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REMEMBERING ADRIENNE The family of Adrienne Feltman cordially invite you to a memorial and concert
Record turnout for the 2019 LRC holiday party
The generosity of The Landings residents and our community retailers this year has been a smashing success!
VOLUNTEERING Residents love volunteering at Selby Gardens
FLORIDA DUCKS Very few of Florida’s waterfowl are native and one is being hybridized!
LANDINGS ARTISTS Annual Landings Artists Exhibition at the Landings Racquet Club page
Meet Amaal Jamjoon, 18, Freshman at State College of Florida
LMA 2020 Annual Meeting and Board of Directors Election The LMA Annual Meeting will be held February 6 at 7 p.m. It will be immediately preceded by the normal monthly meeting which will begin at 6:30 p.m. The primary agenda of the annual meeting is the election of board members. The Presidents of the constituent associations, or their designees, vote for the board members. The representatives have to be present to vote so please encourage your president to attend and the constituent associations should discuss their candidate preferences in advance. A meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on
Wednesday, January 15th, in the LRC Poolside Room for the Association Presidents to meet and interview the candidates. It is requested that all Presidents or their designees attend. The three goals of this year’s nominating committee have been: 1) to improve the gender board representation, 2) to enhance year-round resident representation and 3) to have candidates who have specific skill sets for a well-functioning board. Since there are six candidates for five open seats, there is a “contested” election. The six highly qualified candidates and their biosketches are included herein. The board
responsibilities have been discussed with each of them. Additionally, any resident owner interested in serving should contact a member of the Nominating Committee as soon as possible. Qualified nominations received by the association manager (George Niel at Argus Management) in writing thirty days prior to the meeting will appear on the ballot sent to the presidents beforehand. Your support of the LMA election process will really be appreciated.
Bios of each LMA Board candidate begin on page 20
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By Irv Kushner
The Landings Free College is about to launch another interesting and informative season. Classes will be held again on Thursday afternoons at 2:30, beginning January 9th. There will be talks by a number of our neighbors in The Landings; several fascinating speakers from the outside world, and repeat appearances by some of the outstanding speakers of previous years. We are happy to announce Judy and Tara will graciously be hosting refreshments immediately following the opening and closing presentations. • January 9: We represent a veritable United Nations here at
The Landings, with literally dozens of residents who were born abroad. Many of them can be found in the exercise room. A number of them will tell us their eventful life stories, and describe how they got to The Landings. We will also honor Jack Kahgan, now 100 years old, who, with Ralph Ricapito, started the Roundtable Discussion Group, a precursor to the Free College, a decade ago. Plus: refreshments by Judy and Tara. • January 16: Karen Hicks, Law Enforcement Deputy, Crime Prevention, a representative of the Sheriff’s office, will tell us about how to deal with the challenge of identity theft. We all need to know this. Continued on page 5
Tantri Kidder from Indonesia, Duneska Grant from Columbia, and Eva Damian from Poland were the inspiration for the January 2nd program
Xfinity Solicitors Trespassing in The Landings The security committee reported that there have been many complaints from residents who have found literature at their doors soliciting business from Xfinity. Please report to the gate/security if you see anyone distributing literature or going door-to-door soliciting business. We do not allow soliciting door-to-door within The Landings and violators will be reported to the police as trespassing. Obviously service calls, repairs, installations are not an issue. However, please notify the gate if you are expecting vendors to your residence. The Xfinity solicitors were distributing literature from the Bradenton, University Parkway branch. It took us many hours of computerized answering machines at Xfinity, in an attempt to get the phone number of the Bradenton office. We were never successful. I was told, once I reached someone on their chat link, that they do not publish the branch phone numbers. I explained that all I wanted to do was to let the manager of the branch know what happened and that we will call the police next time. Still no luck. Finally, after multiple requests, I got to a supervisor who could not give me a phone number nor a number to call at the corporate office. I finally told the supervisor to have someone with authority contact me so I could report the problem.
I finally got an email... not from the corporate office but from an executive customer service representative somewhere in South Florida. Sounded like a clerk with no authority. She told me that she needed the addresses of every house that received the literature. I explained we have signs posted stating no solicitation at our entrance and there was no way I was sending her as many as several hundred addresses. I told her the gate address and name of our community was the only thing the branch manager needed to educate their staff. She said she was following instructions from her supervisor and insisted that they needed the addresses. I blew my top (somewhat) and explained that I would be going public with the insanity of such poor communications and lack of access to their offices. She finally got back to me and said the supervisor would ensure that all Xfinity solicitors would be told not to enter The Landings. I told her that we WILL call the police and have any Xfinity trespassers arrested. And with this article, I’m keeping my promise of going public. Norman Olshansky: President Landings Management Association
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President’s Column By Norman Olshansky There’s a chill in the air but as we enter the New Year, activities are heating up in The Landings. The Holiday party was a great success and sellout. Many thanks to Paige Packman and her committee for organizing another successful event. Check out photos from the event in this issue of The Eagle. The nominating committee has been hard at work and we have a great group of candidates for the LMA Board. Based on our documents, only association presidents vote on who should serve on the LMA Board. We encourage all residents to review the list of candidates and share your preferences with your association president prior to the election. The meeting of Association Presidents with the candidates is scheduled for January 15th. The actual election will be February 6th. Information about each of the candidates is included in this issue of The Eagle. Many thanks to Elena Darden for spearheading the holiday lights installation along Landings Boulevard. It added to a festive feeling in our neighborhood. You should have received new recycling cans from the County to replace your red and blue bins. We have arranged for pick up of your old bins. See more information in this issue of The Eagle on how you can participate in this program. Thanks go to Harvey Greller for making this service available to residents. The next Landings bike outing will be Tuesday, February 11th. Mark your calendars now. We will meet at the LRC at 10 a.m. and proceed by caravan to Casey Key for a morning ride followed by lunch. Check out the photos in this issue from the Myakka State Park ride held in December.
After a long battle, it appears that all efforts to address the large development at 41 and Stickney Point Roads have failed. The Benderson development, Siesta Promenade, will be moving forward with an eightstory hotel and shopping center. Traffic is already a problem at that intersection and concerns exist for serious problems going forward with back ups for miles at peak times. Got more information on the following website https:// blockbendersonsiestaprom.home. blog We now have a signed agreement with H R Horton to refrain from using “The Landing” as the name of their new development, which is located east of the interstate. They will now market the community with their new name “Bay Landing” in all of their materials, signage, website, etc. We have had issues with solicitors entering The Landings and distributing marketing materials for Xfinity. See accompanying article in The Eagle about this issue, what we have done and you can do to help stop this practice, which is against LMA policies. Activities in The Landings are in full swing. Check out the calendar of events on the Landings website http://thelandingsofsarasota.com for information about programs ranging from lectures to poker, Yoga to Ping Pong, water aerobics to happy hours, Mahjong to Bridge, and much more. Wishing all a happy, healthy, productive and enjoyable New Year. Norman Olshansky: President Landings Management Association Insidethelandings@gmail.com
LHA Board Meeting At its November meeting, the Board discussed several issues with an owner on Peregrine Point Circle N related to the impact that the County drainage work at the east end of Lake 1 has had on her adjoining property. The issues will be referred to the LMA for their review. The board also approved tree removals (some with required replacements) on Kestral Park Place, Kestral Park Lane and Pine Harrier Circle, new front doors on Flicker Field Circle, Peregrine Pont Circle W and Pine Harrier Drive, and new exterior colors on Peregrine Point Circle. Letters of violation will be sent to owners on Kestral Park Terrace. The board reviewed the southern phase of the mailbox replacement project that took place
in late November. Considering the impact on mail delivery, which we hadn’t considered when setting its schedule, the northern phase, planned for January 2020, will be scheduled on a Sunday. The 2020 Annual Assessments were mailed in late November; every owner should have received theirs. If you didn’t, please: • send an email to landings. firstname.lastname@example.org, or • contact Dick Bayles – 941228-5139. The LHA is planning a reception in late January for owners whose properties are adjacent to Lake 1 or Lake 2, where the County will discuss steps that owners can take to reduce water pollution. All lakefront owners will be notified when the arrangements are finalized.
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Helen Kessler. $8 per session. A new chair yoga group will be held following the regular classes.
LMA meeting notes LMA Pres. Norm Olshansky, announced the following during his president’s report: • Olshansky thanked all involved in planning the Holiday Party. • The meeting for all association presidents to meet with the candidates for the open positions on the board is January 15. The election is February 6th. • Olshansky provided a brief update of the Siesta Promenade project. The lawyer for the group opposing the project said about the recent court order, “We lost.” They may seek an appeal or a judicial review. That said, Benderson now has the go ahead to begin construction.
FINANCE REPORT Treasurer, Dick Bayles reported a few minor adjustments to a number of accounts which will cause the end of the year forecast to be plus or minus 1 percent.
MANAGER’S REPORT Landings Manager George Neil reported the following: • Continuing to work with FPL regarding lighting and light pole issues. • Continuing follow up with the county regarding drainage issues. • Rooms To Go has mowed the unkempt property behind their store. • Sent contractor cancellation letters. • The gazebo trashcan lid has been repaired. • Staying in the loop regarding “The Landing” development issues. • Working with Landscape Committee regarding tree trimming in the Eagles Nest Area. • Working with the county to facilitate the pickup of old recycling bins. • Continued daily drive-through inspections of The Landings development.
SAFETY AND SECURITY Chairman Michael Knupp reported an increase of soliciting and trespassing on The Landings property. He suggested if anyone sees someone passing out literature, inform them they are trespassing and call the Sheriff. After a brief update regarding equipment challenges, a motion was made to continue to pursue a resolution with the Traffic Hawk provider. Should the issue not be resolved, the LMA will begin small claims court action. The motion passed unanimously. Two attorneys who reside in The Landings volunteered to guide the board through the process. The committee decided to allow resident owners an additional entry decal to extended resident guests if they reside with them a minimum of four days per week on an ongoing basis.
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LANDSCAPING Landscaping chair Paul Weiner announced the signing a new landscaping and irrigation contract with Natural Design Landscapes to begin January 1st. Work last month included the renovation of entry monuments and the removal of four palm trees. Several irrigation repairs were also completed which included those at the north entrance.
MARKETING Gordon Garrett reported completion of all advertising arrangements in newspapers, magazines, TV, radio and theaters. He and another resident made a presentation to Lake House West as well.
AESTHETICS Committee chair Elena Darden reported all holiday lights are now installed and aglow throughout The Landings. Please report any burnt out bulbs or lighting strings out-of-place to the Aesthetics Committee.
COMMUNICATIONS Communications Chair Joan Koplin reported an article she wrote about The Landings appeared in The Realtor Association of Sarasota/Manatee publication. It is distributed to 6,000 local realtors.
NOMINATING COMMITTEE Paul Weiner reported having three new candidates and three board members whose terms expired, running for the five vacancies. The new candidates are Letitia Schuman, Jeff Smith, and Jim Goldman. LMA Pres. Norm Olshansky thanked Weiner for the time and effort his committee spent recruiting qualified candidates.
LAKES Co-Chairs Michael Knupp and Roger Kidder reported the erosion work on Lake 6 (Bay View) was deliberately delayed to prevent potentially disruptive noise from interrupting the tennis tournament. The lights and fountain on Eagles Point Lake have been removed for repairs. The small water line leaks on Peregrine Point Way and Landings Blvd. across from the Tree Houses, have been reported to Sarasota County.
MAINTENANCE Maintenance Committee chair Ron Pierce reported the progress of several projects. • The Gazebo garbage receptacle has been repaired. • Turtles were removed from main roads and safely redirected.
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• An u n u su a l a mou n t of roadkill was removed from the main roads. • Five large construction trucks were escorted in and out of The Landings. • The sign replacement program is continuing.
NORTH GATE CONGESTION The Maintenance Committee reworked the language and dimensions of the sign to be installed as a solution to vendors attempting to enter The Landings through the north gate, causing substantial blockages and delays. Two suggestions were made to further improve the signs value. • Change the U-turn graphic to a left turn graphic. • Be sure the sign has a break away feature. Some residents expressed a similar concern at the south gate. After some discussion the Maintenance Committee was asked to do an analysis and provide a recommendation.
By Norman Olshansky
The Landings bike outing to Myakka State Park was a fun day for our group of 20 riders and was followed up with a leisurely lunch. Join fellow residents and guests on a casual bike ride and lunch on Tuesday, February 11th. We will meet at the Racquet Club at 10 a.m. and caravan with our bikes to ride and have lunch on Casey Key. Please let Norman Olshansky know if you will be participating and how many will be in your group. Email him at email@example.com or call him at 941-685-1690 for additional information.
NATURE TRAIL The board discussed the possibility of raising the low areas with small gravel instead of additional shell. The gravel would be small enough not to hinder bike riders. Another suggestion was made to build a ramp that would run from the raised gravel area to the Gazebo. The Maintenance and Landscape Committees were asked to look into costs and provide a proposal.
RECYCLING BINS The new recycling bins can be used beginning Jan 8. The board discussed the possibility of offering a service to dispose of the old recycling bins. A committee was formed to develop a plan. An article detailing the plan should be found in this issue of The Eagle.
ISLAND CHALLENGES A small committee of board members, residents and the roads engineering firm will meet to discuss issues related to the long island on Peregrine Point Dr. Concerns include walking dangers when vehicles are passing and drainage. Dick Bayles suggested essentially three choices, do nothing, reconfigure it, or remove it. Potential solutions will be brought back to the board.
“THE LANDING” DEVELOPMENT UPDATE LMA Pres. Norm Olshansky, announced receiving a signed written agreement to change the name of their development and all marketing materials from “The Landing” to “Bay Landing.”
Notifications • Jan. 5 – Adrienne Feltman Memorial begins at 1:30 p.m. • Jan. 15 – Poker Night Group begins at 6:30 p.m. Please leave message at 941-350-1678 if you plan on attending. • Jan. 17 – Movie Night begins at 7 p.m. • Jan. 21 – Racquet Club Annual Mtg. begins at 7 p.m. • Jan. 22 – Happy Hour begins at 6 p.m. • Jan. 23 – Inquisitors begins at 7 p.m. • Mar. 17 – Next Community Hauling Date
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cordially invite you to a MEMORIAL & CONCERT Howard and Adrienne came to The Landings in 2001 and have had a great impact on life here. Together they managed the Landings Learning Group and were the primary force behind our Veteran’s day events. There will be a reception, memorial and concert in memory of Adrienne on January 5 at the Landings Racquet Club at 1:30PM. Please come and celebrate Adrienne’s life. RSVP if possible to firstname.lastname@example.org or text/voice to 415-235-1702.
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resident Michelle Kapreilian, Chief Executive Officer of Forty Carrots Family Center will tell us about their multiple programs.
• January 30: The month will wind up with a repeat appearance by Allison Small, who gave us a fascinating talk about Canada a couple of years ago. Let’s call that one “Canada 101.” This year her lecture will be entitled “Canada 201.” • February 6: Founded in 1993, and guided by the belief that the family is the foundation of our society, Forty Carrots Family Center is a place where families – regardless of economic status, educational background, age, or other factors – can find the resources, tools and support they need to help nurture their families, educate their children and overcome the challenges inherent in those early years. Landings
welcome). We’re delighted that he will return to that topic and expand on it this year.
all interested in and on which he is an authority. His topic, “Where did I come from? -- Researching your Family History.” • March 19: Irv Kushner will take us on a tour of the world, visiting irresistible statues that people can’t refrain from touching or kissing. A lot of fun! • March 26: Musicians of The Landings. We have an awful lot of talent here and will approach the end of the season by hearing a number of our talented people perform for us. • April 2: Inge Stanton will tell us about her childhood in Nazi Germany and her visit to her home town last year. Plus: refreshments by Judy and Tara.
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• February 13: Brian McCarthy, president, Military Officers Association of America, Sarasota, and Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.) will describe the tremendous importance of our military veterans and the differences they have made for our lives. • February 20: The Sarasota Audubon Society is an extremely active chapter with numerous trips and projects to engage you: monthly meetings with fascinating speakers, day trips, national and international trips, road and park clean ups, and nature walks for kids and adults. A representative of the Society will tell us about The Birds of The Landings. • February 27: The presentation last year by Dick Bayles about how to get the most of Apple’s iOSbased iPhone and iPad devices was very well received (and very
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• January 23: Landings resident Jeffry R. Olesen, a retired Foreign Service Officer, Vice Chair of the Program Committee of the Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning (SILL), and President of the Sarasota Chorus of the Keys will give us insights as to what’s going on in Turkey. He entered the Foreign Service in 1987 and served seven overseas postings and two tours at the State Department in Washington.
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• March 5: Frank Pipers will attack another scientific topic in his inimitable style: “Cleanliness, disease and your immunity prepare before it’s too late.” I can’t wait.
• March 12: Ray Lee will present a topic about which we are
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Record turnout for the 2019 LRC holiday party What an overwhelming turnout at the 2019 LRC Holiday party, with over 100 attendees and 34 on the wait list! We were able to provide seating for 62 people in the Lakeside room and on the deck, so fortunately everyone could be comfortable. Black Tie Catering provided delicious hot appetizers such as salmon with dill sauce, and stuffed mushrooms. The BYOB wine selection was varied and you always have the option to set aside your own private beverage. DJ Karolina took many song requests and played lively rock and roll music that got people out on the dance floor! It takes a Village…. A huge thanks to the many
contributors for this event! • Decorating Committee: Carolyn Friday was Committee Chair, Betty Greenspan created the beautiful fairy light vases, Allison Small made the intricate hanging ball display, and Lenora Jost decorated the elegant Christmas tree. Other decorators included: Mona Poyta, Dawn Smith, Laurie Fitch, Fern Vaughn, Sara Rhodes and Kim Cooper. • Greeters: Rich Greenspan and Heidi Nightingale. • Photographers: Sue LewisGarrett and Norm Olshansky. • Planning Committee: Kevin Lechlitner, Sara Rhodes and Paige Packman. • DJ: Karolina Lira, was referred
by our very own Gary Bowen at the LRC desk. She was his music student and coached by Gary on the tennis team! • LRC Staff: Edvin and Hans setup the room and seating and Diana provided hands on help during the party at the bar. • Cleanup Crew: Kevin Lechlitner, Beverly Austgen, Norm Olshansky, and many more! Next Year’s Holiday Party… We plan to keep the same format for next year and welcome any suggestions you may have. We will also put the signup sheet out earlier next year, so that you have more time sign up. Thank you for coming and trying out this new format!
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Upcoming 2020 LRC Happy Hours Dates - Mark your calendar! We hold them on a Wednesday from 6 - 8 p.m. If you are a couple, please BYOB and appetizer. If you are a single, bring just one item. • Jan 22 • Feb 19 with Newcomer Invitation-only Event is 5-6 p.m. before HH. • Mar 18 with DJ Karolina • April 15 • May 13
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The revised format of the Club’s Holiday Party resulted in a record attendance of over 100 members and guests. My thanks to Paige and her helpers (too many to name) for the work involved in arranging and decorating the event. The Club’s Annual Meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on January 21, 2020, in the Lakeside Room. If you do not plan to attend the meeting,
please be sure and return the proxy contained in the meeting materials. We cannot have a meeting without a quorum in attendance either by presence or proxy. You are probably aware that we have been working to find the cause of the leak near the spa. It took a fair amount of work to discover that the spa wasn’t the source, it is the pool itself. We are working to pinpoint the location of the leak; fixing it will inevitably involve some construction in the pool area. Every effort will be made to keep the pool operational while we’re correcting the problem. Everyone should have received their 2020 Annual Dues Assessment. They are due and payable on January 1, 2020 and considered late if received
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Happy New Year! Make part of your New Year’s resolution to become a more proactive tennis player. That means you will be more engaged in every shot because you are trying to create more opportunities for yourself to hit winners or force your opponents to make errors. Compared to being a reactive tennis player, where you are just trying to get the
ball back into the court. You can become a better proactive tennis player by working on your technique, footwork and shot selection. However, working on your timing is even more important because you don’t have to have the best technique as long as you can get your strings on the ball and place the ball away from opponents or to a place on the court that gives you an advantage (like their weaker side). Your ability to be proactive will determine if you are in control of the CENTER OF THE COURT. That means that in singles you will not be doing most of the running and instead you force your opponent to hit more balls to you near the center of the court. Continued on the next page
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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’s Annual Meeting will take place Tuesday, January 21st in the Lakeside Clubhouse at 7:00 p.m. You should have received the annual meeting packet in the mail a few days ago. Please 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. You should have received an invoice for the LRC annual assessment near the end of November. The annual fee for the Racquet Club for 2020 is $1,485.00. It is the same amount as last year. 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, 2020. Late fees and interest will be charged February 1st on any unpaid assessments. I’d like to see
By Kevin Lechlitner everyone avoid that if possible. On December 11th the Landings Racquet Club held its Annual Holiday Dinner Dance. We decided to reinvent the party. This year had more of a cocktail party theme rather than a sit-down dinner. I’d like to thank Paige Packman and Sara Rhodes for helping to get the party organized, and all the other volunteers that made it an outstanding event. The food provided by Black Tie Catering was wonderful and DJ Karolina did a great job with the music. If you would like to see the pictures from the event, they are posted on the bulletin board by the coffee. Our Yoga instructor, Helen Kessler is planning to start a Chair Yoga class on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. beginning on January 6th. Each class will be 30-minutes long and the cost is $6.00 per person.
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Landings Shopping Center retailers provide big boost to LHCF By Karl Maggard
This year marked a milestone in our efforts to provide holiday gifts for children who are affected by cancer, abuse or loss of a loved one. For the past five years, Landings residents have been wonderfully supportive of our efforts to help “our kids” with the Landings Holiday Charitable Foundation (LHCF). Over the past three years, we have asked PUBLIX for support and they have been terrific. They have both adopted kids and supplied families with holiday turkeys. We decided to seek participation by other retailers in our shopping center who would be willing to participate and the response has been overwhelming. In addition to PUBLIX adopting 10 children for whom they are buying and wrapping gifts, they donated 32 turkeys for our families. Store manager Matt Ferrugia, Assistant Manager Ryan Schlotterback, and Rebecca Mckeehan also provided food for our events. STATION 400 has again adopted three kids. Owner Deen Fox and Landings store manager Austin Fox have been great supporters. Our banks (who for corporate reasons cannot be identified by name), have
agreed to buy and wrap gifts. Sam Bligh, the manager of our branch last year, who has moved on to a different branch, even has personally adopted two children! The response from our new retailers has also been nothing short of amazing. APOLLONIA (owners Eddie and Eda Yzieri) adopted four children within a few minutes of learning about the program. If you haven’t met the Yzieris, they are a wonderful couple. We urge you to say hello. You will probably see many of your Landings neighbors eating there when you visit. STARBUCKS AT THE LANDINGS adopted two kids on the spot and based on the response from their customers, increased their support to six children! Mark and Karen have been great. DOG PERFECT - our newest retailer has enthusiastically endorsed the program by adopting two kids. Thanks to manager, Walter Fitzroy and Megan Boston Wood for their support. ROOMS TO GO - we thought we would expand beyond the immediate Landings Shopping Center and that proved to be productive. General Manager Brian Franklin wholeheartedly got behind the
program. He and his employees have agreed to buy and wrap gifts for three kids. SALLY’S BEAUTY SUPPLY manager Autumn agreed to adopt a child and has been very supportive. PDQ has provided food for our events as well as coupons for discounts during the holiday for our families who are in need. Operating Director Mark Dennis, Store Manager Robert Saalfeld, and Manager Maegan Phebus have been totally supportive and very generous. Many other retailers have been contacted and either couldn’t support the program this year or have programs of their own. Others like, FRESH TOMATOES, OLIVE GARDEN, WEST MARINE, SIMONS, CORKSCREW DELI have given in kind gifts of food or products. Please thank these great Landings retailers for their support of the program when you frequent them. We are pleased to call them friends and neighbors.
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Thanks to The Landings Holiday Charitable Foundation participants By Henry Rhodes. Photos by Bob Manteiga and Karl Maggard The generosity of The Landings residents and our community retailers this year has been a smashing success! These gifts will bring joy to many children suffering from cancer, abuse and the loss of a loved one. The wish lists for the 170 children came from the Children’s Cancer Center, Hannah’s House, Barbara’s Friends, and Blue Butterfly. If you missed participating in our tax-deductible program this year and would like to be a sponsor next year or would like additional information about
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Just For Laughs Tony had just finished reading a new book entitled, ‘You Can Be The Man of Your House.’ He stormed to his wife in the kitchen and announced, ‘From now on, you need to know that I am the man of this house and my word is Law. You will prepare me a gourmet meal tonight, and when I’m finished eating my meal, you will serve me a sumptuous dessert. After dinner, you are going to go upstairs with me and we will have the kind of fun that I want. Afterwards, you are going to draw me a bath so I can relax. You will wash my back and towel me dry and bring me my robe. Then, you will massage my feet and hands. Then tomorrow, guess who’s going to dress me and comb my hair?’ His Sicilian wife Gina replied, “The funeral director would be my first guess.” I picked up a hitchhiker last night. He seemed surprised that I’d pick up a stranger and asked, “Thanks, but why’d you pick me up?” How do you know I’m not a serial killer?” I told him the chances of two serial killers being in one car would be astronomical. My partner asked me if she could have a little peace and quiet while she cooked dinner. So I took the battery out of the smoke detector. Mr. Johnson, a businessman from Wisconsin, went on a business trip to Louisiana. He immediately sent an e-mail back home to his wife, Jennifer. Unfortunately, he forgot his wife’s exact e-mail address and the e-mail ended up going to a Mrs. Joan Johnson of New Jersey, the wife of a preacher who had just passed away. The preacher’s wife took one look at the e-mail and promptly fainted. When she was finally revived by her daughter, she nervously pointed to the message, which read: “Arrived safely, but it sure is hot down here. “ A man who smelled like a distillery flopped on a subway seat next to a priest. The man’s tie was stained, his face was plastered with red lipstick, and a half-empty bottle of gin was sticking out of his torn coat pocket. He opened his newspaper and began reading.
After a few minutes the disheveled guy turned to the priest and asked, “Say, Father, what causes arthritis?” “My son, it’s caused by loose living, being with cheap, wicked women, too much alcohol, and a contempt for your fellow man.” “Well, I’ll be darned,” the drunk muttered, returning to his paper. The priest, thinking about what he had said, nudged the man and apologized. “I’m very sorry, I didn’t mean to come on so strong. How long have you had arthritis?” “I don’t have it, Father. I was just reading here that the Pope does.” An old, tired-looking dog wandered into the yard. I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home. He followed me into the house, down the hall, and fell asleep on the couch. An hour later, he went to the door, and I let him out. The next day he was back, resumed his position on the couch and slept for an hour. This continued for several weeks. Curious, I pinned a note to his collar: ‘Every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap.’ The next day he arrived with a different note pinned to his collar: ‘He lives in a home with four children -- he’s trying to catch up on his sleep. Can I come with him tomorrow?’ All Bill asked for was a little good-night kiss, but Anne haughtily rebuffed him with, “I don’t do that sort of thing on my first date!” “Well,” Bill replied with sarcasm, “how about on your last date?” An 80 year old woman was arrested for shop lifting. When she went before the judge he asked her, ‘What did you steal?’ She replied: a can of peaches. The judge asked her why she had stolen them and she replied that she was hungry. The judge then asked her how many peaches were in the can. She replied six. The judge then said, ‘I will give you six days in jail.’ Before the judge could actually pronounce the punishment the woman’s husband spoke up and asked the judge if he could say something. He said, ‘ What is it? ‘ The husband said ‘She also stole a can of peas.’
Residents Love Volunteering at Selby Gardens By Diana Colson Three Landings residents are elated about their volunteer positions at Selby Gardens. Steve Neumeister, Nancy Friedberg, and Leone Levy all echo the same sentiment: Selby Gardens makes you smile! Their enthusiasm is contagious. These volunteers each serve one 3-hour shift a week in the Conservatory, that beautiful hothouse near the entrance of Selby filled with lush flowering orchids and other exotic plants. Their mission is to answer questions and engage people in conversations about plants and exhibits. Each volunteer has gone through the mandatory orientation program. They have also done follow up on their own, reading books and learning from others. Steve Neumeister tells of a defining comment he heard during his volunteer orientation. The instructor said: “If you like to dig in the ground, you’re a horticulturist: if you like to identify and name plants, you’re a botanist.” It was Steve’s ‘AhHa!’ moment. “I’m a botanist!” he declared. He shadowed a more experienced volunteer, read books, asked questions, and became confident in his welcoming role in the Conservatory. A retired physician’s assistant in emergency medicine, Steve moved to The Landings from Maine, and this is his 4th year of volunteer work at Selby. Steve has found that some visitors sail through the entrance, spend a quick two or three minutes surveying the plants, then disappear through the back door, asking nary a question. Others move slowly through the space at a photographer’s pace, experiencing the Conservatory mainly through the lens of their cameras. Some couples seem almost “de-coupled”, where one examines every minute detail of each plant, while the other stares at the ceiling. Some visitors are vaguely interested, while others ask a lot of questions. Every now and then, an EXTREMELY knowledgeable person shows up, who knows everything there is to know about plants, and serves to keep these volunteer docents on their toes. At Selby, it is important to engage children in conversations. There is a Cacao tree, which is fun to point out. (One pod makes one small candy bar!) There is also an intriguing Vanilla Orchid which blooms in the summer. Various blockbuster art exhibits center on a few works surrounded by various orchids and arrangements which echo the artwork. Called A LIVING MUSEUM, these shows run from February to May, and bring in enormous numbers of visitors. It started with work of Chagall, then Warhol, and finally Gaugin.
In February 2020, Dali will be the featured artist. While Selby is a botanical garden, and not a museum, the relationship between art and nature is an eloquent one, and even the youngest visitor can appreciate that. Leone Levy has spent all her life in the garden! She grew up in Sydney, Australia, where her father turned their sandbox into a glass greenhouse to grow Lady’s Slipper orchids. These orchids grow wild and are protected in most parts of the world. These ‘Ladies’ are indeed seductive! They have a bulbous area that looks like a shoe, and right in the middle there is what appears to be a tiny face. The pollinators are lured towards that face, where little hairs prevent the pollinator from moving backwards. The slipper- pouch traps insects so they are forced to climb up past the staminode and fertilize the flower. The deed is done, and gorgeous Lady Slipper orchids burst forth in an array of crazy colors, decorated with hairs, stripes, dots and mustaches Leone was introduced to this amazing world of orchids as a child, and continued her gardening in Hong Kong, Brussels (a hard place to garden!), and New York. After 9/11, she moved to Sarasota, bringing 30 orchids carefully with her in the car. She settled eight blocks from Selby, became involved first with the Ringling Museum as an art gallery docent, but soon also volunteered at Selby Gardens, where she has been for the past 17 years. Leone moved to The Landings two years ago where her home has spacious grounds. Here she has built a pergola for orchids, and also grows beautiful ferns. In her spare time, she does garden tours at the Ringling. Nancy Friedberg has been volunteering at Selby for four years. “I love being at Selby. It’s so calming.” She goes back to Cape Cod every summer to take care of her plants up there, leaving about May 8th each year, and returning for Halloween. In her condo at The Landings, “less is more” is the prevailing philosophy. Nancy does dry gardening, keeps a few perennials that need no work, and hangs orchids in the trees. The plants pretty much take care of themselves while she is gone. “Being at Selby is so wonderful! You feel like you are still gardening – almost!” There is a volunteer job for you at Selby, no matter how fit or unfit you are. Besides acting as docent in the Conservatory, there is computer work, documenting, mapping, record keeping, library, Walk-And-Talk tours, taking school groups around, ushering in the museum, working behind scenes with orchids and ferns, and helping in one of eight greenhouses.
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Wonderful people volunteer at Selby Gardens, and all are most welcoming. The organization is extremely appreciative, annually giving all volunteers a lovely Thank You tea. For more information, go to www.selby.org. Do you know some Landings resident who is performing some amazing volunteer work in our community? If so, please let Steve Poyta know and we can highlight this volunteer and the organizations they volunteer with. Steve can be reached at (941) 822-0751 and/or firstname.lastname@example.org
Alpine Steakhouse is proud to be the recipient of the Sarasota Magazine Readers’ Choice award for “Best Restaurant for Steak” for the past six 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 recently 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. Next time I’m going to come here to pick up my steaks and fresh ground sirloin for some tasty burgers.
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FLORIDA DUCKS Very few of Florida’s waterfowl are native and one is being hybridized! Only four duck species are native to Florida, dozens more migrate annually, and at least one hybrid is emerging! The Florida native duck species include Mottled, Wood, Black-bellied Whistling, and Fulvous Whistling. Featured and shown here are the native Mottled and Wood Duck species and the migrating Hooded Merganser and Blue-winged Teal species. Mottled Ducks (Anas fulvigula) are often called the Florida duck or Florida mallard and are one of only a few non-migratory birds in North America. They are distinguished by the distinctive blue-purple metallic patch under the wings. The male and female plumage is similar, but the male has an olive green to yellow bill and the female has an orange to brown bill with dark blotches or dots. This waterfowl has a well-rounded diet of insects, snails, mollusks, crayfish, small fish, marsh plants, and bayberries that are found in brackish and freshwater bodies of water throughout the state. Nesting on the ground in dense vegetation from February through July, the female lays 8-10 eggs and raises one brood per year. The intrepid ducklings move to the water within 24-48 and hours and can fly within 60-70 days! Wood Ducks (Aix sponsa) have a noticeably crested head, broad/long tail, and a white patch around the eyes and throat. Males are brightly colored, whereas females are brownish gray. They inhabit wooded, brushy wetland areas, and, because Wood Ducks are equipped with strong claws that can grip bark and perch on branches, they actually nest in tree cavities. The Wood Duck is the only North American duck that regularly produces two broods in one year. After hatching, these ‘sky-diving’ ducklings jump down from the nest tree from heights of 50 feet or more without injury and make their way to water. Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) Ducks are similar to Wood Ducks in many ways, including their habitat and food (small ponds and rivers), their diet (diving for fish, crayfish, and other food), and their breeding habit of nesting in tree cavities. And, their ducklings also take a bold leap to the forest floor when only 1 day old. Blue-winged Teals (Spatula discors) are smaller ducks found on calm bodies of water where they thrive in wetland grassy habitats.
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Both male and female have black bills. The male is buff colored with dense black speckles, a bluish-gray head, and bold white crescent in front of the eye and black bill. The female has a coarsely marked brown body with darker cap and eyeline on the head. Females choose a nesting site on the ground (at least a foot above water and covered by thick vegetation) and create a circular depression by scraping with their feet. She lays one brood of 6-14 eggs per year, and the chicks are able to leave the nest soon after hatching. This species is the second most abundant duck in North America, behind the Mallard. This strong population is due in part to the USDA Conservation Reserve Program funding of farmers to leave their fields farrow, which helped increase grassland nesting habitat by about 1.8 million acres in this species’ prairie pothole breeding range. Blue-winged Teals are also early migrants, so they’re gone from much of the U.S. before duck-hunting season begins in many states. Blue-winged Teals, like other ducks, are vulnerable to wetland loss or degradation, pesticide contamination, and consumption of lead shot where it is still used. Hybrid. The prevalent hybrid duck in Florida is the result of mating between very similar Mallard and Mottled duck species. In the past, wild Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) wintered in Florida and migrated out of our state to northern breeding areas in the spring and therefore were not present in Florida during the Mottled duck breeding season. However, due to unlawful release of domesticated Mallards (more than 12,000 mallards per year are purchased statewide and released for aesthetic reasons on local ponds, lakes and canals), these feral Mallard ducks can be found year-round throughout Florida. Because they are not part of Florida’s native wildlife, they are causing problems. More and more feral Mallards are mating with mottled ducks and producing a hybrid offspring, which results in fewer and fewer purebred Florida Mottled ducks. An estimated 7-12% of Mottled ducks are already exhibiting genetic evidence of hybridization. The Mottled duck breeding population is relatively small (estimated at 30,000 to 40,000), and continued hybridization could result in the extinction of the Florida Mottled duck. Want to learn more – check out myfwc.com or allaboutbirds.org.
Correction: In the December issue of The Landings Eagle, the “Birds in our backyard” column contained a couple of errors. The secondary header, “Birds in our backyard: other wading birds and shorebirds – Part two” did not belong with the article. In addition, photo credit of the green parrots should have been given to Landings resident Carolyn Aaron. Our staff apologizes for these errors, especially to Carolyn Aaron for the improper credit of her photo.
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Bluegrass and choir combine in the genre-bending concert “American Roots: Grassical,” featuring the DePue Brothers Band with the Key Chorale Chamber Singers The Key Chorale Chamber singers will present their fourth installment in their American Roots series on January 11-12 with American Roots: Grassical. The 7-member DePue Brothers Band joins the singers in a program from the hills of Appalachia to progressive bluegrass sounds of today. These classical violin virtuosos, with blazing bluegrass chops, have pioneered the term “grassical,” a vivid blend of bluegrass, gypsy, and jazz. They have been the subject of a PBS documentary, named “Musical Family of America” by presidential decree and released 3 acclaimed CDs. Experience a one-of-a-kind program taking our popular bluegrass concert onto a new set of tracks. “This concert has become such an audience favorite that it is a challenge to keep raising the bar,” said Maestro Caulkins. “By adding such a polished ensemble like the DePue Brothers Band, along with brand new charts written especially for this concert, I am certain this will be an unforgettable experience.” Hear contemporary and oldtime bluegrass from the Wailin’ Jennys, Emmylou Harris and Ricky Skaggs, to Flatts & Scruggs, The Foggy Mountain Boys and the immortal Ralph Stanley. Guest vocalist and audience favorite Madison Spahn, who joined us last year for American Roots: Digging Deeper, will be back again this year. The shows take place: Saturday, January 11, 4:00 PM at St. Boniface
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Annual Landings Artists Exhibition at the Landings Racquet Club By Marie-Louise McHugh
Our Annual Landings Artists Exhibition took place on December 6th and 7th at the Landings Racquet Club. Sixteen artists put their beautiful works on display. This year we had a great addition to the show in Barbara Rothman who demonstrated and showed her origami paper creations. The show included oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, photographs, traditional and printed either on canvas or metal. A great new way to present photographic images. There was also fabric art, beading and silk flower creations. The show included works by: Isabel Becker, fabric art Rudy Blohm, photography Gary Bowen, painting Kim Cooper, photography Betty Greenspan, silk flowers Robert Manteiga, photography
Malcom Schwartz, painting Allison Small, fabric art Linda Stewart, watercolor Fern Vaughan, watercolor Gary Warren, photography Hans Wiemer, painting Roberta Zimmerman, painting The show started on Friday evening with a reception sponsored by the Landings Management Association and Judy Green and Tara Lamb. Our sincere thanks for their continuing support. The event was enjoyed by many Landings residents and other visitors. Please donâ€™t hesitate to contact the artists if you could not attend and are interested in their work. They would welcome your inquiries.
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LMA 2020 Annual Meeting and Board of Directors Election
Norman Olshansky has lived in The Landings for over 30 years, and was an original owner on Starling Drive where he served as President of Landings South VII. He moved to Eagles Point Circle, where he served for many years as President of the Lakeview Homes Association. He currently serves as President of Landings Management Association and is up for re-election upon completing his two year term as a board member. Norm previously served on the LMA Board and was heavily involved in issues related to governance, board development and succession planning. He has also served on The Landings Eagle Editorial Committee, LMA Finance Committee and External Affairs Committee. After a successful career as a nonprofit executive, Norm went into national consulting with nonprofits. His focus was on governance, major gift and capital campaign fundraising. His clients have included museums, human service agencies, hospitals, faith based organizations, schools, performing arts groups, mental health groups and home health organizations. He is now retired and enjoys the good life in Sarasota. He is known as the “Fish Whisperer” and can frequently be found at the gazebo or on the tennis courts. In addition, he is a member of the Landoliers, is involved as a volunteer at his synagogue, and with a program that serves homeless veterans. He and Beverly love living in The Landings, are active at the Racquet Club and enjoy all of the social and recreational opportunities provided to our residents. Norm truly appreciates how special The Landings is and wants to do what he can to help maintain and improve what leaders before him have accomplished.
Dick Bayles moved into The Landings in 2002 from Weston, Connecticut. He has served as treasurer of the LMA for 14 of the past 17 years and president for one. He has been the Secretary/Treasurer of the Landings Homeowners Association since 2005 and president of the Landings Racquet Club since 2010. He is standing for re-election at the 2020 LMA Annual Meeting.
years. Basketball, Little League and Soccer coaching girls and boys at various levels for 15 years. Executive Development Committee, Boston College, three years. Career: I worked in management positions in agricultural import/ export over a thirty-year period. Although domiciled in New York, my work was a collaboration with U.S. Midwest sellers of the country’s largest agricultural category (wheat, corn, soybeans) and international buyers. Following my work in the corporate sector, I became an independent consultant for international development banks. In additional to commodity risk management, I focused on corporate governance and strategic management issues.
R. Jeffrey (Jeff) Smith
I have been visiting The Landings for 30+ years (my inlaws purchased one of the first condominiums) and became an owner in 2005. My wife, Judi and I moved here full-time in 2018 and I would like to do my part to continue the tradition of the high quality of life that has been enjoyed at The Landings since its inception. Education:Boston College, B.S. Economics/Business 1972, Cornell Graduate School of Business, MBA International Business 1974, Columbia Business School, Executive Education, “Business Leadership in Not for Profit” 2006 Not for Profit Experience: Tennis governor at two clubs in Westchester, NY for a total of six years. Board of directors for the Community Resource Center in Mamaroneck, NY for two years. Local director of Midnight Run, serving NYC homeless for ten
I have been on the board for one year and have been working with Mike Knupp on the drainage committee. I wish to continue addressing the many drainage issues here in The Landings. I moved to The Landings with my wife Tantri three years ago from Indonesia via San Antonio, Texas. We have owned a home on Flicker Field Circle since the mid 90’s; but always rented it while living outside the United States. We have a daughter who lives in Manhattan and a son who lives in Madison, Wi. I grew up in New London, N.H. I attended Vermont Academy and studied geology at Allegheny College. I worked in the oil industry for 40 years; 36 of which was spent in Jakarta, Indonesia. I retired in 2014 from Schlumberger. I enjoy gardening, playing tennis, and going to yard sales / flea markets. I am grateful for the amazing beauty and convenience of The Landings; but most importantly, the friendly and interesting residents who live here.
Jim Goldman has lived in The Landings for almost 20 years and moved here from Pittsburgh. He was an attorney for 34 years and served as a senior partner in Weisman and Goldman, PA. Jim went to college and law school in Pittsburgh. He was a trial lawyer handling cases related to personal injury and workman’s compensation. Jim was active in his community in Pittsburgh. He was a coach for the Mock Trial Court in the high school, served on many community boards and was responsible for the creation of The Laurie Ann Wests Library and Community Center. Since moving to Sarasota Jim has been president of the Racquet Club, served on the board of the Landings Homeowner’s Association, and was the CEO of the Woman’s Exchange and very involved in the Holiday Foundation. Jim would make a wonderful addition to the board with his many years of experience in management. He also welcomes the chance to serve again on a board in The Landings.
Why I am offering to serve on the LMA Board? A friend once said that her world changes when she comes through The Landings gate. The traffic, the rushing, the noise are all out there on the other side
of the gate. In here there’s a serene graciousness. I agree. We live in a lovely but lively community and that combination of attributes doesn’t just happen. It requires conscious effort and direction. I want us to always have a beautiful active neighborhood. To that end I would like to bring the lessons learned from serving on a variety of community boards to LMA. I want to do my part to continue and even improve the things that give us our special community. Who I am. My professional career was spent as a systems engineer with a focus on designing and implementing large organization learning systems. I served as Chief Operating Officer and Harold Stubblefield Visiting Professor for the Northern Virginia Center of Virginia Tech. I was also the Chief Learning Officer for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and I created systems engineering programs for the CIA and Stanford University. Each of those positions required a combination of organizational and personal skills combined with a dose of creative thinking. I took those corporate learnings and used them to better the places I lived. I have been a director of several organizations including Reston (Virginia) Interfaith (now Cornerstone), the Reston Citizens’ Association, and the Reston Triathlon. I helped found the Reston Interfaith Housing Corporation as a way to provide affordable integrated housing in our community and chaired a public/private partnership to build a combination market-rate condominium and affordable rental development. I was also a Board member for the Harbour Square Cooperative Community, a 400+ unit development of apartments and townhouses in Washington DC and for the Treehouses Condominium here in The Landings. I am now enjoying sharing retirement with my husband, Dan Schuman and my calendar has never been so full. There’s my art, the gym, yoga, ikebana, and enjoying the many things that Sarasota offers. Plus there are the dogs. You will often see me somewhere in the neighborhood walking our two dogs, Jazzy and Zoe. Lastly, there’s serving on the LMA Safety and Security Committee - a wonderful group of neighbors, friends, and colleagues.
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• Where did you grow up? I am from Saudi Arabia and also lived in the Emirates. •Do you like Sarasota? Yes, but I miss my friends and family. Every Saturday, my family and I would go out for breakfast and do errands and I’d work out with my cousins. We have a big extended family. I spent my whole life growing up with the same people. We weren’t exposed to a lot of things. There aren’t mixed parties either (with both boys and girls.) No drinking, no drugs. I think we got a chance to be kids longer. • What are you studying? Biotechnology. • What is your biggest dream? To be a really good surgeon. • What languages do you speak? English and Arabic. • Do you have any brothers or sisters? I have 3 sisters –(22, 19, and 14). • How long have you been in The Landings? We have had our condo for three years as it has been our summer home but since June, I ‘ve been here full time. • Do you have any pets? We have a black Flemish Giant rabbit named Shade and an Applehead Chihuahua named Princess Wuwu. • Favorite ice cream? Butter pecan • Favorite school subject? Math or biology • Favorite book? The Cartel by Don Winslow • Favorite TV show? Grey’s Anatomy • Favorite game? Dumb Ways to Die
• Favorite sport? Volleyball • Favorite sport team? Real Madrid (soccer) • Favorite color? Gray • Favorite song? U.O.E.N.O. (extended remix) • Favorite movie? Maybe, Thor? • Favorite food? Hummus • Least favorite food? Traditional Saudi food • Favorite holiday? Spring break • One word that describes you would be? Ambitious • What do you do in your spare time? I watch Grey’s Anatomy. I’m going to start going to Kickboxing Sarasota soon. I’d also like to volunteer at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. I was involved in Model UN overseas since I love learning about politics and history. • Do you have any holiday plans? I will be going to San Diego to visit friends. • What do you think kids your age think about most? Climate change, global warming, and saving the environment. • If you were a box of cereal, which one would you be and why? I would either be Golden Grahams because it has the perfect balance or Cinnamon Toast Crunch since I love anything with cinnamon. •Would you rather meet your great-great grandparents or your great-great grandkids?
I’d rather meet my greatgreat grandparents because it’s so interesting to find out why they came to the states and see if I have any of their characteristics. • If you could do something like your mom/dad, what would you want to be able to do? I’d like to have the art skills from my mom who is a graphic designer/artist and the generosity from my dad. • What famous person would you like to meet and have lunch with? Astronaut Mishaal Ashemimry. She is a friend of my cousin. I’d like to learn about what she is doing. • If you could change anything in the world, what would it be? People’s attitude. Everyone should be nice. • What is the greatest thing ever invented? Medicine • If you could wake up tomorrow with a superpower, what would you want to have? Either invisibility or maybe teleportation. • What is your favorite part of the day? When I come back from school in the morning, I love it because I get my coffee at Starbuck’s. • Favorite place to visit? The beach • What is one great thing about your family? We are really close. When I lived in the UAE, we would all meet once a month with all my 60 extended family members. I’d meet my cousins
once a week. Now, I do talk everyday on the phone with my dad and sisters. • Favorite thing to do on the weekend? Sleep
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Landings Handbook & Directory New owners since the last issue of The Landings Eagle: • Keith & Sharon Leaderstorf, 1686 Starling Dr • Robert & Jane De Fillippi, 5400 Eagles Point Cir #205 • Evan Danzig, 1592 Landings Terrace • Darren & Lori Magda, 5408 Eagles Point Cir #302 • Marty Taffel, 1611 Starling Dr, 770-331-4622 • Jason Smith, 1641 Starling Dr The printed version of the Landings Directory is available at the Main Gate and the Landings Racquet Club. Please make a check out to LMA for $5.00 for each copy. Binders are available at the Main Gate until the existing supply is exhausted. A PDF version of the printed directory is available and downloadable from the Landings website. It will not be updated until the next issue in late 2020. Residents are encouraged to use the website as their source of directory and Landings information. Directory information is updated on the site no less often than weekly and changes are made to other information when appropriate. If you want current
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Useful & Emergency Phone Numbers... Verizon..................................................................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/Health Care System................. 941.917.7760 Emergency (General)..............................................................911
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Open Door Reports
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A Big Thank You and Holiday Wishes from the Landings Guardhouse Team! Dear Landings Community, On behalf of your Landings security team, we want to thank you for your generous holiday gifts. Your appreciation and caring is just one of the many reasons why we enjoy working here in The Landings! Many thanks... Sincerely, Captain Augie Cafarelli & team
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Poker at The Landings By Norman Olshansky
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The next meeting of “The Inquisitives “ Submitted by Alan Friedberg The next meeting of “The Inquisitives “ is Thursday evening January 23 at 7 p.m. in the Lake Room of the Landings Racquet Club. The topic to be discussed is Bringing Manufacturing Home:
The Landings Management Association, with the help of George Niel of Argus Management, has arranged for Sarasota County to pick up the small red and blue recycle bins. There are three choices for the residents of The Landings: 1. You may keep the old red and blue bins. 2. You may drop them off at the north gate on Monday, January 13th between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. or on Tuesday, January 14th between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. 3. You may return them yourself to one of three Sarasota County Collection Centers located at:
a. 8750 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota. b. 4000 Knights Trail Road, Nokomis. c. 250 South Jackson Road, Venice. There will be volunteers at the north gate to receive your old bins during these days. The waste management company will not dispose of the bins if they are left out for pick up with the regular garbage pick up on our normal Wednesday pick up day. Please continue to use the old small bins through Thursday, January 2, 2020. Start using the new blue larger bin for pickup on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.
• Wednesday, January 8 - The Light Chasers (plein aire painters) will be hosting their annual QUICK DRAW in the park. Look for the red balloons all around the park to watch the artists draw quickly. They will be painting from 9 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. and then moving up to the Phillippi Farmhouse Market to display their original paintings, be judged and then offer their artwork for sale. It’s a fun event and one you won’t want to miss. • Friday, January 24, Saturday, January 25 and Sunday, January 26 - the LIGHT CHASERS ART SHOW & SALE will take place at the Edson Keith Mansion. Admission is FREE; donations to the renovation of the historic Keith Farmhouse are greatly appreciated and 30% of all sales is donated by the artists to the Farmhouse renovation. Hours are: • Friday, January 24, 5 – 8 p.m. • Saturday, January 25, 5 – 8 p.m. • Sunday, January 26, noon – 4:00 p.m. SEE YOU AT PHILLIPPI ESTATE PARK!
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Phillippi Creek Celebrate the New Year by coming to PHILLIPPI FARMHOUSE MARKET on Wednesday, January 1st to get the freshest vegetables and fruits for your family and visiting friends. There will be live music and plenty of action for all. The Edson Keith Mansion will be open for one tour at 10 a.m sharp. No reservations are needed. Enjoy an enlightening tour of the 104-yearold Italian Renaissance home and learn fascinating local history from the docent. The Mansion is only open to the public on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. during the Farmhouse Market. • Sunday, January 5 - Vickie Oldham and the Newtown historymakers will present NEWTOWN ALIVE! along with singer Troy Nichols. This presentation will be the final segment in “Afternoons at the Mansion.” Call 941-861-7275 to make reservations. Tickets are $20.00 for this fund-raiser to benefit the renovation of the historic Keith Farmhouse. Light Refreshments will be served.
PLEASE CALL YOUR LANDING’S REAL ESTATE TEAM JUDY AND TARA TO INQUIRE ABOUT OTHER HOMES FOR SALE IN THE LANDINGS!
Can we, should we, and how? All Landings residents are encouraged to attend and participate in the discussion. Beverages and other refreshments will be provided.
Sarasota County Solid Waste Collections Agrees To Pick Up Small Red and Blue Bins By Harvey Greller
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