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What You Missed This Week in La Gaceta

From As We Heard It, by Patrick Manteiga

► Downtown Tampa has its Winter Village, Ybor City has its Christmas tree and Snow on 7th, but most of Tampa doesn’t have the City-assisted holiday decorations the urban core enjoys.
Well, the holiday cheer will now extend to East Tampa. The City, with private donations, will erect Christmas trees in the center of the pond at Robert Cole Park … Bringing the spirit to East Tampa is largely due to the hard work of Tampa City Councilman Orlando Gudes.(to read more, buy a paper)

► The Florida Education Association, which represents thousands of teachers, endorsed Darryl Rouson for reelection to his State Senate seat.
This is a big deal for Rouson. He didn’t have the endorsement four years ago and it eliminates potential support and funding for some former electeds who are thinking of running against him. … (to read more, buy a paper)

► Hillsborough County Democratic Party Director Mark Hanisee tells us support it pouring in for the local Democratic Party. If contributions keep flowing in at the current rate, the local party could collect around $300,000 by the end of the year. … (to read more, buy a paper)

► Here is an interesting political fundraiser. The play “The Investigation: A Crime in 10 Acts,” which is a staged reading about the Mueller Report, will be performed at Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E. Kennedy Blvd on Friday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 14 at 8:00 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2:00 p.m.
The event is a fundraiser for the Hillsborough County Democratic Party. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased by going to stageworkstheatre.org. … (to read more, buy a paper)

► There were a handful of people who were instrumental in the historic preservation of Ybor City. One of that group passed away on Friday, Nov. 22.
Joan Wilson Jennewein, 87, shared this newspaper’s passion for historic preservation and love of Ybor City. … She cofounded Tampa Preservation, Inc. in 1973, was the first chair of Tampa’s Historic Preservation Commission, was founding president of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation and served on the National Trust for Historic Preservation Board. … Our condolences to her family. We will remember her fondly. A celebration of life is being planned for Jan. 2.(to read more, buy a paper)

► Our deepest sympathy goes out to Tampa City Councilman John Dingfelder and the Dingfelder family on the loss of their patriarch, Simon L. Dingfelder, who passed away on Monday, Nov. 25.
Dingfelder was the owner of Garden Gold Foods. He was an Eagle Scout and served his country as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He served his community as president of the Downtown Rotary Club and Congregation Schaarai Zedak. He was also a nationally recognized breeder of champion standard poodles.(to read more, buy a paper)

► State Representative Dianne Hart has been very effective in her first term in putting the spotlight on major problems with the Florida Correctional System and already effected change for the better. She is now introducing House Bill 531, which contains a list of basic rights for those who are incarcerated. …(to read more, buy a paper)

► The courts have confirmed the Florida Constitution bars the government from seizing property without paying compensation. That means Florida will have to pay more than $13 million to Lee County homeowners whose healthy citrus trees were cut down by the government in an effort to halt citrus canker disease.
Constitutionally challenged Rick Scott blocked the payment when he was governor.(to read more, buy a paper)

From Chairman of the Bored, by Gene Siudut

► … Opiates, started taking the lives of people I knew over a decade ago. Alcohol took a handful more through alcoholism and the stupid decisions alcoholics make. I’m sure I have friends who seem to live normal functional lives, but they are self-medicating with pills, alcohol and God knows what else and they are suffering in silence. Many of us are unaware of these problems around us because we are either too consumed in our own lives or feel like hypocrites because we still enjoy nights out without the crutches of addiction.
While we need to hold those we love close, we need to also reach out to those who have slipped from our embrace. The tragedy of addiction in this country is at epidemic levels and there is no simple solution. Overcoming addiction takes more love and patience than most of us can offer because those we try to help are usually fighting us the entire road to recovery. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From O’Pinions To Go, by Joe O’Neill

► With the gobsmacking, unconscionable election of Trump, nothing is beyond the presidential pale anymore. Nothing. So how about an impeachment scenario that is energizing, convincing and not Robert Mueller-dependent or vulnerable to “second-hand” aspersions? One that moves relentlessly forward with more names dropping, including that of Mike Pence for being a Biden dirt-solicitor. And just suppose enough Republican senators listen to what remains of their consciences, honor their oaths of office, reclaim their spines and vote for an unprecedented conviction. If President Trump is removed and Pence is part of the removal, then it’s House Speaker next up: President Nancy Pelosi. And that’s, inexplicably but constitutionally, how America gets its first woman president. Not Hillary Clinton, not Elizabeth Warren, not Kamala Harris, not Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Nothing is beyond this presidential pale. Nothing. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From In Context, by Doris Weatherford

► I’m going sort of medium berserk right now. I have three speeches in the Midwest during the three weeks remaining in October, flying in and out on sequential days under the aegis of the Bill of Rights Institute. That will be fodder for future columns. Plus the manuscript deadline for my new book was last week. More fodder for the future.
Thus, this week’s column is going to be shorter, and I’m going to emulate the style of my colleague Joe O’Neill. I’ll take the little slips of paper on which I’ve jotted just an idea, and not explore that idea in my usual lengthy way. At least, that’s my plan. I hope you don’t mind, Joe. Bullets ahead.
• Lots of videos get circulated and recirculated on the internet, but I only saw this one once. Someone should get it running again. An ICE guy whose name I can’t recall was testifying before a House committee chaired by Representative Pramilla Jayapal, a Democrat. She was born in India, but dresses in western style and was duly elected by voters in Seattle. That did not matter to the ICE guy, though, who treated her as if she were scum. He refused to answer questions, repeatedly interrupted her, and twice shouted, “I’m a taxpayer! You work for me!” As if everyone else in the room weren’t also a taxpayer, including the congresswoman. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From Silhouettes, an interview with Dr. Kevin Sneed, by Tiffany Razzano

► An Orlando native, Dr. Kevin Sneed’s parents were Orange County educators who were part of a second wave of individuals who strived to desegregate the local school system.
This meant two things for Sneed while growing up: there was a large emphasis placed on education in his home and his parents taught him to connect with people from all backgrounds from an early age. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From Líneas de la memoria, por Gabriel Cartaya

► … Si José Dolores Poyo y Estenoz no hubiera tenido suficientes méritos para ocupar un lugar eminente en la Historia de Cuba, le habría sido suficiente alcanzarlo cuando le elegigiera Antonio Maceo como destinatario de una carta fechada en Honduras el 13 de agosto de 1884, donde expresara el General: “Quien intente apropiarse de Cuba recogerá el polvo de su suelo anegado en sangre, si no perece en la lucha”. Como si fuera poco, es a Poyo a quien confiesa José Martí, el 5 de diciembre de 1891: “Es la hora de los hornos, en que no se ha de ver más que la luz”.
¿Quién era este hombre para merecer la absoluta confianza y cariño de los dos héroes más encumbrados en la memoria de todos los cubanos? Era, en ambas fechas, el director del periódico El Yara, en Cayo Hueso, una de las publicaciones cubanas en la emigración que más contribuía a la causa independentista de la Isla. A ese islote estadounidense llegó José Dolores Poyo Estenoz en 1869, junto a su esposa Clara Camus de la Hoz y sus tres hijas, porque sus simpatías declaradas a la revolución independentista iniciada en su país el año anterior le obligaban al destierro. Hombre culto, poeta, escritor y periodista, encontró en el puesto de lector de tabaquería un espacio donde, en aquel islote, sostener a su familia y, a su vez, alimentar las ideas más avanzadas de su tiempo sobre la libertad, la democracia y la cultura. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From Briznas culturales, por Leonardo Venta

► … El Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso reabrió sus puertas el pasado jueves, 12 de septiembre para arrullarse con la magia de “Giselle”, la obra más representativa del Ballet Nacional de Cuba, insignia del romanticismo, interpretada en cuatro funciones por Viengsay Valdés, primera bailarina y subdirectora de la compañía, así como por las primeras figuras Anette Delgado, Sadaise Arencibia, Grettel Morejón, Dani Hernández, Rafael Quenedit y Raúl Abreu.
Representarán el papel de Myrtha, la vengativa e impetuosa reina de las willis, Ginett Moncho, Claudia García, Ely Regina y Chavera Riera. Ernesto Díaz encarnará el rol del labriego enamorado Hilarión, respaldados por el trabajo minucioso, sincronizado y virtuoso del estelar cuerpo de baile del Ballet Nacional de Cuba …(to read more, buy a paper)

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