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NEIGHBORHOOD Orange-inspired festival permeates the East County. PAGE 1B

OUR TOWN + It’s ‘Up, Up and Away’ for readers The Observer is teaming up with the Florida Winefest and Auction to give lucky readers a chance to win weekly prizes. To enter, search the pages of this week’s Observer to find the red hot-air balloon, then enter the page number you found it on at YourObserver. com/Balloon. There are four weeks of prizes, so make sure to read the papers each week for more chances to win. Prizes include tickets to the Balloon Glow Dinner for two ($350 value), Brunch & Auction for two ($250 value), Smoking Hot Cigar Dinner for two ($300 value), and Sip & Soar for two ($50 value). The Florida Winefest & Auction takes place April 4 through April 7, in Lakewood Ranch. For more information about the festival, visit floridawinefest.org.

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MMS swings into spring. PAGE 20A

Lakewood Ranch couple gives new purpose to plaza. PAGE 5A

new model By Josh Siegel | Staff writer

County considers new tax Manatee County officials are considering an ordinance calling for the public to vote for a sales tax hike to fund indigent health care.

MANATEE COUNTY — Despite the area’s demographics, Lakewood Ranch Medical Center often sees uninsured indigent people revisit the emergency room, where the most expensive form of care occurs. They often come in with preventable sicknesses and usually

leave without the means to buy medicine or follow-up with a physician. So, Lakewood Ranch Medical admits the person again, and the hospital earns another write-off. “At some point, giving free care hurts the economy,” said Jim Wilson, Lakewood Ranch Medical

chief executive officer. As Manatee County sees its $40 million funding source for indigent health care dry up, commissioners will consider an ordinance calling for a referendum that asks

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+ It’s time to turn forward the clocks It’s time to turn the clock forward and savor an extra hour of evening sunshine: Daylight Saving Time officially ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 10.

+ Heritage Harbour women host tourney

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The Heritage Harbour 18-hole ladies held a tournament — just for fun — Feb. 21. In a golf outing that pitted the Cosmos team against the Mojitos, Cosmos took home bragging rights. Carole Bakalar and Kim Brierly organized the event with the assistance of golf pro Todd Pyle and assistant pro Billy Glanden.

Leah Glynn, 21 months, makes a necklace out of Fruit Loops cereal with the help of her dad, David, not pictured, at the Faith Preschool Kid’s Carnival March 2, at Faith United Church of Christ. For more photos, see page 5B.

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By Pam Eubanks | Managing Editor

Benderson expands former Circuit City EAST COUNTY — Construction work on the old Circuit City building in the East County is catching the attention of passersby along University Parkway. Two walls of the old Circuit City building, which also sea-

sonally has housed a Halloween store, have been demolished to make room for a 15,000-squarefoot expansion to the space. Mark Chait, executive director of leasing for Benderson Development, which owns the build-

A national retailer new to the area will occupy the 35,000-square-foot building once it’s finished. ing, said Benderson is making room for a national retailer that is not yet in the Sarasota/Bradenton market. He said a tenant announcement is forthcoming,

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A national retailer will assume the former Circuit City space this summer, in time to open for the holiday season.

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East County pays tribute to SMR manager Roger Hill, longtime ranch manager for Lakewood Ranch developer Schroeder-Manatee Ranch, died March 1.

LAKEWOOD RANCH — No one knows the lay of the land like Roger Alan Hill. As the longtime ranch manager for Lakewood Ranch developer Schroeder-Manatee Ranch, Hill knew virtually every detail of SMR’s nearly 30,000-acre property. “His knowledge for this gigantic piece of (land) was unbelievable, and there wasn’t a square inch that he did not know,” said Jason McKendree, SMR’s cattle manager. “He was a visionary and a perfectionist all rolled into one. He was an architect in a pair of cowboy boots. There wasn’t much he could not do when he set out to do it.” Hill, who gained the respect the local agriculture and business community, died March 1, at a Bradenton-area hospital. He was 68 years old. “We all have heavy hearts,” SMR’s CFO Tony Chiofalo said. “He was involved in every part of this company. I really believe the way he conducted himself, with such kindness and professionalism — and the fact he cared about everything he did — really rubbed off on (everyone) in this company. “Roger was somebody who was there for the groundbreaking, so to speak, for everything that happened here (on the Ranch),” he said. “He was part of every-

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thing that started from scratch.” Hill, who was born April 11, 1944, in Johnson City, N.Y., on a dairy farm, moved to Florida with his family as a teenager. After college, he started R&R Fencing Co. and began installing miles of fence around the area. Through his fence business, Hill became an independent contractor for SMR. SMR, however, recognized Hill’s strong work ethic and hired him as an official employee in 1981, at which time he began working as a cattle manager. At that time, there were only six employees compared to today’s 350 employees. State Road 70 was just a dirt road from Caruso Road to County Road 675. In 1985, SMR promoted him to ranch manager. Although SMR is best known for its award-winning master-planned residential development, the company is rooted in agriculture, with cattle, citrus, shell mining and sod operations — all facets of the company that Hill, an avid fisherman and hunter, loved to showcase. Hill also played a key role in the launch of commercial real-estate efforts, the Sarasota Polo Club, golf course construction and, most recently, with the creation of the Premier Sports Campus. “Roger was the one out there from day

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one and turned an old cattle pasture into what we consider to be one of the best sports complexes in Florida,” Chiofalo said. “The tone of that complex is very much a family-friendly, player-friendly place. It was Roger who set that tone.” Hill can also be credited with helping to create the SMR Cup, an annual threeday, seven-event competition that pits local cowboys against polo players. Events now include mechanical-bull riding, fishing, skeet shooting, roping, cattle penning, polo and a horse race. The event started in

1991 with six events and was re-launched in 2006, after a 10-year break, with the addition of the bull-riding contest. During his 32-year tenure with SMR, Hill also gave back to his community, serving as the director and two-term president of the Manatee County Fair Association and volunteering with Florida Farm Bureau and the Manatee County Cattlemen Association, among other commitments. “He had such a love for the community, for God and for his family,” Hill’s daughter, Valerie Ellery said, noting Hill’s deep commitment and love for his wife and family and how what was important to them became important to him, as well. “I believe one of Dad’s greatest (legacies) was how he loved so deeply. “He was such a pillar of serving,” she said. “(Anything) he put his mind to, he made sure he did it with excellence.” Hill was preceded in death by his son, Ryan Alan; his parents, Kenneth and Estelle; his brother, Jimmy; and his sister, Joan. He is survived by his wife, Laurie; three daughters Connie Smith, Valerie Ellery and Christy Cruz; sister, Shirley Martin; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Bayside Community Church hosted a Celebration of Life service for Hill Tuesday, March 4. Contact Pam Eubanks peubanks@yourobserver.com.

by Josh Siegel | Staff Writer

Peridia residents oppose 44th Avenue expansion Part of Manatee County’s Comprehensive Plan since 1987, the road-widening project will connect Cortez Road on the west to Lakewood Ranch on the east. EAST COUNTY — In 2004, Peter and Nancy Schneider came from Rochester, N.Y., to Bradenton with plans to retire quietly. But their retirement home, which features a screened-in lanai and backyard garden, sits on Raintree Street Circle East, in Peridia, 15 feet away from a thin wall separating it from 45th Street East. In the third phase of the 44th Avenue East extension, part of the county’s comprehensive plan since 1987, 45th Street East will be widened from two to four lanes. “Our house already shakes,” Peter Schneider said. “I can’t imagine what it will be like when it expands to four lanes. We’re going to have to shutter our lanai and plant palm trees to block the noise. We wouldn’t have bought the house if we knew about this.” The Schneiders were two of 145 people gathered Feb. 26, at the Peridia Golf and Country Club, to discuss the county government road-building project, which will connect Cortez Road and its nearby beaches on the west to Lakewood Ranch, farther east. Peridia residents were joined by homeowners from Wallingford, Manatee Oaks, Sable Key, Sable Harbour, Fairfax and Highland Ridge, who have opposed the project. Citing the potential for declining property values, noise, safety, pollution, traffic and a waste of taxpayer dollars, they hope to convince Manatee County commissioners to halt construction at U.S. Highway 301. Homeowners call it “the road to nowhere,” because it’s too early in the planning process to get approvals to build a bridge for the four traffic lanes to cross the Braden River; drivers still will have to drive

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State Rep. Greg Steube urged Peridia residents to get organized and work with Manatee County commissioners to get the 44th Avenue East extension project stopped at U.S. 301. Peridia residents Peter Schneider and Loretto Sadkin sat next to him. south a half-mile, to State Road 70, to continue east. Some of the 44th Avenue extension already exists in Lakewood Ranch, linking Gullett Elementary School, Central Park and part of the Lakewood Ranch Commerce Park. State Rep. Greg Steube attended Peridia’s meeting as a “show of support.” He urged residents to get organized and work with county commissioners; he called the issue a local one. “But, I can assure you if this many people showed up at one of my meetings, I would pay attention,” Steube said. Loretto Sadkin, chairwoman for Peridia’s opposition group, said, between the communities, they hope to go door-to-door to obtain 1,700 to 2,000 signatures on a petition to stop the project at 301. “Past that point is a waste of money,” Sadkin said. “Traffic is already bananas at 45th

and State Road 70.” Sadkin wrote an email Jan. 29 to Ed Hunzeker, Manatee County administrator, detailing her community’s concerns. Hunzeker replied Feb. 11, saying county staff already presented the 44th Avenue East project to county commissioners on three different occasions between 2010 and 2011. Nearby homeowners associations were invited to those meetings. Hunzeker called the 45th Street East widening a separate project and said the county has not yet purchased the land to do it. Similarly, Sia Mollanazar, county deputy director of engineering, dismissed the complaints, saying the county has been acquiring land and right of way for the project since 1987. Since then, homeowners received notice the county had acquired nearby land and that there will be a “future roadway by your house.”

+ Project details Construction on the first phase will start as early as summer 2013. It spans from the intersection of U.S. 41 and 44th Avenue East to 19th Street Court East. Phase one includes work from First Street East to 19th Street Court East. Phase two, slated to begin in summer 2014, calls for a new fourlane roadway with a median, from 19th Street Court East to 30th Street East. It will include intersections with signals at 19th Street Court East, U.S. 301 and at 30th Street East. Phase three calls for a new, four-lane roadway between 30th Street East and 45th Street East, with construction estimated to start during summer 2014. A related project calls for widening 45th Street East from two to four lanes. All work is scheduled to be complete by 2017. “The county is not the policing entity to make sure people know what’s behind their houses,” Mollanazar said. Sadkin admitted to knowing about the project for some time, but some residents thought it would just go away. “Ten years ago, the commission said we should have read the 20-year Comprehensive Plan before we bought the property,” Sadkin said. “But, no one thought this was going to happen.” Added Schneider: “How ridiculous is that? Could you have visualized what Bradenton was going to be like 20 years from now?” The county scheduled an informational meeting at 6 p.m. March 20, at the Manatee Area Convention Center in Palmetto, to discuss phase two of the project. Sadkin encourages protestors to attend that meeting and future County Commission meetings and wear red — signaling stop. The estimated cost for the project from First Street East to 45th Street East is $35.1 million. Contact Josh Siegel at jsiegel@yourobserver.com.


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+ Student filmed chosen for Gasparilla The film “Color Me Invisible,” by students in the Lakewood Ranch-based Inspired Minds’ Film Kids program, has been selected for the Gasparilla International Film Festival in Tampa. Thirty-two area students shot the film in the summer of 2012, at Braden River Elementary School. “This is a huge honor, and we are so proud of our talented young cast and crew,” said Heather Manley, Inspired Kids partner and Film Kids co-director. “As I have said many times, I know filmmakers who struggle for years to get into an international festival and some who are still waiting for this to happen. It isn’t easy, and this is a great accomplishment for our students. I may be biased, but I believe these kids have created a special film, and I think it will have a positive impact on so many other kids and adults. Congratulations to all of our Film Kids.”

+ Cardinal Money student heads to international fair The East County’s Courtney Astore, a sophomore at Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School, has been chosen as one of two students to represent the area at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in May, in Phoenix, Ariz. Astore won the Sarasota Regional Science, Engineering and Technology High School Fair in the area of Behavioral and Social Science. Astore’s work was selected as one of the two best student projects at the regional fair. She competed against area winners in biochemistry, botany, chemistry, computer science, earth science, engineering, environmental science, mathematics, medicine and health, microbiology, space science and zoology. Astore spent two years on her project, “Expressive Language Skills and Outcomes in Children with Autism while implementing the iPAD application, Proloquo2Go.”

+ Dental office aids uninsured children Team members at Advanced Dental Care of Bradenton made time last month to provide more than $2,100 in free dental care to uninsured children in need of dental treatment. As part of the American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile program, the practice provided dental exams, X-rays, cleanings, sealants and fluoride treatment. Several children were scheduled for follow-up treatment, as well.

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new beginnings

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The K Center already is home to tenants such as Dunkin’ Donuts, D Americo’s Pizzeria and Smarty Pants Preschool, among others. Only 3,000 square feet of developed space currently is unoccupied.

East County couple gives new vision to plaza Photos by Pam Eubanks

“This is our big new hobby besides our four (children) and our two law practices,” said Trent Miller, with a chuckle. He is pictured with his wife, Lesa. The couple recently purchased the 42,000-square-foot K Center plaza. tors for several years and having represented clients during mediations, the couple recognized a local need for a venue both for mediations, as well as local mediators. Attorneys are hard-pressed to find neutral sites for client mediations, and often one law firm hosts the mediation at its office, the Millers said. “There’s no mediation conference center, per se, in Sarasota/Manatee,” Trent Miller said, noting the space also can be used for depositions and meetings and eventually will offer video conferencing and training space. “We expect construction (on our center) to start any day. (For) the 16,000 square feet we are building out, we’re also soliciting subtenants — mediators, court reporters or

anyone who could use the facilities.” The Millers hope to have a roster of mediators affiliated with the center, as well, and both plan to become bar-approved mediators, themselves. Tag Feld, an attorney with Lesa Miller’s practice, will get certified, too. As the conference center is being built, the Millers plan to spruce up the plaza’s landscaping and also eventually plan to revamp its sign, which now can be taller because of changes to Manatee County’s signage regulations. They may eventually change the name of the center, as well, but there are no plans to do so, at this time. — Sean Roth contributed to this report. Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@ yourobserver.com.

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Americo’s Pizzeria, among others, would remain in place. Trent and Lesa Miller moved their respective law practices, Miller & Miller and the Work Comp Group, into offices at the plaza Feb. 22. The Millers now plan to build out the plaza’s remaining three unfinished buildings to create the mediation and conference center — a project they expect will take up to eight months to complete. “We came across the opportunity to put our law firms in it and take the distressed property and make it something (special),” Trent Miller said. “It’s a big undertaking, but it’s exciting.” The Millers paid for the plaza using a Small Business Administration loan, which requires their businesses to occupy 51% of the total property. With their own offices only consuming about 5,000 square feet in one building, the Millers began brainstorming. Having considered becoming media-

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hrough a varied career — first in the 1st Marine Brigade in the Vietnam War, then as a janitor, with bouts as a ditch digger, cemetery lot salesman, accountant and teacher — Lakewood Ranch author Gordon Kuhn, 67, has always had a love for words. The Chicago native wrote fiction while serving in Vietnam to escape what he saw on the battlefield. And he writes now as a way to cope with the post-traumatic stress that gives him nightmares. Three months ago, Kuhn released his new book, “The Pelman Murders,” a dark mystery about 12 murders, 10 suspects, incest and blackmail. Kuhn also penned “Widow’s Cliff,” a compilation of poetry he’s written throughout his life. All of Kuhn’s books are self-published and available on Amazon.com. — Josh Siegel

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+ Open-records suit filed against commissioner A paralegal has filed suit against Manatee County Commissioner Robin DiSabatino and the county, alleging public records violations. Documents from the Manatee County Clerk of Courts show plaintiff Michael Barfield filed the suit Feb. 7 and has requested declaratory and injunctive relief for a claim that DiSabatino and her employer failed to comply with state open-records laws. Last fall, Barfield requested from DiSabatino documents, including emails, text messages and social-media messages from Aug. 1, 2012, to Sept. 30, 2012, the complaint said. Barfield said he never received them. At a Board of County Commissioners meeting, Barfield said DiSabatino and former Commissioner Joe McClash acknowledged having a meeting following a Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization meeting. The plaintiff said having that meeting without public notice violated the state’s sunshine law. The law requires public notice when public officials meet and talk official business.

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Children at Kiddie Academy celebrated the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, Friday, March 1, with activities inspired by the author’s children’s books. Children created Cat-in-the-Hat-style hats and bookmarks, and enjoyed a lunch of green eggs and ham. Geisel, who died in 1991, would have been 108 March 2. His birthday is used as the annual date for National Read Across America Day, a National Education Association initiative on reading. Caden Zabawski, 3, listens to a story.

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HEALTH CARE / FROM PAGE 1A the public to approve a half-cent sales tax increase to make up for it. For years, indigent care has been funded by a health trust fund, set up following the sale of Manatee Memorial Hospital, then called Manatee Veterans Memorial Hospital, in 1984 to a private business. Manatee County Administrator Ed Hunzeker says the funding supply will run out by 2015. Lakewood Ranch Medical will be affected by the lack of funding if new revenues to pay for indigent care can’t be raised. Providing uninsured care at Lakewood Ranch Medical cost the hospital $3.3 million in 2012, when 12.6% of its emergency room patients were uninsured. “You’re looking at eliminating services with negative margins, and you’re talking about the viability of services,” said Jim Wilson, Lakewood Ranch Medical CEO. “(A lack of funding) would bring decreased growth potential. Our population is not immune to it. A sales tax is a way of providing that with minimal impact on citizens.” The county’s three hospitals — all of which are for profit — also pay taxes. Kevin DiLallo, Manatee Memorial Hospital CEO, says his hospital pays more than $2 million in taxes a year. Commissioners will consider the halfcent sales tax ordinance at their March 12 meeting, at which time they also will receive a written plan from the Manatee County Health Care Alliance and county staff about how to best dedicate resources to health care’s rising costs. The vote comes after a Feb. 28 meeting, at which alliance members and local healthcare providers and public-health professionals at the University of South Florida presented their findings from six workshops about the local industry during the last 15 months. Deputy County Administrator Karen Windon and staff members also presented two other options to fund indigent health care: Do nothing and discontinue funding any health care not mandated federally or by the state; or raise property taxes. The staff supported neither. Vanessa Baugh, District 5 commissioner, and Betsy Benac, at-large commissioner, voted against the motion, citing insufficient information and poor timing. The federal Affordable Care Act, a reform of the U.S. health-care system designed to insure 37 million uninsured Americans, set to go into total effect January 2014, hangs over it all. “It just seems like poor timing to me,” Benac said. Even Commission Chairman Larry Bustle, who voted for the ordinance, expressed doubt.   “Who’s going to do this, and who’s going to

BY THE NUMBERS 12.6 — Percentage of patients in Lakewood Ranch Medical Center’s emergency room in 2012 who were uninsured. 3,300 — Number of preventable emergency room hospitalizations in Manatee County in 2012. 3.3 million — In dollars, the cost for providing emergency room care to uninsured patients at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center in 2012. 7 million — In dollars, the average amount Manatee Memorial Hospital receives from Manatee County. administer it?” Bustle asked. “People will still be going to the expensive hospital emergency rooms for basic care, no matter whether we pass a referendum.” Jonathan Fleece, the outgoing chairman of the Health Care Alliance, put the need for care in the starkest of terms. National and state health rankings for 2012 show Manatee County had 8,186 premature deaths compared to a 5,466 national benchmark. Donna Peterson, dean of the USF College of Public Health, who helped with the study, said the new funding model would help address a shortage of primary-care providers to help preventive care become available to more people. Her study deemed 3,300 of ER visits in 2011 in Manatee County as preventable hospitalizations. Poor people accounted for a third of that group. Although Peterson found less people getting insurance through commercial lenders and more through employers and a spike in Medicaid coverage, she did not see increased access to health care in the county. Peterson and the county’s Health Care Alliance proposed two goals: to improve access to primary care through a new delivery model; and to build community-based interventions, such as accountable-care organizations and patient-centered medical homes. DiLallo pointed to the Bill Galvano One Stop Center, where two Manatee Memorial residents, a nurse and two physicians serve indigent patients with $200,000 of free care a year, as a good community-based model. Speakers agreed the new system should also have a new payment model, getting away from rewarding the volume of service provided; feature clinically integrated data systems; and be backed by social marketing to inform providers about changes.  If the ordinance for the referendum passes, Hunzeker said he hopes the public will vote on it by June. Contact Josh Siegel at jsiegel@yourobserver. com.

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BENDERSON / FROM PAGE 1A but cannot be made at this time. Once complete, the renovated space will be a total of 35,000 square feet. Benderson expects to deliver the space to the new tenant in June. “They will be open in time for the holiday season,” Chait said. Benderson also has started earthwork for an adjacent freestanding building that will be 30,000 square feet once finished. The new structure is being constructed at the back of The Shoppes at University Town Center plaza, roughly between the Bonefish Grill restaurant and University Parkway and west of the plaza’s Hampton Inn & Suites Sarasota/ University Park. “The continued growth of the University Parkway corridor is extraordinarily exciting,” Chait said. “We look forward to adding vibrant new retailers to the area.” In The Shoppes at University Town Center, Benderson’s easternmost plaza on the north side of University Parkway — located between Cooper Creek Boulevard and Interstate 75 — several other new stores are joining the plaza’s mix. Tandoor Indian Restaurant signed a lease March 1, for the space formerly occupied by Mama Onesti’s, an Italian eatery. Valentino Pizzeria Trattoria opened about one month ago between Richard’s Foodporium and Linksters. Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@yourobserver.com.

+ Development update Mark Chait, Benderson Development’s executive director of leasing, said construction crews are pouring foundations for the new University Town Center mega-mall project being constructed at the southeast corner of University Parkway and Interstate 75. Benderson is working on potential deals with tenants for parcels along North Cattlemen Road, in the first phase of the University Town Center project, immediately west of the mall location. Additionally, a Subway restaurant soon will be joining the tenant mix in the Kohl’s plaza farther west, taking a space near Tijuana Flats. And, along State Road 70, just east of Lockwood Ridge Road, in Bradenton, work is under way on a new Publix shopping center. The Publix space will be completed in the fall, Chait said. The plaza will be home to sushi and Chinese restaurants, the Hair Cuttery, a nail salon and a Subway restaurant, among other tenants.


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Experts raise prescription-drug awareness for people so we can have a real goal, that is, to prevent some of these deaths, because a lot of lives can be salvaged with someone intervening,” Vega says. He describes the science of why digesting too many drugs at one time kills, how the drugs affect the central nervous system and block pain receptors and how the cardiovascular and respiratory systems can’t function properly, as the drugs loosen a barrier in the lungs, allowing them to fill up with fluid and block breathing. It’s a process that brings a quick death, and Vega talks about it to alert people to the fragility of the cycle. “A person may seem fine, their snoring a little funny. You leave, check on them a little later, and they’re dead,” Vega says. “That’s how it happens.”

A forum at The Out-of-Door Academy Feb. 28 shed light on the problem of prescription drugs and changes being made to combat the epidemic. problem that, with more awareness, better community initiatives and stronger enforcement, is hitting a plateau. Still, the group called for bystanders to become active players in halting a trend that has become all too familiar — 60% of prescription-drug overdoses occur in the presence of another person. A 2012 “Good Samaritan” law passed in the Florida Senate encourages witnesses acting in good faith to report overdoses in return for not being prosecuted for their own actions, in certain situations.

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Two recent rulings sparked the leveling off of prescription-drug overdoses in Sarasota County: A 2010 moratorium commissioners enacted said, “no more pain clinics,” and a 2011 ordinance required pain clinics to use a monitoring system that tracks the drugs a patient has been prescribed before a doctor at the clinic can prescribe more. Kaspar credits those two initiatives for prescription-drug overdoses (accidental) in Sarasota County dropping from 246 in 2010 to 225 in 2011. Other contributors are community partnerships, led by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, such as a pilot program at Pine View School started in the fall. Children created public service announcements to

Vega describes his role in the prescription-drug cycle bluntly: “I deal with death,” he says. He deals with overdoses across Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties and has seen the drug of choice transform from illegal cocaine and heroine 25 years ago, to legal prescription drugs 10 years ago. New data from 2012, set to be released early this year, will show numbers leveling, with slight decreases, Vega says. In Sarasota County, Vega diagnoses accidental prescription-drug deaths 50 to 60 times a year. The drugs are often combined with other drugs or with alcohol. “I try to present this stuff in factual ways Com

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make the community aware of the problem. The best PSA ran as a commercial on local television. Kaspar hopes to expand the program into more high schools this year. Operation Medicine Cabinet, a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration-led initiative that allows people to dispose unwanted and unused medicine, has seen great success in the county since it began in 2009. In 2009, four county drop-off centers collected 277 pounds of drugs. That number spiked to 1,462 last year. “Everybody has to be a part of the solution,” Kaspar says. The effort has yielded strong results in Manatee County, as well.

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Local artist memorializes fallen sniper Gregory Marra, an East County sculptor, made a life-size clay image of Chris Kyle, a United States Navy SEAL who was killed Feb. 2, and delivered it to the sniper’s home state of Texas. LAKEWOOD RANCH — A 6-foot, 6-inch tall, 400-pound mass of clay wielding an M-16 and a sniper rifle hulks over Gregory Marra. Inside a dimly lit garage, a makeshift office filled with buckets and ladders, Marra plucks his tool at the stitching of the giant clay-sculpture’s pockets, like a mosquito pecking at a human arm. Marra, an East County resident and creator of American Patriots in Art, spent the last two weeks making a life-size sculpture of Chris Kyle, a 38-year-old U.S. Navy SEAL known as the country’s most lethal sniper. Kyle was killed Feb. 2, at a shooting range in Texas. On March 4, Karl and Carol Wallin, of Lakewood Ranch — friends of Gene Sweeney, Marra’s business partner — packed the sculpture into their tractor-trailer and began the drive to Schafer Art Bronze, in Arlington, Texas, near Kyle’s hometown of Midlothian, where the statue will be bronzed. The trailer left from Marra’s studio and was escorted by Patriot Guard Riders and Florida Highway Patrol officers onto Interstate 75. Marra and Sweeney will meet the trailer March 7 in Arlington. Through Kyle’s sister-in-law, the family spokesperson, Marra invited the Kyle family, including his wife, Taya, and their two children to view the sculpture at Schafer Art Bronze.

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Over two weeks and 160 hours, Gregory Marra made a clay sculpture of Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in American military history. The two didn’t know each other.

Marra will hold three private viewings, by invitation only, March 8 to March 10. Marra has been sending photos to Kyle’s sister-in-law throughout the creation process. The photos document changes made during the two weeks, including a late decision to remove sunglasses from the sculpture’s eyes — “too generic,” Marra said — and to add to the sculpture’s head a hat fitted with the logo of Craft International, a security training company Kyle founded. The logo shows a skull with a target aimed at its right eye, encircled around the words, “Despite what your mamma told you … violence does solve problems.” Marra, a classically trained sculptor and practicing artist since 1998, started his career as a painter, first putting ink to pad while playing college football in New Jersey, where he grew up. A history buff who studied the Renaissance art of Tuscany and European history at the University of Hartford, Marra knew Kyle’s tale well. He had read Kyle’s autobiography and followed him on “Sons of Guns,” a reality TV show on the Discovery Channel. Marra is 38 years old, the same age as Kyle when he died. Marra has young children, like Kyle did. But the two never met. At a Sarasota Veterans Commis-

sion meeting a year ago, Marra talked about his two-year-old American Patriots in Art with the Navy SEALS Foundation. Representatives from the foundation wanted Marra to build a generic statue commemorating the Navy SEALS. In December, Marra welded a skeleton of the generic sculpture, a smaller mock-up version of the end piece, tracing a friend’s body against a wall. “I thought, ‘What the hell am I doing?’” Marra said. “This is so generic. The statue needed to be somebody.” Sweeney called Marra the day Kyle died; Marra was driving to Ringling College, where he teaches art. “Gene said, ‘I have the perfect model,’” Marra said. “‘Chris Kyle just died.’ I thought, ‘Wow. Chris made miracles every day, so I can turn this generic statue into a memorial of Kyle.’” Marra set out to turn the clay into a mirror image of Kyle, with limits. Too much reality would make the sculpture look robotic. Not enough detail would make it historically inaccurate. Marra worked from a small photograph he printed out of Kyle, details of which he memorized. As clay dust floated in the thick air of his studio, during the last of the 160 hours Marra would spend on the project, the sculptor moisturized the sniper, spraying the sculpture with water — all the way to its size 12 shoes — so it wouldn’t crack on its journey to Texas. “I hope this can cause at least a minute amount of healing and closure for the family,” Marra said. “When I work, I feel like Chris (Kyle) is patting me on the shoulder and saying, ‘You’ve done good.’”

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12:40 a.m. — 6700 block of State Road 70 E. Petit Theft. A vacationer withdrew $500 from a bank and put the money in his car. The vacationer had his car cleaned, and, afterward, he noticed the money sticking out of his checkbook. The vacationer discovered he was missing $200. He contacted the car wash and its employees and found out theft has been a recent problem at the car wash.

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10:37 p.m. — 4500 block of Dover Street Circle E. Suspicious Incidents. A woman was relaxing on her pool deck when she heard rustling in the pepper trees near her home, a common sign of illegal dumping. The county frequently cleans up tires and televisions in this area. The woman walked to the area and found two people sitting in a truck. She found one tire on the ground by the pepper trees and three others in the bed of the truck. One of the truck’s occupants said he was picking up the tires to sell them. The woman believes the duo was dumping, though she didn’t witness it. The truckers drove off, leaving the one tire behind.

from the shelf and filled his shopping cart. An employee put the shopper under surveillance. The shopper then exited the store without paying for the items. The employee tried to confront the shopper outside, but the shopper resisted. A deputy secured the shopper, who tried to steal $152.81 of merchandise.

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1:25 p.m. — 6900 13th Avenue E. Theft. A woman said she and her family gave a worker $1,100 to complete work on their home, but he never showed up.

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Ashley Krueger sits between her parents, Cindi Krueger and Pat Myers. Ashley Krueger is fighting T-cell lymphoma and is awaiting a bone marrow transplant.

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Two years ago, the day before her 16th birthday, Ashley Krueger was trying on a dress for her party when her mother, Pat Myers, noticed a golfball-sized lump on her left shoulder blade. The Sarasota Military Academy student had been complaining of shoulder pain for a few weeks, but she and her family assumed it was due to an injury from a recent SMA Raiders exercise, in which she and a teammate ran several miles while carrying a telephone pole. After seeing a doctor, Krueger and her family learned the lump wasn’t a sports injury; it was Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. During the Raiders exercise, the weight of the pole had cracked her weakened bone and exposed the cancer. “We never dreamed it was cancer,” says her mother, Cindi Krueger. “We never could’ve imagined. If it weren’t for the injury, we wouldn’t have discovered it until much later.” Following her 2011 diagnosis, Krueger underwent a year of chemotherapy at All Children’s Hospital, in St. Petersburg, and she had her left shoulder blade amputated at the Moffitt Cancer Center, in Tampa. Despite the intense treatment and her weakened condition, Krueger continued to attend school as much as possible. Krueger’s parents have been impressed with their daughter’s determination and positive Ashley Krueger outlook. Fundraiser “It’s mind-over-matter When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with Ashley,” says Myers. March 9 “Her sense of humor and her stoicism is incredWhere: Fit2Run, 8249 ible. She’s stronger than Cooper Creek Blvd., both of us.” University Park “I try not to let it take What: This fundraiser up space in my head,” party will raise money adds Krueger. “I joke for Ashley Krueger’s that I let them do the upcoming bone marrow worrying.” transplant and related After treating Ewing’s, expenses. The party will Krueger began training feature raffles with three with Heather Butcher levels of prizes. at Chiropractic Sports Info: 416-4492 Medicine, in Venice, to be able to return to her favorite activities, such as running and Raiders. But, only six months after treatment, her training came to an abrupt stop. At a regular screening, Krueger’s doctors discovered a 7-inch tumor attached to her heart, which they determined was inoperable. Krueger had T-cell lymphoma, another rare form of bone cancer. “The doctors didn’t even know how to treat it,” said Myers. “This has never happened before. T-cell lymphoma has never followed Ewing’s — especially not that quickly.” Doctors responded with an extremely aggressive chemotherapy treatment, which only lasted four months, due to its taxing effects on Krueger’s body. Now, she is awaiting a bone marrow transplant March 25, which will result in more than a year of being quarantined in her home. Cindi Krueger and Myers are in the process of creating a sterile environment in their home. Friends and neighbors have also volunteered to help with the remodeling. Myers says she’s amazed with people’s willingness to help. Butcher has also organized a fundraiser party Saturday, March 9, at Fit2Run, in University Park to benefit Krueger and the family’s medical expenses. “The community has been unbelievable,” says Myers. “If it weren’t for the people in the tri-county area, we wouldn’t have this roof over our head right now.”


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‘Done right’

Hunzeker and Reid have worked together on several cross-county issues. But although they have mutual respect for each other and similar backgrounds that are heavy in prior government administration experience, each official attacks his job differently. Hunzeker, for one, is more opinionated, in his words and actions, of privatizing government services than Reid. Over the last five years, for instance, Manatee County has hired private firms for a majority of lawnmowing services, engineering for infrastructure projects and the management of two public golf courses. Manatee County spokesman Nicholas Azzara says Hunzeker constantly works with his executive team to see if and where outsourcing makes fiscal sense. In contrast, Sarasota County recently took what was outsourced, mowing and maintenance of roadsides and other areas, including athletic fields, and brought it in-house. That move, which Reid discussed before Sarasota County commissioners Feb. 8, could cost more than $1 million and add 40 people to the county payroll. The decision comes after a controversial period of inconsistent mowing, during which a local resident was struck by a motorist and killed while cutting grass at a public median. Reid says privatization, in general, should be a tool, not a must-do. “It’s on a case-by-case basis,” says Reid. “You should use a mix. I’m not a rabid fan of privatization, nor am I always against it.” Another key difference between the administrators is that after six years, Hunzeker has something Reid, who has been in office a little more than a year, doesn’t: Widespread admiration from the business community and the County Commission. In fact, Manatee County commissioners like Hunzeker so much that earlier this year they voted to extend his contract to 2018 — four years past his expected retirement date. “(Hunzeker’s) innovative leadership is almost unprecedented in Manatee County,” Commission Chairman Larry Bustle

says. “The numerous examples of his leadership and management success have led to some huge cost savings and improved the way the county operates.” Local homebuilder Pat Neal is one of many executives who praises Hunzeker. “Ed has always been very responsive,” says Neal, president of Lakewood Ranch-based Neal Communities. “He has done right by the business community.” On the other hand, some local business leaders, including several developers, have yet to endorse Reid with the same vigor. Other executives say individual employees who make decisions merely reflect the leadership, which is why an anti-business pall still hangs over Reid. For example, Medallion Homes CEO Carlos Beruff says Sarasota County officials recently told him a rather simple land amendment proposal could take at least a year to go through the system. A similar proposal, says Beruff, whose $57 million firm is based in Manatee County and has projects statewide, would barely take three months in some other counties. “I told them I don’t have to do business (in Sarasota County),” says Beruff. “I could do business in other counties that want me there.” Reid says he’s not antibusiness and has worked well with the business community wherever he’s been. Plus, he says he agrees with many business leaders who say growth is the only way to build a successful, and sustainable, community. “If you don’t have a tax base,” Reid says, “you are very limited in what you can do.”

Restore credibility

But it was Reid’s reputation for pragmatism and ethics that won over Sarasota County commissioners. That board named Reid to the top post in November 2011. Reid replaced Jim Ley, who ran Sarasota County for 14 years until he resigned in May 2011 in the wake of a contract and procurement scandal. Reid’s charge, therefore, was to restore credibility to the way Sarasota County does business with vendors and other outside entities. “We’ve been trying to work to improve our procurement system,” says Reid, “and we’ve made great strides in that.” A finalist for the top job in Sarasota County once before, in 1997, Reid says he’s made a point to candidly and constantly talk about values. “The primary word I used during my first year, 2012, was ‘ethics,’” says Reid. “The primary word I will use in 2013 will be ‘accountability.’” Reid says he’s heard some local business leaders say Sarasota County, at times, has leaned antigrowth or anti-development — charges at which he scoffs. “I don’t think the county is anti-business,” Reid says. “Regulations exist for a purpose, but the last thing I want to do is burden people with cum-

bersome regulations.”

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Hunzeker, meanwhile, says his success isn’t necessarily based on a philosophy of government, but, instead, on a leadership theory that’s a classic take from the business world: Hire leaders smarter than you, then get out of the way. “I tell people that if I know more about planning than the planners,” says Hunzeker, “we are in a lot of trouble.” Adds Hunzeker: “You can hire technicians. (But) leaders are far and few between.” Hunzeker, who also worked in administration in Hillsborough County, has hired nine new depart-

ment heads, out of 13 departments, since 2007. He says a good department head in government, like a good employee, must be someone who can address a problem with the goal of making it right. Another characteristic of Hunzeker’s approach is to reward risk-takers — something not often done in government. But Hunzeker says a government can only be responsive, no matter the constituency, if fear of doing the right thing is eliminated. “Sometimes people are afraid to make a decision,” says Hunzeker. “That’s because in this line of work you make a mistake and you can read about it in the paper.”

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Hunzeker is surely only one of many top county officials, on the Gulf Coast and statewide, who claim to bring a taxpayer-first mantra like that to their job. Randall Reid, who holds the same position in Sarasota County, also says he prioritizes accountability — to the County Commission and to local residents. But the general feeling in the Sarasota-Bradenton business community, based on multiple interviews with executives in a variety of industries, is Hunzeker, in comparison to Reid, is an administrator who “gets it.” Hunzeker won’t kowtow to developers or companies, executives say, but he also realizes a vibrant business community is essential to a county’s long-term success.

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Lakewood Ranch freshman catcher Maddie Biggs keeps her eye on a Braden River base runner while preparing to throw the ball back to the mound.

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The Out-ofDoor Academy sophomore pole vaulter Tre Gregory won the Ram Invitational March 1, clearing 12-6 to set a new school record.

The Braden River High infield celebrates with pitcher Courtney Mirabella, left, following one of her 14 strikeouts.

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The Braden River High baseball team scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning to come from behind and beat rival Lakewood Ranch 8-7 Feb. 28.

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Jimmy Kuebler hurled a three-hit shutout and struck out 13 to lead The Out-of-Door Academy to a 5-0 victory over St. Stephen’s March 1.

Braden River senior Courtney Mirabella pitched a complete game shutout, allowing four hits and three walks while striking out 14.

Lady Pirates post shutout

Hannah Loyer hit a two-run home run, and Courtney Mirabella struck out 14 to lead Braden River to a 3-0 non-district victory over rival Lakewood Ranch Feb. 28. BRADEN RIVER — Whether it’s on the mound or at the plate, Hannah Loyer constantly is looking for the perfect pitch. This season, in particular, every pitch counts. The Braden River High senior pitcher and center fielder is off to an impressive start — last Thursday night proved to be no different. Loyer blasted a two-run home run in the bottom of the third inning to propel Braden River to a 3-0 non-district victory over cross-town rival Lakewood Ranch. “I had no idea. It felt good, but I didn’t know it was going (over the fence),” Loyer says of her home run. “I’ve been having better pitch selection, not swinging at everything, so that helps my hitting a lot. “It’s a big deal,” she says. “It feels really good (to beat Lakewood) because even though it’s not a district game, it’s still one of our big rivalries.”

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Lakewood Ranch senior Luke Sears finished second in the shot put at the Charlotte Quad Meet March 1, with a throw of 44-0.

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Brenda Holman used her 7-wood to record an ace March 3 on the 133-yard No. 9 of the Champions Course, at PalmAire Country Club.

Above: Lakewood Ranch senior Shea Fisher drew a walk in the sixth inning. Right: Braden River senior Hannah Loyer went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and three RBIs.

Loyer, who is batting .416 through the first six games of the season, went 2-for-3 at the plate and drove in all three of the Lady Pirates’ runs. “Hannah has definitely matured for her senior season,” Braden River coach Erin Spivey says. “She’s come out every day with a great attitude. She works hard. She’s definitely been game on. She’s done a great job.” Loyer’s home run helped relieve some of the pressure from Lady Pirates pitcher Courtney Mirabella, who put together another dominant performance. Mirabella hurled her third straight shutout, allowing four hits and three walks while striking out 14. “I’ve been working on my speed a lot, and it’s getting there,” Mirabella says. “I’ve picked up a lot of movement since my freshman year, and that’s been my biggest thing. “I always love playing Lakewood,” she says. “It’s always really good competition, and it’s always a good game no matter what. It’s just exciting, and I’m glad we won.” Mirabella, who signed with North Carolina State University, has a .29 ERA through four starts this season and is averaging 14 strikeouts a game. “Courtney is, in my mind, one of the premier pitchers in the state of Florida,” Lakewood coach Tony Cummins says. “I’ve watched the kid for a long time, and she’s always been a dominant pitcher. She’s cool under pressure. She never gets rattled, and she does her job every time.” Lakewood, who was without injured starters Jenn Trotter (ankle) and Jackie Schoff (shoulder), attempted to rally with two outs in the sixth inning, after Shea Fisher drew a walk and McKaleigh Goodale singled. Mirabella, however, closed out the inning with a strikeout. “We played solid ball,” Spivey says. “Their nerves are high any time they play Lakewood Ranch, just like Lakewood Ranch is with us. So, for them, the six seniors, they were pumped up and ready to go.” Lakewood’s Taylor Newton and Sierra Schappacher both singled in the seventh inning before Mirabella closed the game. “We battled hard,” Cummins says. “We worked all week for Courtney. We’ve known her for a long time. We helped her out a bunch in the beginning, but, considering our injuries and our sickness, I think we hung in and battled.” Braden River and Lakewood will face each other again in their regular season finale April 9. Contact Jen Blanco at jblanco@yourobserver.com.


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first team and NSCAA All-South Region first team. She was an All-SEC first team selection, SEC tournament MVP and Soccer America MVP first team selection, among other accolades. Tymrak began playing soccer when she was 4 years old after her father, David, a former soccer player, himself, dropped a ball down in front of his daughter’s feet one day. She immediately took a liking to the sport and has been playing ever since. “I (enjoy) the emotions I experience with it — passion, accomplishment, happiness and teamwork,” Tymrak says. “Playing soccer at a high level takes a lot of devotion and commitment. Especially playing in college — it’ll either break you or make you into a better athlete. “The feeling of fulfillment after a hard workout, though, is so rewarding; and I think it’s those types of feelings that drive me to Courtesy photo get better and train harder,” she says. When she was in eighth grade, University of Florida midfielder Erika Tymrak was named the 2012 SEC Tymrak started doing the OlymFriendship Knot Quilters Guild Presents pic Development Program. The Offensive Player of the Year. The Lakewood Ranch resident will begin decision allowed college coaches playing professional soccer for Kansas City in the new NWSL League. to see her and motivated her to push toward her goal of playing LAKEWOOD RANCH —  Erika And she’s become one of the award,” Tymrak says. “There are at the next level. Tymrak is the perfect emotional University of Florida’s most ac- so many talented players in the Tymrak spent the next five blend. complished players; she leads SEC, and the fact that I was cho- years playing for IMG Academy, She’s passionate about a sport the Gators in goals, assists and sen says a lot about my team. where she was IMG’s Most Valushe’s been playing since she was points this season. When a player is earning points, able Player from 2005 to 2007 4 years old. In recognition of her talent, goals, assists, etc., a lot of the and the IMG Soccer Player of the She creatively dazzles defenses dedication and work ethic, the credit has to go out to the other Year in 2008 and 2009. with her movement and knowl- Florida midfielder and Lake- players, as well. I was just grateTymrak also was a part of the edge of the game. wood Ranch resident was named ful and excited I could represent U.S. National Team that finished She’s remained motivated and the 2012 SEC Offensive Player of my school and team.” as the runner-up in the 2008 committed to becoming the best the Year. Tymrak also was named to the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup player she could be at every level “It was such an honor to National Soccer Coaches Asso- in New Zealand. Friday, March 8 from In9-6 she’s played. be recognized and given the ciation of America All-American 2009, Tymrak moved on to

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Jon Luke Beck, Buck Schott, Shane Rice and Brent Mirikitani celebrate Ten Oaks’ victory in the USPA Wayne Brown Finals March 3.

Ten-year-old Deklyn Falkner warms up before the start of her season opener.

Nine-year-old Faith Ross got the call on the mound for Planet Stone.

MMS swings into spring Fifteen teams celebrated the start of the 2013 spring season during Miss Manatee Softball’s Opening Day Feb. 23. Players, ranging in age from 8U to 12U, eagerly hit the field for their season openers. The 13U division officially opened its season Feb. 25.

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The Out-of-Door Academy baseball team cruised to a 13-3 victory over DeSoto County Feb. 28. Austin Hoppe struck out 13 in the win. Desmond Lindsay hit his fifth home run of the season.

+ Pirates win back-to-back games The Braden River High baseball team earned a pair of victories last week. The Pirates scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning to come from behind and beat rival Lakewood Ranch 8-7 Feb. 28. Myles Straw came on in the bottom of the seventh inning to secure the win for Braden River. He also went 4-for-5 with an RBI and a stolen base. Eric Schappacher went 2-for-3 with a two-run double. On March 1, Braden River earned its first district win of the season, with a 4-1 victory over Charlotte. Straw went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two stolen bases, and Schappacher went 1-for-3 with two RBIs and a stolen base.

KUDOS Lakewood Ranch Girls Track The Lakewood Ranch High girls track team scored 244.5 points to win the Charlotte Quad Meet March 1, at Charlotte High. Individual winners include: • Olivia Ogles (100) • Kristin Zarrella (400 and 1600) • Natalie Novak (800) • Elizabeth Chandler (3200) • Talia Falco (long jump and triple jump) • Morgan Shine (shot put) • 4x400 (Carolyn Super, Zarrella, Ashley Platt, Novak) • 4x800 (Emily Perez, Michelle Last, Chandler, Katie Wray)

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+ Thunder LAX posts win + Youth Baseball Day upcoming The Out-of-Door Academy boys lacrosse team defeated Sarasota Military Academy 6-4 in its season opener March 1.

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Braden River High senior Hannah Loyer’s batting average after going 2-for-3 at the plate with a tworun home run and three RBIs in the Lady Pirates 3-0 victory over Lakewood Ranch Feb. 28.

batting average for the season’s first seven games. .538 Straw’s

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The Out-of-Door Academy freshman Luke Horan defeats Cardinal Mooney’s Connor Kennedy 6-1, 6-2 in No. 2 singles

ODA swings past Cardinal Mooney Cardinal Mooney’s Lauren Lepore returns a serve.

I worked out and trained really hard over the summer and during the offseason. I’ve always been able to hit the ball, but working out over the summer added the power.

a junior or a senior because there are more kids. It gives me an edge on other people, because I’ve had two extra years (of) experience playing high school baseball.

I hit my first home run on the Little League fields when I was about 8 years old. It was after practice, and I was hitting extra with my coach. I hit it to dead center. I was just really excited. I didn’t think about anything else because I finally hit one out.

My fondest baseball memory is going to Disney Nationals with my old travel team, the Lakewood Ranch Longhorns. At that age, it was one of the biggest trips I’d ever been on for baseball or vacation. It was a week of playing baseball nonstop, and I got to spend a week in a hotel with my friends.

I just want to win. As long as I’m helping the team win, then I’m fine. I play travel ball for Team Impact. It’s just a little looser. It’s not so serious.

Cardinal Mooney freshman Greg Short returns a serve during his No. 3 singles match.

There aren’t a lot of kids here, but I’ve had the opportunity to play (varsity) as a freshman and a sophomore, whereas a lot of other schools you usually have to wait until you’re

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Desmond Lindsay hit his fifth home run of the season to lead The Out-ofDoor Academy to a 12-3 victory over DeSoto County Feb. 28. The sophomore first and third baseman has hit a home run in five of ODA’s seven games so far this season, helping lead the Thunder to a 6-1 record (2-0 Class 3A-District 10).


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A home in Lake Club sells for $1,217,000 Fox Pointe

The following residential real-estate transactions took place between Feb. 18 and Feb. 22. A home in Lake Club tops all transactions in this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s real estate. ARH Models LLC sold the home at 16018 Topsail Terrace to Stephen Switlyk, of Longboat Key, for $1,217,000. Built in 2012, it has three bedrooms, four baths, one half-bath, a pool and 3,834 square feet of living area.

Henri and Harriet Arnold, of Sarasota, sold their home at 5470 Golf Pointe Drive to George and Patricia Mitchell, of Ontario, Canada, for $375,000. Built in 2002, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,518 square feet of living area.

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David and Joan Bour, of Orlando, sold their home at 13704 Red Rock Place to Bryon Olive and Kirsten Petraitis, of Ontario, Canada, for $900,000. Built in 2007, it has three bedrooms, three baths, one half-bath, a pool and 3,748 square feet of living area. Sally Ling, of Englewood Cliffs, N.J., sold her home at 7245 Lake Forest Glen to David Deona and Brenda Crawford, of Bradley Beach, N.J., for $527,500. Built in 2006, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,670 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $855,000 in 2006. Jack and Vicki DeLeon, of Chapel Hill, N.C., sold their home at 7326 Edenmore St. to William and Susan Laramee, of South Windsor, Conn., for $400,000. Built in 2009, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,211 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $433,100 in 2010. Martin and Cheryl Stevenson, of Sarasota, sold their home at 7224 Presidio Glen to Robert and Anne Shaw, of Center Harbor, N.H., for $370,000. Built in 2004, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 2,161 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $354,000 in 2011.

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Howard and Robyn Drourr, of Bradenton, sold their home at 917 Maritime Court to Robert Hartung and Miriam

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This home in Lake Club, which has three bedrooms, four baths, one half-bath, a pool and 3,834 square feet of living area, sold for $1,217,000. Martin, of Bradenton, for $700,000. Built in 2003, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,104 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $582,700 in 2003.

for $450,000. Built in 1998, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,957 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $380,000 in 2012.

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Andrew and Lori Cutler, of Sarasota, sold their home at 8318 Curlew Court to James and Audra Danko, of Bradenton, for $575,000. Built in 2005, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,749 square feet of living area. Mark Cahill Investments LLC sold the home at 22304 Deer Pointe Crossing to Ricky and Katherine Rockafellow, of Bradenton, for $475,000. Built in 2004, it has four bedrooms, three baths, one half-bath, a pool and 3,573 square feet of living area.

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Timothy and Carrie Boyd sold their home at 9984 Cherry Hills Ave. Circle to Edward and Yvette Prado, of Bradenton,

Richard Rone and Katherine Rone, of Bradenton, sold their home at 13132 Peregrin Circle to Hernan and Maria Aspiazu, of Bradenton, for $387,000. Built in 2001, it has three bedrooms, three baths, one half-bath, a pool and 3,609 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $587,500 in 2004.

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Josh Diggs, of Tampa, sold his home at 13914 18th Place E. to Jamie and Stacy Rosenberg, of Bradenton, for $380,000. Built in 2001, it has four bedrooms, three baths, one half-bath, a pool and 3,209 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $275,000 in 2012.

Donald Litz and Jean Arnold, of Bradenton, sold their home at 8831 Brookfield Terrace to Frank and Patricia Rebel, of Indianapolis, for $335,000. Built in 2006, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,885 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $575,000 in 2006. Johnny Tran, of Bradenton, sold his home at 9012 Brookfield Terrace to Richard Dinh and Michael Tran, of North Olmsted, Ohio, for $275,000. Built in 2005, it has four bedrooms, three baths and 2,907 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $514,500 in 2005. Rosalind Sichel sold her home at 8972 Stone Harbour Loop to Benny and Sherrie Grisham, of Springfield, Ill., for $215,000. Built in 2005, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,000 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $382,600 in 2005.

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Charles and Sheila Gleydura, of Hernando, sold their home at 4116 Second Ave. N.E. to Brian and Michelle Brinely, of Bradenton, for $305,000. Built in 1986, it has three bedrooms, two baths, one halfbath and 1,798 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $113,900 in 1993.

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D. Page Hoover and Sarah Pietzak, trustees, of Huntertown, Ind., sold the home at 5805 Pleasant Grove Court to Drew and Pamela Lalor, of Bradenton, for $290,000. Built in 1994, it has three bedrooms, two

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Carl Cannova, trustee, of University Park, sold the home at 6307 95th St. E. to Linda Anolfo, of Bradenton, for $285,000. Built in 1984, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,319 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $114,000 in 1993.

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David and Dianne Shaw, of Peterborough, United Kingdom, sold their home at 7706 Seven Oaks Drive to Ipek and Ali Filiz, of Bradenton, for $285,000. Built in 2005, it has two bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,993 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $437,100 in 2005.

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Joseph Lupacchino, of Bradenton, sold his home at 6462 Tailfeather Way to Erisha White, of Montclair, N.J., for $277,000. Built in 2005, it has two bedrooms, two baths, one half-bath and 2,638 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $386,300 in 2005. Robert Schiller, of Bradenton, sold his home at 6708 Tailfeather Way to School Solutions LLC for $229,900. Built in 2004, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,831 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $182,900 in 2010.

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BUSINESSOBSERVER + Wagner Realty adds business brokerage specialists Wagner Realty President David Eckel has announced the addition of his company’s newest group: Business Brokerage.  The Business Brokerage group expands Wagner Realty’s full-service operations, which now include residential sales and rentals, commercial sales, leasing and property management. “We feel the timing is right to provide this additional service, not only to the local business community who may be considering selling their existing business and retiring, but also for the many people moving to Florida looking for entrepreneurial opportunities in addition to housing,” Eckel said. Manatee County banker Ken Swan, who returned to Bradenton after stints in Miami and Houston, will manage the effort. Swan was with Coldwell Banker in Houston. Joining Swan are John Carroll, Scott Abraham, Don Swartz and Margaret Watson.

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Members of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce are optimistic about the economy. In a recent bi-annual survey, to which 385 of its members responded, 65% said the local economy will fare better in 2013 than 2012. Florida Chamber of Commerce respondents who answered the same survey question in January came in at 49%. The most recent survey also recorded 33% of respondents identifying economic uncertainty as the No. 1 obstacle preventing them from hiring new employees, while 28% said it was government regulations, including the Affordable Health Care Act. On a national level, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s most recent quarterly survey results showed 82% of respondents said the economy is heading in the wrong direction. More information about the chamber’s 2013 bi-annual survey, including the survey overview, methodology and other statistics, can be found on the chamber’s website at ManateeChamber.com.

Lakewood Ranch’s Willis A. Smith Construction Inc. began the final phase of construction and renovation at Booker High School this month. Construction includes demolition of old buildings to make way for the addition of new baseball and softball fields. Other additions include new tennis courts and shot put, discus and long-jump facilities. Total project completion is projected for December of this year. Earlier this year, students and staff moved in to the renovated Booker High School main campus, which includes more than 300,000 square feet of renovated spaces and new buildings. Construction on Booker High School began in 2010. “The renovation has provided new and relevant educational experiences, enhanced security for staff and students and has pulled together the community and increased opportunity for our local residents,” said Joshua Leinweber, assistant principal for Booker High. Local workers within the school’s ZIP code performed 24% of the labor on the project, which generated more than $1.7 million in wages for the local community.

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Corey Crider as Belfiore, Stefano de Peppo as the Baron, and Jennifer Feinstein as the Marchesa in Verdi’s “A King for a Day.”

‘A King for a Day’ gives its audiences royal treatment voice, beautifully embodies the Cavaliere and is able to play with the audience, as well as his colleagues on stage. That playfulness seems to embody everyone on stage thanks to Collins’ understated but immensely funny staging. This slightly incestuous court (everyone seems related to everyone else), in Collins’ hands, isn’t a group of singers but, rather, a set of evolving individuals who entertain and delight each other, as well as the audience. Jennifer Feinstein, as the Marchesa of Poggio, who is really the Cavaliere’s lover but isn’t quite sure if she’s seeing her real fiancé or just his face on the body of the King of Poland, is believably befuddled by all the flummoxing. A mezzo of enormous range and flexibility, her Marchesa is an attractive, smart woman who turns perplexing circumstances to her own advantage. Danielle Walker, our Giulietta, who is almost married off to the wrong man, is a charming, beautiful young soprano with a lyric voice that carries well over the footlights and has a demeanor reminiscent of Beverly Sills in her energetic hey-day. Stefano de Peppo, her father, the Baron, and Kevin Short, Signor La Rocca, are hilarious as the social-climbing duo who threaten, cajole and coax each other into what could be ruination, were it not for the false king’s commitment to set the world straight in 24 hours. Short, particularly, has a wonderful proclivity for comedy and, by not over-acting or oversinging, almost stole the show. Finally, Hak Soo Kim’s light but farreaching tenor turned Edoardo, the young officer in love with Giulietta, into a prince-of-a-person and singer. Jeffrey W. Dean did miraculous things with scenery that seemed plucked out of a late Ingres or early Monet painting. Each set, from the halls of the castle to the gardens outside, were works of art, which Ken Yunker brilliantly set. The orchestra, under Victor DeRenzi, was extraordinary. It sounded stylish and offered just the right kind of support for the excellent soloists and chorus on stage. But, why didn’t that excellent chorus get a curtain call? They do so well, sound so good and add so much character but never get the deserved praise. — June LeBell

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What a difference a year makes. In 1840, Giuseppe Verdi’s wife and, two children died and then, “Un giorno di regno” (“A King for a Day’) came along and everyone hated it. Not the best of times. Everything, from the singers on stage to the gods in the heavens, seemed to be conspiring against Verdi. Now, I wasn’t there, but my guess, based on the joyful music and the splendid current production at Sarasota Opera, is that Verdi didn’t have the right cast 173 years ago. His singers were expecting “Un giorno” to be a serious story, and they were probably serious singers without a funny bone in their bodies. They were probably miffed they weren’t singing “contemporary” Verdi, but, rather a Verdi who was looking back at the music theater of Rossini and Donizetti. So, they didn’t give the work the performance it deserved, and “A King for a Day” became a flop for the times. That’s not so with the new production at Sarasota Opera. In the elastically humorous hands of director Martha Collins, this cast has made “A King for a Day” a hit for the season. The story, based on the comedy, “Le Faux Stanislas,” (The False Stanislaw) by Alexander Duval, has all the wit, eccentricity and hilarity of a really good farce. The King of Poland, Stanislaw, has asked the Cavaliere of Belfiore to take his place for what turns out to be a day while he tends to business in Poland. The false king visits the castle of the Baron of Kelbar whose friends are kowtowing and bowing to the “king,” trying to win his favor. There are a couple of love trapezoids (far more entangling than the simple triangles), a nest of two-faced, slightly dim-witted counts and squires out to get what they can, even if it means selling off daughters and lovers like a pound of lox at Zabars. And there’s the false king who knows he may never have the power that’s suddenly been thrust upon him and, with his penchant for meddling in the love lives of others, manages to contort, manipulate and alter the future of every individual in the court, mostly for the better. Corey Crider, as the king for a day, is a warm, believable poseur who searches beneath the outer crustiness of power and comes up with a fun-loving, attractive character. Crider, a baritone who seems able to do almost anything with his

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Sandy Loevner heads up the Florida Winefest. This year’s festival will include hot-air balloons, making it the only festival of its kind in the state. ward appearance, Sarasota has a lot of poverty, which is often hiding in plain sight. “It might not seem like it, but there are a lot of needy children in Sarasota,” she says. “They’re in need of basic things, like clean diapers and baby beds. If not for this money, these are children who would go to bed with no hot meal until the next day at school.” Since its inception, Florida Winefest has raised $7.7 mil-

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78

66

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58

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72

53

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62

55

Sat., March 2

63

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Sun., March 3

56

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66

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7:45

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7:44

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CHANDELIER: BRONZE, 6 lights, new in box, $150.00. Matching pendant lights also available. 941-753-1993.

ESTATE SALE Friday, March 8th - 9:30a.m.-3p.m. (Please park on the south side of El Conquistador Parkway near Wild Oak Bay) Numbers and instructions will be given out there starting at 8a.m.

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Autos For Sale 1968 CORVETTE Convertible: burgundy, tan interior completely redone. New bumpers, new top, 350 4/speed, power steering. Many new chaise parts. Drives nice. Must see. $24,900. 941-383-4907, 508-237-1232.

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Merchandise Wanted CASH FOR Old Military Items. Swords, uniforms, insignia & old guns. Call 941-416-3280. SENIOR LOOKING to purchase precious metals, time pieces, coins, jewelry and antiques. Please call Marc, 941-321-0707.

Pools/Spas HOT TUB seats 5, with lounger, 110 or 220 volt. Never used. Can deliver. Sacrifice $1895. 941-462-0633.

Events ART SALE. Meadows 21st Art Sale: Saturday, March 9 and Sunday March 10, 10a.m.-4p.m. daily. Meadows Community Center, 2004 Longmeadow, off 17th St. Oils, pastels, pottery, jewelry, etc.

Good Things To Eat

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT, RESPONSIBILITIES: Maintenance of personnel, grant, contract files and documentation in compliance with government and VA polices. Liaise with granting and government agencies. Track personnel training records and training schedules, maintenance of research records, provision of necessary documentation and administrative support for grant submissions, other duties as assigned. EXPERIENCE: Minimum 3 years administrative experience. VA administration and scientific research experience preferred. Must be PC proficient with excellent organizational, written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills. Background check required. The Roskamp Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please send rĂŠsumĂŠ and cover letter to hr@rfdn.org COACH: PTR Certified Pro-Jr. Dvlpmnt & CVAC Certified to provide sports & fitness train'g, instrctn & coach'g to tennis athletes (10 & U, jrs., adults & pros) incl'g: exercise, muscle strength & weight train'g; stroke prodn; nutrition, motivational strategies; mental efficiency & stress mgmt. Apply exercise sci & kinesiology principles. Dvlp physical & mental fitness regimes & progs. Periodization & injury prevention plan'g. Advise on rehab techs. Tournamt travel w/ players. 40 hrs. Bach-Physical Educ or Sports Science (or for. equiv) + 5 yrs. exp. Mail resume & salary reqmts to Tennis Players Fitness Institute, LLC. Attn. Mr. Bourgeois, 7155 Grand Estuary Trail, Bradenton, FL 34212. Job in Bradenton, FL.

Homes For Sale NEWEST 2012 CONSTRUCTION ON NORTH LIDO PARK Mid 21st Century Eco-House 30 secs to beach, 3 mins to Circle, Reverse FPL meter, 4/3.5, south pool. $1,999,000. Glenn Callaghan Re/Max Alliance Group, 941-928-9020.

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