Congratulations to our own Jason Parsley, Editor in Chief, for winning first place in the Florida Press Club’s Community News writing category this year for his work in the South Florida Gay News. Kudos to Mark Haines as well, Founder and CEO of Mark’s List Media, who takes over as Publisher of Mark Magazine and the Florida Agenda this week, with the resignation of Bobby Blair, who is going to move into the business development of the company.

Speaking of weekly media entities, we bid adieu to City Link, the Sun-Sentinel weekly launched in 1991 by the Tribune Company. According to its competitor, New Times, City Link is expected to cease publication within the coming weeks. Not a merry Christmas in this very difficult time for print journalism. In order to adapt to our own needs and model our ‘.com’ name, SFGN has contracted with Jason-Patrick Chuyko of App-It to develop an iPhone and Android app for your travel and reading convenience. We will also be welcoming a new salesman to our staff this week. Hope you all get to meet the very talented Eddie Niemann, a renowned concert pianist looking for a legitimate day job.

Protesters returned to Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan on Saturday for an afternoon of events that included the first same-sex wedding to take place at Occupy Wall Street.

The New York Daily News reports that activists Jonathan Lopez, 19, and Ivan Cabrera, 18, were married in “an unofficial ceremony." Speaking of which, Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch -- who represents parts of Broward and Palm Beach counties -- introduced the "Outlawing Corporate Cash Undermining the Public Interest in our Elections and Democracy" (OCCUPIED) Constitutional Amendment today…Kudos to North Miami’s Scott Galvin, fighting to protect the nature preserve in that community. It’s great to see any politician fighting for the kind of green that is good for the community instead of his own pocket.

We’d also like to welcome some new sponsors to our newspaper this week including Massage by Jim, Baumann Cosmetic & Research Institute, Center Stage, 305Kitchen.com and Pines Plaza Hair Stylist. Remember without these advertisers and others we’d have no newspaper so please check them out.

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