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What You Missed This Week in La Gaceta

From As We Heard It, by Patrick Manteiga

► Does the City of Tampa need more rum to balance the budget? The Summer of Rum Festival at the Cuban Club on Saturday, Aug. 16, pushed revenues at the City of Tampa’s Fernando Noriega Parking Garage to $12,652.
That’s an increase of $10,842 from one year ago when there was no Rum Fest in Ybor City.
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► The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office will dedicate the 9/11 Fallen Heroes Memorial Park on Sept. 11, at 8:30 a.m…(to read more, buy a paper)

► …The Pinellas Party Chair, Mark Hanisee, has helped the local party to raise $100,000 this year.
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► The Ybor City Chamber of Commerce will hold its 49th Annual Gala on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 6:30 p.m., in the Siboney Room of the Columbia Restaurant. (to read more, buy a paper)

► The Port Authority’s 2014 directory is bilingual – English and Spanish…(to read more, buy a paper)

► In Pinellas, the easy defeat of Republican incumbent Norm Roche by Ed Hooper sets the stage for the match between Hooper and Democrat Pat Gerard. This is the top race for Democrats on the local ballot. A Gerard win would give the Democrats a majority on the County Commission. The Dems haven’t held a majority since the 1960s…(to read more, buy a paper)

► Last week, we made predictions for Tuesday’s primary election. We did very well in the absence of published polling and an election that drew little excitement. We made 21 predictions and got 17 correct, that’s 81 percent. Even our mistakes were close. We felt we only bombed in one race… (to read more, buy a paper)

► We wrote (re: Circuit Judge Group 20) in last week’s column, “We’ll predict Gaceta/Sentinel endorsements trump Tribune/Times endorsements. Ward over Stanley.” Laura Ward was the underdog in this race yet she pulled off a victory. With over 112,000 votes cast, Ward won by 2,616 votes. She received 51.16 percent to Stanley’s 48.84 percent…(to read more, buy a paper)

► The Gonzmart Family’s opening of Ulele, on Tuesday, officially breathes life into the Tampa Heights area that’s been waiting to start its redevelopment for over a decade…(to read more, buy a paper)

From O’Pinions To Go, by Joe O’Neill

► …We now know that a Rick Scott, Spanish-language endorsement by MD Food Market owner Maikel Duarte-Torres of Tampa was embarrassing. Turns out that the owner of the West Hillsborough Avenue market, a Cuban refugee, was convicted of human smuggling a few years back. Ouch.
Earlier this year Duarte-Torres was quoted in Granma, the official news agency of the Cuban Communist Party. Apparently he was soliciting advice on investing in cattle ranching or fishing boats. He included some Havana-friendly rhetoric: “… long live the revolution … long live victory always.” Caramba…(to read more, buy a paper)

From Chairman of the Bored, by Gene Siudut

► …The New York Times reported that during that same MTV award show, Kim Kardashian and two of her sisters were seen texting during a tribute to Michael Brown, the slain young man from Ferguson, Missouri. The slogan of the Times is “All the news that’s fit to print.” I beg to differ…(to read more, buy a paper)

From Líneas de la memoria, por Gabriel Cartaya

► Gualterio García, uno de los líderes del independentismo cubano en Tampa, le escribió a Gonzalo de Quesada: “Sabrás que tenemos en ésta a la ma¬dre de nuestro querido Martí. Vive en West Tampa cerca de Fernando. La pobre está ciega, pero está rodeada del cariño que como madre de él se me¬rece”.
El tiempo que vivió la madre de Martí en West Tampa, co¬rresponde a los meses finales de la Guerra de Independencia en Cuba, a la intervención de las tropas norteamericanas en el proceso que concluyó con el Protocolo de Paz firmado en agosto de 1898 y a la termina¬ción de la dominación española en Cuba.
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