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+ Sarasota Elf goes home for the holidays During a quick trip back to the North Pole, the Sarasota Elf took a moment to himself and relaxed with a dirty martini while reading The Sarasota Observer inside the elf break room. Take a cue from Sarasota’s Santa’s helper and make sure to pack your Sarasota Observer on all your getaways. Snap a photo of yourself with your newspaper for our “It’s Read Everywhere” contest, and e-mail your photos to nschwartz@yourobserver.com.

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The plain-clothes deputy radios from outside the courthouse that habitual driving offender Wesley Tunstall is about to walk out the front door and make his way to his pickup truck. “He’s (also) got a history of battery, fleeing and cocaine charges,” the deputy tells the support team. Six cruisers are stationed around the courthouse, ready to pounce. Sgt. Darrell Seckendorf, the commander of the Sarasota County Sheriff ’s Office sting, sits in his unmarked SUV in the small alley between the courthouse and the old police station on Ringling Boulevard. There, he waits. As Tunstall walks out of the courthouse, where he was fined for driving with a suspended license, and heads toward Adams Lane, the plain-clothes deputy radios more background information. “(In the past) he rammed a deputy trying to flee,” says Seckendorf. Seckendorf doesn’t want to take any chances this time, and he again radios to the 14-member team. “Let’s jump on him before he even moves,” he says. “As soon as he gets in the driver’s seat.” A deputy in another unmarked car gets on the radio and says Tunstall is getting in the driver’s seat. Seckendorf hits the gas pedal and speeds onto Adams Lane, with Tunstall’s red pickup straight ahead.

‘Slap in the face’ 7:35 a.m. Dec. 21

Thirteen deputies gather on the third floor of the Sarasota County Sheriff ’s Office headquarters on Ringling Boulevard. Nine are in uniform; four are in plain clothes. A 14th uniformed

Sheriff’s deputies trail two-dozen drivers with suspended licenses as they leave a courtroom. Some ignored a judge’s order to stop driving and got back behind the wheel.

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Dina King, 32, was arrested as she began to drive down Ringling Boulevard, not five minutes after she left a courtroom, where she was fined for driving with a suspended driver’s license. deputy is on his way. Seckendorf, the DUI Traffic Unit supervisor, briefs his crew on Operation Gotcha. The deputies are targeting habitual offenders who have a court date to face punishment for driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license. The targets will face the judge, be instructed to pay a fine and stop driving. After receiving the instruction to suspend driving, police suspect they will head out of the courthouse door, climb into their vehicles and drive home. “It’s a slap in the face to the judge,” says Seckendorf. “He warns you not to drive, and you turn around and drive anyway.

It’s like flipping the bird to the judge.” Twenty-four possible violators are scheduled to be in Judge David Denkin’s courtroom at 9 a.m. Operation Gotcha is performed one or two times a year. The last occasion — Oct. 19, 2009 — netted five arrests.

The plan

The four plain-clothes deputies will sit in the courtroom and try to look inconspicuous. Three men are dressed just like many of the justice system’s frequent offenders: jeans, hooded sweatshirts, tennis shoes. Two men have a couple of days’ growth of stubble on their faces. One dons

a light-colored baseball cap with sunglasses perched on top. The lone female in plain clothes is wearing new jeans, black boots, and a mid-length black overcoat. “I’m dressed nicer than most,” she laughs. Their job is to make sure that the suspects do indeed have suspended or revoked licenses and make sure they are not with a friend or family member who may be driving them. After the targets receive their punishment from the judge, the deputies will follow them out of the court and radio descriptions of them and

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(The judge) warns you not to drive, and you turn around and drive anyway. It’s like flipping the bird to the judge. Sgt. Darrell Seckendorf, Sarasota County Sheriff's Office


Another deputy radios that he’s following a young man in a shirt and tie … and a ski cap. The man walks out of the courthouse door. The plain-clothes deputy, about 30 feet behind, gives a blow-by-blow description as they walk east on Ringling Boulevard. “He’s in front of the old police department now.” “Coming up on the café at the corner.” “Crossing East Avenue.” “Passing the parking garage now.”

OFFENDERS / FROM PAGE 1A the direction in which they are traveling to the support team. All four gather in a pre-game huddle to divvy up whom each one will trail. The 10 deputies in vehicles will be parked in different areas around the courthouse and county parking garage. They will pick up the surveillance and arrest someone as soon as they sit in the driver’s seat and turn the key in the ignition. The arrestees will be taken straight to jail.

Operation Gotcha begins 8:20 a.m.

“I’d like to get some of these knuckleheads before they get on the road,” Seckendorf tells his crew. One lives close enough to the sheriff ’s office that deputies can try to nab him before court begins. Jhon Fernandez, 39, is about to pull out of his driveway on Aspinwall Street to head to court. He doesn’t see the deputies parked a short distance away. The man is about to drive with a license that expired Dec. 9, 2009. “That’s just dumb,” says Seckendorf. “He’s got no suspensions. You get (the license) renewed.” 8:32 a.m.

Camped out in the alley between the courthouse and old police station, Seckendorf places himself in a position where he has full view of the courthouse door. He waits. 9:07 a.m.

Deputy Brian Ivings, who’s sitting in court wearing a faded blue Tampa Bay Lighting sweatshirt, sends a text message that makes Seckendorf laugh.

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Darrell Tunstall, 26, tries to convince deputies that he did not drive his truck to court. When they tell him that a surveillance camera likely captured him behind the wheel, he admits to driving with a suspended license.

“We’re going to be busy,” it reads. “There’s a lot of people up there by themselves with no one else to drive them,” Seckendorf explains. 9:09 a.m.

A call on the radio comes in. A deputy checking license plates in the county garage finds a violator who was not one of the intended targets. The man is on his way to drug court and is driving with a suspended license in an unregistered car. A bonus arrest. 9:20 a.m.

Upon hearing Judge Denkins’ instructions to keep from behind the wheel, the first of the intended targets prepares to leave the courtroom. A plain-clothes deputy radios down: “Christy Hamrick. Cream jacket. Boots. Long pony tail.” Seckendorf watches the front door. Hamrick has no idea what’s waiting for her. “It’s hilarious,” the sergeant says.

9:37 a.m.

The man in the ski cap, who lives east of I-75, keeps walking. He heads south on Tuttle Avenue, and deputies eventually stop following him, because he doesn’t appear to be getting into a car.

‘What did I do?’ 10:02 a.m.

After leaving the courtroom, Dina King, 32, is followed as she walks east on Ringling Boulevard. Seckendorf is going to take this one. He waits until she crosses East Avenue and then slowly makes his way down the street after her. King walks across Ringing to a silver Mitsubishi. She inserts the key into the driver’s side door and sits down behind the wheel. Checking her rearview mirror, King pulls out into traffic. Simultaneously accelerating and flipping on his siren and lights, Seckendorf quickly closes in on the woman’s car. Obviously knowing she’s busted, she immediately puts on her right blinker and pulls into the parking lot next to Checkers. Seckendorf walks up to her car, and another deputy pulls in to place handcuffs around her wrists. “What did I do wrong?” King asks. “You know you’re not supposed to

drive,” Seckendorf tells her. “You just came from court. What did the judge say?” “Pay my fine and don’t drive,” she answers. “But that’s the only way I could get there.” 10:14 a.m.

Hamrick finally emerges from the courthouse. She’s got her keys in her hand, and she’s caught after she gets into a car at Payne Park. She’s given three criminal citations, because she doesn’t have car insurance.

Camera doesn’t lie 10:59 a.m.

As the last suspect — Tunstall — leaves the probation office, six sheriff ’s vehicles descend on his pickup truck. They approach at all possible angles; an escape is impossible. Four deputies go to Tunstall and open his door. There is a look of bewilderment on his face. “I was calling someone to pick me up,” Tunstall insists. He’s asked how he got to his hearing. “Someone drove me,” he says. Tunstall parked on Adams Lane. As it happens, he parked directly in front of the new police headquarters, right in front of a surveillance camera. “We’re going to pull that video right now,” a deputy tells him. “When we do, are we going to see you pulling up in that vehicle? Tunstall lowers his head. “Yes.” He’s put into a marked SUV and taken to jail. And, with that, Operation Gotcha comes to a close. Two-and-a-half hours of work resulted in four arrests and three written citations. One target got away before he could be caught; a warrant will be issued for his arrest.

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Christmas confessions This holiday season, here’s to all the little boys and girl who plan to try to stay awake long enough to see Santa Claus deliver presents. We asked Pine View School and Julie Rohr Academy students to get into the spirit of Christmas by sharing their Christmas wishes, a reindeer’s favorite food and how quickly Santa’s little helpers work their magic in the toy shop. COMPILED BY LOREN MAYO.

Kiran Kadiyala

Pine View second-grader

If Santa didn’t have a sleigh, how would he deliver presents? He would ride Rudolph. What’s the best Christmas gift you’ve ever gotten? “Planet Earth.” What do reindeer eat? Red strawberries and green apples. What are you doing for Christmas? Having two families over and going to the beach. If it’s cold, we will sit at home and play while the adults talk. How many toys can an elf make per minute? One-hundred fifty.

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Julie Rohr Academy first-grader

If Santa didn’t have a sleigh, how would he deliver presents? He would use his magic to make a new faster one that travels 100,000 miles per hour. Who’s your favorite reindeer? Blitzen because my brother was Blitzen in a Christmas show. How many toys can an elf make per minute? One billion. What did you ask Santa for this year? Invisible spray. If I don’t get it, I’m going to steal it from a secret agent.

Riley Scofield Julie Rohr Academy kindergartner

If Santa didn’t have a sleigh, how would he deliver presents? He would ride Rudolph. What’s the best Christmas gift you’ve ever gotten? Remote-control cars that go fast around a racetrack. How many toys can an elf make per minute? Twenty. What do reindeer eat? Grass. They might eat no-bake cookies.

Amanda Kennelly Pine View second-grader

If Santa didn’t have a sleigh, how would he deliver presents? Santa would ride Dancer, and Rudolph would carry the presents. What do reindeer eat? Sugar cubes and sprinkles. What’s the best Christmas gift you’ve ever gotten? An art set. How many toys can an elf make per minute? One thousand.

What did you ask Santa for this year? A black-and-red Pogo Stick.

Caroline Corcoran Pine View second-grader

If Santa didn’t have a sleigh, how would he deliver presents? He could ride his reindeer. What’s the best Christmas gift you’ve ever gotten? My iPod because my dad put all of my favorite songs on it. Have you ever seen Santa? I saw Santa Claus — he was in the sky and they caught him on radar. How many toys can an elf make per minute? Over a hundred.

Patrick Nock

Julie Rohr Academy first-grader

If Santa didn’t have a sleigh, how would he deliver presents? He could buy an airplane and fly around the world. What’s the best gift you’ve ever gotten? Wii “Raving Rabbids Travel in Time.” If you could do anything on Christmas, what would do you? Ride a little pig named Piggie Wiggie! How many toys can an elf make per minute? Two thousand.

Joseph Sprouse Julie Rohr Academy kindergartner

If Santa didn’t have a sleigh, how would he deliver presents? He would borrow a toy train and mail all the presents with the train. Have you ever seen Santa? I saw him riding a golf cart to my house. What did you ask Santa for this Christmas? A red helicopter. How many toys can an elf make per minute? One hundred.

Ava Martin

Pine View second-grader

If Santa didn’t have a sleigh, how would he deliver presents? He would ride one of his reindeer. What’s the best Christmas gift you’ve ever gotten? An American Girl doll sleigh pulled by a black horse. How many toys can an elf make per minute? Twenty. What do reindeer eat? Reindeer eat carrots. What are your Christmas plans? We’re going to Captiva Island to have fun, play some games and go swimming.

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Julia Kourelakos

If Santa didn’t have a sleigh, how would he deliver presents? He would use his magic and turn into a bird and fly there with his presents in his beak.

If Santa didn’t have a sleigh, how would he deliver presents? I think he would deliver them in one of those giant two- or three-story airplanes. I went on one to China once.

Pine View second-grader

What’s the best Christmas gift you’ve ever gotten? A Wii! They have good exercises, and my mom and dad really like them. Who’s your favorite reindeer? Blitzen. How many toys can an elf make per minute? One hundred.

Pine View second-grader

What’s the best Christmas gift you’ve ever gotten? DSi. How many toys can an elf make per minute? Ten. Have you ever seen Santa? I am going to try to see him this year. I’m going to sneak out and try to stay awake.


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+ Kathy Baylis will retire from EDC Kathy Baylis, founding president and CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County, has announced her retirement. Baylis will step down in June. “I am proud of all that our team at the EDC has accomplished on behalf of the businesses and residents of Sarasota County,” said Baylis. Her accomplishments include: creating a film and entertainment office, which has facilitated hundreds of productions that generated $13.6 million in economic impact; initiating the Economic Gardening Program to improve technical support for local businesses; and helping create the SMART program that speeds permitting for companies that are expanding or relocat-

+ Parking garage opening date set The city had been aiming for a Dec. 22 opening for the Palm Avenue parking garage. But high winds last week delayed the installation of the giant sails, which will adorn the façade. The opening is now scheduled for Dec. 29, which will allow for parking during the downtown New Year’s Eve celebration. Six levels of parking contain 743 vehicle spaces, 80 bicycle spaces and 20 motorcycle spaces. About 11,000 square feet of retail space is being built on the ground floor, which the city plans to sell to a single buyer.

ing to Sarasota County. The EDC’s board has begun the search for a new chief executive.

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+ Public-art project is now complete The latest installation of the public-art project, “Intersections,” was completed Friday, Dec. 17, at Selby Five Points Park. “Bharata,” an abstract figurative by Claudia Jane Klein, illustrates the scorpion yoga position. It was placed on a concrete pad in the park’s brick walking path. Intersections is comprised of 12 sculptures placed throughout downtown to encourage people to take a walking tour. A total of three sculptures are in Selby Five Points Park. Other sculpture locations include the 1400 block of First Street; First Street and Central Avenue; First

  Bird Key Improvement Association — 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 23, at Bird Key Yacht Club, 301 Bird Key Drive

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The sculpture “Bharata” was installed last week at the northeast corner of Selby Five Points Park.

Street and Lemon Avenue; Main Street and Lemon Avenue; Laurel Street and Orange Avenue; two in the 50 block of Palm Avenue; Palm Avenue and McAnsh Street; and Bayfront Park. The artwork will be on display through November 2011.

  Gillespie Park Neighborhood Association — 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 23, at Gillespie Park Substation, 710 N. Osprey Ave.   City Commission — 2:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 3, at City Hall, 1565 First St.   Planning Board Special Meeting — 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5, at City Hall, 1565 First St.

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Impact fee may fund City puts out help-wanted new parking garages sign for advisory boards

A large number of open positions on the city’s advisory boards has forced the city to make a public appeal for volunteers.

The city is currently discussing giving developers the option of not building their own parking garages with their projects.

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Downtown developers may soon get the option of not having to include a parking garage in their projects. City Hall is considering a parking impact fee, or “in-lieu-of fee,” in which a developer will contribute a certain amount of money to a parking fund in lieu of constructing their own parking structures. That parking fund would be used to pay for the construction of new downtown parking garages. The in-lieu-of fee under discussion right now would be $12,000 per parking space. For any new or improvement project of more than 10,000 square feet downtown, zoning code requires the creation of one parking space per 500 square feet, one space per dwelling unit or one space for every two hotel rooms. For example, a 100,000-square-foot office building would need to include 200 parking spaces. The in-lieu-of fee could save that project more than $1 million. At $17,000 per space, which is what the Palm Avenue parking garage cost, the developer would pay $3.4 million. With the in-lieu-of fee option, the developer would pay $12,000 per space, or $2.4 million. To qualify, the project would have to be within a quarter-mile of a public

With 19 current and upcoming vacancies on its 20 advisory boards, the city has taken an unusual step: It has issued a public appeal for volunteers. City Hall released a statement last week asking residents to consider serving on its boards. It has always advertised openings in the daily newspaper, but a public appeal is rare. In fact, City Auditor and Clerk Pamela Nadelini, who oversees the advisory boards, can’t remember the last time it happened. “Nineteen (vacancies) is higher than normal,” she said. “But it could just be a matter of timing, with some terms expiring in November.” Nadelini said it’s difficult to find volunteers who can take time away from fulltime jobs and family. “It requires time and commitment,” she said. “It becomes a balancing act.” But she said the work the boards do is important to the city and its citizens. “They are voices that see problems and issues every day,” Nadelini said. “(City Hall) can’t see everything. They are our eyes and ears throughout the community.” A current lack of volunteers is not confined to the city. Sarasota County lists 55 current and upcoming vacancies on its 40 advisory boards. One of the county’s advisory board liaisons, Chris Kohatsu, said many board

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The “in-lieu-of fee” would be put into the parking fund to build downtown parking garages such as the Palm Avenue garage.

parking garage, such as the Palm Avenue garage or Second Street garage at Whole Foods. City Hall would determine if there are enough spaces in the public garage to accommodate the project — 200 spaces in the example above. If it qualifies, the developer would pay the in-lieu-of fee and the monthly $40 parking permit for each public garage space, which could be passed on to business tenants, employees or residents. Steve Stancel, chief planner for the city, said the new option could be particularly attractive for redevelopment projects in tight spaces. “Some sites may not have enough room for their own parking, so this option could be helpful,” he said.

members find it difficult to confine their communications to board meetings. Advisory boards have to adhere to Sunshine Laws that prevent communications between members outside of scheduled meetings. “It’s not like a homeowners association, where you can meet over coffee,” Kohatsu said. “(The difference) is hard. People who want to be involved want to connect (with other people).” Susan Chapman, an attorney who chaired the Police Advisory Panel and currently serves as the chairwoman of the Planning Board, said serving on a board is time-consuming. “It’s a lot of work,” she said. “(The Police Advisory Panel) was like a second full-time job.” With only evening meetings scheduled, she frequently has to skip dinner and snack on peanut butter and crackers during five-minute breaks. Chapman, though, said despite the demands on her time, serving on the advisory boards is worth the effort. “I feel a certain civic responsibility,” she said. “I love the community, and you feel like you’re representing (the community).” Sarasota, said Nadelini, is rich with volunteers, such as Chapman, who want to better the city. “We’re very fortunate to have the level of volunteers we have,” she said. “They’re very committed, and they truly care about the city.”

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The story surrounding His birth

Children love to hear their grandparents and parents recount the details of whence their family came, the genealogy of who they are, how they came about and why they are. Indeed, our heritage depends on the continuous retelling of such important events. This is why we take pleasure each year at this time recounting some of the lesser discussed details surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ. We all know what happened on “Christmas” — as St. Luke masterfully wrote in his Gospel (see box). But having some of the context that led up to this holy, remarkable day adds to its richness. In truth, Jesus’ birth is a story for Jews and Christians alike. After all, Jesus’ parents, Mary and Joseph, were Jews. And the setting for this momentous, monumental event was in the heart of the land that God promised to Abraham and Moses — Israel. The main characters leading up to Jesus’ birth — Mary, Joseph, Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth, and her husband, Zacharias — were anything but celebrities in their day. They were as common as Iowa farmers. And yet, in reality, Mary and Joseph were indeed connected to royalty. Biblical scholars write they actually were cousins, both descendants from the lineage of King David, the longtime king of Israel. But at that time — which was around 4 B.C. — the Jews of Judea (central Israel), were anything but a privileged, royal class. They were living under the rule of Julius Ceasar Augustus and his vast Roman empire and under the unpredictability of the maniac, King Herod, an Arab-Jew who ruled over Jerusalem and Bethlehem as a “client” king for Caesar. “Herod inflicted such outrages upon (the Jews) as not even a beast could have done if it possessed the power to rule over men,” wrote the biblical historian Josephus. What’s more, Herod became infamous for murdering his wife, his wife’s father, her brother, three of his own sons and 300 of his military leaders. Nonetheless, under Herod, the Jews managed to live with what biblical historian James Edward Talmadge called “some semblance of national autonomy.” They could practice their religion without much interference. But there was no doubt the Jews did not relish their domination. The Jews kept to themselves and held particular dislike for the Samaritans, a racially mixed people. “The enmity between Jew and Samaritan was so intense that travelers between Judea and Galilee would make long detours rather than pass through Samaria,” Talmadge wrote. This is what Mary and Joseph would encounter after they received word of Julius Caesar’s order for a census. Caesar demanded that everyone register in his hometown. For Mary and Joseph, this meant traveling from Nazareth in Galilee in the north to Bethlehem in Judea — an 80-mile journey — that would have taken them right through Samaria. And lets’ not forget: Mary was nine months pregnant. In his Gospel on the birth of Christ, St. Luke was sparing on the details of Mary and Joseph’s trip. The fact there are few details must mean it was mostly uneventful. But you could imagine it otherwise: Any woman in her ninth month of pregnancy is physically miserable — can’t sit for long stretches, can’t sleep. So imagine Mary and Joseph traveling in a caravan or with Mary riding on a donkey. It was cold at night. The trip would have taken about four days. On this very day, Dec. 23, they had two days to go before reaching Bethlehem. And at this point in the trip, they would just be passing through Samaria. Jewish travelers were marks for bandits. God was watching over Mary and Joseph, of course. They made it, but only to find out that Bethlehem, normally a sleepy little town, was bustling with

… For unto you is born this day … And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. St. Luke, 2:1-16, King James Bible

Jews who had returned to register for the census. There was no room at the inn. Mary and Joseph, we know, found a stable. But this wasn’t the stable we see on the Hallmark Christmas cards. The stables in those days often were dark, cold caves with “mangers” — animal-feeding troughs carved into the stone walls; they were not wooden cribs padded with dry, neatly arranged hay. With nowhere else to go, Mary gave birth … under the stars, amid the manure and muck, among the sheep, cows and chickens, no doctors present

WHEN WAS JESUS BORN? According to the Gregorian calendar, by which we measure years, there was no year “0,” which you would expect to be the year Christ was born. How could he have been born in “B.C.” — Before Christ? Or in “A.D.” — “Anno Domini,” which means after Christ? Biblical historians have concluded Jesus must have been born in late 5 B.C. or 4 B.C. One of the ways they determined this was the fact King Herod the Great died in 2 B.C. Jesus obviously was born before this, because the Bible recounts how, upon hearing of the Christ child’s birth, Herod ordered the death of all males under the age of two.

to administer an epidural, with Joseph, her carpenter husband, assisting as best he could. Those who have witnessed birth know its difficulty in a hospital bed. Imagine the scene in a barn. Yet, this lowly, humble setting was the way Jesus Christ, the Savior whom God sent for mankind, came into the world. Contrast the differences: Caesar Augustus maneuvering for worldly power and the biggest worldwide celebrity of his day; Herod the Great, a regional celebrity, abusing his power over his small dominion in unspeakable ways. They were all about status and ego. Mary and Joseph were the antithesis. Humble, not materially wealthy, ordinary in all appearances. And yet they were extraordinary. God sent his messenger, the angel Gabriel, and stunned Mary that she would conceive miraculously and bring forth a son — the Son of the Highest who would “reign over the house of Jacob forever.” She would be his mother. And Joseph, the quiet carpenter, he fretted over what would happen to Mary, his fiancée, if people found out she was pregnant before they were married. The angel Gabriel gave comfort to Joseph, just as he did to Mary. And with humility and obedience and far below the radar screen of celebrity status, they carried out God’s will, remembering all the while Gabriel’s assurance to Mary: “For with God, nothing shall be impossible.” This is our heritage. Merry Christmas.


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Community Foundation gives organizations a giant BOOST By Maria Amodio | Staff Writer

The Community Foundation of Sarasota gave out $500,000 in grants to 38 local non-profit organizations at its BOOST breakfast Friday, Dec. 17. This is the second year of the Community Foundation’s BOOST (Building Operational Organizations’ Strength Today) initiative; the total for BOOST grants in the past two years is $1.5 million. “These grants will help these organizations work smarter, save money and build strength,” said Wendy Hopkins, vice president of grants and program services for the Community Foundation. Photos by Maria Amodio

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If you’ve never been a long-distance runner, training for your first big race goes beyond just reaching the finish line. By joining a team in training, runners can get insider tips from coaches who are experts on proper clothing, what to eat, how to fuel and ways to get through the mental and psychological barriers that almost everybody faces. Although she serves as leader for the New Balance in Motion walking team for the 2011 First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon, which takes place March 13, Holly Johnson is also training for her 14th marathon. “The value of a training program is priceless,” Johnson said. “Most of my group started out in the fall on a 20-minute walk, and they are up to about 80 to 90 minutes now. Everybody’s got a little bit of discomfort, but you start figuring out how you can work through it.” There are many factors that can make or break your race day. Two general rules are to never increase your speed or distance by more than 10% in a week and never wear or try anything new on race day. “To me, it’s not only about building your fitness level,” Johnson said. “Coaches understand what to add and what you can do after a run to de-stress. We’re here to be your resources, not only from a physical state, but a mental state, and to help with needs such as being motivated and whether you want a sports coach or someone to write up a program and send you on your merry way.” Johnson says what has made her running

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— and virtually all of her races — successful is participating in build-up races along the way, that help to mitigate many mistakes that could occur on race day. “My No. 1 confidence-builder has been finishing races and setting a goal, realizing that we can all do so much more than we ever think we can,” Johnson says. “It’s an unbelievably rewarding goal to cross that finish line and know you can do something you never thought you could do before.”

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From holiday crafts and student performances to Christmas carols, Out-OfDoor Academy grandparents were in for a treat Friday, Dec. 17, when they visited the school for “Grandfriends Day.” The annual event allows grandchildren to bond with their grandparents over breakfast and engage in fun classroom activities together to create new memories.

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The Grinch and students rock around Christmas tree By Loren Mayo | Community Editor

Bay Haven School of Basics-Plus thirdgraders trekked off Thursday, Dec. 16, to the Sarasota County Courthouse with their teacher, Missy Owens, and The Grinch (Ann White). All had a merry time singing Christmas carols, dancing while they decorated the tree and even attempting to do the moonwalk.

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World-class tenor Joseph Spinella performed holiday songs at the joint gathering of the Sarasota and Longboat Republican clubs Thursday, Dec. 16, at the Sarasota Yacht Club. Before dinner, everyone buzzed about the room to catch up on the latest happenings. Right: Joseph Spinella, Mary Alice Volkert and Chuck Volkert

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Vamo United Methodist Church volunteers worked nonstop Sunday, Dec. 19, as they served up mountains of food for The Dream Center’s annual holiday feast, which an estimated 600 people attended. Randy Bono, of the Downtown Sarasota Alliance, played the part of Santa Claus and handed out presents to every boy and girl during “Church in the Park — Christmas Outreach.” Approximately 75 to 100 mini coolers were given to the homeless to keep food from spoiling, and adults could peruse a table of clothes and toiletries for their families. The West Coast Community Church entertained the group with live music throughout the afternoon.

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donor spotlight 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 www.cfsarasota.org. For information, call 955-3000.

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Adam Tebrugge’s birthday wish list was small this year, so the 49-yearold attorney decided that instead of asking for gifts, he would ask his friends and family to make a donation to Season of Sharing. An active Facebook user and a consistent donor to Season of Sharing, Tebrugge saw the social networking site as the perfect tool to get the word out about his birthday wish. Tebrugge used Facebook’s “Causes” application to request donations, and by the time his Dec. 7 birthday came, he had raised $369. “I’ve lived a privileged life, so what I’m primarily interested in is helping this community,” says Tebrugge. “I would far rather see other people get help than get a new CD or book myself.” Tebrugge, who has served on the board of the Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness for the past five years and has served as the organization’s chairman for the past year, says he felt a special connection to this year’s Season of Sharing campaign focus on ending homelessness. “One great thing about Season of Sharing is the focus on local providers and that they give direct benefit to those providers,” says Tebrugge. Inspired by the $250,000 match-

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Donna Loud Donna Loud has only been running for a few years, but already she has become hooked on the sport and is now an avid runner who loves doing marathons. At 49, Loud retired from the postal service and began training with a running coach when she “couldn’t even run down to the end of the driveway.” Loud, a member of the national organization Marathon Maniacs, recently achieved 10-star Maniac status, which requires completing 30 marathons in 365 days. But her biggest goal overall is to run a marathon in every state, which she hopes to complete in a few months. What is the best part about running for you? The best part of running for me is running long and slow. I’m not fast, I’m always in the back of the pack, but I enjoy the scenery of everywhere I’m going. What is the hardest part? Hanging in there when you know you’re really tired and really spent but just hanging in there and keep running and running and running. What would you like to improve? I would really like to improve my time. My marathon running is about five-anda-half hours now, and I used to run them in just under five hours. I’d like to get faster, but the probability of that is not too good right now.

Rachel S. O’Hara

What is your favorite thing about doing marathons? It gives me the opportunity to visit each and every state and find a destination and go touring and find something unique about each individual state; it also helps me meet up with people I know. I pretty much know someone in every state, and I’ve been able to merge running with visiting and touring. —Rachel S. O’Hara

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COPS A home in Bungalow Hill TRANSACTIONS

sells for $2.51 million

Dec. 12

On the Brinks 12:36 a.m. — 13000 block of South Tamiami Trail. Suspicious Incident. Two men and a woman were in a discountstore checkout line ready to pay for several carts full of items. The cashier became suspicious, because the trio had large wads of cash — crisp $20s and $100s. After scanning all the items, the cashier saw something at the bottom of one of the carts. One of the men said that the item didn’t belong to him. Upon closer inspection, the strange thing in the bottom of the cart was a heavy-duty chain with a nylon sleeve around it that had “Brinks” printed on it. The sheriff ’s office is contacting the armored-car company to see if it lost any money recently.

By Adam Hughes | Research Editor

A home in Bungalow Hill tops all realestate transactions from Nov. 22 to Nov. 29. C. Beth Cotner and John Alogna, trustees, sold the home at 904 Pomelo Ave. to Brett and Cynthia Blair, of Sarasota, for $2.51 million. Built in 2006, it has four bedrooms, four baths, two halfbaths, a pool and 6,659 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $2.1 million in 2009.

SARASOTA

Phillippi Landings

Rachel S. O’Hara

This home at 904 Pomelo Ave. has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, two half-baths, a pool and 6,659 square feet of living area. It sold for $2.51 million.

H. Kenneth and Margaret Myhre, of Sarasota, sold their Unit 602 condominium at 5591 Cannes Circle to Harry and Jaroslawa Meier, of Bradenton, for $302,000. Built in 2006, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,720 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $400,000 in 2008.

Dec. 13

Landings South VI

Payment plan

Robert and Marcia Capo, of Oak Park, Mich., sold their Unit 202 condominium at 1724 Starling Drive to H. Kenneth and Margaret Myhre, of Sarasota, for $200,000. Built in 1988, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,775 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $153,000 in 1988.

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Julius Levin and Etta Harmon, of Charlottesville, Va., sold their Unit 1508 condominium at 750 N. Tamiami Trail to B.F. Alexander Huppe, of Sarasota, for $285,000. Built in 2001, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,355 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $295,000 in 2001.

10 a.m. — 200 block of South Pineapple Avenue. Theft. It didn’t take long for a bank to discover that a couple who just opened a checking account had forged their deposit check. The couple asked to open the account with a check for $824. The next day — before the bank could fully examine the check — the couple withdrew $500. They had stolen a payroll check from a business in Bradenton.

SIESTA KEY Crystal Sands

Sharon Pitstick, trustee, sold the Unit 202 condominium at 6300 Midnight Pass Road to Shiloh Enterprises of SRQ LLC for $875,000. Built in 1970, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,240 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $317,300 in 1995.

Cityscape at Courthouse Centre

Wells Fargo Bank NA sold the Unit 4 condominium at 1990 Main St. to Rochelle Dorfman, of Sarasota, for $250,100. Built in 2005, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,453 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $405,800 in 2005.

Dec. 14

Wasted alcohol 11:24 a.m. – 3500 block of South Osprey Avenue. Petit Theft. A bar owner discovered that six to eight beer kegs had been stolen from behind his business. The kegs had been secured, but someone wrestled them free.

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5:05 p.m. — South Tamiami Trail and Hillview Street. Suspicious Person. The complainant told police two 16-yearold boys were walking in the middle of South Tamiami Trail in between traffic.

Dec. 16

Shot in the dark 1:08 a.m. — San Remo Terrace. Suspicious Vehicle. A pickup truck carrying construction material was swerving while it approached the Siesta Drive bridge. Once at the apex of the bridge, the driver stopped, although there’s not much to see at 1 a.m.

Active imagination 1:11 a.m. — 1000 block of Boulevard of the Arts. Disorderly Conduct. A cab driver called police after a passenger refused to pay his fare. The driver picked the man up at a strip club and drove him to a hotel. Once at the hotel, the passenger said it was the wrong hotel and offered to pay an extra $2 to be taken to the correct hotel. The driver asked for the money, but the passenger tried to leave in a different cab. Police arrived and found the passenger to be drunk. He asked the officers what would happen if he didn’t pay, and the officers warned him that he’d be arrested. The passenger then made up several stories about the cab driver. First, he said the cab driver kidnapped him. Then he said the driver was trying to pick up hookers. And, finally, he told officers that it was really the cabbie who was drunk _ not him. In the end, the passenger paid the fare and went on his way.

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1. You remember the wacky lady who continually burned her bills? She was nicknamed “Bernadette.” 2. Some wacky people swear by this simple axiom: if it isn’t broken, fix it until it is. It’s similar to: keep backing up until you hit something.


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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.

941-922-7595

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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

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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

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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 www.iTrinity.org

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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

CHRISTMAS DAY: SATURDAY - DEC. 25TH CHRISTMAS DAY: SATURDAY-DEC 25TH

• 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

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751-5048 • www.stmmag.com Turn South and then take the very next right onto Palmbrush Trail. 11315 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch - 751-5048 –www.stmmag.com We look forward to meeting you!

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

SUNDAY SERVICES

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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A Peace-Filled Christmas Eve

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11120 St Rd 70 E, Bradenton, FL 34202 • (941) 753-9365 Pastor Jeffrey R Gross • www.livinglordfl.org 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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Three-time Oscar winner, writer-director James Brooks is, thankfully, back helming a film that he wrote specifically for Reese Witherspoon. She plays the apex in a love triangle that includes Owen Wilson and Paul Rudd. It gets better. Once again, Brooks casts his pal, Jack Nicholson, who’s always “as good as it gets” in anything.

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Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart play a grieving couple whose young son was killed less than a year ago. They each have their own way of dealing with the horrific loss. He insists on group therapy. She takes a passive-aggressive approach, unsure of where to place her anger. The two disconnect in this devastating and elegant film, directed by John Cameron Mitchell.

‘TRUE GRIT’

It’s not a remake but a kookycool Coen brothers adaptation of Charles Portis’ novel. Jeff Bridges (“The Dude”) re-teams with the brothers, portraying Rooster Cogburn (John Wayne’s role in the original). Bridges could quite likely make Oscar history by nabbing two in a row after having received it for Best Actor last year in “Crazy Heart.” This is rumored to be one of the most authentic Westerns ever made. It also stars Josh Brolin,

Matt Damon and Hailee Steinfeld, in a breakout role already garnering Oscar attention.

<< ‘ANOTHER YEAR’

Auteur director Mike Leigh once again treads familiar waters in a British characterdriven piece about happiness — and the lack of it. A lonely alcoholic single woman (Lesley Manville) latches onto a blissfully content couple with whom she works. Over the course of a year ordinary people interact with one another, exploring the human condition. It’s a great cast, including Jim Broadbent, Imelda Staunton and Ruth Sheen.

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Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu creates another “Babel”-like, racially diverse story about a man who must come to terms with his own mortality. Set in Barcelona, Javier Bardem plays a dour man diagnosed with terminal cancer while raising two children. In an unavoidable downward spiral, he finds healing and hope. Inarritu’s haunting style of filmmaking always goes for the jugular (“21 Grams” “Amores Perros”).

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Of course Jerry Springer agreed to join the cast of the Jan. 11 production of “Celebrity Autobiography,” at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. It’s not as if Springer, a Bird Key resident, has far to go for the performance. Shoot, he could bike to the hall, Jerry Springer if he were so joins the cast of inclined. “Celebrity AutoCreated biography.” by writer/ performers Eugene Pack and Dayle Reyfel, “Celebrity Autobiography” is a Drama Desk Award-winning act featuring a rotating cast of actors

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If only all house parties were as hip as the one Sabrina Small threw recently at her Whitaker Bayou pad. Small, a member of the artist co-op s/ART/q, turned her otherwise serene home and studio into a rocking gallery space Dec. 11, complete with a bonfire lounge, wine-and-food stations, live music and a modern-dance act. The event, which Small hosted to raise funds for an upcoming project with Fuzión Dance Artists, drew more than 200 people to the 1936 bungalow. The highlight of the night was a Fuzión dance performance that entailed Small painting a cluster of white-clothed dancers in black paint –– an unusual move for the typically shy artist. “I sort of begrudgingly agreed to do it,” Small says, “I’m not a performance artist, but it turned out great. I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. It was fun to use the body as a canvas.” Small and Fuzión founder Leymis Bolaños Wilmott will premiere the final art/dance collaboration March 25, on stage

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Black Diamond Burlesque’s ‘New Year’s Eve Speakeasy’:

Small painting Fuzión Dance Artists at the Cook Theatre at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. The piece, along with costumes by New York-based designer Jen King Elliot, will be inspired by artwork from Small’s Siamese twin series.

Start the New Year off on a sexy foot with a party by Plush Entertainment, at the First Street Chop House. The revelry costs $60 per person and includes a champagne toast, party favors, two drinks, music by some of the area’s hottest DJs and entertainment by Black Diamond Burlesque. Doors open at 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31. For tickets, call 954-8800.

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Stephen Dorff portrays a burned-out actor in Sophia Coppola’s quiet heartbreaker. Holed up in LA’s Chateau Marmont hotel, Dorff’’s character’s life takes a new direction when his 11-year-old daughter (Elle Fanning) suddenly moves in with him. Two things I already love about this film: the seldom-seen and-brilliant Dorff; and Sophia Coppola’s gift for quirky insightfulness that was so perfectly applied in “Lost in Translation.”

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Two of today’s best actors, Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling, star as a couple whose marriage is falling apart. The film chronicles the beginning and end of their relationship in an out-ofsequence format. Billed as “smart and

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‘THE WAY BACK’

In this harrowing epic set in 1940, seven prisoners escape from a Russian gulag, in Siberia. They set out on a grueling 4,500-mile trek with little food and few supplies. Although their efforts are almost certainly doomed,

they’d rather die free than as Stalin’s captives. The characters are fictional, but the story is inspired by actual prisoners who escaped the labor camps. It is directed by the masterful Peter Weir and stars Colin Farrell and Jim Sturgess.

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Director Darren Aronofsky doesn’t make timid films (“The Wrestler”; “Requiem For a Dream”). Natalie Portman stars as a mentally-unstable ballerina in his latest exploration into the psyche of people who push themselves to extremes. He also delves into the emotional and physical violence lurking behind the “erotic mystique” of ballet. Vincent Cassel plays the devious and manipulative artistic director. It also stars Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey and Winona Ryder.

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PMP development director hits the stage running Lynn Rasys is using her marketing chops and people skills to propel the Perlman Music Program/Suncoast into 2011. Next week when 35 young, prodigious musicians arrive in Sarasota for the Perlman Music Program’s two-week winter residency, Lynn Rasys will still feel like the new kid on the block. Rasys, the former executive director for the Florida Suncoast Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, is less than two months into her position as development director of the prestigious program. A newcomer on the PMP scene, Rasys is still adjusting to life in her new office — an unmarked building between the USF Sarasota-Manatee and New College campuses, which she shares with PMP/Suncoast Executive Director Elizabeth Power and a handful of volunteers. The volunteers, whom Rasys describes as “invaluable and indispensable” have the spent the past two days laminating lanyards for the program’s Member Lanyard Night, which marks the first event of PMP’s seventh winter residency, and Rasys first event as a staff member. “It’s not been overwhelming, just busy,” Rasys says. “The phone has been ringing off the hook with people looking for tickets to the gala, tickets to rehearsals, directions to USF ... ” More than 12,000 people flock the residency’s outdoor performance tent each year to watch the organization’s free events. Rasys says her biggest challenge right now is raising funds for the 2011 season, which she plans to do by building strategic partnerships within the community.

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The Perlman Music Program kicks off its winter residency Dec. 28, with 18 free orchestra and chorus rehearsals, master classes and student recitals running through Jan. 7, at USF Sarasota-Manatee. “Lakewood Ranch Night” begins at 6 p.m. Jan. 6, in the Selby Auditorium. The program concludes at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8 with a celebration concert at the Sarasota Opera House. For a complete schedule of public events, visit www.perlmanmusicprogramsuncoast.org. For tickets to the celebration concert, call 366-8450, Ext. 1.

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“Of course there’s a learning curve,” Lynn Rasys says. “I’m learning everything as fast as I can. It’s going to be a challenging year, but it’s going to be a good year.”

For a woman whose only performance experience was as a majorette in her high school marching band, Rasys is an interesting choice for development director. Rasys, who spent 13 years working for Tropicana Products in the communications department before joining the Susan G. Komen team, is brimming with fundraising and marketing ideas. She spent the first few weeks with the organization meeting with local businesses and networking with community leaders. Two weeks ago, she met with the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance, which led to the creation of PMP’s first “Lakewood Ranch Night,” an outreach reception and student recital aimed at bringing more

Lakewood Ranch residents and business owners to PMP events. “Sometimes it’s just a matter of getting more people out to see these kids,” Rasys says. Each year PMP/Suncoast raises $500,000 to help support the residency and it’s a new education outreach program, which earlier this year placed PMP’s Vinca Quartet in 12 Sarasota and Manatee County schools for three weeks of interactive lessons and community concerts. Rasys feels her two children might not have given up on their instruments so soon — her daughter played viola and her son played bass — had Vinca been around when they were in middle school. “They were absolutely fantastic,” she says of the New York City-based quar-

tet. “I think that’s a piece of the program that’s important for the community to be aware of. It’s in our schools and it’s reaching such a diverse array of students.” Rasys’ immediate goal is to roll out a strategic plan for the following season that includes forming more community partnerships, seeking more grant opportunities and courting more major donors. She says she’d like to expand the PMP program book to include paid advertisements from area businesses, as well as encourage more families to take advantage of the organization’s free events. “Mr. and Mrs. Perlman love children,” Rasys says. “If a family comes to the tent, an usher brings them to the front row. I can’t think of a place where I walked in with my kids when they were little and that happened!”

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Love in the Kitchen If you are sitting down, Lois Scheyer will feed you. It’s really not even necessary that you sit — just that you be there. She loves food, loves cooking, loves feeding people. That’s the explanation of how the photo shoot for this column turned into a luncheon for 10 lucky guests. The menu is a Scheyer classic — the seafood platter for which she is famous. It is remarkably simple, albeit not inexpensive to make: You buy the seafood fully prepared from your favorite fish market, whip up a few sauces, arrange everything beautifully on a big platter and sit down to feast. For this occasion, Scheyer served homemade gazpacho as a first course; French bread and “Russian Salad” as side dishes; and an elegant pistachio cheesecake for dessert. It happened the Monday after Thanksgiving, but the concept would make an equally festive lunch or supper anytime during the holiday season. Scheyer says her passion for cooking comes from having an appreciative husband. “Stuart Scheyer raved about everything I made. It was like going for applause — the more he applauded, the more I loved to cook,” Scheyer says. The praise continues to this day, 59 years later. So does the teasing. The way Stuart tells it, “Lois never made a simple dinner in her life. There is no such thing as entrée-starch-veggie. Whether she is feeding four or 40, a typical Friday night dinner starts with two soups, two salads, two en-

Guest food editor Lois Scheyer and her famous seafood platters trees plus a pasta for the children plus innumerable starches and sides. And inevitably, we find at least one forgotten item in the fridge or the oven.” (For this meal, it was butter unmelted in the microwave.) Lois Scheyer wishes everyone would catch the joy of creating food and that it wouldn’t be looked upon as a chore. She celebrates “the nurturing quality of feeding people you care about.” “I love taking nothing and turning it into something really special,” Scheyer says. “I love the process, the smells, the tastes, the color. It’s an art form for me; I love everything about it.” What does she like least? “There’s nothing that I don’t love about it. Even cleaning up. I like the feeling of everything being done and put away,” she says.

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A sell-out crowd of more than 500 packed The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota for the Jewish Family and Children’s Service Gala, “Celebrating Silver,” Sunday, Dec. 19. Chaired by Gerri Aaron, the evening served as a musical salute to JFCS and featured performances by the Sarasota Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Leif Bjaland, as well as a tribute to Rose Chapman, JFCS president/CEO. Board President Marie Monsky made the “salute” to Chapman, referring to her as “the heart of JFCS.” Chapman then told the story of how Monsky, Aaron and Andria Bilan talked her into being honored at the event — the ladies kept her in a room and wouldn’t let her out until she agreed. Chapman steadfastly refused the use of the word “honor,” so the event was billed as a “salute” to her. “Tonight is not about me but about all of you who do so much to make it possible for us to do the work we do,” she said. Left: Fran Lambert, Debbie Haspell and Edie Chaifetz

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+ A new newlywed team for Van Wezel

Last year, Monica Slater Van Buskirk co-chaired the Van Wezel Foundation gala with her new husband, Dr. Richard Van Buskirk. This year, her co-chair is Annarita Nora Scott, who is still hand-writing her married name on her business cards. The two have assembled an effective team for the 10th annual Van Wezel Foundation Gala, which will take place Jan. 23, and feature the performance of Dionne Warwick. Subcommittee Chairs Kathy Martella, Lucille Smith, Elizabeth Battaglia, Marjorie Broughton and daughter, Nikki Taylor, Cameron Icard and staffer Carol Bridwell all report they are at or near their goals. The bottom line

+ Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dancing in her dreams ...

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was dancing toward Octavio Martin and fell when I leapt into his arms.â&#x20AC;? Octavioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s response was, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;If you were running to me, you wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have missed.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Even better: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was dancing with George Birkadze, the new dancer from Georgia (thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Russia, not the state), who is so beautifully muscled. His response was to

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is that only a few reservations are available. You can make yours via Carol Bridwell at 366-5011 or cbridwell@vwfoundation.org. flex his biceps and say, in effect, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Really?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? All this was Ballet Board President Hillary Steeleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s explanation for her knee brace. The not-quite-so-glamorous reality: She was wearing high heels while walking the dog and a heel got stuck in a crack. But the beautiful balletomane was very much out-and-about at the Ballet Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Holiday Luncheon Dec. 13. See photos on Page 11B and at www.YourObserver.com.

Two much of a good thing?... Nikki Sedacca and Lauren Walsh wore similar stunning bracelets from the Unmistakably Nikki collection to a recent holiday luncheon â&#x20AC;Ś Renovation results â&#x20AC;Ś friends of Harold and Wanda Rayle Libby got to see what was accomplished in the 10-month renovation of their home at their annual holiday party â&#x20AC;Ś The Homecoming of Jenny, take two â&#x20AC;Ś if you missed Marvin Albertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10-minute play when it won an award at last springâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 Theatre Odyssey, you have another shot at seeing it on Jan. 21, at the Longboat Key Education Center. Afterwards: a discussion with Theatre

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Odyssey founder Tom Asosporos, the cast and the playwright â&#x20AC;Ś See you in 2011 â&#x20AC;Ś Black Tie & Tales will return at the beginning of the new year. Send news and views to mschechter@YourObserver. com.Thank you for reading and writing, and Happy New Year!

+ Strange stove, familiar faces

Super chef Sean Murphy and a team from his restaurants, Beach Bistro and Bistro at The Concession, cooked a performance dinner at the James Beard House, in New York, earlier this month. A cadre of Sarasota supporters made the trip with them, including Peter and Patricia Estes, of Lido Key; Dr. John and Deborah Ayres, of Bradenton; and Jerry and Wendy Feinstein, of Longboat Key, who reported that the dinner was â&#x20AC;&#x153;over the top.â&#x20AC;? Courtesy photo And whom did the Feinsteins meet Sean Murphy at this very special dinner? New Yorkers Doug Roberts and his wife, Nancy, who recently visited Sarasota when his mother, Flori Roberts, was named the YMCA Citizen of the Year. Six degrees of separation indeed.

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Reduced $616K $3,379,000 Lido Beach Waterfront Yachtman’s Paradise! 6000+ SF & 1800SFof recroom/storage & 4 Car Garage. Exquisite Features & Incredible Views! Linda A. Page 504-0123 Reduced $204,999 $995,000 Longboat Key Boater’s Paradise deep sailboat water . Key West 3BR on canal. Access to Bay & Gulf . Close to St. Armands & Beach. Sylvia Zimmerman 350-5022 $665,000 Aquarius Club Magnificent completely renovated beach LBK condo 2 master suites w/views of pool & gulf, large balcony. Tennis & Secured. Bruce & Jenine Meyer 266-8152 Short Sale Reduced $70K $479,000 Longboat- Sleepy Lagoon 2BR/2.5BA Canal home w/dock & davit. Updated kitchen & private pool. Access the intercoastal & Gulf by boat. Bruce & Jenine Meyer 266-8152 Reduced $50K $449,000 Longboat- Fairway Bay 2BR/2BA pet friendly, turnkey furnished condo. Full Bay views, Covered prkg, community amenities pool, tennis, fitness. Mark Huber 356-2435 $2,950,000 Siesta Key Reduced $110K $379,000 Buttonwood Cove Great view from this 2BR/2BA condo, under building parking $1,299,000 La Casa Costiera Historical SRQ Schl of Arch. gem & a new modern master- & storage, private beach access, boat dock & great amenities. Owner/agent Charles Beeler 587-4943 Gulf front complex! 2-3BR/2.5BA condo, gourmet kitchen, piece designed w/attention to details. Lisa Morris 544-3332 Short Sale $349,000 Longboat – Fairway Bay 2BR/2.5BA townhouse exceptionally appointed. Updated fireplace and designer furnishings. Michelle Musto 809-3714 kitchen & appl. , bonus rm; 2 car garage. Comm. Pool, tennis & beach access. Michelle Musto 809-3714 Longboat reduced $100,000 Lakewood ranch reduced $25,000 Reduced $164,100 $284,900 Seaplace Totally Remodeled, 2BR/2BA w/granite countertops/upgraded tile. 2 parking spaces. Contact agent directly for gate access. Gary Hoskins 809-7709

SIESTA & WATERFROnT Header: Siesta & Waterfront Reduced $174K $925,000 Siesta- Siesta Estates 5BR/5.5BA, Close to beach & Village. Built in 2000, built-ins throughout, 3 zone cooling/heating. Owner/agent Kim Madden 650-4416 $699,000 Mainland Bayfront Best Waterfront Value near Downtown! Remodeled home & Pool - Fantastic Location - Bayfront Parcel & Dock included! Linda A. Page 504-0123 $445,000 Casa Del Mar Immaculate 2BR/2BA condo boasting stunning upgrades. Beautiful end unit with partial gulf view. Being sold turnkey furnished. Teri Sax 228-5578 Short Sale! Reduced $36K $429,000 Osprey- Bellagio Harbor Village Stunning bay and sunset views $1,575,000 Emerald Harbor from this spacious condo 3BR/2.5BA condo. Exquisitely maintained Condo. Charlene Hutson 376-5112 : Mainland Waterfront lot situated at the end of cul-de-sac, boasting 150’ of Header MAInLAnD bayfront scenery. Coastal living at its finest. Teri Sax 228-5578 $1,449,500 Lakewood Ranch – Country Club Village Lakefront upscale & upgraded model home 4 BR/3.5BA, 4304SF Master suite w/office, game room. Summer kitchen & fireplace .Sylvia Zimmerman 350-5022 Longboat reduced $80,000 $710,000 Lakewood Ranch – Country Club Village 4BR/3BA + off. Exquisitely renovated! Private lot w/ pavered lanai, pool, new pool heater & new pebble tec surface! Jim Soda 961-5857 Short Sale $630,000 E. Sarasota – Deer Hammock Huge home on 5 acres w/ additional 2880SF bldg + adj. 5 acre lot. Equestrian estate or work-from-home. Rayman/Tan 504-9232 $575,000 Sarasota- Stoneybrook Golf & Country Club Spacious 4BR3BA with office & heated pool&spa. Golf course view. Gated golf community w loads of amenities. Membership incl. Karen Geiger 928-8889 $524,900 Sarasota - Deer Creek Lake views & lots of sq. footage. Pruitt built. Den & 2 fireplaces. Possible 3car gar. Dramatic decor makes this a winner! Wellman/Moffatt 923-1813 Reduced $30K $449,900 Mote Ranch This lovingly cared for home sits on large lake view lot with mature, lush landscaping. Pristine home, just move in & enjoy! Candria Crisp 726-5822 Reduced $79,900 $369,000 Sarasota – Oakleaf Lakefront! Fabulous former model loaded w/custom $1,295,000 Grand Bay features 4BR/3BA/3 car garage, pool & spa, fireplace, built ‘96. Kim Gilliland 809-5151 Panoramic Views of Bay, Golf Course & Marina from 8th floor Short Sale $333,000 Lakewood Ranch – The Moorings Make the first step to better living! Ibis model 3BR/3.5BA condo. Tennis, pet friendly. David & Lori Simon 400-8764 w/open flr plan, many upgrades, kit. island, granite countertops. Jim Soda 961-5857 Reduced $10K $275,000 Sarasota – Village Walk 3BR/3BA Maint. Free townhouse with private pool, 2 Longboat reduced $345,000 car garage. Fitness center, lap & resort pool, tennis & many more. Sylvia Zimmerman 350-5022 $269,000 Lakewood Ranch- Edgewater Cove Maint. Free, gated. 2BR + den home w/greenbelt view. Walk, bike, community pool, gazebos. Possible Seller financing. Prudential Lakewood Ranch Realty, Bob Bronston 705-0811 Short Sale, Reduced $8K $255,000 Manatee- Greyhawk Landing 4BR/3BA pool home overlooks preserve & lake. Loaded with value added features! Marty Benson 232-9264 $189,900 Sarasota – Westwoods II @Sunrise Spectacular villa, 2BR/2BA/2CG, fam rm, den & lanai. Garden tub, shower, dual sinks. New paint, new tile roof. 1794SF. Carol Trigg 356-0907

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