Andromeda, Orion, planets will star at Placitas party
Las Placitas Association, along with the Albuquerque Astronomical Society, will host the fifth annual Placitas Star Party on November 1 from sundown until 10:00 p.m. at Homestead Village Shopping Center. Some of the highlights of the night sky that should be visible are the planets Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, the Andromeda Galaxy, the nebula of Orion, and all of the stars of Orion. Homestead Village Shopping Center is 2.2 miles east of I-25 on NM 165. There is no charge for this family event.
Free mediation training
The Thirteenth Judicial District Court and the magistrate courts in Sandoval County are offering free mediation training to interested volunteers in Sandoval County. The training sessions will be held November 6, 7, 13, and 14 at the Presbyterian Church in Placitas. The sessions will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each of the four days. The courts have found that volunteer mediators are very successful in resolving many of the civil disputes that are brought before the court. Mediation is an alternative to litigation which is offered to civil litigants. If a mediated result is not reached, the case will proceed to be heard by the judge. The volunteer mediators learn a valuable new skill, and the community benefits. Please contact John Davis at the Thirteenth Judicial District Court, (505) 867-8048 in Bernalillo, or Julia Barnes (505) 982-3993, firstname.lastname@example.org, in Santa Fe, to register as a volunteer mediator.
Help for the bereaved
The New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women has prepared a new program, “Toolkits: Information You Can Use.” In honor of National Hospice Month, the commission is offering to the public a free “Surviving Loss” packet of informational brochures, pamphlets, flyers, and resource materials. The information contained will assist people in the event of a death of a spouse or other close loved one and is designed to increase public awareness about end-of-life care options that are available in the community. For information on tool kits or other programs from the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women, call 841-8920 or 1-800-432-9168. TTY/TDD users can use New Mexico Relay at 1-800-659-8331.
Ghadimi honored with highest award in health care
Longtime Placitas resident Reza Ghadimi was honored by his colleagues at the recent annual meeting of the New Mexico Academy of Physician Assistants for his extensive contribution to health care in New Mexico. The Academy presented Mr. Ghadimi the Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a fellow physician assistant by colleagues. Ghadimi is the third person ever to receive this prestigious award in the thirty-year history of the profession in New Mexico.
Ghadimi was one of the first physician assistants to come to New Mexico. An Air Force veteran, he served in the medical corps during the Vietnam War era and received the United States Air Force Commendation Medal for his work in the medical field. Soon after discharge from the Air Force in 1971, he enrolled in the first class of the P.A.. program at the United States Public Health Services Hospital in New York. After graduation, he returned to New Mexico and worked at the Embudo Hospital in Embudo, halfway between Española and Taos. Throughout the years, he has worked in many towns in New Mexico, including Taos, Mora, Santa Fe, Red River, Questa, and Albuquerque. He was active in establishing many of these clinics in northern New Mexico in the early 1970s.
Ghadimi has also worked in Iran, Jordan, Mexico, Dominica, and England. He said, “My international experience has helped me appreciate the diverse population of New Mexico and understand the different needs of people of this great state.”
Ghadimi has been active on the national level as well, promoting the physician-assistant profession. He has worked with the state legislature and was one of the first physician assistants to serve on an advisory committee to the New Mexico Board of Medical Examiners.
At the present time, Ghadimi works at Academy Orthopedic Clinic in Albuquerque.