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Circus performers say handling tragedy is a process, but worth the outcome. SEE PAGE 3A

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Meadow Tullio finishes the 5K.

Cause to run What happens when you hold a first-time 5K run in GreyHawk Landing? More than 130 people lace up and raise money for the American Heart Association. The 5K and 1-mile family fun run Feb. 11 raised $760. Top kids finishers were Zacharia Kersey, Tucker Ritchey, Tyson Tullio and Louis Mahiquez.

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Safety first Everything was blurry for Gullett fifth-grader Jake Walther, shown above, who was participating in his school’s bike and pedestrian safety course. “I never want to get a concussion,” Walther said after wearing concussion goggles. On Feb, 13, Lisa Indovino from Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital told students about the importance of bike safety.

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Members of Nik Wallenda’s high-wire act amaze the audience with their display of balance on Circus Sarasota’s opening night Feb. 10.

In June 2014, doctors found a golf-ball sized benign brain tumor on Marina Mercier’s eighth cranial nerve.

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The retrofitting of water filtration systems at Manatee County’s water treatment plant will take more than three years to complete. The original filtration systems, pictured here, were built in the late 1960s.

Former Braden River coach tries to rebound from brain surgery and its complications. SEE PAGE 8A


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County’s stream of commitment A new rain gauge on Mill Creek will be the county’s ninth on its waterways. PAM EUBANKS SENIOR EDITOR

Manatee County is installing a new stream and rainfall collection gauge to help it anticipate floods in the Mill Creek area. The installation should be complete within 90 days. “It communicates as it operates every second, every minute,” said Sia Mollanazar, the deputy director of engineering for the Manatee County Public Works department. “We could look at real-time data on any given day, how much rain was falling where, at what rate. It will show the corresponding flood level within the river rain system.” So why is that so important? Mill Creek is a flood-prone watershed and such information is useful for Manatee County staff as it monitors conditions. It also provides important information when it comes to the design of stormwater facilities associated with road projects.

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Long term, if data show the Mill Creek area floods less than indicated on Federal Emergency Management Agency flood maps, that could mean a roadway could be built at a lower elevation, saving on engineering, stormwater, fill dirt and other costs. “An additional two feet on a project could translate into millions of dollars of construction costs that are not necessary,” Mollanazar said. “You want accurate information for any design purposes. You want to have the real information. You want to know how a drainage basin will behave.” Mollanazar said if information suggests the Manatee River will rise from 4 to 6 feet above sea level after just 2 inches of rain, the realtime information will either back up that information or tell a different story. “It’s a great tool to have,” he said. “You don’t have to speculate. Mill Creek is one of our bigger, larger basins. We’d like to have better information on it.” Manatee County already has eight other gauges situated at waterways throughout the county, including on the Braden River, Gamble Creek and Wares Creek. Mollanazar said county staff members have long wished to

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place a stream, rain gauge station at Mill Creek, but did not have funding until now. He said savings on other projects freed up county funds. The Mill Creek gauge will be situated on 131st Street at Mill Creek Road. The gauge will cost between $8,000 to $10,000. Manatee County will install the equipment with its partner, the South-

west Florida Water Management District, which will operate the technology after installation. Granville Kinsman, the hydrologic data section manager for the Southwest Florida Water Management’s data collection bureau, said his organization has been monitoring flood gauge sites in Manatee County since 2000. “It’s really critical, when you have a wide area and minimal

staff,” Kinsman said of the data collection. “Rainfall can happen very quickly. Not all areas will get the same amount of rainfall. If you don’t have a system like that, you wouldn’t know what is going on out there.”

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AFTER THE FALL Tightrope walkers find peace on the high wire. PAM EUBANKS SENIOR EDITOR

Tightrope walking legend Nik Wallenda had been replaying the worst day of his life over and over in his mind. And yet, barely 24 hours after watching five of his troupe members topple from more than 30 feet above ground — and he himself hanging from the wire with two others — he again was performing on the wire at a Feb. 9 dress rehearsal for Circus Sarasota’s “Synergy.” By opening night, Feb. 10, two of Wallenda’s teammates who had been involved in the fall, Zebulon Fricke and Alec Bryant, were performing alongside Wallenda. They both had been hospitalized but suffered the least serious injuries. “It doesn’t make sense to other people,” said Wallenda, whose aunt, Rietta Wallenda, and sister, Lijana, were still hospitalized Tuesday but were expected to make complete recoveries. “I feel no greater peace than when I’m on that wire. It’s harder on the ground.” Fricke called working through what happened “a process.” But to not perform? Not an option. “It’s in your blood,” said Fricke, who sported a nickel-sized bruise under his left eye. Nik Wallenda’s mantra has been “never give up,” and the accident put it to the test. Before performing, he sought the blessing of each of his troupe members independently, and received a unanimous “yes” to perform. Fellow circus performers say it’s part of the business. “There’s nothing glamorous about the ‘show must go on,’” said Nik Wallenda’s uncle and tightrope walker Tino Wallenda, of the Flying Wallendas troupe. “It is simply the practical base necessity of life.” Circus Sarasota performer Emily VanDyke agreed. “We all want to perform well because this is our work,” she said. “We feel we have to do well to honor the Wallendas in the hospital. The Wallendas even

“It’s not like you forget. There’s nothing more important than life. You have to live and go forward, not backward.” – Alesya Gulevich, hula hoop circus artist

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NEAR TRAGEDY During a rehearsal Feb. 8 for the opening of Circus Sarasota’s winter show, “Synergy,” five tightrope performers fell from more than 30 feet. The performance by the “King of the Highwire” Nik Wallenda and his troupe was scheduled to be the show’s finale. Wallenda and two others were able to catch the wire, but five troupe members toppled to the ground. Two, Rietta Wallenda (Nik’s aunt) and Lijana Wallenda (Nik’s sister), were still hospitalized Tuesday. All are expected to make full recoveries.

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An aerialist hangs beneath Nik Wallenda as he rides across the tightrope during Circus Sarasota’s opening night.

“I don’t think the circus is scary. It is an implied risk. The accidents like what happened the other day are few and far between. They should all be fine tonight.”

“What they do out there is a passion, and you don’t get distracted when something is your passion. It’s what we were all trained to do.” – Bello Nock, Sarasota

– Amy Schultz, Venice

“I’ve been an acrobat all my life. When we become performers we know what can happen. Accidents happen, it is a part of the job. You definitely don’t want it to happen, but it could.” – Chris Alberte, Peridia Golf and Country Club

“After yesterday, my perspective has not changed. I still love the circus. I know there’s a chance of an accident happening every time they go up there. It is really amazing what they do.” – Maureen Rose, Bradenton

“I was sorry to hear about the accident, but we’re here to support them afterward. We’re saddened and worried, but we are happy to hear that everyone will be OK, so we’re grateful it turned out as well as it could have.” – Eric Leininger, Longboat Key

“There’s risk in everything, Nik Wallenda even said that. We all take risks on airplanes, when we drive, and it’s very seldom that these accidents happen. I’ll be a little nervous to see him (Nik) on the tight wire tonight.” – Guy Esposito, Sarasota (pictured with his wife, Dianna)

performed tonight because they felt they needed to continue, and in the circus, we always continue. I send all my love to them, and I know all of the circus people feel for them. But the circus must go on.” Circus Sarasota performer Alesya Gulevich, who is listed in The Guinness Book of World Records three times, including for hula hooping with 107 hoops, said overcoming tragedy leads to personal and professional growth. “If you look at anything — business, sports or education — if you want to achieve something, you have to overcome,” said Gulevich, who uses 50 hula hoops in her show with Circus Sarasota. “It helps you push forward.” Each performer’s act is one of hours and years of training boiled down to several minutes. It reflects passion for his or her art, discipline and focus. “This focus translates into everything else,” Gulevich said. “It’s not like you forget. There’s nothing more important than life. You have to live and go forward, not backward. “It’s easy to give up,” she said. “It’s better maybe to fail. It’s better to try again.” Kay Rosaire, a seventh-generation circus performer who does animal demonstrations at her Big Cat Habitat and Animal Sanctuary, said the “show must go on” concept came from years ago when the circus traveled to towns and fans sometimes waited six months or more to see lions, tigers and bears, clowns and other acts. At first, performers didn’t want to disappoint them. Later, it became a badge of pride. “Most performers, the minute they enter the ring, that becomes their immediate world,” said Rosaire, who has performed with a broken foot, double pneumonia and other ailments. “You’re risking your own life at the same time. When you focus on doing your craft, you can do it. It’s extremely hard. You’re crying back stage and then you’re in the public putting your best foot forward. “For those few minutes you’re actually performing, there’s thousands of hours that go into training,” she said. “Those few minutes in the ring are just part of the reward. It makes you feel better, that you can continue and life will go on.” Ashley Pletcher, an Alanian rider who showcases the Cossack trick riding style, agreed. “Circus is a family,” she said. “No matter what happens, we pull together and be there for each other. It takes a lot to pull everything back together, but it’s our profession and accidents happen. It’s normal for us.” East County’s Monica Welde, who ran Bearadise Ranch with her husband, Johnny, went back to performing with her grizzly bears just a day after her husband’s Feb. 2 funeral service. He died in his sleep Jan. 25. “We all know the dangers,” Welde said. “We love our craft. The saying, ‘The show must go on’ comes from our spirit.” Berkley Mason contributed to this report.


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Supply demands an increase Aging infrastructure leads to utility cost increase. PAM EUBANKS SENIOR EDITOR

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ess than $3 per month per household will buy Manatee County residents nearly $238 million worth of improvements to the county’s potable water and wastewater systems over the next five years. Manatee County commissioners on Feb. 7 approved a 4% increase for the next two years, effective April 1 and April 1, 2018. The increase will take the average bill for 6,000 gallons a month, from $70.13 per month to $72.94 initially. In 2007, 6,000 gallons of usage cost $54.80. That’s about a 33% increase in the past 10 years. “Overall, this allows us primarily to continue the level of service that exists with our customers,” said Mark Simpson, Manatee County's Water Division man-

ager. “With any mechanical structure, as it ages, you have to reinvest in order to avoid system failures. On the distribution side, that’s pipes, pumps and tanks. At the treatment plant, there’s maintenance and rehab.” More than 53% of Manatee’s water distribution systems are more than 20 years old. One of the largest projects in the Manatee County Utilities Department’s five-year capital improvement program is a new filtering system at the water treatment plant, at the Lake Manatee Dam site. County staff members have invested about two years

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MONTHLY RESIDENTIAL WATER/WASTEWATER BILL Usage in gallons 2007 6,000 $54.80 10,000 $77.80

2008 $59.09 $83.85

2010 2011 2012 $60.26 $62.05 $63.91 $85.30 $87.85 $90.47

2015 2016 $66.95 $70.13 $94.76 $99.26

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BY COMPARISON 2016 monthly residential water/wastewater bill Usage in gallons Manatee Sarasota Charlotte Pinellas Hillsborough DeSoto 6,000 $70.13 $92.12 $104.15 $77.92 $75.69 $128.73 10,000 $99.25 $139.10 $143.31 $116.72 $103.95 $194.89

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The retrofitting of water filtration systems at Manatee County's water treatment plant will take more than three years to complete. The original filtration systems, pictured here, were built in the late 1960s.

in testing, piloting and the preengineering of the new filtering system. About one more year of engineering remains. Converting the filtering system from its current granular model, which uses sand and other materials to filter the water, to a new membrane system, will take about two years. The project cost is about $46 million. Simpson said the new filtration process is needed because water

quality standards have changed. Although the county has always met state and federal guidelines for water purification, there have been instances in which water from the past would not comply with newer standards. The remainder of the $91.7 million for potable water will go toward other maintenance and rehabilitation needs. On the wastewater side, there are about $146.1 million in needed improvements, including

maintenance and replacement of lift stations, underground infrastructure and plant improvements. Manatee County has three wastewater treatment facilities, including one at the Lena Road landfill site. Projects at the Lena Road wastewater treatment facility are minimal, but there will be some repairs made to lakes used for storing treated wastewater, said Jeff Goodwin, Manatee’s Wastewater Division manager. As with potable water, wastewater funding is primarily for upkeep of aging infrastructure. However, the corrosive nature of wastewater treatment requires more frequent repair and maintenance on the system. “It’s mostly all repair and rehabilitation,” Goodwin said. “We’re fixing things.” All revenue from water and wastewater systems come from user fees. An impact fee pays for constructing pipelines to new developments, so growth pays for itself, county staff said.

Manatee County Utilities is responsible for water supply, treatment, distribution and metering to 117,000 retail accounts and four wholesale customers (Longboat Key, Palmetto, Sarasota County and Bradenton). It provides wastewater treatment to 100,000 retail customers and two wholesale customers (Longboat Key and Bradenton) systems.

Manatee County has 1,800 miles of water distribution pipes.

53.4% of Manatee County’s water distribution lines are more than 20 years old.

Manatee County Utilities Capital Improvement Program for fiscal years 2017 to 2021 includes $237.9 million in projects. Of that, $91.7 million is for water and $146.1 million is for wastewater.

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Class hits the right spotter Sky spotters in Manatee County are the eyes and ears for the National Weather Service. BERKLEY MASON STAFF WRITER

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akewood Ranch’s Robert Grinnell can identify the probability of severe weather. He has been trained to do so. Grinnell is a “storm spotter” for the National Weather Service who always has been fascinated by the weather. “The National Weather Service can only see what is on the radar, and they really need eyes on the ground to see what is happening,” Grinnell said. “The spotters are such a critical component for them.” On Feb. 8, 35 aspiring weather spotters gathered at the Manatee County Public Safety Center for the National Weather Service’s Skywarn Weather Spotter Class. Skywarn is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters who can verify what the National Weather Service’s radar has seen. The class was free to the public, and following the class, participants are eligible to receive their own weather spotter identifica-

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FACTS n Florida has an average of nine fatalities and 40 injuries per year due to lightning strikes. n Manatee County has approximately 27,700 lightning strikes a year. n A tornado or severe thunderstorm watch means bad weather could be possible. n A tornado or severe thunderstorm warning means to find shelter. n One inch of rain over one square mile equates to 17 million gallons of water. n Most tornadoes in Florida happen in March, with more than 30 during the past 30 years.

tion card. The card is valid for three years, then is required to be renewed by simply attending another weather spotter class. Conducting the class was Ruskin’s Dan Noah, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service, who discussed basic procedures for reporting severe weather, the importance of spotters and what they can do to become aware of the weather patterns in Manatee County.

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Dan Noah, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, explains how ham radios benefit sky spotters.

“There are around 800 spotters in Manatee County,” Noah said. “Radar is a great tool, but the spotters are the eyes and ears of the weather in the community.” A lot of those who attended the class have been fascinated with weather for quite some time. Lakewood Ranch’s Nick Frederick is one of nine amateur radio operators in Lakewood Ranch, a group that is affiliated with the Community Emergency Response Team. “We meet once a month and there are different sections of the community that we are each responsible for,” Frederick said. “I can help out if there is ever a problem. If you can save some-

one’s life, why not do it?” Many of those taking the sky spotter class were advocates of ham radios. Grinnell also uses a ham radio. “I am from North Carolina, and one time we had a really bad ice storm,” Grinnell said. “The power was out everywhere, and the amateur radio helped with communications throughout the county. It comes in handy for times like that when normal communication is disrupted due to the weather.” Noah’s most important message was not to be ignorant. “Pay attention to the weather,” Noah said. “A lot of people ignore it, but it is really important to be aware of what is around you.”

DID YOU KNOW? After a 1955 tornado in Udall, Kan., killed 80 people, the National Weather Service decided to conduct training for its weather spotters.

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lowly walking toward one of her mother’s Imagine School at Lakewood Ranch dancers, Marina Mercier offered some coaching advice, then made an alignment adjustment by poking at the child with her foot. Mercier didn’t squat down to the girls’ level, obviously cognizant of her own body position, and not wanting to set off a painful series of events by moving too quickly. She then slowly moved back to her perch in the front of the room, moving around her mom, Michele Mercier, who was prone on the floor, doing dance moves along with the students. Marina Mercier could only sit and watch. She used to be the coach doing all the moves, but not anymore. “I can’t physically dance,” Marina Mercier said sadly. “It’s different now.” Only 23 and full of life, Marina Mercier is held prisoner these days by the aftermath of brain surgery. Although she had a golfball sized tumor removed Aug. 14, 2014, at Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital, the resulting complications have left her a shell of her former self. It was only five years ago when Marina Mercier was dancing as fast as she could as an 18-yearold who had graduated from Braden River High School in 2012. She had her own boutique, she coached three dance teams and had a retail job. With all the heavy lifting she was doing in terms of her personal responsibilities, she never lost track of life’s big picture. Her character was revealed on a trip to Fort Worth, Texas, for a workshop at Cook Children’s Medical Center. She was pursuing a career in early childhood development. Mercier had read about the case of Lyla Watkins, a 1-year-old who had been born with short bowel syndrome. Since birth, Lyla had been fighting the complications of the disease at Cook Children’s Medical Center. After reading about the child, Mercier eventually became Facebook friends with Lyla’s mother, Courtney Watkins. “Marina asked if we could meet up at Chuck E. Cheese’s,” Courtney Watkins said. “She brought these personalized outfits and other gifts. “You could see how much she loved kids. She didn’t even know us, but she was an awesome person with a huge heart. After she left, she kept sending presents. She helped us with items when we had an auction. And I know she was not just helping our family. She was helping other families as well.” Five years later, the young woman with the big heart is now the person who needs help. In June 2014, doctors found a golf-ball sized benign brain tumor on her eighth cranial nerve. It was found by accident as Marina’s younger sister, Megan, had just

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Above: Marina Mercier, the former varsity dance coach at Braden River, works with dancers at the Imagine School at Lakewood Ranch. However, she has to limit her participation. Left: On Aug. 14, 2014, doctors removed most of a golf-ball sized, benign brain tumor on Mercier’s eighth cranial nerve. They used a curved incision to remove 98% of the tumor.

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had brain surgery due to Chiari malformation, a condition where brain tissue extends into the spinal canal. Since Marina was having headaches, she was tested. There was no Chiari malformation. Instead, doctors found an acoustic neuroma tumor, which affects balance, hearing and facial functions. It was so large it was compressing her brain stem, creating a dangerous situation. Doctors used a curved incision behind her right ear and removed 98% of the tumor. Removing any more would have threatened brain function. While the craniotomy removed most of the tumor, the result was severe nerve damage and loss of hearing in her right ear. In the aftermath, Mercier suffers from such severe pain that it leaves her incapacitated and, at times, hospitalized. She also has to deal with the effects of dysautonomia, which causes a malfunction of the autonomic nervous system. As Mercier and her mother pursue medical procedures to alleviate some of the issues, they are fighting insurance company decisions not to cover many of the procedures that still are considered experimental. On May 13, “Dance for a Chance” will be held at the Venice Performing Arts Center. The dance competition and showcase will raise money to help with Mercier’s medical bills. Mercier had a hearing implant in March 2015. Doctors drilled into her skull, anchoring a type of permanent screw that protrudes from her head where she snaps a hearing aide. Then in November in Jacksonville, Mercier underwent a neu-

rectomy decompression. Doctors removed lymph nodes, arteries and scar tissue in the hope of alleviating her constant pain. So far, it hasn’t shown positive results, but Mercier was told it could take up to a year to work. She continues to hope. It’s a different world for Mercier, who was full of energy as a high school student. Kerri Ranck, a 2014 Braden River graduate, was a sophomore on the dance team during Mercier’s senior year. “She definitely was very quiet,” Ranck said of Mercier. “I love the attention. Marina was the opposite.” After Mercier graduated, Braden River varsity coach Traci Cristello decided to step down. Braden River asked Mercier if she would take over the varsity. “We were disappointed,” said Ranck, who noted that Cristello was a popular coach and, although a talented dancer, Mercier was an unknown quality as a coach. “We were thinking, ‘What if we can run over her?’” Ranck said. “But as soon as she came, we fell in love with her.” Ranck was shocked when she found out about Mercier’s physical problems. “I’ve been through some crazy things,” Ranck said. “But I couldn’t imagine my world just stopping the way hers has.” Mercier continues to search for medical solutions. “I’m in a lot of pain and I can’t feel the back of my head. I had high hopes after this last surgery, but it’s too early to tell. It could be November before we know. We are trying to figure it out. Should we try something else? Should we wait? I don’t want to get too optimistic. I was hoping surgery would get me to a place where I could teach.”

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IF YOU GO What: 33rd annual Palm Aire Country Club Art Show Where: 5601 Country Club Way, Sarasota When: Feb. 20-26 open every day 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: Free Contact: For questions, contact Barbara Saabye at bsaabye@gmail.com More of Papineau’s art: Visit his website at rick-papineau6nt3.squarespace. com

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Palm Aire’s Rick Papineau will display these three paintings at the annual Palm Aire Country Club Art Show.

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After working for Feld Entertainment and the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus for 25 years, Rick Papineau thought it was time to start a new career six months ago. So he left his position as Feld Entertainment’s vice president

of scenic design to become a fulltime painter. “I’m going back to my first love,” said Palm Aire’s Papineau. “It’s all I have ever wanted to do. Now, I don’t have anyone telling me what to paint. Whether it’s good or bad, it’s my choice.” Papineau, along with 50 other local artists, will be showing their work Feb. 20 through Feb. 26 at the 33rd annual Palm Aire Country Club Art Show. Not all the art exhibits will be for sale, but most will. The show also will feature sculptures, quilts, photography, metalwork and needlework.

Palm Aire’s Rick Papineau paints a figure skater in his studio at home.

Although Papineau, 59, no longer works in the circus, two of the three paintings he will have on display feature the circus. Many of his paintings continue to focus on circus life. His art is “all about the people.” “All my circus art is a bit of what I did over the last 25 years and how I felt about things,” Papineau said. “All of the people in my paintings are still my friends, and they aren’t just made-up people. I still talk to them daily, so they’re still a huge part of my life.” Papineau said the thought of the circus being a dying form of entertainment saddens him. “Circus is still my passion,” Papineau said. “Kids today are so used to watching TV or video, where it’s all made up and done by computer animation, that they don’t even realize the risk these people (in the circus) are taking.

painted at the time) and then he began building props for all of the circus performers. “I knew how to build it, so I knew how to design it very cost effectively,” Papineau said. “Outside designers can do beautiful stuff, but they have no idea typically how to build it or what it costs. So what I designed was very efficient, and it saved a ton of money over the years.” Papineau started noticing that he became increasingly restless while he was vice president of scenic design. Feld underwent some management changes, so he saw it as an opportunity to change jobs. “When I started 25 years ago, everyone was pretty personal, we had direct contact with the owners of the company,” Papineau said. “It just wasn’t for me anymore.”

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be performed in the auditorium 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17-18 at Lakewood Ranch High School. After the shows in Lakewood Ranch, the cast will continue to rehearse the production until March 16 when they embark on their five-day adventure to New York. The show will run March 20. Additionally, three theater professionals affiliated with TADA! — Angela Jamieson, Keith Huff and Monet Saffore — have come to Lakewood Ranch and have been working, directing, teaching and helping the students as they rehearse for the opening night of “Exhibit of the Mind.” Jamieson currently is a pianist and conductor of “The Lion King” on Broadway. The trip became possible because Roxane Caravan, the Lakewood Ranch High Theatre Department director, has numerous theater connections in New York, where she grew up. One of those connections was Katy Knowles, TADA!’s senior education manager and a 2004 Lakewood Ranch High graduate. Knowles said she knows what the Lakewood Ranch students are capable of doing, so she convinced her board they would be a perfect fit for the program and worthy of being the first nonNew York school invited. Knowles said Lakewood Ranch students already were planning a trip to New York to participate in some TADA! workshops. “Since December, when I told the students about this, they have all been crazy excited,” Caravan said. “It is a huge, real-world experience. They are absolutely

eating it up and nailing it.” She said the experience will help the students in the future whether or not they pursue other theater endeavors. “This will help them tremendously,” Caravan said. “The students have learned to work with other people in a cohesive way. Through this, they’ve been building trust and that whole idea of feeling safe.” She said “Exhibit of the Mind” is not traditional storytelling. It represents a genre called “devised theater,” meaning something is created from scratch. The students wrote the script using a journaling method. “This show is completely original work,” Caravan said. “We started doing journaling with the kids, throwing different things out there until we came up with a general topic and some subtopics.” The idea was the students’ perception of self-image. Besides writing their own script, the students built their own set. Andrew Stevens, a senior scenic and lighting technician for the Theatre Department, said he is thrilled to be given the chance to use his creativity to build a set. “This experience has been amazing,” Stevens said. “This is the first show where I built the set off my own designs. We have always had a (professional) designer who would do it.” Senior cast member Tatiana Galante said she can’t wait to see how the script translates to the stage. “I feel like all of us are close anyway, but opening up and talking about our feelings and experiences (through journaling) has really helped us get to know each other even more. It has also encouraged us to see things from other people’s perspective.”

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Lakewood Ranch junior boys soccer player Pablo Vargas scored twice in the Mustangs’ 4-3 state semifinal win Feb. 10 over Seminole.

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The Out-of-Door Academy boys lacrosse senior Jason Fineberg scored six goals in the Thunder’s 20-0 win Feb. 8 over the Sarasota Military Academy.

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The offensive skills of senior Ricky Yanez (7) are a big reason the Mustangs have landed in the state championship game.

Lakewood Ranch’s boys soccer team is one win from its first state title. RYAN KOHN SPORTS REPORTER

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Lakewood Ranch boys basketball senior Sam Hester had 19 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals in the Mustangs’ 79-55 district title win Feb. 10 over Palmetto.

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Deb Miller, Barb Sodini, Darlene Hoffmann and Janet Weisbord (100) won the Ladies Day Variable Best Ball event Feb. 9 at Rosedale Country Club.

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akewood Ranch boys soccer coach Vito Bavaro let everyone know before the season his feelings about his team’s chance to win a state title. “This is the year.” The program had reached the state Final Four once before, during the 2013-2014 season, when the Mustangs fell to eventual champion Melbourne 3-0, in the state semifinals. Still, Bavaro entered this year brimming with confidence, and with good reason. His Mustangs were ready. Bavaro’s team has proven its coach correct, so far. The Mustangs beat Palm Harbor 4-3 on Feb. 4 in a back-and-forth regional semifinal, grinded out a 2-0 regional final win over Plant City on Feb. 7, and held off Seminole 4-3 in a Feb. 10 state semifinal. Now, the Mustangs will play Cypress Bay for the Class 5A state title at 4 p.m. on Feb. 18 at Spec Martin Stadium in DeLand. “We’re a complete team,” Bavaro said following the regional final. “The 2014 team was a good team, but we did not have the depth. This team is a complete team. If we’re going to do anything, this is it.” The Mustangs have 13 seniors, and the chemistry they have built over four years and beyond. Many of the team’s seniors played with Braden River Soccer Club when they were children, and that has helped them develop a deadly attack. They are not the biggest players, by Bavaro’s own admission, but

their skill when counter-attacking and passing in tight spaces is a sight to behold. On Lakewood Ranch’s first goal of the regional final, Sam Stapleton-Jones had the ball near the top of the box. He saw junior Pablo Vargas on the left side of the field, and sent him a pass. Without missing a beat, Vargas sent a low cross over to senior Ricky Yanez on the right side of the net, and Yanez buried it between the keeper’s legs. “What a beautiful goal,” Bavaro said. “That’s been our signature all year.” The attack is well-rounded, as Bavaro points out, but Yanez and Vargas, who scored twice in the state semifinal, including the eventual game-winning goal, are the key cogs. Both players can use their speed and footwork to make something out of nothing, and have the ability to finish themselves or set up teammates for open shots. The Mustangs work on their passing constantly, running “three-man weave” drills every practice. Bavaro believes that if his team can get three passes off within 20 yards of the net before taking a shot, it can score every time. Lakewood Ranch’s offense gets headlines, and deservedly so, but its defense is a big part of its success as well. Senior defenders Tyler Puhalovich and Daniel Rocco are stalwarts, and sophomore goaltender Ryan Freeman has come up large in the playoffs keeping the Mustangs’ momentum alive with diving saves in close games. The defense will have to bring its “A” game to DeLand for the title game, because the Mustangs’ offense is facing its biggest challenge of the season. Cypress Bay has allowed just two goals in four playoffs games thus far, and has allowed more than one goal just once all season. The Lightning have made the Final Four three

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years in a row, and won the state title in 2014-2015. No matter what happens, the players are just happy to have the opportunity to show off their skills in a state final. “It feels amazing. I’ve been working for this since sophomore year,” Yanez said. “Me, Pablo (Vargas), everyone on this team. We argue on the field, but we always come back and are positive after that. It’s like a family. It’s crazy.”


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haking the hand of East County’s Jim Arvanitis set off an earthquake in my right hand. Bones creaked, and knuckles buckled and cracked. It made for one heck of a first impression. The legendary purveyor of the ancient Greek fighting sport pankration still has his trademark long brown curls, with wisps of white now in the mix. Arvanitis has made it his life’s mission to inform the public about the Greek origins of the martial arts. During his school days, Arvanitis saw pictures of ancient Olympic games lining the walls, including some depicting pankration. As it turned out, pankration was a combat fighting sport that only banned biting and gouging, and was unique in combining different fighting styles. Pankration was based off an earlier form of fighting used by the Greeks in battle. This discovery stoked Arvanitis’ curiosity in both the sport and the act of learning itself. He felt spreading knowledge of pankration and the martial arts’ roots in Greece was his life’s purpose. His ardor for combat sports began in the Greater Boston area when he was young. Arvanitis was the oldest child in his family, and that meant he was tasked with protecting his younger brother, Danny Arvanitis. Unfor-

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Jim Arvanitis was Black Belt magazine’s Instructor of the Year in 2009.

tunately, Jim Arvanitis was the victim of bullying during his childhood. His father, George Arvanitis, thought introducing his eldest son to combat sports would give him more self-respect. It did. From there, Arvanitis went in about a million directions. He worked with boxing trainers in Lowell, Mass., the boxing hub of the United States at the time. He took up bodybuilding. He learned catch wrestling from World Wide Wrestling Federation stars like Killer Kowalski and Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka. In college, he met a street fighter

nicknamed “Supercat” and traveled with him to his home country of Thailand, where Arvanitis picked up Muay Thai kickboxing. He discovered Kosen judo and picked up its many chokeholds. He also somehow found time to get a degree in math from Plymouth State University. Through the absorption of all these techniques, Arvanitis became a one-of-a-kind fighter. No one else thought to use multiple styles in combat. When he met martial arts journalist and self-defense instructor Massad Ayoob in 1973, Ayoob persuaded Arvanitis to move to California,

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where he could pitch his skills to different media outlets and take on new challenges. Arvanitis, who was in his early 20s at the time, was featured on the cover of the November 1973 edition of Black Belt Magazine, one of the oldest and most respected martial arts magazines in the world, after the magazine watched him defeat three-time international champion martial artist Jerry Smith. The cover story changed everything for Arvanitis, he said. Almost overnight, he became a celebrity in the fighting world, and a multitude of opportunities came with the spotlight. He developed a dedicated following, and slowly but surely, the days of pankration being a punchline were coming to an end. The community became more accepting of the idea of pankration being a precursor to the Eastern martial arts styles that are popular today, he said. In 1977, Arvanitis met Jack LaLanne, and the pair got into a one-upping contest to see who could do the most challenging push-up. LaLanne did one with his arms fully extended in front of his head, on his fingertips. Arvanitis countered by doing a one-armed, two-finger pushup. Eventually, this led to Arvanitis attempting and completing a push-up on only his thumbs. He officially set the world record for thumb push-ups with 45 in 51 seconds, then broke his own

record by completing 61 in 47 seconds on The Guinness Game show three years later. “In my mind, I was invincible,” Arvanitis said. “I could do anything.” Perhaps the biggest sign of respect shown for Arvanitis came in the early 1990s, when Army rangers asked him to train groups of 12 soldiers for combat in Desert Storm. The Navy Seals, Green Berets and Marines all would hire Arvanitis periodically in the future. Nowadays, Arvanitis spends his time in East County, where he settled down after previous stops in Sarasota and Bradenton. Despite his media persona, Arvanitis values his privacy at home. Writing books is his new passion, he said. He has written seven, with three on the way. That fits with his personality. Arvanitis said the Greek key, an interlocking circle of rightangled spirals symbolizing infinity, represents his goals in life: knowledge and self-discovery. “In my head, I am simply a guy with a passion for his heritage and lineage,” Arvanitis said.

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When did you start wrestling? Four years ago. What is your best wrestling skill? Probably getting into shots (for takedowns). What is your favorite wrestling memory? The first time I ever hit an “elevator” on someone in Louisiana, the summer of my sophomore year, that was pretty cool. What is a personal wrestling goal of yours? I want to place at the state tournament this year.

If you would like to make a recommendation for the East County Observer’s Athlete of the Week feature, send it to Ryan Kohn at rkohn@yourobserver.com

When was the time you laughed the hardest? Back in middle school, I was scuba diving with friends and one of my friends’ tanks came off. They started freaking out for a second, it was pretty funny. Finish this sentence: “Ryan Brown is ...” ... Someone trying to achieve his goals. That’s just how I approach life. Set a goal and try to make it.

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BRADEN RIVER ELEMENTARY FAMILY BONFIRE Runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at Braden River Elementary School, 6125 River Club Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. Families can sit around a bonfire and enjoy ice cream sundaes, cheese pizza, hot dogs, trail mix, popcorn, glow sticks and other goodies. Tickets to purchase items are $1 each and can be bought prior to the event in the school office in $10 increments. For information, contact Kathy Keebler at keeblerm@ manateeschools.net.

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HEART HEALTH Runs from 9 to 9:30 a.m. at The Mall at University Town Center, lower level seating court in front of Macy’s. Join Lakewood Ranch Medical Center and Dr. Vivek Kumar as he discusses what you can do to optimize your heart health, including understanding what can be done to treat, manage or control risk factors of heart disease. Light refreshments will be served. Register by calling 708-8100.

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KOSHER COOKING Starts at 7:30 p.m. at The Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road, Bradenton. Chabad of Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch will host its third annual A Kosher Cooking and Tasting Competition event. Competitors will cook kosher dishes, which will be voted on for creativity and taste. The winner will receive a grand prize. There is a $10 entry fee per person, or $100 to sponsor a table. To reserve a space or for information, contact 752-3030 or email info@ chabadofbradenton.com.

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FISHING TOURNAMENT Runs from 9 a.m. to noon at Lake Uihlein, adjacent to Lakewood Ranch Town Hall along the lake bank, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. Join Lakewood Ranch Community Activities and the Lakewood Ranch Anglers Club for the annual kids fishing tournament. Children ages 5 to 15 can enter. Anglers club members will be on hand to assist fishermen and officiate. Cost to participate is $5. The Lakewood Ranch Kiwanis Club will provide a barbecue lunch. Parents accompanying their child can purchase a lunch for $3. Tournament format is catch and release. For information, visit lwrcac.com.

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BOOK SALE Runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 24 and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 25, at the Braden River Library, 4915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. The Friends of Braden River Library are having a book sale. For information call 727-6079.

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GOLF TOURNAMENT Starts at 8 a.m. at The Preserve Golf Club, 7310 Tara Preserve Lane, Bradenton. The Manatee County 4-H Foundation invites golfers to this annual fundraiser to benefit 4-H youth programs in Manatee County. Cost is $100 per player and includes green fee, cart, lunch and door prizes. For registration and other information, contact 722-4524 or visit manatee.ifas.ufl.edu/4H/index. shtml. HEALTH AND WELLNESS EXPO Runs from 9 a.m. to noon at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, 8330 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. The Embrace a Life of Health and Wellness Expo will include more than 50 exhibitors in the health field. The exhibitors focus will be

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YARD SALE Runs from 8 a.m. to noon in the parking lot of Sandhill Insurance, 3815 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton. The East Manatee Rotary Club, which has an environmental focus, will host this yard sale to benefit local and international Rotary projects. For information about the club, visit ecorotary.org or emaill ecorotary@gmail.com.

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on preventive medicine, the heart and circulatory system and the importance of physical activity and proper nutrition. There will be posture, spinal and other checks. An outdoor farmers market will be set up in front of the hospital, and the Lakewood Ranch Garden Club will have flowers and plants available for purchase. Children can play and interact in the Kids Zone. For information, visit lwrcac.com.

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11:30 a.m. with lunch and registration beginning at noon. The tournament starts at 1 p.m. Cost is $125 per individual shooter. This year, fee includes one golf cart per foursome. There is an optional beginner’s workshop for $10. To register, visit lwrba.org.

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RANCH RODEO Starts at noon at the Manatee County Fairgrounds. The Manatee County Cattlemen’s Association presents the ninth annual Ranch Rodeo. Admission is $5

for adults; children ages 10 and younger are free. Come watch ranching events, including team sorting, calf branding, double mugging and more. Children can participate in a boot race and calf scramble for prizes. Manatee County Junior Cattlemen will be serving lunch for purchase to benefit their association and events. For information, to purchase tickets or for sponsorship opportunities, call Cassidy Jones at 352-745-1440 or email jonesc2511@gmail.com.

COLLECTIBLES MARKET Runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 25 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 26, at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto. The Service Club of Manatee County will hold its 52nd Charity Antiques, Vintage and Collectibles market featuring more than 50 vendors. The market also features crystal repair; antique appraisals (10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday only); and chalk painting demonstrations (11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday only). All proceeds raised through this event are to be distributed to Manatee County organizations that support the well-being of disadvantaged children. Tickets cost $7. For information, call 779-3470.

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number of things,” Slaplak said. “It teaches them sportsmanship, and it surely helps build character. We teach them how to be aware of the trash around them, the environment, conservation and keeping the water as nice as we can.” The kids are not the only ones getting a kick out of the tournament. Lakewood Ranch Anglers club members look forward to the event every year.

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“During the seminar, the kids are just mesmerized when we start talking about fishing,” Naddeo said. “And during the tournament, just to watch their faces when they catch a fish is exciting and rewarding. They don’t all catch fish, but the ones that do are always really happy. It is amazing.” Bart Didrick, a member of the Lakewood Ranch Anglers Club, and Sarasota’s Victor Krotinger practice casting at the fishing seminar.

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“It was really fun learning how to cast in the water,” said 10-yearold Lakewood Ranch resident Sydney Briggs. “I learned that I need to look back before I put my pole behind me to make sure that nobody is there, and I learned that if you let go of the button when the rod is in front of you, you can get the line farther in the water.” Jacob Briggs, 8, enjoying the knotting station best. “It was really fun and interesting to learn how to tie the knots with all the hooks and stuff you put on it,” he said. The environmental aspect of fishing was also highlighted throughout the seminar. Lad Slaplak, the tournament chair, feels his sport is not only a handy skill, but also a useful tool in helping kids develop. “Fishing teaches the kids a

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L A K E WO O D R A N C H 6815 Belmont Court Deborah Angelo O'Mara & Linda Driggs 941-730-0777 A4154232 $1,595,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 8306 Farington Court Alex Ley 941-504-6377 A4149933 $1,499,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 7041 Portmarnock Place Laura Navratil 941-806-7436 A4172315 $1,365,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 13218 Lost Key Place John Camino, PA 941-685-5060 A4174311 $1,295,000

B R A D E N TO N 649 Regatta Way Jody Shinn 941-705-5704 A4169028 $1,099,000

ANNA MARIA 802 Gladiolus Street Mark Boehmig 941-807-6936 A4170813 $899,000

CORTEZ 12522 Safe Harbour Drive Erica Thomas 941-799-9365 A4165454 $830,000

U N I V E R S I T Y PA R K 6659 Saint James Crossing Nancy Phillips & Beth Ann Boyer 941-400-6078 A4169732 $759,000

B R A D E N TO N 322 Compass Point Drive 201 Kathy Valente 941-685-6767 A4176481 $750,000

ANNA MARIA ISLAND 222 84th Street Laurie M Mock 941-232-3665 A4164185 $724,999

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 7008 Twin Hills Terrace Deborah Angelo O'Mara 941-730-0777 A4163995 $625,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 12247 Thornhill Court Mugsie Quinlan 941-350-2833 A4161764 $620,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 15005 Bowfin Terrace Bryan Dwyer 941-809-9106 A4176073 $547,900

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 7052 Whitemarsh Circle Tina Ciaccio 941-685-8420 A4171487 $529,900

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 14287 Sundial Place Laura Navratil 941-806-7436 A4176897 $499,900

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 13804 Siena Loop Deborah Angelo O'Mara 941-730-0777 A4176893 $469,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 6539 Flycatcher Lane Barbara Najmy 941-705-1158 A4158926 $438,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 7101 Whitemarsh Circle Sylvia Zimmerman 941-350-5022 A4166473 $435,000

B R A D E N TO N 3611 Avenida Madera Adam Cuffaro 941-812-0791 A4168021 $369,000

B R A D E N TO N 10043 Reagan Dairy Trail Noel Morton 941-348-9129 A4172293 $350,000

B R A D E N TO N 1212 Spoonbill Landings Circle Peggy Horlander 941-932-7199 A4171407 $329,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 15326 Searobbin Drive Carol Aviles 941-356-6777 A4156633 $310,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 6488 Blue Grosbeak Circle Jane Ebury 941-726-9360 A4173462 $285,000

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L A K E WO O D R A N C H 8227 Miramar Way Diane Fogo Harter 941-445-2431 A4172472 $239,500

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home in Country Club East topped all transactions in this week’s real estate. Janet Hough, of Lakewood Ranch, sold her home at 15108 Camargo Place to George Mitchell and Herbert West, of Sarasota, for $1.43 million. Built in 2008, it has four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a pool and 4,521 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1.13 million in 2012.

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Jay and Ramona Bulaw, of University Park, sold their home at 7408 Seacroft Cove to Phillip Steyaert, trustee, of University Park, for $1.3 million. Built in 2014, it has four bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 3,766 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1.23 million in 2015. Constance Gallagher, of Sarasota, sold her home at 7212 Prestbury Circle to CGT Properties LLC for $837,900. Built in 2016, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,582 square feet of living area. WCI Communities LLC sold the home at 16547 Hillside Circle to Samuel Faivus, of

Bradenton, for $419,200. Built in 2016, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,034 square feet of living area. KNIGHTSBRIDGE

Earl and Melanie Brooks, trustees, sold the home at 7348 Barclay Court to David Eddy, trustee, of University Park, for $880,000. Built in 1996, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,114 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $800,000 in 2010. HARBOUR WALK

Neal Signature Homes LLC sold the home at 564 Mast Drive to Joseph Vanella III, trustee, of Naperville, Ill., for $633,000. Built in 2016, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,343 square feet of living area. EATON PLACE

two baths and 1,719 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $280,000 in 2014. STONEYBROOK AT HERITAGE HARBOUR

Edwin and Cecilia Alsberg sold their home at 8317 Quail Greens Terrace to Benny and Sherrie Grisham, of Bradenton, for $555,000. Built in 2006, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,953 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $510,000 in 2013. WATERLINE ROAD

Everett and Jennifer Bunch, of Blue Ridge, Ga., sold their home at 16920 Waterline Road to Jesse Peurifoy Jr., of Bradenton, for $550,000. Built in 1978, it has two bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,583 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $460,000 in 2008.

Richard and Georgia Meyerson sold their home at 7506 Eaton Court to Patricia Del Vecchio, of University Park, for $609,000. Built in 1994, it has three bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 2,862 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $500,000 in 2002.

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Robert Del Giudice and Mary Warwick, trustees, of Lakewood Ranch, sold the home at 4825 88th St. E., to Jeffrey and Deborah Glackin, of Red Bank, N.J., for $559,900. Built in 1998, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,806 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $420,000 in 2013.

Lennar Homes LLC sold the home at 5610 Nectar Cove to Anil and Akshatha Shetty, of Naperville, Ill., for $507,500. Built in 2016, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,483 square feet of living area. Miles Smith III, David Smith and Ernest Smith, trustees, of Salisbury, N.C., sold the home at 6220 Cypress Bend Court to

Madeleine Giusto, of Lakewood Ranch, sold her home at 8720 53rd Terrace E., to Robert and Beata Ozero, of Ontario, Canada, for $273,000. Built in 1993, it has three bedrooms,

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630 Country Meadows Way

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Todd and Fran Manas, of New York City, for $505,000. Built in 1998, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,963 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $349,400 in 1998. Peter and Martha Mirande, of University Park, sold their home at 6827 Coyote Ridge Court to Donn and Jeanne Blodgett, of University Park, for $448,000. Built in 2002, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,466 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $375,000 in 2010. ESPLANADE

David and Juanita Bonnell, of Lakewood Ranch, sold their home at 12729 Del Corso Loop to William Beardsley and Gail Beardsley, trustees, of Lakewood Ranch, for $449,000. Built in 2013, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,874 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $371,800 in 2013. GREYHAWK LANDING

Dennis and Rebecca Murphy sold their home at 319 Blackbird Court to Daniel and Christine Brahler, of Bradenton, for $422,500. Built in 2005, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,945 square feet of SEE REAL ESTATE PAGE 14B

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living area. It previously sold for $355,000 in 2010. Gregg Schumacher and Elizabeth Wallace-Schumacher, of Bradenton, sold their home at 12560 Natureview Circle to Christopher Janke, trustee, of Bradenton, for $347,500. Built in 2005, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,413 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $210,000 in 2011. VIRGINIA WATER

David Scarlett and Sandra Retter, of Ontario, Canada, sold their home at 6615 Virginia Crossing to Joyce Tedrick and William Tedrick, trustees, of Loveland, Ohio, for $410,000. Built in 1995, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,928 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $370,000 in 2010. SAVANNA AT LAKEWOOD RANCH

Lennar Homes LLC sold the home at 13619 American Prairie Place to Thomas Christopher, of Sarasota, for $405,000. Built in 2016, it has four bedrooms, three-and-two-half baths, a pool and 2,878 square feet of living area. WATERLEFE GOLF AND RIVER CLUB

Frank and Elizabeth Briden, of Morristown, N.J., sold their home at 626 Foggy Morn Lane to John and Rita Myers, of Powell, Ohio, for $361,000. Built in 2001, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,977 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $335,000 in 2003.

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Richard and Carol Horan, of Bradenton, sold their home at 6446 Willowshire Way to Albert and Marie Gomez, of Littleton, Colo., for $350,000. Built in 2015, it has four bedrooms, three baths and 2,288 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $357,600 in 2015. Keaton and Ashley Krumreich, of Bradenton, sold their home at 427 River Enclave Court to Jeffrey and Jean Kneisler, of Georgetown, Texas, for $302,500. Built in 2010, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,672 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $265,000 in 2014. WATERCREST

Sue Anderson, trustee, and Don Anderson, of Bradenton, sold the Unit 403 condominium at 6450 Watercrest Way to Kenneth and Becky Bertram, of Bradenton, for $340,000. Built in 2005, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,742 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $318,000 in 2012. MILL CREEK

Richard and Vicki Mariello, of Blairsville, Ga., sold their home at 203 137th St. N.E., to Jay and Jamie Hegemier, of Bradenton, for $338,000. Built in 1995, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,166 square feet of living area. TARA

Walter and Amanda Hawes, of St. Michaels, Md., sold their home at 6324 Wingspan Way to Jonathan Shriver and Lynda Shriver, trustees, of Watertown, S.D., for $303,400. Built in

2004, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,672 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $210,000 in 2010. SUMMERFIELD VILLAGE

Brooke Reid, of Bradenton, sold her home at 12607 Tall Pines Way to Kimberly and Michael Bagshaw, of Lakewood Ranch, for $295,000. Built in 1999, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,915 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $180,000 in 2009. Kenneth and Jacqueline Krudys, of Bradenton, sold their home at 6233 Foxglove Lane to Jason Walters and Kathryn Bracciano, of Lakewood Ranch, for $275,000. Built in 1998, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,644 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $215,000 in 2013. RIVER SOUND

Mariusz Chwojko and Justyna Lapinska, of Bradenton, sold their home at 5222 Aqua Breeze Drive to Beryl and Daniel Kiefer, of Sarasota, for $290,000. Built in 2010, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,714 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $234,900 in 2014. Alison Petras, of Lexington, Ky., sold the home at 5434 River Sound Terrace to Daniel Day and Lauren Clark, of Bradenton, for $245,500. Built in 2009, it has three bedrooms, two-and-ahalf baths and 1,680 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $187,900 in 2009. PALM AIRE

Olga Gay and Diana Gay, of Wiltshire, England, sold their

home at 5380 Creekside Trail to Janice Litke, of Sarasota, for $289,000. Built in 2001, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,037 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $199,000 in 2010. RIVER PLACE

1064928 Ontario Ltd. sold the home at 6928 74th St. Circle E., to Paul and Jane Toliver, of Detroit, for $285,000. Built in 2005, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,816 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $255,000 in 2008. WOODBROOK

Carol Plegge, of Sarasota, sold the home at 4530 Cedar Brush Terrace to Cory Montagano, of Sarasota, for $285,000. Built in 2014, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,744 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $303,400 in 2014. COUNTRY CLUB VILLAGE

Florence Craig sold her home at 7074 Woodmore Terrace to Robert Mariano and Stacy KalmanMariano, of Bradenton, for $276,000. Built in 2001, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,730 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $202,600 in 2001. SABAL HARBOUR

Teresa Grogan, of Atlanta, sold her home at 4885 Sabal Harbour Drive to George Super, of Bradenton, for $270,000. Built in 2002, it has four bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,685 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $220,000 in 2013. CREEKWOOD

Bradenton, sold their home at 5005 72nd Court E., to Patrick and Gloria Hoey, of Bradenton, for $269,000. Built in 1994, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,680 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $175,000 in 2008. COACH HOMES AT RIVER STRAND

Kenneth and Mary Willms, of Ontario, Canada, sold their Unit 8504 condominium at 7015 Grand Estuary Trail to Raul Colon and Linda Colon, trustees, of Centreville, Va., for $265,000. Built in 2014, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,786 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $260,000 in 2014. THE LOFTS ON MAIN

Main Street Condo LLC sold the Unit 309 condominium at 8111 Lakewood Main St., to Brittany McManus for $265,000. Built in 2006, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,580 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $613,200 in 2006. OLD GROVE AT GREENFIELD PLANTATION

Shirley Smith, of Ellenton, sold her home at 409 Country Lane to Tucker and Jill Short, of Bradenton, for $262,500. Built in 2002, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,650 square feet of living area.

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