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.SUN FILE PHOTO
Venice Vice Mayor and City Council
Member Sue Lang is among those
named in the ongoing Sunshine
lawsuit.


,dismissed
BY GREG GILES
NEWS EDITOR

The Florida Commission on
Ethics voted Dec. 5 to dismiss an
ethics
com -
plaint
against 4 I-
Venice
City
Council
Member .
Sue Lang ,
for "lack
of legal SUNSHINE LAW
sufficien-
cy."
SThe multi-count complaint
was filed Oct. 9 against Lang by
Venice resident Winston Wil-
more. The complaint alleged
Lang had conflicts of interest
while voting on airport-related
issues, misused her position by
targeting local airport business-
es and violated state Sunshine
Law.
To prove an allegation of
"intentional use of one's public
position for personal gain"
Wilmore would have needed to
show there was personal benefit
to Lang, according to the report,
which was released Dec. 10.
"The change in airport activi-
ties cannot be said to be person-
al ... because the perceived ben-
efit reduction in noise and air
traffic (and impact on property
values) would be shared by
everyone in the surrounding
area. Indeed, according to the
complainant, the respondent
campaigned, and was elected,

Please see LANG, 5A


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Above, donated toys fill up the bow of this Sea Ray sport boat delivered to the Salvation Army Tuesday by
MarineMax of Venice. This is the first year Marine Max has held a toy drive, but the results were so good thi
business plans to continue it.
Below, Coy Nuzum, right, hands MarineMax coworker Jason Worley donated toys as he unloads a 21-foot S
Ray used in a toy drive for Salvation Army.The contents of the vessel were loaded into a Sea Ray 175 Spor
which was then towed to Salvation Army in Venice for the delivery of the toys.
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West Beach Resort approved


BY GREG GILES
NEWS EDITOR

The Venice Planning Commis-
sion OK'd site plans for a planned
hotel on the island Tuesday.
Developer Harvey Wasserman
proposed the six-story hotel and
spa, which he renamed West
Beach Resort, near the airport on
Avenida del Circo in June 2007.
The property was rezoned to
accommodate the hotel in July.
The site was formerly the Whisp-
ering Sands assisted living facility.
Wasserman impressed the
commission with plans that call
for. colorful glass tile mosaic
murals that will dot the property in
a few select areas.


"I've been living this project for
year and a half," Wasserman said.
"I know you're going to approve it."
The commission did, with a
unanimous vote.
Wasserman pushed construc-
tion plans back a year after discus-
sions about the economy with
hotel and restaurant owners and
contractors. He hopes to break
ground in April or May 2009, and
be open for business by Christmas
2010.
Wasserman said he's commit-
ted to making the entire project a
local one, using local contractors.
When it's finished he anticipated
the hotel will employ between 40

Please see RESORT, 4A


COURTESY GRAPHIC
Site plans for the planned West Beach Resort on the island in Venice
show a 165-room hotel featuring a rooftop restaurant and bar open to
the public.


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Downtown merchants ac-
knowledge business .is off as a
result of the recession. However
the Venice MainStreet Strolls
have resulted in good turnout by
full-time and seasonal residents.
"Because of the economy,
business is not what it used to
be," said Tom Carney, owner of
TJ Carney's, 231 W. Venice Ave.,
"but we're not going to be clos-
ing our doors anytime soon."
-Thursday strolls are better for
the restaurant than Fridays,
because he is always busy on.
Friday and Saturdays anyway.
Traditionally the two weeks be-
fore Christmas are very slow, but
between Christmas and New
Year it is very busy.
"I'm looking forward to the
big influx of snowbirds at the
end of January," Carney said.
"Sure, it will be a good season
but, because of the economy,
not up to last year."
Promotion essential
October was her best month
and November was good, but
December has certainly slowed
with people going back up
North for Thanksgiving and
Christmas.

Please see SEASON, 4A


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considered
See related story on page 9
BY JOHN HAUGHEY
STAFF WRITER

The Sarasota County Tourism
Development Board Monday
endorsed raising the bed tax to
induce the Baltimore Orioles to
stage spring training in Ed Smith
SStadium.
The board voted 7-1 to rec-
ommend county commission-
ers approve the $57.5 million
deal during public hearing on
Wednesday afternoon in Sara-
sota.
SThe endorsement was con-
tingent on the Cal Ripken Base-
ball Group bringing the Cal
Ripken Academy to Sarasota
and that the proposal not divert
money from county marketing
efforts.
Sarasota County Commis-
sioner Nora Patterson, the
board's commission representa-
tive, cast the dissenting vote, but
not because she was opposed.
,Patterson said she favors the
deal's latest reiteration, but did-
n't think-it was appropriate or
legal to support it until it goes
before commissioners on Wed-
nesday.
Patterson's support could be
com pivotal because she and Com-
missioner Jon Thaxton opposed
e the $38.5 million effort to keep
the Cincinnati Reds in Ed Smith
ea Stadium, the $70 million pro-
t, posal to bring the Boston Red
Sox to Saiasota and the Orioles'
initial $65 million deal.
In fact, Patterson urged fellow
commissioners to move quickly,
noting the Orioles are also nego-
tiating spring training proposals
with Vero Beach and Fort
Lauderdale.

Please see DEAL, 4A

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17, 2008 SUN NEWSPAPERS 3A


School district officials expect to cut positions


BY AUDREY BLACKWELL
STAFF WRITER


According to Lori White,
superintendent of Sarasota
County schools, staff reductions
are necessary to respond to eco-
nomic issues confronting the
district.
"I am certain we will have to
cut positions next year," she said
Friday.
She made it clear that it is the
number of positions that will be
reduced, not necessarily people.
The district has a hiring freeze in
place, and several open posi-
"tions were eliminated this year,
but personnel were not let go by
the district.
Attrition helped to keep cur-
rent staff members on the pay-
roll. This will likely be the
method used to help reduce
next year's budget.
"Part of it (reason for the
:position cuts) is due to the loss
in enrollment," White said.
"There has been a loss of 71
positions in the district that
was driven by the decreased
enrollment. In addition, we are
looking to bridge the gap
between projected revenues
and projected expenditures.
There is a tremendous bud-
getary gap and we have to
reduce our spending levels."


The Dec. 12 enrollment
report from the school district
showed a decrease of 855 stu-
dents across the district.
Frozen cushion
District administrators and
board members are meeting
monthly in budget workshops
looking at possible budget cuts
for 2009-10 to meet a nearly $40
million shortfall.
"We are looking at ways to
save money this year and have
frozen some dollars to apply
toward next year's budgett"
White said.
Asked if one type of position
- such as the arts, music or
physical education would be
targeted more than another,
White was adamant that would
not be the case.
"I told the arts council and
others that there will be no
group held harmless, but the
reduction of staff positions will
probably hit all content areas
equally," she said. "Cuts will be
across the board."
And the district is not making
any staffing modifications this
year, as some districts are doing,
according to White.
"But we are trying to freeze
money this year to help cushion
the budget reductions for next
year," she said.


Savings
The district is looking at two
areas for possible savings in
2009-10 student transporta-
tion and class scheduling. These
savings would be in addition to
those reported by the district in
a Nov. 5 news release that out-
lined $13 million in savings from
its operations budget. The entire
Operations Department report
is available online at www.
sarasotacountyschools.net/
operations.asp.
Scott Ferguson, communica-
tions specialist for the district,
said staff is working on pocket
pick-ups for transportation to
Pine View and Bay Haven
schools and possible shifts in
start and end times at some
schools, which would also result
in some transportation savings.
A working document pre-
pared by Scott Lempe, chief
operating officer, shows that
PineView School has the highest
cost per student of any school in
the district for transporting stu-
dents by bus. By using pocket
pickups in fewer areas along bus
routes, the number of stops
could be reduced from 463 to
about 75. Buses would cover 800
fewer miles a day, with a saving
of about $600,000 a year.
Pocket pick-ups to Bay Haven
Elementary School in, Sarasota,


the second highest in trans-
portation costs, could result in
230 fewer miles traveled per day
and a cost saving of about
$153,000 per year.
Total cuts in the transporta-
tion area, including the pocket
pick-ups, changing the opening
and closing times of schools,
adjusting service levels to char-
ter schools and making other
route changes could potentially
save the district $1.1 million.
The district is also consider-
ing a possible move from block
'scheduling to traditional sched-
uling in the high schools. Block
scheduling, used in middle and
high schools in the district,
requires more teachers thafi tra-
ditional scheduling, Ferguson
said.
Block scheduling usually
requires four 90-minute periods
in a day; a student can finish a
course in one semester.
Traditional scheduling requires
a seven-period day that is about
60 minutes in length for each
subject and it will take a student
the entire school year to com-
plete a subject.
There is a 12-percent staffing
difference between block and
traditional scheduling, which
can mean 50 to 60 positions,
Ferguson said.
"These are just possibilities


for the beginning of finding
cuts for the $40 million shortfall
we will face next school year,"
Ferguson said.
Barry Dubin, executive direc-
tor of the SC/TA union, said he is
hesitant to embrace the notion of
cutting positions in the district.
"When you have to cut $39
(million) to $40 million, you're
looking at cutting positions," he
said.
Dubin said the cuts may get
into the classroom, to data and
literacy coaches.
"I think she (White) said from
. the beginning that they could
probably be cut," he said.
He said that each year the
attrition rate is about 10 percent
in the district and thatWhite has
been careful to not fill a position
when someone retires or leaves
the district.
"Hopefully she is bank-rolling
these positions. The 71 will
clearly be cut by attrition," he
said. "But what about the next
wave of cuts?"
Ferguson said that this year,
the district did a lot of reassign-
ing, and that, if positions such as
data and literacy coaches are
cut, staff may be given the
option of going back to the class-
room as teachers.
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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17, 2008,


4A SUN NEWSPAPERS


RESORT from Page 1A

and 100 people in the area.
Using local contractors,
he said, means "creating
jobs and tax money."
"I'm excited about
bringingVenice some glory,
some (prosperity)," he said.
Wasserman already
agreed to a county request
that he fund a SCAT cov-
ered bus stop at the site.

Positive thinking
Acceptance of the site
plan signals the end of the
major approvals that are


needed to move forward
with the project.
Whether it gets built, at
this point, remains largely
a function of the economy.
"Some projects get
approved and never go all
the way," said Planning
Commission Chair John
Osmulski. "We approved
Charleston Place (project)
two times and it never got
done. Sometimes the best
projects never get built."
Wasserman leaves no
doubt he's thinking posi-
tively and looking to make
the project a reality.


A year ago city council
and the planning commis-
sion overwhelmingly ap-
proved plans for the five-
story hotel over one story
of parking (total six sto-
ries). The former assisted
living facility will be reno-
vated to form a wing of the
hotel.
Plans call for a 165-unit
hotel on 5 acres with 191
parking spaces. It includes
a 6,000-square-foot spa on
an outparcel; 5,000 square
feet for a meeting/ball-
room/convention center;
three restaurants includ-


ing a top-floor revolving
eatery; a pocket park with
Fountain; an outdoor
swimming pool; outdoor
dining; and a playground.
Wasserman received
approval for a height ex-
ception that covers less
than 3 percent of the lot.
The resort's unique fea-
ture is a planned revolving
rooftop restaurant and bar
open to the public.




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Schools offer driver training


STAFF REPORT

Sarasota County Public
Schools will offer an after-
school driver education
program starting Jan. 21.
The program will be
offered in all Sarasota
County high schools.
School officials said
that the program will con-
sist of six hours of driving
and six hours of classroom
instruction in all six high
schools. The program at


Pine View will also include
a course of 54 hours of
classroom and six hours of
'behind-the-wheel instruc-
tion.
Students who attend
the 54-hour Pine View
course will be eligible for a
half-credit as an elective
course, school officials
said.
"While the driver edu-
cation offerings will now

Please see DRIVER, 5A


DEAL from Page 1A


S"Don't think the Orioles will
hang around another couple of
months while we make up our
minds," she said. "They do have
other options."

Moving target
County Chief Financial Of-
ficer Jeff Seward said a late revi-
sion lowered the cost from $65


million to $57.5 million.
He said the county already
approved a half-cent bed tax
hike to retain the Reds,. so the
debate is whether to raise the
bed tax by another quarter-cent.
If commissioners go with the
additional quarter-cent in-
crease, he said, there is still a gap
of $5 million to $17.3 million.


If not, Seward said, that gap
will be between $20 million and
$27 million.
He said financing scenarios
are clouded by volatility in the
bond market.
"Trying to nail down interest
rates is more than a moving tar-
get it's like trying to hit a mov-
ing target on a rapidly moving


river," Seward said.
A key element of the proposal
is securing a commitment from
Cal Ripken Baseball Inc. to
establish a baseball academy in
tandem with the Orioles.
Ripken officials say their year-
round academy will draw 65,000
people a year.
Baltimore Orioles general


counsel Alan Rifkin said those
figures include coaches,
observers and family members.
"I am very confident (the
Orioles' deal) will result in the
youth academy," he said. "We
are a large part of the existence
of that foundation. Wherever we
go, they will join us."
jhaughey@sun-herald.com


SEASON frorn Page 1A


"Strolls definitely brought
back more people on Thurs-
days," said Sandy McGowan,
owner of Sandy's Designer
Clothing, 128W. Venice Ave.
Sometimes they only stroll
with their husbands, but the
.wives come back and shop
another day, she said. In a time
when the economy is bad, retail-
ers have to promote their busi-
ness by advertising. .
"It is ridiculous how traders
don't open for a few hours on
Sunday in this tourist town so
working people and visitors can
shop," said McGowan.

Just lookers
"Business is off, but I'm hop-
ing the buyers will be out this
week," said Kerri Marshall, who
recently acquired and moved
Kerri's Jewels & Gems to 132 W.
Venice Ave. from Miami Avenue.


She said the strolls are nice,
but most people are just lookers
and do not seem ready to buy,
believing they are holding on
until the end.
Doing better than he expect-
ed because items in his store are
inexpensive is Jeff O'Berry,
owner of Nifty Nic Nacs, 203 W.
Venice Ave.
People coming to the store
are looking for affordable gifts
and stocking fillers.
More important, he is the
only gift shop open at night.
"Although there were a lot
more people out on the
Thursday strolls, it is not a bigger
dollar day," said O'Berry.
His Christmas walk sales were
down this year because he had
fewer customers.
"I could not give up evenings
and Sundays; they consistently
add more than 20 percent to my


take," he said.
In his second year on West
Venice Avenue, repeat business
is critical this year.

Slower
"Christmas is not really a big
season for me, but this year has
been slower than most," said
Kathy Crisman, co-owner of
Dick's Shoes, 219 W.Venice Ave.
For her there is no compari-
son: Thursdays strolls are better
than Fridays, but anything that
brings people downtown is
good. The Christmas Walk
brought in lots of people, pro-
viding an opportunity to make
some sales.
From experience, she knows
business will pick up in mid-.
January when the snowbirds
return.
"I am one of the few stores
opening on Sundays when peo-


pie want to shop, so I get all the
business," said Crisman. "If
you're not willing to work,-you
really cannot complain."

Better than expected
Newcomer Leah Sherman,
co-owner of Collectors Gallery &
Framery, 114 S. Nokomis Ave.,
said business has been better
than she was prepared for when
she took over the 23-year-old
business in June. In September
the doors might as well have
been closed, but October was
good and November was out-
standing for sales.
"We like the strolls because
we are working hard to let peo-
ple know where we are," said
Sherman. "Do they buy? Not
necessarily; some come back."
She thinks the strolls present
a positive image and raise the
awareness of the merchants of


Venice.

No great surprises
."In a nutshell, generally the
level of pre-Christmas shopping
is as well as expected," said KC
Quaretti-Lee, Venice MainStreet
executive director. "There are no
great surprises."
Local retailers with a unique
business offering personalized
service and specialty products
are getting through the difficult
times.
New businesses continue to
open every day because people
still want to invest in downtown
because of its money-making
potential.
"Everybody loves the strolls,
and the Christmas stroll was so
busy we took 150 family pho-
tographs," said Quaretti-Lee.

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, LEGAL NOTICES


16 NOTICE OF ACTION 16 NOTICE OF ACTION


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
SARASOTA COUNTY,
FLORIDA
Case No: 2008-DR-16220-NC
IN RE: The Marriage of:
MARTINA MARKOVA
Petitioner/Wife
and
ROBERT MAREK,
Respondent/Husband.
NOTICE OF ACTION
DIRECTED TO:
ROBERT MAREK
YOU ARE NOTIFIED THAT the
Petitioner, a Florida Respondent,
has instituted an action seeking to
Dissoloution Of Marriage in Saraso-
ta County, Florida, a copy of the
legal description of the same is
attached hereto as Exhibit "A".
You are required to serve a copy of
your written defenses, if any, to
this above-styled action on Ms.
Maureen Avila, Avila Family
Law, Petitioner's attorney, whose
address is 2187 Ringling Blvd,
Sarasota, FL 34237; and on or
before DECEMBER 29, 2008, and
file the original with the Clerk of the
Court either before service on the
Plaintiff's attorney or immediately
thereafter; otherwise a default will
be entered against you for the
relief demanded in the Complaint.
Dated: November 19, 2008.
KAREN E. RUSHING
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT
COURT
By: C. Able
Deputy Clerk
Venice Gondolier Sun
PUBLISH:
DECEMBER 3, 2008
DECEMBER 10, 2008
DECEMBER 17, 2008
DECEMBER 24. 2008
NOTICE OF ACTION
BEFORE THE
BOARD OF
NURSING
IN RE: The license to practice
nursing of
Heather Lee Williams, RN
P.O. Box 52021
Sarasota, Florida 34232
&
609 E. Spruce St.
West Texas, 76691
Case No.: 2007-40103
License No.: RN 9166432
The Department of Health
has filed an Administrative
Complaint against you, a
copy of which may be
obtained by contacting,
Megan M. Blanche, Assis-
tant General Counsel, Pros-
ecution Services Unit, 4052
Bald Cypress Way, Bin
#C65, Tallahassee Florida
32399-3265, (850)-245-
4640.
If no contact has been made
by you concerning the
above by January 14, 2009,
the matter of the Adminis-
trative Complaint will be


presented at an ensuing
meeting of the Board of
Nursing in informal pro-
ceeding.
In accordance with the
Americans with Disabilities
Act, persons needing a spe-
cial accommodation to par-
ticipate in this proceeding
should contact the individual
or agency sending this
notice not later than seven
days prior to the proceeding
at the address given on the
notice. Telephone: (850)-
245-4640, 1-800-955-8771
(TDD) or 1-800-955-
8770(V), via Florida Relay
Service.
PUBLISH:
DECEMBER 10, 2008
DECEMBER 17, 2008
DECEMBER 24, 2008
DECEMBER 31, 2008

20 NOTICE TO
CREDITORS

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR SARASOTA COUNTY,
FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
IN RE: ESTATE OF,
LISA T. BARRI,
Deceased
File No. 2008-CP-19155-NC
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate
of LISA T. BARRI, deceased,
whose date of death was Octo-
ber 4, 2008; is pending in the
Circuit Court for Sarasota
County Probate Division, File
Number 2008-CP-19155-NC
the address of which is P.O,
Box 3079, Sarasota, FL
34230-3079. The names and
addresses of the personal rep-
resentative and the personal
representative's attorney are
set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent
and other, persons having.
claims or demands against
decedent's estate, including
unmatured, contingent, or unliq-
uidated claims, and who have
been served a copy of this
notice, must file their claims
with this court WITHIN THE
LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER
THE DATE OF THE FIRST
PUBLICATION OF THIS
NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER
THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A
COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON
THEM.
All other creditors.of the dece-
dent and other persons having
claims or demands against
decedent's estate, including
unmatured, contingent or unliq-
uidated claims, must file their
claims with this court WITHIN
.3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE
OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED
WILL BE FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE
TIME PERIODS SET FORTH
ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED
TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE
AFTER THE DECEDENT'S
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publication of
this Notice is DECEMBER 10,
2008.


20 NOTICE TO
CREDITORS

Personal Representative:
ADRIAN E. BARRI
2144 Black Oak Ct.
Sarastoa, FL 34232
Attorney for Personal
Representative:
PAULA. MORAN, ESQ.
PAUL A. MORAN, P.A.
Attorney
Florida Bar No. 320137
46 N. Washington Blvd.,
Suite 25A
Sarasota, FL 34236
Telephone: (941)-955-
1717
Publish: December 10, 17,
2008


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
SARASOTA COUNTY, FLORI-
DA
PROBATE DIVISION
IN RE: ESTATE OF
JANICE KING-LOGIE, a/k/a,
ELIZABETH KING LOGIE,
Deceased,
File No. 2008-CP-18028-SC
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate
of JANICE KING-LOGIE,
a/k/a, ELIZABETH KING
LOGIE, deceased, whose date of
death was October 14, 2008,
and whose social security num-
ber is XXX-XX-3853, is pending
in the Circuit Court for SARASO-
TA County, Florida, Probate Divi-
sion, the address of which, is
2000 Main Street, Room 102,
Sarasota, FL 34237. The
names and addresses of the per-
sonal representative and the per-
sonal -representative's attorney
are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or
demands against decedent's
estate on whom a copy of this
notice is required to be served
must file their claims with this
court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3
MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF
THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS
AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE
OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE
ON THEM.
All other creditors of the dece-
dent and other persons having
claims or demands against dece-
dent's estate must file their
claims with this court WITHIN 3
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF
THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITH-
IN THE TIME PERIODS SET
FORTH IN SECTION 733.702
OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE
CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE
TIME PERIODS SET FORTH
ABOVE,. ANY CLAIM FILED
TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE
AFTER THE DECEDENT'S
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publication of
this Notice is December 17,
2008.
Personal Representative:
Donna Lee Drake
3851 Warrior Ave.
North Port, FL 34286
Attorneys for Personal
Representative:


20 NOTICE TO
CREDITORS

W. KEVIN RUSSELL, P.A.
Florida Bar No. 398462
14295 S. Tamiami Trail
North Port, FL 34287
Telephone: (941)-429-1871
PUBLISH: December 17, 24,
2008

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR
,SARASOTA COUNTY,
FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
IN RE: ESTATE OF
MARY A. MILLER,
Deceased.
File No. 2008-CP-019250-
NC
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate
of MARY A. 'MILLER,
deceased, whose date of death
was October 22, 2008, File
Number 2008-CP-019250-
NC, is pending in the Circuit
Court for Sarasota County,
Florida, Probate Division, the
address of which is P.O. Box
3079, SARASOTA,. FL
34230-3079; The names and
addresses of the personal rep-
resentative and the personal
representative's attorney are
set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent
and other persons having
claims or demands against
decedent's estate, on whom a
copy of this notice is required
to be served must file their
claims with this court WITHIN
THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS
AFTER THE TIME OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS
NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER
THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A
COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON
THEM.
All other creditors of the dece-
dent and other persons having
claims or demands against
decedent's estate must file
their claims with this court
WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER
THE DATE OF THE FIRST
PUBLICATION OF THIS
NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED
WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS
SET FORTH IN SECTION
733.702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE
FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE
TIME PERIOD SET FORTH
ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED
TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE
AFTER THE DECEDENT'S
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publication
of this notice is December
10, 2008.
Personal Representative:
VERNA KURTZ
4233 Neva Way
Sarasota, FL 34232
Attorney for Personal
Representative:
Florida Bar No. 0351301
H. GREG LEE, P.A.
2014 Fourth Street
Sarasota, Florida 34237
Telephone: (941)-954-0067
PUBLISH: December 10,
17, 2008


20 NOTICE TO
CREDITORS

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
SARASOTA COUNTY,
FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
IN RE: Estate of
LAURA ELIZAABETH
NABORS,
Deceased.
File No: 2008-CP-17655-SC
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate
of LAURA ELIZABETH
NABORS, deceased, File
No. 2008-CP-17655-SC, is
pending in the Circuit Court for
SARASOTA County, Florida,
Probate Division, the address
of which is 4000 South Tami-
ami Trail, Venice, FL 34293.
The names and addresses of
the Personal Representative
and the Personal Representa-
tive's attorney are set forth
below.
All creditors of the decedent
and other persons having
'claims or demands against
decedent's estate, including
unmatured, contingent or unliq-
uidated claims, on whom a
copy of this notice is served,
must file their claims with this
Court WITHIN THE LATER OF
THREE MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLI-
CATION OF THIS NOTICE OR
30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE
OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF
THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the dece-
dent and persons having claims
or demands against the dece-
dent's estate must file their
claims with this Court WITHIN
THREE MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICA-
TION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL OBJECTIONS NOT SO
FILED WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
The date of the first publica-
tion of this notice is
December 10, 2008
Personal Representative:
CAROLE ANN PRANG
468 Ramblewood St.
Port Charlotte, FL 33953
W. GRADY HUIE, ESQUIRE
143 East Miami Avenue
Venice, FL 34285
(941) 488-8551
FL Bar No. 192724
Attorney for Personal
Representative
Publish: December 10, 17,
2008
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR SARASOTA COUNTY,
FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
IN RE: ESTATE OF
ALVIN SCHWARTZ,
Deceased.
File No. 2008-CP-19673-
NC
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate
of ALVIN SCHWARTZ,
deceased, whose date of death
was May 4, 2007, and whose


20 NOTICE TO
CREDITORS

social security number is XXX-
XX-4861, is pending in the Cir-
cuit Court for SARASOTA
County, Florida, Probate Divi-
sion; the address of which is
P.O. Box 3079, Sarasota, FL
34230. The names and
addresses of the personal rep-
resentative and the personal'
representative's attorney are
set forth below. ,
All creditors of the decedent
and other persons having
claims or demands against
decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this notice is required
to be served must file their
claims with this court WITHIN
THE LATER OF THREE (3)
MONTHS AFTER THE TIME
OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY
(30) DAYS AFTER THE DATE
OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF
THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the dece-
dent and other persons having
claims or demands against the
decedent's estate must file
their claims with this court
WITHIN THREE (3) MONTHS
AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS
NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED
WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS
SET FORTH IN SECTION
733.702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE
FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE
TIME PERIODS SET FORTH
ABOVE, ANY CLAIMS FILED
TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE
AFTER THE DECEDENT'S
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
THE DATE OF FIRST PUBLI-
CATION OF THIS NOTICE IS
DECEMBER 17, 2008.
Personal Representative:
MICHAEL DOUGLAS
SCHWARTZ
55 Sunset Road
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Charles F. Wheeler, P.A.
Attorney for Personal
Representative
871 Venetia Bay Boulevard
Suite 350
Venice, FL 34292
Phone (941) 485-5486
Florida Bar No. 116573
PUBLISH: December 17,
24, 2008.
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR
SARASOTA COUNTY,
FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
IN RE: ESTATE OF
LARRY WAYNE SHIELDS,
Deceased.
File No. 2008-CP-019874-
NC
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate
of LARRY WAYNE SHIELDS,
deceased, whose date of death
was October 16, 2008, File
Number 2008-CP-019874-
NC, is pending in the Circuit
Court for Sarasota County,
Florida, Probate Division, thB
address of which is P.O. Box


20 NOTICE TO
CREDITORS

3079, SARASOTA, FL
34230-3079. The names and
addresses of the personal rep-
resentative and the personal
representative's attorney are
set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent
and other persons having
claims or demands against
decedent's estate, on whom a
copy of this notice is required
to be served must file their
claims with this court WITHIN
THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS
AFTER THE TIME OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS
NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER
THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A
COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON
THEM.
All other creditors of the dece-
dent and other persons having
claims or demands against
decedent's estate must file
their claims with this court
WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER
THE DATE OF THE FIRST
PUBLICATION OF THIS
NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED
WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS
SET FORTH IN SECTION
733.702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE 'WILL BE
FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE
TIME PERIOD SET FORTH
ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED
TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE
AFTER THE DECEDENT'S
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publication
of this notice is December
17, 2008.
Personal Representative:
JACOB E. SHIELDS
3760 Helene Street
Sarasota, FL 34233
Attorney for Personal
Representative:
Florida Bar No. 0351301
H. GREG LEE, P.A.
2014 Fourth Street
Sarasota, Florida 34237
Telephone: (941)-954-0067
PUBLISH: December 17,
24, 2008

30 NOTICE OF SALE
NOTICE OF SALE
At public sale by competitive
bidding on Thursday, Januar
6, 2009 at 12 PM. SOUTH
VENICE STORAGE, (941)-
497-5957 on premises where
said property is stored and
which are located at:
SOUTH VENICE STORAGE
20 CIRCLEWOOD DR
VENICE, FLORIDA 34293
DERRICK WARNER (10X20)
All auctioned units must be paid
for in cash and emptied by 5
p.m. on day of sale. Units list-
ed for auction may be with-
drawn without notice.
PUBLISH: Dec. 17,24,2008

38 OTHER NOTICES

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17, 2008


DRIVER from Page 4A
be after-school electives rather than cred-
it courses, they meet the state's require-
ment for offering driver's education to
teenagers," said school district spokes-
man Scott Ferguson.
"We hope that all young drivers in
Sarasota County, including students
enrolled in schools other than our district
public schools, will now take advantage
of the program," he said.
When the classes were offered as a for-
credit course it cost the district $950,000 a
year.


LANG from Page 1A


on this platform. (T)he respondent may
enjoy an incidental benefit as a result of
such changes ....
"The commission has (previously) said
that if the size of the class of persons
affected by the measure is sufficiently
large, and there is no disproportionate
impact on the voting officials, the gain or
loss will not be 'special,' according to the
report.
The commission declined to rule on
some of the allegations, saying the
alleged Sunshine Law violations, such as
using liaisons and disclosing information
obtained in a "shade" meeting, are within
the jurisdiction of the state attorney's
office, not the ethics commission.
'Insufficient'
The commission said it based part of
its decision on the lack of facts contained
in the complaint.
"The complainant (Wilmore) does not
indicate, other than in a vague and con-
clusory manner, what information was
used, how it was used, or how its use ben-
efited the respondent (Lang). Therefore,
the complaint is legally insufficient to
allege a violation ...."
Wilmore said he was disappointed in

SUNSHINE UPDATE
Judge Robert Bennett issued an
order Dec. 12 granting a continuation
on motions for summary judgment by
three members of Venice City Council
in the Sunshine lawsuit against them.
He also ordered plaintiff Anthony
Lorenzo to complete his examination of
records from the defendants by Dec.
31 and complete the taking of all depo-
sitions necessary to oppose the
motions.
Bennett ordered the defendants to
"fully cooperate" by producing all docu-
ments no later than Dec. 24.
Lorenzo has until Jan. 10 to file any
pleadings in opposition to the motions
for summary judgment.


the commission's decision, especially
because no fact-finding occurred even
though he informed the commission he
had a 2-inch binder of information he
hoped to provide td back up his allega-
tions.
"There is a lesson (here)," Wilmore
said. "(I) had a quite a booklet of exhibits,
but they weren't interested in seeing
those at the outset. Instead, they made
their decision based on the eight-page
complaint.
"To be quite honest, they could have
accepted everything I had and still made
the same decision," he said. "They did
what they did and I'm going to live with
it."
"His claim is that I might (have) a per-
sonal gain in the value of my house if the
airport were closed," Lang said earlier. "I
think that's pretty flimsy logic. The econ-
omy would have much more impact."
Trying times
Lang lives seven blocks from the air-
port underneath the path of runway 13 of
the Venice Municipal Airport and has led
a campaign that continues today to
reduce airplane noise.
Wilmore said he remains convinced
Lang intends to do "whatever she can to
shut the, airport down, regardless of what
she says."
"These are very economically trying
times," he said. "It's no time to quash
what could be a benefit to the city of
Venice for years to come.
"The rest of the country is scrambling
to use what assets they have to bolster
their economic foundation and she
seems to be doing the exact opposite.
Council seems to be squandering our
money with the opposite thought in
mind let's shut it down, spend money
on the Sunshine lawsuit ... all over (the
place)."
A telephone call to Lang for comment
was not returned.


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The new classes will be mostly paid for
using funds from the Dori Slosberg Driver
Education Safety Act, saving the district
about $850,000, Ferguson said.
All courses will be administered by
Ault's Driver Education Center, they said.
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to all private, home-schooled, and public
high school students in Sarasota County,
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Willard J. Deschand
Willard J. (Jerry)
Deschand passed away
Monday, Dec. 15, 2008, in
Venice, Fla.,
at the age
of 72.
Born to
Alice and
S Willard
Deschand
r / on Aug. 27,
1936, he
lived and
Deschand worked in
Kankakee
County, Ill.
He served in
the Air Force and
later joined the
Kankakee City Police. He
rose rapidly through the
ranks, achieving the status
of lieutenant. He was
active for many years with
the Red Cross, serving as
water safety director for
the county. He served as
president of the Kankakee
Police Benevolent Unit,
and held various local and
state police offices as well
as working with the police
pension board. After
retirement from the police
department, he moved to
Venice, Fla., in 1991, where
he managed security for
the local mall.
In 1969, he married
Judith A. Wolverton, who
survives him. Also sur-
viving him are three
daughters and sons-in-
law: Cherie and Edward
Diefenbach, Patricia and
Michael Piccione and
Cindy and Michael
Linderman; one son,
Daniel J. Deschand; and
one foster daughter,
Cheryl Williams. He has
seven grandchildren and
three great-grandchildren.
Also surviving him is his
mother, Alice Deschand,
of Aroma Park, Ill. He was
preceded in death by his
father, three brothers,
Marshall, Melvin and
William, and one sister,
Trudy. Farley Funeral
Home, Venice, is handling
the arrangements. To send
condolences, visit www.
farleyfuneralhome.com.
Services: A private
burial at sea will be held at
a later date.
Contributions:
Memorial donations may
be made to the American
Red Cross, 2001 Cantu
Court, Sarasota, FL
34232.

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Marie E. Wyke
Mrs. Marie Emma
(Howard) Wyke passed
away on Thursday, Dec.
11, 2008, at the age of 87.
Marie was born in
Brookline, Mass., in 1921.
She worked for John
Hancock Insurance after
graduation.
Marie married Albert
Arthur Wyke on Dec. 13,
1952, and moved to
Needham Mass., and to
Lexington, Mass. There
they raised three chil-
dren, Jeffery, Stephen and
Lauren. Marie received
her real estate license
and worked for Century
21. During their retire-
ment, they enjoyed being
"snowbirds" between
their summer home in
Moultonboro, N.H., and
Venice, Fla.
Marie was active in her
churches. She and Albert
were happily married- for
53 years.
She is survived by her
son, Stephen, and his
wife, Linda, of Westford,
Mass.; her daughter,
Lauren, and her hus-
band, Rob, of Union, Ky.,
and her eight grandchil-
dren, Matthew, Brandon,
Christopher, Connor,
Lindsey, Kyle, Jordan and
Tyler.
Services: Visitation will
be at the Healy Funeral
Home, 57 N. Main St.
Westford, Mass., on
Thursday, Dec. 18, from 4
to 8 p.m., with a funeral
service at Trinity Baptist
Church, 3 Lund Road,
Nashua, N.H., on Friday,
Dec. 19, at 10 a.m.
Interment will be private.
Contributions: A
scholarship has been set
up in the Wykes' name at
Northeastern University.
Donations,may be sent to:
Marie E. & Albert A. Wyke
Scholarship Fund,
Attention: Joe Donnelly,
347 Richards Hall, 360
Huntington Ave.,
Northeastern University,
Boston, MA 02115.

OBITUARY POLICY


POLICE BEAT


Money rage lands man in jail
On Dec. 11, Venice Police Depart-
ment officers arrested Daniel Joseph
McAvoy, 56, and charged him with
false imprisonment, tampering with
a witness by depriving of 9-1-1,
felony domestic battery by strangu-
lation and domestic battery. McAvoy'
lives in the 1100 block of Ketch Lane,
Venice.
The police report states:
McAvoy became angry over
money matters. During a verbal
argument with his wife, he slapped
her face several times. He then
started to strangle her and dragged
her across the floor. The victim
tried to call 9-1-1, but McAvoy
threw the phone into the pool.
When she tried to leave their home,
he wouldn't let her. The victim then
locked herself in the bedroom
about 8 p.m.
The next morning, after speak-
ing with family members, she
called the Venice Police. When an
officer met with the victim, he
noticed her right eye was bruised
and swollen, there were bruises
around her neck and throat and
bruises on her right knee and left
elbow.
McAvoy is being held without
bond on the battery charges. Bond
on the other charges is $4,500.
Pursuit halted
On Dec. 13, at about 8 p.m.,
Venice Police Department officer
Billy Masters observed a vehicle
making an illegal U-turn at East
Venice Avenue and U.S. 41 Bypass.
Masters instructed the driver to
pull over at the next street,.which
was Spur Street. The driver turned
onto Spur Street, but instead of
pulling over, he continued driving
at 5-10 mph. The driver then
turned onto Grove Street, stepped
on the gas and took off at a high
rate of speed.
At that point Masters chose not
to pursue the vehicle and radioed
that its last direction was west-
bound over the Venice Avenue
Bridge. The driver continued west,
losing control of his car and crash-
ing at Harbor Drive and Venice
Avenue. He was taken by Bayflite to
Bayfront Medical Center.
The Venice Police Department
is continuing to investigate the
incident.


Venice Police
Department arrests
Craig William Palmer, 58,100
block Aquila St., Nokomis. Charges:
petit theft, no motor vehicle registra-
tion, no valid driver license. Bond:
$740.
Tad D. Johnson, 22, 1000 block
Euclid Road, Venice. Charge: con-
tempt (order to show cause for resti-
tution). Bond: none.
Gabriel .Ordonezvalenzuela, 38,
200 block S. Jessica St., Nokomis.
Charge: no valid driver license.
Bond: $500.
Benjamin Joseph Poindexter, 22,
1800 Ironwood Court, Venice.
Charge: DUI with property damage
or personal injury. Bond: $2,000.
Bryce Aaron Holder, 22, 600
Shetland Circle, Nokomis. Charges:
dealing in stolen property, false
ownership of information for
pawned items less than $300.
Sarasota County
Sheriff's Office arrests
Amber Rochon, 19, 1100 block
Pineland Ave., Venice. Charge: con-
tempt (possession of marijuana not
more than 20 grams). Bond: $5,000.
Robert Michael Anger, 52, 50
block Hachett Creek Road, Venice.
Charge: contempt (retail theft).
Bond: $5,000.
Jennifer Smith, 20, 100 block
Rose Drive, Venice. Charges: con-
tempt (resisting or obstruction with-
out violence), contempt (larceny
petit theft), contempt (obstructing
or opposing an officer without vio-
lence). Bond: $20,750.
Julie Ann Skarr, 27, 300 block
Hillview Road, Venice. Charges:
DUI with previous conviction, DUI
.15 or higher or having a passenger
under 18 years of age, DUI. Bond:
$3,000.
George G. Monlouis, 46, 600
block Mount Vernon Drive, Venice.
Charges: introduction of contra-
band into a detention facility, pos-
session of cannabis less than 20
grams, possession of a drug without
a valid prescription. Bond: $5,240.
Frank E Dietrich Jr., 36, 5500
block Stephens Road, Venice.
Charge: violation of a domestic
injunction. Bond: $10,000.
Ricky Dean Pizzolato, 46, 200
block Conrad Road, Venice. Charge:
domestic battery. Bond: $5,000.
Cody James Wendland, 21, 2100


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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX
DEED
Notice is hereby given that LAWRENCE LEVICK
FAM TRUST, the holder of the certificate listed
below, has filed said certificate for a tax deed to
be issued. The certificate number and year of
issuance, the description of the property, and the
names in which the property is assessed are as
follows:
Certificate Number: 5111.000
Year of Issuance: 2006
Tax Deed File #: 08-0312
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BLK 2036 44TH ADD TO PORT CHARLOTTE
Name in which the property is assessed:
HONEY LANE & GEORGE J LANE
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block Woodmere Road, Venice.
Charges: battery (touch or strike),
criminal mischief more than $200
but less than $1,000. Bond: $1,250.
Desmond Arnold McNeil, 42,
600 block Briarwood Road, Venice.
Charge: domestic battery. Bond:
none.
Steven J. Miller, 26, 300 block
Colonia Lane, Nokomis. Charge:
-domestic battery. Bond: none.
Alejandro Hernandezchan, 21,
200 block Jessica St., Nokomis.
Charge: contempt (failure to appear
no driver license).
Timothy Leon Ringo, 41, 300
block Shore Road, Nokomis. Charge:
driving while license suspended,
canceled or revoked. Bond: $250.
Jeffrey Irwin Robinson, 56, 100
block Avenida de Bahia, Nokomis.
Charge: unarmed burglary of an
unoccupied structure conveyance.
Bond: $10,000.
Kendra Letesha Neace, 25, 100
block S. Verona St., Nokomis.
Charge: contempt (driving with
license suspended). Bond: $2,500.
Jake David Bier, 20, 300 block
Dolphin Shores Circle, Nokomis.
Charges: obstructing or opposing an
officer without violence, possession
of alcohol by person under 21 (first
offense). Bond: $870.
Adam Robert Tribbett, 32, 2500
Northway Drive, Venice. Charge:
unarmed burglary of an unoccupied
dwelling. Bond:- $10,000.
Danielle L. Ester, 24, 1000 block
Shasta Drive, Venice. Charge: viola-
tion of probation (reckless driving).
Bond: $5,000.
Burton M. Clark, 47, 124 Villa
Drive, Osprey. Charge: contempt
(nonpayment of child support).
Bond: $5,070.
North Port Police
Department arrests
Tomasz Grzegorz Pazdro, 49, 80
block Palm Drive, Venice. Charges:
driving while license revoked habit-
ual traffic offender, DUI (second
offense, alcohol or drugs), DUI with
property damage or personal injury,
refusal to sign citation. Bond: $5,750.
Jill August, 43, 300 block Shady
Lawn Ave., Nokomis. Charge: third-
degree felony grand theft $300-
$5,000. Bond: $1,000.
Haley Anna Wehrlen, 22, 5800
block Denison Drive, Venice.
Charge; misdemeanor misuse of
wireless 9-1-1 system. Bond: $120.
Manatee County
Sheriff's Office arrest
*Pierre Perrault, 41,500 block Bay
Oaks Drive, Osprey. Charge: out-of-
county warrant (nonpayment of
child support).
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BUSINESS
WEDNESDAY
DEC. 17,2008 BUSINESS M


BY BROOKY BROWN
PROJECTS EDITOR

Often in life, the innocent are inconve-
nienced in order to protect themselves
from the criminals.
It is no different in the Internet world.
There you are e-mailing your friends and
family when all of a sudden a hacker
invades your cyberspace.
That's exactly what happened to State
Sen. Nancy Detert during her campaign.
Detert received death threats from a
hacker, and then the hacker began send-
ing threatening e-mails to others from
Detert's e-mail. The hacker has escalated
to using other e-mail addresses to smear
still other people.
How do you keep this from happen-
ing? The Venice Gondolier Sun asked Kelli
and James Tarala of Enclave Hosting LLC,
a company in Venice that offers comput-
er security solutions, for some answers.
The first bit of news the Taralas offer
isn't good.
"You can't prevent hacking into any of
those e-mails like Comcast, gmail,
Hotmail or any of the others," Kelli said.
Aggravating the problem is the fact
that most people choose passwords that
are just too obvious. It isn't smart to use
the name of your pet or your grandchil-
dren, or your birthdate or anniversary as
your password.
Kelli suggested coming up with a pass-
phrase to determine a password that
wouldn't be easy for others to guess.
"Choose a true phrase about someone
that will be easy for you to remember,"
she said. "For example, 'My mother likes
chocolate ice cream' would result in a
password of mmlcic."
Kelli suggested adding a number to the
end of that password, but warned again
that it should not be a birthdate or
anniversary.
"Tacking a number on the end or using
special characters like the pound sign or
asterisk are good also," she said.
It isn't easy
Warding off computer hackers isn't
easy.
"Even the White House had its e-mail
broken into recently,' James said. "We've
got great technology and free e-mail
accounts, but cyber crimes are difficult to
stop."
James said encryption keys are avail-
able for increased security, but your e-


BY ROGER BUTTON
BUSINEWS COLUMNIST

Members of the Venice
Area Board of Realtors
have their fingers crossed
that last month's sales fig-
ures have a few favorable
answers to some impor-
tant questions.
Statistics show some
prices on the rise in No-
vember 2008 compared to
the previous month and
2007, though sales were
down.
Could it be the median
condo sales price of
$140,000 in October 2008
was the bottom, and No-
vember's $25,000 (18 per-
cent) increase to $165,000
a sign that now is the time
for buyers to grab a bar-
gain? Even compared to a


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mail buddies must have them as well.
"The concept is that you have a trusted
circle of e-mail friends and you only
exchange your encryption key with
them," he said.
General.e-mail safety tips from the
couple include:
Don't open any e-mails if you don't
know who they are from.
Get a new e-mail address and
obscure it a little bit. E-mail passwords
should be different from anything else
you use.
Be very careful about who you give
your e-mail address to.
Have a separate e-mail address for
catalogs and other online shopping. This
is important because if hackers get one
little piece of information about you -
for example, that you shop at L.L. Bean -
they try to get your credit card number.
Tell your friends, family and acquain-
tances to stop sending you photos and
chain letters.
"It's easy to send bad stuff in attach-
ments," Kelli said.
She said that if she is sending an
attachment to someone, then she states
that in the subject line.
"I also include the number of attach-
ments in the subject line," she said.
This way, the recipient knows who the
attachments are from, how many there
are and that it should be safe to open the
attachments. Of course, you have to tell
your friends this is what you're doing.
Don't save information
When you order something online and
you have to fill in your address, phone
number, e-mail addresses and credit card
numbers, you are usually asked if you
would like for the store to save your infor-
mation.
"Never do this," Kelli said. "Keep a
paper file of the information you have
given them and the password you have
chosen on that particular site."
"Breaking into your house is burglary
and it is easy to prove," James said.
"Breaking into your e-mail is much hard-
er to prove. Just look at what they are
going through trying to figure out who
broke into Detert's e-mail and all of those
other e-mail accounts." .
The bottom line is balancing the risks
of e-mailing with the rewards.
"E-mail will never replace phones or
face-to-face conversations," Kelli said.
bbrown@venicegondolier.com


year ago there has been a
$5,000 increase, from
$160,000 to $165,000.
Is one month a fair as-
sessment of a rise in the
median price for three-
bedroom homes? Al-
though year to year there
was,9 percent price drop
(from $241,000 in Novem-
ber 2007 to $220,000 in
November 2008), there
was a surprising gain of 19
percent- $35,000- from
$185,000 in October to
$220,000 in November.
News remained disap-
pointing for sellers of two-
bedroom homes but very
encouraging to buyers as
prices continue to fall,
from $164,800 in Novem-
ber 2007 to $105,550 last
month. There was also a
drop of 27 percent from


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October ($146,000) to No-
vember ($105,550).
Sales of single-family
homes including condo-
miniums fell significantly
last month. The total of 59
was 31 fewer (34 percent)
than November 2007, and
21 fewer (35.5 percent)
than October.
Sales of two-bedroom
homes increased by three
over November 2007, to
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last month.
There were 15 condo
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and 11 last month, down 1
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Volunteers are needed
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Wednesday, 4-8 p.m., and
Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
For information or. to
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Skin care salon opens at Jon Marcus


Skin care specialist Tina
Thom has opened Tina's
Facial Retreat, 328 South
Tamiami Trail at the Jon
Marcus Salon on the is-
land.
For people desiring to
be pampered she has
facials and waxing, and
sells skin care, anti-aging
and acne facial-cleansing
products.
Thom is from Jakarta,
Indonesia, where she
graduated in business and
worked in the export/
import business. She im-
migrated with her hus-
band to the United States
in 2001. Following beauty
college training, she work-
ed in a Los Angeles beauty
and skin care salon before
moving to a Georgia salon.
Arriving in Venice a few
months ago, she decided
to launch her own busi-
ness.
Salon hours are Tues-
day through Saturday, 9
a.m.-5 p.m. Call 416-2310.
Discover paradise
If you want to discover
Florida in a small group of
six or less, then Paradise
Tours, Jamaica Road, has
just the tour for you.
Co-owners Mike and
Linda Rene provide one-
to three-day tours any-
where in the state, includ-
ing the Keys, Orlando and
Miami, as well as sporting
events and all casinos,
using his six-seat vehicle
or your car. He also pro-
vides airport shuttle ser-
vices, personal chauffeur-
ing to hospitals and visit-
ing angel services.
From Buffalo, N.Y,
where he was an industrial
representative, he became
a retail store manager for
25 years before moving to
Sarasota County in 2001.
"I enjoy the thrill of
meeting new people, hav-
ing worked in many cities
in America and worked


throughout Florida," said
Rene.
He uses historic bed-
and-breakfast accommo-
dations and provides tour
photography services. Call
441-6151.
Selling and
finding boats
Assisting owners to sell
their boats is the new busi-
ness Wholesale Marine of
Venice, based in Nokomis.
"We visit owners who
keep boats at their loca-
tions, take photos and
details, then post them on
10 Web sites we operate
worldwide," said owner
Lee Ann Tillis.
Her franchise, operat-
ing from Bradenton to
Post Charlotte, also finds
used boats for purchasers.
It is part of Wholesale
Marine Consultancy,
which has 1,000 boats at
11 locations in Illinois,
Michigan, Texas, Alabama,
South Carolina, Georgia
and Florida.
Tillis has been in boat-
ing all her life, including
living on a sailboat for
three years. From Tampa,
she has experience in in-
surance marketing and
stock market research. In
2007 joined Wholesale
Marine, working for the
director of operations.
Appreciating how success-
ful it was selling and ship-
ping boats worldwide to
Greece, Germany, Italy
and Mexico, she acquired
the local franchise. Call
416-3222.
No more
excuses, ladies
Supporting women and
empowering them to
change their lives individ-
ually or in groups is the
mission of Debbie Crews.
She has launched Cre-
ative Healing/Women's
Wellness, L' Pavia Road,
publishing her autobio-
graphical and inspira-
tional books and greeting
cards.
Her workshops No
More Excuses, Ladies -
inspirationally assist wom-
en who are not fulfilled in
their lives.
From West Palm Beach,
in her career Crews has
worked in special needs,
domestic violence, mental
health and addiction,
including the Loveland
Center, SPARCC and First


Step addiction treatment.
Following the death of
her daughter from a drug
overdose two years ago,
she began writing her
autobiography to inspire
others who encountered
difficult challenges.
"Part of my own healing
process, I decided to go
with my own dreams,"
said Crews.
Of the 17 books she has
published, three are heal-
ing workbooks. Call 468-
1347.
Online reservations
Announcing its real-
time online reservatibnfi
system, the'Crod's Nest
Marina & Restaurant news-
letter says, "Since you're
already online, there's no
need to waste a phone call."
Reservations for lunch.
and dinner in the upstairs
dining room and for mari-
na docking can be made
on the Web site www.
crowsnest-venice.com.
New designer firm
Tom and Nancy Kelly
have been in the kitchen
design business for more
than 30 years. They found-
ed and operated North- :;
shore Kitchens in Marble-,
head, Mass., for 25 years
until moving to Nokomis
in 2003. Recently they
launched TRK Design
Company, Sonoma Drive,
Nokomis, offering their
professional design ser- .
vices for every room
throughout the home.
A certified master kit-
chen and bathroom de-
signer, Tom designs floor
plans; produces drawings,
including lighting; and
interfaces with the client's
contractor or provides a
local contractor. All cabi-
netry from 60 different
woods is manufactured at
his shop in Lancaster:
County, Pa.
Designer Nancy selects
all materials and lighting
complementing the decor,
cabinets and appliances.
Office hours are 8 a.m.-
5 p.m. weekdays. Call 412-
3202.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Service
and product information in
this column should not be
taken as an endorsement of
the business.

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Major League Baseball


- at what price?


BY STEVEN J. SMITH
STAFF WRITER

Does Sarasota County need a spring
training facility for a Major League base-
ball team?
The answer to that question involves a
lot more than whether you like the sport.
Depending upon whom you talk to, it
involves jobs, tourism, tax revenue, the
economy and much more.
The Sarasota County Commission has
twice failed to produce the necessary four
votes required to approve an extra half-
penny increase in the Tourist Develop-
ment Tax, or bed tax, to forge successful
spring training deals with the Cincinnati
Reds and Boston Red Sox.
Commissioner Jon Thaxton has
staunchly opposed increasing the bed tax
for any baseball deal.
"Until we can solve the other financial
challenges that this community is facing,
I will not likely go along with a second
half-penny," Thaxton has said. "Teams
have used Sarasota to do better deals
elsewhere. We have now driven the public
contributions to major league sports
teams to unrealistic levels and unbeliev-
able expectations."
The Reds decided to leave for
Goodyear, Ariz., when a last-ditch
$38.5 million deal failed to secure
Commissioner Nora Patterson's needed
vote in time. A $70 million deal with the
Red Sox spearheaded by Commission-
er Joe Barbetta fell through with the
failure of both sides to reach agreement
on key terms and conditions, not to men-
tion the emergence of a deal with Lee
County that could range from $80 million
to $100 million.
That has left the Baltimore Orioles -
the only Major League team left looking


LET'S (NOT) MAKE A DEAL:
Cincinnati Reds $38.5 million deal,
rejected for a $33 million joint pact with
the Cleveland Indians in Goodyear,
Ariz.
Boston Red Sox $70 million deal,
rejected for a $80 million deal to stay in
Lee County
Baltimore Orioles $65 million deal,
currently on the table


for a new winter home
last chance.


-as the county's


Room numbers
With a proposed deal with Baltimore
now hanging in the balance, Barbetta has
drawn his own line in the sand.
He reminded his colleagues last week
that the Tampa Bay Rays have just com-
pleted final touches on a $27.8 million
facility at Charlotte Sports Park.
"In talking with a local general con-
tractor, he says he could probably do the
same thing at Ed Smith (Stadium) for
about $30 million," Barbetta said.
Commission Chair Shannon Staub, a
longtime proponent of baseball, has
pointed to all the "room nights" spring
training would bring to area hotels.
"Minor league spring training, con-
ducted in February and March, is 15,000
room nights," Staub has said. "Major
League is 6,000. And minor league
extended training, into April and May, is
6,000 more. Instructional league, in
October and November, is 2,700 more.
Rehabilitation brings 2,300 more. That's
32,000 room nights, just based on players
and staff, times the number of nights."
Staub said that fans coming in provid-
ed another 50,000 room nights, for a total


of 82,000.
Ambivalence
Staub has shrugged off Baltimore's
pricey proposal to focus instead on what
she believes are attractive promotional
synergies between the Sarasota Conven-
tion and Visitors Bureau and the team's
Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.
Virginia Haley, president of the SCVB,
has said that relationship could provide
as much as $2.3 million worth of tourism
advertising to a market that stretches
from Pennsylvania to the Carolinas,
Staub said.
"Besides, the cost of a stadium and
playing fields is the same, no matter if
you're the Blue Jays, the Orioles or the
Red Sox," Staub added. "You have a cer-
tain cost per seat and all the teams have
the same number of playing fields, bat-
ting cages and agility training areas.
Think, instead, of the jobs and revenue
this (venture) would create."
County residents have proved ambiva-
lent, however, to building a new spring
training facility in Sarasota or even
improving the one there now. Sarasota
city residents voted down a referendum
in 2007 aimed at keeping the Reds at Ed
Smith Stadium, which would have pro-
vided $16 million to restore the facility.
And at a recent meeting of the Southwest
County Alliance of Homeowners
Associations in Englewood, audience
members questioned the idea of sup-
porting "millionaire ballplayers."
In addition, county residents such as
Larry Anderson have expressed opposi-
tion to any deal.
"I do not believe that (bed tax) money
should be used for a professional base-
ball stadium," Anderson told the county
commission at a public hearing on the


Red Sox deal. "I hope that you don't
increase the levy. The money should be
used to market and promote the many
attractions we already have the arts,
theater, music and, most important, the
beaches."
Driver's seat
One thing is clear: The Orioles deal
must drop dramatically in price to have a
ghost of a chance in getting through the
county commission.
"This (cost) is over the top," Patterson
has said. "(It) has got to come down by at
least $10 million."
"(Baltimore) is a $30 million team, the
same as Cincinnati," Barbetta has agreed.
"In fact, Cincinnati was (ranked) slightly
higher. We're in the driver's seat (with the
Orioles) and we should dictate the terms.
(They) can have Ed Smith Stadium, rehab
it ... We'll give them the half-penny tax.
Same offer we made Cincinnati. I think
it's a heck of an offer."
Two hurdles await the deal-- a Dec. 15
meeting of the Tourism Development
Council and the Dec. 17 public hearing in
Sarasota, where county residents will
have an opportunity to weigh in on the
matter.
S"I've been on both sides of this
(issue)," Patterson said. "And I feel like
I've made everybody a little angry as a
result. This isn't about millionaire
ballplayers. It's about jobs ... and
tourism. We're at 7.8 percent unemploy-
ment right now in this county, and going
up. The question for us is, can we afford
to lose one, of our tourist attractions at a
time we're losing jobs anyway?"
Which invites another question: Can
the county afford not to have spring
training baseball?
ssmith@sun-herald.com


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EDITOR GREG GILES

City PIO earns
award for E-News
Venice City E-News
received a second-place
award in the external pub-
lication category at the
2008 Crystal Awards spon-
sored, by Florida Govern-
ment Communicators
Association.
The first-place award
went to the Miami Beach
52-page, color, bilingual
monthly magazine.
Venice City E-News is
produced monthly by
Public Information Officer
Pam Johnson and is dis-
tributed by e-mail to
about 800 citizens. To
receive the newsletter, e-
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ci.venice.fl.us.
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awards are held annual-
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people in similar profes-
sions outside of the
state.
Mayor earns
certificate
Venice Mayor Ed
Martin received a certifi-
cate for participating in a
training program for elect-
ed municipal officials Oct.
3-5 in Orlando.
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PHONE: (941) 207-1000
FAX: (941) 484-8460
10A
WEDNESDAY
DEC. 17,2008


GONDOLIER SUN EDITOR
BOB MUDGE
bmudge@venicegondolier.com


OPINION


OUR VIEW


No recession in Habitat for Humanity's efforts


As the housing market tanked in
the past year, one builder has
kept the hammers and saws go-
ing as strong as ever.
Habitat for Humanity will have built
or rehabilitated 35 homes this year in.
Charlotte County. Habitat for Humanity
Sarasota, which serves the northern
portion of the county, has been averag-
ing more than two per month. The
South County Habitat built nine in the
past fiscal year.
It's an impressive achievement and
one that highlights an opportunity for
the coming years.
If there's a silver lining accompany-
ing the implosion of the national hous-
ing market, it is that the past decade's
affordable housing crunch has dissipat-


ed. The price drop means more lower-
income families may be able to buy
their own homes. Eventually, it could
bring about stronger neighborhoods
with more people having equity in their
communities. That's a major tenet of
the Habitat philosophy.
Habitat is among the organizations
poised to take advantage of the federal
government's bank bailout package.
Sarasota expects $7.1 million in U.S.
Housing and Urban Development
funds to be available for purchasing
foreclosed homes in March; Charlotte
may see $6.7 million funneled through
the state for the same purpose.
The bailout program has two primary
aims: to prop up the shaky banking sys-
tem and get more loan money into circu-


lation, but also to alleviate the growing
problem of blighted neighborhoods by
filling foreclosed homes with families.
In this, Habitat is a perfect fit. Habitat
already works in those neighborhoods.
It's an effective program, ready to go.
"Our infrastructure is there," said
Dean Shelton, director of construction
of Habitat for Humanity Sarasota.
"We're already up and running with it."
The funding could allow Habitat to
expand its programs, especially in the
rehabilitation field. With current hous-
ing prices, it's now cheaper for South
Sarasota Habitat to buy and rehabilitate
two houses than it is to build a new one,
said Executive Director JudyWilcox.
Abandoned properties may come
with a low price tag, but they need help.


Habitat is in a unique position to do this
through its extensive volunteer net-
work. Most of the work is done with vol-
unteers, so Habitat can leverage its
funding many times over through "free"
labor and sweat equity.
In addition, Habitat's system keeps
housing costs affordable through zero-
percentage mortgages. Homeowners pay
through Habitat offices, so the group
maintains contact with the clients.
The housing bust won't last forever.
In a few years, prices will undoubtedly
start rising again and talk again will turn
to new affordable housing programs.
Until then, the Habitat model using
government-sponsored housing initia-
tives qualifies as a silver lining in hazy
times.


Dear Santa


BOB VEDDER
PUBLISHER


I have been a pretty
good boy and hope you
can help me with my wish
list.
I know a couple of my
columns weren't very nice
this year, but I tried to
make up for it doing good
once in a while. I know we
could use coal for alterna-
tive energy, but I hope you
save that for some politi-
cians, especially in Illinois.
One thing I think might
fit in my stocking would be
to get Tampa Avenue
resurfaced. It currently is
-on the list for 2010 but I
hopeone of your elves can
move it up.
Another little present is
to get the word "Little" off
the Venice Theatre build-
ing. If we are going to get
everyone to stop calling it
"Venice Little Theatre," we
need to remove the word
"Little." You might even
pressure-wash the very
dirty north side while
you're at it. (I hope VT puts
up its pretty Christmas
wreaths). If it is not too
much trouble, pressure-
wash the median on the
North Bridge, too.
Another real small thing
would be to cover the air
conditioner that sits on
top of the tavern at 100 W
Venice Ave.
It would be a nice pre-
sent if for next year we get
a state sports champi-
onship at the high school.
Many teams golf, soft-
ball, volleyball and football
- did so well this year and
came so close, it would
seem maybe next year
could be our year.
Maybe you could find a
donor to finish paying off
the Boys & Girls Club
building. There is nothing
worse for a nonprofit than
having to pay a mortgage
in these tough times.
Now for the big presents
I want for under the tree.
If you could get the
Nokomis freeway and sky-
way finished, it would be a
big deal to our community.
It appears the construc-
tion company will be fin-
ished with most of the
resurfacing in the next
week or two and then will
only have the bridge to fin-
ish; maybe you can give
that to us.
It would be the first
time in years not to have a
major road construction
project. Then, if you could
get us a deal for River Road
and the bypass widening, I
rinn't thinV -^P would ask


for anything for a long
time.
I know your workshop
is busy but I hope you can
help with a little airport
issue we have. We have
some people who want to
shrink our airport, who
don't want needed runway
improvements. I hope you
can help fix that. The resi-
dents deserve to have the
noise abatement runway
fixed. Good luck on this
one, Santa.
I'm not sure how you
are with legal problems,
but boy we could use a
whole bunch of answers to
many things in litigation,
especially for those who
may have violated the
Sunshine laws.
If you could drop off
about $40 million at the
county and another $40
million at the schools, I
think our dreams would be
met.
If you can help those
about to lose their homes,
it would be a nicer Christ-
mas.
Be careful when you
come here; many others
will have had too much
eggnog and may be dri-
ving their sleighs reckless-
ly.
.,1***

By's Crack: Of
course Santa is jolly;
you would be too if
you just came off an
11-month vacation.

On Thursday there is
another stroll downtown.
That is a great time to
enjoy Christmas shopping
and some holiday music.
We have a lot of restau-
rants downtown, so couple
dinner with your enjoy-
ment.

The Sertoma Club of
Venice is helping put on a
wonderful circus show
across from Patriots Park
on Jan. 16, 17, 18 and 19
and 23, 24 and 25.
General admission is
$12 and special seating is
$25. These very reasonably
priced tickets can be
ordered by calling 323-
1385 or going online to
www.cirquesa.com.

Congrats to Pam John-
son, the city's public infor-
mation officer and jack of
all trades, who took sec-
ond place for her fabulous
newsletter.

Today's Ism (a modern
proverb from someone
who contributed to the
Washington Post): Don't
obsess over' your short-
comings, that's your mate's
job."
The air show at the air-
port had 3,000 in atten-
dance and in fact made the
front page of the Aircraft
Owners and Pilots Asso-
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Thinks Lang is seeing tt


Editor:
I am heartened by Venice City Council Member Sue
Lang's recent positive comment about the airport: "His
claim that I might (have) a personal gain in the value of
my house if the airport were closed .... The economy
would have much more impact."
Taken in context, Ms. Lang has made an important
acknowledgement that the Venice Municipal Airport
plays avery vital and essential role in our local economy.
This cannot be taken lightly.
From a vocal critic of the airport, her remarks repre-
sent that first step in understanding the need to reverse
an ongoing trend of airport neglect, unproductive initia-
tives and deferred maintenance.
If there is anything to be learned from history and
current events going forward, I would strongly suggest
the following:
Scuttle all plans to squander up to $350,000 more for
another Airport Master Plan Update the FAA has made
clear it will not approve.
Revert to the previous draft of the comprehensive
plan with respect to the acceptable transportation sec-
tion.
Direct all resources to the immediate funding of the
rehabilitation of runway 4/22, the calm wind and noise
abatement runway. The community has asked for this
provision and it is presently stalled for lack of items 1 and
2.
Cease and desist all efforts to transform runway 4/22
to right traffic, as this will create imminent flight pattern
hazards, which will inevitably produce exposure to liti-
gation in the event of an incident based on a nonstan-
dard traffic pattern.

Brett Stephens
Venice


They've earned
their leisure
Editor:
A reply to Mrs. Robert
Stickler's letter of Nov. 29:
Why don't you move to
China, Cuba or Russia,
where they control peo-
ple?
In the daytime seniors
have many activities to do
and have earned the right
to do so. Snowbirds are
retired people who de-
serve respect and have
earned their golden days
in the sun. Other states are
known for their hospitality
to snowbirds.
Florida survives on


tourism dollars. That's like
complaining about gam-
bling in Vegas. Pathetic.
Take out the garbage.


the American taxpayer will
possibly reap a profit, or at
least break even if all goes
well. I believe this to be a
well-orchestrated ruse.
Stock represents part
ownership of a corpora-
tion. By definition, com-
munism is an economic
system where the govern-
ment owns the means of
production. Our govern-
ment is moving from con-
trolling the means of pro-
duction (socialism) to
communism.
The government is a
major stockholder in the
banking industry; soon
the government will be a
major stockholder in the
automotive industry.
How long before our
nation will be known as
the United Socialist States
of America?
Bob Waterhouse
Englewood
Get over it already
Editor:
The sane among us are
concentrating on issues
such as this devastating
economy, two wars still in
progress and other critical
issues to our own survival.
Obama won count
your blessings. The world is.


Alicia Simmons
Venice


Pam Magee
VePam e Who is on the
hnnk for all this?


This is the wrong
kind of change
Editor:
Bailouts. Are they really
a device to keep workers in
a job or something else?
As I understand the
agreements, the various
corporations seeking a
bailout will give the gov-
ernment shares of pre-
ferred stock. In this way,


Editor:
What's wrong with this
picture? Members of Ven-
ice City Council, listed as
defendants in the ongoing
Sunshine lawsuit, met
recently to decide how
much of the taxpayer's
money will be spent de-
fending the case against
them. Although this was a
shade meeting (the public


ie light

being excluded), Mayor
Martin immediately an-
nounced that the city vas
not going to settle.
Does anyone else sea a
glaring conflict of interest
here? Using our money;to
settle their personal liabili-
ties is an ethical dilemma
of the first magnitude, riot
to mention that it's dovwn-
right wrong. Why our
money? Why not theirs?; i
Recently we passed: a
new milestone: The law-
yers representing both
sides now outnumber the
defendants. As we all
know, lawyers don't work
for peanuts and the costs
are mounting rapidly, I
believe it is time for the
city taxpayers to demand
an accounting.
Where do we taxpayers
stand as far as potential
liability of the defendants
is concerned? Assuming
liability of the defendants
is established, who in fact
is going to be expected to
pay?
Let us not all simply sit
on our hands and let this
Sunshine mess continue
without demanding some
accounting before it is too
late. I call upon the mayor
and city council to explain
to the people where we
stand right now. We tax-
payers have a right to
know.
In this economic cli-
mate every dollar counts,
and we should remember
this is not the only litiga-
tion facing the city.


E. Winston Wilmore
Venice


Read Bob Vedder in
Wednesday's Venice
Gondolier Sun


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WEDNESDAYDEC172 8


L ET 'EM HAVE IT: SHOULD PEOPLE WITHOUT CHIL-
DREN IN COUNTY SCHOOLS GET A BREAK ON THE
SCHOOL PORTION OF THEIR PROPERTY TAXES?
CALL US AT 207-1111.

Think of them as teachers' pets

Pay for your own. I want to make a comment on our
schools and the deficit that they have. First, let's see why
we have the deficit because all the houses aren't sell-
ing, everybody knows that. But everybody voted for the
tax amendment. What did they think? The money has to
come from somewhere. So, there are two things we can
do: either revote on the tax amendment, or people who
have children in public schools (on a sliding-scale basis,
and family income) should start paying for their children
to go to school. I have pets, and I don't expect anyone to
pay for my pet's doctor visits, so why would I pay for
someone's kid to go to school? I don't have children, and
that's what I feel. A lot of people down here in Florida do
not have children. I think parents need to take responsi-
bility and pay fees, like $50 here and $100 there, to help
offset the deficit. There's just no money and people have
to realize what they voted for.


Deal with it. I can't be-
lieve people are still writ-
ing about the fire truck
going to get lunch. Some-
Sone wrote in weeks ago
who had some authority
and experience in the fire-
man industry and ex-
plained exactly why they
travel in the truck, due to
the fact that there might be
an emergency while
they're out. People, deal
with it. Read the letters,
understand it and stop
writing about it. Pick on
something else that means
more. You're wasting your
time.
Get tough. Thank you
for your editorial about
how downtown Venice
deserves better treatment
during the annual Christ-
mas parade. The parade is
a fun event many people
attend year after year. As
your article suggested, we
definitely need more trash
cans put out for the
parade. If the trash can is
overflowing, the people
have no option but to put
it on the ground. My hus-
band and-I were surround-
ed by kids during the
parade. We saw so many
kids walk out into the


street to grab candy and
beads thrown from floats. I
must say though that most
groups in the parade
handed the candy to the
kids; but like everything
else, some groups just
have to break the rules and
do as they want. Venice
doesn't need a lawsuit re-
sulting from a child being
injured or killed at the
parade. I definitely think
Venice should insist' on
tougher rules about things
being handed out and
candy and beads being
thrown from floats.
Reason No. 2. If there's
one thing we don't need in
the proposed Legacy Park,
it's a dog park, with dog
poop. One can't even walk
on the beach at the water-
front park for stepping on
you know what. EU.


SUN NEWSPAPERS 11A



It's great to be back... I think


RICHARD M. HOLMES
GUEST COLUMNIST.


After a longer-than-
usual summer and fall in
upstate New York, I am
back to what I affection-
ately call the tropics.
It's great to be back in
Venice. J-Iowever, it hasn't
been a smooth landing so
far. I have had my share of
headaches in the last cou-
ple of weeks.
I've had the usual snags
at my condo. I leave my
ET. Cruiser here and, of
course, it wouldn't start. I
called AAA. A service truck
came and jumped the bat-
tery. It started and ran for a
little while and then died
again. To make a long, dull
story short, I bought a new
battery along with a cou-
ple of cable ends to the
tune of $150.
Once inside my'condo,
I had a minor plumbing
problem. Again, to get to
the point, I had it repaired.
Another couple of hun-
dred bucks down the'
drain.
I know the above is to
be expected sometimes.


That's the price of being a
snowbird. But wait, there's
more.
Five days after my
arrival, I went to my doc-
tor for my usual check-up.
Fortunately, he said all test
results, were good except
one: My sugar count is too
high. So he gave me list of
dos and don't. Among
others, these included lose'
weight, cut the carbs, cut
the sugar intake, walk 3 to
4 miles a day "and come
back and see me in three
months" and there better
be an improvement. So
I'm following order al-
though, to date, I haven't
lost any weight.
Keep reading, this gets
better.
While on one of my
daily 3-1/2-mile walks, I
passed by a golf course. No
one seemed to be golfing
that day. But I looked
down and there about 2
feet off the sidewalk was a
bright white golf ball. I'm
not a golfer, but my broth-
er is and he's always losing
golf balls.
I took a good look'
around and saw no one
golfing. It was just me
there along with a couple
of sandhill cranes. I stuck
the ball in my pocket and
continued on my way. I
went about 50 feet and
there, off in the distance,
coming over a rise, was a
golf cart with two occu-
pants.
It came over that hill
and was aimed directly at


me like a heat-seeking
missile.
The driver asked ifI had
picked up a ball. How he
knew that I can't imagine. I
said yes, I found it at the
edge of the sidewalk. He
asked if he could look at it
to see if it was his. He
examined it carefully and
said it sure was his. I told
him I didn't see anyone
around so I thought it was
just another lost golf ball.
Then his buddy who
was riding shotgun asked
why I picked it up. I re-
peated myself. We parted
ways but I think they were
pretty annoyed at me.
As I said I'm not a golfer,
but it seems to me that for
the ball to wind up where
it did, it must have been a
lousy shot.
There was one more
incident that really got me
wondering about life in
paradise. A few days ago I
went to theVenice Market-
place at the corner of U.S.
41 Bypass and Center.
Road. I wanted to buy a
couple of paperbacks at
the bookstore.
I got there 30 minutes
before opening, so I
thought I'd go to Starbucks
for a cup of coffee. I drove
to the Starbucks/Kinko's
parking area but there
wasn't a single vacant
space. Since I really want-
ed my morning cup of joe,
I decided to drive out of
that parking area and back
into the Venice Market-
place parking area to leave


my car there and walk to
Starbucks.
As soon as I drove in this
time, I saw about a dozen
signs that said something
to the effect of "No Kinko's
or Starbucks Parking" and
"Parking for Venice Mark-
etplace ONLY."
I don't get it. Kinko's has
all of six spaces and
Starbucks only, a dozen or
so. And at that time of the
morning there were at
least a hundred empty
spaces in the Venice Mark-
etplace parking lot.
I took my chances,
parked my car in the Ven-
ice Marketplace parking
area and walked all the
way around a chain-link
fence that cordons off the
Kinko's/Starbucks build-
ings. Why it's there beats
me. I was told that about a
year ago there was even a
guard in a pickup truck on
the lookout for poachers
like me. I didn't see one
this time. Parking must be
on the honor system,
which I violated.
It really is great to be
back, though. But I'm go-
ing to tell my doctor that'
when he gives his orders to
walk 3 to 4 miles a day, to
advise his patients not to
pick up any errant golf
balls along the way. Or bet-
ter yet, leave your car at
home and walk to Star-
bucks.
Snowbird Dick Holmes
wrote a regular column for
the Gondolier Sun during
the 2007-08 season.


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Nancy Drake gave me a
Mayo Free Press, which
had a neat, small Publix ad
at the bottom of the front


page.
Janice Keri-Smith drop-
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This paper is quite inex-
pensive and is very well
printed. It helps that the
town developer is also the


owner of the paper. The
paper does a great job and,
like us has, grown almost
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SPORTS EDITOR
(941) 207-1107
tmiller@venicegondolier.com


2ARTS
WEDNESDAY
DEC.17,2008 SPORTS


S-. Venice unlucky against Ranch


MR. SHEEPSHEAD
"' T


Back to


the beach
It's back to the basics for me.
I went beach fishing again
Monday afternoon. I didn't catch
many fish, but it sure was enjoy-
able. I actually only caught four
fish.
I was using my ultra-light out-
fit with 6-pound braided line, a
*15-pound fluorocarbon leader
and a 5-foot, light-light rod. My
first fish was a 2-pound black
drum. With my tackle it felt like a
10-pounder. I lost a few and then
the bite completely stopped.
At this Roint I decided that I
would take it easy, so I sat on my
3-gallon bucket and watched it
slowly tear apart and break. As I
got up out of the sand, I quickly
glanced to see if anyone saw me
laying in the sand.
I did catch a few 10-inch whit-
ing and a palmetto (a smaller
cousin of the pompano).
Of course, one of the advan-
tages of being .on the beach is
being able to talk to people. My
two new friends from Kentucky
were still here. They told me that
since the weather was so bad
back home, they extended their
stay. They also told me they saw
the bait splashing at low tide ear-
lier NMonda\. As they walked out
on1TThbie i"''they saw-a
-seheel of ,- to-6-pound jacks
chasing the bait..
I've had other people tell me
similar'stories in the last two
weeks or so. It was almost good
news, because those jacks would
have probably spooled me with
my light outfit.
I actually stayed and watched
the sunset. What a beautiful
sight. I think most of us take our
beaches for granted. Remember,
Venice is just one of a few cities
on the west coast that is actually
on the coast. How lucky we are!
Well,- fellow Sheepsheadites,
we'll talk again next week. If you
have a story to tell about our
local fishing, be sure to phone or
e-mail me.
Mr. Sheepshead is Dave
Hack. His column appears on
Wednesday. Contact him at
486-1998, 321-8849 or
mrsheepshead@verizon.net.



Football


players


honored
STAFF REPORT

Ten Venice High School
football players have been
named to the Sarasota County
All-Star team for this season's
Brad Price Memorial PAL Bowl.
One of them has also been
selected to the Florida Athletic
Coaches Association North-
South Football All-Star Classic.
Senior offensive tackle Mike
Lopez was selected to both
teams. Running back Dri Archer,
wide receiver Robert Fordham,
linebacker Ethan Mix, line-
backer Jamie Owen, offensive
guard Kyle Gilbert, defensive
tackle James Auxier, offensive
tackle Billy Nagle, defensive
tackle Ben Steele and defensive
end Gerald Oriol, all seniors, will
suit up for Sarasota County in
the PAL Bowl.
Please see FOOTBALL, 13A


SUN PHOTO BY JUSTIN FENNELL, jfennell@venicegondolier.com
Venice High School's Dana LaRocque, No. 8, fights for possession of the ball during Tuesday night's match against Lakewood Ranch High School.


Team's lone mistake proves costly 5A-12tournamentwith a 1-0
victory at Powell-Davis Stadium.
The loss drops Venice to the
BY TRIPP MILLER against Lakewood Ranch High third seed, behind Manatee
SPORTS EDITOR School Tuesday night. High School at No. 2.
It cost them the match. "It was a great, spirited game
The Venice High School soc- The Lady Mustangs sealed up and I think we proved to our-
cer team only made one mistake the top seed in January's District selves that we can compete at


that level," Venice head coach
Sheldon Chamberlain said.
One miscommunication
between the Venice goalkeeper
and a defender opened up an
opportunity for Lake\xood
Please see UNLUCKY, 13A


'VHS BOYS BASKETBALL


Indians blast Brinu s 77-3


STAFF REPORT

Three Venice High School
basketball players reached dou-
ble digits Tuesday night as the
Indians beat visiting Bayshore
High School 77-37.


, Junior Justin Grant scored a points. None of The-Indians'
season-high 16 points to lead starting five played in the
Venice to a 40-point victory, fourth quarter.
Senior Kyle Jutras drained five Venice took a 40-20 halftime
three-pointers for 15 points on lead and extended it further with
the night. Junior Trey Burton a 27-point showing in the third.
finished the game with 12 Bayshore scored just three


points in the final period against
the Indians' bench.
Venice moves to 4-0 overall
and 3-0 in District 5A-12. Up
next is a non-district road trip to
Sarasota High, School Thursday
at 7:30 p.m.


VHS WRESTLING


Gonter takes title at Capt. Archer


BY TRIPP MILLER
SPORTS EDITOR


Tony Gonter got kicked in the face by'a
horse.
The Venice High School wrestler missed
most of his junior season after he got caught
between two horses that were not happy
with each other.
Working late one night at a local stable,
Gonter was taking one horse out of its stall
when another horse bit it. Gonter's horse
spun around and kicked, missing the biting
horse and connecting with Gonter's face,
just below his right eye.
"I had to put the horse away and feed it
and then call an ambulance because I was
the only one out there," Gonter said.
It took 10 hours for surgeons to put
Gonter's face back together. He was in no
condition to wrestle. Now, more than a year


later, Gonter is.back on the mat for his senior
season.
Wrestling in the 145-pound weight class,
Gonter captured the Captain Archer
Memorial Tournament championship over
the weekend at Charlotte High School.
Venice's fourth-year wrestler defeated
Charlotte's Avery Brightwell by a 6-4 decision
in the championship finals to win his first-
ever varsity tournament.
Trailing 1-0 to start the third period,
Gonter chose the down position. He hit the
Peterson and got the two-point reversal and
two near-fall points. Brightwell escaped,
earning himself one point and cutting the
lead to 4-2. Gonter scored a takedown to
make it 6-2. One more reversal, this one in
favor of Brightwell, put the score at 6-4 with
15 second remaining. It was not enough time.
"That felt really good (to win)," Gonter
said. "Especially against kids that are from


our backyard."
Also placing for the Indians were Billy
Field (160) in second, Colton Schuchert
(125) in fifth and Brian Clark (112) in sixth.
In the championship finals, Field suffered
a one-point loss to Riverdale High School's
. Kyle Thacker. The setback gave Field his sec-
ond straight second-place finish at the
Archer.
Schuchert defeated Shay Earhart by a 3-2
decision in the match for fifth place at 125.
Riverdale's Johnathon Heffner pinned
sophomore Brian Clark in the second period
of the fifth-place match at 112.
As a team, Venice placed llth out of 17
teams with 71 points.
Venice's next match is not until after win-
ter break. The Indians host Manatee High
School Jan. 7 at 6:30 p.m.
tmiller@venicegondolier.comn


VHS GIRLS BASKETBALL

Lady Indians catch Tarpons shorthanded


BY DAWN KLEMISH
SPORTS WRITER


It's never a good signwhen one
of your two seniors is standing at
half court next to your leading
scorer during pregame warmups
- and neither is warming up.
Unfortunately for Charlotte
during a 67-25 loss to Venice on
Monday night, that was the least
of their problems.
Ashley Bacon and Angela
Tompkins each were benched
for violating team rules. Forward
Melissa Valere missed the first
quarter for the same reason.
Compounding Charlotte's issues
were the loss of junior guard
Typhannie Gilman, likely out for


the season with a foot injury,
and sophomore guard Morgan
Calitri, who was ill.
Then, guard Anna Hyland
went down hard with 3:06
remaining in the first quarter
and had to be assisted off the
court several moments after
rolling an ankle. Even senior
guard Megan Standafer had to
leave the court in the first quar-
ter when a part of her knee brace
snapped off.
The perfect storm shrunk the
Tarpons' already anemic roster
down to five in the first quarter,
and seven for the rest of the game.
"I told the girls I was proud of
them; that's the second time
we've played Venice and both


times, we showed up to play,"
head coach Mike Robishaw said.
"Legs got to us, because we're
shorthanded and we're playing
full court ... and we can't really
afford to lay off."
In spite of it all, the Tarpons
held their own against the
Indians, a team they'd matched
for three quarters earlier this
season. Charlotte trailed by just
10 at the quarter and 11 at the
half, thanks to two 3-pointers
from Standafer and two from
Tabitha Timmons.
It was the 23-0 tear Venice
began midway through the sec-
ond quarter, stopped by anoth-
er Timmons trey, that did in
Charlotte.


That, and turnovers. The
Tarpons, who committed 47 dur-
ing the game, were swarmed by
Venice defenders the entire
length of the court, and couldn't
manage to hold onto the ball.
Despite the Indians' aggressive-
ness, Charlotte didn't shoot a foul
shot the entire game. Venice was
whistled for just nine total fouls.
Timmons had a team-high 12
points, all on threes. Juliana
Cavallaro led the Indians with 27
points, and added nine steals.
Guard Hannah Revels had a
game-high 10 steals for the
Indians, who finished with 22
total.
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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17, 2008 SUN NEWSPAPERS 13A


BOIL WATER NOTICE
Water main relocation takes place Friday
A water main relocation is scheduled for Friday,
Dec. 19, at 5:15 p.m. at the intersection of Nokomis
and Miami Avenue. As a result of the relocation some
business and residential customers will be without
water for approximately two to four hours.
Customers along the south side of Miami Avenue
from Nokomis Avenue to Harbor Drive and on the
north side of Ponce de Leon between Nokomis
Avenue and Nassau Street will be without water ser-
vice until approximately 9 p.m.
Once water service is restored, customers should
boil drinking water for three minutes or use bottled
water for 48 hours.


UNLUCKY from Page 12A


Ranch sophomore Kaitlin
Wolfe to score the only
goal of the match in the
20th minute. The 1-0 lead
proved to be just enough.
Venice (10-3, 5-1 in 5A-
12) limited Lakewood
Ranch to nine shots on
goal. Goalkeeper Ashley
Weaver registered seven
saves and another shot
was deflected by an inside
defender.
Lakewood Ranch (10-2,
6-0) held the Lady Indians
to just two shots on goal
up until stoppage time in
the second half. At that
point, Venice applied the
pressure and put five shots
on goal. The Mustangs
survived the onslaught, as
goalkeeper Rachel Valari
came up with four saves
and another shot was


deflected by an outside
defender.
"I'm impressed with
the competitive spirit,"
Chamberlain said. "They
came back and they
fought right down to the
last 10 seconds. They did-
n't give up."
Even though Venice's
two district losses land
them in the No. 3 slot for
the district tournament,
their coach isn't necessari-
ly concerned. Venice beat
Manatee in their second
meeting, which doesn't
count toward tournament
seeding, and played very
close with the top seed.
Venice plays host to
Riverview High School on
senior night Thursday at 8
p.m. in their final home
match of the season.


SCOREBOARD


Girls Soccer
Dec.16
At Venice
Lakewood Ranch 1 0- 1
Venice 0 0 0
First half 1, Lakewood
Ranch, Wolfe, 20th minute.
Second halt- None.
Yellow cards Virgilio,
Miller, LR 26.
Lakewood Ranch -
Katherine Somodi, Rachel
Wojcicki, Kristen Hagaman,
Kirsten Skokos, Taylor Halligan,
26, Kaitlyn Wolfe, 17, Alex
Cardenas, Nikki Kerrigan, Sarah
Miller.
Venice Ashley Weaver,
Ashley Kaiser, Emily Cremisio,
Krystin Pomante, Alex Trujic,
Myra Jenkins, Ariel Young, Tina
Trujic, Colleen Murphy, Dana
LaRocque, Tori Bolyard.
Girls Basketball
Dec. 15
VENICE (67)
Walchle 4 0-0 8, Revels 3 1-1
7, Pinkerton 2 2-2 6, Jutras 4 0-0
8, Butler 1 2-2 4, Vasilevskaya 1
0-0 2, Cavallaro 10 7-9 27,
Hackett 2 1-2 5. Totals 27 13-19
67.
CHARLOTTE (25)
Standafer 3 0-0 9, Timmons
4 0-0 12, Hyland 1 0-0 2, Francis
1 0-0 2. Totals 9 0-0 25.
Venice 20 15 20 12 67
Charlotte 8 6 6 5 25
3-point goals Venice 0,
Charlotte 7 (Standafer 3,
Timmons 4). Fouled out None.
Technicals None. Total fouls -
Venice 10, Charlotte 15.


Boys Basketball
Dec. 13
VENICE (68)
Grant 7 5-5 19, T. Burton 5 3-
5 13, Teller 3 4-4 10, C. Burton 2
3-4 7, Jutras 2 1-2 6, Smithers 2
0-0 5, Flerage 1 2-2 4, Hackett 1
1-2 3, Cavallaro 0 1-2 1. Totals
23 20-26 68.
BOOKER (48)
Hollaway 4 4-6 15, Daniels 2
3-6 7, Francois 2 3-6 7, Jefferson
3 1-2 7, Burke 2 2-6 6,
Richardson 2 0-0 4, Gainer 1 0-0
2. Totals 16 13-26 48.
Venice 15 16 13 24 68
Booker 3 11 9 25 48
3-point goals Venice 2
(Smithers, Jutras), Booer 3
(Hollaway 3). Fouled out -
Cavallaro. Technicals None.
Total fouls --Venice 21, Booker
20.
Dec. 16
BAYSHORE (37)
Yam 1 2-2 5, Maldonado 1 1-
2 4, Berger 3 0-1 7, Bell 1 0-0 3,
Heiser 1 0-1 3, Concepcion 0 0-1
0, Shafek 3 1-2 8, Rozier 3 1-2 7,
Totals 13 5-11 37.
VENICE (77)
Smither 3 0-0 6, Jutras 5 0-0
15, C. Burton'3 2-2 8, Cavallaro 1
1-2 3, T. Burton 5 1-2 12, Hackett
2 1-3 5, Grant 6 4-6 16, Revels,4
0-1 8, Tellor 1 0-0 2, Flerlage 1 0-
0 2, Totals 31 9-14 77.
Bayshore 10 10 14 3 37
Venice 20 20 27 10 77
3-point goals Bayshore 6
(Yam, Maldonado, Berger, Bell,
Heiser, Shafek), Venice 5'(Jutras.
5).


Wrestling
CAPTAIN ARCHER MEMO-
RIAL CLASSIC
Team Standings
1. Riverdale 252.5, 2.
Palmetto Ridge 251, 3. North Port
150, 4. Charlotte 143, 5. North
Fort Myers 127, 6. Lemon Bay
109, 7, Bayshore 89, 8. Fort
Myers 86, 9. Barren Collier 73,
10. Palmetto 72, 11. Venice 71,
12. Gulf Coast (GC) 62.5, 13.
Mariner 48, 14. Southeast 40, 15.
Cape Coral 32,16. Port Charlotte
21, 17. Cypress Lake 8.
Championship Finals (Venice
wrestlers only)
145 -Tony Gonter (V) d. Avery
Brightwell (C), 6-4; 171 Kyle
Thacker (Riv) d. Billy Field (V), 8-7.
5th, 6th place (Venice wrestlers
only)
112 Johnathon Heffner (Riv)
p. Brian Clark (V), 3:42; 125 -
Colton Schuchert (V) d. Shay
Earhart (NFM), 3-2.
On Deck
THURSDAY
Girls Weightlifting
Tri-meet at Venice, 4.p.m.
Girls Basketball
Lakewood Ranch at Venice,
7:30 p.m.
Boys Basketball
Venice at Sarasota, 7:30 p.m.
Boys Soccer
Venice at Riverview, 8 p.m.
Girls Soccer
Riverview at Venice, 8 p.m.
FRIDAY
Girls Soccer
Venice'at Sarasota Showcase,
TBA
Boys Basketball
Cardinal Mooney at Venice,
7:30 p.m.


SPORTS BRIEF
School's Out Holiday.
Volleyball Camp
Venice Middle School volley-
ball coaches Gary Halbert and
Joe DiGiacomo host a volleyball
camp for girls grades three
through eight Dec. 22-24 at Pine
View School. Cost is $75 for the
three-day camp that runs 9 a.m.-
1 p.m. Call 232-5626 or 928-3433
for more information.


FOOTBALL from Page 12A
Braden River High School hosts
the PAL Bowl Friday at 7:30 p.m.
The FACA North-South Football
All-Star Classic will be played at
Firemen's Field in Sebring on
Tuesday.
Venice coaches and boosters
also handed out a handful of
awards to this year's most outstand-
ing student-athletes Monday night
at the team's end-of-year banquet
The winners are as follows:

* Jim Powell Award (MVP) -Trey
"Burton
* Offensive MVP Dri Archer
* Defensive MVP Ethan Mix
* Special Teams MVP Kye
Rodgers
* Letterman Award Jamie Owen
* Linebacker Club Award James
Auxier
* Scout Team Player of the Year -
DavidWilliams

Burton and -defensive end
Brandon Wilkinson were named
team captains for the 2009 season.


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SAnna's Father drank a few beers.
Anna, 7, who was with him, was a few minutes late getting home.
Anna's mother worried because this had happened before. She refused any additional
father-daughter visits.
SAnna's luck was about to change before anything happened that could not be changed.
The court stepped in, requiring supervised father-daughter visits. Twoyears later, because 6fi'ie
forced intervention, there was a happy ending. Anna was allowed to visit her father at his home.
The Children & Families Supervised \isitation Program of the Child Protection Center made the
difference.
That program is one of several programs designed to protect children from bullying, sexual
abuse and a laundry list of problems associated with divorce, domestic violence, neglect, igno-
rance and drug and alcohol abuse.
Such problems are tough enough for adults to handle. For children, they can be far worse, and
lead to similar troubles when they become adults.
"Breaking the cycle of child sexual abuse; physical abuse and neglect" is part of the mission of
the Child Protection Center. CPC collaborates with the 12th Circuit Court and several other orga-
Snizations, psychologists, attorneys and therapists.
With the help of more than 450 trained volunteers, the center provides several services, includ-
ing crisis intervention and treatment for the child victims and their families. During more than 20
years, the center has served more than 3,500 children residing in Sarasota and DeSoto counties.
In addition to its main office in Sarasota, CPC has offices in Venice, North Port and other places.
It has had an office in Venice for 13 years..


For the children
When supervised visits are ordered by the court, parents or involved adults
have 14 days to schedule a face-to-face consultation to plan a program in compli-
ance with the order.
Before visits begin, the noncustodial parent receives his or her own training. So
. does the custodial parent. The initial interview is with the noncustodial parent.
"We spend one- and one-half to two hours interviewing," Leis said. "The point is to
let them know the rules and that they will be watched. This program'carn be their best
friend."
Visits usually begin within two weeks of the beginning of the evaluation process. A
trained visitation monitor is present at each visit for the safety of the child. When there is
an active restraining order from the court, a uniformed law enforcertient officer will be pre-
sent during the visit.
"The volunteer supervisor's entire responsibility is to keep an eye on that child and to make
sure nothing happens to that child," Leis said. "They have the authority to stop the visit imme-
diately. We have a signal for the parents, and they know, and we have never had to do that."
Routine alcohol and drug screening is administered to the visiting parents. Both parents
are given specific instructions about arrival and departure times, which are staggered to
avoid any confrontations.
Above left the puppet theater at the Everything is done to protect the
Child Protection Center in Venice. children, including searching ,isi-
tors for weapons s or other items
Above right, Carroll Leis points to a
hilr m n Ift nn a nrmnhnrr that should not be brought into
child's messaIe left on a arenboa


I.- "Ii 1 "The court might mandate three
months of supervised visits with no mistakes, but
that is not the norm," Leis said. "Normally we get a referral back to
court or one parent softens."
If the parents decide they don't want to be there anymore, Leis notifies the court,
which sets up a hearing, studies the documentation and checks the reports made by the
volunteers. If the court agrees, they can leave the program.
R lost people are in the program for about a year, Leis said.

Expectations
When times are tough, there is more need for such programs.
"A lack of jobs promotes family disharmony and then you can have an increase in
domestic violence," she said. "It is tough for families. There are so many services if
we had the resources. It is like being between a rock and a hard place for some of
Please see CHILD, 2B
Middle left, "Jo" is a volunteer supervisor for the Children & Families Supervised Visitation
Program of the Child Protection Center,
Above center, volunteer coordinator Joan Beneke, left, and case coordinator Beth Piel
review some cases at the Child Protection Center.


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The Venice High School Marine Junior ROTC Color Guard opened the ceremonies Dec. Bottom left Art Dover of
6 at the Venice Municipal Airport's 60th anniversary celebration and fly-in, attended by Venice, checks out the en-
an estimated 3,000 visitors next to the Venice Jet Center. Parking and entry to the event i .c g cine in one of the many air-
were free, with drawings for gifts held throughout the day. Airplane and helicopter : craft on display at the fly-in.
rides were available, and a food tent was supplied by the Honoluana Island Grill.


CHILD from Page 1B


these families."
The children served by
the program have been as
young as 3 weeks old. They
can be as old. as 18. The


oldest being served is 16,
Leis said.
"At 2 or 3, they don't
have a history and can be
more forgiving (of their
parents)," she said.
"Sometimes a teen or pre-
teen needs to confront, so
we are careful because we
are not therapists."
When. that situation
arises, Leis said they will
hand-pick a volunteer
who has been a therapist,
should one be available.


Financial support
comes from state and
county government, Unit-
ed Way, Gulf Coast Com-
munity Foundation of
Venice, Emanuel Lutheran
Church and others.
"This community has
embraced it," Hedley said.
Volunteers do much of
the work and nearly all of
the visitation supervision.
They are carefully screen-
ed, too, Leis said.
Volunteers are known


to the clients only by their
first names. The oldest vol-
unteer is in her 80s.
Paid law enforcement,
workers are hired for a
small percentage of visits.
"We are here to make
the kids safe and we do
everything to make that,
happen," Leis said. "This
program is not about
numbers but about the
kids."
Visitation rooms are
themed by age level and


include age-appropriate
toys, art supplies and, in
one room, a puppet the-
ater.
"Some good things are
said when playing with
puppets," Leis said.
Other good things are
occasionally written down.
A chalkboard in one of the
rooms has the message, "I
love you, Mom" neatly
printed on it.
The message is but one
of many such positive'


results of the, visitation
and other programsof the
CPC.
"We expect kids to have
a bounce in their steps,"
Hedley said. "When they
come here, they get that
bounce back in their step.
"Without the volun-
teers, we couldn't do it."



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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17
'A Tuna Christmas'
Date: Dec. 17, 18, 19, 20
Time: 8-10 p.m.
Where: Venice Theatre, 140 W. Tampa
Ave., Venice
Notes: Season's greetings from Tuna,
Texas a hilarious sequel to the hit
comedy, "Greater Tuna." The whole fami-
ly can join in the holiday fun.
Cost: $12-$24
Call: 488-1115
Link: venicestage.com, tickets
Mdicare: the financial facts
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Where: Women's Resource Center, 701
Center Road, Venice
Notes: What is Medicare? How is it struc-
tured? Learn about benefits, premiums
and Medicare Prescription Drug Pro-
gram-Part D before you make any deci-
sions. Facilitator: Laura Kitay, seniors
specialist.
Cost: $5-$8
Call: 485-9724
Link: www.thewomensresource
center.org
Madrigal fundraiser
RSVP: Tickets now on sale
Date: Dec. 20, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Trammel home on the island of
Venice
Notes: Venice High School choral stu-
dents present an Olde English Madrigal
Feast in a castle setting as a fundraising
event for their trip to Carnegie Hall in
NewYork City. Lords, ladies, serfs and
wenches will serve dinner, and the
evening will include music, song and
laughter.
Cost: $60
Call: 284-7860, NancyVogelsong
Historic Venice Trolley Tours
RSVP: Dec. 17
Date: Jan. 24
Where: Triangle Inn, 351 S. Nassau St.,
Venice
Notes: Reserved tickets go on sale begin-
ning Jan. 5 for trolley tours that will run
on these Saturdays: Jan. 24, Feb. 7, Feb.
21 and March 7. Each Historic Trolley
Tour takes place at 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.
Cost: $15 (No tickets are sold on the day
of tour.)
Call: 486-2487
Silent dessert auction
Time: 5:30-7 p.m.
Where: Venice Community Center, 326 S.
Nokomis Ave., Venice
Notes: Women's Council of Realtors,
Venice chapter, sponsors this dessert
tasting and Chinese auction. Cash and
checks accepted.
Cost: $10 for tickets
Call: 468-9843 or 716-1208
Venice Train Depot tours
Time: 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Where: Historic Train Depot, Seaboard
Avenue at East Venice Avenue.
Notes: Through May,.tours are conduct-
ed Wednesday, Fridays and Mondays.
Red Caboose is open to the public
Wednesday, 10 a:m.-2 p.m.
Call 412-0151, leave message for group
tours.
Women's Sailing Squadron
Time: 7:45 a.m.
Where: Venice Yacht Club, 1330 Tarpon
SCenter Drive
Notes: Meets everyWednesday for sailing
or education.
Call: Judy Karr, 485-4143
Kayaking safety
Time: 8:30-11 a.m.
Where: North Jetty/Snake Island
Notes: Learn about entering/exiting,
paddling, equipment, tides, getting into a
kayak if it overturns and rescuing another
, person.
Cost: $40
Call: Terry Brawley, 960-5505
Kiwanis Club meets
Time: Noon
Where: Holiday House, 455 North U.S. 41
Bypass, Venice
Notes: Meets every Wednesday for lunch
and program. Public is invited to learn
what the Kiwanis is about.
Call: Irene, 484-6022
Evening book club
Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Jacaranda Library, 4143
Woodmere Park Blvd.
Notes: Share a book
Call: 861-5000
Venice Archives
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Historic Triangle Inn, 351 S.
Nassau St., Venice


Notes: Public hours are Mondays,
Tuesday andWednesdays. Personal
research may be arranged.
Call: 486-2487, James Hagler

Club food
Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.


Where: Venice-Nokomis Elks Lodge, 1021
DiscoveryWay, Nokomis
Notes: lunch
Call: 486-1854

DAV dinner
Time: 4-8 p.m.
Where: Disabled American Veterans,
Chapter 101, 600 East Colonia Lane,
Nokomis
Notes: Joe's Kitchen at the DAV will serve
spaghetti and homemade meatballs
everyWednesday. Public is invited.
Cost: $5
Call: 488-4500
Bingo
Time: 6-8:30 p.m.
Where: American Legion, 1770 E. Venice
Ave.
Notes: Bingo at 6 p.m., food from 5-7
p.m.
Call: 488-1157
Game day
Time: 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.:
Where: Venice Art Center, 390 S.
Nokomis Ave.
Notes: Play a variety of games.
Call: 485-7136
Linl veniceartcenter.com
Euchre, bridge
Time: 6-7:45 p.m.
Where: Jacaranda Library, 4143
Wo6dmere Park Blvd., Venice
Notes: Age and skill level not considered;
play everyWednesday.
Call: 861-5000
Beading and crafts
Time: 3-4:30 p.m. through Jan. 3
Where: Goodwill GoodNeighbor Center,
Rialto; 652 South Tamiami Trail, Venice
Notes: Learn beading jewelry or bring
your own craft project, free. Bring beads
or purchase in class.
Call: 441-0241, ext. 304
Royal Aires music
Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: American Legion No-Vel Post
159, 1770 E. Venice Ave., Venice
Notes: Music everyWednesday; lunch is
available from the lunch menu.
Call: 488-1157

Eagles Aerie 3482
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: 621 East Colonia Lane, Nokomlis
Notes: karaoke,
Call: 484-4470

Marines meet
Time: 11:45 a.m.
Where: Family Table Restaurant, 14132
South Tamiami Trail, North Port
Notes: SWF Chapter 1st Marine Division;
all Marines and guests welcome.
Call: 697-1870, Red French


THURSDAY DEC. 18
Venice High School
Marching Band concert
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Laurel Nokomis Middle School,
1900 East Laurel Road, Laurel
Notes: The VHS band will participate
with the LNMS band for a free concert.
The band is under the direction of
Jonathan Case.
Nature walk
Time: 9-11 a.m.
Where: North Jetty Beach Park, meet at
the beach end of the parking lot on Casey
Key.
Notes: Naturalist Bud Doyle leads the
walk and teaches about the ocean, fish
and more. Walk is sponsored by Sarasota
County Parks & Recreation.
Call: 488-4158
Film festival .
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Where: VeniceiPublic Library, 300-S.
Nokomis Ave., Venice
Notes: "Carnegie Hall," great music by
great artists will be shown in the library's
theater that seats 120 people and has a
large screen with stereo sound. This 1947
film was lost for many years and recently
found. Critics say this may be the greatest
film about classical music ever made.
Call: 86141330

Independent documentary film
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Art Center Sarasota, 707 North
Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
Notes: Brother Outsider presents a fea-
ture-length documentary portrait of
Bayard Rustin's activism for peace, racial
equality, economic justice and human
rights. Rustin is best known as the orga-
nizer of the 1963 March on Washington, a
large, nonviolent protest in the U.S.
Cost: $5, suggested donation
Call: 365-2032
Link: artsarasota.org
Wine tasting
Time: 3:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: Your Favorite Things, 1740 E.
Venice Ave., Venice
Cost: Free wine tasting
Call: 488-5200
Gardening answers
Time: 9:30 a.m.-noon
Where: Venice Public Library, 300 S. No-
komis Ave., Venice
Notes: Sarasota County Extension Service
experts answer questions.
Call: 861-1350
Big brush watercolor
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Where: Nokomis Community Center, 234
East Nippino Trail, Nokomis
Notes: Big-brush painting class allows


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Venice Symphony maestro Wesley John Schumacher will conduct the 75-piece orchestra
during the 2008-09 season.


Venice Symphony opening

The Venice Symphony will open its season with holiday con-
certs Dec. 19 and 20. The program will include "Christmas
Music for Orchestra" arranged by John Cacavas, a Hanukkah
medley, excerpts from "The Nutcracker Suite," "Russian
Christmas Music" by Alfred Reed, a carol sing-along, "Sussex
Mummer's Carol" by Percy Grainger and more. The set of con-
certs is sponsored by R. Scott Thompson, D.D.S.
Performances are Friday, Dec. 19, 8 p.m., and Saturday, Dec.
20,.4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Concerts are at Church of the Nazarene,
1535 E. VeniceAve., Venice. Tickets are $18, $22 and $25; all seats
are reserved. Call the symphony office (488-1010) for tickets or
information.


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students to use watercolors and/or inks.
All levels may enroll.
Cost: $65 every four weeks
Call: 861-5000
Tap dance classes
Time: Call for times.
Where: Nokomis Community Center
activity room, 234 East Nippino Trail,
Nokomis
Notes: Beginner and intermediate levels
tap dance with instructor Ellen Swope.
Cost: $10 per class
Call: 861-5000
Banjo music
Time: 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Where: Snook Haven, 5000 E. Venice
Ave., Venice
Notes: Gulf Coast Banjo Society plays
every Thursday
Call: 488-3023
Guitar lessons
Time: 4-5 p.m.
Where: Nokomis Community Center, 234
East Nippino Trail, Nokomis
Notes: Beginning guitar classes. Bring.
acoustic guitar and notebook. Diana
Gregory provides charts.
Cost: $15 for five weeks or $3 per class
Call: 861-5000
Tap. dance classes
Time: Call for times.
Where: Nokomis Community Center
activity room, 234 East Nippino Trail,
Nokomis
Notes: Evening beginner and intermedi-
ate levels tap dance with Susanna
Mazzar.
Cost: $30 per month; two classes $50
Call: 861-5000
Tappercise
Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
Where: Starz Choice Dance Academy,
348 S. Seaboard Ave.,Venice
Notes: clogging
Call: 408-0019
Club food, fun
Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Venice-Nokomis Elks Lodge, 1021
Discovery Way, Nokomis
Notes: lunch
Call: 486-1854

Time: 5-8 p.m.
Where: Venice-Nokomis Elks Lodge, 1021
Discovery Way, Nokomis
Notes: All-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner
and trivia games follow with $50 prize.
Call: 486-1854

Time: 5-8 p.m.
Where: American Legion, 1770 E. Venice
Ave., Venice
Notes: chicken tenders, burgers and
music

Time: 5-8 p.m.
Where: Eagles Aerie 3482, 621 East
Colonia Lane,, Nokomis
Notes: Mexican night
Call: 484-4470
Poetry open reading
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Sanddollar Bookstore, 272 Miami
Ave. W, Venice
Notes: Voices ofVenice, free, open to all,
Thursday
Call: 480-1030
Link: www.poetsrule.com
Jewelry classes
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Where: ErlenBach Studio, 207 S.
Nokomis Ave., Venice
Notes: A different jewelry class every
Thursday, make and take, beading, wire,
chain mail. Costs vary.
Call: 227-4335.
Wine tasting
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Where: Bonnell's Boutique & Winery,
317-B W. Venice Ave., Venice
Notes: Sample four imported wines;
enjoy buffet of foods and two glasses of
imported wine and music by George
Dejong, formerly of Herman's Hermits.
Cost: $15
Call: 480-0011
E-mail: wines@floridafruitwines.com
TTV
Time: 1-2 p.m.
Where: Historic Train Depot, Venice
Notes: TTV committee meets until the
event on March 6.
Contact: Venice Nokomis Rotary
Call: 416-5510, Jerry Woelfel
MOPS
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Where: Venice Presbyterian Church, 111
E. Firenze Ave., Venice
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LIBRARY BRIEFS


Venice Public Library
300 S. Nokomis Ave.
Venice, FL 34285
Libraries closed
for the holidays
Sarasota County librar-
ies will be closed on
Wednesday and Thursday,
Dec. 24 and 25, and on
Thursday, Jan. 1, for the
holidays.
Music on film
The VPL Film Festival
theme for December is A
World of Great Music with
films that will pay tribute
to some of the world's
great composers. At 5:30
p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18,
the most prominent fig-
ures of 20th century music
are featured in "Carnegie
Hall" (1947). Jim Orville
presents two special holi-
day features: On Friday,
Dec. 26, at 1 p.m. only, leg-
endary opera diva Grace
Moore stars in "One Night
of Love" (1934) and on
Wednesday, Dec. 31, at 1
p.m. only, Julie Andrews
plays Gertrude Lawrence
in "Star" (1968).
Architectural styles
Baila Miller returns to
VPL this season. She will
give five lectures on archi-
tects and architectural
styles of the last century.
Each monthly lecture will
be on the second Wed-
nesday at 2 p.m. On Jan.
14, she will. examine art
deco and in February
enjoy the works of Frank
Lloyd Wright.
Video lectures
On Friday through
Dec. 19, 2-4 p.m., VPL con-
tinues the video lecture
series Reason and Faith:
Philosophy in the Middle
Ages. No registration nec-


essary.
French Club
On Friday, 9:30 to
11:30 a.m., if you have a
basic knowledge of the
French language and wish
to practice those skills,
then you are invited to
attend weekly meetings of
the VPL French Club. The
group practices French
conversation during the
first hour, followed by
reading from French liter-
ature and current topics
during the second hour.
No registration necessary.
New members are always
welcome.
Gardening questions
Every Thursday from
9:30 a.m. to noon, bring
your gardening questions
to Venice Public Library
and receive help from the
friendly experts of the
Sarasota County Exten-
sion Service.
Youth. services
DIAL-A-STORY: Dial
486-2330 and enjoy a two-
minute fairy tale for chil-
dren (5-10 years). The
story is changed every
week.
Preschool Storytime:
Tuesday mornings, 10-
10:30 a.m. for indepen-
dent 3- to 5-year-olds.
Tot Time: Wednesday
mornings, 9:30-10:30 a.m.,
for ages from infant to 3
years old. Play with toys
and then a story time. Dec.
17: Oh, Christmas Tree
and Dec. 30 and 31: Let It
Snow!
Read and sing.
On Saturday, Dec. 20,2-
3 p.m., families are invited
to read with the Suncoast
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Join us at the Gazebo in Cen-
tennial Park in downtown
Venice as we celebrate the
first night of Chanukah on
December 21st at 5:00 PM.
And again on the last night,
December 28th. Come and
participate in the candle
lighting ceremonies.
Enjoy the music of
the JCV Klezmer and
and take part in
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the sing along, games, and
all of the fun. There are
treats for the youngsters,
,door prizes and more.
As always, all of our.friends
, and neighbors in the Venice
Community are invited to
join with us at this
festive holiday
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bringing good used towels
and blankets. There will be
treats for the dogs and the
families.
King Family Violinists
On Tuesday, Dec. 23,
10-10:30 a.m., enjoy this
talented performing fami-
ly with crafts and refresh-
ments.
Marx Brothers at VPL
The literary theme for
the 2009 season at Venice
Library is America's Gen-
ius Belt, a survey of the
works of the gifted resi-
dents of Pennsylvania's
Bucks County. These writ-
ers, composers and play-
wrights include Pearl
Buck, Moss Hart and
George S. Kaufman. An-
other resident writer of
Bucks County was S.J.
Perelman, who contrib-
uted to the two films that
will kick off the three-
month-long series with a
Marx Brothers double fea-
ture, "Horse Feathers" and
"Monkey Business," to be
shown on Friday, Jan. 2, at
2 p.m. On Friday, Jan. 9,
Bob Griffiths will give his
first of four lectures, "Ten
Square Miles of Talent," a
visit with the Genius Belt
regulars.
Live music
Dave and Kathy En-
derle will perform a variety
of popular songs at Venice
Library on Tuesday, Jan. 6,
at 2 p.m. Enjoy Dave's clear
tenor voice and Kathy's
easy piano style as they
present hits from the '30s
through the '90s. No regis-
tration necessary.
Monday music series
Nina Collins will be
back on the first Monday
of the month at 2 p.m. for


January, February and
March with a discussion of
the major composers of
each era and the cultural
factors that colored their
compositions. On the sec-
ond Monday of each
month at 3 p.m., Collins
will bring you Music Live,
a performance by accom-
plished classical musi-
cians. On Jan. 12, classical
guitarist Elliot Frank re-
turns with an hour of
instrumentals. The con-
certs are free thanks to the
support of the Friends of
the Venice Public Library.
World War II lectures
The lecture series, A
History of World War II,
will be given by Ted
Koszarski every Wednes-
day, 1-2 p.m., starting on
Jan. 7 and running for 12
weeks (skipping'Jan. 21).
Koszarski is the founder of
Veterans Memorial Ar-
chive, which is dedicated
to preserving the memo-
ries of veterans of World
War II and other wars. The
first lecture will be Origins
of World War II on Jan. 7,
followed by other topics
including Russian War,
European Air War, Pacific
Land War and Tech-
nological, Spy, and Pro-
duction Wars.
New at books
at the library
1. "The Green Collar
Economy: How One So-
lution Can Fix Our Two
Biggest Problems" by Van
Jones (New York: Harper
One, 2008).
2. "Lincoln, President-
Elect: Abraham Lincoln
and the Great Secession
Winter 1860-1861" by
Harold Holzer (New York:
Simon & Schuster, 2008).
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Chess Club
We don't care about
your age, we don't care
about your skill level, we
just want to get together
and play chess. If you just
want to have fun, join us
every Sunday from 1-4:30
p.m.
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meaningful playtime to-
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activities, join in circle-
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other families, and get
valuable parenting infor-
mation. Space is limited to
12 families. You-must reg-
ister at the youth desk the
day of the program.
Euchre and bridge
On Wednesday, Dec. 17,
5:30-7:30 p.m., play euchre
and bridge. Age and skill
are less important than a
wish to play. Everybody:
plays.
Toddler Tale Time
On Friday, Dec. 19,
from 10:45-11:30 a.m. tod-
dlers ages 1-3 and their
parent, grandparent or
caregiver, are invited to
join us for stories, rhymes,
songs and playtime. Please
observe age requirements.

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Volunteers are needed for InStride Equine Assisted
Therapy in Nokomis. Below is a list of some of the
volunteer opportunities.
Sidewalking withclient during program to assure
rider safety
Leading therapy horse during program; helping,
riders as they learn to control the horse on their own
Assisting therapist/instructor during program
Set up and cleanup before and after program
Building projects such as fencing, construction
of arena and ramp, hay barn, horse barn, etc.
Facility maintenance
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Hearing, Loss
Association party
The monthly meeting of
Hearing Loss Association
of Sarasota will be held
1:30-3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 17, in
the auditorium of the
Selby Public Library, 1333
First St., Sarasota. The
annual December
Holiday Party will feature
elections and entertain-
ment. Banjo player Mike
Evans will perform and
tell about his noise-
induced hearing loss. He
will also describe a spe-
cial device worn when
playing his music. The
event is free and open to
the public. 484-5461
Venice Area Ostomy
Support Group
Date:Wednesday, Dec. 17
Time: 1:30-4 p.m.
Where: Venice Regional
Medical Center
HealthPark, 1201
Jacaranda Blvd., Suite
1283
Crohn's support
A monthly Crohn's
Disease support group
meets at 7 p.m. the third
Wednesday (Dec. 17) in
the Englewood
Community Hospital
Suncoast Auditorium, 700
Medical Blvd. Call 815-
3669.
Wellness Community
Events are free for cancer
patients and a caregiver.
Call 921-5539.
* Support groups, 10-


11:30 a.m. Monday at
Jacaranda Trace, 3600
William Penn Way.
* Adaptive yoga classes,
noon-l:30 p.m. Monday
at Jacaranda Trace, 3600
William Penn Way.
* Qigong exercise classes,
10-11 a.m. Tuesday at
Jacaranda Trace, 3600
William Penn Way.
* Small-group discussion,
For Men Only, 2-3 p.m.
the first and third
Tuesday of each month at
3900 Clark Road, Building
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Healthy Holidays
Lunch & Learn
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Date: Thursday, Dec. 18
Time: noon-1 p.m.
Where: Venice Girl Scouts
House, 1775 E. Venice
Ave.
Call: Julia Onnie-Hay,
program specialist, 921-
5358, ext. 319
E-mail: juliao@gsgcf.org
Links: healthygirls
initiative.blogspot.com or
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salad with locally grown
ingredients; discuss set-
ting sustainable new year
wellness goals; and craft a
plan for our own stress-
relief sanctuaries and
strategies in our homes.
Throughout the hour, two
licensed massage thera-
pists will be giving free
mini-massages to each
mom. Limited to 10
moms.
Co-Dependents
Anonymous
CODA has weekly meet-
ings until the end of April.
These meetings are for
women only and are held
at the Venice Bible
Church, 2395W.
Shamrock (west of U.S.
41), Venice, every
Thursday from noon until
1 p.m. Call Dorothy at
486-5367.
Cancer support
Cancer is Not Contagious
Support Group, 10:30
a.m., third Thursday of
the month (Dec. 18),
Englewood Community
Hospital Cafeteria, 700
Medical Blvd. Also meet-
ing at this time is the
Support for People with
Oral and Head and Neck
Cancer Group. Call Joe
Bauer at 474-0099.
Parkinson's support
The Parkinson's Support
Group meets at 10 a.m.
the third Friday of the
month (Dec. 19) in the
Englewood Community
Hospital Suncoast
Auditorium, 700 Medical
Blvd. Call 473-3919.
Celiac group
Celiac Support Group of
Sarasota-Manatee, 1:30-


3:30 p.m., third Saturday
of the month (Dec. 20), at
Waldemere Medical Plaza
- Papaya Room, 1921
Waldemere St., Sarasota.
Guest speaker will be
Leigh M. O'Rourke, who
will speak about
Emotional Impact of
Celiac Disease. Free; the
public is welcome. Call
922-1205 or visit www.
sarasotamanateeceliacs.
com.
Substance abuse
help
Substance Abuse Insight
Group, 6 p.m., fourth
Tuesday of the month
(Dec. 23), Home Detox
Inc., 530 South U.S. 41
Bypass, Unit 12B, in
Brickyard Plaza. Led by
Sharon R. Mays-Tremain.
Fee: $20 per person. Call
412-3869 or visit
www.homedetoxinc.com.
Movement disorder
Dystonia/Spasmodic
Torticollis support group,
5 p.m., last Tuesday of the
month (Dec. 30), Doctors
Hospital, 5731 Bee Ridge
Road, Sarasota. Ask
receptionist for room
number. Call 966-2754.
PAST
Parents of Addicts
Sharing Time is a support
and advocacy group that
meets at 7 p.m. the sec-
ond and fourth Tuesdays
of each month in the con-
ference room at
Jacaranda Public Library,
4143 Woodmere Park
Blvd. Call Maria Ludlam
at 492-3424 or e-mail
past.venice.fl@gmail.com.
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Trail. Free. ContactWendy
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Stroke support
Stroke Support Group,
11:30 a.m., fourth
Wednesday of the month,
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Hospital Rehab Center in
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hospital, 701 Medical
Blvd. RSVP to 475-3558.
Recovery support
Relapse Prevention and
Recovery Support group,
6 p.m., fourth Thursday of
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p.m., the second and
fourth Thursdays of the
month in the
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Englewood Community
Hospital, 700 Medical
Blvd. Call 697-0783.
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system. AMP is free and
serves Sarasota,
Englewood and Venice.
Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Mondaysand 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. Wednesday. AMP is
on the second floor of the
Pat Buster Building at the
Senior Friendship Center,
2350 Scenic Drive, Venice.
AMP is always looking to
train new counselors. For
more information, call
584-0051.
Line dancing classes
Line dancing classes with
Jackie Wheeler, intermedi-
ate class, 7-8:30 Mondays;
beginner class, 7-8:30
Wednesday. Fee: $4 per
class. Call 493-2776.
Zumba
dance classes
Zumba dance fitness
class, 6:15-7:15 p.m.
Tuesday at the Venice
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spot.
Screenings
Free blood pressure and
blood sugar tests by
Home Health Services of
Venice, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Thursday at Venice
HealthPark, 1201
Jacaranda Blvd. Call 485-
7711.
Meditation
Meditation and Eckhart
Tolle's 'A New Earth," 7-
8:30 p.m. Wednesday at
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COURTESY PHOTO
Amy Beechy, left, teacher at Taylor.Ranch Elementary School, is one of 33 Venice-area award
recipients of an Edge of Excellence classroom grant Dec. 4 from the Education Foundation of
Sarasota County Inc. Kirstin Fulkerson, right, is a program officer with Gulf Coast Community
Foundation of Venice, one of the grant sponsors.


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BY AUDREY
BLACKWELL
STAFF WRITER


Thirty-three teachers or
teacher teams in the eight
Venice-area public schools
were awarded Edge of Ex-
cellence classroom grants
Dec. 4 froth the Education
Foundation of Sarasota
County Inc. for 46 class-
room projects.
Each grant amounted
to $300 or $500, depend-
ing on the project outlined
in the grant request. Some
teachers received two or
more awards. Laura Breeze,
advancement director for
the foundation, said a
teacher could receive up
to four grants.
The grants were an-
nounced at the 19th annu-
al awards ceremony at the
Chelsea Center in Sara-
sota. Cindy Kaiser, execu-
tive director of EFSC, an-
nounced the grants that
totaled $91,256 for 193
classroom projects de-
signed by teachers from 36
public schools across the
district. About 225 teach-
ers, volunteers, school dis-
trict staff and community
supporters attended the
event.
Up a notch
Donors kicked it up a
notch this year and donat-
ed about $11,000 more
than last year, according to
Breeze.
"The economic down-
turn has changed the level
of support this year. Some
d6nors gave more because
they knew others were
hurting and unable to give
as much as they have in the
past. We actually increased
our donation amount this
year," she said.


Last year, the Edge pro-
gram funded 189 projects,
compared to the 193 for
2008, a press release said.
In 2007-08, the Edge pro-
gram and another founda-
tion grant program -
Building Blocks for Success
- donated $216,988, com-
pared to a total of $227,639
for classroom grants for
both programs in 2008-09.
"Since 1990, the foun-
dation has funded 3,486
projects totaling well over
$2 million through the two
grant programs," the re-
lease said..
2008 recipients
Diane Andrew, Joanna
Davis-Lanum, Wanda Er-
ickson; the team of Car-
men Serrano and Camille
Hilliard, and Jeanne Tro-
iano, from Garden Ele-
mentary School, received
seven grants.
Monica Brown, Reva
Levy, Maggie McKay and
Kim Seidell, from Laurel
Nokomis School, received
sixgrants.
Barbara Pelc, Linda
Sheets Lockwood and
Dawn Kelley, from Oak
Park South/Venice Middle
School, received four
grants.
Mdrtha Magenheim,
Diane Andrew, Laura Brad-
ly, Denise Fugere, Erin Rice-
Smith, Lisa Scott, Marybeth
Torres, Misty Tucak and
Mary Alice Deveny, from
Pine View School, received
14 grants.
Cassandra Duff, Amy
Beechy, Gretchen Eidel-
bus, Lisa Figueroa and
Sharon Lindstrom' from
Taylor Ranch Elementary
School, received seven
grants.
Shannon McNeil,
from Venice High School,


received one grant.
*Anthony Albano, Mark
Bruns, Maria Kearns and
Laura Semian, fromVenice
Middle School, received
four grants.
Roberta Reale, from
Venice Elementary School,
received one grant.
Foundation
"Funding is provided by
individual donors, corpo-
rate and foundation spon-
sors and state matching
grant dollars," according
to the press release. The
grants awarded to individ-
ual teachers are designed
to enhance student learn-
ing.
"Winners are deter-
mined by over 100 volun-
teer grant readers from the
community through a
blind scoring process.
Northern Trust hosted the
grant readings in its com-
munity rooms in Venice
and Lakewood Ranch in
October.
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Venice Middle School sixth-graders are
one step higher on the literacy ladder
after a visit from children's book author
Jordan Sonnenblick.
He spoke to students in the school
cafeteria the morning of Dec. 10 and
shared his motivation for writing the
book "Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie."
The kids had just finished reading the
.book, and the author's visit helped shore
up literacy goals of improved reading and
writing, according to Principal Karin
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The book, which was read by all
Sarasota County School District sixth-
graders, is a tool to bring these kids
together, said Page Dettmann, executive
director of middle school education for
the district.
"This is a well-written book that con-
veys a message to kids about real life. His
message is about how to be a happy
adult.
"The book engages kids, and by having
all sixth-grade kids in the district read it,
they have a common language to talk
with each other," she said. 'As the teacher
talks about it, they have their very own
copy."
The books were purchased for 2,500
kids in the district through a grant from
the Community Foundation of Sarasota
County, which focused on literacy this
year. The cost of the books was $11,000,
which was a portion of the $217,000 CFSC
grant.
Wendy Hopkins, vice president of
CFSC, talked about the grant program at
the Literacy Summit 2008 that was held at
the Girl Scout Gulf Coast Events &
Conference Center in Sarasota in Oc-
tober. The grant money is funding other
literacy initiatives at schools and libraries
across the county.
Author speaks
Sonnenblick, a former eighth-grade
language arts teacher, husband and
father of two young -children, said he
wrote the book for one girl: a student who
had a brother dying of cancer.
The girl always laughed and talked a
lot with classmates, often disrupting the
class, Sonnenblick said. When he learned
her brother had cancer, he compliment-
ed the girl's strength in dealing with it to
her mother. The mother told him the girl
wasn't really dealing, but rather was hid-
ing from it. He offered to find a book the
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Jordan Sonnenblick told sixth-graders at
Venice Middle School on Dec. 10 how to grow
into happy adults by doing what they love
and can master. Sonnenblick is the author of
the book "Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie,"
which all sixth-graders in Sarasota County
School District read this year.

Unfortunately, he said, the girl's broth-
erhad died by the time the book was pub-
lished the next year. However, he felt the
book was successful because the girl's
mother called him after reading it and
told him he "got it rigt." It would help
other kids going through the trauma of
having a sibling with a life-threatening ill-;
ness. Then he knew he had reached his
goal.
"Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie" is
about a boy whose brother has leukemia.
Dettmann said the main character is an
outstanding drummer and-is friends with
two girls one is a best friend, the other
is the most popular girl at school. Dan-
gerous pie relates to a concoction his little
brother creates using the main charac-
ter's prized drumsticks signed by. the
Dave Matthews Band to stir it up with.
Through/the story, readers learn to
stand by their family members and
friends, no matter what the situation.
Sarasota unique
The author has traveled to 30 states for
this book and has written several other
children's books, but he said Sarasota is
unique in its approach to this literacy
project.
'A lot. of times all the students in one
school will read the book, but to find a
district to purchase 2,500 books for stuit-'-
dents in the whole district, the whole
county, is amazing to nie. It is just awe-
some that Sarasota did that," he said.

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Acupuncture physician
Dr. Lucy Han holds free
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Wednesday at 389
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B. RSVP to 486-1555.
Insurance advice
Health Insurance Advice
for Seniors visits the
Senior Friendship
Centers, 9-11 a.m.
Thursday at 2350 Scenic
Drive. Call 584-0075.


Meditation
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Tolle's 'A New Earth," 7-
8:30 p.m. Thursday at
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Call Pamela at 366-2224.
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relationships, 7:30-9 p.m.
Friday at Our Savior
Lutheran Church, 2705
North Tamiami Trail,
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The Saturday Morning
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Volunteer Park, behind
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Community Foundation
of Venice. Each Saturday a
different 2-1/2 mile route
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Newcomers welcome.
Call 306-1825 or visit
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Nar-Anon
A support group for those
who have loved ones
affected by drug addic-
tion 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 Thursdays in
the Suncoast Auditorium
of Englewood Community
Hospital, 700 Medical Blvd.
Call 426-7655.
Al-Anon
Al-Anon and Alateen
family meetings take
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week at area locations.
Call 426-7655 or visit
southfloridaal-anon.org.
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* Freedom AFG, Church
of the Nazarene, 1535 E.
Venice Ave. (children wel-
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* Wednesday Step Study,
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Food giveaway
Time:3-5 5.m.
Where: Laurel Civic Association,
509 Collins Road, Laurel
Notes: All Faiths Food Bank distrib-
utes free USDA commodities to eli-
gible Sarasota County residents.
Call 483-3338
Sailfish veterans
Time: noon
Where:Venice American Legion
Post
Notes: Sailfish Base of submarine
veterans meet for lunch and regular
meeting. Wives may join.
Call: Jack McAllister, 493-7488



FRIDAX DEC. 19
Low-cost spay/neuter
Where: St. Francis Animal Rescue,
1925 South Tamianmi Trail, Venice
Notes: ARC provides low- or no-cost
spays and neuters for income- or
government assistance-eligible
families. This mobile clinic is acces-
sible to county residents.
Call: 492-6200
Dinner dance, show
Time: 6 p.m.
Where: Venice
Community /
Center, 326 S.
NQkomis Ave.,
Venice
Notes: Grammy j
Award winner -
Dan McMillion
and his orchestra
will perform at
this event that is
sponsored by the
Friends of the _
Venice Community Center. Dinner
is at 6:30 p.m., and the show is at 7
p.m.


Cost: $30/person with dinner; $20
for the show only
Call: 861-1380
Link www.scgov.net/vcc
Native American Flute Circle
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.
Where: Serenity Gardens Wellness
Center, 602 E. Venice Ave., Venice
Notes: Participants do not need a
flute to learn to play this music.
Novices and experienced players
alike are welcome.
Cost: donation
Call: 486-3577
Train depot tour
Time: 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Where: Historic Train Depot,
Seaboard Avenue at EastVenice
Avenue, Venice
Notes: Tours are Fridays, Mondays .
andWednesdays
Call: 412-0151 or 496-9474, leave
message for group tours ,
Employment success
Time: 2:30-4 p.m.
Where: Women's Resource Center,
701 Center Road, Venice
Notes: Career adviser offers career
counseling, resume assistance and
job resources to help develop an
employment plan.
Cost: $8 nonmember donation; $5
member donation
Call: 485-9724
Link. www.thewomensresource
center.org
Venice French Club
Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.-
Where: Venice Public Library, 300 S.
Nokomis Ave., Venice
Notes: Meets year-round. New
members and visitors are welcome.
Call: 485-3985
Self-esteem
Time: 9:30-11 a.m.
Where: Women's Resource Center,
701 Center Road, Venice
Notes: Empower your mind, body
and spirit with life coach Esther


Bird.
Cost- $5
Call: 485-9724
Link www.thewomensresource
center.org
Food distribution
Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Habitat ReStore, Venice
Notes: All Faiths Food Bank holds
food distribution
Yoga classes
Date: Jan. 5
Time: 8:30-10 a.m.
Where:
Woodmere
Park and
Recreation
Center; 3951
Woodmere
Park Blvd.,
Venice
Notes:
Beginning
and intermediate yoga; taught by
Alexis McErlain,R.N., certified yoga
instructor. Offered Friday mornings
and Monday evenings.
Cost: $45 for six-week session; pro-
rated for late-comers; $10 for walk-
ins
Call: 492-9353
Toddler Tale Time
Time: 9:30-
10:15 a.m. or .

Where: ,
Jacaranda .
Library, 4143 j '
Woodmere Park
Blvd., Venice 1
Notes: Toddlers
ages 1-3 with
parents or caregiver. Space is limit-
ed.
Call: 861-5000
Computer questions
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Where: Jacaranda Public Library,

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Veterinary supports schools


FROM JACARANDA.
ANIMAL HOSPITAL

The Jacaranda Animal
Hospital, 725 Shamrock
Blvd., has started a new pro-
gram with local schools,
daycares and preschools.
In an effort to give back
to the community and
help foster the success of
area youth, the hospital is
giving 5 percent of the cost
of a patient's vaccinations
and annual exams back to
that family's school.
"Our dedication to the
community is defined by
our concern for the youth
of the area. I feel assis-
tance with their education
is a way to assure the


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Students react
Adam Ziebarth said the
book was good and that he
liked the character Steven.
"He was in the all-city
band," he said.
Stephanie Martinez said
she liked the book but
thought it was really sad
because the boy had
leukemia.
"I was surprised he
ended up being a boy-
friend to the girl that was
his best friend. What I got
out of it was to be support-
ive to your brother or sis-
ter, because Steven was
supportive of his brother,"
she said.
Cassie Kroncke said she
learned you should be
supportive of your friends
and brothers and sisters.


future of our community,"
said Michael Reinhart
D.VM. "This program is
just another way we can
help."
Many local schools, in-
cluding Shamrock, Church
of the Nazarene, Lakeside
Lutheran, St. Mark's pre-
schools, Christ Methodist
Child Development Cen-
ter and Epiphany Cathed-
ral School already partici-
pate in this program.
Dr. Reinhart was award-
ed National Veterinarian of
the Year.
Schools that are inter-
ested in participating, can
call 497-1676 or e-mail
monica@jacarandaanimal
hospital.com.


"Steven was there all
the way through for Jeffrey.
Jeffrey got happy when he
found out he would get
money to help pay for his
cancer," she said.
Q &A
Sonnenblick ended his
speech with a question-
and-answer session for the
kids and said the kids
could always send him an
e-mail via his. Web site,
www.jordansohnenblick.
com, and he will respond.
He said anyone -dealing
with a similar medical sit-
uation at home can go to
www.supersibs.org for
support and information.

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4143'Woodmere Park Blvd.,
Venice
Notes: Computer questions
answered.
Call: 861-1270
Club food
Where: Venice-Nokomis Elks
Lodge, 1021 DiscoveryWay,
Nokomis
Notes: Lunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.;
dinner of fish fry and other
food, 5-7:30 p.m.; music and
dancing 6:30-9 p.m.
Call: 486-1854

Time: 5-8 p.m.
Where: Eagles Aerie 3482, 621
East Colonia Lane, Nokomis
Notes: fish dinner
Call: 484-4470
American Legion dance
Time: 5-8 p.m.
Where: American Legion, 1770
E. Venice Ave., Venice
Notes: dinner-dance
Call: 488-1157
Square dancing
Time: 3-5 p.m.
Where: Woodmere Park, 3951
Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice
Notes: Conducted for adults by
Red Bates every Friday.
Cost: $5
Call: 828-0481
E-mail: redbates@juno.com ,
Book discussion
Time: 9:45-10:45 a.m. through
Jan. 31
Where: Goodwill
GoodNeighbor Center, Rialto;
652 South Tamiami Trail, Venice
Notes: Discuss "The Untethered
Soul" by Michael Singer.
: Call: 441-0241, ext. 304
Tappercise
Time: 3-4:30p.m.
Where: Starz Choice Dance
Academy, 348 S. Seaboard Ave.,
Venice
Notes: intermediate tap
Call: 408-0019


COMING SOON
Hanukkah dinner
Date: Dec. 20


Time; 6-9 p.m.
Where: Jewish Center ofVenice,
600 Auburn Road, Venice
Notes: There will be dancing
and a band.
Cost: $25 each
Call: 484-2022
Kids' Christmas party
Date: Dec. 20
Time: noon-2 p.m.
Where: Italian American Club
ofVenice, 1375 Ringling Drive,
Venice
Notes: This annual party is
open to the public for children
up to 12 years old with their
families. There will be refresh-
ments, games, face painting,
balloon animals and music.
Call: 493-6344, Linda
Square dance
Date: Dec. 20
Time: 3-5 p.m.
Where: Woodmere Park, 3951
Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice
Notes: Buttons & Bows of
Venice entertain; plus/rounds.
Call: 496-8516

Christmas concert
Date: Dec. 20
Time: 3-4 p.m.
Where: Centennial Park
Gazebo, West Venice Avenue,
Venice'
Notes: Venice Worship Chorale
invites all to enjoy the music,
refreshments and nostalgia;
directed by Beresford Powell.
Call: 492-6346

Food distribution
Date: Dec. 20
Time: 9:30-11 a.m.
Where: Christ United Methodist
Church, 1475 Center Road, or
Epiphany Cathedral, 310
Sarasota St., Venice
Notes: SHARE (Self-help and
resource exchange) will have
grocery pick-up for December
and registration for January. A
SHARE package contains a vari-
ety of frozen meats, fresh pro-
duce and other staples with a
retail value of $35-$40.
Cost: $18 (in cash or food
stamps) and two hours ofvol-
unteer service
Calli223-5049 (CUMC); 484-
3505 (Epiphany)


Food distribution
Date: Dec. 20
Time: 9-10:30 a.m.
Where: Trinity Presbyterian
Church, 4365 State Road 776,
Venice
Notes: SHARE will have grocery
pick-up for December and reg-
istration for January. A SHARE
package contains a variety of
frozen meats, fresh produce
and other staples with a retail
value of $35-$40.
Cost: $18 (in cash or food
stamps) and two hours ofvol-
.unteer service
Call: 493-1057
Food distribution
Date: Dec. 20
Time: 9-11 a.m.
Where: Calvary Chapel of
Nokomis, 602 Albee Farm Road
North, Nokomis
Notes: SHARE will have grocery
pick-up for December and reg-
istration for January. A SHARE.
package contains a variety of
frozen meats, fresh produce
and other staples with a retail
value of $35-$40.
Cost: $18 (in cash or food
stamps) and two hours of vol-
unteer service
Call: 483-4583
Humane Society
thrift store sale
Date: Dec. 20
Where: 656 South Tamiami
Trail, The Rialto, Venice
Notes: A 20 percent-off sale on
donated white tag items will be
held and people can look for
animals looking for a foreverr"
home.,
Call: 480-9811

Sierra Club walk
Date: Dec. 21
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Where: Sleeping Turtle Preserve
along the Myakka River in
Venice
Notes: Wear sturdy shoes for
this 4- to 6-mile walk, carry
water, sunscreen, snack and
lunch if time allows. Space is
limited. Sponsored by the
Manatee-Sarasota Sierra Club.
Call and ask about other events.
Cost: $5 donation
Call: Reserve with Sally at 484-
4113.


New Year's Eve party
RSVP: Dec. 23
Date: Dec. 31
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Where: South Venice Yacht
Club, 4425 Yacht Club Drive,
SouthVenice
Notes: Prime rib dinnerat 8:30
p.m., catering by Gary Miller;
entertainment by Karen D.
Champagne toast at midnight.
Coffee and doughnuts before
you ride home.
Cost: $45 members; $50 guests
Call: 497-1169, Robin
Civil War roundtable
Date: Dec. 23
Time: 7-8:45 p.m.
Where: Venice City Hall, Com-
munity Room, 401 W. Venice
Ave., Venice
Notes: All Civil War buffs are
welcome. Union and Confeder-
ate topics will be discussed.
Call: 480-9892

Singles dance party
Date: Dec. 28
Time: 7-11 p.m.
Where: Sarasota Resort and
Marina, 2 1/2 miles north of
Sarasota-Bradenton
International Airport.
Notes: Meet more than 150 area
singles from Sarasota,
Bradenton, Venice, North Port
and more. Large dance floor
and disc jockey team.
Cost: $7 at the door
E-mail: singleorganizations
unite@juno.com
Fun with watercolor
RSVP: Dec. 31
Date: Jan. 7-28
Time: 1-4 p.m.
Where: South Venice Civic
Association, 720 Alligator Drive,
Venice
Notes: Adult four-week session
with Sarasota artist Carolyn
Merenda for students at all skill
levels. Pick up supply list from
SVCA. RSVP by Dec. 31 for the
January classes.
Cost: $65, plus supplies
Call: 366-2866
New Year's Eve party
Date: Dec. 31
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Venice-Nokomis Elks
Lodge, 1021 Discovery Lane,


Nokomis
Notes: Social hour with hours
d'oeuvres 7-8 p.m.; prime rib or
tilapia 8-9 p.m.; cash bar; music
Sby Sound Investments; Cham-
pagne toast, favors, continental'
breakfastvat midnight.
Cost: $55 each, advance tickets
only till Dec. 22.
'Call:486-1854' i ':! :', ..:..
New Year's Eve party
Date: Dec. 31
Time: 6 p.m.
Where: Italian American Club
ofVenice, 1375 RinglingjDrie,,
Venice .
SNotes: Cocktailhoe~iris "-7p.m.
with a cash bar. Prime rib din-
ner willbe catered by Peaches
of Sarasota. Dance to music by
Tony "D," champagne toast and
favors included.
Cost: $50
Call: 493-6344, Carl, or 650-
7174, Michael
Compassionate Friends
Date: Dec. 31 .
Time: 7:30-9 p.m.
Where: Epiphany Cathedral,
Room 107, Soy Building, Venice
.Notes: GroupisuipportforIpar-
ents aid'sibliigs grieving tver
the loss of a child.
Call: 408-4231, Larry
Eagles Aerie 3482 :.
Date: Dec. 31
Where: 621 East Colonia Lane,
Nokomis
Notes: New Year's Eve par *
music by Music Express ".'
Cost: $35
Call:484-4470
Basic computer class
RSVP:Dec. 31.
Date: Jan. 6 ::. :: ;'
Time: 1-2:30pam ''"- ,
Where: Venice Public Library,
300 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice
Notes: Beginners computer :
class; registration starts Dec. 31.
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FRAN VALENCIC
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franvalencic@comcast.net
SUN NEWSPAPERS


DEC. 17,2 AROUND TOWN


This terrific family decided an afternoon at the Mad Hatters Tea at the Venice Yacht Club sponsored by
the Arts and Culture Alliance would let them wear their favorite hats: Golda Radefeld, top left, Debbie
Reynolds, Shirley Radefeld, Erica Stolte, Lindsey Kukulka, Alicia Radefeld and adopted family member
Janice Holloway; Cara, bottom left, and Erin Reynolds, and Alee and Margie Radefeld.


A Mad Hatter's Tea is fun no matter what age you are. These young women enjoy their
afternoon at the Venice Yacht Club: Lauren Greig, back left, Alicia Simpson, Christina
Greig, Jessica Taylor and Bailey Hines; Sophie Fraser, front left, Berit Swatek, Alyssa
Bruno, Megan Simpson and Allisia Berber.


'Tis the season to be jolly


FRAN VALENCIC
SOCIAL COLUMNIST


So far it has been a holly,
jolly season in Venice as
local organizers catch the
spirit.
Bonnie Kaiser and the
unofficial Mad Hatter of
Venice, Eric Watters, wel-
comed guests to'the Arts and
Culture Alliance Mad Hatter's
Tea at the Venice Yacht Club.
Chairs Mary Moyer and
,Drenna Rosenthal arranged


for plenty of tea, sandwiches
and luscious desserts for
everyone.
Wearing fancy hats, the
ladies both young and old
enjoyed visiting and celebrat-
ing the day.
Diamonds and Denim
The crew from Big
Brothers Big Sisters showed
diamonds are a girl's best
friend, whether they are real
or faux. Guests arrived in glitz
and bling to raise funds for
Big Brothers Big Sisters,
which uses 93 percent of the
money it raises for programs.
Event chair Kathleen
Pickering attended to the
details and the crew at
Venetian Golf & River Club
added heaters to the outside
setting, making sure guest
were comfortable. Members
of the Denim and Diamonds
Dinner and Auction included
Todd Andrews, Dee Glatz.


Ann Marie Milano, Connie
Von Hopffgarten, Liz Crapet,
Michelle Hazeltine, Cindy
Perini and SherreyWelch.
With Bob Anderson lead-
Sing the live auction, guests
had fun bidding on their
favorite items and knowing
they were helping the chil-
dren the organization ser-
Svices.
S Bravo.
Holiday homecoming
Lois Steketee gets a tip of
the hat for chairing the
annual Historical Society
Fashion Show and Brunch.
This year lack Bauer, Ron
Higel, Jacque Ring and Joyce
SNorton depicted loseph
Lord, George Higel, Abigail
Higel Williams and Adelaide
SHigel Kirkoff, representing
the pioneer era in Venice.
The event included sensa-
tional prizes donated by local
. merchants. includingg the


Robert Bateman limited edi'
tion print, "Hour ofthe.Egret,"
donated by Leah and David
Sherman of the Collector's
Gallery and Framery on
Nokomis Avenue.
One of our best
The special person of this
week is Golda Radefeld. This
terrific lady brought nearly her
whole family to the Arts and
Cultural Alliance Mad Hatter's
Tea. She even helped several
of them make their hats. She
always supports organizations
and their programs.
In the past she served on
various boards, including
\'Vomen's Sertoma Club of
\enice, for which she was
president and chair of the
Venice Sun Fiesta.
Golda Radefeld is a woman
w\ho has the Christmas spirit
all year long, and one of the
people who make Venice a
greja place to live. .


SuN PHOTOS BY FRAN VALENCIC
Chairs Mary Moyer, left, and Dtenna Rosenthal
celebrate their hats and the Mad Hatter's Tea at
the Venice Yacht Club.


Joy Mahler, left, Ed Benson, and Bob and
Bonnie Anderson share a friendly chit-chat
before the big auction and buffet at Denim and
Diamonds at the Venetian Golf & River Club.










Gina Taylor, left, Stephanie Glaser, Kathleen
Pickering and Connie Von Hopffgarten
greet guests at the Diamonds and Denim
Sfundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters.


Jim and Gwen Magero
get ready to bid atthe
Diamonds and Denim
fundraiser.


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Venice High School Interact Club members help
keep Diamonds and Denim organized: Jenna
Stalnaker, left. Heather Kopp and Morgan '
Hutchinson.


Robert Brooks, left, and Ron
Higel, portraying George Higel,
help distribute prizes at the
Venice Historical Society
Fashion Show and Brunch.


Models at the Venice Historical Society Fashion Show are Lea Sherman, left, Fia
lavaroni, Claire Suter, Dot Fuhrmeister, Sally Berger, Mary Huba and Nancy Reynolds.


Ellie Paxton, left, and Judi
Foote make sure everyone has
their table assignment at the
Venice Historical Society
Fashion Show and Brunch.


Arsie Fusco, left, and Jane Szejk make sure the buffet table
has room for all the good potluck items at the Venice Area
Women's League auction.


Carol Kopp, left, Monica Tomory, Lisa Boggs and Angie Mages
decorate for the Venice Area Women's League auction. The
group meets monthly and holds several fundraisers so it can
offer scholarships and donate to causes in the community.

Senior Celebrities Judie
and Jack Bauer recently
celebrated their 50th
wedding anniversary.
Both serve on the board
of the Friends of the
Lord-Higel House. Jack
portrayed Joseph Lord
-. at the fashion show.
., .Judie enjoys painting
and donating her work
for fundraising. She
also is a photographer
extraordinaire and often
has her work on the Venice Gondolier Sun's back page. These
two senior celebrities enjoy doing nice things for others.


Trudy Gingras,
left, and Dorothy
Hassler help
coordinate the
Christmas lun-
cheon by the
Catholic Council
of Women of Our
Lady of Lourdes
held at the Venice
Yacht Club.


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BY KIM COOL
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Though built in 1981, a
Nokomis home recently listed
for sale with Coldwell Banker
Realtor Nancy Jordan is as hurricane
ready and energy efficient as most of
the newest homes on the market.
Icynene insulation, recently added
to the attic, keeps that space cool in
the hottest weather and warm on the
coolest days, resulting in major year-
round energy savings.
Hurricane straps have been added
to the roof. The home's new garage
door is rated for 200 mph winds.
Garage doors can be one of the
weak points in any house when there
are high-velocity winds.
SDuring Hurricane Charley, many
of the homes that suffered severe
roof damage did so because of inad-
equate garage doors that gave way
under the high-velocity winds, let-
ting air in to literally raise the roof.
Behind the three-bedroom split-
plan house, the present owners have
installed a new dock to take advan-
tage of the home's canal access to the
Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf
of Mexico. Fishing from the dock is
an added attraction.
Within the home there is new
plank tile flooring in everyroom and
an entirely new kitchen, from cabi-
nets and solid surface counters to,
appliances.
Listed for $375,000, the house is
located at 600 N. Portia St. in No-
komis.
The house can be seen by
appointment. For information, call
Jordan at 468-5146.


SUN PHOTOS BY KIM COOL

This scenic canal behind the house offers access tothe ulf of Mexico.

Correction
In last week's real estate article, the incorrect price
was given for the Island Breeze Motel, which has been
listed with Realtor Angela D. Young, GRI, CPMS, of A.
Young Realty. The correct price is $2 million, which
works out to $95,230 per room, a much lower per-
room price than comparable listed properties in the
area, according to Young. For an appointment to view
the property, callYoung at 966-8889 or 586-3999..


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/2 Pascal $68,400
3/2 Malamin $61,750
3/1 Dekle $88,350
3/1 Allen $38,000
21 Pontiac $46,400
ENLEWOOD
/1 Wentworth $86,450
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2 lots, Fenced 4 metal
sheds, Dbl Carport House
as i! for more info 615-
774-3247 863-558-4357

1022 ENGLEWOOD
FOR SALE

2/2 NEW 1200sf
100% Owner Financing
No Money Down-$750/mo
Owner: (239)-643-6672
AUCTION
2 Manasota Key gulf
front beach homes & 1
Lemon Bay canal lot
w/new seawall, no
bridges, bay views. Bid
on all. Sat 1/24 Neal
VanDeRee, Realtor
941-488-1500
www.vanderee.com
Open Daily Noon-4
Builder's Model 3/2/2
$129,900 1311sf
12542 Gulfstream Blvd.
Coastal Living Realty..
941-685-3930
www.newenglewoodhomes.com

S1024 NORTH PORT

BEAUTIFUL HERON
CREEK GOLF &CO.
3 BR+DEN/3 CAR:.,
POOL/SPA. $354,900
MAKE FINAL'OFFER. NO
CLOSING COSTS. CALL
MARNI 941-518-2354
HANDYMAN SPECIAL
OWNER FINANCING'
$600/mo.
Call 941-429-0293


Payments starting
$60L/mO
Owner financing
Many houses, All
Homes 3BR/2BA/Gar
Prices Starting at
$79K 941-716-0040
SHORT SALE PRICE WITH
NO BANK HASSLE!!
BEAUTIFUL HERON
CREEK GOLF & CC.
3BR+DEN/3CAR-
POOL/SPA. $354,900
4.875% FIXED. NO CLOS-
ING COSTS. CALL JOY
941-209-9359

1025 PT CHARLOTTE
FOR SALE

'3/1 Move In Now! New
Cabinets,/ Kitchen Appl.,
A/C, Roof. $110K Poss.
Finance 941-629-6329
BANK FORECLOSURES
FIXXERUPPERS
Many to choose from,
pricing is right Venice
Englewood, North Port
Hussein Taha-Lic.RE Bro-
ker 941-468-7614
Deep Creek Pool Home
Owner Financing**
3/2/2 Vaulted ceilings,
oversized garage.
New roof, paint & cage
since 2004. $169,900.
10% Down, no closing.
(941)-627-4177


1025 PT CHARLOTTE
FOR SALE

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1026 PUNTA GORDA
FOR SALE

PIRATE HBR 3/2/2 water-
front new roof/windows,
dock, fenced yd, all offers
considered. 505-0047.

1028 VENICE FOR
SALE.

4BR/2BA, Great Location.
great shape, ready to move
in. REDUCED! $120K. obo.
941-809-8911

1030 WATERFRONT
HOMES
BEACHFRONT
ISLAND SHORES
2BR 2BA high ceilr, g
Prv. pool ent Sc9 ..00.O
941-416-3829
Owner/Broker
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RIVERFRONT
W/GULF ACCESS!!!
OWNER FINANCING
OR LEASE OPTION
Like New 3/3/2
Oversized Pool, Dock
& Seawall.
Reduced Now! $298K
Call 941-716-0040
www.mmhammer.com

.1040 CONDOSNILLAS
FOR SALE

$52k!!!GREAT DEAL 2/2
Condo Across from Cul-
tural Center Pool & Many
amenities 941-766-7586
Birdbayrealty.com
Bird Bay Villagd
City Limits of Venice
Golf,Tennis, Pools,
3 ConvJ2 Lakeside $139,900
3/2Townhouse $249,000
2/2 Lakeside $149,900
3 Conv./2 Lakeside $189,000
2/2w/Ded/Lake $199,999
1/1 Comer Condo $85,000
3 Conv./ 2 Lakeside $178,500
2/2 Bay house $163,900
2/2 Villa Golf Crse $189,900
2/2 Condo GolfCrse$180,000
2/2 SW Lagoon $204,500
2/2/2 Villa w/garage $195,000
2/2 Gmd fir, Split $109,000
3/2/2 Pelican Pointe $260,000
Call For Full Inventory
730 US-41 By-Pass N.,
Venice, FL 34285
(941)485-4804 or
1-800-464-8497
Chestnut Creek Villa;
844 Bayport Cr'2/2/1
55+ Low fees. A++ Cond
FSBO Price Reduced!
$155,000 941-9640410
NEW VILLAS!
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Last 2 Units-
2'Bedrooms + Den,
2 Bath-Beantiful!
Close-Out Price-
$179,900.
+ Incentives
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Stunning 3/2 Corner
Villa with 2 car garage
1600+ sqft, under air,
Built in 1999 LOW
Buyers Market price
$265,000
BIRD BAY REALTY
Venice office 484-6777
or 1-800-464-8497
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Venice, 2bd Condo, Furri;
Pristine Cond. Pool, Club-
house, Golf Course, $99K
(941)-488-3579
VENICE: 2/2 Ground floor,
glass 30' lanai, tile, berber,
furn., beaut. bay view.
$17K. 941485-9833

1090 MOBILE HOMES
FOR SALE

$1500 DOWN
$695/Month
DBL wide 2BR/2BA furn.
Harbor Cove North Port
55+ Waterfrnt Park Lot.
Rent Incl. 941423-1225
55+ NE factory direct
14X48 fum. 2/1 $27,500
Small but sweet 1BR
$3500. 941474-1353


1090 MOBILE HOMES
'FOR SALE

Polynesian Village MHP.
1495 Alamander Ave,
EngI Resident owned,
walk to Manasota
Beach, dbl wide resales
941-474-3636.
Pre-Owned Units,
26-feet to 42-feet.
Ready to tow or
FREE local delivery.
Charlotte RV Center,
Tamiami Trail at Kings
Highway, Port Charlotte.
(941)-883-5555

VENICE ISLE REAL
ESTATE SALES, INC.
55+ Resident Owned
Comm. Lic. R.E. Broker.
941-485-7743 Many
homes to choose from.

VENICE RANCH
12x56 2/1 Asking $3500
Furnished.
24x48 2/2 Asking S15K
Furnished.
55+ Comm. NO PETS.
Others to choose.
www.veniceranch.com
Dick or Steve
941488-5672

1110 OUT OF
AREA HOMES

Time share week 42, Oct.
.16-23, Fishermen's Vil-
lage, Punta Gorda, FL &
Gatlinburg, TN, $1000
each. 941- 661-4372 or
941- 639-3109

1120 WANTED TO BUY

SHORT SALES &
FORECLOSURES
Gulfcoast Realty Int'l
(941)-766-7091

1205 LEASE OPTION

WATERFRONT Lease
option 3/3/2 Pool,
$298K, 5% Down, $1300
/mo 941-716-0040

1210 HOMES FOR
RENT

$700 mo. + Dep 2/2/CP,
Central PC, washer/dryer
Scr lanai, lawn service
provided 941-625-1480

/ *Affordable
3BR & 4BR Newer,
Spacious, NP homes
941-223-6067
owner broker

1 Month Free Rent. Lease
to own or Rent. Newer
North Port 3/2/2. $850
John 317-538-6800
1 MONTH FREE!!!
3/2/2 E. ENGL. pool,
immaculate, close to
beaches, good school
district. S1100/mo.
941-270-7310

18198 Griffen
PC 4/2 Pool $995
Pets Welcome
PC 180 Duxberry
4/2 $800
Pets Welcome
941-628-4494

1ST MONTH FREE in
Select Properties w/Paid
Deposits Homes, Condos
& Apts. Manasota Key Realty
(941)474-9536, Engl
2/1 CHA, quiet, sm pets
ok, $595 1st sec, year
lease Haines Ave 941-
627-1812 ly. msg

2/1/CP CUTE PC,
A/C,tile floors W&D,
Sfenced yard. $650 mo.
Lease option possible.
1-380-5721

2BR/2BA condo,' PC,
furn. or not. Pool, tennis,
W/D, 1st fir. $1000 mo
furn., $675 not. I
1BR/1BA furn. cottage in
PG, $700 mo.
Call 941- 380-1034

3 & 4 Bedroom Homes
$950 mo. apple incl.
large lanai, quiet area.
(219)-246-7099
Jerry Tomlinson
Shells Realty LLC
3/2/2 Pool + Lanai,:
immaculate, close to'
schools.. $1000 month.
(941)-875-3366
3/2/2 + pool, lease or
option. $1200 mo. Newer
313 Boundary. Rotonda
West. (941)-830-8868
Affordable & Nice!
1BR home. $495 mo.
4943 Grobe St. North
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restricted w/community
ctr. $700 mo.+ util.
.(603)-209-2613.
Available Now! 3/2/1
Gardns of Gulf Cove
$900/mo. yr lease/sec
dep. Furn. w\laundry.
Community pool.
269-313-0070



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Carolyn Ln., P.G.
$950 Mo.
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$1050 Mo.
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BRAND NEW 3/2/1
Trop Gulf Acres,:12433
Catalina Dr. $795/mo.
(310) 613-8779
Brand New 3/2/3. Fresh
water canal.. $975/mo
2617 Town Ter (off Cran-
berry) 815-1273.
Brand New luxury homes
in B.S. Village. Starting @
$1,050 mo. w/lyr. lease.
Sale poss. 941-623-2920
Cute 2/2/1 on Lake,
w/playroom, $700 or rent
to own. Quiet area, near
Midway. 941-629-8239
DEEP CREEK, 3/2/2,
Heated Pool, $995. mo.
Call Michele 508-737-
0884
DEEP CREEK New 4/2/2,
Washer & Dryer,
..:in lonai, h.i. .d.ri rm
' 1 :0511.l ,:,..,.21.2 0168
E. Englewood, 2005,
4/3/2, pool serv. incl.
$1300 mo. '941- 928-
2249
East Englewood
Duplex $595.00
11151 Pendleton
Ave 2BR2BA Includes
Lawn Service, Pest.
control
WWW.pelicanpm.com
Uc Broker 941-232-8223
EAST ENGLEWOOD
Gardens of GulfCove
2/2/1 w/lanai, apple, W/D
hookup, comm. pool +
amenities, close to beach
$750/mo+sec.(941)475-
8632, (314)420-5272.
Engl 2/2/2 C0l irid, Spacious
opn pin, Can ,:eiiings Fn,:d
yrd. Elec' Storm $hutters Ask-
ing $925/mo 941-928-0715
Engl 3/2 on water.
Updated. Furn or Unfurn.
Near Shops. $895 (941)-
474-6141 941-769-7314
ENGL Reduced $495,
1/1 cottage, canal, no
bridges 1-2 adults, ns, np,
1/L/Sec. (941)474-7272
ENGL. NEW NEVER
Occupied, Quality con-
structed homes & duplex-
es in Rotonda and S. Gulf
Cove for $750- $1200 a
month Many nice
upgrades calls for details
M-F days (941)-475-
6680 or Eves/wkends
941-815-8305
Engl.-.2br/2ba dbl wide,
scr lanai, carport, laun-
dry, $700/mo 1st, last,
$300 sec 941-223-4188
ENGL/Gdns of Gulf Cove,
2BR newly remodeled
$600/mo
(941)-321-7780
ENGL/ROTONDA Priced
to sell at $129,900
Absolutely like new 3/2
1790sf fully remodeled.
Lg pool 148 Annopolis
Call Ron Tarpon Coast
Realty (941)-223-4781
ENGLEWOOD
3/2 on 6 acres barn
3 pastures very quiet
WEST COAST PROP. MGT
941-473-0718
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$799............3/2/2 NP&PC
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3/2/2, lots of tile, wood
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$995mo (941)-955-8243
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3/2/CP, fenced yard, tile
$750 mo. + sec.
.772-359-6584
Harbor Heights 3/1 +
workshop & shed, W/D
Incld. $750 1st + Sec
(941)-815-8818



HOMES IN GATED
COMMUNITY
15 Homes!
Furn./Unfurnished
Annual or Seasonal
(941)-629-3337 or
(313)-600-5238
Aw w mbe.Y ar,'3riOnptoie rir : iom

N. Port 3BR Pool home
on corner lot, fenced,
Across from Elem. school
$895/mo 941-234-8587
N. PORT 3/2/2 with Pool.
2686 Gisela Rd. City
Water. $850 mo. Pool
Svc Incl. 941-539-3838
N. Port OPEN SUN.
11-2pm 3/2/2 Like new
Vaulted ceilings, GREAT
Master bath 1900sf,
$795/m(941)-312-5996
N. PORT, 3/2/2,
NEARLY NEW HOME,
Rent or Rent-to-Own
Cell (248)-910-0341
N.Port, Must Rent Right Now!
3/2/2 + studio Negotible,
941423-8556
Cell 305490-1426
Nokomis, Waterfront, 2/2
NewTile/Carpet, Dock,
Shed, Close to Beach, Two
to choose from .,$800-
$1250. (941)-349-6338
NP, near Murdock,- 3/2/2
pool, new tile, fenced
backyard, $975 mo. incl.
pool srvc. 941-639-2877
North Port 2/1 $700.
Annual Lease. Avail
Immediately, 1st + Sec
N/P (941)423-8448
North Port 2/2/1 Pool
Home, priv. fenced in back
yard, shed, $795/mo. 1st,
last, $600 sec. dep.
(941)716-2177
North Port 3/1/1, immac-
ulate, 8384 Raoul Ave.
$750 mo. 1st & sec.
($1500). 941- 922-4451


InvestotsChoice Real Estate,

North Port
3/2 Pinstarpool' $950/A
3/2 Affinity $775/A
Englewood
2/1.5 Moming Dove $550/A
2/2 McFadden $750/A
2/2 Dearbom.Pool $850/A
2/2 Waterfront condo
Beach Rd $1000/A-
2/2Buffing Rd $700/A
Rotonda'
2/1 Boundary $575/A
2/1 Boundary $600/A
2/2 Boundary $600/A
Deep Creek:
1st rlh FREE.........
3/2 Ulra Marine $795/A
or
3/2 Nuremberg $850/A
Seasonal
3/2 Lakeland Ci
Boat Access, pool $2500/S
2/2 Bay ndies $1800/S
3/2 Medalist, pool $2600/S
2/1 Green St $900/S
1/1.5 Quails Run
Condo $1450/S
Diana Legg, Mgr.
Your Rental Experts
941-681-1189
941-475-7011
website: www.icre.us

North Port
HOMES FOR RENT


(941) 232-8223
North Port, 4BR/2BA,
2672 SF, pool, all appl,
fenced, $1400 mo. 941-
587-5607,941-488-7495


1210 HOMES FOR
RENT
North Port, 3/2 no pets,
$880 mo. off of
Sumpter. Avail. Jan. 1st.
239-249-2227
North Port, 4BR/2BA,
2672 SF, pool, all appl,
fenced, $1400 mo. 941-
587-5607,941-488-7495
North Port, new luxury
built '05, 3/2/2, Irg.
yard, 5063 Sister Terr.
$895. 786-255-2805
North Port, Newly
remodeled 3br/lba,
$600/mo Ist/L/Sec
(941)-468-2945
North Port, Recently built
4/2/2 2200 sf under air.
Sec 8 Welcome. $1250
941-426-6217
941-423-0999 9-6
North Port, New home
4BR/2BA/2 lanai, appls,
only $800/mo. 941-,629-
8190 x403.
NP 3/2/2 + Den, Corner
Lot. New Carpet & Tile.
Haberland Blvd. $1000
+ Dep. 941-286-3484
P.C. 2/2/CP, windowed
lanai, living, dining area,
new kitchen, N/P (941)-
629-8203 or 661-5287
P.C. 3br/2ba/1, tile, car-
pet, w/d hookup, $845
mo. Damaged credit con-
sidered. 941-373-5482
PC 2/2 or 3/2, tile, lanai,
apple. w/d $675-$995
mo. 1st + sec. Ann. Sm.
pet ok (941)-626-1514
PC 1/1' across from
Peace River Hospital.
$480 Water incl. 1st, last
& Sec (941)-380-9212
PC 2/1 CHA, exc. cond. on
canal. No pets. $650/ mo.
1st, last & sec. .(941)-575-
0113.
PC 2/2/1 w/bonus room,
NY sec. Nice, 'FWC.
Remodeled. CHA. Big
yard. Sm pet.OK. $675
mo. or sell for S 69K.
(941)-255-8329
PC 3/1 All Tile, Pets'
OK, Available Now,
$173.50wk or $695mo
(941)-575-6482 or
(941)-769-4720
PC 3/2, 2 1/2 CG, 1418
Kenmore, screened lanai.
Fully tiled. 1st, last, dep.
$900 mo 941-743-8254.
PC 3/2/1 Fenced bk yrd.
Near Schools & shops
$700 1st & last
(941)-815-7704
PC 3/2/2 New York:sec-
tion, appl. Annual ($650
mo) or seasonal possible.
Call ONLY between 10am
S& 5pm.941- 380-7737
PC 5BR/2BA, tile, formal
DR, dbl fenced lot,,fire-
place, htd caged pool.
$1600. 941-391-5400
PC Lrg 3/2/1 $800
21208 Bassett Ave
HUD APPROVED
941-228-7781
PC Upgraded :3/2/2pool
hm, 1600sq. ft. under
air Dock ac.cess. Ohara'
& Cllingswood S 1 ,05
S941-629-82~9 Iv rrsg
PC, 3/2/2 Cathedral
Ceilings, All Tile,
Freshly Painted, $875.
(941)-391-2665
.PC, Beautiful, 3/2/2 Irg
FL room, pool & jacuzzi,
new tile $975 305-333-
5821 or 305-891-2962
PC, New 3BR/2BA 21985
Belihda, Fenced-Yard. ':Nr.
Hosp. Fireplace, Tiled Pets
O '895 (94 43-SO1266 ,
PG canal front home,
2/2/2, tile throughout,
great room $775 mo.
(941)-639-2823
PG Historic 'District, Irg
3/2.5/1 big lanai, ard,
N/S, small pet ok, $950
mo. (224)'627-8025
PG 2/1, Historic District
'Pets Ok $675 mo.
Call ReMax Anchor Realty
800-898-7353
PG, 2/2, Clean Lg. Mstr,
Bdr., Canal, Dock, No
Pets. $950. + Sec.
Agent (941)-916-0322
PG, 3/2/1 furn, 95ft. on
water, dock, $800 mo. +
util. Avail. 3/1/09. 941-.
639-2815 Leave msg.
PGI VICINITY 3/3/2 pool,
SW canal, dock, New
paint, carpets, $1095 in
by 1/1/09. Get 1 mo.
free! Info. 860-633-7246
Port Charlotte Lrg., 2
bdrm, 1 bath, central
heat & air NEW blinds
& carpets, No Pets
$550. (941)-743-3489

Port Charlotte Rentals
227 Fields Ter 3/2/2
Sail Boat Water $995
20415 AlburyRd 50.00
321 Fenced yardfW canal
22223 Buttalo Ave S99b.UU
22247 New Rochelle Ave
2/2/1 Comer lot $725.
WWW.pelicanpm.com
Lic Broker
(941) 232-8223


Port Charlotte, 2/1 all
appl. w/laundry room,
newly decorated, pets
welcomed, $585 mo. +
$500 dep. 941-979-7183
PORT. CHARLOTTE, 2BR/
2BA/1CG, oversized
lanai, fenced yard. $700
mo. (941) 575-7638
PT CHAR 2/1, Den,'tile,
laundry room,' AC, all
apple. $650 mo + sec.
239-878-7938


1210 HOMES FOR'
RENT

PT. CHARLOTTE 2/2/1
1st Mth FREE! Many
Updates WD, Next to park
$700/mo 941-769-3763
Punta Gorda -(Prairie Crk)
3/2/2 pool,'5-10 acres
barn & pasture available.
RentAHome Srvs 637-6797
PUNTA GORDA, 2/1/1 on
2 Fenced Lots! Nice
Peaceful Area. $575. mo.
+ Sec. (941-624-0355
Punta Gorda'1/1
Avail Now. $Sl50wk or
$600 monthly
(941)-575-6482
Punta Gorda
rntna Stare
2000 Sq FT 3/2/2
Corner Lot
25308 Islas Drive -
$895.00
WWW.pelicanpm.com
Lic Broker -
(941) 232-8223
Punta Gorda Isles 3/2/2,
pool, fenced, Pets OK.
Newer Towles home.
$1200mo.941-769-7766
ROTONDA 4BR/2BA
Beauty! Pool home
$1200 Call Wendy
941-228-7781.
S. VENICE,' ear beach,
2/2/1 fenced, Very, Pri-
vate. Recently Renovated
$895. 941-966-7335

S. Venice/ Englewood
3BR/2BA
Nice area, WD, lanai,
new AC, $800/mo +
sec. MOVE RIGHT IN!
(941)-716-4451
Seasonal Rentals
from $995.00 Mo.,
Charlotte and
Sarasota counties
WWW.pelicanprr.com
Uc Broker 941)232-8223
SUMTER/41: NEW.3/2/2
1.522SF;:-: 'CATHEDRAL
CEILING, PERGO,
TILE & CARPET, ;: :
LARGE MASTER, SUITE,
CLOSE TO SHOPPING.'
S.350 MO .
941D758-6542.' .

Venice 2/2/1 w/fenced
yard & Lanai..$850
emax 'Alliance G(oup.
Pat (941)-475-7603
VENICE 2BR/2BA/icg

(941)-359-1249
Venice Acres! 3/2/2 Pool
+ Spa $1350.on 1 acre
or 3/2/2 + 1, 1. courage
$1850 941-488-9486
Venice Gdns 519 Sheridan
Dr. 2/1 Remodeied, I st'
& & -e,:ur, b .' .
S(941)492-669&
VENICE GREAT HOMES
$775-$875 941-492-4280
Gulf Coast Rentals &
RealEstate Co.

VENICE ISLAND-- 3/2 w
fenced yard,,Pets consid-
ered. $900/mo, 1st, L,
Sec -941-468-1738
VENICE ISLAND, 3br/2ba,
unfurn, Pet OK. 'Short or
long term. $950.
(813)-690-1359?
VENICE MINI FARM, 5
acres w/irrigation. 3/2,
furn. house, pool.
$1200/mo (3171696-6234






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$800
VENICE-1/1 in a cetli-
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Venice Ave. $500
LOVELY 3/2 in Gulf
Cove has a waterfront
view and nice backyard
NP 3/2/1 TH Lakeside
Plantation Move in with
$900
NP New 2/2/2 + den
Villa In Charleston Park
w/Hot tub only $800
Plus $100 cash rebate
if ou rent before
12/20/08 ;
Hurry! 941-474-2882.
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1240 CONDOSNILLAS
FQR RENT

$99.00 MOVES YOU IN!
First Month FREE with annual
lease. 3/2/1 luxury 1425SF
under air. Small Pets OK.
CALL FOR APT
ASK ABOUT OUR
SEASONAL RENTALS


4520 S Biscavne Dr
941-350-2704
MARK V DEVELOPMENT
13355-C Tamiami Trail, N.P.
2/2 upstairs condo,
newly remodeled,' ameni-
ties; Dp. Crk. $600'mo
1st &sec (941)-423-88.1
2/2/1 PGI 'end unit,
ground floor, condo,
gated complex, granite,
.S. appliances, w/d,
huge htd. pool. $815 mo.
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1240 CONDOS/ILLAS
FOR RENT

ANNUAL RENTALS
lbed/2bed Condos
All utilities paid
except electric.
BIRD BAY REALTY
Venice office
941-484-6777 or
1-800-464-8497
ATHENS TOWNHOUSE Venice
Luxury living in a rental unit
2/2 three blks to bch, 2blks
to shops. (941)485-7645
Bird Bay Venice, 1st fir
2br 2ba CP, 2 Encld
Lanais, W/D, Water,
Cable, Pool $850,
(941)-484-9883


D.C. 2/2, lanai, cath.
ceil., tile, wood cab.,
granite, w/d inc. Pets ok
$675+ up 941-6614539
DC GC Villa 2/2 w/or with-
out garage, Lg BR LR,
DR & storage $750-$800
(941)-575-7559
DECEMBER FREE PG
Heritage Lake 2/2,
Gated, WD, $600/mo
941-240-5563
DEEP CREEK 2/2 condo,
1 year old with pool & car-
port $695 mo. Pet
allowed. 216-469-2944.
Deep Creek 2/2, Pool,
Tennis, In great shape.
Close to 1-75 $550 (941)-
456-2524
Deep Creek, New 2/2.5
on Golf Course! Wash-
er/Dryer, pool, water incl.
$775. (941) 276-5488
Deep Creek, New Const.
Never lived in. 2/2 + Den,
lanai, lakeview 1250sf
$775 (239)-821-3082
EL JOBEAN, 2/1 Villa.
Waterview. Prvt' Screen lanai
Fans, carpet, clean. No pets
W/D. $650. 941-323-2229
EMERALD POINTE,
Waterfront, Punta Gorda.
Furn. 1-2BR. Bring suitcase
& boat. (941) 626-3350
E ENGLEWOOD 1ST
MONTH FREE 12 mins
from venice 2br w/den
2 ba 1300sf, pool $399.
moves you in $799/mo
941-4730450

HARBOR POINTE
LUXURY RENTALS!
*3 Bed/ 2.5 Bath
*1800+ sq.ft.
*Starting at Only
$1200/ mo.-
*INCLUDING UTILITIES!
(941) 627-9930
HARBOUR HGTS. 27235
Adams Dr. 2/2 condo-cpt.
1 yr old. $595 mo. Pets
allowed. 216,469-2944
Adult 55+... we have one
2/2/2 (annual) avail now at
$795/mo Sunrise Villas
of Rotonda 941-697-2525
Live On The Avenue, walk
to beaches, shopping &
restaurants. Turn key fur-
nished. 2BR/1BA, 2nd
floor w/lanai, htd. pool &
laundry. Annual $950/mo
incl. util. No pets. 813-
654-8866 or 813- 334-
0532
NP Townhome, 2/2.5/1
Shows brand new, NS,
NP, W/D, free cable pool,
tennis, fitness, 800
Annual. 941-380-0770
P.G.. 2/2 condo, $675
mo. w/d, cov. parking,
walking distance to down-
town. N/P 941-575-5610
PC 2/2 Condo, 2nd FIr.,
W & D, Screened Patio,
Storage. $675. or Lease
Opt. (94D-323-4385
PC, 2/2 Condo in quiet
community w/pool water
incl, $650/mo. 941-916-
6639
PC, 2/2 off Kings Hwy.
water cable, W/D incl.
Pool/Tennis. $675. Furn.
avail. (941)763-9052
PC, 2/2 Waterfront
Condo, Private Fishing
Pier, Pool, Covered Park-
ing, $750/mo
Annual/Seasonal Poss.
Inc. Water & Cable (941)
764-6069
PGI, 3/2/1,NS, upstairs,
gourmet kit., att. gar.
Gated. 2 yrs old. Htd pool
& spa. $950 mo incl.
most util. (941)-637-6418
PT CHAR: Furn 2BR/
2BA condo, in Oaks IV.
All utilities paid. Call
(813)-719-7719.

New Furn. 2/2, Club-
house, $900. mo Annual
www.trueswflorida.com
(239)-210-1521
NOKOMIS, SORRENTO E
2/2, convenient loca-
tion, $825. Avail now!
(941)-587-9997
VENICE ISLAND
2BR/2BA 55+ condo,
$750/mo. incl all utilities
except elec. Covered


parking, pool, turnkey fur-
nished. 941-650-3035
Venice, 2bd Condo, Furn.
Pristine Cond. Pool, Club-
house, Golf Course,
$850. (941)488-3579

1300 DUPLEXES
FOR RENT
Port Char. 2/1 Complete-
ly remodeled, tile through-
out, large, lanai, $575
mo. (941)-639-2823


1300 DUPLEXES
FOR RENT

2/2 Englewood East, spa-
cious, great location,
$625/ mo, 1st & Sec, no
pets. (941)-662-8936
A Deal! Nokomis 2bd, new'
tile & Paint, Irg Screen
Porch, Quiet Area $615
mo 941-809-3869
E Engl 2/2 Pet OK
$650/mo. 1st Mo
Free. $1000 sec
moves you in. Adobe
Realty Inc. 485-3998
Marcel 468-2529
EAST ENGLEWOOD 2/1
w/w carpet, W/D hook-
up, lawn care. N/P
$500/mo. 941-769-6548
days / 941-639-8829
evenings.

ENG. 2BR/1.5BA Tile
Floors Lanai, Conve-
nient loc. $500/mo
NS, No pets DAVE
475-7011

ENGL 2/2/1. Lawn &
Pest control incl. Pets
OK. Good location.
(201)-638-5805
Englewood P.C. 2/1,
just remodeled, tile, new
paint. Pets ok. $495 mo.
Call (239)-398-5473



ENGLEWOOD
1BR/1BA $475/mo
2br/lba $500
Recent remodel, W/D
No smoking/Pets
1st & Sec 941-400-1670
Englewood 2/1 w/lanai,
Adjacent unit also avail
for friend or relative.
Nice larger unit in good
area. $560 1st + Sec.
941-473-4071
Englewood 2/1, lanai, w/d
hook up. newpaint & tile,
Lawn care incl. $550/mo.,
1st. +sec. (941)624-5233
Englewood, 2/1, clean,
small pets okay, w/lyr.
lease $500 mo. (941)-
468-6216
ENGLEWOOD, 2/2, tiled,
newly decorated, quiet
location. $495/mo (941)-
698-4061 286-3902
Englewd. 2/1 w lanai
$595 Rotonda waterfront
cottage 2/1, lanai, W/D
$695. 941-460-9403
Harbor Heights, 27080
Ann Arbor 2/1 Complete-
ly Remodeled $600 mo
941-6274896
Murdock Area, 2/2/1, Ig.
walk-in closet, pantry,
water incl. $550.
941-423-0486
MURDOCK 329 Camillia
Lane. 2BR/2BA/lcg CHA
$600/mo + dep inclds
Water 941-284-2917
P.C. 2/1, Lanai W/D Lg.
shed, newly renovated,
1st. mo FREE $650
move in. 941-623-3834.
P.C. Newer 2/2 tile, wd
hkups, ceil. fans, lawn
care, $650 + +. By
Owner 207-749-1159
PC 1/1 tile, washer dryer
hookup, central a/c, yard
$550 incl. util + $300
dep. (760)-529-9248
PC, 2/1 Duplex apt.-
Quiet, clean, close to 41,
$575/mo. 1st & $500
sec. dep. 941-716-2177
Peace River Shores 2006
2/2 1000sf, All appl, lawn
care incld, N/P $650 1st
& Sec. (941)-626-3569
A-i, PG. Clean, quiet,
large, 2BR/1BA, carport,
$650 mo. $1300 Moves
you in. 941-637-0417, or
941-740-0491

large 2BR/1BA, carport,
$1300 Moves you in.
941-637-0417, or
941-740-0491
PGI 2/2/1 Waterfront
Carpet & Tile, W/D, D/W
Lanai,. Dock, Fenced
Backyard, Small Pet OK
$800. mo. Water,
Sewage, Yard Care incl.
Annual Lease 1st, Last &
Sec. (941)-626-0552


1300 DUPLEXES
FOR RENT

PUNTA GORDA WATER-
FRONT 1 MONTH FREE
1BR Duplex, + many
Xtras. NS. $550 mo. ann.
941- 626-9652
PUNTA GORDA- 2/1, CHA,
W/W carpet, W/D hookup,
screen lanai, lawn care,
water/sewer inc. $500. mo.
No pets! 941-769-6548
days, 639-8829 evenings.

1320 APARTMENTS
FOR RENT

*VENICE LRG 1/1 $600
INCLUDES UTILITY, NO.
PET. 941416-5293
-1 BR STARTING AT ;
$595 AT BURGUNDY.
.SQUARE On-thb Island
of Verce. SM'PETS OKW
SNew Mahagement
Ne lyRemodeled
S94148866666 :
1BR starting @ $500,
2BR $595. Studio
$450. With 12mo lease,
3rd mo free. Sm. dep.
PG (941)-628-6834
lbr/lba, 3 blocks from
Venice Beach, off Venice
Ave. New appls & W/D.
$595/mo 941-716-1431
1ST MONTH FREE
VENICE- lbr $600,2BR
$675. N/Pets. Sea Jay
Apts, under new mgmt.
941-232-9893
2 BEDROOM APT.
1/2 Block to Nokomis
Beach. $850/mo,
Less with maint.
Assistance. 1st, Last &
sec. 941-488-5672
Hampton Point Apts.
currently is offering 2, 3
& 4 bedrooms starting
at $550. No rent untif
2009! Located off
Rampart Blvd. Call
( 941) 979-1001 today
for move-in specials.
C.H. completely furn. 2
bdrm, covered parking,
immaculate, N/P, lease
$550, (941)-764-3969
CHAR. HBR. 1/1 updat-
ed, incl. water, pool,
scr. lanai, no pets.
$550. 941-628-3759
Charlotte Harbor efficien-
cy furnished, clean, neat,
lease, no pets $600 mo
(941)-764-3969
Clubside Apts. Studio
& 1 bedroom Avail.
$99 Moves you in.
(941)-488-7766
Eff $160 week, 1 Bedrm
apt $195 wk. Incl util.
Triangle Motel Punta
Gorda 941- 639-8356
Eng 1BR Poolside Fum Apt.
Town Center Tumkey W/D,
Utilities Incld. $800/mo
(941)2236572
SENGLEWOOD 1ST
MONTH FREE 12 mins
from Venice 2br w/den
2ba 1300spod $399.
moues $799/n o 941-
47304O

ENGLEWOOD WATER-
FONT 1/1, Very Clean,
Close to Shopping, N/P
$495/mo 941-475-5409
ISLAND OF VENICE
Eff, 1 & 2 br, 1-yr lease.
Immed. occup. No pets.
(941)416-5757

MANASOTA Key 1BR on
beach, Big porch. Small pet
ok. $850 mo. Incl Utils. +
cable TV. 941-661-7120
MANASOTA Key, steps to
beach. 1 & 2 bed. utl.
& cable incl. Sm. pets,
S175S-230 wk. Lng term
941-716-3660
NOKOMIS, West of 41,
1BR, Quaint, Secluded.
Perfect for Single. NP
Assist Owner with Light
Duties. (941)-484-4568
NP Hurry Won't Last!
2bedrm Ibath Icar gar.
Gallatin Ln. In Ex Cond.
$575 (941)423-9151
P.C. 2/2 nr. Promenades
Mall, tile, carpet, lanai,
canal, N/P $575 mo.
457-1888 941-724-3352


1320 APARTMENTS
FOR RENT
PC CLEAN 1/1 condo,
Sunshine Villas. No
smoking, no pets. $500.
mo. includes water
941-624-3644
S VENICE near Myakka
River, lbr/lba, $540+
elec. Unfurn, use of wash-
er/dryer. (941)468-2945
Toledo Club
Apts. Luxury
Community.
FALL

Studio's /$555
Ibd apts/$613
2bd apts/ $675
941-423-6600

VENICE ISL, 2br/lba,
930sf, nice island loca-
tion, close to beach &
hospital. $665/mo. + until
& Sec (941)-587-9997
VENICE ISLAND APTS
1 bedrm. apt avail. Close
to beach & downtown.
(941)7354020
VENICE ISLAND Efficencies
clean & neat. Walk to
beaches & dntown
$125wk+ 1-800-7464030
VENICE ISLAND Studio
apt, No pets. 2nd floor
S450/mo (941)484-
2206 or (941485-5698
1 VENICE Studio
& 1 bedroom.
"s Accepting
Section 8 Vouchers.
(941)-488-7766
VENICE-Spacious 2/1.5,
Unfurn, Close to shopping,
$700mo, 1st Last + Sec
(941)966-2762 aft 6prir
VENICE: 2/1 2 miles to
Beach, walk to Publix, Shops
& bus. Immaculate, Tile Car-
pet. $635/mo. Annual. No pets.
(941)-374-3401
VILLA SAN CARLOS II
22250 Vick St. PC.
Now Available -1 bedroom
For 62 or Older HUD
Subsidized Rents, income
limits apply. Call for appli-
cation. 941-624-4404.

OPPORTUNITY
Villa San Carlos
Apartments
Now accepting applications
for housing for the-elderly,
62 and older, or needing
features of accessible units,
income limits apply. Limited
availability. Please call 941-'
624-2266




/Woodmere
Apts of Venice.
Luxury
Community
FALL
FRENZY
I bd opts $755
2/bd apts $890
941-496-
4161

1340 MOBILE HOMES
FOR RENT

$200 OFF FIRST MONTH
RENT. 1 & 2 BR Tr..Sites
aval. $450-$525/mo. +
sec. PG 941-740-6000.
2005 doublewide,2bed
2bath, unfurnished on pri-
vate land call Mon -Fri
after 6pm weekends any-
time 456-0875
Clean 1/1, Park model
partly furn, scr. lanai, lots
of storage. Quiet safe park
Engl. area. Lawn Maint
$650 941-662-0015
Country Setting beside
lake, fully furnished,
$120/ week. Move in for
170. Near 1-75 exit 164.
(941)-575-9577
Engl 2BR/1BA, FL
room, 2 blks to Lemon
bay. Great landscaping
$625/mo 732-245-9591
Nokomis, lbd. + office,
fenced yard. Private lot,
Quiet area. No cats, 941-
223-0747 $700/mo


1340 MOBILE HOMES
FOR RENT
NOKOMIS:
1BR/1BA and 2BR/1BA
(941-914-2760
Punta Gorda 2bed
unfurnished on Lime St.
$675/mo 1st & $350
sec. (941)639-8356 or
(941)- 204-3625
Several Available From
$400 $750. Punta
Gorda, Nocatee & Kings
Hwy. In. ncCHA. 1st, Last
& Sec 941-624-0355
Shell Creek 2/1, fur-
nished no pets, $145 wk.
$500 dep. Lease. Immed.
occupancy (941)-639-
5821 or (941) 380-1354
Venice, $99 MOVES
YOU IN, LIMITED TIME
ONLY. Cute 2/2 w/
screened lanai, all apple ,
lawn service, cable TV &
much more. Age qualified
community. For more info
call Sheila Steinitz 941-
232-4539.
1350 EFFICIENCIES
FOR RENT
All 2 Rm Suites, DSL.
Tropical Bay Waterfront,
Sunnybrook, $160 wk. &
Up. 941-625-3004.
CLEAN furn. eff. apts. So.
PG $125-150 per wk, inci
util/cable, no pets. 941-
740-0491 or 637-0417
Englewood Historic Dist.
.N/P N/S $550 Incld
water & elec. F/L/S
Annual (941)475-4562
Punta Gorda canal view,
complete privacy, fully
furn., W/D, carport, Cable
TV. Util Incl. $525 mo.
941-661-8140
Punta Gorda cute 1/1
studios, incl. A/C, cable
$450 $500 1st. + last,
Pets neg. 239-200-0410
S VENICE, small efficiency,
util paid $440/mo, Ist&Lst.
Merry Christmas (941)484-
5535 or (941-68522268
South Venice, Furn. Effi-
ciency. $600/mo. elec &
cable included. Avail.
Jan. s. 941-497-3440
VENICE EAST Cozy Furn.
Studio, Kit, WasherDryer.
All Util. Incl Pet OK $600.
mo. 941-302-0023

1360 ROOMS FOR
RENT
A+ Furn. room in PC
clean & quiet; nice area,
close to All, util incl. $130
wk + dep. 941-626-2832


1360 ROOMS FOR
RENT
BEDROOM, BATH, CABLE,
KITCHEN PRIVLEDGES,
MALE PREF. NON SMOK-
ER. 941-497-5927
ONLY $100/Wk in PC/
Engl. Priv entr, cable,
ac. util incl.941-681-
1161, 941-681-1743
P.C. Priv. Entrance, house
priv., util. incl., w/d,
NS/NP. Refs. $115. wk.
+ Sec. (941)-240-0114.
P.C. ROOM FOR RENT
with house privileges. Util.
incl. $105/wk. + deposit.
Call (941)-276-2681.
PC Clean &'Quiet, $120
wk. $400/mo incl utils,
furn'd, refs. 941-743-
3070. 941-740-2565
PC or PG Single or Cou-
ples $75. -$115. wk.
Full house privileges.
W&D Incl 941-626-3230
PG, Furn., all incl.
$120 wk. 2-3 BR apt.
$850 mo. N/P, 941-639-
1089,941-623-7921
PUNTA GORDA ISLES, fur-
nished, Ig hm, $120 wk +
sec dep, kit, laundry, pool
priv. Boat/fish from dock
/P, N/S. 941-628-0349

1390 VACATION/SEAS
RENTALS
2BR/1BA home, Pt. Char-
lotte, very nice, $1300
mo. (941-286-7347
2BR/2BA CONDO on Man-
asota Key, Beach access,
boat slip, pool incl. Jan.
'or April $2550/mo
(941)-875-3380
A-1 Deluxe Apart-
ments in Pt. Charlotte
Lg. 2/2 or 2/1.
(941)-766-1177
ALMAR RENTALS &
MGT. SERVICES. MANY
FURNISHED UNITS
800-964-3095
Donna@almar-rentals.com
Charlotte Harbor Cottage,
Refurbished, Near shop-
ping & parks. Seasonal
$895 941-639-3268
D.C.. 2BR I car on golf
course. Avail. Dec. Jan.
Feb. March from $1600
mo 941-380-2762.
EFFIC. 1/1 Near Man.
Beach & S. Venice Ferry,
WD, internet, Sm pet ok.
$250/wk (941)493-3421
Eng. 3/2 pool w/spa furn
condo 1543 sq ft, avail
month of Jan. only$2200.
941-473-5544.


1390 VACATION/SEAS
RENTALS

Englewood 2/2 Split Plan
On Water, Fully Furn,
Ready to Move in. $1800
(502)-558-7023

nglewood/Manasota Ke
furn. clean 1BR/1BA 66
ft. to priv. stairs to Gulf,
N/S, No pets. $1250/mo
(941)475-2657

Grove City, lbd/lba fully
furn. incl. water, electric
& cable, w/d, 5 min.
to beach, small pet okay,
$700 mo. + sec.
(941)-697-9892
Live On The Avenue, walk
to beaches, shopping &
restaurants. Turn key fur-
nished. 2BR/1BA, 2nd
floor w/lanai htd. pool &
laundry. $1750/mo incl.
util. No pets. 3 rio. mini-
mum. 813-654-8866 or
813- 334-0532
MANASOTA KEY/ENGLE-
WOOD Weekly/Monthly
Rentals. 2/2 w/ Pool &
Dock, March & April
2009. 1/1, Feb. & March
2009. (941)-626-7158
NEAR NOKOMIS
BEACH Clean 2/1 avail.
Dec. Jan & Mar WD, utils
incl $1700/mth No pets
/smokers 941-488-3808
NEAR NOKOMIS
BEACH Clean 2/1 avail.
Nowe April WD utils incl
$1600/mth No pets
/smokers 941-488-3808
NOKOMIS, direct bay
front, 2/1.5, w/boat
dockage. Pet okay.
$2000 (941)408-3509
Nokomis, Island of Casey
Key 1&2br, on private
beach.Also 2/2, 2 miles
off bch (941)488-7272
PC 1BR Furn Condo heat-
ed Pool, hot tub, W/D
Avail now through April.
$900. (941)-627-3896
PC, Off Kings Hwy. 2/2,
quiet,, turnkey, tennis/
pool, cable & water
included. (941)763-9052
PC, Clean, 2BR/2BA fully
furn. Close to Beach/Sta-
dium. NS, NP. Negotiable
941-743-3048
PC, Deep Creek 2/2
Condo, fully furn. Pool,
Tennis, Bocce, Clubhouse
$1500mo 4th month
Free. (941)-697-7442
PG New 3/2/2 55+
Gated Community, Furn,
Heated Pool, Clbhse, Ten-
nis & Lawn Care Incld.
N/S $1000 + Utir. Avail
4/09. (919)-428-1886


1390 VACATION/SEAS
RENTALS

PG, 1 & 2 BRApts
screened private lanai,
CHA, Available Jan 1st for
3 months $3000. for
1BR/1BA $3600. for
2BR/2BA 941-769-7699
Port Charlotte 2B/1B
$1200 mo. $300 sec.
fresh water canal. Jan/
Feb/Mar. 941-629-3536
S. Gulf Cove, 3/2/2 on
water, fully furn. quiet
location. Avail by the
month. (941)-828-8870
S. Venice 2/2/2
Furnished, Close to '
Manasota Beach. N/S,
N/P (941)493-0849 '

SEASONAL RENTALS
Larraine Kenney
RE/MAX Anchor Rty
(941)-639-1376

Venice Villa, The Planta-
tion Golf & CC, 2/2 'N/S,
N/P, Turn-key, mo. to mo.
(734)-330-9521
Venice, 1/1, turnkey,'
1 mo./$1400 3mo.
/$3600. Sec/$1,000.'
941416-5293
Venice, 2bd Condo, Furn.
Pristine Cond. Pool, Club-
house, Golf Course,
$1800. (941)488-3579
VENICE. 2br/2ba HOME,
fully fum, 50+ resort fac.'
Wkly, Mo, Yearly. 516-72-
7487 or 516-7282991

1500 LOTS & ACREAGE

ALMOST 1 acre buildable
residential, mobile or mod-
ular homes. $19,000/
obo. Dan (941)-661-0564

1515WATERFRONT

PEACE RIVER SHORES
1/4 Acre, No bridges to
river. $79,900/obo
(941)-627-4466
PEACE RIVER SHORES
1/4 Acre, No bridges to
river; $79,900/obo
(941)-6274466

1600 BUSINESS
FOR SALE

ENGL BREAKFAST &
LUNCH Great menu &
reputation. Beer & wine
$45k
Fred Smith Realty, Inc.
(941)-475-5686


PARADISE REALTY OF VENICE
941-488-1111

Long on features, 3BR, 2BA plus caged
heated pool in Venice historic district. Walk
to shops and hospital, bike to beach and all
Venice Island offers. $265,000


Large rooms! Great location, 2 bedroom, 2
bath home with family room and office,
newer roof, double garage, caged pool &
patio. $155,000


Downtown! Duplex in nice area North of
West Venice Avenue, covered parking each
side, bike or walk to downtown shops,
tennis and beach. $375,000


Island of Venice! 3 BR, 2BA home with
family room & carpeted lanai, domed
kitchen, tiled roof, double garage. $475,000


RE/MAX ALLIANCE GROUP
941-486-8686

Venice Gardens 2 bdr/2ba/2 car garage
home reduced $10,000. New A/C in 2005,
roof upgraded in 2008. Living room,
Florida room and sunroom with lots of new
windows. Voluntary homeowners assoc.
with community pool. $144,900
A free service of the Venice Gondolier Sun to regular retail
advertisers. The Gondolier Sun recognizes prices are going down!


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941-627-4649
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Krauth Construction

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941-809-0473


TEDDY'S
HANDYMAN &
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or Too Small!
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CRC 1327653


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remodeling Lic. & Insured Drywall Repairs
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restoration Also Change of Textures
New Construction
DON SPITTLER DRYWALL, LLC.
Offering Excellence And Dependability In
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Electrical
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Texturing/Painting
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941-766-1767
CRC 1327942
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SUN FILE PHOTO
Venice Vice Mayor and City Council
Member Sue Lang is among those
named in the ongoing Sunshine
lawsuit.



Complaint



against



Lang



dismissed
BY GREG GILES
NEWS EDITOR

The Florida Commission on
Ethics voted Dec. 5 to dismiss an


ethics
c o0 m-
plaint
against
Venice
City
Council
Member
Sue Lang
for "lack
of legal
sufficien-
cy.


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SUN PHOTOS BY JUSTIN FENNELL, jfennell@vencegondolier.com
Above, donated toys fill up the bow of this Sea Ray sport boat delivered to the Salvation Army Tuesday by
MarineMax of Venice. This is the first year Marine Max has held a toy drive, but the results were so good the
business plans to continue it.
Below, Coy Nuzum, right, hands MarineMax coworker Jason Worley donated toys as he unloads a 21-foot Sea
Ray used in a toy drive for Salvation Army. The contents of the vessel were loaded into a Sea Ray 175 Sport,
which was then towed to Salvation Army in Venice for the delivery of the toys.


The multi-count complaint
was filed Oct. 9 against Lang by
Venice resident Winston Wil-
more. The complaint alleged
Lang had conflicts of interest
while voting on airport-related / *, - ' '
issues, misused her position by '
targeting local airport business-
es and violated state Sunshine
Law.
To prove an allegation of
"intentional use of one's public
position for personal gain"
Wilmore would have needed to
show there was personal benefit
to Lang, according to the report,
which was released Dec. 10.
"The change in airport activi-
ties cannot be said to be person-
al ... because the perceived ben-
efit - reduction in noise and air
traffic (and impact on property
values) - would be shared by
everyone in the surrounding
area. Indeed, according to the
complainant, the respondent
campaigned, and was elected,

Please see LANG, 5A

West Beach Resort approved


BY GREG GILES
NEWS EDITOR


The Venice Planning Commis-
sion OK'd site plans for a planned
hotel on the island Tuesday.
Developer Harvey Wasserman
proposed the six-story hotel and
spa, which he renamed West
Beach Resort, near the airport on
Avenida del Circo in June 2007.
The property was rezoned to
accommodate the hotel in July.
The site was formerly the Whisp-
ering Sands assisted living facility.
Wasserman impressed the
commission with plans that call
for colorful glass tile mosaic
murals that will dot the property in
a few select areas.


"I've been living this project for
a year and a half," Wasserman said.
"I know you're going to approve it."
The commission did, with a
unanimous vote.
Wasserman pushed construc-
tion plans back a year after discus-
sions about the economy with
hotel and restaurant owners and
contractors. He hopes to break
ground in April or May 2009, and
be open for business by Christmas
2010.
Wasserman said he's commit-
ted to making the entire project a
local one, using local contractors.
When it's finished he anticipated
the hotel will employ between 40

Please see RESORT, 4A


COURTESY GRAPHIC
Site plans for the planned West Beach Resort on the island in Venice
show a 165-room hotel featuring a rooftop restaurant and bar open to
the public.


Orioles

deal to be

considered
See related story on page 9

BY JOHN HAUGHEY
STAFF WRITER

The Sarasota County Tourism
Development Board Monday
endorsed raising the bed tax to
induce the Baltimore Orioles to
stage spring training in Ed Smith
Stadium.
The board voted 7-1 to rec-
ommend county commission-
ers approve the $57.5 million
deal during public hearing on
Wednesday afternoon in Sara-
sota.
The endorsement was con-
tingent on the Cal Ripken Base-
ball Group bringing the Cal
Ripken Academy to Sarasota
and that the proposal not divert
money from county marketing
efforts.
Sarasota County Commis-
sioner Nora Patterson, the
board's commission representa-
tive, cast the dissenting vote, but
not because she was opposed.
Patterson said she favors the
deal's latest reiteration, but did-
n't think it was appropriate - or
legal - to support it until it goes
before commissioners on Wed-
nesday.
Patterson's support could be
pivotal because she and Com-
missioner Jon Thaxton opposed
the $38.5 million effort to keep
the Cincinnati Reds in Ed Smith
Stadium, the $70 million pro-
posal to bring the Boston Red
Sox to Sarasota, and the Orioles'
initial $65 million deal.
In fact, Patterson urged fellow
commissioners to move quickly,
noting the Orioles are also nego-
tiating spring training proposals
with Vero Beach and Fort
Lauderdale.

Please see DEAL, 4A

Uneven

season

downtown

BY ROGER BUTTON
BUSINEWS COLUMNIST

Downtown merchants ac-
knowledge business is off as a
result of the recession. However
the Venice MainStreet Strolls
have resulted in good turnout by
full-time and seasonal residents.
"Because of the economy,
business is not what it used to
be," said Tom Carney, owner of
TJ Carney's, 231 W Venice Ave.,
"but we're not going to be clos-
ing our doors anytime soon."
Thursday strolls are better for
the restaurant than Fridays,
because he is always busy on
Friday and Saturdays anyway.
Traditionally the two weeks be-
fore Christmas are very slow, but
between Christmas and New
Year it is very busy.
"I'm looking forward to the
big influx of snowbirds at the
end of January," Carney said.
"Sure, it will be a good season
but, because of the economy,
not up to last year."
Promotion essential
October was her best month
and November was good, but
December has certainly slowed
with people going back up
North for Thanksgiving and
Christmas.

Please see SEASON, 4A


Good morning,
Gondolier Sun
subscriber,
DANIEL SCHAFFNER


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School district officials expect to cut positions


BY AUDREY BLACKWELL
STAFF WRITER
According to Lori White,
superintendent of Sarasota
County schools, staff reductions
are necessary to respond to eco-
nomic issues confronting the
district.
"I am certain we will have to
cut positions next year," she said
Friday.
She made it clear that it is the
number of positions that will be
reduced, not necessarily people.
The district has a hiring freeze in
place, and several open posi-
tions were eliminated this year,
but personnel were not let go by
the district.
Attrition helped to keep cur-
rent staff members on the pay-
roll. This will likely be the
method used to help reduce
next year's budget.
"Part of it (reason for the
position cuts) is due to the loss
in enrollment," White said.
"There has been a loss of 71
positions in the district that
was driven by the decreased
enrollment. In addition, we are
looking to bridge the gap
between projected revenues
and projected expenditures.
There is a tremendous bud-
getary gap and we have to
reduce our spending levels."


The Dec. 12 enrollment
report from the school district
showed a decrease of 855 stu-
dents across the district.
Frozen cushion
District administrators and
board members are meeting
monthly in budget workshops
looking at possible budget cuts
for 2009-10 to meet a nearly $40
million shortfall.
"We are looking at ways to
save money this year and have
frozen some dollars to apply
toward next year's budget,"
White said.
Asked if one type of position
- such as the arts, music or
physical education - would be
targeted more than another,
White was adamant that would
not be the case.
"I told the arts council and
others that there will be no
group held harmless, but the
reduction of staff positions will
probably hit all content areas
equally," she said. "Cuts will be
across the board."
And the district is not making
any staffing modifications this
year, as some districts are doing,
according to White.
"But we are trying to freeze
money this year to help cushion
the budget reductions for next
year," she said.


Savings
The district is looking at two
areas for possible savings in
2009-10 - student transporta-
tion and class scheduling. These
savings would be in addition to
those reported by the district in
a Nov. 5 news release that out-
lined $13 million in savings from
its operations budget. The entire
Operations Department report
is available online at www.
sarasotacountyschools.net/
operations.asp.
Scott Ferguson, communica-
tions specialist for the district,
said staff is working on pocket
pick-ups for transportation to
Pine View and Bay Haven
schools and possible shifts in
start and end times at some
schools, which would also result
in some transportation savings.
A working document pre-
pared by Scott Lempe, chief
operating officer, shows that
Pine View School has the highest
cost per student of any school in
the district for transporting stu-
dents by bus. By using pocket
pickups in fewer areas along bus
routes, the number of stops
could be reduced from 463 to
about 75. Buses would cover 800
fewer miles a day, with a saving
of about $600,000 a year.
Pocket pick-ups to Bay Haven
Elementary School in Sarasota,


the second highest in trans-
portation costs, could result in
230 fewer miles traveled per day
and a cost saving of about
$153,000 per year.
Total cuts in the transporta-
tion area, including the pocket
pick-ups, changing the opening
and closing times of schools,
adjusting service levels to char-
ter schools and making other
route changes could potentially
save the district $1.1 million.
The district is also consider-
ing a possible move from block
scheduling to traditional sched-
uling in the high schools. Block
scheduling, used in middle and
high schools in the district,
requires more teachers than tra-
ditional scheduling, Ferguson
said.
Block scheduling usually
requires four 90-minute periods
in a day; a student can finish a
course in one semester.
Traditional scheduling requires
a seven-period day that is about
60 minutes in length for each
subject and it will take a student
the entire school year to com-
plete a subject.
There is a 12-percent staffing
difference between block and
traditional scheduling, which
can mean 50 to 60 positions,
Ferguson said.
"These are just possibilities


for the beginning of finding
cuts for the $40 million shortfall
we will face next school year,"
Ferguson said.
Barry Dubin, executive direc-
tor of the SC/TA union, said he is
hesitant to embrace the notion of
cutting positions in the district.
"When you have to cut $39
(million) to $40 million, you're
looking at cutting positions," he
said.
Dubin said the cuts may get
into the classroom, to data and
literacy coaches.
"I think she (White) said from
the beginning that they could
probably be cut," he said.
He said that each year the
attrition rate is about 10 percent
in the district and that White has
been careful to not fill a position
when someone retires or leaves
the district.
"Hopefully she is bank-rolling
these positions. The 71 will
clearly be cut by attrition," he
said. "But what about the next
wave of cuts?"
Ferguson said that this year,
the district did a lot of reassign-
ing, and that, if positions such as
data and literacy coaches are
cut, staff may be given the
option of going back to the class-
room as teachers.
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RESORT from Page lA

and 100 people in the area.
Using local contractors,
he said, means "creating
jobs and tax money."
"I'm excited about
bringing Venice some glory,
some (prosperity)," he said.
Wasserman already
agreed to a county request
that he fund a SCAT cov-
ered bus stop at the site.

Positive thinking
Acceptance of the site
plan signals the end of the
major approvals that are


needed to move forward
with the project.
Whether it gets built, at
this point, remains largely
a function of the economy.
"Some projects get
approved and never go all
the way," said Planning
Commission Chair John
Osmulski. "We approved
Charleston Place (project)
two times and it never got
done. Sometimes the best
projects never get built."
Wasserman leaves no
doubt he's thinking posi-
tively and looking to make
the project a reality.


A year ago city council
and the planning commis-
sion overwhelmingly ap-
proved plans for the five-
story hotel over one story
of parking (total six sto-
ries). The former assisted
living facility will be reno-
vated to form a wing of the
hotel.
Plans call for a 165-unit
hotel on 5 acres with 191
parking spaces. It includes
a 6,000-square-foot spa on
an outparcel; 5,000 square
feet for a meeting/ball-
room/convention center;
three restaurants includ-


ing a top-floor revolving
eatery; a pocket park with
fountain; an outdoor
swimming pool; outdoor
dining; and a playground.
Wasserman received
approval for a height ex-
ception that covers less
than 3 percent of the lot.
The resort's unique fea-
ture is a planned revolving
rooftop restaurant and bar
open to the public.




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Schools offer driver training


STAFF REPORT


Sarasota County Public
Schools will offer an after-
school driver education
program starting Jan. 21.
The program will be
offered in all Sarasota
County high schools.
School officials said
that the program will con-
sist of six hours of driving
and six hours of classroom
instruction in all six high
schools. The program at


Pine View will also include
a course of 54 hours of
classroom and six hours of
behind-the-wheel instruc-
tion.
Students who attend
the 54-hour Pine View
course will be eligible for a
half-credit as an elective
course, school officials
said.
"While the driver edu-
cation offerings will now

Please see DRIVER, 5A


DEAL from Page 1 A


"Don't think the Orioles will
hang around another couple of
months while we make up our
minds," she said. "They do have
other options."

Moving target
County Chief Financial Of-
ficer Jeff Seward said a late revi-
sion lowered the cost from $65



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"Strolls definitely brought
back more people on Thurs-
days," said Sandy McGowan,
owner of Sandy's Designer
Clothing, 128 W Venice Ave.
Sometimes they only stroll
with their husbands, but the
wives come back and shop
another day, she said. In a time
when the economy is bad, retail-
ers have to promote their busi-
ness by advertising.
"It is ridiculous how traders
don't open for a few hours on
Sunday in this tourist town so
working people and visitors can
shop," said McGowan.

Just lookers
"Business is off, but I'm hop-
ing the buyers will be out this
week," said Kerri Marshall, who
recently acquired and moved
Kerri's Jewels & Gems to 132 W
Venice Ave. from Miami Avenue.


million to $57.5 million.
He said the county already
approved a half-cent bed tax
hike to retain the Reds, so the
debate is whether to raise the
bed tax by another quarter-cent.
If commissioners go with the
additional quarter-cent in-
crease, he said, there is still a gap
of $5 million to $17.3 million.


She said the strolls are nice,
but most people are just lookers
and do not seem ready to buy,
believing they are holding on
until the end.
Doing better than he expect-
ed because items in his store are
inexpensive is Jeff O'Berry,
owner of Nifty Nic Nacs, 203 W
Venice Ave.
People coming to the store
are looking for affordable gifts
and stocking fillers.
More important, he is the
only gift shop open at night.
'Although there were a lot
more people out on the
Thursday strolls, it is not a bigger
dollar day," said O'Berry.
His Christmas walk sales were
down this year because he had
fewer customers.
"I could not give up evenings
and Sundays; they consistently
add more than 20 percent to my


If not, Seward said, that gap
will be between $20 million and
$27 million.
He said financing scenarios
are clouded by volatility in the
bond market.
"Trying to nail down interest
rates is more than a moving tar-
get - it's like trying to hit a mov-
ing target on a rapidly moving


take," he said.
In his second year on West
Venice Avenue, repeat business
is critical this year.

Slower
"Christmas is not really a big
season for me, but this year has
been slower than most," said
Kathy Crisman, co-owner of
Dick's Shoes, 219 W Venice Ave.
For her there is no compari-
son: Thursdays strolls are better
than Fridays, but anything that
brings people downtown is
good. The Christmas Walk
brought in lots of people, pro-
viding an opportunity to make
some sales.
From experience, she knows
business will pick up in mid-
January when the snowbirds
return.
"I am one of the few stores
opening on Sundays when peo-


river," Seward said.
A key element of the proposal
is securing a commitment from
Cal Ripken Baseball Inc. to
establish a baseball academy in
tandem with the Orioles.
Ripken officials say their year-
round academy will draw 65,000
people a year.
Baltimore Orioles general


ple want to shop, so I get all the
business," said Crisman. "If
you're not willing to work, you
really cannot complain."

Better than expected
Newcomer Leah Sherman,
co-owner of Collectors Gallery &
Framery, 114 S. Nokomis Ave.,
said business has been better
than she was prepared for when
she took over the 23-year-old
business in June. In September
the doors might as well have
been closed, but October was
good and November was out-
standing for sales.
"We like the strolls because
we are working hard to let peo-
ple know where we are," said
Sherman. "Do they buy? Not
necessarily; some come back."
She thinks the strolls present
a positive image and raise the
awareness of the merchants of


counsel Alan Rifkin said those
figures include coaches,
observers and family members.
"I am very confident (the
Orioles' deal) will result in the
youth academy," he said. "We
are a large part of the existence
of that foundation. Wherever we
go, they will join us."
jhaughey@sun-herald.com


Venice.

No great surprises
"In a nutshell, generally the
level of pre-Christmas shopping
is as well as expected," said KC
Quaretti-Lee, Venice MainStreet
executive director. "There are no
great surprises."
Local retailers with a unique
business offering personalized
service and specialty products
are getting through the difficult
times.
New businesses continue to
open every day because people
still want to invest in downtown
because of its money-making
potential.
"Everybody loves the strolls,
and the Christmas stroll was so
busy we took 150 family pho-
tographs," said Quaretti-Lee.

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16 NOTICE OF ACTION

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
SARASOTA COUNTY,
FLORIDA
Case No: 2008-DR-16220-NC
IN RE: The Marriage of:
MARTINA MARKOVA
Petitioner/Wife
and
ROBERT MAREK,
Respondent/Husband.
NOTICE OF ACTION
DIRECTED TO:
ROBERT MAREK
YOU ARE NOTIFIED THAT the
Petitioner, a Florida Respondent,
has instituted an action seeking to
Dissoloution Of Marriage in Saraso-
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legal description of the same is
attached hereto as Exhibit "A".
You are required to serve a copy of
your written defenses, if any, to
this above-styled action on Ms.
Maureen Avila, Avila Family
Law, Petitioner's attorney, whose
address is 2187 Ringling Blvd,
Sarasota, FL 34237; and on or
before DECEMBER 29, 2008, and
file the original with the Clerk of the
Court either before service on the
Plaintiff's attorney or immediately
thereafter; otherwise a default will
be entered against you for the
relief demanded in the Complaint.
Dated: November 19, 2008.
KAREN E. RUSHING
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT
COURT
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DECEMBER 10, 2008
DECEMBER 17, 2008
DECEMBER 24. 2008
NOTICE OF ACTION
BEFORE THE
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P.O. Box 52021
Sarasota, Florida 34232
&
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Case No.: 2007-40103
License No.: RN 9166432
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4640.
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20 NOTICE TO
CREDITORS

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR SARASOTA COUNTY,
FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
IN RE: ESTATE OF,
LISA T. BARRI,
Deceased
File No. 2008-CP-19155-NC
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate
of LISA T. BARRI, deceased,
whose date of death was Octo-
ber 4, 2008; is pending in the
Circuit Court for Sarasota
County Probate Division, File
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the address of which is P.O.
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addresses of the personal rep-
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set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent
and other persons having
claims or demands against
decedent's estate, including
unmatured, contingent, or unliq-
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notice, must file their claims
with this court WITHIN THE
LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER
THE DATE OF THE FIRST
PUBLICATION OF THIS
NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER
THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A
COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON
THEM.
All other creditors of the dece-
dent and other persons having
claims or demands against
decedent's estate, including
unmatured, contingent or unliq-
uidated claims, must file their
claims with this court WITHIN
3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE
OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED
WILL BE FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE
TIME PERIODS SET FORTH
ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED
TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE
AFTER THE DECEDENT'S
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publication of
this Notice is DECEMBER 10,
2008.


20 NOTICE TO
CREDITORS

Personal Representative:
ADRIAN E. BARRI
2144 Black Oak Ct.
Sarastoa, FL 34232
Attorney for Personal
Representative:
PAUL A. MORAN, ESQ.
PAUL A. MORAN, P.A.
Attorney
Florida Bar No. 320137
46 N. Washington Blvd.,
Suite 25A
Sarasota, FL 34236
Telephone: (941)-955-
1717
Publish: December 10, 17,
2008


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
SARASOTA COUNTY, FLORI-
DA
PROBATE DIVISION
IN RE: ESTATE OF
JANICE KING-LOGIE, aA//a,
ELIZABETH KING LOGIE,
Deceased,
File No. 2008-CP-18028-SC
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate
of JANICE KING-LOGIE,
a/k/a, ELIZABETH KING
LOGIE, deceased, whose date of
death was October 14, 2008,
and whose social security num-
ber is XXX-XX-3853, is pending
in the Circuit Court for SARASO-
TA County, Florida, Probate Divi-
sion, the address of which is
2000 Main Street, Room 102,
Sarasota, FL 34237. The
names and addresses of the per-
sonal representative and the per-
sonal representative's attorney
are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or
demands against decedent's
estate on whom a copy of this
notice is required to be served
must file their claims with this
court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3
MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF
THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS
AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE
OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE
ON THEM.
All other creditors of the dece-
dent and other persons having
claims or demands against dece-
dent's estate must file their
claims with this court WITHIN 3
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF
THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITH-
IN THE TIME PERIODS SET
FORTH IN SECTION 733.702
OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE
CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE
TIME PERIODS SET FORTH
ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED
TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE
AFTER THE DECEDENT'S
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publication of
this Notice is December 17,
2008.
Personal Representative:
Donna Lee Drake
3851 Warrior Ave.
North Port, FL 34286
Attorneys for Personal
Representative:


20 NOTICE TO
CREDITORS

W. KEVIN RUSSELL, P.A.
Florida Bar No. 398462
14295 S. Tamiami Trail
North Port, FL 34287
Telephone: (941)-429-1871
PUBLISH: December 17, 24,
2008

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR
SARASOTA COUNTY,
FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
IN RE: ESTATE OF
MARY A. MILLER,
Deceased.
File No. 2008-CP-019250-
NC
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate
of MARY A. MILLER,
deceased, whose date of death
was October 22, 2008, File
Number 2008-CP-019250-
NC, is pending in the Circuit
Court for Sarasota County,
Florida, Probate Division, the
address of which is P.O. Box
3079, SARASOTA, FL
34230-3079. The names and
addresses of the personal rep-
resentative and the personal
representative's attorney are
set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent
and other persons having
claims or demands against
decedent's estate, on whom a
copy of this notice is required
to be served must file their
claims with this court WITHIN
THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS
AFTER THE TIME OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS
NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER
THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A
COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON
THEM.
All other creditors of the dece-
dent and other persons having
claims or demands against
decedent's estate must file
their claims with this court
WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER
THE DATE OF THE FIRST
PUBLICATION OF THIS
NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED
WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS
SET FORTH IN SECTION
733.702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE
FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE
TIME PERIOD SET FORTH
ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED
TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE
AFTER THE DECEDENT'S
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publication
of this notice is December
10, 2008.
Personal Representative:
VERNA KURTZ
4233 Neva Way
Sarasota, FL 34232
Attorney for Personal
Representative:
Florida Bar No. 0351301
H. GREG LEE, P.A.
2014 Fourth Street
Sarasota, Florida 34237
Telephone: (941)-954-0067
PUBLISH: December 10,
17, 2008


20 NOTICE TO
CREDITORS

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
SARASOTA COUNTY,
FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
IN RE: Estate of
LAURA ELIZAABETH
NABORS,
Deceased.
File No: 2008-CP-17655-SC
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate
of LAURA ELIZABETH
NABORS, deceased, File
No. 2008-CP-17655-SC, is
pending in the Circuit Court for
SARASOTA County, Florida,
Probate Division, the address
of which is 4000 South Tami-
ami Trail, Venice, FL 34293.
The names and addresses of
the Personal Representative
and the Personal Representa-
tive's attorney are set forth
below.
All creditors of the decedent
and other persons having
claims or demands against
decedent's estate, including
unmatured, contingent or unliq-
uidated claims, on whom a
copy of this notice is served,
must file their claims with this
Court WITHIN THE LATER OF
THREE MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLI-
CATION OF THIS NOTICE OR
30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE
OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF
THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the dece-
dent and persons having claims
or demands against the dece-
dent's estate must file their
claims with this Court WITHIN
THREE MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICA-
TION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL OBJECTIONS NOT SO
FILED WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
The date of the first publica-
tion of this notice is
December 10, 2008
Personal Representative:
CAROLE ANN PRANG
468 Ramblewood St.
Port Charlotte, FL 33953
W. GRADY HUIE, ESQUIRE
143 East Miami Avenue
Venice, FL 34285
(941) 488-8551
FL Bar No. 192724
Attorney for Personal
Representative
Publish: December 10, 17,
2008

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR SARASOTA COUNTY,
FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
IN RE: ESTATE OF
ALVIN SCHWARTZ,
Deceased.
File No. 2008-CP-19673-
NC
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate
of ALVIN SCHWARTZ,
deceased, whose date of death
was May 4, 2007, and whose


20 NOTICE TO
CREDITORS

social security number is XXX-
XX-4861, is pending in the Cir-
cult Court for SARASOTA
County, Florida, Probate Divi-
sion; the address of which is
P.O. Box 3079, Sarasota, FL
34230. The names and
addresses of the personal rep-
resentative and the personal
representative's attorney are
set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent
and other persons having
claims or demands against
decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this notice is required
to be served must file their
claims with this court WITHIN
THE LATER OF THREE (3)
MONTHS AFTER THE TIME
OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY
(30) DAYS AFTER THE DATE
OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF
THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the dece-
dent and other persons having
claims or demands against the
decedent's estate must file
their claims with this court
WITHIN THREE (3) MONTHS
AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS
NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED
WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS
SET FORTH IN SECTION
733.702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE
FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE
TIME PERIODS SET FORTH
ABOVE, ANY CLAIMS FILED
TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE
AFTER THE DECEDENT'S
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
THE DATE OF FIRST PUBLI-
CATION OF THIS NOTICE IS
DECEMBER 17, 2008.
Personal Representative:
MICHAEL DOUGLAS
SCHWARTZ
55 Sunset Road
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Charles F. Wheeler, P.A.
Attorney for Personal
Representative
871 Venetia Bay Boulevard
Suite 350
Venice, FL 34292
Phone (941) 485-5486
Florida Bar No. 116573
PUBLISH: December 17,
24, 2008

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR
SARASOTA COUNTY,
FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
IN RE: ESTATE OF
LARRY WAYNE SHIELDS,
Deceased.
File No. 2008-CP-019874-
NC
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate
of LARRY WAYNE SHIELDS,
deceased, whose date of death
was October 16, 2008, File
Number 2008-CP-019874-
NC, is pending in the Circuit
Court for Sarasota County,
Florida, Probate Division, the
address of which is P.O. Box


20 NOTICE TO
CREDITORS

3079, SARASOTA, FL
34230-3079. The names and
addresses of the personal rep-
resentative and the personal
representative's attorney are
set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent
and other persons having
claims or demands against
decedent's estate, on whom a
copy of this notice is required
to be served must file their
claims with this court WITHIN
THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS
AFTER THE TIME OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS
NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER
THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A
COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON
THEM.
All other creditors of the dece-
dent and other persons having
claims or demands against
decedent's estate must file
their claims with this court
WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER
THE DATE OF THE FIRST
PUBLICATION OF THIS
NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED
WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS
SET FORTH IN SECTION
733.702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE
FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE
TIME PERIOD SET FORTH
ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED
TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE
AFTER THE DECEDENT'S
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publication
of this notice is December
17, 2008.
Personal Representative:
JACOB E. SHIELDS
3760 Helene Street
Sarasota, FL 34233
Attorney for Personal
Representative:
Florida Bar No. 0351301
H. GREG LEE, P.A.
2014 Fourth Street
Sarasota, Florida 34237
Telephone: (941)-954-0067
PUBLISH: December 17,
24, 2008

30 NOTICE OF SALE

NOTICE OF SALE
At public sale by competitive
bidding on Thursday, January
6, 2009 at 12 PM. SOUTH
VENICE STORAGE, (941)-
497-5957 on premises where
said property is stored and
which are located at:
SOUTH VENICE STORAGE
20 CIRCLEWOOD DR
VENICE, FLORIDA 34293
DERRICK WARNER (10X20)
All auctioned units must be paid
for in cash and emptied by 5
p.m. on day of sale. Units list-
ed for auction may be with-
drawn without notice.
PUBLISH: Dec. 17, 24, 2008

38 OTHER NOTICES

LEGAL NOTICE
This ad shall serve as
legal notification of chan-
nel changes on, or around
January 15, 2009, for


38 OTHER NOTICES

Comcast Cable customers
in digital capable areas of
Manatee, Sarasota and
Charlotte Counties.
. Retirement Living TV
(RLVT) will be added to the
Digital Classic tier (chan-
nel 257).
* A digital-ready televi-
sion set and/or digital
equipment may be
required to receive cer-
tain digital channels or
certain services. Services
not available in all areas,
restrictions apply - please
call for details. For infor-
mation about all of our
product offerings, please
visit www.comcast.com.
PUBLISH: December 17, 2008
LEGAL NOTICE
This ad shall serve as
legal notification of the
introduction of a new
cable video service, on or
around December 16,
2008, for Comcast cus-
tomers in digital capable
areas of Manatee, Saraso-
ta and Charlotte Counties.
Starting 12/16/08, Con-
cast will offer Digital
Economy video service.
Digital Economy includes
Limited Basic service
along with a subset of
channels from Expanded
Basic, Value Pak and 48
Music Choice music chan-
nels. Digital Economy will
retail for $39.95 per
month as a standalone, or
$29.95 per month when
purchased with any level
of our phone and/or Inter-
net services, plus applica-
ble taxes and fees.
Additionally, Comcast will
offer the Digital Economy
Triple Play. The Digital
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dle includes Digital Econo-
my video service, Econo-
my High-Speed Internet
and Comcast Digital Voice
Local with More. The
standard price for this
bundle is $79.85 per
month, plus applicable
taxes and fees.
*A digital-ready television
set and/or digital equip-
ment may be required to
receive certain digital
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tion about all of our prod-
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PUBLISH: December 17, 2008

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4A SUN NEWSPAPERS


WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17, 2008





WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17, 2008

DRIVER from Page4A


LANG from Page 1A


on this platform. (T)he respondent may
enjoy an incidental benefit as a result of
such changes ...."
"The commission has (previously) said
that if the size of the class of persons
affected by the measure is sufficiently
large, and there is no disproportionate
impact on the voting officials, the gain or
loss will not be 'special,' "according to the
report.
The commission declined to rule on
some of the allegations, saying the
alleged Sunshine Law violations, such as
using liaisons and disclosing information
obtained in a "shade" meeting, are within
the jurisdiction of the state attorney's
office, not the ethics commission.
'Insufficient'
The commission said it based part of
its decision on the lack of facts contained
in the complaint.
"The complainant (Wilmore) does not
indicate, other than in a vague and con-
clusory manner, what information was
used, how it was used, or how its use ben-
efited the respondent (Lang). Therefore,
the complaint is legally insufficient to
allege a violation ...."
Wilmore said he was disappointed in

SUNSHINE UPDATE
Judge Robert Bennett issued an
order Dec. 12 granting a continuation
on motions for summary judgment by
three members of Venice City Council
in the Sunshine lawsuit against them.
He also ordered plaintiff Anthony
Lorenzo to complete his examination of
records from the defendants by Dec.
31 and complete the taking of all depo-
sitions necessary to oppose the
motions.
Bennett ordered the defendants to
"fully cooperate" by producing all docu-
ments no later than Dec. 24.
Lorenzo has until Jan. 10 to file any
pleadings in opposition to the motions
for summary judgment.


the commission's decision, especially
because no fact-finding occurred even
though he informed the commission he
had a 2-inch binder of information he
hoped to provide to back up his allega-
tions.
"There is a lesson (here)," Wilmore
said. "(I) had a quite a booklet of exhibits,
but they weren't interested in seeing
those at the outset. Instead, they made
their decision based on the eight-page
complaint.
"To be quite honest, they could have
accepted everything I had and still made
the same decision," he said. "They did
what they did and I'm going to live with
it."
"His claim is that I might (have) a per-
sonal gain in the value of my house if the
airport were closed," Lang said earlier. "I
think that's pretty flimsy logic. The econ-
omy would have much more impact."
Trying times
Lang lives seven blocks from the air-
port underneath the path of runway 13 of
the Venice Municipal Airport and has led
a campaign that continues today to
reduce airplane noise.
Wilmore said he remains convinced
Lang intends to do "whatever she can to
shut the airport down, regardless of what
she says."
"These are very economically trying
times," he said. "It's no time to quash
what could be a benefit to the city of
Venice for years to come.
"The rest of the country is scrambling
to use what assets they have to bolster
their economic foundation and she
seems to be doing the exact opposite.
Council seems to be squandering our
money with the opposite thought in
mind - let's shut it down, spend money
on the Sunshine lawsuit ... all over (the
place)."
A telephone call to Lang for comment
was not returned.

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The new classes will be mostly paid for
using funds from the Dori Slosberg Driver
Education Safety Act, saving the district
about $850,000, Ferguson said.
All courses will be administered by
Ault's Driver Education Center, they said.
The driver education programs are open
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officials said.
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6A SUN NEWSPAPERS WEDNESDAY DEC. 17, 2008


OBITUARIES
Willard J. Deschand
Willard J. (Jerry)
Deschand passed away
Monday, Dec. 15, 2008, in
Venice, Fla.,
at the age
of 72.
Born to
Alice and
Willard
Deschand
on Aug. 27,
1936, he
lived and
Deschand worked in
SKankakee
r County, Ill.
He served in
the Air Force and
later joined the
Kankakee City Police. He
rose rapidly through the
ranks, achieving the status
of lieutenant. He was
active for many years with
the Red Cross, serving as
water safety director for
the county. He served as
president of the Kankakee
Police Benevolent Unit,
and held various local and
state police offices as well
as working with the police
pension board. After
retirement from the police
department, he moved to
Venice, Fla., in 1991, where
he managed security for
the local mall.
In 1969, he married
Judith A. Wolverton, who
survives him. Also sur-
viving him are three
daughters and sons-in-
law: Cherie and Edward
Diefenbach, Patricia and
Michael Piccione and
Cindy and Michael
Linderman; one son,
Daniel J. Deschand; and
one foster daughter,
Cheryl Williams. He has
seven grandchildren and
three great-grandchildren.
Also surviving him is his
mother, Alice Deschand,
of Aroma Park, Ill. He was
preceded in death by his
father, three brothers,
Marshall, Melvin and
William, and one sister,
Trudy. Farley Funeral
Home, Venice, is handling
the arrangements. To send
condolences, visit www.
farleyfuneralhome.com.
Services: A private
burial at sea will be held at
a later date.
Contributions:
Memorial donations may
be made to the American
Red Cross, 2001 Cantu
Court, Sarasota, FL
34232.

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Marie E. Wyke
Mrs. Marie Emma
(Howard) Wyke passed
away on Thursday, Dec.
11, 2008, at the age of 87.
Marie was born in
Brookline, Mass., in 1921.
She worked for John
Hancock Insurance after
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dren, Jeffery, Stephen and
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"snowbirds" between
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Moultonboro, N.H., and
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Marie was active in her
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band, Rob, of Union, Ky.;
and her eight grandchil-
dren, Matthew, Brandon,
Christopher, Connor,
Lindsey, Kyle, Jordan and
Tyler.
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be at the Healy Funeral
Home, 57 N. Main St.
Westford, Mass., on
Thursday, Dec. 18, from 4
to 8 p.m., with a funeral
service at Trinity Baptist
Church, 3 Lund Road,
Nashua, N.H., on Friday,
Dec. 19, at 10 a.m.
Interment will be private.
Contributions: A
scholarship has been set
up in the Wykes' name at
Northeastern University.
Donations may be sent to:
Marie E. & Albert A. Wyke
Scholarship Fund,
Attention: Joe Donnelly,
347 Richards Hall, 360
Huntington Ave.,
Northeastern University,
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POLICE BEAT


Money rage lands man in jail
On Dec. 11, Venice Police Depart-
ment officers arrested Daniel Joseph
McAvoy, 56, and charged him with
false imprisonment, tampering with
a witness by depriving of 9-1-1,
felony domestic battery by strangu-
lation and domestic battery. McAvoy
lives in the 1100 block of Ketch Lane,
Venice.
The police report states:
McAvoy became angry over
money matters. During a verbal
argument with his wife, he slapped
her face several times. He then
started to strangle her and dragged
her across the floor. The victim
tried to call 9-1-1, but McAvoy
threw the phone into the pool.
When she tried to leave their home,
he wouldn't let her. The victim then
locked herself in the bedroom
about 8 p.m.
The next morning, after speak-
ing with family members, she
called the Venice Police. When an
officer met with the victim, he
noticed her right eye was bruised
and swollen, there were bruises
around her neck and throat and
bruises on her right knee and left
elbow.
McAvoy is being held without
bond on the battery charges. Bond
on the other charges is $4,500.
Pursuit halted
On Dec. 13, at about 8 p.m.,
Venice Police Department officer
Billy Masters observed a vehicle
making an illegal U-turn at East
Venice Avenue and U.S. 41 Bypass.
Masters instructed the driver to
pull over at the next street, which
was Spur Street. The driver turned
onto Spur Street, but instead of
pulling over, he continued driving
at 5-10 mph. The driver then
turned onto Grove Street, stepped
on the gas and took off at a high
rate of speed.
At that point Masters chose not
to pursue the vehicle and radioed
that its last direction was west-
bound over the Venice Avenue
Bridge. The driver continued west,
losing control of his car and crash-
ing at Harbor Drive and Venice
Avenue. He was taken by Bayflite to
Bayfront Medical Center.
The Venice Police Department
is continuing to investigate the
incident.


Venice Police
Department arrests
* Craig William Palmer, 58,100
block Aquila St., Nokomis. Charges:
petit theft, no motor vehicle registra-
tion, no valid driver license. Bond:
$740.
* Tad D. Johnson, 22, 1000 block
Euclid Road, Venice. Charge: con-
tempt (order to show cause for resti-
tution). Bond: none.
* Gabriel Ordonezvalenzuela, 38,
200 block S. Jessica St., Nokomis.
Charge: no valid driver license.
Bond: $500.
* Benjamin Joseph Poindexter, 22,
1800 Ironwood Court, Venice.
Charge: DUI with property damage
or personal injury. Bond: $2,000.
* Bryce Aaron Holder, 22, 600
Shetland Circle, Nokomis. Charges:
dealing in stolen property, false
ownership of information for
pawned items less than $300.
Sarasota County
Sheriff's Office arrests
* Amber Rochon, 19, 1100 block
Pineland Ave., Venice. Charge: con-
tempt (possession of marijuana not
more than 20 grams). Bond: $5,000.
* Robert Michael Anger, 52, 50
block Hachett Creek Road, Venice.
Charge: contempt (retail theft).
Bond: $5,000.
* Jennifer Smith, 20, 100 block
Rose Drive, Venice. Charges: con-
tempt (resisting or obstruction with-
out violence), contempt (larceny
petit theft), contempt (obstructing
or opposing an officer without vio-
lence). Bond: $20,750.
* Julie Ann Skarr, 27, 300 block
Hillview Road, Venice. Charges:
DUI with previous conviction, DUI
.15 or higher or having a passenger
under 18 years of age, DUI. Bond:
$3,000.
* George G. Monlouis, 46, 600
block Mount Vernon Drive, Venice.
Charges: introduction of contra-
band into a detention facility, pos-
session of cannabis less than 20
grams, possession of a drug without
a valid prescription. Bond: $5,240.
* Frank P Dietrich Jr., 36, 5500
block Stephens Road, Venice.
Charge: violation of a domestic
injunction. Bond: $10,000.
* Ricky Dean Pizzolato, 46, 200
block Conrad Road, Venice. Charge:
domestic battery. Bond: $5,000.
* Cody James Wendland, 21, 2100


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block Woodmere Road, Venice.
Charges: battery (touch or strike),
criminal mischief more than $200
but less than $1,000. Bond: $1,250.
* Desmond Arnold McNeil, 42,
600 block Briarwood Road, Venice.
Charge: domestic battery. Bond:
none.
* Steven J. Miller, 26, 300 block
Colonia Lane, Nokomis. Charge:
domestic battery. Bond: none.
* Alejandro Hernandezchan, 21,
200 block Jessica St., Nokomis.
Charge: contempt (failure to appear
- no driver license).
* Timothy Leon Ringo, 41, 300
block Shore Road, Nokomis. Charge:
driving while license suspended,
canceled or revoked. Bond: $250.
* Jeffrey Irwin Robinson, 56, 100
block Avenida de Bahia, Nokomis.
Charge: unarmed burglary of an
unoccupied structure conveyance.
Bond: $10,000.
* Kendra Letesha Neace, 25, 100
block S. Verona St., Nokomis.
Charge: contempt (driving with
license suspended). Bond: $2,500.
* Jake David Bier, 20, 300 block
Dolphin Shores Circle, Nokomis.
Charges: obstructing or opposing an
officer without violence, possession
of alcohol by person under 21 (first
offense). Bond: $870.
* Adam Robert Tribbett, 32, 2500
Northway Drive, Venice. Charge:
unarmed burglary of an unoccupied
dwelling. Bond: $10,000.
* Danielle L. Ester, 24, 1000 block
Shasta Drive, Venice. Charge: viola-
tion of probation (reckless driving).
Bond: $5,000.
* Burton M. Clark, 47, 124 Villa
Drive, Osprey. Charge: contempt
(nonpayment of child support).
Bond: $5,070.
North Port Police
Department arrests
* Tomasz Grzegorz Pazdro, 49, 80
block Palm Drive, Venice. Charges:
driving while license revoked habit-
ual traffic offender, DUI (second
offense, alcohol or drugs), DUI with
property damage or personal injury,
refusal to sign citation. Bond: $5,750.
* Jill August, 43, 300 block Shady
Lawn Ave., Nokomis. Charge: third-
degree felony grand theft $300-
$5,000. Bond: $1,000.
* Haley Anna Wehrlen, 22, 5800
block Denison Drive, Venice.
Charge: misdemeanor misuse of
wireless 9-1-1 system. Bond: $120.
Manatee County
Sheriff's Office arrest
* Pierre Perrault, 41,500 block Bay
Oaks Drive, Osprey. Charge: out-of-
county warrant (nonpayment of
child support).
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WEDNESDAY
DEC. 17, 2008B


Make life hard for hackers


BY BROOKY BROWN
PROJECTS EDITOR


Often in life, the innocent are inconve-
nienced in order to protect themselves
from the criminals.
It is no different in the Internet world.
There you are e-mailing your friends and
family when all of a sudden a hacker
invades your cyberspace.
That's exactly what happened to State
Sen. Nancy Detert during her campaign.
Detert received death threats from a
hacker, and then the hacker began send-
ing threatening e-mails to others from
Detert's e-mail. The hacker has escalated
to using other e-mail addresses to smear
still other people.
How do you keep this from happen-
ing? The Venice Gondolier Sun asked Kelli
and James Tarala of Enclave Hosting LLC,
a company in Venice that offers comput-
er security solutions, for some answers.
The first bit of news the Taralas offer
isn't good.
"You can't prevent hacking into any of
those e-mails like Comcast, gmail,
Hotmail or any of the others," Kelli said.
Aggravating the problem is the fact
that most people choose passwords that
are just too obvious. It isn't smart to use
the name of your pet or your grandchil-
dren, or your birthdate or anniversary as
your password.
Kelli suggested coming up with a pass-
phrase to determine a password that
wouldn't be easy for others to guess.
"Choose a true phrase about someone
that will be easy for you to remember,"
she said. "For example, 'My mother likes
chocolate ice cream' would result in a
password of mmlcic."
Kelli suggested adding a number to the
end of that password, but warned again
that it should not be a birthdate or
anniversary.
"Tacking a number on the end or using
special characters like the pound sign or
asterisk are good also," she said.
It isn't easy
Warding off computer hackers isn't
easy.
"Even the White House had its e-mail
broken into recently," James said. "We've
got great technology and free e-mail
accounts, but cyber crimes are difficult to
stop."
James said encryption keys are avail-
able for increased security, but your e-


mail buddies must have them as well.
"The concept is that you have a trusted
circle of e-mail friends and you only
exchange your encryption key with
them," he said.
General e-mail safety tips from the
couple include:
* Don't open any e-mails if you don't
know who they are from.
* Get a new e-mail address and
obscure it a little bit. E-mail passwords
should be different from anything else
you use.
* Be very careful about who you give
your e-mail address to.
* Have a separate e-mail address for
catalogs and other online shopping. This
is important because if hackers get one
little piece of information about you -
for example, that you shop at L.L. Bean -
they try to get your credit card number.
* Tell your friends, family and acquain-
tances to stop sending you photos and
chain letters.
"It's easy to send bad stuff in attach-
ments," Kelli said.
She said that if she is sending an
attachment to someone, then she states
that in the subject line.
"I also include the number of attach-
ments in the subject line," she said.
This way, the recipient knows who the
attachments are from, how many there
are and that it should be safe to open the
attachments. Of course, you have to tell
your friends this is what you're doing.
Don't save information
When you order something online and
you have to fill in your address, phone
number, e-mail addresses and credit card
numbers, you are usually asked if you
would like for the store to save your infor-
mation.
"Never do this," Kelli said. "Keep a
paper file of the information you have
given them and the password you have
chosen on that particular site."
"Breaking into your house is burglary
and it is easy to prove," James said.
"Breaking into your e-mail is much hard-
er to prove. Just look at what they are
going through trying to figure out who
broke into Detert's e-mail and all of those
other e-mail accounts."
The bottom line is balancing the risks
of e-mailing with the rewards.
"E-mail will never replace phones or
face-to-face conversations," Kelli said.
bbrown@venicegondolier.com


Realtors hope November


numbers have answers


BY ROGER BUTTON
BUSINEWS COLUMNIST

Members of the Venice
Area Board of Realtors
have their fingers crossed
that last month's sales fig-
ures have a few favorable
answers to some impor-
tant questions.
Statistics show some
prices on the rise in No-
vember 2008 compared to
the previous month and
2007, though sales were
down.
Could it be the median
condo sales price of
$140,000 in October 2008
was the bottom, and No-
vember's $25,000 (18 per-
cent) increase to $165,000
a sign that now is the time
for buyers to grab a bar-
gain? Even compared to a


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hires and promotions, new
businesses and significant
professional awards, hon-
ors and achievements.
Submissions should be e-
mailed to bmudge@
venicegondolier.com.
Volunteers needed
United Way needs vol-
unteers with financial or
accounting skills to work
directly with hard-work-
ing, low-income individu-
als and families to assist
them with free tax assis-
tance and help those eligi-
ble for Earned Income Tax
Credits and Child Tax
Credits.


year ago there has been a
$5,000 increase, from
$160,000 to $165,000.
Is one month a fair as-
sessment of a rise in the
median price for three-
bedroom homes? Al-
though year to year there
was 9 percent price drop
(from $241,000 in Novem-
ber 2007 to $220,000 in
November 2008), there
was a surprising gain of 19
percent - $35,000 - from
$185,000 in October to
$220,000 in November.
News remained disap-
pointing for sellers of two-
bedroom homes but very
encouraging to buyers as
prices continue to fall,
from $164,800 in Novem-
ber 2007 to $105,550 last
month. There was also a
drop of 27 percent from


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October ($146,000) to No-
vember ($105,550).
Sales of single-family
homes including condo-
miniums fell significantly
last month. The total of 59
was 31 fewer (34 percent)
than November 2007, and
21 fewer (35.5 percent)
than October.
Sales of two-bedroom
homes increased by three
over November 2007, to
20, but fell from 21 last
month. A year ago three-
bedroom home sales to-
taled 49; there were fewer
last month.
There were 15 condo
sales in November 2007
and 11 last month, down 1
from October.

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program.
Volunteers are needed
at United Way of South
Sarasota County, 7810
South Tamiami Trail, Suite
A-4, Venice, Tuesdays and
Wednesday, 4-8 p.m., and
Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
For information or to
volunteer, contact Richard
Sassone at 366-2686 or
richards@uwsrq.com.
Chamber calendar
*Wake Up! Venice, Wed-
nesday, Dec. 17, 7:45 a.m.,
South County Family
YMCA, 701 Center Road.
The High Performers will
be dancing again this year.
Bring a nonperishable
food item to benefit local
families.


CONTACT US
BOB MUDGE
EDITOR
(941) 207-1000
bmudge@venicegondolier.com


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Mark Schulze, left, body shop manager of Crest Cadillac, and Michael Calandra III, body
shop estimator, show off Crest's AutocheX Premier Achiever award for outstanding cus-
tomer service. The award recognizes collision repair facilities that earn superior customer
satisfaction scores.



Skin care salon opens at Jon Marcus


ROGER BUTTON
BUSINEWS


Skin care specialist Tina
Thom has opened Tina's
Facial Retreat, 328 South
Tamiami Trail at the Jon
Marcus Salon on the is-
land.
For people desiring to
be pampered she has
facials and waxing, and
sells skin care, anti-aging
and acne facial-cleansing
products.
Thom is from Jakarta,
Indonesia, where she
graduated in business and
worked in the export/
import business. She im-
migrated with her hus-
band to the United States
in 2001. Following beauty
college training, she work-
ed in a Los Angeles beauty
and skin care salon before
moving to a Georgia salon.
Arriving in Venice a few
months ago, she decided
to launch her own busi-
ness.
Salon hours are Tues-
day through Saturday, 9
a.m.-5 p.m. Call 416-2310.
Discover paradise
If you want to discover
Florida in a small group of
six or less, then Paradise
Tours, Jamaica Road, has
just the tour for you.
Co-owners Mike and
Linda Rene provide one-
to three-day tours any-
where in the state, includ-
ing the Keys, Orlando and
Miami, as well as sporting
events and all casinos,
using his six-seat vehicle
or your car. He also pro-
vides airport shuttle ser-
vices, personal chauffeur-
ing to hospitals and visit-
ing angel services.
From Buffalo, N.Y.,
where he was an industrial
representative, he became
a retail store manager for
25 years before moving to
Sarasota County in 2001.
"I enjoy the thrill of
meeting new people, hav-
ing worked in many cities
in America and worked


throughout Florida," said
Rene.
He uses historic bed-
and-breakfast accommo-
dations and provides tour
photography services. Call
441-6151.
Selling and
finding boats
Assisting owners to sell
their boats is the new busi-
ness Wholesale Marine of
Venice, based in Nokomis.
"We visit owners who
keep boats at their loca-
tions, take photos and
details, then post them on
10 Web sites we operate
worldwide," said owner
Lee Ann Tillis.
Her franchise, operat-
ing from Bradenton to
Post Charlotte, also finds
used boats for purchasers.
It is part of Wholesale
Marine Consultancy,
which has 1,000 boats at
11 locations in Illinois,
Michigan, Texas, Alabama,
South Carolina, Georgia
and Florida.
Tillis has been in boat-
ing all her life, including
living on a sailboat for
three years. From Tampa,
she has experience in in-
surance marketing and
stock market research. In
2007 joined Wholesale
Marine, working for the
director of operations.
Appreciating how success-
ful it was selling and ship-
ping boats worldwide to
Greece, Germany, Italy
and Mexico, she acquired
the local franchise. Call
416-3222.
No more
excuses, ladies
Supporting women and
empowering them to
change their lives individ-
ually or in groups is the
mission of Debbie Crews.
She has launched Cre-
ative Healing/Women's
Wellness, L' Pavia Road,
publishing her autobio-
graphical and inspira-
tional books and greeting
cards.
Her workshops - No
More Excuses, Ladies -
inspirationally assist wom-
en who are not fulfilled in
their lives.
From West Palm Beach,
in her career Crews has
worked in special needs,
domestic violence, mental
health and addiction,
including the Loveland
Center, SPARCC and First


Step addiction treatment.
Following the death of
her daughter from a drug
overdose two years ago,
she began writing her
autobiography to inspire
others who encountered
difficult challenges.
"Part of my own healing
process, I decided to go
with my own dreams,"
said Crews.
Of the 17 books she has
published, three are heal-
ing workbooks. Call 468-
1347.
Online reservations
Announcing its real-
time online reservation
system, the Crow's Nest
Marina & Restaurant news-
letter says, "Since you're
already online, there's no
need to waste a phone call."
Reservations for lunch
and dinner in the upstairs
dining room and for mari-
na docking can be made
on the Web site www.
crowsnest-venice.com.
New designer firm
Tom and Nancy Kelly
have been in the kitchen
design business for more
than 30 years. They found-
ed and operated North-
shore Kitchens in Marble-
head, Mass., for 25 years
until moving to Nokomis
in 2003. Recently they
launched TRK Design
Company, Sonoma Drive,
Nokomis, offering their
professional design ser-
vices for every room
throughout the home.
A certified master kit-
chen and bathroom de-
signer, Tom designs floor
plans; produces drawings,
including lighting; and
interfaces with the client's
contractor or provides a
local contractor. All cabi-
netry from 60 different
woods is manufactured at
his shop in Lancaster
County, Pa.
Designer Nancy selects
all materials and lighting
complementing the decor,
cabinets and appliances.
Office hours are 8 a.m.-
5 p.m. weekdays. Call 412-
3202.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Service
and product information in
this column should not be
taken as an endorsement of
the business.

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Award-winners


Rock and stroll
Venice MainStreet sponsors its Third Thursday Stroll Dec. 18, with music
throughout downtown. Come down for dinner, Christmas shopping or just to
enjoy the entertainment Featured will be: 100 block West Venice Avenue - Sam
Domicoll and the Joyful Expression Band; 200 block - Swinging Bridge Band;
300 block - face painter Launa Perry, balloon artist Sherry Jenkins and the
Epiphany Cathedral Choir; and Miami Avenue - Kinetic Synergy.





WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17, 2008


Major League Baseball - at what price?


BY STEVEN J. SMITH
STAFF WRITER


Does Sarasota County need a spring
training facility for a Major League base-
ball team?
The answer to that question involves a
lot more than whether you like the sport.
Depending upon whom you talk to, it
involves jobs, tourism, tax revenue, the
economy and much more.
The Sarasota County Commission has
twice failed to produce the necessary four
votes required to approve an extra half-
penny increase in the Tourist Develop-
ment Tax, or bed tax, to forge successful
spring training deals with the Cincinnati
Reds and Boston Red Sox.
Commissioner Jon Thaxton has
staunchly opposed increasing the bed tax
for any baseball deal.
"Until we can solve the other financial
challenges that this community is facing,
I will not likely go along with a second
half-penny," Thaxton has said. "Teams
have used Sarasota to do better deals
elsewhere. We have now driven the public
contributions to major league sports
teams to unrealistic levels and unbeliev-
able expectations."
The Reds decided to leave for
Goodyear, Ariz., when a last-ditch
$38.5 million deal failed to secure
Commissioner Nora Patterson's needed
vote in time. A $70 million deal with the
Red Sox- spearheaded by Commission-
er Joe Barbetta - fell through with the
failure of both sides to reach agreement
on key terms and conditions, not to men-
tion the emergence of a deal with Lee
County that could range from $80 million
to $100 million.
That has left the Baltimore Orioles -
the only Major League team left looking


LET'S (NOT) MAKE A DEAL:
Cincinnati Reds - $38.5 million deal,
rejected for a $33 million joint pact with
the Cleveland Indians in Goodyear,
Ariz.
Boston Red Sox - $70 million deal,
rejected for a $80 million deal to stay in
Lee County
Baltimore Orioles - $65 million deal,
currently on the table


for a new winter home - as the county's
last chance.
Room numbers
With a proposed deal with Baltimore
now hanging in the balance, Barbetta has
drawn his own line in the sand.
He reminded his colleagues last week
that the Tampa Bay Rays have just com-
pleted final touches on a $27.8 million
facility at Charlotte Sports Park.
"In talking with a local general con-
tractor, he says he could probably do the
same thing at Ed Smith (Stadium) for
about $30 million," Barbetta said.
Commission Chair Shannon Staub, a
longtime proponent of baseball, has
pointed to all the "room nights" spring
training would bring to area hotels.
"Minor league spring training, con-
ducted in February and March, is 15,000
room nights," Staub has said. "Major
League is 6,000. And minor league
extended training, into April and May, is
6,000 more. Instructional league, in
October and November, is 2,700 more.
Rehabilitation brings 2,300 more. That's
32,000 room nights, just based on players
and staff, times the number of nights."
Staub said that fans coming in provid-
ed another 50,000 room nights, for a total


of 82,000.
Ambivalence
Staub has shrugged off Baltimore's
pricey proposal to focus instead on what
she believes are attractive promotional
synergies between the Sarasota Conven-
tion and Visitors Bureau and the team's
Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.
Virginia Haley, president of the SCVB,
has said that relationship could provide
as much as $2.3 million worth of tourism
advertising to a market that stretches
from Pennsylvania to the Carolinas,
Staub said.
"Besides, the cost of a stadium and
playing fields is the same, no matter if
you're the Blue Jays, the Orioles or the
Red Sox," Staub added. "You have a cer-
tain cost per seat and all the teams have
the same number of playing fields, bat-
ting cages and agility training areas.
Think, instead, of the jobs and revenue
this (venture) would create."
County residents have proved ambiva-
lent, however, to building a new spring
training facility in Sarasota - or even
improving the one there now. Sarasota
city residents voted down a referendum
in 2007 aimed at keeping the Reds at Ed
Smith Stadium, which would have pro-
vided $16 million to restore the facility.
And at a recent meeting of the Southwest
County Alliance of Homeowners
Associations in Englewood, audience
members questioned the idea of sup-
porting "millionaire ballplayers."
In addition, county residents such as
Larry Anderson have expressed opposi-
tion to any deal.
"I do not believe that (bed tax) money
should be used for a professional base-
ball stadium," Anderson told the county
commission at a public hearing on the


Red Sox deal. "I hope that you don't
increase the levy. The money should be
used to market and promote the many
attractions we already have - the arts,
theater, music and, most important, the
beaches."
Driver's seat
One thing is clear: The Orioles deal
must drop dramatically in price to have a
ghost of a chance in getting through the
county commission.
"This (cost) is over the top," Patterson
has said. "(It) has got to come down by at
least $10 million."
"(Baltimore) is a $30 million team, the
same as Cincinnati," Barbetta has agreed.
"In fact, Cincinnati was (ranked) slightly
higher. We're in the driver's seat (with the
Orioles) and we should dictate the terms.
(They) can have Ed Smith Stadium, rehab
it ... We'll give them the half-penny tax.
Same offer we made Cincinnati. I think
it's a heck of an offer."
Two hurdles await the deal -a Dec. 15
meeting of the Tourism Development
Council and the Dec. 17 public hearing in
Sarasota, where county residents will
have an opportunity to weigh in on the
matter.
"I've been on both sides of this
(issue)," Patterson said. 'And I feel like
I've made everybody a little angry as a
result. This isn't about millionaire
ballplayers. It's about jobs ... and
tourism. We're at 7.8 percent unemploy-
ment right now in this county, and going
up. The question for us is, can we afford
to lose one of our tourist attractions at a
time we're losing jobs anyway?"
Which invites another question: Can
the county afford not to have spring
training baseball?
ssmith@sun-herald.com


CITY NOTES


COMPILED BY NEWS
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City PIO earns
award for E-News
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award in the external pub-
lication category at the
2008 Crystal Awards spon-
sored by Florida Govern-
ment Communicators
Association.
The first-place award
went to the Miami Beach
52-page, color, bilingual
monthly magazine.
Venice City E-News is
produced monthly by
Public Information Officer
Pam Johnson and is dis-
tributed by e-mail to
about 800 citizens. To
receive the newsletter, e-
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ci.venice.fl.us.
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3-5 in Orlando.
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PUBLISHER
ROBERT A. VEDDER
PHONE: (941) 207-1000
FAX: (941) 484-8460
10A
WEDNESDAY
DEC. 17, 2008


GONDOLIER SUN EDITOR
BOB MUDGE
bmudge@venicegondolier.com


OPINION


OUR VIEW


No recession in Habitat for Humanity's efforts


As the housing market tanked in
the past year, one builder has
kept the hammers and saws go-
ing as strong as ever.
Habitat for Humanity will have built
or rehabilitated 35 homes this year in
Charlotte County. Habitat for Humanity
Sarasota, which serves the northern
portion of the county, has been averag-
ing more than two per month. The
South County Habitat built nine in the
past fiscal year.
It's an impressive achievement and
one that highlights an opportunity for
the coming years.
If there's a silver lining accompany-
ing the implosion of the national hous-
ing market, it is that the past decade's
affordable housing crunch has dissipat-


ed. The price drop means more lower-
income families may be able to buy
their own homes. Eventually, it could
bring about stronger neighborhoods
with more people having equity in their
communities. That's a major tenet of
the Habitat philosophy.
Habitat is among the organizations
poised to take advantage of the federal
government's bank bailout package.
Sarasota expects $7.1 million in U.S.
Housing and Urban Development
funds to be available for purchasing
foreclosed homes in March; Charlotte
may see $6.7 million funneled through
the state for the same purpose.
The bailout program has two primary
aims: to prop up the shaky banking sys-
tem and get more loan money into circu-


lation, but also to alleviate the growing
problem of blighted neighborhoods by
filling foreclosed homes with families.
In this, Habitat is a perfect fit. Habitat
already works in those neighborhoods.
It's an effective program, ready to go.
"Our infrastructure is there," said
Dean Shelton, director of construction
of Habitat for Humanity Sarasota.
"We're already up and running with it."
The funding could allow Habitat to
expand its programs, especially in the
rehabilitation field. With current hous-
ing prices, it's now cheaper for South
Sarasota Habitat to buy and rehabilitate
two houses than it is to build a new one,
said Executive Director Judy Wilcox.
Abandoned properties may come
with a low price tag, but they need help.


Habitat is in a unique position to do this
through its extensive volunteer net-
work. Most of the work is done with vol-
unteers, so Habitat can leverage its
funding many times over through "free"
labor and sweat equity.
In addition, Habitat's system keeps
housing costs affordable through zero-
percentage mortgages. Homeowners pay
through Habitat offices, so the group
maintains contact with the clients.
The housing bust won't last forever.
In a few years, prices will undoubtedly
start rising again and talk again will turn
to new affordable housing programs.
Until then, the Habitat model using
government-sponsored housing initia-
tives qualifies as a silver lining in hazy
times.


Dear Santa


BOB VEDDER
PUBLISHER


I have been a pretty
good boy and hope you
can help me with my wish
list.
I know a couple of my
columns weren't very nice
this year, but I tried to
make up for it doing good
once in a while. I know we
could use coal for alterna-
tive energy, but I hope you
save that for some politi-
cians, especially in Illinois.
One thing I think might
fit in my stocking would be
to get Tampa Avenue
resurfaced. It currently is
on the list for 2010 but I
hope one of your elves can
move it up.
Another little present is
to get the word "Little" off
the Venice Theatre build-
ing. If we are going to get
everyone to stop calling it
"Venice Little Theatre," we
need to remove the word
"Little." You might even
pressure-wash the very
dirty north side while
you're at it. (I hope VT puts
up its pretty Christmas
wreaths). If it is not too
much trouble, pressure-
wash the median on the
North Bridge, too.
Another real small thing
would be to cover the air
conditioner that sits on
top of the tavern at 100 W
Venice Ave.
It would be a nice pre-
sent if for next year we get
a state sports champi-
onship at the high school.
Many teams - golf, soft-
ball, volleyball and football
- did so well this year and
came so close, it would
seem maybe next year
could be our year.
Maybe you could find a
donor to finish paying off
the Boys & Girls Club
building. There is nothing
worse for a nonprofit than
having to pay a mortgage
in these tough times.
Now for the big presents
I want for under the tree.
If you could get the
Nokomis freeway and sky-
way finished, it would be a
big deal to our community.
It appears the construc-
tion company will be fin-
ished with most of the
resurfacing in the next
week or two and then will
only have the bridge to fin-
ish; maybe you can give
that to us.
It would be the first
time in years not to have a
major road construction
project. Then, if you could
get us a deal for River Road
and the bypass widening, I
don't think we would ask


for anything for a long
time.
I know your workshop
is busy but I hope you can
help with a little airport
issue we have. We have
some people who want to
shrink our airport, who
don't want needed runway
improvements. I hope you
can help fix that. The resi-
dents deserve to have the
noise abatement runway
fixed. Good luck on this
one, Santa.
I'm not sure how you
are with legal problems,
but boy we could use a
whole bunch of answers to
many things in litigation,
especially for those who
may have violated the
Sunshine laws.
If you could drop off
about $40 million at the
county and another $40
million at the schools, I
think our dreams would be
met.
If you can help those
about to lose their homes,
it would be a nicer Christ-
mas.
Be careful when you
come here; many others
will have had too much
eggnog and may be dri-
ving their sleighs reckless-
ly.


On Thursday there is
another stroll downtown.
That is a great time to
enjoy Christmas shopping
and some holiday music.
We have a lot of restau-
rants downtown, so couple
dinner with your enjoy-
ment.

The Sertoma Club of
Venice is helping put on a
wonderful circus show
across from Patriots Park
on Jan. 16, 17, 18 and 19
and 23, 24 and 25.
General admission is
$12 and special seating is
$25. These very reasonably
priced tickets can be
ordered by calling 323-
1385 or going online to
www.cirquesa.com.

Congrats to Pam John-
son, the city's public infor-
mation officer and jack of
all trades, who took sec-
ond place for her fabulous
newsletter.

Today's Ism (a modern
proverb from someone
who contributed to the
Washington Post): Don't
obsess over your short-
comings, that's your mate's
job."

The air show at the air-
port had 3,000 in atten-
dance and in fact made the
front page of the Aircraft
Owners and Pilots Asso-
Please see VEDDER, 11A


"Due to market uncertainty, I have realigned our
retirement portfolio to this income producing property."


LETTERS FROM OUR READERS



Thinks Lang is seeing the light


Editor:
I am heartened by Venice City Council Member Sue
Lang's recent positive comment about the airport: "His
claim that I might (have) a personal gain in the value of
my house if the airport were closed .... The economy
would have much more impact."
Taken in context, Ms. Lang has made an important
acknowledgement that the Venice Municipal Airport
plays a very vital and essential role in our local economy.
This cannot be taken lightly.
From a vocal critic of the airport, her remarks repre-
sent that first step in understanding the need to reverse
an ongoing trend of airport neglect, unproductive initia-
tives and deferred maintenance.
If there is anything to be learned from history and
current events going forward, I would strongly suggest
the following:
* Scuttle all plans to squander up to $350,000 more for
another Airport Master Plan Update the FAA has made
clear it will not approve.
* Revert to the previous draft of the comprehensive
plan with respect to the acceptable transportation sec-
tion.
* Direct all resources to the immediate funding of the
rehabilitation of runway 4/22, the calm wind and noise
abatement runway. The community has asked for this
provision and it is presently stalled for lack of items 1 and
2.
* Cease and desist all efforts to transform runway 4/22
to right traffic, as this will create imminent flight pattern
hazards, which will inevitably produce exposure to liti-
gation in the event of an incident based on a nonstan-
dard traffic pattern.

Brett Stephens
Venice


They've earned
their leisure
Editor:
A reply to Mrs. Robert
Stickler's letter of Nov. 29:
Why don't you move to
China, Cuba or Russia,
where they control peo-
ple?
In the daytime seniors
have many activities to do
and have earned the right
to do so. Snowbirds are
retired people who de-
serve respect and have
earned their golden days
in the sun. Other states are
known for their hospitality
to snowbirds.
Florida survives on


tourism dollars. That's like
complaining about gam-
bling in Vegas. Pathetic.
Take out the garbage.


the American taxpayer will
possibly reap a profit, or at
least break even if all goes
well. I believe this to be a
well-orchestrated ruse.
Stock represents part
ownership of a corpora-
tion. By definition, com-
munism is an economic
system where the govern-
ment owns the means of
production. Our govern-
ment is moving from con-
trolling the means of pro-
duction (socialism) to
communism.
The government is a
major stockholder in the
banking industry; soon
the government will be a
major stockholder in the
automotive industry.
How long before our
nation will be known as
the United Socialist States
of America?

Bob Waterhouse
Englewood
Get over it already
Editor:
The sane among us are
concentrating on issues
such as this devastating
economy, two wars still in
progress and other critical
issues to our own survival.
Obama won - count
your blessings. The world is.


Alicia Simmons
Venice


Pam Magee
Venice Who is on the
hook for all this?


This is the wrong
kind of change
Editor:
Bailouts. Are they really
a device to keep workers in
a job or something else?
As I understand the
agreements, the various
corporations seeking a
bailout will give the gov-
ernment shares of pre-
ferred stock. In this way,


Editor:
What's wrong with this
picture? Members of Ven-
ice City Council, listed as
defendants in the ongoing
Sunshine lawsuit, met
recently to decide how
much of the taxpayer's
money will be spent de-
fending the case against
them. Although this was a
shade meeting (the public


being excluded), Mayor
Martin immediately an-
nounced that the city was
not going to settle.
Does anyone else see a
glaring conflict of interest
here? Using our money to
settle their personal liabili-
ties is an ethical dilemma
of the first magnitude, not
to mention that it's down-
right wrong. Why our
money? Why not theirs?
Recently we passed a
new milestone: The law-
yers representing both
sides now outnumber the
defendants. As we all
know, lawyers don't work
for peanuts and the costs
are mounting rapidly. I
believe it is time for the
city taxpayers to demand
an accounting.
Where do we taxpayers
stand as far as potential
liability of the defendants
is concerned? Assuming
liability of the defendants
is established, who in fact
is going to be expected to
pay?
Let us not all simply sit
on our hands and let this
Sunshine mess continue
without demanding some
accounting before it is too
late. I call upon the mayor
and city council to explain
to the people where we
stand right now. We tax-
payers have a right to
know.
In this economic cli-
mate every dollar counts,
and we should remember
this is not the only litiga-
tion facing the city.

E. Winston Wilmore
Venice


Read Bob Vedder in
Wednesday's Venice
Gondolier Sun


By's Crack: Of
course Santa is jolly;
you would be too if
you just came off an
11-month vacation.





WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17, 2008


LET 'EM HAVE IT: SHOULD PEOPLE WITHOUT CHIL-
DREN IN COUNTY SCHOOLS GET A BREAK ON THE
SCHOOL PORTION OF THEIR PROPERTY TAXES?
CALL US AT 207-1111.

Think of them as teachers' pets

Pay for your own. I want to make a comment on our
schools and the deficit that they have. First, let's see why
we have the deficit - because all the houses aren't sell-
ing, everybody knows that. But everybody voted for the
tax amendment. What did they think? The money has to
come from somewhere. So, there are two things we can
do: either revote on the tax amendment, or people who
have children in public schools (on a sliding-scale basis,
and family income) should start paying for their children
to go to school. I have pets, and I don't expect anyone to
pay for my pet's doctor visits, so why would I pay for
someone's kid to go to school? I don't have children, and
that's what I feel. Alot of people down here in Florida do
not have children. I think parents need to take responsi-
bility and pay fees, like $50 here and $100 there, to help
offset the deficit. There's just no money and people have
to realize what they voted for.


Deal with it. I can't be-
lieve people are still writ-
ing about the fire truck
going to get lunch. Some-
one wrote in weeks ago
who had some authority
and experience in the fire-
man industry and ex-
plained exactly why they
travel in the truck, due to
the fact that there might be
an emergency while
they're out. People, deal
with it. Read the letters,
understand it and stop
writing about it. Pick on
something else that means
more. You're wasting your
time.
Get tough. Thank you
for your editorial about
how downtown Venice
deserves better treatment
during the annual Christ-
mas parade. The parade is
a fun event many people
attend year after year. As
your article suggested, we
definitely need more trash
cans put out for the
parade. If the trash can is
overflowing, the people
have no option but to put
it on the ground. My hus-
band and I were surround-
ed by kids during the
parade. We saw so many
kids walk out into the


street to grab candy and
beads thrown from floats. I
must say though that most
groups in the parade
handed the candy to the
kids; but like everything
else, some groups just
have to break the rules and
do as they want. Venice
doesn't need a lawsuit re-
sulting from a child being
injured or killed at the
parade. I definitely think
Venice should insist on
tougher rules about things
being handed out and
candy and beads being
thrown from floats.
Reason No. 2. If there's
one thing we don't need in
the proposed Legacy Park,
it's a dog park, with dog
poop. One can't even walk
on the beach at the water-
front park for stepping on
you know what. PU.


VEDDER from Page 10A


It's great to be back ... I think


RICHARD M. HOLMES
GUEST COLUMNIST


After a longer-than-
usual summer and fall in
upstate New York, I am
back to what I affection-
ately call the tropics.
It's great to be back in
Venice. However, it hasn't
been a smooth landing so
far. I have had my share of
headaches in the last cou-
ple of weeks.
I've had the usual snags
at my condo. I leave my
PT. Cruiser here and, of
course, it wouldn't start. I
called AAA. A service truck
came and jumped the bat-
tery. It started and ran for a
little while and then died
again. To make a long, dull
story short, I bought a new
battery along with a cou-
ple of cable ends to the
tune of $150.
Once inside my condo,
I had a minor plumbing
problem. Again, to get to
the point, I had it repaired.
Another couple of hun-
dred bucks down the
drain.
I know the above is to
be expected sometimes.


citation national Web younger than 20 (37 per-
newsletter. cent).


MCC has more people
attending who are be-
tween 21 and 30 (39 per-
cent) than who are


Thanks to the many
who brought me newspa-
pers. Charlotte Kuropat-
wa brought me another


That's the price of being a
snowbird. But wait, there's
more.
Five days after my
arrival, I went to my doc-
tor for my usual check-up.
Fortunately, he said all test
results were good except
one: My sugar count is too
high. So he gave me list of
dos and don't. Among
others, these included lose
weight, cut the carbs, cut
the sugar intake, walk 3 to
4 miles a day "and come
back and see me in three
months" and there better
be an improvement. So
I'm following orders al-
though, to date, I haven't
lost any weight.
Keep reading, this gets
better.
While on one of my
daily 3-1/2-mile walks, I
passed by a golf course. No
one seemed to be golfing
that day. But I looked
down and there about 2
feet off the sidewalk was a
bright white golf ball. I'm
not a golfer, but my broth-
er is and he's always losing
golf balls.
I took a good look
around and saw no one
golfing. It was just me
there along with a couple
of sandhill cranes. I stuck
the ball in my pocket and
continued on my way. I
went about 50 feet and
there, off in the distance,
coming over a rise, was a
golf cart with two occu-
pants.
It came over that hill
and was aimed directly at


Vermont Standard, a Key
West Citizen and a Biloxi
Sun.
Nancy Drake gave me a
Mayo Free Press, which
had a neat, small Publix ad
at the bottom of the front


me like a heat-seeking
missile.
The driver asked if I had
picked up a ball. How he
knew that I can't imagine. I
said yes, I found it at the
edge of the sidewalk. He
asked if he could look at it
to see if it was his. He
examined it carefully and
said it sure was his. I told
him I didn't see anyone
around so I thought it was
just another lost golf ball.
Then his buddy who
was riding shotgun asked
why I picked it up. I re-
peated myself. We parted
ways but I think they were
pretty annoyed at me.
As I said I'm not a golfer,
but it seems to me that for
the ball to wind up where
it did, it must have been a
lousy shot.
There was one more
incident that really got me
wondering about life in
paradise. A few days ago I
went to the Venice Market-
place at the corner of U.S.
41 Bypass and Center
Road. I wanted to buy a
couple of paperbacks at
the bookstore.
I got there 30 minutes
before opening, so I
thought I'd go to Starbucks
for a cup of coffee. I drove
to the Starbucks/Kinko's
parking area but there
wasn't a single vacant
space. Since I really want-
ed my morning cup of joe,
I decided to drive out of
that parking area and back
into the Venice Market-
place parking area to leave


page.
Janice Keri-Smith drop-
ped off the Villages Sun.
This paper is quite inex-
pensive and is very well
printed. It helps that the
town developer is also the


my car there and walk to
Starbucks.
As soon as I drove in this
time, I saw about a dozen
signs that said something
to the effect of "No Kinko's
or Starbucks Parking" and
"Parking for Venice Mark-
etplace ONLY."
I don't get it. Kinko's has
all of six spaces and
Starbucks only a dozen or
so. And at that time of the
morning there were at
least a hundred empty
spaces in the Venice Mark-
etplace parking lot.
I took my chances,
parked my car in the Ven-
ice Marketplace parking
area and walked all the
way around a chain-link
fence that cordons off the
Kinko's/Starbucks build-
ings. Why it's there beats
me. I was told that about a
year ago there was even a
guard in a pickup truck on
the lookout for poachers
like me. I didn't see one
this time. Parking must be
on the honor system,
which I violated.
It really is great to be
back, though. But I'm go-
ing to tell my doctor that
when he gives his orders to
walk 3 to 4 miles a day, to
advise his patients not to
pick up any errant golf
balls along the way. Or bet-
ter yet, leave your car at
home and walk to Star-
bucks.
Snowbird Dick Holmes
wrote a regular column for
the Gondolier Sun during
the 2007-08 season.


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paper does a great job and,
like us has, grown almost
every year.
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12AORTS
WEDNESDAY
DEC.17,2008 SOT


CONTACT US
TRIPP MILLER
SPORTS EDITOR
(941) 207-1107
tmiller@venicegondolier.com


MR. SHEEPSHEAD
COLUMNIST


Back to



the beach
It's back to the basics for me.
I went beach fishing again
Monday afternoon. I didn't catch
many fish, but it sure was enjoy-
able. I actually only caught four
fish.
I was using my ultra-light out-
fit with 6-pound braided line, a
15-pound fluorocarbon leader
and a 5-foot, light-light rod. My
first fish was a 2-pound black
drum. With my tackle it felt like a
10-pounder. I lost a few and then
the bite completely stopped.
At this point I decided that I
would take it easy, so I sat on my
3-gallon bucket and watched it
slowly tear apart and break. As I
got up out of the sand, I quickly
glanced to see if anyone saw me
laying in the sand.
I did catch a few 10-inch whit-
ing and a palmetto (a smaller
cousin of the pompano).
Of course, one of the advan-
tages of being on the beach is
being able to talk to people. My
two new friends from Kentucky
were still here. They told me that
since the weather was so bad
back home, they extended their
stay. They also told me they saw
the bait splashing at low tide ear-
lier Monday. As they walked out
on the sand bar they saw a
school of 5- to 6-pound jacks
chasing the bait.
I've had other people tell me
similar stories in the last two
weeks or so. It was almost good
news, because those jacks would
have probably spooled me with
my light outfit.
I actually stayed and watched
the sunset. What a beautiful
sight. I think most of us take our
beaches for granted. Remember,
Venice is just one of a few cities
on the west coast that is actually
on the coast. How lucky we are!
Well, fellow Sheepsheadites,
we'll talk again next week. If you
have a story to tell about our
local fishing, be sure to phone or
e-mail me.

Mr Sheepshead is Dave
Hack. His column appears on
Wednesday. Contact him at
486-1998, 321-8849 or
mrsheepshead@verizon. net.



Football


players



honored
STAFF REPORT

Ten Venice High School
football players have been
named to the Sarasota County
All-Star team for this season's
Brad Price Memorial PAL Bowl.
One of them has also been
selected to the Florida Athletic
Coaches Association North-
South Football All-Star Classic.
Senior offensive tackle Mike
Lopez was selected to both
teams. Running back Dri Archer,
wide receiver Robert Fordham,
linebacker Ethan Mix, line-
backer Jamie Owen, offensive
guard Kyle Gilbert, defensive
tackle James Auxier, offensive
tackle Billy Nagle, defensive
tackle Ben Steele and defensive
end Gerald Oriol, all seniors, will
suit up for Sarasota County in
the PAL Bowl.

Please see FOOTBALL, 13A


Venice unlucky against Ranch


SUN PHOTO BY JUSTIN FENNELL, jfennell@venicegondolier.com
Venice High School's Dana LaRocque, No. 8, fights for possession of the ball during Tuesday night's match against Lakewood Ranch High School.


Team's lone mistake proves costly


BY TRIPP MILLER
SPORTS EDITOR


The Venice High School soc-
cer team only made one mistake


against Lakewood Ranch High
School Tuesday night.
It cost them the match.
The Lady Mustangs sealed up
the top seed in January's District


5A-12 tournament with a 1-0
victory at Powell-Davis Stadium.
The loss drops Venice to the
third seed, behind Manatee
High School at No. 2.
"It was a great, spirited game
and I think we proved to our-
selves that we can compete at


that level," Venice head coach
Sheldon Chamberlain said.
One miscommunication
between the Venice goalkeeper
and a defender opened up an
opportunity for Lakewood

Please see UNLUCKY, 13A


VHS BOYS BASKETBALL


Indians blast Bruins, 77-37


STAFF REPORT


Three Venice High School
basketball players reached dou-
ble digits Tuesday night as the
Indians beat visiting Bayshore
High School 77-37.


Junior Justin Grant scored a
season-high 16 points to lead
Venice to a 40-point victory.
Senior Kyle Jutras drained five
three-pointers for 15 points on
the night. Junior Trey Burton
finished the game with 12


points. None of the Indians'
starting five played in the
fourth quarter.
Venice took a 40-20 halftime
lead and extended it further with
a 27-point showing in the third.
Bayshore scored just three


points in the final period against
the Indians' bench.
Venice moves to 4-0 overall
and 3-0 in District 5A-12. Up
next is a non-district road trip to
Sarasota High School Thursday
at 7:30 p.m.


VHS WRESTLING


Gonter takes title at Capt. Archer


BY TRIPP MILLER
SPORTS EDITOR


Tony Gonter got kicked in the face by a
horse.
The Venice High School wrestler missed
most of his junior season after he got caught
between two horses that were not happy
with each other.
Working late one night at a local stable,
Gonter was taking one horse out of its stall
when another horse bit it. Gonter's horse
spun around and kicked, missing the biting
horse and connecting with Gonter's face,
just below his right eye.
"I had to put the horse away and feed it
and then call an ambulance because I was
the only one out there," Gonter said.
It took 10 hours for surgeons to put
Gonter's face back together. He was in no
condition to wrestle. Now, more than a year


later, Gonter is back on the mat for his senior
season.
Wrestling in the 145-pound weight class,
Gonter captured the Captain Archer
Memorial Tournament championship over
the weekend at Charlotte High School.
Venice's fourth-year wrestler defeated
Charlotte's Avery Brightwell by a 6-4 decision
in the championship finals to win his first-
ever varsity tournament.
Trailing 1-0 to start the third period,
Gonter chose the down position. He hit the
Peterson and got the two-point reversal and
two near-fall points. Brightwell escaped,
earning himself one point and cutting the
lead to 4-2. Gonter scored a takedown to
make it 6-2. One more reversal, this one in
favor of Brightwell, put the score at 6-4 with
15 second remaining. It was not enough time.
"That felt really good (to win)," Gonter
said. "Especially against kids that are from


our backyard."
Also placing for the Indians were Billy
Field (160) in second, Colton Schuchert
(125) in fifth and Brian Clark (112) in sixth.
In the championship finals, Field suffered
a one-point loss to Riverdale High School's
Kyle Thacker. The setback gave Field his sec-
ond straight second-place finish at the
Archer.
Schuchert defeated Shay Earhart by a 3-2
decision in the match for fifth place at 125.
Riverdale's Johnathon Heffner pinned
sophomore Brian Clark in the second period
of the fifth-place match at 112.
As a team, Venice placed 11th out of 17
teams with 71 points.
Venice's next match is not until after win-
ter break. The Indians host Manatee High
School Jan. 7 at 6:30 p.m.

tmiller@venicegondolier.com


VHS GIRLS BASKETBALL

Lady Indians catch Tarpons shorthanded


BY DAWN KLEMISH
SPORTS WRITER

It's never a good sign when one
of your two seniors is standing at
half court next to your leading
scorer during pregame warmups
- and neither is warming up.
Unfortunately for Charlotte
during a 67-25 loss to Venice on
Monday night, that was the least
of their problems.
Ashley Bacon and Angela
Tompkins each were benched
for violating team rules. Forward
Melissa Valere missed the first
quarter for the same reason.
Compounding Charlotte's issues
were the loss of junior guard
Typhannie Gilman, likely out for


the season with a foot injury,
and sophomore guard Morgan
Calitri, who was ill.
Then, guard Anna Hyland
went down hard with 3:06
remaining in the first quarter
and had to be assisted off the
court several moments after
rolling an ankle. Even senior
guard Megan Standafer had to
leave the court in the first quar-
ter when a part of her knee brace
snapped off.
The perfect storm shrunk the
Tarpons' already anemic roster
down to five in the first quarter,
and seven for the rest of the game.
"I told the girls I was proud of
them; that's the second time
we've played Venice and both


times, we showed up to play,"
head coach Mike Robishaw said.
"Legs got to us, because we're
shorthanded and we're playing
full court ... and we can't really
afford to lay off."
In spite of it all, the Tarpons
held their own against the
Indians, a team they'd matched
for three quarters earlier this
season. Charlotte trailed by just
10 at the quarter and 11 at the
half, thanks to two 3-pointers
from Standafer and two from
Tabitha Timmons.
It was the 23-0 tear Venice
began midway through the sec-
ond quarter, stopped by anoth-
er Timmons trey, that did in
Charlotte.


That, and turnovers. The
Tarpons, who committed 47 dur-
ing the game, were swarmed by
Venice defenders the entire
length of the court, and couldn't
manage to hold onto the ball.
Despite the Indians' aggressive-
ness, Charlotte didn't shoot a foul
shot the entire game. Venice was
whistled for just nine total fouls.
Timmons had a team-high 12
points, all on threes. Juliana
Cavallaro led the Indians with 27
points, and added nine steals.
Guard Hannah Revels had a
game-high 10 steals for the
Indians, who finished with 22
total.

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A water main relocation is scheduled for Friday,
Dec. 19, at 5:15 p.m. at the intersection of Nokomis
and Miami Avenue. As a result of the relocation some
business and residential customers will be without
water for approximately two to four hours.
Customers along the south side of Miami Avenue
from Nokomis Avenue to Harbor Drive and on the
north side of Ponce de Leon between Nokomis
Avenue and Nassau Street will be without water ser-
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Once water service is restored, customers should
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UNLUCKY from Page 12A


Ranch sophomore Kaitlin
Wolfe to score the only
goal of the match in the
20th minute. The 1-0 lead
proved to be just enough.
Venice (10-3, 5-1 in 5A-
12) limited Lakewood
Ranch to nine shots on
goal. Goalkeeper Ashley
Weaver registered seven
saves and another shot
was deflected by an inside
defender.
Lakewood Ranch (10-2,
6-0) held the Lady Indians
to just two shots on goal
up until stoppage time in
the second half. At that
point, Venice applied the
pressure and put five shots
on goal. The Mustangs
survived the onslaught, as
goalkeeper Rachel Valari
came up with four saves
and another shot was


deflected by an outside
defender.
"I'm impressed with
the competitive spirit,"
Chamberlain said. "They
came back and they
fought right down to the
last 10 seconds. They did-
n't give up."
Even though Venice's
two district losses land
them in the No. 3 slot for
the district tournament,
their coach isn't necessari-
ly concerned. Venice beat
Manatee in their second
meeting, which doesn't
count toward tournament
seeding, and played very
close with the top seed.
Venice plays host to
Riverview High School on
senior night Thursday at 8
p.m. in their final home
match of the season.


SCOREBOARD


Girls Soccer


Boys Basketball


Dec. 16
At Venice


Lakewood Ranch 1 0
Venice 0 0


First half - 1, Lakewood
Ranch, Wolfe, 20th minute.
Second half - None.
Yellow cards - Virgilio,
Miller, LR 26.
Lakewood Ranch -
Katherine Somodi, Rachel
Wojcicki, Kristen Hagaman,
Kirsten Skokos, Taylor Halligan,
26, Kaitlyn Wolfe, 17, Alex
Cardenas, Nikki Kerrigan, Sarah
Miller.
Venice - Ashley Weaver,
Ashley Kaiser, Emily Cremisio,
Krystin Pomante, Alex Trujic,
Myra Jenkins, Ariel Young, Tina
Trujic, Colleen Murphy, Dana
LaRocque, Tori Bolyard.
Girls Basketball
Dec. 15
VENICE (67)
Walchle 4 0 0 8, Revels 3 1-1
7, Pinkerton 2 2-2 6, Jutras 4 0-0
8, Butler 1 2-2 4, Vasilevskaya 1
0-0 2, Cavallaro 10 7-9 27,
Hackett 2 1-2 5.Totals 27 13-19
67.
CHARLOTTE (25)
Standafer 3 0-0 9, Timmons
4 0-0 12, Hyland 1 0-0 2, Francis
1 0-0 2. Totals 9 0-0 25.
Venice 20 15 20 12 -67
Charlotte 8 6 6 5 - 25
3-point goals - Venice 0,
Charlotte 7 (Standafer 3,
Timmons 4). Fouled out - None.
Technicals - None. Total fouls -
Venice 10, Charlotte 15.


Dec. 13
VENICE (68)
Grant 7 5-5 19, T. Burton 5 3-
5 13, Tellor 3 4-4 10, C. Burton 2
3-4 7, Jutras 2 1-2 6, Smithers 2
0-0 5, Flerage 1 2-2 4, Hackett 1
1-2 3, Cavallaro 0 1-2 1. Totals
23 20-26 68.
BOOKER (48)
Hollaway 4 4-6 15, Daniels 2
3-6 7, Francois 2 3-6 7, Jefferson
3 1-2 7, Burke 2 2-6 6,
Richardson 2 0-0 4, Gainer 1 0-0
2.Totals 16 13-26 48.
Venice 15 16 13 24 - 68
Booker 3 11 9 25 - 48
3-point goals - Venice 2
(Smithers, Jutras), Booer 3
(Hollaway 3). Fouled out -
Cavallaro. Technicals - None.
Total fouls - Venice 21, Booker
20.
Dec. 16
BAYSHORE (37)
Yam 1 2-2 5, Maldonado 1 1-
2 4, Berger 3 0-1 7, Bell 1 0-0 3,
Heiser 1 0-1 3, Concepcion 0 0-1
0, Shafek 3 1-2 8, Rozier 3 1-2 7,
Totals 13 5-11 37.
VENICE (77)
Smither 3 0-0 6, Jutras 5 0-0
15, C. Burton 3 2-2 8, Cavallaro 1
1-2 3, T. Burton 5 1-2 12, Hackett
2 1-3 5, Grant 6 4-6 16, Revels 4
0-1 8, Tellor 1 0-0 2, Flerlage 1 0-
0 2, Totals 31 9-14 77.
Bayshore 10 10 14 3 - 37
Venice 20 20 27 10 - 77
3-point goals - Bayshore 6
(Yam, Maldonado, Berger, Bell,
Heiser, Shafek), Venice 5 (Jutras
5).


Wrestling
CAPTAIN ARCHER MEMO-
RIAL CLASSIC
Team Standings
1. Riverdale 252.5, 2.
Palmetto Ridge 251,3. North Port
150, 4. Charlotte 143, 5. North
Fort Myers 127, 6. Lemon Bay
109, 7. Bayshore 89, 8. Fort
Myers 86, 9. Barron Collier 73,
10. Palmetto 72, 11. Venice 71,
12. Gulf Coast (GC) 62.5, 13.
Mariner 48, 14. Southeast 40, 15.
Cape Coral 32, 16. Port Charlotte
21, 17. Cypress Lake 8.
Championship Finals (Venice
wrestlers only)
145 -Tony Gonter (V) d. Avery
Brightwell (C), 6-4; 171 - Kyle
Thacker (Riv) d. Billy Field (V), 8-7.
5th, 6th place (Venice wrestlers
only)
112 - Johnathon Heffner (Riv)
p. Brian Clark (V), 3:42; 125 -
Colton Schuchert (V) d. Shay
Earhart (NFM), 3-2.
On Deck
THURSDAY
Girls Weightlifting
Tri-meet at Venice, 4 p.m.
Girls Basketball
Lakewood Ranch at Venice,
7:30 p.m.
Boys Basketball
Venice at Sarasota, 7:30 p.m.
Boys Soccer
Venice at Riverview, 8 p.m.
Girls Soccer
Riverview at Venice, 8 p.m.
FRIDAY
Girls Soccer
Venice at Sarasota Showcase,
TBA
Boys Basketball
Cardinal Mooney at Venice,
7:30 p.m.


SPORTS BRIEF
School's Out Holiday
Volleyball Camp
Venice Middle School volley-
ball coaches Gary Halbert and
Joe DiGiacomo host a volleyball
camp for girls grades three
through eight Dec. 22-24 at Pine
View School. Cost is $75 for the
three-day camp that runs 9 a.m.-
1 p.m. Call 232-5626 or 928-3433
for more information.


FOOTBALL from Page 12A
Braden River High School hosts
the PAL Bowl Friday at 7:30 p.m.
The FACA North-South Football
All-Star Classic will be played at
Firemen's Field in Sebring on
Tuesday.
Venice coaches and boosters
also handed out a handful of
awards to this year's most outstand-
ing student-athletes Monday night
at the team's end-of-year banquet.
The winners are as follows:

* Jim Powell Award (MVP) - Trey
Burton
* Offensive MVP - Dri Archer
* Defensive MVP - Ethan Mix
* Special Teams MVP - Kye
Rodgers
* Letterman Award - Jamie Owen
* Linebacker Club Award - James
Auxier
* Scout Team Player of the Year -
David Williams

Burton and defensive end
Brandon Wilkinson were named
team captains for the 2009 season.


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rfather-daughter visits.
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I hli court stepped in, requiring supervised father-daughter visits. Two years later, because of the
1h)i i, -, intervention, there was a happy ending. Anna was allowed to visit her father at his home.
I hli Children & Families Supervised Visitation Program of the Child Protection Center made the
Slillerence.
That program is one of several programs designed to protect children from bullying, sexual
abuse and a laundry list of problems associated with divorce, domestic violence, neglect, igno-
rance and drug and alcohol abuse.
Such problems are tough enough for adults to handle. For children, they can be far worse, and
lead to similar troubles when they become adults.
"Breaking the cycle of child sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect" is part of the mission of
the Child Protection Center. CPC collaborates with the 12th Circuit Court and several other orga-
nizations, psychologists, attorneys and therapists.
With the help of more than 450 trained volunteers, the center provides several services, includ-
ing crisis intervention and treatment for the child victims and their families. During more than 20
years, the center has served more than 3,500 children residing in Sarasota and DeSoto counties.
In addition to its main office in Sarasota, CPC has offices in Venice, North Port and other places.
It has had an office in Venice for 13 years.


For the children
When supervised visits are ordered by the court, parents or involved adults
have 14 days to schedule a face-to-face consultation to plan a program in compli-
ance with the order.
Before visits begin, the noncustodial parent receives his or her own training. So
does the custodial parent. The initial interview is with the noncustodial parent.
"We spend one- and one-half to two hours interviewing," Leis said. "The point is to
let them know the rules and that they will be watched. This program can be their best
friend."
Visits usually begin within two weeks of the beginning of the evaluation process. A
trained visitation monitor is present at each visit for the safety of the child. When there is
an active restraining order from the court, a uniformed law enforcement officer will be pre-
sent during the visit.
"The volunteer supervisor's entire responsibility is to keep an eye on that child and to make.
sure nothing happens to that child," Leis said. "They have the authority to stop the visit imme-
diately. We have a signal for the parents, and they know, and we have never had to do that."
Routine alcohol and drug screening is administered to the visiting parents. Both parents
are given specific instructions about arrival and departure times, which are staggered to
avoid any confrontations. f


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fer of the airport to the city of
Venice and proclaiming Dec.
6 as Airport Appreciation
Day. The event also celebrat-
ed the grand opening of the
Venice Jet Center.
Top left, McKeon, his wife,
Wanda, and Nick Carlucci,
president of the Venice
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Association, toured the dis-
play of aircraft.
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Venice, checks out the en-
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The Venice High School Marine Junior ROTC Color Guard opened the ceremonies Dec.
6 at the Venice Municipal Airport's 60th anniversary celebration and fly-in, attended by
an estimated 3,000 visitors next to the Venice Jet Center. Parking and entry to the event
were free, with drawings for gifts held throughout the day. Airplane and helicopter
rides were available, and a food tent was supplied by the Honoluana Island Grill.


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the program have been as
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Leis said.
"At 2 or 3, they don't
have a history and can be
more forgiving (of their
parents)," she said.
"Sometimes a teen or pre-
teen needs to confront, so
we are careful because we
are not therapists."
When that situation
arises, Leis said they will
hand-pick a volunteer
who has been a therapist,
should one be available.


Financial support
comes from state and
county government, Unit-
ed Way, Gulf Coast Com-
munity Foundation of
Venice, Emanuel Lutheran
Church and others.
"This community has
embraced it," Hedley said.
Volunteers do much of
the work and nearly all of
the visitation supervision.
They are carefully screen-
ed, too, Leis said.
Volunteers are known


to the clients only by their
first names. The oldest vol-
unteer is in her 80s.
Paid law enforcement
workers are hired for a
small percentage of visits.
"We are here to make
the kids safe and we do
everything to make that
happen," Leis said. "This
program is not about
numbers but about the
kids."
Visitation rooms are
themed by age level and


include age-appropriate
toys, art supplies and, in
one room, a puppet the-
ater.
"Some good things are
said when playing with
puppets," Leis said.
Other good things are
occasionally written down.
A chalkboard in one of the
rooms has the message, "I
love you, Mom" neatly
printed on it.
The message is but one
of many such positive


results of the visitation
and other programs of the
CPC.
"We expect kids to have
a bounce in their steps,"
Hedley said. "When they
come here, they get that
bounce back in their step.
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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17
'A Tuna Christmas'
Date: Dec. 17, 18, 19, 20
Time: 8-10 p.m.
Where: Venice Theatre, 140W. Tampa
Ave., Venice
Notes: Season's greetings from Tuna,
Texas - a hilarious sequel to the hit
comedy, "Greater Tuna." The whole fami-
ly can join in the holiday fun.
Cost: $12-$24
Call: 488-1115
Link: venicestage.com, tickets
Mdicare: the financial facts
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Where: Women's Resource Center, 701
Center Road, Venice
Notes: What is Medicare? How is it struc-
tured? Learn about benefits, premiums
and Medicare Prescription Drug Pro-
gram-Part D before you make any deci-
sions. Facilitator: Laura Kitay, seniors
specialist.
Cost: $5-$8
Call: 485-9724
Link: www.thewomensresource
center.org
Madrigal fundraiser
RSVP: Tickets now on sale
Date: Dec. 20, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Trammel home on the island of
Venice
Notes: Venice High School choral stu-
dents present an Olde English Madrigal
Feast in a castle setting as a fundraising
event for their trip to Carnegie Hall in
NewYork City. Lords, ladies, serfs and
wenches will serve dinner, and the
evening will include music, song and
laughter.
Cost: $60
Call: 284-7860, NancyVogelsong
Historic Venice Trolley Tours
RSVP: Dec. 17
Date: Jan. 24
Where: Triangle Inn, 351 S. Nassau St.,
Venice
Notes: Reserved tickets go on sale begin-
ning Jan. 5 for trolley tours that will run
on these Saturdays: Jan. 24, Feb. 7, Feb.
21 and March 7. Each Historic Trolley
Tour takes place at 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.
Cost: $15 (No tickets are sold on the day
of tour.)
Call: 486-2487
Silent dessert auction
Time: 5:30-7 p.m.
Where: Venice Community Center, 326 S.
Nokomis Ave., Venice
Notes: Women's Council of Realtors,
Venice chapter, sponsors this dessert
tasting and Chinese auction. Cash and
checks accepted.
Cost: $10 for tickets
Call: 468-9843 or 716-1208
Venice Train Depot tours
Time: 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Where: Historic Train Depot, Seaboard
Avenue at East Venice Avenue
Notes: Through May, tours are conduct-
ed Wednesday, Fridays and Mondays.
Red Caboose is open to the public
Wednesday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Call: 412-0151, leave message for group
tours.
Women's Sailing Squadron
Time: 7:45 a.m.
Where: Venice Yacht Club, 1330 Tarpon
Center Drive
Notes: Meets every Wednesday for sailing
or education.
Call: Judy Karr, 485-4143
Kayaking safety
Time: 8:30-11 a.m.
Where: North Jetty/Snake Island
Notes: Learn about entering/exiting,
paddling, equipment, tides, getting into a
kayak if it overturns and rescuing another
person.
Cost: $40
Call: Terry Brawley, 960-5505
Kiwanis Club meets
Time: Noon
Where: Holiday House, 455 North U.S. 41
Bypass, Venice
Notes: Meets every Wednesday for lunch
and program. Public is invited to learn
what the Kiwanis is about.
Call: Irene, 484-6022
Evening book club
Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Jacaranda Library, 4143
Woodmere Park Blvd.
Notes: Share a book
Call: 861-5000
Venice Archives
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Historic Triangle Inn, 351 S.
Nassau St., Venice


Notes: Public hours are Mondays,
Tuesday and Wednesdays. Personal
research may be arranged.
Call: 486-2487, James Hagler

Club food
Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.


Where: Venice-Nokomis Elks Lodge, 1021
Discovery Way, Nokomis
Notes: lunch
Call: 486-1854

DAV dinner
Time: 4-8 p.m.
Where: Disabled American Veterans,
Chapter 101, 600 East Colonia Lane,
Nokomis
Notes: Joe's Kitchen at the DAV will serve
spaghetti and homemade meatballs
every Wednesday. Public is invited.
Cost: $5
Call: 488-4500
Bingo
Time: 6-8:30 p.m.
Where: American Legion, 1770 E. Venice
Ave.
Notes: Bingo at 6 p.m., food from 5-7
p.m.
Call: 488-1157
Game day
Time: 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Where: Venice Art Center, 390 S.
Nokomis Ave.
Notes: Play a variety of games.
Call: 485-7136
Link: veniceartcenter.com
Euchre, bridge
Time: 6-7:45 p.m.
Where: Jacaranda Library, 4143
Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice
Notes: Age and skill level not considered;
play every Wednesday.
Call: 861-5000
Beading and crafts
Time: 3-4:30 p.m. through Jan. 3
Where: Goodwill GoodNeighbor Center,
Rialto; 652 South Tamiami Trail, Venice
Notes: Learn beading jewelry or bring
your own craft project, free. Bring beads
or purchase in class.
Call: 441-0241, ext. 304
Royal Aires music
Time: 11 a.m.-i p.m.
Where: American Legion No-Vel Post
159, 1770 E. Venice Ave., Venice
Notes: Music every Wednesday; lunch is
available from the lunch menu.
Call: 488-1157

Eagles Aerie 3482
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: 621 East Colonia Lane, Nokomis
Notes: karaoke
Call: 484-4470

Marines meet
Time: 11:45 a.m.
Where: Family Table Restaurant, 14132
South Tamiami Trail, North Port
Notes: SWF Chapter 1st Marine Division;
all Marines and guests welcome.
Call: 697-1870, Red French


THURSDAY, DEC. 18
Venice High School
Marching Band concert
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Laurel Nokomis Middle School,
1900 East Laurel Road, Laurel
Notes: The VHS band will participate
with the LNMS band for a free concert.
The band is under the direction of
Jonathan Case.
Nature walk
Time: 9-11 a.m.
Where: North Jetty Beach Park, meet at
the beach end of the parking lot on Casey
Key.
Notes: Naturalist Bud Doyle leads the
walk and teaches about the ocean, fish
and more. Walk is sponsored by Sarasota
County Parks & Recreation.
Call: 488-4158
Film festival
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Where: Venice Public Library, 300 S.
Nokomis Ave., Venice
Notes: "Carnegie Hall," great music by
great artists will be shown in the library's
theater that seats 120 people and has a
large screen with stereo sound. This 1947
film was lost for many years and recently
found. Critics say this may be the greatest
film about classical music ever made.
Call: 861-1330

Independent documentary film
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Art Center Sarasota, 707 North
Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
Notes: Brother Outsider presents a fea-
ture-length documentary portrait of
Bayard Rustin's activism for peace, racial
equality, economic justice and human
rights. Rustin is best known as the orga-
nizer of the 1963 March on Washington, a
large, nonviolent protest in the U.S.
Cost: $5, suggested donation
Call: 365-2032
Link: artsarasota.org
Wine tasting
Time: 3:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: Your Favorite Things, 1740 E.
Venice Ave., Venice
Cost: Free wine tasting
Call: 488-5200
Gardening answers
Time: 9:30 a.m.-noon
Where: Venice Public Library, 300 S. No-
komis Ave., Venice
Notes: Sarasota County Extension Service
experts answer questions.
Call: 861-1350
Big brush watercolor
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Where: Nokomis Community Center, 234
East Nippino Trail, Nokomis
Notes: Big-brush painting class allows


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PHOTO COURTESY OF VENICE SYMPHONY
Venice Symphony maestro Wesley John Schumacher will conduct the 75-piece orchestra
during the 2008-09 season.


Venice Symphony opening

The Venice Symphony will open its season with holiday con-
certs Dec. 19 and 20. The program will include "Christmas
Music for Orchestra" arranged by John Cacavas, a Hanukkah
medley, excerpts from "The Nutcracker Suite," "Russian
Christmas Music" by Alfred Reed, a carol sing-along, "Sussex
Mummer's Carol" by Percy Grainger and more. The set of con-
certs is sponsored by R. Scott Thompson, D.D.S.
Performances are Friday, Dec. 19, 8 p.m., and Saturday, Dec.
20, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Concerts are at Church of the Nazarene,
1535 E. Venice Ave., Venice. Tickets are $18, $22 and $25; all seats
are reserved. Call the symphony office (488-1010) for tickets or
information.


EDITOR'S NOTE: Please call or e-mail
location to confirm the date and time
prior to attending an event.


students to use watercolors and/or inks.
All levels may enroll.
Cost: $65 every four weeks
Call: 861-5000
Tap dance classes
Time: Call for times.
Where: Nokomis Community Center
activity room, 234 East Nippino Trail,
Nokomis
Notes: Beginner and intermediate levels
tap dance with instructor Ellen Swope.
Cost: $10 per class
Call: 861-5000
Banjo music
Time: 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Where: Snook Haven, 5000 E. Venice
Ave., Venice
Notes: Gulf Coast Banjo Society plays
every Thursday
Call: 488-3023
Guitar lessons
Time: 4-5 p.m.
Where: Nokomis Community Center, 234
East Nippino Trail, Nokomis
Notes: Beginning guitar classes. Bring
acoustic guitar and notebook. Diana
Gregory provides charts.
Cost: $15 for five weeks or $3 per class
Call: 861-5000
Tap dance classes
Time: Call for times.
Where: Nokomis Community Center
activity room, 234 East Nippino Trail,
Nokomis
Notes: Evening beginner and intermedi-
ate levels tap dance with Susanna
Mazzar.
Cost: $30 per month; two classes $50
Call: 861-5000
Tappercise
Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
Where: Starz Choice Dance Academy,
348 S. Seaboard Ave., Venice
Notes: clogging
Call: 408-0019
Club food, fun
Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Venice-Nokomis Elks Lodge, 1021
Discovery Way, Nokomis
Notes: lunch
Call: 486-1854

Time: 5-8 p.m.
Where: Venice-Nokomis Elks Lodge, 1021
Discovery Way, Nokomis
Notes: All-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner
and trivia games follow with $50 prize.
Call: 486-1854

Time: 5-8 p.m.
Where: American Legion, 1770 E. Venice
Ave., Venice
Notes: chicken tenders, burgers and
music

Time: 5-8 p.m.
Where: Eagles Aerie 3482, 621 East
Colonia Lane, Nokomis
Notes: Mexican night
Call: 484-4470
Poetry open reading
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Sanddollar Bookstore, 272 Miami
Ave. W, Venice
Notes: Voices ofVenice, free, open to all,
Thursday
Call: 480-1030
Link: www.poetsrule.com
Jewelry classes
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Where: ErlenBach Studio, 207 S.
Nokomis Ave., Venice
Notes: A different jewelry class every
Thursday, make and take, beading, wire,
chain mail. Costs vary.
Call: 227-4335
Wine tasting
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Where: Bonnell's Boutique & Winery,
317-B W Venice Ave., Venice
Notes: Sample four imported wines;
enjoy buffet of foods and two glasses of
imported wine and music by George
DeJong, formerly of Herman's Hermits.
Cost: $15
Call: 480-0011
E-mail: wines@floridafruitwines.com


Time: 1-2 p.m.
Where: Historic Train Depot, Venice
Notes: TTV committee meets until the
event on March 6.
Contact: Venice Nokomis Rotary
Call: 416-5510, Jerry Woelfel
MOPS
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Where: Venice Presbyterian Church, 111
E. Firenze Ave., Venice
Notes: Mothers of Preschoolers
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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17, 2008


THE Daily Crossword Edited by Wayne Robert Williams


ACROSS
1 Plunk down
5 Lengthy
narrative
9 Power for
Fulton
14 Tibetan monk
15 Resting atop
16 Refrain
syllables
17 One condo
18 Small inroad
19 Bow lubricant
20 Poker player's
alternatives
23 Acorn producer
24 Goes into
27 Do damage to
30 Removal from
office
34 Exercise count
35 Render
harmless
37 Chuck out
38 Debate side
39 Negotiator's
options
42 Disembarked
43 Stockings
44 Captain
Nemo's creator
45 Freight weight
46 Snappy
comeback
48 Unhappy
49 Yule quaff
51 Smelter fodder
53 A call for action
60 Novelist Jong
62 Speaker's
platform
63 Killer whale
64 More scarce
65 Tuning knob
66 Bright sign
67 Abrasive cloth
68 Wild plum
69 Big jerk


DOWN
Stopper
Highway
section
Fail to mention
Place for a
barbecue
Number puzzle
Copycat
Percussion
instrument


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Columbia, MD


8 Feed the kitty
9 Powerful
10 Rainbow in the
water
11 New Yorkers,
for instance
12 Rope-a-dope
poet
13 Supply
personnel
21 Model
Campbell
22 On edge
25 Eyeball
membrane
26 Treated with
malice
27 Metamorphose
28 Digital
alternative
29 Machine gun
assault,
perhaps
31 Condescend
32 Trunk
33 Archipelago
members
36 Gen. Powell's
status
38 Hail to Caesar


40 Dark meat
serving
41 Stave off
46 Prayer beads
47 Muss up
50 More pleasant
52 Dark, heavy
wood
54 Track stats


Balustrade
Luigi's bye-bye
Neck of the
woods
Graphics image
Go down the
tubes
Bard's before
Aries animal


GOREN BRIDGE


Q 1 - As South, vulnerable, you hold:
4 KS ' Vold. AJ9853246AK75
The bidding has proceeded:
SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST
1C, Pass I* Pass
What do you bid now?
A - You have a good hand but you are
in an unenviable position for a rebid.
Your choices lie between jumping
with a broken seven-card minor suit
or choosing a two-level bid in that
suit or a four-card minor. To jump
robs you of the room you might need
to explore for the best contract, so
you have to choose between two
clubs or two diamonds. We opt for
two clubs - a simple two diamonds
sounds too weak,
Q 2 - Both vulnerable, as South you
hold:
*A 6 :v KKQ7432 o 7,46AKJ 10
Partner opens the bidding with one
spade. What do you respond?
A - You have a very good hand but,
despite being a four-loser hand, it
meets neither of our criteria for a
jump shift - a long, solid suit or
good support for partner's suit. Don't
steal your own bidding room by
jumping. Respond two hearts -
forcing in any system.
Q 3 - Both vulnerable, as South you
hold:
4K3 2J5 O QJ6 4AKQJ75
Partner opens the bidding with one
heart. What do you respond?
A - Despite holding fewer prime
cards than the previous example, this
hand is worth seven or eight tricks on
its own. Tell partner about this by
jumping to three clubs and soft-ped-
aling in the subsequent auction.
Q 4 - Neither vulnerable, as South
you hold:
4 Q7 ~AKJ4o K10 *AQ1073


The bidding has proceeded:
SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST
14 Pass 14 Pass
What do you bid now?
A - With your 19 semi-balanced
high-card points and stoppers in all
suits, it is simply a question of
whether to jump to two no trump or
show your second suit. As a rule, we
like to show when we have a two-
suited hand, and don't think we need
make an exception here. Bid two
hearts.
Q 5 - Neither vulnerable, as South
you hold:
*AK98 7AK83 0 632 474
As dealer, what is your opening bid?
A - This is the deal that gives five-
card major bidders a nightmare. Not
only do they have to open one dia-
mond, but must do so with almost the
worst fragment they could hold. For
those who would break their rule and
open one of a major, our choice
would be one heart - the best
chance to find a fit - as long as we
play negative doubles to help cope
with interference.
Q 6 - Both vulnerable, as South you
hold:
SA Q 10763 A 5 0 A 7 *A95


The bidding has proceeded:
SOUTH WEST NORTH
14 Dbl INT
What action do you take?


EAST
Pass


A - First, partner is not running from
one spade doubled - he is showing a
hand with a smattering of cards and
at least a doubleton spade. With your
four aces, your hand is worth some
21-22 points, and any cards partner
holds must be useful. Jump to four
spades.
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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17, 2008

LIBRARY BRIEFS
Venice Public Library
300 S. Nokomis Ave.
Venice, FL 34285
Libraries closed
for the holidays
Sarasota County librar-
ies will be closed on
Wednesday and Thursday,
Dec. 24 and 25, and on
Thursday, Jan. 1, for the
holidays.
Music on film
The VPL Film Festival
theme for December is A
World of Great Music with
films that will pay tribute
to some of the world's
great composers. At 5:30
p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18,
the most prominent fig-
ures of 20th century music
are featured in "Carnegie
Hall" (1947). Jim Orville
presents two special holi-
day features: On Friday,
Dec. 26, at 1 p.m. only, leg-
endary opera diva Grace
Moore stars in "One Night
of Love" (1934) and on
Wednesday, Dec. 31, at 1
p.m. only, Julie Andrews
plays Gertrude Lawrence
in "Star" (1968).
Architectural styles
Baila Miller returns to
VPL this season. She will
give five lectures on archi-
tects and architectural
styles of the last century.
Each monthly lecture will
be on the second Wed-
nesday at 2 p.m. On Jan.
14, she will examine art
deco and in February
enjoy the works of Frank
Lloyd Wright.
Video lectures
On Fridays through
Dec. 19, 2-4 p.m., VPL con-
tinues the video lecture
series Reason and Faith:
Philosophy in the Middle
Ages. No registration nec-


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essary.
French Club
On Friday, 9:30 to
11:30 a.m., if you have a
basic knowledge of the
French language and wish
to practice those skills,
then you are invited to
attend weekly meetings of
the VPL French Club. The
group practices French
conversation during the
first hour, followed by
reading from French liter-
ature and current topics
during the second hour.
No registration necessary.
New members are always
welcome.
Gardening questions
Every Thursday from
9:30 a.m. to noon, bring
your gardening questions
to Venice Public Library
and receive help from the
friendly experts of the
Sarasota County Exten-
sion Service.
Youth services
DIAL-A-STORY: Dial
486-2330 and enjoy a two-
minute fairy tale for chil-
dren (5-10 years). The
story is changed every
week.
Preschool Storytime:
Tuesday mornings, 10-
10:30 a.m. for indepen-
dent 3- to 5-year-olds.
Tot Time: Wednesday
mornings, 9:30-10:30 a.m.,
for ages from infant to 3
years old. Play with toys
and then a story time. Dec.
17: Oh, Christmas Tree
and Dec. 30 and 31: Let It
Snow!
Read and sing
On Saturday, Dec. 20, 2-
3 p.m., families are invited
to read with the Suncoast
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first night of Chanukah on
December 21st at 5:00 PM.
And again on the last night,
December 28th. Come and
participate in the candle
lighting ceremonies.
Enjoy the music of
the JCV Klezmer B nd
and take part in


in Venice
the sing along, games, and
all of the fun. There are
treats for the youngsters,
door prizes and more.
As always, all of our friends
and neighbors in the Venice
Community are invited to
join with us at this
festive holiday
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and blankets. There will be
treats for the dogs and the
families.
King Family Violinists
On Tuesday, Dec. 23,
10-10:30 a.m., enjoy this
talented performing fami-
ly with crafts and refresh-
ments.
Marx Brothers at VPL
The literary theme for
the 2009 season at Venice
Library is America's Gen-
ius Belt, a survey of the
works of the gifted resi-
dents of Pennsylvania's
Bucks County. These writ-
ers, composers and play-
wrights include Pearl
Buck, Moss Hart and
George S. Kaufman. An-
other resident writer of
Bucks County was S.J.
Perelman, who contrib-
uted to the two films that
will kick off the three-
month-long series with a
Marx Brothers double fea-
ture, "Horse Feathers" and
"Monkey Business," to be
shown on Friday, Jan. 2, at
2 p.m. On Friday, Jan. 9,
Bob Griffiths will give his
first of four lectures, "Ten
Square Miles of Talent," a
visit with the Genius Belt
regulars.
Live music
Dave and Kathy En-
derle will perform a variety
of popular songs at Venice
Library on Tuesday, Jan. 6,
at 2 p.m. Enjoy Dave's clear
tenor voice and Kathy's
easy piano style as they
present hits from the '30s
through the '90s. No regis-
tration necessary.
Monday music series
Nina Collins will be
back on the first Monday
of the month at 2 p.m. for


January, February and
March with a discussion of
the major composers of
each era and the cultural
factors that colored their
compositions. On the sec-
ond Monday of each
month at 3 p.m., Collins
will bring you Music Live,
a performance by accom-
plished classical musi-
cians. On Jan. 12, classical
guitarist Elliot Frank re-
turns with an hour of
instrumentals. The con-
certs are free thanks to the
support of the Friends of
the Venice Public Library.
World War II lectures
The lecture series, A
History of World War II,
will be given by Ted
Koszarski every Wednes-
day, 1-2 p.m., starting on
Jan. 7 and running for 12
weeks (skipping Jan. 21).
Koszarski is the founder of
Veterans Memorial Ar-
chive, which is dedicated
to preserving the memo-
ries of veterans of World
War II and other wars. The
first lecture will be Origins
of World War II on Jan. 7,
followed by other topics
including Russian War,
European Air War, Pacific
Land War and Tech-
nological, Spy, and Pro-
duction Wars.
New at books
at the library
1. "The Green Collar
Economy: How One So-
lution Can Fix Our Two
Biggest Problems" by Van
Jones (New York: Harper
One, 2008).
2. "Lincoln, President-
Elect: Abraham Lincoln
and the Great Secession
Winter 1860-1861" by
Harold Holzer (New York:
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4. "Prince Rupert: The
Last Cavalier" by Charles
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"The Secret Pleasures of
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Park Blvd.
Venice, FL 34293
Chess Club
We don't care about
your age, we don't care
about your skill level, we
just want to get together
and play chess. If you just
want to have fun, join us
every Sunday from 1-4:30
p.m.
Forty Carrots
Partners in Play
On Wednesday, Dec. 17,
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
children, infant to age 5,


and their caregivers have
the opportunity to enjoy
meaningful playtime to-
gether, experience new
activities, join in circle-
time fun, spend time with
other families, and get
valuable parenting infor-
mation. Space is limited to
12 families. You must reg-
ister at the youth desk the
day of the program.
Euchre and bridge
On Wednesday, Dec. 17,
5:30-7:30 p.m., play euchre
and bridge. Age and skill
are less important than a
wish to play. Everybody
plays.
Toddler Tale Time
On Friday, Dec. 19,
from 10:45-11:30 a.m. tod-
dlers ages 1-3 and their
parent, grandparent or
caregiver, are invited to
join us for stories, rhymes,
songs and playtime. Please
observe age requirements.

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tions? Jack has computer
answers Friday, Dec. 19,
from 1:30-2:30 p.m.


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volunteer opportunities.
* Sidewalking with client during program to assure
rider safety
* Leading therapy horse during program; helping
riders as they learn to control the horse on their own
* Assisting therapist/instructor during program
* Set up and cleanup before and after program
* Building projects such as fencing, construction
of arena and ramp, hay barn, horse barn, etc.
* Facility maintenance
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Dad says daughter's interest


in girls means no sleepovers


DEAR ABBY
COLUMNIST


DEAR ABBY: My 14-
year-old daughter, "Me-
lissa," is bisexual. Most
girls her age have sleep-
overs, but my husband
says that any girl Melissa
likes should be considered
the same as a boyfriend, so
it is not appropriate for her
to spend the night.
I disagree. A girlfriend is
not the same - mainly
because Melissa won't end
up getting pregnant after
spending the night with a
girl. What do you think? -
MOM IN ST. PETERS-
BURG, FLA.
DEAR MOM: If Melissa
is romantically attracted to
a particular girl, your hus-
band has a valid point.
However, he is mistaken if
he thinks that because
Melissa is bisexual she is
attracted to EVERY female
she meets. That is no more
true than the idea that het-
erosexual individuals are
sexually attracted to
EVERY member of the
opposite sex. When it
comes to friendships,
most are platonic - and
you and your husband
should keep that in mind
before deciding whether
or not to allow your


daughter to participate in
sleepovers.
DEAR ABBY: My hus-
band, "Donald," and I are
retired. He attends social
meetings about four times
a month. Food is served at
these meetings, and he
usually brings part of the
meal home. Then he
announces that the food is
"his" and that I shouldn't
eat any.
Abby, his "take-home"
will stay in the refrigerator
for a day or so, and I have
to see it every time I open
the door. It often looks
delicious - not the kind of
thing we usually have for
meals at home. Don will
then eat it in front of me,
and it kills me that he
won't share.
I have tried telling my
husband that he should
share his food, but it
throws him into a rage. He
claims the food is his
because it was part of a
meal he didn't finish and
brought home to eat.
I'd like your opinion
because I consider this
cruel. Who's right? -
JAYNE IN MIAMI
DEAR JAYNE: You are,
and I can see how your
husband's behavior is hard
to swallow. His actions are
not only selfish but also
intimidating.
People who won't share
food are usually selfish
about other things as well.
Allow me to share a bit
of advice: On the nights
when your husband is
socializing, make some
plans with some of your
women friends. Because
you're not getting your
treats at home, get them


elsewhere.
DEAR ABBY: As the
years have passed, my
brown hair has slowly
been replaced by threads
of silver. Friends and rela-
tives have teased me about
it. I don't let their remarks
bother me, but certain
individuals do irritate me
with their remarks. So I
came up with a comeback
to address their com-
ments.
I tell them with a smile
that each of my white hairs
represents a "seed of wis-
dom" in my "field" of
knowledge. I love seeing
their expressions when I
say this.
Perhaps this will help
other seniors. What do you
think, Abby? - R.J.P. IN
MAINE
DEAR R.J.P: The deci-
sion to color one's hair -
or not - is a personal one.
Some people prefer to let
nature take its course
while others would rather
"curl up and dye" than
show any gray.
I respect not only your
refusal to be "teased" into
doing something you don't
want to do, but also that
you do it with humor.

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The accreditation dis-
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"Blood banking is a
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It is imperative we remain
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Chorus raises money to perform at Carnegie Hall


FROM VENICE HIGH SCHOOL

The Venice High School chorus, under
the direction of Stephen Johns, has been
invited to join other high school and col-
lege vocal students in performing at
Carnegie Hall.
Thirty students and chaperones will
travel to NewYork City in May to perform
in a concert May 23 featuring the music
of Dr. David Brunner, under the direction
of the composer.
Brunner is the director of choral activ-


ities at University of Central Florida, and
his compositions have received world-
wide recognition.
The cost per student is $1,500. Stu-
dents are performing and organizing
fundraising activities to reduce the cost of
this opportunity.
To make a donation, checks made
payable toVHS Choral Boosters Inc., des-
ignated to the Carnegie Hall Fund, can be
mailed to Venice High School, 1 Indian
Ave., Venice, FL 34385, in care of Stephen
Johns.


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Hearing Loss
Association party
The monthly meeting of
Hearing Loss Association
of Sarasota will be held
1:30-3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 17, in
the auditorium of the
Selby Public Library, 1333
First St., Sarasota. The
annual December
Holiday Party will feature
elections and entertain-
ment. Banjo player Mike
Evans will perform and
tell about his noise-
induced hearing loss. He
will also describe a spe-
cial device worn when
playing his music. The
event is free and open to
the public. 484-5461
Venice Area Ostomy
Support Group
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 17
Time: 1:30-4 p.m.
Where: Venice Regional
Medical Center
HealthPark, 1201
Jacaranda Blvd., Suite
1283
Crohn's support
A monthly Crohn's
Disease support group
meets at 7 p.m. the third
Wednesday (Dec. 17) in
the Englewood
Community Hospital
Suncoast Auditorium, 700
Medical Blvd. Call 815-
3669.
Wellness Community
Events are free for cancer
patients and a caregiver.
Call 921-5539.
* Support groups, 10-


11:30 a.m. Monday at
Jacaranda Trace, 3600
William Penn Way.
* Adaptive yoga classes,
noon-1:30 p.m. Monday
at Jacaranda Trace, 3600
William Penn Way.
* Qigong exercise classes,
10-11 a.m. Tuesday at
Jacaranda Trace, 3600
William Penn Way.
* 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.
Healthy Holidays
Lunch & Learn
for Moms
Date: Thursday, Dec. 18
Time: noon-1 p.m.
Where: Venice Girl Scouts
House, 1775 E. Venice
Ave.
Call: Julia Onnie-Hay,
program specialist, 921-
5358, ext. 319
E-mail: juliao@gsgcf.org
Links: healthygirls
initiative.blogspot.com or
www.myspace.com/
healthygirlsinitiative
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mom getting ready for the
holidays? Take an hour for
yourself. Manage the
stress of the season - the
"holiday hype" - by join-
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wellness goals; and craft a
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strategies in our homes.
Throughout the hour, two
licensed massage thera-
pists will be giving free
mini-massages to each
mom. Limited to 10
moms.
Co-Dependents
Anonymous
CODA has weekly meet-
ings until the end of April.
These meetings are for
women only and are held
at the Venice Bible
Church, 2395 W
Shamrock (west of U.S.
41), Venice, every
Thursday from noon until
1 p.m. Call Dorothy at
486-5367.
Cancer support
Cancer is Not Contagious
Support Group, 10:30
a.m., third Thursday of
the month (Dec. 18),
Englewood Community
Hospital Cafeteria, 700
Medical Blvd. Also meet-
ing at this time is the
Support for People with
Oral and Head and Neck
Cancer Group. Call Joe
Bauer at 474-0099.
Parkinson's support
The Parkinson's Support
Group meets at 10 a.m.
the third Friday of the
month (Dec. 19) in the
Englewood Community
Hospital Suncoast
Auditorium, 700 Medical
Blvd. Call 473-3919.
Celiac group
Celiac Support Group of
Sarasota-Manatee, 1:30-


3:30 p.m., third Saturday
of the month (Dec. 20), at
Waldemere Medical Plaza
- Papaya Room, 1921
Waldemere St., Sarasota.
Guest speaker will be
Leigh M. O'Rourke, who
will speak about
Emotional Impact of
Celiac Disease. Free; the
public is welcome. Call
922-1205 or visit www.
sarasotamanateeceliacs.
com.
Substance abuse
help
Substance Abuse Insight
Group, 6 p.m., fourth
Tuesday of the month
(Dec. 23), Home Detox
Inc., 530 South U.S. 41
Bypass, Unit 12B, in
Brickyard Plaza. Led by
Sharon R. Mays-Tremain.
Fee: $20 per person. Call
412-3869 or visit
www.homedetoxinc.com.
Movement disorder
Dystonia/Spasmodic
Torticollis support group,
5 p.m., last Tuesday of the
month (Dec. 30), Doctors
Hospital, 5731 Bee Ridge
Road, Sarasota. Ask
receptionist for room
number. Call 966-2754.
PAST
Parents of Addicts
Sharing Time is a support
and advocacy group that
meets at 7 p.m. the sec-
ond and fourth Tuesdays
of each month in the con-
ference room at
Jacaranda Public Library,
4143 Woodmere Park
Blvd. Call Maria Ludlam
at 492-3424 or e-mail
past.venice.fl@gmail.com.
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Wednesday of the month,
South County Resource
Center, 7810 Tamiami
Trail. Free. Contact Wendy
Hernandez at 539-8957 or
whernandez@
jfcs-cares.org.
Stroke support
Stroke Support Group,
11:30 a.m., fourth
Wednesday of the month,
Englewood Community
Hospital Rehab Center in
the YMCA across from the
hospital, 701 Medical
Blvd. RSVP to 475-3558.
Recovery support
Relapse Prevention and
Recovery Support group,
6 p.m., fourth Thursday of
the month, Home Detox
Inc. at 530 South U.S. 41
Bypass, Unit 12B, in
Brickyard Plaza. Led by
Sharon R. Mays-Tremain.
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Bereavement group
The Bereavement
Support Group meets 3-4
p.m., the second and
fourth Thursdays of the
month in the
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Conference Room at
Englewood Community
Hospital, 700 Medical
Blvd. Call 697-0783.
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2269 South Tamiami Trail,
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Medicare help
Associated Medicare
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system. AMP is free and
serves Sarasota,
Englewood and Venice.
Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday and 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. Wednesday. AMP is
on the second floor of the
Pat Buster Building at the
Senior Friendship Center,
2350 Scenic Drive, Venice.
AMP is always looking to
train new counselors. For
more information, call
584-0051.
Line dancing classes
Line dancing classes with
Jackie Wheeler, intermedi-
ate class, 7-8:30 Mondays;
beginner class, 7-8:30
Wednesday. Fee: $4 per
class. Call 493-2776.
Zumba
dance classes
Zumba dance fitness
class, 6:15-7:15 p.m.
Tuesday at the Venice
Community Center, 326
S. Nokomis Ave. E-mail
mlszerbin@aol.com or
call 685-8445 to reserve a
spot.
Screenings
Free blood pressure and
blood sugar tests by
Home Health Services of
Venice, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Thursday at Venice
HealthPark, 1201
Jacaranda Blvd. Call 485-
7711.
Meditation
Meditation and Eckhart
Tolle's 'ANew Earth," 7-
8:30 p.m. Wednesday at
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Amy Beechy, left, teacher at Taylor Ranch Elementary School, is one of 33 Venice-area award
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BY AUDREY
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Thirty-three teachers or
teacher teams in the eight
Venice-area public schools
were awarded Edge of Ex-
cellence classroom grants
Dec. 4 from the Education
Foundation of Sarasota
County Inc. for 46 class-
room projects.
Each grant amounted
to $300 or $500, depend-
ing on the project outlined
in the grant request. Some
teachers received two or
more awards. Laura Breeze,
advancement director for
the foundation, said a
teacher could receive up
to four grants.
The grants were an-
nounced at the 19th annu-
al awards ceremony at the
Chelsea Center in Sara-
sota. Cindy Kaiser, execu-
tive director of EFSC, an-
nounced the grants that
totaled $91,256 for 193
classroom projects de-
signed by teachers from 36
public schools across the
district. About 225 teach-
ers, volunteers, school dis-
trict staff and community
supporters attended the
event.
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notch this year and donat-
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than last year, according to
Breeze.
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of support this year. Some
donors gave more because
they knew others were
hurting and unable to give
as much as they have in the
past. We actually increased
our donation amount this
year," she said.


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Last year, the Edge pro-
gram funded 189 projects,
compared to the 193 for
2008, a press release said.
In 2007-08, the Edge pro-
gram and another founda-
tion grant program -
Building Blocks for Success
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pared to a total of $227,639
for classroom grants for
both programs in 2008-09.
"Since 1990, the foun-
dation has funded 3,486
projects totaling well over
$2 million through the two
grant programs," the re-
lease said.
2008 recipients
* Diane Andrew, Joanna
Davis-Lanum, Wanda Er-
ickson, the team of Car-
men Serrano and Camille
Hilliard, and Jeanne Tro-
iano, from Garden Ele-
mentary School, received
seven grants.
* Monica Brown, Reva
Levy, Maggie McKay and
Kim Seidell, from Laurel
Nokomis School, received
six grants.
* Barbara Pelc, Linda
Sheets Lockwood and
Dawn Kelley, from Oak
Park South/Venice Middle
School, received four
grants.
* Martha Magenheim,
Diane Andrew, Laura Brad-
ly, Denise Fugere, Erin Rice-
Smith, Lisa Scott, Marybeth
Torres, Misty Tucak and
Mary Alice Deveny, from
Pine View School, received
14 grants.
* Cassandra Duff, Amy
Beechy, Gretchen Eidel-
bus, Lisa Figueroa and
Sharon Lindstrom, from
Taylor Ranch Elementary
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grants.
* Shannon McNeil,
from Venice High School,


received one grant.
* Anthony Albano, Mark
Bruns, Maria Kearns and
Laura Semian, from Venice
Middle School, received
four grants.
* Roberta Reale, from
Venice Elementary School,
received one grant.
Foundation
"Funding is provided by
individual donors, corpo-
rate and foundation spon-
sors and state matching
grant dollars," according
to the press release. The
grants awarded to individ-
ual teachers are designed
to enhance student learn-
ing.
"Winners are deter-
mined by over 100 volun-
teer grant readers from the
community through a
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BY AUDREY BLACKWELL
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Venice Middle School sixth-graders are
one step higher on the literacy ladder
after a visit from children's book author
Jordan Sonnenblick.
He spoke to students in the school
cafeteria the morning of Dec. 10 and
shared his motivation for writing the
book "Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie."
The kids had just finished reading the
book, and the author's visit helped shore
up literacy goals of improved reading and
writing, according to Principal Karin
Schmidt.
The book, which was read by all
Sarasota County School District sixth-
graders, is a tool to bring these kids
together, said Page Dettmann, executive
director of middle school education for
the district.
"This is a well-written book that con-
veys a message to kids about real life. His
message is about how to be a happy
adult.
"The book engages kids, and by having
all sixth-grade kids in the district read it,
they have a common language to talk
with each other," she said. 'As the teacher
talks about it, they have their very own
copy."
The books were purchased for 2,500
kids in the district through a grant from
the Community Foundation of Sarasota
County, which focused on literacy this
year. The cost of the books was $11,000,
which was a portion of the $217,000 CFSC
grant.
Wendy Hopkins, vice president of
CFSC, talked about the grant program at
the Literacy Summit 2008 that was held at
the Girl Scout Gulf Coast Events &
Conference Center in Sarasota in Oc-
tober. The grant money is funding other
literacy initiatives at schools and libraries
across the county.
Author speaks
Sonnenblick, a former eighth-grade
language arts teacher, husband and
father of two young children, said he
wrote the book for one girl: a student who
had a brother dying of cancer.
The girl always laughed and talked a
lot with classmates, often disrupting the
class, Sonnenblick said. When he learned
her brother had cancer, he compliment-
ed the girl's strength in dealing with it to
her mother. The mother told him the girl
wasn't really dealing, but rather was hid-
ing from it. He offered to find a book the
girl could read to help her be able to talk
about it, but none was out there. So he
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Venice Middle School on Dec. 10 how to grow
into happy adults by doing what they love
and can master. Sonnenblick is the author of
the book "Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie,"
which all sixth-graders in Sarasota County
School District read this year.

Unfortunately, he said, the girl's broth-
er had died by the time the book was pub-
lished the next year. However, he felt the
book was successful because the girl's
mother called him after reading it and
told him he "got it right." It would help
other kids going through the trauma of
having a sibling with a life-threatening ill-
ness. Then he knew he had reached his
goal.
"Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie" is
about a boy whose brother has leukemia.
Dettmann said the main character is an
outstanding drummer and is friends with
two girls - one is a best friend, the other
is the most popular girl at school. Dan-
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brother creates using the main charac-
ter's prized drumsticks - signed by the
Dave Matthews Band - to stir it up with.
Through the story, readers learn to
stand by their family members and
friends, no matter what the situation.
Sarasota unique
The author has traveled to 30 states for
this book and has written several other
children's books, but he said Sarasota is
unique in its approach to this literacy
project.
'A lot of times all the students in one
school will read the book, but to find a
district to purchase 2,500 books for stu-
dents in the whole district, the whole
county, is amazing to me. It is just awe-
some that Sarasota did that," he said.

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her son, Evan, was having a The book, "Louder Than sweat, tears and controversial (but dren. The book sheds light on
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Acupuncture
Acupuncture physician
Dr. Lucy Han holds free
seminars, noon-1 p.m.
Wednesday at 389
Commercial Court, Suite
B. RSVP to 486-1555.
Insurance advice
Health Insurance Advice
for Seniors visits the
Senior Friendship
Centers, 9-11 a.m.
Thursday at 2350 Scenic
Drive. Call 584-0075.


Meditation
Meditation and Eckhart
Tolle's'"ANew Earth," 7-
8:30 p.m. Thursday at
Serenity Gardens, 602 E.
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484-5394 to pre-register.
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support, community
resources and activities
provided for loved ones
during the session.
Registration required.
Call Pamela at 366-2224.


Couples Helping
Couples
An anonymous 12-step
program for all couples
looking to improve their
relationships, 7:30-9 p.m.
Friday at Our Savior
Lutheran Church, 2705
North Tamiami Trail,
Nokomis. Twelve-step
experience not neces-
sary. Couples work on
such things as commit-
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conflict resolution -
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Walkabout group
The Saturday Morning
Walkabout group meets
at 8 a.m. Saturday at
Volunteer Park, behind
the Gulf Coast
Community Foundation
of Venice. Each Saturday a
different 2-1/2 mile route
is selected. Mileage is
recorded and incentive
awards are presented for
various total miles
walked. Bring your pets,
too. New walkers wel-
come.


Bicycling
Join bicyclists from 9:30-
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Co-Dependents
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A women-only Co-
Dependents Anonymous
group, 10-11 a.m.
Thursday, Unity of
Sarasota, 3023 Procter
Road, Sarasota.
Newcomers welcome.
Call 306-1825 or visit
www.coda.org.
Nar-Anon
A support group for those
who have loved ones
affected by drug addic-
tion 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 Thursdays in
the Suncoast Auditorium
of Englewood Community
Hospital, 700 Medical Blvd.
Call 426-7655.
Al-Anon
Al-Anon and Alateen
family meetings take
place several times a
week at area locations.
Call 426-7655 or visit
southfloridaal-anon.org.
* St. Mark's Episcopal
Church, 508 Riviera St., 7
p.m. Monday


* Let Go & Let God AFG,
Venice Presbyterian
Church, 111 E. Firenze St.,
7:30 p.m. Tuesday
* Freedom AFG, Church
of the Nazarene, 1535 E.
Venice Ave. (children wel-
come), 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday
* Wednesday Step Study,
Grace United Methodist
Church, 400 E. Field St., 7
p.m. Wednesday
* Steps & Growth, The
Church of Christ, 4301
State Road 776, 10 a.m.
Thursday
* Peace Pipe, Emmanuel
Lutheran Church, 790
South Tamiami Trail, Room
101, 7 p.m. Thursday
* On the island,
Emmanuel Lutheran
Church, 790 South
Tamiami Trail, 8 p.m.
Thursday
* Step in the Right
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Riviera St., 7 p.m. Friday
* Saturday Night Live,
Emmanuel Lutheran
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Call: 726-3804
Food giveaway
Time: 3-5 p.m.
Where: Laurel Civic Association,
509 Collins Road, Laurel
Notes: All Faiths Food Bank distrib-
utes free USDA commodities to eli-
gible Sarasota County residents.
Call: 483-3338
Sailfish veterans
Time: noon
Where: Venice American Legion
Post
Notes: Sailfish Base of submarine
veterans meet for lunch and regular
meeting. Wives may join.
Call: Jack McAllister, 493-7488



FRIDAY, DEC. 19
Low-cost spay/neuter
Where: St. Francis Animal Rescue,
1925 South Tamiami Trail, Venice
Notes: ARC provides low- or no-cost
spays and neuters for income- or
government assistance-eligible
families. This mobile clinic is acces-
sible to county residents.
Call: 492-6200
Dinner dance, show
Time: 6 p.m.
Where: Venice
Community
Center, 326 S. ; . . 1
Nokomis Ave.,
Venice
Notes: Grammy
Award winner
Dan McMillion
and his orchestra
will perform at
this event that is
sponsored by the
Friends of the
Venice Community Center. Dinner
is at 6:30 p.m., and the show is at 7
p.m.


WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17, 2008


Cost: $30/person with dinner; $20
for the show only
Call: 861-1380
Link: www.scgov.net/vcc
Native American Flute Circle
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.
Where: Serenity Gardens Wellness
Center, 602 E. Venice Ave., Venice
Notes: Participants do not need a
flute to learn to play this music.
Novices and experienced players
alike are welcome.
Cost: donation
Call: 486-3577
Train depot tour
Time: 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Where: Historic Train Depot,
Seaboard Avenue at East Venice
Avenue, Venice
Notes: Tours are Fridays, Mondays
and Wednesdays
Call: 412-0151 or 496-9474, leave
message for group tours
Employment success
Time: 2:30-4 p.m.
Where: Women's Resource Center,
701 Center Road, Venice
Notes: Career adviser offers career
counseling, resume assistance and
job resources to help develop an
employment plan.
Cost: $8 nonmember donation; $5
member donation
Call: 485-9724
Link: www.thewomensresource
center.org
Venice French Club
Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Where: Venice Public Library, 300 S.
Nokomis Ave., Venice
Notes: Meets year-round. New
members and visitors are welcome.
Call: 485-3985
Self-esteem
Time: 9:30-11 a.m.
Where: Women's Resource Center,
701 Center Road, Venice
Notes: Empower your mind, body
and spirit with life coach Esther


Bird.
Cost: $5
Call: 485-9724
Link: www.thewomensresource
center.org
Food distribution
Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Habitat ReStore, Venice
Notes: All Faiths Food Bank holds
food distribution
Yoga classes
Date: Jan. 5
Time: 8:30-10 a.m.
Where:
Woodmere ,,

Recreation
Center, 3951
Woodmere
Park Blvd.,
Venice
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Beginning
and intermediate yoga; taught by
Alexis McErlain, R.N., certified yoga
instructor. Offered Friday mornings
and Monday evenings.
Cost: $45 for six-week session; pro-
rated for late-comers; $10 for walk-
ins
Call: 492-9353
Toddler Tale Time


Time: 9:30-
10:15 a.m. or
10:45-11:30 a.m.
Where:
Jacaranda
Library, 4143
Woodmere Park
Blvd., Venice
Notes: Toddlers
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Call: 861-5000
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Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
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Veterinary supports schools


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The Jacaranda Animal
Hospital, 725 Shamrock
Blvd., has started anewpro-
gram with local schools,
daycares and preschools.
In an effort to give back
to the community and
help foster the success of
area youth, the hospital is
giving 5 percent of the cost
of a patient's vaccinations
and annual exams back to
that family's school.
"Our dedication to the
community is defined by
our concern for the youth
of the area. I feel assis-
tance with their education
is a way to assure the


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Students react
Adam Ziebarth said the
book was good and that he
liked the character Steven.
"He was in the all-city
band," he said.
Stephanie Martinez said
she liked the book but
thought it was really sad
because the boy had
leukemia.
"I was surprised he
ended up being a boy-
friend to the girl that was
his best friend. What I got
out of it was to be support-
ive to your brother or sis-
ter, because Steven was
supportive of his brother,"
she said.
Cassie Kroncke said she
learned you should be
supportive of your friends
and brothers and sisters.


future of our community,"
said Michael Reinhart
D.V.M. "This program is
just another way we can
help."
Many local schools, in-
cluding Shamrock, Church
of the Nazarene, Lakeside
Lutheran, St. Mark's pre-
schools, Christ Methodist
Child Development Cen-
ter and Epiphany Cathed-
ral School already partici-
pate in this program.
Dr. Reinhart was award-
ed National Veterinarian of
the Year.
Schools that are inter-
ested in participating, can
call 497-1676 or e-mail
monica@jacarandaanimal
hospital.com.


"Steven was there all
the way through for Jeffrey.
Jeffrey got happy when he
found out he would get
money to help pay for his
cancer," she said.
Q&A
Sonnenblick ended his
speech with a question-
and-answer session for the
kids and said the kids
could always send him an
e-mail via his Web site,
www.jordansonnenblick.
com, and he will respond.
He said anyone dealing
with a similar medical sit-
uation at home can go to
www.supersibs.org for
support and information.

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Venice
Notes: Computer questions
answered.
Call: 861-1270
Club food
Where: Venice-Nokomis Elks
Lodge, 1021 Discovery Way,
Nokomis
Notes: Lunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.;
dinner of fish fry and other
food, 5-7:30 p.m.; music and
dancing 6:30-9 p.m.
Call: 486-1854

Time: 5-8 p.m.
Where: Eagles Aerie 3482, 621
East Colonia Lane, Nokomis
Notes: fish dinner
Call: 484-4470
American Legion dance
Time: 5-8 p.m.
Where: American Legion, 1770
E. Venice Ave., Venice
Notes: dinner-dance
Call: 488-1157
Square dancing
Time: 3-5 p.m.
Where: Woodmere Park, 3951
Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice
Notes: Conducted for adults by
Red Bates every Friday.
Cost: $5
Call: 828-0481
E-mail: redbates@juno.com
Book discussion
Time: 9:45-10:45 a.m. through
Jan. 31
Where: Goodwill
GoodNeighbor Center, Rialto;
652 South Tamiami Trail, Venice
Notes: Discuss "The Untethered
Soul" by Michael Singer.
Call: 441-0241, ext. 304
Tappercise
Time: 3-4:30 p.m.
Where: Starz Choice Dance
Academy, 348 S. Seaboard Ave.,
Venice
Notes: intermediate tap
Call: 408-0019


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Date: Dec. 20


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Time: 6-9 p.m.
Where: Jewish Center ofVenice,
600 Auburn Road, Venice
Notes: There will be dancing
and a band.
Cost: $25 each
Call: 484-2022
Kids' Christmas party
Date: Dec. 20
Time: noon-2 p.m.
Where: Italian American Club
ofVenice, 1375 Ringling Drive,
Venice
Notes: This annual party is
open to the public for children
up to 12 years old with their
families. There will be refresh-
ments, games, face painting,
balloon animals and music.
Call: 493-6344, Linda
Square dance
Date: Dec. 20
Time: 3-5 p.m.
Where: Woodmere Park, 3951
Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice
Notes: Buttons & Bows of
Venice entertain; plus/rounds.
Call: 496-8516

Christmas concert
Date: Dec. 20
Time: 3-4 p.m.
Where: Centennial Park
Gazebo, West Venice Avenue,
Venice
Notes: Venice Worship Chorale
invites all to enjoy the music,
refreshments and nostalgia;
directed by Beresford Powell.
Call: 492-6346

Food distribution
Date: Dec. 20
Time: 9:30-11 a.m.
Where: Christ United Methodist
Church, 1475 Center Road, or
Epiphany Cathedral, 310
Sarasota St., Venice
Notes: SHARE (Self-help and
resource exchange) will have
grocery pick-up for December
and registration for January. A
SHARE package contains a vari-
ety of frozen meats, fresh pro-
duce and other staples with a
retail value of $35-$40.
Cost: $18 (in cash or food
stamps) and two hours of vol-
unteer service
Call: 223-5049 (CUMC); 484-
3505 (Epiphany)


Food distribution
Date: Dec. 20
Time: 9-10:30 a.m.
Where: Trinity Presbyterian
Church, 4365 State Road 776,
Venice
Notes: SHARE will have grocery
pick-up for December and reg-
istration for January. A SHARE
package contains a variety of
frozen meats, fresh produce
and other staples with a retail
value of $35-$40.
Cost: $18 (in cash or food
stamps) and two hours of vol-
unteer service
Call: 493-1057
Food distribution
Date: Dec. 20
Time: 9-11 a.m.
Where: Calvary Chapel of
Nokomis, 602 Albee Farm Road
North, Nokomis
Notes: SHARE will have grocery
pick-up for December and reg-
istration for January. A SHARE
package contains a variety of
frozen meats, fresh produce
and other staples with a retail
value of $35-$40.
Cost: $18 (in cash or food
stamps) and two hours of vol-
unteer service
Call: 483-4583
Humane Society
thrift store sale
Date: Dec. 20
Where: 656 South Tamiami
Trail, The Rialto, Venice
Notes: A 20 percent-off sale on
donated white tag items will be
held and people can look for
animals looking for a "furever"
home.
Call: 480-9811

Sierra Club walk
Date: Dec. 21
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Where: Sleeping Turtle Preserve
along the Myakka River in
Venice
Notes: Wear sturdy shoes for
this 4- to 6-mile walk, carry
water, sunscreen, snack and
lunch if time allows. Space is
limited. Sponsored by the
Manatee-Sarasota Sierra Club.
Call and ask about other events.
Cost: $5 donation
Call: Reserve with Sally at 484-
4113.


New Year's Eve party
RSVP: Dec. 23
Date: Dec. 31
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Where: South Venice Yacht
Club, 4425 Yacht Club Drive,
South Venice
Notes: Prime rib dinner at 8:30
p.m., catering by Gary Miller;
entertainment by Karen D.
Champagne toast at midnight.
Coffee and doughnuts before
you ride home.
Cost: $45 members; $50 guests
Call: 497-1169, Robin
Civil War roundtable
Date: Dec. 23
Time: 7-8:45 p.m.
Where: Venice City Hall, Com-
munity Room, 401 W Venice
Ave., Venice
Notes: All Civil War buffs are
welcome. Union and Confeder-
ate topics will be discussed.
Call: 480-9892

Singles dance party
Date: Dec. 28
Time: 7-11 p.m.
Where: Sarasota Resort and
Marina, 2 1/2 miles north of
Sarasota-Bradenton
International Airport.
Notes: Meet more than 150 area
singles from Sarasota,
Bradenton, Venice, North Port
and more. Large dance floor
and disc jockey team.
Cost: $7 at the door
E-mail: singleorganizations
unite@juno.com
Fun with watercolor
RSVP: Dec. 31
Date: Jan. 7-28
Time: 1-4 p.m.
Where: South Venice Civic
Association, 720 Alligator Drive,
Venice
Notes: Adult four-week session
with Sarasota artist Carolyn
Merenda for students at all skill
levels. Pick up supply list from
SVCA. RSVP by Dec. 31 for the
January classes.
Cost: $65, plus supplies
Call: 366-2866
New Year's Eve party
Date: Dec. 31
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Venice-Nokomis Elks
Lodge, 1021 Discovery Lane,


Nokomis
Notes: Social hour with hors
d'oeuvres 7-8 p.m.; prime rib or
tilapia 8-9 p.m.; cash bar; music
by Sound Investments; Cham-
pagne toast, favors, continental
breakfast at midnight.
Cost: $55 each, advance tickets
only till Dec. 22.
Call: 486-1854
New Year's Eve party
Date: Dec. 31
Time: 6 p.m.
Where: Italian American Club
ofVenice, 1375 Ringling Drive,
Venice
Notes: Cocktail hour is 6-7 p.m.
with a cash bar. Prime rib din-
ner will be catered by Peaches
of Sarasota. Dance to music by
Tony "D," champagne toast and
favors included.
Cost: $50
Call: 493-6344, Carl, or 650-
7174, Michael
Compassionate Friends
Date: Dec. 31
Time: 7:30-9 p.m.
Where: Epiphany Cathedral,
Room 107, Soy Building, Venice
Notes: Group support for par-
ents and siblings grieving over
the loss of a child.
Call: 408-4231, Larry
Eagles Aerie 3482
Date: Dec. 31
Where: 621 East Colonia Lane,
Nokomis
Notes: NewYear's Eve party;
music by Music Express
Cost: $35
Call: 484-4470
Basic computer class
RSVP: Dec. 31
Date: Jan. 6
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.
Where: Venice Public Library,
300 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice
Notes: Beginners computer
class; registration starts Dec. 31.
Call: 861-1340 or register early
at library
Link: www.sclibs.net/libraries/
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This terrific family decided an afternoon at the Mad Hatters Tea at the Venice Yacht Club sponsored by
the Arts and Culture Alliance would let them wear their favorite hats: Golda Radefeld, top left, Debbie
Reynolds, Shirley Radefeld, Erica Stolte, Lindsey Kukulka, Alicia Radefeld and adopted family member
Janice Holloway; Cara, bottom left, and Erin Reynolds, and Alee and Margie Radefeld.


A Mad Hatter's Tea is fun no matter what age you are. These young women enjoy their
afternoon at the Venice Yacht Club: Lauren Greig, back left, Alicia Simpson, Christina
Greig, Jessica Taylor and Bailey Hines; Sophie Fraser, front left, Berit Swatek, Alyssa
Bruno, Megan Simpson and Allisia Berber.


'Tis the season to be jolly


FRAN VALENCIC
SOCIAL COLUMNIST

So far it has been a holly,
jolly season in Venice as
local organizers catch the
spirit.
Bonnie Kaiser and the
unofficial Mad Hatter of
Venice, Eric Watters, wel-
comed guests to the Arts and
Culture Alliance Mad Hatter's
Tea at the Venice Yacht Club.
Chairs Mary Moyer and
Drenna Rosenthal arranged


for plenty of tea, sandwiches
and luscious desserts for
everyone.
Wearing fancy hats, the
ladies both young and old
enjoyed visiting and celebrat-
ing the day.
Diamonds and Denim
The crew from Big
Brothers Big Sisters showed
diamonds are a girl's best
friend, whether they are real
or faux. Guests arrived in glitz
and bling to raise funds for
Big Brothers Big Sisters,
which uses 93 percent of the
money it raises for programs.
Event chair Kathleen
Pickering attended to the
details and the crew at
Venetian Golf & River Club
added heaters to the outside
setting, making sure guest
were comfortable. Members
of the Denim and Diamonds
Dinner and Auction included
Todd Andrews, Dee Glatz,


Ann Marie Milano, Connie
Von Hopffgarten, Liz Crapet,
Michelle Hazeltine, Cindy
Perini and SherreyWelch.
With Bob Anderson lead-
ing the live auction, guests
had fun bidding on their
favorite items and knowing
they were helping the chil-
dren the organization ser-
vices.
Bravo.
Holiday homecoming
Lois Steketee gets a tip of
the hat for chairing the
annual Historical Society
Fashion Show and Brunch.
This year Jack Bauer, Ron
Higel, Jacque Ring and Joyce
Norton depicted Joseph
Lord, George Higel, Abigail
Higel Williams and Adelaide
Higel Kirkoff, representing
the pioneer era in Venice.
The event included sensa-
tional prizes donated by local
merchants, including the


Robert Bateman limited edi-
tion print, "Hour of the Egret,"
donated by Leah and David
Sherman of the Collector's
Gallery and Framery on
Nokomis Avenue.
One of our best
The special person of this
week is Golda Radefeld. This
terrific lady brought nearly her
whole family to the Arts and
Cultural Alliance Mad Hatter's
Tea. She even helped ,i\ii I
of them make their hii, 'hb
always supports orgaIni/, iio in
and their programs.
In the past she sei (.I on
various boards, incItlling
Women's Sertoma ( ibh I
Venice, for which shi, \\.is
president and chaiil i lih
Venice Sun Fiesta.
Golda Radefeld is a \\ n in
who has the Christmi., pit it
all year long, and on, 1 th l i
people who make -nic,- .11
great place to live.


Chairs Mary Moyer, left, and Drenna Rosenthal
celebrate their hats and the Mad Hatter's Tea at
the Venice Yacht Club.


Joy Mahler, left, Ed Benson, and Bob and
Bonnie Anderson share a friendly chit-chat
before the big auction and buffet at Denim and
Diamonds at the Venetian Golf & River Club.










Gina Taylor, left, Stephanie Glaser, Kathleen
Pickering and Connie Von Hopffgarten
greet guests at the Diamonds and Denim
fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters.


Jim and Gwen Magero Venice High School Interact Club members help
get ready to bid at the keep Diamonds and Denim organized: Jenna
Diamonds and Denim Stalnaker, left, Heather Kopp and Morgan
fundraiser. Hutchinson.


Robert Brooks, left, and Ron
Higel, portraying George Higel,
help distribute prizes at the
Venice Historical Society
Fashion Show and Brunch.


Models at the Venice Historical Society Fashion Show are Lea Sherman, left, Fia
lavaroni, Claire Suter, Dot Fuhrmeister, Sally Berger, Mary Huba and Nancy Reynolds.


Ellie Paxton, left, and Judi
Foote make sure everyone has
their table assignment at the
Venice Historical Society
Fashion Show and Brunch.


Arsie Fusco, left, and Jane Szejk make sure the buffet table
has room for all the good potluck items at the Venice Area
Women's League auction.


Carol Kopp, left, Monica Tomory, Lisa Boggs and Angie Mages
decorate for the Venice Area Women's League auction. The
group meets monthly and holds several fundraisers so it can
offer scholarships and donate to causes in the community.

Senior Celebrities Judie
and Jack Bauer recently
celebrated their 50th
wedding anniversary.
Both serve on the board
of the Friends of the
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A although built in 1981, a
Nokomis home recently listed
for sale with Coldwell Banker
eRealtor Nancy Jordan is as hurricane
ready and energy efficient as most of
the newest homes on the market.
wi Icynene insulation, recently added .
to the attic, keeps that space cool in
the hottest weather and warm on the
coolest days, resulting in major year-
round energy savings.
.. Hurricane straps have been added
to the roof. The home's new garage
door is rated for 200 mph winds..
Garage doors can be one of the
weak points in any house when there ..
The home's kitchen was recently redone with new cabinets, counters, are high-velocity winds.
appliances and tile flooring. During Hurricane Charley, many
of the homes that suffered severe
roof damage did so because of inad-
equate garage doors that gave way
under the high-velocity winds, let-
ting air in to literally raise the roof.
Behind the three-bedroom split-
plan house, the present owners have
installed a new dock to take advan-
tage of the home's canal access to the
Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf
of Mexico. Fishing from the dock is This scenic canal behind the house
an added attraction.
Within the home there is new
plank tile flooring in every room and Correction
an entirely new kitchen, from cabi- In last week's real estate
nets and solid surface counters to was given for the Island Bre
appliances, listed with Realtor Angela I
Listed for $375,000, the house is Young Realty. The correct
located at 600 N. Portia St. in No- works out to $95,230 per
komis. room price than comparat
..........The house can be seen by area, according to Young. F
appointment. For information, call the property, call Young at
The backyard is fenced to keep family pets in. Jordan at 468-5146.


access


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article, the incorrect price
eeze Motel, which has been
D. Young, GRI, CPMS, of A.
price is $2 million, which
room, a much lower per-
ble listed properties in the
or an appointment to view
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2 lots, Fenced 4 metal
sheds, Dbl Carport House
as i! for more info 615-
774-3247 863-558-4357

1022 ENGLEWOOD
FOR SALE

2/2 NEW 1200sf
100% Owner Financing
No Money Down-$750/mo
Owner: (239)-643-6672
AUCTION
2 Manasota Key gulf
front beach homes & 1
Lemon Bay canal lot
w/new seawall, no
bridges, bay views. Bid
on all. Sat 1/24 Neal
VanDeRee, Realtor
941-488-1500
www.vanderee.com
Open Daily Noon-4
Builder's Model 3/2/2
$129,900 1311sf
12542 Gulfstream Blvd.
Coastal Living Realty.
941-685-3930
www.newenglewoodhomes.com

1024 NORTH PORT

BEAUTIFUL HERON
CREEK GOLF & CC.
3 BR+DEN/3 CAR
POOL/SPA. $354,900
MAKE FINAL OFFER. NO
CLOSING COSTS. CALL
MARNI 941-518-2354
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$600/mo.
Call 941-429-0293


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Owner financing
Many houses, All
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Prices Starting at
$79K 941-716-0040

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BEAUTIFUL HERON
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3BR+DEN/3CAR-
POOL/SPA. $354,900
4.875% FIXED. NO CLOS-
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941-209-9359

1025 PT CHARLOTTE
FOR SALE

3/1 Move In Now! New
Cabinets, Kitchen Appl.,
A/C, Roof. $110K Poss.
Finance 941-629-6329
BANK FORECLOSURES
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pricing is right Venice
Englewood, North Port
Hussein Taha-Lic.RE Bro-
ker 941-468-7614
Deep Creek Pool Home
**Owner Financing**
3/2/2 Vaulted ceilings,
oversized garage.
New roof, paint & cage
since 2004. $169,900.
10% Down, no closing.
(941)-627-4177


1025 PT CHARLOTTE
FOR SALE

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1026 PUNTA GORDA
FOR SALE

PIRATE HBR 3/2/2 water-
front new roof/windows,
dock, fenced yd, all offers
considered. 505-0047.

1028 VENICE FOR
SALE

4BR/2BA, Great Location.
great shape, ready to move
in. REDUCED! 120K. obo.
941-809-8911

1030 WATERFRONT
HOMES

BEACHFRONT
ISLAND SHORES
2BR/2BA high ceilings.
Priv. pool ent. $599,900.
941-416-3829
Owner/Broker


RIVERFRONT
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OR LEASE OPTION
Like New 3/3/2
Oversized Pool, Dock
& Seawall.
Reduced Now! $298K
Call 941-716-0040
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1040 CONDOS/ILLAS
FOR SALE

$52k!!!GREAT DEAL 2/2
Condo Across from Cul-
tural Center Pool & Many
amenities 941-766-7586
Birdbayrealty.comrn

City Limits of Venice
Golf, Tennis, Pools,
3 ConvJ2 Lakeside $139,900
3/2Townhouse $249,000
2/2 Lakeside $149,900
3 Conv./2 Lakeside $189,000
2/2 w/Deck/Lake $199,999
1/1 Corner Condo $85,000
3 Conv./2 Lakeside $178,500
2/2 Bay house $163,900
2/2 Villa Golf Crse $189,900
2/2 Condo GolfCrse$180,000

2/2/2 Villa w/garage $195,000

3/2/2 Pelican Pointe $260,000
Call For Full Inentory
730 US-41 By-Pass N.,
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(941)485-4804 or
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844 Bayport Cr 2/2/1
55+ Low fees. A++ Cond
FSBO Price Reduced!
$155,000 941-964-0410

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VENICE: 2/2 Ground floor,
glass 30' lanai, tile, berber,
furn., beaut. bay view.
$175K. 941485-9833

1090 MOBILE HOMES
FOR SALE

$1500 DOWN
$695/Month
DBL wide 2BR/2BA furn.
Harbor Cove North Port
55+ Waterfrnt Park- Lot
Rent Incl. 941423-1225
55+ NEW factory direct
14X48 fum. 2/1 $27,500
Small but sweet 1BR
$3500. 941474-1353


1090 MOBILE HOMES
FOR SALE

Polynesian Village MHP.
1495 Alamander Ave,
EngI Resident owned,
walk to Manasota
Beach, dbl wide resales
941-474-3636.
Pre-Owned Units,
26-feet to 42-feet.
Ready to tow or
FREE local delivery.
Charlotte RV Center,
Tamiami Trail at Kings
Highway, Port Charlotte.
(941)-883-5555

VENICE ISLE REAL
ESTATE SALES, INC.
55+ Resident Owned
Comm. Lic. R.E. Broker.
941485-7743 Many
homes to choose from.

VENICE RANCH
12x56 2/1 Asking $3500
Furnished.
24x48 2/2 Asking $15K
Furnished.
55+ Comm. NO PETS.
Others to choose.
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941488-5672

1110 OUT OF
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Time share week 42, Oct.
16-23. Fishermen's Vil-
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Gatlinburg, TN, $1000
each. 941- 661-4372 or
941- 639-3109

1120 WANTED TO BUY

SHORT SALES &
FORECLOSURES
Gulfcoast Realty Int'l
(941)-766-7091

1205 LEASE OPTION

WATERFRONT Lease
option 3/3/2 Pool,
$298K, 5% Down, $1300
/mo 941-716-0040

1210 HOMES FOR
RENT

$700 mo. + Dep 2/2/CP,
Central PC, washer/dryer
Scr lanai, lawn service
provided 941-625-1480
*Affordable
3BR & 4BR Newer,
Spacious, N P homes
941-223-6067
owner broker

1 Month Free Rent. Lease
to own or Rent. Newer
North Port 3/2/2. $850
John 317-538-6800
1 MONTH FREE!!!
3/2/2 E. ENGL. pool,
immaculate, close to
beaches, good school
district. $1100/mo.
941-270-7310

18198 Griffen
PC 4/2 Pool $995
Pets Welcome
PC 180 Duxberry
4/2$800
Pets Welcome
941-628-4494

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ok, $595 1st sec, year
lease Haines Ave 941-
627-1812 Iv. msg

2/1/CP CUTE PC,
A/C,tile floors, W&D,
fenced yard. $650 mo.
Lease option possible.
41-380-5721

2BR/2BA condo, PC,
furn. or not. Pool, tennis,
W/D, 1st fir. $1000 mo
furn., $675 not.
1BR/1BA furn. cottage in
PG, $700 mo.
Call 941- 380-1034

3 & 4 Bedroom Homes
$950 mo. apple incl.
large lanai, quiet area.
(219)-246-7099
Jerry Tomlinson
Shells Realty LLC
3/2/2 Pool + Lanai,
immaculate, close to
schools. $1000 month.
(941)-875-3366
3/2/2 + pool, lease or
option. $1200 mo. Newer
313 Boundary. Rotonda
West. (941)-830-8868
Affordable & Nice!
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2617 Town Ter (off Cran-
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Brand New luxury homes
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Sale poss. 941-623-2920
Cute 2/2/1 on Lake,
w/playroom, $700 or rent
to own. Quiet area, near
Midway. 941-629-8239
DEEP CREEK, 3/2/2,
Heated Pool, $995. mo.
Call Michele 508-737-
0884
DEEP CREEK New 4/2/2,
Washer & Dryer,
scrn lanai, liv. & din. rm
$1050mo.321-213-0168
E. Englewood, 2005,
4/3/2, pool serv. incl.
$1300 mo. 941- 928-
2249
East Englewood
Duplex $595.00
11151 Pendleton
Ave 2BR2BA Includes
Lawn Service, Pest
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Uc Broker 941-232-8223
EAST ENGLEWOOD
Gardens of GulfCove
2/2/1 w/lanai, apple, W/D
hookup, comm. pool +
amenities, close to beach
$750/mo+sec.(941)475-
8632, (314)420-5272.
EngI 2/2/2 Qt Nbhd, Spacious
opn pin, Cath ceilings Fncd
yrd. Elec Storm Shutters Ask-
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Engl 3/2 on water.
Updated. Furn or Unfurn.
Near Shops. $895 (941)-
474-6141 941-769-7314
ENGL Reduced $495,
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$300 sec 941-223-4188
ENGL/Gdns of Gulf Cove,
2BR newly remodeled
$600/mo
(941)-321-7780
ENGL/ROTONDA Priced
to sell at $129,900
Absolutely like new 3/2
1790sf fully remodeled.
Lg pool 148 Annopolis
Call Ron Tarpon Coast
Realty (941)-223-4781
ENGLEWOOD
3/2 on 6 acres barn
3 pastures very quiet
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$750 mo. + sec.
772-359-6584
Harbor Heights 3/1 +
workshop & shed, W/D
Incld. $750 1st + Sec
(941)-815-8818



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N. Port- 3BR Pool home
on corner lot, fenced,
Across from Elem. school
$895/mo 941-234-8587
N. PORT 3/2/2 with Pool.
2686 Gisela Rd. City
Water. $850 mo. Pool
Svc Incl. 941-539-3838
N. Port OPEN SUN
11-2pm 3/2/2 Uke new
Vaulted ceilings, GREAT
Master bath 1900sf,
$795/m(941)-312-5996
N. PORT, 3/2/2,
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Cell (248)-910-0341
N.Port, Must Rent Right Now!
3/2/2 + studio, Negotible,
941-423-8556
Cell 305-490-1426
Nokomis, Waterfront, 2/2
NewTile/Carpet, Dock,
Shed, Close to Beach, Two
to choose from $800-
$1250. (941)-3496338

NP, near Murdock, 3/2/2
pool, new tile, fenced
backyard, $975 mo. incl.
pool srvc. 941-639-2877
North Port 2/1 $700
Annual Lease. Avail
Immediately, 1st + Sec
N/P (941)-423-8448
North Port 2/2/1 Pool
Home, priv. fenced in back
yard, shed, $795/mo. 1st,
last, $600 sec. dep.
(941)716-2177
North Port 3/1/1, immac-
ulate, 8384 Raoul Ave.
$750 mo. 1st & sec.
($1500). 941- 922-4451





North Port
3/2 Pinstar pool $950/A
3/2 Affinity $775/A
Englewood
2/1.5 Morning Dove $550/A
2/2 McFadden $750/A
2/2 Dearborn Pool $850/A
2/2 Waterfront condo
Beach Rd $1000/A
2/2 Buffing Rd $700/A
Rotonda
2/1 Boundary $575/A
2/1 Boundary $600/A
2/2 Boundary $600/A
Deep Creek:
1st mth FREE.
3/2 Ultra Marine $795/A
or
3/2 Nuremberg $850/A
Seasonal
3/2 Lakeland Ci
Boat Access, pool $2500/S
2/2 Bay Indies $1800/S
3/2 Medalist, pool $2600/S
2/1 Green St $900/S
1/1.5 Quails Run
Condo $1450/S
Diana Legg, Mgr.
Your Rental Experts
941-681-1189
941-475-7011
website: www.icre.us

North Port
HOMES FOR RENT

1844 Dominick St
3/9/9 RSA 0 00
8386 Red Coach Ave
3/9/9 6201 Coniston Ter
2/1 $595.00
3704 Renick Ln
4/2/2 $1095.00
3860 Duar Ter
3/2/1 $700.00
1581 Rada Lane
3/2/2 $825.00
2763 Price Blvd
3/2/2 City Water
WWW.pelicanpm.com
Lic Broker
(941) 232-8223
North Port, 4BR/2BA,
2672 SF, pool, all appl,
fenced, $1400 mo. 941-
587-5607,941488-7495


1210 HOMES FOR
RENT

North Port, 3/2 no pets,
$880 mo. off of
Sumpter. Avail. Jan. 1st.
239-249-2227
North Port, 4BR/2BA,
2672 SF, pool, all appl,
fenced, $1400 mo. 941-
587-5607,941-488-7495
North Port, new luxury
built '05, 3/2/2, Irg.
yard, 5063 Sister Terr.
$895. 786-255-2805
North Port, Newly
remodeled 3br/lba,
$600/mo lst/L/Sec
(941)468-2945
North Port, Recently built
4/2/2 2200 sf under air.
Sec 8 Welcome. $1250
941-426-6217
941-423-0999 9-6
North Port, New home
4BR/2BA/2, lanai, appls,
only $800/mo. 941- 629-
8190 x403.
NP 3/2/2 + Den, Corner
Lot. New Carpet & Tile.
Haberland Blvd. $1000
+ Dep. 941-286-3484
P.C. 2/2/CP, windowed
lanai, living, dining area,
new kitchen, N/P (941)-
629-8203 or 661-5287
P.C. 3br/2ba/1, tile, car-
pet, w/d hookup, $845
mo. Damaged credit con-
sidered. 941-373-5482
PC 2/2 or 3/2, tile, lanai,
appl. w/d $675-$995
mo. 1st + sec. Ann. Sm.
pet ok (941)-626-1514
PC 1/1 across from
Peace River Hospital.
$480 Water incl. 1st, last
& Sec (941)-380-9212
PC 2/1 CHA, exc. cond. on
canal. No pets. $650/mo.
1st, last & sec. (941)-575-
0113.
PC 2/2/1 w/bonus room,
NY sec. Nice, FWC.
Remodeled. CHA. Big
yard. Sm pet OK. $675
mo. or sell for $69K.
(941)-255-8329
PC 3/1 All Tile, Pets
OK, Available Now,
$173.50wk or $695mo
(941)-575-6482 or
(941)-769-4720
PC 3/2, 2 1/2 CG, 1418
Kenmore, screened lanai.
Fully tiled. 1st, last, dep.
$900 mo 941-743-8254.
PC 3/2/1 Fenced bk yrd.
Near Schools & shops
$700 1st & last
(941)-815-7704
PC 3/2/2 New York sec-
tion, appl. Annual ($650
mo) or seasonal possible.
Call ONLY between 10am
& 5pm.941- 380-7737
PC 5BR/2BA, tile, formal
DR, dbl fenced lot, fire-
place, htd caged pool.
$1600. 941-391-5400
PC Lrg 3/2/1 $800
21208 Bassett Ave
HUD APPROVED
941-228-7781
PC Upgraded 3/2/2pool
hm, 1600sq. ft. under
air, Dock access, Ohara
& Collingswood $1,050
941-629-8239 Iv msg
PC, 3/2/2 Cathedral
Ceilings, All Tile,
Freshly Painted, $875.
(941)-391-2665
PC, Beautiful, 3/2/2 Irg
FL room, pool & Jacuzzi,
new tile $975 305-333-
5821 or 305-891-2962
PC, New 3BR/2BA 21985
Belinda, Fenced Yard. Nr.
Hosp, Fireplace, Tiled Pets
Ok. $895. (941)480-1266
PG canal front home,
2/2/2, tile throughout,
great room, $775 mo.
(941)-639-2823
PG Historic District, Irg
3/2.5/1 big lanai, yard,
N/S, small pet ok, $950
mo. (224)-627-8025
PG 2/1, Historic District
Pets Ok $675 mo.
Call ReMax Anchor Realty
800-898-7353
PG, 2/2, Clean Lg. Mstr,
Bdr., Canal, Dock, No
Pets. $950. + Sec.
Agent (941)916-0322
PG, 3/2/1 furn, 95ft. on
water, dock, $800 mo. +
util. Avail. 3/1/09. 941-
639-2815 Leave msg.
PGI VICINITY 3/3/2 pool,
SW canal, dock, New
paint, carpets, $1095 in
by 1/1/09. Get 1 mo.
free! Info. 860-633-7246
Port Charlotte Lrg., 2
bdrm, 1 bath, central
heat & air NEW blinds
& carpets, No Pets
$550. (941)-743-3489

Port Charlotte Rentals
227 Fields Ter 3/2/2
Sail Boat Water $995
2U41b Albury Rd 58UU.UU
3/2/1 Fenced vard-FW canal
22223 Buttalo Ave 599b.UU
large 3/2/2 Pool Home
22247 New Rochelle Ave
2/2/1 Corner lot $725.
WWW.pelicanpm.com
Lic Broker
(941) 232-8223
Port Charlotte, 2/1 all


appl. w/laundry room,
newly decorated, pets
welcomed, $585 mo. +
$500 dep. 941-979-7183
PORT CHARLOTTE, 2BR/
2BA/1CG, oversized
lanai, fenced yard. $700
mo. (941) 575-7638
PT CHAR 2/1, Den, tile,
laundry room, AC, all
appl. $650 mo + sec.
239-878-7938


1210 HOMES FOR
RENT

PT. CHARLOTTE 2/2/1
1st Mth FREE! Many
Updates WD, Next to park
$700/mo 941-769-3763
Punta Gorda - (Prairie Crk)
3/2/2 pool, 5-10 acres
barn & pasture available.
RentAHome Srvs 637-6797
PUNTA GORDA, 2/1/1 on
2 Fenced Lots! Nice
Peaceful Area. $575. mo.
+ Sec. (941)-624-0355
Punta Gorda 1/1
Avail Now. $150wk or

(941)-575-6482
Punta Gorda
Ruirnt Stnr_
2000 Sq FT- 3/2/2
Corner Lot
25308 Islas Drive -
$895.00
WWW.pelicanpm.com
Lic Broker -
(941) 232-8223
Punta Gorda Isles 3/2/2,
pool, fenced, Pets OK.
Newer Towles home.
$1200mo.941-769-7766
ROTONDA - 4BR/2BA
Beauty! Pool home
$1200 Call Wendy
941-228-7781
S. VENICE, near beach,
2/2/1 fenced, Very Pri-
vate. Recently Renovated
$895. 941-966-7335


S. Venice/ Englewood
3BR/2BA
Nice area, WD, lanai,
new AC, $800/mo +
sec. MOVE RIGHT IN!
(941)-716-4451
Seasonal Rentals
from $995.00 Mo.
Charlotte and
Sarasota counties
WWW.pelicanpm.com
Lic Broker 941)232-8223
SUMTER/41: NEW 3/2/2
1522SF, CATHEDRAL
CEILING, PERGO,
TILE & CARPET,
LARGE MASTER SUITE,
CLOSE TO SHOPPING.
$850/MO.
941-758-6542.

Venice 2/2/1 w/fenced
yard & Lanai. $850
Remax Alliance Group.
Pat (941)475-7603
VENICE 2BR/2BA/lcg
Split plan. Recently
updated $850/mo
(941)-359-1249
Venice Acres! 3/2/2 Pool
+ Spa $1350 on 1 acre
or 3/2/2 + 1/1 cottage
$1850 941 488-9486
Venice Gdns 519 Sheridan
Dr. 2/1 Remodeled, 1st
& security $750.
(941)-492-6698
VENICE GREAT HoVES
$775-$875 941-492-4280
Gulf Coast Rentals &
RealEstate Co.

VENICE ISLAND - 3/2 w
fenced yard, Pets consid-
ered. $900/mo 1st, L,
Sec 941-468-1738
VENICE ISLAND, 3br/2ba,
unfurn, Pet OK. Short or
long term. $950.
(813)-690-1359
VENICE MINI FARM, 5
acres w/irrigation. 3/2,
furn house, pool.
$1200/mo (317)696-6234








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$800
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Venice Ave. $500

LOVELY 3/2 in Gulf
Cove has a waterfront
view and nice backyard
NP 3/2/1 TH Lakeside
Plantation Move in with
$900
NP New 2/2/2 + den
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w/Hot tub only $800
Plus $100 cash rebate
if you rent before
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Hurry.! 941-474-2882
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1240 CONDOS/VILLAS
FOR RENT

$99.00 MOVES YOU IN!
First Month FREE with annual
lease. 3/2/1 luxury 1425SF
under air. Small Pets OK.
CALL FOR APT
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4520 S Biscavne Dr
941-350-2704
MARK V DEVELOPMENT
13355-C Tamiami Trail, N.P.
2/2 upstairs condo,
newly remodeled, ameni-
ties, Dp. Crk. $600 mo.,
1st &sec (941)-423-8816
2/2/1 PGI end unit,
ground floor condo,
gated complex, granite,
S.S. appliances, w/d,
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1240 CONDOS/VILLAS
FOR RENT

ANNUAL RENTALS
lbed/2bed Condos
All utilities paid
except electric.
BIRD BAY REALTY
Venice office
941-484-6777 or
1-800-464-8497

ATHENS TOWNHOUSE Venice
Luxury living in a rental unit
2/2 three blks to bch, 2blks
to shops. (941)485-7645
Bird Bay Venice, 1st fir
2br 2ba CP, 2 Encld
Lanais, W/D, Water,
Cable, Pool $850,
(941)-484-9883

0 ,T . ur
D.C. 2/2, lanai, cath.
ceil., tile, wood cab.,
ranite, w/d inc. Pets ok
675+ up 941-661-4539
DC GC Villa 2/2 w/or with-
out garage, Lrg BR LR,
DR & storage $750-$800
(941)-575-7559
DECEMBER FREE PG
Heritage Lake 2/2,
Gated, WD, $600/mo
941-240-5563
DEEP CREEK 2/2 condo,
1 year old with pool & car-
port $695 mo. Pet
allowed. 216469-2944.
Deep Creek 2/2, Pool,
Tennis, In great shape.
Close to 1-75 $550 (941)-
456-2524
Deep Creek, New 2/2.5
on Golf Course! Wash-
er/Dryer, pool, water incl.
$775. (941) 276-5488
Deep Creek, New Const.
Never lived in. 2/2 + Den,
lanai, lakeview 1250sf
$775 (239)-821-3082
EL JOBEAN, 2/1 Villa.
Waterview. Prvt. Screen lanai
Fans, carpet, clean. No pets
W/D. $650. 941-323-2229
EMERALD POINTE,
Waterfront, Punta Gorda.
Furn. 1-2BR. Bring suitcase
& boat. (941) 626-3350
ENGLEWOOD 1ST1
MONTH FREE 12 mins
from venice 2br w/ den
2 ba 1300sf, pool $399.
moves you in $799/mo
9414730450

HARBOR POINTE
LUXURY RENTALS!
*3 Bed/ 2.5 Bath
*1800+ sq.ft.
*Starting at Only
$1200/ mo.
*INCLUDING UTILITIES!
(941) 627-9930

HARBOUR HGTS. 27235
Adams Dr. 2/2 condo-cpt.
1 yr old. $595 mo. Pets
allowed. 216469-2944
Adult 55+... we have one
2/2/2 (annual) avail now at
$795/mo Sunrise Villas
of Rotonda 941-697-2525
Live On The Avenue, walk
to beaches, shopping &
restaurants. Turn key fur-
nished. 2BR/1BA, 2nd
floor w/lanai, htd. pool &
laundry. Annual $950/mo
incl. util. No pets. 813-
654-8866 or 813- 334-
0532
NP Townhome, 2/2.5/1
Shows brand new, NS,
NP, W/D, free cable, pool,
tennis, fitness, $800
Annual. 941-380-0770
P.G. 2/2 condo, $675
mo. w/d, cov. parking,
walking distance to down-
town. N/P 941-575-5610
PC 2/2 Condo, 2nd Fir.,
W & D, Screened Patio,
Storage. $675. or Lease
Opt. (941)-323 4385
PC, 2/2 Condo in quiet
community w/pool, water
incl, $650/mo. 941-916-
6639
PC, 2/2 off Kings Hwy.
water, cable, W/D incl.
Pool/Tennis. $675. Furn.
avail. (941) 763-9052
PC, 2/2 Waterfront
Condo, Private Fishing
Pier, Pool, Covered Park-
ing, $750/mo
Annual/Seasonal Poss.
Inc. Water & Cable (941)
764-6069
PGI, 3/2/1,NS, upstairs,
gourmet kit., att. gar.
Gated. 2 yrs old. Htd pool
& spa. $950 mo incl.
most util. (941)-637-6418
PT CHAR: Furn 2BR/
2BA condo, in Oaks IV.
All utilities paid. Call
(813)-719-7719.

New Furn. 2/2, Club-
house, $900. mo Annual
www.trueswflorida.com
(239)-210-1521
NOKOMIS, SORRENTO E
2/2, convenient loca-
tion, $825. Avail now!
(941)-587-9997
VENICE ISLAND
2BR/2BA 55+ condo,
$750/mo. incl all utilities
except elec. Covered


parking, pool, turnkey fur-
nished. 941-650-3035
Venice, 2bd Condo, Furn.
Pristine Cond. Pool, Club-
house, Golf Course,
$850. (941)-488-3579

1300 DUPLEXES
FOR RENT

Port Char. 2/1 Complete-
ly remodeled, tile through-
out, large, lanai, $575
mo. (941)-639-2823


1300 DUPLEXES
FOR RENT

2/2 Englewood East, spa-
cious, great location,
$625/ mo, 1st & Sec, no
pets. (941)-662-8936
A Deal! Nokomis 2bd, new
tile & Paint, Irg Screen
Porch, Quiet Area $615
mo 941-809-3869
E Engl 2/2 Pet OK
$650/mo. 1st Mo
Free. $1000 sec
moves you in. Adobe
Realty Inc. 485-3998
Marcel 468-2529
EAST ENGLEWOOD 2/1
w/w carpet, W/D hook-
up, lawn care. N/P
$500/mo. 941-769-6548
days / 941-639-8829
evenings.

ENG. 2BR/1.5BA Tile
Floors Lanai, Conve-
nient loc. $500/mo
NS, No pets DAVE
475-7011

ENGL 2/2/1. Lawn &
Pest control incl. Pets
OK. Good location.
(201)-638-5805

Englewood - P.C. 2/1,
just remodeled, tile, new
paint. Pets ok. $495 mo.
Call (239)-398-5473

K
ENGLEWOOD
1BR/1BA $475/mo
2br/lba $500
Recent remodel, W/D
No smoking/Pets
1st & Sec 941-400-1670
Englewood 2/1 w/lanai,
Adjacent unit also avail
for friend or relative.
Nice larger unit in good
area. $560 1st + Sec.
941-473-4071
Englewood 2/1, lanai, w/d
hook up. new paint & tile,
Lawn care incl. $550/mo.,
1st. + sec. (941)624-5233
Englewood, 2/1, clean,
small pets okay, w/lyr.
lease $500 mo. (941)-
468-6216
ENGLEWOOD, 2/2, tiled,
newly decorated, quiet
location. $495/mo (941)-
6984061 286-3902
Englewd. 2/1 w lanai
$595 Rotonda waterfront
cottage 2/1, lanai, W/D
$695. 941-460-9403
Harbor Heights, 27080
Ann Arbor 2/1 Complete-
ly Remodeled $600 mo
941-627-4896
Murdock Area, 2/2/1, Ig.
walk-in closet, pantry,
water incl. $550.
941-423-0486
MURDOCK 329 Camillia
Lane. 2BR/2BA/lcg CHA
$600/mo + dep inclds
Water 941-284-2917
P.C. 2/1, Lanai W/D Lg.
shed, newly renovated,
1st. mo FREE $650
move in. 941-623-3834.
P.C. Newer 2/2 tile, wd
hkups, ceil. fans, lawn
care, $650 + +. By
Owner 207-749-1159
PC 1/1 tile, washer dryer
hookup, central a/c, yard
$550 incl. util + $300
dep. (760)-529-9248
PC, 2/1 Duplex apt.
Quiet, clean, close to 41,
$575/mo. 1st & $500
sec. dep. 941-716-2177
Peace River Shores 2006
2/2 1000sf, All appl, lawn
care incld, N/P $650 1st
& Sec. (941)-626-3569
A-l, PG. Clean, quiet,
large, 2BR/1BA, carport,
$650 mo. $1300 Moves
you in. 941-637-0417, or
941-740-0491
A-l, PG. Clean, quiet,
large, 2BR/1BA, carport,
$1300 Moves you in.
941-637-0417, or
941-740-0491
PGI 2/2/1 Waterfront
Carpet & Tile, W/D, D/W
Lanai, Dock, Fenced
Backyard, Small Pet OK
$800. mo. Water,
Sewage, Yard Care incl.
Annual Lease 1st, Last &
Sec. (941)-626-0552


1300 DUPLEXES
FOR RENT

PUNTA GORDA WATER-
FRONT 1 MONTH FREE
1BR Duplex, + many
Xtras. NS. $550 mo. ann.
941- 626-9652
PUNTA GORDA- 2/1, CHA,
W/W carpet, W/D hookup,
screen lanai, lawn care,
water/sewer inc. $500. mo.
No pets! 941-769-6548
days, 639-8829 evenings.

1320 APARTMENTS
FOR RENT

*VENICE LRG 1/1 $600
INCLUDES UTILITY, NO
PET. 941-416-5293
1 BR STARTING AT
$595 AT BURGUNDY
SQUARE On the Island
of Venice. SM PETS 01K
New Management
Newly Remodeled
941-488-6666
1BR starting @ $500,
2BR $595. Studio
$450. With 12mo lease,
3rd mo free. Sm. dep.
PG (941)-628-6834
lbr/lba, 3 blocks from
Venice Beach, off Venice
Ave. New appls & W/D.
$595/mo 941-716-1431
1ST MONTH FREE
VENICE- lbr $600, 2BR
$675. N/Pets. Sea Jay
Apts, under new mgmt.
941-232-9893
2 BEDROOM APT.
1/2 Block to Nokomis
Beach. $850/mo,
Less with maint.
Assistance. 1st, Last &
sec. 941-488-5672
Hampton Point Apts.
currently is offering 2, 3
& 4 bedrooms starting
at $550. No rent until
2009! Located off
Rampart Blvd. Call
(941) 979-1001 today
for move-in specials.
C.H. completely furn. 2
bdrm, covered parking,
immaculate, N/P, lease
$550, (941)-764-3969
CHAR. HBR. 1/1 updat-
ed, incl. water, pool,
scr. lanai, no pets.
$550. 941-628-3759
Charlotte Harbor efficien-
cy furnished, clean, neat,
lease, no pets $600 mo
(941)-764-3969
Clubside Apts. Studio
& 1 bedroom Avail.
$99 Moves you in.
(941)-488-7766
Eff $160 week, 1 Bedrm
apt $195 wk. Incl util.
Triangle Motel - Punta
Gorda 941- 639-8356
Eng 1BR Poolside Furn Apt.
Town Center Turnkey W/D,
Utilities Incld. $800/mo
(941)2236572

ENGLEWOOD 1ST |
MONTH FREE 12 mins
from Venice 2br w/ den
2 ba 1300s, pool$399.
moves you n $799/mo 941-
4730450

ENGLEWOOD WATER-
FONT 1/1, Very Clean,
Close to Shopping, N/P
$495/mo 941-475-5409

ISLAND OF VENICE
Eff, 1 & 2 br, 1-yr lease.
Immed. occup. No pets.
(941)416-5757

MANASOTA Key 1BR on
beach, Big porch. Small pet
ok. $850 mo. Incl Utils. +
cable TV. 941-661-7120
MANASOTA Key, steps to
beach. 1 & 2 bed, util.
& cable incl. Sm. pets,
$175-$230 wk. Lng term
941-716-3660
NOKOMIS, West of 41,
1BR, Quaint, Secluded.
Perfect for Single. NP
Assist Owner with Light
Duties. (941)-4844568
NP Hurry Won't Last!
2bedrm 1bath car gar.
Gallatin Ln. In Ex Cond.
$575 (941)423-9151
P.C. 2/2 nr. Promenades
Mall, tile, carpet, lanai,
canal, N/P $575 mo.
457-1888 941-724-3352


1320 APARTMENTS
FOR RENT

PC CLEAN 1/1 condo,
Sunshine Villas. No
smoking, no pets. $500.
mo. includes water
941-624-3644

S VENICE near Myakka
River, lbr/lba, $540+
elec. Unfurn, use of wash-
er/dryer. (941)468-2945

Toledo Club
Apts. Luxury
community.
FALL

Studio's /$535
1bd apts/$613
2bd apts/ $675
941-423-6600

VENICE ISL, 2br/lba,
930sf, nice island loca-
tion, close to beach &
hospital. $665/mo. + util
& Sec (941)-587-9997
VENICE ISLAND APTS
1 bedrm. apt avail. Close
to beach & downtown.
(941)-7354020
VENICE ISLAND Efficencies
clean & neat. Walk to
beaches & dntown
$125wk+ 1-800-7464030
VENICE ISLAND Studio
apt, No pets. 2nd floor
$450/mo (941)484-
2206 or (941)485-5698
O VENICE Studio
& 1 bedroom.
pru, Accepting
Section 8 Vouchers.
(941)-488-7766
VENICE-Spacious 2/1.5,
Unfurn, Close to shopping,
$700mo, 1st Last + Sec
(941)-966-2762 aft 6pm
VENICE: 2/1 2 miles to
Beach, walk to Publix, Shops
& bus. Immaculate, Tile Car-
pet. $635/mo. Annual. No pets.
(941)-374-3401
VILLA SAN CARLOS II
22250 Vick St. PC.
Now Available -1 bedroom
For 62 or Older - HUD
Subsidized Rents, income
limits apply. Call for appli-
cation. 941-624-4404.



Villa San Carlos
Apartments
Now accepting applications
for housing for the elderly,
62 and older, or needing
features of accessible units,
income limits apply. Limited
availability. Please call 941-
624-2266




Woodmere
Apts of Venice.
Luxury
Community
FALL
FRENZY
1 bd apts $755
2/bd apts $890
941-496-
4161 (

1340 MOBILE HOMES
FOR RENT

$200 OFF FIRST MONTH
RENT. 1 & 2 BR Tr..Sites
aval. $450-$525/mo. +
sec. PG 941-740-6000.
2005 doublewide,2bed
2bath, unfurnished on pri-
vate land call Mon -Fri
after 6pm weekends any-
time 456-0875
Clean 1/1, Park model
partly furn, scr. lanai, lots
of storage. Quiet safe park
Engl. area. Lawn Maint
$650 941-662-0015
Country Setting beside
lake, fully furnished,
$120/ week. Move in for
$170. Near 1-75 exit 164.
(941)-575-9577
Engl - 2BR/1BA, FL
room, 2 blks to Lemon
bay. Great landscaping
$625/mo 732-245-9591
Nokomis, lbd. + office,
fenced yard. Private lot,
Quiet area. No cats, 941-
223-0747 $700/mo


ANNUAL RENTALS HOUSES
>36 N. PARK BLVD. 1/1, Venice Island, Pets considered....................................... . $5
1180 EUCLID - 2/2/1, South Venice, Pets okay, 1118 sq. ft .......................................... .. $8
!50 MALVERN - 2/2/1, Venice East,-Pets considered, 1009 sq. ft.
P67 SHERIDAN- 2/2/1, Venice Gardens- Petslconsidered, 1204 s.
I40WISTERIA-2/2, South Venice, 1160 sq.ft.
i24 HILLVIEW - 2/2/1/den, Venice Gardens, Pets considered, 1170 sq. ft. ..........................
" UMSn 7ard , 1151 sq.ft. ............
j07 sLA M I6 2/ |B2/ 1 T--eh arde s, 1151 sq.ft. ............................. .................
4 IN US - 2/2/1, South Venice, 974 sq. ft.......................................................... ....$........ ... $
257 CAPRI AVENUE -2/2/2, available 1-12, Venice East, 1262 sq. ft. ................................$
!12 CENTER ROAD- 3/2, available 1-15, Pets considered, 1575 sq. ft. ....................... .$
1587 SUSSEX DRIVE - 3/2/2, wood, tile & carpet floors, S. Venice, 1708 sq. ft..............:;$1
509 LAGORCE - 3/2/1, available 1-5, Venice Gardens, Pets considered, 1818 sq ft... .:$;
11882 GRANITE WOODS - 4/3/3, Stoney Brook, Pets considered, 2240 sq. ft......t...
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1340 MOBILE HOMES
FOR RENT

NOKOMIS:
1BR/1BA and 2BR/1BA
(941)-914-2760
Punta Gorda 2bed
unfurnished on Lime St.
$675/mo 1st & $350
sec. (941)639-8356 or
(941)- 204-3625
Several Available From
$400- $750. Punta
Gorda, Nocatee & Kings
Hwy. Incl. CHA. 1st, Last
& Sec 941-624-0355
Shell Creek 2/1, fur-
nished no pets, $145 wk.
$500 dep. Lease. Immed.
occupancy (941)-639-
5821 or (941) 380-1354
Venice, $99 MOVES
YOU IN, LIMITED TIME
ONLY. Cute 2/2 w/
screened lanai, all appl.,
lawn service, cable TV &
much more. Age qualified
community. For more info
call Sheila Steinitz 941-
232-4539.

1350 EFFICIENCIES
FOR RENT

All 2 Rm Suites, DSL.
Tropical Bay Waterfront,
Sunnybrook, $160 wk. &
Up. 941-625-3004.
CLEAN furn. eff. apts. So.
PG $125-150 per wk, incl
util/cable, no pets. 941-
740-0491 or 637-0417
Englewood Historic Dist.
N/P N/S $550 Incld
water & elec. F/L/S
Annual (941)-475-4562
Punta Gorda canal view,
complete privacy, fully
furn., W/D, carport, Cable
TV. Util Incl. $525 mo.
941-661-8140
Punta Gorda cute 1/1
studios, incl. A/C, cable
$450 - $500 1st. + last,
Pets neg. 239-200-0410
S VENICE, small efficiency,
until paid $440/mo, Ist&Lst.
Merry Christmas (941)-484-
5535 or (941)-685-2268
South Venice, Furn. Effi-
ciency. $600/mo. elec &
cable included. Avail.
Jan. 1st. 941-497-3440
VENICE EAST, Cozy Furn.
Studio, Kit, Washer,Dryer.
All Util. Incl Pet OK $600.
mo. 941-302-0023

1360 ROOMS FOR
RENT

A+ Furn. room in PC
clean & quiet, nice area,
close to All, util incl. $130
wk + dep. 941-626-2832


1360 ROOMS FOR
RENT

BEDROOM, BATH, CABLE,
KITCHEN PRIVLEDGES,
MALE PREF. NON SMOK-
ER. 941497-5927
ONLY $100/Wk in PC/
Engl. Priv entr, cable,
ac. util incl.941-681-
1161, 941-681-1743
P.C. Priv. Entrance, house
priv., util. incl., w/d,
NS/NP. Refs. $115. wk.
+ Sec. (941)-240-0114.
P.C. ROOM FOR RENT
with house privileges. Util.
incl. $105/wk. + deposit.
Call (941)-276-2681.
PC Clean & Quiet, $120
wk. $400/mo incl utils,
furn'd, refs. 941-743-
3070. 941-740-2565
PC or PG Single or Cou-
ples $75. - $115. wk.
Full house privileges.
W&D Incl 941-626-3230
PG, Furn., all incl.
$120 wk. 2-3 BR apt.
$850 mo. N/P, 941-639-
1089,941-623-7921
PUNTA GORDA ISLES, fur-
nished, Ig hm, $120 wk +
sec dep, kit, laundry, pool
priv. Boat/fish from dock
N/P, N/S. 941-628-0349

1390 VACATION/SEAS
RENTALS

2BR/1BA home, Pt. Char-
lotte, very nice, $1300
mo. (941)-286-7347
2BR/2BA CONDO on Man-
asota Key, Beach access,
boat slip, pool incl. Jan.
or April $2550/mo
(941)-875-3380
A-1 Deluxe Apart-
ments in Pt. Charlotte
Lg. 2/2 or 2/1.
(941)-766-1177
ALMAR RENTALS &
MGT. SERVICES. MANY
FURNISHED UNITS
800-964-3095
Donna@almar-rentals.com
Charlotte Harbor Cottage,
Refurbished, Near shop-
ping & parks. Seasonal
$895 941-639-3268
D.C. 2BR 1 car on golf
course. Avail. Dec. Jan.
Feb. March from $1600
mo 941-380-2762.
EFFIC. 1/1 Near Man.
Beach & S. Venice Ferry,
WD, internet, Sm pet ok.
$250/wk (941)493-3421
Eng. 3/2 pool w/spa furn
condo 1543 sq ft, avail
month of Jan. only$2200.
941-473-5544.


1390 VACATION/SEAS
RENTALS

Englewood 2/2 Split Plan
On Water, Fully Furn,
Ready to Move in. $1800
(502)-558-7023

nglewood/Manasota Ke
furn. clean 1BR/1BA 660
ft. to priv. stairs to Gulf,
N/S, No pets. $1250/mo.
I (941)475-2657

Grove City, ibd/lba fully
furn. incl. water, electric
& cable, w/d, 5 min.
to beach, small pet okay,
$700 mo. + sec.
(941)-697-9892
Live On The Avenue, walk
to beaches, shopping &
restaurants. Turn key fur-
nished. 2BR/1BA, 2nd
floor w/lanai, htd. pool &
laundry. $1750/mo incl.
util. No pets. 3 mo. mini-
mum. 813-654-8866 or
813- 334-0532
MANASOTA KEY/ENGLE-
WOOD Weekly/Monthly
Rentals. 2/2 w/ Pool &
Dock, March & April
2009. 1/1, Feb. & March
2009. (941)-626-7158
NEAR NOKOMIS
BEACH Clean 2/1 avail.
Dec. Jan & Mar WD, utils
incl $1700/mth No pets
/smokers 941-488-3808
NEAR NOKOMIS
BEACH Clean 2/1 avail.
Nowe - April WD, utils incl
$1600/mth No pets
/smokers 941-488-3808
NOKOMIS, direct bay
front, 2/1.5, w/boat
dockage. Pet okay.
$2000 (941)-408-3509
Nokomis, Island of Casey
Key 1&2br, on private
beach.Also 2/2, 2 miles
off bch (941)-488-7272
PC 1BR Furn Condo heat-
ed Pool, hot tub, W/D
Avail now through April.
$900. (941)-627-3896
PC, Off Kings Hwy. 2/2,
quiet,, turnkey, tennis/
pool, cable & water
included. (941)763-9052
PC, Clean, 2BR/2BA fully
furn. Close to Beach/Sta-
dium. NS, NP. Negotiable
941-743-3048
PC, Deep Creek 2/2
Condo, fully furn. Pool,
Tennis, Bocce, Clubhouse
$1500mo 4th month
Free. (941)-697-7442
PG New 3/2/2 55+
Gated Community, Furn,
Heated Pool, Clbhse, Ten-
nis & Lawn Care Incld.
N/S $1000 + Util. Avail
4/09. (919)-428-1886


1390 VACATION/SEAS
RENTALS

PG, 1 & 2 BRApts
screened private lanai,
CHA, Available Jan 1st for
3 months $3000. for
1BR/1BA $3600. for
2BR/2BA 941-769-7699
Port Charlotte, 2B/1B
$1200 mo. $300 sec.
fresh water canal. Jan/
Feb/Mar. 941-629-3536
S. Gulf Cove, 3/2/2 on
water, fully furn. quiet
location. Avail by the
month. (941)-828-8870
S. Venice 2/2/2
Furnished, Close to
Manasota Beach. N/S,
N/P (941)493-0849

SEASONAL RENTALS
Larraine Kenney
RE/MAX Anchor RIty
(941)-639-1376

Venice Villa, The Planta-
tion Golf & CC, 2/2 N/S,
N/P, Turn-key, mo. to mo.
(734)-330-9521
Venice, 1/1, turnkey,
1 mo./$1400 3mo.
/$3600. Sec/$1,000.
941-416-5293
Venice, 2bd Condo, Furn.
Pristine Cond. Pool, Club-
house, Golf Course,
$1800. (941)-488-3579
VENICE, 2br/2ba HOME,
fully furn, 50+ resort fac.
Wkly, Mo, Yearly. 516-728-
7487 or 516-728-2991

1500 LOTS & ACREAGE

ALMOST 1 acre buildable
residential, mobile or mod-
ular homes. $19,000/
obo. Dan (941)-661-0564

1515 WATERFRONT

PEACE RIVER SHORES
1/4 Acre, No bridges to
river. $79,900/obo
(941)-627-4466
PEACE RIVER SHORES
1/4 Acre, No bridges to
river. $79,900/obo
(941)-627-4466

1600 BUSINESS
FOR SALE

ENGL BREAKFAST &
LUNCH Great menu &
reputation. Beer & wine
$45k
Fred Smith Realty, Inc.
(941)-475-5686


PARADISE REALTY OF VENICE
941-488-1111

Long on features, 3BR, 2BA plus caged

heated pool in Venice historic district. Walk
to shops and hospital, bike to beach and all

Venice Island offers. $265,000


Large rooms! Great location, 2 bedroom, 2

bath home with family room and office,

newer roof, double garage, caged pool &
patio. $155,000


Downtown! Duplex in nice area North of
West Venice Avenue, covered parking each

side, bike or walk to downtown shops,

tennis and beach. $375,000


Island of Venice! 3 BR, 2BA home with

family room & carpeted lanai, domed
kitchen, tiled roof, double garage. $475,000


RE/MAX ALLIANCE GROUP
941-486-8686

Venice Gardens 2 bdr/2ba/2 car garage

home reduced $10,000. New A/C in 2005,
roof upgraded in 2008. Living room,

Florida room and sunroom with lots of new

windows. Voluntary homeowners assoc.
with community pool. $144,900
S A free service of the Venice Gondolier Sun to regular retail
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Payroll & Notary
129 East Charlotte
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T.H.S. INC.
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Building & Remodeling Contractor


*Additions
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* Doors & Windows
* Free Estimates
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Mike Taylor
Cell 941-626-3750 941-426-1496


* Light Housekeeping 0 Medication Reminders
* Alzheimer's & 0 FREE In-Home Assessment
Dementia Care ...and much more!

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or county.
Please call for
the appropriate
Occupational
Licensing
Bureau to verify.


DEBTS TOO HIGH?
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PRE BANKRUPTCY
COUNSELING o
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By Phone or Appoinnoent* 941-255-3236 <
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LIBERTY R&V CONSTRUCTION
* Pool Cages
* 5-6" Seamless Gutters
Soffit & Fascia
* Entry Ways & More




Free Estimates
Lic/Insured 941-475-1931.


Ma Edwara Koss
Construction
M Services, Inc.
No Job Too Big
Or Too Small
Pool Cages Screen Lanais
* Acrylic Rooms
Screen Entries
* Rescreens
* Garage Screens
* Handrail
* Hurricane Shutters
Window Replacement
Over 30 Yrs Exp in
Venice Area

(941)408-8500
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SHOL CASESCREENS
941 -488- 2141
POOL ENCLOSURES
*Concrete *Gutters
* Entries * Rescreens
* Soffits * Elite Screen Rooms
Visit us at aluminum-works.com
Lic. #SCC056797


PROTECTION
*STEEL/ALUMINUM
- CLEAR
* ACCORDION
Installed OR
Do It -Yourself
CALL SHAWN
941-769-1679
THE CARPENTER INC.
Lic#RR0067689


LeVasseur
.............. ..... A Buftding & Remodeling, Inc.
L #CRC1327092 & 1 d


NORMAN
MARCUS
GROUP
* Additions
* Kitchens
* Full Services
Remodeling
Lic. #CBC1254787/Ins.
941-445-3875


ileanTime
SERVICES, LLC
* Dependable
* Meticulous
* Professional
* Insured
& Bonded
When It's Time
To Clean...
Call CleanTime!
www.CleanTime-Services.com
941-320-0023


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941-625-7144
www.fasttekscom


rJ1 COMPUTER & PRINTER REPAIR
* Sell Used Computers
and Printers
* Virus and Spyware
Removal
A^'V^ L A ,* Repairs, Upgrades, Tune Ups, Etc.
* In-home Service and Set Up
. We Now Do Consignments!
941.764.3400 941.276.5011
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after Damage RX0066623 Specialty Textures
Restoration Also Change of Textures
New Construction
DON SPITTLER DRYWALL, LLC.
Offering Excellence And Dependability In
Drywall Repair
Phone (941) 764-1569


Fair Prices
Quality Workmanship
Guaranteed


Free Estimates
Over 25 Yrs.
Experience in
Charlotte County


HIGH QUALITY * LOW PRICE
* Driveways -
* Sidewalks
* Patios

MIKE
Free Est. * Lic. & Ins.
Since 1984
94-47-90
94A -8 -4 1


Krauth Construction


* Custom Homes
* Additions
* Detached Garages
* Remodeling * Decks
Lic. & Ins. #CRC1327458

941-809-0473


HARBOR VIEW
ELECTRIC
* Residential Service
* New Construction
* Generators
o Inspections
* Panel Change Outs
FREE ESTIMATES
Lic.: ES12000512
For Prompt Call Back
Call
941-627-4068


Mike Schnell
Electrical
Maintenance
Service Inc.
Residential & Commercial
"All Your Electrical Needs"
Service Upgrades
Lic.#ER13012824
941.697-5726


TEDDY'S
HANDYMAN &
REMODELING,
Inc.
No Job Too Big
or Too Small!
(941) 629-4966
Licensed & Insured
CRC 1327653


PLAN
YOURA


HIM


QUALITY
CONCRETE
WORK
AT A VERY
AFFORDABLE
PRICE.
Driveways
Sidewalks, Patios.
Serving the Area
25 Years.
941-780-5968


AFFORDABLE
PRESSURE -;
CLEANING
DETAILING -
Quality Work at a
Reasonable Rate!
Lic. & Insured
Cars, Boats, RVs,
Campers &
Mobile Homes
WE COME TO YOU!
941-237-1822


SECURE
YOUR YARD
INLINE
FENCING
WOOD & CHAIN LINI
Reliable &
Quality Work!
941416-7430


The State of
Florida Requires
all Contractors
to be Registered
or Certified.
Be Advised to
Check License
Number with the
State by Calling
1-850-487-1395
or on the Web at
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* Bring three towels & receive
$3 Off.
Grooming starting at $35
* Mutt Hutt is excited to welcome
Joe back to our salon with over
15 years of grooming experience.
* No hot dryer, no enclosed cages,
cool natural air to dry and
pamper your pet.
THE MUTT HUT
2017A S. Tamiami Trail
Venice, FL 941.496.4095
Smoke Free Environment


HERCULES
CURBING &
LANDSCAPING
Starting at
$1.99 ft
Rock, Mulch
Free Estimates
941-286-5228
941-627-4649
Lic. Ins.


PAINTING
* Painting
*Texturing
-Ceiling Repair
*Water Damage & Repair
497-1313
Licensed & Insured
Lic.#RX00646598


CAloha Coastal, Inc.
A Furnitre Rstrathofis Co.


* Riftmihia * hir
* O41t.e 1a6i2 up * firs
S tt. & $Iw Ci7. Hugh Morri
1941) 124-5702 w mur


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" Gutter Cleaning * Polly Pebble Sealing * Pressure Cleaning
* Roof Coating * Plumbing Fixtures *Mobile Home Repair
* Drywall Repair * Int./Ext. Painting * Electrical Fixtures
* Gutter Cleaning * Rotten Wood Repairs * Dryer Vacuum Cleaning
Venice Native

941.485.2172


HANDYMAN



All your odds & ends!
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DEPENDABILITY
NO MONEY
UP FRONT!
Licensed & Insured
941-740-0451


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Dave Beck
The Handyman,LLc
Kitchen & Bath
Countertops
Drywall
Texturing/Painting
Ceramic Tile
Aluminum Screens
941-766-1767
CRC 1327942
Licensed & Insured
Member BBB


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OVE 30EAR
EXEIEC


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Retired Northern Custom
Builder at your service.
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High Costs,
Poor Quality?
Call Blaine:
941-662-0266
Full explanation w/free
estimates Quality interior/ext
work w/references Prompt
completion w/guarantee
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Interior/Exterior
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Installations
Full Handyman Services
James M. Okell
941-270-1693
A Registered FL. Co . Since 1993
Licensed/Insured




I IA I I l
Kitchen & Bath
On The Isle
DIVISION OF DUYN CONSTRUCTION LLC
NEED IDEAS?
COME WORK WITH US
* Complete Kitchen & Bath Showroom
* Kitchen & Bath Design
* Replace or Upgrade Kitchens & Bath

488-2284
113 E. MilanAve. Venice, FL


HANDYMAN
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Electrician.
* Home Repairs A-Z
* Installations
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Fair Price &
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(941)-429-2219





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The Handyman,
Kitdcen &
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941-766-1767
CRC 1327942
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* Painting
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Washing
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Over 30 Years
Experience &
Satisfied
Customers
493-6736
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* Tree, Lot & Vegetation,
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* Tree, Stump Removal
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* Selective Clearing
94-46-33
941-204-166
Lie. & Ins.


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* Painting -Home Repairs
* Pressure Washing *Carpentry
* Electrical Fixtures * Flooring
*Plumbing Fixtures -Odd Jobs
Need It Fixed Right?
CALL ANYTIME! 941-441-5350
Licensed & Insured
#990010086038


We Trim Design,
install. Lawn care,
new installation,
old renovation.
Pre & post storm
prep/cleanup.
Satisfaction Guaranteed!
20 YEARS EXP.

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Lic-lns., Inc.


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Insurance
"Wind Mitigation" Inspections
My Safe Florida Homes
Certified Contractor
Licensed Home Inspector
Registered Florida Contractor
Michael A. Breede
(941) 276-3741


WANTED!
DEAD OR ALIVE,
INC.
WE BUY ALL!!

Cars, Trucks, Vans
& SUV's

FREE PICK UP
7 Days a Week
941-204-5144
PORT CHARLOTTE


I I Lawn & Garden Maintenance Landscape Design
Mowing, Edging & Trimming Irrigation, Lighting, Drainage
Fertilizer & Insect Control Arbors, Pergolas & Cabanas
? Mulching Fountains, Pools & Spas


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Visit our 90 acre nursery for Palms, Trees & Shrubs
2401 N. River Rd.* Venice, FL * www.hazeltinenurseries.com
Licensed Florida Landscape Architect (FL L.A.)
Licensed Florida Certified Landscape Contractor (FCLC)
In business since 1982, fully Insured and Licensed For Sarasota,
Manatee, Charlotte and Lee County


*Yard
Cleanup "
*Pruning '-
*Weeding
* Mulching
Honest * Reliable
Reasonable Rates
JIM 416-3030
VENICE -
JACARANDA







Moving & Delivery
Honest, Reliable,
Courteous,
Very Low Rates
15 yrs. Experience
Lic. & Ins.
FL. Mover Reg.No.IM1647
941-237-1823


WE DO THE
WHOLE JOB!
Custom landscaping by
a Landscape Designer
* Palm Trees
* Waterfalls
* Japanese Gardens
* Lighting * Curbing
* Stone * Mulch
" Sod 15% off
PRESENT THIS AD
FOR 15% DISCOUNT
Lc 235-1700 ins


interior/Exterior
CUSTOM
PAINTING
Reasonable Rates
Interior is My Specialty
SPressure Cleaning
* Concrete Staining
Any surface, any color
JAMES D. ROOT
488-3112
Local Owner/Operator Since 1984
Local, Satisfied Residents
Licensed & Insured


KURBING
$20 OFF
Your Next
Curbing
Project
Some restrictions apply
"Welcome Back
Snowbirds"
941-624-0188


Commercial & Residential
*Interior & Exterior
Pressure Washing
SDrywall Repair
*Pool Decks
Family Owned & Operated
Licensed & Insured
484-4576
Quality Workmanship
for over 25 Years"


His & Her,
Lawn Care
* Maintenance
*Odd Jobs
* Mowing
* Shrub Trimmin(
* Mulch
Licensed & Insured

941-429-082!


Rotonda
Turf & Tree
Affordable,
Top Quality
Lawn Care
* Small Tree Trimming
*Edging
*Major Clean-Ups
SMore
Serving the Rotonda &
East Englewood area
Call Tom
(941) 662-5640


"BEST PRICE FOR
QUALITY JOB"
Residential/Commercial
* New Construction
* Custom Home/Repaints
* Interior Exterior
* Pressure Washing
Lic/Insured Free Estimates
I S% OFF HOLIDAY SPECIAL
Thru 12/31
94 -S 5-SS4


CLEAN CUT
LAWN SERVICE
* Affordable &
Dependable
* Per Cut or Monthly
* Pressure Washing
* Painting
* 14 Years Experience
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*Pt. Charlotte *Stone
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& S.G.C *Shrubs
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Locally Owned & Operated
-Great Equipment
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FREE ESTIMATES.
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12 Year Family Owned Business
Call Harold
941-204-2591


Larry's Painting
SAnd
Wallpaper
(941) 228-6747
FREE ESTIMATES
No Job Too Small
Northeast
Workmanship and
Reasonable Prices
Fully Licensed
and Insured


A & M Quality
Painting
Interior &
Exterior Specialists
Also Pressure Washing
* Free Estimates l
* Full Insured
and Licensed
* 25 Yrs. Experience

697-8620


PAINT & PAPER BY LANCE
* Interior/Exterior Paintin
SFaux Finishing
* Popcorn Removal
* Texturing
EXPERT at
Wallpaper Installation & Remova
Over 20 yrs. exp. * Lic./Ins.
SENIOR DISCOUNTS!
S941-224-062


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Plumbing, LLC


941-235-1321
941-380-0147

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* Slab & Wal
* Repipes
* Replace &
* Backflow
* Remodels
State Certified
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VIBING
I Leaks One Call

Repairs Does it All

423-3058;
Precision Plumbing Lie. & Ins.
and Leak Detection CFC1427378


RUSSELL
SCREEN REPAIR
SERVICES

Repair & Re-screen On:
Pool Cages, Lanais
Front Entryways
Gutter Repairs
Internal Soffit Repair
Repaint Pool Cage
Screen Doors
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Member Chamber of Commerce
& Better Business Bureau.
Eng: 941.473.8951
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* Pool deck renovations .
" Driveway designs
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" Licensed & Insured
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Quality Decks
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Professional
Pool Cleaning
No Contracts
I MONTH
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EACH NEW
SERVICE
REFERRAL!
941-416-2562


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License may
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the city and/
or county.
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Licensing
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PRESSURE
CLEANING
"TILE ROOF
SPECIALISTS"
"Also House Painting
& Roof Coating"
497-2493
Same Cleaning
Since 1984
Associations Welcome!
Lic./Insured Free Est.


Bailey's
PRESSURE CLEANING
Exterior/Interior Painting
Soffit, Fascia & Siding
Repair
NEVER CLEAN INSIDE
OF GUTTERS AGAIN!
GUTTER REPAIR
Lifetime Venice Resident
941-497-1736
Licensed & Insured in Sarasota,
North Port and Charlotte County
CHAMBER MEMBER


AFFORDABLE
PRESSURE ,
CLEANING
DETAILING
Quality Work at a
Reasonable Rate!
Lic. & Insured
Driveways
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Screening
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SPECIALIZING IN
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& LANAIS
Also Repairs, Entryways
Garage, Sliders
No Job Too Small
809-1171



James Weaver
Roofing
Family *
Owned &
Operated
Since 1984
426-8946
Free Estimates
Metal, shingles, flat roofs.
Replace & Repair


E&F
Rescreens
Family Owned & Operated
*Pool cages
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Quality Service
References Available.
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Front Entryways
Gutter Repairs
Internal Soffit Repair
Repaint Pool Cage
Screen Doors
Garage Screen Sliders
Member Chamber of Commerce
& Better Business Bureau.
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LEONARD'S ROOFING, INC.


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* Single Ply
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Service Available


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with metal or shingles!
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In Business Since 1975
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*Shingles, Slots,
Metal, Tile, Repairs
*Old Roof Removal
Our Specialty
*Full Carpentry
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*Fully Insured
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RICH LANDERS
STUCCO, INC.
New Constriction
& Remodels
Rusted bands &
Wire Lath Repair.
Spraycrete &
Dry-wall repair.


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PHONE & CABLE
JACKS, ETC.
* Residential
* Business
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License may
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or county.
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Occupational
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"When Quality Counts"


*Convert bath tub to easy
access shower from $899
- Handicap access shower
SShower repair/Replace
*Free In-Home Shopping
*Licensed & Insured
SOwner/Install
- Over 20 Years in Englewood


Grout, Repair,
Cleaning,
Sealing, Recolor
20x20 Porcelain
from $3.69
Professionally
Installed


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WINDOW
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Residential Licensed & Insured
Storefronts * Homes
* Florida Rooms
* Vinyl Windows
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Specials
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Free Estimate
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941-661-5281


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35 YRS EXP.
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Free estimates.
Installer/Owner.
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941-697-5948


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1600 BUSINESS
FOR SALE

Florida's best gel candle
manufacturing company,
fully equipped. New loca-
tion required. Owner will
train & provide support.
(941)-626-5173

ITALIAN RESTAURANT
WITH PIZZA
Established 17yrs.
49 seats, Great
Englewood location
REDUCED $169k
Fred Smith Realty, Inc.
(941)-475-5686

1610 BUSINESS
RENTALS

800-1600 sf, OMI,
1 MONTH FREE.
Best in Murdock.
941-624-3055
Englewood on 776 nr Sun-
nybrook, 1,500sf retail or
office & 1,000sf storage.
$1,295/mo. 732-2694587
Murdock Area
Prof. Plaza41 Frontage
Approx. 650 sf & 980 sf
All Florida GMAC
Real Estate
941-629-1121




Port Charlotte
Executive Office Suites
Receptionist, all util. &
other support svcs.
Omni Executive Center
A Friendly Place to be!
4055 TAMIAMI TRAIL
Across from Bob
Evans. Call Marj or
Jan 941-627-9755
PAULSON CENTRE
EXECUTIVE OFFICE SUITES
18245 Paulson Drive, PC
80 s.f. to 230 s.f. Offices
Includes all utilities
Virtual Offices available
Call (941)206-2200 for info
PG on US 41
Retail / Office space
265 - 3,000 sq ft
Starting @ $495.95
FLIP, 941-505-0482
Professional office
space in down town
Venice 1000sf w/
Reception room.
4 private offices & back
work area. Move in condi-
tion.$12/sf, No net. 226
Nokomis Ave.
(941)-488-2424
Towles Plaza on 41 in
Punta Gorda, 2 units
available. 1976sf &
1166sf, 941-916-9631
Venice Offices/Warehous-
es & office-warehouse
combo's, All sizes and
locations aval 485-1119

1615 INCOME
PROPERTY

Mini Storage Facility
Venice 425 units, vari-
ous sizes, nearly full, low
rates, Price reduced.
1.350 M. MaryBeth Wil-
son, Preferred Prop.
Realtors.941-484-6279

1620 COMMER./
INDUST. PROP.

3400-10,500SF.
Warehouse, IL zoned,
OH doors, 20' ceilings,
$8.SF. CB Commercial
Sunstar, Rich Hulet,
(941)-815-7588
420 SF, 41 frontage PC,
Ready to move in! $535
mo Days 941-629-8660,
eve 941-637-9637
FOR SALE OR RENT
14,000 s.f. on 5 acres,
fenced, zoned I.L. Rent
$3.25 s.f. 863-494-2651
For Lease Florida St.
PG, Warehouse w/Office
w/ OH doors. Units from
600-6000sf, $6.sf & up.
New owner. 941-724-0048
INDUSTRIAL LAND
6.5 Acres, 900'+ road
frontage. Great location.
$5.00 sf Fred Smith
Realty (941)-475-5686

PC. Prime office space,
3 units 1,000sf. each.
Brand new. Sandhill Blvd.
Turnkey/Fully built out.
(941)-624-5992
Rotonda, 600sf. store
front in a busy location,
$750. 400sf. interior unit,
$450. (941)-628-1796

1640 WAREHOUSE
& STORAGE

2,000 sq. ft. whse
w/showroom & office,
O.H. door, Whidden Ind.
Park. (941) 628-1203
850sf. Warehouse, taxes
& water incl. $525 mo.
(941)-766-1166
Good For Business, Hob-
byst, Hot Rod & Storage
13'x32'x16' Brand New
in Venice $55K. Norman
Holloway Realtor Caldwell
Banker (941)-416-1400
P.G. 20'x80' Warehouse


w/Office. Lease. OH doors
ea end, Ig parking lot $800
mo. + Tax 239-248-0020
NOKOMIS, Storage/
Workshop, 500 SF, 508
Colonia Ln. 1 Yr. lease,
Move In Special. 1 Mo.
Free 352-347-7645 or
941-928-2127
North Port - 400 , 800 &
1600 sf whse. $275 mo
+ tax per 400 SF 941-
661-6720 or 575-1908


1640 WAREHOUSE
& STORAGE

P.G., 30'x26'(780 sf), Garage
on 75x100' lot at 6150 Golf
Course Blvd. Btw. US Rt. 17 &
Airport. Call MONROE at Pro-
fessional Realty (941) 743-
6400. Financing poss.
$39,900


1650 FARMS/RANCHES

NORTH FORT MYERS
Never Lived in
Log Home
5 Acres, 4 BR's, 3 Full
BA's, & Wood Laminate
FIrs. 2 Decks, Den w/ Fire-
place $289,900.
877-507-1122



2000


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2005 Services
2010 Professional
2015 Banking
2020 Clerical
2025 Computer
2030 Medical
2035 Musical
2040 Restaurant/
Hotel
2050 SkilledTrades
2060 Management
2070 Sales
2090 Child/Adult
Care Needed
2100 General
2110 Part-time/
Temp
2115 Home Based
Business
2120 Position/Job
Wanted

RV Wash & Detail Person.
Full time or Part Time.
(941)-639-6000

2010 PROFESSIONAL


Advertising
Account
Executive
Position

The Charlotte Sun
is looking for sales
professionals looking
for an exciting career
with advancement
opportunities.

Does this
describe you:
*Aggressive
*Cold calling pro
*Deal closer
*Strong work ethic
*Money motivated
*People person
*Excellent
communication skills
*Computer literate
*Exceptional cus
tomer service skills
*Marketing flare
*Ability to work
independently

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commissions
*Vacation
*Health Insurance
*Sick and short term
disability
*401 (k) with
company match
*Training
*Advancement
Opportunities
If we describe you,
send your resume
to:
Charlotte Sun
Glen Nickerson
Advertising Manager
23170 Harborview Road
Port Charlotte,
Florida 33980
Fax: 941- 629-4499
Email:
gnickerson@sun-herald.com

SUN
America's BEST Community Daily

Community
Association Manager
FL CAM, Lic. req. Full time
position for 404 Unit.
55+ co-op, located in
Charlotte County FL.
Responsibility includes:
Emergency on call 24/7,
annual meeting, budget
preparation, RV transit &
mobile home rentals, sale
of shares. Oversee all
park employees, all park
maintenance including
water & sewer plants.
Salary based upon experi-
ence. Employee benefits
avail. Fax resume to:
(941)-575-8913
Resumes must be
submitted by 5pm.
January 9th. 2009.
Full Time Barber Wanted.
Good Commission,
Daily Pay. Call Alan
(941)-764-0021
LICENSED Buyers Agent
needed for top producing
team. ReMax Anchor Real-
ty, 941- 639-1376.
NAIL TECH Needed for
Downtown Punta Gorda
Salon. Own clientele a
plus. (941)-575-8598
Non Profit org., seeks
FT or PT Coordinator/
Secretary. Requires exc.
knowledge of Russian
& English, contact;
bridgeusa@aol.com


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2020 CLERICAL/
OFFICE

OFFICE PERSON, flexible,
w/knowledge of Quick
Books and construction
software. Venice area
only. Email resume to:
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2030 MEDICAL

BEST CHANCE CPR &
FIRST AID TRAINING.
Am Heart Asssoc two year
certification: Call
941-255-0675 or
Cell 865-776-9260

CAREGIVERS Needed at
HARBORVIEW ACRES ALF
10pm-8am shift. Exp. &
Meds Cert. Helpful.
941-743-7775 bet 9am4pm
CNAs, HHAs. Live-In,
FT/PT in-home care.
Experience reqd. Top
Pay! (941)-257-4452

Desoto
Health & Rehab
has the following
opportunities available
* PRN, PT, OT, ST
For consideration sub-
mit application at:
1002 N. Brevard Ave.
Arcadia. Fax resume to
(863)-494-9470 For
questions call: (863)-
494-5766


ENGLEWOOD MEDICAL
FRONT OFFICE
RECEPTIONIST position,
Medical experience
desired. PT Hours.
Send Resume to:
OFFICE MANAGER
PO Box 1264,
Englewood, FL 34295
FRONT DESK Reception
scheduler, MYSIS &
Radiology experience
required. Fax resume to
941-258-3292
Front Office Associate
Exp. professional,
patient oriented &
able to multi task.
Fax CV 941-637-1739
Attn: Mary
HYGIENIST needed to
work Full Time or Part
Time. Fax resume to:
(941)-923-7444

Immediate Need for
caring, compassion-
ate CNA/HHA &
companions. 24/7
Short/Long Shifts
Venice, N Port, Englw
areas. A Little Help
Nurse Registry
401 Commercial Ct,
Ste B, Venice
Please call Mon-Fri
8:30-4:30 only
(941)-485-0301
fax (941)-485-0314

LPNS NEEDED! LOOK-
ING FOR DEPENDABLE
PEOPLE WHO WANT TO
START IMMEDIATELY.
WORK IS IN DESOTO
COUNTY. FLEXIBLE
SCHEDULE, GOOD
STARTING PAY. CALL
AFFORDABLE STAFFING
@ 941- 743-5912
(9AM -6PM DAILY)


MEDICAL ASSISTANT FT/PT
Busy Dermatology Practice
in Venice. Join Our Growing
Practice Fax 941485-2288
Receptionist F/F Tem-
porary Position. Medical
Experienced Required.
Fax Resume
941-624-0941


WANTED
Full time caring, devot-
ed, compassionate &
dependable, RN's,
LPN's & CNA's to work
evenings & nights in our
79 bed SNF. Come join
our team today. Apply in
person:
Hardee Manor
Healthcare Center
401 Orange Place
Wauchula, Fl 33873
PH: 863-773-3231
Fax: 863-773-0959



2035 MUSICAL





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2040 RESTAURANT/
HOTEL

A+ BARTENDER
School. Ages 18+
Placement Assistance
239-334-6300
Ft. Myers
www.BartenderDealer.com

CHEF -
KITCHEN MANAGER
Experienced for Pt.
Charlotte Restaurant.
Great Wage & benefit
pkg. Fax resume to
941-488-6682 or
email
ResumesJC@Gmail.com







SMUGGLER'S
Harpoon Harry's is
accepting applications for
the following positions:
Servers, Bussers, Run-
ners & Hosts/Hostesses.
Apply in person Mon
thru Wed., 10am-
12noon & 3pm-5pm.
Fishermen's Village
1200 W Retta Esplanade
Punta Gorda


2050 SKILLED TRADES

AC Maintenance Tech
with Light Sales experi-
ence required. Apply in
person at 125 Corpora-
tion Way Unit F or Fax
resume 941-412-1033.

ELECTRICIANS/HELPERS
in Venice area. Experi-
enced Call (813)-874-
1717 fax 813-874-1762

2070 SALES


Advertising
Account
Executive
Position
The Charlotte Sun
is looking for sales
professionals looking
for an exciting career
with advancement
opportunities.
Does this
describe you:
*Aggressive
*Cold calling pro
*Deal closer
*Strong work ethic
*Money motivated
*People person
*Excellent
communication skills
*Computer literate
.Exceptional cus
tomer service skills
*Marketing flare
*Ability to work
independently

We Offer:
eCompetitive salary +
commissions
*Vacation
*Health Insurance
*Sick and short term
disability
.401 (k) with
company match
*Training
*Advancement
Opportunities

If we describe you,
send your resume
to:
Charlotte Sun
Glen Nickerson
Advertising Manager
23170 Harborview Road


Port Charlotte,
Florida 33980
Fax: 941- 629-4499
Email:
gnickerson@sun-herald.com

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100% Commission
Open 7 Days a Week
Non-competing broker
does not list or sell. The
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or fees. MLS functions in
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Broward, Palm Beach and
Martin counties. Offices in
Naples, Marco Island,
Bonita Springs and Punta
Gorda. Private offices
desk space avail;
Call or e-mail Gary for
confidential interview
Gary Hicks
gary@naplessunrealty.com
1 -877-649-1990
25166 Marion Ave.
Punta Gorda, FL 33950


Sun Realty

Come Join Our
Winning Team
One of the fastest
growing high tech
telecommunications
companies in South-
west Florida is seeking
a Professional Sales
Account Manager to
join our dynamic team.
Our reliable, high quali-
ty products and
responsive customer
service just don't hap-
pen by accident. They
happen as a result of
the creativity, determi-
nation, talent and pro-
fessionalism of every
member of our team.
Everyday our employ-
ees dedicate them-
selves to exceeding
customer expectations
and earning customer
loyalty.
Qualifications:
*+ 2 years successful
outside sales experi-
ence. Telecommunica-
tions/Data knowledge
preferred
*Good communication
skills (verbal/written)
*Good prospecting,
proposal & presenta-
tion skills
*Computer literate
(Word, Excel, MS Out-
look, ACT, etc.)
*Strong interpersonal
skills
*Outgoing & Deter-
mined personality
*History of proven suc-
cess exceeding quota
Benefits:
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Insurance
*Paid Time Off - vaca-
tions and holidays
.401 K
*Recognition Pro-
grams
*Cell Phone allowance
ment
Employment subject to
post offer pre-employ-
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Good communication
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Commission Only1
Big Commissions!
Call Tammy
941-258-3326

Hibbett Sports is open-
ing soon in Arcadia.
Now hiring management
and pt/ft sales.
Send resumes ATTN DM:
3699 S. Orlando Drive,
Sanford, FL, 32773 or
e-mail to
Chris.Cohen@hibbett.com.
Hibbett Sports conducts
drug testing.
www.hibbett.com


MODEL OME
bALI-3
Florida Heritage Realty
is looking for a self
motivated, licensed,
Salesperson to join our
sales staff selling our
models in Punta Gorda-
Villas at Burnt Store
Isles, Villa Grande,
Outlook Cove,
& Paradise. Must be a
member of PG-PC-NP
Board of Realtors
& be able to start
immediately.
Call Dennis for a
confidential interview
1-239-598-3555


2090 CHILD/ADULT
CARE NEEDED

Live In or visiting care
giver(s) for elderly man
needing total care.
Should be physically fit &
strong. 3 bedrm home in
Venice. Pay negotiable.
941- 726-6870 Iv mesg.

PRESCHOOL TEACHER
Clock hrs. CDA a must.
Benefits Avail.
(941)429-9677

2100 GENERAL

100 WORKERS NEEDED
Assemble crafts, wood
items Materials provided.
To $480+ wk. Free info
pkg 24 hr. 801-4284893

ADVANCE- learn Electron-
ics, Web Design, Game
Programming, Beginning
Computer, Office, Quick-
Books, English (2nd lan-
guage), Health Careers.
More. Short, inexpensive
evening classes NOW.
941-255-7500
CharlotteTechCenter.com

BIKINI DANCERS want-
ed for Sports Bar. 12am-
7pm. $1,000 sign-on
bonus. (941) 457-7077

Charlotte Behavioral
Health Care, Inc.
1700 Education Avenue
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Phone: (941) 639-8300
Fax: (941) 639-6831
Email:
resumes@cbhcfl.org
www.cbhcfl.org
Housekeeper
PT, 20 hours per week, M-
W. Need motivated per-
son with attention to
details. Clinical settings
cleaned per schedule. Will
be responsible for deep
cleaning, cleaning of con-
sumer rooms and work
will be divided among 3
locations on campus.
Minimum 1 year previous
cleaning experience
required, and physically
able to perform assigned
duties. Need valid & safe
Florida driver's license.
Must attend training.
Interested parties call
Steve Wynn @
941-347-6464 or email
swynn@cbhcfl.org
Drug Free Workplace


EARN $3200/MONTH
PROCESS HUD REFUNDS
HUD-INFO-HOTLINE
941-556-1300



HOLIDAY HELP
* Retail Stocking
* Labor
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Tamiami Tr. PC
941-629-2611

JOBS! JOBS! JOBS!
Check Our Opportunites!
www.shaveremployment.com

Program Manager for
Arcadia Main Street-must
be organized, excellent
verbal & written communi-
cation skills, Must be
energetic and work inde-
pendently. Call or Fax
resume to 863494-2020

SANTA'SELVES assemble
various crafts. Materials
provided. (801)4284664


NOTICES FINANCIAL
NOTICES


3015 HAPPY ADS


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PLACE YOUR
HAPPY AD FOR
ONLY $8.75
3 LINES 1 DAY
ADD A PHOTO
FOR AN ADDI-
TONAL SMALL
CHARGE.
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Pt. Charlotte
or
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Venice/N.Port
Englewood

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3020 PERSONALS

RACHEL'S PSYCHIC
READINGS
Rachel is a specialist in
psychic matters and
affairs of the heart. She
will not only help you with
your present problems,
but will unfold a path to
love, business careers,
separation/divorce, mar-
riage & reuniting loved
ones. CONSULT
RACHEL TODAY
941- 488-0548 or
Cell: 941- 544-6640
109 South Tamiami Tr
Nokomis. FL 34275
NEED A SOOTHING
TOUCH? Port Charlotte
Location 9am-5pm Spe-
cials. (941)-554-7141
ALONE?
SENIORS DATING
BUREAU! SAFEST since
1977! (Ages 45-90)
1-800-922-4477
24 hours, or log on to:
www.RespectedDating.com
Relaxation with
STACEY CIll Fo. Spi ls
941-237-1157

KRISTY
239-601-7777

MANDY
1/2 HR HOLIDAY
SPECIALS
(941)-879-2348

Julia in Venice
941441-0270

3060 SCHOOLS
& INSTRUCTION

*ED KLOPFER SCHOOLS
OF CNA TRAINING
1 or 2 wk class books incl
$249.00 941-379-2378
2 WEEK CNA Class $300
SPECIAL Books Included.
State testing onsite.
941-822-2273
Pharmacy Tech work-
shop. 6 week class,
$800, includes books
and national exam fee.
Next class 1/08/09, Call
Express toll free @
866-346-0660 or
expresstrainingservices.c
om/pharmacy
Phlebotomy workshop. 1
day workshop, hands-on
training. Next class
1/17/09,cost $200. Call
Express toll-free
866-346-0660 or
expresstrainingservices.c
om/phlebotomy

3070 BURIAL LOTS/
CRYPTS

2 side by side lots in
Venice Memorial Gardens,
$2000. (845)-735-7973
BURIAL Companion Crypt
@ 2 people, Royal Palm
Mem. P.G. $2000
941-629-5761

3090 LOST & FOUND

CALICO CAT FOUND, sm.
girl, Punta Gorda, Wash.
Loop, owner or home
SOON! 661-8024
Lost Black/white stripe
Female Cat in PC.
Reward. (941)-276-6741
Lost CAT Black/White
Tiger, white stripe on
nose, long hair, Answers
to Buffy, Lost in Pt. Char-
lotte off Meehan / Harbor
Blvd. Please call 941-
276-6741 REWARD
Lost Cat, Black with
bright green eyes. 12-
141bs. S. Gulf Cove Area
941-628-6236
LOST dog, brown/black
brindle mix, approx 11
mos. in North Port, near
Tropicare, Tues., 12/9.
Name 'Gator'. No collar.
Reward. (941)-8224657
LOST Yellow & white
gold wedding ring in
Port Charlotte/
Englewood area. Reward!
941-764-0814


4010 BUSINESS
OPPORTUNITIES

ECONOMY GOT YOU
DOWN? Get wealthier,
healthier & lead a better
life. Join our explosive
growth, dynamic compa-
ny with unlimited earning
potential Call 231-750-
2381 or 941-475-4150
for personal interview.
PUBLICALLY TRADED
CO. seeks motivated indi-
vidual. to market prod-
ucts that STOP the aging
of the skin. 6 figure
income potential. Serious
inquiries. To interview
call 1-800-260-9376

4080 LOANS/
MORTGAGES

Private Money for
Real Estate
1-877-346-0100
PRIVATE MONEY
Real Estate Only
625-7001 or 475-7755


5000







BUSINESS SERVI ES

An Occupational License
may be required by the
City and/or County.
Please call the appropri-
ate occupational licensing
bureau to verify.

5040 CARPET
SERVICES

CARPET LAM. VINYL
Sales, installs, repairs, 20
yrs. exp. in SW Fla. Lic. &
Ins. (941) 286-7299

5050 CHILD/ADULT
CARE

"Loving In-Home Caregiver"
CNA, 25yrs exp,
Engl-Venice-Nokomis-Sara
Call Linda (941)-237-8277
ALL CHILDCARE
FACILITIES MUST
INCLUDEWITH ADVER-
TISEMENT, STATE OR
LOCAL AGENCY LICENSE
NUMBER.
CAREGIVER, mature, loving
& patient, avail, FT/PT,
weekends. Experienced
Great references.
(941)468-1821 Leave msg
FLORIDA STATE LAW
requires all child care cen-
ters and day care busi-
nesses to register with
the State of Florida. The
Sun Newspapers will not
knowingly accept adver-
tising which is in violation
of the law.
LOVING MOMS OF N. PORT
has openings for your Tod-
dler Disc Reg/low prices.
941426-7794 or 429-5094

5053 COMPUTER
SERVICE

*1A+ COMPUTER REPAIR
TUTOR... IN YOUR HOME
Reasonable & Prompt!
Sr. Disc. 941-615-7888
Computer repairs,
upgrades, training & virus
removal. (941)-743-9787
or (941) 815-4692 cell.

RESUMES
FULL SERVICE
941-625-0853

5060 DOMESTIC
CLEANING SERV.
**LULU'S INTERIOR
(Hm & office) & EXTERIOR
Cleaning & lawn Maint.
Sr. Discounts 941-416-0975
Cleaning, It's my job, it
pays my bills. Lic, Bond-
ed. Detailed. Affordable.
17 Yrs Exp. References.
Call Marci 941-276-8979
PROF. House Cleaning 20
yrs expFree estimate.Dep
accepting new clients.
941-979-2248
SCRUB A DUB DUB
cleaning service
Venice, Englewood,
North Port
941-468-7643

5100 HOME & COMM.
IMPROVE.

*CONCRETE I
High Quality Low Price
Driveway, sidewalks, patios
LIC. & INS. FREE EST. 941-
497-0907 or 586-4512
A-Z Handyman,
Call Denny or Susie
941-468-3474
CARPENTER, INC. One
call does it all. Licensed &
insured. #RR0067689.
Phil 941-627-0657.


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5100 HOME & COMM.
IMPROVE.

CERAMIC tile installed
from $1 per sq ft.
Call now. 941- 769-TILE.

DAN THE HANDYMAN
I do it all with just one
call. Painting, Carpentry,
Anything? 941-697-1642

IMPERIAL HOME SERVICES
PRESSURE WASHING,
PAINTING,
HANDYMAN SERVICES
lic/ins 781-953-3786

JACK OF ALL TRADES,
No Job Too Big or Small.
CGC#A14379. Free Esti-
mates. (941)-623-3374

Quality Concrete Work at
a Very Affordable Price.
Driveways, Sidewalks,
Patios. Serving the area
25 yrs. (941)-780-5968

RETIRED FIREMAN'S
HANDYMAN SERVICE,
all your home improve-
ments and repairs. Afford-
able. (941)-6284-6777

Veterans Workforce, all
vets - Any and all work.
Dont regret - Hire a vet
941429-8520

5105 INSURANCE

Paying too much for
home owners insurance?
Get a wind mitigation
inspection and save$$$.
Best Home Inspection &
Construction Co. (941)-
391-5372 or 941- 809-
6473. Lic.#CGC038663

5110 LAWN/GARDEN
&TREE

! A+ Tree Cutting,
Stump Grinding,
Debris Loading &
Hauling. Local, 27 yrs.
Good work, very
reasonable prices
(941)-629-0020

*MARK DOUGLAS*
LAWN CARE
Mowing, Edging, Pruning,
Landscaping, Tree Trim-
ming, Seasonal, Annual,
Odd Jobs!
Call 941-234-2486
Mark Douglas - Venice
Native
Owner/Operator

f ALL P RO LAWN CARL
Now accepting new accts
Nokomis, Ven & Island. Lic
& Ins. For exc. lawn care)
Call 4884462 /'

An Occupational License
may be required by the
City and/or County.
Please call the appropri-
ate occupational licensing
bureau to verify

SANDEFUR'STREE
TRIMMING,
LANDSCAPING,
PRESSURE CLEANING
& MORE. 941-484-6042

TONY'S FULL SERVICE
LAWN CARE Now
accepting new accounts.
(941)-615-7061

5130 MOVING/HAULING

SKIP'S MOVING Local &
Long Dist. 1 item, whole
house! Fla. Movers Reg.#
IMl142 Lic/Ins 766-1740


5140 PAINTING/
WALLPAPERING

BEST PRICE FOR
QUALITY JOB!
Best Coast Painting
ResidentiaVCommercial
Ask aboutour Holiday


5160 PLUMBING

Think Plumbers are
to high? Give me a try!
Retired master plumber.
Lic. RF11067393
(941)-2044286

5180 PRESSURE
CLEANING

PRESSURE CLEANING,
We do it all. Call for free
estimates. CGC#A14379.
(941)-623-3374


5225 WINDOW
CLEANING

WINDOW WASHING
Residential & commercial
Call today for free est.
Sr. Disc. avail
440-781-7108

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6002 Englewood
6003 Lake Suzy
6004 Nokomis
6005 North Port
6006 Pt. Charlotte
6007 Punta Gorda
6008 Rotonda
6009 Sarasota
6010 South Venice
6011 Venice
6012 Out Of Area
6015 Flea Market
6020 Auctions
6025 Arts & Crafts
6027 Dolls
6030 Household
Goods
6040 TV/Stereo/Radio
6060 Computer Equip
6065 Clothing/
Jewelry
6070 Antiques/
Collectibles
6075 Fruits/Veges
6090 Musical
6095 Medical
6100 Health/
Beauty
6110 Trees &
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6120 Baby Items
6125 Golf
Accessories
6128 Exercise/
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6130 Sporting
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6135 Bikes/
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6138 Toys
6140 Photography/
Video
6145 Pool/Spa &
Supplies
6160 Lawn & Garden
6165 Storage Sheds
/Buildings
6170 Building Supplies
6180 Heavy Constr.
Equipment
6190 Tools/
Machinery
6220 Office/
Business Equip
& Sup.
6225 Restaurant
Supplies
6250 Appliances
6260 Misc. Mer-
chandise
6270 Wanted to Buy/
Trade

6001 ARCADIA AREA
GARAGE SALES

D1508 N Arcadia Ave
IFri & Sat. 8-? Variety
of everything, 2 Family
Garage Sale back yard

6002 ENGLEWOOD AREA
GARAGE SALES

-Fri-Sun. 7am-lpm.
11020 Kimberly Ave.
2 Family Sale! Toys, furn,
vehicles & so much more!

6004 NOKOMIS/OSPREY
GARAGE SALES

r-]SAT. only 9-2
Vermeer Dr. Sorrento
Woods NEW & OLD
Swords & knives,
Antiques, Military items,
collectables, watches, old
guns & Tons of misc.
items. Watch for signs!

6007 PUNTA GORDA AREA
GARAGE SALES

THURS., FRI. &
SAT. 9am-3pm,
2523 Rio Palermo
Ct. Moving sale- 50
years of accumula-
tions, tools, furniture,
sail & power boat sup-
plies & equip.(2 Asy
Spinnakers & 12ft/
22ft Whisker pole),
20K Ib 5th wheel &
other camping gear,
Kevlar canoe, tandem
bike, Scuba gear &
much more. (941)-
505-8867

6008 ROTONDA AREA
GARAGE SALES

D-Thur-Sat 10-3 141
Spur Dr. Cartop Car-
rier, Exercise Machine &
Misc Household items

6010 S.VENICE AREA
GARAGE SALES

4970 Kent Rd, 8:00
S.Venice. All kinds of
things A to Z. Priced to
sale til its gone.
FRI & SAT, 8- 3, 161
IDragon Rd. Off Gen-
tian, something for every-
one, NO EARLY BIRDS.
SAT 8AM
3680 STERLING RD
Huge Sale! Lots of xmas,
Ant. furn, Etc. All like new

6011 VENICE AREA
GARAGE SALES

Mon. - Sat. 10-5pm
227 Miami Ave W
BUTTERCUP COTTAGE
MOVING SALE
50% OFF EVERYTHING
941-(941)-484-2222
Sat 8-1PM


255 Hillview Rd Venice
Kids Clothes, Toys,
Games, Movies, Etc.


6011 VENICE AREA
GARAGE SALES




SocIe
Suncoast
Humane
Society
will have "Adorable
Adoptables" at our
Store sat. Dec. 20th
10AM-2PM.
Also 20 Off Sale on
donated white tag
items. 9AM-4:30PM
Thrift Store at
656 S Tamiami Trail,
Venice, Rialto
Shopping Center
(941)-480-9811






6020 AUCTIONS

HUGE
ESTATE
AUCTION



Roseville, Rookwood,
McCoy cookie jars, real
carnival glass, estate sil-
ver and gold jewelry, cos-
tume, vintage toys, cut
crystal, collectibles,
antique furnishings, prof.
sewing machines/Serg-
ers, art, books, more.
See Website For Photos
www.sarasota
auction.com
Prevew 4PMDay OfSale

Sarasota
Auction
625 N. Trail, Nokomis
Jeff Carlson Auctioneer
AB896, AU1299
12% BP, Cash, Chk, CC
485-3141

VISIT THE
VENICE AUCTION
EVERY THURSDAY AT
5:15PM
SEE OUR WEBSITE FOR
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9414854964
JOE LARAVIERE AB2444 AU3066
10% BP

6025 ARTS AND
CRAFTS

ATTENTION HISTORY
LOVERS: The Home-
steaders: Early Settlers of
Nokomis and Laurel,
Revised Edition (ISBN
978-0-557-03154-2) by
Joan Berry (published
Dec. 2008) is now avail-
able at Lulu.com Author
may be contacted at fox-
fire08@rocketmail.com

6030 HOUSEHOLD
GOODS

NEED CASH

We Buy Quality
Home Furnishings,
Coins, jewelry,
antiques, autos or
anything of value!
941-485-4964

A FURNITURE SHOPPE
1552 S. McCall Rd., Engl.
Selling Quality Used Fum.
M-F 10-4. 941-473-1986
2 Lazy Boy Rocker Reclin-
ing chairs, beige
$150. 941-475-1365.
Bed, Queen Mattress and
Box. Brand New - will sell
$175. Local 941-629-
5550 or 941-456-5555.
Also have KING.
Bed - Mattress/Box. New -
will sell $100. Local 941-
629-5550/941-456-5555.
BR SET: 7 pc. king sz,
French Prov. style, $595.
(941) 637-3772.
CHAISE lounge, double,
yellow microfiber, like
new, retail $3250, asking
$1500. 941-916-4016,
916-4017
DINING RM SET Oval table
4 uphol chairs, hutch /curio
$385. 9414922069
DINING rm set, table, 2
leaves, 8 chairs, china
cab., oak, $650/obo.
Bedrm set, single bed, 3
dressers (1 w/mirror),
oak, $350/obo. 941457-
4667
DINING ROOM SET
wrought iron Like new
cond. $250. (941)-235-
9839
Dining room table, oak,
oval, 42x46 w/pedastool
bottom, leaf, & 4 uphol-
stered chairs, exc. cond.
$350. (941)474-4727
DINING TABLE - Rattan,
solid wood, 3' Square w/


leaf on each end to (5')
4 uphol, 2 Capt. chairs,
1 accent table glass
top/bottom, & blue oval
braded rug All for $425
(941)-627-6211
DINING room table, 6
chairs, Ethan Allan, $500.
(941)-637-8881
DR Set 10 Pc oval 8chrs
china cab, slight dam,
$450. (941) 637-3772.


6030 HOUSEHOLD
GOODS

ENT. CTR wall unit, 4 pcs,
2 flat, 2 angled, pecan
colored, $250. 639-3469
FAM/LR set: sofa, love
seat, arm chair, ottoman,
4 matching pillows,
$495. (941) 637-3772.
KITCHEN table (Formica),
6 chairs, $50; antique
dresser, $50; futon,
$125. (941)-286-7347
LIVING RM SET Rattan,
Sofa Bed, 2 end tables,
coffee table 3 stack
tables, Ent. ctr for 27"
TV $275. BEDROOM
SET white wicker QN. w/
2 night stands, dresser-
SOLD everything in
1 day!IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII'
MOVING - alum. shutters,
plywood, twin bedrm.
sets, chandeliers + lots
more. (941)-625-5783




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Oak din. rm. table and 6
fabric chairs $400.00
5ft desk and chair, $450
value for $120.
Call for more info. 628-
6954
PATIO SET - Bar Height
Wrought iron, round
glass top w/ 4 chairs
Brand new $175.
201-280-1586 Punta Gorda
Sectional Couch $200,
Loveseat $100, Recliner
$25 (419)-651-9104
SLEEPER sofa, like new,
$165; Bamboo frame
sofa,$65. 941-429-5558
SOFA & LOVESEAT Broy-
hill, Ex cond. $400. (941)-
697-6901
SOFA, Sectional w/ reclin-
ers at each end. Only lyr
old Pd. $2400. A Steal at
$425. (941)-474-7960
Sofa, Sleeper Queen
Leather, cream $225
(941)-625-9944
Sofa, white leather, sleep-
er. Good Cond. $155
941-497-6654
Toddler bed, firetruck, Ex
cond. mattress incl.
$100. (941)-624-2990
TV, 29" Zenith, $65; Jack
LaLannes Juicer, $55;
WANTED: sharks teeth &
jewelry (941)-426-2811
Twin bed, $50. Glass top
table $25. Micro. TV
table, $10. Small dryer
$10. (941)-423-0988

6040TV/STEREO/
RADIO

2, 27" Zenith Sentury 2
color TV w/remote &
manual, like new $75
each both $125. (941)-
473-1730
20" TV Brand New
$45.00
941-627-9722
27" Sony Triniton TV
wood cab. Dark oak,
48x53 Zenith DVT tuner,
Panasonic VCR + tapes,
$300. all (941)-626-6827
36 inch RCA, Excellent
Condition. $75 941-624-
0648 or 941-661-7434
36" TOSHIBA COLOR TV
$125. Black TV stand
$45 (941)-627-6023
36"Sony TV w/digital con-
verter box matching glass
door stand, like new,
$150. (941) 627-0392.
52" RCA Projection TV
WORKS GREAT! $100
(941-735-5541
CB Equip. 3 radios, 1 lin-
ear, meter, extras, $100
(941)-697-7245
Sound System, Pioneer, 2
Ig spkrs, 2 sm spkrs,
player & receiver, $150/
obo.(231)-590-6600
TV, 57" HD Toshiba, rear
projection, exc. cond. +
bonus DVD player, $250.
(941)-698-1653

6060 COMPUTER
EQUIPMENT

#941-629-6337 Dave in-
house-office computer
repair, set-up Serving
Charlotte Co. 9+ years
733mhz i paq 192mb RAM
6.4gb HD, monitor, WinXP
$90/obo 941-6974355
COMPUTER DESK, Solid
oak, Roll top, Ex cond.
$600 (941)-697-6901


Computer station, Busch,
corner unit 47x47,
straight unit 59 1/2", new
$1250 sell $450. (941)-
214-8786
DELL COMPUTER, like
new with Lexmark printer,
$300. SOLD!
DELL NOTEBOOK w/
winXP, Pent. 4, wireless,
90day warranty. $299.
(941)-228-5533


6060 COMPUTER
EQUIPMENT

HP PENTIUM IV laptop.
2Gb Ram 140Gb HD.
OBO $250. Works fine
276-1956
LAPTOPS (2), Dell P3,
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6065 CLOTHING/
JEWELRY

14kt Gold Chain box
style, $40.
(941)-740-2152
Diamond Engagement
ring lect white gold.
$1500/obo 941-237-1866
DIAMOND Engagement
Ring, 17 cluster dia-
monds, .43 cts, 14k gold
Below appraisal $250
obo. 941-391-5295.
Men's suits & sport coats,
brand new, details. 941-
769-0828

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6070 ANTIQUES
COLLECTIBLES

ALWAYS BUYING
Sterling Silver, Quilts.
Paintings, Furniture.
NEW ENGLAND
ANTIQUES
(941) 639 -9338
NORTH PORT COINS
IS BUYING
Turn Your Old Coins into
Cash, We are Buying US &
Foreign Coins, Old Paper
Money & All Bullion Gold &
Silver in any cond. Also Buy-
ing All Gold Jewelry Used or
Broken. North Port Coins
14291 Tamiami TrlI
(Winn Dixie Shopping Cen-
ter) or call 941-240-5560
WAR SOUVENIRS
Appraised or purchased.
Denny @ 941-244-2333
US 17 Antique Mall
5260 Duncan Rd. (US17)
941- 347-8044
M -S 10-4, Sun. 11-4
50s Style Diner Corner
Booth w/table, 4 chairs
$400. Plus doll coll. &
50s memorabilia
941-485-3133
Prestine Postcards,
100 yrs. old. Mainly of
New England Area.
$5.- $20/ea
941-496-4014
1950's Lionel Train Sta-
tions #256 & #356
$40/ea (941)-391-5260
Wanted: Old Toys, Trains,
Slot cars, etc. (239)-997-
2298 or (239)-340-6434
Earnhardt Jr&Sr Nascar
collection, $400 all; will
separate,great Christmas
gift. (941) 916-4486.
Golf Cart Club Car
Very Good Condition
Includes Electric Charger
$500.00 941-475-6482

Whirlpool washer GE
dryer both top of line $75
ea or $125 both 941-
473-0203

6090 MUSICAL


DRUM SET, Large, Union
brand, Ideal Christmas
present! $150. or make
offer. 863-494-3777
GUITAR, Ibanez Artwood
accoustic, exc. cond.
$190. (941)474-7351
Guitar, Yamaha, left hand
w/hard case, model
FG412L, $275. (941)-
639-3332
ORGAN Roland AT60R
Atelier Like new $2700
(941)492-2069


6090 MUSICAL

TOMMY, From THE ROCK
BAND TESLA, giving
guitar lessons in the
Port Charlotte area.
941-276-8483

6095 MEDICAL

FOLD & GO, 4 wheel elec.
scooter, exc. cond. $700
obo. (941)493-6215
Jazzy Power chair, 6 mo.
warranty. Used 2 mo,
cost $5K, $1300 Lift
Avail.(941)-421-6836
LIFT CHAIR SEALY w/ heat
& massage. Like new
$475 941-766-1276
Platform Lift for rear of
vehicle. Will hold a wheel
chair or scooter up
to 2001bs. $300
*SOLD*
INVACARE Elect.
Wheelchair Joy stick,
used 3 weeks, User
lost sight Great Gift for
Christmas. $550/obo
(941)-629-0229.

6100 HEALTH/BEAUTY

Be The BIGGEST On Line
Looser of 2009!
Join our fun on line 12 week
weight loss challenge from
the convenience of your
own home. You get personal
coaching and nutritional
info.
THE TOP 3 Losers win
cash prizes!
Challenge starts Jan. 5th.
www.GDCweightloss.com or
call 866-723-8914

6110TREES & PLANTS

COCONUT PALMS,
Queen Palms, Oaks,
E Pulatka holly.
(941)-474-0527
Viburnum, Eugenia, Good
privacy hedge, Boganvil-
ia, Mahoe Hibiscus tree,
Coconut, Many other
palms. 941-488-7291

6120 BABY ITEMS

Highchair, $15. Playpen,
$40. Changing table $15.
Potty $5. Crib bedding
set $60. (941)497-5421
Toddler bed, firetruck, Ex
cond. mattress incl.
$100. (941)-624-2990

6125 GOLF
ACCESSORIES

Club Ca,r gas Golf Cart,
$2,000. Ft. Ogden, FL
(863)-303-1273
EZ GO Utility Gas Golf
Cart, needs TLC $500
863-990-0492
Golf Clubs, 1 set of mens
$75. 1 set of women
$50. Cart & Bag incl.
(941)-639-3332
LH Ping irons & putter,
Titleist driver, 3 wood, 1
iron, 5 IW w/bag. $250
obo. (941)-743-5196
Pull Golf Cart, w/big
wheels, $25. Golf bag,
dark green, $25. Exc.
cond. (941)-244-0049
While they last 2004
high speed EZ Gos
$1495 + tax. (
941)-625-7969

6128 EXERCISE/
FITNESS

Gazelle Tony Little Edge,
exc. cond. $75. (941)
286-5601
Total Gym, model
11,000, $250.
(941)-639-3332
Treadmill, Sears, fold up,
like new, seldom used,
$150. (941)-625-7890

6130 SPORTING
GOODS

Civil War, WWII Guns,
Swords, Daggers, etc.
Wanted. Paying up to
$900 for G.I. 45's &
German Lugers
(941)705-5145

FLORIDA CONCEALED
Weapons Permit Class I
(941)697-1885

GUN SHOW
Dec. 27 & 28
Sat 9-5 & Sun 9-4
Charlotte County
Fairgrounds
2333 El Jobean Rd.
Port Charlotte
BUY-SELL TRADE
NEW/USED
FREE Parking
Carry Permit Class
2 GUYS SHOWS
727-776-3442

JOHN WAYNE (THE
DUKE)CCOMMEMORA-
TIVE WINCHESTER
RIFLE IN BOX.1400$
941-716-0204
LEUPOLD #896 Target
spotting scope, Ex cond.
$500 firm. others to choose
from 9414964014


Multi station home gym, 7
stations, $350. 941- 916-
4016, 916-4017
New Shotgun in case
w/ammo. Charles Davis,
$3200BO 941-875-0809
Pistol, Taurus PT-22,
small auto, new, $225.
(941)-966-3968
POOL TABLE, regulation,
1 1/4" slate, brand new,
$950. (941)-497-6340


6130 SPORTING
GOODS
POOL TABLE still in box.
Solid wood. K66 rails.
Leather pockets, $1250
Can deliver & set up.
(239)-333-8500
Quality. 22 pistols, rifle.
$250 and up.
941-637-7993
Reels- Penn, Diawa,
Okuma w/rods, good
cond. None over $60.
Before 9p 941-625-1952
Remington model 700,
22-250 cal. heavy barrel,
nikon 6.5 to 20 scope,
$800. (941)-575-4360
Ruger super blackhawk
.44 mag. 4.5" barrel, SS,
exc. cond. low rounds,
$500 941-807-0068.
SAVAGE riffel Over/under
20ga, .22 cal. Ex cond.
$350 (941)-223-2142

Rainguard, Prodiamond
reticle 3" eye relief 2007
$100firm 941-473-4935

6135 BICYCLES/
TRICYCLES

1 means & 1 ladies 18
speed 26 inch mountain
bikes like new $100 for
both sold sold
2 Schwinn bikes: 10-spd
27" men's, 26" women's,
need tires $20/ea. (941)
627-0392.
20" BMX Bicycle. Like
new cond. $250 (941)-
426-9644 or 321-2422
20" BOYS BIKE $25.
NICE BIKE

3 older Bikes, single
speed, Reconditioned,
recession priced $30-$50
Call me (941)-661-4065
Bike, Boys Mountain, 26"
lO0spd Like new $65
(941)-697-7442
BOYS MOUNTAIN BIKE
'TREK" 24", 18spd, Sil-
ver/blue in great cond w/
manual. $100/firm
(941)-629-2717
His & hers bikes $75/ea,
Jogger's Stroller $65
Ladies bike $75 626-3102

6138 TOYS

John Deere Tractor w/
front bucket. 12V. Like
new. $100. 474-0109
Playstation 2 games, 15
for $40. (941)-697-7245
Sega genesis, sega
nomad, games + extras,
$125. (941)-697-7245
Wii Fit Brand New $150
941-474-6158.

6145 POOL/SPA/
& SUPPLIES

Moving must sell 18'x4'
above-ground pool, new
pump $250 You dismnt,
remove (941)916-4486.

6160 LAWN & GARDEN

#1 Riders & Push, sales
& service, used parts,
trade in's welcome. Save
big! (941)-268-0917
42" MTD Riding mower, 17.5
HP used 8 times. EXC.
CdND. best offer over. (941)
626-7501.
$600
CRAFTMAN RIDER 42"cut
Great cond. $250.
(941)-575-2638 Iv msg
Lounge chair, PVC
w/plush waterproof cush-
ion $50 (941)-639-4044
Mulching Lawn Mower
21" 4.5hp $50
(941)-639-4044
Rider Mower $395. Push
$90 Honda Self-prop
$225. 941-626-3102

6165 STORAGE SHEDS
/BUILDINGS

Build a Shed $900 doors,
windows, straps, etc $495.
or trade 941-626-3102

6170 BUILDING
SUPPLIES

Alum. Hurricane Pannels
44"xl5.5" $10/ea
941-743-0678
Alum. Hurricane Pannels
86"x16" $20/ea
941-743-0678
DESIGNER LAMINATED
FLOORING- Never used
30% thicker. $.79 sq. ft.
Must sell 239-3344839
FLOOR tiles/Travertine
18" x 18", 135 SF. $200.
(941)460-1735
WOOD flooring, BRUCE
Engineered, 1/4" x 3",
lue or staple. 225 SF.
225. (941)-460-1735

6190 TOOLS/
MACHINERY

10" Craftsman Bandsaw,
Like New $125 (863)-
494-3929


14 DRAWER heavy duty
snap on Craftsman tool
storage $155. Miter saw
table saw 4x36x6 disc
sander large vise $45 ea.
Others $10-$15-$20-
$25. Recip saw $20.
Grinders $12-$18-$22.
Scroll saws $20-$25.
941-255-0048.
4" Craftman Jointer/Plan-
er Like New $125 (863)-
494-3929


6190 TOOLS/
MACHINERY

Concrete Mixer $450,
Generators (2) $250 &
$350 (941)-286-5228

6220 OFFICE/BUSINESS
EQUIP. SUPPLIES

Brand New Black Finish
Professional Super mesh
office chair. Retail $650,
asking $262.99 (941)-
743-2533
HUNDREDS OF Pre-
owned desks, files, chairs,
conf tables, workstations.
OFFICE OUTFITTERS
881 E Venice Ave., Venice
485-7015, 800-330-9215

6231 BIRDS

Parakeets and Cages
Parakeets $10. w/cage
$25. 941-627-9722

Parrot Outreach
Society
We will accept the bird
that you can no longer
care for. We also
adopt out to approved
homes. Small para-
keets and cockatiels
to large parrots.and
macaws.
Pam 941-815-0879
Patricia 575-7702

Severe Macaw, 2 yrs. old,
talks well, w/nice cage.
$475/all. 941-624-2296

6232 CATS

Fishermans Village,2,
6mo. old boys, 1, 2yr.
old female, 1, 2mo. old
perfect Christmas
present. 941-639-1761
or 863494-0289

6233 DOGS

$450 SHIH-TZU Pup-
pies Ready now! 9wks,
1 male black & white
2 White/Tan males
parents on prem. CKC
registered. All shots,
health cert. Beautiful
marking, Potty
trained. Great person-
alities, A Must see!
Leslie or Jerry 941-
483-4270
or 426-9009

7mths M Shih Tzu, Gold &
WH All shots, 11mths
Heart worm, $400 (863)-
7734403 941-268-2179
Akita/Lab Puppys $50
Adorable, Blue eyes,
8wks (941)-228-0602
Aussie Toy & Mini, all col-
ors, Health Certi. Call for
prices (863)-990-6839
Austrialian Shephard
Pups.AKC Reg.Champion
Bloodlines.639-5267
Basset Hound pups, 8
wks, 2M & IF. (941)-639-
4267
Beautiful Mini
Dashaund. 1 Year old
Female. Paper trained.
Spaded. Has all shots
up to date. HAS
papers.$200.00 call
941-626-7711
Best Friends Dog
Training in conjunction
with EARS Animal
Rescue Sanctuary and
PawZazz will be
conducting
dog obedience
training for dogs 6
months and up and
puppy classes for
puppies under 5
months.
EARS Fosters Free.
Pre-registration required
as class sizes are
limited. For more
information and to sign
up, contact Dawn at:
941-475-6305 or
sunshine077@verizon.net
Chihuahua male 1 yr.
neutered all shots, potty
trained, 295 "Due to my
health" (941)-637-9223
Do you have time on
your hands? EARS Ani-
mal Rescue Sanctuary
needs you. Volunteer
for a few hours or a
day. Help with events,
in the EARS office,
fundraising, or work
with the cats in
PawZazz for Pets. We
also need fosters to
keep our "pets in wait-
ing for adoption".
We have something to
interest everyone.
Give us a call, we
would love to talk to
you are the many
opportunities we have
available to help the
animals.
941-475-0636 or
866-781-EARS

DOBERMAN pups, AKC,
Reds & Blacks, parents
on site, taking deposits,
$600&up. 941-345-3184
ENG. MASTIFF pups ready
now/xmas parents on pres.
$800 941-681-1051
French Bulldog, male
fixed 6yrs old. good
w/kids & animals. $350.


941-626-2999
Jack Russell Puppies, 2
Female $300. Call aft 9
(941)-505-8018
JUST IN Time for XMAS
PRESA CANARIO pups,
protection & family pets.
M & F, shots, $300.
(941)-492-3733
Maltese Tiny treasure, ice
white coat, condo size,
$595. (941)-423-7319


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6233 DOGS

Mini Pincher Male, 2yrs
Great Lap dog, Paper
trained, Fixed, Orig $400
w/papers. $300
941-380-6103
Poodle Tiny Toy, female
9wks. black & white,
pre-spoiled, $475
(941)-423-7319


PUGGLES PUPPIES. 2
Females 1 Male-Xmas
Present, over 700...now
$475 tydatank@aol.com
941-697-2079
Puppies, Black Mouth Cur
mix, 8wks. w/shots. Free!
**ADOPTED*


Rare Brussels Griffons
ACA, 2M. $400 each
or $600 for both.
**SOLD**"
RAT TERRIERS - AKC
reg., shots, adorable.
In time for Christmas.
$300 (863) 234-2234
YORKIE PUPPIES 1M/1F
AKC, Health Cert. $550.
ea. 815-2005/815-1378
YORKIES: 2 FEMALE Tea
Cup & 1 Male Tea Cup
Yorkie, AKG Reg. up to
date shots. $1300 &
$1600 each. Call after
5pm, 941-628-2917.

6234 MISC. PETS

2 FERRETS with large
cage, needs good home.
$185. 941-697-6512.
55 Gal. Freshwater Aquar-
ium w/stand. Fish, filters,
lights, and local delivery
included $2500BO0 Call
941-625-8098

CHIHUAHUA PUPS! CKC,
papered, Vet Cert. 3 M,
1 F. Ready 12/19/08.
Call 941-916-5013.
SUGAR GLIDER hand
tamed, very cute. Must
see $150. 941-809-2199

6235 LIVESTOCK

AQUHA Mare, $1800
wormed & shots up to
date. (863)-990-6839
New Hntr/Jmpr Show
Barn has limited open-
ings for Jan/Feb 2009.
Located in S. DeSoto
County just off 1-75.
Contact Cindy-
941-204-7003 or
halmont@cindyhalsey.com


Across
1. Capitol feature
5. Overthrow, e.g.
10. Accomplished
14. Father of Balder
15. Angler's gear
16. Contemptible one
17. Bungle, with "up"
18. Exams
19. Exude
20. Youngsters attend-
ing school
23. Catch, in a way
24. "Idylls of the King"
character
25. Type of salts
28. Commonly rented
item
30. Church song
34. Jams
36. Long, long time
38. "Flying Down to
39. Absence of con-
cern for the welfare of
others
43. "Walking on Thin
Ice" singer
44. "Star Trek" rank:
Abbr.
45. Writer Charlotte or
Emily _
46. Someone who
sows
49. Oolong, for one
51. Accumulate
52. Finger, in a way
54. 18-wheeler
56. Safe areas for
pedestrians
62. 100 cents
63. Euripides drama
64. "Mi chiamano
Mimi," e.g.
66. Biblical shepherd
67. That is, in Latin
68. Ball field covering
69. Detective's need
70. "Cut it out!"
71. The America's Cup
trophy, e.g.


6236 PET SUPPLIES
& SERVICES

BIRD CAGE 32"Wx64Lx6'
H, Dbl cage for Parrots
$400 (941)-505-8018

6250 APPLIANCES

$40 SERVICE CALL The
Areas most trusted Appli-
ance Repair Service, serv-
ing PC, N.P. EngI, Venice.
We can fix it! 941473-9484
Beverage cooler, 18-20
bottle capacity, $65.
Dorm fridge w/freezer
$43. (941)-575-0273
Dryer, GE, Excellent
Cond. $100
sold!!!!!
Freezer, Upright,
Heavy duty $200
(941)-764-9426
GE Electric Stove with 2
ovens $100 (863)494-
3929
MICROWAVE, GE Space-
maker, nearly new. $25.
GE above stove
microwave, excellent,
$75. Kenmore dishwash-
er, very good cond. $95.
Hamilton Beach counter
top oven, nearly new,
$10. (941)-875-8000
REF. Kenmore side-by-
side, 1 1/2 yrs old, nice.
$425. (941)-234-3279
Ref., Amana, 27 cf, SXS,
white, water & ice, works
exc. Good cond. $150.
(941)-286-5601
Stove, GE Very Good
Cond. Harvest Gold $65
(941)-575-7102
Stove, Sears Kenmore,
Black, self cleaning flat
glasstop surface $200
(941)-423-2431
W/D $395 Dryer $95
Frig $175 Dishwasher
$40. 941-626-3102.
WASHERS/DRYERS
$139. each or
$270. Set
1 Year Warranty.
941-766-0226
Washer & dryer, front
loader, good cond. $200
both/obo. * * SOLD* *
Ken Washer & Dryer $100ea
* Upright Freezer $85
* GE Range $100
* Refridg $125
(941)-492-6698
Water Htr, Rinnai-New in
box. Propane Tankless
R94EP 9.4 gal PM (Retail
$1350) $800.
941-855-1529

ADVERTISE!


Down
1. Title anciently given
to the pope
2. Horace volume
3. Catchall abbr.
4. Cover asif with a
shroud
5. Bar, legally
6. Staggered
7. Kind of computer
architecture
8. Exactly
9. Gum
10. Butting heads
11. Crude dude
12. Idle
13. "Our Time in "
(10,000 Maniacs
album)
21. ...lan
22. Back talk
25. Character
26. Baby grand, e.g.
27. Short-horned
dark-coated goat
antelope
29. Frost lines


6260 MISCELLANEOUS

Fresh FLORIDA Jumbo
SHRIMP ARRIVING
NOW @ $5.50/ LB & UP
FL FRESH STONE CRAB
CLAWS Lg only no lights!
$6.50/up 941-623-2100

4.5" Reflector telescope
Ex cond. $150. (941)-
493-2542

7.5' Mountain Pine Xmas
tree. really thick & wide.
$30/obo (941)-743-0678

CURTAINS: (4) orchid (1)
Lime Green,(4) Orchid &
green Beaded, From Pen-
nys Green pillow, purple
lamp all $55; (4) S. Pole
Jeans Size 32, S. Pole
Sweater $50/all; Qn Matt.
Exc. $75 (941)-575-4290

Honda Generator $495.
Powr Washer $100/$150
gas/ele.941-626-3102

KING Pillow top mattress
lyr old$100; 26" TV,
$100 (941)-475-1595

POOL Baracuda $150;
Metal Room divider $125;
Paddle Boat 4 per $50
Telescope w/tripod $100
Snorkel equip, incl. dingy
$50. (941)474-2144

R. CONTROL TRUCK $50.
Table saw $85. Propane
heater $25. 268-8451.

6270 WANTED TO
BUY/TRADE

A COLLECTOR BUYING-
GOLD & SILVER. JEWELRY
& COINS, wristwatches &
pocket watches, working
or not. Knives, swords,
weapons, military & fire
dept. Cigarette lighters &
collectibles (941)412-9391

AUTOS WANTED!
Let me take the hassle
out of selling your car.
Cash Offered Today!
Call Mike 941-713-2277

Cash for Estates,
Sterling Silver, Gold,
Coins, Furniture,
Paintings Anything
Old 993-8587

A COLLECTOR BUYING
Old Fishing Lures,
Rods, Reels. 941-743-
9114 I PAY THE MOST!

Kitchen table, octagon
shape, White wash wood
w/leaf (941)-423-2431
I Classified Works!


31. "Gladiator" setting
32. Catalogs
33. He took two
tablets
35. "Didn't I tell you?"
37. Colo. neighbor
40. Go before
41. Excitement
42. Propose as a can-
didate
47. Enclose complete-
ly
48. Churchill's "so
few": Abbr.
50. Gauge
53. Ape
55. Carry away, in a
way
56. Blue hue
57. Bumpkin
58. Length x width, for
a rectangle
59. "I had no !"
60. Attraction
61. "Your majesty"
65. 30-day mo.


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TRANSPORTATION


7020 BUICK

1990 Riviera, Xtra Clean,
3.8 litre 3800 V6,
Loaded. 91K orig miles
$3800 (941)-629-9861

1999 LeSabre, All
Power, Leather, Cold
Air, 105K $2200
(941)-626-3230

2000 LeSabre Limited, 1
ownr, FL car, Leather,
81K. Loaded. "Buyer's
Choice'$5,395.575-7843

2003 LeSabre, 32k mi.
1 owner, leather,
extra clean, $10,500.
(941)4934739
www.billbuckchevrolet.com

2003 Rendezvous CXL,
top of line, Ex clean 78K,
$6,150. 941423-8390

7030 CADILLAC

1995 EL DORADO 136K
MILES, NORSTAR,
NEEDS SOME LOVE,
NEW FRONT TIRES AND
BATTERY, $1800 OBO
CALL
941-286-8340

2000 Deville, Wht, 66K,
'Buyer's Choice' RE
DUCED to $5,659. Runs
New. (941)-575-7843

2001 CADILLAC Cat-
era, V6, On Star, Bose
stereo. Loaded.
Leather Exc. cond.
48,800 mi. $6900.
941-473-9838

2002 Sedan DeVille,
loaded, very clean, Flori-
da car, 61k mi. $7,950
941-979-6234

2002 STS, Beautiful
Cashmere, Fully loaded,
$9995 (941)-639-5792

7040 CHEVROLET

1983 Monte Carlo, all
original, nice int., runs
good, classic, $1,495.
(941)-255-0097

1997 Lumina LTZ, 25K,
lower miles! Loaded LTZ
model, local trade in.
$5,500 9414934739
www.billbuckchevrolet.com

7050 CHRYSLER

2000 Sebring Conv JX V6
AC, 20-26 MPG, VG cond
$4495. 941-626-7682.


7070 FORD 7110 OLDSMOBILE


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7080 JEEP

1995 Cherokee,
immaculate, Runs
Perfect! New tires &
Brakes $2,200.
(302)-354-5342 or
(941)-467-4577
1997 Wrangler, 1 owner,
4 cyl, Auto, AC, Looks/
runs new. 'Buyer's Choice'
$6995. 941-575-7843
1999 Wrangler, 1 owner, 6
cyl, 5 spd, AC, Wht/Tan,
New tires 'Buyer's Choice'
$7,995. 941-575-7843
2007 JEEP WRANGLER
X, 4 Dr., Soft Top, V6,
Auto, Upgraded Panel,
Lifetime Tire Warranty,
25,500 mi., AM/FM/CD
$16,750. 941-766-0594

7085 LEXUS



2002 SC430, Blue, Xtra
Clean, Must See.
$24988 1-800-771-1576



2005 LS430, Black,
Loaded, Xtra Clean,
Must See. $27988
1-800-771-1576

7090 LINCOLN

1995 Lincoln Towncar,
Only 73k mi, Garaged,
Looks & Drives New!
$4,500. (941)-504-2811



2003 Town Car, Rare
Cartier, 1 Owner,
Must See. $12988
1-800-771-1576
2004 Towncar, ultimate
model, 1 owner, 35k mi.
Immaculate! $15,500
(941)493-4739
www.billbuckchevrolet.com
2005 Town Car Signature
Series. Clean, Low Miles
$13850 941-587-2896

7110 OLDSMOBILE

1988 OLDS, 4 door,
$1500. Call 941-625-
4731 bet. 8am-7pm.
1994 Cutlass S Wagon,
garage kept, very clean,


2003 Alero 4cyl all
power, great cond.
$5500 (941)-276-7948

7130 PONTIAC

2003 Sunfire Sporty
Coupe, 52K, auto, power
pack, sunroof, 1 owner,
$7250. 9414934739
www.billbuckchevrolet.com

7135 SATURN

1999 SATURN SL 4dr,
Auto, Cold AC, all origin-
gal, fully loaded, ex cond.
$2600. 941-467-2602

PRO-POWER
AUTO SALES
(941) 627-8822
USED SATURN SALES
PARTS & SERVICE
"THE SATURN GUYS"
03 VUE Bronze..... $6,995
02 SW2 Wagon......$5295
02 SL1 Sedan...... $5,295
02 SL2 Sedan.......$3395
00 SL2 Sedan ......$2,995
97 SL2 Sedan.......$2,795
96 SL2 Sedan......$2,295
01 SC2 Coupe......$4,495
01 SC2 Coupe......$3,495
99 SC2 Coupe.$3,695
98 SC1 Coupe...... $2,995
All rated over 30 MPG


7148 BMW

1998 328 IC Cony. 1
Owner. Silver / Black. 86
k. 5 sp $8995 276-4233

7160 HONDA

2006 CIVIC LX 4DR,
Black, PW/PL, CD, AC,
35k miles, $9,950.
(717)-314-6443

I BUY HONDAS!
Any Shape, Any Cond!
Any Year!
(941)-286-4599

7175 JAGUAR



2002 XK conv, Blue, Xtra
Clean. Must See.
Blowout Price $21988
1-800-771-1576



2002 XK Coupe, White 1
Ownere 22K miles Xtra
Clean. $36988
1-800-771-1576



2004 XJ8 White Loaded,
Low Miles. Xtra Clean
$19988 1-800-771-1576



2005 XJ BDP topaz Only
35K w/NAV Miles 1
Owner $30988
1-800-771-1576


7180 MAZDA

1996 Miata, 1 ownr, 25K
mi. 5 spd, AC, Stereo,
MINT. 'Buyer's Choice'
$6995. (941)-575-7843
2000 MPV LX, 68K,
clean, $5,250/obo non
smoker, (941)-637-3922
2001 MAZDA Miata 5 spd
25-30 MPG, blue ox base
plate. 941-268-5655.
2002 Miata MX5, Special
Edition Conv. 55K mi,
Light Blue w/black top. Ex
Cond. $13K (863)-491-
0674

7190 MERCEDES

1998 C230, 1 Owner,
Nicest Anywhere, Near
Perfect, $6495 276-4233
1998 SL500, 23,500
mi., show room cond.
Both tops. Car fax &
records. Ruby Metallic w/
Parchment Lthr. Bose
sound sys. $88K new,
$21,500. **SOLD**



2002 C240 Black, 39K
miles, A Gem of a car.
$16988 1-800-771-1576



2003 CLK 320 Silver,
Xtra clean, Must See.
$18988 1-800-771-1576



2008 Smart For Two
Passion, AC, 2K miles,
Blue, 1 Owner,
Xtra Clean $14988
1-800-771-1576

7195 MITSUBISHI

I** a rm -21


7210 TOYOTA

1998 Camry LE, 1 owner,
auto, power pack, just
serviced, extra clean,
$4500. 941-493-4739
www.billbuckchevrolet.com
2003 Corolla LE, 48K
mi., exc. cond. 1 owner,
$9750. **SOLD**



2005 Prius Hybrid Silver
1 Owner Xtra Clean
$18988 1-800-771-1576



2007 Corolla Gold Xtra
Clean Low Miles 12988
1-800-771-1576



2007 Solara Conv, Grey,
29K Miles, Xtra clean
$22988 1-800-771-1576

Apply Now,
Drive
Tomorrow.

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www.751auto.getayes.com

7220 VOLKSWAGEN

2003 VW BEETLE TURBO
11.8k miles, Mint cond.
Garage kept. $12000.
(941)-627-3305
2005 Beetle, Ex cond,
speed, Gray, 18k mi,
$10,900 (941)-624-4110



2005 New Bettle, Grey,
GLS Limited, Only 14K
miles $18988
1-800-771-1576


2001 Eclipse spyder GT
Conv, Silver, Only 36K 7240 MISC. IMPORTS
miles $10988
1-800-771-1576 1994 900S Coupe 67k
mi. Loaded, Black, Auto,
2002 Diamante fully $4295. 276-4233
loaded, low milage. Really
ood cond. Leather seats
5800941-380-9212 111


7200 NISSAN

1984 300Z X 5 Spd Cold
Air, T Tops, Needs Very
Little $2695 276-4233
1999 Altima GXE, Cold
AC, 110K mi $2300obo
(941)-286-5228

7205 SPORTS CARS

1989 CORVETTE
1983 NISSAN 280ZX
Sell to Highest Bidder
jukebox heroes@yahoo.com
1997 BMW Z3, auto, new
tires, 76K, Exc. $10,800
obo. 941-276-4233.
98 Porsche Boxster, Pre-
mium, 5 Spd, Near Per-
fect, 50k mi. $15,850
941-2764233

7210 TOYOTA

1995 Turcel, auto, ac,


2005 Mini Cooper, Yel-
low, Low Miles, Loaded,
Xtra Clean $20988
1-800-771-1576

7250 ANTIQUES/
COLLECTIBLES

1970 C10 Chevy PU rust
bucket, good 350 4 bolt
main motor, driveable
$1500. (941)-637-6111
1979 Chevy Malibu, great
project car, $1,200
(941)-662-5770
1984 EL CAMINO Con-
quista, clean, runs great.
$3500. 941-661-0490.
WANTED: MODEL T FORD
PARTS PRE-1950 CAR
PARTS. LITERATURE,
LICENSE PLATES, AUTO-
MOBILIA (941)408-9601

7252 BUDGET BUYS


VE' V6, light blue, $1,500 ' runs exc. 2dr. $1495.
G (732)473-1619 2006 XJ8L Silver 1 (941)-255-0097 #1 Wanted Junk or run-
AGORBN 1998 Bravada, 44K, red/ Owener Only 18K miles 1997 Avalon, loaded. Lther. ning cars/trucks, honest,
G RU M AN blk Ithr int. Orig. ownr. Xtra Clean $33988 Sunroof, nice car, XLS, top $$$ paid. Call me first
TODAY'S SPECIAL! $5,000. (941)-830-8714 1-800-771-1576 $4200/obo.941447-0494 or last. 941-258-4472.
2004 CHRYSLER
CONV. TOURING EDT'
$6,990 SUNCOAST BOATING
View ALL Vehicles At:
www.genegormans.com
Now you can get
pre-approved
over the pbone.
Call and Save, 7330 BOATS-POWERED 7330 BOATS-POWERED 7330 BOATS-POWERED 7334 OUTBOARD/
Sign & Drive, MARINE ENGINES
It's That Simple! I ,. . I 18', 1997 Proline flats 22' 2000 DECK BOAT,
Itsha Sipl! lwMnna It 0AQ...b A


2006 Pacifica, 18k mi.
V6, ruby red, $13,500.
(941)4934739
www.billbuckchevrolet.com

7060 DODGE

2000 Dodge Ram 1500
SLT Laramie X-Tra Cab 4
Door Pick Up
V-8 Magnum Power Win-
dows, Locks, Mirrors,
Tilt Cruise
133K miles, New heads,
brakes, oil pump
$4500.00 obo 941400-
6592



7070 FORD

1995 Crown Vic leather,
loaded, New tires, Ex
cond. 104k, 25mpg +,
$1650 (941)468-1489

1996 Mustang Conv.
Auto, 6 cyl. Needs work.
$750/obo. 698-1813

1996 T-Bird, V6 Air,
77600 Orig. mi $1700
P.G. 863-444-9114

1999 Mustang GT Conv.
62K, very nice car,
$8,800. (941)-505-0098

2003 Mustang, 6 cyl. 25
mpg,aut. 18 inch Wheels
& Tires $6650 276-4233

2004 FOCUS ZX3, black,
new tires, auto, 63K mi.
$6995. 941-276-4233.

2007 FORD FOCUS Like
new, 16k mi. AC, good
cond. $7800 North Port
(717)-2034611


08 ivionterey
Cruiser & Fishing Boats
Dealer Costs
Call: Rick or Crosby
RV World Inc of Nokonis
2110 US 41 966-7182

"08" Sea Fox
Clearance Sale
Dealer Cost
Call: Rick or Crosby
RV World Inc of Nokomis
2110 us 41 966-7182

$$ CASH PAID $$
For Your Boat, Any Size
or Price. Will Come To
You. (941)626-9075
13' Seasprite 50hp Yama-
ha, trailer, troller & elec
$1800 **SOLD**
14' ALUMINUM boat w/2
swivel seats, trailer, 2-
3HP motors, $1150 obo.
941-628-3812,743-0614
16' - 2003 Key Largo
50hp Mercury, Galv. trlr.
$6400 (941)-240-6070
16' 04 Action Craft Fit Pro
1600 TE, 90TLRC Yah 04
Alum. BoatMaster trailer,
Low Hrs. Exc. Cond.
$12,500. 941456-7899
16' 1989 Critchfield fiber-
glass. 70hp O/B Johnson
1500 (781)-953-3786
DECK BOAT
16' Sylvan 50hp Evinrude
Refinished, perfect interior
Galv TrIr, Bimini, full cover
Garaged, Like new
$5995/obo (941)7166792
17' 2001 POLAR SKIFF
40HP Yamaha EL, trlr,
Livewell, Bimini, trolling
motor Prestine cond.
Fresh water use.
$6800/obo 941-7166792
17' Seadoo speedster,
trailer, bimini, 240hp, low
hrs. runs great, clean,
$5,000. (941)-475-3173


boat, 2001- 115 Yamaha
2 stroke OB, 2004 alum.
trlr, polling platform,
trolling motor, $7500.
(941) 380-0839 or (941)
629-3042.
18.8' 1986
I/O BOW RIDER GMC
engine, Asking $3000
/obo (941)-350-7867
19' Sea Pro, 115 Yamaha
& trolling mtr, galv. trlr., T-
top, $8,500. 423-0869
19', 99 Key Largo,
C/C, 130hp, OP John-
son with galvanized
trailer. Excellent con-
dition, $12,000.obo
941-766-0353 aft 4pm
19.4' 1998 Cobia CC
150 Yamaha alum trailer,
ready to go $5950
941-286-0040
24' 1988 FORMULA CC,
2006 7.4 motor, less
than 100 hrs. Must sell.
$4800. 941-421-6703.
20' 1990 Pontoon w/
90hp motor & trlr. $3K/
obo. (941)-244-8356




20' 2005 Wellcraft 212
Fisherman w/Trailer,
CC, T-Top, FF, VHS,
EBox, 200HP Yamaha
4 Stroke. Titled Jan. 08
Only 110 hrs. $22,500
obo (941)-815-7978


TODAY
For Your Boats
& Jet Skis
(941)-268-7516

20' Pontoon, 50hp, runs
ood, needs floor work,
1,800. 941-766-0381


200UU4 SUZUKI 14U 4
stroke, no trailer, very
nice cond. $5650. Call
941-421-6710.
21' TAYLOR Classic Donzi
style speed boat, must
see. $6500. 661-9784
32' WELLCRAFT San
Tropaz, 1986 model, twin
350's IBs, AC, sleeps 6,
full galley, full canvas pkg.
Runs & looks good.
$7500. Must sell, please
call. 941-626-9075
Charlotte RV &
MarineConsignments
wanted, we'll sell your
boat FREE. Indoor show-
room. Full - service
repairs, hull, electrical,
engine, paint, gelcoat,
upholstery, trailers. Insur-
ance claims welcome. US
41 at Kings Hwy., Port
Charlotte 941-883-5555
www.CharlotteMarine.com
TO ADVERTISE
IN BOATER'S
BARGAINS
IN WATERLINE
CALL JILL,
941-429-3116
jilld@
sunnewspapers.net

7331 SAILBOATS

16' Day Sailer, 2 Sails,
26' Mast, 12' boom, Shal-
low Draft. Own Trailer
$1200obo 941-474-2575

7332 PERSONAL
WATER VEHICLES

2 - 2001 XL700 Yamaha
3 seater Waverunners on
dual trailer. both run
good. $2300/obo (941)-
276-2681
2000 Sea-Doo Bom-
bardier GTX. $1500.
North Port. Must Sell.
**SOLD**


NEW 4 HP 4-Stroke
Outboards
2 Yr. Warranty. $899
17marinellc.com

7336 BOAT STORAGE/
DOCKING

Boat & RV storage. Full
service boat yard, mobile,
pick up/del., $45-$100
mo. Albacore Marine Ser-
vice, 2850 Ave. of The
Americas, Englewood.
941-270-8206

DEEP WATER BOAT
SLIPS Englewood 25-
60' $9FT/MO.
941-270-1449

7338 MARINE SUPPLY
& EQUIP.

Boat Lift -ACE, 10K Ibs.
Excellent Cond. $1,700
(941)-235-1890

7339 CANOES/KAYAKS

KAYAKS & CANOES
SALES, RENTAL,
EQUIP. LARGEST
SELECTION IN
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA
ESTERO RIVER
(239) 992-4050

Malibu Kayaks Pro Explor-
er. Fish & dive Pkg. New,
never in water. Cost
$850, sacrifice $550.
Punta Gorda (941)-505-
8218

2-KAYAKS WITH PAD-
DLES AND LIFE
VESTS,SIT ON TOP, $500
CALL
SOLD SOLD SOLD


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7252 BUDGET BUYS
1985 Plym Grand Fury
51K mi 4dr, A/C, V8,
$1450 (317)-590-3455
1996 Dodge Dakota
4cyl, 5 Spd. Cold A/C
Looks good, Runs great
$995obo 302-0338
Police Impounds! 94
Honda Civic $600!, 92
Honda Accord $500! for
listings 800-366-9813
Ext. 3964

7260 AUTOS WANTED

WE BUY CARS
$300 CASH +UP
Frank 276-0204
*Junk Cars Wanted*
24/7 Fair $ paid
941-286-3122,
941- 623-5550
$$ TOP CASH $$
FOR CARS &
TRUCKS. DEAD OR
ALIVE. 485-7515
CASH
FOR YOUR CAR
OR TRUCK
ANY YEAR OR MAKE
(941) 966-7111
AUTO CITY
Junk & Abandoned
VEHICLES REMOVED!!
COULD BE WORTH $$$$
697-7222 OR 475-9007


Top Dollars Paid
for Cars, trucks,
vans, any cond.
(941)-650-5785
M.S.B. RECYCLING
$300 for most cars
with title!
941-575-4008
ALL JUNKERS
WANTED!
TOP $$ PAID.
(941)-623-2198
A#1 Wanted Junk or run-
ning cars/trucks, honest,
top $$$ paid. Call me first
or last. 941-258-4472.
WANT to swap or trade
1996 Kia Sephia GS w/
title + cash for early
model Jaguar. (941)-830-
8912
Working man needs
cheap car/truck.
(941)-268-0015

7270 AUTO PARTS/
ACCESSORIES

4 Core alum. radiator, fits
87-94 Ford V-8, manual or
auto. Like new. $150.
941- 916-5259
Tires for Sale:
2-215/60R16 $40
2-195/69R15 $40
2-185/75R14 $50
1-205/75R14 $15
1-215/60R15 $15
4-185/70R14 $60
(941)-626-3265

7290 VANS

1998 Dodge Ram 3500,
Great work van. 180K mi
$1200 (717)-314-6443
2002 Dodge Conversion,
LWB, low top, V8, dual
A/C, extra nice, 67K, TV,
CD, $5,650. 468-2378
2004 Kia Sadona,
loaded, 7 pass., 69K,
$3950/obo. (863)-494-
7252 or 941- 276-1484
2007 Dodge Sprinter,
very clean, 3L, $27,000/
obo. 941-637-3922
2007 Dodge Grand Cara-
van Stow N Go. Clean.
40K mi. Retail $14,000,
sell $11,000/obo.
**SOLD**

7300 TRUCKS/
PICK-UPS

1989 CHEVY Cheyenne
1500, 305 posi, good
work truck, $1500. North
Port. Must Sell (941)-539-
8353
1991 Ford Ranger,
Rebuilt Auto Trans,
$1200 (941)-637-3922
1994 Dodge Dakota, V6,
auto, runs great, very
clean, $1200 obo. (941)-
9164619
1998 Chevrolet S10 LS
package, 1 owner, 56K
mi. new tires, exc. cond.
$5,850. 941-4934739
www.billbuckchevrolet.com
1998 Ford F150, Ext.
cab, runs great, Reduced
$3500 obo. **SOLD**
1998 FORD RANGER 4spd,
4 cyl, low mi's, AC, Great
Truck! good mpg,
$1500/obo 941-2860040
1999 DAKOTA SPORT V8,
5spd, Rare $4000/obo
(941)-391-7125
1999 Dakota, 56K, ext.
cab, V6, loaded, $5,500
(941)-6244035
1999 F150, 6cy. stick,
101K, flareside, chrome
wheels, extra nice! $3250
(941)468-2378


2000 Cherolet S-10,
ext. cab, LS, V6, auto,
a/c, stepside, $5500.
(941)-493-4739
www.billbuckchevrolet.com
2001 DODGE Ram
Laramie SLT, V8 318 mtr.,
runs great, good work
truck. $2300. North Port,
Must Sell.(941)-539-8353
2006 Ford F550 w/14ft
flat bed, Diesel, 44K mi,
$26,000 (863)-990-9700


7300 TRUCKS/
PICK-UPS

2006 Refrigerated Van
Ford E150, 19K Ex cond
$17500obo (617)-497-
1785

7305 SPORT UTILITY/
VEHICLES

1994 GEO TRACKER 2x,
runs Great! $1950/obo
(941)-235-9839
1995 FORD EXPLORE
77,600miles, Runs good
$1500/obo **SOLD**
1995 Jeep Gr Cherokee
Limited 40k miles
$3900 941-456-9119
2003 Chevrolet Trailblaz-
er LT, 1 owner, low mi.
power seat, loaded,
$8,300. (941)-4934739
www.billbuckchevrolet.com
2003 CHEVY TRAIL BLAZ-
ER 48k miles, No title,
looking for truck or blazer
body with title, or sell,
trade for boat
etc....(727)-710-3207 or
727-710-3206
2004 GMC Envoy SLE,
44K mi. GM certified,
lyr. warr. $10,500
(941)-493-4739
www.billbuckchevrolet.com
2005 FORD FREESTYLE
All wheel drive. Ex cond.
40k miles, $9,999.
(941)-497-1511
2006 Toyota Highlander
Hybrid, 25k mi. 1 owner,
3rd. row seat, 33mpg
city, $34,000 New.
$22,700.(941)-493-4739
www.billbuckchevrolet.com

7310 4 X 4'S

2007 TOYOTA FJ CR
SIL/BL $19,900.
941 268-7037

7341 TRAILER
& ACCESSORIES

2006 Triple Crown Roll off
Trailer w/3 containers
14,000 GVW $7000 obo
(863)-990-9700
BOAT TRAILERS
Continental & First Load.
Discount Pricing.
17marinellc.com
CAR HAULER TRAILER,
2007, 7'X16', 7000 lb.
capacity, steel floor.
$1500. **SOLD**
ENCLOSED V-NOSE
6x12' TRAILER rear ramp
door and side door. New
tires, smooth sides,
$2000..
* **SOLD***
Open & Enclosed Utility
Trailers, Trailer Hitches &
Wiring. Two-Morrow's
Enterprises, 941460-9700.
TRAILER, home-made 10'
long 6' wide, good cond
$375. 941-270-1073
UTILITY TRAILERS
AT Great Prices
WEST COAST TRAILER
(941)698-9902

7360 CYCLES/MOPEDS/
SCOOTERS

1993 Harley Davidson
Dynoglide $8000
(941-916-5001
1996 KAWASAKI 1100
GPZ 11,000 miles,
$3500. 781-953-3786
1998 HD Sportster 883
Low Mi $3650/obo
(941)-456-1582
2002 Honda 1800 VTX,
vance pipes, mustang
seat, chromed, leather
saddle bags, black,
$6,500 obo. (941)-639-
5137 or (941)-258-0775
2002 Ninja Kawasaki
ZX750, Ex cond.
$3900obo 941-627-2730
2004 HD Custom Softail,
exc. cond. $10,750.
(941)-637-8881
2005 HONDA VTX 1300R
Custom paint lots of
extras low miles. $8900
(941)-258-7592
2006 H.D. Heritage Soft-
tail Classic, 7300 mi.,
exc. cond. $15,500.
941-6284520
2008 Lance Duke 150cc
touring scooter, 447mi.
$2,100. 941-740-0461
2008 NINJA 250R aS
NEW 800 MILES $2800
(941)-258-7592
Don't Buy a
Junk Scooter,
We Sell Quality!
BIG Holiday Sale!
2 Year Warranty
BOOTY SCOOTERS
850 S. River Rd. Engl.
941474-6550
NEW WILDFIRE
SCOOTERS


2 Yrs. or 24,000 mile
Warranty. Lic. dealer
We also do repairs
Punta Gorda Motor
Sports 25191 E.
Olympia Ave Bldg. "A"
941-575-0241

7365 ATV



2004 Polaris Predator
90 Low hours, good
condition $900. OBO.
941-460-8810


7370 CAMPERS/
TRAVELTRAILERS

WANTED
Motorhomes & Campers
W 'L Lit!

Skip Eppers RV's
639-6969 Punta Gorda

1996 WILDERNESS 20'
tandem, good cond. Cold
A/C, awning, rear BR,
sleeps 6. $2850 obo.
Call 941-204-3440.

1999 36' FOUR WINDS
T.T, 5x14 Slide, Nice Unit.
$7200. 941-286-5209

2003, 38' Franklin TT,
2 slides, w/d, exc.
cond. $16K. Also,
40' screened porch &
insulated roof over the
whole trailer, all white
alum. Sold separately,
you remove $2500.
(941)-629-3067

2005 29' R-Wagon Toy-
Hauler by Trailite sip 6 like
new $9,000. 628-0621

2006 34' Sierra 2 slides,
$23,500 (863)-773-4136
ask for Donnie

2007 TT, 40', 4 slides, tri
axle, 2 bay windows, NP,
NS, $24,900 (941)-286-
6062

28.5' '02 Trailight 12'
slide, IS bed, new tires
$8995 (941)-639-5153

32' CORSAIR Camper
/travel trailer. Good cond.
$2000 (863)-494-0968


7370 CAMPERS/
TRAVELTRAILERS

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Kim
r Cool
Let s Go!
Features Editor
kcool@venicegondolier.com

Catch 22
giving on the cultural
coast can be frustrating.
aily, we are exposed to
a plethora of things to see and
do here in the cultural heart of
Florida as well as most of the
rest of the state.
For the travel writer part of
me, the frustration lies in trying
to go to even a small percent-
age of these places and events.
In the process I have become
fairly adept at snapping pic-
tures while rounding high-
speed curves on Everest the
Ride at Disney, and taking
notes in the dark at the various
theaters. I also have managed
to put nearly 110,000 miles on
a six-year old car. Experts say
that long-distant trips are good
for a car. I hope they are right.
Last week was typical.
Tuesday I was at Epcot in the
Walt DisneyWorld Resort to
see the Candlelight
Processional concert at the
American Gardens Theatre -
my annual gift to myself.
I had already seen "Plaid
Tidings" at Venice Theatre, the
holiday decorations at Ca
d'Zan at the John and Mable
Ringling Museum of Art and
"La Cage" at the Sarasota
Golden Apple. Thursday I
attended "Little Women" at The
Players in Sarasota. Friday I
went to see 'A Christmas
Carol" at Venice Theatre and
ordered tickets for "Greater
Tuna" at Venice Theatre.
Weekdays are reserved for
writing reviews for Let's Go
plus stories for the Venice
Gondolier Sun.
Despite having no time to see
the lights at Disney's
Hollywood Studios, it's a won-
derful fife.
Time to order tickets for
Asolo Repertory's "This
Wonderful Life" through Dec.
28, plus the second Asolo
Conservatory show, "Blue,"
opening Jan. 7.


'BARNUM' a musical suggested AC/DC
by the life of RT. Barnum Dec. 21.
(Through Dec. 20) St. Pete Times Forum
Asolo Repertory Theatre 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa.
Mertz Theatre 813-287-8844
5555 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. or www.ticketmaster.com.
800-361-8388 or www.asolo.org.
'A CHRISTMAS CAROL'
'FOREVER PLAID: PLAID TIDINGS' Dec. 22
(Through Dec. 21) Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
Venice Theatre 13350 Edison Parkway, Fort Myers.
140 W. Tampa Ave, Venice. 239-481-4849
941-488-1115. or www.bbmannpah.com.
MOSCOW BALLET -
'THIS WONDERFUL LIFE' 'THE NUTCRACKER'
A one-man stage adaptation Dec. 26.
of "Its a Wonderful Life: Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
(Through Dec. 28) 13350 Edison Parkway, Fort Myers.
Asolo Repertory Theatre 239-481-4849
Historic Asolo Theater or www.bbmannpah.com.

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Jan.2.
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13350 Edison Parkway, Fort Myers.
239-481-4849
or www.bbmannpah.com.

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special guest ShirleyAlberts
6 p.m. Jan. 3.
Englewood Elks Lodge #2378
401 N. Indiana Ave., Englewood.
941-473-4022.

'LAST COMIC STANDING'
Jan.3.
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
13350 Edison Parkway, Fort Myers.
239-481-4849
or www.bbmannpah.com.

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Merchant
Entertainment
Editor
mmerchant@sun-herald.com

Holiday traditions
Once the shopping is done
(this is your last week-
end), it's time to relax
and enjoy the holidays and
create memories withtraditions.
One Christmas tradition I
have had since my 21-year-old
daughter Samantha was little,
has been to purchase an
ice cream cake with the idea
being it is for dessert after
Christmas dinner.
Somehow it never seems to
make it past Christmas Eve.
We have to 'test it' to make
sure it's ok for everyone to eat.
An excuse... but has made for a
tasty Christmas Eve tradition.
Since my teens I have had
Chinese food on Christmas
and this year will be no
different. My husband and I,
Sam, 19-year-old Nikki and
8-year-old Skylar will head to
a Chinese buffet for dinner.
This year also bring a new
tradition. Normally we purchase
one gingerbread house and
gather together and decorate it.
This year we will each have
our own house to decorate in
our first gingerbreadhouse
decorating contest.
What the winner will receive
is to be determined.
The real prize will be quality
time together as a family and
memories that will last a
lifetime...and hopefully a
new tradition.

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Let's Go! Editor
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Phone: 941-206-1145
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COVER STORY


December 17 - 18, 2008

There's no

place like

Tuna, Texas

at Christmas
By KIM COOL
FEATURES EDITOR
With more Christmas offerings
than any other theater, Venice
Theatre is icing the holiday cake
with "Tuna Christmas," on its
main stage, through Saturday.
Venice Theatre's artistic direc-
tor Murray Chase and Assistant
Artistic Director Allan are repris-
ing the roles they played when
the theatre first presented this
outlandishly funny show two
years ago. It is one of very few
times that audiences will see
Chase, mustache and all, in drag.
Each of the actors performs
several roles in the show, which
is basically about two Texas disc
jockeys and their listeners and
fellow Tuna residents. What
makes the show funny is that
everyone knows at least one out-
landish character somewhere.
Tuna, Texas has all of those char-
acters in one little town, and
Chase and Kollar will portray
most of them. Because it is
Christmas the big controversy
in Tuna is the annual light dis-
play contest, which has
nearly always been won by
Vera Carp.
Sub plots and some poten-


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PHOTO PROVIDED BY VENICE THEATRE
Alan Kollar and Murray Chase appear in multiple roles in "A Tuna
Christmas," by Ed Howard, Joe Sears and Jaston Williams on the
Mainstage at Venice Theatre.
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to the zaniness. Brad Wages is 140W Tampa Ave., on the island
the director. in downtown Venice.
"A Christmas Carol" has Tickets are $24 per person or
closed but "Forever Plaid: $12 for students. Visit
Plaid Tidings," continues at www.venicestage.com or call the
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CALENDAR EXTRAS

Train Depot
mini-flea market
The Holiday Dock Sale at
the Train Depot Antique Mall
will be held from 8 a.m. to 2
p.m. Saturday, on the freight
dock behind the depot at 1009
Taylor St., Punta Gorda. The
Dock Sale is a monthly mini-
flea market sponsored by the
Punta Gorda Historical
Society. New and used goods
are offered by vendors,
including holiday decor items
and stocking stuffers, old
coins, china, crystal, kitchen-
ware, books, art and craft-
work, toys, plants and a vari-
ety of collectibles. The
Antique Mall and the
Christmas Shop in the old
ticket office will be open until
4 p.m. Call the depot at 941-
639-6774 for details.


North Port Orchestra
Holiday concert
Popular singer Lorraine
Sheeler returns to join the
North Port Orchestra with
songs and carols at their
Holiday concert. Harpist
Bonnie Kaplan will add her
special touch as the orchestra
presents it's concert titled,
"Overtures and Holiday
Festival." The public is invited
to join the orchestra at 3 p.m.
on Sunday at the North Port
Performing Arts Center, 6400
W. Price Blvd., North Port to
celebrate the season and the
Orchestra's 25th anniversary.
Tickets cost $10 each and can
be purchased at the box
office. For more information
contact 941-625-3095.

Paul Todd in concert
Paul Todd will appear in con-
cert Monday, at Holy Trinity
Lutheran Church, 2565
Tamiami Trail (on the west side
of U.S. 41 between West Tarpon
and Midway boulevards), Port
Charlotte. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.,
and the concert starts at 7 p.m.
A critically acclaimed prolific


writer, entertainer, composer,
arranger and singer, Paul Todd
has been amazing crowds since
he won the prestigious
National Yamaha Keyboard
Contest at the age of 14.
Although he is first and fore-
most a Christian artist, his con-
certs also include original, clas-
sical, popular and Broadway
selections.
Seating will be general
admission, with tickets at $15
for adults, and $8 students,
available at the church office or
at the door the night of the
performance. For more infor-
mation, call 941-625-5262.

Christmas Dance
Alligator Park is pleased to
offer a Christmas Dance from 7
p.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 26. The
evening after Christmas
becomes a special Christmas
event. Put on your dancing
shoes and your Christmas fin-
ery and come to the clubhouse
for an evening of dancing to
beautiful recorded music in a
variety of styles and eras, there
will be something for everyone.
The cost is $5 per person.
Alligator Park is located 1.2
miles south of Jones Loop Road
at 6400 Taylor Road, Punta
Gorda. For more information,
call 941-639-8912.

New Year's Eve
celebration
Fishermen's Village comes
alive for family fun on New
Year's Eve. Join the festivities as
they begin at 8 p.m. and finish
with a fireworks display at mid-
night. Visit the Center Court for
Luis The Balloon Man with
Balloon Creations, Airbrush Art
for Face and Body, music by
Sounds of the Virgin Islands
Band and Party Favors. Come
hungry as the Village restau-
rants will offer specials.
Fishermen's Village is located at
1200 Retta Esplanade, directly
off of Marion Ave., in Punta
Gorda. Call 941-639-8721 for
more details or visit
www.fishville.com.






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The Annie Moses Band brings

'This Glorious Christmas' to North Port


PROVIDED By BRIAN SMITH
TURNING POINT MEDIA
Reunion recording artist The
Annie Moses Band will be
bringing music of "This
Glorious Christmas" to South
Biscayne Church in North Port
during Christmas Eve services
to be held at 4:30 pm, 6 p.m.
and 7:30 p.m.
The Annie Moses Band will
be performing material from
their new, highly acclaimed
Reunion recording,
This Glorious Christmas.
This collection of holiday
favorites offers the Annie
Moses mix of traditional, con-
temporary, and adventurous
aesthetics.
The Annie Moses Band is a
Christian family of Juilliard-
trained musicians and award-
winning songwriters dedicated
to virtuosity in the arts. Led by
lead singer/violinist, Annie
Wolaver, the Band includes her
five siblings, Alex, viola,
Benjamin, cello, Camille,
harp/keyboard, Gretchen, vio-
lin/mandolin, and Jeremiah,
on guitar and banjo. Add the


CALENDAR EXTRAS

Christmas Dance at
Holiday Estates
Holiday Estates Association
I & II, 1445 Seagull Drive will
host a Christmas Dance open to
the public, beginning at 7 p.m.
Saturday.
The Sour Notes from North
Port will provide music from the
'60s and '70s that everyone can
dance to. Cost for the event will
be $6 in advance or $7 at the
door. Tickets are available by
calling 941-475-2029. Bring your
favorite beverages and snacks.
Enjoy the spirit of the season.

'The Wise Men
Had it Easy'
Burnt Store Presbyterian
Church will be celebrating the
birth of Jesus Christ with a series


December 17 - 18, 2008


PHOTO PROVIDED
Reunion recording artist The Annie Moses Band will be bringing music of
'This Glorious Christmas" to South Biscayne Church in North Port during
Christmas Eve services to be held at 4:30 pm, 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.


veteran songwriting talents of
their parents, Bill and Robin
Wolaver, and you have a
dynamic group with roots in
classical, pop, and jazz.
Together, they are leading an
artistic renaissance in the
Church through musical excel-
lence, strength of family, and a


of special Christmas season
activities. The public is invited to
come to "The Wise Men Had it
Easy," a Christmas shopping
musical, at 7 p.m. on Sunday at
the church. Written by L.G.
Enscoe and Annie Enscoe, it has
been adapted for the church by
Ellen Plum. This is a story of the
true meaning of Christmas and
how it may be easy to lose sight
of it in everyday life. Burnt Store
Presbyterian Church continues
its celebration of the season on
Christmas Eve with candlelight
worship services at 5 p.m., 7:30
p.m. and at 10 p.m. Dec. 24. As
part of an ongoing effort to bring
joy to families in need the church
will be providing food baskets
and gifts to more than 70 fami-
lies in the area. For more infor-
mation contact the church office
at 941-639-0001 or by e-mail to


message of faith, inspiring all
generations to join in the disci-
pline, beauty, and excitement
of highly skilled musicianship.
South Biscayne Church is
located at 13000 Tamiami Trail,
North Port.
For further information, call
941-426-3817.


info83@embarqmail.com. Burnt
Store Presbyterian Church is
located at 11330 Burnt Store
Road, in Punta Gorda.

Tree lighting
ceremony
The El Jobean Community
League will hold their annual
Community Christmas Tree
lighting and dedication of a
memorial plaque beginning at 6
p.m. Monday at the El Jobean
Park, 4333 Kerrigan Circle, off El
Jobean Road. Come join in for
singing of Christmas Carols. The
League will hold a Home and
Street judging at 7 p.m. with the
winners receiving mention at the
January covered dish dinner.
For more information contact
941-629-3640 or e-mail
prspence@comcast.net.


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Charlotte Players' holiday pageant brims with talent


The Charlotte Players'
holiday revue "The Best
Time of the Year" is
just bursting with talented
performers.
Directed by Ken Crisp, who
also played the keyboard's
musical background, the
show featuring gifted volun-
teers from the community,
exhibited a high level of
quality and variety.
After a taped orchestral
overture, the curtain rose
on a brightly lit stage, replete
with Christmas tree, paintings
of holiday scenes, and a
fireplace hung with red
stockings.
Molly Parkes and Scott
Holcomb served as the
emcees who introduced the
program and kept things
rolling.
The Charlotte Players
Chorus opened with an
upbeat medley which
included "The Best Time
of the Year."
Debbie Brandal then socked
it to the audience with "Rock
Around the Christmas Tree."
Liz Andersen also sang
"Have Yourself a Merry
Little Christmas" with
professional aplomb.
The audience laughed with
Rachael Dalangauskas as she
delivered a humorous ver-
sion, "The Twelve Days
After Christmas."
The women's chorus' rever-
ent "What Child Is This?"
was followed by Terry Cobb's
romping "Holly Jolly
Christmas" and a cute Girls


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Chorus' "Its Beginning to
Look a Lot Like Christmas."
Ralph Yankwitt and
Dalangauskas enacted a skit
of a Jewish man who
explained to a non-Jewish
friend about the significance
of Hanukah, and then
they sang "Maoz Tsur
(Rock of Ages)" in Hebrew
and in English.
Melissa Cripps sang "The
Christmas Song" smoothly.
Valerie Holden jazzed it up
with "Mary's Little Boy Child"
and Kevin Massey sang a tear-
jerker, "Christmas Shoes."
Brandal roused everyone
with "Jingle Bell Rock." The
following chorus' "Do You
Hear What I Hear" was a
musical and dramatic treat.
The first set culminated
when Cripps sang a moving
"Joy to the World," to the
jivin' chorus' backup.
The Christmas spirit contin-
ued in the second set without
missing a beat. The chorus
opened with a rhythmic "It's
Christmas;" followed by
"Silver Bells," a pretty duet by
Holden and Brandal, and
Cripps' expressive "Merry
Christmas Darling."


What "'The BestTime of the Year"
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday - Saturday.
Where: Cultural Center of Charlotte
County Theatre, 2280 Aaron St.,
Port Charlotte
Cost: $10, students $8
Info: 941-625-4175, ext. 220
or www.charlotteplayers.org.

Andersen sang "White
Christmas" stylistically.
Cobb's "Little Drummer
Boy," the Girls Chorus'
"Rudolph the Red Nosed
Reindeer," Brandal's
"Grown-Up Christmas List"
and "'Twas the Night Before
Christmas" narration by Larry
Richardson, all hit their mark.
Dalangauskas sang a lyrical
"I Wonder As I Wander,"
Cripps bopped to a really hip
"Kool Yule" and the Women's
Chorus performed "0 Holy
Night" with strong vocals,
tasteful modulation and
coordinated harmonies.
The chorus happily sang a
Celebrate-the-Season medley
to end a jolly show.
"The Best Time of the Year"
performances are at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
at the Cultural Center of
Charlotte County Theatre,
2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte.
Future Charlotte Players pro-
ductions are "Guys and Dolls"
Feb. 6-15, "Natalie Needs a
Nightie" March 27-April 4, and
"Catch Me If You Can" May 22-30.
For more information, call
941-625-4175, ext. 220
or online at
www.charlotteplayers.org.


Tours begin at GianniVersace mansion


MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) -
The iconic South Beach man-
sion where Gianni Versace
lived and died is opening its
doors to the public.
The 26,000-square-foot
estate known as Casa
Casuarina has begun offering
tours for $65.


Tourists get a look at the
house's exquisite central
courtyard, dining room,
lounges, pool and a marble
toilet with a golden seat,
billed as one of only three
in the world.
But the upstairs bedrooms
are off-limits on the tour.


Those willing to part with
more cash can also stay in
one of the villa's ten suites
or join its private club, too.
Versace's family sold the
home three years after his
1997 death. It's now owned
by telecommunications
mogul Peter Loftin.


PHOTO PROVIDED BY THE CHARLOTTE PLAYERS
The Charlotte Players will be presenting an original musical variety event
called "The Best Time of the Year" Friday through Dec. 20 at the Cultural
Center Theater, 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte.
Back Row-Melissa Cripps, Sarah Massey, Rachel Dalangauskas,
Erinn Timko and Debbie Brandal.
Front Row-Kevin Massey, Valorie Holden, Liz Andersen and Terry Cobb.


LEARNING......
JUST FOR THE FUN OF IT!

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coffee & registration.

Choose from 23 diverse 5 and 6-week
courses beginning January 20th. Learn about
two exciting field trips, a vibrant book club
and an evening Distinguished Lecture Series.

WHAT: LLI Welcome Coffee & Registration
WHEN: Monday January 12th
9 -10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Edison State College Auditorium
26300 Airport Rd., Punta Gorda

For more details go to
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NO GRADES. NO DEGREES.
LIFELONG LEARNING.
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ENTERTAINMENT
Let's Go! Page 6


December 17 - 18, 2008


The Players 'Little Women'


is another holiday choice


By KIM COOL
FEATURES EDITOR
With a great set by Michael A.
Gray, fine cast and good chore-
ography by Jim Hoskins, The
Players production of "Little
Women" should have been a
better addition to this season's
roster of holiday-themed
shows.
Playing Jo, Amy, Meg and
Beth March, the Little Women,
were Jennifer K. Baker, Lauren
Smith, Leah Page and Libby
Fleming. In their Kaylene
McCaw costumes they certainly
looked the part as did Nancy
Apatow who portrayed
Marmee, their beloved mother.
Teri Lyons Duncan as Aunt
March and part of the Hag
Chorus was a delight. She has a
fine voice.
As Professor Bhaer, Richard
Russell was every bit the gentle,
yet sometimes, firm professor,
who one day would win the
hand of Jo. With his looks, stage
presence and great voice,
Russell was the bright spot in a

CALENDAR EXTRAS

Celtic Christmas
concert
"Christmas With The Celts" is
a holiday concert featuring
Celtic music and the dance
group Marcille Wallis & Friends.
There will be two chances to see
this performance: 7 p.m.
Thursday at First Presbyterian
Church of Arcadia at 209 W
Hickory St. The cost will be a
love offering. For more informa-
tion call the church at 863-494-
4434; and at 7 p.m. on Dec. 19 at
the Congregational United
Church Of Christ at 1201 Aqui
Esta Dr., in Punta Gorda. Tickets
for this show will cost $10 per
person. Call this church at 941-
625-8544 for more information.
The concert program will
include seasonal music from the


show that needed more light
and less discord.
Also turning in a fine perfor-
mance was Jack Eddleman as
Mr. Laurence, the wealthy
Scrooge-like neighbor of the
March family. He could be
crotchety, likable and down-
right funny. Did I mention he
could dance too. And, he also
portrayed a darn fine Monk.
Collin Cook played the role of
Laurie, Mr. Laurence's grandson
as the likable young man he is
in the book, and also was
Rodrigo in the humorous show-
within-a-show, "An Operatic
Tragedy."
Angel Borths was a delightful
Hag, skulking on stage all bent
over with a somewhat menac-
ing appearance. Also good was
Erin Weinberger as the Troll.
Kaylene McCaw's costumes
are generally good and the per-
formers all knew their lines and
delivered them.
Directed by Carole Kleinberg,
with musical direction by Joyce
Valentine, the little women


Celtic lands and favorite
Christmas carols - a mix of Irish,
Scottish, Welsh, Cornish, and
Appalachian song and dance.
The heart-warming production
is led by national touring ham-
mer dulcimer artist Marcille
Wallis. The group also includes
2008 Florida State Bluegrass
Fiddle Champion Matt Miller,
multi-instrumentalist/vocalist
Don Pigeon, piper Robin
Hendrickson, and award-win-
ning dancers Ann and Cal Lloyd-
Irish, soft-shoe figure dance and
Scottish country dance experts.
For a full listing of shows visit
www.marcillewallis.com.

Wine, cheese
and art event
Kays-Ponger Funeral Homes


were too often too loud, some-
times almost yelling their songs
and sometimes overdid other
aspects of their roles. Less is
more would have made for a
better show. That said, there
seemed to be some missing
pieces in an already this very
long production. Notably miss-
ing was Tinkerbell, whose prob-
able arrival was signaled way
too many times by several
series of tinkling notes from
some type of percussion instru-
ment. Though a pleasant
sound, there was no reason to
even hint at Tinkerbell in "Little
Women." The Disney character
is not part of Little Women and
needs to remain at the Walt
Disney World Resort, and that is
where those bell-like musical
sounds also should remain.
"Little Women" continues
through Dec. 20 at The Players,
838 North Tamiami Trail,
Sarasota. Performances are
Tuesday-Saturday at
8 p.m. and Saturdays and
Sunday at 2 p.m. Coming next


PHOTO BY TED MASE/COURTESY THE PLAYERS THEATRE
Back row, from left, Jennifer Baker as Jo and Leah Page as Meg. Front
row, from left to right, Lauren Smith as Amy, Nancy Apatow as Marmee
and Libby Fleming as Beth in "Little Women," at The Players Theatre,
Sarasota through Sunday.


at The Players is "The Spitfire
Grill, opening Jan. 15. Tickets to
either of these shows are $23
for adults and $12 for students.
Visit www.theplayers.org or call
the box office at 941-365-2494,
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday
through Saturday. The box
office opens one hour before
curtain time.
Editor's Note:
"Due to a family emergency,
Richard Russell will be unable


to portray Professor Bhaer and
will be replaced for the final
four productions by radio per-
sonality, Cliff Roles. The host of
the radio show, Talk of the Sun
Coast on 1220 AM WSRQ, Mr.
Roles is a former board mem-
ber of The Players Theatre and
has made significant contribu-
tions both behind the scenes
and on center stage."
- Provided by
The Players Theater:


& Cremation Services is excited
to announce their participation
in the Arts & Humanities
Council of Charlotte County,
Art in Public Places program.
The public is invited to come
and view Fran Richardson's
Watercolors while enjoying
complimentary wine and
cheese from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on
Thursday. Richardson's sub-
jects most often comprise
seascapes, landscapes, still-
lifes, florals and portraits. The
public is invited to enjoy Fran's
award-winning art specializing
in transparent watercolor until
Jan. 1 at Kays-Ponger located at
635 E. Marion Ave., in Punta
Gorda. Normal business hours
are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
For more information call
941-639-1133 or visit
www.kays-ponger.com.






TRAVEL _
December 17 - 18, 2008


Let's Go! Page 7


Slowdown In travel
Travel pinched by global financial crisis mai ont
In major markets last month as


By KRISTEN A. LEE
and HARRY R. WEBER
AP BUSINESS WRITERS
The tourists chatting in multi-
ple languages in the piazzas,
bars and shops of Rome belie a
more somber mood at the
ancient city's hotels.
Luigi Rinaldi, concierge of the
Hotel de la Minerve next to the
Pantheon, said American
tourists have disappeared,
although demand among
German, Spanish and Russian
tourists is solid.
The hotel is trying to lure
guests by keeping prices steady
- even during the high season
at Christmas and New Year's -
and by adding weekend promo-
tions.
Rome is among many major
cities around the world seeing
dramatic declines in hotel occu-
pancy this fall as consumers and
businesses cut travel spending:
Occupancy in Rome fell 17.5
percent in October compared
with the same month last year.
Global air travel also has fallen
off as the financial crisis that has
hit economies around the world
takes its toll. Executives from
major airlines speaking at a con-
ference in New York on Tuesday
may reveal further erosion of
demand for seats and discuss
capacity reductions they'll
make in response.
The International Air
Transport Association says inter-
national passenger traffic
declined 1.3 percent in October
compared with 2007, following a
2.9 percent drop in September.
"I think it's going to be a very
cold winter, and I'm not a weath-
erman," said Calyon Securities
airline analyst Ray Neidl.
Airlines, which already made
dramatic cuts to their fall sched-
ules as oil prices soared over the
summer, have cited the eco-
nomic slowdown as reason
enough for them to continue to
be cautious, even though oil
prices have dropped significant-
ly the last few months.
Several U.S. airlines have
promised or hinted they will cut
domestic and international
capacity further in 2009.


Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines
Inc. said in a recent regulatory
filing that demand has slowed
during the fourth quarter, which
began Oct. 1. Its domestic
advance booking rates are run-
ning two percentage points
higher year-over-year, reflecting
capacity reductions in the
domestic system. International
bookings are down 4 to 5 points,
Delta said.
According to the IATA, the
number of passengers traveling
on premium airline tickets -
who tend to be business travel-
ers - dropped 8 percent in
September, reflecting the severi-
ty of the global financial crisis
and a slump in the confidence of
manufacturers in the U.S., Japan
and Europe. Premium traffic
slumped in North Atlantic mar-
kets, between the U.S. and Asia
across the Pacific and within the
Middle East. That's a bad sign
because business travel helps
drive airline profitability.
An "open skies" agreement
between the U.S. and the
European Union, which took
effect in March, allows airlines to
fly to and from any point in the
U.S. and any point in the EU.
"There's more capacity now
with Open Skies at the same
time you're having a severe
downturn in potential demand,"
Neidl said. "But once we get
through this financial crisis, and
hopefully it will happen by next
spring, people will start travel-
ing. People have to travel for air-
lines to make money."
In Rome, meanwhile, business
is down sharply at the five-star
Grand Hotel Plaza, one of the
city's most prestigious hotels just
a few steps from the Spanish
Steps, according to sales manag-
er Paola Ucciarello.
Other cities are being hit
hard, as well.
STR Global Managing Director
James Chappell said he was sur-
prised by the extent of the down-
turn in the United Kingdom,
where London's five-star hotel
market has been hit particularly
hard because guests are trading
down to less pricey accommo-
dations. September and October
also brought hotel business


declines in Hong Kong, Los
Angeles, Madrid, New York,
Paris, Toronto and Sydney.


Hotel occupancy across
Europe fell 4.9 percent in
September from a year ago, and
6.3 percent in October, accord-
ing to STR. In Italy, revenue per
available room - a key gauge of
a hotelier's performance - has
been on the wane since May and
plummeted about 20 percent in
October. In London, hotel occu-
pancy fell 5.2 percent in
September and 4.2 percent in
October compared with the
same months last year, accord-
ing to STR.
In the hotel industry, the cur-
rent downturn is exacerbated by
increases in supply over the past
several years from a flurry of
hotel development that contin-
ued into 2008. In Beijing, for
instance, occupancy dropped 20
percent in October compared
with 2007, which Chappell largely
attributed to an excess of rooms
at hotels built for the Olympics.
Markets in the Middle East
and Africa, where hotel supply is
still catching up with rising
demand, are bucking the trend.
Occupancy in both Dubai and
Cairo gained during October.
President and Chief Executive
Ted Teng of The Leading Hotels of
the World Ltd.- an organization
that represents more than 450
luxury hotels, resorts and spas -
said member hotels in financial
centers like London, New York
and Frankfurt are being hit hard-
est. The organization's hotels in
emerging markets such as
Moscow and major cities in Latin
America continue to experience
strong demand, he said.
The hotel industry is anticipat-
ing a dismal fourth quarter and a
very uncertain 2009.
"Hoteliers are going to be
much more nervous than they
were previously," Chappell said.
To lure guests without slashing
room rates, many are offering
freebies and special packages,
including perks like free meals,
upgrades and parking.
Bozhidar Bachvarov, the gen-
eral manager of The Wall Street
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district, said bookings have suf-
fered within the past month,
which he attributed to the
delayed impact of a strengthen-
ing U.S. dollar and the escalating
financial crisis.
International traffic was
stronger as recently as October.
Roughly 60 percent of the hotel's
weekend guests were intema-
tional tourists, many from
Germany and Great Britain, tak-
ing advantage of the weak U.S.
dollar to stock up on clothes and
luxuries.
"They were coming here with
empty suitcases and going out
with an extra one," Bachvarov
said with a chuckle.
But recently, he said the hotel
has started to get cancellation
requests, which are "highly
unusual" this time of year.
Bachvarov said the decline in
corporate, weekday guests has
not been as dramatic as the drop
in weekend business.
"Companies still need to do
business and they still need to
travel," Bachvarov said, though
he said corporate clients are try-
ing to negotiate lower rates.
But the weakness in global air
travel isn't expected to ease any-
time soon.
Barclays Capital analyst Gary
Chase said in a research note last
week that his firm is now model-
ing a much deeper decline in
domestic revenue that in past
recessions.
"In the international markets,


the global economic crisis
sparked cutbacks in travel
spending.
Change In occupancy rate,
between O. 2007 n do0. 2006
MARKETS RATE CHANGE
Beijing -20.0
Berlin 0.3
Buenos Aires -5.3
Cairo
Dubai 3.6
Hong Kong -4.7
London -4.2
Los Angeles -9.2
Madrid -13.8
New York -6.9
Paris -5.9
Rome -17.5
Sydney -3.3
Tokyo -4.4
Toronto -3.5
SOURCE: Smith Travel Fleserch AP
and STR Globa
we are also assuming both a
deeper downturn and a slower
recovery than in past down-
turns," Chase wrote.
Standard & Poor's analyst
Philip Baggaley said he couldn't
be sure when the global travel
slowdown will reverse itself.
"These days it's hard to predict
next week much less two years
in advance," Baggaley said. "So,
clearly any predictions about a
travel turnaround are highly
uncertain at this point."






ENTERTAINMENT
Let's Go! Page 8


December 17 - 18, 2008


Last minute shoppers, take heart


Holiday events are still in
full swing at The Cultural
Center of Charlotte
County. There are still many
seasonal shows, meals and
other events to be enjoyed
before this year closes out.
Do you suffer from "Last
Minute Shopper Disease?"
Though it has not been recog-
nized by the American Medical
Association, this particular
ailment seems to affect
many people.
The Cultural Center recog-
nizes that the severity of this
affliction can vary from person
to person, so in an effort to pro-
vide relief for as many as possi-

CALENDAR EXTRAS

Beach Story Time at
Englewood Beach
Englewood Charlotte Library
will have a program for chil-
dren ages two and up accom-
panied by an adult. Listen to
fun stories and create a sea-
sonal craft at the beach.
Come to the pavilion next to
the Englewood Beach play-
ground 10:30 a.m., Thursday,
Jan. 22, Feb. 12, March 12,
and April 9.
No registration required.
There is no fee or registration
for this program.
For more information,
check the Web site at
www.CharlotteCountyFL.com
and click on the Library Pages
or call 474-1881.


theater@theculturalcenter.com
ble, we will be presenting the
First Annual Last Minute Gift
Show from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday in Centennial Hall.
Vendors will have a variety of
items available, many of
which are handmade.
Santa will be on hand to offer
his gift giving expertise and to



Art Center open house
The North Port Art Center
will hold a holiday open house
from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday
at 5950 Sam Shapos Way, North
Port. Please bring a nonperish-
able food donation for the
Salvation Army.
For more information, call
941-423-6460.


pose for free photos with
the kids.
Friday is a busy day at the
Cultural Center. In addition to
the Last Minute Gift Show we
will also be having a special
event Holiday Dance from
7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the
Conference Center. Live enter-
tainment will be provided by
Erich, and all of your Motown
and Doo-Wop hits will be sung
by Gregory. Tickets are $12,
which includes admission to
the event as well as a hot hors
d'ouevres buffet. A cash bar
will be available throughout
the evening.
The Cultural Center Theater


will also be holding holiday
events throughout the weekend.
Thursday through Saturday,
The Charlotte Players will be in
the second week o f their holi-
day show run. This year they
are presenting a musical variety
show entitled "The Best Time
of the Year."
The Charlotte Players have
collaborated with celebrated
musician/director Ken Crisp to
bring this one-of-a-kind perfor-
mance to the stage. Many of
your favorite local performers
will be highlighted as well as
some fabulous new voices. All
shows are at 7:30 p.m., and tick-
ets can be purchased by calling


941-625-4175 ext. 220.
Some of our upcoming events
at the Cultural Center include
Christmas dinner on Dec. 25 in
the Conference Center (seating
times are noon and 2 p.m.) and
"Walking After Midnight: A
Turning Leaf Productions'
New Year's Eve Celebration"
at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Dec. 31
in the theater.
For additional information on
these, or any other upcoming
events at the Cultural Center
please contact us at
941-625-4175.
You can also check us
out on the Web at
www.theculturalcenter.com.


Horse show
The Punta Gorda Horseman's
Association is holding a horse
show Saturday. The Horse
Hunter/Jumper show will be
held at the Horse Arena on
Florida Street in Punta Gorda.
The show is free for spectators.
For more information call
941-769-4720.


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ENTERTAINMENT
December 17 - 18, 2008


'It's a Wonderful Life' for Asolo theater goers


Let's Go! Page 9


By KIM COOL
FEATURES EDITOR
One man can work miracles.
That is doubly true at the
Historic Asolo Theatre in
Sarasota where James Learning
performs a one-man-show ver-
sion of the Jimmy Stewart clas-
sic film, "It's a Wonderful life."
"This Wonderful Life," the
Steve Murray and Mark Setlock
stage adaptation presented by
the Asolo Repertory Theatre, is
a gift that keeps on giving this
holiday season. Just as the
Stewart film has educated sev-
eral generations about the
importance of every human


being, this one-man version
does all that and more.
Not only does Leaming do a
great Jimmy Stewart impres-
sion (voice and mannerisms)
in the role of George Bailey, he
also performs every other role
in the story, again with voice
and mannerisms. He is
Clarence the angel; the nasty
Mr. Potter, the drunken phar-
macist who nearly poisons a
child by accident; the little
brother George Bailey saved
from downing when he was 9;
his mother; his mother-in-law
to be; his wife; assorted towns-
people; and more. He even


runs the tech board that makes
the stars blink and the angels
speak.
Directed by Peter Amster,
clothed by David Covach, with
sound by Kevin Kennedy and a
minimalist set designed by
JeffreyW. Dean, Leaming gave
those of us in the audience, the
moon, the stars and more. As a
suicidal George Bailey,
Learning even made a forward
somersault dive off the bridge
in Bedford Falls.
Learning is in his sixth sea-
son as George Bailey but this
was the first time for him to
play all the roles as a one-man


show.
Tickets are $26-$58 per per-
son. This Asolo Repertory pro-
duction is being performed on
the Historic Asolo Theater
stage in the Visitor Center at
the John and Mable Ringling
Museum of Art, with perfor-
mances Tuesday through
Saturday at 8 p.m. and 2 p.m.
matinees on Saturday and
Sunday, plus an additional
matinee at 2 p.m., Christmas
Eve, Dec. 24. For tickets, visit
www.asolo.org or call the Asolo
Repertory Theatre box office at
941-351-8000 or toll-free at
800-361-8388.


AP PHOTO
James Leaming performs a one-
man-show version of the Jimmy
Stewart classic film, 'It's a
Wonderful life' at the HistoricAsolo
Theatre in Sarasota.


Sarasota Ballet season continues season with a delightful pot pourri of three ballets


By CHIP LUDLOW
ARTS REVIEWER
The Sarasota Ballet, under
the direction of lain Webb, con-
tinued its 2008-2009 season at
the Sarasota Opera House with
a delightful pot pourri of three
ballets, each with its own dis-
tinctive style.
The first of the ballets was
"Diverimento No. 15" with
choreography by George
Ballanchine and music by
Amadeus Mozart. This ballet is
neoclassical in form coupled
with the vigor of an American
style, so championed by
Ballanchine.
This plotless ballet opened
with a stunning tableau of
dancers clad in white against a
blue background and contin-
ued with fine divertissements
accentuating excellent ports de
bras and point work by the
women, particularly that of

CALENDAR EXTRA

Christmas musical
at Fishville
The Peace River Sanctuary
Choir under the direction of Jim
Reuter will present the
Christmas Musical "Jesus,
There's Something About That
Name" at 7 p.m. Thursday at the


Lauren Strongin, and strong
partnering by the men.
Although there was no particu-
lar story line to the ballet, there
was charm in the thread of flir-
tation which neatly allied the
solos, adagios and full compa-
ny dancing.
The quality of the presenta-
tion, seen at Saturday evening,
Nov. 29, was enhanced by the
direction, not only of Webb,
but also of Sandra Jennings
who staged the ballet for the
Ballanchine Trust which
ensures that productions
world-wide are in accordance
with the style and technique of
Ballanchine. The company
offered an excellent perfor-
mance which truly honored the
original.
For the second work,
"Checkmate," with choreogra-
phy by Dame Ninette de Valois
and Music by Sir Arthur Bliss,



Center Stage at Fishermen's
Village, 1200 W Retta Esplanade
in Punta Gorda. This musical
retells God's purpose and plan to
send the promised one, Jesus.
The concert is free and the pub-
lic is welcome to attend.
For more information, call
941-637-6768.


the company moved into an
expressionist era with its strong
story line and art d6co designs.
As brilliantly danced by the
entire company, the story of a
battle between the Red and the
Black in a chess game comes to
thrilling life. Beginning with a
stylized combat between Red
(love) and Black (death), the
ballet moves forward with ever
increasing drama to its deathly
finale.
Lauren Strongin danced the
principle role of the domineer-
ing and vicious Black Queen


with a style, form and quality
rarely seen in ballet. She was
nothing less than outstanding
as she subdued her opponents
either by seduction or death.
She dispatched the Red Knight
who chose to love her rather
than protect his king and
moved in like a black widow
spider for the final "check" of
the Red King. In this role, lain
Webb was riveting. The details
of his every movement of his
hands, and particularly of his
eyes, produced an incredible
chill that only a master can cre-


ate on stage.
The patterns and the move-
ments of all the dancers, from
the charming Red Pawns, to
the tottering Red Queen and
the strong Black Knights, filled
the stage with excitement.
Particularly gripping was the
final scene with the jousting
batons creating cages, webs
and mazes in what seemed to
be endless configurations.
For information on coming
events during the current ballet
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December 17 - 18, 2008


'Seven Pounds'


By ROGER MOORE
THE ORLANDO SENTINEL
The rules for a weeper, a
movie tear-jerker, could not
be simpler. Touch us. Make
us fumble around in the dark
for a Kleenex. But earn
those tears.
"Seven Pounds" is a weeper
wrapped in a mystery cen-
tered on an enigma. But what-
ever pains cast and crew go
to preserve its mystery, the
movie's tears are righteous,
as is its message.
Ben Thomas (Will Smith) is
a serious, sad-faced stranger
who walks into people's lives
like some sort of angel. The
first piece of the puzzle: Is
he the Angel of Death or a
guardian angel?
Ben's an IRS agent, so he
has access to people's entire
lives. He shows up, unan-
nounced, and interviews folks
- interrogates them actually.
He's tactless, a little rude.
They're in arrears on their
taxes, upside down on their
mortgages, in failing health
or leading lives limited by
circumstances beyond their
control.
Who is he? What does he
want? What is his mission?
"No questions," he fires
back to one and all.
Emily (Rosario Dawson) is
one who won't take that for
an answer. She has congenital
heart failure. She's deep in
debt. And this callous Fed
seems to be stalking her,
seeking to discover, as he
does with a blind musician
(Woody Harrelson), kids'
hockey coach (Bill
Smitrovich) or nursing home
operator (Tim Kelleher),
if she's a "good person."
Smith's "Pursuit of
Happyness" director Gabriele
Muccino, working from a
script by TV writer Grant
Nieporte, gives us enough
glimpses to guess the big mis-
take that Ben is atoning for in
meeting these people and
studying their lives. And since
the opening moments of the
film are a 911 call, we know


where this might go if love,
joy or happiness don't
intervene.
But forget the puzzle, the
cryptic touches and the
bracingly sad little music
montages that Muccino packs
in as filler. "Seven Pounds"
sinks or swims on the Ben
and Emily connection;
Dawson ("Eagle Eye," "The
25th Hour"), rarely used on
film in this way, simply will
not let it sink.
She lets the camera see
what Ben sees in her eyes,
the good humor and hope
that mask the weariness
of a deadly illness.
Harrelson and Barry Pepper
(playing Ben's best friend)
make the case that they each
deserve more work than
Hollywood offers.
Smith usually plays such
awards-bait roles with a sul-
lenness that robs him of his
movie-star qualities.
Not this time.
It's not a masterpiece, but
"Seven Pounds" is perfect in
at least one way - its timing.
An emotional movie at the
most emotional time of the
year, it works to keep its
secrets. But more importantly,
when the tears do come, it
has earned them.


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4 stars (out of 5)
Cast: Will Smith, Rosario
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Barry Pepper.
Running time: 2 hours.
Industry rating: PG- 13 for
thematic material, some
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An English aristocrat inherits an
Australian ranch the size of Marylan
When English cattle barons plot to
take her land, she reluctantly joins
forces with a rough-hewn cattle drive
to drive 2,000-head of cattle across
hundreds of miles of the country's
most unforgiving land, only to still
face the bombing of Darwin by the
Japanese forces that had attacked
Pearl Harbor only months earlier.

Bolt (PG)


For super-dog Bolt (John Travolta),
every day is filled with adventure,
danger and intrigue - at least until
the cameras stop rolling. When the
star of a hit TV show is accidentally
shipped from his Hollywood sound-
stage to New York City, he begins his
biggest adventure yet - a cross-coun-
try journey through the real world to
get back to his owner and co-star,
Penny (Miley Cyrus).1 hr. 36 mins.

The Boy in the
Strined Paiamas (PG-131 B


Through the lens of an eight-year-
old boy largely shielded from the
reality of World War II, we witness a
forbidden friendship that forms
between Bruno, the son of Nazi com-
mandant, and Schmuel, a Jewish boy
held captive in a concentration
camp. Though the two are separated
physically by a barbed wire fence,
their lives become inescapably inter-
twined. Together, their tragic journey
helps recall the millions of innocent
victims of the Holocaust.
1 hr. 34 mins.

Changeling (R) B


In 1928 Los Angeles, single mother
Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie)
arrives home to find her son, Walter,
gone. Five months later, her prayers
are answered and Walter is found in
Illinois. But, to Christine's horror, the
boy who steps off the train is not
her son. 2 hrs. 20 mins.

The Day the
Earth Stood Still (PG-13) C+
A remake of the 1951 classic sci-fi


Australia (PG-13) C+


When upscale, happily unmarried
San Francisco couple Kate and Brad
find themselves socked in by fog on
Christmas morning, their exotic vaca-
tion plans morph into the family-cen-
tric holiday they had, until now, glee-
fully avoided. Out of obligation-and
unable to escape-they trudge to not
one, not two, but four relative-choked
festivities, increasingly mortified to
find childhood fears raised, adoles-
cent wounds reopened...and their
very future together uncertain. As
Brad counts the hours to when he
can get away from their parents, step-
parents, siblings and an assortment
of nieces and nephews, Kate is start-
ing to hear the ticking of a different
kind of clock. And by the end of the
day, she is beginning to wonder if
their crazy families' choices are not
so crazy after all.

Madagascar:
Escape 2 Africa (PG) B


Zoo animals (Ben Stiller, Chris
Rock) from New York meet others of
their species for the first time after
crash-landing in Africa. 1 hr. 29 mins.

Nothing Like
the Holidays (PG-13) B-
It's Christmastime and the far-flung
members of the Rodriguez family are
converging at their parents' home in
Chicago to celebrate the season and
rejoice in their youngest brothers


film about an alien visitor and his
giant robot counterpart who visit
Earth to warn the planet about
nuclear war.

Delgo (PG) C
The mystical land of Jhamora is
torn apart by the enmity of two races
the winged Nohrin and the terrestrial
Lockni. When Delgo (Freddie Prinze),
a Lockni teenager, begins a forbidden
friendship with Kyla (Jennifer Love
Hewitt), a Nohrin princess , hostility
between their people increases. This
sets the stage for Sedessa, an exiled
ruler, to set in motion her plan for
revenge and to reclaim her throne.

Four Christmases (PG-13) C+


Following the betrayal and death of
Vesper Lynd, James Bond (Daniel
Craig) makes his next mission per-
sonal. The hunt for those who black-
mailed his lover leads Bond to ruth-
less businessman Dominic Greene
(Mathieu Amalric), a key player in the
organization which coerced Vesper.
Bond learns that Greene is plotting to
gain total control of a vital natural
resource, and must navigate a mine-
field of danger and treachery to foil
Greene's plan. 1 hr. 46 mins.
Rnole Models (RI B+


Two salesmen trash a company
truck on an energy drink-fueled ben-
der. Upon their arrest, the court gives
them a choice: do hard time or
spend 150 service hours with a
mentorship program. After one day
with the kids, however, jail doesn't
look half bad. Surrounded by annoy-
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Frank Martin has been pressured
into transporting Valentina, the kid-
napped daughter of Leonid Vasilev,
the head of the Environmental
Protection Agency for the Ukraine,
from Marseilles through Stuttgart and
Budapest until he ends up in Odessa
on the Black Sea. Along the way, with
the help of Inspector Tarconi, Frank
has to contend with the people who
strong armed him to take the job,
agents sent by Vasilev to intercept
him, and the general non-cooperation
of his passenger. Despite Valentina's
cynical disposition and his resistance
to get involved, Frank and Valentina
fall for each other, while escaping


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safe return from combat overseas.
For Jesse (Freddy Rodriguez), coming
home has rekindled feelings for an
old flame, although she can't seem
to forgive him for leaving. His older
sister Roxanna, a struggling actress,
has been chasing her Hollywood
dreams for years with little to show
for it. And much to the dismay of
their mother Anna (Elizabeth Pena),
eldest brother Mauricio (John
Leguizamo) brings home a high-
powered executive wife (Debra
Messing) who would rather raise cap-
ital than a child. In the course of one
eventful week, traditions will be cele-
brated, secrets revealed and major
life decisions made. It all begins
when Anna announces to her children
she is divorcing their father Eduardo
(Alfred Molina). 1 hr. 39 mins.

Punisher: War Zone (R) C-
Continuing his one-man war
against organized crime, Frank Castle,
also known as The Punisher (Ray
Stevenson), takes aim at mob boss
Billy Russoti (Dominic West). An
encounter with Castle leaves Russoti
horribly disfigured, so the mobster
changes his name to Jigsaw and sets
out for revenge. 1 hr. 47 mins.

Quantum of Solace (PG-13) B


his every neurotic impulse to guide
Augie through the trials of becoming
a man. Meanwhile, charming Wheeler
tries to trade in an addiction to
partying and women to assist a
fifth-grader named Ronnie redirect
his foul-mouthed ways.1 hr. 35 mins.

Seven Pounds (PG-13 NEW
The emotional story of a man
who will change the lives of seven
strangers.

The Tale of Despereaux (G) NEW
Tiny and graced with oversized
ears, Despereaux was born too big
for his little world. Refusing to live his
life cowering, he befriends a Princess
named Pea and learns to read (rather
than eat) books-reveling in stories of
knights, dragons and fair maidens.
Banished from Mouseworld for being
more man than mouse, Despereaux
is rescued by another outcast,
Roscuro, who also wants to hear the
tales. But when the Princess dismiss-
es Roscuro's friendship, he becomes
the ultimate rat and plots revenge
with fellow outsider Mig. After Pea is
kidnapped, Despereaux discovers he
is the only one who can rescue
her...and that even the tiniest mouse
can find the courage of a knight in
shining armor. In this tale of bravery,
forgiveness and redemption, one
small create will teach a kingdom
that it takes only a little light to show
the truth: what you look like doesn't
equal what you are.

Transporter 3 (PG-13) B-


FILMS AT A GLANCE
Movie Rating Grade
Australia (PG-13) C+
Bolt (PG) B
Boy in the Striped Pajamas(PG-13) B
Changeling (R) B
The Day the Earth Stood Still (PG-13) C+
Delgo (PG) C
Four Christmases (PG-13) C+
Madagascar (PG) B
Nothing Like the Holidays (PG-13) B-
Punisher: War Zone (R) C-
Quantum of Solace (PG-13) B
Role Models (R) B+
Seven Pounds (PG-13) NEW
The Tale of Despereaux (G) NEW
Transporter 3 (PG-13) B-
Twilight (PG-13) B
Yes Man (PG-13) NEW

from one life-threatening situation
after another. 1 hr. 40 mins.

Twilight (PG-13) B
Twilight is an action-packed, mod-
ern-day love story between a teen girl
and a vampire. When Bella Swan
(Kristen Stewart) is sent to live with
her father in the rainy little town of
Forks, Washington, she doesn't expect
much to change. Then she meets the
mysterious and dazzlingly beautiful
Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), a
boy unlike any she's ever met. Edward
is a vampire, but he doesn't have
fangs and his family is unique in
that they choose not to drink human
blood. Edward has been waiting 90
years for a soul mate, which he finds
in Bella. But what will they do when a
clan of new vampires - James (Cam
Gigandet), Laurent (Edi Gathegi) and
Victoria (Rachelle Lefevre) - come to
town and threaten to disrupt their
way of life? 2 hrs.

Yes Man (PG-13) NEW
Jim Carrey stars as Carl Allen, a
guy whose life is going nowhere-the
operative word being "no"-until he
signs up for a self-help program
based on one simple covenant: say
yes to everything...and anything.
Unleashing the power of "YES" begins
to transform Carl's life in amazing
and unexpected ways, getting him
promoted at work and opening the
door to a new romance. But his will-
ingness to embrace every opportunity
might just become too much of a
good thing. 1 hr. 44 mins.





ENTERTAINMENT.
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Getting the band back together


Williams, Holland,
Verceal to play
at Visani Monday
By JOHN HACKWORTH
MANAGING EDITOR
When Wilson Williams and
Verceal Whitaker welcomed
Al Holland to their band,
Attraction, in 1980s Detroit,
they probably never dreamed
they would still be getting
together in 2008 - for a
Motown Christmas concert at
Visani in Port Charlotte no less.
The three long-time friends
and business associates will
reunite for the first time in
years Monday for a 7:30 p.m.
show at Mark Asciutto's show-
place just off Kings Highway.
Williams and Verceal both
grew up in Chesapeake, Va.,
where they honed their musi-
cal skills. Williams was the
first to take a shot at the big-
time in Detroit, and he had
some success. He recorded an
album, "Up the Downstairs,"
for ABC records that had the
distinction of being the last
studio session for the famous
Funk Brothers musicians of
Motown Records.
"The album was supposed
to be on Motown and that's
how we got the Funk
Brothers,"' Wilson said. "But
ABC offered more money and
we gave them the rights."
Williams said he had a cou-
ple of singles off the album
including the title track which
hit the charts at 80, with a
bullet.
"I thought I was on my way
to the big time." he said.
But reality set in when he
encountered management
problems - something com-
mon in the '60s and '70s,
especially when it pertained
to black artists who were
often underpaid and cheated
out of royalties.
Verceal moved to Detroit
and she and Williams started
a band called Attraction. A


What: Motown Christmas concert
Who: Al Holland, Wilson Williams
and Verceal.
Where: Visani Restaurant,
23490 Spencer Court, Port Charlotte.
When:7:30 p.m. Monday.
Cost: $12.
Info: 941-764-3463 for reservations.

couple of years later, Holland
left his job as a cello player
with the Detroit Symphony
Orchestra and joined them
on the road.
"We were glad to get Al, he
can really play those key-
boards," Wilson said. "We
traveled all over Michigan,
Indiana, Ohio and those
states and stayed pretty
busy."
Williams and Verceal left for
jobs in Fort Myers and it was
a few years before Holland
followed them. The three
teamed up again, joining the
Platters for concerts world-
wide and eventually making a
deal to manage Reflections
nightclub at the old Ramada
Inn on U.S. 41 in Port


Charlotte. For a year or more
they played weekends and
hosted bands like the Drifters
and a Beach Boys tribute
band - often drawing big
crowds.
But financial problems
forced them out.
"We have had some great
times together," Holland said
last week. "Every time we get
together it is like we never
separated."
Holland, who plays a lot of
solo gigs at clubs in Fort
Myers Beach, said Monday's
show will be a mix of
Christmas favorites and
Motown classics.
Wilson added there should
be something for everyone
and that the dance floor
will be open.,
"We'll be doing stuff we
always do, plus Christmas
and Platters stuff. We'll even
have some sing-along,"
Wilson said.
Visani Restaurant is located
at 23490 Spencer Court,
Port Charlotte.
For more information, call
941-764-3463.


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401 N. Indiana Ave. Opening
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local Country Western singer
and yodeler. Tickets are $10 per
person at the door. For more
information, call 941-473-4022.
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There's great chemistry in Christmas cookies


By MARYBETH JACOBSON
MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL
Christmas cookies are greater
than the sum of their parts. We
don't need a food chemist to
tell us that.
But we do need food scientists
to explain the role each ingredi-
ent plays in creating that perfect
combination of flavor, texture
and appearance that make all
those cookie platters so hard to
resist every December.
With the help of some experts,
we've deconstructed the cookie
for a closer look at each part:
Fat. Fats used in cookies can
include butter, solid vegetable
shortening and/or margarine.
Because butter melts the minute
the hot air of the oven hits it,
cookies made with butter spread
more than those made with
margarine or shortening.
There's also the question of
taste. Experts generally prefer
the real thing over margarine or
butter-flavored shortening.
Susan Reid, a baking expert
and cookbook editor from King
Arthur Flour in Norwich, Vt.,
agrees. "Personally, I don't
believe in margarine," she says.
Beyond the choice of fat, "the
most important thing with what-
ever fats you use is to make sure
they're at room temperature,"
Ssays Dave Schmidt, executive
director of the Wisconsin Bakers
Association.
Sugar. Recipes are specific
about the type of sugar that's
best for each type of cookie for a
reason: While all sugars add
sweetness, each type brings
other qualities, too.
White granulated sugar pro-
duces the crispiest texture, Reid
says, while brown sugar, in addi-
tion to adding color, makes cook-
ies that are "bendier" and more
chewy. That's because brown
sugar is made from white sugar
with molasses added. Because
molasses is liquid at room tem-
perature, it interferes with recrys-
tallization as cookies cool, keep-
ing them softer. Some recipes
blend the sugars to achieve a
combination of attributes.
Powdered sugar, sometimes
called confectioners' sugar, is a
very fine sugar with 3 percent


cornstarch added by weight.
While the cornstarch is there to
prevent clumping, the presence
of cornstarch means there's less
room for flour in the dough,
resulting, for example, in the dis-
tinctively light, fine texture of
Mexican wedding cookies.
For a bit of crunch when a
recipe calls for cookies to be
rolled in or sprinkled with sugar,
you can't beat turbinado or other
coarse crystal-type sugars. But
they can't be substituted for
white or brown sugar in the
cookie dough.
The same is true for ultra-fine
sugar, which is great for beating
with egg whites for meringues
because it dissolves so well. But
it's a poor choice for cutouts,
especially, so don't use it in place
of regular granulated sugar,
Schmidt cautions.
Mixing technique is impor-
tant, too, Schmidt says. "Never
blend more than two minutes
when you're incorporating the
sugar and fats."
Flour. Bread flour, cake flour
and pastry flour all have their
place, but when it comes to
cookies, for the most part, all-
purpose flour works best.
Even within that parameter,
though, home bakers have a
choice: bleached or unbleached?
Until recently, bleached flour
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with bleached flour would
spread less and be crisper.
"The argument between
bleached and unbleached flour
has been going on for years," says
Schmidt. His final verdict: "It real-
ly doesn't make any difference."
Reid, meanwhile, advocates
unbleached flour as a healthier
choice.
Another health-conscious
choice related to flour is the
desire to incorporate whole
grains.
Reid suggests replacing no
more than 25 percent of the flour
in a recipe with whole-wheat
flour, and she points out that
adapting favorite recipes can
require "a lot of testing and trial
and error."
She also advocates white
whole-wheat flour as "a good
place to start."
White whole wheat, which
she says probably would better
called whole white wheat, is
milled from an albino strain
of the wheat berry and doesn't
have the strong tannic taste t
hat comes with the pigment
of regular whole wheat.
She adds that chocolate in a
recipe can disguise the whole-
wheat taste that some people
may not be used to, and she has
this tip for those serving whole-
wheat products to the uncon-


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verted: "Eat first, tell later."
Baking soda and baking pow-
der. At least one of these leaven-
ers is found in most cookie
recipes. Which one depends on
other ingredients in the recipe.
Baking soda, which generally
produces a crisper cookie,
needs an acidic ingredient,
such as cocoa, buttermilk or
molasses, to activate it. Baking
powder, which produces a
chewier cookie, does not.
Reid points out that both
ingredients can lose their
potency if they've been in the
cupboard a long time.
"If you haven't baked since last
Christmas, buy new," she says.
She also offers this sugges-
tion if you'd like your cookies
softer and chewier: Add a
tablespoon of corn syrup,
something she does with the
traditional Toll House cookie
recipe.
Eggs. Large eggs (1 3/4 to 2
ounces each) are the standard


for recipes, says Reid. Eggs act
as a binder and a tenderizer in
cookies. In bar cookies, they
can result in a more fudgy or
cakelike texture, too.
All of the fat in an egg is in
the yolk, which is also the
source of the egg's emulsifying
power. Most of the protein is in
the white. The fat is a tenderiz-
er, while the protein provides
structure. Whites, which can be
beaten to trap air, give
meringue-type cookies their
appealing lightness.
Flavorings. "Nothing beats
real vanilla," says Schmidt.





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1950 Beach Road., Englewood.
941-475-8671.
9:30 p.m.- 1:30 a.m. Friday -
Saturday, Full Tilt.
- E. J's Frosted Mug
4104 El Jobean Road, El Jobean.
941-629-3766.
6 p.m, - 9 p.m. Saturday, Les Pearsall.
- Fat Katz Pub
125 S. Indiana Ave., Englewood.
941-473-7388.
8 p.m. - midnight Friday, Riding High.
* Indian Mound Park
End of Winson Avenue, Englewood.
6:30 p.m. Monday, country
and bluegrass open jam.

NORTH PORT
* Buffalo Wild Wings
700 Sumter Crossing Drive, North Port.
941-429-9722.
7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Friday, Les Pearsall.
* Olde World Restaurant
11415 S. Tamiami Trail, North Port.
941-426-1155.
7 p.m. - 11 p.m. Friday, karaoke.
7 p.m. Monday, No limit Texas Hold 'em
Poker tournaments.
Registration at 6 p.m.
6 p.m. Tuesday, swing dancing. lessons
start at 6 p.m., dancing at 7 p.m.


PORT CHARLOTTE
*American Legion Post 110
3152 Harbor Blvd., Port Charlotte.
941-629-7746.
7 p.m.- 10 p.m. Wednesday - Saturday,
live music.
Tuesday, Bingo. Doors open at
3:30 p.m. Games begin at 6 p.m.
� Deep Creek Elks
1133 Capricorn Blvd., Deep Creek.
941-764-6825.
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Friday, Dinner and
entertainment with music.
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday,
Dinner and entertainment with music.
* MS Rascal's Loony Bin
1182 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte.
www.loonybinpub.com.
941-255-5999.
7 p.m.- midnight Thursday,
Pros From Dover.
7 p.m.- midnight Thursday,
Biker's & Biker Babe Night.


9 p.m.- 1 a.m. Friday, Tucci.
9 p.m. - 1 a.m. Saturday, Jam Band.
4:30 p.m.- 10 p.m. Monday,
Golden Oldies Happy Hour.
1 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Texas Hold 'em Poker tournament
with registration at noon.
9 p.m.- 11 p.m. Wednesday, ladies
night/karaoke with DJ Philly Billy.
. Port Charlotte Elks #2153
20225 Kenilworth Blvd., off Veterans
Blvd., Port Charlotte.
941-627-9811.
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Friday,
Just For Fun.
8 p.m.- 11 p.m. Friday,
karaoke with Glenn.
� Portside
3636 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte.
941-629-3055.
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* Sports City
4660 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte.
941-627-6264.
7 p.m. - 11 p.m. Thursday, live music.
8 p.m. - midnight Friday, live music.
8 p.m. - midnight Saturday, live music.
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday, live music.
Monday, Monday Night Football.
8 p.m. - midnight Tuesday, live music.
7 p.m.- 11 p.m. Wednesday,
live music.
* Sun Flea Market
18505 Paulson Drive, Port Charlotte.
941-255-3532.
Noon - 3 p.m. Friday, Tim Goodman.


Noon - 3 p.m. Saturday,
Kenny Anderson.
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Saturday,
line dancing and lessons. $3.
Noon - 3 p.m. Sunday, Rosanne Botts.
1 - 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday,
photos with Santa.
- Visani featuring The Comedy Zone
2400 Kings Highway, Port Charlotte.
941-629-9191.
8 p.m. Friday, live comedy with live
comedy with Paul Lyones and Jon D. Miller.
7:30 p.m., 10 p.m. Saturday, live com-
edy with Paul Lyones and Jon D. Miller.
7:30 p.m. Monday, Motown Christmas
concert.
6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Tuesday, Al Holland.

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FROM PAGE 15
PUNTA GORDA
- Danny's Deep Creek Pub
24901 Sandhill Blvd. Unit 14,
Punta Gorda.
941-764-0640.
7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, free poker.
9 p.m. Saturday, karaoke with Danny.
4 p.m. Sunday, free poker.
7 p.m. Monday, free poker.
Showdown night.
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, karaoke with Sandy.
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Bingo.
- Fishermen's Village
1200 W. Retta Esplanade,
Punta Gorda.
941-639-8721.
7 p.m. Thursday, Peace River Baptist
Church Adult Choir Christmas Musical.
5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Friday, Mickey's Limit.
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday,
visit with Santa.
5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday,
Jimmy Jay and The Jay-Man.
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday, Kraig Kenning.
11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. Monday,
Four Leaf Strummers Banjo Group.
9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Wednesday,
Worden Farm's Greenmarket.
7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Wednesday, country line
dance lessons, $3 per person,
center court.
� Mooseheads
318 Tamiami Trail #111
Corner of U.S. 41 North and Virginia,
Punta Gorda.
941-505-0404.
8 p.m. Thursday, open mic night.
9 p.m. Friday - Saturday, live music.
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Texas
Hold 'em Poker.
� The Perfect Caper
121 E. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda.
941-505-9009.
6:30 p.m.- 10:30 p.m.Thursday-
Saturday, live jazz in the
lounge by Trio "Taste:'
- Slip-Not Lounge
1601 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda.
941-639-7677.
7 p.m. - 11 p.m. Thursday, Two Can Jam.

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7 p.m.- 10 p.m.Thursday,
karaoke by M & M inside.
8 p.m. - midnight Friday,
Koko Ray & The Soul Providers.
8 p.m. - midnight Saturday,
Two Can Jam.
6 p.m.- 10 p.m.Tuesday,
Anything Goes.

VENICE/NOKOMIS
- Big'Z Tavern
127 Tampa Ave. East, Venice.
941-724-2449.
Monday, karaoke.
- Saltwater Cafe
1071 N. Tamiami Trail, Nokomis.
941-488-3775.
5 p.m. - 11 p.m. Friday, Bob Cameau.
7 p.m.- 11 p.m. Saturday,
DooWop Denny.
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Sunday
Brunch, Gary Lesher.
NOTE NEW DEADLINE:
Nightwatch is a free, weekly listing
of entertainment at area nightclubs
and restaurants.
To include your club or restaurant
on the list, fax the information
to 941-629-2085 or e-mail
letsgo@sun-herald.com by 10 a.m.
each MONDAY prior to publication.


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Served daily from 11am to 3pm
and to 6pm Sundays in the
Heron's Roost Grille Room, the
perfect place for a casual
or business lunch.

Wednesday "Early Bird Dining"
4:30 to 6:30pm. Thursday "Cozy
Fall Specials" 5 to 8:30pm.
Friday 5 to 8:30pm.

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
from 4 to 6pm. And at the
Courtside Cafe Friday Oct 24;
Nov 7,21; Dec 5,19 from
5 to 7pm with Karaoke.

Offered Buffet Style from
11am to 2pm @ $9.95.
Appropriate attire is required in the
Dining Room. No jeans, please.


CALENDAR EXTRAS
Christmas karaoke
The Tropical Store at
306 W. Marion Ave., Punta
Gorda, will hold an evening of
karaoke from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Thursday during the third
Thursday Gallery Walk. No ordi-
nary karaoke night - this one
will be all about Christmas.
Sing your favorite Christmas
carols and sample Brazilian egg
nog and homemade Christmas
cookies. Everything will be
available, including the lyrics, in
case you forget one of the rein-
deer names. Everyone brave
enough to sing a Christmas
carol receives an angel pin,
compliments of The Tropical
Store. For more information,
visit www.thetropicalstore.com.

Kraig Kenning
to perform
Kraig Kenning, a
folk/rock/blues singer song-
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Champion will be performing at
Fishermen's Village, Center
Stage, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on
Sunday. It is said that Kenning
plays from the heart and his
commitment equals the best in
the business. Touring the past
20 years he has evoked compar-
isons to inspirations such as


December 17 - 18, 2008


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Hedges, and Kottke. The event
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Mall, Resort and Marina is locat-
ed at 1200W. Retta Esplanade,
directly off of Marion Avenue in
Punta Gorda. For more informa-
tion contact 941-639-8721.


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ENTERTAINMENT
December 17 - 18, 2008


Let's Go! Page 17


'Opus' works at Florida Studio Theatre


By KIM COOL
FEATURES EDITOR
"Opus," Latin for "work" is
as much about the life work
of five musicians as it is about
the work involved in main-
taining a world-class string
quartet from five distinct
personalities.
The fifth members of the
quartet, Grace (Susan Hyon),
comes aboard when the gifted
bipolar musician named
Dorian (Christian Kohn) unex-
pectedly leaves to follow his
muse of the moment. Time is
critical to the future of this
group, which is signed to
perform at the White House
within days of Grace's arrival
on the scene. That there is
even some doubt as to
whether she will remain on
the scene adds to the tension
within the group. So does the
approaching five-year caner
check-up of the cellist, Carl.
Turning in the performance
of their lives as well as of the
life of quartet, the five-that-
would-be-four string players
must deal with Alan (Scott
Giguere), the lover and seem-
ingly most casual player;
Elliott (Jeffrey Plunkett), the
egotist; and the disease of
cancer that threatens the
existence of the quartet even
as it threatens the life of the
one member who seems to be
the most level-headed of all,
Carl (Ron Siebert) the cellist.
Directed by FST's resident
artistic director Richard
Hopkins, "Opus" became a
collaborative effort with the
Sarasota Orchestra. Hopkins
is no stranger to musical pro-
ductions, having collaborated
on numerous musical shows
for the FST Goldstein Cabaret
and also directing several
other music-themed shows in
the theater's Keating main-
stage venue. Orchestra String
Quartet Concertmaster Dan
Jordan worked with the FST
actors to help them perfect
their string-playing tech-
niques. While no sounds


emanated from the instru-
ments being "played" on stage,
all five seemed at home with
the stringed instruments.
The simple yet elegant
Nayna Ramey set of art glass
panels and minimalist furni-
ture elegantly framed the play-
ers and the Barrymore Award-
winning play. Costumes were


by Marcella Beckwith, lighting
by Michael Klaers and sound
design by John Valines.
Tickets for "Opus," in the
Keating Theatre of FST at
1241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota,
through Jan. 30, are
$19-$32 per person.
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Let's Go! Page 18


December 17- 18, 2008


PGI boat parade
is Saturday
The largest lighted boat
parade on the gulf coast of
Florida takes place on the
canals of Punta Gorda Isles on
Saturday night.
In this eighth year, more
than fifty decorated boats will
cruise the nearly five mile
route around the rim canal and
adjoining lagoons. The parade
starts at dark, about 6 p.m.,
and takes about an hour and a
half to pass any viewing point.
Last year more than 8800
viewers enjoyed the spectacu-
lar from 69 vacant lots along
the route. Any vacant lot that
is not posted can accommo-
date spectators. Parking is easy
right at the viewing spot. The
boats pass only a few feet from
the seawall edge and allow the
crowds to hear the music and
communicate with the boaters.
The parade route starts on
Bal Harbor Drive and travels to
Sunset Lake on the rim canal
around the south side of PGI.
Then it proceeds around the
rim canal with detours to Key
Largo Lagoon, LaCosta Lagoon,
and Christmas Cove. At
Sancho Panza canal it goes to
Yellow fish Lagoon and adjoin-
ing canals where it ends.
A complete map of the
parade route can be found on
the Punta Gorda Isles Civic
Association Web site,
www.pgica.org.
To get to the parade area,
drive out Marion Ave into
Punta Gorda Isles. At the traf-
fic light, turn left on Bal Harbor
Drive and continue for about
2 1/2 miles until Albatross Drive
is on the left. This lagoon is
where the parade assembles.
The easiest viewing area to
find is just beyond the assem-
bly area on Bal Harbor Blvd.at
the vacant lots between the Bal
Harbor Place condos and the
Harbor Landing condos. The
parade will pass by this loca-
tion about 6:10 p.m.
The parade is so large that
only a portion can be seen
from this point adjoining the


staging area.
Better viewing locations are
the 15 vacant lots on LaCosta
Island Ct. The parade passes
the length of the lagoon both
ways providing two views of
each boat. These vacant lots
can be found by continuing
out Bal Harbor Drive past the
golf course. Turn right on
Suzi Street which comes to a
"T" intersection at LaCosta
Island Court. Turn right and
find a vacant lot on the left
that you like. Expect the


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parade about 6:40 p.m.
The most popular viewing
area is the Key Largo Lagoon.
The decorated boats circle
the lagoon which has proved to
be a wonderful viewing experi-
ence. This lagoon is reached by
turning left off Suzi on LaCosta
Island Court then left on Los
Alamos Drive. The lagoon
viewing area is along Key Largo
Drive which turns right off Los
Alamos in two blocks. The
parade will be in the lagoon
about 6:30 p.m.
Boaters who want to view
the parade from their boats
can find many places to
anchor on the wide western
end of the rim canal.


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December 17 - 18, 2008


Marine Science Center captures


much of Florida's sea life


Let's Go! Page 19


By AUDREY BLACKWELL
STAFF WRITER
In just four hours of driving
and a cost of about that same
amount in entry fees, the Marine
Science Center in Daytona
Beach offers a compelling view
of east coast Florida's marine life.
The center's exhibit gallery
displays such wildlife as turtles,
from hatchlings through adult-
hood, manatees, whales, sharks
and mosquitoes. A brief history
of each is given, and during pre-
arranged guided tours, visitors
learn more about the comings
and goings of native sea life and
related life forms.
For example, the saltwater
marsh mosquito can carry West
Nile Virus or Eastern Equine
Encephalitis, both of which are
especially troublesome for hors-
es and any vertebrate bitten by
mosquitoes. These viruses start
in birds and are carried by mos-
quitoes after biting the birds.
While WNV seriously affected
horses in the late 1990s and early
2000s, according to the Centers
for Disease ControlWeb site,
only about 40 percent died from
the disease. Michael Brothers,
center guide, said the suspect
birds are tested in Ocala, to help
track these named and other
viruses.

Environments
The center is divided
into "environments." The interi-
or houses the exhibit gallery and
displays crabs, turtles, manatees,
sharks and whales as well as
coral reefs and native
fish and plant life.
There are rehabilitation cen-
ters for sea turtles and birds, a
bird observation tower, nature
trail and boardwalk on the
premises. And for those inclined

CALENDAR EXTRA

Hospital music
therapy room named
for AC/DC singer
SARASOTA (AP) - A new


A colorful seahorse finds a friend in his reflection at the science center.
A colorful seahorse finds a friend in his reflection at the science center.


SUN PHOTOS BY AUDREY BLACKWELL
Replica of a mother and baby manatee on display at the Marine
Science Center in Daytona Beach.


What: Marine Science Center.
Address: 100 Lighthouse Drive,
Daytona Beach.
Hours: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday-
Saturday, noon - 4 p.m. Sunday.
Admission: Adults 12 and over, $5;
Seniors, $4; Children 3-12, $2
Phone: 386-304-5545.
Web site:
www.marinesciencecenter.com.

to purchase a memento of their
visit, a gift shop carries colorful
replicas of many
of the life forms exhibited.

Tours
A guided tour is the best way
to learn about the various forms
of sea life. One Saturday in
October, Brothers showed a
group of people through the
interior center on a typical tour.
The manatee display showed
a mother and child. Brothers
pointed out the animal can go
from freshwater to saltwater eas-
ily and eats 5 percent-10 percent


music therapy room at a hospi-
tal on Florida's Gulf Coast is
being named for AC/DC lead
singer Brian Johnson.
Johnson and other rock stars
have supported an effort to buy


Take 1-75 north to Exit 261 (1-4). Drive
northeast on 1-4 to 1-95. Go south on I-
95 to Exit 256 (SR-421,Taylor Road
ramp toward Port Orange and Daytona
Beach Shores. Merge onto SR 421
East, which becomes FL-A1A
North/Dunlawton Ave. Turn right on
South Atlantic Avenue/CR-4075 and
head to Ponce Inlet.
Turn right on HarborVillage Boulevard.
Turn left onto South Peninsula Drive.
Turn left onto Lighthouse Drive.
The center is at 100 Lighthouse Drive.

its weight every day in aquatic
plants. Brothers and other center
staff do all they can to get the
word out about helping mana-
tees survive. Many manatees are
killed by boaters, hypothermia,
infant mortality, habitat destruc-
tion and pollution, he said.
In discussing stone crabs, a
popular menu item in Florida,
Brothers said it is true that fish-
ermen are only allowed to take
one claw and must return the
rest of the creature to the water.
"It will regenerate the missing


music equipment and provide
music education for children,
including those who are in the
hospital.
Music equipment and
enhancements to the room at


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This 80-pound sea turtle is being rehabilitated at the Marine Science
Center in Daytona Beach. The carbuncles covering its shell will not be
scraped off, a center guide said, because the turtle would feel it.


claw," Brothers said.
One wall displayed various
whales, including the hump-
back, tooth, baleen, sperm and
right whale. However, the only
whale ever found in Florida is
the right whale, according to
Brothers. "Right whales are usu-
ally found around Savannah, Ga.
or Melbourne, Fla. The whales
come down from the north to
give birth and then go back
north," he said.
According to Wikipedia, the
North Atlantic Right Whale is a
baleen whale
that filters food and water
through baleen plates rather
than teeth.
These whales "travel between


Sarasota Memorial Hospital are
being donated by the John
Entwhistle Foundation, named
for the late bassist for The Who.
Johnson and other rockers
have worked to raise money for


feeding grounds in the Gulf of
Maine and ... calving areas
in Georgia and Florida."

Activities for kids
The Marine Science Center
offers lots of activities for kids
and many parents bring their
children to the center for a birth-
day party.
Kids and adults can
measure up against wall posters
of turtles and discover their size
compared
to the leatherback turtle.

General admission costs $5
for those age 13 and up; $2 for
those age 3-12; $4 for senior citi-
zens; children under 3 are free


the charity.
The man himself will be on
hand at the hospital for the
dedication of the Brian
Johnson Music Therapy Room
next week.


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December 17 - 18, 2008


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