Check out the latest news from around Wilton Manors!
Award renamed for Skip Stadnik
A month after his death, the Community Spirit Award has been renamed in honor of Skip Stadnik by the Community Affairs Advisory Board [CAAB]. A longtime volunteer with his now widow, Ruthanne, Stadnik died in May at age 84 and was a member of CAAB. Resident Kat Campbell celebrated the decision in a Facebook post. “What a great move. I didn’t have the pleasure to get to know Skip personally but his work and energy is everywhere in this city. Ruthanne Stadnik thank you for sharing him with our city.” According to the city, “Community Spirit Awards recognize one outstanding volunteer and one business in Wilton Manors for exemplary volunteer service.” At a city commission meeting in May, community activist and former CAAB chair, Michael Rajner, called for the award to be renamed in Stadnik’s honor.
Summer Book Fair
The Friends of the Wilton Manors Library will host its Summer Book Fair on Saturday, July 14 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fair will be held inside the Hagen Park Community Center, 2020 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors. Money generated from the sale of books is used to purchase books, DVDs, audio books, e-books, magazines, and the cost of children’s programming at the city’s library. The Friends of the Library are also looking for volunteers to help with the book fair and other activities and programs. Call Paul Kuta at 954-566-9019.
Flippen presents Harvey Milk book to library, Stonewall
At the June 12 Wilton Manors Commission meeting, Vice Mayor Justin Flippen presented the Wilton Manors Library and the Stonewall Library & Archives each with a copy of “Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk” and The Rainbow Flag. Flippen said he wants the books to be read by children “to give them hope and to remind them that these colors mean that you are welcome in Wilton Manors and beyond.” Flippen also talked about the inscription Wilton Manors resident Stuart Milk, the nephew of Harvey Milk, wrote which described the pride and hope the rainbow flag gives to LGBT individuals. In the words of Harvey Milk, “you have to give them hope,” said Flippen.