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Vacant land attracts interest A city-private development in the heart of the Rosemary District could kickstart change in a neighborhood with a mixed identity.

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+ Temple Emanu-El greets new members Temple Emanu-El greeted new members with a wine and cheese reception before Shabbat services Friday, Oct. 26. New and established members were able to mingle, and new members were given a mezuzah, which is a ritual object containing a small scroll inscribed with verses from the Torah, which is attached to the door frame of a home. The Temple has welcomed 45 new families since January.

A few of Sarasota’s up-andcoming restaurants, along with furniture shops and photography studios, dot the Rosemary District. And, a new café is expected to enliven one of the area’s central intersections. Yet, close by, empty storefronts and abandoned, vacant land vividly stand in stark contrast.

The juxtaposition reflects the mixed identity that exists for a neighborhood, which was once poised for revitalization before the recession and could once again be poised for change. At the center of possible changes in Rosemary District are two linchpin proposals gaining traction at City Hall.

One of those proposals would add on-street parking to meet anticipated future demand of new businesses and residences (see sidebar Page 2A). The other proposal involves a “catalyst project” for a key parcel of city-owned land at 1440 Blvd. of the Arts. City Manager Tom Barwin and

city staffers are moving ahead with a process to find out what kind of developments could fit on the city-owned parcel in the middle of the district. “As we begin to come out of the recession, there might be some serious interest in redeveloping our city parcel,” Barwin said. At least one developer has already shown interest in working



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+ Fresh ink Fire Station 12 showed off a handmade sign at the 13th annual Firehouse Chili Cook-off Sunday, Oct. 28. The custom sign, created by Webber Street Tattoo, used an ominous flaming skull and crossbones to give fair warning to chili fans looking to try the “Dead Man’s Chili.”

+ Students discover science of life Students in the environmental-science program at McIntosh Middle School recently visited Selby Gardens for hands-on botanical research experiments. The students compared soil samples to measure for organic versus inorganic matter and used a turkey baster and a sieve to examine the tanks of bromeliads for microorganisms. They discovered that household plants often house living animals.

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Anthony Cappetto wears a jester hat while working on his piece, “High Wire,” Wednesday, Oct. 31, on Pineapple Avenue during the fifth annual Chalk Festival. Nik Wallenda will be walking across Cappetto’s painted high wire at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1.


by Roger Drouin | City Editor

Bank move opens up commercial space Retail use will likely fill at least part of the impending vacancy on the first floor of one of downtown’s most prominent buildings. Bank of America is moving from the first floor of a 13-story tower at Main Street and Orange Avenue to a smaller, newly constructed building on Fruitville Road. The bank’s shift a few blocks east could bring big changes to Main Street —including the

possibility of more retail. In March, the bank’s downtown branch will move out of the Ellis Building, one of downtown’s most prominent towers, and free up more than 27,000 square feet of commercial space. The bank is moving into a

5,000-square-foot building that is currently under construction at the southeast corner of Fruitville Road and U.S. 301. Bank of America will also relocate one of its branches, now situated at the corner of U.S. 301 and 13th


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Bank of America will move into a new smaller building currently under construction at the southeast corner of Fruitville Road and U.S. 301.

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ROSEMARY / FROM PAGE 1A with the city to build on the property. At the City Commission’s Oct. 15 meeting, commissioners voted to seek a publicprivate partnership on the land located near the intersection of Boulevard of the Arts and Central Avenue. Such a development agreement would allow city officials to have more say about what is built on the property than if the city sold the land into private hands. The city now wants to hear what local residents and business owners would want to see built there. The next step is a public meeting the city will hold sometime in late November or early December, Barwin said. “I think it is a very good indication,” said John Hermansen, about the city’s effort to get a project started on Boulevard of the Arts. In December, Hermansen, along with business partners, purchased and renovated a building on Fifth Street, where Hermansen’s company, Ampersand Construction, is located.

A kick-start

The city will set up a competitive process during the next few months after the public meeting in Rosemary, so that interested developers will be able to pitch their project to city officials. One developer has already met with Barwin to say she is interested in submitting a proposal. Mindy Parker, who owns property directly to the east of the city-owned land, met with Barwin after the Oct. 15 City Commission meeting. Parker runs Sarasota Commercial Management Inc. and is the daughter of longtime local developer Dr. Mark Kauffman. Chris Gallagher, a senior designer with Jonathan Parks Architect who represents Parker, said Parker is interested in developing a mixed-use project that would include a residential aspect. “She owns three parcels next to the property,” Gallagher said. “It is a key corner.” Hermansen said he has heard a lot of ideas for what would work best on the land, and he thinks some kind of mixed-

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“I think it is a very good indication,” John Hermansen said about the city’s effort to get a project going on city-owned land on Boulevard of the Arts.

velopers, business owners and, eventually, residents and tourists, to cross Fruitville Road. “A lot of people, and some commercial Realtors, will say, ‘You don’t want to go north of Fruitville,’” Hermansen said. “There is a bit of a stigma.” Downtown advocate Diana Hamilton said that the first developers and business owners to head north will choose to be oblivious to the risks of moving to the district on the edge of downtown — and have their sights on the huge potential that awaits.

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use would fit best. He envisions something with retail on the first floor and space above for studios and some residential units to create a livework setting, as one viable option. Hermansen and his business partners purchased a building in December on Fifth Street. He is “bullish” on the neighborhood even though the recession has hit the area with business closings and stalled developments. “This is one of those fringe areas of downtown that has been hit a little, but it is coming back,” Hermansen said. His prediction is that expected rising rent prices on Main Street and the immediate surrounding commercial area could drive more business into Rosemary, which he notes is within golf-ball distance of Main Street. A mixed-use project on the city-owned land over the next few years would “kickstart a lot of development,” Hermansen said. A re-branding is under way among those who have invested in Rosemary. If the area is going to get a new start, it needs to develop a new identity, they say. For about a year, advocates have been calling the area NOF, for North of Fruitville. The name is meant to show that change is coming to the area and to motivate de-

Homebuilder Devin Rutkowski said a “big brainstorming session” for the Boulevard of the Arts property is welcomed, because the most important step is finding out what the community wants. “Finding a developer will be the easy part,” said Rutkowski, who owns property in nearby Gillespie Park and plans to open a restaurant in Rosemary this winter. “Coming up with creative ideas will be the challenging part.” Rutkowski said just one example of a creative idea for the property would be “a project” tied in to the colleges north of the district. Possibilities could include some residential units available for graduate students and art galleries for art students. “It is a unique opportunity,” Rutkowski said. “We need to think big, think outside the box.” Adjacent to the city-owned land, Troy Plota works out of a 2,400-square-foot studio, but he is out growing the space. He does photography and film-production work for clients such as Belk’s department store and Bass brands. Like others who have invested in the area, Plota sees potential in Rosemary because it is so close to downtown. “It has huge potential,” Plota said. “That’s why I moved in six months ago.” Plota said he plans to talk to city officials about setting up film-production space on the city’s parcel, perhaps on a temporary basis, until the developer of a more permanent project is chosen.

City considers on-street parking in Rosemary The city is considering adding onstreet parking throughout the Rosemary District. Property and business owners in the district say the additional parking is needed to meet the anticipated future demand of new businesses in the area. The parking would let residents and tourists know the district is “open for business,” said City Manager Tom Barwin. “In my experience, on-street parking is really valuable in terms of stimulating development,” Barwin said. Rosemary already has some on-street parking on Central Avenue. City officials have been working on a preliminary plan to create additional on-street parking, and at a public meeting in November or December, the city will hear residents’ and business owners’ input on the possibility of adding more parking spaces on the street. City Parking Manager Mark Lyons had been working with city engineers on the preliminary plan to add on-street parking. “We have had some preliminary discussions on what that would look like and work like,” Lyons said. If the spaces are added, an important question will be whether to restrict the time that vehicles can park in one space. Adding a two- or three-hour limit would benefit shops and restaurants by ensuring that parking spaces are available, Lyons said. But the parking manager said he is not sure if the city would add time restrictions right away. That question could be answered as part of a parking study conducted by the city. If the parking spaces are added in the district, it appears that there will be enough space to keep bicycle lanes, also, Lyons said.

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DID considers Main Street proposal City The board wants to know exact cost estimates to brick over lower

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Main Street and add infrastructure to close the street to traffic. A bricked lower Main Street closed to traffic, on certain days, has long been discussed. Tuesday, Oct. 30, the possibility rolled ahead — slightly — with initial support from a downtown board and potential startup funding on the table from a grassroots group. Sarasota Vision, led by former Sarasota mayor and mobility advocate Gil Waters, has collected $300,000 from private donors to be spent on downtown projects that would make Main Street more pedestrian friendly and walkable. Some of the money could be used to brick Main Street and install bollards, devices that can be used to close lower Main Street to traffic during events or on certain evenings, Waters said. The Downtown Improvement District (DID) decided that it wanted to hear more about the proposal. Specifically, the board wants to see cost estimates to

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This rendering shows what a bricked Main Street could look like.

brick Main street and install bollards. “If it is going to be $1 million, the DID doesn’t have that asset,” said DID board member Dr. Mark Kauffman. “If it is a couple hundred thousand dollars, we

can talk about it.” One construction option is to try to get the two projects completed as part of the upcoming Main Street sidewalk improvement project, slated to undergo construction this summer. In an interview with the Sarasota Observer, Waters said that preliminary estimates put the cost of bricking Main Street, from Palm Avenue to Five Points, at about $800,000. Bricking that part of Main Street would transform the first few blocks into a gateway entrance to downtown, said Waters. The bollards would allow the city to close several blocks of lower Main Street on, say, a Friday night so that walkers can enjoy that part of downtown without having to worry about walking through traffic, Waters said. There could be a stage on Main Street where Florida Studio Theatre or Asolo Rep Theatre could

perform, Waters added. Tony Souza, former president of the Downtown Partnership, urged DID board members to consider bricking Main Street, using Charleston, S.C., New Bedford, Mass., and Winter Park, Fla. as examples of how brick streets can enhance communities. Souza showed images of Winter Park’s brick Park Avenue, and tried to dispel a long-held belief that bricking Main Street would cause businesses to close during a lengthy construction. That belief has led many merchants to oppose proposals to brick over Main Street. “They never closed the street,” Souza said about the construction of the brick street in Winter Park. “They never completely closed the sidewalk. They never shut business down.” That project was completed at night, as a “stealth team” worked at night to brick the central Florida’s town, Souza said. Souza also showed historic photos from the 1920s that showed brick sections of streets and pavers on Lemon Avenue.


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Truman Adams works on finishing the mosaic he has been working on for a year-and-a-half Friday, Oct. 26, at Church of the Redeemer. Adams used his wife, son, friends and himself as models for the people in the Nativity of Christ mosaic that he created for the church.

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The open-container ordinance was revised to close a loophole that made it vulnerable to legal challenges. The City Attorney’s Office has revised Sarasota’s opencontainer ordinance to close a loophole that made the law vulnerable to legal challenges. The City Commission will consider the revised ordinance at its Nov. 5 meeting. The ordinance was reworked to strengthen the city’s law prohibiting drinking in public spaces and prevent challenges that the law is unconstitutional. The problem lies in the description of an alcoholic “open container.” An empty alcoholic container is currently included within the definition of an open container, so someone collecting empty beer cans could be found in violation. The ordinance was challenged by a public defender during a July case. The judge never made a ruling on the challenge because the defendant pleaded guilty to the charges. The defense attorney had filed a brief, claiming the city ordinance was “unconstitutional on its face,” and requested that a judge dismiss the open-container charges against his client. City Attorney Bob Fournier said he began to redraft the ordinance after reading the public defender’s motion. “They have a fair point. There is a better than 50-50 chance a judge, when he reads this, would say it (the ordinance) is too broad,” said Fournier. The new ordinance deletes “empty container” from the definition of an open container. The revised ordinance also states that police must prove intent to consume alcohol. Fournier said he felt the city should “be proactive and save the time and money that would be needed to defend the ordinance” in court.

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Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant moves to Palm Avenue The tapas restaurant is moving closer to the center of downtown, and a new restaurant, Social Eatery & Bar, is slated to open on First Street. After five years at its First Street location, Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant, known for its tapas and sangria, will be moving to a slightly larger home near the intersection of Main Street and Palm Avenue. “We’re excited to be in better walking distance to the downtown scene,” said Joe Orsino, CEO of Ceviche. “It’s much more accessible by foot.” The new location offers 11,500 square feet inside the historic Miramar Plaza, at 55 Palm Ave., including a brick outdoor patio. The former dance-studio space

will be renovated before Ceviche moves in. Renovation work, including a new dining area, a bar and kitchen, will take about three months to complete. “We want to be there by March,” Orsino said. Ceviche’s move was driven by a desire to be slightly closer to Main Street and the center of downtown. “The menu is staying the same,” Orsino said. “We are sort of picking up and moving down the street.” The new space will feature a larger dining room that looks

onto the brick patio. The restaurant will continue to add to the night scene with live music. Although there won’t be a rooftop bar, the patio will be a welcoming place, Orsino said. “It is beautiful, with brick pavers and a waterfall, and it leads right into our bar lounge,” Orsino said Another draw of the building for Ceviche was nearby parking available in the Miramar parking garage. Ceviche will remain in its current building while the new Palm Avenue site is under construc-

tion. The 1216 First St. building is currently listed for sale.

Social Eatery & Bar

In another change, a new restaurant called Social Eatery & Bar could be opening across from Ceviche’s First Street location. Plans for the restaurant, at 1219 First St., feature an outdoor dining area similar to that at Mattison’s City Grille, and a menu that includes locally-sourced food. The restaurant is slated to open in December, if the city approves a conditional-use application. The restaurant is awaiting approval of the application, which the City Commission will vote on Monday, Nov. 5 and is required for the liquor license the restau-

rant is seeking. The restaurant’s layout is unique, with most of the seating outdoors; of 147 seats proposed, more than 90 are located outside. Co-owner Samir Abdo hinted that the menu will bring a specific cuisine, now popular in New York City, to Sarasota. But, Abdo didn’t give away the menu secrets yet. Abdo described the cuisine as “rustic American-Italian comfort food.” “I know we will get tourists and the snowbirds,” Abdo said. “But, really, this is a restaurant that is for Sarasota. We want it to be a neighborhood restaurant.” Abdo will open the restaurant with partners John Tassotti, David Goldman and Jason Lefrock.


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+ Orange Avenue to temporarily close Orange Avenue between 10th Way and 12th Street was closed Monday, Oct. 29, and will remain temporarily closed for a drainage improvement project until Friday, Dec. 21. As part of the project, a water line will be replaced under the railroad tracks at 11th Street, requiring the closure. Motorists should follow the detour signs. “We’re rebuilding the road from 10th to 19th, putting in new sidewalk, new pavement, curb and stormwater inlets,” said Tony Russo, project manager with the city. Work should be completed by Dec. 21, or sooner. The construction work on Orange Avenue is part of a project to improve the intersection of Orange Avenue and 18th Street — an area that has historically flooded, Russo said. The city received $1.4 million in grant funding to fund the project.

+ In Ocean City, DiPino braced for Sandy Sarasota’s new police chief Bernadette DiPino, who starts her new job Jan. 1, has been busy at work in Ocean City, Md., making sure the beach town was braced for Hurricane Sandy. NPR reporters mentioned in a broadcast Monday, Oct. 29, that DiPino was giving updates to Ocean City about the storm. In an interview with the Baltimore Sun, DiPino said that despite floodwaters reaching about 3 to 4 feet and evacuation orders, about 200 people, or 80% of downtown resi-

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 Regular Sarasota City Commission meeting — 2:30 and 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, City Hall, Commission Chambers, 1565 First St., Sarasota  City Commission special meeting — 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, 1565 First St., Sarasota  City Commission Retreat — 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, Room 112, City Hall, 1565 First St., Sarasota

dents, remained in their homes to wait out the storm. DiPino was named Sarasota’s new police chief Oct. 16.

+ Victim Advocate position re-budgeted The city of Sarasota has reinstated the victim advocate position at the Sarasota Police Department. The victim-advocate position was eliminated two years ago due to budget constraints. After receiving a report from the Independent Police Advisory Panel emphasizing the community-wide need for such a position, the City Commission reinstated it for the 2012-2013 budget, which began Oct. 1. The Sarasota Police Department is currently in the process of hiring a victim advocate. The city has received 131 applications for the post. The victim advocate provides services and support for crime victims and is also the liaison between the Sarasota Police Department, the State Attorney’s Office and various community support groups that work to protect crime victims’ rights.


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McIntosh Middle strives to teach youth the importance of Veterans Day with ceremony. McIntosh Middle school social studies teacher Jill Rothenburg is passionate about patriotism. She says that a lot of children today are not as aware as they should be of the sacrifices that U.S. servicemen and women are making, or even that there are veterans within their own families. When Rothenburg first became involved with McIntosh’s annual Salute to Veterans program, which has been taking place for nearly 20 years, she was in charge of the war museum. She encouraged children to collect war-related memorabilia from their families to put on display at the school. “I would have kids go home and ask their parents if there were any veterans in their families,” she said. “A lot of the kids didn’t even know, but when they started asking, they found out that they had a lot of veterans in their family.” Today, Rothenburg is the organizer of the annual event, and she sees it as a great opportunity to teach a younger generation about taking pride in their country. “It’s about patriotism, not politics,” said Rothenburg. “Part of being a good citizen is being proud of your country and

knowing how to honor the people who have selflessly served their country.” As part of the Salute to Veterans event, which takes place from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at the McIntosh Middle gymnasium, Rothenburg collaborates with the Sarasota Military Academy, whose drumline, bagpipers and honor guard add a special touch to the observance ceremony. Rothenburg invites all area veterans to attend the event, which will feature a speech contest and performances by the school’s chorus and band, which will play music from the 1940s for the World War II veterans and 1960s-era music for the Vietnam veterans. The ceremony will also feature a walk of honor, during which the veterans, while their respective service songs are played, will line up according to branch of service. The Pledge of Allegiance and the national anthem will follow. “It makes for a very stirring beginning to the program,” said Rothenburg. “I hope the kids are keenly aware that there are people, who they don’t even know, who are serving their country for them. It’s important to understand that and to learn about our past.”

The Westfield Southgate Mall signed a replacement tenant for a large vacant sit-down restaurant. The mall announced in a release Wednesday, Oct. 31 that the new eatery will be Ziti. Ziti is a new concept that will feature an Italian-American-Asian fusion menu, the release said. The restaurant, which will serve lunch and dinner, will occupy a 4,000-square-foot space that was most recently Cosimo’s Brick Oven. The Cosimo’s location closed earlier this year, leaving the mall with only one full-service restaurant, Toojay’s Original Gourmet Deli. Ziti’s menu will include steaks, pork tenderloin and grilled ahi tuna, in addition to flatbreads and lettuce wraps, the release states. There will also be a full-service bar. “We’re confident that this new concept will deliver the perfect menu, quality of food and customer service that complements this shopping center and fills a need in Sarasota,” Westfield Southgate Marketing Director Sam Davidson said in the release. The managing partner of Ziti will be Dustin Guimond. Guimond, according to the release, has more than 20 years of restaurant experience. He previously worked in Minnesota. “We are very excited to partner with Westfield and introduce our brand to Sarasota,” Guimond said in the statement. — Mark Gordon

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Southgate Village Shops, on Siesta Drive, is home to nine retail spaces.

Southgate renovation is nearly complete After 100 days of construction work, Southgate Village Shop’s renovation is nearly complete. The storefronts of nine retail spaces in the plaza, located on Siesta Drive, were renovated to update the building. Contractors are completing the finishing touches of the retrofit work, said Mark Sharff, owner of the storefronts in the plaza that underwent the facelift. “We are within days of being finished,” said Sharff. “We are just putting in some finishing touches.” The renovation work upgraded the front of the storefronts. “We took it from a class D to a class B property,” Sharff said. Pita’s Republic restaurant, which serves healthy Medi-

terranean food, is going into one of the remodeled spaces, the only one that is currently vacant. The restaurant chain has 18 other locations, with several in the Tampa area. “This will be his first Sarasota-based restaurant,” Sharff said. Sharff purchased the plaza spaces in 2010. There had been a high turnover among tenants. At the time, customers were welcomed to the strip mall by a rusty sign and an absence of parking-lot lines. Anderson and Ellis Inc., Sarasota-based contractors, oversaw construction. The Southgate Village plaza is located directly across from the Westfield Southgate Mall. After Pita’s Republic moves to the plaza, all of the spaces will be rented, Sharff said.

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Female politicians inspire youth at Girls Inc. In preparation for Girls Inc.’s Dream Harbor elections, during which the students elect a mayor, vicemayor, secretary/historian and treasurer, female politicians paid educational visits to the student s. Mayor Suzanne Atwell visited students Thursday, Oct. 18, to tell them about her experience in politics and give tips about how to run a successful campaign. Left: Mayor Suzanne Atwell sits with girls at Girls Inc.

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Street, to the new building at 1990 Fruitville Road. “Both of the banks were less than one mile away,” said Bank of America Corp. spokesperson Diane Wagner. “So that’s why they were consolidated.” The move opens nearly one block of mid-Main Street commercial space to potential tenants. Larry Fienberg, with Benderson Development Co., which owns the Ellis Building, said Benderson has been in contact with several potential tenants interested in the vacant space. Fineberg said that when Bank of America first announced the departure, Benderson officials were almost 100% certain they would target another bank to fill the large first-floor space and put its name on the tower. But, now, the real-state company has a new strategy. “It wasn’t a high-energy space,” Fineberg said about the Bank of America space on the first floor. “It is a large, cavernous space that didn’t generate a lot of traffic. We are looking for something that will do the opposite.” Although Benderson is still considering leasing to another bank, if the real-estate company does so, it will be for a much smaller bank — less than oneforth of the area occupied by Bank of America — leaving room for stores or other commercial uses. In addition to the ground floor, the top two floors, the 12th floor and the penthouse, are also available. The 12th floor, formerly the University

Club, which closed its doors in 2009, has been renovated to make way for a prospective tenant. The most visible real estate, however, is outside the building in the form of naming rights to the top of the tower viewable from the north and south. Currently, Bank of America owns the rights, but they, too, will become available. Fineberg said the goal is to find tenants that will draw pedestrians and create “an energy” on mid-Main, which has less activity than busy lower Main Street near Five Points Park and upper Main Street near Regal Hollywood 20 movie theater. “It would make sense for retail on that first floor,” Fineberg said. Benderson is interested in finding long-term renters. “It’s not just about filling it,” Fineberg said. “It’s about finding the right tenants.” Ruben-Holland Development is building the new Fruitville branch of Bank of America. The bank building sits next to a recently-constructed Staples office supply store. Ruben-Holland also developed the Staples. Wagner noted that although some customers bank online, or even on their smart phones, many still prefer to come in and bank in person. A mortgage loan officer and financial adviser will also be based out of the Fruitville Road bank. “The downtown branch will close Friday, March 1, 2013,” Wagner said. “The new location on Fruitville road will open Monday, March 4.





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Life of Riley Foundation revs up for car show and fundraiser The car-show fundraiser returns with the addition of a kick-off party. For families with a child affected by a pediatric brain tumor, the condition can be exhausting, emotionally and financially. Often, one or both parents are forced to leave work to care for the child, making the situation more stressful. After Ron and Kelly Saba’s 7-year-old daughter, Riley, was diagnosed with a brain stem glioma in 2001, they experienced this struggle firsthand. As she underwent treatment, Riley expressed her desire to help other children with similar conditions. After Riley died, a short six months after

her diagnosis, the couple founded the Life of Riley Foundation to celebrate her life, while helping to raise money for research, awareness and to support families dealing with treatment. The foundation hosted fundraisers, including a Memorial Day beach run and a children’s blacktie gala. Kelly Saba says that since its inception, the foundation has helped more than 30 families with everyday expenses while their children underwent treatment. After the Sabas took a few years off from hosting fundraisers, Ralph Cushing, a friend of the family,

suggested an affordable fundraiser in the form of a car show. “I thought it sounded fun,” said Kelly Saba. “I love events that are open to the public, and it sounded like an inexpensive way to bring people out. We had no idea what to expect, but it was great, and it was a success.” The fundraiser will return for its second year, and in addition to the car show, the fundraiser will also include a kick-off party, featuring a silent auction on car-related items, items from local merchants and a guitar autographed by AC/ DC’s Brian Johnson.

Cushing says guests can expect a great turnout, a variety of cars and family-friendly activities at this year’s car show Sunday, Nov. 4. Kelly Saba says she is excited to bring the event back to continue to raise awareness and find a cure for cancer. “The further away you get from something like what happened to us, with the loss of Riley, the more you can lose meaning of what it is you’re trying to do,” she said. “I hope this will help bring people back together in the memory of my daughter and help thousands of other kids and families. I hope it brings back what’s important in life, which is family.”

If you go Life of Riley Foundation events • Cars Under the Stars Kickoff Party — takes place at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at the Sarasota Classic Car Museum, 5500 N. Tamiami Trail. Cost is $75. Call 685-2229. • Southside Village SECA Car Show — takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, on Hillview Street. Cost is free. Free trolley running to Chalk Festival and back. Call 9554183.

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Referendum on performance On the eve of the 2012 presidential election, it seems inconceivable that anyone intending to vote could be undecided at this moment. But it could be true. And if it is, if there are indeed some of you still wavering between re-electing Barack Obama or electing Mitt Romney, this week we are writing to you. We’re not going to devolve into a debate over the merits of the candidates’ approaches to tax policy, the economy, deficits and entitlements. Instead, we believe there are two compelling matters that will provide the difference and lead you to your ultimate choice. One is honor. The other is leadership. Together they converge at the root of the two candidates’ being — their character. All along, over these past few weeks, we have repeated the belief that all candidate elections are referenda on the incumbents’ performance. Does he deserve to continue to represent you? Has he earned, through his performance, the right to remain in office? Did he demonstrate the behavior that earned your trust? Did he do the job as competently as you expect?

responded: “Well, we are finding out exactly what happened. I can tell you, as I’ve said over the last couple of months since this happened, the minute I found out what was happening, I gave three very clear directives. Number one, make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to … “And I guarantee you,” he told the reporter, “that everyone in the state department, our military, the CIA, you name it, had number-one priority making sure that people were safe …” But Americans still want to know: Is Fox right? Is Woods’ father right? As the Marines’ core values require: Be accountable for your actions. Abide by an uncompromising code of integrity. In Thomas Horton’s book, “What Works for Me,” interviews with 16 CEOs, he writes: integrity is the essential quality. “Without integrity, there can be no trust. Leadership is based on trust.” In the end, the story of Barack Obama’s role in the Benghazi murders is a defining story of his character.

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Honor and integrity

When we continue to hear the details of what happened on Sept. 11 in Benghazi, Libya — primarily from Fox News and, shamefully, virtually nothing from the mainstream media — we continue to wait for Barack Obama to tell the American people the truth. What really happened? The story for 50 days has been coming to light in pieces — and none of it definitively from the man who is expected to be truthful and straight. None of it from the man expected to demonstrate integrity and honor to the people he serves. Americans want that, they expect that from their Commander in Chief. Americans stew with anger that terrorists attacked our sovereign propety in Libya and murdered four of our countrymen. But what makes the event all the more engraging is Americans have found out most of the details through unnamed news sources and memos that a few journalists have clawed and scraped to unearth. None of our public servants is coming clean. This goes to the heart of honor and integrity. And it points to one man. Read the books on honor and integrity. Look at the Core Values of the U.S. Marines, who serve under the Command in Chief. The first core value is Honor: “Honor guides Marines to exemplify the ultimate in ethical and moral behavior; to never lie, cheat or steal; to abide by an uncompromising code of integrity; respect human dignity; and respect others. The quality of maturity, dedication, trust and dependability commit Marines to act responsibly; to be accountable for their actions; to fulfill their obligations; and to hold others accountable for their actions. The books on business leadership teem with references to integrity and honor as deeply rooted, foundational requisites. When D.A. Benton wrote, “How to Act Like a CEO,” she included a section on what CEOs should do in a crisis: “The steps, although important, aren’t as important as the tone and manner in which you carry them out. The mantle of integrity must pervade in every single detail in every way (italics added). “Take charge,” she wrote. “You must call the shots.” Benton quoted Lee Roberts, CEO of FileNET: “When things are down, you have to be out in front. You’re the captain, it’s your problem.” When the late Marvin Bower, first managing director of McKinsey & Co., wrote about leadership in the “Book of Business Wisdom,” he quoted Pearl S. Buck, the late Nobel Prize author: “Integrity is honesty carried through the fibers of the being and

whole mind, into thought as well as action that the person is complete in honesty. That kind of integrity I put above all else as an essential of leadership.”

Americans want the truth

On the deaths of the four Americans in Benghazi — Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, it was Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, not Barack Obama, who said: “I take responsibility.” She didn’t elaborate. It’s still under investigation, she said. Two weeks later, Fox News reported more details: “Upon hearing shots fired, team members asked higher-ups at the annex if they could go the consulate. However, they were told to ‘stand down,’ according to sources familiar with the exchange. “Woods and at least two others ignored those orders and went to the consulate, evacuating survivors and Smith, who had been killed in the initial attack. “They could not find the ambassador and returned to the CIA annex at about midnight. At that point, they called again for military support and help because they were taking fire at the CIA safe house, or annex. The request was denied. Woods and Doherty were killed at the annex by a mortar shell at 4 a.m. “The CIA and Defense Department have denied claims about requests for support being rejected.” Meantime, Tyrone Woods’ father has been quoted, saying: “Within minutes of the first bullet being fired, the White House knew these heroes would be slaughtered if immediate air support was denied. In less than an hour, the perimeters could have been secured, and American lives could have been saved. After seven hours fighting numerically superior forces, my son’s life was sacrificed because of the White House’s decision.” Yet, when a Denver television reporter, on Oct. 26, asked the president if military support had been rejected, the president

The second matter is leadership. When we heard the president of the Longboat Key Democratic Club speak at a Venice Tiger Bay Club luncheon last summer, he spoke about his wish for seeing two parties come together so our nation could move forward. He chastised bitter partisanship. And when you look over the past two years, ever since Republicans regained control of the House, the Washington news archives have been a two-year saga of partisan stalemate. Disagreement is in the DNA of Washington, D.C., especially so in the House, Senate and White House. But in the whirl of a hurricane, or, say, the challenge of averting fiscal collapse, at some point the antagonistic sailors must pull together to save the ship. This takes a leader, a leader who can bring sides together, who is willing to reach out, who is willing to put himself second to others, who has the ability to persuade sides to compromise. We haven’t seen that leader in Barack Obama. In “The Price of Politics,” Bob Woodward — critic of Republicans and Democrats alike — chronicles how President Obama alienated Republicans and business leaders in his first two years in office. The split between him and the House leadership in his second two years was wider than the first two. “Presidents,” Woodward said, figure out how to “work their will — or should work their will — on the important matters of national business.” Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton did, Woodward said. “Obama has not.” This, too — the ability, or in Obama’s case, the inability to rally competing interests — is a matter of character.

Did he do the job?

If you evaluate what we have presented in the context of what America faces over the next four years, it is indeed relevant to ask, as we did at the outset: Has Barack Obama’s performance earned him the right to remain in office? Did he demonstrate the behavior that earned Americans’ trust? Did he do the job as competently as you expect? On the two matters presented above — integrity and leadership, Obama’s refusal so far to face Americans fully and honestly about Benghazi and his inability to bring congressional sides together — for neutral thinkers it would seem difficult to answer in the affirmative. We believe he has not. If you conclude that as well, the next question is: Does Mitt Romney’s life and career serve as a sufficient predictor that his performance, that his character, would rise above the incumbent’s? If you study the entirety of their lives side by side, the choice is clear: Mitt Romney.



Dear Editor: Please clarify the basis for your recommendation (Oct. 25, page 9A) to vote “no� on the three Supreme Court justices seeking retention. You cite, apparently with approval, Major Harding’s position that “merit-retention votes for judges are not intended to be votes on judges’ decisions.� Yet, you then recommend a “no� vote because Justices Quince, Lewis and Pariente decided three cases in ways other than you would have decided them: Gore v. Harris, school vouchers and Obamacare. Decisions with which you do not agree are not proof of “judicial and behavioral improprieties.� Thus, your recommendation reflects, at best, careless and self-contradictory reasoning. Your readers, and the justices, deserve better. Joseph Bartel Sarasota Editors Note: Sorry for the confusion. The whole merit-retention vote for judges is a seriously flawed process, in large part because most Floridians have no clue on what they are voting — the judges’ decisions or their ethical conduct? Harding says it’s a vote on ethical conduct. Yet, Jesse Phillips of Restore Justice

2012, a Central Florida group opposed to retaining the three Supreme Court justices, told a reporter for The James Madison Institute that, “Justice Quince said it best, ‘We have a merit retention system to determine if justices are doing their jobs.’� According to the institute’s fall edition journal: “Phillips contends that the only way to tell whether they are doing their jobs is to ‘look at their decisions; are they living up to the Constitution?’� We support the type of judicial decision making that emphasizes judicial restraint and fidelity to the original meaning of constitutional text, not that style that makes inferences and is regarded as judicial activism — judges making laws. In our view, Justices Quince, Lewis and Pariente’s decisions too often fit the latter.

+ Endorsements don’t support best interests Dear Editor: After coming south to enjoy our winter respite, it was always a pleasure to pick up a copy of the Pelican Press to catch up on local activities. However, to may utter dismay, I read your dismal and totally ludicrous diatribe on the “War on Individual Liberty� and how in the last four years it has intensified.

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to agree with the professionals on the subject of the questionable structure of the Sarasota city administration. The last amendment on the ballot for city voters may just be the most important decision made in a decade for Sarasota. Three city managers have chimed in and some of the county managers have agreed in newspapers or at meetings. I questioned the wisdom of shifting the IT department under a clerk when it happened. Now understanding the audit failures that have happened and realizing that an auditor cannot conduct an audit of a boss’s departments without possible compromise, I do think it boils down to creating a strong auditor and returning or placing service departments under the city manager. An auditor should be assuring that all departments do their jobs correctly and looking for evidence if they are not, making arrangements for corrections. That is what the auditors I have worked with in businesses and nonprofits have done. It is a heavy responsibility if followed professionally. It needs to be independent and report only to the governing board (the commissioners). I am going to vote for the restructuring of the city manager and city auditor and clerk departments.  B. L. Cookson Sarasota



What planet have you been on? Having spent the last 15 months watching, listening and reading about the Republican candidates wanting to lead this country, I am convinced that any victory by these folks pushes us back into the Stone Age. Do you really subscribe to having government tell women what they can or cannot do with their bodies? Do you want a government kowtowing to religious interference? What is happening to the separation of church and state that our forefathers fought for and used as a cornerstone of the Constitution? Do you want a political and social ideology that is suspicious of minority groups and creates hurdles for their legitimate right to vote? Why are the Republicans of this world denying an individual’s right to the same legal and civil protection for their chosen partner in life if they are the same sex? Do you really subscribe to policies that a for-profit company can do whatever it wants to our environmental resources? These are examples of the “War on Individual Liberty� that I believe are under attack. I don’t believe for a moment that the representatives that you recommend to support truly have the best interests of society as a whole in their hearts and minds. The 1% or 53%, yes, but not the totality of what is USA. Peter Dadzis Connecticut





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Argus Foundation honors lifetime achievers The Argus Foundation held its 11th annual Lifetime Achievement Awards Dinner Thursday, Oct. 25, at Hyatt Regency Sarasota. The event honored Bill Getzen, of Sarasota-based law firm Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen, and the late Rick Martin, of Purmort & Martin Insurance Agency. During the dinner, videos were presented on the lives and contributions of each of the honorees. Joe Hembree, Kyle Hembree and Joe Hembree

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Morton’s spices things up at annual chili cook-off The 13th annual Firehouse Chili Cook-off took place Sunday Oct. 29, by Morton’s Gourmet Market. Proceeds from the cook-off went to the Sarasota Firefighters Benevolent fund. People sampled 15 different chilies that were made by the firefighters from 15 stations in Sarasota. They then voted for a People’s Choice Award; judges chose first, second and third place. Station 22, Pepper Palace, won first place and bragging rights for the year.

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SATURDAY, NOV. 3 Sunnyside Village Holiday Bazaar — takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 5201 Bahia Vista St. Artisan-crafted items will be on sale at this seventh annual holiday bazaar, as well as food and raffle opportunities. Free. Call 371-2750, Ext. 606.

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As five swimmers from Team Florida gracefully pierce the still water of the Evalyn Sadlier Jones YMCA pool, the boisterous sound of swing-era horns quickly sets the mood. The women swim, in synch, to the music, combining elements of dance, gymnastics and swimming, much to the delight of the packed audience. More than 300 athletes traveled from all over the country to perform similar routines as part of the U.S. Masters Synchronized Swimming National Championships between Wednesday, Oct. 24 and Sunday, Oct. 28. Over the course of the five-day period, more than 30 national club teams competed in solo, duet, trio and team formats. The national competition, hosted by the Evalyn Sadlier Jones YMCA, was held in Sarasota for the first time, following a winning bid by the venue two years ago. Executive Director Ben Pinegar says that after winning the bid in fall 2010, the YMCA began preparing for the event by refurbishing the facilities and collaborating with local chapters to advertise and promote the championship, which he says was a success. “It went fantastically,” he said. “We heard nothing but rave reviews about our facility, and all the teams were thrilled about Sarasota. We were very pleased with the outcome.” Athletes trained for the competition for months, preparing their music selection and choreography before hitting the pool several times a week to perfect their routines. Nikki Berlin, of Team MAC Synchro, from Portland, Ore., says her team began practicing twice a week in December to prepare and that they tried to choose unique music and choreography that hadn’t

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been overdone. Jenny Amsinger and Dana Bradley, of Team Florida, have been swimming together for 18 years and say that they practice for three hours each Saturday and five hours each Sunday. “My favorite part about synchro is probably the friendships and the team,” said Bradley. “I think most of the girls on the team have been to each other’s weddings.” Pinegar says that hosting this event was a significant accomplishment for Sarasota and that it served as a pre-

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Under the leadership of men’s coach Liza Dickson, Sarasota Crew is shedding its underdog status and earning a national reputation. Head of the Charles Regatta, in Boston. “It’s about creating a culture,” Dickson says of the team’s newfound success. “It’s the same for any coach who inherits a team. I’ve created a culture with my athletes that they help perpetuate — one of hard work, respect, appreciation and ownership.” At this year’s Head of the Charles Regatta, a two-day event that draws about 9,000 competitors and more than 250,000 spectators, the Sarasota Crew men’s youth 4+ team, comprised of Travis Taaffe, Ben Delaney Andrew Konecny, Ryan Hails and Grant Golub, outperformed 84 other crews to win the event by a blowout 21 seconds. The team finished faster than any other team, including those at the collegiate level. With this success, both Dickson and the athletes are encountering a new challenge: no longer one of striving to prove oneself, but the struggle that comes with a quick rise to the top. The team’s reputa-

tion precedes them; the players feel stares and overhear whispers at regattas. They’re no longer the underdogs. “It’s really hard,” says Dickson. “Getting to the top naturally earns you more scrutiny. This year, at the Head of the Charles, there was so much more pressure. Everyone is gunning for you, and you have to have a completely different mindset.” According to the regatta’s rules, each team’s starting position is dictated by its finishing place from the previous year, and a new boat starts the course every 15 to 30 seconds. Starting in the first position added to the pressure, because the team had to be completely self-motivated. “When you start first, there’s no boat to chase,” says Dickson. “You have to be motivated to push yourself. I looked at a lot of small details and specific areas where they could make up time.” New team member Ben Delaney says that based on the

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Liza Dickson enjoys being an underdog. Upon becoming coach of the Sarasota Crew men’s varsity team in 2009, she inherited a team that had never qualified for nationals in an 8. To her, the feeling is a familiar one. As a woman coaching a men’s varsity team, whether actual or perceived, she says the pressures of coaching in a male-dominated sport contribute to the feeling. “I don’t play the woman card,” she says. “But I feel like I do have to work harder than anyone else. I’ve always felt it. I don’t know how much of it is just my own perception, but I feel like I have something to prove.” Three years after taking the helm, Dickson has more than proven herself as a coach, transforming the team into a nationally recognized force. Since her arrival, the men’s varsity team has placed ninth, fourth, and last year, second, in nationals. Most recently and for the second consecutive year, the team placed first in the

team’s previous performance, he was confident that they had the strength and talent to earn a win, but that he felt the added pressure of starting first. “We had to focus on the little details and race our own race,” he says. “It really comes down to how mentally tough you are.” As happy as Dickson and the team are about the victory, they remain modest about the accomplishment, and they’re already focused on the US Rowing Youth National Championships in June, in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Team member Andrew Konecny says the winter months are especially tough to train in and remain motivated during, because there are few races to keep up momentum, but that they’ll continue to train to be in their best shape by the summer. “We’ve all experienced losses by tenths of a second,” he says. “It can easily come down to feet or inches, because everyone wants to win so badly. But, we want to be national champions. We came in second last year, and second is great, but that’s not what we’re training for.”

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The Riverview High football team made a last-second, goal-line stand to preserve a 28-24 victory over rival Sarasota Oct. 26, in the 54th meeting between the two schools. Riverview took a 14-0 lead in the second quarter on a 15-yard touchdown from quarterback Dominic Marino to Lex Sayre and a 2-yard run by Karan Higdon. Sarasota running back Rod Tullis cut the Rams’ lead in half on a 7-yard touchdown run. Riverview extended its lead in the third quarter when Marino connected with Richie James for a 30-yard strike. Sarasota quarterback Hunter DeWitt connected with Marquis Zinnermon to pull the Sailors within 21-14. The Rams responded with a 53-yard touchdown from Marino to Higdon. DeWitt connected with Shawn Bane Jr. for a 31-yard strike. Billy Sadlo added a 26-yard field goal in the fourth quarter for the Sailors’ final points of the night.

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The Sarasota Thunder, the latest expansion team of the Ultimate Indoor Football League, will hold player tryouts Nov. 3 for anyone interested in playing professional arena football when the season begins next year. Tryouts will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Boys and Girls Club, 5231 34th St. W., Bradenton. Those interested in participating can pre-register by calling 3158018 or emailing

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The Sarasota High boys and girls cross-country teams won the Sarasota County Championships Oct. 24, at Oscar Scherer State Park in Venice. The Sailors scored 17 points to finish ahead of North Port (67), Riverview (69), Venice (115), ODA (151), Cardinal Mooney (162) and Booker (190). Zack Summerall captured the individual championship, crossing the finish line in 16:10.1 to edge past teammate Courtland Bernard (16:10.6). Ian Hull finished third in 16:26.7 followed by Adam Bradtmueller (fourth, 16:30.8) and Brandon Drumm (seventh, 16:51.8). Warran Grajalez finished fifth in 16:44 to pace the Rams. Peter Runge finished ninth in 17:01.8 to lead the way for ODA. Cal Davidson Turner finished 15th in 17:18.3 to pace Cardinal Mooney. The Lady Sailors scored 38 points to pull ahead of the Riverview (41), ODA (99), North Port (115), Venice (116) and Cardinal Mooney (125). Sarasota’s Angelina Grebe captured the individual title in 19:16.2 followed by Cardinal Mooney’s Grace Casagrande (second, 19:54.3), Riverview’s Emily Barbic (third, 21:05.4), Sarasota’s Amber Kerry (fourth, 21:07.5) and ODA’s Carling Landeche (fifth, 21:14.9).

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The Out-of-Door Academy football team allowed more than 650 yards on the ground, as the host Thunder fell to Naples First Baptist Academy 46-42 in Class 2A-District 6 action Oct. 26. ODA quarterback Evan Wilson

carried the load for the Thunder, rushing for nearly 200 yards and four touchdowns. Wilson also threw for nearly 215 yards and two touchdowns. The Thunder recovered an onside kick and scored a touchdown to pull within four points, but the Lions recovered ODA’s second onside kick attempt. With the loss, the Thunder was eliminated from postseason contention. ODA returns to action Nov. 2 versus district rival St. Stephen’s.


+ Scullers medal in pair of regattas The Sarasota Scullers earned several medals in a pair of regattas Oct. 27 and Oct. 28. Oct. 27, the Scullers Women’s Varsity 4 and Men’s Varsity 4 teams earned bronze medals at the 13th annual Halloween Regatta in Tampa. The Middle School Mixed 8 team finished second. Oct. 28, 20 rowers competed in the Schuylkill Regatta in Philadelphia, which featured more than 6,000 athletes from 149 cities and six countries. The Women’s Varsity 4 team finished second ahead of 12 other teams to earn the silver medal. The Men’s Varsity 4 team finished fifth. Isaac Mingus finished 13th in his Men’s Singles race. The Men’s Varsity 4 with coxswain finished 10th and the Women’s Varsity 4 with coxswain finished 24th. The Men’s Varsity 8 finished 10th. The Men’s Doubles team finished 13th and the Women’s Doubles team was 14th. The varsity and novice teams will return to action this weekend in the Head of the Hooch Regatta in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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Pine View sophomore Angelina Grebe joined the Sarasota High School cross-country team this year, and she is already proving to be a key competitor for the Lady Sailors. Grebe won the Sarasota Cross Country Championships Oct. 24, with a time of 19:16.12. This was Grebe’s first win in a cross-country race, and her time helped the Lady Sailors win the team title with 38 How did you get into cross-country? Last year, as a freshman, I did longdistance track for Sarasota High School. I would have done cross country last year, but I didn’t know about it. During longdistance track the other kids told me how much fun cross country was, so I figured it would be a good fit for me this year. Do you participate in any other sports? I do track — mostly the mile and two mile, and occasionally the 800-meter. My main event was the two mile. Do you have a favorite event? For cross country, all I’ve ever run is the 5K. Some cross-country teams do three-mile races, but we pretty much stick with 5Ks. Is there anything upon which you are trying to improve? I know cross country is about stamina, mostly, but I need to work on the parts where you have to do short sprints to sprint past competitors. How quickly do you go through shoes? I’ve had this pair since summer, so they have lasted for a good five months. Different people want shoes earlier than I would, but I figure if they aren’t hurting me, I can keep wearing them until I need a new pair.

The number of touchdowns The Out-of-Door Academy quarterback Evan Wilson threw in the Thunder’s 46-42 loss to Naples First Baptist Academy Oct. 26. Wilson also ran for a pair of touchdowns.

How many miles a week do typically run? We probably do six miles a day, but some days it is more, so probably 40 to 45 miles per week. It also depends on where we are in our training.

What was it like to win a cross-country meet? It felt great because I knew all the training we had done the past few weeks had paid off. I felt like I had the ability in me to do it, but I proved to myself that I could. What do you do if you get a cramp? Luckily, I haven’t gotten that many cramps, but I did get one a few weeks ago and it is painful. You feel like you want to stop, but you just have to push through it and know it will eventually go away. A teammate told me if you push in an area under your ribs, it helps. I don’t do anything special. I just hope it goes away soon. What is the longest you have ever run? Sundays are our days for long runs. We run for a certain amount of time and not for distance. The longest time was 90 minutes, so if you average one mile every 10 minutes, it is nine miles. I haven’t done any marathons or anything, but I’d like to, maybe when I’m older.


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The combined number of points the Riverview High boys and girls swim teams scored to win the Class 3A-District 6 Swim Meet Oct. 27, at South County Regional Park.


The number of schools who competed in the Sarasota County Championships Oct. 24.




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Teacher Ginger Rosenberger and her husband, Greg, set up a Supermanthemed vehicle for trick-or-trunking.

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Phillippi Shores Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Organization hosted Pumpkin Night Thursday, Oct. 25, at the school. More than 400 children came dressed in their Halloween costumes and ready to play games, carve pumpkins and trick-or-trunk for candy.

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Beau Ciel condominium sells for $1.55 million The following residential real-estate transactions took place between Oct. 15 and Oct. 19. A condominium in Beau Ciel tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Victor Howard, of Sarasota, sold his Unit 1502 condominium at 990 Blvd. of the Arts to Jesse and Nancie Ehrlich, of Sarasota, for $1.55 million. Built in 2003, it has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and 3,412 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1.75 million in 2004.

Trail to Hamza Kuraishi and Furhat Kuraishi, of Sarasota, for $230,000. Built in 2001, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,120 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $195,100 in 2010.

South Gate

Long Phi Nguyen, of Sarasota, sold his home at 2618 Sunnyside St. to Mary Kernan, trustee, of Andover, Mass., for $226,000. Built in 1957, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,794 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $329,900 in 2005.


Robert and JoAnn Scheps, of Northport, N.Y., sold their Unit PH-1817 condominium at 800 N. Tamiami Trail to Harry and Ilene Zall, of Bala, Pa., for $1.15 million. Built in 2007, it has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and 3,219 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1.54 million in 2007.


Robert and Suzanne Morris, of Sarasota, sold their home at 1924 Lincoln Drive to Mario and Ann Govic, of Sarasota, for $1.08 million. Built in 2005, it has four bedrooms, four-and-two-half baths and 5,432 square feet of living area.

Desota Park

Dockside Homes LLC sold the home at 1907 Clematis St. to Michael and Sarah Dousa, of Sarasota, for $915,000. Built in 1950, it has two bedrooms, one bath and 1,171 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $300,000 in 2011.


Power Investments Florida LLC sold the home at 1943 Morrill St. to DIP Real Estate

Landings Carriagehouse

Rachel S. O’Hara

Unit 1502 at Beau Ciel, 990 Blvd. of the Arts, has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, and 3,412 square feet of living area. It sold for $1.55 million. Inc. for $515,000. Built in 2000, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 3,270 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $561,000 in 2011.

Morton Terrace

Pamela Clark, of Sarasota, sold her home at 1694 Floyd St. to Peter and Marcia Christ, of Sarasota, for $475,000. Built in 1955, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,876 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $418,000 in 2001.

Bay Acres

Timothy Ellis, of Lansing, Mich., sold his home at 307 Sunset Road to Morris Alexander, of Sarasota, for $385,000. Built in 1990, it has four bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 2,908 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $255,000 in 2010.

Cityscape at Courthouse Centre

Iberiabank sold the Unit 13 condominium at 1990 Main St. to Jalicha Enterprises LLC for $279,500. Built in 2005, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,573 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $740,000 in 2006.

Poinsettia Park

L. Dale Ream III, of Sarasota, sold the home at 1842 Rose St. to L&D Lifestyle LLC for $275,000. Built in 1949, it has two bedrooms, one bath and 1,094 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $106,000 in 1998.


Sylvester Bonarti and Maria Diaz-Bonarti, trustees, of Sarasota, sold the Unit 1516 condominium at 750 N. Tamiami

Andrew and Ellen Feil, trustees, of Sarasota, sold the Unit 69 condominium at 5047 Kestral Park Drive to Emma Calvo, of Sarasota, for $218,000. Built in 1982, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,368 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $109,400 in 1981.

Landings South

L. Jerome Stein, of Longboat Key, sold his Unit 101 condominium at 5271 Heron Way to Jeffrey and Gale Kaplan, of E. Rockaway, N.Y., for $214,000. Built in 1986, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,588 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $150,000 in 1998.


Kurt and Joyce Ottinger, of Sarasota, sold their home at 8488 Woodbriar Drive to Walter and Shirlie Mannini, of Sarasota, for $450,000. Built in 1994, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,879 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $390,500 in 2003.

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Edward Zajac, of Evanston, Ill., sold his home at 8333 Jesolo Lane to Paul and Deborah Grovum, trustees, of Sarasota, for $389,900. Built in 2002, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,008 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $435,000 in 2007. Suzanne Williams, trustee, of N. Venice, sold the home at 7658 Camminare Drive to James and Beverly Kiesel, of Sarasota, for $287,000. Built in 2005, it has two bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,534 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $283,700 in 2005.


Betty Miller, trustee, sold the home at 4125 Brookpointe Court to Martha Lewis, of Osprey, for $337,500. Built in 2002, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,054 square feet of living area.

Turtle Rock

Iyad and Hend Sawaf, of Sarasota, sold their home at 5237 Far Oak Circle to Robert and Linda Morich, of Sarasota, for $312,500. Built in 1995, it has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a pool and 2,245 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $233,700 in 1995. John and Dianne Gerulis, of Avon Lake, Ohio, sold their home at 8314 Nice Way to Thomas and Lauran Christie, of Troy, Mich., for $300,000. Built in 2001, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,985 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $495,000 in 2005.

Palmer Square West

Anthony and Lena Ciccarone, of W. Warwick, R.I., sold their Unit 3 condominium at 3627 Square West Lane to Roger Taube, of Clearwater, for $309,900. Built in 2001, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,021 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $395,000 in 2005.

Wellington Chase

William and Maryann Gravely, of Longwood, sold their home at 4938 Avon Lane to Roger Berndt Turtle Rock LLC for $250,000. Built in 1996, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,245 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $182,200 in 1996.


TOP BUILDING PERMITS These are the largest city of Sarasota and Sarasota County building permits issued by Sarasota County and city of Sarasota for the week of Oct. 15 through Oct. 19, in order of dollar amounts.




305 S. Shore Drive


Helen Polder, trustee

11 Sunset Drive


Mark Garrison


1822 Orchid St.


Matthew Miller


1325 Cocoanut Ave.


Robert Gelinas


1535 Hillview Drive

Pool Cage

Jonathan Rosenthal


2845 Greenbriar St.


Bertha Roes


Andrew Pendrys and Jeanne Pendrys sold their home at 1506 Burgos Drive to Claudia Dearborn, of Sarasota, for $215,000. Built in 2006, it has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and 1,672 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $361,800 in 2006.

2019 Chippewa Place


Donald Walker


1907 Clematis St.

Pool Cage

Richard Komro


990 Blvd. of the Arts


George Hofmann


2466 Novus St.


Ida Smith







486 Bellini Circle


Guillaume Jacob

Gary and Kristina Arnold, of Sarasota, sold their home at 7339 Periwinkle Drive to Jason Flatch and Erin Flatch, trustees, of Sarasota, for $525,000. Built in 1959, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 1,751 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $145,400 in 2003.

4021 Las Palmas Way


Michael Doyle

554 Dove Pointe

Photovoltaic Sys. James Robertson


1424 Cedar Bay Lane

Photovoltaic Sys. Richard Yonker


305 Palmetto Ave.


Wylie Nagler


705 S. Casey Key Road


John Nelan


Bay View Acres

416 Bellini Circle


Philip Carmichael


6442 Hollywood Blvd.


John Cox III


6837 Woodwind Drive


Ruth Smith


1240 N. Casey Key Road

Photovoltaic Sys. Betsy Cohen

Lakeside at the Isles on Palmer Ranch

Matthew Rizzo and Heather Cappello, of Sarasota, sold their Unit 706 condominium at 5725 Fossano Drive to Cheryl Bevan, of Sarasota, for $233,000. Built in 2011, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,045 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $233,400 in 2011.

Isles of Sarasota

Coral Cove

Suzanne Stone, of Sarasota, sold her home at 1740 Pocatello St. to Leslie Williams and Vickie Branch, of Webster, N.H., for $315,600. Built in 1964, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 2,066 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $385,000 in 2005.


SARASOTA COUNTY $120,000 $70,000


Source: Sarasota County; city of Sarasota

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Daiquiri DeCk raw Bar Featuring an extensive menu of snacketizers, soups, salad sensations, bodacious burgers, specialty sandwiches, wraps, pizzas & of course daiquiris! Happy Hour daily, 2-for-1 daiquiris 3-7pm. Lunch specials Mon.-Fri. Live entertainment. 5250 OceAn Blvd. SIeSTA Key • 941-349-8697 dAIquIRI decK RAW BAR • ST. ARMAndS 325 JOhn RInglIng Blvd • 941-388-3325

LoBster pot In the Center of Siesta Key Village, Lobster Pot is Siesta Key’s New England Seafood Restaurant. Open for lunch & dinner Mon.-Sat. & dinner seasonally on Sundays. They offer everything from fresh fish cooked the way you want it … to Steak, Chops, & Chicken … to Homemade Soups and more … Premium Wine & Beer. 5157 OceAn Blvd. • 941-349-2323

✧ Venice ✧ Crow’s nest Venice’s waterfront landmark since 1976. Featuring casual fine dining overlooking the Marina & Venice Inlet. Voted “Venice’s Best Overall Restaurant” 7 years & “Best of Award of Excellence” from the Wine Spectator. Fun casual atmosphere in the … 1St FlOOR TAveRn • 1968 TARPOn cenTeR dR. Boat or car • lunch & dinner • Open daily • 941-484-9551


On the Gulf, only Sharky’s offers a gulf side seat for your enjoyment. Enjoy the Tiki bar, live entertainment, food and fun for all ages. Enjoy fresh seafood and other entrees while overlooking the Venice pier. FoR moRe inFoRmation oR diRectionS, cAll 941-488-1456 or







by Rachel S. O’Hara | Staff Photographer

Children enjoy spooktacular storytime at Selby “Trick-or-treat! Smell my feet! Books are neat!” shouted more than 50 kids who took part in the Halloween party Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Selby Public Library. Children participated in interactive storytelling, showed off their costumes in a costume show, trickor-treated in the library and made Halloweenthemed crafts. Left: Amanda Rodriguez, 6, Brianna Gonzalez, 3, and Brian Gonzalez, 7, trick-or-treat around the library.

Claudia Oviedo and her daughter, Valentina, 20 months, make a spiderweb Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Selby Public Library’s Halloween party.

Photos by Rachel S. O’Hara

Ella Taylor, 6, dressed up as a witch.

Ella Otchet, 2, as Tinkerbell

Kailey Krueger, 9, dressed as a flamingo ballerina.

Ronnie Sartori, 7

Lea Brunke, 2, shows off the spiderweb craft she made Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Selby Public Library’s Halloween party.

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Month to date: 2012 2011 3.01 in. 1.64 in. Year-to-date:

2012 2011 43.63 in. 39.21 in.

TemperatureS Wed., Oct. 24 Thurs., Oct. 25 Fri., Oct. 26 Sat., Oct. 27 Sun., Oct. 28 Mon., Oct. 29 Tues., Oct. 30

High 89 84 88 82 77 70 66

Temps. Low 69 72 74 72 66 61 60

Record Temps. High Low 91 (1919) 45 (1923) 91 (2071) 44 (1937) 92 (1971) 45 (1937) 90 (2060) 43 (1968) 90 (1984) 43 (1957) 90 (1965) 40 (1944) 91 (2009) 45 (1952)

Average Gulf water temperature: 77

Thurs., Nov. 1 Fri., Nov. 2 Sat., Nov. 3 Sun., Nov. 4 Mon., Nov. 5 Tues., Nov. 6 Wed., Nov. 7

Sunrise 7:41 7:42 7:42 6:43 6:44 6:45 6:45

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Alan Kasow submitted this sunset photo, taken from the top of Marina Tower overlooking the bay.

Very low to medium concentrations of Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, were found alongshore of Manatee County through southern Collier County. Multiple fish kills have been documented onshore and offshore of the affected areas; respiratory irritation has also been reported.

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EAT THOSE P’S! by Milton J. Ruff

ACROSS 1 Cause of strain pain 7 They’re sought for illnesses 12 Less abundant 19 Browning works 20 Like a feeble old woman 21 Football helmet feature 22 Hanukkah food 24 Like a car full of money 25 Promise at the altar 26 Former Steelers coach Chuck 27 Strike 28 Not a happy camper 29 Funny lady 34 Type of porters in “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” 37 Flattened at the poles 38 April Fool’s act 39 Mexican restaurant offerings 40 Goes for the gold 41 Wide-ranging, as tastes 44 Witch feature, stereotypically 45 Form of intolerance 48 Dandy Brummell 49 First grandkid of Adam 51 Architects’ extensions 52 Source of great wealth 55 What Peter Pan lost 60 Boxer nicknamed “The Greatest” 61 Deity with goats’ legs 63 Abbreviation on tires in Greece? 64 Lasting power 65 Caffeine capsule, perhaps 67 Leave without an

answer 69 Melonlike tropical fruits (var.) 70 Head-swelling activity 71 Charitable concert word 72 Loamy fertilizer 73 “Well, ___-di-dah!” 74 Change the identity of 75 Occupants of barracks 78 “Try this” 79 Winter blanket 81 Misfortunes 82 Scottish landowners 84 Cougar 88 Not neat 91 Browse, in a way 92 Some gemstones 94 Cost of ___ business 95 Country music legend Chet 98 Spot for doodles 100 Acknowledged point 104 Egyptian boy king 105 Timeline units 106 Crossword answer direction 107 Not an amateur 108 Third-party vote, at times 110 Piece of Peter Piper’s peck 116 Was of use 117 Person who handles the introductions 118 Film editor’s gizmo 119 Landlord’s supporters 120 It gets belted quite often 121 Nook’s companion


1 Bad luck 2 Put in a crypt 3 Chromosome molecule

4 The Wallendas don’t use one 5 Four-time Prime Minister Hirobumi 6 Nile snake 7 Maker of cameras and copiers 8 Aunt’s mate 9 Iranian currency 10 Large deer 11 “Now you ___ me, now you don’t!” 12 Mukluk material 13 Jeweler’s weight 14 Deodorized spot 15 It’s between pi and sigma 16 Napoleon’s birthplace 17 First lady Roosevelt 18 Most visibly embarrassed 19 ___ and Span (household cleanser) 23 Bay State cape 27 South Carolina river to the Atlantic 30 Graceland man 31 Lectern platform 32 List entry 33 Ending for “employ” or “honor” 34 Before, before a word 35 ___ du Flambeau, Wis. 36 Raven’s call 38 Certain holiday dessert 41 Undulating fish 42 Hardly a dream date 43 Top-billing sharer 45 He’s grim 46 Declare without proof 47 Like some ties 48 “___ appetit!” 50 Head-andshoulders wrap 52 Swallow greedily 53 “Real” attachment 54 “Tuck” partner 56 Roadie’s load 57 Telemarketer’s tool 58 “___, Christian Soldiers” 59 Spinning loads

61 Businesses 62 Roswell visitors, supposedly 64 Some luxury hotel amenities 66 Grp. concerned with curriculum 67 Brazil’s ___ Paulo 68 “___ death do us ...” 72 Half a married couple 75 Emulates an eagle 76 Sick 77 Cambridgeshire’s ___ Cathedral 78 Oldies players 80 Seasoned veterans 82 Renaissance instrument 83 Boats like Noah’s 84 Occurring after 1945, e.g. 85 Rising trend, on a graph 86 Sci-fi character 87 Pie ___ mode 89 Routing term 90 Word with “tight” or “loose” 91 ___ fly (RBI earner) 93 “Remington ___” (Pierce Brosnan series) 96 Japanese name of Japan 97 How some are missed 99 Town employee of yore 100 Some colas 101 It can barely give a hoot 102 Texas-to-Wisconsin dir. 103 Nick’s partner in “The Thin Man” 106 Caesar’s 701 109 ___ for tat 110 It might have hymnals on it 111“___ Little Teapot” 112Rap’s Run-___ 113“Un momento, ___ favor” 114A Gabor sister 115Seamstress’ sticker


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PRE-CHRISTMAS COMMUNITY Estate Sale Saturday, Nov. 3rd, 8a.m.-2p.m. Secluded Oaks neighborhood, east of 75.

Lost & Found REWARD!!! Ladies diamond ring lost 10/24. Nokomis/Osprey. Please call 941-961-4206. No questions asked.

Medical Supplies/Equipment PRIDE LIFT CHAIR: used less than 3 weeks, brand new March 2012. Reclines or stands up with push of a button. Call 941-377-3500.

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PLANTS (6): Bird of Paradise, white, 4.5/ft.-5/ft. $30 each. 941-924-9501. SEWING MACHINE: Kenmore portable, used twice. $25. Bistro set, $50. 941-780-2049. SOFA & Matching Chair: white on white. Excellent condition, $175.00. Call 941-922-5709.

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Autos Wanted

2007 VICTORY HAMMER S 1638cc, 6-speed, Upgraded rider & passenger seat. Performance Machine Wheels, 250 back tire, Brembo Brakes, Custom Pipes, Sounds amazing! Garage kept, Low miles!! Call Chris for a test drive, 941-957-8912.

Musical Instruments

AUTOS WANTED! Let me take the hassle out of selling your car. Cash offered today! Call Mike, 941-713-2277. CASH FOR CARS! Call Ryan and get paid today! 941-955-1188.

HIGHCHAIR (like new), Crib Mattress (never used!), $30/ea. 941-925-4264. Cruise or Fish Hyatt Sarasota Docks 32’/53’ Yachts - 2hrs./2 months 941-383-5232

Garage/Moving/Estate Sales ESTATE SALE Saturday (9am - 2pm) 170 East Road, Sarasota 34240 (1 mile east of I-75 off Fruitville Rd.) An absolutely loaded house with antiques and collectibles including lots of toys - vintage to newer. Tons of misc. items. 30 Year accumulation! Still lots of great items at wonderful prices. CASH only

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Condos For Sale BEACHFRONT PROPERTY(55+) All remodeled, including new granite kitchen, 2/2 Condo, 38ft Lanai private lagoon view, (Siesta Village) $344,900. 717-385-4047, No brokers, please.

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Help Wanted

LA SIESTA condo across from Siesta Beach, 2BR/1BA. Ground floor unit with ocean view and furnished. Make this your second home or rental. $308,900 - Siesta Beach Realty @ 941-993-5722.

Homes For Rent 2BR/2BA, den, 2 screened porches. Second story of LBK home. No pets. Non-smoking. Quiet adults preferred. $1500/mo. 941-387-3132.


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Homes For Sale



Now Hiring for the new Publix store on Longboat Key!

Shoppes of Bay Isles 525 Bay Isles Parkway, Longboat Key, FL

LARRY BRZOSTEK RE/MAX Alliance Group 941-993-3125

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On-the-Spot interviews Monday, November 5, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hyatt Regency 1000 Boulevard of the Arts Sarasota, FL

IMMEDIATE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES Wine, Cheese, and Body Care Specialists Stock Merchandiser, Cake Decorators Meat Cutters and Bakers Deli, Seafood, Bakery, Stock and Produce Clerks, Cashiers and Baggers

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Boat Slips For Rent/Sale



Great advancement opportunities Fun, friendly work environment Flexible scheduling Weekly paychecks

Baby Items

BOAT SLIP For Rent: Up to 50/ft. boat. Deep water, private community. Riegels Landing, Siesta Key. $500 per month including water. For more information, 954-448-8329.



PATIO SET: black iron table, 4 chairs, red umbrella, no fade. Like new, $195. 941-539-8136.

OLD ORIENTAL Porcelain Decorator Pieces, No dealers - Call for appt. 941-349-4982.

SIESTA KEY Condo: 1BR, furnished, walk to beach, shopping, restaurants. Pool, laundry, on ground floor. Available Jan., Feb., March and April. $2800 +tax. Pictures available. 586-978-8123.


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Events HARVEST FEST AND HUGE RUMMAGE SALE Concordia Church - 2185 Wood St. Friday & Saturday, November 2nd & 3rd. 8:30a.m.-1:30p.m Saturday is half price and free hot dogs.

Schools/Instruction PIANO/KEYBOARD INSTRUCTION: Beginning adults or teens only need apply. Teacher will come to you! New methods and techniques a guarantee. Contact or call 941-918-9737.

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Garage/Moving/Estate Sales HOLIDAY BAZAAR CRAFT AND YARD SALE at Lake Tippecanoe Clubhouse: McIntosh & Wilkinson Rds. Saturday, November 3rd. 7:30a.m.-2:30p.m. Red hat items and Christmas items, etc.


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PERSONAL ASSISTANT for busy Executive; fine credentials, flexible, Siesta Key area. 941-349-5057.

Commercial Property For Sale CLOSE TO Downtown: at bus stop, 1BR/1BA villa, 2 pools, tennis, gym, fully tiled. No pets. Annual lease. $725/mo. 941-374-3401.

Condos/Apts. For Rent ASHTON LAKES: 2BR/2BA, garage, lake view, 2nd floor, end unit, cathedral ceilings. Non-smoking. Available December 1st. $1250/mo. Annual. Unfurnished. Call Ashton Realty, Inc. Joe Bonsall, 941-923-1945 or 941-356-6356. CENTRALLY LOCATED- 55+, 1,425 sq/ft. 2BR/2BA, Lanai + Carport. 1st floor, W/D, Pool, Clubhouse w/Gym. Close to bus line, shopping, & walking trail. N/S, $925/mo. includes water, sewer, cable, trash, pest control, small pet ok. 941-244-7825, 941-373-5770 Cell. SARASOTA DOWNTOWN CONDO. Designerfurnished/turnkey 2BR/2BA. Annual rental for $2400 + Utilities/mo. See virtual tour and additional information at Phone 703-283-4197.



This week’s Cryptogram answers 1. Two seniors were quipping about their recent birthdays. One cleverly commented, “Age is simply a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” 2. A duck went to make some purchases at a local market. When he got to the checkout counter with his bag, he said to put the charge on his bill.

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Homes For Sale

Adult Care Services


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MANUFACTURED HOME 2B/2B turn key ready mobile home. Attractively decorated. Remodeled kitchen and baths. Lake view within steps of pool and clubhouse. Park East Club is near mall, restaurants, movie theater and Costco. Call 941-923-1933.

COMPLETE CARE; non-medical and medical. Errands, homemaking, transportation, medication supervision, meal preparation. Also, medical staff available 24/7. Call 377-4465 for more details or visit our mobile/online website at: Lic. #30211372. Bonded and Insured.

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Real Estate Wanted


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ON BEACH OR BAY!! 1-3 Bedrooms, Weekly or Monthly. Available Immediately. Seaside Management, 941-923-6077.

HANDYMAN SERVICES repairs, Kitchen & bath remodels. Tile & Hardwood flooring, painting, Popcorn removal. 30 years construction experience. References. Call Doug 941-266-6560.



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5585 Contento Drive - $699,000 4555 Tuscana Drive - $429,500

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1229 Point Crisp Road - $2,850,000

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5831 Riegels Harbor Road - $1,950,000

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625 Tremont Street - $849,000

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ain Webb’s eyes light up like a kid on Christmas morning. “Do you want to see the mouse?” he asks. In the time it takes to blink, he scampers off down the hallway at FSU Center for the Performing Arts. Within seconds, a smalldog sized motorized rat prop made to look like a wind-up toy wheels into the room, with a remote-control-wielding Webb trailing close behind. He’s grinning — he clearly is excited. The upcoming production of “The Nutcracker” is highly anticipated. It’s a special production putting a Sarasota spin on the classic Nutcracker, telling the story of John Ringling. Made as a tribute, the production is a holiday gift for Webb’s patrons who have and continue to support Sarasota Ballet. Part of Webb’s goal for this celebration of Sarasota was to also corral the community. The ballet will be performed at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, the Sarasota Orchestra will be performing the score, and the Asolo Repertory Theatre will be helping construct the majority of the costumes. The conception of the program took place this time last year, when choreographer Matthew Hart was in town for “Tchaikovsky’s Ballet Fantasy,” a production meshing three Tchaikovsky stories into one ballet. But, last year wasn’t the first time the dream-team worked together — Webb and Hart’s working relationship dates back more than 20 years to when Hart was enrolled in the Royal Ballet School. During his stay last October at Webb’s home, Hart learned about Sarasota’s rich circus history. “He wanted a new ‘Nutcracker,’ but he also spoke to me about maybe doing a ballet that reflected Sarasota circus history,” Hart says. At that point, in Webb’s mind, these were two separate productions. “The Nutcracker” had been performed by Sarasota Ballet for years, in fact, the production’s set and costumes are about 12 years old. Webb needed a revitalized “The Nutcracker.” One night, when Hart and Webb got home

Classic to Circus Drosselmeyer — John Ringling Land of Snow — New York City Land of Sweets — Sarasota Dance of the Sweets — Circus diverts The Prince — Prince, a trapeze artist Sugar Plum Fairy — Sugar, a trapeze artist Snow King and Queen — Clara’s parents Snowflakes — Chorus line dancers Nutcracker — Ringmaster (John Ringling North) Clara Stahlbaum — Clara Stahlbaum Photos by Loren Mayo

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from dinner and settled in for the night, Hart had an epiphany. “Fifteen minutes later I hear footsteps coming down the stairs, and (Matthew) said, ‘I’ve come up with an idea: If you’re looking for a new ‘Nutcracker,’ why not have Drosselmeyer be John Ringling?’” Webb says. Webb hadn’t imagined a circus-themed “Nutcracker,” but thought it was “brilliant.” The idea quickly snowballed. “The next morning Matthew came up with more ideas, and then the afternoon, more ideas, and it kind of grew into this incredible production,” Webb says. There are so many parallels between the Ringling story and “The Nutcracker” that it has all fallen into place. For instance, the two nephews: the nephew in “The Nutcracker” and the role of John Ringling’s nephew, John Ringling North, who eventually took over the reins of his circus. In Sarasota Ballet’s production, the “Nutcracker” story stays true to the traditional one but plays off the Ringling history.

Christmas Tree Angel — Mable Ringling “I did a lot of reading and looking at pictures and going to the museum,” says Hart. Although this “Nutcracker” is circusthemed and set to the backdrop of 1930s prohibition, it uses a lot of the original components. For one, the score, to be performed by the Sarasota Orchestra, is Tchaikovsky’s original. Hart took only a few liberties with Lev Ivanhoff’s original steps from his famous pas de deux. And Hart even brings back some elements from E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story, “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” that were lost — such as clowns. “It’s great, because the people who still want to see a traditional ‘Nutcracker’ are going to get it,” Hart says. But, instead of Clara running away to The Land of Sweets, she’ll run away with the circus and get whisked to Sarasota. The Nutcracker will be a ringmaster. The Prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy will be trapeze artists named Prince and Sugar. The snowflakes will be Rockettes-inspired chorus-line dancers — of course, they’ll be in

Rehearsal of the tightrope scene 1930s art-deco, Chrysler-building-inspired costumes. Traditionally, the dance of the sweets, containing the Spanish, Arabian, Chinese, Russian and Marzipan dances, will instead be circus acts. “It’s so showy, it’s all about spectacle, and these quick numbers that really hit you in the eye,” Hart says about the original dance of sweets. “You’re constantly surprised and excited by the next number that comes on, and it works so beautifully with the idea of it being in the circus.” One of the acts was inspired by a guy who drops and pulls the sets backstage. “He showed me a photograph of his mother,” Webb says. “She’s en pointe with an umbrella on the tightrope.” This ballet isn’t dark — it’s sweet, magical, uplifting and fun, but it does play to some elements of sadness. “I always feel in Tchaikovsky’s scores, in general, there’s always a darkness underneath, there’s always something deeper, a bit painful,” Hart explains.

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By sticking to the classic score and the traditional “Nutcracker,” Hart has played with these undertones. They meld perfectly with Ringling’s story — the production is set a few years after Mable Ringling’s death. “As a fact, Drosselmeyer is a very lonely, single figure, you know?” Hart says. As Drosselmeyer gave to children, Ringling gave to Sarasota. Mable Ringling’s incorporation into the ballet, as the Christmas angel who repairs the Nutcracker, will be unique to this production. Instead of The Dance of Flowers, it will be a dance of roses, representing Mable Ringling’s great passion. It’s the biggest production the company has ever done. Every principal dancer will be on stage in a leading role; every apprentice, and the children of The Sarasota Ballet School, will be on stage as well. And Webb’s plans are to tour this production and, hopefully, one day perform it under a big top. “I hope everybody is as proud of it as I am,” Webb says.


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 Stringing the season together The Glenridge String Orchestra, a local adult amateur orchestra, has tapped three candidates to fill the conductor position — following in the footsteps of the Sarasota Orchestra, which is doing the same thing. The group has recorded two seasons together but found itself conductorless when its former conductor relocated last summer. Each candidate will direct one-third of the season, and the orchestra will vote at the end. GSO performs at The Glenridge Performing Arts Center, 7333 Scotland Way. Violinist with Sarasota Orchestra Roxane Solowey will direct the holiday concert to take place at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12; violinist with Sarasota Orchestra Sean O’Neil will direct the winter concert to take place at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18; and violinist Dawn Stahler will direct the spring concert at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 14.

 Writing ‘Nemo’ Sarasota Youth Opera has a unique opportunity. It will work with a librettist and composer who created a work specifically for its artists, “Little Nemo in Slumberland.” It’s an adaptation of a comic strip from 1911 and follows the story of a little boy who escapes to a dream world — with expanding beds and exploding cannons. Composer Daron Hagen and librettist J.D. McClatchy worked on commission with Sarasota Opera and will be able to guide their vision through to fruition while visiting Sarasota. I sat down with Hagen and McClatchy to ask them a few questions about the process. You can find the exclusive online story at YourOb- J.D. McClatchy and Daron Hagen

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contract covers the 2011-12 season, as well as the next three seasons. The musicians are getting raises of 1.5% this season and 1% in years three and four and are switching from a defined benefit pension plan to a 403(b) retirement plan, the nonprofit version of a 401(k).

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 All in the Family Nearly two years ago, a friend told Observer Media Group’s own Emily Walsh that she must meet Bob King. So, Walsh and King met for breakfast and King, who has lived in Sarasota for 30 years, regaled Walsh with wonderful stories about his life and family. Then, when Bob King was proudly talking about his son, Scott King, who is a San Francisco-based diabetes scientist, Walsh realized why she and Bob King needed to meet — Scott served on the Paul Taylor Dance Company Board of Directors. Bob King then said that he would love to see Paul Taylor Dance Company perform in SRQ. Lucky for Bob King, Walsh’s sister, Kate Honea, is a principal ballerina with the Sarasota Ballet, and being a former member of the ballet company and staff herself, Walsh knew exactly who to call: Director Iain Webb. After introducing Bob King to Webb, the ball starting rolling and Webb met Scott and, voila — the Sarasota Ballet presented the Paul Taylor Dance Company this weekend and will perform Taylor’s “Company B” in November. And at the ballet afterglow on Friday night Webb and Scott King were talking about possible future collaborations. We’re hoping for more.

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The Sarasota Ballet kicked off its 22nd season with an exciting performance by one of the most notable contemporary dance companies in America — Paul Taylor Dance Company. Formed by the legendary choreographer, himself, the Paul Taylor Dance Company is based in New York City but spends its seasons touring the United States performing some of Taylor’s 137 innovative and humorous dances. Making this performance of the Paul Taylor Dance Company even more significant is that Sarasota was the only Florida stop in its 2012-2013 touring season. Before the curtain, Sarasota Ballet Director Iain Webb professed his enthusiasm and excitement about hosting the company, and that energy carried on throughout the entire performance. The company opened with Taylor’s “Gossamer Gallants,” which is a comedic piece inspired by the mating rituals of the insect world. Set to music by Bedrich Smetana: dances from “The Bartered Bride,” the piece opens up with a group of male flies buzzing about the stage with their hands and arms quickly rubbing

together simulating the movements of the actual insects as if they were in a swarm. Suddenly the male pack falls victim to the charms of female fireflies that quickly take charge of the swarm with their sensual movements and finally dominate the flies in the finale. It’s a rarity in dance to see the females winning out, and it was ultimately amusing to watch. The program took a more metaphorical turn with Taylor’s newest piece, “The Uncommitted,” which is set to the beautiful music of Arvo Pärt: “Fratres,” “Mozart-Adagio,” “Ricercar” and “Summa.” Using the emotionally charged music, Taylor illuminates the human struggle of forming relationships through multiple solos. The dancers would come together on stage and repeatedly leave one person behind who would struggle with his or her loneliness and demonstrate that feeling with different dance moves representing despair, anger, loss and more. The final piece of the program was “Cascade” that, unfortunately, was an anticlimactic end to the show. It’s a beautiful piece with pretty costumes by Santo Loquasto and classic music by Johann Sebastian Bach, but it seemed like a better opening piece rather than closing. All together, the entire evening was a fabulous performance by the strong and technically great Paul Taylor dancers, which is a great teaser to the Sarasota Ballet’s November show when it will dance Paul Taylor’s “Company B.”. — Anna Dearing




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cal numbers even includes a nun puppet. To play each highly individualistic nun, a marvelous, melodiously talented cast has been recruited. Kathy Abney plays former circus performer Mother Superior Mary Regina, who sings, “Turn up the Spotlight,” (meaning on her). She is constantly chided for using some of the burial money to buy a flat-screen HD television by Sister Mary Hubert, played with dignity and determination by Phyllis Bank, who can also grind out some funky, bluesy, soul sounds, as evidenced especially in the refrain, “Holier Than Thou.” Sue Cole, who also does funny impressions using her white veil as a prop, delivers Sister Robert Anne, a tell-it-like-it-is nun in sneakers from Canarsie. Fifteen-year-old, singing and dancing Maria Wirries plays Sister Mary Leo, a novice who wants to add ballerina to her job description, and performs a charming flyingnun ballet. Sister Mary Amnesia, who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head, is wellplayed by Nikki Maach-Schuster, a woman of many voices and wide ranges, including the operatic. A full-sounding orchestra, comprised of keyboardist and Musical Director Alan J. Corey, keyboardist Seth Wertz and percussionist John Januszewski, backs all the hilarity. Kaylene McCaw provided the costume design. — Paula Atwell

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// Arts&Entertainment: HIGHLIGHTS

Trusted scholars behind Trustee Scholars Awards by Mallory Gnaegy | A&E Editor

Courtesy of Ringling College of Art and Design

The Trustee Scholars masterpiece: Audrey Gonzalez, Dehne Sibbernsen, Chitra Patel, Grant Duffrin, Sasha Sickles, Katarzyna Dybek, Andrew Schoneweis, Agneta Ramoskaite, Michael Victor Curtiss, Kendra Phillips, Walter Matthews and Dylan Johnston bernsen and Dylan Johnston were the two scholars selected to head not only the masterpiece project, but also plan the event’s program — each spending more than 120 hours to bring it all to life. “Everything that you see tonight was produced by a Ringling student,” says Sibbernsen. The intention was to show the progression of a student from a freshman to a senior master — hence, the unveiling of the masterpiece.

“It was like a class of its own,” Johnston says. The two Ringling scholars conceptualized the masterpiece, scouted the photo shoot location, contacted businesses to donate furniture, set up the shoot and planned the awards program. They oversaw every element and put their leadership skills to the test by directing a team of 10 crew members responsible for wardrobe, lighting design, makeup and photography.

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The shoot was inspired by photographer Annie Lebowitz’s work. It was high fashion and looks like a spread in Vogue, with students wearing Chanel suits sitting on expensive furniture and Persian rugs, with the backdrop of the rusticated future home of Sarasota Museum of Modern Art on the Sarasota High School campus. “There were paint chips literally falling off as the breeze was blowing in,” Sibbernsen says. The group finagled its way



An invitation arrived in the mail for the 18th annual Trustee Scholar Awards. “Creating a Masterpiece” was inscribed across the front with framed silhouettes of 12 trustee scholars. It’s the kind of invitation that leaves an impression and piques curiosity — as did the actual program Oct. 17. In the ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota, two large video screens sat on either side of a narrow stage filled with elegant and eclectic chairs staggered in three rows. Trustee scholars sat in each of these chairs and told their stories. Being named a trustee scholar is the highest honor at Ringling. These seniors are the cream of the crop, nominated by faculty based on talent, contributions and leadership. After each scholar told his story, part of the elegant curtained wall behind them dropped to reveal an 18-foot-by-12-foot photo of the group. In 18 years, this was the first time the students created something together. Past years featured individual photos of students, but nothing created by them as a collaboration. The concept for the masterpiece was for a group photo of the welldressed scholars to suggest the transformation that takes place at Ringling and to show the caliber of students the college produces. Ringling seniors Dehne Sib-

onto the third floor, which was originally off-limits and isn’t airconditioned. But the duo had a hand in the smaller photo shoot decisions, too. “Down to — who are we going to have with rose lips? … to whose bow-tie is tied, and whose isn’t tied?” Sibbernsen says. Johnston directed the team shooting the photos, setting up the lights and the designing and constructing the set. He also oversaw the 35 gigabytes of photos that resulted from the shoot. “I was art directing the shoot, but I was actually in the photo also,” Johnston says. “I had to run to look at the laptop and then get back in my spot.” There was a lot of running around during the two days and more than 30 hours the shoot took place. And they did it on top of attending class and working on their theses. Murmurs from the audience of “That was the best one yet,” “How neat!” and “Wait, students did this?” suggested the final result was worth the effort. “I kind of left my mark,” Johnston says. “I was really happy to do it; to be picked for this. It was a huge honor.” Sibbernsen nods his head in agreement. “How we took an idea and to see it come to full fruition, to see the manifestation of the whole idea ... ” Sibbernsen says trailing off. The students’ masterpiece speaks for itself.






Foodies Devour Duck by Loren Mayo | Black Tie Editor

Thursday, Oct. 18

by June LeBell | Contributing Columnist |

Chef Steve Phelps has really done it this time. Last month, he drew Sarasota’s bacon addicts into his delicious food lair when he hosted the first of a series of culinary underground events called “The Pig, the Keg and the Egg,” during which he paired up with Chef Erin Bein of Station 400. Thursday, Oct. 18, Phelps and chef Derek Barnes of Derek’s Culinary Casual came together for “Duck, Duck, Goose.” The event was everything it was quacked up to be.

 Selva service sets the bar

Sarasota has many excellent restaurants for the variety of tastes among its citizens, but, in my book, Selva Grill wins the award for its combination of great cuisine and exceptional service. Having been out of town for part of the summer, we’d been away from Selva since last spring, but, when we made our reservation for dinner we not only got the table we requested (a banquette along the mural wall), we also wound up with Ivan, a young waiter we’d met only once before. Ivan Photo by June LeBell is an exceptional young Selva Grill waiter man. Ivan in front of He remembered what Selva’s mural wall we drank more than three months ago — Stoli blueberry vodka on the rocks for me and “an exceptionally-arid” Tanqueray gin martini, with a twist of lemon, straight up, with the ice on the side for my husband — and then proceeded to boggle us with his memory of some of our favorite dishes. How you’re treated in a restaurant is as important as the food and setting. And Selva seems to go out of its way to keep its staff happy and welltrained, so they do their very best for us. Ivan’s been at Selva for several years. He started there “polishing glasses” when he was still too young to serve the wine. Now, some years later, he’s a gracious part of Selva’s fine waitstaff, cheerful, available to serve but never hovering or in the way. It’s the Ivans of the world who keep us coming back to the great restaurants.

Duck confit, green onion blini, miso butterscotch and coriander

Rita Duclos, Ryoko Sadoshima and Annabel Sarrafan

Photos by Loren Mayo

Indigenous chef Steve Phelps and Derek’s Culinary Casual chef Derek Barnes

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from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Saturdays. Wine Manager James Shea invites guests to explore wines specially selected from Fleming’s “100 List,” paired with Fleming’s light fare. The cost is $25 per person, but, if you stay for dinner, you’ll receive a $25 dining credit.

 MoZaic’s full dining experience

Meanwhile, MoZaic — the spectacular downtown restaurant shepherded by chef Dylan Elhajoui — is offering a place for you or your visitors to sleep! You read right. In addition to the incredible Southern French-Moroccan-Mediterranean-inspired cuisine in this romantic twostory restaurant, you may make a reservation for visiting family or friends to rent an adorable one-bedroom, one-bath, 700-plus-square-foot pied-a-terre that sleeps four right in the heart of downtown. Visitors who don’t feel like using the newlyequipped kitchen can call downstairs and order a sumptuous dinner from MoZaic, delivered and served in the privacy of their own apartment. This pad is beautifully decorated and features all the up-to-the minute electronic necessities including FIOS. And, you’re right around the corner from the Opera House and just a block from Florida Studio Theatre. Chef Dylan, by the way, is available to cook, host and serve specially-planned menus in your home or in one of the private rooms in the restaurant. We attended a fundraiser for the Sarasota Opera in a private home last year that was not only cooked by chef Dylan but also served, indoors and out, on original Moroccan tablecloths set up over authentic (and beautiful) Middle Eastern carpets. Chef Dylan brought his own crew, a belly-dancer and more than a dozen caftans, so the diners would feel as if they were nestled in an opulent gazebo in the desert .

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An artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s temple For most people, home is where the heart is. But for Gale Fulton Ross, home is where the â&#x20AC;&#x153;artâ&#x20AC;? is. She loves finding objects such as walking sticks, doors and tray tables, painting them and hanging them on the wall. Even her painting palette is framed and on display. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My style is based on the fact that this place is my sanctuary, my home,â&#x20AC;? Fulton Ross says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very personal.â&#x20AC;?

ď&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The gong is from China. It used to be inside, but everybody who came through felt they had to hit it. Now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outside, and at least theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re considerate of the neighbors.â&#x20AC;? ď&#x201A;&#x192; â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was at an antique shop and found an old brown walking stick. I painted it and had it framed in a box.â&#x20AC;?

ď&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a soft sculpture by Rukiya. She lives and works in New Orleans and created this doll as her reaction to Hurricane Katrina.â&#x20AC;?

ď&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x153;I live and work in Italy during the summers, and I did a few drawings in Italy. I came back and put them on various mediums and this one (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Loversâ&#x20AC;?) became my headboard.â&#x20AC;?

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“I like to find objects that I can paint on. I had this door framed and then I added the knobs and hung it on the wall.”   “I found the mirror in a frame shop and had the glass put in. At least 25 people are on the waiting list for it. Everybody walks in and says, ‘Oh! I want that mirror!’”

 “This chest comes from China. I studied art in 1993 with a Chinese master painter named Yeh Yung Yeh. When we met, I had to give him my name, so I said, ‘My name is Gale Fulton Ross,’ and he said ‘My name is Yeh Yeh.’ We went around and around for a while …”

 “The library is my favorite room in the house, because if I weren’t a visual artist, I would be a writer. In my next career, I will be a writer. My recreation is reading. I probably have 800 books in here.”

“The tray, the walking stick, the door — I do everything once.” 

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by Mallory & Leslie Gnaegy | DIY Editors

PROJECT: Patina Painting Technique Skill level:




Average time: Three days


• inexpensive foam brush • small spray bottle • Killz Primer (prevents mold, mildew and wood-rot) • Copper Paint (Sophisticated Finishes) • Patina Green (Sophisticated Finishes) • Patina Blue (Sophisticated Finishes) • Patina Sealer (Sophisticated Finishes)

1 Select surface and prime You can patina any surface, so have fun. For our project, we stripped the material and hardware off of an old, moldy trunk we found by a dumpster (our favorite craft-supply store). Once we stripped all the material, we sanded it and primed it with Killz to get rid of any mildew and to prevent it from rotting in the future.

2 Coat with copper or metal paint The patina will need to be applied to wet metallic paint. The paint we use is by Sophisticated Finishes, and you can buy it in sets from any craft store. We used copper paint, but it also comes in bronze and brass. Apply one coat and let dry. Apply second coat and move on to next step before the paint dries.

 Shown are the Patina Green and Blue and the copper paint we used.


… is a green, blue or brown tarnish that appears on metallic surface, and is produced by oxidation and other chemical processes over time.

 Any surface — cement, plastic, glass, plaster, metal, wicker, paper or PVC — can use patina. We’ve tried and can highly recommend mirror frames, photo frames, birdhouses and planters.

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3 Apply patina solution (green and blue) This is where the magic happens. Make sure your copper paint is still wet. Fill the spray bottle with Patina Green solution and spray the entire surface. Use your cheap foam brush and apply the Patina Blue solution. We started at the top and allowed the Patina Blue to really drip. Over the next 15 minutes, the oxidation will happen right before your eyes.

... paint

spray ...  Leslie Gnaegy applies the Patina Green using a spray bottle application.

 Leslie applies the Patina Blue using an inexpensive sponge.

4 Re-apply coPper paint where desired See the Gnaegy sisters We found it looks best if you go back through and fill some of the patinaed areas with copper paint. It really defines the green and blue rustic colors. Once it all dried, we reapplied the original trunk’s rusty hardware.

demonstrate the patina painting technique at

5 prime project After three days (it takes this long for the patina to fully mature) seal the project. This will make it last and protect the patina from coming off on your hands and carpet. Using a sealer can change the texture and color, but it’s necessary protection.

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Enjoy some of the most famous music ever written, including the famous tenor aria “La donna è mobile.”

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The Court Jester Stanczyk (1480-1560) receives news of the loss of Smolensk by Jan Matejko (1838-1893): National Museum, Warsaw, Poland. Erich Lessing / Art Resource, NY

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By Loren Mayo | Black Tie Editor As fairies fluttered and bees buzzed at the annual Safe Sex Halloween Bash Oct. 27, a black swan glared at everyone in her presence and two Mad Hatters struggled to keep their Alices in line.

 Kimberly Marlow

Tinkerbell was there on the arm of Peter Pan, Pac-Man kept his cool by wearing his sunglasses at night and Flo from Progressive Auto Insurance trotted after her husband and his pretty pink shake weights. The theme of this year’s

Emily Harris, Co-Chairwoman Veronica Pastore and Rachael Brown

Sharon Kunkel, Kyla Weiner and Co-Chairwoman Kate Atkin

Marlena Ess

Safe Sex Halloween Bash was “Deadtime Stories,” and it drew in several interesting storybook characters, such as creepy and gory dwarfs and a couple of frightening Little Red Riding Hoods. At midnight, Mademoiselle

Photos by Loren Mayo

Rowdy Pants and Sid Pocius hit the dance floor and gave guests a surprise striptease tango treat. The event, co-chaired by Kimberly Mancini, Veronica Pastore, Christina Fraser and Kate Atkin, benefited Planned Parenthood.

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2012 Fall Master Classes at LBKCA PAINTING THE FLORIDA LANDSCAPE November 9-10, 1 to 4 pm | Instructor: Tony Rich

 All hail the queen (again!)

Miss Beneva Fruitville, you really outdid yourself this year. And so did Amy Williamson Miller, who created this gorgeous set of larger-than-life shiny gold wings for the drag queen’s Safe Sex Halloween Bash appearance. Miller used to design wings for Victoria’s Secret runway shows. The hot topic this week around Sarasota (unfortunately, BT can’t recall who told her this), and also an unusual bit of information, is that the VS runways are made Photos by Loren Mayo of glass because it Beneva Fruitville sparkles more and therefore produces better photos. However, the sparkle effect makes for an uncomfortable walking platform, because models tend to return to the dressing room with bloody feet.

Course Description: The unique qualities of the land, water and sky in Florida create both opportunities and challenges for the outdoor painter. This workshop will focus on approaches for capturing these opportunities through design considerations and painting techniques. Weather permitting, the workshop will be held outdoors on Longboat Key. In case of rain, students will work in the studio.

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CREATE. IMAGINE. DISCOVER. GEORGE PAPPAS LECTURE & GALLERY TOUR Saturday, November 3 | 2pm to 4pm Join George Pappas as he discusses his history as an artist and educator, his travels and inspirations. His “The First 60 Years” exhibition will be on display in the Durante Gallery through December 14. Small reception will follow. RSVP required: 941.383.2345 or

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Endangered species … Mari Zevin was going on for at least five minutes about her costume at the Safe Sex Halloween Bash. Zevin said she was an “endangered species.” The costume, in which she attached everything from black lights and lace to a funky headpiece and feathers, took her two weeks to make. “Tonight I’m ‘human watching,’” Zevin said. “You know, instead of bird watching.” … Place to be … Jarred Wilson was so excited to Mari Zevin attend the PP bash that he flew all the way in from Texas … Um, who are you again? ... Safe Sex CoChairwoman Kimberly Mancini was cloaked in a gorgeous purple ensemble with a purple

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headpiece and said no one recognized her all night. The same goes for BT, who was dressed as an Avatar, and after snapping Marlena Ess’ photo, Ess came after her with her whip! … Baa, baa black sheep … There were so many men dressed in sheep costumes Saturday night that BT had trouble keeping track of whose photo she’d taken and whose she hadn’t … Hip, hip, hooray … John Mason had a wild weekend Oct. 19 through Oct. 21. Saturday night was CANDance, Sunday morning was the 60th birthday of Dennis Stover, Sunday evening was Ulla Searing's posthumous party and Monday morning  (bright and early, of course!) he had his right hip replaced …  Always a bridesmaid… Diana Kelly and Kimberly Manooshian both wore bridesmaid dresses to Oceanic Evening. Manooshian wore the dress she picked out for her own bridesmaids to wear — she loved it so much she purchased one for herself!

 She would have loved it

Philanthropist Ulla Searing, who died June 28, liked things done a certain way — her way — with propriety and elegance. And, although she might have raised a Viking eyebrow at the thought of a posthumous celebration of her centennial, she would have been delighted with the reality. The reception took place on the correct date – Oct. 21 — 100 years to the day from her birth. It was in a most appropriate venue – the Field Club. The menu (which included caviar and smoked salmon), the music and the mood were perfect. The guests included three out-of-towners: first-cousin-onceremoved Jeremy Ingpen and portfolio adviser G. Bruce Leib from New York and good friend Mark Fabray from East Hampton.

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Board President Dr. Myra Rakoff and her husband, Ray

Jill and Joe Russo with Sherrie Satori

Thursday, Oct. 25, at Michael’s On East Benefiting Prospect House

Mary Kenealy-Barbetta and Joe Barbetta

Photos by Loren Mayo

Dick Battles and Co-Chairwoman JoAnn Tomer

Jeanne Medawar and Amanda Michael


Brooke and Doug Cherry

Chris Caldwell

// Mental Health Community Centers ‘Show of Shows’ //

Kerry and Chris Hann with their children, Riley and Alexa


George Serrano, Jim Soda and Anne Weintraub

David Peterson and Marlene Hauck






Love and laughter rule the night in Shakespeare’s irresistable

// Sarasota Opera Curtain Raiser //

romantic comedy!

Sunday, Oct. 21, at Michael’s Wine Cellar Benefiting Sarasota Opera

OCT. 30NOV. 18 93258

FSU Center for the Performing Arts

Evening: $29 • Matinees: $28 • Students: $1450 • Pay What You Can: Tuesday, Oct. 30

CALL 941-351-8000

Natalie McHale


5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota Photos by Loren Mayo

Carol English, Elissa Soyka, Jacqueline Morton, Jody Lippes and Pat Jones

Get relief from foot, knee & back pain... even Plantar Fasciitis!

Sarasota Opera Executive Director Richard Russell and Alma Abshier

■ Arch supports that fit all shoes — even sandals

David Walker and Jeanne Auten

Jenny Ferlicchi and Rebecca Tompkins

■ Free personal fitting and balance demonstration ■ Lifetime warranty on most arch supports ■ Free test walk so you can try before you buy

20 OFF Any pair of arch supports

Valid only in Sarasota-Tampa area. Cannot be combined with other offers. Expires 11/11/12 SOY01

4950 Fruitville Road • Sarasota Just West of Honore , Opposite Goodwill 941-487-7974



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Ellyn Drummond, Scott Bushey, Ben and Judy Handelman and Joey Frye

Eleanor Williams and Mehdi Gasmi

Ted Anneren and Nancy Whitacre

Richard and Judy Baise

Joan Mendell and Bob Coppenrath

Dock and Dine and Have Some Wine from the Manager’s exclusive selection. With this ad & the purchase of two entrees. (Not Valid with other offers.)

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Covered Deck! New Menu Items! Dock and Dine!

By Land...760 Broadway St. • Longboat Key By Sea... Marker 39 • Intracoastal Waterway

Offer Expires 11.14.12

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Bob Essner, Kumar Mahadevan, Bob Carter and Paul Carreiro

Photos by Loren Mayo

// Oceanic Evening //

Saturday, Oct. 27, at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota Recognizing Mote Marine Aquarium’s founding director, Dr. Eugenie Clark, and Legacy Society charter members

Dr. Eugenie Clark and Jayne Gardiner

Judge Mark Singer and his wife, Linda

Bob and Marlene Blalock with Andy and Nancy Ireland

James Buchanan and Lea Mei

No Child Should Go Without Healthcare Due to lack of space, the Children’s Health Clinic at the Glasser/Schoenbaum Center is unable to provide needed healthcare to many area newborns and children in need. We are asking for your help to build a 12,000 sq.ft. facility to accommodate an additional pediatrician as well as family care and nutritional programs.

1750 17th Street, Building J-1 Sarasota, Florida 34234 (941)365-4545 | Kimberly Carreiro

Amanda Wright

Mary Lou Johnson


To help us build a new children’s health center please contact us today.




TAKE A TEST DRIVE! Don’t miss out on THE SOUNDS of THE WORLD around you! Schedule your NO-OBLIGATION test drive today!

If you are experiencing a loss, Center for Hearing is offering a risk-free one-week test drive of the newest hearing device technology during our twoday special event, November 8th 1st & 2nd. 9th. As our way of saying thanks for stopping by and allowing us to introduce you to better hearing, you will receive a $25 GIFT CARD to enjoy at your choice of Red Lobster or Olive Garden Restaurants.* *One-week instrument trial required to receive gift card. One per person/household. We are not affiliated with Red Lobster or Olive Garden. Their trademarks are owned by Darden Inc.

CALL TODAY! 941.379.3277 5432 Bee Ridge Road, Suite 150 Sarasota, FL 34233

We now offer SHOTLESS Allergy Treatment! What is Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT)? SLIT is a form of immunotherapy that treats allergies rather than merely masking the symptoms. A personalized solution is orally administered instead of injected and can be taken at home rather than in a medical office. The convenience greatly decreases the need for office visits! With SLIT, your costs are significantly reduced.

SLIT vs Allergy Shots • The dose is delivered under tongue versus injections. • SLIT can be more affordable than allergy shots for some patients. • SLIT is safer than allergy shots. • SLIT is easy to use for children.

Do you SUFFER from allergy

• The doses can be administered at home rather than in a medical office.

SYMPTOMS LIKE a runny nose, sneezing & itchy, watery eyes? ALLERGIES simply and effectively WITHOUT SHOTS!

CALL TODAY! 941.379.3277 5432 Bee Ridge Road, Suite 150 Sarasota, FL 34233

SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT TODAY to begin treating your allergies with just a drop!


Now you can TREAT YOUR

Sarasota Observer 11.01.12  

Sarasota Observer 11.01.12