IntroductionMacDill Air Force Base hosts the 6th Air Refueling Wing and sits under 5 miles outside Tampa, Florida. Because it’s so close to a large U.S. metro area, there are many off-base housing options to choose from. If you’re more interested in cutting out the commute and living on-site, though, then this is the guide for you. We’ll run you through all your best on-base options for housing at AFB MacDill. There are several neighborhoods to choose from, each with its own unique amenities and convenient access to base stores and other features.Suggested Read: MacDill AFB: In-Depth Welcome CenterMacDill AFB BAHBasic Allowance for Housing (BAH) is available for those who do opt to live in the surrounding area outside of MacDill AFB housing. This is a monthly stipend that’s calculated based on your rank and zip code that you ultimately end up in. It’s a great help for families with extra bills on their plate or the individual who’s looking to cut housing costs or live in a particular community that might have been out of reach. BAH helps airmen make solid financial choices and keep their savings growing.You can follow this link to look up your Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for your rank and zip code. This will help you create your budget and guide your home search.To learn more about what goes into your military BAH rate, visit our in-depth guide here.MacDill AFB BarracksThe barracks at MacDill includes a series of housing options available for unaccompanied junior enlisted personnel who are getting the PCS here with only basic needs to cater to. Call the office to find out exactly what you’re eligible for and what’s available. They provide all maintenance and landscaping so that you can keep your focus on the job at hand.Unaccompanied Member Housing2424 Administration AvenueBuilding #370Tampa, FL 33621Phone: 1 (813) 828-2790MacDill AFB Housing OfficeThe housing office on base is a wealth of information regarding your move and new life on base. Take advantage of their knowledgeable staff to come through your housing quest stress-free. They’ll help you find the right situation for your specific needs.MacDill AFB Housing Office8414 Fortress DriveMacDill AFB, FL 33621Phone: 1 (813) 828-3166MacDill AFB Housing CommunitiesOn-base housing at MacDill AFB is managed by Harbor Bay. You can reach their office to discuss availability or for specific questions regarding your personal circumstances at 1 (813) 840-2000.1. Chevron ParkRanks: E-1, E-2, E-3, E-4, E-5Chevron Park offers a variety of floorplans in 2, 3, and 4-bedroom configurations. There are single-floor ranch homes and multi-level duplexes with carports. The ranch homes come with an attached garage, a porch, huge closets, and multiple bathrooms. The duplexes offer a large open concept living area with a kitchen, living room, and dining room all open and accessible. You can watch the family relax by the TV while warming up dinner. This is a great community with a homey feel and a suburban vibe. Chevron Park holds a dog park, a human park with picnic amenities, and a playground.2. Freedom CoveRanks: E-1, E-2, E-3, E-4, E-5Freedom Cove is a community with 3 and 4-bedroom duplexes with 2.5 bathrooms each. These homes are architecturally interesting and include double carports and screened-in porches. The neighborhood contains two playgrounds, a dog park, a basketball court, and soccer fields. It’s a nice place for families to have their own space to relax. The floorplans here are named after predatory birds.3. Heritage CoveRanks: E-1, E-2, E-3, E-4, E-5Heritage Cove is a luxury neighborhood on base. The community is landscaped with palm trees and the homes are large with open floor plans. They come in 2, 3, and 4-bedroom configurations with 1-2.5 bathrooms. Every home has a double carport and residents can easily walk to the two playgrounds and the community center. There’s also a dog park and a butterfly garden.4. Independence ParkRanks: O1-O6Independence Park is filled with luxurious duplexes with 3 and 4-bedroom configurations. They boast water views, vinyl floors, huge closets, and 2.5 bathrooms. There are porches in front and decks on the back. The elementary school and community center are very close by. Independence Park is a beautiful community with fountains and carefully curated landscaping. There’s a dog park, several ponds, two multi-use sports fields, and three playgrounds in the neighborhood.5. Liberty CoveRanks: E-1, E-2, E-3, E-4, E-5, E-6, E-7, E-8Liberty Cove is a community of townhouses next to the golf course. The townhomes are 3 or 4 bedrooms with 2.5 bathrooms. Each home has its own garage. There are trails in the neighborhood for walking or running, a playground, and community grills. The homes contain a spacious master, a huge extra storage room next to the garage, and a patio out back.ConclusionThere’s a series of warm and welcoming communities at MacDill AFB, and it’s hard to go wrong if you’re planning to live on base. Check out each of these neighborhoods and ensure that you’re making the right choice for the needs of your family. Fortunately, the homes are open across the ranks, so eligibility won’t be much of an obstacle. Each neighborhood features its own generous amenities as well, so wherever you end up, you’re going to have access to a number of great community features. Call the office to find out what’s available at the time of your move to make sure that your first pick is still attainable. If you’re able to secure a home at MacDill AFB housing, you and your family will be well taken care of.More like this: 25 Of the Best Things to Do Near MacDill AFB
Pettis is on deck GENE PETTIS is sworn in as president-elect of The Florida Bar June 22 in Orlando, as his wife and daughters look on. “Our Creed of Professionalism states: ‘I will further my profession’s devotion to public service and to the public good.’ I can’t think of a better way to fulfill our creed than to serve The Florida Bar,” Pettis said.Pettis is on deck Senior EditorSince Gene Pettis’ first interview for his first job as a lawyer, James Haliczer has known him.So it was fitting that when 51-year-old Pettis was sworn in as the first African American president-elect of The Florida Bar, Haliczer was there to introduce his longtime friend and partner at Haliczer, Pettis & Schwamm, the Ft. Lauderdale firm they co-founded in 1996.“You know about his humble beginnings. You know about his lovely family. You know about the years he spent at the University of Florida, the years he still spends at the University of Florida,” Haliczer said, referring to Pettis’ bachelor’s degree in political science in 1982, his law degree in 1985, followed by eight years of service on the UF Foundation’s board of directors and his current service as trustee at the UF Levin College of Law.“You probably don’t know about the time he offered to sacrifice his wife and children for tickets to a game,” Haliczer said, as the crowd gathered at the General Assembly June 22 erupted in laughter.“What you may not know, but will soon know, is he has the makings of a great president of The Florida Bar,” Haliczer said, saying Pettis possesses a leader’s understanding of his constituency, and a vision about how he wants to address their needs.“Gene will bring all of the resources of the Bar together for its betterment, and for the betterment of the community at large. Gene believes genuinely that the Bar is filled with talent, brimming with talent.”Pettis, a trial lawyer — in the areas of medical malpractice, personal injury, employment law, professional liability, and commercial litigation — will be “steadfast in the face of adversity,” his partner continued.“Everybody in this room who knows Gene better than to just say, ‘hello,’ knows he has energy and enthusiasm.”A member of the Board of Governors since 2005, Pettis serves on its Executive Committee and chaired for three years the recently renamed Constitutional Judiciary Committee that fights to preserve the independence of Florida’s judiciary. He co-chaired the Hawkins Commission, which conducted a review of the Bar’s lawyer discipline system.No other candidates challenged Pettis in the 2011 Bar elections. When Pettis officially became president-elect, he said: “Our Creed of Professionalism states: ‘I will further my profession’s devotion to public service and to the public good.’ I can’t think of a better way to fulfill our creed than to serve The Florida Bar. The reach of the Bar and its members’ contributions to public good is unparalleled. Through my travels across the state, I have seen hundreds of lawyers who are using their skills in service to their communities.”Becoming the Bar’s first African-American president in 2013, Pettis said, demonstrates the importance of diversity and that barriers are disappearing.“A key factor to success is believing, and we most believe that which we see,” he said shortly after his election. “So the fact that I will become the first African American president of The Florida Bar will be symbolic proof that we, as a profession, have come a long way toward true inclusion for all. I am certainly not the first person of color that has been qualified to serve, but many of the obstacles of yesterday are gone, and we recognize there is a strength in one Bar, representative of all sectors of our profession and communities.” July 15, 2012 Jan Pudlow Senior Editor Regular News
Cassidy Turley announced Friday that it completed a 13,000 SF lease for Leasehawk, LLC (Scottsdale) at Promenade Corporate Center, 16427-16435 N. Scottsdale Rd. in Scottsdale. Cassidy Turley’s Jeffery Wentworth and Sean Spellman represented the landlord, Excel Trust, Inc. (San Diego). Gee Gee Entz of Heiple Travers Realty represented the tenant.Leasehawk offers a touch-point solution to connect lease prospects with multi-family properties 24/7. Leasehawk provides services to enhance an apartment community’s ability to make informed decisions, track marketing costs, increase lead conversion rates and improve employee performance.Built in 2004, Promenade Corporate Center is a four (4) story, class A office building featuring two (2) buildings and a parking garage, surrounded by a myriad of upscale restaurants and shops. The project boasts one of the Valley’s foremost locations at the southeast corner of Scottsdale Road and Frank Lloyd Wright. This prime location offers spectacular vistas of the McDowell Mountains and quick access to Loop 101. Courtyards, walkways and a high-profile, Frank Lloyd Wright designed Spire sculpture offset the property’s lush, mature landscaping. With the addition of Leasehawk, Promenade Corporate Center is 85 percent occupied.
ORION Investment Real Estate has announced the sale of a single-tenant retail building for $1,200,000, or $371.75/SF. The property is located in the heart of bustling Tempe on renowned Mill Avenue, just south of University Drive. The free-standing building is well-situated, located adjacent to Arizona State University’s Main Campus, and a short drive from the Phoenix Zoo, Desert Botanical Gardens, local hot-spot’s Tempe Marketplace, and the Salt River.Nick Miner, CCIM, Vice President at ORION Investment Real Estate, says, “This was a win-win situation for both the Buyer and Seller. The Seller was able to achieve a great sales price, while the Buyer was able to release the property and achieve a great return.” Miner further explains, “This property was the beta property for the City of Tempe’s new Adaptive Reuse Program. This Program allows for a faster approval process when a commercial property meets certain criteria for redevelopment.”The property was sold by DM&J Enterprises, LLC, the original owner/developer, and purchased by Simon CRE. It was originally built for Domenic’s 2 Wheelers, but they shuttered during the economic downturn. It was then leased to a print shop; the print shop did not renew their lease and the property was marketed for sale. The Buyer was able to secure a new tenant, CorePower Yoga, while in escrow. The property was 100% vacant at time of sale with the pending new lease.
Email Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on Twitter LinkedIn Though people can distinguish among millions of colors, we have trouble remembering specific shades because our brains tend to store what we’ve seen as one of just a few basic hues, a Johns Hopkins University-led team discovered.In a new paper published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, researchers led by cognitive psychologist Jonathan Flombaum dispute standard assumptions about memory, demonstrating for the first time that people’s memories for color are biased in favor of “best” versions of basic colors over the colors they actually saw.For example, there’s azure, there’s navy, there’s cobalt and ultramarine. The human brain is sensitive to the differences between these hues –we can, after all, tell them apart. But when storing them in memory, people label all of these various colors as “blue,” the researchers found. The same thing goes for shades of green, pink, purple, etc. This is why, Flombaum said, someone would have trouble glancing at the color of his living room and then trying to match it at the paint store. Share “Trying to pick out a color for touch-ups, I’d end up making a mistake,” said Flombaum, an assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences at Johns Hopkins. “This is because I’d misremember my wall as more prototypically blue. It could be a green as far as Sherwin-Williams is concerned, but I remember it as blue.”Flombaum, working with cognitive scientists Gi-Yeul Bae of the University of California, Davis, Maria Olkkonen of the University of Pennsylvania and Sarah R. Allred of Rutgers University, demonstrated that what seems like a difference in the memorability of certain colors is actually the result of the brain’s tendency to categorize colors. People remember colors more accurately, they found, when the colors are good examples of their respective categories.The team established this color bias and its consequences through a series of experiments. First, the researchers asked subjects to look at a color wheel made up of 180 different hues, and to find the “best” examples of blue, pink, green, purple, orange and yellow. Next they conducted a memory experiment with a different group of participants. These participants were shown a colored square for one-tenth of a second. They were asked to try to remember it, looking at a blank screen for a little less than one second, and then asked to find the color on the color wheel featuring the 180 hues.When attempting to match hues, all subjects tended to err on the side of the basic, “best” colors, but the bias toward the archetypes amplified considerably when subjects had to remember the hue, even for less than a second.We can see millions of colors, but our brains store memories of those colors as basic, general hues. (Credit: Royce Faddis/JHU)“We can differentiate millions of colors, but to store this information, our brain has a trick,” Flombaum said. “We tag the color with a coarse label. That then makes our memories more biased, but still pretty useful.”The findings have broad implications for the understanding of visual working memory. When faced with a multitude of something — colors, birds, faces — people tend to remember them later as more prototypical, Flombaum said. It’s not that the brain “doesn’t have enough space” to remember the millions of options, he said, it’s that the mind tries to reconcile those precise details with more limited, language-driven categories. So an object that’s teal might be remembered as more “blue” or more “green,” while a coral object might be remembered as more “pink” or more “orange.”“We have very precise perception of color in the brain, but when we have to pick that color out in the world,” Flombaum said, “there’s a voice that says, “It’s blue,” and that affects what we end up thinking we saw.”
LinkedIn For the study, researchers recruited 45 individuals, ages 22 to 43 with an average BMI of 30.7, and analyzed three separate measures to understand the role of impulsivity in body weight, including a self-report, neuropsychological testing and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).For the self-report, researchers used an impulsive sensation-seeking scale to gauge innate personality characteristics. Participants were asked to rate how much they agreed with statements such as: “I tend to change interests frequently” or “I tend to begin a new job without much advance planning on how I will do it.”The neuropsychological measure sought to assess whether an individual’s decision-making style was more impulsive or cautious. It evaluated a participant’s ability to distinguish between visual images on a screen and indicate an accurate response while being tested for speed. An fMRI was used to examine brain activation and connectivity during an impulse control task that required participants to push one of two buttons depending on visual cues and refrain from pushing a button if an audio cue occurred at the same time as the visual cue.“Despite performing similarly to controls on the impulse-control task in the scanner, individuals with a high BMI exhibited altered neural function compared to normal weight individuals,” Filbey said. “We expected that an impaired ability to inhibit impulses would be the factor linking high BMI and brain change, but our study showed that having the inherent, impulsive personality trait, not an impulsive decision-making state in a specific situation or in response to vices, is the mediating factor.“Given our findings, treatments that provide coping skills or cognitive strategies for individuals to overcome impulsive behaviors associated with having an impulsive personality could be an essential component for effective weight-loss programs,” Filbey said. “Others have found that increased self-awareness of impulsive behaviors is helpful in being able to regulate behavior.” Email Share Pinterest Share on Facebook Researchers at the Center for BrianHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas have found a link between having an impulsive personality and a high body mass index (BMI).The findings published in the journal Obesity demonstrate that having an impulsive personality — the tendency to consistently react with little forethought — is the key factor that links brain patterns of impulsivity and a high BMI. BMI is a measure of body fat for adults, based on height and weight.“Our research points to impulsive personality as a risk factor for weight gain,” said Dr. Francesca Filbey, principal investigator and associate professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences and the Center for BrainHealth. “Thus, addressing impulsive personality traits is essential to developing effective weight management programs that can help the 70 percent of Americans who are overweight or obese.” Share on Twitter
Jun 7, 2011Pandemic H1N1 hit children with asthma harder than seasonal fluAlmost half of all children hospitalized for 2009 H1N1 pandemic flu had asthma, compared with a third of kids hospitalized each year for seasonal flu, according to a study yesterday in Pediatrics. Researchers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and 10 states found that 701 (32%) of 2,165 children hospitalized during the 2003 through 2009 influenza seasons had asthma, compared with 733 (44%) of 1,660 who had 2009 H1N1 flu. Hospitalized children with asthma who had pandemic 2009 H1N1 were more likely to require intensive care (22% vs 16%, P = .01) and have pneumonia (46% vs 40%, P = .04) compared with seasonal-flu patients. However, rates of respiratory failure (5%) and death (1%) were the same in both groups. Also, more children with influenza A, whether seasonal or pandemic, experienced asthma exacerbations compared with those who had influenza B (51% vs 29%, P < .01). The authors say the findings underscore the importance of vaccination in children with asthma.Jun 6 Pediatrics abstractAustralian study shows good safety profile in kids for this year's flu vaccine After administering more than 2,000 doses of influenza vaccine to children, scientists in Western Australia (WA) are reporting low instances of serious adverse events, according to a letter in the Medical Journal of Australia. From Mar 15 to Apr 29, 2,227 doses of flu shots were administered to children under five years old in WA: 2,130 doses of Vaxigrip (Sanofi Pasteur) and 97 doses of Influvac (Solvay). Of those, adverse events were reported to the Western Australian Vaccine Safety Surveillance: two cases of fever (yet below 39.5°C, or 103°F), one of vomiting and diarrhea, and one of fever and convulsions 4 days after vaccination (in a child who had a respiratory tract infection). All four children had been administered other vaccines with flu vaccine. In a safety study, 144 children received a flu shot in same time period. Adverse events after vaccination were reported in 10 children (7%), 2 of whom received other vaccines in addition to flu vaccine. All 10 children had fever reported, and one child had a temperature greater than 39.5°C. Two children experienced vomiting, but no convulsions were reported and no events required medical care. This compares with an incidence of febrile convulsions after vaccination with Fluvax and Fluvax Junior (both from CSL Biotherapies) last year of 4.4 per 1,000 doses. Fluvax will not be administered to children younger than 5 years in Australia this year.Jun 6 Med J Aust letterVaccination urged after measles cases in Quebec top 250After witnessing more than 200 measles cases since May 1, Quebec's director of public health, Alain Poirier, is urging people to get vaccinated against the disease, according to a Canadian Press (CP) article today. The province has recorded 208 cases since May 1 and 254 in 2011 in several regions. Cases in April seem to have originated in people returning from France, but since then cases "appear to be of local origin," the story said. "We usually see one or two cases of measles every year," Poirier said. "Episodic cases of this contagious illness, however, justify continued vaccination efforts from the point of view of prevention and we invite people to use this method to protect themselves."Jun 7 CP storyPATH announces collaboration toward 2nd-generation malaria vaccineThe PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative (MVI) announced today it has entered into a partnership with Dutch pharmaceutical company Crucell and London-based GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to develop a second-generation malaria vaccine. The collaboration will combine two vaccine approaches to improve the efficacy of GSK's first-generation RTS,S vaccine candidate, according to an MVI press release. The effort will entail administering one dose of Crucell's weakened recombinant adenovirus Ad35.CS.01 malaria vaccine, followed by two doses of GSK's RTS,S vaccine in a phase 1/2a clinical trial expected to begin later this year. This would be the first test in humans of a "heterologous prime-boost" approach against malaria. MVI Director Dr. Christian Loucq said in the release, "This new collaboration, though in the early stages, gives us the opportunity to test an approach with the potential to substantially increase efficacy and move us closer to the internationally agreed upon goal of an 80% effective second-generation vaccine by 2025." Malaria kills close to 800,000 people annually, according to MVI. PATH is an international nonprofit global health organization based in Seattle.Jun 7 MVI press release
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A friend of mine told me about this phrase she has for nights when smart women go out on the town with a bee in their bonnet and make some poor choices. For some gals, this is a rare occasion and others, a nightly occurrence.It may be bravado that we thought the pigtails after 40 were actually adorable or that the guy at the bar would think it was super sexy when we boldly grabbed his last shrimp and downed it with cocktail sauce sliding down our chin or said to the cartwheel challenge, “I got this,” which led to an expensive chiropractor bill and new health insurance category.There are some general mistakes which fall under this B&B night. One is “borrowing” things, aka the poor kid’s big wheel which you tried to ride down the block. (Although I admit occasionally at the American Hotel I “rescue” a sad rose and rehab it). Another is “speaking your truth,” which is the text message equivalent of the bottom of a bird cage. Someone needs to invent an app that is like a verbal Uber driver after cocktails.You: “Do you think I am a blind, deaf, and dumb idiot who wouldn’t find out you are a cheating lowlife a shoe and I do mean a shoe!” Arghhhhh, auto correct!Verbal Uber: “After careful reflection, I have decided to shed anything which does not serve my higher purpose so b-bye. Unless of course that blonde actually was just an old friend from college then, ‘Go Wildcats!’”But what about the decisions that don’t involve bourbon or bad fashion? The bigger life choices?A good question to ask is: Are you acting out of fear, settling for a job or relationship because you don’t think anything better will come along or because taking a risk could lead to being alone or financial ruin? There are certainly leaps of faith but in making decisions, are you betting on yourself or someone else? Your personal happiness is not a hot potato you are tossing around.Interestingly, if you Google “smart women bad choices” there is a plethora of books or articles. But if you input “smart men bad choices” you still get a plethora of books about women making bad choices. Do we really make more bad decisions? Are women just more self-reflective? Is it easier for a woman to admit she has made a mistake? Cognitive dissonance is a theory that it is easier to double down on a belief than admit a mistake. (I can’t think who this reminds me of.)The silver lining is that many a success starts with an abject failure. It’s not only strength of character but the ability to take constructive criticism, which can lead to broader skill sets. It’s a learning process and everything from a good night’s sleep to a deep dive into therapy can lead to better decisions.That said, I still think I can rock that velour track suit while sipping a mint julep. Don’t tell me I can’t.You can send comments to email@example.com. Share