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By Pam Eubanks | News Editor proponent beauty and the feet OUR TOWN political

Ranch alum tackles capital As the University of South Florida’s student body president, Lakewood Ranch High School graduate Matt Diaz is serving as the voice for college students statewide.

+ Ranch dodgeball tourney raises $1,500 Lakewood Ranch High School’s Student Government Association raised $1,500 for the Payton Wright Foundation during its annual Dodgeball Tournament Feb. 22, in the school gymnasium. The Payton Wright Foundation will use the raised funds to help other families going through pediatric cancer.

MANATEE COUNTY — Lakewood Ranch High School graduate Matt Diaz still hates what he calls the “nasty side of politics,” — the side he saw two weeks ago while speaking before the state Senate Budget Committee. But the 22-year-old also knows his passion for politics — and moving the country forward — are just what is needed to cure it. Leading a team of students from the University of South

Florida, Diaz, the school’s student body president, headed to Tallahassee Feb. 15, to speak before the budget committee against budget cuts proposed for the school — about $103 million in total, the university states. “We wanted to put a face to the issue,” Diaz said, noting the president of the university had mentioned the idea on Feb. 14. “In less than 24 hours, we had vans chartered, food set up (and other de-

tails handled). It was wild. It was a tough two days.” But Diaz and his fellow students from USF persevered, pleading their case to legislators both from the podium and at one-on-one meetings with representatives. Diaz’s passionate speech was met with criticism from 82-yearold Evelyn Lynn, R-Daytona Beach, who said students were

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Apartments planned near Bennett Park

+ ‘Oh, the places you’ll go!’ Students in Gullett Elementary School’s voluntary pre-kindergarten class celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday in grand fashion last week. The students dressed as their favorite Dr. Seuss character and even sampled green eggs and ham. And did they like it? Yes, they did! And they would eat them in a house. And with a mouse!

+ Primrose raising funds for hospitals Primrose School of Lakewood Ranch now is accepting donations to benefit Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. The school is selling CMN balloons, which will be displayed throughout the school. In addition, the school again is participating in the Family Dance-off competition. Families can submit 30-second dance videos on the competition website, www. FamilyDanceoff.com. Winners receive cash prizes as well as donations to their local CMN hospital. For more, call Primrose, 373-6363.

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Matt Diaz is a 2007 graduate of Lakewood Ranch High School.

Ruben Holland is gearing up to start The Landings at Parkview.

Sixteen-year-old Ben Delaney carries his boat up out of the water following the boys high school 2x race, which he and his teammate won.

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Hundreds of middle and high school and master rowers from across the country hit the water for the 2012 Sarasota Invitational Regatta Feb. 25-26, at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota.

Rowers competed in a plethora of races, including singles, doubles, quads, eight-person and novice. For complete regatta results, visit www.sarasotainvitational.com.

Eighteen-year-old Katie Allen rows for the Sarasota Scullers.

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Members of the Sarasota Scullers crew team head out into the water for the start of their race.

MANATEE COUNTY — As children played on rope obstacles at Tom Bennett Park, developer Wayne Ruben sat at a nearby picnic table and spread out construction drawings for his newest venture. Just a short distance away, he and business partner Roger Holland, owners of Ruben Holland Construction, have been preparing to unveil their newest project — The Landings at Parkview. Construction on the Key Westthemed apartment complex is expected to start in the next few months, with an anticipated opening in early 2013, Ruben said. “I think the location can’t be beat — being that close to Interstate 75,” Ruben said. “It’s on the west side of the interstate. We have a great Super Walmart nearby, a Publix nearby and, of course, the park.” Once finished, the new apartment community, which includes 19 three-story buildings, will wrap around the southwest side of the park. Amenities include a club-

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LIVING LARGE In the Lake Club, Lakewood Ranch’s most private and upscale gated community, five ultra-luxury homes are planned this year or under construction. The largest is a 19,926-square-foot home being built by Westwater Construction.

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LAKEWOOD RANCH — Westwater Construction CEO and majority owner Mark Miller isn’t fazed by building big homes. But his newest project, a more than 19,900-square-foot mansion in The Lake Club in Lakewood Ranch, is among the largest his company has ever built. At 2,300 square feet, its garage is larger than many homes in the greater Lakewood Ranch area.

And its size, he said, doesn’t come from its number of bedrooms, but rather the addition of other rooms — multiple offices, libraries and other over-sized spaces. “That’s how we get to these sizes,” Miller said. “The rooms are big. The family room, for example, is roughly 35 by 25 feet. Every room is large. “It’s not over the top,” he said. “There will be lots of details, as far as the design goes,

THE LAKE CLUB SIZE COMPARISON Although the last few years have proven slow for the ultra-luxury home market, The Lake Club in Lakewood Ranch now is seeing an increase in activity. Five homes, each more than 10,000 square feet, are planned for this year or currently are under construction in the private, gated community off University Parkway. Jimmy Stewart, vice president of sales for Schroeder-Manatee Ranch subsidiary LWR Communities, said the market has been devoid of homes at this square footage and price point for the last few years, but with low material and labor costs, among other advantages, landowners are deciding it’s time to move forward with construction of their new homes. Several owners of new homes slated for The Lake Club have owned their property for several years, Stewart said. “When you get to these square footages, people also are looking at cost of ownership,” he said. “They’re taking advantage of some of the newest (green) technologies.” About 70% of homes purchased or built in The Lake Club are cash deals, he said. Stewart also noted The Lake Club has found a unique niche in the area, because there is not much competition locally for the ultraluxury home market. These are some discretionary purchases for these (buyers) and the majority of our competition comes from other locations, such as Palm Beach, Naples and Windermere,” he said. Stewart said buyers are from both the United States and Canada.

Miller said the average-sized home his company used to construct before and during the real estate boom hovered around 10,000 square feet. Today, it’s building custom homes mostly between 3,500 and 7,500 square feet. This Lake Club home ranks as one of the largest his company has ever constructed, comparing in size to a home Westwater built on Casey Key a few years ago. “The average (custom home size) has gone down, but just lately, in the last two years, we’re seeing demand for the larger homes again,” he said.

but it still will have a casual feel.” Miller said Westwater has secured approvals to construct within The Lake Club, but is now going through the permitting process with Manatee County. He expects to break ground on the home sometime this summer, and build-out is estimated at 18 months, he said. —Pam Eubanks

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Although this new home will be nearly 20,000 square feet, its size comes primarily from its added features. The home itself only has five bedrooms, but it has many other rooms — his and her offices, eight bathrooms, multiple dens, living rooms and game rooms, a gym and more. “Every room is oversized,” Miller said. “That’s really how these houses grow. It just depends on the layout.”

AMENITIES

This home is being designed to have two garages, with capacity for 10 or more vehicles. Car lifts will provide additional vehicle storage, depending on what layout for the buildings is finalized. Additionally, the home has multiple courtyards, each with water features. The pool will be heated by solar panels placed on the southern side of the roof. The HVAC systems will have their condensation lines plumbed to the pool for an added source of “free” water for maintaining the water level, Westwater said.

LANDSCAPING Miller said the home’s landscaping is being selected carefully, because the temperatures in The Lake Club can vary drastically from other parts of Sarasota and Manatee counties. Only native species of trees, grasses

and flowers will be planted so the landscape will require virtually no water, while allowing the yard to survive both Florida’s harsh summers and occasional winter freezes. “We’re trying to have zero-maintenance landscaping,” Miller said.

The front elevation of Westwater Construction’s Lake Club mansion features a variety of textures and heights.

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GREEN BUILDING Perhaps the home’s most prominent feature is its energy efficiency. Although it’s nearly 20,000 square feet, the house will use the same amount of energy as a large custom-built home one-third its size. Miller estimates during the peak heat of summer, owners of this home will pay monthly only $350 to $450 for electricity. Energy-efficient features include 100% LED lighting throughout the interior, exterior and landscaping as well as spray foam insulation in all attics and ceilings and solar panels. “This house will actually have the ability to supplement some of its electrical usage,” Miller said. “Then, it also will have solar heat for the pool and spa. It will have low E glass windows and doors — it’s like an insulated glass window.” The home also will have spray-foam insulation in all attics and ceilings and will use a high-efficiency HVAC system that includes variable speed air handlers. “It has the ability to regulate itself,” Miller said, noting the air conditioner will be able turn off and on more gradually and thus reduce the amount of power used, as well.

SAFETY The owners of this home have se-

lected a commercial-grade door and window system for their home that would meet code on a 30-story building, Miller said. “These windows are tested well in excess of 200 miles per hour,” he said. “It’s a very, very good product.”

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Miller said the home’s owners have taken careful deliberation in planning each aspect of their new home to make sure it is perfect for them. In total, owners have been planning the home for about three years, he said. “(The owners) spent a tremendous amount of time designing the house exactly to their needs,” he said. “They were very cognizant of all the details and literally (went) through every aspect of the plans to get what they wanted. (And they) did it in a way that the house is still, even though it’s large, going to be a very efficient house.”


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+ Teen on scooter injured in crash A Bradenton teenager was seriously injured in a crash last week at University Parkway and Whitfield Avenue. A Florida High Patrol report states Robert Torez, 19, was taken to Blake Memorial Hospital around 10 p.m. Feb. 23, after the scooter he was riding was struck by a vehicle behind him. A 2004 SUV driven by Christine Cassanelli, 47, of Sarasota, was driving behind Torez on University Parkway. Both were heading westbound in the right turn lane when Cassanelli’s vehicle struck the rear of the scooter. Torez was ejected onto the shoulder of University Parkway and the SUV continued westbound, coming to a final rest with the scooter underneath it, the report states. Cassanelli sustained no injuries.

be retroactive to July 1, 2011. During an executive session Feb. 27, board members discussed retroactive salary cuts, and although the district believes it is on solid legal footing to implement retroactive cuts, the Manatee Education Association disagreed. Board members have agreed it is in the district’s best interest to avoid potential litigation, and the School Board directed Superintendent Tim McGonegal to make salary decreases effective Feb. 16. As a result, the average teacher pay reduction will be 30% less than originally anticipated. School Board members on Monday also directed McGonegal to ensure all employee groups are treated fairly in light of the decision. “The decision by the School Board eliminates uncertainty for our employees and brings the issue to close,” McGonegal said.

+ Teacher pay cuts won’t be retroactive

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The Manatee County School Board announced the salary reduction for teachers previously approved will not

Representatives of Sarasota County, Miracle League of Manasota and others celebrated the grand opening of a new

baseball field designed for children with disabilities Feb. 25. The newly constructed field, for which the Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates each contributed $75,000, is located in Longwood Park at 6050 Longwood Park Blvd., Sarasota. The field features a rubberized surface and other features to make playing baseball safe for children and adults who use walkers, wheelchairs or crutches. The field was built through a partnership between Sarasota County and the Miracle League of Manasota.

+ Expert panel discusses presidential leadership A panel of experts shared their insights into presidential leadership and foreign affairs, what makes a presidential leader and other topics during a special Feb. 23. The Manatee County School District hosted “Leadership Lessons Learned: United States Presidents,” at Braden River High School. Topics covered included what type of leadership America desires and whether successful presidential leadership is inherently partisan.

Meetings & agendas  Manatee County Board of County Commissioners Land-Use Meeting — 9 a.m. Thursday, March 1, Manatee County Administrative Building’s first-floor commission chambers, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.  Heritage Harbour South Community Development District Meeting — 3 p.m., Thursday, March 1, at the River Strand Country Club, 7155 Grand Estuary Trail, Bradenton  Manatee County School Board Budget Workshop — 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, at 215 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton

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SMART trots onto new home site The Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy officially will move into its permanent location March 1. MANATEE COUNTY — As Gail Clifton, volunteer executive director for Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy, climbs into a golf cart and busily shows off the program’s newly acquired property, it’s proof that dreams do come true. Twenty-five years after SMART began, the therapeutic horseback-riding program now has a permanent home. The 23-acre estate, located less than one-half mile from SMART’s former site, includes not only plenty of usable land, office and storage space and other needed amenities but also opportunity to grow. “Our families are so excited,” Clifton said. “(The property) was so perfect for SMART.” SMART planned to be completely moved into its new home March 1, and SMART leaders will celebrate with a housewarming party for the facility, as well as for the organization’s 25th anniversary, on March 31. Festivities will include a ribboncutting ceremony, tours of the facility, keynote speakers, live music by the Florida Mountain Boys and a barbecue lunch. There also will be riding demonstrations and activities, such as a clown and bounce LBK -houses, 2010 -forIfamilies. “We are so excited to share our new, with our LBK beautiful - 2010 -home I friends, supporters and neighbors,” said Nick Drizos, president of SMART. “It has been a long-

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space for family fun days and barbecues when the organization hosts horse shows on the property. A fenced-in pond area one day, hopefully, will have a fishing dock which siblings of SMART riders or others can use while on campus. “We’re really trying to make it a family-friendly place,” Clifton said. Two barns nearby, with a total of 20 stalls, will provide ample housing for the program’s horses, and a warehouse will provide muchneeded space for SMART’s horse trailers, tractors, carts and other equipment. “We’re going to be able to take better care of our stuff,” Clifton

held dream for SMART to have its own property and we are ecstatic to have achieved this goal.”

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MANATEE COUNTY — The smell of orange blossoms is in the air, and local citrus grower Mixon Fruit Farms is inviting the community to celebrate. Mixon will hold its fourth annual Orange Blossom Festival March 3-9, at the groves, with family-friendly games and entertainment, craft vendors, a health fair and more. “It’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Janet Mixon, who owns Mixon Fruit Farms with her husband, Dean. “It’s going to be a family affair. We want people to have some place they can come and have a nice time.” The festival will kickoff from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 3-4, with plenty of activities, food, live entertainment, musical and other performances, craft vendors and more. Entry and parking for the festival is free. Tickets for activities, such as a bumper boat ride, rock climbing, pony rides, inflatables and others, can be purchased on site. Additionally, the festival’s first day will include a circus-act type dog and geese show and performances by the Southeast High School drum line, the Starfire Dancers and the Bulls Eye Ride Country Band. The Dr. Dave Band will perform during festival hours March 4 and also from 6-9 p.m. March 7, for Mixon’s Concert in the Grove. As part of the festival, Mixon will host its annual Health and Business Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 9. The event will feature more than 75 vendors, who will be on hand to discuss health or show off healthrelated products, and also to provide free diabetes, blood pressure, eye and other screenings.

If you go Mixon Fruit Farms Orange Blossom Festival WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 3-9 WHERE: Mixon Fruit Farms, 2525 27th St. E., Bradenton DETAILS: March 3-4 will feature arts and craft vendors, inflatables, rock climbing and other activities for children, live music and other performances and food for purchase, including gyros, Amish doughnuts and more. COST: Free parking and entry. WEB: www.mixon. com Additionally at that time, there also will be a book signing for about 20 local authors. “We’ve got so much talent here,” Janet Mixon said of bringing authors to the event. “They are all books we would have here in the store.” Mixon’s gift shop, gardens and other amenities will be open throughout the festival, although tram rides through the grove will be suspended March 3-4. “We’re excited to make this available for people to enjoy,” Mixon’s Events Coordinator Don Sandhoff said of the festival. Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@ yourobserver.com.

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Corner of another’s ID without consent. The victim stated her bank notified her a person had made a fraudulent check using her information and cashed it out of state. She provided images of the check, which had her routing number and checking number but a different bank and name and address of another individual. The complainant researched the address and discovered it was registered to the person whose name was on the check. It is undetermined if the name on the check also is fraudulent.

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10:58 a.m. — 3500 block of 55th Place East. Fraudulent use/possession of another’s ID without consent. The IRS contacted the victim on Dec. 14, 2011, and advised unknown person(s) obtained her personal information and filed a fraudulent income tax return in an attempt to receive a refund for several thousand dollars. The victim was advised she was the victim of identity theft. IRS officials stated the agency caught it before any refund was paid. The victim has been doing everything she has been instructed to do to prevent any further fraud using her identity.

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In loving memory: Anne Armour I don’t want to write this. Anne Armour, formerly of Spooner, Wis., and longtime and beloved East County Observer columnist, died Feb. 20, 2012. She was 68 years old. Survivors include her husband, Paul; son Sam, of St. Paul, Minn.; and sister Linda McDonald, of Bradenton. For more than a decade, Anne wrote her popular column, “Livin’ East and Lovin’ It,” from her perch in the office of Lakewood Ranch’s American Mini Self Storage, the business she and Paul managed. Legend has it that Anne, in 2000, had approached our former editor and bluntly told him we needed some chitchat in the paper, a more personal touch. We were a good upstart, for sure, but we weren’t complete. And boy, was she right. In hindsight, the addition was genius. As the manager for the only storage facility in Lakewood, Anne met nearly every newcomer. She stocked her column with welcome-tothe-neighborhoods, atta boys and birthday wishes. She waxed poetic about her beloved pets — including the wild ones. (Who can forget her sandhill family, parents Tyrone and Bahbee and babies Brewster, Ole and Lena, or her spider friend, Jesus?) And she did it all with a love that permeated every facet of her life. I never will forget the first time I met Anne. It was shortly after I was hired as a staff writer in September 2000. At that time, Anne did not have access to

This is one of the only photos Anne Armour ever allowed us to print of her. Anne, seated at right, surrounded by friends and family, circa 2000. email, so she’d type her columns and print them. I was charged with picking them up and retyping them into our system. The day we met, Anne looked me up and down and grilled me with dozens of questions. I thought I already had completed my interview with The Observer, but Anne had her own criteria: She wanted to know whether I was good enough for Lakewood Ranch and the paper. At that time: probably not. Sure, I came to the paper with that coveted University of Missouri journalism degree and experience working at two daily newspapers. But until I met Anne, I didn’t know community journalism. True community journalism. Under Anne’s wing, I learned how to report with the passion and care no J-school professor

could teach. Later, as Anne’s editor, I learned the delicate process of crafting her columns to adhere to Associated Press style without losing her beautiful voice. And if I ever messed up, boy, I’d hear about it. Those weekly meetings to pick up Anne’s column grew longer over the years as we became close. We shared family anecdotes, celebrations and heartaches. After just a few years, she started referring to herself as my “Ma,” and she remains the only person I met after moving to Florida to call me “Mikey” — the nickname I carried from birth through college. Eventually, Anne did get email access, and our weekly meetings were no longer necessary. But, if I let too much time pass without stopping by, she’d pile on the

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Recovery: Have you seen the signs? We sometimes get so caught Bradenton or even Sarasota; I up in our day-to-day lives that was in Lakewood Ranch. As I we overlook the obvious. On my tried my hardest to maintain my morning drive to work last week, composure during the conversaI received a call from tion, I noticed but a few a client. He wanted to of the culprits. Comdiscuss a business opmercial trucks carrying portunity involving the materials and supplies purchase of an office to local construction space in Lakewood sites filled the roads. Ranch. As I listened to Snowbirds tried their him explain the details best to beat the crowds of the transaction, I as they headed toward found myself struggling their favorite breakfast to focus; my heart behotspots. Surrounded by gan to race, my palms a sea of countless fellow BRIAN were sweaty — somecommuters, we jockeyed VOLNER thing wasn’t right. for position in an atWhat was I suffering tempt to make it on time. from? Perhaps it was the early And that’s when it hit me — I was signs of the flu or maybe an early not only blinded by the hustle morning caffeine deficiency. and bustle, but I was looking at No, this was something much things all wrong. worse: road rage. The signs are all around us, I was astonished. You see, I from the companies that have wasn’t commuting to downtown recently made Lakewood Ranch

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their corporate headquarters to the existing companies based in the Ranch that have outgrown their space and are expanding and the new businesses that will soon be moving onto Main Street. It’s not only encouraging but also exciting to see measurable growth occurring again in our community. As crazy as it may sound, we should be thankful that multiple construction projects are going on simultaneously, and that our snowbird friends are back, both of which contribute positively to our local economy. This brings me to the reason for sharing my experience with you — and the very point of my message. Have you heard the saying, “As within, so without?” Or perhaps, “Our life is what our thoughts make of it?” With so many signs of encouragement, why do we

guilt as only a mother can. I’d drive over to the storage place, tail tucked between my legs. Then, after a healthy dose of brow-beating, she’d hug and kiss me, and everything was OK. On some weeks, along with her column, Anne would send along a little note just for me. “Be a good boy: Santa’s coming, you know,” she wrote at the top of her 2004 Christmas column. In 2008, she signed an email, “Kisses on your head, Ma.” After Paul and Anne sold their business, Anne had to stop writing. Her last column appeared Feb. 26, 2009. Since then, our visits became less frequent, and as my life grew more hectic with one child and then a second, I did not make enough time to see my beloved Ma. Like with my birth parents, I took for granted she’d always be there. And for that, I am so, so sorry. Anne: I never told you any of this, but my life is forever changed because of you. Your dedication to and love for your family and friends is an example we all should follow — and one I will carry on with our children. They will know all about you. Last week, I had the privilege of meeting your son and daughter-in-law. Sam told me you wanted a Mardi Gras parade around the funeral home. We couldn’t quite do that, but there was plenty of polka music permeating throughout the building. And there was laughter. And love. So much love. — Michael Eng

waste time and energy engaging in negative thoughts and conversations? Yes, we have seen challenging times, and yes I, too, have been involved in the discussions centered on questions such as, “Do you think we’ve hit the bottom yet?” or, “Do you think it’s going to get worse before it gets better?” But I challenge you: Look for the positive signs that are often found right in front of you, perhaps in the midst of an episode of road rage. Ask yourself how you can affect positive change here in our community. Economic recovery begins with our state of mind; it begins with you and me. We must not squander our time on that which we cannot change but instead align our thoughts toward our vision. What better place than here, and what better time than now? Brian Volner, a senior vice president at Community Bank & Company, is the chairman of the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance.


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Ruben said. “Our studies showed there was room for us. The demand was higher than expected, even.” Although both Ruben and Holland are seasoned developers, they have never owned and operated an apartment complex before. They now are looking for a joint venture partner or property management company to lead leasing efforts and oversee the complex itself. “That’s the piece we’re missing,” Ruben said. Ruben said his company already has started required off-site improvements, such as adding a turn lane on Cypress Creek Boulevard, among others, and developers now are working to finalize construction drawings. Additionally, the company soon will be asking the county for approval for a slight project density increase —399 units in total, compared to the 384 for which they already are approved. Ruben said he hopes to start vertical construction on the apartments in the next four months, and to open the first 250 units in early 2013. “We’re really excited about it and are looking to bring this to

fruition as soon as possible,” Ruben said. “I think it’s a great opportunity and great for the county (overall).”

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Salon entrepreneur organizing dance show for Mooseheart kids N2U Salon & Spa owner Roe Hyer, with the support of Moose Lodge 1123, is organizing a dance show fundraiser March 31, for children who cannot be cared for by their families. MANATEE COUNTY — East County businesswoman Roe Hyer will never forget her childhood days wondering when her family’s next meal would come or why the heat was cut off — again. So when the former ballroom dance instructor, who now owns N2U Salon & Spa, learned about Mooseheart Kids, a residential childcare program led by the Moose International organization, it seemed to be the perfect fit for her charitable ambitions. “I was such a broke kid,” Nyer said. “If it wasn’t for the VFW or (organizations such as Moose) that came to my house and brought food, we wouldn’t have eaten. “I want to raise as much money as we can for the kids (in need),” she said. As a member of the local Moose Lodge 1223, Hyer is organizing the “Dancing For Our Kids” dinner and show fundraiser at 6 p.m. March 31, at the Moose Lodge, 310 44th Ave. E. Proceeds will benefit Mooseheart Child City & School, a childcare facility in Chicago for children nationwide whose families are unable to care for them. Dinner and dancing will start the evening, followed by an amateur dance competition, a professional dance show and open dancing. Tickets cost $45 per person, $80 per couple or $320 for a table of eight. Space is limited to the first 200 guests. For the amateur competitions, guests can vote for the “most entertaining dancer” or “best dancer in costume” by paying $1 per vote. There also will be a drawing and a silent auction. Hyer said she and her ex-husband held several similar dance show fundraisers for charity back in Oklahoma, and the events

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Wave Runners make a splash The Lakewood Ranch YMCA Wave Runners sent 35 swimmers to the YMCA Florida Swimming State Championships in Orlando.

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Courtney Chapin, Sebastian Aguirre and Sydney Panzarino all posted impressive finishes at the YMCA Florida Swimming State Championships Feb. 10-12, in Orlando.

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LAKEWOOD RANCH — No matter how many laps she has completed or races she has won, Sydney Panzarino is filled with nervous energy just about every time she walks out onto the pool deck for a championship swim meet. And the YMCA Florida Swimming State Championships proved to be no different for the Lakewood Ranch sophomore. “It’s fun, but it’s very nerve-

wracking,” Panzarino said. “Everyone there is pretty intimidating, and they’re all twice your size.” However, while Panzarino would have liked nothing more than to hop out of the pool, giving her butterflies a chance to subside, her 10-year-old teammate, Sebastian Aguirre, faces his competition with a head full of confidence. And, if given the opportunity, he would spend

the entire meet in the pool. “When you get in the water at the (state championships), it feels like you’re gliding on top of the water, and there’s no effort,” Aguirre said. Although Panzarino and Aguirre approached the state championships differently in their heads, the two proved to be among the best of the 35 mem-

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The Out-of-Door Academy freshmen Tyler Dietrich, Austin Hoppe, Jake Romine, Carson Jungers, Desmond Lindsay and Jimmy Kuebler and eighth-grader Justin Fischer have all been playing baseball together since they were in elementary school.

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LAKEWOOD RANCH — Justin Fischer felt completely comfortable the moment he stepped onto the diamond at The Out-of-Door Academy for the first time. The eighth-grader transferred to ODA at the beginning of the school year, and Fischer had never felt more at home than when he finally got the chance to start practicing with the Thunder. After all, the opportunity to once again compete alongside his former teammates was one of his main reasons for transferring.

“We’ve formed a bond having played together,” Fischer said. “I just wanted to bring the memories back from when we were younger.” With the addition of Fischer, the Thunder now has the seventh and final component of a story that first began five years ago on the Little League field. It was there that freshmen Austin Hoppe, Desmond Lindsey and Jimmy Kuebler crossed paths for the first time. The then-10-yearolds were on the same Minors

Little League team, affording them the opportunity to get to know one another while learning the game along the way. “We were just having fun and getting to know each other,” Kuebler said. “It was the beginning.” A year later, Fischer joined the team. That’s when the fun began. “I’ve always been the youngest one, so they would always pick on me,” Fischer said. “You can’t really take anything too seriously with us.” Shortly thereafter, the four-

some started playing travel ball together for the Florida Legends. There, catcher Tyler Dietrich arrived on the scene. During their first day of practice, Dietrich felt like a complete outsider, having previously played with kids who were older than he was. But it didn’t take long before Dietrich, known as the Thunder’s game-planner, left his mark on the team. “In our first game, he hit an inside-the-park homerun,” Fischer said. After playing for the Legends, the group moved over to the Lakewood Ranch Longhorns,

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ODA/PAGE 13A where they met Jake Romine and Carson Jungers. It also was during their time playing together for the Longhorns that the seven teammates experienced their most memorable moment on the field. It was 2009, and the boys were playing in the 12U division of the American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame Invitational Tournament at Cooperstown Dream Park. The Longhorns competed in pool play before advancing to the single elimination round, where they beat the Central Florida Diamonds — the No. 1 team in the nation — 1-0 in a nine-inning battle. Hoppe pitched a complete game.

COMMENT/PAGE 13A had been back to the park before and had seen the lake and site plans for what it eventually will become, but I had never actually been back there for a race. So, as I made my way back to the water, I couldn’t help but notice the amount of effort that goes into preparing for a race. First, you have to prepare your boat — making sure everything is tightened down and secure. Then you have to warm up — stretching, jumping jacks … you name it. Then after that’s all done, you can finally carry your boat down to the launch dock to begin your 1,500-meter trek down the lake and back. It’s exhausting just watching the teams prepare for their respective races — all 74 to be exact. I wasn’t able to stay long, but I did get a chance to catch the finish of several races. To watch them row in unison and see the enthusiasm and dedication they put into the sport is something that often goes unnoticed.

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“It was amazing,” Hoppe said. “I signed my first autograph.” “There were so many people there, and we got to be together,’ Dietrich said. “We came out focused and ready to play.” Having spent the better part of their childhoods together playing baseball, Hoppe, Lindsey, Kuebler, Fischer, Dietrich, Romine and Jungers have developed a unique chemistry on the field, which has helped lead them to a perfect 4-0 record so far this season. “It’s kind of comforting knowing each other,” Kuebler said. “We have a lot of trust on the field,” Fischer said. Coach Billy Dietrich, who has

watched the boys grow up playing together, said it’s no surprise the boys are capable of playing at such a high level. “As a parent, it’s been absolutely unbelievable — they’re great kids,” Billy Dietrich said. “They understand and know one another’s tendencies and what one another is going to do. It’s no different than good professional and college players, who always have been around the game, understand it and know what’s going to happen. “I just want them to continue to contribute at a varsity level, which they already have and have been and is the reason why colleges have already asked

WAVE RUNNERS/PAGE 13A her races, including first in the bers of the Wave Runners swim team that competed in the YMCA Florida Swimming State Championships Feb. 10-12, at the YMCA Aquatic Center in Orlando. Aguirre led the way for the Wave Runners, finishing second overall in the 10-and-under male age group with seven second-place finishes, two third-place finishes and one fourth-place finish. It was the most medals Aguirre had won in a single meet. Additionally, he nearly achieved his goal of breaking the one-minute mark 100-yard freestyle. “I did good, but I could have done better,” Aguirre said. Across the pool, Panzarino, who finished eighth in the 50 butterfly and in the top 16 in four of her races, and Haile Middle School seventh-grader Courtney Chapin, who finished in the top eight in four of

50 backstroke, led the way for the girls. Suzanne Aguirre, Chloe Millard, Elijah Gelongo, Courtney Lancaster, Camille Gonzales and Summer Cardwell also received ribbons for finishing in the top 16 in at least one of their respective races. “I’m very pleased with the accomplishments they’ve achieved,” coach Bridget Bowman said. “Their attitudes, times, confidence and they way they carry themselves — even when things go bad, they’re still good sports. They’re just a great group of kids.” Chapin swam one of the most exciting races of the meet, finishing first in the 50 backstroke — much to her and her coach’s delight. “I was shocked,” Chapin said. “I didn’t realize I was going to win. I was very pleased, though, because I beat all of my times. I think we all did really well.”

about them,” he said. But although the freshmen players have an irreplaceable chemistry, they still look to seniors Zach Hoppe and Joey Grano and junior Alex Horan for leadership on and off the field. “They definitely don’t think of themselves as freshmen, and they don’t play like freshmen,” Billy Dietrich said. “But when it comes to leadership, that role belongs to Alex, Joey and Zach, and those kids understand that. Those three guys are great role models for them.” “They keep us in line,” Austin Hoppe said. Contact Jen Blanco at jblanco@ yourobserver.com. “I knew she had it in her,” Bowman said. “I used to be a swimmer and I also swam the backstroke. I think I was grinning more from ear to ear and laughing (than she was).” Now with the state championships behind them, the Wave Runners are now looking ahead to new feats. Panzarino competed in the Senior Championships Feb. 23-26, in Orlando with the hopes of qualifying for the YMCA Swimming National Championships, which will be held the first week of April in Greensboro, N.C. Meanwhile, Chapin will compete in the 2012 Florida Swimming FLAGS Age Group Championship, which features the top swimmers ages 14 and up in the state, March 8-11. “I just want to keep beating my times and making cuts,” Chapin said. Contact Jen Blanco at jblanco@yourobserver.com.

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however, each school has its own separate program. The idea for the umbrella came about as a way to minimize travel and insurance costs. From there, Manatee County Youth Rowing was born. “They’re separate programs within a program,” coach Trish Jackson said. “They each have their own identity. Eventually, the goal to that if other high schools don’t have rowing programs already established, then they can row as a Manatee County youth and not just for their high school.” Typically, the year is divided into three rowing seasons. The fall season, which involves long-distance races, runs from August until November. The team then spends the winter months training for the spring season, which begins the second week of February. “I just want to continue to see them grow and strengthen in numbers,” Jackson said. “A lot of kids start the sport, and they either love it or hate it. I hope to put some energy into them and help them develop a passion for the sport.” The team is already off to an impressive start. The boys novice doubles team won its first race at the Novice Regatta this month. Now, the remainder of the team is focused on learning the sport with the hopes of one day competing alongside their teammates. “I want to be able to compete and do the sport justice,” Alexandria Watson said. “At this point, I haven’t experienced the sport enough. I don’t really know where I fit into the sport. I just want to represent the sport in a well-mannered both at competition and in practice.” Contact Jen Blanco at jblanco@yourobserver.com.

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Southeast High School started its own rowing program at the beginning of the school year; Manatee High added the sport two months later. MANATEE COUNTY — Alexandria Watson feels the most at ease in the water. Ever since she began swimming as a youth, the Southeast High junior has had a passion for all things water, especially water sports. “I just love the water,” Watson said. “I feel more at ease. It’s easier for me to breathe under water.” So when Watson, who runs track and cross country, learned Southeast was hoping to start its own rowing club, she jumped at the opportunity to learn more. Watson and her younger sister, Sabrina, a sophomore at Southeast, attended a Palmetto High rowing club practice last spring and enjoyed the experience. From there, the girls participated in a weeklong rowing camp before eventually joining the newly formed Southeast crew team at the beginning of the school year. “I really enjoyed it and continued to come to practice,” Sabrina Watson said. “I love being out on the water, and this is a team effort. It’s not just you but your team.” “I really wanted to get involved,” Alexandria Watson said. “I enjoy the uniqueness of it. This sport is different than any other sport that I’ve done. It’s an interesting and riveting sport, and it’s a lot of fun. It’s been a really great opportunity.” The Southeast rowing club is home to about 15 members, but the school is hoping to continue to generate more interest and gradually expand its program. The team practices five days a week alongside the Palmetto and Manatee High rowing clubs at Fort Hamer Park. The teams practice together under the Manatee County Youth Rowing umbrella;

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By Jen Blanco | Associate Editor

Zach Hoppe

The Out-of-Door Academy senior Zach Hoppe recorded 27 strikeouts and allowed just two walks in 11 innings of work this past week, improving his record to 2-0 on the season. Hoppe also is batting .333 through the first four games of the season. Here is an inside look at this week’s Athlete of the Week.

Why do you think you’ve seen so much success so early on in the season? I really focused during the off-season. I played football, but I was still able to practice. The more times I go out and work the more fun I (have). How did you get into baseball? I started playing when I was 5 years old. My dad was big into baseball. He played in high school, and he introduced my brother (Austin) and I to it.

Andy Eubanks

Hillcroft notches overtime win in first Observer Cup The Sarasota Polo Club completed the first of five 12-goal tournaments Feb. 26, with Hillcroft defeating M&I Wealth Management 11-10 in overtime in The Observer Cup. M&I Wealth Management had a 9-3 lead at halftime, but Hillcroft slowly worked its way back into the game before tying the game at 10 with 10 seconds remaining in the game. In overtime, James Miller scored on

What do you enjoy the most about baseball? It’s so much fun for me. It’s such a challenge physically and mentally. You pretty much have to use your whole entire body to (execute). The challenge is what makes it fun.

an open goal conversion, giving Hillcroft the victory. Hector Galindo was named the Most Valuable Player, while James P. Uihlein was named the Most Valuable Amateur. Jamie Mirikitani received the Best Playing Pony award for his pony Lily’s performance. Teams will return to action at 1 p.m. March 4 in the Bright House Networks Presents the Wayne Brown Tournament.

Do you know what you want to be when you grow up? I want to study criminal justice. Do you have a favorite sports team? The Atlanta Braves. They just have always been my favorite.

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HORSE PLAY observer cup finals By Pam Eubanks | News Editor

East County residents braved the windy weather Feb. 26, and headed to the Sarasota Polo Club for The Observer Cup Finals. The game, presented by The Observer Group, was the first 12-goal game played at the club in several years. For complete match results, see page 18A. For more photos, visit YourObserver.com.

The Michel family came out in full force. Clockwise from front: Sawyer, Ava, Geoffrey and Brenda, with their dog, Ruby.

Julie, Jenna and Jaime DiDomenico represented Cool Today. Left: Erica Howard brought her dog, Chanel.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012

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Wayne and Karleigh Harvey were all smiles.

Fifth-grader Gaby Zoutendyk and her grandfather, Jake Zoutendyk, proved to be excellent dancers.

Kaitlin Yawn, Bailey Scott, Giana Bologna, Rayona Beckford, Mackenzie Ramalho and Jessie Dyson had fun together.

Freedom fathers, daughters share unforgettable evening Fathers and daughters at Freedom Elementary School danced the night away Feb. 24, during the school’s Divas and Daddies Dance, themed “Rocking the Night Away.” Guests enjoyed music and dancing, refreshments and photos.

Taylor and Jason Rew treated themselves to chocolate-covered marshmallows and other treats. Dan and Mya Dreyfus stayed on the dance floor.

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The Dietrich family was recognized for its contribution. Pictured are students T.D. and Alexsa, with their parents, Sandi and Billy, and grandparents, Sandy and Bill.

ODA hits homerun with new facilities Baseball enthusiasts at The Outof-Door Academy celebrated the grand opening of the Thunder Baseball Concession Building and Scorer’s Booth Feb. 21, just minutes before the Thunder began competition against Bradenton Christian School. The new facilities, which were funded by a donation from the Dietrich family, include a state-of-the art scorer’s booth, a concession stand, restrooms, locker room and storage areas.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012

By Pam Eubanks | News Editor

Colby Gray, 10, tested his bull-riding skills.

Pictured from left to right are: Christine Dauphine, Destin Dusold, Carla Dusold, Ryan Dauphine, Annette Morisi, Melissa Dauphine, Emily Palkovich and Amie Golden.

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Josh Roger’s mother, Gena Rogers, caught up with her friend Nancy Weiner, and Brett Wagner’s aunt, Lynda Wagner.

Justin Matthews brought Jaba, a uromastix lizard.

Caterina Sharbono, Brett Wagner’s cousin, and her friend, Hannah Dimeglio, couldn’t keep away from Chablis. Right: Evan Durrance, pictured with his mother, Alex, was intent on eating his popcorn.

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hooked By Pam Eubanks | News Editor

Ranch youth fishing tourney reels in big fun, big catches About 100 aspiring fishermen and their families cast lines during the Lakewood Ranch Anglers Club’s annual Youth Fishing Tournament Feb. 25, at Summerfield Lake. Local youth competed for the biggest catch, before enjoying a lunch provided by the Kiwanis Club of Lakewood Ranch. The tournament is hosted by the Anglers Club and Lakewood Ranch Community Activities Corp. Cousins Erik and Cody Martineau enjoyed fishing together.

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Stryker and Victoria Reid fished alongside their friends, Abby and Rick McGuire.

Gavin Wilson, 8, kept his eyes on the water.

Alexia Rodriguez, 8, practiced casting.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012

batter up

By Jen Blanco | Associate Editor

Rays stars pitch in at chamber lunch Members of The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and The Manatee Chamber of Commence geared up for the upcoming baseball season with the 2012 Meet the Rays Luncheon Feb. 24, at The Polo Grill and Bar. Attendees enjoyed lunch while mingling with management and meeting pitchers Jeremy Hellickson, Matt Moore and Jake McGee. Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Moore signed autographs for those in attendance.

Jimmy Chestnut was one of 20 chamber members chosen to get autographs after the luncheon.

Six-year-old Billy Pardy Jr., with his dad, Billy, and 8-year-old Logan Wendell couldn’t wait to get their baseballs autographed.

Caroline Halfacre and her 8-year-old son, Charlie, enjoyed spending the afternoon with their good friend Kim Brewer and her son, Hayden, 12. Right: Missy Weishaar brought her two daughters, Kylee, 12, and Tatum, 11, to this year’s luncheon.

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remembering a hero By Jen Blanco | Associate Editor

The Bill Family: Tessa, Scott, Morgan and Deborah

Lakewood Ranch Cinemas hosts Brian Bill fundraiser fired a rocket-propelled grenade into their helicopter during a mission in the Maidan Wardak province of Afghanistan. During the fundraiser, guests enjoyed a midmorning reception followed by a private screening of the film “Act of Valor,” a film inspired by true events and starring active-duty Navy SEALs.

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Waterlefe residents John and Elaine Gutherie wanted to show their support for the Navy SEALs. “All of the services are one team,” John Gutherie said. Right: Rich Labriola wanted his two sons Paul, 11, and Luke, 8, to see first-hand the sacrifices military servicemen and women make.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012

networking

By Jen Blanco | Associate Editor

Lakewood alliance parties on Main St. Members of the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance enjoyed an evening of fun and games during the organization’s MemberFest 2012 block party Feb. 22, on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch. Attendees enjoyed playing games, sampling food from local restaurants, a wacky member awards presentation, prizes, networking and socializing with other members. Jessica Ellermets and Rachel House, of Sarasota Realty Team, served refreshments at their booth.

Dick Woodall, Audrey O’Leary, Dick Conard and Don O’Leary enjoyed the event.

Michelle Nims, Toni Carroll and Christy Peguero, of Keeton’s Office & Art Supply, plan to join the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance soon.

Manatee County School Board candidate Robert Moates and Lakewood Ranch resident Lauren Redington collected signatures from local voters.

Craig Cerreta caught up with Manatee County Commission candidate Vanessa Baugh.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012

real estate | transactions

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By Adam Hughes | Research Editor

WE’RE BACK ON THE COURT AND BACK ON THE COURSE!

OUR PATIENTS - FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:

Mike Wilton, Bud Polley and Arnie Vance

Thanks to the successful treatment of our rotator cuff injuries, we are all actively enjoying our passion for SPORTS once again.

Lakewood Ranch Country Club homes top weekly sales

Rotator cuff muscle injuries are very common. Due to the function of these muscles, sports which involve shoulder rotation such as tennis and golf, often put the rotator cuff muscles under great stress, resulting in an inability to play. A variety of treatment options are available.

The following residential real estate transactions took place between Feb. 13 and Feb.17. Three homes in the Country Club of Lakewood Ranch top all transactions in this week’s real estate. Joan Hullinger sold her home at 6906 Dominion Lane to MaryCatherine Mamary, trustee, of Hingham, Mass., for $975,000. Built in 2006, it has five bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 4,789 square feet of living area. Delmont McAnallen, trustee, and Nancy McAnallen sold the home at 8056 Royal Birkdale Circle to Andre Taburiaux and Letty Taburiaux, trutees, Lakewood Ranch, for $785,000. Built in 2002, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,086 square feet of living area. Alan and Sharon Linton, of Frederick, Md., sold their home at 7044 Brier Creek Court to Joseph Brielmann and Kimberly Anderman, of Thornton, Pa., for $563,000. Built in 2007, it has three bedrooms, threeand-one-half baths, a pool and 3,487 square feet of living area.

Country Club East at Lakewood Ranch

Minto Communities LLC sold the home at 7717 Hazeltine Glen to Patrick and Lois Maroney, Lakewood Ranch, for $550,000. Built in 2011, it has two bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,654 square feet of living area.

Country Club of Lakewood Ranch

Carolyn Weyneth, of Sharon, Mass., sold

her home at 7225 Lake Forest Glen to Peter and Lisa Ceccacci, University Park, for $440,000. Built in 2007, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,669 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $780,000 in 2007.

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Kenwood Park

Rodney and Barbara Romig, University Park, sold their home at 8146 Dukes Wood Court to William and Sharon Lyons, Bradenton, for $430,000. Built in 2006, it has two bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,336 square feet of living area.

Eaton Place

Mark and Linda Guran, Bradenton, sold their home at 7370 Eaton Court to Stephen and Nancy Hickey, of Littleton, Colo., for $420,000. Built in 1995, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,752 square feet of living area.

Riverdale

Jason Lewis and Julia Carter, Naples, sold their home at 3811 Fifth Ave. N.E. to Richard Frank, Bradenton, for $410,000. Built in 2000, it has four bedrooms, three-and-onehalf baths, a pool and 2,883 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $530,000 in 2008.

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Garage/Moving/Estate Sales ALWAYS LBK’S BIGGEST & BEST! ROYAL RUMMAGE SALE V ST. MARY STAR OF THE SEA 4280 Gulf of Mexico Dr. SAVE THE DATES Friday, March 2, 1p.m.-5p.m. $5 Admission Saturday, March 3, - 9a.m.-3p.m. Free Admission GARAGE SALE: 8a.m.-3p.m., Saturday, March 3rd. 6717 Carlyle Lane. Two brown/ green sofas, large leather chair and ottoman, electric lift chair, 60” round marble dining table, 8 Queen Anne side chairs, black TV stand for flat screen TV, tiger motif 5x7 rug, lamps and many other misc. items.

PET DOOR: Small, Freedom, New in box. Value $35. Will sell $25. 941-739-8758.

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REFRIGERATOR: FRIGIDAIRE - 16 cu.ft., as new. $179.00. 941-753-5539 OR 941-209-9086.

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ROLL TOP Desk Maple roll top desk $150. 54"long, 45" tall, 20" deep. Call 941-737-4488.

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

TV: 27" works great, $45. Toys 2 Large Boxes, $15. Towels 6 pc.set, thick, $10. 941-932-5595. WATER SOFTENER: Like new, Well System from 3.5 - 4 yrs old. $75, (941)322-6719.

Antiques/Collectibles ALWAYS BUYING: Fine antique 18th & 19th Century Furniture, Art and Collectibles. Call Ren Selby, 941-822-9092.

Boats 2005 FOUR WINDS HORIZON 170: Fish & Ski Bowrider, Volvo 4.3 L I/O Bimini top, Minkota salt troll motor, Magic tilt trailer, Low hrs. Always garaged, $11,500. 941-776-8959.

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