Sal Torre

  • Column: Am I the Westside Curmudgeon?

    This past week I have been challenged to enjoy comedy again, to enjoy being humorous, and to remember that it’s ok to laugh out loud. 

  • Column: An Artist's Touch

    Summer 2017 is over, schools are back in session, the Fall holidays are fast approaching, and life here in Wilton Manors has just kicked it up a notch. Yes folks, it’s time for my annual warning that Christmas is just around the corner. Think I am crazy? Well, the next few months are jammed packed with activity; and if you think 2017 has been racing by, hold on to your hat because the ride is about to get a lot faster.
    As our city government, along with local non-profits, schools, and others swing back into action from a slower summer pace, calendars have been filling up fast. After September, we have the Jewish Holidays, then Halloween, Thanksgiving, and right into the Christmas holiday season and the end of the year. Before you know it, we will be singing Old Lang Syne and 2018 will be well on its way.

  • Column: Annus Horribilis

    As my household gets ready to celebrate my birthday, another year older, passing the mid fifty range and getting ever so close to sixty, I let my mind wander back over the past year. My thoughts keep going back to the opening words of a speech that Queen Elizabeth II gave in 1992, dubbed the “Annus Horribilis” speech. Replacing 1992 with 2017, I will take the liberty of plagiarizing Her Majesty’s words:

  • Column: Comfortably Numb

    Hey you, out there in Broward County, can you hear me? Donald Trump is coming to the heart of Democratic Florida on Nov. 26 for a Homecoming Rally.

  • Column: Day of Reckoning

    With his many years of wisdom and knowledge, Norm Kent might just be our own enlightened guru guiding us on a more righteous path. Norm’s opinion piece in the last edition of the “Wilton Manors Gazette” might seem to some as a callous, vindictive and juvenile attack on my many years of reporting on life here in our Island City. However, perhaps there lies a much deeper and profound purpose behind his madness. 

  • Column: Fantasy vs. Reality

    Fantasy is an idea with no basis in reality. Reality is its blunt, truthful cousin. For those who attended or have been following the Treasure Coast Planning Council’s public hearings on the future of the city owned property next to city hall, “fantasy” is the best description. 

  • Column: Fibbery

    Earlier this week I caught myself using the word “fibbery” in a discussion at work. Afterwards, not sure if such a word really existed, I looked to confirm that it was proper English usage. 

  • Column: Giddy for Gillum

    Sitting at last week’s city commission meeting feeling frustrated and tired, the first news on the primary election made me sit up and feel a bit of wonderment.  

  • Column: Greetings from New Jersey

    This past week I have been away from our Island City, traveling up north to the Garden State to visit with family. Along with the joy of being with my dad on his 89th birthday, was the great news that my brother’s battle with cancer is going remarkably well. 

  • Column: How Great Thou Art

    Sitting down this week to write my article, many thoughts are swirling around inside my mind. There is definitely no shortage of topics to write about here in Wilton Manors, such as the upcoming local elections for our Mayor and two City Commissioner seats, the narrowing of Wilton Drive, the adoption of the new city budget for fiscal year 2016/2017 which begins on October 1, much local chatter about Police Department practices toward LGBT officers highlighted in the New Times article and also the department’s fine handling of the Jungwirth affair. On top of all that, now that September is almost over, it is time for my annual warning of the fast approaching holiday season. Time to get moving on all the items not yet checked off your ‘2016 To-Do list’ because 2017 is just around the corner my friends. 

  • Column: Knowing When to Move On 

    As the lyrics from Bradley Cooper’s “Maybe It’s Time,” keep repeating in my head for some reason, my thoughts wander around two possible topics for my article this week - recycling and Joe Biden. 

  • Column: La Vie en Rose

    This past week I found myself listening to music sung by Edith Pilaf and other Parisian chanteuses. At first I just thought it was accidental, just enjoying some music of the past. However, as the week went on and still I was listening, singing along, and humming tunes while working, I began to think that something else must be going on.

  • Column: Looking Ahead in 2020

    As I start to write another article, my first attempt was full of doom and gloom as I look ahead into the New Year. There is no shortage of topics to be pessimistic about during these troubling times. 

  • Column: Meet Me in the Island City

    The Goals & Objectives Workshop marks the beginning of the municipal budget process for the next fiscal year. Two weeks ago, our Mayor and City Commissioners came together with city department managers to discuss upcoming needs, capital expenses, wish lists, and priorities that might be included in the proposed budget document.

  • Column: On a Slow Boat to China

    Those of you not familiar with this old saying, the phrase was popularized back in 1948 by the song, “On a Slow boat to China,” written by Broadway composer Frank Loesser. The phrase moved into general parlance to mean anything that takes a very long time. The idea was that traveling by boat to/from China was about as long and slow a trip as one could imagine. 

  • Column: Patience in a High-Speed World 

    Everything today seems to be based on speed. How fast is your data plan? How fast can my food delivery be at the front door? How soon will my Uber be pulling up? How quickly can Starbucks get a triple venti half soy no-foam latte placed in front of an impatient, multi-tasking customer. 

  • 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 and Honor

    This past week here in Wilton Manors has left me worn out and ready to get some rest. Hopefully any photos taken of me will not be too harsh, since I looked a bit ragged by the time I got home Saturday night.

  • 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.