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What You Missed This Week in La Gaceta

From As We Heard It, by Patrick Manteiga

► We spoke with Alan Clendenin a couple of times over the holiday season and each time, he was in a different part of Florida working to secure votes in the upcoming election for Florida Democratic Party Chair. When we spoke Wednesday, he was visiting Naples and Fort Myers.
If Clendenin loses, it won’t be for a lack of effort, but we don’t think he’ll lose. In fact, we think he’s a frontrunner and will at least get to the final runoff. … (to read more, buy a paper)

► As a longtime Democrat, we are embarrassed and frustrated with the actions of Democratic Party insiders who do everything they can to prevent good people from running for party leadership positions. This upcoming race has seen smalltime petty efforts to prevent Alan Clendenin, Steve Bittel and Dwight Bullard from running for chair. … The Democratic Party insiders are more focused on writing arcane rules to disqualify potential leaders. They stab their peers in their backs instead of applauding their bravery in running for a party office. … Today, it smells like elephant excrement under the big tent of the Florida Democratic Party.
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► We hear a Cuban delegation from Port Mariel is touring Gulf Coast ports and will arrive in Tampa on Jan. 29 and stay until Feb. 2. … (to read more, buy a paper)

► The Hillsborough County School Board will soon name the new Elementary School “C” in Riverview.
Attorney Warren Dawson’s name is in contention. We fully support that the Board honors the legacy of Mr. Dawson by naming the new school after him. … The last name on the list marks a first for this state – Soto became Florida’s first Puerto Rican congressman and it is likely he won’t be the last. Florida has a population of over 20 million. Hispanics make up 4.9 million of that number. Puerto Ricans are the second-largest group within the Hispanic number. Cubans are number one with 1.3 million. Puerto Ricans are just over the one million mark.(to read more, buy a paper)

► The Tampa Police Benevolent Association members elected a new president, Abe Carmack … (to read more, buy a paper)

► The Centro Español de Tampa will host the world premier of “The Weight of Remembering,” a film produced by James D. Fernandez, Luis Argeo and the Centro Español. The showing will be at the Tampa Theatre on Sunday, Jan. 15, at 3:00 p.m. … (to read more, buy a paper)

► The Florida Bar will recognize lawyers from each of Florida’s 20 judicial circuits for their pro bono service on behalf of poor and indigent clients.
The event is on Jan. 19, at the Supreme Court of Florida, in Tallahassee. Florida Bar President William J. Schifino will present the awards. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From Chairman of the Bored, by Gene Siudut

► … The draw of gaining weight was just too strong. It’s fun getting fat. I eat what I want. I drink what I want and the weight never comes on fast enough to notice quickly. The only time you notice is when clothes start getting a little tighter, but that must be because the clothes are shrinking. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From O’Pinions To Go, by Joe O’Neill

► No, it wasn’t stop-the-presses type news. Merely meaningful.
We recently saw the unveiling of the latest bronze busts along the Riverwalk’s Historic Monument Trail. There are now 24 – Native American, African-American, Latino and Anglo. Consequential contributors to this city across a spectrum of years and causes.
We also heard the formal announcement that the eight-year-old Tampa Bay History Center will be undergoing its first major expansion. The significant addition to its top floor will increase the permanent exhibit area – one that will include a cartography center.
Honoring historical figures and preserving and highlighting an area’s history are always eventful. They tell our story. It’s important, as Mayor Bob Buckhorn noted at the Riverwalk ceremony, “to remember how we got here.” It gives perspective to moving forward. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From In Context, by Doris Weatherford

► At bedtime most nights, I do the newspaper crossword puzzle. I feel increasingly justified in spending time this way because neurologists are saying that such mental exercise is good for the brain. Crosswords are words, of course, and Hubby and I enjoy talking about words. We have frequent conversations on etymologies and usages, and we are glad to be native English-speakers because that language has by far more words than any other. It offers lots of choices for nuance and precision. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From Líneas de la memoria, por Gabriel Cartaya

► … Ahora que todos los medios de prensa están reflejando la muerte de Fidel Castro, prefiero recordar dos momentos en que este periódico de Tampa tuvo una relación cercana con él, más allá de publicar en sus páginas los momentos más cruciales de su ejecutoria, desde el asalto al Cuartel Moncada, en 1953, hasta su reciente desaparición física, el pasado 25 de noviembre.
El primero de ellos ¬corresponde al 26 de noviembre de 1955, cuando llega Fidel Castro a Tampa con 29 años de edad, en medio de un intenso recorrido por ciudades de Estados Unidos, con el fin de aunar recursos para la preparación de una expedición, desde México, que le permitiera desembarcar en Cuba con un grupo de hombres armados y empezar una guerra contra el gobierno de Fulgencio Batista.
Al llegar a Tampa, exactamente al cumplirse 64 años en que lo hiciera por vez primera José Martí, el principal anfitrión en la ciudad fue Victoriano Manteiga, fundador y dueño de La Gaceta. Es muy conocida la participación de Manteiga como principal organizador del acto donde habló Fidel Castro, al igual que la de otros cubanos radicados en Tampa, como fueron Raúl ¬Villamia, Carmelo Bueno, Carlos Carbonell y algunos más. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From Briznas culturales, por Leonardo Venta

► … Sondeando por Internet las opiniones de la crítica especializada sobre la gala “Ballet Royalty (Realeza del ballet)”, celebrada el pasado 20 de agosto en el Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso, en que bailaron 12 estrellas de la danza mundial, encontré varias fotografías tomadas por el artista ucraniano Artyom Shlapachenko, residente en La Habana desde los 7 años de edad, quien departió conmigo sobre el evento por esa vía, autorizándome amablemente a publicar sus valiosas fotos.
La obra de ¬Artyom –como prefiero llamarle–, para quien contar una historia a través de cada imagen es lo esencial, me impresionó favorablemente, especialmente por su vínculo personal con el ballet clásico y la fotografía escénica. Pensé que nuestros lectores merecían conocerla. De esa manera, nació la idea de esta entrevista. Nos tomó tres meses consumarla. Nuestro entrevistado tenía demasiados compromisos de trabajo. Si bien, a nuestro modesto juicio, valió la pena esperar. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From Desde mi escritorio, por Arturo Rivera

► … El viernes de la semana pasada murió el líder político y expresidente de Cuba, Fidel Castro, figura que para las fuerzas izquierdistas era un ícono y líder mítico; y para otros, dictador brutal y opresor que gobernó, con mano de hierro, a la isla de Cuba, por aproximadamente seis décadas.
Para el exilio cubano, Fidel representó la ruptura de la familia, el destierro, la pérdida de bienes materiales y, en fin, una diáspora de casi seis décadas. … (to read more, buy a paper)

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