Franken Stumps in the Gayborhood
WILTON MANORS – Organizing for America, the Obama campaign’s volunteer arm, welcomed U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) today at its Wilton Manors office (612 NE 26 St., Wilton Manors). Franken, the junior Senator from Minnesota, was in town to lend his support to the president’s re-election effort, and to encourage the work of the volunteers with Organizing for America, who then spent the rest of the morning canvassing neighborhoods and encouraging residents to take part in early voting.
At a later event that kicked off around 11:45 a.m. at the city’s Hagen Park, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D), U.S. House candidate Lois Frankel (D), Broward County Sheriff Al Lamberti (R), and others spoke to an energized crowd about the importance of exercising their voter franchise as citizens.
“What a great event and turnout,” commented Krishan Manners, President and CEO of the Wilton Manors Development Alliance. “This bracing weather has added to the sense that we are on the verge of November and important elections which will decide many issues of local and national importance.”
Most polls put Florida among the states likely to swing towards Republican Mitt Romney, but the statistical margin for error still places the Sunshine State in a veritable dead heat.
Tuesday’s Angels November Dinner to be Held at J. Mark’s
FORT LAUDERDALE – Tuesday’s Angels will hold its November Dinner event at J. Mark’s Restaurant (1245 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale), with “doors opening” at 6:15 p.m., and dinner to be served at 7:15. The organization’s monthly meeting and a prize raffle will be integrated into the dinner.
J. Mark’s will serve a three-course meal, including salad, choice of entrees, dessert, coffee, and a soft drink. The cost of $28 per person includes taxes and tip. Reservations must be made by Sunday November 4. Limited open seating will be available on a first come basis. The recommended minimum donation for members and guests is $25 per person. For reservations, call (954) 524-3991.
In the first six months of 2012, Tuesday’s Angels donated over $60,000, and helped nearly 300 individual clients with rent, utilities, eyeglasses, or medication, along with many other philanthropic activities in the community.
Hallandale to Support Tax Equity for City Employees with Domestic Partners
HALLANDALE BEACH – On November 7, Hallandale Beach City Commissioner Alexander Lewy will sponsor a resolution to provide a Tax Equity Reimbursement to city employees who receive domestic partnership benefits. The resolution will make Hallandale Beach the first municipality in Florida to create a program aimed at creating tax equity among city employees.
“After learning about this injustice earlier this year, I knew I could make a difference,” said Lewy, who was elected in 2010. “Providing a fair and equitable workplace is the American way. Everyone should be treated fairly and there is no reason to tax domestic partners differently,” he added.
The City of Hallandale Beach provides health benefits to domestic partners, but the benefits are taxable under current federal tax laws, which translates to city employees enrolled in domestic partnerships paying more federal taxes than their colleagues with different-sex spouses.
Under Lewy’s proposal, city employees who enroll their domestic partners under the city’s plan will be able to offset the impact of the additional tax. Lewy says the new program will cost the city no more than $5,000 annually.
RBC Announces Updated Schedule, Parking Info for Wicked Wilton
WILTON MANORS – The Rainbow Business Coalition of Greater Fort Lauderdale (RBC) has announced an updated schedule for Wicked Wilton: 2012, which will take place this evening, along Wilton Drive, its side streets, and many of the venues which line it.
Wilton Drive will be closed between Northeast 21 Court and Five Points from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m., in order to accommodate the street party, which kicks off at 6 p.m. and runs until Midnight on the street and in the area businesses. After Midnight, organizers say the party will continue in the local bars and nightclubs, many which have extended their closing times until 3 a.m.
“It’s looking to be a spectacular event,” said Reece Darham, outgoing Co-Chair of RBC. “We look forward to a fantastic Halloween party. It promises to be the largest Halloween Event in South Florida.”
Organizers say that extra parking has been arranged at various locations around Wilton Manors, and a flat fee of $10 allows parking for the duration of the event. The lots include Hagen Park/City Hall, Richardson Park, the City Works lot on North Dixie Highway, and the Pride Center at Equality Park.
The revised schedule of events for Wicked Wilton 2012-Fairy Tales:
6:00 – Alibi Pet Contest (2266 Wilton Dr.)
8:30 – Rosie’s Bar and Grill (2449 Wilton Dr.)
8:45 – Wilton’s Bier Garden (2245 Wilton Dr.)
9:00 – Alibi (2266 Wilton Dr.)
9:45 – New Moon (2440 Wilton Dr.)
10:15 – Matty’s on the Drive (2426 Wilton Dr.)
10:45 – Village Pub (2283 Wilton Dr.)
11:15 – Bill’s Filling Station (2209 Wilton Dr.)
11:45 – The Manor (2345 Wilton Dr.)
12:30 – Boom (2232 Wilton Dr.)
For more information, visit wickedwilton.com, facebook.com/wickedwilton, and on Twitter @wickedwilton.