Time To Pull For Our Friend Marge !

Many of you know our dearest friend Marge Anderson. She is one of the most decent, pleasant, caring, involved and smart Fort Lauderdale residents ever !…..



Marge playing role of Ivy Stranahan in Smith history play !


So when Marge went out to Seattle to visit her son this Christmas, and thought she was having a stroke, (that turned out to be brain cancer), we were all totally aghast – beside ourselves. Marge has been a friend, an activist, a neighborhood President ( treasurer, secretary etc.), served on many City Boards, belongs to the 1919 Club, volunteers for Insight for the Blind and on and on, and is just plain well known and highly respected around these parts …

She is also  my best bud, and when she called to give me the tough news, I said ” I’m coming out” …No no she said, you’ve got a campaign to run”  ( that’s how Marge is).  So I hung up and booked a flight to Seatlle  ..





(I arrived at the airport, and, just as an aside, the Seattle WAVE was zooming by  – yes, out there it goes to the airport, what a concept !!)





I got a rental car ! …..

Before leaving Fort Lauderdale, I had put word out to all her friends that I was going…. I told them to bring a card or note or something to me that I could take to Marge from them   ….. They poured in  …..  On my first night there, I got to her son’s house and dumped the load of letters and well wishes on their kitchen table  …. She was quite pleasantly surprised  .. We read them all. I had  told everyone that Marge said no crying , so the letters were fun, and we laughed quite a bit  …





Early the next day I picked her up for a full day of fun, and much serious talking  …. She gave me the full lowdown, all the details ……  I think Marge is ready for what is to come ….





We just roamed around – explored and talked…… The Space Needle, the fish market, a long lunch ( with wine !)

She explained how the radiation would start very soon, that she is staying out there for treatment, but wants to be home ASAP, misses her busy life …..  We decided together that she would beat this beast, and I learned that she had already started to document the whole rotten experience, to help others …..  She said I could tell the story of her bravery and determination….


At the end of the second day there, I had to get ready for another long flight back home ….. I asked her if there was anything she needed or wanted  ….  She casually said she didn’t think the treatments would be so tough, but somehow inserted, kinda under her breath, that pot was legal in Washington State  …..  I googled pot shops near the area and there just happened to be one two blocks away !  ….




Marge went back to her son’s house with a nice bag of peppermint patties ( they’re pretty creative out there) …

So pull for Marge however you can, send her an email to margery1@bellsouth.net, and she and I will keep you informed…….




The Campaign !

….. While waging a political campaign is no picnic for sure, there are many bright spots that occur, and some new endorsements have come in lately that have me smiling ! ( I’ll tell you in a minute)




I have referred back to my watch word, to make sure I take it all in good measure –



noun: humility
  1. a modest or low view of one’s own importance; humbleness.
    …… It’s the people that you represent that are important, and I hope I get the chance soon, the primary coming just next Tuesday, January 16 ……
    …… So recently a couple of new big supporters joined the list …. Jackie Scott ( former President of the Council of Civic Assoc) ……  Commissioner Romney Rogers, Mayor Jack Seiler  ……. and former Police Chief  Frank Adderley  …..  humbled !
    Here is the big list – please let me add your name !

    Nina Randall ( former Middle River Terrace Pres)

    Tim Schiavone ( Parrot Lounge)

    Rob Edlin ( Flagler Village)

    Howard Steinhold ( Seven Isles)

    Vicki Mowrey ( Central Beach)

    Abby Laughlin ( Central beach)

    Steve Jacobson (former VP Lakeridge)

    Marge Anderson (former Pres Middle River Terrace)

    John Aurelius ( former Ft laud CC )

    Ron Weinbaum

    Logan Ritter ( MRT)

    Jen Brugman (MRT)

    Ross Parker ( Call of Africa)

    Pastor Petit Frere

    Ben Session ( former pres SMRCA)

    Sal Gatanio ( former pres SMRCA)

    Katherine Barry (past Pres CCA)

    Charlie Ladd- small developer

    Lorraine Saunders ( past Pres MRT)

    Maureen ( Eat the Tea)

    Donna Collins ( sec. SMRCA)

    Cindy Smith – wife

    Timmy Smith- son

    Frank Palenco ( House of Art)

    Rev. Luke Harrigan

    Pastor Diane Mann

    Dave Justin ( former treasure MRT)

    Randall Klett ( former Prres MRT)

    Mark Hensel ( former Pres MRT)

    Sean (Le Boy)

    George Mihau- newsletter publisher

    Chuck Gregory – Board of CCA

    Michael Haerting ( Cycle Party)

    Chris ( cycle party)

    Johua Tiktin ( Mass District)

    Mark Hartman ( former Pres MRT)

    Don Crinklaw- reporter

    Elaine Viets ( famous local author)

    Louise Birminham – MRT

    Steve Greer – MRT

    Gail Jacobson – Lakeridge

    Hubert and Terry (SMRCA)

    Rob and Carmen Smith (SMRCA)

    Rayon Piper ( VP of CCA)

    Jessica Piper – MRT

    Dan Lewis – former mayoral candidate !

    Tore Heubel – MRT

    James Brady

    Robin Merill

    Doug Snyder

    Caldwell Cooper

    Rocky Bowell- Pride Factory

    Justin Greenbaum – CRA

    Derrick Caglianone – 13th Street

    Pam Caglianone- 13th Street

    Amy Jones Hamilton – former Pres. Laudergate Isles

    Vicki Eckels- – also District 4 resident supporting Ben Sorensen

    Barry Curtis – MRT

    Diane and Bill Smart- preservationists

    Bob Oelke

    Neysa Rich Brady

    Jack Moroney – 13th Street

    Harris Soloman-

    Howard Elfman – former Dist II candidate !

    Rob Stiegle- small developer

    Linda and Karl Shallenberger

    Mel Lenet- 13th Street

    David and Susanna Coleman – MRT

    Cliff and Michelle Stickler – MRT

    Ray Thrower – SMRCA

    Tom Rose

    Jim Ober

    Richard Eberhard – MRT

    Steve and Beverly Stahl – MRT

    Nick Saknofsky – former candidate

    Brad Laird _ SMRCA

    Frank Link – Central Beach

    Ray Parker – Parker Playhouse

    Michael Madfis- architect

    Michael Ferber – former candidate Dist II

    Anthony Abbate- famous guy

    Dil Hatchette – MRT

    Dan Murphy – MRT

    John Day- famous guy

    Marc Dickerman

    Mark Lambert = Central Beach

    Darrin Mowrey – Central Beach

    Tony Esposito – Flagler Village

    Marilyn Hurst –

    Mike Tucker – President FOP

    Genia Ellis

    P.J. Espinol – SMRCA

    Nicole and Janette – SMR

    Dick Ellis

    Diana Centorino – fmr. P&Z

    Percy Johnson

    Tom Recca- CityView

    Mike Moscowitz – former candidate Dist. II

    Christine Jones – VP-  Lauderdale Manors

    Fenel Antoine – Haitian Community leader

    Jeff Torkleson – Bike Project

    James Campbell

    Tony Curatolo

    Marie McGinley – South Middle River

    Doug Blevins – former Pres SMRCA

    Bradley Decklbaum

    Linda Gibboney – former Pres SMRCA

    Ralph Rhiel – S Fla. Tourism Council

    Luis Castillo – former Pres SMRCA

    Fred Stresau – Infrastructure task force

    Terri Hayes – Victoria park

    Scott Maclaren – Pres. Stiles Corp.

    Bruce Keno

    Brian Keno

    Jim Ellis – former Pres. Lauderdale Beach

    Par Sanda – NBRA

    Tim Petrillo – restaurateur

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    Paid for and approved by the Tim Smith campaign for City Commissioner, District II, for Fort Lauderdale !