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Workshop tonight…

for groups that want to apply for community grants….

6:30 pm North Regional Broward Community College Library, Coconut Creek….

program supports local efforts to implement landscape projects…inproving the beauty and environment of the community….

homowners, condos,religious orgs….may apply…www.broward.org/bio deadline 6/6/08

Business section….

Keyed up on the matter of locks…

Florida does not regulate locksmiths….no licensing…no background checks….or training…who would have thunk?….

Front section….

Credit card abuse at VA suspected…

veteran affairs employees rack up hundreds of thousands on credit card billing for casinos…luxury hotels…

hey wait a minute…this is not South Florida water management…it’s the VA…. Geeze!

what is it about corporate credit cards that makes employees feel it’s free plastic?

Toll plan renews clash between N.Y. and N. J……

those dreaded tolls….New Jersey Gov. is balking at N. Y. wanting to charge $3-4 dollars extra to use the Holland and Lincoln Tunnels….

private companies are on the horizen for collecting tolls on Alligator Alley….

HMMM a toll to come into the barrier island…if not a resident…surprised this has not been put on a few of the cash- strapped cities bargaining tables! (just kidding!)

page 17a…

huge ad for Pompano Beach condo corner of A1A and Atlantic… full page vs. Oriana’s half page last week….

called a “sky home”…new name for overbuilt condos!

www.miamiherald.com

Front section….

Editorial…

Set priorities for managing budget cuts….opinion on Miami- Dade challenges…

the usual…cutting some jobs…..

next …the editor advises….

They should lead by example; begin with their own staffs. commission staffs have ballooned…see  Pompano Sentry archives article by J.P. Bender www.flsentry.com

here in LBTS….we are exceding the opinion given by changing public safety providers…freeing us from the powerful unions…with salaries and pensions galore…

but….the small stuff counts too….commissioner perks…as in previous post….lead by example….

Reader’s Forum…

Memories of Rascal House…

from classic deli to “Epicurean” grocery….a rye bread by any other name…..

Broward and State…

Rubio wording benefits big ally…

must be nice to have a friend with ability to “slip” in language into a bill that might benefit your proposal?….

a $265 million turnpike overhaul…mammoth plans to combine food and fuel concessions into one contract…but the language “slipped” in might give this potential recipient a greater chance a winning the fuel concession if it remains separate….

pros and cons…discussed…but does a pen in hand trumps?…..

Hollywood…

Condo ruling riles some city residents…

told you it wasn’t over yet…Hollywood residents watched the first political litmus test  for their new representatives….with this key zoning plan for downtown Condo …25 stories….

that’s right folks political litmus test….sound familiar….

Miami- Dade…

Official ready to weaken strong mayor….

after a year since voters gave their mayor broad new power….  the commission was against a strong mayor …but for right now … the commissioner has no backing…. those opposed …citing it was too soon to reopen the debate…for the citizens…

a workshop was held….to change the charter… a special task force….. wanted to recommend paying commissioners using the population- based formula adopted by all other Florida counties…and term limits..which the commissioner object to….

so what is the formula of a population of approximately 7 thousand?…..

Obits….George Switzer…92

Mineralogist who acquired the Hope Diamond for the Smithsonian Museum….in the 70’s he also played a central role in  helping the museum get a grant from NASA  for a probe micro- analyzer…he and other mineralogists examined samples from Apollo 15 & 16   finding that the moon never had water on its surface and never has atmosphere like earth’s.

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