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ALL QUIET ON THE EASTERN FRONT …

Dear Readers … Another week has gone by with the new Interim Town Manager and a new  Interim Asst. Town Manager doing the business of the Town and proceeding with the Colon/Olinzock/ O’Brien payout inquiry as directed by the Commission…

The Mayor is continuing to put together the July 4th events with assistance from local businesses who besides having their Friday /Saturday night special events are adding to the mix a scavenger hunt on Saturday to the festivities …some time after the monthly  Chamber Beach Cleanup at 9 am…We also have the Chamber’s involvement in other areas of the 4th events over the weekend and that of the VFD who will be in the parade on Sunday and be host for the kids afterterward with food …pony rides … a water slide  ….and more in front of the firehouse and Municipal Park….It all culminates with fireworks at the Pier Sunday night… something that was overwhelmingly wanted by the residents…To offset the cost…just as in past years residents/ non-residents  and businesses may donate…as well as volunteer …(to volunteer contact Ron Piersante at the Chamber..
LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA
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Commissioner Sasser as the appointed liaison is going over the Choice contracts and has met with the TM and Asst. TM to discuss it…so many residents at the end of there rope are hoping to get cut some slack somtime soon…

We hear that businesses and residents who had “hit a brick wall” over the last 2 years with Town staff are finally getting some assistance and “customer service”…imagine that…customer service…

The Town Boards are meeting next Tuesday and Wednesday ….although, there seems to be a snafu with the calendars online on the Town website…The Jarvis Hall May Calendar says MPSC meets Tues May 18th at 6:30/ BOA Wed. May 19th at 11 am Wed. (last time it’s in the daytime …in June it switches to the 1st Wed. of the month at 6:30 pm)/ P & Z Wed. May 19th at 6:30 pm…But…Town Of LBTS 2010 Reg Meetings Schedule states BOA & P & Z on Tues. May 18th!… Perhaps it was Town Clerk White overdoing the Jewish Holidays to be observed by LBTS to makeup for the past mistakes…(budget debacle last Sept…prev. posts)…Problem is the Town is overdoing it and observing holidays that are not necessary to observe such as Shavaut which begins at sundown on Tues. May 18th…

Some are saying they really like the open land between Town Hall and the ocean now that Minto is clearing the property for a while …(grass and benches  to come soon?)… Too bad it cannot stay an open “vista” to the sea…

Also, we hear ….there is much talk about the Senior Center and the fact that “trumped up” charges were made against the Director and about the contract for the funds from Broward that we now know were erroneous…orchestrated and downright dirty in this writer’s opinion…(Comm. Sasser 5/11/10 Comm. mtg.-prev. post)….The Director now has a “wish list” to improve what the former Town Manager (the instigator in the grief the Director took along with Comm. Clottey) herself stated was one of the most important services we offer to the community… With that sad chapter now officially closed…it is also this writer’s opinion much healing can be achieved with a some well deserved  TLC for the facility…There are available funds as we approach the “unemcumbered funds months” ahead of the next budget being finalized in Sept….We have not used the $12,000 earmarked for the defunct swimming program or the $7500 for the equally defunct Clottey concerts that amounted to just one last summer..Why not use that to make the Senior Center “wish list” come true?…

The list is compiled of the following… new carpet/new paint job/new 32-42″ flat screen TV with wall mount that tilts/ new ceiling lights (just as in Jarvis) / 9-12 new computer-laptops are preferred/ 12 card tables/new media projector with spare Epson lamp &  multi-projection ceiling mount/ two 42-48″ file cabinets 4 drawer & 2 reg. file cabinets 4 drawer/ twelve  48′-52′ 8 ” shelving/ three 48″ cork boards/ a stereo-cassette-CD player…

Final thought …anyone take a look at the computer class graphic that plays repeatedly on Ch. 78?…For new Senior Center participants who see that graphic and then actually walk into the dilapidated Senior Center quarters we now have for these classes…it must be a real shocker!… Time for a makeover!…ASAP!… Senior Center participants should contact your Commissioners and let them know you are on board with a much needed Senior Center update…

This month again  BSO has been quite busy getting the “bad guys”…including at Benihana last night…I have a request in for the info after getting a tip from a Reader and will post when it is received…but it sounds like the “sting” is ongoing in all corners of the Town…

Otherwise, all this writer hears from avid Readers …Commissioners….and Roving Reporters/Photogs …is all is quiet on the “Eastern Front”…as people are still happy with the outcome the election…..Happy with the Town being down to one monthly local newspaper… Happy the two opposing PACs are on hiatus …..And very happy to have witnessed a shortened Commission meeting last week ….

more to come…

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