January 5, 2012 - Some of us gathered at the Galley in International Mall to wish Cynthia the best in her new job and relocation to Orlando. Unfortunately, the original destination - the Grape, is closed for business. We found this out as we were met with locked doors and darkness inside. Jason, the first to arrive and promptor of the event, would not let Cynthia suffer such disappointment, so on to another location. Thanks to Tony for his generosity. Bye Cynthia. GOABA will be lucky to get you as a member.
Yes, those are some kind of dumbells (not referring to the team members), attached to both sides of that apparatus that is supposed to fly. Instead most entries plummet into the channel. For safety reasons, flying would be dangerous to the speactators onshore and in the hundreds of boats in the channel. Red Bull's International Flugtag makes its way around the globe with only one stop in the United States this year - which was Tampa. Record spectators and boats. No rain. The Tampa Police divers made quick work of diving into the channel, retrieving and removing the inventions post flight. The city of Tampa was impressively showcased. Tampa is the only U.S. city that had the privilege of hosting the Flugtag twice. It was a good day.
We organized this event for our members who asked for a family outing. So please bring friends and family for some creativity in a relaxing atmosphere. This is also a chance for some of us to laugh encouragingly at our colleagues. Tony is diligently working on his designs. Angelina's daughter may have some competition. Unlikely.
The Garage Sale went well. We raised a respectable amount of money to help Melissa reach her goal. She is almost there! The sun was hot and we were parched. But, our spirits were in good form. I think the lowest sale price for an item was 25 cents. Although we sold items, we also gave items away or sold them for pittance because some of the people who came to buy things appeared to also need some support. We would like to think that we helped them too.
On September 12, 2011, the Florida Supreme Court revised the Oath of Admission effective immediately. The revised oath includes the new promise: "To opposing parties and their counsel, I pledge fairness, integrity, and civility, not only in court, but also in all written and oral communications." The Court initiated this amendment on its own volition. Words to live by as professionals.
Melissa Blair is a paralegal with a love of sports and helping the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF). She is organizing a garage sale on Saturday September 24th between 7.30 and 11.30, in the morning of course. All sale proceeds will go to CAF. Click on the link and read about CAF and what it means to Melissa. If you have things to donate read the Flyer - pick up can be organized. Generosity is never forgotten.
GOAABA is spearheading the project to remove Florida's Alien Land Law from the books. APABA Tampa Bay will be part of this initiative. A functional plan will be formulated soon but certainly public education and awareness will be major components. The law is unenforceable but still an unsightly mark for Florida. In the meantime, if anyone has suggestions on how to remove this law, please, let us know.
This sidewalk from Ulmerton Road, to Carillon Parkway, St. Petersburg represents the power of one voice and an organization's response to benefit safety and improvement. There was no sidewalk a few weeks ago, but there were people trying to get to Ulmerton Road from Carillon Parkway and back. Those brave souls walked on the street, to the annoyance of drivers - assuming the risk of losing limbs, functionalities and senses. One person asked the right people and voila, a sidewalk. If only more issues could be solved this quickly. We at APABA Tampa Bay can make a difference.
A series of sites in Downtown Tampa - posted intermittently. What we notice when we walk not drive. This is Union Station, corner Nebraska,Twiggs and Meridian. Opened May 15, 1912. It is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The station was closed between 1994 and 1998 for renovation, re-opening for Amtrak passengers in 1998. CSX donated the station to the City of Tampa in 1998. Track 2 survives as the only one of eight tracks in use today. A beautiful Italian renaissance style building.
Wouldn't it be blissful if we could leave our cars home, or not have to own more than one car, or shall we whisper it - not even own a car? If we could take a bus or train ride to get to work, shop or socialize? We could solve myriad issues if we could take public transportation instead of driving. Less traffic, less stress driving (less accidents), reduced negative environmental impact, time management, job creation. The list is long. There are citizens who abhor the prospect of possibly meeting a financial shortfall if a new rail system is approved. What about the long term view and the benefit to many? We don't all have to be poor and without choices before we consider using public transit. If we all thought about not wanting to supplement a service we don't use or profit from, then some of us without children would not want to pay the taxes that pay for the school buses or education would we. But there are greater things to consider. Let's think about the bigger things and the future.
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