PRESIDENT OBAMA ON NET NEUTRALITY

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More than any other invention of our time, the Internet has unlocked possibilities we could just barely imagine a generation ago. And here’s a big reason we’ve seen such incredible growth and innovation: Most Internet providers have treated Internet traffic equally. That’s a principle known as “net neutrality” — and it says that an entrepreneur’s fledgling company should have the same chance to succeed as established corporations, and that access to a high school student’s blog shouldn’t be unfairly slowed down to make way for advertisers with more money.

That’s what President Obama believes, and what he means when he says there should be no gatekeepers between you and your favorite online sites and services.

And as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) considers new rules for how to safeguard competition and user choice, we cannot take that principle of net neutrality for granted. Ensuring a free and open Internet is the only way we can preserve the Internet’s power to connect our world. That’s why the President has laid out a plan to do it, and is asking the FCC to implement it.

Watch President Obama explain his plan, then read his statement and forward it on.

The President’s Statement on Net Neutrality

An open Internet is essential to the American economy, and increasingly to our very way of life. By lowering the cost of launching a new idea, igniting new political movements, and bringing communities closer together, it has been one of the most significant democratizing influences the world has ever known.

“Net neutrality” has been built into the fabric of the Internet since its creation — but it is also a principle that we cannot take for granted. We cannot allow Internet service providers (ISPs) to restrict the best access or to pick winners and losers in the online marketplace for services and ideas. That is why today, I am asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to answer the call of almost 4 million public comments, and implement the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality.

When I was a candidate for this office, I made clear my commitment to a free and open Internet, and my commitment remains as strong as ever. Four years ago, the FCC tried to implement rules that would protect net neutrality with little to no impact on the telecommunications companies that make important investments in our economy. After the rules were challenged, the court reviewing the rules agreed with the FCC that net neutrality was essential for preserving an environment that encourages new investment in the network, new online services and content, and everything else that makes up the Internet as we now know it. Unfortunately, the court ultimately struck down the rules — not because it disagreed with the need to protect net neutrality, but because it believed the FCC had taken the wrong legal approach.

The FCC is an independent agency, and ultimately this decision is theirs alone. I believe the FCC should create a new set of rules protecting net neutrality and ensuring that neither the cable company nor the phone company will be able to act as a gatekeeper, restricting what you can do or see online. The rules I am asking for are simple, common-sense steps that reflect the Internet you and I use every day, and that some ISPs already observe. These bright-line rules include:

  •     No blocking. If a consumer requests access to a website or service, and the content is legal, your ISP should not be permitted to block it. That way, every player — not just those commercially affiliated with an ISP — gets a fair shot at your business.
  •     No throttling. Nor should ISPs be able to intentionally slow down some content or speed up others — through a process often called “throttling” — based on the type of service or your ISP’s preferences.
  •     Increased transparency. The connection between consumers and ISPs — the so-called “last mile” — is not the only place some sites might get special treatment. So, I am also asking the FCC to make full use of the transparency authorities the court recently upheld, and if necessary to apply net neutrality rules to points of interconnection between the ISP and the rest of the Internet.
  •      No paid prioritization. Simply put: No service should be stuck in a “slow lane” because it does not pay a fee. That kind of gatekeeping would undermine the level playing field essential to the Internet’s growth. So, as I have before, I am asking for an explicit ban on paid prioritization and any other restriction that has a similar effect.

If carefully designed, these rules should not create any undue burden for ISPs, and can have clear, monitored exceptions for reasonable network management and for specialized services such as dedicated, mission-critical networks serving a hospital. But combined, these rules mean everything for preserving the Internet’s openness.

The rules also have to reflect the way people use the Internet today, which increasingly means on a mobile device. I believe the FCC should make these rules fully applicable to mobile broadband as well, while recognizing the special challenges that come with managing wireless networks.

To be current, these rules must also build on the lessons of the past. For almost a century, our law has recognized that companies who connect you to the world have special obligations not to exploit the monopoly they enjoy over access in and out of your home or business. That is why a phone call from a customer of one phone company can reliably reach a customer of a different one, and why you will not be penalized solely for calling someone who is using another provider. It is common sense that the same philosophy should guide any service that is based on the transmission of information — whether a phone call, or a packet of data.

So the time has come for the FCC to recognize that broadband service is of the same importance and must carry the same obligations as so many of the other vital services do. To do that, I believe the FCC should reclassify consumer broadband service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act — while at the same time forbearing from rate regulation and other provisions less relevant to broadband services. This is a basic acknowledgment of the services ISPs provide to American homes and businesses, and the straightforward obligations necessary to ensure the network works for everyone — not just one or two companies.

Investment in wired and wireless networks has supported jobs and made America the center of a vibrant ecosystem of digital devices, apps, and platforms that fuel growth and expand opportunity. Importantly, network investment remained strong under the previous net neutrality regime, before it was struck down by the court; in fact, the court agreed that protecting net neutrality helps foster more investment and innovation. If the FCC appropriately forbears from the Title II regulations that are not needed to implement the principles above — principles that most ISPs have followed for years — it will help ensure new rules are consistent with incentives for further investment in the infrastructure of the Internet.

The Internet has been one of the greatest gifts our economy — and our society — has ever known. The FCC was chartered to promote competition, innovation, and investment in our networks. In service of that mission, there is no higher calling than protecting an open, accessible, and free Internet. I thank the Commissioners for having served this cause with distinction and integrity, and I respectfully ask them to adopt the policies I have outlined here, to preserve this technology’s promise for today, and future generations to come.

CROWN SAYS FAILURE TO PRACTICE THE TENTH COMMANDMENT IMPACTS ALL OF AMERICAN CULTURE

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — “Former NBA star Charles Barkley recently drew national attention with his candid comments referring to the envy between ‘successful blacks’ and others in the community, referring to ‘crabs in a barrel’,” noted Crown CEO Chuck Bentley. “Mr. Barkley was referring to an African Proverb – ‘Put one crab in a pot and it will escape. Put two crabs in a pot and neither will escape.'”  

In a piece at American Thinker, Bentley observed: “The point of this proverb is that envy destroys everyone.  Whatever your reaction to Barkley’s perception of an issue in his community, envy and covetousness are actually national problems. Americans have difficulty remembering, much less keeping, the 10th Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Covet.”

This often-overlooked, last of the Ten Commandments impacts not only consumer behavior, it is reshaping federal policy and poisoning American culture along with its economic future.

Fundamental to the Judeo-Christian principles that founded this nation was an understanding that people were uniquely created for a purpose and commanded to make something of themselves and the world they were given. All were encouraged to be fruitful and multiply, subduing the uncivilized earth, leaving it better and more developed than they found it. All were instructed to be content with what their own hands produced, not looking over the fence to see what they could get from their neighbor.

“But today’s cultural leaders argue not for a level playing field of opportunity, but equal outcomes without regard to effort or ability,” noted Bentley. “Political and economic leaders talk about people’s resources as jealously as feuding relatives at the reading of a will.”

Certainly, whole industries exist to stir up envy and desire among consumers. U.S. advertisers spent more that $171 billion on paid media in 2013, according to eMarketer. That kind of bombardment can encourage massive consumer debt and strangled family finances, as people go too far, too fast.

“America needs to reflect on the 10th commandment to escape from the energy and talent drain of crabs fighting to hold each other back,” said Bentley.

To learn more about the transformational economic lessons found in the Bible, through innovative online classes and materials, visit Crown Connect, an innovative product from Crown Financial Ministries. For interviews, e-mail: media@crown.org.

Chuck Bentley is also a best-selling author. Follow him, @chuckbentley.

Hope to Die

Hope to Die
James Patterson
Little Brown and Company
c/o Hachette Book Group USA
237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017
www.HatchetteBookGroupUSA.com
97803210966, $28.00 www.amazon.com

“Cross My Heart,” the last Alex Cross novel left things in the air for his family that had been kidnapped. In “Hope to Die” Patterson ties up that story line with a nail biting tale of suspense as Alex Cross searches for the people who took his family hostage. He is more determined than ever before because this time it’s personal. The novel moves along with plenty of twists and turns and brings in some new characters who help Cross on his mission to find his family. “Hope to Die” was worth waiting for.

Solar Bears Add Defenseman Jake Parenteau

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Orlando, FL – The Orlando Solar Bears, proud affiliate of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs and AHL’s Toronto Marlies, announced today that D Jake Parenteau has been returned from the Iowa Wild (AHL). He agreed to a standard ECHL contract with the Solar Bears on August 27. In a separate transaction, the team has traded F Alex Gallant to the Utah Grizzlies for future considerations.

Parenteau (5-10, 196 lbs.) began this season playing four games for the Iowa Wild (AHL), tallying one assist. Before joining the professional ranks, Parenteau played four seasons (2010-14) at the University of Minnesota. In 113 NCAA games, he posted 22 points on four goals and 18 assists. A native of Shafer, MN, Parenteau was named to the WCHA All-Academic Team in 2012-13. Parenteau played two seasons (2008-10) for the Alaska Avalanche (NAHL), netting 26 goals and 42 assists to go along with 143 PIM in 102 games. He led all NAHL defensemen in goals during both of his seasons with Alaska, and in 2009-10 he led all defensemen with 47 points and was named to the NAHL First All-Star Team.

Gallant appeared in one game for the Solar Bears, picking up seven PIM in a 5-2 victory over the Greenville Road Warriors on Opening Night, Saturday, October 18.

The Solar Bears host the Greenville Road Warriors this weekend at the Amway Center on Saturday, November 8, at 7:00 p.m. andSunday, November 9, at 1:00 p.m. For tickets, click here.

Full and Half Season tickets are on sale now for the 2014-15 All-Star Season. Call the Solar Bears at 407-951-8200 or visitOrlandoSolarBearsHockey.com for more information.

Orlando Solar Bears Single Game Tickets for the regular season are on sale now! Click here to purchase tickets.

The Orlando Solar Bears, the ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs and AHL’s Toronto Marlies, play all of their home games at the 2012 Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal Sports Facility of the Year, the Amway Center.

Follow the Solar Bears at www.OrlandoSolarBearsHockey.com, Facebook, and Twitter (@OrlandoHockey) for all the latest news and updates. Stay in touch with Shades on Instagram by following ShadestheSolarBear.

Group tickets are a great way to entertain employees, co-workers, clients, friends and family. For more information on discounted group tickets and a list of group benefits, call 407-951-8200 or visit www.orlandosolarbearshockey.com/groups.

Officially licensed Orlando Solar Bears replica team jerseys, apparel, and headwear can be purchased online at:  http://shop.orlandosolarbearshockey.com/

Since beginning operations in November of 2011, the Solar Bears have helped raise over $730,000 for the Central Florida community. To read the Solar Bears Report to the Community, click here. 

My Lucky Life in and out of Show Business

My Lucky Life in and out of Show Business
Dick Van Dyke
Crown Publishing Group
c/o Random House
www.crownpublishing.com
9780307592231, $25.99, www.amazon.com

Finally Dick Van Dyke tells about his life in his memoir “My Lucky Life in and Out of Show Business” and it is worth the wait to hear from Van Dyke about his life. He tells ups and downs but warns this is not a kiss and tell book. Instead he talks about his profession as well as some of his personal life. Some of the things he goes into are the making of “Mary Poppins,” how the “Dick Van Dyke Show” began and why it was so successful, other shows he was part of and why “Diagnosis Murder” is so popular.

“My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business” will have readers loving Dick Van Dyke even more than before.

TWO FLORIDA CONGRESSMEN LOSE TO CHALLENGERS

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TALLAHASSEE, FL — Both incumbents — one Democrat and one Republican — lost their seats Tuesday in Florida’s two most hotly-contested congressional races.

One-term Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia lost to Republican challenger Carlos Curbelo 51.56 percent to 48.44 percent in the 26th Congressional District, which includes parts of Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.

And Democratic challenger Gwen Graham — daughter of former governor and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham — ousted two-term incumbent Steve Southerland, a Panama City Republican who was elected in the tea-party wave of 2010. Graham garnered just over 50 percent of the vote to 49.4 percent for Southerland, making her the first woman to represent Northwest Florida’s 2nd Congressional District.

Garcia and Southerland had been considered two of the most vulnerable incumbents in the country — which drew national endorsements and large sums to both districts.

Southerland estimated that the 2nd Congressional District had attracted $14 million or $15 million to the two candidates and their outside allies.

The races also drew large amounts of vitriol.

Graham was elected by 2,420 votes — about 1 percent, Bob Graham told cheering supporters at the Florida State University Center Club.

And Gwen Graham said she’d spoken with Southerland, “and he was very gracious…I thanked him for his service to the district.”

Garcia, after one term that was hobbled by scandals involving two former aides, lost to Curbelo, a well-funded Miami-Dade School Board member. Garcia, who was elected to the seat on his third try, has denied knowing that his chief of staff set up a plot to make fake online requests for absentee ballots in the 2012 contest. The chief of staff wound up resigning and going to jail for 90 days.

Curbelo, 34, owns a political consulting firm called Capitol Gains. He served as state director for U.S. Sen. George LeMieux before winning his seat on the school board in 2010.

Garcia released a statement saying that he called Curbelo and conceded, adding that he hoped Curbelo ” will serve, as I have, by putting the people of South Florida over party politics.”

In another South Florida Congressional race, incumbent Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy held on to his Treasure Coast area seat, defeating Republican challenger Carl Domino, a former state House member.

Paradise Suzanna Style Suzanna Leigh Book Surge c/o Create Space 4900 LaCross Rd., North Charleston, SC 29406 www.createspace.com, E-bay suzanna leigh autographed copy 9781439209684, $20.99, www.amazon.com “Paradise, Suzanna Style” is the actress Suzanna Leigh talking to readers about her life in the film industry. She was lucky enough to have worked with Elvis Presley, Roger Moore, Tony Curtis, Jerry Lewis, and Thelma Ritter and now tells lots of interesting stories about them and other actors. She also deals with her mother who was never really there for her, how she stood up to major producers, her drive and ambition to become a film star, and lots more. There are many aspects that deal with Elvis that include the sections of the book, the title that is a play on one of the Elvis pictures, and her brother sister relationship, as well as the day he died and how she learned of his passing. “Paradise Suzanna Style” is a behind the scenes look at the film industry of many years ago and how it is very different today. . My Lucky Life in and out of Show Business Dick Van Dyke Crown Publishing Group c/o Random House www.crownpublishing.com 9780307592231, $25.99, www.amazon.com Finally Dick Van Dyke tells about his life in his memoir “My Lucky Life in and Out of Show Business” and it is worth the wait to hear from Van Dyke about his life. He tells ups and downs but warns this is not a kiss and tell book. Instead he talks about his profession as well as some of his personal life. Some of the things he goes into are the making of “Mary Poppins,” how the “Dick Van Dyke Show” began and why it was so successful, other shows he was part of and why “Diagnosis Murder” is so popular. “My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business” will have readers loving Dick Van Dyke even more than before. Hope to Die James Patterson Little Brown and Company c/o Hachette Book Group USA 237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017 www.HatchetteBookGroupUSA.com 97803210966, $28.00 www.amazon.com “Cross My Heart,” the last Alex Cross novel left things in the air for his family that had been kidnapped. In “Hope to Die” Patterson ties up that story line with a nail biting tale of suspense as Alex Cross searches for the people who took his family hostage. He is more determined than ever before because this time it’s personal. The novel moves along with plenty of twists and turns and brings in some new characters who help Cross on his mission to find his family. “Hope to Die” was worth waiting for. Death of a Christmas Caterer Lee Hollis Kensington Publishing Corp 119 West 40th Street, New York, NY 10018 www.kensingtonbooks.com 9780758294517, $7.99, www.amazon.com A caterer is killed and columnist Hayley Powell is determined to help the police solve the case in the newest installment of the Hayley Powell food and cocktails mystery series. Hollis once again fills the story with fun characters and situations that move the story along to the revealing reason the caterer was murdered. “Death of a Christmas Caterer” is a delightful mix of mystery and mayhem in time for the Christmas season. The Last Alibi David Ellis Berkley Prime Crime c/o Penguin Group USA 375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014 www.penguin.com 9780425267745, $9.99, www.amazon.com Before “The Last Alibi” the only David Ellis novels I had read and reviewed were the ones he has co-authored with James Patterson. A man named James Drinker hires attorney Jason Kolarich to represent him. Simple enough but Drinker is not the name of the client and things get more complicated as the story unfolds to the point of Kolarcch being charged for the murder of a woman he was dating. “The Last Alibi” is an enjoyable tale of the dark side of attorneys and what they will do to win a case that is a fast paced well crafted legal thriller that will have readers turning pages to its final surprising ending. Neurotic November Barbara Levenson CreateSpace 4900 LaCross Rd., North Charleston, SC 29406 wwwbarbaralevenson.com 9781500519452, $10.50 www.amazon.com Mary Magruder Katz is back in action in the fourth novel of the series “Neurotic November”. This time she has several cases unfolding at the same time. One involves an athlete who is accused of sexual misconduct while a private investigator her firm uses is blamed for the murder of her secretary’s former husband while she also has to defend her boyfriend’s father in another case. Her plate is full but she also has to deal with her parents and their issues. Levenson moves the story along with tight writing, believable characters and tense situations that unfold throughout this great addition to this fun series. “Neurotic November” is a page turner legal thriller that will have readers asking for more. Theodore Boone the Abduction John Grisham Puffin Books c/o Penguin Young Readers Group 375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014 www.penguin.com/youngreaders 978142421376, $7.99, www.amazon.com “Theodore Boone the Abduction” is the second novel of the series that began with “Theodore Boone Kid Lawyer” The writing here is a bit different from Grisham’s adult novels that are so much more complicated in their plots. Theodore Boone believes that something happened to one of his friends when she disappears in the middle of the night. Theodore is obsessed with finding out what happened to his friend. What he finds is not what he expected but Grisham makes the story very interesting to the very end. “Theodore Boone the Abduction” is for Grisham fans and anyone who wants a fast paced mystery. Pluto the Starfish Bonnie M. Anderson Illustrated by Malinda Raines Outskirts Press Inc 10940 South Parker Road, #515, Parker, CO 80134 www.outskirtspress.com 9781478730408, $16.95, www.amazon.com Pluto the starfish wants to know his purpose in life so he asks all of his friends to help him understand why he exists. He talks to a lobster, a shark, a sea turtle and many others of the sea to learn that his life is not as bad as he first believed. There are many underlying positive messages for all of us as we encounter the interesting characters that take the story along to the end. “Pluto the Starfish is a fun book for all ages to enjoy. The Old Harper House Deborah L. Kanic WC Publishing c/o On Target Words Company 4825 Cedar Ford Blvd, Hastings, Fl 32145 USA www.ontargetwords.com 9780692205914, $6.99 www.amazon.com From the first sentence “The Old Harper House” is a prime example of what a writer should not do. The writing is stilted and slow moving throughout the rest of the book. A glaring mistake the author makes is the overuse of certain words. An example is “row” in the same paragraph four or five times. “The Old Harper House” could have been a fun ghost story with much tighter editing. Letters to my Angels Wikki and Blue Pomes Reflecting the Depth of a Father’s Love Muro Lannini Outskirts Press Inc 10940 South Parker Road, #515, Parker, CO 80134 www.outskirtspress.com 9780578151748, $14.95, www.amazon.com I found “Letters to my Angels Wikki and Blue” to be a very confusing books of poems and prose beginning with the foreword that talked about a real father’s love for his children. My first thought was what is a real father? Later the author’s writings were too difficult to understand, except for the fact there was a lot of crying Another problem for me was the title lettering on the cover that was not easy to read because of the style of print. An example is Blue looks like Blve in the title. I got the feel from these pieces and the title that the author is grieving over the loss of his two children. Poetry is a personal taste, and for me “Letters to my Angels Wikki and Blue” was not worth my time.

Paradise Suzanna Style
Suzanna Leigh
Book Surge
c/o Create Space
4900 LaCross Rd., North Charleston, SC 29406
www.createspace.com, E-bay suzanna leigh autographed copy
9781439209684, $20.99, www.amazon.com

“Paradise, Suzanna Style” is the actress Suzanna Leigh talking to readers about her life in the film industry. She was lucky enough to have worked with Elvis Presley, Roger Moore, Tony Curtis, Jerry Lewis, and Thelma Ritter and now tells lots of interesting stories about them and other actors. She also deals with her mother who was never really there for her, how she stood up to major producers, her drive and ambition to become a film star, and lots more. There are many aspects that deal with Elvis that include the sections of the book, the title that is a play on one of the Elvis pictures, and her brother sister relationship, as well as the day he died and how she learned of his passing.

“Paradise Suzanna Style” is a behind the scenes look at the film industry of many years ago and how it is very different today. .

CALIFORNIANS VOTE TO END MASS INCARCERATION FROM WAR ON DRUGS

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California voters took a significant step toward ending mass incarceration and the war on drugs by approving Proposition 47.  On the heels of reforming the state’s “three strikes” law in the 2012 election, Californians overwhelmingly voted to change six low-level, nonviolent offenses – including simple drug possession – from felonies to misdemeanors. 

“The overwhelming support for this reform sends a powerful message nationally, demonstrating that voters are not just ready but eager to reduce prison populations in ways that can enhance public safety,” said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance.

Prop. 47 has the potential to drastically reduce the number of people in state prisons and county jails – who don’t need to be there for reasons of either justice or safety – by making 20,000 current people eligible for resentencing and reducing new admissions by 40,000 to 60,000 every year. Between 500,000 and one million Californians will be eligible for automatic felony expungement, thereby removing debilitating barriers to employment, housing, education and public assistance. Prop. 47 will then dedicate the savings – likely more than $1 billion over five years – to schools, victim services, and mental health and drug addiction treatment.

With its retroactive sentencing and expungement provisions, the impact of Prop 47 in California on wasteful corrections spending and individual lives will be profound and surely resonate across the country.

With less than 5 percent of the world’s population but nearly 25 percent of its incarcerated population, the United States incarcerates more people than any other nation in the world – largely due to the war on drugs. Misguided drug laws and draconian sentencing requirements have produced profoundly unequal outcomes for communities of color. Although rates of drug use and selling are similar across racial and ethnic lines, black and Latino people are far more likely to be criminalized for drug law violations than white people.

Statewide, Prop. 47 will save counties between $400 million and $700 million annually, according to a brief by the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice. Statewide, jails will see freed capacity of 10,000 to 30,000 jail beds. Using three counties as examples, the brief estimated that Los Angeles County will save $100 million to $175 million, San Diego County will save between $28.4 million and $49.7 million, and San Joaquin County between $6.8 million and $12.0 million annually with the implementation of Prop. 47.  Most of these savings will accrue from freed jail capacity, with between 2,500 and 7,500 jail beds freed in Los Angeles County, 700 to 2,100 beds freed in San Diego County, and 170 to 500 beds freed in San Joaquin County.

Although Prop 47 does not specifically address marijuana, people with felony records for marijuana possession (which is possible because possession of marijuana concentrates can be charged as a felony under current law) would be eligible to be resentenced and can also file a petition to expunge or clear their records.

DPA’s lobbying arm, Drug Policy Action, supported this initiative with assistance on its drafting, as well as financial and other support for the campaign.

“We’ve been trying to get simple drug possession reclassified as a misdemeanor through Sacramento for years, facing first an unwillingness by the Legislature and then last year’s veto by Governor Brown,” said Lynne Lyman, California state director for the Drug Policy Alliance. “With Prop. 47, California voters took the issue of smart justice into their own hands. If the people lead, the leaders will follow.”

MIKE BERGIN TRADED TO ELMIRA

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Orlando, FL – The Orlando Solar Bears, proud affiliate of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs and AHL’s Toronto Marlies, announced today that they have traded D Mike Bergin to the Elmira Jackals for future considerations. In addition, G Garret Sparks has been placed on the 21-day IR.

mike-bergin-traded-to-elmiraBergin agreed to terms with the Solar Bears on July 14, and played in each of the team’s preseason games in Estero, FL, in October. He did not appear in a regular season game with the Solar Bears. A native of Ottawa, ON, Bergin played four seasons (2008-12) at R.P.I. (NCAA) before skating for Sodertalje in Sweden for the past two seasons.

Sparks (2-0-0, 1.22 GAA, .966 save percentage) will be eligible to return to the Solar Bears lineup no earlier thanNovember 26.

Solar Bears host the Greenville Road Warriors this weekend at the Amway Center on Saturday, November 8, at7:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 9, at 1:00 p.m. For tickets, click here.

Full and Half Season tickets are on sale now for the 2014-15 All-Star Season. Call the Solar Bears at 407-951-8200or visit OrlandoSolarBearsHockey.com for more information.

Orlando Solar Bears Single Game Tickets for the regular season are on sale now! Click here to purchase tickets.

The Orlando Solar Bears, the ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs and AHL’s Toronto Marlies, play all of their home games at the 2012 Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal Sports Facility of the Year, the Amway Center.

Follow the Solar Bears at www.OrlandoSolarBearsHockey.com, Facebook, and Twitter (@OrlandoHockey) for all the latest news and updates. Stay in touch with Shades on Instagram by following ShadestheSolarBear.

Group tickets are a great way to entertain employees, co-workers, clients, friends and family. For more information on discounted group tickets and a list of group benefits, call 407-951-8200 or visit www.orlandosolarbearshockey.com/groups.

Officially licensed Orlando Solar Bears replica team jerseys, apparel, and headwear can be purchased online at:  http://shop.orlandosolarbearshockey.com/

Since beginning operations in November of 2011, the Solar Bears have helped raise over $730,000 for the Central Florida community. To read the Solar Bears Report to the Community, click here.

Florida Native F. Brady Vail Joins Solar Bears

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Orlando, FL – The Orlando Solar Bears, proud affiliate of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs and AHL’s Toronto Marlies, announced today that F Brady Vail, who hails from Palm City, Florida, has been assigned to the team by the Toronto Marlies.

Vail (6-1, 196 lbs.) was drafted in the fourth round, #94 overall, by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He has appeared in six games for the Marlies this season, picking up two PIMs. Vail played in five games with the Hamilton Bulldogs last season, and made his professional debut with Hamilton in 2011-12, scoring one goal and adding three assists in 12 games.