Wilton Manors Gazette

  • Column: OMG, Christmas is here…

    Last week’s regular city commission meeting was cancelled due to our commissioners having previously voted to utilize the second commission date in August as a summer break. Now it’s the beginning of September, Labor Day weekend is approaching, and I am talking Christmas.

  • Column: Out Of Fashion...

    Have you ever wondered if you were born in the wrong era? That somehow you would have been a better fit in some other time? The Roaring Twenties, the social activism of the 60’s, perhaps the Age of Invention around the turn of the Twentieth Century? For most of my teenage years into adulthood, I felt like I was out of step with the times, listening to the beat of a different drummer.

  • Column: Patriotism Isn’t Just for Conservatives; I Love My Country Too

    Recently I spent my Saturday afternoon at the Veterans Day event hosted by the City of Wilton Manors, a fitting tribute to the many men and women who have served in the military of our great nation and deserve our unequivocal gratitude and respect. No one should ever overlook, minimize, or forget their bravery, sacrifices, and service to protect our essential American values, freedom, and way of life.

  • Column: Pride Center Needs to Come Out of the Closet…

    Senate Republicans are not the only ones operating behind closed doors these days. Here in Wilton Manors, Pride Center CEO Robert Boo and his self-appointed board also like doing business back in the closet, away from watchful eyes of the community.

  • Column: Quiet Time with Irma

    With my housemates away for two weeks, my plan was to rest and relax then perhaps do some projects around the house. My anticipated quiet time came up against a Category 5 hurricane named Irma, and Irma definitely had center stage.

  • Column: Robert Boo and I disagree; that doesn’t mean my column is ‘fake news’

     

    This past week in Wilton Manors was the usual summer break for our City Commission, with the first commission meeting of August cancelled by vote of our Mayor and City Commissioners. While this was undoubtedly good news to city staff who also enjoyed a break from the usual build-up to a regularly scheduled commission meeting, it might be bad news for Robert Boo, CEO of the Pride Center.

  • Column: Spotlight on a New Community

    Last time I said I would be continuing my theme of community by expanding my Real Estate Yearbook into some new areas, outside of WilMa and Broward, that may prove to be attractive community candidates.

  • Column: Springtime in Tallahassee

    Seems incredible that we have already reached the last full week of March. You would think that springtime would be in full bloom. Unfortunately, for our northern brethren, nobody informed Old Man Winter. We here in South Florida have the pleasure of enjoying the cool evenings and warm days a bit longer before the heat and humidity settle in. With the springtime holidays of Easter and Passover fast approaching, we should take time to enjoy this delightful weather while it lasts.

  • Column: The Art of Negotiation…

    Our city is once again looking to purchase land, and once again is demonstrating the need to improve on the art of negotiation. Just by the definition of negotiation, the city is failing miserably in the recent move to purchase a vacant lot to be used for additional parking on the north end of the Wilton Drive Arts and Entertainment District.

  • Column: The Circus Leaves Town

    Sad news this morning as I look at the newspaper headlines. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will be ending their 146-year run in May 2017. American families, especially those with young wide-eyed children, will be losing a part of their childhood.

  • Column: The Election, the Commission Meeting and Other Ponderings

    Last week I took a short vacation to visit a friend in the mountains of Puerto Rico. While it was a much-need break from my routine here in Wilton Manors, have had to work double shifts since my return to make up the time, and I’m still trying to catch up on everything I missed.

  • Column: The Final Stretch

    Election Day is only three weeks away, mail-in ballots have been sent out, early voting will start next week, and we have entered the final stretch of this horrific election cycle.

  • Column: The Lavender Panthers

    In all my years living in Wilton Manors, I cannot remember a time when so many incidents have taken place targeting residents on our streets at night.

  • Column: The Pink Triangle

    The Pink Triangle began under the Nazi reign of terror as a badge to identify homosexuals. As homosexuals were rounded up in Germany and later throughout Europe, this pink triangle was stitched on the prison uniform as homosexuals were sent to concentration camps. We all know the fate of millions of Jews, homosexuals, gypsies, and others whom the Third Reich decreed inferior as Nazi forces marched forward with devastating state-sponsored ethnic and moral cleansing.

  • Column: We Hold These Truths

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

  • Column: Where Are the Arts in the ‘Arts and Entertainment District’?

    Last week I sat down and wrote my article for the Wilton Manors Gazette. However, I was a week early due to my miscalculation as to when the next edition would be published. The main topic had to do with our Art-less & Entertainment District along Wilton Drive. What a difference a week makes!

  • Column: Wilton Manors Pride

    As I sit down to write my article on the eve of our city’s Stonewall Pride Festival, we here in Wilton Manors have plenty to be proud of. This past week has reinforced my pride in our city, our community, and within myself. 

  • Column: Wilton Manors: We Need A Vision

    Wow, a very busy few weeks here in and around Wilton Manors. Weekend before last we had the Annual Fort Lauderdale Orchid Show, Music at Mickel Park, the Tree Giveaway, Document Shredding event, Pride Center 5k Run, and the Art Walk along Wilton Drive.

  • Comedy and Concerts

    The biggest acts come to the American Airlines Arena in Miami. Janet Jackson brings her Unbreakable World tour to the Triple A on Sept. 20, followed by Marc Anthony, Oct. 2 – 3, Ricky Martin, Oct. 24, and Taylor Swift, Oct. 29. Madonna will be stopping by, also, but you’ll have to wait until January. Get your tickets now. Tickets and more information at AAArena.com.

  • Commercial Recycling to Remain Voluntary

    In September of last year, Commissioner Tom Green expressed an interest in possibly making commercial recycling mandatory in the city.