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Flautist Jane Hoffman prepares for next performance. PAGE 8-9B.

Lakewood Ranch alumnus takes to the skies. PAGE 13A.

By Pam Eubanks and Michael Eng crime beauty and the feet

Ranch death ruled a homicide The murder of 78-year-old Ina Gross is the first in Lakewood Ranch history.

+ East students ring in new year at Temple East County students at Temple Emanu-El Religious School celebrated the first Shabbat of 2012 in style Jan. 6, as the synagogue hosted a lock-in and sleepover. Immediately following the evening’s Family Shabbat Services, students in fourth through seventh grades changed into pajamas, unrolled their sleeping bags and broke out the snacks. After community-building activities and leadershipdevelopment exercises, participants enjoyed an icecream sundae bar; games of air hockey, Foozball and table tennis; a movie; and a round of Manhunt by flashlight in the darkened building. A pancake breakfast was served the next morning as parents arrived to pick up their children. For more information, call 371-2788.

LAKEWOOD RANCH — It is the first murder to occur in Lakewood Ranch. What Manatee County Sheriff’s Office officials initially called a “suspicious death” was confirmed as a homicide Tuesday Jan. 10, following a Jan. 9 autopsy. Ina Gross, 78, was found dead at 5:37 a.m. Jan. 9, in her garage in the 11000 block of Hyacinth Place in Riverwalk Hammock. Her son, Thomas Gross, discovered her body, a Sher-

iff’s Office report states. Deputies arrived to find Ina Ross on the floor of her garage. Investigators had not released any more details about the homicide — including cause of death — as of press time Tuesday. The news rocked the ordinarily quiet Lakewood Ranch street, and neighbors remembered Ina Gross as a kind, caring person who loved her dog, Nicky. “She was a lovely lady,” neighbor

Marc Soss said, adding Gross took her dog, Nicky, for a walk every day and regularly visited with neighbors. “She was friends with everybody.” Ina Gross was active in supporting local charities, and an active member of the Lakewood Ranch Dog Park. She also was involved at the University of South Florida SarasotaManatee, where she was a member of the Lifelong Learning Academy.

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The Observer photographed Ina Gross at the Perlman and Pearls Gala Jan. 7, at SEE HOMICIDE / PAGE 10A Michael’s On East.

+ Little Rancher’s opens classes Little Rancher’s Learning Center at Sarasota Baptist Church now is enrolling students for classes five days weekly. Classes are held from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday, with an option for class until 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Classes are for children ages 18 months to 4 years old. Tours of the facility are available between 9 a.m. and noon, Monday through Friday. Anyone with questions should contact Carrie Leitzman at 552-1304 or 400-1006 or carrie@sarasotabaptist.com.

+ Mooney students ready for brain bowl Students on the Academic Olympics Team at Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School

SEE OUR TOWN / PAGE 10A

The Silver Stars performed with dancers from around the country during halftime at the 2012 Discover Orange Bowl.

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Members of the Lakewood Ranch High School Silver Stars Dance Team performed in the halftime show of the Discover Orange Bowl. LAKEWOOD RANCH — Remnants of glitter still sparkled around the eyes of members of the Lakewood Ranch High School Silver Stars Dance Team as they unloaded from a bus in the school’s parking lot Jan. 5.

Less than 24 hours earlier, they’d been part of history — performing with about 400 other dancers to a live concert by Train during the 2012 Discover Orange Bowl.

SEE HALFTIME / PAGE 12A

The Silver Stars with professional choreographer Liz Imperio during their time at the 2012 Discover Orange Bowl.

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on hold By Pam Eubanks | News Editor

Website development hits snag Lakewood Ranch Town Hall Executive Director Eva Rey said the new website now likely will launch in March. LAKEWOOD RANCH — Although Lakewood Ranch Town Hall had planned to launch its new governance website this month, that start date now is on hold. Lakewood Ranch Town Hall Executive Director Eva Rey recently announced the community will not use Association Voice for web-hosting services as planned and likely will hire someone to custom-build the new site, which will provide information about Lakewood Ranch’s existing community development districts, the Inter-District Authority, homeowners associations and more. “While (Association Voice) is an excellent product and may be perfect for a different kind of community, Lakewood Ranch is very unique, and Association

Voice’s product would require much more customization than originally discussed,” Rey said. Testing of Association Voice’s product has been under way for about two months, Rey said. Town Hall had 90 days to test the site and its functionality, and because administrators are not fully satisfied with the results, Town Hall now is eligible for a full refund. Rey said the only costs incurred were for staff and consultant time. Rey noted Association Voice offered several enticing features, including integration with Town Hall’s Jenark software system, but overall, the product did not meet Town Hall’s requirements and specialized needs upon testing. “We needed seamless access of services, regardless of who was

providing it — HOAs, CDDs or the IDA,” Rey said. “I don’t think Association Voice was built for that type of service. “It’s better to get it right,” she said. “I’m comfortable with the delay.” Town Hall’s new part-time information technology specialist, Art Sugarman, has experience with website development and has been providing input in the process. Rey said she now plans to hire someone to custom-build the new website, a move she expects will further trim costs, particularly on an annual basis. Rey said she hopes the website will be up and running sometime in March. Upon its launch, the new website, www.lakewoodranchgov.org, will have all the functionality and

communication components previously planned, however an online bill payment system, if residents desire one, would be rolled out at a later date, she said. The new project timeline for deployment of the website will not have an impact on the current use of Digital Village for sharing community information, Rey said. Residents can continue to use the website, www.lwrdv. com, as a communication tool. They are encouraged, however, to send updates to webmaster@ lwrtownhall.com, to ensure they are included in the new website once it launches, as well. Rey also said Town Hall will conduct more public input workshops regarding the new site, as planned. Workshops now are slated for sometime around March, although no dates have yet been set. Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@yourobserver.com.

crash By Pam Eubanks | News Editor

TAKING RESPONSIBILITY

RIVER CLUB — As students of Bus 560 unloaded at Braden River Middle School Monday morning, it seemed as though they had settled back into their normal routine — even though a crash between the Bus 560 and a semitruck Jan. 5 sent 23 students, as well as both drivers, to local hospitals. Everyone involved escaped from the collision with only scrapes and bruises, despite reports that one student had broken a leg. “Everybody seems to be fine,” Braden River Middle School Principal Randy Petrilla said. “It’s fortunate there were no broken bones.” Crisis team counselors were on hand at Braden River Middle on Monday to meet with students affected by the crash, whether riders of Bus 560 or friends of students involved in the accident. Petrilla, however, said no students had sought out counseling following the incident. More than 20 students rode Bus 560 to school Monday, Petrilla said. Forty students are on the bus’s roster; 26 students were riding the bus at the time of the accident. A Florida Highway Patrol report from the accident states Bus 560, driven by 68-year-old Charles Robert Orr, was traveling westbound on State Road 64, approaching 66th Street Court East, when Orr became distracted by a student on the bus and collided with a tractor-trailer that was stopped at a red light at the intersection. Upon collision, Orr’s legs became pinned in the wreckage, preventing him from being able to depress the brake pedal. Orr steered the bus as it continued to coast westward after the crash and eventually steered the bus onto the north shoulder of the road, in front of Walmart, about one-quarter mile from the crash site. Students opened a side emergency window, and several jumped out while the bus was still moving. Three employees from Clear Sunset Car Wash saw the bus and jumped aboard to stop it.

Manatee County Superintendent Tim McGonegal said the Jan. 5 school bus crash was the result of driver error.

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The 26 students riding Bus 560 all escaped the Jan. 5 crash with only minor injuries. Counselors were available at Braden River Middle Jan. 9 to meet with students. Orr has been charged with careless driving by Florida Highway Patrol, and Manatee County School District officials said Orr, a substitute bus driver, is no longer employed by the district. District officials released a video of the crash, from a camera inside the bus, to media Jan. 6, and also opened up the wrecked vehicle for viewing and photos. “We are sorry that this accident happened and that students were injured,” Superintendent Tim McGonegal said. “The School District of Manatee County wants to assure the families of our injured students that we will be responsible for paying the students’ medical bills. On-board video shows that this accident was the result of driver error.” District officials said Orr passed a student a courtesy notice — a warning of misbehavior — to be filled out, just moments before the crash. McGonegal said Orr believed the student was being

By the numbers: 2 — number of students transported to the hospital by a parent 21 — number of students transported by ambulance to hospitals 26 — number of students riding the bus at the time of the accident 34 — the last miles per hour GPS reading prior to the crash 40 — number of students on the roster for Bus 560 too loud, although district officials did not see any signs of improper behavior in video footage leading up to the crash. Orr did not seem to realize he was about to collide with another vehicle until the crash actu-

ally occurred, officials said. Video footage shows students began to yell just moments before the collision. Footage also shows students opening the emergency exit window and jumping out after the impact. An employee from the car wash can be seen climbing into the moving bus, talking with Orr about how to stop the vehicle and calming students. District officials commended the man’s actions, as well as the actions of his two co-workers, who grabbed the bus’ side mirrors and helped pull it to a stop. District officials said Orr broke procedure by passing the note to the student while driving, but he handled the bus properly immediately following the collision. Additionally, Orr has expressed deep remorse for causing the accident and injuring students, McGonegal said. Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@yourobserver.com.

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Marshall’s Landing developers plan grand opening Developers will hold an opening for the new waterfront community, Jan. 14. MARSHALL’S LANDING — A development team from Maryland officially will open the East County’s newest waterfront community, Marshall’s Landing, this weekend. Braden River Investments will celebrate the opening of the project’s two model homes with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and public opening Jan. 14. “This development has been on the sidelines for way too long,” developer Sam Brown said. “We now have it to perfection. We are ready to move forward.” Formerly called Marshall Key, the project is located just east of Natalie Way and the Harborage development on State Road 70. Once finished, it will feature 37 home sites, nearly all with boat slips to access to the Braden River. “It’s unique,” co-developer Carl Wagner said. “We have boat-able water, and we’re close to the water’s edge. People can actually look at the water and enjoy it.” Two models — one by Arthur Rutenberg Homes and one by Vision Group — will be open during the grand opening. Homes will range from 2,000 to 3,5000 square feet and will range in price from the mid$500,000s to the $800,000s. Homes will be custom-built as much as possible and will have a West Indies and Key West-inspired look, Brown said. The project was conceived more than a decade ago by Sarasota developer John Briscuso. Brown and Wagner, who knew Briscuso from his development days in Maryland, purchased the site, with other business partners, after Briscuso’s death in 2004. The developers worked to clean the former fish-camp site and install infrastructure there following the purchase, but held off on developing the property because they sensed a change in the economy, Brown said. Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@yourobserver.com.

IF YOU GO Marshall’s Landing Grand Opening WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 14 WHERE: Marshall’s Landing, 5524 53rd Ave. E. DETAILS: The public can tour model homes and learn more about the community. A ribboncutting ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. INFO: www.marshallslanding.comor 487-6981


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+ Machinery stolen from BJ’s parking lot Five road marking painting machines were stolen Jan. 5 from a trailer parked overnight at BJ’s Wholesale off Cooper Creek Boulevard. Equipment stolen is valued at $25,000.

+ Florida House starts legislative session Florida House of Representatives District 67 Rep. Greg Steube and fellow legislators returned Jan. 10 to Tallahassee for the first day of the 2012 General Session. Gov. Rick Scott gave his State of the State address, as well. To view a live broadcast of legislative session in progress, visit http://myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/ HouseCalendar/broadcast.aspx.

+ Ranch real estate continues to rebound As the real estate market continues to rebound, home sales in Lakewood Ranch already are on an upswing.

LWR Communities today reported it ended 2011 with 391 new home sales — an increase of 71% compared to 2010. Of homes sold in the community in 2011, 56% were new homes and 44% were resales. “Buyers realize that it’s more valuable to buy,” LWR Communities Vice President of Sales Jimmy Stewart said. “For just about 9% more, you can buy a home custom made just for you in Lakewood Ranch, with a new home warranty, in a new community and at a great value.” Additionally, the average price of a new home in Lakewood Ranch last year was $397,149 — more than double the median home sale price in the Sarasota/Manatee area, which averaged $150,000 for new homes. The average price of resale homes in Lakewood Ranch last year also was significantly higher — about $364,000 compared to $230,000.

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high schools have earned A grades on the 2010-2011 FCAT. Both Braden River and Lakewood Ranch High Schools’ scored dropped from A’s to B’s, although both schools earned enough points to qualify for an A grade. In fact, Lakewood Ranch and Braden River scored the highest number of total points out of all seven district schools, with Lakewood Ranch scoring 1,249 points out of a possible 1,600, and Braden River scoring 1,174 points. Manatee County School District officials say the grade drop occurred because the schools did not meet specific criteria regarding the performance of “at-risk” students. Lakewood did not have a high enough graduation rate for at-risk students, while Braden River did not make 50% or more in learning gains in reading and math among the lowest quartile of students. Half a high school’s grade is based on performance on the FCAT, while the remaining 50% is based on factors such as graduation rate, the postsecondary readiness of students measured by various college placement exams and more.

In Manatee County, only Manatee High School and Manatee School for the Arts earned A grades.

+ Clydesdales OK after mishap at polo field The team of Clydesdale horses that pulls a wagon at polo matches in Lakewood Ranch each Sunday will be back in action this weekend at the Sarasota Polo Club, following a mishap Jan. 8, in which horses were spooked and broke away from the wagon itself. Polo Club manager Rebecca Gutierrez said a leashed dog got away from its owner, spooking the horses after the game. The front two horses eventually broke away from the wagon, and polo players and others worked to calm and free the remaining two horses. Gutierrez called the incident “a freak accident,” and said all four horses involved are OK. No bystanders were injured. “The only thing that got damaged was the wagon itself” she said. “(The horses) are absolutely fine, except one has a one-inch cut on its shoulder.”

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Willis teacher wins washer/dryer Christine Bradford, and her husband, John, won a washer/dryer set from Home-Tech over the Christmas holidays. With eight children, the couple is putting it to good use. EAST COUNTY — With their four children getting older, John and Christine Bradford knew they were reaching a new chapter in their family’s story. But the couple has loved their experience in childrearing. And, as their family regularly says, they remained determined to “write a better story” for their family. So in November, the couple expanded their family by four, adopting four siblings — Shane, Elijah, Nathen and Hayden — through the Safe Children Coalition. “We felt we were much too young to stop investing in children’s lives,” John Bradford said. In late December, a local business, Home-Tech, helped with that investment, as well. Through the company’s “Santa Suds Program,” the Bradfords received a new Whirlpool Cabrio Top-Load Washer and high-efficiency dryer set for their homes. The family was nominated for the prize by several of Christine Bradford’s co-workers at Willis Elementary School, where Christine teaches third grade. “I leaped in the air,” Christine said of hearing the news her family had won the set when it LBK - 2010 K the school’s was over LBKannounced - 2010 K intercom. “I was surprised and excited. “We had an older set,” she said. “It had a limited life span left.”

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done to improve communication with them and how families can foster sensitivity toward the needs of autistic children. Former Pinnacle Academy parents Henry and Tricia Hayter, whose son, Nicky, attended Pinnacle for more than two years, picked up several autographed copies of Mac’s book to give out to Nicky’s cousins as Christmas presents. “They were all toddlers together,” Henry Hayter said. “As they get older, we think this will help them (understand Nicky better).” Kristina Ordetx agreed the book is a helpful tool for teachers, family members, babysitters, neighbors, classmates and others who may deal directly with children with autism. Pam Eubanks “I hope school systems will Michael “Mac” Ordetx said he decidadopt the book as a tool so ed to write a book on working with teachers can read to their kids,” children with autism about two years Ordetx said. “Everybody’s afago, after being encouraged to do so fected by autism right now. The by individuals who attended his conference presentations on the topic. more kids out there promoting sensitivity and awareness of auand how to be compassionate tism, the more inclusion opporwith kids with autism,” Mac said tunities (there are) for kids on the of his experience at the school. spectrum.” Mac Ordetx will present his new “You have to be sensitive, and you have to be patient. You have book at a national disabilities conto help them out when they don’t ference in April in New York City. “Understanding Autism” can be understand something.” Mac’s new book not only ex- purchased on line at Amazon and plains how autism works in a Barnes & Noble. Contact Pam Eubanks at peusimple way but also how autistic children struggle, what can be banks@yourobserver.com.

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from the severe injuries sustained in the years, Pepi said. At one time the trucks accident. were allowed to go 170 mph. Now they Pepi said he still remembers what Craig allow jet trucks to go 220 mph. He said had told him about safety everytime he NHRA officials get a little excited if you gets ready to race. exceed their limit rules. Jet dragsters are Nine years ago Pepi Urban and his friend given a 330 mph limit. Freddie Sibley put together a jet truck and The jet engine uses standard kerosene called it “Xtreme Machine.” Urban credits for its fuel. Every time the truck travels Sibley with building most of the truck’s down the quarter mile it uses about 75 frame and roll cage that fits over the driver. gallons of fuel. That equates to 300 gallons Pepi’s father, Joe Urban, has been his per mile. sponsor ever since he has been in racing. Asked if he would do it all over again, He said his mother, Yevonne, has been his after a few seconds to think about the accountant throughout the years. answer, Urban said, “I liked being able to HeOver travels40 much of the eastern United see the country and to meet people. I like Vision States andhow Canada thewith season and how seeing the faces of kids when they see Learn visionduring changes age and state-of-the-art treatment options yourig to that experience visual for the first time, and I like keeps the truck andcan theallow semi the truck freedomthe to live to its transports jet life truck at fullest. his home in signing autographs. It’s been fun. But, Sarasota during the off season. The th 1995 financially, I wouuld have been better off • Friday, January 13 ~ Noon Freightliner weighs 7500 pounds and th has being a bag boy at Publix.” • Friday, January 20 ~ Noon an F-104 jet aircraft engine that produces Urban said he wasn’t sure if he was Both at University Park about 18,000 horse power. Asked how going to travel on tour this year. He said fast the truck could go, Urban said if Melissa the after 28 years ifOD someone wanted to buy Hammond, area was big enough it is capable of goingOptometric the entirePhysician business for the right price he 1400 mph. The truck nor the driver would would consider retiring. He wouuld also survive that kindLunch of speed.& Learn consider continuing the circuit if the right Cataract NHRA rules have changed over the came along. Experiencing visual difficulties such as glare,sponsor blurry vision or poor reading vision? Learn how modern cataract surgery and advanced lenses can reduce your dependence on glasses.

purchased a jet dragster from a man in Joe “Pepi” Urban was born and raised Chicago. He named the dragster in Sarasota a few years ago and has “Showdown.” Three years later he met fellow jet dragster driver Craig Arfons. always had a passion for speed. The Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch will host its first Walk of At 12 years old he was racing his go The Arfons family had been in the jet Fame event fromin1-4 Jan.lot15, Mainbusiness Street in forLakewood many years.Ranch. kart with friends thep.m. parking of onracing Craig and Pepi went to Denver to look LAKEWOOD RANCH — Dozens of East at a chassis to build a new racecar. They County pets will hit the red carpet and put Walktheof Fame brought frame back to Bradenton’s their best paw forward in anticipation of Whitfield Industrial Park WHEN: 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 15 where they being named the area’s next up and cominstalled a J86 jet engine and prepared WHERE: Main Street at Lakewood Ranchthe ing star. new “Showdown” for competition Pets will vie for the title of Best Celebrity REGISTRATION: Register your pet at theSociety easternatUnited States and Look-A-Like, Best Ensemble Cast, Leading throughout the Humane Lakewood Rico. Lady, America’s Sweetheart and the Fun- Puerto Ranch, 7334 Trade Court; or 2nd Pepi was taught 6293 to drive jetOsprey dragsters niest Character, among others, during the Chance Boutique, Lake a man who pioneered jet car design, Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch’s first byDrive Fred Sibley from Elkart, Indiana. Sibley Walk of Fame fundraiser. INFO: 361-1071 or 361-1038 The event, which will be held from 1-4 had designed and built the Green Monster p.m. Jan. 15, on Main Street in Lakewood jet dragster driven by Art Arfons in Utah Ranch, is free and open to the public. Dur- competition, we’re all inrecord it together to to set a newbut land speed several ing the Walk of Fame, guests and their pets save as many animals as we can,” Humane years ago. will enjoy a pet parade and costume con- Society at Lakewood Urban said he Ranch touredboard withmemthe test, a family festival, raffles, musical en- ber Fred Meyer said. Showdown cars for 19 years. He had not tertainment and more. The goal of the event isthe twofold to had any serious incidents entire —  time. There will be a $5 registration fee for raise money to completely furnish the He recalls with a great deal of emotion those animals looking to compete in the Humane Society’s spay and neuter clinic about his timebuy spent with to Craig Arfons. costume contest. Celebrity judges, includ- and eventually property build a fullHe said Arfons told him not to become ing Manatee County Commissioner Carol sized shelter. • Tuesday, January 17th complacent about what he did. It is a very Whitmore, ABC 7’s Max Winitz and Hayley The Humane Society’s top priority is Noon ~ Bradenton dangerous job and thanks you should be sure to Wielgus and local veterinarian Dr. Anne already complete, in large part check and recheck your safety equipment Chauvet, among others, will award cash to 12-year-old Sydney Ashley, who went William L. Soscia, MD before every race. Arfons went on to say prizes for the best costumes in a variety of around the neighborhoods in Lakewood Cataract & Lens Replacement Surgeon “In this business not story, a question is categories. Ranch with a copyit’s of her whichof ran Joe to race at in “It’sìPepiî a uniqueUrban and funready event correspondthe Dec. 29 issuetoofhappen, the Eastbut County Obsomething going when.” ing with of what’s on in the world,” and the asked for donations. this RSVP: 941-756-3937 or CenterForSight.net/Seminars In 1989 “when” happenedAstoofCraig ìNight Fireîgoing at Bradenton Motor server, Walk of Fame events director Suzette Jones past weekend, Sydney already had colArfons. At a lake near Sebring, Florida, Sports Park. said. “It’s just a creative burst, and it’s kind lected more $2,000 cause. The Arfons wasthan trying to for setthe a new speed of the kickoff for the season for the neighnew fully furnished spay and neuter clinic Robarts Arena on Fruitville Road in record in a boat at over 300 mph when sarasota | venice | bradenton borhood. loveshe their scheduledwent to open Feb. 1. terribly wrong. The boat Sarasota.Everyone By the time wasanimals.” 18 he had issomething In addition to more than 20 adoptable went In addition to the more than 50 vendors S e e , H e a r a n d Lo o k Y o u r B e S t airborn and then took a nosedive into his first race car. It was a 457 Camaro cats and dogs, the Humane Society at that will be on site, the Humane Society at the lake. Rescuers had Arfons out of the which he ran in competition at Desoto 8433 Tuttle Ave., Sarasota (University Park) ~ 5219 E. SR 64, Bradenton Lakewood Ranch also has invited Manatee Lakewood Ranch also will be selling celebwater within four minutes and he was at DragSarasota Strip east of Bradenton. The other track rity and animal services, nine calendars and T-shirts to assist in the THE PATIENT AND ANY OTHER PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYMENT HAS A RIGHT TO REFUSE PAYMENT, CANCEL PAYMENT, OR BE REIMBURSED FOR a Sebring hospital is now called Bradenton Sports fundraising PAYMENT FOR ANY OTHER SERVICE, EXAMINATION, OR TREATMENT THAT IS PERFORMED AS A RESULT OF AND WITHIN 72 HOURS OF RESPONDING TO shelters and a plethora of Motor dog-affiliated effort. in about 18 minutes of THE ADVERTISEMENT FOR THE FREE, DISCOUNTED FEE, OR REDUCED FEE SERVICE, EXAMINATION OF TREATMENT. the accideent. All of atthejblanco@yourobefforts to save Park. businesses to join in the event. Contact Jen Blanco Craig Arfons were to no avail. He died Jet truck goes past nearing 220 mph. PHOTOS BY JACK WEAKS Not toopeople many say years afterinviting that Urban “Some you’re the server.com.

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Ashley: If you’re out there ... thank you It appears one East County boy has a guardian angel. Her name is Ashley. And she emerged Dec. 30 from her car on State Road 70 near River Club to help 13-year-old Owen Ragsdale in his greatest time of need. That afternoon, an uneven patch of concrete had stopped his front tire during his bike ride home. Owen tumbled up and over his handlebars. He put his MICHAEL arms out in ENG front of him to brace for impact, and as he collided with the pavement below, he heard the snap. “It’s an awful sound,” Owen says. The crash broke Owen’s left arm and his right wrist. Pulling himself off the concrete, he hobbled to the street and waved his injured arms over his head, hoping a driver would see him. One car passed. Then another. Then two more. “I even saw some of them turn and look (at me),” Owen says. Finally, a stranger stopped.

Do you need me to call someone? She asked. No, I’m fine, Owen replied jokingly, his right arm dangling from the elbow down. The stranger, whom Owen only knows as Ashley, took his cell phone and called 911. Then, she called Owen’s mother, Diane, and stayed with him until an ambulance arrived. “I never got her phone number,” Diane says. “She called from his phone, (and although) we did speak several times, in the chaos and shock, it never entered my thoughts to ask her last name or phone number. I only know her as the stranger who came to his — our — rescue.” At Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, Owen underwent surgery to insert a plate and screws to repair the compound fracture in his left arm. Doctors did not discover Owen’s broken wrist that day, so the family had to return to the hospital on New Year’s Eve for another appointment. Today, Owen, has casts on both arms and scrapes on his face. Depending on his recovery, Owen will have to remain in the casts for six to eight weeks. After listening to Owen recount his tale, I couldn’t decide whether I was more shocked that

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someone didn’t stop sooner — or that someone stopped at all. So many of us — myself included — run our lives under a “get in, get out, get home” mentality, and when we see a scene like this, we assume that 911 already has been called and the cavalry is on its way. But for Owen, it wasn’t. And who knows how long it would have taken for another angel to appear? I wonder: If I had seen him, would I have stopped? I sure hope so. In this story — complete with happy ending — those few min-

utes Ashley took out of her day made her a hero. “We will be forever grateful to Ashley, who did stop and get him the help he needed,” Diane says. “I hope that Ashley is out there and reads this. (I want her to know) how thankful we are and that he is going to be fine.” Thank you, Ashley, not only for stopping and helping Owen but also for setting an example for all of us to follow in 2012. And if you are out there, please contact me at meng@yourobserver.com. I’ve never interviewed a guardian angel before.

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the threat of “scope creep” to the average taxpayer, and the citizens in general understand it even less. • We need rules, but we need them to be fair, not overreaching, and above-all, predictable. Good long-term investment, like nature, abhors the vacuum of unpredictability and capriciousness. • The question is not whether we change but rather how we change. We need to see that not all civic activists wear the mantle of Captain Planet. Many are little more than small-thinking, Lilliputian, change-phobic Luddites who have never saved a tree and who work feverishly to maintain a status quo that never existed in a universe that mandates change. The Captain Planet mantle is a disguise, not a uniform. • We need to support policies that make sense both today and tomorrow. That may require holding to principle in the face of short-term pressure. For example, we should fairly assess and collect impact fees as

growth happens. Granted, these fees grew way out of hand in the boom times, but forgiving them entirely is bad policy and will hobble our future. • Economic development is the only way to play the bad hand that this economy has dealt us all, and we are not serious enough about it. Each day, families face stark choices between bad alternatives, and it has been this way for more than four grueling years. Enough is enough. We need bold incentives that go beyond the local “incentives,” which are little more than trivia, and the “three card Monty” of Tallahassee-crafted incentives that look good on paper but, like water in the desert, shift away as you approach. I propose a tax increment financing concept for new and expanding businesses that would be a truly meaningful incentive. So, I’ll be governed by your wishes: If you’d like to talk, I’ll be back. Rex Jensen is president and CEO of Schroeder-Manatee Ranch.


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DATES: Jan. 12 -22 HOURS: 5 to 10 p.m. Jan. 12 and 17; 5 p.m. to midnight Jan. 13 and 19; noon to midnight Jan. 14-15 and 20-21; noon to 10 p.m. Jan. 16 and 18; and noon to 7 p.m. Jan. 22

The Manatee River Fair Association will host the 96th annual Manatee County Fair Jan. 12-22.

MANATEE COUNTY — Braden River High School student Elizabeth “Annie” Curry hardly has time to sleep these days. But Curry, a senior, wouldn’t have it any other way. This time of year is her favorite; it’s fair time. “It’s a lot of fun,” said Curry, grinning as she rattled off a list of animals she’s showing — goats, chickens, rabbits and a heifer — and crafts she’s entering in the fair, as well. “I love showing the goats and the (midway) rides, of course.” The Manatee River Fair Association will open the 96th annual Manatee County Fair, themed, “A Star-Spangled Year,” tonight. Festivities run daily through Jan. 22. Entry costs $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for children ages 6 to 12, except on special pricing days. This year’s entertainment lineup includes performers such as country music artists John Anderson, Craig Campbell, Jeff Cook and Edens Edge, as well as groups such as The Harry James Orchestra and The Sidewalk Prophets, among others. “All the nights are going to

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Braden River High School students Jessica Garcia, Haley Brown, Elizabeth “Annie” Curry and Larry Haymore are excited about participating in this year’s fair. be great,” Fair Manager Daniel West said. “We’ve got some really great entertainment.” Other fair festivities include pig racing, a kids pedal tractor pull, midway rides, livestock shows, strolling acts, a highschool cheerleading competition and a variety of exhibits,

among other activities. New to this year’s fair are a butter-sculpting exhibit, as well as a two-night “Manatee’s Got Talent” show, in which 25 Manatee County residents will show off their talents and compete for a grand prize of $1,000. All performers will compete Jan.

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“She was an amazing woman with an opinion wrapped in clarity and honesty,” Morton said. “Ina was a wonderful, caring woman. She was a dear friend for many years.” Neighbors also praised Gross as a person and expressed mixed feelings about the incident that took her life. “It’s definitely scary,” one neighbor said, adding Gross regularly spoke with her children and even kept an eye out for strangers. “We think we live in a safe neighborhood. Now, I don’t know.” Soss said he believes the incident is isolated. Hyacinth Place has many families who work from home and keep any eye out for suspicious activities, he said. In 10 years on the street, he’s never gotten a ding on his car or a Halloween prank, he said. “Everybody pretty much knows everybody in the neighborhood,” he said.

Her husband, Dr. Samuel Gross, died in August 2010, of cancer. Dr. Gross enjoyed a long career as a celebrated medical professor and researcher. “She was a wonderful woman, and I’m going to miss her,” said friend Crystal Rothhaar, who met Gross seven years ago at the Paw Park in Greenbrook. “She was a very no-nonsense woman. She had a great sense of humor. She was very sweet to everybody. She was always smiling and always laughing. “Both she and her husband were such amazing people,” Rothhaar said. “It’s hard to believe something like this could happen to someone like her. The only consolation I can have in this whole thing is that they (Ina and Sam) are together again. It’s really hard to believe.” Friend Cindy Morton agreed and recalled the couple’s deep love for one another. “Ina and Sam Gross were the ‘happily-married, thrilled-every-day-to-be-with-you’ couple,” she said. “The Paw Park was their morning ‘cup of coffee,’ where sports and politics and love of dogs played out every morning. On Ina’s birthday, Sam would hire a bagpiper to march up the field at Paw Park for her. He adored her and she him.

>> Continued from Page 1A are ready to put their brains to the test. Teams from nine high schools will compete in the interscholastic matches from January through March. After final-elimination matches, an All-Star Team consisting of the top-scoring students from the local teams will represent Sarasota County at the Florida State Academic Competition for Excellence, which is held each spring at Disney World in Orlando.

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In the wake of Ina Gross’ murder, Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Deputy Alan Fifield said there are several steps Lakewood Ranch residents can take to increase security in the community. “One of the most important items that would help the Sheriff’s Office would be that the citizens report anything suspicious they see,” Fifield said. “A lot of times, folks see things but are too busy or do not want to get involved, so they don’t report it to us. “Reporting suspicious activity and getting a patrol unit in the area can help greatly in stopping a potential crime from occurring,” he said. “Even if we don’t find anything, having that marked patrol car drive through a neighborhood will hopefully scare off any would be thieves, as well as simply provide an extra patrol through the neighborhood.” Furthermore, Fifield suggested a neighborhood watch program. Above all, he said, remember to use common sense in and around the home. “(Residents) need to remember not to open their door to strangers and talk to them through a locked door while keeping their cell phone handy, in case they need to call 911 quickly,” he said. “Home security systems are very good to have if they can afford them.” The Sheriff’s Office also offers a free service in which a crime prevention practitioner will visit a home to conduct a security survey and offer suggestions to incre ase safety. To schedule a survey, call 747-3011, Ext 2500.

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EAST COUNTY HOMICIDES AND SUSPICIOUS DEATHS 1999

Ranch home on July 11, 2005. It was an apparent suicide.

2003

The Henderson Murders Myakka City resident Richard Henderson Jr., in 2007 was convicted of killing his parents, grandmother and 11-year-old brother on Thanksgiving Day in 2005.

The Brannon Murders Myakka City landscaper Larry Parks was convicted of brutally stabbing Sherry Brannon and her two young daughters, Shelby and Cassidy, on Sept. 16, 1999. Doree Lamountain Skeletal remains of Venice resident Doree Lamountain, 34, were discovered in April 2003 in a field near the Braden River Post Office.

2004

Ingrid Lugo Thirty-four-year-old Ingrid Lugo’s body was discovered in December 2004 in a retention pond near Cooper Creek Boulevard. An autopsy later revealed she had been strangled. After going unsolved for nearly three years, an inmate in the Florida prison system supplied tips that led to the arrest and conviction of Brian Curry, 37, Lugo’s exboyfriend. Jessica Stock Twenty-five-year-old Jessica Stock was found dead on July 6, 2004, on State Road 64 near Interstate 75. Investigators originally believed it was a traffic fatality, but evidence later suggested foul play. Her case is still open.

2005

Sal Corso Sal Corso, the 25-year-old restaurateur who opened June Restaurant in 2005, was found dead inside his Lakewood

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Susan Fast Tara resident Susan Fast returned home from a business trip to the Bahamas on June 28, 2007. The next day, her husband returned to find her missing. One month later, Manatee County Sheriff’s Office detectives discovered Susan Fast’s dismembered body in plastic bags in a storm drain in Lakewood Ranch. Thomas Fast, Bruce Fast’s son, was charged with Susan Fast’s murder.

2011

Nicole Rose Scott A motorcyclist discovered the body of 29-year-old Nicole Rose Scott Dec. 11, 2011, in a ditch near the intersection of University and Bourneside Boulevard near The Concession Golf Club. Scott’s death was ruled a homicide, and detectives are searching for leads.

2012

Ina Gross Seventy-eight-year-old Ina Gross was found dead Jan. 9, 2012, in the garage of her Lakewood Ranch home on Hyacinth Place in Riverwalk Hammock. Gross’ murder is the first in Lakewood Ranch.

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HALFTIME/PAGE 1A “It was so much fun,” junior Kelsey McVaugh said. “It was so different than anything I’ve ever done before. I gained so much from the experience.” Freshman Danielle Calabrese said she was hyped up from the time they left Lakewood Ranch to the time they returned, despite her exhaustion and sore muscles. “It was an experience of a lifetime,” she said. “It was so much fun — the big crowd, the choreographers and all the different teams that were there. It was exciting. The energy was awesome.” Dancers spent several days prior to their Orange Bowl performance in clinics with professional dance choreographers, such as Mandy Moore and Cris Judd. Although the girls spent much of their holiday break from school learning the actual rou-

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tine themselves via video, the clinics helped them improve technique and other aspects of their dance. As a gift from organizers, every dancer received a makeup kit with glittery eye shadow, star stickers for their eyes and other accessories and makeup to use for the show. “It felt like we were back in dancing school,” Melanie Hahn said. “It was really neat. It looked professional.” Then, as halftime neared, the dancers braced themselves for the moment for which they’d been training and headed to the tunnel through which they’d run onto the field. They didn’t have time to be nervous, the dancers said. “It didn’t sink in until we walked up and saw the huge field,” Silver Stars Captain Melanie Hahn said. “It’s the best adrenaline rush. Everybody’s screaming.” Co-Captain Jessica Goodwin agreed. “It almost felt like I was going to get on a roller coaster,” she said. But they, and the other dancers, quickly went into performance mode. Any nerves they had about dancing in front of thousands of people on national television quickly fell to the way-

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Silver Stars dancers said the eight-minute performance was one of the most thrilling experiences of their lives. side, they said. Their eight-minute routine seemed to fly by. “I got in a zone,” Melanie Hahn said. “It’s definitely one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.” “When we came off the field, we just looked at each other and screamed,” she said. “It was amazing.”

Silver Stars Coach Hope Hahn said the experience proved to be a great team-building exercise for the Silver Stars and also a great learning opportunity, as girls learned new dance styles from some of the nation’s best choreographers. “It definitely helps to inspire

them to grow in their dance,” Hope Hahn said. “You have to push yourself a little and get out of your comfort zone.” “The girls experienced an opportunity of a lifetime together,” she said. Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@yourobserver.com.

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Lakewood Ranch claims victory against local rivals Braden River.

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Braden River’s Faith Pearce reacts after watching Lakewood Ranch tie the game 2-2.

The Lakewood Ranch High boys soccer team proved it is still in the hunt for the top seed in the Class 4A-District 11 tournament after defeating rival Braden River 3-2 in a district match Jan. 6. Jason Ferguson gave the Mustangs an early 1-0 lead before the Pirates’ Matt McNab scored off an assist by Danny Lane to even the game 1-1 at halftime. Lakewood (7-1-3) reclaimed the lead on a goal by Ryan Sollazzo. Lane scored off an assist

from Fabio Vasconcellos to pull Braden River (8-2) even. But the Mustangs’ Jimmy Jaime scored the game-winning goal off a cross from Bill Louberti with five minutes remaining in the game. Across town, the Lakewood Ranch High girls team came back from a 2-0 deficit to tie rival Braden River 2-2 in district action. Tyler Gordon scored on an assist from Morgan Salmon in the final minute to lift the host Lady Mustangs (10-3-2, 9-2-1) to a tie

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Ellenton Ice will showcase Olympic hopefuls Ten years ago, I sat on the couch with my mom and watched my Olympic career unfold right before my eyes. And by Olympic career, I mean watching the United States win a gold medal in the 1992 Winter Olympics. I sat on edge as Kristi Yamaguchi took the ice for her long program. It was as if I were actually the one out on the ice performJEN ing. I cringed BLANCO before every jump, knowing that one slip of her skate could derail her Olympic debut. It wasn’t until the program was over and the scores were posted that I could finally sit back and relax. The young girl, whom dozens of amateur skaters across the country looked up to, had done what only a select few before her had done — win a singles gold medal. In the past decade, I’ve watched U.S. Figure Skating return to glory as Tara Lipinski and Sarah Hughes won gold medals of their own, while Nancy Kerrigan, Michelle Kwan and Sasha Cohen earned silver medals. Most recently, at the 2010 Olympic games in Vancover, Canada, the East County’s own Amanda Evora, Mark Ladwig, Caydee Denney and Jeremy Barrett entertained audiences across the country in their

with their East County rivals. Carly Provan scored both goals for the Lady Pirates (5-4-3 4A-11) off assists by Kayla Gray. Juliana Guida scored on an assist from Taylor Halligan with 17 minutes remaining to get Lakewood back into the match. The Lady Mustangs finished second behind Venice in the final regular-season standings, while Braden River was third.

Braden River’s Matt McNab and Lakewood Ranch’s David Cabrera battle for position during a Class 4A-District 11 match Jan. 6.

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Lakewood Ranch High alum Drew Christianson has been kiteboarding for the past years and has his sights set on one day turning pro. LAKEWOOD RANCH — There’s rarely a day that goes by that Drew Christianson isn’t tuned into the weather forecast. Although, the Lakewood Ranch High School alum and University of South Florida freshman isn’t interested in the potential likelihood of sunshine and warm temperatures or the imminent threat of thunder-

storms. It’s actually the wind report that catches Christianson’s attention. And he’s been known to go to great lengths to find it. An avid kiteboarder, Christianson will — quite literally — go wherever the wind takes him. “The toughest part is finding the wind,” Christianson said. “When you’re on the road, you

look for the wind and (sometimes) that makes you drive farther than you normally would. It’s addicting, but that’s what makes the sport unique.” Christianson started kiteboarding about three years ago, after his family moved to Florida from Wisconsin. Christianson grew up wakeboarding out on the lake in Wisconsin; and when

he found himself without a boat, Christianson decided to try another board sport. Christianson took his first lesson from East County resident Steve Sipes, at KTS Kiteboarding, He was hooked instantly. “It’s exciting,” Christianson said of the sport. “It’s an adrenaline rush, and the sport is actually easier to learn than everyone thinks. “From the first day, I knew I loved it,” he said. “It kept growing on me, and I kept progressing and practicing and practicing. Eventually, I thought, ‘Maybe I can do something with this.’” Christianson continued to progress in the sport, practicing as often as he could between schoolwork and tennis practices to improve his skill level. He began competing last year, finishing third in the Junior Division

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COMMENT/PAGE 1A Olympic pairs debut. So now the question remains — who will be the U.S. Figure Skating’s next Olympic hopeful? Will Evora and Ladwig once again factor into the mix, or will new Olympians emerge? We might be one step closer to answering those questions this weekend when The Southwest Florida Figure Skating Club at Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex hosts a special event as part of U.S. Figure Skating’s National Skating Month. The free event, which will

CHRISTIANSON/PAGE 1A of the Tampa Bay Kitemasters. Throughout his first competitive season, Christianson received sponsorships from Mutiny Kites, Hyperflex Wetsuits and Kite Hero. Most recently, Christianson spent two weeks last summer training for the upcoming season and competing in Hood River, Ore., where he reached the semifinals in The Bridge of the Gods Kite Festival, which is an amateur competition for kiteboarders hoping to turning professional. Christianson plans to continue practicing and competing. On Jan. 14, Christianson once again will compete in the Tampa Bay Kitemasters race, and later this spring, he plans to compete in the Jupiter Invasion, which is a kiteboarding trick competition. Additionally, Christianson teaches with Sipes at KTS Kiteboarding near the Sunshine Skyway, hopes to travel around the

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held from 3-5:30 p.m. Jan. 14, will feature an exhibition show featuring Evora and Ladwig, along with other senior and junior level skaters who will be competing at the U.S. National Championships Jan. 22-29 in San Jose, Calif. Following the exhibition, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in the rink’s It’s Great to Skate clinic. And who knows? Maybe two years from now, I’ll be sitting down watching another set of rising East County Olympians prepare for their own Olympic debut. world and has his sights set on kiteboarding in Brazil, and Cape Town, South Africa. “Those are spots where you can count on the wind,” Christianson said. “It makes the sport easier. You don’t have to hunt for the wind — it just shows up.” And if all goes well, Christianson has aspirations of competing in the 2016 Olympic Trials, where kiteboarding is scheduled to make its trial debut into the Olympic circuit — and eventually turning professional. “I’m just kind of having fun with it and seeing where it goes,” Christianson said. “I just want to keep having fun. I love the places it brings me and the people I get to meet. There are so many things I enjoy about it. “There are so many disciplines to the sport,” he said. “I can go out and ride the waves one day and then go out off the Skyway where it’s (calm). You never get bored, and you can never outgrow the sport.” Contact Jen Blanco at jblanco@yourobserver.com.

The Lakewood Ranch High girls soccer team celebrates following Tyler Gordon’s game-tying goal with less than a minute to play in regulation.

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Lakewood Ranch’s Morgan Salmon battles Braden River’s Jenny Linde for the ball during the second half.

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Lakewood Ranch High School senior Kevin Garza earned kudos for his performance at the second Kiwanis Classic Mustang Duals at The Ranch wrestling tournament Jan. 7. Garza was voted Most Outstanding Wrestler for Lakewood with four pins in the first period. Overall, the Mustangs placed second, going 4-1 on the day with a 39-30 loss to Sarasota in the finals. Here’s an inside look at this week’s Athlete of the Week.

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What are your plans after high school? I want to go to the University of Central Florida. I want to wrestle there. What do you like to do in your spare time? I fish — saltwater. I have a boat, a Mao. In the summer, I go out almost every week. I don’t go that much now because it’s cold. If you had a super power, what would it be? Strength. What is your favorite food? Freshly caught fish. I like to eat it fried. What do you think makes a great wrestler? Someone who is motivated and doesn’t give up. They always are determined to go 100% the whole time. You can break the will of the other person. Even if you lose,

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Do you follow any professional sports? I like to watch football — the Tampa Bay Bucs. I like to watch more college — the Florida Gators and Iowa wrestling. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done? Going to the Iowa (wrestling) Training Camp in 2008. They push you to your limit every day, three times a day. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Fiji. The water is so clear and I can go fishing.

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All-Stars take field for 20th PAL Bowl The top senior football players from Sarasota and Manatee counties hit the gridiron Jan. 6, for the 20th annual Brad Price Memorial PAL Bowl, at Booker High School.

During halftime, the Scholar Athlete Awards were given out to Riverview’s Connor Kruge and St. Stephen’s Adam Vining. The Manatee County All-Stars won the game 20-17.

Ezra Robinson, No. 20, took down Antonio Agurs, No. 34,

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Nathan Kirkman, No. 50, Hershel Caywood, No. 58, and Josh Maugherman, No. 8, celebrate during the 20th annual Brad Price Memorial PAL Bowl.

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+ Lakewood Little Leaguer hits for the cycle Nine-year-old Parker Venuto etched his name into the record books Nov. 11, when he hit for the cycle for the first time in his young career. The Lakewood Ranch Little Leaguer, who recently finished playing machine pitch for team Dynamite, hit a single, double, triple and a home run in the game. Parker finished with three home runs on the season.

+ Lakewood pulls even with Port Charlotte The Lakewood Ranch High boys soccer team tied Port Charlotte 2-2 Jan. 4. Jason Ferguson scored both goals to lead the way for the Mustangs.

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The Suncoast Storm 98 softball team went 7-0 to win the USSSA Snowball Classic Dec. 17-18 in Pembroke Pines. The team, which played up in the 15U division, went 3-0 in pool play to earn the No. 1 seed. The Storm outscored its opponents 53-7, posting an 8-0 shutout in the championship game. It was the team’s fifth tournament championship of the year. Caitlin Brown, Crystal Brown, Logan Newton, Bethany Keen, Denali Schappacher, Kylie Toler and Kaylee Misiti led the way offensively for the Storm. Newton and Madison Wallwork went undefeated on the mound.

+ Lady Pirates top Lady Tarpons in OT Madison Jaco scored 20 points, including the winning bucket to lead Braden River to a 38-37 overtime victory over Charlotte Jan. 4. Chianti Mitchell added 13 rebounds and four steals and Jessica Ogline added nine points.

+ Lakewood Little League registration upcoming Lakewood Ranch Little League will hold registration for its upcoming spring season from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 13, and 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Jan. 14, at the Lakewood Ranch Ballpark. Minors and Majors tryouts are

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sarah perez Age: 9 Grade: Fourth-grader at Tara Elementary Position: First base What does it mean to you to be on the Observer softball team? It makes me feel special to be on this team. What do you enjoy the most about softball? It’s really fun. When did you start playing softball? When I was 6 years old. Why did you decide to start playing? My mom thought it would be fun, so I just tried it. If you could describe the Observer softball team in one word what would it be? Perfect. scheduled for Jan. 14. Registration is open to all children ages 4-15 and ranges from $75 to $175, depending on the division. Those interested in registering their child should bring the player’s birth certificate, proof of residency and cash or check. For more, visit www. lwrbaseball.com.

+ Lady Mustangs blank Lady Pirates The Lakewood Ranch High girls soccer team improved to 10-3-1 and 9-2 in district play with a 2-0 victory over Port Charlotte Jan. 4. Tyler Gordon scored a goal and had an assist, and Morgan Salmon added a goal to lead the way for the Lady Mustangs. Brianna Red also added an assist.

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Ordinarily, we are thrilled whenever we receive an It’s Read Everywhere submission from one of our readers. We’re always amazed where you take our little paper — and your creativity in composing the photograph. And, every once in a while, a reader goes even further. Such was the case when 2nd Ann Rose

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Ten berry easy ways to use strawberries Every visit to the produce department should begin by asking the most senior manager you can find: “What’s good?” Last week, Dale Rodgers, produce manager at the Publix on Longboat Key, answered emphatically: “Strawberries! They are coming from only 70 miles away. They

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When Jane Hoffman was tooting “Mary had a Little Lamb” on a wooden recorder in elementary school, she had no idea the instrument would lead to a long career as a flautist. Even when she was a flute major at College of the Redwoods, in Eureka, Calif., Hoffman never imagined she’d be at it for this long. “It’s perseverance,” Hoffman says of the two decades she has spent teaching and playing the instrument she calls “an extension of herself.” “I stuck with it, somehow. There have been bumps for sure, but the little successes along the way have fed my inspiration.” She’s attached to the slim pipe with the silver keys. In her lifetime, she’s only owned a few. “There have been four major flutes,” she says. “When you get one, it becomes one-of-a-kind. It becomes part of you.” She brings a small mug of coffee to her face and takes a long, hot sip. Preoccupied by a cat that keeps scratching to come in the back door, Hoffman, a Southgate resident, trails off in thought as she rises to her pet’s rescue. “Each instrument has its own intonation,” she adds. “Each one is really personal.” Listening to her talk about her old flutes is a little like listening to a woman talk about past loves, a comparison the mildmannered musician isn’t apt to make herself.


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“I figured at this point I’d just be teaching,” says Jane Hoffman, pictured here as a college student in the 1970s. “I never imagined I’d still be playing.” has led to gigs playing for Olivia NewtonJohn, Anne Murray and Brian Wilson. “It doesn’t matter to me what I’m playing,” she says. “I like it all. Of course, to say I’ve played for a Beach Boy is exciting, because I grew up listening to their music.” She also grew up listening to Lawrence Welk, whose image is framed like a family photo above the couch in her living room. “My sister drew that picture in college,” she says, dismissing the notion that she was a fan of the corky television bandleader. “We watched a lot of Lawrence Welk, or maybe it was that our parents watched a lot of Lawrence Welk. I think we more or less made fun of it.” It makes sense, then, that Hoffman didn’t gravitate toward the clarinet, a staple instrument on Welk’s variety show. For five years she’s performed with Trio Voilà, a musical group comprised of guitarist Thomas Koch and Sarasota Orchestra violist Laura Jensen-Jennings. The group, which will perform Jan 18, in a Munchtime Musicales concert presented by the Sarasota Concert Association, engages in community outreach programs, in addition to performing local concerts. Paging through a stack of sheet music, Hoffman unearths a three-movement composition called “Transition Man” by composer Günter Moll. “We love this piece,” she says. “It’s wild.”

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She offers no explanation for its wildness, except to say that it’s challenging and, therefore, a thrill to play. At a time when many musicians might settle into a comfort zone, Hoffman refuses to stop learning. “She spreads herself out musically,” says guitarist Rick Peterson, with whom Hoffman has played for more than 10 years. “I think we all strive to be musical chameleons, but Jane does it really well. She’s a wonderful classical flautist and jazz flautist. You don’t often find those two qualities in one person. In that regard, she’s a rarity.” No one realizes this more than Hoffman. Her resume is a lesson in stick-toitiveness. For a flautist who has never sat with the Sarasota Orchestra, Hoffman has stayed remarkably busy. “You have to be entrepreneurial,” she says. “Music is very competitive. But life is competitive, right?” In addition to a master’s degree from California State University, Northridge, Hoffman holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University in New York. “You spend 12 years in med school and you’re pretty well guaranteed a secure life,” she says. “You pick the arts and, well … there’s no guarantee. You have to have a lot of patience.” She rises to retrieve an album she recorded 10 years ago with a former Sarasota harpist. A 12-track collection of Spanish, Americana, jazz, Native American and Israeli numbers, the album, “A Journey,” features a photograph of Hoffman wading through a river in Zion National Park in Utah. “I need to record another one,” she says wistfully. And what will this one be called? “I don’t know,” she says. “Determination?” 73034

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thurs., JAN. 12 Art Bras: Creatively Coping with Breast Cancer — 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 12, at Cancer Support Community Florida Suncoast, 5481 Communications Parkway. To register, call 921-5539. Business Network International: Cornerstone Professionals Chapter — Meets from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursdays, at Beef O’Brady’s, 1755 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. Steven Griffin, 957-1515 or cornerstoneprofessionals@gmail.com. Creative Business Connection: Lakewood Ranch Breakfast Chapter — Meets at 7:30 a.m. Thursdays, at Serving Spoon, 8215 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. 907-3010.

Women & Wisdom — This course, offered by Chabad of Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch, begins at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12, at Chabad, 11534 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch. Classes for semester one continue each Thursday through Feb. 9; semester two runs April 19 to May 21. 752-3030 or info@chabadofbradenton.com.

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East Manatee Republican Club — Meets at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 12, at Peridia Golf and Country Club, 4950 Peridia Blvd. Cost is $15. Diane,739-3813 or longboatfl@aol.com. “How to Know Your God” Book Discussion Group — Peace Presbyterian Church member Bob Cutler will lead this threepart discussion of Deepak Chopra’s “How to Know God” from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Jan. 12, 19 and 26, at the church, 10902 Technology Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. The Rev. Elizabeth Deibert, edeibert@ peacepcusa.com or 753-7778.

issues meets from 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, through Jan. 26, at The Tabernacle Church, 4141 DeSoto Road, Sarasota. Peggie Harbaugh, 302-0883.

Lakewood Ranch Republican Club — Meets at noon Dec. 16, at Lakewood Ranch Holiday Inn, 6231 Lake Osprey Drive. Cost is $25. For more, visit www.lwrrc. com or call Dr. Craig Trigueiro’s office, 753-7843. Nutrition and Cancer — Noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 13, at Cancer Support Community Florida Suncoast, 5481 Communications Parkway. To register, call 921-5539. Soul R Coaster — 9 p.m. to midnight Jan. 13, at The Polo Grill and Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch Main Street. 782-0899.

SAt., jan. 14 Florida Blood Services Bloodmobile — Florida Blood Services will be accepting blood donations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 14, at Publix

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BEST BET Last Call 5K Run/Walk — This Junior League of Manatee County fundraiser will be at 8 p.m. Jan. 13, at Premier Sports Campus of Lakewood Ranch, 5895 Post Blvd. Next week, the Junior League will host its annual Beertopia event from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Jan. 21, at Gold Coast Eagle Distributing in Lakewood Ranch, 7051 Wireless Court. Tickets are $50 presale, $60 at the door or $75 VIP, which also includes entrance to the After Party at The Polo — University Walk, 2875 University Parkway. 746-7195. Lakewood Ranch Farmers Market — 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays through April 14, 2012, on Lakewood Ranch Main Street. Old Miakka Farmers Market — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, at the Crowley Museum and Nature Center, 16405 Myakka Road, Sarasota.

SUN., jan. 15 Approaching the Revelations of St. John — The Rev. Dr. Richard Diebert presents this course on the Book of Revelation at 11:30 a.m, Jan. 15, at Peace Presbyterian Church, 10902 Technology Drive, Lakewood Ranch. Course continues for 12 weeks. For additional informa-

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MON., jan. 16 Florida Blood Services Bloodmobile — Florida Blood Services will be accepting blood donations from noon to 6 p.m. Jan. 16, at Bealls, 7365 52nd Place E. 746-7195.

Tues., jan. 17 American Coin Buyers Guild — This group will be visiting Bradenton to appraise and purchase coins, paper currency and other valuables from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 17-20, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 21, at Holiday Inn

Harmony Hall Hobby Club of Colony Cove Trash and Treasure Sale — 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 17, at Harmony Hall in the Lakes Section of Colony Cove, 7615 Lakeshore Drive. 722-4137. Imagine School at Lakewood Ranch New Student Exposition — 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 17, at Imagine School at Lakewood Ranch, 10535 Portal Crossing. For more information, call 750-0900 or visit www.imagineschoolslakewoodranch.com.

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Cypress Creek home sells for $875,000 The following residential real estate transactions took place between Dec. 26 and Dec. 30, 2011. A home in Cypress Creek Estates tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Aaron Dorfman sold the home at 6176 Ninth Ave. Circle N.E. to Mark Hafner, Bradenton, for $875,000. Built in 2004, it has four bedrooms, four-and-one-half baths, a pool and 5,108 square feet of living area.

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Garnett Campbell, Bradenton, sold her home at 7257 Orchid Island Place to Phillip and Karen Accordino, of Warren, Ohio, for $500,000. Built in 2004, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,684 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $614,800 in 2004.

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Sera Larondelle, Sarasota, sold her home at 6120 Palomino Circle to Vanessa Cresswell, Sarasota, for $279,900. Built in 2004, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,510 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $343,200 in 2004.

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Mark and Gina Ursini, Sarasota, sold their home at 971 Fish Hook Cove to Ronnie and Donna Presley, of Woodstock, Ga., for $522,000. Built in 2005, it has two bedrooms, four baths, two halfbaths, a pool and 4,037 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $994,300 in 2005. Thomas Fitzgerald, of Northport, N.Y., sold his home at 611 Misty Pond Court to Gail Padgett and James Colvin, Bradenton, for $310,000. Built in 2000, it has two bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,712 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $430,000 in 2006.

Ga., for $290,000. Built in 1969, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,689 square feet of living area.

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Dana and Katherine Sochachki, Sarasota, sold the home at 14721 Bowfin Terrace to Marie-Josee Caron and Babis Chronopoulos, trustees, of Quebec, Canada, for $445,000. Built in 2007, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,806 square feet of living area. U.S. Bank, NA, trustee, sold the home at 13859 Wood Duck Circle to Gareth and Suzanne Davies, of Holly Springs, N.C., for $320,000. Built in 2004, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,578 square feet of living area. John and Gerianne Costello, Naples, sold their home at 6606 Coopers Hawk Court to Dean and Ann-Mari Decillis, Bradenton, for $300,000. Built in 2005, it

has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,462 square feet of living area.

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Jamie and Tracy Graziano, Lakewood Ranch, sold their home at 4523 Barracuda Drive to Allen and Lauren Ash, Bradenton, for $378,600. Built in 1998, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,324 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $435,000 in 2003.

Edgewater Village

Thomas Conklin, Personal Representative, Shirley Popham and Marjorie Cavin, Osprey, sold their home at 6569 Waters Edge Way to Philip and Sandra Zemmel, Bradenton, for $345,000. Built in 1998, it has three bed-

rooms, three baths, a pool and 2,525 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $339,000 in 1998.

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Dwight Thomas and Rick Poore sold their home at 6742 Pleasant Hill Road to Malcolm McNeil and Beverley Carter, of Newfoundland, Canada, for $290,000. Built in 1996, it has four bedrooms, three baths and 2,384 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $188,900 in 1998.

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John and Valerie Duval, of Hartsdale, N.Y., sold their home at 11907 Upper Manatee River Road to Darrell Lambert and Kathleen Lambert, of Lithonia,

Wells Fargo Bank NA sold the home at 7601 226th St. E. to John and Rosemary Suhre, Bradenton, for $260,000. Built in 2004, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,611 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $300,600 in 2004.

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Warren and Lisa LaBonte, Sarasota, sold their home at 6622 Pinefeather Court to James and Margaret McDermott, Bradenton, for $260,000. Built in 2004, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,312 square feet of living area.

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Paul Gennette and Irina Mannheim, Bradenton, sold their home at 1221 50th St. Court E. to Janice Davidson, Tequesta, for $245,000. Built in 1998, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,439 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $225,000 in 2000.

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Items Under $200 For Sale

Homes For Rent

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