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In this issue Manatee County Fair returns for 2011. 1B

A&E sports: LITTLE MISS sitting SUNSHINE pretty Singing sensation Maria Wirries steals the spotlight. 10A

Ranch boys soccer team clinches No. 1 seed in district. 15A

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SHORT   SMR, SCF to create economic hub CHANGE Lakewood STACK executive director resigns

KUDOS, QUOTABLES AND COMMUNITY

Bob Fernandez has resigned after three-and-one-half years of managing community affairs.

+ Students perform at all-state concert

Student singers Chloe Sciarrone, Abbie Owens, and Shannon Smith represented the East County at the All State Elementary Chorus Jan. 14 in Tampa. Braden River Elementary Principal Hayley Rio and music teacher David Katz; Bashaw Elementary Principal Josh Bennett and music teacher Barbara Sullivan; Manatee County Superintendent Tim McGonegal and Manatee County School Board member Harry Kinnan attended the concert to cheer on the students.

By Pam Eubanks | News Editor

Representatives from State College of Florida, Sarasota-Manatee, Lakewood Ranch developer SchroederManatee Ranch and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice revealed plans Jan. 18.

The Big DEAL Organizers hope their new 72,000-square-foot facility will make it easier for businesses looking to relocate to or expand in the Manatee-Sarasota area. By Pam Eubanks | News Editor

Janet Stickel and Elaine Steinfurth presented a check to Chrisitne Tyson from Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee.

+ Women’s Club presents donations The Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club presented its annual charity contributions to SOLVE Maternity Homes, SMART Riding Therapy and Meals on Wheels PLUS at its General Meeting Jan. 13.

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LAKEWOOD RANCH — After just eight weeks of planning, an economic development center will be built in Lakewood Ranch. The State College of Florida, Sarasota-Manatee, Lakewood Ranch developer SchroederManatee Ranch and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice on Jan. 18 announced they have joined forces to create a one-of-a-kind economic initiative meant to bolster the local economy and make it easier to do business in the area. Called the Design & Economic Acceleration Lab, or DEAL, the 72,000-square-foot facility will be part of SCF. Construction costs are estimated at $14.2 million for the building, and SCF will fund the project through bonds and other sources, SCF President Lars Hafner said. “The DEAL is a major advancement for SCF as we continue to create a new model of education expansive enough to include a charter middle and high school to associate and baccalaureate workforce degrees,”

LAKEWOOD RANCH — The man responsible for overseeing operations of Lakewood Ranch Town Hall and the day-to-day business of the Lakewood Ranch InterDistrict Authority board has resigned. Lakewood Ranch Executive Director Bob Fernandez sub-

SEE FERNANDEZ / PAGE 4A

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Ranch kicks off first flag football tournament Lakewood Ranch is accepting teams to compete in its family friendly Flag Football Experience Jan. 29. By Michael Eng | Executive Editor

merce, there currently is no facility at which all those agencies can serve a prospective business under one roof, SMR President and CEO Rex Jensen said. Instead, inquiring businesses often must shuffle between agencies to find what incentives or other options are available in the area.

LAKEWOOD RANCH — Despite what the National Football League would have you believe, the Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets, Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers aren’t the only teams competing for a football championship. Lakewood Ranch will crown its own gridiron great at the community’s first Flag Football Experience Jan. 29 at The Out-of-Door Academy’s new Thunder Stadium.

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“We believe this is something special for our region,” said State College of Florida, Manate-Sarasota President Lars Hafner. Hafner said. “Through this collaboration center, SCF will have even more community impact with added focus on regional prosperity and needed workforce education and training.” Although both Sarasota and Manatee counties have resources available to businesses through their economic development groups and chambers of com-


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Cause for Concern? Manatee County advocates and agencies say the recent closure of the Florida’s Office of Drug Control could hurt their fight against prescription drug abuse. OFFICE OF DRUG CONTROL

Gov. Jeb Bush created the Office of Drug Control in 1999 after a 1998 Senate report identified the need for greater coordination of statewide substance-abuse policy and planning. The Legislature created the Office of Drug Control and the Drug Policy Advisory Council in Florida Statute 397.332 and 397.33. The first statewide drug control strategy was published in September 1999. The director of the office chaired the Drug Policy Advisory Council, Seaport Security Standards Advisory Council, the Suicide Prevention Coordinating Council and the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Oversight and Implementation Task Force.

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Seven people die every day in Florida because of the misuse of prescription drugs. “It’s an epidemic problem,” said Lakewood Ranch resident Wendy Nebrija of the prescription drug-abuse problem. “It’s a problem that needs a coordinated multidisciplinary approach to solve. We need to balance the needs of the people who legitimately need pain medications with the problem that’s occurring on our community, regarding oversupply and getting (drugs) in the hands of young people.” Nebrija, who has a background in public health and recently began volunteering with the Manatee County Substance Abuse Coalition, said she has people close to her with addiction issues and knows four people in four different states, including Florida, who in the last six months received more pain medications than was necessary for their treatment.

By Pam Eubanks | News Editor

MANATEE COUNTY — Since 1999, the Office of Drug Control has been assisting local substance-abuse coalitions in their battles against the misuse of prescription drugs and other issues. But now, those same agencies are left wondering, what’s next? During his transition into office, Gov. Rick Scott announced the closure of the Office of Drug Control, a move that would trim about $551,300 from the state budget. How the duties of the office, which were handled by seven full-time employees — five for the Office of Drug Control and two for its subordinate Office of Suicide Prevention — still remain unknown. The resignations of Office of Drug Control staff were effective Jan. 3. Scott’s communications director, Brian Burgess, in an e-mail Monday said only that the duties of the office will be absorbed by law enforcement and health agencies. A representative of the Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office said Dave Aronberg, in his newly created post, would be handling Bondi’s initiative to combat pill mills — pain clinics that excessively distribute prescription drugs. However, she did not know how, or if, other duties of the Office of Drug Control were being redistributed. As it was created, the Office of Drug Control provided leadership for statewide strategy to prevent and address alcohol and drug problems, acted as the single coordinating agency for substance-abuse issues in the state, represented substance-abuse issues to the governor, worked to create interagency collaboration in reducing substance abuse and to accomplish policy and legislative initiatives. Manatee-based advocates are worried initiatives supported by the Office of Drug Control, such as the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, will disappear after the office’s closure. “This was the one place we could talk holistically in one forum,” said Rita Chamberlain, consultant for the Manatee Substance Abuse Coalition’s underage drinking initiative, of the Office

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Manatee Substance Abuse Coalition’s Rita Chamberlain discusses potential impacts of the Office of Drug Control’s closure. of Drug Control. “If you’re not talking big picture, you’re not (addressing) the problem. Once again, we are little islands.” Sharon Kramer, executive director of the coalition, agreed. “We’ve had one point of contact,” she said. “It kind of identifies the many things that one office did. Things are now fragmented. (It was) the one point of contact where a coalition, like ours, could go for information and resources.” Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube agreed the Office of Drug Control has been instrumental in local efforts to curb prescription drug abuse and the problems that go with it. “If you look at the big picture of what the Office of Drug Control was doing, it’s very important,” Steube said. “If (Gov. Scott’s office is) eliminating something, I’m hoping the responsibilities fall to somebody else within the state government and those responsibilities and the details of these programs will be looked upon as important issues and worked on not only on the state level but the local level as well.” However, Steube also said the move could result in the removal of unnecessary bureaucracy and potentially improve efficiency. “That’s what I’m hoping for,” he said. “If the responsibilities goes somewhere else, and they get proper attention, then I’m OK with that.” Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@yourobserver.com.

PROJECT DRUG DROP

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office will be accepting unused or expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications for proper disposal at several Publix locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Jan. 22. Drop off Publix locations include: • 7290 55th Ave. E., Bradenton (Twelve Oaks Plaza) • 8330 Market Street, Bradenton (Lakewood Ranch) • 3913 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton (Westgate Shopping Center) • 9005 U.S. 301 N., Parrish (Parkwood Square) • 6030 14th St. W., Bradenton (Bayshore Gardens)

Citizen Medication Collection Program

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office on Jan. 3 began its Citizen Medication Collection Program, an effort aimed to provide a safe disposal location for unused prescription medications. The sheriff’s office front desk at 600 301 Blvd., W., Bradenton, where drugs can be dropped off, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Medications should be placed into a supplied plastic bag and placed in the drop box. Liquids will not be accepted. For information, contact 7473011, Ext. 2278.

MOVING FORWARD

Manatee County Substance Abuse Coalition member Ruth Lyerly, who founded

Families Against Addictive Drug Abuse with East County resident Cindy Harney, noted the raid and closure of a pain clinic in Tampa less than a month ago as one of the reasons she feels the Office of Drug Control has been so important. After a months-long investigation, Tampa Police arrested the married co-owners of First Medical Group, and physician Dr. Kimberly Daffem for racketeering, trafficking in a controlled substance and conspiracy to traffic in a controlled substance, according to a Dec. 30, 2010 article in

the St. Petersburg Times. In just seven months, the clinic had prescribed pain medications to about 9,000 people. The two physicians who reviewed 107 randomly selected patient files said 92% of those patients did not need the medicines they were given. The Office of Drug Control, Lyerly said, has been instrumental in shutting down such facilities and raising awareness about them while moving forward key legislation such as the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, which will allow doctors to see what medicines already have been pre-

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ECONOMIC IMPACTS Bruce D. Grant, former director of the Florida Office of Drug Control, in a letter dated Dec. 22, 2010, listed the following economic impacts, among others, as impacts of his office’s efforts. • Prevention: The costs of drug and alcohol abuse to the state are estimated at $46 billion. The Office of Drug Control has put together 48 private drug prevention coalitions throughout the state. The National Institute on Drug Abuse says for every dollar invested in researchbased prevention, $10 are saved in treatment costs alone. • Medical Costs: Studies show about 50% of patients admitted to trauma centers are under the influence of alcohol. If the use of drugs other than alcohol are included, up to 70% of trauma patients test positive for one or more intoxicants. Failing to identify and treat substance use in emergency facilities likely costs Florida businesses and residents $473 million annually in extra healthcare expenses. • Treatment: Treatment reduces drug use by 40-60% while reducing criminal behavior and is the most cost effective means of reducing drug use and crime, improving health and saving money in the criminal justice system. Drug courts mandating treatment save more than $15,000 per year per inmate diverted from prison. • Prescription drugs: When the state had no funding for the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, the office submitted for and received two federal grants totaling $450,000. It also established the Florida Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Foundation, which has raised $500,000 toward the program’s implementation.

scribed to a patient. “(That office has) always kept us up to date (on legislation, etc),” Lyerly said. “They’ve been the one to get the process going. How long will it take for (someone else) to pick up the reigns? How many lives will be lost in that time?” Lyerly said she has met with representatives of Rep. Vern Buchanan’s office twice already and will meet again this week to try to get a congressional hearing scheduled for the topic of prescription drug abuse, particularly on subjects such as mandatory physician training in opiate use, real time databases and the scheduling of opiates.


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LettersTO THEEditor + Palm-Aire ready to sue country club

Dear Editor: Regarding Esther Halt’s letter “Not all Palm-Aire residents oppose tower,” the editor accurately points out that only 177 people signed the pro-tower petition compared to the 1,077 who signed the opposition petition. In the five communities surrounding the proposed cell tower, all five homeowner associations sent formal letters of protest to both the Palm-Aire Country Club and the county given the majority of their residents oppose the tower. This includes Halt’s neighborhood of Misty Oaks, so she is quite mistaken in thinking most of her neighbors support the tower. In addition, a group comprising Palm-Aire Country Club members intends to sue the club for a deed restriction violation if the tower is approved. The club is aware of this and has been served a cease and desist letter. So, again, Halt is apparently unaware that many club members oppose the tower. The pro-tower group amounts to only about a fifth of the club’s membership (about 100 couples

FERNANDEZ / PAGE 1 mitted his formal letter of resignation during the Inter-District Authority board’s agenda review meeting Jan. 18. “It has been my privilege to serve the residents of the Lakewood Ranch community as district manager, community manager, and finally, executive director,” Fernandez wrote in his resignation letter. “I will provide any assistance required by the IDA to ensure a smooth transition to my successor.” The IDA hired Fernandez in May 2007 as Lakewood’s first community manger once residents took control of the Community Development District boards. “I’m sorry to see him leave,” IDA Chairman Tom Green said, noting Fernandez has tackled tremendous community growth and other challenges during his tenure. “It’s amazing the amount of improvement we’ve seen over the last four years. We wish you

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Dear Editor: Informed and respectful debate of topics as important as the incorporation of Lakewood Ranch is both inevitable and necessary. Thoughtful discourse holds both sides to higher standards of fact and reasoning and hopefully gives the public enough information on which to decide. Unfortunately, Daniel F. Mo-

riarty’s argument against incorporation is instead a personal attack on Keith Davey and a dismissal of an unbiased expert’s report. Davey is a member of the LWR Incorporation Study Group, a group of citizens — myself included — who have devoted hundreds of hours to research whether incorporation is good for all citizens of Lakewood Ranch. The group has sought input from neighbors and even changed some aspects of the charter based on this feedback. Second, Moriarty discredits Dr. Tim Chapin, of Florida State University, who concluded that the work of Fishkind & Associates was “methodologically sound, employed the best available data, and utilized an appropriate set of assumptions.” Chapin’s unbiased analysis stands on its own merit despite this criticism. I know those who have dug in their heels against incorporation likely will not budge. I also know that those in favor of incorporation will not listen to arguments like those presented by Moriarty. What I hope is that those who have not yet made up their minds will see the value in informed discussion and dismiss nonsensical and mean spirited rhetoric for what it is. Chapin’s report, as well as all information and communication about incorporation, can be found on our website, www. lwrdv.com/incorp. Michael J. Griffin Lakewood Ranch

and the community was losing a valuable asset. “It’s not going to be easy to find someone with his knowledge — he’s an encyclopedia,” Supervisor Jean Stewart said. “He thinks outside the box. He’s come up with a lot of new ways to do things — better ways.” Supervisor Nancy Johnson agreed: “I think it’s a terrible loss for the community.” Fernandez told supervisors he would be available to help his successor during the transition and he is thankful for the support of the IDA board over the years. “I appreciate the support I’ve had from the IDA while I’ve been here,” Fernandez said. “I have worked with a lot of boards over my career, and the IDA (has been one of the best).” Fernandez said he has taken a position elsewhere but declined any further comments. Stewart said Fernandez lived north of Tampa, which added a lengthy commute onto his al-

ready 10-hour workday. Stewart said IDA supervisors likely would continue their Jan. 20 meeting to another date to discuss how to handle Fernandez’s departure and prepare for hiring a replacement. Before coming to Lakewood Ranch, Fernandez worked for two years as regional manager of the Tampa office of Severn Trent Environmental Services and operated his own consulting firm in 2004. From 1997 to 2003, Fernandez served as the executive vice president for strategic planning for Manatee County Rural Health Services as well as county manager and county administrator for the board of county commissioners of Osceola and Collier counties, respectively. Fernandez received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Florida in 1971 and immediately began work in local government. Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@yourobserver.com.

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Organized by Lakewood Ranch Community Activities Corporation, the inaugural experience will feature a daylong five-on-five family-friendly flag football tournament, a plethora of football-themed activities and more, Lakewood Ranch Community Activities Corporation Director Lori Basilone said. The corporation is accepting team registrations through Jan. 24 online at its new website, www.lwrcac.com. Each team can have up to eight players and must have at least two females. Basilone is encouraging players of all ages and said she hopes to see parents playing with their children, school classes and more.

signed out of 500 household memberships), showing a lack of support from even within their ranks. The driver for the club is not improved cell service; it’s money. Halt and other pro-tower club members are eager to see the Palm-Aire Country Club financially benefit from the tower lease. All of Palm-Aire would like to see the club thrive, but the question is whether its survival as a golf course should be dependent upon its diversification into the utility business. Perhaps the club would be better served by recruiting members from the community rather than pushing an unpopular tower proposal. Halt pointed out that I do not speak for her. Indeed, that is because I am a spokesperson for the opposition. However, I’m curious if the Palm-Aire Country Club has chosen Halt as its pro-tower leader. I doubt it is thrilled with her repeated references to the imminent demise of the club. Deborah Chapman Palm-Aire Homeowners Against the Tower

RESIGNATION LETTER

Dear Chairman and Directors of the IDA Board of Directors: Please accept this letter as my resignation from the position of executive director, Lakewood Ranch InterDistrict Authority, effective Feb. 18 2011. It has been my privilege to serve the residents of the Lakewood Ranch community as district manager, community manager, and finally, executive director. I will provide any assistance required by the IDA to ensure a smooth transition to my successor. Sincerely, Bob Fernandez good fortune in your next job — I know it’s closer to home.” Supervisors on the IDA said they were surprised by the news, “We wanted to give people a chance to enjoy some family football fun,” she said. We really want to make this a community thing.” Each team will play three games, with the top two teams advancing through the bracket. The tournament rules will follow strict guidelines to discourage physical contact such as pushing, grabbing and tackling, Basilone said. In addition to the games, attendees can enjoy a variety of other activities, including a female field goal competition, music by Joel Fisher, face painting, a silent auction, a Wii competition and more. Members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization will offer giveaways as well as tours of Raymond James

+ Tower wouldn’t affect opposition

Dear Editor: There were over 300 residents of Palm-Aire that signed a petition that supported the tower. The people opposed to the tower were getting signatures at grocery stores, garage sales and from people who lived miles from the tower site. Many couldn’t see the tower with a high-powered telescope. Deborah Chapman, major opponent, could not see the proposed tower from her house. Beware of petitions. Jim LaRue Palm-Aire

+ Moriarty letter a personal attack

INFORMATION

FLAG FOOTBALL EXPERIENCE WHEN: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Jan. 29 WHERE: The Out-of-Door Academy, 5950 Deer Drive, Lakewood Ranch DETAILS: Each team will play three games, with the top two teams advancing through the bracket. The top-three teams will receive trophies and prizes. REGISTRATION: Due by Jan. 24. Registration can be done online at www.lwrcac.com. INFORMATION: 757-1530 Stadium in the silent auction, and The East County Observer will host a booth at which guests can have their photos printed on a commemorative trading card. The championship game also will feature drum line, cheer-

leading and mascot performances. For more information, visit www.lwrcac.com or call Basilone at 757-1530. Contact Michael Eng at meng@yourobserver.com.


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COPS The following information was gathered from incident and arrest reports obtained from the Manatee County Sheriff ’s Office.

DUETTE Jan. 11

5:30 p.m. — 35800 block of State Road 62 E. Burglary to a conveyance. Unknown person(s) attempted to enter a construction storage container by attempting to cut off a security lock using a welding or cutting torch. The person(s) were unsuccessful in their attempt to gain entry. The only thing damaged was a lock security cover.

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6:50 p.m. — 6500 block of Coopers Hawk Court. Information. The complainant reported an acquaintance of hers has a girlfriend who has contacted her several times asking her to stop sending letters to him and to leave them alone. The complainant stated she doesn’t know this person and wants it documented in case it gets worse.

LAKEWOOD RANCH Jan. 7

3 p.m. — 5100 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. Burglary to an unoccupied conveyance unarmed. The complainant reported his son’s wallet had been stolen.

Jan. 12

6:31 p.m. — 1755 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. (Publix). Theft. The suspect took a pair of sunglasses from the glasses rack and placed them into his pocket. He then walked out of the store, passing all points sale.-The LBK of 2010 J complainant saw the suspect take the glasses and called to him from the Publix exit door. The suspect

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returned the glasses and told the complainant he was sorry. The complainant stated the store doesn’t wish to prosecute but wanted to issue a trespass warning to the suspect. He told the suspect he was no longer allowed on the premises. The complainant then signed a waiver of prosecution. A case number was issued.

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MILL CREEK Jan. 12

8 a.m. — 14800 block of 17th Avenue E. Burglary to an unoccupied structure. Unknown person(s) entered the residence through an unlocked side garage door. While inside, the person(s) went through several jewelry boxes in the master bedroom closet. The person(s) then fled in an unknown direction by unknown means. Nothing appears to have been taken.

SARASOTA Jan. 12

12:45 p.m. — 8320 Lockwood Ridge Road. Trespass warning. The female suspect was seen on camera, by loss prevention, placing a headband on her head in the accessories area of the store and then walking out of the store without paying for it. The suspect was asked not to return to Walmart, Walmart stores or Sam’s Club stores. 10:04 p.m. — 4600 block of Summer Oak Avenue. Battery. The two subjects got into an argument over their dogs’ barking habits. The argument became physical when they grabbed each other in mutual combat. Neither subject threw any punches, and neither wanted to file charges.

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INBRIEF + Manatee district declares impasse

Manatee County Public Schools on Jan. 12 declared an impasse with the Manatee Education Association.

 The district and the MEA have continued in the collective bargaining process for the 2010-2011 school year from June 28, 2010, to Jan. 5, 2011. By declaring an impasse, the district is stating it does not desire to mediate and has requested the appointment of a special magistrate.

 “Because we are in the midst of the budget process for the next school year, and we continue to face additional cuts in funding, time is of the essence to get these issues resolved,” said Darcy Hopko, assistant superintendent and chief negotiator for the district. “Regarding the special magistrate, we feel the best option to reach a resolution on these issues is to let an independent third-party review

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 In the past three school years, the district has cut its operational budget by $46.7 million. The district expects potential cuts for the 20112012 school year to be an additional $10 to $15 million. “We look forward to reaching an agreement that will be in the best interest of the district, the MEA, our students and our community,” Hopko said. 


+ Animal services opens adoption center Manatee County Animal Services on Jan. 10 opened a new adoption center at 1002 B Manatee Ave. W., just east of the Manatee County Administrative Center. The facility has room for five dogs and five cats, as well as a “Get Aquainted” room for prospective pet-owners to visit with the animals. The new center will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Individuals wishing to adopt a pet can preview available animals

online at www.mymanatee.org/pets. Adoption fees are $80 for dogs and $60 for cats, not including a required Manatee County license certificate and tag for Manatee County residents. For information, call 742-5933.

+ Palm-Aire tower hearing in motion

The fate of a telecommunications tower in the Palm Aire community now rests in the hands of a county hearing officer. Manatee County hearing officer Hamilton “Chip” Rice Jr. on Jan. 12 took about 10 more minutes of additional testimony before closing the hearing on an application by Vertex Development to construct a 150-foot telecommunications tower on a piece of property owned by the Palm Aire Golf Club. Hamilton has 21 days to issue a notice of intent and Vertex must file an objection within five days of issuance for the order to be reconsidered. A final verdict should be reached within a month.

+ Miracle League unveils sign The Miracle League of Manasota celebrated a special sign unveiling Jan. 10 at Longwood Park to demonstrate the organization is one step closer to building a new synthetically surfaced baseball field for adults and children with disabilities. “The sign unveiling is exciting because we know the next phase is for our new field to become a reality,” said Bob

Mitchell, president of The Miracle League of Manasota. Once completed, the complex will include a custom-designed field with a cushioned rubberized turf to help prevent injuries, wheelchair-accessible dugouts, concession stand and restrooms and a completely flat surface to eliminate barriers for special-needs players. An opening is slated for the fall of 2011.

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College crews christen east rowing facilities By Pam Eubanks | News Editor

EAST COUNTY — Sarasota and Manatee counties ushered in a new era of sports tourism as they hosted some of the topranked rowing teams in the nation for winter training last week. Manatee County even celebrated the grand opening of its new training facility at Fort Hamer Park Jan. 14 — just in time for Harvard University’s nearly 190-person rowing crew to take full advantage of new floating docks, restroom facilities and a roughly 8,000-square-foot boat house. “We’re thrilled,” said Liz O’Leary, head coach for Harvard’s Radcliffe Crew. “There isn’t any place with a boathouse like this. It’s pretty impressive. “The hospitality has been remarkable,” she said. “Everywhere we turn, people are willing to help us.” Benderson Development even retrofitted its Hampton Inn & Suites hotel off U.S. 301 behind the Prime Outlets — Ellenton to accommodate the team with enough beds, as well as with refrigerators and microwaves in every room. The majority of Harvard’s 185 athletes and 13 coaches arrived Jan. 12 and will return to Harvard Jan. 21, O’Leary said. “I have a feeling we better get our reservations early (for next year),” O’Leary said. “There’s going to be a lot of crews that will

Harvard and Notre Dame rowing crews say they are excited about the training options available to them in Manatee and Sarasota counties.

The women’s rowing team for the University of Notre Dame practiced at Nathan Benderson Park Jan. 8-14. want to come out here to train.” Farther south, members of the University of Notre Dame’s Women’s Rowing team stretched their oars over the lake at Nathan Benderson Park for their final day of practice at the facility. Joe Schlosberg, associate head coach for the University of Notre Dame’s Women’s Rowing team, said the team didn’t get to practice quite as much as he’d intended because of last week’s cold weather, but practices were still worthwhile. “It’s still the only state right now without snow,” he said, grinning. Schlosberg noted the area’s training options — from the lake at Nathan Benderson Park to the longer rowing courses available at Fort Hamer and even farther south in Osprey — make the area

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Officials from Manatee and Sarasota counties, Benderson Development and others gathered for ribbon-cutting for Fort Hamer Park Jan. 14. a prime training spot for crews nationwide. “Teams have options in what they can train (on) and how they can train,” he said. “The commu-

nity really offers us a lot of things.” O’Leary agreed, noting rowers need the sustained aerobic workout offered on longer courses, such as on the Manatee River,

whether they compete in sprint or endurance races. “They certainly have all the basic necessities (here),” she said. “It’s really amazing. My hope is the community here agrees.” Manatee County invested $620,000 for the first phase of renovations to Fort Hamer Park, which included the boathouse, restrooms and other facilities. Sarasota County in October voted to increase the county’s tourism tax as a mechanism to raise more than $18 million for the first two phases of a plan to transform the lake at Nathan Benderson Park into a 2,000-meter rowing course with grandstands, ample parking, a boathouse and other amenities for athletes and the community. Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@yourobserver.com.

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Taylor Morrison returns to Ranch The developer/builder Taylor Morrison recently announced plans to build a new 450-home gated community called Esplanade in Lakewood Ranch. the northern entry road into the community and trails throughLAKEWOOD RANCH — Tay- out it, which will be private, as lor Morrison Division President well as for a 12-foot-wide trail Steve Kempton flips through a along Pope Road, which will be binder and lands on a picture accessible to the general public. However, Esplaof home sites woven nade’s focal point around a series of lakes will be its commuand lush greenery. nity amenity campus, The 450-home comwhich will include munity pictured is Estennis courts, a forplanade, the company’s mal lawn, a dog park, new development slata resort-style pool and ed for a 195-acre parcel spa, a fitness center, just east of Pope Road arts and crafts rooms and north of Center Ice and more. Kempton Parkway, adjacent to said a piece of land is the former ice hockey being reserved for a arena site. Plans for Steve Kempton later date so residents the project — only the second to be constructed north can pick the final amenity for the of State Road 70 in Lakewood complex, whether bocce or basRanch — were announced Jan. ketball. Once residents arrive, some10. “(Esplanade is) an old word one will be hired to run the amethat was ‘fortress by the water’ or nities center and schedule activimore appropriately, ‘walkway by ties for homeowners, Kempton the water,’” Kempton said of the said. The age-targeted, active lifecommunity’s name. Nearly every home site sits in style community, which will offront of a lake, and those that fer a variety of Mediterranean don’t instead are offered a view style homes, will be similar to of vegetation. Taylor Morrison Taylor Morrison’s popular Palma is leaving space for a trail along Sola Trace project in Bradenton, By Pam Eubanks | News Editor

The 450-home Esplanade community will be an active lifestyle, maintenance-free neighborhood. options,” he said. Kempton said Taylor Morrison has been working on the project for about one year. The company — formerly Taylor Woodrow and Morrison Homes before the companies merged in 2007 — built homes in Greenbrook. “It’s more of a return,” Kempton said of Taylor Morrison coming to the Ranch. “We’re excited (Schroeder-Manatee Ranch) trusts our ability to develop a pretty significant-sized community. “We’re excited to have this partnership with the Ranch and to be able to offer an active life-

style community,” he said. Taylor Morrison will begin construction, starting with infrastructure for the project, in June or July. About 40% of the project — including the gates, amenities center and the first phase of homes — will be constructed up front. Home prices, although still to be determined, likely will start between $200,000 and $300,000, Kempton said. Home sales are expected to begin in the first quarter of 2012. For more information, visit www.taylormorrison.com. Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@yourobserver.com.

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Sarasota loves its dance. Ballet. Modern dance. Ballroom dance. Butoh dance. Burlesque dance. The list goes on. Now we can add Balinese dance to the mix. Meet Surapsari and Indra Sampranata, founders of the Purnama Sari Balinese Dance Company. The husband-and-wife duo relocated this fall from Bali to a quiet subdivision in Nokomis. They brought with them an impressive collection of traditional masks, a closet full of colorful costumes and 12 years of professional Balinese dance experience that’s so deeply rooted in a spiritual-belief system that dancing is as much who they are as what they do.

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“I think there’s this ordinary life that we all have,” Sampranata says. “And often times we get caught up in the hardware. Balinese dance stirs the inner mystery so that we can begin to marvel at the unknown. Some people call it the universe. Other people call it God. For me, it’s so important to communicate with that world.” To illustrate his point, Sampranata, a native of Puerto Rico, raps his knuckles on the coffee table in front of him. “Balinese dance helps us break identification with the form,” he says. “It’s the embodiment of mysticism.” Balinese dance originated as a way to communicate between the real world (“Sekala”) and

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Mustangs capture No. 1 seed The Lakewood Ranch boys clinched the No. 1 seed in the Class 4A-District 10 tournament Jan. 24-28 after finishing undefeated in the district for the first time in school history. By Jen Blanco | Associate Editor

LAKEWOOD RANCH — Statistically, this season hasn’t gone according to plan for midfielder Joel Ferguson. Ferguson only has four goals through 22 games this season. But rather than letting his disappointment consume him, the junior captain has learned to rely on his teammates to help carry some of the offensive load. “It helps knowing the guys are around to pick up where I’m slacking,” Ferguson said. “We’re playing more like a team this year than we ever have before. We’re strong front to back.” After opening the season with a pair of losses to Manatee and St. Stephen’s and a 3-3 tie against Sarasota, the Lakewood Ranch boys soccer team has won 16 of its last 19 games, including finishing a perfect 6-0 in the district — marking the first time the Mustangs have finished the district season undefeated. Most recently, the team defeated rival Braden River 3-1 Jan. 13 and tied Riverview 1-1 Jan. 17, improving its record to 16-3-3. Marco Padilla, Jason Ferguson and Tyler Norris all scored in the Mustangs win over the Pirates. Joel Ferguson scored in the final two minutes at Riverview. “It’s been amazing for me,” coach Vito Bavaro said. “It’s been, ‘This is Our Year,’ and I believe it. We’re playing great; and no matter what formation we’re playing in, we find a way to win. “It’s been really fun for me,” he

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Manatee County coach Shawn Trent left the majority of the coaching duties up to the rest of his Lakewood Ranch staff.

The Out-of-Door Academy football coach Brett Timmons thoroughly enjoyed his first experience coaching the Sarasota County All-Stars.

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Braden River High senior Dipo Kolawale was one of six running backs on the Manatee County All-Stars roster. Below: Riverview’s Jonny Evans attempts a pass during the 19th Annual Brad Price Memorial PAL Bowl Jan. 14.

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The Out-of-Door Academy’s Brett Timmons and Lakewood Ranch’s Shawn Trent served as the head coaches for their respective counties in the 19th Annual Brad Price Memorial PAL Bowl Jan. 14. By Jen Blanco | Associate Editor

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Braden River’s Tyler Marshall battles Lakewood Ranch’s Joel Ferguson for the ball Jan. 13.

LAKEWOOD RANCH — They run completely different offensive and defensive schemes. Their players compete on entirely different levels. And their teams will never meet on the gridiron during the regular season. But even with all of their differences, there is still one opinion Out-of-Door Academy football coach Brett Timmons and Lakewood Ranch coach Shawn Trent share: The PAL Bowl is all about giving the players one last opportunity to show off their talents to college

scouts and the community. “These guys are football players,” Timmons said. “They (want) the opportunity to compete and showcase their talents. They live for Friday Night Lights. “It’s a great deal that the Sarasota PAL and Manatee PAL give these kids an opportunity to have one last shot at high school football,” he said. “Some of these young (guys) will be blessed to play in college, but for most of them this is the last time they’ll put on a helmet and shoulder pads.” Trent agreed.

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PAL / FROM PAGE 15 “The kids that are out here want to be out here,” he said. “(As a coach) I want to try to showcase the kids’ talents, so they (might) end up getting a chance to play in college.” Timmons and Trent did just that during the 19th Annual Brad Price Memorial PAL Bowl Jan. 14 at Lakewood. The annual high school all-star games pits the top senior players in Manatee and Sarasota counties against one another one final time. “I watched the PAL Bowl when I was younger and always wanted to play in the game,” Braden River senior kicker Kadin Kerns said. “I was very excited when I was picked to play. Each week during the season, we played against some of these great players. I never thought I would be on the same team though. It was a great experience.” Timmons served as the head coach for Sarasota County for the first time, while Trent was named Manatee County’s head coach for the second time. “It’s been a great experience to work with the best Sarasota has to offer; and to be able to work with kids that you don’t normally get to work with and to see what others in the county get to play and deal with,” Timmons said. “It’s fun to get to know other kids,” Trent said. “There’s a reason why they are here.” Both Timmons and Trent began practicing with their respective all-stars earlier this month. The two teams ran offensive and defensive schemes similar to those run by their coach’s teams; but with only a handful of prac-

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Lakewood Ranch’s Harrison Skokos breaks away for a 30-yard run in the second quarter.

Below: Braden River’s Dakota Wilson was one of six Pirates selected to play.

Damian Johnson played running back and wide receiver. tices, the two East County coaches admit there is only so much you can do. “We’re trying to make it as easy as possible,” Trent said. “We only practiced four or five times, and the last thing you want is for a kid to look bad because he made a mental mistake. “We don’t want the kids to look bad,” he said. “This is an opportunity for them to show off their talents.” Timmons agreed.

“The biggest challenge is taking the terminology and verbiage, and making it one common language because there are so many different systems,” he said. “We just want to melt it all together, taking the good from each program and putting a final product on the field.” This year, the PAL Bowl turned into a defensive and special teams battle. In the end, the Manatee County All-Stars walked away with a 10-9 victory.

Trailing 3-0 in the first quarter, Kerns kicked a 30-yard field goal to even the score. Manatee tacked on four more points on a pair of safeties. Venice’s Josh Boyle scored the game’s lone touchdown — a 14-yard reception from Booker’s Jermaine Leverette — giving Sarasota a 9-5 lead. But in the third quarter, Bradenton Christian’s Austin Dumas drilled a 49-yard field goal to push Manatee ahead. “It was amazing playing with these guys,” Lakewood senior An-

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said. “When you look in these kids’ eyes, you can see they want to win. We’re just playing great soccer.” On Jan. 7, Lakewood defeated Dixie Hollins 4-2, wrapping up their undefeated district season while capturing the No. 1 seed in the Class 4A-District 10 tournament in the process. As a result, the Mustangs will enjoy a first-round bye before hosting either Bayshore or St. Pete Lakewood in a district semifinal match Jan. 27. The winner of the Mustangs district semifinal match will advance to the district finals Jan. 28. But the Mustangs know that nothing is guaranteed — even if you’re the top seed in the tournament. Last season, the No. 2 seeded Mustangs finished as the district runner-up after a disappointing 4-0 loss to Palmetto, which Lakewood beat during the regular season. “We just have to play like it’s our last game,” Joel Ferguson said. Senior goalkeeper Dan Murray agreed. “They always come out at us,” Murray said of district rivals Braden River and Palmetto. “They always seem to step up their game when they play us.” After watching the Lakewood girls soccer team advance to the state semifinals last season, the Mustangs have been focused on advancing to the state tournament ever since the season began. “Our ultimate goal is obviously to get to (states), but right now our (focus) is on smaller goals, taking it game by game and then districts, regionals and states,” Padilla said. The Mustangs, who were in the midst of a 14-game winning streak before tying Riveview Jan. 17, credit their success this season to their overall depth as a team. Padilla has led the way for Lakewood offensively with 19 of the Mustangs 59 goals this season. But the players remain confident they’ll be successful no matter who is out on the field. “Anyone who comes on the field gives

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100%,” Padilla said. “We’re very deep. We’re a team.” “They play for each other,” Bavaro said. “There’s no individual glory. No matter who is coming in off the bench, even if they’re younger, they’re doing their part. They play for me, and I coach for them. “We rotate five guys and those coming in are just as good if not better than the guys they’re replacing,” he said. “That’s tough for teams to (counteract).” Additionally, the Mustangs have received a boost defensively from Murray, who already has seven shutouts on the season. “This is probably my best season,” Murray said. “I started off really bad, but knowing I’m a senior this year — I knew I needed to step my game up. This is my last year, and I just want to do my best all of the time.” Lakewood now will turn its attention to next week’s district tournament,pal as it prepares for what it hopes will be another district title run. “We just need to do what we’ve been doing and play the way that we’ve been playing,” senior captain Seth Browning said. Contact Jen Blanco at jblanco@yourobserver.com.

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The Lakewood Ranch High boys soccer team defeated Braden River 3-1 Jan. 13. Marco Padilla, Jason Ferguson and Tyler Norris all scored for the Mustangs. On Jan. 17, Lakewood tied Riverview 1-1. Joel Ferguson scored the Mustangs lone goal in the final two minutes. Lakewood improves to 16-3-3 on the season.

+ Lady Mustangs close season with wins

The Lakewood Ranch High girls soccer team closed out its regular season with a pair of wins over Venice and St. Stephen’s Jan. 11 and 13. The Lady Mustangs defeated Venice 1-0. Aubrey Riggins scored Lakewood’s only goal off an assist from Sarah Miller. Lakewood closed the regular season with a 1-0 victory over St. Stephen’s on senior night Jan. 13. Kaitlin Deglman scored for the Lady Mustangs off an assist from Miller. Lakewood returns to action at 7 p.m., Jan. 21 in the Class 4A-District 10 tournament.

+ Mustangs win Marauder Duals

The Lakewood Ranch High wrestling team finished 5-0 to win first place at the Marauder Duals Jan. 15 at Clearwater Central Catholic. Even Dipsiner (103 pounds), Jacob Soles (112), Blake Riley-Hawkins (119), Nick Schilson (145), Damian Simunovic (152) and Kyle Riley-Hawkins (189) all went undefeated for the Mustangs. Simunovic also was named the team’s Most Valuable Wrestler.

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Caleb Baker, 10 months, thoroughly enjoyed playing with a straw, much to the amusement of his grandfather, Phill. Left: Ricardo Gayosso, 3, enjoyed the midway with his mother, Lorena Hernandez.

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Magic The sights and sounds of the Manatee County Fair filled the air as the Manatee County Fair opened Jan. 13. Festivities, including concerts, demonstrations and shows, continue through Jan. 23.

Makayla Fredenburg, 6, Gina Alvarez, 8, and Mariah Fredenburg, 9, enjoyed dinner with their families.

Five-year-old Brook Strickland, front, rode the carousel with her cousin, Hope Kennedy.

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Polo Grill showcases area private schools The Out-of-Door Academy and St. Stephen’s Episcopal School welcomed families to The Polo Grill and Bar’s Fête Ballroom for the seventh Private School Fair Jan. 11. More than 20 area schools were on hand to answer questions about their programs. — Pam Eubanks Tina Pouso, director of Kiddie Academy, and Marina Wolf-Schmidt, owner, welcomed potential students. Out-of-Door Academy seniors Amelia Cotter and Tim Dobosz enjoed the event with Lynda Carver and Jenna and Avery Carver.

Connie Manson, Peter Chin, Martha David and Glenda Gracia represented Sarasota Waldorf School.

Denise Cobb and Jannon Pierce, of Bradenton Christian School, chatted with Jeremy Piper, of Dreams Are Free School.

Parent Michelle Thomsen, along with Early Childhood Director Sandy Sinkfield and School Coordinator Marlene Thompson represented Good Shepherd School.

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Palm-Aire tees off for breast health More than 50 members of the Palm-Aire Nine Hole Women’s Golf Association bundled up and hit the green for the association’s Breast Health Day nine-hole tournament Jan. 13. Members enjoyed a luncheon before teeing off to benefit breast health. Following the tournament, participants enjoyed an ice cream social. — Jen Blanco

Vivian Legeay made sure to bundle up before heading out onto the course.

Daryl Bayer attempted to stay warm while her teammates teed off.

Jane Messimer, Pam Mathews, Donna Vasko and Susan Brooks wore pink in support of Breast Health Day.

Marge Jones, Rollie Truelove, Carol Orr and Mary LaRue enjoyed playing in the tournament.

Vivian Legeay, Daryl Bayer and Rose Morello didn’t let the cold weather keep them from competing in the tournament.

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Historical society trolls Manatee River for trash Members of the Old Braden River Historical Society headed to the river Jan. 15 for the group’s first river cleanup of the year. Participants climbed into canoes and kayaks to retrieve all kinds of items from the river. — Submitted by Bill Halstead Yvonne Bedell, left, Lori Dengler, Lynn Longenecker and Lynn Dallesandro

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Financial Forum @ The Meadows — This group will meet at 9 a.m., Jan. 20, at The Meadows Village Pub, 5013 Ringwood Meadows, Sarasota. Eric Larsen, of JP Morgan, will speak on capital markets in 2011. Pierre Schutte, 587-8174.

Southeast Manatee County Democratic Club —This group will host Dr. Stan Katz at its luncheon at 11:30 a.m., Jan. 20, at Peridia Golf and Country Club, 4950 Peridia Blvd. Katz will deliver a speech titled, “Is This a Democracy or Government by and for the Rich?” Paul Dain, 756-4050 or pdain@ tampabay.rr.net.

Financial Forum @ The R anch —This group will meet at 9 a.m., Jan. 20, at the Serving Spoon, 8215 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. Speaker will be from Pimco, the authority on bonds. Erich Weber, 350-5379. Kick-off B ash for H umane Society at Lakewood R anch —This event will be at 6 p.m., Jan. 20, at The Marinaccio residence at The Concession, 20818 Parkstone Terrace. Enjoy wine, hor d’ouerves and more. Tickets are $50 per person. All proceeds benefit the Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch. For more, visit www.HSLWR.org. Nolan Middle School Choice Open H ouse —This event will be from 6-7 p.m., Jan. 20, at the school, 6615 Greenbrook Blvd. Learn about the academic and enrichment opportunities available at Nolan. 751-8200, Ext. 201. Pajama Party and B ook-Signing with Tracey Williams —Little Bookworms will host this event at 6 p.m., Jan. 20, at the store, 8111 Lakewood Main St., Suite 103. Williams will read and sign copies of her book, “Go Back to Bed!” Children should come in their pajamas for the story reading, cookies & hot cocoa, and a book-

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Fri., Jan. 21 E lectric Myakka — This East County band will perform from 6-9 p.m., Jan. 21, at Terra Ceia Bay Golf & Country Club, 2802 Terra Ceia Bay Blvd. 729-8029. Friday Night Live — Chabad of Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch will host this event from 7:45 p.m., Jan. 21. Teens (13-18) are invited to Rabbi Mendy and Chanie’s home for a delicious Shabbat meal in a fun and lively atmosphere. No charge. 752-3030. Lakewood R anch R epublican Club — This club will meet at noon, Jan. 21, at University Park Country Club, 7671 The Park Blvd. Guest speaker will be Manatee County Commissioner Donna Hayes. For more, call Dr. Craig Trigueiro’s office, 753-7843. Omni Dance Band — This band will perform from 9 p.m. to midnight, Jan. 21, at The Polo Grill and Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop. 782-0899. Torah Tots — Chabad of Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch will host this event from 9-10 a.m., Jan. 21, at

To publicize your event in our community calendar, please send it via fax: 753-8456; by mail: 8780 S.R. 70 E., Ste. 101, Bradenton, FL 34202; or by e-mail: meng@yourobserver.com. Photos are welcome. Deadline is noon Thursday.

the center, 11509 Palmbrush Trail. Join other parents, grandparents and caregivers to explore a child’s world through story, song, cooking, crafts and circle time. Torah Tots is held every third Friday. Suggested donation is $6. 752-3030. Wine Tasting — Katy Rose Olive Oils will host a tasting from 5-8 p.m., Jan. 21, at the shop, 8111 Lakewood Main St., Suite 105. The free tasting will feature Stanley Lambert wines. 907-0306. Wine Tasting — WineStyles Lakewood Ranch will host this tasting from 5-7 p.m., Jan. 21, at the shop, 8225 Nature’s Way, San Marco Plaza. Brian LaPalm from Noble Wines will lead this free tasting. 306-5804.

Sat., Jan. 22 H umane Society at Lakewood R anch — This group will host an adoption event from 10 a.m. to noon, Jan. 22, at Holistic for Pets, 8728 S.R. 70 E. The event will feature German shepherd mix puppies and adult dogs. E lectric Myakka — This East County band will perform from 7-10 p.m., Jan. 22, at Kojak’s Rib House, Palmetto. 729-8986. Linda Baker and Peter Tavalin — These musicians will perform from 7-10 p.m., Jan. 22, at The Polo Grill and Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop. 782-0899. Spaghetti Dinner —Our Lady Queen of the Martyrs Catholic Church will host this event from 3:30-6:30 p.m., Jan. 22, at the church, 833 Magellan Drive. Cost is

$7 for adults, $2 for children 6-12; free for children under 6. 7551826. R itz-Carlton Members Golf Club Five-Year Anniversary — RitzCarlton Members Golf Club will host golf pro and U.S. Open winner Paula Creamer during its fifth anniversary celebration at 11 a.m., Jan. 22, at the club, 15150 70th Terrace E. 809-4107. Wakeland E lementary School Choice Open H ouse and International Festival — Wakeland Elementary will host this event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Jan. 22, at the school, 1812 27th St. E. The event will feature international games, crafts, entertainment, food and demo lessons for our IB program. Johnson Middle and Southeast High also will be represented. 741-3358.

Mon., Jan. 24 Beginner’s Conversational Italian with R oberto — These Italian classes will be from 6:30-8 p.m., Mondays, at Mamma Onesti’s, 8453 Cooper Creek Blvd. Cost is $45 per lesson or $160 for the entire class; includes dinner every evening. RSVP to (727) 866-6892.

Tues., Jan. 25 Braden R iver Middle School Open H ouse — Braden River Middle will host its Open House from 5:30-7 p.m., Jan. 25, at the school, 6215 River Club Blvd. 751-7080. Conversational H ebrew — Chabad of Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch will host this course from 7-8 p.m.,

Tuesdays from Jan. 11-25, at the center, 11509 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch. Cost is $125. 752-3030. Fox Business Group —This group will host its weekly business luncheon at noon, Jan. 18, at Duff’s Original Buffet, 6010 14th St. W. 758-2404. Manatee Chamber of Commerce 48th Annual Dinner & Membership Appreciation Ceremony —This event will be from 5-8 p.m., Jan. 25, at The Polo Grill and Bar’s Fête Ballroom, 10670 Boardwalk Loop. Ticket are $60, and table sponsorships are $750. RSVP required. Elba Viruet, ElbaV@ManateeChamber.com, or visit manateechamber.com.

Wed., Jan. 26 Charity Bartending Night — Junior Achievement will be pouring drinks and raising money from 6:30-9:30 p.m., Jan. 26, at The Polo Grill and Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop. 782-0899. Lakewood R anch H igh School Open H ouse — Lakewood Ranch High School will host its Open House for next year’s ninth-graders from 5:30-7 p.m., Jan. 26, at the school, 5500 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. Students and parents can tour the campus, meet and speak with teachers and staff and learn about the academic opportunities and extra-curricular activities offered at Lakewood. Most of the activities will be held in the school’s courtyard, so dress for the weather. Vito Bavaro, academic adviser, 727-6100, Ext. 2199.

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Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School Open House — Saint Stephen’s will host an Open House from 1-3 p.m., Jan. 26, at the school, 315 41st St. W. Prospective students in grades Pre-K3 through 12th grades will have the opportunity to tour the campus, meet faculty and administrators and learn about the admissions process. Linda Lutz, 746-2121, Ext. 68 or llutz@saintstephens.org.

Thurs., Jan. 27 CornerStone Title Presents “Jet Pilots Don’t Have Rear View Mirrors” —Cornerstone Title will present this seminar at 9:30 a.m., Jan. 27, at The Polo Grill and Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop. Master sales trainer and coach Alan B. Thompson will inspire real estate professionals to learn from the past year without living in the past at a seminar aimed at helping participants to set goals and chart their course for success in 2011. There is no cost for the seminar and lunch. Supporting materials will be made available for $4.95. To register, call 708-0300 or send an e-mail to mary@cornerstonetitle.biz. Friends of the Braden River Branch Library Winter Book Sale —This sale will be from Jan. 27-29 at the library, 4915 S.R. 70 E. The sale begins with a members-only preview from 5-8 p.m., Jan. 27. The sale will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Jan. 28, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.., Jan. 29. 727-6079.

Fri., Jan. 28 Soulercoaster — This band will perform from 9 p.m. to midnight, Jan. 28, at The Polo Grill and Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop. 782-0899. Friends of the Braden River

NeIGHBORHOOD Branch Library Book Discussion Group — This group meets at 6:30 p.m., the second Tuesday of each month, at the library, 4915 S.R. 70 E. The group will discuss William P. Young’s “The Shack” at its Jan. 11 meeting. 727-6079. Ladies Lunch & Learn — Chabad of Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch will host this event from noon to 1 p.m., Jan. 11, at the center, 11509 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch. 752-3030.

business Ali Lassen’s Leads Club — University Professional Women’s Chapter — This group will meet at noon, Fridays, at Bonefish Grill, 8010 Cooper Creek Blvd. Cost is $15. Wendy Moore, 371-1151. Biz Mom Connections: North Sarasota — This chapter meets at 10:45 a.m., the second and fourth Mondays, at Shapes Total Fitness, 8303 Cooper Creek Blvd. Beth Leipold, 809-0215. Biz Mom Connections: East Bradenton — This chapter meets at 9:45 a.m., the second and fourth Thursdays, at Crispers Fresh Salad & Such, 8764 S.R. 70 E. Marie Tannus, 5245380.

BNI Chapter Referrals Around the Ranch — This business-referral group meets at 7:30 a.m., Tuesdays, at ComCenter, 9040 Town Center Parkway, Lakewood Ranch. Jay Wittner, 586-8885. Creative Business Connection: Lakewood Ranch Breakfast Chapter — This group meets at 7:30 a.m., Thursdays, at Serving Spoon, 8215 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. 907-3010. Creative Business Connections: Lakewood Ranch Lunch Chapter — This group meets at 11:45 a.m., Thursdays, at Serving Spoon, 8215 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. Pat Baker, 812-8616, or www.cbcnet.biz. Creative Business Connections: State Road 64 Lunch Chapter — This group meets at 11:30 a.m., Wednesdays, at Stoneybrook Restaurant in Heritage Harbor, 8720 Port Harbour Parkway. 3557665. Creative Business Connections: University Chapter — This group meets at 7:30 a.m., Thursdays, at Serving Spoon, 8215 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. Pat Baker, 812-8616. Exchange Club of Manasota East — This group meets at 8

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Lakewood Ranch Business Club — This non-compete group meets at 1 p.m., Thursdays, at Webster University, 8043 Cooper Creek Blvd., Suite 101. lakewoodranchbusinessclub.com or info@lakewoodranchbusinessclub.com. Lakewood Ranch Executives Leads — This group meets at noon Wednesdays, at Stingray’s Grill, at 6260 Lake Osprey Drive, Lakewood Ranch. Lunch is $12.50 and is all-inclusive. 371-1151. Lakewood Ranch Professional Women’s Networking Group — This non-compete group meets at 11:45 a.m., Wednesdays, at River Club Restaurant, 6600 River Club Blvd. Women interested in business networking are welcome. $11 for lunch. Rhonda, 929-1888, Ext. 221. Manatee Real Estate Investor Association — This group meets at 11:45 a.m., the first and third Fridays of the month, at New China Buffet, 8341 Lockwood Ridge Rd., Sarasota. Mike Tullio, 228-1020. Positively Speaking Toastmasters — This group meets at 6 p.m.,

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Women with Connections LWR — This business-referral group meets at 7:30 a.m., Tuesdays, at The Serving Spoon, 8215 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. 302-1309.

community Eastside Duplicate Bridge

Club — This club meets at 1 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, at Oneco Kiwanis Community Center, 1720 53rd Ave. E. Duplicate bridge players of all skill levels are welcome. 739-1100. MOMS Club of Manatee — This club, which provides support for stay-at-home mothers, hosts monthly meetings and other events such as play groups, field trips and more. 753-5678 or momsclubofmanatee@yahoo.com. Polish-American Club of Colony Cove — The only active club of Polish-American descendents in the area meets at 1 p.m., the third Tuesday of each month, at Colony Cove, 4313 Kings Drive, Ellenton.

Around the World Progressive Dinner — Lakewood Ranch Main Street restaurateurs will be taking residents on a culinary trip around the world at 6 p.m., Jan. 27, on Main Street. From the Japan and Scotland to France and Mexico —and all the way back to the United States — the Around the World Progressive Dinner will give guests a variety of tastes throughout the night. The schedule includes: 6 p.m.: Saijo Sushi & Japanese Restaurant; 6:30 p.m.: Eduardo’s Cantina; 7 p.m.: MacAllisters Grill and Tavern; 7:30 p.m.: The Polo Grill and Bar; and 8 p.m.: Paris Bistrot. Cost is $60 per ticket and includes food, a specialty cocktail from each region and more. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Space is limited. For more information or to make reservations, contact Melissa Vu at The Polo Grill and Bar, 782-0899, Ext. 235, or melissa@ pologrillandbar.com.

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Birds of a feather give together Harry and Victoria Leopold, dressed as Pappageno and Pappagena from the Sarasota Opera’s production of The Magic Flute, will do anything to get you to attend the opera! In fact, they love and support the whole gamut of the arts in Sarasota and would bring everyone in the world here to share their enthusiasm if they could. When it comes to giving back to their community and strengthening the arts, the Leopolds put their trust in the expertise of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. By partnering with us, they learn of the best opportunities for their charitable giving, while enjoying peace of mind and the added value of leadership, stability and donor service.

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LAKEWOOD RANCH — After eight years with Prudential Palms Realty (now Prudential Lakewood Ranch Realty), the top-producing Jim Soda Group announced it joined Keller Williams Realty and brought another top-producing team — Ian and Julie Cutmore — with it. “It was a good fit for us,” Jim Soda said of Keller Williams. “The model they use really supports a team system. It’s a great structure for real estate groups to grow.” And growing is what the Sodas plan to do. The couple already has made connections with Keller Williams teams in Miami, Ohio and California for referrals and plans to keep expanding its network. The Soda Group also plans to add team members from Siesta Key, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Anna Maria and Bradenton, as well as to form luxury and international departments. “This is a dynamic move, not only for us but for our buyers and sellers,” Donna Soda said. Jim added: “We have more leeway. We’re our own umbrella under a major umbrella.” The Cutmores, whom the Sodas met about six years ago, will bring an international expertise to the Soda Group. Originally from England, the Cutmores have helped international clients relocate to the area throughout their career here. “They’re as dedicated to the business as we are,” Donna Soda said. “We have the same goals. We want to grow, and we want to grow with people with the same convictions.” “Every transaction we ever did together was always pleasant,” Jim Soda said. Together, the Sodas and the Cutmores are responsible for more than $250 mil-

Meet the Cutmores

Originally from County Durham in northeastern England, Ian and Julie Cutmore moved to Florida in 2001. After building a home in Lakewood Ranch, the Cutmores soon became involved in real estate, starting initially with Lakewood Ranch Realty. The couple has received the Five Star Best in Customer Satisfaction Award every year since 2006. “We just feel as a team we can combine our resources and knowledge,” Ian Cutmore said of the decision to join the Soda Group. “We’ve got over 30 years combined experience together, and we think that’s quite a package to serve our customers better. “We’re excited,” he said. “We’re looking forward to it. We feel the real estate market, particularly in this area, is doing really well.” lion in combined real estate transactions over the past eight years. Trendgraphix reports for the 34202 zip code show they are the No. 1 and No. 2 real estate teams in Lakewood Ranch. Although they had to climb over boxes, rearrange furniture and keep up with paperwork last week, the Sodas say they stayed productive as they moved into their new Keller Williams office at 6710 Professional Parkway. The Lakewood Ranch residents said they are excited about their new affiliation. Jim Soda will be a panelist for a session on marketing and branding during Keller Williams’ Family Reunion event in California next month.

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Together, Julie and Ian Cutmore, left, and Jim and Donna Soda, right, are responsible for more than $250 million in real estate transactions in the last two years.

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Jim Soda is a member of the Top 5 in Real Estate Network, an accredited buyers representative, a certified new home sales professional and a certified luxury home marking specialist. Donna Soda, who has a background in the stock market, joined her husband in real estate in 2004 and is responsible for The Jim Soda Group’s online marketing, blogging and social media.

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The Sodas also plan to hold more seminars for prospective homebuyers, such as one on currency exchange and international purchases, likely sometime in March. “We’re also planning to do more short sale seminars in the future,” Donna Soda said. “There’s a huge thirst (for that).” The Sodas said they have been considering changing real estate companies for about the past six months and settled on Keller Williams because it best suited their goals. Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@ yourobserver.com.

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Quick pitches key at Ranch networking event The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance hosted its first networking event of 2011 Jan. 12 at The Polo Grill and Bar. Sixty alliance members participated in the group’s speed networking event, taking just three minutes to share about themselves and their companies, before swapping partners. Jane von Hahmann, of Manatee County The remainder of the eve- School District, had a blast at the event. ning’s 200 guests watched the festivities while conducting some networking of their own. — Pam Eubanks Right: Gregg Anderson, of Digital Image Business Solutions, and Doug Ross, of Collaborative Solutions Consulting, got an early start to their evening of speed networking.

Cherri Kessler, of RBC, and Stacey Romano, of M&I, checked guests in at last week’s event.

Gail Sanderson, of Keller Williams, met Maryellen McGrath, of Adding Advantages Consulting, and Ruth and Michael Harshman, both of Impact Mediation, during her first alliance event.

Marie Avery, of Re/Max Alliance Group, and Debbie Lamb, owner of Signs Now, were eager to get started in their speed networking event.

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Ken Sanborn, founder and CEO of Sanborn Studios, and Studios President Karinne Behr announced last week the additions of Alan J. Bailey as CFO and Dan Forman as senior vice president of programming and development. Bailey spent 35 years with Paramount Studios and most recently served as senior vice president and treasurer. His accomplishments include recruiting $300 million in asset-backed financing and bringing in $150 million to help launch Paramount’s specialty-film division Paramount Vantage. That led to award-winning movies such as “No Country For Old Men,” “There Will Be Blood,” and “Babel.” Bailey also saved Paramount more than $75 million through state production incentives for movies such as “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Up In The Air,” and “Shutter Island.” Under his production label “Moving Star Media,” Bailey has produced a variety of motion pictures and TV shows. He is co-founder and Executive Producer of the Pasadena “Action on Film” International Film Festival and the American International Film festival. “The addition of Alan Bailey to our management team is another giant leap forward for Sanborn Studios,” Sanborn said. “Alan is an experienced and dynamic veteran of the entertainment industry.” Dan Forman comes to Sanborn Studios after serving as senior vice president and station manager of WNBC. A two-time Emmy Award winner, Forman produced nationally recognized coverage of the events surrounding the tragedy of 9/11 attacks. Forman will oversee production of Sanborn’s first TV series, “Miami 24/7,” which has been picked up in overseas markets. The show is already in pre-production.

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Latin chamber announces board The Gulf Coast Latin Chamber of Commerce announced the appointment of officers to the board for 2011.

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+ Neal Communities signs 17 contractS Neal Communities reported last week it signed 17 contracts in December 2010. The Lakewood Ranch-based homebuilder finished the year with 275 signed contracts and 295 secured building permits, setting a 10-year record of activity for the company and making Neal the top single-family home builder in Southwest Florida. The last time Neal experienced so much activity was during the housing boom in

2004 when it signed 264 contracts. “Buyers are seeing that the bottom is behind us, and with two back-to-back severe winters up north, the demand for Florida homes will rise dramatically,” said Neal Communities Director of Sales David Hunihan. “We have high expectations for 2011.” For more information, visit nealcommunities.com.

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This home in the Country Club of Lakewood Ranch features four bedrooms, five-and-onehalf baths, a pool and 6,009 square feet of living area.

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The following residential real estate transactions took place between Nov. 18 and Dec. 10, 2010. A home in the Country Club of Lakewood Ranch tops this week’s real estate transactions. Ronald Carabbia, Lakewood Ranch, sold his home at 6902 Belmont Court to Christopher and Jennifer Feeney, Bradenton, for $1.04 million. Built in 2006, it has four bedrooms, fiveand-one-half baths, a pool and 6,009 square feet of living area.

their home at 2809 112th Terrace E. to Clifford and Janis Heath, Parrish, for $289,000. Built in 2001, it has four bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,766 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $268,900 in 2001.

Oakleaf Hammock

GMAC Mortgage LLC sold the home at 7004 40th Court E. to Raymond Bartels, Ellenton, for $285,000. Built in 2006, it has three bedrooms, three-and-onehalf baths and 3,890 square feet of living area. It sold for $517,000 in 2010.

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EAST COUNTY Golf Pointe at Palm-Aire Country Club

Constance Ganz, trustee, Sarasota, sold the unit V-232 condominium at 7304 Golf Pointe Circle to Garland and Maria Monroe, Sarasota, for $235,000. Built in 1986, it has two bedrooms, one bath and 1,980 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $143,900 in 1986.

NORTH MANATEE Foxbrook

Gregg and Pamela Scott, Apollo Beach, sold their home at 5311 Saddlewood Terrace to Thomas and Janette Girvin, Parrish, for $334,000. Built in 2005, it has three bedrooms, three-and-one-half baths, a pool and 3,177 square feet of living area.

River Woods

Gary and Susann Boyd, Parrish, sold

Sandra Neuling of Cary, N.C., sold her home at 4907 Bay State Road to Jennifer Rich and Justin Rice, Palmetto, for $271,000. Built in 1975, it has two bedrooms, two-and-one-half baths, a pool and 1,512 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $237,500 in 2002.

Old Mill Preserve

Taylor Morrison of Florida Inc. sold the home at 7115 Mill Hopper Court to Alexander and Wilma Figueroa, Palmetto, for $270,000. Built in 2010, it has five bedrooms, four baths and 3,268 square feet.

Lakeside Preserve

K. Hovnanian Windward Homes LLC sold the home at 12112 56th St. E. to Troy Davis, Cheryl Davis and Leon Paige, Parrish, for $200,000. Built in 2010, it has four bedrooms, two-and-one-half baths and 2,396 square feet of living area.

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TOP BUILDING PERMITS

These are the largest East County building permits issued by Manatee County for the week of Dec. 6-24, 2010, in order of dollar amounts.

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# 44129 Cindy Wells 941-322-6381 941-928-2168

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Located off of SR 70 E. 1 mile North on Verna Bethany Rd. 7804 Barr Road Myakka City, FL 34251

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THE EAST COUNTY OBSERVER The EAST COUNTY Observer Thursday, January20, 20, 2011 THURSDAY, JANUARY 2011

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The EAST COUNTY Observer THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011

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Reasons to Choose Prudential Lakewood Ranch Realty. #1 in Total Sales #1 in Percentage of Listings #1 in Percentage of Buyers #1 in Listing Sales #1 in Buyer Sales

Short Sale – Reduced $84,000

$75,000

Terraces of Tara Stunning fairway views, Beautifully renovated Lakewood Ranch

ZERO

$269,000

Longwood Run Reduced $15,000

$200,000

Just Listed in East Sarasota

REASONS TO WAIT.

In 2010, we ranked #1 in every real estate sales category in Lakewood Ranch.*

Edgewater Cove Maint. Free, Preserve View, Community pool & boat launch

Longwood Run Tranquil lake view, Extended lanai for entertaining

$319,000

Manatee Reduced $20,000

Eastlake Gorgeous pool + lake views! Peaceful, quiet neighborhood

East Sarasota Reduced $200,000

In 2011, we’re the agency to trust with your real estate investment.

$299,900

No One Knows Lakewood Ranch Better. Call today to let us help buy or sell your home, 941-907-2000 or visit www.PruLWR.com

Waterlefe Golf & River Club Lake views, Gated golfing & boating community

Lakewood Ranch Reduced $104,000

$549,000

Laurel Oak Estates Gracious Southern living, Gated Golf Community

East Sarasota Reduced $30,000

Visit Our Newest Location: Main Street Lakewood Ranch! *Trendgraphix statistics from January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010 when combining Prudential Lakewood Ranch Realty and Prudential Palms Realty. Founders Club Reduced $254,000

Lakewood Ranch Reduced $125,100 $525,000

Silverwood Like new! Salerno floor plan, Pool & spa w/paver lanai

$639,000

Manatee Reduced $62,999

$537,000 Waterlefe Golf & River Club Executive home, Heated pool/spa, Golfing & Boating Community

Trillium Elegant Family home, Many Upgrades, Gated

Lakewood Ranch Reduced $20,000

$1,224,900

Lakewood Ranch Country Club Lake & golf views, pool & summer kitchen

$1,695,000

Founders Club Casual elegance, Sweeping golf views, Gated

$729,900

Edgewater Pointe Gorgeous Unique Home, Lake views, Furnished

*Short Sale

941-907-2000 ~ Over 5,000 listings on our website: PruLWR.com Agents conveniently located at: Lakewood Ranch Main Street ~ Market Street in Lakewood Ranch ~ Siesta Key Downtown Sarasota, Tamiami Trail ~ Palmer Ranch ~ St. Armand’s Circle ~ Stoneybrook ~ Longboat Key

Prudential Lakewood Ranch Realty and Prudential Palms Realty are sister companies serving Manatee and Sarasota Counties. © 2010. An independently owned and operated member

of Prudential Real Estate Affiliates, Inc.

Prudential is a registered service mark of The Prudential Insurance Company of America.

Equal Housing Opportunity

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Highest Overall Satisfaction for Home Sellers Among National Full Service Real Estate Firms

East County Observer - Thursday, January 20, 2011  

East County Observer - Thursday, January 20, 2011

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