Marking a trail home

Old, old-timer, old man, old woman, old fogey, oldster. Ancient one, crusty old thing, old geezer, old codger, old fart. Geriatric, golden ager, pensioner. At the daily newspapers where I once worked — “family papers” they called them — writers were not supposed to use the term “old,” or any other term like it, to refer to people who had […]

Jackson’s death should teach us about disorders

He was my third-grade heartthrob. He was a fabulous dancer. He was a brilliant musician. He was a pop icon. He was accused of pedophilia. He may have been a drug addict. He probably was mentally ill. I am not a doctor but I believe Michael Jackson suffered horribly from several illnesses. We, the lifelong gawkers, sat in the front […]

A workout that’s uplifting

Gospel music provides lively background for aerobics, line dancing

On a recent Wednesday evening in a back room of a suburban Atlanta recreation center, the women of the Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral in Austell, Ga., are learning a new way to shake off the devil. “There are no notes on this one, it’s so easy,” Carolyn Patterson says as she demonstrates a shoulder-shimmy-andfoot stomping routine known as […]

PGPD administrative services supervisor fulfilled at last

Troy Bettencourt was born in New Bedford, Mass. And if you know anything about New Bedford, you assume that someone in the family must be of Portugese descent. Indeed, the 35-year-old’s father is 100 percent Portuguese, and his mother gave him his fair, youthful looks. “I was carded at Publix the other day when I went to buy champagne,” he […]


. On July 30, 1976, singing star and radio personality Kate Smith makes her last public appearance. She sang her trademark number, “God Bless America,” on a TV program honoring the U.S. Bicentennial. Smith launched her first radio show in 1931. She died in 1986. . On July 31, 1990, Nolan Ryan wins the 300th game of his career, leading […]

The parliamentary president?

Last year, when it became clear that the Democratic nominee would be Barack Obama — the relative political newcomer with the bipartisan, unifying rhetoric — and not Hillary Clinton — the politically polarizing figure whose battles with the American right went back almost 20 years — Republicans sought to give Obama a makeover. In ads and in stump speeches, office […]

An ideologue in a hurry

When Barack Obama pilfered Martin Luther King Jr.’s line about the “fierce urgency of now,” he wasn’t kidding. The line has come to define his presidency. His legislative strategy moves in two gears — heedlessly fast and recklessly faster. As with the stimulus package, Obama’s health-care plan depends on speed. More important than any given provision, more important than any […]

Fred Lang Foundation sixth annual Summer Ball at the Isles Yacht Club

5. Devonna Williams, Tiffany Goulart and Elaine Shirosky 6. Brandy and Michael Bladorn 7. Carolyn and Robert Hansman 8. Cheryl Mooney Tartaglia, Laura Alford and Jeri Webb 9. Christine and Jeff Hause 10. Vicki and Jay Glynn, Margaret Lang 11. Virginia and Robert Moore 12. Sabrina and Ed Wotitzky 13. Joan and Willem Winkel JIM MCLAUGHLIN / FLORIDA WEEKLY

Ongoing events

¦ Adult Tap Dance – 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays in August at the Tringali Recreation Center, 3460 N. Access Road, Englewood. Cost: $48/ month for two days a week; $24/month for one day a week. 681-3742. ¦ Ballet, Tap and Jazz – 4:30 to 6:45 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays in August at the Tringali Recreation Center, 3460 […]

Pies & Plates event for Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies Auxiliary Society

1. Gian Gunderson, Judi Harris, Sandy Vale and LeeAnn Burch 2. Cindee Murphy and Beth Lanni 3. Jennifer Carrico, Patrice Weston, Theresa Palmer and Sharon Helphenstine 4. Kay Tvaroch, C.A.R.E. executive director KATHY GREY / FLORIDA WEEKLY