Thursday, October 23, 2014

Mayor Gary Resnick Endorsed By Equality Florida

Mayor Gary Resnick is honored and humbled to represent the residents of Wilton Manors and to have the support of our elected officials including our state senator Maria Sachs, as well as Equality Florida. for his re-election.
With early voting started, Gary asks for YOUR support and vote for his re-election.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Friday Deadline Nears: AG Bondi, Let Marriage Come to Florida!

Group asks Bondi not to oppose lifting stay in marriage decision
 
Friday, October 24 is a critical day for marriage equality in Florida. That is the deadline for Attorney General Pam Bondi to decide if she will oppose a request that a federal judge lift a stay and allow marriage licenses to be issues to same-sex couples in Florida.
 
Earlier this month the US Supreme Court paved the way for marriages for same-sex couples to commence in 13 states by refusing to hear appeals of five circuit court rulings that found state bans unconstitutional. The ACLU and lawyers for plaintiffs in a concurrent case immediately asked Judge Hinkle to lift the stay he put in place in January when he declared the ban a violation of equal protection and due process.
 
The country has changed dramatically since Judge Hinkle and four other Florida judges struck down the ban but put stays in place.
 
Before October 6, 2014, marriage was only legal in 19 states, plus the District of Columbia. Today, nearly 60% of the country lives in the 32 states where marriage is legal for gay couples. 
 
Bondi-Oct 24"In all of those states, the result was simple: People got married, and happy, loving couples’ relationships and families were finally respected by their states," said Nadine Smith, Equality Florida's CEO.
 
On two occasions in the past month, the United States Courts for the 9th Circuit lifted a stay while decisions on marriage equality in Idaho and Alaska are appealed.  The U.S. Supreme Court also refused to order the court to keep the stay in place while appeals continue, despite appeals from the defense.  Both the Circuit Court and the U.S. Supreme Court stated that they will not make couples wait to marry while appeals are pending.
 
“Even if she continues to pursue an appeal, Attorney General Bondi should not hold our state and our families hostage by calling for the stay to remain in place.  Should she choose to appeal, let her follow the lead of the 9th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court and allow marriages to commence.  Every day that Floridians are denied access to the protections only marriage can provide, our families suffer," added Smith.
 
AG Bondi has already allowed a Florida couple's marriage to be recognized when she chose not to appeal Judge Hinkle's ruling that Arlene Goldberg be recognized as a spouse on her wife Carol Goldwasser's death certificate.  On August 21, 2014, Judge Robert Hinkle declared the ban unconstitutional.

While four other judges struck down bans in their counties, this federal ruling was the first to cover the entire state. Judge Hinkle placed an immediate stay, except to require the death certificate to be reissued with the women listed as spouses.


 

GOVERNOR SCOTT MUZZLES HEALTH OFFICIALS, PREVENTING THEM FROM ATTENDING BIPARTISAN BRIEFING ON HIV/AIDS

As Florida leads the nation in new HIV-infections, Florida Governor Rick Scott’s administration is placing politics over public health. 

On Thursday, October 23 a bipartisan delegation of 19 state legislators representing Broward County will gather for a special public hearing on the state of HIV/AIDS in Florida.  Representative Jim Waldman, who serves as Chair of the bipartisan delegation, invited the Florida Department of Health to provide the legislators with an overview of the state of HIV/AIDS in Florida, yet the State did not approve their participation.

Organized at the urging of Representative Rick Stark and Senator Eleanor Sobel, the briefing will address the alarming increase of HIV infections in Broward County.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2011 Fort Lauderdale had the highest rate of new HIV Infection cases in the nation among cities with a population of more than 500,000 people. 

Florida is heavily impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and the state continues to rank third in the nation in the cumulative number of AIDS cases (126,581 in 2012) and second in the nation in the cumulative number of HIV cases (49,058 in 2012).  Approximately 130,000 individuals are living with HIV disease in Florida.

Representative Stark and Senator Sobel became alarmed after meeting with people living with HIV and service providers who expressed concerns with harmful changes in the Florida AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) and AIDS Insurance Continuation Program (AICP).  The Florida Department of Health is working to adopt new administrative rules that will restrict access to these critical programs designed ro be safety net programs for uninsured and underinsured people living with HIV/AIDS.:safety net programs for uninsured and underinsured people living with HIV/AIDS.


Contact 
Michael Emanuel Rajner, (954) 899-0877 / MERAJNER@gmail.com



Monday, October 20, 2014

Mayor Gary Resnick is honored and humbled

Mayor Gary Resnick is honored and humbled to represent the residents of Wilton Manors and to have the support of our members of Congress including our Congresswoman Lois Frankel, as well as our Professional Firefighters for his re-election.

With early voting starting, Gary asks for YOUR support and vote for his re-election.

Visit http://GaryResnick.com

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Joe Biden came to campaign for gubernatorial hopeful and past Governor Charlie Crist on Monday

  By Carol Porter
 
Vice President Joe Biden came to campaign for gubernatorial hopeful and past Governor Charlie Crist on Monday, October 13, at Temple Beth Shalom in Century Village in Boca Raton. The Vice President was introduced by Congressman Ted Deutch and Senator Joe Abruzzo and organizers with the Crist campaign in Palm Beach County. Also in attendance were legislators from Palm Beach County and several who were running for office. The Vice President spoke about how the erosion of the dreams and hopes for the middle class during the current economic times and about how the middle class needed to be “dealt back in,” and be included in the future of the American dream and the country. Biden also spoke about the extreme partisanship of the Republican party in the environment in D.C. and on the state level. Biden also spoke about the need for Democrats in the State of Florida to vote for Crist and all those on the ticket with him. After the speeches on stage, Biden and Crist spent a huge amount of time shaking hands with attendees as well as letting people have their pictures taken with them.



Friday, October 10, 2014

Mickel Field Redevelopment Begins!

The groundbreaking ceremony held at Mickel Field on Monday evening, October 6, 2014, marked the beginning of the city's project to redevelop the park. The City Commission, members of the community and City staff came out to the event to celebrate this new beginning.
"The investment in repurposing our park system has countless residual benefits, which we have already begun to experience such as strengthening and uniting our communities, improving health, happiness, recreation opportunities, connectivity, cultural venues and so much more," said Mayor Gary Resnick. "It was a gem when I first moved into this city and it can be again. This is going to benefit the whole city." 

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

The City of Wilton Manors Applauds Milestone Supreme Court Decision


Supreme Court refusal to hear appeals cases regarding same sex marriage, stemming from lower courts, means that same sex couples in 11 states will now have the right to get married. Because of the refusal to hear the cases, the lower court rulings stand.
The states are: Utah, Oklahoma, Kansas, Wyoming, Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Indiana and Wisconsin. The high court's decision also strengthens the chances that Florida's same sex couples will soon have the right to say "I do" and receive all the legal rights and responsibilities that come with that promise.
"Many couples in Wilton Manors, and throughout Florida, including me and my partner, Eric, who have been together for many years, see this decision by the Supreme Court as a beacon of light at the end of the tunnel for Florida," said Gary Resnick, Mayor of Wilton Manors. "Marriage equality is such an important issue for so many people in our community.  It' is only a matter of time before Florida
recognizes the rights of same sex couples and joins the other 30 states and Washington DC."
Four courts in Florida, including a federal district court, have struck down Florida's ban.  In August, a state appeals court refused a request by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi to hold off on deciding the constitutionality of Florida's gay marriage ban until after the issue was decided by the Supreme Court.
Kevin Cathcart, Executive Director of Lambda Legal, which fought in favor of same sex couples in Indiana and Virginia, wrote that the ruling was exciting and unexpected.
"Lambda Legal and our co-counsel are thrilled that we won the freedom to marry for couples in Virginia and Indiana, and also to have marriage recognized for couples in those states who got legally married in other states. This is so important for couples like Amy Sandlerand Niki Quasney from Indiana. Niki is battling Stage IV ovarian cancer, and the family needs the dignity, comfort, and protections of marriage as they fight to be together."
Continued Cathcart, "Same-sex couples and their families can't wait any longer for the freedom and dignity of marriage, and the U.S. Supreme Court has let the freedom to marry stand in all the cases before them."
As a result of the 2010 US Census, the City of Wilton Manors was named the "Second gayest City" in the United States. With a large percentage of the population identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, Wilton Manors has been recognized nationally and internationally as one of the most progressive places to live, work and play for many years.

National Parkinson Foundation "Moving Day"

National Parkinson Foundation "Moving Day"

 
 By Bina Fink

An estimated one million people in the U.S. are a living with PD, with 60,000 new cases diagnosed each year. PD is a chronic and progressive movement disorder, meaning that symptoms continue and worsen over time. The cause is unknown, and although there is presently no cure, there are treatment options such as medication and surgery to manage its symptoms.
Exercise along with physical therapy help improve mobility, balance and daily activities for those with PD:  
  • In fact, researchers now believe that exercise may actually help slow the progression of the disease.
  • Exercise also alleviates symptoms associated with PD such as tremor, issues with balance and gait, flexibility and motor coordination
We want to thank the 1,500+ participants and amazing supporters of Moving Day® Miami who have helped raise over $500,000 to beat Pd with us at Bayfront Park. The money you helped to raise will have a profound impact on the lives of people with Parkinson's, and we are excited to continue in our efforts for improving the lives of everyone in our community. Thank you for showing us how “People Who Move Change The World®” 

Moving Day® Miami raised $567,995 (100% of the goal, which was $500,000)

Broward Legislative Delegation Public Meeting, October 23,2014 5-7pm

Please distribute to your databases and communities, we would like this as widespread as possible for maximum attendance and exposure.   Thank you.

Victoria A. Nowlan
Executive Director, Broward Legislative Delegation
115 South Andrews Avenue, Suite 429
Fort Lauderdale, FL  33301
Office:  954-357-6555 – Cell;  954-260-8894
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VOTE YES BROWARD COUNTY – QUESTION 1

BROWARD COUNTY – QUESTION 1
REAUTHORIZATION OF THE CHILDREN’S SERVICES COUNCIL
Shall the Children’s Services Council of Broward County, which provides early learning and reading skills, after school programs, developmental, health, preventive and other children’s support services in
Broward County, be reauthorized to continue in existence as a district with voter-approved taxing authority, with independent oversight and accountability as required by law, and shall not subsequently be subject to reauthorization by referendum, unless and until it is dissolved as provided by law?

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

OUR NOVEMBER 4TH 2014 RECOMMENDATIONS




OUR NOVEMBER 4TH 2014 RECOMMENDATIONS
U.S. House
District 18: Patrick Murphy
District 19: April Freeman
District 20: Alcee Hastings
District 21: Ted Deutch
District 22: Lois Frankel
District 23: Debbie Wasserman Schultz
District 24: Frederica Wilson
District 26: Joe Garcia

Governor- Charlie Crist
Attorney General- George Sheldon 
CFO William Rankin
 Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Thaddeus "Thad" Hamilton 
District Court of Appeal
Forst, Alan O.  RETAIN              
Klingensmith, Mark W. RETAIN             
Stevenson, W. Matthew RETAIN                       
Warner, Martha C. RETAIN


House, District 86- Mark Pafford
House, District 89- Bill Hager
House, District 93- Scott Herman 
House, District 96- Kristin Jacobs
House, District 100- Joe Geller
House, District 112- Jose Javier Rodriguez
House, District 114- Daisy Baez
House, District 117- Kionne McGhee
Senate, District 34- Maria Sachs
Senate, District 36- Oscar Braynon
Circuit Judge, District 17 Group 16  Dennis Bailey
Broward County Judge Group 27  Claudia Robinson

Broward County Commission, Dist. 4- Ken Keechl
Margate, City Commission, Dist. 3- Lesa "Lee" Peerman
North Miami, Mayor- Kevin Burns 
Oakland Park, City Commission- John Adornato  
Oakland Park, City Commission- Sheri McCartney  
Tamarac Mayor Mike Gelin
Tamarac City Commission District 2 Stewart Jackson Webster
Wilton Manors Mayor- Gary Resnick
Wilton Manors City Commission- Sal Torre
Wilton Manors City Commission- Scott Newton


Amendment 1 Provides funding for the Land Acquisition Trust Fund YES

Amendment 2 Grants the right to use marijuana for the treatment of certain ailments when recommended by a physician      YES


Amendment 3 Allows the governor to fill judicial vacancies by appointing a justice or judge from a slate of nominees  NO



Broward Ballot Measures
School Board Bond YES

Children Services Funding YES

A Message From Congressman Ted Deutch


Ted Deutch
Medicare’s open enrollment period is a once-a-year opportunity for current beneficiaries to make changes to their health care coverage. This year’s open enrollment period begins on October 15, 2014 and ends on December 7, 2014. Whether you want to switch between original Medicare and Medicare Advantage, choose a different Medicare Advantage health plan, or change your prescription drug coverage under Medicare Part D, I would like to share some basic information to help you make the best decision for your own health care needs. For more resources, I invite you to visit www.TedDeutch.House.Gov/Medicare.

During the open enrollment period, you may choose between original Medicare or Medicare Advantage. Original Medicare is a federal fee-for-service insurance system that includes Part A hospital coverage and Part B medical coverage for things like doctor visits. Beneficiaries may also purchase one of the private prescription drug plans made available through Medicare Part D. Finally, many enrollees elect to purchase additional coverage through a supplemental plan, known as a MediGap policy. Premiums for MediGap insurance are in addition to those charged under Medicare Part B, and the costs and benefits of these plans vary a great deal.

Alternatively, you can enroll in Medicare Advantage, a program in which private insurance companies administer your Part A and Part B benefits through a PPO, HMO, or similar arrangement. Because these health plans are not managed by the federal government, I recommend that everyone interested in Medicare Advantage take the time to do some comparison shopping. Many of these plans offer customers additional benefits, but it is important to note that some insurers also charge monthly premiums on top of the premiums you already pay for Medicare Part B each month. Please note that not all Medicare Advantage plans include Part D coverage, so you may need to find a standalone prescription drug plan.

You should also be aware that premiums, deductibles, and other cost-sharing responsibilities – such as co-payments for visits to specialists or costs for medications inside the “donut hole" – vary from plan to plan. Please take the time to understand these costs before you enroll. I would be remiss not to mention that the Affordable Care Act has helped keep premium increases minimal under Medicare by encouraging efficiency and eliminating waste. In 2015, the average increase to Medicare Advantage premiums is expected to be about $2.94 a month, and many plans will have no increase at all.

I understand that all this information can be overwhelming. To view my expanded guide to Medicare open enrollment, please visit teddeutch.house.gov/medicare.  

 
Kind regards, 

Ted Deutch

I was an accountant at Columbia/HCA when Rick Scott was CEO.

I was an accountant at Columbia/HCA when Rick Scott was CEO.

I uncovered two sets of books: one that showed the company ripping off taxpayers, and one that didn't. 

And I watched as the company that Rick Scott led turned in fraudulent books to the federal government.

He hurt seniors, taxpayers -- everyone.

Fraud is in his DNA. And now, as our governor, he's been defrauding Floridians.

As someone who's seen what Rick Scott is capable of -- I'm asking you: Chip in $1 or more to support Charlie Crist.

It made me sick to see Scott regularly put profits over patients and prioritize the bottom line over the care of folks who needed help the most. He says he wasn't aware of it -- but that's just not true. He knew. He had to know. 

That's why I worked with the FBI to help get Scott out of the health care business. 

But today, he's at it again -- this time, from Tallahassee. He used the money he made from ripping off seniors to promote himself -- and, arguably, to buy the governor's mansion.

And if we don't stop him now, Scott will stay in there.

Let's get him out. Donate to Charlie Crist today:

https://donate.charliecrist.com/Fraud

Thank you,

John Schilling

Monday, October 06, 2014

Wasserman Schultz Statement on SCOTUS Action Regarding Same-Sex Marriages

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) issued the following statement today after the Supreme Court declined to hear appeals in cases where states had struck down bans on same-sex marriage, effectively allowing marriages to begin in Virginia, Utah, Oklahoma, Indiana and Wisconsin and clearing the way for marriages in as many as six additional states soon:

“Today is a momentous day in American history, one of the surest signs yet that the Supreme Court now recognizes what many of us have known to be true for years: denying same-sex couples the ability to marry is discrimination before the law, pure and simple.

“In Florida, the groundswell had already begun with South Florida courts taking the lead in striking down the state’s ban. Love is love, and it is now only a matter of when, not if, same-sex marriage bans are struck down here at home and across the rest of the United States.

“I join millions of Americans in celebrating this important milestone for families, for justice, and for our nation.”

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Happy Rosh Hashanah



Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is celebrated with family gatherings, special meals and sweet foods, which often symbolize good health throughout the new year.

For those who will be celebrating this evening, we would like to wish you a sweet celebration and an even sweeter new year.
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is celebrated with family gatherings, special meals and sweet foods, which often symbolize good health throughout the new year.
For those who will be celebrating this evening, we would like to wish you a sweet celebration and an even sweeter new year.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

PLEASE HELP SAYLOR WIN JR. BOAT CAPT!*

**PLEASE HELP SAYLOR WIN JR. BOAT CAPT!**
Please forward this message



We need your help in voting for our little girl, Saylor,
to become the Junior Boat Captain of the Winterfest Boat Parade!

Saylor is in 2nd PLACE and we REALLY need YOU to vote Today, Tomorrow & Sunday
and then share with your entire Facebook Network!

Saylor and her family’s story is inspirational to all of us!
She really wants to be on the lead boat to represent CDTC!
The parade is actually taking place on her 8th birthdayLet’s help make her birthday wish come true!
Vote for Saylor- she’s in 2nd place!
Voting is now open for Winterfest Boat Parade Jr. Captain Nominees. Children's Diagnostic & Treatment Center needs your help for our very own little hero, Miss Saylor!

SaylorSaylor is a determined seven year old who has surpassed so many expectations; she was born with Spina Bifida so severe that initially there was doubt she would ever be able to walk. Saylor has been receiving her medical care at Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center since she was one year old and we are thrilled to say she is walking with just the aid of a single crutch. Sometimes, she can even walk without it! Everyone at CDTC is very proud of Saylor which is why we need your help in for voting for her for Junior Captain of the Winterfest Boat Parade.


Voting takes place on Facebook.

You can vote once a day, until
 Sunday, September 14th.

Voting is easy! CLICK HERE

First, "Like" the Winterfest Boat Parade Page
then click 
VOTE on Saylor's Page to vote for Saylor. 

Don't forget to share with your friends!

*If you are voting on your mobile phone you will be asked to "Like" the Winterfest Boat Parade Page then "Like" the Offerpop Page (they're hosting the contest!) before you are able to vote for Saylor.