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WORDS TO LIVE BY Father’s message sparks Heritage Harbour woman to action. SEE PAGE 8A Pam Eubanks

Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Jim Andersen patrols Greenbrook Adventure Park. The proposed budget will provide more deputies if approved.

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I am Sam Three-year-old Beau Petrilla didn’t get to play Santa Claus during GreyHawk Landing’s annual Fourth of July Parade, but at least he got to wear a beard. After Petrilla was told he couldn’t play Santa, he settled for Uncle Sam. His 1-year-old cousin, Grayson Donath, and Beau (above) won first place for their costumes and their wagon’s decor. Nearly 100 residents attended the parade, which featured decorated bikes, strollers, wagons and scooters traveling down GreyHawk Boulevard.

Urgent call for deputies Manatee’s budget proposes 12 new deputies, but the sheriff says the county needs more.

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Meredith Vollmer, Lakewood Ranch Medical Center’s “Friend of Nursing” 2018 award recipient, said she wouldn’t have won the award without being, most of all, a good friend. “I never dread coming to work. In fact, I look forward to it,” said Vollmer (above). “My fellow staff members have become a second family.” Vollmer, an emergency room technician, was nominated by her co-workers.

High school students explore passions with unique summer jobs. SEE PAGE 14A Amelia Hanks

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Sheriff requests more deputies to increase area patrols. Pam Eubanks

Sgt. Mike Kenyan uses radar to track the speed of vehicles traveling along Lakewood Ranch Boulevard. The radar equipment can monitor speeds both in front and behind his patrol car and even while he is moving.

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gt. Jim Andersen, a 22-year-veteran of the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, wants nothing more than to do his job well. But the growth in East County’s population — with 1,206 new homes sold in Lakewood Ranch in 2017 — is making that a difficult task. Andersen leads the four-deputy Community Oriented Policing North unit that covers District 3 — the unincorporated areas generally east of Interstate 75 and north of the Manatee River. His unit helps investigate crime trends, patrols neighborhoods in vehicles or on bicycles, and talks with residents, often about agricultural or livestock concerns. That unit, however, seldom gets to concentrate on its intended purpose. Those deputies need to assist a department overwhelmed with other duties. “We don’t get to do the community policing as it was intended,” Andersen said. Manatee County Sheriff Rick Wells said patrol deputies responded to 368,000 calls for service in 2017. With the continued growth in East County, the demand is increasing. “We’re falling behind,” Wells said. “The growth is great for the economy, but it’s alarming to me to try to cover a larger area without more deputies. It’s about adequate coverage. East County cannot be ignored.” District 3 covers more than 600 square miles of Manatee County, including the greater Lakewood Ranch area, Parrish and rural

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Myakka City and Duette. In his May budget request to Manatee County commissioners, Wells asked for an additional 24 deputies, four corrections deputies for the jail and five more personnel related to investigations. The positions, he said, are needed to better handle growth primarily in District 3. Four of the deputy positions are proposed as traffic deputies to cover the growth areas of the county, the Parrish and Lakewood Ranch areas. Manatee County Administrator Ed Hunzeker said his proposed 2019 fiscal year budget allocates an additional $1.8 million for 12 deputies, including two who will be funded by and used for the city of Anna Maria Island. Hunzeker said it brings the number of deputies to 1.4 deputies per 1,000 people, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement standard. Wells said he appreciates the

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proposal and hopes commissioners give him funding to staff even more positions. His department uses FBI figures of a minimum 2.2 deputies per 1,000 people. Commissioners will set the maximum millage rate July 31 and adopt the final budget Sept. 11. “We can’t continue with just a few deputies a year,” Wells said, noting he would like to add at least 15 this year. “I’d even go to adding 20 deputies. We need to start concentrating on the safety aspect. You want proactive patrols. Our goal is to prevent crime.” Capt. Bob Mealy, who oversees District 3, said new deputies would be assigned where needed. “The population of our county has increased some 16.4% in the last eight years with that number only growing. East County is where a majority of that growth is taking place. “ Mealy said there are times only one deputy is covering a

The number of deputies the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office has on the road varies by shift and day. In District 3, which covers unincorporated areas east of Interstate 75 (including all of Lakewood Ranch) and north of the Manatee River, there generally are eight patrol deputies responding to calls for service during the day and up to 16 each night. There also is one Community Oriented Policing Unit, which usually deals with agricultural and livestock concerns, comprised of four deputies and one sergeant. The day shift traffic patrol unit is four deputies for the entire county. Generally, one is assigned to the East County area.

MANATEE SERVICE DEMAND Year

Population

Total calls

2012

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307,067

2013

333,687

321,590

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337,546

355,766

2015

341,405

372,319

2016

356,133

360,419

2017

385,571

368,000

5-square-mile radius. Sgt. Mike Kenyan, who runs the daytime traffic patrol unit, said he has a maximum of four deputies patrolling the entire county at any given time. There’s only one assigned to the greater Lakewood Ranch area, making sure the public is adhering to traffic laws. Kenyan said he needs more manpower, as well. “Lakewood Ranch alone could be one (patrol) district,” he said.

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The Players Centre Board Chair Donna DeFant said the sale of the nonprofit’s Sarasota theater at 838 N. Tamiami Trail fell through at noon Tuesday. DeFant said the buyer — characterized only as an East Coast businessman — failed to produce the money or sign the contracts as agreed. The deal was supposed to close Monday at noon, but the poten-

tial buyer asked for another 24 hours, a request that was granted. “All the documents had been signed by us, and we complied with all of their six demands in the final 24 hours, including $3 million more in liability insurance, which we purchased,” DeFant said. “The buyer defaulted. We did everything we could do. We’re done.” Although DeFant said she couldn’t reveal the price of the theater, she said previous reports saying it was “more than the $9.5 million listing price” were accurate. DeFant said The Players had a second buyer in place in case the first deal collapsed. Although the new buyer doesn’t want to be identified until the sale closes, DeFant said he is a local businessman. “We are getting the exact, same price,” she said. “It really is a better deal. The new buyer has agreed to let us stay in the building for two years, although I don’t know if we need to do that.” DeFant said the new buyer wants to proceed quickly and has asked for a 30-day due diligence period, or less. DeFant said The Players had signed the original deal with the East Coast businessman Jan. 16 and agreed to a four-month feasibility period. The Players Centre plans to build a $30 million complex in Lakewood Ranch’s new Waterside Place. The sale of its Sarasota theater will allow work on the new theater to begin in earnest.

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DID YOU KNOW? All of the money that Sarasota County paid to maintain and operate Nathan Benderson Park comes from tourism tax dollars. The park receives no funding from property tax or other local taxes.

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Italy’s gold-medal winning Men’s Pair of Giuseppe Vicino and Matteo Lodo celebrate at the 2017 World Rowing Championships at Nathan Bendeson Park. Whether the park needs to be self-sufficient now is being explored.

SANCA races for revenue Sarasota County applies pressure for operator to lessen park’s dependance on tourism dollars. PAM EUBANKS SENIOR EDITOR

Nathan Benderson Park has hosted world-class events such as the 2017 World Rowing Championships and 2017 USRowing Youth Nationals, as well as food and beer festivals, triathlons, 5K runs and fundraisers.

The park, and its operator Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates, generate revenue from parking, events and sponsorships. But does that revenue cover the park’s expenses? Right now, the answer is no. Heading into the 2019 fiscal year, Sarasota County is being asked to fund about half the park’s operating budget of $2.2 million per year through tourist-tax dollars. But county officials and Stephen Rodriguez, SANCA’s CEO, will spend the next year assessing operations and working to bring in more revenue, following a June

20 county budget discussion. A 2014 business plan for the park projected it would become profitable by fiscal year 2017, but it did not. At the June 20 budget discussion, SANCA officials asked the county to commit to $1.16 million annually from bedtax dollars for the next three years. The county put $843,222 into the park this fiscal year. In 2017, SANCA brought in $640,000 in revenue from events, $360,000 from donations, and $230,000 from venue sponsorships. Those were its top revenue sources. The plan had been for county

funding to decrease in 2019 to $304,500 because it would no longer fund the park’s personnel or event expenses. Rodriguez said it’s important to understand SANCA’s role is twofold — to bring in and manage events for the public and create economic impact as well as to run the county-owned 600-acre park itself. Rodriguez said the definition of “self-sustaining” should be re-evaluated. Rodriguez said “100% of the money from Sarasota is tourism dollars. We do not take any money from the local taxpayers.” “The public is getting a 600acre public park paid for entirely by tourism tax dollars and the revenue we are generating and have donated to us,” he said. Rodriguez said revenue comes from private donations, hosting events and team training fees, programming, canoe and kayak rentals, suite rentals at the Finish Tower, sponsorship of the park or events, vendors and parking on regatta island. SANCA is evaluating all those revenue streams. Rodriguez said the park is shifting to an automated booking system for events to make the process more efficient, and rental fees will be changing as the new system comes online.

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SANCA’s staff members are evaluating rates for team training to see if they can be raised and still be competitive with other national venues. Rodriguez said SANCA also is exploring new opportunities for signage that could generate revenue as well. “We are looking event-wise at creating some more community events for the purpose of fundraising here at the park,” he said. “We expect to launch a schedule for 2019 later in the fall.” He said he didn’t want to talk about other planned revenueproducing projects before he announces them to the public. Overall, commissioners said they see the park as an asset for the county and hope dialogue with SANCA can improve the facility’s operations. “Where are other opportunities to raise money, shrink this down a little bit?” Commissioner Charles Hines asked. “That’s what I want to hear from (SANCA). It sounds silly, but are you selling T-shirts? What are you charging for parking? What are you charging for drinks and water and those types of things?” If the commission chooses not to fund SANCA, the park would revert to county control and be run by its Parks and Recreation Department. Despite the budget increases, county staff members have said it would be more expensive for the county to maintain and operate the park. Sarasota Observer Deputy Managing Editor David Conway contributed to this report.

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they’re offering the same salary to stock shelves. What would you pick?” Colon said the district has not been historically competitive with surrounding counties in paying bus drivers. However, the current numbers do not support Colon’s case. In Pinellas County in the next school year, drivers earn $13.46 an hour, less than the amount paid by the School District of Manatee County. Next year in the Sarasota County School District, beginning bus drivers will earn $14.25 an hour,

slightly more than Manatee. Even so, Colon wonders if extra money raised by the 1-mill increase could be used to boost bus drivers’ pay even more. Sandra Ford, the district’s chief of support services who oversees transportation, said the raise from the millage increase will keep bus drivers in the county and will help recruit new drivers. “You’re always competing with any fair market, that’s not new,” she said. The district did add a clause in the drivers’ contracts for 2018-19

that provides monetary incentives for attendance. Absenteeism was a problem during the previous school year with an average of 26 bus drivers and attendants being absent per day. The district employs 149 bus drivers and 121 bus attendants. Michael Santus is a former bus driver who now works as a dispatcher for the district. He said the low salary forced him to seek another position, and he said it remains an issue when it comes to hiring new drivers.

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To her friends, Rachel Consiglio’s eight-day trip to Jamaica in June must have sounded like a relaxing beach vacation. But Consiglio, a Greenbrook resident who will be a senior at Cardinal Mooney in the fall, wasn’t in Jamaica to work on her tan. For the second consecutive summer, Consiglio spent her time with Pivotal Directions, a service workforce. She worked as a teacher’s assistant working with students ages 3-6, and also helped tear down a house that later would be rebuilt for a local resident. Among those making the trip June 4-11 was Consiglio’s friend, Country Club’s Emma Eliason, who also will be a senior at Cardinal Mooney. “We love the kids, and we love helping the people there,” Consiglio said. “It helps me appreciate what I have more.” For consecutive years, Consiglio and Eliason went to Riverton City, St. Andrew, Jamaica. Helping in the effort to provide homes has been a highlight for Eliason. She said the trip humbled her because she considers the many gifts she has in her own life as

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Observer “If we are to build a better world, we must remember that the guiding principle is this — a policy of freedom for the individual is the only truly progressive policy.” Friedrich Hayek

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Hayleigh, Ashton, Shylah and Troy II Hess say they are proud of their mother, Julie, center, for earning her GED.

HIS WISH, HER CALLING Local woman follows her late dad’s message to the letter. PAM EUBANKS SENIOR EDITOR

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eritage Harbour’s Julie Hess might be taking the educational road less traveled, but 18 years after dropping out of high school — and now in the process of raising four children — she’s on her way to becoming a nurse. Hess, now 36, was 17 years old and a junior at Bayshore High School when her father, Mark Hollar, died in a car crash in Bradenton a day before his 42nd birthday. In the trunk of his insurance company car, his coworkers found two letters — one titled “Be Somebody,” and another intended for his funeral. It was titled, “Party Speech.” He likely had written them just before flying on a business trip to Chicago the month before. “He was terrified of flying,” Hess said. She has copies of the letters framed beneath her father’s picture in the family living room, where they’ve hung for years. But it was in September 2017 while dusting, she paused to read them again. She said it felt like the first time. “I loved you each and all, but death is a time to pull out your inner thoughts. Be strong! I expect each child to go to get a second education after high school — college or technical school/ be some-

body! Love your future families, be of strong character, be moral, obey the laws of the land and of God! Live life to its fullest. Have fun, be happy, be positive and the world will be yours.” “I could literally hear him,” Hess said. “I lost his voice for so long, but I could hear it for the first time in years. I was sobbing.” Three days later, she enrolled in Manatee Technical College’s general equivalency diploma preparation program, and after 45 days, she completed the program and passed the test. On June 26,18 years after dropping out of high school, she received her GED (MTC has only one GED graduation ceremony each year). She still keeps in touch with her teacher, Marcia WillinghamWines, who said Hess was a model student. “She was there every day and she was always on time,” Willingham-Wines said. “She possessed a confidence that’s not normal. She was a natural leader.” Now, Hess will continue her educational pursuits. “I have a three-year plan,” Hess said. “I’ve always wanted to be a nurse. My goal is to be a (neonatal intensive care unit) nurse at All Children’s Hospital.” She attended orientation July 5-6 for a program this summer to become a certified nursing assistant and learned July 9 she will be one of 15 students in MTC’s medical assisting program starting in August. After that, she will pursue other classes to ultimately become a registered nurse. Hess said she has loved staying

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Julie Hess says her late father, Mark Hollar, was always positive. She now is following his wish that she attend a college or technical school.

BACK TO SCHOOL JULIE HESS Age: 36 Lives: Heritage Harbour Husband: Troy Children: Haleigh, 20; Ashton, 10; Troy II, 7; and Shylah, 6 Why she wants to be a nurse: Hess visited a family friend — a nurse — at work when she was 7 years old. “I was taken by everything she did,” Hess said. “Everyone was talking to her. Everybody looked up to her. Her uniform was cool.”

home with her four children — Haleigh, 15; Ashton, 10; Troy II, 7; and Shylah, 6 — and feels she has been their personal nurses over the years, particularly to Shylah, who has cerebral palsy. However, now that they are all in school, “you can only clean your house so many times,” she said with a laugh. She knows her dad would be proud. “I took the long road,” Hess said. “At the end of the day, I did it, so he would be proud of me.”

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t only took me a few moments to realize Mill Creek 16-yearold Natalie Mount is one sharp girl. Our conversation focused on her four-year pen-pal relationship she has maintained with Israel’s Lia Silber. I quizzed Mount about why she put in the effort to keep the friendship going, especially at a time when any teenage girl has more responsibilities than she might want to handle. Mount didn’t pause long before coming up with this gem. “I can tell her more than my friends here,” said Mount, who soon will enter her junior year at Lakewood Ranch High School. “And if she tells my secrets, it doesn’t matter.” Not bad. Not bad at all. Perhaps we should all have one of those, a friend who is separated from our peers. It’s kind of like the old “Home Improvement” television show where the voice of reason was separated from Tim Allen’s character by a fence. Only in this case, the fence is an ocean. Longtime readers of the East County Observer might remember reading a 2014 story about Mount and Silber, who met when Silber attended a playwriting contest in Sarasota in May of that year. Both were sixth-graders at the time. Sarasota and Silber’s home city of Tel Mond, Israel, are sister cities that decided to sponsor the playwriting contest. Silber showed up at Sarasota’s Temple Emanu-El not knowing anyone. A special dinner was held for Silber, and the organizers worried she would be bored around a bunch of adults, so they asked Mount if she would show up at the event. “I thought, ‘Sure, OK, she

probably doesn’t know English,” Mount said. Nonetheless, she showed up and spent the night chatting with her new friend — in English. They soon parted ways, promising to write letters and keep in contact. You know how that goes. Living in a Facebook and tweet age, it certainly is easier to keep in contact with those far away. In reality, though, how many of those social media blasts take any real thought? Give it a try. Next time you are sending a social media message, write six paragraphs. Mount and Silber decided they were going to build a friendship, and they were going to do so by writing more than 10 words at a time. Off they went. “I wasn’t sure if it would last,” said Mount’s mom, Marni Mount. “I know Natalie is determined, and when she finds a friend, near or far, she becomes a true, loyal friend.” So what do they write about? “If we don’t know what to talk about, we talk about school,” Mount said. Or boys, or family, or what they want to be in the future. Mount, a 4.3 GPA student, wants to attend the University of Florida and eventually go into the medical field. Silber is headed toward her two-year commitment to the armed forces in Israel. Beyond that, she isn’t sure. Being so far apart can leave some gaps. While Mount is a competitive swimmer and plays the violin, she has no idea if Silber plays an instrument or has any interest in sports. Mount said it doesn’t matter. “It’s always nice to have someone separate from the rest of (her

peers),” she said. “I have friends who have come and gone. Lia has stuck.” Marni Mount knows another reason the pen-pal relationship has taken hold. “Natalie always has been interested in Israel,” she said. “And her personality works well with the girls who live there. Natalie is not a dramatic girl, so she can relate to them.” Although a world away, Natalie Mount now relates to what’s happening in Israel. And when she earned one of 12 spots awarded by the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee for the “Teen Mission to Israel” June 17-July 3, she wanted to visit her friend. She found two hours for them to be together on a beach in Tel Mond. “She definitely looked different,” Mount said of Silber, who she hadn’t seen since the Mount family took a trip to Israel two years ago. “And I think I grew. When I saw her it was ‘Gosh, when did that happen?’” Both have grown over the four years, and part of their positive development can be attributed to putting the effort into a penpal relationship and a friendship. Marni Mount said she can see all the positive effects being a pen pal has had on her daughter. Silber agreed in a text message she sent from Israel. “If you don’t have a pen pal yet, make one. It’s worth it!”

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THIEF STRUCK AT RIGHT TIME 7000 block of 43rd Court East, Sarasota Burglary to unoccupied dwelling: A man called the Sheriff’s Office to report his Rolex watch had been stolen out of his garage. The man told deputies he left his Rolex sitting on a work bench in plain view with the garage door open. An unknown person entered the garage and took the watch. Nothing else in the garage was disturbed, and there was no forced entry.

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PICTURE NOT SO ACCURATE 1300 block of Glossy Ibis Place, Bradenton Information only: A woman came to the Sheriff’s Office to report she had been scammed by a landlord who had posted a photo of the property she was about to rent online depicting a clean, nice environment. The woman paid $1,925 to hold the home and a full year’s rent of $23,228. The woman contacted the man offering the rental, who informed her the property was in move-in condition. When the woman arrived, the home was trashed and was covered in mold and dead bugs. Masking tape help up the curtain rods and the pool water was green. Her calls to the man offering the rental were not returned. She finally received an email saying her money would be returned, however, she still has not received her money.

of a neighborhood home when he noticed his dog recoil in pain. He took Buddy home and noticed blood on the floor. In checking his dog, the man found blood in the dog’s shoulder area and he eventually squeezed a pellet from the dog’s skin. The man took Buddy to a veterinarian, where he was treated. The man never heard a shot or saw anyone in the area with a pellet gun. A deputy checked the area where the dog was shot. He checked with neighbors to see if anyone had seen or heard anything. A security camera was mounted on one of the neighbor’s homes and deputies want to review the tape.

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CRIME WAS PURE GARBAGE 13000 Mulholland Road, Bradenton Petit theft: A woman called the Sheriff’s Office to report an unknown person had stolen her garbage can. However, the woman was able to collect a video and photo of the incident as it took place. The Sheriff’s Office is reviewing the tape, which shows a person stop in front of the victim’s home, jump out the passenger side of a pickup truck, grab the garbage can and put it into the back of his truck. Deputies checked the plate on the truck and are pursuing a suspect. A case number was issued to the victim. HELLO, FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD: Margo, Molly and Joe Murphy brought their East County Observer to Hong Kong.

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is pleased to welcome Robert Toale, Debbie Toale and their sons, Jason and Jeff, to our family of firms in Sarasota and Manatee County. As proud members of North America’s largest network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers, the Toale family will continue their commitment to serving families with personal, compassionate care. THE DIGNITY MEMORIAL NETWORK

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When it came to finding a summer job, Lakewood Ranch’s Mairead Studdiford thought she might do something that would allow her to pursue her passions. Over the years, Studdiford would visit Boca Grande on family vacations where she loved taking photos of manatees. That interest paid off when she became a freshman at The Outof-Door Academy and learned of a research project where she could earn a summer internship at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium in Sarasota. Why not submit a project about manatees? Mote Marine was impressed, and Studdiford earned her first internship between her sophomore and junior years. Now she is working her second summer as a Mote intern before she begins her senior year. While retail and restaurant industry jobs have been go-to jobs for students on summer break, Studdiford landed something more interesting to her, albeit a volunteer position. “My friends think it’s cool and they support it, but it’s definitely different than what they’re doing for jobs,” Studdiford said.

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Although Studdiford said her internship might eventually be important in her acceptance to a top-flight university, that wasn’t the main reason she pursued the job. Instead, she is doing work she feels is important. With school out for summer, other students also are pursing jobs that would be considered out of the ordinary. For some, they are testing fields that could become a career. That’s the case for Studdiford, who has continued to do manatee research and also will participate in other research, such as an upcoming three-day trip to the Florida keys for a coral restoration project. “I have so much to learn about marine science,” she said. “I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of marine science because there is so much to learn.” Brett McDowall, a senior at Booker High School in Sarasota,

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interns and works part time during the summer at East County’s Big Cat Habitat. He works in the morning as an intern from 8 a.m. to noon feeding the monkeys and cleaning up the petting zoo. From noon to 4 p.m., he grooms and exercises ponies that are used to give children rides. “My dream one day is to be a tiger trainer,” McDowall said. “I’m too young, but I figure that

if I keep doing this, I’ll get to do it one day. I wanted to work here the first time I came and I actually emailed them when I was like 8 years old because I wanted to work with the monkeys. Now I know that you have to work your way up to that.” McDowall’s fellow students don’t understand his wanting to do a hard and sometimes smelly job.

“None of my friends really get why I do this,” he said. “They’re all theater kids, so they’re really into that. But what I want to do is inspire kids so that they want to do this someday.” At the Foundation for Dreams’ Dream Oaks Camp, students have the opportunity to spend their summer doing something they consider a rewarding endeavor. The camp hires counselors-in-

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training from the ages of 15 to 17. Lakewood Ranch High student Phoebe Bond, who will be a junior in the fall, said she heard about the job from her friend and fellow counselor Olivia Dice, another Lakewood Ranch High student. “Helping people with disabilities is something that sounded like what I wanted to do for the summer,” Bond said. Bond said she is interested in being an educator as a career, so working with children for a summer should prove valuable.

Aiden Mendel, who will be a junior in the fall at Lakewood Ranch High School, said he wanted to work at the camp because of a personal experience. “When I was younger I had to go to physical therapy a lot and I got close with all of the kids who went there and had special needs,” Mendel said. “When I heard about this opportunity, I knew I wanted to check it out. This might be a pathway to do occupational therapy when I grow up.” While Mendel is exploring his passions, McDowall already is convinced his summer job will prepare him for the future. “I love animals, it’s all I think about,” McDowall said. “Sometimes I just sit there and talk with the tigers. People might think I’m crazy, but I love it.”

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Lakewood Ranch High junior Colin Apgar committed to Florida State University on July 2. Tracy Graham and Jacki Booker (-11) won the Ladies Buddy event (best ball) July 7 at Palm Aire Country Club’s Lakes Course.

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Lakewood Ranch resident Connor Krug, 16, reached the finals of the Boys 16 division of the United States Tennis Association National L2 tournament July 3 in Chattanooga, Tenn., defeating Gainesville’s Ben Shelton 6-4, 6-2. He lost to Seattle’s Thomas Paulsell 7-6, 6-2 in the finals.

“Taking the field on Fridays, there’s no better feeling, but you have to make it through the week.”

akewood Ranch High’s football players weren’t hustling to their weight room stations fast enough July 5 for coach Chris Culton’s liking. “Let’s put some speed into it, let’s go!” Culton said. His players picked up the pace. This came toward the end of Lakewood Ranch’s voluntary workout, which put players through a circuit of workouts including dips, box jumps, bicep curls, pull ups and bent-over rows. The circuits, which change daily, are a part of the Mustangs’ new approach to weight room workouts, concocted by Culton and strength coach Graham Anderson. Junior Angelo LaFrese said the team’s abdominal-focused circuits can be “harsh,” but said he has felt a difference in his fitness and core strength since starting summer workouts. Anderson, whose previous stops include the University of South Florida, the University of Hartford and internships with the New York Yankees and Jacksonville Jaguars, said the weight room is a much different place now than it was 20 years ago, especially for football players. At Lakewood Ranch, the days of simply lifting as much as you can are over. “It’s the idea of building a total athlete, not just a football player,” Anderson said. “It’s doing what is best for the student versus trying to get (big) numbers.” Culton said he never asked what the Lakewood Ranch lift records are, because he doesn’t care — but in case you do, 2005 graduate Cody Hughes holds them all, including a 550-pound squat, a 460-pound bench press and a 380-pound clean and jerk. The Mustangs’ training plan, which Culton calls a fusion of football-specific workouts and crossfit ideas, is an attempt to

create “fourth-quarter strength” versus “first-quarter strength.” Culton said his father, Bain Culton, played at Georgia Tech University under coach Bobby Dodd in the 1960s. The Yellow Jackets’ summer workout consisted of being handed a jump rope, with Dodd telling players not to return it until it frayed in two from overuse. In terms of its equipment, Lakewood Ranch seems to be working with an old jump rope. The Mustangs’ room hasn’t been renovated since the school opened in 1998. The equipment is showing rust. Braden River High is in a similar situation. Its weight room also has not been updated since the school opened in 2005. That may not seem like a big deal, but in other sports-crazy parts of the country, weight rooms aren’t just rooms, they are facilities. Las Vegas’ Bishop Gorman High unveiled a 41,000-squarefoot training facility in 2012 that included an 11,500-square-foot weight room and cost approximately $20 million. Kimberly High School in Kimberly, Wis., opened a $5.5 million, 6,500-square-foot weight room in 2017 — to complement its original 4,000-squarefoot weight room. Culton would love upgrades, but he said he doesn’t need the best room in the country, or in Manatee County, to run the program. “It’s not an arms race,” he said. Pirates strength coach Richard Lansky isn’t worried about it, either. Lansky, who came to Braden River from Manatee High this offseason, learned to lift at his local YMCA on a universal weight machine. He’s an old-school guy, he said, and the facilities at his disposal are adequate. Lansky values the bench press, power clean and squat, and knows who on the current team has the biggest numbers in each. Lansky said Taylor Pawelkowski, who will be a senior linebacker in the fall, has the heaviest bench press at 365 pounds, and multiple members of the team have power cleaned 300 pounds and squatted 500 pounds. Those numbers, and the numbers of Hughes at Lakewood Ranch, may seem eyepopping to those many years past

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their high school days, but Lansky said they aren’t even the biggest change in the world of weightlifting over the past 20 years. That belongs to the number of players maximizing their potential. In his day, Lansky said, around six players on a team could bench press 250 pounds. Today, the number is between 40 and 50. “Kids get started earlier now,” Lansky said. “There’s also better coaching. It used to be that an assistant would act as the strength coach. It’s more professional now. People are certified to teach it, and they know the science behind it. I’m jealous, honestly. I wish I had access to the stuff and training kids today have.” Whether your training is heavy on the old school, like Braden River, or new school, like Lakewood Ranch, every school has a training program to compete. Lansky and Anderson both said the weight room is just as important to on-field success as learning the playbook and practicing drills. If practicing grip strength helps a center hold onto his block a second longer, or if sheer power allows a defensive end to bowl over a tackle, that’s a win.

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“I want to see the sparkly ones,” she said. “The ones that glitter.” Rain dampened the activities, but musical performances by Greg Billings Band and Albert Castiglia lifted spirits after the delay. The fireworks began at 9:50 p.m. and lasted 17 minutes, shooting off 1,100 shells.

t might have come a bit late, but the Fireworks on the Lake did blast off July 3 at Nathan Benderson Park. Lakewood Ranch 3-year-old Virginia Lanham was happy her parents, Virginia and Craig Lanham, were among those who waited through some heavy rain earlier in the evening. She knew what kind of fireworks she wanted to see.

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Neal Communities adds executive Neal Communities has added MaryAnn Koops to its Lakewood Ranch-based team as an area sales manager. Koops has more than 30 years of experience in all aspects of new home construction. In her role, she will manage and work to achieve optimum sales goals. She had worked in the industry as a sales trainer and area sales manager. Koops has a real estate and broker license in Florida.

Halfacre welcomes new employees Lakewood Ranch’s Halfacre Construction has added Chelsea Gruber as a marketing and business development manager and Priscilla Harsham as a project engineer.

East County’s Andres Diaz earned a master’s of science degree from Tulane ... Lakewood Ranch’s Quinn Pratt graduated from the University of San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in physics and mechanical engineering ... East County’s Alexander Lunkes, Nathan Robinson and Tamara Wertheim all earned bachelor’s degrees in engineering at Florida Gulf Coast ... East County’s Christina Bowley, Renee Rogers, Cameron Edwards and Grace Talerico all received a bachelor’s degree in arts and sciences at Florida Gulf Coast ... East County’s Sierra Schappacher (health and human services), Ian Amistoso (health and human services), Sierra Schuetz (business), Vanessa Gil (business), J McQueen (business), Lakewood Ranch’s Connor Baldwin (business) and Myakka City’s Julie Smith (health and human services) all earned bachelor’s degrees at Florida Gulf Coast ... East County’s Madison Martin earned a bachelor’s degree in music in voice at Samford University ... East County’s Savannah Brija graduated magna cum laude from Ithaca College with a bachelor’s in clinical health studies. She also made the Dean’s List ... East County’s Freeman Ulrich Talla Wouoto earned a bachelor’s from Kennesaw State in electrical engineering.

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L A K E WO O D R A N C H 15903 Clearlake Avenue Deborah Angelo O'Mara 941-730-0777 A4207214 $1,250,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 12531 Highfield Circle Tina Ciaccio 941-685-8420 A4175144 $1,195,000

PA L M E T T O 809 Riviera Dunes Way Debbie Vogler 941-705-3328 A4208509 $1,150,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 13659 Legends Walk Terrace Laura Navratil 941-806-7436 A4203283 $779,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 8347 Catamaran Circle Barbara Najmy 941-705-1158 A4177280 $760,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 7527 Mizner Reserve Court Laura Navratil 941-806-7436 A4197683 $749,900

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 7535 Abbey Glen Alex Ley 941-504-6377 A4405247 $729,000

PA R R I S H 15714 29th Street E Chris Baylis 941-735-4713 A4405290 $675,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 6222 Glen Abbey Lane Karen Chandler 941-544-4919 A4210470 $639,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 6930 Riversedge Street Circle Bryan Dwyer 941-809-9106 A4407057 $634,900

BR ADENTON 8139 37th Avenue Circle W Cheryl Roberts 941-266-1450 A4404272 $625,000

BR ADENTON 7411 20th Avenue NW Debbie Vogler 941-705-3328 A4212644 $600,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 6705 The Masters Avenue Nicole Ryskamp 941-807-1766 A4406931 $550,000

U N I V E R S I T Y PA R K 7033 Lennox Place Joanna Sternberg 941-928-7345 A4401111 $549,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 22627 Morning Glory Circle Chris Baylis 941-735-4713 A4400420 $525,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 6350 Watercrest Way 301 Michael Bruno 941-320-3229 A4404678 $459,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 9722 53rd Drive E Sue Cosgrove-Lee 941-400-9068 A4402451 $429,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 5335 Bentgrass Way Beth Pheney 941-345-5636 A4207954 $399,900

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 12013 Thornhill Court Laura Tracy-Clekis 941-915-4167 A4212465 $389,999

BR ADENTON 3605 116th Street W Paula Keegan-Bock 941-224-5909 A4406215 $365,000

PA R R I S H 8812 30th Street E Kathy Valente 941-685-6767 A4214602 $349,900

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 6622 Oakbrooke Circle Carol Aviles 941-356-6777 A4401560 $349,000

BR ADENTON 337 Bow Lane Jaymie Carter 941-920-4573 A4208005 $335,000

BR ADENTON 3510 22nd Avenue W Mark Boehmig 941-807-6936 A4406784 $299,000

BR ADENTON 5717 7th Avenue Drive W Dana Preston 941-705-5510 A4402289 $289,000

PA L M E T T O 611 Riviera Dunes Way 104 Stephen Strong 941-201-9662 A4402352 $279,000

PA R R I S H 5212 98th Avenue E James Hope 941-704-4623 A4403110 $230,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 7031 Portmarnock Place Tina Ciaccio 941-685-8420 A4212869 $4,500,000

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Benjamin and Vi Davis, of Lakewood Ranch, sold their home at 14809 Secret Harbor Place to David and Marilyn Warlteir, of Muskego, Wis., for $790,000. Built in 2014, it has four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a pool and 3,366 square feet of living area. Jonathan Laurens, of Glenview, Ill., sold his home at 15024 Castle Park Terrace to Joseph and Michell Jordano, of Lakewood Ranch, for $665,000. Built in 2014, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,689 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $599,300 in 2014. Nigel and Phyllis Judd sold their home at 14628 Newtonmore Lane to Kim Herrera, of Lakewood Ranch, for $423,000. Built in 2011, it has two bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,980 square feet of living area. TIDEWATER PRESERVE

Benjamin Moricz, of Sarasota, sold the home at 5216 Lake Overlook Ave., to Ronald and Barbara Nevinger, of Bradenton, for $698,600. Built in 2013, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,791 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $597,300 in 2013. Allan Mestel and Robyne Richardson, of Bradenton, sold their home at 924 Riverscape St., to Phil and Kerry Munie, of Bradenton, for $435,000. Built in 2013, it has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a pool and 2,840 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $426,000 in 2014. ESPLANADE

William and Linda Helfer sold their home at 5245 Napoli Run to Mary Lynn Belin, of Bradenton, for $620,000. Built in 2016, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,331 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $598,000 in 2016. Leonard and Dawn Frischer sold their home at 5251 Castello Lane to Frederick and Anne Snyder, of Bradenton, for $550,000. Built in 2012, it has three bedrooms, two

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baths and 2,257 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $390,800 in 2012. PRESERVE AT PANTHER RIDGE

Paul and Janice Zukowski, of Gray, Tenn., sold their home at 21705 Deer Pointe Crossing to Daniel and Carole Alexander, of Bradenton, for $615,000. Built in 2004, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,020 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $575,000 in 2016. WATERLEFE GOLF AND RIVER CLUB

Jason and Saundra Taylor, of Cumming, Ga., sold their home at 9903 Portside Terrace to John Shrum and Trudy McDonald Shrum, of Bradenton, for $579,000. Built in 2003, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,089 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $440,000 in 2013. COUNTRY CLUB VILLAGE

William Mariotti, of Sarasota, sold the home at 6919 Brier Creek Court to Gino Taliento, of Bradenton, for $575,000. Built in 2006, it has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a pool and 3,083 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $700,000 in 2009. Ellen Toe, of Lakewood Ranch, sold the home at 7418 Edenmore St., to Gary and Mollie McCutcheon, of Oviedo, for $412,500. Built in 2008, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,207 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $390,000 in 2013. BRIDGEWATER

David and Khristina Kaiser, of Chicago, sold their home at 13119 Bridgeport Crossing to Andrew and Ruth Castor, of Lakewood Ranch, for $465,000. Built in 2014, it has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a pool and 2,405 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $480,000 in 2014.

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Daniel and Ryan Carter, of Lakewood Ranch, sold their home at 11821 Windign Woods Way to Katarzyna and Joshua Greisiger, of Lakewood Ranch, for $320,000. Built in 1999, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,700 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $220,000 in 2012. Malele and Jennifer Nzeza sold their home at 11504 Water Willow Ave., to Jay Michaels and Michael Trimboli Jr., of Bradenton, for $279,000. Built in 1997, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,690 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $354,900 in 2005.

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Robert and Andrea Blanken, trustees, of Bradenton, sold the home at 9916 Royal Lytham Ave. to Robert Lickel and Mary Jane Williams, for Madison, Wis., for $375,000. Built in 2002, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,960 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $291,000 in 2010.

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Robert Harris, of Sarasota, sold his home at 6910 Treymore Court to Michele Johnson, of North Wales, Pa., for $425,000. Built in 1999, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,372 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $396,000 in 2002.

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Barrie Lee Johnson sold her home at 10216 Lock Lomond Drive to Leonard Wisotsky and Barbara Thomas, of Bradenton, for $415,000. Built in 2017, it has two bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,827 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $333,100 in 2017.

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 15903 Clearlake Avenue A4207214 $1,250,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 7126 Callander Cove A4405428 $569,000

BR ADENTON 13105 Peregrin Circle A4405578 $449,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 14539 Whitemoss Terrace A4214609 $375,000

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Juliana Parente and William Kosar, of Bradenton, sold their home at 6506 Sundew Court to Lea Cooper, of Bradenton, for $376,000. Built in 1999, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,396 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $274,000 in 2012.

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SUMMER FUN CLUB Runs from 10 a.m. to noon at The Mall at University Town Center, 140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota. The Summer Fun Club is hosting a theme of “Pirate Adventures.” This week’s event will be held in Grand Court instead of Dillard’s Court to make room for their blow-up obstacle course

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GEOCACHING FOR TEENS Runs from 2-4 p.m. at Braden River Branch Library, 4915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. This free event hosted by the Braden River Library teaches children from ages 13 to 18 how to geocache. Pre-registration is required. For information, call 727-6079.

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KNITTING CLINIC Begins at 1 p.m. at Braden River Library, 4915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. The library hosts a free knitting group that provides free supplies for beginners. For information, call 727-6079.

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FUN & FIT CLUB Begins at 9:30 a.m. at The Mall at University Town Center at the Dillard’s Court, lower level (near the children’s play area), 140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota. Fabletics is hosting a free fitness class at the mall. All that participants need to bring is a towel, water bottle and workout or yoga mat. For information, visit mallatutc.com.

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MEET THE CANDIDATES Runs from 5-7 p.m. at Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, 7051 Wireless Court, Sarasota. This special event is a meet-and-greet with candidates running in the 2018 state and local primary elections. For information, visit sarasotachamber.com.

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ACROSS

(shocked) 29 It helps settle disputes 1 Anatomical bags or 31 In ___ (toned) pouches 32 Tubular covering 5 Public mover 33 Abhorrence 8 “How ya’ doin’?” 11 Harp from the backseat 34 ___ de mer (seasickness) 14 Names 36 Knockout count 18 Orchestra woodwind 37 Cake maker’s money19 Octopus’s release maker 20 Travel term 22 Beastly thing of stories 38 U-turn from against 23 Seriously detailed one 41 Prayer wheel user 44 Normandy event 26 Happy and apprecia46 Work the runway tive 50 Like some seats and 27 Discerning tennis shorts 28 In ___ of amazement

52 Get-up-and-go 54 Be a rival 55 Be a siren 56 “I’m sorry, but ...” in texts 58 Earth, in sci-fi 60 Stuffed dollar bills? 61 Earthly representation 62 Deli offering 64 Hayes and Newton 66 Class for numbers people 70 Set the retail price 72 Pretentious 73 Hindu mentor 77 Arm or leg

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

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