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In this issue Ritz-Carlton throws anniversary bash. 1B

BLACK TIE exclusive: CIRCUS SHOW OF Soirée SUPPORT

Circus Sarasota celebrates Michael’s On East at gala. 10A

Ranch VFW collects donations for troops in Afghanistan. 7A

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Thursday, JANUARY 27, 2011

update

Lakewood Humane Society finds home Stanley Steemer owners Mark and Connie Gellner have offered the use of their building for the cause.

Shelley and Dante Talarico

By Pam Eubanks | News Editor

+ Gullett students publish first book

LAKEWOOD RANCH — Autumn Solomon is still reveling in the excitement of last week’s events.

You may want to get autographs from students in Jackie Vixamar’s first-grade class at Gullett Elementary — while you still can. The class published recently its first book, “If You Give a Student a Gator Bait ...” The book is the culmination of an ongoing class project based on the school’s Positive Behavior System. The authors and their parents enjoyed an Authors Tea Jan. 13 to celebrate the book’s release.

Just two months after launching the Humane Society of Lakewood Ranch, not only is the organization more than halfway to its $25,000 short-term fundraising goal — raising more than

INSIDE For photos of the Lakewood Ranch Humane Society’s KickOff Bash, see page 9A. $14,000 during a Jan. 20 fundraiser at the home of MGA Insurance owners Lou and Ann Marie

SEE HUMANE / PAGE 4A

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Ranch CDD seeks new security provider

Lakewood Community Development District 1 supervisors will set more specific instructions for their security contractor. By Pam Eubanks | News Editor

+ Mooney hits track for CMN

Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School Key Club will sponsor its 10th annual five-mile walk-a-thon beginning at 9 a.m., Jan. 29, at Austin Smithers Stadium, 4171 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. The walk will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network, All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg and the Joey Powers Leukemia Project. Powers was a junior at Cardinal Mooney who passed away in November after he was diagnosed with leukemia in June 2010. Registration begins at 9 a.m., and the walk is from 10 a.m. to noon on the track. For more information, call Scott Scheuer at 371-4917.

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The Lakewood Ranch High girls soccer team captured the Class 4A-District 10 Championship with a 5-0 victory over Seminole Osceola. For a complete story and more photos, see page 14A.

LAKEWOOD RANCH — Supervisors of Lakewood Ranch Community Development District 1 are acting quickly to secure a new security provider for their district. Supervisors on Jan. 20 approved a more specific scope of work for the position and authorized staff to move forward with a request for proposal. Unhappy with the work of Allegiance Security, which the board hired about a year ago to replace Wackenhut Corp., board members hope to have a new security provider in place by mid-April, when Allegiance’s contract extension expires. “I’m just hoping we can be more specific than we were last time so we can get somebody we think is more acceptable,” CDD 1 Supervisor

SEE CDD / PAGE 2A

new digs

Chabad purchases permanent facility After six years of meeting in temporary locations such as a private home or a former bank, Chabad of Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch finally is moving into its true home. By Michael Eng | Executive Editor

LAKEWOOD RANCH — The odds certainly were stacked against Rabbi Mendy Bukiet and Chabad of Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch. Bukiet and his wife, Chanie, started the Lakewood Ranchbased Jewish organization in 2004 —  at the height of the

East County’s real estate boom and just before its economic collapse. At the time, the fledgling organization had no home, so the Bukiets opened their living room for Chabad use. But from those modest beginnings came one of the area’s largest Jewish communities. And now, Lakewood Ranch Chabad members finally will

have a home to call their own. The organization purchased recently five acres of land along with a 2,300-square-foot home at 5712 Lorraine Road for $500,000. Russ Tilton, of RE/ MAX Alliance Group, facilitated the sale. The property and building,

SEE CHABAD / PAGE 4A

INFORMATION CHABAD’S ANNUAL AUCTION AND COCKTAIL PARTY WHEN: 6:30-9:30 p.m., Feb. 27 WHERE: The Polo Grill and Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch Main Street. CONTACT: 752-3030 or www.chabadofbradenton.com


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Alan Roth said. “I can’t tell you Allegiance was terrible. We just weren’t comfortable (with their performance).” Although there won’t be any major changes to the contract, supervisors hope to more clearly delineate their expectations of the new security provider, including measures such as specifying that the contractor must physically walk through each of the district’s three parks (at least twice per shift) and that the contractor must patrol each neighborhood at least twice each shift. “We want the new contractor to be much more familiar with the neighborhoods,” Roth said, noting a recent incident in which the security provider was asked to respond to a “suspicious solicitor” and, after nearly a year on the job, he did not know where some of the district’s main roadways were located. Supervisors in CDD 4, who renewed an annual contract with Allegiance in December, are continuing their discussions with residents about what types of services they de-

CDD 1

• The chairman for both CDDs 2 and 5 were contacted by a Manatee County official and informed the county has

budgeted $160,000 toward the repaving of portions of University Parkway in Lakewood Ranch. Work likely will be done in March. No money has been allocated to repairs along Lakewood Ranch Boulevard. • CDD 2 Supervisor Pete Bokach noted the mailbox at the Legacy gate had been removed by the U.S. Postal Service because the entity said it did not belong to them. Residents had been complaining the box was full. Town Hall staff has been directed to make a formal request to the U.S. Postal Service to place a mailbox in the area of the Legacy gatehouse. • CDD 2’s budget workshop will be held at 3 p.m., Feb. 24, at Town Hall. CDD 5’s budget

sire from the district’s security provider. At last week’s meeting, supervisors asked CDD 4 Supervisor Keith Davey, liaison to the Greenbrook Village Association’s Safety Committee,

to continue discussions with residents and the Safety Committee board and to develop a recommendation by the CDD’s February meeting. About 80 residents attended the Greenbrook Safety Com-

• District Engineer Mike Kennedy agreed to take photographs of some areas of the Summerfield Park neighborhood that need to be repaved and send them to the county for consideration. • Supervisors approved the use of Summerfield Lake for Lakewood Ranch Community Activities’ annual Youth Fishing Tournament Feb. 26, with a rain date of Feb. 27. Tournament participants will be allowed to use live bait. • The district’s budget workshop is scheduled for 7 p.m., Feb. 21, at Town Hall.

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workshop is scheduled for 3 p.m., Feb. 22, at Town Hall. • CDD 2 supervisors authorized staff to move forward with plans to make signage improvements to unmanned gates throughout the district. The signs are intended to redirect visitor traffic from those gates to the main entrances off Legacy Boulevard and Balmoral Woods Boulevard. Operations Director Ryan Heise said he expects to have new signage in place within a month.

CDD 4

• Supervisors directed Supervisor Keith Davey, liaison to the Greenbrook Village Homeowner’s Association’s Safety Committee, to work with the committee to develop recommendations for scope mittee meeting Jan. 10. Davey said the majority of residents there agreed contracting with the Manatee County Sheriff ’s Office for additional patrols in the area would best meet the community’s needs.

of services for the district’s security contractor before the board’s February meeting.

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• Supervisors continued the meeting to 1 p.m., Jan. 27, at which time they will discuss how to proceed finding a replacement for Bob Fernandez, executive director of Town Hall. Fernandez on Jan. 18 submitted his resignation, which is effective Feb. 18. • Supervisors approved for staff to move forward with Phase 4 of the IDA’s irrigation study, which will include prioritizing potential improvements that are site specific, definitive solutions and include cost estimates for mitigating inefficiencies in the district’s irrigation system. Both CDDs 1 and 4 currently have unarmed patrols with Allegiance. Officers are tasked with observing and reporting suspicious activity in the area. Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@yourobserver.com. Cortez Road 41

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River Club receives Swiftmud grant The community’s homeowner’s association will use the money to purchase testing equipment and materials for residents to test the quality of water in 10 lakes and five stream locations. By Pam Eubanks | News Editor

RIVER CLUB — Just a few years ago, at one of the first workshops hosted by the River Club Homeowner’s Association’s Surface Water Committee, the answer to one question proved quite the mystery to many River Club residents. Do you know where storm water (in River Club) goes? “The majority of the people (thought) the storm water from the streets went to the county waste water treatment plant,” Surface Water Committee chairman Bob Mendoza said. “Many people didn’t realize we have a separate system. That storm water runoff goes into the lakes. It was an indication of where we need to start education.” On Feb. 1, the River Club Homeowner’s Association will receive a $4,576 community education grant from the Southwest Florida Water Management District. The money will be used

to purchase water quality testing equipment and materials for residents to test and monitor the quality of water in 10 lakes and five stream locations throughout the community. “We want to build community stewardship through a voluntary water monitoring program,” Mendoza said. “When you look around (River Club, there are an) awful lot of lakes,” he said. “River Club has a total of 74 of them. Twenty-four of 74, we share with the golf course.” Staff members from the Southwest Florida Water Management District and the University of Florida LAKEWATCH program will train residents and students on protocols and procedures used for data collection, training them how to test for pH, dissolved oxygen, temperature, nitrates and other information during a volunteer training workshop Feb. 26. Lake sampling will run from

March to July. Teams of two to four volunteers, consisting of a mix of retirees, students, community members and even Boy Scouts, each will be assigned to two lakes, which they will be responsible for testing twice monthly. The initiative is being dubbed the “Love Our Lakes Campaign.” The River Club Homeowners Association took over control of River Club’s storm water system from the developer in 2005 and soon began reevaluating system, parts of which already were 20 years old, Mendoza said. The Surface Water Committee, created by the association’s board of directors, formed about three years ago, and in December 2009, the group presented to the board a formal three-year management plan for improving the system, through adding more aquatic plants, reducing nutrient loads into the lakes and developing a sense of stewardship between residents and

HOW TO HELP To become a volunteer, contact Bob Mendoza at 962-3726 or bmendoza56@ msn.com, any member of the Surface Water Committee, or AMI at 359-1134 by the end of January. A volunteer workshop has been scheduled for 10 a.m., Feb. 26, at the River Club clubhouse, 6600 River Club Blvd., Bradenton. Volunteers will receive classroom and field instruction, a schedule of sampling dates, as well as goggles, gloves and other equipment needed for the project.

the lakes, Mendoza said. “One of the recommendations was to get more data about the water quality of the lakes,” Mendoza said. “(The data we get from this initiative will) help us prioritize some of the treatment of our lakes.” Water flowing into River Club’s lakes flows into Cooper Creek and the Braden River, Mendoza said. Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@yourobserver.com.

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LECOM unveils dental school plans Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine will invest $52 million to construct the LECOM Bradenton School of Dental Medicine in Lakewood Ranch. Officials hope to have the facility ready to welcome its first class of students in August 2012. By Pam Eubanks | News Editor

LAKEWOOD RANCH — Two months after Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine announced plans to open a dental school at its Erie, Pa., campus, the school has unveiled plans for another dental school — this time in the East County. Officials from LECOM on Jan. 21 announced plans to invest $52 million for a new dental school in Lakewood Ranch. The new facility, which will be located immediately north of LECOM’s Bradenton campus off Lakewood Ranch Boulevard, will be the third dental school in the state of Florida. “I’m really impressed,” said dentist Dr. Michael Kanter, owner of Lakewood Ranch Dental, of the school’s plans. “It’s exciting to have this right in our backyard to help support this profession.” Dr. Robert Hirsch, who joined LECOM in September 2009 as a consultant to write curriculum and other plans for the Erie dental school project, was appointed as dean of the LECOM Bradenton School of Dental Medicine in November. Hirsch said, once complete, the new dental school will offer a unique curriculum, including

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Dr. Richard Valachovic, executive director of the American Dental Education Association, praised LECOM’s efforts. an off-site senior-level outreach education course, for which students will travel to practice dentistry in underserved areas. “That is sort of the thrust of this school,” Hirsch said. “We hope the majority of our graduates will serve underserved areas.” Students at the School of Dental Medicine will see patients locally, offering a wide array of dental services. Hirsch said patient care, which will be handled

through an application process to ensure patients’ treatment regiments meet the school’s needs, will target individuals who otherwise would not be able to afford services. Because students will be working on patients in a learning environment under the oversight of professors, treatments can take up to three times as long as in a typical dental office, he said. “Oral health impacts general health, and dental health professionals (play) a key role in (over-

all health care),” Hirsch said. “Our hope is to work with the community to provide (dental care for those who wouldn’t be able to afford it).” Dr. Richard Valachovic, executive director of the American Dental Education Association, said the new college would help satisfy a national shortage of dentists. “We need to ensure there are dentists who graduate from quality dental (schools) like LECOM,” he said. Hirsch said he hopes to break ground on the new school sometime in March, but first will be deciding on architectural and construction firms to use for the project. LECOM officials anticipate getting an initial accreditation from the Commission on Dental Accreditation in February — an approval that would pave the way for college to recruit its first class of 100 students. Officials hope to have the first class of dental students begin classes at the school in August 2012. Within four years of its inaugural class, the School of Medicine will enroll 400 students. The college is expected to employ nearly 200 individuals, including dental faculty, administrators, dental hygienists and administrative and other support staff. Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@yourobserver.com.

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Hearing officer indicates tower rejection Hamilton Rice Jr. said Vertex Development is not entitled to a special permit to construct a 150-foot tower at 5625 Whitfield Ave. By Pam Eubanks | News Editor

PALM-AIRE — Palm-Aire residents who oppose the construction of a 150-foot telecommunications tower in their community can breathe a sigh of relief — at least temporarily. After two public hearings and reviewing hundreds of pages of documentation, Manatee County Hearing Officer Hamilton “Chip” Rice, Jr., is ready to deny a special permit request by Vertex Development to construct a 150-foot tower at 5625 Whitfield Ave. Rice submitted his formal notice of intent to deny the tower Jan. 12 — the same day as the second public hearing on the application. “The applicant has not met its burden of proof by competent evidence and is not entitled to a special permit,” Rice wrote in his opinion. Parties of record were notified Jan. 19 and had five business days to respond. Vertex Development had not filed any additional comments by press time Tuesday. “We’re obviously thrilled with the hearing officer’s order,” said Deborah Chapman, founder and spokesperson for Palm-Aire Homeowners Against the Tower. “We believed all along the facts were on our side in terms of this particular application not meeting the new (county) code criteria.” In his notice, Rice concluded that although the applicant had met present requirements of the Comprehensive Plan, the proposed use is inconsistent with the county’s Comprehensive Plan policies 2.9.1 and 2.9.2, which create and maintain strong communities, and require adequate measures that are consistent with the community character of the immediate neighborhood. Chapman, who represents more than 1,000 Palm-Aire residents who signed a petition against the tower, said she is confident even if Vertex challenges Rice’s preliminary decision, the hearing officer still will issue a denial. “I’m confident the code does in fact protect (residents) and Vertex’ application (doesn’t meet code requirements),” Chapman said. Vertex and other parties had until Tuesday to respond to the report and conditions. Rice will have five more business days — until Feb. 1 — to either issue a denial or reopen public hearing for the application. Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@yourobserver.com.


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It’s a great DEAL

Say this about Rex Jensen, chief executive officer of Schroeder-Manatee Ranch: He is a man of action and vision. And his latest action and vision are long overdue for the Greater Sarasota-Manatee region. Jensen, along with the Gulf Coast Community Foundation and Lars Hafner, president of the State College of Florida, announced Jan. 18 their intention to construct a 72,000-square-foot facility on the eastern edge of University Parkway in Lakewood Ranch to serve as a one-stop, allencompassing resource center for economic development as well as the nucleus for what Jensen hopes to become the new central campus for the State College of Florida. The three groups dubbed the center “DEAL” — the Design and Economic Acceleration Lab. It makes a lot of sense. For far too long, the recruiting of new companies, the servicing of companies interested in moving here and the assistance provided to existing companies that want to expand have been a disjointed, inefficient and parochial process. To wit: Manatee and Sarasota counties each has its own economic development council. And that makes sense. The two jurisdictions have different government

HUMANE / PAGE 1A Marinaccio — the group now has a place to call home. “I have to pinch myself,” said Solomon, the organization’s president. “We actually have bricks and mortar behind us. It’s a busy and exciting time.” Following a plea from Solomon for building space at last weeks’ fundraiser, Stanley Steemer owners Mark and Connie Gellner offered the use of part of their building in the Lakewood Ranch Corporate Park. The 2,500-square-foot space at the front of the building at 7334 Trade Court already is equipped with multiple offices, a waiting room and a large main area. “We do a lot of charity work in Orlando, and we’ve supported the SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) the past 11 years,” Mark Gellner said. “We’re sort of branching out. We just felt it was a great opportunity to get them off the ground on the right foot.” The Gellners, who live in Orlando, own five Stanley Steemer franchises, including the one based in Lakewood Ranch. Although the couple had not intended on donating the space when they attended the fundraiser, they knew it would be the perfect solution for the Humane Society as the organization looked for a permanent home, Gellner said. “We love pets,” Gellner said. “We love messy kids. That’s what keeps us in business.” Since its inception late last year, the Humane Society of Lakewood Ranch has been op-

CHABAD / PAGE 1A which will be called Chabad House, should be ready for Chabad use by May, Mendy Bukiet said. “It’s a large enough facility, and it’s a beautiful piece of property,” he said of the new location. “It’s close to State Road 70 and in an area that Lakewood Ranch will call the center of town one day. (The property

rules and policies. And like most political jurisdictions, each county has its politics. But for prospective customers, it’s a hassle. Imagine the out-of-state company considering moving to this region. Its executives travel back and forth between counties, lining up meetings with economic development, chamber of commerce and government officials to gather pieces of information to be able to determine the best place to locate. Talk about an inefficient, exasperating process. Jensen’s vision is to bring everyone involved in this process under one roof to serve as a Walmart of economic development information — a one-stop shop with representatives from every organization and agency involved in a corporate expansion or relocation. He sees the DEAL center housing databases of information for prospective companies on such things as inventories of available commercial space and housing; spreadsheets of comparative tax data; or access to resumes of prospective employees. And he sees State College of Florida serving as a primary institution focused on training and educating students to meet new and existing companies’ work-force needs. Indeed, it would provide a great boost to the area to see State College of Florida

erating under a foster system for the animals. The new facility will serve as an adoption center as well as a medical facility for animals being rescued. Dr. Erik Walker, of Nokomis, attended the group’s open call for volunteers in December and now will serve as the facility’s medical director. “We’re going to be able to bring in animals and provide a true adoption facility,” Solomon said, noting protocols for taking in animals must be established. “There’s a lot of planning to be done. We’re excited, but we’re not going to rush it.” Solomon said the new adoption facility is expected to open in six to eight weeks and will offer medical treatment for animals, adoptions and even adoption counselors for prospective pet owners. Monies raised at last week’s fundraiser will go toward purchasing necessary medical equipment, medicine for animals and other items, as well as for some operational costs associated with the new location. Solomon said she continues to look for a parcel of land for a permanent facility. “We want to have a sanctuary, and this obviously is limited,” she said. “We’re continuing our search, but it’s great to have mission control for right now.” The Humane Society is seeking donations of office equipment, furniture, supplies of dog and cat food, crates, treats, towels and cleaning supplies. For information, visit www.HSLWR.org or call 840-4055. Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@yourobserver.com. and house) fit our needs perfectly.” To begin, Chabad will renovate the existing structure to make it suitable for the organization’s programs, including classes, services, dinners and more. But with five acres, the property also is large enough for Chabad to construct a bigger facility when necessary. Despite the struggling economy, Mendy Bukiet said Chabad

blossom in a new central campus and become to this region what Gulf Coast University of Florida is to Lee and Collier counties and what the Ringling College of Art and Design is to the animation industry. Let’s be honest: As much as we want to believe the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is an educational anchor here, it always will be a branch of the Big Campus in Tampa. And New College of Florida operates in a specialized niche. SCF has the potential to serve the widest market here and become a steady fuel for work-force and economic development. As he often does, Jensen is bucking tradition and challenging the status quo with this new DEAL. No doubt he will make the tradition-bound economic development interests here uncomfortable and feel threatened. But they need not react that way. It’s time to break out of comfort zones and embrace new thinking and new ways of operating. Competition to new companies is always intense. It makes a lot of sense then to shift away from the traditional parochial interests and focus instead on the needs of the customers. Kudos to Jensen, Hafner and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation for taking risks and steps to be innovative.

Letter TO THEEditor To send in your letters, please e-mail them to meng@yourobserver. com or mail them to The East County Observer, 8788 State Road 70 E., Suite 103, Bradenton, FL., 34202. The East County Observer gives priority to letters of local interest and about local issues. The Observer will print all letters to the editor if it feels they are of general interest, but only if the letter is signed and the author’s street address and phone number are given. The editor reserves the right to condense letters.

+ Incorporation opposition harbors valid concerns Dear Editor: Michael Griffin’s letter attacking Daniel Moriarty’s earlier letter as a “personal attack” would be much more persuasive if Griffin’s group favoring Lakewood Ranch incorporation had followed its own advice. His group has relentlessly in public meetings impugned the motives of those against incorporation — including myself. Because like me, some in the opposition group have histories of public service to the Lakewood Ranch community, his group falsely and without a scintilla of evidence has claimed the reason that they are in opposition is to “protect their jobs.” This views that no one could sincerely oppose incorporation because they are right and it is bad for the community also run through his letter. He wrote, “I know those who have dug in their heels against incorporation likely will not budge.” Why should they budge when they’re right and the evidence for incorporation is so deeply flawed? He uses the Fishkind study and a review of it by Dr. Tim Chapin of Florida State Univer-

sity in an attempt to persuade residents incorporation is economically feasible. Based on my more than three decades of experience in modeling in the electronics, energy and financial areas — and spending untold hours reviewing the study — I’m convinced that the overall methodology of the study is deeply flawed and has numerous internal errors and inconsistencies. It is not surprising Chapin, in the limited time he was paid to spend on it, didn’t uncover these problems. The study is many pages long, and it takes many hours to carefully review and understand it. Finally, Griffin lauds his group’s openness when he writes, “The group has sought input from neighbors and even changed some aspects of the (city) charter based on this feedback.” Aside from the fact that the changes were minor, what he doesn’t explain is what gives his group the right to accept or reject any input? Whose city is it? The group’s members act as if the city belongs to them. They should keep in mind they are only a small self-appointed Lakewood Ranch club. Dr. Robert S. Stepleman Lakewood Ranch

experienced steady growth throughout its first six years. And, thanks to the dedication and donations of Chabad’s members, the organization was able to form an advisory committee to locate and purchase the property. Next month, Chabad will continue its fundraising campaign with its Annual Auction and Cocktail Party Feb. 27 at The Polo Grill and Bar on Lake-

wood Ranch Main Street. Then, the organization plans to host a grand-opening celebration when Chabad House opens in May. “God works in mysterious ways,” Mendy Bukiet said. “God-willing, we will be open by the end of May. It’s going to be a lot of hard work, but we will make it happen.” Contact Michael Eng at meng@yourobserver.com.


The EAST COUNTY Observer THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 2011

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

INLETS Jan. 17

12:01 a.m. — 4300 block of Second Avenue E. Information. The victim reported someone posted nude pictures of her on Facebook. The victim was told to contact Facebook and ask them to remove the pictures. The female suspect, whom the victim only knows as an acquaintance, posted the pictures. The responding deputy observed several printouts of a Facebook page but was unable to identify the victim as the female in the picture.

LAKEWOOD RANCH Jan. 18

3 p.m. — 5400 block of Lorraine Road. Found property. The complainant reported she found several items of paraphernalia used for smoking marijuana in the residence. She suspected the items belonged to her brother, so she looked through his wallet while he was sleeping and found some green substance that appeared to be one gram of marijuana. The substance wasn’t on the brother nor was he in possession of his wallet or the substance. The paraphernalia and suspected drug were taken to property and evidence to be destroyed.

Jan. 20

9:30 a.m. —  6200 block of Warbler Place. Burglary to a dwelling. Unknown person(s) entered the unsecured residence through the front door. The person(s) then went into the master bedroom, located on the northeastern side of the residence, and stole multiple pieces of jewelry. The person(s) then fled in an unknown direction by unknown means. About $2,000 in jewelry was taken from the residence.

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9:14 a.m. — 7000 block of West Country Club Drive. Information. According to the suspect, she has power of attorney over the victim, who is living in a health care facility on Tuttle Avenue. The complainant, who is the victim’s former husband, stated the suspect took the jewelry in an attempt to commit theft. The victim stated the complainant is attempting to take advantage of her by obtaining her property, so she is safeguarding her jewelry. At this point, the incident appears to be a civil matter. The responding deputy was unable to obtain a relevant story from the victim because of her mental condition.

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The Manatee County School District will host two public town hall meetings to discuss education and the state legislature. The first event is scheduled for 7 p.m., Jan. 27, at Bayshore High School, 5401 34th St. W., Palmetto. A second town hall meeting will be held at 7 p.m., Feb. 10, at Palmetto High School, 1200 17th St. W., Palmetto.

+ Top student work showcased at event

The artistic talents of Manatee County School District students were showcased as the Manatee Education Foundation hosted the opening reception for the fourth annual HEART & SOUL Gallery Show Jan. 20 in Palmetto. The event featured the top 25 pieces submitted by students during

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Prayer Breakfast Feb. 3. The event, which begins at 7:30 a.m., will be held at the Bradenton Auditorium, and benefits Take Stock in Children. For information, contact Diana Dill at 751-7012, Ext. 2047.

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+ Pedestrian killed after struck by SUV

The Southwest Florida and Manatee County chapters of the American Red Cross announced Jan. 11 they had surpassed their $100,000 Holiday Challenge goal. “We are in awe of the success of the challenge and just can’t thank the community enough for their support,” said Jeannie Slater, campaign cabinet and board chair for the Manatee County Red Cross.

+ Delaney to speak at prayer breakfast

Lakewood Ranch resident and veteran NBA referee Bob Delaney will be the keynote speaker of the Take Stock in Children of Manatee County’s fourth annual Leadership

+ Our Lady members complete ‘Ginny’s Quilt’ More than a year ago, a parishioner of Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Community delivered an unfinished quilt to the women in the church’s Loving Stitches Ministry, which knits, crochets and sews handmade items to give to charities and others. The vintage 1970s quilt, which came to the group in box marked as “Ginny’s Quilt,” now is finished, having been professionally quilted by Cindy Baily, thanks to the Loving Stitches ministry. Loving Stitches members hope to let “Ginny’s” family know the queen-size quilt is finished and soon will be available for raffle.

A pedestrian was struck and killed around 10:25 p.m., Jan. 20, by an oncoming vehicle near the intersection of University Parkway and Medici Court. A Florida Highway Patrol report states a 2000 Chevy SUV driven by 67-year-old Carol J. Conneen of Canton, Ga., was driving westbound on University Parkways in the center lane when a pedestrian, who was walking southbound across University Parkway, entered teams join Keller Williams Realty” into the Conneen’s path. in the Jan. 20 issue of The East The victim was 38-year-old Observer, a cutline for a William N. Sapp, of Sarasota. LBK - 2010 -County K photo said Jim and Donna Soda and Ian and Julie Cutmore were + Correction responsible for more than $250 In an article titled “Top two

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MANATEE COUNTY — Seven-year-old Sam Lawn filed into line behind his mother and brothers, all smiles as they made their way around a series of tables filling U.S. Postal Service boxes with goodies for soldiers overseas. Jerky? Check. Deodorant? Check, again. A DVD movie? Got that, too. When Sam and his family had finished their work — along with volunteers from VFW Post 12055, their families, members of Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Community’s Saint Clare Women’s Guild and others — they had packed and labeled 40 boxes for soldiers in the Florida National Guard’s 690th Military Police Company, which now is serving in Afghanistan. About 160 soldiers serve in the Brooksvillebased unit, including Braden River High School graduate Terrance Gonzales. “It was great,” Sam said after finishing a box. “It’s going to the soldiers.” Event organizer and Post 12055 member David Daily said the post last year launched its

adopt-a-unit campaign, which falls under the auspices of the national VFW organization’s program. At that time, the post adopted the U.S. Army’s 143rd Sustained Command because several of the unit’s members had served alongside Daily during his 2003 tour in Iraq. “That got us going,” Daily said, noting the VFW sent two shipments of packages to the 143rd. “It was such a big success (that) we decided we needed to do it every year. Using funds generated through the distribution of VFW Buddy Poppies, the post purchased about $1,800 of beef jerky, fruit snacks, potato chips, movies, deodorant, drink mixes and other goodies for soldiers. Ladies in the Saint Clare Women’s Guild also contributed by collecting donations for the project during their Christmas celebration and making a donation toward shipping costs from the group’s funds, member Cathy Damiano said. “I love it,” Damiano said of the packing event with a grin. “The little things we collected, we take for granted every day. We can

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Christo inspires project By Pam Eubanks | News Editor

MANATEE COUNTY — Pointing their fingers toward the covered walkway, children at Gene Witt Elementary School shouted out in excitement. “I like it!” one said with glee as he marched toward the lunchroom. After a nearly monthlong Parent-Teacher Organization drive to collect new and gently used blankets for the area’s homeless, students on Jan. 14 giggled in amazement to see the fruits of their collections suddenly hanging from the tops of the walkways. Art teacher Bea Schaeffer, with the help of several Gene Witt dads, orchestrated the display in Christo-like fashion. Children have been learning about the Bulgarian-born artist, who with his wife, Jeanne-Claude, spent decades creating environmental works of art such as the wrapping of the Reichstag in Berlin, the Pont-Neuf bridge in Paris and The Gates in New York City’s Central Park. “It really enables them to see a big picture on how they impact their community and ultimately their world,” Schaeffer said. “It gets them really excited. And it’s (great for them) to see that art can be created out of anything — and it can be big.” Fourth- and fifth-grade reading

teacher Nancy Wittner agreed. “It’s a tangible way for students to see what they’ve accomplished,” she said. Schaeffer said she came up with the idea for draping the walkways with blankets while thinking about how to make her lessons on Christo have more of an impact on students. Wondering if the schools PTO would continue its blanket collection efforts for the second year in a row, Schaeffer made the appropriate contacts. The PTO agreed to sponsor an ice cream party for the class who collected the most blankets, and Schaeffer’s idea was set in motion. Students brought in a total of 174 blankets, which were packed up and donated to the Salvation Army for the homeless individuals it serves. Blankets with noticeable stains or holes will be given to the Satchel’s Last Resort, a local dog sanctuary. Students said they were not only enamored with Christo’s work but also with the opportunity to help the community while learning about the artist. “Seeing all the blankets people donated to help the homeless makes me feel good,” fifth-grade student Ivy Proffitt said. “It’s cool how art projects can help people.” Schaeffer said she hopes the Christo-inspired project will get students excited about an upcoming study on artist Paul Klimt, as

well as a spring art installation project, again inspired by Christo. In the spring, Schaeffer plans to fill part of the mesh fence at the school to create a mural using the ends of painted plastic bottles. Children will design the murals and then use the democratic process to vote on which will be used for the actual mural installation. “I’m really excited about the next (art project),” 10-year-old Zoe Schaeffer said. “I’m sure we’ll find a way to help people with the next project we do.” Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@yourobserver.com.

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Mustangs dominate district The Lakewood Ranch High girls soccer team defeated Seminole Osceola 5-0 in the Class 4A-District 10 Championship Jan. 22. By Jen Blanco | Associate Editor

ODA leading scorer Mara Falahee attempts to bring the Lady Thunder back in the second half against Sarasota Christian Jan. 24.

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The Out-of-Door Academy boys and girls basketball team hosted Sarasota Christian in regular season action Jan. 24. The Thunder defeated the Blazers 41-32. Brian and Ragone and Jack Cannon led the way for ODA with 13 points each. The Lady Thunder fell to Sarasota Christian 43-40. Mara Falahee led the way for ODA with 26 points, 16 of which came in the fourth quarter. Rachel Cannon attempts a shot in the second half.

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LAKEWOOD RANCH —  Sophomore Aubrey Riggins has become all too accustomed to scoring goals this season. The Lakewood Ranch midfielder is the Lady Mustangs second-leading scorer with 17 goals and 13 assists. And yet Riggins has never had a four-goal game. Until last weekend’s Class 4A-District 10 Championship. Riggins netted four goals and an assist while leading Lakewood to a 5-0 victory over second-seeded Seminole Osceola Jan. 22. With the win, Lakewood captured its eighth district title in nine years. After earning the top seed in the

Eight ODA students and four faculty members competed in the 191-mile Ragner Relay Florida Keys Jan. 7-8. Junior guard Brian Ragone goes up for a layup in the first half. Ragone finished with 13 points on the night.

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LAKEWOOD RANCH —  The Out-of-Door Academy juniors Sarah Balades and Mitchell Hudson probably couldn’t tell you how many miles they run in a year. As members of the Thunder track and cross country teams, the two teammates spend most of the year running and competing. But even with the intense amount of training they do throughout the course of the season, Balades and Hudson admit there are still some races that are slightly overwhelming. Such was the case earlier this month when Balades and Hudson, along with six fellow students and four faculty members, competed in the 2011 Ragner Relay — a 191-mile race from Miami to Key West. More than 325 teams from around the country competed in the national relay, which helped raise money and awareness for multiple sclerosis. At first, Team Out-of-Door didn’t Junior forward Jack Cannon scored 13 points for the Thunder.

Mara Falahee led the way for ODA with 26 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter.

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Jean Newbon shot 33 to win Flight 1 of the ones WGA Ladies event Jan. 4 on Cypress Links. Marilyn Popp shot 34 to win Flight 2. Alexis Heckman shot 29 to win Flight 3. Ginnny Moss shot 31 to win Flight 4 while Ellie Stoddard shot 30 to win Flight 5.

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and Gerald O’Reilly and Roger Kaufman and Bruce McCarthy scored 62 to win Flight 4. Debbie Beaton, Helen Cunniff, Carole Price and Dee Levi scored 117 to win the one best ball yellow flag; two best balls white flag; three best balls red flag WGA event Jan. 11. Marcia Rylott, Sandy Geren, Pat Griffin and Eva Frederick scored 41 to win the two best balls odd gross nine-hole event Jan. 13.

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quite know what to expect when they drove down to Miami to begin the race. But 29 hours and 191 miles later, the team reveled in the experience after winning first place in the high school division. “I’d never heard of running from Miami to Key West,” Balades said. “Not many people can say they’ve run that far.” The idea to compete in the race originated this past fall when assistant cross country coach Jim Kennon received an e-mail about the race. After some research, Kennon asked if anyone was interested in participating. “We have several kids who run cross country or have done half marathons, so I told them if they were interested to let me know,” Kennon said. “Eventually, we got a team together and a couple alternates and began training.” The team began training for the Ragner Relay in November and spent the better part of two months running over the Ringling Bridge on weekends and over Christmas Break. On Jan. 7, the team divided into two vans and drove down to Miami for the start of the race. Team Out-of-Door started the race at 12:30 p.m. and crossed the finish line as a team at 5:30 p.m. the following day on Duval Street in Key West. Each member of the team was given a predetermined distance to run. Once every runner in the first van had run, the members of the second van began their portion of the race. By the time the race was over, every member of Team Outof-Door had run three times, with distances ranging from three to 12 miles.

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Students and faculty from The Out-of-Door Academy competed in the 2011 Ragner Relay Jan. 7-8. The team won the high school division.

night of it all of a “I heard about it, sudden you’re at and I started out Team Marathon and your as an alternate, but Out-of-Door realize Miami is 150 (someone) backed miles behind you,” out and I was put Students Kennon said. “A lot in,” Hudson said. “I Sarah Balades of the kids were saywas always excited Emma Lystad ing, ‘We did this.’” to do it. I thought it Josh Kennon Josh Lovin Following the was a cool idea.” Wesley Kean race, every memDuring the 191Mitchell Hudson ber of Team Outmile distance, the Peter Runge of-Door received a team crossed the Zach Lang medal and a relay Seven Mile Bridge, Caitlyn Durfee-Alternate baton for their acran through the complishment. The Everglades at night Faculty team spent the rest and ran a lap inside Jane Runge of the day enjoying the HomesteadKen Sommers Key West, which Miami Speedway. Jamie Rubens Jim Kennon for most of the At night, the team team simply meant was required to wear safety gear, including a vest enjoying a hot meal and getting some much-needed rest. and head and tail lamps. “I don’t think we realized how “I liked running at night,” Hudson said. “There were some places tired we really were until a few where you could only see what days later,” Balades said. “I learned your headlight saw. That was my to appreciate sleep and normal favorite part, as crazy as it sounds.” food a lot more.” “Everyone was a little anxious Contact Jen Blanco at jblanco@ at first, but once you get into the yourobserver.com.

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8-6-3 and captured the No. 2 seed in the Class 4A-District 10 tournament.

+ Mustangs edge past + Lakewood Ranch Southeast on Senior Night clinches No. 2 seed

+ Lady Pirates fall in district semifinals

The Braden River High girls soccer team fell to second-seeded Seminole Osceola 3-1 in a Class 4A-District 10 semifinal match Jan. 21. Morgan Haas scored the only goal for the Lady Pirates. Braden River entered the district semifinals having come off a 6-0 shutout of Palmetto in a Class 4A-District 10 quarterfinal match Jan. 20. Sophomore Lindsey Seifert netted her second hat trick of the season to lead the way for Braden River. Senior captain Rachel Hassen scored a pair of goals and Haas scored a goal.

+ Mustang grapplers defeat Sarasota Sailors

The Lakewood Ranch High boys soccer team wrapped up its regular season with a 4-3 victory over Southeast Jan. 19 on Senior Night. Junior Joel Ferguson scored a pair of goals to lead the way for Lakewood (17-3-3). Sophomore Jake Severson and senior Marco Padilla each added a goal to round out the scoring for the Mustangs.

+ Pirates tie in regular season finale

The Braden River High boys soccer team tied Manatee 1-1 in its regular season finale Jan. 21. Danny Lane scored the Pirates lone goal off an assist from Ryan Rawlings. Braden River finished the regular season

The Lakewood Ranch High boys basketball team captured the second seed in the Class 4A-District 10 tournament with a pair of wins over Dixie Hollins and St. Pete Lakewood. The Mustangs defeated Dixie Hollins 65-53 Jan. 20. Jordan Baker led the way with 12 points followed by Brian Cobb with 11 points and Zach Ange with eight points. On Jan. 22, Lakewood defeated St. Pete Lakewood 63-55 to improve its record to 14-6 and 5-1 in the dis-

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trict. Cobb led the way with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Brett Hanewich added 16 points, followed by Baker with 11 points and Tim Greenamoyer with 10 points.

+ Thunder hoops top St. Stephen’s

The Out-of-Door Academy boys basketball team defeated rival St. Stephen’s 51-43 Jan. 21. Junior point guard Brian Ragone led all scorers with 23 points, including four threepointers. Juniors Grant McCarthy and Jack Cannon followed with eight points each. On Jan. 22, the Thunder lost to Lakeland Christian 66-52. Senior Zach Urow led the way with 16 points. Ragone followed with 13 points, and McCarthy added 10 points.

The Lakewood Ranch High varsity and JV wrestling teams both defeated Sarasota Jan. 19. The Mustangs varsity squad defeated the Sailors 57-19. Nick Schilson (145 pounds), Sam Harper (160) and Kyle Riley-Hawkins (189) all recorded pins for Lakewood. The JV wrestling team defeated Sarasota 67-12. Ryan Golden (140) and Lucas Sanchez (171) both recorded pins in their respective matches.

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Rosedale Golf & Country Club PGA Master Professional Mike Clayton and assistant PGA Master Professional Steve Whidden recently were named the winners of a pair of awards. Clayton was selected for a Lifetime Achievement Award, while Whidden’s peers in the Southwest Chapter of the North Florida PGA selected him as the Teacher of the Year. The two will receive

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SOCCER / FROM PAGE 14A tournament and a first-round bye, the Lady Mustangs began their run for the championship in the 4A-District 10 semifinals Jan. 21. Lakewood took a 2-0 lead in the first half on a pair of goals by senior forward Sarah Miller and never looked back. The host Lady Mustangs defeated the Lady Rebels 5-0 to earn a spot in the district championship. After resting most of its starters in the second half of the district semifinals, Lakewood entered the district championship poised and relaxed. On the other sideline, Seminole Osceola was coming off a grueling a threegame-in-three-days schedule. “We were at a little bit of an advantage,” coach Guy Virgilio said. “Playing Thursday, Friday and Saturday — it’s just too many games in a small amount of time. By having a bye, and (Friday), we got to rest some of the starters, (and) it got to pay out.” With the wind whipping through Lakewood’s stadium, the Lady Mustangs spent the first half keeping Osceola off the scoreboard while playing against the wind. Riggins put the Lady Mustangs on the scoreboard in the 31st minute off an assist from her sister, Delaney Riggins. Miller added another goal three minutes later, giving Lakewood a 2-0 advantage. “Once we won the coin toss, I just said, ‘Keep them from scoring in the first half. I know we’ll have the advantage in the second half,’” Virgilio said. “We started moving the ball around,

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and we made things happen.” In the second half, Riggins scored three goals in a span of 13 minutes — two of which came two-and-one-half minutes apart. “The goalie was coming off of her line, so it was easy to just chip it over her head,” Riggins said. Kaitlyn Wolfe and Morgan Salmon notched a pair of assists, and goalkeeper Alexandra Latham tallied three saves on her way to her 17th shutout of the season. “We knew that the game was not going to be easy,” Virgilio said. “That was a good team. We scored, and we knew once we scored, they had to come out, and that’s what they did.” Following their victory, the Lady Mustangs grabbed an orange water cooler and drenched Virgilio, who spent the entire game trying to stay warm, in an ice bath. “I told the girls I didn’t mind,” Virgilio said with a smile. “I didn’t mind at all.” The district champion Lady Mustangs now will advance to the regional tournament, where they will play host to Dover Strawberry Crest, the District 9 runner-up, in a Region 3 quarterfinal match at 7 p.m., Jan. 27. “It’s different,” Riggins said of this year’s team. “We have a lot of new players. We have (five) new freshmen. But everyone this year is really close knit and everyone is putting the effort in. “We have a long way to go,” she said. “Last year, we got to the final four, so the pressure is on to make it there again and possibly win states.” Contact Jen Blanco at jblanco@yourobserver.com.

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Robyn and Tom Payant couldn’t wait to see Paula Creamer in person for the first time.

Ellie Wheian, 12, and Alisa Kulikova, 13, enjoyed meeting their favorite golfer.

BRRRthday Bash Six-year-old Hunter Griffin enjoyed a front-row seat for the clinic.

Despite gusty winds and chilly temperatures, the The Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club celebrated its fifth anniversary in grand fashion during a clinic with U.S. Women’s Open Champion Paula Creamer Jan. 22. During the clinic, Creamer provided instructional tips and insight into her winning shots, answered questions and demonstrated some of her shots.

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Stoneybrook Golf Club enjoys community day Families in Heritage Harbour’s Stoneybrook community gathered just outside the Stoneybrook Golf Club Jan. 22 for the club’s Community Day event. Attendees enjoyed pizza and hot dogs, children’s activities, golf-themed contests and other festivities. — Pam Eubanks

Andy Swartz brought out his children, Faye and Celia, both 7, and Mark, 9. Left: Peggy Panico, with Bennie, lives down the street from Maureen and Chuck Barber.

David Lee took aim to win a golfing accuracy contest.

Eight-year-old Emily Wilcox and her mom, Julie, were eager to join in on the festivities.

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BRE third-graders run wild with zoo project Third-grade students at Braden River Elementary School on Jan. 20 made a special trip to the zoo without leaving the comforts of their school campus. After researching animals and creating dioramas of their natural habitats, student sshared what they had learned with children from visiting classrooms and also visited the ‘zoos’ set up in other classrooms to collect data. Students have been learning about animal classifications. — Pam Eubanks

Grace Dunn, 8, shared with other students facts about the arctic fox. Cassie Lloyd, Leila Parks and Gemma Zapatha checked out the arctic fox exhibit.

David Cordova-Munoz eagerly collected information about animals.

Carmen McDowell, 8, clearly labeled her whale shark as a mammal for zoo-goers. “I don’t like to talk too much,” she said.

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Paris Pratt, 10, hopes to be Braden River’s Principal for a Day again next year.

Pratt also enjoyed handing out BRE bucks to his friends if they were good and playing on the playground. “All my friends kept saying, ‘Look it’s Principal Paris,’” Pratt said. “I got to go on the playground with the fourth-graders, and I (couldn’t) get in trouble.” But according to Pratt, the best part of being the Principal for a Day wasn’t simply being in control of the school. “We got to order pizza, and I got to bring three friends,” Pratt said. “It was better than just lunch.” Contact Jen Blanco at jblanco@yourobserver.com.

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Ringling cameras roll at Summerfield Park A student-led movie crew of about 30 invaded Summerfield Park Jan. 14 to film a scene for a senior thesis project. By Michael Eng | Executive Editor

LAKEWOOD RANCH —  If anyone spotted a caveman lurking about in Summerfield Park, rest easy. It was just a little movie magic in Lakewood Ranch. About 30 students from the Ringling College of Art and Design on Jan. 14 set up shop in the East County to film a scene for a senior thesis project. The students brought with them a fourton truck filled with cameras, lighting equipment, wardrobe options and other movie-making necessities to film a caveman scene for senior Lindsey Batdorf ’s film, “Furry.” Producer Stephen Reeves, whose parents live in Lakewood Ranch, discovered the wooded area behind the park during a scouting trip late last year. The foliage provided a perfect backdrop for the short film’s caveman scene. “It (had) all the things we needed (to film),” Reeves says of Summerfield Park. “We needed bathroom facilities. We were able to rent out the pavilion, and we had access to woods.” Batdorf agrees. “The location was beautiful, and everything went really well,” she says. “We were fortunate to

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Lindsey Batdorf wants to break into the animation genre. Right: More than 30 students are working on ‘Furry.’

find (it); it was exactly what we wanted.” “Furry” tells the tale of Ryan Wetherby, a recent college graduate who harbors an obsession with animated animals. Wetherby’s obsession includes dressing up in costume, and the story follows his struggle to introduce his oddity with the girl of his dreams. “This came about because I had a roommate two years ago who had this tiger personality,” Batdorf says. “She drew this tiger cartoon all the time, and she was really into cartoon animals.

“I researched it and found out there was this whole sect of ‘geekdom,’ as it were, of people who loved cartoon animals,” she says. “They love dressing up like them, and I thought it would be interesting to write a story in which the protagonist was really into these cartoon animals.” The Jan. 14 shoot in Lakewood Ranch was the only scene shot in the East County, Reeves says. Other locations include outside the Van Wezel, the Ringling campus and other spots. Filming will continue this weekend, and then

Batdorf and the crew will move into the editing process. Once complete, “Furry” will be part of Ringling’s annual screening party, which this year will take place in early May at Lakewood Ranch Cinemas, where Reeves works. For Batdorf, “Furry” is the culmination of her Ringling studies as a digital film major. She says she loves writing and directing and hopes to break into the animation genre after graduation. Contact Michael Eng at Adam Quirch and Sara Hunter meng@yourobserver.com. Orr star in ‘Furry.’

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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 El Lago Ranchero in Lakewood Ranch — This restaurant, formerly Eduardo’s Cantina, will celebrate its grand opening Jan. 28-29 at the restaurant, 8126 Lakewood Main St. 907-9449. Meet the Winemaker Event – Katy Rose Olive Oils will host this event from 5-8 p.m., Jan. 28, at the shop, 8111 Lakewood Main St., Suite 105. Daniel Gehrs, owner and winemaker of a small, old-style winery in Santa Barbara, Calif, will discuss his wines and sign bottles. 907-0306.

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Soulercoaster — This band will perform from 9 p.m. to midnight, Jan. 28, at The Polo Grill and Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop. 782-0899. Wine Tasting — WineStyles Lakewood Ranch will host this tasting from 5-7 p.m., Jan. 28, at the shop, 8225 Nature’s Way, San Marco Plaza. 306-5804 or www. winestyles.net/lakewoodranch.

Sat., Jan. 29 Christian Contemporary Concert — Singer/guitarist Chris Driesbach will perform at 6:30 p.m., Jan. 29, at Risen Savior Lutheran Church, 14605 59th Ave. E., Lakewood Ranch. 747-5564 or rsavior.com. Forks & Corks 2011: Quintessa and Flowers Vineyard & Winery Wine Dinner — This dinner will be from 7-11 p.m., Jan. 29, at the Marinaccio residence in The Concession, 20818 Parkstone Terrace. Cost is $175. RSVP to Melissa Vu, The Polo Grill and Bar, 782-0899, Ext. 325. Glass Onion Band — This band will perform from 9 p.m. to midnight, Jan. 29, at The Polo Grill and Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop. 782-0899.

Mon., Jan. 31 Beginner’s Conversational Italian with Roberto — 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., Feb. 1 Fox Business Group —This group will host its weekly business luncheon at noon, Feb. 1, at Duff’s Original Buffet, 6010 14th St. W. 758-2404. Living with Hearing Loss — The Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will launch this five-workshop program beginning at 5:30 p.m., Feb. 1, at the United Way of Manatee County, 4215 Concept Court, Lakewood Ranch. The program is designed to meet the needs of family members, friends, co-workers and service providers as well as the person with hearing loss. Joan Haber, 3231418 (voice) or joan1@comcast. net. Those using a TDD should call Donna Carlton, 366-0260. You may

Gulfcoast Chinese American Association and Sarasota Chinese Academy Chinese New Year Celebration — The Gulfcoast Chinese American Association and Sarasota Chinese Academy will celebrate Chinese New Year from 1:30-5 p.m., Jan. 29, at T.J. Johnson Youth Center, Faith Baptist Church, 8751 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. The celebration will feature Chinese dance, music, kung fu and the traditional lion dance. This event is free for GCAA members. For non-GCAA members, admission is $10 per adult, $5 per child, free for children under 6. For more, visit www.gulfcoastchineseamerican.org.

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— 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.

Girls’ Night Out — This event will be at 6:30 p.m., Wednesdays, at the Pink Studio of Lakewood Ranch, 7353 International Drive. 737-4273 or www.marykay.com/LisaHintze. 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. For more, call Bernie Peterson, 729-0353, or Joe Drutowski, 756-1776. UFO Group of Manatee — This group meets at 2:30 p.m., the first Saturday of each month, at the Braden River Branch Library, 4915 53rd Ave. E. 722-6556. VFW Post 12055 — This Braden River post meets at 7 p.m., the third Wednesday of the month, at the American Red Cross, 10311 Malachite Drive, Lakewood Ranch. 4475362.

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health/fitness Celebrate Recovery

— This group meets at 7 p.m., Mondays, at Faith Christian Church, 5215 Lorraine Road. Don Cahill and Sandra Livingston, 746-5711.

Dance, Tone and Stretch — This class meets at 9 a.m.,Tuesdays and Fridays, at Faith Presbyterian Church, 1201 N. Beneva Road, Sarasota. Gail, 586-3464. Energy Building Class — East West Health Center will host six classes of energy building for weight and stress reduction at 5:30 p.m., Mondays, and 9:30 a.m., Fridays, at the center, 1021 Carlton Arms Blvd. 744-9770. Golf Lessons — These lessons for children age 6 through adults are offered at the Lakewood Ranch YMCA, 5100 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. 782-0220. Lakewood Ranch Running Club — This club meets at 6 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, at Braden River Nature Park, on Lakewood Ranch Boulevard, and at 6 a.m. (long distance) and 7:30 a.m. (three- to fourmile runners) Saturdays, at Summerfield Park. Roger Raddatz, lwrrunner@hotmail. com or 755-7291. Manasota Fibromyalgia Support Group — This group meets at 1 p.m., the first Saturday of each month, at Braden River Branch Library, 4915 53rd Ave. E. 3558664. Manatee Aging Network — This voluntary coalition of persons representing both profit and not-for-profit health, human and social service organizations and other concerned with aging issues meets at 8:30 a.m., the fourth Tuesday of each month, at Waters Edge of Bradenton, 3132 21st Lane W., Bradenton 34205. 748-7797. Pregnancy Yoga Class — Support body and mind wellness during pregnancy and childbirth. Mothers-to-be can experience the benefits of pregnancy yoga for improved: posture, strength, flexibility, endurance, breathing and relaxation. This class is from 6 to 7:15 p.m., Mondays, at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, 8330 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. To register, call 320-9867.

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Saturday, February 12

10 am - 5 pm with food and beverage

5 pm Sunset Reception catered by Mattison’s. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Reservations: 50th.ncf.edu/events

New College at 50 Festival vendors on campus throughout the day

Music & Dance Fuzion Dance Artists,

spontaneous dancers, bands and workshops

Open Houses & Campus Tours Mini-Classes with current and retired

faculty on a variety of subjects

Panel Discussions with prominent alums Children’s Activities bounce house, face

painting, music near Pritzker Marine Center

Art Shows and History Exhibits

Celebration on the Bay!

7 pm Free Concert with

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During the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance’s annual meeting luncheon Jan. 19, alliance members officially welcomed the group’s new chairman, Bobbi Larson, to her yearlong post. Larson, CEO of the American Red Cross Manatee County, will replace Marc Simms of RPM Business Advisors. Other members of the Executive Committee this year will be: Brian Volner, chair elect; Barbara Jones, treasurer; Tommy Klauber, member services chair; Craig Cerreta, governmental affairs committee; Marc Simms, immediate past chair; and Joe Najmy. Joining the Board of Directors for a first term are: Stephen Ackoury, Ian Black, Michelle Grunberg, Rex Jensen and Warren Simonds. The alliance will host its February Networking Social from 5-7 p.m., Feb. 2, at the Cancer Support Com 5481 Communications Parkway. For more information, visit www.lwrba.org.

+ Community Bank has profitable fourth quarter Community Bank, which has two East County branch locations, announced last week it made more than $84 million in new loans and had a profitable fourth quarter. Chairman and CEO William H. Sedgeman Jr. said the company posted net income of $306,000 in the fourth quarter of 2010 — its third consecutive profitable quarter. Community Bank specializes in small business administration loans, traditional commercial loans and residential mortgage loans including “jumbo” mortgages. The bank’s East County locations are at 2025 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. and 6000 S.R. 70 E. For more, visit the bank’s website, www. CommunityBankNow.com.

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Sales trainer and coach Alan B. Thompson will be the featured speaker at CornerStone Title’s “Jet Pilots Don’t Have Rear View Mirrors” seminar from 9:30-11:30 a.m., Jan. 27, at The Polo Grill and Bar, Thompson 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch Main Street. Thompson, an expert in neuro-linguistic programming and mind-mapping techniques, is an inspirational speaker for the real estate industry in the United States and Canada. He teaches how to master

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TemperatureS Temps. High Sun., Jan. 16 70 Mon., Jan. 17 70 Tues., Jan. 18 71 Wed., Jan. 19 73 Thurs., Jan. 20 74 Fri., Jan. 21 70 Sat., Jan. 22 58 Average Gulf water temperature: 58

Sunrise/sunset Sunrise Thurs., Jan. 27 7:19 Fri., Jan. 28 7:19 Sat., Jan. 29 7:18 7:18 Sun., Jan. 30 Mon., Jan. 31 7:17 Tues., Feb. 1 7:17 Wed., Feb. 2 7:16

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WEEKLY WINNEr: SPEED OF LIGHT

MOON PHASES

Sunset 6:08 6:09 6:09 6:10 6:11 6:12 6:12

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BEACH DAY? Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was not detected alongshore Longboat Key and was not detected offshore Friday, Jan. 21, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.

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dOwn 1 New York team 2 Possible result of overexertion 3 Old stadium for 1-Down

4 Corn eater’s discards 5 Preposition in “Jingle Bells” 6 Overworked, as a phrase 7 Trapper’s trophy 8 High card 9 Gloomy chap? 10 ___ Claire, Wisc. 11 Miner’s entrance 12 Musical tones 13 Quake aftershock 14 Hushed “Hey, you!” 15 ___ du Flambeau, Wisc. 16 ___ Bator, Mongolia 17 Equine girlfriend? 18 Flat-bottomed riverboat 19 Suburb of Atlanta 24 Give 29 Alka Seltzer sound 31 Causes to move 32 Six-legged industrious insect 33 Sneaky types 34 Tickle the ivories 37 Old Montreal baseball player 38 Cheerful tune 39 Gave a high-five 41 Social misfit 43 Where to catch a Greyhound 44 Ruckus 45 African serpent 47 Driver’s license info 48 Legislative product 50 Frat letter 52 Crumpets accompaniment 54 Arabian Sea sultanate 56 Hillside, in Aberdeen 57 Two that hear 60 Rowing competitor 62 Smack on the lips 65 Holier-thou link 67 Beer blast centerpiece 69 Enduring literary work

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Last weeks Cryptograms 1. Two plates were discussing the upcoming meal. One told the other, “Lunch is on me!”

2 One day, two cows who were good friends stood calmly in line for milking. One joked with the other— isn’t this deja moo?


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