Title: Venice gondolier sun
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00028295/00413
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Title: Venice gondolier sun
Alternate Title: Venice 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: September 16, 2007
Copyright Date: 2007
Frequency: semiweekly
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 )
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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Volume ID: VID00413
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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'Between bridges'

Controversial Tra
Ponti at the Water-
front is a showcase of
Italian Renaissance


It's too early to tie down
every nail and terra cotta
roof tile, but plans ap-
proved by city council last
week show that Tra Ponti
on the Waterfront, if it gets
built, would be a showcase
of' Italian Renaissance
The plans, approved
Sept. 11, are still considered
concept plans, albeit ones
that Mike Miller of Water-
ford Companies Will be
required to follow if final
council approval comes
Sept. 25.
The concept plan was
approved by city council
last week.
Council decided to re-
quire two of the four six-
story structures called Tra
Ponti at the Waterfront -
Tra Ponti is Italian for
"between bridges" be
lowered to five floors.
Unlike many other zon-
ing designations, the level
of detail required in this
commercial mixed-use zon-
ing district was substantial.
The level of detail pro-



under the


The Venice Housing Authority takes action to
avert a takeover or dissolution.


This graphic shows a street perspective of Tra Ponti at the
Waterfront from Tampa Avenue looking toward Venice Avenue
Bridge. Note the cupola and architectural variations on window
design and balconies.

vided typically isn't shown
until site plans are submit-
But council purposely
required this all-encom-
passing concept plan for
CMU zoned districts to
better ascertain what de-
velopers intend to build.
The level of detail not
only gives city planners a
better idea of what's to
come, it also makes the
project an easier target for

detractors earlier in the
approval process.
Mixed feelings
Such was the case Tues-
day, when proponents and
opponents ot the project
gathered at city hall to
comment on the project.
Some were in favor, citing
the boost it will give to
Venice's economy and the
Please see BRIDGES, 5A

A recent management
review by the Miami office of
the federal Department of
Housing and Urban Devel-
opment shows the Venice
Housing Authority has been
making substantial gains in
its effort to comply with HUD
rules and get the housing
authority back on track.
The question is, will it
come in time to avert a HUD
A management review
conducted in August by a
contractor for Miami HUD
confirmed the worst: poor
record keeping had the hous-
ing authority allbut unable to
determine if tenants were
even eligible for low-income
The report listed eight
findings of poor record keep-
ing and an inability to follow
HUD regulations.
A lack of financial data on
account payables, lack of

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annual income verification,
no third-party income verifi-
cations, incomplete or miss-
ing files and failure to submit
Please see HOUSING, 4A

Wellness center

back in the works

After years of delays, construction is on
the horizon again.


After a lengthy stay on the
Sarasota County School
District's back burner, the
Wellness Center at Venice
High School is getting under
In a recent e-mail to the
board members, Ken Marsh,
director of long-range plan-
ning for the district, wrote the
construction of the Wellness
Center will proceed adjacent
to the existing gymnasium.
The center is an 8,000-
square-foot facility with a
weight room and an open
area that will give all ofVHS's
athletes more space to prac-
But the center has had its
share of problems getting built.
The Wellness Center was
approved for construction in
2003; the project stalled in
2004 because of Hurricane
In fall 2006, the building
had to be redesigned because
construction costs had sky-
rocketed. In spring 2007, a
smaller building was ap-
proved to be built, but again
the project was put on hold,
this time due to the possibili-
ty ofVHS relocating.
Wayne Hall, chair of the
Wellness Center Project Com-
mittee of the VHS Founda-
tion, has been waiting since

Good morning, Gondolier
Sun subscriber,

2000 for the project to be
He said he saw the need for
the center while his three
sons were attending VHS and
promised the football coach
he would help.
"The old facility was more.
than" 20 years old and crowd-
ed," he said.
That was almost seven
years ago, and Hall's sons
have since graduated.
But he hasn't given up on
the project.
"It's been a frustrating,
long project," he said. "I hope
it gets built."
Hall said the project will
cost roughly $500,000. Gulf
Coast Community Foun-
dation of Venice contributed
$150,000; $75,000 came from
,the Community Foundation
of Sarasota County. The dis-
trict's share of the cost is
$150,000, which will come
out of the capital budget.
Hall said the difference
came from private donors.
Waterford Construction
has offered to build the center
at a discounted rate with no
profit, according to Hall.
The construction services
department of the district is
expected to bring the board
members items regarding the
construction process this Oc-



Volunteering speaks volumes at the library

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Make A Difference


During the lazy summer
months when the sun is at its
height, a relaxing pastime is
to sit down with a good book.
A thrifty source for an endless
supply of reading material is
the library bookstore.
Because of its good prices,
the Friends of the Venice

Public Library bookstore is
always busy during both the
summer and winter months.
Volunteers' are needed to
keep the shop going.
The FOVPL bookstore is a
nonprofit organization that
not only enhances the service,
provided by the library, but
helps support library pro-
"The proceeds provide

funds for a variety of projects,
including equipment and fur-
nishings for the library," said
John Finnigan, FOVPL presi-
The library bookstore also
helps raise capital for expan-
sion projects, programs for
adults and children and other
needs that are not allocated in
the county budget.
The used-book store offers
thousands of inexpensive.
titles from fiction to cook-
books. It also delivers library
materials to the homebound
within the Venice community.
Purchasing books from or
donating books to the FOVPL
bookstore will make a differ-
Paperbacks and hardcover
books are categorized by fic-
tion, nonfiction, cooking, for-

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eign language and a general
category section.
Paperback books are all
priced at $1 and hardcover
books range from $1 to $5,
depending on how recent
they are.
Magazines are sold for 25
cents each and there is a
selection of movies, DVDs
and books on CD and tape.
"We do need volunteers,"
Please see LIBRARY, 4A

The skinny on the TV book

Lorraine Cooper greets customers at the Friends of the Venice
Public Library bookstore.

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You'll notice the TV book
got thinner this week. We've
taken 24 pages out by con-
solidating some elements
and condensing'others, sav-
ing a considerable amount
of money without reducing
the quality of what most
consider the best TV book
in the area.
The biggest changes:
The daytime listings for
weekdays have been mov-
ed together. Most of the
morning and afternoon
shows vary little from day
to day or week to week, so
there's little reason to re-

peat the listings.
The late-night listings
have been consolidated,
but all programs are still
Movie entries been
abbreviated, but all the
movies are still listed.
Complete listings are
still available on our Web
site, www.venicegondolier.
Look for "Entertain-
ment" the left-hand col-
umn, then click on TV list-
ings. Enter your zip code to
bring up the channels from
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DOZIER B. HILLIARD was one of the most influential people in
Manatee County. Hilliard was constantly working behind the
scenes getting things done. He played a key role In the found-
ing of Manatee Community College and was responsible for
many other major accomplishments. Hilliard moved to
Bradenton in 1929 at the age of 10. He lost his bid for mayor In
1967, but become more successful advising other political
hopefuls for the next 40 years.


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such as a Social Security or
bank account number, from
the Social Security recipient
The s9am artists who iden-
tify themselves as Social Se-
curity employees have used a,
variety of approaches to get
personal information. In one
case, a caller said that Social
Security was experiencing a
power outage and needed to
verify the persons informa-
tion. In another, the caller

posed as an employee who
needed to verify the persorfs
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they had inherited. a house
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by the way, would not result in
a reduction of Social Security
To help make the fraud
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back taxes.
Alvays take precautions
when giving out' personal
information. You should never
give your Social Security num-
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Social. Security issued a .
warning about several scams
.that have surfaced throughout
'tthe southeast
The agency has received
:,many reports about telephone
calls or visits from people who
'falsely claim to be Social
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School board to vote

on teacher bonuses


The Sarasota County
School Board is going to vote
Tuesday on a program that
could give up to 25 percent of
district teachers a bonus.
Merit Award Program is a
performance evaluation dic-
tated by the state that gives
teachers from each district
the chance to earn a 5-per-
cent bonus, ,each-year. The
evaluation is weighed 40 per-
cent bn the teacher's annual
performance appraisal and 60
percent on student achieve-
A maximum of 25 percent
of teachers from any Florida
district can earn the bonus
because there is a limited
amount of funds. The bonus-
es are given based on a scor-
ing system until the funds run
out. 1"
MAP must be approved by"
district school boards and
-instructional bargaining units
in order to qualify for the
If the program isn't adopt-
ed, the money for the bonus-
es goes back into state funds.
Other topics
The school board will also
be voting on year two of the
contract between'GMS Part-
ners Inc. and the district.
The contract states GMS
Partners Inc. will continue to
provide technical assistance

and training to the central
office, Sarasota High School,
Booker High School, North
Port High School, Riverview
High School, Venice High
School and Sarasota County
Technical Institute for imple-
mentation of a comprehen-
sive continuous improve-
ment initiative that includes
small learning communities,
the family advocate system
and instructional improve-
This is year two of a three-
year contract.
The board will also appoint
a citizen to the oversight com-
mittee for the interlocal
agreement on school facility
The agreement calls for
each party to appoint a citi-
zen representative to a com-
mittee with responsibility to
monitor implementation of
:,ILA. School board members
were asked in July to nomi-
nate a citizen for considera-
Three people were nomi-
nated: Dan DeLeo, an attor-
ney and active member of the
2006-07 Capital Advisory Task
Force;, Norm Lupo, a Venice
resident active in governmen-
tal affairs; and Janice Mee,
retired school board member.
The school board meeting
starts at 3 p.m., Sept. 18., at
1980 Landings Blvd., Sara-



Public meeting
on SCAT fares
Sarasota CountyArea Tran-
sit will hold a fourth and final
public meeting Wednesday,
Sept. 19,. on proposed fare
hikes, including an increase
from 50 to 75 cents for single-
ride fares.
The Sept. 19 public meet-
ing will be held 4-6 p.m. in the
first-floor Training Room of
the Administration Center,
1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota.
This will be the last public
meeting before the public
hearing, which is scheduled
Sept. 25 during the Sarasota'
County Commission meet-
ing. The; commission, acting
as the Sarasota CountyTransit
Authority, must approve any

fare increases.
The increase will affect all
regular fares, pass fares and
special fares on SCAT fixed-
rpute and paratransit ser-
vices, including fares for
seniors (age 65 and over), per-
sons with disabilities and
users of SCAT door-to-door
transportation mandated by
the federal Americans with
Disabilities Act. / / ,
Interested residents may
comhmenton ,th'e pr6po'ed
fare increases at dithe Sept. 19
public meeting or the Sept. 25
public hearing.
For more information, call
861-5000 and ask for Sarah
Blanchard or Elise Cohen, or e-
mrail them at sblancha@ scgov.
net or ecohen@scgov, net. .

Buchanan, Patterson discuss

federal road money


Hopes for securing federal
funding for improved roads
and public transportation -
particularly River Road and
the Venice Bypass took a
step forward Thursday.
District 13 "Congressman;
Vern Buchanan met with
Sarasota County Commission
Chair Nora Patterson to dis-
cuss the county's need for
upgraded transportation in-
The widening and upgrad-
ing of River Road was very
much a part of their talks,
Buchanan said.
"River Road is one of those

"This is a team
effort. I'm a team
member. We're all
working in the best

interests of the com-
Vern Buchanan

areas where it's probably
going to cost a lot of money,
but the reality is it needs to be
done," Buchanan said. "It's in
a flooding area. We'll try to
take it from two to four lanes
and it needs to be brought up
4 to 6 feet."
Buchanan said help could
be coming in the form of a
transportation highway bill
he is helping to craft, coming
up in 2009 a six-year bill
that gets paid out over that
period of time, he said.
"That's going to be some-
where between $300 (billion)
to $400 billion for highways
and projects like this,"
Buchanan said..
'"And long-term, River
Road will be tied into' Win-
chester (Boulevard) and ulti-
mately to (State Road), 776,"
Patterson said.
:. "What we need to be doing
is to have discussions with
Charlotte, Sarasota and Man-
atee counties and make sure
their priorities are dealt with
early, are well-thought-out,
well-presented and we look
for pockets of money ,to be
able to address some of their

needs," Buchanan said.
He added that completion
of the Venice Bypass was also
high on the list of priorities.
'Way underfunded'
Buchanan said one of the
biggest needs in this region is
transportation dollars.
"We're way underfunded,
based on our current pro-
jects, and it'll take forever to
get there (at the current
rate)," Buchanan said. "But
I'm hoping we can shorten
the time frame with help out
Patterson praised Buchan-
an's attention and respon-
siveness to Sarasota County's
long-range needs.
"We told the congressman
how grateful we were that he
had sought and obtained
an appointment in one of
the absolutely key commit-
tees for bringing home dol-
lars for transportation infra-
structure," Pattersor said.
"We told him our long-range
plans and what particular
areas need transportation
funding and we spent quite a
lot of time talking about the
possibility of getting the dol-
lars to make our transit corri-
dors work efficiently."
Patterson added Buchan-
an learned of "a good dozen
priorities, all of which are part -
of a long-range plan that we

feel he can be very helpful to,
Those priorities include:
Providing additional
north-south corridors
Completing network
Reducing congestion
Improving transit routes
and facilities
Completing the Rails-to-
Trails project
Improving Interstate 75
interchanges .
Building the Central Sara-


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Congressman Vern Buchanan speaks to the Republican Club of ,
South Sarasota County Wednesday. His visit tobis-district included 4
meeting with local officials on transportation-nepd .


Budget battle revives elect/appoint debate

Commissioners have previously discussed a new
tax to fund the sheriff's department. Now several
want to resurrect the notion of an appointed
rather than an elected sheriff.


When local politics and a
shortage of tax revenue are
mixed together almost any-
thing can happen includ-
ing the resurrection of long-
discarded notions such as an
appointed Sarasota County
sheriff to replace a constitu-
tionally elected one.,
On Tuesday, with no fan-
fare, Commissioner Paul
Mercier dusted off a long-for-
gotten file that had been rele-
gated to obscurity after coun-
tyvoters embraced the idea of
an appointed
public safety
director in
1984 and then
threw it out
four months
County is
looking at
eliminating Mercier
the office of
sheriff as an
elected official," Mercier said,
dangling the subject as bait.
Commission Chair Nora,
Patterson bit.
"As communities urban-
ize," she said, "it is the appro-
priate way to provide law
The timing of such a
momentous proposal is sus-
pect, given the fact that com-
missioners have recently put
a very public squeeze on
Sheriff Bill Balkwill to hold the

line on his $88 million annual
budget and continue to oper-
ate facilities such as the South
County jail.
Patterson didn't appear to
"It's very strange that such
an important
aspect of the
services this
receives is in-
she said. "I
think we
should have
this discus-
sion." Patterson
There were
head nods
from some
other com-
who agreed.

For the rec-
ord, on Nov. 6,
1984, county
voters ap-
proved a Balkwill
charter amend-
ment that established an
appointed director of public
safety and directed that the
winner of a concurrently held
sheriff's race between Geoff
Monge and Gene L. Craft
would assume that position.
The voters' decision came
in the wake of several tumul-
tuous years under former
Sheriff Jim Hardcastle, and a
bitter campaign to replace
him which finally ended

when Monge crushed Craft in
the general election by a mar-
gin of almost 5-1.

Unit that would appear on
tax bills as a separate line
item for the sheriff, but now a

"It's very strange that such an important
aspect of the services this community
receives is independent.
I think we should have this discussion."
- Sarasota County Commissioner
Nora Patterson

Monge's supporters imme-
diately began to circulate
petitions to repeal the charter
amendment and restore the
office of elected sheriff. They
had no difficulty securing
enough signatures from reg-
istered voters, and on Feb. 5,
1985, prevailed by a margin of
more than 3-1.
Hardcastle went head-to-
head with commissioners
over his annual budgets, and
didn't hesitate to take his case
for more money to the gover-
nor and cabinet. Monge, his
former chief deputy, refrained
and kept a low political pro-
file up to his 2000 retirement.
His successor, Balkwill, has
publicly wrestled with the
commission over annual
budgets, but politics did not
become a major issue until
early this year when the
Florida Legislature clamped
down on property tax collec-
tions and forced local govern-
ments to tighten their belts.
The result has been that
county commissioners resur-
rected not only the idea of a
separate tax known as a
Municipal Services Taxing

public safety director they
would get to appoint.
Partial solution
While the public safety
director issue is a blast from
the distant past, the idea of a
separate tax to fund the sher-
iff's department is not. It has
been discussed several times
over the last two years, but
shelved after budget negotia-
tions with Balkwill were
In spring 2006, county fis-
cal officials proposed two
funding options for the coun-
ty commission: 1) the adop-
tion of a municipal services
taxing unit (MSTU) that cities
could participate in through
interlocal agreements; or 2)
the adoption of an MSTU
outside the cities.
Not all of Balkwill's budget
could be shifted to an MSTU.
Florida law requires that sher-
iffs who operate jails receive
general tax revenue. The
annual cost of jail operations
is about $20 million, so only
about $68 million of his $88
million could raised through
a separate tax.

LIBRARY from Page 1A

said Lorraine Cooper. "One
volunteer this summer was
working all the time because
we had no one to replace her."
Volunteers provide more
than 2,000 hours of service to
the library each month.
Positions are available in
all departments, including
the bookstore office, book-
store clerk, program hostess,
homebound delivery, book
appraisal, book donation and
Want to help patrons find
out about their genealogy?
Assistance is needed in the
reference department. They
also need filers, book display,
periodicals and patron assis-
If telling stories to children

sounds like something you
would like to do, assistants
are needed in the youth de-
partment. You can also help
with crafts, after-school vol-
unteering and as greeters.
In the library circulation
department, volunteers are
needed to check-out and
check-in material; book re-
pair; book shelving; process-
ing; reservations; typing; and
shelf check.
A volunteer orientation is
held the first Wednesday of
each month at 9 a.m. Contact
Christina McCauley, 484-
1983, for more information
about volunteer opportuni-


HOUSING from Page 1A

required HUD reports were
among the findings.
In response, the VHA
blamed its shortcomings on
poorly trained staff, despite
receiving assistance and
training from the Housing
Authority of. the city of Fort
HUD's consultant placed
the blame squarely on the
shoulders of the VHA for
inadequate oversight and
inability to hire an executive
director capable of running
the housing authority.
Both cited poor record
keeping and documentation
for much of the problem.
"The lack of documenta-
tion greatly impacts the VHA's
ability to determine whether
or not a tenant is eligible for
the low-income housing pro-
gram," states the report.
The consultant's findings
generally mirror an internal
audit ordered by HUD Miami
last year.
That audit was conducted

by Fort Myers HUD, brought
in to help turn things around.
When the training it
offered to the administrative
assistant it left in charge of
day-to-day operations didn't
take, the VHA hired Interim
Director Tom Madsen to
clean up the mess.
Madsen has been busy
correcting the deficiencies,
but he will be leaving VHA
soon as well, reopening the
void in the director position
that has plagued Grove Ter-
race Apartments.
This time, HUD is giving
the VHA 30 days to correct the
most egregious errors -
those regarding documenting
income and calculating rents.
HUD sent its consultant,
Benjamin Bell, to Venice. He
arrived Sept. 5 together with
HUD Miami staff.
They'll meet next week
with City Manager Marty
Black to plan their next move.


The following vehicle/vessell(s) will SARASOTA COUNTY, FLORIDA 3079. The names and addresses Sarasota, Florida 34237
be auctioned for unpaid towing & PROBATE DMSION NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME of the personal representative and Telephone: (941)-954-0067
storage charges only, per FS PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, the personal representative's attor- PUBLISH: SEPTEMBER 16, 23,
713.78. 1. 1998 Jag, X-Type, 4D, IN RE: ESTATE OF, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) ney are set forth below. 2007
GId, SAJHX124XWC844964. On MARY MARGARET CHILDS, YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE All creditors of the decedent and
10/3/2007 at 9:00 a.m., Jim's Deceased. DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH other persons having claims or
Auto Repair & Towing, 5693 IS BARRED. demands against decedent's OTHER NOTICES
Sarah Ave, Sarasota, FL File No. 2007-CP-9020-SC estate, on whom a copy of this
PUBLISH: September 16, 2007 The date of first publication of this notice is required to be served NOTICE OF FORFEITURE
NOTICE OF PUBLC AUCTION NOTICE TO CREDITORS Notice is September 16, 2007 must file their claims with this court PRNOTI CEEDINGS
The following vehicle/vessel s) will MARY MARGARET CHILDS, Personal Representative: MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF A o e
be auctioned for upad tow deceased, whose date of death RONALD JAMES CHILDS THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF TO:iming trso have anyright, title'
storage charges only, per FS was July 4; 2007, File Number 196 Carriage House Lane THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS or chatting thae any rgh tle'r
713.78 Vehicle @ North Collier 2007-CP-9020-NC, is pending in Nokomis, Florida 34275 AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE or interestinthe following property:
Collision, Inc. 16210 Old 41 S. the Circuit Court for SARASOTA OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON i Cr
Naples. 1. 1999 Ford, Escort, County Florida, Probate Division, Attorney for Personal THEM. $1,335.00 in U.S. Currency
20, Gm, 3FAKP 137XR132143. the address of which is 4000 Representative: All other creditors of the decedent YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that
2. 1998 Ford Contour, 4D, Blu, South Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL, Mark W. Mazzeo and other persons having claims or the Sarasota County Sheriff's
3FALP6535WM104820. 3. 1994 34293 The names and address- Florida Bar No. 119350 demands against decedent's estate thOffie seized the described propSheriff's
Eagl, Summit, 4D, Red, es of the personal representative 4140 Woodmere Park Boulevard must file their claims with this court Office seized the described proper
JE3EA46CORU062168. On and the personal representative's Suite 4 WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE ty on July 30, 2007 in Sarasota
10/3/2007 at 9:00 am, 171 S. attorney are set forth below. Venice, Florida 34293 DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICA- County, Florida. A forfeiture com-
Jackson Rd, Venice, FL 34292. Telephone: (941) 408-8555 TION OF THIS NOTICE. plaint has been filed in the Circuit
PUBLISH: September 16, 2007 All ,,,dito f the deede,,nt nd ALL CL AIMS NOT FILED WITH- Court Twelfth Judicial Circuit in and

NOTICE OF PUBLIC AUCTION other persons having claims or PUBLISH: S
The following vehicle/vessel(s) will demands against decedent's estate 2007
be auctioned for unpaid towing & on whom a copy of this notice is
storage charges only, per FS required to be served must file their INTHE
713.78. Vehicle @ Pierson Auto claims withthis court WITHIN THE SARASOC
Parts, 284 S Center St, Pier- LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER SARASO(
son. 1. 2000 Kawk, KL650, Mc THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBU- PR
10/3/2007 at 9:00 am at 171 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SER- IN RE: EST
S. Jackson Rd. Venice, 34292. VICE OF A COPY OF THIS EUNICEV
All other creditors of the decedent File No
NOTICE OF PUBLIC AUCTION and other persons having claims orFile No
The following vehicle/vessel(s) will demands against decedent's estate
be auctioned for unpaid towing & musa file their claims with this court NOTC
storage charges only, per FS WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE The admini
713.78. Vehicle @ Premier DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICA- EUNICE.
Finance Adjusters, LLC, 171 S TION OF THIS NOTICE. whoeCa
Jackson St, Venice whose dat
1. 1995 Chry, Sebring, 4D, Whi, ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN 2007, F
On 10/4/07 at 9:00 am at IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE cult Court
above address. FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL Florida, P
PUBLISH: September 16, 2007 address o

September 16, 23,


Probate Division
station of the estate of
V. HARRIS, deceased,
e of death was JULY 1,
Ie Number 2007-CP-
IC, is pending in the Cir-
for Sarasota County,
'robate Division, the
f which is P.O. Box

IN THE TIMEE RIOnDS ET for Sarasota County, Florida, being
FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF Case No.2007-CA-10809.NC,
THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE for the purpose of obtaining a final
WILL BE FOREVER BARRED order of forfeiture as to the above
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME described property upon producing
PERIOTW SET FORTH ABOVME due proof that same was used in
ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) violation of Florida laws dealing with
YEARS OR MORE AFTER TEWO (2) contraband, pursuant to the Florida
DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH Contraband Forfeiture Act, Sec-
IS BARRED.D tions 932.701-707, Florida
The date of first publication of Statutes.
2007. General Counsel
Personal Representative: Sarasota County
H. GREG LEE Sheriff's Office
SAR .A4 RETG LPost Office Box 4115
SARAOTA, FL 3437 Sarasota, Florida 34230
SARASOTA, FL 34237 Iedl o Ao1f an4810

H. Greg Lee
Attorney for Personal
Florida Bar No. 351301

(941) 861-5800
SEPTEMBER 23, 2007


TO: All Persons or entities having
or claiming to have any right, title
or interest in the following property:
$5,200.00 in U.S. Currency
the Sarasota County Sheriff's
Office seized the described proper-
ty on July 31, 2007 in Sarasota
County, Florida. A forfeiture com-
plaint has been filed in the Circuit
Court Twelfth Judicial Circuit, in and
for Sarasota County, Florida, being
Case No.2007-CA-10807-NC,
for the purpose of obtaining a final
order of'forfeiture as to the above
described property upon producing
due proof that same was. used in
violation of Florida laws dealing'with
contraband, pursuant to the Florida
Contraband Forfeiture Act, Sec-
tions 932.701-707, Florida
General Counsel
Sarasota County
Sheriff's Office
Post Office Box 4115
S Sarasota, Florida 34230
Telephone (941) 861-4059
(941) 861-5800


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This bird's-eye view ofTra Ponti shows (1) the four six-story buildings (city council reduced the two western buildings to five stories) and
(3) the clubhouse with a pool bar and grill and spa open to the public.

BRIDGES from Page 1A
services it will provide to the
public, such as hotel rooms
and restaurants.
Others criticized the pro-
ject, saying six-story build-
ings are still too tall.
What wasn't criticized was
the Italian Renaissance archi-
tecture portrayed in dozens of
sketches and architectural
renderings that have been
available for public scrutiny
for months.
Located between Tampa
Avenue and Venice Avenue
adjacent to the Intracoastal
Waterway, the four main con-
do-hotel buildings contain'
special tower elements such
as cupolas that surround an
elevated piazza with foun-
tains and large planters.
On the same level they've
planned an outdoor bar and
Across the way is a pool,
and nearby a 4,460-square-
foot spa, fitness center, and

Located between Tampa Avenue and Venice
Avenue adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway,
the four main condo-hotel buildings contain
special tower elements such as cupolas that
surround an elevated piazza with fountains
and large planters. On the same level they've
planned an outdoor bar and grille.


club room. .
Moorage planned
Cross over American Le-
gion Way and you could walk
into a fifth condo-hotel build-
ing this one at four stories.
A street-level wine shop
with outdoor seating on the
Intracoastal Waterway sits
below a planned public rest-
The restaurant will be
roughly 9,220 square feet. The
building will also contain

2,000 square feet of meeting
In all, the complex will
have 3,056 additional square
feet of retail shops below 290
condo-hotel units on nearly 3
Each of the units will have
1,500-square-feet of living
space plus an attached rent-
able efficiency unit.
A small boat moorage is in
the works adjoining the wat-
erfront building. The devel-
oper is still in the process of

trying to secure the necessary
Tram planned
Traffic was a hot topic at
the Tuesday public hearing.
The plan calls for 222 on-
site parking spots on the
ground floor.
Street parking accounts for
another 41 spaces, including
slant-in parking spaces along
Tampa and beneath the Ven-
ice Avenue Bridge.
Additional street parking
will be along Venice Ave-
A commercial tram will cir-
culate from Tra Ponti at the
Waterfront past the down-
town shopping area to Venice
Beach, further limiting traffic
congestion, according to
A second and final hearing
on the project is scheduled at
city hall later this month.


This is the ground-level plan of the Tra Ponti restaurant building on
the Intracoastal. Parking shown at the bottom is beneath Venice
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Venice Police
Department arrest
Isac M. Santiago, 20, 1000
block Venetian Park, Venice.
Charge: probation violation
(fraud unauthorized pos-
session of a stolen driver
license). Bond: no listing.

Sarasota County
Sheriff's Office arrests
Larry.E James, 60, 600
block Poincianna Road, No-
komis. Charges: DUI previ-
ous conviction, DUI .20 or

higher or having a passenger
under 18 years old. Bond:
CraigA. Bowersox, 45, 100
block Cooper St., Venice.
Charge: petit theft. Bond:
Deanna M. Thomas, 21,
1000 block Redstart Road,
Venice. Charge: possession of
drug paraphernalia. Bond:
Michael G. Monahan, 32,
200 block Cowles St., Engle-
wood. Charge: aggravated
assault with a deadly weapon

without intent to kill (three
counts). Bond: no listing.
Joshua L. Cady, 20, 400
block Dorchester Drive, Ven-
ice. Charge: contempt of
court (larceny, petit theft).
Bond: $50.
Micajah H. Hoskins, 24,
2200 block Knights Trail Road,
Nokomis. Charge: felony bat-
tery. Bond: $1,000.
Rayshon Jefferson, 19,
1200 block Falls, Venice.
Charge: contempt (marijuana
possession no more than 20
.grams). Bond: $5,000.

Sarasota Police
Department arrest
Kimberly S. Crespi, 39,
100 block Tulane Ave., Venice.
Charges: giving a false name
after being arrested or legally
detained, driving while li-
cense suspended or revoked.
Bond: $370.

Criminal registration
Julie A. Lawson, 36, 800
block N. Myrtle Ave., Venice.
Jessica N. Palmer, 26, 100
block Medici Terrace, Venice.

Venice police officers promoted


Three members of the Ven-
ice Police Department will
receive promotions effective
Oct. 1: Lt. Thomas McNulty,
who will be promoted to cap-
tain; Sgt. Eric Hill, to lieu-
tenant; and Officer Jason Ad-
ams, to sergeant.
They will be recognized at
the Venice City Council meet-
ing on Sept. 25 at 1:30 p.m. in
council chambers at Venice
City Hall, 401 W Venice Ave.
McNulty began his career
with the department in Feb-
ruary 1988 as a patrol officer.
Over the years, he performed
the duties of field training
officer, detective, sergeant
and lieutenant.
He was the Venice Police
Department Officer of the
Year in 1990.
McNulty designed the de-
partment's background in-
vestigation program. He serv-
es as the department's public
information officer. As cap-
tain he will be the Support
Services Division comman-

McNulty Hill

Hill was hired by the de-
partment in July 2000 as a dis-
patcher, before becoming a
sworn officer. As sergeant, he
serves as the department's
tactical search and rescue
team leader. As a lieutenant,
he will be the Patrol Division,
Day Shift Squad B comman-
Adams began working at

the department in November
2001. During the past few
years, he and his K-9 partner,
Diesel, responded to many
incidents, solved numerous
crimes and recently received
recognition for catching bur-
glars in June. He also worked
as a field training officer.
He received the 2006 Ven-
ice Police Department Officer


of the Year award.
"These individuals partici-
pated in a promotional pro-
cess to achieve their advance-
ments through the ranks,"
Chief Julie Williams said. "I
am pleased. with their indi-
vidual accomplishments and
confident of their ability to
assist the department in mov-
ing forward."

Barbara M. Austin
Barbara M. Austin, age 66,
of Venice, passed away on
Thursday, Sept. 13, 2007.
She was born on July 25,
1941, in Newport News, Va.
She managed The Wheel
House of Gifts with her hus-
band, Lyle, in Bristol, N.H.
She moved to Venice seven
years ago. She was a member
of the Rebekkas, Order of
Eastern Star and Christ
United Methodist Church in
Venice, Florida.
She is survived by her hus-
band of 48 years, Lyle; daugh-
ters Karen A. Campanozzi of
Watauga, Texas, and Sharon
A. Rockwell of Concord, N.H.;
father Joseph L. Melzer Sr. of
Newport News, Va.; sisters
Bonnie Atkins of Newport
News and Doris J. Austin of
Englewood; and a brother,
Joseph L. Melzer Jr. of New-
port News. She also leaves
behind five grandchildren
and three great-grandchil-
dren. She will be remembered
as a loving and compassion-
ate wife and mother.
Services: Visitation will be
held on Monday, Sept. 17,
from 6 to 8 p.m. at Farley
Funeral Home in Venice. A
funeral service will be held on
Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 10 a.m.
at Christ United Methodist
Church in Venice. Farley
Funeral Home in Venice,
Florida is handling the
arrangements. Friends may
visit anytime online at
to sign the guest register
book and extend condolences
to the family.
Contributions: In lieu of
flowers, memorial donations
may be made to Leukemia &
Lymphoma Society of
America, 13907 North Dale
Mabry Highway, Suite 101,
Tampa, FL 33618; or to Christ
United Methodist Church,
1475 Center Road, Venice;,
FL 34293.

Charles E. Hildebrand
SCharles E. (Chuck)
Hildebrand, 80, ofVen-
ice, passed from this
life on Tuesday, Aug.
21, 2007.
He was a native of Lan-
caster, Pa., the son of the late
Marie Schlotthauer and the
late William Hildebrand.
Chuck was a World War II
veteran who served in
Pennsylvania's "Bloody Buck-
et" 28th Army Infantry and
again as a mess sergeant in
the National Guard during
the Korean War.
In the early years of the
U.S. space industry, Chuck
began as a tool-and-die mak-
er at Sperry Rand, but soon
began developing innovative
vacuum tube transmitter
assemblies for space commu-
Chuck's tubes were on
board a number of rockets
launched at Cape Canaveral
from 1957 to 1960, including
Echo I, the first U.S. experi-
mental communications sat-
ellite. When Echo I re-entered
Earth's atmosphere in 1968,
the communications tube
that Chuck built was still
sending information. In 1960,
Chuck moved to California to
become part of the first
Silicon Valley workforce, be-
ginning as one of Watkins
Johnson's first dozen employ-
ees, and in later years working
at Varians, Electro-Optics,
Hewlett-Packard and Tele-
Chuck is survived by his
brother and his sister-in-law,
William (Bill) and Rachel Hil-
debrand; good friend Joyce
Hildebrand; sons Ken Hilde-
brand, Scott Hildebrand and
Todd Hildebrand; daughter
Sandi Pierce; and grandchil-
dren Ivy, Misty, Charlie and
Melisa Hildebrand, Jay Spot-
tswood and Matt Goulding.
Services: Services will be
announced at a later date.


U.S. 41 Project update
South of Bird Bay Drive to
North of State Road 681
(Venice Connector), motor-
ists traveling along U.S. 41 in
both directions will face inter-
mittent lane closures as they
approach Laurel Road from 9
p.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday, Sept.
16, through Thursday, Sept.
20, for work on temporary
traffic signals.
Intermittent lane closures
may also be required after 9
p.m., Monday through Thurs-
day, for similar work at other
signalized interchanges along
U.S. 41 between Roberts Road
and Bird Bay Drive.
Construction activities to
be carried out this week with-
out lane closures include the
installation of light poles and
final grading at the north end
of the construction zone
between State Road 681 and'
Laurel Road; installation of
sod, curbs, sidewalks, light
poles and the limerock base
for the new southbound U.S.
41 travel lanes between Albee
Road and Palm Avenue;

demolition of the original
Shakett Creek and Dona Bay
bridges and construction of
substructure for new spans of
both bridges; grading for the
new U.S. 41 southbound
lanes between the Dona Bay
and Roberts Bay bridges;
rehabbing of the existing
Roberts Bay Bridge; and the
installation of a gravity wall,
curbs and the limerock base
for the new U.S. 41 travel
lanes in both directions on
the south end of the project
from the Roberts Bay Bridge
to Bird Bay Drive.
Sarasota County Cone
Zone, Sept. 17-23
The following is a summa-
ry of Sarasota County con-
struction, repair and mainte-
nance projects expected to
have an impact on local traf-
fic through Sunday, Sept. 23.
.South Sarasota County: A
resurfacing, project began
Sept. 4. Streets targeted for
repaving this week include
the Chestnut Creek area in
the south. Door hangers will

be placed at homes on the
affected streets before paving
begins. The resurfacing pro-
ject is expected to be com-
pleted by mid-November.
Venice Gardens area,
Venice: Work this week will
focus on Pomelo Drive from
Shamrock Boulevard to Briar-
wood Road as part of the
Garden Elementary School
Area Sidewalks project.
Signs, barricades and flag-
men will be on-site, as need-
ed, to maintain two-way traf-
fic through the area. Access to
properties will be maintained
at all times.
Construction of the project
is expected to be finished in
April 2008.
Nokomis area: Water main
crews this week will be work-
ing in the following areas:
Sunrise Drive, Sunset Drive,
Colonia Lane, Nippino Trail
and Anchorage Drive north of
U.S. 41, also, Olive Avenue,
Pinewood Avenue, Shady-
lawn Avenue, Kenwood Ave-
nue, Orange Grove Avenue
and Venetia Trail north of

Colonia Lane. Signs,- barri-
cades and flagmen will be
present as needed to main-
tain two-way traffic through
the area. Construction is
expected to be completed by
Laurel area: Construction
crews will be testing water
lines and restoring the right of

way along Old Trail from Mt.
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It's time to change commission districts

Changes in Sarasota County's popula-
tion indicate it's time to redefine
county commission districts to accu-
rately reflect reality.
Doing so may give South County resi-
dents a greater say in the operation of coun-
ty government and could begin to smooth
the often-fractured relations between the
county and city governments.
Here's how districting works.
Sarasota County is split into five districts
based on population. Commissioners are
elected by countywide vote, but commis-
sioners must run for a seat from their specif-
ic district.
The lines were last drawn in 1995 and
were not changed after the 2000 Census be-
cause it was determined there was no need
for a change, according to Kathy Dent, Sara-
sota County supervisor of elections.
But commissioners review the districts in
every odd year, and change them if they are

skewed. The goal is to establish one person-
one vote district lines.
While the system is not determined by
the numbers of actual registered voters, a
look at their numbers indicates the county's
districts are way out of whack.
Of the 254,838 registered county voters:
40,225 are in District 1, which is North
44,890 are in District 2, which is a geo-
graphically small area including Sarasota
City and Longboat Key.
42,105 are in District 4, the southern
-outskirts of Sarasota City and Siesta Key.
60,697 'are in District 5, a large geo-
graphic area in mid-county, including the
city of Venice and stretching into South
66,921 are in District 3, which is South
County including South Venice, Englewood
and the city of North Port.
The figures for registered voters alone

show District 3 has 66 percent more voters
than District 1; District 5 has 50 percent
more than District 1.
District boundaries are based on popula-
tion not registered voters but the pre-
liminary population figures also indicate
something is off.
The 2000 Census pegged the county pop-
ulation at 325,961, with 52,715 people in
Sarasota City, 17,864 inVenice and 22,797 in
North Port.
But 2006 figures prepared by the Bureau
of Economic and Business Research at the
University of Florida put the county's popu-
lation at 379,386. And a significant increase
has been seen in South County.
While Sarasota City has risen by less than
3,000 in population, the city of Venice has
gone from 17,864 to 21,584, and North Port
has soared from 22,797 to 47,770.
. It's time to bring some order back.
Doing so can be tricky, because the coun-

ty relies on block-by-block Census figures to
set the actual boundaries numbers that
are not available otherwise but county
staff is looking into it now. The matter will be
discussed by the commission in the fall.
Redrawing the lines presumably would
move District 5's northern boundary farther
south; as North Port continues to grow, it
might soon have a commissioner all its own.
It's also possible the southward pull of the
district's border could produce an interest-
ing political situation: Incumbent Commis-
sioner Shannon Staub lives in South Venice,
less than a mile from the district line, and
she could suddenly find herself in the Venice
Staub's term is up next year, and she hasn't
yet decided on a re-election bid. According to
the county charter, a commissioner who is
removed from his or her district due to redis-
tricting may serve out the term.
But that's it.

Ready, not set, go!
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The new Tra Ponti project,
proposed by Mike Miller for
the area between Tampa and
Venice avenues, where the old
Elks Lodge and American Le-
gion Post once were, came
before city council Tuesday as
a rezoning proposal.
It is a fairly complex project
complicated by the fact it is in
the newly approved commer-
cial, mixed-use district. As
Council Member John Moore
said, "It will be one of the
most important decisions we
will ever make."
Early in the meeting Tom
Slaughter, planning and zon-
ing director, described how
the process works.
Council members found
out that, .unlike other re-
zonings, they were approving.
the entire project as it is
described in the developer's
submittal. Many council
members were confused and
surprised that after that ses-
sion and one more in two
weeks, the entire project and
every aspect of it would have
to be accepted as is no
changes could be made by
either side.
One of the reasons that
raise concern was that some
of the council members and
the mayor had not seen the
submittal. They had not been
provided individually with a
book of the specifications;
rather, one was made avail-
able for all to share. (I copied
,one for about $10. I would
' have thought they would
' have provided that to all
council members pn some-
thing this important).
Though many had not
seen it yet, they were faced
with the need to take action
that day which they sur-
prisingly did.
After all of the presenta-
tions, their main concern was
compatibility with surround-
ings and height. Bill Willson
proposed, and it passed, that
Miller lower the two buildings
closest to town 10 feet to help
step down toward town.
Tis will make the small,
buildings 67 feet, which will
be adjacent to buildings 15 to
30 feet not exactly compat-
ible. John Moore had pointed
out that the six-story towers
were against council's own
standards set two and a half
years ago for the island of no
more than four stories; this
was obviously not the 35 feet
directed in the zoning code.
Nonetheless, the motion.
passed with the rest of the

entire document.
Here are some of the com-
ments made at the marathon
Chamber President Jim
Clinch said, "We need an eco-
nomic push and develop-
ment, so it is important to
make this happen."
Council candidate Ernie
Zavodnyik, who is campaign-
ing against excessive growth,
said that the project was "gar-
gantuan byall measures."
Don Hay, a respected busi-
ness leader, said "this will
make a blighted area an area
of success."
Sue Lang, also a council
candidate, liked it but wanted
it scaled back to four stories.
She said it "could be an asset if
scaled back."
Cindy Gnegy commented
that "everything he (Mr. Mil-
ler) has ever done has been
Another person said that
this was not the vision of the
citizens of Venice. That was a
common theme.
John Simmonds, a strong
advocate, said that it was a
slum area and we should pro-
ceed with the entire project as
is. Of course, it might be
pointed out that the presen-
ters were the backbone of the
support for his re-election last
John Patten, who always
has a way with words, said
this was a "Sarasotizing of
One lady asked if there
were any landscaping re-
quirements in this district.
There was no specific answer
to that, other than there
would be lots of landscaping
on the piazza, which will be
one story up.
There is little ground level
landscaping because the pro-
ject is built to the sidewalk; in
fact, there was an exception
included to allow the project's
balconies to hang over the
sidewalks. Otherwise, they are
tall buildings with little or no
setback, which makes them
look a lot taller.
One person mentioned
that the only handicapped ac-
cess was through the garage.
There was no concern about
Jeff Boone said that in all
his years he had never seen a
developer ask for so much
input from the public, and
they followed the public's ad-
vice. Many would have a dif-
ferent take from those public
meetings there was a
strong call for lower heights
and a mix of retail and living
above, as new urbanism has
developed, but not condos.
This project falls far short of
those sentiments.
It all seemed ahead of it-
self. Tom Slaughter, in his pre-
sentation, mentioned that his
staff had not completed the
technical review of the pro-
posal, which comes with the
developer's final submittal.

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Constitution: Our greatest living document

Constitution Week is held Sept. 17-23 and marks the 220th
year of our great document, the United States Constitution.
Written more than 200 years ago, the U.S. Constitution pro-
vided direction for the greatest form of government the world
has ever known.
On Constitution Day, Sept. 17, the United States commem-
orates the drafting of its Constitution. Our founding fathers
signed this important foundation document on Sept. 17, 1787,
in Philadelphia, Pa.; it took effect after being ratified.
The Daughters of the American Revolution made its own
resolution requesting that the president of the United States
designate Sept. 17-23 Constitution Week. President Eisen-
hower issued a proclamation, and it was signed into law Aug. 2,
1956, ensuring that the president of our country shall annually
proclaim Sept. 17-23 Constitution Week.
This is the longest-lived written constitution in world histo-
ry and the most important U.S. document in active use -
that outlines the self-government of a people.
State governors, city mayors and county officials through-
out the United States have issued proclamations to commem-
orate the 220th anniversary of our U.S. Constitution and the
celebrating of Constitution Week, including Florida as well as
Sarasota County. What better way to remember and celebrate
the signing of this great document.
Fly the American flag, especially during this Constitution
Week, and be grateful for, our heritage and for the Constitution
that guarantees the freedoms we all enjoy. It is an icon of free-
dom for all people around the world.
Jean Maxwell Catsakis
Constitution Week Committee
Sara De Soto Chapters
Daughters of the American Revolution

It's all good
here in Venice
Insurance makes me ner-
vous; is the purpose or defini-
tion defeated in particular or
in general?
Thank God there are con-
glomerates and officials
which and who look out for
my best interests.
I have yet to reach the anti-
depressant stage because I'd

be forced to wander into the
quagmire then really bog
down in the state/nation/
world swamp.
Does the county desire to
become multi-millionaire on-
ly? Often people deserve what
they get, often they don't, but
it's a damn shame to see peo-
ple of good heart depart and
leave behind only jellyfish
with fat bank accounts who

whine about services and
infrastructure that are unlike
that which they are so famil-
iar with, while scarcely sup-
pressing the desire to "social-
ize" the remainder of us, not
socialize with us.
Good luck to those of y'all
with mortgages. Ain't a lotta
relief coming Bush will save a
few homeowners and that
will look good up to a point,
but what if y'all ain't among
'em? That $40 redundancy,
that sad rebate/tax break
might fill a single gas tank.
Well, water y'all's lawns
and wait to see what happens
with the next anti-immigra-
tion mewling and the
cash/credit-fed developmen-
tal griping, the ground clear-
ing and the addition of
roundabouts, as well as
"adaptations" of the local
Floridian environment.
Oh yeah what if some-
thing catastrophic happens
to my house? I feel like there's
a simian on my back messing
with my ears, but I'm confi-
dent that insurance will cover

my needs. Aren't you?

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With all this problem with
the Mexican border, I have an
We bought Alaska and we
bought Hawaii. Why don't we
buy Mexico for $1? Make all
the Mexicans U.S. citizens, let
them pay taxes like us and
eliminate the border prob-
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the factories that moved to
Mexico on a level playing
field, and we can put another
star on our flag.
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Let down by
the Legion
I purchased tickets for the
Labor Day barbecue at
American Legion No-Vel Post
159. The members of the
Legion want the support and
encourage the community to
come together.
However, upon arriving I
was told there wasn't any food
left, and we could get a
refund. Well, the plan was to
enjoy the day, break bread
and later in the evening, play
We were offered a ham-
burger that took 45 minutes
to cook. I also had two small
cups of beer before the keg
was empty.
I feel if you're going to have
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Road rage. School's only been in session for two weeks and
I've already seen in that two weeks more acts of reckless driving
and road rage from students at Venice High School I had at the
entire time they were off in the summer. It's time for the Venice
police to quit worrying about their wages and negotiations and
how many doughnuts they're eating and start patrolling
between the Circus Bridge and the high school. It's very dan-
gerous there every morning.

Simultaneity. Think for
yourself. Every four years we
hold a presidential election. It
should only take one day at
the most. The states are now
fumbling around like children
to see who gets to be the first
one to have their primary.
Here we go again. New
Hampshire and Iowa are nice
places to be, but why do peo-
ple use them as who is going
to be president? There are
cities in the good old United
States that have larger popu-
lations than those two states.
The answer is, how about all
the states do their primaries
on the same day? I realize the
time zones would leak out
some information, so let the
media keep their noses out of
it until the following day after
the votes have been counted
and published. I have talked
to people and even read in the
newspaper where voters fol-
low the news reports and say
they voted for this guy be-
cause he got the most votes or
they say they won't vote for a
loser or they can't vote for the
best man because he doesn't
belong to my party. Grow up,
people. The media have de-
stroyed many simple minds.
They cannot think for them-
selves. That goes for Venice,
Heartbreaking. My hus-
band, who served 28 years in
the Air Force and served in
World War II, Korea and Viet-
nam, is buried at our national
cemetery in Bushnell, Fla. It is
more than 100 miles each
way from Venice, so we wid-
ows who live in Venice do not

make it up too often. I have
always wanted to see the
cemetery with all the flags
raised in honor of our men on
a holiday. Those are the days
that everyone is on the road
and it is too crowded to try to
drive and make it. So, Friday
my daughter called and asked
if I would like to go to the
cemetery on Labor Day, and I
was thrilled at the opportuni-
ty. When you are going north,
you have to be very obser-
vant. There is only one sign
just before you turn, not
prominent at all, to make you
aware that the cemetery is
coming up. Fortunately, we
knew where it was and were
watching for it.
When my husband was
buried on Sept. 11, 2001, the
main road in had been lined
with flags and it was very
inspiring to see. Labor Day, to
our dismay, there was not a
flag in sight on the, entire
national cemetery. On top of
that, the grass looked like it
had not been cut in at least a
month or longer. It was terri-
ble. The locators were not
working, so anyone there for
* the first time would not have
even been able to locate their
loved one. That is really sad. I
said a prayer for my husband
and all of these men the world
seems to' have totally forgot-
ten. We talk about the forgot-
ten soldiers. It's heartbreak-
ing. Just drive up to Bushnell
and see how forgotten they
are. We widows served that
time with our husbands and
it's kind of heartbreaking to
see this.

Watch for those slings and arrows

Between the frequent pho-
tos of the incumbents placed
in the official city of Venice
Newsletter and the Gondolier
Sun, under any pretext what-
ever, the fondest hopes of the
Citizens for Quality Govern-
ment and Their Personal
Bank Accounts that their lack-
eys may be re-elected just
might be realized.
The blurbs that go along
with the photos all say the
same thing: "Thank you,
thank you, thank you, to all
three of you for making our
city so beautiful and perfect."
Nothing has changed.
They've propagandized in
exactly the same manner for
many elections and it always
seemed to work, except for a
few times. They always seem
to ignore the fact that it is not
through the efforts of the
politicians that our city is
beautiful and well kept, but
because of the residents of
Venice who see to it that the
visual effects of their homes
and property are first class.
This coming election may
be a little different in that the
CQG &TPBA may feel a bit
more insecure about the three
cotincil seats up for grabs -
or would that really be "up for
a goodbye to the local money
So what's the new plan?
Maybe it is meant to discredit
the backers of anyone run-
ning against the incumbents,
starting with John Patten and

his Web site. They seem to
have picked on some ques-
tions he has asked about their
city hall procedures and the
Gondo has gone along with
the well-acted but quite
transparent outrage emanat-
ing from city hall.
But wait that isn't all.
How about the Gondo's Sept.
2 editorial? An editorial that
starts out and keeps going in
a semi-fair manner until it
sneaks in a zap or would it
be an invitation to yours truly
to run for election?
The editorialist in question
then boards the "let's get after
their backers" bandwagon by
criticizing me for shooting
arrows at public figures but
not running, winning and
then having arrows shot at
myself. Right on, and also
wrong. I've shot lots of arrows
and had a lot more of them
shot back at me.
I've shot arrows at a previ-
ous administration for paying
outrageous prices for many,
many computers by using an
almost comical bidding sce-
nario except the city paid
about $50,000, or more, too
much for the computers
while no one on council both-
ered to look.
How about the classifica-
tion of "horrific" for the same
administration's bargaining
system with the VGA for man-
agement of the Lake Venice
Golf Club? Only one member
of council showed any inter-
est. The rest seemed to be
interested in counting the
ceiling tiles in council cham-
The FAA had to overturn
the results of the once-in-a-
lifetime-for-the-VGA bargain-
ing results.
I've also shot arrows at
some strange procedures
from purchasing, and paying
for fireworks to our utility
department'r wasteful prac-
tices. Again, council did as lit-
de as possible not to stir up a

hornet's nest. Take a long,
hard look at your latest
monthly utility bill.
And then, contrary to the
editorialist's insinuations that
I am afraid of arrows being
shot at me, how about a par-
tial list of missiles fired in my
Going way, way back, how
about the dead rats found
outside of one of city hall's
doors and attributed to me by
one of the city's officials? The
arrow fell short when it was
remembered to have also
happened before I came on
the scene.
Another, propane-power-
ed arrow fell short once I
proved I was out of town
when the incident occurred
on a council member's prop-
erty. It really fizzled when the
propane tank turned out to
have been left there by an
employee of the council
- member. The case was quick-
ly closed before the police
could ask if the tank was real-
ly turned on or the hissing
was just wishful thinking that
an opportunitywas knocking.
How about a council meet-
ing during which a council
member referred to members
of the Venice Taxpayers
League using very disgusting
language? He used the com-
plete words for the "SOB"
abbreviation and a word
starting with "b," meaning
that there was doubt as to
who were the real fathers of
the VTL members. He also
used the words "screwballs"
and "loonies," eaeh of the
four being used once over the
period of an hour or more.
I wasn't there during his
outbursts but was told about
them during the coffee break
by a reporter. I listened to the
meeting's tape the next day
and was astonished that the
mayor did not reprimand the
council member but was not
surprised at the giggling and
laughter after each of his pro-

nouncements, plus another
council member's words of
encouragement to him.
I've had $40,000 arrows
shot at me that turned out to
be counterfeit, as well as
being accused of being the
Grand Dragon of the Klu Klux
Klan by a member of council.
I like what seems to be on
Venice's political horizon, and
if a future president oftheVTL
steps forth, I will retire and
work on my golf game trying
to get my chip shots as accu-
rate as my archery has been.

Herb Levine is president of
the Venice Taxpayers League.

VEDDER from Page 6A
That, coupled with the confu-
sion of some of the council
members and a lack of infor-
mation provided to them,
made. many in the audience
wonder why it was not tabled
to allow time for staff to finish
and council members to get
up to speed.
The developer had indicat-
ed that the project needed
mass to be viable. That was
coupled with sort of a threat
that if council didn't accept
this, they might end up with a
palm reader, lumber yard or
auto body shop there, and
that would be unfortunate. I
doubt that any of the uses
could afford the land.
The sentiment seems to be
that since we already have
100-foot buildings, they need
80-foot buildings to make
them more compatible. This
will make six buildings more
than 60 high this council will
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I Sarasot Cuny uldngpemts Spt-7

* Deutsche Bank National
Trust Company v. Norman
Keen, Dawn M. Keen, et al.
* Regions Bank v. Ruel
Grover and Cindy Grover
* Countrywide Home Loans
v. Ivan Pushkash, Lyubov
Pushkash, et al.
* CitiBank v. Danny R.
Eubanks, et al.
* Marathon Structured
Finance v. James Greeson,
Beth Greeson, et al.
* The Bank of NewYorkv.
Michael Bynum, Christine D.
Bynum, et al.
* The Bank of New York v.
Lisa L. Suchy, Ferdinand
Suchy, et al.
* Flagstar Bank v. Cynthia E.
Huhn, et al.
* GMAC Mortgage v. Jose
Hernandez, Sandra
Hernandez, et al.
* South Point v. Natalie
Carbonell Nicholson, et al.
*, Kimal Lumber Company v.
Steven Markley, Amy
Markley, et al.
* Countrywide Home Loans
v. Lyudmila Andreyeva,

Anatoliy Mironenko, et al.
* Beneficial Florida v. Cory E.
Coraggio, et al.
* Countrywide Home Loans
v. Ruel Grover, Cindy Grover,
et al.
* First Horizon Home Loan v.
Tina M. Hay, Kevin Hay, et al.
* Wells Fargo Bank v. Karie
Rawlings, John Rawlings, et
* Countrywide Home Loans
v. Richard S. Brown, Melissa
Brown, et al.
* Chase Home Finance v.
Joseph Shook, Shawnda K.
McIntyre, et al.
* SunTrust Bank v. Crystal
Keaser, et al.
* US Bank National
Association v. Bruno Moraes,
et al.
* US Bank National
Association v. Miguel
Holding, et al.
* Commonwealth United
Mortgage v. Mikhail
Pushkash, Vasilina Pushkash,
Tatyana Pushkash, et al.
*Wells Fargo Bankv. LarryA.
Lawrence, et al.

* Aurora Loan Services v.
Raymond E. Orleans, et al.
* Huntington National Bank
v. Brian V Bartlett, Wendy R.
Bartlett, CitiFinancial Equity
* US Mortgage Finance v.
Paul L. Skulitz, et al.
* LaSalle Bank National
Association v. Roy Gugger,
Brenda Gugger, et al.
* Accredited Home Lenders
v. Anne Buhman, et al.
* US Bank National
Association v. Tatyana
Fetyukova, et al.
* SunTrust Mortgage v.
Robert A. Martin, et al.
* Deutsche Bank National
Trust Company v. Carolyn E
.Paroz, David A. Paroz, et al.
* Aurora Loan Services v.
Shawn D. Stevens, et al.
* Wells Fargo Bank v. Gary K.
St. Amour, Christina M. St.
Amour, et al.
* US Bank National
Association v. Alejandro
Rios, Omayra Velazquez, et
* GMAC Mortgage v. Doris E.
Donovan, et al.

SaastaCont mal lams Sp.3-

* Kevin E Stevenson v. Butler
Pavers: between $100 and
* Community National Bank
of Sarasota County v. Renay
Dishman: between $500.01
and $2,500.
* LHR Inc. v. Susan D.
Stinner: between $500.01 and
, $2,500.
* Community National Bank
v. John A. Roesch: between,
; $100 and $500.
* Bank-f America v. Jamie J.
Knight: between $500.01 and
* Velocity Investments LLC v.
Bonnie Strickland: between
$2,501.01 and $5,000.
* Cachv. William J. Howell:
between $500.01 and $2,500.
* Tina Holmes v. Lennar
Homes: between $2,501.01
and $5,000.
* Capital One Bank v. Yanick
Camille: between $2,501.01

and $5,000.
* Fawcett Memorial Hospital,
v. Michelle Orr: between
$2,501.01 and $5,000.
* Midland Funding v. Lee
Kim and Robert Lee:
between $500.01 and $2,500.
* Applied Card Bank v. Nan
Sleasman: between $2,501.01
and $5,000.
* Midlapd Funding v. Mary
Powell: between $500.01 and
* Midland Funding v.
Deborah Nickerson: between
$500.01 and $2,500.
* Capital One Bank v. Lindsay
Sutton: between $500.01 and
* Capital One Bank v.
Matthew Searing: between
$500.01 and $2,500.
* NCO Portfolio v. Margaret
A. Powel: between $500.01
* LVNV Funding v. Joanne L.

Koehler: between $500.01
and $2,500.
* LVNV Funding v. Jennifer L.
Ofallon: between $500.01
and $2,500.
* LVNV Funding v. Bruce
Fawcett: between $2,501.01
and $5,000.
* Capital One Bank v. Carole
MacLean: between $500.01
and $2,500.
* Capital One Bank v. Zofia
Gauel: between $500.01 and
* Capital One Bank v.
Kimberlee J. Hilton: between
$500.01 and $2,500.
* GE Money Bank v. Susan E.
Diaz: between $500.01 and
* Capital One Bank v. Kim
Lee: between $2,501.01 and -
* Chase Bank USA v. Kevin
Krizen: between $2,501.01
and $5,000.'

3730 Cadbury CirWoodmere
at Jacaranda
Install generator
Owner: Jacaranda Trace

4678 Silent CreekWay
Watercraft lift at existing
Owner: Phillip M Mihm

216 Hibiscus St Venetian
SFR 3 bed/2 bath
Owner: Matthew & Megan

11946 Granite Woods Loop
Pool on existing deck
Owner: Donna Nazare

841 Darwin Rd South Venice
Pool and patio
Owner: Bogdan Salanowski

1846 S Tamiami Trl South
Install doggie den
Owner: Ande Properties LLP

359 Redwood Rd Venice
Owner: Andrea C Trotta
257 MountVernon Dr Venice

Panel roof lanai over existing
concrete slab
Owner: William H Overstreet

339 Tihami Rd Venice
Pool and patio
Owner: Kevin M Carey

987 Harbor Town Dr
Chestnut Creek
Replace windows
Owner: David J Sargent

4852 Limetree Ln
Replace windows
Owner: Norbert J Daugherty

443 Canterbury Rd Venice
Pool and deck
Owner: Terry Fairchild

15 Cornell Rd South Venice
Remove and fill
Thomas M and Lynne C

1371 Leeward Rd South
Shed 8 x 10
Owner: Pasqual C and
Elizabeth Palombaro
2210 Chenille Ct

Pool cage
Owner: Lennar Homes

2206 Chenille Ct
Pool cage
Owner: Lennar Homes

11816 Breadfruit Ln
Pool cage
Owner: Rivendell Joint
2190 Chenille Court
Pool and deck
Owner: US Home Corp
554 Cumberland Rd South
Replace garage door
Owner: Karl A Kummer

5223 Citadel Rd
Replace windows
Owner: Ruth N Moore

108 Shell Rd Sbuth Venice
Replace windows
Owner: Virginia M Davis

736 Jackson Rd
Placement of underground
Owner: Christopher P and
Susan A Olsson

I aast Cut mriaeSept*. 3-7-1

* Raymond J. Raniere and
Amy M. Adams
* Sergey Slivka and Tatyana
* Stephen E MacCallum and
Jamie L. Cantwell

* Ronnie G. Reid and Sandra
E Rola
* Precius Louis and Jean
* Roy E. Blomquist and
Junjira Juntranont

* Larry D. Tapager and
Kimberly L. Bisbee
* Brian C. Kappelmann and
Rechille C. Boligao
* John C. Rizzo and Kristen

I SSouhCut iocS ept. -7

* Ernest W. Waguespack v.
Tracy A. Waguespack
* Laura M. Shroyer v. James
A. Shroyer
* Linda Nichols v. Robert W.,
* Sara E. Traub v. Joel Richard
Michael Traub

* Cherie D. Lenard v.
AnthonyW. Lenard
* John Hetman v. Melissa
* DavidD. Madduxv. Misti
Dawn Maddux
* Janice K. Mitchell v. Ronald
L. Mitchell

* DavidW. Duffy v. Sabrina L.
* John Dalton v. Debora
*'Julie A. Zgrabik v. Michael
N. Zgrabik
* Deanna K. Jordan v.
Michael L. Jordan

I Sara sot out SroetytasfrSep. 7 1

E'raoa Couny Gvermen

Centex Homes to Sarasota
County: Tract Jr 1 Venetian
Brad Tritschler to Donald
to Donna Ortman: Lt 6331
South Venice
Tuscano LLC to Sarasota
County: IN sc 36
GeraldW and Isabella M
Manhold to John A and Ruth
A Reilly: Lt 723 Governors
George G and Susanne
Malek to Ronald J and
Kathleen G Wanner: Lt 111
Pelican Pointe Golf and CC
A\nthony and Patricia L
Leone to Bernice Beitman: Lt
156 Villagewalk
Lucyna Humeniuk
Anderson to Holy Cross
Associates of Florida Inc: Lt
11997 South Venice
Thomas F and Cindy
McCreery to Thomas F and
Cindy McCreery Trust: UN
308 Plantation
Mary Lou Marker to Arthur
,,.' and Carol Thompson: UN
874; St. Andrews at Plantation
,- *Roger D and Irene Fraley
"rust to Billy DWilliams: Lt 2
WCI Communities Inc to
Christophor P and Zivile
Helmkamp: Lt 45 Venetian
Golf and River Club
Kimball Hill Homes Florida
Inc to Thomas Melchionno:
Lt 4099 Ventura Village
Mickey and Miriam Kantor
Trust to Ian and Jennifer
Mary Buchanan: Lt 222
V- Sawgrass
Ruth Ann Roka to Edward J
Ruhl: Lt 110 South Venice
Edward J Ruhl and Kathryn
Schweitzer to Brett D
Wheeler: Lt 110 South
Neil M and Patricia A
Unger to James P and LuAnn
Greathouse: Lt South Venice
John A and Shirley Nilsen
to John A and Shirley Nilsen
Trust: UN 110 Plantation
Mary Carol Day and Paul B
Newland to Russell C
Johnson: Lt 15 Venezia Park
Theresa S Kowalewski to

David A Bennett: Lt 73
Venice Gardens
Kathi Renee Peters to Kathi
Renee Peters Trust: Lt 8653
South Venice
Betsey S and James 0
Tavenner to Daniel R
Manwarning and William R
and Laurie J Criego Trust: Lt
306 Venice Golf and CC
Ronald E and Nancy A
Crosthwaite to Kano Keller:
, Lt 6B Auburn Hammocks
EdnaW and Alton Kent
Clement to Thomas R
Sportelli: Lt 92 Venice
Russell H and Gail Brashear
Felix to Erwin K and Ellinor
ClasenLt 49 Woodmere
Dennis R Lynch to
Jacqueline Anne Lynch Inc:
UN 220 Bella Costa
James P Lynch to
Jacqueline Anne Lynch Inc:
UN 220 Bella Costa
Donald C Lynch to
Jacqueline Anne Lynch Inc:
UN 220 Bella Costa
Robert P Lynch to
Jacqueline Anne Lynch Inc:
UN 220 Bella Costa
David P Lynch to
Jacqueline Anne Lynch Inc:
UN 220 Bella Costa
John B and Gail E Mayo to
John B and Gail E Mayo
Trust: Lt 7805 South Venice
Richard L ands Jeannnette J
Hall to Robert S Koop and
Jean E Zurbrigen: Lt 33088
Venice Gardens
Sherman L Stratton to
Judith A Stratton: Lt 1441
Venice Gardens
Ethel V Little to JSL
Property Management LLC:
Lt 33 Venice East
Jack G and Denise S Rex to
Jack B and Sharon K and
Jack G Rex: Lt 32059 Venice
Bank of New York Trust
CWABS Inc/ Asstetbacked
Certificates Serie to Robert E
Larsen: Lt 1004 Venice
Rivendell Joint Venture to
Lennar RJV LLC: Lt 606

* Kimball Hill Homes Florida
Inc 'to Toufic A Takech: Lt
4347 Ventura Village
* Frances H Schaefer to
Frances H Schaefer and
Erika M Michel: Lt 38A
Auburn Woods
* Charles D and Sandra L
Courtoy to Michael and
Ursula Pansini: Lt 11259
South Venice
* Thomas H and Christine J
Addy to Thomas H and
Christine J and Philip Addy:
Lt 492 Lakes of Jacaranda
* Sylvia A Reynolds to, US
Bank Tr Home Equity Asset
Trust: Lt 11600 South Venice
* Centex Homes to Charles R
and Angela F Phillips: Lt 46
Venetian Falls
* Waterford Waterfront
Building C LLC to Robert
Wait Johnson: UN 212
Waterfront on Venice Island
* Bonnie Masar to Stanley
Zagozdon: Apts 101 Country
* Robert L and Mary Ann
Parrott to Robert L Parrot: Lt
18057 South Venice
* Roger W and Carol J
Kramer to Roger W and
Carol J Kramer Trust: Lt 37
Venice Gardens
* Carol J Kramer to Roger W
and Carol J Kramer Trust: Lt
1831 Venice Gardens
* Jan and Janina Sobiech to
Pocket 3S LLC: Lt 14 Gulf
* Michael and Nelda L
Huchel to Nelda L Huchel:
UN V6 Circlewoods
* Marie E and John C
Braddock to Marie E and
John C Braddock Family
Trust: Lt 13 Southwood
* Lennar Homes LLC /
Lennar Homes Inc to James
Robert and Casey Hale
Clinch: Lt 1120 Stoneybrook
* GMAC Model Home
Finance LLC to Stephen and
Nancy Puleo: Lt 1294
* US Home Corporation to
Mehmet A and Mehtap
Barut: Lt 2070 Stoneybrook

County Calendar
Acute Care System Task Force of the Substance Abuse
and Mental Health Stakeholders' Consortium Sept. 18
9 a.m., Room 226, Sarasota County Health Department
2200 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Call 941-861-2578
Bicycle/Pedestrian/Trail Advisory Committee Sept. 18
5:30 p.m., Training Room, First Floor, Administration Center
1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Call 941-861-0891
Board of County Commissioners Joint Meeting with City
of Venice Sept. 19, 9 a.m., Venice Community Center
326 S. Nokomis Street, Venice. Call 941-861-5344
Citizens Advisory Committee for Public Transportation
(CACPT) Sept. 20, 2 p.m., Meeting Room, Fruitville
Library, 100 Cobum Avenue, Sarasota. Call 941-861-1003
Coastal Advisory Committee Sept. 19, 3 p.m.
Commission Chamber, First Floor, Administration Center
1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Call 941-861-6230
Community Alliance Health Strategic Planning
Work Group (in conjunction with the Health System
Collaboration Committee) Sept. 17, 9 a.m., Gulf Coast
Community Foundation of Venice, 601 Tamiami Trail South
Venice. Call 941-861-2877
Community Alliance Mental Health and Substance
Abuse Issues Strategic Planning Work Group (in
conjunction with the Substance Abuse and Mental
Health Stakeholders' Consortium) Sept. 17,1:30 p.m.
Conference Room 227, Sarasota County Health Department
2200 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Call 941-861-2877
Early Learning Coalition Sept. 19, 6 p.m., Rooms A-B
The Landings, Brown Awning Building, School Board of
Sardsota County, 1960 Landings Blvd., Sarasota
Call 941-954-4830
Neighborhood Initiative Grant Advisory Committee
Sept. 21,9 a.m., Conference Room A, Twin Lakes Park
6700 Clark Road, Sarasota. Call 941-861-5415
Planning Commission Public Hearing Sept. 20,
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
Community Overview of Synthesis Sept. 17, 9 a.m.
Conference Room 226, Sarasota County Health Department
2200 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Call 941-684-0090 ext 1253
SCAT Proposed Fare Increases Public Meeting
Sept. 19, 4-6 p.m., Training Room, First Floor, Administration
Center, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Call 941-861-5000
Senior Advisory Council Doables Ad Hoc Committee
Meeting Sept. 21, 3:30 p.m., The Falcon Conference
Room, BOB-ITC Office & Warehouse, 1001 Sarasota Center
Blvd, Sarasota. Call 941-861-2564
Solid Waste Management Citizens Advisory Board
Sept. 19, 9 a.m., Chemical Collection Center Building,
8750 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota. Call 941-861-1532
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Stakeholders'
Consortium Sept. 21, 9 a.m., Auditorium, Second Floor
Sarasota County Health Department, 2200 Ringling Blvd
Sarasota. Call 941-861-2578

Sarasota County
scgov.net I 941.861.5000 I TV19

Volunteers and Donations Strike Team of the Sarasota
Community Organizations Active in Disaster Committee
Sept. 20, 9 a.m., Salvation Army, 1400 Tenth Street
Sarasota. Call 941:861-2561

Advisory Board Vacancy
Advisory Board: Historic Preservation Board
Information: Sarasota County History Center, Lorrie Muldowney
Advisory Board: Neighborhood Initiative Grant Advisory Committee
Information: Planning and Development Services, Neighborhood
Initiative, Teresa Mast, 941-861-5415
Advisory Board: Nokomis Center Revitalization Advisory Committee
Information: Planning & Development Services, Tim Parks,
Advisory Board: Traffic Advisory Council
Information: Traffic Operations, Janet Parsells, 941-861-0957
Advisory Board: Waterways Advisory Council
Information: Environmental Services/Navigable Waterways
Maintenance Management, Paul Semenec, 941-861-0665

SCAT will hold Sept. 19 public
meeting on fare increases
Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) will hold a fourth
and final public meeting Wednesday, Sept. 19, on
proposed fare hikes, including an increase from 50 to
75 cents for single-ride fares. SCAT currently has the
lowest regular fare of any bus system in Florida.
The Sept. 19 public meeting will be held 4-6 p.m. in the
Training Room on the first floor of the Administration
Center, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. This will be the
last public meeting before the public hearing, which
is scheduled Sept. 25 during the Sarasota County
Commission meeting. The commission, acting as the
Sarasota County Transit Authority, must approve any
fare increases.
The increase will affect all regular fares, pass fares
and special fares on SCAT fixed-route and paratransit
services, including fares for seniors (age 65 and over),
persons with disabilities and users of SCAT
door-to-door transportation mandated by the Federal
Civil Rights Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Interested residents may comment on the proposed
fare increases at the Sept. 19 public meeting or the
Sept. 25 public hearing.
For more information, contact the Sarasota County
Call Center at 941-861-5000 and ask for
Sarah Blanchard or Elise Cohen, or e-mail them at
sblancha@scgov.net or ecohen@scgov.net.

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Banks Phoner money 6-month CD 1-year CD 5-year CD
Rate / Yield Min. Dep. Rate / Yield MIn. Dep. Rate / Yield Min. Dep. Rate I Yield MIn. Dep.
Farm Bureau Bank Call Local Agent 4.78 / 4.90 $2.5K 4.59 / 4.70 $1K 4.78 / 4.90 $1K 4.54 / 4.64 $1K

First Priority Bank (941) 584-6280 4.88 / 5.00 $50K 4.97 / 5.10 $1K 5.26 / 5.40 $1K 5.07 / 5.20 $1 K

Florida Community Bank (941) 624-4225 5.25 / 5.38 $99K* 4.84 / 4.90 $1K* 5.00 / 5.00 $1 K* 5.05 / 5.05 $1K*

Insignia Bank (941) 366-7100 4.88 / 5.00 $25K 4.88/5.00 $1K 4.97/5.10 $1K 5.12 / 5.25 $1K

MetLife Bank (941)366-0687 x116 4.31 / 4.40 $5K 4.16 /4.25 $25K 4.88 / 5.00 $25K 5.26 / 5.40 $25K

Peninsula Bank (941) 474-7734 2.50 / 2.53 $50K 4.50 / 4.59 $1K 4.75 / 4.85 $1K 4.25 / 4.33 $1K

People's Community Bank (941) 584-6161 / 5.08 / 5.20 $1K 5.22 / 5.35 $1K 5.13 / 5.25 $1K

State Farm Bank Call Local Agent 1.64 / 1.65 $1K 4.88 / 5.00 $500 4.88 / 5.00 $500 4.88 / 5.00 $500

The Bank of Commerce (941) 373-0522 4.40 / 4.50 $50K 5.12 / 5.25 $1K 5.22 / 5.35 $1K 5.02 / 5.15 $1K


Edward Jones, Venice (941) 485-6556 4.51 / 4.61 $2.5K 5.15 / 5.15 $5K 5.00 / 5.00 $5K 5.00 / 5.00 $5K

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941-629-3450 0 0 0 FHANVA 800-991-9922 1.75 1.88 Quote

AAA Mortgage 5.875 30 6.125 30 6.125'30 Heidelberg Capital Corp. 5.625 30 5.875 30 No

866-441-3619 0 0 0 800-968-2240 1 1 Quote

Absolute Mortgage Co. 5.875 6.125 5.750 Paradise Mortgage 5.750 6.125 30 6.000 .
30 30 30 30 30 30
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AmCap Funding Corp. 5.625 5.875 No Prime Financial Group, Inc. No No No
30 30 30 30 30 0
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amortgagesearch.com No No No Sovereign Mortgage 5.750 6.125 30 6.875

800-549-0090 Quote Quote Quote FHANVA 800-996-7283 0 0 .5

Borrowers Advantage 6.000 6.375 No Webb Mortgage Direct 5.500 5.875 No
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1st Metropolitan Mtg. 5.875 30 6.125 No

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b-das d-I00y Dan*upice Sep. 1

The following have filed
petitions with the U.S.
Bankruptcy Court for the
Middle District in Tampa.
Larry G. Billings, 504
Alhambra Road, Venice. Aug.

31. Chapter 13. 07-08013.
Kathleen Jarosh, 4395
Detroit Terrace, North Port.
Aug. 31. Chapter 13. 07-
James Mercado, 3781
Everglades Terrace, North

Port. Sept. 4. Chapter 13.'07-
Ivan Pushkash, 1581
Chamberlain Blvd., North
Port. Aug. 30. Chapter 13. 07-
Volodymyr M. Pushkash,

4455 Pepper Lane, North
Port. Aug. 31. Chapter 13. 07-
Douglas F. Smith, 3166
Virginia Road, Venice. Aug. 31.
Chapter 13. 07-08012.
John Clark Bivona, 2526

Roxbury Circle, North Port.
Aug. 31. Chapter 7. 07-08024.
Ronald C. Letch, 240
Hammock Terrace, Venice.
Sept. 4. Chapter 7. 07-08062.
William W. Wallin, 957
Harbor Town Drive, Venice.

Sept. 4. Chapter 7.07-08066.
Steward B. Bacheler, 609
Boundary Blvd., Rotonda
West. Sept. 4. Chapter 13. 07-

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Turnovers plague Venice in loss to Sarasota


Turnovers were the differ-
ence in Sarasota High School's
30-16 win over Venice High
School Friday night.
The Indians coughed up
the ball inside the red zone on
three separate occasions to
help the Sailors to victory.
"They let that one slip
away," Venice Head Coach
John Peacock said. "They had
three fumbles going into
score; Sarasota picked one up
and scored the other way.
That's a 14-point swing right
The Indians were threat-
ening to tie the game at 23-23
halfway through the fourth
quarter when sophomore
quarterback Trey Burton was
sacked, causing him to fum-
ble the ball at the Sailor 19
yard line. Sarasota senior
Luke Spencer recovered and
returned it 81 yards for the
score to seal the win at 30-16.
Venice wasn't the only
team having turnover trou-
bles Friday. Highly touted
Sarasota senior quarterback
Casey Kelly threw three inter-
ceptions on the night while
only totaling 35 yards on six
Unfortunately for the In-
dians, they were only able to
capitalize on one Sailor turn-
over. Senior cornerback Sean
Howell came up with the sec-
ond Venice interception of
the first quarter with 7:25 left.
The Indians then drove 43
yards in just less than three
minutes for the score to make
it 6-0.
Sarasota answered with
seven consecutive carries by
senior running back Ladarius
Coggins on a 51-yard drive
that culminated with a 33-
yard field goal from senior

kicker Taylor Violette.
Early in the second quar-
ter, Sarasota ran a similar
drive. Senior running back
Rowdy Joseph got his number
called seven out of nine plays
on the drive. On a critical
fourth-and-three, the Indians
stacked the line, then dropped
back into coverage looking for
the play-action pass. It never
came. Kelly hit senior tight
end Cam Kennedy for an 11-
yard gain and a first down. On
the ensuing play, Sarasota
went back to the running
game with a seven-yard
touchdown run by Joseph,
vaulting Sarasota into the
lead at 10-6.
On their next possession,
the Sailors were facing a
third-and-seven at the Venice
40. Coggins ran into white jer-
seys in his own backfield on a
sweep to the right, broke a
tackle, reversed the field and
went 40 yards for the score to
make it 16-6.
Not done yet,
But Venice wasn't done yet
in the first half The Indians
scored on their next drive on
an eight-yard touchdown
pass from Burton to senior
receiver Gerry Hunek. Then,
as time expired, a 31-yard
field goal by senior Eric
Cangelosi bounced over the
crossbar to tie the game at 16.
Sarasota came roaring
back in the third quarter. The
Sailors were threatening to
score when senior linebacker
Jackson Boone blind-sided
Kelly for a loss of seven yards.
Venice was unable to take
advantage of the momentum
swing, going three-and-out
on the next possession.
A nice combination of the
run and the pass led Sarasota
down the field for a score with
1:02 remaining in the third

SUN PHOTO Bi JEFF TAVARES, jLavares@venicegondolher.corn
Venice High's Wide Receiver Sean Howell reaches high but cannot come down with the reception in first half action against Sarasota High
School in Sarasota Friday night.

quarter. The Sailors took the
lead at 23-16 and never
looked back.
The Sarasota ground game'
dominated all night, racking
up 269 yards rushing behind
Coggins and Joseph. Tihe
passing game, on the other
hand struggled to get any-
thing going. Kelly had an
abysmal night, going 6-of-13
for 53 yards and three inter-
The Indian ground game

just wasn't what it was in the
first two games of the season.
Venice did finish with 148
yards rushing, but 70 of those
came on a Burton run that
ended with a fumble recov-
ered by Sarasota at their own
one-yard-line. Costanzo end-
ed up with only 39 yards after
last week's 169-yard perfor-
mance. Senior running back
Jimmy Laurie returned to
action this week with only
four yards on the ground.

The Indians' offensive
player of the game had to be
Burton, who went 12-for-22
for 168 yards and two touch-
downs. He spread the ball
around, too.
Five different receivers
came up with at least one
reception. Sophomore tight
end Branden Wilkinson nab-
bed three balls for 58 yards.
Laurie got a little more action .
though the air with three
grabs for 29 yards and a

touchdown. Hunek and
Marsden each picked up tw9
catches, with Hunek getting a
touchdown. Rounding out
the receiving was Costanzo
with one 20-yard catch.
The Indians fall to 2-1 on
the season, with Lakewood
Ranch High School coming to
town for the home-opener


Starting gun sounds on Venice cross country


The' gun sounded at 8:32
a.m. to start the Venice
Invitational at Wellfield as
well as the 2007 Venice High
School cross country season,
and both the boys and the
girls teams have a lot to be
optimistic about.
The girls went first and
'they were back before you
!knew it. The lady Indians
placed fifth out of the 26 par-
'ticipating schools with 155
;points. Kim Pinkerton led
Venice, and most of the field,
placing ninth individually

with a time of 20:30. Sarah
Britton wasn't far behind, fin-
ishing 16th individually with
a time of 20:41.
The boys got rolling a little
after 9 a.m. Venice finished
just outside the top 10 at 12th.
Ben Thomas led the Indians,
placing 21st. Tony Miller was
not too far behind at 61st out
of 145 runners.
Finishing first for the girls
was Joane Pierre from Ini-
mokolee High School. Amber
Imm of Lely High School and
Kinsley McEachem of Naples
High School were second and
third. Rounding out the top
15 ware Mason Gardberg

(Lemon Bay High School) in
fourth, Emily Wray (Lake-
wood Ranch High School) in
fifth, Mariel Rickert (Bishop
Verot High School) in sixth,
Victoria McAffrey (St. John
Neumann High School) in
seventh, Aimee Osceola (Na-
ples) in eighth, Venice's own
Kim Pinkerton in ninth, Col-
leen Mahoney (Riverview
High School) in 10th, Steph-
anie Nichol-Bolognese (St.
John Neumann) in 11th, Sar-
ah Miller,. (Sarasota-! High
School) in 12th, Danielle
Scaffidi (North Port High
School) in 13th, Taylor Stein
(Riverview) in 14th 'and

Kathleen Rosensweis (Card&
inal Mloonev High School) i4
Finishing off die scoring
for the Venice girls were Rosai
Canas in 32nd, Amberose
Courville in 41st and Cynthia
Flynn-Menendez in 64th out
of 138 runners.
As a team, Naples came in
first with 79 points, followed
by Riverview with 129, Barroni
Collier with 147, Lakewood
Ranch with 148 and Venice
with 155.
Coming in first for the boys
was Ulises Escobar of Naples,
followed by teammate Joseph
Hebel and Brian Alexander of

Barron Collier High School.
Rounding out the top 15 were
AlexTiesi (Sarasota) in fourth,
John Lenning (Sarasota) in
fifth, Jeff Marvell (Naples) in
sixth, Argeo Cruz (Immok-
olee) in seventh, Junior Destin
(Immokolee) in eighth, Gor-
man Moran (Immokolee) in
ninth, Cooper Davis (Sara-
sota) in 10th, Taylor Peliska
(St. John Neumann) in 11th,
Jake Yacyshya (RIverview) in
12th, Kyle Mason (Sarasota)
IN 13th, Anthony Liccini
(Bishop Verot) in 14th and
Stefan Underwood (Naples)
in 15th.
Wrapping up the scoring

for the Venice boys were
Grant Amos in 94th, Travis
Carter in 113th and Josh
Dalton in 122nd out of 145
As a team, Naples took the
bbys race as well with 43
points. Sarasota came in sec-
ond with 69 points followed
by Immokolee with 100,
Riverview' with 143 and
Barron Collier with 150.
Next week the, cross coun-
try teams head to the Lemon
Bay Invitational at LA. Ainger
Middle School Saturday.


Green fleeters set sail in Jim

Ducks Unlimited migration map goes online


Jonathan James won three
out of seven races to grab first
place in the Ernest Green
Fleet competition at the an-
nual Jim Pique Memorial
Regatta sailed on Roberts Bay
on Sept. 8.
Green fleet sailors are first-
year competitors and all of
them successfully completed
the learn to sail and advance
sailing programs with the.,
sponsoring' Venice Youth
Boating Association this past
summer. Out of the 63 who
took sailing, nine joined
Giving James a tough bat-
tie was Stephan VerHulst who
took two firsts and placed
second. Zach Jordan won the
final race to take third overall
and Andrew Sosa finished
Nine skippers also raced in
the Red, White and Blue Fleet,
a category for more advanced

sailors. The top four were all
Green fleeters last year. Cara
Patete steered her Inter-
national Optimist Dinghy to;
six firsts in eight races to take'
the title. Paul Kreider won one
race to place second overall
while Alicia Muscato was
third and Marissa Phillips
came in fourth.
Jackie Sims also had six
firsts to capture the Ports-
mouth Division, which is
sailed according to a rating
system. Sims sailed a Sunfish
while second-place Bryan
White skippered a Laser
Radial class sailboat. Amanda
Watson, with SarahVogelsong
as crew, came in third in a
420. Officials allowed all
sailors to throw out their
worst race of the day.
Past president
hands out awards
Handing out the awards
was Char Sims, a past presi-
dent and former treasurer,
who has retired from VYBA's

board of directors after seven
The regatta, normally held
in December, is named in
memory of Jim Pique, who
was a long time instructor
and coach with the VYBA.
Sailors had four races in the
morning, broke for lunch at
Higel Park and then raced
again in the afternoon over a
trapezoid course.
Top results with places and
points are:
Green Fleet: 1st: Jonathan
James, 9; 2nd: Stephan Ver-
Hulst, 11; 3rd: Zach Jordan,
18; 4th: Andrew Sosa, 26; 5th:
Garrett Lawlor, 30; 6th Stefan
Johnson, 36.
RWB Fleet: 1st: Cara Patete,
8; 2nd: Paul Kreider, 22; 3rd:
AliciaMuscato, 27; 4th: Maris-
sa Phillips, 28; 5th: Chloe
Dietrich, 34; 6th: Evan Dacey
Portsmouth Division: 1st:
Jackie Sims, 8; 2nd: Bryan
White, 12; 3rd: Amanda
Watson, 21.


As the fall hunting season
approaches, there's one ques-
tion on the mind of every
duck hunter: Where- are-the
ducks? Ducks Unlimited is
now helping answer that
This week, Ducks Unlimi-
ted launched the most com-
prehensive migration map on
the Web today. It's online now
at www.ducks.org/Migration
Gotta have it
"This is a must-have tool
that duck and goose hunters
will use. It's a truly integrated
migration map of the U.S.
and Canada, so they can see
where the ducks are during
the migration season," said
Anthony Jones, Web manager
for Ducks Unlimited. "For
years, people have been ask-
ing for a comprehensive,
interactive map like this.
That's exactly what we're giv-
ing them and then some."
Migration map users can
report on waterfowl numbers

in their local areas or hunting
locations. Visitors loading the
map will see an aerial view of
North America with real-time
colored "markers" scattered
across the map.
Each dot represents a user-
submitted report with color-
coded waterfowl concentra-
tions. Hunters can click on
any dot to view the detailed
report and in some cases,
view detailed aerial maps of
their favorite hunting loca-
tions. They can even select
which type of view they prefer
- aerial, road or a hybrid view.
Users also can view migra-
tion patterns from two, five
and 10 days back on the map.
"This allows hunters to not
only see present activity lev-
els, but also lets them know
how birds are moving over
time," Jones said.
Users can also switch
between different classifica-
tions of waterfowl, such as
diving ducks, puddle ducks
and geese.
"When a user submits a
report, we ask them to classi-
fy the waterfowl they encoun-
tered. If they aren't sure, we

have a waterfowl I.D. section
where they can identify a bird
down to the species level,"
said Jones.
As an added bonus, visitors
to the migration map car also
subscribe to a special service
and receive instant e-mail
notifications when a report is
posted to their favorite hunt-
ing location.
Fall and winter access
The migration map is
available throughout the fall
and winter months exclusive-
ly on the Ducks Unlimited
Web site, www.ducks.org.
With more than a million
supporters, Ducks Unlimited
is the world's largest and most
effective wetland and water-
fowl conservation organiza-
tion with almost 12 million
acres conserved. The United
States alone has lost more
than half of its original wet-
lands, nature's most produc-
tive ecosystem, and contin-
ues to lose more than 80,000
wetland acres each year.


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There soon will be a new
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Frances Smith is trans-
foriring a blank wall on
Business 41 by the Venice
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into, something magical. In
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Smith was chosen for the
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"Quite often public art cel-
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1960 to 1992. Clown College
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loved," said Trammel.
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"When I showed my draw-
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for a very long picture," Smith
On the southern end of the
mural there will be a railroad
car with animals being
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their tails entwined are slowly
marching toward the Circus
"There will be bright-col-
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.phants, a calliope, unicyclists
and lots of lots of clowns,"
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can't put a giraffe or a stilt
walker on the wall, because it
isn't high enough."
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"It will probably take me
three months to complete it,"
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Trammell said that when
the mural completed, the
Tourist Development Council
of Sarasota County will be
putting together a heritage
brochure that will feature the
statue of Gunther Gebel-
Williams located at the Venice
Train Depot, the "Venice
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new circus mural.
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Adam Clinch, of Venice, visited Machu Picchu, Peru, while studying abroad.

International study offers

world of opportunities

Venice college junior

Adam Clinch spent five

months as a student

in Chile.


A sa sophomore at the
University of Florida, I
was convinced that I
needed to study abroad.
"Why?" was the most com-
mon question directed to-
ward me.
"Why leave the United
States, which has plenty of
high-quality universities?
"Why go somewhere that
could possibly be less safe?
"Why leave family and
friends behind?
And, in my case, "Why de-
tour from the critical list of
courses required of a civil
engineering student?"
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tions students pondering
study abroad must consider
as they fill out mounds of
paperwork and collect the
funds needed to pay for such
an opportunity.
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thought it was an impossible
Why not?
In today's society, with all
the opportunities available,
students really should be ask-
ing, "Why not?"
I spoke with a Study
Abroad advisor at my univer-
sity. She made my options
perfectly clear I could go
wherever I wanted.

After extensive research, I
chose Chile, for the adven-
ture. It is the longest country
in the world, with the second
highest mountain range and
the driest desert. Chile also
has amazing surf, miles of
Although there was no
University of Florida program
for Chile and no student from
the university had ever gone
there, there were plenty of
national programs available.
After deciding where to go,
the next step was obvious -
how to fund such a venture.
As a starving college student,
I needed to raise a lot of
money to make the trip possi-
ble. I filled out every scholar-
ship I could apply for at the
university and the Rotary
Futures Program here in
Venice. Money started rolling
I worked out all the paper-
work, got permission from
the University of Florida, and
I was set to go on a journey to
South America. Before I knew
it, I found myself on a plane
to Santiago, Chile, during the
fall semester of my junior
I was excited and nervous
going to a country I had never
been to and knowing that I
would be calling it home for
five months. Luckily, I man-
aged to choose a country full
of very friendly people. Locals

were already helping me in
the airport when I had some
trouble finding a place to stay.
I took a cab from the airport
into Santiago, which is a
huge, relatively modem city
pressed up against moun-
tains so tall it felt as if at any
moment they would tumble
down onto the buildings be-
I wandered the streets ex-
ploring the scattered neigh-
borhoods and plazas, not
knowing what anything was
but enjoying every minute of
The next day, I met up with
the employees of my pro-
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Abroad (ISA). The staff work-
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living, food, travel and tuition
issues, and on occasion, my
lack of sense. One employee
even woke up on Saturday
morning when I frantically
called her after sleeping
through a scheduled plane
flight out of the country. She
helped me book a new flight
right away without losing all
of my money.
After a tour of Santiago, my
program leaders took me to
my new home, Valparaiso, the
second largest city in Chile. I
was excited to finally be in
The steep hills packed with
winding, cobbled streets and
mismatched, colorful houses
reached down to a bay full of
ships and tankers. It was the
most unusual city I have ever
seen. The city was a major
port for shipping before the
Panama Canal was construct-
ed, so it has absorbed a lot of
international influence.
Around every corner there
was something new and in-
teresting to discover. I was

intrigued by the blend of
indigenous and European
culture in the Chilean society.
I spent days getting lost in.
each of the hills, or "cerros,"
each with a different name
and atmosphere. Some of
these neighborhoods had
outside museums and ceme-
teries, while others had cafes
and shops.
The program arranged for
me to stay with a host family
during my stay in "Valpo."
They treated me like I was
part of their family. I had a
mother and father, a younger
brother, an older sister, a
niece and a grandmother all
living in the same house. I
learned so much about their
culture by spending time with
Chilean wives normally
stay at home and take care of

the family. Nannies are very
inexpensive and common in
households, and children are
expected to live with the fam-
ily into their late 20s unless
they are well-employed and/
or married.
Chilean life took some get-
ting used to. None of the
houses had central heat and
you were not allowed to flush
toilet paper in most toilets. I
also discovered that, although
most Chileans enjoy spend-
ing their afternoons on the
beautiful beaches, most have
a big fear of the ocean.
Because of cold water and the
big swell constantly sweeping
up from Antarctica, many
people do not even know how
to swim.
My "mama Chilena" warn-
ed me of the dangers of the
ocean every time I went in the
water, and most people look-
ed at me like I was crazy when

I walked around with my
surfboard tucked under my
Chileans can appear to be
very opinionated and proud,
probably due'to being freed
from a horrible dictatorship
during the 1970s and 1980s.
Today, the Chileans are often
very outspoken and love to
hold peaceful protests. There
are many liberal-minded
people in the country, and
they even elected a female
president unusual in tradi-
tionally male-oriented Latin
During the Pinochet dicta-
torship there were curfews,
but now the night life lasts
forever, and it is very com-
mon for people to come back
from the bars as the sun is
coming up.

Please see STUDY, 8A

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Clinch, left, and two other study-abroad students stand in front of the Moai that Rupa Nui tribes carved
from lava rock on Easter Island.



And now ... The News

from Ecineville


This is part one of a
three-part story Terror
at Os Edificio
Hang on to your sanity,
ladies and gentlemen. It's
time for News from Ecine-
Unreconstructed hippies
storm construction site.
An extremely radical
splinter group of the No
Growth Now-No Growth
Ever organization surprised
and overwhelmed a con-
struction crew at the site of
what is to be Ecineville's
newest hotel/retail/condo-
minium/shed/ice cream
shoppe/perfume factory
mixed-up use complex, Os
Edificio, at the foot of the
new Elephant Bridge, out by
the old golf course Friday.
The unreconstructed hip-
pies are holding 59 trades-
men and one guy in a suit as
"These guys are real radi-
cals. They are also armed.
One worker who managed
to escape during the initial
attack said he saw at least
two of the hippies armed
with KN9 24 caliber CSG X5
Water pistols, and one hip-
pie carrying a KN9 35 1/2

caliber Hydro Booka Water
Cannon," said Ecineville
Police Chief Trudy Redford.
NGN-NGE President
Jane Granite issued a state-
ment: "The NGN-NGE con-
demns the action of these
unreconstructed hippies.
They are in no way associat-
ed with our group. We
would urge them to give up
immediately and release the
EPD SWAT Pair were on
scene but having difficulty
coming up with a plan due
to the fact the unrecon-
structed hippies had taken
their hostages to the top
level of Building 13 at the
complex, which is currently
up. to 37 floors of the
planned 72 stories.
"They've locked the ele-
vator on that top floor, mak-
ing a tactical assault difficult
at this time. We're hoping to
use Richarora County Sher-
iff's Office Air One heli-
copter, but as you know, due
to cutbacks, the county
forced the RCSO to trade the
helicopter in for a hang glid-
er, which isn't of much use
in this type of scenario," said
EPD Lt. Mike Kiren.
Large searchlights, which
used to be used by car deal-
ers to attract customers to

weekend car sales when car
dealers were actually selling
cars, lit up the scene, giving
it a surreal look right out of a
made-for-TV movie.
RCSO cranes mounted
with helmet cameras flew
over the building hoping to
give law enforcement a view
of the really bad unrecon-
structed hippies and their
A balloon with a small
rock attached and a large
envelope hanging below it
very slowly floated down
from the 37th floor.
A courageous EPD officer
ran across the open ground
between the police and the
building to retrieve the bal-
EPD Chief Redford
opened the envelope. "It's
the unreconstructed hip-
pies' demands," he said.
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, stay in your
homes, put the dog and the
children under the couch,
and hang on as best you can
here in Ecineville.


SUNDAY, SEPT. 16, 2007


Sorry, I couldn't help myself


I was planning to write an
original column this week I
swear, I really was. Then these
items went snaking across my
computer screen and ... well,
here's the rest of these stories:
Kid Rock cited for punch-
ing Tommy Lee. (Cited? I
think he deserves a medal.).
O'Donnell lashes out at
Trump in book. (It's nice to
see she's mellowed now that
she's out from under the
stress of being on "The View.")
"Springer" bodyguard
preps own show. (I hear that
each show will have a Shakes-
pearean theme; for instance,
why did he have. so many
women dressing up as men?)
Disney backs star over
nude photo. (Minnie, say it
ain't so!)
Probe of seminar for
seniors finds fraud. (Now try
getting another free lunch

with no intention of buying
any stock, you old swindlers.)
Marbury testifies he had
sex with intern. (Oh, great,
another candidate for presi-
NBA's top pick Oden like-
ly out for season. (Apparently
he needs longer to recover
from the way Florida spanked
Ohio State for the NCAA
championship this year.)
Disgraced writer Frey
penning new novel. (It's some-
thing about Russia; working
title: "Peace and War.")
Eating fewer steaks may
save planet. ("A report by
leading environmental scien-
tist Elsie DeCow states ...'")
Google dangles millions
for moon project. (We don't
care how much money you've
got, it's not for sale.)
Big climate change did
not kill Neanderthals. (New
studies show they didn't eat
enough steak.)
Disturbing photos of Lo-

han hit Internet. (Someone
got a shot of her sober and
she's afraid it will ruin her
Title of "Indiana Jones"
movie revealed. (You saw it
here first: "Indiana Jones and
the AARP of the Covenant.")
Greenspan gives Bernan-
ke vote of confidence. (In
sports that would mean he's
about to get fired.)
China's tallest building
nearly done. (It's Yao Ming's
Led Zeppelin gear up for
London reunion. (Careful,
guys. You're not too far from
the "Stairway to Heaven," if
you know what I mean.)
British scientists develop
nonstick chewing gum. (Tell
the Nobel Prize judges to stop
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SEPT. 16

Peace vigil
The Venice United Church of
Christ holds an interfaith Vigil
for Peace in Iraq, 4-7 p.m., at
620 Shamrock Blvd. The vigil
is in support of the UCC's
Pastoral Letter on the Iraq
War, endorsed by the denom-
ination's Collegium of Of-
ficers, conference ministers
and the presidents of the
seminaries of the UCC. Call
Nelson Hay at 496-8263.
Get out
* Oscar Scherer State Park
offers a guided scrub walk at
8:30 a.m. at 1843 South Tami-
ami Trail, Osprey. Meet at the
Lake Osprey Pavilion. Park
fee: $4. Call 483-5956 or visit
floridastateparks. org/oscar
* Join Mike Granick of the
Coastal Cruisers Bicycle Club
for his "Famous Ice Cream
Ride" starting at 8:30 a.m.
from Laurel Nokomis School,
1900 East Laurel Road, Noko-
mis. This is a moderate ride of
about 30 miles. Helmets re-
quired. Call 484-5717.
Please donate
Florida's Blood Centers visits
Christ United Methodist
Church, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at
1475 Center Road. For more
donation sites, call FBC at
492-9202, or Suncoast Com-
munities Blood Bank at 954-
1600, Ext. 240.


*Opera Guild

The Venice Opera Guild

opens its fall season at 1:30
p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 18, at
the Jewish Center of Venice,
600 North Auburn Road.
Featured will be baritone
Jonathan Carle. Light ref-
reshments served. Guests
-are welcomed for $7. For
more information, call Bill

ami Trail. Call 497-4218.

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 Al-
ligator Drive, and at the
Venice Fire Training Facility.
T h ir 0011 rll L T l,, iaat

Oscar Scherer State Park, .or ste, uL, aie at
1843 South Tamiami Trail, 493-3176.
Osprey, 483-5956, florida Peer counselors
stateparks.org/oscarscherer The Women's Resource Cen-
S10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon: ter of Sarasota County is seek-
Storytime in the Nature Cen- er oun
ter for ages 3-7. Park staff and ing volunteer peer counselors
volunteers willread children's to work at least two hours a
week helping women in tran-
stories about the amazing lfe week helping women in tran-
of bats and other creatures of sition. Free training takes
thenight. place 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at
the night. and noon: "Reading, 806 Pinebrook Road. To regis-
10 a.m. and noon: "Reading, call Nancy at 485-9724.
;J inpapdf Bpig" l p-J a4^
, zoni'"a literary vei m in ie Masons "
;Paiavoin'3 for ages 5- 5. tListen .
to messages written about The Venice Lodge 301 F&AM
earth on World Literacy Day holds a stated communica-
1997 and write your own. tion at 7:30 p.m. at 118 E.
* 7-8 p.m.: "Things that Go Venice Ave. This meeting will
Boo! in the Night," a slide pre- be visited by members of
sentation and night walk on Masonic Appendant Bodies,
the life of bats and other noc- who will give short talks to
turnals at the park. Bring bug inform Masons wishing to
spray and a flashlight. advance. Call 488-1575.
Cutathon Go gals
Great Clips for Hair holds a Women on the Go Solo meets
cutathon benefiting the at 2 p.m. at Venice Public
South County Family YMCA, Library, 300 S. Nokomis Ave.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. The group meets monthly to
16, in the Venice Village share travel ideas, experi-
Shoppes at 4141 South Tami- ences and trip plans. All are

butterflyy landscaping

Learn how to
encourage but-
terflies to visit
and stay, 10-11.
W. a.m., Sept. 17, at
Public Library,
4143 Woodmere
Park Blvd. Led
by Patricia Porchey,
University of Florida
Sarasota County urban
horticulture agent and mas-
SUN FILE GRAPHICS ter gardener coordinator. To
BY ROB BROYLES register, call 861-1270.

welcome. Call 473-1639.
Music makers


An acoustic jam meets 7:30-
10 p.m.; Mondays at Books-A-
Million, 4230 South Tamiami
Trail. All types of acoustic
instruments are welcome, as
are all playing levels. Seating
is,limited; bring a chair. Con-
tact Bruce at 492-6704 or
Hospice training
TieMtfll spiceie and Palli-
' active dire's xblunteer tfainirng
will be held in Venice, 9 a.m.-
4 p.m., Sept. 17 and 18 at the
Hospice Staff Center, 220
Wexford Blvd. in Plantation
Golf & Country Club. Lunch,
beverages and snacks will be
served. Completion of the
volunteer application form
and two volunteer reference
check forms are required for
course attendance. Space is
limited. Contact Linda at 441-
2003 or lpierce@tidewell.org.

SEPT. 18
Stamp auction
The Venice Stamp Club holds
its annual white elephant
auction at Venice Public Lib-
rary, 300 S. Nokomis Ave.
Inspection of items begins at
6 p.m.; auction will follow a
7 p.m. business meeting.
Newcomers and guests wel-
come. Call George Athens at
Cub Scouts
Cub Scout Pack 77 meets
6:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesdays at
Grace United Methodist
Church hall, 400 E. Field Ave.
The pack is open to any inter-
ested boy in grades one
through five. Experience lear-
ning, fun, social skills and
community spirit. Call Bob at
MOAA lunch
The Venice Area Chapter of
The Military Officers Associ-
ation of America holds an
open combined meeting and
luncheon for members and
guests at 11:30 a.m. at the
American Legion No-Vel Unit
159, 1770 E. Venice Ave. Open
to all who have held a warrant
or commission in any com-
ponent of the Army, Marine
Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast
Guard, Public Health Service,
NOAA and spouses. Visit
venicemoaa.com or call 497-
5906 or 412-3592.
Tuesday jams
The David Pruyn Trio, with
Charlie Prawdzik on piano
and Mark Newenschwander

on bass, joins guest artists
7-10 p.m. Tuesday at Har-
mony House at the Holiday
r Inn, 455 U.S. 41 Bypass. Call
: Relay kickoff

An early-bird, kickoff for the
American Cancer Relay for
Life of Venice takes place
5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Venice
Area Chamber of Commerce,
597 South Tamiami Trail.
Each team signing and pay-
ing the $100 commitment fee
on or before this evening will
receive a gift. Contact Mi-
chelle at 497-4309, Ext. 39, or
Parks meeting
Sarasota County Parks and
Recreation Department holds
an organizational meeting
6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Nokomis
Park Community Center, 234
East Nippino Trail. All are wel-
come. Call 486-2595.
Open house -
Senior Friendship Centers'
Living Room hosts an open
house, 9:30 -11 a.m., Tuesday,
Sept. 18, and 1-2:30 p.m.,
Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 2350
Scenic Drive. Enjoy a tour and
light refreshments. Call 556-

Jacaranda Public Library,
4143 Woodmere Park Blvd.,
* 10-11 a.m., Basic Excel class.
Registration required.
* 10 a.m.-noon, Diabetes lec-
ture series with Georgeanne
Divito, R.N. Registration re-
* 2 p.m., movie matinee:
"Pursuit of Happyness"
* 3:30-4:30 p.m., Movie and
the Good Green Fun for ages
6 and older, a movie about the
Sarasota County Landfill.
Sierra Club singles
RSVP today for The Manatee-
Sarasota Sierra Club's first
event for environmentally
conscious singles at 11 a.m.,
Sunday, Sept. 23. Meet for a
jazz brunch at the Four Gees
Restaurant, 3615 Webber St.,
Sarasota. Contact Ginger at
330-9603 or vmplbk@aol.com.
Parkinson's fundraiser
The Manasota Parkinson's
Support Group hosts An Eve-
ning of Expression art auction
and fundraiser, 4:30-7:30
p.m., at the HealthSouth Re-
habilitation Hospital on
Edgelake Drive in Sarasota.
Proceeds benefit a year-
round Community Expres-
sive Arts Program for Parkin-
sonians and their caregivers
in the greater Florida West
Coast area. RSVP to 809-0783.
Square dance workshops
with caller Mike Cox meet 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
Faith in Action
Venice Interfaith Community
Association joins Interfaith
Florida for a Faith in Action
Network meeting at 7 p.m. at

Jacaranda Public Library,
4143 Woodmere Park Blvd. ,
Area residents of good will are
invited. Refreshments will be

SEPT. 19

Get out
* Oscar Scherer State Park of-
fers 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
* Kayak with the American
Littoral Society on the near-
shore waters of the Gulf of
Mexico from Turtle Beach to
Point of Rocks, 8:30-11:30
a.m. Bring snorkel gear and
sunscreen; kayak equipment
and training provided. Fee:
$25. RSVP to John at 966-
7308: -- *. l.
Bay Indies holds a season
kick-off dance at 950 Ridge-
wood Ave. Doors open at
7 p.m., dance 7:30-10:30 p.m.
Tickets are $7 per person.
BYOB; snacks and setups pro-
vided. Call 484-1122, 8 a.m.-1
p.m., Tuesday through Friday.
Please donate
Florida's Blood Centers visits
Manatee Community Col-
lege-Venice, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at
8000 Tamiami Trail. For more
donation sites, call FBC at
492-9202, or Suncoast Com-
munities Blood Bank at 954-
1600, Ext. 240.


Trained docents from the
Venice Area Historical Society
lead free Venice Train Depot
tours 10 a.m.-noon, Wednes-
days. Donations welcome.
For 10 or more, call 484-0769.

Jacaranda Public Library,
4143 Woodmere Park Blvd.,
* 10 a.m.-11 a.m., Library Web
Page Your Other Search
Engine. Registration required.
* 2-3 p.m., Writing with Light,
photography lecture with
John Lewin.
Military meetings
* The Tin Can Sailors Squad-
ron meets 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at
the American Legion No-Vel
Unit 159, 1770 E. Venice Ave.
All former destroyer or dest-
royer escort veterans, as well
as those interested in preserv-
ing the history of the U.S.
Navy's destroyer force, are
welcome. Each meeting inc-
ludes a social hour, made-to-
order lunch for $5 per person,
and special events. Call Bob
Schwartz at 497-1050.
* The 1st Marine Division
Association, Southwest Flori-
da Chapter, meets for lunch
at 11:45 a.m. at the Family
Table Restaurant, 14132

South Tamiami Trail, North
Port. All Marines and guests
are welcome. Call Red French
at 697-1870.
* The Sarasota Manatee
Council of the Navy League of
the United States holds 'its
monthly dinner meeting, 6-
8:30 p.m., at the Sarasota
Yacht Club, 1100 Ringling
Blvd. Speaker is Lt. Marc Soss
USNR (Supply Corps), a local
attorney activated for duty in
Afghanistan. The public is
welcome. Dinner is $30 per
person. RSVP to Al Burda at
Support group
The Women's Resource Cen-
ter of Sarasota County holds
Moving On, 5:30-7 p.m. Wed-
nesdays at 806 Pinebrook
Road. The group helps wo-
men recover from loss; led by
Barbara Middleton. Fee: $8.
Call 485-9724.
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, 3-5
p.m., at the Sandra Sims Terry
Community Center, 509 Col-
lins Road, Laurel. Call 483-
Mobile animal clinic
Animal Rescue Coalition vis-
its Robarts Arena, 3000 Ring-
ling Blvd., Sarasota, offering
low- or no-cost spays and
neuters for pets of income-
eligible families. Appoint-
ments required. Call 957-
1955, Ext. 5.


Card party
Venice-Nokomis Drove No.
141 BPO Does host a Guys
and Dolls. card party, 11:30
a.m.-2:30 p.m., Thursday,
Sept. 20, at the Venice-Noko-
mis Elks Lodge, 1021 Disco-
very Way Nokomis. Finger
sandwiches, desserts arid pri-
zes awarded. Donation: $5.
Call Carolee at 485-0725.
Working women
The Women's Resource Cen-
ter of Sarasota County hosts
Success and the Working
Woman, 6-8 p.m., Thursdays,
Sept. 20 and 27, and Oct. 4, 11
and 18, at 806 Pinebrook
Road. Jenny Roberts, presi-
dent of Streamline Con-'
suiting & Solution Inc., offers
guidance on communication
styles, coworker relations,
managing conflicts and more.
Fee: $8. Call 485-9724 to regis-
Humane Society gala
The Humane Society of Sara-
sota County hosts its 15th
annual "Hot Dogs & Cool
Cats" formal masquerade
gala at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Sept.
28, at the Chelsea Center,
2506 Gulf Gate Drive, Sara-
sota. Fine dining, live perfor-
mances, dancing, auctions
and more. Costumes option-
al. Tickets: $175. Call 955-
4131, Ext. 121.
Artist events
Venice artist Clyde Butcher
presents a slide show lecture
and luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-2
p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29, at the
Venice Yacht Club, 1330 Tar-
pon Center Drive. Tickets: $85
per person for silent auction,
appetizers and lunch. A cock-
tail party and book signing
will take place, 5:30-8 p.m., at
Butcher's gallery at 237 War-
field Road. Tickets: $75 per
Loveland benefit
Loveland Center Inc. presents
An Evening with Carl: Living
Life to the Fullest, at 7 p.m.,
Sunday, Oct. 7, at Venice Little
Theatre, 140 W Tampa Ave.
Tickets: $16. Proceeds benefit
the students of Loveland
Center. Tickets available at
the VLT box office or by call-
ing 488-1115.

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Military ball
The Florida Chief Petty
Officers Association holds its
semi-annual muster and mil-
itary ball Oct. 10-13 in Pen-
sacola. Anyone who has ser-
ved as a Chief Petty Officer in
the U.S. Navy or the U.S.
Coast Guard is welcome to
attend and invited to join the
association. Contact CPO
Chuck Davis, USN (Ret) at
(941) 743-5460, (941) 391-
1509, or flcpoa@embarqmail.
com; or CPO Don Holland,
USN (Ret), at (863) 293-8044
or chiefdj@tampabay.rr.com.
DeafSUN fundraiser
Sign Language Associates Inc.
celebrates 25 years of service
with An Evening of Humor,
Hope and Healing in Support
of DeafSUN, 6-9 p.m., Sa-
turday, Sept. 29, at Hillsbo-
rough Community College,
400 Tampa Bay Blvd., Tampa,
33614, Dale Mabry Campus,
DSTU Auditorium. Come-
dians, prizes, storytelling; sign
language interpreters provid-
ed. Tickets: $15 in advance or
$20 cash at the door. Proceeds
benefit DeafSUN E-mail

SLA25FL@signlanguage. com.
Locks of Love benefit
Great Clips for Hair sponsors
a cutathon to raise awareness
for Locks of Love, 9-11 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 pro-
vides hairpieces for children
suffering from long-term
medical hair loss. RSVP to
Great Clips at 929-7892.
Elks fun
* Elktoberfest takes place Oct.
12-14, featuring community
involvement, entertainment,
brats and beer. The public is
welcome. Call 486-1854.
* The Venice-Nokomis Elks
Lodge hosts "The Elks' Ameri-
can Idol," Saturday, Nov. 3, at
1021 Discovery Way, Noko-
mis. Cash prizes for first-, sec-
ond-, and third-place win-
ners. Entry fee is $10. Guests
will be charged $15 for buffet
dinner and the show. Pro-
ceeds benefit Harry Anna.
Call Betty at 497-2753 or Rose
at 488-8069.

Columbus Day
The Italian American Club of
Venice hosts a Columbus Day
dinner dance, Saturday Oct.
13, at 1375 Ringling Drive.
Cocktails at 6 p.m., cash bar
and dinner at 7 p.m. Menu
includes appetizer, salad, chi-
cken primavera, ravioli, rice
pilaf and more. Dress: sport
jacket. Dance to the music by
Two of a Kind. Ticket dona-
tion: $20 per person. Call 423-
* Flying Hands Deaf Social
club holds a Halloween party
at noon, Saturday, Oct. 13, at
Whitaker Gateway park, 1401
North Tamiami Trail, Sara-
sota. Prizes will be awarded
for best costume. Bring a cov-
ered dish and friends. Fee: $3
per person, $5 per family. $2
more without dish. Visit
ccdhh.org for more activities.
* The Sons of the American
Legion host a Halloween
party, 6-9 p.m., Saturday, Oct.
27, at the American Legion
No-Vel Post 159, 1770 E. Ve-
nice Ave. Games, prizes, raf-
fles, horse racing and beer
walks. Music by J.W Dinner
includes lasagna, salad and

Honoring America's defenders


A unique program gives
Americans a chance to honor
Army veterans of all genera-
tions who have worked to
keep the United States free.
Launched in 2005 by the
Secretary of the Army and the
Army Chief of Staff as a way to
say "thank you" to the men
and women who serve and'
have served, the Freedom
Team Salute program has
honored more than 1 million
heroes to date; but there are
millions more to be reached.
Bill Beck, a Vietnam War
veteran, was the 1 millionth
Freedom Team Salute hon-
oree. Beck accepted the com-
memorative plaque on behalf
bf his-comrades -who didn't
make- it back from Vietnam
and those who returned but
whose service was unappre-
ciated. In Beck's words,
"Freedom Team Salute helps
ensure that no veteran will
ever again be forgotten."
To get the word out,
Freedom Team Salute is part-
nering with Veterans Services
organizations such as the
American Legion. On Ve-
terans Day this year, Legion-

Bill Beck, a Vietnam veteran,
reflects on his Army service
after being named the Freedom
Team Salute 1 millionth honoree.

naires nationwide will reach
out to Army veterans in their
communities to present
them with Army lapel pins
and Freedom Team Salute
Nominating a veteran
People can nominate a
veteran by visiting www.
FreedomTeam Salute.com
and entering the veteran's

The commendation pack-
age includes an Army lapel
pin, an Army decal, a certifi-
cate and letter of apprecia-
tion, both signed by the Army
Chief of Staff and the Sec-
retary of the Army.
But more than that, says
Ronald James, Assistant Sec-
retary of the Army for Man-
power and Reserve Affairs, the
veteran will know he or she
has received the thanks of a
nation served.
"Freedom Team Salute
serves as the centerpiece of
the essential and enduring
bond between our U.S. Army
and every American who lives
in appreciation of the price of
freedom," James said. "Each
citizen has the responsibility
to acknowledge the sacrifice
we ask of soldiers to ensure
our way of life."
The program is Army fund-
ed and is provided at no cost
to recipients. For more infor-
mation or to honor an Army
veteran, visit www.Freedom

garlic bread for $9. Tickets
available at the bar before
Saturday, Oct. 20; no tickets at
the door. All are welcome. Call
'Dining for Dance'
The nonprofit Florida Ballet
Arts Foundation hosts Dining
for Dance, a benefit in sup-
port of local ballet, jazz and
modern dance education and
performances, 4-6 p.m., Sa-
turday, Oct. 20, at The Bone-
fish Grill, 8101 Cooper Creek
Blvd., Sarasota. Enjoy hours
d'oeuvres and bar. Tickets are
$50, a portion of which is tax
deductible, and must be pur-
chased in advance. Contact
the foundation at mail@
fbafoundation.com or 993-
Fun Fair
Venice Gardens hosts a Fun
Fair, featuring free activities
and Sailor Circus acts, 11
a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22,
at 406 Shamrock Blvd. Hot
dogs and soda for sale. Tables
available. Call Pat at 493-2725
or Linda at 497-3098.
Italian lessons
Learn to speak Italian at the
Italian American Club of
Venice, 1375 Ringling Drive.
The club sponsors Italian lan-
guage classes starting Mon-
day, Oct. 22. Beginners class
at 5:30 p.m.; intermediate and
advanced also offered. The
public is welcome to these
free classes. Instructors are
Bruce Bastian, Domenic Sco-
tece and Peter Divecchio. Call
Benefit dance
The fifth annual Loveland
Center black tie dinner dance
and auction takes place 6-11
p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3, at
Venice Golf & Country Club,
250 Venice Golf Club Drive.
Tickets are $125 per person
for wine and hors d'oeuvres,
gourmet dinner, music and
silent auction. Table sponsors
and corporate sponsors wel-
come. For reservations or to
volunteer, call Colette at 493-
0016, Ext. 310. To help, call
Glenn and Ethel Zeller at 493-

Craft shows
* The Even Keels, South
Venice Yacht Club, are taking
reservations for their Nov. 3
craft show. Call Jean at 492-
* Venice Gardens is taking

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Saturday, Nov. 17, at 406
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able. Call Patat 493-2725.
WRCSC fall event
Motivational speaker Nancy
Coey is guest presenter at the
2007 Fall Gathering in Venice
for the Women's Resource
Center of Sarasota County,
Nov. 9, at Plantation Golf and
Country Club, 500 Rockley
Blvd. Other events include a
fashion show, silent auctions
and drawings. Tickets are $45
per person. RSVP to 485-9724.

Wine tasting
* The third annual Sertoma
Wine Fest takes place 6-9
p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18, in the
tent on the 100 block of South
Nokomis Avenue downtown.
The $50 tickets include wine
and food tasting. Food from
local restaurants will be
served. Proceeds benefit the
Sertoma Speech Clinic, serv-
ing area children with speech
developmental problems.
Call Don Hay at 350-7510 or
Fred Lugar at 416-0961.
* In the Pink A Taste of
NewGate is the fifth annual
food and wine fest benefiting
scholarships at New Gate
Montessori School at 6:30

p.m., Friday, Nov. 9, at 11011
State Road 72, Sarasota.
Tickets are $60; $70 at the
door. Call 922-4949 or visit
Pet health fair
Trinity Charities Inc. holds a
Pet Health Day Fair, 9 a.m.-5
p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, at
7225 North Lockwood Ridge
Road, Sarasota. The day fea-
tures pet communicator and
intuitive, Chris Stakes, as well
as alternative medicine vet
consults, a pet blessing, Reiki
healing sessions, pet pho-
tographs, greyhound rescue,
a pet parade and more. All
proceeds and donations ben-
efit Trinity Charities' pet pro-
gram. Volunteers are needed
for this event. To learn more,
call 355-0847.

Teddy bear run
Harley Owners Group of
Sarasota and Rositer's Harley-
Davidson present the 10th
annual Great TeddMy Bear Run
to benefit K.I.D.S. by the Sea,
a local nonprofit serving chil-
dren with cancer, Sunday,
Nov. 11. Bring a new teddy
bear for charity and a $10
donation. Ride leaves Uni-
versity Center Outlet Mall at
11:30 a.m. Call 951-7005 or
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Venice Regional Medical
Center has expanded its
health and wellness services
available to women with the
addition of a new Selenia digi-
tal mammography system
from Hologic at Venice
HealthPark, 1283 Jacaranda
"Digital mammography
will allow us to provide our
patients with the highest
quality of care in the preven-
tion and early detection of
breast cancer," said Rob
Bruce, director of radiology
services for the hospital and
HealthPark. "With digital
mammography, the radiolo-
gist can view the X-ray image
more closely, zeroing in
,on suspicious or concerning
areas, enabling them to make
irinieoate decisions about
additional images."
This technology takes less
than half the time of tradi-
tional film-based exams, and
the radiologist may review the
images while the patient is in
the examination room. In
conjunction with the digital
mammography unit, the hos-
pital is also offering comput-
er-aided detection. CAD pro-
vides a "second read" of the
mammogram by a computer.
This assists the radiologist in
making an accurate diagno-
sis, like spell check in word
Other services available at
Venice HealthPark include a
full range of diagnostic test-
ing, wound care and hyper-
barics, a sleep lab, a clinical
lab and outpatient rehabilita-
tion. For more information or

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to make an appointment at
Venice HealthPark, call 483-
In acknowledgement of
October as National Breast
Cancer Awareness Month, the
Women's Wellness Center of
Englewood Community Hos-
pital and RaulVerde, M.D., are
pleased to offer reduced-cost
mammograms to women
with no insurance.
The mammograms will be
performed at The Women's
Wellness Center, 1885 Eng-
lewood Road, Suite "B," in
The reduced-cost mam-

mograms will be offered
Monday, Oct. 1 through Fri-
day, Oct. 5. The special price
for these mammograms will
be $55, including the radiolo-
gist's reading. Because- space
is limited for these specially
priced procedures, reserva-
tions are absolutely neces-
sary, and a physician's order
for the test is required. To reg-
ister, call the outpatient de-
partment at Englewood Com-
munity Hospital at 473-5022.
"We want to remind every
woman that annual mammo-
grams can help save their
lives, and these screenings
need to be available to each
woman in our community,"
said Wendy Brandon, CEO.

Prostate cancer groups
* Paula Falk from the Senior
Friendship Centers speaks on
caregiving and other center
programs at the Sarasota Man
to Man Prostate Cancer Sup-
port group at 2 p.m., Monday,
Sept. 17, at Sarasota Mem-
orial Hospital, Waldemere
Auditorium, 1700 S. Tamiami
Trail. Call Art Iversen at 488-
* A support group for men
coping with prostate cancer
meets at 4 p.m., Monday,
Sept. 17, at Englewood United
Methodist Church, 700 E.
Dearborn St. Call 365-2858,
Ext. 37.
Parkinson's fundraiser
The Manasota Parkinson's
Support Group hosts An Eve-

ning of Expression art auction
and fundraiser, 4:30-7:30
p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the
HealthSouth Rehabilitation
Hospital on Edgelake Drive in
Sarasota. Proceeds will bene-
fit an ongoing, year-round
Community Expressive Arts
Program for Parkinsonians
and their caregivers in the
greater Florida West Coast
area. RSVP to 809-0783.
Insurance advice
Jacaranda Public Library
hosts Health Insurance Ad-
vice for Seniors, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.,
the second and fourth Tues-
days at 4143 Woodmere Park
Blvd. Call 861-1270. SHINE
also visits the Senior Friend-
ship Centers 9-11 a.m.,
Thursday, at 2350 Scenic

Drive. Call 584-0075.
Osteoporosis lecture
A free osteoporosis lecture will
be offeredTuesday, Sept. 18, at
two sites: 10-11 a.m. at
Jacaranda Public Library, 4143
Woodmere Park Blvd., and
noon-3 p.m. at Venice Public
Library, 300 S. Nokomis Ave.
Relay kickoff
An early bird kickoff for the
American Cancer Relay for
Life of Venice takes place
5:30-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept.
18, at the Venice Area Cham-
ber of Commerce, 597 South
Tamiami Trail. Pay the $100
fee by this evening to receive
a gift. Call Michelle, 497-4309.
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their children.
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present. Venice visits are con-
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Party time in Venice
Kathi Cellura likes surpris-
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what,she did when she inMit-
ed women from the Women's
Resource Center to a potluck
gala at her house. Julia Steele,
Janice Zarro, Connie Ellis,
Nancy Carey, Marge Fulgoni,
Phyllis Collucci and Maggie
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Happy 50th
Golden bells ring joyfully
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Friends provided a lovely cor-
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cake to share with everyone.
Bob and Gayle danced the
afternoon away.
Happy anniversary, and
many, many more.
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McGowan is involved in, like
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Store hours are Tuesday
through Saturday from 10
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p.m. Thursday.
Pat on the back
Three cheers to members
and friends of Venice Noko-
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Carolyn Reichard, collected
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crayons, magic markers and
various other school supplies
for students at the Laurel
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Strength training: Healthy tips

and resources for seniors

SEPT. 16,2007

Friendship open house


Dear Savvy Senior,
Can lifting weights help with
age-related health prob-
lems? I have high blood
pressure, some arthritis, and
osteoporosis and recently
read that strength training
could improve my health.
But at age 66,1 I have my
doubts. What can you tell
me? Falling Apart

Dear Falling,
Years of research has
shown that strength training
(also known as resistance
training or weight lifting) can
have a profound impact on a
person's health as they age -
and you're never too old to
start. Here's what you should
Healthy option
It may be hard to believe,
but the benefits of strength
training are incredible for
Regular strength training
(at least two non-consecutive
days a week) can not only
help you build muscle
strength, increase your bone
density and improve your
balance, coordination and
mpbility, it also helps reduce
the .signs. aIndsymptomio
many chronic health 'condi-
tions such as heart disease,
diabetes, high blood pres-
sure, back pain, depression
and arthritis.
Is it safe?
Studies have shown that
strengthening exercises
(especially if you start con-'
servatively and progress

slowly) are safe and effective
for almost all seniors, even
those with serious health
If you have health con-
cerns or if you are currently
inactive, talk to your doctor
about what may be appropri-
ate for you.
A good self-help resource
to help you find an appropri-
ate, safe exercise program as
well as when to see your doc-
tor is the "Exercise and
Screening for You" tool at
Getting started
If you've never lifted
weights before, you may
want to work with a certified
personal trainer for a few ses-
sions to help you develop a
safe and effective routine you
can continue on your own.
To find one, ask your doc-
tor or health care provider or
contact a good health club or
fitness facility in your area.
You can also search for one
online at reputable sites like
www.acsm.org and
If personal training isn't an
option, there are lots of great
senior strength training
videos (see www.collage
video.com) and resources
that can provide tips. and
examples of what exercises to
do and how to do them cor-
rectly. Here are some good
ones to help you get started:
National Institute on
Aging: They offer a free exer-
cise guide (Exercise: A Guide
from the National Institute
on Aging) which provides
illustrated and animated
examples of exercises you
can do at home tb, strehngthen,
your body.
They also sell an exercise
DVD or VHS for $7. To order
copies call (800) 222-2225 or
visit www.niapublica '
tions.org click on "Healthy
Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention:
Provides an online strength-
training program for older

adults with illustrated exer-
cises and a 12-week work-
book for staying on track.
Visit www.cdc.gov/nccd
php/dnpa/physical click
on "Growing Stronger -
Strength Training for Older
Mayo Clinic: Offers a
variety of strength training
tools and videos which you
can access on their Web site
at www.mayoclinic.com/
Join a gym
If you're interested in join-
ing a fitness club, there are a
growing number of niche
gyms and fitness programs
specifically for people older
than 50. Some to check out
include: Club 50 (www.club
50fitness.com); Nifty after
Fifty (www.niftyafter
fiftycom); and Silver
Sneakers, which is a fitness
program offered in more
than 1,500 fitness centers
around the county. To find a
program in your area, visit
www.silversneakers.com or
call (888) 423-4632.
Savvy tips
A great strength training
tool designed for seniors is a
devise called the Resistance
Chair ($240).
An all-in-one home fitness
system that helps senior's
maintain and improve their
strength with minimal risk of
Visit www.continuingfit
ness.com or call (877) 368-
And for maximum health
benefits, it's best to combine
strength training with an aer-
obic activity such as walking
or, nmniihg, along .wi h. reg-
ular stretching exercises to
keep you limber.

Send your senior questions
to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box
5443, Norman, OK 73070, or
visit www.savvyseniororg.
Jim Miller is a contributor to
the NBC Today show and
author of "The Savvy Senior"

Keith Lain, left, Carol Schad and Louis Groty welcome all to the Senior Friendship Centers' Living
Room open house, 9:30 -11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 18, and 1-2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 2350
Scenic Drive. Enjoy a tour and light refreshments.

Grandparents group at 475-3615. Work and Service," 8:30-
The Grandparents Raising noon, Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the
Grandkids Support Group Community assembly Glenridge on Palmer Ranch,
meets at 9:30 a.m. the second A Community for All Gen- 7333 Scotland Way, Sarasota.
Tuesday of the month, Oct. 9, rations and Sarasota County The public is welcome to this
in the Englewood Com- Openly Plans for Excellence free event. RSVP to Maureen
munity Hospital Cafeteria at hosts "Are You Ready? The Hadden at SCOPE at 365-
700 Medical Blvd. Call Sandy Changing Face of Retirement, 8751.

Lemon Bay Playhouse to offer acting classes


Lemon Bay Playhouse is
offering acting classes for
adults and children. Classes
will begin the week of Oct. 1,
and run weekly through
De. 14' There will be no class-
es during Thanksgiving'week.
The Children's Theater
Workshop is open to students
ages 10-17. Students younger
thah 10 will be admitted at
the instructors' discretion,
depending on their prior ex-
perience. This class is an in-
troduction to the methods
and theories of acting, includ-
ing improvisation, character

acting and method acting.
Through games and role-
playing, children will learn
the basic techniques and
principles of acting and sing-
ing. Jeff and Isabelle Mi-
chaels, who directed the KAT's
Summer Theater Camp, are
teaching.this course.
There will be two adult act-
ing classes. The program will
include instruction in basic
acting techniques, including
building characters, deliver-
ing lines, scene study, styles of
acting and audition prepara-
tion. Bernard A. Broyles and
Katti Powell will be teaching
the adult acting classes.
Bernard was recently seen on

our stage as Hoke in LBPH's
production of "Driving Miss
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Even the Chilean food was
an interesting change. The
Chileans had a lot of native
fruits and vegetables that I
had never even seen before.
In the winter (our summer)
they serve a lot of hot stews. In
the warmer season (our win-
ter), they enjoy grilling huge
racks of meat and sausage,
and having friends over. With
the numerous vineyards in
the area, people tend to drink
wine frequently. If they're feel-
ing rowdy, they drink their
national liquor, piscoo." I
learned that lunch is the main
meal of the day, and in the
evening there is only a snack
called "once," with bread and
tea. I also learned, the hard

guage. They drop most of the
"s" sounds, speak very fast,
and use more slang than any
place I have ever been. Often,
dialects in Chilean films are
misunderstood in other Latin
American countries. Everyday
felt like one long SAT test and
left me drained from trying to
understand jumbled words
and phrases. Eventually, I
became comfortable with the
language, and even started
thinking and dreaming in
Free time
While in Chile, I spent
every bit of free time explor-
ing. Given the cheap and effi-
cient bus systems, the accep-
tance of hitchhiking and my
study abroad program's good
references for cheap plane

America. I was also able to
surf the legendary break of
Punta de Lobos; hike in the
world-famous Torres del
Paine nature preserve; watch
the sunrise after a long night
of tango and techno in .
Buenos Aires, Argentina; tour .
the folkloric Chiloe, and even
see penguins in the Straight of
Magellan at the end of the
Everywhere, I met friendly
people. Sometimes, they
helped me out of some sticky
situations, like when I was
surfing off the remote north-
ern city of Arica and drifted
down the beach a few miles in
an isolated area. A nice local
gave me a ride to town, saving
me a couple hours of hiking in

Adam Clinch stands on the top of Volcan Villarica (house of the
devil), the most active volcano in Latin America. It is in Pucan, Chile.
This photo was taken in November..

Adam Clinch, of Venice, lived and studied in the port city of Valparaiso during his year abroad as a student.

way, that in addition to avoca-
do, they like to put lots of
mayonnaise on everything.
The first time I bit into a hot-
dog I thought it had melted
cheese on top and, needless
to say, I was mistaken.
Everything seemed so dif-
ferent, from the seasons, to
the lifestyles, to the food and
all of the surroundings. It was
like being on another planet.
My host family taught me
how to get from place to place
in the small buses called
"micros," the taxicabs that
run different routes through
the city called "collectivos,"
and, occasionally, on the 100-
year-old train cars called
"ascensors" that haul loads of
people up the steeper slopes
of the "cerros" with cables. I
chose to stop taking the
ascensors, however, when
one of them derailed under-
neath me.
The language
I took the micros daily to
the Pontifical Catholic Uni-
versity, where most of my pro-
fessors did not speak a word
of English. It was difficult
being immersed in the Chil-
ean Spanish at first. I did not
realize that their dialect was
so different, but in fact, they
speak the most difficult ver-
sion of Spanish. Being isolat-
ed from the rest of the world
on all sides by ocean, moun-
tains, desert, or ice, they near-
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You'd probably be fine in
Times Square all night long,
but you wouldn't want to go
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into the hills at night. Funny
enough, we occasionally en-
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encouraging packs of stray
dogs to walk with us. They can
make friends quickly and be
viciously protective.
Some ways of life seem so
unusual compared to life in
the United States.

Every part of this experin-
ence meant so much and
completely changed my per-
spective of the world. It would
be impossible to fully explain
how incredible every detail of
this trip was. The only bitter

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El Morro, a famous battlefield from the war of the Pacific against Chile and Peru, overlooks the most northern city in Chile, Arica.

flights, I could go pretty much
anywhere. Every place I went
seemed to have something
exciting to see or do. By the
end of the trip, I had explored
caves, scuba dived and surfed
on Easter Island, toured the
ancient Incan ruins of Machu
Picchu and the Valle Sagrado
in Peru, skied the famous
Portillo in the Andes, toured
vineyards in Mendoza and
then skydived over them. I
went paragliding over the
dunes of Iquique, climbed the
most active volcano in Latin
America and took a ride on
the longest zip line in Latin

the desert.
I found some of the friend-
liest people working at the
hostels that I visited. The
young people who worked
there liked to take me out to
their favorite restaurants and
bars. One invited me to a bar-
becue, and another even
offered to take me fishing.
Everywhere we went we met
hospitable people. Some
classmates of mine hitch-
hiked all the way to San Pedro,
more than 1,000 miles north
of us, and along the way dri-
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liked us, because the majority
dislike our politics, and all of
them hate our CIA for its role
in instigating the military
coup that started the dictator-
ship in the '70s.
Information like this gives
some people a fear that study-
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because we knew what places
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home. To do that, they would
have to experience it on their
One rewarding part of my
excursion, however, is to now
explain to other students that
although it seems like an
impossible journey, studying
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took, or map out a brand new
adventure. The scholarships
apdr; the programs; qre so,
numerous that anyone with
thewhim of going anywhere
is as good as on the way. The
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for example, advertises pro-
grams for even remote places
like Fiji. Or, for students who
don't want to commit to one
country, there is the Semester
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sailboat and travel the world.
Why not go abroad? Why
not experience the world
from an entirely different
Students might have the
best experience of their lives.
Even if they just learn that
what is. going on in the world
is a little more important than
Paris Hilton's court case, they
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the 'University of Florida pur-
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Medical Center, 540 The
Rialto. First 45 minutes are
free; fee: $69. Register online
at easywillpower.com.
Wellness Community
Events are free for cancer
patients and a caregiver. Call
* Emotional Health and Well-
Being, discussion on the
emotional issues of survivor-
ship, 5:30-7 p.m., Thursday,
Sept. 20.
* Support groups, 10-11:30

a.m., Mondays, at Jacaranda
Trace, 3600 William PennWay.
Two groups meet simultane-
ously: one for patients, one
for caregivers and family
* Free adaptive yoga classes,
noon-1:30 p.m., Mondays, at
Jacaranda Trace, 3600 William
Penn Way.
* Qigong exercise classes, 10-
11 a.m., Tuesdays, at Jacaran-
da Trace, 3600 William Penn
* Small-group discussion,
"For Men Only," 2-3 p.m., the
first and third Tuesday of each
month at 3900 Clark Road,
Building P-3, Sarasota. This is
a drop-in, casual meeting
open to male cancer patients
at all stages of treatment for
prostate cancer.
Parkinson's support
A support group for people
who have Parkinson's Disease
and their loved ones meets at
10 a.m., Friday, Sept. 21, at
Englewood Community Hos-
pital, 700 Medical Blvd. Visit
Awareness luncheon
The Women's Group of Eng-
lewood Community Hospital
hosts its fourth annual Breast
Cancer Awareness Luncheon,
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Friday, Oct.
5, at The Suncoast Auditor-
ium located behind Engle-
wood Community Hospital,
700 Medical Drive. Lynn
Fanning Lewis will speak.
Tickets are $25 and must be
purchased in advance. Call
Rita Bertler at 474-9154.
Osteoporosis help
An osteoporosis support
group meets at 11:30 a.m.,
Monday, Oct. 8, at Englewood
Community Hospital, 700
Medical Blvd. All are wel-
come. Visit chip4health.org.
The second AIDS Walk in
Sarasota/Manatee counties

to support the programs of
Trinity Charities Inc. takes
place Saturday, Oct. 27. The 2-
mile walk starts at 8 a.m. on
the campus of New College
on Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.
Teams are being formed and
more than 500 walkers are
expected. There will also be
food and drink, raffles, music
and prizes. Register at trinity
charities.org or call 355-0847.
A support group for those
who have loved ones affected
by drug addiction meets at
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.
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 and Alateen family
meetings take place several
times a week at area loca-
tions. Call 426-7655 or visit
* 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.,

* St. Mark's Church lounge,
513 Nassau St., 7 p.m., Fri-
days. Call Ray at 497-6879.
Al-Anon newcomer
* St. Mark's Episcopal Church,
508 Riviera St., 7 p.m., Mon-
* Let Go & Let God AFG,
Venice Presbyterian Church,
111 E. Firenze St., 7:30 p.m.,
* 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-
* Step in the Right Direction,
St. Mark's Episcopal Church,
508 Riviera St., 7 p.m., Fridays
* Saturday Night Live, Em-
manuel Lutheran Church,
790 South Tamiami Trail,
7 p.m., Saturdays
* Keep it Simple Sunday,
Emmanuel Lutheran Church,
790 South Tamiami Trail,
7 p.m., Sundays
Educational programs
The Alzheimer's Association
has numerous educational
programs open to the pub-
lic. Offerings include a Basic
Course for Caregivers, Main-
tain Your Brain and informa-
tion about local caregiver
support groups. They will
also come to your communi-
ty with the Memory Mobile
and a speaker's bureau for
presentations. Call 365-8883
for details and locations.

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01' Flint rode into town the
other day, sitting tall and
straight behind the wheel of
his battered old pickup. Be-
hind him was the horse trailer
that doubles as his home, and
his faithful horse Was looking
out over the edge of it as they
pulled up to the Mule Barn
truck stop.
Now 01' Flint is not his real
name, but is the cowboy
name he adopted when he
moved to this country from
England years ago and be-
came what he calls "The Last
Great American Cowboy." Oh,
he looks like one. Hat, boots,
mustache, everything West-
ern. It's only when he opens
his mouth to say something
that you realize he ain't really
from around here.
He sounds like Eliza Doo-
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But Flint is a part of the
pattern of life around here
and we think he's an OK guy.
His life consists largely of rid-
ing around on his horse. He
rides hundreds of miles on his
horse and he lives in the
horse trailer. He was arrested
once for riding his horse into
Tombstone, Arizona, because
he was also packing a six
"Can you imagine?" he
said, indignantly, "you can't
carry a six shooter in Tomb-
stone? Disgusting, innit? A
tragedy. A Western tragedy."
One of his favorite things
during summer, when the
tourists come, is to ride down
to the town square and pose
like a statue of General Grant
for the clicking of Instamatics.
He looks the part of the cow-
boy until he speaks.
"I were down there t'other
day," he says, "and there were
these two women, nice and
plump they was, too, and they
took pictures and they says to
each other, 'What a magnifi-
cent beast' and I smiles back
at 'em, y'know, and I says,
"Thank you, misses, and my
horse is good looking, too."
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Barbara Grimes spotted these two Sandhill Cranes celebrating summer in Venice.

Feed the kitty
The Humane Society of
Sarasota County Inc. has lots
of kittens who are just too lit-
tie to eat regular cat food, but
they're very hungry. Stop by
the shelter at 2331 15th St.,
Sarasota, with bags of dry kit-
ten food any brand, any
size. Visit the nursery. It's a
purr-fect way to make 'new
friends. Call 955-4131, Ext.
114 or visit hssc.org.
Pet pharmacy ,,

Cat Depot is enrolled in the
partnership program with
1-800-PETMEDS, a pet phar-
macy. If you order your sup-
plies through this company
and include the partner refer-
ring code of CATDEPOT,
10 percent of the order is do-
nated back to Cat Depot. Or-
der by phone-' (800)., PET
MEDS, by fackftT80) 380-
9555, or onlifie at 1800pet
meds.com. Be sure to use the
partner referring code: CAT-
Tune in
Diane Diamond Thompson,
cofounder of Cat Depot,' will
appear on radio channel 1280
AM with Cody Hart, 7-7:30
p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 18. To call
in with questions or com-
ments, call 954-1280.
Sierra Club singles
The Manatee-Sarasota Sierra
Club holds its first event for
environmentally conscious
singles at 11 a.m., Sunday,
Sept. 23. Meet for a jazz
brunch at the Four Gees


Restaurant, 3615 Webber St.,
on the northeast corner of
Beneva Road and Webber
Street in Sarasota. FoufGees
offers vegetarian and vegan
choices as well as traditional
breakfast and lunch items.
RSVP by Thesday, Sept. 18, to
Ginger at 330-9603 or vmplbk
Animal blessings
* The Suncoast Humane
Society has been invited to
the St. David's Episcopal
Church blessing of the ani-
mals, noon-1 p.m., Sunday,
Sept. 30, at 401 South Broad-
way Road in Englewood. The
Pet Therapy team will be rep-
resenting SHS's Animal Care
Facility, and all SHS adoptees
and their owners are wel-
come. Please attach an alum-
ni ribbon to a scarf for your

pet or yourself; ribbons are
available at 6781 San Casa
Drive, Englewood. Call SHS at
474-7884, Ext. "'2,"'br visit
* Our Savior Lutheran Church
hosts a blessing of the ani-
mals at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct.
6, at 2705 North Tamiami
Trail, Nokomis. All are wel-
come to bring their pets for
this special event, which ends
with an individual blessing
for each pet by Pastor Sarah
Brown. There will be refresh-
ments for humans and pets
alike, plastic bags for the
inevitable accident and a lot,
of barking, meowing and
Pet health fair
Trinity Charities Inc. holds a
Pet Health Day Fair, 9 a.m.-5
p.m., Saturday; Oct. 20, at

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Road, Sarasota. The day fea-
tures pet commuhicitor and
intuitive, Chris Stakes, as well
as alternative medicine vet
consults, a pet blessing, Reiki
healing sessions, pet pho-
tographs, greyhound rescue,
a pet parade and more. Trinity
Charities is a nonprofit that
provides education, support
and financial assistance for
people infected and affected
by HIV/AIDS and provides
support services to the indi-
gent, senior citizens, victims
of domestic violence and
individuals who are in tem-
porary crisis. All proceeds and
donations will benefit Trinity
Charities' pet program. Vo-
lunteers are needed for this.
event. To learn more, call 355-
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of Animals
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924-2505 or e-mail smatthes
* Sunday, Sept. 16: Adop-
tathon, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.,
at Petsmart in the Landings
Shopping Center, 4942 Tami-
ami Trail, Sarasota. SDA will
be showcasing and adopting
out dogs and cats of all ages,
breeds and sizes that deserve
a 'second chance. Upcoming
adoptathons will be held
Sept. 23, Oct. 7, 14 and 28.
* 8 a.m .-noon, Saturday, Oct.
20: Cat Walk at the Siesta Key
Public Beach picnic shelter, in
observance of National Feral
Cat Day.
* Saturday, Oct. 6: Spay/
neuter clinic for feral and free-
roaming cats. For appoint-
ments for sterilization and
rabies vaccinations for un-
owned cats, call 925-2592. To
help support SDA's trap-
neuter-release program, mark
your donation "TNR" and

mail to SDA, PO. Box 15653,
Sarasota, FL 34277-1653./
* noon-3:30 p.m., 'Stfnday,
Nov. 4: Vegetarian cookout
and compassionate living fes-
tival at the Phillippi Estate
Park Mansion, 5500 South
Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. En-
joy vegetarian food, music,
prizes and cruelty-free prod-
Kayak trip
Kayak on Little Sarasota Bay
to Palmer Point with the
American Littoral Society,
6:30-9 p.m., Saturday, Sept.
22. Begin the paddle before
sunset and return in the
moonlight. See birds, fish, the
Neville Preserve and other
islands in the bay. Bring
water, sunscreen and insect
repellent. Equipment and
training provided. Fee: $25.
For more information on
upcoming events and reser-
vations, call John at 966-7308.

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