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Selby Five Points Park tree remains bare after decorating dispute. PAGE 3A.

WBTT’s Broadway darling returns to her Sarasota roots. INSIDE

Downtown parade ushers in the holiday season. PAGE 13A.

OUR TOWN

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by Kurt Schultheis | City Editor

RETAIL REVIVAL

A block of 1920s cottages along a stretch of Fruitville Road is being converted into a retail village that also highlights Gillespie Park’s revitalization.

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+ Simply Spoiled hosts superstars Local superstars turned up at Simply Spoiled Thursday, Dec. 1, for a special reception to kickoff the call for nominations for the third annual 2012 Women’s Leadership Council Community Superstars. Formerly known as Men and Women of the Year, the awards identify outstanding men, women and youth for their accomplishments and contributions to humanity and to the lives of children and families. The Women’s Leadership Council, on behalf of the Boys & Girls Clubs, has raised more than $35,000 in the past five years to help pay for afterschool programs and annual holiday parties.

Last week, Wendy Goldberg opened her second business in Gillespie Village, a boutique called Acceszorize.

Photos by Rachel S. O’Hara and Kurt Schultheis

Victoria Erquiaga, Diana Durand, Wendy Lee Goldberg, John Dickinson, Jason Elden, Marina Eckert, Valerie Coyle and Richard Light, Gillespie Village merchants, pose on the porch of Sarasota Marche.

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+ We’ve got spirit, yes we do Saturday’s Downtown Sarasota Holiday Parade attracted thousands of spectators and participants, all decked out in their holiday finest. Keeping with the Floribbean them, Observer Group employees wearing grass skirts and handing out leis and beach balls to the crowd walked next to a Hawaiian shaved-ice float. But two-thirds into the route, the Observer’s spirit was, uh, stalled. Employees rallied together to push the brokendown float off to the side but jumped right back into the parade to continue strutting down Main Street.

The following businesses are now open or are opening soon in a new cottage commercial center in Gillespie Park off Fruitville Road: • The Breakfast House • Acceszorize • Sarasota Marche • Trigger Point Clinic • Canta Rana Peruvian Restaurant • Next Level Fitness

Two years ago, Wendy Goldberg had a vision to turn a 1920s-style cottage on Fruitville Road into a quaint breakfast eatery. Coincidentally, the owners of 14 rundown cottages that stretch from Osprey Avenue almost to U.S. 301 on Fruitville Road had the same vision. Two years after it opened, The Breakfast House now serves hundreds of people a week during season and has helped spawn a revitalization of the cottages. “I was driven by this little house two years ago and had an epiphany,” Goldberg said. “I wanted to put a restaurant in this old, cute, little house. Everybody thought I was crazy.” But Alex and Marlene Lancaster, the owners of the property, had the same vision after they realized tearing down the cottages and building a retail/condominium development in its place was unrealistic in today’s economy.

Once the Breakfast House was painted a butter yellow color and fixed up and started attracting Goldberg opened The Breakfast House patrons, Goldberg said it two years ago, sparking a Gillespie Village gave her the courage to move concept on Fruitville Road. forward with a plan to rent and renovate the cottage nextGoldberg, who has plans to host “indoor. Last week, Goldberg opened a timate crafts market” get-togethers boutique called Acceszorize in the behind Acceszorize and envisions an cottage next-door with her partner, area of pedestrians floating from cotValerie Coyle. Both Goldberg and the tage to cottage. “I got a lot of negativity when I Lancasters said the facades of two freshly painted cottages helped drum came into this area,” said Goldberg. interest in the other cottages. Today, “But the businesses are coming, and six businesses occupy the area; the the Gillespie Park neighborhood beLancasters have dubbed the concept, hind it is coming into its own and welcomes our concept.” “Gillespie Village.” The Lancasters envision a flower Today, other cottages house busishop, a bakery and others, allowing nesses such as Sarasota Marche, Trigger Point Clinic, Next Level Fitness pedestrians to pick up everything and the soon-to-be opened Canta they need in one spot — then sit unRana Peruvian Restaurant. “It’s becoming a little village,” said SEE GILLESPIE / PAGE 2A

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appeal review

by Kurt Schultheis | City Editor

Neighbors do not show ‘goodwill’ toward project

The newest business to open in Gillespie Village will be Canta Rana Peruvian Restaurant, which is scheduled to open by midDecember.

The Sarasota City Commission will review an appeal by a group of North Trail residents that is upset with the Sarasota Planning Board’s decision to approve a Goodwill Superstore.

GILLESPIE / FROM PAGE 1A der sweeping oak trees. Marlene Lancaster, who worked with her husband years ago to get the property rezoned from residential to commercial, said she couldn’t be happier with the transformation. Lancaster, a Sarasota-based real-estate agent and an urban planner, said she’s busy showing the cottages to potential tenants who are interested in opening businesses. “We are getting really close to realizing our dream over here to create a cute little village where people can come to shop, eat, stroll the grounds and get everything they need in one place,” Lancaster said. Richard Light, a neuromuscular therapist and the owner of Trigger Point Clinic, called the retail area “a wonderful place to shop, eat and relax amongst the quaint, historic homes and huge shade trees.” “I have been open six months and the businesses keep coming,” Light said. Marina Eckerdt, owner of the newly opened Sarasota Marche boutique, which is a high-end European consignment shop, said the blossoming cottage

concept “is tremendously important to the Gillespie Park neighborhood.” “A lot of people are afraid to shop north of Orange Avenue,” Eckerdt said. “We’re changing all that … the people are coming.” The newest business is Canta Rana Peruvian Restaurant, which is scheduled to open by mid-December. Husband-and-wife team José Rodriguez and Diana Durand said it’s the perfect location for their new eatery. “This is a new part of downtown that’s growing and finding its own little niche,” Rodriguez said. “We knew this is where we wanted to be, and there’s plenty of parking and places for people to stroll the area and shop and eat.” Marlene Lancaster said Gillespie Village is becoming the village she and her husband always thought was possible. She also said Goldberg was a big help in getting the concept off the ground. “She (Goldberg) was the first one in there and brave enough to go for it,” Marlene Lancaster said. “Now, we have successful businesses blossoming in there, and I bet it will be all filled up by next Christmas.”

A group called Citizens for Reasonable North Trail Development has the Sarasota City Commission’s attention. Near the end of its regular meeting Monday, commissioners agreed to hear an appeal of a Goodwill Superstore that its Planning Board approved Nov. 9 for two vacant parcels that sit at the corner of U.S. 41 and Myrtle Street. The planning board approved the 29,699-square-foot retail store by a 3-2 vote, despite concerns from some neighborhood residents who think the store doesn’t fit the character of the neighborhood’s future revitalization. If the project moves forward, the Goodwill store would replace an existing, aging Goodwill further south at 3333 N. Tamiami Trail. The new store would have approximately 80 employees, compared to 60 employees at the current location. The store would sit approximately 12 blocks away from the site of a new Walmart grocery store that has already received a building permit. But some Sapphire Shores Association members, including Robert Casella, don’t believe the future store is a good fit for the area. “It is far more onerous and industrial in nature than we had understood,” said Casella, who also believes a store of that size should not have been approved un-

der city codes and shouldn’t be built at an intersection that is not in line to receive a traffic signal. The appeal of the application also states the group has concerns with the application’s tree protection, landscaping, noise from the nearby neighborhood and security. Not everyone is against the project, though. Gretchen Seery, a 35-year resident of the neighborhood, praised the application and encouraged the developer to keep more of the existing neighborhood and design the building to complement existing structures in the neighborhood. The commission agreed to fast-track the appeal after Goodwill officials explained they need to know by the end of the year if the project could be sidetracked due to lease concerns with the store the new Goodwill would replace. LuAnne Kirschner, director of public relations and communications for Goodwill, confirmed the company has petitions in all of its area stores to denounce the appeal being held next week and to support the future store. Commissioners will review the appeal at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 12, in Room 112 at City Hall, 1565 First St. The commission can reaffirm the planning board’s decision, modify the board’s approval or reject the application altogether.

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DSA shines light on tree issue Mooring regulation moves ahead The city of Sarasota and the Downtown Sarasota Alliance are both frustrated that a tree donated to Selby Five Points Park last year remains unlit.

Last year, the city of Sarasota donated a live 22-foot tree to the Downtown Sarasota Alliance for its use as a decorated Christmas tree in Selby Five Points Park. One year later, the tree stands unlit and undecorated 17 days before Christmas. The Sarasota City Commission expressed frustration with the undecorated tree at its regular meeting Monday. “Should we decorate it ourselves?” asked Vice Mayor Terry Turner. “I’m ready to go grab a ladder and get to work.” Other commissioners laughed at the comment and also expressed a willingness to help decorate it. At the Downtown Sarasota Alliance’s monthly meeting Wednesday, board members didn’t appreciate the comments made about the tree and expressed what they perceive as a lack of communication between the DSA and the city. “I didn’t even know it

was a DSA responsibility to decorate the tree,” said DSA Chairman John Harshman. “But if it is, it’s something we need to do for downtown.” Harshman’s opening statement about the tree set off a half-hour discussion. Longtime DSA member and past Chairwoman Eileen Hampshire said the tree was donated by the city, but that the DSA was charged more than $1,000 in insurance fees, electrician costs and permit fees last year to light and decorate the tree during the lighting event. “We need a better arrangement with the city,” Hampshire said. “We do a lot for downtown, and this tree lighting costs us a lot of money.” Although the city put the lights and decorations on the tree last year, it did so only because Public Works staff already had a lift at the tree in order to plant it. DSA board member Paul Thorpe suggested the city

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could help the DSA decorate the tree again this year at a reduced cost or for free. Further complicating matters, was the discovery during the meeting that the DSA owns the lights and decorations for the tree, but that the city is storing them in a cityowned facility. Harshman suggested the DSA decorate the tree Dec. 15, when the DSA plans to hold its annual holiday party, but not make the decorating an event so they won’t be charged a city event fee. Thorpe, however, said the tree needs to be decorated as soon as possible. “This tree should be decorated before Thanksgiving from now on so we can flip the switch on Thanksgiving weekend,” Thorpe said. Others agreed, and Harshman directed DSA board members to work with Deputy City Manager Marlon Brown to formalize how the tree-decorating procedure should work in future years.

Meanwhile, Thorpe said the DSA also has snowflakes and lights for Main Street light poles that never made it up this year, which prompted the group to take an inventory of all of its decorations. DSA wants to work with the city moving forward to create a uniform holiday decoration plan. “Half of the lights around downtown are out or missing this year,” said DSA board member Tony Souza. “It just looks sad.” Turner, meanwhile, told the DSA the city would be willing to work with the group. But Turner also expressed frustration with the tree-lighting fiasco. “Years ago, St. Armands Circle took over its holiday tree lighting completely, and it was the city’s expectation and understanding you would be doing the same thing with Selby Five Points Park moving forward,” Turner said. “But we can work with you.”

by Kurt Schultheis | City Editor

Payne Park playground approved On Monday, the Sarasota City Commission approved a colorful circus-themed playground for the park. A piece of the Big Top is coming to Payne Park permanently this summer. At Monday’s regular meeting, the Sarasota City Commission approved a $586,341 circus-themed playground, complete with circus colors, big tops, flags, slides, swings and tubes. The park, which accommodates toddlers and children up to 12 years old, features tiger-themed water-misting rings, musical rings, a clown car with a kidpowered driving panel, xylophones and hand drums.

The park option commissioners chose accommodates up to 380 kids at one time and is being paid for with penny sales-tax dollars. “Payne Park is ready for this now,” said Mayor Suzanne Atwell, who made it one of her goals to increase the usage of the park last summer. “It’s a very exciting time for the park.” Plans for the playground also include security cam-

eras, shading and enhanced landscaping. The design phase of the playground should be complete by January, and the park could be ready to open by June 1, according to city officials. The park has struggled to find ways to attract people since it opened in 2007. The playground area is part of phase II of Payne Park construction. The play-

ground will be more than two-thirds of an acre in size and will hug the inside of the walking track at the main entrance, between the pond and building next to the skate park. That location was the choice of nearby residents, because it was near the existing bathrooms adjacent to the skate park. The original concept was expected to come in at approximately $1.1 million last summer, and city officials are pleased with the lower cost of the playground.

This circus-themed Payne Park playground was approved by the city Monday.

City commissioners agreed with recommendations from staff on regulations for boaters anchored outside a proposed mooring field. During its regular meeting Monday, the Sarasota City Commission directed staff to draft an ordinance that will require boaters who want to anchor to stay 150 feet away from the perimeter of a proposed mooring field that is scheduled to be operational next summer. To protect the privacy of waterfront homeowners, boaters are allowed to anchor 150 feet or more from the mainland, and the vessels will be allowed to stay in one place for no more than 12 hours. The language proposed also states boats can’t sit in the water for more than 90 days before finding another anchorage — a measure city officials hope will help them determine boats that have become derelict or unable to move under their own power. Although Commissioner Shannon Snyder called the ordinance language “common decency,” some boaters in attendance said it was overregulation. “Why is it needed and why alienate the boating community?” asked Ken Boehme, who lives on his 45-foot sailboat in Sarasota Bay. “There are no problems now.” But mainlanders suggest the city should do more to regulate boaters they believe take advantage of the current mooring field and pollute the bay, while blocking their bayfront views. “Some boaters simply don’t want to pay their load,” said Golden Gate Point resident Ronald Ward, who said that many vessels discharge their waste directly into Sarasota Bay. “We don’t want any of these boaters out there that close to shore now.” By next summer, construction of a mooring field is scheduled to be complete, with 35 anchorage balls secured by chains at the bottom of Sarasota Bay near Marina Jack. Currently, cities and counties in Florida have no control over where boats can anchor and for how long. But the city of Sarasota is one of five local governments picked to be part of a state pilot program designed to produce new regulations for boat mooring. Mooring project manager Tony Russo explained that new rules are being formed for both the future Bayfront Marina and the current Sarasota Sailing Squadron mooring field. The pilot program allows the city to craft its ordinance. Plans call for Marina Jack to manage the harbor area, where vessels will hook up to the mooring balls. Marina Jack staff will collect rent, provide restrooms, shower and laundry facilities and pump out sewage holding tanks, as well as ferry ashore boaters who have moored in the field. The city has wrestled for more than 20 years with the concept of a mooring field off City Island, trying to decide how to establish a field that many local boaters vigorously oppose. Typically, about 50 sailboats and other various types of watercraft are anchored in the area on any given day, and at least 10 or more of those boats are live-aboards. Boaters and other members of the public will have an opportunity to express their concerns of the ordinance at two more public hearings, which will be scheduled next year.


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+ Overhead: ‘Never, ever again!’

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At Tuesday’s Downtown Improvement District Board of Directors meeting, board member Dr. Mark Kauffman asked City Manager Bob Bartolotta when the city planned to review the parking-meter issue again. Bartolotta buried his hands in his head before shaking his head and waving his hands while saying, “It’s not ... never, ever again!” His actions and words were met with laughter from those in attendance at the meeting. In the meantime, Bartolotta was serious. The issue is not expected to be revisited again after commissioners agreed to move meters around and change pricing for hourly rates. 

The most read stories online last week were:

1. “Gulf Gate murder suspect caught on camera” (Nov. 29) 2. “Little Caesars Pizza robbed by armed male” (Nov. 29) 3. “Nov. 30 last day to get discount on taxes” (Nov. 28) 4. “City of Sarasota negotiating with two hotel developers” (Dec. 1) 5. “Traffic signal upgrades producing problems” (Dec. 1)

at Westfield Sarasota Square Mall is beginning, and the shopping center on the southeast side of the mall is expected to open in summer 2012, according to mall officials. “The new year will deliver exciting changes at Westfield Sarasota Square,” said Todd Beckwith, marketing director,

+ Costco construction schedule announced The construction of a Costco

Westfield Sarasota Square, in a news release. “The introduction of Costco illustrates Westfield’s aim to introduce new goods and services into the mall — investing in new elements, new energy, new conveniences and new choices for Westfield shoppers.”   The addition of Costco follows a $50 million revitalization at Westfield Sarasota Square, which included a full interior renovation. The center also added a 12-screen AMC Theater, new dining selections and 25,000 square feet of new retail along with the introduction of enhanced consumer amenities such as a family lounge and a special family dining area in the food court, The Costco is estimated to bring 200 new jobs to the area. LBK - 2010 - I

- 2010 - I + Gulf LBK Gate murder suspect arrested

Office arrested Charles L. Hill Jr., 31, for the death of James Brotherton, 49, Saturday after a witness reported Hill had asked him for a ride to Gulf Gate Drive and Gateway Avenue on the night of the murder. The witness said Hill asked for a ride to see someone who owed him money. Shortly after midnight, Hill contacted the witness again and asked to be picked up on U.S. 41 just north of Stickney Point Road. When Hill got in the car he told the witness he shot and killed Brotherton, because he “mouthed off” and would not get in the trunk of his vehicle. An all-night operation using investigative detectives, undercover detectives and SWAT resulted in Hill’s arrest as he exited a shopping center. Hill is charged with murder in the first degree and is being held in the Sarasota County Jail without bond.

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Each week, the Sarasota Observer will feature a different donor who is involved with Season of Sharing, an 11-year, community-wide fundraising partnership created by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. Donations to the Season of Sharing fund may be made by check or credit card, payable to the Community Foundation of Sarasota, or online at www.cfsarasota.org. For information, call 955-3000.

HEIDI SMITH Growing up in an Army family, Heidi Smith’s constant moving might have helped her gain a broader picture of the world, but it didn’t give her the opportunity to put roots down in one community. Since settling locally in 1989 and opening a public-relations business in 1999, Smith has focused her work in the Sarasota-Bradenton area, where she advises clients on the value of being intentional when choosing how to give back to the community. “I advise clients to identify what they personally care about and to seek out organizations that are financially responsible and efficient and that have measurable impact on the cause the client has identified,” says Smith, president of Heidi Smith Communications Inc. Last year, after 20 years in the public-relations industry, Smith realized she had failed to take her own advice. “My giving was all over the place, and although it made me feel good, I couldn’t tell you what impact it had on the causes I care about,” Smith said. “Then I learned about Season of Sharing.” Her primary attraction to Season of Sharing was its focus of helping those most in need locally, with 100% of the proceeds going to actual services. Because both the Manatee and Sarasota Community Foundations are involved in managing the fund, coupled with a match from the Patterson Foundation,

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Commissioners dislike Facebook concept The Sarasota County Commission addressed social networking policies at a board retreat last week.

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Smith felt confident that her contributions would be properly managed and have a meaningful impact. “It’s important to reinvest in Bradenton and Sarasota,” Smith said. “Although I have also selected a global disaster relief organization, ShelterBox USA, as a primary cause, my local commitment is to the Season of Sharing.” — Loren Mayo

The rest of the Sarasota County Commission doesn’t want anything to do with a proposal by fellow Commissioner Christine Robinson to create county-run Facebook pages for all of them. During a Dec. 1 board retreat at the Sarasota County Administration Center, Robinson expressed frustration with a county-operated Facebook page, explaining it took her six hours recently to get something posted about a grand opening she had attended. “I think (Facebook is) an area of information we can utilize,” Robinson said. “If there’s important information we want folks to know about, we can pass it along in that venue.” County Attorney Stephen DeMarsh asked the commissioners if they wanted to propose a policy for Facebook usage, noting that most counties and cities don’t handle that type of social media. County Communications Operations Manager Crystal Pruitt said if commissioners wanted county Facebook pages as a platform for discussing county business, would each be responsible for his or her site and its content; the county would back up the data on a county server. “If you have your own site, you are using it at your own risk and taking full responsibility for what’s on it,” Pruitt said. Chairwoman Nora Patterson and Robinson said they have personal pages, but they don’t discuss county issues on them. Nonetheless, DeMarsh warned that even those personal sites pose potential problems for commissioners.

“The issue is,” DeMarsh said, “if something is posted on your personal Facebook page about county business, it would become a public record that needs to be backed up.” When DeMarsh recommended the commissioners not have individual county Facebook pages, all of them but Robinson concurred. “I don’t think we should take the risk,” said Commissioner Joe Barbetta. Commissioner Jon Thaxton agreed. “This is something where I would not prefer to be on the leading edge or the trial-court case to determine how to use new social medias in government,” Thaxton said. “It’s too risky … We’re vulnerable enough just sitting here right now and responding to emails.” Still, in spite of their criticism, commissioners said they were pleased Robinson had raised the issue. Patterson also urged county staff to work to post information more quickly on the county’s official Facebook page and especially to post more updates about county business news. Thaxton urged staff to be more personal with those updates. “The personal side of it is what makes Facebook work,” Thaxton said. “Let’s tell the residents which commissioners attended (an event) and provide a funny story from the event if there’s one to be told.” In other business during the retreat, Robinson was elected chairwoman of the commission, effective Jan. 1.

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Halt downtown streetscape There is a lot wrong with the city’s proposed streetscape project along downtown’s Main Street historic district. Let’s count the ways. • Concept. The plan calls for removing 48 parking spaces along Main Street, narrowing the street with new parallel parking and widening sidewalks. The concept alone is enough to derail the plan. Parking is at such a premium along Main Street that the city recently installed parking meters to open up more spaces. That controversial decision has roiled merchants and customers, but this plan then goes in the opposite direction by taking parking spaces off Main Street. • Construction disruption. The construction called for in the streetscape plan is extensive — tearing up streets and sidewalks and re-laying them in a different configuration. Construction projects are well-known business killers, and given the questionable advantages coming from the final product, it looks like a bad bet for businesses.

• Timing. All of this upheaval comes just after the city built the roundabout at Five Points. The result is pleasant, but it cost a lot of businesses a lot of money. Some barely survived it. • Timing II. Has the city noticed the economy stinks? Add it up. Merchants along lower Main Street particularly — those that have survived — have struggled through four years of economic downturn and the disruptions of parking meters and roundabout construction. And now the city wants to tear everything up? The cost-benefits of this are so alarmingly bad, one could almost ask if the city gives any real consideration to the plight of its merchants. But we’ll let the merchants themselves make the case. • Ron Soto, owner of Soto’s Optical:“If they do this, they will take half of my parking away.” • Dan O’Connor, owner of Irish Pub: “All we ask is that they leave us alone for a while.” • Liz Avis, manager of Barnacle Bill’s:“First,

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

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

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they put in parking meters, and now, they want to tear up the street? It’s so unbelievable, it’s almost comical.” • Jim Sullivan, owner of Patrick’s: “The roundabout construction decimated our business, so imagine what tearing up the whole street will do.” • Tom Friend, owner of Friend’s Jewelers: “It will destroy businesses just trying to make ends meet. … Just leave us alone for at least a couple of years.” Those businesses that survive the construction phases will be faced with reduced convenient parking for patrons, adding to the reasons why some people will choose more accessible shopping venues. City planners and some others complain that they have held a bunch of public meetings for input. Frankly, these folks need to wake up to a reality: Merchants spending 60 or 70 hours a week trying to stay in business do not have time to keep attending public meetings on the next disastrous idea cooked up at an out-of-touch City Hall.

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


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Dear Editor: Sometimes, in the course of heated civic debate, we lose sight of the human element. In fact, both our supporters and opponents are simply our well-intentioned neighbors and friends. What is planned in our community affects all of us equally: old and young, wealthy and poor. This was brought home to me recently by a neighbor I had never met. As many of your readers may know, our group, North Trail Citizens for Responsible Development,  has been opposing the Goodwill Superstore in the museum district. We feel that the proposed development will present traffic hazards, noise pollution and detract from the character of the museum district and that this project is more appropriate for the U.S. 301 corridor. Our website, www.NorthTrailCitizens.com, has become a focus of heated debate. As a result of our involvement, some fear that our efforts are simply a case of some well-to-do residents protecting their interests to the detriment of the less well off who use the Goodwill facilities.  The distinction between “us” and “them” becomes divisive and painful for the community, and we lose sight of the fact that we are all in this together. To illustrate the point, just the other night I heard a tapping at our front door. I opened it to find one of our senior citizen neighbors who lives within shouting distance of the proposed Goodwill project. She was really concerned about the noise and the traffic situation and thanked our group for “standing up for our neighbor-

Main Street project worries continue

The Downtown Improvement District must present its Main Street project recommendations to the City Commission Jan. 17. A Main Street streetscape project that has merchants worried about how construction will affect their businesses now is garnering concerns from City Manager Bob Bartolotta. At Tuesday’s Downtown Improvement District Board of Directors meeting, Bartolotta expressed concern about the timing of a project that’s expected to cost millions of dollars. Public workshops have been held since April 2010 to formulate a project that involves a Main Street renovation that stretches from Bayfront Drive to U.S. 301 and will highlight the street’s historic district. Wider sidewalks and a smaller street with less parking (in the form of parallel parking spaces) have been proposed as ways to promote more pedestrian activity downtown. The historic district of Main Street, from Palm Avenue to Orange Avenue, will likely be replaced with a brick street. At the meeting, Bartolotta suggested the DID should be prepared to make a recommendation to the Sarasota City Commission Tuesday, Jan. 17 about the future of the State Street parking garage, as well, and how it coincides with the Main Street project. “Commissioners will want to know whether you think the garage should be built before or after the project begins,” Bartolotta said. Bartolotta also warned that once the cost of the future project is announced at the

+ University of Florida will never schedule OSU

Dear Editor: I was amused by your column about Urban Meyer becoming the coach of Ohio State. Your speculation that a real rivalry might be born if UF and OSU scheduled each other annually was quite humorous. Any football fan knows that the Gators are unlikely to agree to that arrangement. When was the last time the UF football team played a regular season, non-conference game outside the state of Florida? I asked this question to a local sports writer (and UF alum), and he thought it was 20 years ago when they went to Syracuse and lost. They don’t want to make that mistake again. It is better for them to bring cupcakes to Gainesville. Jim Driscoll Sarasota

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hood.” This kind lady didn’t have connections at City Hall. She didn’t have the resources to help fund us. She didn’t have a computer email account to receive updates. She explained that she didn’t know how to speak in public at meetings. But she did have a home on the North Trail that she felt powerless to protect.  With that, she passed a Key lime pie to me, along with strict instructions on how to refrigerate it. I thought about the criticism that has been leveled at our group for getting involved, and I realized that the well -to-to and the not-as-privileged both have an interest in opposing any badly planned project. This is not about pitting one group against another.  As for my wife and myself,  we certainly are not in this for the money or  appreciation, but we certainly do appreciate the Key lime pie. Robert Casella Sarasota

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The following organizations and clubs offer training programs for the First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon and Relay.

More than 4,000 people are expected to participate in the seventh annual First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon and Relay March 11, 2012. A runner since 2006, Diane Lyons created ShamRockersUSA, Inc. for the purpose of introducing kids to crossing the finish line of half marathons around the world. “To teach the joys of long-distance running is to also teach the mental commitment to a challenge, the proper nutrition required for optimum health, time management to work your training around homework and jobs and the ability to ignore the minor physical obstacles and injuries that may occur during training,” Lyons said.

In addition to the First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon and Relay, in which the ShamRockersUSA team has participated since the first race, the team also runs every Disney Endurance Series race, takes running holidays abroad and in June 2012 hopes to run the Finland Santa Claus Marathon. “We make it fun — the kids lose weight, gain friends and achieve success,

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which grows their self-esteem,” Lyons said. To help first-timers or veterans get to the finish line within a projected time or goal, local running stores, charity organizations and coaches are offering a variety of training programs. The full list can be found at sarasotahalfmarathon. com.

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Deadline: Open now Details: Various group training runs occur throughout the week or find a partner to run with independently. Long group training run at 6 a.m. Saturdays. Meet and run with other moms interested in running. Run your individual pace with guidance from experienced running coaches. Supportive, encouraging group that adheres to the “No Mommy Left Behind” motto. Cost: Varies based on participation, between $10 to $25 per month. Info: Email Info@IRunMommies.com or visit www. IRunMommies.com

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Holiday on Parade It was beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Downtown Sarasota Holiday Parade Saturday, Dec. 3. There were Santas everywhere — in all forms. Some were 4 feet tall, some 6 to 7 feet tall. Some were accompanied by an elf or reindeer, and some Santas were four-legged. There were mini Santas who couldn’t even walk or talk yet. And there were dozens of Santas passing out candy to the eager kids. But the real Santa came after the dancers, marching bands, boats, motorbikes, veterans, area schools, local

businesses, clubs and organizations marched down Main Street, all in their tropical-theme finest. The theme of the 16th annual parade was Floribbean, and there were 110 floats in this year’s parade. Thousands of people — both in the parade and lining Main Street — helped usher in the holiday season.

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“When you’re in junior high and high school, you’ve got all the time and talent and you don’t use it,” von Dassow says. “But if you’re an adult, you come back with a different commitment to it. This is an effort to be part of the community and to be an outlet for people returning to music. The goal would be for it to be ongoing and expand.” The orchestra consists of about 20 people who are either beginners, or who Streetman refers to as “re-beginners” — people who used to played instruments when they were younger and have decided they’d like to play music again. Rehearsals are currently in progress and take place at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, in the art room at The Glenridge on Palmer Ranch. The orchestra will host an open rehearsal Tuesday, Dec. 13, which will include Christmas carols as well as the current repertoire being studied. Rehearsals will continue until the final concert April 8, 2012. “I know there are people in the community who would love to play but don’t know where to go,” Streetman says. “And we could really use more violins!”

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Temple Beth Sholom recognized Hazzan Diane Nathanson, the first woman in the temple’s 78-year history to serve as a member of the professional clergy, with a tribute dinner. Each member of Diane Nathanson’s family embraces his or her own art form: she sings; her daughter, Desiree, dances; and her husband, Ben, draws. Because of her artistic nature, Nathanson says she has the tendency to procrastinate. Such was the case when it came to preparing a speech for the tribute dinner Temple Beth Sholom held last weekend in her honor. With three hours left until gotime, Nathanson was still scribbling down notes. Nathanson moved in 1983 from Connecticut to Sarasota, where she joined the Temple Beth Sholom choir as a cantorial soloist under the tutelage of Cantor Victor Jacoby. She gradually assumed the roles of musical director, teacher and mentor to adults and children, helping prepare nearly 600 boys and girls for their bar and bat mitzvahs by teaching them the trope, proper chanting and how to read the Torah from the pulpit for their 13th birthdays. A mezzo-soprano, Nathanson has been the only cantor to occupy the pulpit in the past 29 years at the temple. She is also the first female cantor to serve on Florida’s west coast and the first woman in the temple’s 80-year history to be a professional member of the clergy. In 1992, she received membership into the clergy, which required rigorous testing — an oral chanting quiz before six cantors. “It was a thrill when I got accepted into the cantors’ assembly,” Nathanson said. “It was during one of our yearly conventions in Israel. We were at the hotel, and they just announced three to four people who received membership. They actually sent out an, ‘Is there any reason this person should not be accepted?’ letter, similar to what happens at weddings when the guests are asked if they object.” Three years later, she became a Hazzan minister within the Jewish faith. She received her diploma at the World Trade Center in New York. “These were significant moments for me, but I didn’t realize the enormity of it, because I was new to how synagogue life

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Rosemary residents rise to the occasion The Rosemary District Neighborhood Association held its seventh annual Holiday Walk Thursday, Dec. 1. The event featured everything from a holiday dog costume contest and tour of

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by Loren Mayo | Community Editor

Neighbors congregate for annual picnic Between the three-legged races, hula-hoop contests and live music by The Garbage Men, Hudson Bayou residents had it made in the shade. The Hudson Bayou Neighborhood Association hosted its annual neighborhood picnic Sunday, Dec. 4, at the corner of Citrus Avenue and Bahia Vista. The event, which encouraged neighbors to make new friends, was a fun-for-all.

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The minute of the game when Booker High School’s Agustin Lazo scored a goal to give the Tornadoes a tie with visiting Sarasota Military Academy Friday, Dec. 2. The final score was 3-3.

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real estate | transactions

By Adam Hughes | Research Editor

Tessera condominium sells for $1.2 million Inge Smith, trustee, Sarasota, sold the Unit 61 condominium at Tessera, 500 S. Palm Ave., to John and Patricia Clark, of St. Joseph, Mich., for $1.2 million. Built in 2000, it has two bedrooms, three-and-ahalf baths and 2,830 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1.335 million in 2003. This week’s residential real-estate transactions were recorded between Nov. 21 and Nov. 25, a shortened week because of Thanksgiving. Of this week’s 14 transactions, eight were in Sarasota, four were in Palmer Ranch and one each was recorded in Osprey and Nokomis.

1617 condominium at 750 N. Tamiami Trail to Rachel Rivlin, Osprey, for $440,000. Built in 2001, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,460 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $505,000 in 2001.

sold their home at 5370 Matthew Court to Frances Wagner, of Saskatchewan, Canada, for $205,000. Built in 1995, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,407 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $185,000 in 2010.

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Wells Fargo, NA, sold the home at 621 Beverly Drive to James Rogers, Sarasota, for $216,000. Built in 1952, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 2,167 square feet of living area. It sold for $230,000 in 2000.

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Jagbir and Amy Grewal, Sarasota, sold their home at 610 Madison Court to Maddison Soah LLC for $210,500. Built in 1979, it has two bedrooms, four baths and

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3,360 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $525,000 in 2005.

Wesley and Karen Clark, of The Woodlands, Texas, sold their home at 7740 Camminare Drive to Stephen and Carla Martin, Sarasota, for $239,000. Built in 2005, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,534 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $258,300 in 2005.

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Marsha Kulick, of Pittsburgh, sold her Unit K-718 condominium at 100 Central Ave. to Robert and Cheryl Pecorella, Sarasota, for $595,000. Built in 2005, it has two bedrooms, two-and-one-half baths and 1,707 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $720,000 in 2005.

Stanley and Rachel Blumenstein, of Auburndale, Mass., sold their home at 4400 Calle Serena to Linda Tebussek, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for $260,000. Built in 1994, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 2,443 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $80,000 in 1994.

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Roger and Betty Surprenant, Sarasota, sold their Unit 109 condominium at 1601 Pelican Point Drive to Truman and Francesca Becker, Sarasota, for $252,500. Built in 1979, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,320 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $220,000 in 2009.

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Kanaya Properties LLC sold the Unit 1402 condominium at 505 S. Orange Ave. to Garrett Stone and Michele Bomont, trustees, of Falls Church, Va., for $710,000. Built in 2007, it has three bedrooms, twoand-one-half baths and 2,600 square feet of living area.

Daniel and Rebecca Argenas, Sarasota, sold their home at 5245 Far Oak Circle to Cathryn Hobbis, Sarasota, for $390,000. Built in 1995, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,424 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $53,500 in 1995.

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Efton Jiles and Wayne Goldbach, of Greenwich, N.Y., sold their home at 1622 Kenilworth St. to April Conetta, Sarasota, for $380,000. Built in 1946, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,864 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $369,900 in 2002.


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TOP BUILDING PERMITS These are the largest city of Sarasota and Sarasota County building permits issued by Sarasota County and city of Sarasota for the week of Nov. 21 through Nov. 25, in order of dollar amounts.

CITY OF SARASOTA Address

Permit

Applicant

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2829 S. Osprey Ave.

Addition

David Murray

$200,000

2535 Main St.

Alteration

Kenneth Clark

$140,000

2992 Wood St.

Alteration

Robert Bush, trustee

$22,000

1755 Cunliff Lane

Alteration

Sydney Blair, trustee

$14,300

652 Mecca Drive

Re-roof

Charles Lane

$8,575

1634 Hillview St.

Alteration

Lisa Sweitzer

$7,000

1020 Brewer Place

Alteration

Betty Burkard, trustee

$6,239

1360 13th St.

Re-roof

Linda Luppino

$6,100

1020 Brewer Place

Alteration

Betty Burkard, trustee

$5,000

1959 Morrill St.

Alteration

Jacqueline Banaszynski

$4,560

Address

Permit

Applicant

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142 Dory Lane

Pool/spa

James Michaud

$53,465

3109 Casey Key Road

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Robert Lumpkins

$49,000

4117 Boca Pointe Drive

Re-roof

Joan Florian

$33,950

128 Burney Road

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David Tuggle

$20,000

724 Anna Hope Lane

Windows

Tom Trout

$12,800

2221 Lakewood Drive

Re-roof

Whitney Prosser

$12,325

2521 Croton Ave.

Windows

Lawrence Zimmerman

$11,500

2433 Webber St.

Addition

Susan Spinella

$10,000

2821 Sunnyside St.

Re-roof

Terry Black

$9,500

2532 Riverbluff Parkway

Re-roof

Marjorie Taylor

$9,500

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bridge Court to Lee Davidson, Tallevast, for $205,000. Built in 1998, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,691 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $149,200 in 1998.

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Bradley and Angela Main, Nokomis, sold their home at 1560 Ewing St. to Neal Obendorf, Nokomis, for $360,000. Built in 1976, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,142 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $525,000 in 2004.

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Patricia Sigafoose, of Aberdeen, Md., sold her Unit 304 condominium at 401 N. Point Road to Clifford Rand, Osprey, for $265,000. Built in 2003, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,778 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $450,000 in 2003.

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Record Temps. High Low 87 (1994) 30 (1959) 88 (1991) 34 (1979) 88 (1991) 35 (1963) 87 (1991) 36 (1935) 86 (1994) 31 (1989) 86 (1994) 33 (1974) 86 (1994) 38 (1987)

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Lynne Osterman submitted this sunset photo, taken near Point of Rocks on Siesta Key.

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


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2 RECLINERS w/ottoman black $100.00 each. 941-366-5831

5-PC RATTAN DINING SET: 48” round beveled glass top table and base. Honey finished rattan and woven with leather wrapped joints. Cotton seat cushions, $450. Please call 918-1329.

DINNER BELL: O.S. Bell & Co., manufactured 1886, Hillsborough, Ohio. $225. 941-356-3284.

ENTERTAINMENT WALL Unit: beautiful, cream, contemporary, 4 pieces, lit display shelf, $1100 o/b/o. 941-387-8820, 502-767-4082.

SENIOR LOOKING to purchase precious metals, time pieces, coins, jewelry and antiques. Please call Marc, 941-321-0707.

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AIR COMPRESSOR: High pressure, one cylinder, military, pump only. $100. 941-371-7384. ANTIQUE DINING Table with 4 chairs. Mahogany wood, $200. 941-922-2046. BANDSAW WOODCUTTING, $175/obo. Call 941-234-3530. BRUSHED METAL Lamps for sale: Dining room and hall $100 for both. 941-923-3386. CAR COVER: Custom Lincoln Navigator used one summer, very good condition. New/$350. Asking $150. 727-271-3749. CASH REGISTER: large, heavy metal/marble 40's (NCR). Wood cash drawer,1st $35. 966-8749. COMPUTER: 2.5GHZ Dell Dimension 4550 with newly loaded Windows XP, $120. 941-756-6728. DESK CHAIR. Executive, leather, high back, good condition. Asking $30.00. (941) 922 9745. FISH TANK: 20/gal. with fresh water fish, castle, light, pump, food. Cost $100's. All $50. 941-488-1853. FLIP VIDEO: Large print. 120 minutes, Ultra Compact Camcorder 4GB. New in box, $88. 941-922-7422 GEORGE FOREMAN grill GR20, $10. Mexican planter, 17.5x9.5, $50. Electrical travel cooler, car/motel, $50. 941-966-3878. GOLF CLUBS: Lady’s. 4 woods, 7 irons, putter, handmade Izett, bag. $190. 941-416-3014. KODAK 9.2 mega pix Digital: nearly new $45. Homedics back/chair Massager & remote, $40. 941-924-2431. LADY SCHWINN: basic, barely used, same as new $125. 941-922-2471. PET CARRIER/BED: Sturdy Pet Carrier/Bed w/removable top to convert into bed. Excellent condition, $40. 941-355-8631. ROYAL DOULTON Retired Ladies of Month Figures - Feb., March, Dec. $60/ea. 941-349-6274. SAILFISH - 8 foot mounted. I believe it is a skin mount. Needs minor work. $200. 941-349-4340.

Garage/Moving/Estate Sales BUSINESS CLOSING, MUST SELL! CRA Marketing, 1401 2nd Street. Thurs., Fri., Sat. 10AM-3PM. Cherry desk, File cabinets, Bookcase, Chairs, Floor mats, Folders, Copiers, Tables, Pharmacy shelving, TV, Refrigerator, 10 ft. Portable display. CARPORT SALE! This Friday, 7a.m.-4p.m. and Sat., 7a.m.-3p.m., 7360 Point of Rocks Rd. Household items, designer cloths, books, small furniture, costume jewelry. Parking on premises. ESTATE AUCTION ART & ANTIQUES SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11TH @ 1PM Inspection Sunday Day of Sale 11am-1pm The sale will be held at our Auction Gallery located on the Southwest corner of 301N & University Parkway. Quality Auction Featuring: CONTENTS OF SEVERAL LOCAL HOMES Victorian and Custom Furniture, Art, Pottery, Collectible Glass & China, Estate Jewelry, Sterling Silver, Oriental Rugs, and lots more! 13% Buyer’s Premium 3% Discount for Cash or Check Elliott Bernstein Auctions AU3504 - AB2545 Gallery Phone: 941-351-3002 Photos & more: www.auctionzip.com Auctioneer ID#8290 Wishing all of our Customers a Safe, Healthy, and Happy Holiday Season! ESTATE SALE Friday, December 9 - 9a.m.-2p.m. 4032 Roxane Blvd. V#42 Off 17th Street - E. of Beneva in Strathmore Village N. on Prudence Sofa, loveseat, queen bedroom set, wing chairs, table & chair set, corner grandfather clock, pedestal, bookcases, books, TV, end tables, cabinet, lamps, mirrors, rugs, desk, nice paintings, printer, linens & kitchenware. All nice.

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$329,000 Call Jill Johns, Realtor, Re/Max Alliance, 941.266.8815. THE ARBOURS in Osprey. 2BR/2BA, 33 Siesta Circle West, Owner Financing. 55+ Community, $70,000. 941-918-1667.

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PARK Mall): 55+ Community. 2BR/2BA with Screened in Lanai, Covered Carport & Shed. Fully applianced, Furnished, Corner Lot adj. to Clubhouse with Oversized Heated Pool. Lot Rent 577, Call Elliot 941-925-2925 or Cell 941-284-7917. Asking $32,500. Very Motivated Seller!

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Walk to Siesta Key Beaches...

Selling the Best of Sarasota... Sandy and Jerry Strom Siesta Key Bayfront

Bay Front 3BR/3.1BA sits on tropical setting. Hardwood floors, newer kitchen and each bathroom has its own updated full bath. New 3 zone A/C in 2011, private gas-heated pool and refurbished deck. MLS# A3939501 Offered at $ 1,395,000

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3BR/3.1BA has full Gulf views of #1 beach in the USA. This end unit has many upgrades, updated kitchen and baths, walk-in closets and large utility room. MLS# A3948580 Offered at $1,690,600

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Easy bike or walk just 3 blocks to worldfamous Siesta beaches, restaurants and galleries. Move in ready 2BR/2B turnkey furnished unit in bayfront community with tennis, fishing pier, two pools & more. $249,000

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SIESTA KEY: Condo and Home Sales November 1-30, 2011

Geoff Rossman REALTORÂŽ (941) 544-3232 www.CondosOnSiestaKeyCondos.com geoff@geoffrossman.com

Geoff Rossman Sold More Siesta Key Properties in 2008, 2009, 2010, & 2011 THAN ANY OTHER AGENT OR BROKER

SIESTA KEY CONDO SALES SUBDIVISION ADDRESS *PALM BAY CLUB 5966 MIDNIGHT PASS RD # G-25 CRYSTAL SANDS 6300 MIDNIGHT PASS RD # 606 FISHERMANS COVE 8900 BLIND PASS RD # A203 SIESTA BAYSIDE SOUTH 9211 MIDNIGHT PASS RD # 6 SIESTA DUNES BEACH 6208 MIDNIGHT PASS RD # 106 LA SIESTA 925 BEACH RD # 210 MIDNIGHT COVE II 1600 MIDNIGHT COVE II PL # 411 ANCHORAGE 6415 MIDNIGHT PASS RD # 305 SUNRISE COVE 8911 MIDNIGHT PASS RD # 210 *MOORINGS 9084 MIDNIGHT PASS RD # 14 ISLAND HOUSE 6150 MIDNIGHT PASS RD # 17 JAMAICA ROYALE 5830 MIDNIGHT PASS RD # 27 OUR HOUSE AT BEACH 1055 BEACH RD # B-201 CRESCENT ROYALE 757 BEACH RD # 500 *VISTA HERMOSA 113 VISTA HERMOSA CIR # 113 VILLAGE WEST 5238 AVENIDA NAVARRA # 113 *SARASOTA SURF & RACQUET 5912 MIDNIGHT PASS RD # 103 C *MOORINGS 9070 MIDNIGHT PASS RD # 13 HARBOUR TOWNE 1341 DOCKSIDE PL # 225

DATE SOLD SOLD PRICE 11/3/2011 $500,000 11/4/2011 $775,000 11/7/2011 $330,000 11/7/2011 $547,000 11/9/2011 $690,000 11/10/2011 $285,000 11/11/2011 $265,000 11/15/2011 $315,000 11/15/2011 $320,000 11/15/2011 $300,000 11/17/2011 $380,000 11/18/2011 $235,000 11/21/2011 $349,900 11/22/2011 $455,000 11/28/2011 $215,000 11/29/2011 $394,000 11/30/2011 $285,000 11/30/2011 $305,000 11/30/2011 $650,000

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SIESTA KEY SINGLE FAMILY HOME SALES SUBDIVISION ADDRESS DATE SOLD SOLD PRICE SIESTA BEACH 4651 HIGEL AVE 11/1/2011 $950,000 HARMONY 4940 PEACEABLE WAY 11/3/2011 $531,387 *SARASOTA BEACH 601 AVENIDA DE MAYO 11/4/2011 $820,000 SIESTA REV 3911 ROBERTS POINT RD1 1/11/2011 $292,400 SIESTA KEY VILLAGE 165 ISLAND CIRCLE 11/15/2011 $285,000 Sarasota Beach 239 ISLAND CIR 11/16/2011 $430,000 Bay Island Shores 775 FREELING DRIVE 11/21/2011 $800,000 *SANDERLING CLUB 7222 MELALEUCA WAY 11/22/2011 $610,000 SARASOTA BEACH 5515 CALLE DEL VERANO 11/22/2011 $300,000 SIESTA BEACH 718 TREASURE BOAT WAY 11/22/2011 $365,000 MIRA MAR BEACH 125 BEACH RD 11/23/2011 $700,000 OCEAN BEACH REPLAT 4638 GLEASON AVE 11/23/2011 $340,000 SARASOTA BY THE SEA 1140 SUN N SEA DR 11/29/2011 $435,000 * Geoff Rossmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sales Based on information compiled from the Mid-Florida Regional Multiple Listing Service, Inc. This information may or may not include all listed, expired, withdrawn, pending or sold properties of one or more members of the Mid Florida Regional Multiple Listing Service.

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“Teresa (Stanley) sees things differently than a lot of people I’ve worked with,” says WBTT Artistic Director Nate Jacobs. “She ran all over town breathing this vision into existence and now she’s been to the mountaintop.”

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Four years ago, Teresa Stanley left the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe to perform in ‘The Color Purple’ on Broadway. This winter she’s back to perform with the company that launched her career.

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eresa Stanley is sitting in the lobby at the new Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe building, wiping tears from her eyes.

“I swear I’m a strong person,” she says. “If you write that I’m crying all the time, people are going to think I’m weak. I’m not weak!”

Stanley throws her hands to her chest and squeaks out an apology. In Stanley’s defense, she’s shedding happy tears.

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STANLEY’S TOP 3 ARETHA TUNES ‘Look Into Your Heart’ “It forces you to take selfinventory. When I’m at a transition in my life, that’s the song I’m hearing. ”

‘Rock Steady’ “This is one of those just-forfun songs that’s about moving to the things that make you happy.”

‘Dr. Feelgood’ “I saw a performance once where Aretha turned it into a song about God. You know Aretha. She’ll take it to Jesus in a minute.” The actress and singer can pull off Diana Ross hair and Aretha Franklin vocals, but diva behavior? She’s too lovable for that. “I’m just so happy to be here,” she says, her eyes fixed on empty seats that in one week will likely be sold out. “The first day of rehearsal, I walked on stage and, oh my God, it was so overwhelming. I was standing there crying. I kept saying to the cast, ‘You just don’t know what I’m feeling.’” Here’s what she was feeling: Joy. Relief. Gratitude. Purpose. Surrounded by the cast of “Love, Sung in the Key of Aretha” — the WBTT season-opener, penned by Artistic Director Nate Jacobs –– the 29-year-old performer, in one tearful moment, returned to her roots. An original member of the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe,

Stanley hasn’t been on the bill for a regular season show since she left the troupe in 2007 to perform in “The Color Purple” on Broadway. “I’m looking for a little balance in my life right now,” Stanley says, “before the next wave hits.” After coming off two national musical tours — “Rock of Ages” and “Ain’t Misbehavin’” — Stanley was ready for a breather and ready to give back to the people who helped groom her for Broadway. She kicked off her break by taking her mother to Jamaica. Rosa Stanley was a single mother and working as a certified nursing assistant when she moved Stanley and her younger brother from Panama City to Sarasota so they could study at Westcoast School for Human Development. “When you’re a teenager, you can’t see what your mama is going through,” Stanley says. “But when I experienced some life, it began to unfold. After ‘Rock of Ages,’ I came home and said, ‘Mama, we’re gonna go live it up.’” Next, she agreed to perform in the full run of “Aretha,” under the direction of Jacobs, the man whom she credits with giving her the tools to perform on Broadway. She was a kid when she met Jacobs, then an actor on the local theater circuit and an art teacher at her school. Within months of arriving in Sarasota, Stanley was cast as Luttibelle in Jacobs’ production of “Purlie” at the Players Theatre. “I gave her a CD of songs from the show and I said, ‘Learn to sing these,’” Jacobs says. “She

didn’t know head nor what we had started.” Stantail of what was going ley says. “All I knew was I on. I asked her to come wanted to be there for it. “ to our church sanctuAs she and Jacobs sit ary and sing them for side-by-side exchanging me and, by God, if I old stories, it becomes clear hadn’t found my Lutthat the two share a kind of tibelle. She opened the father-daughter bond. And show at 13 years old.” therein lies the real reason Six years later, when Stanley is so emotional. Jacobs announced that “What Nate is doing here he was forming an Afriis training Broadway stars,” can-American theater Stanley says. “I’ve had to troupe, Stanley signed call him many times in my up immediately. career to thank him.” “Everything I needed Jacobs remembers one to use in my life, I got of those phone calls. It here,” she says. came from backstage at the Stanley means Broadway Theatre in Man“here” in the metahattan, N.Y. phorical sense. The Even though cell-phone WBTT building didn’t use was forbidden, Stanley exist when she was 20 couldn’t resist the urge to years old and singing call. jazz standards in handHired as a swing actor in me-down costumes “The Color Purple,” she had on borrowed stages memorized several parts throughout Sarasota in the show. However, less County. than an hour before curtain “We were so dedicall, she was called in to Heidi Kurpiela cated to Nate’s vision. “I realize it now more than ever that it is my learn a new role. How could the troupe purpose to perform,” Teresa Stanley says. “If Rather than freak out not soar?” Stanley asks. I’m not performing, I’m not happy.” over the change, she flash“We paved the way for backed to a memory of a this stage, and now here it is 11 high school production in which years later. Living in New York she was forced to improvise the and seeing African-Americans end of the play, because Jacobs “Love In The Key of Aretha” trying to start theater troupes, had failed to finish writing the opens Dec. 16 and runs they don’t know where to begin. script. through Jan. 16, at the Nate has done it and is still doJust when Stanley was losing Westcoast Black Theatre ing it. It’s beautiful.” confidence, she remembered JaTroupe Theater, 1646 10th She can’t stop reminiscing cobs rallying her and her classWay, Sarasota. For more inforabout the early days of WBTT: mates at intermission to dole mation, call 366-1505 or all the times Jacobs would wake out cues and directions. visit wbttsrq.org. her with a 9 a.m. phone call to “I had to call him,” she says. tell her she had to be ready to “The memory of that high school perform in 30 minutes for a loplay pulled me through. I had to cal news station, or all the times tumes or helped break down tell him that everything he ever she and fellow troupe members makeshift stages. taught us was golden. I’ve used “I don’t think any of us knew it all.” scoured thrift stores for cos-

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+ ‘Beautiful Noise’ filmmaker shoots next project Local indie filmmaker Steve Tatone is on a creative hot streak. Less than one year after premiering his 2010 labor of love, “Beautiful Noise,” Tatone has begun work on another Sarasota film project. The writer/producer and his Midnight Pass Productions crew began principal photography last week on the thriller “Blind Pass,” which stars Bradenton actress Danielle White. White, a graduate of Booker High School, played a starryeyed singer alongside veteran Neil Diamond performer Jay White in the musical drama “Beautiful Noise.” In fact, the 19-year-old brought so much energy to the “Beautiful Noise” set that Tatone decided to make her a co-producer on “Blind Pass,” which is set to film in Italy and Ireland in addition to Sarasota. Although many of the movie’s supporting cast members aren’t household names, their credits are certainly titles you’d recognize. Leading man Armand Assante won an Emmy in 1996 for playing John Gotti in the HBO

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biopic “Gotti.” Chris McKenna is a recurring character on the CW’s “90210.” And Michael McGlone made a name for himself in the 1990s when he starred in two back-to-back Edward Burns’ films: “The Brothers McMullen” and “She’s the One.” Character actor Ed Lauter had a small part in this year’s “The Artist,” a silent film that’s generating a lot of Oscar buzz. And Tampa actress Mary Rachel Dudley was in the sappy chick flick “Dear John.” Then, there’s precocious child star Sydney Rouviere, who played the daughter of Jason Bateman and Leslie Mann in “The Change-Up.” Sounds like a pretty good lineup to me. Now, if only Tatone could work a Neil Diamond number into the soundtrack. Can I get a little “Holly Holy” in a car-chase scene?

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+ Booker High tuxedo thief still on the lam

Tom Hall continues to move up the rungs at the Sarasota Film Festival. Hall served as the festival’s director of programming for five years before getting promoted to artistic director in 2009. Last week the festival announced that, Hall, who splits his time between Sarasota and Brooklyn, N.Y., will step up as director of the 14-year-old film festival. Hall is a film buff who has served as the artistic director for the Newport International Film Festival in Newport, R.I., programmer at the Nantucket Film Festival in Nantucket, Mass., and director of new media for Bravo/The Independent Film Channel. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Courtesy photo he is a nominating and voting juror for The Cinema Eye Honors for Non-Fiction Filmmaking and a former blogger for indieWIRE, a daily news site for the indie film community. If you attended last season’s staged reading of the adaptation of the William S. Burroughs’ “Queer,” then you’re familiar with the kind of programming of which Hall is capable. He helped organize the event, which included dialogue readings by actors Steve Buscemi, Stanley Tucci, Ben Foster and Lisa Joyce. His promotion bodes well for SFF. Hall is well connected, and if his indieWIRE blog archive is any indication, he has impeccable taste in film.

If someone walked off with the concert tuxedos and gowns that belong to Booker High School’s jazz ensembles, please, by all means, return the garments. For seven years the school has sent its jazz musicians to Boston to participate in the Berklee High School Jazz Festival. The competition has earned the school 11 firstplace wins. To help pay for the February trip, the music department has always hosted an annual fundraiser, but now it’s organized a benefit concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 14, at the school’s Visual & Performing Arts Center to help cover the cost of the missing concert attire. According to Assistant Principal Joshua Leinweber, the outfits have been missing for months. School authorities have reviewed hours of video footage trying to identify the clothing thief, but so far nothing has turned up. Says Leinweber: “We don’t want to send our kids to compete at this festival not looking the part.”

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Dancers skate through a winter wonderland Every time Logan Learned has tried ice skating, he’s wound up on his tush. The last time Kate Honea laced up her ice skates, she was 9 years old and failed miserably, eventually landing in the same cheek-to-ice position. It’s probably a good thing, then, that the two Sarasota Ballet dancers have stuck to ice skating only in their ballet shoes — sans ice, of course. Learned and Honea last performed in 2008 as the Blue Boy and the Blue Girl in Sir Frederick Ashton’s “Les Patineurs.” They’ll take the stage again in the same roles during the Sarasota Ballet’s “Parks to Prairies” show Dec. 9 and Dec. 10, at the Sarasota Opera House. “Making it look like we’re gliding is more different than you think,” Honea says. “We hop-slide, do a lot of jumps en pointe and make our body angle lean forward, so it looks like we’re pushing off. When we watched the DVD of last time and put it on fast forward, it really does look like we’re ice skating.” According to Honea, Ashton choreographed the ballet in a way so that the dancers are leaning and using their bodies at all times. Although they appear to be skating when traveling across the stage, they are actually sliding and skidding across the floor, which is not the usual tacky marley flooring. “With the floor cloth that is painted to look like an ice-skating rink, it’s a different texture we’re not used to,” Honea says. “With turns, we have to add more force, because it kind of catches you. Both Logan and I had holes in our shoes, and my pointe shoes were worn down to a layer I’d never seen.” Set in the 1930s, the ballet features scenes commonly found in an ice rink during the holiday season — a romantic hand-in-hand couple skating; be-

Q&A with Logan Learned and Kate Honea If you weren’t ice skating in this ballet, would it still be fun? Honea: If there weren’t any skating, we’d just be thinking about the steps and how hard they are. I don’t think we’d enjoy it as much. Learned: It’s almost as if we fool ourselves into thinking, “Oh, it’s not that hard, we’re just skating.” But it’d be a daunting amount of work — almost like DUN, DUN, DUN! — if there was no skating. What makes this ballet fun for the audience? Honea: Logan does things you would never normally see him do on stage. He goes upside down. Not many people can do that. It’s something the audience gets shocked by. Learned: It’s something I get shocked by! Honea: In a normal ballet, we would walk on stage and prepare. Whenever we walk on or off stage, you’ll always see us skating. Sometimes, we joke around and speed skate on the side. We try to be Apolo Anton Ohno.

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Sarasota Ballet Assistant Artistic Director Margaret Barbieri on 'Les Patineurs'

Logan Learned and Kate Honea will star as the Blue Boy and the Blue Girl, respectively, in Sir Frederick Ashton’s “Les Patineurs.”

“It is often performed at Christmas as a special Christmas treat. It's all about skating and snow and what people used to do — and still do — at Christmas-time. It's set in this Victorian Christmas party in the park, in the middle of London. Certainly in Florida, the ice-skating doesn't resonate. Nevertheless, in England, very much so. Even today in London, they put up this ice rink in the center of London, and everyone goes ice skating.”

ginners clinging onto their surroundings to avoid falling; and the Blue Boy whizzing by in an Edwardian-trimmed fur ensemble while completing his dare-devilish spins. “I’m a good faller-on-the-butt type of skater,” Learned says. “But ballet is the main form of skating I should do.”

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The accidental set designer Michael Bush has turned Home Resource into an unlikely stage for intimate theater. The contemporary furniture store has become one of Sarasota’s best-kept theater secrets.

“I don’t want it to get too big,” Michael Bush says of his store’s theater offerings. “At the end of the day, I’m still in the furniture business.” West End shows, which are effec- idea, using London’s fringe contively your Broadway shows. You cept as his model. had your Off-West End shows The store now hosts about eight and then you had fringe theater. shows a year. Fringe is like off-Off Broadway. In the evening after the store This was where we had some of closes, Bush will pick a showroom our most memorable experienc- set that jives with a particular es.” show. He’ll rearrange furniture to When Bush, a former Exxon accommodate an audience, reMobil executive, purchased hang artwork, lighting, switch out Home Resource eight years ago, pillows, blankets and other decor. the business was struggling to “People love to have a chance stay afloat. to sit on the furniture,” Bush says. When a client suggested he “As an attendee, it puts you in a of Chasen Reed use his store to host local the-Formerly different environment. You sit on Same HighReed Quality Silk Flowers Formerly Chasen ater, Bush decided to run with theofNever aa sofa with your glass of wine and deSigN charge – bring in

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Xeriscaping highlights best plants for the area What in the world does the word “xeriscaping” mean? Pronounced as if it begins with a “z,” the use of xeriscaping originated in 1981 with the Denver Water Department. “Xeri” is derived from the Greek word “xeros,” meaning dry, and “scape,” meaning scene. In landscaping, it means creating a landscape design that has been carefully tailored to withstand drought conditions. The end result will require less water, fertilizer, maintenance and pest control than the traditional landscaping. One of the best features is the homeowner will be using less of all these, which will save him time and money. One of the ways you can approach xeriscape is to take your existing plants and adjust them to be more water-wise and drought tolerant. The other way is to design and construct an entirely new water-wise landscape. The whole idea is to create a design that is tailored to withstand drought conditions and to use the best-suited plants for your area or use native plants. Following are the main fundamentals of creating xeriscape.

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PLANT SELECTION

Try to use Florida native plants whenever possible because they are proven winners in our area. A reasonable knowledge of plants is an essential key to a successful water-wise garden or any landscape design. A few plants to consider that are low-water users would be bougainvillea, oleander, Texas sage, lantana, fountain grasses, junipers, liriope, bird of paradise, Asiatic jasmine, palms and cactus. The Sarasota hardiness is zone 9B.

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If plants had their way, they would want infrequent deep watering much more than quick, shallow watering. The xeriscape plants like the same. If you don’t have an automatic irrigation or drip system, this is something you can do yourself. As always, water on the days the county allows you to water with manual sprinklers.

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PROPER GROUPING OF PLANTS

The idea of xeriscaping is grouping plants with similar water needs together This will allow them to be watered with little waste. By planting higher water-use plants in another area, you can regulate the low water-use plants more accurately. Your irrigation system can be adjusted according to the plant needs, which will save resources and money.

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This allows water to soak into the soil and be used by plants rather than being allowed to run off. If you have slopes or varying terrain, you can terrace or create wells around each plant. Using good garden soils and natural ingredients, such as cow manure or compost, will allow the water to go into the ground more evenly.

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Transitional Space Dick June, of Siesta Interiors Inc., has been designing spaces in Sarasota and Manatee counties for 26 years. One trend he is seeing is a move toward a light, transitional look — a Manhattan feel — as opposed to heavy, Tuscanyinspired looks that have been popular in the past. A transitional interior creates an inviting space through the use of a neutral color scheme and light and warmth. A recently completed interior design of a villa in Sarasota County reflects that lighter look. When designing villas and condos, which are generally smaller in size as compared to homes, June says the key is using lighter tones so the unit doesn’t feel closed in. The golden-hued walls were used throughout for continuity, and the lighter color allows the contemporary artwork that adorns the walls to stand out. Each piece of art was selected based on the room in which it hangs. Color palettes are also lightening up, according to June, which is evident in the warm, golden hues and teal accents.

Above: Teal accents were used throughout the home, including the throw pillows and the artwork in the living room. Right: A platform mahogany wood bed is the focal point of the master bedroom. The gold bedspread is a darker hue than the gold walls, which continues the continuity of the color scheme but adds some contrast.

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Watching and listening to the Sarasota Orchestra this past weekend in its Masterworks concert of music by Hindemith and Brahms under the direction of Leif Bjaland, we couldn’t help thinking, “Ah, Daddy’s home.” This is one of the last concerts Bjaland will be conducting with the orchestra after 15 years at its helm, so there was a certain poignancy to the performance we heard Sunday. But, as it should be, the music was put before the sentiment. Bjaland’s reading of the Germanic program was more like a chamber concert than a full-blown orchestral experience. Hindemith’s Symphony, “Mathis der Maler” (Mathis the Painter), is a programmatic piece that was banned in Nazi Germany and got its composer on a list of “degenerate” musicians along with Mendelssohn, Stravinsky and Louis Armstrong. The work, which depicts a trio of panels from a magnificent alter piece in Alsace, France, by Mathis Gothart, is an instrumentally colorful and rich work that put the spotlight on the orchestra-as-soloist. And the members of the Sarasota Orchestra, from the sonorous strings and brilliant horns to the shimmering winds, came through like superstars. Betsy Hudson Traba’s flute solo in the opening of the sec-

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After 15 years, Leif Bjaland conducted one of his last performances at the helm of the Sarasota Orchestra. ond movement, the shimmering violins in the third and the final brass chorale showed us the kind of playing that takes excellent individual musicians and turns them into a cohesive ensemble. Bjaland is particularly good at programming works that, at first glance, seem unconnected. But, hearing a snippet of an unassuming ascending scale in the first movement of the Hindemith reminded me why Bjaland paired this piece with the Brahms Fourth Symphony, which has a similar ascending scale as the main theme of its fourth movement. It’s fascinat-

ing little clues like this that turn a paper program into a concert — and Bjaland knows how to do that. He also knows how to bring out the best in his players. In his hands, the Brahms, an old and beloved friend, became a new piece. Rather than giving it the stolid, vertical, Germanic reading we’re used to hearing, this performance had a chamber-like clarity that concentrated on the contrapuntal, linear lines, making this symphony both stately and pastoral. The emphasis was on transparency, which made it a memorable reading. — June LeBell

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Is George Clooney for real? Does he not continuously prove one can improve upon perfection? In director/ writer Alexander Payne’s new film, “The Descendants,” Clooney’s performance doesn’t seem like one at all. It feels as though you’re living in his skin. The film opens with a huge smile emanating from a woman’s face. It’s a brief shot, and we soon learn that the woman is Matt King’s (Clooney) wife, who’s now comatose following a boating accident. Father to two daughters, Matt admits he’s always been “the back-up parent, the understudy.” And his children have paid the price. It gets worse. Blindsided when he discovers that his wife isn’t going to make it, Matt informs his 17-year-old daughter, Alex (Shailene Woodley). She, in turn, informs Dad that Mom’s been cheating on him. They are gloomy revelations, which, in the hands of the talented Payne, become a springboard for some hilarious situations as the film unfolds. In an unlikely move, Alex, who has little regard for her father, teams up with him to find the boyfriend. In their quest, the two develop a mutual respect for one another. Matt realizes just how much he loved his wife as his daughters grow close. “The Descendants” is full of little twists. Matt is the descendant of one of the first, white land-owning families in Hawaii. In charge of a trust that includes 25,000 acres of spectacular virgin beach, he’s at

Matt King (George Clooney) and his daughter Alex (Shailene Woodley) strengthen their relationship while searching for King’s wife’s lover. odds with some greedy cousins as to its development. When he uncovers a link to his wife’s lover and the land deal, Matt sees everything in a different light. Payne is an expert at accessing the essence of his characters by casting his films wisely (think: “Sideways” and “About Schmidt”). In “The Descendants,” the cast is simply standout. Small parts by Robert Forster, Beau Bridges and Judy Greer leave lasting impressions. Alex’s stoner boyfriend (Nick Krause) and feisty, foul-mouthed little sister (Amara Miller) provide a significant amount of snickers. But it’s Clooney, in his best performance ever, who owns this delightful film. Payne has the unique ability to make his audience laugh at the most inopportune moments and cry when it’s least expected. In “The Descendants,” he makes us truly care about the connections of his characters ... because they’re just like us. — Pam Nadon

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By Molly Schechter | Food Editor

Toasty takes Tamiami Trail You have to admit, it’s an attentiongetter. Not every day do you encounter what appears to be a mango wearing sunglasses enjoying a cup of java while swinging in a hammock suspended between two palm trees on an island that’s a fried egg — sunny side up. No, you are not seeing things. Meet “Toasty,” Sarasota’s brand character in the genre of the Pillsbury Dough Boy or the Jolly Green Giant. Toasty is the creation of Kimberly Duffy and Sandi Wagner, owners of the Toasted Mango Café, a breakfast-andlunch spot that opened two months ago in the small strip center on North Tamiami Trail at Fifth Street in the space formerly occupied (twice, in fact) by Etrusco. The duo discovered the space was for rent while commuting to their former jobs at the Blue Dolphin Café on St. Armands Circle. Its availability inspired them to start their own venture. Duffy and Wagner have conceived pretty much every aspect of their new spot. The name is intended to convey “tropical” and “breakfast.” They dreamed up Toasty while walking the Ringling Bridge one day and got Sarasota artist Michael Blunt to draw him. They designed the interiors themselves, as well, and persuaded friend and customer Mary Lou Johnson to display her artful photographs. The owners identify themselves on their shared business card as “proprietors/servers,” which says a lot. Two people on one card communicates “team” as much as cost conscious. And they are clearly placing a great deal of emphasis on service. The two “40-somethings” (how they describe themselves) have been serving customers in restaurants for 25 years. They feel it’s important for

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Toasted Mango Café owners Kimberly Duffy and Sandi Wagner customers to know they are present as owners, and Wagner says it’s also important “to see what comes out of the kitchen and what comes in the door.” What comes out of the kitchen is a nice selection of daytime favorites, several featuring the eponymous fruit. Breakfast options include a waffle topped with chopped mango and mango butter, mango muffins and a breakfast banana split. At lunch, there is gazpacho and a roasted turkey mango wrap, among other options. They expect their signature dish to be the Toasted Mango Blackened Chicken Salad, which includes fresh mango. There is even a three-bean mango salad. The kitchen is the domain of Carlos Moran, and the owners recruit

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their kids to help out on weekends. Of course, there are abundant nonmango options as well. One friend deemed the blueberry pancakes “awesome.” And tourist friends who had eggs for breakfast there last week said everything was exceptionally fresh and delicious. The café is sunny and bright, like the food. It serves breakfast and lunch all day, every day. There is an outside fullservice patio for doggie dining. The lot in front is small, but there is plenty of parking on both sides of Fifth Street. You could say the whole experience is sunny side up.

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The Humane Society of Sarasota County held its annual “Hot Dogs and Cool Cats” fundraiser Dec. 3, at the Sarasota Yacht Club for the first time, and 250 guests got to enjoy the venue in full Christmas mufti. One star of the program was Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald, of Animal Planet’s “Emergency Vets.” He not only shared war stories but dropped his drawers to reveal his dance pants and entertained the audience with a little holiday gigue.

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Even with his entertaining antics, he had tough competition from Rudolph, a beautiful black lab-mix puppy that was sold via auction. Jeff Roberti bought him for $1,700 as a gift for lucky Ron and Kim Soto. HSSC, the area’s largest no-kill shelter, is in the middle of its annual Iams-sponsored “Home for the Holiday” promotion, something to consider if a pet is on your gift list.

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+ Success stories According to Payton Wright Foundation President Patrick Wright, the net from his organization’s first gala was expected to be upward of $80,000 to $100,000. “One of the greatest things from the night is that four different supporters donated $500 a month in gas cards,” he said. “We can now give out $2,000 a month in gas cards to families caring for a child with brain cancer. That is huge for a small foundation like Payton’s.” Also huge, according to Community AIDS Foundation President Mike Cuffage, is that the net from “CAN Dance — Dancing with Our Stars” not only broke the $100,000 mark but reached $128,000. The “Wit and Wisdom of Aging” luncheon for the Pines Foundation,

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Janet and John Hunter with Betty Schoenbaum co-chaired by Joan Geyer and Kim Bald, raised $163,000, more than double last year’s proceeds. And at an after-party for the recent Glasser-Schoenbaum Human Services Center gala honoring Betty Schoenbaum, Executive Director Phil King was able to tell supporters and committee members that their event had achieved $200,000. What a town we live in!

+ And success in the making They may be new to fundraising leadership in Sarasota, but Carolyn Keystone and her husband, Jim Meekison, are off to a great start as co-chairs of Ragtime Revisited, this season’s major fundraiser for the Asolo Rep set for March 17, at the Ringling Museum. At a recent kick-off gathering, they announced that 400 tickets have already been sold. Better get yours now from Laura Wood at 351-9010, Ext. Carolyn Keystone and 4712 or Laura_Wood@Asolo.org Jim Meekison

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“Lionel Bill” Clark started playing with model trains when he was 4, got serious about collecting after he returned from Korea, hooked up with the Sarasota Model Railroad Club about 1970 and started participating in the Crosley Festival of Trees several years ago. His layout there this year had three trains running, an estimated 400 pieces of scenery and a small Christmas tree decked out with authentic mid-century ornaments, including bubble lights — all from his private collection. It took eight hours to set up and provided a week’s-plus worth of delight.

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was sold out well in advance with 340 guests and a waiting list of Abt asks for audience … At 50 … Excuse me for a minute … the Nov. 21 Friends of the Ballet At a recent gala at Michael’s On Luncheon, Peggy Abt, a board mem- East, Mimi Edlin realized that she ber of the ballet and needed something for of the Friends of the a dinner party she was Ballet, took the audihaving the next day, ence’s point of view in so she slipped out to leading a conversation Sweetbay to do a little with three of the brilshopping then returned liant principal dancto enjoy the rest of the ers who performed at evening … Dressing the Kennedy Center: for the office … In his Danielle Brown, comments at a recent Victoria Hulland and Asolo Rep event, Danielle Brown, Victoria Kate Walsh Honea ... Hulland and Kate Honea board President Warren Well-said … Debra Coville protested that Jacobs, while presenthe was wearing a tie ing AJC Civic Achievement award for the fourth night in a row. His to Sarasota Memorial Hospital CEO wife, Margo, is out and about with Gwen MacKenzie, delivered this him after her back surgery, supposelegant encomium: “You do the edly only one event a day but having right things in the right way and trouble sticking to it … Condolences you do them with honor and grace.” … to Carol Camiener, Ringling … Sold out without a doubt … College of Art and Design board According to director of women’s member. Her son, Jeffrey Camiener, philanthropy Ilene Fox, the Dec. 5 died Nov. 28 after a long illness, his “Women’s Day” event for Jewish mind sharp until the end. May his Federation of Sarasota-Manatee memory be for a blessing.

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11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Michael’s On East; Ticket $35 per adult, $10 per child. Reservations: call 952-WISH This event has quickly established itself as a holiday season family favorite. Kids can sit on Santa’s lap for a photo by Studio Uno. Photos can be purchased with a portion of proceeds going back to Make-a-Wish. Nutcracker figures from the Gulf Coast Ballet will be dancing around the room. There will be face painting and balloon sculpting. Panera Bread is sponsoring a gingerbread cookie decorating station; the RitzCarlton is doing glitter tattoos. And Phil Mancini, one of the originators of this event and a presenter along with partner Michael Klauber, is going all out to set up mountains of candy, sweets, ice cream and hot chocolate. A veritable dentist’s delight. Yummy …

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Ballet Showcase Luncheon Hosted by: Friends of the Sarasota Ballet Benefiting: Sarasota Ballet When: 11:30 a.m. Where: Michael’s On East Chair: Richard Hurter Contact: Richard Hurter, 780-3311 Price: $35

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19 ‘Winter Variations’ Hosted by: Friends of the Sarasota Ballet Benefiting: Sarasota Ballet When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Sarasota Yacht Club Chair: Yvonne Sultan Contact: Yvonne Sultan, 7041828 Price: $125

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