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Jewish community gathers on Main Street for Hanukkah.

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Garden Club creates holiday centerpieces.

Mustangs commit to colleges.

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OUR TOWN

Thursday, DECEMBER 13, 2012

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a road trip to remember

by Josh Siegel | Staff writer by Josh Siegel | Staff writer

Interim Superintendent David Gayler remains optimistic, despite finding more budgetary problems.

+ SGA drive proves ‘angelic’ For the seventh year, the Lakewood Ranch High School Student Government Association hosted the Salvation Army Angel Tree. Through the drive, which ended Dec. 7, SGA was able to provide 160 gifts for children who otherwise would not receive gifts during the holidays.

+ Braden River wins radio contest Braden River High School won the 93.3 FLZ Jingle Ball Contest, after students and staff voted every day for two weeks. In a competition of more than 20 Tampa Bay area schools, Braden River garnered 41.49% of the vote. Representing the school were Kelsey Lutzi, Brandon Huynh and Bailey Rodgers, who attended the Dec. 9 event.

Joseph Axtell, a 23-year-old University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee senior, won the #VolvoJoyride contest on Pinterest, earning a four-day, three-night road trip to Colorado Springs, Colo., in his dream car.

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EAST COUNTY — East County resident Joseph Axtell doesn’t normally enter contests. But, after a long day of meticulous planning and aggressive social-media recruiting, Axtell won a coveted prize. Axtell, a 23-year-old University of South Florida SarasotaManatee senior business major, won the #VolvoJoyride contest on Pinterest sponsored by Volvo, earning a four-day, threenight road trip to Colorado Springs, Colo., in his dream car. The package included a free two-night hotel stay, $250 for gas and food, $200 for clothes and a $50 iTunes gift card. Volvo went over budget for Axtell, allowing him to stay an extra night and paying for his fiancé, Michael Nedervelt, to ride with him. “I was ecstatic the whole day when I found out I won,” Axtell said. “Anything you win is interesting and fun. I’ve never won anything this big. The only thing better would be winning the car.”

Joseph Axtell won the #VolvoJoyride contest on Pinterest, earning a trip to Colorado Springs, Colo., in his dream car.

Joseph Axtell got to drive his dream

SEE JOY RIDE / PAGE 8A car, a Volvo, to Colorado Springs.

Trip highlights: + BRE parade celebrates character Third-, fourth- and fifthgrade students at Braden River Elementary School used costumes to share character traits of responsibility, courage, citizenship and others, during the school’s Character Trait Parade Dec. 7. Students also completed a poster, illustration, definition and character trait example as part of the festivity.

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Interesting person — Axtell met a saleswoman at Colorado Scenes, a photography store in Breckenridge, Colo. The woman could relate to Axtell because she is from St. Petersburg.

Favorite site — When Axtell took the gondola lift up into the mountains at the Breckenridge Ski Resort.

Most surprising moment — Axtell came in contact with a squirrel at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort.

EAST COUNTY — As more unbudgeted items come across his desk, David Gayler, interim superintendent of Manatee County Schools, is ready to roll up his sleeves. At a Dec. 4 board workshop, Gayler announced another $7 million of unbudgeted items in the district’s budget, a number that added to the $3.4 million deficit announced in September. A few days after the meeting, Gayler refused to wonder what caused the deficit, which pushed former Superintendent Tim McGonegal to resign, and, instead, vowed to move forward with the hope that whoever takes over the district in April won’t have to deal with any of it. “This is a challenge different than any I have experienced,” Gayler said. “The numbers are worse than I expected. Now, the goal is to install a process prior to the new superintendent coming aboard that prevents these things from happening. The new superintendent should start with an open, clean slate. I don’t want them to deal with what I am dealing with. It would be not fair and not wise.” Until then, Gayler aims to find $2.8 million in savings to fund more unbudgeted items announced last week, such as overtime pay, money for the international baccalaureate program at three schools, busing to athletic events and band uniforms. Gayler said a 1% bonus promised to staff, totaling $2.5 million, was left out of the budget, while budget estimates for utility bills and payment for unused sick and vacation days are underbudgeted by $1.5 million. In addition, Gayler revealed no one person was assigned to coordinate full-time equivalent counts, which is used to get money from the state. Instead, the role was spread among schools and departments, which resulted in 17,000 errors and $5 million in lost revenue.

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2012

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The Tabernacle Church will host its 26th annual Living Nativity Dec. 13 through Dec. 16.

by Pam Eubanks | Managing Editor

A Christmas Story By the Numbers 7 The greatest number of angels that flew in one performance of the Living Nativity

28 Number of main cast members in the show 68 Number of extra large pizzas ordered for rehearsal night last year 125 Number of cast members, including all nights, in the show 250 Total number of volunteers participating in the Living Nativity

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Top: The Wiegand family has made participating in the Living Nativity a family tradition. Pictured clockwise from bottom left are: Fairyn, Alexander, Benjamin, Catherine, Lance, Elizabeth, Davis and Sarah. Above: Leo Mascitto helps Tino Wallenda with rigging wires for performances of the Living Nativity.

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EAST COUNTY — Telling the story of Christmas has become a tradition for the Wiegand family, and many others like them at The Tabernacle Church. But it’s not a story they simply read from a book; it’s one they help bring to life for thousands of spectators each year, when The Tabernacle hosts its annual Living Nativity, a drama of the story of Christmas. “I like doing it because we are sharing God’s love; we get to help share what God did for us,” says 10-year-old Catherine Wiegand, who plays a shepherd in this year’s show. “I really like acting, as well, and I enjoy the fellowship with my friends.” Her brother, Benjamin, 12, agreed, as he sat in costume with Catherine and his other siblings. “It’s very, very good,” he says. “We are growing stronger as a family (because we do this together each year). I think it’s a great way to share Jesus with everybody, and it’s a fun show (to be in).” Performances for this year’s Living Nativity start at 7 and 8 p.m. Dec. 13 through Dec. 16, at The Tabernacle, 4141 Desoto Road, Sarasota. Now in its 26th year, The Tabernacle’s Living Nativity re-creates the Bible story of the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus, through drama. The cast includes more than 30 main characters, as well dozens of minor characters and a choir of about 50 angels. Attendees of the performance also can enjoy cookies and other refreshments in a hospitality area and visit with animals, such as sheep, donkeys and camels that would have been around at the time of Jesus’ birth. “It’s essentially the same set you saw (when we started),” says circus performer Tino Wallenda, who sets up the wiring and rigging for the show’s flying angels. “The mountain moved (from erosion), and a couple of the trees died. But we’ve overcome that.” Leo Mascitto, a Tabernacle church member and employee, handles logistics for each year’s performance. “You start from scratch every (year),” he says, noting each year he spends about four weeks assembling the set, which is put in storage after the performances

When: 7 and 8 p.m. Dec. 13 through Dec. 16 Where: The Tabernacle Church, 4141 Desoto Road, Sarasota What: Event starts at 6 p.m. with Santa riding down Main Street. A treelighting ceremony follows at 6:30 p.m. Festivities include pictures with Santa, ice skating, crafts, face painting, Dance Heads Florida, music and more. Details: Come watch a drama of the story of Christmas. Guests also can enjoy refreshments and a petting zoo. Cost: Free Info: thetabsarasota.org have finished. Hundreds of volunteers come together to help with the performance, assisting the public or handling behind-the-scenes tasks during the four-night event. Many families from the Tabernacle, such as the Wiegand family, have been involved with the Living Nativity year after year. Many, including the East County’s Bo and Gina Medred, were original cast members. Mascitto’s whole family also has been involved in the show since its inception. His son, Michael, who played baby Jesus as an infant, is taking college finals early just to come home from New York in time to participate in this year’s performances. His wife, Klara, and other grown children, Christina and Joe, continue to have roles in the cast this year. Benjamin and Catherine’s mother, Sarah Wiegand, now 32, started performing in the show, first as an angel, when she was in the sixth grade. This year, she’ll join her husband and six children on set again. “It’s become our family tradition,” she said, noting she and her husband, Lance, portrayed Mary and Joseph the years their children played baby Jesus. “We enjoy it.” But, beyond the complexities of the set and coordination involved to make the show happen each year, Mascitto points out that the message and purpose of the Living Nativity has never changed. “It’s the story of Christmas,” he said. “The whole narration is (the Bible story). “Our commission is to spread the word,” he said. “I feel this is our gift to the community. There is so much of the commercial. We want to bring out the real meaning of Christmas.”

by Josh Siegel | Staff Writer

Polo season kicks off with fresh faces, new scoreboard Competitors from across the country invade the Sarasota Polo Club for the latest winter season starting Dec. 16. LAKEWOOD RANCH — The 2012-13 season at the Sarasota Polo Club will bring a new electronic scoreboard and fresh talent from Wyoming, Ohio and even the United Kingdom. Spanning Dec. 16 to April 7, during two-to-three tournaments per week, six-to-eight teams will compete for a chance to be one of two to play on Sundays at the championship field. The Bank of Montreal will sponsor the championship field this year. The sponsorship allowed the club to purchase an electronic scoreboard to replace a rickety wooden one that has been there since 1991, when the club opened. Admission for Sunday matches is $12 per adult, while children under 12 can attend free. Polo Operations Manager Rebecca Gutierrez said she expects about 2,000 people to come out every Sunday. “It’s really just an awesome way to spend an afternoon,” Gutierrez said. “The sport can be complex, but to just sit and watch it is easy to spectate. You don’t need to know anything about polo to watch.” During the last few weeks, Sarasota Polo Club professionals have filed in from their summer training spots. A young player from England whose

father, a retired polo player, just moved to Lakewood Ranch, brought a group of European competitors with him. Gutierrez says that 85% to 90% of the club’s members come from somewhere other than Florida. Florida becomes a hot spot for the sport during the winter, especially for those coming from the East Coast. Gutierrez says only California can provide similar grassy fields and warm weather during that time. The club provides stables to keep the horses — most competitors bring at least 10 of their own — but players must find a place to live (most rent in the area) and hire employees to care for the animals. Francisco Llosa considers the winter polo season at the Sarasota Polo Club an investment. Originally from Argentina, Llosa, a 39-year-old three-goal polo player, and his sponsor filled two trailers with 23 horses for a 27-hour, three-day trek from Kansas to Sarasota. Llosa and his sponsor hired two caretakers to groom his horses. Before competing, the caretakers will spend nearly two hours trimming each horse’s mane. Out of his 23 horses, Llosa says only 13 are ready to compete now.

IF YOU GO Polo matches are held at 1 p.m. Sunday, at the Sarasota Polo Club. Tailgating starts at 11 a.m. Admission is $12 for adults.

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Originally from Argentina, 39-year-old three-goal polo player Francisco Llosa says he learned to walk and ride at the same time.

That’s because he staggers them, preparing each at different times to shield against potential injury or sickness. Llosa’s favorite horse, a 7-year-old female named Easy, will spend the next month-and-a-half getting into game shape, practicing two times a day, six days a week. “Easy never has an off day,” Llosa said. “I always have great expectations. It always depends on the horses, though. If the horse is better, I perform better. But I only bring proven horses to Florida.” Contact Josh Siegel at jsiegel@yourobserver.com

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+ Shoebox sensation for Meals on Wheels Members of The Blah-Blah Sisterhood gathered Dec. 4 at the home of Tami Uphaus with empty shoeboxes and goodies in hand. The ladies wrapped each shoebox and stuffed it with items such as candy, warm socks, books, candles Pictured from left: Vicki Paoli, Renee Litzenberger, Leah and more. McElroy, Bonnie Pinkerton, “This is the first Amy Holland, Becky Ivko year we have done and Tami Uphaus. Mirian this, but we enjoyed it Yero was present, but is not so much, we are going pictured. to do something every year for the less fortunate,” member Becky Ivko said. The shoeboxes will be delivered to needy seniors through Meals On Wheels.

+ Nate’s Place re-opens Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue celebrated the soft opening of its renovated Nate’s Place adoption center Dec. 1, in The Shoppes at University Town Center. The location now will include a glass-walled cat room, a cottage-style adoption area for dogs and an informational kiosk. It also has restrooms and office space, laundry and storage areas and more. The majority of animals cared for by Honor will continue to be kept at the rescue’s Ranch location on Lorraine Road, where animals also will get medical treatment and training. Honor vacated the Nate’s Place space in late April and prepared for a three-month project. Because of delays, however, renovations did not begin on the retail space until Oct. 1.

+ East County youth take center stage in ‘Nutcracker’ performance East County youth Kristina Schmidt will help bring the story of “The Nutcracker” to life, as she takes a lead role in the Diane Partington Studio of Classical Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” this weekend. Kristina will portray the lead character, Clara. Other East County dancers in the show include: Nicoletta Lanese (Snow Queen), Laura McKenna, Sarah Dill, Jessie Chiang, Danielle Calabrese, Katie Goins, Isabelle Starner, Sofia Atzrodt and Lauren Atzrodt. Performances will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 and 1:30 p.m. Dec. 16, at the Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota. Tickets cost $25 for adults and $15 for children ages 12 and younger.

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by Josh Siegel | Staff Writer

Center for Building Hope hosts medical students FSU students Huy Pham and Gerald Bieniek participated in a three-week clerkship meant to broaden their understanding of medicine.

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taining and promoting health. As Pham experienced Qigong — a Chinese exercise that focuses on breathing in rhythmic movements for stress reduction — his blank expression belied the fact he had trouble focusing. “It’s hard to not think about anything,” Pham said. “I’m always thinking about school and what’s due.” Pham, a Brandon native whose time volunteering at nursing homes as a undergraduate student pushed him to pursue medicine, came away inspired by a service he knew nothing about. “The longer I’m here, I notice

The Center for Building Hope offers classes like this Qigong class, meant to help reduce stress, for cancer patients and others affected by cancer. how invaluable this service is,” Pham said. “Every day people affected by cancer come here even if it’s just to share a cup of coffee or share stories. The camaraderie is important to them. And their outlook is just incredible. Everyone has a positive attitude. We have a lot to learn from them, really.” Bieniek, a Michigan native who chose to follow his mother, a nurse, into medicine, said he quickly felt relaxed when he walked onto CBH’s five-acre, gold LEED-certified campus, which is surrounded by a nature reserve.

“You quickly realize the goal here is to reduce stress and allow people to relax and meditate,” Bieniek said. “It de-stressed me and showed me I need to clear my mind.” CBH program director Andrea Feldmar has hosted FSU students in the three years she’s worked at the center. She said the program’s participants, who come to as many free classes as they please, enjoy interacting with students. “Participants love to have them here,” Feldmar said. “They feel like they have a pipeline to the ears of up-and-coming phy-

sicians of future. It gives the students a little different twist on things and shows how their gifts can impact people emotionally, as well as physically.” Weber sits in on classes four times a week. In a yoga class, Weber, whose son is a doctor, had a conversation with Pham about his future. “(Pham) is a nice and conscientious young man,” Weber said. “This is a wonderful thing for these students, to understand people and feel people and see the bond that people have here. We would do anything for each other.” Another 18 third-year medical students at the FSU Sarasota campus participated in the clerkship at various agencies across the community, such as the American Red Cross and hospice organizations. Only Pham and Bieniek were assigned to CBH. Throughout the three weeks, students had to complete related writing and reading assignments, plus deliver a PowerPoint presentation to their class that reflected on the experience. “This is really a great resource that physicians need to be more aware of,” Pham said. “I know it is something I will offer to my patients. Everyone is just so welcoming here.” Contact Josh Siegel at jsiegel@ yourobserver.com

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LAKEWOOD RANCH — Jayne Alexis Keys had one last wish — to play in the snow. As she crouched on her knees and peered outside through a window at her Braden Woods home, she watched eagerly as a truck emptied snow in her yard Dec. 3. As the snow hit ground, Jayne, determined to build a snowman and toss snowballs while wearing her pink boots and matching gloves, shouted, “I see it! I see it!” Less than one week after she enjoyed her wish, Jayne died from stage 4 rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancerous soft-tissue tumor of the muscles. Jayne’s battle with cancer ended at her home in the company of her family at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 8. She was 4 years old. Growing up in Vermont, Jayne saw snow all the time. She came from a family of skiers. Since the family’s move to Florida to escape Vermont’s harsh winters when Jayne was 3 years old, she would constantly ask about playing in snow again. Jayne’s father, Joshua, says the family planned to drive to Vermont to see snow this winter, but his daughter’s deteriorating health wouldn’t allow it. “We simply wanted her to see snow before she passed,” Joshua Keys said. “She remembered it and missed it, and it’s what she really wanted.” Neighbors and friends had joined Jayne for her snow day; some of them frolicked in the snow with her, while others snapped photos, watched and smiled. As her parents helped her build a small snowman, Jayne insisted she could insert the carrot nose by herself.

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Jayne Alexis Keys died from stage four rhabdomyosarcoma Dec. 8. Before she died, she enjoyed an afternoon in the snow at her Braden Woods home.

The act displayed a passion for life Jayne showed everyone during her short life. “To all who knew Jayne, she was larger than life,” Joshua Keys said. Spotlight Amusements, in Sarasota, provided the snow for a small fee. Lee’s Ice drove the snow to the Keys’ home. Jayne was diagnosed with cancer in March 2012. The illness started when Jayne’s calf swelled up after a fall. She soon started limping, but made little of it. Her parents also found a mass on her pelvis. “The doctors didn’t give her much time or a chance,” Joshua Keys said. “But she just kept fighting and lived longer than they thought she would.” Rhabdomyosarcoma is a rare tumor, with only several hundred new cases per year throughout the United States. It usually affects children ages 8 to 12. Contact Josh Siegel at jsiegel@yourobserver.com.

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+ FHP issues 19 citations in October interstate pile-up The Florida Highway Patrol concluded its investigation of a multivehicle accident on Interstate 75 earlier this year, resulting in 19 traffic citations. The Oct. 5 crash left southbound lanes near the University Parkway exit at the Manatee-Sarasota county line backed up for miles during the six-hour road closure. The findings showed that 53 vehicles were involved in 21 traffic accidents, according to a FHP release. No fatalities were reported. However, 52 people were injured, 22 of whom were taken to local hospitals for treatment. Only two were evacuated via helicopter. According to the release, rain contributed to the crash. But, further investigation revealed driver error also led to the incident.

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+ Inpatient hospice unit opens at hospital Tidewell Hospice has partnered with Lakewood Ranch Medical Center to create the area’s first hospital-based inpatient hospice unit. The six-bed Tidewell Care Center at LWRMC held a ribbon cutting Nov. 29. Previously, hospice patients residing in the Lakewood Ranch area had to transfer to Tidewell’s hospice houses in Ellenton or

Students in the Manatee and Sarasota County chapters of the Future Builders of America visited the future home of IRISS’s global headquarters Nov. 30. Approximately 85 students toured the 32,000-square-foot manufacturing building, which is under construction in Technology Terrace. General contractor Fred M. Starling Inc. and Bill Jarvis, vice president of commercial construction at Lakewood Ranch Commercial Realty, arranged the tour.

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to see the Gateway Arch. Ate at the Texas Roadhouse, a chain for which Axtell used to work in New York. Had the Volvo washed at the Classic Car Wash in O’ Fallon, Mo. Bought a 150-watt power inverter to charge his iPod in Lawrence, Kan. Arrived at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort at 1 a.m.

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Checked out of the Cheyenne Mountain Resort. Ate again at Olde World Bagel & Deli. Headed to Breckenridge, Colo. Stopped on the route to see a herd of horses and pet a donkey. Ate lunch at La Francaise, a French bakery, and ate a hot tomato mozzarella basil panini. Took a gondola lift at the Breckinridge Ski Resort.

Day 3 Went to Olde World

Bagel & Deli, where Axtell ate a sesame bagel with salmon cream cheese. Met a squirrel. Drove to Denver to have dinner with a friend, Adam Chartrand. Went to 16th Street Mall. Drove back to Colorado Springs, Colo., and enjoyed the hot tub at the hotel.

JOY RIDE / PAGE 1A From Dec. 1 through Dec. 4, in a 2013 Volvo S60 T5, to the pace of Lady Gaga tunes that blared from the speakers, Axtell and Nedervelt crossed eight states, burned through nine tanks of gas and drove nearly 2,500 miles en route to the Cheyenne Mountain Resort. In between the 31-hour trek, the couple made stops in Ashburn, Ga., to see the world’s largest peanut monument; Nashville, Tenn., in a quest to taste fried green tomatoes; and St. Louis, where the Gateway Arch awaited. To win, Axtell had to pin his ideal road trip, to a destination of his choice, on his Pinterest page, including pictures and captions that described the attractions he would attend, the clothes he would wear and the music to which he’d listen. Volvo selected the winners — Axtell was one of three winners in the United States selected out of 700 applicants — based on which page had the most likes, comments and repins between Sept. 5 and Sept. 26. For Axtell, that meant pushing his Facebook friends to get involved. “That was the real legwork,” Axtell said. “My friends probably got annoyed with me.” A car enthusiast and socialmedia junkie, Axtell follows Volvo on Pinterest and saw the details of the contest the day it was announced. That day, Sept. 5, Axtell plugged in a route to Colorado Springs, a destination he chose because he could visit friends, through Google. Throughout the route, Google

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Axtell’s friends from University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee hosted a send-off party at the school. recommended attractions. Axtell then vigorously researched each, selected some that interested him and sprinkled eccentric details to the trip that gave it “Joe style.” On his Pinterest page, Axtell posted a picture of a Volvo dealership in Colorado Springs where he could drop off the car for an oil change. He even detailed the name of a potential salesman there. He posted a caption that detailed his devotion to his ride, how he would hand wash the Volvo S60 T5 and scrub its snowy floor mats if it got dirty. He gave a shoutout to Lady Gaga, telling followers, “It is highly likely I will listen to songs from her album, ‘Born This Way,’ multiple times during the trip.” By the end, each picture earned about 31 to 35 likes. “I think Volvo liked that I was conscientious about maintaining the car,” Axtell said. “I’m very meticulous about keeping

cars clean. I geared the trip toward me, and maybe that is why I won. I mean, not listening to Lady Gaga would not be me.” As the Oct. 1 deadline to announce the winners passed, Axtell grew nervous and began pestering Volvo with emails for a week. “I was like, ‘Come on, who is winning here?’” Axtell said. Finally, during the second week in October, Volvo messaged Axtell on Twitter. “It was obvious I won then,” Axtell said. “No one believed me.” After he learned the news, Axtell teamed with the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee to host a send-off party at the school with his friends. Axtell and his school teamed up to create a Facebook fan page, and USF livestreamed video and photos. Axtell also promised Volvo he would blog about the trip throughout.

On the morning of Dec. 1, Axtell and his fiancé picked up the vehicle at the Volvo of Sarasota. The trip started out like any other day. On the trip’s second day, Axtell took a break from a “boring and gruesome” drive through the cornfields of Kansas to pick up a 150-watt power inverter for his Apple laptop and spent hours locked up in his hotel room cranking out a business plan due for a class that day. Later, Axtell and his fiancé enjoyed the unusual. Axtell went nose-to-nose with a squirrel outside the Cheyenne resort when the rodent boldly approached him. “Squirrels don’t normally do that,” Axtell said. “It was memorable.” To cap the trip, the couple took a two-hour detour to Breckenridge, Colo., where they stopped to chase a herd of horses and pet a donkey before they drifted on a gondola lift — a cable car aerial lift propelled by cables — above the snowy mountains of a ski resort. “The mountains were mesmerizing,” Axtell said. “Breckenridge was so homey and nice. I wish I could live there.” As he reflected on a trip that surpassed his expectations, Axtell made a plea to Volvo. “Hopefully they saw how passionate I was about their brand so maybe I can work for them one day,” Axtell said.

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Speeding continues to be a problem on Orange AveSiesta Key Association member Bob Luckner recently nue, the north-south street often used as an alternative took a seat on the Sarasota County Fire-Rescue and cut-through to get to and from south Sarasota. Michael Emergency ManSchneiderman, who lives directly on Orange Avenue in agement Advisory the Hudson Bayou neighborhood, sent an email to City Board. Commissioner Terry Turner, Dec. 5, asking city officials During an SKA to consider installing two additional speed tables, on a meeting, Luckner quarter-mile stretch of Orange Avenue. outlined issues the Many drivers speed up after they pass the flashing county’s emergency speed sign just south of the Hudson Bayou bridge. operations currentEven more traffic has been temporarily rerouted ly face, including to Orange Avenue because Osprey Avenue has been scarcity of medical closed for construction work on the lift station No. 7. supplies, and said that although he’s an at-large member, he would keep Siesta in mind with board decisions. In January, commissioners will discuss whether • city PINE AVENUE ANNA MARIA Ron Flynn, another board member, used his telecomto extend the leash ordinance to Payne Park, the city’s munications background to analyze the county’s plan to Unique shops, great foodsignature and eclectic onopened the in 2007. $8.8 million parkart that replace its emergency communications system, which is Greenest Little Mainstreet in America, no shoes required! A resident recently sent an email to city commisexpected to cost $30 million. sioners about unleashed dogs in Payne Park. Although a city ordinance requires pet owners to keep dogs on a leash at several other city parks, including Bayfront Park, Island park, The Sarasota County Traffic Advisory Council voted Gillespie and Arlington Park, there unanimously Dec. 10, in favor of decreasing the speed is no regulation at Payne Park. limit of a half-mile stretch of Midnight Pass Road. Another option would be for the Siesta Key resident Sarah Cooper filed the petition city to build a separate fenced to lower the 40-mile-per-hour speed limit between the • ANNA PINE AVENUE MARIA dog area where dogs can run intersections at Vista Hermosa Circle south to Sanderling freely, but that would require that Road by 15 miles per hour. greatbe food eclectic art on the funding setand aside. Cooper said neighbors joined the petition to improveUnique shops, Little Mainstreet in America, shoes required! Commissioners couldnoalso decide driver safety at intersections the 25-mile-per-hour Greenest zone to expand a pet-free area around the passing through restaurants and shops. playground, similar to an area set Sarasota County commissioners will consider the aside at Sapphire Shores Park. request early next year.

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completeness.” New board member Dave Miner, a long-time district critic, believes Gayler is on track to change that. “Dr. Gayler has really embraced the axiom that we need to be transparent with the budget,” Miner said. “The board will not approve any budget that isn’t understood by us and by the public. Gayler is putting together a template of how every district should be run.” Gayler left retirement to lift a district that gave him fond memories. In 2001, former Superintendent Dan Nolan hired him as an assistant, a position Gayler held for 10 months. Now, Gayler, who says he doesn’t regret leaving retirement, wants to turn around a district that once took a chance on him. “My best work will be moving this board forward,” Gayler said. “I’m here to help so the next superintendent can make this board a priority. I relish the challenge.” Contact Josh Siegel at jsiegel@yourobserver.com.

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Gayler later helped to recoup much of those losses and fixed the errors. At the workshop last week, Michael Boyer, chief financial officer for the district, said that a system used to integrate the accounting functions of departments and track the hires and departures of teachers was cut off in 2009. Boyer and Gayler said failure contributed to the deficit, and they speculated the losses were covered somewhat by reserves. Gayler said he would make up for the losses by cutting from the district’s foodservice program and by limiting overtime. The district won’t implement a proposed $2.5 million in raises for American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Supervisory and Managerial Personnel and the Manatee Education Association. 
Gayler will also meet with department heads to discuss other savings opportunities. Gayler said he plans to take a closer look at utility expenses and find ways to save there, as well. He said the group discussed shutting down lights and air during the holidays, helping to gain a few hundred thousand dollars in savings from utilities. “We are scouring the budget for anything we can cut that doesn’t affect students,” Gayler said. “This is as true as a statement as I can say: The community and the board has been asking, ‘Where is the money?’ When that question is asked, you know you have problems. We have to change the conversation to, ‘How best should we spend the money?’” To make financial decisions more clear, Gayler wants to install a line-item budget, for which every expense from each department, school and grant is listed, lineby-line, by mid-January. Board Chairwoman Karen Carpenter said past budgets, spread out in hundreds of pages, were hard to decipher. Still, the board approved them. “That’s not happening anymore,” Carpenter said. “This is about clarity and

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CYD GingerbreaD Festival — runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 14 through Dec. 15, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 16, at the Potter Building at the Sarasota Fairgrounds. See a winter wonderland of decorated gingerbread houses and more. Admission is $1. Info, cydonline.org.

South Manatee Business Coalition Holiday Social — runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, 7051 Wireless Court, Sarasota. Attendees must be 21 or older to attend. Guests are asked to bring a new, unwrapped children’s toy for Toys for Tots or a $10 donation that will be used to purchase toys. Info, smbusinesscoalition.org. Charity Bar Night — runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Polo Grill Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch. Celebrity bartenders include comedian Tim Wilkins; Lauren Dorsett from WWSB; Dana Lawrence of local band Kettle of Fish; Dr. Kyle Garner, chief of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Sarasota Memorial Hospital; Danielle Pardue of Blingin’ Teez; Matt Bower of Luhrsen Law Group; and Cory Dias of U.S. Lawns. Proceeds benefit the Florida Suncoast Chapter of JDRF. For info, call Julianna Nova at 782-0899.

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Family Menorah Lighting — starts at 6 p.m. at Temple Beth El Bradenton, 4200 32nd St. W., Bradenton. Enjoy this Hanukkah celebration and potluck dinner community open house. Bring your family menorah to light as the temple lights the menorah rescued from the Shoah. RSVP to 755-4900. Holidays Around the Ranch — runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at Lakewood Ranch Main Street. Enjoy photos with Santa, live music, “ice” skating and other family-friendly activities. Info, lwrcac.com. Karaoke with Cowboy George — runs from 7 to 10 p.m. at Linger Lodge restaurant, 7205 85th St. Ct. E., Bradenton. Info, 755-2757 or lingerlodgeresort.com. ‘The Light Has Come: Jesus’ — starts at 7 p.m. at Family of God United Methodist Church, 5601 16th Ave. E., Palmetto. Enjoy a dynamic piano duo, a handbell choir and more for this Christmas celebration. Info, 7227065.

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Alienated Grandparents Anonymous — starts at 1 p.m. in the Sacred Heart Hall of Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church, 12905 State Road 70 E. Support group, which meets the second Thursday of each month, is for grandparents who are alienated from their grandchildren. Grandparents who attend will remain anonymous so individuals feel open to share.

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San Marco Farmers Market — runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays, at San Marco Plaza, 8215 Natures Way, Lakewood Ranch. Shop for fresh produce, crafts, specialty items and more. Info, sanmarcoplaza.com.

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A 1912 Florida Cracker Christmas — runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Manatee Village Historical Park, 1115 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Enjoy music by the Manatee Players, the Bashaw Elementary School Chorus and others, as well as a visit by Santa’s “rein-dogs,” pictures with a Victorian Santa, model railroaders, heritage shopping, crafts, films, food and more. Admission is $5. Parking is free. Info, 741-4075.

Breakfast with Santa — runs from 9 to 11 a.m. at Ed’s Tavern, 10719 Rodeo Drive, Lakewood Ranch. Enjoy breakfast, pictures with Santa and a movie ticket. Cost is $15. Info, edstavernlwr.com.

Peace-full Shopping Day — runs from 2 to 6 p.m. at Peace Presbyterian Church, 10902 Technology Terrace, Lakewood Ranch. Children in kindergarten through fifth grades will enjoy games, crafts, music and snacks while their parents shop or enjoy an afternoon out. Cost is $5 per child. All adult caregivers have been background checked. Info and reservations, 753-7778. Randy Estelle Christmas Concert — shows at 2 and 7 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church, 1805 30th Ave. W., Bradenton. Pianist Randy Estelle will be joined by four of his advanced piano students, who will perform in the concert as part of a three grand piano ensemble. Tickets cost $18 at the door, or $15 in advance. Tickets and info, randyestellelive.com or 322-2076. DeSoto National Memorial Luminary Walk — runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at King Middle School, 600 Seventh St. N.W., Bradenton. Enjoy live music, historical re-enactors, a ribbon cutting and trail walk. Offsite parking with shuttle service is available. Info, 7920458 or nps.gov/deso. Diane Partington Studio of Classical Ballet Presents ‘The Nutcracker’ — shows 7 p.m. Dec. 15 and 1:30 p.m. Dec. 16, at the Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota. Cost is $25 for adults; $15 for children 12 and younger; or $10 for student ticket with school ID. Info, partingtonclassicalballet.com. Under Rated — plays from 7 to 10 p.m. at Linger Lodge restaurant, 7205 85th St. Court E., Bradenton. Info, 755-2757 or lingerlodgeresort.com.

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Shoeboxes for Seniors Christmas Party & Collection Drive — starts at 2 p.m. at Gio Fabulous Pizza & Martini Bar, 7240 55th Ave. E., Bradenton. Cost of admission is one shoebox filled with items for needy seniors. Shoe box lid and bottom should be wrapped separately.

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Writers Workshop — runs from 2 to 4 p.m. Mondays, at State College of Florida, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton, in Science Building 25, Room 146. Instant critiquing by group. Workshop is free. Info, 7538680.

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The Lakewood Ranch Garden Club made floral arrangements for homebound East County seniors at their Dec. 10 meeting. LAKEWOOD RANCH — Members of the Lakewood Ranch Garden Club put their eye for natural beauty to use, after their regular meeting Dec. 10, as they sifted through ribbon, silk flowers, ornaments and other decorations to use on 15 floral arrangements intended to bring holiday cheer to homebound seniors. “We deliver (the arrangements) to Meals on Wheels (PLUS for distribution),” said Sheryl Perkins, club vice president and programs coordinator. “We don’t know who gets them.” The ladies, who typically spend their meetings hearing from guest speakers and going on field trips, stuffed coffee mugs and similar items with floral foam, before inserting leaves, flowers, ribbons and other decorations. Although some were veterans of making flower arrangements, others learned as they went, getting help from the more practiced members. It’s the second year the group has made arrangements for seniors in need, Perkins said. “I think it’s one of the best things we do,” member Lucrecia Lackey said of the event. “Meals on Wheels is dear to me. There are so many shut-ins who don’t see people or don’t have anything festive in their house (for the holidays). We provide a little holiday cheer for them.” Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@ yourobserver.com.

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PENNSYLVANIA. Jeff and Sarah Sands brought their favorite hometown newspaper along on a Sept. 22 trip to Beaver Stadium to watch Penn State play Temple University. “It was a great read on the plane,” Sarah says of the East County Observer.

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The following information was gathered from incident and arrest reports obtained from the Manatee County Sheriff ’s Office.

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7:45 a.m. — 6200 block of Wauchula Road. Information Only. A man reported hearing a gunshot and noticed blood in his dog’s fur when it returned home afterward. It appeared the dog was shot with a small gun of unknown type. The dog was struck on its left side near its hip, and the bullet exited near the tail. When a deputy arrived, the dog was running around and appeared healthy. The deputy warned the man to secure his pet in the future.

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Noon — 13500 block of Montclair Place. Burglary. A burglar stole two televisions and a surround-sound system from a home. There were no signs of forced entry, and there were no additional disturbances at the residence. The residents had recently relocated to Connecticut, and a house sitter was watching the home while the owners were gone.

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11:22 p.m. — 1700 block of State Road 70. DUI. A deputy observed a woman run a red light at State Road 70 and Lakewood Ranch Boulevard. The woman was heading east at about 65 mph. The deputy attempted to catch up to her, at which time he observed her swerve over three lanes and also run another red light, at State Road 70 and Lorraine Road. The deputy then tried to initiate a traffic stop, but the woman sped up and continued to swerve. Pursuit speeds never exceeded 80 mph, but the woman drove off the road into the grass and continued eastbound for about three-tenths of a mile,

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10 a.m. — 8200 block of Country Park Way. Found Property Not Stolen. A deputy found two teenagers with backpacks walking near a neighborhood lake. The teenagers, hidden behind some bushes, admitted to skipping school that day. One of the teenagers smelled of marijuana and handed the officer two grams of marijuana and a small pipe. The teenager had no criminal record, and both teenagers were cooperative during the incident. No charges were filed, and the deputy returned the teenagers to school after contacting their parents.

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2:28 p.m. — 8300 block of Lockwood Ridge Road. Information Only. A man reported that he had to fire an employee. The fired employee told the employer he would kill the man who fired him. The man said the fired employee has a criminal history in Sarasota and Manatee counties, and that he would call for a trespass warning if the fired employee returns to the business.

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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Ryan Sollazzo scores his first hat trick of the season. 23A

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SIGNING DAY

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2012

by Jen Blanco| Sports Editor

Mustangs commit to colleges

MARTIAL ARTS by Jen Blanco| Sports Editor

Lakewood swimmers Danielle Valley and Will Kazokas and softball players Taylor Newton, Jenn Trotter and McKaleigh Goodale made their college decisions known.

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East County resident Robyn LeBuffe, right, pictured with her business partner, Justin Ortiz, opened Ultimate Tiger Martial Arts two years ago when she was 16 years old.

School of champions East County resident Robyn LeBuffe opened a martial-arts school when she was 16 years old. Photos by Jen Blanco

Lakewood Ranch High second baseman Jenn Trotter, with her parents, Lee Trotter and Angela Fulghum, and shortstop McKaleigh Goodale, with her sister, Sammantha, and parents, Kevin and Stacey, have been playing softball together since they were 9 years old. LAKEWOOD RANCH — Taylor Newton, Jenn Trotter and McKaleigh Goodale have become inseparable. The three Lakewood Ranch High seniors took the field together for the first time when they were 9 years old; and they’ve been playing softball together ever since. Whether it’s cheering their teammates on from the dugout, huddling together in the middle of the infield or gossiping about their days, there’s rarely a day that goes by that the three best friends aren’t together. So, it’s only fitting that the friends would be alongside one another, as they prepare to embark on the next journey in their softball careers. On Dec. 7, Newton, Trotter and Goodale signed national letters of intent to play

college softball. “It’s really amazing,” Newton says. “I’m excited for them and for me, but it’s also bittersweet.” Goodale agrees. “It’s amazing,” Goodale says. “We’ve been playing together for so long and we’ve seen each other (grow). So, to be able to do this together is a dream come true.” Newton, a center fielder, will be heading to James Madison University next year to study biology with the hopes of becoming an orthodontist. Newton looked at a handful of other schools, but once she set foot on James Madison’s campus, she knew it was the school for her. “Once I went to James Madison, I began comparing

every other school to that school,” Newton says. “It has a beautiful softball facility and the campus is beautiful. It’s a really great school where I can get a great education and still play softball.” With a new coach at the helm, Newton knows she’ll have to prove herself to earn a spot in the starting lineup. “Everyone is going to be competing for a spot, so I definitely need to work hard and beat someone else out,” Newton says.” Trotter, a second baseman, will play for the State College of Florida next year with the hope of eventually moving on to play for the University of South Florida, the University of Central Florida or Florida Gulf Coast University. “I’m a daddy’s girl, and I like to stay home,” says Trotter, who plans to major in

BRADENTON — Robyn LeBuffe isn’t intimidated by age. To the 18-year-old East County resident, age is merely a number. So, after deciding she wanted to open her own martial-arts school, LeBuffe was determined not to let anything stand in her way —  not even the fact that she was 16 years old and a junior at Manatee School for the Arts. “I was tired of teaching for other people,” LeBuffe says. “It was hard to teach someone a style that I didn’t necessarily know. I wanted to be able to teach what I knew and what I was good at. “My (friend) told me I should open my own (school),” LeBuffe says. “I said, ‘But I’m only 16.’ That’s when she said, ‘Is age really going to stop you?’” Unbeknownst to her mom, Pam, LeBuffe started making flyers and arranged to teach out of a local gym. Within two weeks, LeBuffe had five clients. The following year her mom signed a lease for her on a 1,045-square-foot space in West Bradenton, where she opened Ul-

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Lakewood Ranch High center fielder Taylor Newton, pictured with her younger sister, Logan, and her parents, Jimmy and Marcy, will play for James Madison University next year.

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2012

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Right: Swimmers Will Kazokas, pictured with his mom, Benet, and Danielle Valley, pictured with her parents, Greg and Cindy, will be continuing swimming for the Sarasota Sharks before heading off to Cornell University and the University of Florida, respectively.

by Jen Blanco | Sports Editor

Lady Pirate tennis player signs with Coastal Carolina

Braden River High senior Marie Babayan signed a national letter of intent Nov. 16 to play tennis for Coastal Carolina University.

SIGNINGS / FROM PAGE 19A athletic training. “I don’t feel like I can leave them yet.” Goodale, who plays shortstop, will be heading to Wagner College, in New York. Goodale also looked at some Ivy League schools, but in the end she felt Wagner College would be the best fit. “It’s 20 minutes from the city and city life is something that excites me,” Goodale says. “I wanted a new (environment). Bradenton is very hometown, and I wanted to go to a fast-paced (city).” Goodale, who originally planned to enter the medical field to become a neurosurgeon, is now leaning toward business, and she wants to make an immediate impact with the Seahawks. “My (new) coach is expecting me to come in and take leadership of the team,” Goodale says. “He says I’m going to be a key component. I’m excited but also a little nervous.” Joining Newton, Trotter and Goodale in the signing celebration were senior swimmers Will Kazokas and Danielle Valley. Valley, who defended her 500-yard freestyle state title at the Class 2A Swim-

BRADEN RIVER — More often than not, Marie Babayan is competing for herself. As a USTA junior tennis player, the Braden River High senior doesn’t get to experience the camaraderie that comes from playing alongside your teammates, except for a few months in the spring, when she’s playing for the Lady Pirates. But beginning this fall, Babayan will routinely find herself training alongside several other tennis players, as a member of the Coastal Carolina University women’s tennis team. Babayan signed a national letter-of-intent Nov. 16, to play for the Chanticleers. “It is definitely a relief and a lot of weight off of my shoulders,” Babayan says. Babayan, who plans to major in exercise science, chose Coastal Carolina over Georgia Southern University. “I loved the area and I felt like I really fit into the school environment,” Babayan says. “I also felt like I really connected with the team which is one of the most important things when picking a school to play for. “I’m looking forward to competing with my team,” she says. “I enjoy having teammates, and it is a lot different from junior tennis, where you are competing on your own.” Babayan won her second Class 3ADistrict 12 title last spring after going undefeated throughout the regular season. Babayan qualified for her second Class 3A state tournament and reached the

ming & Diving Championships Nov. 8, will be heading to the University of Florida next year. “It’s close to home, and I really (connected) with the team, coaches and campus in general,” Valley says. “I called it,” Kazokas says. “I knew she wanted to go there. It was a known fact.” Valley plans to study business with the hope of one day becoming a pilot. For now, Valley will spend the remainder of her senior year swimming for the Sarasota Sharks before preparing to head off to Gainesville. Kazokas, who also swims for the Sharks, will be heading to Cornell University. Kazokas chose Cornell over Harvard because of its location and the team itself. “It was the one place I went where I immediately fit in with the team,” Kazokas says. “I love the coaches and it’s famous for my major — animal science. I also wanted to go far away and somewhere that’s cold. “There’s a lot more energy (in college swimming) and it’s very team-oriented,” Kazokas says. Contact Jen Blanco at jblanco@yourobserver.com.

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Marie Babayan won her second Class 3A District 12 title last spring.

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+ Pirates boys basketball remains unbeaten

+ ODA boys fall to Shorecrest Prep

The Braden River High boys basketball team improved to 5-0 with a 53-47 victory over Port Charlotte Dec. 7. Senior forward Patrick Tart scored 12 points to lead the way for Braden River. Zechariah Kendall and Terrance Cummings both had 11 points and Trevon Young added 10 points.

The Out-of-Door Academy boys soccer team fell to Shorecrest Prep 3-2 Dec. 4. Tait Lystad and Hunter Clarke each scored one goal for the Thunder. Goalkeeper Bryan Kirshe had 12 saves.

The Out-of-Door Academy boys basketball team defeated St. Stephen’s 44-40, for its first win of the season Dec. 7. Nick Grano scored a game-high 18 points and Colbie Ward added 13 points to lead the way for the Thunder.

+ Lady Thunder basketball shoots past Lady Falcons The Out-of-Door Academy girls basketball team defeated St. Stephen’s 38-13 Dec. 7. Lisa Hoffman had 12 points, 12 rebounds and eight steals to lead the way for the Lady Thunder.

+ Lady Mustangs basketball picks up district win Lakewood Ranch freshman Elise Spiller scored a game-high 17 points, as the Lady Mustangs defeated Palmetto 42-30 in a Class 6A-District 12 game Dec. 7.

+ Mustangs tie Hurricanes The Lakewood Ranch High boys soccer team tied Manatee 1-1 Dec. 5. Team captain Ryan Sollazzo scored the lone goal for the Mustangs.

The Out-of-Door Academy boys and girls soccer teams both fell to rival St. Stephen’s in Class 1A-District 8 action Dec. 6. The boys lost 9-1 while the girls were blanked 2-0. Hunter Clarke scored the lone goal for ODA. Hannah Howell scored both a goal for the Lady Falcons.

+ Extra Innings to begin holding pitching clinics Extra Innings will be offering two pitching clinics, headed by former local major league baseball player Troy Mattes, beginning Dec. 18. Pitching 101 for ages 12 and under will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays. The clinic will be four sessions long and will focus on the basics of pitching. Areas of focus include: grips, footwork, balance, leg drive, release point, control, warm-up, stretching and arm maintenance, among others. Pitching 102 for ages 13 and up will be held from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Dec. 20. This four-session clinic for more advanced pitchers will focus on the basics of various pitch grips and delivery along with throwing mechanics, bullpen routines, arm maintenance, commanding pitches and the mental aspects of pitching. Both clinics will be held to a maximum of 10 participants. The cost is $109 for members and $139 for nonmembers.

timate Tiger Martial Arts. LeBuffe graduated from MSA in June and Oct. 24 she and her business partner, Justin Ortiz, moved into a 1,500-square-foot space down the street. Ultimate Martial Arts is a traditional Goju Ryu karate school with a sport karate twist. “I love teaching the kids what I know,” LeBuffe says. “The best part is watching them grow as martial artists. It’s an honor to see them grow and know that you’re an important part of their life. “I want my students to live their dreams,” LeBuffe says. “Whether it’s getting their black belt of winning a world championship, I want them to reach their dreams like I’m reaching mine.” LeBuffe began taking martial arts when she was 7 years old, after deciding to forgo gymnastics. She attended one of her cousin’s martial-arts competitions and immediately fell in love with the artform. After her former school closed while she was preparing to test for her black belt, LeBuffe took a step back and turned her attention to Goju Ryu. One-and-a-half years later, LeBuffe, then 11, earned her black belt. “I was almost ready to give up hope,” LeBuffe says. “It felt (amazing) to finally have that black belt around my waist. It was the hardest test I’ve ever had to take, but it was a goal that I finally reached.” Since then, LeBuffe has become one of the most decorated super lightweight female fighters in the world. She was ranked No. 2 in the world before winning her first competition as an adult super lightweight fighter in July. Most recently, LeBuffe won her first World Kickboxing Association world championship as an adult. “It was actually phenomenal,” LeBuffe says. “This was my first year competing as an adult, and I ended up coming out on top. I’ve learned there’s no end to it. Dreams really do come true.” Now in addition to running her own school, LeBuffe is in the process of trying to obtain a full sponsorship with Team Paul Mitchell Karate. “That’s been a dream of mine since I was a really young girl,” LeBuffe says. “There’s only two girls on the team right now. It’s the top team, and it’s extremely professional. Whenever I saw someone from Paul Mitchell I always thought, ‘Wow, you must be really good.’ It’s a hard team to get on.” Contact Jen Blanco at jblanco@yourobserver.com.

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COMMUNITY GOLF SCOREBOARD + Lakewood Ranch • Patrick Kenefick and Chris Eckstrom scored 189 to win the overall championship of the 2012 Men’s Fall Member Guest event Nov. 8 to Nov. 10. • Richard Levy and Frank Fairman scored 195 to win the Augusta National Flight. • Ron Zabel and Doug Zabel scored 201 to win the Muirfield Flight. • Kip Radigan and Vince Levito scored 194 to win the Pebble Beach Flight. • John Turyan and Joe Ogrodnik scored 203 to win the Pine Valley Flight. • Tom McManus and Bob Marotto scored 197 to win the Oakmont Flight. • Patrick Kenefick and Chris Eckstrom scored 189 to win the St. Andrews Flight. • Matthew Arcari and Jim Soda scored 200 to win the Cherry Hills Flight. • Charles Kimsey and Tim Moody scored 194 to win the Pinehurst Flight. • Richard Levitan and Doug Simmonds scored 191 to win the Seminole Flight.

• Dawn Burcham and Jane Imperial shot 57 to win Flight 1 of the Players’ Cup WGA event Dec. 4 on Cypress Links. Pat Wapole and Candice McMahon shot 56 to win Flight 2. Betty Kabara and Pat Smith shot 57 to win Flight 3.

+ Palm-Aire • Mary Ann McMerty, Judy Moon, Pat Merchant and Jane Donahoe scored 138 to win the two best balls on par 4s and 5s, three best balls on par 3s Ladies Buddy event Dec. 1, on the Champions Course. • Mary Beth Grey, Donna Vasko, Betty Goldman and Mary Amanti scored 120 to win team quota points WGA event Dec. 4, on the Champions Course. • Sandy Gordon, Grant Dazey and Don Page scored -3.25 to win the MGA scramble event Dec. 5, on the Lakes Course.

+ River Club • Jack Bostrom used his 9-iron to record an ace Oct. 29 on the 112-yard No. 15 of the River Club Golf Course. • Jan Doede, PJ McCaleb and Liz Bostrom finished -2 to win the best ball LGA event Nov. 4. • Noel Pressler shot 69 to win Flight 1 of the low net LGA event Nov. 13. Judy Wayer shot 78 to win Flight 2.

• Noel Pressler scored 27 to win the low putts LGA event Dec. 4.

+ Rosedale • The ladies scored 29.5 to win the fourball match play Battle of the Sexes event Nov. 9. • Carl Koenig shot 72 to win the low net MGA event Nov. 14.

+ Tara • Tom Davis used his 6-iron to record an ace Oct. 26 on the 132-yard No. 17 of Tara Golf and Country Club. • Richard Airchison used his 4-Hybrid to record an ace Nov. 1, on the 148-yard No. 4 of Tara Golf and Country Club. • Walter Limmer used his 4-Hybrid to record an ace Nov. 9 on the 152-yard No. 13 of Tara Golf and Country Club. • Marilyn Johnson, Carole St. George, Lee Stamos and Barabara Moorhead won the two best balls of four net LGA event Nov. 13. • Jim Peters used his 6-iron to record an ace Nov. 14 on the 141-yard No. 13 of Tara Golf and Country Club. • Elaine Drewniak, Martha Brandon, Florie Hartnack and Carolyn Howard scored

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+ University Park • John Haddock used his 5-iron to record an ace Oct. 26 on the 135-yard No. 16 of University Park Country Club. • Judy Jones scored 32 to win the low individual net nine-hole LGA event Nov. 29. • Mike and Donna Katos and Bruce and Lynn Wallin scored -25 to win the 6-6-6 Couples Holiday Fun event Dec. 2. • Randy Holden and John Gillies shot 58 to win holes one through 10 of the one best ball of two MGA two-man stroke play event Dec. 5. Pat Thompson, Mark Miller, Walt Towslee and Peter Pasold shot 62 to win holes 10-19.

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Ryan Sollazzo Lakewood Ranch High junior forward Ryan Sollazzo recorded his first hat trick of the season to help lead the Mustangs to a 4-0 victory over district rival Braden River Nov. 28. Sollazzo, who has 18 goals on the season, also scored the lone goal in Lakewood’s 1-1 tie against Manatee Dec. 5.

Why do you think you have seen so much success this season? I’m faster than the defenders. My teammates also send me perfect balls through (the middle). Teams know that I’m the person that scores all of the goals, so I get the ball more. That helps, too, but mainly it’s my speed that allows me to run by defenders.

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Members of Chabad of Bradenton and the area’s Jewish community gathered Tuesday, Dec. 10, on Lakewood Ranch Main Street, to celebrate Hanukkah with a special menorah-lighting ceremony, kosher food, face painting, raffles and other festivities. Children also had the opportunity to learn how to make a menorah from sand, from the company that created the sand menorah used for the lighting ceremony. The event was sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and Lakewood Ranch Main Street.

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Above: Siblings Shai and Mason Augoshe and Lilly Robertson enjoy the night with their parents, Debra and Chris Robertson, not pictured. Right: Sandy and Phyllis Silverman live in University Park.

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Lily Schlosberg, 5, learns how to make a menorah out of sand.

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Above: Dawn Dimetri with Braden River High School student Cat Cropsey and Palm-Aire resident Rachel Kaufman Dr. Gerald Stark and his wife, Annette, live in Lakewood Ranch.


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McNeal offers holiday shopping at bazaar Families of McNeal Elementary school headed back to campus Thursday, Dec. 6, for some holiday shopping during the school’s Holiday Bazaar. Guests perused the hallways, which were full of vendors offering items such as jewelry, T-shirts, crafts, golf lessons and more. Attendees also enjoyed a bake sale, dinner and martial arts and other demonstrations. Left: Madison, Laureen and Jaxson Vassallo enjoy the evening.

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Holiday Blues The holiday season is a time of bustling activity, parties, shopping, baking and entertaining. However, for some people it is a time of sadness and despair. Perhaps there has been a recent death of a loved one or an end to a significant relationship. Perhaps there has been a recent diagnosis of cancer or illness in the family. Many people feel exhausted and overwhelmed by the expectations of the holidays. Symptoms of depression include anxiety, headaches, fatigue, stomach pains and irritability. Feelings of guilt and loneliness are common. Over time, there can be weight fluctuations, a change in sleep habits, decreased interest in activities and trouble concentrating and making decisions. Factors that contribute to depression are a family history of depression, stress and illness. For women, hormonal changes can cause mood changes. The menstrual cycle, menopause, and the birth of a baby can all trigger feelings of sadness.

There are ways to cope with depression. Examples include: setting realistic goals, engaging in activities that provide comfort and pleasure, exercising and talking to family members and friends. If these coping mechanisms do not work then seeing a physician would be a good next step. For young women, a visit to an OB/GYN doctor may help treat the mood changes around periods. For women in the later stages of life, an OB/GYN doctor can discuss the risks and benefits of hormonal replacement, as well as other alternatives. In my office at Lakewood Ranch, I counsel and treat women from adolescence to menopause and beyond. My office consists of an all female staff to help patients feel comfortable while discussing their concerns. Lakewood Ranch Obstetrics and Gynecology • 8340 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Suite 140 • Bradenton, FL 34202 - 941-907-9298 LV4476

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An energetic and ultimately poignant literary debut, Failure To Thrive digs deep into the compromises of marriage, the intensity of parenthood and the love that propels a father in the face of his own mortality to raise his son.

Santa Claus made a pre-Christmas appearance Friday, Dec. 7, at Tara Elementary School, for the school’s annual Dinner with Santa event. Students and families enjoyed pizza, pasta and lasagna at this PTOsponsored dinner.

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BUSINESSOBSERVER + Certified Collectibles Group adds coins to portfolio The Certified Collectibles Group, one of the leading rare coin-grading firms in the country, is expanding its presence into the comic book industry. The firm, which operates Certified Guaranty Corp., an independent and impartial third-party comic-books grading service, acquired Classics Incorporated, a Dallas-based comic book restoration removal and pressing company, according to a release. Terms of the deal weren’t released. Classics Incorporated President Matt Nelson and the majority of his staff will relocate to Sarasota by early next year, the release states. The firm introduced pressing-and-restoration removal for comics in 2001. “We are pleased to bring Matt and his employees into the CCG family,” Certified Collectibles CEO Steven Eichenbaum said in a release. “Matt brings another level of expertise to our already stellar team. From an organizational standpoint, this is a great fit, offering our customers additional services and an easy submission process all under one roof.” In addition to Certified Guaranty Corp., Certified Collectibles Group is the umbrella organization over Numismatic Guaranty Corp. of America, a grading service in rare coins; Numismatic Conservation Service, a coin conservation service; and Paper Money Guaranty, a currency certification service.

+ Lee Wetherington Homes re-launches custom-lot division Lee Wetherington Homes, a homebuilder affected by the recession, has relaunched a custom-lot division. The firm, with $10.5 million in 2011 sales, recently sold four custom lots to homebuyers, according to a release. Three of those lots were in Panther Ridge, in east Manatee County, and a fourth lot was on Siesta Key. The homes are planned at more than 3,000 square feet and will be completed sometime next year, the company says. Peter Mason, vice president of sales and marketing, says the custom home interest is in lockstep with the local realestate market recovery. “In the downturn we stopped marketing to this segment,” Mason said in the release, “but with the market heating up,

we’ve been inundated with requests for custom homes on buyers’ lots.” The 14-employee company, in addition to the division re-launch, also rehired former executive Steve Nelson. As the director of architecture, Nelson will help lead the custom homes unit. He worked for the company from 20002008, and was a key executive behind Wetherington Signature homes. Lee Wetherington Homes builds in Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota and Venice.

+ Nutter Custom Construction breaks ground in the Lake Club Nutter Custom Construction recently broke ground on its first new home model in The Lake Club, a private gated community off of University Parkway, in Lakewood Ranch. In a press release, the builder said the 3,586-square-foot model home, called the Winward, will have three bedrooms and four bathrooms and a British West Indies theme.   Construction is expected to be completed by late February 2013.  “We are excited to enter the Lakewood Ranch market with this spectacular home,” said T.J. Nutter, president and CEO of Nutter Custom Construction.  “The Lake Club model will be a great opportunity for our quickly growing company to showcase what we do best — create stunning homes at a great value with stellar client service.” Nutter Custom Construction is also currently building in Harbor Acres, Venice and Bradenton.

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Out of more than 100 Realtors who registered, Medallion Home announced the winner of its latest Realtor Reward campaign. Pam Edgington of Prudential Florida Realty, in Bradenton, earned the Exclusive Package at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. Edgington received the award at Medallion’s recent Realtor event, “A Night in Venice.” The campaign was designed to give incentive for Realtors to visit Medallion Home model centers. “We are delighted to have Realtors come out to show clients all that Medallion has to offer, and in return we want to find unique ways to give back to them,” said Gregg Glasser, Medallion Home’s director of sales.

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The following residential real-estate transactions took place between Nov. 26 and Nov. 30. A home in Lake Club tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Brookfield Relocation Inc. sold the home at 16318 Foremast Place to Reuben and Sarah BenArie, of Lakewood Ranch, for $1.25 million. Built in 2009, it has five bedrooms, four baths, two half-baths, a pool and 6,068 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,156,300 in 2011.

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Axay and Calice Kalathia, of Longboat Key, sold their home at 20109 79th Ave. E. to Timothy and Lisa Holler, of Bradenton, for $1,092,800. Built in 2004, it has five bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a pool and 6,111 square feet of living area.

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John and Beth Bruns, of Webster, N.Y., sold their home at 7815 Derby Court to John Brooks and Katherine Benoit, of Bradenton, for $600,000. Built in 2002, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,674 square feet of living area. Ruth Cummins, trustee, of Bradenton, sold the home at 7625 Silverwood Court to Paul and Sharon Catalano, of E. Amherst, N.Y., for $500,000. Built in 2005, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,284 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $385,000 in 2010.

Kenwood Park

John Reinagel, trustee, of Cordova, Tenn., sold the home at 8238 Abringdon Court to Richard and Julianne Schworm, of Bradenton, for $530,000. Built in 2005, it has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a pool and 2,975 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $490,000 in August.

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Kenneth and Brenda Keating, of Bradenton, sold their home at 4305 Fifth Ave. N.E. to Donald and Virginia Seybold, of Bradenton, for $505,000. Built in 2011, it has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a pool and 2,305 square feet of living area.

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David and Shana Zamikoff, of Palmetto, sold their home at 9511 Royal Calcutta Place to Richard and Margaret McDonnell, of Bradenton, for $490,000. Built in 2002, it has four bedrooms, three-and-ahalf baths, a pool and 3,729 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $677,500 in 2004.

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James and Kathleen Flora, of Bradenton, sold their home at 7172 Whitemarsh Circle to Ronald Ciamaga and Gracia Faiazza, of Grand Island, N.Y., for $340,000. Built in 2002, it has two bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,338 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $414,000 in 2004.

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R. Terry and Maureen Platt, of Bradenton, sold their home at 12528 Natureview Circle to Richard and Linda Biribauer, of Bradenton, for $417,000. Built in 2004, it has five bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a pool and 3,828 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $404,200 in 2004.

Country Club East at Lakewood Ranch

Stirling Equity Group LLC sold the home at 14527 Whitemoss Terrace to Edward and June Taylor, of Hamberg, N.Y., for $400,000. Built in 2012, it has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a pool and 2,211 square feet of living area.

Edgewater Village

Ronald and Linda Clark, of Bradenton, sold their home at 6602 Tallmast Circle to Michael and Joan Roche, of Bradenton, for $380,000. Built in 2001, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,652 square feet of living area.

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three baths, a pool and 2,924 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $365,000 in 2009. Dominik Teyke, of Sarasota, and Michelle Teyke, of Osprey, sold their home at 14118 Cattle Egret Place to Phillip and Jamie Conway, of Lakewood Ranch, for $300,000. Built in 2004, it has four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a pool and 2,572 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $499,000 in 2006.

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D.R. Horton Inc. sold the home at 8107 36th St. E. to Warren and Anne Bell, of Sarasota, for $283,500. Built in 2012, it has four bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and 2,566 square feet of living area.

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Todd Josephson, trustee, sold the home at 327 River Enclave Court to Jerrell Schimkat, of Fort Pierre, S.D., for $275,000. Built in 2009, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,840 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $269,900 in 2009.

Catherine Carrubba, of University Park, sold her home at 13806 Nighthawk Terrace to Robert Carrubba, of Williamsville, N.Y., for $375,000. Built in 2001, it has four bedrooms,

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EAST COUNTY Observer THE EAST COUNTY OBSERV THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2012 Thursday, December 13, 2012

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THE EAST COUNTY EAST COUNTY Observer OBSERVER THURSDAY, Thursday, DECEMBER December13, 13,2012 2012


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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2012

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$420,000 Greyhawk Landing Gorgeous 4/3 salt pool home, Gated comm. w/Resort amenities. A3967558 Claudia Schwab 941.962.9453

$279,000 Mill Creek 2600SF+ home, 1+ acre lakefront lot. Master Retreat w/Fireplace. M5832483 Sara LaPlante 941.685.4566

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