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park place The Sarasota Observer got an exclusive tour a week before the scheduled opening of the Palm Avenue parking garage, which will soon feature a modern, sail-like appearance on the outside and roomy parking levels inside.

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+ Phillippi Shores lifts spirits with gifts ’Tis the season for giving, and that’s just what Phillippi Shores Elementary school is doing. Along with the help of parents, staff and community members, school guidance counselor Aimee Barnes and I.B. coordinator Cynthia McGrail rounded up a roomful of gifts to make the holidays extra special for 79 needy children.

Photos by Rachel S. O’Hara

Team leaders Mike Beaumier, vice president of Suffolk Construction, and Jonathan Parks, senior principal of Jonathan Parks Architect, on sixth level of the Palm Avenue parking garage. With views of the water to the west and north, the top floor may be the most attractive place to park.

Garage sets sail

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+ Selby guests pine for decorations Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ Great Room by the Bay was transformed into a holiday wonderland for the Marie Selby Gardens Associates’ Wine, Dine and Pine event Nov. 30. Guests enjoyed wine and hors d’oeuvres while they bid on a selection of 30 trees, wreaths and centerpieces.

By Robin Roy | City Editor

Just one step into the soon-to-open Palm Avenue parking garage, it’s apparent this is not a typical parking garage. The light flows throughout each of the six parking levels. Support columns are set back against the wall, instead of in front of the parking spaces, which gives the garage a feeling of vastness.

The $12.5 million garage could open as early as Dec. 22. With 735 spaces, the city hopes it will draw drivers off the street to free up more parking for tourists and shoppers directly in front of Sarasota’s stores and restaurants. Several design features are intended to attract people to the parking garage. Sarasota architectural firm Jonathan Parks Architect developed a modern-art

exterior that appears to be sails. That will cover the second to sixth parking levels on the front and a portion of the sides of the building. The sails are made from perforated aluminum. Each sail consists of up to 30 4-foot-by-8-foot sheets to create the



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The metal trusses that will secure the exterior’s sails are currently being attached to the garage.

Architect Jonathan Parks calls the main entry with staircase and elevator “the lobby.” The curving shapes and winding staircase base was designed to be consistent with the curvy sails that will be placed on the building’s exterior.

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GARAGE / FROM PAGE 1A sails that are between 50 and 70 feet tall. The sails are attached to the building with large metal brackets, which are being installed this week. The exterior should be completed within the next two weeks. Jonathan Parks, who created the sail design, also wanted some of the interior to continue the same theme. The area called the lobby, which is the entrance to the main stairs and elevator, is made up of large curves and semi-circular shapes. Even the staircase has its own unique design, resembling Robin Roy a grand staircase and curving around as it rises. Trees were placed into the sidewalk in front of the “It’s almost like a cruise ship,” said Parks. Retail space makes up most of the ground eight separate store entryways. The storefronts have floor. Eight separate storefronts have been in- varying layouts of door and window frames to create less of a uniform appearance. stalled, but placing walls to divide the spaces will be up to the buyer. The city is trying to sell the 11,000 square feet city code minimums, many residents asked that of retail. Parks said he’s aware of nine different the Palm Avenue garage offer more room for drivers. potential buyers. Gallagher was able to deliver. Sidewalks as wide as 17 feet made of concrete Spaces in the Palm Avenue garage are a miniand brick lead up to the storefronts, which have differing door and window patterns and sizes, mum of 9 feet wide. And the support columns are against the walls, so drivers much like the Citrus Square development on North Orange AvBY THE NUMBERS aren’t at risk of clipping them as they back out of their spots. enue. Citrus Square was also a A few minor touch-ups are Jonathan Parks Architect project. 6 — parking levels scheduled to take place in the The entrance to the garage 4 — electric-car charging next two weeks, including instalwas intended to prevent backups stations lation of the staircase handrails, — parking is prohibited on the 56 — photovoltaic energy painting, parking space striping, ramp. panels landscape planting and driveway The interior’s designer, Chris 735 — parking spaces paving. Gallagher, referenced the prob11,000 — square feet of Mike Beaumier, vice president lem in the garage next to Hollyretail space of Suffolk Construction, the gawood 20. Parking is allowed on rage’s builder, said he’s pleased the ramps, and Gallagher said it 253,00 — total square feet with the project. ties up traffic when drivers pull “We promised a lot, and our out of their spaces. While the design of the garage was being dis- team delivered,” he said. “The end product is excussed last year, many residents were drawing actly what the city asked for.” The parking garage is just the latest in a series comparisons to the Whole Foods garage — mostof downtown improvements, including the Five ly asking that it not have an identical layout. Difficult to navigate because of the concrete Points roundabout, Selby Five Points Park makecolumns at the entrance to parking spots and over and the sprucing up of the Main Street Palm narrow spaces, which at 8 1/2 feet wide just meet Avenue intersection.

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Board demands greenspace guarantee An advisory board cautioned City Hall not to demand more plant beds for downtown without assurance those greenspaces will be maintained. By Robin Roy | City Editor

As it seeks support for its new greenspace policy, the city is talking with its advisory boards, but what it’s receiving is qualified support. The city wants a major shift in its greenspace policy. The master plan currently states the city should “reduce the use of shrubs and bushes to a bare minimum.” That language was crafted with the help of urban planner Andres Duhany, who believed too many trees and plantings did not make for a walkable city. The new policy is a 180-degree turn and says that greenspace is preferred to hardscape, such as brick pavers. City planners visited both the Planning Board and the Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board last week to ask their blessing to put the new policy in the city’s master plan. A split Planning Board voted 3-2 to endorse that plan, with the two members dissenting because no details were provided on paying for the policy’s implementation and

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Rebound could balance city fund By Robin Roy | City Editor

A one-time dire forecast for a tax fund used to redevelop downtown and Newtown has turned around, thanks to a rosier economic prediction from the state. Two years ago, the city was forecasting tax-increment financing, or TIF funds, to be $4.4 million in the hole this fiscal year and as much as $19 million in the red by the time the TIF ended in 2016. The city predicts the fund will break even, as it is supposed to, when it expires. The TIF is created by freezing the tax rate in a designated area. When property valuations or tax rates rise, the increase in tax revenue is put into a fund to pay for redevelopment projects in the city. Because TIF money comes from property taxes, just like the city’s revenue, the funds took a big hit in recent years with the dramatic decline in property values. But now the state is predicting a recovery in housing prices. This year, the city is expecting to collect $7.6 million in property taxes. After another decline next year to $6.6 million, the city forecasts a slow rise in revenues each year to 2016, when it believes property taxes could bring $9.4 million to the city. Also helping this year’s TIF budget was the elimination of a $4 million contribution to the parking facility the city shares with the county at the justice center on Ringling Boulevard. Using that garage became unnecessary for the city, once the

Once predicted to be millions in the hole, Sarasota’s tax-increment financing could break even if a state economic forecast becomes reality. TIF PROJECTION Revenue Debt service Pineapple Square public parking Newtown redevelopment Downtown redevelopment Strategic parking facilities Downtown transportation Enhanced maintenance Planning initiatives Administrative charges Interfund transfers Total expenditures Revnue over expenditures Beginning balance Ending balance

2010-2011 $7,655,666 $2,910,719 $1,039,108 $441,616 $441,616 $220,000 $87,978 $15,000 $90,000 $7,648 $2,531,746 $7,785,431 ($129,765) $1,636,545 $1,506,780

parking garage in the new police station opened in late spring. A parking garage on State Street, which the city is obligated to build within the next four years, will be funded through TIF funds. About $6.5 million was to be set aside for a Pineapple Square parking garage on State Street, but last week the city

2011-2012 $6,625,343 $2,748,612 $1,001,950 $288,778 $288,777 $220,000 $90,617 $15,000 $90,000 $7,954 $2,531,746 $7,283,434 ($658,091) $1,506,780 $848,689

2012-2013 $7,255,901 $3,395,146 $964,792 $393,149 $393,149 $220,000 $93,336 $15,000 $90,000 $8,272 $2,531,746 $8,104,590 ($848,689) $848,689 0

2013-2014 $8,008,564 $3,538,420 $927,633 $290,513 $290,513 $220,000 $96,136 $15,000 $90,000 $8,603 $2,531,746 $8,008,564 0 0 0

approved a new development agreement with Pineapple Square. That agreement gives control of the State Street parking lot back to the city and requires the city to build a garage with at least 300 spaces within four years. The price would be determined during the bidding process, but the Palm Avenue

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garage is being built for about $17,000 per space. At that rate and size, the total cost of a State Street garage would be about $5 million. But the city had a study done to show that a four-level garage on State Street could contain 690 spaces. That could cost $11.7 million.


The Christmas Spirit By Loren Mayo | Community Editor

As two parents in Georgia contemplated a way to break the news to their 9-year-old son that they couldn’t afford Christmas presents this year, a Sarasota resident was already making calls to obtain the boy’s Christmas wish list. Dan Dannheisser, a personal injury attorney in Sarasota, had been reading an Associated Press article about the government terminating unemployment benefits around the country, even though nearly 2 billion people had lost their jobs. “In the article, it talked about a family in Georgia — a hardworking guy named Wayne Pittman — who had been on unemployment from his job as a carpenter for some time because of the economy,” Dannheisser said. “It sort of diverted me from the analytical thing. I thought, ‘I can’t fix the problems in Washington, but I can fix the fact that this little boy gets Christmas presents.’” After contacting four AP writers, Dannheisser obtained the Pittmans’ phone number. He explained that he wanted to fulfill the Christmas list of their son, Joshua, but only on one condition — that they would tell Joshua that either Santa had delivered the presents or his mom and dad had bought them. As Dannheisser and his wife, Debbie, began purchasing and collecting gifts for Joshua, the presents piled up. There were LEGO Star Wars and “Star Wars” movies, Jenga and other

how to donate In the spirit of the holiday season, many local businesses and organizations are serving as drop off locations for the Marine Toys for Tots as well as places for angel trees that contain wish lists of local children. Toys for Tots drop off locations: • City of Sarasota City Hall, 1565 First St. • Insignia Bank, 5850 Fruitville Road • K-Mart, 501 N. Beneva Road • Publix locations • Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, 2071 Ringling Blvd., Suite 1 • Senior Friendship Center, 1888 Brother Geenan Way • Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce, 5118 Ocean Blvd. • Toys “R” Us, 8201 S. Tamiami Trail • Wachovia Bank, 1819 Main St. and 5701 Bee Ridge Donate online at

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Debbie and Dan Dannheisser fulfilled the Christmas wish list of a boy whom they had never met. games, a football, trading cards and a LeBron James jersey. Dannheisser will also be sending a photo of his own family to the Pittmans. “I talked to both Wayne and his wife, and they were both a little choked up and touched,” Dannheisser said. “I think it’s one thing when you’re dealing with obstacles, but another when it gets on your kids. I think this took some weight off their

shoulders, because the financial problems wouldn’t reach out and touch their child.” It isn’t uncommon for Dannheisser to involve himself in random acts of kindness. Just this past Thanksgiving, the YMCA board member donated 20 turkeys for the YMCA Youth Shelter kids to take to homeless families. “It was just the right thing to do,” Dannheisser said.

Angel tree locations include: • Applebee’s, 5550 Fruitville Road • IHOP, 4000 S. Tamiami Trail • John Carl Spa & Salon, 1345 Second St. • Landmark Banks; four Sarasota locations • Publix, 3428 Clark Road • RBC Bank, 5440 Clark Road For more information, call 364-8845, Ext. 221.


The sarasota Observer THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010


INBRIEF + Commissioner Robinson to officially take office The newest Sarasota County commissioner will be sworn into office during a ceremony at 9 a.m. Dec. 17, at the Sarasota County Administration Center, 1660 Ringing Blvd. Gov. Charlie Crist appointed Christine Robinson last month to replace District 3 Commissioner Shannon Staub, who retired Dec. 15 after 14 years in office. Robinson will serve out the two remaining years on Staub’s term. The new commissioner would then be able to run for that seat again if she wishes, but says it’s too soon now to make that decision.

+ Farmers Market moves to Thursday for one week For one week only, the Downtown Sarasota Farmers Market will be held on a weekday.

Because Christmas falls on a Saturday this year, the Farmers Market will be held from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 23. Just like on a Saturday, Lemon Avenue will be closed from First Street to Pineapple Avenue, so all parked cars will need to be removed from that section of the street. A small part of State Street will also be closed on either side of Lemon Avenue. Lemon Avenue will re-open at 2:30 p.m.

+ Sarasota real-estate sales climb 10% in November With 534 transactions, Sarasota realestate sales climbed 10% in November. The previous month saw 487 home and condo sales. Last month’s sales, however, were 7% lower than November 2009. The median sales price for a home last month was $160,100, which was $12,600

higher than October’s median price. At $159,000, the median sales price of condos in November was less than $2,000 higher than the previous month. The Sarasota Association of Realtors believes a slight upward trend in sales and prices over the past five months indicates a sign of recovery. “There certainly appears to be a solid foundation for consistent, stable sales and prices as we enter the new year,” said 2010 SAR President Erick Shumway.

+ Gold Coast Eagle kicks off Tow to Go for the holidays Gold Coast Eagle Distributing will begin its 12th year of its Tow to Go program. Now through New Year’s Day, anyone of drinking age can take advantage of the program, which provides a free tow service and ride home for people.

Tow to Go is aimed at keeping drunk drivers off Sarasota and Manatee county streets. Anyone seeking a free ride and tow can call 800-AAA-HELP (800-222-4357).

+ Parking-ticket office prepares to move

Those who need to pay their parking tickets will need to take note of the parking office’s new location. Beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 20, the office will be located in the Sarasota Police Department headquarters, 2099 Adams Lane. To prepare for the move, the current office in City Hall will be closed Friday, Dec. 17.

+ Clarification Westfield Southgate Shopping Mall paid for the two elephants to be transported to Sarasota for the Holiday Parade.

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Boats deck their hulls for parade By Rachel S. O’Hara Staff Photographer

The 24th annual Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of Lights lit up the waters Saturday, Dec. 11, from City Island all the way to Sarasota Bayfront Park. Though the official boat parade began at 6 p.m., people were enjoying some holiday festivities long before the start time. New this year was a small dinghy parade that took place at Bayfront Park and entertained the crowd while they waited for the larger boats to arrive. One dinghy even included an inflatable Santa in a sleigh with a shark fin eerily following behind.

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The plunder of business subsidies

Gov.-elect Rick Scott knew when he entered the state’s political arena and certainly knows now that turning around Florida’s economy is likely to be the toughest challenge he will have faced in his professional life. The objective is simple on paper: Create an environment that gives entrepreneurs and existing businesses — here and elsewhere — incentives that are more persuasive and convincing to invest in Florida than elsewhere. Scott has teams of economists and Florida business people examining this. And we could fill several pages of this newspaper with steps that must be taken to make that happen. One of the steps we would not recommend is the one every economic development specialist and scores of county and city commissioners and state legislators pull out of their briefcase: giving companies tax breaks and subsidies tied to moving here and creating jobs. That is and for the past 25 years has been the standard operating procedure in the field of economic development. Everybody does it. But it’s wrong. Lately, Sarasota County has become much more aggressive in this arena than it has been in the past. To be sure, the county’s 12% unemployment rate has a way of getting politicians’ attention — that maybe they should think more about creating an environment for attracting commerce than focusing on how to make their empty public buses more “green.” To this end, Sarasota County recently

joined the subsidy/incentive practice by earmarking $10 million of taxpayer money to companies expanding or moving here to create jobs. Some of the beneficiaries: • PGT Industries, the Venice window and door manufacturer. It is expected to receive about $600,000 in subsidies and $16 million in tax abatements on equipment when it moves most of its North Carolina operations here. • Sanborn Studios, a new TV production venture of Sarasota’s Ken Sanborn, is expected to receive about $650,000. • Tervis Tumbler, one of this region’s big success stories, is expected to receive about $450,000. • Texas-based Swimwear Boutique will receive $50,000 for moving its administrative and online operations here. These are among nearly 20 companies benefiting from the Sarasota County Commission and state of Florida’s generosity. All in the name of economic development and creating jobs. But there is no justification for any of these subsidies. One of the best illustrations of this unjust largesse came to light earlier this month when Ryan Jasper, chief executive officer of Sarasotabased Swim World Inc., told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune: “Our tax dollars are moving in our competitor.” Swim World, by the way, has built its business to 11 stores and 65 employees — without one dime of tax subsidies. All of the economic development professionals will tell you if Sarasota County is to be competitive for business

expansion and relocations, it will have to play in the incentive game because everyone else does. No it doesn’t. One of the reasons states and counties feel compelled to give tax breaks is because their tax laws and regulations are barriers to begin with. If lawmakers would look at the obstacles that shoo companies to begin with, they wouldn’t have to plunder everyone else. Think about it: How would you feel if you were Ryan Jasper at Swim World — writing a check to the government, which in turn takes your money and hands it to your competitor? That’s not economic development; it’s plunder.

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In this space last week we noted to our surprise that Sarasota City Commissioner Terry Turner, a Ph.D. economist, was among the majority of commissioners who did not favor placing a referendum question on the March city ballot to rescind last year’s vote raising the city’s minimum wage to $10.70 an hour. Commissioner Turner says it’s not that he favors the $10.70 an hour minimum wage. He doesn’t, not at all. He says he would prefer that question go on the ballot at the same time several other pending charter questions go on the ballot. It was a timing issue; not the merits of the minimum wage. Mayor Kelly Kirschner wants voters to know he and Vice Mayor Dick Clapp favored putting the question on the ballot.


Legacy of the spending blob The Legacy Trail in central Sarasota County is becoming a costly government entertainment venture, for which there is never a good time.

Why should local politicians and bureaucrats decide which entertainments are to get the largesse of the public purse and which will have to pay taxes — in essence, subsidizing entertainment dollar competitors? Who — stepping back from his favorite I’m sure the Legacy Trail and its ever business? Why do local governments own subsidized entertainment — can say this is mounting cost is nice for those people who theaters and give taxpayer money to the a fair idea for government originated on the live near it — and who like to bike and have symphony, orchestra, opera, ballet and ugly concept of protecting freedoms? Oh we’ve bikes. But that is not a large percentage of lumps of twisted metal alleged to be art? come a long way, baby. But to where? the people in Sarasota Why does local government own a baseball Well, to an incredibly expensive bike trail County, and not a great stadium? Why does local government own at the moment. reason for public policy. boat ramps and swimming pools and tennis We’re going to subsidize, that’s obvious. The trail starts south courts? But who is keeping track of this tab? This of Clark Road and goes And why is local government in the bike is important because the expense of this south to Venice, not trail business? dubious public policy just keeps growing particularly convenient How many taxpayers never go to the and growing and growing. for the population center Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, to a To wit: in the north. I don’t spring training baseball game, to the opera, • $12 million for the purchase of the see myself ever using symphony or ballet, but have to subsidize railroad land. all those? How many don’t go because they it in that I live in the • $14.6 million for the initial design and can’t really afford to — but are forced by northeastern part of ROD construction of the bike trail. the power of law to subsidize those who can THOMSON the county. It would be • $3 million for the new trestles over afford to go? about a half-hour drive Dona Bay and Roberts Bay. And how many of those who cannot to get to the northern • $3.1 million for the fancy new biking part of it. (Hey, were road impact fees levied afford a $30, $50 or $70 ticket will go to and pedestrian bridge over U.S. 41 in an $8 venue to watch a movie — something on this development? Ha!) Osprey. that is not only not subsidized, but it is I doubt any of my neighbors or others in • $2.9 million for the land to build a taxed? that region of Sarasota County will ever use trailhead (Florida DOT tax money). it. In fact, I suspect the vast majority Total: $35.6 million. And growing. of all Sarasota County residents will In the midst of a deep and difficult never use it. recession, while local governments But we all get the warm, tingly bemoan their shrinking tax honor of paying for it. Because, golly, revenues, it just keeps shoveling at least we are helping some people money at the Legacy Trail. Where have fun biking on it. There is surely will it end? a greater good here somewhere. It won’t. I’ve been spitting into the wind Not until taxpayers pay enough on this issue for years. It seems few attention, stand up and shout others are concerned about the cost, “Halt!” the timing, even the philosophy Unless, of course, most of you of using taxpayer funds for such like paying for other people’s a geographic- and demographicentertainment. specific entertainment enterprise. Rod Thomson is executive editor Even other conservatives just sort of The latest cost add-on to the ever-growing costs of the Legacy of the Gulf Coast Business Review chuckle. Trail: a $3.1 million bike and pedestrian overpass over U.S. 41. and can be reached at rthomson@ But I will ask again: Why is Money is apparently no object with the ballooning Legacy Trail. government in the entertainment

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Marina Jack’s annual financial obligations exceed the average In response to Rod Thomson’s “My View” editorial of Dec. 2, although he is entitled to his opinion, the matter of Marina Jack’s ad valorem tax status will be decided judicially based on facts — many of which were misconstrued in Mr. Thomson’s column. Rather than continuing to foster public misconception about Marina Jack and its partnership with the city, we think a better service could be provided by outlining the facts accurately. The most glaring factual discrepancy is the comparison of Marina Jack’s restaurant to any other restaurant in the city of Sarasota. Because the very underpinnings of the restaurant and marina are cityowned assets, Jack Graham Inc. (parent company for Marina Jack) is held to a much a higher standard than any of the restaurant-only facilities Mr. Thomson mentions. According to public records, the landlord’s expectation for Marina Jack is to provide “a public service to the inhabitants of the city of Sarasota in their pursuit of recreation … ” and, further, that the facility would “serve the economic welfare of all the inhabitants of the city by virtue of being an attraction to visitors and tourists” as well as residents. 

To that end, JGI has privately financed more than $10.5 million in dock facilities and improved amenities since 1995. These are capital improvements that increase the value of the city’s asset.  They also enhance the city’s revenue stream from the operations; they have resulted in increased performance rent payments on top of the base fees included in the lease.   When the performance rent, facility investments, other costs and fees Marina Jack incurs per city and state conditions are considered along with the base rent, not only do Marina Jack’s annual financial obligations exceed the national average for agreements of this kind and type (according to the city’s own consultant, Mr. Jeffrey Walker; whose report is of public record), but they far exceed typical overhead paid by local restaurateurs.  Taxpayers and Observer readers would be better served to learn more detail of the public benefits derived through the investment of more than $10.5 million in facility upgrades of city-owned property that have been privately financed without ever requiring any subsidy from the city.  That is one of the clearest distinctions between Marina Jack and other restaurants mentioned by Mr. Thomson. Not to


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$188,000 in total contributions from every source, while Fitzgerald received $336,000. Despite the nearly two-to-one advantage in contributions, Fitzgerald lost. Ferrandino’s lame attempt to lay off her party’s defeat to the Republicans buying the election illustrates her party’s arrogance. To Ferrandino, the voters are a bunch of dimwits who would have voted for her candidates if not for the rich, evil Republican Party’s money. That the voters simply disliked Fitzgerald’s liberal leanings simply couldn’t be

possible. The Democratic Party’s elitist ideas of governing the peasants in the electorate discounts the idea that the peasants can think for themselves, and if her party didn’t win, it’s not because the electorate was somehow duped into voting against the Democrats. In fact, the Democrats’ losses reflect the disconnect between the issues important to the electorate and the Democrats’ perception of those issues. John J. Killen Jr. Sarasota


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Dear Editor: If the Democratic Party wants to know why it loses elections, it needs to look no further than its Sarasota County chairwoman. According to Ms. Ferrandino, Keith Fitzgerald lost to Ray Pilon because poor ole Keith “is a college professor and doesn’t have the resources to fight $200,000 (pumped into Pilon’s campaign by the Republican Party) at the last minute.” In fact, Pilon received only

mention how the community shares in Marina Jack’s business success through the $3.5 million payroll generated annually by more than 150 employees, whose wages circulate back into the local economy. The implication that Marina Jack is not doing its utmost to be a fair and responsible partner to the public interest is preposterous. No other restaurant operator is expected to meet the threshold that Marina Jack has met or exceeded since JGI assumed responsibility for one of our area’s most beautiful and prized possessions in 1968.   I’d also like to point out that Marina Jack has been paying all other customary business-related taxes and has been operating according to the 1988 court decision that established our property-tax exempt status.  Sarasota Property Appraiser Bill Furst instigated the current legal challenge through an overzealous and erroneous interpretation that a new agreement was enacted in 2006.  Marina Jack is merely exercising our legal right to defend our position.  We are not interested in a prolonged legal conflict and will honor the court’s decision. Bob Soran is the CEO of Jack Graham Inc.


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Temple Sinai hosted an afternoon of food and fun at its third annual Jewish Food Fest Sunday, Dec. 12. Homemade Jewish foods, including chicken soup with matzoh balls, stuffed cabbage, blintzes, kugel and knishes, were all on the menu. The food fest also featured a health fair, flea market and book sale, as well as an inflatable bounce house that kept children entertained all af- Scott and Judy Barde, Harriet Gersman and Elyse Diamond serve cheese blintzes and fruit kugel. ternoon.

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History buffs throw sublime celebration By Loren Mayo | Community Editor

The Historical Society of Sarasota County, Daughters of the American Revolution Sara DeSoto Chapter and the Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation celebrated fellowship and food during an old-fashioned holiday gettogether Dec. 14, at the DAR building. It was the first tri-organizational event for the groups. Above: Kate Mitchell and her son, Jackson Right: Temple Sinai Co-President Laurie Lachowitzer and past President Richard Greenspan

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The Sarasota Orchestra Association held its 1920s-style, murder-mystery dinner drama, “In Gold Blood,” Monday, Dec. 13, at the Sarasota Yacht Club. The drama, chaired by Caroline Ryan, featured nine association members in period costumes who worked the room and dropped subtle clues to guests while they sipped cocktails. The play was dedicated to the late Ted Morton, who had arranged to hold the event at the yacht club. Proceeds will benefit the Youth Orchestra Program.

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+ Gleaming lights brighten the night

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+ Little White Houses cover Christmas tree

Rachel S. O’Hara

Miniature replicas of the White House adorned a Christmas tree at the DAR Sara DeSoto Chapter House in historic Pioneer Park. The adorable tree was one of the highlights of the holiday party Tuesday, Dec. 14, for members of the Historic Society of Sarasota County, Historic Preservation Society and Daughters of the American Revolution. Rebecca Morgan, DAR chapter regent, adorned the tree with her entire collection of White House ornaments, creating a spectacular spectacle.

Photo courtesy of Mary Lou Johnson/Mary Lou Johnson Photography

+ Young authors showcase stories Bay Haven School of Basics-Plus third-graders authored holiday books and read them to parents and teachers at the school’s fourth annual Authors Tea Thursday, Dec. 9. Through writing drafts, editing and revising, each student experienced the writing process and wrote a nine-chapter winter holiday book that included illustrations.

+ SMOA throne room gets a colorful makeover Although the Sarasota Museum of Art is still fishing for $11 million to begin renovations on the former Sarasota High School building, there has been one minor update — the bathroom. Using fluorescent colors of pink, green, blue and orange and donated items, including everything from clown shoes and boas to a fishing rod and baby cradle, Peppi Elona (artful bathroom creator) turned the dismal restroom into its own museum of art.

+ Prima ballerinas dazzle with daring dance

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Little darlings from the West Coast Civic Ballet held a holiday performance Saturday, Dec. 11, at the State of the Arts Gallery’s new space, which connects to the existing gallery. The tiniest ballerinas fluttered around the room in sheer pink tutus trimmed with lace, while girls a few years older danced the afternoon away in satiny gowns.

While The Sarasota Observer photographers were stationed at Marina Jack during the Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of Lights Saturday, Dec. 11, Longboat Key resident Mary Lou Johnson snagged a prime spot on Golden Gate Point and snapped this photo looking back at the Ringling Bridge. The annual boat parade brings out thousands of spectators who line the shores of the Sarasota Bay every year.

Maria Amodio

Candy-coated castles and quaint cottages were all on display for the Community Youth Development Gingerbread Festival kickoff Dec. 2, at Sarasota Square Mall. The gingerbread village was made up of more than 100 houses, made by middle-school and high-school youth groups and classes and local business and organizations. At the center of the village stood a giant gingerbread house made by the chefs at Cosimo’s Brick Oven. The kickoff event featured an “Iron Chef”-style decorating competition between chefs from Mattison’s and Pastries by Design, in which Lyndsy McDonald and Crista Cotton took the cake with their house styled after Sarasota Square Mall.

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Each week, The Sarasota Observer will feature a different donor who is involved with Season of Sharing, a 10-year, community-wide fundraising partnership created by the Community Foundation. Donations to the Season of Sharing fund may be made by check or credit card, payable to the Community Foundation of Sarasota, or online at For information, call 955-3000.

ALEX UPHAM Alex Nugent Maria Amodio

When Upham first heard about Season of Sharing almost 10 years ago, it was the organization’s emphasis on community involvement that drew her to become involved. “It was really a call for community participation and caring; it is a collaborative effort that reaches out to all,” says Upham. “If people believe in themselves and have hope we can all be self-sufficient … sometimes we just need others to help us believe.” — Maria Amodio

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Senior Alex Nugent just finished his last football season as quarterback at Cardinal Mooney High School this fall. As the team captain and quarterback, Nugent worked his way to the top over the last four years and was recommended by his coach, Josh Smithers, to be recognized as Athlete of the Week in The Sarasota Observer.

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Alexis Upham remembers what it was like growing up with little money. Her parents were Canadian immigrants who worked long hours as a nurse and a teletype repairman. Upham’s family didn’t have much, but looking back on her childhood she says she never felt poor. “We always shopped at secondhand stores, but that didn’t matter,” she says. “My parents managed their money in such a way and loved us so much that we always felt our lives were abundant.” Upham, who now resides in Sarasota where she is the senior director of development at the University of South Florida, has never forgotten the values she learned as a child. As a young girl, Upham would give a large portion of her 50-cent allowance each week to the Episcopal church she attended. Today, she donates to Season of Sharing, and even though she has more than a few cents to give, she still believes that every little bit counts. “Whether it’s an act of kindness or caring for or loving our neighbors, we all have the power to help each other,” Upham says. “That’s what I hope to do through Season of Sharing.”




BayViewAcreshome sells for $405,000

Victimless crime 12:40 p.m. — 200 block of Shopping Lane. General Suspicion. A supermarket worker saw a man running in the rear of the business holding a purse. The man realized he had been seen, so he ducked behind a truck. He peeked around the truck and again began running. He was no longer carrying the purse. Police couldn’t find the man, and a purse-snatching victim has yet to come forward.

A home in Bay View Acres tops all realestate transactions this week. Fifth Third Mortgage Co. sold the home at 1767 Baywood Drive to Aaron and Tiffany Carroll, of Sarasota, for $405,000. Built in 1956, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,021 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $915,000 in 2005.


Sarasota welcoming committee 11 p.m. — 5200 block of Ocean Boulevard. Petit Theft. A tourist was at a restaurant and bar. She left her wallet on her table, while she walked away for a minute. When she returned, the wallet was gone. A member of the wait staff found the wallet in a trashcan. The $100 inside and her driver’s license were stolen.

Rachel S. O’Hara

Phillippi Landings

U.S. Bank NA, trustee, sold the Unit 201 condominium at 1921 Monte Carlo Drive to Eugene and Shelly Gelpke, of Sarasota, for $315,000. Built in 2006, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,024 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $765,300 in 2006.

SIESTA KEY Siesta Beach

HSBC Bank USA NA sold the home at 632 Treasure Boat Way to Richard and Paula Baxter, of Sarasota, for $355,000. Built in 1968, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,466 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $415,000 in 2003.

Peppertree Bay

Michael Preston, trustee, sold the Unit 501 condominium at 1200 E. Peppertree Lane to Gabor Williger, trustee, for $315,000. Built in 1973, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,200 square

This home at 1767 Baywood Drive has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,021 square feet of living area. It sold for $405,000. feet of living area. It previously sold for $51,500 in 1973.

Dec. 7

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Carter and Anita Lewis sold their Unit 203 condominium at 5911 Midnight Pass Road to Bruce Allan, of McLean, Va., for $305,000. Built in 1984, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,447 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $212,000 in 1999.

11:15 a.m. — 7300 block of South Tamiami Trail. Suspicious Incident. A political party volunteer reported a man walked into the party headquarters and rambled about “bad guys,” the Bible and Benjamin Netanyahu bringing guns to The White House. The man called himself Christ and called President Obama the anti-Christ. During the conversation, the employee determined that the real reason for the man’s visit was to inquire about running for office.


Stoneybrook at Palmer Ranch

Etta Anderson sold her home at 4091 Westbourne Circle to Sandra Murphy, of Sarasota, for $260,000. Built in 1996, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,165 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $230,000 in 2001.

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Eureka! He struck gold 5:30 p.m. — 8200 block of South Tamiami Trail. Grand Theft and Resisting a Merchant. A department-store security guard saw a young man shove four boxes of gold earrings in his pockets. The guard followed the man to the exit and nabbed him as he left the store. The thief struggled and tried to get away, but the guard threw him to the ground and handcuffed him. Police arrived, and the young man admitted to stealing $399 worth of jewelry.

Dec. 8

License lie 2:35 a.m. — 1000 block of Siesta Drive. Driving While License Is Revoked. An officer responded to a report of a reckless driver. He began to follow a pickup truck that was weaving all over the road. After the officer pulled the truck over, he asked the driver to see his license. The driver said he didn’t have one. The officer asked if he ever had a license, and the driver said, “No.” Upon checking the driver’s license plate number, the officer discovered the man did used to have a driver’s license, but it had been revoked in February. This was the fourth time he has been caught driving since then.

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eowner had her family staying with her. They don’t speak English well, and that’s why when the homeowner was at work and someone rang the doorbell, they didn’t answer the door. The two men ringing the bell were burglars, and they figured nobody was home. The two men crept through the pool area. One of the family members saw them approaching the back door and she screamed. The burglars were startled and ran.

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Holiday Worship Guide

St. Andrew United Church of Christ 6908 Beneva Road, Sarasota 34238

Candlelight Christmas Eve service 7:00 p.m.



Come early at 6:40 for the singing of Christmas carols

Living Lord Lutheran ChurCh

Trinity United Methodist Church

The Rev. Charles Mann, Rector • 355-3262

Christmas Eve



Christmas Worship Opportunities 5:00 PM - Family Candlelight Communion

5:00 pm Family Worship Service 7:30 pm Traditional Worship Service 11:00 pm The Eve of Christmas Service

(Reception Following)

11:00 PM - Candlelight Communion

Christmas Day

Christmas Begins with Christ

10:00 AM - Worship - Devotion & Carols

Christmas Eve Candlelight Services 7:00 and 10:30 pm Music and Carols 6:40 and 10:10pm


Christmas Day 10:00am

Nursery provided at the 5:00 & 7:30 services

Sunday, December 26th

Pine Shores Presbyterian Church

10:00 AM - Worship Carols…Celebration…Cookies

4150 South Shade Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34231 941-924-7756 u


Join us as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

St. Mary Magdalene St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Episcopal

11:00 pm Traditional Midnight Mass with Incense


• 10:00 am Holy Eucharist - Rite II 10:00 am Holy Eucharist-Rite II

Northminster Presbyterian 3131 61st St. • Sarasota, Fl. 34243

8:00 am Traditional Service

“Join us for joyful, family friendly worship, 10:00 am Family Service Nursery and faithful service to with Christ our Lord”

Dr. Paul Eckel, Interim Pastor

at the corner of LWR Blvd, between 70 and 64

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service


7 pm

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9 am and 11 am

11315 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood From I-75 , take SR 70 East (exit 217) to Lakewood Ranch Ranch Blvd. (2.5 miles)

Lessons, Carols, and a Live Nativity ending with communion and candlelight. A family-friendly service 6:00-7:00 Peace Presbyterian Church


From I-75, take SR 70 East (exit 217) to Lakewood “Join us for joyful, family friendly worship, and Ranch Blvd. (2.5 miles). Turn South and then take faithful service to Christ our Lord” the very next right onto Palmbrush Trail.

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10:00 am Worship service

11120 St Rd 70 E, Bradenton, FL 34202 • (941) 753-9365 Pastor Jeffrey R Gross • Your family is invited to join our family to lift our voices as we celebrate our Savior’s birth! ADVENT HOLDEN VESPERS: 7PM Wednesday Evenings during December BLUE CHRISTMAS SERVICE: 7PM Dec. 22 - Getting Thru TROUBLED times during Christmas CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES: CANDLELIGHT – COMMUNION – CAROLS 4:00 PM Traditional Service • 7:00 PM Family Service 11:00 PM Traditional Service with Choir

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Thursday, December 16, 2010 Items Under $200 For Sale

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Events CHRISTMAS TREES. Lot will open Friday, Nov. 26 at 9a.m. and will remain open until Dec. 18. Fresh Christmas trees of all sizes, garland, wreaths, crafts. Open MondayFriday, 1-8p.m. Saturdays, 9a.m.-9p.m. Vamo United Methodist Church, 8521 Vamo Rd., Sarasota. 941-966-3306.

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Help Wanted SALES POSITION- Local Manatee County A/C company is looking for a top sales person with 3+ years of experience in the sales and service of the Air Conditioning & Heating Industry. Warm friendly office, drug free workplace and medical benefits are just a few of the perks offered in this job. Please call 941-722-9276 for more info.

Commercial Property For Rent EXECUTIVE SUITES: South Tamiami Trail, Gulf Gate area. Full service conference room. One month free rent. Wireless internet and utilities included. From $250/mo. Call 941-923-6050.

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Pamela Sumner grew up spending her summers in Provincetown, Mass., surrounded by the studios of the most revered abstract expressionists, including Robert Motherwell and Franz Kline.

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Pamela Sumner grinds her own ink, lives in a funky Rosemary District studio and paints with rat whiskers. The Asian-inspired artist meditates on her Zen habits. Pamela Sumner’s studio is a hidden jewel, the kind of live/work space for which most artists yearn. Once upon a time, it was located off the beaten path, above a storage

company on Sixth Street in a fringe neighborhood in downtown Sarasota called the Rosemary District. When Sumner moved into the apartment 16 years ago, the Rose-

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+ Sarasota elf resumes YouTube shenanigans

Don’t tell me you thought the Sarasota Elf wasn’t going to show his impish face this Christmas. After charming almost every performing-arts organization in Sarasota, not to mention the hearts of downtown merchants and pretty female barflies, the elf (aka actor Joey Panek) ditched his velvet suit for more respectable wire-rimmed glasses and preppy polo shirts for his gig as The Art Whisperer. Although we love the Art Whisperer, the

+ ‘DWTS’ pro to bust butts at Empire Ballroom Sarasota dancer Sid Pocius continues his ballroom blitz with another guest appearance by a “Dancing With the Stars” celeb. Last month, the 34-year-old Pocius celebrated the opening of his new dance studio, Empire Ballroom, by dancing cheek-to-cheek with friend and DWTS pro DWTS pro Louis Van Amstel Karina Smirnoff. This month, Pocius is rolling out the red carpet for Louis Van Amstel, three-time

Sarasota Elf is undeniably cuter. And we think the elf’s 1,574 Facebook fans agree. Well, good news for elf groupies: The man in green is back. He was spotted last week cavorting with shoppers at Whole Foods and lurking in alleys in the Rosemary District. Finally. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas … in Sarasota. Courtesy photos

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world dance champion, Emmy-nominated choreographer and another longtime DWTS star cast member. Van Amstel will preview his popular Cardio Ballroom fitness class at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, at the new Rosemary District studio, located at 1370 Blvd. of the Arts. The program, which Van Amstel is currently franchising, has already garnered a loyal following in Los Angeles and the star’s native Holland. The class will be offered at Empire Ballroom on a full-time basis beginning in January. Hey, if you can’t dance with a star, you might as well dance like one. To reserve your spot for Saturday’s preview, call 704-7613 or visit

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In case you missed Sarasota native Tori Sparks’ spectacular hometown performance last December, the 26-year-old singer/songwriter will return to her roots again this weekend to perform her fourth annual Holiday Hometown concert Sunday Dec. 19, at Tijuana Flats. The free show, hosted by the Tex-Mex restaurant chain, has become a ritual for many of Sparks’ local fans and former Pine View School classmates. The singer’s third album, “The Scorpion in the Story,” co-produced by indie rock veteran David Henry (R.E.M., Ben Folds, Cowboy Junkies) was called a “knockout” by The Village Voice and helped land the bluesy folk rocker on the roster for next year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival in Austin, Texas. A Nashville, Tenn., resident, Sparks, recently announced plans to move to Barcelona, Spain, where she’s becoming a household name. We urge you to hit up Tijuana Flats this Sunday. Order a chimichanga and don’t miss this opportunity to see a home girl on the rise.

• ‘The 39 Steps’: Florida Studio Theatre’s vintage Hitchcock-meets-Monty Python spy thriller stars Michael Frederic, Letitia Lange, Curran Connor and Sheffield Chastain. We dare you to keep track of the four-member cast as they play more than 150 characters. Based on the novel by John Buchan and the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock, “The 39 Steps” runs through Feb. 6, in the Gompertz Theatre. For tickets, call 3669000 or visit • ‘An Evening with Frank Wildhorn & Friends’: Don’t let the “Bonnie & Clyde” excitement die down. The Asolo Repertory Theatre’s “An Intimate Evening with Frank Wildhorn & Friends” (8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21) is a celebration of the “Bonnie & Clyde” composer’s greatest hits, featuring performances by Rob Evan, Laura Osnes, Marlyn Sanches and Jack Murphy — and, of course Wildhorn, at the piano. For tickets, call 351-8000 or visit




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Sumner uses only three pigments in her work: indigo, rattan yellow and dark red, which she hand-grinds herself.

DID YOU KNOW? When Whole Foods broke ground in 2004 in downtown Sarasota, Pamela Sumner was asked to curate all the artwork for the project. In the years following, she was commissioned to paint dozens of zen-like pieces for several Whole Foods locations, including the Coral Gables and Palm Beach Gardens stores. folds her students or asks that they paint with their non-dominant hand. “Anything to shut down the brain and trust the body,” the artist says. “I think everyone has that inherent sense of design and balance, but they tend to overthink it and control it. It was exciting when I learned I could

teach people not to be cerebral.” Sumner grew up in Massachusetts, the daughter of an artistmother and photographer-father. Evidence of her parents’ influence is peppered throughout her apartment. In one bedroom, the floor is collaged with black-and-white photos Sumner’s father took of her as a baby eating creamed spinach. In the kitchen, above the refrigerator, is a portrait of her mother by a famous painter who had a studio near the family’s summer home in Provincetown, Mass. The painting resembles a pinup poster from the 1950s, and as Sumner passes it, she comments on her mother’s beauty and mentions that the two of them lived together in this space until her mother’s death 13 years ago. She pulls up a seat at a table in her studio and plucks a pretzel out of a tiny dish. “I got in a horrendous car crash before I moved to Sarasota,” she says, offering insight into her serenity. “I was working at a design and marketing firm,

in Los Angeles. It was the kind of accident that forces you to reevaluate your life.” She runs a finger along her left arm, from her shoulder to her elbow, where doctors inserted a steel rod. Sumner moved to Sarasota shortly after the accident. At the urging of a friend, she enrolled in Chinese painting classes. “I became obsessed with it,” Sumner says. “I loved the smell of the paint. I loved the brushes. I began painting 40 to 50 hours a week. I didn’t know where I was going with it, but I knew I loved the materials.” She began hand-grinding her own ink, not because she didn’t want to purchase it, but because she relished the preparation process. It became a pre-painting meditation, a ritual rooted in ancient traditions and techniques. Six months into studying Asian ink painting, Sumner’s work was accepted into a national exhibition. A year later, she landed a gig creating paintings for cruise ship auctions. In three years she churned out more than 2,000 works. Sumner began teaching private lessons in her studio and leading workshops at retreats all over the country, which she still does to this day. Her students range from surgeons to priests, musicians to massage therapists, CEOs to athletes. “The common denominator,” Sumner says, “is that they all want to get out of their heads. They’re all looking for balance. My job is to teach them that the real work is in the process and learning to operate in the present.”

Pamela Sumner’s top five inspirations • Watching anyone who’s on top of their game: an athlete, a chef, a performer, a poker player. They’re fully focused, in the zone, in the moment. It’s the way I like to paint and what I teach. • The ancient weathered texture of rocks, the shifting rhythms of the ocean, the flawed perfection of a broken shell. • Black-and-white photography. Black-and-white TV. Color is so seductive. It tricks the eye and diverts you from seeing the essence. • The clacking music of bamboo in the wind. When the haunting sounds of shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) fill my studio, it’s time to paint. • Sharing a vintage bottle of red with friends. Laughter. It’s what balances the solitude necessary to my work as an artist. This bobbleheaded mannequin is the first thing that greets you when you walk into Sumner’s studio.

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Therapeutic agent Poppy Terris tiptoes into Ada “Sometimes we do it through Leinwand’s home, careful not painting; sometimes she and to disturb Leinwand, who is sitI might not paint at all. If just ting in her wheelchair, plucking talking is engaging, then that’s notes on a piano in the living rewarding enough.” room. A liberal-arts psychology With her back turned to professor at Ringling College the front door, Leinwand, 85, of Art and Design, Terris is doesn’t notice Terris at first. one of few registered art therWhen her caretaker considers apists in Sarasota who works alerting her, Terris puts a finger primarily with elderly clients. to her lips and says, “Shhh … ” In addition to private sesShe wants to surprise Leinsions, she also works at the Terris recently sold wand. Senior Friendship Center, For five years, the Sarasota eight of Leinwand’s where Dec. 2 she unveiled an art therapist has met Leinwand fabric scrap journals artistic collaboration between in her home in The Landings at an art therapy Ringling students and elders. to engage in weekly art-therapy conference. Two days later, at the onesessions. year anniversary of Goodwill They usually sit at a table in Leinwand’s art retailer Art Off Clark, she spoke about kitchen and recreate fairytale scenes on the importance of art therapy, a practice canvas, using a variety of mixed media she describes as “other-oriented.” to tell the stories, including watercolors, “In art therapy, the client always dictates colored pencils and Leinwand’s signature what we’re doing,” says Terris, who twice a scraps of fabric. month runs an art-leadership program at Leinwand, a retired elementary-school Phoenix Academy. “I’d say that’s the main librarian, from Long Island, N.Y., loves distinction between occupational therapy fairy tales and can still recite them as if and art therapy. The directive comes from she’s perched in front of a gaggle of chil- the client.” dren. She reaches for a postcard on which The women talk about their children. Leinwand has drawn a circle and sets a They each have four. They talk about Wis- box of colored pencils in front of Leinconsin, where Terris grew up and where wand’s right hand. Leinwand met her husband when she was Leinwand suffered a stroke 12 years ago a student at the University of Wisconsin- and lost the function of the left side of her Madison. body. Since then, all of her artwork shifts They talk about etymology, the study of to the right side of the paper. To keep her words, with which they’re both fascinated pictures centered, Terris sits to Leinwand’s and often incorporate into their artwork. right and steadies the paper as she draws. “My goal is always to engage,” Terris says. Once finished, Leinwand will mail the

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“She’s optimistic and open to new ideas,” says Poppy Terris, left, of client Ada Leinwand. “She’s like the poster child for how someone should live their life after they come out of a stroke.” post card to her grandson, an artist in New York who designs mandalas — spiritual circles similar to a mosaics. “I try to tap into whatever works for that person,” Terris says. “When Ada starts to reminisce, we’ll put a vision or a piece of art to that memory.” Four years ago, Leinwand, inspired by the Walt Whitman poem, “Song of Myself,” began covering journals in snippets of fabric, likening the cloth to words because both can easily be “pieced together.”


The journals became so popular Leinwand began selling them for $10 each. In 2008, one of the works was featured in an exhibit at the Florida State Capitol, in Tallahassee. Since then, Leinwand has sold more than 30 versions of the Whitman diary. “I always liked to draw and paint,” Leinwand says. “But I wasn’t always a good artist. It’s Poppy who changed me, not art therapy. She made me see differently. She gave me a new perspective.”

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Olivia Little makes her big country splash The 13-year-old Sarasota singer is ready to release her new single, a love song she co-wrote this summer, in Nashville, with country star Jamie O’Neal. Olivia Little had a big year; some might say a dream year. The timeline went something like this: Discovered by a Los Angeles talent scout in January; whisked off to New York City to meet with a music manager in March; headlined her first solo concert in May, at the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre; wrote and recorded a new song with country singer Jamie O’Neal in June; and started eighth grade in August, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School. That’s one way to roll into adolescence. “I kind of walked in blind,” Little says of the four days she spent in Nashville with O’Neal and a team of writers and producers. “I didn’t know what was going to happen. Just being in the room with these people who’ve done this a hundred times … I just kind of followed their lead.” That’s not to say that Little took her impressionable vocal chords to Nashville and played the part of a pop/country puppet. Her first single, “What Might Have Been,” about a girl who falls in love with her best guy friend and doesn’t realize it until after she sees him with another girl — is based on an experience tugged from the singer’s own life. The narrative sounds like something pulled from the pages of country-music sweetheart Taylor Swift’s diary. And like Swift, who was just 16 when her debut single, “Tim McGraw,” went multi-platinum, Little lays on the coy when asked to

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“I don’t sit down and say, ‘I’m going to write a song now,’” Olivia Little says. “I have a poem book I carry with me all the time, and I’ll be walking to class and a lyric will hit me.”

reveal her childhood crush. “The person it’s about probably won’t even realize it,” Little says. “It was like last year. He won’t remember it. It’s not really relevant.” The Swift comparison seems like an obvious one, until Little really starts talking about music. She loves Led Zeppelin and Christina Aguilera. Her mentors in Sarasota are cabaret/opera diva Jeanette LaVoy, un-

der whom she’s studied for six years, and gritty soul singer Twinkle Schascle, with whom she recently began training in an effort to strengthen her “belt.” When she was 3 years old, she handed her parents a video camera and asked them to record her singing a blues song she composed about being an orphan alone in the woods with only the animals to talk to. “It was actually kind of ridiculous,” Little says. “I had this really deep voice and I’m singing about my parents being dead.” She giggles at the thought of her dark toddler self. People often tell her that she has an old soul — especially her mother, Sarasota jeweler Tina Little, who operates Queen’s Wreath Jewels out of The Met, on St. Armands Circle. “She seems to have more wisdom than a child her age should have as far as interpersonal relationships go,” says Tina Little, who grew up in Hollywood, Calif., where her mother worked as a dancer and appeared in several of Elvis Presley’s movies. “We’re very proud.” Little says her focus right now is on getting good grades, building a fan base and promoting “What Might Have Been,” which was released last week on her MySpace page. Despite her whirlwind year, she says very few kids at school realize what she’s been doing. She’s kept a low profile. “They wrote an article about me in the school newspaper,” Little says. “But nobody read it. Only a few people know what’s happening to me and I kind of like it that way. It’s not all the big gossip.” It’s not now, but it will be soon.

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Yield: approximately 70 cookies, depending on size 3.5 ounces ground pecans (approximately 7/8 cup) 4.3 ounces coconut flakes, unsweetened (approximately Elisabeth Waters 1.5 cups) set-ups for making 7 tableRumkugeln (rum spoons balls). butter 1/2 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or 1 packet Dr. Oetkers Vanilla Sugar, available at Geier’s) 3.5 ounces semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped 4 to 5 tablespoons rum Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toast the coconut flakes and the pecans lightly; set aside to cool. Beat the butter until creamy and add sugar and vanilla extract (or vanilla sugar), ground chocolate and rum (light or dark — use your favorite). Then add the pecans and the coconut flakes. Mix it up well and cool for an hour in the fridge. Form into small balls with your hands. Roll each one in coconut flakes or chocolate or seasonal sprinkles. Place in small, fluted paper candy cups and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Waters is nuts about cookies There is nothing more seasonal than holiday baking, and Elisabeth Waters practices the great tradition of gifting Christmas cookies with energy, enormous enthusiasm and a distinctly European style. Born and raised in Vienna, she started baking as a child, working alongside her nanny. Before she moved here in 1992, her children baked with her; she made the batter and they got dough, flour and sugar all over themselves — and the kitchen. The recipes Waters bakes today are pretty much the ones she baked then. Baking season starts right before Thanksgiving and continues for three to four weeks. She bakes about 10 different kinds of cookies, essentially the same assortment every year. The Rumkugeln need to be refrigerated; all the others store well for several weeks in airtight tins. They are all Austrian recipes, and many are from the post-World War II period when food was scarce. For example, the recipe for chocolate kisses has only one egg. The most classic of Waters’ recipes is Vanilla Kipferl, crescent-shaped butter cookies made with finely ground almonds. Anise Bogen, or “arches,” are a tuile-style cookie, formed into arches while warm — traditionally by wrapping around a dowel, but Waters says she “just scrunches them


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Yield: approximately 70 cookies, depending on size 9 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 cup confectioners sugar (10X) 1 egg 3 teaspoons milk 2 1/4 cups flour 2.2 ounces blanched almonds, finely ground (approximately 1/2 cup) 3.5 ounces semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped fine, melted and cooled 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

Top row: Anise Bogen, or “arches,” Schokolade Busserln, or chocolate kisses, and Schokolade Macaronen, chocolate macaroons. Bottom: Zimtsterne, or cinnamon stars, Rumkugeln, or rum balls, and Vanilla Kipferl.

Cookies are stored in airtight tins until time to be given away. together with my fingers.” This recipe originated with her maternal grandmother and is the only one she bakes that has no nuts. Tiny Zimtsterne

(cinnamon stars) topped with meringue are Waters’ favorite, though she says the flourless almond dough is difficult with which to work. Schokolade Busserln, or chocolate kisses, are the simplest to make; they are formed with two spoons and should be baked on Silpat cookie sheet liners to avoid sticking. Rumkugeln, or rum balls, are a relatively simple dough; they take some time to form but are not difficult. Waters gives away cookies to dozens of friends, prettily packaged in cellophane bags or small tins that she buys at Target, Jo-Ann Fabrics and Walgreens. She does it, she says, because it is her tradition.

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CHRISTMAS IN CANDY LAND By STEPHANIE HANNUM | BLACK TIE EDITOR More than 300 guests stepped into a wonderland of sweets at Make-A-Wish of Central and Northern Florida, Suncoast Sarasota Region’s “Christmas in Candy Land Sunday, Dec. 12, at Michael’s On East. Children and adults (who got to act like children for the day) enjoyed decorating gingerbread cookies with oodles of sprinkles and icing,

sponsored by Panera Bread; face painting; balloon sculpting, visiting with Santa Claus; taking pictures with Gulf Coast Ballet’s cast of “The Nutcracker”; and savoring more than 1,500 pieces of dessert and hot chocolate — plus mounds of candy. The room full of excited children on sugar highs ushered in the season and got everyone into the holiday spirit.

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COLUMN + Tidbits

Birthday girls … Friends gathered at Heather Dunhill’s home Dec. 4 to celebrate her 40th and Dec. 8 at the Sarasota Yacht Club for lunch organized by BJ Creighton for Margaret Wise, who will turn an unspecified number Dec. 14 …

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BJ Creighton and Margaret Wise

Back row: Styling assistants Becky Taylor and CeCe Francois. Front row: Jackie Rogers, Jimmy Hoskins, Jean Weidner and Jewel Ash

+ Behind the scenes at Fashion Week Here’s the view from backstage of Designing Women Boutique’s sixth annual fashion week show and gala held at Michael’s On East. Jewel Ash and her styling team, headed by Jackie Rogers and Victoria Leopold, transformed the shop’s consigned-anddonated designer apparel into stunning runway ensembles. Literally, dozens of volunteers did dozens of jobs. Among them: Juliet Mullan and Anna Perkowski (guest check-in), Annie Sundeen (silent auction) and Joyce Sandler and Gloria Sobucki (store booth). Board member Ed Schaye was in charge of the “men in black” —

Artistic Directors Leif Bjaland, Nate Jacobs, Pedro Reis, Larry Thompson and Iain Webb. Bjaland innocently used the Wine Cellar entrance when he arrived, thus walking smack into the models’ dressing room. Carolyn Michel and Jimmy Hoskins volunteered once again as emcee and choreographer, and Coral Pleas and her staff from Cutting Loose Salon & Spa did hair and makeup. Among the models, Dr. Anne Chauvet and Sandra Day have been in virtually every show since the event’s 2005 launch. Along with Rochelle Nigri, they were the “brides” this year, wrapping up the show wearing their own gorgeous lingerie under the shop’s fabulous furs.

Hanukkah double-header … This year, Gladys and Marshall Bernstein’s annual holiday party had extra candles, because it celebrated both the eighth night of the festival of lights and Marshall’s 85th birthday … Mothers and daughters …

Mom Ruth Golob brought daughter Leslie Joyce to the Sarasota Orchestra Association Holiday Luncheon; Leslie was talking up a celebration of the Youth Sailing Program at Sarasota Yacht Club, to take place March 5. Robyn Sullivan shared La Musica’s Sonata a Due evening with her mom, Kay Curtis, hubby, Terry Sullivan, and dad, Bill Farmer … The other side of Elisabeth Waters … One of Sarasota’s best dressed reveals a completely different side in this week’s “Edibles” feature on her Christmas baking. See Page 6B … Fashion footwear … Lynn Guilford was sporting a Christmas-y red plaid slipper on her right foot at Sonata a Due. Seems she “came around a corner too fast” and slammed her big toe … A Strad of a purse … At the same event, Ellen Cavanaugh was carrying an exquisite jeweled violin evening bag by Judith Leiber, a 44th anniversary gift from her husband, John. The couple, of course, own Super Sensitive Musical String Co.

Gladys and Marshall Bernstein

+ Same runway, different day The very next day, Dec. 6, the Sarasota Orchestra Association held its holiday luncheon and fashion show at Michael’s. This time out, the fashions were from Dillard’s; there was a moderator, Heidi Godman; and the models were orchestra musicians:

+ Black Tie Affair 14th annual Sunshine from Darkness Gala honoring Dorothy Hamill Benefiting the International Mental Health Research Organization • 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8 • The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota • Tickets $250; Contact Marlene Hauck at 308-MIND or The invitation promises a “winter wonderland surprise of Olympic proportions.” The whispers are that it involves a special tribute routine choreographed by 2010 Winter Olympic pairs skaters Amanda Evora and Mark Olympic Ladwig in honor of Champion Dorothy Hamill. Dorothy Hamill Expected to be the freestyle program in their next competition, it is being filmed and will be shown for the first time at the Jan. 8 benefit. The skaters will be special guests at the event, which is chaired by Lee Peterson and Emily Walsh Parry. Sponsors will attend a dinner Friday, Jan. 7, at the Longboat Key Club with honoree Hamill and scientists from the Sunshine from Darkness Symposium.

Jennifer Best, Anne and Bharat Chandra, C.Y. Hong, Dan Jordan, Cheryl Losey, Ike and Jake Miller, John Miller, Chris Takeda and Margot Zarzycka. Chairwoman Kirsten Suss welcomed more than 175 guests, many huddling around the heaters on the chilly Monday. Photos online at www. and Page 13B.


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Mary Lou Couch, Margarete van Antwerpen, Andrew Walker and Carmen Baskind

‘Mistletoe Magic’ New College Foundation Saturday, Dec. 4 | College Hall

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Isabelle and Jack Wright, Edie and David Chaifetz and Joe and Nora Stephan

Salute to Susan Danis featuring the American Spiritual Ensemble Elisabeth Tucker, Jimmy Pritchard and Barbara Dumbaugh

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David Devan, Susan Danis and Bud and Betty Shapiro

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Leif Bjaland, Artistic Director & Conductor Happy Holidays from the Longboat Key Center for the Arts!

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A collage of exciting music with a Spanish accent

Jan. 7 & 8, 8:00 pm; Jan. 9, 2:30 pm | Van Wezel A lone flutist stands and performs a passage of breathtaking beauty. Aguila’s sizzling Conga brings the entire Orchestra to life. The Spanish theme continues with spicy renditions of Carmen, Espana and the Last Tango in Bayreuth. Three young, virtuoso artists – violin, classical guitar, soprano – perform solos. This musical tapestry comes to a stunning close with the popular Bolero.

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Joy to the World Luncheon JOY Joining Our Youth | Friday, Dec. 10 | Hyatt Regency Sarasota Gail Hruby and Judy Nimz

Jane Bousa and Key Dellos

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