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The at-large Pensacola City CouncilMayor Ashton Hayward has few Africanman won his race by a landslide, beating American department heads. Glover has the Council President Sam Hall. The been the acting fire chief for two years. expectations are high and many see him Will Hayward finally take “acting” off as a likely opponent to Mayor Ashton Glover’s title? Directory: G u l f B r e e z e , F L Hayward in 2014 . FUTURE CHANGES ONLY.



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For the first time in five decades, Escambia County has a new clerk of courts. There is little margin for mistakes with the court system and county records. She also has to keep an eye on the county expeneys - Guide - Criminal Law ditures as the county comptroller. We’ve heard rumblings that the transition hasn’t been smooth.


The new Director of the Neighborhood Services for the city of Pensacola has the challenge of providing the same quality of service for both the east and west sides of the city. People are expecting more and more from their park and recreations departments.

The rumor is the Deputy Superintendent for the Escambia County School District will retire this year. He is the highest ranked African-American in the school district and little has been done to groom CO-OP: Yes No a successor. If Ross retires, the district doesn’t have any African-Americans in the wings to promote.


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'LES MISERABLES' COULD BE A 2013 REALITY SHOW The movie adaptation of “Les Miserables” hit the theaters on Christmas Day. Based on Victor Hugo’s classic, it tells the quest of Inspector Javert to capture escaped convict Jean Valjean, originally an honest man who served 20 years for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister’s starving family. Upon parole, he gets a fresh start under a new name, rising to mayor of a village where he owns a factory. Fantine, an unwed mother at his factory, loses her job because she refuses the advances of the foreman. The starving Fantine turns to prostitution, is arrested and becomes ill. As she dies, Valjean promises to raise her daughter after persuading Javert to let him free to help the child. The lives of Valjean and Javert cross again years later in Paris during the Paris Uprising of 1832. On the banks of the Seine, the two have their final confrontation. As I watched the movie trailer, I realized Victor Hugo, if he were alive, could write the same story today. Fatherless, failed by the school system and living hungry and moving constantly, today’s Valjeans are teenage boys trying to be the men of the house. Instead of stealing bread, they become runners for the drug dealers in the neighborhood.

The money puts food on the table, buys decent clothes for his siblings, and pays the rent. After a while, Valjean buys a handgun and toughens up so the older kids won’t beat him and take his money. School has nothing for him. Valjean starts dealing and gets arrested. Maybe he gets parole, more likely he gets jail time. Once the 2012 Valjean gets a criminal record, gainful employment becomes as difficult as it was for Hugo’s 19th century protagonist. Fantines exist today, too. Unwed teenage mothers with two or more kids before they reach age 20. Living in poverty and high school dropouts, these Fantines cling to drug dealers as the easy out. If they are lucky, the dealers will be nice and take care of their children. If not, prostitution, drug dealing and violence are their lot. And there are plenty of Javerts, quick to blame bad parenting and the breakdown of society for the Valjeans and Fantines. More arrests, stricter sentences and more prisons are seen by them as the only solutions. Hugo wrote “Les Miserables” to examine the nature of law, duty, grace and redemption. All four still need to be explored today, especially grace and redemption. Maybe now more than ever. {in}

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IT’S NOT EASY BEING GREEN where we’re going. Otherwise, we’ll be countermanding everything that they bring to us.” This philosophy has raised some eyebrows in the local environmental community. “Go with your Spidey-sense,” suggested Barbara Albrecht, watershed coordinator with the University of West Florida’s Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation (CEDB). Albrecht is also the president of the Bream Fisherman Association—perhaps the oldest environmental group in the area— and a member of such organizations as the Audubon Society and Native Plant Society. She’s concerned that the Clean Water Act penalty money realized as a result of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, an environmental disaster, will not go to address environmental concerns. “They’re looking at it like Santa Claus brought us a shit load of money—how exciting!” Albrecht said.

‘EVERYBODY’S GOT A NAME’ Christian Wagley, participating in Hands Across the Sand on Pensacola Beach in August / photo by Jeremy Morrison

Escambia Seeks Environmental Voice by Jeremy Morrison It may be the most important seat in town. Or, possibly, the most irrelevant. Or, worse, a sham. When RESTORE dollars dump upon Escambia County’s table, there will be one person charged with ensuring the region’s environmental concerns are addressed in the wake of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. That one voice will sit amongst eight others on the county’s RESTORE Act advisory committee. The environment is lucky to have a designated seat at the table at all. The Escambia County Commissioners have made it clear that the coming financial windfall should not be focused on the environment. “The focus should be on economic development and infrastructure related to economic development,” said Commission Chairman Gene Valentino during a recent meeting. “The committee we choose has to be a committee that obviously understands that philosophy. We should have appointees on this committee that understand that that’s 66

Soon, BP is expected to settle with the U.S. government over the 2010 oil spill. The RESTORE Act ensures that 80 percent of the Clean Water Act fines stay in the Gulf Coast region. That 80 percent will be divvied up among the Gulf states and the federal government. By the time it shakes down to the county level, Escambia’s pot is expected to be between $100 and $200 million dollars. The money is meant to address the impacts of the 2010 spill, both environmental and economic. In Escambia, the county commission has decided to form an advisory committee to assess possible uses for the funds and insulate the commissioners themselves from political pressure. The advisory committee has nine members. Seats are designated for the financial, business, transportation and governmental communities as well as for a representative from the city of Pensacola, someone representing environmental concerns and two citizen at-large seats. While commissioners will handpick people for most of the seats, they have tasked the local environmental community with selecting someone amongst themselves to represent their concerns. The instructions were loose: y’all decide. “That was it,” said Keith Wilkins, Escambia County Community and Environment Director. “The rest of this we’re just kind of making up as we go along.” Since the commission’s directive, Wilkins has been talking with local environmental organizations. He’s not finding much consensus among the groups. “Right now, it’s kind of like the Wild West,” Wilkins said. “Everybody’s got a name.” A meeting is scheduled for Jan. 7 for the environmental community to discuss the

matter in a public forum. If a representative cannot be agreed upon, a list of candidates to choose from will be presented to the county commission later in the month. Wilkins knows the environmental seat is a big deal. Hoping the Jan. 7 meeting goes smoothly, the director is planning a dry run with his staff. “We’re actually going to do a rehearsal,” Wilkins said. “I’ll run the meeting and they can act as the citizens and they’ll punch holes in what I’m doing.”


A few days after Christmas, Wilkins sent an email out to the thirty-something organizations the county has identified as members of the local environmental community. It was a list of the nominees thus far—“just to get the grey matter thinking after Christmas dinner!” As Wilkins had said, there was no consensus. “It’s going to be pretty difficult, quite frankly,” said Mary Gutierrez, executive director of Earth Ethics, Inc. and chair of the League of Women Voters’ Natural Resource Committee. Gutierrez said that the individual organizations tend to push for their own candidates. Wilkins is predicting a crowded “primary.” There were already 10 nominees listed in the director’s holiday email. “I see almost like a primary,” he explained. “I can see probably a primary and probably a secondary primary.” Regardless of their nominee preference, many of the groups are aiming for the same target: making sure the environment gets hers. “We hope to get a good representative that will make our environment and our ecosystem a top priority,” said Elaine Sargent of 350 Pensacola. “Not just short-term gains—putting sands on the shore and that kind of thing.” When asked about priorities, representatives from the groups listed off environmental assessment and restoration work. They talked about water quality, tackling the area’s stormwater issues and land acquisition in order to prevent development in sensitive areas. At the very least, they’re hoping that RESTORE money doesn’t go toward projects that further damage the environment. “It would kind of be counter-active if we chose projects that would have a negative impact,” said Chasidy Hobbs, an instructor with UWF’s Environmental Studies department and coastkeeper for Emerald Coastkeepers during the time of the 2010 spill and response.

Hobbs also chairs the city of Pensacola’s Environmental Advisory Board. That board has requested that the city appoint local environmental advocate Christian Wagley as its representative on the county RESTORE committee. Several environmental groups have also honed in on Wagley. “We’re backing Christian,” said 350’s Sargent, describing the nominee as “the perfect choice.” Albrecht would also like to see Wagley on the advisory board. She feels he has “a really good chance of carrying the torch forward for us.” “There’s only a handful of people that I can think of that I would want representing the groups I’m involved with,” she said. “Christian is just right on up there.” Wagley is among the 10 nominees listed in Wilkins email. Other names included Jim Cox, president of Pensacola Beach Advocates, and Dr. Richard Snyder, a UWF professor and director of UWF’s CEDB. “It kind of runs the full spectrum,” Wilkins said. “From Ph.D.s to environmental advocates.” One name that wasn’t in Wilkins’ email: Donnie McMahon, the Emerald Coastkeepers’ choice for the advisory board’s environmental seat. He’s a prominent member of the community, owns an insurance firm and has just recently completed his term as chairman of the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. “The fellow sitting in the seat of the environmental chair is a very, very important guy,” said Sava Varazo, the new Coastkeeper. Varazo said McMahon was well versed and networked in the region’s business community as well as being a passionate environmentalist. He said the Coastkeepers’ nominee is well suited to work with the other members of the county’s RESTORE committee. “I think it’s going to take a particular kind of person, not just an environmentalist,” Varazo said, advising against selecting a “fuzzy environmentalist” for the seat. “Their hearts in the right place, but do they have the experience?” The approach being taken by the Emerald Coastkeepers jives nicely with the philosophy laid out by the county commissioners, but it strikes others as odd and cold. In fact, simply mentioning the organization’s name throws an awkward lull into some conversations. “It’s the fox in charge of the hen house over there,” said Albrecht. “You need to look deeper.”

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working with the development community. Previously he spent time with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, as well as with the county’s Chips Kirschenfeld—also a Coastkeepers board member— in the Escambia County Water Quality and Land Management Division. Where some people may think of his connections and experience as compromising, Varazo sees them as useful. Where some may view his path as misguided, he believes it’s realistic. Varazo said he wants to see RESTORE money go to address environmental concerns—he emphasizes water-quality issues—and understands whoever ends up sitting in the environmental seat may have to be satisfied with fighting on the fringes for scraps, crumbs from the bigger picture. “I think it would be a tragedy to use environment to get the money and then go after just infrastructure or just jobs,” Varazo said. “If you pick the right person it can go hand in hand.” Varazo’s train of thought is similar to the county-preferred philosophy. “Everything’s got a green side,” Wilkins said, suggesting that infrastructure and economic development projects would offer environmental opportunities. “We can build a building—say a spec building for the tech park—and that building can be LEED certified.” Hobbs has a similar philosophy. Except backward, and inside-out. “We keep having this silly argument—we can do environment, we can do economic development,” she said. “We can do both.” Instead of infrastructure and development projects offering peripheral environmental opportunities, Hobbs views environmental efforts themselves as bettering the area’s economic horizons. She views the region’s environmental and economic outlooks as intertwined and believes Escambia’s long-term environmental health is the linchpin in its economic success. “People understood that quite well back in 2010, we have a short memory,” Hobbs said, recalling the layers of fear that gripped the area as it waited to weather the spill’s impact. “Just the thought of oil on our beaches was enough to send our economy into a tailspin.” With that in mind, some members of the environmental community are asking the county commissioners to remember why Clean Water Act money will be coming into the region in the first place. They would like to see RESTORE money spent on environmental concerns and not treated like a stimulus party. “It’s kind of like giving out Christmas gifts,” Albrecht said, “and having no concept of why you’re giving out a gift.” {in}

A few days before Christmas, Varazo was out in the water. Braving the cold for some holiday mullet. “I got family that comes from up north and all they think about is fried mullet,” the Coastkeeper said. Varazo’s not thinking about mullet. He’s thinking of that environmental seat on the county’s RESTORE committee. “I’m dreaming about it every night,” he said. “They’ve got to put the right guy in there.” Varazo feels that whoever sits in that seat must be well-rounded, savvy and realistic. He knows the commissioners are looking for economic development and infrastructure projects and he thinks environmental interests may have better prospects piggybacking on such projects. “I think the projects that are going to get through are the ones that get the most bang for the buck—I’ve been around enough politicians to know that’s how they think,” Varazo said. “You’ve gotta convince these people. If you can’t think like them and you can’t walk the walk and talk the talk, good luck with getting an environmental project through.” The Emerald Coastkeepers did not consult with other area environmental groups when choosing a nominee—“we just did our own in-house thing”—and Varazo said he wasn’t keen on the commissioners’ instructions that local groups collectively select a representative. “Their formula’s intent is to get someone the environmental community is behind,” he said. “My concern is that may not be the guy that can get your project done—just because there’s a person that’s liked by everyone in the environmental community does not mean you’re gonna get your project through.” Members of the environmental community, meanwhile, expressed concern about the Emerald Coastkeepers. “I don’t know if I actually would discuss it with them,” said Gutierrez, when asked if any of the groups she’s involved with had conferred with the organization about the county’s committee. “They have not really done much for this area.” Hobbs, who said she is no longer involved with the organization, wasn’t any more encouraging. “The only thing I’ve heard out of them this past year is coming out in support of having dogs on the beach,” the former coastkeeper said. Albrecht is more direct. “I’m just not getting a warm-fuzzy,” she said of the group. The BFA president raised concerns about Coastkeepers at-time inactive past and said the addition of Varazo—with his governmental experience and county ties— was not a good sign. Earlier this year, the Emerald Coastkeepers appeared adrift. There offices had been closed, phones turned off. A spokesman with the WHEN: 5:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 7 broader organization—Waterkeeper WHERE: County Central Office, 3363 W. Park Alliance—said the local chapter was Place non-operational. DETAILS: Escambia County Community and This fall, Varazo entered the Environment Department, 595-4988 scene preaching the gospel of collaboration, the importance of


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On a sunny Monday afternoon, Labar Brown stepped out of his home to get ice cream for his family. The kids, Miracle, age 6, and Cardarylo, age 5, usually tagged along with the 25-year-old. This time, his wife, Latoya, told him to leave the kids at home. January 3, 2013

Around 5:30 p.m. the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office received a report of multiple shots fired on Tiki Lane, a short street with a line of brown quadplex apartments in the Enchanted Village off Kenmore Road. When the deputies arrived, they found Labar shot dead in his car in the parking spaces outside one of the apartments.

Lavon Brown, his mother, heard of the shooting from her sister. “When I got there, I saw his car,” she said. “They had a sheet over it.” When she tried to push past the yellow tape, an officer blocked her path and told her she would have to wait for an investigator to visit her. 9

ANGELA LINDSEY CREATED THIS FLYER TO HELP LAW ENFORCEMENT GATHER EVIDENCE ON HER DAUGHTER’S MURDER: Hi! My name is Catherine Angelica Lindsey (a.k.a. “Jelly”). I was 22 years old when my life was taken from me. The last time my mother saw me alive was February 16, 2011. She tried calling me on February 17, 2011 and when she couldn’t reach me, she contacted the police and reported me missing. I laid in a shallow grave for almost a week before my body was found. I was found less than 50 yards from my own front door at Twin Oaks apartments. It was cold and dark, and I was all alone. Do you know that before the police even began looking for me, my family actually dug up the ground on their own looking for me? I leave behind my mother, my father, four brothers, three sisters and my two beautiful boys. One is four years old and the baby is just 17 months old. My babies will grow up without a mother. The man that is accused of my murder is in jail at this time. I know justice will be served when my murderer stands before Christ but I pray that justice will also be served there on Earth in the judicial system. If you have any information about what happened to me, please come forward. Please contact the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. Ask to speak with Detective Larry Meadows. Please…I could have been your daughter, your sister, your friend or your mother.

“I knew he was dead,” Lavon told the IN in a soft voice, almost a whisper. “I began to cry, but all we could do was wait for the investigators.” “When that happens, it’s a sickening feeling that goes through you,” said Angela Lindsey, who listened as Lavon told her story. Angela also knows that hollow feeling; the searing pain that rips at a mother’s soul when she hears her child has suffered a violent death. Her daughter, Catherine Angelica Lindsey, was killed in February 2011. The 22-year-old who worked at a local thrift store left behind two children. Her boyfriend stands trial in early 2012 for the murder. Across the table from Angela and Lavon sat Rosa “Mama Rose” Dukes dressed in black and fighting back the tears. Her son, Brock, was killed in May 2011 on Diego Circle. He was found in a driveway with a gunshot wound to the head. While suspects have been arrested in the deaths of Labar and Angelica, Brock’s killer is still unknown, which adds to the pain. “It hurts so bad because people don’t want to tell nothing,” said Mama Rose. “What if it was your child lying out there? You would want somebody to tell you what happened to your child.” Her voice got louder with each sentence. “It don’t feel

good for a mother to come and see her child lying there, can’t move. Somebody took the life of my child for nothing.” Escambia County is a violent place. Though the population is less than 300,000, murders happen quite frequently. Only five Florida counties had higher homicide rates in 2011 than Escambia County’s 5.35 murders per 100,000 popu-

blurred memories. The details quickly fade to the background.


Not for these mothers. They want to see the violence end. These women don’t want other mothers to experience the pain of losing a child. They have banded together with a dozen or so mothers and fathers to form PAIN—Parents Against Injustice & Negligence. “We wanted to name our group PAIN because we need to put a face on this violence,” said Lisa Wiggins, director of the Change Starts Now International Ministries and co-founder of the mothers’ group. Wiggins lost a brother and sister to violence. She is the one who gathered the mothers for the IN interview in her offices, a little three-room, brown building off of W Street, near Truman Arms and Diego Circle. “We're fresh into it,” said Wiggins. “We don't have all the details, such as mission statement, core values and programs, but one thing we do have to start with is we

“When that happens, it’s a sickening feeling that goes through you." Angela Lindsey lation, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. As of Christmas Day, Escambia County has had 22 homicides. The last one was Alfred Watson, 28, whose body was found Dec. 17 near Catholic High School in West Pensacola. With murders happening nearly every other week, Pensacola could be becoming complacent about them. Brown, Lindsey, Johnson and Watson are one-day headlines. Statistics to most—without faces, without families. The homicides become

have to deal with the ladies' hearts and minds before we can push into real advocacy in the community.” Mothers have been effective agents for change in other parts of the world. It was two women, Betty Williams, a Protestant, and Mairead Corrigan, a Catholic, who founded the Northern Ireland Peace Movement. The mothers organized the peace demonstrations that brought together Roman Catholics and Protestants, protesting violence by British soldiers, Irish Republican Army and Protestant extremists. They were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976. Leymah Roberta Gbowee was awarded the same honor last year for her work in Liberia. In 2002, she organized Christian and Muslim women to pressure both factions for peace in the Second Liberian Civil War. Gbowee and her fellow mothers were credited with bringing an end to that war. In Newport, Rhode Island, Patricia L. Harris founded Mothers Against Violence, Inc., following the death of her son Eric Antonio Matthews in 2001. Harris had already lost a stepdaughter to gun violence. Both children were killed before age 24. Other Mothers Against Violence chapters have sprung up across the country since then.




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Source: Florida Department of Law Enforcement “There’s nothing like a mother’s love for her children,” said Wiggins. That love can accomplish the impossible, maybe even in Escambia County. These mothers are determined to somehow turn their sorrow and pain into positives.


Angela Lindsey still finds herself waiting for Angelica to walk into her house. Something she did every day until her death. “When I came home from work,” said Angela, “she would be at my house a few minutes after four. We sat there and talked.” When she last saw her daughter, Angelica appeared upset. The two made plans to go shopping together over the weekend. “I called her to make sure she made it home safe,” the mother said, “because I had this bad feeling that something was going to happen between her and her boyfriend.” Angelica said she was fine, but her mother could tell by her voice something

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was wrong. The daughter told her mother she would be over to the house the next day, like she always was. “Tomorrow never came,” said Angela, holding back tears. “I came home that Thursday. It was a few minutes after four, as usual. I sat watching TV and noticed that she hadn't come to the house. So I called her cell phone and her boyfriend answered.” The boyfriend said Angelica had ran out of the house and left her phone. "You ain't worried about her?" the mother asked the boyfriend. He said no. “So I kept calling, kept calling,” she said. “He would answer the phone. Then all sudden he started sending her phone to voicemail.” She sent Angelica’s brothers and sisters to her house. "I said look in the closets, look under the beds,” she told the IN. “I said look everywhere for your sister because it's not like your sister not to come home. She had two babies, one was 13 months old, the other one was three.”

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The siblings went out and didn’t find her. The mother didn’t call the police because she thought her daughter needed to be missing at least 24 hours before reporting a Missing Person. At 6:30 a.m. the next day, Angela texted her daughter’s cell phone: "Angelica, if you don't call me, I'm going to call the police on you." Two minutes later, a text message came through, appearing to come from Angelica. "Whoever this is Angelica is in Mobile, Ala. dead." “I started screaming because I knew the message was true,” said the mother, “but I knew she wasn't in Mobile, Ala. [patting the table] I knew she was right here in Pensacola.” Angela immediately called law enforcement, then her family. An Escambia deputy met her at Twin Oaks Villas Apartments, off New Warrington Road, where her daughter lived. She filed a Missing Person report. The deputy told her the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office would issue an Amber Alert because Angelica had a low IQ. It would be the following Tuesday before the sheriff’s office would follow up with her.

That weekend she, her kids and coworkers searched the wooded area near Twin Oaks. They spotted an area behind the apartment where it appeared someone had tried to dig a hole but the soil was too hard to dig deep. They broadened their search. "We were digging through the shrubs, the woods; jumping in dumpsters, walking in the rain looking for her,” said Angela. “My son-inlaw jumped down into this ditch, little did he know that he was standing right next to her.” The family and friends passed out flyers. People called saying they just saw her get off a bus. They chased down every lead, but none were Angelica. On Tuesday, the sheriff’s office called to say the file had just come across their desk. The next morning, the search team found a badly decomposed body in the ditch near Twin Oaks Villas Apartments It wasn't law enforcement who told her that they had found her daughter. It was a co-worker. When she got to the wooded area where the body was found, there was yellow tape everywhere. Angela remembers somebody telling her it didn't look good.

“I cry a lot. I cry a lot, but I pray. God dries my tears and gives me comfort.” Rosa Dukes

Rosa Dukes' son, Brock, was killed on Diego Circle in May 2011. The detective came to the house that night. "I have some bad news,” he said. “It's her. We checked her fingerprints.” “They didn't have to tell me,” she said through her tears. “I already knew that it was her.” The day before Angelica’s funeral, the sheriff’s office arrested the boyfriend and charged him with second degree murder.


Rosa Dukes also remembers clearly the last time she saw her son Brock alive. “That night my son was at home with me,” Mama Rose said softly, her words

measured. He had come into the house. “Hey, Rosie, where's my meal?” Brock shouted. “Over here, boy.” “If you don't have my meal, I'm gonna have to put my belt on you.” “Boy, be quiet.” Rosa told the IN, “That's the kind of relationship we had. We began to laugh.” They spent the evening teasing each other, laughing and talking. Then the phone rang. At first no one said anything on the other end. "He got grunchy with them,” she remembered. “Then they said something.


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He said, ‘Who?’ They must have said something else. Then [Brock] said, ‘Oh, hey man. I hadn't heard from you in a long time.’” Brock left the house. Rosa drifted back to sleep, only to have family shake her awake. "Wake up, wake up, Mama Rose. Somebody done shot Brock." When she got to Diego Circle, the area was lit up like Christmas. "All I could see was police cars and yellow tape,” she said. “I jumped out of the truck and I began to run. I ran, I ran and I ran." Mama Rose ducked under the tape and slipped past the deputy. When she saw her son's body, she fell to the ground. "I started praying,” she said. “I asked God to help me, to save my child, but my son wasn't moving. There was no ambulance. My son wasn't covered up or nothing." She passed out. Her blood pressure had skyrocketed and she had to be taken to the hospital. "I tell you, I can still remember that like it just happened,” Rosa said. “I cry a lot. I cry a lot, but I pray. God dries my tears and gives me comfort.” Two weeks after Brock Johnson’s murder, Sheriff David Morgan held a town hall meeting in the cafeteria of Montclair Elementary School, which is across the street from Diego Circle. Sheriff Morgan’s investigators had identified whom they thought were responsible for Brock’s death, but they had become frustrated because the people in the neighborhood had been reluctant to talk with law enforcement. Sheriff Morgan and his team left that night still frustrated. No one came forward. Mama Rose still has hope that witnesses will do so. She knows that some cases take longer than others. “I’m just waiting, waiting for justice,” she said. “A part of me is gone. I’ll never ever be the same.”


PAIN sprang from a neighborhood walk that Lisa Wiggins helped organize for Dr. Janice Crenshaw, minister, author and wife of Bishop John Crenshaw of New Life Christian Fellowship Church in Pensacola. The walk was on Dec. 1 in the Montclair community. “We walked most of the neighborhood and visited Broderick’s memorial,” said Lisa. “That was when I first met Ms. Lavon. I already knew Miss Rosa and Cindy.” Cindy is Cindy Martin, mother of Matthew Cox, who was gunned down last July. Cox, 19, was killed outside a home on Deauvillé Way in the Montclair area. An unidentified black man walked up to Cox and another person around 11:30 p.m. on a Friday night, held a gun to them and demanded money. Cox was then shot. The mothers began to click at the walk, realizing their common bond. The next day, they were guests on a radio show on WRNE 980AM where they talked about the violence in Escambia County. "Those mothers did an excellent job on the radio show,” said Wiggins. “God was just touching my heart saying we've got to do something with this. People have got to put a face with this pain. If we sit down and don't do anything, then we're just as much at fault as they are.” Wiggins and the mothers started meeting the very next day, Monday, Dec. 3. “The first meeting we had about 11 people,” she said. “Five were mothers who had lost children.” Wiggins felt she belonged because her sibling’s deaths. “I stand in the gap for my mother because my brother and sister were killed by gunfire,” she explained. She struggled with finding a meaningful name for the new group. When she talked with her mother about what she was starting, she said, “Baby, you help those women as much as you can, but I tell you, baby, that's a pain you'll never forget."

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Wiggins told the IN. “When she said pain, it kept sticking with me. Pain, pain, pain. I came up with Parents Against Injustice & Negligence.” She wanted the group to include fathers, too. “There's nothing like a mother's love for her children, but there are fathers out there hurting. And we want them to get involved, too.” Wiggins sees PAIN’s purpose as being threefold: 1) Be a support group for parents who have lost their children through violent acts. 2) Be a community advocacy group talking to political leaders about the violence in the community. 3) Be a group that offers solutions to eradicate the violence in Escambia County. The group has met three times. “Every week we add more mothers,” said Wiggins. “We are up to 10 mothers now, the last time I looked.” Angela Lindsey recently made a visit to the mother of Alfred Watson, after his body was found in the woods. “I wanted his mother to know that we know her pain,” said Angela. “If she wants somebody to talk to, there's a group of ladies that meet on Mondays. Just give me a call and I will put you in touch with them.” Wiggins adds, “Just like the Red Cross. When somebody's house burns down, the Red Cross is there. We want to be that for

parents who lose their children to violence. We need to send somebody from PAIN and let them know we understand what they are going through.”


In between the meetings, the mothers take some joy and comfort in their grandchildren. They each talked about how the children remind them of their fathers and mothers and about the pain those children were experiencing since the murders. “Brock left little Roger, Jr. behind,” said Rosa. “A little fellow that looks just like him, acts just like his daddy. The little boy has all his daddy’s ways when he was little.” The boy, age 6, cries for his dad. “He asks for his dad every day and wants to know why his dad can't come be with him,” she said. She remembers them sitting together with their hands behind their heads watching football, eating pizza and drinking cokes. They had a relationship where he could always count on his dad to be there for him. “When he sees a bird, he asks the bird to go up to heaven and get my daddy,” Rosa said.

Faith plays a big part in how these She believes PAIN’s best days are ahead. mothers cope. “We will get better,” Wiggins said. “I thank God that the Lord allowed me “These mothers do an excellent job now, to have my son for 25 years,” said Lavon. “I but I want PAIN to be an organization thank God that he had two kids.” where parents can come and say, ‘I’m mad Angela agreed, but has been worried as heck and this is why I’m mad’ and it’s about her grandchildren. “Her little five-year- okay to vent.” old boy is taking it so hard,” she said, fighting “Then once they vent, we go into action.” back tears. “He's having a hard time in school. She adds with a broad smile, “Out He's acting out.” of their pain is going to come something good.” {in} She has found the boy screaming in his bed at 4 a.m. ONE MORE MURDER “He's not having The body of a man kidnapped from his a bad dream. He's residence on Christmas Eve was found laying over there by Pensacola Police on Dec. 26 in a crying, because he wooded lot off of North S Street after remisses his momma ceiving an anonymous tip that the body so much,” she said. was there. “How I'm gonna explain to the second baby, that now has no momma or daddy, that his daddy is in jail for killing his momma?” Wiggins believes that PAIN must also reach out to the younger generations, especially those who ORGANIZER: Lisa Wiggins, Change Starts have lost parents to violence. Now International Ministries “We need to reach these NEXT MEETING: Monday, Jan. 7, call for time grandchildren and instill values. We PHONE: 637-1611, 637-1637 need to reach out to parents and tell WEBSITE: them that they are their child's first Parents-Against-Injustice-and-Negliteacher—not the school board and gence/510732515618435 teachers, the parents. And when the parents falter, we need to be there.”

“I thank God that the Lord allowed me to have my son for 25 years.” Lavon Brown


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Pensacola Symphony Orchestra’s annual Beethoven & Blue Jeans is a popular night for local music. Whether it’s because of the familiarity of the music or the relaxed, casual atmosphere the event is easily enjoyed by anyone and everyone. “Beethoven & Blue Jeans is always one of the high points of the symphony season,” said Peter Rubardt, musical director of PSO. The evening will be a mix tape of classical music, ranging from well-known to unique. “It is a little bit of a ‘sampler’ concert, with lots of different pieces from different time periods in classical music, history-classic works by Beethoven, as well as works written more recently by composers who are still alive and actively composing,” said Dale Riegle, who plays trumpet in the orchestra. The array of musical samples is a great way for symphony first-timers to get a taste of classical music.

“What makes this event especially good for a first-timer is the variety of shorter pieces by different composers,” said Sarah Bossa, a violinist with PSO for the past 15 years. “The newcomer can sample new sounds and styles without worrying about losing interest in one long piece. It would be like a tasting event where you try bites from around the world instead of filling up on one large plate of Pasta Bolognese.” The assortment of music is a great way to showcase the talent of the orchestra. “The program is a bit of an adventure,” Rubardt said. “Six pieces of covering the range of what an orchestra can do. Every year the audience loves the intriguing mix of familiar war-horses and unexpected surprises.” Beethoven & Blue Jeans is a musical performance for all ages. The younger audience has already given their stamp of approval. Bossa recounts the symphony’s recent concert for fifth graders. “The kids applauded enthusiastically for popular movie music, but cheered with a resounding ‘Yes’ when Maestro Rubardt announced a Beethoven piece,” she said. “Young people in our audience appreciate music that is authentic and dynamic in an age when everything seems to be diluted for mass audiences.” At this year’s Beethoven & Blue Jeans, the symphony will feature soloist, Bridget Kibbey on the harp. “Two words: Harp Concerto,” Bossa said referring to her favorite part of the upcoming performance. “In symphonic works, the hard generates beautiful effects to create moments that are delicate and whimsical, ferocious and


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dramatic, heroic and majestic and everything in “I’m looking forward to the pieces on the between. Yet the harp rarely takes the spotlight program that I’ve never performed before: in front of the orchestra.” ‘Alegria’ by Sierra is a recently composed piece The concert is composed of the music and ‘El Salon Mexico’ is a classic 20th Century of Beethoven combined with modern mupiece by Aaron Copland,” Riegle said. “There sic composers. are lots of great trumpet parts in both pieces Dale Riegle, a longstanding PSO musiand both are lively and dramatic.” cian who has been with the orchestra for 30 As Riegle said, classic music is everywhere. years has been a part of every Blue Jeans & You may even be enjoying it without even Beethoven performance. He notes that the realizing it. Getting to hear it live just heightens familiarity of the evening helps keep the attenthe senses. tion of the audience. “It can be both enjoyable and very emo“Beethoven is one of the greatest compostionally moving and satisfying to people includers ever—virtually everyone knows something ing those who don’t think they know or like by Beethoven that they love,” he said. “Also, classical music,” he explained. “They still hear we usually play shorter pieces that make it very it, enjoy it and are moved by it in movies, TV, on interesting for the audience.” the Internet and even in video games.” When you think of a symphony perforFor Bossa, music is a portal to a different mance—not to mention on the beautiful world, which makes a symphony ticket one of Saenger stage—you might be surprised by the the cheapest forms of travel. informal nature of the event. “In this concert, we can visit the whole “The vibe of the event is more relaxed with world without ever leaving our seats,” she said. casual dress both on stage and off,” Riegle said. “For one splendid evening, it will not be Google “It makes our music accessible to new navigating our journey, but instead Beethoven, audiences,” Bossa added. “People who feel Sierra, Rodrigo, Copland, Borodin and Tchaikovsky. They will take us on a visceral journey intimidated by a night at the symphony may around the globe as we enjoy their intricately relax with the casual dress code and encounter woven rhythms and harmonies.”{in} music they’ve never heard before.” For those who have been to multiple symphony performances—even multiple Beethoven & Blue Jeans performances—don’t think this event is WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 WHERE: Saenger Theatre, 118 S. Palafox the same every year. While both Bossa COST: $20-$82 and Riegle enjoy playing Beethoven, DETAILS: 435-2533 or the musicians look forward to new musical territory.


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AFRICAN DRUMMING CLASSES 6:30 p.m. $2$5. Gull Point Community Center, 7000 Spanish Trail. For more information contact, 291-2718, 324-4928 or BRAD BARNES OPEN COLLEGE JAM 7:30 p.m. Goat Lips Beer Garden, 2811 Copter Rd. 474-1919. ‘WEST SIDE STORY’ 7:30 p.m. Saenger Theatre, 118 Palafox. 434-7760 or

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THE DAVENPORTS 6 p.m. The Leisure Club, 126 S. Palafox. 912-4229 or LUCAS CRUTCHFIELD 6 p.m. The Deck at The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or THE BLENDERS 7 p.m. Five Sisters Blues Café, 421 W. Belmont St. 912-4856 or KARAOKE WITH BECKY 7:30 p.m. Sabine Sandbar, 715 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. 934-3141 or GREG LYON 8 p.m. World of Beer, 200 S. Palafox. 332-7952 or DUELING PIANOS 8 p.m. Rosie O’Grady’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or KRAZY GEORGE KARAOKE 8 p.m. Lili Marlene’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or DJ MR LAO 8 p.m. Phineas Phogg’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or COLLEGE DANCE NIGHT 9 p.m. Phineas Phogg’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or EXTREME KARAOKE WITH G.C.P.C 10 p.m. Play, 16 S. Palafox, Suite 100. 466-3080 or


‘ROCKY MOUNTAIN EXPRESS PREMIERE’ 9 a.m. 1750 Radford Blvd. 453-2389 or ‘ANNUAL YOUTH ART FOCUS’ 10 a.m. through Mar 2. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or ‘THE STEWART COLLECTION OF AFRICAN ART’ 10 a.m. through Mar 2. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or

‘BILL MAULDIN: A SELECTION OF PAINTINGS, DRAWINGS AND PRINTS FROM THE ROWE COLLECTION’ 10 a.m. through Jan 10.University of West Florida Center for Fine and Performing Arts, 11000 University Blvd, Bldg. 82. 474-3247 or ‘NEW BLUES’ 10 a.m. through Feb 2. Blue Morning Gallery, 21 S. Palafox. 429-9100 or ‘A ROADTRIP THROUGH FLORIDA ARCHAEOLOGY’ 10 a.m. DARC, 207 E. Main St. 595-0050, ext. 107 or PLAY HAPPY HOUR 4 p.m. Play, 16 S. Palafox, Suite 100. 466-3080 or WINE TASTING AT DK 4:30 p.m. Distinctive Kitchens, 29 S. Palafox. 438-4688 or WINE TASTING AT SEVILLE QUARTER 5 p.m. Palace Café at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or ‘LIMITED DINNER AND HAPPY HOUR AT GREGORY STREET’ 5 p.m. $16-$20. Slow Roasted Prime Rib, Baked Lemon Pepper Grouper, Chicken Cordon Blue. Gregory Street Assembly Hall, 501 E. Gregory St. 607-8633. WINE TASTING AT CITY GROCERY 5:15 p.m. City Grocery, 2050 N. 12th Ave. 469-8100. WINE AND GLIDE SEGWAY TOUR 5:30 p.m. $45. Emerald Coast Tours, 701 S. Palafox. 4179292 or WINE TASTING AT EAST HILL MARKET 5:30 p.m. 1216 N. Ninth Ave. Meter Rentals $5. T.T. Wentworth Museum, 330 S. Jefferson. 595-5985 ext. 111. EVER’MOVIE NIGHT FEATURING “FRESH” 6:30 p.m. Free for members, $2 for non-members. Ever’man 315 W. Garden St. For more information, call 438-0402 or visit


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PALAFOX MARKET 8 a.m. Martin Luther King Plaza on North Palafox Street between Chase and Garden streets. RECYCLED TREASURE SHOP AT ST. MONICA’S 8 a.m. St. Monica’s Episcopal Church, 699 S. U.S. 95A, Cantonment. For more information, call 937-0001. ‘A ROADTRIP THROUGH FLORIDA ARCHAEOLOGY’ 10 a.m. DARC, 207 E. Main St. 595-0050, ext. 107 or ‘NEW BLUES’ 10 a.m. through Feb 2. Blue Morning Gallery, 21 S. Palafox. 429-9100 or CHORAL SOCIETY OF PENSACOLA AUDITIONS 10 a.m. Pensacola State College, Ashmore Fine Arts Auditorium, 1000 College Blvd. Room 801. Call Choral Society Artistic Director, Xiaolun Chen at 484-1810 for more information. WEST FLORIDA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY MEETING 10 a.m. Cokesbury Methodist Church’s Asbury Place, 5725 N. 9th Ave. For more information, call 494-7373. HUMANE SOCIETY PET ADOPTION 12 p.m. PetSmart, 6251 N. Davis Hwy. For more information, call 432-4250 or visit ‘ANNUAL YOUTH ART FOCUS’ 12 p.m. through Mar 2. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or ‘THE STEWART COLLECTION OF AFRICAN ART’ 12 p.m. through Mar 2. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or PLAY HAPPY HOUR 4 p.m. Play, 16 S. Palafox, Suite 100. 466-3080 or

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RON WILLIAMSON OPEN MIC JAM 6 p.m. Goat Lips Beer Garden, 2811 Copter Rd. 474-1919. MUSIC AND KARAOKE 9 p.m. Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. 932-2211 or


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‘ANNUAL YOUTH ART FOCUS’ 10 a.m. through Mar 2. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or ‘THE STEWART COLLECTION OF AFRICAN ART’ 10 a.m. through Mar 2. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or ‘BILL MAULDIN: A SELECTION OF PAINTINGS, DRAWINGS AND PRINTS FROM THE

ROWE COLLECTION’ 10 a.m. through Jan 10.University of West Florida Center for Fine and Performing Arts, 11000 University Blvd, Bldg. 82. 474-3247 or ‘NEW BLUES’ 10 a.m. through Feb 2. Blue Morning Gallery, 21 S. Palafox. 429-9100 or ‘A ROADTRIP THROUGH FLORIDA ARCHAEOLOGY’ 10 a.m. DARC, 207 E. Main St. 595-0050, ext. 107 or PLAY HAPPY HOUR 4 p.m. Play, 16 S. Palafox, Suite 100. 466-3080 or HALF-PRICE SUSHI 5 p.m. Atlas, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or PRIME TIME TUESDAYS 5:30 p.m. Jackson’s, 400 S. Palafox. 469-9898 or YOGA WITH BECKIE SATHRE 6 p.m. $2 for non-members. Ever’man Natural Foods, 315 W. Garden St. 438-0402 or STRUT YOUR MUTT 6:45 p.m. Join fellow dog owners for a stroll in East Hill. Meet at entrance of Bayview Dog Park, at 20th Avenue and East Mallory Street. For more information, call 291-7658. ANCHOR STEPS SWING NIGHT 7 p.m. $3-$5. Phineas Phogg’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or PENSACOLA CIVIL WAR ROUNDTABLE 7 p.m. Topic is ‘Florida Troops at the Battle of Shiloh & Florida Troops Involvement in the Western Theatre.’ First Christian Church-Disciples of Christ, 6031 Goodrich Dr. For more information, call 232-2373. TOSH TUESDAY 8 p.m. LiliMarlene’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or AN EVENING WITH B. B. KING 8 p.m. Saenger Theatre, 118 Palafox. 434-7760 or


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happenings KARAOKE WITH BECKY 8 p.m. Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. 932-2211 or TUESDAY JAM NIGHT 8 p.m. LiliMarlene’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or MIKE QUINN 9 p.m. End O’ the Alley at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or KARAOKE WITH GEORGE 9 p.m. Play, 16 S. Palafox, Suite 200. 4663080 or KARAOKE AT PADDY O’LEARY’S 9 p.m. Paddy O’ Leary’s Irish Pub, 49 Via de Luna, Pensacola Beach. 9169808 or MOTHS, ALPHABET CITY AND MORE 12 a.m. The Handlebar, 319 N. Tarragona St. 434-9060 or


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KITT LOUGH 6 p.m. LiliMarlene’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or LUCAS CRUTCHFIELD 6 p.m. The Deck at The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or

GULF ISLE NEIGHBORS 9 a.m. $20 Game day fundraiser featuring lunch and games until 2 p.m. Pensacola Bay Center, 201 E. Gregory St. For more information, call 4320800 or 982-7980. ‘ANNUAL YOUTH ART FOCUS’ 10 a.m. through Mar 2. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or ‘THE STEWART COLLECTION OF AFRICAN ART’ 10 a.m. through Mar 2. Pensacola Museum

of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or ‘BILL MAULDIN: A SELECTION OF PAINTINGS, DRAWINGS AND PRINTS FROM THE ROWE COLLECTION’ 10 a.m. through Jan 10.University of West Florida Center for Fine and Performing Arts, 11000 University Blvd, Bldg. 82. 474-3247 or ‘NEW BLUES’ 10 a.m. through Feb 2. Blue Morning Gallery, 21 S. Palafox. 429-9100 or ‘A ROADTRIP THROUGH FLORIDA ARCHAEOLOGY’ 10 a.m. DARC, 207 E. Main St. 595-0050, ext. 107 or MUSIC STUDY CLUB: FEATURED GUEST SPEAKER HOSEA LONDON 10 a.m. Free. Pleitz Chapel, First Baptist Church, 500 N. Palafox. For more information, visit SMALL BUSINESS AND THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT 12 p.m. Free. Learn how the Affordable Care Act will affect small businesses and employers. Small Business Development Center at UWF, 401 E. Chase St. For more information, call 595-0063. PLAY HAPPY HOUR 4 p.m. Play, 16 S. Palafox, Suite 100. 466-3080 or ‘ART A LA CARTE’ 4:30 p.m. Jaco’s, 997 S. Palafox. 432-5226 or LADIES NIGHT 5 p.m. The Deck at The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or WINE DOWN WEDESDAYS 5 p.m. All bottled wines are 50 percent off. Jackson’s, 400 S. Barracks St. 469-9898 or LIFETREE CAFÉ 5:30 p.m. Conversations about life and faith, coffee and snacks provided. Grace Lutheran Church, 6601 N. 9th Ave. For more information, call 476-5667.

ANCHOR STEPS SWING NIGHT 7 p.m. $3. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or SURF MOVIE NIGHT AT SURF BURGER 7 p.m. Surf Burger, 500 Quietwater Beach Rd., Pensacola Beach. 932-1417 or BAR GAMES-WEEKLY TRIVIA NIGHT 8 p.m. Goat Lips Beer Garden, 2811 Copter Rd. 474-1919.

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LUCAS CRUTCHFIELD 5 p.m. The Deck at The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or PADDY’S OPEN MIC NIGHT 7 p.m. Paddy O’Leary’s Irish Pub, 49 Via de Luna, Pensacola Beach. 916-9808 or OPEN MIC NIGHT 7 p.m. End of the Line Café, 610 E. Wright St. 429-0336 or ROCK STAR KARAOKE WITH MICHAEL JENCKS 8 p.m. Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd, Pensacola Beach. 932-2211 or DUELING PIANOS 8 p.m. Rosie O’Grady’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or I100 WEDNESDAYS 8 p.m. Apple Annie’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or MALFUNCTION, UPPER HAND, COLD HEARTED 9 p.m. The Handlebar, 319 N. Tarragona St. 434-9060 or EXTREME KARAOKE WITH G.C.P.C 9 p.m. Ticket Sports Bar 1, 7100 N. Davis Hwy. 4761099 or

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A West Side Story Watching the show as a bystander, the dance captain has heard audiences sing praise of the production. “I heard a lot of feedback from people that have seen the original play and said this production lived up to it,” he said. The show itself is a reconstruction of • When Leonard Bernstein, who wrote the original 1957 Broadway musical. the music, and Jerome Robbins, who “There’s about 10 percent more Spancame up with the concept and choreogish—it give the Sharks a little more authenraphy, first began discussing an adaption ticity,” Raimondi said. of “Romeo and Juliet” in the early 1950s, He is also ready to jump in at a motheir first thought was to examine the ment’s notice if a dancer goes down. There tensions between Catholics and Jews on are no taking sides, he has to stand in for the Lower East Side. Early drafts were both the Jets and the Sharks, and so he’s titled “East Side Story” and the action pretty neutral. took place around Easter and Passover. “I cover both gangs,” Raimondi said. “I have to be • During the filming of the 1961 adaptaprepared to tion, the actors in the rival gangs were jump out at any instructed to play pranks on each other time.” off the set to keep tensions high. Even if The original Broadway production won it’s through two of six Tony award nominations fancy footwork, including Best Choreography and Best dancers in Scenic Design. The 1961 film won 10 of 11 musical theatre nominations, setting a record for biggest have to learn Oscar-winning musical of all time. to act. “We • In the 1961 film, the singing voices of learned the Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer, pain and the the main roles of Maria and Tony, were anger behind what it’s like to be a gang dubbed by Marni Nixon and Jimmy member,” Raimondi said. “Every single Bryant. Marni Nixon also provided the movement has meaning to it. There’s a lot singing voice for Eliza Doolittle in “My of character development, a lot of clues Fair Lady.” that give insight to the characters.” Raimondi is no novice when it comes to • Most of the original Broadway cast dancing, but “West Side Story” is his first were rejected for the film as either phostint in musical theatre. tographing too old or actually being too “I was pretty nervous,” he said of the old for the teenaged characters. Since beginning of the tour. “The show is a hisHollywood was accustomed to dubbing toric piece of choreography. To live up to the singing voices of many stars, dozens that is nerve racking.” of non-singing actors and actresses were Touring a show around the country can tested or considered for the leading create even more nerve-racking moments. roles. Among them: Suzanne Pleshette, “It is a challenge,” Raimondi said. Jill St. John, Audrey Hepburn, Anna “There are times when we have to adjust Maria Alberghetti, Elizabeth Ashley, and cut a few dancers, but we try to keep Anthony Perkins, Warren Beatty, Bobby the stage as full as possible.” Darin, Burt Reynolds, Richard ChamberAlthough this is Raimondi’s first musilain, Troy Donahue and Gary Lockwood. cal he hopes that it isn’t his last. “I’d like to continue with ‘West Side Story.’ And I’m so glad that this was my first musical,” he said. “I’ve always dreamed of being in ‘Newsies.’ That’s on top of a lot of dancers’ lists—anyone of those dance-heavy shows.” WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3 As for now, Raimondi is just WHERE: Saenger Theatre, 118 S. Palafox enjoying doing what was once his COST: $58-$78 fantasy. DETAILS: 595-3880 or “I never thought it would actually happen,” he said. “This is my dream.” {in}

Fun Facts about “West Side Story”

“We learned the pain and the anger behind what it’s like to be a gang member.”

After 56 years, “West Side Story” is still as poignant and beautiful as it was when it opened on Broadway. Based on Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” the story follows star-crossed lovers, Maria and Tony. The only problem in their relationship is that the Puerto Rican Maria is sister to Bernardo, leader of the Sharks, and Tony is a member of the Jets. The Sharks and the Jets are not friendly toward one another, to say the least. Your high school may have done a simple production of the play, or you may have caught the 1961 film late at night on Turner Classic Movies. On January 3, you can see it on the Saenger stage as part of the Broadway Season. The show has been traveling since about late September. Anthony Raimondi, the production’s dance captain has been enjoying every performance. “The show is timeless,” he said. “It has everything from characters to dancing to the songs—it’s all historic. It still delivers the message that love cannot last in a world of bigotry and hate.” As a dance captain, Raimondi watches every show to maintain the quality of the dancing—which is about half of the show. There’s a lot of pressure to maintain the integrity of a well-known and well-loved classic. “There is pressure, absolutely,” Raimondi said. “The show has amazing choreography. My job is to make sure the intensity of the show remains from rehearsal on.”



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The summer of 2013 will feature the

seventh-annual session of Internship Pensacola, a hugely successful PYP-led program that was launched in 2007. The IP program serves as a vehicle for attracting and retaining young talent in our local community, which is essential for the economic growth and cultural development of our area. Since its inception, the IP program has received invaluable support from local businesses and the University of West Florida. The IP program is designed to provide upper-level college students with valuable internship opportunities during their summer semester. Throughout the 13-week program, students will work with selected local businesses, thereby gaining greater knowledge and experience within their field of study while also earning hourly wages and college credit hours. Concurrent with their internships, IP interns will participate in a weekly Professional Development Seminar that is designed to complement their work experience and polish their professional skills. In addition, interns will engage in several PYP-led social and networking events intended to help them make personal connections and show them that Pensacola is a great place to live, work, and play. In the six years of IP’s existence, about one-third of our program graduates have secured continuing employment with the companies that gave them internships, while another one-third have used their summer job experience and new business contacts to quickly find other great jobs here in our area. This is an excellent retention rate for our young talent, and it also speaks to the quality of intern candidates that are provided to employers through the IP program. Internship Pensacola is currently seeking businesses that are interested in participating in this program. If your company could use a summer intern, please let us know! IP successfully recruits skilled interns in a wide variety of fields, including marketing, business, public relations, information technology, computer science, and many more. We will work closely with your business to find the right intern for you. If you or your company is interested in participating, or would just like to know more, please contact, and be sure to visit www.


Pensacola Young Professionals is committed to sharing its belief in and passion for the Pensacola Bay Area. PYP strives to act as a catalyst for positive change in our community by supporting causes and

movements that do the same. PYP creates a positive and meaningful difference in our community by giving back to our neighbors in need. In pursuit of this goal, we have selected the Health and Hope Clinic as the beneficiary of our Second Annual Charity Ball.

It is for these reasons that PYP’s Government Affairs and Economic Development Teams are focusing so heavily on critical aspects of this report. We are trying to distill a few key areas of focus. It will be from these few projects that PYP will flex its advocacy muscle with various community leaders.

Established in June, 2003, the Health and Hope Clinic strives to meet the needs of the uninsured and medically underserved in Escambia County, Florida.  As an entirely volunteer and donor-driven clinic established by the Pensacola Bay Baptist Association, the Health and Hope Clinic has provided over $8.5 million in healthcare services and 12,000 patient/provider visits. The clinic strives to provide accessible and equitable primary and preventative care to those in need.  Health and Hope Clinic relies on the generosity of its contributors and volunteers to accomplish its mission of providing health and hope to the hurting.

We know it is all too easy for a piece of work like the URAC report to sit on a shelf. We simply aren’t going to let that happen. On January 22nd, there will be a URAC Forum taking place at the Fish House Deck from 5:30-7:00pm. All are invited and any interested stakeholders in the Pensacola Bay Area are encouraged to participate as we democratically condense our focus on three key projects from the URAC. As we embrace a New Year, let us also welcome new life for our city which incorporates our past, but most importantly, looks to our vibrant future.

We know what potential is here for us. We have a brilliantly crafted report now presented to the City of Pensacola from the Mayor’s Urban Redevelopment Advisory Committee, chaired by PYP’s own Brian Hooper. This report, crafted by some of our area’s most gifted thinkers and experts, details scores of areas where this community can rise to the potential and be again reborn and blossom beyond the commercial activity on Palafox and the amazing new stadium.


Econ Dev/Govt Affs Joint Meeting 5:30 PM-7:00 PM @ CAVU


Y2B a PYP (new members meeting!)      5:30 PM-7:00 PM @ IMS Expert Services   


BOD Meeting                                                     5:15 PM-6:30 PM @ Rodney Rich & Co. 



Manna Fill-A-Bowl Fundraiser                    3:00 PM start @ Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio, WSRE-TV


PYP’s URAC Presentation                            5:30 PM-7:30 PM @ Fish House


PYP has been calling for this day in our history. While our nation is contending with a fiscal cliff, we here in Pensacola are on the threshold of a different type of precipice. We are at the cusp of a time when we can choose to awaken our City’s potential or let the stagnation of our past become, once again, the accepted fate of this magnificently rich community. We are rich in history, but we also have a shipping port with access to the shipping lanes of the globe. We have an international airport with access to Atlanta and every major city on the planet; we have major highways and railroad facilities connecting us to the economic fabric of our nation. All right here in Pensacola, a city awakening.


PPDI Team Meeting                                       12:00 PM-1:00 PM @ Apple Annie’s in Seville

Please join us Saturday, February 16, 2013 at Portabello Eatery as we have a ball to help our neighbors in need. Cocktail hour starts at 6:00pm. We will have silent and live auctions throughout the evening. Ticket prices start at $40. For more information, please visit our website at

Everyone can feel it. We all know something has changed. We not only have new leadership with our strong Mayor, but we have an invigorated and, dare we say, vibrant downtown on the horizon.

topic items such as EDATE, Vision 2015, and the many political forums that PYP hosted during the 2012 campaign season. Courtney is a constant within PYP and has set the bar high for the next ED Chair, and for that we want to say a big thank you!


Amber Kelley is the VP of Marketing. She is serving her second year on the Board and has been instrumental in restructuring our Marketing Team. She has put in process to streamline the way we market our events, meetings, etc., as well as coordinate our email and media marketing. She spends numerous hours to keep up with PYP’s ever growing needs, which has been an incredible task this year. Thank you, Amber, for your dedication to PYP and Pensacola!


Networking Night (aka Pub Club)             5:30 PM-7:00 PM @ Helen Back (on Palafox)


Bridges to Circles                                              4:00 PM-8:00 PM @ Cathedral of the Sacred Heart - Parish Hall


Quality of Life Team Meeting                    5:30 PM-7:00 PM @ Fish House


WWW.PENSACOLAYP.COM For more information on Pensacola Young Professionals or to join please see our website or contact Director Rachael Gillette Pensacola Young Professionals 41 N. Jefferson St. Ste 108 Pensacola FL 32502 (850) 332-7820


Courtney Peterson is the Chair of Economic Development. Over the past two years, he has led PYP’s involvement with several hot-

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news of the weird THE CONTINUING CRISIS Floyd Johnson pleaded guilty to attempted murder in an odd scene in a New York City courtroom in November. Johnson has only one leg, and had been charged with stabbing a fellow homeless shelter resident who has no legs. Johnson’s public-defender lawyer (who caught the case at random) has only one leg, also. Johnson said he was taking the plea in part because of excruciating leg pain -- in the leg he doesn’t have (“phantom leg” syndrome), and Johnson’s lawyer said he suffers from the same thing. (The lawyer subsequently filed to withdraw the guilty plea because the pain had clouded his client’s judgment.) • Amber Roberts, 30, a resident of the unit for the criminally insane at Eastern State Hospital in Spokane, Wash., informed officials in November that “I (just now) murdered someone, but you’re going to have to find him.” As staff members searched the facility, Roberts offered to help by shouting “hot,” “cold,” “you’re getting warmer,” and so forth. Roberts yelled “Hot!” as they closed in on the room containing the body of a 56-year-old patient that Roberts then admitted strangling. (However, a few days later in court, she pleaded not guilty.) • Notwithstanding its nuclear submarines, ballistic missiles and spy satellites, France maintains Europe’s last “squadron” of military carrier pigeons. Legislator Jean-Pierre Decool lauds the pigeons and campaigns for their upgrade, warning that in the event of war or other catastrophe, the birds would be a valuable messaging network. (Pigeons have been used at times in the current Syrian civil war.) Until very recently, according to a November Wall Street Journal dispatch, pigeons wearing harnesses had been used by a hospital in Normandy to ferry blood samples to a testing lab (a 25-minute flight). AWESOME Jason Schall, 38, who has retired as a financial planner and now devotes his energy to fishing, had a spectacular week in September when he won a catch-andrelease tournament in Charleston, S.C., came within 1 1/2 inches of a world record on another catch, and was notified of recently setting two Nevada state records for largest fish caught. Schall’s coup de grace, he told the Charleston Post and Courier, came a few days later when he caught a redfish while sitting on his living room sofa in Daniel Island, S.C., watching a Clemson football game with a pal. He had run a line with bait through a crack in the door, through his yard into the lake behind his home. SUSPICIONS CONFIRMED Researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston found recently in tests that 10th-grade students who play video games (especially shooting and sports games) regularly score just as high in robotic

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surgery dexterity as resident doctors. The lead researcher said that surgery simulations (for example, suturing) have built-in unpredictability, for training purposes, but since complex video games are laden with unpredictability, players logging at least two hours a day with the joystick in fact may even slightly outperform the residents. OOPS! How Drunk Do You Have to Be? (1) College student Courtney Malloy, 22, was rescued in November after getting stuck at about 1 a.m. trying to cut between two buildings in Providence, R.I. The space between City Sports and FedEx Kinko’s was 8 to 9 inches, said firefighters, who found Malloy horizontal and about 2 feet off the ground and “unable” to explain how she got there. (2) Leslie Newton, 68, was pulled over by Florida Highway Patrol officers near St. Augustine in December while driving erratically. He also had a portion of a traffic sign embedded in his skull after colliding with it. (In both cases, officers said they believed the victims to be intoxicated.) PERSPECTIVE Homeless man Darren Kersey, 28, was jailed overnight in November in Sarasota, Fla., after being busted for charging his cellphone at an outlet at a public picnic shelter in the city’s Gillespie Park. The police report noted that “(T)heft of city utilities will not be tolerated ....” However, for owners of electric cars (less likely to be homeless!), the city runs several absolutely free charging stations, including one at city hall. The American Civil Liberties Union has accused the city for years of being aggressively inhospitable toward the city’s homeless. (Kersey was released the next day when a judge ruled the arrest improper.) FETISHES ON PARADE Stubborn: (1) Briton Robert Moore, 31, got a relatively light sentence in Bradford Crown Court in October when he convinced a judge that he only inadvertently possessed child pornography, in that he was largely interested in humananimal porn (including with a pig, a goat, a horse and an octopus). Moore was not eligible for a court-ordered “treatment” alternative to prison because he told the judge that he does not believe he has a deviancy. (2) Carlos Romero, 31, told arresting officers in Ocala, Fla., in September that Florida was a “backwards” state because it still punishes his sexual behavior with a donkey. He admitted to being aroused by animals “in heat” but explained that all he did was stand behind the animal and masturbate while fondling her genitals. Any genital-genital contact, he said, was “accidental.” {in}

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