- **This coming Saturday, in a community not far from Disney World, the Florida Republican Party will select its leader for the coming tenure. And judging by the emails that have been flooding our computers at the Boca Raton Tribune this past week, it appears the winner will be Sid Dinerstein, currently chairman of the Republican Party in Palm Beach County. The messages are all pretty clear – saying that Sid is the man for the job. Dinerstein is fresh from overseeing a Republican victory wave this past November, and he is now looking to grab the gold ring. Dinerstein’s website, SID4RPOF, says his goals are to create 67 Victory Machines (one in every Florida county) that will be “the envy of every other state.” He wants to “take Florida ‘out of play’ nationally, like Texas” and he wants to “capture the 2012 United States Senate seat,” grasping it from the hands of incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson. Sid had a bit of a tussle to win his county GOP chairmanship last year. Let’s see what happens this weekend.
- ** Plaudits to newly elected State Rep. Lori Berman for keeping in touch with her constituents in District 86. We just picked up a copy of the “Berman Bulletin” which lists some of the things she’s been up to since taking office. She has been “out west” with the homeowner groups – the Delray Alliance, COBWRA and the Boca Federation. She’s dropped in at hospitals, judicial groups and other organizations. She also lets everyone know she has been assigned to the following House committees: Tax and Finance, Community and Military Affairs subcommittee, Health and Human Services subcommittee, Transportation and Economic Development subcommittee and the Transportation and Highway Safety subcommittee. Looks like she has a lot on her plate. Visit her website at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- ** For its January Membership After-Hours Network meeting, the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a miniEXPO Tuesday, January 25. Vendors can take advantage of this opportunity to increase business visibility, have one-on-one time with potential customers and clients, and possibly sell some products on the spot!The event runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hilton Deerfield Beach/Boca Raton, 100 Fairway Drive, Deerfield Beach. Tickets are $10 for members, $20 for non-members. The ticket includes two beverages and hors d’oeuvres.
- ** It’s time again for one of the favorite post-holiday events in this area. The South Florida Fair kicks off Jan. 14 and runs through Jan. 30 at the Fairgrounds located on Southern Boulevard a mile and a half west of Florida’s Turnpike. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for children. There is also an $89 mega-saver that covers four days and offers two ride bands and four $5 food tickets. The theme this year is “Really Cool Stuff,” and the program shows a lot of what’s going on – from rides to displays to entertainment and food. What’s on the bill of fare for food? How about funnel cakes, caramel corn, frozen bananas, fried Oreos, corn dogs, kettle corn, cheese fries and elephant ears? For more fair fare, visit www.southfloridafair.com.