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Lakewood Ranch celebrates its scholar athletes. PAGE 19.

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School spirit shines at The Out-of-Door Academy’s Spirit Day. PAGE 15.

Bayside volunteers travel to Alabama to assist victims. PAGE 3.

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+ We’re moving! The East County Observer is moving its editorial offices to our company headquarters, 1970 Main St., Sarasota, effective May 23. Our office phone number will remain the same: (941) 7555357, but our new fax number will be (941) 362-4808. For more information, please contact Executive Editor Michael Eng, meng@yourobserver. com.

Molly Furillo loved dancing with her friends at Lakewood Ranch’s Prom.

Braden River’s Dimitri Ioakimides and Sommer Godshall enjoyed spending time together.

PROM NIGHT

+ Dickie V. visits Ranch Imagine ESPN analyst and Lakewood Ranch resident Dick Vitale was among the featured speakers at Imagine School at Lakewood Ranch’s 2011 Career Day May 13. Vitale addressed the school as part of the opening festivities. He urged the students to chase their dreams and to never believe in the word, “can’t.” In addition to Vitale, Imagine welcomed many community members to present their career to the students.

Braden River High School students hit the dance floor early for this year’s Prom. This year’s Prom was Grecian Gardens.

Lakewood Ranch and Braden River capped off another year with their respective Proms. Lakewood celebrated May 13 at the Hyatt Regency in Sarasota, while Braden River hosted Prom May 14 at Bradenton Muncipal Auditorium. For more, see 10-11.

+ Woodland preps sweet surprises Members of Woodland, The Community Church recently shared their appreciation for the work of local nurses with plates of cookies. During National Nurses Appreciation Week May 6-12, members baked and delivered cookies at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center and schools in the area. The event was part of a national “Luvin’ From the Oven” campaign.

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in focus Olivia Cason and Michael Kennedy had a blast at Lakewood Ranch’s Prom.

By Jen Blanco and Michael Eng

Cuts may eliminate elementary officers Sheriff Brad Steube is planning to eliminate five elementary school resource officer positions as part of his cuts for next year’s budgets. MANATEE COUNTY — Dep. Russ Younger stood before a class of fifth-grade students at Gullett Elementary School talking with students about the consequences of their actions as part of the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office’s Crossroads program. Dressed in his Manatee County Sheriff’s Office uniform, Younger looks every bit as commanding as any officer of the law. But to the children of the five East County elementary schools Younger serves as a school resource officer, he is a confidant and friend, who not only is helping to teach them right from wrong but also showing them they don’t have to be afraid of law enforcement. “I become a part of the family with all my kids,” Younger said. “That’s what most SROs do. I try to intervene and make sure the kids start making the right choices.” But Younger’s post is one that may fall victim to budget cuts at the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office in October. Among other cuts, Sheriff Brad Steube is proposing to eliminate five elementary school resource officer positions. The elimination would save both the sheriff’s office and the Manatee County School District $240,000 each. In total, 14 positions at the sheriff’s office would be eliminated under Steube’s recommendation. That money, in turn, would be used to pay for increased fuel costs and capital replacement equipment during the next fiscal year. “I’ve eliminated, in the last three years, 43 positions,” Stuebe said, noting most have had an internal impact but

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Imagine launches Apple iPad initiative Imagine School at Lakewood Ranch is kicking off efforts to purchase iPads or similar technologies for every child at the charter school.

Bayside Community Church volunteers assisted families who lost their homes during the April 27 tornado in Alabama.

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REACHING OUT Members of Bayside Community Church’s 24/7 Team recently returned from Pleasant Grove, Ala., where they aided in recovery efforts for the tornado that struck the area April 27. MANATEE COUNTY — Walking through the streets of Pleasant Grove, Ala., 19-year-old Nate Fox couldn’t help but think of his hometown in New York. He could picture neighborhood children playing in yards and other summer festivities. “It felt like I was walking down my old street,” Fox says. But then, with the turn of his head, those reminders turned to pieces. Gone were the charming Southern-style homes, each carrying the personality of its owners. Gone were flowerbeds and mailboxes. Gone were the houses themselves. And in their stead lay piles of debris. He saw houses that looked more like stage sets with a bed on display against one or two standing walls and three porch steps leading to nowhere. In some cases, not even the home’s foundation remained. In other snapshots, parts of one house had welded itself into another. “When you walk down the street, to the left would be wiped out and to the right would be virtually untouched,” Fox says. “(You saw) piles of what (once) was a home.” Team member Shawn Adams agreed. “You didn’t think things could bend like that,” he said. In the wake of the tornado that swept through northern Alabama and the southern United States April 27, interns on Bayside Community Church’s 24/7 Team drove a trailer full of do-

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Shawn Adams and Nate Fox were among those who traveled from the East County to Alabama to help. nated shampoo, diapers and other supplies to Pleasant Grove on May 2. The next day, they set to work on the streets, where they went from home to home to ask people for their needs and to offer to pray with them. “They were asking for us to pray for their neighbors,” Adams said. After speaking with families, team members contacted a response center with a list of needs. There, another volunteer packaged the items, and another then delivered them to the family. During the trip, Fox spoke with a man who had returned home to pick through what was left of his house and possessions. He had joked with volunteers and said to pray for his neighbors. And when Fox asked what the man needed, he said only a pon-

cho. Rather than waiting for one to arrive, Fox gave the man his own. “He said, ‘Now I have everything I need,’” Fox said, shaking his head. “It really puts into perspective what I need. I thought I had a lot of faith, but seeing (this). … (It made me think about) when a storm happens in my life — even just emotional wreckage and everything’s ripped out of me, is my foundation (in Christ) still going to be there?” Later in the week, team members helped clean up wreckage in a nearby park, where they found parts of a bathroom toilet planted under the park’s fence. The closest home was more than 300 yards away. They also handed out ice cream and prepared 1,200 spaghetti dinners to distribute to families in need.

McNeal students collect donations for tornado victims Students in Cris Edwards’ class at McNeal Elementary School have been busy helping families affected by the

tornadoes in Alabama. Children recently collected more than 270 bags of toiletries, for tornado victims in Pleasant Grove.

The gallon-size “Bags for Bama” included items such as deodorant, toothpaste and soap.

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In partnership with the JOY FM 88.1’s “Gift Cards for Alabama” program, the Patterson Foundation, an independent charitable organization, will match up to $33,000 in gift card donations benefiting families impacted by the recent tornadoes. (Match to be made in actual gift cards). The JOY FM drive ended May 13, but The Patterson Foundation will continue to match gift cards sent to the station through May 31. Suggested gift cards include: Home Depot, Lowe’s, Target, Wal-Mart, Visa and American Express. Send gift card donations to: The Joy FM Attn: Gift Cards for Alabama 6469 Parkland Drive Sarasota, FL 34243

“It was crazy to see how when crisis happens, how much people come together,” Fox said. “People put down their agendas and people unite.” Bayside’s Outreach and Missions Pastor Guy Breading said Bayside’s efforts were coordinated through a partnership with Church of the Highlands in Birmingham, Ala. The church, like Bayside, is associated with the Association of Related Churches, a church planting organization. Because disaster relief efforts are still in their initial phases, Breading said Bayside hopes to send more volunteers later this summer to address specific needs identified in tornadostricken areas. He also said several members of Bayside plan to complete training to become members of the Florida Attorney General’s Office’s Florida Crisis Response Team, which responds to community tragedies. Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@yourobserver.com.

LAKEWOOD RANCH —  As Sean Peabody and Tre DiBias sit at a table in the library of Imagine School at Lakewood Ranch, the students quickly have become the classroom attraction. With a pair of iPads before them, Sean and Tre at work, showing off the technology’s educational applications — flashcards for math, a clock that makes you figure out the time yourself using math problems and a tool to practice spelling works. “I love using it for homework,” Sean says of the iPad. “It’s easy and more convenient. I don’t have to make flashcards or anything. “I think it’ll encourage kids to learn,” he says. “It’s technology. It’s cool; it’s fresh.” In the near future, parents and teachers at Imagine hope to have iPads or similar technologies in the hands of every student at the Lakewood Ranch charter school. Dubbed the Technology Task Force, the group is working to raise funds for the concept and is kicking off its efforts with a walka-thon fundraiser at the school May 23-24. The school is seeking vendors and other sponsors to participate in the walk-a-thon and to help raise funds for the project. “We see a need for having more technology,” Principal Stephen Sajewski said. “We see that as an avenue of learning, and we want to make sure we utilize it to the extreme.” Sajewski, a team of teachers and few parents will meet with representatives from Apple representatives on May 25 to preview the company’s educational applications and get an analysis of what learning tools would best meet the needs of students at Imagine. Sean Peabody’s mom, Catherine, says her own family already is seeing the value of the iPad’s educational capabilities. Sean uses it to complete math and other homework in the car or at other opportune moments. “A lot of parents are attracted to this school because it’s projectbased,” Catherine Peabody said. “This works well with that setup.” Sajewski agreed using handson technologies not only will help individualize student instruction but also help teachers apply what they are teaching in the classroom to real life, in keeping with the Imagine’s project-based Project Child learning program. “We’ve always had a range of students — some who need a little extra care and some who need to be challenged,” Sajewski said. “Every student moves at his or her own pace. That’s what we offer here.” Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@yourobserver.com.


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+ Ranch IDA selects director finalists

Members of the Lakewood Ranch Inter-District Authority board today selected six candidates to interview to become Lakewood Ranch Town Hall’s next executive director. Candidates include: Laurence Arnold, of Parrish; Jim Gleason, of Ocoee; Laura Hannah, of Lake Worth;, Eva Rey, of Summerfield; Shane Crawford, of Lake Geneva, Wis.; and Interim Executive Director Steve Zielinski. Interviews will be conducted June 10.

Planning Commission on May 12 recommended denial of Benderson’s proposal to allow buffers of varying widths between University Parkway and its commercial center, The Shoppes at University Center. Benderson said a tenant is interested in expanding the space formerly occupied by Circuit City, but to make the deal viable, the company would have to encroach on the existing buffer. Manatee County requires a 50-foot buffer that can be reduced in areas to as little as 20 feet to preserve native trees and plants.

+ Planners consider + Ranch ambassadors Cooper Creek proposal wins tourism awards As Benderson Development takes steps to attract businesses to the University Parkway corridor, the company is seeking county approval to impact landscaping buffers along the roadway. The Manatee County

Lakewood Ranch’s Ambassador Team on May 12 was honored by the Sarasota County Visitors’ Bureau for its outstanding efforts in the tourism industry. The bureau recognized all the ambassadors and some of

+ Braden River VFW awards students, teacher Veterans of Foreign Wars Braden River Post 12055 recently recognized three students as winners of the Patriots Pen Essay Contest. Haile Middle School seventh-grade student Brianna McVaugh, eight-grader Amanda Lewis and homeschooled student Gabrielle Goldin each were awarded a check for $100 and a plaque

for their essays. McVaugh took the writing honor for a second year in a row. The VFW also honored teacher Dana Mills as “Teacher of the Year.” The Patriot’s Pen program is designed to foster patriotism by allowing middle school students to express their opinions on democracy

their support staff as nominees at the National Tourism Week breakfast at Ed Smith Stadium. Earning top honors were Greg Spring and Sherri Spanos. Spring won for his guest service excellence in the “front of the house” category, while Spanos won for her guest service excellence in the “back of the house” category. Lakewood Ranch ambassadors, work out of three offices within Lakewood Ranch and

offer free driving tours of the community, maps and information and a big screen presentation about the history of the area and activities and amenities that are available.

+ Seniors improve on FCAT retakes

Manatee County School District seniors retaking the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test beat the state

based on an annual theme. This year’s theme was “Does patriotism still matter?” Students compete for prizes at the local, state and national levels. More than 300 students from Haile entered the competition, and Mills, lingual arts department chair, sponsored the program at the school. average in mathematics when it comes to scoring high enough to graduate. Students must pass the reading and math portions of the FCAT to graduate high school. This year, 63 12th-grade students were assessed in math with 22% earning a scale score high enough to meet the graduation requirement. Statewide, 7,084 seniors took the FCAT Retake Math Test, and 21% earned a passing score.

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

COUNTRY OAKS May 11

3 p.m. — 7900 block of Cypress Lake Drive. Burglary to an unoccupied dwelling. The responding deputy arrived at the scene in reference to a burglary. Upon arrival, he spoke with the victims, who informed him that $475 in cash had been stolen from the second bedroom. It appeared as if the suspect entered through the unlocked second bathroom window or the unlocked back door. There are no suspects at this time.

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10:03 p.m. — 40102 S.R. 70 E. (Dakin Dairy). Information. The victim stated he has an eyewitness who saw the suspect stealing fuel. The victim contacted his employee, who later responded to the scene. While the responding deputy was waiting for the employee to arrive, the victim stated in a demanding manner, “I want him arrested right now for stealing our fuel. I started the eviction process on him, and he is trespassing on our property. If you don’t arrest him, I’ll call (Sheriff Brad) Steube in the morning.”

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11 a.m. — 29200 block of State Road 64 E. Grand theft. Unknown person(s) entered the unsecured property and drove to a diesel fuel storage tank located about one-half mile north of State Road 64. The person(s) then removed about 2,200 gallons of red dyed diesel fuel from the tank and fled the area.

plainant stated her husband recently died. She and her newborn baby had gone to Massachusetts to be with family. She left her house keys with family members in Florida to take care of her home while she was gone. However, when she returned to Florida, she noticed pieces of her furniture were missing from inside her home. According to her neighbor, he saw family members with a U-Haul truck on her property. The responding deputy didn’t see any signs of burglary to her home, and dispatch doesn’t have any records of a burglary.

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Fixing a broken system Florida’s economic development system has long been a bust, plagued by excessive bureaucracy, ponderously slow and inefficient with multiple state departments involved. Gov. Rick Scott set out to fix it and largely did so with the substantial cooperation of Republican legislators who tried to last year but had the effort vetoed by a wet-finger governor. The right man was needed in the governor’s mansion. First, and with the support of most Democrats in the Legislature, a unified jobs agency was created by rolling into one the Agency for Workforce Innovation, Enterprise Florida, the Florida Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development, Visit Florida and remnants of the ponderous Department of Community Affairs, which mercifully disappears. The new agency, called the Department of Economic Opportunity, will have broad powers to respond to individual and industry opportunities for the state, plus access to a pot of more than $400 million that can be used for targeted industries. If government must be involved with economic development, rather than simply creating an unsurpassed environment friendly to all job-creating businesses, at least it should be streamlined, efficient and as effective as possible. Job done. The state’s 1985 Growth Management Act is the holy grail for environmentalists and anti-growthers intent on keeping Florida expensive and unattractive. The law made development onerous and added layers of cost. It still happened, of course, when economic

times were good, because Florida has other things going for it — beaches, sunshine, no income tax. In bad times, the law was an anchor around the neck of a drowning economy. And at all times, it added great expenses that became part of the formula for making housing expensive while giving unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats veto powers over the democratic decisions of local elected officials. It was long overdue for an overhaul. A main element of undoing its worst part was to vacate the state oversight authority, and allow local officials to have the final say in major development decisions. The change is hardly radical. Only five other states have state-level review of local development decisions, but none of those has powers to the

degree Florida did. Surely this is just common sense to most readers, but not to people who like centralized governmental administration for life’s decisions. The second feature opponents try to scare you with is that the new law eliminates concurrency — the rule requiring roads and other infrastructure to be in place before development starts. But it does not. It eliminates the state-mandate for concurrency. Any city or county can still require it, or some level of it. If local residents do not like the decisions, they can boot commissioners. These changes and the rest in the box with this editorial will help the state’s recovery and provide private sector jobs for Floridians in a far more permanent sense than, say, taxpayer-funded high-speed rail would have.

Cutting the Tallahassee red tape

Changes to the state’s growth management law mean local communities gain more local control and a path back to economic vibrancy. Here are some major changes: • Makes optional concurrency requirements for new developments for transportation, schools and parks, rather than mandated by the state; • Expedites the comprehensive-plan amendment process, deletes the requirement that plans meet financial feasibility requirements and allows amendments every year; • Eliminates many state requirements and specifications for optional elements in a comprehensive plan but allows communities to include optional portions; • Reduces requirements for evaluations and appraisals, which add to the costs of a project and make it more expensive in the end for buyers; • Reorganizes several agencies into one controlled by the governor’s office to make Florida’s economic development office more flexible, efficient and lightening quick.

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Turn off the TV. Quick! Herein lies the case against TV and the rest of digital land used to watch video. They make us fat, lazy, dumb and horrible citizens in a democracy.

The more TV you watch, the more you become fat, dumb, lazy, anti-social and indifferent to public affairs. The TV and its kindred brain-cell suckers in digital form could yet spell the wreck of our country. And it all starts with children. Have your attention? Good. Because unfortunately, I do not have the attention of most people who over-participate in the TV-watching slough and yet manage to find their way to a voting booth based on some mostly untrue commercial they blurrily saw the night before between CSI: Dubuque and The Biggest Loser: Us. ROD Sometimes you just have THOMSON to step back and look at TV-land fare and, slapping yourself in the forehead, say, “What the heck am I doing?” Alas, we don’t. We crank back the La-Z-Boy, pop open a Dew and rip into the Cheetos. And therein starts the decline of western civilization. Ridiculous overstatement? Read on. Amazingly, TV watching continues to rise, even with the other forms of digital entertainment vying for slacker time. In 1950, 9% of households had TVs. Today, the average U.S. household actually has more TVs than people. You can hardly find a restaurant where a TV isn’t mesmerizing you. Sporting events? Very big TVs. Shoot, you can’t pump gasoline sometimes without having a mini-TV going above the unleaded. The Neilsen Co. reports the average American watches more than five hours of TV every day — highest rate ever. So what? We spend a lot of time with a TV. It dulls our brain and trains it to mildew for long periods, requiring ever greater amounts of stimuli for entertainment. In 1953, the average length of a movie shot was 28 seconds. In 1986, it fell to seven seconds. Today, it is 2.5 seconds and falling. That’s because we need ever more stimulation to keep our ever shrinking attention spans engaged. But the shorter the shot, the less we retain and

our brain stops trying. When you don’t use muscles, they atrophy. Tons of research backs this. It all starts early. The Archive of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine published a stunning study last year. “We found every additional hour of TV exposure among toddlers corresponded to a future decrease in classroom engagement and success at math, increased victimization by classmates, a more sedentary lifestyle, higher consumption of junk food and, ultimately, higher body mass index,” said lead author Linda S. Pagani, a psychosocial professor at the Université de Montréal. That should wake up parents. Studies have found the same correlation among older children and adults. Add to that more aggressive behavior, messed up sleeping patterns and sharply reduced attention spans. And obesity? Research suggests it is partly from the sedentary act of watching TV but also from how much more people eat during the zoning-out effect of TV. We get hypnotized and keep pushing in the Cheetos. Does all this really matter for the future of our country? Ben Berger, professor of political science at Swarthmore College and author of Attention Deficit Democracy, writes that “the overall data tell a clear story: TV-watching correlates negatively with social and community life.” Further, he says, “Such citizens may be tempted to delegate increasing authority to a centralized administration. Inattentive and inwardly focused, having lost the habit and art of associating, they would be unlikely to notice the erosion of their freedom.” The future of western civilization, right there. This seems to be a piece of the puzzle explaining what, to some of us, is inexplicable: Why are so many Americans, who come from such a stock of independent pioneers, so willing to give away freedoms? Well, minds numbed and bodies made lethargic by TV, they don’t even see it happening. How can they be told that for every new rule, tax and giveaway from the government they are losing another slice of freedom? How

can they be told that they are sleepily letting slide what others purchased with blood? They can’t. “Hey, be quiet, Glee is on!” It starts young, but continues throughout life, including for the college kids, with no dumbing-down bottom in sight. AOL is re-doing CliffsNotes summaries of classics — which was bad enough as CliffsNotes — by turning the brief summaries into even shorter, funny videos. Dostoyevsky’s “Crime and Punishment” meets Beavis and Butthead for college credit. Wonderful. Is there some policy prescription to save us from ourselves? No. There is nothing government can or should do. If you think there is, you have already watched too much. This, like so many solutions, starts with parents. A TV in a child’s bedroom means a 56% average increase in brain-destroying, life-wasting TV time. This is not a plea for tossing out TVs entirely — although there may be merit to the idea. Nor is it even about content — even news and documentaries run ever faster eye candy to keep audiences. This is about drastic moderation. Full disclosure: I saved money for a year and a few months ago bought a flat-screen, hi-def TV, mostly for sports and sometimes movies. It is the only TV in the house and even with six children still at home, my wife and I decide when it is on and what is watched. It’s our TV. A couple of movies a week, a couple of sports games, maybe a news program. Studies don’t show that a moderate amount of TV is a problem. But moderate is something on the order of an hour per day. Not five. There is only one solution. Turn off the TV, put down the smart phone and pick up a book. Or newspaper. Or play ball in the yard. Or have friends over. Or volunteer somewhere. Just turn it off, for you and your children, and just maybe, for our country. Rod Thomson is editorial pages editor of the Observers and can be reached at rthomson@ yourobserver.com.


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School board violating state law In response to the April 20, we have not adhered. Since this 2011, editorial, “School Board on report came after the vote of a right path,” I voted “no” on this previous board, I requested an issue for two reasons. agenda item to allow each board  First is that either a “yes” or member to be on record and “no” vote locked the Manatee requested a workshop on insurCounty School Board into movance to best understand the situing forward on a three-year ination we are in and the options surance repayment plan. available. The Florida statutes reSecond, because we quire a balanced budget are not allowed by law and we do not have that to enter into deficit in place when we carry spending, delaying the debt. We also have not paying of premiums filed the insurance plan only increases the preseach year as required ent deficit and again, we by law for self-insured are not allowed by law to funds and we are redo this. quired to have a reserve For years, board JULIE fund for the self-funded members have relied ARANIBAR on the presentations insurance plan which is not in place. of the superintendent Last September, the and the opinion of the previous board voted to move school board attorney. I am forward on a three-year paynot sure who has informed the ment plan for the deficit based board that it is OK to do what on increasing premiums. These has been done, but in checking projections were based on with the Department of Insurconsultant reports, which were ance, Department of Education contracted by the superintenand Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, dent and with the parameters who has served on school boards and information provided by and is our current senator on the superintendent. We have not Education Committees, not one had an independent audit of the agrees with what we have done present plan and what would be in Manatee County and all have required to bring us to compliwarned me that as an elected ance, and we have not compared official, I am personally liable for what is available in the non-selfany malfeasance. insured types of plans. Manatee is the only county in  In December, we received a re- the state that has a self-funded port from the Auditor General of insurance plan that is not funded Florida warning of the deficienand not valid and not filed each cies and immediate compliance year with the state and running and remedies required to which in a deficit of close to $10 million.

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That is not only illegal but also is the definition of malfeasance and can cause elected officials to be removed from office and face trial and jail if convicted. It also causes the district to be placed into a receivership by the state, which comes at additional costs to taxpayers, not to mention the disruption to the district. In closing, the employer, the school district, has a fiduciary responsibility to provide the benefit of health care and what has been lacking in the past few years is a review of plans which might bring these benefits at lower cost to employees and tax payers. We should always use funds wisely and in a time of decreasing funds we owe the staff and taxpayers the options of the best plans that work in our present budget, and we have not done so to date. Thank you for the information printed on this topic. It has been an issue for four years, and there is a board in place that understands action is required. I am not sure if we all agree on what that action should be, but we will be working on this as we move through the budget process in these next weeks. My position is to have this solved in one year and to reduce spending and for a reduction in non-instructional staff as indicated by the Budget Committee Report.  Julie Aranibar is a Lakewood Ranch resident and a member of the Manatee County School Board.

As part of Lakewood Ranch Community Activities’ Memorial Day Salute to Heroes May 29, the community currently is collecting items to send to troops overseas. Accepted items include jerky; powdered drink mixes; nuts and trail mixes; power bars; crackers; Oreos; sardines and tuna; hot sauce and condiments; vitamins; icy-hot patches; scissors; baggies; duct tape; cushioned insoles; shower shoes; ramen

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Filmmakers scramble in two-day competition More than 160 teams from across the world spent the weekend writing, filming and editing short films for the 48 Hour Guerrilla Film Competition.

Filmmaker Kevin Hillman sets up a new angle to shoot the scene. quired to include in their film. Points are docked if teams don’t use their assignments, which are meant to help ensure filming and editing are completed within the 48-hour window, as well as to foster creativity. “The rubric is designed to weigh more heavily originality and creativity,” contest director Clint Weldon said. “Lighting and good technology could lose to a kid (filming) with (a) camera. Everyone competes on an even playing field. You compete against professionals, and it’s the best story wins. Entertain us.”

Competitors earn a chance to win a $5,000 grand prize, and, thanks to the support of the Sarasota Film Society, a guaranteed opportunity to see their short films featured on the big screen. The Film Society will host the 48 Hour Guerrilla Film Festival, a showing of all the films from the competition, from 9 a.m. to noon, June 11, at the Lakewood Ranch Cinemas. “You come out to about 20plus hours of original films that will have been made by the end of (the) weekend,” Weldon said, noting films are between five and seven minutes apiece. The winner also will earn a meeting with Lakewood Ranchbased production company Sanborn Studios and a chance to pitch the company a movie idea. If there’s no movie to pitch, the winner will instead get a tour of the studio and enjoy a “filmmakers getaway weekend” in Sarasota, with a rain check on any future movie ideas, Weldon said. Additional awards in the categories of best directing, best editing, best acting, and people’s choice, among others, also will be announced. Weldon said this year’s competition included 165 entries from around the world, including Chile, Ireland, Australia and Ukraine, among others. Foreign

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Alex Gooch sets up a stand alone shot of the film’s main character. films must either be completed in English or have subtitles, he said. “As long as we can understand your film, you could probably win,” Weldon said. Last year’s event, which was open just to filmmakers in Florida, featured the work of 20 teams. The John H. Lamensdorph Memorial Trust, founded in honor of an aspiring Sarasota filmmaker who died in an onset accident and is a past-participant of the 48 Hour Guerrilla Film Competition, is funding the cash prize. For more information about the film contest or to view entries from last year, visit www.48gfc.com. Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@yourobserver.com.

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Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Dep. Russ Younger teaches a group of fifthgrade students at Gullett Elementary School about making good choices, which is part of the sheriff’s office’s Crossroads program. Photo by Pam Eubanks

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have not been noticeable to the general public. “In the past, the majority of those positions have not been positions associated with calls for answering service. Now the public is going to see I have nothing left to cut except where it is going to be (visible).” Manatee district officials say the elimination will affect students directly. “Eliminating SROs at the elementary schools is not something the district wants to do, but we have to ‘live within our means,’ and we are looking at every avenue to meet this goal,” district spokeswoman Margi Nanney said, noting the district pays for part of the SRO’s salary. The district plans to use remaining SROs at middle and high schools to cover duties at elementary schools. Specifically, in areas such as Braden River Elementary/Braden River Middle and McNeal Elementary/Nolan Middle, this should prove feasible, Nanney said. “Principals can also call 911 when the need arises to have a deputy dispatched,” she said. Freedom Elementary School Principal Jim Mennes said the work of elementary SROs is one that reaches far beyond the school. “He is not a resource; he is one of my best resources,” Mennes said of Younger. “I don’t have kids toting guns or gang violence (here). (But) he talks to the kids about making good choices. These guys do amazing work with children. “He’s a tremendous resource for my families,” Mennes said. “The term SRO — that’s really what they are.” Despite Steube’s proposed cuts, the sheriff’s office budget actually amounts to a 4.4% increase, which includes the addition of 10 road patrol deputies and 10 corrections deputies at a cost of $2.077 million, and a 3% salary increase for all employees for a total of $1.87 million. Steube said the proposed increases are necessary to continue fighting crime successfully. The sheriff’s office reduced the county’s crime rate by 12% in 2009 and by another 4% in 2010, largely because of crackdowns on gang activity. But, Steube said, the numbers are again going up, with only a 1% decrease recorded for the first four months of 2011. “I’m 50 deputies short on the road and 100 short at the jail,” Steube said, noting the deficit also causes him worry about the safety of his employees, particularly at the jail. “I’m very concerned that crime is going to even out or begin to increase. In fact, we’ve seen an increase in several areas recently — burglaries to auto and homes.” Improving the ratio of deputies to residents will play a key role in keeping crime under control, lowering the county’s overall crime rate, and consequently encouraging businesses to come to the area, Steube said. “I’m trying to make our community safer and do all these things (and help) bring businesses (here),” Steube said. “I can only do that if I have the resources to beat this crime down.” Steube also said he is losing employees to other agencies for higher pay, a scenario that is taking seasoned professionals off the roadways in Manatee County and wasting valuable training dollars — about $100,000 from the time a deputy is hired to the time he’s out patrolling. The sheriff’s office, he said, has not offered any pay increases to its employees in four years, meaning deputies who are training new hires are still making the same starting pay, in some cases. “That’s the situation I’m in,” Steube said. “I find it distasteful. “I can’t continue to lose people to surrounding agencies because our pay is stagnant,” he said. If the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners decides to pay for the sheriff’s office by separating the sheriff’s millage from the rest of county services as commissioners suggested last year, a millage increase of about 1.90, or about $30 per household annually, would be needed, Steube said. Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@ yourobserver.com.


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Kayla McCarthy and Benjamin Caoili shared a special dance at Braden River’s Prom.

Razan Waliagha and Kalsey Knutson were among the first out on the dance floor for Lakewood Ranch’s Prom.

Michael Rushing and Kaleigh Robbins had a wonderful evening at Lakewood’s Prom.

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Tara Elementary kids unwind following FCAT Madison Bugorene was all smiles during this year’s Fun Day.

Tara Elementary School students enjoyed a day of bounce houses and games following the FCAT during the school’s annual FCAT Fun Day April 29. The celebration gave all students a chance to relax following the test.

Katia Singh had a blast on the obstacle courses.

Mason Kaufman zoomed down this huge yellow slide. Right: Lindsey Rodgers played with her friends at this year’s FCAT Fun Day.

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Walkers pound pavement at Make-A-Wish benefit East County and other residents teamed up to raise funds for the third annual Sarasota Walk for Wishes event May 5 at The Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Course. Participants raised money to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Right: A team from Best Buy served as volunteers. Left: Kiana Garden, of Sarasota, performed with hula hoops prior to the walk starting.

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Golfers tee off at 2011 Payton event East County residents rallied against pediatric brain cancer May 13 as 140 golfers hit the greenways at Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club for the fourth annual Payton Wright Foundation Golf Tournament. Following golf, participants headed to the Lake Club for an After Party featuring food, live music and more.

John Vermeren sold raffle tickets.

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University Park Country Club home sells for $1.17M The following residential real estate transactions took place between May 2-6. A home in the Chelsea subdivision of University Park Country Club tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Paulette and Christopher Ayres sold their home at 7328 Chelsea Court to W. Mark and Cynthia McKoy, Bradenton, for $1.17 million. Built in 2003, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 4,009 square feet of living area.

Sundial Place to David and Dawn Similo, Lakewood Ranch, for $330,000. Built in 2006, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,329 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $406,000 in 2007.

Braden River Lakes

Prudential Relocation Inc. sold the home at 4104 14th Ave. E. to Robert Lampton, Bradenton, for $300,000. Built in 1993, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,599 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $121,000 in 1993.

Lake Club

Marcos Behar and Joseph and Susan Brielmann sold their home at 16318 Foremast Place to Travis and Rebecca Bouck, Lakewood Ranch, $1.156 million. Built in 2009, it has five bedrooms, four baths and two half-baths, a pool and 6,068 square feet of living area. It sold for $1,755,500 in 2006.

Riverwalk Village

Kimberlie and Kenneth Westphalen, Bradenton, sold their home at 10902 Water Lily Way to Carmen Celline, Bradenton, for $299,900. Built in 2000, it has four bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,194 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $184,900 in 2000. Carey and Shannon Masera, Lakewood Ranch, sold their home at 11519 Sweetflag Drive to Gearl O’Brien III, Lakewood Ranch, for $235,000. Built in 2001, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,073 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $373,000 in 2005.

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Edmund and Susan Vallecorse, Sarasota, sold their home at 13710 Oasis Terrace to Ronald and Janice Steger of Newport Beach, Calif., for $810,000. Built in 2004, it has four bedrooms, three-and-one-half baths, a pool and 3,683 square feet of living area. Ron and Susan Altman, Sarasota, sold their home at 7471 Edenmore St. to Susan Wiseman, trustee, Indianapolis, for $429,900. Built in 2006, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,186 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $435,000 in 2007.

Stanhope Gate

Arlene Tallman, trustee, University Park, sold the home at 7008 Stanhope Place to Peter and Marjorie Cook, University Park, for $610,000. Built in 2003, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,089 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $632,300 in 2003.

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St. James Park

Carolyn Duddingston, trustee, and Charles Duddingston of Eagan, Minn., sold their home at 8115 Fairhaven Glen to Lawrence and Ruth Mendius, trustees, of Oak Brook, Ill., for $486,500. Built in 1993, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,909 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $500,000 in 2004.

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David and Stephanie Preston, Bradenton, sold their home at 9931 Portside Terrace to Nancy Birnbaum of Ontario, Canada, for $465,000. Built in 2004, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,758 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $516,100 in 2004.

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Gary and Catherine Wilson of Brentwood, Tenn., sold their home at 7423 Ascot Court to Sherwood and Kathryne Stokes, University Park, for $400,000. Built in 1999, it has two bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,237 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $460,000 in 2000.

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Federal National Mortgage Association sold the home at 12819 Daisy Place to Michael and Mary Fisher, Bradenton, for $289,900. Built in 2006, it has four bedrooms, three-and-one-half baths and 3,869 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $619,900 in 2006. Nedra Duffy, Bradenton, sold her home at 247 Petrel Trail to Dwyer and Tammy Dennis of Dayton, Ohio, for $270,000. Built in 2005, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,887 square feet of living area. It sold for $499,400 in 2005.

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Fred and Amy Klages, Bradenton, sold their home at 14510 17th Ave. E. to Kenneth and Nancy Hammond, Sarasota, for $350,000. Built in 2005, it has three bedrooms, three-and-one-half baths, a pool and 2,772 square feet of living area.

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Shahnaz and Salmar Ahmed, Sarasota, sold their home at 6409 68th St. E. to Craig and Doris Vail, Bradenton, for $275,000. Built in 2001, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,718 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $239,500 in 2004.

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On May 20, nearly 170 students will receive Bachelor of Arts degrees from New College of Florida, the state honors college for the arts and sciences. Please join us in saluting all of our accomplished students, as well as the dedicated faculty who inspire and teach them.

Six students will study abroad next year as Fulbright Scholars, bringing New College’s historical total to 63 Fulbright recipients and reinforcing the College’s ranking as one of the nation’s top producers of this prestigious award. Left to right: Katharine Dean, Washington, D.C., (Namibia); Jennifer Lieb, Tallahassee, Fla., (Taiwan); Maia de la Calle, Miami, Fla., (Mexico); Danielle Korngold, Davie, Fla., (Russia); Adam Bresnahan, Satellite Beach, Fla., (Germany); Ryan Tisdale, Sarasota, Fla., (Germany).

STATe depARTMenT CRITICAL LAnGUAGe SCHOLARSHIp For the second consecutive year, a New College student won a Critical Language Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Anamica Bedi, a graduating senior from Columbia Heights, Minn., will study Punjabi this summer in Chandigarh, the capital city in Punjab, India. This past semester, she studied in Brazil as a recipient of a Gilman International Scholarship.

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Yellow Jackets sting Pirates The Braden River football team fell to St. Petersburg Admiral Farragut 7-0 in its Spring Game May 13.

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A host of Braden River defenders bring down Admiral Farragut running back Cortavous Givens during the Pirates Spring Game May 13.

BRADEN RIVER —  After only eight days of practice, Braden River coach Don Purvis knew the Pirates’ Spring Game wasn’t going to be perfect. With only a limited amount of time to practice and a plethora of changes both in terms of the player personnel on the field and the offensive system, Purvis tried to keep his expectations in perspective.

First and foremost, he planned to use the game as a way to establish his starters for the coming season. But he also hoped the game would help the Pirates pinpoint some of their weaknesses. Any other highlights he saw along the way — well those were just an added bonus. On May 13, Braden River appeared to be right about where Purvis had gauged the Pirates to

be after watching his team fall 7-0 to visiting St. Petersburg Admiral Farragut. “We had an open competition among (some guys),” Purvis said. “I felt like evaluating talent is the key, because you’re not going to be able to evaluate it again until one game before the season starts — and by then its almost too late. “I saw some good things, but I saw a lot of things we’ve got to fix,” he said. “It’s exactly what I thought

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Game gives glimpse into next season As I laced up my tennis shoes and headed out the door last Friday night, I couldn’t help but smile. Within the hour, helmets would be clanging, grass would be flying and tackles would be made. Football had finally returned to the East County — well at least for a few weeks. My expectations were JEN high as I BLANCO strolled onto the sidelines at Braden River for the Pirates Spring Game. But it didn’t take long before I realized that with only eight days of practice under their belt, the odds of either team making plays worthy of the ESPN highlight reel probably weren’t very high. Sure enough, I was right. It was by no means what I expected, but it was exactly what the Pirates coaching staff had expected. Sure, Braden River would have liked to come out on top, but the Spring Game and its outcome provided much more important data than stats and yardage. It gave a glimpse at who will be starting for the Pirates this fall. It showed who the potential playmakers will be and areas where the team still needs to improve. And selfishly, it gave me a chance to get back out on the field and experience all of the sights and sounds that come with high school football. Luckily, The Out-of-Door Academy and Lakewood Ranch still have their Spring Games to play. And then the countdown to the season begins: 99 days until preseason.

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Lakewood Ranch seniors Kaitlyn Wolfe and Alec Bacon were two of 313 athletes rewarded for their academic achievements. Wolfe who maintains a 4.5833 grade-point average was named the Female Athlete of the Year, while Bacon (4.6 GPA) was the Male Athlete of the Year.

MENTAL MUSCLE Lakewood Ranch athletes Alec Bacon and Kaitlyn Wolfe hold the highest GPAs of all Mustang athletes. They, along with more than 300 student athletes at Lakewood, were recognized during the annual Scholar Athlete Banquet May 10. LAKEWOOD RANCH — Across campus, Lakewood Ranch seniors Kaitlyn Wolfe and Alec Bacon are known for their performances on the field and in the pool. Their school records and district and regional titles speak for themselves, but it’s what these two have been able to do academically that has caught the attention of their fellow classmates, coaches and teachers. Bacon, who spent four years swimming for the Mustangs, is ranked No. 1 in his class with a

4.6 grade-point average. And with a 4.5833 GPA, Wolfe, a member of both the girls soccer and track and field teams, isn’t far behind at No. 2. And on May 10, Bacon and Wolfe were recognized for their academic achievements during the school’s annual Scholar Athlete Banquet at Bayside Community Church. Bacon was named the Male Athlete of the Year, while Wolfe took home Female Athlete of the Year honors. “I feel honored,” Wolfe said. “It’s

nice to be recognized for working so hard in the classroom. It’s nice to be rewarded.” Bacon agreed. “It feels good to be recognized for the hard work you put in and to see it pay off,” Bacon said. Bacon and Wolfe weren’t the only two Lakewood athletes recognized for their academic achievements. In total, 313 athletes were awarded for maintaining above a 3.5 GPA, which accounts for 62% of the school’s overall number of athletes.

Last year, the school recognized 298 scholar athletes. “It’s ridiculous; I’ve never heard of anything that compares to that,” Athletic Director Shawn Trent said. “The school is very academic to begin with, and I also think you get that family mentality in the area that’s academically oriented. And the coaches do a good job. “I think it’s a combination of a lot of things,” he said. “It’s almost

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FOOTBALL/PAGE 19 (it would be) in the spring. I didn’t have a whole lot of high expectations. We came in, and we were just hoping we would be able to execute a little better than we did, but a lot of that had to do with them (Admiral Farragut).” Offensively, the Pirates struggled to maintain any sort of rhythm. Braden River is looking to replace all but one of its offensive linemen from a year ago, which proved to be an area of concern heading into the Spring Game. “I think there’s one guy on the offensive line that was on the offensive line last year, and that’s tough,” Purvis said. “That’s a big area we need to address.” Junior wide receiver and defensive back Ryan Fischer ended up getting open on more than one occasion but was unable to connect with quarterback Steven Ross in the end zone. Fischer hauled in three receptions from Ross for 56 yards, and Troy Gatling caught three passes for 33 yards. Fischer also intercepted a Rayshawn Jenkins pass in the final moments of the first

SCHOLARS/PAGE 19 expected out of our kids to keep their grades up. It’s incredible, (especially) given the fact that our sports do as well as they do athletically. I think that’s what so rare about this school — that combination of being competitive and doing well enough to win on the field (and in the pool) and (yet) at the same time doing well academically.” Boys swimming was named the small sports team of the year with a 3.961 team GPA, while the

half to disrupt a potential Yellow Jacket scoring drive. Ross completed five of 17 passes for 86 yards, but Purvis said he was pleased with the way his players performed with such a short amount of time to prepare. “We played without some guys and that was good,” Purvis said. “We got to evaluate a lot of people. I really thought Ryan Fischer ran some great routes, made a great effort and had a couple of really

good runs. He was wide open a few times tonight and we left some big plays on the field. When you miss opportunities against teams, it will come back at you. He kept getting open, and we’ve got to get him the ball. “I think he (Ross) was doing the right things, he was just a hair off on executing some of our plays, and that’s just going to come in time,” Purvis said. Defensively, the Pirates forced

four turnovers, including interceptions by Fischer and Nathan Kirkman and fumble recoveries by Marcus Balliette and Tyler Linde. But Braden River was unable to capitalize on its opportunities. Deon Taylor and Kelvin Albritton also recorded sacks for the Pirates. Admiral Farragut’s lone touchdown came in the second quarter on a 5-yard run by Cortavous Givens. The Yellow Jackets finished with more than 240 yards on the ground while Braden River was held to just 49 yards on the ground. Braden River will head to Raymond James Stadium May 21 to compete in an intra-squad game, signaling the end of spring practice. The Pirates will open the regular season at home Sept. 2 versus rival Lakewood Ranch. “We threw a lot at them in a short period of time,” Purvis said. “We made a lot of changes, and I’m proud they came out here and they had a lot of effort. I loved that.” Contact Jen Blanco at jblanco@ yourobserver.com.

girls soccer team was named the large sports team of the year with a combined 4.018 team GPA. In recognition of their achievements, the students were awarded a fleece scholar athlete blanket, a patch for their letterman’s jacket and a T-shirt. “The athletes at this school are really motivated and take pride in not only what they do on the field, on the track or in the pool, but also in getting stuff squared away with school as well,” Bacon said. Between the two, Bacon and

Wolfe are taking a combined nine AP classes, including statistics, calculus, English literature and government, among others. And the two don’t plan on losing their academic focus anytime soon. Bacon has accepted an appointment to the United States Naval Academy, where he plans to study systems engineering. Wolfe is headed to Georgia Tech University on an academic scholarship, where she plans to study biomedical engineering. “I had to put academics first,” said Wolfe, who chose academics

over athletics. “I got a scholarship for academics, so I had to prioritize. “I think it’s great what they do for the scholar athletes,” she said. “It’s an incentive to work hard. I think (overall) athletes tend to be successful people. You get a lot of good qualities from athletics that you can apply to your schoolwork. Athletes have the drive to succeed and win; and they know that in order to win and succeed, you have to work hard.” Contact Jen Blanco at jblanco@ yourobserver.com.

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Braden River sophomore Austin Rain looks for an open running lane during the Pirates Spring Game versus Admiral Farragut.

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