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LANDINGS LEARNING GROUP The Landings Learning Group will open its 18th season on Wednesday, January 17th

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FREE COLLEGE The Landing Free College has put together an exciting program for 2018

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Holiday Cheer Program Was Successful Again This Year Dear Fellow Landins, Wonderful news! The generosity of our community again exceeded the expectations of The Landings Holiday Cheer community program committee members. We had hoped to increase the number of children served. This year, residents provided donations and gifts to 91 children this holiday season fulfilling wish lists from the children. The overwhelming generosity of our community towards those that are struggling is something that we can all be VERY proud about. This program began four years ago with a phone call about seven families who were not going to have Christmas without some help. I reached out to a few friends and the word spread. Each year the participation grew and now four years later we have 90 residents that participate. The original premise was to help those families with children fighting cancer, which expanded last year to include Hannah’s House, a home for battered women and their children and this year to include kids fighting cancer from Lee Memorial Health System. Children Cancer Center (CCC) from

Tampa has been our partner since the beginning and will sponsor a party for families when they pick up gifts on Sunday, December 17, at the Landings Racquet Club. Additionally, we have hosted the quarterly meeting of local CCC families at the LRC, where families have fun together and the parents get to enjoy each other’s company in a nontreatment environment. The feedback we receive from those that participate warms the heart; from Janet Heijen’s writers group that gave children books and toiletries, widows that “felt the spirit again”, grandparents that are reminded how “lucky” their families are, to families that had parties to spread the news and hats off to all who shopped especially Lisa Bradley who volunteered to purchase gifts for 11 children two days before gifts were to be distributed. We also received 30 turkeys donated by our Publix neighborhood supermarkets to share with our sponsored families. We extend our sincere gratitude for their continued generosity.

Much appreciation and congratulations for this year’s success go to the Elves Coordinating Committee: Carmen Lawrence, Bob Kueppers, Heidi Bodor, Deirdre D’Silva, Jim Goldman and Karl Maggard. With deep gratitude, Henry Rhodes

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Election of LMA Board Members and Process By Larry Lawrence

The LMA Annual Meeting will be held February 1st at 7pm in the LRC Lakeside Room. It will be immediately preceded by the normal monthly meeting which will begin at 6:30pm. The primary agenda of the annual meeting is the election of board members. As detailed in Michael Knupp’s article in the December edition of The Eagle, the presidents of the constituent associations, or their designees, vote for the board members. The representatives have to be present to vote so encourage your president to attend and the constituent associations should discuss their candidate preferences in advance. A meeting will be held on January 18 at the LRC Poolside Room for the presidents to hear the candidates’

presentations and ask questions. It is requested that all presidents or their designees attend. The three goals of the nominating committee this year are: 1) to enhance the gender balance, 2) have a strong proportion of year round board members and 3) select representatives with the skills sets to deal with the LMA issues. This year the presidents will vote to fill four of the nine board seats. There are six highly qualified candidates and their bio-sketches are included herein. The board responsibilities have been discussed with each of them. As mentioned in the December Eagle article, qualified nominations received in writing by the LMA Manager, George Niel, 30 days prior to the election will appear on the ballot sent

in advance to the constituent association presidents. Nominations can also be made from the floor at the meeting. This year’s nominating committee consisted of Carol Furlong, Susie Golden, Michael Knupp, Henry Rhodes and myself. Your support of the LMA election process will be greatly appreciated. The six candidates are: Richard Bayles, Kristy Bower, Elena Darden, Roger Kidder, Norman Olshansky and Richard Stern.

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LMA Meeting Notes LMA Pres., Dick Bayles began the meeting by announcing Paul Weiner will replace Connie Goldman as the landscape chairman. He is also the landscape person at the racket club. The get-together to meet the six candidates running to fill the five vacant seats on The Board is scheduled for 7 p.m. on January 18.

FINANCE REPORT LMA Pres., Dick Bayles reported no significant changes to finances. The Irma debris removal expense and the website rewrite savings will lead to an end of year forecast deficit of $8200 or 1.2 percent of the budget. The website contract fell through and alternatives are being pursued.

SAFETY AND SECURITY New Chairman Neil Goldman reported state-of-the-art speed detection equipment would be demonstrated and discussed by a Traffic Hawk representative on Wednesday, December 13 at 11 a.m. His committee discussed a resident who has been verbally abusing a member of the gate staff. Holiday gift cards were purchased for security personnel. They will be distributed prior to Christmas. Speed program statistics for November indicated 10 vehicles exceeding LMA parameters. Drivers included four residents, three guests, one vendor and two vehicles that could not be identified. Appropriate letters were mailed.

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Lakes chair, Michael Knupp reported Lake 3 algae blooms and clogged fountains would be cleared soon. Small alligators have been sighted in Eagles Point and Starling Lakes. Residents are urged to be careful when

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walking around these lakes especially those with small pets.

DRAINAGE Committee Chair, Michael Knupp had no new drainage issues to report. The committee met with several Tree House residents to discuss drainage issues in that Association. The County Stormwater Management Department will be contacted to discuss their responsibility for drainage in The Landings.

ENVIRONMENTAL

Committee chair, Deirdre D’Silva announced that Maralyn Kaufman would be joining her on the Environmental Committee. She also mentioned she was unable to attend the Sustainability Conference due to the death of her father-in-law.

AESTHETICS

Committee chair, Deirdre D’Silva announced Bob Frymier and Larry Lawrence would begin installing the wonderful holiday lights on December 8. She thanked David Jacaruso for the quick work he did on the front entrance monument and also thanked Larry Lawrence for supervising the removal of mildew from all The Landings light poles.

LANDSCAPING

Landscaping Chair, Connie Goldman reported foliage at The Landings entry and on all “S” islands has been replanted. Holiday lights will be shining brightly soon.

MAINTENANCE

Maintenance Committee chair David Jacaruso, reported the sign replacement program continues throughout The Landings. Signs at Landings Way, South Gate, Landings

Boulevard, and Landings Court will be replaced this month. A damaged metal gate locking guide at the Southgate will be repaired soon and three delineators installed recently have successfully prevented vehicles from hitting the large rock or damaging the irrigation system.

Additional completed projects included • The repair of a pothole on Kestral Park South. • The relocation of an Eagles Point sign to prevent future damage to it by mowers. • The replacement of an accent light on the main entrance island. • The rewiring of the main decorative light post. • Both main entrance monuments were touched up with paint and the grass line against the wall was mulched to prevent further damage from weed whacking. • Burnt out external and internal lightbulbs were replaced at the main gate house. • The security license plate light at the North Gate was re-wired.

GENERAL DISCUSSION

Resident Bill Whitman thanked Community Events Chairman, Doug Day for leading a successful Halloween event. Another resident thanked the Board for their interest and support of the feral cat issue. More than 50 attended the meeting with the panel of experts. Nature Trail Committee Chair, Karen Shaeffer reported portions of the Trail have been washed out again and suggested the trail may need to be raised as a long term fix. Dick Bayles reported someone mentioned a month or two ago that a couple of the stairs were submerged.

• JANUARY 12: Single Friends Cocktail Party at 5 p.m. • JANUARY 19: Movie Night at 7 p.m. • JANUARY 20: Round Robin Mixer at 4 p.m. UPCOMING: • FEBRUARY 14: Next Community Hauling Date • FEBRUARY 22: Newcomer Party at 6 p,m. • Wanted: Writer/Editor with a Passion for news, information & Landings living. Editor must be a Landings resident. Contact Bob Stein 941-349-0194. Publisher’s Note Happy New Year to all of our Landins’. With the return of our snowbirds complete, The Landings is again abuzz with activity. Your Landings Eagle will be filled with photos of events that have taken place, articles of what’s coming up, stories about your neighbors and important information shared by the various associations. The Veteran’s series of “Through the Eyes of a Veteran” will begin with this issue and continue through April. Capt. Gordon Garrett is this month’s veteran being highlighted. Capt. Garrett served during the Cuban missile crisis. Be sure to read his fascinating story on page 16. Two new columns will be introduced for 2018 to highlight artists and volunteers in The Landings. If you volunteer and would like to spotlight your organization or you know of some resident(s) who you feel should be recognized, please contact Steve Poyta via email: poyta@verizon.net or call him at (941) 822-0751. Marie-Louise McHugh will focus on writing about the artistry of the many talented Landins’ among us. We look forward to continuing to share news about your community and showcase the cohesive lifestyle at The Landings. May 2018 be filled with many happy and memorable moments for each of you. Bob & Emy Stein

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President’s Column By Dick Bayles I trust everyone had an enjoyable holiday season, including the chilly weather for this time of the year (it wasn’t winter yet). The Association’s Annual Meeting is scheduled for February 1, 2018 in the Lakeside Room of the Racquet Club at 7:00 p.m. The primary purpose of the meeting is election to the Board of Directors for four seats normally scheduled and one for an existing vacancy. There are six candidates for the five empty seats; two are present board members. A separate article in this issue includes the material submitted by the candidates for the empty seats. The voting for the candidates is determined by each component association of The Landings and submitted at the meeting by their president. If you, as an owner, want to provide input to the outcome, get in touch with your association president.

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LHA Meeting Notes At its regular December board meeting, the Board initiated the procedure to fine an owner on Peregrine Point Circle for uncorrected violations of the Association’s Declaration of Restrictions. A fine of $100 per day for each day of failure to correct the landscaping and pool conditions has been imposed as of December 1, 2017. In other actions, the board authorized letters to be sent to owners on Flicker Field Circle for removal of construction material from street view, and to owners on Peregrine Point Circle East and Kestral Park Lane for removal of tree stumps visible from the street. There are seven areas negatively affecting LHA owners’ drainage. All but one are solely LMA’s responsibility, involving no cost to the Association. An engineering study of the remaining one will determine the best solution and associated costs. It approved driveway pavers on Peregrine Point Drive, exterior colors on Kestral Park Lane, and the removal of certain trees and shrubs from Peregrine

Point Drive. The notice of Annual Assessment for 2018 was mailed in late November 2017 and is due and payable on or before January 1, 2018. If you are an owner in the Landings Homeowners Association and have not received one, please contact Dick Bayles (contact information is in the Landings Handbook). The Annual Meeting of the Landings Homeowners Association will take place on February 8, 2018. The materials for the meeting will be mailed in January. It is vital that there be a quorum to hold a valid election. We encourage all association owners to complete and return the proxy or ballot before the meeting to be counted as present even if you are planning to attend. The incumbent members will rerun for election to the four seats up for election in 2018. No other candidates have come forward. The next regularly scheduled meeting is January 11, 2018 at the Landings Racquet Club at 7:00 p.m.

Speed Control In November, the speed control program monitored 1,977 vehicles for the month, an average of 65 per day. There were ten substantial violations of our speed limits (generally 15 mph except for portions of Kestral Park Way North and Landings Boulevard).

Three warnings and one violation notice were sent to Landings residents and one telephone call to a vendor. Three warnings were sent to owners for violations by their guests. Notification was not possible for two visitors.

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Around The Landings Singles Meet & Greet Social Group

Submitted by Lynn Cassell We had a wonderful turn out on Friday, December 1st for our season’s kickoff party celebrating our 2nd year with 15 in attendance. We are 32 members strong. Actually it seemed like no one wanted to go home. Our aim is to get together once a month to socialize over appetizers, desserts and beverages provided by the members. We are also developing group activities such as bike rides, Drum Circle and/or sunset beach walks, dinner, movies with discussion, bowling, hiking/ walking and game night. The group has decided to collect $5 per member to be used for any group supplies needed and any unused monies will be used at the year-end party. Mark your calendar with our next get together on Friday, January 12th from 5pm to 7pm in the poolside room at the LRC. Please bring an appetizer or dessert and your choice of beverage. At the LRC club there is a signup sheet for new members. In the afternoon of January 14th, several of our members are attending a “Singles on the Go” Travel Club meeting. If you are interested please contact me. January 17th at 6 p.m. – we are going to “A Taste Of Asia” for dinner hosted by Pat Sweet & Judy Auderieth. Please RSVP to Judy: Judy@Auderieth.com Any questions please contact me: lecassell320@yahoo. com or 941-312-5659 Looking forward to meeting you at our next get together.

Spotlight on Landings Volunteers

Living here in our Landings paradise, it’s sometimes difficult to grasp the alternate reality that exists for many of our fellow citizens in Sarasota. But thankfully many residents in The Landings have stepped up to volunteer throughout the greater community helping in immeasurable ways. They are ensuring that people have nutritious food to eat, that the elderly receive proper medical attention, that students attain a quality education, and the disabled obtain appropriate care. They are supporting the incredible arts and cultural scene here, and so much more. We’d like to begin profiling some of these Landings residents that unselfishly devote their talents to improving life throughout our community. Equally important, it’ll also highlight the worthwhile social services in our area. If you volunteer and would like to spotlight your organization or you know of some resident(s) who you feel should be recognized, please contact Steve Poyta (poyta@verizon.net or tel # - (941) 8220751). Staff from The Eagle would interview the volunteer and write the column showcasing the activities, prerequisites, commitment and benefits of their volunteering. The column would also provide contact information of the organization so that others may consider getting involved with these groups as well.

Phillippi Estate Park

Phillippi Estate Park is open daily for your enjoyment of the shoreland trails, two fishing piers, kayak launch and nature trail in coastal hammock. The popular Phillippi Farmhouse Market is open every Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. with fresh local vegetables, baked goods, food trucks, local artisans and live music. There is ample free parking and dogs on leash are welcome. There is a free tour of the Edson Keith Mansion each Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. As there is only one tour given, please be prompt. A knowledgeable docent will guide guests through the Italian Renaissance Home explaining the history of the house as well as information about the early days of the Sarasota community. Tour is free; however, donations to the renovation of the historic Keith Farmhouse are always welcome. See you at Phillippi!

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Landings Learning Group Opens 2018 Season By Howard & Adrienne Feltman The Landings Learning Group will launch its 18th season on Wednesday, JAN 17 at 3:30 p.m. There will be a special “MEET AND GREET RECEPTION” with an elaborate dessert buffet catered by Judy Greene and Tara Lamb, The Landings Realtors. Wine will be served by The Landings Learning Group.

outstanding vocalist, Alex Glover. The program will Wednesday, FEB 28, Rich RIDENOUR; award also feature Jazz and Swing music from the 40’s and winning STEINWAY ARTIST, and STACY RIDENOUR 50’s that we all love. who are amazingly versatile, and “wickedly funny”, On Wednesday, January 31, DAVID HOULE, return to the LLG for an afternoon of classics, pops, columnist at The Sarasota Herald Tribune, Futurist, and good humor. Author, Thinker, “One of the preeminent Futurists in the world today”. Winner of two Emmys; International Wednesday, MAR 21, ZAK ANDERSON; Political speaker; returns to LLG to present “A LOOK INTO Editor of The Sarasota Herald Tribune; as seen in the Miami Herald, U.S. News and World Report, Charlotte THE FUTURE”. Observer, Tacoma News Tribune will present to the Wednesday, FEB 14, Metropolitan Opera Soloist “STATE OF THE STATE AND THE STATE OF THE JASON STEARNS returns to celebrate Valentine’s NATION”. Day, with pianist LEE DOUGHERTY ROSS, “LOVE IS IN THE AIR”. There will be special Valentine Day Wednesday, March 28, at 4:00 p.m., a special treat refreshments at 3:30 p.m. with LEE DOUGHERTY ROSS, INTERNATIONAL PIANIST AND PERFORMER, a “GALA, GLORIOUS AFTERNOON WITH GEORGE GERSHWIN”, starring JOHANNA FINCHER. Soprano and LUIS GONZALES, BARITONE. Judy Greene and Tara Lamb, The Landings Realtors, will present a special END OF SEASON COCKTAIL BUFFET at 5:00 p.m., WINE will be served by the LLG.

Tom Ellison On Wednesday, January 17th, the opening program will feature TOM ELLISON’s Jazz Quartet, who will present a “TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA” with an

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The Landings Free College program for 2018 By Irv Kushner Following an outstanding year in 2017, the Landing Free College has put together an exciting program for 2018. Ralph Ricapito, President of the College, and his assistant Irv Kushner, emphasize that this college charges no tuition and there is no homework, no term papers, no grades Albert Ford and no credits. A major focus this year will be on the some colleagues, the Landings talented, accomplished, and own Antique Road Show. productive neighbors we have in The Landings. A number of them will tell us about their fascinating lives and activities. Presentations will take place at the Lakeside Clubhouse on Thursdays at 2:30 p.m., January through early April.

January 2018 Programs

On January 4th, Landings resident Albert Ford, a specialist in fine art, antiques and jewelry, will follow up on his tremendously successful presentation last year by overseeing, with the help of

John McCarthy Next, on January 11th, John McCarthy will tell us about one of Sarasota’s gems, Historic Spanish Point. During his 33-

year career, John served as Sarasota County Historian, Environmental Specialist and Director of Parks and Recreation, and is now Executive Director at Gulf Coast Heritage Association – Historic Spanish Point.

Ralph Ricapito On January 18, five of our Landings neighbors who have led unusual, interesting and fascinating lives will describe their experiences. And on January 25th, Ralph Ricapito will follow up on last year’s presentation “Football for Women only - 101”, by briefly reviewing it for those who missed it last year, and

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Landings resident J.J. Frey, one of the most knowledgeable people in the world about seaplane flying, will kick off the next month’s programs on February 1st. His monograph “How to Fly Floats”, which has sold over 200,000 copies, opens with the words “Float planing is the best of two worlds, flying and boating, with the added freedom of going anywhere, anyplace there’s water.” J.J. has flown extensively throughout Canada and the United States, including Alaska. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the Federal Aviation Administration in 1985. On February 8th, D. Scott Taylor will enlighten us about The Landings Mangroves and their unique fish species. Scott brings a wealth of knowledge and years of experience to this

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March 2018 Programs

Our own Bob Fernander will describe “The Vietnam War Through the Eyes of a Helicopter Pilot” on March 1st. Bob was also featured in a story in the Sarasota Herald Tribune this summer entitled “Army career included Vietnam and discovery of Mayan ruins”. He enjoyed

On March 8th Bob Shoub will introduce Abbey Tyrna, who will discuss “The Lakes of the Landings”. Abbey is the Water Resources Agent for the University of Florida in Sarasota County. We will next learn what’s happening at Sarasota Memorial Hospital on March 15th, when Art Wood, Chairman of the Board of the Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation will be introducing a knowledgeable speaker. On March 22nd the subject will be “Antarctica”, presented by Art Reilly, a distinguished former member of the National Science Board of the United States, which oversees the National Science Foundation. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the

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Seafood lovers, it’s good and fresh Yelp review: I see why this place is all five stars. Amazing find, tucked away in a nondescript strip mall adds to its local, simple vibe. Best seafood I have had in a long time. Service made it feel like we were part of the family, four happy diners tonight. If you read this post, stop searching and start eating. Seriously do not pass up this little gem. Living in Florida, you expect to find fresh seafood no matter where you dine. If you are a local seafood lover, you probably have a mental list of go-to restaurants which serve the freshest seafood. Fresh Catch Fish Market & Grill needs to be added to it. Fresh Catch’s, father/son duo, Bob and Devon Provost have a serious passion for seafood which started way back when the family lived in the Boston area. Their simply prepared, never-fried, never-frozen dishes are paired with a variety of simple sauces that serve to complement, so the freshness of the seafood shines. Your fish/seafood selection goes from the case onto the grill. Prepared grilled or blackened, topped with lemon and butter, Pico de Gallo or tropical salsa. Served with a fresh ear of corn on the cob and baby roasted potatoes. Soups, salads, sandwiches and steam pots round out the menu. If room permits, be sure to order a slice of their homemade key lime pie. Bob’s wife, Debra, makes the key lime pie, using freshly whipped cream. The restaurant also offers a nice selection of beers and wines. Fresh Catch Fish Market & Grill, located at 7119 S. Tamiami Trail, just south of Stickney Point Road in the Buccaneer Plaza, is a casual restaurant/market with indoor and outdoor seating for close to 30. Here’s what more patrons are saying about the restaurant on line: Tried this place last night on a whim and it did not disappoint! Everything from the staff, to the menu, to the meal itself was perfection. It’s a small place and luckily we’d come in between dinner rushes and got a table right away. Within 10 mins the place was full again. The wait staff was smiling and helpful. We shared stone crab soup to start with a couple of ice cold beers, tons of crab in the soup and excellent flavor. For our meals we got blackened tripletail and snow crab claws. Each came with a side of roasted potatoes. I can’t say enough about how fresh and delicious the entire meal was. We will be back! WOW! WOW! WOW! This place is a hidden gem! Fish was fresh today and you could taste the difference. Very clean kitchen. They cooked the fish to perfection and the presentation was 5 stars like you would expect at a fancy resort; those extra added steps. This place is the real deal. Only thing that made me upset was that I never knew it was here before. Sooooood GOOD! This is must try! I was so glad to find this cute restaurant and fish market. To get a high-quality fish you need a fish market and this fits the bill. I wanted a takeout fish plate and I got the blackened pompano with potatoes and corn. I made a salad at home and had a beautiful meal. The corn was not overlooked. It also has a big counter so the next time I will order some oysters and try another dish. It’s much bigger than I thought. I am going to become a regular. See more reviews online at Yelp and Trip Advisor, Special orders and reservations accepted. Fresh Catch Fish Market and Grill is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday. 941-413-7133, freshcatchfishmarketandgrill.com (Advertorial)

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Racquet Club News |President’s Report By Dick Bayles I hope everyone’s holiday season was enjoyable – including the unusually cold (it wasn’t ever winter yet) weather for a part of the month. Our prime season is underway, and the use of our courts, fitness center, and meeting rooms will be high. Patience is a virtue when the competition for facility use is high. The Club’s 2018 Annual Meeting is scheduled for January 16, 2018 in the Lakeside Room at 7:00 p.m. There will be a regular monthly board meeting at 1:30 p.m. that afternoon. Every member should have received the Notice of Annual meeting and other materials. If you have not, please visit or call the Club to be sure you get one. It is important that there be a quorum at the meeting; even if you’re planning to attend, it will help us a lot if you give us your proxy ahead of the meeting. The proxy is the green sheet included in the materials. As in 2017, there will be an election for a seat on the Board of Directors. There are five candidates for the four seats to be filled this year. Our documents call for a somewhat complicated election procedure when there are more candidates than seats. It involves a ballot and three envelopes; their use is described on the first sheet in the materials. The Annual Meeting is not one where operational issues are discussed; the regular monthly board meeting is the right venue for those topics; I hope to see you at both.

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|Manager’s Report Happy New Year! I trust everyone had a safe and happy holiday season with all your family and friends. As a reminder, the Landings Racquet Club Annual Meeting will take place Tuesday, January 16th in the Lakeside Clubhouse at 7:00 p.m. You should have received the annual meeting packet in the mail two weeks ago. We are having an election this year for the Board of Directors. Please fill out the ballot and sign and return the proxy to the Club at your earliest convenience. Contact me by phone or email at LRCtennis@verizon.net if you haven’t received your mailing or have questions about it. All members are invited to be present at the Annual Meeting in person or by proxy. As a reminder, the Board doesn’t make day-to-day operational decisions at this meeting. If you have a concern or an idea, please share that with me or come to the regular Board meeting on the third Tuesday of the month at 1:30 p.m. Members should have also received an invoice for the LRC annual assessment back in mid-November. The annual fee for the Racquet Club for 2018 is $1,244.00 again. Our fee hasn’t changed since 2011. Thank you to those that have already given me a check. If you haven’t submitted your payment, please keep in mind that it is due January 1, 2018.

By Kevin Lechlitner

Late fees and interest will be charged February 1st on any unpaid assessments. I’d like to see everyone avoid that if possible. On December 3rd the Landings Racquet Club held its Annual Holiday Dinner Dance. It was a fun evening with 54 members in attendance. Chef James Riegel from Black Tie Catering prepared a fantastic dinner. I always receive positive comments on his food. Sammy J was back again for the 4th year in a row to provide the entertainment. He was accompanied by a live saxophone player. Thank you to Jill Eisner and her committee for all their hard work. Stop by and look at the pictures from the event if you would like to. They are posted on the bulletin board by the coffee. Now that January is here, some of our regular activities will be starting up again. The Landings Learning Group begins its six-program schedule January 17th. The Landings Learning Group committee, led by Howard & Adrienne Feltman, have put together another wonderful schedule of musical programs & lectures that will be held on select Wednesday afternoons through the finale on March 28th. The registration sheet for the series subscription is in the Pro Shop. Ralph Ricapito is ready to go with another season of the Landings Free College beginning on Thursday January 5th. It will run weekly through April 5th. Look for the program fliers announcing the performances or topics in my weekly emails or on your association bulletin boards.

|News From the Court By Adrian “Mo” Moghina Hope you had a great Holiday Season. John and I are looking forward to a great 2018 tennis season. If you’re looking for a good tennis New Year’s resolution, I recommend that you work to improve the quality of your serve and your return of serve. Obviously, this is how the points are started and you have to look to take control of the points from the start. When you are the server: recognize which return is either neutralizing your advantage or putting you on defense, the forehand side of the returner or the backhand side and which one is giving you an immediate offensive opportunity. When you are the returner: your goal is to improve whether you can return an effective cross court return. Ideally you should be able to hit it short or deep deliberately depending on what is more effective against that particular player. John and I can help you work on these techniques and goals if you need a one-on-one session to help break it down for you personally. By focusing and nurturing these new habits throughout the year, you will see great improvement in the results of your matches. Our next Round Robin Mixer is scheduled for Saturday, January 20th 2 – 4 p.m. Pro-Exhibition will follow the mixer at 4 – 5 p.m. Sign up in the tennis shop. Wishing you all a Happy New Year and looking forward to seeing you on the courts!

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Alpine Steakhouse is proud to be the recipient of the Sarasota Magazine Readers’ Choice award for “Best Restaurant for Steak” for the past five consecutive years. If you haven’t yet, it’s time for you to discover the Alpine Steakhouse, Florida’s oldest premier restaurant, steakhouse, meat market (butcher shop) and small specialty grocery all under one roof. The Alpine is something of a cultural landmark, being more than 40 years old, the first place in Sarasota to specialize in prime meats of the New York City steakhouse persuasion, and has continually been operated and crafted to perfection by the same family. Come in and enjoy a great steak in the newly remodeled 70 seat dining room. You can choose your own steak from the meat case. “The thing that makes me the proudest is that virtually nothing we serve comes out of a box or shrink-wrap,” says co-owner Mark Rebhan. Owners Mark and son Matt Rebhan, want to invite everyone to come and enjoy a great meal in this unique restaurant. Here is what they are saying online: “Pittsburgh Style” We had the NY Strip “Pittsburgh Style” which means heavy sear on both sides. Lots of flavor. Mmmmm. We had a twice baked potato to go with it. We are on our way again for the second time this week. Great Atmosphere. Also, an in house butcher shop right inside.

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Next time I’m going to come here to pick up my steaks and fresh ground sirloin for some tasty burgers. “What an amazing place! It is not fancy or pretentious!” Just excellent food and great service. We had the NY strips and the filet mignon...all cooked perfectly and melted in your mouth. The twice baked potatoes are amazing as is the homemade clam chowder. We were full but we HAD to try dessert...we had the truffles mint chocolate chip and spumoni with fresh whipped cream. Even the coffee was good... what took us so long? Also want to order from the meat market... wow. One of my new favorite places.

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Through the Eyes of a Veteran

By Diana Colson

|Capt. Gordon Garrett served during the Cuban Missile Crisis Gordon Garrett was a Captain in the Air Force during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He served from 1960 to 1963, most of that time at Eglin Air Force Base located in the Florida Panhandle. This was the base which served as the staging ground for Viet Nam. In July of 1962, Nikita Khrushchev had secretly agreed to Cuba’s request to place nuclear missiles on the island to deter a future invasion. Before long, construction of several missile launch facilities was underway. When a U-2 spy plane produced clear photographic evidence of this construction, the US established a military blockade to prevent further missiles from reaching Cuba. On October 13 of 1962, Captain Garrett received top secret orders labeled DEFCON #2. (DEFCON #2 translates to “Defense Condition #2.” The seriousness of this message is extreme, for DEFCON # 1 means war!) These top-secret orders designated Elgin Air Force Base as the jumping-off point for most of the Invasion of Cuba. The Cuban Missile Crisis was underway. Fighter jets stood at the ready. Latrines had to be dug, for pilots were never to be more than two minutes away from their plane. B-52’s with H-Bombs were already based at Eglin, some of which were circling Cuba. Cargo planes stood ready, loaded with big heavy equipment. It was a time of enormous tension, for the DEFCON #2

orders remained in effect for 13-days (October 15- 28, 1962). The Cuban Missile Crisis was considered the closest the Cold War came to escalating into a full-scale nuclear war. There were serious decisions to be made at Eglin Air Force Base. If Cuba realized that American forces were being amassed at that base, it would become a major target. Up to 20,000 military dependents were housed in the area, among them Captain Gordon Garrett, his pregnant wife and one child. Continued on the next page

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Where would these dependents go? It would have to be a mass exodus! Ultimately it was decided that dependents would stay put. There were many close calls. A Russian sub was part of the Armada headed towards Cuba, fully armed with nuclear weapons. An American ship dropped depth charges over this sub, and its Russian Submarine Commander prepared to fire off his weapons. Fortunately, that officer was talked out of doing so by his 2nd in Command, and a terrible war was averted. Letters flew back and forth from Khrushchev to JFK, some of them extremely hostile. Kennedy chose to respond only to the gentler communications. The Russian leader must have said to himself, “Maybe we can make a deal.” After a long period of tense negotiations, JFK and Khrushchev publicly agreed that the Soviets would dismantle their offensive weapons in Cuba and return them to the Soviet Union. In exchange, the US made a public declaration agreement to avoid invading Cuba again. Secretly, the US also agreed that it would also dismantle all missiles located in Turkey and aimed

towards the Soviet Union. It was an unforgettable time in Gordon Garrett’s life. Still, the naval blockade of Cuba ended on November 20, 1962, and the crisis faded. Captain Garrett left the Air Force in 1963 to join the Reserves, where he served from 1963-1968. Gordon had been raised mostly in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. His father was one of the first workers at Oak Ridge as part of the Manhattan Project. Although his dad had been selected to enter West Point, there was not a lot of money in the family, so he went to work. After taking only two college classes, Gordon’s dad took a job at Oak Ridge. There he received on-the-job-training, and ended up being the Supervisor of a nuclear group. Many others in the group had advanced degrees. Oak Ridge went from zero to 75,000 people in just 18 months, becoming the place where we split the atom, with Los Alamos being the place where the bomb was put together. Following his military service, Gordon graduated from Denison University in Ohio, and then attended the University of Tennessee, where he

received a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. He briefly considered working for the CIA in Washington, but decided instead to go with Proctor and Gamble, where his main claim to fame was introducing Bounty Towels into the test market. He continued as a marketer for Warner-Lambert, where he worked with a staff of 700, calling upon the headquarters of various stores to place Warner-Lambert products. Retiring in his 60’s, Gordon found himself with too much time on his hands. Lion’s Club International Foundation was

looking for a professional manager. He took the job and traveled the world raising and giving away money in substantial amounts. (The Lions donate 35 million dollars annually to charitable projects such as providing one million cataract surgeries in China.) Gordon spent six adventurous years traveling the world for The Lions. Fortunately, he was able to take his first wife, Penny, with him on many of these international expeditions, even as her health was failing. The couple shared two wonderful sons, three grandkids, and one great-grandchild, but after 50 years of marriage, Penny sadly passed away. Gordon had always been a tennis enthusiast. An avid player, he had even attended the US Open for 29 years running! Sometime after Penny’s death, Gordon connected with Sue Lewis here at The Landings. Sue had owned two stores in Atlanta specializing in tennis and sports attire, was widowed, and equally committed to the sport. Before long they were married. Today, Gordon and Sue enjoy life at The Landings. They have made many friends and enjoy their beautiful surroundings.

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Publix Supports Landings Holiday Charity By Karl Maggard The Landings “Holiday Cheer For Kids Fighting Cancer and Hannah House� has been very successful over the past three years, and thanks to our Landings Publix and manager Chad Falde, it just got a big boost for its 2017 program. We have received a very generous donation of 30 turkeys for our families so that they will have a nutritious holiday meal. Our thanks to manager Falde and his staff for a most kind donation. These turkeys will be enjoyed by the record number of families and children (85 kids!!) this year.

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A Splashing Good Time Sandy Bellino is an energetic, “water zumba Instructor” and offers classes every Tuesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. It’s an unbeatable water combination at The Landings cool pool.

By Dee Ricapito

Jill Eisner said, “Its Challenging”, Nancy, a newcomer, said, “A fun way to meet people.” Dee said, “She enjoys the cool waters soothing the muscles after morning tennis play.”

Barbara, Nancy, Dee, Sandy, Jill, Laura, as Sandy leads the exercise

A traditional Zumba class is also available on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. Tantri Kidder said, “It’s too much fun. It doesn’t feel like exercise

when it’s energizing!” You can also find Sandy teaching Tai Chi classes through the week. Check for all class times at the Pro Shop.

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Rules of the Road Reminders Submitted by: Neil Goldman, Safety & Security Committee Chair and Barbara Chertok, Committee Member

Walkers — Walk AGAINST traffic. Additionally, since we have no sidewalks, it is suggested to walk no more than two abreast and walk in a single file when necessary in narrower areas. Although pedestrians generally do have the right of way, walkers should use common sense. In narrower areas walking two or three abreast is not safe. Night Walkers — Wear reflective gear and/or use a flashlight to alert drivers you are on the road. Dog Walkers — Have your dog walk on the grass while you walk on the road. Bikers — Ride with the traffic as close to the edge of the road as practical. Night Bikers — Wear reflective gear and use a bike light. Pets — All pets should be under control at all times. Drivers — Please obey all posted speed limits and stop signs. Be aware of pedestrians, bikes, mini-bikes, golf carts, stray animals and other vehicles. Do not tailgate another vehicle because you think it is moving too slowly. Please share these comments with your guests and visitors. This article will be published from time to time. If you would like to submit information or suggestions, please send your comments to: Neil Goldman at chgosprtfn@gmail.com or Barbara Chertok at barbchert@gmail.com.

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Captain Jim Klopfer’s Fishing Report Adventure Charters 941-371-1390 January fishing in Sarasota is all about the weather, pure and simple. Angling success is determined by the ability to adapt to the existing weather conditions. Tides will often times be very low in the morning. Couple that with a northeast wind and the flats will not have very much water on them. Water temperatures will be at their annual low. It is time to change tactics! I spend a lot of my time fishing the area around Siesta Key in the winter. Both passes and the surrounding flats will be productive under ideal conditions. Weekly fronts will stir up the Gulf, bringing cold, dirty water in through the passes and up onto the nearby flats. However, the area down south stays protected, and this will result in better fishing. Extreme low tides will force the fish off of the flats and into the channel. This actually makes locating them easier. 1/4 ounce Bass Assassin jigs in New Penny and Glow are very productive, as is a shrimp free lined with a small split shot. Speckled trout, ladyfish, jack crevelle, and pompano will be the primary catches, but sheepshead, grouper, flounder, and bluefish will also be found in the deep water. As the tide rises and the day warms up, fish will move out of the deep channel and up onto the flats to feed. A late afternoon high tide can offer great fishing for speckled trout, with jigs and live shrimp under a popping cork producing a lot of action.

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The flats south of Spanish Point are very productive, but any flat in four to six feet of water with grass will hold fish, keep moving until you find them. Creeks and residential canals are great spots to fish this month. Besides offering protection from harsh winds, they provide cover for bait, which attracts fish, and the water is normally a few degrees warmer. A large hand picked shrimp is a great bait for redfish, snook, sheepshead, drum, and jacks. Deeper water is the key, find a dock or area in a creek with a little more depth and there should be fish there. Rapala X-Raps are a terrific artificial bait to use in creeks. They are deadly on snook and jacks, and a lot of water can be covered quickly. Local rivers such as the Manatee, Braden, and Myakka will hold snook, jacks, juvenile tarpon, and even bass in January. Fish move up there to keep warm and feed. This is a unique fishing experience that is best suited for more experienced anglers. Surf casters will do well off of the Siesta Key beaches during periods of light winds when the water is clear. Small pieces of live or frozen shrimp fished on a small hook with a bit of weight will catch plenty of whiting, along with trout, flounder, pompano, and other species. Jigs and silver spoons are effective artificial baits to use, especially when surface activity is seen, this indicates feeding fish.

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2018 LMA Board Candidates

Elena Darden

Resident of The Landings for almost twenty years. Recently widowed. Moved to Sarasota from McLean, Virginia I was employed at the American Red Cross in developing and implementing a program for the centers of Disease Control on HIV/AIDS in Spanish. Researched and edited a book, “Dear Mr. President” by Professor Don Wallace at Georgetown University Law School. Researched and edited “The Sporty Game,” by John Newhouse (which was initially serialized in The New Yorker magazine) at the Brookings Institute . In Sarasota I serve on the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army.

Directory in 2005. I’ve been a member of the LMA, LHA and Racquet Club boards at various times since 2006. A key part of my focus for The Landings is looking beyond current operations and turning our Forward Plan – anticipating the needs of our community five to 20 years out – into a set of action plans to ensure that: • The Landings infrastructure is maintained to a quality level consistent with the community’s upscale standards; • Our management operations live up to a “best practices” standard for similar communities; and, • We adapt to changes in our residents’ demographics to provide the community services they desire. The Landings is one of the oldest gated communities in Sarasota with an unparalleled location advantage. With effective long-term management, we will be able to share in the property value increases of northern Sarasota County.

Norman Olshansky

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Christine and I moved to The Landings from Weston CT in 2002. Despite a degree in Organic Chemistry and an MBA in Finance, most of my professional career was in computer systems development and management. Ended up in senior operations management at a publishing unit of Disney. I’ve been involved with some aspect of Landings operations, starting with publishing the Landings Handbook &

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Norman Olshansky has been a full time resident in The Landings for close to 30 years. He formerly served on the LMA Board and has been active on several LMA committees. He recently retired from his career as a nonprofit executive and national consultant. (LMA is an association that falls under the rules of nonprofit organizations.) He has an extensive background working and volunteering in nonprofit organizations and associations. He has consulted with or served in an executive role with botanical gardens, public and private schools, foundations, human relations organizations, law enforcement agencies, hospitals, hospice, acute care clinics, home health agencies, national membership organizations, faith based social service agencies, mental health, religious and performing arts entities throughout the U.S., Canada and Israel. In

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addition, he has been a frequent lecturer at Universities, authored a syndicated column, is a national book reviewer and leader for CharityChannel.com, and is active as a volunteer in several civic, religious and professional organizations. His book, “You and Your Nonprofit” has been a special resource for nonprofit professionals, leaders, volunteers, universities and nonprofit resource centers. Charity Channel Press is the publisher. It was nominated for the Alliance of Nonprofit Management’s book award in the category of best new book on nonprofit management, fundraising and leadership. He served on the boards of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, and University of South Florida Manatee/ Sarasota Advisory Board, as well as JFCS of the Sun Coast and the Southwest Florida Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He formerly was a Vista Volunteer, founding director of Common Ground, a crisis intervention center and acute care medical clinic, in Michigan, and served on advisory boards for Governors in Tennessee, Michigan and Virginia. He also served as the President and CEO of the Van Wezel Foundation, and has over 40 years of professional and executive level leadership and consulting experience within both the not for profit and for profit sectors. In The Landings, he is an active tennis player and is the go to guy if you like to fish, especially by the Gazebo at the end of the nature trail. He has a Masters Degree in Social Work, and has received national recognition for his work in human service and executive leadership.

Field Circle since the mid 90’s; but always rented it while living outside the United States. Roger and Tantri have a daughter who lives in Stamford, Ct. and a son who lives in Madison, Wi. Roger grew up in New London, N.H. Attended Vermont Academy and studied geology at Allegheny College. He worked in the oil industry for 40 years; 36 of which was spent in Jakarta, Indonesia. He retired in 2014 from Schlumberger. Roger loves gardening, playing tennis, and going to yard sales and flea markets. He is grateful for the amazing beauty of The Landings and the friendly and interesting residents who live here.

Richard Stern

Richard Stern is a Landings pioneer. Along with his wife Kathy, son Jeff and daughter Jessica the Stern family moved to The Landings from Madison WI in August of 1984. They built their first Landings home on Pine Harrier Circle in ‘84 and then built their current home on Peregrine Point Circle West in 1991. Richard is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been a financial advisor since 1976. He currently carries the title of “Director of Private Wealth Management” at the downtown Sarasota office of Robert W. Baird & Co. During the 1990’s Richard served two terms on the board of the Landings Homeowners Association which included one term as its president. Richard also serves as the Business Commentator at Sarasota’s ABC 7, a role he has enjoyed since 1987. The Sterns have rescued four retired greyhounds during their time in The Landings. You may see them out Moved to The Landings with walking with their five year old fawn his wife Tantri two years ago from colored greyhound. Her name? Madison Indonesia via San Antonio, Texas. …of course. They have owned a home on Flicker Continued on the next page

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Kristy Bower

Kristy Bower has lived in Sarasota since she was just 7 years old. She graduated high school at Riverview High and went on to the University of Florida to graduate with a degree in art education and a minor in art history. She married her high school sweetheart, Mark Bower. They now have 2 children, a boy 9 and a girl 6. She and Mark own and manage the local landscaping firm DesignScapes. She enjoys being involved in her community. She currently is on the board of her children’s school as the business partner coordinator. In her free time she loves to be outdoors, especially if it includes time in, on or near the water.

Prized for their shade-tolerance and attractive foliage and flowers, Wax Begonias are a timeless garden favorite. They are popular plants for flower beds, borders, containers and window boxes. They are compact, mound forming, fibrous-rooted plants that have fleshy stems, waxy leaves, and clusters of single or double flowers. Dwarf varieties of Wax Begonias grow from 6” to 8” high. Taller varieties grow 12” to 18” tall, and spread from 6” to 12”. They should be spaced 12” apart in the flower bed for a solid mass of color. The flowers are available in a variety of shades of red, pink, salmon, and white; and the shiny, somewhat succulent leaves are available in green, bronze, and variegated. Popular, dark-leaved kinds are the Cocktail series: Brandy, Vodka, Whiskey, and Gin. Good green-leaved varieties are found in the Lotto and Pizzazz series. Avalanche begonias in pink or white are rangier, suited for containers and hanging baskets, where their arching growth habit is handsome. Wax begonias, which are also called Fibrous Begonias, perform well in rich, well-drained soil, that has been prepared by adding generous amounts of compost or other organic matter to help retain moisture. They’ll form tight, compact plants in full sun, with increasingly looser form and fewer flowers as you move them deeper into the shade. If grown in too much shade they may become susceptible to powdery mildew. The bronze leaf begonias are better

Wax Begonias

suited to full sun locations. These plants tolerate hot humid conditions well. They grow best with consistent moisture, but due to their thick, waxy leaves, which help minimize water loss in hot weather, they can tolerate short periods of drought. Considered a winter annual, or tender perennial, in our area, these plants can be cut back in the fall for renewed flowering the following winter. Although they do not make good cut flowers, potted wax begonias can be used indoors if given enough light. Begonia is a genus of about 1500 species of plants that are native to moist subtropical and tropical areas of South and Central America, Africa and South Asia. They can be divided into 7 informal groups: some are grown for colorful leaves, some for showy flowers, and some for both. The botanical name of wax begonias is Begonia x semperflorenscultorum, which means “ever-blooming plants of cultivated gardens”. The Begonia genus honors Michael Begon, the Governor of French Canada in the late 1600s, and a passionate plant collector. It is said that in addition to their decorative purposes, begonias were used for polishing swords in the past, and according to the “floral dictionary”, the gift of a begonia sends the message to “be cautious”! But there is little about these plants to cause caution; they are easy to grow and a colorful addition for any gardener. www.sarasotagardenclub.org

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At Abel’s Ice Cream, owners Jerry and Jill Williams have focused all year long on our theme of: Happiness Is… So we think it’s fitting, as 2017 draws to a close, to review some of the many ways we’ve defined it. Although not nearly an inclusive list, here are some of the things we felt compelled to share. Happiness is: Working Together, New Seasons, Being Social, Finding the Positive, Trying New Things, Celebrating Milestones, Giving Back, & Celebrating Life! We learned a long time ago that whatever you focus on grows. And despite the challenges that 2017 brought for us, including Jill’s life-threatening stroke in June and miraculous recovery, we have had an incredible year of growth and dare we say it…HAPPINESS! As the new year dawns, we hope you’ll join us and take a few minutes to determine how 2018 can be your happiest year yet. Start off on the right foot by swinging by Abel’s and telling us your happiness stories! We guarantee to have flavors in stock that will only increase your joy! Mexican Hot Chocolate ice cream (Chocolate ice cream with a pinch of cinnamon, tons of mini marshmallows, and a cayenne kick) is here! As a nod to our new neighbors (Plaza Mexico), enjoy the fantastic ice cream treat for a limited time. By the way, if you haven’t checked them out yet, what are you waiting for? We’re all here for you at the South Bridge Plaza on Stickney Point Road. And don’t forget, staying around by popular demand, a holiday favorite, Peppermint Flash (Refreshing and vibrant; peppermint ice cream filled with peppermint candy.)

So, friends, with our whole hearts, all of us at Abel’s Ice Cream wish you the most joyous year yet! Salud! Abel’s Ice Cream is located at 1886 Stickney Point Road, Sarasota in the South Bridge Plaza. Open Sunday through Thursday from Noon-9:30 pm, and Friday and Saturday from Noon-10 pm. Learn more online at our website, www.abelsicecream.com or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Landings Resident Art Show

By Marie-Louise McHugh

We are very fortunate to have great artists among our midst at The Landings. On December 9 and 10, an art show was held at the Landings Racquet Club, featuring works by:

Gary Bowen, paintings, Norris Carroll, photography, Betty Greenspan, resin and silk flowers Charlene Jones, paintings and mosaic Marie-Louise McHugh, paintings Marilyn Rosengarden, acrylic and small tiles Bob Silverman, colored pencil and watercolor Allison Small, fabric art Fern Vaughan, watercolor and pastel Hans Weimar, watercolor Phoebe Wenocker, watercolor Vladislav Yeliseyev, master plain air watercolor artist

Bob Silverman

Fern Vaughan

Gary Bowen

Hans Weimar

Marie-Louise McHugh

L to R: Marilyn Rosengarden, Allison Small, & Betty Greenspan

Unfortunately, on Saturday the weather was rainy , windy and cold which probably discouraged some people from visiting the Racquet Club. Nevertheless, it was well received and we all vowed to organize another show before too long. We would love to include even more artists next time. It is always so rewarding to discover such beauty, passion and dedication in all the participants’ works. Feel free to contact the artists if you are interested in their latest work and did not get a chance to visit the show. Photos by Norris Carrol, “Hans Weimer” and “Rosengarden/Small/Grenspan” are ML McHugh

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By Heidi Bodor

Aria Hoang, 4, preschooler in the Daisy Class at Forty Carrots School • Do you have any pets? We have a grey dog named Greyjoy.

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• How long have you lived in The Landings? We have been here a little over two years. • What do you like most about living in The Landings? Swimming in the pool! I meet our neighbor Leila and we swim together. We also take walks by Eagles Point and see the rainbow fountain.

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• What is the rainbow fountain? The fountain at Eagles Point makes rainbows. We look for them when we walk by. • Favorite Ice Cream? Strawberry. • Favorite School subject? Playground time on the slide! • Favorite Book? Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf. • Favorite TV Show? My Little Pony. • Favorite Sport? I like riding my bike. • Is that your princess bike parked outside now? Yes, I rode it here. • Favorite Color? Pink. • Favorite Movie? Secret Life of Pets because it has dogs in it. • Favorite Food? Pepperoni pizza that Daddy makes! • Least favorite food? Vegetables! • One words that describes me? Nice.

• Do you have a new years resolution? Yes. Next year, when I’m 5, I will go poo poo in the potty! • Do you know any jokes? Yes! Knock-Knock. Who’s there? [Aria runs off laughing, everyone laughs] • What do you dream about? Sometimes I dream about ghosts and get scared and sleep with Mommy and Daddy.

• If you could wake up tomorrow with a • What do you like doing in your spare time? superpower, what superpower would you want to have? I like coloring in my coloring books. Rainbow power! I’d be magic and make • If you could be any animal, which one would rainbows. you be? • If all your clothes could only be one color, A monkey because I like to hang and jump! what color would you choose? • If your pet could talk, what would she say? Green! Greyjoy can’t talk. She says “woof woof”. • What do you think is in outer space? The Moon and stars.

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Landing’s Feral Cat Program An interested, inquisitive, focused group of 5060 residents armed with questions attended the feral cat educational program on November 7 sponsored by the LMA. Deirdre D’Silva, LMA board member, welcomed the attendees on behalf of the LMA. Nancy Ferraro then introduced the panel of experts: Dr. Laurie Walmsley, Veterinarian, Ashton Animal Clinic, Jo Fogarty, Veterinary Technician and TNVR Program

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Manager for Cat Depot, and Joyce Underhill and Crystal Davis representing Sarasota County Animal Services. Sharon Goldman provided refreshments: whimsical eartipped cat cookies! Dr. Walmsley began by reminding us that cats played a major role in history by reducing and eliminating the plague. Many of the first settlers who came to the New World died from the plague caused by the rats that were on their ships. Cats were then brought onboard to deal with the rats and thus eradicated the plague for the new settlers. This is how the first cats ended up in the New World. Dr. Walmsley went on to explain that humans who fail to neuter their cats, abandon them, and leave them to fend for themselves are the source of the national feral cat overpopulation. The audience was aghast to learn that if not spayed, female cats are always either in heat or pregnant. When only six months old females begin bearing litters. Dr. Walmsley has for several years managed Buddy’s Feral Cat program, underwritten by a single donor. This program is responsible for neutering over 10,000 ferals since 2001. Cat Depot is now providing the same services as Buddy’s Feral Program. Dr. Walmsley noted that The Landings is a model for feral cat management in the community. Those residents who take part in the TNVR program and utilize all the

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free services provided by Cat Depot by trapping the cats, having them neutered and vaccinated and then releasing them back to their colony are keeping feral cat numbers in control. Dr. Walmsely also noted that feral cats are playing a major role in maintaining the health of the community. Rats are known to carry bacterial diseases such as leptospirosis that can be harmful to humans. Feral cats keep the rat population under control in The Landings. Joyce Underhill from Animal Services shared information about county ordinances (copies are available at the Racquet Club), practices and support. Animal Services will come out and lay a trap when a neighbor complains about an animal. She gave numbers of ferals that she has trapped in The Landings over the past year as well as the disposition of those cats. Several were returned to their colonies, those that were friendly were put out for adoption and one was euthanized. Underhill noted that when

Animal Services is called it is a much more involved process, with a cost to the taxpayers of Sarasota County. In addition, once a cat is trapped by Animal Services they are required to hold them in a cage for at least 3 days. She noted that many of the feral cats are quite distraught and panicked at being caged in captivity for several days. Jo Fogarty from Cat Depot demonstrated how the feral cat traps operate and brought several different and relevant handouts for the attendees. She reminded everyone of Cat Depot’s free trap, spaying/

neutering and vaccinating program and said she would be happy to help any residents who were interested in learning more about these services, who had questions about feral cats and/or needed assistance. You can contact Jo via email at jof@catdepot.org or phone (941) 366-2287. The audience shared stories of past and current humane initiatives here in The Landings as well as questions and concerns regarding feral cats. The LMA appreciates and supports those efforts and encourages the various associations to do so as well. Many of those in attendance are already feeding ferals and have been proactive in having them trapped and neutered. Your input is important, so if you wish to share information with other interested residents, or have any questions about feral cats or feral cat management please email Nancy Ferraro at ferraro@comcast.net to receive mailings and be included in a ferals group initiative.


Our Common Ground They say that a friend is one of the nicest things you can be and one of the best things you can have. It’s an intangible thing like all Landins taking pride in our landscaping wherever we live in the beautiful Landings by keeping up our gardens and common areas for those passing by to enjoy. Sharing like values with friends, or just enjoying richer every day experiences, for example: A smile

By Dee Ricapito for the mailman; visiting with friends over a coffee at the Racquet Club; stopping to chat with a person walking their dog every morning; or attending Landings Free College discussions involving our speakers many of whom are living in The Landings. Also, supporting charitable events with neighbors, such as, Henry & Sara Rhodes; Carmen & Larry Lawrence; Carl Maggard, the Goldmans, and the

Josts -- just to name a few ... who were raising funds to spread Holiday magic for children by gathering all our neighbors to contribute toys for those in need for the Holidays. Those feelings are intangible but a great way to sum up the year and get off to a positive start for 2018.

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OCTOBER TRAFFIC REPORT

Compiled by: Capt. Jordan M. Joseph, Landings Security & Safety There were a total of 30 incidents for the month of November 2017. They are as follows:

• 1 Animal Problem Report Alligator spotted in the lake at Eagles Point Cir. Determined to be a non-nuisance. • 3 Harassment Reports 2 Calls, subject upset with notification received from LMA on previous incident 1 Driver, subject yelling profanity and making obscene gestures to the gate officer. • 1 Information Report Broken Sprinkler head reported to maintenance. • 12 Open Doors All instances of garage doors left open overnight. • 7 Parking Violations All instances of persons parking vehicles in the roadway overnight.

• 1 Patrol Request Complaints of nails in roadway on Starling Drive. Patrol officer unable to locate any nails in roadway. • 2 Reckless Driving Reports Both instances of target vehicles in excess of 9mph over posted limit. • 1 Roadway Obstruction Report Vehicle found in roadway unattended with flashers on. Owner located and vehicle was removed. • 1 Trespass Report Hispanic Male found wandering the community overnight. Subject identified and found to not be authorized as a guest. Subject was escorted off property. • 1 Vehicle Accident Report Patrol vehicle scraped a curb causing superficial damage.

Landings Residents’ Handbook & Directory By Dick Bayles

The 2017 edition of the Landings Directory and Handbook was mailed in late November to the billing address of all owners. Additional copies and binders are available at the Main Gate for owners and tenants. New owners or residents since the last issue of The Landings Eagle: • Carole Lowe Clarke, 5420 Eagles Point Cir #301, 941-539-9000, 941-921-2323, seeclarke1@verizon.net Changed entries from the last issue: • Beth Cotner & John Alogna, 1413 Cedar Bay Lane, 941-244-0661, bethcotner@yahoo.com Additions, changes or corrections should be directed to me in writing. Directory forms are available from me via e‑mail, at www.landingseagle.com and www.insidethelandings.com, or from your association, and may be dropped off at the Landings Racquet Club or Main Gate to my attention, or sent via mail, e‑mail or toll-free fax. Dick Bayles, 1729 Landings Way, Sarasota, FL 34231, landings.directory@gmail.com

Main Gate Entries at the Main Gate Total Gate Traffic North Gate Entries at the North Gate Exits at the North Gate Total Gate Traffic South Gate Entries at the South Gate Exits at the South Gate Total Gate Traffic

2017 11169 11169 2017 14909 13959 28868 2017 3851 2803 6654

2016 0 0 2016 0 0 0 2016 0 0 0

2015 12584 12584 2015 15352 14504 29856 2015 5590 5063 10653

2014 15456 15456 2014 11111 15086 26197 2014 6282 5381 11663

2013 12244 12244 2013 16731 15225 31956 2013 5204 4556 9760

* The Main Gate has no means of recording exit numbers at this time. N/A = System Error. Information not available or missing.

Useful & Emergency Phone Numbers... Verizon - Phone Service..............................................1.800.483.1000 Comcast Cable........................................................................371.6700 Emergency Animal Clinic.....................................................929.1818 Poison Info Center.......................................................1.800.282.3171 Waste Management...............................................................924.1254 Landings Eagle................................................................941.539.0205 Landing’s Gate.......................................................................922.5531 Landings Racquet Club.........................................................923.3886 Landings Community Hauling Program........... 941-727-6464x110 LRC e-mail................................................... LRCtennis@verizon.net Argus Management...............................................................927.6464 Sheriff Non-Emergency.........................................................861.5800 FPL - Florida Power & light..................................................917.0708 FPL - Outage Report....................................................1.800.468.8243 Fishing & Hunting Licenses..........................................941.362.9888 Marriage License Bureau...............................................941.362.4066 Sarasota County Hotline.......................................................861.5000 Sarasota/Bradenton Intl. Airport.................................941.359.2770 Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) .......................941.316.1234 Sarasota County Information Call Center.......941.861.5000/scgov.net Sarasota Doctors Hospital..............................................941.342.1100 Sarasota Memorial Hospital/Health Care System ...... 941.917.7760 Emergency (General)......................................................................911 Life-threatening EMERGENCY: call 911 first, then call the gate. They will direct emergency vehicles

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The ATS Speed Sentry was deployed on Pine Harrier Cir. for the Month of November 2017 with the following results

Date 11/16/17 to 15/15/17

Location Pine Harrier Cir.

Speed Limit Compliant 15 93.91%

Low Risk 5.45%

Med Risk High Risk 0.58% 0.07%

Speed Limit Compliant 15 93.91% 15 90.23% 15 84.46%

Low Risk 5.45% 8.20% 12.76%

Med Risk High Risk 0.58% 0.07% 1.10% 0.47% 2.45% 0.33%

Average daily traffic at this location was apx 555.66 vehicles a day. These number reflect a steady increase in compliance at this location from previous deployments.

Date 11/16/17 to 15/15/17 05/15/14 to 05/29/14 02/01/13 to 02/28/13

Location Pine Harrier Cir. Pine Harrier Cir. Pine Harrier Cir.

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0

1726 KESTRAL PARKWAY S

360,000

3

2

0

1624 STARLING DR

310,000

2

2

0

1740 LANDINGS BLVD

305,000

2

2

0

1734 KESTRAL PARKWAY S

300,000

2

2

0

CONDOS SOLD

Based on information from Realtor.com, Sarasota Property Appraiser, and Sarasota Association of Realtors for the period ending 12/20/2017. These properties listed and sold in the past 4 months by various MLS participating offices.

5100 Ocean Boulevard • Sarasota, FL 34242

Landings Eagle - January 2018  
Landings Eagle - January 2018  

The Landing Eagle serves residents of The Landings, Sarasota, FL 34231 with key information about the area.