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by Kurt Schultheis | City Editor

North Sarasota crime top priority Sarasota city commissioners will work toward reducing the crime and number of homicides in North Sarasota by enlisting the help of a criminologist who has reduced crime in cities nationwide. The Sarasota City Commission unanimously agreed at an informal workshop Monday that if the number of homicides in North Sarasota continues to increase, the crime is going to inch closer to downtown Sarasota. A tense debate between District

Myniea Handy, 8, poses with Santa Claus, Saturday, Dec. 10, during BBBS holiday party at Sun ’N’ Fun.

1 Commissioner Willie Shaw and the rest of the commissioners ensued when the commission began to discuss the goals for the city over the next two years. Shaw told the commission he had only one major goal to discuss at the meeting.

Noting that crime currently falls under the city’s “quality of life goal,” Shaw said something more needs to be done to reduce the amount of crime and the number of homicides in Sarasota. “The violence taking place in North Sarasota is unbelievable,”

Shaw said. “I would like support for us to label this a major concern and to dig deeper to figure out how to fix it.” Shaw’s comments came just 24

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+ Children get festive for Santa More than 130 kids from Big Brothers Big Sisters watched as Santa Claus showed up to greet them in a bright red fire truck for their annual holiday party Saturday, Dec. 10, at Sun ’N’ Fun. Each child received two wrapped presents and got to decorate cupcakes, get their face painted and feast on pizza lunch. Children also picked up a teddy bear as they left. This year the Young Professionals Group helped out at the event as part of their monthly volunteer opportunity.

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Cole Miller, 7 months, was dressed in his own Santa suit, Tuesday, Dec. 13, during Healthy Families Sarasota’s Holiday Party at FirstBaptist Sarasota’s Family Life Center. See more photos online at YourObserver.com.

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+ 65 years and still going strong The Sarasota High School class of 1946 gathered for its 65th class reunion Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Marina Jack. The class has been gathering at least once a year, usually around the holidays, for the last 15 years. Bob Andrews organized the group of 30 by making phone calls and sending out emails. “There are about 40 students who still live in the area and about 10 who live out of state,” said Andrews. “We are the oldest and the toughest,” he laughed.

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Building director defends department Tim Litchett, director of Neighborhood Development and Services, said the building department is offering exemplary service while performing the same level of service with less employees. Sarasota Director of Neighborhood Development and Services Tim Litchett said there is a growing misconception that there is a huge drop-off in construction within city limits and that his department is providing

subpar customer service. On Tuesday, Litchett provided a list of building permits and other licenses from the last two years that show the city is handling roughly the same number of permits, if not more, than in

years past (see sidebar). “I do think there’s a perception out there that there has been this huge drop-off of construction and work over the last year,” Litchett said. “But, really, our numbers show we have

been steady for some period of time.” Although the city is more than 95% built out, Litchett said it

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By the Numbers The city of Sarasota’s Neighborhood and Development Services Department compared the following items over the last two fiscal years for the Sarasota Observer: Item Fiscal Year 2009-10 Construction value $168,430,924 Building permits issued 4,224 Sign permits issued 385 Business tax licenses issued 5,405 Code compliance orders issued 842 Code compliance complaints 1,466 Alcohol beverage permits issued 103 49 Development Review Committee petitions Number of variances 7 Number of adjustments 8 Walk-in building customers 17,068 Walk-in zoning customers 2,276 Walk-in engineering customers 3,192 Walk-in Newtown redevelopment customers 320 Agenda requests prepared 144

Fiscal Year 2010-11 $188,321,615 5,457 293 5,109 759 1,835 101 45 6 6 15,895 1,123 682 170 141

BUILDINGS / FROM PAGE 1A less staff than we had three years generates revenues from remodeling projects and at least a few large projects each year. This year, the Sarasota Memorial Hospital wing addition, Litchett said, is generating revenue for the building department. The construction value of permits issued in fiscal year 201011 increased more than $20,000 when compared to the previous fiscal year. Litchett points out his department and various divisions are performing roughly the same amount of work with fewer employees. Three years ago, his department had more than 100 employees. Today, the department has 56 employees. “At the end of each year, I show my department what we’ve done and how we’ve done it,” Litchett said. “Even with 40%

ago, we have a tremendous load we are handling well.” Litchett also questions rumblings that his department has a customer service problem. He points to 120 customer comment cards collected from January 2010 to July 2010 that show that 113 responses checked off “excellent service” and seven reflected “good” service. During that same timeframe, the building department served 29,033 customers and issued 8,067 building permits. Litchett says that every customer is handed a comment card. “If they choose not to fill it out, I’m guessing they aren’t having any problems t h e y wish to

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let us know about,” Litchett said. And from July 2010 to July 2011, the department received 139 “excellent” ratings out of 142 cards received. Litchett also said that three open-house, problem-solving sessions with City Manager Bob Bartolotta this year have led to zero complaints for the building division and its processes, despite the sessions being requested by the Sarasota City

Commission after Vice Mayor Terry Turner wanted to gauge if there was any issues with customer service in the department. “We are the Wal-Mart of government when it comes to handling a large amount of people each and every day,” Litchett said. “We are taking every customer seriously, and I believe the way we are tracking customer service levels reflects that.” Litchett said the numbers speak for themselves. “I have heard Sarasota’s closed for business for some time now and I’m fighting that,” Litchett said. “We are doing our job quite well.” Turner, who recently requested the customer comment cards to review the data, said he is pleased with what he’s seen. “I am quite impressed with the positive responses Tim’s department is getting,” Turner said. “In large measure, I now believe the concerns and comments about poor service are reflecting service some had three or four years ago. Today, Tim’s department is pro-

viding exemplary service with fewer staff, and it’s something this city should be proud of.” Joel Freedman, owner of Sarasota-based Freedman Consulting Group, echoed Turner’s statements. Freedman’s company recently received approval for a project at 1400 DeSoto Road for 280 apartments on 16 acres. Three or four years ago, Freedman said it would have taken the city eight months to approve such a large project. But that project took the city four months to approve this past fiscal year. If a similar project was proposed in Sarasota County, Freedman said it would take at least nine months to approve. Freedman said he credits Bartolotta’s reorganization of several departments under Litchett’s supervision for the department’s quick turnaround process. “I find that of all the cities and counties I work in, I always prefer to permit that work in the city of Sarasota,” Freedman said. Even frustration from city residents and business owners over a P.F. Chang’s restaurant application that’s taken months to come before the Planning Board, Freedman said, is not the city’s fault. “We had issues with easements and nearby property owners to work out for that project,” Freedman said. “The city has been ready to work with us and trying to push the project along as fast as they could.”

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by Kurt Schultheis | City Editor

Art committee debates its mission The Public Art Committee held a special meeting last week to discuss its policies and existence moving forward. Annoyed and frustrated with its perceived lack of control over future downtown art projects, the Public Art Committee held a special meeting Dec. 7 to discuss its concerns. Longtime art committee board member George Haborak, who requested the meeting, told the committee he believes the committee should not have approved projects, such as the Season of Sculpture’s Intersections project and a future interactive sculpture art project. “I’m against both those projects, because I believe our public art policy statement says the committee is committed to the enrichment of the community through private and public acquisition of public art,” he said. Haborak said approving two projects that

don’t involve the acquisition of public art goes against the committee’s mission statement. “It was always our committee’s mission and goal to acquire works of art for the city and the betterment of the community,” Haborak said. “Although these other projects are great, all we’re doing is sponsoring art exhibitions, and that’s why I voted against them.” Art Committee Chairman Leonardo Lunardi and member Andrew Maass disagreed with Haborak. “We are also given the responsibility ‘to separate and display’ public art purchased by expenditures of the public art fund,” Maass said. Haborak, though, said he felt the committee was starting to focus more on projects that promote businesses and tourism instead of focusing on acquisitions of public art. Board member Trulee Jameson told Haborak she

was glad he brought the issue up, and the board agreed to further discuss the issue and hold a joint workshop with the Sarasota City Commission to discuss its concerns. Jameson also brought up what she perceives as a committee that’s diminishing its control. Senior planner Dr. Clifford Smith said the committee can “redefine its policy so it’s more flexible but still has an emphasis on permanent public-art acquisitions.” “I think we should also have the ability to publicly disapprove of objects on city property labeled as art that don’t measure up aesthetically to our standards,” Jameson said. Comments made by Jameson and Haborak represent a growing discontent that the art committee has with its control and/or the amount of approval it has over certain projects. In November, Jameson expressed concern that her

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board has no control over a concept being shaped for a $55,000 interactive public-art project the committee approved in August. At its Nov. 9 quarterly meeting, Jameson said that although the board already approved an interactive project for nine bronze sculptures to be placed along Main Street, she wants the committee to approve the concept that goes with the sculptures. Smith, however, has said that although the committee will be updated on the future of the project, it only has control over the sculptures themselves, which the committee already approved. Jameson, meanwhile, is frustrated that the committee approved a project when the committee doesn’t know what the sculptures are going to be. “My concern is we are stuck no matter what fabulous concept and multiple layer is presented for this project,” Jameson said in November. “We are stuck with static bronze sculptures hidden somewhere on Main Street.”

by Kurt Schultheis | City Editor

Goodwill project moves forward The Sarasota City Commission declined to hear an appeal by a group of residents that is upset with the Goodwill approval.

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Dalton Anderson, 3, tries to figure out exactly what he wants to ask Santa to bring him for Christmas, Friday, Dec. 9, during Southside Village’s Holiday Stroll. See pages 4B and 5B for the story and more photos.

A group called Citizens for Reasonable North Trail Development didn’t get an opportunity to make its case for why it believes a Goodwill Superstore isn’t appropriate for the surrounding neighborhood. At a special meeting Monday at City Hall, the Sarasota City Commission unanimously declined to hear an appeal of the store, upholding its Planning Board’s Nov. 9 decision to approve the store. The move meant Sapphire Shores residents opposed to the store did not have the opportunity to make their voices heard in a public hearing setting. Approximately 40 people congregated outside Commission Chambers after the meeting to complain. “It was fixed,” said Sapphire Shores resident Anne Fordham. “This is a superstore that belongs in an industrial zone, not a neighborhood.” The decision essentially allows the project, slated for two vacant parcels that sit at the corner of U.S. 41 and Myrtle Street, to move forward. The planning board approved the 29,699-squarefoot retail store by a 3-2 vote, despite concerns from residents who think the store doesn’t fit the character of the neighborhood they want revitalized. Sapphire Shores resi-

dent Robert Casella, along with residents Mel Harner and Scott Eller, jointly appealed the decision. Casella, who said he has a petition from 50 residents opposed to the project, expects his organization to dispute the decision in January by filing an appeal with Sarasota County Circuit Court. “We were really disappointed,” Casella said Tuesday. “We didn’t expect to prevail, but we also didn’t expect to be disrespected by the commission, who couldn’t even give us the courtesy to review our appeal with them.” The Goodwill store will replace an existing, aging Goodwill that sits down the street at 3333 N. Tamiami Trail. The new store would have approximately 80 employees, compared to the 60 employees the current location has. The store will sit approximately 12 blocks away from the site of a new Walmart grocery store that has already received a building permit. The commission had agreed to fast-track the appeal hearing after Goodwill officials explained because of lease concerns, they needed to know by the end of the year if the project could be sidetracked.

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Judge calls auditing complaint ‘meritless’ An independent investigation of City Hall and the Auditor and Clerk’s Office revealed no issues with employees. A circuit court judge has found no issues with Sarasota City Hall and found the claims made by a former senior internal auditor to be baseless. The review was requested Oct. 3 by the Sarasota City Commission after former employee Maryellen McGrath resigned in September and sent commissioners an email that claimed the Auditor and Clerk’s Office was in disarray and that she had to resign because of low employee moral and auditor issues within the department. McGrath wrote a lengthy email to commissioners after she resigned, explaining the position she formerly held should be cut “and the salary put toward a more productive, ethical and necessary department.” McGrath questioned the way the audit regarding the Newtown youth program doublebilling scandal was performed and released, claimed her audit manager, Heather Riti Essa, spends her days searching town emails and doesn’t believe the department is following proper procedures. “The Auditor and Clerk’s Office is a liability rather than an asset to the city of Sarasota, conducting audits in a combative nature with the auditees rather than working with them,” McGrath wrote. “The approach of the audit department does not provide or suggest recommendations for improvements to the city’s processes and procedures to save the taxpayers money or provide employees with guidance on an efficient process to alleviate their workload.” But in a report released Dec. 1, Judge Thomas Gallen said he found no issues with the department and described the remaining staff at City Hall as “proficient, professional and dedicated.” Although Essa’s computer hard drive was taken recently as part of a separate computer forensic investigation at the request of City Manager Bob Bartolotta, Gallen called Essa “honest and straightforward.” Gallen also wrote that McGrath was never involved with a Newtown youth program audit that she criticized and explained that McGrath’s past auditing was for public companies and that some of her auditing concerns were not relevant to municipal government operations. McGrath would not meet with Gallen unless the city agreed to pay $400 to $500 per hour to compensate her and her attorney for the time.


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+ Van Wezel operations’ future discussed

officials, will have no impact on the Performing Arts Hall’s ability to continue to book quality programs in the future. The estimated timeframe for implementation will be by Jan. 1, 2013. Any agreement reached would need to be approved by the City Commission and the foundation board of directors.

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The city of Sarasota and the Van Wezel Foundation have entered into a series of exploratory discussions regarding the future operations of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Among the alternatives being considered by city staff: • Continue to operate the Van Wezel as a city department. Over the last two years, under the leadership of Mary Bensel, revenues have exceeded expenditures. The current budget continues this success with no budgeted subsidy from the general fund. • Explore a private management contract for operation similar to the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers and the Mahaffey Theatre in St. Petersburg. Under this alternative, a private company manages the operation with a management fee paid by the city. • Create a new non-profit organization to manage both the day-to-day operations and the long-term fundraising. • Consolidate the operation of the Van Wezel Hall with the Van Wezel Foundation under a long-term lease

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The most read stories online last week were: 1. “Retail village highlights Gillespie Park revitalization” (Dec. 8) 2. “Gulf Gate murder suspect arrested” (Dec. 5) 3. “Commission discusses mooring field tonight” (Dec. 5) 4. “PHOTO GALLERY: Holiday Parade part 3” (Dec. 5) 5. “Mooring ordinance moving forward” (Dec. 6)

+ Legoman ranks No. 2 in ‘Oddball News Stories’

Sarasota’s famous Legoman has made Time magazine’s list for Top 10 “Oddball News Stories” of 2011. The 8-foot-tall, 100-pound fiberglass creature, also known as Ego Leonard, ranked No. 2 on the list — one of 54 arrangement whereby the non-profit lists Time has compiled by surveying entity would carry the authority and “the highs and lows, the good and the responsibility for governance, operations, bad, of the past 12 months,” accordall expenses and fundraising. ing to its website, www.time.com. The initial discussions with the Van The article also notes that Legoman Wezel Foundation, which began earlier was linked to a Dutch artist, but it this year, have centered on the fourth does not mention the Sarasota Chalk alternative, which has the potential of Festival connection discovered by Tim combining the current operating staff Jaeger, of Sarasota Visual Art. An artist LBK 2010 J Netherlands who participated with the foundation’s ability to secure from-The major new funding in the future. in that event created a design involving The discussions, according to city Legomen.

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St. Armands parking garage now on deck Vice Mayor Terry Turner has urged the Sarasota City Commission to consider a parking garage for St. Armands Circle.

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WENDY MANN RESNICK When it comes to people in need, Wendy Mann Resnick is a softie. “I’m the kind of person who, if I see people on the street and they’re having a hard time and asking for money, I always give it to them,” Resnick says. “Especially nowadays, when people are losing their homes and don’t have enough money to feed their children and can’t get medical care, I do what I can.” Every year, she makes a contribution to the Season of Sharing because she believes that during the holidays, it’s more important than ever to help

other people. “I’m very fortunate in my life,” Resnick says. “I have a wonderful family and lots of love. It’s always a gift for me to be able to give a gift to someone else.” Resnick, who retired in June after 28 years as the executive director of United Cerebral Palsy, has donated to the Season of Sharing fund at least six times. She also donates to All Faiths Food Bank, among other nonprofits. “I read the articles in the paper, and it always touches my heart when I see people who are struggling,” Resnick says. “I think it’s a great community effort and a special time of year when people should pitch in — every dollar helps for every nonprofit.” — Loren Mayo

St. Armands Circle merchants moved one step closer to checking off the final item on their capital-improvement project wish list Monday when the Sarasota City Commission agreed to look into the feasibility of a parking garage near the Circle’s fire station. At the commission’s Monday informal workshop, Vice Mayor Terry Turner received support from commissioners to add the feasibility of a multi-story parking garage on the Circle as part of the commission’s two-year goals. “Merchants want a garage and are willing to pay for it with a special assessment tax,” said Turner, who said it makes sense to have sketches drawn up and see what the project would cost. “If it’s workable, we should do it.” A multimillion dollar garage could be funded by a combination of merchant special-assessment taxes and parking-meter revenues. The item was added to City Manager Bob Bartolotta’s list. A final list of two-year goals will be brought back before commissioners to review and approve in January. Merchants are also hoping exposed power lines can be buried as a part of the project. St. Armands Circle Business Improvement District (BID) Chairman Marty Rappaport was pleased to hear the news at the BID’s Board of Directors meeting Tuesday. “It’s the last major project for the Circle, and once it’s built, it will satisfy the residents, Circle merchants and the entire Sarasota community as a whole,” Rappa-

Medians project 99% complete St. Armands Circle Business Improvement District (BID) Chairman Marty Rappaport announced Tuesday that a $450,000 Circle median project is 99% complete. All of the medians were completely overhauled, with new benches and new landscaping that includes shade trees. It’s the goal of the BID to have the contractor remove the barricades and portable bathrooms no later than Dec. 23. port said. “I’m pleased to see the city moving in this direction.” Rappaport said the BID wants to begin planning for the garage next year. “Once it’s complete, we would be able to implement a valet service that’s free for customers and be in position to support the advertising and promotion St. Armands deserves,” Rappaport said. Also at the BID meeting, the board of directors noted there are no vacancies on the Circle; what’s vacant is under contract for stores that can’t be announced yet. “What we have been able to do in a terrible economy with not a lot of money over the last nine years is amazing,” Rappaport said. “It’s beneficial to both St. Armands and downtown Sarasota as a whole to keep moving forward with the garage project.”

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“If we are to build a better world, we must remember that the guiding principle is this — a policy of freedom for the individual is the only truly progressive policy.” Friedrich Hayek “Road to Serfdom,” 1944

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FDR was right: No unions It should be obvious to almost everyone paying attention at this point: Government unions are almost always at odds with the public good when working on behalf of their members. Normally, it is a money issue, for which the unions representing government employees fight hard to keep their members from losing any benefits, pensions and pay raises, even though the government institution may be nearly bankrupt and would have to raise taxes on everyone to keep paying. That’s what government unions do — whether it is teacher unions, police unions or the range of other government unions that include such heavyweights as AFSCME and the Teamsters. They fight to get politicians to take more money from taxpayers to give to their members. Really, it is the only way it can be, which is why public officials need to know history and open their eyes. But lately, we have seen another side to the problem, and it is in the unsettling

realm of public safety. Law enforcement officers are increasingly not cooperating with criminal investigations when it comes to providing DNA samples. This came up locally when Sarasota County deputies who responded to a violent home invasion were asked to give DNA samples. Investigators had found a bead of sweat and needed to rule out the deputies. One would think that this would be a natural part of being in law enforcement. But the deputies refused. This has gone on around the country as law-enforcement officers, encouraged by their powerful police unions, question how their genetic material may be used. This, even as private citizens are routinely asked to give samples to rule them out of an investigation. The refusals cause problems for investigators and could endanger a prosecution. Further, in a series of stories on how a few bad cops get and keep jobs in Florida, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune pointed out

that the state commission that oversees police conduct is now packed with leaders and members of the Police Benevolent Association — the police union. That commission has consistently put up roadblocks to getting rid of bad cops in the same way that teachers unions put up roadblocks to getting rid of bad teachers. It’s one of the many things government unions do that is destructive for the public at large and raises the question of whether we should allow government unions. George Meany, former president of the AFL-CIO, and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt were sure of the answer: Resoundingly no. The result would be obvious: Unions would insist on laws and contracts that serve union members’ interest at the expense of the public good. Meany and FDR were right. We’re living with the growing burden of allowing public-sector unions. The question is can this be undone, or must the public remain subservient to the union?

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Next year’s budget for the state of Florida focuses on education and jobs without adding new financial burdens to families and businesses. After months of traveling the state and listening to teachers, parents, students, small businesses owners and families, I unveiled my budget recommendations this week which reflect the issues and solutions most important to Floridians — funding education and helping Floridians create jobs. The dollars in this budget belong to all Floridians, and I have listened to the things they believe are important to spend these dollars GOV. on. I have heard loud RICK and clear that FloridSCOTT ians want their money spent on education and jobs, without additional burdens on families and businesses, and this budget accomplishes that. Highlights of my $66.4 billion proposed budget for fiscal year 2012-2013 include: • Adding more than $1 billion in new state K-12 funding; • Creating new tax relief measures totaling nearly $35 million in taxpayer savings next year, and more than $86 million in fiscal year 2013-14; • Injecting $300 million in the Florida Retirement System pension fund; • Reducing state spending by 4.6% — close to fiscal year 2005-06 levels; • Adjusting Medicaid reimbursement methodologies to control soaring costs; • Gaining efficiencies and savings for

Florida taxpayers as a result of a 40-year low crime rates. This budget year, Florida faced significant education funding challenges. Florida gained 30,000 more students that require almost $200 million more in state funding. Florida also faces a $400 million reduction in ad valorem taxes, due to declining property values, and one-time state education funding. Despite these challenges, the budget I submitted to the Legislature includes: • Adds more than $1 billion in new state K-12 funding. • Raises per-student funding to $6,372, including 30,000 addition children in the public school system and less local funding due to declining property values. • Creates the third largest amount of state K-12 funding in Florida history at $9.5 billion. I will not sign any budget into law that doesn’t contain more state dollars for education than we have this year. I am absolutely committed to acting on what I have heard and prioritizing education funding in this budget. Because education and jobs are inextricably linked, a number of small business tax reform measures are also included in my budget which gives Florida businesses the competitive advantage needed to create the jobs. These tax reform measures include increasing the business tax exemption again this year from $25,000 to $50,000 — eliminating tax liability for more than 25% of those who pay it and reducing taxes by

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about $25 million for all taxpayers. I also propose increasing the tangible personal property tax exemption for those with less than $50,000 of such tax, providing an overall tax relief of about $22 million, if approved by the voters, and also broadening the sales tax exemption for manufacturing by lowering the percentage expanding businesses must increase output from 10% to 5% in order to make sure manufacturing can grow. This budget also places approximately $300 million into the Florida Retirement System pension fund: $180 million of new state funds to fully fund the normal cost, plus an additional $120 million toward the unfunded actuarial liability. We must be serious about fixing Florida’s pension fund in order to protect our ability to fund important priorities like education and jobs. The pension as it is now is a major liability for the state that will threaten other priorities if we do not talk honestly about its status with state employees. Florida is heading in the right direction. We have gained 106,900 net new jobs since January with a total of 118,000 jobs in the private sector. In addition, Florida’s unemployment rate is at its lowest point in 28 months at 10.3%. Florida is doing the right things to keep the cost of living low, get the state back to work and create a world-class education system that prepares students for a job. I would like to thank all of the Floridians — small business owners, job creators, parents, teachers and students — that took the time to talk with me over the past few months. It has been an important and meaningful dialogue and I hope they will continue to let me know what they think. To view my full budget proposal, visit http://letsgettowork.state.fl.us/


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Chalk Fest seeks partnership with county for arts grant During discussion set for Jan. 11, 2012, the Sarasota County Commission is expected to decide whether it will partner with Denise Kowal and the Sarasota Chalk Festival on an application for a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Kowal emailed commission Chairwoman Nora Patterson Dec. 2 to explain details of the grant and to ask for the assistance. “As you remember, I wanted to pursue the grant last year, but Jim Shirley (executive director of the Sarasota County Arts and Cultural Alliance) pursued it on behalf of the Festival of Firsts and he did not get invited to apply,” Kowal wrote. “Can you let please let me know if and what I need to do, (because) only one grant can be pursued by each governing agency each year?” The Our Town grants offered by the National Endowment for the Arts support “creative placemaking projects that contribute toward the livability of communities and help transform them into lively, beautiful and sustainable places with the arts at their core,” according to the material Kowal sent Patterson. The NEA information added, “Pending availability of funding, grants will range from $25,000 to $150,000.” The application deadline is March 1, 2012. Projects funded would be held

hours after three people were injured in Newtown early Sunday morning after rounds of ammunition were fired into a Newtown neighborhood. The string of violence has increased as of late in the area, with gunfire also killing a young mother over the Thanksgiving weekend. “This isn’t a District 1 issue anymore, and it never was,” Shaw said. “This is a Sarasota issue.” The rest of the commission agreed. “My sense of urgency is off the charts right now,” said Commissioner Paul Caragiulo. “This problem is within our city, it’s our problem, and I’m not OK with it.” Mayor Suzanne Atwell said “the elephant in the room” of the crime problem is “a public relations nightmare for the city.” The comment upset and frustrated Shaw, even though Atwell was trying to finish her comment by explaining the city can’t worry about the image of the city any longer when it comes to fixing its crime problem. “We can’t continue to talk about how this affects the city’s PR,” Shaw said. “I want to see a result that stops me from holding funerals and children and mothers being shot.” Shaw also asked commissioners to consider what would happen if the violence is ignored. “We won’t have a Sarasota image at all to worry about anymore if they start shooting downtown,” Shaw said. “It stinks, and it smells real bad right now.” Caragiulo agreed. “This wouldn’t be tolerated in any other neighborhood in this city,” Caragiulo said. City Manager Bob Bartolotta promised the commission the city is working to fix the problem and said the problem can’t be fixed by increasing the police presence in Newtown.

between Sept. 1, 2012, and Dec. 31, 2014. As she promised Kowal in her response, Patterson brought up the matter during the Dec. 6 County Commission meeting. Referring to Kowal, Patterson told her fellow commissioners, “She would like our blessing, (but) I don’t know if that is possible by our policies.” Nonetheless, Patterson pointed out that the Chalk Festival “has continued to grow and attract a lot of folks. Patterson added that the county would not be obligated to contribute funds by partnering with Kowal on the application. “You’re saying that other arts organizations could apply for this (grant)?” Commissioner Joe Barbetta asked. “We can’t prevent that,” Patterson said, adding that she could check with Shirley to learn his view of Kowal’s request. “I don’t want to be part of that (application) without seeing more input,” Barbetta said. Patterson suggested Interim County Administrator Terry Lewis and County Attorney Stephen DeMarsh research the matter and report back to the commission. In an email to Kowal, Lewis said the County Commission also wanted budget staff to look into the application process.

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“This is not just a police issue, it’s a community issue that everyone needs to buy into,” Bartolotta said. “We have doubled police presence in Newtown since I got here, and it hasn’t gotten us anywhere.” Bartolotta and the Sarasota Police Department are investigating a long-term solution that involves the entire community, including local ministers and community outreach programs. Shaw discovered the program called “Operation Ceasefire,” which involves the assistance of criminologist David Kennedy, who has devoted his career to reducing gang and drug-related inner-city violence. Kennedy’s homicide-reduction program brings gang members into meetings with community members they respect, social services representatives who could help them and police officers who want gang members to stay alive and not to be arrested. Kennedy’s program has worked to reduce homicide rates in Boston as much as 66%. The program, now dubbed “The Boston Miracle,” has been implemented in more than 70 cities nationwide. “We have to start with community action, and people must realize this affects the entire city,” Bartolotta said. “It appears to be effective.” Shaw has high hopes for the program. “The dynamics of violence we have here is broader than just putting people in jail,” Shaw said. Deputy City Manager Marlon Brown, meanwhile, said city staff would work on giving the violence issue a other than a “goal for the city.” Also at the meeting, commissioners presented a variety of goals to Bartolotta, who will present a list of approximately 40 goals to review and have commissioners review and approve in January.

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Nov. 29 Lost call 7:15 a.m. —  100 block of Ram Way. Suspicious Circumstance. A mother and her daughter reported the theft of a white iPhone. The mother said the phone was taken from her desk when she walked away from it for a brief moment. An application she used to track the phone showed the phone heading northbound on U.S. 41, but the phone was soon shut off, and the service to the phone went dead.

Parked pilfering 2:43 p.m. —  800 block of Ponderosa Road. Burglary. A woman told police someone stole a wallet from her unlocked car while it was parked in front of her home.

Nov. 30 Assistance requested 6:15 p.m. —  3500 block of Fruitville Road. Suspicious Circumstance. A drugstore manager called police because an elderly woman had been sitting in his store for a long time. The woman was “having memory problems” and was given a ride home once she remembered her address.

Divine intervention 10:45 p.m. —  800 block of Cocoanut Avenue. Suspicious Person. Police observed a man sleeping on the stoop of a church and sent him on his way.

Dec. 1 Traveling in packs 7:30 a.m. — 1400 block of First Street.

Trespassing. A bus driver called police because a group of girls was fighting on his bus. Police kicked the girls off the bus at the driver’s request and arrested one of them. They all were issued trespass warnings.

Dec. 2 License plate plundered 3 p.m. —  1200 block of Cocoanut Avenue. Theft. A man reported that someone stole his license plate off his Chrysler PT Cruiser.

with fake $50 bills. Another vendor accepted one of the bills before realizing it was fake. Police collected the fake bills to be put into evidence.

Dec. 3 Skateboarders scolded 1:29 a.m. —  100 block of South Palm Avenue. Trespassing. Police saw two boys skateboarding in a city garage. The boys fled when they saw the police car. Police caught up with one of them and trespassed him from the garage.

When one door closes ... 5:44 p.m. —  700 block of John Ringling Causeway. Suspicious Circumstance. A neighbor told police that he saw a man crawl into a window in the vacant apartment next-door. The man told police he had permission from the owner to stay there, and he produced a working key to the front door. He was asked to use the door in the future.

Dec. 3 Answering service 3:44 a.m. —  1400 block of State Street. Illegal Parking. A police officer tried to contact the owner of a car that was parked illegally during the Sarasota Farmers Market. When police got a voicemail, they hung up and called the towing company instead.

Feeling a little blue 9 a.m. — 800 block of South Osprey Avenue. Suspicious Circumstance. A maintenance man told police that a car must have run into a portion of a metal fence, because there were blue paint chips where a dent was in the fence. Police believe a truck’s side view mirror did the damage.

Fishing for trouble? 2:05 p.m. — 1300 block of John Ringling Parkway. Trespassing. A woman reported that a group of men walked through her yard to find a fishing spot. When she told them they were trespassing, she said they became belligerent. Police couldn’t find the men.

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Noise reduction 10:18 p.m. —  1500 block of Main Street. Noise Violation. Police observed loud music and profanity coming from a bar, and the owner agreed to turn the stereo down.

You snooze, you lose 10:24 p.m. —  1700 block of Second Street. Suspicious Circumstance. Police found a man sleeping in the middle of a parking lot.

Dec. 4 1:43 p.m. —  100 block of South Tuttle Avenue. Counterfeit Currency. Police met with a flea-market operator, who explained that one of his vendors had a customer who was trying to pay for things

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Jazz at Two Featuring Terry Myers Quartet — takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Road. Event is hosted by Jazz Club of Sarasota. Cost is $5 to $15. Call 3661552. Lights in Bloom — takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16 through Friday, Dec. 23 and Dec. 26 and 27. Fans of the tropical holiday family extravaganza can look forward to a greater transformation as Selby Gardens becomes an illuminated wonderland. Offers a stroll through lit gardens and includes miniature garden trains, Santa and elves and Hanukkah and Kwanzaa activities. Cost is $14 for adults, $12 for members and free for children 11 and younger. Visit selby.org. Breakfast with Santa — takes place from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at The Broken Egg, 4031 Clark Road. Includes gourmet breakfast buffet, a

per child. Call 309-2043. Christmas Concert — takes place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, at First Presbyterian Church, 2050 Oak St. Program includes members of the Sarasota Orchestra and First Presbyterian Church choir. Audience will participate in singing familiar Christmas hymns. Cost is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Call 9558119 or visit FirstPresSarasota. org.

Christmas story, photograph with Santa and presents. Cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children age 10 and younger. Call 922-2868 or visit thebrokenegg.com. Teddy Bear Tea — takes place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, 1111 Ritz Carlton Drive. Features finger sandwiches, assorted tea, cookies and hot chocolate. Each child will receive a keepsake teddy bear. Cost is $50 per adult and $44

‘The Nutcracker’ — takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at The Performing Arts Center at Riverview High School, 1 Ram Way. The ballet is presented by the Revelle Academy Performing Arts School. Cost is $19 for adults and free for children age 12 and younger. Call 379-1915 or visit revelleacademy.com. Holiday Dance Performance of ‘Cinderella’ — takes place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at Booker High School Visual and Performing Arts Center, 3201 N. Orange Ave. The program features selections from “Cinderella,” “Les Patineurs” and a variety of innovative contemporary works. It includes a first-time collaboration with West Coast Tangueros. Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. Call 4006277 or visit westcoastcivicballet. org. ‘Messiah Sing-along’ — takes place at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave. The community is invited to join in the annual tradition of the singing of Georg Friedrich Handel’s Christmas Messiah, one of the most frequently performed choral works in Western music. A $10 donation will be collected. Call 955-4263 or visit redeemersarasota.org.

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If you were expecting gingerbread men to be walking in a winter wonderland at The RitzCarlton, Sarasota’s gingerbread display, you were probably pleasantly surprised to discover penguins, dolphins, sea urchins and mermaids swimming around in “Winter Water Land.” This year’s 6-foot-tall, 12-foot-long gingerbread display paid homage to more than 50 animated and edible animals prepping for the holidays. The display will be available for viewing in the lobby of The RitzCarlton, Sarasota, 1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive, through Dec. 28.

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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens held its annual bromeliad tree-lighting event Thursday, Dec. 8, just outside the Payne Mansion. The 20-foot-tall tree was lit during a ceremony led by Tom Buchter, CEO of Selby Gardens; Martin Haberer, associate executive director of The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee; and Sarasota Mayor Suzanne Atwell. The tree lighting precedes the gardens’ annual Lights in Bloom display, which takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 16 through Dec. 23 and Dec. 26 and Dec. 27, and features thousands of twinkling lights.

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Each of the boats in this year’s parade featured a different holiday theme.

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A large inflatable Santa looked like he was driving the boat.

The Grinch made a special appearance on one of the boats in this year’s parade.

The waters of the bay were bathed in colors of red, green, blue Saturday, Dec. 10, for the 25th annual Sarasota Christmas Boat Parade of Lights. There were 25 boats that participated in the parade, and each boat was uniquely lit with twinkling lights and decorated in a creative theme. The boat that most caught the judges’ attention was “Emerald Isle,” which portrayed a tropical Christmas theme. The boat won the coveted trophy, which is awarded to the “Most Creative” boat. The trophy, bearing the winner’s name, stays on display for one year at Marina Jack restaurant.

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One smaller boat was decorated to look like a red convertible car. A penguin winter wonderland was the theme for this boat.

This boat was a favorite among many spectators because of the fire-breathing dragon on the bow.

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Garret Brown If this blue-eyed, pony-tailed man looks familiar, it’s probably because you’ve seen him zipping around town on his mean green biking machine. Either that, or he’s hand-delivered a Jimmy John’s sub right to your office desk, humble abode or wherever it is you may be when your tummy starts to rumble. How many miles do you ride on an average day? “On a full day, usually 15 to 25 miles. We deliver to the hospital about five times a day and to Camp Bow Wow on 17th Street.� What’s the biggest order you’ve delivered? “There are days we’ve taken $1,000 orders to the Buchanan Enterprise building. That’s about 75 to 90 subs.� Have you delivered to any places you’d consider odd?

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Oyster Bay Landings home sells for $2.275M Hartsdale

Perparim Kodra and Bukurie Perparim Kodra, Sarasota, sold their home at 1936 Morris St. to Judy Just, Sarasota, for $329,000. Built in 1956, it has four bedrooms, three baths and 2,618 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $415,000 in 2007.

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Sarasota Bay Club LLC sold the Unit 412 condominium at 1301 Tamiami Trail to Barbara Gochman, Sarasota, for $315,000. Built in 2000, it has one bedroom, one bath and 984 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $279,500 in 2001.

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Howard Wisdom, Sarasota, sold his Unit 1417 condominium at 988 Blvd. of the Arts to Leiha Macauley, trustee, Sarasota, for $650,000. Built in 1982, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,315 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $685,000 in 2002.

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Richard and Sherry Ellis sold their home at 1359 Harbor Drive to Harbor Acres LLC for $525,000. Built in 1947, it has four bedrooms, two-and-one-half baths, a pool and 3,223 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $550,000 in 2001.

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Philip Carey, Sarasota, sold his home at 5580 Ships Channel Circle to Robert and Jodi Caragiulo, Sarasota, for $385,000. Built in 1988, it has four bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,372 square feet of living area.

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Peter and Olga Cleaveland, of Dorset, United Kingdom, sold their home at 9515 Forest Hills Circle to Lynn and Elsie Edlis, Sarasota, for $250,000. Built in 1997, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,729 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $186,900 in 1998.

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1 Some choir voices 6 Military outpost 10 One of 12 at Alcoholics Anonymous 14 Borrower’s burdens 19 “Donnie ___” (2001 cult film) 20 Andy’s old radio partner 21 Words said with a sigh, perhaps 22 Sneak ___ (look quickly) 23 Greek poet saved by a dolphin 24 Valley of vineyards 25 ___ and fortune 26 Unlike a rolling stone? 27 Top dog, so to speak 30 Every Shakespeare play has five 31 ___ chi (exercise system) 32 Make a little ___ long way 33 ___ up (kicker’s job) 34 Furnished with footgear 36 B&O stop (Abbr.) 37 Turn bad, as meat 38 “Jurassic Park” co-star Laura 39 Long-haired wild ox 41 To and ___ (back and forth) 42 French or Italian, e.g. 46 Mormon state 47 The appendix extends from it 50 Tampa Bay baseballer 51 Spiteful 53 High on the Mohs scale 54 Kill, as a dragon 56 Period of prosperity 58 Bassoon or clarinet 60 Father of Fear, Panic and Trembling 61 One with a sticking point

62 Really long time (Var.) 63 Foundation for a train track 66 It’s in all living cells 67 Everyone’s discussing it 70 ET’s ride 71 Shakespeare play (with “The”) 73 Reason for parental scolding 74 “To a Mouse” or “To a Skylark” 75 Bad mood 76 Bakery product 77 Not stuffy 78 Barely gets by (with “out”) 79 Proactiv target 80 Fall display 83 Be a snoop 84 Earth pigment 85 “Meet Joe Black” star Brad 87 Imperial soldiers of film 92 It may be attached to an old butt 93 Clock setting at 0 degrees longitude (Abbr.) 94 Periods of history 95 Actress-director Lupino 96 Blood classification letters 99 Dress with elaborate care 101 Liveliness of mind 104 “Dig in!” 105 Wet/dry ___ (shop accessory) 106 Topmost point 107 Spontaneous 111 “Thank you, monsieur!” 112 Language spoken by Amazonian natives 113 Call to a mate 114 Kitchen appliance 115 Lotion additives 116 “The Last Command” Oscar

52 Tehran is its largest city 54 Hydrotherapy locales 55 Airy melody 56 Ross of flag fame 57 Sounds of amazement 59 Give the meaning of 62 Way off in the distance 63 Decided not to walk 64 Has a balance due 65 Grandparent, dOwn stereotypically 1 Changes to fit 67 “Ask me no questions 2 Cattle-catching rope and I’ll ___ ...” 3 Nixon’s daughter 68 Flexible weaving 4 “All right, I heard you material already!” 69 City attacked by 5 Early baby picture? Godzilla 6 Bach composition 72 Whodunit 7 Indian au pair component 8 Be sulky 75 Biological pouches 9 Lyre’s old cousin 77 Way back when 10 Starts to melt 78 Amorous deity 11 “You’re the One ___ 81 Suffix with “critic” or Want” (“Grease” “manner” song) 82 One giving testimony 12 Netherlands 83 Slapstick antic commune 84 Handel work 13 Henrik Ibsen drama 85 Mushy food 14 Twilled linen 86 Hailing from Haifa 15 Period of history 88 One way to row a 16 Top choice from boat several options 89 Group of three 17 Mosaic tile people 18 Where to aim a 90 Drunk as a skunk telescope 91 Product encased in 28 April 1 victim red wax 29 “Able was ___ ...” 93 Banded rock (middle of a 96 Exact retribution for palindrome) 97 Maine town 35 Outburst from 98 Double foursomes? Homer Simpson 100 Person with a mike 38 WWII turning point 40 Ten-percenter (Abbr.) 102 Sea froth 103 School attendee 42 Beer topping 108 Start of a 43 Didn’t pass the bar? Commandment 44 Biscuit at teatime 109 Car signal 45 “___ Sam” (Sean 110 Quite a few Penn movie) 111 Visitors’ center 46 Took advantage of handout 47 Graph 48 Salary recipient 49 Elite

winner Jannings 117 Traditional teaching 118 Fort Knox block 119 Vocal cords, informally 120 Count (on) 121 Ilsa ___ (“Casablanca” character) 122 Some court hearings

Last weeks Cryptograms 1. December is a really notable and uncommon month. Why? Because it’s the only month with a D in it. 2. Fido was enchanted and started covertly snatching things off the Christmas tree. The vet finally diagnosed him with tinselitis.


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Holiday Worship Guide Come celebrate Christmas Eve as we worship and sing songs of praise to the Newborn King with a mix of old and new favorites.

Trinity United Methodist Church

The Rev. Charles Mann, Rector • 355-3262

Christmas Worship Opportunities Community Christmas Party

Everyone invited on Sunday, Dec. 18th, 6pm. Worship with special music and the reading of the Christmas story and then a fun party. Free gifts for children, cookies and more. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be here, too!

71221

Christmas Morning … 10:00 AM 8521 Vamo Rd. • Sarasota, FL 34231

EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY

5900 N. Lockwood Ridge Road • just south of University Pky.

71077

Living Lord Lutheran ChurCh

Discover the Light of Christmas

Christmas Eve

Join us as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Christmas Eve Candlelight Services 7:00 and 10:30 pm Music and Carols 6:40 and 10:10pm

Christmas Day 10:00am

71033

11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 • (941) 753-9365 Pastor Jeffrey R Gross • www.livinglordfl.org Your family is invited to join our family to lift our voices as we celebrate our Savior’s birth! ADVENT HOLDEN VESPERS: 5:45 PM Thursdays during December BLUE CHRISTMAS SERVICE: 5:45 PM December 22nd CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES: CANDLELIGHT – COMMUNION – CAROLS 4:00 PM Traditional Service • 7:00 PM Family Service 11:00 PM Traditional Service with Choir

5:00 PM - Family Candlelight Service Christmas Day Worship Service at 10:00 AM

4150 South Shade Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34231 941-924-7756 u www.iTrinity.org

71084

Vamo United Methodist Church Christmas Eve Candlelight Services … 5:30 & 7 pm

13B

The Wonder of Christmas...

Christmas Eve Services: 71499

10:00 am Worship service

St . Paul Lutheran Church

4:30 pm, 5:30 pm (both campuses) 6:30 pm (Proctor Road only) 10:30 am

Pine Shores Presbyterian Church

Eve

Communion & Candlelight Services

5:00 pm Family Oriented Worship 7:30 pm Traditional Worship 11:00 pm The Eve of Christmas

70985

Christmas Day Family Service

www.stpaulsarasota.org 2256 Bahia Vista St. ~ Ph: 955.6479

922-1449

St. Andrew United Church of Christ Christmas Day Worship 10:30 a.m.

The St. Andrew Choir with Bonnie Caplan, Harpist and Jim Cox on piano

Candle light Christmas Eve service 7:00 p.m.

Nursery provided at the 5:00 & 7:30 services

941-922-7595

6116 Crestwood Avenue (West of US 41 - North of Stickney Pt.) www.pineshorespres.org • (941) 922-1597

6908 Beneva Road, Sarasota 34238 www.uccstandrew.org

71010

Christmas

71219

www.sarasotabaptist.com 7091 Proctor Road, Sarasota 5600 Deer Drive, Lakewood Ranch

71001

Northminster Presbyterian

Living Nativity

Pastor Chris Carlson

The Story of Christmas

SUNDAY SERVICES

Music • Live Animals

December 18th at 5:00 Blue Christmas Service of HOPE

9 am and 11 am

FREE Nightly Performances December 15th-18th at 7 & 8 p.m.

When the holidays are hard, light a candle of hope and remembrance.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 7pm Christmas Day Service, 11am

Christmas Eve at 6:00 Service of JOY

Tel:  355-4729 • www.npcsarasota.com

Find JOY in the familiar Lessons and Carols, Communion and Candlelight, led by children, youth, and adults

70981

A Peace-Filled Christmas

3131 61st St. • Sarasota, Fl. 34243

Christmas Day at 10:00 Service of PEACE Hear the story of God’s Greatest Gift as well as the stories behind Christmas Carols

New Years Day at 10:00 Service of LOVE

In the good news of God’s love, we can begin again.

Peace Presbyterian Church

10902 Technology Terrace at the corner of LWR Blvd, between 70 and 64

Located 2 miles west of I-75 off University Parkway

LV2246

71220

www.PEACEpcusa.com

4141 DeSoto Road, Sarasota • 355-8858

71330

The Tabernacle Church

941-753-7778


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DINNER BELL: O.S. Bell & Co., manufactured DINNER BELL: O.S. Bell & Co., manufactured 1886, Hillsborough, Ohio. $225. 941-356-3284. 1886, Hillsborough, Ohio. $225. 941-356-3284.

Merchandise Wanted Wanted Merchandise SENIOR LOOKING to purchase SENIOR LOOKING to purchase time pieces, coins, jewelry and time pieces, coins, jewelry and call Marc, 941-321-0707. call Marc, 941-321-0707.

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THE ARBOURS in Osprey. 2BR/2BA, 33 Siesta THE ARBOURS in Osprey. 2BR/2BA, 33 Siesta Circle West, Owner Financing. 55+ Community, Circle West, Owner Financing. 55+ Community, $70,000. 941-918-1667. $70,000. 941-918-1667. WOODPINE 3BR/2BA+DEN: 1,580 sq/ft. Recent WOODPINE 3BR/2BA+DEN: 1,580 sq/ft. Recent Roof/AC, Lanai, 1CG, Fenced Yard, $143,000. Roof/AC, Lanai, 1CG, Fenced Yard, $143,000. 941-302-1706, Can email pictures. 941-302-1706, Can email pictures.


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Geoff Rossman Sold More Siesta Key Properties in 2008, 2009, 2010, && 2011 2011 Geoff Geoff Rossman Rossman Sold Sold More More Siesta Siesta Key Key Properties Properties in in 2008, 2008, 2009, 2009, 2010, 2010, & 2011 THAN ANY OTHER AGENT OR BROKER THAN ANY OTHER AGENT OR BROKER THAN ANY OTHER AGENT OR BROKER

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SUBDIVISION SUBDIVISION SUBDIVISION SUBDIVISION SIESTA KEY SINGLE FAMILY HOME SALES SIESTA KEY SINGLE FAMILY HOME SALES SIESTAKEY KEYSINGLE SINGLEFAMILY FAMILYHOME HOMESALES SALES SIESTA 799 TROPICAL CIR SIESTA BEACH 799 TROPICAL CIR SIESTA BEACH 799TROPICAL TROPICALCIR CIR SIESTABEACH BEACH 799 SIESTA 369 AVENIDA LEONA SIESTA MANOR 369 AVENIDA LEONA SIESTA MANOR 369AVENIDA AVENIDALEONA LEONA SIESTAMANOR MANOR 369 SIESTA DOWNTOWN SARASOTA SINGLE FAMILY HOME SALES DOWNTOWN SARASOTA SINGLE FAMILY HOME SALES DOWNTOWNSARASOTA SARASOTASINGLE SINGLEFAMILY FAMILYHOME HOMESALES SALES DOWNTOWN 1831 HAWKINS CT POS 1831 HAWKINS CT POS 1831HAWKINS HAWKINSCT CT POS 1831 POS 1783 STAPLETON ST GRANADA 1783 STAPLETON ST GRANADA 1783STAPLETON STAPLETONST ST GRANADA 1783 GRANADA 2511 S OSPREY AVE HARTSDALE 2511 S OSPREY AVE HARTSDALE 2511SSOSPREY OSPREYAVE AVE HARTSDALE 2511 HARTSDALE 2579 LOMA LINDA ST RUSTIC LODGE 2579 LOMA LINDA ST RUSTIC LODGE 2579LOMA LOMALINDA LINDAST ST RUSTICLODGE LODGE 2579 RUSTIC SARASOTA SINGLE FAMILY HOME SALES SARASOTA SINGLE FAMILY HOME SALES SARASOTASINGLE SINGLEFAMILY FAMILYHOME HOMESALES SALES SARASOTA 3839 WARREN RIDGE ST SOUTH GATE RIDGE 3839 WARREN RIDGE ST SOUTH GATE RIDGE 3839WARREN WARRENRIDGE RIDGEST ST SOUTHGATE GATERIDGE RIDGE 3839 SOUTH 4961 FALLCREST CIR AMBERLEA 4961 FALLCREST CIR AMBERLEA 4961FALLCREST FALLCRESTCIR CIR AMBERLEA 4961 AMBERLEA 5637 BENEVA WOODS CIR BENEVA WOODS 5637 BENEVA WOODS CIR BENEVA WOODS 5637BENEVA BENEVAWOODS WOODSCIR CIR BENEVAWOODS WOODS 5637 BENEVA 3933 MARAVIC PL MOLLER 3933 MARAVIC PL MOLLER 3933MARAVIC MARAVICPLPL MOLLER 3933 MOLLER 1803 UPPER COVE TER CORAL COVE 1803 UPPER COVE TER CORAL COVE 1803UPPER UPPERCOVE COVETER TER CORALCOVE COVE 1803 CORAL 2256 CONSTITUTION BLVD PHILLIPPI GARDENS 2256 CONSTITUTION BLVD PHILLIPPI GARDENS 2256CONSTITUTION CONSTITUTIONBLVD BLVD PHILLIPPIGARDENS GARDENS 2256 PHILLIPPI 5664 BRONX AVE SUN HAVEN 5664 BRONX AVE SUN HAVEN 5664BRONX BRONXAVE AVE SUNHAVEN HAVEN 5664 SUN 1410 LAKE SHORE DR OYSTER BAY 1410 LAKE SHORE DR OYSTER BAY 1410SSSSLAKE LAKESHORE SHOREDR DR OYSTERBAY BAY 1410 OYSTER 2131 OUTER DR LAS LOMAS LAS LOMAS OUTER DR 2131OUTER OUTERDR DR LASLOMAS LOMAS 2131 LAS 6920 ANTIGUA PL GULF GATE 6920 GULF GATE 6920 ANTIGUA ANTIGUA PL PL GULFGATE GATE GULF 2444 CONSTITUTION BLVD PHILLIPPI GARDENS PHILLIPPI GARDENS CONSTITUTION BLVD 2444CONSTITUTION CONSTITUTIONBLVD BLVD PHILLIPPIGARDENS GARDENS 2444 PHILLIPPI 1712 LANDINGS BLVD LANDINGS 1712 LANDINGS BLVD LANDINGS 1712 LANDINGS BLVD LANDINGS LANDINGS PALMER RANCH SINGLE FAMILY HOME SALES RANCH SINGLE FAMILY HOME SALES PALMER PALMERRANCH RANCHSINGLE SINGLEFAMILY FAMILYHOME HOMESALES SALES PALMER 5827 WILENA PL VILLAGEWALK 5827 WILENA PL VILLAGEWALK 5827 WILENA PL VILLAGEWALK VILLAGEWALK 4900 FLAGSTONE DR STONEBRIDGE STONEBRIDGE FLAGSTONE DR 4900FLAGSTONE FLAGSTONEDR DR STONEBRIDGE 4900 STONEBRIDGE 3659 EMILY LN CLARK LAKES 3659 EMILY LN CLARK LAKES 3659 EMILY LN CLARKLAKES LAKES CLARK

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Amenities include: 2-Fitness Centers, Centers, Amenitiesinclude: include:2-Fitness 2-FitnessCenters, Centers, Amenities include: 2-Fitness Amenities security, Barbecue areas, 24-hr. security, Barbecueareas, areas,24-hr. 24-hr.security, security, Barbecue 3-pools (incl. Lap Pool), 3-pools(incl. (incl.Lap LapPool), Pool), 3-pools (incl. Lap Pool), 3-pools 8-tennis courts, 3-saunas, 8-tenniscourts, courts,3-saunas, 3-saunas, 8-tennis Shuffleboard, Library, Racquetball Racquetball Shuffleboard,Library, Library,Racquetball Racquetball Shuffleboard, Shuffleboard, Library, parking, court, Basketball court, Covered parking, court,Basketball Basketballcourt, court,Covered Coveredparking, parking, court, 2-clubhouses, Lighted fountains, Fresh Fresh 2-clubhouses,Lighted Lightedfountains, fountains,Fresh Fresh 2-clubhouses, 2-clubhouses, Lighted fountains, water lake much more! waterlake lake&&&much muchmore! more! water

Selling the Best of Sarasota...

Units Furnished: Unitsfor forSale Sale--All AllFurnished: Furnished: B-309 2B/2B Water Views ....$799,000 B-3092B/2B 2B/2B---Water WaterViews Views....$799,000 ....$799,000 B-309 B-309 2B/2B Water Views ....$799,000 A-302 2B/2B Water Views ....$779,000 A-3022B/2B 2B/2B---Water WaterViews Views....$779,000 ....$779,000 A-302 A-302 2B/2B Water Views ....$779,000 A-707 2B/2B Penthouse .......$759,000 A-7072B/2B 2B/2B----Penthouse Penthouse.......$759,000 .......$759,000 A-707 A-707 2B/2B Penthouse C-107 ....$509,000 C-1072B/2B 2B/2B--Lk Lk&&pool poolViews Views....$509,000 ....$509,000 Other information upon request Other information upon request Otherinformation informationupon uponrequest request Other

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Sandy Sandy and and Jerry Strom Jerry Strom Bay Front 3BR/3.1BA sits on tropical setBay BayFront Front3BR/3.1BA 3BR/3.1BAsits sitson ontropical tropicalsetsetting. ting.Hardwood Hardwoodfloors, floors,newer newerkitchen kitchen and each bathroom has its own updated and andeach eachbathroom bathroomhas hasits itsown ownupdated updated full fullbath. bath.New New33zone zoneA/C A/Cin in2011, 2011,private private gas-heated pool and refurbished deck. gas-heated gas-heatedpool pooland andrefurbished refurbisheddeck. deck. MLS# MLS#A3939501 A3939501Offered Offeredat at$$1,395,000 1,395,000

Casarina Casarina Casarina

Built to be the premier condominium Built Builtto tobe bethe thepremier premiercondominium condominium resort on Siesta Key and resort resorton onSiesta SiestaKey Keyand and #1 Beach in USA. #1 #1Beach Beachin inUSA. USA. 2BR/2BA unit has Gulf views, 2BR/2BA 2BR/2BAunit unithas hasGulf Gulfviews, views, new new A/C A/C and and turnkey turnkey furnished. furnished.

MLS# A3951029 MLS# MLS#A3951029 A3951029 Offered Offeredat at$593,000 $593,000

Palm PalmBay BayClub Club

BR/1BA in Tower building with 111BR/1BA BR/1BAin inTower Towerbuilding buildingwith with with Gulf Gulf views views and and Crescent Crescent Beach. Beach. Updated kitchen with granite, Updated Updatedkitchen kitchenwith withgranite, granite, extended extended great great room, room, and porcelain tile. and andporcelain porcelaintile. tile. MLS#A3952558 MLS#A3952558 Offered Offered at at $499,000 $499,000

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GONE FISHING

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2011

by Heidi Kurpiela | A&E Editor

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“I no longer look at a fish like it’s just my dinner,” Linda Heath says. “I stare at the details, and I’m amazed by the colors. I think it’s Mother Nature’s best work.”

Artistic angler

It used to be that Linda Heath fished for her dinner. Now she spends more time fishing for her subjects. The emerging Gyotaku artist explains the surprisingly odorless practice of fish rubbing. Some artists turn to beautiful women for their muses. Linda Heath turns to fish. She loves the scales. The fins. The colors. The eyes. Oh, how she loves the eyes. She spends hours sometimes peering into the glassy pupils of her slippery subjects.

A budding Gyotaku artist and a seasoned angler, Heath always finishes her work by painting a white dot in the center of each fish’s eye, that way, when the piece is up on a wall, its gaze can follow you around the room. This can be especially disconcert-

ing when you’re in Heath’s studio, where every fish eye appears to be fixed on you. “Some people believe painting the eye gives the fish its soul back,” Heath says. “Because, as you know, the eyes are the windows to the soul.”

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FISH TALES Heath’s cool catches Mahi-mahi

“Mahi-mahi light up when you catch them, but within five minutes their color fades. You have to take a photo right away.”

Tarpon

“The scales are humongous. They’re as big as the palm of my hand.”

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“They have no scales. They’re like manatees. You really have to think about how you’re applying the ink to get that Gyotaku impression.”

HEATH / FROM PAGE 1 If this is true, then Heath, a commercial and residential real-estate broker by trade, is surrounded by some pretty significant saltwater souls. There’s the 35-pound black grouper that she caught deep drop-fishing 800 feet over a hole near Key West; the 80-pound Cubera snapper that placed first in this year’s De Soto Fishing Tournament; and, of course, the swallowtail bass that was so rare it was sent off to an ichthyologist to be studied. “The only known swallowtail is in a jar of formaldehyde somewhere,” Heath says. “When my husband was asked if he would send it in to be studied, he said, ‘Sure, but my wife is an artist and she has to rub it first.’”

Heath is always talking about fish, such as the 80-pound Cu“rubbing” fish. The first few times bera snapper, it can require brute you hear her say it, the term strength. sounds sort of peculiar. Like she’s Says Heath: “It’s not for the faint a fish masseuse. of heart.” “It’s a happy feel-good thing,” Looking around Heath’s studio, she says of the hobby. “I’m able to you’d never know she has just beintegrate art into the one thing I’ve gun working with Gyotaku. You’d loved to do my whole life: fish.” also never know she was entirely A plucky 53-year-old with a self-taught. Southern drawl, Heath’s earliest In just a year-and-a-half she’s memories are of catching bluegill exhibited work in six shows, inwith her father in Kentucky. cluding last weekend’s Winterfest She first came across Gyotaku on Anna Maria Island. — the Japanese art of making fish In addition to donating pieces rubs — in the 1980s when she was for fundraising events at Mote working for the U.S. Department Marine, the South Florida Muof Commerce and traveling to seum and the Boys & Girls Clubs countries in Asia. of Manatee County, Heath is also Fish rubbing, which dates back represented by a gallery in Key to the mid-19th century, origi- West, where she’s generated most nated as a way for fishermen to of her big-ticket sales. record their catches. These days She recently sold an original the tradition is regarded as more rub of a 50-pound tarpon to of an art form than a recorda couple that runs a bed and keeping system. breakfast in a castle in Eng“Fishermen would make land. impressions of their catches “When you hit your midso the fishmongers would 50s I think it’s common to pay them,” Heath says. “It ask, ‘What is it that gives was a way to document the me great joy?’” Heath says. actual size of the fish.” “I’m just wondering why One thing this took so long to rattle is for sure: out of me.” It’s not for She works girlie girls. out of a In a nutr e n ov a t e d shell, the ranch home process inon a sleepy volves catchbayou along ing a fish, the Manatee cleaning it, pinning River. She inherited it, slathering it in the property from sumi ink and rubher mother, whom The swallowtail bass bing its imprint on she says would have is so rare it was sent rice paper. been proud to see to a lab to be studied. It’s a dirty job, her develop as an A photo of the fish was and in the case of artist. published in two fishing a monster game Her first-floor magazines.

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Heath is usually able to get more than one print off a fish. studio, which occupies the home’s original kitchen, is equipped with easels, movable gallery walls and clotheslines from which rice paper in varying sizes dangles like silent tissue-paper wind chimes. It is surprisingly odorless. As Heath likes to point out when friends crinkle their nose at her new enterprise: Fresh fish doesn’t smell fishy. “It’s not as easy as it looks,” Heath says of the technique. “Invariably, at the last second I’ll poke a hole through the paper with a fin. It’s delicate tissue. One false move and you smudge the ink everywhere.” The first fish Heath ever rubbed was a hogfish. It started off as a dinner table bet. When a friend announced that he intended to catch a hogfish, Heath offered to rub it. Both parties came through on their promises. “He’s my favorite so far,” Heath

says presenting a to-scale replica of a gnarly-looking orange fish with teeth and a snout. “The details are fantastic.” The hogfish has become her signature print: Heath’s Mona Lisa pulled from the sea. A bottomfeeder that can only be speared, the hogfish is also her favorite fillet. That’s right: Heath uses watersoluble ink so she can eat her subjects when she’s done painting them. She gestures in the direction of a sheepshead. Silver with gray stripes, the sheepshead has a cuter face than the hogfish. Heath has just finished painting the eye. “I pan-coated him up with a little Key lime aioli sauce,” she says. “He was delicious.” To see more of Linda Heath’s work, visit lindaheathgyotakufishrubs.com

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+ La Musica lures in ladies; Rivolta rejoices Ah, Piero Rivolta, you unabashed ladies man, you: Your honesty is so refreshing. At an otherwise standard La Musica press conference last week, Rivolta, president of the organization’s board of directors, announced that the 26-year-old chamber music festival had finally succeeded in capturing the attention of younger audiences — in particular, younger, female audiences. “I always look the audience up and down,” said the Italian sports car magnate-turned real-estate developer-turned novelist. “You know me, I always look for beautiful ladies, and (last year) I saw a lot of beautiful ladies. That will give us a potential future.” It was a harmless non sequitur, even though it made Associate Artistic Director Derek Han cringe. Wanton observations aside, here’s what chamber music fans can expect from next year’s festival: The theme — “Something in the Air” — includes the regional premiere of Academy Award-winning composer Roberto Sierra’s “Songs from the Diaspora” sung by Dina Kuznetsova (fresh from her Metropolitan Opera debut),

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Schoenberg’s “Verklarte Nacht,” and Brahms’ “String Sextet in B flat major.” Musicians include violinists Federico Agostini, Anne Schoenholtz, and Laura Zarina; violists Daniel Avshalomov, Bruno Giuranna and Nokuthula Ngwenyama; cellists Julie Albers, Emilio Colon and Eric Kim; double bassist Dee Moses; and pianists Derek Han and James Winn. The festival runs April 5 through April 18, at the Sarasota Opera House. As usual, rehearsals will be open to the public at the Mildred Sainer Pavilion on the New College campus. For tickets, call 346-2601 or visit lamusicafestival.org.

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There’s only one more week left to catch the run of “My Fair Lady” at the Asolo Repertory Theatre. For all the fuss that was made over presenting a two-piano version of the musical, the show has generated as much hoopla as some of the theater’s bigger-budget musicals. You can thank Music Director Doug Peck for that. Peck and fellow pianist Ian Weinberger are so good at what they do it’s easy to forget there isn’t a full pit orchestra accompanying the singers. “Its one of the best two-piano versions out there,” Peck says of the beloved Lerner and Loewe musical. “It languished in obscurity for a while, but since it’s been revived, it’s been tremendously successful.” Not only is Peck getting awesome feedback off stage, he’s getting it on stage, too. At a show earlier this month, when a technical difficulty required some scenes to come to a halt during Act Two, Peck actually engaged in conversation with a woman sitting in the front row. “She said she had the best seats in the house,” Peck says. “You usually get people talking to you after the show. I’ve never had anyone actually talk to me during the show.” If you’ve not had a chance to see this feelgood musical, get your tickets now before the curtain falls Dec. 23. Who knows, if you get really good seats, you might be able to initiate small talk with Peck. Doug Peck Courtesy photo

'Amahl and the Night Visitors' and a Holiday Celebration: With a program summarized as “a story of wonder, miracles and love for children from six to 96,” how could you not see this show? Directed by Sharon Ferguson, Photo courtesy of by Don Walker it stars Stevie Lee Stevie Lee Romero and Romero, Dianne Dianne Dawson in “Amahl Dawson, Ben Turoff and the Night Visitors” and Michael Bajjaly. The show is a double bill with a second act featuring a musical revue of classic holiday standards performed by Sharon Lesley and Philip Alexander. It runs Dec. 13 to Dec. 22, at the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre. For tickets, call 366-5454 or visit thegoldenapple.com.

+ Nokomis man peddles his cigar box guitars Two trends should help drive up Steve Cinnamon’s cigar box guitar sales this Christmas: shopping local and going green. Cinnamon, a Nokomis resident, has been making cigar box guitars for more than a year now. The former advertising executive from New Jersey has become a regular at local tobacco shops, not because he’s itching for a smoke, but because he’s browsing the merchandise for creative materials. Believe it or not, you can turn an ordinary cigar box into an instrument by rigging it with three strings and machine heads and fastening it to a wooden slat. Sometimes Cinnamon uses old sink drains as resonators. His creations have become popular among ragtag jug-band musicians and cigar aficionados alike.

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In “Take Shelter,” Michael Shannon plays Curtis LaForche, whose life unravels after he suffers from recurring nightmares about an apocalyptic storm.

>> ‘Into the Woods’ at Booker High School Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” is much more than a musically fantastical fairy tale. It’s the paths we take in our lives, into the woods, wandering, losing ourselves and those we love, struggling in the dark, stumbling, falling, scraped and scratched by scary trees, fighting giants and, perhaps, seeing the light ahead and emerging from the forest stronger for the journey. It’s also one of the most musically, rhythmically and dramatically difficult American musical theater pieces of our time, but the students at Booker High School did it, and they did it with professionalism and an almost unbelievable amount of vocal and theatrical talent. “Careful the things you say, children will listen,” says Sondheim. These Booker students, under the direction of Scott Keys with music director and conductor Johnnie Mnich, have listened and learned, for “Into the Woods” teaches us, through fractured fairytales, what life is and what, if you have the imagination and ethical grit, it can be. In Ken Wiegers’ brilliant stage set of pillars, giant books used as stepping stones, a movable, raked turntable that takes us deeper and deeper into the woods and flying clouds that look like wheat Chex, this cast of fairytale characters teaches us parables and lessons as Cinderella meets her Prince Charming, Rapunzel lets down her hair, Jack trades his beloved cow for a giant of a beanstalk and a witch, a wolf and others we know all too well enter the woods and spin into the wrong story, sometimes dying, sometimes living to tell the tale and grow stronger, wiser and, perhaps, a little sadder. Booker’s enormous cast is an incredibly

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cohesive ensemble, as good as we may find in professional Equity theaters. Of the twodozen different characters, there were some standouts but, in naming them, we don’t deflect attention from all the others. The two princes, Zach Herman and Sam Garvin, were charming and lecherous in their “Agony” duets. Ellie McCaw’s Cinderella was beautiful in spirit and voice, growing into a wise young woman before our enchanted eyes. Rachel Henry, as Little Red Riding Hood, had the right mix of innocence and insouciance with a Kristin Chenoweth-like voice; Brian Finnerty’s Baker was brilliantly sung and acted; Becca Leap, as his wife, was disarmingly charming; and Matt Robertson’s Jack was exuberant. Madeleline Kaus, as the witch who loses her power and presence to become human, cast a vocal and emotional spell that could lift her, magically, onto a Broadway stage. The next time you see that Booker High is producing a show, go! It’s the best investment you’ll make in a city filled with culture. — June LeBell

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‘Take Shelter’

I make it a rule to see any film which Michael Shannon chooses to grace with his presence. In the quietly terrifying new film, “Take Shelter,” Shannon’s wrenching performance will leave you breathless. Shannon plays Curtis LaForche, a loving father whose life is unremarkable, yet comfortable and happy. When he begins having recurring nightmares about an apocalyptic storm, his life slowly unravels. His terror is so overwhelming that he actually feels physical pain long after having awakened. Curtis becomes obsessed with building a storm shelter, much to the bewilderment of his wife, Samantha (the amazing Jessica Chastain). His unsettling behavior begins to border on paranoia, eventually resulting in the loss of his job, his standing in the community and his wife’s trust. Director Jeff Nichols (“Shotgun Stories”) plays his cards close to the chest. Is Curtis losing his mind or chan-

neling omens of impending disaster? The audience never knows for certain. We’re caught in the same dilemma as Curtis. We see what he sees, but is he really seeing it? The implied terror, the suspicion of a looming catastrophe and our sympathy for Curtis assault our senses throughout the entire film. We want Curtis to be right because he’s a good man. But if he’s right, everyone is doomed. That’s why “Take Shelter” is such an exceptional piece of filmmaking. There’s no escape hatch. You’re in it for the long haul. Nichols’ subtle but extremely effective camera work can spark panic with droplets of oily rain and birds flying in eerie formations. An ominously scant score is instrumental in intensifying the horror. Curtis’ nightmares will become fodder for yours. Shannon’s portrayal of a man sinking into insanity is a gift to behold. It’s reminiscent of his powerful work in “Revolutionary Road.” It’s Oscar-worthy in every respect. Curtis’ fear parallels the paranoia in our world today. We identify with it because it’s real. — Pam Nadon

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Party girl Circus legacy aside, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art wasn’t always the hottest spot in town for a party. Those of you who make your rounds in cocktail gowns have probably noticed the 100-yearold art institution has let its hair down over the last few years. Last season’s Hip-Hop Lounge, anyone? The Ringling International Arts Festival seems to have served as a catalyst for fresh programming, although the addition of a modern and contemporary art curator and a posh party planner has certainly helped. The posh party planner has a more formal title, of course. Her name is Christina Fraser, and she’s the museum’s public functions coordinator. A 38-year-old mother-of-two from North Port, Fraser is responsible for organizing some of the museum’s biggest events of the year: RIAF’s opening-night party, the museum’s annual Holiday Splendor event, Ringling in Bloom and this month’s Greet the Light Solstice Celebration in the Courtyard. The Dec. 22 party will mark the opening of James Turrell’s hotly anticipated Skyspace exhibit, a 3,000-square-foot room covered by a 35-foot-high canopy with an aperture that opens to the sky. Several years in the making, it is Turrell’s largest Skyspace

To kick off this month’s new Skyspace exhibit, Christina Fraser organized a courtyard fête that should be one of the museum’s most enchanting parties yet. IF YOU GO Greet the Light: Solstice Celebration in the Courtyard runs from 8 p.m. to midnight Dec. 22, in the courtyard at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. For more information, call 360-7339 or visit ringling.org.

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The job has forced me to be much more organized,” Christina Fraser says. “You can’t slip up, because everyone’s reputation is on the line, not just mine.” to date and the only one in the state. Designed to manipulate the viewer’s perception of the sky, Turrell installed LED lights synchronized to change directions with the seasons and time of day. Fraser is among only a handful of people to step inside the space since construction began on the project last year. “I felt pretty honored,” she says plopping down on a bench

facing the courtyard. “It’s very mysterious at this point to a lot of people.” The lip of the canopy can be seen poking out from the Ulla R. and Arthur F. Searing wing. When Fraser points it out, it looks like she’s picking out a UFO lifting off from Earth. “I think it’ll be a big draw for a lot of people,” she says. “To celebrate the solstice here will be really special.”

Planning a party that revolves around something this significant might seem like a lot of pressure, but Fraser is the consummate planner, a compulsive list-maker and a DIY-crafter with Martha Stewart-like instincts. “I’ve always kind of led the fun committee,” Fraser jokes. A Port Charlotte native, Fraser operated a handmade soap business at the Sarasota Farmers Market before joining the Ringling Museum staff three years ago. A business degree from the University of South Florida has helped make her resourceful. Faced with pulling together chic events on a budget, Fraser has learned to cut corners without compromising her vision. For the Hip-Hop Lounge Party that coincided with the museum’s “Beyond Bling” exhibit, Fraser sorted through bins of re-

cycled spray paint cans provided by Sarasota County. In keeping with the urban/ bling theme of the evening, she painted the cans metallic silver and purple, covered them in rhinestones and placed them in the center of each table. When her friends turned out for the event, they instantly recognized the centerpieces as Fraser’s creations. “The satisfaction of seeing people enjoy themselves is huge for me,” she says. “I guess I’m a hostess wherever I go. Even at my own wedding I was like, ‘That’s it. I’ve had my three drinks. Now let’s make sure everyone else is having fun.’” And she’s not afraid to get her kids in on the project. She recently employed her 10-year-old son to help her tackle the decorations for the Skyspace party. For $2 he stripped all the leaves off a heap of branches Fraser cut from a tree in the family’s backyard. She intends to paint the branches shades of silver and blue, which she’ll illuminate with upward-facing lights in the museum courtyard. “I’m playing with a lot of glitter right now,” Fraser says, a mischievous grin spreading across her face. “I’m hoping to create my own personal wonderland.”

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their technical skills and adorable stage personas. Padilla whipped off multiple fouetté turns that included double pirouettes Ice skaters, ballerinas and cowboys, oh in between each fouetté. Honea performed my! One would think the three wouldn’t an amazing piqué turn manèges that mix, but, oh, how enjoyable a mix in the included a double-piqué turn that started Sarasota Ballet’s recent production that with one arm in fifth position and ended included Sir Frederick Ashton’s winter-won- with the opposite arm in fifth position that derland piece, “Les Patineurs,” Christopher finally ended with a fouetté into attitude. Wheeldon’s lyrical homage Red Girls Danielle Brown to America’s bread basand Christine Peixoto ket, “The American,” and seemed to have their musiAgnes DeMille’s Western cality off in the beginning fantasy, “Rodeo.” of their duo but later dem“Les Patineurs” opens onstrated grand movements with four Brown Couples with incredible high extengliding onto the stage, sions in devéloppés. arms interlocked in a series As the Blue Boy, Logan of slow arabesque chugs Learned impishly entered in a circle. The dancers the stage throughout the proceed to emulate icepiece with diminutive skips, skating with precision with but right before he left the steps such as chassés, stage he wowed the auditwirling turns with their ence with enormous skills partners and a multitude such as high-jumping entreof fouetté arabesque jumps chat six and no-handed in star-shaped formations. cartwheels manèges. He Their thighs had to be literally brought the curburning, but all their faces tain down with his chugfeatured pleasant smiles ging grand pirouette à la Kate Honea and Miguel … just like those you’d seconde. The curtain rose Piquer in Christopher find on the faces of famiagain to show that Learned Wheeldon’s “The American.” was still turning, and the lies skating at Rockefeller Center. audience erupted into Those smiles and skatapplause as the curtain ing-like proficiency remained even when a came to a final close. He stole the show. near-disaster almost occurred during a trafWheeldon’s “The American,” is a beaufic jam during one of the fouetté arabesque tiful ballet set to the music of Antonin jump diagonals between two dancers, but Leopold Dvorák. The ballet is meant to the bump-into was barely noticeable. highlight America’s prairies and plains at Blue Girls Kate Honea and Nicole Padilla different times when the sun and moon skipped across stage en pointe in and out illuminate them. The entire cast of this of the ballet and wowed the audience with ballet consisted of principals, soloists and

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Molly’s Potato Pancakes (Latkes) Start to finish: Approximately 45 minutes; Servings: 6

6-8 potatoes, either Russet (Idaho) or Russet/Yukon gold mixed, about 2.5 pounds, peeled and cut into chunks 2-3 onions, peeled and quartered 2 eggs, extra large, lightly beaten

2 tablespoons Matzo meal 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt White pepper to taste Vegetable oil for frying Applesauce and/or sour cream as accompaniments

DIRECTIONS: • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. • Place a colander over a large bowl. Grate or finely shred potatoes and onion in food processor or by hand and put in colander. Press down hard to squeeze out as much moisture as possible. (Alternatively, line the colander with a clean dish towel, wrap around shredded potatoes, twist and Potato latkes as served at Jimmy’s squeeze potatoes as dry as Sandtrap Restaurant. These are possible.) Grating potatoes and made with a combination of finely onions together helps keep chopped and grated potatoes at a potatoes from turning brown. ratio of one onion to two potatoes. Let the liquid settle in the bowl for a few minutes. Carefully pour off the watery part, reserving the potato starch that has accumulated in the bottom of the bowl. • In a clean bowl, combine potato mixture with remaining ingredients and add the reserved starch. Stir vigorously with a wooden spoon to combine. • Heat vegetable oil, about 1/4- to 1/2-inch deep, in a heavy skillet. Drop potato mixture into hot oil, about 2 tablespoons per pancake. Fry, turning once, until pancakes are golden on both sides. Put cooked pancakes on cookie sheets covered with paper towels to drain and hold in oven while you make remaining pancakes, adding oil if needed. Serve latkes as soon as possible after frying; they will become soggy after about 15 minutes. • Serve with applesauce and/or sour cream.

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For the love of latkes There are three important things to know about latkes, the famous Jewish potato pancakes of the Hanukkah season. The first is best understood by a story from another lifetime when I was an advertising biggie. A delightful client by the name of Roland W. Watters Jr. had a weekend place not far from my own in New Jersey and would stop by for supper en route home. He loved latkes, and one night asked, “If there are any leftover latkes, may I have some to take home?” He was my client, so I let my late husband break the news: There is no such thing as a leftover latke. Attribute No. 2: Latkes are best served straight from the fry pan, not made ahead. This assertion will no doubt elicit howls of protest from the legions who make them ahead, drain them carefully on paper towels and refrigerate or even freeze them to reheat and serve later. They will argue that their latkes are every bit as good as ones served immediately. I will challenge anyone to a comparison of the two methods. In that aforementioned other lifetime ,when my weekend kitchen was larger than my weekday apartment and equipped with a six-burner gas range, I invited 50 friends for a Hanukkah party and served the latkes straight from the stove. I only did that once.

Finally, latkes are to Jewish cuisine what Bolognese sauce is to Italian and fried chicken is to Southern. There are as many ways to make them as there are cooks who do so. The potatoes can be coarsely grated or finely shredded, or a mixture. (Jimmy Galanis, of Jimmy’s Sandtrap Restaurant, whose latkes are pictured at left, uses both.) You can use Russet baking potatoes, one of the waxier boiling types or a combination. You can use matzo meal or flour to bind the mixture. The variations are literally endless. Paper-clipped together in my file is a collection of latke recipes from my New Jersey neighbor Judy Weinstein’s Hanukkah potluck, to which everyone was invited to bring his recipe — and his results. A m o n g the ingredients: scallions (versus the standard onions), lemon juice, parsley flakes, baking powder and carrot. One recipe leaves the potatoes unpeeled. Another calls for separating the eggs and beating the whites into stiff peaks. One brave soul even contributed the side panel

from a box of Manischewitz potato pancake mix. Some people season, bind and fry up leftover mashed potatoes and call them “potato pancakes.” I call them “croquettes.” Latkes can be a side dish to accompany braised brisket of beef or stuffed cabbage, for example. In my life, they are most often a main dish served with applesauce, preferably homemade and a bit chunky, and sour cream. Hanukkah celebrates the rededication of the Tempe of Jerusalem, when there was only enough undefiled oil to keep the sacred menorah burning for one day, but it miraculously lasted for eight days. Thus, Jews enjoy foods fried in oil at this season. Latkes are unquestionably the best known. Another favorite is sufganyiot, a jellyfiled doughnut. The recipe at left is how I make latkes. It is derived from Mimi Sheraton’s “From My Mother’s Kitchen,” published in 1979, which reminds me that I have been doing this for an extremely long time. There are still no leftovers. Enjoy!

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+ More than the Israeli Red Cross The mission of American Friends of Magen David Adom is to raise awareness, and there is much to know beyond its affiliation with the international Red Cross movement. For example, Magen David Adom Israel Cord Blood Bank, where notable research is conducted, supplies stem cells to patients all over the world. Another: New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg recently dedicated the new, landmark Magen David Adom Station in Jerusalem in memory of his father. American Friends of Magen David Adom will host its first affair in Sarasota Tuesday, Jan. 10 — a dinner at Michael’s On East featuring world affairs columnist Frida Ghitis. For details and reservations, contact Gila Meriwether at 320-9297 or gilam@ comcast.net.

The day could hardly have been prettier for the Mad Hatter Holiday Tea Dec. 6, at the home of Margaret and Bill Wise, the second in a series created by Chairwoman Diane McNeel to support the local Red Cross. It was a virtual festival from boutiques in the front yard to Molly Schechter a special tent for the “Most Seasonal” winunique Gentlemen’s ner Aimee Chouinard Committee in the bayside backyard. Yara Michaels and Nancy Blackburn were in charge of the hat contest; Aimee Chouinard described her “Most Seasonal” winner as “two boas on a beach hat.” There was a goodie bag with $145-plus worth of coupons from the likes of Center for Sight, Mattison’s and Michael’s On East — not a bad deal for a $100 ticket. Nobody remembered to order a mic, but that was gracefully covered by the presence of Circus Sarasota clown Chuck Sidlow, who echoed Diane McNeel’s every word with his booming voice. See more photos on pages 11 and 12 and at www.YourObserver.com.

+ Spread the love … Mondays are “Dog Days” for SNN News 6 personality Marsha Panuce. For three-and-a-half years, the station has been running her brief segment featuring a dog up for adoption from the Humane Society of Sarasota County. It has found new homes for an amazing 300-plus dogs, and only recently did Marsha learn that she was working with hard-to-place animals. If a pet for yourself or someone else is part of your holiday plans, please investigate what’s available from HSSC, other shelters or a breed rescue program. If that’s not on your agenda, perhaps you could help consider helping Marsha with her newest pet project — a shelter she is building near Myakka. It’s named Donte’s Den after her adored Schnauzer, Donte. Check it out at www.DontesDen.org.

+ Tidbits Yara who? … Unless they know something BT doesn’t know, the Mad Hatter program got ahead of itself naming her Yara Michaels Shoemaker. Soon enough, soon enough … Oops … the Asolo gala described in last week’s column as “Ragtime Revisited” is correctly “Ragtime Revival” … Girls Inc. honors … “She Knows Where She’s Going” awards to Flori Roberts and Pam Truitt, “Girl of the Year” to Shayla Brown and the “Donna Brace Ogilvie Visionary Award” to Susan Jones, all to be presented at the 24th annual Celebration Luncheon Tuesday, March 20, at the Ritz …

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Smashing, Positively Dashing Spectacle Virtually every duke and earl and peer of Sarasota society was at Michael’s On East Dec. 4 for “Our Fair Ladies,” Designing Women Boutique’s seventh annual fashion week. And it was an evening of gripping, absolutely ripping moments. Behind the scenes were 30 Sarasota beauties waiting for the cue to “fly away” from choreographer Jimmy Hoskins. They were preceded

on the runway by arts leaders Michael Donald Edwards, Nate Jacobs, Pedro Reis, Larry Thompson and Iain Webb. Perhaps the most thrilling, absolutely chilling moment was provided by Behta, the apricot standard poodle and his owner and escort, John Hunter. Hark, the bell is ringing for title sponsors Bea Friedman and Mary Ann Robinson; event Co-Chairwomen Carol Phillips and Ida Zito; stylists Vicki Hornberger, Joan Campo Liga and Lauren Walsh; and Jewel Ash, who recruited the

models, and Jackie Rogers, who scheduled them. Maria Wirries had pulses rushing with her vocal performance. Carolyn Michel, as emcee, and Cliff Roles, as auctioneer, had heartbeats speeding. Coral Pleas and staff of Cutting Loose Salon and literally dozens of others contributed their time and talents. Maintaining the exhausting pace was Designing Women Boutique founder and force majeure, Jean Weidner.

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