Month: August 2017

Check this out: Library's cool event includes dancing, painting and vinyl records

The Broward County Library is out to show people it’s still cool. Librarians on the second floor of the library’s main branch on Saturday were encouraging noisy visitors rather than shushing them as a few hundred people danced to blaring music or talked excitedly over vinyl records. The library hosted the new event, called Cool Off at Main, from 1 to 5 p.m. Participants line danced and learned to paint with instructor Larry Joe Miller, or simply perused the vinyl records available for sale. “Libraries are changing,” said Barbara Miller, programming manager at the main branch. “We thought we would try something new to bring in a new crowd.” People of all ages came to check out the event, and some people mused that they hadn’t been to the library in six or seven years, Miller said. The vinyl for sale resonated with the younger crowd, said Bobby Perry of Blue Note Records, who attended the event as a vendor. “It’s always great to see young people buying records,” he said. “Music and records bring out the best in people.” [email protected], 561-243-6648 or Twitter: @BaitingerBrooke Here is the source...

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Political Insider: Elected officials’ financial statements are in

Zac Anderson Political Editor @zacjanderson One elected official drives for Uber when he’s not making decisions about local schools. Another has a boat that’s worth nearly as much as the median home sells for locally. Eight are collecting Social Security. Half are millionaires. Those are some of the details found in the latest financial disclosure statements submitted by elected leaders in Sarasota and Manatee counties. The Herald-Tribune analyzed disclosure reports for elected officials – including county commissioners, school board members, state lawmakers and county constitutional officers such as the sheriff and tax collector – who are required to file a “form 6” with the Florida Commission on Ethics. The reports were due July 1 but can be submitted by the end of the month without penalty. Of the 38 officials whose reports were reviewed by the Herald-Tribune, 19 are millionaires. The average net worth of the 38 is $1.5 million. The wealthiest is Bradenton state Rep. Jim Boyd, who is worth $5.8 million thanks to an insurance business valued at $4.8 million. The lowest net worth — $1,165 — belongs to Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner, who is still paying off a large student loan debt. The Top 10 wealthiest local officials are all worth more than $2 million, and six are worth more than $3 million. Some other takeaways from the reports: • Boyd may have the...

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