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+ U.S. Marine commends patriotism Braden River Middle School students and staff members were greeted with a patriotic surprise recently when former Braden River student Jake Mullery, a U.S. Marine now stationed in California, stopped by the school to thank students for showing their support of the U.S. military. Just before Christmas, students at Braden River had sent approximately 200 boxes filled with goodies — called HeroBoxes — to soldiers in four different units stationed in Afghanistan. Unbeknownst to the school, Mullery received one of those boxes while on a tour oversees. Mullery, who was in town for two weeks on leave, stopped by Braden River to thank students personally for showing their support of the troops through the boxes and the letters contained within them. While at the school, Mullery also spoke with students in the class of his former teacher, David Barcena, and recorded an interview for the school’s morning news program.

+ Memorial Parade slated for Sunday

It’s time to honor the nation’s fallen heroes. The Tribute to Heroes Memorial Day will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, May 27, on Lakewood Ranch Main Street. The parade will start at 6 p.m. Parade organizers are seeking donations of non-perishable items such as beef jerky, power bars and toiletries, to send to troops oversees.

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American to the core

Students drink up lunch offering After receiving a petition from students at Gene Witt Elementary School, the Manatee County Public School District is offering strawberry milk — while it lasts — once again at the school.

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Above: During World War II, Joe Nocco and his unit landed in Italy on D-Day. Top: Nocco enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942, after being declined by both the Air Force and the Army.

East County resident and Word War II veteran Joe Nocco, 94, died May 2. EAST COUNTY — This weekend, as the nation remembers those who have lost their lives while serving in the nation’s military, East County residents will remember one of their own. Local World War II veteran Joseph Samuel Nocco died May 2. He was 94 years old. Family and friends gathered Tuesday, May 22, at Braden River Presbyterian Church to celebrate his life during a special memorial service. Nocco will be buried in July in Naperville, Ill. “We will all miss Joe and his warm smile he always had on his face,” local VFW Post 12055 Cmdr. Dave Daily said. “He was one of those people who brightened a room. His smile was contagious.” “Post 12055 lost a valued

member and friend,” he said. “Our great nation lost a hero.” Nocco’s children said their dad, a conservative, was toughas-nails and loved a good political discussion. A consummate salesman, he was outgoing and personable and loved to dress up when going out. His love for his country extended beyond his military service, as well, because Nocco served in political positions in his home state of Illinois and locally served as an election judge for more than 20 years. With the VFW, Nocco helped raise funds for national and local programs such as the VFW National Home for Children and VFW Adopt-AUnit, among others.



Joe Nocco loved politics and was a strong conservative, his children said. In 1964, when Arizona’s Republican Sen. Barry Goldwater was running for president, he even took out a full-page ad in the Chicago Tribune to promote Goldwater, his candidate of choice.

EAST COUNTY — Gene Witt Elementary School students Ashreeti Sharma and Yohki Paschalidis, both 11, took a lesson from American history and made it their own. The 11-year-old girls collected 256 signatures of students and staff members at their school and then petitioned the Manatee County Public School District to reinstate deliveries of strawberry milk. Witt got its first monthly shipment of reduced-sugar strawberry milk in March and has gotten one delivery at the start of each month since. The milk, which will be delivered through the end of the school year, typically sells out within two or three days. “It’s a little treat for us,” Yohki said, smiling. “I think of it as dessert.” Ashreeti said she came up with the idea to petition for strawberry milk, which the school took off its menu a few years ago, while learning about how the American colonies protested taxes from Britain during a social studies unit. Her teacher, Debra Barnard, was talking about how petitions worked, and as an example of items that could be petitioned, she mentioned Witt no longer served strawberry milk — Ashreeti’s mind began to reel. “At my house, my mom wants me to stay healthy,” Ashreeti said. “She doesn’t keep much junk food, which I think is good. But when I


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security detail By Pam Eubanks | News Editor

CDD 4 plans security changes IDA Supervisors on the Lakewood Ranch CDD 4 board will hire U.S. Security & Associates for patrolling services, rather than renew a contract with Diamond Investigations. LAKEWOOD RANCH — Supervisors on the Lakewood Ranch Community Development District 4 board are hopeful a pending contractor change will improve the visibility of security patrols in the community. CDD 4 supervisors May 17 agreed to hire U.S. Security & Associates, the company that provides security services in Districts 1, 2, 5 and at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, starting June 9. For about $4,000 annually, the security contractor will provide the district with its own designated, marked car for roving security patrols. Supervisor Keith Davey said the issue has been an outstanding item of concern with the district’s current provider, Diamond Investigations. “We want a visibly marked car,” Davey said. “There’s been a number of occasions where the (Diamond patrol) car has been

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observed without markers. (The reason for the change) is primarily about visibility.” Supervisors said they and residents feel the security patrols by marked cars, in particular, serve as a deterrent for crime and suspicious activities. “There’s a comfort level in knowing there’s security there and that’s important to a significant portion of our residents,” CDD 4 Chairman Michael Griffin said. In its proposal, U.S. Security has offered to provide a marked car for about $5,000 less annually than the district’s current security provider. “I think it’s a win, win, win,” Supervisor Nancy Johnson said of the change. Diamond Investigations has provided roving security patrol services within CDD 4 boundaries for the last year. Contact Pam Eubanks at

By Pam Eubanks | News Editor

In other business: CDD 1

November. Stepleman promised not to run if • A resident of the a proposal to incorpodistrict complained rate Lakewood Ranch several common-area failed. He has served trees were encroaching as a supervisor for onto his property, with about 10 years. branches pushing up • For CDD 2, Rey against his fence and reported the district also extending over it. has 2,277 registered Operations staff voters. members said the trees were being • In CDD 5, superviappropriately mainsors agreed to modify tained and were not Pam Eubanks plans for repairs to causing harm to the Contractors for the CDD storm-drain inlets homeowner’s property. 5 recommended chang- in the Portmarnock • Town Hall Executive neighborhood. Upon es to repairs after findDirector Eva Rey starting repairs to ing a layer of concrete reported the district replace base material above the underdrain. has 3,204 registered and resurface secvoters. tions of roadway, contractors discovered concrete above the underdrain. CDD 4 “We can’t take all that con• Eva Rey reported the district has crete out,” district engineer Mike 2,554 registered voters. Kennedy said. Contractors now will mill and resurface the roadway, which likely CDDs 2 & 5 will result in cost savings. • In CDD 2, Chairman Bob • In CDD 5, Rey reported the disStepleman formally announced trict has 1,507 registered voters. he will not re-run for office in

By Pam Eubanks | News Editor

Ranch youth earn certifications LAKEWOOD RANCH — Eighteen-year-old Jennifer Jackson looked at ease as she led a class of preschoolers in a game of “Simon Says.” But, when she started in Lakewood Ranch High School’s Early Childhood Education program four years ago, she was nervous just being around the children. Now, comfort has set in, and she hopes to have a career working with them, possibly as a speech pathologist or a teacher. This month, Jackson and 10 of her classmates got a little closer to fulfilling their dreams of working with children after becoming among the first 300 high school students in the country to earn national industry certifications as child development associates. “It’s exciting,” Jackson said. “I don’t think I would have been able to do it without the help of this program. (Our teacher) Mrs. (Elaine) Bowling really guided us.” Senior Maddi Runge agreed. “I never thought I’d be in (this program) for four years and be able to teach preschoolers,” she said. “I just love working with the kids. They’re so much fun.” Bowling, who oversees the Early Childhood Education program, said the certification just became available to high school students through the Council for Professional Recognition in April 2011. To earn the certification, students must have completed 480 hours of working with children under age 5, received 120 hours of child-care training, completed oral and written exams and finished a resource collection file. Bowling also had to complete an assessment observation for each student. “(This certification) means now they can go into child care, and they can actually teach in a classroom,” Bowling said. “They don’t have to be an assistant anymore. It’s a certification they can take with them. They can go out there

Eleven of Lakewood Ranch High School’s Early Childhood Education students earned national certifications recently.

budget down 5.7% The decrease is largely attributable to the conclusion of an irrigation study.

LAKEWOOD RANCH — As Lakewood Ranch Community Development District supervisors delve further into the 2013 budgeting process this summer, members of the Lakewood Ranch Inter-District Authority Board approved May 17 a preliminary 2013 fiscal year budget of $3.2 million — a 5.7% decrease, or about $194,000 less than in fiscal year 2012. Lakewood Ranch Town Hall Finance Director Steve Zielinski said the decrease primarily results from the conclusion of an irrigation study last year, which last year cost $83,000, as well as $64,100 in savings on operations expenses. “It’s a prudent budget,” Zielinski said. The IDA’s budget, which will be incorporated into the budgets of each of Lakewood Ranch Community Development Districts 1, 2, 4 and 5, continues to provide funding for the future construction of a maintenance facility for Town Hall’s operations department. Zielinski said the IDA has been making provisions for future expenses associated with the maintenance facility, such as site surveys, permitting and other items, since fiscal year 2010 and has set aside $230,000 over the last three years. The IDA has spent about $137,000 on engineering, designs and other costs so far. Town Hall officials have received several design options for the new facility but, as of press time Tuesday, were still waiting to find out the costs associated with each design. Zielinski said he hopes to present testimates in June. Contact Pam Eubanks at

By the numbers

Courtesy of Elaine Bowling

Clockwise from bottom left: Alura Soles, Jennifer Jackson, Maddison Runge, Darcey McGee, Jessica Goodwin, Destiny Williams, Brittany Masseo, Madeline Winship, Kailey Owens and Tia Latine. The students, as well as Ashley Eickelmann, not pictured, were among the first 300 high school students, in the country, to earn their childhood development associate certifications.


Elaine Bowling oversees Lakewood Ranch High School’s Early Childhood Education program. She said in the past, students have received certifications that were not recognized nationally, thereby limiting their ability to teach in a classroom upon graduation. The State College of Florida offers a two-year program that allows students to qualify for the same certification earned by Lakewood’s students, she said.

and feel like what they do is more important.” Runge, who currently works at Kids R Kids preschool part-time, plans to put her new credentials to good use, becoming a full-time

teacher there while pursuing an education degree at the State College of Florida. “I always wanted to work with (children),” Runge said. “(Working in the Early Childhood Educa-

tion program) made me want to do it even more.” Bowling said students who earned the certification have been in the program for four years, during which time they learned about child care and development, prepared lesson plans, worked as teacher aides at elementary schools and then became responsible for running the Mini Mustangs’ classroom for 3 year olds. “I’m so proud of them,” Bowling said. “I’m just glad they are getting recognized for what they do.” Contact Pam Eubanks at

5.7 — Percentage of decrease in the IDA’s overall 2013 fiscal-year budget compared to 2012. 14.2 — Percentage of decrease in the IDA’s 2013 fiscal-year budget for Town Hall expenses compared to 2012. 21,800 — Current amount, in dollars, budgeted for the lease of the current maintenance facility space. 54,700 — Amount in dollars, saved on information technology and other outside services compared to fiscal year 2012. 1.79 — In millions, the total amount budgeted for Town Hall’s operations and maintenance department.


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+ State releases FCAT results The Florida Department of Education last week released writing and reading results for portions of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, better known as FCAT. In reading, levels for FCAT 2.0 reading range from one to five, with level 3 or above indicating proficiency. In Manatee County, ninth-grade students equaled the state average, with 52% of students scoring level 3 or higher. Tenth-grade students also equaled the state average in FCAT 2.0 reading with 50% scoring at or above level 3. The Florida State Board of Education held an emergency meeting to adjust calculations for performance in writing after students statewide performed significantly lower than expected under new grading criteria. Under new scoring, FCAT writing scores of 3.0 or higher indicate proficiency. In Manatee, the percentage of fourth-grade students scoring at level 3 or higher was 76%, and the percentage of fourth-graders scoring at level 4 or higher was 22.3%. Eighth-grade students scoring at level 3 or higher was 68.9%, and tenth-grade students scoring at level 3 or higher was 80.5%. McNeal Elementary School was one school in the county that performed higher than many others, with 98% of McNeal fourth-graders scoring at a level 3 or higher.

+ Local governments close for Memorial Day Manatee County government offices will be closed Monday, May 28, to commemorate Memorial Day.

Meetings &agendas Manatee County Board of County Commissioners Budget/Constitutional Officers Presentation — 9 a.m. May 31, at 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

Trash, recycling and yard-waste collections for the week will be postponed one day from Tuesday through Saturday for residents in unincorporated Manatee County. County parks, beaches and preserves will remain open. Additionally, Lakewood Ranch Town Hall will be closed May 28 in observance of Memorial Day, as well.

+ Albertsons readies for June 9 closure The Albertsons grocery store at Lockwood Ridge Road and University Parkway is preparing to close its doors and has begun liquidating its inventory. Albertsons LLC announced in April it would close 13 of 17 “largely unprofitable” stores in Florida within about 60 days, including the one at 8415 Lockwood Ridge Road and another at 7415 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. The stores are slated to close on or about Saturday, June 9. “It depends on how quickly the inventory depletes,” Albertsons spokesperson Christine Wilcox said, adding store liquidations began May 9. The company is also closing a distribution center in Plant City. Of about 1,100 statewide being closed, about 80 are in Manatee County.

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By Pam Eubanks | News Editor

Organizers gear up for special-needs prom Woodland The Community Church will host the Night with the Stars Prom for individuals with special needs June 8. MANATEE COUNTY — With summer approaching, residents of Community Haven for Adults and Children could be talking about summer vacations, walking along the beach or other personal endeavors. Instead, their attention is turned to an annual event for which they spend hours preparing —  the Night with the Stars Prom. “They love it,” said Brad Jones, community living coordinator for CHAC, who will be taking 23 residents to the prom this year. “We do a lot here. (Residents) go on vacations and cruises, but is

one of their favorites (events all year). They can get all dressed up. They don’t get much of that, so it’s unique.” The Night with the Stars Prom, a formal prom night for specialneeds individuals ages 16 and up in Manatee and Sarasota counties, will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. June 8, at Woodland The Community Church, 9607 S.R. 70 E. This year’s dance is themed “Night at the Castle.” Attendees should pre-register by June 1. Guests will enjoy food and drink, dancing and other festivities in an atmosphere geared

to accommodate individuals with special needs. “This event is very exciting,” said Woodland’s Holly McAndrew, who is helping with the event and whose son, Thomas, has been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. “My son otherwise would not go to a social (event such as the prom).” Organizing committee members said they can’t wait to welcome guests to the prom next month and are finalizing lastminute details and securing donations. “We have gratitude to the com-

munity for supporting this and helping it get bigger and better every year,” co-organizer Susan Myers said. “It takes a team (to put this together).” Organizers said they still need volunteers to help with the event and are hoping for medical professionals to attend in case a medical emergency arises. They also are seeking donations of food, shoes, men’s formalwear and ladies formalwear sizes 12 and up. For information on volunteering or to register for the prom, individuals should email or call Mary Anne McDevitt at (754) 224-0307 or 742-3972. The prom, now in its fourth


Night with the Stars Prom When: 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 8 Where: Woodland The Community Church, 9607 S.R. 70 E., Bradenton Details: Prom open to special-needs individuals ages 16 and up in Manatee and Sarasota counties. RSVP: or call Mary Anne McDevitt at (754) 224-0307 or 7423972 year, previously has been held at Faith Christian Church, which closed earlier this year. McAndrew said Woodland plans to host the prom annually. Contact Pam Eubanks at

hopeful brides By Pam Eubanks | News Editor

Cancer organization opens boutique LAKEWOOD RANCH — Mandy Milligan never met her fiance’s mother, but as she viewed herself in a wedding gown, she couldn’t help but think of her. “My fiance’s mom died seven years ago of breast cancer,” she said. “I know if I was able to find a dress here and wear it at our wedding, it would be a great way to honor her.” Brides Against Breast Cancer, a subsidiary of The Center for Building Hope, a non-profit that provides LBK - 2010 - K education, programs and other services to individuals affected by cancer, is set to celebrate the grand opening of its new bridal boutique

and warehouse facility May 23, in Lake Osprey Plaza in Lakewood Ranch. There, brides such as Milligan can make an appointment to try on new and gently used gowns. The 3,600-square-foot space, at 6279 Lake Osprey Drive, also serves as the warehouse facility, staging area and administrative offices for Brides Against Breast Cancer and its National Tour of Gowns campaign. “Looking at our marketplace and that Sarasota is a premier weddingdestination location, we thought it would be fruitful for us to open a boutique and incorporate that into our warehouse space,” said

Amy Paulishak, vice president of business development for Brides Against Breast Cancer. Paulishak said the organization is seeking volunteers to assist with data entry, packing, sewing, alterations and other projects, and also is seeking donations of bridal gowns from 2009 and above. Appointments can be scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on Saturdays by appointment only. For more, visit or call 877-721HOPE. Contact Pam Eubanks at

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Chosen as Entrepreneur of the Year during the boom in 2005, Pat Neal’s company, Neal Communities, nearly set record annual sales in 2011, despite the recession.

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Well-known homebuilder Pat Neal, through Neal Communities, has posted a pair of notable three-year growth periods twice in the past decade. The most recent one could be the most impressive.

A horrible sales season in summer 2007 at Neal Communities culminated in a tense meeting with top executives. Neal Communities President Pat Neal, who cofounded the firm in 1970 with his father, Paul Neal Jr., told his team big changes would be necessary to survive the imminent downturn. The firm was close to completing its best year ever, with $128 million in sales, but Neal had seen enough recessions to know a big one loomed. Nothing would be untouchable in a move to reshape the company. That included a new business plan, marketing strategy and customer approach. Everything from new floor plans to new landscaping. Now, nearly five years later, that September 2007 meeting stands as a launching pad to a remarkable turnaround Neal orchestrated. For starters, the company has returned to $125 million annual sales territory — after it dropped to a low of $62.52 million in 2009. Plus, the Lakewood Ranch-based firm, which builds homes in multiple Manatee communities, also has led a resurgence in homebuilding on the Gulf Coast. Indeed, many other firms, both local

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and national, have begun to emerge from the malaise. That success, and Neal’s work ethic, enthusiasm and spirit that brought it, is why the East County Observer’s sister paper, Gulf Coast Business Review, named him Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012. Neal previously won the award in 2005. Back then, the firm’s sales grew 72% over three years, from

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12:31 p.m. — 2400 block of Lena Road. Information Only. The complainant reported she feels that a dog’s owner is possibly cruelly treating it. Near the Manatee County landfill she observed the owner throwing the dog into the back of a truck by its collar and hind legs after it ran from its property. The complainant stated she heard the owner say he would teach the dog a lesson when they got home. The owner’s name is unknown, but he is a white male who works for the county and lives on Manatee County property next to the landfill. The responding deputy went to the residence, but no one was home. He observed the puppy in a large kennel outside with plenty of food and water. The dog appeared to be in good health. The deputy found no signs of animal cruelty.

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11:05 p.m. — 7000 block of Honeysuckle Trail. Unarmed Burglary to an Unoccupied Dwelling. The victim reported she was at dinner with her husband, and when they returned to their residence, she noticed someone had burglarized their residence. The victim discovered the unknown suspect(s) threw a rock through a rear glass door that leads into the master bedroom. Once inside, the suspect(s) went through the master bedroom, bathroom and closet and stole jewelry valued at more than $35,000. The scene was processed with positive results.

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12:25 a.m. — 4400 block of 53rd Avenue East. Recovered Property. The responding deputy observed a vehicle traveling northbound on Lockwood Ridge Road. The driver was unable to maintain in the single lane and crossed over the center lane three times with his left blinker on while traveling in the left lane of a four-lane divided road. The vehicle then crossed over the left solid line two additional times. The deputy conducted a traffic stop and made contact with the driver. It was discovered the license plate that was on the vehicle had been reported stolen in Sarasota County. It also was discovered the suspect had a suspended license with knowledge. The deputy issued a citation for failure to drive in a single lane and a citation for a summons to appear for driving with a suspended license. The vehicle’s tag was removed and placed into property and evidence. No one was arrested due to the fact that the defendant had just purchased the vehicle and the seller of the vehicle was unable to be contacted.

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CLASS OF 2012 CONGRATULATES THE Class of 2012 College Acceptances

Members of the Class of 2012 were admitted to over 300 different colleges and universities throughout the United States. A sampling of those schools is as follows:

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observed | back to basics

Outrage over FCAT misplaced My reaction to the fallout in the wake of shocking failure numbers in Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test writing scores: The state’s public-education leaders must be kidding. Sure, the dramatic drop in test scores — only 27% of fourth-graders passing this year, compared to 81% last year — necessitates investigation. Obviously, the quality of MICHAEL our students’ ENG writing didn’t become overwhelmingly worse in a single calendar year. But, the outrage is dangerously misplaced. State district leaders focused their rage on the FCAT itself and, more specifically, its new grading procedure, which this year featured several key changes: 1. Scorers placed a higher emphasis on proper spelling, grammar and punctuation. (Anyone else incensed that this wasn’t an emphasis before?) 2. Scorers placed a higher emphasis on students’ arguments that used logic, specifics, depth, relevance and thoroughness. Students were penalized for rhetorical questions, memorization or use of false statistics. 3. This year, the state utilized two scorers for every test, which meant the final score was an average of the

two scorers’ calculations. In Manatee County, Superintendent Tim McGonegal called for an audit to investigate how the tests were graded. Others went further, arguing the Board of Education did not give districts enough time to readjust their curriculum to prepare students for the changes. (The board sent notice of the scoring changes to all school districts July 5, 2011.) Ultimately, the Board of Education caved. On May 15, it announced it would lower the proficiency score on the test from a 4 to a 3 (on a six-point scale). This change, board officials said, would deliver about the same results as last year. But, how does any of this satisfy the FCAT’s supposed emphasis on logic and discouragement of the use of false statistics? Changing the passing grade doesn’t change the level of writing proficiency of our students and delivers this frightening message: Don’t pursue excellence. Instead, lower your standards. More importantly, the rhetoric buries the test’s most egregious revelation: Our students can’t pass a writing test that requires proper spelling, grammar and punctuation. Yes, those silly, little buttons on the keyboard are used for more than making smiley-face emoticons on Facebook. Yes, “its” and “it’s” are different. So are “there,” “their” and “they’re.” And, yes, our students need to know those differences. Perhaps there is a silver lining. FCAT opponents have long criticized the test for

FCAT Writing Scoring Changes The Florida Department of Education delivered notice of the writing scoring changes to all Florida superintendents in a memo July 5, 2011. In the memo, Deputy Commissioner Kris Ellington wrote: • Scoring will include increased attention to the correct use of standard English conventions. The current rubrics, which will be used for scoring in 2012, include expectations regarding the basic conventions of standard English, yet the scoring of this element in the past has been applied with leniency. Responses will continue to be scored holistically as draft writing, but scoring will be more stringent. Responses earning scores of 4 or 5 must at least generally follow the conventions of sentence structure, mechanics, usage, punctuation and spelling. To earn a score of 6, sentence structure is varied, and few, if any, errors occur in mechanics, usage, punctuation and spelling. To review the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards expectations on the use of conventions for each

grade level, go to and select Reading/ Language Arts for that grade level, followed by the Writing Process strand and Standard 4: Editing for Language Conventions. • Scoring will include increased attention to the quality of details, requiring use of relevant, logical and plausible support, rather than contrived statistical claims or unsubstantiated generalities. The quality of the support depends on word choice, specificity, depth, relevance and thoroughness. Responses earning high scores must include specific and relevant supporting details that clarify the meaning, i.e., the point of the paragraph or the central theme of the response. Rote memorization or overuse of compositional techniques, such as rhetorical questions, implausible statistics or pretentious language is not the expectation for quality writing at any grade level.


The writing portion of the FCAT is administered to fourth-, eighth- and 10th-graders. Here is how this year’s results — with the new scoring procedures — compared to last year.

Grade Fourth grade Eighth grade 10th grade

% pass 2011 81% 82% 80%

encouraging teachers to “teach to the test.” But, that wouldn’t be such a bad thing here. I’d love to see some properly

% pass 2012 27% 33% 38%

placed apostrophes and — gasp — maybe even a semicolon or two in our students’ writing.


Preparedness key to storm survival June 1 marks the beginning of ing landfall since 1865. I would hurricane season, and it is clos- say that this means we are prober than you think if you do not ably due; if not this year, then have a disaster plan. certainly next. So, even though For many native Floridians, you may have read that the forethe hurricane season comes and casters have predicted a lighter goes every year, and we usually season than usual, this does don’t pay much attention. Al- not mean that we should forget though we don’t mean what it was like in 2004 to be blasé or dismissive or what Louisiana expeabout the dangers of a rienced with Hurricane hurricane, we do tend to Katrina. become complacent afThe 2012 season is ter a period of time and predicted to have a todo not always heed the tal of 10 named storms warnings. In my more with four of them turnreckless, younger days, I ing into hurricanes. Two remember having hurristorms are expected to cane parties and daring EVA be “major,” — Category the storms to interrupt 3 or greater on the SaffirREY my life. Simpson intensity scale. However, here is an May 22 through May interesting statistic that may 28 is National Hurricane Preforce us to pause this year. The paredness Week. Cities and last hurricane to hit Florida was counties throughout the Wilma in October 2005 — al- Southeast, and especially here most seven years ago. This is the in Florida, begin their prepalongest period that Florida has rations by conducting educagone without a hurricane mak- tional programs and various

exercises using realistic scenarios. Now is the time to evaluate your personal preparedness and ensure that you and your family are ready — especially those residents who are new to Florida and unfamiliar with these storms and what they can expect. One of the best resources for learning how to put together a family plan is floridadisaster. org. This site, sponsored by the Florida Division of Emergency Management, is a great tool for learning how to prepare. In particular, there is an emergency preparedness checklist every home should download to ensure family and friends have taken the necessary steps. Your disaster kit should contain items such as: a supply of clean water (1 gallon per person, per day); a supply of nonperishable packaged or canned food (with a non-electric can opener); a change of clothing; rain gear;

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THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2012

+ Larry Bustle deserves benefits

Dear Editor: Thank you for your May 10 column, “In defense of Larry Bustle.” Mr. Bustle rightfully deserves the benefits he is entitled to, and I’m proud to say I know Larry. Shame on Commissioner Robin DiSabatino. Michael, be the champion for fair and honest reporting. Lou Marinaccio, Lakewood Ranch

+ Journalistic effort appreciated Dear Editor: My congratulations to journalist Michael Eng for his April 26 piece, “The truth … and nothing but,” for disclosing the bias regarding the Zimmerman/ Martin tragedy. His effort in researching and detailing the media trend to cast journalistic objectivity aside and speculate on rumor, unsubstantiated comments and leaked information from “sources who asked not to be named,” clearly reveals why major news sources have little credibility. I would hope that the New York Times, ABC, CBS and the other national and local media that rushed to judgment while pandering to the so-called civil rights leaders agenda, might take note of Mr. Eng’s example of true journalistic effort — and educate themselves to report on the facts rather than suppositions. As he quotes in his last paragraph, “We prosecute cases on the relevant facts of each case and of the laws of the state of Florida,” not by public pressure or petition. Bert Giroux, Sarasota

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Seventh-inning rally falls short The Lakewood Ranch High baseball team saw its season come to an end with a 6-4 loss to Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy in the Class 6A state semifinals.

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Senior Seth McGarry pitched five innings in his final game in a Mustang uniform.


Lakewood embodies sport’s best Nine years ago, 12 Little League baseball players walked onto the field with big dreams. They had aspirations of becoming all-stars, winning championships, playing for Division I colleges and signing the next big Major League Baseball contract. After all, when you’re 9 years old, the world is what you make it out to be. There’s never any doubt that things won’t go according to plan. Injuries, heartbreak JEN and unforeBLANCO seen circumstances never begin to enter the equation. It isn’t until you’re thrust in the middle of one of those scenarios that you learn the path you set out for yourself early on isn’t always the one you’ll follow down the road. The Lakewood Ranch High baseball team’s 12 seniors are proof of that. The Mustangs never envisioned seeing their season end with a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning of the regional semifinals only to turn around the following year and nearly pull of their own seventh-inning miracle in the Class 6A state semifinals. They didn’t full grasp what it would mean to have to hang up their uniforms or walk off the field as teammates for the final time. How could they? It’s not until you’re watching the final chapter of what you’ve spent the past 14 years working toward come to a close that reality begins to set in. It’s there


PORT ST. LUCIE — Brandon King took a step back from his teammates and crouched down on the field. As his teammates and coaches reflected on the Mustangs near come-from-behind victory in the Class 6A state semifinals Thursday, May 17, the senior right fielder kept his eyes glued to the field. The gripping realization that after four years of hard work and dedication the time had come for King and the rest of his fellow se-

niors to hang up their Mustangs uniforms for the final time proved to be too much for King. “It’s unreal how we’ve been playing ever since we were 4 years old, and now we’re 18 years old and seniors in high school playing on the same team,” an emotional King said. “It’s a tough loss, especially senior year. Some of us might not play baseball again, so it’s kind of hard to watch this all go after four years of working for this.”

King took another moment before joining the rest of his teammates in short left field, following Lakewood’s 6-4 state semifinal loss to Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy, to reflect on just how far they had come. The Mustangs were a swing away from pulling off an improbable come-from-behind victory. “I couldn’t be more proud of my


county cup By Jen Blanco | Associate Editor

FIRST PITCH Braden River and Lakewood Ranch Little Leaguers hit the field and swung for the fence during pool play of the Manatee County Cup May 15, at G.T. Bray Park. The Manatee County Cup, which began May 14 and runs through June 6, will crown champions in the Minors, Majors and Juniors divisions.

Second baseman Grady Martin retrieves a ground ball and looks to throw the ball back to first base.

Tyler Ali watches his teammates bat during pool play of the Manatee County Cup. Eleven-year-old Chase Jackson notches a hit during the opening round of pool play.

Dylan Buck pitches for the Sarasota Polo Club. Twelve-year-old outfielder Chase Hitchcock makes contact during G & S Lawn Maintenance’s game versus the Sarasota Polo Club May 15.

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spring football By Jen Blanco | Associate Editor

East County athletes return to the gridiron The Out-of-Door Academy defeated Keswick Christian 46-27 in its spring game. Lakewood Ranch and Braden River will both play their spring games Friday, May 25, traveling to North Port and Naples, respectively.

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“We played well considering the loss of 15 seniors,” ODA coach Brett Timmons said. “We have to clean up some things, but it’s a nice springboard into the summer.” ODA, which finished 5-5 last season, spent much of the spring trying to stay healthy and looking for new leaders to emerge after losing 15 seniors to graduation.


SARASOTA — Evan Wilson knows he needs to make the most of his time under center. The Outof-Door Academy junior signal caller lives for Friday night lights; and with only 10 regular season games remaining in his high school career, Wilson is focused on treating every game like it’s his last. And the Thunder’s spring game versus Keswick Christian proved to be no different. Wilson threw for three touchdowns, including two to junior wide receiver Hunter Clarke, and helped lead ODA to a 46-27 victory. “I just try and take it like a regular game,” Wilson said. “I’ve only got 10 more guaranteed games next year. I’m just trying to take advantage of every one. “We’ve added some things to the offense, so we’re focusing on learning the plays and getting the younger guys developed,” Wilson said. “Spring football is great, because everyone is involved. You get a chance to see what (the new guys) can do.” After playing the JV squad for the first quarter, the Thunder varsity squad took the field. Rising senior Brandon Place returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown, and eighth-grader Justin Fischer scored on a 46-yard catch and an 8-yard carry to cap off the scoring for ODA.

figure out where people are going to go.” Last season, Lakewood’s offense comprised mainly seniors, making revamping an entire offensive unit one of the Mustangs’ top priorities this spring. “We are so young at the skill positions, which is where it really counts,” Trent said. “Starting sophomores traditionally for us doesn’t happen, but we’ve got seven or eight who are going to be starting somewhere.” Defensively, the Mustangs return a handful of players who either started on JV or had some playing time on varsity last season, including Luke Sears, Wanley Desir, Andrew Shackelford and Mason Hobbs, among a couple others. The Mustangs participated in an FHSSA scrimmage against Dunedin May 12, in Clearwater. The scrimmage, which served as a teaching tool for the officials, gave Lakewood an opportunity to run 38 plays on both sides of the ball and get some additional experience against varsity level competition before its spring game Friday, May 25, at North Port. “We’ve got a lot of young kids, so we’re getting them a lot of reps,” Sears said. “It’s a lot of wideeyed kids who don’t know what to expect playing on varsity.”



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COMMENT/PAGE 11A in those moments that you begin to realize life isn’t always what you expect. Seniors Brandon King, Seth McGarry, Zack Larson, Bryan Vanvranken, Mike Lolli, Tyler Dauphinee, John Axley, Kyle Benson, Barrett Holtry, Dom Leone, Connor Lewellen and Andrew Norton reflected on that notion as they huddled together for the final time after the Mustangs’ state title bid

Senior catcher Tyler Dauphinee, who came up big for the Mustangs in the regional finals with a threerun double, worked a 3-1 count with the tying run on second base and the go-ahead run on first. “I wouldn’t have anyone else better but Tyler Dauphinee with me on second,” King said. “Just an easy single in the outfield, and I was scoring without a doubt.” Dauphinee hit a fly ball to center field on the next pitch for the game’s final out. “I had all the confidence in the world in Tyler Dauphinee to come through there,” McGarry said. “He

did last game, and I had the highest hopes for him. I’m still proud of him no matter what happened.” “He’s been fantastic for us all year long,” Mullen said of Dauphinee. “I wanted it so bad for him, so bad for him and for our team, obviously.” The Mavericks scored five runs in the top of the second inning on three hits and four walks to jump out to an early 5-0 lead. “This was my big chance,” said McGarry, who pitched five innings in his final game in a Mustangs uniform. “I had to senior up, and I just lost it in that one inning — one rough, rough inning. I started get-

ended with a 6-4 loss to Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy in the Class 6A state semifinals May 17. “Some of us might not ever play baseball again, so it’s kind of hard to watch this all go after four years of working for this,” King said. The players took time away from the rest of the team to reflect on the past four years and what they’ve been through as a team and what they’ve meant not only to one another but also to their coach.

“It’s funny, it’s almost sometimes like raising children,” Lakewood coach Mike Mullen said. “You don’t get to build the foundation, but you do get to watch them grow during a pivotal time in their life. From the time they’re 14 years old and you meet them until the time they’re 18 and almost in college is crazy. But, with this particular group, I had an emotional bond to them.” And, as I stood next to the dugout watching the scene unfold,

I felt honored to have had the privilege to cover a team that truly embodied the spirit of the game. As is the case with all sports, there are always those teams who you remember for their school records and state titles. But, sometimes, it’s more about the lessons you’ve learned along the way. The athletes you’ve become. And the players you mold behind you that mean the most. And, for that, the Mustangs are winners.

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ting behind in the count, messing up, and when you walk four people in one inning, they’re bound to score runs.” The Mustangs responded in the bottom of the inning on a single by Dauphinee and a RBI double by Brad Zunica. Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy scored its final run in the fourth inning. McGarry went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored to lead the way for the Mustangs at the plate. King, Dauphinee, Zunica and Connor Lewellen all recorded hits for Lakewood. The Mustangs lose 12 seniors from this year’s squad, which captured the program’s first district and regional championships since 2003. But, with a strong freshman class and Zunica, who pitched the final two innings for the Mustangs, and Greenaway, who started in the infield for the Mustangs this season, among others returning next season, the future looks bright. “The future is OK,” Mullen said. “We have a huge freshman class. A couple key sophomores that you saw tonight and then a couple that you didn’t see tonight and then a couple to-be juniors that are going to be OK and some seniors.” Contact Jen Blanco at jblanco@



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Seniors Kelly Machuca and Nathan Kirkman both signed national letters of intent to play collegiate athletics. BRADEN RIVER — In a matter of months, outfielder Kelly Machuca will be thrust into a world unlike any other. For the first time, he’ll be forced to rely on self-motivation as a means to compete with some of the nation’s elite. But, although it’ll be unlike anything he’s experienced before, the Braden River High senior is up for the challenge. On May 3, Machuca signed a national letter of intent to play baseball for West Virginia Wesleyan College. “It feels amazing,” Machuca said. “It’s such a relief to be able to continue playing something I love so much in a more competitive environment. I’m just looking forward to the travel and being in a more competitive atmosphere. It’s a totally different world.” Machuca, who plans to major in chemistry with the hopes of pursuing a career in pharmacy, chose West Virginia Wesleyan over four Florida schools based on his initial visit to the campus. “The coach was so nice and heartfelt,” Machuca said. “The people seemed really genuine and true to the nature of what a human should be.” Machuca began playing baseball when he was 9 years old after deciding to quit playing soccer. Since then, Machuca, who also is a martial arts world champion, has only continued to excel on the field. Now, Machuca is hoping to make an immediate impact on the Bobcats when he arrives on campus this fall. “It’s pretty much a fair game,” Machuca

said. “It’s about whoever comes up and performs. It’s up to you. I just really have to push myself to be all that I can be and not accept anything less than my best.” Machuca isn’t the only Pirate to see his dreams of playing at the next level come to fruition. On May 8, Nathan Kirkman signed a national letter of intent to play football for Brevard College, in Brevard, N.C. “Just knowing that all of my hard work playing football has paid off and my dream of playing college football somewhere is really nice,” Kirkman said. Kirkman, also a weightlifter, recently finished second in the 199-pound weight class of the Class 2A state finals, chose Brevard over a handful of smaller schools because of its size and location. Kirkman began playing football about eight years ago after watching a friend play. His friend asked him to join the team, and from that point on the Pirates linebacker has only further developed his passion for the sport. “I love it,” Kirkman said. “I love getting out there and hitting people.” Kirkman, who plans to major in exercise science, will be spend the summer training and preparing to compete at the next level. “It’s hard not to be out there,” Kirkman said. “I’m looking forward to getting the pads back on. I miss hitting people. I just want to get up there and get started.” Contact Jen Blanco at

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“I’m thinking about it,” he says. After graduating from Bentley College with a degree in economics and finance, Camire began working in the finance industry. In the early 1990s, however, he got into the collectibles business. “It’s fantastic,” Camire says. “I’ve been collecting my whole life. I started with coins.” When he’s not busy working or cruising around in his Viper convertible, Camire enjoys traveling and photography. He and his family take vacations each year, rotating annually between visiting places in the United States and in other countries. Camire especially loves taking pictures on those trips; his family even has nicknamed his camera “the third child,” because of his passion for photography. Camire and his wife, Laura, have two children, Emily, 13, and Kaitlin, 15. They are both students at The Out-of-Door Academy. — Pam Eubanks


In many ways, Dave Camire’s license plate says it all: “0-60IN4S.” The River Club resident may drive an Infinity M45 around town, but his true love is his Dodge Viper convertible, one of the last 50 vehicles produced in the fourth generation of Viper sports cars. “That’s my ‘fun car,’ I call it,” Camire says of his Viper, which has a top speed of about 195 miles per hour and goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds. “I like the experience of driving. I could drive endlessly.” Camire’s love of Viper sports cars dates back to when he attended an auto show in Los Angeles when he was 29 years old. “I had a Mustang at the time,” Camire says. “What drew me to the (Viper) was the style. “I always had a dream (after that) to have one,” he says. “When it first came out in ’92, it was a throwback to the AC Cobra. It’s a pure fun sports car. No window; no outside door handle. Most people have never been in a car that has 600 horsepower.” Camire, a member of the Viper Club of America, now

River Club resident Dave Camire takes his love of collectibles to the streets in his 600-horsepower Dodge Viper.

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Emma Lakomiak and Kiera Powers were worried when wind began to shake the wagon in which they were riding.

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Concession home tops week’s sales at $1.6 million The following residential real-estate transactions took place between May 7 and May 11. A home in Concession tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Anchor Builders of S.W. Florida Inc. sold the home at 8342 Farington Court to Tynney and Deanna Murchie, of Clarence, N.Y., for $1.6 million. Built in 2006, it has four bedrooms, three baths, two half-baths, a pool and 5,637 square feet of living area.

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The Maurjon General Partnership sold the home at 6923 Belmont Court to George Argyros Jr., of Newport Beach, Calif., for $1.55 million. Built in 2004, it has four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a pool and 5,105 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $2.1 million in 2007. Ron Drzewucki, Bradenton, sold his home at 7965 Royal Birkdale Circle to Philip and Ellen Taub, Lakewood Ranch, for $620,000. Built in 2000, it has four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a pool and 3,338 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $855,000 in 2005. David and Laurie Garzarelli sold their home at 6607 The Masters Ave. to Welles and Lillian Guilmartin, of Middletown, Conn., for $565,000. Built in 2000, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,992 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $675,000 in 2008. Jerry and Janice Hanson, of Morrison, Colo., sold their home at 7112 Presidio Glen to John and Susan Archer, Lakewood Ranch, for $360,000. Built in 2005, it has two bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,912 square feet of living area. It previ-

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Mary Moore, trustee, of Leawood, Kansas, sold the home at 6606 Windjammer Place to Edward and Mary Kramer, of Stamford, Conn., for $600,000. Built in 2000, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,203 square feet of living area.

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Charles and Carol Horne, Bradenton, sold their home at 22402 75th Ave. E. to Glenn and Nancy Ryan, Bradenton, for $365,000. Built in 2005, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,711 square feet of living area. Bruce and Wilma Nourie, trustees, Lakewood Ranch, sold the Unit 102 condominium at 6515 Moorings Point Circle to Michael Resetarits, trustee, of Stillwater, Okla., for $313,000. Built in 2004, it has two bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and 1,983 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $380,400 in 2004.

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East County Observer 05.24.12  

East County Observer 05.24.12

East County Observer 05.24.12  

East County Observer 05.24.12