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Opera Guild fashion show hits high note.

+ Don’t forget to spring ahead! Daylight saving time begins this Sunday, March 11, so remember to set your clocks one hour ahead before you go to bed on Saturday night. Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. on the second Sunday in March. It lasts until the first Sunday in November.

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legal proceedings By Pam Eubanks | News Editor beauty and the feet

Parties want quick resolution Stoneybrook Investors has filed a lawsuit against the Heritage Harbour South Community Development District regarding changes in its assessments.

HERITAGE HARBOUR —  As a lawsuit over how property owners in the Heritage Harbour South Community Development District are assessed makes its way through the legal system, both residents and parties involved hope to resolve the dispute quickly.

Residents say they are worried the lawsuit will rack up high legal fees. Plus, if the district loses, it may have to pay $3.8 million to the owner of Stoneybrook Investors, owner of the Stoneybrook Golf Course, as per the lawsuit. Homeowners, essentially, would foot the bill.

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Representatives of Stoneybrook Investors say the fight is one they don’t want. They simply are protecting their assets and trying to show the golf course provides value to the district and homeowners that was not considered when the CDD adopted a new assessment methodology

By Pam Eubanks | News Editor

Ranch YMCA unveils expansion

Napier’s Log Cabin Horse and Animal Sanctuary has teamed up with Purina’s Pets for Seniors to help adoptable pets at the Sanctuary find new homes and to help seniors find a new companion. Select dogs and all cats will be offered free of charge to seniors (ages 60 and up). All cats will be spayed/neutered, have shots, de-wormed, FIV/ Leukemia test and microchipped for ID. Dogs will be spayed/neutered, have shots, de-wormed, a heartworm test and microchipped for ID. For more, www. NapierFamilyFarm.com.

The Lakewood Ranch YMCA opened its new fitness center to the public March 3.

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Hub Hubbell delighted his audiences with his humor, gentle nature and his impressive trick-shooting, which he loved to perform.

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Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club members learned of the latest fashion trends during the group’s annual Spring Fashion Show and Luncheon Feb. 22, at Michael’s On East. The annual event benefits the club’s charities: Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy, SOLVE Maternity Homes, Meals on Wheels Plus and HOPE Family Services.

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in September. Under the change, the club’s assessments would increase by about 500%, or $35,000 annually. CDD officials say the assessment methodology they adopted is fair and their position is solid.

The East County’s resident cowboy, Hub Hubbell, died March 3, on the back porch of his home off University Parkway. He was 93. Cowboy legend Hub Hubbell, in many ways, was larger than life. A rodeo icon who rubbed shoulders with Western stars such as Roy Rogers, Dale Evans and Clayton Moore during his career, Hubbell made his mark as sharpshooter, rodeo announcer and horse trainer who

lived and breathed life as a cowboy. Hubbell, 93, died March 3 on the back porch of his home on the Flying H. Ranch, off University Parkway. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eunice, who died in 2009 of cancer. Up until the day before his death, Hubbell was out promot-

ing the upcoming Arcadia Rodeo. “He was an absolute cowboy gentlemen,” said longtime friend Ellian Rosaire, who had known Hubbell for more than 25 years. “He was awesome.” Friend Kandi Cooke agreed.

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LAKEWOOD RANCH — The Lakewood Ranch YMCA just got bigger. On March 3, members and officials of the YMCA celebrated the opening of the facility’s new $2.1 million, 13,000-square-foot addition, which has been under construction since September. “We had a big turnout,” Branch Director Scott Morin said, adding he’s appreciative of members who stuck with the YMCA during construction. “We didn’t get any negative comments. Everybody seemed to be very happy and very appreciative.” The new space includes a new fitness center with 80 pieces of cardio equipment, an expanded free weight area and two new circuit training lines, as well as a group exercise room, a yoga/dance classroom, a group cycling space and several small offices.

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competitive edge By Pam Eubanks | News Editor

Manatee TSA teams sweep states Manatee County schools took five of six top-ranked posts during the 2012 Florida TSA Competition last month. MANATEE COUNTY —  As students in Justin Devine’s technology class at Nolan Middle School hovered around computer screens, manipulating images, the excitement from weekends past still hadn’t worn off. On Feb. 26, Nolan’s Technology Student Association team not only came back from the state TSA Conference and Competition with 16 first-place finishes but also with a state championship title. “It really motivated us to work harder for the national conference and to try to keep our reputation,” said 13-year-old Sofia Atz-

rodt, who, with teammates, took home several awards. Manatee County Public Schools dominated the competition, held Feb. 22-26, on Amelia Island, with Manatee high schools sweeping the top-three overall championship spots. Southeast High took first, while Braden River High followed closely behind, and Lakewood Ranch High placed third. In the middle school contest, Nolan came home as state champions, earning more than five times as many first-place finishes as any other Manatee County middle school and 24 total topthree finishes. Johnson Middle

School, a magnet school, placed third overall with 11 top-three finishes, while Haile Middle School placed fourth. More than 1,000 middle and high school students from across Florida’s 67 school districts competed in 68 events during the competition. “This is an amazing accomplishment, and one that shows just how hard our teachers and students are working,” said Doug Wagner, director of Adult, Career and Technology Education for the school district. “We won more trophies than any other school district in the state, and we re-

campaign trail By Pam Eubanks | News Editor

SECRET TO SUCCESS

Wagner noted that East County schools performed exceptionally well, and success at the high school level, in particular, may stem back to the implementation of a Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM, program at the elementary level. McNeal and Freedom elementary schools were the first elementary schools to offer the program.

ally won more than all the other school districts combined. “For me, the most impressive result we had (was that) we had

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581 top-10 finishes from our students in Manatee County,” he said. Manatee’s top finishers in June will head to the 2012 National TSA Conference in Nashville to compete for the national championship. Wagner said STEM programs and organizations such as TSA are important to Manatee students because they help prepare children to be college and career ready upon graduation. All Manatee schools have TSA chapters, Wagner said, and seven district elementary schools have engineering programs in place, including McNeal, Freedom and Braden River elementary schools in the East County. Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@yourobserver.com.

By Pam Eubanks | News Editor

Barbecue cook-off needs more chefs Main Street is seeking amateur cooks to compete in its High on the Hog event.

School Board candidates Robert Moates with Jeff Zientara and Steve Litschauer

Manatee School Board candidate rallies in Ranch

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Michael Terry with campaign manager Rochelle Dudley

Supporters of Manatee County School Board District 2 candidate Robert Moates gathered Feb. 29, at Gold Coast Eagle Distributing for a fundraising meet-and-greet event. Moates, a government and economics teacher at Lakewood Ranch High School, is hoping to oust long- David Wick with Manatee County time School Board Commission District 5 candidate member Harry Kinnan. Vanessa Baugh

Jackie Smither, Chris Reynolds and Carrie Russ served drinks.

LAKEWOOD RANCH — Summerfield Bluffs resident Charlie Morse has been told many times his barbecue is better than average. In fact, it’s gotten rave reviews. “Everybody says it’s the best they’ve ever had,” Morse said. “I guess it’s time to find out.” Morse, with his son, Connor, was the first barbecue-enthusiast to sign up as a contestant for the High on the Hog Barbecue Contest, an amateurs-only, people’s choice barbecue competition slated for April 29, on Lakewood Ranch Main Street. And although a few competitors have stepped up to the challenge, event organizer Julia DeCastro is seeking more amateur cooks to heat up their grills and compete in the contest, which has a grand prize of $1,000 for the winning chef. “It’s going to be fun,” DeCastro said. “I’m excited about it.” Grill teams of up to four people will have less than six hours to set up and grill up enough barbecue to offer 500 2-ounce portions to event-goers. Teams must provide their own tent and grill as well as cooking rigs. Organizers will supply a 12-foot-by-15-foot space and one 8-foot table to each competing team. DeCastro said the idea for the competition came as a result of the annual barbecue cook-off between Lakewood Ranch Main Street restaurants each summer. Each year, residents, she said, call hoping to participate but previously have not been able to do so. “We thought it would be fun to open it up to backyard barbecueers,” DeCastro said, noting the annual restaurant competition will continue as usual. “(Contestants) cannot be a professional (chef). That’s the only rule we have.” Entry fee for the contest is $125 per team by April 1. They also will be responsible for providing 500 2-ounce portions for the competition. DeCastro noted aspiring chefs who are concerned with the entry

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Summerfield resident Charlie Morse, and his son, Connor, are teaming up for the barbecue competition.

if you go High on the Hog Barbeque Contest WHEN: April 29 WHERE: Lakewood Ranch Main Street REGISTRATION $125 per team by April 1. For a registration form, visit www. lwrmainstreet.com and click on April 29 on the events calendar. Main registration and entry fee should be sent to: Main Street at Lakewood Ranch, Attn: High on the Hog Event, 14400 Covenant Way, Lakewood Ranch, 34202. costs can ask for business sponsorships from their employer or other companies as a way to defer personal costs and provide a valued marketing tool for the businesses. At the event, attendees will pay $5 for a card that allows them to sample barbecue from all the competing teams. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund. Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@yourobserver.com.


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+ Canadian company coming to Lakewood Hot Brands International, a restaurant company based out of Toronto, Canada, has established its U.S. headquarters in Lakewood Ranch. According to a press release by the Manatee Economic Development Corporation, the company plans to add 12 corporate office employees and plans to launch a fast-casual concept over the next three years. County commissioners recently approved $12,000 in performance-based incentives for the company. The state also committed $48,000 to accelerate the company’s location and hiring. Hot Brands International has more than 800 employees worldwide with restaurants throughout the country. “Much of the United States remains underserved in terms of healthy, contemporary and

quick ethnic cuisine,” Kanak Balm vice president of business development for Hot Brands International said. “HBI looks forward to bringing our newest concept to the region.”

+ Bus crash victims released from hospital Manatee County Public School officials report all eight students taken to a local hospital March 2, after the bus in which they were riding was struck by another vehicle, are doing OK. “All the students were released (from the hospital) within an hour-and-one-a-half of the crash,” said Mike Barber, of the school district’s community and press relations office. “Everything went as well as could possibly be expected.” On March 2, as the bus was picking up students on the way to Freedom Elementary School, a silver pickup truck ran a stop sign, drove around another car

and then rear-ended the bus at the intersection of 27th Street East and 11th Avenue East.

+ Sheriff following leads on Gross murder The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office is following “strong leads” as it builds its case in solving the murder of Lakewood Ranch resident Ina Gross, who was found dead in her home Jan. 9. Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube said he is still waiting for toxicology reports from the coroner, as well as DNA evidence, bank records and an analysis of phone records. Steube said detectives collected evidence from Gross’ home for two-and-one-half days and that evidence all must be sorted and analyzed.  The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, Steube said, sends its evidence to a private lab for testing, which allows his office to get results back in six or

seven weeks compared to five months when utilizing the state. “Once all the pieces of the puzzle are together, there’s an opportunity to make a case here,” Steube said.

+ Board reverses retroactive pay cuts The Manatee County School Board today announced the salary reduction for teachers previously approved will not be retroactive to July 1, 2011. During an executive session Feb. 28, board members discussed retroactive salary cuts, and although the school district believes it is on solid legal footing to implement retroactive cuts, the Manatee Education Association disagreed. Board members have agreed it is in the district’s best interest to avoid potential litigation and the School Board directed Superintendent Tim McGonegal to make salary decreases effective Feb. 16.

Meetings & agendas  Manatee County Planning Commission — 9 a.m. Thursday, March 8, Manatee County Administrative Building’s first-floor commission chambers, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.  Manatee County Board of County Commissioner’s Regular Meeting — 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 13, Manatee County Administrative Building’s first-floor commission chambers, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.  Lakewood Ranch Community Development District Meetings for Districts 1, 2, 4, 5 and the InterDistrict Authority Board — 8 a.m. Thursday, March 15, at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8155 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch.

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Thirty-six-year-old Sophorn Touch, co-owner of Jules Touch Salon, came to the United States 17 years ago on March 11.

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As a high school student Because she knew no Engin the early 1990s, Sophorn lish upon her arrival in BraTouch remembers seeing denton, Sophorn initially broadcasts of the Cambotook language classes with dian officials badmouththe United Way, before ening the United States. rolling at Manatee Technical But while listening to her Institute. Then, she studied radio at night, she heard English for one-and-oneanother story — one of half years before deciding to freedom and opportunity. enter a one-year cosmetolIn those moments, ogy program. Sophorn believed the lat“I love hair,” Sophorn said. ter. “It’s instant gratification, “It was my dream (to be and you make people feel here in the United States),” good about themselves — Sophorn said. “I feel like I make people happy. I love won a lottery ticket.” the interaction with people. Almost exactly 17 years It never feels like a day of ago, Sophorn immigrated work. That’s how I feel. Not to the U.S., joining her many people can say that.” husband, Phala, in BraFor Sophorn, owning her denton. own business truly is a dream Although she knew no come true, but she still has English when she arrived, many other dreams to fulPam Eubanks Sophorn not only speaks fill. Ultimately, she hopes to Sophorn Touch and her business partthe language effortlessly return to college to take writner, Julie Kramer, recently opened Jules now, but also is living out ing and reading comprehenTouch Salon in San Marco Plaza. the American dream as a sion classes, which, she said, homeowner and as a new will create even more opporried May 19, 1994, at the choosbusiness owner. tunities for herself. ing of their parents. She and friend Julie Kramer, “Learning, to me, is never“In the Cambodian culture, in December, opened their own you expect arranged mar- ending,” she said. hair salon, Jules Touch Salon, in riages,” she said. “Your parents She also wants to show her San Marco Plaza. kind of know who you are (and 10-year-old son, Alexander, to “It’s rewarding starting your choose wisely).” appreciate the opportunities ofown business,” Sophorn said, Two weeks after their wedding fered in the U.S. smiling. “It’s a big investment. in Cambodia, Phala returned to “My dream is I want to master We want to be here for a long the U.S., where he already had the English language,” she said. time and we want to be the best been living. Sophorn stayed in “If I can master English, I can do place — a great place, not just her home country until March anything.” great service.” Contact Pam Eubanks at peu11, 1995, and then joined Phala Touch and her husband mar- stateside. banks@yourobserver.com.

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6:28 p.m. —  8300 block of Town Center Parkway. Suspicious incidents. The complainant went into the store with her 5-year-old daughter. The cashier reportedly followed her out of the store and handed her a flyer. She advised the suspect then said she had a salamander and some eggs on her back. She then asked him to knock them off. According to the complainant, the suspect then told her he has had them on him before and she needed to go into

Corner the woods with him to get them off. She advised she didn’t understand why he wanted her to go to the woods and explained to him to just get it off of her. She advised the suspect then brushed his hand across her back and said it was off. She looked on the ground and nothing was there. The complainant immediately got her daughter and left the area. She then called her husband, who, in turn, called the Sheriff’s Office. The responding deputy spoke with the suspect, who seemed extremely nervous. He approached the deputy as soon as he pulled in and said he was so nervous he couldn’t eat his lunch. The suspect then explained what happened. During his entire explana-

him on his right hand, causing a large rip in the skin. Dispatch contacted Animal Control, but it hadn’t arrived by the time the deputy left the hospital. The victim was given a victim’s packet with a case number.

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School Board: Dysfunction junction In October 2010, the East County Observer recommended Julie Aranibar over incumbent Jane Pfeilsticker for the Manatee County School Board District 3 seat. At that time, we wrote, “Julie Aranibar would bring to the board characteristics this board could use — indefatigable energy, insatiable desire to make whatever she touches better, MICHAEL community ENG involvement and, what we like best, paycheck-writing business experience.” And now, more than a year later — and especially amid the recent controversy at Manatee schools HQ — that endorsement stands. Even more than before. We knew Aranibar possessed the passion — and the guts — to challenge the regime. We knew she’d shake up the district’s gowith-the-status-quo flow. And she has — in a big way. Few people knew, however, how ugly it would get, or to what extent the Old Guard would try to stifle, marginalize and demonize the outlier from their flock. The days following the Feb. 15 “vote heard ’round the county” played more like an episode of your favorite trashy reality TV

show than it did of a district and board led by intelligent life. The day after the vote, Superintendent Tim McGonegal used the press to accuse Aranibar and board member Karen Carpenter of “playing politics” because they voted not to cut teachers’ salaries retroactively. Cue here: cheesy, cliffhanger bumper music. On the next episode of “The Real School Board Members of Manatee County,” McGonegal continued his assault on Aranibar, this time fueling the outrage regarding Aranibar not donating 7% of her $36,000 salary to the Manatee Education Foundation or Take Stock in Children. These donations were intended as a show of solidarity — implying the board members were willing to take a cut alongside the district’s teachers. Both the Bradenton Herald and Sarasota Herald-Tribune ran with the juicy story, publishing the hammer headlines, “Aranibar doesn’t donate portion of salary” and “As School Board reduces its pay, one member holds out,” respectively. McGonegal then issued a photo of his cell phone that depicted a text-message conversation he had with Aranibar, which he claimed was proof Aranibar agreed to the donation. It does not. In fact, it proves the opposite. Here’s the exchange: Aranibar: “Tim, is there a payroll deduction sheet with my a signature?” McGonegal: “Julie, I gave it

Lynn. I did it for 5%. Did you want 5% or 7%?” Aranibar: “I have to check with my attny. Anything with $ has to be approved by Richard and myself. Will pick up form and send it in. Thanks.” Aranibar’s sticking point has remained clear: She doesn’t want to make a tax-deductible charitable contribution; she wants a real reduction of her salary. And that’s what she had asked of McGonegal — a payroll reduction sheet. What she received was a form to set up a donation. Said Aranibar: “In the fall, I began mediation for my divorce and needed to document my pay. I had already informed my attorney that my pay would be reduced. I needed documentation and that was when I asked the super for a payroll-deduction form to verify my current income. “I was given a form by the assistant to the super to donate funds to the education foundation,” she said. “That is not the same as a payroll gross reduction. The employees were not asked to donate to a charity; their pay was cut. I asked for the same.” Remember how this most recent firestorm started — the retroactive pay cuts for teachers? Despite Aranibar and Carpenter’s “nay” votes, the motion carried 3-2 that night. But 13 days later, the School Board reversed its decision regarding the retroactive portion of the cut in a closed executive session Feb. 27.

“The School Board decided it was not in the best interest of the school district or its employees to become involved in protracted litigation to resolve the legal issues,” the release stated. Under pressure from the Manatee Education Association questioning the legality of the retroactive cut, the School Board caved. All of a sudden, no longer pressing was the reason necessitating such a deep cut to begin with — paying off the School Board’s health insurance fund by June 30, which was deemed so critical that the board thought it necessary to cut teachers’ pay retroactively. So finally, the budget — approved all the way back in July 2011 — is set. And it only took seven months, nine closed executive sessions, failed negotiations with the teachers union and the creation of a ocean-wide divide between the district and its teachers and employees — all wrapped up in an embarrassing public display of dysfunction. And that’s the final episode — at least for this season. But be sure to tune in next fall when two challengers — Linda Schaich, who is vying for Bob Gause’s District 4 seat, and Lakewood Ranch High School economics and history teacher Robert Moates, who is after Harry Kinnan’s post — could change the entire complexion of the School Board. We can’t wait. Nor can Manatee taxpayers. The School Board needs to change the rest of its cast.

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Sunshine Week celebrates transparency If you ever thought Sunshine Florida’s Sunshine Laws have laws exist to dictate the fantasbeen touted as some of the tic weather we experience in toughest open-meeting laws Florida, you are not alone. Before in the U.S. Chapter 286 of the starting my career in public Florida statutes sets forth the administration, I was pitifully requirements for conducting unaware of my ability to monipublic business in the open. tor and participate in Sunshine Laws are so the decisions made by named because they governmental entities force governmental that ultimately have a deliberations, decisions significant impact on and meetings out from my quality of life. the shade or the darkJames Madison, the ness and into the light. fourth president of the How appropriate is it United States, wrote then that Florida, known in 1822: “A popular as the “Sunshine State,” government without passed the first openEVA popular informameeting laws in 1967. tion or the means of Furthermore, it was the REY acquiring it, is but a late Gov. Lawton Chiles prologue to a farce (then a senator) who also or a tragedy or perhaps both. helped introduce Sunshine Law Knowledge will forever govern legislation into Congress, which ignorance, and a people who was signed into law by President mean to be their own governors, Gerald Ford in 1976. must arm themselves with the Accompanying the Sunshine power knowledge gives.” Laws is Chapter 119, Florida stat-

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utes, which governs the release and dissemination of public records. Anyone can request an agency’s public records and for any reason. These statutes impact governments throughout the state to include counties, cities, town, special districts, advisory committees, focus groups, selection committees and any other decision-making or recommending group that may discuss a policy or issue to come before a governing body. Florida’s laws provide for three basic meeting requirements: 1) meetings must be open and accessible to the public; 2) reasonable public notice must be given; and 3) minutes must be taken. However, what may surprise you is what constitutes a meeting. According to statute, a meeting is any gathering, whether formal or casual, involving two or more members of the same board, where a matter which will foreseeably come before the

board for action is being discussed. This includes any type of exchange between members including letters, phone/voicemail, text, chat, email, the use of an intermediary, internet discussion groups, etc. In other words, no communications regarding board business can take place outside of a public meeting. March 11-17 has been designated as national Sunshine Week. Scheduled to coincide with Madison’s birthday on March 16, Sunshine Week was launched in 2005 by the American Society of News Editors to “promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information.” Locally, Sunshine Week should be a reminder that it is our right and our responsibility to arm ourselves with the knowledge and power that was intended by our forefathers. Eva Rey is the executive director for Lakewood Ranch Town Hall.


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Former Braden River Elementary School media specialist Judith Leipiold is almost finished writing her biography on Hub Hubbell. ing. He entered his first rodeo in 1932 — agreeing to collect no pay if he won — just to try it. And from then on, Hubbell’s passion for the rodeo was unshakable. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Cavalry Corps. during World War II to avoid the draft, and while in Georgia, convinced his supervisors to let him work the cattle and care for the horses. There, he learned to make belts and do trick roping, as well. After four years of military service, Hubbell again headed back to the rodeo, drawn by the travel, the girls and the excitement. An avid rodeo promoter, Hubbell roped his wife, Eunice, on their first meeting and took her out for a piece of pie. The couple was

married on horseback in 1952 and developed a unique set of rodeo acts, including one in which Hubbell would shoot an apple off Eunice’s head, earning them a name as “The Shooting Hubbells.” Hubbell also became a wellknown bronc rider and horse trainer, training his horse Oakie, who appeared in two movies, to play “Mary had a Little Lamb” on a set of sleigh bells in the 1980s. At 89 years old, while recovering from a broken neck, he taught his pony, Silver, to paint. “He lived a long and very interesting exciting life,” Rosaire said. “I wasn’t quite done with him. (His death) is a real blow. He will definitely be missed by the entire community.” One of Hubbell’s last public

sands of thousands of people who are missing him. I have heard from people from almost every state.” Leipold said she has been contacted by Hubbell’s friends and fans, including a California resident named Michael Shapiro, who has watched Hubbell perform every year since he was 4 years old. Leipold, Rosaire and other friends are working together to finalize details of Hubbell’s funeral services. A Western-inspired viewing will be held from 2-4 p.m. March 11, at Toale Brothers Colonial Chapel, 40 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota. A visitation will be held from 5-6 p.m. March 12, at the Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, 7101 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota. A service will follow at 6 p.m. “He’s there guiding us, giving us great ideas. It’s going to be a heck of a send-off, for a heck of a guy.” Rosaire said she plans to build a viewing area at her business, Rosaire’s Riding Academy, for Hubbell’s 1800s chuck wagon, which he brought to the Sarasota County Fair and other venues, and other memorabilia. Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@yourobserver.com.

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performances occurred last fall, when he visited Braden River High School to share his tales with students who had been studying “A Land Remembered,” a book about Florida Crackers. “Hub’s life stories and memories gave students needed background knowledge to illustrate the book’s events,” said teacher Dr. Mary Thompson. “My students were impressed at his energy and were involved with the stories he shared. My students were interested and gracious when he was here, were engaged with his stories and asked good questions. … When the camera was focused on Hub or when the microphone was in his hand, he glowed with energy and enthusiasm.” Former Braden River Elementary School media specialist Judith Leipold began writing a book on Hubbell’s life in February 2011, after completing a children’s story based on him. Leipold said she is 95% complete with Hubbell’s biography. “I know when I finish this book, it’s because Hub is still with me, and we’re doing this together,” Leipold. “I miss him, but I know I’m only one of so many thou-

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• Directed a representative of MBS Capital Markets, LLC to proceed with the due diligence portion of a possible refinancing of the district’s 2002 bonds. • Voted unanimously to award a fiveyear auditing contract to McDirmit Davis & Co., at an annual cost of $4,500 for 2012 and $100 more per year for each year afterward. • Voted to move their first budget meeting forward to May 2. • Supervisors approved support of Stoneybrook’s third annual Earth Day event April 21.

Residents at the meeting continued to advocate for the golf course and CDD to work together toward an amiable solution as quickly as possible. “I would hope the CDD and the golf course can make every effort they can to settle this,” resident Tom Bakalar said. “If this going further, we’re really going to negatively impact this community and that’s unfortunate.” Lighthouse Cove Homeowners Association also has filed a lawsuit against the CDD, alleging homeowners are being improperly assessed. A motion to dismiss the case was slated for March 7, after the East County Observer went to press. Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@ yourobserver.com.

Jaudon works toward solutions At the March 1 Heritage Harbour South meeting, Supervisor Joseph Jaudon again raised concerns that issues in a petition of more than 200 residents still were not being addressed. Supervisors discussed six items. First, the petition stated the district should establish an official place of business within the CDD or close by, for CDD records, among other information. Chairman Lee Bettes suggested the district create a website. Supervisors directed community manager Jim Ward to proceed with the idea. Second, the petition asked that a new treasurer be designated and that checks are signed by the treasurer and by another person, as authorized by the board. Third, it asked for an oral treasurer’s report at each meeting to apprise the public and supervisors of ending balances of all CDD accounts. Ward currently signs checks on behalf of the district. Supervisors agreed to have Ward report

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Observer teams swing into action The Lakewood Ranch Little League and Miss Manatee Softball Observer teams both opened their spring seasons last month.

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LAKEWOOD RANCH —  Fifthgraders Brett Thoma and Anthony Marino huddled together as the news spread throughout the dugout. The two quickly processed the information before turning to their teammates, who were already busy talking over one another. It was the start of Lakewood Ranch Little League’s spring season, and the boys had just learned they were going to be playing for The Observer. “Our coach told us we were go-

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ing to be playing for The Observer, and then he told us about the paper,” Anthony said. “Everyone started talking to the person next to them.” “I was excited because we got to be in the newspaper,” Brett added. Across the ballpark, the Miss Manatee Softball spring season was preparing to get under way, and 9-year-old Izzy Rines couldn’t have been more excited. The Tara Elementary School third-grader spent three seasons playing T-ball before moving up

to 8U, and after spending much of the off-season working on her hitting, the first baseman and catcher couldn’t wait to take the field. And, if that wasn’t enough of an incentive, Izzy also learned she had been named to the MMS Observer Team. “I was very, very happy,” Izzy said. “I’ve only been in the newspaper one or two times, and I just thought it would be so cool to be in the newspaper, because every-

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Rankings have no meaning without wins When it comes to sports, or just about any type of competition, the driving force behind an individual or team’s success is ultimately its will to win. Teams strive to be best. They strive to sit alone atop the leaderboard. Sure, pure talent can go a long way, but it’s a team’s desire and passion to excel that determines where it will end up. JEN But what BLANCO happens if you’ve already been deemed one of the nation’s elite well before the season has even begun? The Braden River High basketball team was named one of the top teams in the state this season before losing a heartbreaker to Port St. Lucie in the regional quarterfinals. This past fall, the Lakewood Ranch High football team nearly upset the No. 2 team in the nation, proving that anyone can be the best on any given day. Lakewood tennis player Ashley Bongart is ranked 27th in the state of Florida’s U18 rankings, but she never would have known if someone hadn’t told her. “I don’t really look at them,” Bongart said. “I know what I am, but I’m not wrapped up in it.” Last season, the Braden River High softball team finished the season ranked No. 2 in the state and No. 6 in the nation, according to MaxPreps, after falling in the Class 4A state

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Barb Alexander fell in love with polo after her husband, George, began playing.

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Lakewood Ranch resident Barb Alexander will celebrate her 70th birthday playing polo March 10, at the Sarasota Polo Club. SARASOTA — Lakewood Ranch resident Barb Alexander isn’t afraid of a challenge. She actually thrives on competition. So it’s not all that surprising that for the past two decades, Alexander has been searching for the best female competition her sport has to offer. As the organizer for the Central Circuit Women’s Challenge, a women’s tournament she not only hosts but also in which she

competes, Alexander’s goal is to invite the country’s best female polo players —  making it even more difficult to compete. So when Alexander finished atop the podium one August afternoon several years ago, she reveled in the moment. “I’m very competitive, and I’m always a good host,” Alexander said. “I invite people in who can beat me, so I’m very proud of the moment when I won my own

tournament. I’ve since demoted myself to the lower bracket, because everyone is so much better (these days).” Now with her 70th birthday only days away, Alexander still hasn’t lost her competitive edge. On March 10, two days before her birthday, Alexander will once again saddle up and take to the arena where she will celebrate her 70th birthday playing the sport she loves.

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“I’m a competitive person,” Alexander said. “I like getting out there — I still get the urge.” Alexander, who plays arena polo three days a week at the Sarasota Polo Club, always had planned to play polo that day, but it wasn’t until her husband, George Alexander, mentioned her upcoming birthday to a friend that word began to spread. “It wasn’t a secret, but I wasn’t advertising it, either,” George Alexander said. Barb Alexander will either play alongside or against her husband this weekend, but no matter whether they are teammates or opponents, she’s happy knowing she’ll be playing polo surrounded by her family and friends. “I’m surprised I’m still doing

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COMMENT/PAGE 13A semifinals. They were among the nation’s best; but if given the opportunity all over again, I bet the Lady Pirates would be more than happy to give up their state and national rankings for another shot at a state championship. MaxPreps hasn’t released its softball rankings yet. But with an 8-1 record so far this season, it won’t be long before the Lady Pirates are once again being touted as one of the nation’s elite. Earlier this week, The Outof-Door Academy baseball team was ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 3A, according to MaxPreps, and with a perfect 7-0 record to start the season. But now, the question becomes just how much will that ranking really mean if the team doesn’t fulfill its ultimate goal of winning district and state championships? If I had to guess, I would say most teams would give it nothing more than an afterthought.

ALEXANDER/PAGE 13A it,” said Alexander, who has had a knee and a hip replaced. “I’m going to keep playing as long as my favorite horse (Cashmere) is around. She’s like riding a rocking horse.”

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A native of New Jersey, Alexander was 4 years old the first time she climbed onto a pony. She was visiting her grandfather in Nebraska, and as the oldest grandchild, Alexander had the privilege of going out for a pony ride.

one is going to see it. It’s just awesome.” The LRLL Observer Team officially opened its season Feb. 18, and the MMS Observer Team began its season the following week. Through four games this sea-

son, the LRLL Observer Team has had to adjust being the youngest team in the Majors division. “We are a young team with no Majors experience from last spring, LRLL Observer Team coach Todd Thoma said. “We’re playing against teams that have experienced players from last

year, so we are on a ally good team this learning curve. I exyear.” pected us to start slow Unlike other LRLL Observer and be a much-imteams in their diBrett Thoma proved team at the end vision, the MMS Tucker Smith of the season.” Observer Team has Bradley Lipsteuer The team has yet to a specific batting Jacob Eyre win a game this season, order — whoever Drake Theriot but the boys, who have is next in line at the Anthony Marino been playing together end of game bats Derek Marino for several seasons, first the next game. Andrew Sommer are confident that will In addition, the girls Zack Misiura change once they start also rotate positions Rory Atkins swinging the bats more. every 11 innings. Austin Jenkins “We’re the young“The girls have est team, so it’s kind of done great so far,” MMS Observer hard,” Brett said. “I just MMS Observer Isabelle Pettis want us to try and win Team coach Paul Izzy Rines at least two games. We Panik said. “The Bailey Jenkins just need to practice Charlotte Traugutt newer players are Miriam Traugutt hard and get better at learning the basics Nathalia Vega hitting.” and the more expeJoslyn Chapman On the other side, the rienced players are Julia Dodge MMS Observer Team reinforcing those Julia Thielen has started the season basics. (Overall) I Abby Panik off a perfect 2-0. With want everyone on Sophia Creneti a combination of both the team to have fun new and returning and become better players, the girls are adballplayers regardjusting to new roles on the field. less of their current skill set.” “So far, we’re doing good this Contact Jen Blanco at jblanco@ season,” Izzy said. “We have a re- yourobserver.com.

Alexander grew up around Western riding before turning her attention to English riding in the fourth grade. She joined the local equestrian team in high school, eventually making the A team, and also started giving riding lessons. She then went on to study theater at Northwestern University, but her passion for riding never ceased. “I took riding for gym class,” Alexander said. Alexander, an actress, first became interested in polo in the 1970s, after hearing some of her fellow cast members talking

about the sport, but at the time there were no female polo players. So Alexander, who was showing hunter jumper horses, decided to buy her husband a polo lesson. It was the best $10 she ever spent. Alexander began spending time playing what she called “hit and giggle” polo. A group of women, who called themselves the Happy Hookers, got together and started hitting a few balls around. The women didn’t have equipment and wore their equestrian uniforms to play. “The news came out to talk to us, because it was something new

and unique,” Alexander said. “We eventually made up our own ratings with trophies.” Alexander began taking the sport seriously in the 1980s. In 1986, she and her husband opened Blackberry Polo Club in Batavia, Ill., which the couple still owns today. A year later, Alexander began playing in tournaments with the U.S. Polo Association. Last July, Alexander was the lone female to compete in the Polo Training Foundation’s tournament for seniors, ages 50 and up, which she and her team won. “My name is on the trophy

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more than anyone else’s,” Alexander said. “The trophy makes the rounds all over the country.” In addition to playing polo, Alexander also still performs on stage and in commercials. This summer, she’ll portray both a 9-year-old girl and a 70-year-old woman during the Old Time Radio Convention in Cincinnati. She also enjoys riding her bike, dancing, taking Pilates classes and traveling with her family. “You’ve got to keep it moving,” Alexander said. Contact Jen Blanco at jblanco@ yourobserver.com.

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What’s it been like now that you finally hit your first homerun of the season? I’m more relaxed now when I come up to the plate. At the beginning of the season I (struggled) a little bit. Since I committed, I didn’t want to look bad. I’ve put in a lot of extra work. How did you get into softball? My parents are really big into sports, and my granddad played baseball.

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Fiddler Greg Rohr entertained guests with his lively musical performance.

Annette Nelson and her children, Charlie, 9, Lucas, 9 and Grace, 11, were visiting from Massachusetts.

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Six-year-old Parker Rose Haught had a blast riding all of the rides.

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Pirates invade Sarasota Polo Club Pirates from throughout the area docked their ships and made their way inland for the Wayne Brown 8 Goal Tournament March 4, at the Sarasota Polo Club. The tailgate contest’s theme, sponsored by the American Red Cross, was “Pirates at Polo.” Judy Hanson, Sandy Meredith and Abbie Lomason

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Fourth-graders Malory Wilson, Heaven Bazo, Maddison Spencer, Abigail Widunas and Aracely Alcantar had a blast listening to the music.

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Fashion show hits all the right notes

Anka Dierbach, Karin McLoughlin, Anna McBride, Annelie Gustke, Ulla Heitmann and Ingril Holzberg are all German.

Opera enthusiasts enjoyed an afternoon of fashion and fare as the Bradenton Opera Guild hosted a fashion show and luncheon fundraiser Feb. 29, at the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club. Guests enjoyed seeing fashions from Irene’s Resort Wear.

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Timothy Ball, Andrew Dodge, Jesse Kanipe and Austin Haley checked out professions involving mechanics and cars.

Lakewood Ranch students ponder future at college fair Representatives from area colleges and businesses gave East County high school students some insight into their future during Lakewood Ranch High School’s College and Career Fair. The fair featured a variety of booths and information.

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Diane Salter and Corey Adams are juniors. Right: Seniors Casey Henshaw, Jessica Zimmerman, Alexandra Shepard and Melanie Baten hunted for scholarship opportunities.

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Chabad of Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch hosted its annual Gala Cocktail Evening and Auction event Feb. 29, at The Polo Grill and Bar’s Fête Ballroom Festivities included heavyhors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, cocktails and a raffle prize drawing.

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Viking cuisine, cruises meet on Ranch Main Street Select travel enthusiasts gathered as Main Street Travel joined forces with Viking Culinary and Viking River Cruises for the Viking Meets Viking Feb. 29, at the Viking Culinary Center on Lakewood Ranch Main Street. Attendees enjoyed sampling foods and wines from around the world that are served on Viking River Cruises’ stateof-the-art vessels.

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Ranch rolls out red carpet for volunteers

Bonnie Sidiski, Lakewood Ranch Town Hall Executive Director Eva Rey, David Kostura and Maribeth Phillips thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon.

Calico’s Spring Sale

Nearly 180 Lakewood Ranch residents were recognized for their commitment and dedication to Lakewood Ranch Town Hall during the annual Volunteer Wing Ding March 3, at The Sarasota Polo Club. Guests enjoyed lunch, musical entertainment and dancing on the red carpet.

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Lakewood Ranch Country Club home tops weekly sales The following residential real estate transactions took place between Feb. 20 and Feb. 24. Two homes in the Country Club of Lakewood Ranch top all transactions in this week’s real estate. John and Joanne Zarrella sold their home at 13605 Legends Walk Terrace to Scott and Laura Richards, of Hinsdale, Ill., for $900,000. Built in 2003, it has four bedrooms, three-and-one-half baths, a pool and 4,304 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,349,600 in 2004. Thomas and Lisa Kess, of Westlake, Ohio, sold their home at 13412 Blythefield Terrace to Judith Lemieur and Lawrence Lemieur, trustees, for $790,000. Built in 2006, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,724 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,399,000 in 2006.

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Richard Fisher and Deborah Fisher sold their home at 7020 197th St. E. to Douglas and Lynne Pewterbaugh, of Denton, Texas, for $505,000. Built in 2004, it has six s s llow e pi rdine 2 fren of sase of a a a c h & a h purc or set wit matt

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Leonard and Mary Major, Bradenton, sold their home at 4754 Mainsail Drive to James and Babette Pachence, Bradenton, for $550,000. Built in 2004, it has three bedrooms, two-and-one-half baths, a pool and 2,791 square feet of living area.

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Richard and Carol Farrington, of Noblesville, Ind., sold their home at 14809 17th Ave. E. to Michael and Caroline Cox, Bradenton, for $451,500. Built in 2006, it has three bedrooms, three-and-one-half baths, a pool and 2,649 square feet of living area.

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Salvatore and Leslie Panico, of Lattingtown, N.Y., sold their home at 8702 54th Ave. E. to Reiner and Monica Gunther, Bradenton, for $435,000. Built in 1993, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,618 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $425,000 in 2003.

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Richard and Edythe White, trustees, Bradenton, sold the home at 406 169th Court N.E. to Dale and Elizabeth Mason, Bradenton, for $425,000. Built in 2005, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,828 square feet of living area.

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Bank of America, N.A., sold the home at 7020 Whitemarsh Circle to Alexander Vecchione and Annette Vecchione, trustees, of Commack, N.Y., for $336,500. Built in 2001, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 2,084 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $400,000 in 2004.

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Betty Sullivan, of Tallmadge, Ohio, sold her Unit 5A condominium at 5612 Country Club Way to Jonathan and Joanne Ralph, of Ontario, Canada, for $255,000. Built in 1989, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,872 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $161,900 in 1995.

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Federal National Mortgage Association sold the home at 11004 Star Rush Place to Jordan and Maureen Finley, Lakewood Ranch, for $229,900. Built in 2000, it has four bedrooms, two baths and 2,143 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $192,500 in 2000.

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TemperatureS

Temps. High 77 Sun., Feb. 26 Mon., Feb. 27 85 84 Tues., Feb. 28 84 Wed., Feb. 29 81 Thurs., March 1 83 Fri., March 2 Sat., March 3 83 Average Gulf water temperature: 65.2

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RAINFALL Manatee/Sarasota Sun., Feb. 26 0.00 0.00 Mon., Feb. 27 Tues., Feb. 28 0.00 0.00 Wed., Feb. 29 Thurs., March 1 0.00 0.00 Fri., March 2 Sat., March 3 0.00 Year-to-date: 2012 3.08 in

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WATERLEFE COMMUNITY Sale. Huge 30 family sale! Saturday, March 10, 8a.m. - 2p.m. 10625 Waterlefe Blvd., Bradenton 34212. Rain date 3/11. GARAGE SALE: Saturday, March 10th, 8a.m.2p.m. 11114 Bullrush Ter., LWR. Fishing, tools, Razor scooter, beanies, golf, speakers, computer stuff, nutcrackers, small tables, vintage items. HUGE GARAGE SALE! Saturday, March 10th, 8a.m.-2p.m. Rain Date March 11th. Lakewood Ranch Communities of Riverwalk, Summerfield and Greenbrook. East off I-75 and SR70. Look for posted signs at community and neighborhood entrances on Lakewood Ranch Blvd. and Greenbrook Blvd.

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

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“FIX IT - DON’T REPLACE� SPECIAL - $75 – $100 PER DOOR Call Mark 941-928-2263 proslidingglassdoorrepair.com

SOLD

ELECTRIC

75449

3204 Gulf Gate Dr., Sarasota (Across from the Library)

FIND IT!

Pet Services DOGGY HOTEL. 24 Hour Daycare. Brown Avenue near Bee Ridge and 41 behind Sleep King (new owner). First day FREE. Grooming by Mark. Meet and greet and get a treat. 941-554-4620.

SALES & SERVICE NEW & REFURBISHED NETWORKING DSL AND CABLE SETUPS TRAINING BACKUP & RECOVERY SETUP, INSTALL, UPGRADE AFFORDABLE RATES

License # EC13001486

CALL FOR FREE ESTIMATE 726-1802 LIC/ INS

BONDED & INSURED Over 25 yrs. experience

PC & LAPTOP REPAIR

VIRUS & SPYWARE EXPERTS! LAPTOP REPAIR SPECIALISTS

20 YRS. EXPERIENCE

As low as $15 for 1 week! Get a discount when you run your ad in more than one Observer.

COMPUTER

On Site or In Shop

PROFESSIONAL TILE & MARBLE INSTALLATION

Bill Paying & Account Reconciliation Organizing Personal and Business Files Budgets & Financial Reports Federal and State Tax Returns

GARAGE SALE

K AND C Painting. A women's Touch All facets of interior / exterior painting. 941-544-8658. PAINTING BY Retired Firefighter. 30 yrs experience. Small interior jobs only. Free estimates. Call Jack 330-620-4558.

STEVE ALLEN FLOOR COVERINGS I come to your home or office.

77245

Landscaping & Lawn Service

Tile

Personal & Business Bookkeeping Accounting/ Taxes

69127

ATTENTION SNOWBIRDS. Retired police officer will take care of house and pool while you are away. Call Greg, 941-388-8834.

YOUR PERSONAL BOOKKEEPER, LLC Gail Sunray, Owner

62408

Home Services

Pools WEEKLY POOL SERVICE FROM $59 - FREE ESTIMATES. Licensed, uniformed, qualified technicians. Guaranteed same day weekly service. Call Blissful Pools, 941-705-0400.

77246

R.J. DAVIS WHOLESALE FLOORING, LLC. 20 Years Licensed and Insured. 941-586-8996.

CARLO DATTILO PAINTING. Licensed & insured. Interior/ Exterior painting including drywall repair and retexturing. Wallpaper installation & removal, pressure washing. Residential & commercial, condos. Honest & reliable. Free estimates. 941-744-1020. 35+ years experience.

Personal Services

941-779-3665 /LFHQVHG ,QVXUHG

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77631

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

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BETH BARNETT “East County’s #1 Agent!�

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“Will move anything from a couch to a household�

LOCAL - LONG DISTANCE FREE ESTIMATES

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Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cut (Excl. Kids Cut) Exp. May 1st

SCREENING

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cracked tile? 75458

Luxury Home Professionals Over 16 Years in Lakewood Ranch Area

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Team That Sellsâ&#x20AC;?

PEST CONTROL

Rita Ferrell

Harold Lasky

941-780-3579

BUG BUSTERS

941-780-8514

Rita@Ferrell-Lasky-Team.com

GROUT RESTORATION HOLLOW TILES FILLED REASONABLE FLAT RATES

(941) 545-6816

www.crackedtile.com

76522

77234

Fully Licensed and Insured

Ask us about Superscreen Rescreening pool cages, lanais, etc.

75459

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KK Painting and Handyman Services

75424

75979

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PAINTING

LICENSED

5 OFF

Rental agent on staff

We sell boxes! U.S. DOT No. 1915800

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Any Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s or

Hours: Monday-Saturday 9am-7pm

www.thesodagroup.com

359-1904

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Corner of Lorraine Rd. & SR70 (next to Dunkinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Donuts)

76906

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#1Real Estate Group

941-758-6868

Lakewood Ranch Hair Salon

24 hours

The Soda Group

14465 SR 70 E Lorraine Corner Bradenton, FL 34202

(free Shellac)

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Call 924-9000 *A/H 730-0130

www.realtor.com/sarasota/bethbarnett

Nails by Heather

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For listing your house, call BETH for proven results!!

77247

Phone (941) 704-4278 Fax (941) 538-3781 dmccarthy114@hotmail.com

75563

Operator/Owner

DRAIN CLEANING

ROOFING

REALTORS

Dave McCarthy

Dave McCarthy

PROS

400-4864

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DRAIN

ALL PLUMBING REPAIR

All Work Warranted

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LIC# CFC1427462

77142

A Full Service Company George Grigsby Mulch/Rock, Trimming, Owner Irrigation, Etc.

Residential

South Florida Tub & Tile ReďŹ nishing

77412

941-755-6300

Sarasota.MrRooter.com

YourObserver.com

77252

LAWN CARE

grigsbyslawncare@gmail.com

Classifieds 19B 19B

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Do It Yourself Pest Control

7/2+3 &/2Ă´9/5

All Professional Products

TREES

Better Job â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Better Protection Save Up to 80% Over Pest Control Co.

NATIVE CUT TREE SERVICE

76554

Insects, Termites & Lawn Products

We sell the professional TH3T7 "RADENTONs.EXTTO,OWESs 746-6654 75456

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PET SERVICES

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No extra cost for digging!

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Cindy Wells 941-322-6381 941-928-2168

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77143

WINDOWS

75974

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Licensed & Insured

Residential & Commercial

COUNTRY CANINE MAKEOVERS DOG GROOMING Located off of SR 70 E. 1 mile North on Verna Bethany Rd. 7804 Barr Road Myakka City, FL 34251

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A Wealth of Experience. No One Knows the Community Better. Prudential is your top choice when you are ready to buy or sell a home. Our award-winning local Realtors have the experience and expertise to guide you, and they consistently deliver premier service that caters to every client’s unique needs. Locally owned and internationally renowned, Prudential is proud to contribute to the natural beauty, cultural events and extraordinary people that make this community a great place to live. Call us today and let us match you with the house in the area that perfectly suits your definition of home.

$239,900 Lakewood Ranch Deluxe Condo 3/2 w/1916SF, Gated, Elevator, preserve views + 2 Car Garage! A3956319 Denny King 807-2572 Just

ced! Redu

$379,000 Palmetto Over 3 acres of land, oak trees, One of a kind cozy home! M5826403 Ellen Quinn 504-0595 00 $50,0 ion! ct Redu

Personalized Service. Trusted Agents $569,000 Lakewood Ranch Country Club Finest Florida living! Gourmet kitchen. 3472SF, Htd pool/spa. A3946920 Pat McMillan 544-4538

$549,000 North Ringling Area, West of the Trail Flair, uniqueness & personality like no other home! A3946877 Harold Lasky 780-8514

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$350,000 East Sarasota 20+ Acre Parcel Minutes from town. Build 5 acre homesites or possible rezone. A3923368 586-4052

$159,900 Woodlake Villas 3/2, Lake/Preserve views, Comm. Pool + 2 car garage. A3956442 Pam Baker 544-7943

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$820,000 Lakewood Ranch Country Club Village Simply Stunning! 6BR/4BA, study & bonus, 16th fairway on Kings Dune Course. A39541841 Katie Klomp 400-4826 n Millio $1.7 ction u d Re

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$189,900 Kingsfield Lakess $2,995,000 Legends Bay Gourmet kitchen, 3 car garage, lake views, 3/2 + den. Bay views, Waterfront masterpiece, Never lived in! A3955188 Cher Pujol 504-5902 A3937779 Pat McMillan 544-4538

$1,900,000 1 acre directly on Gulf, 100ft of beachfront. A379491

Longboat Key Owner/agent 586-4052

Prudential Lakewood Ranch Realty and Prudential Palms Realty are sister companies serving Manatee and Sarasota Counties. © 2012. An independently owned and operated member of Prudential Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. Prudential, the Prudential logo and the Rock symbol are service marks of Prudential Financial, Inc. and its related entities, registered in many jurisdictions worldwide. Used under license. Equal Housing Opportunity

 

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