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David Smash is living a musician’s rock ’n’ roll fairy tale. INSIDE

ODA students share sweet moments with moms. PAGE 16A

OUR TOWN

Rami Nehme feels right at home at Blasé Café. PAGE 10A

super season By Alex Mahadevan | News Editor

Key celebrates lively season Siesta Key businesses cashed in on a record-setting tourist season with the help of Europeans, the economy and the No. 1 beach ranking.

Don’t place all the blame on Europeans for the unusually heavy traffic on Siesta Key this year. Residents can point a finger at Cupid, as well. Siesta Key merchants and hoteliers recently surveyed by the Pelican Press said they noticed an in-

crease in marriages on Siesta this season, which brought families to enjoy the white-quartz sands of Stephen P. Leatherman’s best beach of 2011. With fallout from the BP oil spill waning, resurgence of consumer confidence and the Dr. Beach

bump, Siesta Key broke previous tourism records with nearly $800,000 in bed tax collections this March compared with about $641,000 for the same period in 2011. In fact, the first quarter of tourist season (January through March)

netted more than $2 million in tourist development taxes for the island, a number that will continue to rise as laggards’ taxes trickle in to the Sarasota County Tax Collector. (See sidebar page 2A.) David Warren, who owns 20 rental units on the south end of Siesta with his wife, Gina, said his rental website gets 400 hits

SEE TAX / PAGE 2A

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Sgt. Neil Wilson and Det. Scott Graber

+ Officers ensure safe triathlon

FIT TO RIDE

Sgt. Neil Wilson and Det. Scott Graber kept triathletes speeding through the four-way stop in Siesta Village, safe from pedestrians and cars during the Florida International Triathlon Saturday, May 12. The two officers endured some mild heckling and a few angry drivers but managed to avoid any accidents during the four-hour stretch of their patrol. “We’re just doing our job and trying to keep people safe,” Wilson said.

+ Msgr. Stearns celebrates 40 years Msgr. Joe Stearns, of St. Michael of the Archangel, will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood Sunday, May 20, following the 10:30 a.m. Mass.  Stearns has been pastor of St. Michael the Archangel since 2007. After attending St. Vincent DePaul Seminary in Boynton Beach, he was ordained May 20, 1972, in the Archdiocese of Miami. The congregation of St. Michael the Archangel will be celebrating its pastor in the Parish Center.  

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Bryan Prushinski, 43, and Eric Hogenboom, 21, both of St. Petersburg, were neck and neck during the biking portion of the Florida International Triathlon, Saturday, May 12, on Siesta Key. See more photos on page 15A.

PESKY PARKING

By Alex Mahadevan | News Editor

Restaurant rumors spark parking concerns Total Tennis and Anna’s Deli will vacate their locations this year. And rumors of a restaurant eyeing one location could mean more parking problems are ahead. The exodus of Siesta Village mainstays Total Tennis and Anna’s Deli could spur another parking controversy, as rumors about a new restaurant swirl through the Village. Total Tennis will move to a new location on Bee Ridge Road, vacating the 2,400-square-foot location adjacent to Sun Garden

Café, which is currently zoned for retail use. That designation, and the parking requirements it denotes, is the crux of three lawsuits filed by Chris Brown, owner of the Hub Baja Grill, the Cottage and Blu Que Island Grill. The county requires retailers to have at least one parking

space for every 250 square feet of store space used by patrons. A restaurant needs to have one for every 50 square feet, making the cramped parking quarters in Siesta Village fertile ground for zoning battles — as it has been since Brown filed his first

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Total Tennis will vacate its 2,400-square-foot location next to Sun Garden Café this summer.

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David Warren has seen the business cycles affect Siesta Key for more than 20 years from the perspective of a tourist and landlord at Banana Bay Club.

TAX / FROM 1A on an average day. But, when he checked his analytics the week after the No. 1 beach ranking was released, he was raking in an average of 4,000 hits. “I was really surprised,” said the Manchester, United Kingdom, native. The Banana Bay Club and The Banana Bay Club at Heron Lagoon, Warren’s two property sites, reached 99% occupancy this season. He noticed that approximately half of his guests had vacationed on the quartz-rich beach as children, and so nostalgia struck when they read Dr. Beach’s news. “They may have forgotten about Siesta,” he said. “But, now, they want to give their children a chance to have the experiences they did.” Consumer confidence was high on the north end of Siesta, too,

Bring it back The first quarter of 2012 showed a continuing trend of increased tourism compared to the previous two years. First quarter bed tax collections 2010: 1,507,465 2011: $1,619,094 2012(p): $2,054,451 (Data provided by Sarasota County Tax Collector)

with some merchants reporting record growth. Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar reported 8% growth in sales over the previous season, which happened to be a record year for the restaurant, said co-owner Russell Matthes. “We’ve seen an influx of families more so than spring-breakers,” he said. “There were a lot of wedding

parties and rehearsal dinners, and the No. 1 beach ranking certainly helped.” Chris Brown, owner of the Beach Club, the Hub and the Cottage, had a similar season. Groups of 12 to 16 guests had his restaurants’ servers corralling tables more often. On weekdays, he said the line to be seated at the Cottage spilled out onto the adjacent sidewalk. One potential reason for the uptick, said Warren, is families are taking vacations in larger groups. “I think there were people getting out of foreclosure, so they were able to have that family reunion they had been wanting for the past years,” he said. Europeans are returning to the Gulf Coast in greater numbers, as well. “Typically, Europeans like to do a week in Orlando and a second week on the beach somewhere,”

Demand for Siesta Key lodging seems resistant to bed-tax hikes, which have occurred four times in the last 20 years. When the county increased the tourist development tax May 1, 2007, Siesta was the only one of seven regions taxed to record an increase in collections; in fact, the barrier island’s collections offset the other areas’ losses from May 2007 to June 2007. The tax was raised again in May 2010, and total county collections fell the following month. But Siesta’s bed taxes grew by 30% from May 2010 to June 2010. The next year, with an identical tax increase, collections grew by nearly $100,000 for the island in the same months. This trend holds for months without tax increases as well, meaning that tourists are generally unwilling to sacrifice Siesta sands when real prices increase. April 1, 1997 — tax rate increased to 3% May 1, 2007 — tax rate increased to 4% May 1, 2010 — tax rate increased to 4.5% May 1, 2011 — tax rate increased to 5%

said Warren. The owners of A Taste of Germany discovered the same trend after their first season as merchants in Siesta Village. Tanja Hofmann said, although she couldn’t compare it to the previous season, she felt the boom merchants are reporting.

RUMORS / FROM 1A lawsuit in 2007 against the county. John Davidson, a prominent property owner who opened Davidson Drugs in Siesta Village more than 50 years ago, owns the site rumored to be the location of a new restaurant. Without modifications, a restaurant would need to prove it could provide as many as 48 parking spaces (depending upon the space denoted for patron use.) Brad Bailey, the Sarasota County zoning administrator, said in a phone interview with the Pelican Press that for a restaurant to move into a location previously used for retail, it needs to prove it can meet parking requirements before any permits are issued. Restaurants could previously pay fines for each spot they would need for compliance, known as “phantom parking spots.” Also, a prospective restaurant would not be able to claim spaces in the municipal lot east of the property, which was recently repainted by the county. “People can’t just absorb (public) parking spots,” Sarasota County Commissioner Nora Patterson explained. Bailey said he was not aware of any permit applications for the location. And Sarasota County zoning and permitting staff manager Greg Yantorno said in an email that “there are no applications for permitting or certificates of occupancy for this location.”

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VENGEFUL VANDALS

By Alex Mahadevan | News Editor

Village vandalism highlights problems A report of vandalism to the concrete wall separating Terrace East and Ocean Boulevard has some residents worried about vengeance sought over noise complaints.

build back

By Alex Mahadevan | News Editor

Crews with Gerdes Construction Inc. recently demolished these two beachfront properties on Ocean Boulevard.

Pardon our dust:

Key construction is back As tourists leave Siesta Key for their permanent homes, island residents are seeing what the recession effectively blurred: new construction. The half-wrecked condominium on Ocean Boulevard and the skeletal remains of its four-story neighbor look eerie under the glow of two streetlights. But during the day, while men in hard hats lift blocks of concrete and steer hulking backhoes, they’re a bright sight for real-estate recovery. When the 1.91-acre lot on southeast corner of Ocean Bou-

levard and Treasure Boat Way sold in March for 80% less than its 2005 price of $3.5 million, it was a sobering example of the real-estate woes that hit Siesta Key following the recession — and an accompanying indication that recovery is imminent. “It’s my feeling that real estate prices are at or near the bottom,” said Mark Smith, an architect with a Siesta office and member

of the Siesta Village Maintenance Corp. “There are a lot of properties changing hands.” At the front-end of the development process, architects are considered the canaries in the coalmine. His firm, Smith Architects, recently finished a multifamily project on Calle Miramar, and his drafting board is getting action. “When architects get busy it’s

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usually a good sign,” Smith said. Construction may be coming back, but questions about what is being built are tougher to answer. Laguna Vista LLC purchased the plot of land north of the Old Salty Dog for $3.5 million in 2005, and it is currently zoned for single-family residences under the new landowner, RSL Siesta Key Development LLC, said Sarasota County Zoning Administrator Brad Bailey. For now, this quells some rumors about the site being used as parking for Siesta Key Village merchants. However, Smith said the chances are slim that the land will be rezoned and sold for parking. “Land prices are pretty low right now,” he said, “but they’re not that low.”

education By Alex Mahadevan | News Editor

School Board squashes ad talks The fiscal health of the Sarasota County schools and the physical health of school employees dominated discussions at the School Board work session. Despite lingering budget woes, Sarasota County School Board members declined to take action regarding proposals for advertisements in schools at the May 15 monthly work session. Although advertising is currently allowed on specific school websites and in charity runs (called jog-a-thons), school board members were reticent to consider changes to advertising policies that could allow website and school-bus advertising. School board member Carol Todd twice asserted that giving national firms ad space in those areas is on par with “prostituting the school system.” She said the harsh comparison is justified and she would never support such a policy. Jane Goodwin, the school board member representing District 5, was more restrained. She recalled the nostalgia of seeing “Sarasota County Schools” in black letters on the sides of yellow school

buses. However, she was willing to continue consideration of advertising options in the future, however. Frank Kovach, who was elected to District 3, took a pragmatic approach. He questioned whether advertising revenue would offset costs, noting that the Miami-Dade County School Board hired multiple people to oversee its policy. The monetary benefit of such a program is more than $200,000, according to estimates of proxy schools. However, adding a single employee at minimum wage would net out a chunk of that potential revenue. The board didn’t take action on ads, but the county rental rates for the school’s fields and facilities got decidedly cheaper, with booking fees axed and rental prices for forprofit and non-profit firms dropping enough to break even. Director of Facilities Services Jody Dumas said new rates are perfectly correlated with utility

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2,425 — number of doctor screenings used by employees in 2011 12 — percentage of employees who had voluntary screenings in 2011 20 — percentage of employees who smoke 3 — percentage of employees who used counseling services 70 — percentage of employees considered “stressed” 61 — percentage of employees suggested to exercise 77 — percentage of employees warned about nutrition 50 — percentage of transportation and janitorial staff screened last year and labor usage ranging from $43 to $150 per hour. The rate change is in response to board member complaints about booking fees causing confusion for potential renters and conflict about profits earned under the

previous rate schedule. Sherri Reynolds, supervisor of Health Prevention Services for the county, shifted talks from fiscal to physical health in a presentation of changes to the school board’s employee wellness plan and employee health data collected for 2011. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, the plan’s sponsor, collected statistics that showed only 12% of school board employees received a free voluntary screening last year, which is designed to catch health issues before they become serious — and a serious burden on health-care costs for the county. Using a grant from Blue Cross, the employee wellness plan will now include a $50 tax credit if an employee participates in an annual exam. “If you saw the doctor in February, you’re eligible,” Reynolds said, noting the policy is retroactive. This will not affect the school budget, she said. “(Return on interest) and costs are important and make a difference,” Reynolds said. “These (incentives) make a difference.

If Siesta Village had been designed with future development in mind, perhaps the 46 condominiums of Terrace East would, instead, have been hotel rooms. However, development of the Village came in spurts over the last 20 years, which left the tower located just to the south of a tight cluster of bars. The proximity between the two areas has led to disputes about noise levels in the Village, such as the recent complaints highlighted in the May 3 issue of the Pelican Press, as well as parking and litter. But the Saturday, May 12 destruction of a concrete vase and light fixture on the privacy wall separating the condo and the Village shows noise isn’t the only problem. Peter van Roekens, vice president of the Siesta Key Association, was the complainant in the police report. In fact, several SKA members reside in Terrace East, leading some residents to worry that the vandalism may be related to an article in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune about the organization, said SKA President Catherine Luckner. Luckner says she works closely with members of the Siesta Key Village Association to ensure residents and merchants get along. Russell Matthes, president of the Siesta Key Village Association, gave a brief presentation at the latest SKA meeting, and several members belong to both. “We’ve always worked together and gotten along,” Luckner said. It’s likely the vandals had no agenda. But the incident highlights a problem that has been overshadowed by the noise issue: Village patrons’ behavior after the bars close. But, with Sarasota County Commissioners still mulling a solution for containing the Village’s din, it may simmer until next season.

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The decorative waterfall near the entrance to Terrace East is a vulnerable target for vandals while older residents sleep.


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+ Term limits ruled OK The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday, May 10, that term limits for county commissioners are constitutional, effectively ending Sarasota County Commissioner Jon Thaxton’s bid for re-election and leading the way for a new group of commissioners in 2016. Thaxton has not indicated future plans, but said he would have an answer Monday, May 21, when he returns from an out-of-town trip.

+ Sarasota County relines municipal lot Sarasota County Public Works relined the parking spaces in the municipal lot in Siesta Key Village Friday, May 11, after previously announcing it would delay the project until after summer budget discussions. The county originally said it would be closing the lot to repaint the two handicap spaces, before taking four hours to finish the entire lot. Parking controversies at the Siesta Fiesta event April 14, which were tied to confused tourists taking up more than one parking spot, were the impetus for the project.

+ Sheriff’s Office arrests 31 men in predator sting The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from several other agencies, used Internet advertisements and decoy online personas to lure potential child predators to a house equipped with cameras and filled with law-enforcement officers. During the six-day sting, named Operation Intercept, which ended Saturday, May 12, suspects arrived at a dummy house expecting to meet a child as young as 8. The suspects

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+ Correction In last week’s Pelican Press, the caption of the “Pirecan” sculpture in 40th annual sand sculpture contest should have read that Andrew Daily was the sculptor. Daily won Judges’ Choice and first place in the adult humorous category with his “Pirecan” sculpture.

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Pat Moberg and Grace Haake stop for a picture before cleaning up Siesta Key Village. Right: The group prepares to take the streets in search of rubbish.

Siesta Key cleanup nearly breaks record The Siesta Key Association and the Siesta Key Village Association sponsored an Adopt-A-Road pickup Saturday, May 12 with members of both organizations. Tom and Kay Kouvastos, owners of the Village Café, treated participants to a free breakfast, and then the groups split off with mechanical grabbers and trash bags in hand. SKA Vice President Peter van Roekens was excited to report that the cleanup yielded 25 trash bags, which he believed was a record. However, after taking into account Bob Luckner’s use of grocery bags, the total came to 22 13-gallon trash bags.

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When Chad Maggi decided to propose to his girlfriend of seven years, he wanted to find a way to be romantic — but understated. When the parents of his girlfriend, Katelyn, moved recently to Sarasota, he knew Siesta Key would make a great location, so he began thinking of creative ways to pop the question. After some online searching, he found Siesta Key Tropical Wines and decided it was perfect. “It was a small shop, so that made it romantic and personal,” Chad said. “It seemed like it fit our style — it was nice and quaint, and it had good wine.” Chad contacted the shop last March and began working with owner Maureen Rooney to make plans for the proposal in July. “I was flattered,” Rooney said. “It’s a big deal for us that he wanted to do it here.” The two began designing a custom wine label that read, “Katelyn, will you marry me? — Chad.” “I wanted the label to be simple,” Chad said. “I thought this would be a good way to capture the moment in time.” With the labels in place, the Pennsylvania couple made a trip down to Sarasota, and Chad began making plans for the actual proposal. On the day of the engagement, he took Katelyn to the beach, where he told her they would have to leave soon to meet family for lunch. Coincidentally, Katelyn suggested the couple stop in Siesta Key Tropical Wines on her own, completely unaware of Chad’s plans. “We went in, sat down and tasted a couple of wines, and then we brought out the bottle with my label on it,” Chad said. “She had no idea it was happening. She looked at the wine then back at me, and I got down on one knee. The rest is history.”

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Rooney said this is the first engagement the shop has seen and that she was happy she could be a part of making their engagement special. “It just made me feel good that I could be a part of it with them,” Rooney said. “I wanted it to be perfect, and now they can always remember it.” The couple was married Saturday, April 21, and spent their honeymoon in Jamaica.

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When our editors searched our archives for photos of Al Hogle, Executive Editor Lisa Walsh recalled the portrait of Chief Hogle published in October 2007, when he announced his candidacy for Sarasota County sheriff. “That’s the one,” she said. “It looks like he’s in heaven.” Al Hogle is in heaven, all right. No doubt about it. All who knew him are devastated by his tragic death. Throughout the day Tuesday, when our reporters spoke to Chief Hogle’s longtime colleagues, they choked up and couldn’t talk. “I’ll call you back,” said former Longboat Key Town Manager Bruce St. Denis. Chief Hogle was everyone’s favorite. But he was an all-time favorite among Longboat Observer staffers. Part of it stemmed from this important and unwavering attribute: He was always straight and honest with us. Indeed, he was a model for how a public official should interact with the media. But more than that, much more than that, Chief Hogle was an all-time favorite because of who he was — a good, good, good man. Kurt Schultheis, city editor of the Sarasota Observer, probably had more direct experience with Hogle than anyone on our staff. Schultheis covered the police beat on Longboat Key for five years, all the while Hogle was chief. Here’s what Schultheis wrote Monday evening after learning of Hogle’s motorcycle accident and death: “What a shock. Hogle was one of my favorites. Probably my favorite. “In my opinion, everybody knew Hogle while not everyone knew Bruce St. Denis or (Interim Town Manager) Dave Bullock. In a sense, at least to me, Chief Hogle was the real face of Longboat Key. “He would park his car at the south end of the Key and take a bike ride almost daily the entire length of the Key and back before heading back to Sarasota, waving to people along the way. I would see him talking to people on the side of Gulf of Mexico Drive all the time. He would also walk into businesses all the time; come pick up a paper and talk to Patti Colby at The Observer’s front desk. He was out on the street as much as his officers. “What I loved about Hogle is he never, not once, tried to cover anything up in his department. When one of his officers got caught looking at porn in a squad car computer, one of the first calls he made was to us. He always told me he would rather it come from him firsthand when one of his guys screwed up. “Another time, he called me to tell me he was hiring Capt. Tokajer from Bradenton and explained Tokajer had done some things when he was a younger police officer that he had put behind him. When I asked Hogle why he was calling me, he told me the same thing: ‘I know he’s the right man for the job, but I wanted you to hear from me that I knew about his past.’ We did a story, and Hogle called it ‘more than fair.’ “If something was wrong in Hogle’s department, he was straightforward and honest about it from the get-go. I could never get a ‘shock story’ from his department because he would beat me to it with the phone call to alert us what had happened. “He was also the only one who consistently called us when something was breaking on the scene — from a bad Bayflite car accident to the dead body found in a Country Club Shores canal a few years back. Hogle had me programmed in his cell phone, and he used it.” Schultheis remembered the Toys for Tots drive every year at the Longboat Key police station. “Every year, just days into it, large presents like bicycles would appear in the bin with cards ‘From Santa.’ It was the worst kept secret in town. The Hogles spent hundreds of dollars shopping for the drive each year.

“Al Hogle was the only department head on the island who answered his own phone with no middle person. If he was in his office (I could always reach him at 8 a.m.), he always picked up his own direct line and said, ‘This is Al Hogle. Hi Kurt, what can I do for you today?’ If I needed stats or information, it came from his email. He was his own secretary. He told me once there was no need for taxpayers to spend the money for him to have a secretary. “When he decided to suspend his bid for sheriff shortly after announcing the bid, he said it was for family reasons. Off the record, he confirmed he had family illnesses he had to attend to. ‘Family comes first,’ he said. He followed up with, ‘Leaving Longboat Key would be tough though, too.’ “Hogle rotated taking town employees to lunch at restaurants all over the Key. He knew everyone’s names, their kids’ names, their wives’ names. I ran into him downtown at Sarasota City Hall a couple of months ago when he was going to the credit union across the street. The first words out of his mouth were, ‘How are Brooke and Liam doing?’ It shocked me. He was just a great guy. “Sadly, going on that annual trip with

his buddies was something he looked forward to every year. He would talk about getting the bike ready and preparing for the trip weeks before it was going to happen.” Observer Executive Editor Lisa Walsh dealt directly with Chief Hogle every year for 10 years to organize the annual Fourth of July Freedom Fest parade on Longboat Key. “The very first year, when I called the town about having a parade, I was told it couldn’t be done,” Walsh recalled. “Bruce St. Denis said I should check with Al Hogle. “I remember Al always saying, in a calm way, ‘We may have a problem with this, but here’s a solution.’ He always found a solution. “And then he was there every year, every year on his day off, leading the parade and making sure those kids were safe,” Walsh said. It was always a scene right out of a Norman Rockwell painting or the little town of Mayberry. Chief Hogle would be among the first ones at the parade staging area between SunTrust Bank and Bank of America on Bay Isles Road, dressed in his crisp police uniform, with crowds of kids around him decked in their red, white and blue. “I remember the year it rained,” Walsh said. “He was there beforehand with his weather monitor, worried about the kids not getting their parade. “He was so easy to deal with.” Al Hogle was indeed our Andy of Mayberry, in his own, lovable, competent way. Like Sheriff Andy Griffith, Hogle was much, much smarter and wiser than he led on. He knew how everything worked — the Town Hall politics and bureaucracy — and he knew how to maneuver in and out of this system in such a way that he made it look effortless. If Chief Hogle were ever stressed out, he never, ever let on in public. Roger Drouin, another former Longboat Observer police reporter, said of Hogle: “That was the trait that really set him apart — consistently calm.” Chief Hogle lived by the book. In 2004, with Hurricane Charley taking aim on Longboat Key, Hogle and his officers issued the evacuation order on Longboat Key. I decided to stay, while the rest of the family evacuated. We inadvertently forgot about our dog, Mudge. I called Chief Hogle to ask if I could drive Mudge over the bridge and return to the Key to cover the storm. “I can’t let you do that,” the chief said. I pleaded. “Sorry,” he said. “Once you cross the bridge, that’s it. No exceptions.” By the book. (Mudge made it, thanks to another motorist.) Chief Hogle took some harsh criticism from a few town commissioners for his handling of the suspension of the former town planning director, Monica Simpson. But from all we heard, once again, he followed the book and showed courage, aplomb and patience throughout. That decision, in all likelihood, cost him the opportunity to become Longboat Key’s town manager. But that probably was a good thing. Chief Hogle was living his calling, maintaing a steady hand over public safety on Longboat Key, helping others in need. Drouin remembered how Hogle responded in the early morning hours of Dec. 21, 2006, when a group of Cuban refugees landed on the shores of north Longboat Key. “He and Deputy Chief Martin Sharkey made sure that the dehydrated and hungry refugees were treated kindly and given proper care,” Drouin wrote us. And he did everything without fanfare. As far as we can remember, Chief Hogle never sought credit or accolades for anything. He liked to give credit to others, especially to his officers. And in the company of citizens, he lived by that old Mother’s Rule: If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. Hogle always had something nice to say to you or about someone you knew. Al Hogle was a good, good, good man. — MW


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The sounds of silence Yet another example of a vocal, Longboat Key has a number of albeit caring, few attempting to quality restaurants. Five even sit impose their view on the masses: on the water. But, like Casey Key, How many people truly “suffer� Longboat Key lacks entertainment from the alleged noise emanating venues. If you want music, you from the entertainment venues in can listen to your MP3 player or Siesta Village? The occupants of stereo or leave the island. some homes, some hotels, some Siesta Key is self-contained. guest houses? Is that Everything Sarasota has number 200, perhaps to offer is here: beaches, 300 people? Certainly not tennis, restaurants and, many more, even in seayes, entertainment. (And son, and far fewer the reas with all the Keys, you mainder of the year. must go to the mainland Three key factors sugfor visual and performing gest we not alter, restrict arts.) or — worse — silence That’s our brand: daythe music, the sounds of life, nightlife and minimal entertainment in the Vildriving; self-contained lage: branding, economJEFFREY pleasure for all ages. The ics and development. WEISMAN formula has worked well Branding: Siesta Key for years. Look at our has a distinct personalsuccess. Why change it ity. Blessed with the No. 1 beach for a vocal few who choose to outin the U.S. title, the Key’s friendly shout the music? low-key atmosphere attracts a Economics: The entertainmultitude of tourists, families and ment venues of Siesta Key attract fun-loving people. Not to mention people: residents, tourists, mainall the lucky residents who live on landers (the bridge crowd). The the Key. people spend money. The revenue Unlike our two sister keys to the strengthens the Key and Sarasota north and south, Siesta Key has a — in taxes, salaries; it’s a multiplier more dynamic and defined per- effect. sonality. We have that fabulous In comparison, the 200 or so vobeach, a host of restaurants and cal people clearly don’t contribute nightlife. the same amount of overall revCasey Key boasts natural beauty enue as the entertainment venues. and a sense of community, albeit Agreed, we must never allow the with a smaller population. One interests of business to surpass the has few choices on that Key for interests of people. But a minority, dining and none for entertain- the ones complaining with their ment. You just have to travel to the jeremiad, cannot dictate for the mainland. rest of us.

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RAMI NEHME Rami Nehme found a home away from home at his beloved Siesta Key bar. Rami Nehme is the friendly face at BlasĂŠ CafĂŠ who shakes up a killer martini and makes comprehensive dance playlists. He spends most of his days — and nights — at the cafĂŠ pouring drinks and entertaining guests with music from his iPhone. “I play the best music from the ‘70s and ‘80s ‌ move smoothly from The Temptations to hip-hop by midnight,â€? he says. “People really go wild.â€? But patrons take note: There’s more to man behind the bar. Nehme was born in Kuwait and grew up in Amman, Jordan. Nehme developed he interest in human relations as a teen working with Teen Amnesty and UNICEF. He attended college in Jordan, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and later took a job with a multinational corporation. He worked there for four years before deciding to come to the United States.

Neheme had been on a trip to Orlando for a trade show in December 2001. “I was going to be in Florida for four days, and I finished up my purchasing in two,â€? he says. “People told me about Siesta Key, and because I had two more days, I rented a car and drove over to Siesta Key. I spent two days and fell in love with the area. I mean, who could not? Are you kidding me?â€? But it would be a few more years before he would be able to call Siesta his home. Nehme’s first stop was Virginia Beach, Va., but a year later, he relocated to Sarasota making his way back to Siesta Key. With no job, no green card, no work permit and no specific plans, Nehme’s move could have proved unsuccessful. Luckily, his new neighbor was Cindy Breslin, founder of BlasĂŠ CafĂŠ, and she happened to need some help at the restaurant. From hosting to bartending to helping with the books –

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Nehme was ready and willing to help. “It all just happened to fall into place — like puzzle pieces fitting together somehow,â€? he says. Nehme found his love of the restaurant business and quickly acquired cultural education from behind the bar. “I needed to learn about the country, and there is no better position than being a bartender,â€? Nehme says. “People are really unique depending on what region of the country they come from.â€? Despite a decade in the U.S., Nehme remains fascinated by the diversity among Americans. Last September, Nehme became a part owner of BlasĂŠ CafĂŠ and has taken on more responsibility within the establishment. “You don’t own a restaurant, the restaurant owns you,â€? Nehme says. He doesn’t mind the hard work. For Nehme the best part of the restaurant business — particularly BlasĂŠ CafĂŠ — is the people. A selfproclaimed “shy guy,â€? Nehme lights up every time he enters the cafe. The patron’s experience is the most important part to him. He loves it when people shake his hand, thank-

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Step into a world of possibility– a world where differences don’t set us apart, they bring us together! Visit the international art exhibit that celebrates diversity. Embracing Our Differences! Photos by Nick Friedman

The German exchange students enjoyed Siesta Key Beach with their American hosts.

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Larissa Wallat with her host student, Ana Ximena Berger spends his summers traveling abroad to learn other languages, and he currently speaks German, English and French. He said he enjoyed staying with his host family and spending some time in the nice weather. Another exchange student, Larissa Wallat, said she was pleasantly surprised at the friendliness of the American students. “There are a lot of clichés, and I wanted to see if American high schools were like they are in the movies,” she said. “My first impressions were that everyone was so nice and friendly. Everyone is really open and interested.” Wallat, like most of the students, said her favorite thing about the visit so far has been visiting the beaches, and she hopes to come back in the future. Berger’s host mother, Nancy Kelly, said this is her first time participating in something like this, and that it’s been a great learning experience for the whole family. “My son has always been really into German history,” Kelly said. “So, when I saw in Riverview’s newsletter that they were looking for host families, I thought it would be a good opportunity.” Before the program, students wrote essays about themselves so that they could be placed with American students with similar personalities. Kelly said she was really impressed with the matching process, and that she enjoyed getting to know the students. Program supervisor William Graves has been overseeing these trips for eight years. Graves is an American who studied abroad in Germany and then moved there with his wife. Now, he travels to the United States with German students to help facilitate the experience. “We want to disperse some of the stereotypes that each culture has of the other,” Graves said. “It’s all about promoting intercultural understanding. When you see them out here on the beach together, you see that they’re essentially exactly the same.”

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By Rachel S. O’Hara | Staff Photographer

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This year’s Florida International Triathlon and Duathlon drew more than 550 athletes.

The cold water temperatures proved to be beneficial later in the day.

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Alex Miller, 13, headed back toward shore after completing the swimming portion.

Vicki Sugar and Cathy Brady celebrated their 60th birthdays by competing in the triathlon.

Siesta Key Beach’s parking lot was full of athletes at 4 a.m., Saturday, May 12, preparing themselves and their gear for the Florida International Triathlon and Duathlon. More than 550 athletes participated in this year’s events, including the triathlon, SPRINT triathlon and duathlon. There were a variety of paid and volunteer workers who made sure that all portions of the race went smoothly, including members of Widow’s Sons motorcycle group, USAT officials, lifeguards, police officers and volunteers from the Challeneged Athletes Foundation. Alex Miller, 13, a challenged athlete, started off the race by heading in a few minutes early to complete the swimming portion of the SPRINT triathlon. The crowd cheered Miller on, and his impressive swim got the other competitors even more excited to race. Race director David Strehlow

noted the water was rougher and cooler than expected, but the temperature was a blessing once the athletes made their way to the biking and running portions of the race. Other notable parts of the day included an appearance by the Lego Man, free beer for the athletes from the Cock and Bull, music, plenty of food and awards. The Cock and Bull also hosted a private party for volunteers following the race.

WINNERS OVERALL MALE INTERNATIONAL DISTANCE TRIATHLON CHAMPION 71 Nicholas Chase, 26, Saint Petersburg, 2:11:32 OVERALL FEMALE INTERNATIONAL DISTANCE TRIATHLON CHAMPION 31 Heather Butcher, 40, North Port, 2:27:37 OVERALL SPRINT TRIATHLON MALE CHAMPION 1212 Ben Carlson, 28, Saint Petersburg, 1:02:18 OVERALL SPRINT TRIATHLON FEMALE CHAMPION 1127 Nicole Carson, 32, Sarasota, 1:15:21 MALE SPRINT DUATHLON OVERALL CHAMPION 1023 Ken Oday, 47, Palm Harbor, 1:00:55 FEMALE SPRINT DUATHLON OVERALL CHAMPION 1011 Lorraine Freeman, 45, Port Charlotte, 1:14:02

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ODA students sweeten Mother’s Day The pre-kindergarten students at Out-of-Door Academy had a Mother’s Day tea, Thursday, May 10. The students and mothers enjoyed time together by

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never to hurt people. We also aren’t doing this for glory or money. It’s about the mind, body and spirit and building moral character. A lot of my students go on to do really great things. I have three of my black belts who have joined the FBI. A lot of them gravitate toward law enforcement-type jobs.

What kind of values do you instill in your students? I teach my students that they are never to hurt someone unless it’s absolutely necessary. They know that they are only allowed to use their training outside of the dojo to defend their life, their family or their country. Otherwise, if they’re caught fighting outside of the dojo, they’ll be kicked out. To learn the skills, you don’t have to hurt anyone. It’s all light touch. A lot of parents are nervous to let their kids join because they see things on TV that give them the wrong idea. What are some common misconceptions about karate? A lot of the MMA (mixed martial arts) that’s become popular on TV is giving people the wrong impression about karate. Our intention is

You’ve had a very impressive career. What have been your proudest moments? I retired in 1992. Four years ago, I went to Sydney as a coach. When I was there, I thought, “You know what? I think I want to compete.” So I asked if it would be alright if I competed. I’d had my shoulder replaced, and they said, “Your doctor will kill you.” But I ended up competing, and I took two gold medals. So, that made 13 for me. It’s nice to be rec-

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ognized for all the hard work you put into something, but honestly, the medals and things are just kind of icing on the cake. What has been the most rewarding aspect of your career? The biggest thing for me is how proud I am of my students. I’m proud of my awards, but the students are what keep me going. I see a lot of the things teenagers can get themselves into, and I see the positive effect this is having on their lives. My students stay in touch with me for years after they leave, and my biggest accomplishment is being able to touch the lives of people.

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The number of carries Booker senior running back Michael Jones had in the Tornadoes’ 2011 campaign. Booker will travel to Palmetto for its spring game at 7 p.m. May 24.

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Two-bedroom Siesta Beach home sells for $1 million

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James Kapp Jr., trustee, of Mission Hills, Kan., sold the Unit 406 condominium at 5740 Midnight Pass Road to William Vanderhoef, trustee, of Troy, Mich., for $865,000. Built in 1986, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,757 square feet of living area.

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Carlos Rivero, trustee, Orlando, sold the Unit 301 condominium at 6140 Midnight Pass Road to Christopher Gistis and Linsday Gistis, trustees, of Plymouth, Mass., for $720,000. Built in 1967, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,552 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,525,000 in 2006.

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Hanfred and Jacqueline Seela, of Pike, Ohio, sold their Unit 407 condominium at 5880 Midnight Pass Road to Mark Hazeltine, trustee, of Arlington, Heights, Ill., for $680,000. Built in 1982, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,037 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $259,000 in 1990. William Redmond, trustee, of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, sold the Unit 605 condominium at 5880 Midnight Pass Road to Ray and Rosemary Falk, of Hudson, Ill., for $552,000. Built in 1982, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,498 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $585,000 in 2001.

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Robert and Carol Perricone, of Staten Island, N.Y., sold their Unit 607 condominium at 625 Beach Road to Herbert and Joann Nevyas, of Narberth, Pa., for $625,000. Built in 1975, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,144

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Charles and Linda Hewins, of Star Valley Ranch, Wyo., sold their Unit 207 condominium at 5855 Midnight Pass Road to Gary and Kathleen Nock, Sarasota, for $517,500. Built in 1976, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 1,593 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $191,000 in 1997.

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Wall to wall with furniture and decorative items: Furnish or redecorate your home with these outstanding values from makers like Henredon & Henry Link: family room, living room, bedroom, dining room and beautiful lanai furniture. Lots of lamps, crystal, silver, paintings, prints, kitchen items, linens, books, costume jewelry, clothing and electronics. Collectibles: orientalia, paper weights, Hummels and rare Partieux jardinière.

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SIESTA KEY Condo: 2BR/2BA Unfurnished, Annual Lease. Full Bay & Gulf Views, Pool, Tennis Courts, Fitness, On the water, Steps to the beach. Available Now!! $1,250/mo. Siesta Key Realty, 941-349-8900.

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FOUR ESTATES Friday 5/18: 9:00 – 1:00 (#’s at 8) Saturday 5/19: 9:00 – 1:00 Airport Mall 8251 W. University Parkway (Old US 301)

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ESTATE SALE Saturday, May 19, 8a.m.-4p.m. 3521 Almeria Ave. Sarasota, 34239. Wolf & SubZero appliances, Aaron chair, Hartman lamps, American pottery, Italian lighting fixtures, artwork, furniture, collectibles, books, garden furniture & more.

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

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FLEA MARKET. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium. Saturday, May 19, 10a.m.-5p.m. & Sunday, May 20, 10a.m.-4p.m. For info: 954-4165.

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

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PELICAN COVE. Beautiful 3/2 turnkey furnished annual rental in this amenity rich community. This ground floor unit is available at $1,450/month. Call Siesta Beach Realty @ 941-993-5722. SIESTA KEY Villa: beach access, walk to Village, 2BR/2BA +den. No pets. $3500/mo. 941-924-0007.

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“I just picked America; Sarasota picked me,” David Smash says. “If other guys from Oklahoma or Alaska wrote to me on Facebook, I’d probably be living there.”

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David Smash is singing the blues and living the American dream. This is the story of how Sarasota’s hot new rock ’n’ roll front man went from playing ‘Lithuania’s Got Talent’ to clubs in Southside Village. It’s another sunny day in Sarasota, a day just like the day before. The sky is cloudless, and the breeze smells vaguely of coconut sunscreen and jacaranda blooms.

Well-dressed pairs of men and women are sitting at outdoor bistro tables along Hillview Street and noshing on heaping salads. Cars with leather interiors and convertible rooftops are cruising

up and down Tamiami Trail. Birds are singing. Cell phones are jingling. A feisty waitress with a ponytail and dimples is darting between tables, making small talk and good tips.

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Under the shade of a palm tree, with a borrowed guitar at his feet, sits David Smash; his shirt halfbuttoned, his blond hair halfslicked back, a long chain dangling from his neck. “This place is like a Hollywood dreamland,” Smash says surveying the scene around him. “Back home, America was a myth — like life after death. Once someone goes to America, they never come back. Not because it’s bad, but because it’s so good.” Two months ago, the 19-yearold, whose real name is Dovydas Mašcinskas, was still living at home with his parents and little sisters in Lithuania, where for five years he fronted an American-style, rock-and-blues band that landed the musician on several televised music competitions, including the 2009 season of “Lithuania’s Got Talent.” “Lithuania is small,” Smash says. “There are only six TV channels and 14 radio stations all playing techno and pop. There are only a few music producers, and none of them will work with an American-style musician. They see no product.” Sarasota saw a product. After graduating from high school, Smash had intended to take his act to Germany or the United Kingdom, but he ended up on the Gulf Coast of Florida instead, thanks to the power of Facebook. After watching videos of the teen performing with his band on YouTube, Bradenton musician Steve Arvey began communicating with Smash via Facebook. It didn’t take long for the Lithuanian front man to sell his guitar, amp and drum set and move to

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David Smash has written 40 original songs, half of which are already recorded. Sarasota, where Arvey, a 54-yearold, rock-and-blues veteran, set up the performer with gigs and borrowed equipment. “He’s a whiz kid,” Arvey says. “At 19, he’s got more musicianship than guys twice his age. And he’s done his homework. A lot of the beach bars in town are looking for these Jack Johnson-types. David’s got much more heart and soul than that. He’s an inspiration.” In less time than it takes most musicians to book one underground dive bar, Smash has already played Ocean Blues, Kojak’s Palmetto Ribhouse, the Siesta Key Oyster Bar and WSLR’s auditorium, where he opened earlier this month for the Dirty Bourbon River Show. “Everyone is so friendly here,” says Smash, who met his band mates at a local jam session. “They keep telling me I’m great.

I’m not used to it. In my country, we don’t encourage people to be special. After my first concert in seventh grade, my teacher came up to me, not to congratulate me, but to tell me, ‘Don’t get your nose too high in the air.’ I was just a kid who played my first song.” The flattery is flowing now, though it seems Smash, who is staying with a new friend in Gillespie Park, is still too cultureshocked to be affected by it. A former competitive swimmer, he describes himself as a “sportsman,” who is as passionate about eating healthy and working out as he is playing music. “I keep my mind clear,” he says. “I’ve read all the literature on drugs and alcohol. I know what they can do to you. When you waste a lot of energy on stage, you have to replace it with a good diet and exercise. A lot of

musicians are tired and falling off the stage by the end of the night and I’m still full of energy.” The first week he arrived in Sarasota he joined the YMCA and purchased a $50 bicycle off of Craigslist, which he pedals to and from gigs. “It’s the best bicycle I ever had,” says Smash. He adds, “Can you believe there’s a website where you can purchase things from people?” On stage, Smash is full of swagger. His throaty vocals make him sound like Jerry Lee Lewis, and his slide guitar makes him sound like Chuck Berry. Off stage, he’s the earnest son of a former heavyweight lifter and stay-at-home mother, who, when Smash was 13, cobbled together 20 euros to buy him a noname acoustic guitar from a flea market in Germany. “My father had a lot of rock ’n’ roll and doo-wop recordings,” Smash says. “We listened to Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. — the golden library of music. My father said the clearest water is at the beginning of the river, so I started learning the roots.” His musical influences are obvious: Elvis Presley, Ray Charles and Chet Atkins, to name a few. The rest of the Smash package is a combination of ambition, self-discipline and charm gleaned from having spent his youth studying the mannerism of American movie stars, from Gary Cooper to Clint Eastwood to George Clooney. Though he was taught English in school, he admittedly grasped most of the language by downloading all six seasons of “The

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The David Smash Band plays every Monday night at Ocean Blues on Hillview Street in Southside Village. In addition to playing the guitar, Smash plays piano, drums, harmonica and xylophone. For more information, call 366-3010 or follow David Smash on Facebook. Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” “At first I couldn’t understand much,” Smash says. “I had a dictionary and I was looking up words like ‘homie.’ After four or five episodes I was walking around saying, ‘You can dig it.’” Arvey, who has spent his career touring venues around the world, says Smash has a character strength that can’t be manufactured: sincerity. If you ask Smash what it is that sets him apart from other musicians, he’ll say it’s his principles and classic rockabilly sound. “People will get sick of Lady Gaga one day,” he says. “The techno hits of last summer won’t last forever.” Almost on cue, an SUV with candy-coated pop music thumping from its open windows speeds past his serene spot in the shade. Smash, however, is too busy ordering a second orange juice to notice. “I got to play a couple songs at the Ritz-Carlton,” he says. “I spoke with some guys there, and they were talking about the bad economy, and I thought to myself, ‘C’mon guys. We’re sitting at the Ritz-Carlton. How bad can it be?’”

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+ Guest conductors vie for maestro post As the Sarasota Orchestra continues its hunt to replace Artistic Director Leif Bjaland, the organization will pad next season’s Masterworks Series with guest conductors from around the world, including Jamie Laredo, director of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra; Thomas Wilkins, director of the Omaha Symphony; Anu Tali, conductor of the Nordic Symphony Orchestra; Daniel Hege, former director of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra; Alessandro Siciliani, former director of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Grams, former assistant conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra; and Peter Bay, director of the Austin Symphony. I suggest you play close attention to the programs they lead. The organization’s music director search committee is considering some of these folks for Bjaland’s job. I wonder if the Estonianborn Tali, who blew audi-

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Anu Tali will conduct the Sarasota Orchestra in January. ences away last year when she appeared as a guest conductor with the Sarasota Orchestra, is among one of the candidates? At 30, the classically trained pianist founded the Nordic Symphony Orchestra with her twin sister, Kadri Tali. The only female guest conductor on the Sarasota lineup, she’s already a crowd favorite. Subscription packages are now on sale. Call 953-3434 or visit sarasotaorchestra. org.

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+ Comic’s ‘Today’ show segment gets bumped (again) If I were comedian Gid Pool, I’d be setting my DVR to record every episode of the “Today” show. When Jane Pauley interviewed the retired real-estate agent last month for the “Today” show at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, producers said the segment would air Tuesday, May 8, on NBC. However, since then, the air date has changed twice. The latest update puts Pool on TV Tuesday, May 22. Until then, you can catch a teaser of the

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Alyson Rozier’s biggest project of the year gave area students an opportunity to write a score for the Sarasota Orchestra with the help of a well-known Disney composer.

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“My job doesn’t leave a lot of extra time for gigging,” says Alyson Rozier, Sarasota Orchestra’s assistant education director, who played her trumpet in the pit orchestra for Sarasota Opera’s “Otello.” but I can’t imagine devoting my entire career to it. I don’t have it in me to practice every night.” In 2005, she earned dual master’s degrees in trumpet performance and arts administration from Florida State University. A Port Charlotte native, Rozier says she lucked out when she landed a job seven years ago at an arts organization so close to her hometown. Hired straight out of college as the Sarasota Orchestra’s assistant education director, Rozier is in charge of managing the organization’s five youth orchestras.

The job requires not only an advanced understanding of music curriculum but also an ability to juggle the minutia of a 26-week program that enrolled more than 230 children this season. In addition to managing the Youth Orchestra, she also coordinates outreach activities to area schools, manages the Sarasota Orchestra Summer Music Camp and is currently wrapping up her favorite project of the year: the Young Person’s Concerts. The curriculum-based concert reaches more than 10,000 fourthand fifth-grade students in Sara-

sota and Manatee counties. Developed by Rozier and a team of six teachers, this year’s project was hailed as one of the best in the program’s 58 years. “It was awesome,” Rozier says, presenting a spiral-bound composition for an orchestral piece titled “Tamiami Sinfonietta,” by composer Gregory Smith. Although Smith’s name is written on the front of the score, the four-movement piece was composed in collaboration with students from four local elementary schools: Gulf Gate, Lamarque, Gene Witt and Oneco. Flipping through the score, Rozier points to each school’s movement, in which Smith has embedded melodies created by specific students or teams of students. The project culminated last week with a series of concerts, performed for busloads of children at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, under the direction of Youth Orchestra alum Chris Confessore, who now serves as the resident conductor of the Alabama Symphony and the music director of the Brevard Symphony. When the work premiered last week before the students at Lamarque Elementary, Rozier says many of them were able to pinpoint their tunes. “They were ecstatic,” Rozier says. “I could see the figurative light bulb go off in their heads. It sparked an interest, like, ‘Hey, classical music can be cool.’”

DID YOU KNOW When California-based composer Gregory Smith agreed to collaborate with local music teachers to write a piece of music using student melodies for the Sarasota Orchestra, no one expected him to spend so much time on the project. One of the most soughtafter composers in the country, Smith wrote and conducted the music for “Wishes,” the nighttime fireworks spectacle at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. He also composed the current ESPN college football theme, the re-release of the original “Star Trek” theme and is frequently tapped to create work for commercials, movies and television shows, including themes for the Discovery Channel, TNT and Warner Bros. cartoons.

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Alyson Rozier loves playing the trumpet. She loves it so much she got her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in trumpet performance. Had she not heeded the advice of her childhood orthodontist, the 33-year-old musician might have played the clarinet, instead. “My sister played the clarinet, so, of course, I wanted to play it, too,” Rozier says. “My orthodontist didn’t think it was such a good idea, though. He said it would interfere with the (dental) treatments I was getting at the time.” So, she took up the trumpet, instead. With the encouragement of her mother, an elementary-school music teacher, and her father, a pianist, she continued to toot the horn throughout college, even as her attention shifted from performance to music education. “It was the perfect environment for a young musician,” Rozier says of her upbringing. “Any time I had a solo with piano accompaniment, I’d be up with my dad until 10 o’clock at night, running through music.” However, after years of honing her brass-playing chops, Rozier opted to pursue a career in arts administration. She says it was her way of experiencing the best of both worlds. “The music world, for a professional musician, is very demanding and competitive,” Rozier says. “It’s important early on to figure out where you fit. I love playing,

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It’s the red-carpet event of doggie affairs, and this year it went wild! Attendance at the sixth annual Paws on the Catwalk luncheon, held April 27, at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, was a record-breaking 329 — up by more than 100 people from last year. Chris Voelker and Alex Miller co-chaired the luncheon that began in the Ritz lobby, where guests received a celebrity greeting from a golden retriever therapy dog named Casey. Next, they were refreshed by an ice-cold glass of vodka-lemonade. During a fashion show coordinated by Dr. Anne Chauvet, 16 men and women —  including most of The Players Theatre’s “Full Monty” cast — navigated their way around a twisty-turny runway, as did a group of children from Phillippi Shores Elementary School, including Chauvet’s sons, Vincent and Devan. Humane Society volunteers paraded alongside several  fourlegged friends — all without incident.   The models showcased fashions from Shore, Gap Kids, Banana Republic, Martin Freeman, Caché and Sarasota Brides. But

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Models walked the runway in fashions by Shore, Sarasota Brides and more. the best part of the event was when four dogs, two puppies and one kitten were each adopted during the event, which generated more than $60,000 for the Humane Society.

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Gene and Toby Halpern with Hillary Steele at the Sarasota Ballet “In Celebration” reception and dinner Monday, May 7, at Michael’s Wine Cellar.

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Retta Wagner and Noreen Delaney at “In Celebration”

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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens CEO Tom Buchter and Tom Luzier with Marty and Jane Faust at the Selby Gardens Chairman’s Circle event Tuesday, May 1, at Michael’s Wine Cellar.

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Joy Server at the Laughter Unlimited annual luncheon Tuesday, May 8, at Hyatt Regency, Sarasota Cindy Inverson and Edna Gary at Laughter Unlimited

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+ A tall tale? Fred Doery says his cousin, Sigmond Doery, is responsible for coining the phrase “hunky-dory.” Sigmond was a handsome, redheaded guy who lived on a chicken ranch in New Jersey, and every so often he would travel to Philadelphia to work on old movie sets that were filming on location. Soon enough, he acquired a nickname — “Hunky Doery.” Somewhere along the line, someone must have dropped the “e” in Doery …

+ Tidbits A daughter’s love ... Out-of-Door Academy students Ansley White and Cate Paxton participated in the The Observer’s annual Mother’s Day Q-&-A last week. BT asked them a set of mom-related questions, including why they love their mothers and about their moms’ favorite flowers and when their moms look the prettiest. Both Ansley and Cate replied, “When she goes to Banyan Ball.” The ball Photos by Molly Schechter and Loren Mayo is ODA’s annual fundraising Roz Brott and her new event … Holding court… puppy, Maggie The newest member of Roz and Sam Brott’s family was holding court at Toasted Mango last weekend. Her name is Maggie; she is 10 weeks old and an intentional cross-breed of Bichon Frisé and Cavalier King Charles Cate Paxton Ansley White spaniel …

+ Cutting back Bob Plunket, who has been chronicling the town’s life for Sarasota magazine for 30 years (!), is cutting back. The prevailing story is that he will continue to write his “Mr. Chatterbox” column and, perhaps, a little more, but he will no longer be full-time. Plunket wants BT to publish the real reason — the piece of news nobody knows: “I’m writing a novel with all the secrets I’ve learned about Sarasota — all the scandals, the sex, the divorces, the trophy wives … I already have a lawyer on retainer.” Although he really is in the planning stages of a book, don’t worry — it’s not that one.

+ ’Tis the new season BT is collecting events for the 20122013 social calendar, and if we don’t know about it, we can’t publish it! Email the following information to lmayo@yourobserver. com: name of your event; group hosting; group benefiting; time, date and place; ticket price; chairperson; contact name, phone number and email; website; and event description.

+ Adding on It turns out there is more to Scott George’s involvement with Community AIDS Network than his position on the board. He is the agency’s new director of development, and he’s raring to go. “There’s a misperception that AIDS is cured, but it’s not,” he says. “Infection rates are growing so fast; education is a huge part of the need. AIDS is not gone, not any time soon.” It all started when George was seated at the same table as CAN President Mike Cuffage for the Circus Sarasota gala in January. You can’t be too careful where you sit these days …

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