Sunday, April 13, 2014

Florida Democrats Should Not Court Independent Voters, Period

If Democrats Want to Win In Florida, Do Not Court Independants, Just pull out every Democratic Voter, who voted in 2012 and we win Governor and the entire cabinet. Want Proof, Scroll to the bottom of the below poll, and see, 58 percent of, Independents are far far right wing  

Friday, April 11, 2014

Fort Lauderdale Named Finalist for All-America City Award

Fort Lauderdale Named Finalist for All-America City Award
National Civic League to Announce Winners on June 15

 For the second consecutive year, Fort Lauderdale has been named a finalist for the national All-America City Award. Sponsored by the National Civic League, the All-America City Award recognizes cities, counties, towns, neighborhoods, and metropolitan areas across the country for exemplary community-based problem solving and civic engagement efforts that involve public, private and non-profit entities.

"We are honored to be one of only 25 cities nationwide selected as a finalist for this prestigious designation," said Fort Lauderdale Mayor John P. "Jack" Seiler. "Our Citywide Vision and Strategic Plan reflect our commitment to working in partnership with our neighbors to address challenges and develop transformative solutions to move our City forward. Through bold ideas, innovative partnerships, and passionate civic engagement, we are building community, enhancing quality of life, and creating a vibrant, inclusive, and sustainable City."

The National Civic League commended Fort Lauderdale for numerous projects that demonstrate outstanding civic engagement, cross sector collaboration, inclusiveness, and innovation. An array of Parks and Recreation programs that promote healthy active lifestyles were recognized including: Wise Kids, the Presidential Challenge, First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move Campaign, the Fit Kidz Club, and the City's after-school programs and youth camps.

Three major initiatives taking place in the community were highlighted as examples of positive meaningful change:
  • The Dillard Innovation Zone Promise Neighborhood, a project of the Broward Regional Health Planning Council (BRHPC), that is cultivating community and business collaborations to support school improvement, health service interventions, mentoring, enhanced classroom technology, reading and literacy at Dillard Elementary School and initiating innovative solutions to reinvigorate a neighborhood in need.
  • The redevelopment of Flagler Village, a downtown neighborhood that has been transformed from a desolate and abandoned warehouse district into a vibrant center for arts and culture. The revitalized area features unique businesses including a master puppeteer, media and photography company, event planning and marketing business, advertising agency, theatre troupe, and an innovative landscape architecture firm. Flagler Village's popular monthly Art Walks are a celebration of the neighborhood's innovation, vision, and urban lifestyle, as well as a strong sign of the area's rebirth.
  • Northwest Gardens, a neighborhood development located in the City's Northwest Community Redevelopment Area, is a model affordable housing project that showcases social, environmental, health, engagement, and economic sustainability. Spearheaded by the City of Fort Lauderdale Housing Authority in partnership with community members, private sector developers, and non-profit organizations, Northwest Gardens was the first LEED-ND Certified Neighborhood in Florida. The project promotes healthy living by providing residents with places to walk and bike safely, community gardens and fruit trees, energy efficient housing, solar streetlights, self-sufficiency training, job training, and cultural activities.

Fort Lauderdale was also lauded for its Complete Streets policy, which was recently ranked #1 in Florida and #3 in the nation; a wheelchair tennis program at George English Park; a walking club at Carter Park; and the hundreds of sports, programs, and community activities that have taken place during the past year at the new Orange Bowl Field at Carter Park.

"All-America city finalists are at the forefront of a nationwide movement to find inventive, community-based solutions to the issues that face our cities. From preparing our kids to compete and succeed in the 21st century to promoting livable neighborhood revitalization, new ideas often start in one community and later become best practices for others," said National Civic League Board Chair Mayor Michael B. Hancock of Denver. 

Joining Fort Lauderdale as finalists are 24 other communities from across the United States including:  Montgomery, Alabama; San Pablo, California; Whittier, California; Brush, Colorado; Tarpon Springs, Florida; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Marshalltown, Iowa; Columbus, Indiana; Chelsea, Massachusetts; Dedham, Massachusetts; Fitchburg, Massachusetts; Somerville, Massachusetts; Marquette, Michigan; Kenmore, New York; Canton, New York; Independence, Oregon; Providence, Rhode Island; Knoxville, Tennessee; Brownsville, Texas; Marshall, Texas; Hampton, Virginia; Portsmouth, Virginia; Yakima, Washington; and Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
Once described by pollster George Gallup as the "Nobel Prize" for civic accomplishment, the All-America City Award has been given to more than 600 communities since its inception in 1949.  Communities vying for the designation submit applications to the National Civic League listing three examples of successful community change and describing their capacities for civic engagement, collaboration, inclusiveness and innovation. Finalists present to a jury of civic experts who select the annual award winners.

Last year, the City of Fort Lauderdale captured the National Civic League's All-America City Diversity and Inclusiveness Award for extraordinary and innovative success in advancing diversity and inclusiveness.

The 2014 All-America Cities will be announced on June 15 as part of the National Civic League's annual conference in Denver, Colorado.

NCL is a 120-year old nonpartisan, nonprofit organization based in Denver, Colorado. Its mission is accomplished by fostering and sharing promising practices of local government and public engagement and celebrating the progress that can be achieved when people work together.  For more information, contact Mike McGrath at the National Civic League at 303 571-4343;, or visit the All-America City Blog at or the NCL web site at

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

"Meet Your Neighbor" Social @ The Melting Pot on Thursday, april 24, 2014 from 7pm-9pm.

On behalf of the Lake Ridge Civic Association (LRCA), we would like to extend an invitation for you to join us at our upcoming "Meet Your Neighbor" Social @ The Melting Pot on Thursday, april 24, 2014 from 7pm-9pm.
We hope you will join us in our continued effort to promote Unity in the Community. We truly look forward for your presence; please contact us. We await your reply.
LRCA Events Committee
Michael A. Albetta,
(954) 560-8649
Juliette M. Rocque,
(954) 540-9348

rsvp Here

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Mayor Gary Resnick Announces His “Celebrate Wilton Manors” Re-Election Kickoff

Mayor Gary Resnick Announces His “Celebrate Wilton Manors” 
Re-Election Kickoff

 Mayor Gary Resnick has announced that he will seek re-election in the upcoming November election.   It remains a distinct honor and privilege to serve as the Mayor of Wilton Manors.  The City has come a long way during my service on the Commission and as Mayor:  improvements to our neighborhoods through beautification and stronger code enforcement, improvements to our business areas with better zoning and enhancements on Wilton Drive, Powerline, Dixie, 26th St. and 15th Ave., and a wonderful new residential development replacing the old, blighted trailer park between 15th Ave. and Dixie Highway!

 Going forward, we have several important projects in the immediate future, including the redevelopment of Dixie Highway with MPO grants, a possible commuter train station, further improvements to Wilton Dr., Oakland Park, Powerline, 26th St. and Andrews. Ave., and improvements to our parks and recreation facilities.   City property values have increased dramatically over the years during Gary’s service to the City.  The City continues to celebrate its strengths, offering the most welcoming community recognized nationally and locally for being the best place to work and to live. 

 Mayor’s Resnick’s “Celebrate Wilton Manors” Re-Election Campaign will Kickoff Officially with an Open House

 Sunday, April 27, 2014, 1 – 3 pm
Richardson Historic Park & Nature Preserve, 
1937 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors 
(Free Parking in Richardson lot)

 Come out and Meet the Mayor, enjoy refreshments and join your friends and neighbors in celebrating our wonderful City!


Host Committee

Congresswoman Lois Frankel, State Senator Maria Sachs ,State Senator Chris Smith, Mayor Jack Seiler,  Former Mayor and State Rep.  Former Mayor and State Rep. Tracy Stafford, Former Mayor John Fiore, Clerk of Court Howard Forman ,Constance Ruppender, Board Member of CANA Laura Carter and Martin Nixon – President of ENA M.E. DePalma, Marlene and Wayne Schotanus, Robert Boo, CEO of Pride Center, Merrie Meyers ,Skip & Ruthanne Stadnick, Paul Rolli – President of CANA & Chair of BRAC .Alan Hait – BRAC ,Noah Kitty, Vice President of Dolphins Tim Ross, President of Dolphins, State Rep. Hazelle Rogers. Paul Jaworski, President/CEO of Crimestoppers ,Bob Swindell, President/CEO  Greater Ft. Lauderdale Alliance, Dan Lindblade, President/CEO Greater Ft. Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, Law Office George Castrataro,PA

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Wilton Manors Police Chief to be Honored by ADL

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is proud to honor Paul O’Connell, Chief of Police, Wilton Manors Police Department, with its prestigiousDoris and Murray Felton Excellence in Law Enforcement Award during the League’s annual Florida Regional Board Meeting on March 26, 2014 at the Westin Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale.

A true leader committed to justice and equality, Chief O’Connell will be recognized for his extensive proactive measures to overcome prejudice and restore integrity within the Wilton Manors Police Department by changing the mission statement of the agency, promoting diversity within the workforce, and unequivocally affirming that there is no place for hate or bigotry in the City of Wilton Manors. Chief O’Connell exemplifies ADL’s values of fairness and diversity and has made a genuine difference in his police department and community by fostering a safe and bias-free environment.
“This prestigious award is not about me as the Police Chief; it is about us, the entire Police Department,” stated Chief O’Connell.  “It signifies how far we have come and validates the direction we are traveling.  This has been and will continue to be a team effort to serve the Wilton Manors community.”
“We are proud to recognize Wilton Manors Chief of Police Paul O’Connell with the 9th annual Anti-Defamation League Doris and Murray Felton Excellence in Law Enforcement Award,” stated Michael Freeling, Esq., Bloom & Freeling Attorneys At Law and ADL FL Law Enforcement CommitteeChair. “ADL’s long standing partnership with law enforcement on local, regional, statewide, national and international levels is unparalleled in any other human or civil rights organization.  Chief O’Connell’s efforts to combat bigotry and hatred and to strengthen police/community relations through his actions and deeds have been exemplary and he will join a growing list of investigative and prosecutorial leaders recognized by ADL in Florida for standing up and demonstrating a strong commitment to combating hate motivated behavior wherever it exists.”
Chief O’Connell played a significant role in changing the culture of the Wilton Manors Police Department from one that was profoundly tarnished, to one that can be viewed as an outstanding example of what is right with police work in the United States today. The bigoted actions of the prior Police Chief and Command Staff that did the City of Wilton Manors a disservice for five years left the agency in dire need of strong leadership. 
Chief O’Connell was chosen by the ADL Award Selection Committee made up entirely of active and retired law enforcement professionals along with high-ranking ADL lay leaders, and chaired by retired Broward Sheriff’s Office Captain Richard F. Wierzbicki. 
“As a past award winner, I am honored to have been chosen as Committee Chairperson and work alongside some of the most highly respected Florida Sheriffs, Police Chiefs, Security Executives and State Attorneys that agreed to serve and further the mission of the ADL. All the nominated individuals were recognized by their respective agencies for excelling in such areas as providing safe school environments for all students, introducing or expanding anti-bullying initiatives, human trafficking awareness and using superior investigative techniques in crimes involving hate and bias as possible motives,” stated Captain Richard F. Wierzbicki (ret).
About the Doris and Murray Felton Excellence in Law Enforcement Award
There are two important sides to Law Enforcement: the sworn officers that put their lives on the line every day to protect Americans from the threat of extremism, terrorism and hate, often our community’s first line of defense; and the prosecutors, who work tirelessly to ensure the offenders receive the punishment accorded by law.  The Anti-Defamation League’s Excellence in Law Enforcement Award recognizes both the INVESTIGATIVE and thePROSECUTORIAL roles of law enforcement, identifying those members who are so deeply committed to their work that they have gone above and beyond expected efforts to protect the community.
The Anti-Defamation League’s Excellence in Law Enforcement Award is unique in the country.  No other private organization publically recognizes leadership in law enforcement in the areas of hate crimes, domestic terrorism, civil rights and public-private partnerships quite like the Anti-Defamation League. 
ADL greatly values its long-standing partnership with the men and women of law enforcement; giving this award is one way we demonstrate the depth of our appreciation.

Ø  Press Opportunity 6:15pm - 6:50pm
-          6:15pm-6:30pm Networking
-          6:30pm -6:35pm Welcoming Remarks by Outgoing ADL FL Regional Chair Steven L. Daniels
-          6:35pm – 6:50pm Law Enforcement Award Presented to Chief O’Connell
Law Enforcement Members
Rick Wierzbicki, Chairperson; Dan Alexander, Chief of Police, Boca Raton Police Department; Ric L. Bradshaw, Sheriff, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office; Jane Castor, Chief of Police, Tampa Police Department; Steve Casey, Executive Director, Florida Sheriff’s Association; Jerry L. Demings, Sheriff, Orange County Sheriff’s Office; Donald F. Eslinger, Sheriff, Seminole County Sheriff’s Office; Charles F. Kaplan, FL. Regional 13 Vice President, ASIS International; Al Lamberti, Sheriff, Broward County Sheriff’s Office (Ret.); Paul C. May, Sheriff, Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office; Amy Mercer, Executive Director, Florida Police Chiefs Association; Doug Muldoon, Chief of Police, Palm Bay Police Department; Marci Horwitz Rex, Assistant State Attorney, Fifteenth Judicial Circuit; Hon. Katherine F. Rundle, State Attorney, Eleventh Judicial Circuit; John H. Rutherford, Sheriff, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office; Larry Schroeder, Chief of Police, Delray Beach Police Department (Ret.); Mike Scott, Sheriff, Lee County Sheriff’s Office; Cecil E. Smith, Chief of Police, Sanford Police Department; John Sullivan, Jr., Executive Liaison, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office; and Breezye Telfair, Assistant State Attorney, Eleventh Judicial Circuit.
ADL Law Enforcement Committee Members
Michael Freeling, Chair; Wayne Black; Stanley Foodman; Guy Fronstin; Tracey Grossman; Marc Reiner; and Jeffrey Weinstock.
ADL Regional Board & Staff
Steven L. Daniels, Florida Regional Chair; Hava L. Holzhauer, Florida Regional Director; and Robert Tanen, Florida Associate Regional Director.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is one of the nation’s premier human relations and civil rights organizations, fighting anti-Semitism and bigotry of all kinds. 
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Obama To Latinos: Enrolling In ACA Won't Affect Undocumented Relatives

"The thing that I’ve really been trying to emphasize is, you are eligible if you are a U.S. citizen, or you’re a person who's legally here," Obama said on the Spanish-language network. "And just because another family member does not have documents, they cannot sign up for health care, but there is no sharing of this data or information with, you know, immigration officials. And so I don't want people to be discouraged from going ahead and getting health insurance, even if it’s just for some of the members of their family. They need to know that immigration will have nothing to do with this process."
The president's remarks on "El Bueno, La Mala, y El Feo" came in the final days of Obamacare's open enrollment period, which ends on March 31. His administration has made an all-out push to sign up younger and healthier people in particular.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Statement by the President on the Fourth Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

Since I signed the Affordable Care Act into law, the share of Americans with insurance is up, and the growth of health care costs is down, to its slowest rate in fifty years – two of the most promising developments for our middle class and our fiscal future in a long time.

More Americans with insurance have gained new benefits and protections – the 100 million Americans who’ve gained the right to free preventive care like mammograms and contraception, the eight million seniors who’ve saved thousands of dollars on their prescription drugs, and the untold number of families who won’t be driven into bankruptcy by out-of-pocket costs, because this law prevents insurers from placing dollar limits on the care you can receive.

More Americans without insurance have gained coverage.  Over the past four years, over three million young Americans have been able to stay on their family plans.  And over the past five and a half months alone, more than five million Americans have signed up to buy private health insurance plans on – plans that can no longer discriminate against preexisting conditions or charge you more just because you’re a woman or a cancer survivor – and millions more have enrolled in Medicaid.

It is these numbers, and the stories behind each one of them, that will ultimately determine the fate of this law.  It is the measurable outcomes – in savings for families and businesses, healthier kids with better performance in schools, seniors with more money to spend because they’re paying less for their medicine, and young entrepreneurs who’ll have the freedom to try new jobs or chase that new idea – that will ultimately offer more security and peace of mind to more Americans who work hard to get ahead.

Last month, after her first wellness visit under her new insurance plan, a woman from Colorado shared with me what that peace of mind meant to her. “After using my new insurance for the first time, you probably heard my sigh of relief from the White House,” she wrote.  “I felt like a human being again.  I felt that I had value.”

This is what’s at stake any time anyone, out of some outdated obsession, pledges to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act.  And that’s why my administration will spend the fifth year of this law and beyond working to implement and improve on it. 

If you’re an American who wants to get covered – or if you know someone who should – it’s now last call for 2014.  March 31st is the deadline to get covered this year.  So check out or call 1-800-318-2596 to see what new choices are available to you, and get covered today.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Impacts of climate change in South Florida

The Hon. Dean Trantalis (member of Fort Lauderdale's City Commission) delivered a great presentation on the impacts of climate change in South Florida. There is a growing awareness of the risks associated with rising sea levels to our local communities. A recent half-hour documentary, “South Florida’s Rising Seas,” produced by FIU School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC), mentions that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers predicts sea levels in South Florida will rise from three to seven inches by the year 2030 and from nine to 24 inches by the year 2060.WPBT2 first aired the documentarynuary 15th. The full documentary may be seen below

Monday, March 17, 2014

2014 Broward Democratic Party Unity Dinner

Highlights from the 2014 Broward Democratic Party Unity Dinner, featuring guest speakers Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Congressman Steny Hoyer, Florida governor candidate Nan Rich, and hosted by Broward Democratic Party Chairman Mitch Ceasar (March 15, 2014)