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For Wednesday, March 2, 2011

By Star-Advertiser staff


Be a literacy tutor

Hawaii Literacy's Adult Literacy Program is seeking volunteer tutors to teach reading and writing to adults. An orientation session will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at Waianae Public Library, 85-625 Farrington Highway. Call 537-6706 to let organizers know you will attend.

Gandhi grandson to lecture on peace

Arun Gandhi, peace lecturer and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, will be the guest speaker Friday at the Plaza Club, 900 Fort Street Mall.

A "Dialogue with Arun Gandhi: Gandhian Peace (Nonviolence) A Pathway for Resolving Modern Day Conflict" will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. For a suggested donation of $35, a fundraising reception, pupu and silent art auction are offered. A private introduction and meeting for a $100 donation will be held from 5 to 6 p.m.

Gandhi is giving a series of lectures on peace through Monday, sponsored by the Gandhi International Institute for Peace and We Are One Foundation. For information, e-mail cosmicyoga@yahoo.com or baltemus@aol.com, or visit www.gandhianpeace.com/events.html.

2 named to judicial selection panel

Honolulu attorney Jeffrey Portnoy and former state Rep. Tommy Waters have been appointed to six-year terms on the state Judicial Selection Commission.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie appointed Portnoy to replace Shelton Jim On, whose term expires April 1. He was appointed by former Gov. Linda Lingle.

Portnoy, 63, a senior partner in the Cades Schutte law firm who served as president of the Hawaii State Bar Association in 2007, has specialized in civil litigation, including representing Honolulu media companies.

Portnoy also is a member of the city Ethics Commission.

Waters was appointed by House Speaker Calvin Say to replace Ralph LaFountaine, whose term also expires April 1.

Waters, 45, of the Hawk Sing Ignacio and Waters law firm, is a former deputy public defender who served three terms until 2008 as a Democratic state representative for Lanikai and Waimanalo.


County dings comedian for bulldozing

Hawaii County says unauthorized work was done to move dirt on comedian Roseanne Barr's 46-acre macadamia nut farm.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported yesterday that the county sent a letter dated Feb. 24 to Barr's Big Buck Land Trust in Encino, Calif., instructing the trust to submit a completed grading permit application.

County public works engineer Kelly Gomes told the newspaper a grading permit is required to move more than 100 cubic yards of earth. Neighbor Roree Oehlman says all-terrain vehicle trails have been bulldozed on Barr's property in Honokaa. Oehlman filed a complaint about the work.

The "Roseanne" star recently announced plans to appear in a Lifetime reality show set on the farm.

Phone messages left for Barr's publicist and agent weren't immediately returned.

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