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Ballet dancers try Siesta Key Chamber takes out new positions — care of business. as choreographers. PAGE 1B INSIDE

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by Kurt Schultheis | City Editor

+ Out-of-Door’s savvy scientist wins fair Brittany Wenger, a junior at The Out-of-Door Academy, has come out of this year’s Sarasota Regional Science, Engineering & Technology Fair with a plethora of awards and honors. Wenger was the first overall winner at the fair, walking away with the Dr. Carl Luer Annual Award in Biological Sciences. She also won the Dart Foundation Award for Medicine & Health, the Intel Excellence in Computer Science Award, and more. She will represent Sarasota County in the International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh for the third year.

By Kurt Schultheis | City Editor

Family will sue Sheriff’s Office

+ Riverview High will rock you! Have a love for Freddie Mercury? Still feel like a champ when you hear “We Are The Champions?” Get your Queen fix while listening to The Bohemian Rhapsody Orchestra starting 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Riverview Performing Arts Center. The Bohemian Rhapsody Orchestra will perform “Celebrating Queen,” featuring the best of the rock band. The Riverview High School Choir, which includes over 130 students, will join the orchestra for the finale, which will include the classic Queen anthem, “Bohemian Rhapsody.” “If you like to rock out to the music of Queen and help support a great choral program, buy a ticket,” said David Verdoni, Riverview High School’s choral director. The RHS choir program will receive a portion of the ticket sales. The concert is a one-time-only performance. Cost is $25. Tickets can be purchased at the school, from any RHS choir student, online at everybodysingsproject.org or at the door.

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Diane Eduardo, sister of Donna Chen, said a forthcoming lawsuit against the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is not about damages but rather accountability.

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Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson visited the Sarasota Observer and Pelican Press office Monday to discuss how the city of Louisville and Jefferson County consolidated in 2000.

Merger Mayor Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson said combining city and county governments spurred private job growth. “Metropolitanism is where this country is,” says Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson. When it comes to attracting and adding new jobs, Abramson says, cities, counties and state governments are 19th century organizations trying to solve 21stcentury problems. Abramson spent four days in Sarasota this week, a guest of the Sarasota-based Argus Foundation. He visited with business owners and executives and municipal and county elected officials from Sarasota to North Port and spoke about how Jefferson County and Louisville, Ky. — the city for which he served as its elected mayor 15 years — consolidated into one entity in 2000. The consolidation saved tax-

payers millions of dollars and made local government more efficient, but, more important, Abramson said, it brought a metropolitan area of 750,000 together to move in one direction rather than have city and county governments fighting at cross purposes. And it created an atmosphere where political leaders began thinking and acting for regional economic growth, rather than for parochial interests. Abramson spoke Wednesday morning at an Argus-sponsored breakfast at the Sarasota Yacht Club before roughly 70 people. He told them about a consolidation process that first surfaced in 1947 and had three failed voter referenda before voters finally approved consolidation.

On Tuesday, he visited the Sarasota and Pelican Press office and explained how Louisville and Jefferson County came together and the benefits that followed. “In the past, our city and county blamed decisions made on each other,” Abramson said. “Now there’s more accountability and residents know and have more faith in their elected officials.” By combining the city and county governments to create a new metro government, Louisville instantly became one of the nation’s top 20 cities. The city’s population ballooned from 256,000 residents to 694,000

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In the past, our city and county blamed decisions made on each other. Now there’s more accountability and residents know and have more faith in their elected officials. — Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson

The family of Donna Chen, who was killed in early January on Siesta Key by an allegedly drunken driver, announced Wednesday it will notify the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office of its intent to file a lawsuit against the agency in an attempt to seek damages for negligent actions resulting in her death.  The Sarasota-based Mallard Law Firm, which represents the Chen family, announced the decision Wednesday via a press release. “We believe the actions of the deputies were negligent and careless by directing these gentlemen to drive home under the influence, and, unfortunately, at the cost of my client’s life,” said lead attorney Damian Mallard. On Jan. 7, an allegedly drunken driver hit Donna Chen while she was jogging and dragged to her death. The driver was Blake Talman, according to a police report. Talman, along with two others, had earlier been confronted by police officers while drinking on the beach. Officers allegedly instructed the gentlemen to “go home or go to jail.”  The release states the deputies created a “zone of risk of injury” by directing an obviously intoxicated Talman, who was holding car keys, to leave the beach or be arrested. The police report also states Talman failed to stop at an intersection, hit a vehicle and then fled the scene of that accident, where he lost control of the vehicle and struck Donna Chen.

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ABRAMSON / FROM 1A residents and realized taxpayer savings of $700,000 immediately and $9.61 million overall once all consolidations were complete (see sidebar on YourObserver.com). A 20% reduction in government employees also resulted from the consolidation — although Abramson also noted it resulted in 100 new police officers put on the streets. Consolidation didn’t come easily. Louisville voters first rejected the idea in 1947. A half-century later, the idea boiled up again, urged on by Louisville’s business community and frustrations over seeing Indianapolis and Nashville, each two hours away, attracting more jobs. But voters rejected consolidation again in 1982, by 2,000 votes. Thinking they were close, the consolidation advocates brought back the idea in 1983. But that year, the idea lost by 6,000 votes. In 1985, newly elected Mayor Abramson and County Executive Harvey Sloane (an elected official position in Kentucky) decided on an interium course. They created a new compact that was adopted for 12 years and acted as the catalyst for eventual consolidation in 2000. That compact agreed to the following: •  To cease a long-suffering debate between city and county officials over a 1.25% earnings tax on business payrolls. All new earnings taxes after 1986 were pooled and divided between the city and the county according to an agreedupon formula. This meant that even if the city landed a new business downtown, the county would benefit from the business tax — and vice versa. “From that day forward no one bickered over where a busi-

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ness went because it helped everyone no matter where it went,” Abramson said. • The city agreed to cease all annexation attempts for the life of the compact. • Eight city-county agencies were reassigned to city or county government for policy direction and funding. All the while, Abramson and Sloane worked together on crafting a new approach at consolidation. The consolidation was hashed out through a series of 26 one-on-one meetings and then numerous public meetings with elected officials. During the compact, the city and county still each had a CEO, separate boards of directors and two agendas for a community just seeking one agenda. Working with business leaders, who pooled together a $1 million consolidation campaign in 1998, a simpler proposal for merger was proposed. Voters approved it by a 54%-46% margin. But the consolidation was a tough sell to members of city and county councilmen, who strongly opposed the effort. In contrast, all of the city’s previous mayors and county executives supported the effort. The consolidation that won approval called for the executive and legislative branches of Louisville and Jefferson County to be merged. It stated no taxes would be raised or lowered. Also, the area’s 94 suburban cities and 21 suburban fire districts would be left intact, although some chose to consolidate later on. The consolidation also guaranteed five of the 26 seats on the newly formed Louisville Metro Council to African-American representatives. “It’s worked out exceptionally

well for our citizens,” Abramson said. “Councilmen are reflective of what their citizens want.” Previously, Abramson said, city and county boards and departments weren’t working as well as they should because there were two executives and two legislative branches that often had conflicting ideas of fiscal and policy direction. Abramson said there were no union negotiation problems involving the merger because all employees were brought into another union. “We discovered we are better together than we are fighting each other,” Abramson said. Abramson said the driving force behind Louisville’s consolidation effort was the business community. “Now we have one regional chamber of commerce and regional economic development effort that works together for the good of the entire region,” Abramson said. “We realize what we did wrong in the past and how we want to be moving forward.” Sarasota City Commissioner Shannon Snyder, who heard Abramson talk about the consolidation at a special city workshop with his fellow commissioners Tuesday, said Abramson’s visit was interesting and important to hear. While Abramson noted Louisville didn’t merge because of a financial crisis, Snyder pointed out he thinks that’s going to be the case in Sarasota. “I think our financial position is so desperate, it’s not a matter of if and when we merge with the county, but when and how,” Snyder said. “Everyone in Sarasota has to grasp the seriousness of our situation, go to neutral corners, take a deep breath and figure out how to make this happen.”

Sample of Savings The following savings/improved services were made immediately when the city of Louisville and Jefferson County, Ky., consolidated in 2000: Savings • Consolidated Internet service — $10,000 • Lower octane gas in police cars — $100,000 • Executive branch salary reductions — $700,000 • Consolidated banking services — $800,000 • City/county property inventory reduction — $2 million • Vehicle fleet reform/reductions — $6 million • Total savings — $9,610,000 * The county also went on to attain a higher credit rating once the merger was completed

Sample of Improved Services • More than 100 extra police officers were made available • Business development in underserved areas • Suburban cities shared in metro purchasing • Community-wide information service made available 24/7 • Mosquito control rose from 12 to 200 employees at no additional cost • A $70 million public safety emergency communications network was created Organizational Improvements • Performance Management System created • Overhaul of Financial Management System • New online Management Information System created • Improved system for collective bargaining • Hundreds of ‘Best Practices’ Improvements Department Mergers • Air Pollution Control • Crime Commission • Disaster and Emergency Services • Human Relations Commission • Libraries • Parks & Recreation • Planning & Zoning • Health Department • Purchasing Department • Tax Collection • Waterfront Development

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SKA scrambles to block groins A plan to stabilize Longboat Pass has some Sarasota residents fretting about their shores. The Siesta Key Association wants to make sure planners practice safe sand protection.

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Hunter Rollins has raised more than $3,000 in his quest to save the Sarasota Youth Sailing Program.

Siesta community rallies around sailing program Eleven-year-old Hunter Rollins is determined to raise money to keep the Sarasota Youth Sailing Program afloat. Although 11-year-old Siesta Key resident Hunter Rollins only joined the Sarasota Youth Sailing Program last summer, he couldn’t imagine his life without sailing. So when his mother told him the program might not have enough funding to keep the program going, he refused to let that happen. “He said, ‘Me? Not sailing? No, we’re going to raise the money,’” said his mother, Lisa Rollins. “I saw something click. He just had this sudden drive and determination.” Over the course of the next few days, Hunter and his mother made their way to several Siesta Key businesses, where Hunter explained the situation and asked for donations to keep the program afloat. Within a few hours, Hunter had raised $1,200 in donations and raffle items, and the generosity continued to pour in. Hunter’s current grand total is $3,100, and he hopes to have raised $5,000 for the program when everything is said and done.

An inspiration to all

Hunter joined the Sarasota Youth Sailing Program’s Green Fleet last summer at the suggestion of his grandfather, who thought he would enjoy trying something new. “At first, I thought sailing sounded boring,” Hunter said. But, he quickly fell in love with the sport and says he loves being out on the water, learning every aspect of sailing. “You learn everything from math to geography. You have to be really precise.” “By the end of the third day, he said thought it was awesome, so we signed him up for the fall,” said his mother, Lisa. Hunter currently sails optis in the Green Fleet, where most young sailors typically start, but

his coach, Karen Tone, says he’s learning quickly. “He’s doing great,” she said. “He’s very motivated, he’s learning pretty fast, and he’s moving up through the ranks.” Tone says financial worries aren’t uncommon in the sailing world, and that with the high cost of equipment, everyone is struggling to raise money. She was happy to hear that Hunter was having so much success raising money for the program, and says his determination has been contagious. “When someone gets the ball rolling like that, it really helps,” said Tone. “A lot of the kids are raising money now. If Hunter can do it, they feel like they can do it, too. He’s definitely inspiring to everybody.”

On a mission

Hunter’s first stop on his quest to save the program was the Key Spa and Salon near the island’s south bridge. Shortly after their conversation, Hunter and his mother went to the salon to get him a haircut, and he decided to pitch his proposal to his regular hairdresser, Lisa Bouillerce. “He’s just a charming little boy who has a way of speaking to pretty much anyone,” Bouillerce said. “He has a way of showing his enthusiasm and making you get excited for him.” Bouillerce agreed to donate a free haircut as a raffle prize, and from there, Hunter was inspired to present the idea to more businesses around the Key. Despite his young age, Hunter has a polite, mature demeanor well beyond his years — a trait that many of the business owners immediately responded to. Mason Tush, of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, remembers being impressed by Hunter’s confi-

dence and manners. “He was probably the nicest, most well-spoken kid I’ve ever seen for his age,” Tush said. “He was really passionate and well spoken. The way he presented it, I don’t think anyone was going to say no to him.” After listening to Hunter’s pitch, CB’s agreed to donate a half-day rental of a 19-foot runabout boat. “I know what it’s like to try to raise money,” said Tush. “It’s hard, and it takes a lot of work, so we try to do our part to help, especially if it’s for a good cause.” Mary Hoff, owner of Sarasota Wind and Water Adventures, agrees that Hunter’s personality made an immediate impression, and as a result, she opted to be his first sponsor. “He was polite,” Hoff said. “He introduced himself and shook my hand, and he was very enthusiastic about sailing. Anything to do with the water, I’m a sucker for.” Being a lifelong fan of water sports, Hoff was happy to help, and she believes the sailing program is a great activity for kids to be involved in. “When you believe in something it’s a lot easier to pitch it,” she said. “He loves sailing, and his enthusiasm was contagious.” The Sarasota Youth Sailing Program will continue its fundraising at the 2012 Sailfest Regatta on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6, and Lisa Rollins says she hopes the wide variety of donated items will encourage people to return to the regatta next year. Hunter says he’s grateful for all the support he’s received and is excited to continue participating in the sport he loves. “Never give up on what you want,” he said. “If you really want something, don’t quit.”

As plans to stabilize Longboat Pass and renourish northern Longboat Key beaches await state approval, members of the Siesta Key Association are looking for support to block them. The organization has found a savior in Manatee County Commissioner Joe McClash but faces opposition from the town of Longboat Key and Manatee County, as well as research from several organizations. And an April 27 meeting of inlet project stakeholders with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection could unlock state funding, making a defense strategy for SKA improbable. Peter van Roekens, vice president of the Siesta Key Association and founder of the Sarasota Boaters Coalition, said three groins included in the Longboat Key Inlet Management plan threaten to set the flow of Big Pass askew and possibly accelerate erosion of Lido and Siesta beaches. “People want to put groins in, but they’re very dangerous,” he said. “There are always unintended consequences.” The intended consequences are to trap sand drawn southward slowing sediment displacement. The problem, van Roekens said, is beaches further south don’t receive natural sand accumulation — taking one region’s erosion woes and passing them on. The West Coast Inlet Navigation District, which helps plan and implement waterway projects, approved and endorsed the plan. It also is backed by research conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Coastal Planning & Engineering Inc. A deeper concern for SKA is that an approval could fasttrack plans being floated by the city of Sarasota and the Corps of Engineers for Lido renourishment. Big Pass and New Pass are the two inlets that are being considered for dredging, further amplifying potential negative consequences for Siesta Key. Sarasota County Commissioner Nora Patterson, who also serves as the treasurer of

WCIND, said the Corps of Engineers is studying the effects of potential dredging on the two inlets. However, she said Longboat’s inlet project will have little bearing on the study or solutions suggested for that potential project. “These groins don’t look like they will damage Lido,” she said. Two sand traps cut for dredging Longboat Pass also are included in the plan, under the supervision of WCIND. They could yield about 90,000-cubic-yards of sand to renourish Longboat beaches, according to an April 2 permit filed by the organization. The Manatee County commission voted 6-1 in favor of the inlet management plan March 27, with one dissenting vote coming McClash. Van Roekens and McClash have been coordinating an effort to raise public awareness about the project, which also has the support of Longboat Key commissioners. A Feb. 10 correspondence between Manatee Deputy County Attorney Rodney Wade and McClash explored questions about the deed binding Beer Can Island to the county. One of the restrictions outlined in the document is that the property be kept in its “natural state” and that “no man-made alterations or structures shall be constructed or placed on the property.” The terminal groin bound for the island could be a violation, the letter stated. McClash also has petitioned the Corps of Engineers for a public hearing on the inletmanagement plan and an environmental-impact statement to comply with the National Environmental Protection Act, due to its use of federal funds. Laird Wreford, the coastal resources manager for Sarasota County, said conflict over beach renourishment is inevitable and will likely continue as Big Pass and New Pass are considered for a similar project on Lido Key. “In the end, one man’s accumulation of sand is another man’s depletion of sand,” Wreford said.

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+ Florida Power and Light to begin tree maintenance Florida Power and Light will begin its scheduled tree trimming along the lateral circuit at the north end of Siesta Key around Wednesday, May 2, through its contractor, Asplundh Expert Tree Co. The trimming will continue at the main feeder along Higel Avenue and Givens Street around Monday, May 14. The other main feeder, which services the Village, will be trimmed around Monday, May 21. Residents who own trees that will need to be trimmed will be notified in person or by door card.

 Citizen Tax Oversight Committee — 3 p.m. Thursday, April 26, Sarasota County Administration Center, Fourth Floor Office of Financial Planning Conference Room, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota.  Alta Vista Neighborhood Association Meeting — 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, Concordia Lutheran Church, 2185 Wood St., Sarasota.  Joint Sarasota County Commission and Manatee County Commission Meeting — 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, Manatee Public Safety Center, 2101 47th Terrace E., Bradenton.  Sarasota County Commission Budget Workshop — 9 a.m. Monday, May 7, Sarasota County Administration Center, Third Floor Think Tank Room, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota.  Sarasota City Commission Special Meeting — 3 p.m. Friday, May 4, City Hall, Commission Chamber, 1565 First St., Sarasota.

+ Lido Beach in running for best restored beach Lido Beach, the 2009 winner of the Best Restored Beach Award, is vying to become the Best of the Best Restored Beaches and Sarasota residents are being encouraged to vote for their local beach online. The public is invited to participate in a poll to help the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association identify the Best of the Restored Beaches in the United States. Residents can vote for Lido Beach through Friday. Lido Beach is listed in the category “Urban Beaches.” To vote for Lido Beach, go to http://asbpa.org and click on the Best Restored Beaches link in the top left corner of the website.

+ Auditor and Clerk fraud policy draft raises concern Sarasota City Auditor and Clerk Pamela Nadalini has drafted a proposed anti-fraud policy for City Hall employees that would allow her department to search employee

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desks, storage areas, computers and employee equipment. The policy, which she drafted in the wake of an information technology computer investigation scandal that led to former City Manager Bob Bartolotta’s resignation, could violate the rights of employees, according to city attorney Bob Fournier. The Sarasota City Commission must approve the proposed policy, which Nadalini wants to put on a future agenda for discussion.

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David Mahler, head of ODA, says the decision to move the sixth graders to the Uihlein Campus, which came about two years ago, will be an added value to the middle school program. “The sixth-grade students will be able to experience additional elements of the program in academics, athletics and the arts,” Mahler said. “I think this strategic move will enhance education overall.” Mahler says more than $10 million has been invested in new facilities at the Uihlein Campus in the past two years, and now the students will be able to take advantage of the new labs, classrooms and faculty. The first step in preparing for the transition was to create a new leadership position. Bruce Lotta was named head of the middle school, where he’s had a year to plan for the change. Lotta says his goal is for people to be able to look back at middle school as some of the fondest memories in their lives. “Fortunately, we’re in a position of strength,” he says. “We have a great team that cares about the kids. Now, we just have to think of what exactly it is that middle school should be.”

With The Out-of-Door Academy middle-school campus expanding to include sixth-graders, two Lower School classes participate in a graduation tradition dating back to the 1930s. As part of a tradition dating back to 1933, graduating sixth-graders at the Out-of-Door Academy’s lower school on Siesta Key create decorative stepping stones to leave behind. Next year they move on to the Uihlein Middle School campus in Lakewood Ranch. This year, however, the tradition will have even greater significance. Both the fifth- and sixth-grade classes will be graduating this year, as the Uihlein Campus expands to include sixthgrade students, which means there will be two sets of stepping stones. These decorative stones, which are displayed throughout the Lower School campus, are one of the school’s oldest traditions. They serve as a visual history of the school’s alumni. The tradition started after a visit by ODA students to the Thomas Edison Estate, in Fort Myers. Students were inspired by Edison’s walkway, which was composed of stones engraved by his friends and guests. They decided to incorporate the tradition into their own campus. Art teacher Linda Wallin, who has been with the school for 15 years, says the students look forward to the big project each year, and that many come back long after graduation to search out their stones. “My son is 36, and the first thing he does when he comes here is find his stone,” Wallin said. “It’s fun to see people who come back to look at them. I tell the kids to try to think

Fifth- and sixth-grade students will create commemorative steppingstones this year. Right: Vivienne Miller, sixth grade, waits for her stepping-stone to be taken out of its form. about what they want to be remembered for in 50 years.” Fifth- and sixth-grade science teacher Pam Davis has been teaching at ODA for almost 35 years and has seen the stone design evolve over the years. The oldest ones are basic concrete, engraved with names and decorations, but in recent years, students have started creating their own colorful tiles to place in the concrete form. “It’s a special and unique part of our campus,” Davis said. “It’s been

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sioners that the cost of a permit should also include a person/city staff member to monitor the event, making sure the permit holders don’t start taking over parking spaces and areas of downtown that aren’t specified in their permit. It was also suggested the city offer premium prices for permits on Main Street. Parking Manager Mark Lyons said the city or the permit monitoring person must do a better job of getting people into the parking garage or other parking lots that many event patrons aren’t aware exist. “The main issue the commission must decide is whether or not the city should set parameters that might dictate whether or not some permit holders can either modify their event to make it fit city standards or if changes force them out altogether,” Brown said.

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Remembering the Holocaust Last Thursday, April 19, on those differences to arouse marked Holocaust Remem- German pride. (While nationalbrance Day. istic and economic issues played Most people probably didn’t the major part in the rise of the notice. Yet the day has dramatic Nazis, their propaganda attack implications for all of us, Jewish focused on the differences.) or not, every day of the year. In contrast, America’s strength In addition to the 6 million comes from our differences. Jews murdered by the Our motto, E Pluribus Nazis, the dead also inUnum, means “Out of cluded many others: many, one.” church members; clergy; Holocaust Rememtrade unionists; gypbrance Day should sies; gays; socialists; and remind us to embrace more. our differences. By Many of us will retolerating these differmember the famous ences we can eliminate quotation by the Rev. prejudice and bigotry Martin Niemoller. The and bias. This must beNazis sent him to SachJEFFREY come the work of all of senhausen and Dachau WEISMAN us. because they considered The Declaration of him lacking in enthusiIndependence promisasm for the Nazi party. He wrote: es us “life, liberty and the pursuit “First they came for the  com- of happiness.” And that promise munists, and I didn’t speak out should apply to all in equal meabecause I wasn’t a communist. sure — each one supporting the Then they came for the  union- rights of others. ists, and I didn’t speak out beConsider bullying in schools, cause I wasn’t a trade unionist. in the workplace, on the Internet. Then they came for the  Jews, Who gets bullied? Someone perand I didn’t speak out because I ceived as different, and as weak. wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for Yet as an American, that person me and there was no one left to has something to offer. Just give speak out for me.” the person a chance. We all must   The Nazis targeted those stand up against bullying. The whom they perceived as different bullies must know that they will — not dangerous, not frighten- have to deal with all of us, not ing — just different. They preyed just the bullied individual.

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Dear Editor: *This letter was originally sent to June LeBell, Observer music critic. I loved your wise review of the Thomas Hampson concert. I am a string player and grew up in a musical family of string players. So, I play chamber music mostly and have not had a great interest in vocal music. There was some scorn toward singers in my family because so many of them did not have musical training or solfège, which you need to play a violin. When I went to music school, I had to sing with a singer to keep him on pitch and help

him keep his place. So, I was not thrilled at the prospect of this concert; however, because I am a subscriber, I went. I have rarely enjoyed a concert as much as I did this one. I am a student of American literature and poetry, which I teach at the Academy. When I saw the research he had done on the early songs and the poems set to music, I was enthralled. And, to my ear, his voice was excellent, and I could hear every word and understand it. I came home walking on air and told all my students about the concert. I do remember how many people left at intermission and I could not understand why. I

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nomic challenges. If all of us work together, not as AfricanAmericans or Irish-Americans or Catholics or Christians or Jews, but as Americans, we can solve the complex problems that face us as a nation. Much work remains for us to do. To forge a strong nation of brothers, we must eliminate the perpetuation of lies, mistruths, prejudices and bigotry. We truly must become “…one nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all.” Let’s do what we can, everyday, to learn from the lessons of the Holocaust. Standing up for our fellow citizens, looking for the good in them, and working together as Americans seem the most appropriate ways to mark our memories of the Holocaust. Our Founding Fathers left Europe to seek economic, religious and personal freedom. Holocaust Remembrance Day should remind us of the wonderful freedoms we enjoy, freedoms we have earned. And it should further remind us how we must all stand together. Let us all remember those critical words, “never again.” And, may God bless America. Jeffrey Weisman practices fine arts photography and serves on the board of directors of Art Center Sarasota.

thought that perhaps it was too intellectual for some people. Your observation was right on, the Van Wezel is not the place for such a concert. I remembered my childhood in Boston. No one would have considered using Symphony Hall for such a concert. We had Jordan Hall and other locations for such concerts. Why don’t we do that in Sarasota? Do you know why? Again, I want to thank you for your wonderfully perceptive review of this most excellent concert. Anne Arsenault Sarasota

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Holocaust Remembrance Day should make us focus on the dangers of prejudice, bigotry and bias. Think of a group of little kids: white, black, Asian, Hispanic. Have you seen them play together? They don’t notice differences. They play with other little people, nothing more. Bigotry and prejudice are not genetic. They are learned behaviors, passed down in families and in society from generation to generation. Kids learn from the comments and actions of adults, which influence their behaviors and beliefs. Recognizing and embracing differences must become part of our national psyche. You don’t have to agree with someone different, you just have to respect that individual. Consider today’s political environment. Our politicians have become so focused on the differences that they have created a vast divide. Right, left, red, blue. They have forgotten the best interests of Americans. “We the people” suffer from these artificial divisions. Tolerating, respecting and embracing differences will serve to benefit our country. We can never allow one minority group to feel the brunt of a misguided populace. We all must stand up for the rights of others. Our country faces severe eco-

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+ ‘Ban the Booze’ My View was great Dear Editor: I very much liked your My View article on “ Banning the Booze “ on the beaches in Sarasota County. Being a writer, you can write articles every few weeks to keep the pressure on the elected officials and on the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office and officers. It’s hard to believe the excesses that both sides have made. Neither side wants to do anything about it, hoping that it will go away. We are snowbirds four-and-ahalf months of the year, and have been for the past six years. Thanks again. Ramsey Kraft


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beach,” Eduardo said. “They knew they had the keys to the car and they knew they were going to leave in the car.” Eduardo, meanwhile, expressed frustration with the Sarasota County Commission for not taking any action on the regulation of alcoholic beverages at county beaches and parks to date. Since the accident, a debate has sparked regarding whether alcoholic beverages should be allowed on the beaches. Some members of the public are pushing for a countywide ban. At a March commission workshop, Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight and his staff revealed Siesta Key beach statistics for 2011 that showed only 0.3% of the estimated 2.4 million beachgoers that year were arrested on alcohol-related charges. Knight said he was willing to work with county staff on any ordinance change the commission wanted to take but explained it would violate constitutional rights to take away beachgoers’ keys and open their coolers to search for alcohol. “It becomes a gray area when we have to start taking away keys and searching coolers,” Knight said at the workshop. So far, the commission has yet to discuss the issue again since Knight made his presentation March 29. The lack of movement on a county alcohol ban, Eduardo said, is troubling. “Our whole family has to get together and see what to do and how to go about getting that alcohol ban,” Eduardo said. “It would have saved my sister’s life and it will save the lives of others.”

“This is a very serious situation,” Mallard said. “It is not about financial restitution for this family, it is about public safety and holding the Sheriff’s (Office) accountable for their actions that day.” Sheriff’s Office Community Affairs Manager Wendy Rose said the Sheriff’s Office does not comment on pending litigation. State law requires that a sheriff or sheriff’s office be given six months’ notice prior to being sued. The notice of intent to sue gives the Sheriff’s Office and the County Attorney six months to investigate and offer a settlement if they wish. If the case remains unresolved, Chen’s family can move forward with a lawsuit. Rose, however, said she anticipated the Sheriff’s Office will receive its official intent to sue April 26. Diane Eduardo, sister of Donna Chen, reiterated the lawsuit is not about damages. “Right from the beginning, we have felt a lot of people could have prevented this tragedy,” Eduardo said. “There isn’t any accountability.” Eduardo said if the lawsuit isn’t filed, there would never be any accountability for her sister’s death. “If we don’t do this, the same type of senseless tragedy will happen again,” Eduardo said. Making sure the Sheriff’s Office doesn’t allow people to leave the beach intoxicated in the future is the main focus of the pending lawsuit, Eduardo said. “Those officers should never have let those boys leave the

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Sarasota joins unpaid Medicaid bills lawsuit The county commission will join a lawsuit against a new law that mandates counties to pick up 85% of the tab for disputed Medicaid charges. The Sarasota County Commission opted to join a lawsuit with 30 other Florida counties in an attempt to recoup some of its unpaid Medicaid bill costs. The decision comes just two weeks after the Manatee County Commission agreed to have its attorney look into whether or not it should join the lawsuit. Sarasota and Manatee counties have a choice: Accept a new bill signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott or pay $10.5 million in unpaid combined Medicaid costs; $6.1 million for Sarasota County and $4.4 million for Manatee County. With many counties facing large budget cuts to offset another year of anticipated ad valorem revenue reductions, counties are choosing to join the lawsuit to fight the state on a law that now requires the state to pick up 85% of the tab for disputed Medicaid charges. In Sarasota County alone, 28% of its Medicaid debt in the 2010-11 fiscal year was disputed because of inaccuracies. Sarasota County Attorney Steve DeMarsh recommended to commissioners at its regular meeting Tuesday, April 24,

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The Sarasota County Commission also made the following decisions at its Tuesday, April 24, regular meeting in Sarasota: • Approved a $280,968.16 contract with Williams Testing LLC for the construction of the Siesta Key Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project. • Approved a contract/grant agreement with Longboat Library Inc. for a one-time contribution of $20,000 that will only be dispersed as the library submits expenditure receipts. • Approved contracts of $401,050 and $662,500 annually for mosquito control aerial larvicide spraying. • Approved a lease agreement with the city of Sarasota to lease 3,394 square feet of office space located at 2050 Adams Lane for the Sarasota County Law Library in the amount of $10 per year for a term of five years. • Delayed a decision on the final design and construction of a new 911 Emergency Operations Center on countyowned property at 1301 Cattlemen Road until the commission can vet final concerns at a May meeting. • Discussed its 2012 major improvement project priorities, state and federal transportation project priorities and an infrastructure surtax program that will be further discussed and approved this summer during budget meetings.

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The tournament is played annually honor of Paul Ralson, who served as the chamber’s executive director from 1998 to 2000. The Siesta Key Chamber Commerce. “Most imof Commerce will host the portantly, everyone had 13th annual Paul Ralston a good time and it helps 13th annual Paul Golf Tournament May 7, at benefit the chamber.” Ralston Golf The Ritz-Carlton Members In addition to the Tournament Club, 15150 70th Terrace E., tournament, the WHEN: May 7. Bradenton. Registration is silent auction also Registration is at at 11:30 a.m. and shotgun will have many 11:30 a.m., and is at 1 p.m. Following play tempting items, shotgun start is on the golf course, there including boat at 1 p.m. Following will be a silent auction acrentals, fishing trips the tournament, there companied by dinner and evening stays on Longwill be a silent auction the presentation of the boat Key and foursomes accompanied by dinner tournament awards. to play at The Ritz-Carland the presentation of Paul Ralston served as ton Members Club. the tournament awards. executive director of the The Ritz-Carlton’s WHERE: The RitzSiesta Key Chamber of 315-acre private course Carlton Members Club, Commerce from Februwas designed by world15150 70th Terrace E., ary 1998 until his death in renowned architect Bradenton February 2000. With a love Tom Fazio and includes for the game of golf, he also abundant elevation INFO: 349-3800 or www. helped plan the first golf changes and pictursiestakeychamber.com tournament as a way to esque lakes throughout support the chamber in its the course. The Memmission of promoting business on Siesta bers Club driving range will be available Key. In memory of Ralston, the chamber to all event participants prior to the start has seen to it that tournament is always of the event, and the use of the facility and played in his honor. the practice balls is complimentary. SerThose who plan to participate can be a vices include bag set-up, premium range part of the fun either registering as a sin- ball use and beverage offerings. gle player for $150 or as a team of four for There are also multiple sponsorship $550. More than 70 golfers already have opportunities including Tee Sponsorship registered for the tournament, however and Green Sponsorship for $100 and Hole there are still plenty of spots open. Sponsorship for $150. “As always we are really excited. It is To register or to find out more about one of our most fun events throughout the tournament contact the Siesta Key the year and we are excited to return to Chamber of Commerce by calling 349the Ritz,” said Kevin Cooper, executive 3800 or by visiting www.siestakeychamdirector of the  Siesta Key  Chamber of ber.com.

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12:42 p.m. — 5200 block of Ocean Boulevard. Felony. A waitress told a police officer having lunch at a restaurant her purse had been stolen the previous weekend. She reported someone grabbed her purse when she put it down for a second in the restaurant’s parking lot. The purse contained her grandmother’s ring, which was valued at $100, and her bank debit card.

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9 a.m. — 500 block of Beach Road. Grand Theft. A rental company called police to report the theft of two rental bikes. Both bikes contain the company rental sticker on them.

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9:27 p.m. —  3900 block of North Shell Road. Abandoned Vehicle. Police observed an abandoned Chevrolet car parked on the shoulder of the road and couldn’t locate its owner.

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9:55 p.m. — 6600 block of Midnight Pass Road. Driving Under the Influence. A police officer patrolling the beach on an all-terrain vehicle observed a man driving a four-door red Jeep slam on his brakes in a parking lot and then park, take up three parking spaces. Police made contact with the man, who reeked of alcohol and was holding onto his Jeep so he wouldn’t fall down. When he was asked to perform a field sobriety test after he claimed he hadn’t had anything to drink, he said: “I’m a little drunk, there’s no way I can do that.” He declined a breathalyzer test and was arrested after failing his sobriety tests, miserably.

APRIL 14: Phone can’t be tracked

12:15 p.m. —  900 block of Beach Road. Lost Property. A man told police he lost his cell phone on the beach. He used his friend’s iPhone to track his phone to a restaurant parking lot. But they couldn’t locate the phone, which was turned off later in the day and unable to be tracked. False Name. Police responded to a noise complaint and found a group of minors drinking beer like it was water. Police located the underage boy who resided at the house and demanded he call his mother. The mother, who was visiting relatives, allowed police to enter the home and break up the party. Police made everyone pour the beer down the sink. Two boys gave police false names and were charged with providing false names to a law enforcement officer after they failed to provide their proper identification. One of the boys was also charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Unlocked cars preyed upon

12:31 p.m. — 4100 block of Roberts Point Road. Vehicle Burglary. A woman reported that someone entered two unlocked cars in her driveway. A bag containing $2,000 in cash and a credit card were stolen from her husband’s car. A envelope containing car registration and insurance information was stolen from her car.

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At an early age Linda Wallin developed the desire to teach art. Today, she teaches brings art to life with the students at The Out-of-Door Academy on Siesta Key, where she has lived for more than 30 years. At the time, Tom, and his father, Walt Sr., ran Walt’s Fish Market in downtown Sarasota. Tom and Walt Sr. were involved in the fishing community. They would bring the fish they caught or had bought off fishermen at the old docks on Siesta Key, to the market to process and sell. Wallin became involved in almost every aspect of the business — from marketing to waitressing to delivering fish to local restaurants. However, there was one line she would not cross. “I said I would never learn how to fillet a fish, and I still don’t know how,” she says. Walt’s Fish Market grew over time. At one point there were seven markets and restaurants throughout the area. Wallin’s three children, Tommy, Brett and Megan, all attended ODA. Wallin taught art at W.D. Sugg Middle School in Bradenton before taking a hiatus to raise her children, but that hiatus was coming to an end. During her daughter’s final year at ODA, Wallin got a call from the school, inquiring if

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Two years after marrying Tom Wallin, Linda Wallin and their young son, Tommy, moved from the Phillippi Creek area to Siesta Key, where they had purchased a 1950s-style house near where her husband used to vacation. “It was very jungle-y back then,” Wallin remembers. She and Tom raised their three children in that house, and Wallin still lives there today. Most days, she rides her bike or walks to and from to her job as the art teacher at The Out-of-Door Academy. “I knew since I was in the seventh grade that I wanted to be an art teacher,” she says. “I don’t think a lot of people can say they knew what they wanted to be in the seventh grade.” Wallin grew up in Bradenton and attended Florida State University, where she received a degree in art education and visual arts. Wallin married in 1976. Not only did she marry a man she loved, she married into what is now a four-generation local seafood business.


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YMCA makes splash at Healthy Kids Day Hundreds of families came Friday, April 20, to the Evalyn Sadlier Jones Branch of the Sarasota YMCA to celebrate Healthy Kids Day. The nationwide YMCA event promotes the coming of summer as well as the importance of being healthy. The biggest highlight was the opening of the water park for the season.

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THURSDAY APRIL 26 Sarasota County Emergency Services Awards — takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at Fire Station 2, 2070 Waldemere St. Sarasota County Emergency Services will hold an awards ceremony to honor citizens and Emergency Services workers. Free. Call 861-5578. Craig Pittman in Sarasota — takes place at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Selby Public Library, 1331 First St. Tampa Bay Times journalist Craig Pittman will present his new book, “The Scent of Scandal: Greed, Betrayal,” and the “World’s Most Beautiful Orchid,” which features Selby Gardens. Free. Call 365-7900. Youth Summer Job Fair — takes place from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Selby Public Library, 1331 First St. Community Youth Development, Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County, Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida Inc. and Suncoast Work Force present this opportunity for high school teens to find a summer job. Free. Call 922-5126. Community Schools Partnership for the Arts Award — takes place at 4:45 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at Selby Gardens, 811 S. Palm Ave. Joanna Fox, creative writing teacher in the visual and performing arts magnet at Booker Middle School, will receive the Cindy Balistreri Distinguished Arts Educator Award for leadership in arts education at the spring meeting of the Community Schools Partnership for the Arts. Free. Call 365-5118. Dining for Women Potluck — takes place at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at Church of the Redeemer, 222 South Palm Ave. Dining for Women collects money to fund international programs for women living in extreme poverty. This month’s potluck will collect money for Afghan Friends Network in Afghanistan, which provides support for education programs in Ghazni Province. Members are encouraged to donate what they would spend on a meal. Call 400-5242.

FRIDAY APRIL 27 Giving Matters Gems of Philanthropy Luncheon — takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 27, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail. Renowned Wall Street executive, author and philanthropist Carla Harris will discuss philanthropic strategies at Giving Matters’ annual Gems of Philanthropy Luncheon. Cost is $50. Call 921-5410. Suzuki School of Music String Ensemble — takes place from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 27, at the Westfield Shopping Mall food court, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail. The Suzuki String Ensemble will perform to raise funds for the Suzuki Endowment for Music Education. Free. Call 302-1759. Lincoln Day Dinner with John Bolton — takes place at 6 p.m. Friday, April 27, at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail. The Republican Party of Sarasota County presents its 2012 Lincoln Day Dinner, featuring former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton. Cost is

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THURSDAY APRIL 26 Bohemian Rhapsody Orchestra — takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at Riverview High School, 1 Ram Way. The Bohemian Rhapsody Orchestra will perform “Celebrating Queen,” a tribute to the 1970s rock band Queen. The Riverview High School Choir will join in the finale. Cost is $25. Call 922-5370.

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SUNDAY APRIL 29 Jean Dubi at St. Boniface — takes place at 11:15 a.m. Sunday, April 29, at St. Boniface Episcopal Church. Jean Dubi, president of the Sarasota Audubon Society, will present “Restoring and Conserving Earth’s Abundance: Reclaiming Sarasota’s Celery Fields.” Free. Call 349-5616. Garden Music Series — takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S. Palm Ave. The Venturas will perform a diverse range of music including pop, rock, R&B and country. Free. Call 366-5731. Passport to Pinot — takes place from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Morton’s Market, 1924 S. Osprey Ave. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon tasting Pinot Noirs from around the world. Cost is $25 in advance, and $30 on the day of the event. Call 955-9856. 100 Voices at Temple Emanu-El — takes place at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road. 100 Voices: A Journey Home, is a compelling musical documentary chronicling the history of Jewish culture in Poland through the personal reflections and musical selections of a group of cantors and acclaimed composer Charles Fox. Call 371-2788.

MONDAY APRIL 30 St. Boniface Thrift Shop Sale — takes place from Monday, April 30, to Saturday, May 12, at the St. Boniface Thrift Shop, 6622 Superior Ave. The Thrift Shop is holding a half-off sale on men’s items. Free. Call 349-5616.

TUESDAY MAY 1 Poetry Book Club — takes place at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 1, at Bookstore1Sarasota, 1350 Main St. Each month, Bookstore1Sarasota’s owner, Georgia Court, leads a discussion of the poetry of recent poets laureate. In May, she’ll discuss Robert Pinsky’s newest collection. In-store purchase of book is required. Call 365-7900.

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Sean McAdams, 18, is enjoying his senior year pitching for the Cardinal Mooney Cougars. McAdams has played baseball since he was 4 years old, however, he played basketball his freshman and sophomore year and was the quarterback this year for the football team. Although he is unsure of what his plans for the fall will be, he is leaning toward attending Seminole State College on a baseball scholarship and majoring in criminal justice. How long have you been playing baseball? I’ve played pretty much all my life. It’s really the only sport I played seriously. What is your position, and what do you like about it? I am the pitcher. I like having control of the game. You can go as fast or slow as you want and you set the tempo for the game. If you start off throwing well, your teammates follow at the bat.

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7312 Point of Rock Road 5053 Sandy Shore Ave. 735 Birdsong Lane 1221 Basin Lane 9042 Midnight Pass Road 1373 Siesta Bayside Drive 9000 Blind Pass Road 5858 Midnight Pass Road 460 Beach Road 1337 Siesta Bayside Drive 6836 Midnight Pass Road 5025 Higel Ave. 5400 Ocean Blvd. 5855 Midnight Pass Road 8407 Midnight Pass Road 1147 Lake House Circle 40 Island Circle 5026 Calle Minorga 5911 Midnight Pass Road 6150 Midnight Pass Road 535 Beach Road 5911 Midnight Pass Road 1181 Lake House Circle 6326 Midnight Pass Road 8240 Midnight Pass Road 4940 Peacable Way 757 Siesta Key Circle 757 Beach Road

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Michael Connelly, trustee $27,000 Ken Siew $12,000 Miron Malboeuf $9,255 Sally Fawcett, trustee $7,990 John Kiefer $7,812 Francis Slachta $7,000 Walter Ure $5,148 John Minor $5,118 Nancy Wilson $5,056 Don Crawford III $5,000 Stephen Farago $4,800 Juergen Stahl $4,640 Meral Goknar $4,614 Irene Hunnewinkel, trustee $4,372 John Sweeney $4,247 Richard Jackson $4,160 Patricia Taylor, trustee $4,028 Veronica McKeon $3,995 Edward Steigelmann $3,750 John Reinke Jr., trustee $3,720 Rocco Franco, trustee $3,680 Charles Lofino, trustee $3,550 David Mortimer $3,480 Ashok Kumar $3,074 Kurt Seigel $2,000 John Boland $1,725 Albert Tomlinson $1,200 Jacqueline Scott $1,000

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Cocoanut Bayou home sells for $3,583,000 The following residential real estate transactions took place between April 9 and 13. A home in Cocoanut Bayou tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Stephen and Michelle Witzer, Sarasota, sold their home at 4129 Higel Ave. to Michael Bernstein and Sarah Skebba, Sarasota, for $3,583,000. Built in 2001, it has three bedrooms, four-and-two-half baths, a pool and 4,865 square feet of living area.

minium at 9393 Midnight Pass Road to A. Amanda Arnold, trustee, of Framingham, Mass., for $425,000. Built in 1975, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,380 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $380,000 in 2003.

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Karen Jones, Venice, sold her Unit 11 condominium at 9074 Midnight Pass Road to Christopher and Mary Adams, Sarasota, for $269,000. Built in 1983, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,251 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $397,500 in 2004.

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Daniel Williams, of Newfoundland, Canada, sold his Unit 804C condominium at 1660 Summerhouse Lane to Doug and Joy Johns, Sarasota, for $1.45 million. Built in 2007, it has three bedrooms, threeand-one-half baths and 2,490 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1.48 million in 2009.

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Regions Bank sold the home at 1245 Big Oak Lane to Ronald Szuch, trustee, of Kirkland, Ohio, for $950,000. Built in 1991, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,819 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,305,000 in 2004.

This home at 4129 Higel Ave. has three bedrooms, four-and-two-half baths, a pool and 4,865 square feet of living area. It sold for $1.45 million. Jeanne Singer, of Waynesboro, Pa., for $575,000. Built in 1982, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,498 square feet of living area.

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Angelo Ingorvaia and Karl Helbig, Sarasota, sold their Unit 503 condominium at 5924 Midnight Pass Road to Peyton Latimer, of Annapolis, Md., for $680,000. Built in 1971, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,240 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,185,000 in 2006.

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Belle Due, trustee, of Aurora, Colo., sold the Unit 606 condominium at 5880 Midnight Pass Road to Thomas and

night Pass Road to Theresa Pasquaretto, of Merrick, N.Y., for $500,000. Built in 1976, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 1,593 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $550,000 in 2009.

Craig and Fredda Pohl, Sarasota, sold their home at 5085 Commonwealth Drive to Joseph and Terry Quin, Sarasota, for $513,000. Built in 1990, it has three bedrooms, two-and-one-half baths and 2,511 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $248,000 in 1993.

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941.586.7390

ERA Waterside Realty

“When Experience Matters” EthelLovelace@michaelsaunders.com

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Marianne LeBar

Realtor®, PA, AHWD, CIPS,PMN, SRI,TRC

“Raising the Bar in Real Estate Services”

941.650.0337 Direct

www.SarasotasBestHomes.com

941.350.3077 941.349.3444 annemarietardif@michaelsaunders.com

Specializing in Island Properties

Alliance Group

941.349.4411 (Office) 941.685.2274 (Cell)

941.544.3299

Steven K. LaBell - Broker

941.374.2245

Sales Associate

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Inc

Anne-Marie Tardif

S. Dudley Carson, Broker Offices at 5140 Ocean Blvd. & 5700 Midnight Pass Rd., Siesta Key dudleycarson@remax.net

Helene Hyland

Bob Ruiz & Sheri Lasley

Siesta Key Specialists

Lin and Maurice 941.809.2154 941.238-8119

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GRI, CRB, REO, SFR

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Senior Real Estate Specialist, Realtor® FIVE-STAR: Best in Client Satisfaction for last 5 years

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941-809-2429

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OPEN HOUSE- SUNDAY 1-4 7255 Villa dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Este at Prestancia

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Luxury Prestancia Townhome

3bd/3ba High Ceilings, light & bright; large attr Master Suite w/2 walk ins, 3rd bd suite upstairs, woodburning fireplace; kitchen w/breakfast area; Newer roof & Skylights; Magnificent Golf course & Lake views; Enclosed Lanai & Open Patio $365,000

Sandy and Jerry Strom RealtorsÂŽ

Call GRI, Anita Boakes ABR, TRC, CIPS 941.376.1348

Siesta Key Bay Front

3 BR/3.1BA sits on tropical setting. Hardwood floors, newer kitchen and each bathroom has its own updated full bath. New 3 zone A/C in 2011, private gas-heated pool and refurbished deck. MLS#A3939501 Offered at $1,395,000

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Midnight Cove II

Desirable first floor 2BR/1.1 BA unit with boat dock, turnkey furnished, New A/C, kitchen appliances and water heater. MLS#A3954787 Offered at $349,000.

Casarina

End Unit Reduced $200,000 3BR/3.1BA has full Gulf views of #1 beach in the USA. This unit has many upgrades, updated kitchen and baths, walk-in closets and large utility room. MLS#A3948580 Offered at $1,350,000

Sandy: 941.650.8297 Jerry: 941.650.8294

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Owned and Operated by NRT,LLC

WE WILL SELL YOUR HOUSE OR ERA WILL BUY ITÂŽ 941-346-7454

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SIESTA KEY SINGLE FAMILY HOMES SOLD Oxford Dr. Siestas Bayside $559,000 Mangrove Place South Cocoanut Bayou $848,500 Idlewild Way Siesta isles Unit 5 $990,000 Freeling Dr. Bay Island Shores Unit 2 $1,525,000 SIESTA KEY SINGLE FAMILY HOMES PENDING SALES 10 Lands End Ln Lands End $565,000 SIESTA KEY CONDOMINIUMS SOLD 6706 Sarasea Circle #7 Sara Sea $230,000 6154 Midnight Pass Rd #A5 Casa Blanca Villas $261,000 5912 Midnight Pass Rd #C20 Sarasota Surf & Racquett $287,000 8630 Midnight Pass Rd #405A Bat Tree Club $320,000 6396 Midnight Pass Rd #921 Midnight Cove Bayside $365,900 8900 Blind Pass Rd #A306 Fishermans Cove Add $372,679 9397 Midnight Pass Rd #907 Pointe On Midnight Pass $675,000 1100 Seagrove Ln #CH1 Seagrove $1,539,000 SIESTA KEY SINGLE FAMILY HOMES & CONDOMINIUMS PENDING SALES

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THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2012

Surprising Bay Views on Siesta Key...

OPEN HOUSE , SUNDAY April 29, 1-4 PM 6618 Peach Tree Creek, In Tara off SR70

OPENto 4 SUN-195 12 all Whiteche Pla

Beautiful Tara Home... Enjoy the Country Club life in this 3 bedroom plus den home, that has been recently updated inside and out, and you will love it! Light and bright, open floorplan with 3 sets of sliders leading out to a solar heated pool, and lake views beyond. Freshly painted, high ceilings, double crown molding, and 21” tile on the diagonal in the main rooms. Kitchen features granite counters, SS appliances, eat in area, plus breakfast bar. Both baths also upgraded with granite. Move in, and enjoy the Mandatory Class A membership which allows you to live the Florida lifestyle...Golf (free, only pay cart fee), Tennis, Fitness, and On-Site Restaurant. $269,000

Home in estate with den and art studio/guest house providing possible 3-4 bedrooms on a large lot on a cul-de-sac at end of private road. 227’ frontage on newly dredged canal. Dock & Boat House in sheltered anchorage, 100 yards to ICW in Little Sarasota Bay with no bridges. Easy walk to #1 Beach in USA! Broker/Owner PRICE REDUCED TO $998,000

Call Stacy Liljeberg at 941-544-6103 Voted 5-Star Best in Client Satisfaction for 6 consecutive years

Call Stephen P. Stevens at 941.349.6636

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Pamela J Hagan

Voted Sarasota Magazine’s “Best in Client Satisfaction” SEVEN Consecutive Years

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941.400.6682 PamHaganSells@gmail.com

HIDDEN BAY... PRICE REDUCED

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941.232-0788

We are anxious to talk to you about selling your property! OPEN HOUSE This Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday

St. Armands Bayfront Boater’s Paradise!

Solymar - Endless water views from two terraces and a striking lagoon styled pool with waterfall. Rare opportunity to own a 4 bedroom, 3,892 square foot pool house estate. Offered turnkey furnished for $2,995,000

Spectacular 5BR/4.5BA, 5,400 sq. ft. St. Armands Bayfront residence with panoramic views of the city and sunset. This home features extraordinary custom features throughout. Offered for $3,895,000

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7th floor updated 2BR/2BA unit in popular beachfront condo directly on the #1 Beach in the US! Great year round rental program, beach, tennis, BBQ, fitness center. $549,900 MLS A3942862

Stevens & Salt, Inc. Realtor

Full Intracoastal views from this elegant 5th floor condo in Osprey! 2beds/2 baths + a den.Shows like a model and loaded with designer upgrades throughout. 2 car garage with storage Is included! Complex is pet friendly. Pools, tennis, fitness center are just some of the amenities in this gated community. A3920177 $339,500

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Three beautiful Maintenance Free homes located in the prestigious communities of Prestancia TPC and The Oaks Preserve. Both neighborhoods have two 18 hole golf courses and are conveniently situated for all Sarasota has to offer from the arts, theatre, water activities, the number 1 Beach in the U.S.A., Siesta Key, and so much more!

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2,699,000

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151’ of Direct Gulf Frontage. This oneof-a-kind estate size parcel is simply amazing. Home site is fully permitted. Begin construction immediately.

Siesta Key

3,099,000

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DIRECT GULF FRONT! Villa Di Lancia, Desirable “Walk Down” residences. 3BR/3BA and 2,455 SF w/Gulf Views. Built 1996.

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Owner offering $20,000 towards an Oak’s membership! $460,000.

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The nicest Garden Lot on the Island. East Royal Flamingo Drive. Walk to Clubhouse, Marina & Tennis.

Patrick DiPinto & Coldwell Banker Previews International • Aggressive home marketing plan • Superb negotiating skills

7742 Club Lane - at Prestancia

Coldwell Banker offers our sellers the power of more than 3,300 PHYSICAL Coldwell Banker offices worldwide. Our dominant market presence consists of 90,000 sales professionals globally, including nearly 5,000 sales agents and 90 PHYSICAL Coldwell Banker offices in Florida alone.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2012

Judie Berger

Trust

THE REALTOR WITH PROVEN RESULTS

UNDER CONTRACT

1229 Point Crisp Road - $3,200,000

Brand New Siesta Key bay front home on magical 1 acre lot with dock, lift and infinity pool

7220 Proctor Road - $1,199,000

5300 sq. ft. estate on 2.5 acres, built in 2007, 15 minutes to Siesta Key

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5415 Azure Way - $1,500,000

701 Treasure Boat Way - $1,500,000

Elegant Siesta Key Mediterranean home on the Grand Canal, built in 2004 with over 3300 sf

Siesta pool home 2 blks to beach on the Grand Canal, rebuilt in 2006

sold

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524 N. Spoonbill Drive - $1,150,000

1240 Northport Drive - $950,000

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5911 Midnight Pass Road #201 - $369,000

1245 Sea Plume Way - $1,150,000 1919 Grove Street - $745,000 757 Tropical Circle - $730,000 5044 Faberge Place - $315,000 9393 Midnight Pass Road #401 - $300,000

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Ricki Bertoni, Octavio Martin, Kate Honea, Jamie Carter and Ricardo Graziano create their own ballets for the 2011 to 2012 season closer “Theatre of Dreams.”

Dancing a New Role Five Sarasota Ballet dancers try out new positions, as choreographers. Three men are walking with unfolded Observers under their noses while they are taking in the day’s headlines. They turn the page in sync, when a little blonde wearing red twirls in front of them. They do a few double and triple pirouettes then leap away after her.

Leave it to Kate Honea, whose entire family works in the newspaper industry, to choreograph “Headlines,” a ballet that is black, white and red all over. She is one of five Sarasota Ballet company dancers, along with Ricki Bertoni, Octavio Martin, Ricardo Graziano and

Jamie Carter, who have taken direction all season. For the final program, “Theatre of Dreams,” these five dancers have been able to play a different role by choreographing a piece of their own, a tradition that Sarasota Ballet Artistic Director Iain Webb began two years prior.

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Theatre of Dreams When: 8 p.m. April 27; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. April 28; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 29 Where: FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota Cost: $25 to $85 Info: Call the Box Office 359-0099, Ext. 101 “I’m very pleased that Iain gives us this opportunity to do this Theatre of Dreams production,” Honea says. Honea is the only female choreographer, and her ballet’s ’60s-era, Mad-Men-style narrative keeps in toe with leading ladies – by following headlines a Sarasota female might encounter: a single female looks for a man, a woman stands by her man regardless of his criminal behavior, and a woman confronts a three-timing lover. “I’m trying to give back to the community that I love, and that has inspired me,” she says. It’s jazzy, fun and puts a Broadway style spin on classical ballet. It’s a crowd-pleaser, much like her previous ballet, “Percolator.” “I love to dance knowing that everyone is having a good time,” Honea explains. She hopes to leave the audience smiling. Honea, Graziano, Octavio and Carter have all previously choreographed. “I hope they keep giving me this opportunity so I can explore more of the world that is this creation,” Martin, who has been in the company for six years, says. This time around he hopes to “clean up and

polish all those details he wasn’t 100% happy with,” he says, but the audience can still expect some passionate tango. Six couples will perform his Latin-inspired “On the Outside.” Artist Marthann Masterson’s warm-colored painting featuring a group of chairs on one side, and an isolated chair on the other, inspired him. “It brings a feeling of love, but at the same time of loneliness,” he says of the powerful piece: “I would like to bring it to life.” Ricki Bertoni’s “Hip to Be Square,” was also inspired by artwork — Miami artist Ernesto Barreto. It is Bertoni’s first time choreographing. “I found a lot of inspiration from things that had nothing to do with dance,” he says. He drew inspiration from sports; his piece is athletic, energetic and bold and is accompanied by modern electronic music. Like the other choreographers, he didn’t find it challenging to direct his peers: “I knew what everyone’s strong points are and how they move, and I could use (these) to my advantage,” he says. Ricardo Graziano drew inspiration for his all-female contemporary ballet, “Symphony of Sorrows,” from music, and spent a sleepless night trying to find the prefect song. “It’s about a woman who lost her son,” he says. It’s depressing, but beautiful and hopeful. The choreographer says the process has been great, but challenging. “I love seeing my ideas come to life!” he says. Jamie Carter’s “Holiday Overture” was also inspired by music. To prepare, he listened to his mu-

Sara Sardelli is lifted into the air by Jamie Carter during “Headlines.”

Dancers practice for Jamie Carter’s “Holiday Overture.” sic three times a day. The song is from a CD he bought eight years ago because the composer, Elliot Carter, had the same last name. It celebrates the liberation of Paris in World War II. These dancers not only choreo-

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graph and direct their peers, but they also have a hand in the lights, music and set. Carter went as far as hand-making garrison-style military hats for his dancers to wear. These pieces have occupied a lot of their time and energy.

As uniform as these dancers have to be at times, their individual dances couldn’t be more different. Bertoni puts it best: “The diversity of this program is (incredible).”

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+ One-man Truman play shoots from the lip You gotta love a play with a title that tells it like it is. “Give ’Em Hell, Harry,” a one-man show about President Harry S. Truman, is stirring up such excitement in South Florida that the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence, Mo., has gotten wind of the production and requested to bring it to the president’s hometown. Lucky for Sarasota, the show’s creators, Venice actor Jack Paul Rabito and Port Charlotte director/producer Larry McGee, will present the two-act play at 2 p.m. May 6,

at the Cook Theatre at the FSU enter for the Performing Arts. You’ll probably never meet more ardent Truman fans than Rabito and McGee, who named their Whistlestop Productions after Truman’s 1948 whistle stop train campaign. The men spent months rehearsing the drama, which chronicles the life and politics of the folksy 33rd president, in McGee’s garage before taking it on the road. Let’s just say the buck stops with Rabito and McGee. For tickets, call 359-0099, Ext. 101.

I’ve interviewed a lot jumped at the opportuof people for this newsnity to play Claudius. paper, including Yoko “Theater is my first Ono and Jared from love,” Delgado says. Subway. Yes, I know, “It’s the most immethe cornerstones of our diate process for an society. actor. There’s nothing Yet it was Emilio like it.” Delgado, an actor Yeah, but there’s also whose name might not nothing like “Sesame sound familiar, but Street.” whose face should, for “For an actor to have some of you, conjure a day job for 42 years up warm and fuzzy is pretty good,” Delgado Courtesy photo childhood memories. says. “It’s been a beauEmilio Delgado For 41 years, tiful project.” Delgado has played Of course, this lovable Fix-It Shop owner Luis on quote wasn’t enough for me. I “Sesame Street.” I grew up watchneeded more. I needed to know if ing him rub elbows with Big Bird. I the Cookie Monster had cavities or even remember the episode in which if Oscar The Grouch was actually he and Maria got married. (It was so cheerful or if Kermit the Frog was a romantic. Elmo was the ring bearer.) diva. (For these answers and more I So you can imagine my delight suggest you check out my Q&A on when I learned he was performing YourObserver.com.) in “Hamlet, Prince of Cuba” at the Delgado will host a free bilingual Asolo Repertory Theatre. Early Stages program for children The 71-year-old actor, who’s still ages six and under, at 10 a.m. a member of the “Sesame Street” Saturday, April 28, in the Asolo Rep cast, got his start in theater. Rehearsal Hall at the FSU Center for When I spoke to him last week the Performing Arts. Enter through about his return to the stage in the stage door at the back of the Michael Donald Edwards’ Cubanbuilding. For more information, call flavored “Hamlet,” he said he 351-8000 or visit asolorep.org.

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When was the last time you saw a film and helped save an endangered species? In the new film, “Chimpanzee,” Disney has partnered with the Jane Goodall Institute and is donating 20 cents for every ticket sold opening week. Aside from that noble gesture, you will have seen one of the most beautiful and touching films ever made about animals. Filmed entirely in the wild (Ivory Coast) over the course of four years, “Chimpanzee” lets us get up close and primately personal with chimps. And there’s a story. It’s centered around an adorable newborn named Oscar whose sweet interactions with his mother are precious to behold. But as we begin to see so much of ourselves in these intelligent creatures, there’s evil lurking in the jungle.   A rival pack of chimps that covets Oscar’s territory because of its food source, viciously attacks Oscar’s band. Freddie, the alpha male leader of Oscar’s group, scores a military-like coup and the invading chimps retreat. Sadly, one of the fatalities incurred in the raid is Oscar’s mother. It’s a “Bambi” moment but, thankfully, implied and not visual.   When directors Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield were uncertain of Oscar’s fate, they decided that the film was over. The two were actually planning to call Disney and say, “Guys, we haven’t got a movie.” And, then, the most amazing sequence of events took place. In an unprecedented move, Freddie adopts Oscar who, in all likelihood, would have perished. This act of kindness defied all previous known characteristics of the alpha male chimpanzee, startling experts as well as the film crew.

‘Salmon Fishing In The Yemen’ Genre: British, Drama / Romance Cast: Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Kristin Scott Thomas, Amr Waked, Tom Mison Director: Lasse Hallstrom Rating: PG-13 Comment: A creative love triangle story but a bit tedious at times. Emily Blunt is captivating as usual. Enjoy the salmon!

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  Aside from a sometimes annoying and corny narration by Tim Allen, “Chimpanzee” is a masterful piece of filmmaking. The jaw-dropping cinematography (Martyn Colbeck) is artistically astounding. Spiders weaving fluorescent webs, raindrops plopping onto delicate mushrooms and brilliant sunrises are images so exquisitely shot it’s breathtaking to witness. A grandiose, sweeping score (Nicholas Hooper) is peppered with fun tunes, such as “That Man” and “Rize” which enhance the delightful playfulness of the young chimps. I actually found that the narration was unnecessary.   The enormous undertaking by the filmmakers is evident in every shot. Be sure to stay as the credits roll when they comment on their trials, tribulations and immense joys while making “Chimpanzee.” We also learn that poaching, habitat destruction and fragmentation have reduced the Chimpanzee population by 80% since 1960.   And that is exactly why everyone should see this thoroughly entertaining and educational documentary. chimpanzees stand to benefit by the “increased awareness of their plight.” So do something important for all of the baby Oscars and see “Chimpanzee.” — Pam Nadon

‘The Kid With A Bike’ Genre: French (subtitled), Drama Cast: Cecile De France, Thomas Doret, Jeremie Renier, Fabrizo Rongione, Egon Di Mateo Director: Jean-Pierre Dardenne Rating: NR Comment: A painful but masterfully performed story of a motherless boy abandoned by his father.

‘Mirror Mirror’ Genre: Fantasy Cast: Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane, Jordan Prentice, Mark Povineli Director: Tarsem Singh Rating: PG-13 Comments: Kind of a dark Snow White spinoff. Nathan is a show stealer. Julia is still the fairest of them all.

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Variety may be the spice of life but sometimes it’s also what flavors a concert. When La Musica programmed works by Michael Haydn, Faure and Bruckner, the colors of different periods and styles must have looked great on paper. What rose from the pot, however, was a little different. Haydn, the brother of the more famous Franz Josef, put together a divertimento for three instruments rarely heard together: violin, cello and double bass. Those were probably the only available players at the time, and keeping in mind that a divertimento is a diversion (possibly for a high tea or an intimate soiree), this is a pleasant piece that’s more background music than concert hall showstopper. But Laura Zarina and Julie Albers played its pretty melodies with clarity, while Dee Moses provided the simple figured bass with stylistic crispness. The closing work, Bruckner’s String Quintet in F, performed by violinists Federico Agostini, Laura Zarina, Daniel Avshalomov and Bruno Giuranna and cellist Eric Kim, is probably one of the most boring, disjointed works I’ve heard in a while. Bruckner, in his attempt to be innovative, stuck the players and listeners with bland predictability, from banal modulations to some lovely themes that fizzled like duds at a Fourth of July fireworks show in the fog. There was little these fine musicians could do to make this Germanic piece of fragmented heaviness come to life but, like people making the most of a losing proposition, they did their best. The most interesting work on the program came in the middle when Dina

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Soprano Dina Kuznetsova Kuznetsova, the lush-voiced soprano, was joined by Zarina, Agostini, Avshalomov, Albers, Moses and pianist James Winn for a sensuous reading of Faure’s “La Bonne Chanson.” Unlike the miasma of Bruckner’s music, Faure took the Verlaine poetry 3/4 more melodic watercolors than stories 3/4 and gave them an exquisite luster, like Renoir and Monet painting with sound. Kuznetsova has a large voice that never goes beyond beautiful, yet manages to incorporate hues and colors that clearly delineate the music. Even more fascinating was this setting of a cycle usually heard with voice and piano. Adding strings was the composer’s afterthought and, although he wasn’t sure they were necessary, we felt they added a texture that made the songs even more tangible. Together, singer and instrumentalists painted colorful, opulent tone-poems that were the highpoint of the evening. — June LeBell

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Under the Sea: Triton’s Castle The nautical theme throughout Terri Young’s Siesta Key home stems from her love of the water, diving and underwater photography. Although many of her treasures were brought locally, most were collected during her travels throughout Florida and to the Caribbean, Mexico and Honduras. The idea for her sea life-inspired guest bathroom started with a mosaic reef of tile, shells and glass mosaic water around the bottom of the walls and expanded to hand-painted water with a plethora of fish swimming about. Young’s Keys room is decorated with a mosaic tile bench overlooking the water. Hanging from the ceiling is netting with shells, glass channel marker balls, floats and a fish wearing diving gear.

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A Rosey Disposition Ron Mallory’s love for roses started in the late 1940s when victory gardens were all the rage. His mother and grandmother instilled his love for this thorny beauty in him at an early age. His grandmother would have him take care of the roses in the victory garden when she wasn’t planting vegetables and his mother would have him help her with the propagation of roses. Mallory has grown roses for more than 50 years and even created his own hybrids including his current favorite, Anne Paul. Prior to retirement in 2007, Mallory served as the curator of the Mable Ringling Rose Garden at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art for 20 years. “My favorite part was sharing it with others,” recalls Mallory, “I would give the history of the garden and how it came to be and even give history on individual roses.” Mallory has been a member of the American Rose Society since 1960, is the past president and currently serving as a consulting rosarian for the Bradenton and Sarasota Rose Society, and has been a member of the Sarasota Garden Club for 10 years. Mallory gives tours in his own backyard and even has his own “Rose Lab” where he works on cultivating and creating new hybrids of roses.

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For her role in this month’s Fuzión Dance Artists/Jazz Juvenocracy collaboration, performer Caitlin McMullen is using her strengths as a modern dancer to help call the shots off stage.

Caitlin McMullen was Sarasota six years ago to never the ballerina type. study at New College of As a child, she had a Florida that she discovlot of energy and a strong ered a world of opporbuild. When her friends tunities beyond ballet began shuffling off to and ballroom: modern pointe class, McMullen dance. enrolled in gymnastics. At New College, she At six, she started trainstudied under Leymis ing. At nine, she started Bolaños Wilmott, the cocompeting. By 14, she founder and artistic diwas ready to move on to rector of Fuzión Dance something else. Artists, who exposed “I had to make a deciMcMullen to some of sion,” McMullen says. “I her flowing African inwas a point where if I confluences. tinued with gymnastics it The experience was was going to be my whole liberating. McMullen life, and I was getting too thrived off the spontatall.” neity and looseness of She’s five-foot-seven Wilmott’s choreography. –– giant by gymnast stanFrom there she studdards. ied experimental moveSo she dabbled in swing ment under New Coldancing, an outlet that lege theater and dance suited her natural athletiinstructor Margaret cism and acrobatic trainEginton, who currently ing, and enrolled in ballserves as an associate room dance lessons with professor and head of Heidi Kurpiela a male friend, who at first movement and dance at seemed genuinely inter- “I think some of the most interesting performances the FSU/Asolo Conserested in being her partner. are the ones that cause people to think about what vatory for Actor TrainHis true intentions were they saw for a long period of time,” says Caitlin ing. revealed halfway through McMullen, an apprentice with Fuzión Dance Artists. Under Eginton’s tuthe studio’s eight-month telage, McMullen percourse. He had a crush on McMul- self-discipline, she’s just not com- formed in several contemporary len. fortable with the kind of restraint abstract theater projects in conThe 24-year-old Tallahassee that’s required of ballerinas. junction with New Music New native has always had a captivat“When I thought of dance, I al- College, an extension of the coling stage presence, though as she ways thought of ballet,” McMullen lege’s music program that serves often admits, her formal dance says. “It didn’t appeal to me. The as a platform for new avant-garde training is limited. movements and the culture sur- compositional and performance A student of tai chi and yoga, rounding it just seemed too rigid.” pieces. she understands the merits of In 2010, McMullen, who for It wasn’t until she moved to

six years has manned an organic produce stand at the Sarasota Farmers Market, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary performance. Now an apprentice with Fuzión, she danced in last season’s Butoh performance at the Ringling International Arts Festival. She says it was among one of her strangest and most arresting performances yet. “People were mesmerized by it because it was so out of the ordinary,” McMullen says. “The movements were so slow and exaggerated and we were so aloof. A lot of people had really intense personal experiences with that performance.” Her latest project ––  “Ritmo Caliente: Hot Rhythm and Dance from Another Land” ––  is a bit more accessible. A joint collaboration with Sarasota-based student jazz ensemble Jazz Juvenocracy, the program is a mix of Afro-Cuban, Latin, African and gypsy music and dancing. Choreographed by Wilmott, the piece, which debuted earlier this month, runs through April 28, at the Glenridge Performing Arts Center.

IF YOU GO Fuzión Dance Artists together with Jazz Juvenocracy will perform “Ritmo Caliente: Hot Rhythm and Dance from Another Land” at 8 p.m. April 27 and April 28 at the Glenridge Performing Arts Center. For tickets, call 5525325 or visit gpactix.com. McMullen was especially nervous on opening night, more nervous than usual. Although she had understudied one of the roles, her job required a different kind of concentration: backstage concentration. Tasked with calling light cues and sharing stage management responsibilities with GPAC Manager Ben Turoff, McMullen was afraid she’d miss a beat. She had never called a show before, much less a two-hour show in front of a packed house. “It was exciting and stressful,” McMullen says. “I was anxiety-ridden. Thankfully, I knew the piece and had been to all the rehearsals.”

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by Molly Schechter | Food Editor

Guest Food Editor: Chris Cogan There are as many ways to make chili as there are cooks who prepare it. Chili con carne is basically meat slowly simmered in a chili-spiced liquid. Conventionally, the meat is beef, pork or poultry alone or in combination, ground or shredded; more exotically it can be venison or wild boar. And while Texans insist that chili can never be made with beans, it frequently is –– again with one or several kinds. (The penultimate would be Anne Rosenzweig’s Arcadian Eight-Bean Chili with dried kidney, white, pink, black, red, pinto, cranberry and navy beans.) There are even some surprisingly successful chili mixes, such as Carroll Shelby’s Original Texas Chili Kit. An unquestioned star in this mammoth galaxy is Chris Cogan’s “Military Mess Hall Chili,” one of the dishes featured at the recent “Men Who Cook” fundraiser for the Asolo Rep. Chris’ isn’t the easiest recipe in the genre; you need to know your way around the supermarket to find all the ingredients and it takes a couple of hours of watchful prep and cooking. The result is well worth it, enormously tasty, strong and subtle at the same time. As with most braises, the chili is better after it sits in the refrigerator for a day or two. Chris Cogan was born in Louisville, Ky., perhaps accounting for the unusual inclusion of okra in his chili. One of nine children, he learned to cook in quantity, ergo the recipe’s military name. With an entrepreneurial bent inherited from his parents, he founded his first company at age 18 and after moving to Florida in 1984, he spent a couple of decades as a bachelor build-

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Cogan’s ‘Military Mess Hall’ Chili Serves 4-6

Ingredients: • 1 pork tenderloin (total 1 to 1.5 pounds) • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts • 3/4 to 1 pound ground chuck • 1/2 can chili beans (with juice) • 1/2 can great northern beans (drained) • 1/2 can navy beans (drained) • 1 large can whole peeled tomatoes (with juice) • 1/2 bottle of pilsner beer • 1/2 large sweet onion • 3 peppers (one red, one green, one yellow) • 5 to 10 pickled okra spears • 5 to 10 large green Spanish pimento-stuffed olives • 2 tablespoons ground chili powder • 1/2 tablespoon paprika • 1 1/2 tablespoons salt • 2 tablespoons ground cumin • 1/2 tablespoon dried, ground oregano • 1 1/2 tablespoons corn masa flour • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper • Olive oil • Stubbs or similar chicken or pork marinade sauce

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teaspoon of cayenne pepper to pot, leaving balance of each for later upon tasting. Trim both ends from the pickled okra spears and slice spears into 1/4 inch thin slices and add to pot. Finely chop olives and add to pot. Gently pour bottle of beer down a spoon into pot to avoid foaming. Cut whole tomatoes into halves or thirds and add to pot. Heat may need to be dialed up slightly momentarily but be careful not to boil, reduce heat when simmer is re-established. At this point the pot should have been simmering for about two hours, allow to simmer for another 30 minutes then, add the beans and allow to simmer for another 30 minutes. Add the remainder of the cumin and cayenne pepper (to taste) along with 1to 1 ½ Tablespoons of corn masa flour to desired thickness and taste. Allow all ingredients to simmer together for 30 minutes (a total of at least 3 hours), then turn off heat and allow to cool. Best if reheated and served the next day or at least after a few hours of resting. Additional masa corn flour may be added upon reheating, depending on desired thickness and taste.

Directions: Start with an 8-quart pot (with lid) and at least one large skillet. Lightly cover bottom of pot and skillet with olive oil. Dice the onion and peppers and add to pot on low to medium heat. When onion begins to turn translucent, add ground chuck and stir/ chop regularly until meat is browned. Reduce heat to simmer. Add salt to pot. Cut tenderloin in half then slice it long-ways into quarters such that you have four long strips. Add 1/4 cup of marinade sauce to olive oil in skillet, turn on medium heat and add tenderloin strips, brown until medium, remove to cutting board. Cut chicken breasts lengthways into ½ inch wide strips and repeat directions in step #6 until chicken is cooked. Shred/chop chicken and pork and add to pot with browned ground chuck, onions and peppers. Stir pot regularly and begin using lid, keeping heat at simmer to low. Add ground chili powder, oregano and paprika to pot. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of ground cumin and 1/4

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By Loren Mayo | Black Tie Editor From the elaborate fabric archways and shady palm trees to cigarette girls and the Latin music of Big Night Out, guests attending Children First’s “Meet Me at the Tropicana” must have thought they had been transported to back to Cuba, circa the 1950s. The sold-out event with 300 people in attendance took place Saturday, April 21, at Michael’s On East. At one point during the evening, CoChairwoman Gerri Aaron presented a $10,000 challenge to the guests. The challenge was met with a $10,000 donation from Kristine and Steve White, with an additional $15,000 donation from other generous guests. Michael Klauber led a fun-filled live auction, auctioning off pearls, a goldand-diamond bangle, a Michael’s On East wine tasting and trips to Costa Rica and Colorado.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2012

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by Loren Mayo and Molly Schechter | Observer Staff

+ Big reunion, big success Bob and Dottie Garner had lots of company last weekend. Fifty-four members of the Baer-Loewenstein family, from Philadelphia, New York, London, Atlanta, Aspen, Boulder, Charleston, Courtesy photo Columbus, Memphis, St. Louis, Oliver Baer, Elisa Baer and two of their Kansas City, Pittsburgh, and cousins: Cameron Louie and Rob Wyant Washington, D.C. convened at the Ritz-Carlton. The youngest attendee was under two and the oldest was 91. Their agenda included a Saturday morning meeting at which each branch of the family had six minutes to give an update — not a lot of time to cover the years since the last reunion. Bob and Dottie’s grandson, Rob Wyant, kidded his grandpa about outdoing him on kayaking expeditions and talked about how “cool” his grandma is for using for using technologies including Facebook and iPad.

In the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s new production of “Blackbird, The Story of Josephine Baker,” the lyric is “Never say never to Josie.” It applies equally well to Eva Slane, a loyal supporter of WBTT since its inception. She first saw the show in 2003 at Stages, a Chicago workshop program for musicals in development. Sherman Yellen wrote the book and the lyrics; the late Wally Harper was the composer. Slane immediately commenced a campaign to get WBTT to do it but it was a largecast show and really beyond their reach. Sherman Yellen has since rethought it and reduced it to a cast of five. Slane pitched it to WBTT chief Nate Jacobs again last year. She also mentioned it to Howard Millman and according to Slane, “All Howard needed to know is that the same person who wrote “The Rothschilds” did this show.” Yellen was in town for the week leading up to the April 20 opening, along with Allan Gruet, his business partner, and Harper’s long-time partner and musical heir. Director Harry Bryce was in the audience for the first performance, in a full house that also included Gerri Aaron and Marvin Albert,

Ron and Rita Greenbaum, WBTT Board President Julie Leach and her husband, Brock, Jane Johnson, Debra and Walton Beecham, Kay Delaney and Murray Bring, Scott and Candy Greer, Scott Anderson, Judy Cuppy, Mark and Janet Hammer and Millman. Slane considers the show “my baby,” and she is clearly off to a healthy start; the run was extended before it opened.

+ Big sisters get superstar recognition for volunteer efforts

+ Tidbits Be on the watch for new jewelry … Chatting it up and buying beads at the Gem and Jewelry Show in the Municipal Auditorium April 21: Betty Schoenbaum, her niece, Susan Cruikshank, a professional jewelry artist, and Claire Levin, a long-time hobbyist … Such a natural … Scott George, who has raised literally millions for diverse AIDS charities, has joined the board of Community AIDS Network … He will be missed … Marty Fine, a larger-thanlife figure in our community as a board member and supporter of the Perlman Music Program Suncoast and other nonprofits, died April 10. BT extends our sympathies to Mickey Fine and his entire family … A busman’s holiday? … Was that not Michael and Teri Klauber attending the Asolo Rep’s recent “Men Who Cook?” They were guests of participant Dr. Brad Lerner and his wife, Melissa. Wonder which dish Michael most enjoyed? Probably Lerner’s “On Call of the Wild” Bobotie, which doc discovered on a trip to Africa with — you guessed it — Michael Klauber and the Connoisseur Club …

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Allan Gruet, Eva Slane and Sherman Yellen

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The Observer’s Nancy Schwartz, Audrey Leihser and Rachel O'Hara received shout outs at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Suncoast “Déjà Vu” event Friday, April 20. The three Observerites have volunteered their time to the organization by each taking on a “little sister.” O’Hara became involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters during college. “I found it to be a rewarding experience and got back into it when I moved to Sarasota,” O’Hara said. “Myniea is 8 years old and has been my little sister since December. We have a lot of fun going bowling and watching Circus Sarasota, but our favorite thing to do is go to Yogurtology. This is a way to help a younger generation see all sorts of different things and get involved in opportunities that they may not have had the chance to participate in.”

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