League of Women Voters hold forum for St. Petersburg City Council candidates

By : Samuel Johnson
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ST. PETERSBURG | St. Petersburg City Council candidates discussed a variety of city specific issues. The overarching tone was, generally speaking, vague on details but full of amiable rhetoric. Whether it was talk on the Rays, the pier or Pride celebrations; there wasn’t any tangible fringe politicking.

The League of Women Voters organized this public event which took place in the council chambers at city hall Sept. 25. It’s the third forum following the August primaries. All six candidates were present: Barclay Harless and Brandi Gabbard of District 2, Jerick Johnston and incumbent Darden Rice of District 4, Gina Driscoll and Justin Bean of District 6.

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The Florida Holocaust Museum’s “Rays Up Night” with the Tampa Bay Rays!

By : Alex Storer
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The Florida Holocaust Museum and the Tampa Bay Rays invite the community to come to Tropicana Field in support of the Museum on Thursday, July 6 at 7:10 p.m. when the Rays take on the Boston Red Sox! For just $25 ($36 value), your ticket includes a discounted seat in the lower level and $5 from each ticket donated back to The Florida Holocaust Museum.

The Florida Holocaust Museum will be recognized preceding the game with a check presentation on the field, video showcase, and community corner. In addition, Holocaust Survivors John and Toni Rinde will throw out the first pitch!

John Rinde was four years old when the war began and initially lived under Stalin domination in Lvov. In 1941 when the war between Russia and Germany started, he was herded into the Lvov ghetto. He escaped from the ghetto and moved to Lublin, surviving the war by using an assumed name and masquerading as a Catholic. Toni Rinde was born to Jewish parents and hidden by a Polish family when she was 16 months old. The family named her Marisha, provided her with false papers, and raised her as a Catholic from 1941-1944. When World War II ended, she was reunited with her parents.

The Florida Holocaust Museum’s “Rays Up Night” will take place on Thursday, July 6th at 7:10 p.m. at Tropicana Field. For additional information or to place your ticket order, please call 727.820.0100 ext. 301. Tickets are limited!

Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Beckner’s next move and Pride Nights for all

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Private Beckner reporting for duty

Many have been curious as to the next move of former Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner since he termed out of his seat last year. Hillsborough’s first openly gay commissioner ran unsuccessfully to be the next Clerk of Courts and since then has remained silent on whether he would pursue another run at an elected position or head back into the private sector.

Well, wonder no more. Beckner posted to his Facebook page April 20 that he has not one but two positions he will be filling: Executive Director of Hillsborough County’s Civil Service Agency and a position with human resource advisory and talent acquisition firm HR Trust.

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game: Tampa Bay Rays president Brian Auld is loud and proud about LGBTQ Pride

By : Jeremy Williams
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A lot of stereotypes exist around the LGBTQ community and sports. Gay men don’t like them, lesbians are in love with them and the people behind the teams would rather not have anything to do with the community. Enter Brian Auld and the Tampa Bay Rays.

Auld has been with the Rays for 12 years and has been the team’s president since 2014, and, in his time at Tropicana Field, nothing else has been engrained into the Rays more than the inclusion of the entire community: inclusion of women, minority groups and the LGBTQ community.

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