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What You Missed This Week in La Gaceta

From As We Heard It, by Patrick Manteiga

► Mathieu Stanoch told us he will move to New York City soon citing that trying to do positive events in Ybor City is just too difficult. … He feels the City of Tampa is not fair and honest in how it treats special events. That’s Ybor City’s and Tampa’s loss. It’s also a sentiment felt by many who struggle to bring life to our city.
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► President Donald Trump has flip-flopped more than a mackerel on the deck of a boat, but one campaign promise he’s been true to is his commitment to be “unpredictable” on foreign policy. … Voters who expected President Trump to diverge from U.S. foreign policy over the last decade must be disappointed. Trump is keeping the status quo.(to read more, buy a paper)

► Circuit Judge Bill Levens will have a retirement and 70th birthday party on May 26 at the Hillsborough County Bar Associations building at 1610 N. Tampa Street.
Judge Levens was first appointed in 2000 by Governor Jeb Bush.
Over his 17 years, he’s been a superior jurist, free from scandal and served our community in a respectful and dignified manner on and off the bench.(to read more, buy a paper)

► Festa Italiana was a huge success this year. The level of talent on the stage was at its highest over past years and the heavy crowds seemed to linger all day.
Joe Capitano, Jr. outdid himself this year in organizing the event, as did the hundreds of volunteers who made it all run. … (to read more, buy a paper)

► Former Hillsborough County School Superintendent MaryEllen Elia in her current role as education commissioner for the State of New York found herself in controversy.
A New York public school teacher gave an assignment for high school students. According to the Washington Post, “The assignment asked students to imagine that they were attending the Wannsee Conference in Germany, where leaders met to discuss the planned implementation of the extermination of the Jews.” Students were to write an essay, either for or against the extermination of the Jews.
Elia was asked about the assignment and failed to condemn it. Instead, she seemed to support the purpose of the assignment to make students analyze an issue.
Later, as gefilte fish hit the fan, she said the assignment shouldn’t have been given … (to read more, buy a paper)

► The Downtown Rotary Club is raising money for its charities with a sock hop featuring The Rockers. The event is on Friday, May 5, at 7:00 p.m. The location will be the Letter Carriers Hall at 3003 W. Cypress St. in West Tampa.
Tickets cost $35, which includes food. There will also be a cash bar.(to read more, buy a paper)

From Chairman of the Bored, by Gene Siudut

► … To stand in front of a church and protest the people inside for not worshipping the way she finds correct is such a waste of time. We know the most effective place would be in Clearwater in front of Spectrum Field, where the Phillies play. If anyone is going to hell, it’s certainly Phillies fans. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From O’Pinions To Go, by Joe O’Neill

► Call it a win for public safety, the sort of victory that is too infrequent when it comes to the law and guns in this state. When Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court Judge Susan Barthle made the decision that Curtis Reeves didn’t kill Chad Oulson in Stand Your Ground-rationalized self-defense, she also made a de facto statement that the process hasn’t been totally hijacked by Marion Hammer and the NRA puppeteers.
By allowing the case to proceed to trial, Judge Barthle made the point that credible physical evidence was lacking. By so doing, she also indicated that firing a weapon in response to tossed popcorn just might be as legally flawed as it is commonsensically absurd. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From In Context, by Doris Weatherford

► I was thrilled with the front page of the Times last week, on the day after International Women’s Day. It featured a glorious photo of women in Australia, standing in front of an imposing governmental building, wearing t-shirts that proclaimed “Feminist Agenda,” and reaching their hands high toward the sky. The caption added, “In the United States, many women stayed home from work, joined rallies, or wore red to demonstrate how vital they are to the country’s economy.”
Beneath it was a photo of local women gathering in St. Petersburg’s Williams Park, as well as one of the new statue, “Fearless Girl,” that was installed in front of Wall Street’s famed bull. Placed to show the pony-tailed girl ready to confront the bull, this is an important art installation that will inspire thought for decades to come. Kudos to State Street Global Advisors, which hired artist Kristen Visbal to create “Fearless Girl.” It makes me proud that when Hubby and I lived in Boston many years ago, it was State Street that issued our first credit card. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From Silhouettes, by Tiffany Razzano, an interview with Angela Small

► Demetrius Smith was just 12 years old when he lost his battle with brain cancer.
The Cleveland boy had been diagnosed with an ependymoma brain tumor, a malignant primary brain tumor a decade earlier.
At age 3, after recovering from his first brain surgery – surprising doctors – he began attending a Montessori school. This is where he learned to play the piano.
The tumors returned a few years later, when he was 7, and Demetrius was granted a “wish” through a nonprofit organization. The budding musician asked for a piano, which became one of his prized possessions. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From Líneas de la memoria, por Gabriel Cartaya

► … La desazón con que ¬Esperanza respondió al Doctor Loumié cuando éste le preguntó si podía guisarle “aunque sea una caldosa” estaba muy acreditada. ¿Acaso él no recordaba que dos días atrás había re-ga-la-do las provisiones que ella guardó en el congelador? El plural fue una ilusión exagerada de una suegra que debía arreglárselas cada día para que su hija y él, por muy buen médico que sea, más los tres hijos que trajeron al mundo en tiempos de tanta escasés, no se fueran a la cama con depresión estomacal, concepto creado por ella para completar un diagnóstico a medio camino de Su Eminencia, como dijo entonces al facultativo del hogar.
Su primer impulso fue acompañado con un adagio de reproche: el que da lo que tiene, a pedir se atiene. Pero cuando él insistió, agregando que dos colegas estaban al llegar con una botella de ron, ella sonrió, al darse cuenta de que su yerno se estaba despidiendo de los amigos, tal vez para siempre, porque en los próximos días iría de visita a Estados Unidos y aunque no lo había dicho a nadie, ella estaba segura que el ida y vuelta del pasaje se cumpliría a la mitad.
Ante el gesto inicial de Esperanza, el Dr. Loumé recordó por primera vez el refrán ”Dichoso Adán que no tuvo suegra”–, oído a su padre, pero no le dio tiempo a expresarlo, contenido el injusto pensamiento con la aparición de una sonrisa maternal en la que se dibujaron los primeros asomos del manjar. Sólo entonces se permitió responderle y lo hizo desgranando, como ella, las sílabas esenciales: Yo no he re-ga-la-do nada, mi vieja, sólo he pres-ta-do el hueso protegido por usted. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From Briznas culturales, por Leonardo Venta

► … El internacionalmente célebre guitarrista flamenco Juan Manuel Cañizares se presentó, junto con la Orquesta de la Florida, en lo que fuera su debut en la Sala Morsani del Straz Center, el Mahaffey Theater y el Ruth Eckerd Hall, los días 3, 4 y 5 de marzo, respectivamente.
A raíz de estos tres conciertos, bajo el título “La experiencia de Dalí”, Cañizares –que interpretó el “Concierto de Aranjuez” de Joaquín Rodrigo – conversó con este espacio sobre su carrera, ofreció comentarios del instrumento de mástil largo con trastes y cuerdas que magistralmente entona, así como brindó detalles de su vida. Hace dos semanas publicamos la primera parte de la entrevista. En esta edición, les ofrecemos la conclusiva segunda parte. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From Desde mi escritorio, por Arturo Rivera

► … La crisis fiscal en Puerto Rico ha llegado a niveles sumamente preocupantes y se estima que el Gobierno de la Isla no contará con los fondos necesarios para operar en el año fiscal 2017.
La economía del país ha estado en recesión y en contracción desde el 2006. Así, las cosas llegaron a un punto que los bonos de Puerto Rico fueron degradados hasta el nivel de chatarra, lo que imposibilita que la Isla tenga acceso a los mercados para su financiamiento. … (to read more, buy a paper)

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