Here Comes The Bride, Here Comes The Judge

first_imgEast Hampton Town Justice Court is one of the busiest town courts in the state. Justices Steven Tekulsky and Lisa Rana alternate weeks on the bench, with each week having three calendared days: Monday sessions for civil matters and parking tickets, Wednesdays for vehicle and traffic violations, and Thursdays for criminal matters. They each preside over trials, and perform arraignments on various criminal charges, up to and including murder.It can be an unpleasant job. But there is one function that both judges look forward to: presiding over weddings.Last year, between the two of them, they presided over about 120 weddings, according to Katelyn Davis, the court clerk who schedules weddings at the courthouse. She should know: Tekulsky presided over the ceremony in Bridgehampton this past June during which the former Katelyn Anderson tied the knot with Michael Davis.The fee paid to the presiding judge is $100, cash. Tekulsky explained recently that tips are not allowed, nor is the cost of transportation, unless the ceremony is being conducted outside of the town.While weddings are performed at the courthouse, many couples prefer other locations. The Montauk Lighthouse is a popular site. Beaches in general are popular, as are restaurants and clubs such as Surf Lodge and Gurney’s Resort in Montauk, and East Hampton Point on Three Mile Harbor.Water-themed locations are a staple of East Hampton weddings. “I have had a few couples tie the knot on boats in Three Mile Harbor, and on local bays,” Rana said.She was asked if there was a particularly memorable wedding she had presided over. “One wedding I particularly remember was a same-sex couple who married shortly after they were legally able to do so in New York state, in 2011. They were an elderly couple. One person I believe was in his late 80s, the other in his 90s, and they had been together for over 60 years. They had so much love for one another, and it was an honor to marry them. That was, incidentally, the first same-sex marriage I officiated.”Both justices have performed a wedding ceremony in which one member of the couple, or more, were former defendants. “It’s a small town,” Rana added.There have been celebrity sightings over the years at the weddings both have presided over, but mostly as witnesses or friends of the couple tying the knot.To be married by an East Hampton Town justice, one must first get a marriage license from the town clerk’s office. Town Clerk Carole Brennan explained that couples need to bring either a passport or driver’s license, and certified copies of their birth certificates. If either of them is divorced, he or she needs to bring a certified copy of the divorce certificate. The fee for a license is $40. There is a 24-hour waiting period before the couple can bond in holy matrimony. They must act on the license within 60 days.Once the license is issued, it is just a short walk over to the courthouse, and the clerk’s window, license in hand. Davis explained that, unless the couple specifies one judge or the other, the wedding will be performed by whichever justice is scheduled to be on the bench on the date the couple requests.Both justices perform weddings in Spanish, as well as English.“I am glad I am able to perform weddings in Spanish,” Tekulsky said. “Marriage is a big commitment and, at the least, the bride and groom should understand what they are agreeing to.”“Weddings are definitely a happy time for couples, and it is a nice counter-balance to some of the harder issues we deal with in our local courts,” Rana Sharelast_img read more

Today is Gun Violence Awareness Day – Wear Orange

first_imgMore than 250 Wear Orange events will take place across the country the weekend of June 2. All events are searchable via an online map and easy to track by following the #WearOrange hashtag.Nza-Ari Khepra, founder of Project Orange Tree and co-creator of Wear OrangeThese events will bring communities together to showcase the full creativity of Wear Orange supporters from concerts to picnics in the park to orange walks to meeting at local landmarks as they turn orange. Wear Orange events are happening starting Friday through the weekend in honor of National Gun Violence Awareness in Florida in, Daytona Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Miami Beach, Naples, Orlando, Pensacola, St. Petersburg, Tallahassee, and Tampa. Specific event details noted below:“It’s truly incredible to watch this movement grow year after year – it has morphed from a moment my friends and I dreamed up to honor Hadiya to a national movement, with events in every state,” said Nza-Ari Khepra, founder of Project Orange Tree and co-creator of Wear Orange. “I’m so grateful to the thousands of Americans who will turn out to turn their communities orange this weekend. Their passion for saving lives from gun violence inspires me to keep going and demanding change.”Hadiya PendletonWear Orange was inspired by friends of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old Chicago high school student killed by gunfire, who decided to honor her life by wearing orange – the color hunters wear in the woods to protect themselves and others. That idea spread quickly and now every year on June 2 – which was Hadiya’s birthday and is now National Gun Violence Awareness Day – Americans across the country Wear Orange and stand united against gun violence.Last year more than 300 noteworthy individuals and organizations, including President Obama, Julianne Moore, Kim Kardashian West, Vogue and Viacom answered the call, making their support for the movement loud and clear. And across the country, nearly 250,000 people took action online and in person at events. This year promises to reach much, much further—the skyline is the limit. Landmarks across the country – including the Empire State Building and Niagara Falls – will go orange in support of National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Today, Friday, June 2, is National Gun Violence Awareness Day and more than 400influencers, corporations, mayors, partner organizations and a series of iconic landmarks across the country will participate in the Wear Orange campaign.Wear Orange campaign elements—including events in 12 cities—in Florida are listed below:Skylines and key buildings nationwide began turning orange on June 1 – the start of Gun Violence Awareness Month – including the Empire State Building.  Key landmarks in Florida turning orange include in Fort Lauderdale, the Bank of America Plaza, in Miami, The Intercontinental Hotel and Miami Tower; in Orlando, The Amway Center, Lake Eola and the See Art Exhibits; in Pensacola, the Graffiti Bridge will be painted orange; in Tallahassee, the Historic State Capitol, and in Tampa. Florida mayors and including Mayor Susan Hainey (Boca Raton), Mayor Greg Ross (Cooper City) and Mayor Derrick Henry (Daytona Beach), Mayor Jack Seiler (Fort Lauderdale), Mayor Lauren Poe (Gainesville), Mayor Peter Bober (Hollywood), Mayor Bill Barnett (Naples), Mayor Jack Brady (North Lauderdale), Mayor Buddy Dyer (Orlando), Mayor Frank C. Ortis (Pembroke Pines), Mayor Joseph Corradino (Pinecrest), Mayor Dianne Bendekovic (Plantation), Mayor Lemar Fisher (Pampano Beach), Mayor Gregory Oravec (Port St. Lucie), Mayor Phillip K Stoddard (South Miami), Mayor Rick Kriseman (St. Petersburg), Mayor Andrew Gillum (Tallahassee), Mayor Bob Buckhorn (Tampa) and Mayor Jerri Muoio (West Palm Beach) joined the more than 100 mayors nationwide participating in the Wear Orange campaign this year.last_img read more

Ligue 1: Mbappe speaks on Neymar criticism

first_imgParis Saint-Germain striker, Kylian Mbappe has said that his team-mate, Neymar is “human like everyone else” after the Brazilian was reduced to tears over the weekend by the controversy that has followed him since his arrival from Barcelona.Mbappe believes that Neymar was just as susceptible to criticism as anyone else.“It just simply proves that he’s human like everyone else. He’s like us, he has two arms, two legs, a heart, so he can be affected by the criticism he is subjected to,” Mbappe told French television channel TF1 on Sunday.“From the outside he gives off a certain image, he doesn’t appear to be affected… But when you’re on the inside, he opens himself up to you, he shows he’s a normal person.“He’s incredibly strong on the pitch that you think he’s just as strong off it, but away from it he remains a normal guy,” Mbappe said.A tearful Neymar had pleaded with the media to stop the “false stories” about his alleged frosty relations with PSG coach, Unai Emery and fellow striker, Edinson Cavani following Brazil’s 3-1 international friendly win over Japan in Lille.last_img read more