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Big grant for arts and sciences

Arts and science education for Central Florida preschoolers received a financial boost today with a $400,000 grant from the PNC Foundation. The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and the Orlando Science Center will partner on a three-year grant to launch Project WoW - “World of Wonder” for 4 year olds, their families and teachers in Orlando. Project WoW enhances access to arts and sciences for hundreds of pre-K students and their families through classroom and home activities, support of teachers through training and mentors, along with special family events at the two centers.

Carbone joins firm

Nick Carbone recently joined the Orlando accounting firm of Davis, Grim and Company, P.A. as the director of assurance and business advisory services. Carbone, a Winter Park resident, was formerly the managing director of Dykes Everett Capital Advisors LLC, a Florida-based investment banking firm. He was a founding principal of PCE Investment Bankers, a Florida-based investment banking firm, where he represented numerous middle-market clients in mergers and acquisitions, private placements and helped spear-head the firm's business valuation section. In addition, as a former senior manager of assurance services with the international accounting firm, KPMG LLP, he brings extensive experience in the areas of audit and assurance engagements as well as mergers and acquisition engagements.

Szurkus joins WHW&W

Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman, P.A. recently announced that attorney Kristina Garcia Szurkus has joined the firm, working in the litigation group of the Winter Park office. Practicing for more than 15 years, she brings experience in civil and white-collar criminal litigation, including substantive knowledge in false claims, civil rights, RICO, bankruptcy law and significant appellate law experience.

Unclaimed checks wanted

The Orange County Clerk’s Office might have money for you in the form of a check you haven’t cashed. And you have until Sept. 1, 2014 to claim it. These are checks that were mailed in 2012, but were never cashed, often because the recipient moved and didn’t leave a forwarding address or the recipient lost the check or forgot about it. The list of people and the amount of the unclaimed checks can be found at myorangeclerk.com