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River Club Plaza takes shape Texas Roadhouse is the latest business to sign on to the project off State Road 70.

+ Fallen owlet returns to nest Wildlife rehabilitator Justin Matthews returned a baby barred owl to its home in Panther Ridge Monday, March 18, after the bird fell from its nest Sunday, March 17. “He fell about 40 feet, because his nest has fallen apart,” Matthews said. “I kept him overnight to make sure he had no injuries.” Matthews constructed a new nest for the bird and returned it to its mother, who had been crying for the owlet all night. Matthews said birds, except for vultures, have no sense of smell, so babies that have fallen from their nests can be returned, even if handled by a human.

+ Primrose book drive benefits needy Preschoolers at Primrose School at Lakewood Ranch helped provide books for local children in need, in honor of Read Across America Day March 2. Students looked through the books they had at home to see which they believed would most benefit needy children. Families also donated new books. Donations benefited Mothers Helping Mothers, a local nonprofit that supports local families by providing basic necessities, including school supplies, books, baby items and more. The book donation drive was part of Og’s Bountiful Books, a Primrose reading program designed to encourage parents to read to their children at home and send their favorite books to school to share with their classmate.

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Texas Roadhouse restaurant will occupy one of the five standalone buildings at River Club Plaza on State Road 70.

EAST COUNTY — The developer for River Club Plaza, a 245acre project at the southeast intersection of State Road 70 and Interstate 75, expects the project to be fully leased by this summer. “This is a neighborhood center with a mix of service uses,” said Casto’s John Hutchens, asset manager for the project. “When you have a great location, with visibility from major road-

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ways and combine that with a Walmart, you have a great draw for other retailers.” Home to a Walmart Supercenter since April, the project, which runs parallel to I-75 and extends south to Linger Lodge Road and east toward the Braden Woods community, recently added Texas Roadhouse to its list of tenants. The restaurant will occupy one

of five stand-alone buildings, said Hutchens. Based in Louisville, Ky., the chain, known for steaks, chicken, ribs and more, signed a lease for the 2.62-acre site in early March, and construction is well under way with an opening slated for May. It will join Tire Choice and Hungry Howie’s Pizza, which is expected to open in its new location next month, as occupied stand-alone buildings.

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Different pasts,

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Two East County families each adopted a child with extremely different backgrounds from Uganda last month.

EAST COUNTY — Inside an orphanage in Kamala, Uganda, two children with different pasts, but forced into the same hopeless future, stared into the eyes of their means to get out — their future adoptive parents. On a mission trip with 15 others in June, Matt Leake, who lives in GreyHawk Landing with his wife, Kaitlyn, and biological son, Mason, 20 months, played with a 6-month old, 15-pound boy with a runny nose in an intensive care unit. His name was Isaiah. At 2 weeks old, during a heavy rainstorm, Isaiah’s mother had brought him to a charcoal stall to shop. That is where she left him. At the same orphanage, Tony and Georgia Gamelin spent time with Brielle, a 2-year-old whose mother, also an orphan, had turned to prostitution as a way out. After

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Above: Georgia, Brielle, Bryce, Brittany, Bryan, Brianne and Tony Gamelin are enjoying their time together as a family.

ADOPTION MINDED Tony and Georgia Gamelin are working to turn Bridge a Life, an adoption ministry they helped start with Matt and Kaitlyn Leake and Danny and Ann Marie Jones, into a 501(c)(3), as a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization. In doing so, it could sponsor orphaned Ugandans. A sponsorship would pay for a school uniform, public school and, at least, one meal a day. Left: Kaitlyn, Isaiah, Mason and Matt Leake returned from Uganda March 15.

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Health-care surtax to go on the ballot Manatee County voters will vote in June on a half-cent sales surtax to fund indigent health care. MANATEE COUNTY — As a trust fund to pay for indigent health care in Manatee County nears depletion, Manatee County officials will take to the public a proposed half-cent sales surtax — a tax that potentially would result in the reduction of property taxes. A referendum is scheduled for June 18. After two motions failed — one to hold the referendum in November, and another to deny the proposed ordinance allowing the referendum — members of the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners voted 4-3 March 12 to put the proposed tax on the ballot this summer. The county currently spends more than $24 million annually on health care-related costs, of which about $9 million is paid for through the trust fund and the remaining $15 million is funded through property-tax revenues. Officials plan to replace the county’s expenditures of $24 million, to the extent possible, with proceeds of the tax — a move that will free up property-tax revenue for a property-tax reduction. Officials also plan to reduce indigent health-care costs by redirecting patient care from emergency rooms to less-expensive clinics. “Our proposal is to swap property taxfunded expenses for sales tax-funded expenses, reduce tax rates and, if the Feds come up with a funding (mechanism) to

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replace the sales tax, we eliminate the sales tax,” Manatee County AdminTo qualify for use istrator Ed Hunof the indigentzeker said. “The care dollars under sales tax revethe proposed tax, nue can only be individuals would used for health have to be resicare — nothing dents of Manatee else according County, have no to state law.” insurance, be Under the curunable to qualrent proposal, ify for Medicaid property-tax revand earn up to enues could be 200% of the fedreduced by about eral poverty level. $10 million anIndividuals would nually. The sales be eligible for up tax, which would to 12 months. be charged for items costing less than $5,000, would cost many middle-class families about $64 annually. The tax would go into effect Jan. 1, 2014. Despite approving putting the referendum on the ballot, commissioners still have the option of canceling the referendum, if details of the sales-tax proposal come back as unfavorable. Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@ yourobserver.com.

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Timeline • March — Commissioners vote to put the half-cent sales tax on the ballot. • June 18 — Public votes on the proposed tax. • October — If approved, tax would be established. • January 2014 — Collection of the sales tax would begin.

Public Input Manatee County residents came forward both for and against the proposed tax. Opponents objected to funding preventative care and having an “open-ended” financial commitment, as well as a lack of data to measure the effectiveness of how dollars now are spent. Proponents liked the idea of property-tax relief, because the tax would shift the burden of indigent care to the entire community.

Commissioner comments Despite the motion to go forward with the referendum, Manatee County commissioners said they were not completely comfortable with the idea of the sales tax. The timing of the referendum, in particular, raised many concerns. “We need to find another way to fund what we already are doing,” Commissioner John Chappie said. “I’m in favor of moving it forward, but I am concerned about the timing.” Pushing the referendum to November, county staff said, would delay the collection of the tax. However, a June referendum would allow the county administrator to present a budget proposal that includes a property-tax reduction to offset the sales tax. Commissioners also raised concerns about the uncertainty of federal health care-related legislation on local governments. They also wanted to study the issue more closely before sending the sales tax to the public for consideration. “I don’t want the people of Manatee to spend any money that’s not absolutely necessary,” Commissioner Vanessa Baugh said. “I’m not convinced we need to move so quickly.”

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RV park raises more than $33,000 to beat cancer Horseshoe Cove residents and 91 cancer survivors teamed to beat the disease at the park’s fifth Relay for Life Walk, a tradition that has brought in more than $110,000. EAST COUNTY — In 1975, after his diagnosis, a bitter Jim Halley sat stooped behind the wheel of his truck, driving nowhere. He couldn’t face his cancer. Thirty-eight years later, in front of a sea Horseshoe Cove RV Resort cancer survivors wearing purple shirts, Halley made a speech that felt more like an official declaration. He addressed it to cancer. “I’ve heard you called the king of diseases,” said Halley, an 81-year-old melanoma survivor who drove from Dayton, Ohio, to honor his wife, Kay, who died of breast cancer in 2009 at Horseshoe Cove. “We walk in your shadow of death, but we will not fear you. I have a message for you: We are going to beat you.” Halley, along with 91 other cancer survivors and other community members, helped Horseshoe Cove — a 470-unit RV Park off Caruso Road — raise more than $33,000 during its fifth Relay for Life Walk March 12. The money, which benefits the American Cancer Society, came from fundraisers, such as golf cart washes, hot dog sales, a silent auction, a casino night and donations. Since part-time Horseshoe Cove residents Alan and Linda Hager started the relays at the park in 2004, the community has raised more than $110,000. Natives of Elmira, N.Y., the couple walked similar relays in their home state and tried to mimic them. For the first one, which came shortly after Linda Hager’s last chemotherapy treatment on Thanksgiving 2003, Alan Hager had his wife shave his head to match hers, which she hid with a wig and a scarf. He remembers how, before he shaved

Jim Halley, an 81-year-old melanoma survivor, gave a testimonial. A former Horseshoe Cove resident, Halley drove from Dayton, Ohio, to honor his wife, Kay, who died of breast cancer in 2009. his wife’s head, her few hairs would pull from her scalp and stick to the comb as he tried to brush it. “Now that I shaved your head, you shave mine,” Alan Hager had said to her. That year, with a four-member organizing committee, the event raised more than $10,000, beating the modest $500 goal. Nearly 10 years later, at this year’s relay, backed by a 20-person committee, Alan Hager shaved his head again — this time to commemorate the decade since his wife’s diagnosis. Before a lighted luminary at the resort’s outside pool, Halley, who moved to Ohio after his wife died, reflected on his “curious life.” From 1998 to 2009, Kay Halley, a retired home economics teacher, ran volunteer

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Lois and Jack Snow began their Relay for Life walk March 12, at Horseshoe Cove. sewing lessons for fellow residents of the RV park. Many of the walkers March 12 wore sweaters and shirts she sewed. Halley, then an electrical engineer, was diagnosed with melanoma at age 43. On that day in 1975, Halley scrunched his lanky frame into his truck, without a destination. He only thought, “Why me?” Halley stopped at a red light and saw a young boy help a disabled girl on crutches get onto the school bus. “I thought to myself, ‘What’s wrong with you?’” Halley said. “Here I am, having lived 43 years of a good life, and this small girl is suffering. I became apprehensive and curious about what’s next.” Halley beat the disease while his wife succumbed to her cancer diagnosis at 73 years old. “Now it’s, ‘Why not me?’” Halley said. Back inside Horseshoe Cove’s recreation

center before the walk, George Quinn, a Canadian snowbird and part-time resident, led the group of cancer survivors in singing “On the Sunny Side of the Street.” They sang out of tune, and many leaned on Quinn for the words, but the chorus grew louder at “Life can be so sweet.” Next to Quinn, at the front of the room, stood a dry-erase board with the heading “Why we relay.” “In memory of my father — Joe Stout — died here — 2/6/83,” one post read. Another said, “5 in our family have breast cancer. All have beat it so far!” Jack McQueeney, a Horseshoe Cove resident of 10 years, may have said it best. “In a normal house, you see your neighbors once a day,” McQueeney said. “Here, we see them 10 times a day. We have a strong bond, which makes us walk with pride and hope.” Contact Josh Siegel at jsiegel@yourobserver.com.


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+ Temple Emanu-El enjoys ‘Strawberry Shabbat’ Temple Emanu-El families headed March 16 to the East County for the synagogue’s first “Strawberry Shabbat” event at Hunsader Farms. Following a breakfast of bagels, families enjoyed an outdoor Shabbat service Rabbi Brenner Glickman conducted, before heading out to feed farm animals, play on the playground, take a hayride and pick plenty of strawberries.

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Lakewood Ranch residents and business owners Tommy and Jaymie Klauber welcomed their first foal March 4 to their Sarasota Polo Club home. Ice Ice Baby was born to his mother, Paula, Jaymie Klauber’s favorite polo pony, at 12:40 a.m. “I named him after his daddy, Ice Man, and the Vanilla Ice song, ‘Ice Ice Baby,’” Jaymie Klauber said.

Mental-health provider Manatee Glens won the title of “Best Overall Campaign” during the Community Foundation of Sarasota County’s 36-Hour Giving Challenge, held March 5 through March 6. The organization received a $5,000 grant. Manatee Glen’s “Step Up and Walk in My Shoes” Sexual Assault Awareness campaign featured photos of community leaders sporting tennis shoes with teal laces; teal is the color of the Sexual Assault Awareness ribbon. Participants included Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube; retired NBA referee and Lakewood Ranch resident Bob Delaney and his wife, Billie; East County Realtor Craig Cerreta; and Lakewood Ranch community leader Don O’Leary, among others. On a Shoestring donated hundreds of teal laces and hosted a pre-event fun run/walk March 4.

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East County resident Don O’Leary, Bob and Billie Delaney and Marc Simms sported teal shoelaces for the cause.

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Bill Mariotti Site Development began work on a new entrance to San Marco Plaza around Feb. 25. Work is expected to be finished within a week.

San Marco alters entrance options San Marco Plaza soon will have an access from Town Center Parkway.

LAKEWOOD RANCH —  For years, business owners in San Marco Plaza have been wrestling with how to make the plaza — and its large parking area — more accessible. And, late last month, they took action on the concept. Bill Mariotti Site Development is wrapping up work on a new entrance for the plaza off Town Center Parkway. The addition will provide a new primary access for the plaza, which currently has two entrances off Natures Way. “If you look at the way the entire area was designed, originally, Town Center Parkway is a main thoroughfare,” said Carmen Spagnola, owner of Winestyles and president of the San Marco Plaza Land Condo Association. “When the original designers laid out this plaza, they put in a beautiful parking lot for the plaza on (the Town Center side), with no entrance or exit. It’s a design issue that got missed.” Spagnola hopes the new entrance, which should be open to the public by Easter, will help re-orient the plaza so patrons can park and then walk to businesses. It also should provide easier access to the banks in the plaza. Spagnola said the Land Condo Association also plans to re-do landscaping along the Town Center Parkway entrance and also to construct a larger new sign to welcome patrons. Both projects, he hopes, will be finished by the end of 2013. “In our opinion, it should have always been (this) way,” Spagnola said of the new design.” Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@yourobserver.com.

Braden River High School and Nolan Middle School TSA teams will advance to the national competition in June. EAST COUNTY —  Not every Manatee County student spent his spring break lounging around the pool or taking a vacation. In fact, dozens spent their week honing their technology skills and battling for top honors at the Florida Technology Student Association State Conference in Orlando. Their efforts paid off. Two East County TSA teams secured state titles March 16. Nolan Middle School took home the championship title for the fourth year in a row in the middle school division; the school took home 40 top-10 finishes, including 14 firstplace awards. Braden River High School’s 24-member team earned 35 trophies, including18 first-place finishes, for a championship title in the high school division. Additionally, Southeast High School and Lakewood Ranch High Schools placed second and fourth overall, respectively; Johnson and Haile middle schools took third and fourth overall, as well. Seven other Manatee County schools earned top-10 finishes, including Braden River Middle School in the East County. Manatee County TSA students earned more top-10

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Braden River High TSA students took home 35 trophies, including 18 first-place finishes. finishes than any other school district in the state, said Doug Wagner, Manatee Schools’ director of Adult, Career and Technical Education. “These student accomplishments have helped put Manatee County and our district on the map for quality engineering and technology education,” Wagner said. Gil Burlew, lead TSA adviser for Braden River High’s team, said he couldn’t have been more pleased with his students’ performances. “All the Braden River High School students continue to wow me with their hard work and perseverance,” he said. “When they set goals, they exceed their goals to the highest standard. It never ceases to amaze

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Nolan Middle embarks on new BYOD program Nolan Middle School this month launched a new initiative that encourages students to use technology in the classroom. LAKEWOOD RANCH — As eighth-grade student Javaire Perry sits in Carrie Rainwater’s science class, he pulls out his iPod and begins navigating the screen. Rainwater doesn’t flinch. Technology is welcome in this classroom at Nolan Middle School. Nolan is piloting a new program that encourages the use of technology in the classroom. Part of a national movement, the Bring Your Own Device program allows students to record homework, research for assignments and complete other tasks on their mobile devices, while in the classroom. “We want the inside of our school to mirror what they are experiencing (on the outside),” Rainwater said. Assistant Principal Tamara Cornwell agreed. “We need to get on board with this,” she said. “We need to get into the 21st century with education. It’s a great way to keep up with technology. “The cost saving (from having students use devices they already have) is wonderful, and this is these students’ lives,” she added.

Rainwater and two other teachers at Nolan attended a national science conference Oct. 31 through Nov. 2, in Atlanta, where they learned about the BYOD concept. Nolan already was working on a plan to utilize more technology in the classroom, so when the teachers came back excited about the new idea, administrators threw their support behind them. Next year, the school will launch a new technology-focused academy called Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics, or eSTEAM. At that time, it also will go textbook-less in two classrooms and open an Internet café. The BYOD concept blended perfectly. “It’s kind of been a perfect storm,” Rainwater said. “It gives us the ability to have more technology in the classroom.” In January, Nolan secured a guest wireless network, filtered by the Manatee County Public School District, for student use. Javaire, the first student to test the new program on campus, began using an iPod the school supplied to record his homework

assignments, practice vocabulary and perform other schoolrelated tasks. Rainwater and fellow teacher Kristen Cunningham piloted the BYOD concept in their classrooms, and Nolan launched the program school-wide March 1. “Any teacher who is willing can make their class a phone zone,” Rainwater said. Students who wish to use their smartphones, iPods or other devices in class, and their parents sign a digital citizenship contract with the school. Those students then are able to use those devices in the classroom setting. Teachers participating in the program have stickers in their classroom noting cell phones and other technologies are allowed. Teachers implementing BYOD can close the option, as needed, for tests or other reasons, as well. Students can use and share applications, such as Remind101, Quizlet, Modo and others to record homework assignments, review study material and more. Javaire, who has always had an interest in technology and wants to take technology classes in high school, said he’s enjoyed using the program, particularly

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Nolan Middle School student Javaire Perry says he likes using an iPod to keep track of his homework assignments. for remembering homework assignments and practicing vocabulary. He noted for students, like himself, who do not own smartphones, the school lends out iPods for use; it also has an iPad cart on campus. “It’s made it a lot easier (to keep up with my schoolwork),” Javaire said. “It’s definitely a lot easier. The computer at my

home doesn’t work well. This is a lot faster.” Rainwater said students already are using technology to collaborate in new ways. For example, one student was home sick, but was able to use text messaging and Facebook to collaborate with their student partner on a project during class. Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@yourobserver.com.

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Crist speaks as a Democrat in Lakewood Ranch The former Republican Florida governor took shots at Rick Scott during a speech at the annual Manatee County Democratic Awards dinner at Polo Grill’s Fête Ballroom. LAKEWOOD RANCH — Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist left open another run for Florida governor — this time as a Democrat — in front of a packed audience at the annual Manatee County Democratic Awards banquet March 15, in Lakewood Ranch. Crist, the Republican governor of Florida from 2006 to 2010, told the audience of 305 at Polo Grill’s Fête Ballroom: “We’re going to make Manatee blue.” Crist lost a race for the U.S Senate as an Independent in 2010, before campaigning for President Barack Obama in 2012 and later switching to the Democratic Party. In a wide-ranging speech, Crist said the Democratic Party values

diversity and education more than the “Grand Old Party” does. He referenced the story of when, during a 2008 campaign stop for the president in Fort Myers, he hugged President Obama on stage. Republicans bashed Crist for it. “You are a party that welcomes people,” Crist said. “No matter what color, what agenda, everyone is welcome. That is why the president won.” Crist criticized Florida Gov. Rick Scott for his stances on public education and for moving too slowly to expand early-voting hours during the November election. He referenced the governor’s plan to give teachers a one-time

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boy in the intensive care, Matt Leake followed and soon found himself looking into a boy’s watery eyes — those of Isaiah, an infant with a poor immune system who couldn’t swallow food. “Did you sense a connection with that boy?” Georgia Gamelin had asked Matt Leake. “You can’t tell me that’s not your son.” Back home in the East County that night, Kaitlyn Leake received an email from Bradshaw that indicated she and her husband had been moved off the adoption waiting list and could move forward. An adoption application was attached. “What kind of sign is that?” Matt Leaked asked. Under the Leakes’ direction, Bradshaw dug into Isaiah’s past to determine if he was internationally adoptable. He was born Nov. 11, 2011, to an unknown biological father. In August, Bradshaw made the match, approving Isaiah’s adoption. On Feb. 8, the family traveled to Uganda to adopt the now 16-month-old Isaiah. This time, however, Isaiah lacked the smile of his original encounter with Matt Leake; he clung to caretakers. “He was afraid of us,” Matt Leake said. “At that point, you’re not sure about anything.” The Leakes, who brought Mason on the trip, stayed with Isaiah at a bed-and-breakfast in Uganda for four weeks, taking time to explore the country, as well. Soon, Mason began to rub Isaiah’s head when he cried and shared food when he pursed his

having four children with four different men, she was deemed unfit to care for Brielle. Earlier this month, the Leakes and the Gamelins both brought home their new children. Isaiah and Brielle are the 25th and 26th children to be adopted from Uganda through Bayside Community Church’s Bridge a Life ministry, since the program started in 2010. The circumstances behind the adoptions are different, but as the families returned to separate greeting parties at the Tampa International Airport, they did it with the same ideas — a belief in Christian principles and in following God’s plan for their lives.

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Kaitlyn Leake, a third-grade teacher at Willis Elementary School, always desired to adopt a child internationally. Kaitlyn Leake and her husband had served as foster parents before. The couple started the adoption process last March, contacting Sharon Bradshaw, who facilitates Ugandan adoptions through the Florida Home Studies and Adoption agency. She put them on a waiting list. Matte Leake joined Bayside’s mission trip to Uganda last June simply to help; he thought he would come home with nothing more than a few stories, because he and his wife were planning to adopt in the summer of 2013. But when Georgia Gamelin asked the others on the trip if they wanted to join her to check on a

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lips. Isaiah gained two pounds in two weeks. They visited the charcoal hut where Isaiah was left for dead. There, they shared stories with the female worker with whom Isaiah’s mother had left her child. “She didn’t understand how a mother could do that,” Matt Leake said. “She said, on that day, if the mother would have abandoned Isaiah outside the hut, he would have drowned to death from the heavy rain.” On the 26-hour, three-plane flight March 15 to Tampa, Isaiah and Mason didn’t cry. The brothers share a room now. Isaiah claps his hands, rubs his now-full belly and says, “Yum.” He symbols “more” by resting two fingers on the palm of his opposite hand. “With certain things, his past shows,” Matt Leake says. “He’s a little bit smaller and a bit behind developmentally. But we have no fear of what he can accomplish.”

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On that June missionary trip to Uganda — his sixth — Tony Gamelin felt hopeless. He and his wife, Georgia, had already adopted before — Brianne, from Uganda, when she was 2, and Bryce, from Sri Lanka, in 2004, when he was an infant. They also have two older biological children, Brittany and Bryan. They were only there to bring supplies to five different orphanages. But then the couple met Brielle, a child born at the orphanage. “It’s still hard,” Tony Gamelin says. “You can’t help them all.”

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Diana and Greg Gallagher “It’s nice to give people bonuses,” Crist said. “It’s even nicer to be good to them every year.” He also said Scott should have signed an executive order in November to keep early-voting sites open longer as a way to speed the process. “I love Florida,” Crist said. “And I know you do, too. This is an important time in the state’s history.

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Bridge a Life is looking for families interested in adopting three special-needs children from Uganda. They include: • A 7-year-old autistic girl • A 22-month-old boy who suffers from sickle cell anemia • A 7-month-old boy who was born prematurely If interested, please call Sharon Bradshaw, at (941) 342-8189 or (941) 9930853 or email her at sharon@flhomestudies.com

Bubblier than the 5-year-old Brianne, Brielle stomps around the family’s living room back home in Sarasota and tips over an unlit candle. She shrugs her shoulders with a mischievous grin. “For the child, it’s all about just gaining the realization that you will be there in the morning and you won’t go away — that you will genuinely love them forever,” Tony Gamelin says. Brielle, who arrived at her new home March 3, fits in perfectly as the multi-colored family poses for a group photo, her red bow and matching outfit blending with her mom’s. “There really isn’t that huge culture shock that many are fearful of,” Tony Gamelin says. “It’s crazy how you love them just the same, within days.” Contact Josh Siegel at jsiegel@ yourobserver.com.

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EASTER EVENTS Local churches, businesses and organizations are offering a plethora of Easter-inspired activities during the next two weekends. Below, you’ll find a listing of local happenings, including Easter egg hunts and special sunrise Easter services.

SUNRISE SERVICES Several local churches are offering sunrise services, in addition to their regularly scheduled services, for the Easter holiday. The Tabernacle Church — will host its 39th annual Easter Sunrise Celebration Service at 6:30 a.m. March 31, at Sarasota’s Bayfront Island Park, next to Marina Jacks restaurant. Service includes a live performance from Tabernacle’s Praise and Worship team and a message from the Rev. Dwain Kitchens. A traditional Easter service will follow at 11 a.m. at the Tabernacle, 4141 DeSoto Road, Sarasota. The church also will hold a Good Friday service at 6 p.m. March 29. Cornerstone of Lakewood Ranch — will hold a sunrise service at 7 a.m. March 31, at the church, 14306 Covenant Way, Lakewood Ranch. Regular services will follow at 9 and 10:45 a.m. A Good Friday service also will be held at 7 p.m. March 29, at the church. Lakewood Christian Church — will hold a special sunrise service at 7 a.m. March 31, at San Marco Plaza, in Lakewood Ranch, behind the Country Pancake House restaurant, 8205 Natures Way, Lakewood Ranch. A regular Easter morning service will follow at 10 a.m. at its normal location, the Fête Ballroom at the Polo Grill and Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch. The church also will host a Good Friday service at 6 p.m. March 29, at the Polo Grill and Bar’s Fête Ballroom.

EGGstravaganza! When: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. March 23 Where: Greenbrook Adventure Park,

13400 Adventure Place, Lakewood Ranch. Details: Festivities include Easter egg hunts for children ages 2 to 13, pictures with the spring bunny, a live pony carousel, a petting zoo and music. Families should bring baskets in which to collect eggs. Event is for Lakewood Ranch residents. COST: $5 per adult; $3 for children; free for children under 2 Info: 757-1530 or lwrcac.com

Eggolution Community Easter Egg Hunt When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 23 Where: Lakewood Ranch Park

baseball fields Details: Festivities will include egg hunt fields for kids through fifth grade and for special-needs children. There will be free food, inflatable games, bounce castles and an Easter Bunny. Please bring an Easter egg basket or bag for your child. Cost: Free Info: baysidecommunity.org

Jerusalem Marketplace When: 10 a.m. to noon March 23 Where: Harvest United Methodist

Rock-n-Roll Family Easter Festival When: 10 a.m. to noon March 23 Where: The Tabernacle Church, 4141 DeSoto Road, Sarasota Details: Church will host an Easter egg hunt for children ages 1 through 12. A special tot lot is available for younger children to participate. In a field of 15,000 eggs is one golden egg that will garner a special prize for one lucky child. Participants should bring their own basket or bag. There also will be crafts, games, music, a puppet show, bounce houses and more. The church will serve free hot dogs, snow cones, cotton candy, popcorn and drinks. Additionally, families in need can pick up groceries and free gently used clothing items, including coats, pants and dresses. Cost: Free Info: thetabsarasota.org or 355-8858

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Church, 14305 Covenant Way, Lakewood Ranch Details: Come and gather at the center well and catch up on all the stories of a town preparing for the Passover. Make your own spice blend. Learn about

Sarasota Baptist Lakewood Ranch Campus — will host a sunrise service at 7 a.m. March 31, at The Legacy Golf Club, 8255 Legacy Blvd., Bradenton. Following the service, the Legacy Golf Club will offer an Easter buffet beginning at 8 a.m. at a 25% discount for those in attendance. Regular services will follow at 9 and 10:30 a.m. at Sarasota Baptist’s campus, 5600 Deer Drive, Lakewood Ranch.

woodworking at the carpenter’s shop. Make a clay pot at the potter’s or a unique piece at the jewelry shop. Learn to dye fabric, make bread or weave a basket, or visit the barnyard and help feed the live animals. Cost: Free Info: welcometoharvest.org

When: 12:30 to 2 p.m. March 24 Where: Cornerstone of Lakewood Ranch, 14306 Covenant Way, Lakewood Ranch Details: Easter egg hunt will be held following church service. Info: onthecorner.org

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Woodland Egg Drop When: 9 a.m. March 30 Where: Buffalo Creek Park, 8100 69th St. E., Palmetto Details: Children and their families can enjoy music, crafts and an Easter egg hunt featuring more than 5,000 eggs dropped by helicopter. Local organizations and businesses also will be on site. Cost: Free Info: gowoodland.com

Main Street Easter Egg Hunt When: 11 a.m. March 30 Where: Lakewood Ranch Main Street Details: Fun begins at 11 a.m. with

the egg hunt at 11:30 a.m. More than 10,000 eggs and golden eggs will be available to find. A special egg-hunt area is available for children ages 3 and younger. Activities also include visiting the Easter Bunny, a kids chalk festival, prizes and giveaways, music and balloons and children’s games. Cost: Free Info: lakewoodranch.com

Peace Presbyterian Church Easter Egg Hunt When: 11:30 a.m. March 31 WHERE: Peace Presbyterian Church, 10902 Technology Terrace, Lakewood Ranch. Details: Easter egg hunt follows the 10 a.m. morning service. Free Easter storybooks provided. Info: 753-7778 or contact@peace pcusa.org

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5:58 p.m. — 6100 block of 26th Avenue E. Fraud. A couple’s accountant filed their 2012 taxes. The IRS informed the couple their 2012 taxes had already been filed. The couple doesn’t know anyone who would have taken their Social Security numbers.

March 11

Stolen identity

12:09 a.m. — 800 block of Kay Road NE. Fraud. A man reported that an unknown person(s) used his Social Security number. He has gotten less Social Security benefits because the unknown suspect(s) works, but the man does not.

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12:45 a.m. — 8300 block of Lockwood Ridge Road. Lost Property. A man reported he lost his organizer, passport and checkbook at a bus stop.

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2:26 p.m. — 5100 block of Windmill Manor Avenue. Stolen Decal. A woman reported someone stole her mother’s mobile-home decal from an outside window.

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5:07 p.m. — 9100 block of Town Center Parkway. Fraud. An employee at a dental office attempted to obtain a prescription by fraudulent means at a pharmacy next door to his work.

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1:45 p.m. — 5800 block of Ranch Lake Boulevard. Criminal Mischief. Unknown person(s) used an unknown instrument to either hurl or shoot pellets at a vehicle in a department store parking lot. The pellets struck twice on the rear tailgate below the rear window, causing chips in the paint. There were no witnesses, and the video cameras of the store showed nothing.

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By Adam Hughes | Research Editor

Home in Country Club Village sells for $640,000 The following residential real-estate transactions took place between March 4 and March 8. A home in Country Club Village at Lakewood Ranch tops all transaction in this week’s real estate. Norman Malcolm, of Sarasota, sold his home at 8119 Lone Tree Glen to George Dahlbeck and Diane Briganti, of Lakewood Ranch, for $640,000. Built in 2001, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,192 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $306,800 in 2005. Brian and Julie Lawson, of Lakewood Ranch, sold their home at 7661 Portstewart Drive to Lloyd Downard, of Jefferson City, Mo., for $580,000. Built in 2006, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,727 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $664,000 in 2007. Richard and Mary Careaga sold their home at 7613 Portstewart Drive to Frederick Angst, of Lakewood Ranch, for $512,000. Built in 2009, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,673 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $560,000 in 2009. Jerry and Marjorie Long, of Lakewood Ranch, sold their home at 7254 Lake Forest Glen to Stephen and Carol Lewis, of Lakewood Ranch, for $450,000. Built in 2009, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,661 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $465,000 in 2010. Margaret Lowery, trustee, of The Villages, sold the home at 6839 Turnberry Isle Court to Rasz Futures LLC for $445,000. Built in 2001, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,498 square feet of living area.

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Carl and Elizabeth Johansen, of Clearwater, sold their home at 4839 Carrington Circle to John Dunn, trustee, of Evansville, Ind., for $557,000. Built in 2001, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,269

$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 $260,000 in 2007. Robert and Jennifer Bermudez, of Bradenton, sold their home at 6459 Royal Tern Circle to Muhammad and Sabra Sorathia, of Lakewood Ranch, for $260,000. Built in 2005, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,244 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $471,500 in 2006. Lynn Anderson, of Bradenton, sold her home at 15306 Skip Jack Loop to ColFin AL-FL2 LLC for $210,000. Built in 2006, it has four bedrooms, two baths and 1,892 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $170,000 in 2010. Pam Eubanks

This home in the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,192 square feet of living area. It sold for $640,000. square feet of living area. It previously sold for $549,000 in 2012.

Country Meadows

Cargor CM Property Investments Inc. sold the home at 14723 Seventh Ave. N.E. to Roberto and Bettye Andreos, of Kissimmee, for $535,000. Built in 2012, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,044 square feet of living area.

Wilton Crescent

Alexsandra Coles, of Sarasota, sold her home at 7885 Wilton Crescent Circle to Robert Neal, trustee, Sarasota, for $530,000. Built in 1993, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,597 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $625,000 in 2008.

Greenbrook Village

Kevin and Candice McElyea, of Bradenton, sold their home at 14904 Sundial

Place to Gregory and Bethany Mallek, of Bradenton, for $529,000. Built in 2006, it has five bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 4,172 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $951,000 in 2006. Robert and Martha Whitehill, of Lakewood Ranch, sold their home at 13906 Wood Duck Circle to Robert Hofmann, of Lakewood Ranch, for $364,900. Built in 2004, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,410 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $455,000 in 2008. Richard and Deborah Cowles sold their home at 6412 Blue Grosbeak Circle to Robert and Dayna Anderson, of Bradenton, for $300,000. Built in 2003, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,081 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $330,000 in 2008. Kenneth and Paula Boyce, of Ontario, Canada, sold their home at 15520 Lemon Fish Drive to ColFin AL-FL2 LLC for

Warwick Gardens

Michael and Jan Wallace sold their home at 7912 Warwick Gardens Lane to Steven and Gail Ludmerer, of Bradenton, for $515,000. Built in 2002, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,408 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $260,000 in 2007.

Virginia Water

Terence Wharton and Rosemary Depaolo, of University Park, sold their home at 7157 Victoria Circle to John Newman, of University Park, for $465,000. Built in 1997, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,504 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $355,000 in 2011.

Riverwalk Ridge

Francis and Maria Lutz, of Stone Mountain, Ga., sold their home at 6911 Honeysuckle Trail to Thomas and Jacalyn Vogt, of Laurel, Md., for $450,000. Built in 2003, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,090 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $435,000 in 2009.

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6359 Rookery Circle 1205 111th St. E. 6908 261st St. E. 4720 Starboard Drive 4041 Murfield Drive E. 4925 Creekside Trail 6702 Pinehurst Place 630 Sand Crane Court 6220 26th Ave. E. 4305 65th St. E. 8109 Collingwood Court 7135 46th Ave. Circle E. 13507 Second Ave. N.E. 6013 99th St. E. 4540 Pro Court E. 6222 28th Ave. E. 236 Dahlia Court 14718 Fifth Terrace N.E. 8116 Glenrbrooke Place 6510 Field Sparrow Glen

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Stephan and Tresa Zumsteg, of Lakewood Ranch, sold their home at 5308 97th St. Circle E. to Philip Murray and Marie Egglestone, of Ontario, Canada, for $392,000. Built in 2006, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,279 square feet of living area. Drew and Diane Dolison sold their home at 9738 53rd Drive E. to Domenico Padula and Irina Podgorelova, of Bradenton, for $313,000. Built in 2005, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,570 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $385,000 in 2007.

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7520 Greystone Street MLS# M5835494 $1,299,000 Under Contract in 3 days

88th St. E. to Alan and Deborah Miller, of Rochester Hills, Mich., for $387,500. Built in 2002, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,256 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $404,400 in 2002.

16026 Topsail Terrace The Lake Club MLS# M5836098 $1,325,000

Mill Creek

Craig and Christa Pop sold their home at 14914 17th Ave. E. to Ronald and Carol Terlep, of Belleville, Ill., for $355,000. Built in 2006, it has four bedrooms, two baths, one half-bath, a pool and 2,668 square feet of living area.

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University Park $4,500 941-552-4200

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Michelle has earned her business marketing degree from the University of South Florida. She has worked for over four years with the developer of Lakewood Ranch and was manager of their Visitor Information Center. Michelle is involved in her community as a member of the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, on the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance and the Junior League of Sarasota.

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REAL ESTATE / FROM PAGE 13A University Park, sold their home at 6225 Cypress Bend Court to Ruth Gregg, of University Park, for $350,000. Built in 1999, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,670 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $315,000 in 2008.

Arbor Lakes

Joseph and Pauline Fanelli, of Bradenton, sold their home at 6005 Winchester Place to Marc and Margaret Allen, of Sarasota, for $345,000. Built in 1997, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,580 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $225,600 in 1997. Paul and Leah Jakubowicz, of Sarasota, sold their home at 6928 Stetson St. Circle to THR Florida LP for $310,000. Built in 1992, it has four bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,743 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $260,000 in 2010.

Greyhawk Landing

Robert Thomson, of Ontario, Canada, sold his home at 251 Petrel Trail to James Karl, of Osprey, for $340,000. Built in 2005, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,643 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $237,200 in 2012. Timothy Bohan and Kristen Bohan, of Sarasota, sold their home at 1021 Brambling Court to Elie and Rania Farah, of Bradenton, for $320,000. Built in 2004, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,912 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $419,000 in 2004. U.S. Bank, trustee, sold the home at 12647 Cara Cara Loop to Charles Bamberger, of Bradenton, for $230,000. Built in 2005, it has four bedrooms, three baths and 2,230 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $449,000 in 2005.

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Palm-Aire at Sarasota

Robert and Barbara Haber, of Bronx, N.Y., sold their home at 5627 Country Lakes Drive to Timothy and Peggy Marks, of Sarasota, for $320,000. Built in 1986, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,663 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $370,000 in 2003.

Watercrest

WCW Rentals LLC sold the Unit 403 condominium at 6474 Watercrest Way to Phyllis Hemler, of Cranbury, N.J., for $315,000. Built in 2006, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,742 square feet of living area.

Fairway Lakes at PalmAire Country Club

Gordon and Christina Catlow, of Quebec, Canada, sold their home at 7570 Fairlinks Court to Robert Gandy, of Sarasota, for $300,000. Built in 1989, it has three bedrooms, two baths, one half-bath, a pool and 1,852 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $185,000 in 1996.

River Club South

Dennis and Teresa Visintainer, of Tampa, sold their home at 7534 Tori Way to David and Josielyn Walker, of Bradenton, for $299,900. Built in 2002, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,638 square feet of living area. James and Martha Burkholder sold their home at 10252 Silverado Circle to George and Maria Ferra, of Burtonsville, Md., for $247,500. Built in 2002, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,761 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $280,000 in 2011.

Carlyle at the Village of Palm-Aire

Joseph and Pauline Keenan, of Sarasota, sold their home at 6713 Carlyle Lane to Mario and Marilyn Trescone, of Sarasota, for $295,000. Built in 2000, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 2,068 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $234,100 in 2000.

Savannah Preserve at University Place

Savannah Preserve Inc. sold the Unit 7906 condominium at 7906 St. Simons St. to Darren O’Day, of Smyrna, Ga., for $279,900. Built in 2007, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,512 square feet of living area.

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Drew and Pamela Lalor, of Bradenton, sold their home at 5817 Pleasant Grove Court to Thomas and Deborah Rittenhouse, of Weldon, Ill., for $262,500. Built in 1993, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,795 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $412,000 in 2006.

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+ Rack attack could be on the way Speculation is high that the Sarasota-Manatee market could be the next target for Nordstrom Rack, the offprice division of the popular department-store chain. Nordstrom officials declined to comment. But three construction-industry executives familiar with the project say the new location will be in The Shoppes at University Town Center, a Benderson Development plaza on University Parkway, just west of Interstate 75. It’s across the street from the future Mall at the University Town Center, a $315 million project currently under construction. The conjecture is Nordstrom Rack will take over space that was previously a 19,000-square-foot Circuit City. Construction crews are currently renovating and adding 15,000 square feet to that building, says Mark Chait, Benderson’s executive director for leasing. Like the Nordstrom officials, however, Chait declines to identify what tenant will take over the space. Chait, in an interview with the East County Observer, says the new space could be ready by June.

The unconfirmed reports are backed by Nordstrom’s previous decisions: • Nordstrom has committed to the market at least once before. That was in 2008, when it signed a letter of intent to open a non off-price store at the Benderson-led mall project. That store, before the recession torpedoed the original mall project, was planned at 138,000 square feet. • Nordstrom Rack is in expansion mode nationwide. The Seattle-based chain is planning at least 11 new stores in 2013, according to the firm’s press statements and website. New store locations — many of which are 35,000 square feet, the size of the renovated Benderson Circuit City — range from Jacksonville to Chicago to Boston. Nordstrom spokesman Colin Johnson says the strategy is to nearly double the Nordstrom Rack count nationwide, from 119 now to 230 in four years. Sales on the Rack side of the chain were up 20% in 2012 over 2011, says Johnson. Says Johnson: “We see great growth potential in the rack stores.” • Nordstrom Rack has gone into deserted Circuit City

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locations nationwide more than 10 times, from New York City to Texas to Michigan. In October 2010, it went into a former Circuit City in the Walter’s Crossing shopping center at I-275 and Dale Mabry Highway, in Tampa. Johnson acknowledged Circuit City locations are good fits for Nordstrom Rack, though he adds that the company has also gone into former Linens ’n’ Things stores. “We like to have our rack stores in exciting developments where our customers regularly shop,” Johnson says.

+ Former DooleyMack executives regroup under new name Wendy Mack is back. The well-known local construction executive, longtime chief financial officer of Lakewood Ranch-based DooleyMack Constructors, technically never left. But now she runs a new local firm: DM Constructors. That new firm, moreover, marks the end of DooleyMack, which was once one of the largest commercial construction firms in the region. Founded in 1977 by Bill Dooley, the company had $104 million in annual sales and 130 employees as recently as 2010. Recent past projects include a $20 million renovation at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in downtown Sarasota. But the recession left the firm gasping for work, which is why Mack says it ceased operations late last year. Three DooleyMack entities outside Florida, in Texas, Georgia, and South Carolina, are still open. But Mack says those companies no longer have any connection to the shuttered Florida DooleyMack. Mack says the local firm’s demise stems from a “perfect storm” of economic factors. “People who understand the industry,” says Mack, “understand what happened to DooleyMack.” The leadership team at the new entity, officially launched in December, is comprised of several former DooleyMack executives. In addition to Mack, CEO and principal, that list includes Chuck Evans, who is president at DM Constructors and Keith Coulter, who is an executive vice president. The DM Constructors focus, says Mack, is to go after contracts under its Women’s Business Enterprise designation, which gives it an advantage for certain bids and jobs. “In this market we need a niche,” Mack says. “We need something to be different.” The firm, adds Evans, has booked about $10 million in total projects and hopes to expand that by at least $5 million in the next two fiscal quarters. The company also seeks to grow its presence in the market by going for subcontractor work on large projects. — Mark Gordon

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Rise ABOVE The head of one of the largest pro-business counseling groups in the country delivers a message of hope to the Gulf Coast. ‘The great thing about entrepreneurs is they are so resilient,’ says W. Kenneth Yancey.

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Many in the nationwide network of SCORE Association volunteers, more than 12,000 retired business leaders, like to boast about the long history of companies they helped start and jobs they helped create. That success, including 20,000 new businesses counseled annually since 1964, doesn’t only stem from helping would-be entrepreneurs with what to do. The group’s volunteers, says CEO W. Kenneth Yancey, also excels at helping clients with what not to do.

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That could mean advising someone to hold out for better financing terms. It could also mean talking a client out of opening a restaurant and into opening something with a better success rate. “Everybody who has access to the cash register,” in the restaurant business, quips Yancey, “is a partner.” Yancey, who frequently speaks nationwide on small business issues like that, has run the prominent Herndon, Va.-based nonprofit association since 1993. A onetime banker, Yancey was the executive director for the Dallasbased National Business Association before he joined SCORE. Yancey has testified before Congress on smallbusiness issues, made dozens of national TV and radio appearances and is SCORE’s chief liaison with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Yancey recently spoke in Sarasota at the Manastoa SCORE chapter annual awards luncheon. Yancey spoke with the Business Observer prior to his speech. Here’s an edited transcript of the conversation:

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After 10 months of rehabilitation, Lakewood Ranch High senior Olivia Ortiz returned to the track and helped lead the Lady Mustangs’ 4x800 relay to a first-place finish at the fourth annual USF/George M. Steinbrenner Invitational March 16.

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Braden River senior Brooks Norton pitched a complete game shutout to lead the Pirates to a 1-0 district victory over Manatee March 12.

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Nick Levanduski drove in three runs and Nick Susie added two RBIs to lead the Cardinal Mooney baseball team to a 13-2 victory over St. Stephen’s March 15.

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Payton Aaron couldn’t contain his enthusiasm as he raced down the first base line.

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Eleven-year-old Seth Morano didn’t stop smiling as he rounded third base and headed for home plate.

LIFELONG DREAMS More than 100 children and adults welcomed the start of the 2013 spring season during the Miracle League of Manasota’s opening day.

SARASOTA —  Pockets of sunshine seep through the clouds and cast shadows across the outfield. A crisp breeze cuts through the early-morning air. It’s 54 degrees in Sarasota. It’s 10 degrees warmer than in Baltimore and a balmy 19 degrees warmer than in Pittsburgh. It’s the perfect weather for baseball — at least in the eyes of 11-yearold Seth Morano. With a blue Florida Gators sweatshirt covering his bright-orange Baltimore Orioles T-shirt and his ball cap turned to the side, Seth eagerly makes his way to the plate as he hears his name rain down from the loudspeaker. Cheers and whistles reverberate throughout Orioles Pirates Miracle League Field of Manasota, as the Baltimore slugger settles into his batting position. He pauses briefly for a moment, taking it all in. He looks up and offers a kiss up to the sky, as if to say, “thank you,” before choking up on his bat and looking the Pirates pitcher squarely in the eye. Seth fouls off a series of pitches, before sending a line drive through the center of the infield. With a glimmer in his eye and a smile stretched across his face, Seth pumps his fist in the air and wheels toward first base. He then reverts his attention back to home plate, as 6-year-old Leo Powell steps into the batter’s box. Leo, who is in his first season with the team, follows up with an RBI single of his own. The celebration continues for the duration of the inning, as the Orioles eventually come from behind

to tie the Pirates on opening day of the Miracle League of Manasota’s 2013 spring season. Seth and Leo are just two of the 102 children and adults, ages 4 and up, who are playing baseball for the Miracle League of Manasota. On March 16, the Orioles, Pirates, Phillies, Braves, Yankees and Rays all took the field for their season openers. “It’s fun to go out there and throw the ball,” Yankees player Amy Cross, 42, says. Her teammate Noah Grunes agrees. “It’s a fun sport, and the team works together,” Grunes says. “We help each other out.” Like many of the players in the league, Grunes began playing baseball last year. Since then, the Yan-

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Four-year-old Faheem Randall-Ali couldn’t wait to take the field.

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LEAGUE / FROM PAGE 19A kees captain and team leader has developed into one of the league’s most talented players. Grunes, who many have dubbed fastest player in the league, and his teammates spent the off season working with a personal trainer to improve their skill set. Their hard work and dedication paid off as the Yankees drew even with the Rays in the season opener for the two adult teams. “We are machines,” Grunes says, grinning.

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The Miracle League of Manasota is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing an opportunity for all children to play baseball regardless of their ability. Through the organization, players are afforded the opportunity to participate in an organized baseball league. “It’s about being part of a team,” Miracle League Executive Director Laura Tellor says. “This is something they’ve never had the opportunity to participate in … They’re so happy to be there.” In November 2010, the Miracle League of Manasota broke ground on its $1.2 million ballpark, at Longwood Run Park in Sarasota. Through a partnership with the Baltimore Orioles and the Pittsburgh Pirates, who both contributed $75,000, the Miracle League was able to construct a new field, which is barrier free and features a flat, rubberized surface to accommodate anyone with adaptive equipment. The Miracle League held its inaugural spring season last March, following the completion of its new ballpark. “We’re so thrilled to have something like this for the community,”

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Tellor says. “We’re very excited.” The league is comprised of six teams —  four for children and teenagers and two for adults. During the 10-week season, which concludes May 18, players will gather every Saturday morning for a series of games. During each game, every player bats once each inning, all base runners are safe, and every player scores a run before the inning is over — ensuring that every player and team wins every game. “It’s amazing when I hit the ball,” says 11-year-old Joey Baar, who has spent the last two years playing for the Pirates. “I feel so happy. I (also) like to chase the ball in the field with my friends.” Fellow player Richard Dionne agrees. “I (always) try to hit it to the water —  bye, bye ball,” Dionne says with a chuckle. After the season, the players are invited to an end-of-the-year party at which they are awarded trophies for participation. “For a lot of them, this is the first trophy they’ve ever gotten,” says Brad Jones, director of adult services for Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities. “It means a lot to them.”

Play ball Many players are returning for their second and third seasons, while a few are participating for the first time. Regardless of their experience, the players are simply happy to be part of a team — an experience many of them hadn’t had prior to joining the Miracle League. “My grandpa used to play baseball and I didn’t get the chance,” José Corredor says. “It feels pretty good to be (out on the field). I like to play. It’s a lot of fun.” In addition to the players, 34

Eleven-year-old Joey Baar loves to hit the ball. “I feel so happy,” he says. regular volunteers from Manatee and Sarasota counties and dozens of high schools and college students and athletes, including The Out-of-Door Academy baseball players Jimmy Kuebler and Jake Romine and Lakewood Ranch High softball player McKaleigh Goodale, will spend their Saturday mornings serving as buddies for the players. Every player on the field is assigned a buddy, who acts as a source of encouragement while providing friendship and motivation. Goodale began volunteering with the Miracle League of Manasota last fall after her mother, Stacey, became involved as an assistant coach for one of the teams. Goodale, who tries to make it out every Saturday that her travel softball schedule allows, has watched players hit home runs, run bases and push their wheelchairs aside to cross home plate.

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First-year player Savannah Miller waves to the crowd after scoring her first run of the season. “They’re so excited about it,” Goodale says. “They always look so happy out there. It reminds you to never give up and that everything is possible.” Now with the spring season officially under way, the players finally are able to revisit their fa-

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past Tito’s Wildcat defeated Tito’s 9-5 to win the MGA Insurance Group Cup March 17. Eddy Martinez scored four goals to lead the way for Wildcat. Ryan Gilbertson and Alan Martinez both scored a pair of goals, and Nicolai Galindo added a goal. Steve Kruger scored a pair of goals to power Tito’s. Martinez was named the Most Valuable Professional, and Gilbertson was named the Most Valuable Amateur. Galindo received the Best Playing Pony Award for his horse Gambler’s performance in the fourth chukker. Teams will return to action at 1 p.m. March 24 in the Schroeder Manatee Ranch Robert A. Uihlein Jr. Memorial Cup.

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Cardinal Mooney midfielder Brooke Devine scored a goal for the Lady Cougars.

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+ Mirabella strikes out 20 Braden River High School senior Courtney Mirabella struck out 20 batters to lead the Lady Pirates to a 1-0 victory over Texas Ridge Point March 14. Mirabella allowed just one hit in the shutout. Bethaney Keen hit a double to drive in Ashley Allard in the third inning for the lone run of the game. Braden River now is ranked 20th in the nation, according to MaxPreps.

+ Thunder walk off with win The Out-of-Door Academy baseball team scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning on a bases-loaded walk to defeat Lakewood Ranch 5-4 March 14. Sophomore Tyler Dietrich hit a triple to lead off the bottom half of the inning. Jake Romine, who had hit a two-run triple earlier in the game, drew a walk to score the winning run. Austin Hoppe earned the win on the mound for the Thunder, allowing two runs on six hits.

+ Yan finishes second Michelle Yan shot a combined 10-over-par 154 to finish second in the girls 15 to 18 age group of The Johnson Wales University Series March 9 and March 10, at Timacuan Golf and Country Club in Lake Mary. The event, which drew 114 golfers across four age divisions, was part of the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour.

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+ GSJGA continues Winter Tournament Series The Greater Sarasota Junior Golf Association held its third of five Winter Tournament Series events March 13, at Bent Tree Country Club in Sarasota. Individual results include: • Girls 12 and Under Alyssa Mercado (95) • Girls 13-15 Nicole Polivchak (89) • Girls 16-18 Kadi Pallastrone (82) • Boys 12 and under Josh Perna (79) • Boys 13-15 Jeremy Perna (72), Ron Johnson (75) and Kelly Sun (76) • Boys 16-18 David Spreen (77, won first playoff hole with a par) Ben Boulch (77)

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Haile Middle School students kicked off their spring break with a “So You Think You Can Dance” competition Friday, March 8. Haile dance teacher Angela Bavroski hosted auditions for the competition, and the top-three soloists and the top-three groups performed at an assembly. Alyssa Gagnon won the soloist category; and Holly Bohlmann and Faith Genter won the groupdance category. Students also watched the Braden River High School Color Guard perform.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 21 Polo Charity Bar Night — runs from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Polo Grill and Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch. Come out and enjoy a $5 tailgating menu, craft beer, raffle prizes and live music by Ben Hammond. Proceeds benefit the MD Anderson Cancer Center. For more information, visit pologrillandbar.com.

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Jersey Rick — plays from 8 to 11 p.m. at CaddyShak Bar & Grille, 6600 River Club Blvd., Bradenton. Enjoy acoustic guitar and crowd interaction. For more information, call 567-6197. Chameleon — plays at 9 p.m. at the Polo Grill and Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch. For more information, visit pologrillandbar.com.

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San Marco Farmers Market — runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays, at San Marco Plaza, in Lakewood Ranch. Shop for fresh produce, handmade soaps, plants, baked goods and more. For more information, visit sanmarcoplaza.com.

Lakewood Ranch Men’s Club Habitat for Humanity Project — runs from 7:30 a.m. to noon at a location to be determined. For more information, contact Pierre Schutte at pierreschutte@gmail.com.

Lakewood Ranch Republican Club — meets at noon at the Lakewood Ranch Holiday Inn, 6231 Lake Osprey Drive, Lakewood Ranch. Guest speaker is Daniel Kennedy, headmaster, CEO and co-founder of the Sarasota Military Academy. Lunch costs $20. Reservations required at lwrrc.com. Soul Healing Love Marriage Workshop — runs from 6 to 9 p.m. March 22 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 23, at Marriage & Family Works, 1001 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton. Marriage educators Don and Angie Power will teach about keys to understanding how past scars can be impacting your marriage today. Couples will learn how to understand one another more deeply and how to begin the healing through their love at this two-day seminar. Cost is only $25 per couple. Register at www. MarriageWorksForYou.com. Karaoke with Cowboy George — runs from 7 p.m. to close at Linger Lodge Restaurant, 7205 85th St. Court E., Bradenton. For more information, call 755-2757.

FSU Alumni Association National Seminole Service Day — runs from 8 a.m. to noon at Bennett Park, 400 Cypress Creek Blvd., Bradenton. The club will assist with landscaping bare root cabbage palm trees. Register at cmr7085@ yahoo.com. MPP Designs Trunk Show — runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Second Chance Boutique, 6293 Lake Osprey Drive, Lakewood Ranch. Learn how to wear scarves and brooches effectively. Group scarf demonstrations will be held at noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Twenty percent of proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Lakewood Ranch. For more information, call 361-1038. Ponies Under the Palms Fundraiser — starts at 4 p.m. at the Sarasota Polo Club, 8201 Polo Club Lane, Sarasota. Come join efforts to raise money toward cancer research, education and patient care programs at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Event also features a 9 a.m. educational symposium and question-andanswer period with MD Anderson

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physicians and researchers. Individual tickets cost $175. For more information, visit sarasotapolo.com. Chuck Cobb — plays from 7 to 10 p.m. at Linger Lodge Restaurant, 7205 85th St. Court E., Bradenton. For more information, call 755-2757. Inspiration Dance — runs from 8 to 11 p.m. at Sashay, 8209 Natures Way, Unit 103, in San Marco Plaza, Lakewood Ranch. Evening includes professional couple dance demonstrations and general dancing. Bring your own wine and beer; free refreshments. Cost is $35 per person. Reservations required. For more information, call 306-5850 or email sashaydance@earthlink.net. Ricci D — plays at 9 p.m. at the Polo Grill and Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch. For more information, visit pologrillandbar.com.

SUNDAY, MARCH 24 Delta Tones — play from 4 to 7 p.m. at Linger Lodge Restaurant, 7205 85th St. Court E., Bradenton. For more information, call 755-2757. Introduction to Social Dance Workshop — runs from 4 to 6 p.m. at Sashay, 8209 Natures Way, Unit 103, in San Marco Plaza, Lakewood Ranch. The workshop, held the second and fourth Sundays of each month, is an informal introduction to the principles of dance, followed by a casual dance party. Cost is $10 per person. Reservations required. For more

Ed’s Got Talent — starts at 8 p.m. Mondays at Ed’s Tavern, 10719 Rodeo Drive, Lakewood Ranch. Come watch local singers compete in this weekly sing-off competition. For more information, visit edstavernlwr.com.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26 Central West Coast of Florida Public Relations Association — meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Meadows Country Club, 3101 Longmeadow, Sarasota. Joseph J. Curley, of Stingray Solutions, who is currently directing the international PR/marketing efforts for Universal Studios Parks & Resorts, will be the keynote speaker. Cost is $25 for FPRA members and $35 for non-members. Register at http://cwcfpra.com.

THURSDAY, MARCH 27 Manatee Young Professionals — meets from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Manatee Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Come prepared to share a 60-second “commercial” about what you do and who your ideal client is. Cost is $12 for paid members and $17 for others. Price includes lunch. RSVP to LindseyL@manateechamber.com, or call 748-4842, Ext. 133. Lakewood Ranch Men’s Club Open Planning Meeting — starts at 6 p.m. at CaddyShak Bar & Grille, 6600 River Club Blvd., Bradenton. For more information, contact Pierre Schutte at pierreschutte@ gmail.com.

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On the most important skill of carving: “You have to know anatomy — like the distance across the eyes is the same as the distance from your eyes to your mouth, and the flattest part of your face is your front teeth. Certain proportions make a pleasing face. Getting the eyes right is the hardest.” On what drew him to carving and whether he is a born carver: “I don’t have any art background in my family. I just didn’t want to golf five days a week. It’s nice to make something and have it turn into something good. It’s a different pace. Am I blessed? I guess so. I don’t cut myself.” On his carving process: “I start with 10 to 15 pieces of wood, preferably butternut, because it doesn’t splinter when you go against the grain. You have to know how to sharpen your tools. Face features always come first.”

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Queen of the Conservatory Margaret Barbieri’s role in The Margaret Barbieri Conservatory of Dance is more than a name. Starting around 7 a.m., the 12 students enrolled in the inaugural class of The Margaret Barbieri Conservatory of Dance go to school like the rest of their nondancing peers. They solve algebraic equations, conduct chemistry experiments, write essays on Shakespeare and learn about the great wars of history. Some are home-schooled; some attend classes at local schools. What’s different about these students is that after ending a full day of school, they begin another full-course load. At 2:30 p.m., when many of their peers go home to do homework and relax until bedtime, these talented students take classes such as pointe, pas de deux, character, Pilates, contemporary and more. Then, at around 9 or 10 p.m., they go home. They average 40 hours per week studying dance alone. “As a dancer, I find you never become stagnant and stop learning,” Margaret Barbieri, assistant director of the Sarasota Ballet, says. These 12 students, ages 9 to 17, auditioned and were selected because the school feels they have the potential to eventually join a professional dance company.

Barbieri was 16 when she began her studies at The Royal Ballet School in London. She grew up in South Africa, where she received personal dance coaching, and by age 10 she had caught the attention of The Royal Ballet School. “My father kept saying, ‘You’re not old enough. You can’t go there,’” she says. Edward Barbieri, her older brother, finally convinced her father to let her study at the school. Like many of the school’s students who go on to dance in professional companies, Barbieri joined The Royal Ballet Touring Company, which launched her 25-year dancing career. She hopes the students in her namesake school will one day feed into Sarasota Ballet’s company, for which her husband, Iain Webb, is the director. “He always felt (Sarasota Ballet) needed something special for the gifted students who have potential to get into a company,” Barbieri says of Webb. There is already an educational program in place, the Sarasota Ballet School. That school provides instruction for students of all ages and skill sets. But Barb-

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you want to be a little more involved.” Barbieri worked with Webb and Education Director Dex Honea to create a well-rounded curriculum that will achieve the best results. Honea says she’s not the mom, but more the “queen” of the conservatory. “She has the big experience and the most experience in the whole company and program,” Honea says. “She’s very hands-on.” That “big experience” he’s referring to was in 1990, when

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Barbieri started the Classical Grauduate Programme at London Studio Centre. “I’ve been teaching for 22 years directing a vocational program, which I devised myself,” she says. Eventually, the program became a three-year bachelor of the arts degree program, and she has the same hopes for the Sarasota program. Barbieri oversees everything, from who is accepted into the program, to fine-tuning the schedule of classes, to making sure the students aren’t overworked. She meets regularly with the faculty. She has watched the students make what she calls an “incredible progression.” She mentions the impressive growth they made from November, again in December and January to now. She’s proud of the students and was impressed with their performance in December at the regional semifinals of Youth American Grand Prix in Tampa —  the world’s largest ballet scholarship competition featuring the nation’s top ballet schools. “I thought they stood out as being one of the top schools,” she says. “And I’m not being biased. I wouldn’t be saying it if I thought it wasn’t good.” Barbieri thinks the program is on point, but she still has hopes for further growth. She’d like the conservatory program to become a degree program, so students have the option of studying professional dance while working toward a degree. So far, Barbieri is enjoying her role watching from the wings. “It’s important for the conservatory to find its feet and for the teachers to know they are in charge, not me,” she says.

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Royal Tea Service at Power Crosley Estate

For a few weeks in March, Sarasotans Linda Donaldson dressed can enjoy the unique experience of a royal for the occasion, at Royal tea at a royal, local landmark. This opporTea at the Crosley Mansion tunity is the brainchild of Chef Larry Barrett, president of Simply Gourmet Caterers. His two passions are food and theater, and ditional $2.20 for clotted cream), to the he showcases them together at the Powel comprehensive, elaborate Windsor, which Crosley Estate on the campus of University includes sandwiches, scones, quiche, salof South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. ad, fruit bowls and cakes at $59.50 for two. Grand B Grand Grand Grand Grand Bay Bay Grand Bay Barrett’s tea replicates a British tradition The newest option on theBay Tastefully Brit$999,0 $999,0 $999,000 $999,000 $999,000 that began in 1860 with Queen Victoria. To ish menu is the Duke, which Gypps created $999,000 this day, the royal family annually hosts for her “quite a few gentlemen customers.” an afternoon tea for about 8,000 guests at There’s nothing dainty about the Duke. The Buckingham Palace. sandwiches are made on hearty rolls, and “It’s a grand and colorful affair,” Bar- gentlemen get to pick two from these oprett says. “Men wear suits or military uni- tions: egg salad supreme, cheese and ham, forms, and women wear dresses with hats beef with mustard, cold roast pork with red and gloves. The queen and the duke of onion relish and signature or curried “CorEdinburgh circulate among the guests.” onation Chicken.” Also, including a scone Minus the crowned heads, that’s a good with butter and strawberry preserve and a description of what happens locally. generous square cake, the Duke is a lot of The Crosley mansion, with its aura of food for $16.75. Another unique offering at Scan this QR code history and expansive views of Sarasota Tastefully British is the Mad Hatter tea for with your smartphone Bay, adds more than a bit of cachet to this children under 12 years old, which offers or I-Pad to go particular tea experience. The tea takes peanut butter-and-jam and cheese sandto our website: place from 2 to 4 p.m.; remaining dates wiches, in addition to the regular options. www.WavesBoatClub.com are March 21, 26 and 28. The cost is $32 Tastefully British is located at 2236 Gulf per person, with a portion of the proceeds Gate Drive. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 benefiting the Crosley Foundation. For p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and serves reservations, call 225-9122. tea from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations are suggested on weekends; call 927-2612.

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Tea Luncheon at Shoogie Boogies

Ladies love the garden room at Shoogie Boogies, though it is not a conventional tearoom with a conventional tea service. It is instead a flower-laden garden café in a quaint English cottage attached to the photo studio of Kathryn Kittinger, in Towles Court.

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Shoogie Boogies’ specialty is a light meal — a tea luncheon, if you will — that customers create from a menu of salads, wraps, quiches, crêpes, bowls and soups. “Half-and-half” is a favorite way to do it — a half pedestal of tea sandwiches, for example, with a half salad. On Friday and Saturday afternoons, it is sometimes possible to pop in for a spot of tea in the afternoon, but calling ahead is a good idea. With advance arrangements, you can make Shoogie Boogies your own for a special event such as a tea party, shower, birthday party or even a wedding. Regular hours are 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 5 to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and from 6 to 10 p.m. during the Towles Court gallery walk on the third Friday of each month. Located at 1919 Morrill St., Sarasota. Reservations are advised; call 951-5437.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 2013

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Easter Celebration

Visit these churches and houses of worship Faith Lutheran Church

Join us Easter Sunday

10:30am @ Braden River Elementary 6125 River Club Blvd Bradenton, FL 34202

EastEr sunday sErvicEs 6:45 a.m. - Sunrise Butterfly Service in the garden (bring a folding chair) 7:30 a.m. - Early Worship 9:00 a.m. - Traditional Worship 11:00 a.m. - Casual Family Worship

FREE egg hunt, live bunnies & family photo booth www.oasischurch.org

107045

Good Friday, March 29, at 7:00 pm

Living Lord Lutheran Church

From Last Supper to Last Breath

11107 Palmbrush Trail Lakewood Ranch FL 34202

Easter Sunday, March 31, at 10:00 am

Holy Week Services

107490

7750 Beneva Rd. • Sarasota, FL 34238 941-924-4664 www.faithsarasota.com

Find the Peace and Joy of Our Risen Lord

From Tears to Joy!

Palm Sunday 8, 9:15, 10:45 am Palm Crosses to be received

Easter Egg Hunt, March 31, at 11:30 am for kids

Maundy Thursday 7 pm

Foot Washing & Stripping of the Altar

Good Friday 7:00 pm Easter Celebration Sunday 8, 9:15 & 10:45 am

CELEBRATIONS AT 9Am and 11Am

(Music, Brass Quintet, By Grace, Choir & Communion)

In our new Sanctuary The Rev. Dr. Christopher Carlson, Pastor

Youth will serve pancake breakfast after all services.

Free Easter story books!

Pastor Jeff Gross

753-9365

106946

EASTER SERVICES

Dare to become the peacemakers Christ taught us to be! 941.753.7778

www.peacepcusa.org • contact@peacepcusa.org

(on the corner of Lakewood Ranch Blvd. between state routes 70 and 64)

First Congregational United Church of Christ   107437

Join Us Easter Morning 7am Sunrise Service (on the patio by the lake) 8am Continental Breakfast 9am Blended/Traditional Worship 10:30am Contemporary Worship

106944

10 am - Holy Eucharist 7:30 pm - Holy Eucharist, Foot Washing, Stripping of the Altars 8:30 pm (until noon on Good Friday) Prayer Vigil at the Altar of repose

GooD FriDAy - March 29

Palm Sunday, March 24th  

7:30 am - Stations of the Cross along Main Street 10 am - Mass of the Pre-Sanctified noon to 3:00 pm - Good Friday Liturgy 3:30 to 4:30 pm - Confessions

9am‐Service; 10:30‐Easter Musical 

 

Maundy Thursday, March 28th  

6pm‐“A Communion Experience” 

 

Saturday, March 30th  

EAStEr EVE - Saturday, March 30

9 to 11:15am‐Kidz Eggstravaganza 

8 pm - the Great Vigil of Easter

 

EAStEr DAy - Sunday, March 31 7, 9, and 11 am - Festive Choral Celebrations of the Eucharist of the resurrection 1 pm - Spanish Mass

All are joyously welcome to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. 106972

10:30‐Service, Easter Brunch 

1031 S. Euclid Ave. (off Bahia Vista) (941)953-7044

MAunDy tHurSDAy - March 28

Trinity United Methodist Church 4150 S. Shade Ave. Sarasota  www.iTrinity.org • 924.7756 

Easter Sunday, March 31st  

Easter Sunday, 9 & 11am,   adult choirs, brass quintet  

The Church of the Redeemer

107432

   

Palm Sunday, 9 & 11 a.m. Maundy Thursday, 6pm, Holy Communion Good Friday, 12pm 

Holy Week and Easter Worship

First Christian Sarasota

7601 Clark Rd., Sarasota, FL 941-922-4434 ccallahan@yourobserver.com  www.fccsarasota.com

107046

Peace Presbyterian Church 10902 Technology Drive, Lakewood Ranch

107379

105485

Northminster Presbyterian Church 3131 61st Street Sarasota, FL 34243 941-355-4729

222 South Palm Avenue in downtown Sarasota 941.955.4263 • www.redeemersarasota.org Complimentary parking available at BMO Harris Bank Parking Garage on McAnsh Square: March 28, 6:30-10 p.m.; March 30, 6:45 p.m. to midnight; March 31, from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.


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THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 2013

Easter Celebration

Visit these churches and houses of worship “CHRIST IS RISEN...HE IS RISEN INDEED”

Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church 7461 Prospect Rd, Sarasota

JOIN US on MARCH 31st for our EASTER SERVICE - 9am & 11am

106971

Maunday Thursday - March 28 – 4:30 & 6:30 pm Good Friday - March 29 – 4:30 & 6:30 pm EasTEr sunday - MarCh 31 – 7:00, 8:00 and 10:30 am EasTEr EGG hunT sat. March 30 @10:00 am

941-355-2798 beautifulsaviorlcms.com

4041 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota

www.BahiaVistaChurch.org

Join us Easter this year to see what that might look like for YOU

107047

Life is hectic enough! We’d like to add PEACE to your life. 8:15am Traditions Service 10:30am Family Worship Service

St. Paul Lutheran Church

Palm Sunday Worship Good Friday 7:00 pm 8:30 am Traditional Service Tenebrae service 10:30 am Blended Service Children’s Easter Celebration Maundy Thursday 7:00 pm Sat., March 30 ~ 1:30 to 3:30 pm Worship Service & Easter Egg Hunt, Crafts, Easter Story and Snack Stripping of the Altar

Christ is risen! PrAise GOD!

107050

Easter Sunday Worship 7:00 am Outdoor Sunrise Service 8:30 am Traditional Resurrection Service with Brass Quartet 10:30 am Blended Resurrection Service

www.gracesarasota.com

The Tabernacle Church

Grace

Professional Parkway University Parkway 106957

6932 Professional Parkway Lakewood Ranch 941.921.5784

The Living Jesus Serves All in Worship! Palm Sunday

5:30 p.m.: Saturday chapel communion 9 a.m.: Contemporary worship with praise band 10 a.m.: Christian education for all ages 10:45 a.m.: Traditional worship with hymns, organ

Holy Week

maundy ThurSday 7p.m.: Lord’s Supper communion service

6:30 a.m.: SonRise worship with communion Good Friday 9 a.m.: Celebration noon and 7 p.m.: “7 words from communion with praise band the cross” worship 10 a.m.: “Break the fast” breakfast, kid’s egg hunt holy SaTurday 10:45 a.m.: Festival 5:30 p.m.: Chapel communion communion, trumpet, organ service

Easter Services

107561

8:00am – Eucharist with music 10:15am – Eucharist with music & Choir

Just 2 blocks south of University

106945

CHurCH oF THE NaTiviTy 5900 N Lockwood Ridge Rd., Sarasota, Fl

941-355-3262 • www.churchofthenativity.com Egg Hunt

Bunny Pix

Easter Story

St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church Holy Week 107499

7:45 am - Traditional 10:00 am - Family Service

Join us for joyful, family Thursday, March 28th friendly worship, 6:15 pm - Seder Meal and faithful service to Friday, March 29th Christ our Lord Noon to 3:00 pm - Good Friday Service 7:00 pm - Tenebrae Service

7:00 am - Sunrise Easter Vigil 10:00 am - Festive Easter Service

2185 Wood Street

(along School Avenue, north of Sarasota High School) ConcordiaSarasota.org

Lakewood Christian ChurCh easter weekend serviCes Good Friday Communion service 6:00 P.M. Fete Ballroom at the Polo Grille

Wednesday, March 27th

Easter Sunday, March 31st

Concordia Lutheran Church

Easter! ...

Palm Sunday, March 24th

6:00 pm - Stations of the Cross 7:00 pm - Good Friday Service

An Episcopal Church serving Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Bounce House

EaSTEr Sunday

107624

107161

Palm Sunday – 8:00am no music 10:15am music and choir Maundy Thursday – 7:00pm Good Friday – noon & 7:00pm Holy Saturday – 5:00pm

4150 S. Shade Ave. Sarasota  www.iTrinity.org • 924.7756 

Kids Easter Eggstravaganza!  Saturday, March 30th 9 to 11:15am 

107049

Easter Events At

ccallahan@yourobserver.com      Good Friday Communion Service 7 pm - Worship Center   Sunrise Service On The Bay   6:30 am - Bayfront Island Park   (next to Marina Jack’s) Traditional Easter Celebration Service   11 am - Worship Center     4141 DeSoto Road, Sarasota   941.355.8858 thetabsarasota.org     St. Andrew United ChUrCh of ChriSt   6908 Beneva Road, Sarasota 34238| 941.922.7595   www.uccstandrew.org   Palm Sunday worship Service easter egg hunt Sat., March 30 - 10:00 a.m.   March 24 - 10:30 a.m. easter Sunday   Maundy thursday Service worship Service March 28 7:00 p.m.   March 31 - 10:30 a.m.   Good friday 29   March Sanctuary open for prayer 12:00 to 3:00 Bach’s St. Matthew Passion   will be played during these hours     Trinity United Methodist Church  

Lakewood Ranch Blvd

2256 Bahia Vista Street, Sarasota – 955-6479 – www.stpaulsarasota.org

sunrise service 7:00 A.M. San Marco Plaza

easter Celebration service 10:00 A.M. Fete Ballroom at the Polo Grille

Jesus Lives!

We look forward to meeting you!

www.stmarymagdalenes.dioswfl.org

941-302-6655

For more information please visit us at: www.lakewoodchristianchurch.net

107481

(941) 751-5048

107030

11315 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch

From I-75, take SR 70 East (exit 217) to Lakewood Ranch Blvd (about 2.5 miles). Turn South and take the very next right, Palmbrush Trail. We are located on the north side of the road.


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Items Under $200 For Sale ADVERTISE YOUR MERCHANDISE with the total value of all items $200 or less in this section for FREE! Limit 1 ad per month, 15 words or less. Price must be included next to each item. No commercial advertising. Ad runs 2 consecutive weeks in 1 Observer. (No phone calls please.) (Please provide your name and address) Email ad to: classified@yourobserver.com Online at: www.yourobserver.com Or mail to: The Observer Group P.O. Box 3169 Sarasota, Fl 34230 APPLIANCES GE Dishwasher 2005, $85. GE Microwave 2005, $35. (both off-white & working.) Call 941-545-6396. ARTISTS’ ALUMINUM display panels 5 - 3x6, 1 power cord, stabilizer bar, $ 25.00. 941-907-6968. ENTERTAINMENT CENTER, blond finish, inc. glass and storage cabinets (108"), $199, obo. (941) 746-5215. HOOVER VACUUM, 12-amp, bagless. Good condition, $15. 941-758-6259. LIQUOR DECANTER: Jim Beam, Jewel Tea Wagon, 1974, $170. Pants, men's, 5 pairs $28. 941-932-5595. PATIO TABLE: (3'x5'), 4 chairs, $100.00. Dressers 5&3 drawers, $10.00 both. Water cooler, $25.00. 941-580-9693. TICKETS- REDSOX- Oriols 3/25, $45. Sections 210 & 215. 941-306-5027.

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Garage/Moving/Estate Sales 9TH ANNUAL COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE: Saturday, March 23rd., 8:30a.m.-1p.m. University N. to Honore, right on Cooper Creek. University Place, 40+ families. Quality home furnishings, clothing and much more! ESTATE SALE Full house - High Quality. Friday and Saturday, March 22 & 23, 8a.m.-2p.m. 5832 Lakeside Woods Circle, Sarasota Palm Aire Country Club Antiques, LR, DR, kitchen, office furniture, sideboard, poster bed set, silver, china, crystal, pottery, Schoenhut chandelier, tools, patio sets, grill, books and much more!

ESTATE SALE Saturday, March 23 - 9:30a.m.-3p.m. 8356 Palm Lakes Court - Palm Aire (Turn west on Garden Dr. from Whitfield just north of University) Mahogany: Queen Anne style cedar chest, 4 poster Queen bed set with canopy, pair of carved end tables, dining room table and chairs, buffet, Cheval mirror. Maple dining room table with ladder back chairs and hutch, 1940’s painted twin bed set, French Provincial writing desk, wicker, Blue Willow, king bed, 1940’s dressing table, painted teacart, brass, pewter, crystal, silver plate, primitives, kitchenware, linens, Christmas and more!

Garage/Moving/Estate Sales USED BOOKS, LOW PRICES! Friends of Fruitville Library Bookstore Fruitville Rd Exit, 1/2 M. East of I-75 10am-5pm Mon-Sat.

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.

Storage STORAGE FACILITY Boat/ RV/ Trailer. Secure facility, low monthly rentals, Clark Rd area. 941-809-3660, 941-809-3662.

Business Opportunities JAN PRO CLEANING FRANCHISE: $950 Down Required, Financing Available for growth, Includes customers. Earn up to $10,000 Month+ Call 941-907-8141

Condos/Apts. For Rent PALMER RANCH condo: 1BR/1BA, $940/mo. Gated, W/D, new carpet/ paint, pool, parking, gym, tennis. 941-302-0621.

Homes For Rent ANNUAL RENTAL: PARK RIDGE, gated, 3BR/2.5BA townhome. Lanai, community pool, 1 car garage, office, $1550/mo. Available now. Please call 941-504-8818 or 941-400-5626.

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$259,000 Lake Vista Residences Condo Lux. 3BR/2.5BA, Beautiful views, Upgrades, Clubhouse & fitness. A3974116 Jeff Hammond 941.907.2000

$1,199,000 The Founders Club Beautiful 4BR/4BA, 6500SF of luxurious living, Gated, Golf & tranquil lake views. A3958717 Jerry Richter 941.224.1350 ty Beau reek

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$439,000 Silverwood @ Lakewood Ranch Over sized lot w/preserve view. Elegant 3/3 with all the bells & whistles! A3974238 Sara LaPlante 941.685.4566

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$2,600/Mo. Lakewood Ranch -Central Park Gated, 3/2 turnkey furnished lake front home. Less than a year old with 40,000 in upgrades!! A3972734 Jerry Richter 941.224.1350

Foreclosures $289,900 Waterlefe Golf & River Club Further Reduced! Gated, Large Maintenance free 3/3 home w/private pool overlooking canal. Community Amenities & more! M5831304 Pat Emmett 941.685.0343

$1,400/Mo. Las Palmas Immaculate 3/2 1st floor condo. Open & spacious. 1 car garage. Resort Amenities. A3973631 Pat McMillan 941.544.4538 Palmer Ranch & Stoneybrook Golf & Country Club Short term & long term rentals available in all sections. Golfing, Clubhouse, pools & just minutes to Siesta beaches! Vicki Reilly 941.266.5962

$137,900 Willowbrook Townhome 2BR/2.5BA, Lake & Preserve views + No CDD fees! A3961893 Kirby Wood 941.961.4724

$399,000 Mill Creek Gorgeous! 4BR/3BA + loft & pool on 2 acres. Many Upgrades. Low HOA. A3971702 Timothy A. Blomquist 941.544.4044

$600,000 5.42 Acres – Off Palma Sola Blvd Suitable for development, Current zoning RDD 4.5; Future land use is Res 6. M5834284 Mark Alexander/Chris Lind 941.928.3534

$119,900 Hunters Walk @ Beekman Place Wow! 2BR/2BA condo/villa, lake views from living areas. Fireplace, New carpet/interior paint. Move in condition. M5833956 Pat Emmett 941.685.0343 103234

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