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Two big events are going on this week.

Tonight, on what would have been his 61st birthday, the community is celebrating the life of Ken Keechl at The Pride Center. And on Thursday, Chasten Buttigieg will be speaking at Sunshine Cathedral in a fundraiser for SAVE and the Reproductive Freedom Collective of Broward County.

-- Christiana Lilly, Editor


Celebration of Life for Ken Keechl Today

By John Hayden

The late Ted Adcock, left, and Ken Keechl. (Photo by J.R. Davis)

Ken Keechl, Broward’s first openly gay county mayor, would have celebrated his 61st birthday Oct. 10. Instead, his loved ones and supporters will celebrate his life.

“It’s a chai (Hebrew for life). It’s a good thing. It’s a mitzvah for him,” said Dolphin Democrats activist Michael Albetta, a close friend of Keechl who is helping organize the 5:30 p.m. Tuesday public remembrance at The Pride Center at Equality Park in Wilton Manors.

Keechl, a Fort Lauderdale attorney, died Sept. 1, eight months after his husband Ted Adcock’s death at 69 from kidney disease, and four months after learning he had advanced pancreatic cancer.

“Ken and Ted were together 27 years,” said their close friend, attorney Coleman Prewitt, who shared office space with Keechl since 2015.

“I met Ken in 2008 when I ran for the Fort Lauderdale City Commission. He was on the county commission. And we’ve been friends since,” said Prewitt, who didn’t win his 2009 election bid.

Work days with Keechl usually began this way, he recalled:

“Every morning when I came in, he’d be waiting. He always had something to tell me. Stories about the practice, about politics, it could be anything,” Prewitt said. “The stories were always long and detailed. Very detailed. I always had to set aside an hour in the morning.” 



‘Pose’ Star Billy Porter Wows Wilton Manors

Billy Porter was in Wilton Manors to support the Stonewall National Museum & Archives. It didn’t take long for him to get rolling, taking the crowd of about 200 to a civil-rights church.

Chasten Buttigieg Comes to Fort Lauderdale Oct. 12

Chasten Buttigieg, whose husband is Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, is coming to Sunshine Cathedral on Oct. 12. A VIP reception, One On One With Chasten Buttigieg, is at 5 p.m. and the main public event, An Evening With Chasten Buttigieg, is at 7 p.m.


Wilton Manors and Police Discuss Contracts, Including Pay

Wilton Manors and the officers’ union, the Police Benevolent Association have been meeting for weeks to hash out a new three-year contract for WMPD.  Officers are among the lowest paid in South Florida, and both sides want to change that.

Weekly Events

TODAY: Business Networking

Rebel Wine Bar in Oakland Park is inviting local businesses to come out for a free networking mixer. First drink is free with Eventbrite ticket.

WED: Board Game Night

Meet up with other board game fans at Tenth Level Tavern in Oakland Park. Bring your own game or choose from the hundreds of options available.

THURS: Meet the Stars of HBO’s “The Stroll”

“The Stroll” is a poignant documentary on the lives of those trans women of color who survived the streets of New York City’s Meatpacking District. Stonewall hosts a screening of the film on Thursday and a meet-and-greet on Friday.

FRI: Men Having Babies Conference

This two-day conference focuses on the unique characteristics of Texas, Florida and other southern states as a surrogacy destination. Interact and consult with gay dads, experts, and over 20 reputable gay-friendly agencies, clinics, law firms, and other surrogacy providers.

SAT: Love! Valour! Compassion!

New to Island City Stage, a play about eight gay friends who spend the summer at one's beautiful 100-year-old house in upstate New York.

SUN: "Clark Gable Slept Here"

This play is in its final night at The Foundry, where the corpse of a naked male prostitute is found in a hotel room during the Golden Globe Awards.

Job Opportunities

Prep Cook -- Wilton Manors

New York Grilled Cheese Co. is hiring a prep cook for duties such as washing and chopping vegetables or cutting meat, basic kitchen duties like reducing sauces or parboiling, prep simple dishes such as soups and salads, and maintain a clean and orderly kitchen.

Runner/Expo -- Oakland Park

Funky Buddha Brewery is searching for a runner/expo to serve as the lynch pin between the kitchen and guests. This person will be in constant motion ensuring plates are finished in the kitchen and food is delivered quickly and accurately to guests.

Are you hiring? Send us your job listing with details to

Mike's Deal

With the holiday season upon us, treat yourself to Honey Baked Ham Rewards

Every $1 you spend on products at HoneyBaked = 1 Piggy Point. Get an additional $9 HoneyBaked Cash on your birthday, plus exciting rewards and promos to come. Receive $9 HoneyBaked Cash after your first purchase.  

Community Scrapbook

The Miss Florida FI Pageant was hosted at The Venue in Wilton Manors. At the end of the night, Yeisa Jovovich was awarded the crown. (Photos by J.R. Davis)


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