The Stonewall Democrats of Pinellas County celebrates the holidays and recent election victories at Georgie’s Alibi, 3100 3rd Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 5 to 8 p.m. In 2013, the Stonewall Democrats endorsed seven candidates for public office and all seven won. Meet and greet some of the newly elected public officials, including St. Pete mayor-elect Rick Kriseman.
Tuesday, Dec. 10
Spread some holiday cheer at Ybor City’s Hamburger Mary’s toy drive and bingo fundraiser for Metropolitan Ministries and other organizations assisting single mothers this holiday season. There will be plenty of prizes and bingo starts at 7 p.m. Reservations can be made at (813) 241-MARY.
But but late Sunday morning the Governor's communications team had fired back with an over 1,100-word response refuting numerous charges made in the paper.
Specifically they dispute 12 specific charges made in the lead story of the package, which is led by Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee Bureau Chief Steve Bosquet (In a bit of a slight to the Times, the Scott press release refers to the story as only being written by the Herald. Regarding the charge that the total number of jobs).
Here's the entire press release, after the jump:
There's no telling what led you to Sunday's decision to sip on a Bloody Mary. But here you are. And you don't just want some vodka and tomato juice slapped together with a celery stick.
You want a Bloody Mary that gets up early, stays up late, with uninterrupted prosperity, who uses a machete to cut through red tape.
You want the Bloody Ella, the rib-garnished take on the Bloody Mary from Ella's Folk Art Cafe in Seminole Heights. That's right, the glass arrives with owner Ernie Locke's infamous hickory-smoked ribs. Made with chipotle vodka and rimmed with Locke's BBQ-rub, we have Bloody Ella inventor Scott Imrich to thank for this revelation in brunch cocktails.
Given that this meeting served more as an introduction than anything else, TBARTA's Executive Director Bob Clifford, dominated the meeting, explaining the organization's goals for the Tampa Bay region, stretching from Citrus County to Sarasota, and how Pinellas fits in. One of Clifford's main points was the need for a transportation plan with a regional vision, as opposed to the usual county wide focus.
“When you're going somewhere, you don't think about political jurisdictional boundaries,” said Clifford. “You just want to get there. We all often cross jurisdictional boundaries, whether they be city boundaries, county boundaries. We think nothing of it, it does not matter to us. But when we address transportation from the planning and implementation perspective, we put it in different silos of those different entities that we all deal with.”
We've saved some very, very big items for this week, including:
• A beer-lover's wildest dream from Cigar City Brewing (think one very large bottle)
• A fantastic package for fans of Winter the Dolphin
• The always-popular vinyl shopping spree with CL's music editor
• A private trolley tour of St. Pete's Warehouse Arts District (with a glass-blowing finale)
• An incredible array of great stuff swiped from our editors' desks;
And perhaps the most coveted of all…
• The cover of Creative Loafing
Check out our eBay page and start your bidding — you've only got till Thurs. Dec. 12 at 5 p.m. to score some amazing holiday gifts and help The Children's Home toward another successful year.
The resourceful folks at Current of Tampa Bay, known for their Best of the Bay-winning Laundry Project, have organized another event aimed at helping low-income families, and this one's right in keeping with the season. The second annual Affordable Christmas offers families invited or referred by several faith-based organizations to shop for children's gifts at one-tenth the retail cost. The discount shopping spree takes place today from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Crossover Church, located at 1235 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa.
Donations can still be dropped off at the church today. Requested items include new or unused bicycles, sports toys and equipment, skateboards, scooters, video games, movies, dolls, action figures, arts and crafts and more. All gifts are intended for children and teens 0-14 years old. To see the full list of items, go to christmasbycurrent.org.
Volunteers are also welcome. For more information, contact Jason Sowell at Jason@engagethecurrent.org or at 727-537-9082.
Opened during the Great Depression by John and Mary Haslam, the objective of the store has always been to provide readers with affordable books and magazines. As Florida’s largest new and used bookstore, the space spans over 30,000 square feet and holds over 300,000 books.
Two-year-old Kaliyah Austin vomited.
Before calling the doctor, LaShonna Delgardo, the toddler’s single mom, made a 7:45 a.m. call to her Dunkin’ Donuts supervisor on November 21.
The response from her supervisor, Delgardo's fourth in a year, wasn't good.
Despite finding a replacement, co-worker Britney Wilkerson, to cover her 3 p.m. shift, Delgardo was informed that her hours would be cut if she did not make the 1 p.m. staff meeting and her shift.
Suffering from asthma and allergies, Kaliyah was exhibiting symptoms of something severe.
Delgardo rushed her to the doctor and then scrambled to make the 1 p.m. employee meeting.
Kaliyah vomited throughout the meeting.
Republicans David Jolly, Kathleen Peters and Mark Bircher were joined by Democrat Alex Sink and Libertarian candidate Lucas Overby at the forum, all taking turns to talk about their respective candidacies and fielding questions from a jam-packed crowd at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.
By far the most accomplished speaker was Sink, which should not be a surprise considering she has run twice for statewide office and seriously considered a third time, before announcing in September that she would not run again for the Democratic nomination for governor.
Unlike 2010, when she seemed befuddled on how to respond to the contentious debate about the Affordable Care Act, Sink criticized the problems with HealthCare.gov but said it is now the law.
"The rollout has been a disaster, the administration has failed us, but I believe that Americans deserve the right to health insurance and affordable healthcare," she said to applause from the audience, which seemed to be in her camp.
The Bradenton Blues Festival spreads out along the town's scenic Riverwalk, and headliners offer a healthy mix of traditional and contemporary sounds. Highlights include right-as-rain singer guitarist Johnny Rawls (pictured), saxophonist Eddie Shaw and the Wolfgang; Trampled Under Foot, an up-and-coming sibling act led by Danielle, Kris and Nick Schnebelen; and powerhouse vocalist Shemekia Copeland.