July 2020

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Vol. 26 #7 July 2020

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Dear Girlfriend, I am new to Tampa but I always vote and I don’t know any of these candidates who are running for office. I am a democrat but my husband is a republican but we don’t vote str aight down the ticket. Will you be providing a list of suggested candidates we should vote for? New Tampa Bay Voter Dear New Tampa Bay Voter. I understand your dilemma because at the last election I stood in the booth entirely too long trying to figure out who was who. I did not want to make a mistake and vote for a person who would not be concerned or understand the plight of African Americans and our children. I am proud to say that I vote in every election. I always vote for Blacks, Jews, Hispanics and women first.. I believe I need someone in office who may have some of the same concerns as me. I have come to find that people who have had similar struggles generally have similar concerns. When voting, I can usually figure out t he women, Jews and the Hispanics by name. However, I can’t always tell who is Black. Then there is the challenge of figuring out which White man is the better one. Sometimes I do not select either one for fear of putting a racist in power unless, I know them personally. I often pacify myself by saying “if they wanted my vote, they would have made themselves familiar in African American venues.” I believe that local politicians have a tendency to think that everyone knows them, but we don’t. I blame our lack of knowing who to vote for, on those who are running for office. They have failed. It is their job and their campaign manager’s job to make their name a household name and their faces visible. For those of you who are running or contemplating running in the future, you may have been popular in your high school or around your old neighborhood but Florida is a very transient state. A lot of us have relocated here and are constantly coming in every day and guess what... we vote, but we do not know you. Even though I have been living in the bay area for many years, I did not go to school here. So, I may not know who made a stance during the civil rights movement or the star football player and or the past homecoming queens. All I know are those who I met through work, social events, church or through the radio station and newspaper. I know more faces than names. There are plenty of people like me who have been here for years that are are tax paying, voting citizens. Have you ever considered how many people came here with the military and made the Bay area their home? There are quite a few Buccaneers who have relocated here and their family members soon followed. Unless you put your face and name out there for us to see with some repetition, we will not know or remember your name. We realize that African Americans generally do not have the funds to run high profile campaigns but our ads are very affordable. Even though people of all walks of life may read our paper, we do target the educated African American voter. So before voting, grab my paper to see who values your vote. Go to ntouchnews.com and listen to N-Touch News & Radio political podcast shows: “Tampa Bay Politics” and “Straight up the Middle.” Page 3

Winning With Solar In The Sunshine State By Daryl Johnson (DJ CEO) I’ve been living in the Sunshine State for 30 plus years. The operative word is sunshine. Being north of the equator, we get so much sun that with the right technology we can harness and use that power for ourselves. It’s called solar energy. My interest in solar was sparked while traveling through the Atlanta Airport years ago. I saw a Tesla store and inquired about it.. At that time, Tesla was new and primarily selling cars but they were really selling solar power; battery run cars and homes powered by the sun. I thought if Tesla saw the value of solar, it might not be a bad idea for us to take a look at it too. Fast forward to 2020, solar is the hottest thing since slice bread. Everyone is talking about getting solar. I did my research and found several companies and products. What I concluded is you need a good contractor that’s been in business a few years and someone that has or represents great solar products. During this Buy Black Movement, it has been hard to find someone Black in the solar business. However I found all that with Derrick Mahoney and 320 Solar. 320 Solar has been doing business since 2015 and did millions in sales in 2019.

heard Bill Gates said anyone in solar in the next 20 years will be America’s next billionaires. So I decided on a franchise of 320 Solar.” Mahoney 320 Solar business partner, Angela Smoot is the chief operating officer (COO) for the company and a Lieutenant Colonel in the military. Their goal for the community is to help others save and make money. “You can easily make $100,000 in this business selling solar from home and 320 Solar will teach you how to

Derrick, originally from Lake Alfred Florida in Polk County, is a graduate of Auburndale High School where he was an All American athlete enabling him to attend Tuskegee Institute. Derrick and his lovely wife, Anatra, have been married for 22 years and has 4 children; 2 girls and 2 boys. Derrick has been a business man all his life and attributes his success to the grace of God.. The Mahoney’s did very well in the legal referal business but wanted more, so he bought into and started Mahoney Solar 320 LLC. Derrick stated, “I’m always looking at new ventures and the market is constantly changing. I

do it, if you aren’t afraid to sale,” said Mahoney. “We will train you and give you the knowledge you need,” added Smoot. “If you aren’t selling at least 3 sales a month then we don’t want you. Anybody can do that!” professed Mahoney. Serving the Tampa Bay area, the training is offered every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11am to 3pm at their Brandon office located at 234 Oakfield Drive. There is no cost for you, but you do need a laptop or computer. If you don’t have one now, within two weeks of the ride along training you will be able to purchase one after your first sale. And don’t worry about your past mistakes or background check. Come win with us! One deal is worth between $2000 and $4000. Solar is the great equalizer with the power companies. There is no out of pocket cost to install solar on your home and a major benefit as a homeowner is you get a 30 year warranty on your roof and $7 a month as a light bill. . If interessted in buying Solar for your home or starting a career in selling solar energy, call 320 Solar at 1-844-320-7652 727-2267198. or email Angela320Solar@ gmail.com

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Floyd’s Flashbacks Red Rover, Red Rover…. Back in my hometown of Scooba, Mississippi, there was a very familiar game I remember playing as a child called Red Rover. Red Rover consisted of two teams. We would line up opposite each other, no more than 30 feet apart. The first team agrees to call one player from the opposite team, and chants, “Red Rover, Red Rover, send (player’s name) on over!” The person called runs to the other line and attempts to break the chain (formed by the linking of hands). If the person called fails to break the chain, this player joins the team that called Red Rover. But, if the player successfully breaks the chain, he may capture either of the two players whose link was broken by the dash and bring them back to his original team. we would then place them be-

tween to stronger players to ensure they stood unbreakable next time. . Each team would take turns calling out Red Rover and challenging a player on the opposing team. and building a bigger stronger team. Isn’t it ironic that the object of the game, Red Rover, can still be applied to our community in today’s society? The goal of the opposition is to divide and conquer; while, the goal of the CALLED is to strengthen and remain resilient. For so long, we, as a Black community, have allowed our chains to be broken in several areas in the form of education, social economic status and culture, just to name a few! We have allowed others to dictate to us our self-worth. We have allowed others to make us feel that what we

have to offer is not good enough or even worth any value. We have allowed the very traditions and moral compass that our ancestors taught us to be stripped away. But… WE ARE NOT DONE YET. I dare say today we can look to Red Rover as a basis to revitalize our community. I can remember, as a child, that if my team wanted to WIN this game, we put our feet in the sand and bound together as a team. There was no time to fight and argue amongst ourselves. Our goal was to send a clear message to our opponent that we could not be broken and that your best option is join us! We must stand strong Pray and Vote! Red Rover, Red Rover send a leader on over! Luke 11:21-22 “When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe. But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armor in which the man trusted and divides up his plunder.

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The Perfect Post COVID-19 Investment: By: Ray KASH Woods #CREAM

As a child my father often spent his limited time away from work playing board games with his family. One of his favorite board games was Monopoly. Such a board game instinctively taught players the power of property ownership and more specifically the power of “buying the block.” The game teaches players you don’t want to just own one property, in order to maximize your potential to collect rent, it’s important to own the block. So, no matter where an opposing player may land in any given area they’re more likely to have to pay you rent. As we age as players, we learn that budgeting to buy blocks isn’t as simple as collecting rent or utilities, but minimizing expenses and the risk of loss is important as well. The old adage, “a dollar saved is a dollar made”, takes on an increased importance. Knowing when to buy and when to sell is just as important as knowing which blocks generate the most potential residual return on an investment. Sometimes it’s important to buy. Sometimes it’s important to sell. But it’s always important to know where the money should be. Where is the best opportunity? According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, in response

to 2020’s COVID-19 pandemic, the recent “Cares Act” allows qualified investors under the age of 59 ½ years old to withdraw and reinvest up to $100,000 from their Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA) and employer provided accounts without penalty.That means investors with a traditional IRA and/or employer-provided retirement plan such as a 401(k) or 403(b) or other types of defined contribution plans can withdraw up to $100,000 without any early withdrawal penalties. This amongst many recent changes in laws and financial regulations in response to COVID-19, the recent fluctuations in stock valuations, and the forced closure of many small businesses throughout America have created instability, forced lowering of market values, decreased competition, and perhaps THE MOST OPPORTUNITY to make life changing investments of my life time. Now, more than ever, may be the best time to seek consultation, speak to your neighbors, and look around you for opportunities to “buy your

block.” N-Touch News, Downtown Deliveries’ Essential Business Directory, Florida Financial Advisor’s Guilliano Guimaray and other Neighborhood Partners would like to invite investors and those seeking investment to attend The Neighborhood Networking Event of 2020. Attend on behalf of your business and Pitch The Perfect Post COVID-19 Investment, or attend as an investor to hear from local business men and women about the opportunities worth considering in The Tampa Bay Post COVID-19 marketplace. It’s a mask mandatory outdoor happy hour event held in the Courtyard of The Plaza Suites Tower at 111 2nd Ave NE St. Pete, FL on Friday July 31st, 2020 from 6-8pm EST. Register online starting July 13th, 2020 at www.EssentialBusinessDirectory.com. The 1st 40 registered attendees will be considered for a $10,000 Investment. Complimentary drinks and Hors d’oeures will be provided. If there’s anything we’ve learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s the importance of com-

munity. When national institutions fail, it’s our community, and the true value of our “block” that may mean the most. We’re betting the perfect Post COVID-19 investment just might be you.

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Mayor Jane Castor Appoints Rob Rosner as New Director of Economic Opportunity As part of the re-organization of the Development and Economic Opportunity portfolio under Carole Post, Mayor Castor has appointed Rob Rosner as the Director of Economic Opportunity to lead the City’s initiatives to promote a comprehensive approach to economic and business development throughout the City. Rob Rosner joined the City of Tampa as an Urban Development Manager in 2015 for the City’s CRA Areas. Since 2015, Rob has overseen many public projects including: the renovations at the Convention Center, public improvements to multiple parks and streetscapes, Water Street Tampa Master Infrastructure Project, The Sail Plaza, multiple Riverwalk Improvements, and Dis-

trict Wide Projects in the Channel District. Rob Rosner stated “I am honored and grateful to serve the City in this new role to drive vitality and opportunity through economic development across the city and to help bring the Mayor’s Transforming Tampa Tomorrow vision to reality through creativity and innovative approaches.” Rob began his career 27 years ago in Indianapolis, Indiana working for various architecture and engineering firms on development and redevelopment projects throughout the northeast US, Midwest, and Southeast US.

Rob holds a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture (BSLA) from Purdue University as well as Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Troy University. Rob holds and maintains a license as Registered Landscape Architect in Florida and Indiana. Rob currently represents the City as a Board member for several area organizations including The Glazer Children’s Museum Board and the Tampa Bay History Center Board. “During his time at the CRA, Rob has done so much to improve our urban core developing numerous

projects in Downtown and Channel District.” says Mayor Castor. “As I have said before, this city is going to change more in the next 10 years than it has in my lifetime. We are excited to have Rob expand his role to bring his passion and expertise to help make this vision come to reality across the whole city.” “Rob will be instrumental in supporting the City’s efforts around economic development, including recruiting new businesses and embarking on leading several strategic initiatives that support the Mayor’s Transforming Tampa’s Tomorrow vision.” says Carole Post, Administrator of Development and Economic Opportunity. Congratulations Rob! “To those that much is given, much is required”

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Free Face Coverings at Hillsborough County Libraries Going Fast To further protect the public against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Hillsborough County’s Emergency Policy Group (EPG) has enacted an order requiring that face coverings be worn inside businesses that are open to the public, with certain exceptions. The order applies to all people, including customers and employees, inside Hillsborough County businesses and nonprofit organizations that are open to the public when social distancing cannot be maintained. The City of Tampa has a separate order in effect. Hillsborough County began provid-

ing free cloth face coverings at 10 libraries throughout the county on Thursday, July 9. The high Demand for Face Coverings has resulted in limited supplies remaining. Residents should check the library website first to see if any are still available. To minimize contact, residents should call or text the library when arriving; signs with the phone number will be prominently posted at each site. Staff will bring the masks curbside. No appointments are needed. Each resident can receive two of the reusable face coverings and can

request face coverings for immediate family members not present. Masks should be available at the following locations from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday: Bloomingdale Regional Public Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico. C. Blythe Andrews Jr. Public Library, 2607 E. Dr. M L K Jr. Blvd., Tampa Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library, 3910 S. Manhattan Ave., Tampa Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave., Tampa Maureen B. Gauzza Public Library, 11211 Countryway Blvd., Tampa North Tampa Branch Library,

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