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Commission OKs piano plan The City Commission indicated interest in jazzing up the downtown area with its approval of a plan to place up to six pianos on sidewalks.

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People visiting Sarasota’s downtown will soon have the opportunity to indulge their musical side. The Sarasota City Commission approved the placement of up to six pianos outdoors in the public right of way at its meeting Monday. Commissioners supported a 180-day pilot program in which

the pianos would be placed on public sidewalks during the day. Downtown businesses would help sponsor the pianos and store them inside during the night. Local artists would decorate the Spinet pianos in keeping with the city’s image, and the public would be free to play the instruments.

The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County backed the proposal to place the pianos on sidewalks downtown. Similar programs in London and New York City inspired the proposal, according to former Vice May-

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+ Turkey tidings During each of the last eight years, the Out-of-Door Academy families have collected food for Gocio Elementary families. For this year’s Thanksgiving, ODA families donated enough food for 59 Gocio families to enjoy a complete Thanksgiving meal, from rolls to turkey. Collection and assembly of the meal baskets takes about two weeks. On Tuesday, Nov. 26, Tracy Bailey from Gocio Elementary accepted the donations and thanked the students for their help.

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Isabella Spagnolo and her sister, Giordana, dressed as elves for the 2013 Light Up the Village Parade Saturday, Nov. 30, on Siesta Key. After the parade, children chatted with Santa and had their faces painted. For more photos from the event, see page 1B.

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Forty Carrots Family Center invited students’ grandparents to attend Grandparents’ Day Nov. 25. Students performed for their loved ones on the school’s stage. The performance concluded with the preschoolers and grandparents singing “You Are My Sunshine.” Afterward, students and grandparents took part in special activities.

As a recent Government-inthe-Sunshine lawsuit against City Commissioner Susan Chapman continues, several city residents wonder about the impact the case will have on neighborhood associations.

The lawsuit, filed against the city, Chapman and Commissioner Suzanne Atwell, stems from a meeting held in October by downtown businesses regarding homelessness issues. City Attorney Robert Fournier said the

plaintiff, nonprofit group Citizens for Sunshine, is arguing that the presence of two commissioners at a meeting that wasn’t publicly noticed and involving business that could come before the City Commission constitutes a

Sunshine Law violation. If that interpretation of the Sunshine Law were enforced — which Fournier said is debatable — neighborhood groups and

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PIANOS / FROM PAGE 1A or Ken Shelin, who helped develop the idea. Rich Ridenour, a musician who recently moved to Sarasota, is also assisting in the effort to obtain the pianos and funding. In 2011, Ridenour spearheaded a similar program in Jacksonville. He brought the project to Jim Shirley, executive director of the Arts and Cultural Alliance, who informed Ridenour that several people in Sarasota were interested in a similar effort. Ridenour said the group is now working to determine locations for the pianos, which they hope to have in place as soon as the next couple of weeks. Already, Ridenour said, businesses and individuals have reached out to help contribute to the project. “We’ve had a lot of interest,” Ridenour said. “Since the City Commis-

sion meeting last night, there’s been about three or four emails that have gone across my screen where people want to donate pianos.” The commission approved the program by a 3-2 vote Monday. Vice Mayor Willie Shaw expressed concerns about the nuisance the pianos might create, and Commissioner Susan Chapman said the idea wasn’t original to the city; both commissioners voted against the proposal. Mayor Shannon Snyder and Commissioners Suzanne Atwell and Paul Caragiulo backed the program, which they said promoted interactivity and was a fun branding opportunity for downtown. Caragiulo acknowledged the potential drawbacks of the proposal, but said the commission could always rescind its approval. “If it turns out to be the worst idea ever, we could just set them all on fire,” Caragiulo said of the pianos.

SUNSHINE LAW / FROM PAGE 1A ganizations such as the Coalition of City Neighborhood Associations could lose their ability to interact with public officials concerning important issues. Laurel Park Neighborhood Association President Kate Lowman spoke at the Nov. 18 City Commission meeting. She urged the city to fund Chapman’s defense until a ruling on the case was made. Lowman believes the incident in question doesn’t violate the spirit of the Sunshine Law, and that the city should work to clear up any gray area in the law for the benefit of its citizens. “I think it’s a really major issue,” Lowman said. “The great thing about local government is that you have interaction of citizens and city workers and local officials, and I’m scared it’s getting cut off.” Lowman responded to the risk-reward

SIDEWALK SEATING Approving the outdoor pianos was one of two steps the commission took to increase activity on downtown sidewalks. Commissioners also approved a 180-day trial period for a sidewalk café at A. Parkers Books; owner Dan Christian said the tables would be used for table games such as chess. The commission directed staff to look into expanding the city’s sidewalk café ordinance to include all businesses that serve neither food nor alcohol. Following Main Street improvement efforts, both A. Parkers Books and the Gator Club applied for sidewalk cafés on the newly constructed bulb-out near Lemon Avenue. Neither application could be accepted under current city regulations, which require a sidewalk café to be operated by a business that serves food. The Gator Club application was considered at Monday’s meeting. Commissioner Suzanne Atwell argued in favor of a similar trial period for the Gator Club, arguing the city should

argument made by commissioners who were reluctant to commit the money to fully fund Chapman’s defense. She argued that several citizens were willing to devote their tax dollars to seeing the case through. “I understand being judicious with your money, but I think there comes a time where principle and long-term costs have to be considered,” Lowman said. Bob Easterle, chairman of the Coalition of City Neighborhood Associations, said restricting multiple commissioners from attending meetings was as big a disservice to officials as it is to the citizens. Easterle said CCNA brings together an expansive set of views, which was an important tool to help commissioners make informed decisions. “To not hear those diverse views is a disservice to the commissioners and a disservice to the neighborhoods who go to these meetings to weigh in on city issues,” Easterle said. “I think it’s a lose-lose.”

experiment with the improvements on Main. “There’s a lot of space for playing and doing things a little bit differently,” Atwell said. Ultimately, however, commissioners unanimously voted against expanding the ordinance to allow bars to operate sidewalk cafés. Ron Rayevich, president of the Plaza at Five Points condominium association, spoke against the Gator Club’s proposal, arguing that it would depart from the spirit of the current ordinance. “We’re taking public property and bringing people out there to drink relatively late at night without food,” Rayevich said. “This is not a café; this is a bar.” Gator Club owner Larry Siegel said he was disappointed with the commission’s decision. Siegel said he would look into offering food service at the bar to comply with the city’s current café regulations. “My intention is to enhance downtown, not to disparage it and not to ruin it,” Siegel said.

Despite the negative effects, he said he thought commissioners would avoid attending CCNA meetings until the Sunshine issue was clarified. “No commissioner wants to put himself in perceived harm’s way,” Easterle said. The city admitted to violating the Sunshine Law in a settlement, but specified circumstances that created a violation beyond the presence of the two commissioners. Fournier said he believes two or more commissioners can attend a meeting without public notice if no more than one commissioner speaks, and as long as that commissioner doesn’t speak directly to the other commissioner. Still, the city is playing it safe by noticing all meetings pertaining to potential future commission business that two or more commissioners attend, in addition to taking official minutes. Easterle said organizations such as CCNA should not be burdened with the responsibility of taking

minutes, and the city has expressed a reluctance to spend money on sending official minutes-takers to significantly more meetings. As a result, few meetings have seen more than one commissioner attend. At its next meeting, Fournier intends to discuss the city’s policy regarding how to handle meetings of that nature. Events such as Tiger Bay and CCNA, which multiple city and county commissioners regularly attend, have been held without legal action despite a lack of advance public notice or minutes. Easterle encouraged the city to put guidelines in place as soon as possible so that his group and others can once again feel comfortable inviting all of the commissioners to attend. “If we can set up a process or procedure for the city dealing with events like CCNA, then we can comply or they can comply,” Easterle said. “We can (assist in) resolving the issue.”

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Thanks to community involvement, winning four pentathlon events adds to a strategy to become a world-class amateur sports venue.

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Katherine Harris and Paul Blackketter, president of the Suncoast Aquatics Nature Center Associates, hope to raise $1 million from the private sector for the World Cup pentathlon finals in 2014. of sports management at New York University: “We’ve got a lot of the right stuff. The strides being made locally to site amateur and professional sports are good. “The subtle inference here,” Logan adds, “is the community has the vitality and energy to do this. It mitigates the perception that we’re old.” For Blackketter, the bigger picture is not just hosting prestigious sporting events. It’s about creating sustainable events whose underlying benefit, in the vernacular of the hospitality industry, is “heads in beds” — economic development, visitors spending money here. “The more events we have, we’re investing in our future,” Blackketter said. Take the pentathlon. It has five events — fencing, pistol shooting, equestrian, swimming and running. When organizers of those sports see that SarasotaBradenton hosted those sports via the pentathlon, the region will have had exposure for their sports’ destination lists.

The most crucial ingredient to sustainability, though, Blackketter and Harris said last week, is “total community involvement.” “A true public, private, community partnership of Sarasota and Bradenton is allowing us to pursue and accept these opportunities,” Blackketter said. For recent rowing events, for instance, between 300 and 500 volunteers participated. They come from all over: the 27 neighborhoods in the Fruitville 210 Community Alliance; Sarasota Sailing Squadron; Knights of Columbus; and ROTC. “The (political) leadership in Sarasota-Bradenton, they get it,” Blackketter says. So do the region’s retirees. Blackketter raves about their enthusiasm for the events and for wanting to bring more to the region. To be sure, community involvement wasn’t the only factor that sealed the pentathlon events. The pursuit started with Harris when she served as Florida’s secretary of state from 1998 to 2000. A longtime fan of

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the pentathlon (she competed at a younger age in fencing and shooting), Harris met Olympic Committee members and highup officials in the pentathlon federation. And she kept those acquaintances over the next dozen years, persistently pitching the area as a potential site. In early September, while in Europe, Harris said a pentathlon official told her this might be the year for Sarasota-Bradenton to bid for the sport’s world championships. When she returned Sept. 12 to Sarasota, Harris went into high gear. She met with Terry Hansen, president of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, which led to a meeting with Benderson, which led to her reuniting with Blackketter. Blackketter then pulled together in three days data, demographics and pieces of the presentation used to win the world rowing championships. He pitched the idea to his Suncoast Aquatics board and top officials from Sarasota and Manatee counties and their respective convention and visitors organi-

PENTATHLON EVENTS What: Pentathletes achieve performance-related points in each discipline — fencing; 200-meter freestyle swimming; 12-obstacle, show-jumping equestrian contest; 3,000-meter run; and pistol shooting. • June 2014: World Cup finals, including 36 men and 36 women. • March 2015: World Championships, including individuals and relay teams from all over the world. • 2016: World Cup finals and U.S. Olympics trials.

zations. He and Harris needed $200,000 and a bid completed by Sept. 30. They did it. On Tuesday, it became official. Sarasota-Bradenton won the bid. For Harris and Blackketter, this was just step one. Next up: raise $1 million from the private sector. Logan, who has traveled the world involved in major sporting events, said he likes the region’s physical attributes and potential for becoming a toptier amateur sports destination. Then he poses questions: “Will there be a stepping up from the private and public sides? Do we have the public will?” Blackketter is convinced: yes to both. When he travels to other communities that have hosted or are vying for sporting events, he compares their attributes to those of SarasotaBradenton. “Not only do we have the facilities,” he says, “we have the perfect size city. We’re not too big, and we’re not too small. We are the perfect community to give these events the attention they need.”

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Sometimes, vision and strategy come to fruition through hedgehog-like perseverance. Sometimes, they converge through kismet. Landing four world-level pentathlon events in SarasotaBradenton over the next three years appears to be both. That is, perseverance and kismet for former Congresswoman Katherine Harris and Paul Blackketter, president of the Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates, which operates the Nathan Benderson Park rowing center. Ten years ago, Blackketter rumbled into Baghdad with a platoon of his Army colleagues stationed in Ramadi to meet with headquarters brass. First Lt. Blackketter spotted a rare sight while standing in line in the mess hall: two attractive American women. Lo and behold, one of them turned out to be … Harris, his congresswoman. A decade later, early this September, Harris was on a mission of her own. She was visiting Randy Benderson, chief executive officer of Benderson Development, to drum up support for bidding on the world pentathlon championships. And who else was there? Blackketter. The rest, over the past three months, as they say, is history. Through a combination of Harris’ friendships with senior world pentathlon officials; Blackketter’s military-like information gathering and presentation skills; and the Sarasota-Bradenton community’s increasing success hosting and winning national and worldlevel amateur sporting events, pentathlon officials announced Tuesday Sarasota-Bradenton will host four world pentathlon events in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Winning the bid marks another step in a bigger vision and strategy of political, hospitality and business leaders and volunteer residents. They see a big opportunity to turn SarasotaBradenton into an acclaimed venue for national and worldclass amateur sports. Says Doug Logan, a Sarasota resident, former CEO of USA Track & Field, former commissioner of Major League Soccer and now an adjunct professor

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The commission emphasized the importance of advisory board members using their city-issued email accounts after a request for St. Armands BID directors’ emails. At November’s St. Armands Circle Business Improvement District meeting, Chairman Marty Rappaport was upset about a records request involving BID directors’ personal email accounts. On Monday, the Sarasota City Commission was upset, too — with the BID directors who conducted city business using their personal email accounts, which goes against a city resolution. The resolution, passed in 2011, requires all city business to be conducted on cityissued email accounts. Last month, Rappaport said the group of BID directors was being targeted and said he would consider resignation if the group continued to be scrutinized — unfairly, in his opinion. Michael Barfield, a paralegal who works with the group Citizens for Sunshine, sent an email to the BID directors in October requesting a series of emails. The query related to emails linked to the BID’s consideration of limiting the commercial space restaurants can occupy on the Circle and hiring another consultant to determine the proper retail mix there. To comply with the records request, Rappaport had to turn over his personal computer, and the city had to pay for a forensic examiner to recover any emails that matched Barfield’s query and had been deleted from Rappaport’s personal account. Emails on other BID directors’ personal email accounts had not been deleted and could be forwarded to their

city accounts. City Attorney Robert Fournier said it was unknown at this point whether any deleted emails were unrecoverable; the forensic examiner’s report could cost around $1,500. If there are unrecoverable emails, the city could be open to legal action, Fournier said. A settlement was reached in a similar case involving Downtown Improvement District board members last year, with the city paying $8,300 to cover opposing attorney’s fees after certain emails could not be recovered. On Monday, the commission voted to require all advisory board members to acknowledge the city resolution regarding city-issued email accounts before those boards could meet again. Commissioner Paul Caragiulo said he sympathized with Rappaport’s plight, but that other advisory board members should avoid his misstep so they don’t find themselves in a similar situation. “You don’t want them to get into the situation where they have to relinquish stuff that a normal person would not want to relinquish,” Caragiulo said. “You just think the incentivization would be built in here.” Rappaport declined to comment following Monday’s meeting. “I respect all the work Marty’s done out there, but we can’t keep doing this,” Mayor Shannon Snyder said. “Everyone knows you can’t do this.”

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Before 2009, special events staff avoided scheduling special events from February through April. That policy will be reinstated for the 2014 season. The Sarasota City Commission voted unanimously to put a moratorium on special events in St. Armands Circle Park during the height of the 2014 tourist season. The moratorium was a response to a fear from landowners, merchants and residents on the Circle that special events cause added congestion and compete with local businesses during the busiest time of the year. The moratorium is only in place for the upcoming year, between Feb. 1 and April 20, as the city works on crafting an ordinance that could permanently ban events during the busiest part of season. A classic antique car show, set for March 22, will still be held since it was approved before the moratorium was

in place. Sam Norton, the attorney for the St. Armands BID, said the Circle would struggle to maintain its reputation without controls in place to regulate the activity in the park. He said the money landowners and tenants invested into the Circle was spent with the understanding that those stakeholders would have some input on the events held in the park. The city unanimously backed the resolution creating the moratorium. Mayor Shannon Snyder said it was important to preserve the success of Circle businesses. “The area is so successful, and the traffic is so heavy during season, that we can’t put any more events in that area,” Snyder said.

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Siesta, Lido residents seek SKVA considers putting answers from Army Corps petals on the metal cans The Army Corps of Engineers will be in Sarasota this week to answer questions surrounding the Lido renourishment project. Despite the fears of some Lido Key residents, Siesta Key Association President Catherine Luckner said the organization won’t be fighting to end efforts to renourish Lido Beach when the group hosts the Army Corps of Engineers tonight. The Army Corps of Engineers is meeting with groups in the area from Dec. 5 to Dec. 7, to provide information about a proposed Lido Beach renourishment project. As part of the project, a joint effort between the Army Corps and the city of Sarasota, sand would be dredged from Big Pass and New Pass and installed along the Lido shoreline to protect critically eroded portions. Three groins, extending from the shore into the water, would be installed to slow erosion. At a meeting last month, members of the Lido Key Residents Association identified Siesta Key residents as a primary obstacle to the project’s completion. Big Pass, located between Lido and Siesta keys, has never been dredged before, and residents have raised questions about the effects the project might have on Siesta beaches. Luckner said she was surprised to find out that Lido residents saw Siesta Key as a force mobilizing to defeat the beach renourishment efforts. She said SKA questioned the Army Corps’ dredging plan, but that the group was willing to work with Lido to find a solution that worked for both parties. “We don't have a disagreement with the fact that Lido needs help with some areas that are critically eroded,” Luckner said. That might not be a unanimous point of agreement among SKA board members. At Tuesday’s Siesta Key Village Association

meeting, SKA board member Peter van Roekens questioned the status of the Lido shoreline after visiting the beach over the weekend. "(Parts of Lido Beach) don’t appear to be critically eroded at all," van Roekens said. Luckner said a more critical point of emphasis for the SKA was the approval of a professional independent peer review of the Army Corps’ plan. Although the Corps’ most recent models of the project’s effects on surrounding shorelines aren’t completed yet, the SKA is calling for a second opinion to verify the data. City Engineer Alex DavisShaw said she has seen the data the group has collected in the past nine months, and she believes the plan should ultimately satisfy all sides. “The Army Corps knows the idea of this project was to protect Lido without negatively impacting Siesta,” DavisShaw said. “That was always the No. 1 goal; that’s what they need to show everybody.” DavisShaw also said the Army Corps had agreed to let the firm Coastal Technology Corp. review its models and plans. John Kirker, a member of the Lido Key Residents Association, said the group was also waiting to receive some answers from an Army Corps presentation Dec. 6. He said Lido residents were interested in accelerating the timeline of the project, which is still several years away from being funded, according to DavisShaw. “I don't know what's going to happen,” Kirker said. “It still may be three, four, five years away — if you come down here and look at this beach, we're not going to last that long.”

The association mulls an artistic twist on plans for recycling bins in the Village. Siesta Key residents and business owners continue to show their vigilance toward controlling waste on the barrier island. The Siesta Key Association/Siesta Key Village Association Adopt-A-Road cleanup held Nov. 23 was the largest since its 2003 inception, with 24 volunteers netting 32 bags of trash. SKVA President Cheryl Gaddie announced the news during the SKVA’s Tuesday meeting. During the meeting, members continued to push for the purchase of recycling bins — with an artistic twist. Le Grand Bisou Caribbean Boutique Owner Martha Smith suggested offering the potential recycling bins as a canvas for local artists. They could paint the receptacles with sea turtles and dolphins to create awareness about the need to recycle and promote use of the bins. “I think it’s a great idea,” said SKA board member Peter van Roekens. SKVA board member Russell Matthes echoed support and suggested tying the initiative to local businesses by offering sponsorships for the recycling-bin artwork. Siesta Key architect Mark Smith, the group’s liaison with Sarasota County, said a recent meeting with the municipality didn’t further the recycling initiative, but that he would soon send a letter to the county about that and maintenance issues. The group may need to look at a different design for the bins to promote space for artwork, Smith said.

MEETING HIGHLIGHTS • The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office recorded five physical arrests and issued at least 17 paper arrests during the Turkey Trot pub crawl Wednesday, Nov. 27, according to Deputy Chris McGregor. “Our saving grace was that is was so cold that when everyone came out of the bar, they kind of went home,” McGregor said. • Mark Smith noted the need for more deputies at the public beach during the Siesta Key Crystal Classic to bolster public transportation. “The buses had a great deal of difficulty getting into the parking lot,” Smith said. • Members highlighted the success of the Light up the Village Parade, which resulted in $1,800 to the group from sponsorships and $300 from various games. “I think that may have been the biggest crowd yet,” Cheryl Gaddie said. • The committee charged with crafting a proposal to deal with a ban on outdoor merchandise continues work on the initiative, with plans to present the work to the heads of SKA, SKVA and the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce this month. “If your presentation is all encompassing and very explanatory, it makes it easier for people to look at it and evaluate it,” said Gaddie, who suggested including pictures of potential display configurations.

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Dec. 7, 1941: Never forget This Saturday marks the 72nd anniversary of what President Franklin Roosevelt declared a “day of infamy” — the day Japan unleashed its surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. We lost 2,335 U.S. service men and women at Pearl Harbor — now the seconddeadliest, one-day loss of Americans’ lives in war and conflict. The terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, surpassed Pearl Harbor in loss of life — 2,996. Many have referred to that day as our nation’s second day of infamy. Just as we say today in memory of 9/11 that “we will never forget,” so, too, the same should continue for Dec. 7, 1941: Never forget. To commemorate the memory of that day, we take you there — via a firsthand account. We are printing this week excerpts on Pearl Harbor Day from the book “Letters to Lee,” by Longboat Key resident Cecelia Edmundson, daughter of the late Lt. Gen. James V. Edmundson, an amazing Air Force hero of three wars. “Letters to Lee” chronicles the military life and marriage of Edmundson’s parents. It’s great reading — especially if you knew the main characters. Indeed, we can’t think of anyone in Longboat Key history who was a greater and more extraordinary war hero and person than Gen. “Gentle Jim” Edmundson:

Chapter 18: The Flight Line of Dec. 7, 1941

That day was one I will always remember. To a young lieutenant whose exposure to violent death and mutilating wounds had been limited, it was unreal. The day had a sense of horror and unreality that are hard to convey. The sky was full of Japanese airplanes. Formations of high-level horizontal bombers were laying down a pattern of bombs on our parked aircraft. Dive-bombers were making individual attacks. Several put bombs into the consolidated barracks and into the flight line hangars as I was running for the line. I saw one dive-bomber go straight into the big Hawaiian Air Depot hangar without appearing to try to pull out. Fighters and dive-bombers that had released their bombs were making strafing passes over our parked aircraft, up and down the streets and over the quarters area. It was a random operation, without opposition, and they seemed to be having a great time. In open cockpits, they wore cloth helmets, and their faces were clearly visible. Strafing planes were carefully picking off individual men trying to make their way across the parade ground. They also seemed to delight in shooting up parking lots full of cars. Perhaps they were making sure there would be a good post-war market for Datsuns and Toyotas in the United

Army Air Corps pilot 1st Lt. James Edmundson in 1941 at Hickam Field before the attack States. Their activity seemed heaviest over Pearl Harbor, especially around Ford Island and battleship row. Muffled explosions were continuous, and huge columns of black smoke poured up. My little squadron was hard hit. Our wing of the barracks was hit, killing many of my troops sleeping in on Sunday. The Central Mess Hall was hit in the middle of serving breakfast. My first sergeant was killed at his desk in the orderly room. The hangar that housed our aircraft, our operations, and maintenance activities took a direct hit, and I lost my line chief and my operations clerk, both of whom were at work that Sunday morning. Much had to be done: fires put out, small arms distributed, wounded taken to the hospital, and aircraft dispersed. At various times, I was involved in doing all these things. I couldn’t begin to tell you when or in what order certain things were done. I remember one small man, a Japanese civilian. I don’t know what his job was, but he had gone to the yard in front of the hospital where the wounded were beginning to be collected — some horribly mutilated — and this little man had somewhere found a basin of water and a piece of rag and was going from person to person wiping off their faces. It wasn’t much, but it was all he could do. For some reason, the memory of him has stayed with me. I recall taxiing a B-18 across the runway for dispersal. It had one engine knocked out, but the aircraft next to it was on fire, and it needed to be moved. I’d rev up the one engine to the limit, and as the plane would start to circle forward, I’d slam on one brake to make the plane swing back around the other way. We duck-walked across the ramp and the runway that way, with the crew chief pounding me on the shoulder, saying, “Lieutenant, you can’t taxi

these things on one engine.” There was a squadron of B-17s arriving from the mainland that morning, on the first leg of their journey to the Philippines. They were arriving without any warning in the midst of the attack, and you can imagine the confusion. Most were low on fuel. They had, of course, made the flight without ammunition in their guns to save weight. Some landed at Hickam, with Zeroes trying to shoot them down in the traffic pattern. Some landed at other airfields, and some went to the outer islands. I remember that one landed on the Waianai Golf Course. One B-17 landed at Hickam with the tires shot up and a fire in the radio compartment. It slid to a stop in the middle of the runway. I was with a group trying to clear the runway, and we ran up to the airplane. The pilot turned out to be a guy I knew named Swenson. He stuck his head out the window and yelled, “Hi, Eddie! Hey, what the hell goes on here?” Under the current conditions, it seemed a pretty reasonable question. We got him out. He had a couple of wounded on board and a flight surgeon with him who had been killed. I wanted to extinguish the fire in the radio compartment of his plane so we could get it off the runway to clear space for other airplanes to land. We got one of these big pushcart CO2 fire extinguishers from one of the hangers and rolled it out there. I climbed up and through the pilot’s window over the wing and was going back through the bomb bay to the radio compartment. The minute I turned on that rascal, I had CO2 sprayed all over my hand because the rubber in its nozzle had rotted. It froze my hand, which I didn’t realize at the time. We got the fire out, and I climbed back down. We got wire cutters and cut the control cables because the B-17 had broken in half, in the center. We got a tug and towed the two halves out of the way so others could land. About then, a Japanese airplane went across strafing and dropping fragmentation bombs. I felt a big bang and was knocked out. When I came to, of two guys who were with me, one was very badly wounded, and the other was dead. I felt my head because I couldn’t see out of one eye. There was blood running down, and I felt with my frozen hand. It felt like I had a hole in my head big enough to put my fist into. “Well,” I thought, “that’s all she wrote. That’s the end of the road. What can I do? I’ll just sit here and wait to die.” I hadn’t seen anyone just slightly wounded that day at all. I sat there and waited to die, but nothing seemed to happen. Then, I reached up with the other hand and found out that all I had was a little nick in my head. Feeling very foolish, I got up and went back to work.

Citizens for public good? It’s a con Surely Sarasota city taxpayers have noticed that when it comes to controversies and lawsuits at City Hall, two names often figure prominently: Lawyer Andrea Flynn Mogensen and her sidekick Michael Barfield. A Batwoman and Robin out for the good of the people. Except it’s a con — their noble pursuit of truth, responsible government and government in the sunshine. As of late, Mogensen and Barfield have been bat-mobiling all over the city, filing lawsuit after lawsuit, or threatening to file more, over alleged violations of the state’s government-in-the-sunshine laws. We’re all aware of how this “Dynamic Duo” busted City Commissioners Suzanne Atwell and Susan Chapman for meeting with downtown business owners in early October to discuss the homeless issue. So on behalf of their cover company,

the nonprofit Citizens for Sunshine Inc., Batwoman sued the city, Atwell and Chapman for Sunshine Law violations. The charge: Two commissioners were present, city business was discussed and neither advanced public notice was given nor minutes kept. Robin, aka Barfield, kept up the pressure when he began requesting records and computers from members of the St. Armands Business Improvement District. And last week, the Dynamic Duo’s strong arm for alleged good caused more angst when the city attorney informed citizens participating in “Downtown Roundtable” meetings that they must follow the state’s public-meeting laws. Which means the group cannot have more than one member of a city advisory board; must provide advance notice to the public of its meetings; and must keep minutes of its

meetings. Talk about a chilling effect on free public discussion and the right to assemble. Now, we recognize public officials, as well as members of governmental advisory boards, must abide by the state’s Sunshine Laws. By all means, yes. But the way Batwoman and Robin go about filing lawsuits at seemingly every opportunity is more terrorism and extortion for their own financial benefit than it is standing up for public good. It’s wrong, of course, to violate Sunshine Laws. But there are better, more productive, less costly and less confrontational ways to address alleged violations. Rather than extort what cash they can, Mogensen and Barfield could first try an honorable approach: Solve the matter outside of the courts respectfully. Their tactics are destructive and poisoning the atmosphere.


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a country. And of course, Bond saves the day and gets the girl. It’s been a successful formula for 50 years. Coincidently, there is one Bond movie that can be compared to Obamacare. In the 1973 film “Live and Let Die,” the villain (a drug lord named Kananga), plans to flood the U.S. market with “free” heroin creativity in the U.S. + ACA allows citizens a initially, until millions become Georgia Court chance to pursue dreams addicted. Eventually, Kananga Downtown Sarasota would then charge a fee (of his Dear Editor:    choosing) to purchase the drug. The Affordable Care Act pro+ Obamacare mimics plot An added benefit for Kananga vides one extraordinary benefit (played brilliantly by Yaphet that I have not heard pundits of James Bond Movie Kotto) would be that all compemention — freedom. It will free Dear Editor: When the president originally tition would go out of business, those Americans who have been leaving him as the only proforced to forestall their entrepre- pitched Obamacare, aka The Afducer and distributor of heroin neurial ambitions because of the fordable Care Act, he promised for years to come. Kind of like a current employer-based insur- Americans would get a great deal single payer system for junkies. ance system. As of this writing, — if we like our health care covOops sorry — “for the illegal drug people are trapped in jobs be- erage, we’d be able to keep it, peusing victim demographic.” cause they need the health ben- riod. And he also promised that Think about it. Remember, efits — a family at home, a pre- our premiums would be reduced $2,500 a year. And he said if we we were promised at least 30 existing condition. million uninsured to become      That trap will disappear Jan. liked our doctor, we could keep insured, and no loss of cover1. On that date, those who have a our doctor. I was skeptical, and I reage for the rest of us, and at a dream of entrepreneurship, but reduced price too. Mmmmm … who thought they’d have to put member thinking that maybe and now we have a growing deoff that dream until their Medi- the president would throw in a bacle, and it’s no movie script. care years, will be freed. They free TV, as well. Can you say — One “villain” in the real life will be able to pursue their tal- OBAMAPHONE? Fast forward five years and nightmare called Obamacare ents knowing they can provide is Ezekiel Emanuel (Rahm’s health care coverage for them- now millions of Americans are facing Styled health insurance cancelbrother). This player is one of selves and their loved ones. Free I pre- Danish Stress Recliners. lations,leather. and much higher premithe Affordable Care Act’s main dict that three or four years fromIn blended architects. He has written about now, once the ACA has become ums and deductibles. Brown Cream Obamacare, inGreen my view, isRed “The Complete Life System,” an accepted part of our country’s which says if you’re younger fabric, we will see a flowering of like a diabolical plot straight than 14 new businesses and innovations out of a James Bond movie. In $ years old, or older than a typical Bond adventure, our 40, you represent a “drag” on like never before. the state, and should be denied      Yes, the ACA’s online sign- hero (007) is assigned by MI-6 health care. What a comfortup system has glitches at the to “investigate” a questionable, ing thought coming from a comoment. But those will go away shadowy organization or per-Cognac Brown As the plot Red unfolds, Bond author of Obamacare. I’m sure with time. What will notBuff go away son. folks on the left would defend will be the benefits we will all discovers the villain’s intent to $ views no matter what Ezekiel’s gain from the revitalization of destroy the world or destabilize

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happens. No doubt they would say he loved his mother. Well, by all accounts it has been reported that Hitler had a loving relationship with his mother and even his German shepherd. Why do I get the feeling that President Obama, Kathleen Sebelius, Valerie Jarrett, Jay Carney, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are high-fiving each other in the Oval Office happily saying that “everything is proceeding on schedule?” Yep, just like a maniacal plot out of a Bond movie. Just a little secret folks, especially to the low information voters — socialism, Marxism, and communism have never worked. Just ask people who lived in East Germany in the 1970s and 1980s. Just ask people who have fled Cuba over the past 50 years. Ask folks in North Korea how they’re doing. And finally, ask the millions more of potentially uninsured Americans how they’re doing as of January 2014. Mark Sieve Sarasota

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alike. We have our beloved older dog that has walked many a Siesta mile. I am known as a dog lover. But, what I am NOT, is a lover of dogs on our beach. Like many others, I enjoy walking Siesta Beach at dawn and sunset. At those times, on a regular basis, I encounter people with their dogs, sometimes two at a time. I’m not sure if these people feel especially privileged, and/or they are ignorant of the health issues regarding dogs, dog feces and children, but, I feel that the prohibition of dogs**on our beaches needs once again to be enforced with violators ticketed. I’ve seen dogs defecate and urinate, and simply picking up the mess is not sufficient. A little research would reveal that contact with feces could easily result in numerous, serious health problems. These include salmonella, E. coli, giardia and leptospiriosis; diseases that can result in fever, gastro-intestinal issues, liver or kidney failure and diseases of the eye and brain. Children and adults alike should be able to play in the sand without that risk. It is difficult for another resident to stop someone in an attempt to educate them on the downsides of bringing their beloved canine along on their beachwalk. I hope this letter prompts some dialog amongst residents, and encourages the sheriff to consider enforcement strategies. Our beautiful beach should not suffer. Carolyn Sanchez PalmSofa Island 100% Leather

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FirstSarasota, the Downtown Baptist Church, commemorates 40 years of the popular seasonal production with a new lineup of music. Every Sunday, Melinda Miller works in other larger churches in the country were the nursery at FirstSarasota, the Down- already doing it. town Baptist Church. But Friday, Dec. 6, To bring the tree to life the first year, Marthe 71-year-old Sarasota resident will once tin enlisted the help of the church’s superinagain take on a more seasonal role at her tendent, Jack Headrick. Headrick used his church. The soprano will don a red se- knowledge of the production from his forquined collar over a green mer job at the municipal felt smock and take her auditorium in Charlotte, THE SINGING place in the front row of N.C. — the city and locaCHRISTMAS TREE tion credited with hosta 30-foot-tall-by-25-footwide “Christmas tree” and ing the original Singing When: First performance is sing during the church’s first Christmas Tree — to build at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. Singing Christmas Tree perthe original four-tiered Runs through Sunday, Dec. formance of its 40th season. wooden platform. The 15. See website for dates “It’s my church family,” platform held 40 singers, and times. says Miller. “I love it; I look while the other 50 stood Where: FirstSarasota, the forward to it every year.” around it. Since then, two Downtown Baptist Church, Miller was one of about additional tree structures 1661 Main St. 90 cast members in the have been used. Marvin Tickets and info: 9 a.m. church’s 1974 inaugural perMorris, of Marvin’s Woodto noon Monday through formance and remembers working, is credited with Friday at 1670 Main St. or when the tree — which is the construction of a seccall 888-684-5272 now made of sturdier metal ond tree structure, which risers covered in greenery was also made of wood. — was made of wood. Today, the tree is made of metal, contains The evolution of the tree is just one indi- 12 levels and holds 115 singers. The majorcation of the success of the performance, ity of singers stand for the duration of the which continues to pack the 1,000-plus- hour-and-15-minute performances, while occupancy sanctuary for multiple perfor- some of the more senior cast members mances during the Christmas season. And, sit in the first level. Because spacing gets although the performance now offers a tighter at the top of the tree, the top-two full-scale musical production, complete spots generally go to smaller-framed ladies. with lighting and effects, it, too, started Martin says the current tree is much more with humble beginnings, just like the bibli- pleasing to the eye. cal story it tells. It features faux greenery, more than Jim Martin, who became the church’s 10,000 lights and 50 bows. And, those music director in 1971, had become accus- who’ve attended the performance before tomed to the Christmastime sonatas the can expect to see a new addition to the tree choir would perform for the congregation. this year. A brightly lit star replaces the forBut, in 1974, when he brought the Singing mer angel tree topper. Christmas Tree to Sarasota, he says a few “There are so many references to the star,

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I felt like it would be a nice addition. So, we went with it,” says Worship Director and FirstSarasota Music Director Shawn Gross. Gross became the music director in August and was soon after tasked with directing the more than 300 people involved in this year’s production, including cast members, a full orchestra, ushers and a technical staff. During the first few years of performances, the tree comprised all the church’s members, and the performances were held for members of the congregation.

But, after a few years, FirstSarasota decided to open the performance to the community. Spots in the tree are available to the Sarasota community across all denominations, as well as to members of the music community. In past productions, performers have only learned one or two new songs, but this year, 11 of the 14 songs are new. The 2013 performance also offers a completely different collection of music, which comes from “The Nativity Symphony” album, as recorded by the London Symphonica. Gross says the performance is geared toward all ages. “It’s narrated by a modern-day kid, and there are vignettes of the Christmas story,” says Gross. Audience members should also expect to participate; they will be asked to sing along to “The Twelve Days of Christmas” at the start of the performance. Martin, who now lives in North Carolina, was in town visiting friends and on hand to watch a full dress rehearsal of the performance Monday night. He says the scope of the production has come a long way in the 40 years since he started it at the church. “Originally, we just sang and that was it,” says Martin. “Now, there is pageant and storyline; it’s a very visual presentation … we have a come a long way, baby!”

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’Tis the season! Although your Christmas may not be white, that doesn’t mean it can’t be merry. Choosing a tree is the first step to turning your home into a winter wonderland, so make sure you check your list twice when it comes to choosing

Workers at Sarasota High School’s tree sale measure a Fraser fir. Trees are priced by height and type.

the perfect tree. Some say the best kind of tree is big and full, while others say it must be fragrant and dark green. If you’re still stuck on which tree is right for you, here is our guide to the most popular Christmas trees in the U.S. — and where to fine them locally.

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Cost: A 6-foot Fraser fir comes in around $60 to $70. Needles: Generally soft, yet strong Many tree experts recommend the Fraser fir. This tree has a long life and stays fresh up to six weeks. A Fraser is the greenest of the trees; is the most fragrant; and loses fewer needles than other trees. Because their needles are thick and their branches strong, firs are good for families interested in loading the tree with keepsake ornaments.

Cost: A 6-foot scotch pine will cost about $35 to $40. Needles: Long, sharp and can drop quickly The scotch pine is considered the classic, old-school Christmas tree. This tree’s needles don’t shed easily, even when they are dry — which occurs after six to seven weeks. This tree is the most economical. It’s bright green and is the most common Christmas tree in the U.S. due to its ability to remain fresh throughout the season.

Cost: A 6-foot Colorado blue spruce costs between $50 to $60. Needles: Less fragrant, rough and sharp Although their needles are sharp, spruces carry a symmetrical form and have strong branches. The trees have a bluish-gray color and have little aroma. Spruces have the shortest lives of Christmas trees and are said to last only three weeks. Despite its short life, the main reason why people like the blue spruce is because of its typical Christmas-tree form.

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CARE TIPS: • To ensure your tree’s longevity, make sure it’s watered and not sitting in the sun. • Trees produce sap when they are cut, which can slow down the tree’s water consumption and make it dry. Putting your tree in warm water when you get home will help the tree’s sap melt away, allowing it to absorb water more quickly.

WILD CARD TREE: WHITE PINE A white pine has long, soft, feather-like needles. Although this tree makes a beautiful addition to your Christmas décor, it is not good for hanging ornaments. White pines are fairly inexpensive. They are a bluish-green color and don’t have a strong smell. If you like the lightness of the white pine but still want to decorate your tree, try using tinsel.

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Holiday Splendor — runs from 5 to 9 p.m. at The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road. Watch local elementary, middle and high school students perform holiday music acts in the courtyard of The Ringling. Admission to Holiday Splendor costs one unwrapped toy per guest, or $10 for adults and $5 for ages 6 to 17. Benefits the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots of Sarasota and Manatee counties. No advanced tickets will be sold. For information, visit ringling.org/events/ holiday-splendor.

Holiday Boutique — runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sarasota Garden Club, 1131 Blvd. of the Arts. The event will feature poinsettias, fresh wreaths and pecans for sale, as well as other vendors with festive wares. No admission fee. Lunch is available for purchase. For more information, contact Jean at 9550875.

Fourth annual Wine, Dine and Pine — runs from 6 to 8 p.m. in the great room by the bay, at The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S. Palm Ave. Guests will enjoy live entertainment and indulge in an assortment of food and desserts from Sarasota restaurants. The festively decorated holiday event will include a silent auction offering one-ofa-kind and luxury goods and door prizes. Reservations are $50 per person and can be purchased online at selby.org or in the Gardens’ Welcome Center. For more information, contact Emily Lane at (941) 366-5731, Ext. 267 or elane@ selby.org.

FRIDAY DEC. 6 THROUGH SUNDAY, DEC. 8 Fourth annual Sarasota Craft Show — hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Robarts Arena, 3000 Ringling Blvd. The event will feature works in ceramics, decorative fiber, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed-media, paper, wearable art, wood, painting, photography and sculpture. Tickets are $9 per day — $8 for seniors and $5 for students — and $12 for a three-day pass. Children under 10 are admitted free. Reducedprice tickets are available at sarasotacraftshow.com. For more information, call 845-355-2400.

SATURDAY, DEC. 7 Sarasota Downtown Holiday Parade — starts at 7 p.m. The parade will run on Main Street, from U.S. 301 to Gulfstream Avenue. This year’s parade theme is a Holiday Salute to Veterans, and it will feature floats, music, marching bands and more.

FRIDAY, DEC. 6 THROUGH WEDNESDAY, DEC. 11 Sarasota Baptist Church’s ‘A Moment in Time’ — takes place at 7 p.m. Dec. 6, at Sarasota Baptist Church, 7091 Proctor Road. Transport back to “A Moment in Time” that changed everything with this Christmas production. The performance will include a live orchestra, band, choir and soloists, along with multimedia, lights and sound. Tickets range from $8 to $10. For more information, including performance times and dates, visit sarasotachristmas. com.

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Christmas ornaments, scarves, children’s toys, candles, baskets and other treats. This year, in addition to the fair-trade items, St. Boniface’s eco stewardship team will offer “green” pet treats, cleaning products and honey; the St. Boniface Preschool will be selling poinsettias; and the Boniface Watercolor Group will hold its annual art show showcasing original artwork, along with notecards available for purchase. There is no cost to the public. For more information, contact Betsie Danner at 349-5616.

Republican Women’s Club Luncheon — takes place at 11:30 a.m. at Michael’s On East, 1212 East Ave. The Republican Women’s Club of Sarasota kicks off the season with a “holly, jolly” luncheon that will include holiday songs performed by the Meadows Chorus, accompanied by Ted Mallires on piano. Tickets are $25. For more information, call 379-7833.

MONDAY, DEC. 9 CONA Holiday Party — starts at 7 p.m. at the Sarasota Garden Club, 1131 Blvd. of the Arts. Sarasota County Council of Neighborhood Associations hosts this holiday party, which is open to its members and to the public. RSVP to Lourdes Ramirez at conasarasota@hotmail.com.

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Community Haven 16th annual Jingle and Jog — begins at 7 a.m. at Community Haven, 4405 DeSoto Road. Proceeds from this 5K race will benefit Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities Inc. Registration begins at 7 a.m. with the race starting at 8 a.m. The Fry Family Foundation will donate $20 for each registered runner, walker and wheelchair racer to cross the finish line. To register, visit communityhaven.org.

Sarasota Chamber’s Power Hour Live! — runs from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Homewood Suites Sarasota, 3470 Fruitville Road. This event allows chamber members to introduce themselves and network with new members. Tickets are $20 for registered members and $30 for non-members. To RSVP, call 9554034.

Achieva Reindeer Trot — starts at 8:30 a.m. at Payne Park, 2050 Adams Lane. Dust off your antlers and put on your running shoes for the third annual Achieva Reindeer Trot 5K, 10K and dog walk. Bring the whole family to enjoy holiday music and photos with Santa. Dress up your furry

St. Boniface Church 12th annual Gift Fair — takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7 and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 8. Products sold include fair-trade jewelry, candy and coffee,

FRIDAY, DEC. 13 THROUGH SUNDAY, DEC. 15 Fifth annual Gingerbread Festival — starts at 10 a.m. at Westfield Sarasota Square Mall, 8201 S. Tamiami Trail. Join the Community Youth Development of Sarasota County in celebrating the holiday season with a visit to its gingerbread village. Students, businesses and nonprofits have contributed more than 150 gingerbread houses to the village. Admission is $1. For more information, contact Megan Wenger at 922-5126.

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NOV. 26 CANE AND UNABLE 12:39 a.m. — 1300 block of Boulevard of the Arts. Disturbing the Peace. A woman complained that her neighbor was constantly using a walking cane to bang on the walls and the floor, keeping other residents awake. The woman said several police reports had been filed in the past few weeks. The officer reported hearing extremely loud knocking coming from the apartment, loud enough to be heard outside of the residence. The neighbor refused to answer the door, as she had in the past, so no further action was taken.

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STOPPING CARTS 2:32 p.m. — 4200 block of North Tamiami Trail. Dispute/Fight. A woman said the manager and employees from nearby hotels were pushing shopping carts full of clothes onto her property, and she wanted it to stop. The manager of the hotels said people would leave the shopping carts on the property and employees didn’t know what to do with them. The officer told the manager she couldn’t put the carts on someone else’s property, and that she should contact

the businesses that owned the carts. The manager agreed and said there would be no further problems.

COOLER HEADS PREVAIL 6:56 p.m. — 2000 block of Datura Street. Animal Nuisance. A man said a family of raccoons had been in his front driveway. The man said the raccoons ran away, but that a baby raccoon got trapped in a cooler in his garage. The officer released the trapped raccoon from the cooler.

TAKING THE CAKES 7:54 p.m. — 3500 block of North Tamiami Trail. Petit Theft. An employee at a grocery store said he witnessed a woman steal two strawberry cheesecakes from the store. He said the woman attempted to exit the store when he questioned her about the items in her purse, but that she was cooperative afterward. He didn’t want to press charges.

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Brion Whitley scored 15 points to lead the Sarasota Christian boys basketball team to a 45-37 victory over St. Petersburg Catholic Dec. 2.

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The Cardinal Mooney High girls soccer team posted its seventh shutout of the season with an 8-0 victory over Lemon Bay Nov. 26.

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Sarasota senior Shelby Miller sank a 3-pointer with 1:14 remaining to lift the Lady Sailors to a 46-43 victory over Seffner Armwood Nov. 29 in the opening day of the Lady Sailors Thanksgiving Shootout.

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Riverview senior Greg Atkin scored a goal with 30 seconds in the game to lead the Rams to a 3-3 tie versus East Lake in the semifinal game of the Nike Thanksgiving Invitational.

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The Sarasota Christian girls soccer team blanked Sarasota Military Academy 1-0 Nov. 25.

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The SMA Raiders female team tied for first place at this year’s district meet, while the male team finished third.

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SMA freshman Caitlin Bardenhagen and junior Mallory Latsko negotiate an obstacle during the 1.8-mile gauntlet event at the national meet.

The Sarasota Military Academy male and female Raiders teams will compete in the Gulf Coast All-Star Raider Challenge Dec. 14, at Braden River High. Alexis Jenkins’ first day of crosscountry practice at Sarasota Military Academy was unlike any she had experienced before. After transferring from Venice High, the then sophomore knew she wanted to get involved in athletics at her new school, particularly cross-country. Jenkins joined the SMA Raiders team and attended her first practice shortly thereafter. She enjoyed running with the team; and she assumed the pushups and sit-ups were just part of the team’s conditioning program. It wasn’t until a couple of weeks later, when Jenkins was first introduced to rucksacks and given a physical-fitness test, that she realized the Raiders were more than just a cross-country team. In fact, they weren’t a crosscountry team at all. “I knew it was a military school, so I just thought they called their cross-country team ‘Raiders,’” Jenkins says. “I definitely signed up for more than I thought I was.” Three years later, the SMA senior is grateful for that initial mishap. Ever since then, Jenkins has been a member of the school’s female Raiders team. The Raiders team is an active outdoor adventure and leadership team that is typically found in high schools with JROTC programs. SMA has both male and female Raiders teams. Each team is made up of 12 members, with the 10 best athletes in each event participating in the actual competition.

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SMA senior William Schaefer loads sophomore Brandon Miller onto a one-rope bridge at this year’s district meet.

Each competition is comprised of five timed events: a rope bridge, a sandbag carry, which is similar to a relay race, a 5K run, a onemile cross-country rescue run and an HMMWV pull. Each event has specific rules, restrictions and obstacles, which the athletes must navigate through. “Raiders is a highly physical and challenging sport,” Jenkins says. “It challenges your physical capabilities and your mental capabilities, as well.” SMA sophomore Brandon Miller agrees. “It teaches you how to develop leadership skills,” Miller says. “It’s like a brotherhood. You bond with your team members more than you normally would in other sports.” The Raiders run every morning

before school and also practice Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays after school. The team competed in five competitions earlier this year in preparation for the district, state and national competitions. “We’re very close-knit,” Miller says. “In the tougher competitions, you really need to rely on your other teammates. You need them as brothers.” Jenkins agrees. “It’s definitely one-of-a-kind,” Jenkins says. “We’re incredibly close. When you can’t go on anymore, your friends are there to help you do the impossible.” Recently, the team competed at the national competition in Molena, Ga. It was the Raiders’ second trip to the national competition. Similar to other competitions, the team competed in five events, only this time the events were harder physically. In addition, the teams also tackled two new challenges: the gauntlet, a two-mile rucksack run, and a PTT, which was like a giant obstacle course. The additional events replaced the sandbag carry and the HMMWV pull. The female team tied for first place, while the male team finished eighth overall. The teams competed against 80 other teams from 40 schools across the nation. “It was humbling, in a way,” Jenkins says. “I’m proud of what we did. We left everything on the field that day. It’s not fun losing, but you need those experiences to make you levelheaded. It was a good last experience.”

On Dec. 14, the Raiders will compete in their final competition of the season at the Gulf Coast AllStar Raider Challenge. The competition, which will begin at 8 a.m. at Braden River High, will serve as a proxy state championship because the actual Florida state meet was canceled due to the government shutdown. All of the teams that would have normally qualified for the state championship meet have been invited; as of press time more than 43 teams from across the state were scheduled to participate. The Raiders female team will seek to defend its state championship — its has won the title each of the past five years — while the male team wants to reclaim the state championship. The male team had won the title four consecutive years before finishing third last year. The male team will face its toughest test against Manatee, while the female team is expected to compete against Palmetto and Boca Ciega for top honors. Historically, the female team’s toughest competition has come from Braden River, but the Pirates won’t be competing in this year’s state championship. “It’s been a hard year for us,” says retired Master Sgt. John Browning, who serves as the Raiders head coach. “Overall, with the performances we’ve had, we can’t be happier. They did leaps and bounds better at nationals this year than they did last year. “Whenever they’ve been faced with adversity, they’ve been very resilient,” Browning said. “We expect both teams to perform in the same manner that they have in the past.”


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Sarasota High girls basketball coach Rob Jutras goes over the game plan with his team during a timeout.

The Sarasota High girls basketball team defeated rival Riverview 46-40 in nondistrict action Nov. 26. Camille Giardina and Zharia Grable each scored 10 points to lead the way for the Lady Sailors. Giardina also recorded seven assists and four steals. Josie LeBlanc scored nine points, and Madison Pack hauled in six rebounds. Juhnae Richardson led Riverview with 15 points. Taylor Greenan added 13 points for the Lady Rams.

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Blazers. Kroll also had one assist, and Austin Mullenax recorded one assist.

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+ ODA girls team sinks St. Stephen’s

The Sarasota Christian boys soccer team beat Bradenton Christian 3-1 in district action Dec. 2. Lane Chupp, Aleks Paunovic and Jacob Kroll all scored one goal for the

The Out-of-Door Academy girls basketball team defeated St. Stephen’s 53-8 Nov. 25. Jenna Bloch scored 23 points to lead the way for the Lady Thunder. Lisa Hoffman added 16 points for ODA.

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The Baltimore Orioles will host the Suncoast Travel Ball’s Toys for Tots Baseball Tournament Dec. 7, at the Buck O’Neil Complex in Twin Lakes Park. Sarasota residents are invited to bring a new unwrapped toy for donation to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. and then stay to watch the games. The tournament will bring more than 85 youth baseball teams for games at various locations in Sarasota County Dec. 7 and Dec. 8. The donated toys will be distributed to economically disadvantaged children throughout the Sarasota area. For information about Toys for Tots in Sarasota, call 9254014.

+ Sarasota High Girls Basketball The Sarasota High girls basketball team cruised to a 65-31 victory over DeSoto Dec. 2. Camille Giardina led the way for the Lady Sailors with 16 points, six assists and seven steals. Zharia Grable added 10 points and 10 rebounds. Josie LeBlanc added 12 points for Sarasota. With the win, the Lady Sailors improved to 7-1.

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The number of goals Anna Brusco, Skylar Jungers and Hannah MacDevitt combined for in Cardinal Mooney’s 8-0 victory over Lemon Bay Nov. 26.

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With the win, ODA improves to 4-2 (2-0).

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Tyler G. and James G. celebrate their team’s touchdown. The Out-of-Door Academy got an early start on Thanksgiving at its annual Turkey Bowl Tuesday, Nov. 26. Lower-school students spent the afternoon cheering on fifth-graders who played football. The Turkey Bowl has taken place for more than 25 years and marks the beginning of the holiday season for the school. Left: Heather S. goes for Quinn I. as he throws the ball.

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Primary students at Imagine School at Palmer Ranch performed in a Thanksgiving pageant Tuesday, Nov. 26. The students made their own costumes and dressed up as pilgrims and turkeys for the special day. After the performance, kindergarteners celebrated Thanksgiving with a feast. Jada Wilhite and Noah Ratbun made their own turkey hats.

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by Harriet Sokmensuer | Community Editor

Runners conquer half to benefit youth groups Photos by Harriet Sokmensuer

Above: Donna D’Agostino, Kimberly Tocci and Barbara Lloyd Right: Cindi Soderholm and Amy Brown cool off.

Sherrif’s Activities League Director Deputy DeWayne Hill with SAL Special Event Organizer Bo Keusch

Above: Peg Suel enjoys a well deserved beer and dance after the race.

Chris Mahoney came in first with a time of 1:15:01.

Rene Brent, Kelly Eversole and David Newell catch their breath after crossing the finish line.

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Selby welcomes the holiday season Marie Selby Botanical Gardens opened the holiday season with the lighting of its bromeliad tree Tuesday, Dec. 3. Selby Gardens volunteers and staff built the tree, which consists of 600 bromeliads. Bob McComb, who has been designing Selby’s holiday displays for 10 years, designed the 20-foot tree. The lighting of the tree is the prelude to Selby’s highly anticipated Lights in Bloom celebration, which takes place later this month.

Tom Buchter, the CEO of Selby Gardens, welcomed everyone to the lighting.

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O, HOLY NIGHT

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Members of Siesta Key Chapel celebrated Advent Sunday with a potluck dinner Sunday, Dec. 1. After the dinner, members sang Christmas carols and decorated the chapel’s tree with handmade chrismons, Christian symbols representing Jesus Christ.

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2013

real estate | transactions

By Adam Hughes | Research Editor

Home on Casey Key sells for $2 million The following residential real estate transactions took place between Nov. 18 and Nov. 22. A home on Casey Key tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Richard and Margaret Simpson, of Sarasota, sold their home at 2910 Casey Key Road to Malcolm Hayes, trustee, of Ontario, Canada, for $2 million. Built in 1999, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 4,393 square feet of living area.

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Robert Seavey, of New York, sold his Unit 603 condominium at 35 Watergate Drive to Thomas and Jane Oliver, of Sarasota, for $1,382,500. Built in 2003, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,985 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1.3 million in 2011.

Johnson Estates

Robert and Sondra Goodman, of Sarasota, sold their home at 4037 Red Rock Lane to Arthur Feigenbaum and Ellen Firman, of Sarasota, for $1,372,000. Built in 1950, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,967 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $658,000 in 2004.

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Sue Kipperman, trustee, of Spotsylvania, Va., sold the Unit 901 condominium at 505 S. Orange Ave. to Phyllis Lovrien, of Madison, Wis., for $1,125,000. Built in 2007, it has three

bedrooms, three baths, one halfbath and 3,003 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $900,000 in 2007. State Central Bank sold the Unit 1101 condominium at 505 S. Orange Ave. to Constance Kayser, trustee, of Rochester, Ill., for $1,035,000. Built in 2007, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 3,003 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $3 million in 2011.

Harbor View on Golden Gate Point

John and Carole Witterschein, of Sarasota, sold their Unit 202 condominium to John and Susan Mimnaugh, of Livingston, Texas, for $820,000. Built in 1962, it has two bedrooms, two baths, one half-bath and 1,949 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $710,000 in 2010.

Hartsdale

Irene Plank sold her home at 1905 Boyce St. to Jennifer McCall and Shawn McCormick, of Sarasota, for $579,000. Built in 2007, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,008 square feet of living area. John Damico and Dora Damico sold their home at 1940 Boyce St. to Joe Lipski’s Construction Management Co. LLC for $415,000. Built in 1949, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,765 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $260,000 in April.

1350 Main

Jeffrey and Linda Ellena, of

Harris, Texas, sold their Unit 602 condominium at 1350 Main St. to Marilyn Helfenbein, of Sarasota, for $525,000. Built in 2007, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,395 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $480,000 in 2009.

Cottage Walk

Shivaun Buggeln, of Sarasota, sold her Unit 1 condominium at 1829 Laurel St. to Mark Stuart, of Sarasota, for $435,000. Built in 2009, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 1,537 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $400,000 in 2010.

One Hundred Central

Merridy Scott, trustee, of Kenilworth, Ill., sold the Unit C617 condominium at 100 Central Ave. to Jill Sorensen, of Douglaston, N.Y., for $408,000. Built in 2005, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,114 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $373,000 in 2005.

Sylvan Shores John and Barbara Hartman, trustees, of Sarasota, sold their home at 1115 22nd St. to Michael and Michele Schlanger, of Blauvelt, N.Y., for $373,700. Built in 1958, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,317 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $178,000 in 2001.

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Michael and Alicia Allen, of Sarasota, sold their home at

Unit 603 at 35 Watergate Drive has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,985 square feet of living area. It sold for $1,382,500.

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375 Dolphin Shores Cir #A3968742 $489,000 Pamela Charron

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TOP BUILDING PERMITS These are the largest city of Sarasota and Sarasota County building permits issued for the week of Nov. 18 through Nov. 22, in order of dollar amounts.

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888 Blvd. of the Arts 888 Blvd. of the Arts 1038 Caloos Drive 1350 Main St. 1747 Arlington St. 1703 Bayview Drive 1824 Hyde Park St. 2363 Milford Circle 888 Blvd. of the Arts

Alterations Alterations Re-roof Alterations Re-roof Re-roof Roof Mechanical Mechanical

Christine Lowden A.I. Streacker Yvonne Lacey Stephen Taylor Frank Kinslow Reid Farrell Michael Mei Hobart Helman Gino Masci

Amount $145,000 $115,000 $23,800 $18,000 $15,150 $11,200 $10,000 $7,243 $5,587

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9393 Midnight Pass Road 2141 Eugene St. 3777 Boca Pointe Drive 1750 Mission Valley Blvd. 342 S. Shore Drive 618 Treasure Boat Way 4925 Topsail Drive 2372 Riverwood Pines Drive 3433 Fairview Drive 5183 Cote Du Rhone Way

Alterations Addition Roof Solar Re-roof Pool/Deck Pool Addition Solar Windows

Gulseren Ovacik, trustee Emery Donald Bruce Ison Kim Rasmussen Donald Bryson Susan Monahan, trustee Julie Norris Ronald Schnitzer Raymond Kaiser Lawrence Rowe

$95,000 $52,740 $48,990 $41,769 $30,885 $26,536 $25,000 $20,000 $19,750 $19,471

7321 Midnight Pass Rd #A3979170 $6,950,000 Michael Hays

Siesta Key 941-349-3444 941-376-1826

Source: Sarasota County; city of Sarasota

Kate Lippincott, of Sarasota, sold the home at 5020 Brywill Circle to Deborah Bjoklund, of Sarasota, for $287,800. Built in 1957, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,680 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $212,500 in 2000.

Port Charlotte 941-639-0000 941-380-2820

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21287 Gaylord Ave #C7049613 $139,900 Karen Brown

Sarasota 941-966-8000 941-544-7031

1435 Lemon Bay Dr #N5781637 Robin Sullivan

1160 North Casey Key Road #A3988189 $16,900,000 Kelly Quigley & Linda Dickinson

1195 South Venice Blvd. #A3983930 $179,500 Kathleen Comerford

4627 Cronin Dr #A3988360 $139,900 James Styers

Venice $3,000 941-552-4200

5310 Hyland Hills Ave # 2113 #A3956118 $1,600 David Perkowski

462 Bowdoin Cir #A3934801 $1,995,000 Michele C Burnett

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3825 Indian Beach Pl #A3988188 $1,850,000 Nora Johnson

Sarasota 941-951-6660 941-809-1700

5021 Brywill Cir #A3970661 $1,695,000 Lenore Treiman

Sarasota 941-966-8000 941-356-9642

332 Treasure Boat Way #A3977516 $1,350,000 Kristine Niehaus

Siesta Key 941-349-3444 941-376-4950

21 Sugar Mill Dr #A3987887 $1,095,000 Rosalie Phillips

Osprey 941-966-8000 941-544-4430

5780 Midnight Pass Rd # 601 #A3986390 $1,040,000 Stephanie Kitsemble

Siesta Key 941-349-3444 941-313-0874

507 S Casey Key Rd #A3985975 $997,000 Diana Fischer

Nokomis/North Venice 941-951-6660 941-685-7680

412 E Macewen Dr #A3986096 $839,900 Betty Mullinnix & Steve Abbe

Osprey 941-966-8000 941-928-3441

9008 Midnight Pass Rd # 1 #A3985012 $819,000 Karen Cash Greco

Siesta Key 941-966-8000 941-504-6927

5310 Hidden Harbor Rd #A3988045 $799,000 Melba Jimenez PA

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3723 Boca Pointe Dr #A3986077 $775,000 Lee Byron and Sue Keal

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Uplands

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8380 Wingate Dr # 621 #A3988336 $189,000 Janet Montgomery

John and Sylvia Gresh, of Milltown, N.J., sold their home at 1823 Nautilus Drive to Brett Stewart, of Sarasota, for $275,000. Built in 1971, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,673 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $99,000 in 1985.

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3980 Kingston Drive to Gail Humphrey and Elizabeth Eriksen, of Nokomis, for $340,000. Built in 1987, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,223 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $425,000 in 2006.


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REAL ESTATE / FROM PAGE 9B 2210 Tuttle LLC for $275,000. Built in 1950, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,534 square feet of living area.

Gulf Gate Woods

Jonathan Moore and Thane Richmond, of Sarasota, sold their home at 7541 Swanson Lane to Lyn McQueen, of Sarasota, for $263,000. Built in 1973, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,492 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $160,000 in 2001.

Le Chateau

Chateau Steinetz LLC sold the Unit 12 condominium at 37 Sunset Drive to Bart and Gina Boren, of Oklahoma City, Okla., for $249,900. Built in 1971, it has one bedroom, one bath and 805 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $48,000 in 1974.

Forest Lakes Country Club Estates

Victor and Heather Fernandez, of Lake Worth, sold their home at 3442 Brookline Drive to Stephen and Diane Oxenbridge, of Sarasota, for $227,500. Built in 1964, it has five bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,084 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $130,000 in 2011.

Woodbridge Estates

John Mercier, of Sarasota, sold his Unit 41 condominium at 4186 Moss Oak Place to Pamela Hastings, of Sarasota, for $217,500. Built in 1992, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,985 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $180,000 in 2002.

Ridgewood

Celtic I LLC sold the home at 2323 Lynn St. to Cynthia Hardy, of Sarasota, for $214,800. Built in 1954, it has five bedrooms, three baths and 2,076 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $127,000 in September.

Wilkinson Woods

Stephen Maddox sold his Unit 66 con-

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dominium at 3428 Wilkinson Woods Drive to Jared and Stacy Passmore, of Sarasota, for $212,000. Built in 1980, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,678 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $133,500 in 2012.

SIESTA KEY Riegels Landing

Wallace and Pamela Smith, trustees, of Sarasota, sold the home at 5829 Riegels Harbor Road to David and Cathleen McCabe, of Sarasota, for $1.3 million. Built in 1983, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,548 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1.55 million in 2004.

Oyster Cove

Jay and Gabriela Bockhaus, of New York, sold their home at 1240 Oyster Cove Drive to William and Constance Trautman, of Sarasota, for $700,000. Built in 2000, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,262 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $557,500 in 2004.

Harmony

Harold and Maria Brotherton, of Sarasota, sold their home at 8901 Peaceable Way to Joseph and Christine Gonnelli, of Sarasota, for $660,000. Built in 1978, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,248 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $430,000 in 2010.

Siesta Cove

Benjamin and HeatherWorrell, of Mililani, Hawaii, sold their home at 5337 Siesta Court to Bruce and Heather Rosenberg, of Sarasota, for $651,000. Built in 1978, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,495 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $580,000 in 2012.

Fisherman’s Cove

Darrell Cherry, trustee, of New Orleans, sold the Unit 212 condominium at 9000 Blind Pass Road to Nasco Properties Inc. for $402,000. Built in 1968, it has two

bedrooms, two baths and 969 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $24,500 in 1968.

PALMER RANCH Silver Oak

Davey and Rose Sehwani, of Sarasota, sold their home at 9033 Rocky Lake Court to Brookfield Relovation Inc. for $1,037,500. Built in 2006, it has four bedrooms, four baths, one half-bath, a pool and 5,082 square feet of living area.

Vineyards of Silver Oak Elliot and Rose Aronin, of Sarasota, sold their home at 5113 Cantabria Crest to Richard and Anne Friedland, of Sarasota, for $560,000. Built in 2002, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,614 square feet of living area.

Villagewalk Mary Densch, trustee, of Sarasota, sold the home at 5712 Ferrara Drive to Chris Ritcey, of Watertown, N.Y., for $418,000. Built in 2002, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,008 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $429,900 in 2004. Michael and Toni Valentino sold their home at 5377 Eliseo St. to Stacey Coppens, of Sarasota, for $260,000. Built in 2004, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 1,846 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $265,000 in 2004.

Mira Lago at Palmer Ranch

Balazs Szabo, of Sarasota, sold his home at 7045 Del Lago Drive to Andrew and Siri Barlett, of Sarsota, for $360,000. Built in 1991, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,135 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $270,000 in August.

Isles of Sarasota

Robert and Catherine Ferretti, trustees, of Sarasota, sold their home at 5935 Guarino Drive to John and Holly Adler, of Sarasota, for $257,500. Built in 2010, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,549 square feet of living area. It previously

sold for $230,500 in 2010.

Lakeshore Village

Detlef and Edith Eurich, of Bradenton, sold their Unit 124 condominium at 3883 W. Wilshire Circle to Dorothy Reed, trustee, of Sarasota, for $235,000. Built in 1989, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,884 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $165,000 in 2012. Thomas and Kelly Norton, of Sarasota, sold their Unit 176 condominium at 3924 Wilshire Circle to Susan Penar and Lawrence Czarny, of Sarasota, for $204,000. Built in 1987, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,783 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $184,000 in 2010. Dorothea Lockwood, trustee, of Sarasota, sold the Unit 197 condominium at 3985 W. Wilshire Circle to Thomas and Kelly Norton, of Sarasota, for $200,000. Built in 1986, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,990 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $185,000 in 2000.

Ballantrae

Sherie Netto and Michael Perrini, of New Albany, Ohio, sold their Unit 21B condominium at 7320 Killarney Drive to James Clark and Sonja Njolstad, of Ontario, Canada, for $215,000. Built in 1981, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,505 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $185,000 in 2008.

NOKOMIS Casey Key

Arthur and Nancy Dimsdle, of Venice, sold their home at 681 Casey Key Road to Hesha Abrams, of Nokomis, for $1.8 million. Built in 1986, it has two bedrooms, three baths, one half-bath, a pool and 3,181 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $2,675,000 in 2006. YOUROBSERVER.COM // Go online to read more real estate transactions.

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PRIDE ELECTRIC SCOOTER: I’m red. I’m shiny. I’m in perfect condition. I’ve got 3 wheels to take you where you need to be. My battery really chugs along. I can be your new BFF if your older or somewhat disabled. New $1750 - Costco. Now $975. Come and get me! 941-227-3149.

EXQUISITE JEWELRY Engagement Ring. Outstanding 3.03 ct., Fancy Yellow. Emerald cut VVS center stone with 2 plus kt. side stones in 18 kt. white gold mounting. Appraised over $50k. Sell now $23k. Fabulous ring, must see. Also 8 kt. Tennis Bracelet, white gold. $6500. 941-650-8080.

BARBER SHOP: 2081 Siesta Dr., $1000. Call Fred 941-922-3428.

ANTIQUE DEXTER Pencil Sharpener $25. Cast Iron Notary Stamp $20. Antique Poker Chips $80. 941-925-3203. DAYBED: TRUNDLE, solid wood, with mattresses. Good condition. $100. 941-926-7146. DRY BLOCKED Firewood. $45 your truckload. 941-924-5093 DUO EXERCISE Bike by Liteaide: stationary, light, portable, used from your chair. New. $50. (941)504-0165. GIFT CARD: umishoes.com $100 for $75. Children's shoes. A great xmas gift. 941-360-0612. GRILL: COLEMAN Road Trip Grill, excellent condition, $100. 941-359-6665. GRINDER: STAND up, 2 spindles, dust guard, $195.00. 941-302-5430. KITCHENWARE: REVERE pots, fry pans, coffee maker, cookie sheets, cake pans. 3 for $10. 941-925-7079. POPCORN MACHINE: large 4/ft. high, stainless, $195 o/b/o. 941-346-1303. SCAFFOLD W/CASTERS. 22Dx40Wx60"H. Practically new. $100. 941-924-8327. STEAM VAC: Hoover Supreme Carpet Cleaner w/hand tools for upholstery, stairs. In box. $60. 941-923-6056. TWIN BED: solid 941-320-3828.

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General Merchandise EXERCISE BIKE: True Z5, stationary, upright, electric. Retail $1700. Sell $525. 941-966-3999.

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

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Gulf and Bay Club is the premier gulf front gated community on over 30 acres with 780 feet of beach frontage right on world famous Siesta Key beach. Amenities include 3 heated pools (including a lap pool), 8 tennis courts, 6 dry saunas, a fitness center with spa, an expansive clubhouse with library and computer room, racquetball and basketball courts and multiple barbecue areas with picnic tables. Monthly Rentals Available

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“New Pass Fisherman” by William Hartman depicts Byrd’s bait shop, a great spot to grab a burger in the 1950s and the New Pass Grill’s predecessor.

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INHERITED IDENTITY Florida life impacted the work of Sarasota painters William Hartman, Larry Stults and Wilfrid Berg. The influence lives on in their descendants, who decided to feature their elders’ work in an exhibit. ARTS&ENTERTAINMENT COVER STORY CONTINUED ON PAGE 2


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Florida life impacted the work of Sarasota painters William Hartman, Larry Stults and Wilfrid Berg. The influence lives on in their descendants, who decided to feature their elders’ work in an exhibit.

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Bill Hartman holds the work of his father, William Hartman, and Larry Stults holds the work of his grandfather, Larry Stults. The piece by William Hartman is of a 1940s dredge, one of the live-in dredges that shaped Sarasota’s shoreline as we know it today. The piece by Larry Stults is a gill net fisherman bringing in his catch.

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cool-colored watercolor features a bait, tackle and sandwich shop tucked behind a row of palm trees lining the side of a bridge overpass. A man with a fishing pole walks by, about to be passed by an older model car. The scene looks vaguely familiar, but hints of a different era. The portrayed spot is actually what we now know as the burger staple New Pass Grill and Bait Shop at Ken Thompson Parkway. Back in the 1950s, the small buildings in the painting were located on the southeast wall of the New Pass Bridge, up the hill from where the New Pass Grill now sits. Back then, Sarasotans knew it as “Dan Byrd’s Fish Camp,” or more simply, “Byrd’s,” and some called it “Daisy’s Place” because it was famous for Daisy’s hamburgers. William Hartman knows all about it because he grew up here. And his father, also named William Hartman, is the late artist who painted the snapshot of old-time Sarasota. It’s just one story depicted in the 24 paintings in the upcoming “Gulf Coast

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Where: The Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, 400 Palmetto Ave., Osprey Cost: Free Info: Call 918-2100 or visit Conservationfoundation.com Wilfrid Berg (left) with William and Martha Hartman in the ‘40s. “During the slow months, when raccoons, mosquitoes and the Stultses were the only inhabitants (of Cabbage Key), my family would go down and spend several days,” says Hartman. “The adults would paint, and I would fish off the dock.” Stults fondly remembers his grandfather letting him drive the same pre-World War II boat called “Sandspur” that was used to pick up the Hartmans from the mainland. A lot of his memories relate to that boat. “My grandmother would have these big meals…. A big roast or turkey, and all the fixings she’d set on the engine box and then we’d anchor by the bird rookery,” Stults says. It was this life on the island that inspired him to serve with the Sarasota Bay Watch, the copresenter of the exhibit, today. “It was really rustic, untouched, beautiful and rugged,” Stults says of his childhood influence. “That shaped me a lot.”

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A portrait of Larry Stults in the 1960s that was taken by the artist William Hartman.

That same Gulf Coast childhood led Hartman to develop a natural interest in Old Florida. He collects art and photography of the post-World War II good old days, and his affinity for art reflects on his family’s involvement in the community. His parents operated The William and Martha Hartman Gallery art school and exhibition space. It was located below the world-renowned Sarasota artist Syd Solomon’s art school at 1216 First St., the previous home of the Ceviche restaurant downtown. Hartman’s father ended up in Sarasota after the war. Upon his return home to Muskegon, Mich., following his service, he and his hometown buddy, Berg, decided they wanted to attend an art school. They had heard of a little art school in Sarasota. So, they hooked up the elder Hartman’s travel trailer, headed to Sarasota, and immediately parked the trailer on the Whittaker Bayou and

signed up for classes at Ringling College. Growing as painters together, they often painted the same subjects, used similar styles and even became interested in watercolors together. They were “co-conspirators” in art, as Hartman says. The duo painted together up until the end of their days. As contemporaries, there are many similarities in the three artists’ paintings. They each explore life on the water, working on the water, landscapes surrounding their lives and how much his life revolved around the environment. They depict a time that’s hard to imagine for many young Floridians, and even Florida transplants today. Hartman and Stults say the exhibit aims to teach viewers about what it was like, and to explore a shared heritage with the artists. “The more we know about where we came from, the greater desire to preserve it,” says Hartman.

Top: Wilfrid Berg’s vision of the old town gas station. Bottom: William Hartman’s vision of the old town gas station. Berg and Hartman used to set their easels next to each other to paint the same landscape. This is the gas station in Overtown, Sarasota’s early black community.

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Despite the fact that the senior Hartman and Stults were good friends and painting comrades, the younger generations didn’t know each other as children. In fact, in 1970 when Hartman opened his framing business, one of the first pieces he framed was a piece of Stults’ grandfather’s work. Stults’ grandfather gave it to him as a high school graduation present. Stults remembers taking it to the gallery to have it framed, one of the first times he and Hartman met. And even though the two men never met as children (they’re 10 years apart), they both grew up exploring the same cottage and waters on Cabbage Key, a remote island located north of Captiva Island, off the coast of Cape Coral. Stults’ grandfather kept an inn there after retiring from a commercial art career, during which he illustrated ads for Coca-Cola and magazine covers for publications such as The Saturday Evening Post. On a whim, he bought a place on Cabbage Key that he operated as an inn and studio from 1944 to 1969. In those times, the only visitors were seasonal ones, and the children had to take a boat to a one-room schoolhouse. Back then, Stults and Hartman explain, most artists on the Gulf Coast knew of each other because they’d take art classes together or paint together — it was a tight-knit artist community.

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Tim Minar does what The Players need Tim Minar doesn’t have a formal title at The Players Theatre of Sarasota. “What badge do I have on today?” he asks, pulling the silver nametag from his vest to look at it. He relays a story from The Players gala a month ago, during which he was honored for his service to the theater. In Artistic Director Jeffrey Kin’s speech, Kin said the title on Minar’s nametag should say, “What do you need done now?” Minar says it’s because he’s the do-anything-thatneeds-to-be-done-and-thensome man. For the Dec. 5 production of “White Christmas,” he’s more formally known as the assistant stage manager to his wife, Stage Manager Cinda Goeken. He says she’s the do-anything-thatneeds-to-be-done-and-thensome woman, but with one difference: “She points and I go,” he says with a laugh. He says that one of his favorite lines in “White Christmas” is when one of the male leads asks: “What can you tell me about women?” The other answers: “They have longer hair and they’re smarter than us.” Minar undoubtedly agrees. He has learned a lot of the lines through his backstage role; he deals mostly with props. In addition to helping with “White Christmas,” he also coaches the Sarasota Silver Stars, the 50-plus performance troupe at The Players, twice a week. And when the group doesn’t have any men available to perform, Minar will

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“I love theater, No. 1,” Tim Minar says. “And by and large, I love the people who are involved in theater — it’s a community.” occasionally join in on stage. “They are about as much fun as you’ll ever get to have with a bunch of people,” he says of his Silver Stars, his favorite activity at the theater. Minar also helps with auditions, such as with last season’s “Annie.” He had the taxing job of keeping 150 girls and their parents quiet backstage. He also

does play readings when they need him. Sometimes he’s a volunteer; sometimes he’s a paid stage manager. “It’s whatever they need,” he says. This particular Tuesday, he is at the theater from noon until 10 p.m., bouncing from a Silver Stars practice, to a production meeting and then rehearsal, with

a couple of hours for a break, or to eat — or, of course, to do whatever they need him to do. Minar knows something about service. He moved in the late ’70s to Sarasota following 20 years working as a Navy SEAL, including during Vietnam. A year after his service, he ended up in Sarasota where he met his real-life leading lady, Goeken, at church.

She had been volunteering at The Players for a decade. The new couple realized they had a lot in common. Minar had been performing since he was a 9-year-old living in Central New Jersey. He did theater throughout his schooling, and he continued to perform throughout his time as a Navy SEAL at various venues around the nation. His most memorable performance was in the prestigious Shakespeare in the Park in New York City — twice. Nearly 30 years later, he’s happy in a backstage role. Of the three productions he typically stage manages per year — he says he’s lucky to do the Christmas production. He likes all the Irving Berlin songs. And, just like one of Santa’s elves would do come Christmas Eve, when the curtain closes just before the holiday, it’s time for a rest. “By that time, the two of us want to fall in a heap and hide,” he says with a laugh.

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Bill Schustik is Sarasota’s wayfaring stranger IF YOU GO Munchtime Musicales: Bill Schustik ‘A Troubadour’s Christmas’ When: Noon Wednesday, Dec. 11 Where: David Cohen Hall at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail Cost: Free Call: Call 351-7467 or visit scasarasota.org The free series continues at the same time and place on the following dates: Jan. 15 — Jerry Eckert Jazz Trio Feb. 19 — Lee Dougherty Ross and Joseph Holt March 19 — Studio Artists from the Sarasota Opera April 16 — Gloria Musicae singers

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“It’s the only thing I’ve ever known how to do (for a living),” says Bill Schustick. “I’m not a musician, I’m a troubadour.” ing topics from Abraham Lincoln to Jesse James. Schustik’s voice sounds like Johnny Cash’s with less twang. The tenor excels with his vocals and says he can play enough of his accompanying instruments to get by. He plays the guitar, banjo, concertina, dulcimer, mouth harp, harmonica, badhrán and the bones. More than 50 years ago, when this interest in combining history and performance began, he was strictly a singer. When he was 15 years old, his then-girlfriend

stole a Burl Ives folk-singing record and songbook from her older brother to give Schustik as a present. He still has it. “That’s when my life started to go in a divergent path than most of my contemporaries,” he says. While skirts and rock ‘n’ roll interested his peers, the lived-in songs of his American predecessors captivated him. He has performed for three presidents: Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter. And he performed the national anthem at game seven of the

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1979 World Series when the Baltimore Orioles played the Pittsburgh Pirates. The governor of Maryland at that time had seen him perform his historic version of the song and was so moved by it, he personally invited Schustik to perform. Nowadays, Schustik has less of a set performance schedule. True to his troubadour self, there’s no website or email blast to keep track of him. He says you can see him weekly at Pastry Art bakery café. “But tell them to call first in case I’m not there that week,” he says. He typically plays there from 7 to 9 p.m. every Saturday.

He’s working on another regular gig with the Historical Society of Sarasota County to initiate monthly performances at Crocker Memorial Church. He performed a pirate-themed concert there in November. Schustik hopes to enchant his audience with the stories of history in a way that goes beyond reading them in a book — with his stories, there’s a particular emotion. “Troubadours connect people with the past,” he says. “When I sing, I spark memories.”

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Conservatory students make it to the nice list in Holiday Variations ‘Twas three weeks before Christmas, and all through the Glenridge Performing Arts Center on Sunday, Dec. 1 many dancers were stirring — and twirling and leaping. Nikki Jennings performs lilac fairy variation from “The Sleeping Beauty.”

The talented students of the Margaret Barbieri Conservatory of Dance could put any Scrooge in the holiday spirit. They gave The Observer a backstage pass to their dress rehearsal. The faculty gave last -inute blocking and made sure the lights were perfect as the dancers prepared to

shine. Off stage, they tightened up corsets, applied their blush and practiced big smiles. And, as the curtain went up, they performed like dancers double their age (and height in some instances). They performed variations such as “The Sleeping Beauty,” “Don Quixote,” “La Bayadere,” “The Talisman” and “The Nutcracker.” For more photos, visit YourObserver.com.

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Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, here’s a list of holiday-themed arts events that will help you count down the days until Christmas. THURSDAY, DEC. 5

‘Music in the Village’ The First Brass 6:15 p.m. at the Chapel at Sunnyside Village Ticket donation $20. Call 371-2750. ‘White Christmas’ 7:30 p.m. at The Players Theatre Runs through Dec. 22. Tickets $25 to $30. Call 365-2494.

The Sarasota Craft Show 10 a.m. at Robarts Arena Tickets $5 to $9. Call 845-355-2400. ‘Santa’s Yard Sale’ Diversity: Voices of Sarasota 8 p.m. at Sarasota Opera House Tickets $26 to $51. Call 888-5506279. 35th annual Holiday Night of Lights 6 p.m. at St. Armands Circle Park Free. Visit starmandscircleassoc.com. ‘Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge’ SCF Theatre

SATURDAY, DEC. 7

The Sarasota Craft Show 10 a.m. at Robarts Arena Tickets $5 to $9. Call 845-355-2400. 59th annual G.F. Handel’s Messiah Sarasota Choral Society 1 and 4 p.m. at Church of the Palms Tickets $10 to $20. Call 924-1323. Venice Boat Parade 6 p.m. at Intercoastal Waterway, Venice. Free. Visit venicechristmasboatparade.com ‘Colored Lights’ Artists Series Concerts of Sarasota 7:30 p.m. at Historic Asolo Theater Tickets $25 to $45. Call 360-7399.

Holiday Harmonies — Barbershop 3 p.m. at Glenridge Performing Arts Center Tickets $15. Call 552-5325.

THURSDAY, DEC. 12

‘Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge’ SCF Theatre 8 p.m. at Howard Studio Theatre Tickets $12. Call 752-5252.

SUNDAY, DEC. 8

The Sarasota Craft Show 10 a.m. at Robarts Arena Tickets $5 to $9. Call 845-3552400.

MONDAY, DEC. 9

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‘Colored Lights’ Artists Series Concerts of Sarasota 2 and 7:30 p.m. at Historic Asolo Theater Tickets $25 to $45. Call 360-7399.

New York Tenors Christmas 8 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Tickets $40 to $55. Call 953-3368.

PLATO by request — Holiday Edition 6 p.m. at Jager’s Tavern and Grill, 1100 N. Tuttle Ave. Free with donation. Call 363-1727. Michael McDonald: ‘This Christmas — An Evening of Holiday & Hits’ 8 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Call 953-3368.

Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’ Siesta Key Chapel Adult Choir 10 a.m. at Siesta Key Chapel Free. Call 349-1166.

Great Escapes Series: ‘Let it Snow’ Sarasota Orchestra 7:30 p.m. at Holley Hall Tickets $29 to $49. Call 953-3434.

Munchtime Musicales: Bill Schustik Sarasota Concert Association Noon at Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center Free. Call 955-0040.

Great Escapes Series: ‘Let it Snow’ Sarasota Orchestra 5:30 p.m. at Holley Hall Tickets $29 to $49. Call 953-3434.

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Great Escapes Series: ‘Let it Snow’ Sarasota Orchestra 5:30 p.m. at Holley Hall Tickets $29 to $49. Call 953-3434.

Musica Sacra Cantorum 4 p.m. at St. Boniface Episcopal Church Tickets $20. Call 405-7322.

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Sarasota Cuban Ballet School will perform “The Nutcracker,” Dec. 21.

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6:30 p.m. at The Ringling Museum of Art courtyard Tickets $15; $10 members/students. Call 360-7399. ‘A Christmas Carol’ 7 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Call 953-3368.

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Arts Center Tickets $15 members; $20 nonmembers. Call 552-5325. The Sounds of Christmas 2013 8 p.m. at Venice Theatre Tickets $25. Call 488-1115.

SATURDAY, DEC. 14

Atomic Holiday Bazaar Noon at Sarasota Municipal Auditorium. Tickets $12. Visit atomicholidaybazaar.com. Cirque des Voix — Noel Key Chorale, Circus Sarasota, Sarasota Young Voices and Cirque Orchestra. 2 p.m. at Under the Big Top. Call 921-4845.

The Sounds of Christmas 2013 8 p.m. at Venice Theatre Tickets $25. Call 488-1115.

SUNDAY, DEC. 15

Atomic Holiday Bazaar Noon at Sarasota Municipal Auditorium. Tickets $12. Visit atomicholidaybazaar.com. ‘Christmas is Coming’ Suncoast Concert Band 3 p.m. at Northminister Presbyterian Church Tickets $5. Call 907-4123. Cirque des Voix — Noel Key Chorale, Circus Sarasota, Sarasota Young Voices and Cirque Orchestra. 5 p.m. Under the Big Top. Call 921-4845.

Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of Lights 6 p.m. at Sarasota Bay from Centennial Park to Bayfront Park Free. Visit sarasotachristmasboatparade.com.

A Celtic Christmas City of Sarasota Pipe Band 7 p.m. at Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave. Tickets $10 to $30. Call 366-8450.

Great Escapes Series: ‘Let it Snow’ Sarasota Orchestra 8 p.m. at Holley Hall Tickets $29 to $49. Call 953-3434.

‘Sing Noel!’ 7 p.m. First United Methodist Church Freewill Offering. Call 955-0935.

‘The Nutcracker’ Sarasota Cuban Ballet School 7 p.m. at Neel Performing Arts Center Tickets $15, students; $25, adults. Visit srqnutcracker. brownpapertickets.com.

‘Messiah Sing-Along’ 7:30 p.m. at Church of the Redeemer Tickets $10. Call 955-4263.

MONDAY, DEC. 16

6 p.m. at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Runs through Dec. 30. Tickets $19. Call 366-5731.

Black Diamond Burlesque presents ‘A Holiday Burlesque-a-pade’ 7:30 p.m. at Louies Modern Tickets $28. Call 228-5107. ‘The Most Wonderful Time of the Year’ with Andrea McArdle Artist Series Concerts 7:30 p.m. at Historic Asolo Theater Tickets $25 to $45. Call 360-7399.

Holiday Revue 7 p.m. at The Players Theatre Tickets $8. Call 365-2494.

‘A Christmas Carol 2013’ 7 p.m. at Venice Theatre Tickets $17. Call 488-1115.

Danú Christmas in Ireland: an Nollaig in éirinn 8 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Tickets $15 to $45. Call 953-3368.

‘John Ringling’s Circus Nutcracker’ Sarasota Ballet 8 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Tickets $35. Call 359-0099, Ext. 101.

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‘The Most Wonderful Time of the Year’ with Andrea McArdle Artist Series Concerts 7:30 p.m. at Historic Asolo Theater Tickets $25 to $45. Call 360-7399.

‘A Ditchfield Family Christmas’ 2 p.m. at Manatee Performing Arts Center. Tickets $26 to $36. Call 748-5875. Star of Bethlehem Planetarium Star Talk 5:30 p.m. at South Florida Museum Tickets $3 members; $5 nonmembers with RSVP. Call 746-4131.

‘A Christmas Carol 2013’ 7 p.m. at Venice Theatre Tickets $17. Call 488-1115. ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’ Artist Series Concert 2 p.m. at Historic Asolo Theater Tickets $15 to $30. Call 923-0754.

THURSDAY, DEC. 19

‘John Ringling’s Circus Nutcracker’ Sarasota Ballet 2 and 8 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Tickets $35. Call 359-0099, Ext. 101.

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she says. the yard, Dart pays particular atThe whitewash wood table in tention to color and shape. the back left corner of the yard “Varying the shades of greens, sits under a wrought-iron candle leaf sizes and shapes make a garchandelier. The chandelier hangs den far more visually appealing,” from a rope tied to the laurel and she says. live oak trees that encompass the Although Dart doesn’t have a table. To further enhance the out- particular method for choosing door dining area, outdoor string and planting plants in the lights hang between the trees, yard, the three Austraalong with staghorn ferns — lian tree ferns in the one of which they have front yard are stratehad since living on Sigically placed — they esta Key five houses hide the home’s origiago. nal front door. Because This home, an Old the home is historically Florida-style lime designated, they had to green structure, has maintain the original ena well-defined tropical trance of the home. theme, and the plants and “We added a few more of Succulent trees in the crushed-shell potted plant the trees as a way to mask yard complement it well. it,” says Dart, because the “We are definitely challenged original entrance is not the enin creating the tropical look we trance they use. like with cold-hardy plants,” Dart Along with the native plants and says. “Sarasota’s climate is not as colorful flowers that thrive in Dart’s mild year-round as many of the yard, she also favors edible plants. tropical varieties need.” Scattered mainly in the front and While adhering to their tropical side yard are four types of citrus design when choosing plants for — Meyer lemon, Key lime, Dancy

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The official kickoff performance to the 2013-2014 season featured two of George Balanchine’s most famous works — “Serenade” and “Who Cares?” — and the first ballet that Sir Frederick Ashton choreographed for the New York City Ballet (Balanchine’s company) in 1950, “Illuminations.” But Webb’s attention to detail doesn’t stop there … It also happened to be the 100th anniversary of the birth of composer Benjamin Britten, who composed the music for “Illuminations.” But maybe even more important is the fact that the dancers of the Sarasota Ballet, each and every single one of them, continue to really wow. If there ever were a perfect performance, this one would be it. It’s no surprise that the Sarasota Ballet is now attracting audience members like Merrill Ashley, one of the most famous Balanchine ballerinas. This performance began with Balanchine’s “Serenade,” which he choreographed for the students of the School of American Ballet (where Ashley trained and eventually taught after retirement). The second the curtain raises on this ballet the audience always erupts into oohs and aahs at the sight of the 17 women in floor-length, light-blue gowns posed with arms raised high. The girls eventually point their flexed hands and drape their arms over their foreheads as if in despair. Then they lower their arms down to lower first and flick their feet into first position. It’s amazing how powerful such a simple movement can be. Kate Honea danced her heart out as the

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Russian Girl, one of the more technically challenging roles that includes multiple pirouettes, leaps, chaînés turns and allegro sequences. Amy Wood and Jamie Carter were stunning as the Dark Angels. And a surge of emotion was felt at the end of the ballet when the Waltz Girl, danced by Danielle Brown, falls to ground only to be lifted up by four men and carried off stage while she arched backwards. “Illuminations” was quite the departure for Ashton. The Ashton style of dancing was all there, but the piece was quite psychedelic and probably scandalous at its premiere in 1950. This Ashton piece isn’t my favorite, but the dancing was dynamite, nonetheless. Ricardo Graziano was excellent as the tormented “Poet” who grappled between Sacred Love, danced by Amy Wood, and Profane Love, danced by Ellen Overstreet, who was subsequently promoted to soloist at the end of the performance. Wood continues to display a more developed and refined technique with each role she takes. Overstreet amazingly danced her role with one pointe shoe and one bare foot. With an amazing facility, Overstreet has incredible extensions and lines. However, her youth was hard to disguise in the more mature character role. Balanchine’s “Who Cares?” is another audience favorite and a perfect way to close the show. The jazzy number set to musical favorites of George Gershwin is danced in front of a New York City skyline. The entire cast was spot on and bravo to all for their group dances, pas de deux and solos. Making the evening even more special was the live music expertly played by the Sarasota Orchestra and conducted by Ormsby Wilkins, the music director for American Ballet Theatre. Another thrill was Tenor Matt Morgan’s beautiful singing in “Illuminations.” — Anna Dearing

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At Venice Theatre, the year is 1962, the soundtrack is rock ’n’ roll, the city is Baltimore, and the main stage musical is “Hairspray.” “Hairspray” (in case you missed the 1988 John Waters movie) tells the tale of Tracy Turnblad (Alyssa Goudy). She’s a plus-sized high school girl who dreams of getting a shot on “The Corny Collins Show” — a local knockoff of “American Bandstand” — where teens dance to the latest Top 40 hits on camera. Tracy not only gets on the show, she finds true love, launches her career, gets a college scholarship and strikes a blow for integration. Along the way, the musical makes a message. People of different colors or dress sizes shouldn’t be second-class citizens. Heavy truth, delivered in a lighter-than-air tone — as light as, well, hairspray. (What’s in those aerosol cans the cast was constantly spraying, anyway?) But the after-school-special point never gets in the way of the fun. And what’s more fun than a movie? The musical has movie DNA, after all. Director/choreographer Brad Wages makes you feel like you’re watching a movie that just happens to be on stage. (As it’s been said, a good movie moves.) The pace never drags in his production. It’s snappy, with excellent comic timing. Under Wages’ direction, the cast fires off the comic patter and dances up a storm — but the individuals never get lost in that storm. It really is all about character. The source material shares DNA with “American Graffiti” — well-drawn characters — with bold outlines — set against a troubled time that still pushes our nostalgia buttons. Goudy is excellent as Tracy — the hefty girl who could. She truly sells her bubbly, highenergy character: Goudy’s performance never feels like a put-on. Tracy’s parents (Joseph Giglia as the gag shop proprietor dad and Timothy J. Fitzgerald in the obligatory drag performance as mom) are endearing in a surrealistic, sitcom way. Dick Baker plays Tracy’s love interest (Link Larkin, the Baby Elvis of


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More than 400 guests attended Glasser Schoenbaum Human Services Center’s “The Art of Caring for Children” event Sunday, Nov. 17, at The RitzCarlton, Sarasota. The event was a spectacular of Sarasota’s finest, featuring performances from Sarasota Orchestra, Sarasota Ballet, Players Theatre, Sarasota Opera, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Circus Sarasota and Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe.

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Before being seated for the three-course dinner, accompanied by the encore of performances, guests enjoyed a red-carpet reception during the cocktail hour. Executive Director Phil King greeted guests as they arrived, and Co-Chairs Alex Miller and Ronald Giarrusso made the rounds, mingling with their guests. Among those in attendance were honorary Co-Chairs Betty Schoenbaum and Sam and Sally Shapiro. The event benefited the construction of the Sam and Sally Shapiro

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Babies and Children’s Medical Center at Glasser Schoenbaum Human Services Center. The gala happened to be King’s last event as the center’s executive director — King is retiring, but “he’s not going far,” he says. “Witnessing the collaboration between the arts communities and the human services communities in a combined effort to help the less fortunate members of our community is very meaningful to me,” he says about the event.

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The wedding of Matt Buchanan and Diana Kelly was full of love, faith, family and many surprises. The Oct. 25 ceremony at St. Martha Catholic Church included people important to the couple, including the Rev. Fausto Stampiglia and the Rev. William Hild, who both officiated the wedding ceremony, and the Rev. Jerome Carosella, who baptized the bride, as well as married her parents 28 years ago. Following the ceremony, more than 350 guests arrived through the front gates of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art ready to celebrate. While sipping on “Mr.” (a gimlet) and “Mrs.” (Bellini) cocktails, guests were treated to a jet fly-by (a surprise from aviation enthusiast Matt), complete with “Top Gun” music playing in the background, which signaled the start of the reception. The courtyard was draped in romance — chandeliers hung from the trees, votives twinkled

and the weather was absolute perfection. The surprises continued with Diana’s debut on stage, singing “I Can Only Imagine” to her groom, followed by a fireworks display (from Matt) and a taste of Sarasota featuring food by Michael’s On East and a circus performance from The Circus Arts Conservatory (from the couple to their guests). “The surprises were for each other and for our guests to feel really loved and know we were so excited they were there,” says Diana. They didn’t stop at the reception, either. As the evening wrapped up, sounds of a helicopter swirled above the courtyard. Diana soon realized Matt had arranged their departure. After the couple lifted off, they enjoyed a tour over the Ringling and Longboat Key. The couple will honeymoon in Bora Bora, Australia and New Zealand in the spring.

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 Scott and Michelle Bell with Molly Crawford at the Hot Dogs and Cool Cats Gala in 2012.

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