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AMERICAN HEROES

In honor of Veterans Day Nov. 11, we photographed 31 United States servicemen and women who reside at Plymouth Harbor. The residents represent all four branches of the U.S. military and have served in three wars and numerous conflicts. Front row:

Lew Pollock: Air Force, 1942 to

Hart Wurzburg: Army, 1941 to 1945, World War II Larry Coffey: Air Force, 1954 to 1956 Bill Brackett: Army, 1953 to 1955, Korean War Joe Deglman: Army Signal Corps, 1961 to 1963, Cuban Missile Crisis Carroll Johnson: Navy, 1942 to 1946, World War II Joseph Berkely: Army Air Corps, 1943 to 1945, Pearl Harbor Bucky Buchanan: Army Air Corps, 1941 to 1945, World War II Robert Lawrence: Signal Corps, 1943 to 1945, World War II Clifford Tuttle: Army, 1942 to 1944, World War II

1946, World War II

Middle row: Mike Kolker: Air Force, 1951 to

1955, Korean War

John Williams: Navy, 1951 to 1954,

Korean War

Harley Koets: Navy, 1945 to 1946,

Pacific Theatre) Henry Gieseler: Navy, 1942 to 1946,

World War II

George Heitler: Army, 1942 to 1954,

4th Svc. Command Don Wallace: Army Infantry, 1943 to 1946, World War II (European Theatre, France, Germany)

World War II

Back row:

Thomas Favell: Navy, 1941 to 1945,

Terry Aldrich: Air Force, 1961

World War II

Sallie Van Arsdale: Navy WAVES,

1944 to 1946, World War II Dick Baum: Army Infantry/Military Intelligence, 1943 to 1945, World War II Marlow Cook: Navy, 1941 to 1945, World War II (Atlantic Theatre and

to 1967 and from 1973 to 1975, Vietnam War Tom Towler: Army Infantry, 1951 to 1954, Korean War Carl Denney: Coast Guard, 1958 to 1964 Allen Jennings: Air Force, 1954 to 1980, Vietnam War

David Beliles: Marines, 1950 to 1952, Korean War Bobby Broderick: Army Intel and Recon, 1941 to 1946, World War II (ETO Normandy to Berlin) Joe Iaria: Army Air Force, 1943 to 1945, World War II (Pacific Theatre, Radio Operator B-24) Lou Schneider: Navy, 1943 to 1946, World War II (Aviation) Scott Pike: Marines, 1942 to 1946, World War II Gil Dosse: Army Air Force, 1943 to 1946, World War II Frank Heider: Army, 1946 to 1947, Occupy Japan

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Classifieds ........ 16B Cops Corner....... 10A

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Opinion.................6A Real Estate........ 14B

Religion............. 18A Weather............. 15B

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+ Edmundson pens angelic children’s book Longboat Key resident Celia Edmundson is debuting her second book, “Where Angels Go to Grow,” Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Longboat Island Chapel’s Mallory Gnaegy Holiday Angel Bazaar. The children’s book is illustrated with paintings by Jere Enloe and is meant to be read by one child to another. It is a story about how angels travel to the Gulf of Mexico to grow up, and they form a connection with coquina shells and dolphins. The book is $10; email whereangelsgotogrow@gmail.com for information.

+ Keeping the faith for all religions on the Key The Longboat Key Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service is right around the corner. This worship service for all people has taken place for 31 years, and this year it will take place at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, at Temple Beth Isreal, 567 Bay Isles Road. The Rev. David Danner, from All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, will lead the service. Call 383-6491 for more information.

+ It’s a small, small world Second Lt. Brian Walsh, son of Matt and Lisa Walsh, of Longboat Key, graduated from the U.S. Marine Corps’ The Basic School Courtesy photo Oct. 26, in Walsh and Grodi Quantico, Va. Also graduating was 1st Lt. Benjamin J. Grodi, son-in-law of Nelson and Laurin Goldner, of Longboat Key. Grodi will attend Naval Justice School in Newport, R.I. Following this training, he will serve as a judge advocate in the Marine Corps. He was promoted to captain Nov. 1. Grodi is married to the Goldners’ daughter, Melissa. After Walsh attends the Infantry Officer Course, Sniper School and Intelligence School, he will serve as a ground intelligence officer.

+ From sea to shining Key A flag that once flew at sea by the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) last August off Cape Hatteras moved from the sea to the Key. Former Town Commissioner and retired Navy veteran Peter O’Connor was presented the flag by the ship’s navigator. He was given the honor of hoisting the flag himself, and it will be flown at the Longboat Key Veterans Memorial Flagpole located at the corner of Bay Isles Road and Gulf of Mexico Drive.

erosion control

by Robin Hartill | City Editor

Beach study finds north end needs varying solutions The Longboat Pass Inlet Management Study recommends one terminal groin and two permeable-adjustable groins. The findings of the Longboat Pass Inlet Management Study are in, and its recommendations for a long-term solution for north-end beach erosion include a combination of solutions, including a terminal groin at the northern tip of Greer Island (aka Beer Can Island) and two permeable-adjustable groins at the north end of the Key. Coastal Planning & Engineering Inc. President Tom Campbell presented the $125,000 study, which was jointly funded by the town and Manatee County, to the Longboat Key Town Commission at its Nov. 3 special workshop. Campbell listed the study’s beach-andinlet vision, which included keeping erosion at nearby beaches at manageable rates; maintaining continuous public beach access and recreational beach at North Shore Road with access to Greer Island; and storm protection for 360 North Condominium. Campbell also discussed the need for three structures stating that construction of the permeable-adjustable groins alone would worsen the erosion of Greer Island. But Commissioner Phill Younger questioned Campbell on the placement of the terminal groin on Greer Island, which is owned by Manatee County. Campbell said that the state wanted it placed in that location and that it would help control Greer Island erosion. “There’s no doubt that we need to protect 360 North, but it sounds to me like the state wants to protect Greer Island, but they want to protect it on Longboat

New line on the sand? The Longboat Key Town Commission agreed to begin an update of its Comprehensive Beach Management Plan at the Nov. 3 workshop. But although Coastal Planning & Engineering Inc. has been the town’s beach-engineering firm for the past 14 years, that could change. Instead of automatically giving CPE the project, the commissioner asked Town Manager David Bullock to put out a request for quotations (RFQ) for the project. The current Comprehensive Beach Management Plan was completed in 2008. Key’s dime,” he said. But Commissioner Pat Zunz pointed out that “if everything on Greer Island breaks through,” it could damage properties such as 360 North condominium. “It seems to me that no matter who pays for it, this is something we need to do,” she said. Campbell recommended that the commission immediately begin the Joint Coastal Permitting (JCP) process immediately for the groins. The commission, which hasn’t voted on whether to approve the structures, reached consensus to do so, in part because of the length of the process. If the commission eventually does approve the structures, construction could begin by April 2013 at the earliest.

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by Robin Hartill | City Editor

Two triathlons compete for Key

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A new triathlon could bring 1,000 athletes through Longboat Key. But the Revolution3 Triathlon could conflict with the Longboat Key Triathlon. Organizers of the Revolution3 “Rev3” Triathlon hope to attract 1,000 triathletes to their inaugural Florida event. The company, which has nine triathlons in the U.S. and Costa Rica scheduled for 2012, worked with the city of Sarasota and Sarasota County so that the athletes can swim and run throughout Lido Key and mainland Sarasota. But that vision also includes a 56mile bicycle course that would bring athletes up and down Longboat Key — twice — to compete for a prize package that could total $75,000 and include a feature on CBS. The race would ideally take place Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, with Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, as the company’s second choice. “The last piece of the puzzle in order for us to make this a reality is to get the approval of Longboat Key,” said Eric Opdyke, race director for Rev3, speaking to the Long-

boat Key Town Commission at its Nov. 7 meeting. But the Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce began promoting Oct. 28, 2012, as the date for the third annual Longboat Key Triathlon at this year’s race, which was held Oct. 16. And Chamber President Tom Aposporos said that having the event on the same day — or even the same week — of the chamber’s event could be detrimental. “It is difficult to see an event of this size not impacting us or invalidating us if they choose to have this on the same day as our own,” Aposporos said. Jason Puckett, director of sports for Sarasota County Sports Commission, a division of the Sarasota Convention and Visitors Bureau, who has worked with Rev3 to bring the event to the area, pointed out that the Longboat Key Triath-

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lon typically takes place on the third Sunday in October. Puckett said that Rev3 would be willing to promote the Longboat Key Triathlon on its website, rev3tri.com, which receives approximately 350,000 views per month. Opdyke said that similar events have a $1 million economic impact on their communities and estimated that the local race would bring 1,500 hotel room night bookings to the area. Puckett said that the event would draw participants from outside the driving-distance area. “Something with other events is people drive in, they participate in the race, and they drive home,” said Puckett, who emphasized the demographic characteristics of triathletes who make them a desirable group to bring to the area. “Their dollars don’t necessarily stay in Longboat Key or in Sarasota County.” Aposporos said Tuesday that the Longboat Key Triathlon offers similar benefits.

“Theirs is an event that attracts professional triathletes from 40 states and seven countries,” Aposporos said. “This year, we had people from 12 states and the District of Colombia.” The chamber’s event also has a lesser impact on Gulf of Mexico Drive and surrounding areas, with athletes on the course approximately two hours, compared to the approximately four hours that Rev3 athletes would spend cycling down the Key. Opdyke told the Longboat Observer that his company would be willing to hold its event Nov. 4, if the chamber would hold its event Oct. 21, putting two weeks between the events. At Monday’s meeting, Interim Town Manager David Bullock told the commission that it wasn’t the town’s role to choose between competing events. Bullock plans to meet with organizers this week, and the commission agreed to discuss Rev3’s plans at its Nov. 17 workshop.

by Mallory Gnaegy | Community Editor

A few of her favorite things  Kiley Cassis has been

dancing since she was 5 years old.

 Kiley has been playing

piano for three years.

 “I like to go snorkeling

with my dad when it’s really clear and quiet,” she says.

 She collects seashells.  “My favorite class is

art, because I love to draw. But I also like science and music, too,” she says.

Mallory Gnaegy

Golden Girl Kiley Cassis would love a King Charles spaniel for her 11th birthday on Nov. 11.

Longboat Key resident Kiley Cassis will celebrate her 11th birthday on Nov. 11 — her golden birthday.

Ten-year-old Longboat Key resident Kiley Cassis has been counting down the days until she turns 11. But this isn’t just a normal birthday — it’s her golden birthday. Kiley will turn 11 on Nov. 11 — 11/11/11. “Every morning, I’m like, ‘There’s blah, blah, blah more days until my party!’” she says. The celebration will start in the morning, when Kiley will bring in bagels, doughnuts and a cupcake cake to her school, Out-of-Door Acad-

emy. Once the school bell dismisses the students for the day, Kiley will be off to the ultimate birthday party, which her dad, Mark, has been planning. Eighteen of her friends from Out-of-Door Academy and the Sarasota Ballet, where she has danced for four years, will help her celebrate the big day at The Met Day Spa and Salon on St. Armands Circle. There, the girls will get manicures and pedicures and have their hair styled. Mark Cassis says he might join in on the fun, but he will probably stay

out of the way. The birthday party crew will then go to dinner at Tommy Bahama, and include the friends’ parents. “I’ve really been looking forward to it,” Kiley says. Kiley doesn’t know it yet, but her dad will be surprising her on her big day with friends and family flying in to go to Harry Potter World at Universal Studios on Saturday. Kiley’s birthday wish list is short: a dog and an iPhone. “I really want a King Charles spaniel,” she says.

She’d also like to move from their condo into a house. But the most important present for the Cassis family is having each other. Kiley’s mother, Kitty, died in February after a 16-monthlong battle with cancer. Kiley’s birthday celebration is not only special because of the day on which it falls, but it was also a day Kitty Cassis would frequently bring up to her daughter. “Her mom would always say, ‘You’re turning 11 on 11/11/11. How will we celebrate?’” Mark Cassis says. “There has been a lot of planning and thinking about this day over the years.”

The property is located between Pattigeorge’s and Bayfront Park.

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Commission approves former Klauber property purchase The $452,500 purchase will allow the town to expand plans for Bayfront Park. The Longboat Key Town Commission voted unanimously to approve the $452,500 purchase of the property at 4110 Gulf of Mexico Drive located between Bayfront Park Recreation Center and Pattigeorge’s. The purchase price was below the values estimated in two separate appraisals of the property, the lower of which was for $680,000, Mayor Jim Brown said at the commission’s Nov. 7 regular meeting. Former Longboat Key Commissioner Gene Jaleski urged the commission not to buy the land next to the park. He said the money would be better spent on a piece of land on Longboat Drive South that could be enjoyed by hundreds of Longbeach Village residents or for other purchases such as employee raises and training or new equipment. He also said that the purchase could hurt efforts to develop a community center in a redeveloped Avenue of the Flowers. “Listen to the rabbi (Jonathan Katz), who said we should aggregate our resources in one spot to attract tourists and residents to one area,” Jaleski said. “Tourists aren’t going to go to Bayfront Park, and residents probably aren’t going to go to the Publix except to shop. We need to find some way of aggregating everything to attract a core of people into a social cluster.” But Brown disagreed. “Gene, you made a lot of statements there that I just don’t understand,” he said. “It’s a good buy because it’s providing space in this park that we need.” The money used for the purchase was designated for open-space land and could not be used for other purchases, Brown said. But after voting for the project, Commissioner Lynn Larson said that the commission should clarify the reason for the purchase. “The reason the town wanted the piece of property is for expansion of the land area of Bayfront Park, which we are working on plans for rebuilding and redeveloping a new park and new community center,” Brown said. “In earlier studies of this we found that we were short of land to do what the town wanted to do, and this is going to make it even more possible than the piece of land that the county purchased for our use three or for years ago.” The property was owned by longtime Colony Beach & Tennis Resort owner Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber’s Two Huts Inc. until September, when First Federal Bank of Florida received the certificate of title following a foreclosure judgment. The Sarasota County Property Appraiser’s website sarasotaproperty.net, states that a 1,332-square-foot residence with three bedrooms and three bathrooms is located on the property, which last sold for $329,000 in January 1998. “I think we probably got a good buy,” Brown said.


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+ IPOC drops DCA challenge The Islandside Property Owners Coalition (IPOC) has filed a notice of voluntary dismissal in its appeal to the former Florida Department of Community Affairs (DCA) that challenged the Town Commission-approved changes to the town code that affected the Longboat Key Club and Resort’s proposed Islandside project. The former DCA found that the amendments were in compliance with the Comprehensive Plan in September and filed a motion to voluntarily dismiss the administrative action against the town. IPOC’s two other challenges to the project remain in Sarasota County court.

+ Circle median project still on schedule A $450,000 St. Armands Circle median project is still on schedule to be completed by Thanksgiving, according to St. Armands Circle Business Improvement District Chairman Marty Rappaport. Rappaport told those in attendance at Tuesday’s BID Board of

+ Cedars submits request for outdoor dining

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Cedars Tennis Club Inc. owner Randy Langley has filed an application for a special exception to the town’s zoning ordinances to allow for 24 seats at outdoor tables on an existing covered porch. According to the application, Cedars is not seeking to increase the total 58 seats that the restaurant is currently permitted to have by the town. The Longboat Key Planning & Zoning Board will review the application at its Nov. 15 meeting.

Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting — 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 10  Planning Zoning & Building Board meeting — 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15  Town Commission regular workshop — 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 All meetings take place at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road. 

Directors meeting that the project is moving along and all of the existing landscaping has been pulled out of the existing medians. “It doesn’t look pretty right now and we are receiving a lot of complaints,” Rappaport said. “But we have to suffer through the next couple of weeks to get something that will look better than ever before.” The project involves installing sidewalks along the Circle’s four medians, allowing motorists to exit there and walk down the center of the median to the pedestrian crosswalks near the center of the Circle.

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The most read stories online last week were: 1. “Judge denies Key Club motion to dismiss challenge” (Oct. 31) 2. “Bullock reports for duty” (Nov. 2) 3. “IPOC drops DCA challenge” (Nov. 3) 4. “PHOTO GALLERY: Fright Night” (Oct. 31) 5. “Both sides hope for resolution on Colony Resort mediation” (Nov.2)

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+ Town Hall to close Friday, Nov. 11

Should dogs be allowed on Longboat Key beaches?

Longboat Key Town Hall will be closed Friday, Nov. 11 for Employee Appreciation Day. Town Hall will re-open Monday, Nov. 14. Call 316-1999.

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by Mallory Gnaegy | Community Editor

SOS gets a leg up from prosthetics designer About two years ago, the last time Kevin Carroll came to Save Our Seabirds, there were no reporters present to capture him fitting two sandhill cranes with prosthetic legs. But since “Dolphin Tale,” a film in which Morgan Freeman plays a character based on Kevin Carroll and Dan Strzemplea, orthotics designers with Hanger Prosthetics, was released — times have changed. The film was based on the story of Winter the dolphin, from Clearwater, who lost his tail Volunteer in a crab trap and was given information a prosthetic tail to help it swim normally. Save Our Seabirds For the record, Freeman is in need of does not look like Carroll. volunteers and “All the really good parts donations. Call (of the movie) were all me, 388-3010 or and all the bad parts were visit www.saveobased on Dan,” jokes Carurseabirds.org to roll. make donations. Carroll has made prosthetics for humans for 30 years, but on the nights and weekends, he makes prosthetics for animals. He’s been working with animals since he was a kid. “Some people go play golf, I do this,” he says. The Orlando resident has made both prosthetics (limbs) and orthotics (braces) for dogs, ostriches, ducks and, most recently, a sea turtle. And he does it for free. “Save Our Seabirds wouldn’t be able to afford anything like this,” says Save Our Seabirds Executive Director Lee Fox. His prosthetics are made from composite materials, high-tech plastics, gel and silicone materials. The process is similar to an orthodontist fitting a patient for a retainer: He does an evaluation, takes a mold, fills it and works the shape around the copy of the limb in a lab. But, the process isn’t easy because the animals are, LBK - 2010 - K well, LBKanimals. - 2010 - K “When I was casting the sea turtle, eight or nine people had to hold it,” he says. Fox is thrilled to have his help. The pair has become

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Kevin Carroll and Lee Fox have become prostheticmaking pals over the past two years. Both have a passion for saving seabirds.

friends over the past two years. “He’s just the nicest guy,” she says. Carroll has made a few visits to Save Our Seabirds, and he speaks admirably about the work Fox does. He thinks she does a great job of making her own prosthetic bird legs. Fox makes them from PVC pipes, but she says they aren’t perfect or as comfortable for the birds. During Carroll’s last visit, he outfitted two sandhill cranes with prosthetics. On Friday, Nov. 4, he made leg molds for some additional birds, which will get their new legs in December. His prosthetics fit the birds’ limbs like a glove, and they can be changed less frequently than the PVC pipes. Cars or golf balls most typically injure the sandhill cranes. Two weeks ago, Fox rounded up seven injured birds, and last week she added two more. Fox is grateful for any help Carroll can provide. Carroll shrugs his shoulders. “Well, someone has to look after these little critters,” he says.

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Thanks to them, we are free Thomas Jefferson famously said, “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” That price includes a lot of blood and sacrifice on the part of American veterans who have put on the uniform and stood in harm’s way. Our veterans are the tip of the spear of eternal vigilance, keeping Americans safe to fight for freedoms at home. Amercian fighters have battled enemies of freedom from without so the rest of us can live safely and productively. Without American veterans, there is no America. So we celebrate Veterans Day Friday with full-throated support and thankfulness to all of our veterans. As time moves inexorably forward, it was no surprise the last U.S. veteran of World War I died this past year. Therefore, all 24 million veterans being remembered this Veterans Day fought in the wars following, or served between wars. There has been the need for too many — too many wars and too much sacrifice. But we remain free for having fought on the side of right, defending the one country that is a bulwark of freedom globally. It is our contention that American soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines have made the entire world a safer, freer place with their sacrifices. History makes the point. • Would the world be better if Imperial Japan or Nazi Germany were the ruling powers? • Would the world be better if there were no South Korea and the whole Korean peninsula was under the rule of insane familial dictators with nukes? • Would the world be better if China’s hegemony of Asia was long established and it had conquered neighbors or created satellites, a la the Soviet Union, because we did not make Vietnam so costly? • Would the world be better if the Soviet Union remained a world superpower, stocked to the brim with modern nuclear weapons, spreading its brand of Communist tyranny everywhere? • Would the world be better if Saddam Hussein controlled Kuwait and the Persian Gulf oil, able to disrupt Western economies and drive us into depressions? • Would the world be better if Serbia and its genocidal leaders were still in power? • Would the world be better if Iraq and Afghanistan were still havens for Islamic terrorists plotting against the United States? The answers to all of these are self-evident. The world is a better place, thanks to our veterans who fought in all of those wars, including the Cold War.

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To the veterans of World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, the war in Serbia, the Persian Gulf War, the Iraq War and the Afghanistan War, we as a nation say: Thank You. In our gratitude, we remember that many came back from service with injuries that will have an impact on the rest of their lives and their families’ lives. They paid the price in legs and arms and eyesight, and many paid a price in the loss of peace of mind. Surviving a battle can leave scars that don’t show; we remember those veterans, also.

‘The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.’ John F. Kennedy But that should not diminish the day’s value. It is one of our most important national holidays, because it is on the backs of veterans that we are, and remain, free. Veterans Day has its roots at the end of the “war to end all wars,” or World War I. It was known originally as Armistice Day, a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially occurred Nov. 11, 1918. The legislation enacting it officially as Armistice Day was signed in 1938, ironically the year before Nazi Germany invaded Poland to trigger World War II. In 1953, Alvin King, of Emporia, Kan., came up with the idea of expanding Armistice Day to all veterans. The owner of a shoe-repair shop, King had been involved with the American War Dads during World War II. He pushed his local chamber, then his congressman and finally persuaded veterans organizations to join the cause. In 1954, Congress responded to this tenacity and changed the name from Armistice Day to Veterans Day to honor the American veterans of all wars. On Aug. 4, 2001, Congress designated the week of Nov. 11 through Nov. 17 as “National Veterans Awareness Week.” The resolution calls for elementary and secondary schools to educate students on the contributions and sacrifices of veterans.

Salute them all

And although this is not Memorial Day — which justly honors American soldiers killed in wars — we never, ever forget those who gave the last full measure, who traded their lives for our freedoms, who traded their futures to ensure our futures. To the men and women who fell on the battlefields of Europe, the Pacific, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, we say: Thank you. Veterans Day is one of the more overlooked holidays. It is often confused with Memorial Day, and it is not one that gins up consumer consumption, as do Christmas, Thanksgiving, the Fourth of July and Halloween. Remembering veterans is more the act of going to a parade, often on a workday.

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Sarasota and Manatee counties are blessed to have an abundance of veterans from all the wars, but particularly World War II and the Korean War. Our photograph on this week’s front page — of 31 veterans who live at Plymouth Harbor — is a vivid illustration of the riches in our community. That picture, no doubt, could be repeated in condos and neighborhoods all over our community. We salute them all. Their sacrifices have created a debt the nation truly cannot repay. And we salute those who still serve and will serve, because they remain the line between the enemies who want to destroy a peaceful, industrious America. The world has never been and will never be a peaceful, harmless place. So we will always need the men and women willing to don the uniform and take up arms to protect the United States. On this Veterans Day, let those of us not in uniform salute them all — past, present and future — with utmost respect and gratitude.


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Dear Editor: So, now dogs may be allowed on our beaches. Let me preface my objection by noting that I count myself and my wife as  “dog lovers,” because we have had three over the course of our married life. However, dogs are not “children,” they are animals. They will relieve themselves wherever and whenever they see fit — most especially when they are outdoors. So, besides the obvious negatives of urine-drenched and feces-contaminated sand (despite proponents claiming they are quite confident every dog owner, whether resident or temporary visitor, most assuredly will judiciously pick up after their precious Fido) on what once was our prize jewel beaches, I wonder what liability the town will incur on the day when, not if, someone is bitten or contracts an infection that some attorney can relate to e. coli bacteria that they must have stepped in while at one of our beaches. Joseph Iannello Longboat Key

Dear Editor: After three years of investigation, U.S. Rep Vern Buchanan, RLongboat, has been cleared of any campaign violations by the Federal Election Commission. Now the U.S. Department of Justice has decided to re-plow the same old field. Not only is this a waste of time and taxpayers’ dollars, it has all the appearances of vindictive politics. Even the group in Washington (CREW) that pushed the issue admits they don’t expect anything to come from it. Clearly, it’s time to move on to important issues like jobs and the economy. Belinda Aubuchon Nokomis 


+ Alicia’s Grooming offers ordinance assistance Dear Editor: Regarding last week’s article concerning the town’s ordinance requiring all pets to be licensed/tagged, Alicia’s Grooming of Longboat Key, would be more than happy to offer assistance to the town by informing pet owners of the ordinance, as well as issuing/selling the licenses/tags. Alicia Aeziman Alicia’s Grooming, Longboat Key

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ed to let it go. We all watched as the raft kept moving west. Eventually, the only time you could see it was when the wind flipped it over. The family just sat in the water looking as their raft sail away. We were facing south and didn’t see a small pleasure boat come from the north. The occupants apparently saw the raft and rescued it. Now the test. The boat started for the beach with a person on the bow holding up the raft to those of us on shore. The dad waved his hand in the air, dove in and swam to the second sand bar, where he accepted the retrieved raft from the boaters. No handshake, no money, no nothing, just a happy family and boaters, I would guess, too. Gosh, it made us feel great! Barbara Roma Manahawkin, N.J., and Longboat Key

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Dear Editor: I had to share this with you because it was such a beautiful thing! We went to the beach in late morning and placed our beach chairs at the access next to Sand Cay. We watched a young couple with a small child come out of Sand Cay carrying all the beach stuff along with a small child-size raft, the kind that you sit in. Well, the wind was pretty strong and coming out of the east, and it didn’t take long before the wind decided to take the raft for a trip to Mexico. The dad dove in the Gulf and started to swim to retrieve the raft, but the wind kept flipping it and moved it faster than he could travel. Eventually (thank God), he realized his life was a little more precious and decid-

Dear Editor: I am a property owner on Longboat Key, although I am a snowbird who is coming back and forth from the North. In our area of suburban Detroit, we have huge tower, which looks like a over-sized evergreen tree. Perhaps this type of tower would be more acceptable to those on the Key. I cannot imagine that anyone would want to buy on the Key if they could not get a cell signal. It is not the way of the future ... it is the way of NOW. Carole M. Shaw
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All agree, how- dollar being the world’s reserve currency, ever, it is at least $800,000 there is no way government could indebt per family — and climb- our country the way it has. We should reing. That is inexcusable. spect Thomas Jefferson’s quote: “We place GEORGE A June 2009 Market the economy among the first and most RAUCH Watch article indicated: important virtues and public debt as a “The continuation and in- great danger to be feared. To preserve our creased philosophy of government spend- independence, we must not let our leading and money manufacturing to solve a ers load us with perpetual debt. We must problem created thereby is unprecedent- make our choice between economy and ed in economic history. The end game of liberty or perfusion and servitude.” We this is unknown but cannot be positive have done exactly the opposite of what because it’s all built upon debt.” We are was intended by our Founding Fathers.  beginning to now see the endgame results. The mess we currently find ourselves in The volume of total debt in free-world is referred to by deceased Austrian econoeconomies is $195 trillion. The total value mist Ludwig von Mises as “the crisis of of assets in those economies is $150 tril- interventionism. Intervention is aimed at lion, so the entire free-world economy is confiscating the ‘surplus’ of one part of the upside-down. Had all of population and giving it this debt been accumuto the other part. Once For 50 years we have used this surplus is exhaustlated to build infrastructure, new manufactured by total confiscation, debt to fuel growth by ing sites and research further continuation increasing the money supply aof this and development, the policy is impossithrough government world economy would be ble.” It is not coincidenbooming. Unfortunately, tal that growth of public borrowing to spend on a great amount of this debt fits hand-in-glove welfare and war. Growth debt has been driven by with a large — and infueled by anything other vasive — government. governments and used for war and the redistri- than savings is an invitation The only solution left bution of wealth to satto people in a country to disaster. isfy socialistic programs. like ours is to drasti— George Rauch As always, when governcally reduce the size of ments control econoall governments: fedmies, debts become outsized and econo- eral, state and local. There is absolutely no mies suffer. indication that our government is doing Why? It’s simple: Money borrowed by the anything to change this trend. All we have government to give to welfare recipients is had so far is talk, which is all we have had not a productive use of capital because it for the last 50 years. is invested in nothing. Money borrowed and invested in industrial production, The government’s solution? Tax the 1% business buildings, cars and equipment Let’s really examine this in light of the produces a return on investment, which fact that our government is estimated to government indebtedness cannot pro- spend $1.3 trillion more next year than vide. Eventually, government borrowing it will receive in tax revenue. Let’s say we overwhelms an economy, because inter- take that 1% of the population that makes est payments must be paid annually, and the most money and who already pays there is never a plan to pay back debt. outsized taxes, and we tax away all of their Debt grows until government must bor- income in one year. That would add about row money just to pay interest on the debt. $400 billion additional dollars to the govThis is our present situation, and our ernment coffers leaving us a deficit, afgovernment is bankrupt. For the last sev- ter taxing the 1% out of all of its income, eral years, the Fed/federal government of $900 billion annually. Only it does not has borrowed all of the savings in our make sense to do that, because most of economy. That was insufficient, so they the $400 billion just confiscated would go simply printed the several trillion dollars back into businesses in the form of investnot available to pay the rest of the bills. ment which will create permanent longThis is the sole reason for inflation in the term jobs. By taxing the “1%” out of everyU.S. thing, the government still has a massive There is a fine line between charity and fiscal shortfall and the U.S. economy dependency in life. Dependency literally would have little re-invested. breeds dependency, and that is our priThis is more government subterfuge to mary struggle. We are dependent upon disguise the real problem — government the government for Social Security. We are spending. The government has, and condependent on the government for medi- tinues to, lie and mislead the public, all to cal care. We are dependent on the govern- preserve government jobs and politician’s ment for our mortgages. A sizable percent- power. Elected officials are beginning to age of our population is dependent upon characterize the top 1% of wage earners as the government for a living because they “the greedy 1%.” That’s ironic in that the haven’t learned anything but dependency. greatest example of greed in history is the Many of our politicians cater to groups of U.S. federal government. dependent people with the sales pitch that   government can solve their problems. In How does this affect the markets? reality, the government cannot ever solve How do artificially low interest rates, the problem — government only creates forced upon us by the Federal Reserve, more problems. For 50 years we have used affect investments in our stock and bond debt to fuel growth by increasing the monSEE MARKET WATCH / PAGE 10A ey supply through government borrowing


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MARKET WATCH / FROM PAGE 8A markets?  The bond market remains overpriced because interest rates are artificially low. The only debt instruments considered safe for the cautious investor, and yielding a decent interest rate, are A-rated corporate bonds and AAArated municipal bonds.  There are several high-grade stocks to purchase for yields that pay 3%, or more a year. But these stocks are priced artificially high because interest rates are so low. Low interest rates force high-grade stocks to trade like bonds, based more upon the dividend rate, rather than the long-term growth prospects of the market. There are limited long-term growth prospects now, just as there are in Japan. Japan’s indebtedness of the 1980s is an economic matter with which Japan still wrestles. The market has been depressed in Japan for 20 years, and the U.S. is headed down the same road, all because of government debt. The conservative investor will have a few of those high-grade stocks, a few of those highgrade bonds and lots of cash. Because cash pays little, and due to inflation, cash holdings are deteriorating in purchasing power as time moves on. However, cash can 1) keep us out of trouble, and 2) be available when the stock and bond markets finally deteriorate and close in upon realistic values. All the bubbles that have been created by the government and the Fed over the last 30 years are a result of artificially low interest rates. Each time the government develops another bubble, the economy gets worse. This is the worst situation we have had in 50 years in America — much worse than the 1970s and 1980s. The wise investor will be judicious about investments, keep large cash balances and expect that the stock market will continue to go nowhere, until the government gets its act together by reducing spending and balancing the budget. George Rauch, Longboat Key, is chief executive officer of Bradenton-based General Propeller and a former Wall Street investment banker.

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Oct. 25 Damage control 5:49 p.m. — 1200 block of GMD. Property Damage. A man reported damages to his rental vehicle, including a dent on the left door, scratches and a missing part of a mirror. The man said he didn’t know when or where the damage occurred.

Corner Drive. Emergency Message/Welfare Check. After an estate executor reported that a condominium unit had been sold and the son of the deceased owner needed to leave, the son told police that he would be leaving the condominium in four days. The estate executor said that the son threatened him at work and again by phone earlier that day. The son told police that the executor knew he would be out by the following Monday and must be up to something “shady.”

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Oct. 27 Canine code 8:13 a.m. — 6900 block of Poinsetta Ave. Animal Nuisance. Three residents flagged down police to complain about a dog that is frequently left outside for long periods and barks constantly. Police found that the residence has had three dog nuisance complaints in the past five months and plan to make contact with the owner and issue a notice to appear for an ordinance violation.

Watered down 10:54 a.m. — 600 block of Buttonwood Drive. Code Enforcement. Police verbally warned a woman who was watering her lawn on the wrong day. The woman said she was new to town and didn’t know about the restrictions.

Not made in the shade 2:11 p.m. — 4300 block of Falmouth

5:37 p.m. — 600 block of Bay Isles Parkway. Suspicious Vehicle. A security guard told police that he allowed several vehicles to pass through a gate, including a white Jaguar. A nearby resident told him that the Jaguar driver was driving erratically and said he didn’t believe the driver was allowed in the area. Police couldn’t find the Jaguar or its driver.

Oct. 28 Trip of the trade 4:48 a.m. — 500 block of Forest Way. Fire. Police notified FPL about a tripped wire and transformer after receiving a report of a tree on fire and downed wires.

Not-so-silent treatment 7:31 p.m. — 6700 block of GMD. Noise Disturbance. A woman reported that an air-conditioning unit was operating loudly. Police didn’t think the sound was any louder than usual but advised the woman on the town’s noise ordinance.

Oct. 31 Pipe problem 6:30 p.m. — 6800 block of GMD. Public Service. Police responded to a report of a broken water pipe. Upon arrival someone had shut off the water.

Ghost rider? 9:47 p.m. — Avenue of the Flowers. Suspicious Circumstance. Police found a vehicle running with its lights on and the driver-side window open but couldn’t find anyone in the area. Dispatch contacted the vehicle’s owner, who said that he forgot to lock it and asked police to turn the vehicle off so that he could respond in the morning.

Nov. 1 The root of the problem 11:37 a.m. — 600 block of Buttonwood Drive. Suspicious Person. A caregiver reported that a suspicious 6-foottall man wearing a multi-color knit cap was knocking at the door and excessively ringing the doorbell. Police found a tree-trimming service business card at the door, located a company vehicle in the area and warned the company’s owner about the town’s ordinance prohibiting solicitation.

Nov. 2 Not missing the boat 10:04 a.m. — Off the Key. Unsecured Boat. Police found an empty boat aground on a sandbar while on water patrol. Dispatch contacted the boat’s owner, who said that he was getting supplies and would wait for high tide and remove the boat on his own.

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One of the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital hatchlings gets weighed as part of the daily routine for each patient that comes to hospital.

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One of the patients of the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital at Mote Marine Laboratory swims around in its aquarium, which visitors can view while seeing the turtles, manatees and dolphins at Mote.

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Donna Heffner, a member of the Longboat Key Turtle Watch, marks one of the stakes to be used at turtle nest that hatched in July on Longboat Key. This was Heffner’s 11th season with the Turtle Watch group.

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During this year’s sea-turtle season, which runs from May to October, Longboat Observer photographer Rachel S. O’Hara teamed up with Mote Marine scientists and volunteers, as well as Longboat Key Turtle Watch volunteers, to get an upclose look of what turtle season is like on the Key. The first meeting of the season for Mote volunteers drew hundreds of people, who learned how to properly find and mark a nest and how to take care of the hatchlings without endangering their well-being in the process. Mote has approximately 300 beach-monitoring volunteers. During the summer, an early-morning walk with Longboat Key Turtle Watch volunteers (of which there are 35 who patrol

the Manatee County side of the island) resulted in marking several freshly laid nests. The group also got a distress call about a turtle that needed help making its way to water. Sunset turtle-nest excavations give members of the public a chance to learn about sea turtles and their nests; a few hatchlings that needed help getting out of their nests were released into the Gulf of Mexico. Mote’s Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital nurses turtles back to health and even offers them physical therapy. This season, 1,284 loggerhead turtle nests were counted in Sarasota and Manatee counties — 275 were documented on Longboat Key.

A hatchling makes its way toward the Gulf of Mexico Aug. 3, on Longboat Key.

Donna Heffner and Carol Mae excavate a nest on Longboat Key. All nests are excavated three days after they are presumed to have hatched. This nest had 94 hatched eggs, 24 unhatched eggs and one dead pip, a turtle that makes it only part of the way out of its egg.

Hundreds of volunteers met in early April at Mote Marine to go over the basics about sea turtles and turtle season as well as the proper protocol for marking nests. They also learned about federal and state laws regarding how much interaction can be had with hatchlings and the nests.

Holly West, sea turtle care coordinator at Mote, measures one of the hatchlings to see how much it has grown. Greg Fiore talks to the crowd about how important it is to not use flash photography during the turtle release Aug. 3, on the beach in the 4300 block of Longboat Key. The crowd of spectators came out to see a turtle nest excavation, as well as see the hatchlings be released into the Gulf of Mexico.


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by Robin Hartill | City Editor

Dogged committee will P&Z subcommittee makes statement focus on citizens’ input aOver(vision) the summer, the Longboat Key Town Commission The Dog Beach Feasibility Committee will move forward as a citizens committee and later report back to the commission.

The committee’s focus is dogs, but citizens on the Dog Beach Feasibility Committee shouldn’t be dogmatic in their approach to studying the issue of dogs on the beach. That was the message commissioners had when discussions at the Nov. 7 Longboat Key Town Commission regular meeting turned to a suggestion of allowing dogs on the beach. “I would hope that the members of this committee can be open-minded,” Mayor Jim Brown said. “If you know that you hate this idea or you know that you love this idea right now, you shouldn’t be on this committee.” But, for now, the committee won’t have commission involvement. A resolution vote on an ordinance to form the committee was on the agenda for the meeting. But the commission didn’t move forward with the motion after Commissioner Lynn Larson suggested that residents Laurin Goldner, who has advocated the idea, and Cyndi Seamon, a Longboat Key Turtle Watch volunteer who is concerned about the idea, have worked well together and could form a citizens committee without commission involvement. The committee could then report back to the commission. “I think it would probably be better for the commission to leave them alone and let them report back with recommendations,” said Larson, who had initially agreed to serve on the

adopted the vision and mission statements and core values developed by the Planning & Zoning Vision Subcommittee.

committee along with Commissioner Pat Zunz. But, before they moved on from the ordinance, commissioners discussed its vague wording. Commissioner Jack Duncan said that the ordinance didn’t state whether dogs could be allowed on the entire beach or whether they would have to be leashed. Commissioner Hal Lenobel also thought it needed clarification. “I find this very vague. I just can’t make heads or tails out of this,” he said, drawing laughter. “Did anyone get that?” Larson said that discussions are currently focused on allowing leashed dogs on a small part of the beach, likely for only a few hours per day. Goldner said Tuesday afternoon that she and Seamon are still working to put together a committee that, ideally, would have five to seven members, along with input from groups such as the Audubon Society, Mote Marine Laboratory and Longboat Key Turtle Watch, along with the public. Goldner said that the committee hopes to focus on factual information, rather than emotional issues associated with allowing dogs on the beach. “Hopefully by the end of the week, we will have a group of people willing to have a balanced discussion,” she T:5” said.

The town now has a vision. It has a mission. And it has 11 core values. The Longboat Key Town Commission unanimously approved the vision statement, mission statement and core values that the Planning & Zoning Vision Subcommittee developed over the summer. But Commissioner Jack Duncan hopes they’re just the beginning. “This is the roadmap for Longboat Key’s future,” he said. Duncan said that the implementation of that road map is most important. Ultimately, he said, employees should see how their roles fit into those core values, and major issues addressed by the town should relate to them. Duncan challenged the public to hold the commission and the town to the statements and values developed by the subcommittee. “That will create a motion to the town,” he said. “We will all start moving in the right direction.”

Vision statement

“Longboat Key is a beautiful place to live, work and visit, where the natural assets of a barrier island combine with cultural and recreational amenities, visionary planning, and proactive leadership to enhance your way of life.”

Mission statement

“To vigorously maintain and preserve Longboat Key’s status as a premier residential and visitor destination that supports the historic balance between residential, recreational, tourism and commercial attributes, through

a commitment to long-term and short-term planning excellence and measurable results.”

Core values

1. The governance of the town shall encourage public involvement and maintain a high-quality, stable workforce that provides excellent public services, including safety and disaster management, within a framework of sound fiscal planning. 2. The town shall support well-designed and well-maintained neighborhoods, communities and commercial areas through the regulation and enforcement of landscaping and property maintenance codes for the beautification of the island and protection of property values. 3. The town will identify and support healthcare providers, adult education resources and aging-in-place facilities, which increase the ability of residents to locally access necessary services. 4. The town will strengthen the ability of businesses to thrive year-round on Longboat Key by encouraging commercial revitalization, development and maintenance through clear regulations and incentives that support long-term planning for vibrant integrated commercial centers. 5. The town will develop a Gulf of Mexico Drive corridor plan to ensure compatible development while creating attractive public spaces and sense of community. Read the complete list of the town’s core values at YourObserver.com

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Kitty Dyble Thompson created a spray-painted mermaid near the Barefoots Pool Deck at the Longboat Key Club.

Artist adds splash of color to Key Club The Sarasota Chalk Festival made over the entire surrounding area last week. Artist Kitty Dyble Thompson, of Milwaukee, has participated in the Chalk Festival since its inception. Last week, she worked on her spray-painted mermaid on a wall at Barefoots Pool Deck at the Longboat Key Club and Resort. The resort put up a webcam, through which viewers could see the artist in action. In addition to the mermaid that she finished in one afternoon, she also participated in the Chalk Festival in downtown Sarasota by drawing an anamorphic reproduction on the sidewalk of a 1770s piece of artwork by Henry Kettle. On the ground, the artwork looked like a blurred smear of color, but the piece looked complete when viewed in a mirrored cylinder next to it. Thompson hopes to come back next year and create another mermaid next to the first one at the Key Club.

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Bird Key celebrates new club, new season Bird Key Yacht Club has been undergoing a major face-lift since Aug. 1. The project is the first major remodeling since the club was built 53 years ago. Steve Murray, principal of Murray Homes, is in charge of the construction project, which consists of a remodeling of the entrance, parking lot, entry hall and lobby. The most extensive part of the project is the two-story, nautical-themed foyer and porte-cochère. The entrance of the parking lot will be facing the front of the building — no longer the tennis courts — which will be more appealing to members and guests Murray said. “We are turning it into a refurbished yacht club with an emphasis on ‘yacht,’” Murray said. The entrance will feature 34 to 40 boating flags from around the country. The remodeling was funded entirely without debt — no outside loans were used, and the club’s strong capital funds are intact. The project is set for completion Saturday, Nov. 19, in time for the annual Commodore’s Ball. On Saturday, the yacht club held a “Welcome Back” bash for its members and guests. The event, organized by event Chairwoman Joyce Steele with help from Rene Brooks, was the first time some returning members had seen the club since the renovations began. Chef Joe Santangini prepared a feast of fish for the night.

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Aging in Paradise Seminar — starts at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. This free seminar, given by Dr. Pamela Letts, will discuss osteoarthritis vs. osteoporosis. Call 383-6491. Wine Tasting at Harry’s Deli — takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Harry’s Continental Kitchens Deli, 525 St. Judes Drive. Toast the Women’s Resource Center of Manatee and sample a variety of wines and hors d’oeuvres. Proceeds benefit the Women’s Resource Center, and no reservations are required. Tickets are $10; $5 of which goes to the Women’s Resource Center. Call 383-0777 for more information. ‘Bacchus, The Rascal’s’ Starry Night Dinner — starts at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, a Division of Ringling College of Art and Design courtyard, 6860 Longboat Drive S. The annual Longboat Key Club and Resort’s Bacchus on the Beach kicks off with this reception and dinner to benefit the Arts Center. Cost is $100. Call 3871675 to make reservations. ‘Bacchus on the Beach’ — takes place Nov. 10 to Nov. 12, at the Longboat Key Club and Resort, 220 Sands Point Road. This celebration of food, wine and art will feature Bravo’s “Top Chefs” Dave Martin and “American Idol” Producer Ken Warwick, along with other chefs and winemakers from around the world. The event benefits the Longboat Key Center for the Arts and Ringling College of Art and Design. Tickets are $30 to $230. Call 800-237-8821. Republican Club of Longboat Key Meeting — takes place at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at Sarasota Yacht Club, 1100 John Ringling Blvd. Retired Rear Adm. Steve Branham of the U.S. Coast Guard will speak in honor of Veterans Day. Call Ruth Strauss at 3835349. 23rd Annual St. Armands Art Festival and Fall Sidewalk Sale — takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 and Sunday, Nov. 13, at St. Armands Circle Park. More than 175 artists

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will display their original work. Call 388-2855. All Angels by the Sea Sandpipers Men’s Group Meeting — starts at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, at All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road. Richard Stern, business commentator for Channel 7, will speak on financial concerns in the current environment. The public is invited to attend. Call 383-8161. All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church Women Meeting — starts at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, at All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road. The theme will be “An Insider’s View of Savannah,” and the speaker will be Karin Jones with ASID. Call 383-8161 to make reservations. Aging in Paradise Seminar — takes place from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. This seminar, given by Cindy Clay, will discuss Tidewell Hospice. Call 383-6491. Pinstripes and Penguins — starts at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at Mote Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway. This dancing and cocktails event will feature performances by acrobats and stilt walkers with hors d’oeuvres from Nellie’s Deli and a full bar. Tickets are $50. Call 388-4441.

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AMENDING SECTION A Public Hearing before the 158.1006 Planning andDEFINITIONS, Zoning Board on“LANDSCAPING, the ordinance will REQUIRED” PROVIDING FOR REPEAL be held on November 15, FOR 2011,SEVERABILITY; at 9:00 a.m., orPROVIDING as soon thereafter as may AOF Public before the andHEREWITH; Zoning BoardPROVIDING on the ordinance will ALLHearing ORDINANCES IN Planning CONFLICT FORIsles AN be heard, at the Town Commission Chambers, Town Hall, 501 Bay be held on November 15, 2011, at 9:00 a.m., or as soon thereafter as may EFFECTIVE DATEKey, Florida. All interested persons may appear and be Road, Longboat be heard, the Town Commission Hall,of501 Isles heard withatrespect to the proposed Chambers, amendment.Town Copies the Bay proposed Road, Longboat Allmay interested persons appear and be A Public Hearing beforeFlorida. the Planning and Board onthe the ordinance amendment and Key, related material be Zoning viewed prior may to hearing at will the heard with respect the amendment. Copies of the proposed be held onZoning November 15, proposed 2011, at 9:00 a.m., or as soon thereafter as 8:30 may Planning, & to Building Department, 501 Bay Isles Road, between be heard, atand the Town Commission Town 501 amendment related material may Chambers, be viewed prior toHall, thetohearing atIsles the a.m. and 5:00 p.m. weekdays. Questions may be directed the Bay Planning, Road, Longboat Florida. All 316-1966. interested persons may appear and8:30 be Zoning & Zoning Building&Key, Department at proposed will Planning, Building Department, 501 The Bay Isles Road,amendment between heard with respect to the proposed amendment. Copies the proposed affect property within the corporate boundaries of the Town of Longboat Key a.m. and 5:00 p.m. weekdays. Questions may be directed to the Planning, amendment material be viewed prior to advertisement. theamendment hearing at will the as shown onand therelated map appearing at the bottom of this No Zoning & Building Department at may 316-1966. The proposed Planning, record Zoningby & Building Department, 501 isBay IslesofRoad, between 8:30 verbatim a certified court reporter made these proceedings. affect property within the corporate boundaries of the Town of Longboat Key a.m. and 5:00any p.m. weekdays. Questions may beany directed to the Planning, Accordingly, who may seek to appeal decision involving the as shown on theperson map appearing at the bottom this advertisement. No Zoning &noticed Building Department at 316-1966. The of proposed amendment matters herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of will the verbatim record by a the certified court boundaries reporter isupon made of these proceedings. affect property within of the Town ofappeal Longboat testimony and evidence atcorporate these proceedings which any is toKey be Accordingly, any who may seek to appeal any decision involving with the as shown theperson map appearing at Inthe bottom of with this advertisement. No based (seeon Section 286.0105, F.S.). accordance the Americans matters will be responsible for making a verbatim of the verbatimnoticed record by court reporter is persons made of needing these record proceedings. Disabilities Actherein anda certified Section 286.26, F.S., a special Accordingly, person may seekproceeding to appeal decision involving testimony andany evidence atwho these upon any which any appeal to the be accommodation to participate inproceedings this should contact theis Town matters noticed will be responsible for (48) making a verbatim recordofofwith the based Section 286.0105, F.S.). In accordance with the Americans Clerk’ s(see office atherein 941-316-1999 forty-eight hours in advance this testimony and at these proceedings upon any appeal is to be proceeding. If evidence you areSection hearing impaired, please callwhich 941-373-7002. Disabilities Act and 286.26, F.S., persons needing a special based (see Section 286.0105, F.S.). In accordance with the Americans with   accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the Town Disabilities Act and Section 286.26, F.S., persons needing a special BJ Webb, Chair Clerk’s office at 941-316-1999 forty-eight (48) hours in advance of this accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the Town Planning andIfZoning proceeding. you areBoard hearing impaired, please call 941-373-7002. Clerk’ s office at 941-316-1999 forty-eight (48) hours in advance of this Published 11/10/11  proceeding. If you are hearing impaired, please call 941-373-7002.   BJ   Webb, Chair Planning Zoning Board BJ Webb,and Chair Published 11/10/11 Planning and Zoning Board  Published 11/10/11

 

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Judy Saltzman, Stephan Austin and Joan Englebach sailed the boat, “Forever Young,” which placed in fourth in the regatta.

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Michelle Lee, Julie Forges, Robin Wall and Sally Miller, of the Luffing Lassies, with Sarasota Sailing Squadron.

Attendees of the Sarasota Yacht Club Invitational Regatta were onboard to support Sarasota Youth Sailing Friday, Nov. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 6. Contestants raced spinnaker, non-spinnaker, true cruising, pocket cruising and multibull in the Gulf of Mexico. There were 37 registered boats. In total, $10,000 was raised for Sarasota Youth Sailing. Santa, or Sarasota Sailing Squadron Commodore David Jennings, ditched his sleigh for an opti boat at the Make-A-Mark race Friday against other costume-clad sponsors and yacht club commodores. The fundraiser and kickoff for the Sarasota Yacht Club Invitational Regatta supports Sarasota Youth Sailing, and the young sailors helped judge the event. There was also a silent auction and buffet at the event. On Saturday, the SYC Invitational Regatta wrapped up the weekend with a dinner. Participants wined, dined and celebrated with food prepared by Sarasota Yacht Club.

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Christ Church celebrates its members’ homecoming Christ Church of Longboat Key, Presbyterian snowbird members returned to a brand new place to call home this season — the church’s new sanctuary at 6400 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Church members — snowbirds and yearround residents — celebrated the snowbird members’ homecoming Friday, Nov. 4, with drinks and appetizers. The event was held at sunset at Islands West Clubhouse.

Above: Nancy Kane and Bob Spitzer Left: Jack and Phyllis Black, Jackie Salvino and Chuck Fuller Mark and Evey Huntington

Garden Club’s new season takes roots at welcome back party The Garden Club came back to life from the off-season and hosted a welcome-back party Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Bay Isles Beach Club. Members brought

appetizers and drinks and enjoyed a sunset happy hour. And, of course, there were colorful floral arrangements on every picnic table.

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Barbara Lee ‘Bobbi’ Bendit

All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road, will hold Sunday worship services at 8 and 10 a.m. The Rev. David Danner is the rector. 3838161.

Barbara Lee “Bobbi” Bendit, of Longboat Key and formerly of Columbus, Ohio, died Oct. 29. She was 80. Mrs. Bendit was born Sept. 11, 1931. She is survived by her husband, Erwin; daughter, Cherie; son, Jeff; three sisters, Dorothy, Gail and Jane; and three grandchildren. There will be a celebration of life from 2 to 5 p.m. Nov. 17, at the Bendit family residence. Call or email Cherie for directions and to share a memory at 726-0586 or wagmy_tail@yahoo.com. In lieu of flowers and with gratitude to the Tidewell Hospice team, the family asks donations be made in Mrs. Bendit’s honor.

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Betty Rahm and Nancy Luse create angel ornaments for the Longboat Island Chapel Holiday Angel Bazaar.

Two bazaars in one day make for Key holiday shopping It’s that time of year, so begin making your Christmas gift lists and get an early start on your holiday shopping with two Longboat holiday bazaars on the same day. There will be two holiday bazaars featuring many handmade goods, books, trees and holiday items Saturday, Nov. 19, on Longboat Key. The St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church Ladies Guild’s Christmas Bazaar takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive. There will be vendors, handmade decorations by the Ladies Guild, baked goods, fair-trade items, boutique items and fully decorated trees and wreaths for sale. Call 383-1255 for information. Angels do exist at the Longboat Island Chapel’s first Holiday Angel Bazaar, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at the chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Angels will be everywhere — from the angels serving refreshments and breakfast or homemade soup, to the angel-themed handmade Christmas ornaments to angel books. Award-winning author Joan Wester Anderson’s angel books will be featured. Her most recent book is “Angelic Tails,” which is about animal angels. The bazaar will also feature “Where Angels Go

Andy Youngs, Vivian Leahy and Ingrid Wisniewski prepare for the St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church Christmas Bazaar. to Grow,” a children’s book written by Longboat Key resident Celia Edmundson. It is the book’s debut, and Edmundson will be in attendance at the bazaar to sign copies of her books. There will also be a raffle for baskets worth $50 to $100, Thanksgiving harvest and Christmas table decorations, watercolor paintings, hand-knit items, designer jewelry, crafts, antiques, collectables, ornaments and baked goods. Call Sue Reese at 387-0202 for information.

Dr. John Edwin Sullivan Sr., of Sarasota, died Oct. 31. He was 86. Dr. Sullivan was born Feb. 14, 1925, in Rochester, Minn., to James and Ella Sullivan; he was one of seven children. After graduating from Stewartville High School in 1942, Dr. Sullivan volunteered for the United States Merchant Marine Academy, with which he saw service in Genoa, Italy, during World War II. He then served in Kyoto, Japan. An experience on board a ship in which a crewman was saved following an emergency appendectomy inspired him to pursue a career in medicine. Dr. Sullivan was a 1955 graduate of Creighton Medical School, in Omaha, Neb. Upon completion of his internship in 1956 at Mercy Hospital, in Des Moines, Iowa, he opened his practice of family medicine. Dr. Sullivan was a family practice physician for 55 years. In 1968, Dr. Sullivan moved his family to Sarasota, where he continued his medical practice. Dr. Sullivan maintained his credentials as a Board Certified Family Practitioner throughout his career. A few of his accomplishments include president of the Sarasota County Medical Society, lifetime member in the American Academy of Family Practice, founding physician of St. Martha’s

Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, will hold Shabbat services at 5:30 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. Saturdays. Jonathan Katz is the rabbi. 383-3428. Health Clinic, executive committee member at Sarasota Memorial and Doctor’s Hospitals and recipient of the Sarasota Memorial Hospital Lifetime Achievement Award. A self-taught jazz musician, he played saxophone with the 296th Army Band in Japan and toured with territory bands in the Midwest during college. Dr. Sullivan is survived by his wife of 48 years, Marianne; daughters Ella Johnson, Julie Sullivan and Betsy Smith; sons Dr. John “Jack” Jr., Gary, Greg and Christopher; sister, Dorothy Lair, of Burnsville, Minn.; brothers Lawrence “Buddy,” of Cleveland, and William “Paul,” of Seattle; nine grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. A funeral Mass was held Friday, Nov. 4, at St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church, and a celebration of life took place Saturday, Nov. 5. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sarasota Medical Pregnancy Center, 2451 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, Fla., 34239 or at sarasotapregnancy.org, 330-2273.

Growing in Jesus’ Name

The Reverend Dr. Bruce Porter

Sunday Service 10:00 AM Sermon “A Gifted Family”

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The Rev. David L. Danner, D. Min., Rector

St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive, will hold daily Mass at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday, Saturday Mass at 5 p.m. and Sunday Masses at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Msgr. Gerard Finegan is the pastor. 383-1255.

Dr. John Edwin Sullivan Sr.

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St. Armands Key Lutheran Church, 40 N. Adams Drive, will hold contemporary Sunday worship services at 9 a.m. and traditional Sunday worship services at 11 a.m. The Rev. Mark Bernthal is the pastor. 388-1234.

Bettylee June Fullerton, of Longboat Key and formerly of Pittsburgh and Rosemount, Pa., died Oct. 7. She was 88. She is survived by her daughter, Jill. There will be no services. Inurnment will be in Pittsburgh. National Cremation and Burial Society is in charge of arrangements.

The Episcopal Church on Longboat Key

Sunday Services 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, will hold Sunday worship services at 10 a.m. The Rev. Kenneth Gill is the minister. 383-6491.

Bettylee June Fullerton

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Christ Church of Longboat Key, Presbyterian USA, 6400 Gulf of Mexico Drive, will hold Sunday worship services at 10 a.m. The Rev. Bruce Porter is the pastor. 383-8833.

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Oh, the places we’ll go ...

This year’s “It’s Read Everywhere” contest grand prize winner is Charlotte Hedge, who took her Sarasota Observer along while lobster fishing in Portland, Maine. Her photo earned 5,140 votes. To see the winners’ photos from each paper, see page 2B.

The Observer newspapers have been on vacation. Although we continue to provide weekly neighborhood news to our readers through the Longboat, Sarasota and East County Observers, we have had a busy year traveling all around the world. This year, thanks to our dedicated participants in our annual “It’s Read Everywhere” photo contest, we visited the Great Wall of China twice, went on safari in South Africa, saw the world-famous tortoises on the Galapagos Islands, stood on top of glaciers in Svalbard, hiked the highest peak in the Rocky Mountains, went Down Under to tour several Australian cities and even ran three marathons. Of the 114 submissions this year, 49 were from North America, 22 were from Europe, and 15 were from Asia. Israel and New York City were the most heavily visited locations, with five entries each. In addition, 18 readers took their Observers island-side, visiting exotic locations such as St. Martin in the French West Indies and Peggy’s Cove in Nova Scotia. And two contestants got creative for their photos for Sarasota stay-cations. The world map above shows each location the Ob-

WORLDWIDE DESTINATIONS • Alberta, Canada • Arcadia • Atlanta • Australia • Austria • Bahamas • Belize • Big Sky, Mont. • Borneo • Brazil • Breckenridge, Colo. • Brockway, Pa. • Caribbean • China • Costa Rica • Croatia • Dubai, United Arab Emirates • Egypt • England • Ethiopia • Finland • France • Galapagos Islands • Germany • Grand Cayman Island

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without your Observer! See page 2B for this year’s “It’s Read Everywhere” contest winners. Congratulations to all — and safe travels!


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It’s Read Everywhere! Every year, we ask our readers to take The Observer with them on their travels. And every year, we are amazed by the photos we receive. The Observer Group received more than 100 submissions for this year’s “It’s Read Everywhere” photo contest. Our readers traveled from Italy to Belize and Russia to the Philippines — and snapped their photos with copies of the East County, Longboat and Sarasota Observers. After more than 10,000 votes, the grand-prize winner is Charlotte Hedge, who took friends Tracy Seider, Judy Weaver, MaryBeth Robertson, Sandy Strom, Pat Short and Anne Settembrini — as well as a copy of the Sarasota Observer — on a lobstering adventure in Maine. Hedge’s photo took more than half of the votes with 5,140. As our grand-prize winner, she will receive two $500 travel vouchers from Admiral Travel plus 10,000 points ($1,000 value) from the Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club. Taking first for the Longboat Observer is Felipe, Natalia, Sofía and Pedro Cava, who submitted a

FIRST PRIZE/SARASOTA OBSERVER: Emily and William Hall got their paws on a Sarasota Observer during the Fourth of July this year while camping at the Paws Up Resort in Missoula, Mont. This photo earned 52 votes.

photo from Jasper National Park near Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Felipe Cava is a former fitness trainer at The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort. Their photo received 1,820 votes. The Sarasota Observer winners are Emily and William Hall, who submitted a photo from their camping trip at the Paws Up Resort, in Missoula, Mont. Their submission received 52 votes. The East County Observer winner is Lakewood Ranch’s Suzanne Mattes, who took a photo of her daughters, Alexia, 2, and Juliana, 5, and niece, Jessica Marschner, 3, at the Statue of Liberty. Her photo received 1,320 votes. All first-place winners will receive $350 travel vouchers from Admiral Travel plus 5,000 points ($500 value) from the Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club.

FIRST PRIZE/LONGBOAT OBSERVER: Felipe, Natalia, Sofía and Pedro Cava stayed fit even while on vacation visiting their family near Jasper National Park near Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Felipe Cava is a former fitness trainer at The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort, and his wife, Natalia, is currently employed at Forty Carrots Family Center and The Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County. Their photo earned 1,820 votes. grand prize winner: Every year, Charlotte Hedge, second from left, takes Tracy Seider, Judy Weaver, MaryBeth Robertson, Sandy Strom, Pat Short and Anne Settembrini to Maine. This year, she hired a captain and a lobsterman and went lobster fishing in front of the Portland Headlight. Her photo with the Sarasota Observer earned 5,140 votes.

FIRST PRIZE/EAST COUNTY OBSERVER: Cousins Jessica Marschner, 3, of Monroe Township, N.J., and Alexia Mattes, 2, and her sister, Juliana, 5, of Lakewood Ranch, brought the East County Observer to the Statue of Liberty during a July 18 visit to Liberty Island. This photo garnered 1,320 votes.

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If you’re like many Longboaters, you fled town for the summer. When you left, the “Lights Out” posters were just beginning to dot the Key in preparation for turtle-nesting season. Casa del Mar held a mere five Guinness World Records for the world’s tallest cotton plant. Bruce St. Denis was town manager. Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber’s appeal of bankruptcy rulings surrounding The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort was still pending. The Longboat Key Club Th and Resort’s proposed $400 million Islandside redevelopment project faced three legal challenges. Dogs knew their place on the island — and it wasn’t on the beach. As usual, we turned our lights out for the turtles this summer. Casa del Mar scored its sixth world record. But that’s about it for the “business as usual” category. This summer we had four — yes, count ’em, FOUR — town managers. A judge ruled in favor of Klauber in the long-standing battle for the Colony, and both sides will come together this week to attempt a resolution during a mediation conference. The Key Club is down to just two legal challenges. And after hearing dog owners bark all summer long about the possibility of allowing dogs on part of the beach, the Longboat Key Town Commission has formed a committee to explore the idea. Suffice it to say, Longboat Key was a happening place this summer. So, sit down, grab a cup of coffee, and get caught up on all that happened while you were away from May through October.

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May + Colony gets continuance The Longboat Key Town Commission extended a continuance of the town’s tourism abandonment requirement for The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort to Dec. 31, 2012. Without the extension, the town could have stripped the resort of 85 of its 237 units if the resort was not operational by Aug. 15, because units were built on the property before town code limited tourism units to six per acre.

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+ Town creates wildlife brochure The town created “A Citizen’s Guide to Nuisance Wildlife” to inform residents about how to keep critters away from their residences. The guide warns residents about actions such as leaving trashcans out overnight and overfilling birdfeeders that can draw unwanted animals like raccoons. The guide is available at Town Hall.

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+ Two nests found on first day of season Two Key turtle nests were found May 1, the first day of nesting season. A veteran Longboat Key Turtle Watch volunteer reported that it was the first time in recent memory that nests were found on the first day of season on the island. They were the first of 275 nests discovered on Longboat Key during the six-month season.

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+ Community center discussions move forward Commissioners agreed to hire a design professional to combine a 2003 recreational facility designed by architect Lisa Wannemacher, of Wannemacher Jensen Architects, with a 2009 Sarasota County park plan and combine the

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two into a single project. The commission also directed Town Manager Bruce St. Denis to begin the five-month process of hiring a design professional in accordance with the state-required consultant selection process, leaving open the possibility of a March 2012 referendum. A selection committee later recommended Wannemacher’s firm to assist in the development of a community center at Bayfront Park.

+ DCA doesn’t object to Key Club-related amendments The state’s Department of Community Affairs had no objection to the Comprehensive Plan amendments the town proposed relating to the Longboat Key Club and Resort renovation-and-expansion project, eliminating one of the Islandside Property Owners Coalition’s key arguments against the project. IPOC has since dropped its DCA appeal, but two challenges remain in Sarasota court. Arguments in the writ of certiorari challenge will be heard Wednesday, Nov. 16.

+ Colony Lender acquires ownership share Colony Lender LLC acquired a 15% interest of The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort’s recreational/resort assets previously owned by the Carolyn Field Trust. Colony Lender also owns an 80% interest in the Colony property because it already owned bank loans belonging to longtime Colony owner Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber.

+ Town Commission ratifies firefighter contract The Longboat Key Town Commission ratified a contract with its firefighters — one that expired five months later Sept. 30. As part of the agreement, the town agreed to continue counting vacation and sick leave as compensation when determining a payout amount for retirees. The contract

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+ Observer Group acquires Pelican Press

“Most people feel that their dogs are integral parts of their family, and their social and physical needs are important to everyone in the family,” he wrote. Vice Mayor David Brenner, who raised the issue in June of why leashed dogs are permitted in Joan M. Durante Park but not in other town parks, asked Town Manager Bruce St. Denis to put the item on an upcoming workshop agenda in the fall. “If there is a group of people who really feels strongly about it, we should look into it,” said Brenner, noting that he is not a dog owner.

+ Consultant praises town’s comprehensive beach plan

The Observer Group Inc. acquired the 40-year-old Pelican Press from the Milwaukee-based Journal Community Publishing Group Inc. The purchase increased the number of newspapers The Observer Group publishes to six.

Beach consultant Dr. Kevin Bodge praised the town’s Comprehensive Beach Management Plan, which requires a minimum beach width of 130 feet and that sand be added to town beaches every six to eight years. The commission spent $15,000 for the review to evaluate the town’s plan and its engineer, Coastal Planning & Engineering Inc.

remains in effect while the town and firefighters continue with negotiations on a new three-year contract.

June + FDOT signs off on sign removal The Florida Department of Transportation agreed to remove 68 signposts and 49 signs from the Gulf of Mexico Drive right of way after residents complained about the number of signs. FDOT completed the removal of most signs in October.

+ Rare wasps create buzz on Longboat Key Residents Matt and Margaret Callihan discovered rare Caribbean cicada killer wasps nesting at their Sabal Cove home. The breed had never been observed before in the Sarasota area, and the discovery prompted Lafayette College biology professor Chuck Holliday, an expert on cicada killer wasps, to fly to the area from Easton, Pa., to check out the breed.

+ Commission urges budget cuts The Longboat Key Town Commission told Town Manager Bruce St. Denis to make budget cuts after receiving a preliminary budget that included a $223,601

+ North Shore beach access re-opens in time for Fourth of July

+ Firefighter pension issues debated after investigation

The North Shore Road beach access reopened July 1, in time for the Fourth of July weekend. The access had closed for a $4.5 million north-end emergency beach project that brought approximately 133,000 cubic yards of sand to the severely eroded area. The access has since closed again for a seawall construction project.

The Longboat Key Firefighters Pension Board discussed how to proceed after a $50,000 forensic investigation of its pension by Benchmark Financial Services President Ed Siedle suggested that pension board investment consultant Morgan Stanley Smith Barney may have breached its contract with the pension board by making improper trades and accepting money from managers with whom it works. Board members suggested sending out a request for proposals to interview other investment consultants as well as Morgan Stanley to make sure that the board had the best consultant moving forward but agreed to hold off until Morgan Stanley officials could answer questions about its practices.

+ Observers named top-three Florida weeklies The Longboat, East County and Sarasota Observers were named the top-three weekly newspapers in the state in the Florida Press Association’s 2010 Better Weekly Newspaper Contest, with the Longboat Observer taking the first-prize award in the General Excellence category. The Observer Group received a total 27 awards at the FPA’s annual convention July 1.

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Nelson Goldner suggested in a July email to Vice Mayor David Brenner a trial period that would allow dogs on the beach — one that could possibly extend from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m., allowing the beach to remain dog-free during the day, and would allow dog owners to prove that they’re willing to clean up after their pets.

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+ Casa del Mar cotton plant sets resort’s sixth record Casa del Mar won its sixth title for the World’s Tallest Cotton Plant at a July 15 measuring ceremony for Guinness World Records. This year, the plant measured in at exactly 32 feet.

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+ Crowd brawls at Overlook Park An Aug. 7 brawl at Overlook Park led to four arrests and three breach of peace charges, two simple assault charges, one simple battery charge and one resisting/ obstructing a law enforcement officer charge. The fight allegedly began when a teen on a Jet Ski confronted boaters about littering and the boaters responded by throwing rocks and shells at him.

+ Prudential Palms offices close Prudential Palms Realty closed its offices on Longboat Key, Siesta Key, St. Armands Circle, downtown Sarasota and South Sarasota County. The company’s new model includes two Sarasota offices while leaving its Lakewood Ranch presence as is.

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U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday reversed the actions and rulings on August 2009 Colony Beach & Tennis Resort bankruptcy rulings made by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge K. Rodney May. Longtime Colony owner Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber had appealed the rulings, which eventually led to the eradication of his hotel partnership with the Colony Beach & Tennis Association. In his rulings, Merryday sided with Klauber in his claim that the association was required to make assessments to keep up with the common elements of the property.

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Sarasota 12th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Lee Haworth issued a ruling Aug. 3 validating the town’s $16 million beachbond referendum. Although voters approved the project in March, the results were considered invalid because of an

A Florida League of Cities report showed that the town of Longboat Key is one of just six cities in the state of Florida in which required pension contributions exceed 50% of police payroll costs. The town is also one of 19 Florida cities in which required firefighter pension costs exceed 35% of payroll costs, according to the report.

September + St. Denis resigns after 14 years as town manager The Longboat Key Town Commission accepted the resignation of Town Manager Bruce St. Denis in a Sept. 19 special meeting that took place three days after St. Denis submitted his offer. Earlier in the summer, Mayor Jim Brown approached Town Attorney David Persson about his sense of growing disagreement between the commission and the town manager. Persson began polling each commissioner

+ Publix submits plan to P&Z Publix Super Markets Inc. submitted a preliminary application to the Longboat Key Planning Zoning & Building Department calling for a tear-down and replacement of its store at 525 Bay Isles Parkway. The plan calls for closing the entire Avenue of the Flowers shopping center, with the exception of CVS, for an eight-month period beginning after Easter 2012.

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Longboat Key native Charles “C.J.” Wickersham was injured in a bull-shark attack that occurred Sept. 24 during a spearfishing trip off of Anna Maria. Wickersham lost at least half of his blood in the attack and received approximately 800 sutures. He returned home after more than a week at Bayfront Medical center and was later featured on a “Today” show segment about the attack.

+ Commission approves 1.8872 millage rate The Longboat Key Town Commission unanimously approved a millage rate of 1.8872 mills for the fiscal year 2011-12. The decision holds the rate flat from the prior fiscal year. The final budget approved by the commission after multiple meetings included a $52,400 budget surplus.

+ Colony Association board selects Club Holdings The Colony Beach & Tennis Association voted unanimously to select the Broomfield, Colo.,-based Club Holdings LLC for the redevelopment of The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort. Club Holdings will present its plan to unit owners later this year and must receive approval by at least 75% of unit owners to move forward.

+ Police nab three Longboat burglary suspects Longboat Key police arrested Juan Antonio Houston, 23, Jeremy Le’Edwin

+ Christ Church holds first service in new home Christ Church of Longboat Key, Presbyterian held its first worship service Oct. 23 at its permanent home at 6400 Gulf of Mexico Drive. The Rev. Bruce Porter led a blessing on the porch of the new building before 200 people gathered inside for the service.

October + Commission gives deputy administrator one-year contract The Longboat Key Town Commission voted Oct. 3 to award David Bullock, who has served as Sarasota County deputy administrator since 1997, a one-year contract. Bullock will receive $180,000 salary and 17.8% of annual salary in deferred compensation.

+ Colony ruling supports damages for Colony Partnership U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday directed a bankruptcy court to decide whether The Colony Beach & Tennis Association should return possession of units to the Partnership that ran the Colony and recommend damages of $7,751,470 or recommend an award of $20,646,312 with no return of units. The judge also remanded the dispute over a recreational lease to bankruptcy court to recommend an amount of damages owed to Klauber and other lessors. The association immediately appealed the rulings. The judge also ordered the parties into mediation, where both sides say resolution is likely. The mediation conference has been scheduled for Nov. 12.

+ P&Z recommends cell tower Outline Development Plan The Longboat Key Planning & Zoning Board voted at its Oct. 18 meeting to recommend an ordinance for an Outline Development Plan for a proposed 150-foot stealth tower at Longboat Island Chapel. The board was scheduled to also consider an application for a special-exception

use of the chapel property and a site-plan amendment at the meeting but canceled the related quasi-judicial hearings as a result of an appeal filed the day before by Grand Mariner owners Ralph and Sheri Trine, who say that construction of the tower would impact unit sales.

+ Town Commission forms dogged committee The Longboat Key Town Commission agreed to form a committee to explore issues related to allowing dogs limited access to a small portion of the beach. Max Goldner, a 5-year-old Wheaton terrier started the discussion in July when he enjoyed the beach on Long Island, N.Y., so much that his owners, Nelson and Laurin Goldner, suggested the idea. The idea was embraced by many pet owners but drew concerns from others about health issues and the impact on birds and sea turtles.

+ Hogle out as acting manager; Simpson on leave The Longboat Key Town Commission voted 5-2 Oct. 17 to remove Police Chief Al Hogle from the role of acting town manager over concerns of his handling of

employee allegations that Planning Zoning & Building Director Monica Simpson was verbally abusive to employees and created a hostile workplace. The commission then voted to appoint Susan Phillips, assistant to the town manager, as acting town manager for the two weeks until David Bullock assumed the role of interim town manager. Simpson remains on paid administrative leave as an investigation continues.

+ Hogle, St. Denis apply for county administrator Longboat Key Police Chief Al Hogle and former Town Manager Bruce St. Denis were among 45 applicants for the position of Sarasota County administrator. St. Denis remains one of eight candidates for the position.

+ Convenience store to open in former 7-Eleven site Longboat Hardware owner Reed Savidge announced plans to open a convenience store, Quik-n-Easy, in the former 7-Eleven site at 4032 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Savidge hopes to open the store later this month.

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May 4 The welcoming party 7:02 p.m. — 5700 block of GMD. Suspicious Circumstance. A man told police that while driving through Spanish Main Yacht Club, a man banged his fist on the side of his van as he drove around him in the middle of the road.

May 9 All fired up 12:50 p.m. — 500 block of Norton Street. Fire. A woman reported a possible trash fire in the back of a homeowner’s yard. Upon arrival, police found a woman spraying water on what had been a fire consisting of yard clippings. She told police she missed her yard trash pickup day and decided to burn her grass clippings. But the fire got bigger than she expected, and she put it out with the hose. The Fire Rescue Department responded to confirm the fire was out, and the woman was warned of the town’s ordinance preventing open fires.

May 11 Walk it off 5:41 p.m. — 100 block of Broadway. Disturbance. A beach project construction worker told police he exchanged punches with a drunken beachgoer who started swinging at him when the beachgoer was asked to walk around the construction zone. The beachgoer agreed to leave.

May 18 Photo finish 5:49 p.m. — 3400 block of GMD. Animal Nuisance. A man called police to report there was a snake under his couch in his living room. Police pulled the couch back and found a 2.5-foot black snake under the couch. The man, who was visiting from the United Kingdom, asked the officer to pose for a picture so he could share the experience

June 5 Man of few words 10:21 a.m. — 400 block of L’Ambiance Drive. Phone Call. A woman told police that a man kept calling her and saying, “Yo!” before hanging up. Police left a message for the prankster and urged him to stop calling the woman.

June 13 When ya gotta go ... 1:03 a.m. — 4700 block of GMD. Suspicious Person. Police witnessed a drunken woman urinating in the parking lot of a hotel. She told police she had lost her room key. The front desk provided her with a new key so she could be more discreet in the comfort of her hotel room.

June 26 Give them a brake 9:21 a.m. — 3800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. Traffic Complaint. A resident flagged down police to report that a large group of bicyclists was riding in the south-bound traffic lane and impeding traffic. He said that a verbal altercation ensued after he blew his horn at them. The 12 riders told police that the resident had started the altercation by blowing his horn at them, pulling in front of them and braking, causing the riders to brake to avoid crashing. Both parties were given information about laws pertaining to bike lanes.

June 30 Night lights 9:31 p.m. — 700 block of St. Judes Drive North. Code Enforcement. A woman reported that a neighbor’s light was shining too brightly into her bedroom at night, which caused her not to be able to see the sunrise. The neighbor unscrewed the bulb and promised to dim the light.

July 17 The going weight? 9:56 a.m. Theft. A man took, and then returned, weights from his neighbor’s garage. The man said that the neighbor made threatening remarks after the weights were

returned and had previously offered him an ounce of marijuana in exchange for the weights.

‘Extreme Couponing’: The Longboat Key edition 3:40 p.m. — 6700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. Suspicious Circumstance. A man told police that two daily newspapers delivered to a box near his condominium no longer come with extra clip-out coupons and said that they might have been stolen because of a recent TV series glamorizing coupon use.

Aug. 5 Dogged detour 1:18 p.m. — 5500 block of GMD. Disturbance. A man told police that he observed large groups of Segway operators riding through a park and yelling to people walking dogs to move out of the path. The Segway company owner agreed to talk to guides about the issue.

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11:17 p.m. — 7000 block of GMD. Suspicious Circumstance. A caller reported a reckless driver who was possibly armed with a handgun. The driver, who told police he wanted to punch himself in the head, was armed only with a half-empty bottle of Bacardi rum and an empty alcoholic beverage can.

Sept. 21 The smell of suspicion 8:06 a.m. — 3200 block of GMD. Suspicious Circumstance. A condominium maintenance supervisor reported that a resident noticed a “suspicious person” who “had a bad odor about him” the week earlier. The supervisor told police that he has noticed items such as toilet paper and air fresheners missing from the pool bathrooms and suspects that a person could be living in the nearby wooded area.

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Mistaken identity 9:16 p.m. — 4400 block of GMD. Suspicious Person. A woman thought that a family member was knocking on her door but opened it to find a man she didn’t know wearing a bathing suit with no shirt. She told the man she didn’t know him, and he walked away, but several minutes later, she heard a louder knock and a voice saying, “Open the door.” The woman’s husband told the man that he did not know him and watched him walk toward the pool area.

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Mary Lee Lyons

Mary Lee Lyons, 82, of Longboat Key, died April 27. She was a homemaker and served as team-leader volunteer at the Historic Asolo Theater at the Ringling Museum. She enjoyed fishing, boating and walking. She was an avid needle-pointer and loved stone crabs.

Barbara Stevens Patterson

Barbara Stevens Patterson, 80, of Sarasota and formerly of Longboat Key, died April 27. She was the wife of the late Longboat Key mayor and retired U.S. Army Major Gen. James “Jim” Patterson. She was involved with volunteer and charity work with the American Cancer Society, the American Red Cross and Project Literacy. She was an avid tennis player at the Longboat Key Club and Resort and Bird Key Yacht Club and enjoyed traveling, cooking, sailing, involvement with the Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association and spending time with her grandchildren.

Alan George Braxton

Alan George Braxton, 72, of Longboat Key and formerly of University Park and Lehigh-on-Sea, England, died May 2. Mr. Braxton was a retired chartered accountant and enjoyed playing tennis and his clarinet.

Miriam Kellner Bazelon Knox

Miriam Kellner Bazelon Knox, 96, of Washington, D.C., and formerly of Longboat Key, died May 21. She founded the first nonsectarian interracial child guidance clinic in Washington, D.C., under the auspices of the Jewish Social Services Agency, of which she served as the first female president. She was a founding staff member of Head Start and also established one of the country’s first children’s reading festivals in Sarasota.

Dorothea Hall

Dorothea Hall, 83, of Bradenton and formerly of Philadelphia, Cape Point May, N.J., and Longboat Key, died May 29. She was a member of Kirkwood Presbyterian Church in Bradenton and a longtime volunteer for Woman’s Exchange Inc. She was a resident of Freedom Village in Bradenton.

Charles Koblentz

Charles Koblentz, 93, of Longboat Key, died April 30. He began his career working in government, but his career was cut short when he was investigated in the late 1940s by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) on grounds of guilt by association, charges of which he was acquitted. He later became vice president of the American Trading and Production Co. He enjoyed traveling and long walks.

Willie Jackson Jr.

Willie Jackson Jr., 60, of Sarasota, died June 7. He served for 20 years as a Longboat Key police officer and was honored as the 2009 Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key Police Officer of the Year.

Andrew Scherman

Andrew Scherman, 52, of St. Petersburg and formerly of Sarasota, died June 8. He worked at the state attorney’s office in Sarasota and went on to run a private practice for 14 years. After retiring from law, he became a professional chess coach/teacher and tournament organizer. He was the son of Annette Scherman and stepson of former Longboat Key Mayor Robert Drohlich.

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Kathryn White Stewart

Kathryn White Stewart, 93, of Hilton Head, S.C., and formerly of Longboat Key, died May 2. Mrs. Stewart was one of the few women of her generation to earn a master’s degree and was an avid world-traveler. She lived in India for 19 years and also lived in Spain and Saudi Arabia for a brief period.

Robert ‘Bob’ Twyman

Robert “Bob” Twyman, 88, of Longboat Key, died May 9. Twyman was a Longboat Harbour resident since 1984 and served on the Longboat Key Town Commission from 1991 to 1993 and was instrumental in guiding the search for a new town manager. He served as president of the Republican Club of Longboat Key and was an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key.

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ber 1998. He was an avid golfer and a member of the Longboat Key Club and Resort.

John Spanos, 83, of Erie, Pa., and formerly of Longboat Key, died June 2. He was a certified public accountant with Ernst & Young and retired from the partnership in Septem-

Cornelia Huff Cosbar, 68, of Longboat Key and formerly of Larchmont, N.Y., died June 13. She graduated from Centenary College for Women in Hackensack, N.J. She was a past member of the Larchmont Yacht Club and a longtime member of the Junior League.

David Cohen

David Cohen, 81, of Longboat Key, died June 18. He worked in the leather industry with the former Fermon Leather Co., in Peabody, Mass., and later became president and owner of North Shore Medical Transcriptions Inc., in Peabody. He was a member of Temple Beth Israel.

Robert Story Schley Sr.

Robert Story Schley Sr., 89, of Fox Point, Wis., and Longboat Key, died June 19. He founded Robert S. Schley & Associates, a real-estate appraiser firm, in 1950. He was a board member of the Whitney Beach Association and a founding member of Cedars Tennis Club.

Estella Lilly

Estella Lilly, 85, of Sarasota Bay Club and formerly of Longboat Key, died June 24. Mrs. Lilly and her husband, Jim, moved in 1957 to Longboat Key and converted a fruit stand into The Beach Cart, which was the island’s only full-service grocery store for many years. Over the next three decades, the couple built the Sea Stable, a sportswear shop, along with rental properties. Mrs. Lilly played piano at many places, including the Longboat Island Chapel when it was located at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts.

June Peterson Beigbeder

June Peterson Beigbeder, 72, of Longboat Key, died June 26. She was a former resident of Dedham, Mass.

Irving Eison

Irving Eison, 84, of Longboat Key, died June 25. He worked for 25 years at Dunkin’ Donuts, ultimately becoming vice president of product marketing and development as the company expanded its menu beyond doughnuts and coffee. In 1972, he saw the waste of the dough from the hole of the doughnut as a marketing opportunity and created the still-popular “Dunkin’ Munchkin,” of which more than 70 million are sold every year. He was a member of Temple Beth Israel and volunteer at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and Mote Marine Aquarium.

Lois Rosenthal

Lois Rosenthal, 81, of Longboat Key, died June 26. She was a former resident of Buffalo, N.Y., and Cincinnati.

Shirley Jean Schneider-Behrendt

Shirley Jean Schneider-Behrendt, 82, of Longboat Key, died July 14. She was a former resident of Detroit and Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

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Mary Louise Redding

Mary Louise Redding, 99, Longboat Key, died July 16. She was a former resident of Mount Lebanon, Pa.

Dolores Ann Kapernarnos

Dolores Ann Kapernarnos, 81, of Longboat Key, died July 18. She is remembered as a loving mother, spouse and grandmother.

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Elaine Rutledge Hover

Elaine Rutledge Hover, formerly of Longboat Key, died July 22.

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Marguerita Ann ‘Peggy’ Myford Gadoury

Marguerita Ann “Peggy” Myford Gadoury, 63, of Longboat Key, died July 24. She was a former resident of St. Petersburg.

John ‘Dutch’ Martin Arends

John “Dutch” Martin Arends, 86, of Longboat Key, died July 30. He joined the Dutch Resistance as a teenager during World War II and was later recognized for his courageous efforts. He immigrated in 1952 to the U.S. and established five retail home appliance operations in the Fort Lauderdale area that were for many years known as “Dutch’s.” He served as president of the Longbeach Village Association and the Longboat Key Garden Club and was a longtime volunteer at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts.

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Loris Birnkrant

Loris Birnkrant, 92, of Longboat Key and Birmingham, Mich., died July 30. She was a volunteer with the Sarasota Music Festival and active in the Sarasota Opera, Ringling College of Art and Design and the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, a Division of Ringling College of Art and Design. She enjoyed walking the beach and exploring Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

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Col. Clarence Henry ‘C.H.’ Kemp

Col. Clarence Henry “C.H.” Kemp, 94, of Longboat Key, died Aug. 1. He served 28 years in the U.S. Army in a career that took him to Korea and Vietnam before his final duty station in Washington, D.C. He served as executive director of First Step of Sarasota from 1976 to 1991. He was a longtime member of the Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key and St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church.

Robert Louis Schroeder

Robert Louis Schroeder, 84, of Longboat Key, died Aug. 3. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of Longboat Island Chapel and the Republican Club of Longboat Key and sat on the board of directors for Junior Achievement.

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Ruth Meyfarth

Ruth Meyfarth, 95, of Longboat Key and Bradenton, died Aug. 14. She was a secretary for an insurance company until she had children. She was active in the Republican Women’s Club and garden clubs and volunteered at a veterans hospital.

Betty Corn

Betty Corn, 89, of Longboat Key and Sioux City, Iowa, and Langhorne, Pa., died Aug. 23. She joined the U.S. Navy as a nurse in 1945. It was there that she met her husband, Herman, a dentist. She and her husband enjoyed traveling abroad, often as Dr. Corn lectured on periodontics. The Corns were active in Temple Beth Sholom and the Wellness Foundation.

Marie Barr

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Marie Barr, 88, of Plymouth Harbor and formerly of Highland Park, Ill., and Bennington, Vt., died Aug. 28. Mrs. Barr was born in Budapest and founded Barr Electric Corp. with her husband, Stephen, in 1962. She was a member of the G.WIZ — The Science Museum Board of Directors and a former umpire for the USTA.

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Florence Mann

Florence Mann, 91, of Canton, Mass., and formerly of New Bedford, Mass., and Longboat Key, died Sept. 1. She graduated from Simmons College, in Boston, and owned and operated women’s apparel stores in New Bedford with her husband, Howard.

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Joseph Corben

Joseph Corben, 85, of Longboat Key, died

Sept. 10. His service in the U.S. Army earned him  a Combat Infantry Badge, a European Theater Badge with three battle stars and Bronze Star. He received a Purple Heart for an injury he sustained during the Battle of the Bulge. He went on to become an accountant and, later, a partner in a public relations firm. Earlier this year, the French government awarded Mr. Corben the Legion of Honor medal in recognition of his fighting for the liberation of France during World War II.

Lenore Benderly

Lenore Benderly, 80, of Longboat Key, died Sept. 18. She was a former resident of Potomac, Md.

Sol Levites

Sol Levites, 96, of Sarasota, died Sept. 22.

Allen Barkey

Allen Barkey, of Longboat Key, died Sept. 24. Born in Istanbul, Mr. Barkey immigrated to the United States at 17. He served in the U.S. Army and ran Barkey Importing Co. with his wife, Henrietta. The company introduced the United States to Turkish apricots. Mr. Barkey was fluent in five languages and loved to travel. He was an opera buff and an avid history reader who loved swimming in the ocean and riding his three-wheel recumbent bike.

Alice Louise Barton

Alice Louise Barton, 88, of Sarasota, died Sept. 30. She was a former resident of Ohio, Michigan and Longboat Key.

Caleb Livingston Batten

Caleb Livingston Batten, 90, of Longboat Key, died Oct. 6.

Hermine Silver

Hermine Silver, 79, of Longboat Key, died Oct. 7. She was a former resident of Franklin, Mich.

Fred Martin

Fred Martin, 92, of Sarasota, died Oct. 11. He was a former resident of St. Joseph, Mich., and Flint, Mich.

Dr. James Henry Allison

Dr. James Henry Allison, 92, of Bradenton, died Oct. 12. He was a former resident of Longboat Key and Gettysburg, Pa.

Harriet Dorothy Hanover Glasspiegel

Harriet Dorothy Hanover Glasspiegel, 93, of Longboat Key and formerly of Milwaukee, Wis., died Oct. 13. She and her late husband, Jerry, enjoyed traveling together and spending time with family and friends. In retirement, Mrs. Glasspiegel enjoyed tennis, painting and volunteer work.

Robert Oliver Hughes

Robert Oliver Hughes, 95, of Bradenton and formerly of Flint, Mich., died Oct. 13. He was a former engineer for General Motors and a member of Longboat Island Chapel.

Jim Brown

Jim Brown, 90, of Longboat Key, died Oct. 14. He was a journalist for 64 years who began his career in Jackson, Mich., where he met his wife, Marjorie. The Browns lived in Milwaukee, Omaha, Neb., and Dallas before moving in 1976 to Longboat Key. He served six years on the Longboat Key Town Commission, including four years as mayor, and championed projects such as the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center and beach renourishment. Brown received the 1992 Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key “Citizen of the Year Award.” He spent the past 12 years highlighting Key issues as an editorial writer for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Daniel Curran

Daniel Curran, 81, of Longboat Key and formerly of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Cincinnati, died Oct. 18. He was an active volunteer with SPARCC for many years.

Stuart Curtiss Allen

Stuart Curtiss Allen, 102, of Bradenton, died Oct. 19. He was a former resident of Longboat Key.

Pamela Mary Guthrie

Pamela Mary Guthrie, 85, of Sarasota, died Oct. 24. She was a former resident of London and Longboat Key.


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By Adam Hughes | Research Editor

Bird Key home sells for $1.6 million

Sanctuary I at Longboat Key Club

Melvyn and Eleanor Glickman, Longboat Key, sold their B-503 condominium at 585 Sanctuary Drive to Gregs and Mettie Thomopulos, Iowa City, Iowa, for $835,000. Built in 1990, it has three bedrooms, twoand-a-half baths and 1,823 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $594,000 in 1999.

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Victor and Maria Scully, Sarasota, sold their home at 3522 Fair Oaks Lane to Alan and Louise Parsons, New York, for $722,500.

BUILDING PERMITS These are the largest building permits issued by the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Department for the week of Oct. 29 through Nov. 3, in order of dollar amounts. (GMD = Gulf of Mexico Drive)

Mallory Gnaegy

The home at 109 N. Warbler Lane, on Bird Key, has two bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,627 square feet of living area. It sold for $1.6 million.

Built in 2000, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,562 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $547,400 in 2000.

Sea Gate Club

Marvin and Betty Morse, Sarasota, sold their Unit 6-A condominium at 2425 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Samuel and Stacie Linsky, Tampa, for $580,000. Built in 1973, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,513 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $450,000 in 2001.

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Kenneth and Betty Johnson, of Urbana, Ill., sold their Unit 1404 condominium at 2109 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Derek and Aletta Scholten, of Ontario, Canada, for $540,000. Built in 1984, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,358 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $874,000 in 2005.

New construction James Abrams

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Jane Crowther

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Sumac Investments Ltd.

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949716 Ontario Inc. sold the Unit 1304 condominium at 1926 Harbourside Drive to Jim McAlpine and Howard Carr, trustees, Toronto, Canada, for $373,800. Built in 1982, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,097 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $216,000 in 1991. Lauren Toronto, Land O’Lakes, sold the Unit 1403 condominium at 1928 Har-

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Last weeks Cryptograms 1. We love family picnics out in the woods. At the last one, we invited some funny actors over to ham it up. 2. Ken was looking forward to the big spread at the fancy annual picnic. He was quite eager to try the Barbieque.


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Danielle Brown and Ricardo Graziano dance the pas de deux from “Diamonds” at the Kennedy Center.

‘Diamond’ exchange As Sarasota Ballet gets ready to stage its hometown performance of ‘Diamonds,’ five dancers reflect on what it was like to dance the piece at the Kennedy Center in the company of a Balanchine muse. Last season, when Sarasota Ballet Director Iain Webb told his dancers that they would be traveling to Washington, D.C., to perform George Balanchine’s “Diamonds” with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, he purposely downplayed the partnership. He didn’t want to put too much pressure

on the company. Or, perhaps he didn’t want to put too much pressure on himself. Of course, downplayed or not, the dancers (and especially Webb) understood the significance of the collaboration. Balanchine created “Diamonds” in 1967 specifically for Farrell. The former New

York City Ballet principal was perhaps Balanchine’s greatest muse. Adding further weight to the project was the fact that Farrell’s company, which is based out of the Kennedy Center, would be celebrating its 10th anniversary season this year.

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Sarasota Ballet will perform The Great Masters at 2 and 8 p.m. Nov. 18, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. The program includes George Balanchine’s “Diamonds” with The Suzanne Farrell Company and Sir Frederick Ashton’s “The Two Pigeons.” A special performance is scheduled for 8 p.m. Nov. 19, at Ruth Eckerd Hall, in Clearwater. For tickets, call 359-0099, or visit sarasotaballet.org

DIAMONDS / FROM PAGE 1 To quote Webb, the opportunity was “brilliant.” On the night of Oct. 13, when Sarasota Ballet dancers Danielle Brown, Ricardo Graziano, Kate Honea and Victoria Hulland were scheduled to perform their solos, Webb was sitting in the audience at the Eisenhower Theater. Sitting directly behind him was Alastair Macaulay, the dance critic from The New York Times. “I didn’t want to look over my shoulder,” Webb says. “They were all there … critics from The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. I recognized a lot of them.” Scattered among the crowd were dozens of Sarasota dance fans who had traveled to see the show. When the curtain fell on the finale polonaise — a rousing processional of 34 dancers in dazzling costumes moving in a flurry of patterns — Webb’s wife, Margaret Barbieri, Sarasota Bal-

let’s assistant artistic director, had tears in her eyes. “I couldn’t have wished for it to go any better,” Webb says. “There were so many amazing moments I don’t know where to begin.” To help fill in those amazing moments, we asked Brown, Graziano, Honea, Hulland and corps de ballet dancer Emily Dixon to share their experiences. Victoria Hulland on the significance of dancing ‘Diamonds’ “Diamonds” is very elegant. It’s the third part of a larger ballet called ‘Jewels.’ I found it to be so elegant. It has a Russian quality to it. When I saw it on stage for the first time with the white-and-gold Rachel S. O’Hara costumes and the lighting, all I Emily Dixon, Danielle Brown, Ricardo Graziano, Kate Honea and could think of was pure elegance. Victoria Hulland share their stories from the Kennedy Center stage. It was such an honor to learn it from Suzanne Farrell. It was created on her, so I felt like everything It’s ingrained in all of us. It’s funny to be on stage for 10 minutes and she said was coming directly from because I’m always being told to keep the audience connected. You the source. At the same time, she smile more. I guess you don’t see it don’t want them to get bored and was clear about telling us that as much on my face. “Diamonds” fall asleep! Danielle and I work we were free to be ourselves. Just isn’t the most smiley piece, so it well together. We understand because it was set on her, didn’t was hard to find the right balance each other, which is what you mean she didn’t want to see our and portray the right character. need when you’re dancing a pas personalities come through.” When I saw that I was mentioned de deux. Chemistry is important in The Wall Street Journal and … and teamwork. You must speak Danielle Brown on being The New York Times, I was so sur- the same language. There’s no me praised in The Wall Street Journal prised. My mom ordered both pa- or you. Just us.” “The one day when I saw Kate pers. It was like, ‘Oh my gosh, our and Tori doing their demi solos little girl is in a big paper.’” Emily Dixon on what she with the two dancers from Sulearned from working with Farrell zanne’s company, I noticed they Ricardo Graziano on danc“Suzanne has a completely difwere so bright and energetic, ing a long, slow pas de deux ferent teaching method than what while the other dancers were “Divertimento No. 15” was my we’re used to. She taught me to more serious. It’s not that (Far- first classical Balanchine ballet. I really engage my mind in class, rell’s company) didn’t dance well. loved it because I love moving all instead of just going through the It’s that our dancers were smiling over the stage and jumping and motions and relying on everything more. You could tell they were dancing fast. When it comes to I’m used to. You have to be able to enjoying themselves, and I think “Diamonds,” it’s a whole differ- pick things up quickly. To be able that came across on stage. It’s ent story, of course. It’s a slower to execute the kind of steps she something Iain and Maggie defi- ballet with a longer pas de deux — teaches with different combinanitely encourage, ‘Smile bigger.’ about 10 minutes. It’s a challenge tions and patterns so early in the

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+ Oscar winning costume designer visits RCAD The gap between Hollywood and Sarasota continues to get smaller with each VIP that passes through the halls of Ringling College of Art and Design. Last week students in the college’s digital filmmaking program rubbed elbows with Academy Awardwinning costume designer Ann Roth, whose list of film credits include “The Hours,” “The Birdcage,” “Cold Mountain,” “Midnight Cowboy” and “The English Patient,” for which Roth won the 1997 Oscar for Best Costume Design. During her stay in Sarasota, Roth attended an exhibition of her work, taught three master classes and participated in a Q&A session following a screening of “The Hours.” (Fun fact about the film: It was Roth’s idea to stick a fake schnoz on Nicole Kidman’s face — a genius move considering Kidman nailed Virginia Woolf and won an Oscar.) At a reception prior to the movie’s screening, film department head Bradley Battersby could hardly contain his excitement. “Ann Roth is a legend,” Battersby says. “She’s got more than 100 film credits and more than 70 theater credits. She represents history. You can’t put anyone else on her pedestal.” Ironically, when the 80-year-old costume designer arrived at the

The Asolo Rep’s upcoming production of “Yentl” just prompted me to download a song I haven’t heard in years — and, no, it’s not Barbra Streisand singing “Papa Can You Hear Me?” It’s “I Kissed a Girl” by singer/songwriter Jill Sobule, whom I recently learned is composing the score for “Yentl.” On Thursday, members of the play’s cast and crew stopped by the Sarasota Bay Club to meet with sponsors and

discuss the new production, which opens Jan. 20. In addition to Sobule, Director Gordon Greenberg and actors Howard Millman, Carolyn Michel and Doug Jones were in the crowd. Greenberg, who three years ago directed the Asolo Rep’s revised version of the musical “Working,” met Sobule through another singer/ songwriter who shot to fame in the 1990s: Lisa Loeb.

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Ann Roth with Ringling College President Larry Thompson reception, few people noticed. She was draped in a black Pashmina scarf and wearing dark glasses. When asked how her tour of Ringling College was going, Roth, whose visit was made possible thanks to a grant from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, admitted to being uncomfortable with all the classroom technology. “I’m a little intimidated by the word ‘computer,’” Roth said. Given that she’s probably seen more A-list actors in their underwear than anyone else in the business, I’d say Roth has a pretty warped sense of intimidation.

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That’s not to say that he took umbrage with any of the previous shows. A statement-making artist in his own right, Henry says he thought Dustin Shuler’s dancing cars were “pretty cool.” Over the course of 40 years, Henry has produced some of the largest contemporary public-art sculptures in the United States. Take, for example, his 70-foot-tall “Star Pointer,” which went up on the Sarasota bayfront during Season of Sculpture’s fourth show. The striking geometric structure,

which stayed up long after the rest of the exhibition came down, had all the elements of a typical John Henry sculpture. It was towering; it was steel; and it was red. “There has to be a certain amount of camaraderie between the environment and the sculpture,” Henry says. “A lot of good sculptures get lost in the urban environment because of the scale of the buildings around it. It becomes an afterthought. I’m not interested in that. I’m interested in sculpture that makes a strong individual statement.” Usually this means his work ends up painted red. “It’s not that I love red,” Henry says. “It’s just a good, strong color that sets itself apart from other things. Why do you think fire trucks have been painted red for years?” As a kid he thought he wanted to be an architect, until he took his first art class at the University of Kentucky and realized he was more interested in the creative side of construction. Listening to him talk about space and scale, size and color, you wonder what kind of signature buildings Henry would have designed had he not pursued a career in art. Then again, with a name like John Henry, how could he not work with steel? “I’ve heard that one maybe 1,000 times,” Henry says with a heavy sigh. “There are actually three famous John Henrys out there. There’s John Henry the steel-driving man, John Henry the racehorse, and John Henry the guy who makes shirts and underwear.”

Like many non-profit organization, Sarasota Season of Sculpture has had to find creative ways to produce shows with dwindling funds. The organization can no longer afford to pay an executive director, which means a volunteer board of directors is responsible for running this year’s exhibition. According to board President Susan McLeod, by bringing in a show that had already been curated, the organization was able to cut its expenses by 50%. “This is really a make-or-break show for us,” McLeod says. “It’s not the largest by any means, but it’s one of the strongest, and we were fortunate to be able to work with John Henry to make it happen in these economic times.”

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Who was Serge Gainsbourg? Clueless myself, I was surprised to discover that he was a huge star in ’60s/’70s French culture. A provocative and gifted musician, Gainsbourg was also known for his highprofile love life. In the new film “Gainsbourg,” we meet him as a precocious young lad who, at an early age, had the art of schmoozing glamorous women down to an exact science. Growing up in Nazi-occupied Paris as a Jew didn’t seem to put a damper on his artistic prowess. In fact, it helped him create an imaginary alter ego in the form of a giant puppet that was always getting him into sordid scrapes. But Gainsbourg always managed to come out on top ... on top of such celebrated beauties as Brigitte Bardot (Laetitia Casta), Jane Birkin (Lucy Gordon) and Juliette Gréco (Anna Mouglalis), just to name a few. He recorded his most famous work, “Je t’aime” with Birkin — it was so risqué it was banned by the Vatican. He became the guy who rode the wave of bad press to big success.

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Ashley Picciallo, Leo Daignault, Stacia Fernandez and Mike Backes in “Next to Normal” at Florida Studio Theatre. ing, still optimistic husband, Dan. Ashley Picciallo, as daughter Natalie, is extraordinarily good at provoking empathy, making the audience understand how it is to be a child forced into playing mother to her mother. Mike Backes, as son Gabe, is a fantastic singer and convincing in a difficult devil/angel role integral to the plot. Appealing and sincere as the boyfriend, James LaRosa is a past winner of the Payne Award for Outstanding Actor in Music Theatre. Scott Guthrie plays two clearly differentiated doctors and rocks the house in an unexpected manner while doing so. — Paula Atwell

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>> The Chalk Festival Meets Puccini On Sunday, the Sarasota Opera moved Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” outdoors to downtown’s Dolphin Street and Pineapple Avenue to meet the artists of The Chalk Festival. This may sound like a curious coupling, but it worked. As a music person, my immediate question was: What does this collaboration do for the opera? On one hand, it brings hordes of people, many of them first-time opera attendees, so it’s good publicity and great public relations. But, on the other, they’re missing some of the opera’s important elements — the orchestra, a real stage, lighting, scenery, translating subtitles and the glorious sound of the operatic voice soaring into an enclosed space with acoustics meant for unamplified singing. And, because this outdoor “Butterfly” was condensed into less than an hour, they even missed out on some of the characters who flesh out the story. Collaborations are always good because they get arts groups to think outside of their usual parameters. They also bring new audiences, and that’s important. Best of all, they’re fun, especially when they’re outside; the sky is blue, the air is balmy and the atmosphere is festive. Is it serious music or significant art? Sometimes. But it’s hard to draw the line on the folks who are standing around, hopping from one foot to another, weaving in and out, calling their kids, rounding up their dogs and wishing they’d chosen a bleacher seat (if they got one in the first place) in the shade. All that being said, this is the kind of stuff we need to do more often in Sarasota. Picture a rectangular space with bleachers on one end and a street on the other. The chalk artists have painted (or should I say drawn?) a colorful floor depicting the sea and sky in shades of blues, browns and khaki with white billowing clouds drifting across. The only scenery and props are properly spare: three black cubes, which double as tables and chairs, and, along one side, Japanese screens that hang like banners, placing an edge to the alleyway that’s been magically made into a stage. It’s a smallish space as outdoor performances go and, unbelievably, microphones and other amplification weren’t used, which gave us a chance to hear the unadulterated voices. Of course, this also meant the “covers,” or understudies, we heard in the

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MUSIC ARTISTS SERIES CONCERTS — “Romantic Keys,” featuring world-class pianist Di Wu, will be presented Nov. 13 and Nov. 15, at the Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. For tickets and details, call 360-7399 or visit www.artistseriesconcerts.org. CHURCH OF THE REDEEMER — A special choral Mass will be presented at 10 a.m. Nov. 24, for Thanksgiving Day. Those attending are asked to consider contributing non-perishable food items to help feed the hungry in the community. Located at 222 S. Palm Ave.; www. redeemersarasota.org; 955-4263. GLENRIDGE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER — “From Liszt to Ligeti: 200 Years of Hungarian Piano Music” will be performed through Dec. 2. Tickets: $22. Located at 7333 Scotland Way; www. theglenridge.com; or call 552-5325. JAZZ AT TWO — The Klaus Bader Quartet will perform at 2 p.m. Nov. 11. All concerts are at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Road. Tickets: $5 for Jazz Club members; $10 for non-members; www. jazzclubsarasota.com; 366-1552. JAZZ IN THE CHAPEL — The Jazz Trio, featuring Johnny Moore, Dominic Mancini and Tommy Goodman, with special guests Jeff Lego, Dave Pruyn and Mike Parmalee, will perform at 4 and 5:30 p.m. Nov. 13, at First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave. Free; www.firstsrq.com; 955-0935. MUNCHTIME MUSICALE — Belle Canto vocal ensemble will perform selections ranging from Bach to Broadway at noon Nov. 16. Free; open seating. Located at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail; 351-7467; www. sarasotaconcertassociation.org. NEW COLLEGE NEW MUSIC — Margaret Eginton and Stephen Miles will

perform “New Experimental Works” at 8 p.m. Nov. 11 and Nov. 12, College Hall Music Room, 351 College Road, Sarasota; www.newmusicnewcollege.org; 487-4888. SARASOTA OPERA — “Madama Butterfly” will be performed through Nov. 15. Located at 61 N. Pineapple Ave. 366-8450; www.sarasotaopera.org. SARASOTA ORCHESTRA — “Masterworks: Stern & Schwarz,” featuring music by Brahms, Saint-Saens and Tchaikovsky, with cellist Julian Schwarz as special guest, will be performed Nov. 11 to Nov. 13, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail. www.sarasotaorchestra.org; 9533434. VAN WEZEL PERFORMING ARTS HALL — Dave Koz and Friends will present “Christmas Tour 2011” at 8 p.m. Nov. 26. Tickets: $30 to $65; www.vanwezel. org; 953-3368. Located at 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. VENICE MUSICALE — “Italian Idyll,” featuring Italian vocal music from the 16th to the 20th centuries, will be performed at 11 a.m. Nov. 17, at Venice Public Library, 301 S. Nokomis; www. venicemusicale.org; 497-2733.

ART ALLYN GALLUP CONTEMPORARY ART — “Hugh Davies: Paintings” will be on display through Nov. 26. Located at 1288 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota; www.allyngallup.com; 366-2454. ART CENTER SARASOTA — “Material Matters,” featuring the use of modern materials in the visual arts, will run through Dec. 31. Located at 707 N. Tamiami Trail; www.artsarasota.org; 3652032. ART UPTOWN — “Divas Go Pop” runs through Nov. 26, with works of digital pop art by Janine Hoffman. Located at

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and under, admitted free. Art museum free to all on Mondays. Located at 5401 Bay Shore Road; 3511660. Admission includes the Ringling Museum of Art, Cà d’Zan mansion, Circus Museum, Mable’s Rose Garden and grounds.  RINGLING COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN — “Fairy Tale Art: Illustrations from Children’s Books” will be on display through Dec. 9. Galleries located one-half block east of 2700 N. Tamiami Trail on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way; 3597563; www.ringling.edu/selbygallery. SELBY GARDENS — “Batiks Botanicos: A Painter’s Garden,” with hand-painted batiks by Angela Maria Isaza, will be on display through Nov. 17. Located at 811 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota; www.selby.org; 366-5731. SIMON’S COFFEE HOUSE — “Fun and Fur,” featuring artwork by Carolyn Ritter, will be on display through Jan. 2. Located at 5900 S. Tamiami Trail; 926-7151. TOWLES COURT ART ASSOCIATION — “Small Works,” an open juried show, will be presented Nov. 18 through Dec. 10. Located at Towles Court Art Center, 1938 Adams Lane, Sarasota; www.towlescourt. com.

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Eastern Influence Grant’s Gardens is creating a butterfly garden, which is currently in transition, near the citrus trees.

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Dean and Patty Miller wanted to create an Asian Zen feeling in their garden. Left: Yellow, black and green bamboo species continue the oriental theme through the garden.

If you were like Dean and Patty Miller and spent 15 years immersing yourself in Asian culture, you also would want to bring some of it home to Florida when you returned. Bold Buddha sculptures, thought to be created during 1300 to 1540, offer an oriental feeling on the first floor of the home. The theme is carried throughout the house and outdoors, where green, black and yellow bamboo surrounds a tranquil plot of paradise. Grant’s Gardens did a total re-landscaping of the property about five to six years ago. A butterfly garden near the citrus trees is currently in transition. “We wanted to sit outside during the rain,” says Betty Miller of the pavilion by the pool. “Any time of the year, we can sit under the pavilion, and it’s just gorgeous.”

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Blue mystic spires produce long stalks of blue flowers during the summer.

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Susan Erhart, Anno Swain and Katie Hayes be as good as the one that mom makes. There are minor variations in how the ladies make the chocolate cake. Swain and Hayes use a mixer and spray the pan with Pam. Erhart mixes it by hand and butters and flours the pan. Hayes’ sister-in-law uses a yellow cake mix and vanilla pudding with the same frosting. The cake is reported to be great with just powdered sugar on top, but this family can never do without frosting. The secrets to making it successfully are to soften the butter and add the dry and liquid ingredients alternately. The result is wildly popular. “Bundt cake is always better,” Hayes says. “There’s more frosting per piece.”

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There was a great big public display of affection Sunday, Nov. 6, at the Hyatt-Regency Sarasota, when 465 guests attended the Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center event honoring its benefactor, Betty Schoenbaum. Schoenbaum is as famous for her hugs as she is for her generosity, which is how the party came to be themed “Celebrating Promises Kept and Dreams Fulfilled … a Big Hug Back to Betty.” “I wish my arms could stretch to hug all of you,” she said. She also instructed the guests to hug the nearest person. In a room full of love, they did so with gusto.

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+ A tasty recipe for great friendship More than 160 guests delighted in a spectacular sunset Nov. 3 at Marie Selby Gardens during “A Taste of Friendship,” which raised more than $10,000 for the Center for Healthy Aging clinics at Senior Friendship Centers. Last year, the clinics provided medical and dental services to more

than 4,000 lower income and uninsured patients and demand is running about 15% higher this year. Mattison’s, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Jason’s Deli, Nancy’s Bar-B-Q and Word of Mouth provided food for grazing; doctors Bob and Pat Gussin provided Villa Marie Wine from their New Zealand vineyard for sipping. Sunny O’Flynn, JoAnn Nevins and Ingrid BookbinderKeating were event chairwomen.

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The AJC Civic Achievement Award goes to an individual whose contributions have improved the shared life of the community. It recognizes professional accomplishments and involvement in civic and community activities. This year, it goes to Gwen MacKenzie in recognition of everything she has done in her six years as CEO and president of Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Chairs of the gala dinner are Phil Delaney, president and CEO of Northern Trust Bank, and Carol Ann Kalish, shareholder of Williams Parker et al. Honorary dinner chairperson is Beatrice Friedman, whose daughter, Ilene Friedman, will do the “Motze” — say the blessing over the bread — before the meal.

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At the pace she is moving, Go To Girl Molly Klauber may need to rename herself Go-Go Girl. Nov. 2 was a party at Jolly celebrating the one-year anniversary of her marketing services business; Nov. 3 she was celebrity bartending for Goodwill at Polo Grill and Bar; and Nov. 5, she worked at a Wine, Woman & Shoes wine dinner. On Nov. 10 she tends bar again at Bleus, Brews and Schmooze to ben- Klauber efit G.WIZ. That’s “bleus,” as in cheese, the first of four events for the Gulf Coast Cheese Fest, which culminates in April with the Grand Cheese Tasting and — brace yourselves — “The Cheese Ball.”

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National Council of Jewish Women Sarasota-Manatee 30th annual Women in Power Luncheon Co-Chairwomen Nina Japhe and Janet Stollman have announced the honorees for the luncheon to be held Jan. 18. They are: Margaret Callihan, president and CEO of SunTrust Bank, Southwest Florida; Betsy Kane–Hartnett, co-founder and executive director of Forty Carrots Family Center; Eva Slane, retired theatrical agent, philanthropist and non-profit theater supporter; and Anne Weintraub, attorney, advocate and real-estate educator. To receive an invitation, call 342-1855.

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Boots made for oohing and aahing … thigh-high python Christian Louboutins on Sandy Sembler at Wine, Women & Shoes Luncheon Nov. 4. Ten years ago, you would not have seen these in Sarasota … Looking back … Robert Nelson and his late wife, Bette, put together the investment group that started WXLT TV-40 (now WWSB) back in 1971 and sold it in 1986. Alumni of the original operation recently joined Nelson at Mattison’s City Grille to reminisce and celebrate the station’s 40 years. Among them: long-time news anchor Bob Keehn, weather man Steve Newman, sportscaster Ron Jackson and engineer Dan Lunin … Happy Birthday … to Annette Grishman, who recently celebrated 85 surrounded by all three of her daughters … Speedy recovery … to Dottie Baer Garner, recuperating from successful surgery at Sarasota Memorial Hospital … Le beaujolais nouveau est arrivé … rather, it will arrive on schedule the week before Thanksgiving and be celebrated at a Fête du Beaujolais Nov. 17, at Maison Blanche restaurant on Longboat Key. The event benefits the James Beard Foundation; for details, call 383-8088.

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Bleus, Brews and Schmooze Benefiting: GWIZ and Gulf Coast Cheese Fest When: 6 to 10 p.m. Where: Polo Grill and Bar Contact: Molly Klauber, 320-9406 Price: Complimentary

11 Night of Hope Gala ‘Over the Moon’ Benefiting: Cancer Support Community When: 7 p.m. Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota Chairs: Beth Knopik and Honorary Chairs Art and Peggy Wood Contact: Amy Paulishak, 921-5539 Price: $350 www. cancersupportsuncoast.org

 Cornelia Matson, Dr. Krista Toomre and Dr. Allison Silver at Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida’s High Tea at High Noon event last year.

10 High Tea at High Noon Benefiting: Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida Inc. When: Noon Where: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Chairs: Peggy Abt, Kathy Bush, Mindy Mast and Carol Williams Contact: Sharon Kunkel, 365-3913, Ext. 1105 Price: $60 Lifetime Achievement Awards Dinner Benefiting: The Argus Foundation When: 6 p.m. Where: Hyatt Regency Sarasota Chair: Eddie Morton Contact: Sharlene Hillier, 365-4886 Price: $125 Ringling College of Art and Design 11th annual Golf Tournament Benefiting: Ringling College of Art and Design When: Noon Where: Longboat Key Club and Resort Contact: Sarah Walcutt-Febish, 3597589

Make A Mark Celebration Benefiting: Sarasota Youth Sailing When: 6 p.m. Where: Sarasota Yacht Club Chair: Ken D’Agostino Contact: David Livingston, 5044236 Price: $50 Saks Fifth Avenue and Nuovo Salon Anniversary Celebration  Benefiting: Sarasota Museum of Art When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Michael’s On East Contact: Beth Bobb, 364-5390 Price: $88

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Food and Wine Festival Hosted by: Lakewood Ranch Rotary Club When: 1 p.m. Where: Sarasota Polo grounds Contact: 870-0002 Price: $60 www.suncoastfoodandwinefestival.com

14 Divas after Dark presents ‘Burlesque’ Benefiting: Community AIDS Network Emergency Fund When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Michael’s On East Chairs: Ron Carter and Jimmy Neal Contact: 365-6922 Price: $100 ‘Flower Talk’ a Floral Art Demonstration and Luncheon featuring Natasha Lisitsa Benefiting: Founders Garden Club of Sarasota When: 11 a.m. Where: Sarasota Yacht Club Contact: Sara Bailry, sarapb@comcast.net

In the Pink: A Taste of New Gate School Benefiting: New Gate School Scholarship Fund When: 6:30 p.m. Where: New Gate Montessori School, Ashton Road Contact: 9224949 Price: $30

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Appreciation Luncheon honoring   Bob Johnson Benefiting: YMCA Foundation of Sarasota When: 11:30 a.m. Where: Michael’s On East Call: 951-1336 Price: $35 www.thesarasotay.org Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Gala ‘Le Jazz Hot!’ Benefiting: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe When: 6 p.m. Where: Michael’s On East Chairs: Carol M. Poteat-Buchanan and Mary Ann Robinson Contact: Carol M. Poteat Buchanan, 379-0232 Price: $125

17 AJC 2011 Civic Achievement Award Dinner honoring Gwen MacKenzie Benefiting: American Jewish Committee When: 6 p.m. Where: Michael’s On East Chairs: Philip Delaney, Carol Ann Kalish and Honorary Chairwoman Bea Friedman Contact: Brian Lipton, 365-4955 Price: $175 Goodwill Ambassador of the Year Awards Dinner Benefiting: Goodwill Foundation When: 6 p.m. Where: Hyatt Regency Sarasota Contact: 355-2721 Price: $100

18 ‘The Fabulous ’50s’ Hosted by: Sarasota Opera Guild Benefiting: Sarasota Opera When: 6 p.m. Where: Sarasota Opera House Contact: 924-4489 Price: $85 ‘Pinstripes and Penguins’ Benefiting: Mote Marine Laboratory When: 7 p.m. Where: Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium Contact: Stacy Alexander, 3884441, Ext. 509 Price: $50

19 Dream Makers Ball Benefiting: Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota County When: 6 p.m. Where: Hyatt Regency Sarasota Chairs: Tom and Kristy Cail Contact: Tamara Chapman, 366-3911 Price: $250 (after party) The Artful Lobster Benefiting: The Hermitage Artist Retreat When: 11 a.m. Where: The Hermitage Artist Retreat Chair: Debbi Benedict Contact: 475-2098 Price: $125 http://hermitageart-

 Caitlyn Colleron, Erin Colleron, Kevin Roberts and Lynn Rasys at last year’s Pawpurr’s Ball. istretreat.org/events/fundraising-events/ Pawpurr’s Ball Benefiting: Cat Depot When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Michael’s On East Chair: Lynn Rasys Contact: Lynn Rasys, 366-2404 Price: $67.50

20 ‘All Jazzed Up!’ Season Opener Brunch Benefiting: Sarasota Orchestra When: 11:30 a.m. Where: Michael’s On East Chairs: Bunny Skirboll and Edie Chaifetz and Design Chairwoman Anne Folsom Smith Contact: Rebecca Campbell, 487-2743 Price: $95 21 Friends of the Sarasota Ballet Showcase Luncheon Hosted by: Friends of the Sarasota Ballet Benefiting: Sarasota Ballet When: 11:30 a.m. Where: Michael’s On East Chair: Richard Hurter Contact: Richard Hurter, 780-3311 Price: $35 www.sarasotaballet.org 30 15th annual Holidays at the Crosley, Festival of Trees (runs through Dec. 8) Benefiting: Crosley Estate Foundation When: 11 a.m. Where: Crosley Estate Mansion Chair: Natalie Gundrum Contact: Anna Pohl, 704-4366 Price: $10

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Norma Greenwald, Andrea Frank and Marion Levine

with walls of windows and sliding doors give this home the feel of a yacht rather than a condominium. 3 beds/2 bath – Family and Living rooms. Wood & stone floors. Plantation shutters, office built-ins. Totally remodeled. Gated enclave of only 41 units, pool on the Bay. $898,000 MLS#A3947330

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Exquisite interior in both the 3,000 Sq Ft 3 bed/3 bath main home and studio size 1 bed/1 bath Carriage house. Extreme quality in every room from the stone floor to the hand crafted custom cabinetry throughout. Resort-like private pool oasis and outdoor kitchen. $1,295,000 MLS#A3950332

Dolly Jacobs and Pedro Reis Below: Brad Diamond and Chuck Sidlow

Burns Court Villas Entered from within the Tuscan courtyard (or garage), this 3 bedroom (now 2 & office) 2 1/2 bath - 3 story Townhome (w/elevator) is the perfect blend of privacy and maintenance free downtown living. Two private courtyards for outdoor living. Gas fireplace. $749,000

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Event Co-Chairwoman Judy Bloch, Peter Gray and Co-Chairwoman Marcia Corrigan

Royal St Andrew Imagine it – 2,900 Sq Ft with 91 Ft of Bay views. Unique 3 bed plus den & 3.5 baths with 2 sun rooms - all with full Bay views. Largest residence in the building. Newly remodeled amenities including bayside pool; fitness, social area with warming kitchen. 2 covered parking. On site management. $849,000 MLS#A3945192

1350 Main - Heart of Downtown

Le Chateau Breathtaking Bay views all the

Embassy House Incredible Bay and sunset views. 2 bed/2 bath Penthouse offering a formal dining room, large living room and sun room for entertaining. Bay side pool, fitness, gathering area with kitchen and garage parking. $550,000

Siesta Key Siesta Key Beach House - only 2 short blocks to Siesta Village and the Country’s #1 ranked Beach! Built in 2000, 3 bed/3 bath, large deck, oversized 2 car garage, big fenced yard. Newly painted, new tropical landscaping. Spacious non conforming downstairs. $499,000

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Two fabulous choices in this popular building. 2 bed/2 bath – either Bay view $599,000 or 1 bed/1.5 bath $399,000. Amenities include 24 hr. concierge, heated pool and spa; fitness center, social rooms, conference room and guest suite.

Coyn Richardson and Betty York

Donate

way from Siesta Key to North Longboat from this Downtown Bayfront 2 bedroom plus den/family room, 2 bath. Adjacent to the Ritz. Wonderful covered terrace to enjoy the Bay breezes and Seabirds. Covered parking. $575,000 MLS#A3950505

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