” on Friday, Mar. 19, at the Junior League of Greater Lakeland’s Sorosis Building (90 Lake Morton Drive), beginning at 7:00 p.m.  The evening promises to be a good time with auctions, live music, and special surprises, all in a great Lakeland venue.  Join Harrison parents, friends, family, and community members at the festivities celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Harrison School for the Arts!  The event is casual business attire.

Come enjoy the entertainment – a live band!  BULLY FOR YOU (B4U) is a four-piece rock cover band from right here in Lakeland, Florida.  The lineup features Craig on vocals and guitar, Brandon on guitar, John on bass, and Gary on drums. B4U have a ton of energy. Their show is fast-paced and the band plays music from the 60s to recent rock tracks, with a bunch of stuff in between.  The audience’s energy, interaction and participation are what make this band tick.

There will be a live professional auctioneer at the fundraiser.  Some of the auction items include a one-week stay at Anna Maria Island; a fishing excursion; hotel packages; arts and crafts; restaurant packages; and golf outings at great courses.

Proceeds from the tickets and auctions will directly benefit Harrison students and faculty; a portion of your admission is tax deductible.  The funds will provide student scholarships in the arts, faculty enrichment programs, visits from renowned guest artists, and honors recognition events, as well as support for the school-wide musical, and hospitality for Harrison’s Teacher Appreciation and the Senior Banquet.  The Harrison Parent Association, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation and is sponsoring the “Party for the Arts!” fundraising event.

Tickets are $25 each.  There are a limited number of tickets available, and reservations may be made on the Harrison secure site ( using a credit card.  Invite your friends for a great party. Have a blast at the “Party for the Arts!” on Friday, Mar. 19, at the Sorosis Building (90 Lake Morton Drive), beginning at 7:00 p.m.

For more information, or to make a donation, please contact Paula Creamer-Gilmore, HPA fundraiser chair, at 863-559-2944, or , and Craig Morby, HPA President and Fundraiser Co-Chair, at 863-581-0059, or


PGTV to Broadcast Census Webinar March 4

BARTOW, FL ( Feb. 19, 2010) – Learn how the 2010 Census will impact life in Polk County for the next decade during a live interactive webinar Thursday, March 4, from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

A panel of experts will discuss how being counted in the 2010 Census will affect funding for many kinds of services, local representation in Congress and our ability to plan for the future of our communities.

In the PGTV studio, you’ll hear from Skarrn Ryvnine, Local Census Office Manager for Polk and Highlands Counties; Lynne Simpkins and Lynn Ann Schindler, senior planners for the City of Lakeland; and Dr. Gail McKinzie, Polk County Superintendent of Schools. Also offering assistance as an online panelist is Felicia Harvey, U.S. Census Media Specialist.

This free webinar requires no pre-registration or enrollment and provides a great opportunity for anyone to ask specific questions about how the 2010 Census affects us! All you need is a computer with internet access to log on at any of the following host sites beginning at 11:30 a.m.:,,,,,, and

The webinar is produced through Polk Government Television (PGTV) as part of the County’s “Midday Q&A” series. Upcoming topics include City of Lakeland, Polk Neighborhood Revitalization Program, Central Florida Development Council, Sun ‘n Fun, School Summit, mental health education. For more information about the March 4 webinar or about the “Midday Q&A” series, visit or contact PGTV at (863) 534-5997.