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Title: Gaceta
Uniform Title: Gaceta
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 45 cm.
Language: Spanish
Publisher: s.n.
Creation Date: March 2, 2012
Publication Date: 06/29/2012
 Subjects
Subjects / Keywords: Cubans -- Florida
Hispanic Americans -- Florida
Italian Americans -- Florida
Newspapers -- Florida   ( lcsh )
Genre: newspaper   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Hillsborough -- Ybor City
United States -- Florida -- Hillsborough -- Tampa
Coordinates: 27.9564 x -82.4344 ( Place of Publication )
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General Note: Director: Victoriano Manteiga, 1922.
General Note: Description based on: Ano 1, num. 119 (oct. 6 de 1922).
Funding: Funded in part by the University of Florida, the Library Services and Technology Assistance granting program of Florida, the State Library and Archives of Florida, and other institutions and individuals.
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by PARI


We are very proud to celebrate
with our readers, La Gaceta's
90th anniversary of publishing.
This special anniversary issue is
our largest ever at 160 pages. La
Gaceta's story is told in the fol-
lowing pages, along with stories
of Tampa's past. Our history is
Tampa's. Tampa's real beginning
as a viable, growing city can be
traced to Ybor City and the build-
ing of the cigar factories. One after
another were built, over 400 at
their peak, each additional one
advancing Tampa from a village
to a town, from a town to a city.


La Gaceta's start was also in the
cigar factories. The industry lured
our founder, Victoriano Manteiga,
to immigrate and become a lector.
The experience and the reputation
he built speaking from up near the
rafters of those factories propelled
him to launch La Gaceta in 1922.
As vice in Tampa grew, so did
Victoriano's fight against it.
When Tampa boomed, so did
our fortunes, as did they shrink
when the Great Depression hit.
Victoriano's son, Roland Man-
teiga, went off to war when Tampa
did as part of America's effort to


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defeat the Axis powers.
La Gaceta cheered on its son
and all the sons as the fight ebbed
and flowed.
Young men came back changed
from the experience. They wanted
more. They went to college. They
moved to the suburbs. After the


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war, our community was forever
changed and so was La Gaceta.
It diversified, added English and
Italian and went from a daily to
a weekly.
When Urban Renewal and the
interstate tore Ybor apart, it also
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ANO 90-NUMERO 26 VIERNES, 29 DE JUNIOR DE 2012 PRECIO: 50 CENTAVOS


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NEWSPAPER


El deported al dia

FOR VICTOR SISA
Inaugura USF nueva instalaci6n de golf
Como parte del impulso que USF viene brindando al depor-
te, su equipo varonil y femenil de golf podran disfrutar el afio
entrante de nuevas instalaciones. USF recibi6 una donaci6n
de 1,3 millones de d6lares de parte de Shaukat y Antonina
Chowdhari, los padres del golfista Adam Chowdhari. La dona-
ci6n ira destinada a una facilidad de golf bajo techo que estard
lista para la entrante temporada; La facilidad, que ocupard
un area de 5,040 metros cuadrados, se llamara "Centro de
Golf Chowdhari". El departamento atl6tico de USF hizo una
presentaci6n puiblica de la construcci6n la semana pasada
en que los Chowdharis recibieron infinidad de expresiones de
gratitud. Despu6s de un nuevo complejo de softbol y b6isbol,
un nuevo estadio de futbol, y haber realizado renovaciones en
el Sun Dome, USF ha tenido un afo sumamente productive
en cuanto al desarrollo de instalaciones deportivas.se refiere.
(Pasa a la p gina 6)


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Libro

,A bierto


Este dia, viernes 29 de ju-
nio de 2012, es una fecha de
jubilo y esperanza. A conti-
nuaci6n compartimos con
nuestros estimados lectores
el hermoso poema de Emilio
Ballagas "Viento de la luz de
junior publicado en su libro
."Jtubilo y fuga (1931)", el cual
coincide con la felicidad y mes
de-este calido verano...
Lldvame por donde quieras,
viento de la luz dejunio
-remolino de lo eterno.
dAd6nde?
Si ya he ido, si ya vuelvo.


Si ya nada quiero, nada;
ni lo que tengo, ni aquello
que estuve, sofrando ayer.
Ahora por no querer y no saber
lo que quiero
lo quiero todo... iQu6 jibilo!
iQud beato ahogarse en tu
oleaje!
Soy como un nifio que estrena
la pura emocidn del Quiero.
iAy, la espuma, lo lejano
y aquellas voces, naranjas
-tacto, color y fragancia-
que se mecen en lasfrondas
como sorpresas redondas!
Llvame adonde t quieras


Por Manuela Ball


-tt me cities, ti me vences-
que ahora me rindo d6cil,
a tu voluntad viajera,
luz dejugar y de huir...
Llvame, llvame, llevame
a secuestrarme en lo etemo
-ansia, oleaje, grupa, crin-
viento de la luz dejunio.





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Actualidad de


America Latina


Cuba


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El gobierno cubano anunci6 este martes la decision de retirar
a su embajador en Paraguay, Bernardo Guanche Hernandez,
a cuatro dias de la destituci6n del president Fernando Lugo
a traves de un juicio politico, process que La Habana calific6
como un "golpe de Estado parlamentario". En correspondencia
a la Declaraci6n del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de fecha
23 de junior, se estableci6 que "el gobierno de la isla caribefia
no reconocerd ninguna autoridad que no emane de un sufra-
gio y elecci6n legitima del mandate popular". Chile, Argentina,
Venezuela y otros seis paises han convocado a sus embajadores,
incluso el gobiemo del president venezolano Hugo Chavez de-
cidi6 suspender el suministro de petr6leo a Paraguay.
Bolivia
El president de Bolivia, Evo Morales, advirti6 este domingo
que algunos sectors de la oposici6n se aprovechan de los recla-
mos salariales de los policies para preparar un golpe de Estado,
que incluso tendria por objetivo atentar contra su ministry de
Gobiemo, Carlos Romero y atacar a las Fuerzas Armadas, im-
pulsado por los sectors mas reaccionarios de la oposici6n de
ese pais al utilizar el conflict con la policia como vehiculo para
violentar el orden institutional. "La derecha esta buscando muer-
tos y, compafteros, no vamos a prestarnos a ese juego; vamos a
defender este process, somos parte de este process y vamos a
defenderlo hasta las iltimas consecuencias", dijo el mandatario,
quien descart6 el uso de las fuerzas armadas para controlar el
motin popular.
Por otra parte, ayer jueves Ileg6 a La Paz, Bolivia, la segunda
march de indigenas-que recorrieron 600 km en dos meses para
defender la reserve natural del Tipnis, seguln ellos en peligro por
la carretera que el president Evo Morales insisted en construir
en el centro del pais. En la reserve (de 1,2 millones de hectAreas)
viven 14,000 indigenas de las etnias trinitaria-moxefia, yuracare
y chimin, en medio de un extraordinario habitat animal y vegetal.
Paraguay
El president destituido de Paraguay, Fernando Lugo,
responsabiliz6 este miercoles a Federico Franco de las posibles
sanciones internacionales a las que pudiera someterse el pais
como consecuencia de la destituci6n por el Congreso via juicio
politico. "Hacemos responsible al vicepresidente Federico Franco
de cualquier consecuencia econ6mica que pueda observarsea
partir de esta descabellada aventura golpista", sefial6 Lugo a
traves de un comunicado de prensa difundido este miercoles.
Lugo fue destituido el vieres pasado tras un juicio politico
parlamentario "por mal desempefio de sus funciones" y, de in-
mediato, sustituido por el entonces vicepresidente Franco, una
media que despert6 condenas unanimes en la region por la
ilegalidad e ilegitimidad del process. Por su parte, El secretario
general de la ONU, Ban Ki-moon, pidi6 este mi6rcoles a todas
las parties en Paraguay que trabajen para lograr "una soluci6n
pacifica" ala crisis abierta en el pais tras la destituci6n del presi-
dente Femando Lugo.
Mercosur
Los cancilleres del Mercosur y sus paises asociados abordaron
ayerjueves, en Mendoza (oeste de Argentina), un document que
incluy6 una dura condena a la destituci6n de Fernando Lugo
como president de Paraguay y se discuti6 la creaci6n de una
zona de libre comercio con China.
Colombia
La Corte Este del estado de Virginia, en Estados Unidos,
adelanta investigaciones contra m&s exfuncionarios policiales
y de alto nivel del Gobiemo colombiano que participaron en el
envio de drogas a territorio estadounidense durante la adminis-
traci6n de Alvaro Uribe. Ademds del general retirado de Colombia,
Mauricio Santoyo Velasco, otros exfuncionarios podrian estar
involucrados en dichas operaciones ilicitas a Estados Unidos,
segin indica un document revelado por el diario colombiano El
Tiempo. El director para la region andina de la Administraci6n de
Cumplimiento de Leyes sobre las Drogas de Estados Unidos (DEA,
por sus siglas en ingl6s), Jay Bergman, inform que los narcos
colombianos no podran permanecer en territorio norteamericano
luego de cumplir sus condenas.
M6xico
De los 12 millones de ciudadanos que constituyen la diaspora
mexicana, segin datos del Migration Policy Institute, el pr6ximo
domingo iinicamente votarAn en las elecciones presidenciales el
0,5%. De acuerdo con las cifras oficiales del Instituto Federal
Electoral de Mexico (IFE), s61o 61.687 de todos los mexicanos
residents en el extranjero se han inscrito para participar en los
comicios del 1 de julio. La mayoria -45.555- de esos electores
(procedentes de 100 paises), reside en Estados Unidos.


LA GACETA (USPS 299-240)
THE NATION'S ONLY TRI-LINGUAL NEWSPAPER
Published Every Friday By LA GACETA PUBLISHING, INC.

VICTORIANO MANTEIGA (1894-1982) FOUNDER
ROLAND MANTEIGA (1920-1998) EDITOR AND PUBLISHER
PATRICK MANTEIGA................................................Editor and Publisher
ANGIE MANTEIGA...................................................Associate Publisher
MANUELA BALL.......... ............................................... Spanish Editor
Entered as Second Class Matter in 1923
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Con motive al 90 aniversario de nuestro semanario, la junta de comisionados del con-
dado de Hillsborough extendi6 un diploma de reconocimiento a La Gaceta, el 27 de
junio de 2012, por su valioso aporte y legado a a la comunidad en su misi6n periodisti-
ca. Foto: Patrick Manteiga (izq.), editor y director general de La Gaceta, el comisionado
Kevin Beckner (der.) y otros comisionados del condado de Hillsborough (al fondo).


Condado de Hillsborough
Junta de Comisionados
del Condado
Diploma de Reconocimiento
Adjudicado al Per16dico La Gaceta
Es con gratitud que la Junta de Co-
misionados del Condado de Hillsbo-
rough reconoce a La Gaceta por haber
proporcionado noticias de calidad, in-
formaci6n sobre events de actualidad
y de servicio en tres idiomas a la co-
munidad del Condado de Hillsborough
durante los altimos 90 afios.
Durante este tiempo, el peri6dico La
Gaceta ha alcanzado a innumerables
personas en su funci6n de ofrecer im-
portante informaci6n, asi como ha pre-
servado y promovido la historic, el pa-
trimonio y el lenguaje; a menudo se ha
levantado en defense de la comunidad
y el desamparado en general.
La Gaceta, un peri6dico original-
mente disefiado para servir a las nece-
sidades de la poblacin inmigrante, jue
fundada por Victoriano Manteiga, un
lector antiguo en lasfdbricas de tabaco
de West Tampa y la Ciudad de Ybor.
Hoy, bajo la direccidn de Patrick Man-
teiga, La Gaceta contintza una tradicidn
de reputacidn, honestidad yjusticia.
La Junta de Comisionados del Con-
dado de Hillsborough se place enfelici-
tar a La Gaceta y Patrick Manteiga en
su nonagisimo aniversario. Estamos
agradecidos por su servicio, su parti-
cipacidn en pro de los intereses de la
comunidad, asi como sus esfuerzos de
liderazgo, que hacen del Condado de
Hillsborough un mejor lugarpara vivir,
trabajar y divertirse.
Concedido este dia 27 de junior de
2012.


Hillsborough County
Buirl of County Co,ntissioners


Certificate of Commendation


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Corte Suprema de Justicia


aprueba el plan Obamacare


La reform sanitaria del president Barack Obama amplia
la cobertura medica a 50 millones de estadounidenses sin
seguro m6dico para 2014 y protege a la ciudadania.


La Corte Suprema de Es-
tados Unidos declare consti-
tucional una parte clave del
proyecto de ley de la reform
sanitaria presentada por el pre-
sidente Barack Obama. Cuatro
de los nueve jueces de la corte
disintieron y la balanza fue in-
clinada por eljefe del Supremo,
John Roberts.
La Corte rechaz6 argumnen-
tos del llamado mandateo in-
dividual", por no considerarlo
constitutional bajo la ley de
Comercio, pero si puede serlo
bajo la ley fiscal.
La reform amplia la co-
bertura medica universal a 50
millones de estadounidenses
sin seguro medico para 2014 y
prohibe que las aseguradoras
nieguen cobertura a personas
con problems de salud pre-
existentes, entire otros elemen-
tos.


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Conmemoraci6n de la Independencia de


Venezuela
Con el siguiente escrito, hon-
ramos la Independencia de
Venezuela, cuya declaraci6n
fue promulgada el 5 dejulio de
1811, culminando asi el domi-
nio espariol en la nacidn sura-
mericana. Damos paso a Sim6n
Jose Antonio de la Santisima
Trinidad Bolivar y Palacios
Ponte y Blanco, mejor conocido
como el "Libertador de liber-
tadores", Sim6n Bolivar, cuya
vida y muerte fue dedicada a
la emancipaci6n y soberania de
los pueblos de America.
Dedicamos igualmente este
espacio a los periodistas es-
crito por una luchadora incan-
sable de nuestro continent y
gran conocedora de la cultural
y mifsica latinoamericana- no
a los amarillistas ni a los com-
prados o mediatizados por las
redes de comunicaci6n masivas
controladas por intereses par-
ticulares, sino a aquellos que
cumplen con la importantisima
labor de proteger la verdad y
coadyuvar esfuerzos legitimos
para informal fehacientemente
a la ciudadania, asi como enal-
tecer sus causes mds nobles.
Por Morella Hernmndez
Periodismo: suma de carac-
teres. Un tema de gran signifi-
caci6n para todos los trabaja-
dores de la pluma y la palabra.
Valor a la moral, a la 6tica,
apego a la verdad, al bienes-
tar individual y colectivo, ca-
pacidad para distinguir las
acciones positivas y negatives
de los individuos, sabiduria al
disentirlas honestamente en el
papel de trabajo.
Todas estas caracteristicas
son indispensables en aquellos
que dignifican la profesi6n de
periodista. Aqui en esta labo-
riosidad, en este tejido huma-
no encontramos al Libertador
de America: al "Bolivar perio-
dista".
Multiples facetas se presen-
tan al estudiar a Sim6n Bo-
livar: el military, estratega, vi-
sionario, estadista. Ni. siquiera.
escapa de su vida tumultuosa
el fiel apego a la naturaleza,
en vocablo aborigen, nuestra
"Pachamama". Alli revela al


- BOLIVAR: El Periodista


conservacionista, agudo pro-
tector y conocedor de la reali-
dad ambiental del continent
suramericano, que, a lo largo
de sus luchas emancipadoras
se dio cuenta de las necesida-
des, pobreza y exterminio que
repercutirian en el future de
los pueblos del continent.
Sim6n Bolivar es conocido
como h6roe military politico y
libertador de cinco naciones de
America, pero no menos im-
portante es, sin duda, el Bo-
livar periodista, donde se re-
vela el hombre de las letras, de
nlrmll nrerica o1r a vr, ronvn -


Sim6n Bolivar, el Liberta-
dor de America
center. Segiun algunos autores
relevantes es considerado "el
primer prosista de America".
En esta tarea mantuvo
siempre sus principios inalte-
rables de la verdad en la in-
formaci6n, por ello concede al
periodismo un arma funda-
mental en la esencia del pen-
samiento de los hombres en la
lucha por la independencia de
America.
Los campos de batalla: me-
dio de acci6n y el periodismo:
el instrument excepcional
para educar a las masas y la
toma de conciencia de criollos
y espafioles. Aun cuando el Li-
bertador no escribia peri6dica-
mente para la prensa, siempre
estuvo ligado a esta actividad.
La ejerci6 como columnist en
forma de hojas sueltas, pas-
quines y volantes. Conoci6
perfectamente la t6cnica de la


6poca en material grafica; no
s6lo orient ideol6gicamente a
la prensa republican y la con-
virti6 en otra arma de lucha,
igualmente ocupaba, el tiem-
po necesario para supervisor
los articulos que se publicaban
y a su vez daba instrucciones
en la organizaci6n de la edici6n
saliente, tipo de letra, seccio-
nes separadas, titulos destaca-
dos y especial cuidado sobre el
tema y contenido. Todo ello a
favor de la causa republican
[el autor se refiere a la Repibli-
ca no al partido], los ideales y
el pensamiento americano en
aras de la libertad.
La actividad de Sim6n Boli-
var en el periodismo crece pa-
ralelamente con el inicio de los
movimientos independentis-
tas, considerando ser la prensa
una herramienta indispensa-
ble en las directrices de cambio
del status quo imperante de la
epoca. No descuid6 esta acti-
vidad en las publicaciones de
"El patriota venezolano", luego
"La gaceta de Caracas" y poste-
riormente "El correo del Orino-
co" imprenta esta traida del
exterior junto al armamento
de guerra- instruments y me-
dios al servicio de su causa por
Venezuela e internacionalmen-
te, con raz6n bien justificada,
en busca de la solidaridad de
otros pueblos.
Notables fueron sus articu-
los en Inglaterra, Holanda y
Francia en pro de los objetivos
del movimiento libertador de la
America entera. "La imprenta
es tan 1:til como los pertrechos
y ella es la artilleria del pensa-
miento", escribi6 Bolivar.
El hombre de hierro, el
hombre que gener6-un movi-
miento popular capaz de liber-
tar a seis naciones (Venezuela,
Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Boli-
via y Panama), fue igualmente
el hombre que conmovi6 a tra-
ves de su pluma los sentimien-
tos de un pueblo cargado de
ideales por consolidar la liber-
tad de los latinoamericanos.
Sim6n Bolivar fue el periodista
innato, el velador de impren-
tas.... El Padre de America.


EVENTS EN LA BAHIA

A d6nde ir esta semana!


Premier del Musical "Nor-mal"
El Teatro Juvenil del Conservatorio Patel presentard por pri-
mera vez el musical "Nor-mal", el viernes 29 de junio, a las 4
y 7 p.m., y el sabado 30 de junio, a las 2 y 7 p.m., en la sala
Shimberg Playhouse del centro David A. Straz. El tema cen-
tral de la obra esta basado en los trastornos alimenticios como
consecuencia de la complejidad de los nucleos familiares dis-
funcionales. Entradas : $12. Para mas informaci6n y compra
de boletos llamar al 813.229.STAR (7827) o por via internet
www.strazcenter.org.
Festival Colombiano 2012
En celebraci6n de la independencia de Colombia, se realiza-
rd el Festival Colombiano, el domingo, 8 dejulio, de 12:00 p.m.
a 10:00 p.m., en el Rancho Las Palmas, ubicado en el 5909
Hartford St., Tampa FL 33619. Entradas de prevent: $10. Se
ofreceran las presentaciones especiales de Dinastia Vallenata,
Luisito Carri6n, Paula Zuleta, los Nietos del Viejo Rodo. Asi-
mismo habrd comida tipica colombiana, desfiles de models
colombianas y una exposic6n de comercio. Para mas informa-
ci6n, llamar al 813-516-3081.
83a"Convenci6n y Exposici6n Anual de LULAC
La Liga de Ciudadanos Latinoamericanos Unidos (LULAC
League of United Latin American Citizens) llevard a cabo
su convenci6n annual, desde el 25 al 30 de junio, en el resort
Disney's Coronado Springs de la ciudad de Orlando, ubicado
en el 1000 West Buena Vista Drive. Para inscribirse, llamar al
1-866-577-0726 o visitor la pagina www.lulac.org. Se ofreceran
igualmente ferias de trabajo, educaci6n y salud, seminarios,
conferencias y una exposici6n en la cual numerosas empresas,
organizaciones y agencies gubernamentales presentaran sus
products y servicios.
"Echoes" Danza contemporanea en USF
La compaiia de danza modern "Shoes at The Door" (zapa-
tos en la puerta) presentard "Echoes" (Ecos) en el Teatro Uno
(1) de USF, el sabado 7 de julio, a las 3:00 p.m. y 8:00 p.m.
Entradas: $15 por adulto y $10 para estudiantes y personas
mayores. Se ofrecerd un repertorio variado de movimientos
corporales de danza contemporanea por los core6grafos invita-
dos Hope Goldman y Brittany Antle, asi como nuevos proyec-
tos coreogrdficos de la compafiia. Para mas informaci6n visit
la pagina www.ShoesAtTheDoor.com.
Serie musical "Jazz with Jim Concerts Series"
El Centro Cultural de Carollwood (4537 Lowell Road en
Tampa) llevard a cabo su temporada jazzistica "Jazz with Jim
Concerts Series", el viernes 27 de julio, a las 7:30 p.m. Entra-
das: entire $8 y $14 por persona. Para mayor informaci6ri y
compra de boletos, visit la pagina www.carrollwoodcenter.org.



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INFORMACI6N PRACTICE
PARA LA TEMPORADA DE
HURACANES
SEn caso de evacuaci6n
por condici6n climatica seve-
ra, se recomienda visitar el si-
guiente enlace publicado por
el condado de Hillsborough:
http:/ /hillsboroughcounty.
org/index.aspx?nid=663, en la
que encontrard la lista de re-
fugios puiblicos habilitados en
el Condado. Algunos de ellos
abriran durante tormentas de
menor intensidad.
El Condado tiene a dispo-
sici6nun program de refugios
para personas con necesidades
y cuidados medicos especiales.
Para mas informaci6n, comu-
nicarse al (813) 272-5900 para
poder registrarse.
Los huracanes estan ca-
talogados en escala del 1 al 5,
dependiendo de la velocidad de
los vientos y la capacidad des-
tructiva del mismo en cues-
ti6n.
La ciudadania debe estar
atenta a los anuncios transmi-
tidos a trav6s de la Radio del
Servicio Nacional de Meteoro-
logia (NOAA Weather Radio en
ingl6s) y television para obte-
ner informaci6n actualizada,
de alli la importancia de tener
a disposici6n un radio portd-
til con baterias, en caso de un
apag6n electrico.
Si usted reside en un area
en la cual se ha ordenado eva-
cuaci6n inmediata, reina a sus
familiares, mascotas y abastos
de emergencies. Asegure su
casa, llevando solamente lo
indispensable (comida, agua,
documents, medicines, boti-
quin de primeros auxilios, etc.)
No obedecer una orden de eva-
cuaci6n es una violaci6n de las
leyes estatales y locales.
Recuerde mantener el tan-
que de gasoline de su vehiculo
lleno, en caso necesite evacuar
stibitamente.
Durante una evacuaci6n
por huracdn, los autobuses


transitan por las rutas de
evacuaci6n del Condado para
ayudar a las personas que ne-
cesitan transport hacia los al-
bergues.
Para obtener informaci6n
general sobre la temporada de
huracanes, visit la siguien-
te pagina de Internet: http://
www.hillsboroughcounty.org/
emergency/hurricaneinfo/-
home.cfm. En dicha pagina
tambi6n podrd averiguar cual
es su zona de inundaci6n de
acuerdo con FEMA (agencia fe-
deral de .emergencias).
En caso de verse imposibi-
litado para evacuar:
-Permanecer en el refugio o
residencia, preferiblemente en
una habitaci6n interior alejada
de ventanas, hasta que se emi-
ta el aviso del fin de la emer-
gencia.
Por ningun motivo salga a
la intemperie.
Si el tiempo mejora repen-
tinamente, no salga. Esto pro-
bablemente indica que el ojo
del huracdn estd pasando por
su area y vientos huracanados
azotaran de nuevo.
Si hace uso de linternas o
velas, deberd tomar precaucio-
nes para evitar incendios.
Tel6fonos importantes du-
rante la temporada de huraca-
nes:
Para reporter apagones,
comuniquese con TECO (com-
paiia el6ctrica): 813-223-
0800.
Linea de auxilio: 2-1-1. No
llame al 9-1-1 para informa-
ci6n sobre huracanes, sola-
mente debe usarse este nuime-
ro para casos de emergencia.
Servicios para animals:
813-744-5660.
Cruz Roja: 813-348-4820.
Manejo de emergencies:
813-272-6900.
Patrulla de carreteras:
813-632-6859.
Linea de informaci6n
Hillsborough TTI: 813-272-
5900/813-301-7173.


LA GACETA/Viernes, 29 de junio de 2012/Pagina 3


EL EQUIPO DE COBERTURA CONVENTION ORACION ORA SOBRE
TAMPA ANTICIPANDO A LA CONVENTION NATIONAL REPUBLICAN

El equipo de Cobertura de Convenci6n Oraci6n anunciaron su plan para cubrir la
ciudad de Tampa en la oraci6n, en los dias previous a la Convenci6n Nacional
Republican. Estan buscando a 1,000,000 de personas a unirse a no partidista y
apolitica en oraci6n por nuestra naci6n y.nuestros lideres en un esfuerzo por
ayudar a construir una casa de oraci6n en Tampa durante los 4 dias de la Con-
venci6n Nacional Republicana 2012 y tambi6n en Charlotte durante los 4 dias de
la Convenci6n Nacional Dem6crata. Para unirse al equipo de oraci6n de Cober-
tura de las Convenciones en oraci6n, los voluntarios se les pideque vayan a
www.conventionsprayercoverage.com y haga clic en "ayudar a construir la
casa de oraci6n" en la parte inferior de la pagina.

El equipo de Cobertura de Convenci6n Oraci6n se inici6 en respuesta direct al
Ilamado de Dios a Camille McWhirter, Presidente de la Cobertura de Convenci6n
Oraci6n y fundadora de Pray Tampa Bay. Ella habia estado orando por nuestra
ciudad, nuestro estado y nuestra naci6n desde hace bastante tiempo. Tan pronto
como se enter de que la Convenci6n Nacional Republicana iba a ser en Tampa,
Dios la Ilam6 a unir a la gente en la no partidista y apolitica, en oraci6n durante
las convenci6nes.

"Nuestra naci6n esta en un precipicio. Los partidos politicos estAn divididos.
Hay division en la iglesia. Hay division en las families. La esperanza de nuestra
naci6n no estA en ningbn partido, pero si en nuestro Creador y Redentor solo,
por lo que ofrecemos nuestras oraciones a El ", dijo Camille. "Tenemos esta
gran promesa y Ilamado a la acci6n que se encuentra en la Biblia:" si mi pueblo,
que Ileva mi nombre, se humilla y ora, y me busca y abandon su mala conduct,
yo lo escuchard desde el cielo, perdonare su pecado y restaurar6 su tierra" -
2 Cronicas 7:14

El Sefior es fiel para hacer grandes cosas para nuestra naci6n si simplemente
acudimos a El en el nombre de Jesucristo para la sanidad de nuestra tierra ".

Asi como otros se unieron a Camille, la vision se ampli6 para incluir la Convenci6n
Nacional Dem6crata en Charlotte tambi6n. Se estima que 100,000 lideres locales,
estatales y nacionales, as como los medios de comunicaci6n y turistas se
reunirAn en Tampa y Charlotte en el 2012 por las Convenciones Nacionales de
Republicans y Dem6cratas.

Para m&s informaci6n o para concertar una entrevista con Camille McWhirter,
made un email a: ccml0@tampabay.rr.com contact o Ilame al 813 760-1904.





Aviso LEGAL


Derrame d. petri'lejri de. u x#,ii LL!k Horizonvu


Acuerdo de danios econ6micos y a la propiedad
Otorgamiento de dinero a personas y empresas


Si sufrio una. prdida econ6mica o dafios a la
propiedad a rafz del derrame de petr6leo de Deepwater
Horizon, podrfa recibir dinero a partir de un acuerdo de
demand colectiva con BP Exploration & Production
Inc. y BP America Production Company ("BP"). Visite
DeepwaterHorizonSettlements.com para obtener mias
informaci6n, incluida la informaci6n sobre c6mo
presentar una reclamaci6n.

LQUIN ESTA INCLUIDO EN EL ACUERDO DE
DAIOS ECONOMICS Y A LA PROPIEDAD?
La Demanda colectiva del Acuerdo de dafios
econ6micos y a la propiedad (Economic and Property
Damages, "E&PD") incluye personas, empresas y otras
entidades en los estados deLuisiana,Alabamay Misisipi,
y en determinados condados de Texas y Florida, que
se vieron perjudicados por el derrame de petr61eo. En
el sitio web DeepwaterHorizonSettlements.com tiene
descripciones y mapas detallados que lo ayudaran a
determinar si una ubicaci6n geografica puede incluirse
en el Acuerdo de E&PD. Ademas, puede, llamar al
1-866-992-6174 o enviar un correo electr6nico a
questions @ DeepwaterHorizonEconomicSettlement.
com para saber si una ubicaci6n geogrifica esta
incluida.

jQUE OFRECE EL ACUERDO DE DANOS
ECONOMICS Y A LA PROPIEDAD?
El Acuerdo de E&PD -otorga pagos para los
siguientes tipos de reclamaciones: (1) compensaci6n
para personas que trabajan con products comestibles
del mar, (2) dafios econ6micos, (3) p6rdida de la
subsistencia, (4) dafios fisicos a buques, (5) pago
del fletamento conforme al program Vessels of
Opportunity, (6) dafios a bienes inmuebles ubicados
en la costa, (7) dafios a bienes inmuebles ubicados
en humedales, y (8) dafios a la venta de bienes
inmuebles. No hay un limited en el monto total en
d6lares del Acuerdo de E&PD; se pagaran todas las
reclamaciones que reunan los requisitos.

COMO OBTENER BENEFICIOS A PARTIR DEL
ACUERDO DE DAROS ECONOMICS Y A LA
PROPIEDAD
Debe presentar un Formulario de reclamaci6n para
solicitar un pago. Puede obtener una copia de los
diversos Formularios de reclamaci6n visitando el sitio
web o llamando al 1-866-992-6174. Las reclamaciones
se pueden presentar en linea o por correo. Si tiene
preguntas sobre c6mo presentar la reclamaci6n, debe
llamar al ndmero gratuito para obtener asistencia.
La fecha limited para presentar la mayor parte de las
reclamaciones de E&PD sera el 22 de abril de 2014 o


seis meses despues de que entire en vigencia el Acuerdo
de E&PD (es decir, despues de que el Tribunal otorgue
la "aprobaci6n final" y todas las apelaciones sean
resueltas), lo que ocurra despu6s. Las reclamaciones
de compensaci6n para personas que trabajan con
products comestibles del mar deberin presentarse
antes. Las reclamaciones de compensaci6n para
personas que trabajan con products comestibles
del mar deben presentarse 30 dias despu6s de haber
recibido la aprobaci6n final del acuerdo por parte
del Tribunal del Distrito de los Estados Unidos en el
Distrito Este de Luisiana (independientemente de las
apelaciones). Las fechas limited efectivas para presentar
las reclamaciones se publicarin en el sitio web cuando
est6n disponibles. Las reclamaciones validas se
pagaran cuando se aprueben, inmediatamente despu6s
de que comience el program del acuerdo supervisado
por el Tribunal. Se recomienda enfiticamente que los
Miembros del grupo de demandantes que participan
en el Acuerdo de E&PD complete y presented los
formularios de reclamaci6n inmediatamente. Lea el
aviso del Acuerdo de beneficios medicos, ya que es
possible que usted tambi6n sea eligible para obtener
beneficios en virtud de dicho acuerdo.

SUS OTRAS OPCIONES
Si no desea estar legalmente obligado por el
Acuerdo de E&PD, debe renunciar o excluirse antes del
1 de octubre de 2012. De lo contrario, no podri
demandar a BP por determinadas reclamaciones por
dafios econ6micos y a la propiedad. Si participa en el
Acuerdo de E&PD, podri presentar objeciones antes
del 31 de agosto de 2012. El Aviso detallado explica
c6mo puede excluirse u objetar.
El Tribunal llevara a cabo una audiencia el
8 de noviembre de 2012 para decidir si aprobard
o no el Acuerdo de E&PD. Usted o su abogado
personal pueden pedir comparecer y hablar en la
audiencia por cuenta y gasto propios. El Tribunal
tambi6n considerard los honorarios, costs y gastos
de los Asesores legales del grupo de demandantes,
incluido un pago provisorio de $75 millones y
otorgamientos adicionales equivalentes al 6 % de las
reclamaciones del grupo de demandantes y de los
beneficios pagados. Los honorarios, costs y gastos
de los Asesores legales del grupo de demandantes
en virtud del Acuerdo de dafios econ6micos y a la
propiedad, y del Acuerdo de beneficios m6dicos no
pueden exceder, en conjunto, los $600 millones. Los
pagos de los miembros del grupo de demandantes
no se reduciran si el Tribunal aprueba el pago de los
honorarios, costs y gastos de los Asesores legales
del grupo de demandantes, dado que BP pagara tales
months individualmente.


Pagina 4/LA GACETA/Viernes, 29 de junio de 2012





Aviso LEGAL





Acuerdo de beneficios medicos
Otorgamiento de beneficios a los trabajadores de saneamiento
y a determinados residents de la Costa del Golfo


Si Ud. tiene una reclamaci6n m6dica relacionada
con el derrame de petr6leo de Deepwater Horizon,
podria recibir beneficios a partir de un acuerdo de
demand colectiva con BP Exploration & Production
Inc. y BP America Production Company ("BP").
Visite DeepwaterHorizonSettlements.com para
obtener mas informaci6n, incluida la informaci6n
sobre c6mo presentar una reclamaci6n.

.QUIEN ESTA INCLUIDO EN EL ACUERDO DE
BENEFICIOS MEDICOS?
El Grupo de demandantes que participan
en el Acuerdo de beneficios m6dicos
incluye (1) encargados de saneamiento y
(2) determinadas personas que residian en areas
geograficas especificas en las areas costeras y
de humedales a lo largo de la Costa del Golfo
durante periodos especificos en 2010. En el sitio
web DeepwaterHorizonSettlements.com tiene,
descripciones y mapas detallados que lo ayudarin
a determinar si una ubicaci6n geografica puede
incluirseenunadeestaszonas.Ademas,puedellamar
al 1-866-992-6174 o enviar un correo electr6nico
a info @DeepwaterHorizonMedicalSettlement.
com para saber si una ubicaci6n geografica esta
incluida.

,QUE OFRECE EL ACUERDO DE
BENEFICIOS MEDICOS?
Los beneficios del Acuerdo de beneficios
m6dicos incluyen lo siguiente: 1) pagos a personas
que reunen los requisitos por determinadas
afecciones medicas agudas (de corto plazo) y
cr6nicas (permanentes) que se manifestaron
despu6s de la exposici6n al petr6leo o a los
aditivos dispersantes quimicos; (2) la realizaci6n
de examenes m6dicos peri6dicos a las personas
que reunen los requisitos; y (3) la creaci6n del
Program de Asistencia Medica de la Regi6n del
Golfo (Gulf Region Health Outreach Program),
que comprende proyectos para fortalecer el
sistema de atenci6n m6dica. Los beneficios (1) y
(2) se otorgaran solo despues de que el Tribunal
otorgue la aprobaci6n final y todas las apelaciones
sean resueltas.

C6MO OBTENER BENEFICIOS A PARTIR DEL
ACUERDO DE BENEFICIOS MEDICOS
Debe presentar un Formulario de reclamaci6n
para solicitar los beneficios. Puede obtener una
copia del Formulario de reclamaci6n visitando


el sitio web o llamando al 1-866-992-6174. Las
reclamaciones se pueden presentar por correo.
Si tiene preguntas sobre c6mo presentar la
reclamaci6n, debe llamar al numero gratuito para
obtener asistencia.

La- fecha limited para presentar un formulario
de reclamaci6n es un afio despues de que entire
en vigencia el Acuerdo de beneficios medicos
(es decir, despu6s de que el Tribunal otorgue la
"aprobaci6n final".y todas las apelaciones sean
resueltas). La fecha exacta limited para presentar
las reclamaciones se publicard en el sitio web. Se
recomienda enfaticamente que.los Miembros del
grupo de demandantes que participan en elAcuerdo
de beneficios m6dicos complete y presented los
formularios de reclamaci6n inmediatamente. Lea
el aviso del Acuerdo de dafios econ6micos y a la
propiedad, ya que es possible que usted tambi6n
sea eligible para recibir un pago en virtud de
dicho acuerdo.

SUS OTRAS OPCIONES
Si no desea estar legalmente obligado por el
Acuerdo de beneficios m6dicos, debe renunciar
o excluirse antes del 1 de octubre de 2012.
De lo contrario, no podri demandar a BP
por determinadas reclamaciones m6dicas.
Si participa en el Acuerdo de beneficios
m6dicos, podra presentar objeciones antes del
31 de agosto de 2012. El Aviso detalla'do explica
c6mo puede excluirse u objetar.

El Tribunal llevara a cabo una audiencia
el 8 de noviembre de 2012 para decidir si
aprobard o no el Acuerdo de beneficios medicos.
Usted o su abogado personal pueden pedir
comparecer y hablar en la audiencia por cuenta y
gasto propios. Los Asesores legales del grupo de
demandantes le solicitarin al Tribunal considerar
el otorgamiento del pago de honorarios, costs
y gastos equivalent al 6 % del valor de los
beneficios brindados efectivamente en virtud del
Acuerdo de beneficios medicos. Los honorarios,
costs y gastos de los Asesores legales del grupo de
demandantes en virtud del Acuerdo de beneficios
m6dicos y del Acuerdo de dafios econ6micos y a
la propiedad no pueden exceder, en conjunto, los
$600 millones. Los pagos de los Miembros del
grupo de demandantes no reduciran si el Tribunal
aprueba el pago de los honorarios, costs y gastos
de los Asesores legales del grupo de demandantes,
dado que BP pagard tales months individualmente.


LA GACETA/Viernes, 29 de junio de 2012/Pigina 5














(viene de la pigina 1)
Renuncia destacada
entrenadora de voleibol
de USF
Claire Lessinger renuncia-
ra a su puesto como entrena-
dora enjefe del equipo de USF
de voleibol debido a la enfer-
medad de su madre, que fue
diagnosticada recientemente
con cancer. "Estoy muy or-
gullosa de lo que hemos lo-
grado durante mi tiempo en
USF", express Lessinger en
un comunicado de prensa.
"Por much que me gusta mi'
trabajo de entrenadora, que
aprecie a mis estudiantes y al
personal de aqui, mi familiar
es lo mds important para mi,
y en este moment debo estar
junto a ella".
Lessinger ha permanecido
con el equipo de voleibol de
USF durante 13 afios, y los
ocho lltimos se ha desempe-
fiado como entrenadora en
jefe. Es ademas reconocida en
todo el pais. Funge como vice-
presidenta de la Asociaci6n de
Entrenadores de la Big East
y es president del Comite de
Todas las Regiones de la Aso-
ciaci6n de Entrenadores de
Voleibol. Despues de conducir
a USF a 79 victorias y cuatro
participaciones en torneos de
la Conferencia en sus ultimas
cinco temporadas, Lessinger
anunci6 su retire para el 15
de julio de 2012. "Nuestros
pensamientos han estado con
Claire y su familiar durante
este tiempo dificil", indic6 el
director atletico de USF Doug
Woolard en un comunicado
de prensa. "Vamos a apoyar-
la en todo lo possible para que
pueda superar este moment
penoso", concluy6.
Rayos de Tampa Bay
ganan series a los Filis de
Filadelfia


'II
Tampa Bay celebra el triunfo
Brooks Conrad conect6
dos dobletes de dos carreras
contra Cliff Lee y los Rayos de
Tampa Bay doblegaron 7-3 a
los Filis de Filddelfia en el se-
gundo encuentro de una do-
ble cartelera el domingo, 24
de junio. Lee (0-4) toler6 cinco
carreras y seis hits en siete
entradas. Brandon Gomes (2-
2) se agenci6 el triunfo al per-
mitir un imparable y propinar
un boleto en dos entradas y
dos tercios. Por los Rayos, to-
dos los bateadores latinos se
fueron en blanco, mientras
que por los Filis sobresali6
ofensivamente el dominica-
no Placido Polanco de 3-2. El
juego del viernes entire los Ra-
yos y los Filis fue suspendido
debido a la lluvia, y se jug6 el
domingo en la primera tanda,
cuando los Rayos 3-2 despu6s
de venir de abajo 0-1 anotaron


tres carreras en la septima en-
trada. Los Filis respondieron
con una anotaci6n en la parte
baja del septimo, pero no fue
suficiente. Por otra parte, en
partido celebrado el sabado, el
bateador emergente Jim Tho-
me conect6 un vuelacercas al
inicio de la parte baja de la
novena entrada para dar a los
Filis su unico triunfo de la se-
rie sobre los Rayos de Tampa
Bay por 7-6.
iE1 Miami Heat se corona
Campe6n de la NBA!
Despues de una prolonga-
da espera de nueve tempora-
das, LeBron James obtuvo su
primera sortija de campeona-
to cuando el pasado jueves,
21 de junio, el Heat de Miami
abati6 al Thunder de Oklaho-
ma 121 a 106 en el quinto
juego de la series final de la
NBA.


iMiami se llev6 el trofeo!

Miami impuso su irrefuta-
ble dominio al vencer la series
4-1. En su decisive victoria
el Heat estuvo impresionante
desde el principio del partido.
La explosividad ofensiva de
Miami fue demasiado para el
equipo de Oklahoma. Al Heat
se le habia escapado la sorti-
ja el afio pasado cuando los
Mavericks de Dallas los derro-
taron en el American.Airlines
Arena. En este caso, altera-
mos el dicho, al afirmar que a
"la segunda", en lugar de a la
tercera, va la vencida.
Semifinalistas de la
Eurocopa 2012 de fftbol
Italia se convirti6 en el
cuarto semifinalist de la
Eurocopa-2012 al derrotar el
domingo, 24 de junio, a una
decepcionante Inglaterra en
tanda de penales 4-2 (0-0).
Los italianos demostraron
mayor denuedo y entrega en
la cancha.
El delantero Alessandro
Diamanti convirti6 el tiro pe-
nal definitorio, luego de que
Ashley Young y Ashley Cole
fallaran los suyos para Ingla-
terra. Italia siempre tom6 la
iniciativa, mientras los bri-
tdnicos se mantuvieron a la
defensive, visiblemente opa-
cados. Solamente dos de sus
hombres, Glen Johnson y el
capital Wayne Rooney, prota-
gonizaron algunas buenas es-
capadas infructuosas al drea
del contrario.
El futbol italiano no logra-
ba colocarse en una semifinal
de una Copa Europea desde
el aio 2000. Ahora se medi-
ra con la poderosa Alemania,
en un partido que promote ser
electrizante.
Por su parte, Espafia rin-
di6, el sabado 23, dos go-
les por cero a Francia en los
cuartos de final para clasificar
a la semifinal. El gol inicial lle-


Forza azzurri!
g6 a traves de una excelente
jugada de conjunto en que a
Xavi Alonso sus compafieros
le propiciaron poder cabecear
a placer un rutilante gol. El
encuentro a partir de ese mo-
mento perdi6 intensidad, con
escasas incursiones de peligro
por ambos conjuntos, aunque
las mas arriesgadas las pro-
tagonizaron los campeones
del mundo de Surafrica-2010.
Pedro Rodriguez provoc6 el
penalti que cerr6 el marcador
en el minute 90, cobrado con
efectividad por Alonso, quien
celebr6 con los dos tantos su
arribo a 100 partidos con la
selecci6n iberica. Al cierre de
esta edici6n Espafia se en-
frentaba a Portugal en la se-
mifinal, despues que los lusi-
tanos sometieran a Repuiblica
Checa 1-0.
En el partido de cuartos
de final Alemania versus Di-
namarca: Lars Bender fue el
autor del gol decisive para
Alemania. El marcador 4-2
se torn6 insalvable para los
perdedores en un partido
dominado totalmente por la
maquina alemana. Su futu-
ro contrincante serd Italia.
Alemania es favorite ante .los
azurris. Aunque en balompie,
las sorpresas tambien existen.
En otro encuentro, Portu-
gal consigui6 el pase a semi-
finales merced a un impresio-
nante cabezazo de Cristiano
Ronaldo, en un juego en el
que los lusos fueron muy su-
periores a una RepCiblica
Checa apagada, aunque el gol
portugues no lleg6 hasta el fi-
nal del partido.
Boricuas Beltrin y
Molina jonronean
El bateador designado
puertorriquefio Carlos Bel-
trdn y su coterraneo el recep-
tor Yadier Molina conectaron
sendos vuelacercas para darle
a los Cardenales de San Luis
un triunfo por 11-8 sobre los
Reales de Kansas City. Esta
fue la primera barrida para
los Cardenales sobre Kansas
City desde el 2009..


Los Cardenales se regocijan
El cuadrangular sobre la
cerca del jardin izquierdo de
Beltran fue en el primer episo-
dio ante el abridor puertorri-
quefio Jonathan Sdnchez con
dos corredores en base. Mien-
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una final de Grand Prix desde
el 2008, cuando se titularon
subcampeonas. En la final, a
celebrarse en la ciudad china
de Ningbo, las caribefias to-
pardn con las locales, estado-
unidenses favoritess al titulo),
brasilefias, turcas y tailande-
sas, en un calendario de todos
contra todos. Las otras com-
petidoras latinoamericanas en
la fase preliminary fueron Re-
publica Dominicana, que ter-
min6 en el duodecimo lugar,
Puerto Rico (13) y Argentina
(15).
Si bien, las sonrisas para el
voleibol cubano no se limita-
ron al triunfo de las Morenas,
ya que ese mismo domingo su
equipo de voleibol masculine
derrot6 en la ciudad rusa de
Kaliningrado 3-1- a Rusia, ac-
tual monarca de la Liga Mun-


iQue viva Espafia y ole!
Alonso tuvo una actuaci6n
brillante. Consigui6 el primer
lugar tras protagonizar una
remontada desde el once-
no puesto, lo cual patentiz6
una vez mAs su genial calibre
como piloto.
La pr6xima competencia
serd el Gran Premio de Ingla-
terra, que se disputard el 8 de
julio en el aut6dromo de Sil-
verstone.


lombres en cir- dial y asi elimin6 a los euro-
riunfo fue para peos de discutir la gran final.
minicano Victor Este fue el octavo triunfo cu-
as la derrota re- bano en nueve partidos de la
tambien relevis- Liga 2012, siete de ellos con-
secutivamente. Con este re-
cubano retor- sultado, los caribefos suman
.te mundial 23 puntos y se consolidan
ias del Caribe ampliamente en el primer lu-
domingo, 24 de gar del grupo A, sobre Serbia
e a la final del (15) y Rusia (13), y colocando-
x de voleibol, y se al umbral de la gran final
rde la selecci6n de seis equipos al restar tres
ese pais elimin6 partidos por jugar en la fase
Rusia para si- clasificatoria
aso de la dispu- Espafiol Alonso gana
en la XXIII Liga Gran Premio de Europa
cho deported. de F-1
o1 y lltimo par- El piloto espafol Fernando
la clasificatoria, Alonso, de la escuderia Ferra-
;uperaron a las ri obtuvo el pasado domingo,
tres sets, para 24 de junio, con tiempo de Ih
Ssexta posici6n 44:16.649, el Gran Premio de
on seis equipos Europa de F6rmula Uno, efec-
ipetidores) con tuado en Valencia. Con esta
tres derrotas. victoria, Alonso se apuntal6
en la cima del Campeonato
Mundial-2012 con 111 uni-
dades, por delante del austra-
l ano Mark Webber (91-Red
Bull)) y del brifanico Lewis
Hamilton (88-Mac Laren), ti-
tular del orbe en 2008. "Nin-
Sguna victoria anterior es tan
important para mi como la
de hoy. Emocionalmente no
is del Caribe hay nada comparable", confe-
s6 Alonso al terminar la com-
s no llegaban a petencia.


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carece de pasi6n y sorpresa, y
se deja seducir por la posibili-
dad de hallar esas sensaciones
ya olvidadas en la figure del
hermano de su marido.
Ignacio y Gonzalo son her-
manos y llevan una relaci6n
lejana. Ignacio esta casado con
Zoe, su relaci6n ha caido en la
monotonia, mientras que Zoe
y Gonzalo se llevan muy bien,
tienen la misma edad y sienten
atracci6n mutua.
A partir de la convivencia
entire ellos surge una red de
intrigas, amores, pasiones y
rencores con los que se des-
cubren los motives que llevan
a cada uno a actuar de la ma-
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Sobre la pelicula
El novelist Jaime Bayly,
en su debut como guionista de
largometrajes, realize un so-
brio retrato sobre la p6rdida de
la pasi6n en el matrimonio y el
despertar de la curiosidad por
la infidelidad para dar riendas
sueltas a un amor prohibido.
El filme, dirigido por Ricardo
de Montreuil, aborda temas en
torno a la vida en pareja, como
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tran Barbara Mori, Christian
Meier y Manolo Cardona en
los roles principles. Junto a
ellos, aparecen el reconocido
Bruno Bichir, la primera actriz
Angelica Arag6n, la venezolana
Galy Espino y Beto Cuevas, ex
integrante del grupo La Ley, en
su debut como actor al inter-
pretar a un sacerdote.
Jaime Bayli es periodista,
escritor, productor y guionista.
Ha trabajado como presenta-
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tor ha publicado ocho novelas
en Espafia y America Latina.
En 1997 se hizo acreedor del
Premio Herralde a la excelencia
en literature en Espafia por
su obra La noche es virgen. Su
novela No se lo digas a nadie,
fue llevada al cine en 1998.
Premios
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Extranjero entire las 50 peliculas
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La pelicula sera transmitida
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El character de un CANCER
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rrido hasta brillante y famoso.
Los cancer son conservadores
y les encanta la seguridad y el
calor de su hogar. Desde fuera
parecen decididos, resistentes,
tercos, tenaces, energeticos,
sabios e intuitivos. No obstan-
te los que les conocen desde la
intimidad pueden ver un tipo
de persona totalmente distinto
- alguien sensible sobre todo
hacia las personas a las que
quieren.
ARIES: del 21 de marzo al
20 de abril
Nunca diga nunca. Si en el
pasado recibi6 una propuesta
laboral que no le satisfacia o
no cumplia sus objetivos y la
rechaz6 por ello, ahora desea-
rias volver a tener la oportu-
nidad de former parte de un
proyecto asi.
TAURO: del 21 de abril al
20 de mayo
Una novedad que le hard
much ilusi6n esta a punto de
llegar a su vida. Pasara unos
dias de intense descontrol en
los que ocurriran cosas ines-
peradas, muchas le tomard un
tiempo similar y comprender.
Prepdrese para lo que se le
viene encima.
GEMINIS: del 21 de mayo
al 20 de junior
Todos sus amigos y allega-
dos, sin venir a cuento y sin
que se lo espere para nada,
contaran con usted para todos
sus planes nocturnos. Disfrute
del moment y llene con un
poco mas de dinero su carter,
porque lo necesitard.
CANCER: del 21 de junior
al 22 de julio
A la hora de decidirse para
elegir a esa persona con la que
compartir su vida o iniciar una
relaci6n mas seria, deberia
tener en cuenta c6mo le hace
sentir y ser en cada moment
cuando estan juntos.
LEO: del 23 de julio al 23
de agosto
No sea dictador de sus pro-
pias opinions. Abra un poco


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por Pavel Antequera, en
apoyo a los afectados y
sobrevivientes de cancer
la mente y procure comprender
que hay mas puntos de vista, y
son tan validos como el suyo.
Si no abandon esa actitud,
se encontrard con algCn otro
enfrentamiento en el que no
saldrd bien parade.
VIRGO: del 24 de agosto
al 23 de septiembre
No empiece una guerra
sin agotar las negociaciones
primero. Est& a punto de
enfrentarse a una situaci6n
complicada con su pareja, y
el alterarse demasiado sin
analizar posibles punts de
acuerdo dificultara el enten-
dimiento.
LIBRA: del 24 de septiem-
bre al 23 de octubre
Quizd confia demasiado en
su suerte, y deberia plantear-
se si hacer eso es lo correct.
Deje algunas decisions al
azar, y no se esfuerce todo
lo que deberia porque estd
acostumbrada a que la suerte
le sonria y le libre de muchos
infortunios.
ESCORPIO: del 24 de
octubre al 22 de noviembre.
Perseguir los suefios de
cada uno es bueno, pero quizd
obsesionarse con ello y poner
demasiados recursos y energia
en un proyecto muy inestable,
podria causarle perdidas a
corto plazo. Luche p6r lo que
quiere, pero no olvide cuales
son sus preferencias y priori-
dades en la vida.
SAGITARIO: del 24 de no-
viembre al 23 de diciembre
Vivira una semana de in-
tenso trabajo y sera mas pro-


curado de lo que desea. Mu-
chas personas dependent de
usted, y eso le roba tiempo
para dedicdrselo a si mismo.
Quiza sea hora de plantar cara
a los que disponen de usted a
sus anchas, y hacer que sean
un poco mas independientes,
para darle tambi6n a usted un
poco de autonomia.
CAPRICORNIO: del 24 de
diciembre al 20 de enero
Callarse las cosas no debe-
ria ser una opci6n. De ser asi,.
eti un moment de presi6n o
discusi6n podria reventar y
soltar todo aquello que no ha
dicho antes, y no conseguird
mas que empeorar la situa-
ci6n, con events del pasado
que dej6 sin solucionar. Hable
y muestre su punto de vista,
aunque piense que no sera
del todo aceptado; esta en su
derecho de opinar libremente.
ACUARIO: del 21 de enero
al 19 de febrero
-Recibird una propuesta
para una inversi6n que le
aportard muchos berieficios
a largo plazo. Puede llegar
a hacer cualquier cosa que
imagine, pero si nunca da el
paso para intentarlo, sus pre-
tensiones no quedaran en mas
que simples proyectos.
PISCIS: del 20 de febrero
al 20 de marzo
Puede tardar tan s6loun
minute en fijarse en alguien
y pensar que sera la persona
con la que pasard el rest de
su vida. Tiende a idealizar a
las personas, y deberia procu-
rar no hacer eso, porque tiene
mas posibilidades de quie le
defrauden y pasarlo mal. Si de
verdad piensa que puede ser
amor, dese tiempo a usted y a
la otra persona para conocerse
completamente y decidir si la
relaci6n tiene realmente futil-
ro, o s61o se trata de algunos
sentimientos confuses.

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Freno provisional a ley de

prohibici6n de negocios

con Cuba


El Tribunal de Justicia Fe-
deral de Florida paraliz6 pro-
visionalmente, el pasado mar-
tes, la entrada en vigor de una
ley que prohibe a los organis-
mos plublicos de este estado
contratar empresas que ten-
gan vinculos comerciales con
Cuba.
El juez Michael Moore emi-
ti6 un fallo temporal contra
dicha ley que estaba previs-
to entrara en vigor el pr6ximo
1 de julio- tras escuchar los
arguments expuestos por
Odebrecht USA, filial en Miami
del grupo brasileflo del mismo
nombre, que present un re-
curso de inconstitucionalidad
a principios de junior.
La cuestionada ley que
prohibe a las entidades pibli-
cas del estado la adjudicaci6n
de contratos por valor de al
menos un mill6n de d6lares-
fue firmada el pasado l-de
mayo por el gobernador de Flo-


rida, Rick Scott, en un acto al
que acudieron los legisladores
cubano-americanos que pro-
movieron esta iniciativa: Rene
Garcia y Michael Bileca, asi
como representantes de orga-
nizaciones del exilio.
El portavoz de Odebrecht
USA, afirm6 que estan "muy
satisfechos con el fallo del tri-
bunal y el acuerdo de 6ste con
nuestra posici6n legal". La de-
manda de Odebrecht aleg6 que
su filial nunca ha tenido acti-
vidades comerciales con Cuba
y defini6 a esta ley como "in-
constitucional" puesto que fija
aspects de political exterior
que son facultades exclusivas
del Gobierno federal.
La multinational brasilefia
- que opera en una veintena de
paises express igualmente su
determinaci6n de "continuar
defendiendo su derecho a ser-
vir al estado de Florida y sus
gobieros locales".


Noticias de Inmigracion
Director de Inmigraci6n de Caridades Cat6licas
Por Jos6 Fern6ndez

Estudiantes indocumentados tienen
dudas sobre la enmienda de la p6liza de
Inmigraci6n recientemente aprobada por la
administraci6n Obama
Pregunta: Me llamo Pedro y soy originario de Mexico. Des-
pues de revisar cuidadosamente los requisitos sobre la enmien-
da de la p6liza de Inmigraci6n anunciada recientemente por la
administraci6n Obama, dos de mis hermanos y yo reunimos
todos los requisitos. Mis hermanos, al igual que yo, fuimos trai-
dos a EE.UU. por nuestros padres cuando eramos menores de
16 afios de edad. Tenemos mis de cinco afios viviendo en este
pais y no tenemos ningun arrest. Uno de mis hermanos esta
asistiendo a la preparatoria. Mi otro hermano y yo somos me-
nores de 30 afios de edad y ya obtuvimos nuestro certificado
de preparatoria (High School). A pesar de que tenemos esta
gran oportunidad de calificar por la media presentada por el
president Obama, mis hermanos y yo tenemos varias dudas.
Por ejemplo, eque sucedera con esta enmienda si el president
Obama pierde la presidencia y es elegido otro candidate? Des-
pues de cumplir los treinta afios de edad, 6seguir6 calificando
para este beneficio? Tampoco se sabe si las personas continua-
ran calificando si no continifan sus studios despues de termi-
nar la preparatoria. Nos podria decir su opinion sobre estas
dudas, las cuales seguramente otros estudiantes comparten
con nosotros sobre esta nueva enmienda de inmigraci6n.
Respuesta: Pedro, cada una de las dudas mencionadas son
muy vilidas. Entendemos que el mayor temor que usted y otros
sienten es que va a suceder cuando ya no califiquen para este
beneficio temporal. Es cierto que al Inmigraci6n tenerlos iden-
tificados, ustedes consideran la posibilidad de que puedan ser
deportados. Seguramente usted y otros estudiantes dudan si
aprovechar esta oportunidad presentada o simplemente quedar-
se como estdn y luchar para que el Congreso apruebe el Dream
Act. Lo que si serd possible bajo este beneficio es que los es-
tudiantes que lo soliciten podran tener su permiso de trabajo,
seguro social, licencia de manejar y continuar sus studios al
menos por dos afios. Es muy possible que una vez mis estos es-
tudiantes puedan continuar su educaci6n y demostrar sus bue-
nas aptitudes academicas y civiles, y sin duda tendrdn mis apo-
yo de otros estudiantes y de la comunidad para seguir luchando
para que el Congreso apruebe el Dream Act.


J )riznas Culturales

Spor Leonardo Venta


Peregrinaje al altar de la muisica espaniola


Una entusiasta audiencia
de seguidores del Teatro Lirico
Espafiol de Tampa hizo caso
omiso de los parties meteoro-
16gicos que pronosticaban una
tarde tempestuosa, al darse
cita el domingo, 24 dejunio, en
el Sal6n de Actos del legendario
Centro Asturiano de Ybor City
para presenciar el espectaculo
"El nombre de Espafia".
El program incluia cancio-
nes que despertaban nostalgia,
como "Maitechu mia" (de la
tradici6n vasca); otras obia-
ban jfibilo, como "Francisco
Alegre" y "Granada"; asi como
"Bailes Bastones", "Bulerias" y
"Rumba Flamenca" incitaron al
maximo la espafolidad euf6-
rica de los asistentes. Simple-
mente fue como sentir a Espa-
fa resguardados de un fuerte
aguacero dominguero bajo un
literal paraguas artistic.
Rene Gonzalez fue el res-
ponsable de este cara a cara
con la mlisica y el baile penin-
sular a traves del tiempo y sus
disimiles espacios geogrfficos.
La agrupaci6n musical que
dirige el pianist y arreglista
Steve MacColley acompafi6
a los solistas Mary Gonzalez,
Melanie Rose, Michael Pruitt y
Rolando P6rez, quienes pusie-
ron timbre mel6dico y garras
interpretativas a las .encanta-
doras canciones que pulieron
la funci6n.
.Al mismo tiempo, el grupo
"Faustino y sus bailaoras" y la
solista Alta Faisone pusieron
la danza iberica a tono con la
atm6sfera que exigia un recin-
to como el Centro Asturiano.
Entre las piezas bailadas mis
aplaudidas figuraron "Rumba
flamenca", por "Faustino y sus
bailaoras", y el bello intermezzo
de "La Boda de Luis Alonso",
interpretado por Alta Faisone
con un dominio agraciado de
los pasos ritmicos y el manejo
de las castafluelas.
Rene Gonzalez, uno de los
profesionales de la palabra
mis versdtiles de Tampa,
anim6 la matinee en perfect
castellano e ingles. Interpret6,
asimismo, "La S6tima", pieza a
tiempo de chotis ritmo muy
parecido al de -la polca, pero
con una cadencia mis reposa-
da -, que 1l mismo compuso en
1986. La canci6n ha adquirido
vigencia con la pol6mica sobre
cual debiera ser la manera
correct de pronunciar y es-
cribir el nombre de la hist6rica
"Setima Avenida" de la ciudad
de Ybor.
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que combine con un esplndido mant6n de manila


fue escogido con meticulosidad
por Rene Gonzalez, teniendo en
cuenta la variedad, el interns y
el eclecticismo que perseguia
un program de esta indole.
En 6ste predomin6 el paso
double, segfin Gonzalez, el bailey
espafol de sal6n mis tipico;
las bulerias; el zorcico, un
ritmo tipico de baile popular
traditional vasco-navarro; las
sevillanas y la rumba flamen-
ca, entire otros. El preg6n muy
madrilefo de "La violetera", y
"Clavelitos", interpretados por
Melanie Rose, recorrieron ala-
gadas mesas donde avivaban
duendes de qui6n sabe cual re-
cuerdo obsequiado con flores.
El vestuario fue colorido,
vivificante, muy acorde al
estilo del montaje del especta-
culo. Sobresalieron los trajes
exhibidos por Mary Gonzalez,
especialmente el que port con
garbo en su interpretaci6n de
"Carmen de Espafia", al hacer
gala de una legitima mantilla
de madrofio negro, apreciable
prenda del traje tipico en las


gaditanas.
Finalizado el espectaculo,
Rene Gonzalez y los miembros
del elenco se mostraron satis-
fechos y agradecidos ante la
excelente recepci6n de los asis-
tentes, sabedores estos filtimos
de que aquella era la finica
oportunidad que tendrian en
todo el afio para disfrutar en
vivo de la mf-sica traditional
espafiola en el area de Tampa.
Concluido este agasajo ar-
tistico, el Teatro Lirico se
alista para conmemorar el
quincuag6simo cuarto (54)
aniversario de la compafia.
El sefior Gonzalez alma de
esta agrupaci6n, con mis de
300 espectdculos a lo largo de
mis de cinco decadas de ca-
rrera comparti6 conmigo una
frase poftica que compendia el
sentir de toda esta resefia: "Ha
sido muy grato haber visto los
rostros de las personas que
asistieron al espectaculo como
si hubiera side una peregri-
naci6n al altar de la mfisica
espainola".


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Del 2 de junior al 9 de septiembre
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2:00 p.m. y 7:00 p.m.

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Network Server Equipment, IFB-12050G HP Virtualization
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Opportunities / Open Solicitations. Inquiries to any solicitations
should be directed to the specific Contract Specialist on each
open solicitation.
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LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO. 12-004901 DIVISION K
TAMPA BAY APARTMENTS, LLC, a
Florida limited liability company,
Plaintiff,
vs.
PALMA CEIA EXECUTIVE APART-
MENTS, LLC, a Florida limited liability
company, MICHAEL A. CUEVAS, CAN-
DIDO JESUS LLANO, UNITED STATES
OF AMERICA, DEPARTMENT OF THE
TREASURY INTERNAL REVENUE
SERVICE, and CITY OF TAMPA,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF SALE
Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to
a Final Judgment of Foreclosure entered
in the above-styled cause, in the Circuit
Court of Hillsborough County, Florida, I
will sell the property situated in Hillsbor-
ough County, Florida described as:
Legal Description:
Lot 19, Block 61, PALMA CEIA PARK,
according to map or plat thereof as re-
corded at Plat Book 4, Page 58 of the
public records of Hillsborough County,
Florida.
Property Address: 3404 Santiago
Street, Tampa, FL
PIN: A-34-29-18-3U4-000061-00019.0
at public sale, to the highest and the best
bidder, for cash, in Rooms 201/202, 2nd
Floor of the George Edgecomb Court-
house, 800 E. Twiggs St., Tampa, Florida,
at 10:00 a.m., on July 27, 2012.
If you are a person with a disability who


LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
needs any accommodation in order to par-
ticipate in this proceeding, you are entitled,
at no cost to you, to the provisions of certain
assistance. Please contact the ADA Coor-
dinator at the Hillsborough County Court-
house, 800 E. Twiggs Street, room 604, or
call (813) 272-7040 within 2 working days
of your receipt of this notice; if you are hear-
ing impaired, call 1-800-955-8771; if you
are voice impaired, call 1-800-955-8770.
Dated on the 23rd day of May, 2012
Pat Frank
As Clerk of the Circuit Court
By Felicia L. Patterson, as Deputy Clerk
Frank Miranda, Esquire
703 W. Swann Ave., Tampa, FL 33606
6/29-7/6/12 2T
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO. 09-CA-029496
SECTION II RF
WELLS FARGO BANK, NA,
Plaintiff,
vs.
EVA SERRANO, et al,
Defendant(s).
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant
to a Final Judgment of Mortgage Fore-
closure dated June 15, 2012 and entered
in Case No. 09-CA-029496 of the Circuit
Court of the THIRTEENTH Judicial Circuit
in and for HILLSBOROUGH County, Flor-
ida wherein WELLS FARGO BANK, NA is
the Plaintiff and EVA SERRANO; EAGLE
PALMS HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION,


LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
INC.; are the Defendants, The Clerk of the
Court will sell to the highest and best bid-
der for cash at 2nd Floor of the George E.
Edgecomb Building, Room 201/202, locat-
ed at 800 East Twiggs Street, Tampa, Flor-
ida, 33602 at 10:00 AM, on the 19th day of
July, 2012, the following described property
as set forth in said Final Judgment:
LOT 70, EAGLE PALM PHASE TWO,
ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THERE-
OF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK
113, PAGES 11 THROUGH 22, OF
THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HILLS-
BOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA.
A/K/A 8950 MOONLIT MEADOWS
LOOP, RIVERVIEW, FL 33569.
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of the date of the
Lis Pendens must file a claim within sixty
(60) days after the sale.
If you are a person with a disability who
needs any accommodation in order to par-
ticipate in this proceeding, you are entitled,
at no cost to you, to the provisions of certain
assistance. Please contact the ADA Coor-
dinator at the Hillsborough County Court-
house, 800 E. Twiggs Street, Room 604, or
call (813) 272-7040 within 2 working days
of your receipt of this notice; if you are hear-
ing impaired, call 1-800-955-8771; if you
are voice impaired, call 1-800-955-8770.
WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of
this Court on June 23, 2012.
Pat Frank
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By Alexis De La Rosa
Deputy Clerk
Ronald R. Wolfe & Associates, P.L.
P.O. Box 25018, Tampa, FL 33622-5018
F09112182
6/29-7/6/12 2T


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Consecuencias del Intercambio Comercial

entire Cuba y Venezuela


Por Yuslandy Armas
Traductor e Interprete
Cuando. el 30 de octubre
del 2000 se firmara el Con-
venio Integral de Cooperaci6n
Cuba Venezuela, parecia que
el gobierno cubano habia en-
contrado en Chavez el aliado
perdido con el derrumbe del
campo socialist y regresarian
las prebendas devenidas de
la dependencia de Cuba a la
Uni6n Sovi6tica durante la
Guerra Fria. Esta vez, todo
apuntaba hacia un intercam-
bio mas abarcador y equitativo
del que se beneficiarian am-
bas naciones, utilizando las
potencialidades de cada cual
en una "solidaria" ayuda, en
el intent de cambiar el esce-
nario politico no s61o de am-
bos paises, sino de otros esta-
dos latinoamericanos y buscar
asi una alternative al sistema
capitalist.
Aunque no s61o limitado al
campo de la energia, el con-
venio se enfocaba en el inter-
cambio de profesionales cu-
banos de la salud, educaci6n
y deported a cambio de un fa-
vorable comercio de petr6leo
venezolano con muy bajas ta-
sas de intereses y periods de
pago considerablemente lar-
gos. Si bien esta relaci6n co-
Inienza a trav6s de la simpatia
mutua entire Hugo Chavez y
el entonces president cubano
Fidel Castro, las cosas pare-


cen seguir marchando segdn
lo planeado con la sustituci6n
del nuevo president Raul
Castro.
Como parte de los acuerdos,
el mayor beneficiado parece
ser el gobiero de La Habana.
Al comenzar este convenio
Venezuela acuerda enviar al-
rededor de 53. 000 barriles
de crudo diario con hasta el
25% de financiamiento reem-
bolsable en 15 afios, con una
tasa de interns del 2% despues
de un period de gracia de dos
afios. Estas cifras han aumen-
tado con los anos de negocia-
ciones, aunque es dificil saber
con certeza a cudnto, debido
a la falta de informaci6n por
parte del gobierno cubano so-
bre la situaci6n econ6mica del
pais en general.
Por su parte, en abril del
afio 2003 lRegan los primeros
m6dicos cubanos a Venezuela
para poner en march la
Misi6n Barrio Adentro I, que
garantizaba el acceso a la
salud plblica a aquellos sec-
tores mds pobres y al cual,
a lo largo de los afios le han
seguido otros programs aTrn
mds ambiciosos creando Cen-
tros de Diagn6stico Integral
(CDI), Centros M6dicos de Alta
Tecnologia (CAT), Salas de Re-
habilitaci6n (SRI) y una red de
Clinicas Populares.
En el 2009, con motive de
la VIII Cumbre del Alba, el


Obama y Romney en la

Conferencia de NALEO


El pasado sabado, 23 de
junior, culmin6 la conferencia
annual de la Asociaci6n Nacio-
nal de Funcionarios Latinos y
Designados (NALEO), la cual.
cont6 con la presencia de mas
de 1,000 funcionarios latinos
del pais, tuvo como oradores el
president Barack Obama y a
su rival electoral Mitt Romney.
Ambos se centraron en el
tema migratorio en la campa-
fia electoral para asegurar el
voto latino, que podria marcar
la diferencia en los comicios
presidenciales.
El president Barack Oba-
ma prometi6 luchar por una
reform migratoria integral,
luego de su anuncio de la se-
mana pasada de suspender
las deportaciones de unos 800
mil j6venes estudiantes in-
documentados, y acus6 a los
Srepublicanos de frenarla du-
rante sus tres afios y medio de
gobierno.
Por su parte, Romney cam-
bi6 el tono utilizado a lo largo
de las primaries y propuso un
plan migratorio permanent
que dej6 mas preguntas que
respuestas entire la audiencia
y los analistas, el cual propo-
ne facilitar el camino a la re-
sidencia, mejorar el sistema
para permitir la entrada de
trabajadores agricolas y com-
pletar un muro con alta tecno-
logia en los mas de 3.000 kms
de frontera con Mexico.
Tampoco indic6 que haria
por legalizar a los 11,5 millo-


Obama y Romney continuian
la carrera por .onquistar el
el anhelado voto latino
nes de indocumentados que
ya viven en el pais, y qu6 suer-
te correrian los j6venes estu-
diantes indocumentados que
luchan por el denominado
Dream Act, que abriria la via a
su legalizaci6n en el pais.
Segpin esta organizaci6n
hispana, al menos 12,2 mi-
1lones de hispanos acudiran a
las urnas en noviembre pr6xi-
mo y su voto sera clave en es-
tados "bisagras" como Arizo-
na, Colorado, Florida, Nevada
y Nuevo Mexico.
La necesidad de acaparar
el voto latino en las elecciones
presidenciales fue demostra-
da claramente en el foro lati-
no. "La presencia de ambos
candidates en un foro latino
como NALEO esta semana de-
muestra cuan clave es la co-
munidad latina para llegar a
la presidencia en Estados Uni-
dos", afirm6 Arturo Vargas,
director ejecutivo de la Asocia-
ci6n Nacional de Funcionarios
Latinos Electos y Designados
(NALEO), que delebr6 esta se-
mana su convenci6n annual.


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BOZA ZEL,



En Memoria De


y Ren6 Vald6z

Angel J. Flores

Catherine Lamela


Mario Guerra

Maria C. Suarez

Mario G. Jacomino


Erika Susan Robinson

4730 N. Armenia Ave.
877-7676
Se Habla Espahol

Pigina 10/LA GACETA/Vieries, 29 de junio de 2012


entonces Ministro del Poder
Popular para la Economia y
Finanzas de Venezuela, Ali Ro-
driguez Araque, express que
"gracias al intercambio con
Cuba se ha podido brindar
atenci6n primaria gratuita a
unos 17 millones de venezo-
lanos, atenci6n oftalmol6gica
que ha devuelto la vista a unas
300 mil personas y un sinfin
de beneficios director para la
poblaci6n". En el 2011, el co-
ordinador del Centro Oftal-
mol6gico del estado Vargas,
Carlos Padilla, dio a conocer
que la Misi6n Milagro (proyec-
to humanitario levado a cabo
por m6dicos cubanos para
devolver la salud visual a los
venezolanos) habia atendido a
cerca de 500 mil pacientes.
Pero, 6qu6 ha pasado en
Cuba con el sistema de salud
public despu6s de estos
proyectos? Tales intercambios
tienen consecuencias directs
en la poblaci6n cubana que
antes se beneficiaba de uno de
los mejores sistemas de salud
del mundo. Inevitablemente,
exportar el material human
ha tenido su efecto en el pais,
donde toda la red del sistema
medico comienza desde la
base. Los beneficios ofrecidos
en t6rminos materials a .los
profesionales y tecnicos que
van en calidad de "colabora-
dores", como son llamados en
la isla, es el canto de sirena
para garantizar un salario
muy por encima de la media
cubana. Con los estimulos
materials se ha expandido el
deseo de "cumplir misi6n" en
la hermana Venezuela. Sin
embargo, aquellos m6dicos y
enfermeros que decide que-
darse en la isla, se ven ahora
frente a la tarea de levar una
carga de trabajo mayor.


Con esta pplitica exterior en
la mira, para nada nueva sino
mas bien reforzada, el gobierno
cubano ha previsto masificar
la formaci6n de profesionales
y t6cnicos de la salud, bajando
cada vez mas los requisitos
para el ingreso a las carre-
ras de medicine y enfermeria.
Error que luego tienen que en-
mendar los profesores de la vie-
ja escuela. Los programs de
formaci6n duran ahora menos
tiempo y los "especialistas" en
las diferentes disciplines m6di-
cas terminan sus studios en
tiempo record. Todo esto con el
prop6sito de llevar.adelante la
exportaci6n de profesionales a
toda costa. El dafio en los servi-
cios pliblicos es visible, no s61o
porque se complica el acceso
a este, sino tambi6n porque
disminuye la calidad de ese
servicio m6dico desde el punto
de vista professional y etico. La
inexperiencia de los nuevos
graduados y el agotamiento por
carga de trabajo de los mas ex-
pertos, han hecho que un ser-
vicio tan sensible como el de la
salud, se corrompa tanto como
el resto de las actividades so-
ciales.
La cifra de pacientes
por medico ha aumentado
casi el double. Las guardias
"voluntarias" en hospitals y


policlinicos por las que no re-
ciben salario adicional lRegan
a cuatro veces al mes. Es casi
obligatorio para un especial-
ista practicar la docencia, ain
cuando muchos de ellos tengan
poca aptitud ante el magisterio,
o ninguna. En los litimos dos
afios se ha buscado incremen-
tar el salario de los m6dicos
que ejercen en la isla, pero de
poco ha servido si pensamos
que ese aumento es prActica-
mente simb6lico.
No es absurdo pensar que la
necesidad lleve a la corrupci6n.
Ya no es dificil sobornar a un
medico para obtener asistencia
o acceder a un procedimiento
al que antes no era dificil Ile-
gar.
La apatia y el descontento se
han apoderado de aquellos que
quisieron hacer ciencia en el
pais, mientras que el objetivo,
incluso de los que todavia estdn
en las escuelas de medicine, es
"cumplir una misi6n" en tierras
venezolanas, para garantizar
una remuneraci6n que, si bien
no de por vida, si alcanza para
sobrepasar las carencias a las
que se enfrenta el resto de los
profesionales cubanos.
Para traducciones en inglds, espa-
rol y alemdn, Ilamar al (813) 562-
8151 o por correo electr6nico:armas.
yuslandy@gmail.com


IBITBARIO SEMANAL LATINO


Jos6 Garcia, falleci6 a los
62 afios. Le sobreviven su es-
posa Maria y otros familiares.
Maria Guadalupe GonzA-
lez-Paniagua, falleci6 a los 69
afios. Le sobreviven sus hijos
y nietos.
David L. DiBlasio, falleci6
a los 57 afios. Le sobreviven
sus hijos Charles junto a su
esposa Melissa, Jessica jun-
to a su esposo Jim, Danielle
junto a su esposo Shawn, su
madre Barbara y seis nietos.
Alexander M. DiCenzo, fa-
lleci6. Le sobreviven su espo-
sa Norma, hijos, hijas y otros
familiares.
Ernestina Ortega, falleci6
a los 82 afios. Le sobreviven
sus hijos Diane J. y William
E.., asi como sus nietos Joe,
Eric y Billy.
Antoinette Alvarez Sardi-
fas "Nena", falleci6 a los 84
aios Le sobreviven su hijo
Manuel junto a su esposa Ja-
net y su hija Nancy junto a su


esposo Ken; sus nietos Kelly
junto a su esposo Erick, Erin
junto a su esposo Dan, Paul,
Dana, Patrick, Vickie y Casey;
sus bisnietos Colin, Tori, Ella,
Eamon, Tara y Jeremy. Ade-
mas le sobreviven numerosos
sobrinos y sorbrinas.
Matthew Capelo-Fine, fa-
lleci6. Le sobreviven familia-
res y amigos.
Enid Osborne Scanio, fa-
lleci6 a los 98 afios. Le so-
breviven sus hijos Joseph
Douglas Anthony, Alan junto
a su esposa Patty, Gregory Ja-
mes junto a su esposa April y
su hija Elaine junto a su espo-
so Harris. Tambi6n le sobrevi-
ven ocho nietos, doce bisnie-
tos y numerosos sobrinos y
sobrinas.
Julia M. Pifieiro, falleci6
a los 73 afios. Le sobreviven
familiares y amigos.
Sofia Alvarez, falleci6 a los
74 afios. Le sobrevive su es-
poso Pablo P6rez.


Joseph Cefaratti, falleci6
a los 82 afios. Le sobreviven
su hijo Bryan junto a su espo-
sa Tania, sus hermanas Rita y
Helen, asi como su nieto An-
thony.
Grace DiFlavis, falleci6 a
los 84 afios. Le sobreviven su
hijo Dominic junto a su es-
posa Tammera, su hermana
Carmilla, ademas de familia-
res y amigos.
William Doremus, falleci6
a los 46 afios. Le sobreviven
su madre Heather, sus abue-
los Kerry y Lisa, su tia Jen-
nifer, su tio Sean, ademAs de
familiares y amigos.
Antolina Rodriguez, falle-
ci6 alos 82'afios. Le sobrevive
su hija Nancy Ruiz, asi como
familiares y amigos.
F6lix Cruz, falleci6 a los 73
afios. Le sobreviven familia-
res y amigos.
Juan Mois6s Negrin, falle-
ci6 a los 71 afios. Le sobrevi-
ven familiares y amigos.


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La Pagia Ital Sna


Tindari e il suo

Santuario


Continuando con suggeri-
menti su luoghi e tradizioni
popolari'in Italia, questa setti-
mana vogliamo parlare un poco
di una localita' della Sicilia che
ha per nome Tindari, molto
famosa fra le altre cose per il
suo famoso santuario dedicate
alla Madonna di Tindari.
Per chi arrival a Tindari da
Est, il susseguirsi di colline di-
gradanti che si gettano in mare
formando capo Tindari sembra
un grande drago placidamente
addormentato con, posato sul-
la testa, il santuario, visible fin
da lontano. Ci si inerpica lungo
la "schiena" godendo di begli
scorci sul Golfo di Patti e sulle
spiagge fino a Capo di Milazzo.
Il santuario, costruito re-
centemente, ospita una Ver-
gine nera bizantina ed e meta
di pellegrinaggi soprattutto
in maggio, mese mariano, e
settembre. A picco sotto il san-
tuario (visibili dalla terrazza
antistante) si possono vedere
i Laghetti di Marinello, piccoli
specchi d'acqua che il mare
crea insinuandosi nella baia
sabbiosa, different ogni volta.


r


La nascita di questi laghetti
e legata alla leggenda di una
bimba caduta dall'alto del
capo a causa della madre mi-
scredente (la donna non voleva
"affidarsi" ad una Vergine nera)
*e miracolosamente salvata
dall'improvviso ritirarsi delle
acque impetuose che lascia-
rono il posto, per accoglierla
ed attutire la caduta, ad una
coltre di sabbia office. Nel 82
uno dei laghetti assunse una
forma simile ad una donna
velata di profile nella quale la
gente ravvis6 la Madonna del
santuario.
I laghetti sono raggiungibili
a piedi dalle spiagge di Oliveri.
Posta in bella posizione, sul-
la sommitA del capo omonimo,
la colonia greca Tyndaris viene
fondata dal tiranno di Siracusa
Dionisio il Vecchio nel 6 a.C.
per i profughi spartani alla fine
della guerra del Peloponneso
(4 a.C.).
Ii nome, forse pre-esistente,
si riconduce ai Dioscuri, chia-
mati anche Tindaridi, ed al loro
padre terreno Tindaro, eroe e re
mitico di Sparta, sposo di Leda


e padre anche di Elena, causa
indiretta, vuole la leggenda,
della guerra di Troia, narrata
da Omero nell'liade, il legame
tra la citta ed i due gemelli
(il cui padre divino e Zeus) e
testimoniato dalla presenza
di raffigurazioni su monete e
mosaici.
In posizione dominant e
naturalmente protetta, la nuo-
va citt& e un punto strategic
nel controllo del tratto di mare
compreso tra le Eolie e Messi-
na. L'imponente cinta muraria
costruita dalla parte della terra
non serve purtroppo ad evitare
la caduta in mano cartaginese.
Passata in seguito sotto
il dominio romano, la citta
conosce un period di grande
prosperity durante il quale
vengono costruiti o modificati
rnolti edifici pubblici: scuole,
mercati, stabilimenti termali
ed il teatro, di origine greca,
ma modificato per assecondare
le esigenze del nuovo pubblico.
Tindari va per6 incontro ad un
period di decadenza che trova
i punti salienti in una frana che
fa precipitare parte della cittd
e nella conquista musulmana
del IX sec. D.C.
Le mura Lungo la salita
che conduce alla sommitd di


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LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO. 2008-CA-029056 DIVISION D
COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS
SERVICING L.P.,
Plaintiff,
vs.
KEVIN IHM, et al,
Defendant(s).
NOTICE OF RESCHEDULED SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN Pursuant
to an Order Rescheduling June 25, 2012
Foreclosure Sale dated June 19, 2012,
and entered in Case No. 2008-CA-029056
of the Circuit Court of the Thirteenth Judi-
cial Circuit in and for Hillsborough Coun-
ty, Florida, in which Countrywide Home
Loans Servicing L.P., is the Plaintiff and
Kevin B. Ihm, Deborah Jones a/k/a Re-


LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
nee Jones, Hillsborough County Florida,
King's Mill Townhomes Owner's Asso-
ciation, Inc., State of Florida Department
of Revenue, are defendants, I will sell
to the highest and best bidder for cash
on the 2nd floor, rooms 201/202 in the
George E. Edgecomb Courthouse at 800
E. Twiggs Street, Tampa, FL 33602, Hills-
borough County, Florida, at 2:00 PM on
the 21st day of August, 2012, the follow-
ing described property as set forth in said
Final Judgment of Foreclosure:
LOT 6, BLOCK 12, OF KINGS MILL,
ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THERE-
OF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK
99, PAGE 195, OF THE PUBLIC REC-
ORDS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUN-
TY, FLORIDA.
A/K/A 3352 SPY TOWER CT, VAL-
RICO, FL 33594.
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, if any, other than the
property owner as of the date of the Lis
Pendens must file a claim within 60 days


LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
after the sale.
If you are a person with a disability who
needs any accommodation in order to par-
ticipate in this proceeding, you are entitled,
at no cost to you, to the provisions of certain
assistance. Please contact the ADA Coor-
dinator at the Hillsborough County Court-
house, 800 E. Twiggs Street, room 604, or
call (813) 272-7040 within 2 working days
of your receipt of this notice; if you are hear-
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are voice impaired, call 1-800-955-8770.
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this 25th day of June, 2012.
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capo Tindari, si costeggiano
a tratti le imponenti mura
costruite al tempo di Dionisio
e rafforzate e sostituite in se-
guito da un doppio paramento
di massi di pietra squadrata.
La cinta racchiudeva solo nei
punti non difesi naturalmente
la cittd, che aveva una pianta
regolare, con tre ampi decuma-
ni (le vie principal e parallel)
e cardini perpendicolari. La
conformazione del terreno,
in salita, facilitava il sistema
fognario che correva lungo
queste strade secondarie, in
pendenza, un piccolo Antiqua-
rium, oltre l'ingresso agli scavi
sulla sinistra, espone reperti
rinvenuti durante gli scavi.
Tra gli altri monument
troviamo la Basilica. E' un
bell'edificio ad arcate i cui resti
danno un'idea della grandezza
original.
Anche se il nome lo design
come il luogo destinato alle as-
semblee, la sua vera funzione
resta incerta: forse un monu-
mentale propileo dell'agora, lo
spiazzo principal della citta.
Costruito con grand massi
squadrati di pietra arenaria,
presentava, sul front, cinque
archi. Quello central, piu
ampio, costituiva 1'accesso ad
un passaggio coperto con volte
a botte che fungeva da galleria


sulla strada principal.
Si trova, pure il Teatro a
monte del Decumano Supe-
riore, probabilmente la via
principal (sono venuti alla
luce solo due decumani). Di
origine greca (fine del IV sec.
a.C.) fu costruito sfruttando
la natural conformazione del
terreno con la cavea rivolta
verso il mare e le Eolie. Venne
trasformato in epoca imperial
per ospitare i combattimenti
tra gladiatori.
The Lions Club of Ybor City
Mercoledi' 11 luglio prossi-
mo, press la sala del Risto-
rante Columbia in ybor City,
la consegna del Premio Victor
DiMaio."
Quest'anno il premio viene
conferito ai fratelli Joe e Filippo
Caltagirone, per essersi impe-
gnati in molte attivita' socio-
culturali press la nostra
Comunita' Italo-Americana in
Tampa.
La cerimonia di presefita-
zione avra' luogo durante una
deliziosa cena con inizio alle
ore 06.00 p.m.
Il costo di partecipazione e'
di $ 50.00.
r Per maggiori informazioni
potete chiamare la Signora
Peggy Schmechel (813) 248-
3921 oppure il Signor John
Centinaro (813) 933-1869.


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ACROSS
1 Restroom,
for short
4 Upper limit
7 Common
ailments
12 "The
Greatest"
13 Flamenco
cheer
14 Refuge
15 Snapshots
16 Got really
mad
18 Rushmore
face
19 Angle on a
gem
20 Galvanizing
matter
22 Solidify
23 Poi base
27 Weeding
need
29 Courtroom
VIP
31 Kiddie-lit
elephant
34 Portion
35 Online
bookseller
37 Driver's
license
datum
38 Bronx cheer
39 "- Blue?"
41 Cab


45 Second
president
47 X rating?
48 Linda
Ronstadt hit
52' Moreover
53 Supermarket
section
54 Inseparable
55 Golf position
56 To the rear,
at sea
57 Roulette bet
58 Remiss

DOWN
1 Bolivia's
capital
2 Out, of
sorts?
3 Prancer's
yokemate
4 salad
5 Claim
6 Cause of
annoyance
7 Brat's
stocking
stuffer
8 Lummox
9 Fighting
Tigers' sch.
10 Bad-mouth
(SI.)
11 Away from
NNW
17 Healthy


21 Actor
Palminteri
23 'Mid,
poetically
24 Sailor's
assent
25 Fun and,
games
26 Raw rock
28 Acapulco
gold
30 Mimic
31 Prevent
32 Doc's org.
33 Director
Luhrmann
36 Zilch, in
Xochimilco
37 Author de
Beauvoir
40 City boss
42 In any way,
shape or
form
43 Ohio city
44 Alphabetical
listing
45 Help a hood
46 Sought
damages
48 Ovine
comment
49 Canadian pol.
party
50 G8 member
51 Sprite


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INFO BEAT

Tax Collector Expands Driver License
Services to East Tampa Area
Doug Belden, Hillsborough County tax collector, announced
the addition of a new branch office, offering driver license services
in the east Tampa area, located at 2814 E. Hillsborough Ave.,
building two. This office opened Monday, June 25.
This new office is a result of legislation passed that mandates
county tax collectors take over all driver license functions in the
State of Florida by 2015. Belden and his staff have a compre-
hensive plan for transitioning state driver license offices located
in Hillsborough County into existing tax collector's offices within
the next three years.
The office will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Customers are encouraged to schedule appointments;
walk-ins are welcome until 3:30 p.m. This is the first tax collec-
tor's office to only provide driver license services, including new
licenses, renewals, replacement licenses, identification cards and
reinstatement services. No driving tests will be administered at
this office. Those customers requiring a driving test should visit
the state office, located at 4100 W. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
For more information regarding licensing services and to
schedule appointments, visit www.hillstax.org or call 635-5200.
Brazil Tampa Chamber Meeting
The new Brazil Tampa Chamber will have an organization
meeting at the Boizao Brazilian Steakhouse, located at 4606 W.
Boy Scout Blvd. in Tampa, on Wednesday, July 18, at 7:30 p.m.
Officially called the Florida Gulf Coast Brazilian Chamber of
Commerce, the group's purpose is to promote trade, employment
opportunities and investments in Florida's Gulf Coast and Brazil.
The guest speaker will be Frank Ryll, global outreach director
of the Florida Chamber of Commerce; Ryll will discuss organiza-
tional and management issues. The chamber will also discuss
its future plans and will select members to serve on committees.
Admission is $40 and includes a full salad bar, "Rodizio" bar-
becue served by Gauchos and soft drinks. Wine, cocktails and
desserts are available a la carte.
Those wishing to attend can email the chamber at info@bra-
ziltampachamber.com. Membership applications will be available
at this meeting. For more information about the Florida Chamber
of Commerce and its mission, visit www.flchamber.com.
Commissioner Beckner Receives Award for
Cracking Down on Insurance Fraud
Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner was rec-
ognized at the 20th annual Florida Insurance Fraud Education
Committee (FIFEC) Conference in Orlando on Thursday, June
14, for his efforts in cracking down on auto insurance fraud
in the county.
Commissioner Beckner received a Special Recognition Award
from FIFEC, a statewide organization that works to prevent and
prosecute insurance fraud. He worked for more than a year
with the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office and other offices
to have an ordinance passed that required the licensing of any
medical clinic that provides treatment or therapy to patients
claiming injury from auto accidents.
On September 21, 2011, the Hillsborough County Board of
Commissioners unanimously passed this ordinance. Previously,
Hillsborough County was ranked number one in the state and
number two in the country for insurance fraud.


Stuart C. Markman
News from Kynes, Markman &
Felman, P.A.
Stuart C. Markman (above left) was named as
one of the Top 100 lawyers in Florida in the 2012
edition of Florida Super Lawyers. He is one of the
firm's founding partners.
Katherine Earle Yanes (above right) has been
sworn in as president of the Hillsborough Associa-
tion of Women Lawyers. Her practice is concen-
trated in all areas of criminal defense,-including
trials, sentencing, investigations, appeals and
post-conviction relief.
James E. Felman was awarded the 2012 James
H. Kynes InThe Trenches Award, presented by the
Trial Lawyers Section of the Hillsborough County
Bar Association. The purpose of this award is to
recognize a local attorney for excellence and in-
tegrity in his or her criminal law practice. Felman
concentrates his practice in criminal defense and
criminal appeals in federal and state courts.
For more information, visit. www.kmf-law.com.
Penton Joins Hill Ward
Henderson
Debra M. Pentonjoined Hill Ward Henderson as
its director offinance and accounting. Penton is a
certified public accountant with more than 20 years
of experience in managing financial operations. She
previously worked at Merlin Law Group as its chief
financial officer. She is involved with the Sirens of
the Golden Sabre and volunteers to host Christmas
parties for children living within adoption homes.
She also participated in Paint Your Heart Out proj-
ects. For more information, visit www.hwhlaw.com.


Katherine Earle Yanes
Curry Joins Broad and Cassel's
Tampa Office
Michael A. Curry recently joined the Tampa
office of Florida-based law firm Broad and
Cassel. He is an associate in its commercial
litigation practice group. Curry is a Clearwa-
ter resident and has been practicing in the
Tampa area since 2006. His law concentration
includes a variety of areas, encompassing real
property litigation, title insurance litigation-and
foreclosures.
He was educated at the University of South
Florida and the University of Florida College of
Law. During his time at the latter school, he was
a member of the Florida Law Review and the
University of Florida Journal of Law and Public
Policy. He also served as a teaching assistance
and clerked for the Honorable Peter K. Sieg of
the Eighth Judicial Circuit and a Gainesville
law firm. Prior to his legal career, he was a
decorated sergeant in the United States Marine
Corps. For more information, visit www.broad-
andcassel.com.
Local Home Health Aide
Honored
Maria Ortega de Rivera was presented with
the Home Health Aide of the Year award from
BAYADA Home Health Care on Saturday, June
2. She accepted the honor during the company's
annual conference, held at the Gaylord National
Resort in Washington, D.C. She was chosen from
hundreds of nominees for her compassion and
dedication.


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Says it all: Monday's Tam-
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sic (page 4) photo of Tropical
Storm Debby doing Bayshore
Boulevard. Four images were
well framed: the top of the bal-
ustrade, a tow truck, a Mer-
cury Capri and a kayaker.
Where else but on Bayshore
when it floods would you in-
congruously find a car and a
kayak?
Note to adults: A flooded
Bayshore is an understand-
able, cell-phone video allure.
So also is the temptation
for your kids to be kids and
wade right in, oblivious to the
backed-up sewer scenarios.
Especially when they're al-
ready in bathing suits. Of
course, it's really not safe. You
don't know what's under their
feet and swirling around their
legs other than bacteria.
Some stories are just so
compelling 'that .it's entirely
likely that both the Times and
the Tampa Tribune will accord
them front-page, above-the-
fold status. But in this case,
they're also a reminder of our
priorities. Both papers went
with assault charges being
dropped against the Bucs'
thuggish Aqib Talib as front-
page fodder last Tuesday.
They then came back the next
day with Armwood High, the
avatar for football ineligibility,
officially finding out what it
had known for months that
it would be forfeiting a cham-
pionship and lots of games.
That's My Boy. Imag-
ine, Adam Sandier has been
around .long enough making
awful, juvenile movies that
he's now playing the role of a
father in one.
Look who has resur-
rected his career after being.
so reviled not that long ago:
erstwhile political consultant
Steve Schmidt. He is, argu-
ably, the one most respon-
sible for imposing Sarah Palin
on the 2008 GOP presidential
ticket as well as on the Ameri-
can psyche. Now, thanks iron-
ically in part to Game Change,
the HBO movie about the Mc-
Cain-Palin campaign, -he has
never been more sought after
in that uniquely American
hybrid of political-show busi-

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ness punditry. He's a big shot
with a big time public rela-
tions firm (Edelman) and is a
regular, GOP-criticizing com-
mentator on MSNBC.
And here's his take, which
dawned on him, he concedes,
shortly after orchestrating the
Palin selection: "She absolute-
ly should not be president: no
way, no how," he recently not-
ed. "I've watched her on the
public stage over the past four
years. There has been zero ef-
fort zero to improve any of
her obvious deficiencies."
But there's a point totally
missed when analyzing the re-
emergence of Steve Schmidt,
political guru. His job in 2008
was to find a possible "game
changer" for a candidate who
increasingly looked and
sounded like an election
loser. A candidate, ironically,
whose campaign theme was
"Country First."
Schmidt was complicit in
putting someone on the tick-
et who would have been that
proverbial heartbeat away
from the presidency. In this
case, an office that would
have been held by a septuage-
narian with a history of can-
cer. That was an unpatriotic,
hypocritical "Candidate First"
calculation that blatantly ig-
nored the best interest of this
country. But it was a helluva
career move.
You know what was more
disturbing than that Daily
Caller website hack who re-
cently interrupted the presi-
dent's prepared remarks?
The conservative talking
heads and bloggers who actu-
ally defended such disrespect-
fully arrogant behavior.
Iran Retrospective
I've been reading with con-
siderable interest the revela-
tions and insights of Nicholas
Kristof, the New York Times
columnist, as he has been
journeying around Iran. His
theme: If we can avoid an
Iran-West war, there's a good
chance Iranians will be sur-
prisingly accommodating.
From his perspective, Iran
and the non-hardliner ma-
jority can be dealt with. For
all of its axis of evilness and
uranium-enrichment fixation,
Iran is not some consummate
infidel-hating, dysfunctional


"stan" country, let alone a to-
tal rogue misfit like North Ko-
rea.
It caused me to reflect
back a dozen years and my
own experience in Iran, and
I absolutely get what Kristof
is saying. To know a nation
and a people only through the
filtered lens of the American
media and international geo-
politics is to court collective ig-
norance. I traveled there with
a contingent of the Friendship
Force, a non-political organi-
zation that fosters friendship
among private citizens world-
wide. It was founded more
than 30 years ago by former
President Jimmy Carter.
Except for a few dyspeptic
mullahs in Yazd, the center
of religious instruction, we
were met with uniform curi-
osity, friendliness and-even
graciousness. Lots of salaam
exchanges. Many Iranians
seemed flattered that some
Americans cared enough to
see their country first hand.
What's important to re-
member about Iranians, and
more than half of them are
under age 25, is that they
are proudly Persian with an
appreciation for literacy and
higher education. Its univer-
sity enrollment is more than
half female. Iran, which was
officially called Persia until
1935, is the only country in-
vaded by Arabs that retained
its language Farsi and cul-
ture.
Two incidents in particular
are still with me because it
underscored a sense of iden-
tification that transcended
decidedly different cultural
norms. A wink-and-nod ac-
knowledgement that all is not
necessarily as it seems.
At the Tehran Airport we
were given a briefing by a gov-
ernment official. Here's how
he put it: "You must remem-
ber that there is no alcohol
available here. It is forbidden.
Not in the hotel. Not in res-
taurants...But if you can find
it somewhere.. .What you do in
your room is your business."
And it had other applica-
tions. We would later learn
that the high-rent district
of North Tehran still existed
- and the worst-kept- secret
was that you would likely find


O'Pilnions To Ijo
By Joe O'Neill


Media Matters, Iran, Vatican


ARIES (March 21 to April
19): Be prepared to face some
challenges stirred up by an
envious colleague. Your best
defense is the Arian's innate
honesty. Stick with the truth,
and you'll come out ahead.
TAURUS (April 20 to May
20): Your sensitivity to the
needs of others is admirable.
But be careful to avoid those
who would take unfair advan-
tage of your good nature, espe-
cially where money is involved.
GEMINI (May 21 to June
20): Having an optimistic at-
titude is fine, as far as it goes.
But don't be lulled into a false
'sense of confidence. There are
still problems to deal with be-
fore you can totally relax.
CANCER (June 21 to July
22): You might feel somewhat
"crabby," as you fuss over-
plans that don't seem to work
out. Maybe you're trying too
hard. Ease up and let things
happen without forcing them.
LEO (July 23 to August 22):
Heed that keen Leonine in-
stinct. It's trying to tell you
to delay making a decision
until you're sure there are no
hidden problems that could
cause trouble later on.
VIRGO (August 23 to Sep-
tember 22): This is a good
time to reach out to those who
might be nursing hurt feel-
ings over recent events. Best
advice: Ignore any pettiness
that could delay the healing
process.
LIBRA (September 23 to
October 22): Your under-
standing helps a colleague get


foreign videos, stylish ensem-
bles, chic coiffures and open
bars very much the cloistered
rage behind closed doors-
where the West was more ven-
erated than vilified.
A well-worn Iranian joke
is illustrative. An archetypal,
fundamentalist, vigilante sort
is asked how the Islamic Rev-
olution-has impacted his life.
He answers: "Very little," and
explains: "Before the Revolu-
tion I got drunk in public and
prayed in private. Now I pray
in public and get drunk at
home."
The other example is the
commentary of a well-traveled
businessman, Akbar Heshani,
from Isfahan. "First of all, I
think America is a great coun-
try, and I love Americans," he
said. "I think a lot of Iranians
would say the same thing. But
I don't think a lot of Ameri-
cans handle their freedoms
with responsibility.
"I know this seems repres-
sive to Americans, but we
don't want your excesses," he
added. "But as for our young
people, who weren't around
for the Revolution, I think
they would like some excess.
I guess all young people do."
Indeed.
Vatican't Get It Right
Not to soundincurably na-
ive, but is nothing truly sa-
cred anymore?
The religion I grew up in,
Roman Catholicism, contin-
ues to experience the crucible
from hell. Clergy abuse, cov-
erups and now the-butler-did-
it, aggravated-theft, Vatican
leaks. What's a Church to do?
Well, apparently what any
other embarrassed, seemingly
blind-sided contemporary or-
ganization sectarian or not
- would do. Go on a media of-
fensive.
First, change the subject:
Thank you, Obamacare. Po-
sition health-insurance-that-
covers-birth-control man-
dates for Catholic-affiliated
hospitals, charities, universi-
ties and social-service agen-
cies as a mortal sin. And in
an effort to mitigate female
outrage, characterize it as an
attack on religious freedom.


through a difficult period. Al-
though you didn't do it for a
reward, be assured that your
actions will be repaid down
the line.
SCORPIO (October 23 to No-
vember 21): You score some
high marks in the workplace,
which will count in your favor
when you face the possibility
of changing direction on your
current career path.
SAGITTARIUS (November
22 to December 21): Your
goal lies straight ahead. Stay
focused on it and avoid dis-
tractions that could throw off
your aim and cause poten-
tially detrimental delays.
SCAPRICORN (December 22 to
January 19): Keep that burst
of exuberance in check and
resist pushing through your
new project before it's ready.
In your personal life, a family
member again needs help.
AQUARIUS (January 20 to
February 18): Paying atten-
tion to your work is important
this week. But so are your re-
lationships with those special
people in your life. Make time
for them as well.
PISCES (February 19 to
March 20): Good news. Some-
one is about to repay a long-
standing debt. But be warned.
That same someone could try
to charm you into lending it
back unless you say no and
mean it.
BORN THIS WEEK: You are
sensitive to matters that in-
volve your home and family.
You would make a fine family-
court judge or social worker.


LA GACETA/Friday, June 29 2012/Page 13


Then upgrade public rela-
tions wherewithal. For further
verification of such a need,
note the clergy-abuse-scandal
message that Pope Benedict
XVI sent to Irish Catholics via
a sports stadium video earlier
this month. "How are we to ex-
plain the fact that people who
regularly received the Lord's
body and confessed their sins
in the sacrament of Penance
have offended in this. way?"
rhetorically asked the Pontiff.
"It remains a mystery."
A "mystery"? Anyone think
that recruitment, an increas-
ing challenge and limited to
the celibate-male demograph-,
ic, might be problematic?
So who does the Vatican
hire to improve its PR ap-
proach? Turns out it's a guy
named Greg Burke, a member
of the uber conservative Opus
Dei movement, who will help
to shape the Vatican's mes-
sage. Hell be a senior commu-
nications adviser. What are
his media credentials? He had
been the Rome-based, Fox
News correspondent. Honest.
This sounds more like a
sin for the confessional than
a good-faith strategy for the
media.
Quoteworthy
S"Nobody goes untreated,
no matter how poor or rich
they are. I think that is very
reassuring for people. I under-
stand the arguments against
it, but it's something that ev-
erybody buys into, everybody
believes in, and it works. It
shows that there is something
that really binds us together."
- Boris Johnson, the con-
servative mayor of London,
explaining his support for so-
cialized medicine in Britain.
"Our nation's immigra-
tion laws must be enforced in
a strong and sensible man-
ner. They are not designed to
be blindly enforced without
consideration given to the in-
dividual circumstance of each
case." Homeland Security
Secretary Janet Napolitano.
"I still believe in you. I
need you to still believe in me."
- President Barack Obama at
the HCC campaign rally.
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tore at La Gaceta. When the Cu-
ban revolution went awry, it hurt
Tampa and created deep divides.
That pain was felt in these pages.
Those were tough days.
La Gaceta scored again when
Nick Nuccio came to City Hall.
His victory was ours, as was his
later loss.
Tampa went topless and so did
La Gaceta. As strip clubs sprouted
all over Tampa, photos of these
buxom beauties filled our pages.
Up to today, these parallels re-
main the same. La Gaceta shares
the ups and downs of the commu-
nity. We win and lose with each
election. We suffer when friends
die and rejoice when they succeed.
We hope as you read these
pages, you feel the pride and love
we have for our community.
Thank you for your years of
support.

We've heard that Joe Wicker re-
ceived the nod from House Repub-
lican leadership as the anointed
one in the State House District 59
race. This is the one that Rachel
Burgin would be running for if her
ambition hadn't driven her to run
for the State Senate.
He might have the nod, but that
memo hasn't seemed to make the
rounds in the district. Another Re-
publican, Betty Jo Tompkins, ap-
pears to be getting some traction.
She just picked up the endorse-
ment of the Tampa Bay Home
Builders, the Hillsborough County
Farm Bureau, County Commis-
sion Chair Ken Hagan and 20 of
the past presidents of the Brandon
Chamber of Commerce.

Former Tampefio Matt Lopez
is still doing very well out in
L.A. According to The Hollywood
Reporter, he is writing the screen-
play for Universal's Clifford the
Big Red Dog, which will combine
animation with live action. Lopez
is also reported to be working on
another screenplay for Universal.
This one is for Asteroids, which is
based on the popular video game.
Matt Lopez is the son of Walter
and Yolanda Lopez. He followed
his Dad's lead and became a law-
yer. He was working as in-house
counsel for Dreamworks when he
decided to switch to a more'cre-
ative career.
Last time we wrote about Matt,
he was writing a screenplay for
Race to Witch Mountain. Since
then, he's also added to his credits
The Sorcerer's Apprentice.
*****
We made a mistake in last
week's column about Hoe Brown
being named chair of the Tampa
Port Authority. We wrote, "After
the vote which was at the begin-
ning of the Port Authority meeting
Tuesday, June 19, Larry Shipp
continued to chair the meeting."
The vote was, in fact, near the
end of the meeting, letter "H" on
the agenda, which went up to "L."
*****
The write-in candidate for
Hillsborough County Sheriff filed
using the nickname "Grumpy
Bob." His complete name, on the
election paperwork, is Robert O.
"Grumpy Bob" Wirengard. Sup-
porters of Grumpy Bob won't find
his name on any ballot. To vote
for a write-in, one has to do just
that write his name in. Grumpy
Bob won't get 0.0001%. We can see


why he is grumpy.

Supervisors of Elections were
officially notified Wednesday that
George LeMieux dropped out of
the U.S. Senate race. Because
of the timing, many ballots will
still have his name on them. The
supervisors will enclose a slip of
paper with those ballots that are
being mailed. The message on the
paper will read something like, "A
vote for George LeMieux won't be
counted." What a great comment
on which this man ends his politi-
cal career.
George LeMieux was a U.S.
Senator for Florida who was never
elected. He was appointed by Gov-
ernor Charlie Crist. He never ran
for the seat he held when his term
expired, because he had made a
deal with Charlie not to, so Char-
lie could. Now for the other Senate
seat he doesn't have the support,
money or guts to finish the race.,
Not one vote, except for the
governor's, ever counted for the
former U.S. senator fromthe great
State of Florida, George LeMieux.:

Tony Rametta passed away.
-Tuesday night. For many years,
he was a fixture at the Agliano
Fish Company in Ybor City. We
remember him occupying the
desk to the right of the entrance.
He was the right hand man and
fishmonger peer of the late, great
Buster Agliano.
Mr. Rametta was very active
in the community and the Ital-
ian Club. He especially enjoyed
helping to coordinate the Italian
Invitational Golf Tournament.
We' are sorry to see this good
man go.

Enough said:










There are two universal prima-
ries on the ballot in Hillsborough
County. That's a race in which all
the candidates are members of the
same party. All voters, regardless
of party, are allowed to vote.
One of these universal prima-
ries is between incumbent County
Commissioner Victor Crist and
Sharon Calvert. Both are Republi-
cans. This race is very interesting.
Ms. Calvert is a Tea Party
leader in this county. Her status
already won her a couple of straw
polls among Republicans.
Victor Crist always benefited
for having the same last name
as former Republican superstar
Charlie Crist, but Charlie's star
'has fallen and many Republican
loyalists marked him as a traitor.
Add together Calvert's Tea
Party credentials, confusion over
Victor's/Charlie's name and a con-
tinuing right turn for Republicans
and you have a Republican pri-
mary in which Victor Crist could
be in trouble against a newcomer.
But this is a universal primary,
so Democrats and no-party-affili-
ated voters can vote. This could be
the saving grace for Victor Crist.
Crist has always been a moder-
ate Republican. His politics have
been supportive of social services,


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rebuilding blighted communities
and historic preservation. He
should be a lot more attractive to
the Democrats that a Tea Party/
912ers.
Sharon Calvert's early suc-
cesses empowered her to work
harder and run like she can win.
She;hired Tony Jackson as her
campaign manager.
If Calvert shows some fundrais-
ing prowess on her next report
and can land some endorsements
outside of the Tea Party circle,,
then this could be a real race.

We thoroughly enjoyed receiv-
ing the 2012 Communicator of the
Year award from Tampa Toast-
masteis 1810. Public speaking
has never been our strong suit.
It.always is a very uncomfortable
chore to us. TV and radio have
always been easier. We guess the
anxiety comes with the audience.
You can imagine that we were
more anxious than normal, hav-
ing to speak in front of a group of
people who are so focused on good
speech-making. It took a turn for
the worse when we found out that
our speech would be judged.
Several speakers came before
us and several speaking exercises
were conducted. When it came
our time to take the podium, we
found more comfort in delivering
a public speech than we have
in the past. The atmosphere of
being around a group of good to
great speakers who are working
on improving their skills helped
me perform at a higher level with
less "-ers" and "-ums" than usual.
We never really considered
Toastmasters before, but after
our first contact, we can see how
participating in that club could


quickly make what is awkward
and scary, something enjoyable.

Hillsborough County is asking
for more detailed information from
bidders who file good faith effort
forms in lieu of actually meeting
the goals for minority and disad-
vantaged business participation
in County projects. We reported
recently on some low bidders for a
County road project who failed to
meet the County's minority goals.
They filed forms saying they made
an effort to comply, but there
were no qualified or cost effective
minority subcontractors available.
This seemed to be bunk, con-
sidering that most other bidders
for that project exceeded the 20
percent goals. Obviously, County
staff agrees and has toughened
the standards on the forms, forc-
ing these companies to work
harder in proving that they tried,
but failed. Some bidders are com-
plaining about the extra work,
but if they did their work in the
first place and designed a winning
bid with a diverse group of sub-
contractors, they wouldn't have
to fill out good faith effort forms.
We are glad to see evidence that
the County is trying to improve its
minority participation in contract-
ing and purchasing.
We hope to see continued im-
provements.

The Hillsborough County School
Board earned a "Master Board"
distinction from the Florida School
Boards Association. To earn the
distinction, the Board and super-
intendent must complete 22 hours
of training to enhance the Board's
leadership skills.
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3 SILHOUETTES

by Emily Carney


The middle-aged man sitting old City Hall that has the clock, from Cuba on the ferry that
at the old wood desk had a the corner stone reads 1916." used to go back and forth,
serious expression on his face. The man with an education to Havana, to Key West and
He was dapper, dressed in a from the University of Havana to Tampa. I used to receive
pinstripe suit jacket with per- soon found work in Tampa as the famous El Diario de la
fectly pressed white trousers, a lector in the Morgan Cigar Marina and I also had access
a handkerchief folded impec- Factory. "The lectores were a to the Tampa Tribune and the
cably in his front lapel pocket. privileged class of people. Mod- Tampa Daily Times. I was not
His white shoes were spotless, esty aside, we were considered proficient in the English lan-
unscathed by asphalt.and dirt. the intellectuals. We were well- guage, but I knew the English
His salt-and-pepper hair was read. We were informed. My language. I wish I could have
combed neatly off his forehead, day would start drinking a cup communicated in speaking as
not a hair out of place; his tall of coffee with my fellow lecto- well as I was able to read, but I
figure was im- could do instant
posing. His ex- translations, sit-
pression made Viwto la MantemigaU ting there on my
it clear that he pedestal. The
was in no mood pedestal was el-
for casual dis- evated because
cussions or chit- I had. to project
chat, not now my voice to be
and not later. "I heard to the 130
am...Victoriano workers who
Manteiga," he were listening
said, without to me while they
any further in- were making ci-
troduction. gars.
It's the begin- "After lunch,
ning of summer after all the
in Ybor City; sports and the
he showed no news I had read
sign of wilting. to them, in the
He clarified that afternoon it
thought with a was always the
stern tone: "We classics. Some:
all sweated. We portions were
all had wrin- naughty, some
kled clothes. portions were
We didn't know exciting; some-
what air condi- u tmes the moth-
tioning was. But .s ers would bring
once we got ac- the daughters,,
customer to air .., not into the ci-
conditioning. we a -- gar factory, but
realized what we .. into the area
had been miss- ~rer7 W wol where the win-
ing." he said-- : dows were open
in his no-non.- because the
sense voice. "1. i. ndows had to
dressed like a .. be opened in all
professional. A :., the cigar facto-
professional has ries so they
to dress like av -- could hear the
professional. I ... p- casL h lector in the af-
was always very "Survival is the most important, underlying factor in ternoon, like the
mindful of the La Gaceta." soap opera...did
color combina- the wife discover
tion that I was wearing and res...we had a kind of lectures who the lover was? Did she run
for my shoes to be clean and coffee club and we would meet away with the boyfriend? Some
shined. I didn't consider myself close to my rooming house in of those novels were very excit-
to be a dressy dandy, but I did a restaurant called Las Nove- ing and we had audiences on
think that I dressed in accor- dades. We would meet there the outside as well as the cigar
dance with the profession I had early in the morning. We would makers on the inside.
chosen. There was no casual discuss the news of the day "They applauded many
dress during my time. each of us had to buy our own times, but not like you would
"Men were expected to dress newspapers. They were not applaud in a theater. This
with a coat and tie. There was provided to us. We were not was the method that the cigar
never any open collar. No polo employees of the manufactur- makers applauded if they liked
shirts, no T-shirts...those were ers of the factories in which we what they heard: each of them
to be worn underneath, just to were working. had a small blade that was
keep you warm, because the "We had tobuy the novels used to cut the tobacco leaf.
same as there was no air con- we were reading in the af- In Spanish, that was called a
ditioning, our heating system ternoon. Once in a while we chaveta. They would use the
was not too good either. I was would share and lend some of chaveta in a flat form hitting
an editor and a publisher; I the novels we were reading to their desk or table...and that's
thought of myself as one of the the other fellow lectores. We how I would get applause. Very
educated men of Tampa and I would meet there. We would true. They didn't stop what
had to dress accordingly." sip our coffee and be watching they were doing, they just..,"
Manteiga came from Cuba for the streetcar that would He rapped on the desk for dra-
to Port Tampa on June 21, come down Seventh Avenue matic effect.
1914 on the USS Olivette. "My that would take us to our re- "We got paid once a week, at
date of birth was November 2, spective cigar factories. I would the end of the week when the
1894, in Havana, Cuba. I was quickly hop on my streetcar cigar makers got paid. They
the son of Patricio and Ra- that would .take me to West never were paid by check...
mona," he related. "I came from Tampa. I would get off on the only by cash. Mostly coins,
a capital city. What I found in corner of Howard Avenue and silver dollars, fifty cent pieces
Tampa was a small, dynamic Main Street in West Tampa and so forth. The wages were
and growing city that did not and walk the two blocks to the maybe $12 and, at maximum,
have all the amenities of my Morgan Cigar Factory. It was $15 a week. We would get, from
home, Havana. one of the larger, more stable every cigar maker, I remember
"Just to give you a com- factories. Mr. Morgan, who we 15 cents per cigar maker. With
prison, when, I left Havana, used to call 'Colonel Morgan,' time and the cost of living going
Havana had a population of ran the factory almost like a up, it got to be 25 cents a week.
335,000 people. When I ar- family. Certainly, the manage- We were.making more money
rived in Tampa, Tampa had ment was almost like family. than the cigar makers.
a population of 60,270. That I worked there a number of "Sometimes, depending on
did not incorporate the City years. the cigar factory and how
of West Tampa, which was "I entertained, but I primar- many cigar makers wanted
an independent city, nor did ily informed. Hopefully, in my to be part of the contribution


it incorporate the City of Port
Tampa. But, in comparison, I
came from a capital, metropoli-
tan area to a small town that
was growing, but wanting to
be a city. The downtown City
Hall had not yet been built. If
you ever pass by the corner of
Florida and Kennedy, with the


readings, I stimulated them to
go to the newly opened library
in West Tampa.. That was the
only library the city and the
county had at the time. The
morning readings were always
a variety of newspapers. I used
to receive Spanish language
newspapers that came to me


group because not every cigar
maker had to pay if you paid,
you had the privilege of asking
for the reading. For instance,
if you wanted Les Miserables
to be read, if you weren't part
of the listening paying group,
your request was not honored.
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maker, yes, we'd try to satisfy
your desire," he emphasized.
The cigar industry in Tampa
began its decline in the early
1920s. "I knew the lector sys-
tem was in trouble. We did
the cigar factories and cigar
industry a favor, because we
kept the workers rolling out
cigars, which made the manu-
facturers happy because they
could meet the demands, but
we knew times were chang-
ing. The whole world seemed
to be demanding more rights
for the working class... At that
very period I left the position
of lector, it was a crucial time
because the manufacturers,
they didn't permit lectures to
be readers anymore. Eventu-
ally, they agreed to let them
come in, but by 1930-or 1931,
that was the death knell that
was the end of the lectores. I
envisioned that was coming.
"There were some competing
weeklies and dailies that were
in Spanish... Eventually, I cut
the umbilical cord from the ci-
gar factory and I became a full-
time editor and.publisher of a
daily newspaper that I called
La Gaceta." The newspaper
was created with help from his
friend, Dr. Jose Avellanal, and
the Mascunana family, who
had a printing press.
As a publisher and editor,
Manteiga's weeks were ardu-
ous and he worked hard. "I was
an avid reader. I analyzed and
God gave me the wisdom to see
through facts and see through
charlatans. I wanted to expose
the truth. I was also the father
of a family. Ofelia was my wife
and I had children.
"I lost one small boy in a
tragic fire accident. His name
was like mine...Victoriano.,
He was a little younger than
Roland. We had our tragedies
within our own family. But I
was the primary breadwin-
ner and I had to hustle. I had
to sacrifice a lot of my family
time to make sure I brought
the bread and bitter home,"
he said emphatically. He had
four children: Roland, Victor,
Ramona and Claudette.
Manteiga endured many
changes over his years in the
newspaper business. The face
of the city itself changed: "The
Ybor City of today is completely
different. The Latin neighbor-
hoods are no longer here. We
don't have the everyday volume
of people crowding the streets.
Our people have moved out
through the Urban Renewal
and through the interstate sys-
tem that came through... But
I have always loved Ybor City
and that's where my newspa-


per was founded and that's
where we've been able to keep
this newspaper over these 90
years.
"When I first arrived here in
1914, not only was there no
airport, it was a weekend of
festivities when some biplanes
would come to a. pasture a
dairy that we had in West
Tampa and we'd call that
an air show. The airport of
Tampa is something we should
all be very proud of. The Port
of Tampa is a great facility
with a great future, especially
with the Panama Canal now
expanding. And, of course,
industry has come here, uni-
versities have come here; the
quality of life has improved so
very, very much. We are no lon-
ger the town that was aspiring
to be a city. I have seen that
town become a city. I have seen
that city become a significant
metropolitan center. I'm very
proud of Tampa and I see a
great future for Tampa," he
said, warming up for the first
time in our discussion.
His businesslike facade also
brightened up when discussing
his newspaper's legacy and fu-
ture. "I must say that I,am so
proud of the support La Gaceta
received over the years. I was
struggling to bring this com-
munity another voice; yes, in
another language, but Spanish
has always been a very impor-
tant language, a very impor-
tant part of this community's
development.
"As I look back on these
90 years, all- I can say is, I
am thankful my son, Roland,
wanted not only to follow in
my footsteps, but continued
the tradition and upheld my
values. And then, my grand-
son, Patrick, who I wish I
could be at his side every day
helping him, has kept up this
Manteiga tradition. Now I see
my. great-grandchildren incor-
porating themselves into this
institution.
"I must say that Roland
made this newspaper what it
is today, because it was Roland
who made it bilingual, and
then, a trilingual paper...I don't
know of any newspaper in this
nation that can boast that it
is a trilingual newspaper that
has survived. And survival is
the most important, underly-
ing factor in La Gaceta... We
have had success beyond my
expectations. I have to be very
grateful to Tampa, its people
and my family."
This is a fictitious interview,
conducted with the generous
help ofJudge E.J. Salcines. We
thank him for this participation.


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Came Chophouse Opens in Centro Ybor


Owner, Jason Fernandez, son, Jason Jr. and daughter, Ella, cut the ribbon
while Jason's wife, Kristen, Mayor Bob Buckhorn, David Harvey and
City Councilman Charlie Miranda look on.


A huge crowd turned out on Tuesday, Guests were immediately greeted
June 19, to celebrate the ribbon cutting with a choice of Mojitos, Martinis or san- i
for Came Chophouse, located on the first gria, along with a choice of -constantly '
floor of the historic El Centro Espaiiol circulating hors d'oeuvres: trays of fried
building at the Centro Ybor Complex. chicken, tuna, pulled pork sliders and a
Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Tampa City plethora of other tasty treats.
SCouncil Chairman Charlie Miranda and The 250-seat Came Chophouse fills
Centro Ybor General Manager David a void in the Ybor City entertainment
Harvey all spoke at the opening ceremo- district by offering a great selection of
ny in support of owner Jason Fernandez' steaks in a classic but casual atmosphere.
Newest restaurant. His Ybor eatery hold- The restaurant also has outside dining
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Ybor, Hot Willy's and now, Came Chop- which has become a favorite place for lo-
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2012 Victor E. DiMaio
Achievement Award
Joe and Phillip Caltagi-
rone will be honored with
the annual Victor E. DiMaio
Achievement Award Wednes-
day, July 11, at the Columbia
Restaurant in Ybor City, by
the Ybor City Lions Club, Inc.
A social hour will take place
from 6 7 p.m., followed by
entertainment, dinner and a
program. Tickets are $50 per
person.
For more information, call
John Centinaro at 933-1869
or Peggy Schmechel at 248-
-3921.
Hoffman Porges Gallery to
Exhibit Artist Scott Spillman
The Hoffman Porges Gal-
lery, located at 1907 E. 7th
Ave., will hold a gallery open-
ing Friday, June 29, at 6 p.m.
debuting "Harmony in Color"
by artist Scott Spillman. Spill-
man's works include com-
missions by Harley Davidson,
Revlon, Disney, the NFL, NHL
and NBA. He has also creat-


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ed work for Ozzy Osbourne,
M6tley CrUe, Aerosmith, AC/
DC, Megadeth and Britney
Spears. For more information,
call 247-2000 or email hoff-
manporgesgallery@live.com.
Singing Stone to Present
"Art on 19th Street"
Singing Stone Gallery, lo-
cated at 1903 N. 19th St., will
present its next "Art on 19th
Street" event on Saturday,
August 4, from 10 a.m. 2
p.m.
This event will feature lo-
cal ceramic artists Jason
and Jennifer Lachtara. Local
designer and goldsmith Dan
Balk will also display his col-
lection of contemporary jew-
elry.
For more information
about Singing Stone Gallery
and Art on 19th Street, visit
www.SingingStoneOnline.
com or call 247-2787.
To promote an event in
Ybor City, callEmily Carney
at 248-3921 or e-mail ecamey@
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My Son Is A Jerk!


The Overnight Family Man -

by Paul Guzzo


"Dude, stop," I said to Ben,
trying the key word being
TRYING to patiently scold
him.
He was not listening. No,
rather he'listened to what I
said but chose to ignore my
request. He grabbed another
Cheerio off his highchair's
tray and dropped it to the
ground, staring at me with a
stone-faced look of disobedi-
ence.
I finally lost my cool.
"STOP!" I screamed, kneel-
ing down to pick up the pile
of Cheerios on the ground.
He then broke down in
faux tears, pretending to be
upset by my scolding. I knew
it was all an act, so I turned
away from him, not want-
.


of his toys and tosses it over
whatever I am using to barri-
cade him in. For the next 20
minutes, all I hear is CRASH,
CRASH, CRASH as his toys
slam against the hardwood
floor. The worst thing I ever
did was teach him to throw at
such a young age.
When he is out of toys to
throw, he begins looking for
ways to- escape the living
room. If it weren't so annoy-
ing, it would be amazing to
watch. He will push the plas-
tic bin we keep his toys in to
the edge of the living room,
in front of whatever I am us-
ing to keep him in, climb onto
the bin and try to make his
way to freedom. The problem
is -he cannot climb down, so

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Caught trying to escape. Look at that expression evil.


ing to give him any attention
for his behavior. And when
I did SLAM SLAM SLAM!
He whacked his tray three
times with both hands in de-
fiance, sending the remaining
Cheerios flying to the ground.
I stared at him in total awe.
This is regular morning rou-
tine for us, yet it shocks me
every time. My son is a jerk.
Yes, I just wrote that. My
son is a jerk! He is only 11
months old, and he is a total
jerk! He is only 11 months
old, but he goes out of his
way to get under my skin. He
is just 11 months old, but he
already knows how to lie.
My days with Ben are be-
coming increasingly difficult
due to his propensity for
being a jerk. If I put him in
his high chair, he screams
bloody murder until I take
him out; I cannot write when
a baby is yelling in such a
manner. But when I put him
on the ground, he gets into
everything.
If I place him in the living
room, he picks up every one


I spend the morning rushing
to him before he falls from
the crate. Again, I get no work
done.
His climbing goes beyond
escape. I left a box sitting next
to a hutch in our hallway. He
climbed the box and grabbed
everything from the top of the
hutch and tossed it to the
floor.
If I place him on the kitch-
en floor, he opens every draw-
er and cabinet he can reach
and empties its contents. He
never just places an item on
the floor, either. He always
has to throw it. And when he
finds one that is especially
loud like a frying pan he
throws it over and over and
over again before. I cannot
work with all that noise!
Yes, we need to child-lock
the drawers. We have done
the drawers and cabinets with
dangerous items, but not the
ones with Tupperware and
other such things. That is not
the point, though. The point
is that Ben does these things
to get under my skin! I see it


in his eyes. Every time I tell
him to stop, he gives me that
same cold disobedient stare,
slowly grabs the next item he
wants to toss while never tak-
ing his eyes off me, and then
smashes it onto the floor. And
then, he smiles at me. I swear
he smiles at me; it is a sadis-
tic smile too, like he is Baby
Stewie from Family Guy.
Compounding my frustra-
tion is that no one believes
me! Whenever I tell people
that Ben is a jerk, they look
at me like I am the jerk! "Ba-
bies don't do things to get
under your skin," they tell
me. "You're being ridiculous,"
they lecture me.
Even Amy thought I was
crazy ... until this past week-
end.
Our 3-year-old had been
spending all day Friday
screaming at Ben in the car,
yelling at him to stop touching
her and grabbing her. She is
quite the terror, 'so we imme-
diately believed that she was
just in a bad mood and tak-
ing it out on poor baby Ben.
So on Saturday, we switched
her seat with that of our usu-
ally level-headed 6-year-old
so that he was sitting next
to Ben. Moments later, the
6-year-old was screaming at
Ben for the same reasons.
Curious, Amy slyly looked
into her rearview mirror to see
what was going on. It turned
out, the older kids were right
Ben was bugging them. He
was pinching the 6-year-old,
grabbing his hands, kicking
his seat, throwing whatever
he could get his hands on at
him and poking him. And he
was doing it with that stare I
have grown to know. As our
6-year-old got more and more
frustrated, Ben's assault
increased, the disobedient
smile on his face the whole
time. Finally, Ben smiled that
sadistic smile. Amy lost it.
"Ben's messing with him!"
she whispered to me. "He is
actually trying to bug him."
As our 6-year-old tried to
pry Ben's hands off his brace-
let, Ben's smile grew larger
when he saw the bracelet be-
gin to bend as though it was
going to snap.
"Look at him," Amy whis-
pered. "He really is a total
jerk."
"I told you so!" I gleefully
exclaimed, happy to finally be
vindicated.
"I guess it shouldn't shock
me," Amy laughed. "He is
your son."


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Or so it seems. My wife
and I had just walked into
our home when the telephone
rang. I picked up the receiver
and the voice on the other side
said: "Hi Muga, I need you to
do me a favor for a couple of
weeks."
Roland Manteiga's distinc-
tive voice needed no intro-
duction. We had known each
other since 1955, when at 15
years old, I had worked for
him and his father, Victoriano
Manteiga, collating and deliv-
ering La Gaceta. Roland asked
my assistance "for a couple of
weeks," he said. Rick Holt,
who had been producing the
outdoor column, was depart-
ing. Two others were sup-
posed to assist.
At the time, I never imag-
ined that my agreeable reply
would result in the beginning
of a new and totally different
phase of my life for which I am
most grateful.
I timidly penned my first
column on August 8, 1991.
At first, the IBM Selectric
typewriter was the weapon
of choice, a fax machine the
transmission method to the
newspaper. Then, the miracle
of an Apple computer with its
tractor printer miraculously
appeared. After Apple, and
later the new IBMs, the task
began to become less de-
manding and in many ways,
most pleasant.
After some 1,500 plus col-
umns, composed for The Com-
munity Connection, La Gaceta,
as well as other publications,
I developed a sense of attach-
ment to writing I never expect-
ed would occur.
At times, because of the
frustrating meanderings of
life, I have been distracted
from writing; I even had to
stop for a short period. But
the flame was reignited by the
encouragement of many read-
ers, some dear caring friends
and always, always my wife.
The Outdoor Sportsman
Report has traveled far and
wide for the last 21 years,
bringing our readers stories
and reports from our home
turf, as .well as from remote
regions of the world. We have
brought our readers fishing
excursions on the waters of
our great state. Together, we
have traveled together on ski-
ing trips to Colorado, sailed
the Niagara River and ridden
trains across Canada. Our
pages have illustrated big game
fishing in Costa Rica, modest
river angling in Spain and Italy


and the daring and laborious
net fishers and felucca sailors
of the Nile in Egypt.
Our readers enjoyed the
accounts of a lightning fast,
two-and-a-half hour trip from
London to Paris under the
English Channel aboard the
Eurostar train. Through the
accounts of some of our more
daring friends, our readers
have seen wild Africa in safari
and wild Alaska. Our pages
have revitalized the history of
some of our dearest places.
We went back in time to ex-
plore coastal Cuba, when it
was an outdoor paradise, and
our own Everglades when it
was truly wild.
We are thankful for the
privilege to report these things
to our readers. And we are
most appreciative of our read-
ers' support.
As we celebrate the 90th
anniversary of this newspa-
per, I reflect on the 57 years
since I first met Roland Man-
teiga. More than ever, sea-
soned by time, I consider his
comments, advice and prag-
matism to be of inordinate
significance, durability and
depth. He was instrumental in
my appointment to The State
of Florida Environmental Reg-
ulation Commission as'well as
The Boating Advisory Council
for the state. In that capacity,
I was able to aid in the protec-
tion of our natural resources
and the safety of the boating
public. And he opened the
door to this column for me.
Spoken words have the ten-
dency to last briefly, just as
long as their echo rumbles in
the air. But the written word,
that which is inked into .per-
manency, those that carry an
enlightening theme, a kind re-
mark, a flattering reference or
an offensive comment, those
and their effect, can last a life-
time and beyond.
So, as we enter the 91st
year of publication of this
newspaper, let us resolve to
continue to jealously guard
those noble principles of re-
sponsibility to 'be informa-
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"Not sufficiently Reaga-
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satirizing how today's Repub-
lican Party would assess his
father.
"I really don't have tre-
mendous political ambition. I
have policy ambition." Rep.
Paul Ryan, R-WI, House Bud-
get Chairman.
"We spent the 20th cen-
tury protecting nature from


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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO. 29-2011-CA-016437
DIVISION B SECTION I RF
WELLS FARGO BANK, NA,
Plaintiff,
vs.
MATTHEW S. DOLITSKY, et at,
Defendantss.
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: MATTHEW S. DOLITSKY
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:
3402 Gables Court
Tampa, FL 33609
CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES
CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER,
AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED
INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANTS) WHO


people, and we will spend the
21st century protecting nature
for people." Glenn Prickett,
chief external affairs officer for
The Nature Conservancy.
"This slavish.devotion to
coal and oil, and sneering at
environmentalism, contra-
dicts the GOP's long tradition
of environmental stewardship
that some Republicans are
still proud of: Teddy Roosevelt
bequeathed us national parks,


LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR
ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN
PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST
AS SPOUSE, HEIRS, DEVISEES,
GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:
UNKNOWN
CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to
foreclose a mortgage on the following prop-
erty in HILLSBOROUGH County, Florida:
LOT 122 AND 1/2 OF THE CLOSED
ALLEY ABUTTING THEREON, OF
GRAY GABLES SUBDIVISION, AC-
CORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF,
AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 12,
AT PAGE 50, OF THE PUBLIC REC-
ORDS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUN-
TY, FLORIDA.
has been filed against you and you are re-
quired to serve a copy of your written de-
fenses, if any, on or before July 30, 2012,
on Ronald R. Wolfe & Associates, P.L.,


Richard Nixon the Clean Air
Act and the EPA, Ronald Rea-
gan the Montreal Protocol to
protect the ozone layer and
George H.W. Bush cap-and-
trade that reduced acid rain.
Does the GOP really think
it will attract the idealism of
next-generation voters with
mottos like "Coal=Jobs"? -
Thomas Friedman, New York
Times.
"A system that lets one in-


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Plaintiff's attorney, whose address is 4919
Memorial Highway, Suite 200, Tampa,
Florida 33634, and file the original with this
Court either before service on Plaintiff's
attorney or immediately thereafter, other-
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for the relief demanded in the Complaint
or petition.
This notice shall be published once each
week for two consecutive weeks in the La
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needs any accommodation in order to par-
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at no cost to you, to the provisions of certain
assistance. Please contact the ADA Coor-
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call (813) 272-7040 within 2 working days
of your receipt of this notice; if you are hear-
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are voice impaired, call 1-800-955-8770.
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By Joe O'Neill


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Clerk of the Court
By Sarah A. Brown
As Deputy Clerk
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P.O. Box 25018
Tampa, Florida 33622-5018
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Florida Statutes (Chapter 90-267), the
trade name of:
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have a new normal, a context
in which each obese person is
less likely to recognize and ap-
preciate the magnitude of his
or her health problem because
it's entirely unexceptional." -
Frank Bruni, New York Times.
"All paparazzis should be
waterboarded." Actor Alec
Baldwin.
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assault case.
"The function served by
daily newspaper journalism
is critical to the very mainte-
nance of democracy. It's time
we recognized that." Leon-
ard Pitts, Miami Herald.
"I guess the way this
works is any job Florida loses
is the fault of the president
and his economic policies,
and any job we gain is due to
the governor's efforts." For-
mer state Sen. Dan Gelber,
D-Miami.
"Voters don't like him,
Republicans won't campaign
with him, and he's hurting the
GOP up and down the ticket."
- Brannon Jordan, Democrat-
ic Party of Florida spokeswom-
an, on Gov. Rick Scott.
"There seems to really not
be any method to our madness
right now." State university
Board of Governors' member
Ava Parker questioning the
fairness of the process used to
.determine tuition hikes for all
11 universities.
"It allows us to get pe-
destrians out of a very unsafe
environment. As a linkage in
our downtown core, it's just as
important as a road. ... Those
kinds of things, as mayors
understand, not only create
jobs but also create economic
development opportunities."
Mayor Bob Buckhorn on
the importance of landing the
$10.9 million federal TIGER
(Transportation Investment
Generating Economic Recov-
ery) grant that will help the
city finish the 2.6-mile River-
walk.
"Anarchy is a tactic, ver-
sus a group. It is used by dif-
ferent groups. Typically, they
are loosely organized and mis-
guided individuals who break
the law and disrupt the event."
Laura McElroy, Tampa Po-
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Generating Economic Recov-
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city finish the 2.6-mile River-
walk.
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sus a group. It is used by dif-
ferent groups. Typically, they
are loosely organized and
misguided individuals who
break the law and disrupt
the event." Laura McElroy,
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As La Gaceta turns the page
to 90 years old, I feel com-
pelled to reflect on my time in
Tampa, which started in Au-
gust of 1999.
I've spent my time here
ranting and complaining about
almost everything under the
scorching Florida sun, and I've
written quite a bit about my
observations over the years.
. I'm always worried about
repeating myself, so I tend to
get a little bit of writer's block;
what I've discovered though,
is that I find something that
annoys me almost everyday,
which generally becomes fod-
der for my column.
I've complained about ev-
erything from the way people
drive to the way people walk
and everything in between. I'm
finally at the point where I can
complain about running out
of things to complain about -
so, I think I'll only complain a
little. Oddly enough, this little


I Hear Yall

annoyance bothers me more
than anything (except any-
thing I've already complained
about):
I hate, and I mean loathe,
when people without accents
pronounce certain words with
an accent. It's pretty profound,
I know.
This isn't unique to Tampa,
but I've noticed it more here,
so just go with it. It wasn't ac-
tually Tampa that made me
notice this phenomenon but
the Cooking Channel.
My girlfriend watches the
Cooking Channel with Olym-
pic dedication. Often, there's a
show on where someone talks
about making pizza, or some-
thing, with mozzarella cheese.
There's some kind of descrip-
tion of the tomatoes and dough
and then all of a sudden the
person will drop the "M" bomb.
"Mootsarell!"
In my experience, the only
people who pronounce mozza-


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off the boat and people who are
trying to sound like Italians off
the boat. Definitely not Dutch-
Irish denizens of Minnesota.
This goes for the following:
It's ricotta,-not "rehgoat,"
Prosciutto, not "prozhoot,"
Manicotti, not "manigoat."
I could go on, and don't get
me started with, "tortieeegia,"
but there'are so many people
with identity crises that they
forgot their families are from
Des Moines, Iowa, not Santo
Stefano, Sicily.
Hailing from New Jersey, I
come from an area that uses a
whole different dialect, so I'm
not the best example, but my
migration to Tampa seems to
have loosened the grip any ac-
cent had on my psyche.
I never really thought of
myself as having an accent,
but to the people who lived at
the Cove, where Pete and Paul
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Tampa invasion, we were the
Jersey guys. Our neighbors
could hear it in our speech
and saw it in our weird north-
ern clothing choices, such as
wearing long-sleeve shirts with
shorts and reluctance to bun-
dle up when the temperature
dipped below 70 degrees.
When we came here, we
thought Tampa was the
South. We didn't know a whole
lot about southern culture,
not that Tampa is the proper
South, but we did have an un-
derstanding that we were not
southern and would make an
effort to not absorb any of the
local dialect.
We shied away from say-
ing, "might could" instead of,


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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY
JUVENILE LAW DIVISION
FFN: 512530 CASE ID: 10-821
DIVISION: D
IN THE INTEREST OF:
K.A. 11/22/2004
MINOR CHILD.
NOTICE OF AN ADVISORY HEARING
ON A TERMINATION OF PARENTAL
RIGHTS PROCEEDINGS
FAILURE TO PERSONALLY APPEAR
AT THE ADVISORY HEARING CONSTI-
TUTES CONSENT TO THE TERMINA-
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CHILD. IF YOU FAIL TO APPEAR ON
THIS DATE AND TIME SPECIFIED, YOU
MAY LOSE ALL LEGAL RIGHTS AS A
PARENT TO THE CHILD NAMED IN THE
PETITION ATTACHED TO THIS NOTICE.
TO: LEVAR KANYARDA LEVINE (father)
Residence/Whereabouts Unknown
YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE
that a Petition for Termination of Parental
Rights has been filed in the Circuit Court
of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit of the
State of Florida, in and for Hillsborough
County, Florida, Juvenile Division, alleg-
ing that the above-named child is a de-
pendent child and by which the Petitioner
is asking for the termination of parental
rights and permanent commitment of the
child to the Department of Children and
Families for subsequent adoption.
YOU ARE HEREBY notified that you are
required to appear personally on the 8th
day of August, 2012, at 9:30 a.m., before
the Honorable Emily A. Peacock, at the
Edgecomb Courthouse, 800 East Twiggs
Street, 3rd Floor, Courtroom 309, Tampa,
Florida 33602, to show cause, if any, why
parental rights shall not be terminated and
said Child shall not be permanently com-
mitted to the Florida Department of Chil-
dren and Families for subsequent adoption.
You are entitled to be represented by an
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Dated this 27th day of June, 2012
Pat Frank
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By Pam Morera
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"could."
We never used phrases like,
fixin', you-ins and most of all,
under no condition, would we
ever say, "y'all."
We even made a pact that
any of us who would utter that
horrid contraction would agree
to take a punch from the other
two, just to reinforce the idea
that we weren't Southerners.
A person is generally
shaped by his or her environ-
ment. Speech is all nurture
and no nature.
They don't teach you to say
y'all in New Jersey and they
don't say gabbagoo (capicola)
in Tampa. Please try to re-
member that.
Ya hear?


LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF
THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY
JUVENILE DIVISION
FFN: 510723 CASE ID: 11-10
DIVISION: S
IN THE INTEREST OF:
J.W. (dob: 01/03/11)
Child
NOTICE OF AN ADVISORY HEARING
ON A TERMINATION OF PARENTAL
RIGHTS PROCEEDINGS
FAILURE TO PERSONALLY APPEAR
AT THE ADVISORY HEARING CONSTI-
TUTES CONSENT TO THE TERMINA-
TION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS OF THIS
CHILD. IF YOU FAIL TO APPEAR ON
THIS DATE AND TIME SPECIFIED, YOU
MAY LOSE ALL LEGAL RIGHTS AS A
PARENT TO THE CHILD NAMED IN THE
PETITION ATTACHED TO THIS NOTICE.
TO: SHANTILL WHITE (mother)
Current residence and/or
whereabouts unknown
YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE
that a Petition for Termination of Parental
Rights has been filed in the Circuit Court
of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit of the
State of Florida, in and for Hillsborough
County, Florida, Juvenile Division, alleg-
ing that tt he above-named child is a de-
pendent child and by which the Petitioner
is asking for the termination of parental
rights and permanent commitment of the
child to the Department of Children and
Families for subsequent adoption.
YOU ARE HEREBY notified that you are
required to appear personally on the 24th
day of July, 2012 at 9:00 a.m., before the
Honorable Vivian Corvo, at the Edgecomb
Courthouse, 800 East Twiggs Street, 3rd
Floor, Court Room 308, Tampa, Florida
33602, to show cause, if any, why parental
rights shall not be terminated and why said
child should not be permanently committed
to the Florida Department of Children and
Families for subsequent adoption. You are
entitled to be represented by an attorney
at this proceeding.
Dated this 27th day of June, 2012
Pat Frank
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By Pam Morera
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A Marietito's Continuing Journeys Homeward

By Dr. Jose Garcia outside of a few books and Cubans and non-Cubans and for NFOCUS, a film produc- plane window and I could see
Saying goodbye is never some short documentaries, at the same time record my tion company. The book man- the ocean below. I could still
easy, especially when you very little existed in regards own history. I wanted to in- script quickly became the vividly remember the night o:
leave your country without to the Boatlift and the human clude others that witnessed idea for a long feature docu- June 3, 1980 when we left the
the possibility of ever return- experience of the Marielitos this event in Cuba and offi- mentary that would .not only Mariel harbor outside of Ha-
ing again. This was the case themselves. The magnitude cials from Peru that saw the rescue my own personal story, vana on a voyage that took 19
for me at the age of 13 when I of such an event in one way event unfold. Thus, was born but also the stories and voices hours riding waves the size o


left Cuba during the infamous
1980 Cuban exodus known as
the Mariel boatlift. This expe-






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or another affected the lives
of approximately 125,000 Cu-
bans, their families and many


the book manuscript Voices
From Mariel: An oral history
of the 1980 Cuban exodus.


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The river in Dr. Garcia's hometown, where he spent
lots of time as a child.


rience that affected so many
lives profoundly shaped my
own and triggered a search for
answers and a personal and
spiritual journey that still con-
tinues today. As I began doing
the research on the exodus,
I was surprised to see that


others around the world that
were directly or indirectly
caught in the massive hyste-
ria surrounding the Boatlift
and its aftermath. As an aca-
demic, I decided that I wanted
to capture the Mariel boatlift
through the voices of other


One vital feature of my book
was my desire to record not
only my experience as I left
Cuba in 1980, but to return
and capture how I saw my
country years later. This was
an idea that I shared with one
of my students that worked


of those that stayed behind.
On July 2010, the docu-
mentary became a reality
as I flew to Cuba with a film
crew from NFOCUS produc-
tions to interview friends,
family and other Cubans and
to hear their memories of the
1980 boatlift. My return to my
homeland was personally re-
vealing in ways that I would
have never imagined and it
will probably take many years
for me to really understand
the transformations that had
taken place in my-country
since my departure in 1980.
It was nighttime when we
flew over the Gulf of Mexico
towards Cuba. From the air-


a four-story building. We al-
most lost our lives at sea, har-
rowly escaping death when
we were rescued by a shrimp
boat. There was something
oddly exciting, fearful and the
element of unknown as we
touched down on Cuban soil.
As I left the airplane and
made my way through the
terminal and cleared the first
line at customs the smells
and faces of a distant but
very familiar past invaded my
senses. As I waited to pay en-
try fees, I overheard a woman
stating what city she was vis-
iting and it was my hometown.
As I heard the name I felt an
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(continued from page 23)
immediate sense of connec-
tion, the familiarity of visiting
what I knew my whole child-
hood. I could only wonder how
it was possible that this would
happen to me on my first trip
to my country in 30 years out
of over 100,000 Cubans that
visit the island every year. A
few moments later I was again
overtaken with emotions and


changed much since my de-
parture. However, many of the
roads and buildings looked
deteriorated and in need of
repair. It was nighttime and
pouring rain on my first night
in Havana. As we drove from
the airport to the hotel in
darkness, I could see the dete-
rioration in many of the build-
ings. The architecture despite
being very old and with clear


for the first time realized that
"this was not the Cuba that I
remembered. A Cuban cus-
tom agent looked at my pass-
port and asked me when I had
visited the Island was last. As
I answered that it had been 30
years, my response surprised
the Cuban officials that wel-
comed me warmly. This was
something that I would have
never predicted and only
added to my sense of connec-
tion with the land. Outside, I
finally reunited with the only
relative that knew that I was
coming back to the Island and
who hardly recognized me. Af-
ter a long embrace and a few
tears we made our way out of
the airport to a waiting van
that would take us into the
city of Havana to our hotel.
Physically, I found a coun-
try that in some ways had not


signs of neglect everywhere
was amazingly beautiful and
elegant.
The next morning, after
breakfast on the hotel terrace
I made my way downstairs to
the front of the hotel where I
met a Cuban guard not much
older than me. He asked what
nationality I was and I replied
that I was Cuban like him-
self and that I was returning
to my country 30 years later.
Like other Cubans that I en-
countered, he was shocked
by my statement, grabbed my
hand and said "welcome home
brother." His warm reaction
was completely astonishing
to me. Growing up, Cubans
dressed in military uniforms
were rigid soldiers, trained
to never show emotion. His
friendly demeanor was a very
positive sign that my coun-


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try had. changed and that the
constant fear from the govern-
ment that I remembered as a
child had somewhat dissipat-
ed. People spoke more openly
and freely about politics even
if to express their discontent
with the economic or political
situation.
Shooting the documentary
in Cuba represented a chal-
lenge, but we were again tak-
en by surprise by how many
Cubans were willing to help
us capture the story of Mariel
from their perspective. After
breakfast, we decided to fol-
low the trajectory and visit the
places that played an impor-
tant role in the Mariel crisis
and that most Marielitos had
followed as they prepared to
leave the country in 1980.
In order to achieve our ob-
jectives we had to get a cab
driver that was trustworthy
and that would be willing to
take us to places The first cab
driver that we found was more
than willing to take us any-
where as long as we agreed
on a set amount. I explained
to him the purpose of our visit
and that I wanted to visit the
places where I had been pri-
or to my departure. I asked
him if he knew what Mariel
was and he answered that it
was time when a few hundred
Cubans had left the country.
Other cab drivers, made the
same response, noting a few
hundred people left the .is-
land. These cab drivers were
younger, so it struck me that
this event was something
minimal in their mind. I
was then driven even more
to shed light on this impor-
tant part of history, deter-
mined to make this a his-
torical search, not a political
one. This lack of knowledge
perhaps also protected us
from someone thinking that
we were doing something il-
legal. When searching for the
Peruvian embassy some of the
young guards that were.pro-
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urneys
were clueless about tI
that the building at on(
had been the embassy
and the genesis of the
boatlift. All the cab
and people we encou
were helpful. I had mar
discussions with rn
people about how Cuba
be improved. As we di
the Mosquito, the ma
camp that served as o
migration processing
before we left Cuba an
to the Mariel Port, I wE
surprised to find man,
crowds of people of all
and ages, male and
standing in the hot s
the side of the road x
to get a ride from anyoi
would take them beca
the lack of transport
also noticed that most
roads leaving Havana
surrounded by police
points and anyone co
pulled over at a moment
tice. Once we arrived


Homeward
ie. fact town of Mariel we found an
e point older man that offered to take
)f Peru us to the port. As he jumped
Mariel in the car with us and we got
drivers back to his house, where we
entered were able to see the Mariel
ly long Harbor, we talked about what
andom he remembered from 30 years
could ago. This man like most Cu-
rove to bans was very warm and wel-
keshift coming and later even took us
ur im- to the bridge that overlooked
center, the Mosquito camp below.
d later His generosity and openness
as very was clear from the beginning
y large and as we offered to drive him
I types back to Havana he also offered
female to be our host there. However,
un on as he tried to get in the cab
waiting the young driver refused to do
ne that so because of the consequenc-
use of es and how we could be easily
tion. I stopped by the Cuban police.
of the To our surprise the old man
where quickly understood this and
check agreed with the cab driver as
uld be we said goodbye and gave the
it's no- man some money for what he
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Journeys Homeward


(continued from page 24)
had done for us. As I would
later find out, in order to avoid
being searched at a particular
check point our cab driver was
forced to return to Havana fol-
lowing a much' longer route.
These actions by the driver
once again made it clear that
he understood what we were
doing and that he was there
to help us despite the fact that
nothing was ever said openly.
This situation would repeat it-
self in the next few days with
other drivers as they found
out that I was Cuban and
that I had been gone for 30
years. Some of these drivers
wanted to leave the country
and others wanted to stay in
Cuba, but they all agreed that
change was needed.
A couple of days after my
arrival in Cuba we finally
made our way to my home-
town without telling anyone
that I was returning, and to
me this was a moment of great
joy and anticipation as I had
dreamed of for many years.
My hometown in many ways
almost looked as if it had been
frozen in time and grown very
little since my departure. Just
like what I had seen in Ha-
vana' the architecture of this
colonial city seemed to have
the grandeur of a forgone time
and walking in the streets you
almost had the sensation of
being somewhere in a beau-
tiful colonial city in Spain or
Mexico. I gained access to the
home I grew up in, noticing
it hadn't been painted since I
left.
The sensation that I was
back in my hometown again
was very special and brought
back many childhood memo-


ries. I noticed the people
changed. Many who were
strong supporters of socialism
.now seemed open to exploring
other alternatives and other
ways of life and almost all of
them agreed that some change
was needed in Cuba. Paradox-
ically, they seemed more lib-
eral than me, who had lived in
a free capitalist economy, in
their desires for an open mar-
ket economy. All I could say
to them was that I had lived
in a capitalist society most of
my life and that it was not a
perfect system. As I then stat-
ed it to them, capitalism and
socialism were not utopian
ideologies. In my opinion, the
best we could hope for is that
we had learned from our past
mistakes to make a future
Cuba a better country. Ironi-
cally, now 30 years later as I
spoke to my friends and fam-
ily, for the first time in my life,
I felt freer than ever before in
my own country and also felt I
had more in common with my
childhood friends than with
anyone I had ever met since
then. I felt that there we were
connected not only by being
born in the same country and
growing up together but by
the fact that we had all some-
how been profoundly affected
by the political situation. This
was something very meaning-
ful to all of us, and it became
clear to my film crew that said
our encounter was almost as
if we had seen each other only
a few days before despite the
fact that over 30 years had
passed. The last day in my
hometown and. before my re-
turn to Havana I got up early
and decided to visit some oth-
er friends that I had not seen


and many of them had left
Cuba for the United Sates and
other countries.
One of my visits in particu-
lar was extremely memorable
and became part of the docu-


mentary. This visit took place
when I went to visit one of
my mother's best. friends who
used to be our neighbor. She
did not recognize me at first
but then tears rolled down her


eyes as she hugged me and
welcomed me in her house.
We spent a few minutes talk-
ing and she asked if we could
meet at her church later that
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(continued from page 25)
day and agreed to be inter-
viewed. She still remem-
bered the days prior to our
departure vividly and gave
us many details that I was
not aware of, including the
fact that the dress that she
was wearing was made with
a material that my mother
had given her before we left
in 1980; she had decided to
wear that dress that day to
honor her. By the same token
and without any script she
also gave to me my mother's
university diploma that she
had saved for 30 years and
now she was giving it back to
me so I could take it to her.
This part of the trip was very
moving for me personally but
again left more open ques-
tions than answers as to
what happened in my coun-


try. I could only think of how
sad it was for -my mother
that despite so many years of
study to get a Ph. D, she was
never really able to practice
her profession there because
of the political situation.
On my return trip, from
my hometown to Havana
one incident caught me by
surprise but still gave me a
sense of how if many things
have changed in Cuba, in
other ways many things still
remain the same and are an
echo of a distant past that
prevents many Cubans on
the Island and outside from
coming together. As in many
other instances before, a
conversation quickly ensued
with the cab driver that was
driving us back to Havana.
However, this conversation
turned very different from


the one I had with other Cu-
bans. He began by criticizing
what he said were the inflat-
ed statistics that the Cuban
government used in regards
to the number of tourists
that visit the Island. He said
that he personally knew of
several Italian tourists that
had visited Cuba three and
four times in one year and
for statistical purposes had
been counted three and four
times as different people.
Not knowing if this was
true or not, I went on to
make my own comments.
Our conversation lasted for
approximately one hour un-
til he began to praise the
revolution. I quickly realized
that he was doing this as if
to erase any negative com-
ments that he had made be-
fore. His cautiousness made


me very guarded as well, and
it was at that moment that
our conversation completely
and sadly stopped as dis-
trust set in. It might have
been something I said that
triggered his reaction but we
both stopped talking abrupt-
ly and finished the rest of
the trip exchanging only the
necessary words. This inci-
dent was even noticed by the
rest of my crew who despite
not speaking Spanish won-
dered what had happened
when we both completely
stopped talking. This epi-
sode gave me a sense of how
even though many things
have changed in Cuba, deep
fear and distrust among
many Cubans still remains
strong among many Cubans
and represents an obstacle
for change.


Two years later after my
return to Cuba my visit has
affected me personally in
many ways and has been al-
most a symbolic rebirth. Not
only do I look forward to vis-
iting my country again and
seeing my friends and family,
but I look forward to the day
when, like other immigrants,
I will have the right if not the
privilege of being part of my
country again and making it
a better place for all Cubans
despite any ideology or any
politics.
To purchase the docu-
mentary Voices From Mariel
and for more information,
visit www.voicesfrommariel.
com. The documentary will
also air this fall on National
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ish channel in North America
and the Caribbean.


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It reflects well on the Board and
superintendent to do the extra
work to provide effective leader-
ship.
******
Two weeks ago, we wrote that
a luncheon for the Women's Hall
of Fame benefited the League of
Women Voters. That was an error.
The luncheon's revenue only cov-
ered cost and was not a fundraiser
for the League.

The City of Temple Terrace will
have an election for mayor and two
council seats on the November 6
general election ballot. The last
day to qualify is August 31 at noon.
So far, Frank Chillura and Cheri
Donahue filed for mayor. Incum-
bent Mary Jane Neale is trving to


return to council and newcomers
Edward Vance and Grant Rimbey
have signed up.
*****
Paul Guzzo's column, "The
Overnight Family Man," which
appears in La Gaceta will become
a book. He signed a contract with
Aignos Publishers. "The Overnight
Family Man" takes a warm and
humorous look at Guzzo's experi-
ence in leaving a bachelor's life and
starting a new, more domestic life
overnight with a wife and kids.
This is his second book deal
with this company. In August, his
book The Dark Side of Sunshine
debuts. It's about some of Tampa's
infamous characters and ranges
from serial killers, nude bar kings
to eccentric restaurateurs.
We are very proud of Paul


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Guzzo's success.
*****
A 160-page newspaper doesn't
come together easily and I owe a
whole lot of people thanks.
First and foremost is my wife
and partner, Angie Manteiga; 80
percent of this newspaper had to
directly flow through her hands
and she has put in an intensive
schedule for a month.
My mom, Peggie Schmechel, and
daughter, Erin Manteiga Potter,
kept the office running.
Our in-house staff of Gene Si-
udut, Manuela Ball, John Scho-
field, Alberto de la Rosa, Emily
Carney, Randal Kelly, Sarah Rut-
ledge, Vera Garcia and Leonardo
Venta stepped up to put in the
hours to make the deadline.
Our regular contributors make
the paper interesting, give it char-
acter and added to this edition.
They are Joe O'Neill. Paul Guzzo.


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international news. As it has from the beginning, La Gaceta
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Richard Muga, Giuseppe Manis-
calco, Ferdie Pacheco, Arturo Ri-
vera, Jos6 Fernandez, Victor Sisa,
Norma Fajardo and photographer
Bobby Azmitia.
What really adds to this edi-
tion are our special contributors,
who gave us stories on their views
and vignettes from our past. Our
thanks goes to:
John Cinchett, Leatherneck
magazine and author Robert
Brockish, Joseph Abad, Lula Dovi,
Jack Fernandez, Dr. Jose Garcia,
Judge Herb Berkowitz, Walter
Aye, Rhonda Villamia, Cookie
Rodante-Spoto, Jack Espinosa,
Tom Soltenborg, Belinda Casellas-
Allen, Dr. Susan MacManus, Greg
Truax, and Judge E.J. Salcines.
*****
We turned back the clock and in-
terviewed the legendary founder of
La Gaceta, Victoriano Manteiga, in
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This article was originally
published in the 75th anni-
versary edition and has since
been updated for our new cel-
ebration of 90 years.
"Human behavior can be
genuinely purposive because
only human beings guide their
behavior by a knowledge of
what happened before they.
were born and a preconception
of what may happen after they
are dead; thus only human be-
ings find their way by a light
that illuminates more than the
patch of ground they stand on."
- from Daniel J. Boorstin's The
Discoverers: A History of Man's
Search to Know His-World and
Himself
Little did Victoriano Man-
teiga suspect that 99 years
after coming 'to Tampa, he
would have made a name for
himself in connection -with
one of .the more respected
and successful small weekly
newspapers in the nation..The
light shining on his patch of
ground did not beam that-far
into the future.
Victoriano Manteiga, the'
legendary founder of La Gace-
ta, was born in Cuba in 1894.
In 1914 he sailed aboard the
S.S. Olivette from Cuba, to a
Tampa that was vibrant and
growing. Ybor City had long
established ties to Cuba and it.
was a logical place for a young
Latino in search of fortune to
come.
And search he did, for
when he landed he had a $10
bill and two white linen suits
to his name. He rented a room
on the upper side of El Encan-
to Cleaners and, on his sec-
ond day in the city, he went
to work in the Morgan Cigar
Factory in West Tampa as a
reader (lector).
Readers held a special
place in the cigar industry.
A practice that originated in
Cuba before the advent of the
radio, readers would sit on a
raised platform (tribunal) and
read a wide variety of materi-


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The steamship S.S. Olivete nearing Havana Cuba.


als to the cigar workers busy
at their workbenches.
It is interesting to note that
they were called "readers" and
not "lecturers." The cigar mak-
ers would vote on which novel
was to be read. They also had
a voice on the reading of some
literature but, for the most
part, the reader picked what
he was going to read, such as
political publications, local,
national and international
news, and they proved educa-
tional for the reader and the
listener alike.
It was in this atmosphere
that Victoriano Manteiga
came to be known as an in-
tellectual. As a reader, his job
was not just to read the ma-
terials in monotone. His voice
had to be adaptable enough to
give feeling to the most touch-
ing novel and fervor to the
most impassioned political
agenda. '
Printed matter in English
often had to be translated on
the spot. Not an easy task,


for he had to fully grasp their
meanings in order to effective-
ly convey them.
A busboy from Las Nove-
dades Restaurant, many
years ago, reminisced about
how he used to watch Victori-
ano come in and sit at a table
with other readers and every-
one would gather around just
to listen to their discussions.
The restaurant, brimming
with the aromas of Latin cui-
sine arid Cuban coffee, served
as their collective private pul-
pit.
The salary of the lectors
was paid weekly by the cigar
workers. Manteiga received 25
cents every Friday from each
cigar maker he read to a tidy
sum for the early 20th cen-
tury.
However,' when the cigar
workers went on strike, the
readers would naturally also
be off the payroll.
The cigar industry in both
Tampa and Cuba had been
plagued and, although the


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mutual aid societies that were
invaluable to a good portion
of the population in times of
need, the increasing unpre-
dictability of the strikes gave
Victoriano cause for concern.
Moreover, the position of
the reader, once considered
a right of cigar makers, was
being threatened. By the end
of the 1920 strike, some cigar
factories belonging to the Ci-
gar Manufacturers Associa-


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tion no longer allowed readers
in their shops. By 1931, all
the readers had been removed
from the factories. Owners
considered them a root to
their labor problems because
of the emphasis the readers
placed on reading liberal pub-
lications. The era of the elite
, reader corps had come to an
end.
In light of these develop-
ments, Victoriano saw the
need for more secure employ-
ment. He went back to Cuba
to look for work but quickly
returned in disappointment.
What he found there was
not much, more promising.
Although the position of the
reader was stronger, corrup-
tion abounded and future
conflicts seemed inevitable.
Back in Tampa, the econ-
omy. appeared to be on the
upswing. An increasing num-
ber of tourists were coming
in, many choosing to stay.
Building permits, manufac-
turing and real estate activity
were on the rise. Construction
of the Gandy Bridge seemed
a reality. Tampa's popula-
tion was booming (it doubled
in the decade from 1920 to
1930). The time was ripe for
new enterprise.
It was 1922 and Victoriano
had already married a young
lady named Ofelia. Their two-
year-old son was named Ro-
land. Now a man of respon-
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sibility, he decided to look
outside the cigar industry for
employment.
He discussed the idea of
publishing a Spanish news-
paper with Dr. Jose Avella-
nal, the lionized doctor and
humanitarian. Notwithstand-
ing the obvious potential
and risks involved in a qual-
ity publishing effort, the good
doctor was inclined to help.
Dr. Avellanal contacted the
Mascunana Printers and, in
the same year, their combined
efforts yielded the first issue
of La Gaceta.
At first, La Gaceta was a
very small concern. Manteiga
would write his column, and
with the help of his staff, the
paper was put together. The
Mascunanas would print it
and issues of La Gaceta were
delivered by route boys lat-
er every afternoon Monday
through Saturday.
The agreement was that 75
percent of the money brought
in by advertisements would
go to Mascunana Printing.
Manteiga would receive the
remaining 25 percent of the
advertising money, plus all
the money collected from the
subscribers.
From the beginning, the
paper stressed quality over
quantity. It was a good jour-
nalistic effort to inform, not
a soapbox to lecture from. A
gleaning from the news in- the
Tampa Morning Tribune would
be translated. Local news and
an assortment of other items
would round it out.
Supplementing Manteiga's
editorial column, it was not
unusual to find recipes, po-
etry, sports, advertisements
and topics of special interest,
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and Cuba.
La Gaceta was well-re-
ceived by the community
and. Manteiga made the U.S.
his permanent home, receiv-
ing citizenship in 1928. In a
very short time, Manteiga had
earned respect for his entre-
preneurial and journalistic
abilities. So much so that,
less than year after start-
ing the business, B. DeBerga
published two articles of ap-
preciation and praise of Man-
teiga. The translated excerpt
follows:
Conjectures on the Case of
Manteiga
"From that day I deceived
my pen into the labyrinth of
humorism, I resolved to stuffy
a series of local, intellectually
complex cases.
"Today on the examination
table we find the personality
of Victoriano Manteiga, one
of the most interesting liter-
ary cases in our environment,
which has been suffocated by
tobacco smoke and oppressed
by a climate that changes like
a flirtatious woman.
"Though it may appear un-
true, there are in this town
people of extraordinary intel-


ligence. The genius of the (hu-
man) race does not live only in
the bigger cities but anywhere
there is an agglomeration of
individuals...
"But Manteiga is from Ha-
vana and his merit lies in that
he did not allow himself to
be crushed and came here to
write, to struggle, for the le-
gitimate interests and aspira-
tions of the race and tongue,
to fight the battles of Latin
ideals, affirming the unparal-
leled beauty of the language
which he writes and express-
ing. his usual courage in the
firm truths which fortify his
spirit.
"...There you have him, di-
recting La Gaceta, one of his
numerous offspring of his un-
swerving efforts...
...he is not intimidated by
adversity...his love and pas-
sions are our love and pas-
sions, his anguish and pain
are common to us all...the en-
emy who has bared his teeth
and claws is the same one
who has scratched and bitten
us...
"But Manteiga does not
retreat...he marches forward
seeking that I don't know


what. What we all seek in the
beginning... Manteiga writes
his admirable paragraphs on
his Al Margen de La Actuali-
did without having to envy an-
other's keenness of mind nor
refined perfection in writing
great truths or essential min-
iatures, which he has pleas-
antly filigreed and filled with
rare and exquisite versatil-
ity..."
One such common cause
Manteiga fought in La Gaceta
was vice. Resulting from this
was a thwarted attempt to
kidnap him. The Tampa Morn-
ing Tribune reported in its
Saturday, October 26, 1929
issue:
Latin Editor Shoots Out of
Kidnapping Plot
"Three unidentified men
in an automobile exchanged
shots last night with Victoria-
no Manteiga, editor and pub-
lisher of La Gaceta, Ybor City
newspaper and fled after a fu-
tile attempt to kidnap him.
"They fired at Manteiga as
he was standing in his front
yard at 918 East Ida Street
and one of the bullets went
through the doors in his home,
missing him by inches...


"Manteiga told police he
had noticed a car following
him for the. last two nights,
and was accosted last night
after he had placed his car
in the garage by a man rep-
resenting himself as a deputy
sheriff...
"'He walked up to me just
as I was going in the house
about midnight,' Manteiga
said, 'and told me, 'Come with
me.' I backed off toward the
front porch and fired once in
the air to frighten him. Then
they started shooting from the
car.'
"Manteiga gave police a de-
scription of his assailants, but
said he was unable to note the
license plate on the car. He
explained he was armed be-
cause he feared the men fol-
lowing him the last two nights.
"Manteiga's newspaper has
been conducting a campaign
against the bolita racket, and
he gave that as his reason for
the attack."
Times were hard. The na-
tional crisis predicted by the
stock market crash in 1929
had been preceded in Florida
by at least three years. The
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collapse in 1926 of the real es-
tate boom, the ailing railroad
industry and the failure of
the state government to meet
bond payments were all con-
tributing factors. In the same
year back resources in Florida
fell by some $300 million, and
more than 40 of them closed


Governor Spessard L. Hol-
land for the Victoriano's loy-
alty, patriotism, fidelity and
prudence. He did not know
it then, but this was to be
just one of many awards and
recognition he and his son,
Roland, would receive in con-
nection with their work in La
Gaceta.


Victoriano Manteiga watches Cuban politician Eduardo
Chibis speak in front of the Cuban Club in 1950. Chibas
ran for president of Cuba in 1948. He committed suicide,
while hosting his weekly radio broadcast in Cuba, in
August 1951.


their doors. The numbers
would quickly escalate.
To make matters worse, in
1929 the Mediterranean fruit
fly was discovered in a citrus
grove near Orlando. Eradica-
tion and control efforts dealt
a severe blow to the citrus
and related industries. Unem-
ployment was rampant. Idle
minds and empty bellies fared
as best they could.
At La Gaceta, hard work
and sacrifice helped to keep
the paper going. Cost cutting
measures were instituted,
and family pitched in. Ofelia
could often be seen working
alongside her husband, and
young Roland joined them as
a delivery boy as soon as he
was old enough.
Their efforts paid off. La
Gaceta made it through the de-
pression virtually unscathed.
Minor format changes were
made, but these were more to
update the publication than
anything else. Manteiga's edi-
torial column was renamed,
"Chungas y No Chungas."
Moreover, in 1941 Victori-
.ano Manteiga received a com-
mendation from then Florida


New equipment purchased
in 1942 precipitated a move
from Mascunana Printing to
a new location..Operations
were conducted out. of La
Benefica Building on 15th
Street in Ybor City. La Gaceta
remained in the building for
the best part of 40 years. The
building still stands and to-
day the Ybor City campus of
Hillsborough Community Col-
lege owns the building, has
restored it and currently uses
it as a dance studio and child-
care facility.
The decade between 1943
and 1953 proved to be a
watershed for the paper.
The coming of World War II
brought dramatic changes to
the state of Florida, which di-
rectly or indirectly affected the
publishing.
The increase in defense ac-
tivities brought thousands of
servicemen to man the Army
and Navy installations in the
state, and MacDill Airfield
in Tampa was no exception.
Shipbuilding and agriculture
bolstered the economy, and
Tampa and Ybor City were in-
fected with the-patriotic spirit


of the war.
Circulation of the paper
increased and the number of
its pages doubled. From La
Gaceta, Roland, like many of
his peers, went into military
service. He volunteered with
a large group of Tampa Latins
and the Army saw fit to keep
them together during train-
ing. The group remained co-
hesive and were shipped over
together to the Pacific theater
in the belly of a troop carrier.
According to a shipmate, Lou
Prida, the trip from New York
through the Panama Canal to
a forward base took 43 days.
Roland served overseas in the
infantry in Bougainville and
during the invasion of several
islands in the Philippines, in-
cluding Cebu. He then served
in Japan.
On his return to Tampa,
Roland went back to work at
La Gaceta, taking a more ac-
tive part in the business. It
was during this decade that
the paper became bilingual
and later trilingual. In 1950
the Lingualphone Institute
named La Gaceta the best
Spanish newspaper published
in the nation. In addition,
honors were bestowed upon


Victoriano Manteiga and crowd at the debut of the Jose
Marti bust in front of the Cuban Club.


it by the Circulo Cubano,
Unione de Italiana, Centro Es-
pafol and Centro Asturiano.
Florida emerged from the
war with renewed optimism.
The 1950 census added two
new seats in the national
House of Representatives.
Population was steadily ris-
ing, and mass media was
coming into its own.
After the war the Latin
population spread out from
its Ybor City and West Tampa


cores. This sprawl and Ameri-
canization of the second gen-
eration of Latinos made for
some tough years.
"You have a small paper
and you have to think of ways
you can exist and you can sur-
vive...It's really a very tough
business," reminisced Ro-
land. "I remember back in the
early 50s when we switched
from a daily to a weekly. I
can't tell you how many years
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I got $5, $6, $7 a week. It's a
sacrifice...It was not unusual
for me to work 14 hours a day.
"Many years ago, I was re-
ally thinking about just leav-
ing the paper, but my father
would have been left alone,
and how was I going to do
that...I wasn't making any
money, and I could have gone
to work for someone else and
made a good living. But then
you get involved and say,
'Well, I'm going to stick it out
another day, another year,'
and the years go by."
Sending a son off to war
wasn't the only foreign battle
waged by La Gaceta. Victori-
ano took up the cause of the
Spanish Republic during the
Spanish Civil War from 1936
to 1939.
He wrote passionately,
raised money and encour-
aged Tampa's community to
get into the fight. He was a
leader in the Tampa Spanish
Aid Committee. Passions like
his helped cement resolve by
some in the U.S. to form the
Abraham Lincoln Brigade that
went and fought alongside the
Loyalists. His efforts earned
friends and enemies and an
FBI file, in which J. Edgar
Hoover noted that he must be
a communist for taking up the
Loyalists' cause. It was also
noted that La Gaceta "keeps
the Latin element of Tampa
and vicinity in turmoil."
We suspect in hindsight it
was far better to side with the
Republic than the Fascists
and Francisco Franco just
before the outbreak of World
War II.
A second crusade over for-


eign soil was launched against
the corruption in Cuba and
Dictator Fulgencio Batista.
The newspaper's activities
weren't limited to editorials.
Opposition took form in fund-
raising, protests and in active
engagement in Cuban politics.
Victoriano befriended Eddy
Chibas, leader of the Ortodoxo
Party and its cause a social
democracy for Cuba and the
end of corruption. That dream
came to an end with the sui-
cide of Chibas during his ra-
dio show in 1951.
La Gaceta continued to
seek a free and democratic
Cuba, which could only be
achieved with the ousting of
Dictator Batista, who was be-
coming crueler. This time, it
was a young Fidel Castro who
was leading the fight.
Fidel Castro visited Tampa
in 1955 to build support for
the cause. Victoriano Man-
teiga helped organize the visit
and was named, at that time,
director of the 26th of July
Movement in Tampa. The
Movement was the revolution-
ary organization of Castro.
La Gaceta's editorials were
focused for the next five years
upon freeing Cuba from the
Dictator Batista's grip.
The victory was achieved
in 1959, but the new govern-
ment quickly failed to meet
the promises.
The Batista supporters who
fled to Tampa made their dis-
pleasure known to the Castro
supporters and as the rela-
tionship between the U.S. and
Castro soured, these refugees
acted out their anger on lead-
ers like Victoriano and Roland,
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the deteriorating situation in
Cuba from getting worse.
In 1961, anti-Castro
groups, fueled by exiles from
the Batista government, van-
dalized symbols of support for
the revolution by throwing red
paint on buildings.
La Gaceta's office in the
La Ben6fica building on Palm
Avenue and 15th Street was
one target. The Tampa Times
wrote,
"In this day of attacks, the
police reported that the tri-
lingual newspaper La Gaceta
was also attacked. The news-
paper known for its pro-Cas-
tro opinions has previously


been the target of repeated
attacks. The paper's front has
been hit numerous times in
recent weeks."
The Cuban community
was split and La Gaceta was
boycotted by many. This left
deep wounds. So much so
that Roland Manteiga rarely
would identify his heritage as
Cuban, so not to be confused
with the exile immigrants who
became the new face of Flor-
ida's Cuban population. His
heritage now jumped all the
way back to Spain.
La Gaceta was going
through tough times and
transition. Ybor was now gut-


ted by urban renewal and the
interstate. Many of its busi-
nesses and La Gaceta cus-
tomers closed down. Latins
wanted their kids to be Ameri-
can and English was king.
Spanish language advertising
and the Hispanic market was
not coveted by big business,
as it is now.
With these problems on
the rise, La Gaceta started
to better develop its English
side. Its political focus turned
from abroad to a razor focus
at home.
Roland Manteiga assumed
more and more responsibility.
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His columnh "As We Heard
It" grew in popularity and size.
He established and developed
contacts throughout the city
and state. Developing a rep-
utation for honesty and fair
play, it was not uncommon to
find him writing in defense-of
the Latin community or the
underdog in general.
To make up for lost rev-
enue, Roland started to devel-
op La Gaceta's "entertainment
section" and customer base.
This included restaurants


Democratic-leaning and pro-
union, but it really found its
progressive voice on local pol-
itics in the 1960s and 1970s
as it carved a reputation for
having inside sources and the
guts to print what they said.
One of Roland's stories
along these progressive lines,
in 1966 had the distinction of
being placed in the Congres-
sional Record by U.S. Con-
gressman Sam Gibbons on
the House floor clearly reflects
its aim and is worth quoting
below:


Angel Ranon, Mary, with Frank Lastra present Victoriano
Manteiga an award from the Ybor City Chamber of
Commerce on October 4, 1977


and lounges where, as part of
the advertising package, our
photographers would click off
shots we would publish in our
pages. Some of the lounges
started to have their .girls go.
topless to attract more cus-
tomers and then bottomless.
Many of these buxom beau-
ties appeared in La Gaceta's
pages in the '60s and '70s, of
course, with pasties.
To some young men in the
community, La Gaceta was
looked forward to as much as
National Geographic when it
featured native tribes articles.
La Gaceta was always


"What Is Poverty?
Mr. Speaker, I have, from
time to time, included in my
speeches in the House newspa-
per accounts and articles that
have given additional insight
as to the aims and objectives
of the war on poverty. Most of
this commentary on the pover-
ty program has been from pro-
fessionals who have evaluated
the program and have written
constructively as to its merits
and shortcomings.
"Rarely do we have an op-
portunity to hear from those
who are the ones which this
program is intended to assist.'


Always in a suit: Only
Roland Manteiga would
go to the State Fair dressed
to a t, wearing an overcoat.
I would like to include in the
Record today a firsthand ac-
count entitled 'What Is Pov-
erty?' which was recently
published in one of my local
newspapers, La Gaceta. La
Gaceta newspaper is perhaps
the only trilingual newspaper
in the United States. Its edi-
tor, Roland Manteiga of Tam-
pa, Florida, is the author of a
widely read political column
and has oftentimes been com-
mended for his insight, and
perceptive reporting.
"I found the article to be a
most moving account from a
woman who has experienced
the evils of poverty. I am in-
cluding it in the Congres-
sional Record so that others
might share in a deeper un-
derstanding of what poverty
means to such an individual."
Although busy with efforts


A mixologist at a local watering hole points out his
establishment's new drink special Leo's Hot Pants
Cooler, formerly known as the La Gaceta Cooler: "A tri-
lingual drink with a multi-lingual sexational taste."


like the above mentioned,
writing his column and run-
ning the paper (his father,
Victoriano, had semi-retired
in 1961), Roland still found
time and energy to continue to
look for ways to increase the
revenues of the paper.
In the 1960s, he worked
closely with local politicians
and Tallahassee to be able to


run legal ads in La Gaceta.
After consulting with an at-
torney, Roland discovered that
La Gaceta met all but one of
the state requirements to run
the ads. The law at the time
required, among other things,
that the paper had to be print-
ed mainly in the English lan-
guage.
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Through his relentless ef-
forts, the law changed to per-
mit newspapers that met all
other qualifications and con-
tained at least 25 percent of
their words in the English lan-
guage to run- legal advertise-
ment (F.C. 50.001). .
At that time La Gdceta was
33 percent in English. It now
contains well over 70 percent
of its words in the English
language.
In 1980, with the help of.
Tampa attorney Chester Fer-
guson, one of the most in-
fluential men in Florida, La
Gaceta was able to buy and
renovate the old Oak Park
Laundry building at 3210 E.
Seventh Ave., which had been
vacant for a number of years.


Attorney J. Rex Farrior, Jr.,
is jokingly "held up" by
Roland Manteiga during
Gasparilla festivities.


La Gaceta's paper-strewn office in the late 1970s. The
office was located in the La Ben6fica building on Palm
Avenue and 15th Street. In 1980, the office moved to its
current location 3210 E. 7th Avenue.


With this move, La Gaceta
went from the era of melted
lead type to the computer age.
Ferguson and Roland bor-
rowed money from the Colum-
bia Bank to buy and renovate
the building. Ferguson be-
came a partner-in the building
with Roland. After Ferguson's
death, 'his daughter, Stella
Thayer, became the building's
part owner.
This and other measures
helped to increase circulation.
Never mind that Roland could
easily rub elbows with com-
mon folk and celebrities alike.
He attained a measure of stat-
ure in his trade that earned
him the right to be called the
alter ego of Tampa's Latin
community.
When asked what his mis-


sion was in La Gaceta, he
would quickly respond, "I
don't have to have a mission."
He explained that he tried to
print things that one doesn't
read about in other newspa-
pers. In a growing community
such as this, with the pres-
ent day information glut, "You
have to be different to com-
pete," he said.
Some of that era remained
as Roland continued the lega-
cy of La Gaceta by bringing it
to new. prominence. With his
column "As We Heard It," he
made La Gaceta an epicenter
for political news and opin-
ions and world and national
leaders made a point of visit-
ing Roland whenever they had
the opportunity, making him
a legend in his own time.


Known for his white suits with their arm around the
and private corner table and statue of Roland as though
red phone at La Tropicana, they were lifelong friends.
Roland was one of the most The statue's dedication
respected men in all of Tam- reads, "Roland Manteiga
pa, with people lining up at chronicled events and poli-
La Tropicana Caf6 for chance_ tics that- shaped Tampa and
to meet the man behind the Ybor City and championed
myth.
With the passing
of Roland on Sep-
tember 25, 1998, his
son Patrick inherited
the column "As We
Heard It," the news-
paper La Gaceta and
the reserved table at .
La Tropicana.
Under Patrick's
guidance, La Gaceta
remains a family- -
oriented newspaper,
with his wife, Angie,
and mother, Peggy,
helping him to run
the now 90-year-old
newspaper.
In 2003, a stat-
ue of Roland was
erected on Seventh
Avenue. The statue
depicts Roland lean-
ing-against the Cen-
tro Espafiol building
and reading a La
Gaceta newspaper.
Rather than putting
the statue on a ped- -
estal, as is custom- ..
ary, Roland's friends Governor Reubin Askew speaks with
and family wanted a nattily attired Roland Manteiga in
the statue's feet to the early 1970s.
be on the ground, a Y '
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Roland was. Roland's statue 40.years through his weekly
has become the most popular column, As We Heard It. From
of all the statues in Ybor City his private table at La Tropi-
with seemingly every tourist: cana Restaurant, where he
who visits the historic district broke bread with presidents
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and locals alike, the formida-
ble owner and publisher of La
Gaceta Newspaper served as
a conduit between power bro-
kers and the powerless. As the
conscience of the community,
Manteiga became a legend in
his own time."
Patrick grabbed the torch
from his father and contin-
ues to' fight for both Latino
rights and Ybor City. As Ybor
City continued to grow and
change, Patrick has become
one of its top historical de-
fenders, always ensuring that
new projects do not destroy
the historic look of the Latin
Quarter. Any developer look-
ing to construct a residential
or commercial building that
isn't sensitive to Ybor City's
heritage is likely to feel the
sharp poke of the editor's pen
and that can spell disaster to
a project.
A staunch supporter of


opening both trade and travel from conservative anti-Cas-
relations with Cuba, Patrick tro/pro-embargo members of
embarked on a political trip to the community, Patrick stood
Cuba from July 28- 31, 2002, firm on his belief that the trip
along with then Tampa Mayor was a positive chapter in the
Dick Greco and a host of other history of Tampa. In the Au-
gust 2, 2002 edi-
tion, he wrote his
thoughts on the trip:
"A five and one-
half hour lunch
meeting on Wednes-
day with President
Fidel Castro was the
highlight of the visit.
Tampa Mayor Dick
Greco had a can-
did, emotional and
heartfelt discussion
on the division be-
tween Cuban-Amer-
icans and Castro's
Cuba. This was the
finest moment in
Greco's long career
as a politician. He
_ir rose above the ran-
cor that surrounds
Cuban/American
3837t policy and touched
Roland Manteiga, former Tampa on the personal tolls
Chief of Police Charles Otero and of the people most
former Tampa Mayor William Poe, affected by the trade
and tourism embar-
February 18, 1978. go...
local and state dignitaries to "...The Tampa delegation
meet with Cuban leaders to witnessed emerging Capital-
discuss future trade possibili- ism. In open and legal outdoor
ties when the day comes that markets, Cubans hawk art,
the embargo is lifted. The trip crafts and goods to the tour-
was legal and organized under ists. The money they make
the license of the Alliance for is theirs and not the govern-
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speak only for myself, not the
mayor or anyone else in the
delegation U.S. tourism and
trade will only speed Cuba
faster down the road that dis-
mantles Communism...
...America cannot pun-
ish Castro without punishing
the Cuban people. No amount
of punishment.will cause the
overthrow of Castro and no
increase in the level of suffer-
ing of the Cuban people will
convince Castro to leave. A
visit to Cuba opens your eyes
to this reality...
"I can no longer quietly
stand by while America hurts
11 million Cubans...
...I was proud to be a part
of this delegation from Tam-
pa...The group went to learn
and the mission was accom-
plished...
...The next step is to tell
what we saw, to be honest
with our opinions and start
a public discussion about
American/Cuban policy..."
This trip to Cuba proved
that Patrick had successfully


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Peggy Manteiga-Schmechel, Mary Ellen Beard, Cesar
Gonzmart (standing), Malcolm Beard and Roland
Manteiga, early 1960s.
filled his father's shoes. Like and the Manteiga history,
Roland, Patrick was no longer specifically Victoriano. When
satisfied with just reporting the play opened on Broad-
on history, he wanted to in- way, Smits was seen reading
fluence history. He continues a reproduced 1929 La Gaceta
to support ending the Cuban newspaper.
embargo and fights for any The year 2006 was tough
cause he believes in. Well- for Patrick and La Gaceta. On
educated on current events, the evening of April 3, 2006, a
Patrick is often called upon to small fire started in the front
be a guest on local radio and office of La Gaceta. Fire in-
television programs to add his vestigators assume the cause
insight into local, national or of the fire was from a either
international debate, a cell phone charger or cal-
In 2003, La Gaceta hit culator short circuiting. The
Broadway. Nilo Cruz' Anna fire damage was minimal, but
and the Tropics was the 2003 the water damage caused by
Pulitzer Prize winning play the sprinkler system was im-
for drama and soon after mense. It drenched the entire
was seen on Broadway. Set office, including the newspa-
in 1929 Ybor City, Anna in pers historical archives. In
the Tropics tells the story of a the end, the archives were re-
family of cigar workers whose stored, the office was rebuilt,
lives are irrevocably changed and despite the damage and
by the arrival of a new lector. inconvenience the fire caused,
Cruz read through back is- the newspaper never missed
sues of La Gaceta and studied one week.
Victoriano Manteiga before On April 7, 2006, Patrick
writing the play. When Jimmy wrote about the fire in As We
Smits was cast as the lector, Heard It:
he spent two days in the La "This edition comes to you
Gaceta office, reading up and with a little help from our
asking questions on the his- friends...
tory of the lector, La Gaceta (continued on page 9)


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"La Gaceta suffered dam-
age from a fire Monday eve-
ning. No, the cause was not
a vast right wing conspiracy
and no county commissioner
was seen leaving the scene.
The fire probably started from
the fraying of a little wire from
either a calculator or a cell
phone charger on top of a
desk. The office was empty so
no one was hurt and for that
we are truly thankful.
"The fire was small, con-
tained to a desk top when an
automatic sprinkler engaged
to extinguish it. The sprin-
kler damaged the ceiling, ru-
ined the wall, wiped out some
equipment and soaked his-
toric collections of La Gaceta
between the years of 1943
and 1990. As the sprinkler
continued to flow, it filled
our 3,000-square-foot office
with three to five inches of
water, ruining our carpet, all
the cabinetry, and boxes and
boxes of records and photo-
graphs.


-
Louis de la Parte, Elvin Martinez, Governor Lawton
Chiles and Roland Manteiga.


"A neighbor called my
home Monday evening to tell
me -that water was flowing
from the front door of the of-
fice. My daughter Erin and I
drove there and were shocked
when we opened the door and
a small wave of water rushed
out to the street, the smell of



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Jan Platt, Kichard Ake, T. Michael Foster, Koland'
Manteiga, Liz Alpert and Patrick Manteiga enjoy a sit-
down at La Tropicana on June 19, 1996


smoke hit our nostrils and the
sound of water being sprayed
at high pressure filled the
room.
"My grandfather Victoria-
no and father Roland faced
hard times and disaster with
the newspaper before. Dur-
ing WWII, Victoriano had to.
plead and beg for newsprint,
which was in short supply.
The big papers had first dibs
and a Spanish weekly was low
on the list. There were times
when canary yellow-was the
color of La Gaceta during the
war. All businesses operating
in Florida had to deal with
hurricanes and La Gaceta
was no exception. We've had
to board up and move equip-
ment.
"There have been break-
downs, power outages, sick-
ness, births and deaths, but
in the tradition of newspa-
pers, my grandfather and fa-
ther have always got the job


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Patrick Manteiga enjoys a copy of La Gaceta next to
father's statue, which is located in Centro Ybor.


done and got the paper out on
time.
"After the initial shock on
Monday night, this spirit of
tradition and responsibility
drove my family and our staff
to bring this issue number
14 volume 84 to you today..
"It took a great effort to dry
out our office, move furniture,
and reestablish our electricity,
communications and comput-
ers. The fire department did
an excellent job in responding
and worked hard to push the
water out of the office. My im-
mediate family and loyal staff
showed up that night to start
the long process of saving our
historic archives. Sierra Con-
struction was on the scene
while the fire department was
still there to start the salvage.
They worked all night, tearing


out carpet, removing wet re-
cords and drying the floor.
"Friends like Andy Celeiro,.
Jeff Bogue and April Griffin
pitched in and helped. We had
offers of free computers, office
space and even free plumbing
and lots of free help.
"It's very touching to know
that La Gaceta is valued by
our community and it's heart-
warming to hear so much
support and well wishing. We
even added two subscribers
this week. They'd never heard
of us but read the news cov-
erage of our fire and since we
survived-they wanted to sub-
scribe.
"Life over the next few
weeks will be uncomfort-
able, cramped and full of loud
noises and strange smells.
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(continued from page 9)
"La Gaceta will continue
to do business as we always
have, so political should con-
tinue to beware we are still
on watch.
"Thank you for all the love
and support."
The fire had a bright spot,
though, as the possibility of
losing La Gaceta reminded
the community how impor-
tant the weekly newspaper is


easier for news media orga-
nizations to be consolidated.
The eased regulations would
pave the way for companies to
own television and radio sta-
tions along with newspapers
in the same market, thereby
gaining an unfair advantage
in one market and serving
to make smaller, privately-
owned media obsolete..
Chairman Martin stated,
"The Commission has three


hearings being held across
the country and was an op-
portunity for Patrick Manteiga
to voice his concerns over Big
Media potentially getting big-
ger.
Patrick's comments were:
"I represent an endangered
species in our modern age of
communications. The family
owned small newspaper ... I
feel there is a real danger in
allowing cross ownership of
a major daily newspaper and
television stations in the same
market and unlimited owner-
ship of radio and television
stations. I have witnessed
that. these and similar rela-
tionships are used to silence
competition with business
practices that are unfair and
in the end, detrimental to the
market they serve. The Tampa
Tribune, under Media Gen-
eral's ownership, closed its
afternoon daily in 1982 after
it became apparent that mar-
ket forces made it more than
difficult for anyone to start up
an afternoon daily. This ac-
tion removed one voice from
our community...


Patrick and Angie Manteiga at the 2011 Sam Leto Awards
Dinner, May 22, 2011.


"A decade later Media Gen-
eral bought up a group of lo-
cal weeklies called Sun-Belt
Publishing. When they were
first purchased, Media Gen-
eral and the Tampa Tribune
promised the public that
these weeklies would remain
independent from the Tribune


Patrick Manteiga with his son, Joseph, in Tallahassee,
when Joseph served as a messenger for the State House
in March 2009.


to the City of Tampa and its
surrounding areas. As Patrick
documented in his column,
without the support of the
community, the newspaper
would not have recovered from
the catastrophe so quickly.
Later that year, the Weekly
Planet (now Creative Loafing)
listed La Gaceta in their ar-
ticle, "100 things you gotta do
(in no particular order) to be
a TRUE Tampa Bay resident:
'36. Avoid sitting at the table
reserved for the late Roland
Manteiga, legendary editor of
La Gaceta, when ordering a
Cuban sandwich at La Tropi-
cana, Ybor City's old-school
eatery. "
In 2007, Federal Commu-
nications Commission (FCC)
Chairman Kevin Martin an-
nounced nationwide public
hearings to get public feed-
back on proposed looser reg-
ulations that would make it


core goals that our rules are
intended to further: compe-
tition, diversity and local-
ism. I recognize many of the
concerns expressed about
increased consolidation and
preservation of diversity. Also
critical to our review is explor-
ing and understanding the
competitive realities of the
media marketplace. Some of
our rules have not been up-
dated for years and may no
longer reflect the current mar-
ketplace."
Tampa was chosen be-
cause Media General, the par-
ent company of WFLA, the
Tampa Tribune and TBO.com
was looked at as a shining ex-
ample of why media consoli-
dation worked.
On April 30, 2007, one of
the FCC's hearings was held
at the Tampa Bay Perform-
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Tribune. They no longer have
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Sun City, Temple-Terrace and
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their voice...
...The Tribune is now
using its size and relation-
ship with WFLA-TV to gain
an unfair advantage in niche
markets. My newspaper now
faces competition from Cen-
tro [Tampa], a Spanish lan-
guage publication started
by the Tribune a year ago...I
am competing against Media
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WFLA-TV and tbo.com. Centro
ads are being sold by the Tri-
bune and in many cases are
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By Ferdie Pac
Luisita Sevilla
This short st
cerpted from Ferd
1998 book, The Cl
Cookbook.
When Roland
was ten years old,
en to spend Nochi
the Rodriguez far
late 1920s, Rola
Don Victoriano Ma
considered one c
famous men of Y1
cause of his prom
lector (reader), one
ly respected men
the cigar factories
the cigar makers
bored. While the i
Victoriano skipper
city visiting one I
table after anoti
and his mother, O
happy to settle ii
and enjoy a quiet
tuous repast.


William
heco and One of the benefits of vis-
Pacheco iting the Rodriguez home was
:ory is ex- that Roland got to play with
ie Pacheco's the three children: George, Al-
hristmas Eve bert and Rainier. Albert was
ten, Roland's age, and the
Manteiga two had been close playmates
he was tak- since they were very young
ebuena with boys.
mily. In the It was the Rodriguez fam-
nd's father, ily's habit to put all of the
anteiga, was children's toys under the tree
)f the most before Nochebuena, since the
bor City be- three boys knew the truth
lnence as a about Santa Claus, mak-
Sof the high- ing subterfuge unnecessary.
employed by While the women of the fam-
s to read to ily bustled about the kitchen
as they la- putting the finishing touches
popular Don on the Nochebuena feast, and
d about the the men drank their brandies,
Nochebuena smoked their cigars, and talk-
her, Roland ed politics, the kids scouted
phelia, were out the toys under the tree.
n one home One gift that had been too
and sump- big to wrap properly was eas-
ily identified as a bow and


cell eVnccebuena


arrow set. Too excited about
this gift to wait, the boys qui-
etly removed it from under
the tree and took it out to
the backyard, where they set
up the target under the large
oak tree. But the target was a
floppy piece of work, so some-
one had to stand next to it
and hold it so that it wouldn't
fall over. At the appropriate
moment, he would step aside
as each of the Rodriguez boys
took his turn shooting at the
target.
The first shot was given to
Roland's pal Albert. Almost
immediately it occurred to
Roland that this was perhaps
not a wise choice. Albert was
cross-eyed. Until such a time
as a cross-eyed friend points a
steel-tipped arrow at a target
next to which you are stand-
ing, it does not occur to you
that such an event is fraught
with unpleasant possibilities.


But what was Roland to do?
He had only just time
enough to yell, "Concentrate
on the target, Albert! Just re-
member that you are cross-
eyed!"
But Albert had released his
arrow already, and it found
its target perfectly. Roland
flopped over onto his back,
the arrow lodged right be-
tween his eyes. The three Ro-
driguez brothers stood para-
lyzed, their mouths open, not
knowing if Albert had killed
their friend or not.
At the sink in the kitchen,
Roland's mother had hap-
pened to glance out the win-
dow just as her son keeled
over in the grass. She ran
shrieking from the house and,
without hesitating, pulled the
arrow out of her son's head.
Fortunately, it had barely
penetrated the skin. Furious,
Mr. Rodriguez demanded to


know which one of his sons
had shot the arrow. Like true
brothers, all three clammed
up, and from where he lay
in the grass, Roland weakly
protested. that his wound had
been self-inflicted.
Whatever Happened To...
The Rodriguez Brothers?
Whatever happened to the
three Rodriguez brothers, af-
ter the bow-and-arrow inci-
dent?
We caught up with one of
the "boys" last year, Reynaldo
"Rainier" Rodriguez, who is
now 90 years old. He filled us
in on what happened in his
life and to his brothers af-
ter childhood.
'"The story just reawaked
that incident so vividly; it's
captured so very well in this
article...
"We used to be close bud-
dies, because my mother had
(continued on page 12)


(continued from page 10)
and in this case is willing to
take a loss is, from our per-
spective, unfair. This kind of
competition is meant to put
us and all the other indepen-
dent Spanish newspapers out
of business by cutting off our
revenue and separating us
from our communities. One
of the tactics is to offer non-
profit events support from the
Media General's TV and, news-
paper if the event gives exclu-
sivity to Centro. You can see
this is almost impossible to
compete against.
"What makes this situa-
tion worse is that Centro does
not offer independent political
editorials. While the Tribune
works to silence us they do
not want to use their newspa-
per as a voice for the Hispanic
community. Centro does not
endorse candidates and they
do not take positions contrary


to the Tribune's. They are not
just silencing us, they are si-
lencing the Latin Community."
The economic downturn of
the late 2000s presented an-
other problem for La Gaceta.
Companies looking to save
money in a stressed economy
slashed advertising budgets,
which affected such big ad-
vertisers as banks, car deal-
erships and retail establish-
ments, thereby affecting many
media outlets.
Every dark cloud has a sil-
ver lining and the economic
crisis marked by the/ hous-
ing collapse and a tidal wave
of foreclosures proved to be
financially lucrative to La
Gaceta. For nearly two years,
La Gaceta transformed from a
paper that averaged 32 pages
per week to a paper that some-
times printed over 100 pages,
with the majority being fore-
closure notices. While main-


stream advertising shrunk,
legal ads more than made up
the shortfall.
Following in his ancestors'
footsteps, Patrick Manteiga
has been deeply involved in
preserving the buildings that
housed, and still house, Ybor
City's mutual aid societies,
such as the Cuban Club, the
Italian Club and the Centro
Asturiano.
La Gaceta had been in-
volved in helping these orga-
nizations in whichever ways it
coula over the course of time,
but rising costs of preserva-
tion and repair presented a
stormy sea that would be dif-
ficult to navigate.
In May of 2011, Patrick
published an open letter to
the Hillsborough County
Commission expressing his
contempt for the County care-
lessly supporting and fund-
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as the Regent, while turn-
ing a deaf ear to the pleas of
Tampa's historic clubs, which
served and could continue to
serve legitimate public ser-
vices.
The letter helped rally the
community and culminated
to a July 13, 2011 meeting
in front of County Commis-
sion where over 200 preser-
vation-minded citizens filled,
the Commission's chambers,
all wearing red "Save our His-
toiic Buildings" t-shirts. The
group's effort resulted in the
Commission unanimously
voting to free $2.5 million to
go towards preserving the
needy historic buildings and
later to establish a matching
grants fund of $2 million.
The dynamic growth of Hill-
sborough County's Hispanic
population has served as mag-
nifying glass of the inequalityO
and lack of diversity on the
County Commission. The cur-
rent division of at-large and
single-member districts is un-
fair and Patrick Manteiga has
been leading a four-year effort
to bring equality to the rep-
resentation of Hillsborough
County's minority population.
From pointing out the lack
of minorities appointed to
high-ranking positions in the
County to lobbying the Char-


ter Review. Board to change
the County Commissions
make-up to speaking at com-
mission meetings regarding
redistricting, Patrick con-
tinues to fight for equal rep-
resentation in government.
Patrick's. fight, along with the
efforts of other community
leaders, is barreling towards
a courtroom showdown be-
tween Hillsborough County
and the. Hispanic Coalition of
Hillsborough County.
A fourth generation is now
involved. Erin and sister Emily
are active in the management
and billing of La Gaceta's legal
ads and brother Joseph pro-
vides part time help.
Victoriano Manteiga's guid-
ing light led him to begin La
Gaceta. This same light en-
abled Roland and now Patrick
to continue the tradition.
The smell of cafe con leche
and deviled crabs fills the
air and Patrick and his wife,
Angie, now sit at the table
in La Tropicana that Roland
made famous. Everybody goes
there...and the beat goes on.
No matter the challenge
put before it, La Gaceta has
and hopefully will trek on, al-
ways finding a way to survive,
always finding a way to grow,
always finding a way to con-
tinue to help the community.


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a strong relationship with Ro-
land's mom, Ophelia. We vis-
ited their house a lot and they
visited.
"My mother was a woman
who came from Cuba and her
name was Victoria. My father -
was an immigrant from Gali-
cia, Spain and he worked in
the cigar factories here. He
selected leaves for the differ-
ent grades of tobacco at the
Regensburg Cigar Factory.
That was his job. His name
was Ramon.
"I had two brothers. The
youngest brother was Albert, Victor and Roland Manteig
and he was the unfortunate shortly after this picture was
one who had the crossed-eyes. Roland, even at eight years ol
The older brother was George. dressed young man.
I was in the middle. George
served as a police officer in that had served in Africa pre-
Tampa until he passed away viously.
a few years ago. Albert passed "From New Guinea, we
away in 1991. He was living in moved into another opera-
Spain then; he was a 'lawyer tion further up the coast from
by profession. In Spain, he New Guinea, what they called
was in this Berlitz language Dutch New Guinea in those
school. He was a lawyer when days. We spent about 45 days
he was living in Cuba. campaigning there. Moved on
"When I was at Hillsbor- to Corregidor, which we para-
ough High School, I joined chuted into ...it took about 30


Ofelia Manteiga sitting behind the wheel.


the National Guard, the 116th
Field Artillery Unit. I trans-
ferred into parachute infantry.
"I was in the Army. I was a
paratrooper during World War
II. I served in the 503rd Para-
chuting Infantry Regiment,
went through jump school
at Ft. Benning, Georgia, for
about nine months. We spent
about eight months in train-
ing here, in the States, then
we shipped out it took about
three days, by train to go to
the west coast and about 40-
odd days to cross the broad
Pacific. We left San Francisco,
in California, and we stopped
in Panama to pick up one of
our battalions that was sta-
tioned there.
"I went to the Pacific. We
left from the Atlantic port...
we went through the Panama
Canal and then we went into a
zigzag pattern. We didn't have
an escort. So, it took us about
45 days to get to Australia. It's
a big ocean!
"We went on and landed
in Australia, in Queensland.
We trained there for about
six months. Then we had our
first action in New Guinea. We
jumped on a Japanese airfield
there and took about 30 days
before we were relieved by the
Australian Ninth Division,
which was a well-known unit


days to wipe out a garrison of
about 5,000 soldiers in Cor-
regidor. I literally mean wiped
out, because they fought to
the last man. Corregidor sits
right on Manila Bay and it's
critical to take the island in
order to get into Manila.
"My older brother, George,
was in the Navy. He came
back and worked as a police
officer here in Tampa. We got
him back after the Corregidor
campaign, which incidentally
my regimen was awarded a
presidential citation for the
campaign. After that, we in-
vaded, amphibiously, the
island of Negros and cam-
paigned there for about three
months. When we were up in
the mountains one night I'll
never forget we got news
that the war was over! That's
the extent of it.
"I was awarded the Bronze
Star and we were awarded a
presidential unit citation. I was
awarded a Purple Heart, also,
for being wounded in combat.
I left the military in 1945.
"I took advantage of the
GI Bill and I went onto col-
lege, got a bachelor's degree
with a major in economics
from the University of Georgia
in Athens. I went on and did
graduate work at Georgetown
University. I never completed


cell EXochebuenua


a around 1928. Victor died
s taken, in a tragic accident.
ld, was a handsome, sharply


my doctorate work, never did
my thesis! But that was all in
the field of economics. I then
went to work as an interna-
tional economist, specializing
in Latin-American affairs at
the Department of Commerce.
Wound up my career work-
ing for a private organization
called the Council of Latin
American Affairs, which did
essentially the same work I
was doing specializing in
Latin-American subjects.
"I was married, twice, and
have two children from .that
first marriage. I have four
grandchildren. Scott is one of
my, children, and he has two
children. His children are 11
and 7. My daughter, who is
about one year younger than
Scott, has two children. The
oldest girl, who is 19, is in Eu-
rope, spending the year abroad
there in France. The other
grandson is in high school.
"I could never forget the
bow and arrow story. I didn't
know about the picture! I
think I told the story to Scott.
Yes, it was something! We
were about the ages he [Fer-
die Pacheco] suggested. The
oldest must have been about
eight years old. Roland and
we three brothers played con-
stantly together, almost about
every day. When someone got


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Ferdie Pacheco's accurate
Nochebuena event.
a bow and arrow for Christ-
mas, that became a real day of
excitement for us. We started
playing around with it and we
knew very little about it!
"Ophelia, Roland's mother,
came rushing out of the house
and, as you can imagine, she
rushed him over to the Cen-
tro Asturiano Hospital. As
it turned out, it healed very
quickly. It just caused a lot of
havoc for awhile..If it had gone
just a little further away, he
could have lost his sight. As it
was, he was very lucky.
"Albert's glasses straight-


depiction of the ill-fated

ened out his eyesight. He had
to wear glasses his whole life...
it turned out very well and he
didn't appear cross-eyed as
.an adult. It straightened out
for him subsequently. I think
those glasses helped him out!
"What interested me so
much was how vividly the au-
thor...how well he had cap-
tured the incident. The story
must have been related di-
rectly from Roland! When I
read the story, it just came
back as a very accurate mem-
ory from so many years ago.
He captured it very well."


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By Joseph M. Abad be careful, he carried a huge rags and empty bottles. Once,
knife the size of his little fin- sitting in the front seat of the
Las Novedades ger. truck, he told me to watch
Hey Emilio Fernandez! Do There was a crime wave how smoke came out of his
you recall how you kept steal- going at the. new Las Nove- eyes. I watched and waited
ing those flans that I was put- dades. The waiters were al- to see the smoke and then he
ting out for the waiters at the ways thinking the busboys burned me with his cigar. My
old Las Novedades? How I got were stealing their tips. One of Dad went ballistic when I told
you to stone hv inserting hot the honest busboys was Con- him.


sauce into one of them you
ate?
Thank you for that great
memory.
I was promoted to dish-
washer when we moved to the
new Las Novedades on the
corner of 15th and Seventh
Avenue. I always knew Mr.
Garcia could recognize talent
when he saw it. As I remem-
ber, the new work force con-
sisted of the most intelligent


crop of individuals ever to set
foot in Las Novedades.
Especially Benny Lucas,
who forever kept stretching
his shirt collar. Benny with my
Dad, Submarino, could gener-
ate more BS than found in a
thanksgiving turkey. Another
member of the work force was
filete sin hueso, Jose (a retired
Tampa fire captain), Calota
(entrepreneur), Angelo had
his own business he was
a good friend who died early
in life. Chivirico, you had to


tinfal. He was a good looking
sucker. The gals use to chase
him like crazy. You had to see
him in action to believe it. I
knew his huge lovely family.
His brother Emilio had a heart
attack in one Ybor City res-
taurant; he passed away right
at the table.
The whole Las Novedades
work force was a gathering
of clowns. Super enjoyable
to work with. So many Span-


ish restaurants have closed
their doors in Tampa. Those
restaurant workers were the
hardest working people I have
ever witnessed, but some were
also crazier than a bed bug.
I enjoyed every day I spent
working with them. I sus-
pect most of them have gone
by now down the final trail.
Goodbye Amigo, adios amici...
The Anonymous Iceman
Hot Deviled Crabs! How
many of the old goats that are


Grandfather Jose "Pepe" Duarte, the ice cream man and
Joseph Abad's childhood hero.
still with us can recall hear-
ing that shout coming from
Miranda? With the little stove
mounted on his bike.
How about the ice cream Con01raLutlahons
man; Jose aka "Pepe" Duarte?
Pushing his ice cream cart On 90 years!
throughout Ybor City? The ice
cream man was my hero.
I don't recall the name of il icit' acilon
our iceman, but my dad re-
ally became upset with him. Of 90 An
He would allow my brother por 90 clO1
and me to jump on his truck
to help him.with his:deliver-
ies. After finishing his route ConratLulazioni
he paid us a whole quarter. 90
That was more money than we per 9 anni!
made searching the alleys for


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April
Hillsborough County


Where Our Relics
Are Buried
My Grandmother Otilia
Figueredo was born Septem-
ber 1, 1882 in Cuba. She ar-
rived in Ybor City in 1888. She
was six years old and clutch-
ing, in her arms, a statue of
La Caridad del Cobre. My
brother Ralph who is really
into the Lord and the young-
est of all the Abad children is
the designated keeper of the
blessed statue.
Grandfather Jose Duarte
and Grandmother Otilia Du-
arte are both buried at Myrtle
Hills. Her first husband, Juan
Martorell, was born in Cuba
in 1869. Their only child was
our mother, who was born
May 4, 1902 in Ybor City.
I suspect mother must've
been in the first class held at
VM Ybor Elementary School
when it opened in 1908. She
was baptized Monica del Car-
men Martorell on October 17,
1907 at OLPH by Rev. Rich-
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The famous Las Novedades postcard showcasing the
new location at 15th and 7th Avenue.


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Grandmother Otili
arte (nee Figueredf
born September 1, 1
Cuba. She arrived ii
City in 1888, at age s
Ybor City to Port Tarn
were never able to find
mother's old document
as d--t::. birth certifi
nima- -ige licenses. I
there was a restaurant


Sonce at the corner of ':-.'-,1 i -.
Avenue and 14th Street called
E r. i Mo- de Martorelal I found
no r.fT. <.<.:.r..cI-trj That
waA i-.wn. La Resistencia,
and during that period of his-
tory, many strange activities
involving the cigar industry
e and the Tampa wheelers and
S dealers where talked about.
a There is pkr.., of written his-
tory on that subject in our
J 'mr bra bl-;r.- Where Grand-
la h.':r Martorell is buried is a
complete rr.yste.- to our fam-
ily. We beheve ts irarLv could
a Euh- have shipped his remains to
D) was Cuba. I have checked all lo-
1882 in cal Tampa cemeteries with no
882 in results. Grandmother Otiliua's
a Ybor second husband was Zalva.
1ix. They had two sons, Edward
pa We and Ralph.
grand- Both my mother and Dad
s, such were cigar makers. ThIey met
cate or for the first time at La Flor de
know Cuba Cig.i.r Factory.
located Ralph had a son, which


he created in England during
'i.'J, That Jin:- r-.n: event
was broadcasted locally on TV
when his son came to Tam-
pa to meet his father's fam-
:., for the first time. Grand-
father Jose Antonio, who died
in NYC, is buried on top of
l'lrir': .',itcr Abad in the old
S* ar.ash /Itilian cemetery off
22nd street. And his son Hen-
ry Abad is buried at the Cen-
tro Espanol on Lake Street.
I will turn 80 years old in
July of this year. I doubt very
much if I will be around for
your 100th celebration. One
of my main enjoyments since
my retirement has been read-
ing La Gaceta. Thank you for
the excellence in all three lan-
guages.
Joseph M. Abad aka Sub-
marino J r..
l;ive:rsi: yof t"Vicenie Mar-
tinez TYbor,
Class of 39 "4. graduated
cum laude.


Otilia Duarte's first husband. Grandifathler Jiuan Martorell,
father of Abad's mother, Monica del Carmen NMartore-1l.


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heading back to work.
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U.S. Private First Class
Frank Ippolito, who went
missing in action after the
Horseshoe Bridge battle
during the Korean War,
was from Tampa, Florida.
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PFC Ippolito was born
March 1, 1932 and went miss-
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ters and Service companies
were tied in across the valley
to complete the perimeter.
During the night, Charlie Co
took the brunt of the repeated
Chinese attacks.
The Chinese, supported by
heavy mortars, came down
the ridge from higher ground,
over-ran an outpost and pene-
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with the help of tanks to ex-
tricate itself, the battalion
suffered numerous casualties
from smallarms, machine-
gun and mortar fire.
Ron Broward was a Brown-
ing Automatic Rifleman with
A/1/1 on Horseshoe Ridge
in April 1951. He last saw
Private First Class Warren J.
Rarick, a hometown friend,


He played baseball wounded but okay and
at Hillsborough High helping other wound-
School. He was sur- ed Marines board a
vived by four sisters, tank for evacuation. In
Frances Worden, Mary the summer of 1951,
Vondruska, Nancy Broward learned that
Brennan and Lena Fer- Rarick was missing.
ris. He was the grand- He was not found in
son of Joe Manali, Sr., military cemeteries
who ran Charlie's Mar- or hospitals in Korea.
ket on 7th Avenue and Broward never forgot
26th Street in Ybor City. Rarick and has been
Horseshoe Ridge, f dedicated to discover-
north of Chunchon, ing his whereabouts.
Korea, was the site of a O I When Broward
fierce battle where the heard that the U.S.
SU.S. Marine defend- Army Central Identifi-
ers were overwhelm- .' cation Laboratory, Ha-
ingly outnumbered. waii (CILHI) at Hickam
The Chinese began a c 'Air Force Base had re-
renewed offensive on covered missing in ac-
Sunday, 22 April 1951 tion remains in North
with an attack that Korea, he was motivat-

Korea (ROK) 6th Army - .. for Rarick and three
Division. The ROK sol- '" other Marines miss-
diers retreated to the ing after the Horse-
south, leaving the left shoe Ridge battle. The
flank of the First Ma- other missing are PFC
ine Division dangling PFC Frank Ippolito went missing in action in Frank Ippolito and
in the wind. The 1st s PFC Ruben S. Adame
Battalion, First Marine Korea on April 24, 1951. He was 20 years old. of Charlie Co and Ser-
Regiment (1/1), which PFC Ippolito's roots ran deep in West Tam- geant Joseph E. Miller
was in reserve, was or- pa. He was a graduate of Hillsborough High of Baker Co. Ippolito
dered into the breach School prior to joining the United States Ma- and Miller were known
to protect this exposed ine Cops, where he played baseball to be killed in action,
flank to buy the divi- e where he aye basebbut their bodies were
sion time to realign its main were restored with the help of not recovered during the bat-
line of resistance (MLR). reinforcements from the other tie. The fates of Rarick and
The terrain chosen, as a companies. Since 1/1 had no Adame are still not known.
blocking position was Horse- friendly troops on its flanks, Broward and John Camacho
shoe Ridge. After moving to the battalion was encircled of C/1/1 researched the bat-
the area by trucks, 1/1 es- the next morning. The 1st- tie and reconstructed maps of
tablished a defensive perim- MarDiv in the meantime had the battle site with help from
eter late on 23 April. "Charlie" been able to swing over to the retired Colonel Bob Wray,
Company occupied the bend left flank of the MLR to face former C/1/1 company com-
in the horseshoe with Able Co west and protect the division's mander. Broward talked to
on the right and Baker on the rear areas while 1/1 was or- approximately 100 people
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Armed with the maps and
information, Broward went to
Korea in the fall of 1998 and
made contact with leather-
necks of Marine Corps Forces,
Korea, who put him in touch
with James Poole of U.S. Army
Mortuary Affairs at Yongsan
Army Garrison in Seoul. With
Captain Craig H. Martelle of
MarForKorea, they were able
to go right to the site of the
Horseshoe Ridge battle. Mr.
In Sun Bae, farmer and cur-
rent owner of the land, related
through an interpreter that he.
had found skeletons on top of
the hill in the late '50s. Bae
guided the party up the hill to
the same place where Martelle
had led them earlier.
As winter arrived, the ac-
tivity on the site was sus-
pended until spring. Broward
returned home to Davis, Ca-
lif., for more research and to
negotiate with CILHI. With
Poole's help, CILHI agreed to
schedule a search and recov-
ery operation for July 1999.
In April 1999 Broward re-
turned to Horseshoe Ridge
with Gunnery Sergeant
Charles D. Sexton of MarFor-
Korea, Poole, several soldiers
from Mortuary Affairs and the
718th Ordnance Company,
U.S. Army Explosive Ord-
nance Disposal (EOD). The
EOD people were detailed to
survey the site for clearance
of ordnance. The group also
further delineated what the
perimeter of 1/1 was in 1951.
Bae, the Korean landowner,
accompanied them and point-


ed out some other locations
where bones had been found
and reburied.
Meanwhile, Steve Alleman,
a historian at CILHI, brought
14 boxes of 1951 Army Graves
Registration records to Hick-
am AFB hoping to find spe-
cific locations where other
Marines were recovered. Bro-
ward wrote General Charles
C. Krulak, then-Commandant
of the Marine Corps, to ob-
tain additional Marine Corps
historical information. The
requested information arrived
within days. Broward went to
Hawaii to assist in searching
the boxes of old records. The
schedule for .the EOD clear-
ance effort and the CILHI
search and recovery operation
was moved up several, weeks
because a CILHI team's work
in North Korea was cancelled.
U.S. Army personnel from
the 718th Ordnance Co at
Camp Red Cloud, led by Ser-
geant First Class Dale Stiles,
began the EOD clearing oper-
ation 5 July. The CILHI team
led by Bradley J. Adams, a
physical anthropologist, ar-
rived 10 July. In addition to
Adams, the team consisted of
three soldiers: a noncommis-
sioned officer in charge, a lin-
guist and a photographer.
In support of the CILHI
team. were U.S. Army mortu-
ary and support troops from
34th Army Support Group,
Yongsan, and one U.S. Navy
mortician on assignment from
Okinawa. There were from 14
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to 18 Americans working on
the site at any one time. A
group of about 15 Korean Ser-
vice Corps (KSC) laborers also
supported the operation.
Four 1/1 veterans assisted
in the search and recovery of
their missing comrades. Bro-
ward was on the operation
from start to finish. Camacho
and Dan Jackman, a retired
Marine from A/1/1, were on
site from 5 July to 10 July
during the EOD clearance
phase. Bob Brockish, a retired
Marine reservist from C/1/1,
arrived 15 July and was on
site during the digging phase
until 22 July.
The typical daily routine
was for the team to leave its
billeting at 0645 for Camp
Page. Camp Page, home of the
2d Infantry Division's Avia-
tion Battalion, is a 10-min-
ute drive from the hotel. Once
breakfast was completed, a
caravan would travel to the
search site, a 40-minute drive
away.
Arriving at the command
post at the base of Horseshoe
Ridge, the team saddled up
and climbed to the digging site
on the hill. The trail was steep
and some days wet and slip-
pery. The KSC laborers dug
steps into the steeper parts
of the trail. The "old veterans"
were encouraged to take their
time. The people working on
the operation were accommo-
dating, considerate and ap-
preciative.
Following a day of roam-
ing the ridge, the hike down
was nearly as hard as the
climb..Still a bit slippery, the
steps that were cut in the trail
helped. After some cold water
-and rehashing the day in the
CP area, the team loaded into
the vans for the ride back to
the hotel where they would
shower and get ready for an-
other van ride to dinner at
Camp Page.
The main action on the
night of 23/24 April 1951 ac-
tually took place on Hill 562
of Horseshoe Ridge, north of
Hill 307. Now, on the top of
the hill, it was obvious how
much work the search group
was doing. The veterans were
helping locate places to dig.
Finding old foxholes could be
difficult and misleading. Oth-
er battles were fought for this
hill complex, and the ROK
Army has used it as a training
area. The EOD people were
clearing the areas before the
digging teams would dig and


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had been dug out.
The process was for
to dig with shovels,
put the dirt into a
bucket and then
empty the dirt into
a sifter, basically a
wooden frame with
a wire mesh bot-
tom. After the fine
particles of dirt
were sifted, what-
ever was left was
examined by hand.
Artifacts were sepa-
rated from rocks,
sticks and other
such materials,
bagged and left by
the flag-marked
hole. Adams fol-
The POW MIA Flag reads, "You Are Not Forgotten" and reflects citi- lowed up, identified
zens' concern for military personnel who are prisoners of war or miss- the items, made
ing in action. In-1990, a public law recognized the National League pertinent notes and
ing moved the artifacts
of Families POW/MIA Flag. It was designated as "as a symbol of ourto a central point.
Nation's concern and commitment to resolving as fully as possible A Marine cap
the fates of Americans still prisoner, missing and unaccounted for in emblem was found
Southeast Asia, thus ending the uncertainty for their families and the in one hole. The em-
Nation." blem's eagle's wing
was slightly bent,
sift. The unexploded ordnance numerous rounds of small- the globe and anchor were en-
uncovered included American arms ammunition of various crusted, and the emblem was
and Chinese hand grenades, calibers. backed by the decayed cloth
a 60 mm mortar round and A number of old foxholes of some Marine's uniform.


This particular Eagle, Globe
and Anchor emitted an aura
of Semper Fidelis. Other arti-
facts included MI clips, C-ra-
tion can lids, batteries, a BAR
magazine, an M1 bayonet,
buckles, buttons, Chinese
rubber shoe soles and more.
.One afternoon Broward and
Brockish went looking for the
Charlie Co outpost where 14
men had taken the first Chi-
nese attack. It was reportedly
50 yards north of the com-
pany lines. Not having an ac-
curate location, they estimat-
ed that it could have been in
either of two areas. The most
promising had a large bunker
just below the ridge where
the outpost would have been.
Broward was told by Henry
Hall, a survivor of the outpost,
that there was a bunker that
the Marines chose not to use
that night. Then, they wished
they had because the Chinese
got into it and threw grenades
,up from it. Was this the place?-
Adams assigned teams to
dig out both potential outpost
areas. A number of bones
were found in the same hole
as soles of Chinese shoes.
From what Adams could de-
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RI D E


Story by Robert F. Brockish


(continued from page 18)
termine in the field, all human
remains found were Chinese.
S Remains of Ippolito or Adame
could possibly have been in
this area or -elsewhere on this
ridge. No link to the missing
Marines was found on the hill.
After eleven days, the dig-
ging on the hill was completed.
EOD and the diggers moved
down to the old main sup-
ply route (MSR) to search the
Baker Co area where Miller
was known to have been KIA.
The EOD people prepared to
demolish the half-dozen gre-
nades, a 60 mm mortar round
and the live ammo. They
placed blocks of explosives in
holes with the ordnance and
detonated them.
Aided by an ROK Army
backhoe, the digging contin-
ued at locations in the valley
where locals reported bones
being reburied when the new
roads were built. Rarick was
last seen near the valley.
Highway 56 now runs south
of Hill 307 (309 on new maps).
The old road, which was the
MSR, is a trail in the saddle
north of Hill 307. The old and
new roads cross east of Hill
307. Now houses, farm yards
and buildings, a school and
newer rice paddies are in the
area. The digging in the valley
produced a skeleton that ex-
hibited Mongoloid character-
istics and had been second-
arily interred.
In his report on the July
1999 operation, Adams said
the team excavated 91 fight-
ing positions on 'and around
Horseshoe Ridge and two
witness-designated burial lo-
cations at the base of the hill.
Human remains were uncov-
ered at nine different places
and could indicate they were
from nine individuals. All hu-
man remains were returned to
CILHI for analysis and dispo-
sition. Adams concluded that
all leads were exhausted and
without further information


on the missing Marines, fur-
ther excavation at Horseshoe
Ridge was not warranted.
Broward did not give up.
In May 2000, accompanied
by Marines from MarForKorea
and Harris Kim of Mortuary
Affairs, he returned to Horse-
shoe Ridge to find additional
information. The group talked
to Mr. Bae and to his mother
who is in her 80s. She remem-
bered a burial mound about


a child. Ku took them to two
areas whlre he believed he
had seen the remains. They
searched the area, which was
heavily covered with brush
and leaves, but found noth-
ing. Climbing the ridgeTabout
40 meters, they ran into the
flag-marked excavations of
the July 1999 CILHI opera-
tion.
Returning to Seoul, they
reported their findings to


The U.S. Marine Corps Emblem. The ribbon clasped in the
eagle's mouth on the emblem's design bears the Latin mot-
to Semper Fidelis, meaning "always faithful."


100 meters from where Bro-
ward last saw Rarick. She told
them that in the mid-1950s
farmers found some remains
and moved them for burial.
The group went to the
north side of the hill and met
a Mr. Ku who said that as a
child he found a skeleton with
an American-style helmet, MI
rifle, dog tags and an ammo
can in each hand. He said he
did not touch what he saw as


three people: Poole; Major
Scott Thomas, U.S. Army,
who was the operations officer
of CILHI; and SFC Hyun Paek,
U.S. Army, a Korean linguist
assigned to CILHI. Thomas,
Paek and Broward went back
to Horseshoe Ridge where
Thomas called CILHI for per-
mission to excavate the new-
ly discovered burial mound.
Permission was granted, and
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mound in late June 2000.
Nothing was found. The area
where Ku believes he saw the
American skeleton is still to
be excavated.
Since Adams wrote his re-
port on the July 1999 opera-
tion, a large femur-like bone
found on Hill 562 is being
DNA tested for a match with
DNA of two of the missing
men. Ron Broward remains
optimistic and is determined
to do all he can to find the
missing Marines. He is not
giving up hope that one day


their families will have clo-
sure.
That's the way it is with
Marines. The band of brothers
is not broken by the loss of a
member of the team. Marines
take care of their own, and
they do not forget.
This article originally ap-
peared in the April 2001 issue
of Leatherneck magazine and
is reprinted with permission
from its publisher, Col. Walt
Ford, USMC (Retired), and its
author, Robert F. Brockish.


One of Tampa's Most

Gallant Soldiers
Many Tampefios served in the military
and accomplished.feats of bravery; howev-
er, only two received the Medal of Honor. I
One df those soldiers was First Lieutenant
((USMC) Baldomero Lopez. His Medal of
Honor citation reads: "For conspicuous
gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his
life above and beyond the call of duty as a
Rifle Platoon Commander of Company A,
First Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine .
Division (Reinforced), in action against '
enemy aggressor forces during the Inchon
invasion in Korea on 15 September 1950.
With his platoon, First Lieutenant Lopez was engaged in the reduction of
immediate enemy beach defenses after landing with the assault waves.
Exposing himself to hostile fire, he moved forward alongside a bunker
and prepared to throw a hand grenade into the next pillbox whose fire
was pinning down that sector of the beach. Taken under fire by an enemy
automatic weapon and hit in the right shoulder and chest as he lifted his
arm to throw, he fell backward and dropped the deadly missile. After a
moment, he turned and dragged his body forward in an effort to retrieve
the grenade and throw it. In critical condition from pain and loss of blood,
and unable to grasp the hand grenade firmly enough to hurl it, he chose
to sacrifice himself rather than endanger the lives of his men and, with
a sweeping motion of his wounded right arm, cradled the grenade under
him and absorbed the full impact of the explosion. His exceptional cour-
age, fortitude and devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon First
Lieutenant Lopez and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave
his life for his country.'



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This is an excerpt from my
second book A collection of
short stories about my flir-
tatious in-and-out career in
show business.
Chapter III, "La Cuna" (The
Cradle) is a short narrative of
my very first performance.
At age 81 I don't even buy
green avocadoes, so who
knows if Ill ever finish it.
Jack
P.S. La Gaceta, a life-long
relative, is only 9 years older
than I. Happy Birthday my
love, it's been one hell of a
ride!
La Cuna (The Cradle)

I probably got my strong in-
clination towards show busi-
ness from the very cradle. It
was assuredly mama's fault.
She should have been a pro-
fessional comedienne. Under
a different economic environ-
-" ment that would have been
her slot in life. Things were
very tough for immigrant cigar
makers in the late 20s. This
was especially true for women,
who were the real backbone of
the cigar industry in Tampa,
making up at least half the
work force. Sitting in long
rows of cigar workers (roll-
ers and bunch makers) fac-
ing each other for long hours
in dusty factories with no air
conditioning or heat required
very hearty survivors. Sick
leave, maternity leave, cof-
fee breaks or minimum wage
were luxuries no one even
imagined in their sweetest
most unreasonable dreams.
Putting food on table and roof
over head was about all mea-
ger earnings could fund. At
least the men could go home,
take cold baths, relax a bit
before dinner, then light up
a cigar and maybe head for
one of the "centres" to play
dominos, cards or chess, ar-
gue over all matters and spit
on the floor. That was papa's
routine. Often forgotten, the
women of our "colony" made


sure of privacy and promoted
breeding. Seaboard and At-
lantic Coast Line had no idea
that their service contrib-
uted mightily in populating
Ybor City. For sure the Arena
twins, conceived at 6 p.m.,
-September 1, 1931, would not
be alive today.
Nobody really had it made
among our lot, but the men
generally had it much better
than the women. Obviously,
my mother (Virginia) had little
time for anything else. To top
it all, she provided the lion's
share of caring for my father's
bed-ridden, paraplegic moth-
er. Nonetheless, Virginia un-
knowingly used her buoyant
personality and natural talent
to bring laughter to others.
That invaluable gift made her
a star among her fellow work-
ers and other friends. She is
among the funniest people I've
ever known.
With an in-house comedi-


A dapper, handsome Jack Espinosa, age 5, before his
very first performance.


Joan of Arc look like the Cow-
ardly Lion. Not only were they
equal or major earners of the
household but did the cook-
ing, cleaning, laundry, care
for children and the old folks
(who usually baby-sat dur-
ing the day) handled all ill-
nesses, all other chores and
still try to look attractive for
papa. Privacy was a rare com-
modity with grandparents
and children living together
in frame houses almost abut-


ting your neighbors. Ybor City
residents who lived close to
the railroad track on fifth or
sixth avenues had some ad-
vantage. Many of my friends
were conceived when the six
o'clock phosphate train thun-
dered by noisily shaking the
walls like an earthquake. Sex
had to be planned to coincide
with railroad schedules giv-
ing new meaning to the term
"quickie." Drowning out loud
passion provided a small mea-


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enne to influence me, it was
"natural" for me to follow the
path towards las tablets (the
boards on stage floors). A
ready and most appreciative
house awaited me. My loving
grandmother, too proud to
bend her Castilian pride, who
would not leave her bed for
fear of invoking an ounce of
pity towards her malady, pro-
vided me with a captive fan.
Her unreasonable refusal to
be seen by any other than her
.immediate family is difficult to
understand unless you know
people from the Iberian Pen-
insula of her generation. My
father told me early on that
"every Spaniard has a Quix-
ote in his bone marrow." To-
gether with abuelita, Carmen,
there was grandfather, Jose
and my very receptive moth-
er, a mere threesome but un-
doubtedly the best audience
I've ever had. As we say in the
(continued on page 23)


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La cwu a (THe cRaDLe) By JackEspinosa


(continued from page 22)
business, they were laughing
when they bought the tickets.
The front room of our two-sto-
ry wood frame house would
normally be the parlor but the
spacious windows facing out-
ward toward the front porch
gave grandmother a narrow
view of the street providing a
semblance of relief from her
self-inflicted imprisonment at
1611- 11th Ave. in old Ybor
City. The spacious room had
two entrances giving me a
stage right and left. Perfect.
My first act (as I recall)
was very primitive, like those
first comics back in the caves.


It must have been good be-
cause I got plenty of laughs
every night impersonating
(or should I say incanine-
ing) my brother, Nico's two
police dogs, Jackie and Nel-
lie. I'd move about the floor
on hands and knees with
tongue hanging out, periodi-
cally growling, panting and
barking. The dogs followed
me around doing similarly.
I suppose they were "imper-
sonating" me. A funny routine
invented and acted out by a
five-year-old child went over
so well that mama added my
two uncles, two brothers and
three tenants (papa's friends


from Spain who rented up-
stairs rooms and never paid).
This represented a substan-
tial increase in audience for
my command performances.
A natural from the start, I in-
novatively added a new "wrin-
kle" to the act when I lifted my
right leg and faked a pee on
the leg of grandma's bed. The
crowd roared. Applause was
such a high that I instinctive-
ly "milked" the moment. Re-
membering some of Jackie's
antics, I humped Nellie from
behind and started pumping
I had no idea that it would go
over so spectacularly. Mama
fell to her knees laughing,'


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brothers Hector rolled over,
Lionel ran out of the room
hysterical,. Manuel's (ten-
ant's) false teeth rattled as he
held his enormous, herniated
testicles. It even got better
when I humped Jose's leg and
pumped just like Jaclie did
before he got his ass kicked.
I had no idea why all this was
so damned funny, but I was
going to definitely keep it in
the act! I virtually had them
in the aisle (hall). Grandma
Carmen still in her bed had no
idea what the hell was going
on but still laughed. As they


say, it's contagious. Even the
dogs were barking at the com-
motion I had caused. It looked
like a Marx Brothers scene...
Hooked for life!
My exit stage right turned
out well too. As I left on all
fours following the dogs, I
lifted my right leg to fake an-
other pee on the molding of
the door. As I did (and unbe-
known to me) my loosely fit-
ting short pants revealed one
of my little (what iri later years
would be called) family jewels.
FOLLOW THAT, RED
SKELTON!!!


Should a Lady...

Smoke Cigars?


From the 1966 La Gaceta archives, we found this pic-
ture titled, "Should A Lady...?" Its caption reads, "It's all
right with him, shirtsleeved Robert King High, the barn-
storming Democratic nominee for governor, comments
as Mrs. Josefina Serralles lights up one of her own spe-
cial handrolled cigars at her shop...The Miamian [King],
a cigar puffer himself, demonstrated that he has caught
the flavor of Tampa politics as he handshook his way
through Tampa factories." This photo was snapped by
Jerome Sierra, Jr., on October 13,1966.


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SMoving.arounid the Tampa area was difficult In the earlier years before
s.ehortened the distance to get from here to there by miles.
postcard shows the Davis Causeway when it opened in 1954. It
connected Tampa to Clearwater. t was first built as a two lane bridge and
I cdusewy systemtat stretched line-and-a-half miles and cost $900,000.
Ii.pwn here is one of ite drawbridges that offered access for boat to sail
.'i t~ one part of the Bay to the other. Ben T. Davis built the toll bridge and
F hoped to make his money back with a toll of 25 cents per car.
In 1944, the Federal Government seized the Davis Causeway and the
Gandy Bridge, using the excuse that they were needed for the war effort.
The Feds compensated the Causeway owners with $1.1 million and trans-
ferred ownership to the State of Florida. The tolls were eliminated and the
name was changed In 1948 to the Courtney Campbell Causeway.
For many years, the Causeway was a favorite spot to wade out and go
crabbing. A haul .of those blue monsters was easily converted Into crab
enchilado. (Read more about catching crabs on page two.)
The middle postcard Is the Gandy Bridge, which opened in 1924 at the


cost of $1.9 million. The bridge Was j an4a-halfmtile rn:t
nected South Tampa to Salrnt Petersburg. The bridge a 'And fta;
totaled sex miles. It was also a toll bridge the longest for automobiles In
the world at that time. It cost 75 cents per car and driver to cross, with
an additional 10 cents per passenger. It was worth it. considering the die-
tance from Tampa to Saint Petersburg was cut from 45 miles to 19.
This span shown here had two lanes and featured a drawbridge clear-
ance span of 75 feet. This span was demolished In 1975. The Gandy was a
popular place to catch big grouper and Jewflsh (now gollath grouper), which
often weighed several hundred pounds. That size was rarely hauled up the
distance from the water to the fishing deck.
The bottom photo is the 22nd Street Causeway In 1954. The bridge.was
built in 1925 to link Tampa's business community to the eastern parts
of the county. It extended over a mile and cost. $500,000. The bridge
was renamed the Licata Bridge after the original owners of the Seabreeze
Restaurant, located on the Causeway. Because of the restaurant and the
shrimp boat docks located to the north, the bridge became synonymous
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How Far Would You Go for Blue erabs?


By Walter Aye
When I was a young boy,
Old Tampa Bay was sur-
rounded by mangroves, for-
ests, swamps and a few new
housing developments. There
was Gandy Bridge and the
Courtney Campbell Cause-
way; but, no Frankland
Bridge. The now busy Wests-
hore Mall was a land of pines
and palms. Westshore Boule-
vard was so sleepy we used it
to race bikes and go-karts.
The Tampa shore was
filled with oysterbeds, jump-
ing mullet, sharks, redfish,
trout, stingrays, snook and
bluecrabs by the thousands.
In those days, they had some
size. Redfish came in the ca-
nals at an easy 30". Mullet for
smoking were a "normal" 23",
not those weensy ones sold at
the fish houses today. But the
crabs, wow! They were eight
and nine inches, just in the
body. Made 'em worth pick-
ing..
On a weekend, the Cause-
way beaches didn't have bath-
ers. The crabbers, hobby and
pro, waded through the wa-
ters with gig poles and buck-
ets. The bay waters were flat
and clear. The bottom was a
niuck, much like today. No
grass could grow in it so the
fish were scarce; but, sting-
rays and crabs loved it. All
of this with a beautiful back-
ground of tall Australian pines
along the road.
We boys didn't use gig
poles and we weren't by the
Causeway. Three or four of us
Would sit along the seawall by
the canal and do our crabbing
sitting dry. We didn't respect
the giggers. Wasn't sporting
and didn't take much skill.
We'd use a long string,
pieces of bacon, a net and
lots of patience. The string,
was about 6 feet long. Long
enough to go from hand to
the bottom of the canal by the
seawall. The bacon was the
bait. A small piece of bacon
gives off a good greasy scent.
Tie that bacon to the end of
the string and it was all a crab
could stand. Of course, a crab
isn't a fool. Its eyes sticking up
see a full hemisphere, not just


one direction with a little to
the sides like us. And-unlike
fishing, you couldn't pull that
line to "hook 'em". No, siree.
The object was to dip that ba-
con, tied to the string, to the
bottom. Then give the crab a
little time to notice, approach
and get focused on getting it
loose to eat. Once his mind
was occupied, you pulled that
string very slowly upwards. If
the crab wasn't too skittish,
you could get him up 18-24"
off the bottom and shoot a
net under him. Once the net
moved, the crab dropped im-
mediately; but, his body acted
like a parachute and slowed
his fall. If all went right, he
dropped right into the net, got
hauled out and thrown in the
bucket.
Does that all sound pretty
easy? Well, it wasn't. Only
about one crab in five would
let you get him up high
enough to net him.
Donald, one of the.three
of us, was a pretty inventive
boy. He was the one who knew
about engines, how to make
a vacuum cleaner backfire
and could generally do pretty
much anything mischievous
of a technical nature. Crab-
bing wasn't all that technical


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Children catching crabs with nothing but bacon, string
and a net during the 1950s.


so we were surprised when
Donald came up with scien-
tific information about crabs
and crabbing. It hadn't oc-
curred to us that crabbing


techniques could be modern-
ized or that there was any rea-
son for it. Donald was a child
of the "New America 50s." He
saw production.


Now we knew well that
manatees like to swim up
near the power plants be-
cause of the warm water there
in the winter. We also knew
that fish migrate according
Sto the seasons and the ocean
temperatures. We just as-
sumed the crabs were dumb
bottom feeders. But, Donald
noticed the water temperature
affected crabs, as well. In fact,
Donald noticed that the blue
crabs liked warm water all
year round. That kind of ex-
plained why they were in the
shallow water letting the sun
beat down. [Why, do you ask?
Of course he became a scien-
tist.] We felt like dumb crabs
beside him.
Donald was not a fellow
of idle observation. What he
saw, he went to work on. In
this case, it was crabs. More
crabs. He had a vision. Like
a Western cattle rancher, he
thought more is more and
that must be good. His mind
twisted through theories and
paradigms. His eyes swept the
Tampa landscape splintering
technologies into useful sub-
parts. This was the 50s. Post-
war America was birthing new
products like rabbits. Not a
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(continued from page 2)
one escaped Donald's inqui-
ry. He was on it. If Singleton
could do shrimp, we could do
crabrolls.
Under the glow of a newly
invented hanging bulb-in-
cage light, Donald turned the
only space left in the fam-
ily garage into his "crab lab".
Weeks. A "Do Not Disturb"
sign, hand-lettered, hung out-
side the door.
Despite being with us on
the seawall, Donald revealed
none of his work and betrayed
no greater interest in crabbing
than he had before. Donald as


Sphinx. We were writhing in
curiosity. I believe to this day
that Donald gloated over his
control of our agony. Crab-
bing was still one out of five
and limited to the curiosity of
the several. Donald seemed
content. We knew better; but,
no more.
School started. Tampa re-
mained hot.. Donald contin-
ued to work in his crab lab.
As September slid by, the air
cooled. We saw the first signs
of invention in a small smile
that began to cross Donald's
face.. On the last Saturday in
the month, he came to the


seawall and dipped a ther-
mometer in the water. The
Sphinx showed no emotion.
Three weeks later he did the
same. When .Fall broke fully
upon us in October, Donald
summoned us and asked for
help at the crab lab. He need-
ed muscle. He was smiling.
At 10 a.m. on the fourth
Saturday in October, we gath-
ered at the garage door. Don-
ald, of course, kept us waiting
in suspense. His arrival was
passive and unassuming un-
til... at the door, he put his
hand on the knob and turned
to us revealing a great grin.


The door swung open. The
light was already on. In the
corner space a large machine
stood on the floor. Coils, cop-
per tubes, aluminum fittings,
a black electrical cord. All
these wrapped into a large
metal-framed box. Out of the
side was a wide flexible tube,
perhaps eight inches in diam-
eter and 10' long. It looked like


cord to the electrical box. Don-
ald went over the seawall and
pulled the long tube out into
the canal and submerged it.
We stood dumbstruck and ig-
norant waiting for the Sphinx
to enlighten us. He did.
Following Donald's obser-
vations about blue crab pref-
erence for warm water, the
temperature changes to the


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We were in for a glorious blue crab haul.


a space machine for a new sci-
fi movie. We were transfixed.
We were part of the mission.
Donald assigned each of us
a place. All we had to do was,
carefully, lift and carry the
machine to the seawall. Not
a simple task. The machine
was the size of eight window
air conditioners. It came with
no handles. Grunts and tugs
had no effect. We sat back de-
feated. Not Donald. He told us
to gather wagons in the neigh-
borhoods. There were two Ra-
dio Flyers. Hopelessly under-
sized for the job. But we were
inspired. Billylooked at Sean.
Sean looked at Billy. Telepa-
thy at work, they left the ga-
rage. Five minutes later, they
were back with the Campbell's
wheelchairs, without the
Campbells. [Don't ask.]
We still had to get it up. We
built a ramp up to the work-
bench and heaved like an-
cient Egyptians building the
Pyramids. Boards were played
across the vehicles. We gin-
gerly moved he machine onto
the boards and slowly wheeled
our cargo to the seawall. The
last installation was electric-
ity. Donald had foreseen the
solution. The Alfonsos were
having an addition built. The
contractor had needed big
power. Donald had tapped the
powerbox and installed a con-
nector. Nothing stopped Don-
ald; or, so we thought.
We steadied the machine on
the seawall. Ran a long power


canal waters, and the new
-thermal technologies of Amer-
ica, he had designed a mas-
sive water heater. During the
periods around and during
ebb tide, the machine could
generate enough heat to warm
the equivalent of 12 Olympic
swimming pools. About eight
million gallons, for those
mathematically challenged.
Donald figured this would at-
tract about 3,000 crabs per
day, which could be produced
into about 500 crabrolls. He
had the economics all worked
out. We would be to crabs
what Singleton was to shrimp.
Donald pulled a tide chart
from his jeans pocket. There
were two tides. The first
would come in at about 10:00
a.m., two hours away. Don-
ald figured we needed at least
two hours to get the water
warmed. Just two hours. We
were filled with awe and opti-
mism.
We all stepped back as
.Donald raised his hands, ap-
proached the machine and
lowered his hand dramati-
cally toward the switch. Like
a master magician, he slowly
slipped his right hand over
the red button and pushed.
His left hand was raised dis-
tractedly into the air. The
machine hummed. Hummed
louder. Hummed louder. Then
he pushed the orange button.
We could hear water flushing
through the tube, a rattling
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sound rising from beneath the
water.
There was a brief period of
transcendence when we could
see from the heavens the new
creation in the oceans, thou-
sands of crabs racing on the
seabed towards us, their claws
longingly outstretched to our
sea spa. Dollar bills floating like
rain about the machine. Then
we were waiting for eternity for
the ebb tide.
The hum continued.- The
flush continued. The tempera-
ture on Donald's thermometer
continued to rise. Then Don-
ald switched it off. Crabs were
frightened by the noise; but,
as Donald had predicted, they
were attracted to the warmth.
They were scrambling 'to the
mouth of the tube. And they
weren't stopping. Hundreds
tumbled over each other, wav-
ing their claws like zombies in a
land rush. They swarmed over,
under, around and slithered up
the tube, packing it. We were so
joyful that we almost forgot the
mission to man the nets.
We began dipping and sling-
ing. The crabs ignored our
nets, obsessed with the tube
and- its warmth. We scooped
tens into each' et and swung
up the catch. We were missing
the buckets. Crabs scrambled
,across the yard and around our
feet. You could hear the crunch-
es beneath our shoes. It was a
mass insanity. Us and them.
They. kept coming. We kept
slinging.
The second ebb tide was
like the first. We had piled the
first batch into duffel bags and
thrown them in the freezers in
all our garages. We weren't even
able to complete the second ebb
tide for lack of room. We had
never really, planned for Don-
ald's success. We needed a Plan
B. Plan B turned out to be pick-
ing the crabs all night tq open
space in the freezers. By morn-
ing we were excited but not
quite as much. Now we-were in
business and that'isn't nearly
as fun as the discovery of the
business. We needed help.
We hired every neighborhood
kid whose family had a-freezer.
We promised them percentages
of the enormous" profits soon to
wash over us. They were all as
fascinated -by the machine as
we were. The proof was in the
crabmeat.: /
The thirdcday was chilly. The
temperature of the canal was
down a degree. We were ready.
Eight-ew kids to help. Twenty
new bucket-s. Four more freez-
ers 'The machine hummed into
production. The tube gushed.,
The crabs raced again into-our
trap. Everyone had a job. ,No
crabs running loose. We were'
a production team. The volume"
was huge. So huge, we couldn't
stop. The machine hummed on.
And hummed on. Heating. No
one remembered to turn it off.
Sir Isaac Newton's Fourth
Law of Thermodynamics; as
everybody knows, creates an
exception to his Second Law of-
Thermodynamics, in a danger-
ous way. It states that when
two isolated systems, which are
not in thermodynamic equilib-
rium, are allowed to interact
and allowed to exchange both


matter and energy, there can
arise thermodynamic conflict.
In short, rather than. a heated
region going to a cooler region,
the heated region can just go off
the charts. Combine that with
E=MC2 and...well, you get the
idea.
Donald had overlooked New-
ton. He had also forgotten to put
a screen on the tube.


A crabber grabs a feisty
blue crab, ready to attack,
with claw extended.
The machine, symbol of
growing America, designed to
do bigger and.better, was heat-
ing. It was not transFemng its.
heat as fast as it was heaung,
The thermodynamic equilib-
rium between the machine and
the water was going, quickly,
out of balance. The crabs were~
swarming up the tube, blocking
the water flow. Their energy was
pushing the water back ards.-
The machine didn't care. It was -
doing its job. Heating. The wa-
ter outside the tube and the.
water intake was cooling while
the machine became hotter. No-
body noticed. We just saw crabs
and money. We'd never need al-
lowances again. We were about
to be free.
We should have noticed
when there was a drop in scur-
rying crabs. We should have
noticed when the heat around
the machine rose. Perhaps, we
should have noticed when the
"hum" became a growl:
We noticed when the hum
became a screech. By then, it
was too late. The equilibrium
had become terminal disequi-
librium. One side of the ma-
chine melted off revealing a red
hot inner core. Out of the tube
shot a long wad of fried crabs.
.The flush that followed was like
spilling Niagara, all at once,
through a fire hose. The canal
waters were turned into steam-
that shot into the air. Bits of
crab were scattered into the sky.
The boat dock across the canal
splintered into toothpicks.
We ran for dear life as the
machine expressed its anger
with a final eruption, which
took the tube and most of its
parts into the canal and drained
everything with a powerful force
out into the Old Tampa Bay.
* We had: to hide for several
days. Al the neighbors, with the
help of the police, were looking
for us. We were an early version
of terrorists. Even our parents
wanted us caught. But, in the
end, all settled down, mostly.
The four of us had to get real
jobs as bagboys to pay back our
parents for the Campbell's new
wheelchairs. Nobody sits on the
seawall anymore. The canal has
remained nearly radioactive. No
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The Arena Twins: Still Singing and Going Strong at 80


The Arena Twins may have
had a few stints away from
the stage, but entertaining,
singing and relishing the ap-
plause has always been their
love. The brothers recently
did a fundraiser for incum-
bent Hillsborough County
School Board Member Dr.
Jack Lamb. Andrew Arena,
one-half of the singing duo,
said incredulously, "We did a


Grace, came from Partinico,
which means 'small place' in
Sicily," Andrew related.
The twins were soon joined
by a brother, Anthony, and a
sister, Marie, after the fam-
ily relocated to New Jersey.
The Great Depression was
upon the United States and
times were tough. Money was
scarce. "We never had any-
thing when we were kids. We


ing the twins' childhood. "It
started when we were six or
seven years old in New Jer-
sey, actually, in Staten Is-
land...isn't that right, Sam?"
Sammy picked up the story
without missing a beat: "We
were singing in Staten Island
outside, selling iced tea. Or
lemonade. And a man walked
up to us and said, You guys
like to sing!' He brought us
in and put us in a closet [a
sound booth] and said, I want
you to sing a song.' So we did,
and he told my mother that
he'd like to take us for five


years. He was affiliated with
the Mouseketeers." The boys'
mother was not impressed
by the man with big promis-
es. "My mother says, are you
crazy? You're going to take my
kids for five years? No way."
Andrew then chimed in,
"We stayed there in New Jer-
sey Staten Island area for
about 11 years. We came back
when we were about 12 years
old...we went to junior high
here at Washington and then
went to Jefferson...the old
Jefferson." Soon enough, the
boys' singing talent led them


to a regular gig.
"We were walking on Sev-
enth Avenue and saw Ruben
Fabelo," Andrew said. Fabelo
was sitting in the window of
the Rainbow Record Store. "I
walked up to him and asked
him can we sing, at his show,
on Saturday mornings? He
said, 'Go and rehearse with
this lady on Eighth Avenue.'
And we did. It ended up that
we were in the show. There
was hardly anybody there in
the audience. The second part
,of the show, the place was
(continued on page 6)


Ine Arena wins perform wit a norn secnon in me ear-
ly days of their career. Sammy and Andrew toured all
over the country, performing for Dick Clark's TV show,
at various sporting events and throughout Florida, in-
cluding Miami and, of course, Tampa.
show for them and
they absolutely went
crazy. Every song
that we did, people i
stood up and just
cheered." His brother .
and singing partner,
Sammy, added, "We
got a standing ova-
tion on every song"
The show boasted
200 guests and in-
spired the brothers
to perform again.
The Arena Twins
were born in 1931,
in Ybor City. "We
were the first twins
born at the Centro
Asturiano Hospital,"
Andrew said. The
family's roots were in
Sicily. He added, "My
grandfather came
here in 1903 and
bought the estuary
where the banana The Arena Twins pose at the begin-
boats used to come ngfh rer gc e
in. He sold it... think ning of their recording career.


it was in 1920...he sold it for
$10,000." "He had a bunch
of houses in Ybor City, too,"
Sammy said. "His name was
Andrea Furia...he was from
Sicily. Both my parents were
from Sicily. My father, Anto-
nio, came from a little town
named Borgetto, right outside
of Palermo, and my mother,


feel, now, we can do what we
want to do and we're doing
anything we can do, because
we never had anything when
we were young. I never went
to movies or football games or
anything, because we had no
money!" Andrew emphasized.
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filled. They wanted to know
who the heck it was, who was
singing!"
The show was Ruben Fa-
belo's "Fiesta En Tampa." The
show ran from 1945 to 1946.
"We were barely 14 years old.
There were like 15 people in
that show. And those people
were all unbelievable talents,
including Jack Espinosa,
Martin Mufioz, Sylvia Delga-
do, Luis Gonzales...so many,
I can't think of their names
right now." Sammy laughed,
"It's been a long time!"
The brothers then landed
a gig singing at one of Ybor
City's historic social clubs.
"We started at the Cuban
Club, in the theater of the
Cuban Club. In fact, I went
there the other day and I got
chills walking into that place,"
Andrew related. "We used.
to have a show at the Royal
Theatre in Tampa on Sun-
days and Wednesdays. They
would record all this and play
it, during the week, on the.
radio show. Sammy and I, at
the time, were in the Nation-
al Guard, so we used to sing
in our uniforms. We'd go to
sing, go to our National Guard
meeting and then come back
and finish the show. We were
actually the first so-called
rock-and-rollers out of Flori-
da. Tedd Webb always has it
on his website.l..that we were
the first rock-and-rollers out
of Florida."
By the early 1950s, the
boys had become young men.
The Korean War had begun
and they brothers enlisted in
the National Guard and then
the U.S. Army to do their part
for the country. Of course,
they joined the armed services
together. Sammy enthused,
"We're one number apart in
our serial number and our so-
cial security number!" Andrew
said, "We were in the Army in
Korea, but they tried to sepa-
rate us."
The brothers balked at the
idea of any separation and
decided to ditch Korea. "They
caught us on the highway
with bags on our shoulders!'
We sang for our provost mar-
shal...we knew him. We said,
'We're going home.' He said,
'No, you're not, you're com-
ing back with me,'". Sammy
remembered. "They were go-
ing to send us one to Ger-
many, one.to:Japan. We said,
'No, we're not getting -sepa-
rated.' When we went back,
they stamped 'Korea' on both
of us," Andrew said. "Sammy
was a machine gun sergeant
and I was a mess sergeant.
I was in the kitchen. It was
about 15-days after the Armi-
stice was signed. We had skir-
mishes, a lot of skirmishes,
but nothing too big."
Korea offered few of the
comforts the brothers enjoyed
at home. Sammy reported,
"You'd get scared...sirens
would go off and you'd have
to pull guns out, oh, it was a
pain. It was cold, oh my God.
You'd wake up in the morning
and the water you'd put in the
pan was frozen." However, re-
minders of home would help
span the vast distance, as
the brothers discovered one
morning on duty. "A funny
thing happened to us when
we were over there. Sammy
and I were learning how to
run a projector, to show mov-
ies to the non-commissioned
officers. We got dressed and
went into another camp...we
came out of our complex and
. went into another complex.
It was about a mile down the
road. As we're coming out of
the complex with our clean
clothes on, rifles and every-
thing, a truck passes us.
"It was on a remote road in
Wijambu. All of the sudden,
I started .cursing to the guy,


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'Slow down.' The truck threw
dust all over us, because the
road was like powder. The
truck stops...I pull my gun
off my arm. The guy gets out
of the cab and it was my high
school buddy. It was a guy
we went to school with and
played softball with...I mean,
we all started crying and it
was absolutely unbelievable.
We went to see him just about
every day we were there after
that, because we had about
three months left after that
before we left, in 1955." The
brothers .were enthusiastic
about going back to Tampa.
"We bloused our boots! That's
taking the bottom of your
pants out of your shoes and
rolling them up. That's when
everybody knew you were go-
ing home," Sammy laughed.
Their train steamed into
Tampa's Union Station and
their parents were waiting for
them on the platform.
The Arena Twins picked up
right where they left off and
resumed their singing career.
"When we came out of the ser-
vice, about a month or month-
and-a-half after that, Sammy
sin- and I went to New York. The
3, in- first recording company that
and we went to took us, which
(continued on page 7)


The twins perform their magic in the recording booth. The brothers released
gles with Kapp and Columbia Records from the late 1950s to the early 1960s
cluding "Mama Cara Mama," "Notify the FBI," "In My Wallet," "Judy Says,"
"Jambalaya."


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The Arena Twins: Still Singing and Going Strong at 80


(continued from page 6)
was Kapp Records," Andrew
said. "We went to see this
guy. Phil Rizzuto was a good
friend of ours. He introduced
us to a few people in New
York. He introduced us to a
guy named Bernie Wayne,
who wrote Laughing on the
Outside, Crying on the In-
side,' 'Blue Velvet'..." Sammy
sang, "There she goes, Miss
America..." Andrew laughed.
"He wrote the Miss America
song. He coached us for a lit-
tle while and then he took us
to Kapp Records. They hired
us and we made our first re-
cord, which was 'Mama Cara
Mama,' which was one of our
biggest hits, and 'Little Pig,'
which was the flipside of it."
For Kapp, the brothers made
two more records "Notify the
FBI" and "Jambalaya."
"Then we went to Columbia
Records. We did 'In My Wal-
let,' 'Judy Says,' and a bunch
of other records. 'Judy Says'
and In My Wallet' were pretty
good and so was 'Mama Cara
Mama,' which was probably
our best hit in the Italian sec-
tion, it was phenomenal. Then
we started doing nightclubs.
We did all the nightclubs in
New York, we worked in New
Jersey, Catskills, then we
went from there to Miami and
we spent a lot of time there."
During their heyday in
the 1950s and the 1960s,
the Arena Twins made sev-
eral national television ap-
pearances.. "We performed on
Dick Clark's show," Andrew
said. The brothers consider


A promotional shol
Sammy's solo c
mid-1960s.
their appearance on th
Clark show as one o
major career highlights
pie don't realize this,
the time Dick Clark h
show, there were five
cities that had the san
of show, but with differ
nouncers or fellows ju
Dick Clark. They we:
clones of him! They h
in Cleveland and one i
ton on WHDH...they pu
mendous show on for -
featured our songs. The
one in Richmond, Vir
and they had all these
shows." Sammy remen
with a giggle, "His fly w&
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uproariously. "The girl looked
S at me and looked down and I
was like, 'Oh, Jesus Christ..."
In the mid-1960s, the
twins separated profession-
ally. "I got married, and then
Sammy said, You know, I'd
like to start singing by my-
self,' but he thought I was go-
ing to get mad at him. I said,
'Fine.' He did nightclubs and
\ sang at the Montmartre Hotel
in Miami for about five years."
Sammy also performed at the
Catskills Country Club in up-
state New York. He sang for 12
years as a solo artist. After 49
years of marriage, Andrew's
wife, Judy, passed away four
years ago. He has three chil-
dren and 10 grandchildren
("I got them from six to 25!").
S Sammy is divorced, has three
t from children and four grandkids.
The twins worked together
:areer, again in an unlikely venture -
Sammy's movie career. Sam-
.e Dick my played the lead role in two
f their films, the X-rated Pain and
s. "Peo- Pleasure (1967) and the un-
but at rated Mr. No Legs (1979), both
lad his of which premiered in New
Other York. Andrew explained, "If
ne type you were to play those movies
ent an- today on your television set,
ist like they would be less as a rating.
re like Back then, it was called an
ad one X-Rated movie, because they
n Bos- showed breasts. He made two
it a tre- movies. Actually, we were in
us and both of them, together, but he
ere was was the star of both of them."
ginia... Sammy's decision to star in
dance these films was swift and deci-
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as open to do a movie?' I said, Yeah, I
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.(continued from page 7) apartment complexes, con-
in Tampa. dominiums and homes. To-
-Andrew had small roles gether, they made over 200
in both films, but was most residential units and three
prominently featured in Pain high-rises. In 1987, they built
and Pleasure. The brothers a shopping center on Colum-
played two different versions bus Drive. It was dubbed Are-
of the same character in that na Plaza.
movie: one -version was
a straitlaced, distin-
guished family man (An-
drew), while the other
version was wild, rebel- Is proud to present this distinguished
lious and liked a good Great American award
party (Sammy). Was art .Andy Arena
mimicking life?
Was Sammy afraid
to star in such gritty,
adult-themed films? "I
wasn't afraid. I was al-
ways in burlesque, I
don't know for how long,
in New York, you know.
That didn't even bother
me." When asked about
his film career, he sim- A
ply said, "I loved it." in recognoton o educated service
In the 1970s and -- merica Aurmed Forces
1980s, the Arena broth- b e ......
ers along with their
younger brother, Antho- --.
ny got involved in tile,
real estate and building The Arena Twins were award-
ventures. "We started a ed the USO's "Great American
tile business with An- Award" in recognition of their
thony. We started build- serviceand dedication to enter-
ing and tried to sing on
the side," Andrew said. training the armed forces for 37
The three brothers built years.


"Then, Sammy got sick
with his kidney," Andrew said.
"He was on dialysis for about
seven months." 'Sammy's
condition became so serious,
he required a transplant. In
April 1994, local dignitaries
and talent threw a benefit
for Sammy at the Tampa Bay
Performing Arts Center, which
raised more than $40,000 for
his medical treatment.
"We went to a wedding
one time and a guy said, 'You
want to sing?' We said, sure.
He calls us up and I say,
'Sam, come on, we've got to go
sing!' And he said, 'No...Tam-
pa General called...go straight
to the hospital, they've got
a kidney for you!" Sammy
added, "I went green, I was so
nervous!" He received a new
kidney in August 1994. In the
August 15, 1994 edition of
The Tampa Tribune, Andrew
stated prophetically, "Sammy
will sing again."
Andrew was right. "For
about 10 years, it was phe-
nomenal. We started singing
again we quit everything. We
started singing down in Mi-
ami. We were doing 40 to 45
shows a year. We did that for,
sheesh, about six years, going
back and forth to Miami.;."
Sammy interjected,: "We sang
in Italian, Spanish and Yid-


Sammy and Andrew sing again, mid-1990s promo-
tional photo. The twins returned to the stage with
vigor following Sammy's 1994 kidney transplant.


dish...and English, of course.".
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"We've done sp much. We've
done the St. Joseph's Feast
for the MacDonald Training
Center for 37 years now We
sing for them and they- aise"''t
$15,000, $18,000, $20,000 a
year. We also do the Cancer
for Children concert that also
brings in that kind of money.
We've probably sung for ev-
ery benefit..." Sammy added,
"And every wedding!" "...In this
city," Andrew laughed. "The
Lions Club, the Civitan Club,
every club that you can-think
of...Rotary Club. Every one of
them used to call us for fund-
raisers and stuff. And we never
refused anybody." Both broth-
ers also served as knights with
the Krewe of Sant' Yago.
The twins have' been rec-
ognized by the community
numerous times for their phi-
lanthropist work. "We got a
Great American Award from
the USO. We did 37 years
working with the USO, in the
service and also at MacDill.
Every Christmas we did a
show there and we did a big
show at the performing arts
center in 1989," Andrew said.
September 1, 1989 was de-
clared "Arena-Twins Day" by
former Tampa Mayor Sandra
Freedman in a City of Tampa
proclamation. The brothers
were recognized for their con-
tributions to the business and
entertainment communities.
On February 14, 1993, the
Hillsborough County Board of
Commissioners commended
Sammy and Andy Arena for
"their individual and collective
contributions to Hillsborough
County" in a proclamation.
But, one of their biggest
contributions to Tampa Bay
one people may not know
about involves sports. Sam-
my said, "We are also respon-
sible for bringing the Legends
Field to Tampa." Legends
Field is now known as George
M. Steinbrenner Field, which
hosts the New York Yankees'
spring training games and
was built in 1996.
Andrew told the story: "Joe
Molloy called us. He was the
one who was taking care of
the Yankees at. the time...
they called us up me and my
brothers, Anthony, and Sam-
my and we worked for about
two-and-a-half, three months
putting signs up all over the
city." Their effort cemented
public opinion to use public
money to build a new Yan-
kees' spring training stadium.
The team previously played its
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The Arena Twins: Still Singing and Going Strong at 80


(continued from page 9)
spring training games in Fort
Lauderdale.
"Finally, in 1993, we talked
to all the county commission-
ers and the City Council and
they all agreed that was going


commissioners and asked us
to do the same thing, with
the Ice Palace painted across
our faces and stuff...Joe Chil-
lura, who was a county com-
missioner at the time, said, '
want Andrew Arena up here,


agreed and said emphatically,
"That was the greatest."
In the last few years, Sam-
my has experienced declining
health. Sammy said, with a
gruff tone in his voice, "I take
30 pills a day." "These medi-,
cines, they cure one thing and
kill everything else...he's got
heart problems, he's got kid-
ney problems," Andrew relat-
ed. If anything, this situation
has brought the family closer
together. Andrew uses one
word to describe the brothers'
relationship, these days and
always: "Inseparable." Sam-
my said, "I tell you what...
if it weren't for him, I'd be
dead. He does everything for
me. I live with him...I live in
the back of his house and he
doesn't charge me. We knew
each other before we were
born."
Andrew emphasized, "We
went together to Korea; we
went together everywhere. It's
just a natural thing with us.
Twins are different than regu-
lar brothers or sisters. It's un-
heard for us to be arguing with
one another. He may snap at
me once in a while...we've got
a younger brother that we


'don't argue with, either. And
my sister, she's pretty easy-
going, too. She does a lot for
him."
The Arena Twins have a big
gig coming up at the end of
summer. "We do have a show
on August 5th at the Centro.
It's going to be with four other
entertainers, one of them is a
guy who's been on America's
Got Talent; Paul Salos, who
sings Sinatra; Carme Pitrel-
lo, who's been in Vegas for
50 years; and Matt Morgan,
who's one of the top tenors
in the country. Phenomenal"
Andrew reported. The show
is simply called "A Tribute to
the Arena Twins." If Sammy's
health permits, the twins in-
tend to do more shows. "I was
telling Sam the other day,
if he starts feeling a little bit
better, we can call our agent
down in Miami and start do-
ing some shows down there."
Sammy nodded his head and
added, "We gotta get in shape
We're going to practice every
day now."
Andrew added, "Wewant to
thank the City of Tampa, the
people and all our supporters
that have helped us through


the years, who have done so
many things for us and love
us we want to thank them
so much for everything that
they've done. We have so
many people who adore us for
some reason or other. They
have been helping so many
times, especially with Sammy.
Every time I go somewhere,
it's like, they never look and
me and say, 'Hi Andrew, how
are you?' The first thing that
comes out of their mouth is,
'How's Sammy?' Everywhere
I go. It doesn't make any dif-
ference where it's at. So many
caring people, it's unbeliev-
able."
Sammy chimed in, "I'm
like Andrew...I just want to
thank everybody, especially
the people who helped me, my
sister, my brothers, my fam-
ily, my children and cousins
who care. I have a cousin who
says, 'Worry about nothing...
I'm going to help you!' I have
my nieces, too, they're help-
ful...every one of them." An-
drew looked at his brother,
misty-eyed. He then said, "We
love it. We love the attention
and we love our people in
Tampa. We do, we really do."


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After Sammy's kidney transplant, the brothers went
back to singing their hearts out for audiences in Tam-
pa Bay and across Florida.


to be a great thing. So we went
before them and made jack-
asses out of ourselves with all
this crap...we put stuff all over
our heads, Yankees' stuff and
alll That's how we got these
rings!" The twins flash giant,
door-knocker-sized World Se-
ries Yankees rings, resplen-
dent with blue gemstones in
their centers.
The brothers then got an-
other call this time, from the
Tampa Bay Lightning's peo-
ple. Sammy said, "We went
upstairs in a big conference
room with a big, long table.
At the end of the table was a
Japanese guy, like this..." He
gives a stern, serious look,
Andrew added, "He was the
owner, putting up the money
for the.Ice Palace." ".Then ev-
erybody came in...the CEO
of Tampa Electric and ev-
erything. All these big shots.
And the guy gets up and says,
'Okay, Arena Brothers, take
over! I want you to tell us
what to do!' And we're ama-
teurs at this! We just did that
for the Yankees! And it was
successful. But we were really
amateurs at promoting this!"
Sammy laughed.
Andrew admitted his inten-
tions for the Ice Palace were
slightly self-centered. "Once
they brought us to the county


first, to tell me why he thinks
we should have the Ice Palace
in the city of Tampa.' I got up
there and said, don't know
about you and I don't know
about anyone else in this
city, but I want to see when
it says..." Andrew raises his
voice. "ICE PALACE ARENA!
I'm going to have MY name
on that building!' They went
crazy after that!"
The world of sports also
yielded one of the twins'
proudest professional mo-
ments. "I think the Dick Clark
show was one of the best we
ever did, but we did the na-
tional anthem at a Boston Red
Sox and .Yankee game at Yan-
kee Stadium, in New York,"
Andrew enthused. "That
was- one of the greatest feel-
ings. 54,000 people!" Sammy


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Memories of almetto 7each i1924-
I'u give you a little bit of background I will be 94 years
and was six yearsold in 1924 when y family movedfromTampato
the little cox unity called Palm River. Palm River Road was graded
limestone and dead-ended where Highway 301 is now located Fiftieth
Street was paved with black asphalt bricks and was the 'hard road
to us.re moved into the last home on the south bank of Palm River
before it emptied into McKay Bay. Between our property and the bay
was a strip of woods owned by the BMcKay family.
This was before the 22nd Street Causewa Bridge was built and to
':- get to Palmetto Beach it was necessarY to driveyon East Broadway,
7th Avenue, to 22nd Street and turn south Our Sunday afternoon
entertainment was to pile into our Model T Ford sedan and ride for i .;
an hour or two around the area. After the bridge was built many
times we would get the thrill of riding over the high arch of the bridge
and smack dab into Palmetto Beach Along the shore of the bay were
several short docks, each with a small building at the end. Tied to eac ~
dock was a rowboat and the crabbers would row over the section of
the bay he claimed as his territory. I believe that some of them lived in N
their little shacks. Itf
Going north on 22nd,.we passed Desoto Park, which was the fall e
gathering place for the Tin Can Tourists. I thought they were called
that because there were so many Tin Lizzie Model T Fords. These
Yankees were mostly from east of the Mississippi River and I believe a
majority came from Ohio and Michigan. Over the years many became
friends with the locals. There were several cigar factories and every.
couple of blocks a grocery store. Each one had second story living
quarters andothe whole family worked in the store.
The different ethnic groups tended to live in their own areas and .
carried on the old country traditions and ways of living. Times were so
different in those days and kids could roam free with never a care. It -,
was a great time to be a kid.h.
World War I hanged everything.. Hookers Point and the shipyard
bustled with all kinds of war-related industry and the sleepy little do
village became overcrowded with the people who swarmed in to do
those lobs. Along with the outsiders came a rising crime rate and the
loss of the close ties the old timers had Fith each other. .
Your article brought bacK many memories and I appreciated te time
and effort put forth by people iike you who, through your nstorical
article, bring back ion-for"otuen times.-Tom Soatenbo rou g '












Happy anniversary! On behalf of the citizens of Tampa, I would

-Feliz aniversario! like to congratulate the Manteiga family and all
Buon anniversary! those who have been involved in the history
of La Gaceta for the past 90 years. It is truly
an outstanding achievement to be the Nation's
only tri-lingual newspaper, and one of the
country's oldest family-owned businesses.

I look forward to the continuation of
your legacy providing news and insightful
coverage of our community.
Best wishes for 90 more years of success!




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-' Cityof Tampa


LA GACETA/Friday, June 29,2012/Page 11 Section C








The Legacy of Cinchett Neon Signs


Cinchett Sign Shop, 1958. The shop, started by Frank
Cianchetta in 1946, was responsible for many iconic
1950s-style neon signs in Tampa Bay.


By John V. Cinchett
When longtime Tampa
business owners hear the
name "Cinchett" they im-
mediately think of my family's
neon sign company which
was Tampa's most well known
during the 1950s and 1960s.
My grandfather and father
were skilled neon artists, cre-
ating the most beautiful, col-
orful, animated neon signs,
that Tampa had ever seen.
Our family's success story-
begins in 1927. My grand-
father Frank Cianchetta was
a pioneer .of the neon sign
industry opening one of the
country's first neon sign
shops that year in Philadel-
phia. Frank Cianchetta knew
that neon signs were becom-
ing more and more popular
on busy city streets that were
seeing more cars on the road
than ever before. Neon was
the future of the sign indus-
try, taking shop owners out
of the 19th-century style of


painted woodwork and into
the lighted neon sign. By
1946 Frank Cianchetta was:.
doing well in Philadelphia as
,one. of only three neon sign
companies, but he had heard
from a friend that there was
more business and potential
for growth in Tampa. Frank
visited Tampa and immediate-
ly fell in love with the city's cli-
mate and potential. One year
later he decided to'move his
sign company to Tampa with
one profound concession he
was changing his name.
Frank Cianchetta wanted
to have great success opening
his neon sign shop in Tampa,
and he had heard that most
business owners were white
southerners. He was con-
cerned that the Italian family
name might somehow deter
business or be difficult for
some folks to pronounce, so
he changed his name (and all
of his children's) to "Cinchett"
and thus was born Cinch-


Pepsi-Cola Billboard, 1957. these I'epsi-Lola bottlecaps stooa over zu teet tall ana
featured elaborate Broadway-style neon animation that Tampa had never seen be-
fore. Several were installed on rooftop billboards around the city.


ett Neon Signs" a name that
would eventually become syn-
onymous with the sign indus-
try in Tampa for five decades.
Frank and his son John F.
Cinchett became masters of
their trade and were consid-
ered among the most knowl-
edgeable and creative experts
in the neon sign industry.
My grandfather perfected his.
neon skills working with the
tradesmen in New York City
that were creating the neon
signage in Times Square. He
brought that style of crafts-


manship to Tampa and
manifested his artistic, ani-
mated.designs to life through
his neon signs. Many of my
grandfather's neon creations
became familiar landmarks-
that changed the landscape of
Tampa's streets into vivid hues
of brightly colored scenes, like
signs for the Tower Drive-In
Theatre in Sulphur Springs,
the Chez Louie Lounge, Ayres
Diner, Burger Queen drive-
ins, the giant Kentucky Fried
Chicken sign on Henderson
Boulevard and Dale Mabry


Highway, the neon Christ-
mas decorations for Holsum
Bakery on Hillsborough Ave-
nue, the elaborate Pepsi-Cola
neon bottlecaps that adorned
downtown rooftops and the
massive turquoise Lowry Park
sign. Their neon signs ap-
peared everywhere for every
type of business and were typ-
ical of the 1950s style of neon
signs around the country that
became an iconic symbol of
that era.
My family's neon sign
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The Legacy of Cinchett Neon Signs


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Sterling Cleaners, 1963. In this photo, Delia Cinchett is standing
under her husband's latest neon sign for Sterling Cleaners on
North Florida Avenue. Delia took many photos around the city
during the 1950s capturing the sign company's neon sign work
and unknowingly recorded Tampa history at the same time.


(continued from page 12)
shop opened in 1948 at 4707 North
Florida Ave. in Seminole Heights,
and for several years the entire fam-
ily lived right inside the shop in living
quarters that they had built there.
My grandfather struggled to get his
sign shop opened and sacrifices had
to be made. He knew how tough it
was for families trying to realize their
dream and start their own business
like he did. During the 1950s, Cinch-
ett Neon Signs offered something to
customers that had never been done
before, offering in-house financing
on neon signs. This allowed shop
owners the large neon sign they nor-
mally would have had to forego and


my grandfather gave them the largest
highest-quality neon .sign he could
fit on their storefront for a monthly
payment of $15 or $20. It was that
charitable philosophy that gave our
family sign shop such a benevolent
notoriety and customer loyalty that
would span decades.
In 1963, my grandfather died and
my parents John and Delia Cinchett
took over operation of the company.
Tampa was expanding in every direc-
tion and business was booming. My
mom, Delia, was the secretary, but
she also became the official company
photographer with a keen artistic
flair for capturing street scenes when
(continued on page 14)


Burger Queen, 1958. In this photo, John F. Cinchett is standing with his
latest neon creation for the Burger Queen at the corner of Osborne and
Florida Avenue in Seminole Heights.


LA GACETA/Friday, June 29, 2012/Page 13 Section C








The Legacy of Cinchett Neon Signs


Lil Pancake Inn, 1968. This restaurant was located on
East Hillsborough Avenue and 13th Street. The neon
sign shows a chef flipping pancakes to a hungry pup-
py, who says, "Gulp!"


(continued from page 13)
she would take a picture of
our neon sign work appearing
on billboards and rooftops. It
was a company tradition to
document our neon sign work
through photographs and dis-
play them on the front office
wall for prospective customers
to see our designs.
In 1982, when we were in
high school, my sister, Diana,
and I started working at the
sign shop and I continued to
work there through college
helping my father run the
company. Something that I
will never forget was during
the 1990s occasionally we
would get a service call to re-
pair an old neon sign in down-
town Tampa. Here I was forty
years later, working on one of
my grandfather's neon signs -
a third generation neon sign
man working on a neon sign
for a downtown store owner
still in business since the
1950s and our sign was still
standing and shining bright-
ly. It was always a proud mo-
ment for me.
After 50 years in busi-


ness, the sign company was
closed upon my father's death
in February of 1997. At his
funeral, hundreds of Tampa
businessmen came to offer
condolences and every one of
them told me the same thing
- "your dad was the greatest
sign man Tampa ever had."
One day, some months af-
ter my dad passed away, his
old army buddy Leland Hawes
called me and asked me if I
had any old photos of the sign
shop. Leland was the Tampa
Tribune history writer and he
wanted to do a feature story
on our sign company his-
tory. I decided to start look-
ing through the company
files, which dated back to the
1940s. With some help from
my mom, I found a treasure
trove of incredible old Tampa
photographs that my grand-
father and father had taken
during the 1950s. Then my
mom remembered where
there were more photographs
that she had taken too, dur-
ing the 1950s and 1960s.
Once my journey into the
(continued on page 16)


Chez Louie, 1960. The spinning neon Eiffel Tower for the Chez Louie Night Club
stood nearly 20 feet tall and could be seen for miles down Grand Central Avenue
(now Kennedy Boulevard).


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The Legacy of Cinchett Neon Signs


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Downtown Tampa, 1956. This busy 1956 scene captured the corner of Franklin and
Twiggs Street with many stores including Mary Jane Shoes, Duval Jewelry and
Mangels Department Store.


(continued from page 14)
company archives was com-
pleted, I had discovered liter-
ally hundreds of incredible
Historic Tampa photographs,
including downtown street
scenes, storefronts, corner
drugstores, motels, drive-ins,
hamburger stands, ice-cream
parlors, dress shops, shoe
stores and more! There were
also film reels, with even more
images of Tampa scenes from
the 1950s. I met with Leland


and brought him some of the special significance because Tower Drive-In, 1951. This neon sign was an icon
collection to help me evalu- it was during that time period located on Bird Street at Florida Avenue in Sulphur
ate it. He explained to me that Tampa experienced its Springs. It was designed to replicate the nearby Sul-
that this collection of photos most expansive growth and phur Springs water tower.
had tremendous historical development. My family's col-
significance because there is election of historic photographs were worn and damaged, my family's collection because
a void in Tampa photos from helps to document this expan- needing extensive restoration. I know how valuable it is. I
that era. There are very few sion. I decided the best way to share needed to work with a pub-
historic Tampa photographs Once I realized how valu- the collection was through lisher that I could trust with
available for this time period able my family's collection of a history book and selected them, who would help me pre-
of the 1950s and early 1960s. photographs was, I knew that Arcadia Publishing because serve them and handle them
He told me that this collec- it was my duty to restore and I knew that they specialized gently. With my preservation
tion helps to fill in that gap, preserve them for the good of in handling of historic photo- project in mind, I proceeded to
and these photographs hold the city. Many of the pictures graphs. I am very.protective of (continued on page 18)


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My warmest congratula- tion. My family moved to West
tions on La Gaceta celebrat- Tampa in 1955 and four of the
ing this impressive milestone! Coniglios built homes on the
Wishing you many more years same block as us. Tio Alfonso
of much appreciated service to and his daughter, Adelinda,
our trilingual community, lived across the street, his
When I think about growing son, Joe "Pepito," next door to
up in Tampa, I smile. Some of him and other daughter, Al-
my fondest memories revolve bina, next door to us. Alfonso
around my childhood in this played a role in unionizing the
unique historic city. cigarmakers. I always recall
My great-grandparents, him sitting in his study read-
Maria Coniglo and Hipolito ing books from an extensive li-
Concepcion, met while work- .brary that covered most of the
ing as cigarmakers in Ybor. walls. Tia Rosa and Francisco
She was from Alessandria del- "Panchito" Fernandez owned
la Rocca, Sicily and he from the King Bee Grocery on 12th
Cabezas, Cuba. I used to call Avenue and 18th Street. Ce-
her "Mama Chiqui" because clia, their daughter, and hus-
she was pint-sized in stat- band, Bill Stark, who was city
ure. And he was my
"Abuelo Pololo", a six-
foot slender man who
towered over her.
Chiqui was one of e
five children born to
Caterina Cimino and
Francesco Coniglio: the
Alfonso, Frances, Ma-
ria, Rosa and Anto-
nio. Pololo's siblings
remained in Cuba, so
I never met them. The
only relative he had in --
Tampa was Israel Co-
lina, his sister Anna's
son whom he raised
from the age of 12.
Israel worked decades
at the Columbia Res-
taurant. He met his
wife Zenaida Martin
during a Christmas .. "
gathering where Ze-''-- S L .
naida provided extraeMe in a flamenco Spanish costume
help with the coat with a numbered tag and with
checking. Her mother my Spanish matador partner Vin-
Maria was the live-in cent Cardoso, the son of the lady
housekeeper for Ca-
simiro Hernandez, behind him, Naomi, who was Al-
owner of the Colum- berto Paso's sister. Alberto was
bia. So Israel was the in many of the Rene Gonzalez'
extent of the Concep- Spanish shows. This photo was
cion line in Tampa. taken on the day of the Gasparilla
The Coniglios, how-ay
ever, were the four of night parade when they had all-
the family with whom day events like free Spanish Bean
I had much interac- Soup and costume contests.


Broadway National Bank of Tampa (pictured in,1953), 1702 7th Avenue, at the cor-
ner of 7th Avenue and 17th Street where my mom, Nora Marie Rodriguez, worked.
It was originally the Bank of Ybor City and is now Bernini of Ybor.
clerk for many years, lived in I was born and lived the occasion outfits, were pur-
the corner house across from early portion of my life in chased.. But one of the most
us. I loved going to the King Ybor and was about a year old fascinating memories of my
Bee and visiting Tia Rosa in when I moved to West Tam- time there was going into the
the apartment attached to the, pa. Up until high school, al- warehouse part of the store in
store. I'd have to go behind though I slept in West Tampa, the back. The lavatory was
the counter to a back stair- most of my waking hours were in the left corner of the back
way that led there. Although spent in Ybor. My home away wall where a door led to the
my other great-aunts and un- from home was a specialty alley. So every time I went
cles did not live on my block, store called La Casa Arte on to the bathroom, I'd have to
Chiqui and I would often go Seventh Avenue (where the walk through the length of the
visit them or they would come Green Iguana currently is). warehouse. My amazement
visit us. Tio Antonio "Toto's" Chiqui was good friends with was not in the shelves of store
son was Anthony "Chino" Co- Nena, the owner. Every day stock; my awe was in the rows
niglio who was a career fire- after school and every Satur- of costumes hanging there.
fighter with Tampa Fire and day, Chiqui and I would hang The back section of La Casa
Rescue, rising to the rank of out at Casa Arte. The store Arte housed the wardrobe
Chief. Tia Frances "Panchi- sold lace, sewing notions and for the Spanish Little Theatre
ta's" son was Ateo P. Leto, for a variety bf Spanish items. (now the Spanish Lyric The-
whom they named the high They also sold dresses...and atre) founded by Nena's son
school, this is where all mv special (continued on naee 18-


LA GACETA/Friday, June 29, 2012/Page 17 Section C


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(continued from page 17)
Rene Gonzalez. My bathroom
"trips" were often -and lengthy
just so I could gleefully spend
some moments weaving
through the rows and imag-
ining the beautiful ladies and
handsome gentlemen wearing
them. There was some kid-
sized garb as well because the,
shows often had a children's


attended when it was called
St. Joseph's Academy, and
the church was Our Lady of
Mercy. My Mom Nora Marie
Rodriguez graduated from
there in 1952 and got married
in the church the following
year. I graduated from eighth
grade in-1968, which was the
final year the high school was
open.


My Mom, who
worked at Broadway
Bank on Seventh Av-
enue and 17th Street,
or Dad Raul Villamia,
who worked for the
City of Tampa Traffic
Planning Department
at Maritime Boulevard
in Hooker's Point,
would generally bring
me to school. But
S Chiqui would pick me
up in the afternoons.
We'd walk from OLPH
to La Casa Arte, stay
a while and then catch
the bus bringing us to
West Tampa.
Saturday was my
favorite day because
we'd get the early bus
The Gasparilla night parade rum- to Yor and spend the
blesd th e s e. entire day-into-night-
bles through Ybor. fall out. Breakfast at
Cuervo's was the first
stop. I'd always ask
for Cuban bread with
extra butter. Then I'd
accompany Chiqui on
her various errands to
Cacciatore, Demmi's,
Agliano's Fish (owned
by Chiqui's cousins,
with Providencia "Pru-
dy" usually behind the
register), Manuel Bu-
chman's, Little Katz,
Dorinda's Yarn Shop,
Raul Vega, Kress and
Grants...always com-
ing back to our "home
base" of Casa Arte. I
became part of the fix-
tures there, so they'd
often give me little jobs
to keep me busy. My
favorite was making
buttons. Ladies would.
in a iumbera costume for the bring pieces of fabric
Mein mberacostumefor thfrom the dresses they
Gasparilla night parade. This were making and the
was the same year Cesar Romero store had a machine
was the Grand Marshal. that would create but-
tons from it. I loved
chorus, of which I was a part. making those buttons
Rene would often lend me a Rene was often in the store
costume for the annual cos- because they lived upstairs.
tume contest preceding the At some point, he began sing-
Gasparilia Illuminated Parade ing "Noche de Ronda" whenev-
(now known as the Knight Pa- er he saw me, a tradition that
rade). This contest was part has continued to this day.
of a day-long event leading Next to the store, under the
up to the parade. Back then, stairs leading up to his apart-
Gasparilla was a week-long ment, Rene's uncle, Manolo,
celebration with the Day Pa- and his wife, Ernestina, ran
rade being on Monday and a soft drink and magazine
the Illuminated Parade being stand. I used to enjoy diving
Thursday of the same week. into that big red refrigerator in
I was the third genera- search of the perfect refresh-
tion to attend OLPH. Abuela ment.
Norma (Chiqui and Pololo's Aside from matinees at the
daughter Noemi Concepcion) Ritz Theatre, another favorite



The Legacy of


Cinchett Neon Signs


(continued from page 16)'
research the pictures, docu-
ment their content, inter-
view business owners, repair
the photos and digitize them
for permanent preservation.
The result was the publica-
tion of my two Tampa history
books: Vintage Tampa Signs
and Scenes (Feb. 2009) and
Vintage Tampa Storefronts and
Scenes (May 2012). Through
these books, I share the collec-
tion with the people of Tampa
to enjoy and reminisce that
well-loved simpler time period
of dime stores, soda shops and
drive-in theatres. The people


of Tampa now have an archive
of photographs to enjoy from
this era, and it is my hope that
my efforts will encourage fami-
lies to appreciate their family
history and share their stories
of growing up in Tampa with
others, so that these memories
can stay alive.
I am very proud of my fam-
ily history in Tampa, not just
for the colorful neon signs
that longtime Tampa resi-
dents fondly recall, but also
for the innovative and creative
way that we recorded our leg-
acy out of love and apprecia-
tion for our work.


activity was picking a balloon
to pop revealing the price I'd
be paying for a banana split at
Kress. It could be anywhere
from a penny to 99 cents. Xio-
mara, Hilda the dressmaker's
daughter, was the waitress
there. Then we'd walk across
the street to Poller's to visit A.
P. Leto's wife, Lola. Every cou-
ple weeks we'd go to Evelyn
Napoli's beauty salon. Chiqui
would get a Roux rinse in her
hair, and once in a while I'd-
get a haircut or perm. Lunch
would be at Mercedes Res-
taurant on 16th Street, near
Columbus Drive; Alvarez Res-
taurant on 15th Street and
Eighth Avenue and ice cream
at Los Helados on Eighth Av-


enue and 14th Street. Then
I'd go to my friend Brenda
Delgado's house. Her father
Billy was the leader of the Riv-
iera Orchestra and had a mu-
sic store called Radio Central,
-where we sometimes hung
out. On Fridays, at the Biff
Burger on Seventh Avenue,
where the Centro Ybor cur-
rently is, there was a talent
contest. Brenda and I took
part in it. One vivid memo-
ry is us dressed in a Beatles
tunic singing "I Wanna Hold
Your Hand."
Our rounds would often
bring us to La Benefica where
we would visit Dr. Carlos Bar-
bas and his wife, Delia. Our
families were very close. I al-


ways enjoyed visiting them.
I felt so at home with them
that when at age 10, I want-
ed to get my ears pierced, I
asked Carlos to do it. I can
still remember him pulling
my earlobe taut and pushing
the needle with black thread
through it, then tying the
thread into a loop that I would
have to periodically pull back
and forth until the puncture
healed. He and Delia were
extended family. Their grand-
sons Rex, Steve and Randy
were like the brothers I never
had. Delia lived to celebrate
her 100th birthday. She was
a beautiful person with a very
positive disposition, a bless-
(continued on page 19)


It is through sheer perseverance and hard
work that La Gaceta has tasted success today.


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(continued from page 18)
ing to everyone whose life she
touched.
Sometimes Chiqui and
I. would walk back to West
Tampa along Columbus Drive,
and we'd often walk from Ybor
to downtown. Abuela Norma
was Dr. Blackburn Lowry's
nurse. The office was in the
Citizen's Building on Frank-
lin Street. Dr. Lowry had the
kindest, most beautiful blue
eyes and was the epitome of a
southern gentleman. I actu-
ally looked forward to getting
my eyes, ears, nose and throat
examined by him! Visits
downtown usually included
lunch at the Walgreen's lun-
cheonette next to the Tampa


Theatre, with an occasional
movie afterwards. I have fond
memories of the projectionist
"Fink." My grandfather, Rich-
ard Callahan Rodriguez, had
been the manager of the Royal
Theatre in West Tampa when
he married Abuela Norma,
and then he was manager at
the Ritz, so his affiliation in
the movie theatre business
engendered a special bond be-
tween my grandparents and
Fink. Every week, Fink would
visit their home. I always
looked forward to these visits.
Once I graduated OLPH,
I began to spend less time
in Ybor...and more time in
West Tampa. This season of
life brought MacFarlane Park


Saturday matinees at the Ritz. Theatre were always entertaining.


West Tampa Baseball League
games and hanging out at the
MacDonald's on Armenia near
Tampa Bay...then shifting the
hang spot to the parking lot of
Fiesta Plaza across the street
when Mickey D's got tired of
teen hordes occupying their
parking spaces but not buy-
ing any food. This parking lot
was also the meeting place for
us on the original Earth Day
April 22, 1970 when a large
group of my Tampa Catholic
classmates honored the envi-
ronment by riding our bicycles


to school. We took the route
along the river and under-
neath the Buffalo Bridge (now
called MLK). As a budding
young adult in West Tampa,
my friends and I perfected the
art of "wedding crashing" at
the Sons of Italy and Letter
Carriers, often purchasing a
dress for the occasion, wear-
ing it with the tags hidden
and then returning it after the
event. -One of the area high-
lights was the annual carnival
at the park on Habana Av-
-enue and Tampania between


Aileen and Cordelia...across
the street from Lou Pinella's
childhood home, for whom the
park is now named. My fam-
ily and I always enjoyed the
carnival. By the time I was
in high school, my sister, De-
nise, who is 5 years my junior,
was old enough to participate
in the games and rides. She
attended St. Joseph's School
on Cherry Street, and my rec-
ollection is that the carnival
-may have been sponsored by
the school. Now they have the
(continued on page 20)


The Florida Education


Association salutes


La Gaceta on it's


90th year of publishing!

























Florida Education Association
ffillated with NEA, AFT, AFL-CIO


MAKING OUR SCHOOLS A PRIORITY!


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(continued from page 19)
event on the school grounds
-W off MacDill.
During the time I was at
Tampa Catholic, the school
had many historical mark-
ers. The Music Department
was established and Mr. Nick
Karseras started the band.
Many theatrical shows were
produced, such as Vaudeville,
holiday specials, The Music
Man and The Sound of Music,
in which I had the role of Ma-
ria Von Trapp. Linda Ayers
established, the Majorettes,
and I established the Dancer-
ettes. Service clubs affiliated
with the Kiwanis and Civitan
made their entry. This year
the school celebrates its 50th
anniversary.
From my sophomore year
forward, until I moved north
in 1976, I was on various
floats in the Gasparilla Pa-
rade. The 1975 year stands
out in that the Grand Mar-
shall was Cesar Romero. For
all the younger folks reading
this, he was the original "Jok-
er" in the Batman TV series.
He claimed to be the grand-
son of Cuban liberator Jose
Marti. I don't know whether
he had come to Tampa solely
to be in the parade or if part
of the purpose was to visit the
Jose Marti Park on Eighth Av-
enue and 13th Street since it
was such a significant histori-
cal site. The land used to be
the where the home of Paulina.
Pedroso once stood. After an
attempted poisoning by Span-
ish agents wishing to stop
his efforts to liberate Cuba,
Paulina sheltered and nursed
Marti to health. In subse-
quent trips after that, he'd
stay at the home as her guest.
Marti made 22 trips to Tampa
and created the tenets of the
Cuban Revolutionary Party in
Ybor, so his grandson would
have honored him in visiting
the park and the Vicente Ybor
cigar factory from which he
addressed the cigarmakers in
1893.
I consider myself very
blessed to have grown up in
Tampa. While I always ap-
preciated my upbringing in
the many aspects I've al-
ready shared, it wasn't until
years after I'd moved out of
Tampa that I began to real-
ize the wealth of history made
here. Its nickname "Cigar
City" comes from the fact that
it was at one time the cigar-
making capital of the world.
This industry is the magnet
that drew our Spanish, Cu-
ban and Sicilian forefathers to
settle here. The seeds of revo-
lutions were sown here, with
Marti in the Cuban War of In-
dependence and subsequent
entry of Teddy Roosevelt and
his Rough Riders into it, mak-


ing it the Spanish-American
War in 1895. In 1950, Edu-
ardo Chibas, founder of the
new Cuban political party Los
Ortodoxos visited Tampa at
the invitation of the original
La Gaceta publisher Victoria-
no Manteiga.
Victoriano had been a "Lec-
tor" in the cigar factories.
After the labor strikes, the
lectors fell into disfavor as fac-
tory owners believed they were
fomenting the unrest. Seeing
the position slowly becoming
obsolete, Victoriano decided
to publish a newspaper, and
in 1922, La Gaceta was born.
Throughout its publication,
Victoriano was a strong sup-
porter of freedom and honesty
in government. La Gaceta
regularly included articles
speaking against dictator-
ships ana corruption. When
Eddie Chibas was looking to
sweep out corruption in Cuba
by establishing the Ortodoxos,
Victoriano extended an oppor-
tunity for.him to address the
large Cuban community here
in garnering support.
Then in 1955, another
revolutionary swept through
town...Fidel Castro. This time
Victoriano was sought out by
Castro since he had always
demonstrated staunch oppo-
sition to dictators. Castro had
embarked on a seven-week
trek through the US, visiting
cities with a sizeable Cuban
population in order to estab-
lish branches of his 26th of
July Movement. Tampa was
his third stop. While here, he
personally named Victoriano
president of the newly formed
club and my father, Raul,
secretary. The Tampa club
played a role in helping to end
Fulgencio Batista's reign of
terror, and Victoriano and my
father had a significant part
in that. My father assumed
the position of Interim Cuban
Consul in Tampa after the tri-
umph of the revolution, until
the new government appoint-
ed a permanent one months
later.
Victoriano and my father
were part of that period of
Tampa history...a history very
personal to my family, which
has remained undocumented
all these years. But in the not
too distant future, that his-
tory will be shared.
Thankyou La Gaceta for 90
years of unabashedly putting
forth the truth, rejoicing with
us in our triumphs and sym-
pathizing with us in our sor-
rows. The two generations no
longer with us that have been
at your helm are surely smil-
ing down from Heaven on this
momentous occasion. You
have made Victoriano and Ro-
land proud. Patrick and An-
gie, congratulations!


OLPH alums are planning a
multi-class reunion, scheduled
to take place Saturday, Octo-


ber 20. All alums are encour-
aged to attend.
Further details and updates


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c6mo hacerse miembro de nuestra comunidad financierahoy mismo.


HAPPY 4TH OF JULY

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Still Growing, Still Ghanging: Our Community


By Lula Dovi
Beginning with Spanish
speakers, then English speak-
ers, our community has cel-
ebrated all the flavors and col-
ors and sounds of diversity.
From the landing of Hernando
De Soto, 16th century Span-
ish explorer, indelible traces
have remained in our Tampa
Bay area with his name on
beaches, parks, streets and
even a school. Other groups,
including Italians, African-
Americans, Seminoles, Cu-
bans, Puerto Ricans and,
recently, large numbers of
Brazilians, Indians and Mid-
dle Easterners, have further
defined our diversity.
Always, throughout the
development of Tampa, the
fascination with Ybor City
and West Tampa Hispanic
culture has been vibrant and
dominating. Who could resist
the scent or taste of Spanish
bean soup or yellow rice and
-chicken or Cuban sandwich-
es? Those of us in Hyde Park
or Suburb Beautiful crossed
the bridges over Hillsborough
River many times to get what
we now call "carry-out." We-
also dined many times at Las
Novedades, El Pasaje, the Co-
lumbia, Rubin's and also Joe
Alvarez' restaurant on upper


The old Jackson home, located at the corner of Zack and Franklin Streets.


Franklin St.
Not only the restaurants
but bargains in shopping for
school clothes took us to Ybor
City during the Great Depres-
sion. Before school began in


the fall we went to Raul y Vega
for our new school outfits and
also to Wolfson's notions store
for sewing items. My Aunt Lil-
lian Joughin for many years
skillfully sewed many dresses


for her daughter and me.
Further fascination with
Hispanic culture drew my
family to explore, some of the
Mediterranean-style homes
on Davis Islands. It was a fun


Like the Mantei6a family and La Gaceta,

the Barbas and Franco families and La Benefica and the

Four Roses Grocery Store were part of Ybor City in its early years.

We salute the immigrants who made this community great.


IN MEMORY OF

DR. CARLOS & DELIA BARBAS, MR..FRANCISCO
& .TERESA FRANCO AND CARLOS BARBAS JR.


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Delia & Dr. Carlos Barbas I D. Carlos' ,.Bar]bas Jr,


Stephen M. Barbas
Workers' Compensation
Personal Injury


SBarbas@Barbaslaw.com
www.Barbaslaw.com


Mr. Francisco Teresa Franco


Dr. Carlos Barbas, dressed in white pants is seated in the center.
Delia Bardas is seated to the far left.


BARBAS NUrNEZ SANDERS

BUTLER & [- HOVSEPIAN

Attorneys and Counselors at Law


(813) 254-6575
Fax (813) 254-4690
1802 W. Cleveland St.
Tampa, FL 33606
(727) 841-0591
S6014 U.S. 19, Suite 101
New Port Richey, FL 33553


Sunday outing to go through
the homes for sale after
the real estate crash of the
1930's.We were charmed with
the sunlit colors, the cozy
courtyards, metal grillwork
gates and railings, balconies,
graceful arches and exotic
street names. All of that col-
orful stucco contrasted with
the Craft-style bungalows and
other homes of our neighbor-
hoods in Hyde Park and Sub-
urb Beautiful.
Cultural crossover was
always a constant. At Plant
High School in 1938 some of
us students organized a Pan-
American Club. I was the first
president, Mary French Dekle
(Kelsey) was vice president,
and Virginia Lee (Mullen) was
reporter.
According to the Plant Pan-
ther of 1940 we conversed in
Spanish and sang Spanish
songs. Also on special oc-
casions we ate lunch at the
Columbia and later attended
Spanish movies in Ybor City.
And the girls fell in love with
popular actor-singer Tito Gui-
zar! I still know some of the
words to a popular song he
sang, -"Vereda Tropical."
In 1939 the club received a
national charter and became
a member of the Pan Ameri-
can League. We sent some
delegates to a state conven-
tion in Miami. Today the club
no longer exists at Plant, but
our community cultural in-
tersections have continued to
grow.
Recently Don Castor, re-
tired Hillsborough County
judge who grew up in Semi-
nole Heights, said he also re-
alized Tampa's diversity. He
marveled at the way his fel-
low students at Hillsborough
High School would be speak-
ing Spanish while, waiting for
the morning bell. After they
entered the school they spoke
mostly English. However, he
said he felt his religious dif-
ference keenly. His family was
affiliated with a small Luther-
an congregation, which met
in a church around the cor-
ner from his house. It seems
his classmates had difficulty
understanding why he wasn't
Baptist, Methodist, Presbyte-
rian or Catholic.
The Castor family has giv-
en important community lead-
ership through not only Don
but also his children: Kathy
Castor, of Tampa, member of
the U.S. House of Represen-
tatives; Karen Castor Dentel,
of Orlando, candidate for the
Florida House of Represen-
tatives; and Frank Castor,
county court judge in West
Palm Beach. Their mother,
Betty Castor, is a former state
commissioner of education
and president of University
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(continued from page 21)
of South Florida. Don's wife,
Mickey, is currently president
of the League of Women Vot-
ers of Hillsborough County
4 and has also been active po-
litically.
To grow from Tampa's mea-
ger Ft. Brooke beginnings to
the expansive, cosmopolitan
city of today has required the
kind of leadership with vision
and enterprise that always
emerged. Irish immigrant and
U.S. government surveyor
John Jackson, who was my
great-grandfather, laid out the
town in 1847 and-named the
downtown streets. Yes, some
of the streets seem a bit out
of kilter, but it's because they
were lined up with the river.
He and his family helped to
found Sacred Heart Church.
Thomas E. Jackson, his
son born in 1852, : -,-.-.
served as mayor '."":
for several terms.
According to a ..
newspaper article ;
by former mayor
and local historian
D.B. McKay, my,
grandfather could
list from memory
the "551 people in
Tampa and sub-
urbs in 1861."
That article writ-
ten some years ago
included names of
Sthe residents as
Swell as their slaves.
John Jackson was
listed as having
"five whites and
two slaves." What
a small community
it was then.
Small and pe-
tite but with a
.commanding civic
voice, Kate Jack-
son, my great- Kate V. ]
aunt and sister of
Thomas, showed what lead-
ership and a sense of com-
munity could accomplish in
facing the growing needs of
Tampa. D.B. McKay wrote
that she was one of the earlier
visitors to the mayor's office in
1910 to plead for public play-
grounds. Although he tried to
stall, citing what he claimed
were more important needs,
she gave a substantial sum
for a playground and is cred-
ited with spearheading efforts
to build and supervise a pub-
lic system. She was the first
president of Tampa Civic As-
sociation, a vigorous'group of


ladies willing to stage a sit-in .'-"." "
at city council meetings and --
promote their list of "needs of
Tampa," including beautifica-
tion. She also was a founder


John Jackson, Mayor


lacKson, community leader
of the Academy of Holy Names
on the Bayshore Boulevard.
Today the Kate Jackson
Community Center on Rome
Avenue in Hyde Park serves
many community recreational
needs. A neighborhood asso-
ciation helped with support
of a renewal project when the
amorphous concrete building
was replaced with a replica
of Aunt Kate's original home
on the site. Modern build-
ing materials duplicated "The
Gables," as she had named
it. Dedication took place in
March 2003 with Mayor Dick
(continued to page 23)


Kate Jackson (seated) and Mildred Gibbons (standing) at AHN.


Never doubt that a small group of
thoughtful, committed citizens can
change the world. Indeed, it is the
only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead (1901 1978)

Best Wishes, La Gaceta, on

r your 90th Anniversary.



BETTY REED
State Representative District 59
ioIr: l ilIer..... if 1 f .,r ard t: r.t... L Sire .Rpresentative Betty Reed, Democrat, for! nrte .;p, .i.nr'i.e i...tr, 5'
TIiT i -* .. .. .


As a third generation Tampa native, I

ask you and your family to please cast

your vote for me on August 14th. Please

visit my website: www.fmpforjudge.com

for more information.


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(continued from page 22)
Greco presiding. I helped to
cut the ribbon as my daugh-
ter Lucretia Hilson, of Tampa,
and granddaughter Alicia Fe-
ichtmeir, of Seattle, watched.
The inviting park grounds en-
hance the neighborhood feel-
ing of adjacent Hyde Park Vil-
lage.
Parks and playgrounds.
How essential they are to
communities. Without very
many of them around in Sub-
urb Beautiful when we were


children, we turned to biking
and skating where we could
and to inventing games in va-
cant lots. Bayshor6 Boulevard
was a favorite place to go bik-
ing. We went roller skating of-
ten at the Coliseum on Davis
Islands. We could also get on
the street car and go to Sul-
phur Springs for a great sum-
mer cooling off. Or we could
ride the street car to Ballast
Point. It was only nickels and
dimes to ride around Tampa
in those days (1930's).


A few years later when we
could drive we would hang out
at the Big Orange on Grand
Central (now Kennedy) or the
Goody Goody on Florida Av-
enue downtown or The Colon-
nade on Bayshore Boulevard.
The Big Orange, flaunting a
gigantic orange atop the drive-
in, had sandwiches for 25
cents. Only The Colonnade, a
restaurant now, has survived.
A popular but forbidden place
(parents' edict) was The Chat-
terbox, a "jook joint," on How-


hiring y faiwyer isan irnptois nt decision ifoatisRo o
'.Before you de ide, ask us to send you free written information aboi


ard Avenue. We danced to the
nickelodeon maybe we had
some beers, too. Recently that
place expired also.
Another influx of immi-
grant Cubans further en-
riched our community when
they came to Florida, and
then to Tampa, beginning in
1960. Part of that migration.
was called the Peter Pan Op-
eration. Many Cuban parents,
in fear of Fidel Castro's poli-
cies, sent thousands of their
children to this country. Some


quliricatiolaidexperience.


parents were unable to depart
with the children but came
later.
My friend, Amarilys Gacio
Rassler, made the wrench-
ing trip here without her par-
ents during that exodus. As a
writer and poet she powerfully
tells about adapting to and
being welcomed by her new
country and community but
not forgetting her homeland.
She writes, "I first experi-
enced a very strong sense of
community in Tampa when I
attended Hillsborough High
School from 1966 to 1969.
At that time -my older sister
brought me to my first Cuban
party at the home of one of
her friends. There, among the
crowd of excited young people,
alternating Cuban 'chacha-
chas' and American Twists'
and 'Mashed Potatoes,' I
found the sense of belonging I
so needed as a young person.
I'll never forget the welcoming
smiles we received right away
at these parties. No matter
who popped in, formally in-
vited or fiot, the hosts always
made room for them in their
homes and in their hearts."
"And the chaperones," she
continues, "were usually the
first to greet us sitting in a
row of rocking chairs, some-
times at the edge of the car-
ports while combating the
heat with their colorful fans.
What an example of jovial
and giving hospitality! In this
community I love, I grew in
knowledge and respect of my
culture. In the same heart-
felt spirit of that past, Tampa
has provided a group of writ-
ers and poets with whom I
can commune, Tampa Writ-
ers Alliance. From the start
they made ire feel at home.
Through them I've experi-
enced the definition of com-
munity that is a group of peo-
ple of mutual interest, sharing
a sense of belonging and help-
ing each other grow. Thanks
Tampa, once again you have
enriched my soul!"
Mention of chaperones re-
minds me of the generous
mothers of our friends who
presided over some of our par-
ties, including famous end-of-
the-school-year beach parties
at Indian Rocks; There wasn't
much traffic in those days
and it was a good thing be-
cause some of the boys raced
around quite a bit and even
drove on to the more isolated
beach areas. Naturally we got
stuck in the sand one night in
someone's pickup truck.
Dancing and partying
in friends' homes centered
around the record player. We
especially enjoyed going to
the home of the Frank Lane's
on Morrison Avenue because
they owned Lane Brothers
Dairy and made ice cream.
Sometime during the school
year our class would schedule
a field trip to the dairy.
Our composite community,
with its smaller communities
and neighborhoods, is lively
and still changing, perhaps as
an adolescent or young adult.
The images of change are na-
scent. On a soft breezy night
in March I sat on a riverfront
bench at University of Tampa.
Multi-colored lights twinkled
in motion around the tops of
the Art Museum and the Straz
Performing Arts Center. A lit-
tle boat on the river twinkled
by. Skyscrapers were flicker-.
ing and glowing above. Our
urban park across the river
was being enjoyed by visi-
tors of all ages. I was imagin-
ing that the Riverwalk and all
the threads of bridges, bou-
levards, roads and highways
leading everywhere might be
part of an invisible, giant rib-
bon that has wrapped itself
around all these marvels to
present a gigantic gift to us.


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iCREA EN LA BAH IA!
LOS BUCANEROS CELEBRAN LOS 90 ANOS DEL ANIVERSARIO DE LA GACETA
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ISEC ION D 'FIDA, JUE 29201


LA GAC
NEWSPA


ER


Se Elusive Abispo Veri, Ybor Cly Robin Hood .
AAbispo Verdi, aka Albert Knapp, published an underground newspaper, his manifesto, which
,consisted of duplicating typed sheets and distributing them to local gathering spots. H-
SThis edition seems to describe the back-door dealings of choosing an outstanding citizen, prob- .
ablyy in the 1940s or 1950s. Every event in Ybor City and West Tampa, left to a bunch of Latins,
became political and Abispo Verdi enjoyed exposing their shenanigans.
rAbispo Verdi or The Green Hornet used a code to write, maybe to protect the guilty. He modi-
.fled everyone's name. "Mr. Pisso," we believe, is Tony Pizzo. The rest leaves us baffled.
Read more about the Abispo Verdi, his life and his hijinks, starting on page 24.
N he first line of the following document which is partially cut off reads, "I write you for tell you
Ybor City now got new Outstand Citizen. This"
Enjoy the miidp f The Green Hornet.
".' . . . .'
H '- -I


all bring. o't vury hectic week for all civic boys. Also t'is brain ou1 pl;-lcn: y
politico olso p3l.ty swap around. Every Body oll a'grc thut I Lyor Pi sc iL 11
Good Outstand C ti..en. !ie ior! hard for Ybor City a3.lo h1 lowvo LTor City vcri
much. B-.ul idfa Lihe hu.,v b-i, c '.'ge of heart and lin.: td w ici. t for make
Artico Outz. ,'.d. i'h. kin, for'ct he one time get puir-d aiJnd cL :.uit with Bul n
to sot up nu Di cte.tor0li.p. The lring he get Rainbow Ealr y to lhelp put the- hc..t
on Joe BLnr.Cish, th-e Euui., yic!.otL. Joc he pull fast Visnr.Py and wulk out. Hio
give all the pxtporu to. Cuti Simple also the vote. The K4inUg .,l big Pou Wow in
alley. For cross up Pisso the Ki..g agroc to make Cut5.c ncr Prcsodcnte for tihe
Chambcr. This give the King firr grip on the handle. Ev..ry Lody think Cutic hos
get too big for the britches. Cutic he also got plenty ambish. He lilJ to taoK
over the parade. This way he kocp out the suspoctos.
This is where the Rov. come in. 1H now decide he no like. to vote for
Outstand Citizen so he act as Moderator. Papa PasiG ho trke all bhe boys to
Church. He find out Tony havo two votes also Artico have threc Optivotcs. This
call foir fst strategy. The Iapa he suggoot that we lcave this great honor up to
ameo of cbnncc. C utic tpwto naucs in the hat but he forpct to writc Pisso
name on th. pLapcr. Some body narc mistake and write Artico nano two times Thid
wlhor Tony get t-he double cross. He have bettor chance to rtkec UJourun" on the
Donkey than to bc Outst'nd boy for Ybor City. Four ycrr.n rgo i predict that
Artico soon be Outstand. Hio uorl hard for the Rod Cross alno double cross. This
Givo Optiboys Cood average. Fou:tecn tine we have Outstuid Cit c.n, Twelve
time w1 have Optiboy Outstand. This take care of all the old click. Now we
start on now clck, which include Joo Caballo, Cutie also Joe Bcnodict.
Now anmigo Mayor Curtis I liko to ask you to do special favor. Why you
no come out with Manifesto and maku Pisso Assistant Outstand Citizcn for Ybor
City. This help the Little Flower to save the fact. If you no liko this idoar
why youdn't doclarc Tonito Outstand Citizon for Wost Tampa.
.I -: Thaink you very much .

/ / l Abiaso Vur C..TYbor(nHity Robin Hood
SOfficia al Sl P. S. Why you don't bring the Old Gasparillo boat to
(3000 Copics) la Drago p.WYbor City got plenty Pirates.
(300 CO~ cs) a Dr go










La Gaceta and Me


La Gaceta was always a
magic name in my house as a
child; I grew up in the offices
of the institute of the Spanish
loyalist government. La Gace-
ta was its official mouth. Oh,
there was Tradiccion Prensa,
but it was a little thing com-
pared to La Gaceta. It was The
Star newspaper.
My grandfather, Dr. Gus-
tavo Jimenez, the consul of
Spain, was the official voice of
the loyalist government. His
voice was the voice of Victo-
riano Manteiga. Even though
my brother and I were very
young, he read us pieces from
La Gaceta. But boy, did he
take that serious. We did too,
but we did not know why. We
had a drugstore, La Economi-
ca at 16 Street and Columbus
Drive, home deliveries. Don
Victoriano dropped by daily
to chat with my dad J.B. Pa-
checo, about Spain, Tampa
politics and life in general. I.
sat at their feet like a puppy
dog listening to every word.
They sounded so important to
us.
Eventually, in 1938, when
Franco won the war, Dr. Gus-
tavo Jimenez, my grandfa-
ther, died as well. We sold the
house and moved to a series
of smaller more modest hous-
es on Lamar Street. in Tampa
Heights. Ours was large. Two
stories, upstairs to rent and
three bedrooms downstairs.
It was commodious. They
moved like'a gipsy caravan, in
bulk.
Next to our big house, were
two modest two bedroom
houses: with. upstairs for my
aunt Lola and grandmother,.
Carmen. Next to their house


were their sons Fer-
die and Gus; A whole
lot of Jimenez. They
were very industrious.
They all scraped out a
living. A good living.
Aunt Lola, after a
brief trial as a lady
lector, took the presti-
gious job as the head
cashier of the Colum-
bia Restaurant, which
she kept for 40 years
until her death. Uncle
Paul the black sheep
ran a garage his fa-
ther bought for him.
Restless, he moved to
New York City where
he sought his life.
Uncle Ferdie and
Uncle Gus found a
great job in Bonnack-
er Brothers Food Bro-
kers firm. They rose (\C
like a rocket since *
they spoke excellent
English and Spanish.
After the war, when
old ian Bonnacker
died, he left the en-
tire establishment to
Ferdie and Gus, who
bought it lock stock
and barrel. What a
buy!
I cannot remember a day
without .reading the Span-
ish edition of La Gaceta. I re-
member that this is where we
learned of the Bible. As I grew
up to sit on abuelo's (grand-
father's) lap, I would read the
war dispatches from the front.
Mostly unremitting bad news.
We seem to always be losing.
The news always followed by
numbers, which seemed to de-
press my abuelo. He focused
on Madrid, "no Pasardn," he


made me make up the signs
with my school paints and put
them up in my neighborhood
and throughout the cigar fac-
tories. "No Pasaran!" But the
numbers kept rising and after
a year or more they did come
through and take the whole
city.
Oh what a sad day. that
was! "Let's take down the
signs, Ferdie. We don't want
to appear silly!" We were los-
ing: The numbers kept grow-
ing. Bunuel, Teruel, the river


crossings. Boy, did the old
man suffer. They would meet
after supper, the Lector with
his serious long face. I had
never seen him smile.
I remember sitting on
Victoriano's lap the day my
grandfather died. The day of
luto (mourning) at my grand-
father's wake. He gave me
some advice:
"You must never forget
.your grandfather," he said.
"He was a man of great cul-
ture, the keeper of Spanish


By Ferdie Pacheco MD


tradition. You must strive to
be like him. Become a man of
letters. Strive to keep Spanish
tradition alive. Be a strong
Spaniard. No matter what
government is in Spain."
It was also a big day for
me because he gave me a
dime instead of a nickel. A
dime bought a double-dip ice-
cream cone.
"Remember this. From to-
day you are an American. Un
Americano. You are lucky.
Learn to speak English. If you
dominate English, you will al-
ways be on top. Be proud.
You are an American of Latin
descendants. Be proud to be
both." And I have lived to
that.
My abuelo, as we sat for
breakfast, would raise a glass
of good fresh Florida orange
juice and say: "Here is toast
to our country the greatest
country on earth! You are
lucky to be an American Qf
Spanish descent, to be sure,
but American first."
I took that oath with me
into college! And used it with
my four children.
The war came to Ybor City,
and our society fell apart. Ro-
land, the Lector's son, went.
early into the war and he was
introduced to the Green Hill of
New Guinea, and was wound-
ed and contacted many jungle
diseases. He was riddled with
jungle fever and parasites. He
was lucky to make it through
alive.
.I remember seeing him,
driving La' Gaceta's delivery
truck. I did not recognize him
at first. He was gaunt and yel-
low skinned like a scarecrow,
S (continued on page 4) /


"The Fight Doctor"



FERDIE PACHECO




) Congratulations to the

Manteiga Family for 90 years

of La Gaceta and best wishes

for many more years to come.



Be sure to check out Ferdie's paintings

and prints including Tampa Scenes,

Cigar Workers and Lectors at the


Tamba Bay History Center


available for purchase in the

museum gift shop, located at

801 Old Water St.
Tampa FL 33602


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) Contact Brooks at: brooksn@tampabayhistorycenter.org

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La Gaceta and Me Lobbying, Ybor Style
(continued from page 2) a man to stoop to gossip,. but


low skinned like a scarecrow,
his eyes were watery, his
mouth hung like a dog with
a panting tongue. He called
to his father who now lived
with my uncle Ferdie in the
upstairs apartment. Imagine
that! The Lector in my house.
What a glory, what a joy I felt.
Roland asked if he could
come upstairs to visit a mo-
ment, to see his dad and per-
haps slake his thirst with a
bottle of coke, which his fa-
ther kept in the fridge. But
the Lector was a tough task-
master. He should not beg for
a drink from a customer. No
rest for the weary. Push on.
Deliver the paper.


he knew it sold newspapers
and Roland was a street kid,
un callejero, the boy of the
street. Soon he talked his
way into putting a table with
his name on it at La Tropi-
cana Cafe. It was large and he
painted it red. The sign said
"Roland Manteiga, correspon-
dent; La Gaceta."
And he was off and run-
ning!
In no time, all of Ybor read
Abispo Verdi, The Green Hor-
net. It was ribald, funny, sa-
lacious and no one was safe.
Boy, what a weapon that was.
Roland became a power
broker. .The old man was
so proud of Roland. It was


I remember a feeling of
shame. No Pasaran, indeed! I
loved the old man but couldn't
sympathize with his hard po-
sition. I pointed to the front
yaid water hose. I didn't dare
suggest a glass. I just hand-
ed him the front hose nozzle.
His eyes expressed a heartfelt
thank you. He drank and was
gone.
I made sure I was on my
front porch every afternoon.
After awhile he came no more.
Don Victoriano had promot-
ed him. Taught him to write
copy. Told him to put his ear
to the ground and dig up gos-
sip. Victoriano was too proud


a sad day when Don Victo-
riano Manteiga, El Lector,
died. When he was buried, it
seemed as if all of Ybor would
fold in on itself and there was
no one to speak for us. No
eloquent voice to speak out
against injustice.
Roland looked desolate be-
hind his red desk. But Roland
had picked up toughness in
the jungle. Some of General
MacArthur had rubbed off on
him. A lot of the Lector he car-
ried on his back.
The old boys of Ybor bucked
him up. "Keep writing!" they
said. "You ain't no Lector, but
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love with Roland.
The years flew by and Ro-
land covered Ybor like a blan-
ket. We loved him and he
loved us back!
Finally, I finished my long


crusade to become a doctor.
It took nineteen long years.
It was tough; it cost me two
wives, we always ran out of
money, but we made it some-
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to Ybor City, where she fell
in love. Why not? She was a
famous flamenco dancer with
Los Chavales de Espafia and
she loved everything about
Ybor. She met Victoriano,
who fell for her as hard as I
did. She was a perfect Span-
ish wife, but she was an Amer-
ican, and proud of our life.
I began writing pieces for
La Gaceta as memory pieces,
and then after a stroke, some-
thing happened to my brain
and I started writing dreams.
They were originals. And my
art turned to illustrating old
Ybor. The work sold well. It
hangs in public buildings and
I became the historian of old
Ybor. Roland never edited
anything I wrote.
Sitting in his office, I had
written one hundred short
stories. I was a national writ-
er with 15 books to my credit.
I was awarded a Grammy for
a two-hour piece on Muham-
mad Ali. And wrote a theater
play for Petula Clark in Lon-
don, England.
I made money but I never
mentioned what Roland was
going to pay me. I, of course,
did not want pay. So playfully
I asked.
"Roland, I've done one hun-
dred short stories; I was won-
dering what do you intend to
pay for those?" *
And without batting an
eyelash he smiled at me and
said, "That's funny. I was just
sitting here wondering what
you are going to pay me for
running your stories in my
paper."
I loved that type of Ybor
City humor. So when they
asked me to do a full oil paint-
ing of Roland for his man of
the year banquet, I leaped at
it.
I had been studying the
French portraitures of the
1880s 1910 era. They were
excellent. And they use shad-
ows and we're very dramatic.
Roland had assumed a
white suit identity like Mark
Twain. His white hair, suit
and shoes became the doppel-
ganger of Mark Twain.
So I worked hard as hell
to paint the long ago fashion
device, half of his body and
face white and the rest were
in shadows.
It was stunning. Noth-
ing like this had been seen
in Tampa. It was a stunning
contrast to the hard portrait


of Don Victoriano in a cub-
ist style. _What would Roland
say? He stood silently looking
at the black and white mas-
terpiece and said:
"I wish to thank Dr. Pa-
checo. He has promised me,
when I have the balance of
the cash and he will finish the
rest of the painting."
Irreverent? Yes but pure
Ybor City. Who wouldn't love
a playful jest like that?
But it seemed that Patrick,
Roland's son, was sweeping
up the office and doing menial
work there. He wasn't an af-
fable young man. Muy Ameri-
cano (Very American). Hell,
he couldn't even speak Span-
ish. But he worked hard, and
wherever Roland placed him
without complaint he did his
job to the best of his ability.
He never got in trouble of any
kind and the office people all
loved him. Pretty damn good
credentials to follow Roland
as the boss of La Gaceta.
And suddenly as death
does, it crept up and smote
Roland a fatal blow. He died.
I remember the funeral as if
it were yesterday, the proces-
sion passing every place that
Roland had visited for one last
time. It was an Ybor tribute.
Later his good friend Bobby
"El Loco" Rodriguez would
go. Two great figures of the
Ybor City era of 1960 to 1990.
Gone in a woosh. How do we
replace them?
To no one's surprise, Pat-
rick rolled up his sleeves, sat
at the big desk and started
answering the phone. The
paper continued with quality
articles. Pat dug deep and got
good writers and kept photo
albums of people.
We have one of the finest
Spanish Restaurants in Amer-
ica the Columbia can you
top it? We've had giant sports
figures, was anyone there to
compare to gentlemen Al Lo-
pez? Rick Casares? A slew of
baseball legends in the last 20
years. We don't crowd in to
see Plant play Hillsborough
in tiny Phillips Field. Now we
play on huge football fields
and in a glamorous baseball
stadium. What splendor!
You know what we are?
We are Ybor City. Home of
big time sports. The other day
I was saddened to see my boy-
hood idol die and was buried
with honors he deserved. I
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By Richard D. Muga
Sylvia Jean Garcia and
Richard D. Muga were mar-
ried on March 4, 1962 at
OLPH Church in Ybor City.
She was 20 years old, he was
21. The couple met in 1958 at
Jefferson High School, when
she was a junior and he, a se-
nior.
. Their story, one not un-
common in Tampa, is one that
continues a tradition long es-
tablished in, our city by im-
migrants and their offspring.
Children of Italian, Spanish
or Cuban immigrant families
commonly intermarried, cre-
ating a magnificent blend of
culturally adaptable, enter-
prising and tenacious people.
Sylvia Muga's parents were
also a product of that beauti-
ful Tampa fusion. Her mother,
Mary Garcia, was the daugh-
ter of Sicilian immigrants,
Dominico and Filippina Mag-
gio, who had four children:
Alfonso, Dominick, Josephine
and Mary. The family lived in.
Palmetto Beach where Filip-
pina was a cigar maker, he, a
shoemaker.
The beautiful Mary met a


three children: Al III, Richard
and Nick. Julie is married to
Michael Adams and has one
daughter, Lana. Sylvia and
Richard have two daughters,
Kimberly Muga Barnes and
Kelly 'Muga Fitton and one
grandson, Richard Russo.
After marrying Richard,
Sylvia became an employee
of Hillsborough County, later
of the Hillsborough County
Sheriffs Office under Malcolm
Beard. After the death of Al Sr.
and with Al Jr. serving in the
U.S. Army, away from Florida,
Sylvia and Richard moved
to the family's cattle farm in
East Tampa to maintain that
operation. There, they began
to raise their family. Later,
they moved to Houston, Tex-
as, where Sylvia worked at the
District Attorney's Office of
Harris County to sustain her
family while Richard attended
law school. Upon their return
to Tampa, Sylvia worked at
the PBS station Channel 3,
then located in the Palmetto
Beach area. Later, she as-
sumed responsibilities for the
office management of a pri-
vate school in Brandon until


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Sylvia and


handsome young man, Al- her retirement. Sylvia is still employment as an evening at-
fonso Garcia, whose parents, active as the owner of several tendant at the A.P. Boza Fu-
Julian and Rufina Garcia, commercial real. estate invest- neral Home, located at Albany
emigrated from Asturias, ment partnerships as well as Avenue and La Salle Street in
Spain.. Julian was the owner assisting Richard in the law West Tampa. Richard's work
of the restaurant called Cu- office. hours were from 6 p.m. un-
til 6 a.m. In those
days, the various
Funeral Homes, in-
cluding A.P. Boza
provided ambulance
S services. Because of
occasional emergen-
cy, calls in the early
morning hours, be-
fore his shift ended,
SiRichard would be
late for school. Dean
of Boys Mr. George
Garcia, a kind and
understating man,
always provided ex-
cused tardy slips for
Richard, as he knew
the reasons for his
delay. Later, since
the support of his
parents had ceased
after the Cuban gov-
ernment collapse,
he began work full
time at A.P. Boza's
L.to R. Dr. Jose P. Jimenez and wife Zoila (Aunt and Uncle of Rich- Funeral Home. While
ard), Richard, Sylvia Mary Garcia mother of the bride and Al Gar, employed there, a
cia father of the bride. Wedding on March 4, 1962. most benevolent
Gerald M. Boza pe-
ervos. Alfonso, called Al, and Richard Muga is the only titioned Richard to become a
his brothers, Jaime and Jose, child of Piedad Castafieda U.S. resident.
as well as sister, Guillermina, Muga and Ricardo Muga. He In 1959, dear friend Wal-
became the successor own- came to Tampa from Cuba ter Lopez Sr. generated-an
ers of the once famous Cuer- at age 15 in 1955 to attend interview for Richard and he
vos Restaurant located on the school. Once the Cuban gov- gained employment at the fa-
northwest corner of Seventh ernment was toppled in 1959 mous Wolf Brothers store, lo-
Avenue and 18th Street in he never returned. Richard's cated at the corner of Franklin
Ybor City. grandparents had immigrated and Zack Streets -in down-
Al was an effervescent, dy- to Cuba from Spain with the town Tampa. While there, he
namic and enterprising busi- never-fulfilled expectation worked in all the departments,
ness person. In addition to the of moving on to the United including modeling clothing.
restaurant, he owned several States. Richard's mother In 1970, at
liquor stores and bars. A suc- came to the U.S. in 1965. She the age of 30, at
cessful promoter, he brought is presently 97 years old. His the urging of his
many international boxing father became a political pris- new bride, Rich-
personalities to Tampa rings. owner and died in Cuba. ard began to at-
Al also presented famous en- When Richard arrived in tend the Univer-
tertainers such as Connie the U.S., he first resided in sity of Tampa.
Francis, the Dave Clark Five a rooming house on 14th He obtained U.S.
and others to Tampa. Al was Street and Eighth -Avenue Citizenship and
the first to .bring the India- in Ybor City. Later, while .at- graduated with a
napolis 500 races to Tampa tending George Washington bachelor's degree
via closed circuit television at Junior High and later, the in business with a
the Curtis Hixon Convention "old" Thomas Jefferson .High minor in econom-
Center. A resourceful cattle- School, he would rent rooms ics in 1972, two
man formiany years, he and in, several private residences years after taking
Mary owned a beef cattle and in West Tampa. Richard's first his first course.
hay farm on 78th Street. Un- job was at La Gaceta. In the On the day of his
fortunately, Al passed away at company of his friends Man- graduation from
the early age of 55. However, uel Gutierrez and Ralph Ro- UT, family friend
his legacy of hard work and driguez, the youthful group E. J. Salcmnes
tenacity served as the.model would fold, collate and deliver suggested South
for the rest of the family.. Mary the paper in the company of Texas College of
would live to the age of 84, the unforgettable, then very Law in Houston,
bringing continued pleasure young, Roland Manteiga. In Texas. On Decem-
and support .to her family. the noisy, clankety-clank ber 31, 1972. Syl-
Al and Mary had three world of the linotype machine, via, Richard and
children, Alfonso (Al) Jr., Syl- under the watchful eye of Vic- daughters Kim -
via and Julie. Al Jr. passed toriano Manteiga, he learned. berly and Kelly as
away February, 2011. Al Jr. to appreciate the difficulties of well as Richard's
married the former Rose Lee the newspaper business. mother drove
Capitano. Al and Rose had In 1957, Richard- obtained their car to Hous-

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Richard next to the Great Sphinx in Egypt.
ton to begin law school. ronmental Regulatic
Life in Houston was diffi- mission, where he s
cult for the Muga family. Syl- eight years. Richard
via would negotiate the pre- ducted into the Tho
viously unknown and .scary fersop' High School
Houston traffic every day to Fame in Novembe:
attend her new job downtown. He has been a colui
On her way, she would drop La Gaceta for more
the children at St. Michael's years.
Catholic School. Richard Richard and Sy]
would go to Rice
University with
other students,
where he would re-
main studying all
day until classes
began at the law
school downtown.
He also began
teaching elemen-
tary .school as a
substitute.
After an ardu-.
ous 27 months
of law school, the
family returned to
Tampa and Rich-
ard began. work
at the State At-
torney's Office in
Tampa. Later, he
entered private
practice in Tam-
pa. Because of his
bilingual capaci-
ties, eventually he
moved his practice
to Plant City, as-
.sisting the many
Spanish-speaking Daughters, Kimberly Muga
clients of the area. and Kelly Muga Fitton.
Sylvia and Richard
own a building in Plant City great pleasure in tl
where he still maintains a law els. Since Sylvia's re
practice. Because of Roland they frequently visi
Manteiga's guidance and ef- Italy and Sicily, wh
forts, Richard was appointed meet with family
to the State of Florida Envi- for special reunion,


Barnes


heir trav-
tirement,
.t Spain,
Lere they
members
s. Egypt,


Sylvia ana Klcnara


England, Russia, France, the
Baltic Rim and Costa Rica are
among some of their other fa-
vorite venues.
Richard recalls the first
time he saw Sylvia, "She was
walking on the south sidewalk
outside of the old Jefferson
High School building carry-
ing her books, wearing a gray
shift dress with buttons all
the way down the back. She
was then as she is now, a per-
fect picture of a lady."
Richard relates that. every
family has a pillar of strength.
A person who guides and
maintains the family's equi-
librium through all the vicissi-
tudes life brings. He declares
without reservation that for
more than 50 years, Sylvia
has been that person in the
Muga family. Sacrificing many
of her own needs, Sylvia has
diligently and steadfastly held
the helm of the family through
many storms on a steady
course. "I received all the hon-
ors, my wife made it possible,"
Richard remarks.


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wish I could have made it to
see him off. What a hero he
was to all of us.
Marcelo Maseda was su-
perman in the 1940s Jeffer-
son High School teams. He
played all sports, but he was
superman in football. So we
have rounded the circle. Yes,
say goodbye to the fierce Jef-
ferson High Dragon! God love
him.
I rushed to see Patrick.
He didn't need .me. "Keep on
keeping 6n!" Do exactly what
Roland did print the news
of the street exactly as it
happens, big news and little
scraps of news. Whether you
are a big shot or the little guy,
we want to see what we're up
to in La GaEeta. Weddings,
funerals, new business, 90-
year celebration of business.
Tell us about ourselves. How
are we doing?
. You want to read it all, good
and bad, how are we doing?-
It's news! It's our news. It's
what became of our immigrant
society. We succeeded. We
won our struggle for recogni-
tion and success in America.
We elected a governor of our
state, Bob Martinez. What a
prideful day that was. And the
former Speaker of the House,
Louis de la Parte. We are hard
working millionaires. Hard
work pays off in Ybor City.
And so goodbye to one
helluva successful 90 years. It
has been a riotous successful
story. It started big and got
bigger. Congratulations!!!
I am 85 now. My book is
closing. I enjoy writing my
remembrances of Ybor City.
People like to remember lit-


tle things with me. A ride
down Bayshore Boulevard in
midsummer to catch the sea
breeze and duck the mosqui-
toes. All the fun of picnics on
the Bay. Riverside dances,
and it's a sublime joy of teen-
age mating dances the Sun-
day Matinees. What a tribal
mating dance that was. We
learn to the benefits of danc-
ing a slow dance, glued to a
girl you couldn't even hold
her hand during school.
I'm in the midst of a big
autobiography of my life. It's
much too much, I'm afraid
I've lived too much. But hell,
I lived it so I'm going to put it
down.
And I have promised Pat-
rick that I'm going to give him
my first novel about The Lec-
tor. I want to serialize it in La
Gaceta. It will make a great
epic movie. It's up to Pat to
exploit it. It is a monumental
novel with the hero Don Victo-
riano fictionalized. He is alive.
Somebody has got to re-
member how we were. We
were flesh and blood. We lived
hard, we loved, we fought, we
became Americans. This is
our story. It is my gift to Pat-
rick to give to Tampa Bananas
lest we forget what a diverse
group of people we were.
I want to be something of
worth to be remembered by.
I have over 150 pil paint-
ings. They tell stories and
they are good. I have over 150
short stories and given count-
less speeches.
And last of all, I leave my
writings in La Gaceta. And so
as Groucho Marx has said,
"Hello, I must be going!
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Memories of Growing Up in Ybor City


By Cookie (Salazar)
Rodante-Spoto
My memories of growing up
in Ybor City always give me a
warm feeling all over. I can
drive down Seventh Avenue
today and remember the way
it looked and all the different
businesses where my family
and I would shop, especially
during the holidays. Some of
the stores included Fernandez
& Garcia, Raul y Vega, Max
Argintar and there were many
others.
I was born in Ybor City at
the Trelles Clinic on Eighth
Avenue off of 15th Street. My


Cookie at the Centro
Havana, Cuba.


Mother, Delia Sotolongo Sala-
zar, was Dr. Trelles' secre-
tary. That explains my given
first name of Georgina. Dr.
Trelles' first name was Jorge
(George) and I was named
after him. My father, Louis
Salazar, worked at a filling
station down the street when
I was born.
My Mom and Dad met
while they were both work-
ing at La Traduccion, a Span-
ish publication that existed at
that time. He was laying print
when she walked in on her
first day of work. At the sight
of her, he told the gentleman
working next to him, "I am
going to marry that girl," and
he certainly did, a while later.
Their marriage lasted until he
passed away, 66 years later.
I grew up on 10th Avenue
near 12th Street. It was
within walking distance to
the Centro Asturiano, Cuban
Club and the Centro Espafol.
When I became of school age
my Abuela, Nana, would walk


me to Our Lady of Perpetual
Help School. It was a wonder-
ful school and I have many
happy memories of my days
there. My grandfather, Ra-
mon Sotolongo, would some-
times walk me, but he was
usually busy working at his
small Buckeye Cigar Shop,
making hand-rolled cigars.
After a while my dad worked
at the Casino Theatre and the
Tampa Shipyard. My mom
spent many years working at
the Columbia Bank. My first
real job was at W. T. Grants
next to the Ritz Theatre.
Sadly, the world is a very


Asturiano National Museum in


different place today. I had
many friends of all nationali-
ties, who lived in my neigh-
borhood. The color of our
skin did not matter; we just
enjoyed playing together as
kids. I am so happy that some
of those special relationships
still exist today. Sometimes,
we would all sit on the steps
of my house to wait for the ice
cream truck or the man on
the bike selling perulis, which
were delicious lollipop-type
candies. Of course I was sure
my grandmother had eyes in
the back of her head, because
the moment I stepped off my
porch she would always catch
me, even though she was at
the back of the house!
We lived in these delight-
ful old wooden homes and
we didn't have to worry about
locking our doors and win-
dows. Since there was no
television, everyone would sit
on their porches and converse
with their neighbors. You
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ers' company! There is one
memory that vividly stands
out in my mind as if it had
happened yesterday. I was a
small girl at the time. Radios
were the way we received our
news, and they were all blast-


ing very tragic news. It was
the day that President Frank-
lin Delano Roosevelt passed
away. The entire neighbor-
hood came out of their homes
and stood in the street. Ev-
eryone gathered in front of our
house and wondered how the


country could go on without
him. Many people cried. It
was a sad day.
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The DiMaio Family History


The late Victor E. DiMaio
used to joke that if in Tampa
you don't know the name Di-
Maio then you don't know
Coca-Cola, mockingly declar-
ing that his last name was on
the same level of recognition
in Tampa as the world's most
famed soft drink.
However, while such a
boast was made in jest, there
is some truth to it. The DiMaio
name is not one that will be
known in every social group
in the city. But the who's who
in the Tampa world of politics,
civic life and historical preser-
vation are surely familiar with
the DiMaio name. How could
they not be? The DiMaio fam-
ily has been working hard to
better the city of Tampa since
the early 1900s. It began with
Victor's father, continued on
with Victor and his wife and
is carried on through his chil-
dren. The DiMaio family is one
with a long lineage of kind-
ness to the city of Tampa.
The first DiMaio to come to
Tampa was Victor's father, Dr.
John P. DiMaio.
John was born and raised
in Puglia, Italy. His fam-
ily wanted him to become a
priest, a path he pursued for
three years. However, dur-


Barbara Egli DiMaio raised
a large family alone.


est boy, Victor Em- i. "
manuele, on February
19, 1924, and lived in a
beautiful five-bedroom, ; "
three-bath house at 612
E. Amelia Ave. in Tampa
Heights. But tragedy
struck in 1928 when
John suddenly passed
away, leaving Barbara
alone to raise five boys _
and three girls.
She excelled as a
single mother, however,
finding work running i
the cafeteria at Our Lady
of Perpetual Help School
and Church where this
large struggling Italian-
Catholic family wor-
shiped and attended
classes. The children
pitched in when they
could, performing odd Mercy and Victor in 1952, relaxed
jobs around town such
as shining shoes and de- happy, before children!


livering newspapers.
All of John and B
children grew into fin
and proud America
proud were they that
boys served during W
one, Freddie, failing to
He died in France on i
Victor enlisted in t
and served in the
ranean and Pacific t


John P. DiMaio,
one of the first doc
I " Y -


ing this time he realized that tle me Italian lU
priesthood was not his true young during an ep
calling medicine was.
He began his medical
studies in Italy and then
left for New York City to
complete his residency,
doing so at Columbia
University. It was while ,
at the university that he
met Barbara Egli, a na-
tive of Zurich, Siwitzer-
land. They married and
remained in New York
for a few years, birthing .
three children Dora, Ju-
lius and Frederick when
they received a letter
from an acquaintance,
asking him to come to a
little hamlet named Ybor
City to become the very
first doctor of a growing
club serving the bustling
Italian-immigrant com-
munity there.
John brought his
young family to Tampa's
Latin District and found- May 19, 1938: Mercy posir
ed a clinic and medi- her mom, Elina F., and d
cal practice at 1628 E. dolfo "Rudy" Govantes, i
Eighth Ave. and became
the Italian Club's first annual Easter photo.


doctor. This was a very
tough time in Ybor City. Tu-
berculosis was a common ill-
ness among those who worked
in the unsanitary cigar facto-
ries. And many of those who
John helped could not afford
to pay his bill, so instead re-
imbursed him with chickens,
eggs or whatever else they
could afford to give.
His community service did
not end there. He also found-
ed La Gioventu', a newspaper
charged with preserving Ybor
City's rich Italian heritage.
Life was good for the Di-
Maio family. They added five
more children after moving to
Tampa, including the young-


Upon his return ho
used his G.I. Bill t(
the University of Flor
earn a bachelor's d
business administra
1950. He also became
the famed "Tampa B;
an informal and fu
group that include
famed Tampans as
die Pacheco and form
senator and senate p:
Louis de la Parte.
A year after gradual
married Mercedes Gov
Tampa whom he met
tending a function of
aros, a Spanish socia
Gainesville.


Mercedes, known by her
arbara's friends as' "Mercy," was born
e adults and raised in Ybor City. Her
ins. So parents, Elina "Helen" Fer-
: all five nandez and Rodolfo Govantes,
WII with were both born in Cuba and
Return. came to Tampa to earn a liv-
D-Day. ing in Ybor's vaunted cigar
he Navy industry Elina as a tobacco
Mediter- stripper and Rodolfo as a roll-
heaters, er. They later owned a buck-
eye (small cigar factory) and
named their cigar brand af-
ter their only daughter "Las
Mercedes." Following that
venture, they opened the Old
Glory Grocery Store and had
three locations in Tampa. The
final store is still there (as Arco
Iris) on the corner of Tampa
Bay Boulevard and Habana
Avenue in West Tampa.
Mercy was raised to be-
lieve she could accomplish
anything a man could, a bold
statement in those days. She
attended Florida State Univer-
sity and majored in account-
ing, one of the few women to
do so, as most women at FSU
M.D., at the time majored in educa-
ctors of tion.
Victor and Mercy both went
b, died on to forge successful careers
idemic. and civic lives.
Victor worked for Metropol-
itan Life Insurance, becom-
ing one of its top salesmen
throughout his long career.
Mercy was one of the first fe-
male administrators in the
City of Tampa, serving as the
utility accounting manager,
and later went on to a suc-
cessful career with Hillsbor-
ough Community College.
To list both their civic re-
sumes would take an entire
edition of La Gaceta.
A sampling of Victor's in-
cludes: president of the Ybor
City Chamber of Commerce,
the Knights of Columbus
Youth Basketball Athletic As-
sociation, the March of Dimes,
the Ybor City Lions Club and
the University of Florida Gator
Club; a member of the Egypt
Temple Shrine, Los Cabal-
leros del Centro Asturiano
and the Knights of Sant Yago;
ng with appointed to the University
lad, Ro- of Florida Blue Key Society,
or their Christopher Columbus 400-
or ter Year Celebration and the Hill-
sborough County Preserva-
tion Board; and a recipient of
ome, he the Jesuit High School Hall of
o attend Fame, Ybor City Lions Club
rida and Achievement Award, the Ybor
egree in City Tony Pizzo Award and the
ition in Metropolitan Life Insurance
.e part of Company Award for being the
ananas," most civically active employee
in-loving in the U.S. and Canada. He is
:d such perhaps best known, howev-
Dr. Fer- er, for being a charter member
ler state of the Ybor City Round Table
resident, and for his work with the Ybor
City Lions Club and its effort
nation, he to raise money for the South-
vantes of eastern Guide Dogs, Inc.
while at- Mercy's resume includes:
Los Pic- serving on Governor Bob
l club in Graham's Florida State Com-
mission on Hispanic Affairs,


co-chairing the 1990
Tampa/Hillsborough
County Centennial Cen-
sus Count Committee;
serving on the Florida De-
partmeflt of Professional
Regulations' Board of
Massage, the Hillsbor-.
ough County Sheriffs
Hispanic Advisory Coun-
cil, the Mayor's Hispanic
Advisory Council and
the Board of the Flori-
da Bay Chapter of the
March of Dimes; and re-
ceiving the 1993 Martin
Luther King Award for
advancing human rights
in Tampa, the 1993 Na-
tional Conference of
Christians and Jews
Award for outstanding
community service, and
and the 1991 Tampa His-
panic Heritage Award for
Hispanic Woman of the
year. In 1972, along with
Betty Castor, they became the
first women to run for Hill-
sborough County Commis-
sion. Castor won her race but
Mercy lost hers. -However, his-
torically, she helped to knock
down that barrier women had
been faced with for so many
years.
Victor passed away on De-
cember 29, 2007, but the leg-
acy of the DiMaio family lives
on through his two sons Vic-


Victor has worked for former
Governor Bob Graham, in-
surance commissioner Tom
O'Malley and Bill Gunter,
State Representatives Mike
Scionti, Bob Henriquez and
Deborah Tamargo and judges
Vivian Corvo, Bill Levens and
Dick Greco to name a few.
Like his father, Michael
graduated from the Univer-
sity of Florida with a bach-
elor's degree in microbiol-
ogy. Michael earned his M.D.
from the University of Miami
Medical School and did his
residency in thoracic surgery
at Duke University Medical
School in North Carolina. He
is now a professor of cardio
thoracic surgery at the Uni-
versity of Texas Southwestern
Medical School in Dallas, Tex-
as and heads the heart-lung
transplant team at the medi-
cal center. Having only a four-
hour window to transplant a
new heart or lung, or both,
from a donor to a matching
patient requires Michael to be
on call 24/7, 365 days a year.


Victor R. DiMaio
Victor R. DiMaio


Victor's 1967 City Council
campaign photo.

tor Rudy, otherwise known to
family and friends as "Tico,"
and Dr. John Michael known
as "Michael."
Both Victor and Michael at-
tended Helen Hill Elementary
School, Boys Academy of the
Holy Names and Jesuit High
School.
Victor had an interest for
politics at an early age when
he ran for student coun-
cil president at Boys Acad-
emy and had as his campaign
manager our Hillsborough tax
collector, Doug Belden. Victor
continued the campaign bug
with his dad who ran for Tam-
pa City Council the first time
Dick Greco became Mayor in
1967, and. his mom, Mercy,
who ran for County Commis-
sion in 1972. Like his mother,
Victor attended Florida State
University in Tallahassee and
majored in political science
and communications.
Victor began his career
in the .media, becoming the
first broadcaster to cover the
inaugural 1976 Buccaneers
in Spanish at WSOL AM and
covered news and sports for
numerous TV and radio sta-
tions and broadcast and cable
networks in Tampa Bay, Tal-
lahassee and Florida. He was
the first television producer of
Sunshine Network (now Fox
Sun Sports) went they went
on the air in 1988 broadcast-
ing Florida's college and pro-
fessional sports teams.
Victor later established his
own political consulting and
lobbying firm, DiMaio .& Asso-
ciates, and for several decades
has worked for hundreds of
clients seeking public office.


J. Michael DiMaio, M.D.
Michael was the first re-
cipient of the Lawrence'
and Susan Hirsch/Centex
Corporation Distinguished
Chair in Heart Disease at UT
Southwestern, the highest
honor that an academic phy-
sician can receive. The fam-
ily of the late Mr. James W.
Taylor, co-founder of Taylor
Publishing, one of the oldest
and largest schoolbook pro-
ducers in the US, also con-
tributed to Michael's exten-
sive research in stem cells,
reproductive tissues, can-
cer, heart disease, HIV and
AIDS. Michael was the first
doctor in north Texas to use
the famous DaVinci surgical
robot to remove tumors from
a patient's lung.
Prior to earning his medical
degree, Michael worked on the
White House staff of President
Jimmy Carter and started a
bio-medical cancer research
company in Tampa called Im-
munotec.
Considering how much the
DiMaio family has accom-
plished and given and contin-
ues to give to the city of Tam-
pa, it is hard to believe that
the DiMaio name will ever be
forgotten.
The DiMaios are true Tam-
pa icons like Coca-Cola.


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Memories of Growing Up in Ybor City


(continued from page 8)
Theatre with my grandparents
to see the Spanish movies.
Those movies were usually
very sad and dramatic. When
my parents went and my dad
would see everyone sobbing,
he would say "I can see you
all are really having a wonder-
ful time!".
Of course, my favorite
thing was to go to the Ritz
Theatre on Saturday after-
noon and follow the serials.
I guess you could compare
them to today's soap operas
except they were adventures.
After the movies, my parents
and-I would sometimes go to
the cantina at the Columbia


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Restaurant and have, natu-
rally, either a Cuban sand-
wich or pan con mantiquilla
and caf6 con leche. Some of
the other places we would
go to were Los Helados, Las
Novedades, Cuervo's Restau-
rant and let's not forget the
Silver Ring.
On Sunday, Abuelo Ra-
mon was the head cook in
our house. We would enjoy
arroz con pollo or a nice boli-
che with white rice (which he
had to have at every meal),
plus flan or arroz con leche
for dessert. Of course we had
to have pan cubano from ei-
ther La Segunda Bakery or
the Ferlita Bakery.


There were also many-
"funciones" theatrical events
at the various clubs. There
were so many young people
that performed and did it
well. I can still remember
E.J. Salcines (now a retired
judge) in his costumes, Silvia
Delgado and her lovely voice.
There were many others, but
I cannot remember them all.
As we got older there were
the must-do Sunday mati-
nees at the Centro Espafiol
on Seventh Avenue. I believe
they began at 4 p.m. and they
had the best bands in town.
There you could dance with
that cute guy you looked at
in school all week. The mu-


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sic was fantastic, the dancing
was great fun, and it was the
best Sunday afternoon you
could ever spend. Many re-
lationships and marriages
came out of that Sunday tra-
dition. I danced there many
times with Sam Rodante,
my husband to be in the fu-
ture. Those were not the only
dances available. On Satur-
days and Sundays, at times,
you could also dance in the
Cuban Club Patio and the
Centro Asturiano Ballroom.
There was always something
going on in both theatres too.
Everyone I knew thought
that our lives would always be
involved in Ybor City. No one
expected the Urban Renewal
Project would have such a
devastating effect on Ybor. If
I remember correctly, it was
supposed to be good for Ybor.

-REPRE UK


However, we all know what
transpired. Little by little
Ybor City disintegrated and
most of the families, includ-
ing mine, moved out.
We survived, and I am so
thrilled that my life's trav-
els have brought me back to
Ybor. I work at my daughter
Angela's law office and am ac-
tually working about three or
four blocks from where I grew
up. I love coming to Ybor
each day as my heart will for-
ever be here.
I am thankful for the hard
work that so many people
have put into bringing life
back into Ybor City to
them, I say God bless all of
you for reviving and preserv-
ing what I believe to be the
best place to have grown up
in, and still the best place to
live, work and play!!!!

R AM


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to the Pelaez home.in Ybor City, at 1502 12th Avenue.




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Daniel and Ann Martinez Family


He stepped off a steam-
powered freighter onto Tampa
soil at some point in the ear-
ly 1920s. He did not have a
passport or any form of iden-
tification. The only people in
all of Tampa who knew David
Martinez were a handful of his
cousins.
Almost a century later, the
once unknown man's descen-
dents are known in numerous
social, civic and business cir-
cles throughout the state. Da-
vid's son, Daniel, is a founder
of the Krewe of Sant' Yago, its
4 -


hypothermia took his life a
few months later when he was
only in his early 40s, leaving
his wife, Natalia, with 12 chil-
dren to care for on her own.
As each child came of age,
Natalia would ship them off to
the United States the Land
of Opportunity, specifically
Tampa, Florida, where some
of her cousins had already
established lives. David, be-
ing the third oldest, was third
to go. With no money to pur-
chase a boat ticket, he paid
his way with labor on an old


Arguebanes, Spain. The house where Natalia Martinez
raised 12 children as a single mother after a tragic acci-
dent took her husband.
14th king, former president of freighter. There was not a
the Ybor City Rotary Club and freighter traveling directly to
past winner of the Tony Pizzo Tampa, so he first went to
Award for his work in promot- Cuba, where he had to wait
ing and preserving Tampa's for months to continue on to
rich history. His other son, Tampa.
Victor, was a pioneer
in the field of heart
surgery.
David Martinez'
grandchildren include
a state-renowned vet-
erinarian, a success-
ful attorney and a
prosperous financial '
consultant. His great-
grandchildren are also
forging successful ca-
reers and his great-
great-grandchild was
just recently born. The.
Martinez family is now
spread through the
state and is respect-
ed wherever they go. .
They' are the defini-
tion of the American
Dream, descendents
of a simple immigrant
who dreamed big and
succeeded.
The story of the Drs. Danise Martinez Walsh and
Martinez family can Michael Walsh, D.V.M.
be traced to the 1800s


to Mariano and Natalia Mar-
tinez. They were farmers in
the mountain town of Argue-
banes in northern Spain. It
was there that they had 12
children. Tragedy struck the
family. When a snow storm hit
their area, Mariano raced into
the mountains to lead their
goats and cows away from the
danger of avalanches, which
were known to occur. On his
way back, he fell into a crev-
ice. The lower half of his body
was buried in snow and he
was not found for hours. Cir-
culation problems caused by


David married Mary Cruz
Fernandez, also an immigrant
from Spain, and he started
a family, raising two sons,
Daniel and Victor, in Tampa
Heights. David worked as a
cigar maker in Ybor City and
then, along with his brother,
Nicanor, founded El Encanto
Cleaners, which was located
on the corner of 15th Street
and Eighth Avenue.
David's two sons were the
first to spread that particular
Martinez family name outside
of the confines of Ybor City.
Daniel graduated from the


'University of Florida, earn-
ing a B.A. in Business Ad-
ministration. Daniel worked
for McKesson Wine & Spirits
company and Premier Bever-
age for over 40 years, but it
was his civic work for which
he is best known. Besides
his aforementioned creden-
tials with the Krewe of Sant'
Yago and the Ybor Chamber,
he also served on the board of
directors of the Curtis Hixon
Convention Center, the Girls
and Boys Club of Tampa and
the Spartan Warriors of the
University of Tampa. He was
president of the Mustang Pony
League, the Ybor City Neigh-
borhood Service Center and
Wellswood Little. League, as
well as a member of numer-
ous other civic associations.
Of course, like most great
men, Daniel had a strong
woman by his side his
wife, Ann.
While the Martinez' roots
can be traced back to the
mountains of Spain, Ann's
can be traced back to the cov-
ered wagon days of the South.
Her paternal grandfather,
James Carter Raines, trav-
eled to Georgia from South
Carolina by covered wagon
in the late 1800s and started
a family.
Her maternal grandfather,
Arthur Gladstone Shouse,
worked on the railroad in
Florida for 48 years. Her
maternal grandmother was
Iva Emma Trammell, whose
descendents include former
Governor Park Trammell. At
some point, Arthur's work
took him to High Springs,
Florida, where he and Iva
raised their four children.


cal choir. While competing in
state vocal contests on the
University of Tampa's cam-
pus, she met Daniel Martinez,
who was a student at Jesuit
High .School at the time
and was on campus for the
sole reason of meeting girls
from the vocal contest. His
plan worked.
Because of the distance


Daniel II, Daniel III, cousin William Allison, Drew and
Joyce Martinez.

S --:_* Ww. ,


Meghan, Derek, Delfa, David, baby Aurora with daddy
SDavid James II with wife Alma Martinez.


James Carter Raines, Jr.
traveled from Georgia to High
Springs in search of work
around 1916. It was there
that he met one of Arthur's
daughters, Victoria Wenona
Shouse.
The two started a family
- two daughters, which in-
cluded Mary Lee and Virginia
"Ann" Raines.
When Ann was 11 years
old, her father relocated the
family to Miami where he was
a machinist with the railroad.
She later attended Miami Se-
nior High and joined the vo-


between them, however, they
could not date. But, they cor-
responded regularly for the
next four years. When they
were both college students
- Daniel at the University of
Florida and Ann at Florida
State University they began
dating. A few months later
they were engaged and soon
ran off to Georgia to elope.
She transferred to the Uni-
versity of Florida, where she
earned her B.A. in Education.
She later earned a M.A. in Li-
brary and Audio Visual Edu-
cation from the University of


South Florida. She spent 28
years with the Hillsborough
County school system, first as
a teacher and then as a media
specialist.
Together they helped to
raise three children Danise,
David James and Daniel II -
who continued to spread their
Martifiez name throughout
the state through their many
accomplishments and suc-
cessful children of their own.
Danise, the third Queen of
the Krewe of Sant' Yago and
a graduate of the University
of Florida, married Michael
Walsh of Missouri and the two
are successful veterinarians
in Florida. Michael is known
for his career in marine ani-
mals at Sea-World, the Uni-
versity of Florida and his work
with Winter the dolphin.
David, a graduate of the
University of Florida, is mar-
ried to Delfa Simon of Tampa.
David is a financial advisor
with Merrill Lynch and Delfa
works with the Hillsborough
County school system. They
have three children: Meghan,
who lives in Los Angeles and
is a graduate of the University
of Arizona; David James II, a
graduate of the University of
Florida who works for Wynd-
ham Worldwide and is mar-
ried to Alma Mendez;.and Der-
ek, a recent graduate of Jesuit
High School. Alma gave birth
in January to Aurora Eliza-
beth, who is the great-great-
grandchild of David Martinez,
the young boy who arrived in
the United States without any
proof of who he was.
Daniel II, a graduate of
the University of Florida and
Emory Law School, is married
to Joyce Fernandez of Tampa.
Daniel II is a Tampa attorney
and Joyce, a graduate of the
University of South Florida, is
a nurse who is a catastrophic
case manager. They have two
sons, Daniel III, a graduate of
the University of Florida and a
business analyst for the Bank
of Tampa,_ and Drew, a stu-
dent at the University of Flor-
ida with plans to attend vet-
erinary school. Their nephew,
William Allison, a University
of Florida graduate, is a proj-
ect manager with the Borrell
Electric Company.
The Martinez family has
come a long way in a little less
than a century. It will be in-
teresting to see how far they
will spread their wings in the
next century.


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Ann and Danny Martinez










rI I n Flr ia Pltis t'tO eur ir r


By Greg Truax
The 1988 race for U.S. Sen-
ate had more twists and turns
than a rural Florida road, as
some of the biggest names
and vote getters in state poli-
tics vied to replace Sen. Law-
ton Chiles, a 17-year veteran
who dramatically and unex-
pectedly announced he was
retiring.
It was a race so close that
only 34,518 votes out of
4,068,209 million determined
the eventual winner. It was
a contentious and hotly con-
tested Democratic primary
that saw an iconic former
governor enter and then exit.
It had a hard fought general.
election between sitting con-
gressmen Buddy MacKay and
Connie Mack III. And it was
an election that foreshadowed
the future when election night
ended without a clear win-
ner as controversy swirled for
days over ballots and before a
concession phone call was fi-
nally placed.
Republican Mack and
Democrat MacKay were ac-
knowledged 'rising stars in
Florida politics. Besides hav-
ing similar last names, both
were elected to Congress in
1982, attended the University
of Florida, and, after serving
three terms, were running for
an open Senate seat the Dem-
ocrats had held since Recon-
struction.
- Both were energetic, in-
formed, well liked and re-
spected by colleagues, ready
to take on the Washington es-
tablishment, and could each
articulate why they were the
best choice to represent Flo-
ridians in the U. S. Senate for
the next six years.


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MacKay, 55, who had re-
turned home to Florida from
service in the U.S. Air Force to
attend law school, was a can-
didate in the 1980 Democratic
U.S. Senate primary. The na-
tive Floridian was from Ocala
in Central Florida and had
served six years each in the
Florida House and then State
Senate before winning his
congressional seat. He was
known as a student of govern-
ment.
Before entering congress,
Mack, 48, was a successful
bank president in Cape Cor-
al in southwest Florida, who
learned of everyday concerns
by closely listening to his cus-
tomers. According to Mack, he
was motivated to run for office
in part by Ronald Reagan's
call during the 1980 presi-
dential election to "go back to
the principles that built the
nation free markets, free en-
terprise, free trade."
The two congressmen were
thrust into political battle
against one another when
Lawton Chiles, a 17-year
veteran, unexpectedly an-
nounced he was not running
for reelection. The chairman
of the powerful Budget Com-
mittee, well respected and
popular, told reporters in an
early December, 1987, press
conference that he "wasn't
looking forward to another
six years .I didn't have the
enthusiasm for it, and I think
the people of Florida are en-
titled to that."
Senator Pete Domenici, R,
N.M., also a member of the
Budget Committee, called
Chiles' announcement a "total
surprise." The Democratic es-
tablishment in Florida had a


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political knot in its stomach.
This was welcome news for
Republican U.S. Represen-
tative Connie Mack. He had
earlier in the year boldly an-
nounced his seemingly impos-
sible-to-win plan to challenge
the heavily favored Chiles,
whose campaign for a fourth
term was already underway.
With Chiles' unexpected with-
drawal, the race was now wide
open. For Mack, he was now
a candidate for an open U.S.
Senate seat. And, important-
ly, the only Republican in the
race.
The Democrats had held
the Chiles' Senate seat since
Reconstruction and in 1988
the "Democratic Party was
strong after a long era of
dominance," according to
Mike Hamby, who was the ex-
ecutive director of the Florida
Democratic Party from 1985
to 1989. Hamby noted that
just two years earlier Demo-
crat Bob Graham, Florida's
popular and effective two-term
governor, easily defeated one-
term incumbent Republican
U.S. Senator Paula Hawkins
and Democrats continued to
win statewide elections to the
Florida Cabinet.
Even so, warning lights


Iir


Greg Truax with former Senator Connie Mack in 2006.


were flashing for the Demo-
crats. In 1986, just the sec-
ond Republican since Recon-
struction was elected governor
- former Tampa Mayor Bob
Martinez. He successfully
executed a well-planned cam-
paign from a strong GOP base
in Tampa Bay against a Dem-


ocrat nominee who was badly
wounded from a divisive Dem-
ocratic primary.
Besides the statewide win
by Martinez, Republicans
were also realizing gains in
the Florida Legislature since
the late .1970s as the demo-
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end, the land and the king are
one. As it goes in Ybor City, the
Columbia Restaurant and the
Herandez-Gonzmart Fam-
ily are one. But where the leg-
endary King Arthur was the
boy who would be king, the
Hemandez-Gonzmarts are the
kings and queens who would
be men and women.
The story begins with the
Hernandez family's arrival in
Tampa, by way of steamship
from Cuba, in 1902. A hard-
working Cuban of Spanish de-
cent, Casimiro Hernandez Sr.
wanted the better life being
promised by America for his
four sons, Casimiro Jr., Loren-
zo (Lawrence), Gustavo (Gus)
and Evelio (Chacho).
Casimiro Sr. found work at
the Florida Brewery on Fifth Av-
enue in Ybor City. The brewery's
owner, Constantino Balbontin,
needed outlets to sell beer and
was on the lookout for a new


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Casimiro Hernandez, Sr.
brought his family to
Tampa by steamship from
Havana in 1902.
venue. In 1905, Balbontin ac-
quired the 60-seat Columbia,
Cafe, just on the -edge of town
at 22nd Street and Broadway
Avenue. Seeing this as a golden
opportunity, Casimiro Sr. be-
came partners with Balbontin.
He already had experience run-
ning a restaurant.in Havana, so
this was a natural fit.
Casimiro Sr. became known
for his generosity and would
offer three daily meals to local
workers for five dollars a month.
He earned a modest living, but
he gave away all he could.
By 1912, business was thriv-
ing. Casimiro -Sr.''bought out
Balbontin and for the first time,
the Hemandez family owned a
restaurant.
Casimiro Jr. left his cigar
factory job to join his father
'in his new family venture.
Business flourished, but in
1918, prohibition brought a
new problem. The Columbia
Cafe was primarily a drink-
ing establishment. Custom-
ers could eat sandwiches and
the like while they drank, but
for full meals they would go to
La Fonda, the restaurant next
door. Casimiro knew he either
needed to adapt to the change
or close his doors. In 1920, he
and the Garcia Brothers, who
owned La Fonda, joined forces
and merged the two establish-
ments. They would operate uri-
der the Columbia name, but
now as a fully legitimate res-
taurant.
Business swelled during this
time, but when the Florida land
boom ended in the mid 1920s,
money and customers began to
dry up. Casimiro Sr. amassed
an incredible debt and in 1929
he passed away, leaving his el-
dest son, Casimiro Jr. to mind
the restaurant and his credi-
tors.
Casimiro Jr. was more than
able to run the restaurant, hav-
ing worked there since he was
12, but he would need to once
again reinvent the Columbia if it
was going to succeed. Cigar fac-


.


Pictured here in 1906, the 60-seat Columbia
popular watering hole for local workers.


stories were shutting down and
the threat of war loomed. Help
would come from the very place
that caused the first change in
the Columbia...alcohol;
Deep into the Depression in
1932, the State of Florida fol-
lowed the rest of the nation in
repealing prohibition. This gave
Casimiro a window of opportu-
nity to take a risk that would
help his restaurant prosper
while others would fail.
It was around this time that
Casimiro's brother, Lawrence,
became involved in the res-
taurant. Lawrence acquired
a share of the Columbia from
Casimiro, which weakened the
Garcia family's stake in the res-
taurant. Manuel Garcia would
go on to sell his shares in the
Columbia to Casimiro, once
again making it a Hernandez
family operation.


Casimiro Hernandez, Jr.
transformed the Colum-
bia Restaurant into the
envy of every restaurant.
S Also providing support to the
Columbia were Casimiro's other
two brothers. Gus ran the ice
cream plant and Chacho ran the
coffee mill. The four made a for-
midable group, each one provid-
ing a different asset to the com-
pany, but it was Casimiro's risk
in the mid-1930s that gave the
Columbia the boost it needed.
With the Columbia's name
and Lawrence's connections,
they were able to borrow a mas-
sive $75,000 (one million in to-
day's money) for renovations
to the restaurant. While other
companies were laying off and
work was hard to come by, the
Columbia decided to-build. The
expansion provided jobs for lo-
cals and when it was complete
in 1935, the Columbia had a
new kitchen and something nev-
er seen or felt before in Tampa,
an air-conditioned dining room.
The new Don Quixote room
boasted air conditioning, a
bandstand and a dance floor.
The risk of creating some-
thing so lavish was great, but
the payoff was immense. Casi-
miro had doubts the new dining
room would succeed, however,
with the encouragement of his
wife, Carmen, he gained the
confidence he lacked.
The Don Quixote revolution-
ized Florida dining. Eating be-
came a comfortable experience,
year round, and the boom in
business it created helped Casi-
miro Jr. pay off all debts.


The Columbia was now a
flourishing success.
The third generation to oper-
ate the restaurant would come
with Casimiro Jr.'s daughter,
Adela.
Adela was a piano prodigy at
Hillsborough High, where her
friend from the school band,
Cesar Gonzalez Martinez, would
give her rides home after prac-
tice. Cesar was a talented vio-
linist, but Casimiro.did not ap-
prove of him due to his finding
out about Adela and Cesar going
on a date without his permis-
sion.
Cesar would end up play-
ing in the Columbia band at
the age of 16. He did not know
that Adela was the daughter of
Casimiro Jr. and bragged to her
about his new gig. He invited her
to see him play, but when Ca-
simiro saw the two encounter
each other at the restaurant, he
knew that this was the young
man who took his daughter out
without permission and fired
him on the spot.
SThe two parted ways with Ce-
sar going to Stetson and Adela
getting classical training at Juil-
liard.
Adela graduated in 1944
and in 1946 she came back to
Tampa where she met a young
Italian man to whom she would
become engaged, much to the
dismay of Casimiro. Casimiro
and Adela's fiancee butted
heads at every turn, but defiant-
ly, Adela remained in love.
As chance would have it,
Casimiro asked his wife, Car-
men, and Adela to accompany
him to Cuba for a few weeks.
Casimiro's hope was to con-
vince Adela not to marry the
Italian. Casimiro's wish would
be answered in the form of Ce-
sar Gonzalez Martinez, who
was now Cesar Gonzmart. He
changed his name to distin-
guish himself from all the Gon-
zalezes and Martinezes. While
Adela and Carmen relaxed on
the beach, Casimiro bumped
into the young man he once
fired from his own restaurant.
He couldn't have been hap-
pier.
Cesar was playing in a sym-
phony in Havana and through
Casimiro's efforts and Cesar's
charm, the two would fall madly
in love. The couple married in
December of 1946.
The couple would tour the
country, with Cesar as a per-
former and Adela as a house-
wife, raising their first son,
Casey.
By 1951, they would return
at the behest of Casimiro, who
had recently had a heart attack
and needed help running the
restaurant. Casimiro took Cesar
under his wing and the polar op-
posites became a perfect match.
Casimiro had great business
sense and Cesar was a consum-
mate showman.
With Cesar's entrance as the
visionary, music and dance re-
turned to the Don Quixote in
1954. This was the first time
since the war started in 1941,
that such jubilance would take
place.


Family

Just as Casimiro faced prob-
lems during the Great Depres-
sion, Cesar faced a declining
economy in Ybor City. Urban
renewal and the opening of 1-4
tore through the heart of Ybor
and the Columbia would need
to reinvent itself once again.
Just like Casimiro, Cesar
wanted to expand. He dreamt
of a 300-seat showroom, where
the Columbia would not only be
a restaurant, but a destination.
Casimiro saw a bit of his own
ambition in Cesar and during
the 50th anniversary celebration
of the Columbia; Casimiro and
Cesar announced their plans to
build the Siboney Room.
The large enhancement,
which included taking over the
bakery next door, turned out to
be another great success.
Cesar's Continental Orches-
tra would fill Ybor's nights with
music and celebration. Adela's
grace mixed with Cesar's show-
manship guaranteed a memo-
rable night for anyone who en-
tered the Columbia's doors.
But Cesar's passion was not
just theatrical. He had a corn-



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History

crippled Sarasota establish-
ment into a great success.
Also involved in the family's
business was Cesar and Adela's
other son, Richard. In 1978,
Richard attended a jazz concert
while travelling. He became in-
spired to make a new change to
the Columbia where he would
renovate the Caf6 into a hip,
classier night-time spot where
young professionals could gath-
er with a classy night-club feel.
His vision paid off and the
Cafe became yet another roar-
ing success. Reasonably-priced
food and fine wines were the
hook and the great jazz was the
net.
Around the same time, Casey
realized there was a complete
lack of entertainment in Sara-
sota. With its rich history, the
Columbia was the perfect place
to mix food and entertainment,
so Casey did some renovations
and gave the restaurant a dual
citizenship. By day it was the
Sarasota Columbia and every
night at nine, it became "The Pa-
tio," full with disco balls, strobe
lights and the works.


Cesar and Adela Gonzmart pose with their sons, Casey
and Richard, for the Columbia Restaurant's 75th Anni-


versary.
passionate heart and gave back
to the community as often as
possible. The Latin community-
was also very important to Ce-
sar. When events, such as the
Gasparilla Parade took place,
Cesar and some like-minded
friends did not feel that there
was a proper Latin representa-
tion. He went on to help found
the Krewe of the Knights of
Sant' Yago, where Latins would
be prominent. The Krewe of the
Knights of Sant' Yago would re-
invent the krewe scene with its
night-time parade and extrava-
gant coronation ball.
Casimiro Hemandez Jr.
would pass away in 1962, but
two of his greatest loves, Adela
and the Columbia Restaurant,
were left in good hands.
The following years would be
filled with the sounds of Cesar
playing violin at the tableside of
those willing and Adela graced
the company of those fortunate
enough to enjoy her beauty.
In 1971, the Gonzmart's
eldest son, Casey, returned
from school in Europe. They
requested his presence and
asked him to take over the Co-
lumbia Restaurant in Sarasota.
The former manager had to be
let go immediately and they
needed Casey's watchful eye.
Reluctantly, he honored their
request and while he didn't
plan on staying there long, his
20-year stay would turn the


Cesar Gonzmart would pass
away in 1992, marking the
end of an era never to be seen
again in Tampa. Adela's pass-
ing would come nine years later
in 2001, but with Richard and
Casey at the helm of the Colum-
bia family, her family's heritage
will continue on for generations.
Those generations are be-
ing provided by Richard, who
with his wife Melanie, have two
daughters, Lauren and Andrea.
Both Lauren and Andrea have
provided the Columbia with its
sixth generation with the arrival
of Michael, Isabella, Maximilian
and Alexander by Lauren and
Amelia, by Andrea.
Casey has also stocked the
dining rooms with his own clan
of Gonzmarts, who are Cassan-
dra, Casey Jr., Jessica, Charlie,
Christian, Marlena.
The Herandez-Gonzmart
presence in Ybor has been
majestic for over a century.
Through their charitable works
and generosity, they've act-
ed as gentlemen and women
by always remembering the
community that helped them
achieve their success. Whether
by giving food to those out of
work during the Depression
or today's "Richard's Run for
Life" which benefits cancer re-
search, the family's heart has
always been in the right place.
Luckily, so has the Hernandez-
Gonzmart family.


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In Floridar Po li ticsI t Ainyt Overl u rrrve


(continued from page 13)
graphics and politics of Flori-
da were changing.
During the decades of the
'70s and '80s, more than 800
people a day moved to the
state, often to the suburbs.


Cace cot Qecct


Many of the new Floridians
were retirees from the -mili-
tary and business, as well as
middle class families from the
Midwest and Northeast who
hooked U-Haul trailers to the
bumpers of their Chevy's and


Ford's and headed south in
search of low-cost living, sun-
shine and jobs. Other new ar-
rivals were immigrants from
Cuba and Latin American
looking for political freedom, a
job and a new start.


Florida's politics were
changing. President Ronald
Reagan, always optimistic,
was now a dominant nation-
al political force. Reagan's
message of a strong national
defense, traditional values,
lower taxes and limited gov-
ernment connected with Flo-
ridians, which helped propel
growth of the now better orga-
nized state GOP.


Politics in Florida.
Jockeying started imme-
diately among Democrats for
Chiles' seat. Unlike today,
mobile cell calls and email use
was rare, so politicos racked
up long distance phone bills
as they worked landline tele-
phones from their homes
and offices. For certain,
there would now be a Demo-
cratic primary, most prob-


Greg Farmer, campaign manager, and former Governor
Buddy MacKay, post-election at Farmer's roast, 1988.


Reagan, who decisively car-
ried Florida in the 1980 and
1984 presidential elections,
proved to be a huge party
building tool as state resi-
dents self-identifying with the
Republicans increased from
21 percent in 1980 to 35 per-
cent in 1988, while the Demo-
crats saw a drop from 45, per-
cent to 35 percent over the
eight-year period, according
to the book Government and


ably a competitive one, but
who would eventually be the
standard bearer for the Demo-
crats? Who best to take on the
upstart Mack?
While expressing strong
disappointment over Chiles'
decision, Florida Democrat-
ic Party Chairman Charles
Whitehead remained an opti-
mistic voice. He told the Tam-
pa Bay Times (then the St.
Petersburg Times) ". . we've
got some very qualified people
taking a hard look at it (the
race)" who "could win."
The Democratic field quick-
ly began to take shape. Con-
gressman Dan Mica of West
Palm Beach, who held a seat
on the House Foreign Affairs
Committee, was in. Behind
the scenes, prominent Dem-
ocrats were calling Reubin
Askew and asking the iconic
former Governor, a champion
of open government and tax
reform, to become a candi-
date.
In mid-December, 1987,
Askew issued a two-line press
statement that he was in fact
running to replace Chiles.
According to historian and
journalist Martin A. Dyck-
man's well-researched 'and
well-written book called Reu-
bin O'D. Askew and the Gold-
en Age of Florida Politics, with
Askew in the race, Miami Her-
ald political columnist Tom
Fiedler wrote that "Santa has
brought the Democratic Party
a substitute" for Chiles and
referred to Mack as the GOP's
"designated martyr."
But another key develop-
ment in the ever-changing
Senate race again rocked Flor-
ida's political establishment.
On May 7, 1988, Askew, who
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The History of the Capital


They fuel your car.
They fuel the Italian Club.
They fuel historic preserva-
tion.
For over a century, the Cap-
itano family has helped to fuel
Ybor City.
The Capitano family, long-
time owner of Radiant Oil and
benefactor to the Italian Club
and many Ybor City charities
and historic building resto-
ration projects, is among the
most beloved families in all of
Tampa, specifically Ybor City,
because of the kindness it
doles out on a regular basis.
The family has been part of
the historic district for so long
it is hard to imagine an Ybor
City without the Capitanos.
And for good reason, as the
Capitano family HAS been a
part of Ybor City since its ear-
liest days.
The Capitano family ar-
rived in Ybor City in the late
1800s, when Nicola Capitano
and his family, including his
12-year-old son Giuseppe, re-
located there from Santo Ste-
fano, Italy. This was in Ybor
City's infancy years, before it
became the cigar capital of the
world, when it was still empty
land on which brick build-
ings were being erected. Many
of the early Italian residents
were farmers and Nicola was,-
no different, growing vegeta-
bles for profit. .
When Giuseppe came of
age, he found work in Ybor's
vaunted cigar industry as a
roller, and he and his wife,
Rosalia, had four children, Jo-
seph, Nick, Angie and Teresa.
When Nick was in ninth
grade, his father was laid off
due to the Depression. Soon
after, Nick's Uncle Frank
passed away.. The-, Capitano
family was close, many living
on the same block and shar-
ing the financial burden dur-
ing those tough times. With
one breadwinner out of work
and the other deceased, Nick
was forced'to drop out of
school and do his part to sup-
port the family. He took over
his uncle's job at Gardinier-
Royce Company, a home heat-
ing and diesel business owned
by Gardinier Royce. Nick
worked on the trucks, hauling
heavy buckets of kerosene :or
someone else's delivery rouwe.
Nick was a born entrepre-
neur and soon acquired his
own delivery- route Irom an
"Amoco distributor. Impressed
by the work ethic and drive
of young Nick, Royce began
to room him as his succes-
sor. eventually selling him the
company in 1931 that would
be.:ome Radiant Oil.
In those early days, Nick
had very little resources, bti
he worked tirelessly to ger
ahead. He operated the busl-
ness out of his home. His b_ -
loved wife, Angela, would take
orders over the phone and the
trucks would be parked in his -


yard. He serviced many of the
local grocery stores, supplying
them with kerosene that they
in turn sold to their customers
in smaller pails with which to
heat their homes.
Then in 1944, Radiant ex-
ploded with growth. Nick built
his first storage tank, doing so
on Second Avenue. This ad-
dition allowed him to signifi-
cantly expand his customer
base and relationships
As fuel needs changed, so
did Radiant. Recognizing the
enormous potential the Port of
Tampa offered to a petroleum
supplier, Nick pushed himself
to become the chief petroleum
supplier to shrimp and ba-
nana boats entering Tampa's
port. This began Radiant's re-
lationship with Texaco. Radi-
ant grew to become a respect-
ed agent for the petroleum
giant, approaching one mil-
lion gallons a month in sales.
Nick was more than just an
entrepreneur, though; he was
also a civic minded man. He
was involved in the Optimist


The wedding photo
of Angelina and
Nick Capitano.


Club of Ybor City, serving as
its president in 1954. He was
vice president of the Italian
Club, a charter member of the
Krewe of Sant' Yago, direc-
tor of the Ybor City Chamber
of Commerce and served as
president of the Boys Clubs of
Greater Tampa in 1979.
"Everyone should contrib-
ute something to the commu-
nity," Nick was quoted as say-
ing in his 1983 Silhouette in
La Gaceta. "Most of my time
is spent working with civic
clubs."
However, his greatest suc-
cesses, he used to boast,
were his children Rose Lee
and Joseph Sr. the latter of
whom took over the reins of
Radiant in the 1960s.
Under Joe Sr.'s leadership,
Radiant continued to grow.
In 1957, he oversaw the re-
modeling of a building on the
corner of Cypress and Howard
Avenues that became Radi-
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e oversaw construction of During the mid-1970s to
adiant's first ground-up lo- early 1980s, Radiant won nu-
ition at 5807 N. 40th St. merous awards from Exxon
As the 1970s rolled around, for its excellence in the gaso-
.e oil industry -hit a tough line business,.including "The
me when the United States Most Improved Chain" and
as hit by the oil crisis. With "The Best Chain in the South-
ipply in short demand, Tex- er Region." Hard work, vi-
:o decried that its distribut- sion and a commitment to
s could not purchase more excellence were the prime in-
.an their contracted amount, gredients.
his was trouble for Radiant, Radiant's growth in the
They signed their contract motor fuel business contin-
the 1950s and: had never ued until the mid-1980's and
negotiated it because Tex- reached a peak volume in
:o had never had a problem 1986 of 75 million gallons an-
lling them in excess of what nually. Joe also diversified his
eir contract stated. Their business into the commercial
tract was only for 570,000 real estate market of tenant-
llons a month, but by that occupied buildings.
ne they were selling well over Like his father before him,
ie million gallons. Joe Sr., Joe Sr.'s greatest successes

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Radiant Oil's first home-delivery vehicle.
as wise a businessman as his are his six chi
father was, negotiated a deal also like his fath
with Exxon for the amount of grooming the thi
motor fuel Radiant needed to at an early age tc
not allow Texaco to cripple the over Radiant. T(
company. Even during an oil and Frank are
A crisis, Radiant excelled, aging members


Joe Sr. quickly recognized
the emergence of the conve-
nience store trend and work-
ing alongside his brother-in-
law, Al Garcia Jr., entered into
supply and consignee agree-
ments with local and national
convenience store chains. Ra-
diant's greatest growth in this
area began in 1973, when Joe
Sr. began Radiant's business
relationship with Sparky's
Food Stores. With Joe Sr.'s
gas marketing expertise and
Sparky's convenience store
concept, Sparky's chain grew
to more than 40 stores with
sales in excess of 25 million


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rd generation
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today, Joe Jr.
the co-man-
of The Radi-


ant Group, while Al Garcia III,
son of Al and Rose Lee Garcia,
owns and operates Best Line
Oil Company.
Joe Jr. fondly remembers
running around the ware-
house with his brothers and
cousins, punching the time
card as though they were real
employees. Joe Jr. and Frank
wanted to spend all their free
time at Radiant.
On days when Joe Sr. had
a busy schedule, though,
he'd slip off to work with-
out his sons, telling them, "I
tried to wake you but you just
wouldn't wake up.


Radiant Oil's first fleet of





isr .


G. Castellano, a young Joe Capitanc
front of Radiant Oil's first bu


"I ,didn't believe him for a
second," said Joe Jr. in his
2006 Silhouette. "So nights
before days off I'd sneak out
of my room at night with my
pillow and blanket and sleep
outside his bedroom door so
I'd wake up when he opened
the door in the morning. I
guess there's never been a day
I didn't want to be part of the
family business."
"I know how blessed I am
to have a grandfather and fa-
ther who were willing to work
so hard so that I would have
opportunities they never had.
Growing up in the Capitano
family didn't mean your life
was easy, though. We were
taught a sense of work ethic."
When the sons were old
enough, they drove on the de-.
livery trucks and worked in
the warehouse after school,
on weekends and during ex-
tended vacations from school.
They made their way up the
ladder, learning every aspect
of the Radiant business.
Upon graduating from col-
lege, Joe Jr. and Frank went
to work in Radiant's corporate
office and in the mid-1990s
took over its leadership posi-
tions. Continuing the Capi-
tano tradition; they grew the
Radiant Company. Their larg-
est contribution was increas-
ing Radiant's investment in
the convenience store market.
Always staying on top of
national trends, they were re-
sponsible for adding Subway
Restaurants, Dunkin Donuts
and carwashes to Radiant
convenience stores. They were
also at the helm when Radiant
successfully acquired Amoco's
assets in Tampa Bay. Today,
Radiant operates and services
over 120 locations throughout
central Florida.
Joe Jr. and Frank are pri-


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Joe C.
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Capital
ian Clu
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the Ital
tress tt
tina to
The ch
bills an
repair.
tire thi
The3
family's
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Nick Capitano stands with his builder on the
site of Radiant Oil's first ground-up location
at 5807 North 40th Street.










no Family and Radiant Oil


ipitano, Sr. (L) and Al Garcia (R)
lelp serve food at the Festa
Italiana in Ybor City.


.1 Garcia III, Nick Capitano
ad Al Garcia, Jr. pose at the
Radiant Oil bulk plant.
known, however, for renewing the
io family's relationship with the Ital-
b.
996, the Capitanb boys heard that
ian Club was in such monetary dis-
iat it was considering leasing its can-
relieve some of its financial burden.
ib could not afford to pay its utility
d the building fell into complete dis-
Pigeons lived in the rafters. The en-
d floor was condemned.
Were sickened by the news. Their
history with the Italian Club be-
th their great-great-grandfather on


' men who were sons of a prom-
inent Italian family joined the
club and sat on the board, be-
ing part of the Italian Club be-
came cool again for both the
young and the old. When the
Capitano family became active
members of the. club, it had
150 total members. Today, it
has close to 1,000. Prominent
Italians from every corner of
the community began volun-
teering their time to rebuild-
ing the club's headquarters
and image.
The most successful of the
Italian Club's civic ventures
is Festa Italiana, an event re-
birthed by Joe Jr.
In 1997, while Italian Club
members were discussing
ways to bring new revenue into
the club, Joe Jr. learned of an
event the club once hosted
called Festa Italiana. He was
told -the event was cancelled
because it never made money.
Joe Jr. had previous experi-
ence in helping to run events

. '. "...
._. ....- o .:-- . : .. .. .:.. : . -: : t -.>


Nick Capitano (second from left) poses with his
colleagues in front of a Texaco Tanker.


their paternal grandmother's
side, Alfonso Capello, one of
the original members, as well
as Frank Ferlita, their mater-
nal grandfather. Later, their
grandfather, Nick Capitano,
was vice president.
They joined the Italian Club
and became part of its board
of directors. They then got
their father involved, pushing
him to become president of
the club.
Joe Sr. did not want to be
president at first. He was not
even a member when he was
asked. It did not seem right
That he would be given the.po-
sition over some of. the club's
longtime members. These
members, however, were not
jealous: they knew that Joe Sr.
was tthe best man for the job.
"When trying to choose a:
president, it dawned on me
that the Italian Club was no
longer the social club it once
was, it was more of a busi-
ness," Joe Caltagirone, long-
time member of the Italian
Club, was quoted as saying
in Joe's 2001 Silhouette. "We
needed someone who could
make good business decisions
and help raise money..And
Joe has been a godsend, like
the phoenix rising up from the
ashes. In fact, I remember say-
ing that if we couldn't get him
as president of the Italian Club,
we might as well close up for
good because he is the only one
who can save the building."
Together, the three Capita-
nos were a major force behind
saving the Italian Club.
Joe Sr. helped the Italian
Club to procure a $600,000
grant from the State of Florida
as well as numerous corpo-
rate donations that were used
to restore the building. Today,
it is once again one of Ybor
City's most beautiful build-
ings, both inside and out.
Joe Jr. and Frank were
highly responsible for the in-
flux of new members to the
Italian Club. When two young


for the Ybor Chamber of Com-
merce, such as Guavaween,
and knew he could turn Festa
Italiana into a financial win-
ner, despite a number of club
members telling him it would
never work. With Ybor City
Development Corporation
Manager Vince Pardo as chair
and the Capitano family work-
ing closely with him, Festa
Italiana earned $18,000 as a
one-day event.
Impressed with his work
ethic and dedication to the
event, the following year Joe
Jr. was named chairman of


Ine Lapitanos, InlCK, Joe jr., rranK Lavia ana joe Dr.
get together at Radiant Oil's corporate office.


Festa Italiana is a two-day
event that brings over 20,000
visitors to Ybor City who want
to dine on fine Italian food,
enjoy exciting Italian enter-
tainment and experience ev-
erything Ybor City has to of-
fer. Since 1997, it has earned
well over $1 million for the
Italian Club.
The largest benefactor to
the Italian Club, however,
has been the Capitano family
themselves. Italian Club mem-
bers have stated that-if not for
the kindness of the Capitano
family, the club would have
been condemned before they
had chance to raise the nec-
essary funds. .
The Capitanos have also
spearheaded numerous other
historic preservation projects
in Ybor City as they seek to re-
store so many of the buildings
that their Tampa patriarch,
Nicola Capitano, saw rise. in
the late 1800s. Some of the
buildings they have restored
with both grant and personal
money include the Ritz The-
atre, the Suarez building, Las
Novedades, Corral Wodiska
Cigar Factory and the El Pas-
aje building. The latest proj-
ect, the Sans Souci building,
was developed by the third
generation in 2010. "My fa-
ther was the driving force be-
hind us doing this deal. It was
his vision and know-how that
taught uis how to rehab his-
toric buildings and contribu-
tions to preserving our neigh-
borhood," Frank said. They


said Joe Sr. in his 2001 Sil-
houette. "I really hated to see
these buildings get torn down.
Urban Renewal did such an
injustice to this area and ev-
erything I grew up knowing
was falling apart and being
taken away. I felt I needed to
do my part and help keep a
piece of Ybor City I knew alive."
And their charity is not
limited to bricks and mortar.
The Capitanos and Radiant
Oil support a wide range of
causes, such as All Children's
Hospital, Alpha House bOfTam-
pa, the American Heart Asso-
ciation, Child Abuse Council,
Florida"Petroleum Marketers,
Gonzmart Family Founda-
tion, HCC Foundation, HCPA
Run For Shelter, Hillsbor-
ough Education Foundation,
Hillsborough County United
Soccer, Hillsborough County
Schools, Jesuit High School,
The Vincent Lacavalier Foun-
dation, Patel Conservatory,
Pediatric Cancer Foundation,
St. John's Episcopal Parish,
St Peter Claver school, Sons of
Italy Lodge and Tampa Catho-
lic High School.
The Capitano family has
left a deep imprint on the
City of Tampa. Joe Sr. has
nine grandchildren, three 'of
whom are Frank's sons. They
do not know if any will go on
to become the fourth genera-
tion owners of Radiant. But
with Capitano blood coursing
through their veins, they will
surely hear the higher calling
to give back to Ybor City.


The Capitano and Garcia families all got together in August of 2010 to celebrate
Nick Capitano's 95th birthday. Nick was surrounded by his children,
grandchildren and great-grandchildren in a loving tribute.


Festa Italiana. He stepped
down from the board of direc-
tors in order to dedicate more
time to the venture. Today,


have been a part of the driving
force behind over 20 renova-
tion projects in Ybor City.
"I grew up- in Ybor City,"


The Capitano family will
most likely continue to fuel
Ybor City in many ways for
years to come.


LA GACETA/Friday, June 29,2012/Page 17 Section D


home-delivery trucks.










*InT-r Flo rridltiti- Or liIt


(continued from page 15)
held commanding leads in
public opinion polls over his
only announced challenger,
Mica, said he was leaving the
race. "I came to realize that
I'm not prepared to reassume
all the demands of elective of-
fice," Askew said in a press
statement, which sited his
great disdain for fundraising
and time away from his fam-
ily.
"... something is seriously
wrong with our .system when
many candidates for the Sen-
ate need to spend 75 percent
of their time raising money,"
Askew said.
"As We Heard It," then writ-
ten by legendary publisher Ro-
land Manteiga, put the series
of unexpected political events
in context for La Gaceta read-
ers. Manteiga lamented the
turn of events for Democrats
and insightfully forecast what
lay ahead.
"His (Askew) surpris-
ing withdrawal has caused
a domino effect that .is dis-
comforting, to say the least,
to Democrats," the late pub-
lisher wrote in his widely read
front-page column.
"With Mr. Askew out, Con-
gressman Buddy MacKay with
the now questionable Askew
endorsement in his pocket
announced his entry into the
senatorial race thus oppos-
ing the remaining Democrat,
Congressman Dan Mica.
Then, State Senator Pat Frank
decided to leave her 'safe of-
fice' for a chancy one. She too
is. running. Noises from Tal-
lahassee say State Insurance
Commissioner Bill Gunter
may also leave his 'secure' po-
litical office for one he's not


sure of winning.
"We hope he doesn't run.
But if he does he leaves his
important Cabinet post, it
may be taken over by a Re-
publican. Thank -goodness
Congressman Larry Smith has
the good sense to continue on
as a re-electable Democrat.
"He said the race was al-
ready too crowded and that
the Democrats may come to
regret their Senate free-for-all.
We agree."
Soon Frank, well-informed
and respected but without a
statewide organization, was a
candidate. So was the well-
known Gunter, who had run
for the Senate twice before,
and former Republican Gov.
Claude Kirk, now a Democrat.
Fred Radar of Dade County, a
first-time candidate and today
a political footnote, rounded
out the field. MacKay did not
initially enter the race because
of his respect for Askew, but
was recruited after receiving a
timely phone call from the re-
spected former governor.
In June, the controversial
U.S. Attorney Robert Merkle
bucked the Republican estab-
lishment and entered the race.
A story from the old United
Press International wire ser-
vice said Merkle, whose ag-
gressive manner earned him
the name "Mad Dog," "has no
campaign organization, no
campaign funds and no sup-
port from the state GOP." The
Mack campaign took the chal-
lenge seriously but easily won
the Republican primary with
61.8 percent of the vote.
Replaying the divisive Dem-
ocratic primary for governor
two years earlier, the "free-
for-all" primary for Democrats


Al Austin with Senator-elect Connie Mack III, shortly after the 1988 Senate race, show-
ing some post-election humor: "Come on Al,-it was a cakewalk."


Manteiga predicted was soon
on display as Florida newspa-
pers captured the tone of the
race with bold headlines like
"Accentuating the negative:
'Attack politics' dominates
Florida's Senate campaign"
from the Tampa Bay Times
and "Party Chief pleads for
peace as Democratic foes fight
on" from the Palm Beach Post.
MacKay compared the pri-
mary to "tag-team wrestling.
You'd get one guy down and


the other guy jumps off the
ropes and grabs you ..."
As expected, Gunter won
the contentious six candidate
primary on Sept. 6 with 38
percent of the vote. MacKay
finished second with 26.1
percent and almost 120,000
votes behind. But like Askew,
Chiles and Graham in ear-
lier runoffs, MacKay overtook
Gunter with 52 percent of the
vote in a hard fought runoff of-
ten marked by heated charges


and countercharges.
In 1987, no one would have
ventured that the 1988 Sen-
ate race would come down to
MacKay and Mack, who coin-
cidentally announced his un-
expected candidacy on Octo-
ber 19, 1987, Black Monday,
the day the Dow dropped al-
.most 26 percent. That Lawton
Chiles would have dramati-
cally altered Florida's politi-
cal landscape 'by withdraw-
(continued on page 23)


LA GACETA/Friday, June 29, 2012/Page 18 Section D









Down on the Ba Hot, Down in the County

By Judge impartial rulings, regardless tion. Imagine needing a sur-
H b t M B k it f ht th d
'
l eon who is selected for ou


LerAert .. is.erow Lz
Campaigning for a judge-
ship is not like running for
any other office. The law
prohibits a judicial candidate
from stating a position on
any issue and also prohibits
a candidate from making any
disparaging remarks about
his opponent. This is both
good and bad. It acknowl-
edges that judges are to make


oi w ll en -.e ju .ges personalvC
view may be, and therefore
should not make political
promises that could interfere
with the very central purpose
of the job. On the other side of
the ledger, the direct election
of judges is a mostly arbitrary
exercise. Judging, much like
surgery, is a skilled position,
and not one that can reason-
ably be filled by popular elec-


by popular election, where
most of the electorate have
not gone to medical school or
know much about medicine
beyond that which they have
learned by watching Grey's
Anatomy. But like it or not,
this is how we determine who
will judge our disputes.
Knowing this, and thinking
that I had the right tempera-
U: 7


"You rope in everyone you know when you're running for office. Here, I've pulled
in a group of friends to spend their Fourth of July walking with me in the Brandon
parade. It was very hot. They are very good friends." Back from left: Larry Segall,
Mike Lewis, Esther Segall, Jack Hrabosky, Theresa Rupert, Miki Boas, Andy, Peter
Berkowitz, Adam Goldstein, Bruce Goldstein and Barbara Goldstein. In front, left to
right: Nathan Rupert, Gloria Berkowitz and Herb Berkowitz.

I U I


"Barbecues, picnics, parades and anything patriotic are
the staple of campaign appearances." Herb Berkowitz
and "Uncle Sam" on the Olympic torch route.


ment, I decided to "put my hat
in the ring" and run for judge.
This was in 1996, before the
advent of electronic media in
local politics and may have
been the last of person-to-
person, retail campaigning.
Money was raised phone call
by phone call, house party by
house party, spaghetti dinner
by spaghetti dinner. Money
was raised for yard signs,
bumper stickers, and, if you


and colleague, Neil, was with
me from the start. None of us
had ever been involved with
such an undertaking before,
which was probably a good
thing; I doubt any of us would
have done this had we known
what was ahead.
The first thing we learned
%was just how big Hillsborough
County really is. On one par-
ticular Sunday. I drove over
150 miles to'campaign events


Bill, the driver, and Gloria Berkowitz with a decked-
out, old-timey vehicle at the Plant City Strawberry Pa-
rade.


raised enough money, you
could have a few billboards.
You created "literature" about
yourself to mail to voters, and
timed the mailings to arrive
in their mailboxes a few days
before Election Day. And so,
in October, 1995, I embarked
on what would turn out to be
a year long, all-consuming,
invigorating, yet ultimately
frustrating journey into self-
promotion.
No candidate runs for office
alone, and I was no exception.
My most important partner
was my wonderful wife, Glo-
ria. Our son, Peter, was away
at college, but threw himself
into the quest once home for
the summer. My secretary,
Cammie, and her whole fam-
ily were indispensable to the
campaign and my treasurer


and never left the county.
Early on, someone pointed
out that Hillsborough County
was larger than the state of
Rhode Island. I found myself
fantasizing that I could just
as easily be running for U.S.
Senator from the great state of
Rhode Island, as running for
circuit court judge in Hillsbor-
ough County.
Strange as it may seem,
the challenge of the county's
geography was actually very,
stimulating. Campaigning
took us to virtually every part
of the county. One day, I was
at a gathering in'Durant, but
had to leave after a short time
in order to attend a Puerto
Rican Chamber of Commerce
meeting in Town & Country.
I spent so much time in Sun
(continued on page 22)


LA GACETA/Friday, June 29,2012/Page 19 Section D


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The Perez-Tamargo Family History


The Perez-Tamargo family
history mirrors Tampa's own
in that it blends local ingenu-
ity and international intrigue.
The family originated from the
pastoral mountainsides of As-
turias, Spain; Tampa resident
Vera Garcia is a direct descen-
dant and related the story of
the family's history. Honorina
Perez was born in a small vil-
lage in Asturias named Priede.
Honorina's father Luis Perez
had immigrated to the United
States when she was around
seven years old. Luis had been
told the streets in the United
States were "paved in gold,"
.. and he wanted to seek a for-
tune in the States. He came to
Tampa in the 1900s.
Luis' goal was to earn
enough money working in the
U.S. to bring the rest of his
family stateside. Abuelo Luis
always told me the story that
when he went down Franklin
Street, which was downtown
it was all mud, it was not
gold," Vera said with a laugh.
In the early 1900s, Downtown
Tampa was vastly dissimilar to
the bustling hub of enterprise
and entertainment it is now;
the unpaved dirt roads were
populated by horse-drawn car-
riages, not cars. "He was very
disappointed. He worked for a
bakery delivering bread with a
horse and buggy. And then lat-


the first generation took to buy an am-
of children born to balance to send over
Spanish parents i there. We're talking
from Asturias in his 1937, when people
family. His father, had no money. Ci-
Francisco Tamargo. gar workers donated
Sr., came over by that money." Hono-
himself from Spain rina and Francisco,
and was later joined Jr. had two more
by his wife, Guada- .7 daughters, Junis in
lupe. Together they 1942 and Sandra in
owned a small dauir 1944.
business located The West Tampa
on what is now% the r community also
Wellswood Little ;.Li banded together to
League field. This aid world war II ef-
side -of the 'amildy forts during the
had 11 children. ~ 1940s. Vera report-
Honorina Per- I ed, "I had a sweat-
ez and Francisco shirt that said, 'Ju-
Tamargo, Jr. met nior Commando.'"
around 1930 %when The younger mem-
they were working bers of the commu-
at the same cigar nity banded together
factory, Garcia y to do their part to aid
Vega. Many His- the young men fight-
panic immigrants ing overseas. "On
or first-generation Saturday mornings,
American members The family business, the 4th of July Caf6 (El with a little wagon
of families worked Cuatro Julio in West Tampa). that we had, we col-
in the cigar manu- elected used lard and


A young Tamargo family in West Tampa (left
to right), Elvira, Honorina holding Sandra,
"Pancho" and Junis.


Maria Llerandi and Luis
Perez
'ra S


Maria Perez with her daugh
Dulce (left) and Honorina (r
Asturias, Spain.


.'



a


nononna rerez and Fran-
cisco Tamargo, Jr. at an
outing at MacFarlane Park.
er, he and my great-uncle, Jos6
Llerandi his brother-in-law -
bought a cafe called the Fourth
of July Cafe. In Spanish, that's
'Cuatro de Julio."
In 1921, when Honorina
was 12, the rest of the Perez
side of the family her aunt,
Dulce, and her mother, Ma-
ria came to the U.S. They
settled in Tampa. "When they
first arrived, they lived in Ybor
City," Vera said. "Later on, they
moved to West Tampa, where I
was raised."
Francisco Tamargo, Jr., was
born in Tampa; he was among


Dulce and Honorina Perez
in Spain.

facturing business during this
time period in Tampa. "My
mother was an anniladora
(bander) [a worker who places
paper bands on the middle of
cigars]...my dad was a pick-
er of the tobacco leaf [which
wraps around the cigar]," Vera
said. Her father had "carrot
red hair," which was not as
uncommon in Spaniards as
one might believe. The young
couple married in 1934. By
that time, the Perez side of the
family had built a large home in
the typical 1930s style at 2312
Laurel Street in West Tampa.
The newly-married couple lived
with the extended family in the
new home.
It was not uncommon for
extended families to live under


ters
ight), in


one roof in those
times. "It was very
beneficial for the
offspring, because
we learned the two
languages [Span-
ish and English],
learned to read


the two languag-
es...and lived in a
neighborhood that was diverse.
There were Italians living on
that block, so we even learned
to speak Italian." Vera said.
Honorina worked in the ci-
gar factory throughout her life-
time. Francisco, Jr. (nicknamed
"Pancho") eventually left the ci-
gar factory. He then worked at
Surinybrook Dairy. "He used to
take me on his truck he had
one of these open trucks, like
the mailman does, that you
hop off of, but bigger and I
got to ride without a safety belt
on this little stool and meet all
of the customers," she said,
laughingly. "My parents had
three daughters, so I guess I
was my daddy's son the first-
born." Elvira Tamargo (Vera).
was born to the couple in 1935
at the historic Centro Asturiano
Hospital, which closed in 1990.
Maria Perez was actually
caught in Spain during the
Spanish Civil War. She had to
be smuggled down a mountain-
side in Asturias in an effort to
flee the country. She then man-
aged to make it to Portugal and
took a ship back to the States.
There was no animosity in
the Tampa community due to
the presence of Spanish and
Italian immigrants at this time,
as one might imagine, because
of the war. Vera said, "The
Spanish Government was an
elected democracy that [Franco]
destroyed. Very few countries
went to their aid, but young
men left the U.S., went through
Canada, went through Eng-
land and joined the forces that
fought against Franco. We did
a lot in Tampa to aid the elect-
ed democracy. We sent clothes
over and raised money. We
raised the equivalent of what it


Highland Avenue in 1952. Her
parents retired in their early
60s. Due to heart problems
caused by his childhood bout
with rheumatic fever, Fran-
cisco, Jr. died in 1974 at the
young age of 63, shortly after
retirement. Honorina was 97
when she passed away from
natural causes in 2006. "We
figured she had a very strong
heart because she was raised
on a mountainside in Spain
and anywhere they walked was
uphill," Vera said.
Junis Tamargo married
Robert Nufiez; together they
had two children, Rob and Jo-
elle. Sandra Tamargo married
Kenneth Burke. They had two
daughters, Kendra and Noreen.
These marriages added more
diversity to the family. "Christ-
mas Eve, we always had a big
pork dinner. When my sister
Junis married Robert Nufiez,
we added black beans and rice
to the menu, because he is part
Cuban. So when my other sis-
ter, Sandra, married Kenneth
Burke, from Sumter, South
Carolina, we added sweet po-
tato pie," Vera said.
Vera went on to the Univer-
sity of Florida and the Univer-
sity of Tampa; she attained a
Master's degree in Elementary
Education and Early Childhood
Education from the University
of South Florida. She married
William "Willie" Garcia in 1957.
"There was joy and jubilation
when we married, because he
was from pure Asturian roots.
An Asturian descendant mar-
ried an Asturian descendant!"
Vera said. Willie was a promi-
nent lawyer and a "staunch
Democrat."
. In 1960, the young.family
moved to a home in Wellswood,
where Vera still resides. To-


oil to take to a central deposit. gether they had two sons. Her
We also collected nietal for the eldest son, Bill, lives in Wash-
war effort. My father was what ington, D.C. and attended Har-
was called an 'Air Warden." vard. Like his father, Bill be-
He had a hardhat. When we came a lawyer. He and his wife,
had an air drill, we had to turn Alma, have three college-aged
off all the lights, pull down all daughters, Elena, Angela and
the shades. He would walk up Christina. Their second son,
and down the street to make Joe, was named after his great-
sure everyone was follow-
ing that procedure just in -
case [the Germans] came
over to bomb Florida. Web o
had Japanese subma-
rines patrolling the Gulf
beaches," Vera said.
The discovery of the
submarines off the coast
was made by cigar mak- !
ers' families on vaca-
tion throughout the Bay
Area. "The cigar makers
sent their families to the
beach for two weeks vaca-
tion. The dads would go
on Friday afternoon; they
would take the ferry over
to the beach. They had to .J
come back on Monday.,
So on Monday, morn-
ing they would go swim-
ming very, very early so Second and third generation
that they could get on the ail arcia f il m rs
road. They always had the family a family members:
youngsters out watching bottom row (left to right) Joe,
for the .submarines...it Willie holding Peter Joseph;
was very scary," she said. middle row Olivia, Angela,
"That's what children lived Elena; top row Bill.
through then."
SDespite Tampa's large His- grandfather, Luis and Vera's
panic immigrant population, beloved great-uncle, Jos. Joe
the family was forced to deal has worked in education con-
with some of the less savory, suiting and journalism. He also
more prejudicial aspects of attended Harvard. He and his
the era. Latins in the Tampa wife, Susan, have a daughter,
Bay area still dealt with a cer- Olivia, and a son, Peter Joseph.
tain amount of discrimination. Vera worked as an elementa-
"For example, when we went to ry school teacher, teaching Kin-
Clearwater Beach, to the pavil- dergarten through sixth grade
ion where there was a place to during her career. She retired
change, a sign said, 'No Span- in 2003 after 48 years of ser-
ish spoken here.' And then, at vice to the school system. She
Sulphur Springs, there was became the first female presi-
a sign that said, 'No dogs or dent of the Centro Asturiano
SPICS allowed here.' That was de Tampa, serving from 1995
meant for Latins," she said. to 2005. Willie Garcia passed
"We experienced prejudice ev- away in 2008. In November
ery step of the way." 2011, he was inducted into the
Vera graduated from the old Thomas Jefferson High School
Jefferson High School on North Hall of Fame posthumously.


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Down on the Ballot, Down in the


(continued from page 19)
City Center that I was treated
like an honorary grandson of
several of the local activists.
New Tampa was still being de-
veloped, but this didn't deter
me from attending the open-
ing of a local library. I spent
so much time at the North
and South Tampa Chamber of
Commerce meetings that Iwas.
beginning to feel guilty about
not owning a small business.
I hosted a barbeque in Prog-
ress Village and often visited
family picnics in Macfarlane
Park. Labor Day found us at
the AFL-CIO picnic at Boggy
SBottom on Turkey Creek. Talk
about good barbeque! On the
last day of the campaign we
knew we had been everywhere


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"In our best campaign finery at the Temple Terrace In-
dependence Day parade." From left, Bill Boas, Gloria
Berkowitz, Herb Berkowitz and Bev Boas.


when we found ourselves in
Fort Lonesome. See if you can
find it on a map.
Participating in civic activi-
ties was fun not only for Glo-
ria and me, but for our dear
friends who were always will-
ing to help spread the word.
We walked neighborhoods
handing out literature, and
more times than we would
like, were chased by dogs that
were obviously supporting
my opponent. We rode in the
Plant City Strawberry Festival
Parade in the rumble seat of


County
positions on issues of the
day, campaigning was more
like rushing a fraternity than
running for political office. I
would attend a typical Rota-
ry or Chamber of Commerce
meeting, usually by invitation
or accompanied by a mem-
ber I knew. I would introduce
myself, hand the unsuspect-
ing voter a brochure, and try
to engage in some pleasant
small talk. I couldn't and
wouldn't get into discussion of
issues, and so I didn't get into
arguments. I wasn't taking


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Herb Berkowitz' campaign sign, as seen on primary
day, September 3, 1996.


"Campaign signs are everywhere in the community on
primary day."


a 1929 Ford, bedecked with
our campaign banner. July
Fourth was a different chal-
lenge. We rode in the Temple
Terrace 4th of July parade in
the morning, and then rode
in the Brandon parade in the
afternoon. Our friends roller
skated both parades giving
out assorted tchotkes with
campaign themes. We nearly
got heat stroke, but it was
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any positions; just selling my-
self, my background and my
qualifications. At least I was
convinced that I was the best
candidate for this position.
I met many wonderful
people during the course
of this campaign, some of
whom remain friends to this
day.-I got to know the other
people running for different
offices that year and contin-
ue to have great respect and
regard for them and for any
person willing to offer them-
selves for public service.
Election Day for me was the
day after Labor Day. Mine
was a nonpartisan election
and was to be decided at the
Primary. Just two months
before the election, the Com-
munity Investment Tax (CIT)
Referendum was placed on
the ballot. As a result, turn-
out was a whopping 49% of
the eligible vote, up from the
expected turnout of 18-20%.
I got 75,000 votes and lost.
Except for the last 5 min-
utes, the campaign was great
fun!
Life went on, and I contin-
ued to practice law. Fifteen
years later, I got a call from
Governor Charlie Crist, offer-
ing me an appointment to the
Hillsborough County Bench,
where I sit today. I look back
at the campaign as a life-
changing, positive experience,
but one I am happy I will
not have to repeat. The year
spent on the campaign trail
gave me a better understand-
ing of the people of Hillsbor-
ough County, and hopefully,
has made me a better Judge. I
remain thankful to my family
and friends for their contin-
ued support, and I will always
be thankful to Governor Crist
for allowing me the opportu-
nity to live my dream.


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ing, and that Askew, a gift to
the Democrats from "Santa,"
would also dramatically bow
out, could never have been
predicted by even the sharp-
est of political prognostica-
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days away, short of funds
and leading a badly splintered
Democratic Party. Mean-
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the GOP nomination back on
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district and MacKay at the
Ocala Breeder's Sales Pavilion
both offered optimism to gath-
ered supporters.
"So I felt terrible about it,"
Austin, who since the mid-
60s has been a major force
in Florida Republican poli-
tics, recalled in an interview,
"and so I said 'Connie, I can't
stand.this anymore so we're
going home to bed, well be
okay,' And so I go home and
the phone's ringing when Bev
(wife Beverly Austin) and I are
coming in the house, and I an-
swer the phone and one of the
guys said 'hey turn on the TV,
turn on the TV quick, Connie
is ahead by 1,000 votes.' And
so I finally get the TV turned
on, and I by the time I get it on
I see he's behind a thousand I
think 'what the hell. was that
guy talking about' and this
was the way it was going all


Carrelina (Lena) Baccarella Midulla came
to the United States at 9 mos. with her
mother Giuseppina Baccarella from San
Biago, Sicily.
Gaetano Tom Midulla was a first generation
American. His parents came from Santo
Stefano, Sicily. Their family was known for
their exceptional Italian sausage. Tom had
5 siblings.
Together, they built a family and lived the
American dream. They raised their
children on the value of education and
hard work.
They were partners in the Garden
Fountain and Lena worked at Raul Vega
Cigar Factory for 25 years.
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Board Member, District 3 and wife,
Nora Midulla Lamb, their 3 children
and 4 grandchildren wish
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night. Nip and tuck."
After filing of election pro-
test letters to canvassing
boards, ballot recounts,'calls
for lawsuits, questions about
a drop-off in votes cast in the
Senate race from the presiden-
tial race, which was atop the
ballot, in five key urban coun-
ties, and controversy about
ballot layout and design, eight
long days after Election Day
Buddy MacKay placed a short
but cordial telephone call to
Connie Mack conceding the
election.
Reached in Vermont, Flor-
ida's new Senator-elect told
reporters that "we're delighted
to have it over with." With
50.4 percent of the vote, Mack
had won the closest U.S. Sen-
ate race in Florida history.
Greg Truax, a Tampa-based
publisher and writer, is work-
ing. on a book about the 1988
U.S. Senate race. He can be
reached at Greg@FrontPage-
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Buddy MacKay at a book signing.


runoff raising funds and orga-
nizing for the general election.
Al Austin, who had encour-
aged Mack to enter the race
and was the campaign's chief
fundraiser, remembered that
on the night of the election,
a time before text messages,
tweets and cable, "just before
midnight two of the networks
declared Buddy MacKay the
winner and one refused to
declare because it was nip
and tuck." In an early edi-
tion, The Ocala Star Banner,
MacKay's hometown news-
paper, ran a Page 1 headline
saying "Hey .Buddy, you're
a senator," a parody from a
Mack commercial: "Hey Bud-
dy, your liberal."
Despite a landslide victory.
in Florida for presidential can-
didate George Bush, the Sen-
ate election remained razor
close. Just before midnight,
MacKay held a tenuous two
percentage point lead with
about 75 percent of the vote
counted;
Mack at his campaign par-
ty at the old Omni Hotel in









Albert Knapp. Ybor City Citizen
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By Jack E. Fernandez
It was midsummer 1950
when I walked up the steps of
the old frame house on 22nd
Avenue just off 15th Street in
Ybor City. The man was sit-
ting on his front porch with
his feet on the banister and a
newspaper spread out before
him, his daughter standing
over his shoulder looking at
the newspaper. I assumed he
was her father: mid-forties,-
well built, slightly under six
feet tall, handsome. Slicking
back his thinning brown hair,
his smile cut through a deeply
cracked tan.
"Jack, I'd like you to meet
my daddy, Albert Knapp," Syl-
via said with obvious pride.
"Ill be right out." Before I
could say a word, he held
open that morning's Tampa
Tribune showing pictures
of him and a friend, Manuel
Diaz, framed in a full-page
story. In a strong southern
twang he said, "That's me. I'm
one of the prime suspectss"
"What?"
"Abispo Verdi; The Green
Hornet," he said impatiently.
The words should have
been "Avispa Verde," and that
meant green wasp, not hor-
net.
Incredulous and disap-
pointed, he said, "Abispo Ver-
di, the Green Hornet, righter
of wrongs, stinger of crooked
politicians."
In a popular radio pro-
gram of those days The Green
Hornet was a superhero who
buzzed around an undis-
closed city helping people in
distress and capturing the
bad guys.
"I've been in Gainesville for
the past three years. I rarely


Albert Kna
see the Tribune," I said.
His smile broadened;
he leaned back and began,
"We're only suspectsos' of
course, and I'm sworn to se-
crecy about Abispo's true
identity." Admitting nothing,
but swelled with pride, he de-
scribed the anonymous "Man-
ifestos, Demandos, also Pro-
.testos" written in a seemingly
illiterate, Ybor City mixture of
English, Spanish and Sicilian
signed with a'squiggly Abispo
Verdi and stamped in green
with the figure of an anoph-
eles mosquito poised to strike.
He read aloud from one of the
quoted manifestos:


ipp, ca. 1930
'Twas the night before Christmas,
When all through the Batacldn,
All the chamber and opti-boys
Were eating lechdn con pan.
'The PO. deal, 'said Eddy with glee,
'Took the brains of a Marconi,
All credit belongs to me
And good oldpapy Sarrcconi '
'Why you all make big boast?'
Said King Greco almost in tears,
'All should to me drink a toast,
I Outstand Citizen five years.'"


(El Bataclin referred to
a poor Latin neighborhood
north of Seventh Avenue and
14th Street. I later learned
that the contractor who built
the post office was the local
city official who had selected
for the location a lot owned
by his father-in-law in one of
the worst slum areas of Ybor
City. Within a few years that
building was abandoned,
and a new post office was
built in a more accessible
area. Each year the Ybor City
Optimist Club selected an
"Outstanding Citizen." King
Greco was a hardware store
on Seventh Avenue owned by
Dick Greco, Sr.)
Sylvia was standing be-
hind her father now. When
he. stopped to take a breath
she said, "I'm ready." Her em-
barrassed smile confirmed
my opinion that her dad was
loony.
I said, "That's interesting,
Mr. Knapp. I'd like to see more
of his writings next time."
I would come to know my
father-in-law very well in the
next 17 years. But the man
was like a grapefruit with lay-
ers of thick skin to peel off.
Early Days
Albert Knapp was born in
1905 in Hawthorne, a back-
woods Cracker village 15
miles east of Gainesville. He
spent his early years migrat-
ing among the small ham-
lets in those heavily wooded
pine forest. His father, Ru-
fus Knapp, a sawmill worker,
moved with the mill as they
consumed the pines..In 1910,
the family settled in Jasper,
about 50 miles north of Haw-
thorne, near the Georgia bor-


der. One of Albert's earliest
recollections was falling out
of the mule-drawn wagon as
they pulled into Jasper.
As a child Albert enjoyed
wandering and was usually
the last child home each eve-
ning. When his mother asked
what he had been up to, he
would say he had to wait for
everybody else to go home
so he could roll-up the side-
walks. Though he was quite
intelligent, he did not like
school and often bragged that
he went through high school -
in the front door and out the
back. During those years he
played baseball and later, in
Tampa, he boxed.
After eighth grade his family
sent him to live in Hawthorne
with his uncle, Earl Gay to
learn the butcher's trade in
his uncle's general store. Al-
bert's grandfather, Jesse Gay,
also lived with them. Jesse
was the son of Matthew Gay,
who was felled by a Yankee
bullet in the Battle of Chicka-
mauga in September 1863.
Predictably, his small town
claustrophobia reemerged in
Hawthorne when a traveling
salesman dropped into his
uncle's general store talking
about openings in the Tampa
Post Office.
Thrilled at the possibility,
Albert imagined the glittering
industrial city with a Latin
accent.-In 1925, Tampa was
booming, and to Albert it rose
as the Mecca of opportunity
and exotic culture.
Ybor City
The civil service examina-
tion posed no difficulties for
the bright young man, and
on November 1, 1925, Albert
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