Oct 24, 2014
Another cartoon from A.F. Branco.
(image courtesy of A.F. Branco of Comically Incorrect.)
We have gotten a lot of chuckles and more than a few moments of pondering from Branco, which is why we are going to do something we don’t normally do – shamelessly plug a product.
Branco’s 2015 calendar is now available for a mere $14.95 plus shipping. You can order the calendar here.
We won’t make a penny off of your purchase so it is not like we are pumping the calendar to fill our coffers here are Raised on Hoecakes.
We just like Branco’s work and think the calendar would make a nice holiday gift.
Oct 24, 2014
Remember when the City Manager of Satellite Beach appeared before the City Council and the citizens to say that outsourcing payroll to a company would result in savings for the City?
That hasn’t exactly worked out.
The Florida Government Finance Officers Association (FGFOA) like many organizations uses a listserv for members to communicate with each other. Listserv software allows members to send one email to the group and that email is then distributed to all members individually.
Bridgette Clements, the Financial Officer for the City of Titusville, sent an email inquiring about outsourcing payroll functions:
From: FGFOA – Listserve – Financial Administration [mailto:FGFOA-FINANCIALADMINISTRATION@LISTSERV.FGFOA.ORG] On Behalf Of Clements, Bridgette
Sent: Friday, October 17, 2014 12:51 PM
Subject: Outsourcing Payroll
Does anyone outsource any of their payroll function? If so, who is the vendor and what parts are outsourced?
Director of Finance
Phone: (321) 567-3712
Fax: (321) 383-5811
Satellite Beach Assistant Finance Director Christine Fain responded to the inquiry:
Oct 23, 2014
Bet you always wondered, didn’t you?
Why did Americans drop the “u” from British words like “humour” and “behaviour”? What about “theater” vs. “theatre?” Siobhan Thompson explains the spelling divide between our nations.
Oct 22, 2014
EDITORS’S NOTE: We struggled with this post – even the idea of writing this post – because what we are about to say will be taken as an attack on the fine members of the Satellite Beach Women’s Club. That is not our intent, but we can see how some people may take it that way.
This past Monday night, the Satellite Beach Womens’ Club hosted a “Political Forum” at the Satellite Beach Civic Center. We’ve been to more than a few of these events, and it is always good to see, meet, greet, and compare candidates on issues. The forum serves as an invaluable tool in educating voters in and around Satellite Beach and we applaud the Satellite Beach Womens’ Club for their efforts in hosting these forums.
Unfortunately, the forum on Monday night was not a shining example of what a forum should and could be.
Let’s start with the basics of “what is a forum?”
A forum is defined as “an assembly, meeting place, television program, etc., for the discussion of questions of public interest.”
The element that was most lacking at the forum was candidates. A political forum without the candidates appearing is like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich without the bread. You may enjoy the peanut butter and the jelly, but it is going to be messy eating it. The forum had a representative from Representative Posey’s campaign, a write-in candidate for Posey’s seat by the name of Chris Duncan Jr, County Commission District 4 candidate George Lebovitz (L) and some of the folks running for judgeships.
No candidates or representatives for the governor’s race, the Attorney General, Chief Financial Officer, or Commissioner of Agriculture were there. Of the 17 non judicial candidates on the ballot, only two were represented plus a write-in candidate.
Oct 22, 2014
It’s hump day, and we all need a laugh.
Oct 21, 2014
Watch the video below where the Washington State Police have an interesting radio conversation between cars on the ground and an air unit looking for speeders.
The air unit sees lots of speeders, but for some reason, none of the speeders are stopped much less given a ticket.
Caught this today on Highway 2 just out of Wenatchee. WSP had their aircraft up to catch speeders in the 60mph section of Hwy 2. Apparently there was a “DRE” drug recognition expert conference up in Lake Chelan today- so the WSP plane caught several marked and unmarked (and a motorcycle) doing well above the speed limit (26mph over in at least once case)
The aircraft stopped calling out the speeds until ground units would confirm they were or were not a police car. If they were a police car they didn’t get stopped.
Oct 20, 2014
After you get your pumpkin (see below) you might want to take the time tonight to stop and listen to the candidates who are running for office this November 4th.
It is always good to get answers from the horse’s mouth (so to speak) rather than relying on ads in support or against a candidate.
Hope to see you there.
Oct 20, 2014
The folks at the Satellite Beach United Methodist Church are having their annual “Pumpkin Patch” sale. The sales benefit the youth programs of the church.
They have pallets of pumpkins from small to large which are great for carving as well as for making your grandma’s pumpkin pie recipe. Decorative gourds are available for giving your home or table that fall feel and look.
What we like about this endeavor is that the kids for are out selling the pumpkins. This is not a handout. The kids are working for the sales and will not only help you with the sale, but will help you load that special pumpkin into your car.
Satellite Beach United Methodist Church is located at 450 Lee Avenue. A better landmark is that the church is directly across the street from Satellite High’s athletic stadium on Grant Avenue. The pumpkin patch is located on the western edge of the church property at the corner of Lee and Avocado or Grant and Avocado and is open Sunday – Friday 12 PM – 7 PM and 10 AM – 7 PM on Saturday.
If you are looking for the Great Pumpkin, he might be hiding amongst the pumpkins at the Satellite Beach United Methodist Church.