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Police chief list down to 13 New Sarasota City Manager Tom Barwin is expected to choose a new police chief this fall. Interim City Manager Terry Lewis handpicked the 13 finalists from 98 applicants.

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+ Anniversary party is a golden one Harvey and Bonnie Sussman celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Friday, Aug. 24, at Temple Sinai. In celebration of the occasion, the couple provided wine and cheese for the temple’s popular Rhythm and Jews service.

+ Sarasota gal plans homecoming Sarasota resident Karee Hackel is currently serving as one of three students leading the Homecoming Steering Committee at the University of Missouri, Columbia. With the help of her two colleagues, Hackel is leading the committee of 34 students to plan the university’s homecoming celebration. MU is often credited as hosting the country’s first homecoming celebration, and Hackel says the position has given her a connection to the school that she might not have otherwise had as an out-of-state student.

+ Biography channel taps local company The Biography channel commissioned Sarasota-based InterMedia Productions to film an episode of “Mobsters.” Jim Flyn, owner of InterMedia Productions, filmed Lindley “Lynn” Devecchio, a former FBI agent, at Hyde Park Steakhouse in March. Devecchio handled Gregory Scarpa, a Colombo capo, who was also known as “The Grim Reaper.” For 30 years, Scarpa was a mafia hitman and an FBI informant. The episode of “Mobsters” airs at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, and midnight Wednesday, Sept. 5.

Interim City Manager Terry Lewis’ final assignment for the city of Sarasota this week is to pare down a list of police chief candidates for new City Manager Tom Barwin to review. On Wednesday, Lewis whittled that list down to 13 top candidates for Barwin, who starts Monday, Sept. 4. The short list

doesn’t include any internal police employees. A list that once stood at 98 applicants was reduced to 24 applicants last week. Barwin will review the final list when he moves into his office next week. The new police chief will replace Police Chief Mikel Holloway, who retires in October.

Lewis, along with city Human Resources Director Kurt Hoverter and former Florida Department of Law Enforcement Assistant Commissioner Jim Sewell, reduced the list for Barwin. The list doesn’t include current Sarasota captain and Public Information Officer Paul Sutton and retired Sarasota Capt. Thom-

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as “Stan” Duncan. “They are great police officers for this city and outstanding candidates, but they just didn’t make the cut when you reviewed the qualifications of the entire pool,” Lewis said.

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‘Officially retired’

Terry Lewis is going to try retirement — again — for the third time in less than two years. But this time, he promises it’s going to stick. The interim city manager for the city of Sarasota since January, Lewis will serve his last day Friday, Aug. 31. New City Manager Tom Barwin’s first official day at City Hall is set for Tuesday, Sept. 4. “I don’t know how many times I have said goodbye to everyone,” Lewis said. “They can’t get rid of me.” Seven months ago, Lewis ended a seven-month stint as the interim Sarasota County administrator on a Friday and came to City Hall at the request of Sarasota city commissioners the following Monday. Lewis accepted the interim city manager position Jan. 20 after the Sarasota City Commission unanimously agreed he should take the helm after City Manager Bob Bartolotta’s forced resignation. Bartolotta lost the confidence of the majority of commissioners in the wake of a forensics computer investigation that is still the focus of two criminal investigations. It’s the third time elected officials have appointed the former North Port police chief to help guide their government during

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Interim City Manager Terry Lewis will walk out of City Hall Friday afternoon and take a bus home to Venice to start his retirement.

“My job was to keep the wheels on the bus moving forward ... ” Terry Lewis said.

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LEWIS / FROM PAGE 1A a time of both need and upheaval. Lewis wrapped up a distinguished police officer career as North Port’s police chief in October 2010 by moving into North Port’s city manager’s office until a new manager was selected there. From there, he helped out the county during a procurement scandal that cost former Administrator Jim Ley his job, and, then he assumed his interim role for the city. Lewis downplays his role at City Hall and his past stints as interim managers, saying he only works as a stopgap for a new manager because he doesn’t have the experience necessary to hold the job full time. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here at City Hall because of the quality of people I’m surrounded by,” Lewis said. “I haven’t accomplished anything, but the people who work here accomplished a lot.” What Lewis does admit to helping create is a short list of new police chief candidates (see story on

CHIEF / FROM PAGE 1A Florida candidates who did make the list include Clearwater Maj. Mark Tenuis, retired West Palm Beach Assistant Police Chief Dennis Crispo and Salvatore Ruggiero, a retired Tampa police captain who this week is responsible for hotel security at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. Lewis said background checks on the 13 finalists will be performed before a candidate is selected. Lewis

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Terry Lewis Age: 60 Family: Lisa; one son, Dan, a prosecutor with the state attorney’s office; and Ike, the family’s English bulldog Hobbies: Swimming and boating Residence: Venice Interesting fact: Lewis’ wife surprised him earlier this year with his dream car, a 1965 Nassau-blue 1965 Stingray Corvette. His wife drives a 1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS convertible on the weekends, so now they both have weekend cars. Said Lewis: “The Camaro is for my wife, the Corvette is my girlfriend.” page 1A) for Barwin to review this fall. Everything else, Lewis said, involved monitoring City Hall until a new chief executive officer arrived. “My job was to keep the wheels on the bus moving forward, and I

also said Barwin has the right to select a candidate who didn’t make the list. Lewis, though, said he’s “very comfortable with the list.” “It’s important this is a smooth transition between Capt. Holloway and the new captain,” Lewis said. “It’s one of the most important decisions for Mr. Barwin to make.”

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think I accomplished that,” Lewis said. Challenges that Lewis said need immediate attention from Barwin are “increased issues with the vagrants and the homeless, downtown-parking concerns and an end to the computer investigation so the city can move forward, an end to the Osprey lift-station delays, downtown redevelopment road projects and budget and pension challenges.” Asked if Lewis perceives a schism between the city manager’s office and Auditor and Clerk Pamela Nadalini’s office, Lewis said, “I would be less than candid with you if I told you it didn’t exist.” “There is some friction here between employees, and that’s a shame,” Lewis said. “I would hope to think I’ve helped that improve, because as far as working as a team, we all want a better Sarasota.” Lewis said he believes he built a strong relationship with Nadalini and is hopeful Barwin can do the same. “I’m an eternal optimist and

don’t have a lot of tolerance for petty stuff,” Lewis said. “I believe if that tone is set at the top and people know how you operate, it helps permeate through the organization.” The day the commission selected Barwin as its new city manager, Lewis packed up what little belongings he had in the city manager’s office and moved into a smaller office down the hall. “I wanted the staff to know immediately there was a new sheriff coming to town,” Lewis said. “I wanted to set the tone.” Lewis, who hates attention and goodbyes, said there are no plans for a goodbye sendoff like the one he received at a Sarasota County Commission meeting that was orchestrated covertly by Sarasota County Commissioner Joe Barbetta. “I’m not shy, but I find it embarrassing, and emotions begin to overload me when those things happen,” Lewis said. Lewis said he’s “completely flattered” that North Port, Sarasota County and the city of Sarasota

thought enough of him to trust him to be their interim leader. “It’s just amazing,” Lewis said. “I’ve had a ball, but I’m officially retired now.” Friday, the man who doesn’t like attention or goodbyes, has plans to turn over the keys to his city-owned Toyota Prius and walk down First Street to the neighboring bus station. There, he will board bus No. 17 and ride home, to Venice, after declining ride offers from his wife and some city employees. “The bus ride will be a good time to reflect on this amazing journey,” Lewis said. Next week, Lewis and his wife will hop in a rented truck and finally take some of their belongings to their summer home in North Carolina. That trip has already been canceled three times after government leaders kept calling for his assistance. In a month, a trip to Hawaii and Tahiti is planned. “This is the end of this road for me,” Lewis said. “I’m ready to try this retirement thing everybody keeps talking about.”

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of the view and is chock-full of spacious living and owner amenities. Downtown real-estate developer Tom Mannausa is moving forward with downtown Sarasota’s first major condominium tower project since before the real-estate market went bust. Mannausa’s tower, named “The Jewel,” is illustrated in renderings drawn up for its location at 1301 Main St. A sales office for the project is set to open across the street in October. In December 2010, Mannausa purchased the lot at the corner of Gulfstream Avenue and Main Street for $870,000 from the estate of developer Samuel Hamad, whose Marquee on the Bay residential project fell apart during the downturn in the economy. When Mannausa purchased the Hamad property, the purchase price came with Hamad’s former plans designed by Hoyt Architect President Gary Hoyt. Hoyt has been retained to design The Jewel, and he released new renderings for the project last week. Hoyt said residents will enter the urban building with sweeping glass views through a 30-foot high, twostory lobby, complete with LED lighting. “It’s a gateway project,” Hoyt said. “The importance and focus we have on the street, the Main Street streetscape and creating a pedestrian-friendly environment is important.” The third floor of the building has been designated for resident amenities and includes an infinity pool, social center, Jacuzzi, spa, a yoga room, tennis

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The Jewel will have 18 floors and have sweeping views of Sarasota Bay and the surrounding area. Construction is expected to start in summer 2013. court and a putting green. The fourth level will house two two-bedroom, two-anda-half bathroom apartments that include a den for approximately 2,000 square feet apiece. While the fifth floor could contain the same type of apartments, floors six through 18 of the building will house 4,080-square-foot apartments with four bed-

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rooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms. Those models include two master suites. Price points have not been set for the units. All of the apartments will have 11-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling glass. Mannausa, through Mannausa Gulfstream Development Co., negotiated a purchase price for the Living Walls furniture store, which

is part of the retail space below the future Jewel condo. Mannausa told the Sarasota Observer he also purchased The Sports Page Bar & Grill from owners Kenny Barr and Bob Richards. Both businesses, as well as other tenants, will become permanent fixtures on the bottom floor of the project. Mannausa said he has already made 35 preliminary sales presentations “to 35 very excited customers.” Mannausa said he only needs deposits and contracts for 12 of the units to get started and won’t have a problem obtaining them. “We are tremendously excited,” Mannausa said. “Every member of my team is moving forward diligently to prepare for a 2013 spring groundbreaking.” Mannausa has commissioned structural-mechanical, civil, waterproofing and wind-load engineers to assist in creating the building. Sarasota land-use planner Joel Freedman has already been obtained to assist in maintaining compliance with all of the codes through the project’s design development and construction drawing phases. As far as the residential portion, “We will maximize views to Sarasota Bay, City Island, Longboat Key, Siesta Key and all of downtown that are unparalleled when compared to other downtown condos,” Mannausa said. It will take approximately 16 months from the start of construction to the building receiving its certificate of occupancy, Mannausa said.

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Appeals court rules against Key Club The Second District Court of Appeal affirmed a ruling that quashed the town-approved Islandside plan. The Longboat Key Club and Resort’s $400 million expansion and renovation project is dead. At least, the current version of it is. The Florida Second District Court of Appeal affirmed the ruling of 12th Judicial Circuit Judge Charles Roberts, who quashed the town-approved development order in favor of the club. The town and Key Club sought to overturn Roberts’ ruling that granted a writ of certiorari to the Islandside Property Owners Coalition and L’Ambiance and Sanctuary condominium associations in their challenge of the ordinance by which the Longboat Key Town Commission approved a development order for the project. John Patterson, attorney representing the Key Club, said Key Club officials were discussing Wednesday whether to appeal the decision. “Personally, I’m very disappointed,” Patterson said. “But I’m not going to recommend proceeding” with more legal appeals. “It means the application that was approved is dead,” Patterson said. Nonetheless, Patterson said, the Key Club could reapply for development approval under the town code that now

exists. It could submit its existing plans or submit altogether new plans. Any new submission, however, would be subject to the outcome of a court challenge filed by the Islandside Property Owners Coalition LLC. A hearing is scheduled for Dec. 17, at which IPOC is challenging the zoningcode and Comprehensive Plan amendments the Town Commission approved in an effort to clarify aspects of those documents. IPOC President Bob White and attorney Robert Lincoln could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon. The rulings come two-and-a-half months after the Lakeland appeals court heard oral arguments June 5, during a 40-minute hearing. Tampa attorney Sylvia Walbolt, representing the town, made two basic arguments: that the circuit court improperly reweighed evidence by singling out testimony from former Planning, Zoning & Building Director Monica Simpson, in which she stated that she could not recommend approval of the project, and that the court should have applied the town’s interpretation of any ambiguities in its zoning code con-

sistently and in a manner that favors property owners whenever possible. Lincoln, however, argued on behalf of IPOC and the associations that the codes were clear and that the circuit court “did an exemplary job of systematically emphasizing what the codes actually said.” In a 12-page opinion, Judge Edward LaRose, who authored the opinion, and Judges Nelly Khouzam and Robert Morris Jr. rejected both of the town’s arguments. “The town’s argument reaches too far and would encourage a judge to omit any meaningful background information in an order lest he or she be accused of impropriety. This hardly promotes judicial transparency, sound explanation and rational analysis.” The appeal court also found that the lower court properly interpreted the code, turning to the dictionary when necessary to find the meanings of undefined terms. The ruling rejects arguments that the town cited “its longstanding tradition allowing similar nonresidential developments,” noting, “tradition cannot displace the plain meaning of a local code.” The Key Club first unveiled its plans for the project in April 2008. The commission approved the plan in June 2010, after 22 public hearings.

clothing store fiasco arises

The former co-owners of The Stitches Boutique on Main Street remain entangled in a civil lawsuit amid reports of theft.

A dispute between clothing store boutique owners on Main Street is far from wrapping up. A year ago, Vince Sizemore, former co-owner of The Stitches Boutique, was accused of stealing store merchandise from his former business partner, Kellie Campayno, before he opened a new store across the street, which was named The Original Stitch Boutique. Sizemore has now been accused of stealing clothing from the new store and his new co-owner, Jackie Daniels. In August 2011, a Sarasota Police incident report stated that The Stitches Boutique co-owners, Sizemore and Campayno, were involved in a civil dispute regarding $40,000 worth of merchandise that was allegedly stolen from the store. Sizemore alleged in the report that he arrived at the store last summer to find “all the property in the store was gone.” Sizemore first reported that an unknown person must have robbed the store, but police pressed the issue after it was discovered the store was not broken into and that a key was used to enter the clothing boutique. The report states that minutes later, Sizemore admitted to having “a problem with his partner” and explained he was trying to “buy out co-owner Kellie Campayno’s half” of the business for several months. The report also stated Sizemore had to step outside with his attorney before discussing the mater further. Since that incident report, Campayno filed a lawsuit against Sizemore and V&K Enterprises Inc., seeking damages in court and claiming that Sizemore failed to divulge he was months behind on the store’s rent and in debt before she had agreed to buy out his former business partner’s 50% share of The Stitches Boutique. She had subsequently loaned the company $63,000. In the Sept. 30, 2011, complaint, Campayno alleges the store was more than $6,000 behind in rent, clothing vendors were seeking thousands of dollars from Sizemore and inventory she was led to believe was worth $70,000 was only worth $7,000. Sizemore denies the allegations and filed a counter suit seeking damages from Campayno. Sizemore claims Campayno stole the store’s merchandise, used a company credit card to pay for merchandise sent to her home and stole money from the company’s bank account. In the meantime, Campayno took over the store’s space at 1463 Main St. and started a new clothing boutique called Bohemian Bliss Boutique. Sizemore, meanwhile, acquired a new business partner, Daniels, and opened The Original Stitch Boutique, which sits directly across the street from Campayno’s store. Campayno proceeded to file a motion to disqualify Sizemore’s Sarasota attorney, Brandon Daniels, as counsel in the lawsuit. She claims Sizemore bartered $3,500 worth of store clothing to Daniels for counsel payment in a drivingunder-the-influence case and transferred the rest of the store’s clothing to Daniels once Sizemore stole it from the store. Jackie Daniels is Brandon Daniels’ wife. The civil lawsuit is still pending and challenges the use of the name The Original Stitch Boutique; the store’s name has now been changed to Jackie Z. Last week, Jackie Daniels’ mother reported to police that Sizemore was seen walking out of the store on three different occasions with his arms full of Jackie Z store clothing. The store’s video cameras were deleted, and an inventory revealed that since November, 235 pieces of clothing went missing. Sizemore is also alleged to have overdrafted Jackie Daniels’ bank account by $1,171.77. The report states Sizemore has not been located since the incident was reported to have occurred Aug. 10. Calls to all affected parties regarding this story were not returned.


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Siesta Key resident Marina Sommers is currently enrolled in the NYC Institute for Integrative Nutrition, working toward becoming an AADP certified health coach. Sommers says a healthy lifestyle has had a beneficial impact on her family. This week, she shares her chilled avocado gazpacho recipe.

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MOST READ STORIES ONLINE LAST WEEK: 1. “Aggressive vagrants anger commissioners” (Aug. 23) 2. “Isaac tracking westward” (Aug. 24) 3. “All eyes on Isaac” (Aug. 22) 4. “Sarasota County crews remove seaweed from area beaches” (Aug. 21) 5. “Parking enforcement comes to Whole Foods garage” (Aug. 24)

City of Sarasota administrative offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 3, in observance of Labor Day. Trash collection will not be impacted. The regular City Commission meeting will be held the following day, Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 2:30 and 6 p.m. at City Hall, 1565 First St. For more information, contact public information officer Jan Thornburg at 954-2613.

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 Alta Vista Neighborhood Association Meeting — 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, Concordia Lutheran Church, 21185 Wood St., Sarasota.  St. Armands Circle Neighborhood Association Meeting — 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3, St. Armands Circle Fire Station, 47 N. Adams Drive, Sarasota.  Sarasota City Commission Regular Meeting — 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, City Hall, Commission Chamber, 1565 Fist St., Sarasota.  Development Review Committee Meeting — 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, City Hall, Room 112, 1565 First St., Sarasota.  Downtown Sarasota Alliance Regular Meeting — 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota.

Exhibition Hall, Ringling College of Art and Design, 2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The event was rescheduled from Aug. 27 due to Tropical Storm Isaac.  The showcase will give Sarasota County teachers an opportunity to meet face-to-face with organization representatives and artists who offer explorations through EdExploreSRQ. com. The event will also include a workshop on collaboration and grant writing.  EdExploreSRQ.com was created in partnership with the Sarasota County Schools, the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County, the Science and Environment Council of Sarasota County and the Patterson Foundation.

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Sarasota County Administrator Randall Reid inherited a government recovering from a purchasing scandal and struggling with a procurement contract that would eventually develop into a prominent mowing fiasco. Reid has tweaked staffing a bit since January, but in October plans to implement a major overhaul of Sarasota County’s internal structure, which is intended to prevent similar problems from developing under his leadership. He’s also filling some new positions with people he knows personally and re-evaluating some long-terms staffers’ positions. The idea is to break up the monopoly over management decisions leftover after former County Administrator Jim Ley’s resignation in 2011. Three assistant county administrators, two of whom have worked with Reid before, were tapped to fill part of the vacuum created during the 2011 procurement scandal. “You had (Interim County Administrator) Dave Bullock trying to run an organization of 2,000,” Reid said of the problems that grew out of the interim between former County Administrator Jim Ley’s resignation LBK - 2010 - K LBK 2010move - Kfrom Alachua County. and Reid’s “Dave, himself, would tell you it is unworkable, so what this basically does is restore some more management staff


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With a $1,000 campaign budget, 29-year-old Christian Ziegler attributes much of his success in the primary election to his social media campaign. communicate with voters from anywhere. I can reach people on their couch or on a park bench, and they can watch a video or read an article on their own time. I can reach the person who wouldn’t come out to a Town Hall meeting.� In addition to these tactics, Ziegler says he is one of the first people to take advantage of text-message marketing. Subscribers to his website who opted to include their phone number received a text-message alert the morning the polls opened reminding them to vote. Ziegler says the responses to the texts were largely positive from all demographics. “The myth that social networking won’t work in Sarasota because we have an older population is completely false,� said Ziegler. “Last year, the 55-and-older age bracket was the fastest-growing demographic on Facebook.� Simply using social networking platforms isn’t enough, said Ziegler.

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In order to be effective, he said it’s important to engage the audience in a conversation and make the experience interactive. “It’s more of a conversation than it is a speech from one person to another,� he said. “I would post questions on Facebook, and if people disagreed with my post or had questions, I could immediately post a video response with my position.� Now that the campaign is over, Ziegler says he’ll continue to use these platforms to keep the public updated on current issues. He’s currently assisting in social media coverage at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. “If you don’t grasp social media, you’re at a significant disadvantage when you’re campaigning,� he said. “And, I think you are doing the public an injustice if you aren’t engaging with the people. An open government is better for democracy and the entire country.� — Nick Friedman

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How to fight vagrants: privatize Everywhere you go in downtown Sarasota, the subject of “the homeless” surfaces. It’s really bad. A Second Street business owner told us last week that after our call he was going to retrieve a shovel to clean up the piles of human excrement in a partially enclosed area behind his building. A couple of “homeless” use it as their personal commode. This wasn’t the first time for the shovel. This issue is out of control. The business owner lamented that he tried to persuade city officials to adopt sensible rules about vagrancy, but to no avail. “Do you know someone cannot be arrested if he’s sleeping behind my building unless he is covering himself with a blanket?” the owner said. “He has to be using a blanket. “Well, they all know this,” he said. “If they need to cover themselves, they use a jacket or a shirt. You can’t arrest them.” Apparently, even if Sarasota is dubbed “the meanest city” in America, it’s not mean enough. It needs to get meaner. This is the No. 1 issue in downtown Sarasota. It’s one of safety (for law-abiding residents) and economics. It’s already hurting downtown businesses. And the word and reputation is spreading. A member of the St. Armands Circle Association board forwarded to all of his fellow board members last week a copy of our Aug. 23 story about aggressive vagrants. “If this happens to the Circle,” he

wrote, “we will have a huge challenge.” The problem is already spreading to Siesta Key. Think of it this way: The product we sell is our destination. If the product is flawed (i.e. too many aggressive vagrants), customers will go elsewhere. There probably is no quick fix to this. But one approach to making Five Points Park and the Selby Library less infested with the undesirables is New York City’s model for Central and Bryant Parks: privatize them. Bryant Park was similar to Five Points Park in the early to mid-1990s. Then along came Dan Biederman. He raised private funds from businesses around the park, real-estate owners, concessions and events sponsorships. A private venture runs and maintains the park. And as such, it’s easier to kick an offender off of private property. The park hasn’t cost the city a dime since 1996. A private, non-profit charity manages Central Park. Crime is far below what it was before the charity took over. What a travesty: A business owner needs a shovel at his office to scoop up human poop.

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Our Democratic Party readers likely will gag at any mention of the Republican Party of Sarasota County awarding Donald Trump “Statesman of the Year” Sunday night, at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. Regardless, you have to give kudos to

GOP-Sarasota Chairman Joe Gruters. Persuading Trump to come here at this moment in the election campaign was one smart move. Trump may not exactly be what you envision as a statesman, but he did just what Gruters hoped: drew a record audience (more than 1,000) and money into the party. At one point, Gruters said he hoped to raise $7,500 that night to erect three “Repeal Obama” billboards to replace the one vandals destroyed about 10 days ago. In a matter of two minutes or so, Sarasota entrepreneur Jesse Biter, during his short speech, had pledges for six billboards. All night the room was electrified. Trump jazzed up the audience even more. Gruters couldn’t have hoped for more. But while Trump lobbed predictable and welcome criticisms of the current president, the most telling moment of the night was the invocation by the Rev. Fausto Stampiglia, pastor of St. Martha Catholic Church. Stampiglia took a stand — making explicit reference to the administration’s infringements on religious freedom and asking God to bring this nation “R&R … Romney and Ryan.” When a priest is that definitive, that’s a powerful, telling sign.

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Scandalous outsourcing? Sarasota County’s new county administrator, Randall Reid, has pegged the county’s “rush” to privatize as the main driving force behind the purchasing scandals that rocked county government and resulted in about 14 jobs lost, one criminal charge and the forced resignation of long-time Administrator Jim Ley. Ley said the problems came from delegating too many decisions to lower-level staff members who then made errors. Some broke the law. But Reid said increased reliance on private ROD for goods and THOMSON contracts services, which Sarasota County does for about $300 million annually, was the cause of the purchasing problems. This could be a risky and costly conclusion for taxpayers. The county already was trending toward more outsourcing under Ley, in his attempts to keep government from growing too fast. But when the recession hit, the pace picked up quickly to save money, and that’s when the problems multiplied. Reid now says Sarasota County government will re-evaluate what services could be better accomplished in house. His reputation as more of a statist government

bureaucrat than Ley and one who has more faith in government getting things done right and cheaper than the private sector suggests that he may find many opportunities to take more work inside government. That will result in a bigger employee base and a larger benefit pool for county taxpayers to support. First, it must be noted that it was illegal and immoral behavior by individuals that was at the heart of the scandal. We always want to find systems and society to blame for individual misdeeds when it is usually as simple as a person choosing wrongly. Most choose right, some choose wrong, and we have laws to punish them. In Sarasota County, employees were using county credit cards for personal purchases, and they may have been the recipients of monetary remuneration for guiding the selection of some vendors. Unethical and illegal. If true, prosecute the villains. The risk given Reid’s reputation — which we can all hope is overstated — is that the county will be flung backward on this issue, meaning more government workers will be hired and taxpayers will pay more to support a growing local government. It’s established in studies, history and common sense that with few exceptions — such as the military, police and firefighters — the private sector does things better at less cost. There are those who despise that truth.

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For them, one word: incentive. Government lacks it, businesses have it in spades. Racing back to government workers doing everything will bloat county government and is dutybound to drive up longterm costs for current and future taxpayers. County commissioners need to resist and force Reid to justify every such move beyond pointing at the scandal of a few. Reid has hired Ted Coyman to head the county’s purchasing department. Coyman is a former contractor for the U.S. Department of Defense, which gives him experience in purchasing but not necessarily a lot of practice at keeping costs in line. Remember, these were the folks who gave us $400 hammers and other atrocious spending. Unfortunately, on time and under budget is not the reputation of defense contractors. But there are exceptions. If Coyman can create better practices and oversight, and the county continues to privatize and keep in the private sector, things that can and should be, then we all win. Is that the direction Reid will take? In the end, if county government grows payrolls and benefits — and benefits are a major problem with government spending now — as the solution to the purchasing misdeeds, it will be a huge mistake and cost all of us.

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The God Particle: what it means to you The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), based in Geneva, is responsible for the project known as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The LHC lies in a tunnel 17 miles in circumference and as much as 570 feet beneath the FrancoSwiss border. It is funded by and built in collaboration with more than 10,000 scientists and engineers from more than 100 countries, as well as hundreds of universities and laboratories. This is CAROLGREEN a monumental project of epic proportions, and yet most people are unaware of it. The scientific purpose in lay terms is to measure energy in highly accelerated motion. Dec. 9, 2009, CERN tested the Super Collider and had results based on accelerating protons to energies of 1.2 trillion electron volts apiece and then crashing them together. At first glance, you may wonder how this would impact your life. Actually, the implications are profound. If the collider gets the results the scientists are looking for, it will rewrite the future in terms of energy production. If it fails, it means the work will go out the window or, perhaps, more appropriately, down the hole. Recently, CERN scientists announced the discovery of what they are calling “the missing cornerstone of physics.” The Higgs boson was the missing particle, and one of the main reasons for the development of the LHC. It was named after professor Dr. Peter Ware Higgs, a British theoretical physicist, who in 1964 predicted the existence of the particle. In tests conducted in July, the scientists of CERN have apparently successfully found this theoretical subatomic particle that has been unofficially named the “God particle.” Since Dr. Higgs first proposed his theory, 11 of the 12 proposed particles have been found, but the Higgs boson particle continued to provide a challenge to scientists. Understanding it is essential to understanding the composition of the universe. It is regarded as a key to under-

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Sleeping it off 2:15 a.m. — 200 block of South Palm Avenue. Arrest. A couple was arrested after sleeping in the doorway of a church. The couple had been warned not to do so in the past. Party’s over 5:53 p.m. — 1900 block of Main Street. Suspicious Person. Police responded to a report of a drunken man falling down inside a restaurant. A cab was called for him, and he was sent home.

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Keeping order 3:07 a.m. — 3500 block of Fruitville Road. Disorderly Conduct. A fast-food restaurant manager told police a group of kids was causing a disturbance inside. The officer told the group to leave and use the drive-thru if they wanted to order food.

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Dine and dash 6:55 p.m. — 1900 block of Main Street. Fraud. A restaurant manager told police a man rang up a $98.44 food and bar tab, gave a waiter a non-functioning debit card and fled the restaurant before the waiter returned. Employees found him down the road, and he agreed to come back to the restaurant and call someone to pay his bill. He was placed under arrest after admitting he knew of no one who would pay his bill.

Demolition man 10:11 a.m. — 700 block of Bayfront Drive. Suspicious Circumstance. Police responded to a report of a man stealing items off a boat on the bayfront. Police found the man, and he showed police documentation that gave him the right to remove belongings from the boat before it’s demolished.

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standing why matter has mass. Dr. Higgs’ theory claimed that the missing particle allows all particles to combine with gravity to give objects weight. Mass is absolutely essential for the universe, as we know it, to exist. The results are not 100% conclusive. Rolf Heuer, director of CERN, told the elated crowd, “As a layman, I think we did it. We have a discovery. We have observed a new particle that is consistent with a Higgs boson.” The term, “God particle,” was initiated by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Dr. Leon Lederman. Understanding what happened in lay terms is the following. Particles in the universe theoretically should have no mass. The results of the super collider in demonstrating the existence of the boson is of major importance. The full understanding of this particle could provide the basis for new thought and information that can result in today’s conventional wisdom disintegrating under analysis. It could possibly lead to harmonious theories embracing the core philosophies of all religions, as well as scientific theory. It does not solve the religion vs. science dilemma, because scientists can use the data to prove that life arose spontaneously in the universe. The religious can use the data to claim that when the Supreme Being created the universe, the elements and potential for life were implanted in it. What might be most interesting is the mutual acceptance of its existence and what, ultimately, will result from the discovery. CERN and collaborators point to the discovery as being so fundamental to the laws of nature that it could spawn a new era of technology and development in the same way that Newton’s laws of gravity led to basic equations of mechanics that provided the basis for the industrial revolution. The potential harmony between core religious thought and science is awesome to consider; add the economic and scientific potential and it is understandable why this discovery is getting so much attention. It is an extraordinary breakthrough. Carol B. Green is the author of the Franchise Survival Guide and Spiritual Transformation in America.

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Donald Trump packs Ritz-Carlton ballroom The billionaire developer debuted his campaign for Gov. Mitt Romney in front of more than 1,000 attendees at a fundraiser for the Republican Party of Sarasota. Donald Trump braved the winds of Tropical Storm Isaac and a wave of more than 300 people, who paid to have their picture taken with him, to deliver a 30-minute speech Sunday night for a Republican Party of Sarasota fundraiser. “He isn’t used to waiting around for anybody,” said Sarasota GOP Chairman Joe Gruters.
 Trump arrived at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, two hours before the dinner during which he accepted the organization’s Statesman of the Year distinction. During his speech, he announced his plan to serve as Gov. Mitt Romney’s surrogate in the run-up to the 2012 election and told Republicans it’s time to stoop to their rival’s campaign tactics, in an early demonstration of what to expect from the reality television star until November. More than 1,000 people attended the event, which brought in about $200,000.  The dinner generated enough donation pledges to build six billboards, said Gruters. Previously, vandals defaced a Sarasota GOP billboard in Venice.  Gruters said the audience’s response to Trump’s award was indicative of why the Sarasota GOP gave him the award. “It was probably one of the largest dinners in Sarasota’s history,” Gruters said. “The guy’s reputation fits him.” Trump told the audience that a president should be a businessman and a winner. “I’ve built up a net worth of $8 billion,” Trump said. “Eight-billion dollars — not bad.” Trump added people with a background of financial wealth are vulnerable

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Donald Trump, holding his copy of the Sarasota Observer, told reporters during a press conference Sunday, at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, that if President Barack Obama is re-elected, there might not be a country left in four years. to political attacks. “I see so many successful people wanting to run (for office), but during the course of their success, they’ve beaten the hell out of people — they’ve won,” Trump said. “And honestly they’ve left people in their wake and they’ve made enemies.”


He wasn’t specific about how Republicans should alter their campaign strategy, but said they need to “fight fire with fire.” “John McCain, who I also like, wanted to be very nice,” Trump said about the 2008 election. “But, honestly, can you be nice?”

Blogger smears Sarasota GOP Republican Party of Sarasota Chairman Joe Gruters has received some “pretty disturbing” voicemail messages this week, after a blogger for the Village Voice posted his cell-phone number online. James King, who blogs for the New York City weekly newspaper, most recently called Gov. Mitt Romney’s sons “terrifying” because they don’t Gruters drink alcohol or smoke and berated Gruters for awarding Donald Trump Statesman of the Year Sunday, Aug. 26. King targeted the Sarasota GOP when Trump called Arianna Huffington “ugly” on Twitter, just a day after receiving the award. Gruters had taped Trump saying, “Joe is a great guy,” and saved it as his voicemail message. The move prompted King to include the number with his post. “We stand by the award,” Gruters said in an Aug. 29 phone interview. The distinction was based on a lifetime of achievements, and the Sarasota GOP is thrilled to have honored Trump, he said. A flurry of phone calls has left Gruters hesitant to return missed calls, but he said he will leave the voicemail message up for the next week or so. Most of the callers hang up when he answers. “It doesn’t bother me,” Gruters said. “If people have that much free time, go ahead and call it up.”

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WARRIOR SPIRIT Terms of the trade Parkour: An discipline of movement focused on overcoming obstacles using running, climbing, swinging, vaulting, leaping and rolling. Slacklining: A sport in which people balance on nylon webbing stretched between two anchor points. Unlike tightrope walking, the slackline stretches and bounces. Free running: A variation of parkour, in which runners place more emphasis on style and creativity, as compared to the speed used in parkour. ‘American Ninja Warrior’: A television show on G4 TV, in which competitors attempt to complete a rigorous obstacle course. As of the first four seasons, no American has completed the course.

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In a recent bout of nostalgia, Sarasota native and parkour enthusiast Sean Morris dug up his fifth-grade yearbook and found his picture. “Everyone had written what they wanted to be when they grew up,” says Morris. “Most kids had put astronaut or doctor. Mine was really short. I wrote, ‘I think I want to be a stunt man.’” Today, Morris is, more or less, living his dream. A personal trainer and fourtime competitor on the G4 television show, “American Ninja Warrior,” which challenges competitors to complete an intense obstacle course, he spends much of his time teaching and perfecting various stunts and athletic techniques. It’s hard to pin down exactly what it is that Morris does. Incorporating techniques such as slacklining, free running, rock climbing and parkour, he describes his style as more of a passion for applicable strength training. “It’s not about being the strongest or the fastest,” says Morris. “It’s about adaptability. I’m kind of the anti-gym. It never made sense to me to focus on only a few large muscle groups. Aesthetics will follow function, not the other way around.” Morris was first introduced to “American Ninja Warrior” in 2009, when he was working as an installer of residential hurricane shutters. He would sometimes use his parkour and rock-climbing skills on the job, hanging from one hand and operating a drill with the other. “My boss told me I should compete,” remembers Morris. “I had no idea what it was, but after he explained it, I went out and

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CROSS COUNTRY SEPT. 1 • The Out-of-Door Academy at Lipham Invitational (8 a.m.) — Keswick Christian School, 10101 54th Ave. N., St. Petersburg

GOLF (BOYS) Aug. 30 • Sarasota at North Port (3:30 p.m.) — Heron’s Creek Country Club, 3401 S. Sumter Blvd., North Port • The Out-of-Door Academy vs. Southeast (3:30 p.m.) — Lakewood Ranch Country Club, 7650 Legacy Blvd., Lakewood Ranch Sept. 4 • Sarasota vs. Riverview (3 p.m.) — The Founder’s Club, 9000 Fruitville Road, Sarasota • Braden River at Cardinal Mooney (3:30 p.m.) • The Out-of-Door Academy at Lemon Bay (4 p.m.) Sept. 5 • Sarasota Christian at Braden River, Lakewood Ranch and Bradenton Christian (TBA) — Rosedale Country Club, 5100 87th St. E., Bradenton

GOLF (GIRLS) Aug. 30 • Sarasota at Venice and Lakewood Ranch (3:30 p.m.) – Capri Isles, 849 Capri Isles Blvd., Venice Sept. 4 • Cardinal Mooney at Venice and Lemon Bay (3:30 p.m.) Sept. 5 • The Out-of-Door Academy at North Port (4 p.m.)

FOOTBALL Aug. 31 • Booker at Sarasota (7:30 p.m.) • Riverview vs. Palmetto (7:30 p.m.) • Cardinal Mooney at LaBelle (7:30 p.m.) • The Out-of-Door Academy at St. Petersburg Catholic (7 p.m.)

SWIMMING Sept. 5 • Sarasota at Venice Relay Meet (5 p.m.) – Venice YMCA, 701 Center Road, Venice • Sarasota Christian School at Venice Relay Meet (5 p.m.) — Venice YMCA, 701 Center Road, Venice

VOLLEYBALL Aug. 30 • Port Charlotte at Booker (6:30 p.m.) • Keswick Christian School at Sarasota Christian School (6:30 p.m.) Sept. 4 • Lakewood Ranch at Riverview (5 p.m.) • Sarasota at Palmetto (JV 6 p.m., V 7 p.m.) • Cardinal Mooney at Braden River (7 p.m.) • Booker at Tampa Catholic (7 p.m.)* • The Out of Door Academy vs. Tampa Bay HEAT (7 p.m.) Sept. 5 • Sarasota at North Port (JV 5:30 p.m., V 6:30 p.m.)

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Sarasota High junior Austin Leach spent last season playing wide receiver for the Sailors. This fall, Leach is adjusting to playing on the opposite side of the ball as a safety.

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After playing at Booker for a year, junior Austin Leach transferred to Sarasota last year. This fall, the former wide receiver is taking on a new challenge for the betterment of the team. SARASOTA — Austin Leach is headed in a new direction. After spending the past six years running routes and catching passes, Leach is no longer moving forward on the field. Instead, the Sarasota High wide receiver now spends his time running backward — something he’s had to adjust to since switching to a new position at the beginning of fall practice. Leach played wide receiver for the Sailors last fall, before injuring his ankle and missing the last five games of the season. “It was hard not to be able to help the team win,” Leach says. “I didn’t really want to watch the game. I wanted to be involved.” Now healthy, Leach will predominately play safety this season and occasionally play wide receiver.

The move caught Leach somewhat off guard, but over the past few weeks he’s adjusted to his new role on the opposite side of the ball. “At first I didn’t handle it very well,” Leach says. “I’m going to do whatever the team needs me to do to win. If that means (playing safety), then that’s what I’m willing to do.” Leach started playing football when he was 9 years old and spent his first two seasons playing quarterback. “That’s what you want to play,” Leach says of playing quarterback. “It seemed like the best position on the field because you always have the ball in your hands. But after intercepting a pass during a scrimmage game, Leach’s coaches moved him to wide receiver. “The game is less complicated and

you get play more,” Leach says of being a wide receiver. There’s less pressure.” Leach spent his freshman year playing both wide receiver and safety for Booker. Then, when he transferred to Sarasota the following year, he started the first six games at wide receiver before the ankle injury occurred. Tomorrow night, Leach will line up against his former teammates once again as the Sailors host the Tornadoes in their season opener. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Leach still talks to his former teammates and admits it’s different going up against some of your friends. “It’s (different) playing against your friends and beating them,” Leach says. “It’s just a spot I’m put in to help the team win. I just want to be the best football player I can be.”


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How did you first get involved? My school coach told my sister (Sarah) she should play, and we started at about the same time. She was in fifth grade, and I was in third. What was it like to play alongside your sister, Sarah, for the first time last season? We had played together before in club, but this was totally different. It was really cool. We don’t really think of each other as sisters on the court, but we play well together. What has been your most memorable moment as a player? Making varsity as a freshman was pretty big. Also, beating Venice for the first time. We just had euphoria, like, “Did that really happen?” We were on a high for like a week. We

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Oyster Bay Estates home sells for $1.2 million The following residential real-estate transactions took place between Aug. 13 and Aug. 17. A home in Oyster Bay Estates tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Carlisle and D. Diane Fiers, of Sarasota, sold their home at 1131 North Lake Shore Drive to Clarence and Kimberly Griffin, of Sarasota, for $1.2 million. Built in 1958, it has five bedrooms, five baths, a pool and 4,570 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $140,000 in 1978.

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Jordan and Sheila Colby, of Sarasota, sold their home at 1795 Lincoln Park Circle to Neil and Myra Kopinski, of Sarasota, for $1,137,500. Built in 2002, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,612 square feet of living area.

The Landings

Richard Bratton, of Sarasota, sold his home at 1687 Landings Lane to James and Noxie Reese, of Sarasota, for $862,000. Built in 1999, it has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a pool and 4,227

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Jacqueline Greenberg, of Bradenton, sold her home at 3210 Old Oak Drive to Bruce Mickelson and Linda Leparulo, of Branchburg, N.J., for $665,000. Built in 1995, it has five bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 3,013 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $890,000 in 2005.

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Jerry Jazwinski, trustee, of Sarasota, sold the Unit 1503 condominium at 555 S. Gulfstream Ave. to Glenn and Luz Latimer, of Sarasota, for $637,500. Built in 1969, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,252 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $480,000 in 2004.

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Albert Lawrence, of Charleston, W.Va., sold his Unit 612 condominium at 988 Blvd. of the Arts to John and Terri Payak, of Toledo, Ohio, for $610,000. Built in 1982, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,729 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $685,000 in 2005.

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This home at 1131 North Lake Shore Drive has five bedrooms, five baths, a pool and 4,570 square feet of living area. It sold for $1.2 million. Akgun Temizer, trustee, of Sarasota, sold the Unit 1006 condominium at 888 Blvd. of the Arts to James and Mary Joseph, of Chapel Hill, N.C., for $435,000. Built in 1982, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,555 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $409,000 in 2003. Pauline Wolfe, of W. Palm Beach, sold the Unit 606 condominium at 888 Blvd. of

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T&L Estate Properties LLC sold the Unit H-710 condominium at 100 Central Ave. to David and Elise Notestein, of Sarasota, for $475,000. Built in 2005, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,725 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $650,000 in March.

Oyster Bay Estates

Kristy Tingle sold the home at 1625 Field Road to Creig Beaghler and Christine Chwallek, of Washington, D.C., for $400,000. Built in 1982, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,053 square feet of living area. It previously sold for

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Gulf Gate East

Michael Anders and Lynn Manco sold their home at 3660 Kingston Blvd. to Christina Kruse, of Sarasota, for $260,000. Built in 1981, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,050 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $172,000 in 2010.

Gulf Gate Woods

Donald Nopper, trustee, of Virginia Beach, Va., sold the home at 7560 Biltmore Drive to Leslie Gray, of Sarasota, for $245,000. Built in 1977, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,621 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $395,000 in 2006.

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the Unit 1220 condominium at 1064 N. Tamiami Trail to Dorothy Gilroy for $200,000. Built in 2007, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,084 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $242,000 in 2008.

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The Bank of New York Mellon, trustee, sold the home at 7644 Uliva Way to Theresa Govier, of Sarasota, for $352,000. Built in 2005, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,008 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $267,700 in March.

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Howard and Mildred Lake, of Lady Lake, sold their home at 8849 Enclave Court to Melvyn Srybnik and Kathleen Gurney, of Sarasota, for $600,000. Built in 2004, it has three bedrooms, three-and-one-half baths, a pool and 3,185 square feet of living area. Marcia Frankel, trustee, of Sarasota, sold the home at 8391 Jesolo Lane to Bryan and Robin Landy, of Minnetonka, Minn., for $405,000. Built in 2002, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,008 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $318,500 in 2002.

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Howard and Larissa Green, of Sarasota, sold their home at 7325 Villa D’Este Drive to Leo and Julia Hadley, of Sarasota, for $356,000. Built in 1988, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,992 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $310,000 in 2010. Gary and Penny Whalen, of Sarasota, sold their home at 3930 Prairie Dunes Drive to Robert and Mary Hicks, of Princeton, N.J., for $338,000. Built in 1979, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,364 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $329,900 in 2004.

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Pete Gray took this sunset photo overlooking Sarasota Bay.

Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was not found in samples collected this week alongshore of Sarasota, as of Friday, Aug. 24.

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CARLO DATTILO PAINTING. Licensed & insured. Interior/ Exterior painting including drywall repair and retexturing. Wallpaper installation & removal, pressure washing. Residential & commercial, condos. Honest & reliable. Free estimates. 941-744-1020. 35+ years experience. MIKE DYMOND QUALITY PAINTING. Interior/ Exterior, Repaints. Many references. Free estimates. Licensed and insured. 941-544-0764.

LarrySellsSarasota.com

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35(<&8672

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WWW.ABBEXINC.COM Steve Alexander

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SARASOTA DOWNTOWN CONDO. Designerfurnished/turnkey 2BR/2BA. Annual rental for $2400 + Utilities/mo. See virtual tour and additional information at www.vrbo.com/205252. Phone 703-283-4197.

PROFESSIONAL TILE & MARBLE INSTALLATION

ASSISTED LIVING in the Privacy of your Home. Complete Care from Homemaking, Transportation, Dressing and Grooming, Medications to RN Supervision and Case Management. License # 30211372, bonded and insured. Services available all hours. Call 377-4465.

$450/mo-1 bed/bath mobile homes. 55+ community. No Pets. 5811 14th St. W. Bradenton. Sarasota Real Estate Assoc., Inc. Greg Nowak 941-809-6034

89757

www.vanderbiltbeachresort.com

STEVE ALLEN FLOOR COVERINGS

FREE----Speech. Thanks Observer.

SIESTA KEY Waterfront Condo - Cozy Cove: Large 2BR/2BA w/boat slips, pool, view and beach. Great income producer and fully furnished. Price reduced to $309,900. Siesta Beach Realty. 941-993-5722.

CALL (800) 243-9076 or (239) 597-3144 9225 Gulfshore Drive North, Naples, Florida 34108

Home Improvement/ Remodeling

ABBEX, INC 941-365-3833 Check Casher - Absentee Owned Nets $59,000 - Price $165,000 Internet Co. - Over 16,000 subscribers Nets $239,000 - Price $640,000 Water Restoration Co. Nets $219,000 - Price $740,000 Service Co. Nets $90,000 - Price $150,000

88740

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89306

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Business Opportunities

Furniture Repair ALBERTOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S REFINISHING Of Fine Furniture, Antiques, Gold Leaf, Cane, Rush, Upholstery. Quality Work. Call: 941-296-5427.

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930 N. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota, FL 34236

Things To Do

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JEFFERSON CENTER

3690387-01

Storage STORAGE FACILITY Boat/ RV/ Trailer. Secure facility, low monthly rentals, Clark Rd area. 941-809-3660, 941-809-3662.

Vacation/Seasonal Rentals

SIESTA KEY VILLAGE 2BR/2BA Condo, Breathtaking Gorgeous Gulf Water Views from All windows. 2 Pools, Laundry, Available Now! Short term lease, $2500/mo. Siesta Key Realty, 941-349-8900.

89761

EXPERIENCED SUZUKI Violin/Viola teacher has current openings in studio. University Pkwy. and Lockwood Ridge area. Also available for Suzuki Teacher Training. marthashackford@Gmail.com; 941-312-6199; www.shackfordvioloinstudio.com


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89227

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89310

941.484.8495

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89315

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88980

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#1 Agent in the Siesta Key Office 409 Beach Road, Siesta Key

Selling Sarasota and Her Islands

Sometimes you just need to change your point of view... Welcome to your new perspective. When you live here, you are steps from the #1 Beach in the USA! Go ahead... Let the view take your breath away.

Baskind Warren Team

4 bedroom townhome/2 levels/4000 SF 5 baths/2 master suites/3 car garage Private elevator and community pool MLS#: A3957095 Listed at $1,975,000

Coldwell Banker Previews Specialists in Exceptional Properties Buying or Selling - We Exceed Your Expectations Global Network - Over 50 Countries and 350 Web Sites Only the Best - You Deserve It!

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Marty Warren 941-302-2408

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Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, 5145 Ocean Blvd., Sarasota, FL

office: 941-349-2922

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cell: 941-914-5540

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Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Owned and Operated by NRT,LLC

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Surprising Bay Views on Siesta Key...

Carmen Baskind 941-724-1854

5836 Driftwood Place

6470 HOLLYWOOD BLVD.

2BR/2BA condo just over the south bridge. Open plan, one month rentals, 12x per year make this a great investment! $239,900

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Call Stephen P. Stevens at 941.349.6636 Stevens & Salt, Inc. Realtor

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2BR/2BA Villa within walking distance to Phillippi Estates Park and a short bike ride to Siesta Key. Light & bright with a lovely community clubhouse and heated pool. Lots of green space maintained by the Association. $134,900

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SIESTA KEY SINGLE FAMILY HOMES SOLD Roberts Point Road Siesta REV Freeling Drive Bay Island Shores

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SIESTA KEY SINGLE FAMILY HOMES NEWLY LISTED Southport Drive Royal Palm Harbor Big Pass Lane Ralph Twitchell Siesta Key Prop.

6157 1021 9000 5760 5790

SIESTA KEY CONDOMINIUMS SOLD Midnight Pass Road #A31 Bay Oaks Point of Rocks Road #4 Point of Rocks Terrace Midnight Pass Road #7 Turtle Cove Midnight Pass Road #103 Gulf & Bay Club PH4 Midnight Pass Road #A 707 Gulf & Bay Club PH1

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DOWNTOWN SARASOTA AREA SINGLE FAMILY HOMES SOLD 5th Street Gillespie/Central Park South Ospery Ave. Graham Heights Laurel Street Pos Corr

$247,500 $371,000 $750,000

DOWNTOWN SARASOTA AREA SINGLE FAMILY HOMES NEWLY LISTED Irving Street Graham Heights $549,000

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DOWNTOWN SARASOTA AREA CONDOMINIUMS SOLD John Ringling Blvd. #2 Sarasota Harbor

101 1064 1064 707 988 1771 1800 35

DOWNTOWN SARASOTA AREA CONDOMINIUMS NEWLY LISTED South Gulfstream Ave. #6J Dolphin Tower $31,900 North Tamiami Trail #1208 Broadway Promenade $199,800 North Tamiami Trail #1408 Broadway Promenade $199,800 South Gulfstream Ave. #906 Essex House $239,900 Boulevard of the Arts #615 Condo on the Bay Tower II $374,900 Ringling Boulevard #1002 Rivo at Ringling $406,000 Benjamin Franklin Drive #1105 L’Elegance on Lido Beach $999,000 Watergate Drive #405 Ritz-Carlton Tower residences $1,395,000

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LONGBOAT KEY SINGLE FAMILY HOMES SOLD Golf Links Lane Country Club Shores Unit 5 Sec 3

$675,000

731 617 510

LONGBOAT KEY SINGLE FAMILY HOMES NEWLY LISTED Fox Street Longbeach Buttonwood Drive Longboat Shores REV Chipping Lane Country Club Shores Unit 5 Sec 3

$338,500 $499,900 $995,000

3740 3740 3740 6800 750 3740 3740 726 3030 535

LONGBOAT KEY CONDOMINIUMS SOLD Gulf of Mexico Dr #102 Beach & Marina Villas at Twin Shores Gulf of Mexico Dr #104 Beach & Marina Villas at Twin Shores Gulf of Mexico Dr #106 Beach & Marina Villas at Twin Shores Gulf of Mexico Dr #188 Whitney Beach II Condo El Centro Spanish Main Yacht Club Gulf of Mexico Dr #108 Beach & Marina Villas at Twin Shores Gulf of Mexico Dr #2 Twin Shores Mobile Home Park Bayport Way #726 Bayport Beach & Tennis Club PHD Grand Bay Boulevard #374 Grand Bay 3 LONGBOAT KEY CONDOMINIUMS NEWLY LISTED Sanctuary Dr #A 603 Sanctuary IV

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6224 Midnight Pass Rd # 6224B #A3958268 $1,300,000 Tara Lamb & Judy Greene

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THURSDAY, August 23, 2012

by Mallory Gnaegy | A&E Editor

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“I practiced (when I first started playing) as I do now — every day,” Dick Hyman says of his 60-plus year career.

Mr. Piano Man The keys of a piano may be black and white, but jazz pianist Dick Hyman’s career is extremely colorful. Hyman arranges, composes and conducts pieces in many genres and continues his eclectic career playing shows around the country.

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ost people who drive past a particular pale-pink, one-story home in Venice don’t realize it is renowned pianist Dick Hyman’s studio. But if someone were to travel through the unsuspecting entrance, he would clearly recognize it as the musi-

cian’s sanctuary of creation. A Steinway & Sons baby grand is the focal point of the family room (even though Hyman says he’s more of a Yamaha piano artist). Strewn across nearby tables are large parchment paper compositions full of dots made of

ink and Wite-Out. And although there is plenty of evidence that musical creation takes place in this space, based on the most striking feature of the room — an extensive vinyl collection — it’s hard to imagine how Hyman gets any work accomplished at all.

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The walls of the studio are lined with white shelving that boasts a (mostly) mint-condition vinyl collection along with cassettes and CDs, all organized alphabetically. The inventory, which Hyman has been collecting since the late ’30s, would make any vinyl-lover drool. He’s recorded about 100 albums under his name, and he’s got a lot of those, too. Hyman loves to sit and listen to records with his grandkids, just as he did with his brother at an early age. “There’s always stuff to be learned from those recordings,” He says. He always comes back to the albums recorded by Art Tatum because, according to Hyman, “he’s the best.” The foundation of his collection is a row of yellowish-brown vintage 78 rpm records that Hyman’s late, older brother, Arthur, gave him. But his brother also gave him something a bit more substantial. Hyman was 10 years old, when, like many young piano students, his career started with learning “Chopsticks.” It was Arthur who showed him around the keyboard. “The real lessons came on top of the great interest in fooling around with the keyboard,” he says. To Hyman, improvisation isn’t something that can be taught, but it can be improved with a little bit of talent, daily practice and with knowledge of the fundamentals. Hyman likes to keep his fingers limber with Chopin etudes, playing Bach and other exercises for technique. “You have to learn the tools

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Hyman’s Venice studio is lined with white shelving built specifically to house his extensive vinylcollection.

first or else you just continue to play ‘Chopsticks,’” he says. Hyman has had a few great teachers, and has moved worlds beyond “Chopsticks.” “I learned very early to be as versatile as possible — and that meant playing a lot of different ways, playing a lot of different instruments and learning to be in charge or to be the sideman if the occasion called,” he says. His first job in 1948 upon graduating from Columbia University was playing at The Wells

Music Bar on Seventh Avenue in Harlem, N.Y. “I got to know a few musicians and was playing Café Society in the same year,” he says. He has a poster from Dec. 15, 1949 — a date he quickly recalls — the time he opened historic Birdland Jazz Club playing piano for Max Kaminsky. “At this club I played with Lester Young, in particular,” he says. “I sat in with Charlie Parker when his piano player was late.” It was also at Birdland that video footage was filmed of Hyman playing alongside Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gilepsie; it is the only recorded footage of Parker playing with a real soundtrack. Recorded footage of Parker is rare ,but playing with jazz legends isn’t rare for Hyman. He has had an eclectic career. One interesting bullet point on his résumé is his work on Woody Allen films. He’s scored for the films “Zelig,” “The Purple Rose of Cairo,” “Everyone Says I Love You,” and “Sweet and Lowdown,” to name a few. And, he’s also done scores for non-Allen films such as “Moonstruck.” Hyman says his work on these scores is what many people consider to be the high point of his career. But, he’s got plenty of other worthy accomplishments. And it’s Sarasota Jazz Club founder Hal Davis, former publicist of Benny Goodman (otherwise known as the “King of Swing”), who led him to Venice. The club started booking Hyman in its early years, and Aug.

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24, he’s playing a show with his friend — clarinetist and New Yorker Ken Peplowski. The duo has already played a number of times together and just finished recording the second of two duet albums. They plan to edit the second album the day before the concert. The energy Hyman exudes is young, hip and cool — representative of a man who used to play at jazz clubs until 3 or 4 a.m. His career has calmed down since those days, but there’s no lull in activity for the improv professional. He continues to play shows around the country, from Oregon to Manhattan, and even in Canada. And he is also composing a great deal of work, which he enjoys. “I’ve done a little bit of everything,” he says. At 85 years old with a career spanning 60-plus years, it’s no wonder he has stories to tell. “Other people are beginning to say, ‘Wow, you’re pretty old and you’re still playing?’ That, in itself, is impressive to some people,” Hyman says. But, for this cool cat, age is just a number.

IF YOU GO August Jazz Jam with Dick Hyman and Ken Peplowski When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24 Where: The Players Theater, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota Cost: $10 More info: Call 365-2494

Career Highlights

• Plays piano, organ, harpsichord and Moog synthesizer • Spent five years on the NBC staff playing organ and piano, and conducting for television shows • Was the music director for Arthur Godfrey at CBS for three years • Arranger for recordings by Tony Bennett, Andre Kostelantez, Doc Severinsen, Enoch Light, Jonah Jones and others • Arranger for the Broadway show “Sugar Babies” • Twenty-year artistic director for 92nd Street Y jazz series, “Jazz in July” • Won two Emmy awards for original scores • Played at Birdland Jazz Club with Max Kaminsky’s Dixielanders and Lester Young from 1949 to 1950 • Was Benny Goodman’s pianist at various times, as early as 1950 • Recorded a hit Moog synth record, “The Electric Eclectics of Dick Hyman,” in the late ’60s • Hyman’s track, “Topless Dancers of Corfu,” was featured in a Busta Rhyme’s song, “Where We Are About to Take It.” • Recorded “Dick Hyman’s Century of Jazz Piano” and later this month is coming out with the transcription in a book • Was in the orchestra that played under Stravinsky in Ebony Concerto • He led his own band, The Perfect Jazz Repertory Quintet, in New York in the ’70s • Was the keyboard player with Mitch Miller on “Sing-a-long With Mitch”

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HEARD by Mallory Gnaegy | A&E Editor

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Rebecca Hopkins, Jocelyn Stevens, Andrew Stevens and Beth Duda

Calling all directors, PR people, gallery curators, black tie organizers and anyone else in charge of art, entertainment and black tie events. The Observer Media Group is collecting entries for its fall SEASON magazine, a guide to the arts and society. Please submit your event name, time, date, location, cost and phone number. Don’t forget to send us accompanying photos, if available. Email information to Mallory Gnaegy at Season@ yourobserver.com, and if you have questions please call 366-3468, Ext. 364. Thanks for your time!

+ Eighth-grader donates bar mitzvah money When I was in middle school, anytime I had money, I’d spend it on things such as Gameboy games, mood rings and movie tickets. But eighth-grade student Andrew Stevens chose to use a big chunk of money received for his 13th birthday quite differently. Stevens had just completed summer camp at Florida Studio Theatre and discovered that any money donated to the Jocelyn and Jeffrey Stevens Fund at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County would be matched by The Georgia Court funds through the Community Foundation. So, using his bar mitzvah money, Stevens wrote a check for $250, to be turned into $500, for the Gompertz Campaign.

In 2011, we featured Will Little in his third year at FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. We’ve also mentioned him a few times in regard to his involvement with the Westcoast Black Theater Troupe. Early this month, it was announced that Little will be joining the WBTT staff as the assistant to the artistic director. Although Little had already been assisting the troupe in this capacity on an as-needed basis, the position became a full-time gig for him Monday, Aug. 20. In this position, Little will work directly with Artistic Director Nate Jacobs on casting, season selection, teaching, community outreach, education and special events.

+ Calling all singers, actors and dancers Westcoat Black Theatre Troupe is holding auditions for the 2012 to 2013 season from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at 1626 10th Way in Sarasota. Actors should be 18 years or older, and any auditioning singers should be prepared with a 32-bar song provided at registration, in addition to two, one-minute, contrasting monologues of his or her choice. The season will include two musical reviews: Nate Jacobs “’50s Jukebox Revue” and “Soul Crooners.” To reserve space for auditions, call 366-1505 or sign up online at wbttsrq.org/about-us/employment.

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+ Hitting the pavement Sarasota pavement artist David Brancato has been selected as one of a dozen artists to work with the innovator of 3D pavement art, Kurt Wenner, starting Oct. 28 for this year’s Chalk Festival. The third-time Chalk Festival participant will create a 3D circus composition that Wenner is designing specifically for Sarasota. In other chalk news, founder of the Sarasota Chalk Festival, Denise Kowal, will judge the 40th anniversary of the Grazie di Curatone street painting festival competition in Italy. It will be her second year as a judge for the competition.

+ Correction: In the Aug. 15 entry of Scene & Heard about the birthday party thrown for Maria Wirries at Cat Depot the names listed should have appeared as follows: “Grandpa” Greg Gregory and his wife, Ilene Friedman. Also, the likeness of Artemis was a painting by animal portraitist, Nancy Colby, not a photo. JUNIOR STARS OF TOMORROW: $ 1 5 AGes 17 & Under, $ 30 adult

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2012

by Loren Mayo | Black Tie Editor

Vintage charm

“My daughter gave me this leopard hat from her vintage-clothing store, Broad Ripple Vintage.”

“This is a vintage suit from Pamplona. The torero was selling his things because he was retiring. I was very lucky to get it.”

Veiled by majestic trees on quiet Wisconsin Lane is Ronelle Ashby’s 1920s abode. When she returns from busy days spent running her Towles Court gallery, Ashby Art & Antiques, and opens the garden gate into her personal promised land, she rejoices in its stillness and beauty. The two-story house is littered with treasures from Ashby’s travels to Spain, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Morocco;

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‘Vote for Me! Vote for Me!’ It’s that time of year again when our televisions become flooded with commercials, our phones with ring with endorsement calls, our yards are staked with red or blue signs and our dinner tables are filled with political conversation. But the South Florida Museum has less of a daunting take on the upcoming elections. Tuesday, Aug. 28, just in time for the Republican National Convention (Aug. 27 to Aug. 30), The South Florida Museum, in Bradenton, will unveil a new exhibit. “Vote for Me! Vote for Me!” will feature the history of presidential elections through objects used to market past campaigns. More than 1,000 pieces of paraphernalia, including buttons, lapel pins, tobacco pipes, hats, posters and more, dating back to the first presidential election of 1789 up to modern-day elections, will be exhibited in the Curator’s Choice Gallery. These objects suggest the changing face of political campaigns over time. It’s fascinating to see items dating back to Washington’s unopposed elections juxtaposed with today’s competitive campaign swag. President Washington was revered, and political objects weren’t intended to gain votes. Today’s election bumper stickers

suggest a bit more contention. But nasty races are nothing new. The races between Democratic-Republican Thomas Jefferson and Federalist John Adams, in 1800 and 1804, suggest that the intense competition between candidates witnessed today dates pretty far back. It was the 1840 election between Harrison and Van Buren that influenced campaign marketing via slogans, songbooks and banners. Then there’s also the late ’60s and early ’70s, when button collectors created a market for campaign buttons. The exhibit will also feature a broader scope than just political pieces. There will be exhibits about historical pieces of technology, such as the telegraph recording machine, and how it was used to get the results of the vote out along with educational material that gives the history of elections and candidates. All political parties, history-buffs and even those who struggle naming all the presidents, will find something in this exhibit. It is a great civics lesson as we travel head-on into the next campaign.

1884 -– Starting in the mid 1800s, during the days leading up to elections, torchlight parades were used to rally voters. Men would march with torches, which endorsed particular nominees. This is a drapery tieback dating to the first election. Instead of campaigning (Washington ran unopposed), these showed revere for the president.

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1860 — This small flag would have been displayed in storefronts or windows of homes, and it’s safe to say these were seen in the Northern states.

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The Chicago Tribune’s 1948 headline falsely read “Dewey Defeats Truman.” The paper had to go to press before the East Coast could determine results, but the paper’s prediction of the election was false, and it erroneously reported the results.

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Ready for some football? It’s been on my mind for weeks. their teams this season. From the moment I stepped onto the pracWe’ve also included schedules, rosters and tice field for the first official day of fall practice fun facts to prepare you for the 2012 season. Aug. 6, I’ve been preparing for this moment. But, what if you’re a fan of more than one And, now, the moment we’ve all eagerly team? How do you know which games to atbeen anticipating is finally here. tend? That’s where we come in. So, let’s get to This weekend, 10 East County and Sarasota it. football teams will officially kick off the 2012 football season. Week 1: Braden River at LakeRivals will clash. County foes will wood Ranch — Over the past four battle for bragging rights. And one years, this East County rivalry has deteam will seek to keep its national veloped into one of the premier games title hopes alive as a benefit to those of the season. The Pirates won the first who sacrificed themselves to protect three meetings, before the Mustangs others. broke through with their first victory And that’s only the beginning. last season. Both teams boast youth For the next 11 weeks, these 10 and inexperience this season, but with teams, spread across seven district veteran defensive starters on either classifications, will be battle tested. side of the ball, it should make for JEN Leaders will emerge. Teams will be another close contest. BLANCO strengthened. All with one goal in Manatee vs. Miramar — Two sight — to be this year’s state chamnationally ranked in-state teams pion. collide in this highly anticipated match up. So, who will be this year’s team to beat? ESPN2 will have the call. A win and the HurWhich players have scholarship aspirations? ricanes should see their name at the top of yet What’s the mindset of a head coach heading another national poll and will have cleared into his first year on the job? one major hurdle on their way to an undeThese are just a few of the many questions feated season. that come to mind any time a new season is set to begin; and this season, we got those Week 2: Riverview vs. Manatee questions answered. — Coach Todd Johnson and the Rams are And, with that being said, we welcome you hoping to rebound from a disappointing 2011 to the 2012 Observer Football Preview. campaign and a strong performance against This year, in anticipation of the upcoming arguably the best team in the area. A win could football season, The Observer dove deeper and give them the confidence for which they’re personally got to know each of the 10 teams in yearning. the East County and Sarasota; and, in doing so, provided you, our readers, with all of the inforWeek 3: Manatee vs. Miami Central mation you’ll need to cheer on your favorite — The Hurricanes will face their second nahometown teams this fall. tionally ranked opponent of the season. Miami Inside this guide you’ll get an inside look at Central is ranked No. 1 in the USA Today Poll each of the teams in our coverage area. You’ll just ahead of the No. 3 ranked Hurricanes. meet signal callers, record-setters, speedsters, leaders and this season’s breakout players. Week 4: ODA vs. St. John Neumann You’ll get an opportunity to sit down with area — This is the game in which the Thunder’s seacoaches and learn what will make or break son derailed last season. After a 19-14 loss to

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Senior running back Austin Rain is hoping to have a breakout season this fall after learning his third offensive system in four years.

Austin Rain is no stranger to change. With three head coaches in four years, the Braden River High senior running back has been forced to face change head-on several times throughout his career. It’s been exhausting at times, but Rain has adapted and tried to maintain a positive outlook. “Practice makes perfect,” Rain says. “The change in offenses has been the most difficult. It’s been sort of (difficult) from a trust level, but I’m looking forward to the guys we’ve got now. We’ve got good guys (in place).” A self-described “wild child,” Rain started playing football for the East Manatee Bulldogs when he was 12 years old. “I need to expend my energy somehow,” Rain says. “I love the sport. I like bonding with my teammates. It’s (fun) when we all start connecting and clicking and start working together.” Rain started out as a line-

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man but eventually switched to running back in high school. “I fit the position better,” Rain says. “I like hitting people and running people over. After failing to make the playoffs for the first time in four years last season, Rain aspires to have his most productive season on the gridiron — he hopes to return to the postseason one final time. “I want to have a good season,” Rain says. “I want to get a lot of rushing yards and hopefully get the record this year.” But in a district that includes national football power Manatee, which is ranked No. 1 in the nation in a couple of polls this season, Rain knows the journey won’t be easy. However, Rain and the rest of the Pirates are prepared to step up to the challenge. “It gives you some motivation during the week to prepare for those games because you have to be on top of your game,” Rain says.

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Welker. “He’s 5-foot-10 and about my size — that’s all I’ll say,” Austin Rain says. Slice of advice: “Always keep pushing. Pain is good. Keep pushing yourself past the point of failure.” Backup position: Middle linebacker. “It fits my personality,” Rain says. “That’d be the position I’d play.”

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with Coach curt bradley What are your expectations for the team this season? We have a good group of core kids. You grow up when you play. My early expectations are for us to put ourselves in a position to have a chance to win every game and be competitive. What do you think is the strength of this year’s team? We don’t have a large core group of seniors, but we have a lot of experienced younger kids who have had to play early. We have a good mix of experience and youth. What is this team’s biggest weakness? We have a lot of kids who don’t have experience who are going to have to play early. That’s the challenge for us coaches, to get them accustomed to playing together. The west coast of Florida is known for football, and we’re going to be playing the best of the best.

What do you think of this year’s schedule? It’s a great schedule. When it comes to district play, we’re going to be playing the best teams, which will test us and serve as a gauge to tell us where we are as a program. The kids are going to have to learn pretty early. The younger kids will get a taste of it early on in their careers, which is good for them.

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What do you hope to bring to the team this season? We want to further the vision of the administration here and implement discipline and core values. Football is an extension of that. From a coaching standpoint, we want to give the kids a chance to be successful every time they step on the field. These kids are working hard and getting better. They’re excited to finally get a chance to have some stability and be successful. We’re the new ‘old school.’ We’ve got new faces and young faces, but we’re keeping the old school traditional values that have been here at Braden River.

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People say a linebacker is the quarterback of the defense. Senior linebacker Luke Sears is one of four returning It’s my responsibility starters on the Mustangs’ defense this season and to make sure the guys will be called upon to provide leadership to others. the most glamorous position, but tangs to a district runner-up finish are doing their job. It’s it’s one that Sears embraces. and a spot in the postseason for quite a bit of responsi“I like the football mentality of the second time in three seasons. just running out there, making He also helped Lakewood capture bility.

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nity to wear it freshman year, and I’ve kept it ever since,” Luke Sears says.

Favorite player: Patrick Willis. “He plays at a high level,” Sears says. “He plays the game the way it should be played, and he goes about his job the way that he should.” Slice of advice: “Go out and have fun.

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Backup Position: Tight end. “I do love blocking, and I’d love to catch passes,” Sears says.

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No. Name 1 Eugene Ash 2 Richard Otero 3 Jeron Thomas 4 Dominique Austin 5 Garrett Miller 6 Dale Dunn 7 Rod Tullis 8 Shawn Bane Jr. Marquis Zinnermon 9 10 Hunter DeWitt 11 Caulin McNeal 12 Tony Esmond 13 Austin Leach 14 De’Andre Butler Jacari Dunbar 15 17 Curry Gauvreau Devon Freeman 19 20 Chris McKenzie Quincy Battie 21 22 Daven Daniels 23 Corey Williams 24 Brian Johnson 25 Ryan Hastings 32 Evan Decker Marque Upshaw 33 40 RJ Ricci Myles McManus 42 43 Chris Giuffre 44 Sylas Jones 47 Hunter Stallings 50 Ryan Howell 52 Austin Hobson Daevaun Corbert 54 55 Martin Salazar David Anderson 56 61 Saulo Bayas Tobias Baker 69 71 Brandon Forgeur 73 Kody Taylor 74 Alex Copelan 80 Pat Gallegher Dylan Cleveland 81 92 Denzel Hurley 94 Wicky Sanon

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Sarasota High School 1000 S. School Ave., Sarasota Mascot: Sailors 2011 Record: 3-7

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Aug. 31 Booker Sept. 7 at Palmetto Sept. 14 North Port Sept. 21 Southeast Sept. 28 BYE Oct. 5 at Venice* Oct. 12 at East Lake Oct. 19 Braden River* Oct. 26 Riverview Nov. 2 at Manatee* Nov. 9 Bayshore

Quarterback Hunter DeWitt wants to lead Sarasota to the postseason this year — a feat that hasn’t happened since he started playing for the Sailors as a freshman. Hunter DeWitt was 12 years old the last time Sarasota High advanced to the postseason. The Sailors’ quarterback had only been playing football for three seasons and was still three years away from taking his first varsity snap. The coaches and player personnel have all changed since then; and now with his senior year upon him, DeWitt hopes to lead the Sailors to a berth in the postseason —  something that hasn’t happened in his four years at Sarasota. “I want us to make a playoff run, definitely,” DeWitt says. “That’s what we’re shooting for. That’s what we expect.”

DeWitt and the Sailors will open the season Friday night at home versus Booker. Last fall, DeWitt earned the starting job only to injure his shoulder midway through the Sailors’ 17-12 season-opening victory against the Tornadoes. DeWitt missed the next three games before making his return against eventual district runner-up — Venice. Now, after a productive spring in which he threw for four touchdowns against Riverview and a great offseason, DeWitt is eager to return to the field and resume his leadership role. “I just like being with the team and watching everyone get better,”

*Denotes district game **All games start at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise indicated

I want us to make a playoff run, definitely. That hasn’t happened since I’ve been here. That’s what we’re shooting for. That’s what we expect.

— Hunter DeWitt, senior, quarterback

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DeWitt says. “I think when you’re the quarterback, leadership is forced upon you. I have to really take care of my guys. “I try to make sure everyone knows to work hard all of the time,” DeWitt says. “I want them to know that I’m working hard and not fooling around … it’s my responsibility to help them out.” A former baseball player, DeWitt began playing football when he was 9 years old. Now, as he gets set to take the field in his final season-opener, DeWitt wants to not only defeat rival Riverview and advance to the postseason but also make a name for himself in landing an opportunity to play college football. DeWitt has garnered interest from Florida Atlantic University and Florida International University, as well as a handful of smaller schools. But, for now DeWitt, is focused on building off the Sailors’ spring-game victory over Riverview. “I wasn’t surprised we won,” DeWitt says. “It was expected. Any win feels good (though).”

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Weight: 185

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4

The number of touchdowns quarterback Hunter DeWitt threw in the Sailors’ spring game victory over rival Riverview.

Jersey number:

10. “It’s a good, solid, even number,” Hunter DeWitt says.

Favorite player:

Peyton Manning. “He’s a perfect student of the game and the way he leads his guys — it shows on the field,” DeWitt says.

6 29.3

The number of seniors who will start for the Sailors this season.

Slice of advice:

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“All of the lessons I’ve learned on leadership have been really important.”

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Backup position: Wide receiver.

Overall, how do you think the team did last season?

“It’s fun,” DeWitt says. “That’s what I played freshman year.”

From a record standpoint, we were 3-7. We didn’t really perform as well as we had hoped. It’s been a gradual rebuilding process here. We were forced to play some younger, inexperienced kids, and we’re going to be young again this year. How does this year’s team compare to previous teams?

I think a lot gets done in the weight room — changing their bodies and their mindset. Kids equate strength with toughness. That’s where it starts for us. Our strength and conditioning is excellent, and hopefully that’ll give us a chance to make up some ground. What do you think is the strength of this year’s team?

We have a good quarterback (Hunter DeWitt) who is a senior. The strength of

Wide receiver Shawn Bane Jr. will be one of the Sailors’ offensive weapons this season.

our team is the strength of our team. We’ve got strong kids. Our players are kids who love to play football. I’m excited because we’ll be a strong physical team playing with kids who love to compete and play. What are your expectations for this season?

My expectations are that we’ll be a relentless physical football team. If we’re not, then I’m not going to be happy. I’m excited knowing where we’ve been. My first freshman class is now going to be starting as juniors, so I’m anxious to see what happens. What is the one area that still needs improvement?

We need to do a better job of playing with passion. What do you think of this year’s schedule?

We want to play everyone in the area. I think in Sarasota and Manatee counties, how you measure up is how you compete against the local teams, and we’re lucky that our district is in our area.

The average number of points the Sailors scored in their three victories last season.

0

The number of points the Sailors allowed against rival Riverview last season — their lone shutout of the season.

PLAYER TO WATCH Austin Leach, junior, safety “He’s played receiver most of his life, but he has a huge future as a safety,” Ed Volz says. “He’s sacrificed his own personal desires to the betterment of the team. He’s a great kid.”

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Riverview High School 1 Ram Way, Sarasota Mascot: Rams 2011 Record: 3-7

No. Name Pos. 2 James, Richie 10 3 Gordon, Vince 10 4 Merrick, Myles 10 5 Adams, Jaden 11 6 Werkentine, Bryant 10 7 Ellis, Marcass 11 8 Jackson, Torrance 11 9 Austin, Justin 9 10 10 Barnett, Tim 11 Gomes, Brandon 11 12 Marino, Dominic 10 14 Woolery, William 10 15 Sayer, Lex 10 17 Walker, Austin 11 19 Mcpherson, Christian 20 Thomas, Jarvis 12 21 Taylor, Noah 11 22 Higdon, Karan 9 11 23 Hubert, Pete 26 Dennie, Lorenzo 10 28 Dell, William 11 29 Levanti, Adam 10 30 Green, Intell 11 32 Conte, Justin 33 Mascolino, Tony 10 34 Carrera, Gilberto 11 9 35 Hupalo, Mason 36 Werker, Chris 11 37 Bryant, Devontae 11 38 Oliveros, Brian 10 9 44 O’keefe, Tyler 10 45 Johnson, Sam

Class 8A-7

Aug. 31 Palmetto Sept. 7 Manatee Sept. 14 Venice Sept. 21 at Braden River (**TBA) Sept. 28 BYE Oct. 5 Palm Harbor University* Oct. 12 at Southeast Oct. 19 at East Lake* (**TBA) Oct. 26 at Sarasota Nov. 2 at North Port* Nov. 9 at Booker *Denotes district game **All games start at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise indicated

We’re not looking to play teams that we can just beat up on. We want to play Junior wide receiver Richie James the best and chalwants to finish with 1,000 receiving lenge ourselves. yards and 400 rushing yards this season.

Richie James

Richie James knew almost nothing about football the first time he stepped onto the Sarasota

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way to play with his cousin, but since then, the Riverview High junior has developed into one of the most electrifying wide receivers in the area. Having spent his entire youth football career playing running back, James was switched to wide receiver his freshman season. It was a change he was

more than willing to accept. “My coach put me there after another better running back came in, and ever since then, I’ve loved it,” James says. “I mainly like catching and blocking. I want the ball in my hands. I have to have the ball in my hands.” James had never played

No. Name Pos. 50 Acuna, Matias 10 52 Franklin, Donald 10 53 Streitmatter, Jeff 11 54 Cutright, Justin 9 56 Rauch, Ben 9 57 Yaagoubi, Hadi 11 60 Norman, Hendrix 9 10 62 Martin, Reese 65 Miller, Mark 10 66 Knight, David 10 68 Valentine, Cody 11 70 Bentley, Noah 10 71 Ferris, Tyler 10 72 Althoff, Reid 11 74 Smith, Willie 11 76 Snyder, Chase 11 78 Mayes, Delvon 9 80 Preston, Taylor 9 11 81 Sabuda, Andrew 82 Auchey, Alex 11 83 Cantillo, Chris 11 84 Linn, Jackson 11 88 Almedia, Matt 10 90 Petty, Steve 11 91 Jones, Jordan 92 Sheehan, Riley 10 10 93 Drice, Patricio 11 95 Bernier, Nic 10 97 Mcdaniel, Jack 98 Routh, Adam 11 10 99 Pires, Phillip

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You can be taller than me. Height doesn’t really matter. I’m going to be aggressive every time.” Last season, the Rams finished 3-7 while adjusting to a new coaching staff. But this season, James has lofty expectations, both for himself —  1,000 yards receiving and 400 yards rushing — and the team. “I just want to make plays and try really hard,” James says. “I want to put points on the board and score every drive. I just want to make big plays. “Our expectations are just to play and get better every day,” James says. “We expect great things, and we’re working really hard.” James hopes for a breakout season and to help lead the Rams back to the postseason —  something they haven’t done since 2008 —  while drawing the attention of college coaches, especially those at the University of Florida. “I’m a Florida fan,” James says. “I really like spread offenses. It spreads the field, and I like the hurry up. I just love it.”

FUN FACTS Height: 5 feet, 9 inches Weight: 150 pounds Jersey number: 2. “When I

started playing football for the Redskins, every jersey I had had a two in it,” Richie James said. “During my freshman year, I just wanted No. 2. I felt like it was a good number for me. I love it.” Favorite player: “When I was a running back it was LaDainian Tomlinson,” James said. “Now I just love the game of football.”

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Karan Higdon, sophomore, running back “Just the way he performed as a freshman — he worked extremely hard with this year in mind,” Todd Johnson says.

Dom Marino, junior, quarterback “The kids look up to him as a leader,” Johnson says. “He’s learned to embrace the leadership role. It’s exciting to watch him play. He’s always doing everything we ask of him.”

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Richie James, junior, wide receiver “Just his composure and ability to compete no matter what the circumstances are — he’ll never be intimidated,” Johnson says.

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The number of seniors who will play their final season in a Rams uniform this fall.

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The number of seasons Riverview head coach Todd Johnson played in the NFL before returning to his alma mater.

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with Coach TODD JOHNSON Overall, how do you think the team did last season?

We had a rough year. We had a new coaching staff, but the kids fought hard. We got better as the season went on, and we were able to finish off with a few wins. How does this year’s team compare to last year’s team?

The guys in there working out are a group of young guys who continued to battle and fight no matter what (circulated) last year.

What do you think is the strength of this year’s team?

Youth excitement and our skill positions. We’ve got some guys who can really play ball and give us a chance to win. I also like our youth excitement and energy. I like the look in their eyes, their attitude

What are your expectations this season?

Riverview High School always has high expectations, no matter the schedule or who is put at the helm. I expect us to perform well and handle ourselves in a first-class manner.

The number of Rams from last season’s roster who went off to play football. The number of points the Rams allowed in their seven losses last season.

What do you think is this team’s biggest weakness?

Our youth need to gain experience and they don’t have much time. They need that “Friday Night Lights” playing experience. We open with, arguably, the three best teams in the area. What do you think of this year’s schedule?

We embrace it and are excited about it. We’re not looking to play teams that we can just beat up on. We The Riverview High football team wants to rebound from last year’s disappointing 3-7 campaign. The Rams want to play the best and open their season Aug. 31 versus Palmetto, which challenge ourselves. reached the Class 5A state semifinals last season.

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Booker High tornadoes Q&A

with Coach Johnnie Jones What do you hope to bring to the team this season? A lot of just togetherness and unity; some guidance, structure and discipline. What do you think is the strength of this year’s team? Being coachable. The kids are willing and allowing us to coach and teach them. “Coach” is just a title. You’re a teacher. Everything is new, and that’s a strength. They’re like sponges soaking everything in and exerting everything they have each and every play. What do you think is the one area that still needs improvement? Play for play. Seeing how the kids respond to adversity. We’re all coaching together for the first time and seeing how they respond during game time situations. What are your expectations this season? Me being someone who played for Booker, I set the expectations high. I played the position, so I’m holding them not to my expectations but to the expectations of the position. I see the athleticism that they have, and that’s why the expectations are so high.

Mike Jones Mike Jones has spent the past 10 years making plays. The Booker High senior running back grew up playing football in the backyard with his uncles — all who played football for the Tornadoes. It was during those pickup games that Jones realized he possessed the speed and talent to eventually follow in his uncles’ footsteps and become one of Booker’s household names. “I ran really fast and nobody could catch me,” Jones says. “I knew how to make people miss and avoid getting tackled. “I feel very comfortable around football,” Jones says. “When I need to get away, I go out and play football or turn on the TV and watch football.” Since then, Jones has developed into one of the area’s most talented tailbacks. Last season, Jones rushed for 1,500 yards and 14 touchdowns. “I like seeing people’s faces when I touch the ball,” Jones says. But Jones’ individual efforts were overshadowed by the Tornadoes’ 4-6 season.

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Senior running back Mike Jones hopes to rush for more than 2,000 yards this season, with the hopes of leading the Tornadoes to a winning record for the first time since 2007.

3201 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota Mascot: Tornadoes 2011 Record: 4-6

SCHEDULE Class 4A-6

Aug. 31 at Sarasota Sept. 7 Venice Sept. 14 at Southeast Sept. 21 BYE Sept. 28 at Clewiston* Oct. 5 at Lake Placid* (7 p.m.) Oct. 12 LaBelle* Oct. 19 Avon Park* Oct. 26 at Trinity Catholic Nov. 2 Dunbar* (**TBA) Nov. 9 Riverview *Denotes district game

Now that his uncle, Johnnie Jones, who played safety for Booker, was named the Tornadoes’ new head coach earlier this month, Jones has high expectations for the program, which hasn’t had a winning record or

FUN FACTS Height: 5 feet, 11 inches; Weight: 175 Jersey number: 3. “My family number was eight, and I wanted to

make my own name for myself,” Mike Jones says. Favorite player: Barry Sanders. “I look up to him,” Jones says. “I see him and how he played. He put the team on his back and carried them further than they’d ever been. He’s a good leader.” Slice of advice: “Never give up.” Backup position: Wide receiver. “I’m very fast, and I just feel unguarded when I’m at receiver,” Jones says.

reached the postseason since 2007. “It would mean a lot,” Jones says. “It would leave a good taste in our mouths and be a good feeling for the school. It would be a big confidence boost.” In addition to getting the Tornadoes back on track, Jones also hopes to rush for more than 2,000 yards and score more than 20 touchdowns this season — a feat that would put him alongside his uncle, Terrance Jones, who holds the Tornadoes’ singleseason rushing record of 2,621 yards. “I would be able to say I accomplished a big goal of mine,” Jones says. “My uncle used to go to school here, and (people) underestimated him. They said he couldn’t do it. He’s been a big inspiration all of my life.”

**All games start at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise indicated

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— The number of points the Tornadoes allowed in theirs six losses last season.

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Mike Jones, senior, running back Rashad Jones Jr., senior, wide receiver Marlon Mack, junior, running back/wide receiver

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the basics cardinal mooney High 4171 Fruitville Road, Sarasota Mascot: Cougars 2011 Record: 4-6

SCHEDULE Class 3A-6

Aug. 31 at LaBelle (**TBA) Sept. 7 at Bishop Verot (7:30 p.m.) Sept. 14 Lake Placid Sept. 21 at Lemon Bay Sept. 28 Clearwater Central Catholic Oct. 5 at Lakeland Christian* Oct. 12 St. Petersburg Catholic Oct. 19 Frostproof* Oct. 26 BYE Nov. 2 Fort Meade* Nov. 9 at The Out-ofDoor Academy *Denotes district game **All games start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise indicated

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Anthony Caiazzo, senior, running back Trey LaPorta, senior, offensive line Nick Levanduski, senior, tight end Elijah Toussaint, senior, wide receiver

CARDINAL MOONEY COUGARS Anthony Caiazzo For high school senior Anthony Caiazzo, the love affair with football started while playing flag football in third grade. By fourth grade he was a running back playing tackle football for the Sarasota Sun Devils. These days it is hard for the Cardinal Mooney senior to imagine playing any other position. “Since the first day I played football, I’ve played running back,” says Caiazzo. “That’s the position the coach put me at, and I’ve been pretty good at it so I stayed with it.” Playing running back means Caiazzo frequently runs the ball for yardage and simultaneously avoids, but also prepares for, the barrage of tackles inflicted by his opponents. How e v e r, according to Caiazzo, team momentum and being a team player is just as important as his individual job on the field. “You have to perform every single Friday night and keep your team in it,” he says. In October, Caiazzo set the Cougars’ single-game rushing record with 366 yards on 40 carries against

This high school senior has played running back since his first day on the field eight years ago.

Lakeland Christian. This feat, alone, is impressive, but Caiazzo hopes this season he will rush enough yards to beat the all-time school rushing record set by 2009 Mooney grad Steve Ierulli. Ierulli now plays football for the University of Minnesota, Duluth, but Caiazzo recalls watching him play while he was at Cardinal Mooney: “In eighth grade I went and saw his games,” Caiazzo says. “He ran the ball and was really tough. I never saw him get tackled. He was always dragging, like four people with him

and he would never go down.” Caiazzo estimates he’ll need about 1,300 more yards to break Ierulli’s 3,792-yard record, but his hard work on and off the field, both during the season and the off-season, will help him get there. “Football is pretty much year-round for me,” says Caiazzo. During the off-season he’s on the weightlifting team and also on the track and field team. He credits those sports for keeping him in shape and helping him excel during the football season. Now that his senior year is here, every yard counts. Caiazzo hopes his team will experience a winning season and plans to work extra hard to break that record, as well. “(It) would mean a lot,” he says. “In the halls they have all the great football players that have been here, and to know that I am in the same sentence as them … that would be pretty cool.”

FUN FACTS Height: 5 feet, 8 inches Weight: 174 pounds Jersey Number: 12. “When I was a little

kid and first started playing, I liked Tom Brady and (12) was his number, so I chose it and just kept it throughout the years,” Anthony Caiazzo says. Slice of advice: “My coach for the Sun Devils, Jeff Hammond, said, ‘Whatever you do in life you will be successful on and off the football field, if you give it 100%.’” Backup position: Slot receiver

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with Coach JoSH SMITHERS Overall, in your opinion, how do you think your team did last season? We had a successful season. We improved from the previous year and just missed the playoffs in a heartbreaking triple overtime loss to Frostproof. What are your expectations for the team this season? We expect to improve every week and make a run at the district championship. What would you say is your team’s biggest strength? We think our offensive and defensive skill players are strong, and we have depth there. What would you say is the one area on which your team still needs to work? Get better at blocking and tackling.


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with Coach JOE KINNAN You won the state title last year. How do you build upon that this season? That’s gone. This is a new year. Really, a lot of it is about the process. We’ve been to seven state championship games and we’ve won five. We’ve created a template that we know (works). We have all of the same coaches back this year, and a lot of the players and coaches have been on several championship teams. They understand the process and what it takes to get there. Now, it’s our responsibility as coaches to bring the kids to that level of preparation, so we can make a run at it and defend our title. You’re ranked No. 1 in the MaxPreps poll. How do you make sure your players aren’t affected by rankings? It’s all about the process. We prepare them for practice. They (work with) our leadership council, and our captains will make the decisions. That’s how we go about it. We haven’t been ranked No. 1 in a long time. What are your expectations this season? Our hope is to be better than we were last year. That doesn’t necessarily translate into being successful. We have a few marquee players and a pretty good supporting cast. We want to run the table and get to the state championship. We want to be district champions, so we get home field (advantage). Once you get (to the state championship game) there’s no pressure to move on, so you might as well go out and win. What do you think is the strength of this year’s team? Our defensive line: Demarcus Christmas, Derrick Calloway, Blake Keller and Marquis Dawsey. We have all four of them back, and we’ve been told they are the best in the country.

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Anthony Lauro

Senior running back Anthony Lauro is focused on helping the Hurricanes maintain their No. 1 national ranking this season, as the team hopes to defend its Class 7A state championship and go undefeated. He doesn’t know how or why it happened. It just did. Growing up, Anthony Lauro wasn’t known for his speed. In fact, the Manatee High senior running back always thought he was better suited to play linebacker. But that all changed four years ago when he stepped onto Joe Kinnan Field at Hawkins Stadium for the first time. Maybe it was the intense training he received. Perhaps it was the thought of having an opportunity to be a part of the Hurricanes’ storied tradition. Or, maybe it was just his competitive spirit. But when he got to high school, Lauro suddenly got faster. “I always thought of myself as more of a linebacker, but when I got to high school they put me at running back, and that’s where I’ve been ever since,” Lauro says. Since then, Lauro has become the Hurricanes’ starting running back

FUN FACTS Height: 5 feet, 10 inches Weight: 195 pounds Jersey number: 23. “It’s a

family number. It was my dad’s number in college and my uncle’s number in high school,” Anthony Lauro said. Slice of advice: “Always go 100%. If you go 100%, then you won’t get hurt.” Backup position: Strong safety. “I like to hit people,” Lauro said. “I always laugh when I get hit.”

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and also sees ample time as a slot receiver. Last season, Lauro carried the ball 82 times for 631 yards and eight touchdowns while also hauling in 51 passes for 607 yards and six touchdowns en route to helping lead the Hurricanes to the Class 7A state championship — the team’s fifth state title in seven attempts. It was the second state championship appearance for Lauro, who has his sights set on a repeat performance this season. But, with Manatee ranked No. 1 in the nation by MaxPreps.com, as well as in the Class 7A FloridaHSFootball.com rankings and third in the nation in the USA Today poll, Lauro is even more focused on leading Manatee to an undefeated season — something that eluded the champion Hurricanes last season. “To me, it’s all about going undefeated,” Lauro says. “I just want to be better than last year. I want to have better stats, go undefeated and win another state title. “We’re ranked No. 1 and we want to stay that way,” Lauro says. “We embrace it. We’re not going to let it go to our heads. It is what it is, and that kind of just helps with the motivation because we want it to stay that way.” As he prepares to open his final season Sept. 2, Lauro, who also trains at Athletic Edge Sports in Lakewood Ranch, is hoping to have a breakout senior season with the goal of garnering the attention of college coaches. Lauro has aspirations of playing in college and has already received interest from coaches as both a running back and a slot receiver. “They both have their advantages,” Lauro says. “I like running through people sometimes, but I also like running routes and catching the ball in open space.” But, for now, Lauro’s primary focus is helping ensure the words “defending state champion” are written beside his name. “There are years of tradition (here),” Lauro says. “This school is known for its football team, and it feels good to be a part of history.”

902 33rd St. Court W., Bradenton Mascot: Hurricanes 2011 Record: 13-2

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Class 7A-10 Sept. 2 — Versus Miramar (2 p.m., to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project) Sept. 7 — At Riverview Sept. 14 — Central Sept. 21 — BYE Sept. 28 — At Southeast Oct. 5 — At Braden River* Oct. 12 — Cypress Bay Oct. 19 — At Venice* Oct. 26 — Palmetto Nov. 2 — At Sarasota* Nov. 9 —  Lakewood Ranch *Denotes district game **All games start at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise indicated

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Cord Sandberg, senior, quarterback Anthony Lauro, senior, running back Ja Juan Pollock, senior, wide receiver Willie Smith, senior, free safety Demarcus Christmas, junior, defensive tackle Derrick Calloway, senior, defensive tackle Blake Keller, senior, defensive end Marquis Dawsey, senior defensive end

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with Coach BRETT TIMMONS Overall, how do you think you did last season? I think “underachieved” is the word. I think last year was probably the most talented team we’ve had in the six years of my being here, but injuries and other things kept us from fulfilling our promise. What are your expectations for this season? The expectations are still the same. Our goals and aspirations are to get where we aspire to be every year. This year, we’re small in numbers, but we’ve got a (collective) spirit. They understand that we are a team and there are no individual parts that are greater than the sum. The sum is greater than the parts. What do you think is the strength of this year’s team? Community and a general love and caring for one another. That permeates from the coaches all the way down to the players. The kids are only going to go as far as we go as coaches. What is the one area that still needs improvement? We are not the biggest team in the world. We’re a collection of Davids and each week we’re going to be playing Goliath. We need to buy into it mentally, get up and play our best. If we come out and play our best — win, lose or draw — then we succeeded. We won.

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Evan Wilson Evan Wilson stepped into the huddle, and, for the first time, all eyes were on him. The weight of The Out-of-Door Academy football team rested on the shoulders of the then-sophomore’s 125-pound frame. Wilson not only was making his first varsity start, but the Thunder’s playoff hopes hinged on his performance. A win against rival Bradenton Christian, and ODA would be back in the playoff picture. A loss and the Thunder’s playoff aspirations would be diminished. Wilson handled the pressure with veteran ease, throwing for nearly 250 yards and a touchdown. He also scored from a yard out in the fourth quarter to lead the Thunder to a 24-21 victory and an eventual berth in the postseason. “I just tried to take it like any other game,” Wilson says. Now, with his senior season finally upon him, Wilson is focused on leading ODA back to the postseason — something the Thunder missed out on last season — while providing leadership both on and off the field.

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The Out-ofDoor Academy 5950 Deer Drive, Sarasota Mascot: Thunder 2011 Record: 5-5

After making his first varsity start as a sophomore, senior Evan Wilson is 50 pounds heavier and poised to have his most successful season on the gridiron.

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“I just want to be a leader as a quarterback and a leader on the team,” Wilson says. “We have a small senior class, and it’s up to us to be the leaders of this team and try to be a close knit team.” Wilson began playing football for the East Manatee Bulldogs in third grade. He started playing quarterback.

FUN FACTS Height: 6 feet, 2 inches; Weight: 175 pounds Jersey number: 7. “I’m a huge Danny Wuerffel fan,” Evan Wilson says.

“When I was 5 years old, I knew I was going to be No. 7.” Favorite player: Danny Wuerffel, Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin Slice of advice: “The mark of a winning program is consistency. Winning begins in the mind. Don’t let your eyes and ears deceive you. When others say you cannot, we say we can.” Backup position: Wide receiver. “I just like catching the ball and running,” Wilson says.

“I always wanted to be a quarterback,” says Wilson. “I was always good at throwing the ball. I used to watch football on TV, and one of the positions they always (showed) was the quarterback. I always dreamed of being a quarterback.” Wilson continued playing for the Bulldogs until joining the Thunder as a freshman. Now four years later, Wilson is preparing for what he hopes will be his most productive season under center — one that will garner attention from college coaches and leave a lasting impression on his school. “I like having the constant pressure that comes with being the quarterback,” Wilson says. “You have to know what your players are doing and what every defender is doing every play. You’re accountable for 22 people every play.”

Class 2A-6 Aug. 31 at St. Pete Catholic (**TBA) Sept. 7 at Community School of Naples* Sept. 14 at Moore Haven* Sept. 21 St. John Neumann* Sept. 28 at Evangelical Christian Oct. 5 BYE Oct. 12 Imagine School of Naples Oct. 19 SW Florida Christian* (**TBA) Oct. 26 First Baptist Academy* Nov. 2 St. Stephen’s Episcopal School* (**TBA) Nov. 9 Cardinal Mooney *Denotes district game **All games start at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise indicated

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Evan Wilson, senior, quarterback Brandon Place, senior, wide receiver/ defensive back J.T. Fischer, freshman, running back

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SCHEDULE Class 2A-6

Aug. 31 St. John Neumann* Sept. 7 at First Baptist Academy* (7:30 p.m.) Sept. 15 — At SW Fla. Christian* (6 p.m.) Sept. 21 Gateway Charter Sept. 28 at Shorecrest (7:30 p.m.) Oct. 5 Moore Haven* (4 p.m. at Saint Stephen’s) Oct. 12 BYE Oct. 18 Evangelical Christian* Oct. 26 at Community School of Naples* Nov. 2 at ODA* Nov. 9 at Northside Christian (7:30 p.m.) *Denotes district game **All games start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise indicated ***All home games will be played at Palma Sola Park unless otherwise indicated.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Herman Israelsson Jeremy Jackman Bradley Benzant

SAINT STEPHEN’S FALCONS Cam Tally

This St. Stephen’s senior switched from soccer to football and has formed a unique bond with his new teammates.

The best piece of football advice St. Stephen’s senior Cam Tally has ever received was not from an inspirational sports movie or book, but from a quote written by Theodore Roosevelt; his coach gave it to him at the start of his first season. “The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena,” Roosevelt wrote. “Whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming … ” Originally a soccer player, Tally had never considered playing football until he met St. Stephen’s head football coach, Tod Creneti, who convinced him that he would be a good fit on the team and wouldn’t be “too skinny.” Unsure of his ability to cross over to a new sport, and after hearing some students outside of the program criticize the team on the heels of a tough season, Tally took the quote to heart. “Until you’re in the arena and you’re the one giving it your all, you don’t really have room to criticize,” says Tally. “He (Creneti) is like Mr. Inspiration. After he gave us that quote, I’ve kept it with me ever since.” Today, in addition to continuing to play soccer and running track, Tally is starting his second football season as a wide receiver and free safety. He says he’s glad he branched out to try a new sport, but it hasn’t come without challenges. “The first tackle in my first game was probably the scariest moment,” says Tally. “You’ve done all the drills, but when it comes down to it, it feels like you just forget everything and play. I’ve grown a lot since then.” Compared to other sports, Tally says he’s noticed a bonding experience and sense

of camaraderie that he feels is unique to football. After a particularly tough season last year, Tally, Creneti and the rest of the team are focused on building dedication and unity among the players. Tally says that during his first few games, he saw some of the more experienced players giving it their all and it still not being enough. This motivated the team to buckle down and take the program more seriously, and Tally is ready to prove that the team is in it wholeheartedly. “It feels like more than a sport to us,” says Tally. “It teaches you a lot of life lessons, and I’ve become best friends with the guys on the team. It’s not like anything else.”

FUN FACTS Height: 6 feet, 1 inch Weight: 157 pounds Jersey number: 11. “They call

me ‘Sticks,’ because I’m tall and skinny, so I chose 11,” says Cam Tally. Position: Wide receiver and

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Overall, how do you think the team did last season? Last year was a huge struggle for us. These kids were working extremely hard, and they didn’t get to see the fruits of their labor. Finishing the season 0-9 means they didn’t get to see a win, and that was a real challenge, but it made all of us stronger. What strengths do you see in the team this season? We’re much more athletic with our receivers and defensive backs than we were last year, and I think there’s much better chemistry. That goes a long way. What aspect do you think needs the most improvement? We need to build our depth. Our numbers are not as high as they need to be. We need more kids to buy into this program. What challenges come along with having one of the smaller teams? We really focus our coaching on two points. One is to heavily teach the game. These kids are really bright and receptive, and they’re eager to learn. The second is to be relational. I ask all the coaches to really build relationships with these kids and help make them want to be involved. We want to show that St. Stephen’s has a good football community, and coming off of a season like last year’s, that’s a challenge.


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SOUTHEAST SEMINOLES the basics Southeast High School

1200 37th Ave. E., Bradenton Mascot: Seminoles 2011 Record: 7-3

SCHEDULE Class 5A-10

Aug. 31 at Largo Sept. 7 Lakewood Ranch Sept. 14 Booker Sept. 21 at Sarasota Sept. 28 Manatee Oct. 5 DeSoto County* Oct. 12 Riverview Oct. 19 Bayshore* (**TBA) Oct. 26 Hardee* Nov. 2 at Palmetto* Nov. 9 BYE *Denotes district game **All games start at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise indicated

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Eric Thompson, junior, quarterback/defensive back Troy Thompskin, sophomore, defensive back Jordan Grabski, junior, defensive back

Dmitry Smith Throughout Dmitry Smith’s Lakewood Ranch home hang pieces of paper that serve as constant reminders of all the Southeast High sophomore wide receiver hopes to achieve. Scribbled on one piece of paper are the words, “Make a name for myself.” Another piece of paper lists Smith’s No. 1 goal for the season — to be a part of the Seminoles’ starting varsity receiving corps. Whether it’s a goal, a piece of advice or words of encouragement, Smith writes everything down. “I always was told if you ever want to achieve something, write it out,” Smith says. “It just reminds me and helps me stay on track.” Those goals have been taped up throughout Smith’s home for weeks; and, now, with the regular season set to kick off Friday night, he is hoping his hard work will finally pay off in the form of a spot on the Seminoles’ starting wide receiving corps. Smith began playing football for the East Manatee Bulldogs when he was in second grade. At the time, Smith, who grew up in a basketball family, decided to try football to keep in shape for basketball season. With a grandfather who runs an Olympic training center in Greece while also coaching collegiate basketball, it was only natural that Smith followed in his family’s footsteps. But it wasn’t long before the thrill of making plays on the gridiron cap-

Sophomore wide receiver Dmitry Smith hopes to make an immediate impact this season after playing on the Southeast Seminoles’ junior varsity squad last fall.

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with Coach Paul Maechtle Overall, how do you think last year’s team did? We were probably disappointed that we didn’t get to the playoffs. We made it three years in a row, so, for some, it may have been disappointing to be done that early. The good thing is, when the season ended, we had 29 juniors on the team. What are your expectations this season? We’re a little more experienced of a football team, which should, on paper, pay some dividends. The question then becomes will anyone stand out and be the Division I (type of) player. I don’t know that we have a bona-fide Division I player, but that’s OK if we’ve got enough other players. One thing I see because I’ve got so many juniors is a good amount of camaraderie.

tured the wide receiver’s attention. Smith started out playing defensive end and tight end before switching to wide receiver in middle school. “I like the contact,” Smith says. “I like the thrill of catching the ball and making a play.” Smith chose to attend Southeast for its IB program; and after spending last fall playing on the Seminoles’ junior varsity squad, Smith moved up to the varsity squad this spring. Now, Smith is focused on doing whatever it takes to make an immediate impact on the field. “I just want to be on the starting varsity wide receiving (corps) and make a name for myself,” Smith says.

FUN FACTS Height: 6 feet, 1 1/2 inches; Weight: 175 pounds Jersey number: 12. “I wanted No. 2 because that’s what I wore during Pop Warner,” Dmitry Smith says. “I wanted a two in the number, and I did not want to go too high.” Favorite player: Sammy

Watkins. “I saw a video he did when he chose what school he wanted to go to and his goals for his freshman year and the team. He had his goals all ready for him.”

What do you think is the biggest strength of this year’s team? Experience. We’ve got that going for us. We have both of our kickers, our quarterback, our running back and two starting receivers all back (this season). What is this team’s biggest weakness? We don’t have enough linemen-sized football players. We are short on both our offensive and defensive line. We’ve got six linemen (sized) players and you need five to start a game. The skills kids on both sides of the ball are performing well and that’s carried over into the way they performed during seven on seven. The glorified weakness becomes exponential when you put the pads on and don’t have (full) linemen kind of guys.

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