The NHL Careers of Three Prominent Boston University Alumni

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Keith Tkachuk
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The recipient of the 2004 Children’s Rights Council Man of the Year award, East Rockaway native Marc Rovner is an attorney with nearly 30 years of experience. When he isn’t working as an attorney, Marc Rovner enjoys following his favorite sports teams, including the Boston University (BU) Terriers men’s hockey team.

BU has produced dozens of players who have gone on to successful careers in the National Hockey League (NHL). Below are three of the most prominent.

1. Keith Tkachuk – The 19th overall selection in the 1990 NHL Draft, Tkachuk is the top-scoring BU alumnus with 1,065 points in 1,201 career NHL games. In his one season with BU in 1990-91, Tkachuk scored 17 goals and added 23 assists in 36 games.

2. Tony Amonte – A fourth-round pick in the 1988 NHL Draft, Amonte played with Tkachuk at BU in 1990-91 and recorded 68 points in 38 games. The following year, as a rookie in the NHL, he scored 35 goals for the New York Rangers. He retired following the 2006-07 season with 900 points in 1,174 career games.

3. Jack Eichel – Though he is much further back on the list of all-time top scorers at the NHL level from BU, Eichel has a chance to be at the top by the time he retires. The 20-year-old recorded 71 points in 40 games in his one season with BU, and has 113 points through his first two seasons in the NHL.

Rangers Draft Lias Andersson Seventh Overall

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Lias Andersson
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The recipient of a bachelor’s in political science from Boston University, Marc Rovner also earned a juris doctor from the school and has since accumulated nearly 30 years of experience as an attorney. Though attorney Marc Rovner attended school in Boston, he is a native of East Rockaway, New York, who counts himself a passionate fan of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) New York Rangers.

The Rangers entered the 2017 NHL Draft with the 21st overall pick, but, seeking to shed salary and improve its prospect depth, New York dealt veterans Derek Stepan and Antti Raanta to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Anthony DeAngelo and the seventh overall pick in the draft. Stepan played 515 games for the Rangers and recorded 360 points, while Raanta spent the past four seasons as a backup with the Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks. DeAngelo, meanwhile, is a 21-year-old defenseman who appeared in 39 games for Arizona last season and recorded 14 points. He was drafted 19th overall in the 2014 NHL Draft.

With the seventh overall selection, the Rangers added standout Swedish center Lias Andersson. The 18-year-old spent the 2016-17 season with HV71 of the SHL, where he scored nine goals and added 10 assists in 42 games. He also scored three goals in seven games for Sweden at the World Junior Championships. He agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Rangers on July 13.

Pro Bono Legal Efforts in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy

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Marc Rovner, Attorney

Born in East Rockaway, New York, attorney Marc Rovner is general counsel for Beta Abstract LLC. Marc Rover leverages his position as an attorney to provide pro bono legal services in his community. In 2012, he was awarded the Boston University School of Law Alumni Award for his pro bono work on behalf of victims of Hurricane Sandy.

In 2012, Hurricane Sandy caused widespread destruction across the Atlantic region, severely impacting communities in New York and New Jersey. FEMA and other agencies responded with crucial services. However, they were not the only professionals helping. Many attorneys volunteered their services, in key legal areas including the following:

Employment concerns. Many people lost their livelihoods in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Attorneys helped people access employment consulting services and address issues of employment discrimination.

Landlord and tenant disputes. Pro Bono NJ considered this area to be one of the region’s top two legal concerns following the hurricane. Some people were prohibited from entering their homes, and many landlords failed to make appropriate repairs.

FEMA appeals and insurance claims. Pro bono volunteers helped homeowners navigate the complicated processes of filing claims and appealing rulings. Some were denied FEMA assistance, and others struggled to receive sufficient funds through their homeowners or flood insurance policies.

Three Must-See Works of Architecture by Gaudi in Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

 

For nearly 20 years, attorney Marc Rovner of East Rockaway, New York, has served as general counsel and director of business development at BETA Abstract LLC. Away from his professional pursuits, attorney Marc Rovner enjoys exploring new cultures in cities such as Barcelona, Spain.

Spain has introduced a wealth of art and culture to the world, and in Barcelona specifically, one of the largest draws for tourists are buildings designed by architect Antoni Gaudi. When planning your next trip to the city, consider visiting the following Gaudi works.

1. La Sagrada Familia

Construction began on this church in 1882, and it should be completed by around 2030. Despite its unfinished status, it stands as a revered architectural work that salutes the Gothic style of the Middle Ages.

2. Casa Batllo

The Gaudi design for the Casa Batllo involved a restoration of an old home in 1904. Visitors will notice a mixture of ceramics and stone throughout the exterior, as well as forged iron. Considered radical at the time of completion, the facade features unique organic shapes that set it apart from neighboring buildings.

3. Torre de Bellesguard

Regarded as a crowning achievement in the blending of modernist and neo-gothic architectural elements, the Torre de Bellesguard offers one of the best views of the city of Barcelona. Gaudi designed the structure in the early 1900s, but it only recently came to public attention that it was his creation.

Five Towns Community Chest – Neighbors Helping Neighbors

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Neighbors Helping Neighbors
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A native of East Rockaway, New York, attorney Marc Rovner serves as general counsel and director of business development for Beta Abstract LLC. In addition to his work as an attorney and executive, Marc Rovner supports local charities, including Five Towns Community Chest. The organization awarded him its Award for Community Service in 2012.

Five Towns Community Chest is an organization of neighbors helping neighbors in New York’s Five Towns area. The Community Chest offers financial support to a range of local charities, all of which sometimes and eventually render aid as appropriate to local people in need.

The organization’s work centers on its Neighbors Helping Neighbors program. When local residents experience hardships – such as the loss of a job – they can reach out to this service for assistance. The program helps recipients to pay bills, feed their families, and access special services for their children. Community members who need financial assistance may apply for help at www.communitychestss.org.

The Children’s Rights Council Works to Strengthen Families

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Attorney Marc Rovner, a native of East Rockaway, New York, serves as the senior staff attorney at BETA Abstract, a title insurance company. Aside from his responsibilities as an attorney, Marc Rovner supports a number of charitable organizations, including the Children’s Rights Council (CRC).

Founded in 1985, the CRC is an internationally recognized organization that works to help and strengthen families, specifically those that have been impacted by divorce, separation, or abuse. CRC chapters across the nation and around the world provide parents with helpful parenting tools and legal resources.

The CRC also operates access centers, key components to helping maintain strong families. The access centers provide safe and neutral places for parents to have supervised visitation with their children. The staff at access centers is present to provide information that can help protect the rights and safety of both children and parents.

In partnership with community and faith-based organizations, 40 access centers are in operation across the country. The CRC also works for the rights of children and families by testifying before legislative bodies on issues such as access policies, joint custody, and welfare reform.

The Children’s Rights Council – Children’s Bill of Rights

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Children’s Bill of Rights
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Attorney Marc Rovner provides general legal counsel to BETA Abstract, an insurance company near his home in East Rockaway, New York. Alongside his work as an attorney, Marc Rovner supports an array of charitable organizations in his community. He is an active volunteer with the Children’s Rights Council (CRC).

The CRC, founded in 1985, promotes the rights and best interests of children in times of marital or domestic conflict. The organization believes that having both parents actively involved in their children’s lives is in the best interests of most families. Accordingly, the council works to strengthen families and support joint custody arrangements.

The CRC created the Children’s Bill of Rights to protect children during divorce and custody battles. The document lists small courtesies that a child should be given during and after custody proceedings, such as being treated like a person rather than property. The Children’s Bill of Rights asks parents to put their children’s feelings before their legal battles and avoid using children as spies, couriers, or leverage.