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LMA Meeting Notes By Trebor Britt LMA President Henry Rhodes began this months meeting by announcing it would be abbreviated as the annual meeting would take place right after the regular monthly meeting.

7. Sarasota County will visit the site again and review proposed plans. The LMA hired Red Stake Surveyors to evaluate control and drainage issues in Lakes 6, 7 and 9. The cost of the survey was $1,200, and the result of the survey may lead LMA to further modify the Lake 6 control DRAINAGE D r a i n a g e c o m m i t t e e structure to satisfy County requirements. chairman, Jack Jost reported on the progress of several projects. LAKES First, Florida Mangroves LLC was hired to do the semi-annual C o m m i t t e e c h a i r L a r r y cleaning of many of the drainage Lawrence reported they are swales at the Landings. They still waiting the arrival of the were paid $2,440 for this work. LED fountain lights that were Second, bids have been ordered in November. When received to correct the drainage they come in, they are going to problems on Peregrine Point be installed in Lake 5 so residents Way. The Landings Homeowners can indicate whether they like Association is negotiating with them, and whether they would homeowners to determine how like the same lights in all the to proceed and who will pay for lakes. The committee should have a the project. Third, the work to correct report at next month’s meeting drainage problems at Kestral about the results of their meeting Park Place has stalled. The with county officials concerning original contractor walked the possible dredging of North away before installing the eight Lake (Lake 1) and a system to inch PVC pipe that would have control trash that is accumulating completed the project. Bids are in the lake. being solicited for the installation Concern has been raised regarding the erosion issue of the pipe. Fourth, plans are being along the bank near Bayview developed to remove the dead Lake (Lake 6) and the Lakeview and dying vegetation and replant homes. A study of the plat maps the preserve area next to Lake determined that Lakeview was

constructed only a few feet from the lake, making the building vulnerable. After examining the area, Landings resident, Scott Liebel, CEO of Florida Shoreline and Foundations, pointed to two factors that contributed to the erosion. One, landscapers needing to walk the very narrow shelf between the building and the lake and two, the fact that downspouts were emptying onto the shelf instead of going directly into the lake. A report on progress, solution options and estimated costs will be discussed at a future meeting.


The Editorial Committee welcomes Linda Morganlander to their ranks. Again, the committee welcomes suggestions for the Eagle. The search continues for a Landings resident to serve as the editor. They would be responsible to solicit articles for the Eagle and occasionally write one themselves.

He went on to say the lack of curbing creates a danger for pedestrians, as vehicles commonly drive on the shells between the roadway and the walkway. The estimated cost for this improvement is $9,000. The estimate was provided by Professional Concrete Inc., who did the curbing at Eagles Point last year. Additional details will be reported at future meetings. The roads committee estimated necessary Landings road repairs will cost $11,340. Further discussion of needed road repairs will take place at the next meeting.


The nominating committee supplied the names of four people to consider for the four board openings. The new board members are John Carson, Truman Menefee, and Bob Manteiga. Henry Rhodes was reelected to the board. Henry Rhodes thanked Bill Whitman, Barbara Pendrell and ROADS Jim Bagley for their service to the Roads chair, Rudy Blohm Landings community while they gave a report about adding were on the board. curbing along the walkway on Landings Boulevard between Continued on page 12 Heron Way and Pintail Way.

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Dear Landins, A personal thank you to those who organized and those who participated in honoring my 11 years as The Landings Eagle publisher/editor. It was greatly appreciated. For those who couldn’t be there, you should know some of the many others who made The Eagle possible and as successful as it was. First to two people who first prodded me to take on the paper: Former Landings resident and member of my Media Roundtable, Len Gumley. Dee Ricapito who, who talked me into doing the paper in the first place and planned this event despite my resistance. Thanks Dee. Continued on page 4

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LMA Meeting Notes

President’s Column

|LMA Elects New Board Members

Henry Rhodes, President

John Carson,

Safety & Security Co-Chair

Don McMurray, Vice President, Treasurer

Truman Menefee, Aesthetics Chariman

By Henry Rhodes

Marie Graziosi-Jacaruso,


Larry Lawrence, Lakes & Community Hauling Chairman

At the February 6 annual membership meeting of the Landings Management Association four residents were seated on the board each for a two year term. First time board members are John Carson, Truman Menefee and Bob Manteiga and I was seated for an additional term. There was no election because the number of candidates equaled the number of vacant seats. At the new board organizations meeting the following officers were elected to serve one year term: President –Henry Rhodes; Vice President and Treasurer --Don McMurray and Secretary – Marie Graziosi-Jacaruso. Standing Committee chairs for the coming year: • Aesthetics - Truman Menefee • Archive - Bob Manteiga • Drainage - Jack Jost • Editorial - Larry Lawrence • Environmental - to be named

• Lakes - Larry Lawrence • Landscaping - Joe Hennessey • Public/Government Relations - Karl Maggard • Roads - Rudy Blohm • Safety & Security - John Carson & Lou Furlong • Treasurer - Don McMurray • Strategic Planning - Executive Committee • Executive Committee - Board officers The next LMA Board meeting is on Thursday March 6 in the LRC Lakeside room.

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Rudy Blohm, Roads Chairman

Jack Jost, Drainage Chairman

Bob Manteiga, Archive Chairman

Not Pictured: Joe Hennessey, Landscaping Chairman Karl Maggard, Public / Government Relations Chairman Lou Furlong, Safety & Security Co-Chair ©

Mary Kay and Jeff Crotty and grandchildren reading The Eagle at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago at Christmas time 2013: Collin, Mia, Quincy, Macey, and Ellie with Mary Kay & Jeff Crotty

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Bob Greenfield. While we didn’t always agree, his advice, not necessarily with consent, was consistently helpful and valuable. Fritz Drybrough our first and only “op-ed” columnist. Don Smally whose able engineering advice I used often and whose passing came as a shock to many of us. And the many other Landings residents who offered suggestions, content material, photos. The new publishers Bob and Emy Stein 005722_MHBF_LandingsEagle_Mech who have been great to work with and Revision: Created: 8/21/13 are capably taking 0the paper to its next Printed @ 100% level. Client: M. Heights Creative Director: REX GEE And thanks, of course, to the Art Director: ALAN REYNOLDS advertisers. I’d thank them individually Bleed: N/Aover 11 years. Copywriter: but there were 543 of them One does deserve individual mention. Trim: N/A Proofreader: NANCY TUCKER Judy Greene, our very client, has Live: first 10"x5.125" Studio Artist: LUIS ARRIAGADA been on the back page of EVERY issue. Inspected By: To all the boards and board members Colors: who 4/c Production Manager: CAROL CAPOSINO over the past 11 years have kept their word not to interfere with editorial Project Manager: LAURA WILMESMEIER DPI: 300 content, thereby providing Landings residents with other points of view. Finally to the loyal readers both the responders of requested criticism’s and ideas and those who just quietly read The Landings Eagle. Bob Stein and Henry Rhodes posing with Irwin Starr. now to next.


There are many who need thanking, these are just a few. An early supporter passed away in February, Nat Lehrman. He became a friend – we kidded his pre-retirement role as editor/publisher of Playboy Magazine was perhaps more fun than The Eagle. Many of us will miss his friendship and good humor. To my friend and regular contributor to what I called the intellectual corner of the paper, renaissance man, Russian scholar and crossword puzzle creator, Dr. Al Weeks. To my capable, loyal and highly tolerant proof readers, Leslie McLean, Barbara Pendrell, Toni Anthony, Lee Morganlander, Dorothy Spelman and husband Larry who I could always depend on for direct and candid response to my occasionally ticklish questions. Several others, no longer with us…. My partner Charlotte “Charlie” Valentine without whose deft sales ability and outgoing personality the Eagle couldn’t have gotten off to the start it did and maintain the advertising revenue to sustain its 28 - 34 pages monthly. A quiet behind the scenes consultant

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The regular February meeting of the LHA Board of Directors preceded the Annual Meeting. A plan for completion of the landscaping of a Kestral Park Ln residence that was begun in 2014 was presented to the board and approved as presented, subject to a written timetable for the completion of the substantial work involved. The projects approved by the Board following submission by owners comprised: 1) exterior repainting on Pine Harrier Dr; 2) relocation of a mailbox on Kestral Park Ln; 3) landscaping rework on Peregrine Point Circle N; 4) removal of a laurel oak on Peregrine Point Dr and 5) the installation of a garden box on

Annual Meeting

The LHA Annual Meeting was convened following the regular February board meeting. A record 40.8% of homeowners were represented by ballots or proxies. Given that the number of candidates for the four open board positions numbered four, there was no election. Christine Rienhoff and Harvey Greller were new additions to the board. Mr. Whitman, President, thanked Cindy Klein and Jane Hyslop for their past service to the Association. In addition to Christine and Harvey, the board comprises Bill Whitman, Judy Greene, Richard Bayles, Eric

Larson and Jim Stewart. At the organizational meeting following the Annual Meeting, the current officers were reelected to their positions: Bill Whitman, President; Judy Greene, Vice President and Dick Bayles, Secretary/Treasurer.

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• Joan Penzell, 5257 Heron Way, C:941-993-8781, The following are changes to existing entries: • Daniel & Helen Bella, 5279 Landings Blvd, 219-942-1766, C:219 743-0593, C:219-781-1471,, • Irving & Enid Kushner, 1726 Starling Dr, 941-468-7066, 216 262 0021,, • Helene & C. William Myers, 1780 Pine Harrier Cir, 941-922-2304, 941-922-2351 • Charles & Christina Rienhoff, 5165 Kestral Park Ln, 401-302-1132, C:410-302-1132, C:410-440-7931,, • William & Gloria Story, 1714 Pine Harrier Cir, 941-927-9534, Additions, changes or corrections should be directed to me in writing. Directory forms are available at, from me via e-mail or from your association, and may be dropped off at the gate to my attention or sent via mail, e mail or fax. Dick Bayles: 1729 Landings Way, Sarasota, FL 34231 Tel: (941) 927-8344 Fax: (941) 296-7404

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Does Handwriting Matter In The Digital Age? A debate rages over whether or not to continue teaching cursive handwriting in America’s schools. With focus now on computing, texting, tweeting and the like, maybe all a child needs is to learn how to print. According to ABC NEWS, 41 states no longer require cursive writing to be included in their curriculum. Administrators in these states feel instruction in cursive has gone the way of the dinosaurs, and classroom time would be better spent on teaching keyboard skills. Not so—reports Concordia University Online—a Journal of news and resources for teachers. The journal takes a stand that cursive writing should be taught in schools, and it gives a multitude of reasons: cursive develops fine motor skills because it uses hand muscles in a unique way. Cursive develops a different skill set than the act of writing in print, furthering motor skill development. MRI’s have shown in that writing in cursive activates a different part of the brain, a fact that aids in increasing retention.

Cursive is considered to be faster than printing, an important factor in taking accurate notes. Supported by research, Concordia University has concluded that cursive not only reinforces learning, it also helps students with disabilities, especially those with dyslexia. The University takes the position that cursive is an art form all its own, an art form which also connects students to the past. To quote from 5 Reasons Cursive Writing Should be Taught in School, if cursive is left out of the curriculum, “not only will students miss out on a part of history, they may very well miss out on reading important letters and cards from their grandparents or great-grandparents. The older generation still writes in cursive on a daily basis. Kids often rely on their parent to translate these letters and cards for them because they cannot read the cursive writing. 40 years from now, when these grandparents have passed on, kids may want to look back on those letters, and they should be

able to do so.” And then there are all those historical papers so carefully written in elegant script, documents such as the Constitution of the United States and the writings of Abraham Lincoln. Idaho State Rep. Linden Batemen believes that if students do not learn cursive, they will have issues in the future interpreting historical documents. Furthermore, Batemen says: “Modern research indicates that more areas of the human brain are engaged when children use cursive handwriting than when they keyboard. We’re not thinking this through. It’s beyond belief to me that states have allowed cursive to slip from the standards.” Many parents join Batemen in her concern. A July, 2013, Harris poll found that 89 % of adults and 89% of children, ages 8 to 18, think it “necessary to practice reading and writing in cursive.” Opponents argue that it’s time to let cursive just fade away. In a New York Times opinion piece, Morgan Polikoff, an assistant education professor at the University of

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Southern California’s Rossier School of Education, had this to say: “As we have done with the abacus and the slide rule, it is time to retire the teaching of cursive. The writing is on the wall.” Others find that position absurd and feel cursive absolutely should be taught. In a recent Facebook debate, one parent argued: “Sure— we live in a digital age, but why should that matter? Or—if it matters—why teach how to read? In today’s world all literature and textbook materials could simply be presented as audio files.” That position may be extreme, but it certainly makes a point. The recent focus on cursive writing is a side effect of states signing on to teach the Common Core standards adopted by 45 states. These standards do not include the curly looped handwriting style taught for generations to kids, age 7 – 8, in penmanship classes. 7 of these Common Core states refuse to give up cursive: California, Kansas, Indiana, Idaho, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Utah. They

all want to make sure that cursive writing stays in the curriculum What is Sarasota’s take on this issue? John Zoretich, Executive Director of Elementary Education has this to say: “Cursive writing does not appear in the Common Core Standards but there is an effort by some Florida citizens to have cursive writing adopted in our state’s rendition of Common Core.” Sue Mexler, Director of Curriculum, assured me that all Sarasota children are currently introduced to cursive in the 3rd Grade, and expected to achieve mastery by the end of 5th grade. Pending upcoming legislative approval, Florida is expected to put cursive back into the curriculum, and the program name changed to Florida Standards. Cursive will continue to be taught in Sarasota elementary schools. In the rest of the country, however, the debate goes on. In the digital age, is mandatory instruction in cursive a step backward, or is it a cultural tradition worth keeping? Continued on page 21

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|Jack Jeffrey, 13 - 7th Grader, Incarnation Catholic School • Where are you from? Sarasota, FL • What do you like most about Sarasota? It’s very sunny and not usually cold. • What do you like about the Landings? I like the nature trail. Sometimes I sit on the pier there. I also like the tennis here and that I can ride my bike to my friend’s house. • What is your favorite subject in school? Social Studies because I like learning about how America came to be and its geography. • Do you have a favorite book? Any book! I like fantasy and spots the most but I’ve read many different types of books. • What are your favorite sports? Soccer, basketball, football, hockey, golf, tennis, skateboarding, swimming, rugby, cross country…. and that’s it! Right now, I’m playing soccer and basketball for school and I’m going to start playing flag football

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Bill Whitman thanked the entire board for their help and support over the years he served as Safety and Security Committee Chairman. He particularly noted the contributions of George Niel. Whitman said, “George is our go-to guy for bids, for this, for that. George deserves a hell of a lot of credit and is a good representative of Argosy Property Management.” Whitman went on to praise Major Jamie Colon and Captain Jordan Joseph the security staff Universal provides the Landings. He thanked Tracy Bland at Secure Access for their expertise in video security. Whitman also thanked the Landings residents. He said, “some have been very happy, and others have been very irritated with him, but mostly we’ve been engaged. The result was a positive one. We’ve had no major offense.”


Finance chair, Don McMurray

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shared both the monthly report and the annual report. As expected, expenses exceeded income in the month of December. This was due to anticipated expenses for landscaping and grounds as well as drainage projects. That said, the finance committee ended the year with a surplus of $78,594.27. Don McMurray moved that the surplus be transferred to the reserve pool and that $55,000 of it be earmarked for the pending gazebo project this year. The motion passed unanimously.


The finance committee reported that 51 residents have not paid their annual fees. February 15 would mark the start of the collection process, which does include interest and penalties.


• Safety and Security Co-chairs John Carson and Lou Furlong.

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• Finance chairman Don McMurray • Aesthetics chairman Truman Menefee •Lakes and Community Hauling chairman Larry Lawrence • Landscaping chairman Joe Hennessy • Roads chairman Rudy Blohm • Drainage chairman Jack Jost • Communications chairperson Marie Graziosi-Jacaruso • Archive Chairman Bob Manteiga • Environmental chairman - Open Thinking about the past year, board president, Henry Rhodes related that he believed they had a strong board, whose members take their responsibilities very seriously. He said, “Their achievements during the past year are truly too many to mention. They have collaborated with each other to produce better results for our community. A summary of their accomplishments will be posted

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Rhodes went on to point out a few of the highlights. + The landscape contract was changed through competitive bidding. + The Landings maintenance operational responsibilities were switched to an independent contractor. + The driver’s license scanning process for visitors was upgraded. + A reserve pool approach was adopted by the finance committee. + web site came online this year. + The development of a more complete policy regarding traffic violations and penalties. + Reconfigured the North gate to allow pedestrians and those in wheelchairs to travel through more safely. + Held a new residents reception. + Installed a paver entrance path to and a crushed shell path in the Eagles Nest area.

+ Several projects were completed to improve water drainage at the Landings.


+ Replacement of the gazebo at the end of the nature trail. + Traffic congestion project at Kestral Pkwy North and Tamiami Trail. + The development of a Landings emergency plan. + Inspecting, repairing, or replacing outlets related to the ambient lighting on the roadway islands.


LMA Pres., Henry Rhodes was nominated to preside over the meeting that would elect the 2014 LMA board officers. George Niel distributed ballots and the following people were nominated and elected by acclamation. • Henry Rhodes - President • Don McMurray - VP Treasurer • Marie Graziosi-Jacaruso Secretary

Ella’s Tale of Two Cities Ella Hechlik is not your typical 6th grader. She was invited to be a Student Ambassador in the People to People Ambassador Program. This is a global travel program that offers students educational travel experience for grades 5th – 12th. They promote a non-traditional learning environment while teaching kids to be global citizens. Trips are typically 2 – 3 weeks in length and feature unique activities for building independence and maturity, exclusive cultural events to increase global awareness and exciting destinations to foster a love for international travel and foreign cultures. Ella was accepted into the program in October. She described the process and said “there are three ways to get invited: good grades, good FCAT scores, or a recommendation by someone. Then I had to interview with my travel leader and get 3 letters of recommendation. They ask non-traditional interview

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questions to get to know you. Then you start going to meetings once a month with fellow delegates. We talk about the trip and fundraising, do community service, and get to know our fellow delegates.” There are 7 students in Ella’s group who are in fifth and sixth grade. 50 students from Florida and Missouri with 5 leaders will be going on the trip. “We will go to London for one week and Paris for one week. We’ll visit Parliament, the London Eye, the Eiffel Tower to name a few

things. I have to raise 50% of the money myself and I’m 1/3 of the way there. I have applied for scholarships through the program and the Community Foundation. I also walk a neighborhood dog and take care of a Koi pond. I would like to seek more of these jobs to have enough money to go! The trip will be July 4th – July 17th. I’m looking forward to the going on the London Eye Ferris wheel and up the Eiffel Tower! Since I like photography, I’ll take a lot of pictures on the trip too! “




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Lost Cockatiel Answers to the name Eddie. Lost on Saturday, January 25th. If found, please call 941-921-4819. Reward if returned.

Southeastern Guide Dog Walkathon Southeastern Guide Dogs SarasotaWalkathon will take place on Saturday, March 29th from 8:30am tillnoon at Payne Park (2050 Adams Lane, Sarasota 34237). Southeastern is the only Walkathon thatencourages you to bring the family pet. Enjoy food carts, games, entertainment & shopping. Visit: www.guidedogswalkathon. org to sign up and put together a team of friends andfamily to raise funds, or just come to the walkathon and make sure to bring Fido!


Raising Landin Top ‘o the mornin to ya, Leprechaun LANDIN here. Well time marches on so that is probably why you folks named this month “MARCH” Only one more month until I go back to the school. I’m sure as my group arrives, they will be singing “Oh when the Labs come marching in”. I am what you call a “working dog” (so I guess an Irish Setter is just a …..uh oh I better not go there) Anyhow I thought I would stop by and say hello to some “working people” Green tennis balls, Green foliage, Green logos , Green shirts ….yet none of them seemed to fall for the line “Kiss me I’m Irish” or maybe it is just my doggie biscuit breath! The only thing I know is MY NAME IS LANDIN AND I WAS BORN TO BE A GUIDE DOG … That is my Pot of Gold and it was my Luck of the Irish that I was able to grow up with all of you in such a great and loving community. So may you all have the famous blessing : May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and the rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand. TO BE CONTINUED...


Pet Talk

By Dr. Anne Chauvet

1. Pet allergies – food and environmental. How to recognize, treat and prevent allergies? Environment and food play a critical role in case of pet allergies. Dogs can be allergic to fleas as we know, but they can also develop allergic reactions to carpets, mold, roaches and much more.If you have a very itchy dog with no trace of fleas, allergies should be on your mind. Food allergies can be easily noted with vomiting, diarrhea or malformed stools. If your dog suffers from belly rashes, it may be allergic to the carpet. Raw feet can indicate grass allergies. Ask your veterinarian to check your dog if you see any signs of itchiness, redness, heat rash and discomfort on the skin and/or ears; or if you note problems with the digestive system.

2. My newly adopted rescue cat sprays all over the house. Will he stop? What can I do to prevent it? Spraying is territorial. Cats often spray in an attempt to figure out the hierarchy in the house, which may stop over time. There are products like Feliway, which will help manage this behavior. You can try confining the cat temporarily to a small space with litter box or get multiple litter boxes (one in each room) to encourage the cat to use them instead of plants and furniture. Also, we recommend that you use a pet repellent product on the areas that have been sprayed or are precious (sofas). You can find these at most pet stores. Also, a spray bottle with water may become your best trainer - use it every time the cat comes close to an area it has sprayed or acts as if it wants to spray. If the issue continues, your best option is to contact a behaviorist.

Dr. Chauvet earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada, completed a small animal medicine/surgery internship at the University of Illinois in Urbana and finished her residency in neurology/neurosurgery at the University of California, Davis. She has been trained in small animal rehabilitation by the Canine Rehabilitation Institute of Wellington, Florida and is known internationally for her specialized work in the relatively rare field of veterinary neurology speaking to, training, and consulting with veterinary practices and organizations globally.

If you have a question about your pet, please email your question to Each month, Dr. Chauvet will choose a few questions to share with readers.

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Racquet Club News |Manager’s Report Can you believe it is March already? Season is here and the courts are filled with social tennis and league matches. Both clubhouses are busy with exercise classes, association meetings and various social activities. Please allow me to recognize some of the programs and the members responsible for their organization. The Landings Learning Group series on Wednesdays, led by Howard & Adrienne Feltman and their committee, is stronger than ever. Of the five events so far, they are averaging 120 people per show. The movie nights on Fridays, led by Sid Wenokor and Colin Wendell, have had great attendance as well. Ray and Linda Lee have had a great turnout for their third year of Bridge classes. Last but not least is the Current Events Round Table headed up by Ralph Ricapito and Jack Kahgan. Their season has just begun and will run weekly through Season. Please check the Eagle calendar or call the Tennis Pro Shop at 923 3886 for more information on any LRC activities. Good news! The Club is purchasing a


By Kevin Lechlitner

cardio theater system for the Fitness Center. This is very useful when you have multiple televisions in the same room. All three TVs will have a transmitter and each piece of cardio equipment will have a receiver. Once installed, there won’t be any sound audible from the TVs unless you are using your headphones. Any standard set of headphones with a 3.5mm plug will be compatible with the system. We have several social events coming up soon that you won’t want to miss. Get your calendars out and mark down these dates. March 10th will be our next pancake breakfast. Joe is planning a St. Patrick’s Day round robin on Friday, March 14th at 4:00 PM. The tennis will be followed by traditional Irish cuisine. Our annual, seasonending Landings Day festival is April 4th. I know what you are thinking and the answer is YES! The dunk tank will be here. Also, the yearly CANUKUS Challenge, organized by Barrie Taylor, is scheduled for April 6th. This is where nationally ranked players from Canada and the UK will challenge nationally ranked players from the US in three men’s doubles matches.


|News From the Court The season is winding down and we have two events planned before some of you head north. Get out your green for the St. Patrick’s Day Round Robin on Friday, March 14th, 2014. Tennis begins at 4:00 PM with traditional Irish fare to follow. If you don’t play tennis join your friends for good food and good fun. Check the Pro

By Joe Venezia

Shop for the sign-up sheet and further details. Mark your calendar for Friday, April 4th, 2014 as it is time once again for Landings Day. Tennis begins at 2:00 PM with dinner to follow. Landings Day is our season finale and it is a chance for everyone to get together before we go in our separate directions. I hope to see you at these events and I’ll definitely see you on the courts...

New Private Lesson/Clinic Rate Change Effective 10/1/2013: ▪ ½ Hour Private Lesson: Members - $35 / Non-Members - $40 ▪ 1 Hour Private Lesson: Memebers - $65 / Non-Members - $70 ▪ Clinics – 8 or more with 2 Pros (1.5Hrs): Members - $25 / Non-Members - $25 ▪ Clinics - 7 or less with 1 pro (1.5Hrs): Members - $20 / Non-Members - $25 NOTE: Clinics with 2 Pros will have a 24 hour cancellation policy where the full amount will be charged for no shows.

Around The Landings |Landings Learning Group March Programs

Robert Toplin

Jenny Aldrich

John Holt

Robyn Rocklein

Samus Haddad

The last three March Landings Learning Group programs completes the 2014 series. The final program, on Wednesday, March 19 at 4:00 PM, “The Life and Music of Kurt Weill”, will be followed by the traditional end of season reception hosted by JUDY GREENE and TARA LAMB, THE LANDINGS REALTORS.. The special end of season reception of wine, cheese and delectable goodies will follow the program at 5:10 PM. Refreshments for the March 5th and March 12th programs will be served at 3:30, and the programs will be at 4:00 PM.

Wednesday, March 5th DR. ROBERT BRENT TOPLIN, Professor at the University of North Carolina, will discuss “HISTORY BY HOLLYWOOD; THE USE AND ABUSE OF THE AMERICAN STORY IN THE MOVIES.”

Dr. Toplin has appeared more than 25 times as a commentator on national television programs; CBS, PBS, C-Span, The History Channel and Turner Classics. He is the author of 12 books, and coedited Ken Burn’s “Civil War: Historians Respond,” which was a History Book Club Main Selection. He served as the editor of film reviews for the Journal of American History from 1986 until 2007, and he now serves as film and media editor for Perspectives in History, the monthly publication of the American Historical Association. He has also published articles in The New York Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the American Historical Review, the Journal of American History, the Journal of Southern History and the Hispanic American Historical Review. Dr. Toplin received his undergraduate training in

Psychology at Penn State including the Brahms award University and a Ph.D. from from Wolf Trap. He has Rutgers University. appeared with orchestras in North America, Europe, and the Middle East. He Wednesday, March 12: JENNY ALDRICH returns has received acclaim from audiences and critics alike in to The Landings as MARY the Washington area, and he CASSATT, and she will has performed at The National engage with her circle Gallery of Art, The Phillips of impressionist artists Collection, the Organization friends. of American States, and The Meet Mary Cassett, who Holocaust Museum. became a feminist who lectured Robyn Rocklein, mezzoyoung female art students. She soprano, made her debut with was a critically and financially the Tucson Chamber Artists successful artist. After World in 2006, and was featured as a War I, she became active in soloist. The Arizona Daily Star the feminist cause. Feisty, hailed her as an “outstanding irreverent, and willing to sever soloist.” her family ties for her beliefs. S h e h a s a l s o b e e n a Mary Cassett will present featured soloist for the Tucson other women artists--- women S y m p h o n y O r c h e s t r a i n before her time. She presents multiple concerts and has their work, their lives, and appeared in Arizona Opera their dedication. She shares productions since 2004. Ms. t h e i n s i g h t s , s t r u g g l e s Rocklein has appeared as a and successes they had as soloist in England, Germany, prominent artists of their time. and with the AIMS Festival Jenny Aldrich’s theater Orchestra in Graz, Austria, credits span over 50 years, a s w e l l a s e n g a g e m e n t s nine states and five countries. throughout the United States. She has been very active at Ms. Rocklein is a two-time the Golden Apple Theaters, winner of the Igor Gorin a p p e a r i n g i n o v e r f o r t y Memorial and Miriam L. Wolfe Award and holds a Masters productions. Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Arizona. Wednesday, March 19: Samus Haddad, baritone, DR. JOSEPH HOLT, performed in Tosca with pianist, featuring SAMUS the Utah Festival Opera, in HADAD, baritone and La Fanciulla del West with mezzo soprano ROBYN the Nashville Opera and ROCKLEIN, will present in Madama Butterfly with “THE LIFE AND MUSIC the Central City Opera. He has performed with the OF KURT WEILL.” Dr. Holt served more than Sarasota Opera and the St. twenty years as principal Petersburg Opera companies. pianist with the United States H e g r a d u a t e d f r o m t h e Army Chorus in Washington, Eastman School of Music and D C ; p e r f o r m i n g f o r U S the University of Rochester Presidents and dignitaries from Summa Cum Laude. around the world. He was also the Associate Music Director Guests are invited. There for the Choral Arts Society is a fee of $5.00 for Landings of Washington for fifteen Racquet Club members, and years. Dr. Holt is currently $8.00 for non-members. Artistic Director of GLORIA S E E Y O U A T T H E LANDINGS LEARNING MUSICAE. As a pianist he has been GROUP ON WEDNESDAYS awarded numerous prizes, IN MARCH!

|Gary Warren’s African Safari Slide Show at The Landings By Bonnie Warren

On February 13, Gary presented a slide show of our two trips to Africa. Part I showed how we traveled, the people we met, the lodges we stayed at, the townships we visited plus a variety of other special places we saw on our journey through this wonderful land. Part II, with music added by Bob Montiega, was a virtual safari in itself. Beautiful birds, fabulous felines and everything in between was brought to life on the big screen. Gary’s photography, if I do say so myself, was awe inspiring. There was not an empty seat in the house.

|Landoliers’ Annual Spring Concert The Landoliers’ Annual Spring Concert will be presented on Sunday, March 23 at 2:30 p.m. in the Lakeside Room followed by a wine and cheese reception.

|New LMA Policy Adopted Outside Groups Providing Refreshments at LMA Functions Background: occasionally LMA has functions at which refreshments are served. Individuals and/ or groups have expressed an interest in providing the refreshments. To equitably manage the process of granting permission for providing the hors d’oeuvres the LMA adopted a policy. Action: groups desiring to host the refreshments should express their interest to George Niel of Argus Management 941-927-6464 x-110. Permission will be granted on a first come basis. However, the group will have to demonstrate to LMA that they have the capability to effectively perform. The next LMA event will be the New Residents Reception March 7, 5-7 pm at the Landings Racquet Club. If interested in hosting the refreshments, please call George Niel as indicated above. Questions about the policy: Call Larry Lawrence 410-456-6240.



“All That Jazz” Here at The Landings The biggest Round Table Current Events Program Ever was held in our Lakeside Club House, with over 125 attending an afternoon of the history of jazz musicians in Sarasota. The event was moderated by Gordon Garrett, former President and Board Member of the Jazz Club of Sarasota. We were treated to one of the jazz greats, John Lamb, bass player with Duke Ellington. The Duke gave him his start and he traveled the world with some of America’s greatest jazz performers. We saw clips from the band playing on the French Rivera with the bass being essential to jazz all over the world with Benny Goodman, and Glen Miller. Kitt Moran was the lead songstress at the Merv Griffin Casino in Atlantic City, where she sang with Tony Bennett and others, and in New York and New Jersey. She never sounded better than when she sang “Fever,” with John Lamb playing the bass, for us at The Landings. We heard stories from Elaine Jerome, widow of the late renowned and internationally known jazz band leader, Jerry Jerome. She is a loved former resident of the Landings. Jerry played with Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Dick Hyman and many jazz greats in New York City before coming to The Landings. We enjoyed her stories since we loved Jerry and his many performances by our swimming pool. Imagine, he was the first person I inducted into the Hall of Fame of Sarasota. Ralph Ricapito’s theme for this year’s Round Table is “Something to Think About: The Jazz Club of Sarasota is the oldest jazz club in the Country. Well. I think, “WOW”!!



By Dee Ricapito

Memorial Musicale Performance with Peggy Stern and Louise Greenfield By Dee Ricapito Pianist Peggy Stern is the daughter of the late Barbara and Larry Blumenthal who resided in the Treehouses, and a life long friend of the Greenfields. Louise hosted a Memorial Musicale at her home dedicated to the memory of Barbara and her late husband, Bob. Louise was Peggy’s first piano teacher in Elkins Park, just outside of Philadelphia, and remembers when they both enjoyed sitting at the piano together, playing music. Peggy feels this later inspired her imagination and blossoming love of music. The afternoon was a melodic one, with Peggy sharing her classical music roots mingled with her love of improvised Jazz. Louise’s living room was overflowing with over 30 friends sharing stories and giving Peggy musical requests. Louise once accompanied Peggy’s piano with her flute. While living in New York, Peggy co-founded the popular “Wall Street Jazz Festival” and is an award winning producer and director, of films many for PBS. Peggy recently moved to Austin, Texas and is composing lots of new music there. As a musician who devoted her life to performance and teaching she sees firsthand the contribution and benefits music gives to people’s lives. She enjoyed sharing her parents’ memories with her “first and best loved” music teacher and our Landings family. For more information on Peggy Stern, please visit

Louise playing at age 95+.


We never used to recommend or discuss chewing gum. In fact we discouraged it because it “pulled out” fillings and crowns, etc. But we’ve learned a few things. First...that gum never “pulls” out acceptable fillings or crowns, only those that really needed to be changed anyhow. And we learned that chewing gum helps to stimulate saliva and moisten the mouth and teeth. As our population grows older we find that many of us have to take medications that dry up the mouth which is leading to increased decay and gum disease. Also many of us are not as dexterous as we once were. And we have gums that are sweetened with Xylitol that inhibits cavity producing microorganisms and neutralizes acids these microorganisms produce. So for many of our patients, young and old, we now actively recommend using gum with Xylitol right after eating and at least twice a day. It’s easier to prevent oral disease than treat it. And it’s far less costly.

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Peggy playing and composing better than ever.

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The grand opening and open house of the area’s newest singlepurpose memory care assisted living community, took place in January with over 200 local professionals and leaders in attendance. According to Stacy McCanless, Executive Director of InspiredLiving at Sarasota, “We are unique and different from area assisted living facilities that also provide memory care. InspiredLiving at Sarasota was custom designed, staffed and organized to meet the specialized personal needs of the growing population of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or other forms of progressive memory loss. Memory care is our sole focus, our specialty and our life’s work.” InspiredLiving at Sarasota was established to provide a new standard in memory care services. It offers leading-edge technology throughout the facility and utilizes evidencebased therapies derived from



the latest research in Alzheimer’s and dementia care. In addition to its exceptional quality of care, residents of InspiredLiving at Sarasota enjoy the comforts of home coupled with exceptional care, services, amenities and life enrichment programs. Speaking of the community’s philosophy of care, Ms. McCanless stated, “We promise to do all we can to help each person in our community enjoy meaningful days and inspiring care that not only assure his or her safety and well-being, but also promote dignity, fulfillment, a sense of purpose and happiness. At InspiredLiving at Sarasota, our residents are engaged, active and involved. We deliver personcentered care that identifies each individual’s specific needs, preferences and abilities, then develop and deliver a care plan based on those needs. The result is care that is truly personalized and inspired. “As the area’s newest, single-purpose memory care

provider, we also believe it is our responsibility to provide community members with information, education, support and resources that enable them to better understand Alzheimer’s disease, cope with the many challenges it can create and make correct decisions about care. The public seminars we offer for those caring for a loved one at home represent one more way we hope to ease the burden on area caregivers and their families.” For more information on InspiredLiving at Sarasota and the free public seminars they provide, visit them online at www.InspiredLivingSarasota. com, call 941-404-7888 or email smccanless@

Does Handwriting Matter In The Digital Age? “People are just viewed as more intelligent when they can write cursive,” says handwriting expert Sheila Lowe, president of the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation. As for the belief that instruction in cursive steals valuable classroom time from core subjects such as science and math, Lowe points out that the inclusion of handwriting in the primary school curriculum requires only 15 minutes of each school day. In the words of Wall Street Journal columnist, Gwendolyn Bounds: “Far more than just a

tool for communication, the act of writing by hand appears to be an important building block for learning. We know about new research showing how handwriting helps with learning letters and shapes, can improve idea composition and expression, and may even aid fine motor skill development. Ironically, it may be modern technology that gives a boost to handwriting’s resurgence. For anyone whose kids balk at or have trouble with traditional handwriting instruction, the arrival of new educational games for

By Diana Colson

the iPhone, iPod, iPad and other touch screen devices may come as a welcome teaching aid. Kids learning to write on these devices think it’s a game.” Sandra Wilde, a professor of childhood education at Hunter College in New York, takes the opposite position, saying that cursive writing is not an essential skill in the digital era. “A hundred years ago, you needed to have good penmanship to get a good job,” said Wilde. “Today you need to know how to use technology. Cursive has fallen by the wayside with

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the realization that kids just don’t need to have good handwriting anymore.” Indiana University neuroscientist Karin Harman James has studied the effect of printing and writing by hand as well as keyboarding in the development of children’s brains, using imaging technology to document how significant changes occur in the brain. The research led her to believe that teaching young children how to write by hand is critical to how they eventually learn to read. The inability to read cursive

can be construed as a form of being illiterate. In the George Zimmerman murder trial, Rachel Jeantel— a childhood friend of Treyvon Martin—was forced to admit in court that she could not read a letter she had sent to the Martin family about the events of the night their son had died. That letter was composed by her but had been dictated to a friend. In court, Jeantel was unable to read it because “I don’t read cursive.” As reported in the news, that humiliating admission sent a shocked hush through the courtroom.


“Marvelous dance... Absolutely perfect music.”

APR 22-23, Van Wezel Hall, Sarasota

- Brooklyn View

Ticket Online: “5,000 years of Chinese music and dance in one night!” Phone: 888-974-3698 | 941-953-3368 - The New York Times

Presented by Florida Falun Dafa Association

“It is so beautiful and so moving in many ways! They are doing an absolutely beautiful and incredible job.” — Vikki Carr, singer & four Grammy Awards winner

Five Thousand Years of Myths & Legends Come Alive on Stage

“I was moved to tears a few times. It was very uplifting. They use their costumes brilliantly with their movement. I’ve never seen anything like that before.” — Carol Miller, former Ballet teacher “It is beyond anything I can put into words. It’s the most amazing, uplifting, spiritual journey... it transcends you to a higher state of consciousness. Amazing!” — Margaux Brooks, executive film producer “It was absolutely marvelous. It’s a magnificent show – spectacular. The imagination behind it and the creativity is incredible.” — Dr. Irving Guttman, former Artistic Director for Vancouver Opera, Member of the Order of Canada

After Shen Yun performing arts shows on APR 22-23, Shen Yun’s symphony orchestra will return to Sarasota for one concert

October 27 Van Wezel Hall



Mayta’s authentic Peruvian cuisine is truly an adventure to be had By Sky Rose “Home is where the heart is..” And their heart is put into everything they do at Mayta’s Peruvian Restaurant to honor their Home country and you. They even chose the name of their restaurant, “Mayta’s”, to honor their Peruvian culture. Through the flavors of their traditional cuisine, you will sense the rich history and cultural influence in every bite. Mayta’s is the place to dine if you like Peruvian cuisine, or even if you never tried it. It’s 100% original, “no fusions”. And they’re devoted to cooking for you in the way their families of their beloved country cooked for them. This lovely restaurant which is family-owned by Jorge and Pilar Arata, is kid-friendly and the atmosphere is so warm and welcoming. The owners are incredible and they will absolutely make you feel at home. They have an amazing lunch and dinner menu with a great unique selection of appetizers, ceviches, soup, salads, entreeslike seafood, pasta, steaks, chicken, and wonderful desserts to end your experience beautifully. Your meals are freshly prepared by Pilar who continues to “wow” the customers. The prices on the entire menu are truly very reasonable. Between 11:30-2:30pm, they have daily lunch specials beginning at $5.00. Their menu explains the authentic dishes in detail. But do not hesitate to ask any questions, as Jorge and Pilar and their wonderful staff are ready to guide you to the perfect dish to suit your taste. Speaking of their menu, if you walk near their restaurant and take a moment to read it, definitely bring your questions inside, and you will be glad you did. You will immediately feel the warmth, and smell the aroma of the authentic Peruvian dishes being freshly prepared. The ambiance, delicious fresh food, and wonderful service explain why Mayta’s is rated as #46 on TripAdvisor. Zach, one of Mayta’s biggest fans, and a very regular patron says, “Love this place. I have visited Mayta’s on many occasions and have always left happy. The



ceviche is always fresh and delicious, and the lomo saltado is one of my favorites. They have an excellent wine list as well as a new wine cellar. The owner and his wife go above and beyond to make this dining experience one of the best in Sarasota. Live music on Friday nights with a great ambiance any time. If you like Peruvian cuisine this is the place. It is one of Sarasota’s hidden gems.” I must add that the lobster wontons and ceviche de pescado was incredible and surely a must try. And this customer surely concurs with Zach. Cindi G. says, “My husband and I love to go out for dinner, and love to locate the new or newer restaurants. We have to say, that out of twelve or thirteen Peruvian Restaurants here in Sarasota, Mayta’s knocks the rest out of the ball park. The food is simply fabulous. The dishes and presentations have been spot on every time we have gone, and we have tried virtually every dish on the menu, including the desserts. Anyone who does not give this precious gem a try is truly losing out on a tastebud extravaganza. Bravo to this couple, for keeping the traditional foods authentic, and not influenced with ‘American tradition’.” But the pleasure does not end with the food. They have a wine cellar filled with delicious wines from Spain, Argentina, Chile, and Italy. Jorge recommends including a nice bottle of Tempranillo with your meal. This delicious red wine is only $15 a bottle. Amongst

their amazing collection, I enjoyed a nice glass of their Puni Ferrer Riserva Cabernet 2011. Bring a group for a wine tasting during one of their Happy Hours, Tuesday-Sunday, 5pm-6pm. If you are there on a Friday, continue your fun into the evening and catch the live music with “Tierra Nuova”. With all the dancing, you will no doubt build your appetite for dessert. The live music is every Friday from 7pm until “you want to go home” as Jorge puts it. Their hours are: TuesdaySaturday 11:30am-3:00pm, & 5:00pm-10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm9:00pm. Their location is: 4854 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL, between Proctor & Landings, located in the Landings Shopping Center next to Publix. Call for reservations, takeout or catering: 941-444-7245. Walkins are welcomed. Visit their website: www.maytasrestaurant. com and stay updated by liking their facebook page: MaytasPeruvianRestaurant/info. Consider nixing Chinese or pizza for your weekend food delivery times, and choose Mayta’s for Peruvian night. They are included on the Ashley’s Food Delivery list, 941-953-3663. Enjoy true authentic Peruvian meals delivered right to your doorstep. You will be filled with delight at the very first bite.

Loveland Center For Adults With Developmental Disabilities By Diana Colson A most extraordinary facility exists in our community, a place called Loveland Center. It was first established in 1962 by a group of parents who sought to provide a productive and safe place for their adult children with developmental disabilities. Today, Loveland Center serves adults with a wide range of such disabilities, offering individualized services which empower these students to make informed decisions so that they can become more self-sufficient and interconnected within the community. Located in Venice, Florida, the campus serves adults from both Sarasota and Charlotte Counties. Over 120 individuals are enrolled in Loveland’s various programs today, all 18 years of age or older. The average age is 45 with the oldest student being 84. Loveland is supported in part by government funding, United Way, grants, special events and individual donations.

Loveland’s mission is to help adults with developmental disabilities live their lives to the fullest, and its vision is to become a leading innovator in providing services to these adults. Loveland Center offers Adult Day Training in a college campus-like setting, where students choose from a variety of classes. It also offers Supported Employment to support those students able to participate in part-time employment and/or volunteering. Besides training and guidance programs, the Center also offers supported living and group home services. Through the many programs offered at Loveland, students are able to realize their maximum potential. Students emerge feeling needed and successful. I love the words of Bob Dawson, a Loveland student who has for nine years not only earned a paycheck at GOODWILL but also served as a volunteer in his spare

time: “Everybody likes me over there. They do. They like me the best over there!” When asked how that made him feel, Bob nodded and grinned: “Good!” he said. Due to many factors, individuals with developmental disabilities now often out-live their parents. These people need to be provided for properly after their parents are gone. As a proactive measure, Loveland Center has designed the Loveland Village, a planned residential community tailored specifically for adults with developmental disabilities so that they can

become independent. Long a champion for the rights of adults with developmental disabilities, Florida State Senator Nancy Detert worked diligently in the 2013 Legislative Session to move this project forward. In November of 2013, Loveland Center submitted a request for funding to the Florida Housing Finance Corporation for a total amount of $4.775 million in combined grant, forgivable and non-forgivable loan money. According to Senator Detert, “This is the perfect use of government funding as this is a one-time capital outlay, where

the result is that people will live independently. This is a hand up; not a hand out.” To secure these Florida Housing Finance Corporation Funds, Loveland Center has announced its $12.7 million capital campaign led by Dr. Jim Woods. Their logo: “Loveland Village: Building a Home Where the Heart Is.” This proposed Village will have 3 apartment buildings, with 42 units ranging from 1-4 bedrooms, a clubhouse for residential and community activities, an additional student service building for the Loveland campus, and a maintenance building. Loveland Village is dedicated to providing adults with developmental disabilities a unique housing option that allows them to maximize their abilities and maintain their independence while living amongst their peers and supports. Continued on page 27



Abel’s Ice Cream a great place to visit! Abel’s Ice Cream focus is to offer the South Sarasota, Siesta Key, Palmer Ranch residents and tourist a nationally award winning premium ice cream at a competitive price with generous portions. The ice cream they offer is Florida made and is the recipient of 14 national awards issued by the National Ice Cream Retailers Association since 2009. Sarasota’s best Specialty ice cream flavor Spumoni (swirled pistachio, chocolate and cherry ice cream, almonds and a special blend of fruits) was awarded to Abel’s in the July 2012 issue of Sarasota Magazine. Abel’s hot fudge, malted milk shakes and Dreamsicle flavored ice cream will remind you of the product quality from the 1960’s drug store soda fountain era. Other historical menu item favorites include root beer floats, ice cream sodas, banana splits and brownie sundaes. Of the 36 flavors offered including two no sugar added and two frozen yogurts, their three best sellers are: Advertorial


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Stellar Coffee Rich coffee ice cream with fudge and mini dark chocolate coffee cups Raspberry Truffle Raspberry ice cream with raspberry ribbon & dark chocolate raspberry cups Coconut Almond Fudge Tropical coconut ice cream with fudge ribbon & whole roasted almonds If you are seeking a place to enjoy great ice cream in a squeaky clean shop, Abel’s is the shop you should visit. The owners Bill and Norma serve fresh filtered water to enjoy with your ice cream. They are located at 1886 Stickney Point Road between New Balance Shoes and Stonewood Grill - 9215700 or visit their web site for directions:


March is a great month to fish on Siesta Key. It is the first month of spring, both on the calendar and outside. The list of available species is long; snook, redfish, trout, pompano, cobia, king and Spanish mackerel, sheepshead, flounder, snapper, grouper, jack crevelle, and sharks just to name a few. Big Pass will be very productive this month, particularly when the water is clean. Often times the tide is low in the morning, making the passes a great place to start off a trip and bend some rods. Ladyfish are usually thick, with bluefish, mackerel, and pompano mixed in. Live bait will work, but this is a great situation to cast artificial lures. Gold Cotee grubs on a ¼ ounce jig head and (08) Rapala X-Raps are two effective lures. A live shrimp fished on the bottom should result in a fish dinner pretty easily. Speckled trout will be schooled up over deep grass

flats throughout the entire area. Incoming tides are best, but as long as the water is moving the fish will bite. A live shrimp under a noisy cork is a proven trout slayer. Jigs, spoons, and plugs will fool many fish, too. Snook will move out of their winter retreats on their way out to the Gulf to spawn. Any structure with a depth change is a likely place to catch a snook. Docks, bridges, and oyster bars are all very productive, especially those with some current. Plugs and scented soft plastic baits are the top choices, along with a large hand-picked shrimp. Fishing the area bridges at night is a great way to catch a bunch of snook. Free-lined live shrimp, artificial shrimp and plugs work well. Fly fisherman will score using any small white baitfish pattern. Surf fishing should be good for a variety of species providing the water is clear and not roiled up. Whiting, silver trout, flounder,

pompano, Spanish mackerel, and ladyfish with hit both live shrimp and artificial lures. A jig tipped with a small piece of shrimp works well bounced along the bottom. Mackerel and ladyfish will hit flash lures such as silver spoons and plugs. A live shrimp fished on the bottom with just enough weight to get down is a simple but effective technique and will catch anything that swims. The beach should come alive this month, provided the winds cooperate. Spanish and king mackerel will invade the area, along with cobia, sharks, and false albacore. The inshore reefs off of Lido Key are a great place to start, they hold a lot of fish. Trolling spoons and plugs is a deadly technique and will fill the cooler in short order. For more sport, look for breaking fish on the surface and cast plugs, spoons, or flies out into the frenzy, a vicious strike should occur immediately!

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Maintaining a Feral Cat Colony The process known as T.N.R. (trap, neuter and return) has proven time and again the only way to maintain a cat colony. Feral cats or community cats populate an area where two things are provided, food and shelter. When these two necessary resources are supplied, community cats tend to overrun the area and can become a nuisance to residents. Some may speculate that simply removing the cats will eradicate the problem. When community cats are removed more cats pile in to take their place. That is known as the vacuum effect and is a direct response to removing or eradicating feral cats. When TNR is practiced the colony will slowly decline. A female cat can have up to five litters per year and each litter could produce upwards of six kittens. These kittens will reach sexual maturity as early as four months and will in turn begin

to have their own litters. These numbers are staggering and can quickly over run a small area. The only humane way to deal with this problem is to practice T.N.R. with licensed feral cat clinics. These clinics not only spay and neuter but give rabies shots, clean ears and treat for mites, treat for internal and external parasites and “tip” the ears which is the recognized standard that identifies that a feral cat has been sterilized and rabies vaccinated. Once this procedure has been completed the cats are then brought back to the same location where they were trapped. It is most important that the same people that were feeding them and giving them water continue this practice. The cats cannot survive in the wild without food. This is a recognized practice by Sarasota County and is not to be linked with the county law that “prohibits the feeding of wild

animals”. I am working with a county feral cat administrator to take care of the colony of cats presently residing around the preserve area of Landings South IV, V & VII. The colony has been identified (some of whom are pregnant) and the volunteer care givers are willing to be part of this trap and release program. If anyone would like to volunteer to be involved with this specific colony please let me know. If you know of any other colonies that need to be addressed kindly call Priscilla Savage (941)342-1575 – allic13@ Priscilla is the feral cat TNR/ clinics facilitator. You can also contact Mary Anne Conlan who is an independent master trapper who volunteers with Sarasota County Humane Services. Her number is (941)9216738 – maryanneconlan@gmail. com.



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In the words of Carl Penxa, Loveland Center’s President/CEO: “We are so grateful for all Senator Detert has done over the years to bring the dream of the Loveland Village closer and closer to reality for people with developmental disabilities.” As fundraising gets underway, Loveland’s services, programs and passionate staff members continue to focus on providing opportunities and experiences for students helping them to acquire the skills necessary to live their lives to the fullest. The goal of Loveland’s specialized training is that their adult students become functioning citizens. It is essential that instruction be tailored to meet each student’s needs. Instruction might be given in something as simple as learning the letters in a student’s name, or it might be as complicated as mastering the computer. The Adult Day Training Program (ADT) offers a solid framework for preparing adults with developmental disabilities for life in the community. The ADT is offered from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The program has six core classes and countless electives from which each student can choose. Students register for classes and set goals they would like to achieve for the semester so that instruction is built upon the desires of the students themselves. The ADT program also offers additional programs for students who need extra help or attention. Staff and students work together to help create and foster relationships with local businesses, organizations, and community members. The goal is that more students become

involved in the community, either through part-time jobs or volunteer opportunities. Job coaches from Loveland handle the actual training of students, preparing them for success as they work in the local community. Make an appointment to tour the facility and see for yourself what amazing things are being accomplished. Loveland Center is located at 157 South Havana Rd., Venice, FL 34292. Phone: 941-493-0016. www. To make a donation to Loveland Center please contact Aimee Holmes at 941-493-0016 ext. 307.

This year -2014- is the Chinese Year of the Horse. This animal is a Chinese favorite. It was regarded as a reliable, fastmeans of transportation before automobiles. The horse is not only a symbol of traveling. It’s also a sign of easily-attained success.Since horses like to compete with others, Chinese admire them for their get-up-and-go and leadership. Chinese prefer to use oxen rather than horses to do farm work in the rice paddies. They thought horses were too intelligent to bewasted on such brute labor. Horses, after all, were suited to helping humans win battles when China was severely disunited. Moreover, sitting on horse back implies that a person is of a higher ranking family. So, people born in a Horse Year are said to care more about their appearance, manner of dress, and speaking than the average person. The Chinese Zodiac includes twelve animal signs used in popular superstition and to predict a person’s future. Besides the Horse, these creatures are the Rat, Cow, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Sheep, Monkey, Chicken, Dog and Pig. To each is attached a corresponding symbol. -- Dr. Al Weeks

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View From The Gate Compiled by: Capt. Jordan M. Joseph, Landings Security & Safety

There were a total of 63 incidents reported for the month of January 2014. They are as follows: • 1 Abandoned Vehicle Report Boat found in Nature Trail mangroves. Owner notified and retrieved craft. • 1 Animal Problem Reported Residents dogs mutually combative. Broken up by owners. • 1 Assist Other Agency Report Traffic control provided for SSO presence. Unknown cause. • 9 Informational Reports 6 Light poles malfunctioning, FPL advised. 1 Bicycles left out overnight. Association advised. 1 Resident involved on off site traffic accident. SSO advised. 1 Waste water coming form manhole. Maint. advised. • 30 Open Door Reports All instances were ‘garage doors’. • 10 Parking Violations Reports 4 Vehicles parked in roadway overnight. 2 Vehicles parked facing oncoming traffic. 1 Vehicle parked in the grass. 3 Restricted vehicles parked overnight. • 3 Public Service Reports 1 Tree branch removed from roadway. 1 Resident arrival at South Gate after hours, allowed entry. 1 Motorist assist w/ dead battery.

• 3 Reckless Driver Reports 2 Reports called in by residents of unsafe drivers. 1 Report of contract vehicle exceeding speed limit by <10MPH. Contract company advised. • 2 Suspicious Incidents Reports 1 Unknown subject using LRC facilities. Discovered to be onsite representative of a residence. 1 Unknown subjects walking the community late at night. Discovered to be guests of a resident. •1 Trespass Report 1 Subject attempting entry turned away by the Main Gate officer. Subject had been barred from the community for previous offenses. • 2 Vehicle Accidents Reported 1 Driver struck inbound gate arm at the Main Gate. Gate damage noted, no injury. 1 Driver struck by inbound gate arm at the North Gate. No damage or injury noted.

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 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/ 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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Based on information from, Sarasota Property Appraiser, and Sarasota Association of Realtors for the period ending 2/20/14. These properties listed and sold in the past 4 months by various MLS participating offices.

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

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