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EAST COUNTY FREE • Thursday, JANUARY 10, 2013

You. Your neighbors. Your neighborhood.


Klauber assumes Alliance helm. PAGE 3A



Jewish Book Festival opens in Lakewood Ranch. PAGE 5A

‘Sunset Boulevard’ is latest in storied career of actress Jeanne Larranaga. PAGE 1B


unsolved homicide by Pam Eubanks | Managing Editor


by Josh Siegel | Staff Writer

Newly elected board seeks unity

+ University Park club provides holiday cheer The University Park Women’s Club helped create a happier holiday for girls in Manatee County. At their annual holiday luncheon, club members brought games and arts and crafts supplies for Just for Girls of Manatee County and its Just for Girls Academy, which provides educational, development and prevention-based programming to disadvantaged girls in before-school and after-school hours. Additionally, the UPWC Outreach Committee bought and assembled gifts for the girls to give to their loved ones at Christmas.

Passions flared during the first meeting of 2013, as the board discussed dumpsites and a lake and wetland maintenance project.

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Ina Gross, center, is pictured with her son-in-law, Dave Gerth, grandson Gabe Gerth, daughter, Ellen Gerth, and granddaughter Olivia Gerth.

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+ CAC to host School Fair Parents: Want to check out the area’s private schools? Join Lakewood Ranch Community Activities Crop, as it hosts the “Rock your Robot School Fair,” from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Polo Grill and Bar’s Fête Ballroom, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch. Parents can meet with representatives of more than 25 public and private Bradenton and Sarasota schools to see which is the best educational match for their child. Children can enjoy fun math and science activities while parents talk with school officials about programs. For more information, visit

+ Ranch Rotary donates books After being awarded a $1,000 Rotary District (6960) Grant, the Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch donated hundreds of books to children at Orange Ridge Bullock Elementary School last month. Students picked out a book of their choice during the Dec. 17 event, which promoted literacy.

Ranch murder remains unsolved Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube remains confident the individual who murdered Lakewood Ranch resident Ina Gross last year will be caught. LAKEWOOD RANCH — Lakewood Ranch resident Ina Gross was never afraid to speak her mind. She was passionate, witty, wise and unwaveringly honest and had a strong sense of morality and justice. But Jan. 9, 2012, Gross, a beloved community member and local volunteer, was found murdered in her Lakewood Ranch home. Now, a year after her death, Manatee County Sheriff’s Office officials still have released few details surrounding Gross’ death, aside from calling it a homicide and naming her son, Thomas Gross, a “person of interest” in May 2012. However, Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube said he is confident Gross’ murderer


will be brought to justice. Although much of the forensic evidence is in, detectives are still tracking down and sorting through bank records, computer and telephone evidence and other information. “We are still waiting on information that we’re trying to gather, not only on the person of interest, but on other people involved in the investigation,” he said. “We’re not there yet.” Steube said he wishes the case had been closed before the one-year anniversary of Gross’ death, but detectives are working hard to build a case that cannot be disputed. “People have to realize, in a lot of cases,

EAST COUNTY — New board members in the first completely resident-controlled Heritage Harbour South Community Development District called for unity and accountability during the first Board of Supervisors meeting Jan. 3. New board Chairman Joseph Jaudon vowed to change the face of meetings. He joins Joyce Sandy and Michelle Patterson, residents elected to four-year terms in November, and Richard Lane, freshly reelected to the board. Jaudon, a two-and-half-year board veteran, earned the chairman position with a 3-2 vote after Sandy nominated him. Former Chairman Lee Bettes dissented, saying he couldn’t elect a chairman “deficient in his property taxes.” Jaudon deflected criticism and focused on the new direction of the board. “(The property taxes) have nothing to do with my ability to chair this board,” Jaudon said. “I don’t like it, myself.



important Dates in THE investigation

Jan. 9, 2012 Ina Gross found dead in the garage of her Lakewood Ranch home.

Jan. 10, 2012 Gross’ death confirmed a homicide; No forced entry to the home reported.

MAY, 2012 Gross’ son, Thomas Gross, is named a “person of interest.”

Joyce Sandy and Michelle Patterson, both Heritage Harbour residents, were elected to the HH CDD Board of Supervisors in November.

Sports................ 15A Weather............. 16B

Vol. 14, No. 2 | Two sections

Jan. 25, 2012 Gross’ neighbors gathered to discuss how to improve safety in their neighborhood.

Josh Siegel

INDEX Business............ 15B Calendar............ 12A

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development by Pam Eubanks | Managing Editor

County works toward ‘complete streets’ plan Manatee County is developing plans that will allow it to provide more transit options on future and retrofitted roadways. MANATEE COUNTY — Manatee County officials are taking steps to ensure future roadways — and improvements to existing roadways — encourage multimodal transportation and provide safe transit for walkers, bicyclist, motorists and others. The Manatee County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously Jan. 3, to move forward with an amendment to the Manatee County Comprehensive Plan that sets a new goal, objective and policy that creates and maintains an integrated network of multimodal roadways for users, through a design called “complete streets.” The complete-streets concept is a nationwide effort for governments to do a better job providing alternative transportation, including bicycle lanes, waking paths, transit and other options, in roadway designs. “We’ve been very progressive with providing that type of infrastructure for many years,” Planning and Zoning official John Osborne said. “We’re already halfway there. The difference is

now we look at it more context sensitive. We’re trying to get to the point where we have policies to direct us to consider the road and where it’s at.” Osborne said the county’s current public-works engineering standards provide three engineering cross-sections for roads, all of which have a standard 12-foot travel lane for vehicles, a 4-foot bike lane and a 5-foot sidewalk. Under the completestreets idea, the county will have other options available for new roadways, as well as roads that can be “retrofitted.” For example, narrower vehicle travel lanes may be used on some roadways, so the county can provide a bike path or widened sidewalk. Designs will also be user sensitive; for example, in front of a school, the design may allow for a wider sidewalk only, instead of a sidewalk and a bike lane. “Right now, we have handcuffs on the development community to do (a) suburban (design),” Osborne said, noting complete streets will provide guidance

for urban-style development, such as that slated for Lakewood Ranch, north of State Road 70. The county’s initial pilot projects for complete streets are located in west Bradenton and Palmetto, but Nick Lepp, project manager for the Renaissance Planning Group, which is assisting the county with the project, said the concept is one that will help govern development throughout Manatee, including in the East County. For example, the county would be able to use its completestreets policies to retrofit roads, or sections of roads, such as sections of Lockwood Ridge Road or 45th Street East, which has no sidewalk or bike lane. “Features looked at last are now looked at the same level as cars,” Lepp said. Renaissance Planning Group will provide complete streets guidelines, with proposed modified public works engineering standards, to the county in March, Lepp said. Contact Pam Eubanks at

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The RaceTrac gas station planned for SR 64 and Lena Road

In other business • Commissioners approved a rezone of 2.75 acres at the southwest corner of State Road 64 and Lena Road to Planned Development Commercial and a preliminary site plan for a 5,928-square-foot RaceTrac gas station with a 10,933-squarefoot canopy and 20 gas pumps. The $5 million project is a prototype that features a stackstone design and no spillage of lighting behind the property’s boundaries. RaceTrac Project Manager Meghan Sitz said the company hopes to break ground on the project in 2014 and open the store four months later. • Commissioners approved a change to the land development code that allowed the Ellenton Ice & Sports Complex to modify a previously approved electronic sign. Instead of constructing an 880-square-foot sign with only on-site advertising, the complex will be allowed to build a 672-square-foot electronic billboard sign that can have off-site advertising. The new sign will be 8 feet shorter, as well.


by Pam Eubanks | Managing Editor

Entrepreneur Klauber assumes Alliance helm Restaurateur Tommy Klauber will lead the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance into 2013.

Pam Eubanks

As the Alliance’s new board president, Tommy Klauber is determined to make the Alliance a go-to organization for businesses in the area.


• Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance President Tommy Klauber is planning to compete in two Ironman triathlons this year — the first of which will be in May and the second in August.

• He and his wife and business partner, Jaymie, also have put together a special trip for patrons in July to Machu Picchu. There, Tommy Klauber, a chef, will work with chefs in Peru to create unique recipes on site for their guests.

• The couple also is expecting the birth of their first foal in a few months. Paula, Jaymie Klauber’s polo pony, is due in March.

LAKEWOOD RANCH — As a board member of the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance, entrepreneur Tommy Klauber and a team of business professionals have been working hard to create a unique identity for Lakewood Ranch as a place to do business. In 2013, however, Klauber has even bigger visions. As the Alliance’s new board president, Klauber is determined to make the Alliance a go-to organization for businesses wanting to open in the area, and also a must-have for businesses already here. “If you are going to do business, it’s great to do business with people you know,” Klauber said, recalling why the organization has been instrumental for him as a business professional. Klauber, assuming his fifth of six possible consecutive years on the Alliance’s board of directors, is eager for the challenge of leading the nearly 1,400-member organization into 2013. Two new endeavors top Klauber’s list of challenges for the year: development of an ambassador program to assist local economic development agencies and the addition of the Young Leaders Alliance, a sub-group of the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance. First, the Alliance has been working to develop its own version of an economic development corporation — not one that would compete with Manatee or Sarasota EDCs, but one that would provide a supportive role to those organizations and any businesses seeking to relocate to the area. “We’ve got the corporate park; we’ve got the growth,” Klauber said. “We want them to be able to meet us. We’ve got an ambassador program we’re launching.” Klauber said Alliance ambassadors would meet with business professionals visiting the area, show them around the Ranch and share their experiences as business owners there. The Alliance also is developing that portion of its website, so it can have data on Lakewood Ranch, specifically. “We want to be a resource,” Klauber said. “We understand (Lakewood Ranch develop-

er Schroeder-Manatee Ranch) is a developer, but SMR can’t speak to people. We want to work with SMR, the EDCs, the chambers (of commerce). We need to be telling our story as businesses and a community.” In 2013, the Alliance also will be working to boost its membership, holding its first membership drive in five years after losing some membership due to the economic downturn. “We have an ambitious goal of 200 new members,” Klauber said. Additionally, Jan. 30, the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance will officially kick off its newest group — the Young Leaders Alliance — with a social event at the Polo Grill and Bar. “In Lakewood Ranch, there are a lot of young entrepreneurs,” Klauber said. “They have totally different needs than some of the seasoned business owners. It’s part of the Alliance; they have their own board (of directors). It brings fresh eyes, fresh ideas to the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance.” YLA board members include Co-Chairmen Jeffrey Zientara and Lindsey Schuster-Reynell, as well as Benjamin Jones (vice chair), Heather Williams (treasurer), Brooke Marks (events chair), Deanna Levengood (public relations chair) and Amanda Vercheski (membership chair). Brian Volner, last year’s Alliance president, will serve as liaison to the new group. Having Volner on the board of the YLA will help create more continuity of leadership than in previous years, Klauber said. Klauber will serve as the liaison to the YLA in 2014. Klauber said he’s excited to see what new ideas the YLA and LWRBA board members develop over the coming year, as well as the Alliance’s further growth and maturation. “We have some strong leaders on the board,” Klauber said. “That’s going to be great to have. We have a calendar full of events. We’ve got a great, great, great year ahead.” Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@




Kelly Leary of McDirmit Davis & Co. presented the CDD’s audited financial statements for the year ending September. Leary reported no problems and said debts are down overall. Assets will decrease in the future because of depreciated capital assets, Leary said. Additionally payments on the CDD’s two debt issues have been made on time so far. In other financial news, Ed Bullett of MBS Capital Markets recommended Heritage Harbour South CDD look into refinancing its outstanding bonds to reduce debt service payments made by residents in the district. The 2002 bond for Stoneybrook and the 2003 bond for Lighthouse Cove have 10-year call protection, so their call dates are near. That fact, combined with record-low interest rates, makes today a good time to refinance, Bullett said. The board agreed, passing a motion to retain MBS Capital Markets to go through the two-month process of refinancing its bonds. Ward said he we would work to set up a meeting with the Lighthouse Cove Homeowner’s Association to discuss the benefits of refinancing now.



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But it is what it is. I’m thankful Joyce and Michelle are here to help bring goodwill to the community. This is our community. We need to work together.” Sandy, a seven-year Heritage Harbour resident, was unanimously elected vice chairwoman. In an effort to make business run more efficiently, Jaudon proposed letting residents in attendance speak only before the meetings begin, to comment on the agenda or relay any concerns they have. They may also speak at the end of meetings, Jaudon said. Bettes said he preferred meetings to flow like they had in the past, attendees could interject throughout the meeting. The new method was put in place during the meeting. One resident questioned the board’s promise to better empower residents, saying he felt muzzled when a meeting runs more than four hours. Jaudon also called a motion to enact monthly CDD meetings — rather than one every few months — that would take place at 6 p.m. the Stoneybrook Recreation Center. Future dates will be coordinated with the Stoneybrook Homeowners Association. The motion passed 3-2. In a meeting that strayed heavily from

the agenda, Sandy made herself heard. Calling last year’s board “purely governmental,” Sandy demanded transparency. She displayed a map of Heritage Harbour South and highlighted three areas that she called “dumping sites.” The areas, which sit on Stoneybrook Golf & Country Club property but back up to private land, are filled with debris and driftwood, Sandy said. Sandy called the sites unsanitary and a fire hazard. Jim Ward, the CDD’s district manager, said he previously knew nothing of the sites. The board voted to have Ward address the issue by Jan. 17. Board members also voiced concerns with a lake and wetland maintenance project by ECo Consultants. The board passed a motion to remove aquatic plantings ($6,750), cord grass bed rehabilitation ($16,531) and wetland plantings ($10,085) from the $90,940 contract, for total savings of $33,366. The board said it would set a workshop for ECo Consultants to explain their plan. “Big money demands facts, and there aren’t many here,” Patterson said. “We have to handle this issue to where were (the board) not fighting.” Contact Josh Siegel at




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Jewish Book Festival opens in Lakewood Ranch Italian chef Giuliano Hazan will open the festival with a presentation Jan. 13, in Lakewood Ranch.

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LAKEWOOD RANCH — In his new cookbook, “Hazan Family Favorites,” Giuliano Hazan talks about a typical Friday night Shabbat dinner at his grandparents’ house. Sephardic Jews, Hazan’s paternal grandparents hosted the dinners. Hazan, an Italian chef, teacher and author, who has written award-winning cookbooks, runs a cooking school with his wife, Lael, in Northern Italy, and teaches classes out of his Sarasota house, grew up on food. Hazan’s mother, Marcella, opened the School of Classic Italian Cooking, in Bologna, Italy, when her son was 17 years old. “My grandfather was not allowed in the kitchen,” Hazan said. “That was my grandmother’s domain. That didn’t stop him from contributing. His contribution was his criticism. He would say, ‘The okra is not burnt enough.’ He was right. I enjoy the bits on top that were charred and crispy.” So, what might earn hurt feelings at most homes comes across as passionate foodlovers speak during Hazan Shabbat dinners. As part of the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee’s 2012-13 Jewish Book Festival, Hazan will speak and answer questions at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. There, Hazan — the International Association of Culinary Professional’s Cooking Teacher of the Year in 2007, whose cookbooks have earned a James Beard Award nomination and the World Cookbook Award for Best Italian Cookbook in the English Language — will talk about his new book and career. Hazan’s story started where any cooking prodigy’s might.

eat together. It was always, ‘What are we going to eat and make?’” By age 17, Hazan began working as an assistant at his mother’s school in Bologna. But, then, Hazan’s relationship with food became decidedly normal and he strayed from his mother’s path. After earning a B.A. in French literature at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, Hazan enrolled in the Trinity Rep Conservatory, a professional theater program in Providence, R.I He wanted to act in and direct shows. He even faced the usual college-aged challenge of scavenging for food without home-cooked meals. “I was suddenly missing all the food I was used to,” Hazan said. “I was hungry.” Hazan toured schools, acting in children’s shows. But he quickly found no money in theater and returned to what he knew. Hazan taught cooking classes on the side and catered for small parties, before becoming a partner in a take-out Italian food shop in Providence. “I kind of stumbled into it (cooking) by default,” Hazan said. “But I enjoy it. I enjoy it a lot. (Mom) was pleased. And theater became a tool to help me in teaching. After all, it is kind of a performance.” Hazan returned to Bologna, where he served as both teacher and director of his mother’s cooking school. It began a 30-plus year teaching career. In 2000, Hazan and his wife opened a cooking school of their own, Cooking with Giuliano Hazan. Each spring and fall, the couple — along with their partner, Marilisa Allegrini, of the Allegrini Winery, in Valpolicella — offers culinary and travel enthusiasts a taste of Italy at Villa Giona, a restored Renaissance villa outside Verona. Hazan still lectures and travels across the U.S. to teach, talking about straightforward and easy-to-make homecooking.




+ River Club home is burglarized A home in River Club had more than $30,000 in jewelry stolen from it sometime this weekend. A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report states a home in the 10100 block of Cherry Hills Avenue Circle was burglarized sometime between 11 a.m. Jan 4 and 11 a.m. Jan. 6. Unknown person(s) made a forced entry and stole watches and jewelry valued between $30,000 and $60,000. Anyone with information should contact the Sheriff’s Office at 747-3011.

+ School District to open enrollment period Parents of students who want to attend a Manatee County public school, other than the one to which they are assigned for the 2013-2014 school year, will need to apply to do so during the School Choice Open Enrollment Period. The period will run from Tuesday, Jan. 22 to Friday, Feb. 8. The School Choice Open Enrollment period is the only time during the school year when parents can apply to have their child attend another school without giving a specified reason for the move. Approval of School Choice applications is subject to enrollment capacities and other demographic criteria. Information about School Choice can be obtained at the School District’s Parent Information Center, located at 234 Manatee Ave. E., in Bradenton. The phone number for the Parent Information Center is 708-4971. Information is also available at


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+ Stoneybrook Rec Center has new hours The recreation center in the Stoneybrook community in Heritage Harbour changed its hours of operation beginning Jan. 2. Hours of operation are now: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and closed Sunday. The Rec Center still will be available for rentals as needed during non-business hours. It also will be open the second Friday night of every month for a potluck and the third Monday night of every month for bingo.

+ Retirement home names new public relations director Kobernick-Anchin Retirement Community has named Carlene Cobb as its director of public relations. Cobb has more than a decade of experience in health-care communications, publishing, marketing and media relations. Working in print, broadcast and digital formats, Cobb served as communications coordinator for six years with Tidewell Hospice. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) recognized Cobb with an award of excellence for the patient and family resource guide she and her team developed.  Cobb also authored “Coping with an Abusive Relationship,” which presents coping tools for teens facing abusive relationships. Cobb was a web content author and editor for, a

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+ SCFCS holds fall 2013 information sessions State College of Florida Collegiate School (SCFCS) will hold information sessions for parents interested in enrolling their children entering sixth through 11th grades in fall 2013. Information sessions will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16; Wednesday, Jan. 23 and Thursday, Jan. 31, at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W., SCFCS, building 19. SCFCS is a tuition-free public charter school. Students can attend college classes at SCF Bradenton beginning in 11th grade with an opportunity to simultaneously earn a high school diploma and an associate’s degree. A partnership with Florida Gulf Coast University provides a scholarship program for SCFCS students to continue to FGCU for a baccalaureate degree after graduating from SCFCS. Applications must be submitted in person and will be available at the information sessions. For more information, call 752-5494 or visit Maps and directions are online at

+ MTI opens new campus Manatee Technical Institute’s new campus opened Jan. 7, off State Road 70. The $44 million facility features 210,000 square feet of space for about a dozen programs, including architecture and construction, culinary arts, information and technology and tourism. Manatee Technical Institute’s campus on 34th Street West in Bradenton will continue to offer some classes. Its East County campus — for medical, dental and law enforcement/allied health students — will stay open as will its firescience facility. The new campus’ formal grand opening will occur Feb. 14.

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 Manatee County Board of County Commissioners Planning Commission meeting — 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, Manatee County Administration Building, 112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton  Manatee County School Board meeting — 5:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, 215 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.  Manatee County Superintendent Search Citizens Advisory Group meeting — 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, SSC Branscomb Room, 215 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.  Manatee County Board of County Commissioners Work Session — 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, Manatee County Administration Building, 112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

+ Manatee high schools improve FCAT scores Manatee County high schools improved their Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test scores, according to High School Accountability Grades released by the Florida Department of Education in late December. East County high schools — Braden River and Lakewood Ranch high schools — were two of three Manatee high schools to earn a preliminary A grade for the 2012 school year. Manatee High also earned an A. Four of seven high schools raised their grades from the previous year and for the first time in five years, all Manatee District high schools earned a C grade or better. The FCAT scores are based on student performance on the test itself, as well as on the school’s ability to graduate students, increase student participation and performance in advanced coursework and better prepare students for college and career.


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Braden River student receives coveted prize Senior Jordan Sanders, 17, a singer/songwriter and saxophonist, earns a partial scholarship to Berklee College of Music, in Boston. EAST COUNTY — Deep in the Berklee College of Music soundproof basement, Jordan Sanders handed an older man a sheet of music he wrote himself. “You have sheet music?” The man asked. “You wrote a song?” The man closed his eyes and rocked back and forth, tapping the beat with his hand as Sanders sang in a jazzy, husky voice. Sanders, 17, then played the saxophone before closing with more singing. Another man, furiously typed notes on a computer, smiling as he did it. And while Sanders dazzled his small audience, his single mother, Joy Hawkins, a reading specialist at Harllee Middle School, in Bradenton, who first exposed her son to Anita Baker and Marvin Gaye, waited anxiously outside. The older man opened his eyes. “Man, that was really cool,” he said. “I appreciate that.” Nine days after that Dec. 8 audition and interview, Sanders, a senior at Braden River High School, learned he had earned a partial scholarship ($40,000) to Berklee College of Music in Boston, the largest independent


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we believe we know who committed the crime,” Steube said, noting the Sheriff’s Office coordinates with the State Attorney’s Office to ensure a case is solid before charges are brought forward. “We don’t want to make an arrest and present a case to the State Attorney’s Office that’s not good. (It needs to) have everything needed for successful prosecution. If that takes us time to do, then that’s what we’re going to do.” Steube noted two cases in which murder suspects were not named or apprehended for years. Detectives arrested William Cumber Oct. 15, 2012, on charges of murder, in connection with the presumed death of his girlfriend, Sabine Musil-Buehler, who went missing from her Anna Maria home Nov. 4, 2008. And Delmer Smith was convicted of murder in August 2012, for the murder of Kathleen Briles Aug. 3, 2009. Gross’ daughter, Ellen Gerth, who lives in Tampa, said she is confident the Sheriff’s Office will find her mother’s killer. “The investigation has taken time be-

college of contemporary music in the world. In fall 2012, the private school, with a student body representing more than 80 countries and an alumni base that has collectively won 250 Grammys and Latin Grammys — including John Mayer and Mariah Carey — had a 15% admission rate. “(The audition process) was funny,” Sanders said. “It was fun. It was like a jam session. It wasn’t scary at all. I’m just in disbelief I found out I got in so quick. It’s yet to sink in.” A journalism major at Braden River who models himself after John Legend and Frank Ocean, Sanders is a singer/songwriter who also plays a mean sax and dabbles in the piano. Every since he met a member of The Society, Incorporated, a group of retired African-American women who support children in the arts, Sanders saw Berklee as the means to his dream. Last year, the group gave Sanders money to participate in Berklee’s five-week summer performance program in Boston. A wordsmith who started writing and reading poetry in third grade, Sanders travels with the Soul Sensations of Sarasota, a professional R&B jazz band, playing the sax and singing background at bars or clubs around the city. He sometimes performs at the Carrollwood Cultural Center in Tampa with Jim Burge, a musician who plays 12 woodwind instruments and is the former director of music at Hillsborough Community College.

cause detectives are committed in their determination to do the most complete and comprehensive job to ensure justice is (served to my mother),” Gerth said, noting she remains in close contact with the Sheriff’s Office. Not a day passes that she does not mourn the loss of her mother and best friend. “My mother’s life was brutally taken from her by a sick and self-serving person, and I was robbed of my best friend,” Gerth said. “My mom didn’t live to be an old person as she should have and as I’d hoped. It’s a pain I feel every day and it’s a heartbreak I struggle with every day. The intense pain and sadness I feel for my mother remain as profound today as it did the day I learned she had been killed.” Gerth hopes to continue honoring her mother’s memory, passion for life and love of people by doing things that were important to her. For example, Gerth now serves on the board of directors for Stop Children’s Cancer, an organization her father co-founded and her mother supported for decades, and has spoken with the director of the Resurrection House, where Gross

At Braden River, Sanders is a member of the National Honor Society. He sings in the school’s River Rhapsody Chorus and has been the first chair saxophone since sophomore year. As a toddler growing up in Gainesville, Sanders would constantly hum. He quickly earned the nickname “Hummer Hawkins.” At 3 years old, Sanders could distinguish the sound of the saxophone when artists such as David Sanborn played on the radio. By third grade, Sanders was singing in the Gainesville Youth and Chorus, touring the country. “I always knew I was an entertainer,” Sanders said. “It has always been my duty. As kid, I never ever had stage fright. I love to make people laugh.” Then, thanks to puberty, he lost his voice. In sixth grade, Sanders’ voice began to crack and deepen. Sanders thought he might just stick to instruments. “My mom asked, ‘What are you going to do?’” Sanders said. “‘You can’t sing anymore.’” The voice came back deeper and more mature three years later. Now, Sanders is applying for more scholarships to cover Berklee’s tuition. He hopes to start in fall 2013. “I will find a way to make it happen,” Sanders said. “My belief has always carried me.” Contact Josh Siegel at jsiegel@your

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Following the death of Ina Gross, neighbors in her Riverwalk Hammock neighborhood met in February to discuss the possibility of starting a neighborhood watch program, or other safety improvements. Although the neighborhood watch option was ruled out, a representative from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office has made three presentations to residents on how they can improve safety in their community and homes since then. A fourth presentation is being scheduled, neighbor Paul Kraft said.

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Town Manager Dave Bullock has promoted Town Engineer Anne Ross to the newly appointed role of deputy town manager. Bullock told The Longboat Observer in December that he had pinpointed Ross as a possible town manager successor. Ross has been seen at the Longboat Key Town Commission meetings for months taking notes and has been acting as a special consultant on a variety of topics that include everything from cellular communications to pensions. The promotion became official Tuesday, Jan. 1. Ross, will work 70% of her time in the town manager’s office and will continue working 30% of her time as the town engineer. Ross’ annual salary rose Jan. 1 from $88,587 to $97,000. She is on a probationary period for the position through April 30.

Sarasota County could become the U.S. mecca for the study of Chinese history, after the Elling O. Eide Charitable Foundation completes its benefactor’s lifelong dream. Harold Mitchell, Eide’s cousin and director of the foundation, said he expected the Courtesy photo library housing the Elling Eide, left, jokes with another deceased Chinese member of the Harvard Lampoon staff. scholar’s volumes of Asian literature would open next year.

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Siesta Key Association board member Bob Waechter Jan. 6, announced his resignation from the Sarasota County Tourist Development Council and the Sarasota County Board of Zoning Appeals. In December, Waechter was charged with a felony for alleged fraudulent campaign contributions under the name of County Commission candidate hopeful Lourdes Ramirez.

Residents from Laurel Park are divided over a controversial buffer zone that would change the development process for projects planned within 100 feet of the downtown neighborhood. After hearing from both sides, commissioners on Monday unanimously moved forward a draft of the buffer zone to the city’s Planning Board. The Planning Board will vote on the buffer-zone proposal as a zoning text amendment. Proponents say residents should be able to have some input on larger projects that will change their neighborhood. They also want the city to change the appeal process so that it is easier to file an appeal of a development proposed in the buffer zone bordering Laurel Park. Some neighbors, however, say the changes would contradict the city’s long-planned Downtown Master Plan.

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Ellenton Ice & Sports Complex Ice Skating Exhibition — runs from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Ellenton Ice & Sports Complex, 5309 29th Street East, Ellenton. Free special event in honor of U.S. Figure Skating National Skating Month includes free exhibitions, skating opportunities and discounts on skating lessons. Info,

Monday, jan. 14 Lakewood Ranch Garden Club — meets at 9:30 a.m. at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton. Members will carpool to the Sarasota Jungle Gardens and hear Nicole Lavick speak about Florida plants. Cost is entry to the gardens. Info, Linda Washburn at 259 2308 or Writers Workshop — runs from 2 to 4 p.m., Mondays, at State College of Florida, 5840 26th S. W., Bradenton, in Science Building 25, Room 146. Instant critiquing by group. Workshop is free. Info, 753-8680.

Alateens — meets from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, at Woodland Community Church, 9607 State Road 70, Bradenton. Young people meet to learn how to recover from the effects of alcoholism and how to apply the 12 steps, adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous, to their lives. Info, 747-2879.

Tuesday, jan. 15 Trash and Treasure Sale — runs from 9 a.m. to noon at Harmony Hall in Colony Cove, 7615 Lakeshore Drive, Ellenton. Lipreading Plus Group — meets from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, at Human Services Center Building J, 1750 17th St., Sarasota. Facilitator Betty Petzko, a member of the Hearing Loss Association of Sarasota, is hard of hearing and is becoming proficient in lipreading; she wants to mentor others. Info, Donna Carlton, 366-0260.

wednesday, Jan. 16 Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance January Luncheon — runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Polo Grill and Bar Fete Ballroom, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch. Help the Alliance celebrate the accomplishments of 2012 and join in the excitement of 2013, as members hear from incoming and past chairmen of the board. Members cost $25; Non-members cost $35. Info,

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Classic Car Show — starts at 5 p.m. outside Ed’s Tavern restaruant on Lakewood Ranch Main Street. Enjoy food, music, cars and prizes. Info, 907-0400. Haile Middle School Open House — runs from 5:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Haile Middle School, 9501 State Road 64 E., Bradenton. Come learn about Haile’s fine arts and technology programs. See student presentations, displays and performances. Info, 714-7240. State College of Florida Collegiate School Information Session — starts at 6 p.m. at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton, in Building 19. Information sessions are for parents of students grades six through 11, who would like to enroll their child at SCF for the Fall. The public charter school is in its second year. Info, 752-5492 or

THURsday, Jan. 17 The Financial Forum of LWR — meets at 9 a.m. Jan. 17, at Polo Grill and Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch. Forum will host BlackRock for a presentation on “Making Government Benefits Work for You: Understanding Social Security and Medicare Benefits” Space is limited. RSVP to Steve Peloquin, 894-2385.


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Suncoast Storm has a new identity The Suncoast Storm 14U travel softball team joined the Tampa Mustangs organization in August as a way to garner national recognition. The girls won their 12th tournament title at the USFA Wounded Warrior College Showcase Dec. 1 and Dec. 2.

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Formerly the Suncoast Storm 14U travel softball team, the team joined the Tampa Mustangs organization in August.


LAKEWOOD RANCH — Their colors and mascot may have changed, but the Tampa Mustangs 14U travel softball team’s philosophy hasn’t. Formerly the Suncoast Storm, the team joined the Tampa Mustangs organization in August as a way to garner national recognition in the hopes of playing collegiate softball. “We’re the same team,” Maddie Biggs says. “We’re just in dif-

ferent uniforms.” Teammate Kylie Toler agrees. “Our team is what put us where we are,” Toler says. The transition came on the heels of the girls finishing fourth out of 90 teams in the 14U “A” division of the USSSA World Series last summer. The team finished 8-3 and received the 14s division Team Sportsmanship Award. Following the tournament, the director of the Tampa Mustangs

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Hall of Famer Lakewood Ranch High physical education teacher Dave Moates will be inducted Jan. 18 into the State College of Florida Hall of Fame. LAKEWOOD RANCH — Dave Moates is constantly trying to make the right move at the right time. The State College of Florida assistant baseball coach and former Lakewood Ranch High head coach has spent the last 23 years trying to utilize his players to the best of their abilities. “I enjoyed playing, but, from a coaching standpoint, I enjoy the ability to match players,” Moates says. “Is my No. 1 better than your No. 1? It’s about outwitting the other coach’s nine players to see if you can win or steal (wins). “It’s like moving the chess pieces,” he says. “It’s more satisfying at this point in time. It’s always tremendous fun to coach and see if you can make the right moves at the right time.” A former SCF and professional baseball player, Moates coached the Manatees from ’93-’94 and ’97-’98, before starting the baseball program at Lakewood Ranch where he led the Mustangs to their only baseball state championship in 2003. On Jan. 18, Moates will be recognized for his dedication to SCF and its baseball program, when he’s inducted into the SCF Hall of Fame during a ceremony 7 to 9 p.m., at the Korcheck building, at

SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W. Joining Moates in the Hall of Fame Class of 2013 will be former softball player and current SCF softball coach and Athletics Project Specialist Meredith Headings and former baseball players Glenn Davis and Robin Flake. “I was happy and elated,” Moates says of learning he would be inducted into the Hall of Fame. “It’s a tremendous honor to be affiliated with the caliber of coaches and players in the Hall of Fame there.” A native of Georgia, Moates began playing baseball when he was about 5 years old. He played throughout high school and received a preferred walk-on invitation to try out for SCF. The center fielder made the team in 1968 and 1969 and helped lead the Manatees to a state championship and an appearance in the JUCO World Series in 1968. Moates, who held the SCF single-season, stolen-base record for 25 years, went on to play at Florida State University, before being drafted by the Washington Senators in the fourth round of


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Former State College of Florida center fielder and current assistant baseball coach Dave Moates will be inducted into the SCF Hall of Fame during a ceremony Jan. 18.

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+ Lady Pirates go 2-1 in holiday tournament The Braden River High girls basketball team finished 2-1 in the holiday tournament Dec. 27 to Dec. 29. The Lady Pirates opened the tournament with a 51-46 loss to Steinbrenner, which was ranked No. 10 in the state at the time. Cheyenne Ogline finished with 16 points and seven steals. Kelly Logan added 11 points . On Dec. 28, Braden River rebounded with a 48-43 victory over Gulf High. The Lady Pirates closed out the tournament with a 41-37 victory over Wiregrass Dec. 29. Erica Glisson and Logan scored nine points apiece, and Stout added eight points to lead the way for Braden River. Braden River returns to action Jan. 10 versus Booker.

+ Falkner Farms wins tournament championship The Falkner Farms Blue Lightning 8U team won the Miss Manatee Softball Tournament Championship last month. The fourth-seeded Blue Lightning opened the tournaChampionship players ment with a 15-6 include: Hannah Ott, victory over Grainer Madison Taylor, Kasey Farms. Brandt, Alana DeLaGarza, The team fell Emma Bourdeau, Kayleigh short of the win as Roundy, Hailey Hirter, Vogel Construction Courtney Stout, Riley came from behind O’Neill, Allison Van Hatten in the sixth inning and Jessica Wagner. to defeat Falkner Farms 5-4. The Blue Lightning returned to action the following night and walked away with a 10-1 victory over second-seeded Ann Rose. Falkner Farms followed up its win with an 11-6 victory over Hungry Howies to earn a spot in the championship game.

In the championship game, Falkner Farms defeated Vogel Construction 7-5. With Vogel Construction suffering its first loss of the season, a second game was needed to determine the tournament champion. In the second game, Falkner Farms defeated Vogel Construction 11-5 to win the tournament title.

+ LRLL spring registration upcoming Lakewood Ranch Little League will host registration for its upcoming spring 2013 season from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 11 and Jan. 18 and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 12 and Jan. 19, at the Lakewood Ranch Ballpark. Registration fees are $75 for T-ball and coach pitch; $130 for AA machine pitch, $175 for Minors and $190 for Majors and Juniors. Sibling discounts are also available. Those interested in registering need to bring a birth certificate, proof of residency and cash or a check payable to LWRLL. Opening day is scheduled for Feb. 16. For information contact Troy Branham at tbranham@LWR or visit

+ Miss Manatee Softball announces registration dates for spring season Miss Manatee Softball will host registration for its spring 2013 season from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 12 and Jan. 19 and from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 16, at the Miss Manatee Softball Complex. Registration is open to all girls ages 5 to 16. Registration fees are $45 for T-ball and $135 for all other divisions. Additional children are $85 each. Sponsorship opportunities also are available. For more information and to register contact Mike Schaefer at 539-7225 or visit

+ Lakewood Ranch Marauders to hold tryouts Sunday The Lakewood Ranch Marauders Black 11U travel team will hold tryouts from noon to 2 p.m. Jan. 13, at the Lakewood Ranch Ballpark. The team is seeking players who love baseball and want to learn the game and improve their fundamentals. For more information contact coach Todd Thoma at 920-2974.

MOATES / FROM PAGE 15A the Major League Baseball Draft. Moates spent 10 years playing for the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees before retiring from professional baseball. “When I was growing up, there was no designated hitter,” Moates says. “It was fun to play in that era against Hall of Fame people. That’s why it’s special. To be nominated and accepted for the work and effort you put it into is very pleasing to me.” He decided to return to baseball in the ’80s and earned a coaching position at Palmetto High in 1990. Moates coached football and baseball at Palmetto until 1993 before returning to SCF. In 1994, SCF earned a state championship and finished fifth in the nation. Moates also coached at SCF from 1997 to 1998, before leaving to start the baseball program at Lakewood Ranch. During his time at Lakewood, Moates coached the Mustangs to their only baseball state championship in 2003 and saw Lastings Milledge become a first-round draft pick of the New York Mets. Moates’ fondest memory as a coach came in the 2003 season. Trailing 5-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning of the regional quarterfinals, Moates watched Milledge steal home plate, as the Mustangs eventually came from behind to beat Naples Gulf Coast 6-5. The Mustangs went on to outscore their opponents 35-9 over the course of the next four games en route to winning the Class 5A state title. “Being able to watch the team mature and grow and seeing them make plays you’ve seen them work so hard to make … those are the things you remember,” he says. Moates returned to SCF as an assistant coach last year. “I’ve been a part of six state championships either as a player or as a coach,” Moates says. “I’ve been very fortunate to have had a nice ride in the MCC/SCF program ever since I was a freshman. I’m very (appreciative) that Tim Hill Sr. and now Tim Hill Jr. have afforded me the opportunity to coach. “The tradition and history at (SCF) is tremendous,” Moates says. “The program is by far the best in the state of Florida.” Now, as he prepares for another season with the Manatees, Moates is hoping his players continue to play the game the way the he learned how to play decades ago. “I hope they learn how to play the game hard, with integrity and to play the game honestly,” Moates says. “I want them to play the game the way it should be played.” Contact Jen Blanco at




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TERRANCE CUMMINGS Braden River High senior Terrance Cummings helped lead the Pirates to a 2-2 record Dec. 26 to Dec. 29, at the 21st annual Suncoast Holiday Classic. The Pirates’ shooting guard, who averaged 13 points and 2.5 steals throughout the tournament, helped power Braden River to victories over Booker and South Fort Myers. What do you enjoy the most about basketball? Overtime. It’s so intense. It really shows (your toughness) when you’re tired and you have to let it all out. What is the toughest part about being a shooting guard? You have got to make that game-winning shot. Everyone looks up to you.

Why do you think you have seen so much success this season? We’ve been working hard in practice and doing everything our coach tells us to do. We all bond easily, and we’ve been able to come together as one.

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East County brothers Brett, Cade and Luke Wessel play travel hockey for the Gulf Coast Flames at the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex.

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Jeanne Larranaga and Cathy Faust. Faust helped recruit 70-plus Heritage Harbour residents to packs vans and watch Larranaga perform.

A January performance as Norma Desmond in ‘Sunset Boulevard’ at The Players Theatre in Sarasota will be the latest in a storied community-theater career for East County resident Jeanne Larranaga.

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EAST COUNTY — Jeanne Larranaga has spent most of her life doing what she loves without getting paid for it. A singer and actress whose career has been spent mostly in community theater, Larranaga, a Heritage Harbour resident in her 60s, has had touches with fame. During a brief three-year professional run, Larranaga worked with Betty White, Ed Ames, Carol Lawrence and “The A-Team” star Dirk Benedict in a performance of “Oklahoma!” Larranaga even has a fan base, many her age, who pack vans and travel to watch her perform. In her latest role, Larranaga will star in “Sunset Boulevard” during a two-and-a-half-week run at The Players Theatre in Sarasota. The show, in which Larranaga plays Norma Desmond — a suicidal, aging, silver-screen star hungry to make it big again — kicks off Jan. 10 and will include matinees and nighttime performances. It will also feature a pack of followers — 70-plus Heritage Harbour residents recruited by master planner Cathy Faust — who will fill the crowd, just like they did during Larranaga’s

previous performances in Sarasota/ Bradenton, including productions of “Jekyll & Hyde,” “Titanic the Musical” and “The Sound of Music.” Faust, a former tour organizer whose eight years as a Heritage Harbour resident nearly matches Larranaga’s nine, sometimes plays piano in her friend’s shows. Faust sends reminder mass emails to members of Harbour Hats and Helping Hand, volunteer committees to which she and Larranaga both belong, for anniversaries and birthdays or, really, whenever she can find an excuse to do so. “(Larranaga) is quite the lady and I love doing it,” Faust said. “We have a very supportive community.” Another 50-plus congregants of First United Methodist Church of Bradenton, for which Larranaga sings in the choir while her husband, John, ushers, will attend a show, as well. Her loyal fans appreciate that Larranaga performs simply to entertain. “I always think about the old saying, ‘To whom much is given, much is expected,’” says Larranaga, whose










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Indiana. She quickly got the itch to perform again, this time for free. In the 1990s she toured with an international choral group in England, where well-known British composer John Rutter arranged the music. Larranaga also worked with Rutter during a show at the prestigious Carnegie Hall, in Manhattan, N.Y. By 2004, Larranaga had moved to Bradenton. In October 2010, during a rehearsal for the show “NUNSENSATIONS!” at The Manatee Players, Larranaga danced on some steps before darting off stage and tearing her meniscus. Between shows put ice packs on her knees, and on stage she rode around on a motorized scooter. She fooled the audience into thinking it was part of the performance. To prepare for her latest role in “Sunset Boulevard,” Larranaga depended on her husband and biggest fan, like always. John Larranaga joined his wife as they watched YouTube videos of previous versions of the play; they wanted to create a unique Norma Desmond. Leading up to the show’s debut, the couple read the script aloud twice a day. Larranaga would repeat the lines to the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, on a CD in her car, through an MP3 player in her husband’s car and the speakers in their home. “I ask (John) if he gets tired of this,” Larranaga said. “He says, ‘No. Never.’ My husband says two things: He says he’s the best audience you’ll ever have, and he writes a great check.” On stage, Larranaga will listen for John’s signature “woo-hoo” from the audience, a shout that comes from a different seat each night. John likes to mix it up during one of the eight to 10 shows he will attend. Larranaga cherishes her time on stage, because time can be unfair in the theater business, even for the unpaid. “I think about hanging it up,” Larranaga said. “I’m reaching the stage of my life where I don’t want to do it anymore. I want to spend time with my husband. I’m also at an age where there aren’t many wonderful parts for me. I just want to sing that one big song.”




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7:00 pm at lakewood Ranch Townhall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Lakewood Ranch tickets: $10 *All students attend lecture for free with valid ID. hazan Family Favorites celebrates recipes from the hazan family, prepared just as he prepares them for his own family. 85 recipes for every course in the italian meal, including appetizers, Soups, Pastas & Rice, meats & Seafood, and Sides & Desserts.

PINE AVENUE • ANNA MARIA Unique shops, great food and eclectic art on the Greenest Little Mainstreet in America, no shoes required!

Yamil Maldonado, 17, practices the pas de deux from “Le Corsaire.”

Susan Wyatt,11, practices the Fairy variation from “Sleeping Beauty.”

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013


Coaches Isabel and Javier Dubrocq worked with the students for more than three months to help them perfect their pieces for the competition. The conservatory had the youngest pas de deux entry with Olivia Ratner and Eddie Duffy, both 11, performing the Bluebird pas de deux from “Sleeping Beauty.” The 10 girls from the conservatory competed with two classical variations, the most allowed. An awards ceremony was hosted Sunday, Jan. 6 .



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7:00 pm in the Beatrice friedman Theater on the federation Campus, 582 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. tickets: $10. *All students attend for free with valid ID. Rich Cohen’s brilliant historical profile the Fish that ate the whale unveils Samuel Zemurray kmown as el amigo, the Gringo, or simply Z, the Banana man who lived one of the great untold stories of the last hundred years.

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Nikki Jennings, 15, practices Odette variation from “Swan Lake.”

Results from the award ceremony: l Olivia Ratner: Top 12 Classical Variations for the Pre-Competitive Division (ages 9 to 11) l Caitlin Gish and Nikki Jennings: Top 12 Classical Variations for the Junior Division (ages 12 to 14) l Allison Forsyth: Top 12 Classical Variations for the Senior Division (ages 15 to 19)

Ashlynn Rutherford, 12, practices “Tango Fever,” her dance for the Junior Contemporary competition.

Names of all 12 students who competed: The girls: Olivia Ratner, Susan Wyatt, Juliet Noble, Ashlynn Rutherford, Rachel Silverman, Courtney Joseph, Anna Zimmerman, Caitlin Gish, Nikki Jennings and Allison Forsyth The boys: Eddie Duffy and Yamil Maldonado

Right: Olivia Ratner, 11, and Eddie Duffy, 11, practice their Bluebird pas de deux from “Sleeping Beauty.”

Caitlin Gish, 14, tries a few pirouettes in one of her costumes.

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Home in Country Club Village sells for $1.1 million The following residential real-estate transactions took place between Dec. 10 and Dec. 21. A home in Country Club Village at Lakewood Ranch tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. R. Michael and Traci Smullen sold their home at 6933 Lacantera Circle to Bradley and Terri Prechtl, of Bradenton, for $1.1 million. Built in 2010, it has four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a pool and 3,706 square feet of living area.

Country Club Village at Lakewood Ranch

Rocco and Margaret DiBianco, of Bradenton, sold their home at 7524 Greystone St. to Lorne and Lynn Brett, of New Brunswick, for $850,000. Built in 2005, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,850 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,225,000 in 2007. Deborah Nierlich, trustee, of Bradenton, sold the home at 7520 Rigby Court to Alan and Kathryn Geer, of Lakewood Ranch, for $760,000. Built in 2004, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,510 square feet of living area. Joseph Rich, trustee, of University Park, sold the home at 7906 Royal Birkdale Circle to Mark Stevens, of Westlake, Ohio, for $655,000. Built in 1999, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,177 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $611,800 in 2012. Donald Carr and Polly Webb, of Lakewood Ranch, sold their home at 8071 Royal Birkdale Circle to Michelle Reece, of Lakewood Ranch, for $580,000. Built in 2004, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,815 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $421,600 in 2004. Mario and Barbara Rotondo, of St. Petersburg, sold their home at 8131 Championship Court to Edd and Rebecca Dean, of Lakewood Ranch, for $485,000. Built in

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This Country Club Village at Lakewood Ranch home, which has four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a pool and 3,706 square feet of living area, sold for $1.1 million. 2002, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,544 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $414,900 in 2002. Wells Fargo Bank sold the home at 6819 Turnberry Isles Court to Ann-Marie Zappone, of Lakewood Ranch, for $470,000. Built in 2001, it has four bedrooms, twoand-a-half baths, a pool and 3,087 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $589,000 in 2004. George and Lynda Tingley, of Rock Hill, S.C., sold their home at 12009 Thornhill Court to Leonard and Carol Goodkin, of Lakewood Ranch, for $344,000. Built in 2011, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,840 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $304,000 in 2011.

River Club South

James and Moira Wilson, of Sarasota, sold their home at 9424 Royal Calcuttta Place to Michael and Diane Mullihan, of Bradenton, for $600,000. Built in 2002, it

has five bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a pool and 4,238 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $537,000 in 2010. Ronald and Trudy Adamson, of Sharpsburg, Ga., sold their home at 7544 Harrington Lane to Edward Banker, of Bradenton, for $480,000. Built in 2004, it has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a pool and 2,868 square feet of living area. Michael Hayes sold the home at 10159 Glenmore Ave. to Gerald and Natalie Hegarty, of Ontario, Canada, for $220,000. Built in 1998, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,820 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $142,800 in 1999.

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Steven and Kelly Lee, of Bradenton, sold their home at 1019 Rainbow Court to James and Jeannie Harvey, of Gaithersburg, Md., for $575,000. Built in 2004, it has four bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 4,159 square feet of living area. It previously sold for

$1,025,000 in 2005. Sylvester and Nancy Shoner, of Bradenton, sold their home at 9903 Discovery Terrace to Ernest and Barbara Pellegrino, of Bradenton, for $349,000. Built in 2001, it has four bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,081 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $270,400 in 2001.

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Mickey and Susan Wyss, of Bradenton, sold their home at 4703 Compass Drive to Scott and Lisa Heisler, of Bradenton, for $540,000. Built in 2000, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,656 square feet of living area.

Country Club East at Lakewood Ranch

John Neal Homes Inc. sold the home at 7710 Hazeltine Glen to Nick and Leslie Costides, of Lakewood Ranch, for $523,800. Built in 2012, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,625 square feet of living area.


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Treymore at the Village of Palm-Aire

Tara Knicos sold the home at 4876 Carrington Circle to Donn and Sherri Patchen, of Sarasota, for $470,000. Built in 2002, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,518 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $450,000 in 2004.

The Moorings at Edgewater

Edd and Rebecca Dean, of Lakewood Ranch, sold their Unit 201 condominium at 6503 Moorings Point Circle to 6503 Moorings Point LLC for $465,000. Built in 2004, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,963 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $445,000 in 2011.

Eaton Place

Gerald and Susan Greenblatt, of Wellington, sold their home at 7412 Eaton Court to Michael and Kathleen Wolf, of Bradenton, for $440,000. Built in 1995, it has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a pool and 2,281 square feet of living area.

Greenbrook Village

Henry and Michelle Mathison, of Oswego, Ore., sold their home at 6488 Indigo Bunting Place to Peter and Melanie Nealis, of Avon, Ohio, for $438,000. Built in 2004, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,184 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $642,000 in 2006. Audra Dadson, of Bradenton, sold the

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The Links at Palm-Aire

Jeffrey York and Sugey York, of Sarasota, sold their home at 7553 Links Court to Laura Arterburn, Alice Sulinski and Mariam Howard, of Sarasota, for $437,000. Built in 1994, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 3,090 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $430,000 in 2007.

18th Avenue

Andrey Markov, of Bradenton, sold his home at 16218 18th Ave. E. to John Bentley, trustee, of Bradenton, for $425,000. Built in 1947, it has two bedrooms, one bath and 1,074 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $425,000 in 2012.

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Robert Shollar, of Bradenton, sold his home at 22559 Morning Glory Circle to Timothy Betlewicz, of Bradenton, for $425,000. Built in 2004, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,451 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $900,000 in 2005. James and Jennifer Murphy, of Longboat Key, sold their home at 8226 Snowy Egret Place to William and Elsa Trefil, of Batavia, Ill., for $395,000. Built in 2003, it has five bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,561 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $390,000 in 2010. Reinaldo and Marilyn Lopez, of Bradenton, sold their home at 8002 Snowy Egret Place to THR Florida LLC for $280,000. Built in 2003, it has five bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,959 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $283,900 in 2003.

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Timothy and Toni Duncan, of Lakewood Ranch, sold their home at 6810 Tumbleweed Trail to Holly Shen, of Bradenton, for $475,000. Built in 1995, it has three bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 3,145 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $365,000 in 2010. Bruce and Linda Goldstein, Jennifer Goldstein and Ric Rosenblum, of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., sold their home at 6234 White Clover Circle to THR Florida LP for $230,000. Built in 1998, it has four bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,944 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $260,000 in 2007.

home at 6233 Willet Court to R. Todd and Allison Merriott, of Lakewood Ranch, for $206,000. Built in 2002, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,990 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $202,100 in 2002.


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pool and 2,399 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $270,000 in 2003. Christopher Kerrigan, of Bradenton, sold his home at 6322 99th St. E. to Sherrill Mallery, of Bradenton, for $245,000. Built in 1988, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,388 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $135,000 in 1993.

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Steven Townsend, trustee, and Marjolaine Townsend, sold the Unit 404 condominium at 6450 Watercrest Way to Jorgen and Mary Jo Hansen, of Bradenton, for $375,000. Built in 2005, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,134 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $251,900 in 2009. Sterling Financial Group LLC sold the Unit 402 condominium at 6465 Watercrest Way to Jason Gordon and William Kahler, of Lakewood Ranch, for $250,000. Built in 2006, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,742 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $210,000 in 2012.

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Aaron and Lori Sudbury sold their home at 312 Blackbird Court to Timothy and Andrea Keusch, of Bradenton, for $374,000. Built in 2005, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,743 square feet of living area. The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Co., trustee, sold the home at 275 Petrel Trail to Brian Stufflebean, of Bradenton, for $320,000. Built in 2005, it has six bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 3,853 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $453,300 in 2005. David and Joanne Grief, of Kent, United Kingdom, sold their home at 12323 Lavender Loop to Justin and Allison Hunefeld, of Bradenton, for $290,000. Built in 2005, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,230 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $353,700 in 2005.

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Robin Wentz, of Bradenton, and Robert Lunergan II, of Parrish, sold their home at 9206 63rd Ave. E. to Terry and Pamela Winchell, of Bradenton, for $350,000. Built in 1990, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,079 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $227,800 in 1998. Rhonda Colvin, of Sarasota, sold her home at 6412 98th St. E. to Martin and Lisa Rocks, of Bradenton, for $275,000. Built in 1988, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a

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Warren and Kathrine McGregor, of Sarasota, sold their home at 6231 Cypress Bend Court to Benjamin Ellinor and Mark Keller, of Bradenton, for $315,000. Built in 1999, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,185 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $459,000 in 2007.

Ashley Trace at University Place

Deborah Yeomans, of Bradenton, sold her home at 7723 Charleston St. to Fernando Sousa III and Min Hee Yoo, of Wichita, Kansas, for $311,250. Built in 2003, it has four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a pool and 3,161 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $698,000 in 2005.

Savannah Preserve at University Place

James and Lilli Powers, of University Park, sold their Unit 8013 condominium to Lynn Coppinger, of Bradenton, for $288,000. Built in 2007, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,813 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $299,000 in 2008. Savannah Preserve Inc. sold the Unit 8081 condominium at 8081 Tybee Court to Catherine Carrubba, of University Park, for $265,500. Built in 2007, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,813 square feet of living area. Erin and Kristen Brazee, of Sarasota, sold their Unit 8035 condominium at 8035 St. Simons St. to Donald and Maria DeMaio, of Chester Springs, Pa., for $238,000. Built in 2007, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,664 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $245,000 in 2010.

Country Creek

Terry and Pamela Winchell, of Bradenton, sold their home at 411 147th St. E. to Kenneth and Lisa Henderson, of Bradenton, for $283,200. Built in 1999, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,477 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $241,000 in 2010.

Arbor Lakes

Mark and Linda Kempster sold their home at 6115 Winchester Place to Edwin Acosta, of Bradenton, for $280,000. Built in 1998, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,233 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $365,000 in 2001.

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Gretta Belobraydic, trustee, and Albert Belobraydic, of Fenton, Mo., sold the home at 6916 Stetson St. Circle to Richard and Janalee Ulmer, of Charlotte, N.C., for $252,500. Built in 1992, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,325 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $133,700 in 1992.

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James Young Jr., Marsha Long, Teresa Young and Debra Storm, of Punta Gorda, sold their home at 1907 Zipperer Road to Reinaldo and Marilyn Lopez, of Bradenton, for $275,000. Built in 2003, it has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a pool and 2,206 square feet of living area.

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WCI Communities LLC sold the Unit D condominium at 1107 Riverscape St. to Paul and Madilyn Eckel, of Bradenton, for $265,200. Built in 2011, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,332 square feet of living area.

Fairway Six

Patrick and Marilyn Moran, of Sarasota, sold their home at 7120 St. Andrews Lane to Joseph and Carol Jevince, of Sarasota, for $265,000. Built in 1993, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,984 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $175,000 in 2001.


John and Cathy Woolley sold their home at 6511 Turners Gap Road to John and Mary Hallenbeck, of Bradenton, for $265,000. Built in 1995, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,992 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $278,000 in 2003.

Old Grove at Greenfield Plantation

Kenneth and Judith Doren, of Bradenton, sold their home at 10551 Old Grove Circle to Lefe Ventures LLC for $260,000. Built in 2003, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,292 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $245,000 in 2011.

Water Oak

David and Kelly Tippy, of Bradenton, sold their home at 6718 64th Terrace E. to Damon and Kirstie Dicharry, of Bradenton, for $249,500. Built in 2003, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,073 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $287,500 in 2008.

Stoneybrook at Heritage Harbour

Fannie Mae sold the home at 9040 Willowbrook Circle to THR Florida LP for $245,000. Built in 2006, it has four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and 2,909 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $451,900 in 2006.


Central Park

Bruce Williams Benchmark Homes LLC sold the home at 12129 Forest Park Circle to Joseph and Karen Donoghue, of Ontario, Canada, for $239,900. Built in 2010, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,778 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $237,500 in 2012. Central Park Lifestyles LLC sold the home at 11730 Forest Park Circle to Dwayne Servidio and Maria Costa, of Pawcatuck, Conn., for $217,500. Built in 2012, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,744 square feet of living area. Central Park Lifestyles LLC sold the home at 4930 Newport News Circle to Barry and Nancy Volin, of Manalapan, N.J., for $210,600. Built in 2012, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,495 square feet of living area.

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Wells Fargo Bank sold the home at 5364 Creekside Trail to Frederick and Nancy Berg, of University Park, for $235,000. Built in 2000, it has four bedrooms, three baths and 2,365 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $193,100 in 2000.

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Mote Ranch Village

Steven Gittelson and Louise Koegler sold their home at 6808 Corral Circle to Jeffrey York, of Sarasota, for $228,000. Built in 1989, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,197 square feet of living area.


Whitebridge Court

Jack Laughner, trustee, sold the home at 7610 Whitebridge Glen to John Blake, trustee, of Venice, for $225,000. Built in 1993, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,344 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $200,000 in 2004. Darwin Perry and Susan Jessen, of University Park, sold their home at 7612 Whitebridge Glen to Thomas and Sengnee Reinhart, of British Columbia, Canada, for $210,000. Built in 1993, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,344 square feet of living area.

The Lake Vista Residences

Mark Lovley, of Plantsville, Conn., sold his Unit B-203 condominium at 7718 Lake Vista Court to Milton and Louise Drucker, of Arlington, Va., for $222,950. Built in 2006, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,763 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $165,000 in 2010.

River Place

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Karen Lebarre, trustee, of Bradenton, sold the home at 7165 Melrose Place to William Guzy, trustee, of Hickory Corners, Mich., for $200,000. Built in 1999, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,768 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $149,900 in 1999.

Jeffrey and Sandra Boyer, of Venice, sold their home at 5419 74th Place E. to William and Deborah Foxworthy, of Ellenton, for $305,000. Built in 2011, it has five bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and 3,267 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $295,100 in 2011.

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Pamela Johnson, of Westerville, Ohio, sold her Unit 106 condominium at 7374 Eleanor Circle to Ronald and Linda Bruce, of Sarasota, for $201,000. Built in 2001, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,509 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $270,000 in 2004.

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+ Willis A. Smith Construction named construction manager Willis A. Smith Construction Inc. of Sarasota was named construction manager earlier this month for the Patriot Plaza, at Sarasota National Cemetery. Patriot Plaza will serve as a ceremonial amphitheater providing shaded seating for visitors to the cemetery. It will feature commissioned art to honor veterans, which will be donated to the National Cemetery Administration in 2014. The project is fully-funded by The Patterson Foundation. Construction is scheduled for completion in spring 2014.

+ South Manatee Business Coalition adds board member Edward Bailey, a community activist and leader, became the newest member of the South Manatee Business Coalition board last month. Bailey will direct the coalition’s membership committee starting this year. A Manatee County native, Bailey graduated from Bayshore High School before earning an Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Certification in 1994, at Manatee Technical Institute.

In addition, he attended State College of Florida before joining the United States Marine Corps, in which he served for four years and received the rank of sergeant. Bailey returned to Bradenton in 1999, to become the operating partner of his parents’ company, Nettie Bailey Realty. He has also served on and chaired numerous boards, including the Manatee County Headstart Policy Council and the Manatee County NAACP. Bailey sits on the State College of Florida Board of Trustees.

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+ Lee Wetherington Homes breaks ground on new model Lee Wetherington Homes broke ground on its first new model in the Haddington neighborhood in Country Club East at Lakewood Ranch. The Solivita model features both a one-story and two-story option. “This concept has been very successful for us,” said Peter Mason, vice president of sales for Lee Wetherington Homes. “We show the two-story version and let people know they can go with just the bottom floor, which changes very little. It’s like showing two homes in one, and building the bigger version helps consumers visualize the difference.” The one-story Solivita starts at 2,644 square feet, and the two-story can be built with flex options up to about 4,000 square feet. Lee Wetherington homes built in the Haddington neighborhood will start in the low $400,000s for a 2,500-square-foot home and lot. Amenities will include three gazebos and a kayak launch.

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East County Observer 01.10.13  

East County Observer 01.10.13