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Thursday, MARCH 3, 2011

Ret. Brig. Gen. John Casey, of Tara, celebrated his 80th birthday Feb. 27. His wife, Arlene, made sure he would never forget it.

KUDOS, QUOTABLES AND COMMUNITY

The children of Peace Presbyterian Church were active participants in the recent baptism of Wellspring Olson Thomas, son of the Revs. Clay Thomas and Tricia Dillon Thomas. The Thomas baptism was the first in Peace’s new location in the Manatee Board of Realtors building on Lakewood Ranch Boulevard. For information about Peace Presbyterian, visit www.peacepcusa.com or call 753-7778.

By Pam Eubanks | News Editor

LAKEWOOD RANCH — The search for a new executive director for Lakewood Ranch Town Hall is under way. Executive recruiter Colin Baenziger on Feb. 26 began the recruitment process by posting the position on his website and e-mailing it to more than 7,000 local government professionals. On Monday, Baenziger said he already had received about 40 applications, including what supervisors on the Lakewood Ranch Inter-District Authority board received unsolicited since former Executive Director Bob Fernandez announced his resignation in late January. “I’ve had more (unsolicited) inquiries about this job in the limited time it’s been out there than I

+ Our Lady youth group learns to fly

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Baenziger continues search for director Colin Baenziger, of Colin Baenziger & Associates, already has received about 40 applications for the IDA’s vacant Lakewood Ranch Town Hall executive director position.

+ Peace hosts first baptism

The Youth Group from Our Lady of the Angels braved dizzying heights while learning to fly on the trapeze Feb. 27 at Christian Retreat. The Trapeze School helped the participants focus on their faith journey as well as learn the difference between believing and trusting.

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On his 80th birthday Feb. 27, Ret. Brig. Gen. John Casey took to the air with fellow pilot Nigel Milligan, and even had the opportunity to take the controls during their nearly hourlong flight.

Ride of His Life By Pam Eubanks | News Editor

TARA — At first, Ret. Brig. Gen. John Casey thought nothing of the growing roar he heard as he mingled with friends at the Tara Golf and Country Club Feb. 27 for his 80th birthday celebration. But as the noise grew louder, his wife, Arlene, latched onto his arm and ushered him from the shade and into the sunlight.

This wasn’t any ordinary helicopter, she says to him. It’s for him. Just for him. After walking through an honor guard of golfers saluting with their golf clubs, John Casey, a helicopter pilot in Vietnam, secured his seatbelt and helmet and took off for a nearly hour-long ride with pilot Nigel Milligan. His smile never left his face. Arlene relaxed only after determining her husband’s

shock had worn off sufficiently. Somehow, she’d managed to keep this surprise a secret from the one-star general for weeks on end. “I think half of Tara knew about it,” she says, grinning.

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John’s wife of 16 years, Arlene originally had planned a small cocktail gathering at

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Proposed timeline March 11 — Closing date for submission of applications March 16 — Baenziger reports the results of the recruiting effort to the IDA board. April 11 — Baenziger forwards the finalist materials to the IDA. Information includes candidates’ resumes, a summary of his interviews with candidates, the results of background and reference checks and Internet/newspaper archive results. Materials scheduled to arrive April 12. April 15 — Baenziger reviews finalists with IDA. April 28 — IDA members interview candidates one-onone and as a group.


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The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to patrol the Summerfield section of Lakewood Ranch more frequently following a Feb. 18 incident during which a driver of an unmarked van got out of his vehicle several times to speak to children. Sheriff’s office Public Information Officer Dave Bristow said the sheriff’s office has not been able to classify the incident as anything other than a suspicious circumstance. The sheriff’s office believes the driver may have been a door-to-door salesman based on interviews with residents and other information. “We did get some conflicting information as we interviewed people,” Bristow said. “(But) there was no question there was a van there.” Bristow said the incident was “nowhere near an attempted abduction” because the suspect did not attempt to grab or lure the child into the van. The sheriff’s office notifies Manatee County Public School officials in instances where children are in danger. The incident in Summerfield Crest, Bristow said, which did not occur at school, was considered only a suspicious circumstance and did not warrant a notification to local schools. Manatee County School District spokesperson Margi Nanney said principals of East County Schools followed proper procedure in handling the incident. “We look to (the Sheriff’s Office) for direction,” Nanney said. “If they’d have thought we (needed to) sent out notification (to parents), they would have told us, and we would have done it immediately.”

+ Sanborn on hunt for another site

Film production company Sanborn Studios has announced it will not purchase a nearly

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7-acre parcel in Lakewood Ranch as planned but will continue looking in the area for another future studio location. Founder and CEO Ken Sanborn said after completing due diligence on the prospective Lakewood Ranch site, the company determined it would not be appropriate. “We decided it wasn’t the best location for what we wanted to build,” he said. “We’re looking for another possible site in Sarasota County. We’re still looking in Lakewood Ranch as well.” Schroeder-Manatee Ranch President and CEO Rex Jensen confirmed the termination of the proposal to purchase the parcel. “On Feb. 17, 2011, we received a fax from Sanborn Studio’s legal counsel that terminated our agreement with them,” he said. “At this point, Schroeder-Manatee Ranch no longer has any contractual relationship with Sanborn Studios.” However, the company still plans to purchase its existing Lakewood Ranch facility sometime during the duration of its leaseoption, Sanborn said. Additionally, Sanborn Studios opened its first office in Los Angeles March 1. The company’s Chief Financial Office Alan Bailey will manage the office and split his time between California and Sarasota, Sanborn said. “The important this is we want to attract other businesses here,” Sanborn said. “We have paved the way for more (businesses) to come.”

+ Memorial bricks to be placed at Jiggs

East County residents can honor a loved one or recognize a special date by purchasing a special memorial brick for Jiggs Landing Preserve. The Old Braden River Historical Society is selling the memorial bricks for $50 each, with $25 going toward the cost of interpretive displays at the preserve. The first 12 bricks recently were installed at the park. For information or to place an order, visit www.oldbradenriver.org.

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Rescue reveals first cottages Honor Animal Rescue’s Ranch features buildings similar to the structures used following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. By Michael Eng | Executive Editor

LAKEWOOD RANCH — You’ve never seen an animal rescue like this. Honor Animal Rescue’s new home, called the Ranch, features four cottage-style buildings similar to those used following Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The buildings create a courtyard, and in the middle stands a pond-less water feature complete with a fire hydrant. There’s nary a chain-link fence in sight. And that’s just how President Rob Oglesby likes it. “It’s a complete different environment for animal rescue,” Oglesby said of the Ranch, which sits on a 7.68-parcel at 4951 Lorraine Road in Lakewood Ranch. “They’re meant to resemble a Key West village.”

The village is the culmination of months of planning for the 4-year-old East County-based organization. When complete, it will allow the rescue to streamline its operations. Currently, the rescue houses its animals in existing structures on the Ranch property as well as at Nate’s Place off Cooper Creek Boulevard. Eventually, the rescue will transfer all animals to the Ranch. Oglesby said the Ranch’s environment not only will be healthier and happier for its furry friends but also it will provide a more comfortable environment for families looking to adopt. Furthermore, he said the Ranch gives donors the satisfaction of seeing their dollars at work. “Each of these costs $15,000,” he said of the cottages. “It takes an average of 21 days to adopt a dog, and each of these can hold

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U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan hosted a public forum about Florida’s prescription drug abuse problem Feb. 28 in Sarasota.

six dogs at a time. That means for $15,000, we can help rescue 140 dogs in one year per cottage.” And in the current economic conditions, Oglesby said the rescue needs that kind of productivity from every dollar it receives. “Two years ago, we rescued 300 animals,” he said. “Last year, that jumped to 550.” Honor Animal Rescue also has

SARASOTA COUNTY — U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan isn’t just hearing from parents who have lost children to overdoses on prescription drugs. He’s hearing from other legislators in other states, as well. “They (tell me): (Florida) is killing our kids,” Buchanan said at a forum on prescription drug abuse Feb. 28. More than 100 community members, media and local officials attended the forum at Sarasota City Hall to hear representatives from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Florida Attorney General’s Office and from the sheriffs offices of Sarasota and Manatee counties address Florida’s prescription drug epidemic. “Florida is the epicenter of this abuse, and we need to take care of it,” Buchanan said. “It’s completely out of hand. We’re looking at the federal level what we can do.” Possible solutions, he said, include tougher penalties for physicians and others caught inappropriately prescribing or dealing with prescription drugs and a database for monitoring prescription drugs on a federal level. The District 13 representative co-sponsored H.R. 4956, called the Stop Oxy Abuse Act of 2010, which would have reclassified drugs containing oxycodone hydrochloride and limited their approval to use for the relief of severe-only pain if it had passed. The Florida Legislature passed a prescription drug monitoring program about two years ago, but the program is not yet in operation because of objections raised by one of the contractors who bid on the project but lost. The Florida PDMP Foundation, the organization tasked with funding the project, has raised enough money to pay for the Department of Health to implement the database for at least the first year. However, under his proposed budget documents, Gov. Rick Scott is seeking to eliminate the program because of concerns with long-term funding. He closed the Office of Drug Control, which acted as a driving force behind the program’s creation while coordinating the efforts of the state’s local drug coalitions. Dave Aaronberg, a former state senator who now serves as the special council for the State Attorney General’s Office’s pill mill initiative, said the state Attorney General’s Office has retained two Office of Drug Control employees to continue working on the issue. Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@yourobserver.com.

partnered with Petco and showcases animals at the store’s East County location, 131 N. Cattlemen Road. The Rescue will be the beneficiary of Lakewood Ranch’s Music on Main concert from 6-9 p.m. this Friday. For more, visit www.honoranimalrescue.org. Contact Michael Eng at meng@yourobserver.com.

As part of the Sarasota Invitational Regatta, organizers hosted an inaugural adaptive rowing program for clients of Community Haven for Adults & Children with Disabilities and for Easter Seals on Feb. 25. By Pam Eubanks | News Editor

As part of the weekend’s events, Laura Schwanger, a gold, silver and bronze medalist in track and field in the 1988, 1992 and 1996 Paralympic Games and a bronze medalist in rowing in the 2008 Paralympic Games, provided an adaptive rowing demonstration on Feb. 27. Schwanger, a military veteran, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis while on active duty.

Buchanan promises support in drug fight

By Pam Eubanks | News Editor

Sarasota debuts adaptive rowing

STAR POWER

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Rescue President Rob Oglesby said each of the cottages costs $15,000.

MAKING WAVES

SARASOTA COUNTY — Barry Gradert’s face shined with a constant smile as he pulled out from the dock and rowed himself across the waters at Nathan Benderson Park. “This is what it’s all about — the look on his face,” said Madeline McGrail, director of adult day training at Community Haven for Adults & Children with Disabilities. “Our goal is to support and encourage our clients to live as independently as possible. Rowing itself gives them the power. There’s something much more involved in that they’re accomplishing something rather than just experiencing something.” Sarasota County Government and the rowing community partnered to offer the area’s first adaptive rowing event Feb. 25 as a kick-off to the Sarasota Invitational Regatta. The twoday regatta, which featured opportunities to row with U.S. National Team and Olympic rowers from Feb. 26-27 at Nathan Benderson Park, raised funds to start an adaptive rowing program for individuals with mental and physical disabilities in the area. Adaptive rowing takes rowing equipment and adapts it to accommodate the needs of rowers with disabilities, said coach

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Community Haven’s Barry Gradert, front, couldn’t stop smiling as he rowed with coach Alex Alexandru. Joe Dobson, of the Sararowing classes to people sota Rowing Club. with vision, mental or “In this case, we used developmental impairspecial pontoons to proments, paraplegics, vide safety (and help staquadriplegics and ambilize the boat),” Dobson putees. said. Dobson said he hopes About 10 individuals to get the program cerfrom Community Haven tified through the U.S. and Easter Seals, nonOlympic Committee this profit organizations that year. work with individuals The Sarasota Inviwith disabilities, turned tational Regatta was out Friday for the inausponsored and produced Photos by Pam Eubanks gural adaptive rowing Coach Joe Dobson, right, shows CHAC client by the Sarasota County program, where each par- Amy Cross how to use the oars properly. Rowing Club, the Saraticipant took a turn at the sota County Commisoars with veteran rower Alex Sarasota County Parks and sion, Sarasota County Parks Alexandru. Recreation Coordinator An- and Recreation, the Sarasota “This is like a chance in a drea King the event served as a and Bradenton area Convenlifetime,” said Jeannne Buzbee, sort of “taste test” for what the tion and Visitors Bureaus services coordinator for Easter future may hold. Sarasota Parks and Benderson Development. Seals. “(The participants who and Recreation, the Sarasota Metlife sponsored the adaptive came here today) wanted to Rowing Club and the T-REC rowing event as well as a demdo this instead (of going to the Coalition of Sarasota County onstration by Paralympic medbig Mardi Gras party we had have partnered together to alist Laura Schwanger. planned). They’ve been very ex- form a proposed adaptive rowContact Pam Eubanks at peucited.” ing program that would offer banks@yourobserver.com.

For photos from the 2011 Sarasota Invitational Regatta, see Neighborhood, 1B.


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County right, policy still wrong

When Ken Sanborn asked Sarasota County for another $500,000 for his startup movie studio in Lakewood Ranch, it just highlighted an ongoing policy problem. Sarasota County Commissioner Nora Patterson rightly called the request “startling,” coming on the unproven heels of $650,000 the county already has given Sanborn Studios. County staff agreed. Administrator Jim Ley said he was not going to place it on the agenda unless a commissioner requested it and, if so, it was going to be with a recommendation against it. It’s heartening to see the county staff and commissioners see the foolishness of more funding for this enterprise, and we hope they continue to see it in a year or whenever it may be that more requests will come. While we would love to see Sanborn Studios succeed and thrive — and based on Sanborn’s track record building Gyrocam, the company just might — the idea of using taxpayer money to fund such a high-risk venture as a movie studio is not prudent. With growing opposition, Sanborn pulled his request. Issue over? Not really. The real problem is with these taxpayer giveaways. By opening the Pandora’s Box of endless government largesse, our leaders entered into a frenzy where every local,

out-of-state or startup business has the full expectation of getting tax money for what they often plan to do anyway. You just don’t read of expansions or new companies without reading about how much they were given in grants or other financial incentives. For instance, the same day Sanborn asked for more money, Tervis Tumbler got a $30,000 annual tax break from Venice for a plant expansion that it was clearly going to do anyway. It’s not really the fault of business. Why would any business owner or CEO not seek cheap capital wherever it is available? It would practically be a breach of fiduciary responsibility not to. Local governments have made themselves just another capital source for businesses now. No, this is completely on local leaders acting like sheep instead of acting on principle. Seeing that the box is open, the best that governments are left with is: Everyone else is doing it! Patterson used another apt term for the Sanborn project when she said funding for the film industry was being done “kind of speculatively.” But there is a sense in which all of these giveaways are speculative. Very near to the last thing any county commission needs to be doing with taxpayer money is speculative investing — something

we fervently hope commissioners will remember regarding Jackson Labs.

+ Hurricane Charlie

Crist, that is. Even the Wall Street Journal is lamenting the state of Florida’s insurance industry in the aftermath of the former governor’s irresponsible politicizing of the state’s property insurance market. We all know the score. The state-run Citizen’s Property Insurance Corp., which was supposed to be the insurer of last resort, now controls 25% of the market and has become the insurer of first resort thanks to subsidized rates. Plus, Citizens does not have enough money to handle a major storm and would end up having to tax everyone to make up the difference. The Journal’s contention is that Crist was always relying on Washington to bail out Florida if the big one hit, because his system was never going to be solvent. That is wrong on principle. It should not be the responsibility of Iowa farmers and Tennessee cashiers to subsidize Florida waterfront owners and beyond. The solution is simple, if politically hard. The state needs to back way out and let market forces dictate prices and coverage, allowing competition from private insurers who will then take on the risk — not taxpayers.

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Anti-growthers reliably wrong Local governments have wisely been reducing or ditching new home taxes known as impact fees to spur the economy. Opponents are spitting mad. Predictably enough, cutting or eliminating new-home taxes in our area is causing an outbreak of vein-popping hysteria among those who always oppose economic growth if it means either more people here, or developers make money. Some only see nefarious moneygrubbing in the Sarasota County Commission’s decision to cut road impact fees in half for two years. The School Board already eliminated school impact fees because of a drop in students that means ROD other schools will not be THOMSON needed for several years. Sarasota attorney and anti-developer extraordinaire Dan Lobeck wrote recently that the impact-fee cuts mean that “developers who bankroll political campaigns will benefit and the rest of us will pay.” He sees the decision as nothing more than crony payoffs by corrupt county commissioners. Unwarranted and predictable, but he has a following. Others see a tax shift. Sarasota HeraldTribune columnist Eric Ernst started a recent column with, “My taxes just went up. So did yours if you are a property owner in Sarasota or Manatee counties.” He points the crooked tax-raising finger at the Sarasota and Manatee county commissions’ impact fee cuts, acting on the long-engrained assumption that growth does not pay for itself but costs existing taxpayers. We all like to blame the other guy. It’s easiest when whatever is wrong is someone else’s fault. And so if you are paying more in taxes than you want to, or if the roads are more congested, just blame it on newcomers. Politicians have generally enjoyed this game because future taxpayers can’t vote now — tax the dudes not here! The fallacies in this argument are myriad. First, Ernst’s taxes did not go up. In fact, they probably went down because his

property value is declining and the county has not increased the millage rate. A small point, but being factually wrong ought to diminish the effect of an otherwise fine rhetorical flourish. Second, the charge is made that we have a glut of homes, and so cutting impact fees won’t make any difference in new home construction. But we don’t necessarily have the available houses people moving here want. And the existing stock can be readily taken up with workers in construction and the businesses spun off from there. For instance, Manatee County cut impact fees last year — and the Manatee School District has also eliminated impact fees for now — and the county just extended those cuts. What has resulted is a steady increase in building permits. Third, the primary issue is the assumption that newcomers cost us money by having to build new roads, schools, libraries and so on. But it turns out newcomers pay taxes, too. Who knew? And since most new homes are more expensive than the average existing home base, newcomers pay on average more taxes than existing residents. There was a fascinating study done two years ago that documented — contrary to popular beliefs — how newcomers actually do pay more than their own way. Elliot Eisenberg, senior economist for the National Association of Home Builders in Washington, D.C., did an in-depth study of impact fees in Collier County in 2009. While Eisenberg’s employer cannot be considered objective, his numbers are numbers pulled from the database and are fascinating. And Collier is a reasonable comparison with Sarasota and Manatee. Eisenberg used the same formula adopted by many institutions and universities, including the University of Florida, to demonstrate concretely what many of us thought intuitively: Growth does pay its own way. And more. Here’s how he did the numbers. Eisenberg broke the study into three parts: construction, the ripple effect and

occupancy. The benefits of those three phases are combined and compared against the costs of the new house and people during the same time frames. The costs include all services from education, fire and police to sewer, water and roads to parks, libraries and public health care. For the 565 single-family homes and 283 multifamily units built in Collier County in 2008, the construction phase created 2,538 jobs — 1,754 in construction, the rest in spin-offs — plus $31 million in taxes and $149 million in local income. During the ripple effect phase, which includes spending that income on goods and services in the local economy, the new housing created 1,531 jobs, plus $6.6 million in local taxes and $82 million in local income. And then come the numbers that are so often left out: occupancy, when people are living and working in the community. That created another 556 permanent jobs, plus $5 million in local taxes and $28 million in local income. Every year. Ad infinitum. The point overlooked or willfully ignored is that people in these new houses buy food and cars, go to the dentist and the bank and use child care. That obvious benefit is often what the growth opponents won’t consider. So over 15 years, the cumulative take in taxes for local governments was $115 million. But the total cost during those years in all public services was $55 million. Taxes flowing into government coffers as a result of new home construction and people growth generated nearly twice their costs to the local government in services. Stunning news. Yet Eisenberg has reproduced this study all over the country and shows consistent findings. Not only does growth pay for itself, it subsidizes those of us already here. Ernst ends his column using the rusty old Lobeck postulation that “someone is making money off this. It’s just not you and me.” The point? There must be sleaze involved here. Probably those dirty developers. Maybe some commissioners on the take. Actually, it may well be that we are making money off of growth, because these newcomers pay more than their fair share. Impact fees tilt the field even more in financial favor of those of us already here. Rod Thomson is editorial pages editor of the Observers and can be reached at rthomson@yourobserver.com.


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steadfast proponent of individual freedom, personal responsibility and capitalism.” For the past five years, Thomson has directed the editorial staff and content of the Gulf Coast Business Review, which is also owned by The Observer Group. Prior to that, Thomson spent nearly six years traveling to and from Haiti while he worked for the Sarasota-based Hand to the Plow Ministries. Thomson is a graduate of Michigan State University and a diehard Spartans and Detroit Tigers fan. He has been a journalist for 27 years, having served at newspapers in Minnesota and Iowa and the Herald-Tribune and written articles for the New York Times, People, Picture Week, National Review Online and Focus on the Family. Thomson is an elder in his church and a director of Hand to the Plow Ministries. He and his wife, Kim, have been married for 30 years. They have eight children and two grandchildren and live in east Sarasota County. Thomson can be reached at rthomson@yourobserver.com.

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COOPER CREEK Reported Feb. 23

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8 a.m. — 8100 block of Lakewood Ranch Main Street. Auto burglary. While the victim was at work, the subject(s) opened an unlocked door to his vehicle and removed several items.

MYAKKA CITY Feb. 21

1:30 p.m. —  40000 block of Clay Gulley Road. Information. The complainant wanted to document that his mother still continues to call him and harass him about why the family Baker Acted her. He wanted it documented, so he can get a restraining order

so she will quit coming over and calling him. He was informed to file for a restraining order at the courthouse.

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4 p.m. — 46700 block of State Road 70 E. Criminal mischief. An unknown person attempted to ram open the front gate with an unknown type of vehicle. The gate bent but didn’t break open. There were no witnesses found in the area that saw or heard anything. 4:11 p.m. —  37000 S.R. 70 E. (Myakka Gas Station). Possession of drug paraphernalia. The defendant was arrested for a warrant. During a search of his pockets, the responding deputy found a bag with seven needles in his left front pants pocket and a silver spoon in his right front pants pocket coated with a white substance. The items were placed into property for lab work, requesting the spoon be tested for a narcotic due to the white residue left on the spoon.

SUMMERFIELD Feb. 22

8 a.m. — 12300 block of Mosswood Place. Grand theft of a trailer. Unknown person(s) stole the victim’s trailer that was located behind his house.

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1:30 p.m. —  8750 S.R. 70 E. (Sweetbay). Lost property. The complainant reported she lost her keys at the store, and they had not been turned in.

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8:15 a.m. — 2800 block of 58th Avenue Drive East. Burglary to an occupied structure. The suspects drove onto the fenced in property and parked on the backside of the building. The suspects then removed metal items from a storage bin, placed the items in the back of the truck and fled in the vehicle. The suspects were located and one of the suspects was arrested. The second suspect was initially let go due to lack of infor-

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CARE TO SHARE Peace Presbyterian members Dan and Kirstin Shontere, a group of college students and others visited Haiti Feb. 15-21 to deliver food, assistance and some much-needed love.

the kids, and I have so much admiration for the (educated) people there.” Haiti does not offer a free public education for students, so families must pay for their children to attend. Sponsorships for students at the Good Shepherd pay for classes, uniforms and one meal per day. Because of the rising prices of foods such as rice and beans, only about two-thirds of students are fed each day. The missions group distributed about 100 pounds of rice and beans to the Haitian people in Pele and used the peanut butter and jelly donated by their home church, Christ Presbyterian, to make sandwiches for the students, particularly those who wouldn’t be eating. “For a lot of them, it’s the only meal they get for the day,” Dan Shontere said “They have (peanut butter in Haiti), but it’s not something they ordinarily would have. It’s a (nutritious) treat.” At one point, the group was passing out sandwiches, but only had about 100 left, forcing them to close off the distribution area so they wouldn’t run out of food. “You could see their little feet outside the gate,” Kirstin Shontere said. “There was one little boy who ran out, ripped his sand-

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suitcases with clothing, shoes, crafts, games and more than 200 jars of peanut butter and jelly and headed to the streets of Haiti, where they distributed goods and shared their faith with children at the Good Shepherd School, the only educational facility in a small urban slum of Port-auPrince called Pele. “The trip was awesome,” said River Club resident and Christ Presbyterian member Kelly Pleasant, who went to Haiti with her daughter, Karlie. “I (loved)

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CASEY / PAGE 1A their modest Tara home but offered her husband a chance to invite whomever he wished after realizing there may be people in his life she may not think to invite. “He started writing a list, and it kept getting bigger,” Arlene says. “He overwhelmed me (with the number, so we had to change venues). He said there were so many people in his life over the years that touched him. This was his way of saying, ‘Thank you.’” Of the 131 people who received invitations, only one sent regrets. “Everyone else said they (were) coming — even the first principal from when he started teaching school,” Arlene says. “That tells you about the man.” Friends describe John as humble, downto-earth, patriotic, courteous and gracious. “He’s a man of great integrity and an all around nice fellow,” friend Art Mullins said. His wife agreed. “I’m always calling him a hero, but he doesn’t like that word,” she says. “(Veterans are) all heroes. (John)’s my hero. He’s the Tara community’s hero.”

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While John Casey quickly waves off all efforts to sing his praise, his wife just chuckles. “He deserves it,” she says, a glimmer lighting her eyes as her husband walks out of the room to watch “The Price is Right” and give her space to talk unabashedly. She darts into a bedroom and returns with her hand extended. A black coin with gold trim, goldetched words and a military emblem shines as if it has been polished 100 times over. Casey received the coin, now given in the military to show excellence, while he was at a mili-

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tary affair last summer. A middle-aged veteran who served in the U.S. Special Forces approached the retired general, read the medals John donned on his uniform and asked for the honor of shaking Casey’s hand, Arlene says. John reciprocated the feeling of honor and thanks for service, and once the handshake had finished, John was left with the coin in his hand. “This gentleman probably received it for (something he did),” she says. Over his 28 years in the U.S. Army, John Casey worked his way up from a private to a decorated military officer, retiring as a brigadier general in 1979. A senior parachutist and senior aviator with more than 500 combat flying hours, Casey’s distinctions include the Combat Infantry Badge, four Legions of Merit, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, 23 Air Medals, a Meritorious Service Medal, a Joint Service Commendation Medal, two Army Commendation Medals, the Purple Heart and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Bronze. Jamie Day, a representative for Engage Aviation, the company that provided the helicopter ride for Sunday’s celebration, said Engage President Philip Carey couldn’t wait to give the general a chance to relive his passion for flying helicopters after seeing John Casey’s military résumé. “He was so moved he really wanted to do anything he could to honor Gen. Casey for his birthday,” Day said.

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John Casey walked through an honor guard of golfers as he headed to the greenway for his first helicopter ride in more than 30 years. Left: John Casey’s military medals and other memorabilia fill the office of his Tara home. what seems like a matter of minutes. After high school, John dreamt of attending West Point. His parents, he says, sacrificed everything for him to get an education, and John Casey spent his first year of undergraduate studies at Georgetown College in Kentucky before transferring to Georgia Military Academy for another year of schooling. Then, he enlisted, following his father, who was recalled to active duty for World War II, into military service. Although the senior Casey had never pushed either of his sons toward enlisting, he was proud of both their decisions to do so. “We made our own choices,” John says of himself and his brother. “I grew up an Army brat, but I had no idea what it was like to be a soldier,” he adds. John Casey began his military training in 1951 with basic training in Ft. Rally, Kan. The training site, which was flooded at the time of arrival, seemed desolate to

Casey, who had always enjoyed the comforts of home. The barracks had no heat, and sand covered the floor. “In the 16 weeks I was there, I ate the worst food I’d had in my entire life,” John says with a chuckle. “They’d sent all the cooks to Korea.” After boot camp, John Casey completed six months of Officer Candidate School. Soon thereafter, he was promoted to 2nd lieutenant. But instead of going to Korea with many of the other soldiers, John was retained to run two cycles of Officer Candidate School classes. “It’s a long, hard six months,” John says. “You run every morning with them. You go to their classes with them.” The next several years proved adventurous. John Casey spent the next year guarding radar sites in Iceland — a country he describes as windy and somewhat barren and having some of the most beautiful and literate people in the world — before spending three years in Ft. Benning, Ga.,

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CASEY / PAGE 8A as a weapons instructor. He then joined the Army’s newly created 3rd Brigade 1st Calvary Division, also called Airmobile, where he learned to fly helicopters. After a year of training, he became a tactical instructor for military aircraft in support of troops on the ground. Then in 1961 during the Cold War, John Casey headed to Germany, where he commanded a rifle company, among other duties. “You had to keep your infantry trained,� he says. After returning to the United States in 1964, John went to command at General Staff College for additional officer training. “They train you for more responsibility,� John says, noting his next assignment was at the Pentagon before he volunteered to serve in Vietnam in 1966. After commanding the 128th Assault Helicopter Unit for a year, John returned to the Pentagon and attended the National War College, the last step for completion of his officer training. “It’s designed to introduce you to international affairs and that type of activity,� John says. “It’s designed to have you look at economics, politics, cultures. Everything.� After completing his training, he served as the division operations officer for the 82nd Airborne Division from 1969 to 1971. Then, everything changed.

NeWS bullets through the doorpost of the helicopter, through Casey’s wrist and into his chest plate. The shots nearly severed Casey’s dominant right hand off, and he was transported immediately to a military hospital in Saigon, where he underwent surgery — the first of two in Saigon. “They weren’t sure my hand would stay on (at first),� John recalls. He then was transported to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where he spent the next 18 months undergoing five more surgeries as well as physical and occupational therapies. Surgeons gave John the option of how he wanted his hand permanently bent, since motion in his fingers would be limited, at best. “I said to fit a golf club,� he says, chuckling. “You can see a golf club can fit in there.� Arlene chides in: At the time of surgery, rumor had it that the surgeon even had

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someone go get a golf club, sterilize it and bring it into to surgery for just that purpose, she says. Although his hand had been shaped for it, John Casey never thought he’d play again until a golf pro at Tara took him under her wing. And in 1992, he picked up the sport he’d enjoyed since he was a teenager.

A crowd reappears on the green behind the Tara Golf & Country Club as the whirl of the helicopter again fills the air. Upon landing, John Casey begins unstrapping himself as the helicopter’s blades come to a standstill. Friends push forward, snapping pictures and smothering him with birthday hugs as he dismounts. “It was really a thrill,� he says of the ride. “You never forget it. It’s been 30 years since I touched the controls. It’s a lovely feeling to be above everything.� The hugs continue as John slowly makes his way toward the reception inside. This birthday would be one he’d never forget. “I never thought I’d get (to 80),� John says. “It’s really special. It came about because I have a lot of great friends, and the medical profession took great care of me.� Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@ yourobserver.com.

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dress, which she bejeweled with sequins and tassels specifically for today’s interview. The museum is packed with kids, parents, senior citizens and teenagers, all of who seem to turn their cameras on the 54-year-old clown with the mini-clown puppet. “It’s been a while since I was here,” Lilley says. “This is like my mecca. You’d think I’d come here every day, but I’m not even in the same realm as some of these

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legendary clowns … Lou Jacobs and all those guys.” Lilley has spent the last 32 years dressing as a Blossom the Clown. Yet in all her hammy endeavors, she’s only visited the Ringling Museum a handful of times. “Ya know,” she says taking inventory of the paparazzi swarm, “having a clown around here wouldn’t be a bad idea.” She came to a similar conclusion seven months ago when she drove past a Venice barbershop and noticed the owner had scattered signs outside his storefront hoping to attract customers. Armed with a business proposition, Lilley marched into the barbershop dressed as Blossom. When Jeff Strode caught a glimpse of the clown and her strange puppet, he agreed to pay her $10 an hour to stand outside and wave to people. The overachieving grandmother-of-six said she’d do one better: She’d dance. With her MP3 player loaded with songs by The Beatles, The Spice Girls, Pink and the Bee Gees, the clown began dancing in her size-14 New Balance sneakers. “I can get anyone to smile,” Lilley says. “Unless they’re on their cell phone or picking their nose.” She pulled out all her favorite moves — The Twist, The Swim, The Mashed Potato and a little two-step she invented called The Temptation Shuffle. “She’s helped tremendously,” Strode says. “I had a couple other people out there waving — kids mostly, but it was like I had to go out there and take their pulse. Lynda is a ball of energy. She’s brought us more attention for sure.” Lilley has danced so much she’s worn out a patch of grass in front of the plaza. A Sarasota native and graduate of Sarasota High School, Lilley always wanted to be a clown. As a child she worshipped Bozo. When she was 5 years old, she drove with her parents to Boston to appear on “Bozo’s Circus,” a television show starring her idol, Frank Avruch. “He was approachable,” Lilley says of Avruch’s Bozo. “He had a simple outfit and simple makeup. That’s important. You never want to look too good.” Approachability is why Lilley keeps Blossom’s hair, makeup and clothes disheveled. It’s also why when people ask her how long it takes her to get into character, she tells them five minutes, followed by: “It gets easier as you get older.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT You just follow the lines in your face.” Some clowns adhere strictly to pantomime. The quick-witted Lilley has never been that kind of clown. After high school, she studied journalism at the University of South Florida before auditioning for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, in Venice. She was rejected, however, for having a puppet. “They didn’t do puppets in those days,” Lilley says. “But I went down to that circus tent and I tried. Boy, did I try.” She raised six children as a single mother, working a variety of odd jobs, the oddest of which was, of course, clowning. She invented Blossom in the late 1970s as a creative way to make extra cash. Her first gigs were at the Brown Derby Restaurant on the corner of Siesta Drive and Tamiami Trail; there she worked as a waitress by day, clown by night. In an outfit not unlike the one she wears

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Sayward Grindley is a study in multitasking. Just poke your head into her office on the first floor of the FSU Performing Arts Center and you’ll see that she doesn’t just dance. She juggles. Now in her third season as education director of the Sarasota Ballet School, Grindley, a North Carolina native, is the first to admit she’s got a lot going on. First, there’s her daughter, Parker —  a vocal 9-month-old who happily toddles into the arms of any of the dancers who pass by Grindley’s office. “They adore her,” Grindley says of the company dancers and students who take turns watching the baby between rehearsals and classes. “Yoohung (Lee, a member of the corps de ballet) loves her so much he says his girlfriend is jealous.” Parker’s playpen takes up onehalf of Grindley’s small office. On top of the pen, Grindley has tossed a plastic bag of glittery green costume accessories that will soon adorn the tutus of her younger dance students in an upcoming St. Patrick’s Daythemed recital. A baby stroller is pushed up against another wall. “The older she gets, the more stuff I need to occupy her,”

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Sayward Grindley’s office is home to the Sarasota Ballet School’s youngest pre-trainee: Grindley’s 9-month-old daughter, Parker. Grindley says, hoisting Parker on her hip as coryphée dancer Jamie Carter walks past; his face lights up at the sight of the child. “I joked about bringing her to work after my maternity leave,” Grindley said. “I didn’t think Iain (Webb, the company’s ballet director) would go for it, but he’s been really amazing. I get emotional whenever I think about what they’ve done for my family and me. It used to be women had babies and they couldn’t work. They had to stay home.” Grindley’s office is brimming

with dance programs, dance books, stacks of loose-leaf paper, plastic cups filled with crunchy baby snacks, manila folders and newspaper articles trumpeting the 29-year-old’s accomplishments in expanding the ballet’s dance program. When she was promoted to education director after three years of teaching part-time at the school, there were only 65 students in the program. Since then, the roster has more than doubled and grown to include a trainee and pre-trainee program

for older dancers. The Sarasota Ballet School has become such a draw it now has a waiting list. “I like being presented with a challenge,” Grindley says. “Especially when people don’t think things are possible. I ask myself, ‘What do we need to do to make this happen?’ And, then, I just do it.” It helps that Grindley, a former dancer with Fuzión Dance Artists, studied dance performance and education at East Carolina University. A teacher at heart, when she received a full ballet scholarship to attend the university, she insisted on pursing two degrees. “It took me an extra semester,” Grindley says. “But it’s helped me tremendously in the long run.” When she moved in 2005 to Sarasota, she began working as a dance instructor at Manatee School for the Arts and later Booker Middle School, where she completely rebuilt the school’s dance program. Sarasota Ballet’s Dance — The Next Generation program now rehearses in a studio Grindley helped design during her time at Booker. “I always tell my students to get a well-rounded education,” Grindley says. “The ballet world is very competitive. If you can walk into a company looking

DID YOU KNOW? Sayward Grindley was named after a character actress Elizabeth Montgomery (“Bewitched”) played in the 1978 television miniseries, “The Awakening Land.” The series was based on a book trilogy by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Conrad Richter about an American frontierswoman. for a job and you can teach every age and every style of dance, you’ve got a greater opportunity to make money doing what you love.” One of her biggest projects this season has been overseeing the company’s new downtown dance studio on Lemon Avenue — Studio 20 at Pineapple Square, which, in addition to providing additional rehearsal space for overflow students, offers a full schedule of adult dance classes. “I’m trying to start a mommyand-me class dance class,” Grindley says. “I want something interactive, though. I’ve seen some classes where babies just sit in a stroller while the moms dance around. Kids love to dance. I know Parker’s already bouncing to music. When she was younger, I would wear her to class, and she’d fall asleep on my chest.”

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LAKEWOOD RANCH —  As the final seconds of the first half ticked off the clock, Melanie Mason tucked the football safely inside her navy blue jersey and took off for the end zone. The Out-of-Door Academy sophomore running back ran left then cut right, making her

way into the secondary before a swarm of white jerseys descended upon her —  sending her red flag flying and signaling the end of the first half. Trick plays such as these were the name of the game for the seniors and sophomores, who kept the juniors and freshmen off guard for four quarters to preserve a 13-6 victory in The Out-

of-Door Academy’s first O Bowl Feb. 26. Led by senior quarterback Rachel Cannon, who threw for two touchdowns and an extra point, Team Blue captured the powder puff trophy and bragging rights in the school’s first girls flag football game under the lights. “It’s just fun — it’s like playing any other sport,” said Cannon, who played the entire game. “It’s kind of special though because

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Team Blue, comprising The Out-of-Door Academy’s seniors and sophmores, defeated Team White in the first O Bowl Feb. 26.

Shane Davidson slides safely back into first base during Lakewood Ranch’s 9-1 victory over Braden River Feb. 22.

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East County and district rivals Braden River and Lakewood Ranch took to the fields in pivotal district contests Feb. 22. The host Lady Pirates defeated the Lady Mustangs 1-0. Sophomore Courtney Mirabella pitched a complete game for Braden River, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out 17. After four scoreless innings, the Lady Pirates took the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning on a double by Ashley Allard, which drove in Kenya Yancy from first base. Braden River notched eight hits off Lakewood pitcher Huntyre Elling. Allard

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Braden River sophomore pitcher Courtney Mirabella, center, earned her first win over Lakewood Ranch Feb. 22.

Lakewood Ranch High senior Sarai Miller has helped the Lady Mustangs post a 5-2 record this season. went 2-for-3 with a double and a RBI, and Nicole Tira went 2-for3 with a double to lead the way for Braden River at the plate. Meanwhile, the visiting Lakewood Ranch baseball team defeated Braden River 9-1. Junior Seth McGarry held the Pirates to just two

hits in six innings to preserve the win for the Mustangs. Zach Larson hit a two-run home run, and Connor Lewellan drove in three runs to lead the way for Lakewood at the plate. With the win, Lakewood improves to 3-0 in the district, while the Pirates fall to 1-2.

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ODA / PAGE 13A girls don’t really get to play football. “I didn’t want to miss a second,” she said. “I never like to come out of any game. You can’t deny a night of competition.” In addition to bragging rights, the seniors and sophomores also won points toward the Thunder Cup —  the prize of a yearlong competition between the different grade levels. ODA has held a powder puff football game in years past, but with its new football stadium now complete, the school decided to take a traditionally smallscale event and turn it into a bigger spectacle. “We have this new stadium and the lights, so we wanted to make it primetime under the lights on a Saturday night,” ODA Director of Student Activities Tim Brewer said. Any girl in grades 9-12 was eligible to play. The seniors and sophomores represented Team Blue, and the juniors and freshmen played as Team White. “I’ve always been athletic, and I wanted to prove that I’m as athletic as the guys because they think they’re so good because they play football,” junior Sammi Jo Gaeta said. “It’s fun because

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The Out-of-Door Academy sophomore Ashtin Frank rushes for a Team Blue first down during the school’s first O Bowl under the stadium lights. we don’t get to play football in school.” Once the teams were in place, the girls spent about a month learning plays and practicing with their assistant coaches — members of the Thunder football team. “I like the whole reversal of roles,” Brewer said. “The girls take center stage, and the boys help coach. It also gives the girls in different grades an opportunity to get to know one another and bond.” With game day upon them, the two teams took the field, and

it wasn’t long before the smack talking ensued. Penalty flags began to fly as elbows were thrown, inadvertent tackles were made and blood was shed. Team Blue took a 13-0 halftime on a pair of touchdown grabs by sophomores Sam Albano and Caroline Dailey. Team White responded late in the third quarter on a long touchdown run by Gaeta, but it proved too little too late. “We’re competitive with the seniors,” Gaeta said. “We didn’t want to lose to them.” Contact Jen Blanco at jblanco@yourobserver.com.

bat and glove for a pair of pom poms, but that still didn’t keep me away from the ballpark. After I quit, I watched my younger brother, Jason, play. It’s not only America’s pastime; it’s my family’s pastime as well. And who knows? Maybe one day, I’ll find myself once again

out at the ballpark watching as a spectator from the stands and cheering on my own little boy. But for now, I’ll enjoy the memories as I watch our East County teams take the field for another spring season. Contact Jen Blanco at jblanco@yourobserver.com.

The Braden River softball team scored five runs in the third en route to a 9-0 victory over St. Pete Lakewood Feb. 25. Sophomores Courtney Mirabella and Hannah Loyer combined for the no-hitter, allowing only two walks while striking out 16. Jada Schopfer went 4-for-4 with two stolen bases, a RBI and a run scored; and Kenya Yancy and Ashley Allards both went 3-for-4 with a double, a stolen base, two RBIs and two runs scored to lead the way for the Lady Pirates at the plate.

+ Lakewood swimmer qualifies for camp Lakewood Ranch High swimmer Danielle Valley has been invited to the 2011 USA Swimming National Open Water Select Camp June 7-11 in Fort Myers. The camp will feature the top 12 male and top 12 female swimmers in the 1,500-meter freestyle based on their 2010 USA Swim times. Athletes will have the opportunity to qualify for the 2011 FINA World Championship in Shanghai, China, the 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen, China and the 2011 Pan American Games in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

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weightlifting team scored 48 points to defeat Manatee and Southeast Feb. 23. The Pirates finished with five first-place winners. First-place winners include: Sam Valley (119-pound weight class), 275 pounds of total weight; Tyler Pittman (154), 470; Tyler Linde (169), 480; Nathan Kirkman (219), 575; and Tracy Jackson (238), 510.

+ ODA girls tennis tops Braden River

The Out-of-Door Academy girls tennis team defeated Braden River 4-2 Feb. 24. Michelle van Dalen (No. 2), Savannah Sleight (No.3), Callan Malone (No. 4) and Liz McGayhey (No. 5) all won singles matches for the Lady Thunder. Braden River’s Marie Babayan defeated Cheyenne Kerekes in No. 1 singles before teaming up with Annalise Cook in No. 1 doubles.

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Braden River sophomore pitcher Courtney Mirabella pitched a complete game Feb. 22, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out 17 to lead the Lady Pirates to a 1-0 victory over rival Lakewood Ranch. Mirabella followed up her first win over Lakewood with eight more strikeouts Feb. 25. Here is an inside look at this week’s Athlete of the Week.

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Joe Parelman and Mike Paolino shot 53 to win the Men’s Lakewood Ranch threeball event Feb. 9. Judy Lemieur, Ulrike Wistorf, Mary Richardson and Jan Neitlich scored 31.2 to win the Golf at the Ranch WGA nine-hole event Feb. 17 on Cypress Links. Greg Wolff, Gene Seashore, Bud McAnallen and Mike Adams scored 151 to win the team quota points Men’s event Feb. 19 on King’s Dunes. Heidi Phillips, Yolanda Dwyer, Pat Hosmer and Geri Judd shot 99 to win Flight 1 of the 1-2-1 on 3-4-5 event Feb. 22 on King’s Dunes. Angie King, Ginny Moss, Stephanie Simpson and Donna Hamilton shot 97 to win Flight 2.

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Love of tennis serves up fun for Meadows couple

cause of the tennis and because of the way the developer laid it out,” Bill King said. “There are so many interesting people that live here.” When the couple is living in Sarasota, Bill King tries to get out on the court at least six times a week. Back home in Virginia, Bill King travels about 50 miles to Richmond once or twice a week to play tennis. “We live in a little town with tennis courts, but they aren’t very good,” Bill King said. “Richmond has nicer tennis courts and the country club.” In addition to playing singles, Bill King also plays men’s doubles. Bill King and his wife also play mixed doubles with some friends in Virginia. “There’s a group of us in our little town that play Mixed doubles,” Sally King said. “We got out and play, but it’s not very serious.” Prior to competing at the Meadows, Bill King competed in the USTA Super Series Grand Prix event Feb. 14-19 at Payne Park in Sarasota where he reached the quarterfinals in Men’s 80 singles. Bill King isn’t sure whether or not he’ll compete again before heading back to Virginia, but he is certain about one thing. His age hasn’t stopped in from playing and he doesn’t plan on letting it any time soon. “I hadn’t really noticed it getting harder,” Bill King said of playing tennis now that he’s older. “It’s fun. I have no intentions of quitting now.” Contact Jen Blanco at jblanco@yourobsever.com.

Part-time Meadows resident Bill King reached the semifinals of the men’s 80 singles division of the USTA Super Senior Grand Prix Feb. 21-26. By Jen Blanco | Associate Editor

THE MEADOWS — For three days, Sally King sat in a lawn chair with her eyes on the tennis court. Every now and then, the parttime Meadows resident would glance toward the scoreboard before reverting her attention to the match at hand. After all, this wasn’t any ordinary match. It was the semifinals of the Men’s 80 singles, and her husband, Bill King, was on the court for the third time in the USTA Super Senior Grand Prix, which ran Feb. 21-26 at The Meadows Country Club. “He likes having me watch,” Sally King said. “That’s mainly why I come.” Between serves, Bill King would look back toward his wife and smile. “I’m glad when she comes,” Bill King said. The 80-year-old Bill King began playing tennis 50 years ago. A natural athlete, Bill King began looking for something to keep him active and occupy his time. “I’ve just always liked sports of any kind, but when you’re 30 (years old), tennis is the easiest thing to play,” Bill King said.

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Part-time Meadows resident Bill King, 80, began playing tennis 50 years ago. Today, King competes in about six tennis tournaments a year. Bill King began playing tennis with some friends in his hometown of Warsaw, Va.; and shortly thereafter he taught his wife how to play. Although, Sally King admits she isn’t nearly as competitive as her husband. “He taught me how to play when we first got married, but I wasn’t a very good student,” Sally King said. “He’s nice enough to let me play. We’ll go out and hit together sometimes.”

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Lakewood Ranch students take aim for Littlejohn son

Lennie Twenty, of the JC and the Black Warriors team, prepped for a fierce competition.

Lakewood Ranch High School’s Student Government Association on Feb. 24 hosted its second charity dodgeball tournament. This year’s event, which featured 28 teams, raised $4,500 for the trust fund of Adrian Littlejohn, the 1-year-old son of Lakewood football and track coach Anthony Littlejohn, who is undergoing treatment for a rare form of pediatric cancer. — Pam Eubanks

Fiona Morley, nicknamed “Princess” for the tournament, played with Team Bieber Fever.

James Cascone, 17, proved himself to be a team player.

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Thurs., March 3 Blood Donations — Florida Blood Services’ Manatee Bloodmobile will be accepting donations in the East County from noon to 3 p.m., March 3, at Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club, 7650 Legacy Blvd; 4:30-8:30 p.m., March 3, at Cooper Creek Office Park, 8039 Cooper Creek Blvd.; 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.., March 3, at Meridian College, 7020 Professional Parkway E. Financial Forum @ The Ranch —This group will meet at 9 a.m., March 3, at the Serving Spoon, 8215 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. Joe Najmy will present “Estate Planning and Creditor Proofing It with Trusts.” Erich Weber, 350-5379.

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Jonathan Cortez —This musician will perform from 9 p.m. to midnight, March 4, at The Polo Grill and Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop. 7820899. Wine Tasting — WineStyles Lakewood Ranch will host a tasting from 5-7 p.m., March 4, at the shop, 8225 Nature’s Way, San Marco Plaza. Sponsor is Nick Vizzi, of Amerprise Financial. 306-5804 or www.winestyles.net/ lakewoodranch.

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tions in the East County from 2:30-5 p.m., March 5, at Crowder Bros. Ace Hardware, 2401 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. Brooks ‘Run Happy’ Cavalcade of Curiosities Bus Tour — This double-decker British bus will make a stop in the East County from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 5, at Fit2Run, 8249 Cooper Creek Blvd., University Center. Runners of all ages, skill levels, shapes and sizes will be entertained, educated and awed by the display. 358-5100 or www.runhappy.com. Horseshoe Cove’s Annual Spring/Fine Arts Craft Sale —This show and sale will be from 9 a.m. to noon, March 5, at Horseshoe Cove, 5100 60th St. E. The event features paintings, wreaths, jewelry and more.

Sun., March 6 Falafel Lunch — Chabad of Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch will host this lunch from noon to 1 p.m., March 6, at the center, 11509 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch. 752-3030.

Mon., March 7 Beginner’s Conversational Italian with Roberto — These Italian classes will be from 6:30-8 p.m., Mondays through March 14, 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. Blood Donations — Florida Blood Services’ Manatee Bloodmobile will be accepting donations in the East County from 8 a.m. to noon, March 7, at Encore, 800 Kay Road N.E.;

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Tues., March 8 Conversational Hebrew — Chabad of Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch will host this class at 7 p.m., March 8, at the center, 11509 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch. 752-3030. Fox Business Group —This group will host its Business Lunch and Learn at noon, March 8, at Country Pancake House, 8205 Natures Way, San Marco Plaza. 758-2404. Friends of the Braden River Branch

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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 “A Reliable Wife” by Robert Goolrick at its March 8 meeting. 727-6079.

meets at 11 a.m., Tuesdays, at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. Trash and Treasure Sale — The Harmony Hall Hobby Club of Colony Cove will present this sale from 9 a.m. to noon, March 8, at Colony Cove, 7615 Lakeshore Drive.

Lakewood Ranch Democratic Club —This group will meet at 7 p.m., March 8, at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. Speaker will be Dr. Stanley Katz, former deputy assistant secretary for international economic affairs in the Department of Commerce. For more, visit www.lwrdems.com.

Wed., March 9 Jewish Learning Institute — Chabad of Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch will continue JLI’s winter semester at 7:30 p.m., March 9, at the center, 11509 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch. Course continues Wednesdays through March 16. Cost is $75 or $135 per couple. 7523030.

Ladies Lunch & Learn — Chabad of Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch will host this event from noon to 1 p.m., March 8, at the center, 11509 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch. 752-3030.

Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance —This group will host its March Membership Luncheon at 11:30

Senior Lunch Club — This club

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Lakewood Ranch home sells for $865,000 N.C., for $345,000. Built in 2003, it has three bedrooms, two-andone-half baths, a pool and 2,367 square feet of living area.

By Adam Hughes | Research Editor

The following residential real estate transactions took place between Jan. 20-26. A home in the Country Club of Lakewood Ranch tops the transactions in this week’s real estate. Elia and Suzanne Sorice sold their home at 7116 Ashland Glen to G.L. Anderson and Sarah Anderson, trustees, Lakewood Ranch, for $865,000. Built in 2003, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,589 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,334,000 in 2004.

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Shane and Amy Martin, Palmetto, sold their home at 1905 141st St. E. to Karen Wood and Marilyn Weaver, Bradenton, for $338,000. Built in 2007, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,154 square feet of living area.

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This home in Lakewood Ranch features three bedrooms and three baths.

Thomas and Virginia Cuchra, Bradenton, sold their home at 7301 Eaton Court to Randolph and Judith McLeod of McHenry, Md., for $615,000. Built in 1996, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,895 square feet of living area.

Bradenton, sold their home at 5712 Lorraine Road to Chabad Lubavitch of Bradenton Inc. for $440,000. Built in 1979, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,832 square feet of living area.

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Joseph and Caroline Fanchi, Lakewood Ranch, sold their

Barry and Diana Howard,

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home at 8127 Waterview Blvd. to Samuel and Lynn Nucci, Sarasota, for $405,000. Built in 1997, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,887 square feet.

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Michael and Susan Carroll, Orlando, sold their home at 167 Americas Cup Blvd. to Christopher and Lynn Joyce of Havelock,

Wilmington Land Company sold the home at 6211 46th Court E. to Ding and Hua Huang, Bradenton, for $329,400. Built in 2010, it has four bedrooms, three baths and 2,900 square feet of living area.

Cypress Creek Estates

Federal National Mortgage Association sold the home at 6118 Ninth Ave. Circle N.E. to Tan and Phuong Nguyen, Bradenton, for $305,500. Built in 1995, it has

four bedrooms, three baths and 2,834 square feet of living area. It sold for $251,600 in 2010.

Country Club of Lakewood Ranch

Samuel and Lynn Nucci, Sarasota, sold their home at 7240 Lismore Court to Joseph and Caroline Fanchi, Lakewood Ranch, for $294,700. Built in 2010, it has three bedrooms, two-and-onehalf baths and 2,202 square feet of living area. It sold for $297,500 in 2010.

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George Castro, Bradenton, sold the unit 202 condominium at 6450 Watercrest Way to Robert Harcke, trustee, of Westmoreland, N.H., for $250,000. Built in 2005, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,742 square feet. It sold for $427,300 in 2006.

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These are the largest East County building permits issued by Manatee County for the week of February 14-18, in order of dollar amounts.

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TemperatureS Temps. High Sun., Feb. 20 80 Mon., Feb. 21 77 Tues., Feb. 22 75 Wed., Feb. 23 80 Thurs., Feb. 24 79 Fri., Feb. 25 77 Sat., Feb. 26 77 Average Gulf water temperature: 69

Sunrise/sunset Sunrise Thurs., March 3 6:53 Fri., March 4 6:52 Sat., March 5 6:51 Sun., March 6 6:50 Mon., March 7 6:49 Tues., March 8 6:48 Wed., March 9 6:47

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Sun., Feb. 20 Mon., Feb. 21 Tues., Feb. 22 Wed., Feb. 23 Thurs., Feb. 24 Fri., Feb. 25 Sat., Feb. 26 Year-to-date:

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Visit YourObserver.com to click on our interactive weather button, which features current weather conditions, weather radar and a five-day forecast.

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11 Fragrant hair ointment 12 Wifely 13 Trelliswork arbors 14 Starting chip, in poker 15 “Film at eleven” promo, e.g. 16 Clandestine, as spy work 17 Take part in an auction 18 Some magazine fillers 24 To ___ and to hold 29 Once around the track 30 NASA calls it an EVA 32 “Three cheers” recipient 33 “Ghostbusters” director Reitman 34 Bridle strap 36 Religious beliefs 38 Plant anchorer 40 Crude bed, in Britain 41 “Swan Lake” outfit 42 Barge ___ (interrupt) 43 Great tennis serves 44 Lemon meringue, for one 46 World workers agcy. 49 Credit-card woe 50 House made of snow 51 Tool used in boring mines 52 Do some impressive work? 53 See socially 55 Omit in pronounciation 59 Divining rod user 62 Payments to cross a bridge 63 Shot in the arm, perhaps 64 Where to go through a withdrawal? 65 Musical piece with a

repeated theme 68 Steinbeck migrant 69 Mattress choice 70 Sunbathers catch them 71 Out of the shell, as a peanut 72 Way to vote without being present 75 Whale tale with Bo Derek 76 Tattoo artist’s supplies 77 Mascara’s place 78 French WWI fighter plane 79 Useful bit of information 81 Villain in “The Lion King” 82 UFO staff? 85 Legendary lover 87 Woolly mamas 88 In good health 89 Has to pay back 92 Beelzebub 96 Plays the ham 98 “Remembrance of Things Past” author 99 Writing implement 100 Short, upright piano 101 Cuban leader for many years 102 A cappella range 106 Spasm of pain 107 Take another crack at 108 Whence the phoenix rises 110 State with many Mormons 111 A la ___ (dessert choice) 112 Birds with binocular vision 114 Itty-bitty 115 “Wherefore ___ thou Romeo?” 117 Small decrease 118 Sixth sense 119 Showery month (Abbr.)

Last weeks Cryptograms 1. What is the favorite snack of worn out tourists visiting the magnificent Paris cathedrals?

The lunchpack of Notre Dame. 2. This is quite a strange quirk: In prison, you can watch TV and play games. At work, you get fired for watching TV and playing games!


Thursday, March 3, 2011 Items Under $200 For Sale

Garage/Moving/Estate Sales

BEDDING SET- King, quality, earth tones, bedspread, shams, skirt & matching drapes. Sacrifice $95. 941-358-5313

LBK: ROYAL RUMMAGE SALE IV ST. MARY, STAR OF THE SEA 4280 Gulf of Mexico Dr. SAVE THE DATES March 4, Fri. 1 - 6p.m. $5 admission March 5, Sat. 8 - 3p.m. Free Admission. BIGGEST, BEST EVER!

CHANDELIER: BRONZE, 6 frosted glass lights. New in box. $200. Matching pendants available. 753-1993. HEALTHCARE EQUIPMENT: Wheelchair, 2 walkers, 3 bedside commodes, elevated toilet seat, canes, $120 o/b/o. 941-705-6840. LENNOX CHINA- Service for 8+1, Hancock pattern, never used in original boxes. Sacrifice $200. 941-907-6009

Boats 18/FT. 4 Winns 1997 Runabout 130HP Johnson. No trailer. Runs well, looks good. $6000 O/B/O. Longboat Harbour 941-387-8786

Furnishings DREXEL “BOMBE” China Cabinet $699. Stanley Bar, Marble Top, 4 Stools. 3-piece Robb & Stucky Leather Sofa Group. 5-piece Marble Top Home Office $799. Henredon Secretary Desk $899; 68” Detagon Aluminum Patio Table & 6 sling chairs $599; 5-piece Rattan Dinette on casters $399; 3-piece White (Cottage) Klaussner Wall Unit $850. Cherry Regency Buffet “Baker” $699; 3-piece Sofa Group (Lloyd Flander) $995. Herman Cherry Desk & Hutch $245. Giant 4-poster Bed with Armoire & 2 marble-top night stands (Collezione).

Manatee Furniture

941-745-2596 3015 1st St. (US Hwy 41) Bradenton SARASOTA BARGAIN Thrift Store & Consignment Center. 1635 12th St., Sarasota. Washers, Dryers, Refrigerators, Freezers. Furniture, Beds, Dressers, Sofas, Tables, TV’s, Records, Books, etc. Don’t give your items away, let us sell them for you! Delivery & pick-up available. 941-812-0587

MOVE IT IN... MOVE IT OUT... JUST SOLD OUR HOME IN 9 DAYS! IT’S FULL OF DESIGNER HOME FURNISHINGS AND ACCESSORIES FROM TAMPA’S PARIS FLEA’S DECOR AND DESIGN STUDIO AND UNFORTUNATELY ITS ALL GOT TO GO! THIS WEEKEND. DON’T MISS IT! MARCH 4TH AND 5TH, 10A.M.-5P.M. LAKEWOOD RANCH 10516 FIRESTONE DR. BRADENTON, FL 34202

Pets

Business Opportunities THE EAST COUNTY NEEDS A SMALL RENTAL STORE The population of the east county is now adequate to support a small rental store. The cost of occupying a building is probably the lowest now it will ever be.

YORKIE MINI CKC- Adorable Tiny Teddy Bears. Home Raised. SUPER Tiny Teacups Available Meet The Parents. We have a wonderful selection .941-322-6709 $495.-$995.

Plants/Trees LARGE WHOLESALE TREES 14-15’ Maples, Cypress, Sycamore, Sweetgum: $95.00 each. 16-18’ Maples, Live Oak, Laurel Oak, Cedars: $275 each. 15 Acres of native trees to choose from. 40 varieties, various sizes available. Delivery & installation available. By appt. only. Contact Eddie @ 941-232-9377 or eddie@mckeithen.net

Events WAREHOUSE SALE! March 4th thru 6th, 8a.m.-6p.m. Northgate Business Park, 1839 Northgate Blvd. (off 301 between Fruitville & University). Up to 85% off. VISA, M/C accepted. Home furnishings, apparel, men’s and women’s activewear, jewelry, shoes and more! Nike, Ralph Lauren and one of a kind items.

INTERNATIONAL DIXIELAND BAND CONCERT & MARDI GRAS DINNER MARCH 6TH AT 3 P.M.

Team Up Today With Classifieds 941-955-4888

BRADEN RIVER PRESBY. CHURCH 5150 PERIDIA BLVD. E. (In Peridia off SR70)

Pets

Tickets/$18.00 Bring Your Camera 941-896-5316 or 941-739-0202

2 ADORABLE SPRINGER DOODLES FOR SALE- Two Lovely Springerdoodle brothers, cannot be separated. They are 2.5 years old, well trained, healthy, great temperments and very lovable. 50lbs. Jack 941-928-5732

DID WE get your attention? You bet we did! Make your ad stand out with COLOR. Only in The Observer Classifieds. Call 941-955-4888 to advertise.

Good Things To Eat

Fresh Vegetables Hydroponically Grown Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun. 9am to 4pm 24401 State Road 64 East, Myakka City, FL (11 miles East of I-75, 1/4 mile East of C.R. 675, North side of S.R. 64) Bob 941-705-0909 / Marilyn 941-725-1047 www.bobsveggiepatch.com

Schools/Instruction

THE OBSERVER LP # 39520

PRIVATE PIANO INSTRUCTION in your home. All ages. 20 years experience. Bachelor Music Piano. 1st Lesson Discount. 941-776-7381.

I have a successful rental store in Manatee County where I want to spin off the equipment rental portion of my business and focus on party rental. I also have experience in rental store franchising. I will sell you my well-maintained inventory, computer system, all the tools you need, and loan you an employee to get you started in the business successfully. I’ll also personally mentor you to get you on your feet. All you need is a physical location of about 5,000 square feet, plus some outside space. Confidentially contact by phone only 941-812-7616.

Help Wanted DRIVERS: COVENANT NEEDS YOU! IMMEDIATE Opportunities! No CDL, No Problem! CDL Training Available. Great Benefits & Potential Earnings of $750-800wk! Call Today! 1-866-203-8443

Homemakers/ Companions CNA’S/ HHA’S You Can Make a Difference. Help seniors stay independent. We provide: non medical care, personal care, meals, light housekeeping, transportation & companionship. Flexible hours available- F/T, P/T, Overnight, Weekends and Live-In. Positions available in Sarasota/ Bradenton/ Venice. To work now fax resume to 941-929-7438 or email: joanieck@comcast.net

Condos/Apts. For Rent PALM AIRE: 1BR/1BA, upstairs (private entrance), screened patio, W/D, pool/ tennis available. Annual $650/mo. First/ security. No pets. N/S. 366-3282, 355-3915 evenings/ weekends.

Homes For Rent CREEKWOOD: SR70 & 75. Lakefront home, very spacious 2BR/2BA, cathedral ceilings, lanai, laundry room, 2 car garage, community pool and tennis court. Walk to shopping. $1200/mo. 941-752-7553 or 941-383-1909

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Adult Care Services

Computer Services

Pools

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CAREGIVER- PROVIDE you with personal care, housekeeping, etc. Great references. 16 years in area. Reasonable rates. 941-7399026

COMPUTER REPAIR, Installation and Training. Fast and Reliable. Call “The Computer Doctors”. 941-586-8535.

DT POOLS- Maintenance and Repairs. Complete Pool Care. 941-224-8242 dtorino1973@gmail.com

$425mo-1 bed/bath mobile homes. 55+ community. No Pets. 5811 14th St. W. Bradenton. Sarasota Real Estate Assoc, Inc. Greg Nowak 941-809-6034

Homes For Sale COASTAL LIVING style home in River Club, has 3500/sq.ft., 3-4BR/3.5BA, marble fireplace, French doors, plantation shutters, pool and spa and lots of extras. Cash back at closing. $474,900. MLS# M5819210. Lora Alfiero, Owner/Agent. Century 21 Advantage. 941-730-4465. FAIRWAY BEND, PALM AIRE 3/2/2. Huge Immaculate 2150 sf. villa. Move in ready! Open plan/Views. Custom remodeled. $229K. 941-355-4345. Open Sat/ Sun

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CNA/HHA WILL take care of your loved one. Excellent references. Great rates. Flexible hours. Call 941-726-0392. COMPLETE IN-HOME PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL HEALTH CARE is available through ElderCare Services Unlimited. Companionship/ caregiving, medical and non-medical, meal preparation, light housekeeping, transportation. Medicare/ Medicaid affiliated. 3 hours to 24/7. Lic. #30211372 Bonded/Insured. 941-377-4465, Eldercaresarasota.com TLC FOR YOUR LOVED ONES Excellent Group of Caregivers and CNAs Assistance w/every day living. Available 7 days a week. Licensed/ Insured. 941-378-5553 1-888-906-6565

Waterfront Property BREATHTAKING WATERFRONT parcel. Fully engineered, approved and ready for development of 7 SF homes and 5 boat dock on fabulous Palma Sola Bay. Or use all 3.9 acres for your own retreat. Will trade for waterfront Sarasota home or negotiate on sale. $1.8M Marcia Wood, Broker, marcia@marciawood.com 941-350-2285

Adult Care Services CAREGIVER - Will do house duties, drive, and some cooking. Compassionate, experienced, certified CNA, CPR, and Safe Staff. 941-727-9413

PC TECHNICAL SUPPORT: Repair hardware/ software/ Internet problems, remove viruses/ spyware. Navy veteran - electronics. 941-364-2109, 941-225-0046.

Flooring R.J. DAVIS WHOLESALE FLOORING: Sales & Installation. Tile, stone, wood, pavers, laminates & Travertine. Specializing in exotic & design flooring. 18 years Lic./Ins. Low overhead low prices. Call me and I will absolutely save you money. Free estimates. 941-586-8996 ☺.

RETIRED LONGBOAT KEY police officer & associate. Drive your car to the North and back. 941-713-1596, 941-720-0426.

CARLO DATTILO PAINTING. Licensed & insured. Interior/ Exterior painting including drywall repair and retexturing. Wallpaper installation & removal, pressure washing. Residential & commercial, condos. Honest & reliable. Free estimates. 941-744-1020. 35+ years experience.

FREE ESTIMATES! Call Dottie, detailed cleaning. 24 Years Exp. Lic./ Ins. Residential/ Commercial. Dottie, 941-321-6645.

EPOXYGARAGES.COM Free Estimates. 941-321-1889

Personal Services YOUR PERSONAL BOOKKEEPER, LLC Gail Sunray, Owner

GULFBREEZE CLEANING. Residential & Commercial. Move/ins-outs. Weekly, Bi-weekly, Monthly. References. Lic./Ins. God bless you. 941-923-4030. HIGH-END HOUSEKEEPER/ NANNY House Manager. Thorough and meticulous. Excellent references. Call 941-993-2517. HOUSECLEANING. I have lots of experience, attention to detail. Reliable. Call me, I can help! Carol, 941-536-3705.

RESIDENTIAL/ COMMERCIAL. Roofs, Pool Areas, Driveways, Lanais, etc. When Quality Counts! 941-565-3935.

Professional Services FREE TV SERVICE! Free Reception Report for your address. #1 Best HD. For equipment estimate call Set You Free TV 941-223-7887

Tile STEVE ALLEN FLOOR COVERINGS PROFESSIONAL TILE & MARBLE INSTALLATION 20 YRS. EXPERIENCE

WATER HEATERS, faucets and small plumbing repairs. Reasonable rates. License #CFC1426756. 941-737-0349.

Painting/Wallpapering

A CLEANING EVEN YOUR MOTHER-INLAW WILL APPROVE! Every time, guaranteed! Licensed/Insured. Bonded. www.CleanTimeServices.com Pamela, 941-320-0023.

Pressure Cleaning

Home Improvement/ Remodeling

Auto Transport

Cleaning 6 OPEN HOUSES IN ONE NEIGHBORHOOD! ROSEDALE GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Gated, golf, clubhouse, tennis, No CDD Fees. SR70, BRADENTON. STOP AT Rosedale Realty Office at 5415 87th St. E. for map. 941-751-9070

OWN A MAC? MacTutor offers 21 years experience. Unlimited free telephone follow up. (941)812-3887 www.FLMacTutor.com

CALL FOR FREE ESTIMATE 726-1802 LIC/ INS

Tutoring NEED A TUTOR? Patient, experienced, teacher, K through 6th grade. Reading, math, writing, FCAT prep. Call Creative Classroom Solutions, 941-704-8658. READING TUTOR for Your Child. Master’s Degree in Reading. Specializing in Elementary and ESOL. Donna 941-907-3096 LWR.

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