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Waterline Road plans delayed after outcry

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+ Imagine students hold food drive Children in the K-Kids and Builders Club programs at Imagine School in Lakewood Ranch recently rallied with a spring food drive for the local Salvation Army. In total, students collected 127 items for the cause.

The Manatee County commissioners continued a public hearing on the East County housing proposal on Waterline Road. Josh Siegel

River Rhapsody’s Enrique Batista, Nathan Evens, Rebekah Johns and Hannah Eubanks work on mastering the last movement of John Rutter’s seven-movement “Requiem.”

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EAST COUNTY — It’s five weeks before Carnegie Hall — the place with the high ceilings and white-and-gold walls, with the taxi cabs honking outside — the place where dreams burst into song. It’s sixth period, and Braden River High Rhapsody students are singing John Rutter’s “Requiem,” an anguished sevenpart piece broken into seven-minute movements. The condensed chords and pained faces look and sound nothing like the bliss of what New York will be like. “When you listen to happy music, sometimes you know it’s happy music because the notes all sound right and pretty,” said Nathan Evens, River Rhapsody’s senior student director. “With this, you listen to

it and you say, ‘That’s a really ugly note. That doesn’t sound good at all.’ But it’s supposed to sound that way. I’m not going to feel like I’m suffering when I’m up on that stage, though.” On Memorial Day, 34 members of Braden River’s River Rhapsody Chorus perform “Requiem,” under the direction of famed British composer John Rutter, at Carnegie Hall, in New York City. Braden River will be one of eight schools to perform. The invitation came two years ago, after Milburn Price, dean emeritus of the School of Performing Arts at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., and interim director of

Perfect ‘pitch-in’ Braden River High School’s River Rhapsody Chorus is about $2,000 short of sending all its students to perform at Carnegie Hall on Memorial Day. Individuals can contribute to the choir’s costs by sending checks to Braden River High School, Attn: Kerrie Couchois, 6545 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton, Fla., 34203; or by donating online at bradenrivercba.com. Checks should be made payable to the Braden River High School Choral Booster Association.

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+ University women enjoy dinner cruise Ladies in the University Park Women’s Club enjoyed a lively evening last month aboard the Marina Jack for a dinner cruise around Sarasota Bay. The sell-out crowd included many new members and spouses of club members.

EAST COUNTY — Tim Almeter says he’s not a tree-hugger. A lifetime farmer, rancher and construction worker, Almeter just wants to keep the character of the road on which he hand-built his family’s dream home, the road his children canoe down when it rains, without the threat of traffic. Almeter’s not alone. A door-to-door movement by a group of homeowners trying to preserve their land in East County has caught the attention of the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners. Commissioners voted May 2 to delay a decision on a project that would build 195 residential units on 77 acres of wooded property on the north side of Waterline Road.
 The decision to continue a public hearing on the East Manatee housing proposal, called the Martin-Hillwood project, came after more than 20 Waterline Road homeowners, organized into a group called Preserve Our Waterline Road Inc. (POWeR), voiced their displeasure with the plan at the commission meeting.

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The Lakewood Ranch Kiwanis Club is hosting an educational leadership luncheon Saturday May 11 that features local government representatives and leaders in education. The luncheon starts at 11:30 a.m., with the lunch meeting lasting from noon to 1 p.m. Speakers will include Florida Sen. Nancy Detert, Florida Sen. Bill Galvano; Dr. Carol Probstfield of State College of Florida; Bonnie Jones of the University of South Florida, Manatee-Sarasota; and Manatee County Schools Superintendent Rick Mills. Cost is $35 per ticket. For reservations, contact Jane Grace at 758-4878 or email janebgrace@aol.com.

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WATERLINE / FROM 1A POWeR, headed by  Waterline Road residents Almeter, Jack Richardson and Jeanette Abel, sent a petition with 350 signatures to the commission the night before the May 2 commission meeting.
 The petition, signed by some residents from neighboring communities, such as Mill Creek, Country Creek and Rye Wilderness, cited concerns about increased traffic along the rural Waterline Road, harm to wildlife life, such as gopher tortoises and scrub jay, and the incompatibility of the proposed “low-impact” clustered development with the area.

 “We’re not environmentalists,” Almeter said. “Most of us are actually conservative farmers. We’re just common-sense thinkers.” County staff says the plan would preserve 15 acres of the project for native habitat and that the smaller lot size of the proposed homes would cover less land.
 The land has been in Mary Jane Martin Smith’s family since 1957. Smith and her husband, Richard I. Martin, control the land now. 

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posed the land be turned into 119 residential lots. 
Commissioners reviewed that proposal in 2008 and agreed to continue a public hearing on it. A revised plan from the applicant, with 195 units, was not considered until now.
 Caleb Grimes, an attorney representing the property owners, said development on the land has been planned since 1989, when it was designated “urban fringe.”

 After some residents complained that increased traffic from development would further deteriorate the already ragged and rough Waterline Road, Grimes spoke of standard benefits of development — the impact fees and taxes that would come to help pay for repairs to the road. Joel Christian, Manatee County environment manager, addressed concerns that building would threaten endangered species that live off the road. A 2005 study, the last the county took, found two eagle nests off-site but within the vicinity of the 77-acre lot and found “some” gopher tortoises on the property. “People fear what they haven’t seen yet,” Grimes said. “I find with these projects that all these different people end up becoming friends, living together and

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A group of Waterline Road homeowners and nearby residents started a group called Preserve Our Waterline Road Inc., and sent a petition to commissioners voicing their displeasure with a proposed development project. enjoying the area.” The Martin-Hillwood project discussion comes after commissioners in April unanimously approved additions to a community already slated for construction on nearby Rye Road — changes that add 50 homes to a project by Medallion Home and add a second entrance off Waterline Road. The Rye Road Subdivision project, located on 35 acres between Rye and Waterline roads,

will have 150 single-family lots. All of it worries the Almeters, especially the children, Natalie, 18, and Grayson, 13. Natalie started a Facebook group, Preserve Our Waterline Road Inc. The page is decorated with fliers and pictures of the road and the creatures that call it home. On the page, which had 111 “likes” as of May 7, there’s a picture of Grayson’s almost 15-year-

old potbelly pig. The pig lives by Grayson’s chicken coop, which holds his 40 chickens and the eggs he sells to neighbors. “Building these packed homes on this land with these animals here just doesn’t make sense,” Grayson said. The public hearing will continue at the commission’s next land-use meeting June 6. Contact Josh Siegel at jsiegel@ yourobserver.com.

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Mills freezes all school spending Facing a near-zero fund balance, Manatee County School District cannot spend any money through July 1, unless it affects safety and health. EAST COUNTY — Two weeks after announcing the district will have virtually no fund balance at the end of the fiscal year, Superintendent Rick Mills announced the Manatee County School District has frozen all spending until July 1. A memo Mills sent to school board members and district employees said all spending that is not a statutory requirement for safety and health has been eliminated through June. Any spending the district finds to be unnecessary will come out of staff salaries. Angela Fraser, district finance director, must approve principal or teacher spending requests, which should include the reason for the purchase, cost and the order number. The memo says no new contracts or purchase orders will be allowed. District purchase cards — credit cards given to principals — will be zeroed out. On March 1, spending from district credit cards had been reduced by 80%. Mills also re-emphasized a

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freeze on hiring — an order he already made Feb. 28. “I’m not surprised (Mills) is doing these things,” said Julie Aranibar, school board member. “He has to make these decisions. We can’t have principals who don’t follow accounting practices. Some principals have done a wonderful job with that over the years but, for others, it’s the same story every year.” Until the end of the fiscal year June 30, schools can only spend from internal funding, accounts such as athletic department funds, after-school program money, vending machine revenue, lost or damaged books money and revenue from school pictures and yearbooks. That money will be limited as well, though. On April 2, Mills asked school leaders to provide excess funds from their individual school accounts to trim up to $1 million of the deficit. All non-contracted hourly positions have been cut since February. All overtime has been eliminated, with the exception of emergencies documented

with an approval form. Only Mills can approve exceptions. Any district employee who disobeys these orders and spends outside of what’s required will be billed, and the money will come out of his or her salary. The departments from which that spending came will also have their budgets reduced for the 2013-14 fiscal year. They will have to explain their actions to Mills. “Some say the budget is not education, but it’s the budget that provides for education and services,” Aranibar said. “We need to put in accounting practices immediately so we can get back to educating children.” The moves come after a state transition team — experts from the Florida Department of Education gave the Florida Association of District Superintendents — came to Manatee County in late April and confirmed what Mills already knew; the school district is struggling to find the $6.7 million — 2.2% — needed in reserves.

State law requires a 3% reserve — or   $10 million for Manatee County.
The state gave Manatee County an exception and approved a 2.2% reserve for this fiscal year.

 But that number now is near zero. In the coming weeks, the district must write to the state Department of Education commissioner explaining why it won’t meet its reserves for the third consecutive year. Contact Josh Siegel at jsiegel@ yourobserver.com.

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Mental-health screenings in schools considered Manatee Glens President Mary Ruiz wants students to receive mental-health screenings in Manatee County Schools, and Superintendent Rick Mills is right behind her. Mills wants to charter a task force to identify funding and a strategy to implement the program. A draft of the charter will be presented at the next CEO roundtable meeting. In Ruiz’s plan, the screenings would be administered by questionnaire when children enter kindergarten, first grade, middle school and high school. Parents are notified before the screenings and debriefed afterward — if the answers to the questions reveal a problem. Then, the school will recommend to parents further assessment by a counselor, psychologist or psychiatrist. Ruiz also wants to train community members to spot mental-health problems. Individuals interested in the program can learn by visiting mentalhealthfirstaid.org/cs/program_overview.

by Pam Eubanks | Managing Editor

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Concession Builders soon will break ground on models in the second phase of The Concession.

EAST COUNTY — As Kevin Daves drives through The Concession, it feels as though he’s hit a “reset” button.   Though the majority of the property remains untouched, earth is moving again. Since Feb. 23, 19 home sites and one model home have sold in the luxury community at the eastern end of University Parkway. Builders are preparing to break ground on models — set on what Daves calls “Builders’ Lane” — within 30 days for the community’s second phase. “Everything’s in place,” said Daves, the community’s original developer. “It’s almost a better time (to build than during the real-estate boom).” “There are a lot of developers who would have walked away from this,” he said, noting his company overcame financial hardship to push the project along. “I can’t do that.” The vision Daves cast for the 1,240-acre Concession property — one now dotted with luxury homes amid a Florida scene of pine trees, live oaks and palmetto plants — is one that blends highend, custom-home construction with an Old Florida feel uncommon to such developments. “The land kind of told you what needed to happen (on it),” Daves says. The community’s 234 home sites range from one-half to one acre, and homes are situated along preserve areas — separate from an award-winning golf course. Daves says he’s always had three obligations: putting streets in the community, building a

golf course and to build a clubhouse for residents. All of those elements have been completed. Construction on the community’s first homes started in 2004; the famed 18-hole Jack Nicklausdesigned golf course opened in 2006. Daves later pursued building a high-end clubhouse, despite economic changes. “I felt like when the market came back, (we’d be in good shape Pam Eubanks if all those things were in Developer Kevin Daves is excited about the new activiplace),” Daves said. ties in The Concession. Nineteen lots and one model When development of home have sold since mid-February. The Concession first began, Daves and his company, Concession Land ONLINE: Visit YourObserver.com to see Development — a joint a site plan of the Concession development. venture between Daves, his company Core Develcommunity’s devel- fulfillment, particularly for larger opment and New Yorkhalf-acre or larger properties. opment. based Property Markets “People sat on the sidelines for Anchor Builders, Courtesy photo Group — worked out so long, and they realize (now is Arthur Rutenburg Developer Kevin Daves, center, looks over plans with a deal with Lakewood Homes, Holiday a good time to buy),” Daves said. Jack Nicklaus, left, and Tony Jacklin. Ranch developer SchroGroup, John Can- “The stock market is high. We real-estate market took a drastic eder-Manatee Ranch to non Homes, John have low interest rates. It’s a little secure land and take on the extra hit in 2007; only six homes had Neal Homs and Lee Whethering- bit of a perfect storm.” $3 million expense of building been sold. After that, everything ton Homes should break ground Plus, prospective homebuyUniversity Parkway west from seemed to stand still. on models on a stretch called ers now can purchase lots in The Developers fell behind on the “Builders’ Lane” by the end of Concession for as low as $199,000. Lorraine Road so The Concession could have a second access mortgage payment for phase two, May, likely sooner. “We expect to sell out in three for its future 234 homes. They’d and the financial institution backOnly two of those builders years (if this pace keeps up),” previously planned for the main ing the project opted not to renew —  John Cannon Homes and Daves said. entrance to be off State Road 70. the loan. Daves and his partners Anchor Builders — built in The Daves says this “perfect storm” “We felt it was probably a posi- worked hard to avoid foreclosure, Concession’s first phase. The has more checks and balances in tive impact (to the community),” bringing in an outside investment other five original builders went place than the one that occurred group to pay off the loan for the out of business, Daves said. Daves said. during the recent boom years —   The Concession’s birth went remaining 113 lots in December. and that’s a good thing. quickly, with more than 110 lots Concession Land Development The future “None of us wants to go back Daves smiles as he thinks to the hyper building (activity),” selling in the project’s first phase. now has a buyback on all the lots At that time, home sites were over a period of time, Daves said.   about a prediction he made Daves says. “We’re in much betWith financing in order, the two years ago: a shortage of lots ter shape now.” selling for $1.3 million, Daves said. The Concession’s second company has secured a team would evolve in the market. Contact Pam Eubanks at peuThe prediction is one reaching banks@yourobserver.com. phase opened just before the of builders to carry forward the


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Move over, Shakespeare. East County students are making their move. Six students from McNeal Elementary School recently earned special recognition during the 2013 Young Playwright Festival sponsored by Florida Studio Theater. Only 15 playwrights who entered in the international competition, which received more than 3,000 entries, were selected to have a professional production of their play performed. Among them were three McNeal students: fourth-grader Clay Barone for “Pressed”; fourthgrader Blake Wood for “Tuna Trouble”; and third-grader Zander Moricz for “Rebecca’s Sunday Secret.” Three of McNeal’s writers — of 30 total chosen — earned honorable mentions. They included: third-grader Nathaniel Klein for “Hiccups! Noooo!!”; second-grader Mixon Rixon for “The Adventures of Captain Punch-You”; and fourth-grader Hannal Miller for “A Snowman Paradise?” The professional production of the plays and an awards ceremony will be part of the Sarasota Festival of New Plays Saturday, May 11.

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Allison Levy is vice president of j2 IT Services, which she runs with her husband, Jason. She knew little about computers before working there, but on the job she uses leadership skills learned in the military.

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Allison Levy has spent a 20-year military career mostly managing health care. Now she’s on reserve. She stays organized and embraces building a community network, creating trust and feedback, like she does on the planning committee for the Tribute to Heroes Parade, to be held May 26, in Lakewood Ranch. During her 20-year military

career — split between six years as an active member, before serving 10 years in reserve, another two years active and, now, back on reserve — Levy always knew she wanted to own a business. During her military years, Levy

serve, was called back into active duty to Bethesda, Md., for four months. Levy left her family in Washington, D.C., to manage the medical staff of the then National Naval Medical Center and care for soldiers heading to Iraq or Germany. “Those were difficult years,” Levy said. “I’m fortunate. It was very stressful.” As a reserve again, the stress — and rewards — of the two worlds blend together. At a banquet May 17, in Orlando, j2 IT Services will be one of 15 companies in Florida the Department of Defense recognizes for winning an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Above and Beyond Award. The award honors companies that support re-employment for Armed Forces reserve and guard members. Levy’s reserve status requires her to complete training one weekend every month and an additional two weeks during the year. She travels to places such as MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, where she helps with logistics. The young faces at MacDill push Levy to avoid retirement. She could have retired a few weeks ago — her 20th year in the service — but signed on for two more years, instead. At the Tribute to Heroes Parade, Levy will see faces young and old and think of the help she still has to give. “People still need the work that I do,” Levy said. “It’s good to see them recognized and bringing pride to our community.” Contact Josh Siegel at jsiegel@ yourobserver.com.

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mously approved rezoning 9.43 acres at 2705 51st Ave. E., Bradenton, for the Goodwill Corporate Campus. The retail headquarters will include a 28,633-square-foot administration center, 35,972-square-foot neighborhood retail store and a 5,000-square-foot outparcel. Currently, the property is a tree farm. “It’s very exciting to have the corporate headquarters here,” said Betsy Benac, atlarge Manatee County commissioner. The campus also will feature an international training center for mission development. The property will include a roadway buffer along U.S. 301 and a 5-foot sidewalk along the north side of 51st Ave. E., Bradenton. Goodwill’s current main campus sits at 7501 15th St. E.,
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Many local charities earn money by participating on the plaza’s monthly Music on Main event, at which volunteers man tables and sell beverages. The Sarasota Association for Riding Therapy, or SMART, raised just more than $6,000 at a Music on Main event late last year. Gail Clifton, executive director of SMART, said the money, earned from selling beer, wine and soft

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drinks, went into its scholarship program fund. Clifton said about 65% of kids who ride horses at SMART can’t afford the basic fee of $25 a lesson. “Music on Main was fun for us,” Clifton said. “We hope to participate again.” The Center for Autism Resources and Education (C.A.R.E.) in Lakewood Ranch raised $3,155 at a Music on Main event in October. A C.A.R.E. spokeswoman said the money would help fund special programs for children and families facing autism. Another East County charity, Community Haven, also benefited from Music on Main. Bethany Higgins, director of development at Community Haven, said the charity netted $6,539.97 from beer and wine sales at Music on Main

in February 2012. Community Haven also provided a clown and face painting at the event. Higgins said money raised will help “enrich the lives of people with disabilities.”

+ Sarasota County honored for Benderson Park project The American Planning Association has recognized Sarasota County as a cowinner for its 2013 “Hunter Award” for Excellence in Economic Development. The award is for the designation and development of Nathan Benderson Park, world-class rowing venue that is still under development just south of University Parkway, off Cattlemen Road. The county also received the 2013 “Award of Merit” from the APA County Planning Division and the National Association of County Planners. The award is based on the collaborative partnerships between Sarasota County and

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+ Big Cat Habitat switches to summertime schedule Starting May 15, the Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary will switch to summertime hours for its sunset safari tours. Guests will be able to get close-up views of big cats, bears and other animals from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, during self-guided tours. Special exotic “animal encounters” will be offered at 5:30 p.m. those days. Admission is $15 for adults or $7 for children ages 7 and younger. For more information, visit bigcathabitat.org.

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WATERLINE / FROM 1A POWeR, headed by  Waterline Road residents Almeter, Jack Richardson and Jeanette Abel, sent a petition with 350 signatures to the commission the night before the May 2 commission meeting.
 The petition, signed by some residents from neighboring communities, such as Mill Creek, Country Creek and Rye Wilderness, cited concerns about increased traffic along the rural Waterline Road, harm to wildlife life, such as gopher tortoises and scrub jay, and the incompatibility of the proposed “low-impact” clustered development with the area.

 “We’re not environmentalists,” Almeter said. “Most of us are actually conservative farmers. We’re just common-sense thinkers.” County staff says the plan would preserve 15 acres of the project for native habitat and that the smaller lot size of the proposed homes would cover less land.
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posed the land be turned into 119 residential lots. 
Commissioners reviewed that proposal in 2008 and agreed to continue a public hearing on it. A revised plan from the applicant, with 195 units, was not considered until now.
 Caleb Grimes, an attorney representing the property owners, said development on the land has been planned since 1989, when it was designated “urban fringe.”

 After some residents complained that increased traffic from development would further deteriorate the already ragged and rough Waterline Road, Grimes spoke of standard benefits of development — the impact fees and taxes that would come to help pay for repairs to the road. Joel Christian, Manatee County environment manager, addressed concerns that building would threaten endangered species that live off the road. A 2005 study, the last the county took, found two eagle nests off-site but within the vicinity of the 77-acre lot and found “some” gopher tortoises on the property. “People fear what they haven’t seen yet,” Grimes said. “I find with these projects that all these different people end up becoming friends, living together and

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A group of Waterline Road homeowners and nearby residents started a group called Preserve Our Waterline Road Inc., and sent a petition to commissioners voicing their displeasure with a proposed development project. enjoying the area.” The Martin-Hillwood project discussion comes after commissioners in April unanimously approved additions to a community already slated for construction on nearby Rye Road — changes that add 50 homes to a project by Medallion Home and add a second entrance off Waterline Road. The Rye Road Subdivision project, located on 35 acres between Rye and Waterline roads,

will have 150 single-family lots. All of it worries the Almeters, especially the children, Natalie, 18, and Grayson, 13. Natalie started a Facebook group, Preserve Our Waterline Road Inc. The page is decorated with fliers and pictures of the road and the creatures that call it home. On the page, which had 111 “likes” as of May 7, there’s a picture of Grayson’s almost 15-year-

old potbelly pig. The pig lives by Grayson’s chicken coop, which holds his 40 chickens and the eggs he sells to neighbors. “Building these packed homes on this land with these animals here just doesn’t make sense,” Grayson said. The public hearing will continue at the commission’s next land-use meeting June 6. Contact Josh Siegel at jsiegel@ yourobserver.com.

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SPRING Helen Glaser’s youngest daughter, June Glaser Schechner, shares her memories of her grandmother and mother and talks about the impact the women had on the rest of the family:

The Observer’s ‘Memories with Mom’ contest winner, Helen Glaser, remembers the bravery and generosity of her mother, Maya Nathan.

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When Helen Glaser learned she had won The Observer’s “Memories with Mom” contest, she was more than a little surprised. In fact, she had no idea she had even entered. The contest asked readers to submit a short story detailing their favorite memory of their mother for a chance to win a prize package and share the story with Observer readers. The prize package includes a $50 gift certificate to Carats Fine Jewelry and a massage and facial from Massage Envy. It also includes dinner for two at Casa Antica. Helen and Len Glaser Helen Glaser’s husband, Len, regularly reads the paper, son with an amazing story, and and he decided to enter the I wanted to honor her.” contest on his wife’s behalf — His submission details the as a surprise. story of the late Maya Nathan’s “Len told me we had won, escape from German-occuand I thought he was kidding,” pied Denmark with her then says Helen Glaser. “When I re- 3-year-old daughter, Helen alized it was the truth, I was Glaser, and infant son. Nathan surprised and excited. He’s and her children escaped Coalways doing nice things like penhagen on a fishing boat, that.” fled to Sweden and eventuLen Glaser says he saw the ally immigrated to the United $ where they were reunitcontest as a great opportunity States, Sofas from to share his memories of his ed with her husband. wife’s late mother, Maya NaNathan lived in the United than, whom he says had a last- States, where she and her husing impact on both his and his band became engaged in the wife’s life. community by giving both “I knew Helen would never their time and money. She enter on her own,” says Len died in 1989 in Fort Myers, at Glaser. “She’s too shy. But, her the age of 75. mother was a wonderful perWhen Helen Glaser finally

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April 30 Fore! 2:09 p.m. — 8200 block of Legacy Boulevard. Burglary/Vandalism. A deputy responded to an alarm going off at a golf club. Someone had used a golf club to break the front glass door to the premises and force open the door to a room containing a computer server. Nothing was taken from the club.

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12:22 a.m. — 2500 block of Whitfield Avenue. Theft. A manager of a convenience store witnessed a man conceal two candy bars and two doughnuts in his pants. The man attempted to exit the store without paying for the items, valued at $5.13. The store manager stopped the man and escorted him back inside. Deputies arrested the man.

2:15 p.m. — 2800 block of University Parkway. Theft. A man left his wallet near the cash register in a store after paying for his items. When he returned a few minutes later to retrieve the wallet, it was gone. A deputy reviewed video from the incident that showed a woman pick up the man’s wallet, placed it in her purse and leave the store. No arrest has been made.

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Need to read 5:10 p.m. — 5700 block of 43rd Court E. Burglary. Unknown person(s) entered a home through a kitchen window and stole a Kindle notebook from an upstairs bedroom. The person(s) left through the rear sliding-glass door and fled in an unknown direction.

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Fashion emergency 9:17 p.m. — 7300 block of 52nd Place E. Theft. A man entered an outlet store and walked to the men’s department. He selected several items and entered a fitting room. He then ran out of the store through a back door, which activated a fire alarm. A store manager and sales associate witnessed the incident. Surveillance video also captured the incident. No arrest has been made.

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SATURDAY, MAY 11 Manatee Miles — starts at 8 a.m. at Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. W. Bradenton. This noncompetitive walk is open to all ages and abilities and benefits the United Way of Manatee County. Participants can walk a five-mile or one-mile course through the preserve. Registration starts at 7 a.m. Cost is $25 for adults, or $10 for children ages 7 to 17. Register at manateemiles.com. C.A.R.E. Art Across the

Introduction to Social Dance Workshop — runs from 4 to 6 p.m. every second and fourth Sunday of the month, at Sashay, 8209 Natures Way, Unit 103, in San Marco Plaza. A casual party follows an informal introduction to the principles of dance. Cost is $10 per person. Reservations required. For more information, call 306-5850, or email sashaydance@earthlink.net.

Spectrum — runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lakewood Ranch Main Street. The Center for Autism Resources and Education-sponsored event will showcase artwork by exceptional children. For information, visit careautism.net. Kiwanis Educational Leadership Luncheon — runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Polo Grill, 10670 Boardwalk Loop. Come out to hear speakers Sen. Nancy Detert; Sen. Bill Galvano; SCF President Carol Probstfield; USF Regional Vice Chancellor for Academics Bonnie Jones; and Manatee Schools Superintendent Rick Mills. Cost is $35 per ticket. For tickets or reservations, call Jane Grace at 758-4878 or email janebgrace@aol.com.

TUESDAY, MAY 14 Lakewood Ranch Democratic Club — meets at 7 p.m. at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. Philanthropist and activist Joe Newman will present, “The Election is Over — What Now?” For more information, contact Lucy Lapides at lucy@lwrdems.com.

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Inspiration Dance — runs from 8 to 11 p.m. the second and fourth Saturday of each month, at Sashay, 8209 Natures Way, Unit 103, in San Marco Plaza, Lakewood Ranch. Come watch professionals dance, enjoy refreshments and enjoy an evening of dancing. Cost is $35 per person. Bring your own wine. For more information, call 306-5850.

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Sophomore pitcher Amanda Rak struck out eight to help lead the Lakewood Ranch High softball team to an 8-3 victory over River Ridge in the Class 6A-Region 3 finals May 3.

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The Sarasota Crew successfully defended its overall team crown at the U.S. Rowing Southeast Junior District Championships May 4 and May 5, in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

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Lakewood Ranch senior Olivia Ortiz returned to the Class 3A state finals May 3, almost one year to the day after breaking her femur in the 3,200meter run. She closed out her prep career with a ninth-place finish in the same race.

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Braden River High senior Zac D’Urso cleared 13 feet to finish ninth in the pole vault at the Class 3A State Finals May 3, in Jacksonville.

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The Braden River, Lakewood Ranch and Outof-Door Academy football teams returned to the field May 1, for their first official practices of the spring.

The Lakewood Ranch High softball team gets pumped up before its Class 6A-Region 3 final versus River Ridge May 3.

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The Lakewood Ranch High softball team earned its second-consecutive trip to the state semifinals. LAKEWOOD RANCH — Amanda Rak isn’t the same pitcher she was a season ago when she first stepped onto the state’s biggest stage. At the time, the then-freshman simply wanted to keep the Lady Mustangs in the game after coming on in relief in the third inning of the Class 6A state semifinals. Now, nearly a year later, Rak has taken on a new role as the Lady Mustangs’ up-and-coming ace. It’s a role the sophomore righthander, who has spent the season working on improving her speed and accuracy, has embraced. “I’ve grown a lot since then, and I’ve been working really hard,” says Rak, who has even added a new pitch to her repertoire. “And, I’m going to keep working really hard.” Rak’s quiet confidence has paid off for the Lady Mustangs throughout the season. Friday afternoon proved to be no different. Rak tossed a complete game, allowing three runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out eight to help lead Lakewood to an 8-3 victory over District 10 champion River Ridge in the Class 6ARegion 3 finals May 3. “She just plays big,” coach Tony Cummins says of Rak. “You would’ve never guessed that she was sophomore. (River Ridge has) great hitters. They hit well one through nine, and she did a great

The Lakewood Ranch High softball team celebrates its 8-3 victory over River Ridge in the Class 6A-Region 3 finals May 3.

Senior McKaleigh Goodale notched a single in the bottom of the fifth inning. job controlling them.” With the win, Lakewood earned its second-consecutive berth in the state semifinals. The Lady Mustangs fell to Pembroke Pines Charter, the eventual state champion, in last year’s Final Four. “It’s so great,” Rak says. “Two years in a row —  my whole high school experience so far — it’s just awesome, and I feel like we’re going to keep going.” Lakewood took an early 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning on Taylor Newton’s RBI single. After watching River Ridge (28-2) tie the game in the top of the second inning, Lakewood’s bats came alive, as the Lady Mustangs scored six runs in the final two innings. “We played the toughest schedule that we could play, and this

Sophomore Amanda Rak pitched a complete game. was another one of those games,” Cummins says. “They’ve been in those 2-2 situations countless times in this 25-game season, and it paid off for us (Friday).” Shea Fisher hit a two-run single in the bottom of the fifth inning, driving in Jenn Trotter and McKaleigh Goodale. Newton opened the top of the sixth inning with a solo home run,

and Katie Hopkins, Sierra Schappacher, Talli Sharp, Jackie Schoff and Trotter all added singles. “It’s her stage,” Cummins says of Newton, who hit her second solo home run in as many games. “That may have been as key to sealing this win as anything. We were up by a couple and that put us up by three. “Hitting leads to hitting, and everyone started hitting after that,” Cummins says. “The leadership she brings to the team cannot be measured.” Following their victory celebration, Lakewood’s seven seniors quickly darted off to exchange their uniforms and cleats for dresses and high heels, before heading out for their senior prom. “You have a bunch of kids who put their prom aside to come win a regional championship,” Cummins says. “Their focus was amazing. Their intensity was amazing. Their heart was as big as the great outdoors, and I’m really proud of them.” Lakewood now will face Lake City Columbia in the Final Four May 10, at the Vero Beach Sports Village in Vero Beach. The winner will advance to the state championship May 11. Contact Jen Blanco at jblanco@ yourobserver.com.


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Lakewood Ranch High senior Kristin Zarrella captured her first individual state championship by crossing the finish line in 2:16.45 to win the 800-meter run at the Class 3A state finals May 3, at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. Zarrella, who will be running for Southern Mississippi next year, won the race by a little more than one second. Zarrella also anchored the Lady Mustangs 4x400 relay team. She finished the season with 11 first-place finishes and set personal records in the 400 and 800.

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It means a lot to me, definitely. It’s really just what I’ve been wanting the last four years, and it finally all came together. I took track more seriously this year, and I’m really happy it paid off. I had a really bad start. I was secondto-last the first 200 meters or so, but I managed to move up a couple of times. Strategically, it was one of my better races. Coming around the last bend, I thought, ‘If I can sustain this pace, then I’ve got this.’ At that point, I kind of knew. I didn’t

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consider what I would do if I won, though, so it was all instinct, and I just threw my hands up in the air. I’ve learned that I can surprise myself and that hard work and dedication really will pay off. I’m going to miss my teammates. Over the past four years being together, we’ve gotten so close with all of the training that we do and the ups and downs. I’m looking forward to improving next year, and I think my school of choice will enable me to get a lot better. I’m excited to see where running will take me. If I weren’t a distance runner, then I would want to do the 100. It’s the shortest. It’s so easy. I’ve learned to appreciate the shorter distances.

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May 9 Lakewood Ranch High in Class 6A Final Four (4 p.m. in Vero Beach)

The East Manatee Bulldogs wildcat level flag football team finished the regular season with a perfect 7-0 record. The Bulldogs defeated the South Pasco Predator Navy squad 22-0 to earn a berth in the playoffs. Chase Tench hauled in a pair of touchdown receptions of 35 and 40 yards

+ Braden River High to hold Pirate Bowl The Braden River High football team will hold its fourth annual Pirate Bowl May 17, at Pirate Stadium. Admission is $2 for children 18 and under and $5 for adults, and includes bounce houses, corn hole, music and other activities. The event begins at 6 p.m., and the Pirates will take the field for an intra-squad scrimmage at 7 p.m.

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from quarterback Cody Staton to lead the way offensively. Staton also connected with Nima Gore and Eric Burgess for a pair of two-point conversions. Jake Seaman added a 3-yard touchdown run. Staton, Michael Silver and Andrew Osborne each had an interception to lead the way defensively.

who also works for IMG Academy and is a master presenter and coach for its IGNITE360 brand, will be testing football, baseball and lacrosse. IGNITE360 is an integrated, customized, performance-training test that puts athletes through a thorough analysis of physical, mental and athletic ability. Each athlete will receive a score out of 360. A customized training plan can then be determined. Cost is $65 per athlete, ages 10 and up. Baseball will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. followed by football (10:30 to 11:30 a.m.) and lacrosse (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.). For information, contact Whittington at amy@t3prep.com or 907-6845.

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The Braden River High softball team saw its season come to a disappointing close with a 2-1 nine-inning loss to Sarasota in the Class 7A-Region 3 semifinals April 30. Clinging to a 1-0 lead with two outs and a 3-2 count, the Lady Pirates were one strike away from advancing to the regional finals when Sarasota sophomore catcher Alyssa Price hit a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning to tie the game. It was the first home run Braden River ace Courtney Mirabella had allowed all season and the first run an opponent had scored in nearly 82 innings. Braden River had an opportunity to win the game in the bottom of the seventh inning on singles by Alyssa Patneaude and Brittany Cole, but Patneaude was called out at home plate to end the inning. Sarasota strung together three bunts in the top of the ninth inning to push the goahead run across the plate and, ultimately, secure the victory. “I believe my player was safe the whole way,” Braden River coach Erin Spivey says. “She went to the inside. The ball was thrown to the outside. I thought she was there. But umpires are part of the game. That’s how it goes. “Sometimes you need a little bit of luck, and that’s something we didn’t get tonight,” she says. Mirabella went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored to lead the way for Braden River at the plate. Cole and Betha-

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Former Braden River Elementary School media specialist Judith Leipold has written two books — one biography and one tall tale — based on the life of local East County rodeo legend Hub Hubbell, who died in 2012. AST COUNTY — Judith Leipold heard of Hub Hubbell soon after moving in 1974 to Sarasota; the name followed her wherever she went. The legendary rodeo personality was known for his gun tricks, his patriotic spirit and his love of promoting rodeos and the performers at them. “I moved in 1985 to Arcadia, and everyone assumed I knew Hub, because I was from Sarasota,” said Leipold, who moved back to the area in 2004. “I’d still never met him.” But, when she did, her life changed forever. In 2010, while working as a media specialist at Braden River Elementary School, Leipold attended a Westernthemed faculty meeting at Rosaire’s Riding Academy. While there, she made sure to thank the gentleman who was teaching teachers to rope. “He introduced himself as Hub Hubbell,” she said. “(The other teachers) didn’t understand he was a legend. I couldn’t tear myself away from (him).” Three years later — and after Hubbell’s death March 3, 2012, at 93 years old — his persona is still impacting Leipold. And, Leipold has made Hubbell’s story larger than life, so to speak. Peppertree Press recently released “Destiny’s Wild Ride,” a children’s tall tale based on Hubbell’s life. Leipold’s biography of Hubbell, “Straight from the Horse’s Mouth,” came out in late March. She said the biography, in particular, not only is a tribute to Hubbell’s life, but also a promise fulfilled to Hubbell, who wanted his life story preserved on paper. “He was such an exaggeration of life,” Leipold said. “He rode horses until he was 90, when he fell off (doing a riding stunt) and broke his neck.” When Leipold met

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“I’m primarily a children’s librarian,” said author Judith Leipold, a former media specialist at Braden River Elementary School. “This (project) was a total stretch for me.”

Hubbell that summer day in 2010, she never realized the closeness of the friendship that would develop as she spent up to four days a week visiting him, taking him to buy groceries and doctors visits and talking on the phone. “He became like a father to me,” Leipold said. “We become very close.” Later that year, Leipold retired early to care for her aging mother. “I needed an outlet,” she said. Leipold decided to write a book. “I thought of (Hub) as a tall-tale

character,” she said. “I wrote a story and gave it to him as a Christmas gift. He said he wanted (me to write a biography).” Leipold protested. She didn’t write true stories. Hubbell persisted. “He said, ‘I want a true book about my friends and my family,’” Leipold said. “They’re all special people.” Leipold initially balked at the task of writing a biography about Hubbell, and she needed direction on where to start. Hubbell provided her with a list of names, wrote those friends letters and got back basic biographical information from all of them. Leipold’s first interview was with Pepe Tomeu — a rodeo man who stopped fishing in a boat in the middle of the lake to take her call and share Hubbell’s impact on his life. Tomeu, who was a Cuban prisoner of war during the Bay of Pigs Invasion, had been released from captivity and immigrated to the United States with plans to join the U.S. military. At 19 years old, Tomeu heard local rodeo might be a quick way to earn some extra money. Hubbell, who was announcing that rodeo, met Tomeu and quickly learned his story — and of his support of President John F. Kennedy’s efforts — and announced Tomeu with a gush of patriotism. What Tomeu said next made Leipold buy in to Hubbell’s idea for the book. “Pepe said, ‘He gave me America that day,’” Leipold said. “Every chapter (of the book) involves people who touched his life and why they were important,” she said. Leipold said after talking with Hubbell’s former colleagues, she couldn’t picture the book turning out any differently. “Hub was right (about the book),” she said. Leipold worked hard to finish the book, but was just a few chapters away from completion when Hubbell died last year. His death stole Leipold’s desire to write, because the book had truly been a gift to Hubbell, himself.

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She surrounded herself with pictures of Hubbell, but continued to stare blankly at the computer screen. She lacked inspiration. Six months passed. And, then, after asking a high school friend, an author, how to overcome writer’s block, Leipold regained her enthusiasm,. When Leipold realized she was still grieving Hubbell’s death, she was able to proceed. “(My friend) said, ‘Finish the book,’” Leipold said. “‘Make Hub happy.’” Within a month, the final four chapters had been completed. Sarasota’s Peppertree Press began the editing process. The biography came out late last month. Leipold smiles thinking back to all of Hubbell’s friends with whom she has connected. There are so many stories still to tell. “I plan to do a revision,” she says. “There are more interviews to be done.” Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@ yourobserver.com.


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Lifetime horse enthusiasts Tommy and Jaymie Klauber hosted the sixth Ultimate Derby Party Saturday, May 4, at their restaurant, Polo Grill and Bar. Racing fans received complimentary servings of traditional Kentucky Derby food, including hot browns, hand biscuits and grit cakes, and watched the horse race on big screens.

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Country Club Village home sells for $1,025,000 The following residential real-estate transactions took place between April 22 and April 26. A home in Country Club Village at Lakewood Ranch tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Joel and Rosalyn Ehrenpreis, of Longboat Key, sold their home at 7806 Mathern Court to Terry and Mary Shaffer, of New Wilmington, Pa., for $1,025,000. Built in 2003, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,973 square feet of living area. Jesse and Penny Pope, of Mount Pleasant, S.C., sold their home at 6919 Dominion Lane to Michael and Lorraine Varone, of Lakewood Ranch, for $746,000. Built in 2006, it has five bedrooms, three baths, one half-bath, a pool and 4,109 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $875,000 in 2008. Eber and Patricia Brown sold their home at 7915 Royal Birkdale Circle to Paul and Marianne Diczok, of Lakewood Ranch, for $725,000. Built in 1998, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,539 square feet of living area. Matthew and Shirley Sullivan, of Northbrooke, Ill., sold their home at 6636 Pebble Beach Way to Thomas and Patricia Ludwig, of Lakewood Ranch, for $315,000. Built in 2001, it has two bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,968 square feet of living area.

Rosedale Highlands

Lawrence and Barbara Burbige, of Ossining, N.Y., sold their home at 4907 96th St. E. to James and Patricia Bennett, of Bradenton, for $530,000. Built in 2006, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,585 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $525,000 in 2011. Marvin and Joanne Riddle, of Bradenton, sold their home at 9743 53rd Drive E. to Albert and Charlotte Mattei, of Braden-

2000, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,905 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $375,000 in 2003.

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This home in Country Club Village at Lakewood Ranch, which has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,973 square feet of living area, sold for $1,025,000. ton, for $299,000. Built in 2005, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,877 square feet of living area.

Treymore at the Village of Palm Aire

Robert and Deborah Pryor sold their home at 6922 Treymore Court to Roy Williamson, trustee, of Sarasota, for $477,500. Built in 1998, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,404 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $340,000 in 2001. Charles and Dena Jackson, of Sarasota, sold their home at 4803 Carrington Circle to Steven Dardinski and Maureen Dardinski, trustees, of Westford, Mass., for $460,000. Built in 2000, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,623 square feet of living area.

Country Club East at Lakewood Ranch

John and Loris Menfi sold their home at 15418 Leven Links Place to Brian Berceau, of Lakewood Ranch, for $414,000. Built in

2011, it has four bedrooms, three baths and 2,500 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $323,900 in 2011. Miriam Simmons, of Bradenton, sold her home at 14514 Leopard Creek Place to Blondell Anderson, of Bradenton, for $309,000. Built in 2010, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,112 square feet of living area.

River Club South

Wayne Risoli, trustee, of Harris, Texas, sold the home at 9414 Boxthorn Place to Cory Reeves and Ashley Franco, of Bradenton, for $400,000. Built in 1999, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,917 square feet of living area.

Edgewater Village

Peter and Kim Clausen, trustees, of Camanche, Iowa, sold the home at 6606 Waters Edge Way to Roger and Kathleen Conley, of Duluth, Minn., for $395,000. Built in

Carl and Anna Janis, trustees, of Nokomis, sold the home at 13074 Peregrin Circle to Stuart and Lenka Offner, of Bradenton, for $390,000. Built in 2006, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,631 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $529,000 in 2006. Walter Sugamura, of Sarasota, and April Sugamura, of Bradenton, sold their home at 319 Snapdragon Loop to Simon and Jennifer Maple, of San Diego, for $385,000. Built in 2004, it has four bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 3,148 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $380,600 in 2004.

Hampton Green

Elizabeth Hodgkinson sold her home at 6510 Berkshire Place to Adrian Hume, of Leaminton Spa, England, for $355,500. Built in 1992, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,934 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $415,000 in 2007.

Charleston Pointe

James and Jacquelyn Taylor, of Thornville, Ohio, sold their home at 8016 Spring Marsh Drive to Stuart and Sally Ullman, of Bradenton, for $355,000. Built in 2004, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,498 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $333,800 in 2010.

Lakeside Woods

Dennis and April Vest, of Bradenton, sold their home at 5832 Lakeside Woods Circle to James and Nancy Kryka, of Sarasota, for $349,900. Built in 1992, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 1,862 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $190,000 in 1999.

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10510 Riverbank Terrace 7214 Heritage Grand Place 6195 Ninth Ave. Circle N.E. 22507 Morning Glory Circle 4420 67th St. E. 13515 Fourth Plaza E. 15269 Blue Fish Circle 512 Mossy Branch Lane 12667 Cara Cara Loop 2402 162nd St. E. 9906 Laurel Valley Ave. Circle 7135 Beechmont Terrace 702 137th St. E. 6717 Oakmont Way 5520 47th Court E. 4043 Pro Am Ave. E. 5519 41st Ave. E. 7257 Greystone St. 2614 223rd St. E. 7025 Kingsmill Court

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$65,000 $46,800 $44,000 $38,369 $30,482 $25,000 $21,000 $20,000 $20,000 $14,800 $14,160 $14,082 $13,582 $12,171 $11,982 $11,787 $11,000 $10,923 $10,800 $10,770

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Michael and Heather Mayhew, of Ontario, Canada, sold their home at 8105 River Preserve Drive to Irvin Faruzel and Marilyn Faruzel, trustees, of Ontario, Canada, for $340,000. Built in 2011, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,297 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $315,000 in 2011. Richard and Evelyn Armstrong, of Elmsford, N.Y., sold their home at 8321 River Preserve Drive to Bernard and Linda Carifo, of Royal Oak, Md., for $337,000. Built in 2010, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,287 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $307,000 in 2011. Andrew and Tracey Sullivan, of Essex,

United Kingdom, sold their home at 210 Winding River Trail to Samuel and Amanda Mitchell, of Bradenton, for $266,000. Built in 2006, it has three bedrooms, two baths, one half-bath, a pool and 2,102 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $364,900 in 2006.

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7727 Camden Harbour Dr #A3946702 $459,000 Mel & Jan Goldsmith

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Miramar Links at Lakewood Ranch

Camille and Kathleen Merlino, of Greensburg, Pa., sold their Unit 19 condominium at 8408 Miramar Way to Lawrence and Anne Alster, of Sarasota, for $310,000. Built in 2006, it has four bedrooms, three baths, two half-baths and 2,112 square

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5012 17Th E St #M5837200 $79,900 Laura Tracy Clekis

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2320 Terra Ceia Bay Blvd # 711 #M5832310 $75,000 Cheryl Roberts

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Raymond and Janet Cauchi, of Lakewood Ranch, sold their Unit 310 condominium at 8111 Lakewood Main St. to Julie Osborn, of Bradenton, for $275,000. Built in 2006, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,666 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $149,000 in 2010.

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Motaz and Donna Agabani, of Sarasota, sold their home at 7930 Haven Harbour Way to IH2 Property Florida LP for $235,000. Built in 2003, it has four bedrooms, two baths and 2,408 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $243,600 in 2003. N.P. Dodge Jr., trustee, sold the home at 8984 Stone Harbour Loop to Beazer PreOwned Homes for $226,000. Built in 2005, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,035 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $387,000 in 2005. Fannie Mae sold the home at 8316 Haven Harbour Way to Stan Pollitt, of Tampa, for $209,500. Built in 2004, it has three bedrooms, two baths, one half-bath and 2,016 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $325,000 in 2005.

Summerfield Village

Charles and Cynthia Eskridge, of Bradenton, sold their home at 6515 Summer Blossom Lane to John and Jennifer Provencher, of Sarasota, for $235,000. Built in 1998, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,533 square feet of living area. Matthew and Katie O’Brien, of Lakewood Ranch, sold their home at 12310 Mosswood Place to American Homes 4 Rent Properties Six LLC for $210,000. Built in 1997, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,916 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $175,000 in 2009.

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Items Under $200 For Sale

Help Wanted

Adult Care Services

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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 BICYCLES (2): Men's (Raleigh) woman's (Specialized) aluminum, 21 speed, front shocks, wide tires, $200.00. 941-447-5256.

LOOKING FOR a motivated, energetic sales person with some experience in the swimming pool industry. Holiday Pools of West Florida is a well established pool builder in the Sarasota /Bradenton area with an outstanding reputation. We are interested in a person that is willing to learn and is a go-getter as well as computer literate, some knowledge in “Pool Studio” or similar programs would be a plus. The job is commission based with the sky as your limit. Please respond to E-mail: tcmholidaypools@gmail.com

COMPLETE CARE; non-medical and medical. Errands, homemaking, transportation, medication supervision, meal preparation. Also, medical staff available 24/7. Call 377-4465 for more details or visit our mobile/online website at: eldercaresarasota.com Lic. #30211372. Bonded and Insured.

ALL TYPES OF MASONRY Specializing in concrete driveways, pavers, decorative concrete, stone work, patios. Call for free and honest estimates. 941-525-2435

BICYCLES: RALEIGH, made in England, good collector's, $85.00. Ross Mt. Hood alloy, $40.00. 941-321-1112. CARD TABLE and 4 padded chairs. $50. Phone (941) 351-1040. CHILD’S BIKE: two wheeled, training wheels, helmet, never used $40.00. New Potty Bench, $20.00. 941-388-9204. CONSOLE TABLE: 37"Lx14"Wx27"H, walnut, w/2 side drawers, attached full length drop leaf table. $40. 360-9537. LIVING ROOM table & end table, $10.00. HP printer, $25.00. Canon Pixma printer, $25.00. 941-747-4059. PILATES REBOUNDER machine (folds for storage). Excellent for core and toning $99.00. Siesta Key, 309-212-6205. SOFA & Loveseat. Dark Green Microfiber. Great Condition, $199. 217-341-6150. VERTISSERIE PLUS, upright rotisserie, $35. Afghan, knitted, 50”x70", $40. Jacket, leather, med., new, $75. 941-932-5595.

Boats ChitwoodCharters.com Cruise or Fish Hyatt Sarasota Docks 32’/53’ Yachts - 2hrs./2 months 941-383-5232

Garage/Moving/Estate Sales HUGE ESTATE SALE Lakewood Ranch 6653 Meandering Way Sarasota, Fl. Saturday. May 11th 9am-6pm From University Parkway, north on Lakewood Ranch Boulevard left on Clubhouse Drive right on Primrose left onto Meandering Beautiful modern furniture throughout, large custom white entertainment center, red sofa sleeper, marble top sofa table, large couch Black and white leather chairs, white leather couch, bedroom sets, brand new queen mattress, additional queen mattress, desks and chair, bar stools, glass dining tables, outdoor bar and stools and chairs. Comforters, pillows and sheet sets. Paintings, assorted indoor and outdoor vases and pots. Christmas trees and decorations. Mitsubishi big screen tv, speakers, DVD player, ceiling fans, huge assortment kitchenware, grills, refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher and tools. Wall sconces still in boxes. 2007 Lincoln MKX 33,000 miles, red $15,500. Please contact Beth for any additional info. b.pheney@sothebysrealty.com

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.

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

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PERSONAL CHEF. In-house chef. I do the work. You get the credit. E-mail: makndall@yahoo.com

Commercial Property For Rent ENCLOSED BARN: 3 rooms, office/ storage., 1000/sq.ft., large gated parking area. Ideal for small fleet business. One mile to I-75/ 64. $800/mo. 941-705-6840. LEASING OFFICE space: Ranch Lake, behind Crispers. Call Angie @ 941-737-5457.

Homes For Rent HOUSE: ANNUAL RENTAL. Couple from France with 2 children are looking for 1-2 years rental. Possible option to buy. Call our agent, Helmer 941-592-8853 - Int. Real Estate.

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Mobile Homes DOUBLE WIDE HOME AUCTION May 18th at 2p.m. 295 Apricot St., Bradenton FL (Plantation Village) Organ & Grill also. ALL FLORIDA REALTY & AUCTION CO. AB923 AU1333 FOR INFO & PICTURES: AFRAAC.COM 941-746-5355 Terms: 13% buyers premium 3% discount for cash or personal check

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JIM ZALLER'S Carpentry & Home Repairs LLC. Carpentry, doors, door inserts and much more. Call 941-232-6744. STEVE ALLEN FLOOR COVERINGS PROFESSIONAL TILE & MARBLE INSTALLATION 20 YRS. EXPERIENCE CALL FOR FREE ESTIMATE 726-1802 LIC/ INS

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$349,000 Greenbrook Village In Lakewood Ranch Bamboo flooring, tray ceilings, 4BR/3.5BA home + large loft bonus area. Stunning! A3975207 Pat McMillan 941.544.4538 h Ranc wood Lake Beauty!

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$569,900 Lakewood Ranch Country Club 2BR+ Den & Study/2.5BA, 2598SF loaded w/upgrades! A3973876 Timothy A. Blomquist 941.544.4044

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$2,400,000 River Vista on the Manatee River Breathtaking Water Views! 6BR/5.5BA, Elevator, Gourmet kitchen & Dock w/hoist. M5811237 Sara LaPlante 685-4566 $219,000 Palm Grove Condo 3/2 End unit w/balcony, Gated, Community Amenities. A3976847 Claudia Schwab 941.962.9453 Just

$479,700 Watercrest Condo Gated resort community, 3/3, 2482SF lake views + 2 car garage. A3975223 Denny King 941.807.2572

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$595,000 Bern Creek Ranches 2 homes refurbished! 3BR/3BA + 2BR/1BA guest house & Barn. A3972338 Doug Cleland 941.320.8580 ire

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$149,000 Magnolia Crossing Beautiful 2BR/2BA + Den with 1 Car Garage! Comm. Pool. A3976145 Kim Young 941.302.9820

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$725,000 Lakewood Ranch Country Club Village Golf views! Luxury 4BR/3BA w/all the upgrades! A3974160 Mark Curtin 941.538.2233 f3 m1o

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$188,000 Golf Pointe @ Palm Aire Updated 2BR + den/2BA Villa, 2,126SF, High ceilings & more! A3960989 Kirby Wood 941.961.4724

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$2,900/Mo Watercrest @Lakewood Ranch Luxurious 3/2 Penthouse, Golf & Lake views, furnished, elevator & 2 car garage. Avail May – Nov 2013. A3974570 Kelly Oakes 941.812.6557

$459,900 East Sarasota 5BR/3BA pool home situated on 5 acres. Just East of I-75 off Clark Rd. Handyman Special! A3976407

$4,400/Mo Isles of Sarasota Beautiful new 3/3 furnished villa. Clubhouse, Pool, fitness & just minutes from Siesta Beaches, Shops & Restaurants. N5770513 Vicki Reilly 941.266.5962

$124,900 South Venice 2/2 w/lg. rooms & vaulted ceilings. Community deeded beach access. Seller may offer Special Financing. A3976592

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

$69,900 Venice Gardens Townepark 2BR/1.5BA condo, Great area, New carpet & paint + New A/C. Move in condition. A3972549 Pat Emmett 941.685.0343

$1,490,000 Siesta Key Just Listed! 3BR/2.5BA Siesta Key Gulf front townhome. Spectacular property. A3975040 Rita Ferrell Lasky 941.780.3579

$335,900 Venetia 3/2 totally updated pool home, Guest wing, Gated w/amenities. A3975586 Cher Pujol 941.504.5902

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East County Observer 05.09.13