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By Pam Eubanks | News Editor leadership beauty and the feet

SMR official resigns Lakewood Ranch Communities’ President Milt Flinn spent his last day with Schroeder-Manatee Ranch Sept. 13. The company now has restructured his position.

+ Tara couple celebrates 50 years Tara residents Jack and Barbara Herbert celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Sept. 10. The couple was married in 1961 at Saint Agnes Catholic Church in Catonsville, Md. Jack earned his master’s degree from The George Washington University and spent much of his career at Westinghouse in Baltimore and also taught accounting at Catonsville Community College and the University of Maryland. Barbara worked as a medical secretary at the University of Maryland. Today, Jack continues to serve in education as a substitute teacher at Lakewood Ranch High School. The Herberts have two children, Kelly Gardner, of Charlotte, N.C., and Jeffrey Herbert, of Bradenton; and two grandchildren, Ryan Gardner and Will Gardner, both of Charlotte.

LAKEWOOD RANCH — Milt Flinn, president of SchroederManatee Ranch subsidiary LWR Communities, has left the company. Flinn, who joined SMR in 2005 and was promoted to one the

company’s top posts in 2008, finished his last day Sept. 13. SMR President and CEO Rex Jensen said Flinn’s departure was not performance related. “We wish him well,” Jensen said. “He’s a very accomplished

individual. (As he pursues other opportunities), I am sure he will do very well.” In conjunction with Flinn’s departure, SMR has restructured his




By Pam Eubanks | News Editor

O’Leary leaves CDD 2 Don O’Leary has stepped down to accept a position as a fire commissioner. The board is seeking a replacement.

company’s contract and instead hire another vendor for landscaping services. The third board — CDD 1 — had not yet voted.

LAKEWOOD RANCH — Longtime Lakewood Ranch Community Development District Supervisor Don O’Leary is stepping down from his District 2 post to accept a position as a fire commissioner for East Manatee Fire Rescue. O’Leary submitted to the board Sept. 15 his O’Leary letter of resignation, which takes effect Oct. 1. “I feel very honored about it,” the retired New York City firefighter said of his appointment as a fire commissioner. “It’s very comfortable for me. “I enjoyed serving the members of District 2,” he said. “I did it for (about) seven years. It was challenging. I liked get-



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Greenfield Plantation resident Doreen Ierardi called the East County Observer to let us know about this banana spider that has taken up residence in the median at the entrance to Greenfield Plantation off Upper Manatee River Road. “It’s easily the size of my hand,” Ierardi says. “I’ve never seen one this big.”

+ East Girl Scouts earn highest honor Six members of East County Girl Scout Troop 297 earned recently Ambassador distinction — the organization’s highest level. Representing Lakewood Ranch, Braden River, Bayshore and Manatee high schools, the girls — Haley Beams, Jordan Becker, Adriana Hildreth-Rader, Jamie Moriarty, Taylor Taylor and Morganne Riggs — celebrated the achievement in a special bridging ceremony on the Ringling Bridge in Sarasota.

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Milt Flinn took the top role at Lakewood Ranch Communities in 2008.

out of court By Pam Eubanks | News Editor

Garden Leaders drops lawsuit against Lakewood Ranch CDDs As part of the deal, Lakewood Ranch Community Development Districts have hired the company as their interim landscape contractor. LAKEWOOD RANCH — Landscape contractor Garden Leaders has dropped its lawsuit alleging three Lakewood Ranch Community Development Districts violated state open-meeting laws

while selecting a new landscape contractor. Garden Leaders on Sept. 16 dropped the suits, filed in late August, after two of three CDD boards voted not to renew the

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About 15 manatees mesmerized residents at Christian Retreat during their visit Sept. 14.


A mating herd of manatees spent a day in the Manatee River along Christian Retreat’s property, much to delight of its residents and staff. MANATEE COUNTY — Laura Cannon and her husband, Cliff, sat quietly in the shade of their golf cart as they peered across the Manatee River through a pair of binoculars. There, near the shoreline, gray masses rose from the water. The group of manatees — about 15 total — had been making their way down the Manatee River Experts said the manatee that visited along Christian Retreat’s Christian Retreat were a mating herd. property all morning Sept. 14. Two representatives of the The Cannons already had Florida Fish & Wildlife Conserbeen watching the gentle giants vation Commission, the state for more than five hours. agency responsible for manag“They came up as close as 30 ing fish and wildlife resources, feet,” Laura Cannon said excit- stopped by the site to check on edly. “I loved seeing it. It was so the manatees after one resident beautiful.” called with concerns the large Christian Retreat employee female, at the center of the herd, Angie Goodwin, who captured was injured. the manatees’ activities with a “We thought it was a mating small video camera (see video herd but decided to check it out on, said (based on observations made by she’d only seen such a large the caller),” commission veterigroup of manatees in the river narian Dr. Trevor Gerlach said. one other time. “We just wanted to make sure “It’s just one of those experi- everything was normal.” ences you’re blessed to have the Gerlach said his suspicions opportunity (to see) that many about manatees’ activities (manatees) altogether in your proved correct, and the female backyard,” she said. “It was right was OK. in front of us.” “She had a couple of scars on

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her but nothing (fresh),” Gerlach said. “She was surface resting, but we did get to see her swim off. Half-beaching themselves is typical behavior.” During breeding, male manatees often will surround a single female, each vying for a chance to mate. Their efforts can last all day, as with the manatees seen at Christian Retreat, Gerlach said. The female sometimes will swim toward shallow waters, partially beaching herself, to rest. She is not in danger at that time unless the tide goes out and she is unable to swim away, Gerlach said. Because male manatees have strong reproductive drives, however, they sometimes will pursue injured females relentlessly. Females who do not appear to be breathing regularly or have not submersed themselves for long periods of time may need assistance. Contact Pam Eubanks at

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Cain campaign visits East County Herman Cain missed the first stop of his Florida bus tour because of illness, but he still spoke to attendees through audio and watched the event online. MANATEE COUNTY — Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain, of Georgia, had hoped to kick off his Common Sense Solutions Bus Tour in Florida with a stop Sept. 19, at Mixon Fruit Farms. Instead he was stuck at home with the flu. Despite his illness, Cain delivered a brief message to the hundreds of people gathered at Mixon through a three-minute audio his staff members recorded that morning. “I regret that I couldn’t be there with you,” Cain said. “But I’m glad you are here because (it shows you care about our country). … This nation’s economy is on life sup-

port and we need a bold solution.” Cain advocated for his 9-9-9 proposal, which would throw out the existing tax code as well as taxes such as the death tax, payroll tax and others. It then would establish a business flat tax, an individual flat tax and a national sales tax, all at 9%. Cain said the proposal would result in lower taxes because it expands the existing tax base. The plan, he said, would be the first proposal he brings before Congress as president and is one he would work to implement his first 90 days in office, he said. Cain also watched the event, organized by Tea Party Manatee and the Sarasota Republican Party,

through Mixon’s web camera system, campaign staffers said. As part of the event, supporters and campaign staff members also spoke about Cain’s character, “proven” leadership abilities, shrewd business sense, financial skills, ability to solve problems and vision for the future. “I was impressed (by what I heard),” East County resident Ann Hartley said. “I’m more convinced I might support him.” Tea Party Manatee Vice President Steve Vernon said his organization has not yet backed any presidential candidate but likes Cain’s core values, his financial experience and business background.

MANATEE COUNTY — If you thought wiffle ball was just a kids’ game, think again. This weekend, the game — complete with plastic balls and bats — will raise money to find a cure for Ataxia-Telangiectasia, as the East County-based Wobbly Feet Foundation Inc. hosts its first Wifflemania for the Cure tournament Sept. 24, at Longwood Park. The tournament will feature at least 10 teams as well as refreshments, music, a fast-pitch competition and more. Mote Ranch residents Nick and Samantha Dzembo launched Wobbly Feet in December 2009, after their son, Connor, then 3, was diagnosed with A-T. A-T is a genetic neuromuscular disease that affects several body systems. It is characterized by a telltale wobbliness in a patient’s walking. In most A-T patients, the wobbliness worsens over time. Eventually, A-T patients will require a wheelchair, often by age 10. They also have problems with their immune systems, making them more susceptible to illnesses. Since its inception, Wobbly Feet has partnered with the A-T Children’s Project to co-fund three research projects. In 2010, the organization gave $10,000 to help Dr. Sharon McGrath-Morrow, a pulmonologist at the A-T Clinical Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. The project follows McGrath-Morrow’s discovery that the level of an inflammatory marker called interleukin-8 is elevated in many A-T patients. This year, Wobbly Feet gave $15,000 each to two studies. The first, led by Dr. Shyamal Desai, of the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, will examine whether defects in protein degradation contribute to brain cell death in A-T. Dr. Kamran Khodakhah, of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, will lead the second, which will explore the consequences of Purkinje cell loss on the function of the cerebellum. Late last year, Connor battled an infection in his lungs for several months. Eventually, the Dzembos were able to obtain The Vest, an

Wifflemania for a Cure WHEN: Sept. 24. Registration begins at 8 a.m.; games begin at 9 a.m. WHERE: Longwood Park, 6050 Longwood Run Blvd., Sarasota INFORMATION: apparatus that, when worn, helps to move fluid out of the lungs. And so far, The Vest has helped to stave off any serious lung problems, Nick Dzembo said. Today, Connor, now 5, is enrolled in pre-kindergarten at Kids R Kids in Lakewood Ranch. The Dzembos say they are starting to see some uneasiness in his balance as well as some evidence of A-T in Connor’s speech. However, with three studies already funded in as many years, the Dzembos are hopeful that through Wobbly Feet, they can help find a cure not only for Connor but all children diagnosed with A-T. “The studies we’ve focused on are the ones that deal with nerve degeneration — the worst part of the disease,” Nick Dzembo said. Wobbly Feet also will be the beneficiary of this year’s Lakewood Ranch Scottish Festival hosted by MacAllisters Grill and Tavern Nov. 19. Contact Michael Eng at meng@

Cain Close Up Herman Cain, a native of Atlanta, was the first in his family to graduate from college. With a degree in mathematics from Morehouse College, Herman went on to complete his master’s degree in computer science from Purdue University and worked as a civilian employee for the Department of Navy, where he developed fire control systems for ships and fighter planes. “We like the fact that he’s not a career politician,” Vernon said. “We like the fact he’s a successful businessman.” Cain is slated to appear at events throughout the Tampa Bay region and Orlando through Sept. 23. Mark Block, Cain’s chief of staff, said he expected Cain to be back on the road Tuesday, after the East County Observer went to press, or

He then worked for CocaCola and Pillsbury Co., before becoming president and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, a business he took from near-bankruptcy to profitability. He also has served as the head of the National Restaurant Association and served on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. at least in time for the GOP Presidential Debate Sept. 22 in Tampa. Vernon said Cain is the first and only presidential candidate, so far, to accept an invitation to speak to Tea Party Manatee. Cain, he said, has committed to speaking to the group at a future date. For information about Cain, visit Contact Pam Eubanks at





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The Manatee County Board of County Commissioners approved Sept. 15 a $462.4 million budget — a number $22 million less than last year’s total. The budget includes no tax increase. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office will be granted $800,000 to hire 10 new positions — a compromise from the 20 positions Sheriff Brad Steube originally had requested. Monies will come primarily from tax revenue from revised property appraisals.

+ McNeal to host golf fundraiser at Ritz Parents of McNeal Elementary School are taking a swing for education. The McNeal Elementary Golf Tournament will be held 1 p.m. Oct. 1, at The Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club, 15150 70th Terrace E., Bradenton. The fee is $125 per person and includes dinner. Registration starts at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Individual golfers are welcome to participate. Contact

+ LECOM hosts pre-med course Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine has opened enrollment for its introductory pre-medicine/prescience course for high-school-age students. The Human Body Explored program is a comparative anatomy/physiology course designed as an introductory class for Manatee and Sarasota county students ages 14-18 interested in pursuing a career in health care. The class meets from 5:30-7:30 p.m. monthly starting Oct. 12, at LECOM, 5000 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. Registration costs $125. For more information, contact Dr. Russell Sexton at 756-0690 or

+ Ranch districts renovating landscape Landscaping crews are working to replace sod in several sections of

Lakewood Ranch, including along Lakewood Ranch Boulevard in the Summerfield community, as well as in the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club. Lakewood Ranch Town Hall Director of Operations Ryan Heise said the effort is a part of a program to replace declining turf throughout Lakewood Ranch’s Community Development Districts 1, 2, 4 and 5. “We’re renovating some of our older turf areas,” he said. Landscaping crews, he said, will be replacing sod, but they also will be expanding mulch beds and making other changes in some areas to accommodate the maturation of the area’s landscape.

+ Viking to host dinner for Payton Chefs at the Viking Culinary Center will show off their culinary skills while raising money for the Payton Wright Foundation during the center’s Intimate Dinner 6-9 p.m. Sept. 24, at Viking, 8130 Lakewood Ranch Main Street, Suite 104.

Guests will enjoy watching the chefs as they host a live interactive cooking demonstration. Tickets are $150. For more information, call Patrick Wright, 893-7007, or email to

+ Correction In the Sept. 15 edition of the East County Observer, we reported Braden River student Shelby Graves recited a poem about losing her father in the 9/11 attacks. Graves’ poem was inspired by a girl who lost her father; Graves did not lose her father. “It was merely written from that perspective and not from her actual experience,” said Debbie Graves, Shelby’s mother. “Shelby got choked up as she read it to the school because she could empathize with such a person in that situation. “Apparently, everyone assumed she was talking about herself when she read the poem,” she said. “She did not mean any disrespect and merely wanted her peers to realize that kids their own age lost their parents on that fateful day.”

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


7:15 a.m. — 8300 block of Haven Harbour Way. Burglary to an unoccupied dwelling. The complainant reported she came home and found a candlestick out of place, sitting on top of the living room hutch. She opened the drawer to put it away and noticed her silverware missing. She also found two jewelry boxes were stolen from her master bedroom closet. Pry marks were found on the rear slidingglass door. Two sets of fingerprints were obtained from inside the residence.


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12:52 p.m. — 4500 block of 3rd Avenue Drive E. Criminal mischief ($1,000 or more). Unknown suspect(s) damaged the victim’s boat with a sander.


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4:55 p.m. — 7200 block of 42nd Court East. Fraudulent use of a credit card. The complainant reported unauthorized charges were made on his company and personal credit cards. He stated he believes his estranged wife made the purchases.

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3:55 a.m. — 3800 block of Oak Grove Drive. Burglary to an occupied residence. An unknown suspect entered the residence by unknown means. There were no signs of forced entry, and the dogs outside didn’t bark at the suspect. The suspect removed several items and fled to an unknown location. The residence was processed for fingerprints. The male victim didn’t get a good look at the suspect because he’s partially blind.


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Tax hike forgets taxpayer Local governments are weakening in their resolve not to raise taxes. The Manatee County School Board has joined the city of Sarasota in a tax rate hike for next year, and by the same 3-2 vote. The pressure will keep mounting next year as property values will either be flat or decline again. Too often, the School Board and cities and counties tend to look at their budgets, employee-count and falling revenues and give in to the temptation to raise the rates to cover all or part of the difference. The School Board voted last week to raise the overall millage rate 4.9% to 7.960 mills. One mill equals $1 per $1,000 of assessed property value. The board also approved a $598 million budget during the same meeting. A persistent problem is that local governments do not often enough weigh rightly the fact that the taxes they are raising are on people who are also in bad financial straits, thereby making it worse. Residents in Manatee County are struggling with high

unemployment, flat or downward pressure on wages, upside-down mortgages, high gas costs and increasing food and health care costs. In fact, many of the same cost factors the School Board would cite as part of the need for increasing taxes are affecting those who will pay more in taxes. It is wrong to balance local government budgets on the backs of many people who are already on the brink of insolvency. There is an increasing factor driving this: the size and strength of government unions, which are focused on protecting their union members. (Of course union size is a direct result of government’s size.) This was on display when the School Board voted to approve the rate increase. Four people spoke against the tax hike and five spoke in favor. But of the five in favor, at least one was a school district employee and one was the president of the teachers union. Manatee Education Association President Pat Barber urged the School Board to approve the millage increase but not the

budget cuts. She said the budget should not be cut anymore and that the $14 million in reductions was too much. As union president looking out for her union members, she does not care about taxpayers. It is not her job to care. But it is the job of the School Board. School Board members Julie Aranibar and Karen Carpenter understand this and voted against the tax increase. The other board members need to understand it next year, because there is no sign things are going to be better for taxpayers.

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The Manatee County Commission kept property tax rates the same. Commissioners saw the condition of county taxpayers and that other local governments — such as the School Board — were raising taxes and voted not to even while giving the sheriff 10 more officers. Kudos to the commission unanimously seeing that their budget problems cannot be foisted onto struggling taxpayers.

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Cease fire on company poaching Using Sarasota County taxpayer money to steal Hoveround from Manatee County is just wrong. The two counties need a cease and desist order. We steadfastly maintain that government offering tax dollars as incentives for companies to expand or move to Sarasota or Manatee counties is bad public policy. It allows government politicians and bureaucrats to pick winners and losers, and it does little, if anything, for net job creation by taking with one hand and giving with the other. Further, the policy absconds with money from current tax-paying companies to give to prospective tax-paying companies — some of which will be direct ROD competitors to current THOMSON taxpayers. An example of this is giving Whole Foods tax breaks to locate in downtown Sarasota, two miles from Richard’s Foodporium, which had been paying taxes all along. It’s bad policy. But you can see the argument for it: Everyone is doing it, and so we have to do it to remain competitive. A better response to everyone doing it would be simply to create the most competitive atmosphere possible for job-creating companies and then let the market do its thing. Tube Dude just got $100,000 from the county with the hope of adding 44 more employees to its current five. It grew from zero to five with no “incentives.”

However, the absolutely most egregious element of this policy is the cross-county poaching that goes on between Sarasota and Manatee counties. The latest example is Sarasota County giving Hoveround Corp. — a Manatee County-based company that makes electric wheelchairs — $250,000 if it moves the company south of University Parkway to Sarasota County and creates 44 new jobs. So-called economic development leaders will say a company such as Hoveround will generate more in property taxes and will more than pay for the grant in time. But that may not be true in the bigger picture, because Manatee County fires back and lures Sarasota companies using Manatee taxpayers’ money. And how many companies never show up because of the levels of taxes and regulation? Nonetheless, the counties issue glowing press releases on their job creation. Sarasota County economic development officials claim 21 companies that have received about $8 million so far from that fund have added more than 1,000 jobs. But officials never point out how many companies leave the county — or went out of business — and the job losses entailed there. It is awfully self-serving for politicians and economic development officials to send out press releases and hold press conferences for each company lured through other people’s money and not include companies lost. It’s dishonest.

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Sarasota County created a $10 million fund to steal companies from other communities, including its neighbors. What would make anyone outside of government, which is most of us, think that government would do a good job of deciding which businesses to back? Nothing. But it sounds great in a press release. Take Gemesis Corp. The Lakewood Ranch-based diamond-manufacturing company was a hot item in 2007 when it took county financial incentives to expand its production capabilities. County officials were eager to grab the microphone at the groundbreaking, where then-Commissioner Shannon Staub called Gemesis “the crown jewel of the county.” Gemesis has now moved its offshore production to Malaysia and downsized from a 60,000-square-foot facility to one of 25,000 square feet. Employee count has falled from 50 in 2007 to between 15 and 20 today. But government and quasi-government officials keep taking tax money and deciding which businesses in a neighboring community to try to steal. It is just wrong. Leaders in both counties should not have to be reminded how interrelated our economies are and how interrelated the tax base is. Many people live in Manatee County and work in Sarasota County and vice-versa, particularly when it comes to Lakewood Ranch. Call a truce on this horrible waste of government energy and, most important, taxpayers’ money. It would not be hard. Economic development officials in both counties should get together and agree to a cease fire. We’d all be winners. Rod Thomson can be reached at



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By Pam Eubanks | News Editor

POSITIVE PROGNOSIS MANATEE COUNTY — For Eric and Lexi Creviston, the five years following the birth of their twin daughters have brought them the both the truest joys and the deepest of sorrows. Their daughter, Kali, who was diagnosed with cancer of the spinal cord and brain stem well before her first birthday, had yet another good doctors report in December. She and her sister, Hailie, celebrated their fifth birthday June 8. “(The cancer is) still there, but it’s not spreading,” Eric Creviston says. “That’s the best news we could get. Finally, we’re getting to a stable place.” Courtesy photo


Eric will never forget the emotions that rushed through him the first time he held his newborn daughters. “When I got to hold them both in the operating room, it was a little overwhelming, but at the same time — I don’t know how to describe it,” Eric says, shaking his head. “The rest of your life is right there in your arms.” He and Lexi had planned to have a baby but were shocked at five months of pregnancy to learn they’d be delivering twins. Their daughters — Kali and Hailie — were born June 8, 2006, in Springfield, Ill. Lexi’s blood work and ultrasounds had come back normal throughout the pregnancy, but soon after the girls’ birth, it be-


Lexi and Eric Creviston moved to the East County in November 2010 with their twin daughters, Hailie, right, and Kali, left. Kali has been battling cancer since she was less than 1 year old, and now is in stable condition. came clear the two girls were having trouble holding up their heads. At 2-months old, Hailie and Kali were diagnosed with torticollis, a common weakening of one side of the neck. Doctors put the infants on four months of intense physical therapy and hoped for improvement. “It was awful,” Eric remembers. “You would have to turn their necks where you couldn’t turn your neck. Hailie was OK. Kali got progressively worse.” Both girls ended up wearing helmets to help reshape their heads as part of efforts to correct the problem. Kali still was not im-

proving and had to wear a collar to keep her neck aligned. Eric ended the experimental treatment early. “I couldn’t stand it,” he says.


Although the girls were battling torticollis, the Crevistons believed their daughters otherwise were in good health, at least until they were at the mall having pictures taken with the Easter bunny. Kali, then about 7 months old, suffered a seizure. “I was an EMT, so I knew what it was,” Eric says. “She started clawing the side of her head, which isn’t a typical seizure.”

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ER doctors told the Crevistons they were overreacting and said a temperature fluctuation had caused the seizure. “That happened 11 more times,” Eric says, noting he’d asked for an MRI on six different occasions but was told the girls were too young. “Every time, we were sent home.” After the 12th seizure, however, Eric wouldn’t budge on his demand. And two hours after the MRI, the Crevistons received a call. “(The doctor) said, ‘Are you sitting down?’” Eric says. “As soon as he said that, I knew (it was cancer).” Kali was baptized that night. The next day, she went in for surgery at St. Louis Children’s Hospital for stage-four cancer of the spinal cord and brain stem. After the initial biopsy, the surgeon determined if the size of his incision were just the width of a hair off, Kali would not survive. The risk was simply too great. Doctors instead implanted a port in Kali’s chest and prescribed to her a year of chemotherapy and four months of radiation. Two months after the surgery, Kali’s port ruptured. “That was scary,” Eric says. “The surgeon said in 30,000 operations of ports, she’d never had one rupture.” The chemotherapy killed Kali’s taste buds. The radiation stunted her growth and weakened her eyes so much doctors believe

one day she’ll go blind from it, although her vision is fine today. Eric stopped looking at how much he and his wife owed in medical bills a long time ago — after getting one for $375,000 with a monthly payment of $7,000. Instead, he worked out a payment plan with the hospital. “You pay as much as you can,” he says with a shrug. The Crevistons moved to the East County in November 2010. In April, Eric launched a new business called Grave Groomers, a cemetery restoration and beautification company that performs everything from basic stone cleaning to resetting stones.


The worry never will completely go away, but the Crevistons are encouraged at their daughter’s most recent prognosis. Kali, who was long subdued because of her medications, is beginning to show her personality more each day. “Now, she’s crazy,” Eric says, laughing. “She’s hands-on.” While Hailie is more likely to sit on the floor with a puzzle, her sister is apt to scream into a microphone at the top of her lungs. Both love swimming and their piggy banks — playfully called their “piggy boinks” — and relish dropping coins into them. “That’s their car fund, they tell me,” Eric says. Contact Pam Eubanks at

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O’LEARY/PAGE 1 ting things done the right way. I’ll probably enjoy the fire department the same, if not more.” O’Leary said he is eager to get started with his work as a fire commissioner after he is sworn in Oct. 17. Several new stations — one in the Panther Ridge area and one farther east on State Road 64 — need to be built in the coming years to complete the district’s coverage for residents. “It’s nice to get back (to fire work) and continue again,” O’Leary said. O’Leary retired from the New York City Fire Department in 1989, after suffering an injury to his shoulder. He and his wife, Audrey, moved to Sarasota, purchasing a home in Sarasota and then in The Meadows, before coming to Lakewood Ranch about 13 years ago. Since then, O’Leary has worked to get fire stations built and funded on the Ranch and lobbied for traffic lights and increased patrols by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, among other tasks. Lakewood Ranch Town Hall is accepting résumés from in-

FLINN/PAGE 1 position. The post, filled by LWR Communities’ second-in-command Jimmy Stewart, now will focus entirely on sales. Flinn’s responsibilities overseeing marketing, the Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club, title company and other assets, will be assumed by other employees. “I believe it will have a positive impact,” Jensen said of the change. “Really, it’s a matter of how many hours a day do you

dividuals who wish to take over O’Leary’s seat. CDD 2 supervisors are set to appoint a replacement for O’Leary at their October meeting. CDD 2 Chairman Bob Stepleman said the board may consider moving another board member into O’Leary’s seat and putting the appointed representative into a seat coming up for election, so residents can vote on the representative as quickly as possible. O’Leary has three years remaining on his term. Individuals interested in serving on the CDD 2 board should submit their resumes to Town Hall Executive Director Eva Rey by 5 p.m. Oct. 12. All résumés will become public record. Candidates must be residents of District 2. Résumés should be delivered by hand or mailed to: Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, Attn: Eva M. Rey, Executive Director, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202. Contact Pam Eubanks at

Learn five things you didn’t know about Don O’Leary. have to spend, and everything that you devote attention to that isn’t sales is a distraction from it. “There was a time when we could act like order-takers,” he said. “Then, in the depths of the downturn, there weren’t any orders to take. … Now, that has changed. Now is the time to focus on it.” Jensen would not say whether the restructuring move was temporary or permanent but said the new setup would be in effect “for a while,” at least.

CDD/PAGE 1 Garden Leaders also dropped a fourth suit filed against the InterDistrict Authority Board, which oversees employees of Town Hall. Garden Leaders is dropping its bid protests as part of the deal, as well. “It looks like everything’s a go,” Lakewood Ranch Town Hall Executive Director Eva Rey said of the agreement. Supervisors on Lakewood Ranch CDDs 1, 4 and 5 voted Sept. 15 in favor of the settlement deal, which required the districts to hire Garden Leaders as an interim landscape contractor through Dec. 31 in exchange for dropping the lawsuit and withdrawing a bid protest. Garden Leaders had until the end of day Sept. 16 to finalize the deal, or the districts would have hired another interim contractor recommended by staff. Town Hall’s Director of Operations Ryan Heise said he supports the solution and expects landscaping to continue as usual. “The continuity of operations is there,” he said. Heise also said he has made changes to the bid-evaluation “The whole idea (of the change) is to focus that position on sales and, if there’s any spare time leftover, it goes to sales,” Jensen said. “If there’s any time after that, that can be devoted to sales, too.” Flinn joined Lakewood Ranch Realty in January 2005 to become the company’s president and to lead it as it separated from the Lakewood Ranch Commercial Realty brokerage operation. Just five months later, he led the movement of University Title Services to Lakewood Ranch after

In other business CDD 1:

to the community through at least three gates.

• Supervisors granted permission for a representative of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to conduct a fish survey for both Trophy and Summerfield lakes.


• The board deferred action on updated transponder and remote policies. The transponder policy would allow non-resident Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club members access to the community through at least three gates.

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• Attorney Andy Cohen reported an agreement with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office to utilize off-duty deputies for security services should be finalized for the board’s October meeting. • The board deferred action on updated transponder and remote policies. The policy would allow non-resident members of Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club access


• Supervisors voted to extend the contract of Andy Avalar for information technology-related services through Jan. 31 in an amount not to exceed $30,000. Avalar will assist with the implementation of a new IDA website.

process by making changes to evaluation criteria and including the times and dates of evaluation committee meetings in the new Request for Proposal. The changes address concerns raised in Garden Leaders’ lawsuit. On behalf of the districts, Town Hall Operations staff is seeking a new Request for Proposal for landscaping services after district attorneys said doing so SMR bought out its partners’ interests in the company. He assumed the lead role of LWR Communities in 2008. During his time at SMR, Flinn oversaw many of the company’s assets and also spearheaded efforts to install sidewalks in unfinished portions of Greenbrook and to make navigating the Ranch simpler for prospective homebuyers, among other accomplishments. A former business owner and consultant in the real estate in-

would reduce potential legal expenses and expedite and simply the process going forward. Town Hall staff had planned to recommend a neutral interim contractor until the proposal by Garden Leaders came forward last week. Garden Leaders’ regular contract is set to expire Oct. 1. Contact Pam Eubanks at dustry, Flinn has earned a reputation for his sales and marketing skills. He is known for spotting needs and figuring out how to address them — a trait that has prompted him to start 10 startup companies over his career. Flinn worked with WCI and its predecessor companies for about 20 years before joining SMR’s team. A native of Michigan, Flinn has lived in the area for more than 30 years. Contact Pam Eubanks at

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Instead of utilizing a third-party answering service, Lakewood Ranch Town Hall will bring after-hours services in-house. with staff we already have and who are familiar with the community and the types of issues that we have after hours.” Under the new system, which likely will take effect by mid-November, a member of the Town Hall Operations staff will be given a $50 per week stipend to take afterhour calls and dispatch an on-call worker to complete repairs or other necessary maintenance, if necessary. Rey said the idea for the change primarily came as a result of concerns she was hearing from residents. The change will result in an annual budget increase of about $1,200, but Rey said those expenses would be absorbed into the IDA’s budget. Additionally, in October, Rey intends to present plans to hire a part-time weekend parks services position. The individual would be responsible for general weekend maintenance issues, as well as checking on the community’s parks and other issues. The individual, she said, would be able to handle many weekend emergency calls from residents. Rey said she hopes having a weekend presence will ward off incidents of vandalism, as well. Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@


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LAKEWOOD RANCH — To further improve customer service offered at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, the Inter-District Authority is moving forward with plans to modify its emergency after-hours operations procedures. At a meeting Sept. 15, IDA officials approved a change in their employee policy that now puts participating staff members on a “standby” rotation to respond to emergency calls after business hours. Currently, after-hour operations calls are directed to an answering service, which determines if the calls are considered an “emergency” and then forwards select calls to Town Hall’s operations team to be addressed. However, Town Hall Executive Director Eva Rey said an answering service is not familiar with Town Hall’s operations and a member of the operations’ team will be better able to determine if the substance of the call is, indeed, considered an emergency. “We feel that by doing this, we will enhance the customer service available to residents after hours,” Rey said. “We didn’t want anyone filtering through the issues (for us). “We’re not changing the way we would respond to issues,” she said. “We’re basically replacing that answering service

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King farm hosts 5K Walk and Roll Friends and relatives of Mitch and Stephanie Moore pulled on their shoes and headed out to King Family Farm Sept. 17, for the 5K Walk and Roll. The event raised money to help Mitch Moore travel to Panama for stem cell therapy. He lost the use of his legs 12 years ago in a traffic accident.

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healthy choice By Jen Blanco | Associate Editor

East families flock to 2011 Wellness Expo at Woodland More than 100 health-related vendors displayed their services during the 2011 Wellness Expo Sept. 13 at Woodland, the Community Church. During the event, guests had the opportunity to meet various health and wellness professionals and learn more about their practices. In addition, guests also enjoyed demonstrations of fitness classes, including kickboxing, strength training, self-defense and more.

William Wolf and his 9-year-old son, Tim, attend Woodland, the Community Church. Left: Shelby King, pictured with her children, Lily, 12, Jeb, 9, and Reid, 7, owns King Family Farm.


Kate Kucharski, Susan D’Orazio and Pamela Wald work at the Stepping Stone Clinic.

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2, 3, 4 & 5 Bedroom Homes. From the $130s to the $400s. Mark Holley, of Lakewood Ranch Financial, brought his 2-year-old son, Kion, to the expo.

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Ranch kids ‘hang 1 About 80 youngsters, along with their siblings and parents and more than 100 volunteers, took to the waves for the second Hang Ten for Autism surfing event Sept. 17, on Siesta Key Public Beach. Each child was paired up with a

surf guide and a volunt how to surf as well as board and paddleboar from the Lakewood R Pinnacle Academy were participants. The day was divided in

Harrison Troyan, 4, had a good time riding toward shore.

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Kurt Hemmel gave his son, Ethan, 6, a push during the Hang Ten Autism event.

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OK. So based on what you’ve experienced in the attitudes of some Christians, you’ve decided you want nothing to do with them. We understand. . .but we hope you’ll re-consider. For the next few weeks, we’ll take an honest look at the church and the reasons many adults and teens have said, “No thanks.” Each week, we’ll suggest a better way forward, inviting Christians to live a faith that is both humble and authentic. It just might have you saying, “I didn’t know church could be like that!” Curious? Then join us for the message series, When Christians Get it Wrong.

September 22 and 25: When Speaking of Other Religions September 29 and October 2: When Bad Things Happen October 6 and 9: When Talking About Homosexuality October 13 and 16: When Christians Get It Right

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THURS., Sept. 22 Business Network International: Cornerstone Professionals Chapter — This group meets from 7:30-9 a.m. Thursdays, at Beef O’Brady’s, 1755 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. Steven Griffin, 957-1515.

FRI., Sept. 23 Blood Donations — Florida Blood Services will be accepting blood donations at the following times and locations: from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 23, at Waterlefe Golf and River Club, 10705 Waterlefe Blvd.; and 4:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 23, at Royal Palms 20 Theater, 5125 26th St. E.

sat., Sept. 24 Blood Donations — Florida Blood Services will be accepting blood donations at the following times and locations: from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 24, at Church of Christ, 3412 53rd Ave. E.; and 1-5 p.m., Sept. 24, at Sam’s Club, 5300 30th St. E., Bradenton. Gulf Coast Diva Angels of SarasotaBradenton Corn Hole Tournament — This event, to benefit Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, will begin with registration at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 24, at Rossiter’s Harley-Davidson, 330 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota. The registration donation/price is $20 per two-person team per date. Prizes will be awarded for the winner and runnerup. The Diva Angels is a non-profit organization of female motorcycle enthusiasts interested in riding together, camaraderie, doing good in the community and building strong friendships along the way. 915-7566. Junior League of Sarasota’s Drafts, Dealers and Dice — This event will be at 7 p.m., Sept. 24, at AnheuserBusch Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, 7051 Wireless Court, Lakewood Ranch. Cost is $40 in advance and


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Mon., Sept. 26 Chorus Meeting — A new women’s four-part harmony chorus meets at 7:30 p.m. Mondays, at Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail. For more, visit www.newchorus. net or call Mark Rusch, 704-9481.

Tues., Sept. 27 Contracts Explained: Why You Can’t Write a Deal on a Cocktail Napkin — CornerStone Title will present this seminar from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 27, at The Polo Grill and Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch. Featured speaker will be real estate law expert Barbara P. Burke. The seminar is approved by the Florida Real Estate Commission for three hours of Continuing Education credit. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. A complimentary lunch follows the presentation. The seminar is the fourth in the 2011 CornerStones of Success educational series hosted by CornerStone Title for real estate professionals. To register, call 708-0300 or email to There is no cost for the seminar and lunch. Supporting materials will be made available for $4.95. Senior Lunch Club — This club meets at 11 a.m. Tuesdays, at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd.

wed., Sept. 28 St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church Amazing Love Healing Ministry for “Restoring the Soul” — This conference continues at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 26, at the church, 11315 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch. Marcia Tremmel, 773-1196.


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The Polo Grill and Bar/Fête Catering and Ballroom on Lakewood Ranch Main Street last week announced Kelly Mason as its new catering and event sales director. Mason is responsible for sales and coordination and working directly with clients on their events. While creating special catering menus tailored around their specific wants, Mason also manages client relationships while upholding employee and vendor relations. Most recently, Mason was employed at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee as the convention and meeting manager. For more information, call Mason at 782-0899, Ext. 232.

Willis A. Smith Construction Inc. Project Manager Nathan Carr was named Rotarian of the Year by the Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch. This year, Carr spearheaded the club’s playground project at Manatee Glens, delivered food barrels to the Food Bank of Manatee and volunteered his truck to pull the Rotary float in the Memorial Day parade. “I am extremely proud to be a part of the Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch and humbled that my efforts have made a difference,” Carr said. “I enjoy the fellowship it provides and the ability to serve the community in positive ways.”

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real estate | transactions

By Adam Hughes | Research Editor

Lakewood Ranch home sells for $570,000

River Club South

Kevin and Terry Barley, Bradenton, sold their home at 7535 River Club Blvd. to Robert Keen, Bradenton, for $565,000. Built in 2000, it has four bedrooms, three-and-one-half baths, a pool and 3,623 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $592,200 in 2002.

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David and Barbara Bocchino, of Lewes, Del., sold their home at 915 Fish Hook Cove to Eileen and Joseph Antonelli, Bradenton, for $526,300. Built in 2004, it has three bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 2,797 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $668,700 in 2004.

GreyHawk Landing

Elizabeth McKinley, of Knoxville, Tenn., sold her home at 12723 Penguin Drive to Ian and Lorna Smith, Bradenton, for $425,000. Built in 2010, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,251 square feet of liv-

ing area. It previously sold for $340,400 in 2010.

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Joseph and Dianne Zagorski, Bradenton, sold their home at 14242 Sundial Place to Michael and Mandi Davis, Bradenton, for $300,000. Built in 2006, it has three bedrooms, three-and-onehalf baths and 3,062 square feet of living area. David Haenel, Longboat Key, sold his home at 6209 Pine Siskin Glen to Jerry and Mary Ayres, Lakewood Ranch, for $235,500. Built in 2002, it has four bedrooms, three baths and 1,922 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $154,000 in 2007. Jose and Karla Erbella, Anna Maria, sold their home at 13919 Nighthawk Terrace to Harold and Sherri Smith, Lakewood Ranch, for $215,000. Built in 2002, it has four bedrooms, two baths and 2,244 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $394,900 in 2005.

Country Creek

Mitchell and Carolyn Shelby, Sarasota, their home at 615 147th St. E. to Howard and Sandra Johnson, Bradenton, for $291,000. Built in 1999, it has three bedrooms, two-and-one-half baths, a pool and 2,525 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $325,000 in 2003. Michael and Judith Colantuono, Sorrento, sold their home at 514 147th St. E. to Robert Arakel, Naples, for $265,900. Built in 2001, it has three bedrooms, two

Pam Eubanks

This Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club home, which has four bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 3,738 square feet of living area, sold for $570,000. baths, a pool and 2,582 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $245,000 in 2009.

Ashley Trace at University Place

Daniel and Sarah Shulman, of Ontario, Canada, sold their home at 7616 Charleston St. to Calvin Browne and Janet Hines, of Hempstead, N.Y., for $282,000. Built in 2005, it has four bedrooms, three baths and 2,312 square feet of living area.

Charleston Pointe at University Place

Paragon Relocation Resources Inc. sold the home at 8302 Planters Knoll Terrace to Kevin Kulczak, of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., for $278,500. Built in 2004, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,102 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $325,200 in 2004.

Michael and Pamela Aiello sold their home at 6515 261st St. E. to Thomas and Jennifer Nyfennegger, Myakka City, for $230,000. Built in 1999, it has four bedrooms, two-and-onehalf baths and 2,112 square feet of living area. Fannie Mae sold the home at 25910 73rd Ave. E. to Charles and Nancy Fritz, Myakka City, for $200,000. Built in 2002, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,584 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $315,000 in 2004.

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Savannah Preserve Inc. sold the Unit 8067 condominium at 8067 St. Simons St. to Steven and Marie Mayer, University Park, for $266,100. Built in 2007, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,664 square feet of living area.


Rhys and Susan Davies sold their home at 11615 Water Poppy Terrace to Douglas and Melissa Plasencia, Lakewood Ranch, for $250,000. Built in 2001, it has three bedrooms, two-andone-half baths, a pool and 2,620 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $355,000 in 2008.

Richard Watters, of York, England, sold his Unit B-308 condominium at 7718 Lake Vista Court to Robert and Carol Harris, Bradenton, for $205,000. Built in 2006, it has three bedrooms, twoand-one-half baths and 2,138 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $605,000 in 2008.


Gary Bringman and Eric Sundall, Bradenton, sold their home at 4213 First Ave. N.E. to Ernest and Dayle Florio, Bradenton, for $205,000. Built in 1974, it has two bedrooms, three baths and 1,457 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $430,000 in 2006.

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The following residential real estate transactions took place between Sept. 5 and 9. A home in Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Casey Yniguez and Kimberly Yniguez sold their home at 7013 Brier Creek Court to Steven Jenkins and Jenny Marczynski, Lakewood Ranch, for $570,000. Built in 2006, it has four bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 3,738 square feet of living area.

Bradenton, for $243,500. Built in 2001, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,605 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $189,900 in 2001.

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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Braden River swimmer Mark Medina wins first race. 21


swimming By Jen Blanco | Associate Editor

Mustangs win opening meet The Braden River and Lakewood Ranch swim teams dived into the season with high expectations Sept. 14. The host Mustangs won the season-opening meet, topping Braden River and Manatee. LAKEWOOD RANCH — Returning with nearly all of its starters from last year, Lakewood Ranch High School’s swim team got its season off to a fast start, cruising to victory at the third annual Lakewood Ranch Tri-Meet Sept. 14 at Lakewood Ranch YMCA. Lakewood scored 215 points to win the meet, while Braden River and Manatee each finished tied for second with 90 points. With the exception of AllAmerican Ashley Reid, who now swims for North Carolina State University, the Mustang squad is full of familiar faces.

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Lakewood Ranch senior Jimmy Cascone won the 100-meter butterfly in 56.39 seconds.

Braden River senior Troy Gatling hauled in a 35-yard reception in the third quarter of the Pirates 45-3 loss to Palmetto Sept. 16.

Braden River junior Skye Reynolds cheered on her teammates throughout the meet. However, although the team remains relatively the same, the Mustangs have spent the offseason adjusting to a new head coach. Peter Hegwein was named Lakewood’s new coach after former coach Maureen Reid announced she was moving to North Carolina. Hegwein, who also coaches the Sarasota Tsunami and knew Maureen Reid for years, decided to apply for the position as a way to work with high school swimmers.



Mustangs’ success impressive, expected Every Sunday, I check my But the fact that six email to see how our East of Lakewood’s eight County teams fared over the runners finished in the weekend. top 20 — now that caught And every week, I continumy attention. And yet at the ally find myself in awe whensame time, it’s almost to be ever I open an email regarding expected. the Lakewood Ranch Ever since I begirls cross country gan covering these team. girls three years ago, After watching these they’ve continued to girls race for the past impress me not only three years and seeing with their speed and them capture back-toendurance but also back state runner-up their desire to comfinishes, I’ve come to pete and off-the-track know what to expect. camaraderie. I expect the girls to There’s not a day JEN win the meet or at the that goes by that the BLANCO very least finish in the girls aren’t training. top three, and I expect Even when it’s consisjunior Olivia Ortiz to pace the tently 90-plus degrees outside, Lady Mustangs. they’re hitting the pavement. So needless to say, I wasn’t They train together, and, most the least bit shocked when importantly, they train when I opened my email and saw others aren’t looking. Lakewood had finished secWhile most of their classond at the Fort Myers Optimates were hitting the beach mist Invitational Sept. 17 — or this summer, the girls were that Ortiz had won another invitational. COMMENT / PAGE 20



By Jen Blanco | Associate Editor

Braden River senior Troy Gatling hopes to leave his mark as one of this season’s best wide receivers.

THREAT BRADEN RIVER — Pulling on his helmet, Troy Gatling trots out onto the field and steps up to the line of scrimmage. The Braden River senior wide receiver looks over to the sideline and then focuses his attention downfield. He quickly breaks off the line and races downfield, running right before breaking for the end zone. Gatling turns and looks back with his hands stretched out anticipating where the ball will land. Within a matter of moments, Gatling trots back to the line of scrimmage and repeats the process all over again —  this time choosing another route. Gatling replayed the same scenario over and over again every day throughout the summer, choosing to stay and work out well after all of his teammates had left for the day. “I worked out when no one else was,” Gatling said. “I stayed and ran routes, worked on my stance and getting off the line and going at it. Every day after workouts, I focused on getting my footwork better, Braden River and it shows.” High senior Troy Gatling made the Gatling spent decision in the offthe offseason runseason to do evning routes after erything he could practice in the to become a better hopes of becomwide receiver. And ing one of the although he wasn’t area’s top wide receivers. Photos by Jen Blanco




played in varsity football games, but swimming is totally different. “I’m (excited) about There was a lot of anticthe opportunity to grow ipation, (because) this the team,” Hegwein said. was my first time swim“High school swimming ming. I didn’t know is entirely different than what to expect, so I just club swimming. The gave 100%.” (high school) season is Braden River returns about 18 weeks, and it’s only a handful of swimall about fast swimming mers, including junior and getting results quickShelby Graves, who ly.” provides motivational So far, it seems the Mustang swim team is Jen Blanco inspiration for the Pihappy with its new lead- Lakewood’s Raegan Sauer swam four events, including rates. In addition to the 100-meter butterfly, which she won in 1:04.27. Graves, Braden River er. also will rely on fresh“He really knows what he’s talking about,” said junior Nine other swimmers also re- man distance swimmer Luke Shannon McCarthy, who has corded first-place finishes for the Morris, who also swims for the Lakewood Ranch Lightning. been sidelined with a shoulder Mustangs. Braden River coach Abby Wilinjury. “He’s motivational, and “I think the boys will challenge he really works with people indi- for the 2A state title and definitely liams said although the Pirates vidually.” improve on last year’s ninth-place didn’t win the meet, she was imThis season, McCarthy, Dani- finish,” Hegwein said. “For the pressed with her swimmers’ perelle Valley, Raegan Sauer and girls, it’s going to be difficult. Little formances. “Being a very inexperienced Jimmy Cascone will once again by little, though, all of the things team, I was extremely pleased lead Lakewood along with new- come together. comers Luke Hanner, Sang Cho “You can only do so much with with their performance today,” and Hannah Grant. what you have,” Hegwein said. Williams said. “They all rose to Rebekah Baker, Sydney Pan- “I’m going to polish my little gems the challenge, and there’s nothzarino and Kevin Berkenbusch and set them loose. We have a very ing they can do but improve from here on out.” each won two events to lead the balanced team.” Last season, Braden River sent way for Lakewood. Baker won the Across the pool, the Pirates 100 freestyle (59.68) and the 100 squad is chock full of newcom- a pair of relays and one individual breaststroke (1:16.03). Panzarino ers, including senior Marc Me- to the regional meet. This year, won the 500 freestyle (5:53.39) dina, who won his heat of the Williams is focused on improving and the 200 individual medley 500 freestroke (see Athlete of the on last year’s performance while growing the program. (2:27.57), and Berkenbusch won Week, page 21). Contact Jen Blanco at jblanco@ the 100 freestyle (54.44) and 200 “I’ve never been so nervous IM (2:14.91). in my life,” Medina said. “I’ve


COMMENT/PAGE 19 running. And I’m not talking about a casual jog around the neighborhood. I’m talking mile after mile — and more than 500 for Ortiz. Ortiz isn’t the only one who

has piled on the miles. They all have. Senior Devin McDermott ran 200 miles before the start of her freshman year and has added an additional 50 miles, at the very least, every year since. The season has just begun, but with all five runners back from

last year’s team, the Lady Mustangs appear poised to capture the Class 3A state title that has eluded them each of the past two seasons. It’s only a matter of time before an email with State Champions in the subject line appears in my inbox.

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GATLING/PAGE 19 required to stay after practice, the Pirates’ deep threat knew if he wanted to be the best, then he needed to prepare to the best of his ability. “I wanted to be the best at what I do,” Gatling said. “I didn’t want to be second to anybody. Repetition —  that’s how you get better. You don’t get better by sitting there thinking about it. You get better by doing it.” Gatling’s hard work over the summer appears to be paying off. Gatling already has four catches for 81 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown reception against rival Lakewood Ranch Sept. 2. “As a player, he has spent more time being a good route runner,” coach Don Purvis said. “We expect him to continue to stretch the defense and give us a deep threat.” Gatling began playing football for the Sarasota Redskins when he was 8 years old after his mother, Sonja Smith, decided her son needed a way to burn off some of his energy. Gatling started out playing quarterback, but over time, his coaches decided it was time to move the speedster to wide receiver. The transition, however, didn’t go quite as smoothly as everyone had hoped. “I couldn’t really catch,” Gatling said with a laugh. As a result, Gatling moved to running back. From the backfield, Gatling started learning how to catch, and before long, he was back playing wide receiver for the Manatee Mustangs. “Then, it just stuck,” Gatling said.

Since then, Gatling has adapted to the position and is constantly looking for ways to use his height (6-foot-3) and speed to his advantage. “It’s (all about) knowing your opponent’s weaknesses and figuring out how to manipulate them using their weaknesses to your advantage,” Gatling said. “I just like making people look bad and letting them know it was me who did it. Honestly, that’s what I love about the position.” Gatling saw limited action as a backup for the Pirates last season. But after his rigorous offseason, Gatling worked his way into the starting lineup. “It feels good to start my senior year,” Gatling said. “All I basically want to do is be the best receiver around. I want to be known as (one of ) the best wide receivers for the 2011-12 football season. I want to be remembered. Everything else basically falls along the lines of that.” And if he’s lucky enough, Gatling has aspirations of playing at the next level, following in the footsteps of his idol — Patriots’ wide receiver Chad Ochocinco. “I want to be like me, but I idolize Chad (Ochocinco),” Gatling said. “I look at him —  his footwork and his work ethic —  he gets after it all day every day.” “He’s definitely capable,” Purvis said of Gatling. “He needs to remain dedicated to the weight room. He has to get bigger in order to handle the size and speed of the college game.” Contact Jen Blanco at

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What do you enjoy the most about swimming? This is my first year, and I’ve already learned so much in just a couple weeks. It’s challenging, and I like that in a sport. Do you know what you want to be when you grow up? Next year, I’ll be attending the University of Texas for engineering.

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+ Patterson’s TDs power ODA past Moore Haven Out-of-Door Academy sophomore running back Demardre Patterson scored three touchdowns to lead the host Thunder to a 33-6 victory over Moore Haven in district action Sept. 16. Patterson scored two 11-yard touchdowns in the first quarter to give ODA a 13-6 lead, helping offset a kickoff return by the Terriers. Senior Brian Ragone hauled in a diving 40-yard reception early in the second quarter and later helped lead ODA to a 20-6 lead on a 25-yard reception. Patterson scored his final touchdown on a 60-yard run in the third quarter to give the Thunder a 27-6 advantage. Fred Porter scored the game’s final points of the night on a 15-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Evan Wilson. ODA returns to district action versus St. John Neaumann at 7 p.m. Sept. 23.

+ Tigers roll past banged up Pirates The Braden River football team struggled to gain momentum against Palmetto, falling to the Tigers 45-3 in non-district action Sept. 16. The Pirates (0-3) took the opening kickoff and drove down to the Palmetto 20-yard line before backup quarterback Eric Schappacher, who started in place of injured quarterback Steven Ross, was intercepted in the end zone, halting Braden River’s drive. After a series of punts by both teams, Palmetto (3-0) took a 7-0 lead with 20.9 seconds remaining in the first quarter, when quarterback Trenton Miller connected with Patrick Green for a 13-yard score. The Tigers extended their lead in the second quarter when Miller connected with Shaquille Harris for a 32-yard strike, giving Palmetto a 14-0 advantage. Braden River put together a drive of its own on its ensuing possession, when running back Deon Taylor burst up the middle for a 45-yard gain. A 15-yard personal foul penalty by Palmetto placed the ball at the 15-yard line. Four plays later, kicker Michael Unzicher hit a 37-yard field goal, cutting Palmetto’s lead to 14-3. But that would be as close as the Pirates would come, as the visiting Tigers scored

away late in the fourth quarter, when the Bruins recovered a fumble and later found the end zone with less than two minutes remaining. Lakewood’s attempt at a rally fell short when Kowalewski was intercepted in the final seconds. Lakewood returns to action at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23, when the Mustangs travel to Boca Ciega for their district opener.

Mustangs win, remain undefeated The Lakewood Ranch High boys golf team shot a combined 3-over par 291 to top district rivals Riverview (304) and Sarasota (310) Sept. 13 at The Founders Club. Connor Baldwin shot 71 to earn medalist honors for the Mustangs. Hunter Sagar and Danny Walker each shot 72, and Ramsey Touchberry finished with a 76. David Dill and Ben Boulch both shot 79. Lakewood followed its district victory with wins over Sarasota, Manatee and Bradenton Christian Sept. 14 at Rosedale Golf & Country Club, improving its record to 26-0. The Mustangs shot 150 to beat Sarasota (151) by one stroke. Manatee shot 162 and Bradenton Christian finished with a 165. Baldwin earned medalist honors for the second match in a row with a 35. Kyle Benson shot 37 followed by Touchberry and Walker who both shot 39.

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three more touchdowns and hit a 37-yard field goal. Braden River returns to action 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23, at Riverview.

+ Bayshore Bruins top Lakewood Ranch A fumble late in the fourth quarter set up Bayshore High’s game-winning touchdown, as the host Bruins defeated Lakewood Ranch 26-20 in non-district action Sept. 16, marking Bayshore’s first win over a Manatee County foe since 2007. Trailing 7-0, Lakewood (1-2) quarterback Jeren Kowalewski connected with Connor Lewellen for a touchdown to even the score. Kowalewski then found Brandon King to give Lakewood a 14-7 advantage heading into the locker room. Bayshore tied the game to open the second half, but the Mustangs responded on their ensuing possession on Kowalewski’s quarterback sneak. The Bruins scored again with 8:26 remaining in the game, but a missed two-point conversion left Lakewood clinging to a one-point lead. But Lakewood saw its lead slip

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The Lakewood Ranch girls cross country team scored 45 points to finish second behind Estero (24 points) at the Fort Myers Optimist Invitational Sept. 17. Six Lady Mustangs placed in the top 20, including Olivia Ortiz who won the meet in 18 minutes, 37 seconds. Devin McDermott finished fifth in 19:38 followed by Kristin Zarella (ninth) in 20:29; Natalie Novak (13th) in 21:15; Ashley Platt (17th) in 21:33 and Katie Wray (18th) in 21:35. Michelle Last finished 23rd in 21:48 and Emily Perez finished 34th in 22:43. Lakewood’s boys team finished sixth with 184 points. Evan Dipsiner led the way for the Mustangs finishing 21st in 18:04. Quintin Wampler finished 27th in 18:15, followed by Mitch Arnold (32nd) in 18:27; Chris Branch (48th) in 18:50 and Brandon Jones (58th) in 19:09. The Lady Mustangs return to action Sept. 24, at the University of Florida Mountain Dew Invitational, while the boys will compete in the North Port Invitational.

+ Miracle League welcomes board member The Miracle League of Manasota named Peg McKay Pluto as the newest member of The Miracle League Board of Directors. Pluto is currently the assistant general manager and director of sales for Bentley’s Resort in Osprey. She has more than 35 years of experience in the hospitality industry. “On behalf of the entire board of directors, we welcome Peg as she will be a tremendous asset to The Miracle League of Manasota,” Miracle League of Manasota President Bob Mitchell said. The Miracle League of Manasota is an organization dedicated to providing an opportunity for all children and adults to play baseball regardless of their abilities.

Richard Albrecht scored 31 to win the individual quota points MGA event Aug. 17. Jean McNally, Elaine Drewniak, Jean Gladziszewski and Pat Batites shot 68 to win the two best balls of four nine-hole event Aug. 18.

+ Stoneybrook Dick Novak, Ron Lee and Lou Brodersen scored 220 to win the three best balls net MGA event Aug. 27.

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5582 Siesta Estates Court Kathleen Ucci

$1,285,000 941.302.2344

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$959,000 941.586.3970

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$949,900 941.302.1485

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$949,000 941.445.7295

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$839,000 941.587.4894

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$1,595,000 941.685.0973


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East County Observer 09.22.11  
East County Observer 09.22.11  

East County Observer 09.22.11