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What You Missed This Week in La Gaceta

From As We Heard It, by Patrick Manteiga

► In this edition, we celebrate our centennial and share the story of La Gaceta and the Manteiga family with our readers.
This edition is coming near the end of our centennial year and it’s been grand. We had our story told on TV talk shows, radio and in the pages of other publications. We’ve been honored by governments. Lynn Marvin and Larry Wiezycki honored us by crafting an hour-long documentary film about our history and we were able to share its premier with over 400 of our friends.
La Gaceta’s Spanish Editor, Gabriel Cartaya, produced a book, “Chungas y no Chungas,” about the writing of my grandfather and La Gaceta founder, Victoriano Manteiga, which will be released next year.
Some of the best moments have come from individuals sharing their stories of my father, grandfather and how the newspaper affected their lives.
It’s been humbling. … From my family to yours, we wish you a holiday season filled with family, friends and joy.
(to read more, buy a paper)

► The Cuban Club will hold its 12th Annual Bocce Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Last year, 32 teams played on six courts for the coveted Cuban Club Cup, bocce belt and bragging rights while they raise money to fund the ongoing restoration of the Cuban Club.
Teams will enjoy a full, open bar, breakfast and lunch provided by Tampa’s best restaurants and Tampa’s finest cigars. Two whole pigs will be roasted and peanuts will be boiled on site. It’s one of the most fun fundraisers in which you can participate.
A team of four plus four of their guests costs $1,000.
If you’d like to participate, call this writer, Patrick Manteiga, at 813-248-3921 or email me at pmanteiga1@gmail.com. (to read more, buy a paper)

► This time of year, as it gets colder, we start having big holiday meals and spend too much on gifts, the gulf between the haves and the homeless becomes more apparent.
Homelessness is a year-round problem, but our homeless population seems to grow during winter, as some migrate to Florida for our milder weather.
Tampa mayors often address homeless by shuffling them to less noticeable areas. We had a Tampa mayor stop a church from feeding the homeless on Sundays under an overpass in Downtown because this act of kindness was concentrating homeless people Downtown.
For decades, the City has kept Metropolitan Ministries, the Salvation Army and other agencies that help homeless in the Tampa Heights area because, for years, the pretty people of Tampa did not frequent Tampa Heights. But now that’s changing, as the Heights is now tony and the homeless have worn out their welcome. …. Since the opening of the Hope Shelter, which is at less than half the capacity of its goal, our homeless population around La Gaceta has tripled. … The city has purposely concentrated the homeless population in a small part of Tampa. It should mitigate the impact with more services.(to read more, buy a paper)

► We are concerned Hillsborough County Public Schools is not serious about right-sizing the number of school campuses to the number of children the district serves.
Under the current plan being offered, the maximum decrease in schools would be 12, but it could be fewer. The district said it would not completely close any school site but repurpose it with non-K-12-traditional uses, such as carrer centers, adult education, offices, etc. … The district doesn’t seem to have a master plan to expand sites where needed and to close sites that are underused. The district needs to focus on this big problem if it’s going to get its financial house in order.(to read more, buy a paper)

From Chairman of the Bored, by Gene Siudut

► … And even with the nostalgia the music brings to me, there is no shortage of new artists singing old classics or coming up with their own songs. I’m not sure I would want to know the Christmas memories of Megan the Stallion and Cardi B, but Sia has a nice Christmas record out that I highly recommend.
As cliché as it is to want it to be Christmas all year ‘round, it’s impossible to keep that kind of kindness and cheer in your heart, but I’m curious what a few doses of Christmas music each day would do to lighten the mood in March or April. Perhaps it’s worth finding out. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From The Reasonable Standard, by Matt Newton

► … Perhaps most memorable was the year Santa erroneously gifted me a Super Nintendo game. I was embarrassed for the all-knowing elf, as he apparently did not know that I only had a regular Nintendo. Despite explaining the mishap to my parents, they insisted I at least try going to the basement and test the game on my old machine. I obliged. And to my delightful shock, Santa had magically replaced my outdated machine with a genuine Super Nintendo. I did not emerge from the basement for the rest of the day. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From In Context, by Doris Weatherford

► If you are reading this in a timely manner – which probably is not the case – it will be the eve of Christmas Eve. You (and I) doubtless will be flailing around, trying to get the last presents wrapped and under the tree, and/or baking cookies or preparing other goodies for special meals. At our house, it’s prime rib and Yorkshire pudding on Christmas Day; on the Eve, we go to the Columbia and enjoy mojo pork.
I say that casually, but this is the first time in several years that I plan an all-out Christmas. I spent the first two Christmases of widowhood at my daughter’s Virginia home, and the year prior to that, Hubby was in the hospital. He was hospitalized at Christmas another time prior to that, so I know that the VA staff does a good job of trying to keep our spirits up at this time of year. Volunteers deliver presents, and I appreciate such kindness. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From Silhouettes, an interview with Tom Vann, by Tiffany Razzano

► As native Floridian Tom Vann prepares to make the move to Knoxville, Tennessee, where he’ll live with his daughter and her family, begining at the end of October, the 90-year-old reflects on a lifetime in the Tampa area.
He was born in a railroad section house in Durant, Florida in 1931. “That’s south of Turkey Creek, which is south of Plant City,” he said.
By the time he was 6 years old, he was picking strawberries to help with family expenses. “Back in the Depression, it was tough, and the kids had to work. We had to buy our school clothes myself,” he said. “All my family, the kids in the family – there were seven of us – were expected to work.” …(to read more, buy a paper)

From Líneas de la memoria, por Gabriel Cartaya

► Es justo que se haya consagrado un mes a la celebración de la cultura hispana en Estados Unidos, no sólo porque es esta la de mayor presencia en la nación después de la anglosajona, en un país multicultural desde las raíces de la colonización europea, cuando a partir del siglo XVI suplantó por la fuerza a sus pueblos originarios.
La historia de Estados Unidos está vinculada a decenas de apellidos españoles, quienes fueron los primeros en adentrase en estas tierras. Si Juan Ponce de León dio nombre a Florida en 1513, Pedro Menéndez de Avilés funda San Agustín y García López de Cárdenas es el primer europeo que contempló embelesado el Gran Cañón de Colorado, en los siglos siguientes también nombres latinos aparecen en los principales acontecimientos que han marcado la evolución de esta tierra americana.
En la guerra de Independencia de Estados Unidos, fue decisiva para la victoria del Ejército de Washington la ayuda que recibió del español Bernardo de Gálvez. Después, en todas las campañas militares estadounidenses, fuera en la Guerra Civil, la Primera y Segunda Guerra Mundial y en otras contiendas, cientos de hispanos han combatido a favor de la bandera de las barras y las estrellas.
En el avance científico de Estados Unidos, aparecen reiteradamente nombres hispanos. El físico Luis Walter Álvarez, hijo de un español que vivió en Cuba, ganó en 1968 el Premio Nobel de Física “por sus contribuciones decisivas a la física de partículas elementales”; Baruj Benacerraf, quien nació en Venezuela, ganó el Premio Nobel de Medicina en 1980, viviendo en Estados Unidos; Chang Díaz, nacido en Costa Rica en 1950, viajó al espacio en el Space Shuttle de la NASA (1986) y participó después en varias misiones cosmonáuticas. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From Briznas culturales, por Leonardo Venta

► Por segundo año, The Straz Center enlazará algunas de las numerosas hebras que componen el dilatado tapiz de la cultura hispana sobre el escenario del Riverwalk, una vía peatonal a lo largo de la orilla este del río Hillsborough, con una parada justo afuera del susodicho centro escénico. Atractivas manifestaciones artísticas que honran la cálida zona geográfica que va desde las islas del Caribe hasta las regiones más meridionales de América del Sur estarán presentes en el espectáculo Noche de encanto, una celebración de la cultura hispana.
Con motivo de este evento, parte de la serie Arts Legacy REMIX, que se celebrará el viernes, 7 de octubre, de 7 a 9 p.m., establecimos un diálogo en forma de entrevista con Giovana Pérez-Oliveras, coordinadora de educación y participación comunitaria del Straz Center, el cual reproducimos a continuación.
¿Cuál es el objetivo de la programación Arts Legacy REMIX para el Straz Center y sus organizadores?
Arts Legacy REMIX fue creado con la comunidad de Tampa en mente. La diversidad en nuestra comunidad es inmensa y la forma en que se manifiesta en las artes es admirable. Nosotros no sólo nos enfocamos en celebrar dicha rica pluralidad en nuestro escenario, pero también en emplear esto como una oportunidad para educar a nuestra comunidad sobre las culturas que han dado origen a Tampa Bay. Eventos como estos nos unen y demuestran lo mucho que tenemos en común. Son espectáculos gratuitos al alcance de todos para que así todos sean bienvenidos a la celebración. …(to read more, buy a paper)

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