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School district of Manatee County welcomes back students for the start of the 2019-20 school year. SEE PAGE 8

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Costco and its 200 employees will offer approximately 4,000 items to shoppers each day after it opens in East County.

A Lakewood Ranch Medical Center intensive care nurse was in the right place at the right time in May and was honored Aug. 6 for saving a life. Sammie Billman, pictured above with her husband, Daniel, was at the Bradenton Yacht Club when she provided CPR until EMS paramedics arrived to care for a man in cardiac arrest. For her heroics, Billman earned the Manatee County EMS Lifesaving Award. The award is presented to non-EMS individuals who participate in the care of a cardiac arrest patient.

Retail giant nears launch Costco opens its doors Aug. 21 in the Marketplace at Heritage Harbour. PAGE 3

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Braden River Elementary School fifth grade teacher Katie McCollum gives students high fives as they walk to their classes as dance party music played. Pam Eubanks

Shop with a cop Carlos E. Haile Middle School sixth grader Ryan Gossett didn’t have a typical back-toschool shopping day. As he browsed racks of khaki pants at Bealls Outlet on Aug. 9, Manatee County Sheriff Rick Wells stood beside him to hold up pants and make recommendations. Gossett was one of 13 children who were picked to participate in a special Shop with a Cop event. “It’s pretty cool,” he said of shopping with the sheriff. “I think he knows fashion. He’s got a son.”

Will you do bamboo? Liz Ramos

OnlyMoso’s Calvin Yang cuts down a bamboo shoot during Mixon Fruit Farms’ first harvest Thursday morning.

Mixon Fruit Farms harvests first bamboo crop in hopes people test it as a food source. SEE PAGE 6

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White House meeting set for Baugh Water quality tops agenda as the District 5 commissioner heads to Washington, D.C. PAM EUBANKS SENIOR EDITOR

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anatee County District 5 Commissioner Vanessa Baugh has been to the White House before, but when she goes this October, it will be after she had met with President Donald Trump. She spent two-and-a-half hours with him in March at Lake Okeechobee, where he and other top-level officials discussed repairs needed on the earthen dam around the lake as well the impacts of its polluted waters. When Baugh visits the White House again in October, she hopes to pick up their conversation. Red tide, an algal bloom caused by rapid growth of a microscopic algae called Karenia brevis, plagued the Sarasota and Manatee county coastlines in 2018 and early 2019, which killed sea life and caused health issues for some people exposed to it. “For me, right now, water quality is at the top of my list,” Baugh said. “I’m hoping we can further our conversation about red tide and blue-green algae.” Baugh and two other Manatee County commissioners, Misty Servia and Steve Jonsson, have been invited to a special meeting at the White House on Oct. 17 with its Office of Intergovern-

mental Affairs. Baugh said the White House will set the agenda, which is expected to be finalized this week. Jonsson said the meeting will be a consortium of elected officials from Alabama, Florida and Georgia. “It’s not an intimate meeting, but it’s an opportunity to meet with people from the administration,” Jonsson said. “They’re going to give us their policy positions on everything — clean water, infrastructure, things of that sort.” He, Servia and Baugh all said they hoped to bring water quality issues to the forefront. “My goal is to use the opportunity to shine a light on our need for help to protect our precious waterways,” Servia said. Baugh said she also hopes to talk with the administration about changes needed to the federal gas tax, which is used to fund transportation needs. With more electric and alternative vehicles on the roads, she said she believes Congress should consider alternative revenue sources,such as a fee on license plate renewals, so all vehicles are contributing. “I think it’s great to add money on a license plate,” she said. “It doesn’t matter whether it’s electric or gas. The regular gas tax is outdated.”

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County commissioners are expected to set their legislative priorities by early October, and those likely will guide additional conversations with federal legislators and White House officials. Baugh isn’t sure President Trump will attend any of the meetings, but she is hopeful he will. Baugh, Servia and Jonsson also will be participating in the Florida Association of Counties’ Federal B:10”15-17 in WashFly-In event Oct.

ington, D.C., where they will meet with members of Congress about issues affecting Florida and Manatee County. “This gives us more insight into federal regulations,” Baugh said. Craigin Mosteller, spokesman for the Florida Association of Counties, said the fly in is open to any association members who wish to attend. So far, 54 members have registered. Commissioners and staff will be briefed on issues affecting their state, and the FAC

helps coordinate meetings with the appropriate representatives. She said the event is separate from the White House invitation. Baugh had been invited to meet with Trump during his visit Aug. 7 to The Villages, where he had planned to discuss Medicare. However, the trip was canceled because of mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

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Costco builds its stores in just 110 days once actual construction of the building begins.

ABOUT COSTCO WHOLESALE Costco Manager Hector Mencia has been with the company for 30 years. He says attention to detail and creating a great customer experience is important for success at any Costco location.

COSTCO MAKES ITS DEBUT

The membership-only warehouse will offer 4,000 items each day.

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$1.41.58 billion Costco’s total revenue in 2018

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hen Hector Mencia started as a part-time employee at Costco Wholesale in 1989 in California, he would set up a hotdog stand at the front of the store. He sold Costco members a hot dog and a soda for $1.50. Thirty years later, the deal is even better. “You still get a hot dog and soda for $1.50, but now you get free refills,” Mencia said with a grin. “Our hot dog was voted the No. 1 hot dog in the nation.” Mencia, who is transferring from Costco’s Clearwater store, is the general manager of East County’s new Costco, which is slated to open at 8 a.m. Aug. 21 at the northeast corner of Interstate 75 and State Road 64 at 805 Lighthouse Drive, Bradenton. When it does, its shelves and floors will be stocked with about 4,000 items including everything from organic berries and toilet

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COSTCO WHOLESALE Where: 805 Lighthouse Drive, Bradenton Opens: 8 a.m., Aug. 21 Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m weekdays; 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.

paper to leather couches, Segway brand go-karts and even a fourcarat, $65,000 diamond ring. It will offer items from its privatelabel, Kirkland Signature, as well. About 1,500 of the items offered will be available for a limited time, usually for a month or two. The store also has “road shows” featuring certain vendors for about 10 days at a time. For the grand opening, there will be a road show of products by Traeger Grills and Lovesac, which offers beanbagstyle chairs and other furniture, Mencia said. Mencia said offering the road

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Costco pharmacy technicians Bree Jeffers and Nicole Achille assemble a display. Employees are preparing the store for its Aug. 21 opening date in East County.

show and limited-time products creates excitement for members, which allows them to try different items throughout the year. Costco also moves regular items around, which encourages members to explore and discover new items as they go. “We try to create that treasurehunt atmosphere,” Mencia said. “There’s always something new.” For the past three months, contractors and Costco employees have been busy getting the warehouse built and stocking it for the opening. Mencia said Costco builds and opens its warehouses in 110 days. “It’s a massive, massive undertaking,” Mencia said. He said the company uses a streamlined approach to its buildout by largely sticking to vendors it has used on other projects and having its regional distribution center, located in West Palm Beach, receive and organize initial shipments of goods. “It helps us stay on schedule,” Mencia said. “The support system we have is pretty amazing.” The warehouse itself begins receiving products about one month in advance of the opening, starting with nonperishables like televisions and paper towels. Frozen goods can arrive as early as two weeks before opening, but fresh products are put out just days before, Mencia said. Costco uses a schematic design to ensure products get to the right place. As Mencia walked through the store, an employee measured the distance between two pallets she was setting up for a display. Mencia said such precision is important operationally but also as part of the customer experience. Even in the parking lot, Costco uses double lines between parking spaces, so members don’t have to worry about their vehicles being dinged because they are parked

Costco Wholesale is a worldwide membership warehouse club. It offers everyday and specialty merchandise. The wholesaler has a fresh bakery, a pharmacy, a tire center, a deli, a hearing center and an optical department, along with other offerings. Memberships are offered at two levels. The executive level costs $120 per year and includes 2% cash back on purchases, discounts on Costco services — such as insurance, travel and credit monitoring — and other benefits. The basic level costs $60 per year. For information, visit costco.com.

too closely together. “Even though we are a no-frills operation, look at the lighting on the floor , the shine,” Mencia said, pointing down an aisle. “We take pride on how it’s lit, how straight, how clean. To put a scratch on the floor is a big deal.” It also helps that about half of the new store’s roughly 200 employees — half part time and half full time — are transfers from other locations. Mencia said Costco offers higher-than-industry wages ($15 for a service assistant to start) and benefits to employees and has an enjoyable working culture, which translates into a low turnover rate — just 6% for employees who pass their 90-day trial period. “Our employees are our best asset,” Mencia said. “Even though we’re a multimillion dollar business, the feeling you get from the members and employees is it’s like a mom-and-pop store. You get to know the members. They feel [like] part of the business. They give advice and suggestions.” Mencia said Costco can get up to about 2,500 members visiting the store per day. On opening day, however, he expects to see at least 5,000 people. The Costco Wholesale will be the anchor of a future entertainment-and-dining-focused shopping destination being created by M&M Properties, a joint venture between Edgewood Properties Owner Jack Morris and J&P Holdings Owner Joe Marino. Joe Morris, senior vice president of leasing and acquisition for M&M, said plans for the future Marketplace at Heritage Harbour still have not been finalized but that there is a proposal for two buildings, totaling 130,000 square feet, to go in north of Costco. No leases have been executed. A mix of restaurants, retail and other uses will likely go in along the southwest portion of the total 106-acre Marketplace property.


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Six roundabouts planned for SR 70 East County roundabouts would be part of FDOT’s widening project. PAM EUBANKS SENIOR EDITOR

The Florida Department of Transportation is moving ahead slowly on plans to widen State Road 70 from Lorraine Road east to County Road 675. FDOT officials held an Aug. 6 public hearing at Risen Savior Lutheran Church to gather more input and concerns from impacted property owners in the area. It has allocated $10.2 million in its fiscal year 2020 and 2021 budgets for acquiring the right of way needed for the 6.1-mile project. The project would widen S.R. 70 from Lorraine Road to just east of Post Boulevard/Greenbrook Boulevard to three lanes in each direction; from just east of Post/Greenbrook boulevards to the future Bourneside Boulevard to four travel lanes (two in each direction) with room to later expand to six lanes; and from the future Bourneside Boulevard to County Road 675 (also called Waterbury Road) to two travel lanes in each direction. FDOT also would signalize the intersection of S.R. 70 at Post/ Greenbrook boulevards and construct roundabouts at the future Uihlein Road, Del Webb Boule-

vard and the future Bourneside Boulevard in Segment 2, as well as at Lindrick Lane/197th Street East, 213th Street East and 225th Street East/Panther Ridge Trail in Segment 3. FDOT Project Manager David C. Turley said the roundabouts would help control speeds along S.R. 70 and provide a trafficcalming effect. Proposed speed limits within the stretch range from 45 to 50 mph, but motorists would slow to 25-30 mph to travel through the roundabouts. “This is our preferred alternative,” Turley said. “This is what we want to go with.” Turley said the project will be divided into two segments, with the first one, collectively from Lorraine Road to Bourneside Boulevard, slated for construction in fiscal year 2023. Construction likely will take two to three years, but a specific timeline will be determined closer to the start of the project. He said the final segment is in FDOT’s five-year plan with construction anticipated in fiscal year 2025. It also would take two to three years to complete. At the public meeting, some residents of Panther Ridge said they liked the conceptual plans and believe the design will be good for their community. They said the widening is needed to accommodate growth and increases in traffic but that the roundabouts will slow vehicles and provide

PROJECT AT A GLANCE The Florida Department of Transportation plans to widen State Road 70 in varying degrees, from Lorraine Road to County Road 675. The project includes installing one traffic signal and six roundabouts. SEGMENT 1: S.R. 70 from Lorraine Road to east of Post/Greenbrook boulevards Proposed: Widen to six travel lanes with 8-foot sidewalks in both directions. Length: 0.66 miles Proposed speed: 45 mph Pam Eubanks

Panther Ridge resident Jim Schneck, with his wife, Martine Vande Weghe, finds his home on the map in relation to the construction project. He says he is excited to have more space to bicycle along State Road 70.

them with better access to their neighborhoods. “I’m thrilled,” Panther Ridge resident Leslie Emery said. “We need the road system to change. I like the fact the roundabouts keep the speed limits low and the speeding in control. It’s a problem now.” As a horse owner and trail rider, she also said she worried about crossing a four-lane S.R. 70. It currently has two lanes there. Panther Ridge’s Tracee McEwen said she had been concerned about crossing S.R. 70 on horseback and was glad FDOT added to the plans a roundabout at 197th Street East/Lindrick Lane, where there’s a horse trail. “Just adding that and changing the speed limit is going to help some,” she said.

She has suggested FDOT add flashing yellow signs to enhance existing horse-crossing signs along S.R. 70. James Michaels, who lives in the easternmost section of Panther Ridge, said he worried about noise increases as westbound semitrucks slow to enter into the first roundabout. The low-frequency braking sound will have a greater impact in his neighborhood than anywhere else in the project. He asked FDOT to reevaluate projected noise volumes near his neighborhood, rather than relying on a projectwide average. He suggested some sort of noise abatement, such as a sound barrier wall, should be considered.

SEGMENT 2: S.R. 70 from east of Greenbrook Boulevard to the future Bourneside Boulevard Proposed: Widen to four lanes (expandable to six lanes in future). Eight-foot sidewalks provided in either direction. Includes three roundabouts. Length: 2.19 miles Proposed speed: 50 mph SEGMENT 3: S.R. 70 from future Bourneside Boulevard to County Road 675 (also known as Waterbury Road) Proposed: Widen to four lanes with 8-foot sidewalks in both directions. Includes three roundabouts. Length: 3.24 miles Proposed speed: 50 mph

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Brain study hires program director Former Central Park resident will serve as an important liaison to the community.

NEW POSITION KIM MIELE Age: 48 Lives: Bradenton What: New program director for The Brain Health Initiative Children: 15-year-old Jake and 9-year-old Maximus

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Kim Miele, shown with her son Jake, is the new program director for The Brain Health Initiative.

of continuing education at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a position she had held since 1997. For now, her job as program director for The Brain Health Initiative will be part time, but it should develop into a full-time position as the study matures. Although Miele said her early

job will be “all hands on deck” duties, the position was created to give The Brain Health Initiative a liaison to the Gulf Coast community. “I’ll be the person on the ground who knows the community as we build our infrastructure,” Miele said. “[Steph-

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brain study researchers will conduct focus groups and use those findings to create strategies for the pilot study. The brain health baseline survey will be developed to be implemented in the next phase, which will begin in spring 2020. Planning will be done to develop plans to facilitate clinical trials. Miele said the study definitely will have its brick and mortar presence in Lakewood Ranch, but she stressed the study will include the entire Gulf Coast. She said Schroeder-Manatee Ranch has provided the study a space until it can build a more permanent structure. “We have the technology,” she said when asked why now for the brain study. “We have come so far in what we can learn. People know their bodies are outliving their cognitive abilities. Our brains are not keeping up. We need to start studying the brain from the womb. The brain develops most in the last trimester of pregnancy to 2 years old. What are the protective factors? What can we be doing to help these babies? This is going to help our children and our children’s children.” She said eventually the study’s organizers would love to see restaurants and grocery stores feature brain healthy selections. “This will be here far after you and I are gone,” she said.


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Mixon Fruit Farms has ‘magic’ harvest Optimism abounds at East County farm with bamboo harvest

HEALTH BENEFITS OF BAMBOO SHOOTS Bamboo shoots have a lowcalorie content, vitamins and minerals that help to improve the body’s immune system and are high in dietary fiber. They help with weight loss, heart health, respiratory disorders, woundcleaning, lowering blood pressure and more.

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As Lakewood Ranch resident Andrew Hardie enjoyed a sample of chicken curry with bamboo and mixed vegetables at Mixon Fruit Farms, his wife, Madeline, went to find out the ingredients for the spinach and bamboo dip that was being served. “If I knew they were going to feed me, I would’ve had a smaller breakfast,” Hardie said with a laugh. The Hardies were among dozens of people to go to Mixon Fruit Farms for its first asper bamboo harvest, where attendees sampled recipes that used bamboo and took a tram to the four acres of bamboo-growing on the farm. Janet Mixon, co-owner of the farm, said they started planting bamboo about two-and -a-half years ago after struggling to maintain citrus. She and her husband, Dean, decided to diversify the farm to include a wedding area, a play area, a farmhouse and now the bamboo crops. University Park resident Barbara Isaacs said bamboo was a “magic plant” that has a calming effect. “I love bamboo for decorating, and then it had all these other qualities,” Isaacs said. “They’re edible, which I had no idea. That’s what piqued my interest.”

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OnlyMoso Assistant Chef Ellee Yang talks about the steamed bamboo she will be using in her recipes. Yang said the bamboo had to be harvested, peeled and steamed, which could take several hours.

Although the Mixons’ newest venture is bamboo, the farm still grows 40 acres of citrus. Mixon said the farm had trees that were planted in the 1800s, but after diseases killed most of them, the farm likely doesn’t have a tree over 12 years old. “We’ve gone through a lot of

really hard times because of problems with citrus,” Mixon said. “I mean, it’s been a battle. When you add things to your business, it’s like starting a new business, so it takes five to seven years to see its success. We’re excited for all these things to actually happen and actually be profitable.”

A more extensive harvest of the bamboo will be done in the fall. In the meantime, if people are interested in buying bamboo cones, farm employees are able to harvest a small amount. “I don’t have any doubt about the taste of everything and the fact that it’s good for you, so that is all good,” Mixon said. Alex Vazquez, the executive culinary director for Mattison’s restaurants and catering, said he went to the farm because they are always trying to source local products for the restaurants. He said the summer is challenging because not many crops grow in Florida during the season. “Bamboo is something we can offer that is locally sourced, so we will be interested in seeing what the process is all about,” Vazquez said. “I think the different applications of bamboo are what I’m most intrigued about.”

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First-day facts for the School District of Manatee County Total schools: 64 including 31 elementary, eight middle, seven high schools, three nontraditional public schools, 14 charter schools and Manatee Technical College New schools: Barbara A. Harvey Elementary School in Parrish, Mona Jain Middle School in Lakewood Ranch and Parrish Community High School in Parrish District enrollment: Approximately 49,000 District employees: Approximately 7,100

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utside the front doors of Gilbert W. McNeal Elementary School, Greenbrook resident Sarah Ozgun knelt down to help her 8-year-old son, Tyler, adjust a strap on his backpack. The start of this school year is different for Ozgun because now she has two sons to help. Standing with them Aug. 12 was Tyler’s 5-year-old brother, Leo, who was starting kindergarten. “It’s great because I have both kids together at McNeal,” Ozgun said. “We love McNeal. I love the teachers. I love the principal. We have had nothing but a great year after great year, and I’m glad Leo is also going to be at McNeal with him.” The Ozgun family arrived to the school early, which gave them plenty of time to park and take photos of the two brothers on their first day of school together. While getting ready for school, Tyler was FaceTiming and texting his father, Ozzy, who was at work and couldn’t attend. “We already sent him a bunch of different photos, so he could experience it as well,” Ozgun said. For Greenbrook resident Ashley Benson, leaving her 4-yearold daughter, Addison, was a difficult experience. “I’m just a little shell-shocked sending my kid to school,” she said. Benson said her daughter never went to day care, so she was happy to be among others her age. Having her daughter enrolled

at McNeal Elementary is “an absolute, complete relief,” Benson said, which made leaving Addison in her pre-kindergarten classroom easier. “It was devastating, but it was exciting,” she said. “It’s one of those giddy and scary things.” Other parents had mixed emotions about leaving their children in their classrooms. Greenbrook resident Melissa

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’m sure many of you have lived in rural areas, where it was rare to see a county vehicle drive past, let alone have some kind of county event held nearby. That was both the beauty and curse of living in the sticks: being isolated. It wasn’t really a problem until that giant pothole in the county two-lane made you feel like Evel Knievel each day. Why the heck won’t they come out and fix that dang thing? The reason, of course, was only six people drove on that road each day, and county officials had pressing problems in the more populated areas. See you next year. Those in Lakewood Ranch who wonder if Manatee County has been slow to address needs and supply services to their area might think back to Lakewood Ranch pre-2000, when it was, indeed, the sticks. Consider that Manatee County was founded in 1855, so for the first century and a half of its existence, the Lakewood Ranch area needed little attention. It takes time to change such a perception. Then again, it’s not the case anymore, with more than 36,000 residents now in the Lakewood Ranch area alone. When you add the surrounding neighborhoods,

which aren’t really Lakewood Ranch but aren’t really their listed addresses of Bradenton, either, you can double that number. Many more people are on the way. So for all those residents, it has to be a head-scratcher when, for example, the county’s library system hosts most of its main events at the downtown library at 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. W., which is more than 10 miles and 20 minutes for Lakewood Ranch residents. You might ask, “What about us?” The answer to that question is that things are changing. I attended the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance’s Regional Impact luncheon Aug. 8 at the Carlisle Inn in Sarasota. Manatee County Administrator Cheri Coryea and Sarasota County Administrator Jonathan Lewis were the guest speakers, and according to the flyer for the event, those attending would “learn how our two neighboring counties work together and what’s in store for the future of our region.” Coryea and Lewis both gave interesting reports on how well their respective county has been doing in terms of economics and growth. They never did get into the how they work together part, but I did take something

east, and that includes the purchase of Premier Sports Campus and the surrounding area. We are getting a new library, a major county park and county offices, so we don’t have to travel more than 10 miles when we want to do some county business. Among the amenities at the park will be a pavilion and a stage for concerts, so East County residents can book some major entertainment. Perhaps the county might even free up a deputy to do speed checks on Lakewood Ranch Boulevard, though that might be pie-in-the-sky stuff. Whether Sarasota County reacts to its growth in a similar way remains to be seen, but it certainly can learn from Manatee County’s action from the past couple of years. Waterside is going to need schools and law enforcement as its population density increases. Eventually, it might even need a pothole filled.

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Manatee County Administrator Cheri Coryea and Sarasota County Administrator Jonathan Lewis both say they must react to growth in the eastern portions of their counties.

encouraging away from the luncheon for those who live in the former sticks. In terms of what’s in store for our region, both commissioners noted they must recognize the population growth of their counties is headed east (in Sarasota’s case, to the east in Waterside at Lakewood Ranch and

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new friends and being in a building where everything is new. “There’s probably not gum stuck under the tables yet,” Jessup said. “And it’s all just a beautiful place. You’re going to see a bunch of kids you do know and some other kids that you may not know and you’ll make friends with all them.” Jessup is one of the about 683 sixth through eighth grade students enrolled at the new middle school coming from Haile, Braden River and R. Dan Nolan middle schools. More than 75 people attended a dedication ceremony Aug. 8 for Mona Jain Middle School to honor the school’s namesake. “To have the presence of the namesake here at the dedication is very rewarding,” Principal

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Mona Jain, University of South Florida mascot Rocky the Bull and School District of Manatee County Superintendent Cynthia Saunders celebrate the opening of Mona Jain Middle School.

Opening bell for new schools Mona Jain Middle School and Parrish Community High open doors to new opportunities.

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Parrish Community High School sophomore Daniel Sands, 15, signs for a free school T-shirt.

Angela Lindsey said. As people entered the school’s cafeteria, Jain’s grandson, Anant Agarwal, sprinkled rose petals on each person as a symbol of good luck and honored guests who donned green and gold stoles. Lindsey said Jain can be an inspiration to young middle school girls to major in math and science when pursuing a higher education. As the school year starts, Lindsey said she wants to continue positive communication and building relationships. She said with students and staff coming from different schools, the school is starting its own “Mona Jain culture.” Seventh grader Megan Conley said she wants to have a tradition of encouraging students. “For me, a lot of the kids, they

just kind of lose track, and they lose focus,” Conley said. “So I think encouragement is a really big thing.” School Board member James Golden said Jain has spent a lifetime creating environments that foster excellence in education, equity and more, and this school community will do the same. “Yes, the school building is now complete,” Golden said. “But the building of this school is just beginning. It is just now beginning to feel its traditions. It’s just now beginning to build its history.” At Parrish Community High School, Principal Craig Little said the school’s 535 ninth and 10th grade students and 60 staff members have one goal: excellence. The community celebrated the opening of the school Aug. 6 dur-

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Alfred Floyd Bracciano, known as “Poppy” to the people closest to him, was born July 29, 1931 in Detroit, Michigan. He was the youngest son of Leo and Lucy (Parroccetti) Bracciano. He attended Cass Tech High School - a magnet school for gifted students. He studied education at Wayne State University, where he met the love of his life, Olga Mary Trush “Nene,” with whom he shared 65 years of marital bliss! He was a devoted and loving husband and father. Together Alfred and Olga raised 4 beautiful children: Gloria Bracciano (Greg), Dr. Alfred G. Bracciano (Tamara), Dr. David Bracciano (Julie) and Daniel Bracciano (Susan). Al was an educator, a counselor, and a visionary in the field of vocational and technical education. He designed and constructed the first vocational/technical school in the state of Michigan - The Warren Consolidated Career Prep Center. Al believed that all students possessed a special gift and it is the school’s mission to recognize and nurture those unique talents. He noted that not all students were meant to follow a college pathway and that vocational education could provide meaningful and gainful employment and career opportunities. He was a pioneer in the specialized area of air conditioning and refrigeration and was a co-author of Modern Refrigeration

“Though Poppy had many passions in life, he was most passionate about his family. He devoted much of his life to bringing his family together.” and Air Conditioning, which is considered the “standard” in the field. Al was active in the Catholic Church, serving as a Eucharistic Minister at Our Lady of the Angels of Lakewood Ranch, and Lector at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea of Longboat Key. Poppy had many passions in life including golf, gardening, racquetball, daily exercise, and playing 20 questions with his family. Growing up in Detroit, “Motor City,” sparked his passion for fast sports cars and convertibles. He spent much of his free time keeping them in showroom condition. Poppy also loved to travel and “cruise” the world with his beloved wife. His favorite place to travel was Disney World where he created a lifetime of

memories riding on the Buzz Lightyear ride at Magic Kingdom, flying at Soarin’, and enjoying Christmas dinners with his family at Il Mulino. Though Poppy had many passions in life, he was most passionate about his family. He devoted much of his life to bringing his family together. He was a role model, mentor, friend, and inspiration to his 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. His legacy lives on in the lives of his grandchildren: Christian Bracciano (Nina), Angelica Rossi (Haim), Dr. Anthony Rossi, Katherine Walters (Jason), Daniel D. Bracciano, Dr. Elizabeth Bracciano (Devan), Alfred M. Bracciano, Nina Bracciano, Matthew Bracciano, David M. Bracciano Jr., & Stephen Bracciano. Poppy was also fortunate enough to meet his great grandbabies: Hayden Bracciano and Nikash Rossi Sharma. A private mass and memorial service will be held to commemorate Al’s impressive and full life. Donations should be made to the Tidewell Hospice in Lakewood Ranch, Florida in memory of Alfred F. Bracciano.

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The father and daughter team of Bill Zarrella and Kristin Zarrella-Wikstrom will coach cross-country at Lakewood Ranch High.

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Lakewood Ranch sophomore swimmer Dimiter Zafirov finished seventh in the boys 400-meter freestyle (4:05.41) at the USA Swimming Futures Championships, held Aug. 3-4 in Greensboro, N.C.

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2019 Lakewood Ranch High graduate Josh Hays, who was a defender on the boys soccer team, was named the Florida Youth Soccer Association’s Young Referee of the Year on Aug. 12. Hays will attend the University of Florida in the fall.

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Marie Diamond (four under par) won the Nine Hole Women’s Golf Association Four Clubs Only event Aug. 8 on Palm Aire Country Club’s Lakes course.

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t was a common occurrence in 2005, a fifth grade girl dashing across the East Manatee Bulldogs’ football practice field at Lakewood Ranch Park. It was obvious the girl loved to run and that she was fast. So fast Bulldogs coach Bill Zarrella would challenge his 8- to 10-year-old boys to race her. The boys figured they would beat her, but only about 15% of them could. Zarrella was happy because it made his athletes want to work harder. On the inside, he also was proud of the girl, his daughter, Kristin, for showing the boys how it was done. Kristin Zarrella-Wikstrom,

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Todd Hallinger and Gary Older (10 under par) won the Men’s Golf Association Best Ball event Aug. 7 at Palm Aire Country Club’s Lakes course.

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Kristin Zarrella, now Zarrella-Wikstrom, holds the 800-meters record of 2:14.06 at Lakewood Ranch High.

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now 24, never stopped running. She ran cross-country and track at Lakewood Ranch High, where she still holds the school record in the 800-meter dash (2:14.06). She ran at Southern Mississippi University and set the mile indoor record there (4:49.98), which was eventually broken. Through it all, no matter where her career went, she said she knew she wanted to end up in coaching, just like her dad. In 2018, when Zarrella-Wikstrom was offered the cross-country coaching position at Lakewood Ranch High, she jumped at it. Fast-forward a year, and Zarrella-Wikstrom has learned a lot. She said paperwork is 90% of the job. It was a tall task for someone in her first year of teaching, and she said she was a bit overwhelmed coaching the boys and the girls. She thought her second year would go better if she had some help with a new coach taking over the boys team. She knew who to ask. “I’m so excited,” Bill Zarrella said of his new position as the boys cross-country coach. He now has the chance to coach alongside his daughter, and it isn’t exactly foreign territory. In addition to coaching youth football, Zarrella served as the cross-country coach at Norwell and Bridgewater-Raynham Regional high schools in Massachusetts for eight years before the family moved to Lakewood Ranch in 1997. He also coached his daughter when she first began taking run-

ning seriously and helped her reach the 2007 AAU Junior Olympics in Knoxville, Tenn. They would turn national meets into family vacations, and those competitions remain some of ZarrellaWikstrom’s favorite memories. In July, Bill Zarrella retired from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office after 22 years. Zarrella said he knew he wanted something to do after retirement, and getting back into coaching seemed like the perfect fit. To do it alongside his daughter is a bonus. “I always tell my kids, just try your best,” Zarrella said. “That’s the main thing. If you do, you’ll advance far.” Zarrella-Wikstrom said her father gave her some wonderful advice when she was young: When the starting gun goes off, go; don’t hesitate. It’s simple, she said, but she reminds her runners of it often. Bill Zarrella has been with the team for summer workouts, and Zarrella-Wikstrom said the boys already think of him as “the best coach ever.” He’s a great role model for them, she said, just like he was for her. Bill Zarrella doesn’t drink, smoke or even curse, she said. He’s all about encouragement and making sure the athletes don’t forget they are students first and foremost. “You need to have empathy,” Zarrella-Wikstrom said. “These kids have so much going on, with clubs and personal things. Mental health is as important as physical health.” Zarrella said he plans to coach alongside his daughter as long as she’s there (and as long as the school will have him), and Zarrella-Wikstrom said she could envision staying at the school for the rest of her career. That would mean a lot of instruction from a school legend along with the man who helped her become one.


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Aurora Melzer is a sophomore cross-country and track and field runner at Lakewood Ranch High. Mustangs cross-country coach Kristin Zarrella-Wikstrom said Melzer had a strong summer of workouts and should be an important contributor this season. When did you start running competitively? At the beginning of last school year. It was my first one at Lakewood Ranch. (Melzer moved from Cleveland, Ohio.) I played soccer previously, too, but I stopped once I started running. It was a lot of time to commit, plus I wanted to channel my effort into one type of sport. What is the appeal to you? I like that it is more individual. All of your work goes toward yourself. I can’t make a teammate go harder in practice, but I can make myself go harder. It is also a stress reliever for me. Sometimes I will go for a run if I need to relax.

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ry to find a happier group of football players than the Lakewood Ranch High wide receivers. I’ll wait. It’s going to take some time. For these players, the 2018 season was a slog. The Mustangs offense put its entire effort into the running game. Wide receivers spent the vast majority of their time blocking in Coach Christopher Culton’s triple option. Although this is a requirement of every position at some point, no wide receiver wants that to be the primary role. Wide receivers are spies infiltrating an opponent’s defense and finding an open spot. They tend not to be brute blockers. It doesn’t fit their skill set. When senior slot receiver Brandon Herten, who is 5-foot8, and junior outside receiver Zane Spiekerman, who is 6-foot-3, learned new coach Rashad West would be bringing a wide-open offense with him to Lakewood Ranch, they were excited yet skeptical. After all, they said, last year’s off-season was filled with promise, too. Spiekerman, who didn’t catch one pass last season, said after the first week of spring practice, everyone started to believe. The receivers saw the potential. “There is a lot more freedom,” Spiekerman said. “We are running more routes on the [route]

tree. There are opportunities to make big plays. It is a lot more fun to play.” Herten said the slot receivers in 2018 would run a vertical or crossing route during passing plays. Outside receivers would run short ins or crosses. It got monotonous, Herten said. This year, the receivers said, there will be considerably more variety in the play calling. It was on display in the 35-30 spring game win against Lecanto High. The team had touchdowns on a wheel route, a curl route and a vert. It kept the defense guessing. Receivers, like everyone else, are still battling for starting spots. This has created internal competition, a good thing on any team but especially on one where the receivers’ spirits are boosted after a frustrating 2018. The fire is back in the Mustangs’ locker room. Spiekerman believes his school’s fans will be back and supporting the team in its home preseason game Aug. 16 against Osceola High. It’s a preseason game, sure, but a catch is a catch. Burning a cornerback is burning a cornerback. A touchdown is a touchdown, and oh, how sweet a real, live touchdown will feel to this group. They can’t wait, not because they want to boast but because they want to feel like an integral part of the team. They want to feel like they have

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ack Rosenblum was addressing nine other centenarians in the dining room at Independent Living at Aviva, and he didn’t waste time with his message. “Just keep breathing,” he said with a laugh. Aviva Rabbi Anne Feibelman smiled at Rosenblum’s message, but she knows there is so much more. She organized the Centennial Celebration as a way to honor the East County community’s 100-year-old residents. “In Jewish tradition, we are taught

to stand before our elders,” she said. “This is a way to let them know our community respects them for their wisdom and their years.” Those honored passed around a microphone to share their thoughts. “I have been here 19 years,” Fran Guberman said. “It was a good decision.” Herb Lenk added, “To be 100 is astonishing.” Joe Newman was the elder statesman of the group, and he just started living at Aviva. “I’m 106, but I look forward to being here for a while,” he said. Feibelman said Newman still drives his red Mercedes convertible. Ruth Bell, 101, laughed and said that might be the case, but “I don’t want to be on the road with him.” Four members of the group agreed to talk about a great day in their life and their tips for young people.

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RUTH BELL Born: Nov. 30, 1917 Age: 101 Profession: Housewife, teacher A great day: “I’ve had so many that I really can’t choose, but I do remember the first time my husband (Morris) and I stepped into Paris. Our children were older, and we went on a trip to Paris, London and Italy. We had never been. I always had been interested in history. That trip was filled with so many experiences; it would take too long to tell you.” Tips for young people: “I would say to be content. Always try to make the best of what you have, and don’t reach for what you don’t have. But if you meet a problem, do what you have to do to get out of it. I would also say that as parents, set a good example. When I was growing up, our parents really didn’t teach us. They were examples. We would learn by watching them.” JACK ROSENBLUM Born: April 9, 1917 Age: 102 Profession: Department store buyer A great day: “It was Jan. 27, 1946. The war had just ended (He was a second lieutenant in the Army), and we were coming into port on the West Coast. I saw a pay phone, and I jumped off the ship and ran to it. I wanted to call my girlfriend and ask her when we were getting married. But I only had Japanese money, so I had to call her collect. When she answered, I

asked her when we were getting married, and she said I was going to have to wait because, she said, ‘You smoke too much, you drink too much, and you are a womanizer.’ The operator was listening, and I heard this gasp. Then the operator said the call was on the phone company because ‘You two need to talk.’ So I asked Ellie how long I would have to wait, and she said, ‘Three weeks.’” Jack and Eleanor still live together at Aviva. Tips for young people: “I would tell them to get an education and do something you like to do. I loved my job.”

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR RICHARD ALBERO Lives: Del Webb at Lakewood Ranch Age: 69 Occupation: Retired; former high school teacher (physics and math) and college professor

So much so, in fact, that on March 2, 2015, Albero set off from Steinbrenner Field in Tampa on a 1,138-mile, 86-day trek to Yankees Stadium in New York City with a mission of raising funds for the Wounded Warrior Project. The nonprofit provides support to veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness or wound while serving in the military on or after Sept. 11, 2001. Albero, then 65 years old and newly retired from teaching, dedicated his walk to his nephew Gary Albero, who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York City. He said he wanted to honor his nephew in a special way. They both loved the New York Yankees and often watched games together, so walking from the spring training stadium to the Yankees’ New York home seemed like an apropos challenge. “I wanted to do something different for my bucket list,” he said. And that he did. Albero used nine pairs of sneakers on his jour-

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ily on the phone and listened to music to help mitigate the boredom of walking mile upon mile. Each day, his support driver would transport him from his stopping point to a hotel and then back to where he left off the previous day. “It was so arduous that if I even thought about quitting for a moment, I would have never made it,” Albero said. “[Keeping focus] takes practice like anything else. It’s a skill set. Having visited Wounded Warriors [headquarters], I would think about some of the disabled veterans that had loss various limbs. I used them as an incentive.” Albero trekked the 1,138 miles and raised $56,000 from about 600 donors along the way. He walked about 16 miles per day and always took one day a week to rest. Before his adventure, he walked about a mile per week and didn’t do much training. “Most people, they have no concept of the difficulty, physically, mentally,” Albero said. “Plus, I was 65. I wasn’t a spring chicken.” While taking to Del Webb’s veteran’s group about the highlight of his trip in October 2017, two friends, and authors, in the room suggested he write a book. “It was to get all my emotions out,” Albero said of writing his story. “Even if only 10 people read the book, and ‘Kindness costs nothing’ becomes their mantra, it will be worth it.”

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DEER HAMMOCK 1924 Deer Park Circle George Kolar 941-586-7489 A4440311 $1,185,000

C O U N T RY C LU B E A S T 16707 Berwick Terrace Marci McFarland 941-961-3390 A4435765 $997,500

C O U N T RY C LU B V I L L AG E 7257 Greystone Street Gloria Bracciano & Stacy Haas 786-348-9488 A4432434 $930,000

EAST BR ADENTON 2701 9th Street E Laurie M Mock 941-232-3665 A4420352 $895,000

PA N T H E R R I D G E 20306 67th Avenue E Leslie Emery 941-400-9710 A4420144 $775,000

PA N T H E R R I D G E 7911 209th Street E Lee Byron & Sue Keal 941-350-5542 A4419666 $749,000

C O U N T RY C LU B E A S T 14213 Bathgate Terrace Laura Navratil & Mary Pat Pihl 941-806-7436 A4441634 $724,995

R I V E R DA L E 3611 4th Avenue NE Stephanie Okuley 941-773-2677 A4426978 $679,000

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home in Riverdale topped all transactions in this week’s real estate. Shihmin Joe Wong, of Irvine, Calif., sold his home at 3715 Hawk Island Drive to James Furseth and Scott Lidberg, of Bradenton, for $1.5 million. Built in 2013, it has four bedrooms, four-and-ahalf baths, a pool and 4,161 square feet of living area. COUNTRY CLUB VILLAGE

William and Anita Pope, of Lakewood Ranch, sold their home at 6910 Dominion Lane to Blakeian Holdings Inc. for $895,000. Built in 2005, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,332 square feet of living area. It sold for $670,000 in 2013. Marvin Guffin, of Lakewood Ranch, sold his home at 8302 Tartan Fields Circle to James and Patricia O’Rourke, of Lakewood Ranch, for $274,000. Built in 2000, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,523 square feet of living area. It sold for $195,300 in 2000. ESPLANADE

Mark and Amie Dennis, of Bradenton, sold their home at 5211 Esplanade Blvd., to Joseph and Ann Alleva, of Bradenton, for $712,500. Built in 2017, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,102 square feet of living area. It sold for $582,600 in 2017. SERENITY CREEK

Kiley Mae Bechler sold her home at 13018 Bliss Loop to Thomas and Lindsay Rushmore, for Bradenton, for $617,000. Built in 2015, it has five bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 5,075 square feet of living area. It sold for $680,800 in 2015. Christopher and Randi Booth, of Bradenton, sold their home at 12928 Bliss Loop to Erica and David Campbell, of Bradenton, for $475,000. Built in 2015, it has four bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 3,289 square feet of living area. It sold for $414,000 in 2016. John and Jaclyn Scott, of Richmond Hill, Ga., sold their home at 13014 Bliss Loop to Dreama and Paul Wren, of Bradenton, for $429,000. Built in 2018, it has four bedrooms, three baths and 3,033 square feet of living area. It sold for $439,800 in 2018. MAGNOLIA WOODS

Jon and Sara Schneider, of Bradenton, sold their home at 1305 60th St. E., to Ulises Ibarra and Sandra Rodriguez, of Parrish, for $548,400. Built in 2002, it has four bedrooms, three-and-ahalf baths and 3,724 square feet of living area. COUNTRY CLUB EAST

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Paul and Sylvia Day, of Lakewood Ranch, for $490,000. Built in 2008, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,195 square feet of living area. It sold for $430,000 in 2014. WATERLEFE GOLF AND RIVER CLUB

Tomas and Yvona Stibral sold their home at 10105 Day Lily Court to Jean and Karl Faulk, of Bradenton, for $489,000. Built in 2003, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,590 square feet of living area. It sold for $340,000 in 2010. SAVANNA

Patrick and Lisa Hall, of North Port, sold their home at 13408 Saw Palm Creek Trail to Tracy Guasto and Michael Muro, of Bradenton, for $484,000. Built in 2017, it has six bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths and 3,890 square feet of living area. It sold for $451,000 in 2017. Meritage Homes of Florida Inc., sold the home at 13607 Saw Palm Creek Trail to John and Gulsen Lumpkin, of Bradenton, for $410,000. Built in 2018, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 3,079 square feet of living area. MILL CREEK

Seng and Hue Tang, of Alpharetta, Ga., sold their home at 1811 145th St. E., to Randy and Linda Kane, of Bradenton, for $478,800. Built in 2005, it has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a pool and 2,754 square feet of living area. RIVER CLUB NORTH

James and Judy Slaggy, of Parrish, sold their home at 6414 Shoal Creek St. Circle to Fernando and Diane Lopez-Diaz, of Bradenton, for $460,000. Built in 1992, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,304 square feet of living area. It sold for $430,000 in 2018.

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This home at 3715 Hawk Island Drive in Riverdale sold for $1.5 million. It has four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a pool and 4,161 square feet of living area.

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David and Kimberele Millsaps, of St. Petersburg, sold their home at 831 148th Court N.E., to Randy and Gloria Louden, of Bradenton, for $425,000. Built in 2010, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,223 square feet of living area. It sold for $308,500 in 2010. MOORINGS AT EDGEWATER

Delfine Martin and Linda Martin, David Deyo and Debra Miller, of Bradenton, sold their Unit 102

condominium at 6519 Moorings Point Circle to Robert and Linda Salisbury, of Sarasota, for $425,000. Built in 2004, it has two bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and 1,983 square feet of living area. It sold for $391,200 in 2004. GREENBROOK VILLAGE

Brent and Alisha Homan sold their home at 6375 Golden SEE REAL ESTATE, 28

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Kimberly Wyar, of New York City, sold her home at 13017 Bridgeport Crossing to Casey Jimenez Ferreira, of Lakewood Ranch, for $450,000. Built in 2014, it has four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and 3,178 square feet of living area. It sold for $473,000 in 2014.

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Cynthia Ritter, trustee, of Keene, N.H., sold the home at 13011 Belknap Place to Elizabeth and Jeffrey Formanski, of Bradenton, for $417,500. Built in 2015, it has four bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,221 square feet of living area. It sold for $405,700 in 2015. RIVER POINT OF MANATEE

Jason Drabant, of Madeira Beach, sold his home at 3618 Fourth Ave. N.E., to Kenan Danaher, of Hebron, Conn., for $440,000. Built in 2000, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,507 square feet of living area. It sold for $216,900 in 2001. Nancy Brockett, trustee, of St. Peters, Mo., sold the home at 3907 Third Ave. E., to Randall and Mary Lee, of Bradenton, for $295,000. Built in 1996, it has four bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,864 square feet of living area. It sold for $146,900 in 1996.

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Eye Glen to Richard and Julie Stolte, of Lakewood Ranch, for $377,500. Built in 2007, it has four bedrooms, three-anda-half baths and 2,572 square feet of living area. It sold for $355,000 in 2015. Catamount Properties 2018 LLC sold the home at 6405 Golden Eye Glen to John and June Granger, of Lakewood Ranch, for $330,000. Built in 2005, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,034 square feet of living area. It sold for $394,400 in 2005. Walter and Christina Schmoll and Alexander Schmoll, of Ontario, Canada, sold their home at 15309 Skip Jack Loop to Martin and Jeanette Gollnitz, of Lakewood Ranch, for $261,000. Built in 2006, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,536 square feet of living area. It sold for $245,000 in 2016. SUMMERFIELD VILLAGE

Christina Conley, trustee, and Carol Conley, of Clearwater, sold the home at 11003 Pine Lilly Place to Sharon Sutton and Terrie Chistman, of Lakewood Ranch, for $376,000. Built in 1996, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,457 square feet of living area. GREYHAWK LANDING

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Philip and Marilyn Frankel, of Manlius, N.Y., sold their home at 13105 Peregrin Circle to Luis

and Heather Rivero, of Sarasota, for $375,000. Built in 2003, it has four bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,433 square feet of living area. It sold for $365,000 in March. MORGAN JOHNSON ESTATES

Deutsche Bank Trust Co. sold the home at 3007 57th St. E., to Anthony and Sarah Damman, of Bradenton, for $374,700. Built in 1992, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,040 square feet of living area. It sold for $310,000 in 2002. INDIGO

David and Jennifer Bruee sold their home at 12707 Crystal Clear Place to Jon and Robin Hennum, of Bradenton, for $371,000. Built in 2016, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,772 square feet of living area. It sold for $354,900 in 2016. PLANTERS MANOR AT GREENFIELD PLANTATION

Michelle LeCroy, of Morton Grove, Ill., sold her home at 534 Planters Manor Way to Dorothy Casteel, of Bradenton, for $370,000. Built in 2001, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,561 square feet of living area. It sold for $381,000 in 2017. HERITAGE HARBOUR

Paul and Michelle Jackson sold their home at 320 Whispering Palms Lane to Mark and Teresa Lee Harris, of Bradenton, for $367,500. Built in 2015, it has four bedrooms, three baths and 2,297 square feet of living area. It sold for $325,000 in 2015.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2019

For those who seek an exceptional life

THE LAKE CLUB 15405 Anchorage Place $4,900,000 Joel Schemmel 941.587.4894

THE CONCESSION

CONCESSION

FOUNDERS CLUB

THE LAKE CLUB 16204 Daysailor Trail $949,000 Jim Soda & Laura Stavola 941.961.5857

SARASOTA 8925 Bernini Place $565,000 Fernando Viteri 941.400.7676

CAPE HAZE 45 Spaniards Road $398,000 Brad Tritschler 941.716.1042

SARASOTA 5351 Hunt Club Way $1,285,000 Vittoria Rutigliano 941.962.5867

7719 Sudbury Glen $850,000 Jim Soda & Laura Stavola 941.961.5857

BOCA ROYALE 41 Saint John Boulevard $549,900 Bob Linthicum 941.228.9206

7035 Vilamoura Place $729,000 Jim Soda & Laura Stavola 941.961.5857

2914 Dick Wilson Drive $689,000 Jerry Zaback 941.350.6885

SERENITY CREEK

ROSEDALE GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB 4687 Royal Dornoch Circle $517,900 Lisa Gullick 941.907.9541

13034 Bliss Loop $488,000 Jim Soda & Laura Stavola 941.961.5857

SARASOTA 4010 Westfield Court $375,000 Holly Switow 941.735.3186

NEW DEVELOPMENTS

Z AHR ADA 6 Residences from $1.499M 6 Retail from $350K Anita Lambert | 941.920.1501 Frank Lambert | 941.920.1500 View video at PSIR3.com

THE FOREST AT HI HAT R ANCH Builder Packages from $1M Brian Wood | 941.928.8408 View video at PSIR4.com

For those who seek an exceptional life

3793 Eagle Hammock Drive $637,500 Kevin Milner 941.907.9541

4541 Murcia Boulevard $599,000 Joel Schemmel & Sharon Chiodi 941.587.4894

LAKEWOOD RANCH 5315 Bentgrass Way $437,500 Katina Shanahan & Kenneth Shanahan

SARASOTA 3951 Wilshire Court $330,000 Mike Warm 941.525.2740

LAKEWOOD RANCH 7324 Riviera Cove $415,000 Jim Soda & Laura Stavola 941.961.5857

ENCLAVE AT FOREST LAKES 3648 Tin Cup Boulevard $329,000 Matt Morris 941.320.3960

DEVELOPMENTS BY VIEWING EACH VIDEO

Residences starting at $409,000 Anita Lambert | 941.920.1501 Frank Lambert | 941.920.1500 View video at PSIR9.com

LAKEWOOD RANCH | 941.907.9541

RENTALS | 941.487.6019

PRESTANCIA

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RISDON ON 5 th

LONGBOAT KEY | 941.383.1526

717A North Manasota Key Road $995,000 Victoria Stultz 941.387.5676

THE HAMMOCKS

LAKEWOOD RANCH 7815 Heritage Classic Court $349,900 Michelle Crabtree 941.724.4663

ENGLEWOOD

7910 Sloane Gardens Court $1,060,000 Laura Pearson & Don Wood 941.993.5167

941.702.0437

CONCESSION 19432 Newlane Place $1,398,500 Liz Arme 941.266.4003

BRADENTON

Dawn Merrill & Bridgett Tackett-Byzewski

LAUREL OAK ESTATES

7918 Staysail Court $1,695,000 Katina Shanahan & Ken Shanahan 941.702.0437

LAKEWOOD RANCH

GROSVENOR GARDENS

941.915.7126

LAKEWOOD RANCH

19459 Beacon Park Place $1,780,000 Jim Soda & Laura Stavola 941.961.5857

13662 Legends Walk Terrace $1,498,000 Art Paterson 941.302.8194

8310 Grosvenor Court $1,149,000

LAKEWOOD RANCH

PORT CHARLOTTE 4410 Warren Avenue #503 $395,000 Peggy Olson 941.223.0686

HI HAT RANCH

LAKEWOOD RANCH 4020 County Road 675 East $1,197,777 Jenn Flanders & Pamela Hagan 941.232.0788

LAKEWOOD RANCH

THE CONCESSION

9453 Swaying Branch Road $1,499,000 Brian Wood 941.928.8408

19428 Ganton Avenue $1,624,000 Jim Soda & Laura Stavola 941.961.5857

8345 Lindrick Lane $1,799,000 Kenneth Shanahan & Katina Shanahan 941.702.0443

3224 Signet Court $1,295,000 Jim Soda & Laura Stavola 941.961.5857

PORT CHARLOTTE 266 Bangsberg Road SE $2,999,999 Melissa Caldwell & Courtney Green 941.266.8829

THE BE ACON

GR ANADA PARK

6 Downtown Condominium Homes from $2.3M

Cor Donovan | 941.232.5672 Lauren Holt | 941.928.7211 View video at PSIR10.com

Gated, West of Trail, Maintenance-Free Residences from $918,500 Peter Laughlin | 941.356.8428 View video at PSIR11.com

SARASOTA - EAST | 941.260.8875 SARASOTA - DOWNTOWN | 941.364.4000 ST. ARMANDS | 941.383.2500 VENICE TO PUNTA GORDA | 941.412.3323

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