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EAST COUNTY FREE • Thursday, FEBRUARY 21, 2013

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Area softball standout returns to dugout. PAGE 17A

OUR TOWN

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Derby-car theme inspires YMCA family camp out. PAGE 1B

Whatisthe99? organizers hope to encourage youth to make good decisions. PAGE 3A

game delay by Josh Siegel and Pam Eubanks | Observer Staff

Ranch Little League fights for signs The sponsorship signs go against county code, but they also bring in revenue.

+ East County shows support for teacher A bone marrow drive for Nancy Newby saw success, with more than 100 people turning out to see if they could be a match for the McNeal Elementary School teacher. Newby is suffering from multiple myeloma, a form of cancer of the blood. The Icla da Silva Foundation, a recruitment center for Be the Match, held three drives for Newby Feb. 6 and Feb. 7. Additional drives are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Lakewood Ranch YMCA, 5100 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch, and from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 21, at McNeal Elementary School, 6325 Lorraine Road, Lakewood Ranch. Potential donors must be between the ages of 18 and 44. For more information, visit bethematch.org.

+ Tractor Supply hosts FFA fundraiser It’s your last chance to celebrate National Future Farmers of America Week. Customers of Tractor Supply, 4404 E. State Road 64, Bradenton, can purchase an emblem for the new Tractor Supply Growing Scholars program for $1 at checkout until Feb. 24, in an effort raise funds for agriculture students. All of the proceeds will go to the National FFA Foundation for distribution to the state FFA programs, with 10% going to support programs and 90% going toward $1,000 state-level scholarships in the state in which the store is located.

SEE OUR TOWN / PAGE 15A

LAKEWOOD RANCH — David Dees wants boys to play baseball. So does Manatee County. But a debate about signage at Lakewood Ranch Park may leave the dugouts empty, in the future, if issues cannot be resolved. As Dees, president of the Lakewood Ranch Little League, walks past advertising signs hung along the park’s fence, he sees the only viable way for the league to pay its bills — advertisement.

The types of signs being used, however, as well as the way they’ve been attached to fences, violate county regulations. Officials say the signs — colorful advertisements paid for by companies such as Subway, Champs Sports, Best Buy and Publix — threaten player safety and pose other concerns. Dees and fellow represenJosh Siegel

SEE SIGNS / PAGE 8A Businesses have marketed on signs that line the park’s fences.

practicing his slide

Brenden Gast, 4, goes down the slide at the Lakewood Ranch Little League’s Opening Day Feb. 16. See more photos on page 18A.

LIFE AFTER WAR

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Veteran leads Goodwill program Chris Davis, who served 14 years in Iraq and Afghanistan, uses an open-door approach he learned on the battlefield to help fellow veterans.

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Chris Davis often takes calls from homeless veterans late into the night.

EAST COUNTY — It was February 2011 and the text read: “You’re supposed to be here.” The recipient, a staff sergeant and paratrooper, was supposed to jump out of a plane for a training mission. It was just like any other day. But, this time, he was late, and 1st Sgt. Chris Da-

vis let him know it. The paratrooper, anxious and sleep-deprived, took a few minutes to respond before sending Davis a reply. “I’m about to kill myself,” the reply said. Realizing the nature of the text, Davis requested an office meeting with the staff ser-

geant. Davis convinced him to spare his life. “As a leader, you have to turn that off,” Davis said. “I’m not your boss anymore. I’m your buddy. As a soldier you’re expected to be strong, tough and

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Lakewood Ranch reels in youth anglers Lakewood Ranch Community Activities and the Lakewood Ranch Anglers Club will host the seventh annual Youth Fishing Tournament.

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Terry Henshaw started the Whatisthe99? tour about five years ago. It has stopped in 33 cities nationwide.

REALITY CHECK Whatisthe99? organizers hope to encourage local youth to make good decisions.

EAST COUNTY —  Stephen King has found his way to the East County. No, it’s not the famous author, whose novels have captivated readers for decades. But King, who hails from Tusla, Okla., is partly responsible for helping to install a large red tent at the southeast corner of State Road 70 and Lockwood Ridge earlier this month, when he and the rest of an eight-member team with Whatisthe99? brought their traveling reality theater to Bradenton. More than 240 local volunteers, including 80 local actors, help with the show each night,. Performances started Feb. 15 and run from 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through March 10. Guests must be at least 11 years old to participate. Cost to watch the show is $3. “Ninety-nine kids (ages 12 to 24) die in America every day by (making poor) avoidable choices,” King said, as he readied the tent on opening day. “Thirty-one will die in a car crash today; 16 in an overdose or drug-related incident; 40 in a homicide or gang (incident); and 12 from suicide. That’s why it gets the 99. We believe we can change those numbers by doing this production.” Whatisthe99? organizers partner with local civic and other groups to put on the production, which features 13 rooms, each depicting the consequences of making poor decisions, such as send-

ing text messages while driving, abusing prescription and other drugs and suicide, among others. Guests walk from room to room to see each drama unfold. The walking tour takes about 45 minutes in total, and guests can ask to leave the room at any time if they become uncomfortable. “Reality can be scary, but it’s not designed to be scary,” King said. “Everything you see is depicted as real.” Organization founder and director Terry Henshaw agreed the show is meant to impact youth and help them become more aware of each choice they make. The venue also gives them an outlet to speak about any trials with which they are dealing. Adult volunteers will be available at the end of the performance to speak with youth about what is going on in their lives, if they so desire. “Most teenagers have no one they can talk with,” Henshaw said. “They don’t feel like they can talk with anyone without it being posted on Facebook. Some have parents on drugs or don’t have food to eat. Kids are going to school with these burdens. They aren’t able to be kids.” Henshaw said the Whatsthe99? is a faith-based initiative, with a short presentation at the end of the show. For more information, visit whatisthe99.com/page3/index. php. Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@yourobserver.com.

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IF YOU GO WHATISTHE99? When: 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through March 10 Where: 4536 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton What: A walk-through reality theater depicts a scene of an accident and other potentiall graphic incidents. Participants must be at least 11 years old to enter. Cost: $3 Info: whatisthe99.com/ page3/index.php

LAKEWOOD RANCH — Eight-year-old Kyle Benninghove started fishing when he was 4 years old and hasn’t stopped since. On Saturday, Feb. 23, Kyle will once again compete in hopes of winning the seventh annual Youth Fishing Tournament at Summerfield Park, in Lakewood Ranch. “I’ve got some fishing skills,” says Kyle, who will be putting his skills to the test in an effort to win first place in his age bracket. Lakewood Ranch Community Activities Co. and the Lakewood Ranch Anglers Club will host the tournament, which is open to anglers ages 5 to 15, runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon. In the event of rain, the event will be moved to Sunday, Feb. 24, at the same time and location. It’s first come, first serve, with 150 spots open for participants. There is no entry fee. So far, 120 children are registered to participate. “I won a big second-place trophy last year, but I’m trying to get first place so I can show my family I can be a good fisherman,” Kyle says. Participants will receive a free rod and reel with a tackle kit, courtesy of Fish-Florida, which is sponsoring the tournament for the first time. Fish-Florida is a non-profit organization that sells license plates, from which the revenue is given to the community to promote the sport of fishing. On the day of the tournament, participants will also receive a T-shirt and a free barbecue lunch provided by the Kiwanis Club of Lakewood Ranch. Parents may purchase lunch for $3. The tournament is structured for catch and release, with volunteers from the Anglers Club present to provide guidance and assistance to participants. These volunteers are residents in Lakewood Ranch who enjoy fish-

IF YOU GO YOUTH FISHING TOURNAMENT When: 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 23 Where: Summerfield Lake (located at the end of Summerfield Parkway and Heron’s Nest in Lakewood Ranch) What to bring: Fishing rod and reel, bait and any other equipment. These items will also be available free of charge, courtesy of Fish-Florida. Cost: Cost is free (preregistration is required) Info: Register at lwrcac.com Call Lori Basilone, 9070202 ing and want to promote the sport and their passion for fishing. When a child catches a fish, a volunteer will measure the fish and record the size on a score sheet during the event. At noon, awards will be presented to the winners of each age group with the best record, with trophies sponsored by the Freedom Boat Club. “The great volunteers and sponsors who donate equipment and time to this tournament is what makes this event so great,” said Lori Basillone, director of Lakewood Ranch Community Activities Co., which is helping to organize the tournament. “The Lakewood Ranch community wants to emphasize that just because someone may not have the rods required for fishing, it doesn’t mean they should not participate.” For the first time in the tournament’s history, the Lakewood Ranch Anglers Club hosted a pre-tournament fish seminar Saturday, Feb. 16. There, attendees learned how to fish by going through four phases of the seminar: knot tying, casting, conservation of ecology and tackle.

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Kyle Benninghove took second place in last year’s youth fishing tournament. He hopes to win his age bracket this year.


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+ East County resident appointed to state board Gov. Rick Scott announced the appointments of Dr. Ada G. Armas and John A. Colon, and the reappointment of John R. Padget to the State Board of Education. Colon, 61, an East County resident from University Park, is a senior vice president and investment officer with Wells Fargo Advisors. He was the chairman of the Sarasota Housing Committee for two years and currently serves as vice chairman. Colon is also a member of the Florida Black Business Investment Board. Colon succeeds Akshay M. Desai and is appointed for a term, which began Feb. 7 and will end Dec. 31, 2014. Armas, 53, of Coral Gables, is a physician with MCCI Medical Group. Armas succeeds Roberto Martinez and is appointed for a term, which began Feb. 7 and ends Dec. 31, 2016. Padget, 75, of Key West, is a private investor. He is reappointed for a term, which began Feb. 7 and ends Dec. 31, 2016. The appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

+ KB to relocate Willowbrook residents KB Home has agreed to pay for the temporary relocation of Willowbrook residents whose properties require repairs, Sen. Bill Galvano said Feb. 14. After meeting with residents of Willowbrook, state health officials and KB Home President George Glance over the last few weeks, Galvano is also encouraging homeowners to get mold testing for their homes. KB Home will pick up that tab for that, as well, he said. Willowbrook officials have select-

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+ Manatee Commission last to vote on rowing bid The Manatee Tourist Development Council approved Feb. 11 a plan to bid for the 2017 World Rowing Championships. Manatee and Sarasota counties are partnering with Benderson Development on the project. Manatee County commissioners will vote on the plan Feb. 26. The Sarasota County Commission unanimously agreed to the bid Feb. 12, after the Sarasota County Tourism Development Council approved the plan in January. The Sarasota commission said it would spend about $90,000 on consulting, travel and other costs associated with bidding on the event, which would be held at Nathan Benderson Park. If the bid is won, the two counties will split the total cost of planning and implementing the event. The awarding of the 2017 championships is set for September.

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Kevin and Missy Cooper were shocked to find out they won the contest. remained their final major house project after Kevin graduates in May. “Now, we can cross that off of our list,” says Missy Cooper. “The only thing on our horizon now is a chance to hang out. After work, there will be no more homework, no more projects around the house — it’s been so long since we’ve had that. We’ll finally be able to come home and just enjoy where we live.” “It’s unbelievable,” adds Kevin Cooper. “I haven’t been able to fully wrap my head

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EAST COUNTY — Area builders will showcase the best of their designs in the coming weeks, when the Home Builders Association Manatee-Sarasota hosts its annual Parade of Homes Feb. 23 through March 10. This year’s parade features 65 models spanning from Palmetto to North Port/ Englewood, with more than 20 builders represented. “We have nine more models in the parade than we had last year,” Home Builder Association Executive Vice President Alan Anderson said. “People (want) to do more marketing, and this is a great opportunity for them. The market is really good, so more of the builders are looking forward to another great year. “The builders are putting their best foot forward and showing their products in a format that is a little more convenient to the general public to be out and see some of these things for the first time,” he said. “Most of the builders, when they have a new product, they really time it for the parade.”

In the East County, for example, both Homes by Towne and Sam Rodgers Properties/Arthur Rutenberg were working this week to complete models in the newest section of GreyHawk Landing in time for the parade. Anderson said this year’s parade includes new and returning builders. New to the parade this year, Ashton Woods Homes is building a model in an expansion to Rosedale, while Nutter Custom Construction is featuring a model in Lakewood Ranch. Sam Rodgers Homes and Rosedale Construction are returning to the parade, as well. Of all the homes featured in the parade, nearly half — 31 models — are located within the East County area. Anderson said purchasing a new home is attractive for potential buyers, because inventory for existing homes is at a threemonth supply in Manatee County, compared to the normal six-month supply. For information on the Parade of Homes, visit paradeofhomesinfo.com or hbamanatee-sarasota.org. Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@ yourobserver.com.

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SIGNS / FROM PAGE 1A tatives of the league pled their case before Manatee County officials Feb. 12 — asking the county not to remove the signs on opening day, Feb. 16, as they’d been told would happen — and to allow for the signs to remain in place. Manatee County Parks and Recreation Director Cindy Turner advised commissioners the park’s signage still needs to comply with regulations, because the regulations are meant to protect players and county property. By the end of the Feb. 12 Manatee County Board of County Commissioners meeting, Little League officials had agreed to adjust how signs are hung, getting rid of the 1.5-inch bolts the league had been using. County officials believe the bolts, which protrude from the fence, could injure players. The league has ordered more of the smaller bolts — ones that lie flush against the fence — and will attach them to all of the signs this week, Dees said. The league refuses to use the zip ties required by county code, because of their fragility. Signage can stay in place, for now, but Manatee County Administrator Ed Hunzeker will have the final say on its fate in the coming months, after he gathers information and develops a plan of action the league must follow.

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League officials say they weren’t aware of the county’s signage requirements when they began soliciting advertisements about a year ago; they only knew they needed to raise more money to keep the baseball program going. Costs for lights, used for weeknight play, are the league’s largest expense ($32,524) and have grown the most in recent years. The league operated at a $10,758 loss in 2012. Facing a year ahead with increased expenses after the county forced leagues to pay their field’s utility fees in fall 2011, Dees searched for an alternative way to earn revenue. Mark Caraher, the league’s fundraising chairman, got the idea for the permanent signs after seeing similar ones at Braden River High School and G.T. Bray Park, he said. He and Dees quickly found advertisers willing to pay roughly $325 for a sign that costs $75 to make. The signs earned the league $11,358 in revenue last year, a copy of the league’s 2012 financial statement show. Dees and Caraher lined the signs across the two front fields’ fences, facing the walkway leading into the park, for maximum exposure, without first consulting the county’s manual for parks. “We just wanted to make sure the kids could

GOODWILL / FROM PAGE 1A have no feelings, but it’s a big deal just to sit down and talk.” Davis, 34, an East County resident who served as a senior intelligence analyst in the Army for 14 years, has taken that same open-door approach from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan to his new role as veterans job coach at Goodwill Manasota. Since Jan. 14, Davis has led Goodwill’s new American Veterans and Their Families Initiative. Davis can fulfill its basic mission — to be a comprehensive resource guide for veterans returning to civilian life, helping them find meaningful employment, housing and attaining benefits — better than others. After watching a “60 Minutes” segment on the dire job market for returning soldiers last year, new Goodwill Manasota CEO Bob Ronsinsky started a pilot version of the veterans program in 2012. The program served 33 veterans in its first year. He responded to numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which reported in September a 12.7% unemployment rate for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, nearly five points higher than the national average at that time. Davis and Ronsinsky believe overwhelming options and overburdened facilities, such as VA clinics, including local Bay Pines clinics, demand a more community-centered service. “I’ve found several veterans who didn’t even know they were veterans,” said Davis, who also studies psychology at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. “They didn’t know they qualified for veteran benefits. A lot have lost hope in the system. They try to take on life by themselves.” Davis can personalize the care; he has a story to which veterans can relate.

TIMELINE Note: Lakewood Ranch Little League kept its signs up through this entire process. May 2012 — Marcus Francis, Parks and Recreation supervisor, visits Lakewood Ranch Park and notices the signs. June 7, 2012 — Francis sends an email to all of the county’s Little Leagues reminding them to remove all signs and banners by June 22, marking the end of the spring season. December 2012 — David Dees meets with Cindy Turner at the league’s fields.

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The county’s Youth/Adult League Manual says this vinyl sign follows the rules.

play baseball,” Dees said. “We didn’t know we were breaking the rules until the county showed up.” The department’s Youth/Adult League Manual, written in 2003, says, “All (advertising) signs must be made of vinyl and have vents for air flow. Signs may not face outward toward a street or parking area.” Records show park officials also notified the league of problems with the signs. Turner said Lakewood Ranch Little League’s signs violate county requirements on several levels — from material, to placement, to installation requirements. And the league, despite its financial situation, should comply, as other leagues are doing, with regulations, which are designed to protect patrons of the parks, as well as aesthetics. The temporary fix alone isn’t enough. “The policy we have works and has been working for many years,” Turner said. “We don’t endorse metal signs on a ball field because then you become a commercial advertising park.”

Dec. 21, 2012 — After investigating the sign policies of other counties and the rules of McKechnie Field, the Pittsburgh Pirates spring-training facility, in Bradenton, Turner finds the policies to be similar and writes a letter to Dees ordering the removal of the league’s signs by Jan. 11. Dec. 27, 2012 — Francis sends a similar email to all of the leagues, telling them to remove by Jan. 11 signs that don’t pass code, at which point the county would remove them. January 2013 — Commissioner Vanessa Baugh visits the fields, at the league’s request. Baugh refers the issue to the County Attorney’s Risk Management Division for review. Feb. 5, 2013 — A letter Turner wrote to Dees confirms findings from the county attorney, who found the signs in violation of county rules, and orders the signs’ removal by Feb. 15. Feb. 6, 2013 — Francis makes the same request to all of the leagues in an email.

Dees knows what’s coming. The league can join the state-wide trend and play day games on Saturdays, lowering lighting costs, but it is an idea he doesn’t like. Volunteers and families don’t want to lose their weekends, he said. County officials suggest the league could host tournaments to raise funds, as well, but Dees said league families do not like that option. Hunzeker said he will brainstorm ideas

for generating revenue, while addressing the league’s sign issues. He also said he would evaluate potential changes, including revisions to the Youth/League Manual. At first glance, however, Hunzeker said the county’s sign policy follows industry standard. “Why can’t Lakewood Ranch make any money when others can?” Hunzeker asked. “They are swimming upstream on this one.” Hunzeker plans to meet with Dees sometime before June, and he also will review a lengthy back-and-forth between the county and the league that started in May 2012 (see sidebar) before rendering a decision on the signage at Lakewood Ranch Park.

A native of Ellijay, Ga., Davis joined the military in 1996, at 17 years old. He spent seven tours each in Iraq and Afghanistan. While serving, Davis did course work over 10 years through five colleges to earn a management degree that never had a tangible impact in his real life. Davis knew it was time to get out of the military when his son, who just celebrated his sixth birthday this month, asked who he was. When Davis came home to visit his now ex-wife and son on the occasional Christmas holiday, the child would hide behind his mother’s leg. About a year from the end of his military career, Davis took part in the Army Career and Alumni Program, an employment service that helps with resumes and cover letters. Then, on one last tour in Iraq to shut down a base at Camp Ramadi, paranoid questions invaded Davis’ mind: “Do I share my stories?” “Are my skills transferable?” And, most of all, “How do I slow down?” Davis retired from the military in November 2011. He moved to Sarasota, where he could live close to his son, who attends school in Parrish. Davis had the hardest time answering his last question of how to slow down. He first decided to apply for jobs. For nearly two months Davis went doorto-door looking for work. Home Depot called first. It only offered part-time work. Davis was ready to take the job. But then Lowe’s called. He was sitting in a Lowe’s orientation when a machining company called and offered a management job paying $14 an hour. He took the job. But, as Davis gained more power in civilian life, he lost control.

After six months as a manager, a time when he battled lingering Post Traumatic Stress that raged whenever criticism came, Davis was fired. “I wasn’t accustomed to being told what to do,” Davis said. “I wanted my hands on everything. You never lose that combat instinct. It becomes, ‘I can go to war right now.’ But that is farther and farther apart now.” By fall 2012, through everyday civilian interactions most take for granted — such as greeting the mailman — Davis had recovered. He used his GI bill and disability money from the VA to enroll in school full-time to pursue a career in clinical or industrial psychology. Through Goodwill, Davis reaches out to a broad networking base of veterans he already knows, and he travels to waffle houses, local hospitals and even jails, trying to add to it. Davis sits down face-to-face with each veteran and first determines his need. He will either direct the veteran to the proper resource, or take care of the situation himself. Davis has already pointed homeless veterans to beds dedicated specifically to veterans at the Resurrection House, a faithbased resource center in Sarasota, and to other resources for low-income veterans such as Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Sarasota-Manatee. Goodwill’s program offers an outlet to help others in ways that were not available to him during his transition. “I don’t know if my transition was rougher than anyone else’s,” Davis said. “I had a decent network of people. I always had that stability. I want to take that model and make it so for other veterans.” Contact Josh Siegel at jsiegel@yourobserver.com.

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Manatee County planning officials have identified “good ideas” for future development planning, regardless of which alternative is chosen in the future. Those improvements include:

‘Good Ideas’

Capital Improvements Programming • Develop a master list of current and future capital-improvement projects through 2035, updated annually; • Capital Improvements Plan and other infrastructure investments should consider/analyze land-use changes that may provide greater return on investment.

Manatee County planning officials are evaluating how development occurs in the community and how to best ensure growth pays for the infrastructure improvements — water, sewer and other services — that come along with it. Zoning and Planning official John Osborne presented his findings from a two-year “How Will We Grow” study at a Manatee County Commission workshop Jan. 15. County officials now are inviting the public to weigh in on options for future growth. This article is the fourth and final installment in a series taking a close-up look at potential alternatives and best practices for growth.

Economic Development • Provide up-to-date information to publishers of data so Manatee makes “best places” ranking; • Infrastructure mapping: Identify where excess capacities in wastewater, potable water and traffic infrastructure exist and identify “sweet spots” for development; • Concurrency: Revise level of service standards for urban areas; • PDEZ expansion to existing industrial and urban redevelopment areas; • Mapping of properties with opportunity for taller buildings and ability to see water.

WHAT’S NEXT? Manatee County officials will host six general workshops for the public on “How Will We Grow” in the coming months. Information also is being posted to the concept’s Facebook page, so residents can view presentations and information and provide feedback there. The Urban Land Institute will visit Manatee County March 18 through March 22, at which time it will review the county’s “How Will We Grow?” findings. It will release its own report to the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners March 26.

Education • Coordinate with School Board and private school providers on future school locations. Financing • Consider dedicated sources of funding for transit and stormwater utility; • Explore district-based impact fees.

local fire districts, could save taxpayers money, while utilizing the county’s existing infrastructure. The county could potentially partner with the State College of Florida or the Manatee County School District to have joint-use libraries for the public and for schools. Or, the county could use its mapping programs to help other agencies find sites for future construction projects, Osborne said.

Government Services • Explore consolidation opportunities for specific services with other agencies:

Land Development & Redevelopment • Decrease size of blocks and add to inventory of future collector streets in developing areas; • Allow wider variety of housing options in closer proximity to services; • Identify areas of increased densities. Parks & Recreation • Parks master plan is key for appropriate parks development; • Parks development should be consistent with target economic development activities and cultural and demographic trends. Public Safety • Analyze moving EMS services first, before building additional stations. Transportation • Focus density bonuses and incentives for transit-oriented design within onethird mile from transit stops; • Explore competitive contracting to operate portion or all of the transit and paratransit services. Utilities • Take stronger stance with utility system as catalyst for growth planning and as growth-management tool. — How Will We Grow presentation

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friday, Feb. 22 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. For information, call sanmarcoplaza.com. Meet the Rays Luncheon — runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club, 7650 Legacy Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. Attendees will enjoy lunch while mingling with Rays team management and players. Event will feature giveaways. Advance reservations required. Cost is $40 for Manatee County Chamber of Commerce members; $55 for non-members; and $20 for children 12 and younger. For information, contact Kim Dalgish at kimd@manateechamber.com or 7484842, Ext. 121 or make reservations at manateechamber.com/events. University Professional Women’s Leads Club — runs from noon to 1:15 p.m. at Bonefish Grill, 8101 Cooper Creek Blvd., Sarasota. Lunch costs $15 and is all-inclusive. Speakers are Cathy Vande Mheen, of The Cookie Cottage, and Marcia Anderson, of Muse Gallery. For information and reservations, call Wendy Moore, 3711151, or visit leadsfl.com. Carnival Interactive Dinner Benefiting SMART — runs from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Polo Grill and Bar’s Fête

Ballroom, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch. Chef Tommy Klauber and Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy (SMART) will start with hors d’oeuvres from around the world and specialtythemed cocktails. Guests will cook the carnival-inspired meal at their tables. Tickets cost $125 and include a full bar, cocktails, a three-course dinner with wine, an apron for each diner and recipes from the night. A silent and live auction will benefit SMART. For information, call 322-2000 or events@smartriders.org. The Boneshakers — plays at 9 p.m. at the Polo Grill and Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch. For information, visit pologrillandbar.com.

saturday, Feb. 23 Florida Crappie Club Fishing Tournament — runs 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Lake Manatee State Park Ramp, 20007 State Road 64, Bradenton. Competitors are restricted to 20 mph max or trolling motor only, no exceptions. Entry is $50 plus $10 for big fish, or $60 per team (boat). For information, call 352-669-0442 or 954-325-0576. Growing Up Sale — runs from 8 to 11 a.m. at Sarasota Baptist Church, 5600 Deer Drive, Lakewood Ranch. Come purchased gently used children’s items. For information, call 922-1449. Pirate 5K Run/Walk — starts at 8 a.m. at Braden River High School track, 6545 State Road 70 E., Bradenton. Event-day registration starts at 7 a.m. and costs $30. Proceeds benefit Braden River’s track-and-field and softball programs. Register at designsgi.com/ BRHS_5k_2232013_registration. Youth Fishing Tournament — runs from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at Summerfield

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saturday, Feb. 23 Spring Training: Preparing for the Game of Life God’s Way — runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at Harvest United Methodist Church, 14305 Covenant Way, Lakewood Ranch. Hear from Tampa Bay Rays utility player Ben Zobrist, while enjoying dinner at this event for fathers and sons and young men. Tickets cost $25 each or $20 each for father/son. Register at welcometoharvest. org/springtraining or for information, call 907-7333.

The Glass Onion Band — plays at 9 p.m. at the Polo Grill and Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch. For information, visit pologrillandbar.com.

sunday, Feb. 24 Racing Dog Rescue Project Open House — runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Racing Dog Rescue Project’s newly remodeled adoption center, 1801 Verna Road, Myakka City. The center houses retired or injured greyhounds that are waiting to be adopted. For information, visit rdrp-greyhound.org. Observer Group Cup — polo match starts at 1 p.m. at the Sarasota Polo Club, 8201 Polo Club Lane. Gates open at 11 a.m. for tailgating. Cost is $12 at the gate for the general public. For information, visit sarasotapolo.com.

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Steve Arvey — plays from 4 to 7 p.m. at Linger Lodge restaurant, 7205 85th St. Court E., Bradenton. For information, call 755-2757 or visit lingerlodgeresort.com.

Susham 1928, A Purim Program and Dinner — starts at 5 p.m. at Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. Temple Sinai returns to the Roaring ’20s for a music and comedy adaptation of the traditional Purim story. Program features The Bruno Trio with Rabbi Geoffrey Huntting and Chazzan Cliff Abramson. Dinner and carnival games will follow. Dinner reservations required. Adult guest tickets are $15; guest family tickets are $30. Dress in formal dinner attire. For information or reservations, visit templesinai-sarasota.org or call 924-1802.

Purim Under the Sea — starts at 4:30 p.m. at The Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road, Bradenton. Activities include a sea-inspired buffet dinner, pirate takeover show, comedy and more. Cost at the door is $20 for adults and $15 for children. For information, call 752-3030 or visit chabadofbradenton.com.

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Mental Illness and Gun Violence Discussion — runs from noon to 1 p.m. at the Bradenton Women’s Club, 1705 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. A panel of experts will discuss problems, needs of the mentally ill and possible remedies for preventing mass homicides by mentally ill offenders. Doors

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Tuesday, feb. 26 Advisers Breakfast — starts at 9 a.m. at the Tara Golf and Country Club, 6602 Drewry’s Bluff, Bradenton. Enjoy a free educational seminar with advisers Dana Laganella, Jack Wolff and Susan Keeton. Learn about the new laws Congress passed and how they may affect you. Continental breakfast served. RSVP to 756-6600. The Ariel String Quartet — performs at 7 p.m. at the Beatrice Friedman Theater on the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee campus, 582 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Event is free with registration. Visit jfedsrq. org/events.aspx.

Thursday, feb. 28 Bradenton Area EDC Hob Nob Bar-B-Que — runs from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Dolphin Aviation, 8191 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Cost is $65 for EDC investors and $75 for all others. Register online at thinkbradentonarea.com. Panel Discussion on Drug Abuse — starts at 6:45 p.m. at The Out-of-Door Academy’s Black Box Theater, 5950 Deer Drive, Sarasota. Live 40-minute performance of “The Holding Cell” starts the event, with the program starting at 7:30 p.m. Panel consists of Dr. Russell Vega, medical examiner; Sgt. Debra Kaspar, of Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Pharmaceutical Division Investigation Unit; Judy Sperling, drug counselor; and Lisa Brandy, president of Brandi’s Wish Foundation. Sarasota County Medical Society is hosting the event. Space is limited to 180 guests. For information, email drugawarenessproject@ gmail.com.

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SARASOTA — Stephen Lux, the former CEO at Gemesis, a synthetic-diamond manufacturer, has sued the company for wrongful termination and not paying him at least $500,000 in wages. The lawsuit, filed Jan. 10, in Sarasota County Circuit Court, contends Lux’s employee contract states he’s entitled to 18 months of salary if he’s fired without cause. Lux’s salary, according to court records, was $375,000 a year, so that would entitle him to $562,500. The suit further alleges Gemesis owes Lux 400 hours of vacation time and other benefits, including health care and $12,000 a year of car allowance. Lux’s attorneys, Robert Persante, of Clearwater, and Cynthia Fallon, of Sarasota, couldn’t be reached for comment. An official with the public-relations firm that represents Gemesis, Raleigh, N.C.,based French/West/Vaughan, didn’t return an email or a phone call seeking comment. But, the suit is the latest setback for the firm, now called Gemesis Diamond Co. The company, which once operated out of a 60,000-square-foot facility in Lakewood Ranch, has moved into a smaller facility nearby. It also recently changed its business model, from selling to wholesalers to a more retail-focused approach. The firm, founded in 1995 and much celebrated by local media and officials in the mid-2000s, uses machines that replicate the conditions under which diamonds are created in nature. The ma-

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+ Meals on Wheels PLUS seeks donations, volunteers Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee, which runs Manatee County’s food bank, is seeking yarn donations. Volunteers use the yarn to crochet or knit blankets and slippers for needy seniors. Donations can be dropped off at 811 23rd Ave. E., Bradenton. Meals on Wheels is also seeking volunteers to deliver hot meals to homebound seniors. Individuals may assist once a week or up to five times per week. Volunteers deliver meals between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call 7474655 or visit mealsonwheelsplus.org.

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More than 300 people turned out Jan. 26 for the second annual Charity Golf Classic and Texas Hold ’Em Tournament benefiting the Taylor Emmons Scholarship fund, which provides opportunities for socio-economically diverse students to attend The Out-of-Door Academy’s upper school in Lakewood Ranch. The event was held on what would have been the 22nd birthday of Taylor Emmons, a former ODA student who was killed. This year’s event also included a diamond giveaway program, which raised an additional $10,000 for the cause. In total, the event raised just more than $160,000 in revenue. For information about the fund, visit temmons.org.

Members of the Art Association of PalmAire recently took a bus coach, for their annual Ruth Levin Scholarship Bus Trip, to visit the Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers. Named for the founder and 28-year member of the AAPA, the trip raises funds for a scholarship, which is awarded to a student at the Ringling College of Art and Design. At the Alliance for Arts, AAPA members rotated through three studios, where they watched watercolorist Barbara Albin, mixedCourtesy media artist Leo Johnson and blacksmith Donna Vasko was delighted with the curtains exhibit. Steve Kalb demonstrate their techniques.

+ Democratic Club offers scholarships The Democratic Women’s Club of Manatee County is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a Democratic high school or college student. Applications must be filled out by March 1. Email Patty Benson at Pattybenson43@gmail.com for the application and information. The scholarship will be awarded at club’s April meeting.

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6:31 p.m.— 5200 block of University Parkway. Theft. An employee caught a woman stealing $197 worth of clothing form a specialty store. A deputy forced the woman to return the items, and the employee told her she is no longer welcome at the store.

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8:10 p.m. (address blocked out). Child Neglect. A child disappeared from her friend’s birthday party at a movie theater in a mall. Deputies found the child in her home. The child said she had walked more than 10 miles in the dark, because her friend’s mother told her she could not have a ride home because she was “acting like a witch.” The child did not have a cell phone and had to walk through a high-crime area. The friend’s mother said she told the child to find her own ride home and did not call the child’s mother, who didn’t know her child was missing until more than an hour after she had last been seen. A deputy contacted the Florida Abuse Hotline and left a report.

1:15 p.m. — 5500 43rd Street E. Criminal Mischief. A woman returned home to find her window screens and frames had been bent by someone trying to enter her home. The windows were still locked. Police found no fingerprints, and the woman’s neighbors did not see or hear anyone trying to enter the home.

7 p.m. — 4600 block of 401st Street E. Lost Property. A man reported he lost his wallet while he was pumping gas. He believes he left his wallet on top of his car after getting gas. He then drove off. He did not realize his wallet was missing until he later arrived at the mall in Brandon. The man quickly canceled his credit cards.

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The Out-ofDoor Academy sophomore Tre Gregory cleared 12-0 to set a new school record in the pole vault during the ODA Quad Meet Feb. 12.

Lakewood Ranch Little League hits a home run with Opening Day. Nearly 275 Lakewood Ranch Little Leaguers welcomed the start of the spring season during the league’s Opening Day Ceremony Saturday, Feb. 16, at Lakewood Ranch Park. Teams, ranging from T-ball to Juniors, eagerly hit the diamond and played their first games of the new season. Players also enjoyed bounce houses, games, raffles, music and more.

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Braden River High senior Courtney Mirabella pitched a perfect game to lead the Lady Pirates to a 3-0 victory over Manatee Feb. 15.

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First baseman Logan Lipker tags the bag for the final out of the inning.

Five-year-old Reece McCabe plays first base.

Ten-year-old Gabe Hahn was the starting pitcher for Standard Coffee Service Company.

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Lakewood Ranch wrestler Blake RileyHawkins battled his way back to finish fifth in the 132pound weight class at the Class 2A state tournament Feb. 15 and Feb. 16.

Drew Mellon notches a hit in his team’s seasonopening victory.

Five-year-old Jackson Barrett notches a hit in his first T-ball game. “It was a great hit,” he says.

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Antonio Blakeney scored 33 points to lead the Cardinal Mooney High boys basketball team to a 9270 victory over Shorecrest Prep in the Class 3A-Region 3 quarterfinals Feb. 14.

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The Lakewood Ranch High baseball came from behind to defeat Manatee 6-4 Feb. 15 and give new head coach Ryan Kennedy his first career victory. Four-year-old Alex Stablein practices batting. Eight-year-old Luke Nelson hits a single in his first at bat for Hungry Howies.


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Area standout returns to dugout Former Palmetto High and Manatee Community College infielder Erin Spivey aims to bring a championship mentality to Braden River in her first season at the helm. BRADEN RIVER — Erin Spivey isn’t one to sit back and wait for others to take the reins. The East County resident is willing to do whatever it takes to make things happen. So, with her players warming up in the infield, Spivey hops atop a tractor and proceeds to drag the infield — driving around in circles until the freshly pressed red dirt lies perfectly still in the glistening sun. Is it perfect? Spivey couldn’t tell you — it’s not her forte. But, if there’s one thing Spivey specializes in, it’s winning. Spivey helped lead Palmetto High to one of its best seasons in school history in 2001 when the Lady Tigers reached

the regional finals and won a pair of conference titles at Manatee Community College. Now, Spivey is bringing some of that championship mentality to Braden River as its new head coach. Spivey took over the position after former coach Doug Powell resigned following the Lady Pirates 23-5 season. “As a coach, I couldn’t ask for a better (situation),” says Spivey, who has nine players returning this season. “We have enough talent to do great things. We have so many girls who are talented, so I can actually coach on the level that I want to coach on.” With a loaded roster that includes six seniors who were freshmen during Spivey’s final season as an assistant coach

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in 2010, at Braden River, Spivey believes the Lady Pirates are capable of big things this season, including another state title run. “They mean a lot to me,” Spivey says. “I just want them to have a positive state of mind. They are good. I want them to realize they are as good as people think they are. “I know they deserve the best and can be the best, but it’s up to them to do that,” Spivey says. “They can have an amazing season. They are really good kids who are great at playing softball.” Spivey realized early on she had the talent to play at a high level — that same talent she sees in a lot of her players — and the drive to match it. Spivey began playing T-ball with her twin brother, Jared Sutton, before switching to Miss Manatee Softball. She played at Miss Manatee until the fifth grade before turning her attention to travel ball. “I’m competitive by nature,” Spivey says. “My favorite part of the game is running and being one step ahead of everyone else.” Spivey played second and third base for Palmetto, but with primary positions already filled at MCC, Spivey initially wasn’t sure how she would fit in to the Lancers’ lineup. “The coach said, ‘I’ll find you a spot,’” Spivey says. “I showed up and they moved me to shortstop.” Spivey played shortstop at MCC before spending her final two years as a standout shortstop at Barry University. “It’s so much more exciting,” Spivey says of the position. “You have the opportunity to touch the ball and have something to do with the game. And it’s in the dirt. I love being in the dirt. I’d rather be in the action.” After earning her degree in physical education, Spivey spent three years as an assistant coach at MCC, where she met former Lakewood Ranch High standout pitcher Melissa Dowling, whom she named her pitching coach prior to the start of the season, before moving over to Braden River. Spivey spent two years as an assistant at Braden River before stepping away from the game to have her second child. Spivey always knew she would return to coaching. It was simply a matter of timing. “It’s another aspect of the game,” Spivey says of coaching. “You think you know everything as a player, but once you cross that line (there’s) a whole other side. “I love the sport, and in the end I knew I was going to stay involved,” Spivey says. “I’m used to a schedule. It’s hard to be away from it.” The Lady Pirates are 2-1 this season with 19 regular season games remaining on the schedule. Although, for a former player who is used to a strict schedule, Spivey would like nothing more than to extend her softball schedule five games past the district tournament. Contact Jen Blanco at jblanco@yourobserver.com.

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The number of matches The Out-ofDoor Academy girls tennis team lost in its 7-0 victory over Riverview Feb. 12.

The height, in feet, The Out-of-Door Academy sophomore Tre Gregory cleared to set a new school record in the pole vault Feb. 12.

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The number of events Braden River High senior Kiki Mitchell won to lead the Lady Pirates to a second-place finish at the Lemon Bay Track & Field Invite Feb. 15.

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Track teams race toward spring season The Out-of-Door Academy, Cardinal Mooney, Sarasota Christian and St. Stephen’s boys and girls track teams opened their respective seasons during the ODA Quad Meet Tuesday, Feb. 12. Cardinal Mooney scored 237 points to win the boys meet. St. Stephen’s scored 133.50, followed by ODA (127.50) and Sarasota Christian (16). On the girls side, ODA won the team title with 257.50 points, followed by St. Stephen’s (137.50), Cardinal Mooney (80) and Sarasota Christian (33).

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Lakewood Ranch High senior Blake RileyHawkins finished fifth in the 132-pound weight class at the Class 2A state wrestling finals Feb. 15 and Feb. 16, at the Lakeland Center. After losing his first-round match to defending champion Jamarius Jackson, Riley-Hawkins beat wrestlers from Jensen Beach, Lincoln Tallahassee, Gainesville and Naples to reach the medal stand. Riley-Hawkins became Lakewood’s first threetime state qualifier, finishing with a career record 126-28.

The State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota baseball team will face the Baltimore Orioles in an exhibition game at 2 p.m. March 29, at Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St., Sarasota. Three former Braden River and Lakewood Ranch High players, who now play for the Manatees, will be in attendance. Admission is free. Reserved tickets for seating near the SCF dugout along the third baseline are $5. Proceeds from the game will benefit SCF Manatees Athletics to support scholarships and athletic department operations. For information and to reserve tickets, contact the SCF athletics department at 752-5261.

+ Mustangs rally to beat Hurricanes The Lakewood Ranch High baseball team came from behind to defeat Manatee 6-4 Feb. 15, and give new head coach Ryan Kennedy his first career victory. Brad Zunica, Justin Greenaway, Garrett Schultz and Joey Ambrosino each had two hits for the Mustangs.

+ JV Pirates top Mustangs The Braden River High JV baseball team defeated rival Lakewood Ranch 9-5 Feb. 15. Cole Pencosky earned the win on the mound for the Pirates. Eric Kimsey went two-for-four with one RBI to lead the way for Braden River at the plate. Hunter Thomas went one-for-one with one RBI. Grant Weismann went one-for-one with two RBIs to power the Mustangs. Tom Streier went one-for-two with a triple and one RBI.

+ Cougars in regional semifinals Cardinal Mooney High sophomore guard Antonio Blakeney scored 33 points to lead the Cougars to a 92-70 victory over Shorecrest Prep in the Class 3A-Region 3 quarterfinals Feb. 14. Matt Hueston added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Cougars. With the win, Cardinal Mooney played host to St. Petersburg Catholic in the regional semifinals Feb. 19. Be sure to check YourObserver.com to see how the Cougars fared.

+ Braden River wins season opener The Braden River High softball team defeated Venice 3-1 in its season opener Feb. 12. Hannah Loyer pitched five innings and also had two hits in the Class 7A-Districrt 11 win. Courtney Mirabella pitched the final two innings for the save.

+ Dick Vitale to host VIP reception Lakewood Ranch resident Dick Vitale will host a Pre-March Madness VIP Reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 21, at Mercedes-Benz of Sarasota, 4754 Clark Road. Admission is a $100 donation with proceeds benefitting The V Foundation for Cancer Research. Guests will enjoy a meetand-greet reception with Vitale and other celebrities from the sports world, as they kick off fundraising efforts for pediatriccancer research. Hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer will be available. For more information or to register contact Mary Kenealy Events at 3500580 or visitformstack. com.

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YMCA Adventure Guides set up tents and raced derby cars during the campout.

Kevin Reasor and his son, Sam made a McDonald’sinspired car.

Tribe leaders ran the derby car races on the timed track.

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Families in the YMCA’s Y Adventure Guides programs set up their tents for a race-car derby-themed campout Friday, Feb. 15 through Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Lakewood Ranch YMCA. “The kids love it,” said Karl Kuhn, who camped out with his daughter and his nieces. “We’re so glad we found this program.” This month’s campout featured a visit by the XStreme Race Team, a youth derby car race, scouting reports and other festivities. Families in the Y Adventure Guides program camp out monthly October through May, usually at remote locations.

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Karl Kuhn readies his tent. He camped with his daughter, Antoinette, and his two nieces.

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LOSNA members raise funds for children in style Ladies of the Oriental Shrine of North America hosted a fashion show Saturday, Feb. 16, at Tara Golf & Country Club. Guests perused purses and other items for purchase, before enjoying lunch and a fashion show, with designs provided by Dillard’s. Proceeds from the event benefited the club’s LOSNA project, which aids children who have been burned with psychological rehabilitation.

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Valentine’s Day concert benefits animals The Humane Society of Lakewood Ranch hosted a Valentine’s Day performance featuring Katherine Alexandra and Alexander Dillan, to benefit the organization. Attendees enjoyed cocktails, appetizers and desserts as the enjoyed the show. Left: Alexandra Twigg and Sydney Ashley

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Alan and Sandra Newton and Harold and Paulene Frankel, from London, visit Lakewood Ranch every year and give back to the Humane Society.

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Bashaw Elementary raised roughly $1,350 for the Larry King Cardiac Foundation during its third Save a Heart week Monday, Feb. 11, through Friday, Feb. 15. This year, the foundation partnered with Pepin Heart Institute in Tampa. Students donated $5 to participate in activities throughout the week, including chalk art, hula-hooping, jump-roping and running. All donors had their names displayed on the school’s Wall of Hearts in the cafeteria and were entered in a raffle to win books or a birthday party.

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Extravaganza takes over Big Cat Habitat The Big Cat Habitat welcomed a sold-out crowd Saturday, Feb. 16, for the sanctuary’s Animal Extravaganza. Guests enjoyed popcorn while watching demonstrations of the habitat’s lions, tigers and other animals.

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Barry the lion looks fierce for the crowd.

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Guests saw a special performance by a 29-year-old Asian elephant with perfectly crossed tusks.

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Sampson performed alongside two other tigers and a lion. Photos by Pam Eubanks

We work to safeguard local water sources.

Carol Preston gives money to Gilligan T. Monkey, a capuchin monkey.

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The Concession hired Tom Howe as the project manager for its residential community. In his new position, Howe will assist with the management, coordination and development of private infrastructure improvements at The Concession.  His primary focus will be to coordinate and supervise land-development activities between builders, purchasers and the community. “We are pleased to have Tom join our team at The Concession,” said Kevin Daves, president of Core Development, the developer of The Concession. “His wealth of experience in Gulf Coast real estate will be invaluable to the continuing development of The Concession.” Prior to joining The Concession, Howe served as vice president of project management for Schroeder-Manatee Ranch. During his time with Lakewood Ranch, he directed all residential programs and projects from the planning phase through the sales process. Howe’s experience includes site planning and builder selection, as well as architectural- and landscape-plan management.

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Blush Salon of Lakewood Ranch welcomed Jaimee Grant as a new stylist Feb. 9. Grant relocated from Boutique Out East Salon in Lakewood Ranch. She specializes in precision cutting and coloring. Blush Salon is located at 9904 State Road 64 E., Bradenton, directly across from Greenfield Plantation. 

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11955 Forest Park Circle 609 Foggy Morn Lane 11923 Forest Park Circle 5803 Fairwoods Circle 12116 Summer Meadow Drive 7424 Green St. 3703 Fourth Ave. N.E. 6539 Meandering Way 13712 18th Place E. 136 41st Circle E. 7106 Orchid Island Place 4807 Raintree St. Circle E. 7173 W. Country Club Drive 11412 Pine Lilly Place 7973 Royal Birkdale Circle 4716 Country Oaks Blvd. 31940 Clay Gully Road 16025 Daysailor Trail 4423 Swordfish Drive 5323 Vaccaro Court

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By Adam Hughes | Research Editor

Home in Country Club Village sells for $1,075,000 The following residential real-estate transactions took place between Feb. 4 and Feb. 8. A home in Country Club Village at Lakewood Ranch tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Roy and Winnifred Johnson, of Ontario, Canada, sold their home at 7510 Rigby Court to Ian Howard, trustee, of Lakewood Ranch, for $1,075,000. Built in 2006, it has four bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 4,596 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $887,500 in 2009. Charles and Sandra Niesen, of Lakewood Ranch, sold their home at 7958 Royal Birkdale Circle to Steven and Christine Fournier, of Lakewood Ranch, for $725,000. Built in 1999, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,357 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $675,000 in 2010. Alan and Mary Wolfson, of Lakewood Ranch, sold their home at 7032 Beechmont Terrace to Richard and Margaret Prinstein, of Houston, for $664,000. Built in 2002, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,618 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $739,000 in 2004. Algis and Irene Kairys sold their home at 7454 Edenmore St. to Margaret Bennett, of Lakewood Ranch, for $370,000. Built in 2006, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,186 square feet of living area. Stephen and Debra Poitras, of Bradenton, sold their home at 12018 Thornhill Court to John Gray and 1269060 Ontario Inc. for $347,000. Built in 2011, it has two bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,861 square feet of living area. Mark Stevens, of Westlake, Ohio, sold his home at 11413 Hawick Place to Ronald Rose, trustee, of Lansing, Mich., for $337,000. Built in 2006, it has three bed-

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Yukinori Taniguchi, of Osaka, Japan, sold the home at 1450 Brambling Court to Michael and April Barrett, of Missouri City, Texas, for $410,000. Built in 2005, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,265 square feet of living area.

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Susanne Hampton, personal representative, of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, sold the home at 6140 Palomino Circle to Eric and Nancy Unsworth, of Bradenton, for $340,000. Built in 2005, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,260 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $255,000 in 2010.

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This home in Country Club Village at Lakewood Ranch, which has four bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 4,596 square feet of living area, sold for $1,075,000. rooms, two baths and 2,141 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $300,000 in 2007. ALS V-CCG LLC sold the home at 7470 Edenmore St. to Tayeem LLC for $290,000. Built in 2006, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,883 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $474,300 in 2012. 1269060 Ontario Inc. sold the home at 7335 Edenmore St. to Douglas Gray and Suzanne LeFrancois-Gray, of Ontario, Canada, for $210,000. Built in 2010, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,141 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $439,500 in 2011.

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Rodney and Shelley Clark, of Lakewood Ranch, sold their home at 7014 Lancaster Court to Terence Wharton and Rosemary DePaolo, of University Park, for $477,500. Built in 2001, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,785 square feet of liv-

ing area. It previously sold for $697,500 in 2005.

Esplanade

Taylor Morrison, of Florida Inc., sold the home at 5255 Castello Lane to Kenneth and Annamarie Wenk, of Bradenton, for $425,800. Built in 2012, it has three bedrooms, two baths, one half-bath, a pool and 2,581 square feet of living area.

Tidewater Preserve

WCI Communities LLC sold the home at 1024 Kestrel Court to Cecil Pruitt Jr. and Gayle Pruitt-Oreto, of Bradenton, for $411,600. Built in 2012, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,789 square feet of living area. WCI Communities LLC sold the home at 1021 Kestrel Court to Amandeep Singh, of Bradenton, for $372,500. Built in 2012, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,628 square feet of living area.

River Club South

Ian Laughton and Carolyn Hughes, of Oneco, sold their home at 9808 Sweetwater Ave. to Antony Reed, of Sarasota, for $330,000. Built in 1998, it has four bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 3,671 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $599,000 in 2005.

Mill Creek

Federal National Mortgage Association sold the home at 13610 Fifth Ave. N.E. to Sandra Richard, of Bradenton, for $310,000. Built in 2001, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,008 square feet of living area.

Pomello Park

Federal National Mortgage Association sold the home at 6520 209th St. E. to Stephen Fischer, of Bradenton, for $305,000. Built in 1998, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,463 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $332,000 in 2004.

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Ashley Trace at University Place

Jose and Lucia Mendes, of Seekonk, Mass., sold their home at 8115 Coates Row Place to Paul Montagna, of Bradenton, for $294,500. Built in 2004, it has three bedrooms, two baths, one halfbath, a pool and 2,514 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $245,000 in 2009.

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Michael and Debra Hitchcock, of Bradenton, sold their home at 7632 Drayton Circle to David Still and Ciara Williams, of Bradenton, for $290,000. Built in 2004, it has four bedrooms, three baths and 2,595 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $529,900 in 2005.

Greenbrook Village

Robert and Dorothy Factor, of University Park, sold their home at 15246 Blue Fish Circle to Philip and Dawn Gray, of Lakewood Ranch, for $270,000. Built in 2005, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,034 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $331,200 in 2005. Alberto and Tracy Panganiban, of Bradenton, sold their home at 14323 Gnatcatcher Terrace to Gordon and Paulette Callender, of Bradenton, for $210,000. Built in 2004, it has four bedrooms, two baths, one half-bath and 2,265 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $258,000 in 2004.

Summerfield Village

Mission Property Partners LLC sold the home at 12024 Whistling Way to Warren and Jennifer Kuhl, of Bradenton, for $264,000. Built in 1997, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,311 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $188,000 in 2012. Pedro Orbezo and Michelle Bortoni, of Fort Lauderdale, sold their home at

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RECESSION SURVIVAL

by Mark Gordon | Business Observer

FORWARD THINKING The stark recession choice Thurston Lamberson faced in 2010 was simple, even common, yet brutally difficult to execute: To layoff a bulk of the staff, 75 people, or maintain the payroll with 40% less work. Lamberson, founder and president of Palmetto-based TLC Diversified, a niche general contractor for the water/ wastewater industry, chose to not lay off en masse. About 20 positions were cut in 2010 and 2011, mostly laborers, but he stuck with the core group of employees. In the process, Lamberson ran TLC at a sizable loss for nearly two years — a particularly painful experience for someone who calls himself a simple Iowa farm boy. The pain, however, recently gave way to gain: Revenues at TLC Diversified are up 110%, from $11.5 million in 2011 to $24.2 million in 2012. That’s even 39% better than 2009, when the firm had $17.4 million in sales. The payroll is back up, too. TLC now has 89 employees. Says Lamberson: “We’re glad we have our company still going at full strength.” Lamberson, 62, has now turned his anxiety to 2013, which he so far doubts will replicate 2012 in sales growth. Nonetheless, the sales rebound at TLC Diversified isn’t an isolated experience. Indeed, several Gulf Coast construction firms have had big revenue boosts. Examples include: • McIntyre Elwell & Strammer General Contractors: Revenues at the Sarasotabased firm increased 33.7% in 2012, from $34.4 million to $46 million. Work at the firm includes several large-scale renovations for Publix stores; • DeAngelis Diamond Construction: The Naples-based commercial construction firm saw revenues rise 15.2% in 2012, from  $88.5 million in 2011 to $102 mil-

A gutsy move to maintain payroll in the core of the downturn has finally begun to show dividends for one entrepreneur. 37 employees, Core expects to hire another nine people by mid-March. Core President John Wiseman says the company, with a focus that includes multifamily housing and senior-living projects, is “as busy as we have been in four or five years.” Both Wiseman and DeAngelis say the influx of business comes mostly from clients that were on the sidelines for a few years. Some of those clients include real estate investment trusts and private equity firms — a signal that the long dormant financing end of the industry could be on the mend. “Financing isn’t becoming easy by any stretch,” says Wiseman, “but it is less difficult.”

Practical restraint

Meanwhile, there are several reasons behind the revival at TLC Diversified, from both external and internal forces. One that stands out is the restraint Lamberson and his wife, Joanne, who runs the financial side of TLC, exercised to not overspend during the boom. The company, further, used boom-time profits to pay down debt on property, equipment and trucks. Says Thurston Lamberson: “We knew tough times had to come from the good times.” The company also expanded outside the Gulf Coast, where it picked up jobs in central Florida and Iowa. One project, its largest in 2012, was an $11.3 million contract to work on improvements at a water reclamation treatment facility in Orlando. Manatee County officials, moreover, enhanced their local contractor rules, which led to a few more local jobs. TLC even took on some rare private-sector work, in partnerships with other companies. Counterintuitively, Lamberson also doubled the estimators on staff, from two

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to four. His goal was to flood the market with offers to work. “The key to success in this business is number of bids,” he says. “If you put out enough bids you are bound to get something.” The confident move to mostly keep the staff intact, of course, was another integral factor. While Lamberson says he thought a lot about how he was responsible for many employees and their families, his decision was only partly altruistic. It was also practical. “If we had cut some of those guys to be more profitable,” Lamberson says, “we wouldn’t be able to do this much work now.”

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The Lambersons not only kept up the payroll, but they recently made at least a $200,000 investment in technology to help transform the way TLC works. The changes, says Lamberson, “just make data so much more available. We want to stay as high-tech as possible.” Those changes include updated estimating and scheduling software and new hardware, such as iPads for project managers in the field to track projects. Dalas Lamberson, vice president of production at TLC Diversified and the Lambersons’ son, says the software allows the company to move fast when labor, material or equipment issues arise. Intricate drawings of projects are now done electronically, not printed. “We used to do everything on big sheets of paper,” Dalas Lamberson says. “Now we do everything on a 30-inch monitor.” That vision is far from the early days of the company. In fact, when Thurston Lamberson first started out on his own, in 1985 in Pompano Beach, it was a true barebones startup. He and a business partner got things going with a $20,000 loan. Lamberson had previously worked for a construction firm in Minnesota that built grain-processing plants worldwide, from Minneapolis to Moscow. Lamberson started small, yet business still came in slow. Some weeks in those early years he made payroll off his credit cards. For a while he ran the business out of what was Joanne Lamberson’s garage. “We barely had enough work,” says Lamberson. “The only thing that kept me in business was my unwillingness to go broke.” But, just like he did a few years ago, Lamberson ran an operation with little debt and little overhead. That allowed the company to survive, and by the mid1990s it booked about $8 million a year in jobs. The company opened an office in 1997 in Sarasota, and in 2001 it relocated

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Hoffman took “Citrus Grove House” at an abandoned Florida cracker home. It’s featured through March in “Florida in Context.” Sarasota artist Virginia Hoffman is getting ready to pick up fellow photographer Matt Allison from his home in the Village of the Arts, in Bradenton, for a photo excursion off the back roads of Parrish. In preparation for the day trip, the 57-year-old free spirit has just made room in her silver SUV for camera equipment. She unloaded frames, canvases and even a plastic, glow-in-the-dark skeleton into her yellow studio off Sixth Street. About two times a month, she and members of a group of about six area photographers go on an urban exploration of abandoned ruins found throughout Florida’s back country. As a memento, Hoffman pulled the Halloween door-hanger from her last adventure. Most the time, when she comes across abandoned household items, they pose as unintentional still lifes for her camera. She doesn’t touch them. “Generally, I have a rule of not being sacrilegious to a site, but I couldn’t help myself,” she says. The group — which consists of Hoffman, Allison, Salvatore Brancifort, Brian Braun, Chris Thibaut and Richard Porter — has visited an abandoned gocart track covered in artful graffiti, a ghost town-like strip of a small community’s Main Street

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Matt Allison and Virginia Hoffman photograph trains in the Florida Train Museum shop yard. “We gotta come back here and spend a whole day just photographing trains,” Allison says. and a deteriorating Florida cracker house full of abandoned belongings, left behind as if the owner left to run an errand and never returned home. The group calls itself the Pinhole Wizards, which is a name

Porter came up with based on a pinhole camera — considered the simplest form in photography. The Pinhole Wizards met on Facebook a little more than a year ago. They built a relationship from a shared interest of

photography. A forum-like dialogue started via posting comments on each other’s professional work, and group members started proposing day trips. Some days, there are three of them; other days the whole gang

adventures out. Today, it’s just Hoffman and Allison, and they’re heading to one of their secret “honey holes,” a coveted gem for fine-art photography. “You never know where you’re going to find one, but they’re around,” she says. Usually it’s by word-of-mouth, a little Googlemapping or stumbling across something while exploring back roads. Within 10 minutes of saying this, she passes a collapsing trailer that looks as if it’s melting into the side of an oak tree. “We’ve got to come back to this baby,” Hoffman says. The duo is headed to an isolated trestle bridge located near the train restoration yard for the Florida Train Museum. This will be the second time they’ve been to the location. On their first visit, while talking with some of the volunteers at the train yard, they learned the land, which the Robbins family owned more than 100 years ago, housed a sawmill and lumber company that shipped timber via trains to South America. “It’s good we’ve got clouds today,” she says. “The last time we came here I thought they were going to have to carry me out of the woods.” The last time four of them visited, it was early August. Their

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Estate Sale Jewelry including: Diamonds, Gold, Platinum & Sterling. 3 Sets of bedroom furniture (1 Lexington set). Several pieces of originally signed listed artist pieces. Bronze statues. Complete dining room set. Chandeliers, wall sconces, signed Native American pottery, Oriental silk rugs. Beautiful hand painted room divider. Glassware, Baccarat Crystal, beautiful set of patio furniture. Complete outdoor kitchen. Area lamps, end tables, clocks. 8 Fur coats, designer handbags. Kitchen items, exercise equipment & household items. Bric-a-brac.

ABBEX, INC 941-365-3833 Custom Pool Builder Nets $360,000 - Price $1,100,000 Service Company Nets $115,000 - Price $275,000 Commercial Lawn Co. Nets $277,000 - Price $750.000 Restoration Co. Nets $230,000 - Price $700,000 Medical Lab Nets $115.000 - Price $225,000 WWW.ABBEXINC.COM Steve Alexander

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