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The Zika Virus in Florida

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Zika is in the Flaviviridae family and belongs to the genus Flavivirus.  Cases have now been reported in South Florida and also on the Gulf coast of Florida.  Protect yourself, family, and friends with information, precautions, and updates.

The CDC has helpful resources here:
http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/index.html

The Merck Professional Manual also has comprehensive information: 
http://tinyurl.com/hrerdm

 

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Written by lantanalister1

August 24, 2016 at 5:55 pm

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Tax Return Fraud in Florida and What to Do

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Do you have friends or associates who have had their tax returns stolen from them here in Florida?

I do.  Recently at Broward College in Coconut Creek, Florida, several of my fellow employees’ identities were stolen.  When these employees went to file their federal tax returns, they learned that their returns had already been filed by someone else.

According to one of my colleagues, local police officers advised him to do the following:

1) Report the crime to the IRS with a theft afadavit (whereby the IRS appoints an advocate to help return a refund to the legitimate taxpayer),
2) Report the crime immediately to local law enforcement,
3) Report the crime with Federal Trade Commission, and
3) Report the crime with elected representatives, and of course,
4) Alert others to this growing problem.

Facts on tax return fraud:

Tax return fraud has been increasing steadily in recent years — especially in Tampa and South Florida.  A recent Miami Herald article by Erika Bolstad reported the IRS had identified and prevented about $14 billion worth of fraudulent tax returns.

Read more about tax return fraud:
Avoid the inconvenience of having to search over the world wide web with Google, Yahoo, etc.  Don’t waste time sifting through results/hit list in order to access trustworthy/credible information!

Instead, log onto and search Lantana Public Library’s NewsBank database with terms such as “Florida Tax Return Fraud”.

NewsBank then compiles credible, relevant articles on this topic from newspapers both in Florida and nationally into ONE list for users.

Users can then in the upper left hand navigation bar sort further by year, location, actual newspaper source, and source type, and print all articles for free.

Here are just a few articles that I found using the NewsBank database:

*”Feds: Tax fraud an epidemic in Florida and spreading nationwide – The Internal Revenue Service this year has flagged 2 million returns for possible fraud through identity theft ” by Erika Bolstad, Miami Herald — Tuesday, March 20, 2012.

*”Bill Speeds IRS Refunds for ID Theft Victims,” by  William E. Gibson and Donna Gehrke-White, Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL) –Wednesday, March 21, 2012.

*”IRS Pilot Program to Combat ID Theft,” by Donna Gehrke-White, Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL), — Thursday, April 26, 2012.

Articles on the world wide web:

*”ID Thieves Loot Tax Checks, Filing Early and Often” by Lizette Alvarez, New York Times, May 26, 2012.

* “IRS policies help fuel tax refund fraud, officials say” by Scott Zamost and Randi Kaye, CNN, Tuesday, March 20, 2012.

Also see the New York Times’ Tips on Preventing Tax Return Identify Theft. 

Written by lantanalister1

June 3, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Meet Mr. A.C. Brooks, author of Foul Hooked: A Shagball and Tangles Adventure

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The Friends of the Lantana Public Library invite you to meet
Mr. A.C. Brooks
Local writer and author of
FOUL HOOKED: A Shagball and Tangles Adventure

There will be also be a book signing of his newly released book.
When: January 26, 2012, at 7 pm.
(See the reviews on Amazon.com…)

Written by lantanalister1

December 20, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Celebrating the Town of Lantana’s 90th Birthday!

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Hi again everyone.

I hope many of you were able to stop by for the 90th Birthday celebrations that were held down at town hall at Greynolds Circle yesterday.

There was live music, including Monique McCall and The Salty Pirates, as well as the Old School New School Band, as well as vendors, some really cool classic cars, play fun, exhibits, demos, and displays by the U.S. Coast Guard and PBC Fire-Rescue.  And, there was the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of the New Police Annex Building (formerly the Lion’s Club lodge) by our town mayor, Dave Stewart, accompanied by various official visitors.

The Police Annex, which will house administrative offices for the town police, is the first of its kind for the town, for it is built to meet new energy efficiency standards with a grant of $217,681 from the Dept. of Energy/American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (that is, Stimulus funds).  It has solar paneling, as well as high efficiency air-conditioning, increased insulation and other conservation features.

Let’s hope that our own town library building is slated next to receive some upgrading, as I was told by Town Manager Mike Bornstein that additional funds were on their way for the town and several other partner towns.

Here’s a quick list of histories of Lantana:
Pioneer days on the shores of Lake Worth 1873-1893 by Mary Collar Linehan and Marjorie Watts Nelson (Call No.: Fla 975.932 Lin).

Early Lantana, her neighbors- and more by Mary Collar Linehan   (Call No.: Fla/Ref 975.932 Lin).

Lake Osborne History by Bill Arnold (Call No.: Fla/Ref 975.932 Arn)

Written by lantanalister1

July 3, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Posted in Book Corner, Florida History

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New: William Bartram and the Ghost Plantations of British East Florida

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William Bartram and the Ghost Plantations of British East Florida by Daniel L. Schafer[Hardcover], 153 pages.
Publisher: Univ. Press of Florida (2010)
ISBN: 978-0-8130-3527-7
Lantana Pubic Library Call No.: Fla 975.9 Sch

Florida history lovers and gardeners will be pleased to hear of this new read at Lantana Public Library.
I just picked it up out of curiosity, after enjoying a long weekend driving trip north up Florida’s east coast to Flagler County and the coastal area immediately south St. Augustine.  While there, I stopped to visit one of my favorite state parks – Washington Oaks —  a beautiful, rustic, forgotten corner of old plantation Florida, bounded by the Atlantic and orange cochina sandy outcrops and ledges on one side, and the Matanzas River on the other.

What I didn’t know while on my trip, though, is that not long after the Spanish colonized this corner of  north-east area Florida, the British came in turn for a time and founded a short-lived colony there – as early as 1763.  The Brits settled a roughly 40 mile area along the St. John’s River with dozens of small farms and plantations.  It is found today along the Bartram Scenic Highway, on Florida SR 13, running south from Julington Creek to Spuds, intersecting with SR 207.

Schafer’s book uncovers an area of Florida that famed naturalist William Bartram in his Travels chose to ignore, favoring instead an idealized, pristine wild Florida untamed by people.  It is also less-known history that will enrich my next driving trip to the area, and maybe yours too!

Written by lantanalister1

June 26, 2011 at 5:32 am

Posted in Book Corner, Florida History

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On the Godfather of Tabloid…

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The Godfather of Tabloid:  Generoso Pope Jr. and the National Enquirer [Hardcover] by Jack Vitek
290 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8131-2503-9
Publisher: Univ. Press of Kentucky
Lantana Library Call No: Fla 071 Vit

The Deeds of My Fathers [Hardcover] by Paul David Pope
396 pages, 2011
ISBN: 1442204869
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Lantana Library Call No: Fla 071 Pope

Read all about it, Lantana residents, news media history buffs, tabloid fans, and enquiring minds!

The Library has two new books about Generoso (Gene) Pope, Jr., the famous self-made billionaire, long-time area resident and recluse, and media tycoon of America’s best-known tabloid, the National Enquirer.  Remember when it was headquartered in our little town, just off Dixie Highway/East Coast Avenue, for nearly three decades?  As a young girl, I vaguely remember the high, beautifully-lit Christmas fir trees, as well as the enormous Enquirer sign along the road.

Vitek, an associate professor at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin, extensively researched and interviewed numerous associates, detractors, and associates of Pope, Jr’s, as well as the rise of tabloid journalism in the U.S.  He claims, “Pope was not a visionary who theorized the National Enquirer into existence, but a central catalyst in the long and varied cultural dialogue that produced it.”

Readers may already know the Enquirer’s beginnings – that Pope, Jr. bought and sustained the paper with a $25,000 loan and subsequent infusions of cash from Mafia underworld boss Frank Costello.

What they may not know is that Pope, Jr. earned an MIT engineering degree and served briefly as a CIA officer in the early 1950’s.  Even so, he set his sights on publishing at a remarkably young age, which had also been the source of his wealthy, influential Italian-American family’s power and influence in New York.  Pope’s family, however, disinherited him. (Generoso Pope Sr. had made his millions in construction and gained power through ownership of Il Progresso, an Italian-American newspaper, and a New York radio station.)

After Pope, Jr. moved to Florida and relocated his newspaper in the early 1970s, he apparently distanced himself from the Mafia.

And the rest is history that Vitek vividly traces for us.  The Enquirer eventually became the most widely circulated paper in U.S. history (its issue of Elvis’s death in 1977 sold around seven million copies within hours), built with a seasoned corps of Fleet Street British and Australian tabloid reporters, a large supermarket readership, and stories based on a constantly tuned formula or mix of stories of Pope’s own making, ranging from 100% true to the fabulously unreal.    Moreover, Vitek sheds even more light on Pope’s cut-throat managerial style, possible sources for Pope’s legendary obsessiveness and social ineptness, and behind-the-scene accounts of some of the newspaper’s most famous breaking stories.

Paul David Pope’s well-researched inter-generational biography and  frank, personal memoir of his father, Gene Pope, Jr., and his grandfather, Generoso Pope, Snr., is poignantly and vividly written. Readers will learn some of the sadder, darker events surrounding Gene Pope’s earlier marriages and two wives, as well as with his son.  Readers will also gain a more complex perspective of the Italian immigrant experience in America, as well as learn more of American tabloid news industry and the stories that didn’t make it into the Enquirer.  David Pope, who unsuccessfully sought to buy the Enquirer and its sister paper, the Weekly World News (known for its famous columnist, Ed Anger), on his father’s death, eventually went on to found his own media/entertainment business and philanthropic organization.

Written by lantanalister1

June 26, 2011 at 4:22 am