Title: Venice gondolier sun
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 Material Information
Title: Venice gondolier sun
Alternate Title: Venice gondolier
Gondolier
Physical Description: v. : ill. (some col.) ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Venice Gondolier Sun
Publisher: Venice Gondolier Sun
Place of Publication: Venice Fla
Publication Date: July 29, 2007
Copyright Date: 2007
Frequency: semiweekly
regular
 Subjects
Subject: Newspapers -- Venice (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Sarasota County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre: newspaper   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Sarasota -- Venice
Coordinates: 27.098611 x -82.438889 ( Place of Publication )
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Additional Physical Form: Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 56, no. 7 (April 4-6. 2001)-
Numbering Peculiarities: Issue for April 4-6, 2001 also called April 4, 2001.
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Bibliographic ID: UF00028295
Volume ID: VID00392
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Resource Identifier: ltuf - ANK8420
oclc - 47264140
alephbibnum - 002730652
issn - 1536-1063
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Preceded by: Venice gondolier (Venice, Fla. : 1983)

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Green

Butterfly

to close

BY SUSAN CAIRO
STAFF WRITER
High rent and the inability
to find a new manager have
caused the Green Butterfly
consignment shop to an-
nounce it will close Sept. 30.
The shop is operated for
the benefit of the Loveland
Center.
"I notified the landlord on
Monday that we no longer
can keep the place open,"
said Juanita Elliott, manager.
Dedicated but aging vol-
unteers are preparing for
their final few months in
business.
"I am pushing 75, and it's
getting hard for me to haul
heavy consignment furniture
back and forth," said Ed
Boudreaux, vice president.
"Juanita works seven days a
week and she is almost 80."
Volunteer Claire Zacharias
hasn't missed a day since the
shop opened. Zacharias is
partially blind and is finding
it difficult get a ride to the
Green Butterfly each day, but
she still makes the effort.
'All of our volunteers are so
passionate about this place
and have a real love for the
staff and students of Love-
land," said Elliott.
She believes that is what
kept them going for so long.
But the Green Butterfly is
Please see BUTTERFLY, 5A

Good morning, Gondolier
Sun subscriber,
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Zeus goes home

"We recognize Zeus still needs special training." Ana Otero


SUN PHOTO BY JEFF TAVARES, jtavares@venicegondolier.com
Gilbert Otero lifts his arms in celebration as his wife; Ana Otero, smiles. Constantine
Hanzivallas, an animal behavioralist with Sarasota in Defense of Animals, assists the


Oteros in getting Zeus into an SDA van.
BY COURTNEY LINN
'STAFF WRITER
Every dog has its day, the old saying goes.
Zeus, the German shepherd that belongs to
Gilbert and Ana Otero of Nokomis, had his
Friday.
Zeus was awaiting euthanasia by Sara-
sota County Animal Control for biting a
Verizon employee in March until County
Judge Phyllis Galen overturned his death
warrant, declared him a dangerous dog and
ordered the county release him "without
undue delay" to the Oteros.'
They reclaimed their pet Friday evening.
"It's fantastic news," said Jennifer Dietz,
the attorney for the Oteros.
Inconsistencies
Florida has two dog-bite laws. One al-
lows a dog to be declared dangerous but
returned to its owners with restrictions on
it, such as being muzzled in public. The
other statute, under which Zeus was prose-


cuted, requires a dog be put to death.
Inflicting a severe injury is grounds to
invoke either statute.
After Zeus bit Verizon serviceman Wil-
liam Flick in March, he was taken into
custody and ordered by a magistrate to be
put to sleep. Galen affirmed that ruling on
appeal, but granted another hearing,
which was held July 6.
At that hearing, Dietz cited inconsistent
results in dog bite cases; that's what she
feels changed Galen's mind.
'Dogs that had committed more serious
injuries were,not euthanized," Dietz said.
Animal control officers had no guide-
lines to use in choosing between the two
statutes and courts were treating dogs dif-
ferently when applying the law, she argued.
Galen ruled that the lack of standards was
an unconstitutional delegation of discretion
to the officers.
Dietz said she plans to work in the state
Please see ZEUS, 10A


Brush fire closes River Road


Breaking the


rules, faking


the grades


It took a special task force of more than a
dozen educators to unravel the web of tran-
script changes made by a former Venice High
teacher.

BY GREG GILES
NEWS EDITOR
AVenice High teacher resigned after school let out in May
following an investigation by school officials into tampering
with student records.
Steve Joselson, a math teacher since 2001, was found by
the school to have made a host of unauthorized changes to
student records, including creating his own courses, chang-
ing teacher assignments, altering student class schedules,
making unauthorized grade changes and granting credit
without the appropriate approval.
He was also char-
ged with' unprofes-
sional conduct in the
area of student rela-
tionships for trans-
porting students in his
car without the princi-
pal's approval.
Joselson admits to
not knowing the rules
for transporting stu-
dents. As for the other
accusations, he ac-
knowledged making
dozens, if not hun-
dreds, of changes to
student records, but
insists he didn't do
anything wrong.
According to tran-
scripts of an interview Steve Joselson -s he appeared in
with school officials, the 2005 Venice High yearbook.
Joselson said he was
Only trying to help stu-
dents who weren't getting the assistance they needed.
The math teacher, who was tasked with creating and
updating the, school's master class schedule, a function of
the school guidance counseling department, said he began
making changes to records in part because he was bored.
He said he made the changes on behalf of fellow teachers
and counselors short on time and less adept at navigating
the school's database management system, called "AS400."


"He had been a valued and trusted
employee.": Candace Millington,
Venice High School principal


"Some of the changes were legitimate and authorized," said
Principal Candace Millington Friday.
"We are fortunate that only eight student records were
involved. We did an intensive investigation, and had
tremendous support from The Landings (the school dis-
Please see GRADES, SA


Osprey committee

to honor its founder


BYGERALDA. ROGOVIN
CORRESPONDENT


SUN PHOTO BY JEFF TAVARES, jtavares@venicegondolier.com
Firefighters from Sarasota County, Englewood and North Port battled a 3- to 5-acre brush
fire south of Center Road and west of River Road in Venice Friday. Officials closed River
Road in both directions. Fire officials believe the fire was started by a lightning strike.


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Agenda item 3 for the July
30 meeting of the Osprey
Revitalization Committee ac-
knowledges Judith Johnson,
founding chair of the eight-
year-old group.
Judy Johnson resigned as
chair last month. Her succes-
sor, Jay Leland, who had been
vice chair for just as long,
said, "She hit the ground run-
ning on this committee, and
never stopped running.
"She was the first to show
up at meetings, and the last to
leave," he said. "She never
missed a meeting, even


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though her health has obvi-
ously been declining the past
few years."
Leland and Norma Martin
- a former member of the
committee and a Realtor in
the community for more than
52 years credit Johnson
with getting the attention of
the Sarasota Board of County
Commissioners about Osp-
rey's needs.
"She gave Henry Rod-
riguez the credibility he need-
ed when he first turned up in
Osprey," Leland said. "With-
out her backing, many of us
would have dismissed him."
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BY STEVEN J. SMITH
STAFF WRITER

A lot of people 12,525, to
be exact want a referen-
dum on a proposed county
charter amendment that
would make it harder for the
Sarasota County commis-
sioners to grant builders
greater density and intensity
in county development.
If passed on Nov. 6, the ref-
erendum would require a
super-majority (four out of
five votes) of the commission-
ers on future growth deci-
sions in the county.
. Those signatures were col-
lected by Citizens for Sensible
Growth in Sarasota County,
the same watchdog group
that inspired passage of
another charter amendment
on March 13 granting the
county greater say on the
density and intensity of devel-
opment of lands lying in the
unincorporated areas of the
county.


Bill Earl, retired land-use
lawyer and a board member
of the group, spoke of the
time and effort it took to place
the super majority referen-
dum on the November ballot.
"We started about 18
months ago and we collected
12,525 signatures," Earl said.
"The idea is to force a greater
consensus and require more
discussion and agreement
before (the commissioners)
make the major growth man-
agement decisions."
Why did the group need


12,525


12,525 signatures?
"We needed 5 percent of
the registered voters in the
county that voted in the last
general election," Earl said. "It
was a lot ofwork, I can tell you
that. Now the debate can
move forward and the voters
will have a choice whether
they want to set some higher
standards for growth."
Earl said his constituents
got increasingly frustrated,
going to hearings in which
citizens had little or no voice
in development decisions.


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corn fields found that the corn
grew better with easy listening
and classical numbers.
Rock music stunted
growth.
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then the same might hold true
for, say, dairy cows. Cows
could be contented with barn-
yard music to milk by.
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developers do," Earl said. "We
wanted to require greater
consensus before (the com-
missioners) make these gi-
gantic decisions which affect
sometimes thousands of
acres, a lot of houses and a lot
of residents."
Earl said the super-majori-
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BY COURTNEY LINN
STAFF WRITER


In the Sarasota Classi-
fied/Teachers Association's
negotiations with the Sara-
sota County School Board July
25, the district brought up
some new procedural issues
from the union contract.
The first item was the time-
frame for' voluntary lateral
transfers.
Instead of two weeks be-
fore school starts to make a
voluntary 'transfer to another
school, Scott Lempe, the dis-
trict's chief operating officer,
asked to make it three weeks.
SC/TA Executive Director
Barry Dubin was uncertain
about the change.
"People feel the time peri-
od is too short now," Dubin
said.
The district also wanted a
change in the procedure for
the return to class of a student
who committed an assault
against a teacher.
Lempe proposed the lan-
guage be changed to include
the .decision of a student
review committee, in addition
to the teacher, to let the child
return to the same class.
Dubin said he was uncere-
tain about leaving the deci-
sion up to a committee and
not just the teacher. o
Dubin asked 4empe if he-
would want his wife in the '
same class as a student who
attacked her.
Board attorney Art Hardy
said a battery could be spit-'
ting on the teacher; therefore, ;
a committee would be useful.:
Reading teachers
Dubin proposed seven:
solutions for the critical short-'
age of reading teachers within
the district.
One of the items was a"
* one-time $5,000 incentive on'
the completion of required'
* courses; contingent on a
three-year commitment to
teach in the district, if'
* requested by the school'
board.
Certification courses would
be paid for by the district and'
be counted for salary credit. In-
addition, teachers teaching-
out-of-field would have priori2-
ty in the classes, should they
become full.
"I think this is a great first--
go on this," Hardy said. .
Custodial survey
The union gave the district'
representatives a survey to,
help evaluate classified em-;
ployee absences.
Lempe said a problem with
. attendance might be because,
of the way in which leave time
is shown on pay stubs.
According to Lempe, the;
sick leave is lumped in witl,
personal leave, which can,
mislead an employee as to;
how much leave time he actu-,
ally has.
It's very confusing, Lempe
said.
Dee Smith of the SC/TA;
said it would be helpful if the.
district could change the way,
*leave time is displayed.
Lempe and Dubin agreed.
to get a committee together to;+
discuss the attendance prob--
lem, using data from the surx.
vey to get started.
The negotiations continue
Aug. 1 at 3 p.m.

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SVThieves may be targeting Hispanic ULIU
Thieves maybe targeting Hipanic


BY STEVEN J. SMITH
STAFF WRITER


The Hispanic community
mourns last Monday's mur-
ders of Jose Manuel Lopez
Rodriguez, 22 and Cristobal
Perez Rodriguez, 24, victims
of an apparent robbery that
went terribly wrong.
The young men were mur-
dered execution-style, with
gunshots to the backs of their
heads, in the mobile home
they shared at Mobile Gar-
dens in Englewood. The
alleged assailants have been
caught and jailed, yet ques-
tions have arisen as to why
the young men were targeted
for the crime.
"Basically, there's three
types of home invasions,"
said Bob Carpenter, spokes-
man for the Charlotte County
Sheriff's Office. "One is those
who go after senior citizens
who don't trust banks and
keep a lot of cash in their
house. The second is those
that are drug-related. The
third is targeting Latinos who
are illegal."
Carpenter said there are
cases where criminals have


entered the homes of illegal
residents looking for stock-
piles of cash because they
know the victims can't open
bank accounts.
"They save up a lot of cash
then go to these stores where
you can send money orders
back to Mexico," Carpenter
said. "They keep large stores
of cash in the house. Then a
friend comes in, sees this and
tells somebody else. It doesn't
take long for word to get out
that there's sizable amounts
of cash in there."
Carpenter said that as long
as criminals even suspect
large amounts of cash might
be in an immigrant's home,
the stage is always set for a
robbery-- or worse.
"(Immigrants) need a
Social Security number, be-
cause they are required to
report (their earnings) to the
IRS," Carpenter said. "(With-
out one), the problem isn't
going to go away.'
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Susan Scott, assistant
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Carlos Angeles, owner of
Angeles Family Restaurant -
who said Lopez Rodriguez
was in the country legally -
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amounts of cash in their
homes.
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in the house. (Criminals)
are not going to find thou-
sands and thousands of
dollars in a Mexican house.
That's a lie. (Immigrants)
send their money to their
families in Mexico every
other week."
Angeles said the Hispanic
community in Englewood is
tight-knit and illegals quickly
seek out legal residents with
bank accounts to hold their
money until it can be safely
sent on to Mexico.
"They trust one another,"
Angeles said. "They support
one another. And after these
murders, they're going to be
afraid more than ever about
being robbed and killed for
their money. So criminals
can forget about finding
money in their homes."

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GRADES from page lA


trict's administrative offices)."
A series of investigative
meetings was held in April
between Millington, Joselson
and his attorney, and occa-
sionally a district administra-
tor or assistant school princi-
pal.
That's when staff began
investigating student and
parent complaints about
Joselson's unorthodox meth-
ods.
Among their findings:
Students would request their
own grade changes. On at
least one occasion, a student,
prior to sports season, asked
to have a particular grade
flagged so it could be pulled
from his GPA calculations,
Joselson said.
Complaint
Joselson apparently took
intentions embodied in the
federal No Child Left Behind
Act to a new level when he
created unauthorized one-
on-one courses within the
guidance department to help
struggling students.
Soon, word got around
that some students could get
out of their classes if they
went to Joselson, said one
student who filed a com-
plaint.
But it didn't stop there.
He was also charged with
granting credit to students
that wasn't earned.
According to school records,
Joselson changed grades from
"F's" to "A's," including that of
a student athlete that,
months later, required the
school to contact the state
wrestling organization to for-
feit team points he con-
tributed.
Joselson was put on
'administrative leave with pay
April 17. He resigned effective
May 24, after the Venice High
principal had recommended
his termination on April 25
over the "serious situation
involving inaccuracies of
electronic student records,"
"inappropriate communica-


tions with students" and
"unauthorized transportation
of students."
On June 14, 2007 the
Sarasota County School
District reported Joselson to
the Florida Department
of Education's Professional
Practices Commission for
"concerns of unprofessional
conduct in the areas of stu-
dent relationships and stu-
dent records."
But it stopped short of rec-
ommending his license be
revoked.
Investigation
It took a group of district-
level staff from the district's
management information
systems department, excep-
tional student education
department, guidance de-
partment and curriculum
department in collabora-
tion with the school's guid-
ance chair, ESE liaison, math
department chair and top
school administrators to
unravel the mess.
It all began March 8 when
school administrators met
with the parent of a student
who reported a problem with
the involvement of Joselson
in their lives. Transcripts were
not clear, but Joselson may
have stayed with the family
for a short time.
The same day, Millington
reviewed Joselson's access to
'AS400 authorization" the
database management pro-
gram with access to student
records.
In April, the school held a
fact-finding meeting with
Joselson- and his attorney,
Dan Dannheiser.
Meanwhile, staff were
scouring AS400 training logs
and other data entry logs
accessed by Joselson.
How itstarted
A math teacher who came
to Venice High in 2001,
Joselson also filled the posi-
tions of testing coordinator
and master scheduler.


It was during the schedul-
ing of coursework for stu-
dents in Cornerstone, a pro-
gram for ninth- and 10th-
graders who struggle in read-
ing, that Joselson identified
the need to, in his words, "dif-
ferentiate courses."
"This caused a need to
split and to move grades," he
said.
At first, he said, one of the
student liaisons in the guid-
ance department asked him
to work with some students.
Then a counselor came to
him and asked if he could
work online with another stu-
dent.
That's when he went to the
ESE wing and counselors
began adding more students
to his roster, he said.
While Joselson admitted to
changing student records, he
denies it was unauthorized.
Joselson said he gained
authorization at the sugges-
tion of Assistant Principal
LaShawn Houston, who
heads the guidance depart-
ment.
When asked by Millington
during the investigation if he,
as the VHS scheduler, had the
authority to assign or change
teacher's grades, Joselson
responded, "I don't know if
that is the role of the sched-
uler, but teachers would e-
mail me changes and I would
make (them)."
Not only did he not have
the authority, he didn't even
know how to change a stu-
dent's grade, admitting he
was self-taught.
"I have never had training
on the AS400," he said.
"I have not a clue what the
established process is (for
making changes). The pro-
cess I was presented with,
would be to have a teacher e-
mail me their grades ... if a
teacher e-mailed me a grade
or asked me to update a
grade, I did."
Grades changed
But it was the unautho-


rized changing of students
grades that most disturbed
school officials.
Protecting the sanctity of
student records is a primary
function of a school, Milling-
ton said in the transcripts.
Joselson was charged with
changing grades that were
issued by other teachers with-
out their knowledge.
In one instance, according
to transcripts, Joselson al-
legedly changed an algebra
grade for one student from a
42 to an 82 after allowing the
student to redo course work
he authorized online.
Ditto for another student
whose geometry grade was
changed from 60 to 70.
Ditto again for a math stu-
dent with a grade of 74, which
was changed to an 84 after
Joselson created a new liberal
arts math class under his own
name.
Yet another algebra II stu-
dent's grade was changed
from a 52 to a 71.
Joselson was queried as to
why a grade was given to one
student who also received
credit for a weight-training
class that was supposedly
held at the exact time as
another course taken by the
student. He said it could have
been his computer error
when working with Smait-
Web.
In another instance, he
was accused of creating an
English Skills and Writing
class for a student even
though he isn't certified to
teach English. And this, after
the student's ESE liaison
specifically instructed him via
e-mail not to place the stu-
dent under his tutelage,
according to transcripts.
Joselson was even accused
of going into the file of a
transfer student who attend-
ed Sarasota Military Academy
in 2004 and correcting his for-
mer class grade from an 0, "F,"
to a 98, 'A."
His rationale for making
the change: "There was a


transcript with three different
schools on it. ... 'cause there
was stuff missing."
Joselson also admitted to
changing student grade
records for 2005-06, and
other school years.
He was also asked about
"flagging" student records.
Flagging is done to exclude a
grade from student's grade-
point average calculations.
This, he said, was done
often at the beginning of the
sports season, and that coun-
selors and students them-
selves would ask if certain
transcripts could be flagged
or excluded.
Transporting students
The only accusation Josel-
son admits to was transport-
ing students in his automo-
bile, a violation of school dis-
trict procedures when it's
done without the school prin-
cipal's authorization. The
parent or guardian is also
supposed to be notified in
writing.
He admitted to driving a
student who injured his arm
during a football game to the
hospital with the parent's per-
mission. V
On another occasion, he
took a student to the dentist
and to the department of
motor vehicles to obtain a
driver license, on the same
day during school hours,
again with parent approval
but without checking in with
the school administration.
Joselson was also admon-
ished for calling students
after school hours and late
into evening, and for painting
over the window of his class-
room door, prohibiting a view
into the room.
Sharing the blame
While Joselson accepted
much of the blame for his
actions, he also accused the
school's counseling depart-
ment of dropping the ball.
"You know how dysfunc-
tional the guidance office is,"


he said in the transcripts.
"They are currently undergo-
ing their own set of counsel-
ing because they are so dys-
functional. ... I did whatever I
could to help everybody."
"I have never done any-
thing intentionally wrong.
Everything I have done, I have
learned for myself and I have
done whatever challenges
you have thrown at me
because you ask me to do
stuff," he said, responding to
Millington's queries.
Upon concluding the
investigation, the school
identified eight students who
the guidance department
determined would need their
school records corrected,
some requiring up to nine
changes.
In the April report,
Millington said the school
would contact the parents of
all affected students.
"I think everyone did a
great job in correcting the
(situation), and ensuring the
authenticity and accuracy of
our student records," Mil-
lington said Friday.
"He had been a valued and
trusted employee," she said of
Joselson. "The (master sched-
uler) position was a type of
promotion, in a sense."
She summed up the
episode like this: "It was an
overextension of his position,
with some misguided deci-
sions."
Moving on?
It's been three months
since the school investigation
concluded and Joselson
resigned, but the drama may
not be over.
On Friday, Joselson said he
didn't want to comment on
the earlier investigation, but
did indicate he wasn't pleased
with the action taken by the
school officials to correct the
grades and transcripts.
"I'm stillworking to fixthis on
behalf of the students," he said.

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facing the same problem a lot
of shop owners in Venice are
dealing with high rent.
Expenses are $8,000 a
month. Based on a consign-
ment rate of 45 percent, the
Green Butterflywould have to
make almost double that just
to break even. It's been diffi-
cult to find volunteers to keep


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things going.
"Lifestyle changes made it
impossible for us to find
staff," said Elliott.
The icon
The Green Butterfly was
started in the early 1980s by
retired businessman Frank
Burkholder, with the assis-


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tance of Pat Trahey, who had
prior experience working in a
school for the handicapped,
Trahey was the manager
for many years and recently
retired. Elliott, who had been
a volunteer, stepped in as
manager when Trahey left in
2005.
Carl Penxa, director of the


Loveland Center, said his
organization has been lucky
to be the recipient of the gen-
erosity of the people running
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is independent of Loveland.
"The Green Butterfly
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Penxa said that loss of the
Green Butterfly is really sad
for downtown Venice.
"It was like the icon of con-
signment shops," he said.
He .praised Elliott for her
passion.to keep it running for
as long as it did.
"She is an amazing human
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Elliott, still praying for mir-
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OUR VIEW



It's time to chart the airport's course


Inside today's paper you'll find "A Bird's
Eye View of the Venice Municipal
Airport," a special section prepared to
assist you as the future of the airport begins
to take shape in this week's charrettes.
Even though this is where the debate
starts in earnest, many people have
already made up their minds that there is
no good reason to consider developing
any part of the airport property. While we
understand their concerns, here are some
points we think everyone should be able
to agree on:
1. Our local economy needs a kick in the
pants. If you can't see that, you haven't been
paying attention.
2. Venice Municipal Airport needs some
improvements. At the very least we need to
resurface runway 4/22 for safety, improve
noise abatement and add more money-
making T-hangars to eliminate a waiting list.
3. The island needs more hotel rooms. We


don't get a lot of the one-week-stay kind of
tourist, but people who visit here for extend-
ed periods are still tourists. The things that
attract people to live here make it an attrac-
tive place to visit and spend money. Do
you think they'll spend more money on the
island if they can stay there? We do.
And here are some facts we take as givens,
because council is on record stating:
1. Runway 4/22 is not being lengthened.
The Federal Aviation Administration is
expected to tell the city to expand the safety
area at the west end of the runway, but it
won't be made longer.
2. Some sensitive parts of the airport
property have been declared off limits to any
development.
3. The golf course will remain public,
charging "municipal" fees.
4. If there's to be a marina, it won't be for
boats that would cause the bridge to go up.
5. An area for festivals will be preserved.


(Can council change its mind? Sure. Can
you say political suicide?)
Within those boundaries, we think the
people who have declared themselves
opposed to any development of the airport
are being shortsighted.
Don't get us wrong. We are against giving
any developer free rein to pave over the rest
of the airport or to fill it with buildings. Then
again, not even the most ardent pro-growth
advocate has proposed that.
But to exclude even the possibility that a
proposal could be crafted that would meet
community needs at a price a majority of us
would be willing to pay would be foolish.
The challenge, of course, is to define those
needs and find that proposal.
While each of the proposals considered
so far has had attractive elements, none hit
all the marks, in part because the marks had-
n't been set. Belatedly (we think), the city is
doing that.


(Consider this our obligatory shot at the
city for not doing a better job getting its citi-
zens involved in framing the terms of this
debate. We hope the city will spare us anoth-
er recitation of all the public meetings at
which the airport was a topic. At the very
least it was bad public relations to be enter-
taining development proposals before find-
ing out what, if anything, its constituents
would like there.)
The charrettes start Friday. Attend
them, if not with an open mind, at least
with the commitment to listen with
respect to the presentations and discus-
sion and to confine your remarks to the
facts and the issues.
When the process concludes, we hope
there will be a consensus that some develop-
ment of the airport would benefit all
Venetians. Others will still have a different
opinion. At least when the charrettes are
over, we'll know everyone had their say.


It's hard to be strong


BOB VEDDER
PUBLISHER


For a lot of years there was
a legitimate concern that we
had allowed a proliferation of
unsightly signs of all sizes and
kinds. Then the city and the
county both realized that we
really did not have a handle
on how cluttered we looked.
There are a lot of examples
of communities that have
controlled signs. The cleanest
and best examples are those
that have gone to what are
commonly called monument
signs, but some control clut-
ter based on size alone.
Monument signs usually
are 6 to 10 feet high. They do
this in Jupiter, Fla., and it
looks great. It is one of many
controls used in Sedona,
Ariz., to make that communi-
ty meet a strict architectural
code and keep the communi-
ty attractive.
The county passed an ordi-
nance a few years ago that
would require businesses
over a period of time to
change to this standard and
make those putting in new
signs use these. Venice took a
similar stance.
Unfortunately, the plan-
ning commission has just
approved a sign far outside of
the standards. It is a 20-foot
tall sign for the Rialto
Shopping Center.
Why would the planning
commissioners allow that?
One concern with monument
signs are they do not allow all
of the strip center's or shop-
ping center's stores to be des-
ignated in the size they want
- or at all in some cases. That
is the compromise that must
be made.
It is unfortunate that a
very few people are allowing
standards to be lowered. We
all know that there are forces
that always want an excep-


tion. It is the job of staff and
appointed and elected offi-
cials to stick to high stan-
dards.
Yet, as we have seen, .there
have been many exceptions..
If staff allows a project to get
to the planning commission
or council, that can make it
appear that it is endorsed
even though that is not
always the case.
They are the ones who set
the trend. It seems like it is
becoming a trend to allowing
variations to our codes.
As we allow 10-story build-
ings and restaurants with
funky colors that don't fit and
signs that are contrary to
standards, we are deciding on
a new character for the city
that, at least in this writer's
view, is not as good or desir-
able as it used to be.
Can we as a community
stand strong against unsightly
changes? I guess those allow-
ing them will see if the voters
like it or not.
I need to apologize'to the
county commissioners, who I
said had taken a pay raise,
which they haven't That was
pretty egregious.
They have set a hearing for
September to consider one
that is mandated by charter
with recommendations that
come from a state agency. The
recommendation has not
been made yet.
Those don't have to be
accepted but typically are.
Unfortunately, I read an
account that was not clear
and made it worse. That is no
excuse.
Starting with Wednesday's
paper the Gondolier Sun will
be charging for obituaries
that are more than a standard
death notice. You can .call
Kathi Walsh, 207-1000,
should you have questions
regarding this. The local
funeral homes are prepared
to handle these.
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LETTERS FROM OUR READERS


Want some cheese with that?


Editor:
Let's call Let'em Have It what it is: the old fog
whine, whine section.
People who have no clue attack the children, pa
grandparents enjoying the best thing the city and I
have done for our ever-growing population of young
and visitors.
And the audacity to assume to give exercise hint
nant mothers who daily walk up and down our shade
ing lots at the hottest time of the year. Do they nee
You're damn right they do. They are not faking their
it's obvious.
I'm disappointed with the Gondolier Sun for pri
crap without comment, such as the source of the w
ents and grandparents constantly supervising their
There's not a child in the fountain park without super
Lastly, it is a joint venture of MainStreet and the
MainStreet and become an informed member of ou


That's what happens
when laws are ignored'
Editor:
The recent murder in the
trailer park further demon-
strates an alarming trend in
Englewood.
When I moved here in
1997, my neighborhood in
old Englewood consisted of
elderly people; you could take
a walk in the evening without
the fear of being run over by
speeding cars or accosted by
drug addicts.
Over the years the elderly
have died and the houses
have been bought by real
estate speculators or are now
owned by out-of-state rela-
tives, neither of which cares
about who lives there as long
as the rent check shows up.
It is my understanding that
this trailer park is restricted to
people 55 and older yet it
contains illegal-alien flop


houses and drug ad
traffic coming and g
hours of the night?
Who is respond
enforcing the regular
For that matte
responsible for enf(
laws? These tw
Mexicans might still
they had not been a
employment with 1
nesses that are moi
about their bottom
the community the'
Frankly, I'm sick
government won'
existing immigrant
and apparently w
supposed to enforce
er park regulations
that either.
Some of us we:
many years ago to e
right to "life, liberty
pursuit of happiness
fellow Americans.
We may have t
again if we expect t


rey whine,
rents and
.IainStreet
g residents


thing left of the sleepy little
village we moved to years ago.
We certainly can't rely on the
power structure to protect us.
Dennis Halpin
Englewood


ts to preg-
less park- Take a photo,
d a break? it lasts longer
disability, Editor:
Common sense versus
inting this common cents. All this time
Aater, par- and money being spent on
r children. workshops, charrettes, air-
Ervision. port issues, etc. Where are
e city. Join your heads at? Leave our love-
r city. ly town the way it is. Build the
damn thing out by the Triple
Jack Aland Diamond Industrial Park,
Venice which is right off 1-75 and still
within city limits of Venice.
[dicts with The powers to be will still
going at all get their piece of the pie. It is a
straight shot to three major
asible for airports.
itions? This location, by the way, is
ationsis less vulnerable to flooding
r, wo is and hurricanes, and there will
forcing our be less confusion in the event
o young-we get hit.
lbe alive if Please leave our little piece
ble to busind- of paradise to the critters and
ocal busi- our children, or start taking a
re worried lot of photos to send into the
i line than "Back in Time" section of this
yrca r


y serve.
of it. Our
t enforce
ion laws
however is
e the trail-
won't do
nt to war
ensure the
y and the
ss" for our
o do that
o see any-


paper.
Makes sense to me.
Alphonse Mario
Venice

Give the surge
time to work
Editor:
I have come to the conclu-
sion that if our present
Congress was in session in
December 1944, when we
had the Battle of the Bulge,


they would have demanded
we withdraw our troops and
reposition them in England,
Florida or some other country
when they can respond if
needed, but not too quickly.
This Congress votes for the
surge in troops and only
weeks later, before all troops
are in place, claims the surge
is not working and we should
bring our troops home.
All I can say to Sen. Harry
Reid and Congresswomen
Nancy Pelosi is, "Our colors
will never run and we will stay
in Iraq until the job is done."
Robert McGuire
North Port

I remember the AARP
Editor
I read with interest the col-
umn by Lori Parham, Florida
state director of AARP
Stop me if I'm wrong, but
didn't AARP team up with the
Bush Administration's Med-
icare program for seniors in
which he disallowed any
negotiation with drug com-
panies?
I tore up my AARP card at
that time. How could AARP
join a plan that did not pro-
vide complete support for its
membership?
June Forsythe Wood
Venice


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Two schools. I don't understand why there's so much con-
troversy about Venice High School. It would seem to me the
perfect solution would be to keep the school where it is
presently, and in a few years' time, within the next five to 10
years, the growth on east of the city is going to be so great that
they're going to need an additional high school anyhow. So that
way, you have two high schools, one on the island and one out
east of the city.


It hasn't even been a centu-
ry since American women
won the right to vote, so we
are still working toward full
equality in many fields,
including sports, employ-
ment, salaries and, yes, per-
sonal wealth.
In fact, it's been only a few
decades since the American
woman was permitted a cred-
it line of her own. As late as
1973 a married woman in
Texas could not acquire a
credit card without her hus-
band's signature.
Despite the challenges
women continue to face with
regard to earning power
(women still earn 25 percent
.less than men), it is women
who control the household
purse strings, decide most
Major purchases and hold the
most consumer debt. And
with education, experience
and centuries of feminist
prodding behind us, more
women than ever before have
control of significant assets.
The late 20th century saw a
blizzard of new business
start-ups, with women in
1990 starting companies at
three times the rate as men.
At the same time, the number
of women entering college
began to outpace male
enrollment.
As women assume greater
roles in the business econo-
my, their role in philanthrop-
iic enterprises has increased
as well.
Of the 3.3 million Amer-
icans with annual incomes
,greater than $550,000, wom-
r:en make up 41.2 percent of
;the total, according to


BY DONNA P. HALL
GUEST COLUMNIST


Learning to Give.
In the coming years,
women's new-found pull in
the world of charitable and
philanthropic giving promis-
es to shape the mission of
nonprofits in ways that male
philanthropists never tried.
More women than ever see
philanthropy as the means
for making history today to
leverage the work of today's
ground-breaking women as
they stand with the suffrag-
ists, abolitionists and libera-
tionists of the past.
In a study by the
Corporation for National and
Community Service, women -
were found to be more likely,
to donate their time to non-
profit organizations than are
men. That fact is similar to the
findings, by University of
Pittsburgh's Lise Vesterlund
that women appear to be
more personally invested
than their male counterparts
in the work done by the orga-
nizations to which they give.
Today I am privileged to be
part of a philanthropic land-
scape that includes a group of
more than 160 wealthy
women, all determined to
make social and environmen-
tal change, who are leverag-
ing our giving by pooling our
resources, collectively mak-
ing grants and gifts to non-
profits whose goals comport
with ours.
As members (some
anonymous) of the Women'
Donors Network, my col-
leagues and I contributed,
collectively and individually,
more than $120 million last
year in pursuit of a social
agenda for America that is
very different from the one
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ideas to help make the United
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people.
Women donors are sup-
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tended pregnancy, promote
healthy families, provide
quality education and pre-
serve our natural resources.
We care about sustainable
agriculture and food policy;
we worry about the rise of
regressive social and political
forces and seek to bring
women's voices to the fore in
our national debates.
The women donors I know
wrestle with difficult ques-
tions and look for new ways
to create social change: What
does the Middle East conun-
drum mean to a woman fun-
der who is committed to
peace? How can we help
change the way disaster relief
should work after what we
learned about Hurricane
Katrina?
For each-of these questions,
philanthropists, through the
Women Donors Network, have
.funded initiatives designed to
offer answers. As women phil-
anthropists increasingly take
their concerns and resources
into the marketplace of ideas,
they make their mark on the
public debate.
Women who give are
putting our money where our
rhetoric is.
We have an agenda. We
have a vision of meaningful
social change for America,
and we're working to make it
real.

H-all is resident and CEO of
the 1Wiomen Donors Network
based in Menlo Park, Calif.


Look it up. All the idiots
out there that bandy about
words like communist and
communism should look up
the words in the dictionary -
that is, if they can read.
Stop whining. The ques-
tion, "Is the city's job to help
downtown businesses suc-
ceed?" -what a joke. When is
it the responsibility of the tax-
payers to keep the stores
afloat? Maybe the Venice
downtown business owners
need to look at, No. 1, their
hours of operation. Have you
ever gone to the mall and
found all the stores closed at 5
o'clock with the sidewalks
rolled up? I don't. think so.
Have you ever gone to Wal-
Mart and found the doors
locked and closed at 5
o'clock? I don't think so. If you
want the public to shop there,
then maybe you should open
your doors when the public
needs to come to shop, which
is in the evenings and on the
weekends. Have you ever
gone to downtown Venice on
a Sunday? It looks like a
deserted island. And parking
- I'm sick and tired about
hearing about the problem
with parking downtown.
Have you ever been to the
mall arid tried to find a park-
ing spot? You have to park
way out and walk in when
there's business. But in down-
town Venice, no one would
mind parking and having to
walk a little bit if you could
find stores open and reason-
ably priced. Have you ever
gone into these shops and
looked at the prices they're
charging? It's ridiculous. You
can go to Wal-Mart and get
the same, identical item for
half the cost. So why would I
go downtown to a store that


closes up at 5 o'clock to buy
something for twice the
amount that I can get it for
someplace else that is conve-
nient for the American pub-
lic? So downtown Venice is a
joke. They want their cake
and eat it too. So, no, the tax-
payers or the city does not
need to help the businesses to
succeed. If they want to suc-
ceed, then they need to look
at' their own stores. Start
opening up for the public,
charging reasonable prices
and stop whining and com-
plaining.
What about seniors? I
don't feel we need pregnancy
parking. Our local hospital
doesn't even feel it's necessary
to have a delivery unit. I'm a
senior. I still drive, and many
times, especially when snow-
birds are here, seniors have to
walk a block or two down-
town, even if they can find a
parking place. In large shop-
ping centers, we often have to
park in the back and walk a
long ways. If you use a cane or
a walker and it's extremely hot
or you haven't been too well,
it's a chore just to get gro-
ceries. So, if we're going to
make preferred parking
places available for the largest
group of people who need it
the most, I say more seniors
need it in Venice than preg-
nant women. Another subject
that needs rethinking is
Venice Avenue Bridge. I've
lived in Venice almost 30
years, and I've never seen a
wheelchair go over the
bridge. Maybe they do, but
how often? Yet, we recently
spent many, many thousands
of dollars to accommodate
them. Now they want us to
spend more so they can turn
around on the sidewalk or not


fall off the edge. Those in
wheelchairs realize that they
have limits and they must
accept that. No matter how
many thousands more are
spent to cover their needs, I
doubt they will use the bridge
enough to make it worth it.
And can't someone be re-
sponsible for keeping the
bridge free of weeds? Some
grow2 feet tall. If it's the coun-
ty's job, then push them or
perhaps the Boy Scouts or
some volunteer group could
take on the task once a month
or so.
Pull them. Gold-crowned
teeth must often be pulled by
a dentist. Also, about half of
Floridians are now cremated
at death. According to a Web
page, any metal objects re-
maining,after a body is cre-
mated, including gold tooth
crowns, are removed before
the cremated remains are
pulverized and placed in a
container. In recent years, the
price of gold has risen to close
to $700 an ounce. Surely,
these gold crowns should not
be discarded. They could be
collected in Sarasota County
by some charity for recover of
their gold value with, of
course, consent of the dental
patient or relatives of the cre-
mated deceased.
Long time. Why does it
take the highway patrol an
hour to respond to an auto
crash? It's not uncommon,
from what I've heard. If they
would spend less time con-
ducting speed traps in local
areas, such as Route 41 con-
struction on weekends when
there are no workers present,
and more time on 1-75 where
they are needed most, then,
and only then, can we call
them highway patrol. Let the
sheriff's department do their
job in their .dedicated area
and patrol the only legitimate
highway in the area, 1-75.
That's where they belong.
How many breakdowns on I-
75 have you observed where
there is no highway patrol
trooper assisting?


CITYNOTES
:Help wanted Volunteers must have their Korwek at. 486-2487 after
CityArchivist Dorothy Kor- own 3-mega-pixels or higher Aug. 5.
wek is seeking volunteers to digital camera. The archives
:take digital images of houses has the appropriate readers Fire department
Constructed within the boun- and software to format the seeking history
diaries of the city's original images according to Register The Venice Fire Depart-
John Nolen plan from 1951 requirements. ment is looking for its history.
thru 1959. Korwek has lists by street Anyone having photos, sto-
It's part of her effort to list, ame of the douses that need, ries, or memorabilia related to
| the plan in the National t6 be pliotographed. With" EMS and fire service inVenice
Register of Historic Places., enough volunteers each one over the years is asked to con-
There are more than 400 will have to take 40 or fewer tact Lt. Tony Fitzgerald at off-
structures that need to be images, shoreangel@gmail.com or
photographed. So far six vol- If you're interested in help- leave a message for him at
unteers have come forward. ing with this project, call 480-3030.


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I Banrupties


The following have filed
petitions with the U.S. -
Bankruptcy Court for the
Middle District in Tampa.
SARASOTA COUNTY
Janet L. Bailie, 8147
Estates Drive, North Port.
July 16. Chapter 13. 07-
06122.
David A. Jones, 2492 La
Tarche Ave., North Port. July
14. Chapter 13. 07-06063.
Edgardo Santana, 3438
Circleville St., North Port.
July 16. Chapter 13. 07-


06116.
Grace E. Waters, 5985
Spearman Circle, North Port.
July 18. Chapter 13. 07-
06190.
Sean P. Sullivan, 11646
Dancing River Drive, Venice.
July 16. Chapter 7. 07-06127.
James D. Waters, 5985
Spearman Circle, North Port.
July 18. Chapter 7. 07-06188.
CHARLOTTE COUNTY
Terrence E James, 26368
Notre Dame Blvd., Punta
Gorda. July 13. Chapter 13.


07-06000.
Emily S. Wiard, 21342
Coulton Ave., Port Charlotte.
July 13. Chapter 7. 07-06011.
Denise M. Young, 21466
Beaverton Ave., Port
Charlotte. July 18. Chapter 7.
07-06193.
DESOTO COUNTY
Nicolas Hernandez
Gonzalez, 1065 S.E. Mills
Ave., Arcadia. July 13.
Chapter 13. 07-06020.


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Venice
205 Becker Rd South
Venice
Concrete retaining wall
Owner: Robert J and
Janice Quandt

11811 Granite Woods
Loop Stoneybrook
SFR 4bed/3bath
Owner: Rivendell Joint
Venture

6265 Pheasant Rd South
Venice
SFR 3bed/ 2bath
Owner: Eva M Melenchuk

2178 Chenille Ct
Stoneybrook
SFR 3bed/ 2bath
Owner: Lennar Homes,
Inc

5189 Layton Dr Ventura
Village
SFR 5Bed/ 3bath
Owner: Billy Springer

795 Commerce Dr unit D2
Advanced window con-
cepts
Owner: David M Howell

531 Tanager Rd South
Venice
Alternations and addi-
tions
Owner: Michael P Cohen

2091 Tamiami TRI unit 14
Euro-American Food
Owner: Antonina
Sufuishchev

5364 Layton Dr Ventura
Village
SFR 4 bed/ 3bath
Owner: Kimball Hill
Homes

5366 Layton Dr Ventura
Village
SFR 5Bed/ 4bath
Owner: Billy Springer

11645 Tempest Harbor
Loop Stoneybrook
SFR 3bed/2bath


Owner: Lennar Homes Inc

5363 Layton Dr Ventura
Village
SFR 3Bed/ 3bath
Owner: Kimball Hill
Homes, Inc

11653Tempest Harbor
Loop Stoneybrook
SFR 3bed/2bath
Owner: Lennar Homes Inc

11649 Tempest Harbor
Loop Stoneybrook
SFR 3bed/2bath
Owner: Lennar Homes Inc

2172 Chenille Ct
Stoneybrook
SFR 3bed/2bath
Owner: Lennar Homes

1901 Jacaranda Blvd
Decorative block wall
Owner: Jacaranda Club at
JacarandaWest

1203 Jacaranda Blvd
Replace windows
Owner: Bon-Secours
Venice

1205 Jacaranda Blvd
Replace windows
Owner: Michael F Hughes

1201 Jacaranda Blvd
Replace windows
Owner: Bon-Secours
Venice

515 Park Estates Sq
Mansard style pool enclo-
sure on existing deck
Owner: Zackrison

20363 Cavallo Ct Venetian
Falls
SFR 3 bed/ 2bath
Centex Homes

20369 Cavallo Ct Venetian
Falls
SFR 3 bed/ 2bath
Centex Homes

115 Corporation Way unit


Attach alum panel
Owner: B & K Restaurant
Group Inc

600 Lotus Blossom Dr
Raised patio screened
lanai w/ alum roof
Owner: Arthur S St.
Amand

327 Woodvale Dr Lake of ,,
the Woods
Replacing entry door
Owner: Ron Trimarco

1506 US 41 By-pass S
Install 24" channel letters
Owner: Thomas C
Siversten

580 E Seminole Dr
SouthVenice
Shed 10 x14
Owner: Rickey M Naylor

1233 Gulf Coast Blvd
Venice East
Pool cage
Owner: Rafael Santana

20497 Pezzana Dr
Venetian Falls
Gable style pool enclosure
on existing deck
Owner: Everett Barnes

11367 Dancing River Dr
Stoneybrook
Replacing door
Owner: Scott Durrett

5071 Winter Rose Way
Southwood
Replacing existing'exterior
Owner: Frank J Morrone'

339 Tihami Rd Venice
Gardens
Install pool cage and
screen room on existing deck
Owner: Kevin M Carey

1358 Maseno Dr Venetian
Falls
Gable style pool enclosure
on existing deck
Owner: Centex Homes W
FL Div


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Venice
Divosta Homes LP to
Allan M and Sharon R Rubin:
Lt 277 Island Walk
Guy R Scribner to Guy R
Scribner Trust: UN 819
Fairway at Plantation
Matthew J and Lucille M
Rich to Charles A and Betty
Gaskill: Lt 9548 South Venice
Fannie Mae Federal
National Mortgage to Brian
C Gianitsis: Lt 15450 South
Venice
Maurice Richard and
Jane W Baker to Maurice
Richard and Jane W Baker: Lt
5645 South Venice
Donald W and Peggy H
Campbell to Peggy H
Laasch-Campbell Trust: Lt
102 Island Walk
Dale E and Lucille B
Trust to Fredrick and Francis
Jenness: Lt 6335 South
Venice
Bruce M and Mary M
Mozelle to Mariann and Ian
Hunter: Apt 905 Venice
Sands
Norma Winklder to
Norma Winkler Trust: UN
3201 Inn on the Beach
Tanya Alexender to
Tanya Alexender: Lt 105
South Venice
David W Culver II to
David W Culver II and
Catherine Ann Bechtel: Lt
1729 South Venice
Manuel A and Elizabeth


M Martinez to Elizabeth M
Martinez: Lt 89 Venice Acres
Robert L and Barbara F
Quinn Trust to Myles E
Fromer and Claudia Daniels:
UN 351 Plantation
Charles F Cliggett and
Nancy M Riemer to Charles
F Cliggett and Nancy M
Riemern UN 19 San Marco at
Venetian
Lennar Homes LLC/
Lennar Homes Inc to Van C
Laughlin and Debra Spatola-
Laughlin and Kathleen
Thomas: Lt 1149
Stoneybrook
US Home Corporation
to Douglas W Durepo and
Natilia EValdivia: Lt 1601
Stoneybrook
June AWilson to John J
and Sandra D McLaughlin:
Lt 1007 Stoneybrook
Herman Alexander to
Herman Alexander Trust: Lt
14885 South Venice
Melvin R and Marlene
Gail Hill to Melvin R and
Marlene Gail Hill Trust: Lt
209 Pelican Pointe
Stephen L Guzman to
Stephen L Guzman Trust: Lt
6 Gulf View
Lorene D Spellman and
Constance Burling to Lorene
D Spellman to Thomas M
Parrish: Lt 16818 South
Venice
Carolyn I lyinl, to Sean
Hynds to Lt 75 Island Wilk


James E and Giovanna P
Deveny to Gary B and
Patricia A Severn: Lt 1
Pinebrook South
Roger L Raney to Lane R
and Kanchana Kahan: Lt
16005 South Venice
James B and Sally
Theresa Corbett to James
and Mary Susan Corbett: Lt
96 Sawgrass
Ivan Espana to Tyler and
Tod Fischesser: Lt 2 East
Venice
Mark Betres to Sean and
Kimberly Sullivan: Lt 1283
Stoneybrook at Venice
US Home Corportation
to Conch Two LLC: Lt 1597
Stoneybrook at Venice
Anthony J Cibello and
Diane C Borden to Anthony J
Cibello and Diane C Borden
and Danielle A Cibello: Lt
Chestnut Creek
Nancy J Redmond and
Douglas R Barry to Nancy J
Redmond and Douglas R
Barry and Douglas
RedmondTrust: Lt 335
Venetia
Laura and Albert H
Watson Jr to Laura Watson:
UN 101 Capri Isles
Anne L Morgan to Anne
L and Charles Morgan: LT 1
Edgewood SC of Venice
Patricia J and Connie S
Bryan to Leigh T Vercheski:
Lt 12876 South Venice


Jodie A. Howard v. Todd
Howard
Sylvanus Chiaku v. Willie
V Chiaku
RandyW. Kesner v.
Yvonne Selders-Kesner
Evelyn Gore v. Arthur L.
Jackson,


John L. Argay and Beth J.
Meinket
Barry J. Weckesser and
Aline L. Sirois
Eric D. Schilling and


Jesus E. Munos Sanchez
v. Doris M. Sanchez Perez
Thomas V Walsh v.
Patricia A. Walsh
Barbara S. Bender v.
Dennis W. Bender
Charles W Gardner v.
Susan S. Gardner


Diana L. Smigielski
Joshua L. Jansen and
Jacqueline R. Fick
Joshua R. Pare and
Caren D. Noller


Brian S. McCloughey v.
Peggi L. McCloughy
Barbara Hroncich v.
Larry Hroncich
Stefani E. Martin v. Troy
A. Martin


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Fremont Investment &
Loan Company v. Peter
Mekara, et al.
The Bank of New York v.
Kimberly A. Waters, et al.
SunTrust Mortgage v.
PaulW. Stankovich, et al.
Deutsche Bank National
Trust v. Marisol Chaves,
Lester George, et al.
US Bank National
Association v. Joseph J.
Capotosto, et al.
US Bank National
Association v. Pablo
Giardina, Lorena Giardina, et
al.
CitiMortgage v. Svetlana
Pushkash, Volodymer
Pushkash, et al.
Wachovia Bank v.
Andrew Chin, et al.
US Bank National
Association v. Mark
Bruenderman, Annette
Bruenderman, et al.
World Savings Bank v.
Andrey Martynenko, Olga
Martynenko, et al.
US Bank National
Association v. Deborah
Douglas, Emmett Douglas, et
al.
US Bank National


Association v. Bradley Love,
Michelle Nolin, et al.
Deutsche Bank National-
Trust Company v. Vladimir
Lokitiono, Olga Loktiono, et
al.
Wells Fargo Bank v.
Jeffrey Bivens, Cynthia
Bivens, et al.
Wells Fargo Bank v.
Marguerite Monteiro, et al.
Avelo Mortgage v. Shawn
Leffler, Christine Leffler, et al.
MT25 v. Gary P.
Spennato, et al.
MT25 v. Laurene M.
Thurston, et al.
Deutsche Bank National
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Coast Bank of Florida v.
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Aurora Loan Services v.
Artem A. Naguibine, Galina
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US Bank National
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Wells Fargo Bank v. Jack
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County Calendar
Community Alliance Economic Self Sufficiency Issues
Strategic Planning Work Group Aug. 2,1:30 p.m.,
Conference Room 128, School Board of Sarasota County,
Green Awning Building, The Landings; 1960 Landings Blvd.,
Sarasota. Call 941-861-2561
Environmentally Sensitive Lands Oversight Committee
Aug. 2, 2:30 p.m., Conference Room B, Environmental
Services, 2817 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota.
Call 941-861-6230
Mechanical Contractors Licensing & Examining Board
Aug. 2, 3 p.m., Second Floor Conf Rm A Bldg A, Planning
& Development Services, 1301 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota.
Call 941- 861-6126
Osprey Revitalization Committee (ORC) July 30
1:45 p.m, Ramada Inn, 1660 S Tamiami Trail, Osprey.
Call 941-861-5140
Planning Commission Public Hearing Aug. 2, 6:30
p.m., Commission Chamber, R.L. Anderson Administration
Center, 4000 South Tamiami Trail, Venice.
Call 941-861-5153
Sarasota Partnership for Children's Mental Health Care
Review Process Work Group Aug. 2, 9 a.m., Training
Room, 4630 17th Street, The Florida Center Campus,
Sarasota. Call 941-684-0090 ext 1253
Water and Sewer Advisory Committee Meeting
Aug. 2, 9 a.m., 1001 Sarasota Center Blvd., Sarasota,
Conf Room 8. Call 941- 861-0561

Advisory Board Vacancy
APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: Aug. 10, 2007
Advisory Board: Citizen Tax Oversight Committee
Information: Office of Fiscal Planning, Cynthia A. Stroth,
941-861-7362
APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: Open Until Filled
Advisory Board: General Contractdrs Licensing and
Examining Board
Information: Planning and Development Services,
Betsy Bollinger, 941-861-6126
APPLICATION CLOSING DATE:.Open Until Filled
Advisory Board: Keep Sarasota County Beautiful Advisory
Board (KSCBAB).
Information: Environmental Services, Sandra Washington,
941-861-6733
APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: Open Until Filled
Advisory Board: Mechanical Contractors Licensing and
Examining Board
Information: Planning & Development Services,
Tim Parks, 941-861-5827
APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: Aug. 28, 2007
Advisory Board: Parks Advisory and Recreation Council
(P.A.R.C.)
Information: Community Services, Parks and Recreation,
Constance Ruhl, 941-861-9859





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APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: Aug. 10, 2007
Advisory Board:'SEUAC (Stormwater Environmental Utility
Advisory Committee)
Information: Water Planning & Regulatory, Stormwater,
Jacqueline Beshore. 941-861-0900

Have fun while volunteering!
The Sarasota County Volunteer Program currently
needs volunteers to serve in the following areas:
History Center Exhibition Docents at the Chidsey
Building; Library System Technical Services,
New Collection Processors at Twin.Lakes Park;
Emergency Operations Center, Special Needs
Data Processing at the Administration Building;
Environmental Services and their monitoring
programs, and Ambassadors for the Front Lobby
of the Administration Building. Please contact
Linda J. Greaves, Manager Community
Involvement, lgreaves@scgov.net or 861-9845.


Free nature walk at Curry
Creek Preserve Aug. 8
Sarasota County is offering a free nature walk
in Venice's Curry Creek Preserve from 9-11
a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 8. Volunteer botanist
Dehny Girard will identify native plants and lead
participants on a guided walk through the various
habitats found within the preserve.
Curry Creek Preserve is one of many natural areas
available through the county's environmental lands
program. In addition to a wide variety of native
plant species, the preserve also provides habitat
for gopher tortoises, bobcats and various species
of wading birds.
Space for this walk is limited to 15 so call to
reserve a spot. If this trip is filled, future walks are
available. Participants-should wear long pants,
comfortable walking shoes that can get wet, a
hat, sun screen, insect repellent, drinking water,
binoculars (optional), camera and hand lens
(optional).
Participants can reach Curry Creek Preserve
by taking I -75 to Exit 195 (Laurel Road). Turn
left onto Pinebrook Road and head south past
Edmondson Road. Turn right into the driveway
across from Water Street and bear left until you
reach preserve property. Park on the grass to
the south of the preserve sign and entrance.
.Participants will gather for the walk at the cable
gate entrance.
For more information about this or other nature
walks, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at
941-861-5000 and ask for Natural Resources.



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This listing is published weekly by Sarasota County
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ZEUS fiompagelA
Legislature to get the laws
changed.
Responsibilities
Ana Otero was ecstatic at
hearing the news Friday after-
noon even though Zeus is
now deemed a dangerous
dog.
"This has been a long
struggle," she said.
According to Galen's order,
the Oteros, have 14 days to


provide documentation to
Sarasota County that Zeus
has been enrolled in an obe-
dience program suitable for
German shepherds.
"We're going to do whatever
needs to be done," Ana Otero
said. "We recognize Zeus still
reeds special training."
She will look to Sarasota In
Defense of Animals, which
championed Zeus' cause, for
a referral.
"People have been won-
derful," she said. "The com-


munity is amazing."
She said she felt renewed
faith in the judicial system.
"It lets me know there are
people out there who care
and do their homework," she
said.
She also commended her
attorney, who took over from
another lawyer halfway
through the case.
"Dietz is incredible when it
comes to animal law," she
said.
Before going to pick up her


dog Friday, Ana Otero was
thinking about what she was
going to do for him when he
arrived home.
New toys and sleeping on
her daughter's queen-size
bed were in his future, as was
a special meal.
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mom's food," she said -
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FOUNDER from page 1A

Rodriguez assembled 41 developed it, then sold the past two years. All evolved of her unofficial status as a
parcels of land totalling 59 development rights. A public from the revitalization com- deputy sheriff. She has been
acres at Bay Street and U.S. library is planned at its center. mittee. seen often patrolling the
41, then sold 23 of them to Johnson's activities have streets of Osprey in her car,
Wal-Mart to build a' Super- Deep roots ranged well beyond the looking out for teens on
Center. That sparked a renais- Johnson, together with committee. She continues as drugs or involved in vandal-
sance along the highway that several neighbors, had ap- chairperson of the Osprey ism, about which she noti-
caused a quintupling of com- preached several shopping Civic Association, a group fied the county sheriff's
mercial property values, chains to build a supermarket that serves the interests of office.
according to Barry Seidel, in Osprey. But until Rodriguez Osprey, keeps its roads clean Johnson's devotion to
American Properties of Sara- came along, none was inter- and tries to alert the county Osprey is understandable.
sota Inc. ested because the largest to its needs. For two years, Although a Michigan native,
It also led to the upgrading available commercial lot was she chaired the county water her ties to the community go
of many older buildings and less than 11 acres. and sewage advisory com- back to its beginnings.
the opening of stores, restau- Development of the Osprey mittee. Her husband, Alvah, is a
rants and residential develop- waterfront is under considera- For a similar period, she great-grandson of John and
ments in the once flourishing tion at the county level, was co-president of the Eliza Webb, who established
fishing village. Condominium office parks Coalition of Neighborhood Osprey in the 1860s. His
The largest of these is Bay have been sprouting up along Associations, which repre- mother, Mabel Webb, was
Street Village & Town Center, a U.S. 41 within the communi- sents more than 75 home- the last "child born on the
$225 million shopping and res- ty. Shopp and a bank have owner organizations. original homesteaded land
idential complex. *Rodriguez been added to the mix in the Johnson may be proudest on Spanish Point, in 1895.


POLICE BEAT
Venice Police
Department arrests
Samuel Ramirezcruz, 23,
100 blockE.AirportAve.,Venice.
Charge: no driver license. Bond:
$500.
Francisco Lopezespinoze,
23, 1000 block Elaine St.,Venice.
Charge: domestic battery.
Bond: no listing.
Mark L. Groh, 53, 600 block
North Tamiami Trail, Venice.
Charge: violation of driver
license restrictions. Bond: $120.
Joseph Gugliotta, 54, no


address listed, Venice. Charge:
disorderly conduct. Bond: $220.
Megan M. McNabb, 51,800
block Bird Bay Way, Venice.
Charge: domestic battery.
Bond: no listing. ,
Sarasota County
Sheriff's Office arrests
Douglas P Predmore, 22,
1000 block Lillian St, Venice.
Charges: contempt proba-
tion violation possession of
marijuana, possession of drug
paraphernalia (two counts).


Bond: $17,500.
Robert J. Grannan, 40, 400
block S. Ravenna St., Nokomis.
Charge: contempt DUI (sec-
ond offense). Bond: $15,000.
Dennis J. Long, 46, 400
block West Albee Road,
Nokomis. Charge: no valid dri-
ver license. Bond: $500.
Ronnie L Neace, 22, 2100
block Park Road, Venice.
Charges: possession of cocaine
with intent to sell or deliver,
possession of cannabis less
than 20 grams, possession of


paraphernalia. Bond: $2,740.
Christopher M. Scott, 23,
100 block Sunset Drive,
Nokomis. Charge: probation
violation driving while
license suspended. Bond: no
listing.
Kristen Hankinson, 20,
2100 block Park Road, Venice.
Charges: possession of heroin
with- intent to sell or deliver,
possession of cannabis less
than 20 grams, possession of
drug paraphernalia. Bond:
$2,740.


OBITUARIES


James M. Gilkison
James McCleary Gilkison
of Venice died Wednesday,
July 25, 2007. He was 58.
Survivors include his wife,
Janis of Venice; two sons,
James II of Bradenton and
Michael of Sarasota; a sister,
Barbara of Connecticut; and
two grandchildren.
Services: A memorial service
will be held Monday, July 30, at
Ewing Funeral Home.
Contributions: Memorial dona-
tions may be made to a charity
of choice.
Mary M. Loader
Mary M. Loader of
Nokomis died Friday, July 27,
2007. She was 59.
She was a member of the
Venice Area Board of Realtors
and served on the grievance
committee. She organized
and coached the first Bean
Town ladies rugby teams in
Boston, Mass. She was a
member of Our Lady of
Mount Carmel Catholic
Church.
Survivors include her hus-
band, Terry M. Coltrain of
Nokomis; a son, Gordon, two
brothers, John Lema and
Harry Lema; and several
nieces and nephews.
Services: A Mass of Christian
Burial will be held Thursday,
Aug. 2, at Our Lady of Mqunt
Carmel. Ewing Funeral Home is
in charge of arrangements.
Contributions: Memorial dona-
tions may be made to TideWell
Hospice and Palliative Care, 5955
Rand Blvd., Sarasota 34238.
Nadine B. Patonai
Nadine B. Patonai of
Venice died Saturday July 28,
2007. She was 69.
Survivors include her hus-
band, C.B. of Venice; a son,
Robert of Stuttgart, Germany;
a granddaughter; and three
nieces.

Kenneth G. Sipple
Kenneth G. "Kenny" Sipple
of Nokomis died Tuesday, July


24, 2007. He was 49.
He was born June 19, 1958,
in North Aurora, Ill., and grad-
uated from West Aurora High
School. In the late 1970s he
moved to Nokomis with his
mother. In 1979 he went to
work at the Venice Yacht Club.
He started as a dishwasher
and over time worked into
many areas of the kitchen,
serving as an assistant to the
cooks and the chef. He went
to many chef competitions
and won many awards for the
yacht club.
Survivors include his
mother, Ruth; three brothers,
Thomas, Michael and Daniel-
and a sister, Kathleen.
Services: No local services are
planned. The Healy Chapel,
Aurora, Ill., www.healychapel.
com, is in charge of arrange-
ments.

BETTY RADCLIFFE
TOWNLEY
95, of Sarasota, formerly of Venice,
passed away on July 22 2007.
She was born in Beckenham,
England on June 13, 1912 to the late
James and Florence Radcliffe. Betty
had worked as a secretary for a
shipping company and during
WWII served as a "roof spotter" to
aid the fire dept. during bombing
raids. On July 4, 1946 she
immigrated to Miami and became a
US citizen. Betty worked in the
research dept. of the Burdines
stores. In 1968 she came to live in
Venice where she had served as
secretary for the Golden Beach
Association. After 30 years in
Venice, Betty went to live in
Sarasota.
She was preceded in death by her
loving husband of 25 years James R.
Townley. Survivors include a
nephew, Anthony Sladdin of
Aberdeenshire, Scotland; friends
and caregivers, Merle and Patricia
Graser of Venice, Dr. Shaun Graser
of Venice and Cathleen Strammer of
Nokomis.
A memorial service will be 10 AM
on Sunday, August 5th at the Farley
Funeral Home, Venice Chapel.
Inurnment will be in Highlands,
NC.
Memorial donations may be made
to Tidewell Hospice and Palliative
Care, 5955 Rand Blvd. Sarasota, FL
34238.
To send condolences visit
www.farleyfuneralhome.com.
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Racers win statewide


awards at annual banquet


BY DEBBIE KIEWIET
SPORTS EDITOR


Statewide winners at the
Florida Trail Riders' Annual
Awards Banquet Saturday,
July 21, at Walt Disney
World's Dolphin Resort
included several motorcy-
cle racers from the Venice
area.
Chance Hazeltine, 15
and a sophomore at Venice
High School, won the
championship series for
motocross youth class age
13-15. He also competed in
the hare scramble series in
the Junior A division and
placed second overall.
Josh Hewitt is the Mini C
85cc class champion. He is
13 years old and is in
eighth grade at Venice
Middle School.
Stephen Culleny, 10 and
a student at Laurel
Nokomis, won first place in
the 65cc division for ages
10-11. He has been racing
competitively for 19
months.
Will Johnson, owner of
Young Acres Sod, was the
motocross champion of
the 35+ no-jump class. He
was also sixth overall in the
hare scramble Veteran B.
class.
Each year a raffle is held
at the awards banquet to
benefit the Florida Trail
Riders' scholarship fund.
Among the raffle prizes
was a new Honda CRF 50
donated by South County
Honda in Venice. Action
Power Sports of Nokomis
' also donated prizes for the
annual banquet.
The Florida Trail Riders'
2,500-plus members in-


Above: Josh Hewitt is the Mini C 85cc class
champion.
Right: Chance Hazeltine won the champi-
onship series for motorcross youth class
age 13-15.


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enthusiasts from across the
state. Organized events are
held throughout the year
including competition in
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scramble and quad series.


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Fun and fundamentals
were intermixed at the
YMCXs Youth Soccer Camp
last 'week at Venice Middle
School. Dribbling, passing,
shooting, footwork, and
defensive and offensive prin-
ciples were taught through
games, contests and drills
with a focus on teamwork
and positive self-esteem.
Camp director was David
Shacklett, junior varsity .girls
soccer coach at Venice High
School. Assisting as a camp
counselor was. Lemon Bay
graduate Liz David, who
played on the high school
varsity squad.
"This is a basic camp to
give kids an introduction to
the fundamentals," Shacklett
said. Campers won prizes and
awards and also got player
jerseys.
Twenty-two players ages 7
to 13 signed up for the five-
day camp. Camp sessions
were held mornings, 9 a.m. to
noon, at the middle school
soccer fields.


Robbie Obendorf, age 7, kicks the ball over the net in a game
of soccer tennis with Tate Young and Chazz Poutre ready for
the return.
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about youth soccer programs,
contact YMCA Sports at 492-
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"They be jammin'"




Start out the week with an acoustic jam at Venice's Books-A-Million


STORY AND PHOTOS BY JAN FINDLEY. CORRESPONDENT


A attention all
you senior in-
somniacs -
have I got a
place for you Monday
nights!
It's Books-A-Million in
South Venice at 4230
South Tamiami Trail, just
south of Wal-Mart, start-
ing at 7:30 p.m. and going
until 10 p.m. when a
bunch of laid-back musi-
cians congregate to play
.whatever strikes their
fancy, mood and skills.
(Books-A-Million is open
until 11 p.m., so you can
wander around the store
later, looking for titles and
bargains.)
What the musicians
are up to is called an
"acoustic jam" and they
jam every Monday eve-
ning. They play on non-
amplified string instru-
ments guitar, banjo,
mandolin, bass, fiddle -
plus whatever's handy for
percussion. And they play
bluegrass, folk, country,
they also respond to sug-
gestions from the audi-
ence. Some bring music,
others don't. Some are
bona-fide professionals,
some are talented ama-
teurs, some are beginners
and others are some-
where in between.:
If you can strum, grab
your instrument and
come on down! .
During the course of
last Monday evening, one
of the bystanders asked a
couple of the fellows if he
could sit in, and would he
mess things up since he's
just learning.
"Heck, if you can
strum more than two
chords around here,
you're showing offl!" came


Sometimes two or three players get together and jam within
the jam at Books-A-Million at 7:30 p.m. Monday.


The gentleman on the left not only plays a mean guitar, but he
is also a singer of songs.


An even dozen guitar and banjo players had joined the jam
by 9:30 p.m., with a promise of more to come.


The acoustic jammers are in the space to the right of the door,
between the sale table and coffee bar.


the response from one of
the regulars.
Not that there's any-
thing wrong with show-
ing off when someone
gets the urge to take the
spotlight they so indicate
and have at it, with the
rest of the guys and gals
backing them. Some do
instrumental solos, oth-
ers sing.
Bruce Brunette is the
nominal head of the
group.
He told me they have
six to 12 or so jammers
show up every Monday.
They started getting
together regularly at Stir
the Soul on East Venice
Avenue inVenice a couple
years ago.
Stir the Soul closed a
few months back, alas,
and the acoustic jammers
found a new home at
Books-A-Million. Accor-
ding to Brunette, anyone
is invited to sit in. They
would especially like to
see a fiddle player or two,
and someone who knows
his or her way on a man-
dolin.
If you'd like to know
more, you can call Bru-
nette at 492-6704 or
e-mail him at Bruceb@
onsync.com.
The acoustic jammers
are to the right as you
enter, between today's
hot buys and the coffee
bar. At the coffee bar
there are munchies,
tables to sit at and the
equipment to make all of
your coffee favorites -
espresso, latte, etc. in
regular and decaf ver-
sions.
It's a great way to start
up your week.


THE JAM ATBAM


What: Acoustic jam sessions
When: 7:30-10 p.m., Mondays
Where: Books-A-Million, 4230 South
Tamiami Trail


Who: All are welcome to bring
an instrument or just listen in.-
Call: Bruce Brunette, 492-6704,
Bruceb@onsync.com











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BYTED RANK
STAFF ESCRITOR

This is part one of a two-
part series on the events
that occurred Saturday at
Caspertheghost Beach.

Hang on to your sanity,
ladies and gentlemen. It's
time for News from Ecine-
ville.
Yesterday's Ecineville Men
and Women's Senior Fasto
Bathing Suit Company Beach
Volleyball Tournament didn't
go off as the company and
the event's sponsors had
hoped.
The Fasto Bathing Suit
Company, which is famous
for its skin-tight bathing
suits, had worked with local
businesses to host the tour-
nament for publicity for the
company's products and,
according to an FSBSC
press release, "to be a part of
the active lifestyle of Ecine-
ville's seniors." ,
The event was well ad-
vertised, as two local media
companies sponsored the
event, the Ecineville Sun
and television station WAIF
Channel 7.
By 11 a.m., an hour be-


fore the first match, more
than 2,000 people had gath-
ered at Caspertheghost
Beach, where four courts.
and. stadium seating for
1,500 people had been ins-
talled.
Addressing the local
media, Roger Pulppun, na-
tional director of media
relations for FSBSC, said,
"We are thrilled with the
turnout, the enthusiasm of
the fans, the facilities and
the coverage by you folks,
the local media. I can't con-
tain myself. This is great."
Pulppun and officials
from FSBSC arrived in town
yesterday morning, leaving
all the details of the volley-
ball tournament to local
officials and the sponsors.
Perhaps that was a mis-
take.
By the time it was all over,
when the last ambulance
left the scene at 2:18 p.m.,
police were reporting that
643 men, women and chil-
dren had been transported
to area hospitals by Gulf-
flite helicopters, ambu-
lances, police cruisers and
various other vehicles, inc-
luding one woman who was
thrown over the back of a


horse and rushed to Ecine-
ville For-Profit Hospital.
It all started at noon,
when Master of Ceremonies
Garrett Chowman stood at
the microphone at center
court spieling out the usual
"what good guys they are"
platitudes about local offi-
cials and "your friendly
neighborhood store owner"
advertorials about the local
business sponsors. Then
Chowman said these words:
"From ages 75 to 100, I'm
proud to introduce today's
100 competitors in the Se-
nior Fasto Bathing Suit
Company Volleyball Tour-
nament."
As the competitors came
out of a tent into the view of
the crowd, Pulppun was
heard screaming like a little
girl, right before he fainted.
To be continued,
Well, this is Ted "I'm a
reporter, I'm a reporter"
Rank reporting. I'll see you
next issue with. more news
from Ecineville. Until then,
remember, it's all good here
in Ecineville. -

trank@
venicegondolier.com


FINE WHINES

On the run


BY BOB MUDGE
EDITOR


As a political science major and a news
junkie, I'm getting really excited seeing the
presidential race heat up as we head to the
election in November.
What's that? The election is in November
2008? Then why are these idiots bothering us
now?
Electing a president is serious business.
Unfortunately, we now define "serious" as
"hideously expensive and interminable." It is
months before the first primary and more
than a year until the election itself, but a few
people announced their candidacies so early
they've already tested the waters and dropped
out, concluding correctly they had no
chance to win. (Why do I say "correctly?"
Because I can't remember their names. Clearly
they didn't exactly light up the polls.)
Even so, it still seems as if two or three
dozen people are seeking the Democratic and
Republican nominations. It's a mix of the high
profile, medium profile and "Who the ... ?" I'd
almost bet some of their family members
don't know they're running (and wouldn't vote
for them).
We certainly picked some clinkers as presi-
dent before we went to the primary system.
(Can you say Warren Harding?) And all those
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In fact, I think most people would be willing
to consider some serious campaign reform.
Except, of course, for elected officials who, no
matter how liberal, love the status quo when it
comes to the advantages of incumbency.
Ever helpful, I'd like to suggest a few radical
changes to the system. (Since there's no
chance any will be adopted, there's no reason
to ask for half a loaf.)
1. No one can enter the race before Jan. 1 of
the year of the election. Anyone campaigning
before then in any way gets sent on a hunting
trip with Dick Cheney.
2. Primaries are out. Instead, all candidates
will go on "American Idol, The Presidential
Edition." One candidate a week will be voted
off until only two are left. Then we'll have the
election.
3. TV ads will be free for both finalists, but
they have to do them live, hooked up to a lie
detector.
Is this a better system? Maybe not, but
you'd have to agree it would be far more enter-
taining and far less annoying,
At least, you would unless you're a
masochist or a candidate for president,
which is a definite possibility.

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SUNDAY,
JUiLY 29
Eagles benefit
The Fraternal Order of Eagles
of Venice-Nokomis 3482
holds a benefit at 2 p.m. at 620
Colonia Lane, Nokomis.
There will be a potluck lunch,
raffles and fun. Members are
invited to bring a dish to
share. All funds raised will be
given to help members' ill rel-
atives.
Sunday games
* Knights of Columbus holds
bingo at 2 p.m. Sunday at
512 Substation Road. Doors
open at noon. Snacks avail-
able. Call 484-4512.
*VFW Post 8118 hosts euchre
at 1 p.m. Sunday at 832 E.
Venice Ave. All are welcome.


MONDAY,
JULY30
Seniors group
Seniors Without Partners
meets at American Legion
No-Vel Post 159, .1770 E.
Venice Ave., Mondays, 12:30-
3:30 p.m. for a meeting and
cards. Call 485-8739.
Monday games
* Venice Shuffleboard Club
meets at 9 a.m. at Hecksher
Park. Lessons available.. Call
Barbara at 485-1678.
* Disabled American Veterans
serves lunch daily, 11 a.m.-
2 p.m., with spaghetti dinner,
4-6 p.m., and bingo Mondays
at 6 p.m, at 600 Colonia Lane,
Nokomis. All are welcome.
Call 488-4500.
* The Venice Florida Chess
Club meets 1-5 p.m. at Venice
Public Library, 300 S. Noko-
mis Ave. All are welcome. Call
the library at 861-1332.
* Angeles Family Restaurant
hosts Monday cribbage
games at 750 N. Indiana Ave.,
Englewood. Sign-in at 6:45
p.m., seven games at 7 p.m.
Cost: $5 per person. Call
Boston Bob at 276-1511 or
Jim at 697-7535.

Senior Friendship Centers,
2350 Scenic Drive, 584-0075,
seniorfriendship.com
* 9 a.m., mah-jongg
* 9 a.m., wake-up stretch class
* 9:30 a.m., life history class
* 10 a.m., senior aerobics
* $3 noon lunch for 60+ with
24-hour reservations. Call
584-0031 or 584-0090.
* 1-3 p.m., The Upbeat Gang
* 1 p.m., duplicate bridge
* 2 p.m., July birthday party
Start Your Heart
Walking programs, 8 a.m.-
8 p.m. Call 486-2595.
* Carlton Reserve, 1800 Mab-
ry-Carlton Parkway
* Laurel Park and Sandra Sims
Terry Community Center, 509
Collins Road
* Lemon Bay Park and Envi-
ronmental Center, 570 Bay
Park Blvd., Englewood
* Nokomis Community Park,
234 East Nippino Trail
* Woodmere Park, 3951
Woodmere Park Blvd.


Dancing

* Senior Friendship Centers hosts a Juily
birthday party at 2 p.m., Monday, July 30,
at 2350 Scenic Drive. Enjoy "mock"-tinis
and dancing to the music of the Upbeat
Gang. All are welcome. For a full list of
center activities, call 584-0075 or visit
seniorfriendship.com.
* Square dance workshops with caller
Mike Cox'meet Tuesdays at the AMF
Bowling Lanes, 1100 U.S. 41 Bypass.
Advanced dances 1-3 p.m.; Plus, 3-5 p.m.
$5 per person for one or both dances.
Call Gayle at 484-0066.


Visit southfloridaal-anon.org
or call 426-7655. .
Basketball
* 6-9:30 p.m., over-50 basket-
ball games at the Sandra Sims
Terry Community Center, 509
Collins Road, Laurel. Call 861-
5000 or 486-2753.
* 7-9 p.m., adult basketball for
men at Woodmere Park, 3951
Woodmere Park Blvd. Free
with the purchase of a team
shirt. All levels welcome. Call
Wes at 488-2803.


Wellness
* The Suncoast Communities
Blood Bank Bloodmobile vis- 1
its the R.L. Anderson Building jjI 11
(South County Court House), JUL J31
11 a.m.-2 p.m., at 4000 South Kayak trip
Tamiami Trail. For more Kayaktrp
donation sites, call "ayak on ti e near-shore wa-
954-1600, Ext. 240 ori- i.das ters of tht Gulf of Mexico
BloodCehters at 49"9202. from Turtle Beach to Point of
* The Wellness C imunirvy ,Rocks, 8:30-11:30 a.m. The
hosts free tancetr support American ittoral Society
groups, 10-11:30 a.m., Mon- leads this excursion. Bring
days, at Jacaranda Trace, 3600 snorkel equipment and sun-
William Penn Way. Two screen. Kayak equipment
groups meet simultaneously: provided. Fee: $25. RSVP to
one for patients, one for care- John at 966-7308.
givers and family members.
To register, call 921-5539. Cattery sale
* The Wellness Community The Cattery Thrift Store of St.
offers free adaptive yoga Francis Animal Rescue of
classes, noon-1:30 p.m., Venice holds an end-of-the-
Mondays, at Jacaranda Trace, month sale and the last day of
3600 William Penn Way. To its "Christmas in July" sale at
register, call 921-5539. 1651 U.S. 41 Bypass. Most
* An Al-Anon newcomer items offered at 50 percent to
meeting takes place at 7 p.m. 75 percent off. Get a bag of
Monday at St. Mark's Epis- clothing for $2 and some
copal Church, 508 Riviera St. boutique items as low as $1.


All proceeds benefit the ani-
mals cared for at the St. -
Francis Animal Rescue Shel-
ter and Adoption Center.
Store hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m.,
Monday through Saturday.
Call 492-6210.

Senior Friendship Centers,
South County satellite, Venice
Community Center, 326 S.
Nokomis Ave. Call Kathie
McMurrian at 584-0052.
9 a.m., wood carving; friend-
ly bridge, no partner needed
9:30 a.m., Scrabble; teddy-
bear making
10 a.m., blood-pressure
:,checks; pine-needle weaving
and basket-weaving
..Support
Alcoholics. Anonymous
meets at 7:30 p.m. in die
Suncoast Auditorium of
Englewood Community Hos-
pital, 700 Medical Blvd. Call
426-7655 -
An Al-Anon newcomer
meeting, Let Go & Let God
AFG, takes place at 7:30 p.m.
at Venice Presbyterian
Church, 111 E. Firenze St. Call
426-7655 or visit southflori-
daal-anon.org.
Clubs
The Venice Sunrise Rotary
Club meets for breakfast at
7:15 a.m. at Harmony House
in the Holiday Inn, 455 U.S. 41
Bypass. Call Don at 493-4680.
The Venice Toastmasters
meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Venice
Chamber of Commerce, 597


* Learn Latin dancing at 10 a.m., and
dance to music by Dick Rivers at 1 p.m.
Tuesday at Senior Friendship Centers,
2350 Scenic Drive.

Folk concert
Carl Wade and Something Special perform
Monday, July 30, at the monthly Sarasota Polk Club
Sailing Squadron concert at 1717 Ken Thompson
Parkway, Sarasota. Open mike at 7:15 p.m., concert
at 8:30 p.m. The public is welcome. Donation: $. For
more information and upcoming concerts, call 377-
9256.
Matinee

Jacaranda Public Library shows the film
"Dreamer" at 2 p.m., Tuesday, July 31, at 4143
Woodmere ParltBd?.Ca1ll'861-1270.


South Tamiami Trail. Call Rick
at 539:0029.
* Disabled American Veterans
serves lunch daily, 11 a.m.-2
p.m., featuring roast beef,
cordon bleu and more at 600
Colonia Lane, Nokomis. Call
488-4500.
* The American Legion No-
Vel Post 159 serves lunch, 11
a.m.-2 p.m., at 1770 E. Venice
Ave. Call 488-1157.
* The Venice Nokomis Elks
offers lunch, 11:30 a.m.-2:30
p.m., blue plate specials and
more, 5-7:30 p.m., at 1021
Discovery Way, Nokomis. All
are welcome. Call 486-1854.
Health matters
* Florida's Blood Centers' Big
Red Bus visits PGT Industries,
8 a.in.-5 p.m., at 1070 Tech-
nology Drive, Nokomis. Call
FBC at 492-9202 or Suncoast
Communities Blood Bank at
954-1600. Ext. 240.
* The Wellness Community
offers free Qigong classes, 10-
11 a.m., Tuesdays, at Jacaran-
da Trace, 3600 William Penn
Way. To register, call 921-5539.
* Serenity Gardens offers yoga
at 6 p.m. at 602 E. Venice Ave.
Call 486-3577.
Tuesday games
* H2U Health Happiness and
You at Englewood Commu-
nity Hospital hosts cards in
the Suncoast Cafe at 1:45 p.m.
at 700 Medical Blvd. Come
early for lunch. For a free copy
of the H2U newsletter, call
473-5048.


* Sahib Shriners host bingo.
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday at
600 North Beneva Road, Sara-
sota. Doors open at 9 a.m.
Sandwiches available; all pa-
per bingo; handicapped-ac-
cessible; nonsmoking.

Senior Friendship Centers,
2350 Scenic Drive, 584-0075,
seniorfriendship.com
* 8:30 a.m., Tai Chi
* 8:45 a.m., strengthen and
stretch
* 9:30 a.m., quilting
* 10 a.m., learn Latin dancing,
* noon, $3 lunch and bingo
for 60+ with 24-hour reserva-
tions. Call 584-0031 or 584-
0090.
* noon, arts and crafts
* 12:30 p.m., progressive
pinochle : d a ":t
* 1 p.m.;,dancing to music by
Dick Rivers

WEDNESDAY,

AUG.I

Beach runs
Sarasota County Parks and
Recreation and New Balance
Sarasota host Kids Summer
Beach Runs at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday at Venice Pier,
1600 Harbor Drive. Register at
5:30 p.m. Call 861-5000.

Senior Friendship Centers,
2350 Scenic Drive, 584-0075,
seniorfriendship.com
* 8:15 a.m., Wednesday walk-
ers


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come); 7 p.m., Wednesday
Step Study, Grace United
Methodist Church, 400 E.
Field St. Call 426-7655 or visit
southfloridaal-anon.org.
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* 9 a.m., senior aerobics
* 9:30 a.m., watercolor art
* 10 a.m., euchre
* 11 a.m., line dancing
* noon, $3 lunch for 60+ with
24-hour reservations, 584-
0031 or 584-0090
* 12:30 p.m., friendly bridge
* 1 p.m., dancing to music by
Joe and Dick Rivers
Tot fun
Nokomis Community Center
offers Tot/Parent Time, 10
a.m.-noon, at 234 East Nip-
pino Trail. Play time for pre-
schoolers. Toys provided or
bring your own. Call 861-
5000.
Depot tours
Venice Area Historical Society
docents give free tours of the
Venice Train Depot, 10 a.m.-
noon, Wednesdays. Dona-
tions welcome. For groups of
10 or more, call 484-0769.
Clubfun
* Disabled American Veterans
serves lunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.,
at 600 Colonia Lane, Noko-
mis. Call 488-4500.
* The Kiwanis Club of Venice
meets at noon at Vincenzo's,
385 North U.S. 41 Bypass. Call
484-6022.
* The American Legion No-
Vel Post 159 serves lunch,
11 a.m.-2 p.m., at 1770 E. Ve-
nice Ave. Call 488-1157.
* The Venice Nokomis Elks
offer lunch, 11:30-2:30 p.m. at
1021 Discovery Way, Noko-
mis. All are welcome. Call
486-1854.
Food bank
The Florida Department of
Agriculture and Consumer
Services and All Faiths Food
Bank distribute free USDA
commodities to eligible Sara-
sota County residents, 10
a.m.-1 p.m., at the Venice
Community Center, 326 S.
Nokomis Ave. Call 379-6333.
Amphibli4i.fPrces
Th" U;S. Na!avy and iCoast
Guard Amphibious veterans
of World War II, the Korean
conflict and the Vietnam era
are invited to the Amphibious
Forces luncheon, taking place
at 11 a.m. the first Wednesday
of each month at the Ame-
rican Legion ofVenice, No-Vel
Post 159, 1770 E. Venice Ave.
Call Leroy at 497-0345.
Library class
Jacaranda Public Library
offers Libraries@YourService,
10-11 a.m., at 4143 Wood-
mere Park Blvd. Registration
and library card required. Call
861-1270.

Music series
Selby Public Library and the
Sarasota Music Archive host a
"free weekly forum on Masters
and Masterpieces of Music:
the Music of Maurice Ravel,
10:30-11:45 a.m. Wednesday
at Selby Public Library, Geld-
bart Auditorium, 1331 First
St., Sarasota. No prior knowl-
edge or ability to read music
is needed, and the public is
welcome. Today's topic: Ra-
vel's orchestral music. E-mail
vcneumann@scgov.net or call
861-5000.
Wellness
The National Alliance on
Mental Illness of Sarasota Co.
Inc. meets 7-9 p.m. at Venice
HealthPark, 1283 Jacaranda
Blvd. A Care and Share sup-
pqrt grouplWill be held. All are
welcome. Call 957-3626.
Loss and Grief: Learning to
Live Differently meets 6:30-7
p.m. the first and third Wed-
nesday of the month at Se-
renity Gardens, 602 E. Venice
Ave. Donations welcome. Call
486-3577 or visit serenity
gardensofvenice.com.
Al-Anon and Alateen family
meetings take place several
times a week at area loca-
tions. Wednesday meetings:
10:30 a.m., Freedom AFG,
Church of the Nazarene, 1535
E. Venice Ave. (children wel-









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sions at 8000 South Tamiami
Trail. Bring a notebook and
pen. Fee: $65. To register, call
408-1412.
Golf benefit
First Draft Choice Sports Pub
of Venice hosts a golf tourna-
ment benefiting TideWell
Hospice and Palliative Care of
Sarasota County, Sunday,
Aug. 5, at Venice Lake Golf
Course. The tournament
begins with an 8 a.m. shotgun
start. Sponsors are being
sought for this fifth annual
event. Call 488-0551 or visit
1195 South U.S. 41 Bypass.
Music auditions
Asolo Repertory Theatre is
seeking musicians for its resi-
dent production of "A Tale of
Two Cities." This audition call
is for musicians with classical
and orchestral backgrounds;
strong proficiency is a must.
Openings are available for:
violin/concertmaster; wood-
wind doubler (flute, oboe,
clarinet, bassoon); French
horn, trumpet (Bb, piccolo),
upright bass (possible tuba
.double); percussion (profi-
cient with KAT and Mallet
KAT) and keyboard. Audi-
tions are by appointment
only Monday, Aug. 6. For
more information, call 351-
9010, Ext. 3302 through Aug.
6.
ARC fundraiser
Wild, Wild, West! is the theme
for the fundraiser benefiting
Animal Rescue Coalition, tak-
ing place at 9 p.m., Saturday,
Aug. 4, at The Cock & Bull
Pub, 975 Cattleman Road,
Sarasota. Wear your best
Western attire. Tickets: $25.
Call Eric at 809-6351 or David
at 780-4397, or visit arcsara
sota.org.
Democratic luncheon
The Democratic Club of
Sarasota holds a luncheon
with speaker Christine Jen-
nings Saturday, Aug. 11, at
Sarasota Yacht Club, 1100
John Ringling Blvd. Social at
11:30 a.m., lunch at noon.
Cost: $20 for members, $25
,.foMriinonmembers. "RSVP
by Aug.. 8 to 379-9233 or
reserve@sarasotadems.com,.
YMCA luau
The South County Family
YMCA presents the sixth
annual Hawaiian Luau fund-
raiser, 7-11 p.m., Saturday,
Aug. 25, poolside at 701
Center Road. Drinks and food


by local restaurants, a live
disc jockey and performance
by The Cryin' Shames.
Tickets are $50 per person
and are available at
the YMCA or online at
veniceymca.com, click Reg-
ister Online. Must be 21 or
-older to attend. Proceeds
benefit the YMCA Children &
Family Scholarship Program.
Call 492-9622.
Watercolor class
Carolyn Merenda leads her
Fun with Watercolor classes
for adults, 2:30-4:30 p.m.,
Wednesday, Aug. 8-29, at the
Nokomis Community Center,
234 East Nippino Trail. Cost:
$65 plus supplies. All skill lev-
els welcome. Supply list avail-
able at the center; register at
first class. Call Merenda at
366-2866.
Fish fry, show
Disabled American Veterans
presents Mike King in "Elvis is
Back," 7-10 p.m., preceded by
a fish fry, 5-7 p.m., Friday,
Aug. 10, at 600 Colonia Lane,
Nokomis. All are welcome.
Call 488-4500.
Lunch and learn
The Wellness Community
hosts a lunch and learn pro-
gram, noon-l:30 p.m., Mon-
day, Aug. 13, at Jacaranda
Trace, 3600 William PennWay.
Patients and caregivers are
welcome for a discussion
about foods" that promote
recovery during and after can-
cer. Complimentary lunch. To
register, call 921-5539.

Golf tournament
The third annual Ron Gordon
Charity Golf Tournament to
benefit the Humane Society
of Sarasota County takes
place Saturday, Sept. 8, at
Stonebrook Golf and Country
Club on Palmer Ranch,
Sarasota. Registration for the
tournament, which includes
a round of gold with cart, bev-
erages on the course and an
awards luncheon, is $75 per
player or $300 per team.
Sponsorship opportunities
-are'4 also available Cottact
Gordon at 266-0526 or
nuts4gol f@' erizon. net.
Checks, made payable to
SCRE Charity Fund, may be
mailed to Ron Gordon, 3315
Kenmore Drive, Sarasota, FL
34231.
Women's workshop
Nancy C. Detert, candidate


for Florida Senate seat in
District 23, presents a key-
note speech at a women's
workshop for the Business
and Professional Women-of
Englewood and Venice, 8:15
a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Sept.
15, at the Sun Coast Worship
Center, 811 River Road,
Englewood. Registration is
$20 for the workshop, lun-
cheon and keynote speech.
Choose three of 12 work-
shop topics. Business ex-
hibitors and sponsors wel-
come. To register, call
Wendy Namack at 429-2911
or visit bpwengven. corn
and follow the link to the
Women's Workshop.
Emergency training
South Venice hosts a Com-
munity Emergency Response
Team training class, 1-5 p.m.,
Sept. 17-21, at the South
Venice Civic Association
Community Center, 720
Alligator Drive, and at the
Venice Fire Training Facility.
To register, call Laraine at
493-3176. C.E.R.T. meetings
are held the second Tuesday
of each month at 7 p.m. at the
the SVCA center.
Humane Society gala
The Humane Society of
Sarasota County hosts its
15th annual "Hot Dogs &
Cool Cats" formal masquer-
ade gala at 6:30 p.m., Friday,
Sept. 23, at the Chelsea
Center, 2506 Gulf Gate
Drive, Sarasota. Enjoy fine
dining, live performances,
dancing, auctions and
more. Costumes optional.
Tickets: $175. Call 955-4131,
Ext. 121.
Locks of Love benefit
Great Clips for Hair sponsors
a cutathon to raise aware-
ness for Locks of Love, 9k11
a.m., Sunday, Sept. 30, at
3562 Clark Road, Beneva
Village Plaza, Sarasota. The
public is welcome for a free
haircut when they donate 10
inches of hair to LOL, a
Florida-based organization
that provides hairpieces for
children suffering from
long-term medical hair loss.
RSVP to Great Clips at 929-
7892. ..
Craft show
The Even Keels, South Venice
Yacht Club, are taking reser-
vations for their Nov. 3 craft
show. For more information
or to make reservations, call
Jean at 492-4109.


Myakka River State Park at 8
a.m., Saturday, Aug. 11, at
13207 State Road 72,
Sarasota. Wear sturdy shoes
and bring water, insect repel-
lent, sunscreen and a snack
for this 4- to 6-mile walk.
Donation: $5 plus park fee.
RSVP to Sally at 484-4113.
* Explore Shell Key Preserve
with the American Littoral
Society, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Sat-
urday, Aug. 11. See marine
creatures and bird life. Bring
water, sunscreen, insect re-
pellent and lunch. Equip-
ment and training provided.
Fee: $35. RSVP to John at 966-
7308.
* Paddle Caledesi Island with
the Manatee-Sarasota Sierra
Club at 8:30 a.m., Sunday,
Aug. 12. Check out the man-
grove trail and observe the
wildlife in the bird preserva-
tion area. Donation: $5. RSVP
to Don at 493-3085.
* Kayak on Little Sarasota to
Palmer Point with the Amer-
ican Littoral Society, 6:30-9
p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25. Begin
the paddle before sunset and
return in the moonlight. See
birds, fish, the Neville Pre-
serve and other islands in the
bay. Bring water, sunscreen
and insect repellent. Equip-
ment and training provided.
Fee: $25. RSVP to John at 966-
7308.
* Kayak on the near-shore
waters of the Gulf of Mexico
. from Turtle Beach to Point of
Rocks, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Tues-
day, Aug. 28. The American
Littoral Society leads this
excursion. Bring snorkel
equipment and sunscreen.
.Kayak equipment provided.
Fee: $25. RSVP to Jo', in at 966-
7308..


Senior Friendship Centers,
South County Satellite, Epi-
phany Parish, 350 W. Tampa
Ave., 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Wed-
nesdays. Call Kathie McMur-
rian at 584-0052.
* 9 a.m., wake-up exercise
* 9:30 a.m., quilting with Liz,
beginners welcome
* 10 a.m., mah-jongg, begin-
ners welcome; learn to knit
and needlepoint; blood-
pressure checks
* 11:30 a.m., lunch with
Hattie, $2 donation
* noon, bridge, learn and
play.

Venice Public Library, 300 S.
Nokomis Ave., 861-1332
* 9 a.m., volunteer orientation
* 1-2:30 p.m., Art with Andrew
Kiss: Caolin engraving
* 2-3 p.m., Community Youth
Development holds demon-
strations on TheLookUp
941.org, which includes posi-
tive activities for school-aged
youth in Sarasota County.
Canoe tours
Oscar Scherer State Park
offers year-round, ranger-led
canoe tours of South Creek,
Wednesday. Register at 8:30
a.m., tour at 9 a.m. Canoe
rental fee and park fee. Call
483-5956.


RSV
Nature events
* Enjoy a quiet-water kayak
trip in the bay around South
Lido Park with the American
Littoral Society, 8:30-11:30
a.m,, Thursday, Aug. 2.


Selby Gardens

welcomes new

director

FROM MARIE SELBY BOTANICAL GARDENS

Marie Selby Botanical Gar-
dens announces the appoint-
ment of Jean Sells as director
of development. Sells will be
responsible for raising funds
to support education, re-
search and conservation ini-
tiatives.
Sells comes to the Gardens
from the Boston area, where
she resided for more than 30
years. She was very involved
in several nonprofit organiza-
tions as a volunteer. Before
moving to Sarasota two years
ago, Sells was the director of
development for indepen-
dent schools. Sells is a mem-
ber of the Association of Fund
Raising Professionals and a
member of the Sarasota and
Manatee Chamber of Com-
merces.
Selby President and CEO
Roger Birkel said, "Sell's tre-
mendous professional ex-
perience will prove extremely
valuable as we hone our mes-
sage of care for the living
world and share the wonder
of the Gardens with the com-
munity."
Marie Selby Botanical
Gardens is a respected center
for research and education as
well as a famous orchid show-
place. The Gardens are located
at 811 S. PalmAve., Sarasota. It
is open to the public daily, 10
a.m.-5 p.m. with the exception
of Christmas day. Visit
selby.org.


Foster parent

orientation

Camelot Community Care
needs therapeutic foster par-
ent volunteers in Sarasota
and Manatee counties to care
for abused and neglected
adolescents and children.
.,;-i,Gamelot Community ,Care
is located at 239 U.S. 301 Blvd.
E., Suite A, Bradenton,-. FL
34208.
Call (941) 708-9764 for
more information about the
program and class schedules.


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Hearing loss event
The Hearing Loss Association
of Charlotte County meets for
lunch at noon the first Friday
of each month (Aug. 3) at the
Super International Buffet in
Charlotte Square Mall, 2200
Tamiami Trail. All are wel-
come. Call 625-1782.
NAMI
The National Alliance 'on
Mental Ililess of Sarasota Co.
Inc. meets 7-9 p.m., Wed-
nesday, Aug. 1, at Venice
HealthPark, 1283 Jacaranda
Blvd. A Care and Share sup-
port group will be held. All are
welcome. Call 957-3626.
Cancer support
* The Wellness Community
hosts free cancer support
groups, 10-11:30 a.m., Mon-
days, at Jacaranda Trace, 3600
William Penn Way. Two
groups meeOt simultaneously:


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one for patients, one for care-
givers and family members.
To register, call 921-5539.
* The Wellness Community
offers free adaptive yoga class-
es, noon-1:30 p.m., Mondays,
'at Jacaranda Trace, 3600
William Penn Way. To register,
call 921-5539.
Lunch and learn
The Wellness Community
hosts a lunch and learn pro-
gram, noon-1:30 p.m., Mon-
day, Aug. 13, at Jacaranda
Trace, 3600 William Penn Way.
Patients and caregivers are
welcome for a discussion
about foods that promote
recovery during and after can-
cer. Complimentary lunch. To
register, call 921-5539.
Nar-Anon
A support group for those
who have loved ones affected
. with drug addiction ImeLts at


Hearing Aids

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Port Charlotte
Port Charlotte Town Center
1441 Tamiami Trail
(941) 743-3125


7 p.m. Thursday in the
lounge at St. Mark's Episcopal
Church, 508 Riviera St. Call
Ray at 497-6879.
Alcoholics Anonymous
Alcoholics Anonymous meets
at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and
Thursday in the Suncoast
Auditorium of Englewood
Community Hospital, 700
Medical Blvd. Call 426-7655.
Alateen
* Laurel Nokomis Middle
School, 1900 East Laurel
Road, Nokomis, 8:30-9:30
a.m., Wednesdays
* Venice Middle School, 1900
Center Road, 8 a.m., Thurs-
days
* St. Mark's Church lounge,
513 Nassau St., 7 p.m., Fri-
days. Call Ray at 497-6879.
Al-Anon newcomer meetings
* St. Mark's Episcopal Church,
:508.RivieraSt., 7 p.m., Mon-


days
* Let Go & Let God AFG,
Venice Presbyterian Church,
111 E. Firenze St, 7:30 p.m.,
Tuesday
* Freedom AFG, Church of
the Nazarene, 1535 E. Venice
Ave. (children welcome),
10:30 a.m., Wednesdays
* Wednesday Step Study,
Grace United Methodist
Church, 400 E. Field St., 7
p.m., Wednesdays
* Steps & Growth, The Church
of Christ, 4301 State Road
776, 10 a.m., Thursdays
* Peace Pipe, Emmanuel
Lutheran Church, 790 South
Tamiami Trail, Room 101, 7
p.m., Thursdays
* On the Island, Emmanuel
Lutheran Church, 790 South
Tamiami Trail, 8 p.m., Thurs-
days
* Step in the Right Direction,
St. Mark's Episcopal Church,
508 Riviera St., 7 p.m., Fridays


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790 South Tamiami Trail, 7
p.m., Saturdays
* Keep it Simple Sunday,
Emmanuel Lutheran Church,
790 South Tamiami Trail, 7
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Walkabout group
The Saturday Morning Walk-
about group meets at 8 a.m.
Saturday at Volunteer Park,
located behind the Gulf Coast
Community Foundation of
Venice. Each Saturday a dif-
ferent 2-1/2 mile route is
selected. Mileage is recorded
and incentive awards are pre-
sented for various total miles
walked. Bring your pets, too.
New walkers welcome.
Al-Anon
Al-Anon and Alateen family
meetings take place several
times a week at area loca-
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southfloridaal-anon.org.
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The Alzheimer's Association
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Maintain Your Brain and
information about local care-
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bureau for presentations. Call
365-8883 for details and loca-
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The Bereavement Support
Group meets 3-4 p.m., the sec-
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the month in the Ad-
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at Englewood Community
Hospital, 700 Medical Blvd.
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by dining with friends
Tuesday, Aug 7, and support
the Senior Friendship Centers.
A percentage of your check


benefits the organization. 10, when the Love Boat sets
,i-ocal restaurants sporiitif saMlh6lia i O nflQey for
the event are A Bit of BQtof,-, Epiphagy .athpalil School.
Bogey's, Crow's Nest, Gold The annual reverse raffle
Rush BBQ, James' Place, brings the community togeth-
Kingfish Cafe, Mel's Diner, er in a gala that includes food,
Capt. Eddie's Seafood Rest- music and the most fantastic
aurant and Subway on prizes you'll see anywhere. Be
Shamrock. sure to mark the date. For
information, call Helen at 493-
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While most people are
enjoying the soft summer
breezes Venice Beach offers,
Helen Flynn is busy planning
a Love Boat Cruise at the
Venice Yacht Club. This orga-
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mark their calendars for Nov.


Senior Celebrities
Marilyn Broadhead and
Jim Hussmann went to college
together at Miami of Ohio in
the 1940s. After graduation
they sought their fortunes and
ended up in Venice, where they
each have lived for years.


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ties is W'riting his lif 'history
with the group0tgaie'6?Norr
Friendship Ceniters. "After
reading about the class in.the
paper, Marilyn decided to give
it a try. She is a retired free-
lance editor.
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lege friends were surprised
and glad to meet again after so
many years, once again prov-
ing it is a small world.
Give me a little kiss
If your children are looking to
create some fun, this Wed-
nesday, Aug. 1, at the Venice
Public Library, Andrew Kiss
presents an art class. From 1:30


to 2:30 p.m., budding Picassos
-'6h experience engraving, relief,
clayboard and Sculpey clay.
Next Wednesday Mother"
Goose comes to town. Aug. 8,
from 6 to 7 p.m., weather per-
mitting, the gracious story-
teller wants children of all ages
at the gazebo at Blalock Park.
Also known as Jo Lize, M.
Goose will read and tell stories
to warm the heart.
Both these events, spon-
sored by the Venice Public
Library, are free. Call 861-1348
for information.
Pat on the back
Robert E. Miller recently
had his painting displayed at


the Venice Art Center during
the Loveland Follies. This tal-
ented artist moved to Floridh
after his parents died. He took
classes at the Loveland Cen-
ter, where he learned to live
on his own.
The next step in his life
took him to the Senior
Friendship Centers, where he
met Ms. Dama and became
one of her star watercolor stu-
dents.
Today Robert enjoys work
and painting, thanks to the
terrific organizations in Venice
who inspired this talented
artist to develop his song.
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FLORIST
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20020 Veterans Blvd. #21
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941-764-1278
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Kays Ponger Funeral Home
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941-639-1133
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Lemon Bay Funeral Home
2401 Englewood Rd Englewood
941-474-2413

FURNITURE
The Last Straw
1250 US 41 ByPass *S Venice
941-488-6773

GROCERY STORES
Publix
2636 Mitcham Dr *Tallahassee
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18200 Paulson Dr Port Charlotte
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5840 26th Street West -Bradenton
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RCS Electric
1307 Barrett N Fort Myers
239-656-2609
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EMPLOYMENT
Wal-Mart Distribution Center
6785 SW Enterprise Blvd
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863-491-6500
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20020 Veterans Blvd -Ste 7-9
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1240 Pinebrook Rd *Venice
941-488-6733

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2811 -A Tamiami Trail Port Charlotte
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3280 Tamiami Tr Ste 56A
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20020 Veterans Blvd
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Poland even better the second time around


BY FRAN VALENCIC
SOCIAL COLUMNIST

My second trip to Poland
took me to Torun, one of the
most magnificent historic
cities in the country and the
birthplace of Nicholas Coper-
nicus, the astronomer. Torun,
located in northeastern Po-
land, turned out to be one of
my favorite stops.
It was early evening when
our tour bus arrived at the
gates to the city, downhill and
about a mile from the hotel.
The bus would go no farther


and we had to walk the rest of
the way, up a steep incline
and, like most streets in the
city, one made of cobble-
stones. Fortunately, the hotel
sent a car for the luggage.
We took our time walking
up the path and were reward-
ed with a beautifully lit city
viewed through a Gothic arch
in the wall. The street lights
were decorated with bou-
quets of flowers and lights
shaped like gingerbread men.
Torun is noted for its ginger-
bread called "piernik." In
the distance, we saw a huge


The old town hall, Rynek Staromiejski, is a starting point for
tourists with the large statue of Copernicus near its entrance.
The st4Ae, i s p" of thle qliestdedicated to the astronomer.
The hall hasn't changed much since erected near the end of
the 14th century. Various museums are nearby.


The Gramada Hotel, located on ul. Zeglarska, is next door to
the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and St. John the
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rounded by lights. Tomek, our
guide, told us the lighted
building was the city hall and
the tall statue in front of it
honored Copernicus. We were
in the town square. Con-
tinuing toward our hotel, we
passed sidewalk cafes filled
with people drinking and
watching television specif-
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test, which was taking place
that night. Miss Poland was
one of the finalists.
Warm welcome
Our hotel, The Gramada,
looked charming. It was locat-
ed near the town square and
each window had a beautiful
flower box filled with luscious
red flowers. The staff greeted
us warmly and as we checked
in, our luggage was waiting
for us. We discovered the
small inn had an elevator, but
with just enough room for
two people and their luggage.
My room was on the sec-
ond floor. Small and cozy, it
had a sloped ceiling, an open
window with lace curtains
that blew in the wind and, like
every place we stayed in
Poland, it was clean. Outside
my window was a charming
courtyard. I immediately' felt
right at home.
The scoop
Unpacking could come
later, I wanted to be out and
about to explore this lovely
place before it got too late.
Next door to the hotel was St.
James Church. I made a men-
tal note to check the Mass
schedule for the next day,
which was Sunday.
Torun looked like a won-
derland. The lights showed off
the stores. I passed dress
shops and small specialty
shops and, as luck would have
it, a few were still open and
gave me a chance to explore.
There were also bakeries,
known as "piekarnie," and ice
cream stores. Poland has
wonderful ice cream that is
called "lody." It is made fresh
daily with no preservatives.
The flavors include pear,
mango and apple. Scoops are
generous and locals enjoy
their "lody" as they stroll the
streets. I saw the gorgeous
flower market in town. Poland
is known for its flowers and
they are everywhere, for sale
in bunches, overflowing win-
dow boxes and filling gardens.
It is always a great feeling to
purchase a flower or a small
bouquet for three zloty or one
American dollar and enjoy its
beauty.
I caught up with my fellow
travelers, and we sat at a little
cafe among the locals drink-
ing some Polish beer and
watching the beauty pageant
on television. Everyone
cheered for Miss Poland, who
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SUN PHOTOS BY FRAN VALENCIC
In Old Town, Torun, locals spend and early Sunday morning relaxing and sharing their bread
with hungry pigeons.


tive time and everyone was
eager to talk about the town
and Miss Poland.
We walked back to the
hotel together.
Like home
I learned the church next
door had an 8 o'clock Mass,
and we were scheduled for 9
a.m, breakfast. The timing
was perfect. I slept with my
window open, enjoying the
sounds of the city.
I arose early the next
morning and dressed for
church. I wore dress shoes, a
skirt and a jacket in keeping
with Polish custom.
I walked next door to the
church, enjoying the clean,
brisk, fresh air, and saw sever-
al people already there. It felt
great to be with these local,
people so early in the morn-
ing.
A priest was listening to
confession. The pews caught
my eye as each one had a
small gate to it and had to be
opened for someone to enter.
The church was built in the
1730s. I was struck by its size,
which was large. There were
three main aisles. There were
several side altars and a main
altar. I watched a nun light
candles.
Mass began and I thought
about being so far away from
home yet because of my
Catholicism it was like home.
The Mass is the same except
for the language and the Mass
and the Eucharist are bonds
shared everywhere in the
world.
During the offering collec-
tion I noticed many "grozy" in
the basket. Grozy are pennies.
I also noticed there weren't
any church envelopes.
After Mass, the priests,
.dressed in cassocks, greeted
people outdoors, as did the
nuns, who were dressed in
traditional habits. Several of
my fellow travelers and I
talked about how we love
Catholicism in Poland.
Lazy aftemoon
After a breakfast of yogurt,
juice, fruit, rolls, cheese, meat
and coffee, our group toured
the city on foot, stopping at
various museums and other
sites along the way. We saw


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the Leaning Tower, Krzywa
Wieza, and the home of
Copernicus. We also experi-
enced making gingerbread
cookies and enjoyed some of
the delicious treats.
Torun was a wealthy
Hanseatic port transformed
by Teutonic knights.
In the afternoon, when we
had some free time, I took the
opportunity to walk around
downtown again. Sunday
afternoons in Poland, families
gather with friends. Children


feeding pigeons and a small
fountain dripped water
where children gathered to
watch the birds bathe in the
water.
Going back
I bought a coffee-flavored
ice cream cone and enjoyed
the short leisure time I had
before our tour bus would
leave. Our group walked from
our hotel along the beautiful
parkway along the Vistula
River. Looking back we saw
t


The tower bell for the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.
Construction of the church began circa 1260 and was complet-
ed circa 1500.


dressed in their Sunday best.
Men wore suits and women
wore dresses and heels.
I marvel at how they walk
the cobblestone streets in
those shoes. Couples held
hands as they strolled the
square and I observed men
purchasing flowers for their
ladies. This occurred for cou-
ples of all ages.
The only stores open were
the delis and bakeries and a
few souvenir kiosks. People
sat at tables and it warmed
my heart to see so many peo-
ple enjoying a leisurely
Sunday afternoon.
Groups of men sat around


historic Torun with its Gothic
arches and huge wall sur-
rounding the town.
Looking ahead along the
river we saw a highway and a
modern bridge. One of the
great things about traveling in
Poland at this time is seeing a
country in transition, bridg-
ing the old and the new. I
closed my eyes for a second
and promised myself I would
return. And I will in
September, with a group from
Venice. We still have a few
spaces left. For information
about joining the group, call
485-4083 or write to fran
valencic@comcast.net.


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