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+ Delaney enjoys Alaska — sort of What do you do after retiring from your career as an NBA referee? If you’re Bob Delaney, you fly to Alaska for a two-day trip, of course. Delaney, who before his career on the basketball court served as an undercover agent for the New Jersey State Police, recently spoke to U.S. Army and Air Force members about post-traumatic stress disorder at Joint Base ElmendorfRichardson in Anchorage, Ala. He also shared a message from his new book, “Surviving the Shadows: A Journey of Hope into Post Traumatic Stress.”

+ Holiday happenings The East County will be chock full of holiday cheer this weekend. Breakfast with Santa and a Movie. 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 10, Ed’s Tavern, 10719 Rodeo Drive, Lakewood Ranch. 9070400. Gingerbread and Santa. 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 11, Viking Culinary Center, 8130 Lakewood Ranch Main St., Suite 104. 366-COOK. Holidays Around the Ranch. 6-9 p.m. Dec. 9, Lakewood Ranch Main Street. Holiday Party to Benefit Toys for Tots. Noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 10, Greenbrook Adventure Park, 13010 Adventure Place, Lakewood Ranch. Holly Pascarella, 556-0500. Lunch with Santa. Noon Dec. 11, Main Street Trattoria. 8131 Lakewood Main St. 9071518. Sarasota Film Society Photos with Santa. 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 8, Lakewood Ranch Cinemas, 10715 Rodeo Drive, Suite 8, Lakewood Ranch.

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In Sarasota and Manatee counties, 41 construction permits for more than $1 million have been pulled in the past year. Of those, about one-fourth are in the East County.

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lthough the East County was one of the areas hardest hit by the recent economic downturn, the area also has been experiencing one of the strongest comebacks, local officials say. New communities such as Riva Trace, Woodbrook and Central Park have opened in the last 18 months, with developer Neal Communities reporting its strongest month yet in November for home sales. New businesses have begun to sprout up throughout the area, as well. Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine has begun work on its $52 million dental school campus, and the Manatee County Public School District also has begun construction of a new Manatee Technical Institute campus, at a construction budget of more than $35 million. Mary Dougherty-Slapp, executive director of the Gulf Coast Builders Exchange, noted much of the construction activity is occurring in the East County area, specifically. “The Lakewood Ranch and University Parkway corridor really seems to have made a turnaround compared to the last few years (of activity),” she said. “These projects have

a huge impact. When you see construction, you are seeing investment in your community. You have the construction jobs, which, if they are local workers, that has the multiplier effect in the local economy.” Jacki Dezelski, vice president of East County and Community Development for the Manatee Chamber of Commerce, agreed. “There have been several positive signs recently that the economy is starting its recovery,” she said. “Retail sales have been up three months in a row, our unemployment numbers have begun to drop, and the Leading Economic Index experienced another slight uptick. Confidence can be contagious, so I hope that we continue to hear about the good news happening in the business sector.” Many projects — big and small — are under way. The following is a compilation of projects that have started within the last year and have building permits exceeding $1 million.

WALMART SUPERCENTER ADDRESS: 5811 Ranch Lake Blvd., Bradenton | OWNER: Walmart Stores East LP | CONTRACTOR: MAPP Construction | SQUARE FOOTAGE: 152,888 | PERMIT PULLED: July 4, 2011 | PERMIT VALUE: $84 million

Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is less than six months away from opening its newest super-center location in the East County. Spokesman Bill Wertz said the new location at 5811 Ranch Lake Blvd., Bradenton, is expected to open in April 2012 and will bring the area about 250 jobs at that time. Wal-Mart Stores purchased the 41.4-acre site new near southeast the intersection of State Road 70 and Interstate

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Ranch Alliance announces endorsements The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance has endorsed its first set of candidates for the 2012 elections. LAKEWOOD RANCH — The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance announced last week its first round of endorsements for the 2012 election. The organization, which represents nearly 500 local businesses and their Brodsky Eger Baugh Knight Steube employees, on Nov. 30 announced its support of the seats and made their recommen- that voice of our community, so following candidates: Tom Knight dations, based on an unbiased we want to make sure there is an for Sarasota County sheriff; Brad scoring system, to the Alliance’s alignment there between our poSteube for Manatee County sher- Board of Directors. The board litical candidates and what’s goiff; Ed Brodsky for state attorney voted unanimously on the recom- ing to be in the best interest of the for the 12th Judicial Circuit; Larry mendations Nov. 17. greater Lakewood Ranch commuEger for public defender for the “The interviews are really the nity. 12th Judicial Circuit; and Van- starting point by which we deter“It’s important to know the recessa Baugh for District 5 Manatee mine the objectives of what each ommendations and the endorseCounty commissioner. candidate is looking to accom- ments, without question, have Members of the Alliance’s Gov- plish in our greater community,” absolutely nothing to do with poernmental Affairs Committee in- incoming Alliance President Brian litical affiliation,” he said. “We are terviewed all contenders for the Volner said. “We are looking to be a very pro-business organization.

We are looking for those candidates who we believe will best serve the community as a whole.” After the start of the new year, the governmental affairs committee will interview other political candidates in preparation for the Alliance’s next round of endorsements, although no interviews have yet been set, said Craig Cerreta, chair of the Governmental Affairs Committee. Cerreta said the Alliance plans to announce endorsements in the coming months, likely in groups of five or six candidates, so the organization can better support its candidates of choice. Even though interested persons can file to run for seats in the November 2012 election until June 1, his-

torically, candidates who wait to file have less of a chance of being elected, he said. The Alliance announced the formation of a Committee of Continuous Existence, an entity that will allow the Alliance to raise money for pro-business political candidates and causes, in October. Moving forward, the CCE will provide a vehicle by which the Alliance can host fundraisers for its preferred candidates or make contributions to their campaigns. The CCE, called Pro Business Ranch, is its own entity with its own board of directors, however it is under the guidance of the Alliance. The CCE will be funded by voluntary donations identified for the CCE. Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@yourobserver.com.

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• John and Lorna Clarke Fund • GE Appliances • John W. and Lydia J. Kolbas Family Fund • Michael Saunders Fund • Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch Scholarship Fund • Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch MTI East Scholarship Fund • SunTrust Lakewood Ranch Educational Fund • Robert and Karol Borkowski Fund • Greg and Diane Brune Fund • H. Peter Burg Fund • DelFabro Charitable Fund • Bernard G. and Nancy J. Berman Entrepreneurship Fund • Barbara Jones Charitable Fund • Windsor of Lakewood Ranch Fund • McIntyre Elwell and Strammer General Contractors Inc. Fund • McIntyre Family Fund • Baugh Family Fund • Stuart J. Roth Charitable Fund • Center for Faith and Freedom Fund • Lakewood Ranch Women’s Charitable Fund • Joseph and Barbara Najmy Charitable Fund • Bob, Julia and Amanda Smith In Memory of Dick and Gloria Smith • Ten Women Golfers Giving Circle Fund • Sisterhood for Good Fund • Jeffrey and Utahna Smith Charitable Fund • Miles • Lou and Ann Marie Marinaccio Charitable Fund

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The new plaque stands near the fountain on Lakewood Ranch Main Street.

Ranch Community Fund unveils Founders’ 50 plaque The plaque on Lakewood Ranch Main Street recognizes donors who have established permanent charitable funds dedicated to Lakewood Ranch.

LAKEWOOD RANCH — As wood Ranch residents. former Schroeder-Manatee “Why do we give?” he Ranch President and CEO said. “We give because the John Clarke piloted Lakewood world —  or some small Ranch through its early years, part of it — will be better he knew the true mark of the because we did. Somecommunity would have little time in the future, other to do with its homes, roads people will be standing and businesses. here and can build on Rather, the community’s what we have done.” strength would lie in the peoThe Lakewood Ranch ple who lived in those homes, Community Fund opdrove those roads and owned erates under the larger those businesses. Photos by Michael Eng umbrella of the Manatee Now, that strength is a per- Former SMR President and CEO John Clarke Community Foundation. manent fixture on Lakewood spoke about Lakewood Ranch’s early years. Its mission is to enhance Ranch Main Street. The Lakethe quality of life in and wood Ranch Community Fund The donors’ contributions are near Lakewood Ranch by prounveiled Dec. 2 its Founders’ 50 proof that residents’ passion for moting philanthropy, connecting plaque, which recognizes donors Lakewood Ranch makes the com- the charitable interests of dowho have established perma- munity special, he said. nors with the ongoing needs of Community Fund President- the community. This year’s grant nent charitable funds dedicated to causes and interests impact- Elect Diane Brune agreed, noting recipients include Big Brothers ing the community. The bronze that since the Community Fund’s Big Sisters of the Suncoast, Canplaque, which stands near the inception in 2002, it has donated cer Support Community, Easter Main Street fountain, currently a total of $650,000 to 186 non- Seals Southwest Florida, Meals profits. displays 27 donors. on Wheels PLUS of Manatee and Longtime Lakewood Ranch Tidewell Hospice and more. Clarke spoke at the unveiling and thanked the honored donors resident and an original FoundFor more information, visit for completing the dream he and ers’ 50 John Kolbas said he hopes www.lwrfund.org. Lakewood Ranch’s other founders the plaque serves as inspiration Contact Michael Eng at meng@ birthed more than 20 years ago. for future generations of Lake- yourobserver.com.

MANATEE COUNTY — The commercial plaza deemed as the ‘gateway’ to Lakewood Ranch is under new ownership. A company called 8515 SR 70 Lllp, owned by Ron Wolf, has purchased Gateway to the Ranch, located on either side of the Rosedale community, out of foreclosure for about $1.9 million. ICORR Properties International, of which Wolf is managing broker, announced Nov. 18 it will handle leasing and management. “We’re in acquisition mode,” said Earl Fossum, vice president of property management for ICORR. “We saw great potential here with the growth of Lakewood Ranch.” Fossum said the future addition of Walmart and other retailers to the area east of Interstate 75 and throughout Lakewood Ranch will help foster a positive synergy for tenants in the plaza. The western Gateway to the Ranch Plaza already is fully leased with tenants including Manatee Golf, Maxillofacial Sugery Associates, Great Florida Insurance and We Fix Computers. The remaining plaza farther east, has about 16,000 square feet available for lease, although 2,200 square feet is under contract. Leasing Manager Susanne Stovall said the company already has seen interest, with potential tenants including restaurants, a hair salon, a childcare center and more. ICORR plans to invest up to $50,000 in improving the overall plaza by painting buildings, repairing light fixtures, improving landscaping and adding signage to give the plaza more visibility. ICORR oversees One Sarasota Tower in Sarasota, as well as Square South Shopping Center, Citrus Park Shops in Tampa and Pinebrook Plaza in Venice. Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@yourobserver.com.


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+ Braden River honors veterans, seeks sponsorships Members of the Braden River Middle School family piled on the support for local veterans, contributing about 170 boxes full of items for troops overseas as part of the school’s HeroDay Nov. 18. The HeroBoxes, which included snack items, toiletries, games, magazines and paperback books, are being sent to U.S. Army units in Afghanistan through www. herobox.org. Students inserted personal notes and drawings in the boxes, as well. Braden River Middle’s Joanne Torluccini said Yoder Auto Sales has partially funded shipping costs, and the school still is seeking additional sponsorships. Additionally, as part of the HeroDay events, military veteran Scott Stephenson, and his mother, Luana, spoke to students. For more information about the HeroBox program or to contribute, call 751-7080.

+ Ranch CDDs plan capital improvement project timeline Supervisors on Lakewood Ranch’s

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Community Development Districts have begun workshops to become better prepared to address the community’s future infrastructure needs. Capital Improvement Plan workshops have been scheduled at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, as follows: • CDD 1: 10 a.m. Dec. 12 • CDD 2: 1:30 p.m. Dec. 20 • CDD 5: 2 p.m. Dec.12 • IDA: 1:30 p.m. Dec. 19

County hosts training for CERT members Local Community Emergency Response Team members now are better equipped to respond to disasters. The Manatee County Department of Emergency Management recently sponsored a training course for new CERT members. Individuals from Lakewood Ranch, Heritage Harbour and University Park participated in the four-day training last month. The November training, hosted by the Lakewood Ranch Community Emergency

+ Travelers sustain injuries in I-75 accident

A Clearwater teenager has been charged with careless driving in an acciResponse Team, was Department of Homeland dent Dec. 3, on Interstate 75 just south held at East Manatee Security and FEMA, volof State Road 70. Fire Rescue stations and unteer CERT teams proA Florida Highway Patrol report states meeting space donated vide search-and-rescue 17-year-old Kristina McCullough was by Gold Coast Eagle services and first aid in driving her 1996 Toyota southbound Distributing. response to disasters in the right lane when the vehicle’s tire As part of a national until trained personnel separated and blew out. McCullough program by the arrive. lost control of the vehicle and began toLBK - 2010 - I spin across the southbound lanes, striking the left side of a 2000 Toyota driven LBK - 2010 - I sustained minor injusustained minor injuries, as well, McCullough by Miami’s Marie Louis, as well as the ries and was transported to Lakewood and were transported to Manatee right front of a 2010 Chevrolet driven by Ranch Medical Center. Louis and Memorial Hospital. David Schapiro, of Sarasota. her passenger, Marie Aubourg, both Schapiro was not injured.

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The following information was gathered from incident and arrest reports obtained from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

CANDLEWOOD Dec. 4

6:45 a.m. —  2800 block of 48th Drive East. Animal complaint. The responding deputy arrived in reference to a call of a large horse running loose in the 2800 block of 38th Avenue East. Upon his arrival, the deputy observed the horse repeatedly attempt to enter the pasture located between 30th Street East and U.S. 301 from 48th Drive East to 38th Avenue East. The deputy had dispatch attempt several phone calls to locate the horse’s owner. The deputy attempted to push the horse toward a gate into the pasture but was unsuccessful. The horse skirted the perimeter of the property, attempting several times to push through the fence. The horse made his way to the 2700 block of 48th Drive East and was nearing U.S. 301. The deputy cut the horse off with his vehicle, trying to turn him away from 301. The horse continued to ram the fence trying to get to the pasture.

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10 p.m. —  7500 block of Alicia Lane. Identity theft. The victim reported her Money Network Visa card account information was fraudulently used at three different locations in Florida. She stated her card was physically in her possession when her account information was used. A total of $384.33 was obtained from the account.

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9:40 p.m. —  11700 block of Summer Meadow Drive. Baker Act. The suspect suffers from an undisclosed disorder and currently is prescribed medication. The suspect had been drinking wine and was upset. He stated he was going to kill himself, so he went out to his pool area and cut both of his arms one time with a box cutter.

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10 a.m. —  3400 block of 82nd Avenue Circle E. Criminal mischief. The complainant reported an unknown person broke her back porch light, damaged a plant that was on her back porch and broke her vehicle’s left taillight. She believes her neighbors vandalized her property, but there were no witnesses to the incident.

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12:30 p.m. —  8300 block of Lockwood Ridge Road. Petit theft first degree less than $300. The complainant rode his bike to the store and then locked his bike up on the store’s bike rack with a bike cable and lock. When he came out of the store, he noticed his bike was missing. His bike cable had been cut and was on the ground.

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political focus. This has greater future problems; Lakewood Ranch is planning thousands of new homes on the Sarasota County side of the Ranch, which would be part of District 23. This proposed alignment appears unnecessary. The rest of District 21, which currently stops at the Manatee-Hillsborough counties line, would push northward and take portions of eastern Hillsborough and western Polk counties. These areas have much less in common with Lakewood Ranch or Bradenton. And the boundaries would violate the Legislature’s goal of more compact districts. Basically, the proposal makes no sense for the Ranch. While there could be an upside with two state senators representing the Ranch, in reality, both of them easily could be distracted with their other areas and the Ranch could be left without focused representation in Tallahassee. It is still early in the process. We urge lawmakers to find a way to keep representation

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Dr. Amir Guirguis and Creekwood Dental in Lakewood Ranch treated nearly 100 adult patients the day before Thanksgiving Day — free. Dubbed Give Thanks with a Smile Day, dentists and dental assistants primarily did cleanings, fillings and extractions. There was no shortage of thankfulness on the part of those receiving the free care. “I’m tired of this broken tooth. It’s a Thanksgiving blessing,” Debrah Mitchell told the East County Observer, reflecting the feelings of many. This is not Creekwood Dental’s first foray into community generosity. For two years, the dental practice has provided free dental care to Manatee County public school children as part of Give Kids a Smile Day in February.

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Time to balance the field Although it will appear as piling on, the Legislature is going to have to look at the health insurance programs of state workers in the next session. The state of Florida is facing another budget shortfall for next year of about $2 billion. The biggest expense by many multiples is employees. And as it enters this fifth year of budget cuts, legislators will have to look at reducing employee costs again to close the gap. This time, it will be the soaring costs of health-care benefits. All the same dynamics are in play that were during last year’s battles over pension benefits — painful, personal, ROD political and ultimately THOMSON necessary. And fair. A Kaiser Family Foundation study found that most state workers — those in the “career service” group — pay about $2,160 in annual insurance premiums for family health-care coverage. That compares to about $4,000 average nationally. In other words, state workers are paying about half for health-care coverage that the rest of us are — the rest being picked up by taxpayers. And those state plans have lower deductibles and better coverage than most private-sector plans. Buck Consultants, hired by the Legislature to review the health-care benefits system for public employees, reports that state employees have more generous coverage than almost anything in the private sector. Buck further spells out some stark

math. The state spent $1.9 billion last year on health insurance for 177,000 active and retired employees — a cost that will rise to $3.1 billion in 2014 if nothing is done. So if the state does nothing to change how it pays for health care for its employees, it will need to come up with another $1.2 billion in two years just for that expense. In short, health-care costs are an annual wrecking ball on the state budget. Legislative leaders looking at that reality rightly conclude that it is better to attack the problem now rather than wait until, inevitably, it becomes worse — much more expensive and more politically difficult to reform. The biggest obstacle to getting the math to work will be the same as last year and the same as in most government jurisdictions facing unsustainable employee benefit costs. That obstacle: powerful government unions. Remember: When government unions fight against management, they are not really fighting Gov. Rick Scott and the Legislature. They are fighting taxpayers. This isn’t Ford that must come up with money to appease the United Auto Workers. This is the government that is being pushed to come up with more taxpayer money for union members. The unions are fighting to take more money out of your pocket. The fix will not be easy to accomplish. Part of the proposal probably will be higher employee contributions to their health insurance and perhaps higher deductibles.

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But Scott and legislators are also looking at using basic consumerism instincts to help reign in the costs by reconnecting the user with the payer more directly. The Buck report concluded that the current “paternalistic” system creates a dynamic that allows employees to be “passive and perhaps even entitled, with little concern about costs.” That is one of the underlying drivers of health-care costs nationally. The cost of health care has been increasing far too fast, in part because of this separation, which also leads to higher utilization of health care. That combination is a financial killer. The thinking on using consumerism goes like this: Whether it is car insurance or home insurance, we all generally shop around for the best insurance deal and take care of what we have to limit claims and higher premiums. We do that unless someone else is paying the bill, which is how it works now. So an additional way to change the dynamics of ballooning costs is to have a low-premium, high-deductible option that includes a health-savings account. The state would chip in $1,000 annually into the HSA for family coverage and in a young family’s healthy years, the money would pile up tax free to be used in later years. So younger, healthier people save money for when they need it and have an added incentive to live healthier lives. That plan is already available, thanks to former Gov. Jeb Bush, but only about 1,400 state employees use it. That’s because the other option is just so good. Too good to afford. And unfortunately for state workers, that will have to change. Rod Thomson can be reached at rthomson@yourobserver.com.


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+ Stand up be counted on school spending Dear Editor: At the Manatee County School Board budget meeting, Jim Hamilton, from Mixon Associates, gave a dim view of what may happen at the state level to the school budget. He spoke about things that could be done to offset the plummeting revenues. He went on to say what his district had done to cut the budget, and to my surprise, those measures were the same ideas the former citizens budget committee had recommended for years, but that had fallen on deaf ears. I guess when you use other people’s money, it is not much of a concern. All of a sudden, board member Barbara Harvey woke up to the problem that her pet programs may be on the chopping block. Now, she’s upset. If Harvey had realized her “yes” votes on the consent agenda would cause a lot of the financial problems, maybe she would have been aware of what her vote was doing to her children. It’s not all Harvey’s fault; it’s the administration’s poor judgment and twisted interpretation of the law by the attorney that created the problems. It comes down to the board: Either it is for the children and teachers or it favors high salaries for people who have mismanaged technology, the health care program and the 2011-12 budget with its errors and omissions. If we don’t change the makeup of this board, the administration can pass any amount of taxes it wants without going to the public. If you care about our children and our teachers, you need to make this administration know you mean business. Peggy Martin Manatee County

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Officials of Windsor Senior Living celebrated the construction of the company’s new memory care residence during a special ceremony Nov. 30. LAKEWOOD RANCH — As the sun set behind the future Windsor Reflections Memory Care Residence building Nov. 30, a fir tree, topped with American flags, caught the attention of passersby and those who stood outside, waiting to celebrate the facility’s creation. Although contractors broke ground on the project a few months ago, Windsor officials celebrated its construction with a special “Raise the Roof Celebration.” The tree, carefully placed atop the building’s new roof, paid tribute to a European tradition of “topping out,” in which a tree is placed atop a building to celebrate an intermediate point of overall completion of the structure. “It’s supposed to bring luck to your project,” said Lorrie Britton, regional director of operations for Windsor Senior Living and The Windsor of Lakewood Ranch. Construction of Lakewood Ranch’s first memory care center, Reflections, is about one-third complete. Contractors are on schedule to finish the shell of the building by the end of March, with the center opening to its first residents in May 2012. “This is such a wonderful addition,” said Manatee County Commissioner Donna Hayes, who spoke at the event. “The whole East County needs this facility.” Cathy Layton, who owns the Windsor with her husband, Pete Russell, said Reflections will be specialized for patients with dementia and other memory-related conditions through the layout of

Construction on the Reflections building is about one-third complete.

Photos by Pam Eubanks Windsor co-owner Cathy Layton said she was eager to provide much-needed mem- Lorrie Britton, regional director of operations for Windsor, welcomes guests. ory-related care to the community.

the facility, security measures, activities for residents and training for staff members. “It’s a resource now,” Layton said. For more information about Reflec-

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LOST CREEK RESORT APARTMENTS ADDRESS: 11140 Lost Creek Terrace, Bradenton | OWNER: Lost Creek Apartments LLC | CONTRACTOR: Winter Park Construction | SQUARE FOOTAGE: 19,050 | PERMIT PULLED: March 14, 2011 | PERMIT VALUE: $1 million

Orlando-based P.A.C. Land Development began construction on a new resort-style apartment complex, Lost Creek Resort at Lakewood Ranch, in March and expects to open its first two apartment buildings and clubhouse by the end of January. The project’s first phase, which contains about 272 units, is expected to be finished

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Hawthorne Health and Rehab bathrooms, and be comprised of four resident neighborhoods — each with 30 beds in total. The facility also will have a therapy room, fitness center, water therapy, theater and other features, Franklin said. The project was put a few months behind schedule — with an original target opening for October 2011 — because of construction-related delays, Franklin said. Developers broke ground on the project in January.

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TERRACE CONDOMINIUMS ADDRESS: 7607 Grand Estuary Trail, Bradenton | OWNER: Lennar Homes | CONTRACTOR: Lennar Homes | SQUARE FOOTAGE: 50,591 | PERMIT PULLED: Feb. 7, 2011 | PERMIT VALUE: $2,381,184

TERRACE CONDOMINIUMS ADDRESS: 8105 Grand Estuary Trail, Bradenton | OWNER: Lennar Homes | CONTRACTOR: Lennar Homes | SQUARE FOOTAGE: 50,591 | PERMIT PULLED: June 20, 2011 | PERMIT VALUE: $1,621,616

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Men’s Christian Association | CONTRACTOR: Manasota Commercial Construction | SQUARE FOOTAGE: 12,900 | PERMIT PULLED: July 18, 2011 | PERMIT VALUE: $1.6 million Just north of the existing Manatee County Lakewood Ranch YMCA building, Manasota Commercial Construction is busy completing work on a new 13,000-squarefoot addition to the YMCA campus. “Things have gone pretty smoothly,” said Scott Morin, executive director for the Lakewood Ranch YMCA branch. “Hopefully, that will be done and ready for use Feb. 1.” The new building will house a cardio room, yoga and dance studios, free weights and a room for a cycle/spin class. Contractors also will begin renovating the existing 27,000-square-foot building, which opened in 2003. As part of the renovations, the existing building will gain 6,000 square feet of usable space and will be reconfigured to include a teen center, an aerobic studio, a conference room, a youth center and other amenities.

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Renovations to the existing facility should be finished by sometime in May, possibly earlier. YMCA officials have raised about 65% of their total $2 million budget for the project, Morin said.

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“He would tease me,” Lauren says. “He found out I didn’t like feet, and he would put his feet on me.” It wasn’t until several years later, when Lauren began coaching, that the two became friends. Over time what began as a friendship developed into something more. And on Nov. 22, after secretly dating for two years, Russell proposed to Lauren. The couple, who will become the gym’s second Mr. and Mrs. Bolingbroke, plans to marry in May 2013 — much to the shock and delight of their gymnasts and their families.

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leaving gymnastics behind. But Russell wouldn’t have it. Instead, he convinced Lauren to tumble with him. The two workout partners began spending the majority of their time together, and eventually, they realized they had more in common than they initially thought. “I realized we weren’t that bad together,” Lauren says. The two began dating two years ago, and at first Russell’s parents didn’t know what to think. “They were more worried about her than me,” Russell says. “They told me, ‘That’s our precious Lauren.’” But, it didn’t take long for the Bolingbrokes to warm up to the idea.

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Since they began dating, the couple bought a Belgian shepherd and moved in together last December. Living and working together doesn’t provide much alone time, but the two say they wouldn’t have it any other way. “It would be more weird if I had to say good-bye to her in the morning,” Russell says. “We both understand our job. It’s cool, because we can go home and talk about ideas for the kids.” The couple began talking about getting engaged several months ago, but Russell hadn’t planned on popping the question until sometime next year. That changed when he found the perfect ring. After buying the ring and deciding now was the perfect time to propose, Russell worked on devising the perfect proposal. He went out and bought flowers and $80 in wedding magazines — a must for Lauren who had planned to buy them all the minute she got engaged. With the help of his parents, he set everything up without Lauren knowing.

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As they drove home that evening, Lauren tried to plan the couple’s evening, but Russell wasn’t having any of it. Instead, when they arrived home, Russell went in ahead of Lauren to check the house after purposely leaving the lights on and getting the ring. When it was safe for her to come in, Russell turned out the lights — leaving Lauren alone on the stairs in the dark. Lauren made her way into the kitchen and looked around, noticing the flowers and eventually eyeing the wedding magazines. “I realized kind of what was going on,” Lauren says. “I started backing up and stumbling over my words. I didn’t want to think it was a ring and then have it be a necklace, but then I started crying.” “I was a little nervous,” Russell says. “I tried to put it on the wrong hand. She’s my best friend, so it was really weird to keep it all from her.” Later that evening, the couple went out to dinner to celebrate their engagement before going to visit their families —  who live across the lake from each other in Summerfield. “It was a very unexpected night,” Lauren says. “It was a big surprise, though.” And on Black Friday and the following week, the couple began announcing its engagement to its gymnasts. “They all started freaking out,” Lauren says. “I had a group of 20 to 25 girls around me all trying to guess my dress. They were just as excited as we are. The kids were the first ones to know. It was just neat that they were all excited. “We’re just excited to move on and both of us are excited to see what’s in store for us in the future,” she says. “We just want to keep it fun for the kids.” Contact Jen Blanco at jblanco@yourobserver.com.

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Five-year-old Jayden Jennings carefully painted a glass butterfly.

Lauren Wamble and her 13-month-old son, Branden, just moved to the East County from Destin.

Rae Dowling and Nancy Holt served tea to guests at the spice and candle shop.

Lakewood Ranch resident Denis Drizos’ 2-year-old daughter, Caitlyn, attends All God’s Children Preschool.

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Waterlefe home tops this week’s sales at $530,000 The following residential real estate transactions took place between Nov. 21 and Nov. 25. A home in Waterlefe Golf and River Club tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Van Lilly, St. Augustine, sold the home at 10412 Winding Stream Way to Guenter and Heidi Klark, Bradenton, for $530,000. Built in 2001, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,879 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $645,000 in 2004.

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Jose and Escolastica Correia, University Park, sold their home at 7203 St. John’s Way to Elizabeth Hisey, University Park, for $485,000. Built in 1998, it has four bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,763 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $325,000 in 2009. Jen Blanco

Broadmoor Pines

James and Lisa Gallagher sold their home at 7908 Broadmoor Pines Blvd. to Walter Carbonneau, Denise Kovic and Ruth Ratliff, of Lockport, Ill., for $475,000. Built in 1985, it has three bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 5,094 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $605,000 in 2004.

This Waterlefe Golf and River Club home, which has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,879 square feet of living area, sold for $530,000.

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Stuart and Erica Knight, of Hampshire, U.K., sold their home at 8204 Championship Court to Agustin and Nora Ferreiro, Bradenton, for $415,000. Built in 2001, it has four bedrooms, three-and-one-half baths, a pool and 3,422 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $640,000 in 2004.

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Lennar Homes LLC sold the home at 7423 Heritage Grand Place to Randall and Donna Novak, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for $400,000. Built in 2011, it has three bedrooms, two-and-one-half baths, a pool and 2,692 square feet of living area.

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Harry Rogers sold this home at 7330 Windemere Lane to Scott and Candace Rosenthal, University Park, for $325,000. Built in 1998, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,094 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $355,000 in 2002.

River Club South

Brian and Barbara Caine, Bradenton, sold their home at 7314 Dunes Court to Malcolm and Carolyn Caponiti, Bradenton, for $297,000. Built in 1999, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,023 square feet of living area.

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Chester and Shirley Ambrose, Bradenton, sold their home at 4367 Presidential Ave. Circle E. to Roger Slaalein, Bradenton, for $255,000. Built in 1991, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,372 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $300,000 in 2007.

Waterlefe Golf and River Club

Carl and Karen Lombardo, of Greenwood Village, Colo., sold their home at 9620 Portside Terrace to Christian Rausch, of Berlin, Germany, for $249,000. Built in 2002, it has two bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,540 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $360,000 in 2006.

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Joanne Fearer, of Plymouth, Minn., sold her home at 7563 Camden Harbour Drive to Larry and Dee Lovell, Bradenton, for $243,000. Built in 2003, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,193 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $350,000 in 2003.

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CHEERLEADING

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By Jen Blanco | Associate Editor

River Club golfer sinks two holesin-one Peggy Kunkle hit a pair of aces in a span of four days. RIVER CLUB —  She had never set foot on a golf course, let alone swung a golf club; but from the moment she stepped into the pro shop 20 years ago, River Club resident Peggy Kunkle was hooked. It wasn’t the Taylor Made clubs or the Callaway golf balls that captured Kunkle’s attention. Rather, it was the matching shirts and skirts that drew Kunkle’s eye. “There were all of these beautiful clothes,” Kunkle said. “Everything matched.” Kunkle approached her late husband, Ted, and told him she wanted to come back and buy an outfit. However, her husband wasn’t too keen on the idea. “He said ‘You can’t buy those because you aren’t a golfer,’” Kunkle said. “So I said, ‘Fine, I’m going to be a golfer.’” From that point on, Kunkle borrowed a set of golf clubs and went out to the driving range every day to practice, hitting thousands of golf balls before she even went out on the course. Kunkle’s years of hard work paid off Nov. 22, when she hit an ace on the 92-yard No. 8 of the River Club Golf Course. Kunkle followed up her holein-one with a second ace four days later. On Nov. 25, Kunkle

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Peggy Kunkle learned the game of golf from her husband. She has had 11 holesin-one in her career.

The East Manatee Bulldog Junior Midget cheerleading squad has surpassed all of coach Jennifer Kirlangitis’ expectations this season.

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The East Manatee Bulldog Junior Midget cheerleading squad participated in the small novice division of the 2011 Pop Warner National Cheer & Dance Championships Dec. 7, at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.

LAKEWOOD RANCH —  Thirteen-year-old Jackie Drake always wanted to be part of a large family. Growing up, the Haile Middle School eighth-grader heard countless stories about how cheerleading squads were like a big family. This fall, Drake finally decided to join the East Manatee Bulldogs Junior Midget cheerleading squad and see what it was all about. And Drake couldn’t have asked for a more perfect season. Drake and her teammates watched as the East Manatee Bulldogs Junior Midget football team advanced to the second round of the playoffs, allowing the girls to grow closer together as the season progressed. “We’ve all grow really close,” 13-year-old Katie James said. But the girls’ season didn’t end when the Bulldogs fell in the postseason. Instead, the cheerleading squad began its competition season — and what a season it has become. The team finished second in its first two competitions and earned a spot in the 2011 Pop Warner Cheer & Dance Championships at ESPN’s Wide World of

Sports Complex. The girls competed in the small novice division Dec. 7. Results from the 2011 Pop Warner Cheer & Dance Championships were unavailable as of press time Tuesday. Be sure to check YourObserver.com to see how the girls fared. “This team is a true Cinderella story,” coach Jennifer Kirlangitis said. “Many of them have never cheered before. We really started with the basics. I think that’s why they’ve worked so hard is because it’s all new to them, and I think that’s why they’ve done so well.” The squad comprises 10 girls —  the majority of whom had never cheered before this season. The team practiced three days a week during the regular season before adding an additional practice once the competition season began. “When I signed up, I wasn’t thinking about competition,” Drake said. “I’m on my school’s dance team, and I love that part. So it was just another reason to do it.” During the season, the girls

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Memories from my cheer championship As I walked onto the footcompeting for a couple of ball field to interview the years; but no matter how many East Manatee Bulldogs Junior competitions we’d been to or Midget cheerleading trophies we’d won, there squad, a rush of noswas no bigger thrill than talgia overcame me. the day we stepped up The girls were onto the national stage busy preparing for to compete in the junior the 2011 Pop Warhigh division of the ner Cheer & Dance 1997 U.S. Spirit Open Championships Dec. National Cheerleading 7; and as I watched Championship. the group of seventhI can still feel the and eighth-grade nerves and excitement girls smile and giggle we felt as we stood hudJEN at the thought of dled together watchBLANCO what was to come, I ing the other squads was easily reminded perform. After all, my of my own national champion- teammates and I had spent the ship experience. past six months practicing and I was 12 years old at the competing for that moment. time, and I had been cheering After what seemed like hours for the Stow Youth Bulldogs — my squad was one of the (Ohio) for nearly four years. My squad already had been SEE comment / PAGE 24


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GOLF/PAGE 23 used her 6-iron to record an ace on the 125-yard No. 15 of River Club Golf Course. The two aces were the 10th and 11th of her career. Following each of her hole-in-ones, Kunkle went up to the bar and paid the bar tab — a tradition at the River Club. “That’s been expensive for me over the years,” Kunkle said. “There are days when that bar is full. Luckily, on Tuesday and Friday that week, there weren’t that many people in there, so they took it easy on me.” Growing up, Kunkle was any-

CHEER/PAGE 23 endured a few setbacks, including losing a girl and having to change their routine. But no matter what happened, the girls always seemed to bounce back. “A lot has happened, but they always come up shining,” Kirlangitis said. “I’ve been out here coaching for 13 years and they are the sweetest bunch of girls. … Their spirit, heart, dedication, and desire to learn are unbelievable.” The girls participated in their first competition, the Cheer Jam, Oct. 23. The squad finished second —  much to its coach’s delight. After finishing second at the district level, the team earned a spot in the regional championships Nov. 27 in Orlando. Once again, the girls earned a second-place finish. “It was the greatest feeling in the world,” Drake said. “We were all in shock. It definitely gives you a whole new level of (accomplishment) because we

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thing but athletic. She often got excused from gym class and wanted nothing to do with sports. But that all changed when she traveled to Bryan, Ohio, with her husband for a reunion. Rather than touring a new school, with which she had no interest, with the ladies, Kunkle asked her husband if she could go on the golf outing. Before then, Kunkle had never stepped foot on a course. “All I could see was a day outside,” Kunkle said. Kunkle’s husband, who was a scratch golfer, agreed to let her tag along, and it was during their

definitely didn’t think we would get this far.” With their second-place finish, the girls earned an automatic berth in the 2011 Pop Warner Cheer & Dance Championships. And no matter how the girls may have fared in the competition, Kirlangitis couldn’t have been more pleased with the way her squad came together this season. “From the beginning of the year, my expectation for them was for them to have fun and not to stress,” Kirlangitis said. “This is supposed to be fun, and they should be glad they have the opportunity just to go and experience the excitement of what nationals is all about. If we bring home a trophy, that’s great, but if not, I’ll be just as proud.” For more information about the East Manatee Bulldogs, visit www.eastmanateebulldogs. com. Contact Jen Blanco at jblanco@yourobserver.com.

visit to the country club in Bryan that Kunkle found the pro shop that changed her life. “I told my husband it would have been cheaper to just let me buy an outfit,” she said. “He was my mentor and my teacher. I had my first hole-in-one before him, and he had been playing for 40 years. “Finally before he died, he had two holes-in-one,” Kunkle said. “I’ve been golfing for 20 years, and I’ve had 11 holes-in-one and he had two, poor guy.” Kunkle hit her first hole-inone in 1991 during her first year playing.

“That one made me cry,” Kunkle said. “I was so excited. I just bawled like a baby. “You hit the ball and it’s going in the right direction, but after that, it’s divine intervention,” Kunkle said. “You never plan on it. It was just luck for me.” Kunkle continued to play even after her husband gave up the sport to pursue other interests. “It was a shock to me that I could even do it,” Kunkle said. “The fact that I could make contact with the ball amazed me; and over the years, I’ve found that I’m very competitive. I really enjoy the competition and

the drive to get better.” Kunkle’s husband died in August 2008 from complications from pancreatitis. At that time, Kunkle began to lose some of her enthusiasm for the sport. But in the past year, she’s regained her drive. Today, Kunkle plays five days a week. She also plans on taking more lessons from teaching professional Jacques PanetRaymond to help lengthen her game. “I feel like I have a little guardian angel sitting here helping the balls go in the hole,” Kunkle said. Contact Jen Blanco at jblanco@ yourobserver.com.

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divisions. Finally, it was our turn. We huddled together on stage and last squads to perform waited for the winners to — I grabbed my pompons be announced. It wasn’t and walked out onto the until second place had stage for the biggest combeen announced and petition of my life. our name still hadn’t Through the spotbeen called that I began lights, I saw thousands of to wonder: Could it be? spectators sitting in the Could we have actually stands awaiting our perwon? formance. ESPN camera It didn’t take long crews were situated all before I got my anaround the stage to capswer, as my teammates ture every second of our erupted into celebration performance. around me. I stood lookWhen our music began ing around in awe and and my teammates disbelief, before letting started tumbling across out a few celebratory the mat, I reveled in the screams of my own. moment. Those five minI only cheered for anutes flew by, as my squad Courtesy of Mom other year after that, but and I easily put together Associate Editor Jen Blanco proudly wore I’ve still got my champiher own Bulldog cheerleading uniform. our best routine of the onship jacket and ring, year. photos and a proclamation Now we just had to sit and teammates and I watched in from the city of Stow to remind wait. anticipation as champions me of that day. And what a wait it was. My were crowned in the other

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SKYLAR JUNGERS Twelve-year-old forward Skylar Jungers recorded a hat trick to lead The Out-ofDoor Academy girls soccer team to 4-1 victory over Bayshore Dec. 1. It was the seventh-grader’s first hat trick while playing for the Lady Thunder. Here is an inside look at this week’s Athlete of the Week.

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DVD is provided to all   participants.  

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Come and enjoy the trackless train rides.  Children can enjoy  making crafts and  decorating sugar   cookies in   Santa’ s workshop  6:00— 9:00 pm on Main Street Lakewood Ranch 

Friday, December 10, 2010  Friday, December 9, 2011 Friday, December 10, 2010  6:00 to 9:00pm on Lakewood Ranch Main Street Friday, December 10, 2010 

Charity  Tree Lighting  6:00— 9:00 pm on Main Street Lakewood Ranch  Skating • Santa’s Arrival - Santa will arrive in fullof the• Ice 6:00— 9:00 pm on Main Street Lakewood Ranch  Santa’s Arrival & Lighting Tree / Skating Ice Skating  • Tree Lighting - over the fountain at 6:30pm. holiday splendor on a horse drawn carriage Donate a  nonLighting of the big tree  Star in your own Music Video music/& Skating performances throughout the at 6pm.Arrival Photo opportunities available. of theLive Santa’s & Lighting Tree perishable food  over the fountain at  Santa’s Arrival & Lighting of the Tree / Skating Lace up those  evening. • Dancing Heads - Star in your own music& Carriage item or a new   6:30 PM.    Trackless Train & Horse Rides Star in own Music skates and come   •Video Donate a non-perishable food item or genvideo. DVD provided toyour all participants. Star in your own Music Video or gently used   Live music and   0 3 5 1 Crafts & Sugar Cookie Decorating 7 tly children’ used children’s book for the Food Bank • Come and enjoy the trackless train rides. enjoy the acrylic   Trackless Train & Horse & Carriage sRides book, performances will take  Call 75rcac.comTrackless Train & Horse & Carriage Rides offor the Food Bank  Manatee. • Santa’s - Children can enjoy rink ! Workshop w Special Thanks to our sponsors  place throughout the   l . Crafts & Sugar Cookie Decorating w w making crafts and& decorating cookies. Decorating w Crafts Sugarsugar Cookie of Manatee.  evening. 

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THURSDAY, DECember 8, 2011

By Jen Blanco | Associate Editor

The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team celebrates with fans after taking a 2-1 lead in the first half.

US wins 2011 Nike International Friendlies

Defender Connor Donovan brings the ball up the field during the second half of the match.

Intercoastal Medical Group Expands Specialty Services at Lakewood Ranch

Dr. Wende Kozlow

Dr. Vernu Visvalingam

Board Certified in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

Board Certified in Internal Medicine & Gastroenterology

fore Tyler Turner and Wesley Wade, off an assist from Junior Flores, both found the back of the net late in the first half to give the U.S. a 3-1 lead, which it never relinquished. The U.S. received the championship trophy following the game. Brazil finished second with four points while France finished in third place with three points from three ties. Turkey, who was last year’s tournament champion, finished in fourth place.

Midfielder Christopher Lema attempts to dribble past a Brazilian defender. Right: Defender Shaquell Moore tries to maneuver the ball past a Brazilian opponent.

Expert and experienced care for your endocrine and gastroenterological needs are available close to home. Drs. Kozlow and Visvalingam will take time to listen to your health care concerns while ensuring you receive top quality medical services. Intercoastal Medical Group provides integrated electronic health care records and diagnostic services for your safety and convenience. With more than 60 physicians in multiple specialities and six locations, make Intercoastal Medical Group your health care team.

 

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The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team defeated Brazil 3-1 to win the 2011 Nike International Friendlies Dec. 4, at the Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch. It was the first time the U.S. had won the tournament. Rubio Rubin gave the U.S. a 1-0 lead two minutes into the match, scoring a goal off an assist from Shaquell Moore on the first shot of the game. Brazil scored a goal of its own 10 minutes later, be-

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+ McDermott finishes third in FACA Senior All-Star Meet Lakewood Ranch senior Devin McDermott was one of 30 runners, representing teams from the four regions across Florida, selected to participate in the annual FACA Senior All-Star Meet Dec. 3 in Tallahassee. McDermott finished third with a time of 18:55.

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+ Tabernacle girls team qualifies for nationals The Tabernacle Christian Middle School girls cross-country team earned an automatic qualifying bid for the 2011 AAU Cross Country National Championship Dec. 3 at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando. Tabernacle’s cross country team includes Taylor and Jordan Augustyniak, Emily Weil, Alexis Beuge and Lauren Cash. Tabernacle hasn’t lost in a Florida Gulf Coast Athletic League meet in three years. This year, the team won the Florida Gulf Coast Athletic League championship, finished second at the Little Everglades Pre-State Invitational for middle schools and 11th in the Florida Middle School State Championships. “I am extremely proud of these young women for all their hard work throughout the year,” coach Matt Augustyniak said. “This is the future of cross country in the area.”

+ ODA blanks rival Bradenton Christian The Out-of-Door Academy girls soccer team shut out rival Bradenton Christian 5-0 in district action Nov. 29. Emily Camire, Katie Lang, Alyssa Mason, Ali Gentile and Elena Ciaccio all scored goals for the Lady Thunder. Melanie Mason finished with three assists, and goalkeeper Sammi Jo Gaeta earned the shutout.

December 29, Year in Pictures Deadline: Friday, December 16, 11am January 5, Look Ahead to 2012

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Age: 10 Grade: Fifth-grader at Tara Elementary Position: Second base What does it mean to you to be on the Observer softball team? It’s huge, because I’ve never been interviewed. What do you enjoy the most about softball? Hitting. When you hit the ball, I like to get to base and also getting a home run. When did you start playing softball? This is my first year. Why did you decide to start playing? My neighbor’s parents offered to (take) me. I’ve always liked softball, so I decided to play. If you could describe the Observer softball team in one word, what would it be? Awesome.

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TemperatureS

Temps. High Sun., Nov. 27 84 Mon., Nov. 28 76 Tues., Nov. 29 72 Wed., Nov. 30 65 Thurs., Dec. 1 70 Fri., Dec. 2 76 Sat., Dec. 3 80 Average Gulf water temperature: 65

Sunrise Sunset Thurs., Dec. 8 7:07 5:36 Fri., Dec. 9 7:08 5:36 Sat., Dec. 10 7:09 5:36 7:09 5:37 Sun., Dec. 11 Mon., Dec. 12 7:10 5:37 Tues., Dec. 13 7:11 5:37 Wed., Dec. 14 7:11 5:38

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Visit YourObserver.com to click on our interactive weather button, which features current weather conditions, weather radar and a five-day forecast.

2011 41.98 in

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Sylvia McNichol took this photo on a foggy morning at the Sarasota Polo Club. PHOTO CONTEST: Enter your sunset, sunrise or weather-related photos for The Observer’s weather photo contest, sponsored by Cool Today. Each week’s winner will receive a $50 restaurant gift card. Send your photos to the East County Observer, 1970 Main St., Fourth Floor, Sarasota, FL 34236, or email them to jeng@yourobserver.com. Please include the name and contact information of the photographer and when and where the photo was taken. Also, please include “photo contest” in the subject line.

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stages 67 Necessity 68 Dating from 69 Bobby’s wife on “Dallas” 70 Rather cautious 71 Catherine the Great was one 75 During 76 Born, in wedding columns 78 Transportation to school 80 Tango move 81 M/F determination 82 Walk of Fame piece 83 Surgery tool 86 Monarch’s seat 89 Paul McCartney played it for the Beatles 90 Gibbon, e.g. 91 “____ : The Bronx” (medical show) 92 “Cathy” or “Garfield” 95 Better-tasting 97 Limerick’s land 98 Rent-a-car company 99 Like stock without face value 100 Winter malady 101 “I ___ afraid of that!” 104 Ambitious course 108 Short time period 112 Forever 113 Tardy 114 Soviet newspaper 115 Group of viruses with shared antigens 116 Grandson of Adam 117 One of Joan of Arc’s alleged crimes

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Johnny 64 Leaves out 65 Dance version of a pop song, e.g. 66 Oft-repeated word in “Fargo” 67 Title for Agatha Christie 69 Faux ___ (social misstep) 72 Golden Calf, e.g. 73 Workday start, for many 74 Mime 77 Not difficult at all 78 Grizzly, for one 79 Extra-large coffee container 82 Cul-de-___ 83 Walk with a wobble 84 Easy to get along with 85 Certain environmental club member 86 Win 87 Woman treated as an object? 88 “Norma ___” 89 Small eatery 90 Great ___ Mountains 92 Alfresco eateries 93 Egg-shaped 94 Big spender’s opposite 96 Your dad’s brother, to you 97 Keebler cookie maker 100 Airfare add-ons 101 “___ Got Tonight” (Seger tune) 102 “No ifs, ___ or buts!” 103 “Don’t move a muzzle!” 105 Demolition stuff 106 Barb-tailed fish 107 Tour de France peak 109 “What was ___ think?” 110 Bauxite, for one 111 Leave scratches on, e.g.

Last weeks Cryptograms 1. Hanukkah is a safe holiday: There’s no roof damage from frisky reindeer or trouble with Santa getting blocked in the chimney. 2. At the Arctic circle, with venison sizzling on the fire, the holiday revelers sang with joy, “Freeze a jolly good fellow!”


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“Kobernick representatives approached Sarasota Memorial with a proposal to open a clinic in their facility, and we were both honored and excited to pursue this joint venture as it will help enhance health-care services in the community,” said David Patterson, executive director of Sarasota Memorial’s Heart and Vascular Services. The clinic’s comprehensive one-on-one approach will include:

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perfect gift for your son or daughter is enough to make anyone’s heart sink, but In just the last two weeks, the East for some, it can be a source of additional County has transformed into a winter stress. wonderland, as residents have been Rather than searching for alternatives busy stringing lights, trimming trees and within their means, some individuals put decorating their lawns. so much pressure to find the perfect gift Yes, the holiday season is officially that it can lead to arguments among loved upon us. But what many deem as the ones and disappointment. most wonderful time of year can have “People want to have a happy holiday a detrimental effect and buy gifts, but when the money’s not on the health and there it can be (stressful),” Smolen says. well-being of some “When people dwell on their problems individuals. and complain then everything gets worse. The holiday season Preoccupation and dwelling tends to bring is a time to celebrate on a depressed attitude.” and to show those In addition to the economy, painful around you how much memories and the thought of not having you care. But for some, a loved one around to share in the holiday the additional stress of season are enough to dampen anyone’s trying to find the perfect Dr. Jamie Smolen spirits. While the holidays are typically gift or not having a a joyous time, for some, the holidays loved one around to share in the holiday are a constant reminder of a painful or season is too much to bear. uncomfortable situation. And as the added stress and pressure of And for those who are feeling a little the holiday season begin to add up, some depressed, the painful memories, individuals find themselves falling into a rather than the joyful ones, jump to the state of depression. forefront. “Depression is (a result) of the “If a person’s a little depressed, then multitude of stresses that people cope they’ll remember the bad memories with, such as the economy and arguments rather than the good memories, which that may arise, and unfortunately, yes, only makes them more depressed,” the number of cases (increase) over the Smolen says. “If a holiday reminds them holidays,” East County psychiatrist Dr. of something in the past that was painful Jamie Smolen says. or uncomfortable, then the holiday just seems to bring it up. Stressors “People who are depressed dread In recent years, the economy has been having to go to a party or buy gift,” he one of the most common causes of says. “People who are prone to depression depression during the holiday season. … the holidays are sad for them. It’s (no The thought of not being able to buy the longer) the happiest time of the year.”

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There are several ways to combat holiday depression. One of the most important ways to snap out of a depressed state is by showing gratitude and love. If an individual thinks grateful thoughts, then he or she feel better, Smolen says. Gratitude, coupled with the love of family and friends, can be instrumental in helping an individual start to feel better. “Each time someone thinks a grateful thought, he or she will feel a little better,” Smolen says. “That, along with family — that’s where the love comes in. … When you start to add that up, it begins to feel good enough.” Hugging and smiling are two more ways to cope with depression. Research shows a vast majority of the population deprives itself of daily hugs, Smolen says. However, it’s when people hug one another that they tend to feel the most grateful and appreciative. Smiling also has a positive effect on a person’s well-being. Even if one doesn’t have a specific reason to smile, just the act of smiling alone is enough to make a person feel better. “Smiling releases serotonin and dopamine, the feel-good chemicals of the brain or the neurotransmitters,” Smolen says. “Smiles are kind of contagious. If someone smiles at you, you tend to smile back.” Smiles also trigger laughter, which makes it difficult to stay depressed. “It’s hard to be depressed, sad and gloomy when you’re smiling and laughing,” Smolen says. “The majority of adults stop being playful. The more serious you are the more prone you are to unhappiness.” Finally, it’s important to serve or give to others during the holiday season. However, that doesn’t mean one should go out and spend his or her life savings on extravagant purchases. Rather, one should give within their means, whatever that may be, and in return he or she will receive feel better about himself or herself and his or her situation.

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More often than not, someone who has fallen into a depressed state because of the holidays will typically revert back once the holiday season is over. However, for those who find themselves having trouble sleeping, who are constantly tired, who have little interest in doing the activities that once brought them joy or who feel bad about themselves and have trouble concentrating more than half of the week or nearly every day may suffer from clinical depression. In those instances, individuals should seek counseling or therapy. “There are more cases of clinical depression during the holidays than any other time of the year,” Smolen says. “If you’re clinically depressed you need help. The percentage of depressed individuals is rising. There are far more depressed people now than ever before. Depression is a medical condition, but it’s treatable and it’s curable.” Contact Jen Blanco at jblanco@ yourobserver.com.

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SETTING GOALS

1. Write down your

goals. 2. Develop steps to accomplish your goals by setting smaller, short-term goals to get to longer-term ones. 3. Focus on “What,” rather than “Why.” Ask, “What can I do differently to achieve my goal?” rather than “Why didn’t I reach my goal?” 4. Don’t assume. Instead, be proactive with communication. 5. Be adaptable. Be willing and ready to refocus your goal, if needed.

As East County businessman Marc Simms settled down with a cup of coffee at a table in Starbucks, he pulled out a faded piece of paper. It’s date: Sometime in 1997. On it, Simms’ goals for what was then the next 10 years are scribbled in black ink: Start a sales consulting company. Live near an ocean or large body of water. Have a house with a pool. The list continued. Today, nearly all those goals have been accomplished, but not without much effort. “Setting the goal is basic,” says Simms, who now owns RPM Business Advisors, a sales and management-performance company. “The hard part is committing to it. It has to be written down and it has to be in front of you at all times. Then, you can work on changing your habits to achieve the goal.” The goal, Simms says, should be specific, measurable, adaptable, realistic and timely — or SMART. If your goal is to increase your income from $45,000 annually to more than $100,000, you can’t expect to do the same thing and achieve different results, Simms says. Instead, you must determine what needs to change to make your

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properly before exercising to avoid injury. Jumping jacks and similar exercises that increase blood flow to the muscles are appropriate. 2. Find a workout buddy to offer accountability and motivation. 3. Start slowly. Exercise two to three times a week for 20-30 minutes, at first, to prevent overtraining and burnout. 4. Strengthen your core muscles through yoga, goal a reality, whether completing more training or something else. As we prepare to turn our calendars to 2012, East County experts in health, wealth and fitness are ready to help you find success in the new year.

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As Fitness Together owners Nick and Nicole Clark headed in to 2011, the East County trainers knew they wanted to tackle a new fitness goal — one that was, frankly, a little bit overwhelming. They each wanted to complete an Ironman triathlon.

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And so, the couple began its training, one day at a time. Nick completed his 140.6-mile race in August, while Nicole finished hers mid-November. “It was the hardest, most painful experience, but the most amazing at the same time,” Nicole says. Although fitness resolutions are among the most common, they also are among the hardest to keep. Gym memberships typically spike at the turn of the calendar and then plummet within months. However, with proper planning and execution, Nicole says fitness goals can be achievable.

To start, setting shorter-term goals to reach long-term goals is a must, she says. Hiring a professional trainer to devise a training program and provide accountability, even if for just a month or two, is a good way to launch into fitness goals. Individuals also could choose to train with a friend or family member to make exercise more fun while also providing accountability. For individuals who are new to exercise, it is especially important to start slow. Exercise, at first, should be done two to three times weekly for 20 to 30 minutes. After that, you can increase by 10% every two weeks or so, Nicole says. Nicole says it is important to build your core muscles — the muscle group between your sternum and pelvis — before doing any type of exercise, whether running or weight lifting. Exercises such as planks, yoga and sit-ups will strengthen your core muscles. “That’s the foundation of every movement,” she says. “You are only as strong as your core.”

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technology provides health benefits, including relaxation and pain reduction. It also promotes the technology’s ability to help individuals with insomnia and chronic fatigue, autism, attention deficit disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and more. In 2001, NASA-funded scientists even used a similar technology — a vibrating plate on which individuals could stand — to combat bone density loss in astronauts sent on long-term space missions. Astronauts were experiencing significant bone and muscle atrophy, despite vigorous exercise regimens using devices that used springs, elastic and harnesses to mimic body weight and provide resistance. Mark Gutowski says he believes the ART bed’s greatest advantage is reducing stress, which, overall, allows the body to better ward off illness and to heal more quickly. The Gutowskis are the first to admit that after a long or stressful day at work, lying on the ART bed for a few minutes proves to be a near-instant stress reliever. Boutique Out East esthetician Michelle Salem agreed, noting most of many of her customers have started falling asleep during their facials since getting the bed. “Facials are relaxing, but it’s not typical for people to fall asleep,” she says. “It’s truly that stage 1 sleep (they are going into).” Boutique Out East Salon & Spa’s ART bed arrived in early November. For more information, visit www. boutiqueouteast.com. Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@ yourobserver.com.

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Kris Flammang, financial adviser with LPF Financial Advisors, says the key to good financial health starts with knowing how much you have to spend and having a plan of action for your financial future. “Most people feel guilt about spending money because they don’t know (what they have),” Flammang says. So, families first should start with a basic budget of must-pay expenses compared to their incomes. If you are just barely breaking even, in particular, separate out your committed expenses, such as your mortgage payments and food, and discretionary items, such as cable and cell phones. Then, you should begin to save for both unexpected and planned future expenses. Flammang says families should work hard to build a “war chest,” or essentially a stash of money for when emergencies — such as the loss of a job — arises. Families should start by putting aside two to six months of living expenses. The amount should cover must-pay bills such as mortgage and car payments and food and utilities. For retirees, a solid figure hovers around $12,000. “People who have had (that savings) set

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The next sense is hearing. Although hearing skills differ between the breeds, in general, dogs can perceive sounds twice as high as humans and can hear a sound clearly 10 times farther away than a human. This is especially interesting to remember when your dog seems not to hear a thing you say. You may then start thinking of either hereditary or acquired causes for hearing loss. Hereditary hearing loss is seen commonly in Dalmatian dogs and in cats with white coats and blue eyes. If you suspect that your pet may be deaf, a test called a Brainstem Evoked Auditory Response, or BAER can be performed. This is a type of a hearing test usually performed in young pets to try to eliminate the deaf pets from the breeding stock, but can be performed at any age. It’s a painless test and does not require anesthesia. Acquired causes for hearing loss may include ear infections, drug toxicity from chronic application of ear medications, noise trauma and presbycusis (age-related hearing loss). Always approach a deaf pet slowly so it is not startled. Use the other sense, touch, to let it know that you are near.

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The last two senses are smell and taste. Animals generally can catch a whiff of something 100 times less concentrated than what we can smell. To put this in more understandable terms, while humans can smell bread baking, a dog can smell a week-old crumb left under the refrigerator. From a clinical perspective, pets often are victims of their own design. They eat and sniff things such as dirt and other pets’ rear ends, for example, which puts them at higher risk for infections and illness. One the other hand, scientists have used pets keen sense of smell in a positive way by using them to detect skin cancer in people. Dr. Howard Small is an East County veterinarian at The Animal Hospital at Lakewood Ranch, 10930 S.R. 70 E. For more, call 751-0101.

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