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SCHOOLS Booker Middle School orchestra director receives surprise honor. PAGE 12A.

by Kurt Schultheis | City Editor

Project price tag: $14 million Main Street merchants continue to decry a streetscape project that would transform the downtown thoroughfare and create major construction for years.

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+ Girls Inc. serenades us! The girls of Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County stopped by The Observer Group office Monday to sing their favorite holiday tunes, such as “Frosty the Snowman” and “Jingle Bells.”

Main Street merchants have both sticker shock and construction shock over preliminary cost options for a Main Street project that could cost as much as $14 million and take years to complete. At a special Downtown Improvement District Board of Directors meeting Dec. 15, at City Hall, Kimley-Horn and Associates design officials presented their preliminary opinion of probable cost for a project that would

include bricking both Main Street and the sidewalks from Bayfront Drive to Orange Avenue in the historic district. It would cost the DID and taxpayers approximately $2.9 million to perform such work, which includes converting angled parking to parallel parking and refurbishing utilities underneath the road, from Bayfront Drive to the Five Points roundabout. Out of that project cost for that segment, it would cost $650,000 to brick

the street. When it was estimated that section could start construction in May 2013 and take at least nine months to complete, groans were heard from the five merchants in attendance at the meeting. James Derheim, owner of European Focus on Main Street, said he was disgusted with

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Hamptons homeowner wins lawsuit

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After a two-year lawsuit, one resident of The Hamptons was granted the right to switch to electric-powered street lamps.

The Sarasota British Club held its annual Christmas dinner party Saturday, Dec. 17, at Heritage Oaks. This year, members invited the Welsh Society to join in the fun. There was music, dancing, raffles, good food and cheer. Recognition and thanks was given to the 2011 Board of Directors, and the new 2012 Board was welcomed.

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+ Temple gets into the Hanukkah spirit Temple Emanu-El Religious School caught the Hanukkah spirit Sunday, Dec. 11 at a school-wide campus celebration. Students in kindergarten through seventh grade learned the story of Hanukkah by visiting handson activity stations. A youth group visit to bring holiday cheer to the residents of Anchin Pavilion capped off the festivities.

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Katherine Zimmerman, Ashlynn Rutherford and Anna Zimmerman wait for their turn to take the stage in Sarasota Ballet School’s “The Nutcracker Sweet” Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Glenridge Performing Arts Center. See more photos on page 15A.

It took two years and approximately $15,000 of his own money, but a Palmer Ranch homeowner won a Sarasota County Circuit Court lawsuit against his homeowners association in September. In September 2009, more than two-dozen homeowners in The Hamptons were threatened with a lawsuit and a possible lien on their homes if they went forward with switching the energy source for their front-yard street lamps. Each home in The Hamptons has a gas-powered lamp that burns 24 hours a day. Four residents, though, in September 2009, converted from gas to electric, and 24 others were planning to convert as well, after the homeowners association’s own Architectural Control Committee (ACC) approved the conversions in July and August 2009. The reasons they cited for wanting to convert had to do with cost savings and safety. The Hamptons Homeowners Association had budgeted more than $109,000 in 2009 to pay for natural gas to power the front-yard

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PROJECT / FROM PAGE 1A what was proposed. “We are in survival mode right now,” Derheim said. “This project would put us into a death spiral. Please don’t do it right now.” It would cost approximately $4 million to perform the same work from the Five Points roundabout to Orange Avenue. Main Street from Orange Avenue to Osprey Avenue, which would not be bricked and includes more aesthetic improvements and landscape bulbouts, would cost approximately $3.5 million. The same type of improvements would be performed on Main Street from Osprey Avenue to U.S. 301 and cost approximately $3.5 million. Also, a planned roundabout at Main Street and Orange Avenue would cost approximately $1.9 million to construct. DID Chairman Ernie Ritz pointed out these were only preliminary estimates and the DID has the option of eliminating some of the proposed construction. Through his suggestions for future cost breakdowns for the DID to consider Jan. 3, Ritz made it known he is listening to the merchants’ concerns. “The merchants don’t want the bricking of street and they don’t want parallel parking,” said Ritz,

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who also suggested the existing sidewalks could be coated with a new material rather than tearing them up for brick sidewalks. Derheim was glad to hear the suggestions. “We absolutely don’t want parallel parking,” Derheim said. “It will not work on Main Street, and it will stop traffic completely.” Kimley-Horn design officials will come back to the DID Jan. 3 and provide breakdowns for what it would cost to eliminate the bricking of the street and sidewalks and keep the angled parking. Ritz, though, said he thinks the renovations of Main Street from Orange Avenue to U.S. 301 would work and not create a lot of havoc for merchants. “That would be the biggest impact in terms of transformation for Main Street with the least amount of impact on merchants,” Ritz said. The Sarasota City Commission will review the DID’s recommendations in February. In the meantime, Ritz expressed displeasure that only five merchants showed up to voice their concerns and urged those in attendance to get more merchants to attend the DID’s January meeting. “This is the opportunity for you (merchants) to tell us what you want,” Ritz said.

Main Street Project Costs Segment Bayfront Drive to Five Points Park roundabout Five Points roundabout to Orange Avenue Orange Avenue to Osprey Avenue Osprey Avenue to U.S. 301 Total

Cost $2,992,000 $4,020,000 $3,537,000 $3,486,000 $14,035,000

LAWSUIT / FROM PAGE 1A lamps, some streetlights and pool-area lights. At the time, the cost was about $400 per year for each of the community’s 254 homes. Powering the lights with electricity costs about $30 per year per home, according to one homeowner who converted. The Hamptons’ Homeowners Association, though, considered suing the homeowners who had plans to switch power sources. Some residents in The Hamptons objected to the ACC’s approval of the lamp conversions, and they asked for a recall election to oust the board members who voted to allow the homeowners to change their lamps. The community’s bylaws, though, don’t outlaw a change in light source. In fact, several homeowners cling to another part of the bylaws that states homeowners “shall maintain their yards and adjoining property to the edge of adjoining roadway.” The homeowners believe that because the lights are within their yards, they can do with them whatever they please. Fed up with what he called “fear tactics,” Hamptons resident Lenny Dura and two other residents filed a lawsuit against their association in December 2009. The court ruled in favor of Dura in September, and he’s waiting to hear what his summary judgment will be to help pay for his attorney’s fees and costs. Dura was already awarded $675 for natural gas that his

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The gas valve removed from one homeowner’s front yard light shows corrosion that he said could have led to a natural-gas leak.

lamp never used because it’s now electric and hooked up to his electric meter. During the course of the last two years, the other neighbors involved in the case with him dropped out, after Dura explained they felt further intimidated and were worried about rising court fees. Dura said he realizes he can never recoup all of the money he spent but explained it was a matter of principle and a willingness not to stand down to a board that he says was in the wrong from day one. Dura also has incident reports and pictures of fires that have occurred in the neighborhood as a result of the gas lamps, which run 24 hours a day. Dura now pays $30 per year for the electric light, while neighbors with gas lamps pay

approximately $62 quarterly for gas. Further upsetting Dura, is the fact that the association spent at least $14,000 of association money to fight him, noting that his own dues money was used to help fight the lawsuit he filed against the board. “I love this neighborhood and we have a lot of friends in here,” Dura said. “But I hope the board in the future has more compassion for people and the issues in this neighborhood.” Kamel Zaki, a resident of The Hamptons since 2003, said he’s disgusted to hear what Dura went through. “To put him through $15,000 and two years of hell, plus using $15,000 of our association money to fight this is pure vindictiveness,” Zaki said. While the lawsuit ruling was only in favor of Dura, Zaki is hopeful the association will now allow other residents to convert their lampposts, but he doubts the actions of the board will change. “Their actions say they will continue to act in a way that’s not in accordance with their documents,” Zaki said. Zaki said if the association resists his plan to convert his lamp, he’s considering suing the association and getting other owners to join in the lawsuit. “For me, it’s a question of ownership rights,” Zaki said. “I will respect our covenants and documents, but I expect my neighbors to respect my rights as well for a light that’s in my yard and that I believe is unsafe.”

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by Kurt Schultheis | City Editor

Planning Board approves P.F. Chang’s A P.F. Chang’s China Bistro is coming to downtown Sarasota after the Planning Board approved its application Dec. 14. Just more than a year after it was announced that Scottsdale, Ariz.,-based P.F. Chang’s China Bistro wanted to put a location in downtown Sarasota, the restaurant was approved by the Planning Board Dec. 14. The new restaurant will start construction in February and could be operational by December 2012. Sarasota developer Dr. Mark Kauffman worked with the restaurant chain officials to submit a three-tiered application that allows for the eatery to be built as a stand-alone location at 766 S. Osprey Ave., near Mound Street. In November 2010, Kauffman’s land-use consultant, Joel Freedman, submitted a proposal to the city to develop the restaurant in place of an office building at the northwest corner of Osprey Avenue and U.S. 41.

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The 4,164-square-foot building currently is used for executive suites, and Kauffman bought a parcel of nearby property to accommodate more parking spaces for the site. While the site plan was approved by a unanimous 7-0 vote, the rezoning of the property for use as a restaurant received a 6-1 vote, because Chairwoman Susan Chapman believes the restaurant belongs somewhere else downtown and doesn’t fit with the character of the existing neighborhood. “Would it be better located at places like the Ringling shopping center or on South Tamiami Trail?” Chapman asked. “I think yes. This is a major change in character for the Mound Street area.” Freedman, however, told those in attendance that P.F. Chang’s has been looking for an appropriate stand-alone

site downtown for the last 10 years. “This is it for them and where they wanted to be,” Freedman said. “They don’t just build their restaurants in malls.” The rest of the Planning Board had no issues with the application. “I would like to point out that you have a very respected developer in Dr. Kauffman, who has done marvelous things with this community,” said board member Mort Siegel. “P.F. Chang’s is also one of the best restaurant experiences I have ever experienced personally, and I believe the community is very fortunate to have people of this caliber and this experience going for them.” Board member Chris Gallagher agreed. “The applicant has done an outstanding job of going above

and beyond what’s required,” Gallagher said. “I don’t see the character of Mound Street being diminished. It’s a great improvement to the Mound Street area. And it’s good for downtown.” The application took longer than expected to process, in part because of the company’s delays in resubmitting requested materials and working with nearby residents and business owners to make sure the future building, which will be designed by P.F. Chang’s in-house architectural team, was met with neighborhood approval. P.F. Chang’s China Bistro Inc. operates two restaurant chains: the full-service P.F. Chang’s China Bistro and the quick-casual Pei Wei Asian Diner. The company already operates a Pei Wei on University Parkway just west of I-75. Currently, the closest full-service P.F. Chang’s China Bistro restaurants are located in Fort Myers and Tampa.

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Herald-Tribune, sister papers, to be sold The newspaper, which won a Pulitzer Prize in April and has been owned by the New York Times for nearly 30 years, will get new owners. Changes could be forthcoming. The area daily newspaper landscape could be in for a tumultuous shift in 2012 due to the imminent sale of the entity that runs the Sarasota HeraldTribune. The newspaper, with a 12-month average daily circulation of 76,693, is the largest daily newspaper in the Sarasota-Bradenton region. The New York Times Co., through its Regional Media Group, has owned the paper since 1982. But that relationship is coming to an end. Halifax Media Holdings LLC, which is backed partially by a Little Rock, Ark.,based investment and equity firm, is in the final stages of acquiring the Regional Media Group, says Herald-Tribune Publisher Diane McFarlin. A sale price wasn’t disclosed. Halifax was founded in 2009, and in March 2010 it bought the Daytona Beach NewsJournal, the largest daily paper in its region. “I’m very hopeful this will be a good thing for the Herald-Tribune and the Sarasota community,” McFarlin told the Observer Group. Some journalism industry watchers aren’t as confident. Rick Edmonds, a media business analyst with the Poynter Institute, a St. Petersburgbased journalism training center, speculates significant changes could take place soon. “(Halifax) has a record so far of cutting staff and being pro-industry,” said Edmonds, who adds that he knows and admires McFarlin and HeraldTribune Executive Editor Mike Connelly. “My belief is that they will find parts of the Herald-Tribune run in a way they don’t like.” Edmonds expanded on that point in a Dec. 19 blog post on poynter.org. Wrote Edmonds:

News fit to sell The Regional Media Group owns 16 newspapers nationwide, including the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Other papers include: 
• Daily Comet, in Thibodaux, La.;
 • Herald-Journal, in Spartanburg, S.C.; • News Chief, in Winter Haven; • North Bay Business Journal, in Santa Rosa, Calif. • Petaluma Argus-Courier, in Petaluma, Calif.;
 • Star-Banner, in Ocala; • Star-News, in Wilmington, N.C.; Rachel S. O’Hara

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune is located at 1741 Main St. “The editorial ambition that won the regional group’s flagship, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, its first Pulitzer this April for an investigation of the insurance industry may not fit with the boosterish, pro-business agenda Halifax defined in Daytona Beach.” Halifax officials couldn’t be reached for comment. Michael Redding, appointed CEO and publisher of the News-Journal when Halifax bought it, addressed the community in an open letter the paper published April 1, 2010. “We are a small collection of long-term investors and career newspaper veterans who strongly believe in the future of the NewsJournal,” Redding wrote. The investor group behind Halifax includes Stephens Capital Partners, the firm out of Arkansas, states Redding’s letter. Stephens Capital owns other newspapers, including the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The firm also holds investments in a host of other businesses and industries, from livestock to charter schools to kitchen appliances, according to its website. Destin resident Rupert Phillips, who owns a few newspapers in other ventures, is also part of the Halifax/News-Journal ownership structure. McFarlin said she had few details on the acquisition because it hasn’t officially closed. She said there was some feeling of sadness among employees, both on the editorial and advertising side, in losing the New York Times as a parent company. Still, McFarlin said, given declines all daily newspapers have seen in circulation and advertising revenue, it was reassuring that a company approached the Times to buy the unit. In addition to the HeraldTribune, the Regional Media Group owns 15 other news-

• The Courier, in Houma, La.;
 • The Dispatch, in Lexington, N.C.;
 • The Gadsden Times, in Gadsden, Ala.;
 • The Gainesville Sun, in Gainesville;. • The Ledger, in Lakeland;
 • The Press Democrat, in Santa Rosa, Calif.;
 • The Tuscaloosa News, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.;
 • Times-News, in Hendersonville, N.C.; — Kurt Schultheis papers nationwide, including ones in Lakeland, Winter Haven and Gainesville. Plus, McFarlin said she had heard good things about Halifax, especially when it comes to local news reporting. “I understand that Halifax is a big believer in local community news,” McFarlin said. “It is my expectation that we will retain a great deal of autonomy.”

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downtown grants by Kurt Schultheis | City Editor

Advisory board recommends downtown grants stay in place Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board believes downtown grants need more time to catch on before they are rescinded. The Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board is recommending the Sarasota City Commission keep in place its community development, economic and business-enhancement grant programs. At its Dec. 15 meeting, the board voted 5-4 to recommend the city continue the grants, which also allow downtown businesses to apply for storefront enhancements. City senior planner Steve Stancel said the grants, which were approved last year, have led to 30 applications for funding, with only five applications from downtown and 25 coming from Newtown. Out of those 30 applications, only four projects met the criteria and are moving forward. The commission almost discontinued the programs in October before deciding to get an opinion from the Community Redevelopment Agency. Board member Michael Beaumier suggested the city hasn’t done enough to publicize the grants and needs to refocus where its grants go when the city performs major capital-improvement projects. “We should be spending money in other areas of the CRA outside of Main Street,” Beaumier said. “For instance, in areas where we are repaving Fruitville Road right now, we should be offering grants to improve the look of businesses in that area at the same time.” Board member Paul Thorpe agreed. “We need grants to get businesses going again in areas like the Rosemary District as well,” Thorpe said. Although advisory board Chairman John Harshman recommended the city take a one-year hiatus from the grant programs, he didn’t receive the majority of support from the ninemember board. “If no one has come forward for grants in the first year and business owners are improving their property in other ways, maybe we can use the funds for something else,” Harshman said. Thorpe and others disagreed. “Nobody knew anything about these grants and we didn’t give it enough time to see if the programs will work,” Thorpe said. After the motion to recommend the continuation of the grants was made, the advisory board also agreed to recommend the grants continue with the following recommendations: • To increase publicity and promotion of the grants; • Create a future cap for the grants; •  To tie the grants toward capital improvement projects being performed within city limits. “If we are going to upgrade Fruitville Road we should get business owners there to upgrade their shops,” Beaumier said. “ If we’re going to construct two roundabouts on Ringling Boulevard, we should target dollars where the construction is happening.” The grant recommendations will now be passed onto the advisory board, which will make a recommendation to the commission in February.


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The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about seasonal doorto-door scams, most recently a scheme in which people pose as students involved in a fundraiser. Reported incidents indicate that welldressed, college-age young men are approaching people under the guise of raising money for a school trip. They claim they attend local universities and that their parents live nearby, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The pitch differs, but on some occasions the suspects have asked for money for a trip to an overseas sports tournament. If the homeowner seems hesitant, the release adds, the young men will reduce the price and offer magazine subscriptions. A suspect even will present an official-looking flyer and receipt. In a separate but similar scam, the perpetrator claims to be a state or county worker doing tree work or other contracting in the area. On at least one occasion, the suspect has distracted the victim, entered the home and left with the resident’s checkbook or valuables,

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Sarasota finalizes contract for new administrator County Commission Chairwoman Nora Patterson Dec. 15 signed the formal contract with Randall H. Reid of Gainesville, making him the new county administrator.

Reid’s three-year contract includes an annual base salary of $190,000 and $500 reimbursement for his automobile.

had not increased for the three previous years before his departure. Reid will be eligible for a pay increase after each annual review by the County Commission. He also will be reimbursed $500 per month for use of his personal vehicle for county business. In Alachua County, he was given the option of using a county vehicle for work-related purposes or receiving a monthly allowance of $450 for use of his own vehicle. In Sarasota County, Reid’s contract also allows him to be reimbursed for up to $2,400 a year in work-related expenses. The contract includes a tighter termination clause than the one that was in effect for Ley. Reid could be terminated for “gross negligence in the handling of county affairs; willfully disregarding a direct and lawful order, demand or policy of the (County Commission)” and other acts, including the violation of a county charter section regarding “political activity.” Ley’s contract stated he could be terminated for cause only if he were convicted of a felony or any serious misdemeanor “involving … moral turpitude.” Ley’s contract, which had been updated in November 2008, also stated if he were terminated for LBK2010 any reason other than cause, theH county had to pay him a lump

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New County Administrator Randall Reid will begin work Jan. 23. sum equivalent to his annual salary and benefits for one year. The proposed contract for Reid stated if the board elects to terminate him for any reason other than cause, the county will pay him a lump sum equivalent to his salary, deferred compensation and health care insurance for 20 weeks at the rate in effect at that time. When the County Commission May 25 accepted Ley’s resignation, it agreed to a severance package that totaled about $305,000, including accrued

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about quality of life on the Key, Patterson added of Reid: “He has a definite environmental bent … which makes him very fitting for Sarasota County. And he got rave reviews (from members of the Alachua County business community).” Reid’s employment agreement could not be finalized until he passed a physical and completed a final background check, she explained. County Attorney Stephen DeMarsh reported about two weeks ago Reid had cleared those last hurdles, so the county had sent him the formal contract to sign. Once that came back last week, all that was needed was Patterson’s signature. The three-year contract calls for an annual base salary of $190,000 for Reid, whose yearly pay as Alachua County manager was $169,686.19. Ley’s salary, when he left the county in the wake of a Procurement Department scandal, was $214,614.40, according to DeMarsh; it included $12,000 in lieu of an auto allowance. DeMarsh added Ley’s salary

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With a stroke of the pen last week, County Commission Chairwoman Nora Patterson made Randall H. Reid the new county administrator. Because Reid had to give 60 days notice to the Alachua County Commission to leave his position as manager of that county, he is expected to begin work in Sarasota Jan. 23, 2012. “I am excited about it, and I look forward to his coming and bringing us a fresh perspective,” Patterson said. “I think he’s a very capable and respected administrator, and I think we deserve no less.” She added Reid is eager to get to know Sarasota County residents. “I think people will be seeing a lot of him (after he arrives),” she said. Patterson unveiled Reid’s hiring during the Siesta Key Association’s Dec. 1 meeting. Reid was the top choice of four finalists for the position held by Jim Ley for 14 years before he resigned in late May. Knowing the SKA’s concerns


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The story behind His birth Children love to hear their grandparents and parents recount the details of whence their family came, the genealogy of who they are, how they came about and why they are. Indeed, our heritage depends on the continuous retelling of such important events. This is why we take pleasure each year at this time recounting some of the lesser discussed details surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ. We all know what happened on “Christmas” — as St. Luke masterfully wrote in his Gospel (see box). But having some of the context that led up to this holy, remarkable day adds to its richness. In truth, Jesus’ birth is a story for Jews and Christians alike. After all, Jesus’ parents, Mary and Joseph, were Jews. And the setting for this momentous, monumental event was in the heart of the land that God promised to Abraham and Moses — Israel. The main characters leading up to Jesus’ birth — Mary, Joseph, Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth, and her husband, Zacharias — were anything but celebrities in their day. They were as common as Iowa farmers. And yet, in reality, Mary and Joseph were indeed connected to royalty. Biblical scholars write they actually were cousins, both descendants from the lineage of King David, the longtime king of Israel. But at that time — which was around 4 B.C. — the Jews of Judea (central Israel), were anything but a privileged, royal class. They were living under the rule of Julius Ceasar Augustus and his vast Roman empire and under the unpredictability of the maniac, King Herod, an Arab-Jew who ruled over Jerusalem and Bethlehem as a “client” king for Caesar. “Herod inflicted such outrages upon (the Jews) as not even a beast could have done if it possessed the power to rule over men,” wrote the biblical historian Josephus. What’s more, Herod became infamous for murdering his wife, his wife’s father, her brother, three of his own sons and 300 of his military leaders. Nonetheless, under Herod, the Jews managed to live with what biblical historian James Edward Talmadge called “some semblance of national autonomy.” They could practice their religion without much interference. But there was no doubt the Jews did not relish their domination. The Jews kept to themselves and held particular dislike for the Samaritans, a racially mixed people. “The enmity between Jew and Samaritan was so intense that travelers between Judea and Galilee would make long detours rather than pass through Samaria,” Talmadge wrote. This is what Mary and Joseph would encounter after they received word of Julius Caesar’s order for a census. Caesar demanded that everyone register in his hometown. For Mary and Joseph, this meant traveling from Nazareth in Galilee in the north to Bethlehem in Judea — an 80-mile journey. That would have taken them right through Samaria. And let’s not forget: Mary was nine months pregnant. In his gospel on the birth of Christ, St. Luke was sparing on the details of

… For unto you is born this day …

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. — St. Luke, 2:1-16, King James Bible

Mary and Joseph’s trip. The fact there are few details must mean it was mostly uneventful. But you could imagine it otherwise: Any woman in her ninth month of pregnancy is physically miserable — can’t sit for long stretches, can’t sleep. So imagine Mary and Joseph traveling in a caravan or with Mary riding on a donkey. It was cold at night. The trip would have taken about four days. On this very day, Dec. 23, they had two days to go before reaching Bethlehem. And at this point in the trip, they would just be passing through Samaria. Jewish travelers were marks for bandits. God was watching over Mary and Joseph, of course. They made it, but only to find out that Bethlehem, normally a sleepy little town, was bustling with Jews who had returned to register for the census. There was no room at the inn. Mary and Joseph, we know, found a stable. But this wasn’t the stable we see on the Hallmark Christmas cards. The stables in those days often were dark, cold caves with “mangers” — animal-feeding troughs carved into the stone walls; they were not wooden cribs padded with dry, neatly arranged hay. With nowhere else to go, Mary gave birth … under the stars, amid the manure and muck, among the sheep, cows and chickens, no doctors present to administer an epidural, with Joseph, her carpenter husband, assisting as best he could. Those who have witnessed birth know its

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difficulty in a hospital bed. Imagine the scene in a smelly, cold barn. Yet, this lowly, humble setting was the way Jesus Christ, the Savior whom God sent for mankind, came into this world. Contrast the differences: Caesar Augustus maneuvering for worldly power and the biggest worldwide celebrity of his day; Herod the Great, a regional celebrity, abusing his power over his small dominion in unspeakable ways. They were all about status and ego. Mary and Joseph were the antithesis. Humble, not materially wealthy, ordinary in all appearances. And yet they were extraordinary. God sent his messenger, the angel Gabriel, and stunned Mary with the news she would conceive miraculously and bring forth a son — the Son of the Highest who would “reign over the house of Jacob forever.” She would be his mother. And Joseph, the quiet carpenter, fretted over what would happen to Mary, his fiancée, if people found out she was pregnant before they were married. The angel Gabriel gave comfort to Joseph, just as he did to Mary. And with humility and obedience and far below the radar screen of celebrity status, they carried out God’s will, remembering all the while Gabriel’s assurance to Mary: “For with God, nothing shall be impossible.” This is our heritage. Merry Christmas. (Editor’s note: This originally appeared in the Dec. 23, 2010, edition.) — MW


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It’s not education; it’s indoctrination While parents think our schools focus on reading, writing and arithmetic, the reality is they focus on identity politics and social consciousness. It is assumed that public what some call education and schools focus on a simple phi- others indoctrination. losophy, teach kids how to read, write and add. But data show • Political correctness, or not chronic academic deficiencies offending certain gender, raamong students. cial, cultural, sexual or Parents, aware of the religious classes is one systemic ills in public tenet. The county has education, think their used an American hischildren’s schools are tory textbook that has great and that probbeen characterized in a lems happen “somereview as “a propaganplace else.” This creates da tract.” Its revisionist a paradox. If the three history and emphasis R’s are supposed to be on the oppression of the guiding principles, minorities, women and is it possible that somethe poor taught white DEAN thing else is driving the KALAHAR guilt instead of Ameripublic school syllabus? can exceptionalism. Colleges of EducaCompetition and valetion, the National Education dictorians have been replaced Association and textbook and with speech codes and particicurriculum developers embrace pation awards. a therapeutic ideology broadly called “identity politics.” They • Moral relativism/equivabelieve injustice and victim- lency dictates there is no moral ization of members in certain truth — natural rights or wrongs social groups entitles people — and all value systems are to special treatment. Public equal, so judgments are evil. The schools act as the surrogate county’s 9/11 curriculum says host, transmitting this view to to “challenge (students) to find unsuspecting students who are the commonalities,” between not immune from its influence. the 9/11 terrorists and NorTraditional principles for way’s recent killer. The Interlearning the basics based on national Baccalaureate mission accountability, opportunity suspends reason by stating stuand responsibility have been dents should “understand that replaced with developing a “so- other people, with their differcial consciousness.” Let’s look at ences, can also be right.”

• Social justice promotes equal outcomes because oppression has caused some people to have more than others. Florida school administers are evaluated on being “advocates for equity and social justice.” The NEA “opposes any immigration policy,” promotes reparations and believes “efforts to legislate English as the official language ... must be challenged.” • Multiculturalism promotes “group-differentiated rights,” meaning special treatment is required under the ethos of diversity and tolerance. Florida teacher preparation programs demand teachers believe in “diversity” and practice “tolerance” before being certified. • Sexism, sex education and family planning promote sexual orientation and gender identification. A Florida Celebrate Freedom Week lesson asks kids to “write a new Declaration of Sentiments from another viewpoint; e.g., gay rights.” The National Youth Risk Behavior Survey, given in our schools is a morally questionable set of sexually explicit questions asked of children as young as 11. The NEA wants “the right to reproductive freedom,” “schoolbased family planning clinics,”

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Planning Commission seats to be filled One of the Sarasota County Commission’s most important advisory boards has three open seats that the commission will fill in January. Notice went out Dec. 15 that applications are available through the county’s Meetings on Demand section of its website, www.scgov. net. Sarasota County also began publishing advertisements Dec. 18, and will continue through Jan. 1, 2012, to fill Planning Commission seats held by Taylor Meals and John Fellin, both of Englewood, and Sam Jones, of North Port. Meals has decided to step down from the board, while Fellin is ineligible to run again until 2013. Fellin first was appointed to the Planning Commission in January 2000. Jones, appointed May 24, has reapplied for his seat, according to Paula Clintsman, the county assistant to the commission. “It’s probably one of the most important advisory boards” to the County Commission, Christine Robinson, a veteran of the board and the incoming County Commission chairwoman, said last week. According to the county notice, the Planning Commission “interprets and advises the County Commission on adoption of and amendment to the Comprehensive Plan, as well as other land use applications.” “I’ve had some folks ask me about (the open seats),” Robinson said. “We usually have a pool to choose from.” Commissioner Joe Barbetta, who served on the Planning Commission for 14 years before seeking a County Commission seat, agreed with Robinson about the importance of the Planning Commission. “It’s a sounding board with the public, to vet out projects as they come to fruition,” Barbetta said. “We look at all nine

seats as very important.” “Even though we don’t always follow their recommendations, they represent a voice in the community,” said current County Commission Chairwoman Nora Patterson. “(Still) I always look for the Planning Commission minutes … and any commentary I can find (on the members’ decisions).” Sometimes, members of the County Commission see a need for a project that may not be as obvious to the Planning Commission members, Patterson added — “reasons they may not have in front of them.” Because of the importance of those decisions, Kerry Kirschner, executive director of the Argus Foundation in Sarasota, said his organization prefers that at least some of the Planning Commission members have a background in land planning, architecture and engineering. The Argus Foundation is a nonprofit policy organization comprising more than 165 CEOs and presidents of corporations in Southwest Florida. Many of its members have appropriate expertise that qualifies them for serving in local government, including holding seats on the Planning Commission, Kirschner said, so he encourages them to apply whenever seats are open. The importance of that expertise, Kirschner said, was illustrated last week when a Sarasota residents group sought to appeal the city Planning Board’s decision to allow a new Goodwill superstore to be built on North Tamiami Trail. “It was zoned for retail, but people wanted the City Commission to overturn the site plan approval,” Kirschner said of the property. “Had not cooler heads prevailed, that would have cost the taxpayers of the city of Sarasota a lot of money (to defend a

Current Planning Commission members • Bob Burrus Jr., of Nokomis; term expires May 31, 2015. • John Fellin, of Englewood; term expires Jan. 30, 2012. • Joseph Hudgins, of Sarasota; term expires Jan. 30, 2013. • Sam Jones, of North Port; term expires Jan. 31, 2012. • Christopher King, of Englewood; term expires Dec. 30, 2012. • Cheryl Luehr, of Sarasota; term expires Aug. 1, 2013. • Ken Marsh, representative of the Sarasota County School Board. • Taylor Meals, of Englewood; term expires Jan. 31, 2012. • Roland Piccone, of Sarasota; term expires Aug. 1, 2013. • Marianne Reilly, of Venice; term expires Jan. 31, 2013. potential lawsuit from Goodwill).” The same type of scenario could arise in the county, Kirschner said. The county commissioners don’t designate Planning Commission seats, Barbetta said. “There isn’t any automatic ‘environmental seat’ or ‘north (county)’ or ‘south county seat,’” he said. Nonetheless, he said, it is preferable for the board’s membership to reflect a lot of diversity. The County Commission does encourage current members to reapply for seats as long as they retain eligibility, he added. Nonetheless, the County Commission weighs all applicants in open meetings.

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+ Church of the Redeemer welcomes home college kids Church of the Redeemer’s College Ministry held a special “welcome home” coffee time after services, Sunday, Dec. 18, inside Gillespie Hall. The Rev. Fred Robinson had each student come up as he read some information about each student’s major and school.

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Nov. 21 Stocking stuffer 10:30 p.m. — 3800 block of South Tamiami Trail. Shoplifting. A drug-store employee told police that a man rolled up a pair of $24.99 khaki shorts and stuffed them into his pants before fleeing the store with another man and a woman.

Nov. 24

Running out of places to go 8:20 a.m. — 1500 block of First Street. Trespassing. A man was trespassed from City Hall and two downtown parks before being arrested and taken to jail for trying to evade a police officer and ignoring trespass warnings.

mannequin and fled with two others in a silver Mustang.

Dec. 7 Down the drain

called police to report “a strange woman in her 50s dressed in all pink” who was dancing in the middle of Tamiami Trail. The woman was gone before police arrived.

Nov. 27 Unauthorized artwork 5 a.m. — 1500 block of First Street. Graffiti. A property owner reported that someone sprayed “Mesi” on the side of his vacant building. The graffiti is consistent with other tags around town, according to the police.

Nov. 28 Positively upset

Dec. 11

1:30 p.m. — 2400 block of Central Avenue. Burglary. A woman told police that three 5-gallon bottles of water were stolen from her back porch.

Break in the case 8:31 a.m. — 4000 block of South Tamiami Trail. Suspicious Circumstance. Someone broke a large glass window at a business. The owner of the business was contacted while police secured the building.

Dec. 12

worth of clothes, furniture and housewares from a trailer they were storing at an apartment complex.

Dec. 7 Intervention nixed 3:36 p.m. — 2200 block of Fruitville Road. Dispute. A man told police he was looking for his friend, who is “strung out on cocaine and pills.” He was trying to get her to go to rehab, but she took off after he made that suggestion.

11:20 p.m. — 1400 block of Main Street. Trespassing. A heavily intoxicated bar patron who punched a wall was issued a trespass warning and took a cab home.

2:25 p.m. — 1700 block of Mound Street. Threats. A blood-bank employee called police to report that when she called a woman to report “a positive reading” from her blood sample, she became mad and threatened “to shoot up the place.” Police attempted to contact the upset woman.

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Dec. 6

2:10 p.m. — 3900 block of South Tamiami Trail. Battery. A woman told police that another woman with whom she had gotten into a fight approached her with a group of friends to confront her about the previous fight. During the discussion, someone in the group punched the woman in the face before the group dispersed.

8:53 a.m. — 600 block of Central Avenue. Suspicious Circumstance. A school employee turned over a package that was addressed to a woman but included the address of the school on it. The package appeared to contain herbal medicines from India.

12:05 p.m. — 1100 block of Ringling Boulevard. Traffic Infraction. A woman told police the man in front of her was swerving all over the road. Police pulled the man over and he said he “was fooling around with his phone.”

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3:30 p.m. — 3200 block of Fruitville Road. Suspicious Circumstance. A couple told police that someone stole $4,000

4:16 a.m. — 1700 block of South Tamiami Trail. Theft. A hospital employee told police a teenager stole the wig off a

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Getting to the bottom of things 6:20 p.m. — 1400 block of 10th Street. Suspicious Circumstance. A man told police that he saw a man walking around the rear of the Salvation Army while not wearing pants. The man was found — with his pants on — and told police he wouldn’t have any further issues because he was back on his medication.

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Panhandling patrol 6:35 p.m. — 1400 block of Main Street. Patrol Request. A man called police to report a woman panhandling in front of his business and harassing customers for money as they tried to put money in the parking meters. Extra patrol was dispatched to monitor the area.

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Fernandez honored as middle school Teacher of the Year The Sarasota County School Board surprised three teachers as finalists for its district Teacher of the Year competition. Booker Middle School Orchestra Director Victor Fernandez thinks his mariachi band is performing for the junior achievement assembly. Little does he know, Sarasota County School Board members have just exited a bus parked in front of the school and are sneaking across campus with handfuls of balloons to surprise him as Teacher of the Year for middle schools countywide. As the band finishes its song, Lori White, superintendent of schools, makes the announcement to Fernandez and the student body, noting that he’s also a finalist for the overall district Teacher of the Year Award, which will be announced in January. Still wearing her sombrero and holding her violin from the mariachi performance, Daniella Romero throws her hands into the air and begins cheering for her teacher. “I’m a guy who believes that anything for the school is good, and I’ll do anything to make it a better place,” Fernandez says. “They asked me to play the assembly and got me there, unknowingly, with my two top students. I was shaken and stirred — it was very humbling.” Although he has been teaching at Booker for less than two years, Fernandez has already won the hearts of many of his students. “He’s just the best teacher —

The Sarasota County School Board members surprised Fernandez as he performed “Cielto Lindo” on guitar with seventh-grade students. you walk into his classroom and you just feel it,” Daniella says, placing her hand on her heart in unison with her classmate and fellow band member, Stirling Lamb. Fernandez is amused that, although they all play Mexican music together, no one in his band of three is actually from Mexico. Fernandez was born and raised in Cuba until the age of 13, when he moved with his family to Miami and attended the New World School of the Arts. Daniella hails from Colombia, and Stirling was born in the United States. “Our favorite song to play is

‘Tequila,’ but we changed the name to ‘Azucar,’ which means sugar,” Fernandez says. “We add Mexican words like ‘chimichangas’ and ‘fajitas.’” Fernandez originally set out to fulfill a career in music performance, but while in college at Florida State University, he observed the teaching methods of the orchestra directors and spent time with the Tallahassee Youth Orchestra. “I fell in love with education,” Fernandez says. “My heart was in teaching.” His teaching philosophy makes perfect sense to his students. He mimics the professional world within the four walls of his classroom. Using baseball as an example, he says he doesn’t believe his students will learn how to play the game by simply being told the difference between a bat and ball and how they are used. Anyone wanting to learn the game would learn best by practicing on the field. “We learn music by making music,” Fernandez says. “We learn to be musical by being musical. We play music on their level and create musical phrases at their level. We don’t just talk about Brahms and Mozart, we listen to it and say, ‘How does this make you feel?’” The district Teacher of the Year for 2012-2013 will be chosen from among the three finalists —

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Victor Fernandez began teaching at Booker Middle School in 2010. He also conducts the Sarasota Youth Orchestra.

Victor Fernandez on his favorite music “I listen to many music channels on Pandora. I love Mozart and Tchaikovsky symphonies — they are my two favorite composers. I’m also an old classic rock kind-of-a-guy and love the Eagles, Aerosmith and Guns ’N’ Roses.” Fernandez, Danielle Tanaka, of Venice High School, and Jessica Gardner, of Gocio Elementary School. “In my mind, I’m there to sup-

port them and help them grow,” says Fernandez of his students. “My favorite memory is seeing their faces at the end of our concerts. When they all get on stage for the big picture together, and you see the gleaming looks of pride and the glow in their parents as they’re taking pictures of their kids, it’s a really climactic moment for them. It’s moments like that that motivate me to continue doing what I do.”

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CHRISTMAS SERVICES Church of the Palms Christmas and Candlelight Services — takes place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, at 3224 Bee Ridge Road. Offers quiet meditation during the winter solstice. “Silent Night in the Garden,� a reflective evening of music, story, candle lighting, communion and uplifting Christmas message, takes place at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23. Christmas Eve Candlelight Services take place at 5, 7, 9 and 11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24. Christmas Day services take place at 9:15 and 10:30 a.m. Call 924-1323. Children and Family Christmas Eve Service — takes place at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24, at First Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave., in downtown Sarasota. This interactive, contemporary family service has music and drama, and each child will receive a gift. A traditional candlelight service at 6:30 p.m. tells the Christmas story through scripture readings and music. Nursery available. Call 9550935.



   

 

   

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A dancer sprays hairspray on her ribbons to keep them from popping out of place on stage.

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SWEET Life Two 8-year-olds wait in the wings before a spacing rehearsal for the finale.

The Sarasota Ballet School performed three performances of “A Nutcracker Sweet” Dec. 16 and Dec. 17, at the Lakewood Ranch Performing Arts Center and at the Glenridge Performing Arts Center. The cast of 120 performers danced a variety of parts from dolls to partygoers to butterflies and angels. The

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The 6- to 10-year-olds from the Sarasota Ballet School and Dance — The Next Generation color pictures and hang out in the dressing room prior to the show.

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Casey Cove Drive home sells for $1,705,000

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Aqualane Estates

Dion and Tammy Thornton sold their home at 1735 Stanford Lane to Leonard and Pascale Ciak, of Georgetown, Ind., for $815,000. Built in 2002, it has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a pool and 3,009 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,125,000 in 2004.

Badger Heights

Lisa Evans, trustee, and Michael Evans, Sarasota, sold the home at 1859 Loma Linda St. to William and Terry Brackett, Sarasota, for $780,000. Built in 2004, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,545 square feet of living area.

Harbor View on Golden Gate Point

Stelter Condos LLC sold the Unit 303 condominium at 650 Golden Gate Point to James and Susanne Willits, Palm Harbor, for $750,000. Built in 1962, it has two bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and

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This home at 1410 S. Lake Shore Drive, in Nokomis, has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,803 square feet of living area. It sold for $1.27 million.

1,837 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $640,000 in 2009.

The Landings

John and Ann Barner, of N. Adelaide, Australia, sold their home at 1712 Landings Blvd. to Richard and Eileen Schineller, Sarasota, for $600,000. Built in 1988, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,882 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $555,000 in 2001.

Sarasota Bay Club

Sarasota Bay Club LLC sold the Unit 208 condominium at 1301 Tamiami Trail to Joseph Pepe, Sarasota, for $425,000. Built in 2000, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,546 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $430,000 in 2001.

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These are the largest city of Sarasota building permits issued by the city of Sarasota for the week of Nov. 28 through Dec. 2, in order of dollar amounts. Address 2758 Prospect St. 145 Cleveland Drive 978 Virginia Drive 1339 Westway Drive 1716 Hawthorne St. 3821 Calliandra Drive 4091 N. Prairie View Drive 809 S. Tuttle Ave. 905 Virginia Drive 2715 Datura St. 480 58th St. 627 Ohio Place 714 45th St. 1921 Ninth St. 1255 N. Gulfstream Ave.

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417 condominium at 800 N. Tamiami Trail to Ira and Gail Reiter, of Kingston, R.I., for $395,000. Built in 2007, it has two bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and 1,830 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $869,000 in 2007.

Huntington Pointe

Walden and Suzanne Myers, trustees, of Anchorage, Alaska, sold the home at 9014 Huntington Pointe Drive to George and Jarmila Slonek, Sarasota, for $370,000. Built in 1992, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,652 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $449,000 in 2005.

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Marc and Sarah Thompson sold their Unit 1505 condominium at 1350 Main St.

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to Michael and Karin Buffa, Clermont, for $345,000. Built in 2007, it has one bedrooms, one-and-a-half baths and 972 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $412,200 in 2007.

Hartsdale

Mary Hitchcock, of Damariscotta, Maine, sold her home at 2511 Osprey Ave. to Neil Phillips and Shannon Rohrer-Phillips, Sarasota, for $320,000. Built in 1950, it has two bedrooms, one bath and 1,622 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $40,000 in 1981.

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Richard Komro sold his home at 1907 Clematis St. to Dockside Homes LLC for $300,000. Built in 1950, it has two bedrooms, one bath and 1,171 square feet

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Stephen Miley and Mary Guyton sold their home at 929 Casey Cove Drive to Steven and Deborah Grossman, Nokomis, for $1,705,000. Built in 1960, it has four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and 3,639 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $360,000 in 1996. The following residential real-estate transactions took place between Dec. 5 and Dec. 9. Of this week’s 28 sales, 14 took place in Sarasota; seven took place in Palmer Ranch; four took place in Osprey; and three took place in Nokomis. Two sales, both in Nokomis, topped $1 million.

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of living area. It previously sold for $52,100 in 1983.

Jean Williams, trustee, of Kent, Ohio, sold the home at 6920 Antigua Place to Sharon Yager-Conger, trustee, Sarasota, for $225,000. Built in 1972, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,520 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $125,000 in 1998.

Wilena Place to Howard Shiffman, of Lakewood, Colo., for $319,000. Built in 2004, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,008 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $297,900 in 2004. Cherie and John Sleyter, Sarasota, sold their home at 7556 Pesaro Drive to Howard and Lisa Spector, of New Albany, Ohio, for $243,900. Built in 2003, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,534 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $250,000 in 2008. Terry and Tammy Smith sold their home at 5571 Modena Place to David and Jing Racker, of Huntington, N.Y., for $240,000. Built in 2003, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,693 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $216,000 in 2003.

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Terry and Sue Beck, of Youngstown, Ohio, sold their home at 4815 Eastchester Drive to Barbara Culbertson, Sarasota, for $245,000. Built in 1952, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,791 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $485,000 in 2005.

Gulf Gate

James Wernick sold his Unit 2 condominium at 1783 Stapleton St. to Marilyn Alburger, Sarasota, for $220,000. Built in 2006, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 1,952 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $875,000 in 2006.

Guest Quarters LLC sold the home at 7331 Villa D’Este Drive to R. Britt and Judy Murphey, of Elkhart, Ind., for $298,000. Built in 1988, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 2,207 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $285,000 in 2004.

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Lakeside at the Isles on Palmer Ranch

Rosemary Lindsey, trustee, Ruskin, sold the home at 1831 Hawkins Court to Mark Kohout, Sarasota, for $215,000. Built in 2000, it has two bedrooms, one-and-a-half baths and 1,302 square feet of living area.

DiVosta Homes LP sold the Unit 101 condominium at 1345 Burgos Drive to Michel Therien and Isabelle Paris, Sarasota, for $230,200. Built in 2008, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,045 square feet of living area.

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Wells Fargo Bank, NA, sold the home at 4979 Oldham St. to Roger Berndt Turtle Rock LLC for $208,000. Built in 1996, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,821 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $145,000 in 1996.

Kathleen Groskopf sold her home at 4188 Via Mirada to Matthew and Karen Winn, Sarasota, for $334,200. Built in 1991, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,350 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $213,100 in 1991.

sold their home at 311 Osprey Point Drive to Alan Marlor and Reginald Irvine, Osprey, for $865,000. Built in 1985, it has three bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 3,871 square feet of living area.

Meridian II at the Oaks Preserve

Stornhaven Properties LLC sold the Unit 401 condominium at 393 N. Point Road to John and Kim Coleman, of Hamburg, N.Y., for $325,000. Built in 2001, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,594 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $466,000 in 2004.

The Woodlands at Rivendell

Donna Soper, Venice, sold her home at 1361 New Forest Lane to Wayne and Carol Coelho, Osprey, for $267,000. Built in 2002, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 2,074 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $256,100 in 2002.

Rivendell

Anthony and Rachel Kessel, of Katy, Texas, sold their home at 525 Meadow Sweet Circle to Sonja Holland, Osprey, for $212,000. Built in 2003, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,728 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $200,000 in 2010.

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Reginald Irvine and Alan Marlor, Sarasota, sold their home at 1410 S. Lake Shore Drive to Frederick and Sheila Colby, Sarasota, for $1,265,000. Built in 1956, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,803 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $200,000 in 1982.

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+ Cazley Financing Solutions + The Penny Hill Group names new CFO joins Insignia Bank Small-business lender and capital provider Cazley Financing Solutions has named Maurie West as its new chief financial officer. “The addition of Maurie to our team provides Cazley with a tremendous opportunity to expand the expertise we can provide our clients to help them achieve their goals,” said Brian Caswell, company president and founder. “Our clients often struggle with accounting and stress about their current system. Maurie’s knowledge and experience with accounting systems, payroll and income taxes will add tremendous value to the service we provide to our clients.” West will handle the financial needs of the company and assist clients that it serves. Previously, West was a senior accountant for a prominent local CPA firm and served as a consultant to Cazley Financial Solutions. He holds his CPA license in the state of Florida and is a certified QuickBooks Pro adviser.

+ Stella’s Groove boutique launches new website

Traveling active-wear boutique Stella’s Groove recently launched its new website, www.StellasGrooveFitness.com. The site features easy navigation options and visually appealing enhancements that showcase the latest trends in fitness and contemporary wear. The site also features a list of quality brand names. At the bottom of each page, viewers have several options from which to choose when inquiring about hosting a fitness wear party. The website will also connect viewers to Stella’s Groove through popular social media links.

Residential mortgage lender, The Penny Hill Group, recently joined Insignia Bank. In additional to traditional mortgages, Penny Hill Group will now offer lot loans, construction/permanent home loans, flexible condo loans and jumbo home loans. The products are available through Insignia Bank because it is owned and operated locally, enabling it to customize product offerings needed in the market.

+ Women’s Council holds its 2011 awards program The Manatee Chapter of Women’s Council of REALTORS recently held its 2011 Installation and Awards Program at the Renaissance Condominiums. Awards were presented to Lori Guerin, Big Fish Real Estate; Terri Ayers, Barry Grooms, Marie Avery, Sherry Richardson and Sharon Villars, RE/MAX Alliance Group; Patricia Perryman, Signature Realty Associates; Barbara Edwards, Scholfield Realty; and Suni Byrns, Keller Williams Manatee. The 2011 Business Partner of the Year award went to Mike Koebel, with The Home Lending Source.

+ Law firm celebrates 35th anniversary The law firm of Fergeson, Skipper, Shaw, Keyser, Baron and Tirabassi is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. The practice, located on the 10th floor of the Northern Trust building, has a staff of 40 people. The full-service law firm provides legal counsel for taxation, wills, trusts and estates, business organization and corporate law, real-estate law and litigation.

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As a senior at The Out-of-Door Academy, Jack Cannon, 17, is one of the basketball team’s leading players. He recently scored 14 points during a winning game against St. Stephen’s. Cannon has been playing basketball for ODA for four years, has been on the varsity men’s

basketball team for three years and has been team captain for the past two years. Cannon has also been on ODA’s football team for four years. According to his coaches, Cannon is a leader on the court and in practice and excels academically, as well.

How did you get into basketball? When I was in middle school, my parents wanted my sister, Rachel, and me, to play three sports a year. I always played football in the fall, so when winter came around it was basketball or soccer. I never really liked soccer, so I went with basketball and it grew on me.

Do you have goals for yourself and the team this year? Besides just being a strong leader and communicating with my coach, making decisions, and I want to lead by example on the court. I just want us to go out and compete and do our best. What are you most looking forward to this season? The game against Cardinal Mooney. They are our biggest rival.

What are your strengths and what are your weaknesses? My strengths are probably shooting and that I’m a good leader. My weaknesses? I don’t want to say just in case someone from one of the other teams reads this! What is your favorite basketball team? I like to watch the Orlando Magic. They are the closet team around, and you can make the drive to Orlando in less than two hours. My dad went to Michigan State and so do my cousins, so if I see them on TV, I root for them.

If you had to play another sport, what would it be? Maybe baseball, because my dad played baseball and that is his sport. I have a lot of friends who play baseball. What did you think about the NBA lock-out? I was just annoyed by it because I just want to see them play. I don’t care how the money is divided up — I just want to see the games.

Gulf Gate Golf Executive Course

Play Golf just 2 miles from Siesta Key! This beautiful 27 hole course is a favorite for local golfers. We are family (and kid) friendly, inexpensive, and very convenient. Gulf Gate Club is the perfect place for your next golf outing. Enjoy the beautiful lake views and nature while playing or simply rest at the Bar.

Men’s and Women’s rental clubs available.

27 Hole Executive Course 2550 Bispham Road, Sarasota

(Just 2 miles from Siesta Key’s South Bridge) 70890

921-5515

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Located South of Sarasota Memorial Hospital

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RAINFALL

Sarasota

Tues., Dec. 13 Wed., Dec. 14 Thurs., Dec. 15 Fri., Dec. 16 Sat., Dec. 17 Sun., Dec. 18 Mon., Dec. 19

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COOL TODAY WINNEr: PEEKING THROUGH

Month to date: 2011 2010 0.14 in. 0.60 in. Year-to-date:

2011 2010 40.57 in. 43.62 in.

TemperatureS

Temps. High Low 81 64 80 59 80 57 81 62 80 61 71 54 79 52

Tues., Dec. 13 Wed., Dec. 14 Thurs., Dec. 15 Fri., Dec. 16 Sat., Dec. 17 Sun., Dec. 18 Mon., Dec. 19

Record Temps. High Low 87 (1965) 22 (1962) 90 (1971) 23 (1962) 86 (1923) 31 (2010) 86 (2001) 27 (1968) 88 (1965) 29 (1968) 90 (1967) 32 (1973) 84 (1967) 30 (1975)

Average Gulf water temperature: 64

Julie Maloni submitted this sunset photo, taken on Crescent Beach on Siesta Key.

RED TIDE

Sunrise/sunset Thurs., Dec. 22 Fri., Dec. 23 Sat., Dec. 24 Sun., Dec. 25 Mon., Dec. 26 Tues., Dec. 27 Wed., Dec. 28

Sunrise 7:16 7:16 7:17 7:17 7:18 7:18 7:19

Sunset 5:41 5:41 5:42 5:42 5:43 5:43 5:44

Karenia brevis, the red tide organism, was not detected onshore or offshore Sarasota County, Friday, Dec. 16, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.

PHOTO CONTEST: Enter your local sunset, sunrise or weather-related photos for The Observer’s weather photo contest, sponsored by Cool Today. Please include where you took the photo when submitting photos, as well as your mailing address. Each week’s winner will receive a $50 restaurant gift card. Please send your photos to the Sarasota Observer, 1970 Main St., fourth floor, Sarasota, Fla., 34236, or email them to nschwartz@yourobserver.com. Visit YourObserver.com to click on our interactive weather button, which features current weather conditions, weather radar and a five-day forecast.

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Duct Cleaning 24 Hour Emergency Service FREE estimates and 2nd Opinions Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps Indoor Air Quality Specialists

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1 Sweet-talk 7 Army base or city in Alaska 13 Did some housekeeping 18 The Cotton State 20 Double x double x double 22 Drive in Beverly Hills 23 Post-election gathering 25 Citizen of the 29th state 26 Shelter in a cove 27 ___ for tat 28 “___ Hand Luke” (Newman film) 30 Appointment book entry 31 “Applesauce!” 32 Clear moisture, as from a windshield 36 Not a winner or a shower 38 Minor quarrel 42 Burn with a hot liquid 44 Walk unsteadily, as a small child 47 ___-tac-toe 50 “... ___ our fathers brought forth on this continent ...” 51 Forages 54 Tom Collins liquor 55 Occurring naturally 58 Far from wealthy 59 Dead on one’s feet 61 Anglers’ danglers 62 Bjorn of tennis fame 66 BLT part 68 Brief instant 69 A can of diet soda may have one 72 Chocolate substitute 73 “For ___ a jolly good fellow ...” 74 Audubon Society member, perhaps 76 “Capital” ending 79 Tennessee football pro 82 More life-threatening

83 Language group including Zulu and Swahili 85 Addresses the audience 87 “Stick ___!” (robber’s line) 88 Climbs up the charts 89 Come to a point gradually 91 Act the drudge 94 Tall maple tree 97 Advanced degree? 98 They’re crossed for touchdowns 103 Penguin lookalike 104 Homer’s TV neighbor 105 Rained cats and dogs 107 Vivien of “Gone With the Wind” 108 Chick’s chirp 110 Witty comeback 113 WWII German sub 115 Cry from the crow’snest 119 Two-masted sailing vessel 121 Not medium or welldone 123 More than damp 125 Predict by signs 126 Major heart artery 128 Golden Hind skipper 133 Hit with a low blow, in a way 134 Branched cluster of flowers 135 Wheat-field bundles 136 Puts in the mail 137 “Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy” setting 138 Except that

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1 One of Moses’ spies 2 Memorable mission in Texas 3 Doorway sides 4 Religious systems involving witchcraft 5 Tramp’s spaghettidinner sharer

6 Down Under fowl 7 Twinkies maker 8 Highest card in the deck 9 Start of Mr. Rogers’ song 10 Greek letters before xis 11 Grand in scale 12 “___ John B” (1966 Beach Boys song) 13 ___ Lanka 14 Full of trees 15 “Little Caesar” portrayer 16 Bog component 17 Musical quality 19 Play the part 21 Organic compound 24 “Here’s looking at you, ___” 29 After the deadline 33 Govt. broadcast regulatory group 34 Viking ship item 35 Soggy, unappetizing food 37 One sharing the billing 39 Analyze grammatically 40 Live another 365 days 41 A couple thousand pounds 43 Twosome 45 Whopper you can’t eat 46 Conclude 47 Cultivated land 48 Become accustomed (to) 49 St. Paul’s Cathedral architect 52 Forget-me-____ 53 Worker with an apron 56 Belg. was in it 57 Alpine lift 60 “Who am ___ judge?” 63 88 maker, for short 64 T. ___ Price (investment company) 65 Tombstone’s place

67 Scratch or dent 69 Business that has projected results 70 Thing in an agenda 71 Beige-like shade 74 “Casey at the ___” 75 Marching shouts 77 Metric volume 78 Became absorbed in thought 80 Fury 81 One in the crosshairs 83 React to a stoplight 84 “Ready, ___, fire!” 86 “Do re mi fa ___ ...” 89 Demolition compound 90 Devoured 92 Not feeling well 93 “In ___ of flowers ...” 95 Sharp bark 96 Billiards stick 99 Ammonia has a strong one 100 Bird’s beak 101 Swellhead’s problem 102 Algonquian language 106 Dissolved 109 Sheep or deer, at times 111 A file that can’t be opened 112 Three-note chord 114 Case guy, slangily 116 Tequila source 117 Cooks in a hurry 118 Word with “rehearsal” or “code” 119 Asian bovines 120 “... in ___-horse open sleigh” 122 Flying fish-eater 124 “My country, ___ of thee ...” 125 Arabian Peninsula port 127 Commercials 129 It stretches the truth 130 Alternative to Sony or JVC 131 “Ctrl” neighbor 132 Mu ___ pork

Last weeks Cryptograms 1. Santa’s fluffy cat swallowed some mice and a ball of yarn. But Santa was startled at the outcome- she had mittens! 2. Finally home, as Santa stepped out of his sleigh, he was tickled to see the snow against the bright blue sky. He used his “Pole-aroid” camera to record the moment.


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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

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

Eve

Communion & Candlelight Services

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

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

Pine Shores Presbyterian Church

70985

Christmas Day Family Service

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

Christmas

71219

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

71001

Northminster Presbyterian

Christmas Services

Pastor Chris Carlson

We invite your family to join ours in celebrating the birth of our Savior

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

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

Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service

Christmas Eve at 6:00 Service of JOY

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

Christmas Day at 10:00 Service of PEACE

At 6 p.m.

Hear the story of God’s Greatest Gift as well as the stories behind Christmas Carols

SUNDAY SERVICES 9 am and 11 am

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 7pm

Christmas Day Celebration Service

Christmas Day Service, 11am Tel:  355-4729 • www.npcsarasota.com

70981

A Peace-Filled Christmas

3131 61st St. • Sarasota, Fl. 34243

At 10 a.m.

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

The Tabernacle Church

at the corner of LWR Blvd, between 70 and 64

4141 DeSoto Road, Sarasota

941-753-7778

LV2246

355-8858 • www.thetabsarasota.org

71358

71220

www.PEACEpcusa.com

Located 2 miles west of 1-75 off University Parkway


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Items Under $200 For Sale ADVERTISE YOUR MERCHANDISE with the total value of $200 or less in this section for FREE! Limit 1 ad per month, 15 words or less. Price must be included. No commercial advertising. Ad runs 2 consecutive weeks. Email ad to: classified@yourobserver.com (Please provide your name and address) Or Online at: www.yourobserver.com/classifieds (No phone calls please.) CHEVY BRIDGESTONE Heavy Duty Tire & Rim: Brand New, Radial Size LT 245/75R16, $90/obo. 941-822-0431

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minimum. Discount for Annual. 2,410 sq/ft. 2 bedroom plus den/convertible 3rd bedroom. 3 baths. Beautifully furnished. Pool, tennis, fitness center. Fabulous views of Gulf of Mexico, Golf, City, & Sunrise. Special: 3 guest suites in bldg. for occasional company. Photos. Owner- 248-310-8308 or ebstulberg@gmail.com

Condos For Sale GREAT BAY VIEW - LBK!! 2/2 in Fairway Bay. 1,192 sq/ft. living area, 220 sq/ft. oversized patio w/1st floor walkdown to jogging path. Just steps from tennis, fitness center, heated pool, hot tub & clubhouse. TURNKEY FURNISHED! Bring toothbrush & small pet. $343,000 Call Owner 941-228-8040 RENT WITH Option to Buy. 1BR/1BA at Bay Oaks. Fishing Pier & Pool. Make Offer! 941-586-8186.

Recreation NEED KAYAKS (2) to rent: 12' or 14' for Jan.-Feb. Turtle Beach area. Contact: 302-636-9208.

Storage STORAGE FACILITY Boat/ RV/ Trailer. Secure facility, low monthly rentals, Clark Rd area. 941-809-3660, 941-809-3662.

Things To Do

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

SIESTA KEY: $3,300 Annual Unfurnished, Feb. 1st. 346-0981, 927-3164.

NEW ORVIS Rod: 9 ft./7wt. Fly rod & case, DXR Reel w/line & backing, $85. 941-966-9685.

SPACIOUS 2000 sq.ft., 3BR/2BA with den, enclosed porch, on partially fenced treed private yard. West of trail. Prestigious Field Rd. neighborhood. Pets okay. Lease, references and deposit required. $1900 negotiable. 941-400-0950.

Autos Wanted AUTOS WANTED! Let me take the hassle out of selling your car. Cash offered today! Call Mike, 941-713-2277.

Furnishings 5-PC RATTAN DINING SET: 48” round beveled glass top table and base. Honey finished rattan and woven with leather wrapped joints. Cotton seat cushions, $390. Please call 918-1329. POOL TABLE. Outstanding condition, Olhausen, 2’8”hx4’10”wx8’9”l, $899. 941-907-9858.

Garage/Moving/Estate Sales ESTATE AUCTION ART & ANTIQUES HAPPY NEW YEAR!! SUNDAY, JANUARY 1ST @ 1PM Inspection Sunday Day of Sale 11am-1pm The sale will be held at our Auction Gallery located on the Southwest corner of 301N & University Parkway. Quality Estate Auction Featuring: Victorian and Custom Furniture, Art, Pottery, Collectible Glass & China, Sterling Silver, Jewelry, Oriental Rugs, & More! 13% Buyer’s Premium 3% Discount for Cash or Check Elliott Bernstein Auctions AU3504 - AB2545 Gallery Phone: 941-351-3002 Photos & more: www.auctionzip.com Auctioneer ID#8290

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

Motorcycles NEW 2011 Kymco Like scooter Need a last minute gift idea? How about this brand new Kymco Like scooter, just $2099. Check out all our fun machines at Sarasota Fun Machines, 4583 Clark Rd. Sarasota Fl. 34233, suzukiofsarasota.com, 941-925-0376 NEW 2011 Suzuki Burgman. Have fun getting around town this season on a new Burgman scooter. Staring at $7,599. We deal in fun. Sarasota Fun Machines, 4583 Clark Rd, Sarasota FL. SuzukiofSarasota.com 941-925-0376

SUB SHOP: near downtown. Absentee owner. CASH COW! Health. $69,000. Terry Williams, Sun Business Brokers, 941-400-3927.

Help Wanted HAIRSTYLIST WANTED: Salon Capelli, Siesta Key Village. Rental, Must have some clientele. 941-349-5257 or 941-320-2356 leave message.

Homemakers/ Companions CNA’S/ HHA’S

You Can Make a Difference. Help seniors stay independent. We provide: non medical care, personal care, meals, light housekeeping, transportation & companionship. Flexible hours available- F/T, P/T, Overnight, Weekends and Live-In. Positions available in Sarasota/ Bradenton/ Venice. To work now fax resume to 941-929-7438 or email: joanieck@comcast.net FL Reg #HCS227965, #HHA299992670

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SECURITY GUARD Part Time Position. Fridays and Saturdays only. 2pm-12am shifts. Contact Dan, 587-950. Location: Siesta Key.

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The most trusted name in real estate is your trusted name in rental property management. Q Experienced leasing professionals Q Tenant screening, placement and renewal Q Comprehensive, world-class services Q Professional marketing support

Condos/Apts. For Rent DOWNTOWN 1BR/1BA: Pool, Tennis, Laundry, Water & Sewage included. Quiet well kept area, $625/mo. 941-926-1368. LIDO CLASSIC St. Armands Towers North, 6th floor, 2BR/2BA, Directly across from Gulf. 2 short blocks from Circle. Available 1/8/12. 3 month min., $4,000/mo. Call 554-4763.

Affordable Senior Housing

JEFFERSON CENTER 930 N. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota, FL 34236

Utilities & Cable Included

One Site for All Your Needs!

Vacation/Seasonal Rentals CASA DEL MAR BEACH RESORT RENTALS 4 NIGHT MIN. GULF FRONT/ GULF VIEW Reservations: 941-383-5549 Visa/ MC Fax: 941-383-7925 “Take our video tour at” www.casadelmar.net Office Open 7 Days, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key 34228

“INTENTIONALLY BETTER” ASHTON LAKES CONDO: 2BR/2BA, Seasonal Rental, 2 Pools, 2 miles to Siesta Key Beaches. Call Ashton Realty 941-923-1945, 941-356-6356.

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Property Search Homes - Condos - Golf Communities Foreclosures - Short Sales

www.LarrySellsSarasota.com Thinking of Selling? Every property I Market includes a Virtual Tour and more

941-953-9585 800-955-8771 TDD/TTY Rentals from $427-$588

Homes For Sale

WE BUY HOUSES Any condition, fast closing. 941-320-7436

“Where People Return Year After Year”

michaelsaunders.com/rentals

941.966.8000

email: info@sarasotaluxuryrentals.com

FREE Wireless High Speed Internet

Commercial Property For Rent EXECUTIVE SUITES: South Tamiami Trail, Gulf Gate area. Full service conference room. 3 Room Suite available. One month free rent. Wireless internet and utilities included. From $250/mo. Call 941-923-6050.

941-356-5610

WASHER/ DRYER IN EVERY UNIT BEAUTIFUL KITCHENS LARGE HEATED POOL GULFSIDE

70870

X-MAS TREE: faux, 6 foot pre-lit. $50.00. 941-356-8424.

Business Opportunities BARBER SHOP in Osprey area. Excellent profits. 20 years established. Price: $49,000. Terry Williams, Sun Business Brokers, 941-400-3927.

Call Me for an aggressive Internet plan to market your home.

69628

WHITE CRIB, mattress, $100. Port-a-crib, $30. Traverse rods, bike, $50. All excellent shape. 941-918-0737.

Real Estate Wanted

Contact - Sarasota Luxury Rentals

ENTERTAINMENT CENTER: holds 32” tv, books, cds, dvds. Black & tan wood. $15. 941-312-0773

LEARN HOW TO HAND PAINT TILE AND SINKS. For information visit: WWW.HANDPAINTEDTILES.COM Or call 941-266-1239.

THE ARBOURS in Osprey. 2BR/2BA, 33 Siesta Circle West, Owner Financing. 55+ Community, $70,000. 941-918-1667.

For Qualified Waiting Clients

DOLL HOUSE: Large, Barbie, Wooden, 51" by 33. Misc. furniture, dolls, accessories, car. $85. 941-752-9936.

SAMSUNG PRINTER: CLX-3185 Color Laser Multifunction. Brand new. Box unopened. (TigerDirect charging $250.) $185.00. 216-262-0021.

SIESTA KEY, WOODSIDE ROAD: Refurbished 3BR Split plan. Minutes from Intercostal & Gulf, Boat Lift & Extra Dock, Large Screened Lanai & Pool, Close to School. $748,000. 941-349-0686.

WANTED LUXURY ANNUAL RENTALS

LUXOR MHP

MAGNIFICENT LUXURY Home approx. 6,000 sq/ft. on Open Bay. Brand New, 4BR/4BA, Pool, Library, Media Room, Wine Cellar, and so much more! Call for virtual tour and pictures, 825 Tropical Circle. $10,000/mo. lorry0205@mac.com or 941-376-5001

CRIB BUMPER set, $10. Kid’s clothes: infant to 12 yrs., 15 pieces, $2-$10. 941-925-7079.

Homes For Sale PRICED TO SELL: 3BR/2BA+Den Energy efficient, Recent Roof/AC, Lanai, 1CG, Fenced Yard, $143,000. 941-302-1706, Can email pictures.

LARRY BRZOSTEK RE/MAX Alliance Group 941-993-3125

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WE CLEAN offices and houses, as well as laundry, ironing, alterations and we have a handyman on staff. 941-204-7587.

Child Care Services

HANDYMAN EXTRAORDINAIRE Reliable & Prompt. 25 Years Experience 5 Years in Bradenton Area. Flooring, Masonry, Doors, Carpentry and Water Damage ... etc. Call Scott at 941-536-1770. scottmwoolf1@gmail.com

SUPER NANNY (in Sarasota) seeks Super Family for immediate position. Call, Leave msg. Alice 505-577-2653.

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Classified Ads Bring Results 941-955-4888 Adult Care Services A UNIQUE Way to Put up Your Tree or Make Cookies! Assisting people of all ages with Concierge Services or help with post surgical, dementia or mental health needs. Hourly to 24/7, we provide transportation, cleaning, laundry, meals, errands, medication reminders, more. License #230517. RN Owned. 941-925-2433. ADULT CARE. Let us take care of your elderly loved one in our family care home. Licensed by the Sate of Florida. Nice clean family home. Reasonable price. 941-922-8340. CNA/HHA as well as RN available 24/7. We provide total care, companionship, housekeeping along with a wide variety of personal services. Licensed/Insured. All Certifications completed. References available. Call Angie, 941-993-2480. IN-HOME CARE/ COMPANIONSHIP/ HOMEMAKING available all hours; days, nights, weekends. Call 377-4465 for more information or visit our website @ www.eldercaresarasota.com Lic. #30211372 Bonded & Insured.

50% OFF FIRST CLEANING!! Call Housemaids today for a Free estimate! 941-953-4300, www.gohousemaids.com A CLEANING EVEN YOUR MOTHER-IN-LAW WILL APPROVE! Every time, guaranteed! Lic./Ins. Bonded. Pamela, 941-320-0023. www.CleanTimeServices.com BETTY’S HOUSECLEANING Service. High quality cleaning. Reasonable rates. Licensed. References. Call 941-650-6180. BRAZILIAN CLEANING Service by Maria. Residential/ Commercial. Meticulous Cleaning. Excellent References. Free Estimates. Reliable. Lic./ Ins. 941-400-3342 EDLA’S CLEANING SERVICES: Residential Commercial, New Construction. Meticulous, deep cleaning top to bottom. We Guarantee. Affordable & Reliable. Excellent References. Free Estimates. Licensed & Insured. 30% off first cleaning. 371-9869. FREE ESTIMATES! Call Dotty, detailed cleaning. 24 Years Exp. Lic./ Ins. Residential/ Commercial. Dottie, 941-321-6645. FRESH BREEZE HOME CLEANING SERVICE: Husband & Wife team, Residential & Commercial. Excellent references, Licensed & Insured. Free Estimates, 941-404-0104. MASTER CLEANING The best cleaning with the best price guaranteed! 30% off first cleaning. Call 941-735-3433 for free estimates. QUALITY CLEANING Service. 10 years experience. Residential & Commercial. Call Anghelika, 941-204-3589. RESIDENTIAL/ COMMERCIAL/ Resorts/ House Checks. We take pleasure in pleasing our customers. When you expect great things, great things will come. 941-756-4570.

ACCOUNTING

Home Services 120 CHANNELS + Locals, $29.99/mo. Rocky Satellite Sales & Service Authorized Dish Network Retailer, 941-554-8078.

Moving Services

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

Tile

MODERN MOVING & STORAGE: 30 years experience. Honest, Dependable, On-time Professionals. Licensed & Insured. 941-896-3129.

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Easy bike or walk just 3 blocks to worldfamous Siesta beaches, restaurants and galleries. Move in ready 2BR/2B turnkey furnished unit in bayfront community with tennis, fishing pier, two pools & more. $249,000

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

SIESTA KEY CONDO SALES SUBDIVISION ADDRESS DATE SOLD SOLD PRICE 34242 6265 MIDNIGHT PASS RD # 304 EXCELSIOR $334,000 34242 4822 OCEAN BLVD # 11B SIESTA TOWERS $375,000 LONGBOAT KEY CONDO SALES 34228 4621 GULF OF MEXICO DR # 5C CASA DEL MAR $420,000 34228 4350 CHATHAM DR # 302 FIRST LONGBOAT HARBOUR $205,000 34228 1045 GULF OF MEXICO DR # 604 BEACHPLACE III $650,000 34228 3030 GRAND BAY BLVD # 336 GRAND BAY $1,100,000 34228 380 GULF OF MEXICO DR # 525 TANGERINE BAY CLUB $850,000 34228 370 GULF OF MEXICO DR # 412 TANGERINE BAY CLUB $750,000 34228 1975 GULF OF MEXICO DR # 211 SEAPLACE III $617,500 34228 5601 GULF OF MEXICO DR # 7 5601 GULF OF MEXICO $355,000 34228 1945 GULF OF MEXICO DR # 411 SEAPLACE V $450,000 34228 5757 GULF OF MEXICO DR # 306 SHORE $510,000 34228 1900 HARBOURSIDE DR # 103 FAIRWAY BAY $380,000 34228 1211 GULF OF MEXICO DRIVE # 505 PROMENADE $550,000 34228 240 SANDS POINT RD # 4405 INN ON THE BEACH $280,000 DOWNTOWN SARASOTA CONDO SALES 34236 888 BLVD OF THE ARTS # 304 CONDO ON THE BAY $325,000 34236 1300 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN DR # 1007 THE BEACH RESIDENCES $1,800,000 34236 235 COCOANUT AVE # 115C MARQUEE EN VILLE $425,000 34239 3751 S SCHOOL AVE # 28 SUNLAND $36,500 SARASOTA CONDO SALES 34233 3908 OAKHURST BLVD # 3185 OAKHURST $92,500 34231 5420 EAGLES POINT CIR # 304 EAGLES POINT $232,000 34231 5552 RIVERBLUFF CIR # 8 STRATHMORE $80,000 34231 3528 TREE LINE DR # V5 VILLAGE IN THE PINES $71,000 34231 5591 CANNES CIR # 503 PHILLIPPI LANDINGS $275,000 34231 2863 SWIFTON DR # 51 SWIFTON VILLAS $42,600 PALMER RANCH CONDO SALES 34238 5160 NORTHRIDGE RD # 106 SERENADE $120,000 34238 4275 CASTLEBRIDGE LN # 1315 PINESTONE $151,500 34238 4016 CROCKERS LAKE BLVD # 411 VINTAGE GRAND $97,000

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SIESTA KEY SINGLE FAMILY HOME SALES ADDRESS DATE SOLD SOLD PRICE SIESTA KEY SINGLE FAMILY HOME SALES 632 CALLE DE PERU SARASOTA BEACH $165,000 15 N SANDY HOOK RD. Sandy Hook $2,000,000 5508 CONTENTO DR SIESTA ISLES $567,000 396 AVENIDA MADERA SIESTA MANOR $324,000 4509 BANAN PL OCEAN BEACH $425,000 827 PARADISE WAY SIESTA ISLES $1,100,000 5129 SANDY COVE AVE SARA SANDS $530,000 LONGBOAT KEY SINGLE FAMILY HOME SALES 716 HIDEAWAY BAY LN HIDEAWAY BAY $725,000 3540 MISTLETOE LN COREYS LANDING $1,000,000 DOWNTOWN SARASOTA SINGLE FAMILY HOME SALES 1642 SHORELAND DR SHORELAND WOODS $625,000 2751 VALENCIA DR SOUTH GATE $185,000 2155 WALDEMERE ST LOMA LINDA PARK $170,000 SARASOTA SINGLE FAMILY HOME SALES 4466 BLISS RD SARASOTA HIGHLANDS $157,000 5630 CREEKWOOD DR CENTER GATE WOODS $159,000 6234 OLIVE AVE PALM LAKES $76,000 2845 RIVER PINES WAY RIVER PINES $170,000 1885 VAMO DR VAMO $38,000 2276 PINE VIEW CIR GULF GATE PINES $185,000 PALMER RANCH SINGLE FAMILY HOME SALES 5516 LUCIA PL VILLAGEWALK $380,000 8990 WILDLIFE LOOP SILVER OAK $707,000 4610 LAS BRISAS LN PRESTANCIA $285,000 8501 KARPEAL DR PALMER OAKS $220,000 5050 TIMBER CHASE WAY TURTLE ROCK $412,500 8001 MEADOW RUSH LOOP TURTLE ROCK $365,000

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By Pam Nadon | Film Critic

Standouts Holiday mayhem getting you down? Cheer up and chill out at your local movie theater. ’Tis the season for the best that Hollywood has to offer.

‘THE IRON LADY’

The Academy Award’s most-nominated actor, Meryl Streep, takes on the role of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. It’s a given she’ll nail the tough-as-nails broad. From the looks of it, Streep embodies Thatcher the way she did Julia Child. Let’s hope that she isn’t robbed of the Oscar that was due her in 2010 this time around. Jim Broadbent also stars; Phyllida Lloyd (“Mamma Mia”) directs.

‘THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATOO’

The mucho-hyped and très controversial adaptation of the blockbuster crime novel finally hits theaters. David Fincher directs his version of Stieg Larsson’s disturbingly dark thriller. It features a killer cast, including the hot Daniel Craig, the cool Christopher Plummer and the brave Rooney Mara, just for starters.

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‘SHAME’

Michael Fassbender gets naked in director Steve McQueen’s explicit expose on sex addiction. A New York businessman’s insatiable carnal appetite is threatened by the unexpected arrival of his troubled sister (the gifted Carey Mulligan). Their past hints at mutual abuse. Fassbender’s performance is rumored to be riveting and courageous. Rated NC-17, a shame in itself.

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‘WAR HORSE’

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I’ve never before watched a trailer that brought tears to my eyes. Steven Spielberg’s World War I epic depicts “the horrors of combat” and “the relationship between a horse and every human being this horse touches and changes” (in his own words). John Williams’ score and the sumptuous cinematography are breathtaking. Starring Emily Watson, Benedict Cumberbatch and, of course, a horse.

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If Jeremy Renner’s in it, I’m on it. Another plus, the “Mission Impossible” franchise never fails to entertain — big time. Renner’s character teams up with Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) as they go underground after being accused of bombing the Kremlin. Sounds like Ruskie business. Brad Bird, once again, directs.

‘THE ARTIST’

A semi-silent, black-and-white French film set in the 1920s. Wait ... it works — so much so it was the hot ticket at Cannes this year. Jean Dujardin’s character struggles to make the transition to talking films as he chases a rising starlet. Also stars some Yanks, including John Goodman and Penelope Ann Miller. Directed by Michael Hazanavicius.

‘A DANGEROUS METHOD’

Michael Fassbender (“Shame”) gets carnal on a different level in David Cronenberg’s “understated passionate study” between Carl Jung (Fassbender) and Sigmund Freud (the always sexy Viggo Mortensen). The two psychiatrists have a falling out when a beautiful but disturbed patient (Keira Knightely) comes between them. More clothing, less “shame.”

‘CORIOLANUS’

‘RAMPART’

Ralph Fiennes has taken on the duplicitous, daunting task of starring in and directing a lesser-known Shakespearean tragedy about revenge. I assume it’s sweet, given the positive buzz. The alwaysastounding Vanessa Redgrave plays Coriolanus’ controlling mother, and Gerard Butler, the sworn enemy with whom Coriolanus must ally, forces to regain his reputation.

This will be “a thriller on fire,” starring Woody Harrelson and directed by Oren Moverman (“The Messenger”). Renegade cop (Harrelson) gets caught on video beating a suspect. The act opens the rabbit hole for a devilish descent into hell. Loosely alluding to the L.A. Rampart police scandals in 1999, the film looks dark, depraved and delicious.

‘TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY’

John le Carre’s 1974 intellectual Cold War thriller makes it to the big screen with a plethora of great character actors. Veteran spy hero, George Smiley (Gary Oldman), is recruited to expose a mole within the highest echelons of the British Secret Intelligent Service. Also starring Ciaran Hinds, Toby Jones and the wonderful Colin Firth. Director Tomas Alfredson manages to confuse audiences — in a good way.

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+ Sarasota students head to Atlanta theater fest The kids at Sarasota’s Spotlight Theatre Productions must be on a total high right now. As if the holidays weren’t enough of a reason to get giddy, 18 musical-theater students from Spotlight Theatre Productions have been accepted into the invitation-only Junior Theater Festival Jan. 13 to Jan. 15, in Atlanta. Presented by New York’s iTheatrics and Atlanta’s Theater of the Stars, the festival is the world’s largest musical theater festival for elementary- and middleCourtesy photo school students. Spotlight Theatre Productions’ AtlantaEach year it draws bound troupe 3,000 students, teachers and Broadway professionThe group includes students als to Cobb Galleria Centre, in from Pine View School, Booker Atlanta. Middle School, Booker High This is the first time Spotlight School, Sarasota School of Arts Theatre has landed a spot on the and Sciences, McIntosh Middle coveted roster. School, Haile Middle School and Led by Director Cynthia Howe Venice Middle School. Ashford and Musical Director Best of luck to you all. I hear Terri Solomon, the Spotlight talent scouts will be combing the troupe will perform Disney’s crowd for stand-out performanc“Alice in Wonderland Jr.” es. Let the hamming begin!

+ Two local artists land prestigious residency

artist known for her landscapes, still life and animal portraits rendered in lush oil paints. Her commissioned dog portraits are Here’s a big shout-out to hugely popular and local artists Evelyn almost Van Gogh-ian in McCorristin-Peters and nature. Meg Pierce, who were Pierce is a former art each awarded residenteacher who has worked cies at Weir Farm, in out of her Towles Court Wilton, Conn. studio for nearly seven Located in the only years. A mixed-media state park devoted to artist, she received the art, Weir Farm grants Courtesy photoS John Ringling Towers just 12 residencies a Meg Pierce Fund Award for an indiyear — one for every vidual artist in 2009. month. Coincidentally, A meticulous artist McCorristin-Peters and with an eye for detail Pierce were granted and near-kaleidoscopic back-to-back residenlayering, Pierce’s work cies. often includes photograMcCorristin-Peters phy, found objects and will occupy the vintage fibers. residency in January; Congrats, ladies. Pierce will fly up in Evelyn You’re the only February. And get this: McCorristin-Peters Floridians I know who The two women didn’t are planning to fly north in the even know one another before dead of winter to hole yourselves this. Hello, small world. McCorristin-Peters is a Myakka up on a remote Connecticut farm.

+ Toby Perlman shares her secret to unwinding OK, so by now we all know the Perlman Music Program nurtures young, gifted orchestral musicians by providing a loving, healthy, learning environment devoid of competition, pressure and unreasonably high expectations. (See this week’s Backstage Pass feature on PMP/Suncoast Executive Director Elizabeth Power on page 4.) But what about Toby Perlman? The energetic wife of violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman founded the

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program after raishour every day to ing five children. myself,” Perlman Now a grandmother says. “Usually I do it of eight, Perlman in the afternoon when is still all-handseverybody has chamon-deck when it ber music (practices). comes to raising My husband is teachher biggest baby ing, and I can usually — the 18-year-old steal an hour. If it’s a Perlman Music nice day I’ll go down Program. to the (hotel) pool and Courtesy photo How does she read. I might even cope with the rig- Toby Perlman sneak out and get a ors of directing two manicure. It’s really intense music residencies? important. Otherwise I’ll burn “What I do is I make a promout.” ise before I leave to take one Sounds like music to my ears.

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Perlman ‘power’ house When violist Elizabeth Power was leaving her hometown to study at the University of Hartford, her mother sent her on her way with two worldly possessions: a fully-stocked toolbox and a television set. The toolbox was so Power would be equipped to make minor repairs should anything break in her dorm room. The television was to ensure that her typically studious daughter would not get so caught up in practicing that she’d lose touch with the outside world. “My mother always wanted to make sure I was prepared to take care of myself,” Power says. “She believed if you weren’t fully trained by the age of 3, you were doomed.” She’s joking — kind of. Power’s mother was an early childhood educator. Her father was a social worker, and her grandmother was a college English professor. A brainy 39-yearold with Juilliard training, Power is clearly the progeny of intellectuals, even on a day she claims to be feeling “loopy.” She’s now in her seventh season as the executive director of the Perlman Music Program/Suncoast. The program serves as the twoweek winter residency for The Perlman Music Program (PMP) — an intense six-week music camp on Shelter Island, N.Y., that was founded in 1993 by Toby Perlman, the musician wife of violin virtuo-

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“To me, it’s how all music programs should be,” Elizabeth Power says of the Perlman Music Program. “It might sound idealistic and altruistic, but why not support a model that’s developing human beings?” so Itzhak Perlman. A nonprofit organization, PMP/ Suncoast is run by a skeleton staff and rotating cast of volunteers out of a small, unspectacular office near the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus. Power, who prior to joining PMP/Suncoast ran Sarasota Orchestra’s education program, is the backbone of the operation. She does everything from setting up music stands to bringing in alumna ensembles that perform at area schools. “You kind of have to be a unique bird to make this work,” Power says of her job. “I basically do ev-

erything: IT stuff, website stuff, whatever is necessary. It’s like a small start-up, where the owner is required to do it all. You couldn’t do this work without loving it.” Naturally, Power loves her work. She grew up outside Washington, D.C., where she studied the viola and dreamed of becoming a chamber musician. She says she chose the viola over its higher-register counterpart, the violin, because it had a deeper, guttural sound, or, as Power likens it to — “deep, dark chocolate fudge.” After receiving her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music

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place if we all just supported one another?” After seven years with PMP/ Suncoast, Power feels like she’s watched the program and its young protégées grow up. “The students have become my family,” she says. “I’ve seen some of them go from sixth grade to college.” She’s speaking of one student in particular — a violinist, now in his 20s, who performed his first Sarasota concert dressed in pajama pants. “It was what he felt comfortable in,” she says. “Toby is all about cultivating a performance experience that’s safe and nurturing. To this boy, it meant wearing his P.J. bottoms. It was unusual, but sweet.”

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Sweet, sweeter, sweetest Megan Greenberg: Anything But Cookies

Where I come from, the holidays were always a time to go a little above and beyond, to try new recipes and to make new favorites. One holiday season, many, many moons ago, my mother tried her hand at baking several dozen different varieties of cookies for an office party. Considering that she was a master in the kitchen, we figured cookies would be no big deal. I cannot even begin to describe the monstrosities that came from that oven. My mother can whip up canard à l’orange no problem, but ask her to make peanut butter cookies and the Earth stops; she’d probably have a better shot at nuclear fusion. Those cookies were so awful, even the dog that would eat dead lizards would not touch them. I don’t know if I have ever laughed so hard in the kitchen as I did that holiday. It’s been almost two decades since that fateful baking disaster, and my sides still hurt from laughing.

Everyone has food memories associated with the holidays. My own include sugarplums that my maternal grandmother used to send from Stop & Shop in Chicago when I was a child. (I later figured out how to make my favorite variety at home — see recipe online at YourObserver.com.) Then there was the dinner where my late mother managed to slip while carrying a gravy boat and get turkey gravy on the kitchen ceiling. And there was also the overambitious year when I cooked the entire centerfold dinner from a Gourmet magazine. “Edibles” is blessed with a community of wonderful cooks who have been featured here as Guest Food Editors. Their holiday food memories populate this column and next week’s. They come to you with our wishes that, whichever one you celebrate, you have delicious, happy and safe holidays.

Carmen Baskind: Turkey Tale No. 1

How about a slightly tipsy grandmother who went into the kitchen and screamed “The turkey is possessed!” We all ran into the kitchen to find the turkey was wiggling across the table. My mother’s miniature poodle had climbed onto the table and into the turkey and was happily eating away.

Eileen Hays Wallace: Turkey Tale No. 3

The setting for the story is our home in Old West Chester, Pa. The fire was crackling, six inches of snow on the ground — a perfect setting. New neighbors, not previously away from their West Chester, N.Y., home, were invited to join us for Christmas dinner — a couple with three children. He was a vice president of marketing for Campbell Soup, which meant he brought gifts of huge red tomatoes, among other things, and she was the most fun, delightful person. Anyway, in the midst of preparing a 29-pound turkey, with all the trimmings, and enjoying the evening, my husband and I proceeded to pull the turkey out of the oven. It was very heavy and I, in my glorious black hostess dress, proceeded to drop the bird and nonchalantly look up and smile just in time for the camera to capture the moment. I only wish I could find the photo! The good news is that the bird was not overdone, and we all proceeded to have a very memorable holiday night.

Phil King: Southern Comfort

Coming from the South and being raised in rural Kentucky, we literally lived off the land and what we grew. The farm women were fabulous bakers, and my favorite holiday food memories will have to be my mom’s pies and candies, especially her pumpkin pie, which was like no other. First of all she used “cow pumpkins” – yellow, as opposed to the usual orange. Second, she always used meringue on the pies. The crust was to die for; of course, it was the lard that made the difference. Then there are the apple pies, which I have yet to attempt to duplicate, but I have her instructions in her handwriting. And, of course, the most important ingredient in everything was love.

Lynn Barrie: Turkey Tale No. 2

I had the buffet looking gorgeous. The turkey was all carved and ready in the dining room. We were in the living room sipping on champagne when our family dog came running in with the turkey leg in his mouth! What a laugh we had!

Scott George: Gorgeous Gravlax

My best holiday food story is about learning how to make my own gravlax from Gita Hall, a neighbor in Tuxedo Park, N.Y. She was a Swedish Balenciaga model, a B movie star and the purported love of Errol Flynn’s life. A lot of vodka went into the salmon, as well as the cooks, and I still make it for Christmas Eve dinner every year.

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Carole Creieger and Eve Kommel “It’s hard to believe that the first time we had a fundraising dinner for JFCS, it was in a room above its office and there were 42 of us,” said Eve Kommel, former JFCS Board president, Sunday, Dec. 18, while looking around the Ritz-Carlton ballroom. The ballroom was packed with 530 bedecked and bejeweled guests for “Le Grand Cabaret,” Jewish Family & Children’s Service’s annual gala. In the 30 years since the first fundraising dinner, the social-service agency’s event has become a highlight of the Sarasota season. The present format presenting the Sarasota Orchestra in the

ballroom setting was conceived by Marie Monsky six seasons ago and has been a remarkable, patron-level sellout every year. For 2011, Monsky was back in a chairwoman’s role, sharing it with Judy Cahn, who was also doing a repeat performance. For the first time, the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe was part of the show, and the orchestra was under the baton of Associate Conductor Dirk Meyer.

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+ SPARCCLE sparkles for the holidays SPARCC Auxiliary Chairwoman Carol Chiarella was thrilled by the crowd that turned out for SPARCCLE for the Holidays Sunday, Dec. 11. At 135, attendance was more than double last year. And what a crowd! Some guests have been with the organization since it was created 30-plus years ago, including founder Jean Gay, Mary Ann Robinson and Louise Nehrer. These are the

ladies who carried beepers in their Judith Leibers and left their charity galas to rescue women who were in danger. Equally heartening was the number of new, young supporters including Susan Kelly, Mary Sue Baker (très chic in cocktail denim and rhinestones) and Patti Good, who said about her four years on the Auxiliary board, “I couldn’t be happier; I love the organization and everything we are doing.” So do we. See photos on page 11 and online at www. YourObserver.com.

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A Sarasota Opera event is a good place to go to see the best in Sarasota style, for you are likely to find icons, including Jacqueline Morton, Sandra Lindqvist and Elissa Soyka. Exceptionally notable at a recent dinner: Anne Essner wearing the best little black dress of recent memory — a clean, beautiful shape trimmed from neckline to hemline with graceful feathers. The Ralph Rucci original, it turns out, comes with a story. Mrs. Essner shipped it from New York City. When the box arrived, she found a shipment intended for the Chicago Museum of Architecture and Design and valued at $135,000. A phone call to the grateful resource reunited Mrs. Essner and her fine-feathered friend.

Vroom, vroom … The kick-off party for the Sarasota Exotic Car Fest (Feb. 17 to Feb. 19), benefiting the Child Protection Center, took place Dec. 8 at Lamborghini Sarasota and featured the local unveiling of the marque’s Aventador two-seater sports car with a top speed 200-plus mph — if you are in the market.

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+ A rare intimacy La Musica’s Sonata a Due Dec. 5 was, as always, something most fundraising affairs are decidedly not — and that is intimate. Seventyfive attendees listening to beautiful chamber music in the kind of “chamber” for which it was intended … rare, indeed, and all the more divine for it. And good-news announcements to boot from long-time President Frederick Derr: two new board members, Charlotte Isaacs and Renee Hamad.

5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at the Sarasota Opera House Followed by Perlman & Pearls Gala at Michael’s On East $500 per person For reservations, call 350-2338

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New La Musica board member Charlotte Isaacs and Bob Petersen (who good-naturedly refers to himself as “the other Bob Petersen”).

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