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What You Missed This Week in La Gaceta

From As We Heard It, by Patrick Manteiga

► Rumor is Alan Clendenin, candidate for School Board District 7, received the endorsement of the Teachers Union. That’s a big coup for a candidate who’s been in the race for less than two weeks.
We hear School Board member Cindy Stuart will also recieve the endorsement for the first time.(to read more, buy a paper)

► We hear Rebecca Smith outclassed her Republican primary opponent Jackie Toledo at the Hillsborough County Republican Party’s monthly meeting on Tuesday. Her performance earned her victory in the straw poll.
During that same event, Jim Norman got his ethically challenged butt kicked by Tim Schock. According to SaintPetersBlog, Schock won the straw poll for the County Commission District 6 Republican primary race with 66 votes to Norman’s 13. …(to read more, buy a paper)

► It’s hard to believe a man can dedicate himself to a career for 65 years, but that is just what Manny Alvarez has accomplished. He’s retiring after 65 years in banking.
He started with Commercial Marine Bank, then went to People’s Bank of Hillsborough and the Independent Bank of Tampa. Names that have all but been erased as the conveyor belt of mergers and purchases renamed of all of our banks every few years.
He helped start Manufacturers Bank and served as its CEO and Chair, which was then bought by Colonial, which was then bought by BB&T. He now serves at USAmeriBank and even though he’s retiring, he’ll still hold court at the Ybor office two or three days a week.
With all of the changes in the industry, Manny Alvarez has remained steadfast. He’s all about the community. He sees banking as a way to better our neighborhoods, to help people and to build small businesses. …(to read more, buy a paper)

► Gene Siudut, candidate for Tampa City Council District 7, will hold his first fundraiser at the University Club on Wednesday, May 25, at 5:30 p.m. The University Club is located at 201 N. Franklin Street, across the street from City Hall. For more information, to RSVP or to add your name to the host committee, call 813-223-5050. …(strong>to read more, buy a paper)

► David Singer, Democratic candidate for State House District 60, will hold his campaign kickoff on Wednesday, May 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Cru Cellars, 2506 S. MacDill Ave. Valet parking is provided and a short program will start at 6 p.m.
Suggested contributions are $60 for a supporter, $250 or a sponsor, $500 for an honorary chair and $1,000 for a host. Call 813-530-6412 for more information. … (strong>to read more, buy a paper)

From Chairman of the Bored, by Gene Siudut

► … Often, however, people feel the need to risk life and limb for the adrenaline rush or some type of validation that no one else cared about.
A quick example is a show my wife obsesses over called “Naked and Afraid,” where a man and woman who don’t know each other are dumped into an area, usually a jungle, with extreme conditions and deadly predators. The catch is that they are naked and must survive for 21 days while creating their own shelter and foraging or hunting for their own food.
This past weekend’s episode had a single mother who had never been away from her 4-year-old daughter for any extended period of time, let alone 21 days. The mother’s life was full of abandonment, which weighed on her heavily throughout the episode. To make matters worse, the man she was paired with abandoned her and went home after five days, leaving her to fend for herself. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From O’Pinions To Go, by Joe O’Neill

► … Pragmatic strategy by Hillary Clinton to co-opt all those queries about what the role of a “first spouse” would be. Speculation has been moving on many levels, most involving politically partisan taunts, when said spouse is Bill Clinton. “I’m going to put him in charge of revitalizing the economy,” announced Hillary Clinton.
While opponents will reference the “peace dividend” and the dot-com bubble as Clinton Administration context, the reality is the Clinton Administration represents – increasingly – a time of relative economic nostalgia. Bill Clinton can bring more than baggage to the White House – including a reminder of where the economy was before George W. Bush took office. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From Silhouettes, by Tiffany Razzano: An interview with Manny Alvarez

► As a Thomas Jefferson High School student, Manny Alvarez was uncertain about what he wanted to do with his life.
He was born in West Tampa during the Great Depression, and as a high school student in the late 1940s, jobs were still somewhat hard to come by.
He’d always had a knack for numbers, though. During his senior year, he took an advanced accounting course at Jefferson. His bookkeeping teacher had a connection at Marine Bank, a neighborhood business that catered to the community, and suggested that banking would be a good fit for Alvarez. So he went in for an interview and in 1951, at 17 – just shy of his eighteenth birthday – he was offered a position as mail clerk. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From In Context, by Doris Weatherford

► … Because of the wartime labor shortage, schools for both blacks and whites were short of teachers, as both men and women left the schoolroom for better-paid jobs elsewhere. Black teachers had even more reason for this, as they routinely were paid about half of what white teachers got. In Florida in 1941, the average annual salary for whites was $1,133, while it was $569 for blacks.
This rate was true despite educational credentials or the number of students. I came across the most egregious case of this while researching a book several decades ago: I could hardly believe my eyes when I found a white South Carolina teacher who earned twice as much as her black counterpart — even though the black woman had over a hundred kids to teach, while the white woman had three. Yes, three. And got twice as much money. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From Líneas de la memoria, por Gabriel Cartaya

► … El pasado 4 de mayo, en un pequeño pueblo situado en el oriente cubano, se apagó la vida física de un verdadero Maestro. Con más de noventa años, Hugo Suárez se mantenía erguido, sonriente, con un libro en la mano, tan atento a la última noticia editorial como a la voz solícita de cada hijo de Niquero.
Saludarle al verlo asomar en la puerta de su casa, ha sido común en todo niquereño. Adiós, Maestro; Maestro, ¿cómo está? brotaron como voces del pueblo, en labios de profesores, pescadores, bodegueros, poetas, camioneros, amas de casa, oficinistas, zapateros. A diario, muchos se detenían un momento, a preguntar la opinión suya sobre la última noticia, o para aclarar un dato, una fecha, una curiosidad de la historia, una anécdota, un nombre olvidado, el origen de un apellido, muchas veces para dirimir una polémica con un vecino, al que se podía regresar con la carta de triunfo: lo ha confirmado Hugo Suárez. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From Briznas culturales, por Leonardo Venta

► … A petición del público, “Soul Crooners” ha vuelto a la acogedora intimidad de la sala Jaeb del Straz Center con todo un nuevo espectáculo que se presenta hasta el 15 de mayo.
Fiel al original, estos melódicos cantantes e instrumentistas rinden tributo al blues, género musical reconocido en todo el mundo como la “música del alma”, exponiendo un emblemático catálogo de indiscutibles éxitos de la década de los años setenta.
Caracterizado por letras que ahondan en las plañideras experiencias de la vida y el amor, “Soul Crooners” combina orquestaciones exuberantes con apasionadas y armónicas interpretaciones vocales. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From Desde mi escritorio, por Arturo Rivera

► … En la literatura latinoamericana contamos con excelentes escritores que han puesto muy en alto a nuestra comunidad. Seis de ellos han sido galardonados con el Premio Nobel: el peruano Mario Vargas Llosa, el mexicano Octavio Paz, el colombiano Gabriel García Márquez, el chileno Pablo Neruda, el guatemalteco Miguel Ángel Asturias y la chilena Gabriela Mistral. Todos han representado, con sus obras literarias, a la comunidad latina/hispana a nivel mundial.
Sin embargo, dentro de la literatura hispanoamericana la representación de los afrodescendientes ha sido excluida, muchas veces silenciada y la mayor parte de las veces estereotipada. … (to read more, buy a paper)

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