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Oakland Park, Florida

Oakland Park the City of Oakland Park, is a city in Broward County, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city's population was 41,363 due to annexation of North Andrews Gardens and Twin Lakes South, it is part of the Miami–Fort Lauderdale–West Palm Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area, home to 5,564,635 people at the 2010 census. Named Floranada, the town was forced into bankruptcy after the hurricane of 1926; when the municipality reincorporated, residents chose to make it a city and voted for the name Oakland Park. The original boundaries went from the Atlantic Ocean, west to what is now U. S. 441, from the north fork of Middle River north to Cypress Creek Boulevard, but when the boundaries were reestablished, it was to the west side of U. S. 1, west to Northeast 3rd Avenue and the north fork of Middle River north to what is now Prospect Road. Over time, it has expanded to its current boundaries due to acquiring a few other areas, such as recent annexations of unincorporated neighborhoods of Twin Lakes South and North Andrews Gardens.

Oakland Park is located at 26°10′35″N 80°8′40″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.1 square miles, of which 7.5 square miles is land and 0.69 square miles is water. Oakland Park is bisected by the Florida East Coast Railway, which runs parallel to Dixie Highway through the city's downtown; the City of Oakland Park has put into place new zoning regulations intended to transform downtown Oakland Park into a mixed-use pedestrian community. One element of the proposal is the creation of a new commuter rail station on the FEC rail line. Oakland Park borders the city of Wilton Manors, experiencing a tremendous amount of new development. Increased property prices in Wilton Manors have pushed up prices in Oakland Park and spurred interest in the city's downtown redevelopment plan; as of 2010, there were 20,076 households out. As of 2000, 24.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.3% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 48.6% were non-families.

35.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.4% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 3.00. In 2000, the city the population was spread out with 20.9% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 38.7% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, 10.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 109.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 109.8 males. In 2000, the median income for a household in the city was $35,493, the median income for a family was $38,571. Males had a median income of $30,269 versus $25,514 for females; the per capita income for the city was $18,873. About 13.3% of families and 16.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.1% of those under age 18 and 11.3% of those age 65 or over. As of 2000, English as a first language comprised 66.52%, while 18.16% spoke Spanish, 6.95% spoke French Creole as theirs, 3.32% spoke Portuguese, 1.99% spoke French, Italian was at 0.64%, German as a mother tongue made up 0.52% of the population.

As of 2000, Oakland Park was the fifteenth most Brazilian-populated area in the US at 2.1%, it had the twenty-fifth highest percentage of Haitians in the US, with 7% of the population Also, as of 2000, the North Andrews Gardens section of Oakland Park is the sixty-third most Cuban-populated area in the US at 5.76%, while the rest of Oakland Park had the 113th highest percentage of Cubans with 2.03% of all residents. The North Andrews Gardens section was the thirty-third most Peruvian-populated area in the US, at 1.51% of the population, as well as having the seventy-fourth highest percentage of Colombians in the US, at 2.03% of all residents. These are the neighborhoods and communities that are recognized by the City of Oakland Park. Oakland Park is represented by 5 City Commissioners. Commission Members may only serve for 2 consecutive terms. A Commission Member who has served 2 consecutive terms may not run for election for a 2 year period; the City operates under a commission-manager form of government in which the City Manager is appointed by the City Commission, serves as the head of the City's administration.

The City Manager's goals are to provide a capable and inspiring leadership for City staff, to make day to day decisions that allow for the most effective use of resources, to operate in a manner that improves the quality of life for Oakland Park's business and residents. The United States Postal Service operates post offices in Oakland Park, including the Oakland Park Post Office at 3350 NE 12th Avenue, the Fort Lauderdale Main Post Office at 1900 West Oakland Park Boulevard, the North Andrews Annex at 3400 North Andrews Avenue, the North Ridge Annex at 4350 North Andrews Avenue; the movie theater chain. Oakland Park is home to the Funky Buddha Brewery, a facility that produces beers unique to the South Florida market, its most popular arguably being Hop Gun. Oakland Park is a part of the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood media market, the twelfth largest radio market and the seventeenth largest television market in the United States, its primary daily newspapers are the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and The Miami Herald, their Spanish language counterparts El Sentinel and El Nuevo Herald.

The city is served by Broward County

Nicholas Serota

Sir Nicholas Andrew Serota, is an English art historian and curator, who served as the Director of the Tate from 1988 to 2017. He is Chair of Arts Council England, a role which he has held since February 2017. Serota was Director of The Museum of Modern Art and Director of the Whitechapel Gallery, before becoming Director of the Tate in 1988, he was Chairman of the Turner Prize jury until 2007. Nicholas Serota was born and raised in Hampstead, North London, the only son of Stanley Serota and Beatrice Katz Serota, his father was a civil engineer and his mother a civil servant a life peer and Labour Minister for Health in Harold Wilson's government and local government ombudsman. He has Judith. Serota was educated at Haberdashers' Aske's School and read Economics at Christ's College, before switching to History of Art, he completed a master's degree at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, under the supervision of Michael Kitson and Anita Brookner. In 1969, Serota became Chairman of the new Young Friends of the Tate organisation with a membership of 750.

They took over a building in Pear Place, south of Waterloo Bridge, arranging lectures and Saturday painting classes for local children. The Young Friends staged their own shows and applied for an Arts Council grant, but were asked to desist by the Tate Chairman and Trustees, who were concerned with the appearance of official backing for these ventures. Serota and his committee resigned, which caused the end of the Young Friends, whose accommodation was taken over for rehearsals by the National Theatre. In 1970, he joined the Arts Council of Great Britain's Visual Arts Department as a regional exhibitions officer. In 1973 he was made Director of the Museum of Modern Art, where he organised an early exhibition of work by Joseph Beuys and formed a working relationship with Alexander "Sandy" Nairne, who worked with Serota at various points in the following years. In 1976, Serota was appointed Director of the Whitechapel Gallery in London's East End; the Whitechapel had suffered from lack of resources.

Serota assembled at the Whitechapel a staff including Jenni Lomax, Mark Francis and Sheena Wagstaff, organised exhibitions of Carl Andre, Eva Hesse and Gerhard Richter as well as early exhibitions of emerging artists such as Antony Gormley. In 1976 he was a judge for an art competition run by the brewers Trumans. In 1980, assisted by Alexander "Sandy" Nairne, he organised a two-part exhibition of 20th century British sculpture. In 1981, he curated The New Spirit in Painting, with Norman Rosenthal and Christos Joachimides for the Royal Academy; the shows, where Serota was helped by his administrator Loveday Shewell received adverse reviews in the press, which reacted with an uncharacteristic dislike for contemporary avant-garde art. Thus Serota remained somewhat distanced from the English establishment, although developing a growing reputation internationally in the art world. In 1984–1985, Serota shut down the Whitechapel for over 12 months for extensive refurbishment. A strip of land had been acquired, which allowed a design by architects Colquhoun and Miller for a first-floor gallery, lecture theatre and other rooms.

Although receiving wide approbation, the scheme was in deficit by £250,000. In 1987, Serota raised £1.4m in an auction of work, which he had asked artists to donate, paying off the debt, creating an endowment fund to allow future exhibitions of more unconventional work, unlikely to attract a commercial sponsor. The short-listed candidates for the Tate Directorship, who included Norman Rosenthal and Julian Spalding, were asked to prepare a seven-year scheme for the Tate. Serota's submission, on two sides of A4 paper, was titled "Grasping the Nettle", it analysed the various areas of Tate work and proposed future stratagems to deal with the imminent crisis caused by restricted government financial support, changing public sector management expectations and increasing art market prices. He saw many areas of the Tate's operations in need of overhaul, concluded that the gallery was loved, but not respected enough. Tate Chairman, Richard Rogers considered this by far the best proposal submitted. News of Serota's appointment as Tate Director in 1988 was received enthusiastially by Howard Hodgkin, who wrote in The Sunday Times, "Nick Serota has enormous energy and demonstrated at the Whitechapel a tremendous sense of diplomacy.

He is a passionate man, indeed is quite unusual in this country in his commitment to modern painting and sculpture."In contrast, Peter Fuller made a scathing attack in Modern Painters magazine, saying that Serota would be incapable, by temperament and ability, of maintaining the Tate's historic collection. Major expansion of the Tate Gallery had been seen as inevitable for two decades. In 1993, the creation of the National Lottery made it possible to anticipate the availability of major public funding for an enlarged Gallery. In 1995, Tate received £52 million towards the conversion of the former Bankside Power Station to create Tate Modern; the final cost was £135 million. Tate Modern opened in May 2000 and became a major tourist fixture of London; as well as housing acclaimed new works by Louise Bourgeois and Anish Kapoor, the Gallery has provided the base for successful exhibitions of Donald Judd, Picasso and Edward Hopper. On 21 November 2000, Serota gave the Dimbleby Lecture i

Morning Better Last!

Morning Better Last! is a compilation album released in September 2003. It brings together three tapes recorded by David Longstreth in the period 2001 to 2002. A year they were compiled and released by States Rights Records on CD-R and as a digital download from iTunes; the album features guest appearances by Liz Tung and Lucy Greene. Both "After Santa Monica Boulevard" and "Dahlonegabhama" were reused for the song "Tour Along The Potomac" on The Getty Address, while "Here Comes The Summer King" is an up-tempo version of "Three Brown Finches" on The Glad Fact. In 2006, Longstreth commented on the material, explaining that the record "is like 1/40th of a whole bunch of four track recordings I made in 2002". All tracks are written by David Longstreth

Thomas Patrick Coohill

Thomas Patrick Coohill is considered one of the world's experts on the effects of light on living systems. Thomas Patrick Coohill, son of Francis Coohill and Mary Donnelly, was born in Brooklyn, New York, on 25 August 1941, he has/had four brothers, William and Kevin, three sisters, Joan and Virginia. All of his grandparents were Irish. Coohill attended Saint Michael's College at the University of Toronto, where he met his future wife, Patricia Ann Trutty, he received his master's degree at the University of Toledo. His first two sons and Thomas Jr. were born in Toledo. He received his PhD in Biophysics at Pennsylvania State University under the tutelage of renowned physicist, Ernest C. Pollard, he went to work in Pittsburgh, where his third and final son, was born. Coohill has worked in various places: the Medical School at the University of Pittsburgh, he was President of the American Society for Photobiology in 1989. He is a member of the Review Committee of the United Nations for the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.

His speciality is the effects of ultraviolet radiation on viruses. He has published over 100 reviewed articles, book chapters, books, he is a sought after consultant to industry and governments and has been a featured speaker in over 40 countries. Coohill is the recipient of several awards, including a Sigma Xi National Lectureship, The Order of St. Michael, the meritorious RA Award from the American Society for Photobiology, Outstanding Teacher and Researcher, he has published two novels,The Wolves of Pilovo and The 5th World He has been cited in the press and interviewed twice on National Public Radio. He has appeared numerous times on TV. An intrepid traveler, he has visited over 100 countries; as a rite of passage at age 12, he takes each of his grandchildren on a two-week trip, alone. Coohill, Thomas P.. Photobiology for the 21st Century. Valdenmar Publishing Company. ISBN 0-9632105-4-8. LCCN 2001090397

Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off

The Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off is an annual literary contest intended to bring greater visibility to self-published English-language fantasy authors. The SPFBO has been operated since 2015 by the author Mark Lawrence, he distributes about 300 novels submitted by the authors to ten fantasy bloggers to review. Each blogger selects a finalist, reviewed by all ten bloggers; the winner is the finalist with the highest average review score. The contest has been credited with making high-quality self-published novels discoverable, with boosting the careers of the winners. Though not the primary purpose, it has helped several authors find publishing contracts; these include Jonathan French, the 2016 winner, Josiah Bancroft, whose book Senlin Ascends, despite losing out before the semi-final stage of the same competition, was reviewed so positively that it gained widespread attention in the fantasy community

Ribat of Sousse

Ribat of Sousse is a ribat in the city of Sousse, Tunisia. The original construction dates back to the Aghlabid era in the 8th century; the ribat was constructed by the Aghlabid ruler Ibrahim the Great in the 8th century. During this time, the building had a modest structure, it was restored during the rule of Ziyadullah in 821. During the restoration, two floors and battlements were added, as well as thirty rooms for guards to live complete with bathroom and toilet. A mosque was established on the terrace where used by the citizens of Sousse during the Eid al-Fitr or Eid al-Adha, it is considered among the first mosques built in the city, including the Great Mosque of Sousse. The ribat is equipped with a water basin which collects rainwater for the use of drinking and washing; the basin was first built by Ibrahim the Great, expanded by Ziyadullah. The ribat was built less than 10 years than the Ribat of Monastir, first-built in 796. However, Ribat of Monastir formed into current shape in around 10th century.

After the Byzantine city of Melite was captured by the Aghlabids in 870, marble and columns plundered from its churches was used to build the Ribat