Today, while sitting in court, I reminisced about the 2nd day of jury selection. That’s when a couple of jurors were excused, because they believed that they couldn’t be fair when dealing with elderly people.
Patte Atkins-Grad is no longer the redhead that she was when she was a Tamarac city commissioner. She stopped coloring her hair, and now her hair is mostly gray with some dark colors underneath.
Today’s first witness was Tamarac City Commissioner Diane Glasser. To excuse some of her, “I don’t remember,” or “It was a long time ago,” Glasser advised the court that she was 84 years old and had had some medical problems. The problems included a small stroke which seems to have affected her long term memory. She said, when she is reminded, she sometimes remembers. She was asked about serving as a City of Tamarac Commissioner with her medical and memory loss problems.
The opening motions, prior to the jury being brought in, seemed innocuous. The now deceased Norman Abramowitz, former Mayor of Tamarac played a part. It appears that he met with Bruce Chait and Patte Atkins-Grad, in order to assure that a majority of three commissioners in the City of Tamarac, would approve the project.
The final day of jury selection in the case of Florida vs Patricia Atkins-Grad was delayed by more than 30 minutes today as the morning court schedule ran late. The remaining 25 jurors were not brought into the courtroom until after 2:00 PM.
Defendant Atkins-Grad had more support today. In addition to her husband David, her brother in-law and sister-in-law, Norman and Sharon Grad, also attended. Once again, I was the only member of the public in attendance. Substituting for Sun Sentinel reporter Paula McMahon was another Sun Sentinel reporter, Lisa Huriash. Huriash regularly covers the City of Tamarac.
This begins the first in a series of reports from Patti Lynn who is covering the trial of Patte Atkins Grad, the suspended Tamarac City Commissioner who is charged with eight felony charges for allegedly taking cash or gifts from father and son developers Bruce and Shawn Chait.
Atkins-Grad was arrested as a Commissioner back in 2010 because she failed to disclose payments for a $2,300 BMW lease and $4,000 for her victory party back in 2006 for her election as state law requires.
Many years ago when I first moved to Florida from Long Island, I used to take my since departed grandmother out to dinner every Wednesday. Throughout our travels we stopped one day to try Ferro Pizza in Tamarac.
if you’re drinking fluoridated water, you’re increasing your risk of damaging your teeth, becoming hypothyroid, depressing your immunity……
There were many peddlers roaming through our streets in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn when we were kids. Summer brought out the bell clanging ices man in his horse drawn gaily painted wagon selling his frozen treats for two or three cents a cup.
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy gave his highest honor to two local residents who fought in World War II’s most famous battles in Europe…….
To gain health and lose weight, you must eliminate toxic foods like sugar, refined grains, processed oils, dairy, excess animal protein, and processed foods full of chemicals.
Tamarac is fortunate to have its own internationally recognized leader and visionary who is on the cutting edge of health science. Raymond Francis was born in New England and is a MIT trained scientist who became deathly ill in his mid 40’s and was forced to save his own life.
The City of Tamarac will be holding it’s first reading of a new “Nuisance Abatement Assessment Ordinance” this Wednesday morning. On the outside, it appears fairly innocuous, however it’s the unspoken, unwritten consequences of it that really needs to be scrutinized.
By Guest Columnist Keith Pounds I have to include a short note on the recent episode of the Florida State Trooper chasing a local police officer from Miami-Dade County. I’ve taken the time to watch the entire video, so before you comment make sure you watch it too. While even the media pundits are still […]