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WATER WORKS COMMUNITY Students tackle tower-building competition. PAGE 5A

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+ Drive time Have an unused golf cart? East County-based Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue seeks donations of new and used golf carts, which the organization will use to transport supplies and animals around its eight-acre no-kill ranch shelter, off Lorraine Road. The rescue is powered by an all-volunteer team. It has rescued more than 3,500 animals since 2008 — of those, 1,013 were rescued just last year. To donate a golf cart, contact Sylvia McNichol at 7474900, or email info@honoranimalrescue.org.

Maria Masterson excels in ballet, cheerleading. PAGE 15A

Gatsby-themed event benefits SMART program. PAGE 1B

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Partnership reshapes marketing A deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning helps Lakewood Ranch to attract more Canadian homebuyers. LAKEWOOD RANCH — SchroederManatee Ranch President and CEO Rex Jensen leans forward at the head of a conference room table Friday afternoon, and with one finger, slides a printout of the weather across the table. Only Florida’s outline is filled with the color red — an indicator of temperatures above 65 degrees. The Weather Channel’s forecast for Dec. 8, 2013,

shows the bulk of Florida with temperatures of 80 degrees or higher, compared with 22 degrees in Michigan and sub-zero temperatures in several Midwestern states. On Jan. 25, 2013, Schroeder-Manatee Ranch, Lakewood Ranch’s developer, announced a new partnership with the

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Schroeder-Manatee Ranch CEO Rex Jensen and Vice President of Planning Todd Pokrwya

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SMR submits amended Villages’ DRI Lakewood Ranch officials hope to start work soon on the first village-style project approved under Sarsota’s 2050 plan.

+ Choirs unite Students from Braden River and Bashaw elementary schools performed Jan. 10 at the Tampa Convention Center for the FMEA Elementary All State Chorus. The event celebrates music education for Florida elementary school students in fourth and fifth grade. East County students who participated include: Nicholas Alvarez, Jaysa Molina, Natalie Hood, Madisyn Wandall, Samantha D’Autorio and Joshua Rudolph.

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LAKEWOOD RANCH — Officials of Lakewood Ranch’s developer, SchroederManatee Ranch, have waited for more than a decade to start construction on their Villages of Lakewood Ranch South project. And, after submitting amended documents to state and county agencies last week, they are confident the wait soon will be over. SMR prepared a revised development of regional impact and county zoning ordinance to codify an amended transportation agreement and to conform with changes to Sarasota’s 2050 development plan. The Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council, Sarasota County Planning Services Department, the Department of Transportation and the state will review the documents, which, if the Sarasota Board of County Commissioners approves them, will permit SMR to begin residential construction on the 5,500-acre project located south of University Parkway and west of Interstate 75. “We’ve been working on this project for more than a dozen years — and invested several million dollars through the process — without a shovel of dirt,” said Todd

Samik Choudhury, 4, can’t get enough of the slide during Tara Elementary School’s winter carnival Jan. 24. For more photos, see page 9B.

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Students build libraries at county parks Tom Bennett and Greenbrook parks contain fodder for reading, thanks to Nolan Middle School students.

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Nolan TSA students Naomi Burg and Amanda Boccarossa paint a little library to be installed at Greenbrook Park.

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spanning sixth through eighth grades — became inspired to build libraries while researching a project to fulfill the TSA’s annual Construction Challenge, for which Nolan has won state and national awards in the past, including third and fourth place, respectively, for a bench it built at a Panther Ridge Preserve bus stop last year. The construction process, which began in August, combined complicated logistics overseen by adults — TSA adviser Maureen Hudson exchanged emails about permitting and zoning rules with Melissa Nell from Manatee County Natural Resources — and refreshing ingenuity from a group of students. They worked quickly during after-school hours, weekends and through holidays, designating specific roles that matched the workers’ talents. For example, sixth-grader Beau Cunningham, known for his art skills, designed the Greenbrook library. He used a computer program, Corel Draw, to design the art elements, such as small red swirls, on the library. “Florida is known for beaches and the design looks beachy,” Cunningham said. “This neighborhood is also very colorful with colorful houses, so its library should be colorful, too.” Other students cut the wood and engraved words onto the library, such as, “Take a book. Return a book,” using an Epilog Laser, a laser engraving system. To install the library, the stu-

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LAKEWOOD RANCH — In an increasingly digital world, a group of middle school students is reviving a fading community pillar from a more traditional time. “Libraries are constantly decreasing in America, and it made us sad,” said Grant Trautweiler, a sixth-grader at Nolan Middle School. “We learned only 21% of people have a library nearby. Libraries are going away with the rise of the Internet. We wanted to solve the problem.” Over Christmas break, an assembly line of Nolan Middle School Technology Student Association students shuffled between a garage and a technology lab to finish building two miniature libraries to be installed at two county parks. Backed by support from Manatee County, which has been seeking to fill the need for a library in East County, and a Wisconsin-based nonprofit, Little Free Library, that encourages such projects, the students installed the first library Jan. 24 at Greenbrook Park, located next to McNeal Elementary and Nolan Middle schools. They will install a second library at Tom Bennett Park this week. The Greenbrook library looks like a hip bird feeder. It’s a wooden box, 35-by-24 inches, with a tin roof (that shields the weather) attached to a pole. It’s sky blue and light green — bright and tropical — with miniature surfboards and swaying palm trees painted on the wood. The box, which opens by a swinging, see-through door, contains about 20 to 30 books for all ages, children’s on the bottom row, adult novels and self-help books on the top. The students conducted a book drive at school, collecting more than 100 books to fill the little library. Six Nolan TSA students —

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• Greenbrook Park, 6655 Greenbrook Blvd., Lakewood Ranch • Tom Bennett Park, 400 Cypress Creek Blvd., Bradenton dents dug a hole in the dirt and filled it with concrete. They modeled the libraries after the nearly 400 Little Free Libraries built across the country, but they designed them to coincide with the aesthetics and character of the community. The library operates on an honor system. If someone borrows a book, he should either return it when he is done reading it or put another book in its place. “We trust the community,” said Kaitlin Bohan, an eighthgrader. “If books are not returned, we have extras from the book drive. Even if they are exchanged we will constantly change the available books so people don’t get bored.” Although similar to the Greenbrook library, the Tom Bennett Park library looks

more like a fishing cabin than a bird feeder. It is colored brown with a rustic design and the words “Get hooked on a book” engraved in the wood — a good fit for a park with a fishing pier. Back at Greenbrook, the students picture a system in which active Lakewood Ranch residents bike to the library and read books at the park’s picnic tables. “It’s a chance for the students and the community to build on their education and really enjoy something — the breeze and the books — and to expand their vocabulary,” said Naomi Burg, a seventh-grader. Bohan hopes the project inspires interest in libraries, which she hopes never die. “Go to freelittlelibraries.org, get a charter number and build your own,” Bohan said.

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NEWS BRIEFS + Report recommends changes to fiscal neutrality The second draft of a report on the fiscal side of Sarasota County growth policies begins with a sharp criticism of local planning regulations. “Sarasota County ... (has) some of the most prescriptive growth-management policies in the country,” reads a report by Laffer and Associates on fiscal neutrality provisions for new development. “Accordingly, Sarasota has some of the highest and most volatile housing prices in the state and is growing slower than both the state average and Manatee County.” But unlike the previous draft, which Sarasota County commissioners criticized for failing to recommend specific changes to fiscal neutrality policies, Laffer has honed in on recommendations. For a new development project to receive initial approval, the developer must prove the project is fiscally neutral or beneficial — that taxes, fees, assessments and charges for services balance out new public facilities and services to support the development. The Sarasota 2050 plan, a controversial long-term planning document guiding development east of I-75, requires developers to do that at the outset of a project, and in subsequent phases. The Laffer report recommends eliminating the ongoing nature of the fiscal neutrality provision and using an economic model to determine the upfront cost-benefit of a new development to the county tax coffers. If the expected tax revenues of new development outweigh the cost of infrastructure to support it, the county could borrow the funds necessary for improvements — the new taxes should pay off borrowing costs. The report also urges the county to lean toward impact fees rather than fiscal neutrality policies as a tool to assure new development pays infrastructure costs.

+ Governor visits the Ranch Gov. Rick Scott will make two stops in Lakewood Ranch Jan. 30. Scott will attend a fundraiser at Gold Coast Eagle Distributing before serving as the keynote speaker at the Gulf Coast Builders Exchange’s 62nd annual dinner, which begins at 7 p.m. at the Polo Grill and Bar.

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Construction crews poured new deck in damaged bypass areas on Tuesday and Wednesday. EAST COUNTY — Traffic came to a standstill for hours around the interchange of University Parkway and Interstate 75 Monday, after a truck carrying pile-driving equipment on southbound I-75 lost its roughly 1,000-pound load and caused masses of concrete to plummet to the roadway below. Upon arriving on scene shortly after 11:48 a.m., Florida Highway Patrol troopers began work to redirect traffic around the interchange. Florida Department of Transportation engineers began evaluating the overpass’s structural integrity within hours of the incident, as well. “It’s pretty signifiant damage to the overpass itself,” said Lauren Hatchell, who left the overpass just minutes before the concrete pieces fell and who represents the FDOT on a current sidewalk project under the overpass. By Tuesday morning, the inside southbound lane of I-75 over University Parkway had been reopened to traffic, as had University Parkway underneath the overpass. On Tuesday and Wednesday, construction crews poured new deck in areas where the concrete had been removed. Middle and southbound lanes on I-75 were slated to reopen to traffic Wednesday afternoon, after the East County Observer went to press. The FDOT had been working to install a sidewalk on the north side of the road under the overpass at University Parkway since October, at which time Florida Safety Contractors began installing a sidewalk in state right-of-way. Crews were working to construct a gravity wall under the overpass at the time of the incident.

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Students construct miniature water towers for competition The local chapter of the American Water Works Association educates students on the importance of water through competition. EAST COUNTY — Elevenyear-old George Carino tips his cowboy hat and looks over his project, a tree house-turnedwater tower, quickly scanning for adjustments that need to be made before the judging begins. He decides the integral part of his tower, a white tube the judges would later fill with water to test the storage capacity of his project, needs some adjusting. As he fidgets with the more than 18-inch-tall project, constructed of materials such as pieces of sticks and green paint, he smiles. “I’m hoping for at least third (place) with this one,” he said. “But, I think I could win.” The Haile Middle School sixth-grade student competed against more than 100 other middle and high school students in Manatee and Sarasota counties during the Region 10 American Water Works Association’s Model Water Tower Competition Jan. 25 at Manatee Technical Institute’s State Road 70 campus. In hopes of educating children about the importance of appreciating where their water comes from, Seton Katz, chairman of the AWWA’s Youth Edu-

WINNERS East County winners of the 2014 Model Water Tower Competition: MIDDLE SCHOOL DIVISION — First place: George Carino, Haile Middle School HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION — First place: Breanna Trautweiler, Braden River High School; second place: Dolan Sipes, Braden River High School; most creative: Griffin Trautweiler, Braden River High School

cation Committee, helped create the event 11 years ago. “When (children) turn on their water in the morning, they don’t realize the millions of dollars and hundreds of people it took to make that happen,” Katz said. Katz, along with 15 AWWA employees, wanted to introduce students to concepts surrounding the water towerbuilding process, such as consideration of storage capacity, aesthetic value and cost. Participating students had to construct water towers that met

certain restrictions, both structurally and monetarily. The water-holding unit had to be 18 inches off the ground and be able to hold at least one gallon of water; in addition, students had to adhere to a $2 budget. To ensure the towers complied with the competition’s guidelines, volunteers, most of whom have backgrounds in engineering, tested the projects, one at a time. Judges took away points for leaking, improper measurements and students spending too much money on their projects. Braden River High School engineering instructor Gil Burlew, who has encouraged his students to participate and has attended the event for the last five years, stressed the importance of the competition and what it represents; he hopes the event will spread beyond the state’s borders. “Students often take having water for granted,” Burlew said, “and, someday, it’s going to be a scarcity. We need to teach them about it now.” Currently, more than eight other regions in Florida follow in the footsteps of the local AWWA chapter by hosting the same competition.

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George Carino, 11, spent 85 cents on his tree house-themed water tower, which later won him $200 at the Model Water Tower Competition Jan. 25. As George carried his tower to the first judging station, he looked over his creation one last time. His tree house won him first place in the middleschool division, proving a little bit — moss from his backyard and less than $1 spent on materials — can go a long way. He took home a trophy, $200 and a better understanding of what goes into the creation of water towers, albeit on a small scale. “These are phenomenal things for kids to learn,” Burlew said. “I wanted to see them going into their garages and pulling out materials there, and they did. The kids really get into it.” Contact Amanda Sebastiano at amandas@yourobserver.com.

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bring to the community, the arts and not-for-profits in an atmosphere that is free and in small vignettes,” Gross said. Performances will be featured on three stages, with new acts starting every 30 minutes. Seating is provided. Pets are allowed, but coolers are prohibited. Nonprofits will have booths set up throughout the event, as well, to educate the public about their causes. As part of the festival, Mote Marine Laboratory will be on site with its 40foot “aquarium on wheels” touch tank, as well. Lakewood Ranch Main Street will be closed to traffic during Grand Ovation.

PARTICIPANTS This year’s event participants include, but are not limited to: • Circus Arts Conservatory • Good Time Groove Band • Lakewood Ranch High School Silver Stars Dance Team • Lakewood Ranch High School Theatre Department • Let’s Rock Sarasota • Manatee Concert Band • Musica Sacra Cantorum • Nick Drivas • Premier Dance Studio & Lakewood Ranch Ball Dance Club • Sarasota Ballet • Sarasota Chorus of the Keys • Sarasota Dance Academy • Sarasota Folk Club • School of Russian Ballet • The Players Theatre • Turning Points — The Open Door Band

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A variety of performers, including those from local schools, will be featured during the seventh annual event.

When: Noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 1 Where: Lakewood Ranch Main Street Details: Three stages will feature live music, dance, drama and other performances. Seating is provided. No coolers allowed. Info: lakewoodranch.com


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Early this month, Ripa & Associates, a Tampa-based utility-construction company, began clearing 18 acres of land for underground work to begin.

Construction begins on Raven Crest community Presales for the new subdivision of single-family homes, priced at $300,000 and more, will begin in March. In April, neighboring property owners complained about the development’s incompatibility with surrounding rural neighborhoods, but the applicant contended the low density of the project would fit with the area. Raven Crest, built on land the county designated as urban fringe, which means developments cannot exceed three homes per acre, calls for one entrance off Upper Manatee River Road and 7.74 acres of open space. Homes will be built at just more than two units per acre. Raven Crest, which sits just west of the GreyHawk Landing community, calls for amenities such as a clubhouse, park and pool. The subdivision will not be governed by a community development district. Contact Josh Siegel at jsiegel@yourobserver.com.

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EAST COUNTY — Construction has begun on the Raven Crest community, a 38home development on 18 acres off Upper Manatee River Road. A spokesperson for Meritage Homes, the project’s Arizona-based developer, said presales for the single-family homes will begin in March. The project’s first closing is slated for August. Homes run from 2,665 to 4,332 square feet and will be priced from $300,000. A construction crew, Tampa-based Ripa & Associates, began clearing the land for underground construction this month. The Manatee County Board of Commissioners approved a revised site plan for the development, which called for an increase of lots from 31 to 38, in April. The new plan eliminated common areas and facilities, rearranged subdivision roads and elimiated an inter-neighborhood tie.

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Musical performer is anything but idle Braden River High senior Sam Woolf juggles friends, school and preparations for his next appearance on ‘American Idol.’ EAST COUNTY — As he’s handed a note from a faculty member, which reads that he has an optometrist appointment later that day, 17-year-old Sam Woolf thrusts his fist in the air victoriously, because he gets to leave school early. “Yes,” Woolf says, smiling, “that works.” After recently taking math, English and other exams, the Braden River High School senior enjoys such simple pleasures, he said. Woolf received word three weeks ago he had been accepted to the Berklee College of Music, in Boston, and like his classmates, he has graduation day in his sights. The singer/songwriter writes songs, which he sings and plays on his guitar in his bedroom, about love interests. He spends any free time he has with his close-knit group of friends. In most respects, he’s typical. He also happens to be one of 163 hopefuls, thus far, who will appear on the television music competition, “American Idol.” After “American Idol” judge and country singer Keith Urban handed him a ticket in September that meant he would advance to the next phase of the competition, Woolf returned to East County to continue his last year in high school. Upon his return, his classmates, whom he told about the audition, asked him to perform for the school.The October performance was the first time an audience paid to see him play, Woolf says, and the more than 100 of students who attended surpassed any crowd he had performed in front of before that point.

LIGHTNING / PAGE 1A Tampa Bay Lightning to become the hockey team’s exclusive residential real estate development partner. It plans to continue the deal for three more years, although that agreement is not yet in writing. “This is why,” Jensen says, nodding toward the map. “It’s an important why. Our main out-ofstate customers come primarily from the Northeast, followed by the Midwest. “(We want to) catch them when they’re just coming in from shoveling snow — when they are flat-out cold,” he says. “It’s good marketing to a geography that correlates with our most significant markets.” The partnership goes well beyond name recognition on a dasher board behind the goal net or the “Here’s to You, Tampa Bay,” halftime feature, sponsored by SMR-subsidiary LWR Communities, that spotlights extraordinary things happening in the Tampa Bay region. As part of the deal, SMR executives travel with the Lightning to away games and use the opportunity to meet with builders, investors, residential and commercial developers and other industry professionals. A trip to Canada with the Lightning in March ultimately helped SMR secure a deal for Mattamy Homes, Canada’s largest homebuilder, to purchase 235 acres in Lakewood Ranch for $17.2 million in December. SMR had talked with Mattamy executives

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Braden River High senior Sam Woolf, 17, continues to perform locally to practice before his next appearance on “American Idol.” “Before, I’d tweet for people to come see me at MacAllisters Grill and Tavern, and maybe 10 people would show up,” Woolf says. “Now, there are groups of people waiting for me at events before I even get there.” After Woolf’s “American Idol” audition in Boston aired Jan. 15, the senior finds himself trying to get used to the extra attention he receives at school and from fan club members who have coined themselves the Woolf Pack. Woolf doesn’t know all the students who pass by him, smiling and calling out his name; the experience has been interesting, Woolf says, although he appreciates the community support he has received. Watching himself on national television, however, has proven to be the strangest part of the ex-

about five years ago, but SMR’s meeting with Mattamy late last year proved to Mattamy that Lakewood Ranch would be a good match for its product line and demographics. “We did a very quick deal,” Jensen said. “Now, we have a bit of an international market.” Mattamy also markets heavily in the hockey arena, because hockey in Canada reaches a viewership of more than 1 million per game. “It’s crazy,” Jensen said. “You can’t reach all those people by (having them) read brochures. They see our (name when they watch hockey games). We think this integrates our marketing. We are penetrating Canada better.” Todd Pokrywa, vice president of planning for SMR, said last year, the Tampa Bay region accounted for 17% of Florida real estate purchases at the Bank of Montreal. Statewide, Canadians make up 31% of international home purchases, which account for 19% of home sales in Florida. Jensen said only about 2% of Lakewood Ranch homebuyers are Canadian. But, to date, the Ranch has had few properties that cater to international buyers or snowbirds — low maintenance and lock-and-leave-style homes. Mattamy’s entrance into the Lakewood Ranch construction scene will cater largely to those demographics by offering those product types. “It’s the biggest international segment we could go for,” Jensen said of Canadians. “Now, we’ve got something to sell them.”

perience so far, including watching a segment on the show about his family life and other personal details he did not realize would be publicized. “I just didn’t want to seem like one of those contestants,” Woolf says. “Like, just getting pitied.” The “American Idol” hopeful tried out for the competition on a whim, while he was studying at a Berklee College of Music camp in August, held at the same time as the show’s Boston auditions. He read on Facebook the show had nearby auditions and, being a fan of the show, Woolf decided to audition. After receiving “yes” responses

from producers at four different auditions in Boston in August, he auditioned in front of the panel of three celebrity judges — Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. — in September; they unanimously agreed to move Woolf forward in the competition. He won them over with his rendition of Ed Sheeran’s “Lego House.” The nervous, shy singer the judges met — who normally can’t stop joking around with friends — returned to East County an official contestant. “I’m completely different once you get to know me,” Woolf says. “I don’t think ‘Idol’ knows the real me, yet.” Despite how far he progresses in the competition, the teen still plans to walk with his class on graduation day in May; Woolf plans to work with tutors so he does not fall behind. A website, American Idol Net, recently released “season spoilers;” it lists Woolf as a contestant who made it through to the live shows, which will premiere in February. The rumors haven’t been confirmed, yet. Although Woolf wants to advance as far as possible on the show, he’s OK if he isn’t ultimately crowned the winner. “I’m just going to keep working on growing my fan base,” Woolf says. “I’ve just got to keep playing music.” Watch Woolf’s “American Idol” journey continue Feb. 5 on FOX, during the first round of eliminations in Hollywood. Contact Amanda Sebastiano @ amandas@yourobserver.com.

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Tampa Bay Lightning and Schroeder-Manatee Ranch officials pose for a picture following a press conference Jan. 25, 2013. Jensen and Pokrywa left Monday for Canada to meet with representatives of Enterprise Florida, a company that works with developers and investors seeking to expand their footprint in Florida. “The mere fact we’re traveling with the Lightning opens the door for us,” Jensen said, calling the sport the “fabric of Canadian living.” Lightning CEO Tod Leiweke said the deal — although abstract on the surface — could not be more logical, when one considers the number of fans the Lightning sees from SMR’s target markets. Many hockey fans even coordinate their vacations with seeing their favorite team play out-ofterritory, Leiweke said. The partnership helps the

Lightning become the regional team its leaders envision — not just the team of the Tampa Bay area. And, the Lightning has worked to customize partnership benefits to Lakewood Ranch, helping bolster business connections whenever possible. “Our objective is to be the most efficient and positive relationship they have,” Leiweke said. “It’s a complete, comprehensive relationship (not just tickets to games). We’re really in a partnership with them. They borrow equity from us, but we borrow equity from them. They are one of the most dynamic developments in this state. We’re proud to tell their story.” Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@yourobserver.com.


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YMCA’s program thrives with new focus — middle schoolers Enrollment for the Manatee County YMCA’s refocused and renamed Y DASH after-school program has jumped to 650 students per quarter. LAKEWOOD RANCH — After school hours, Amber Nordland, a Haile Middle School student seated at a table in classroom, giggles because a vocabulary word sounds funny. Kevin Weger, a Southeast High School senior and tutor for the day, chuckles, too, before explaining what the word means in context. “There are limits to what a student can learn from a teacher,” said Amanda Rojas, the Haile teacher overseeing this tutoring session, which is a component of the Manatee County YMCA’s before-and-after school program. “A high school student can connect with a middle school student in a way that I can’t.” At the beginning of the school year, the Manatee County YMCA redesigned its before-and-after school youth development program and gave it a new name, Y DASH; the program now targets middle school students. Held at participating East County middle schools — Braden River, Haile and Nolan — and staffed by

YMCA employees, the program offers a diverse set of activities within school doors. Rhiannon Blaney, Y DASH’s first full-time director, designs a unique curriculum for each school, based on its needs. Haile Middle School is the only school benefiting from the high school tutoring program. Last school year, students enrolled in Southeast High School’s International Baccalaureate (IB) program began visiting Haile after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays to provide free tutoring to the middle school students. For Southeast students, the tutoring qualifies as an action and service project required in the IB program. For the middle schoolers, the experience provides direction. “Middle school teenagers are in this an awkward, in-between age, with peer pressures and discretionary time that can lead to bad decisions,” said Jim Purdy, the director of operations for Manatee County YMCA’s four branches. “There’s always been this unequal

focus on elementary school students. But a teenager can also discover early on that they can make a difference.” Empowered by a $299,795 grant from the Children Services Advisory Board, an arm of Manatee County Government, the YMCA refocused a previous version of the before-and-after school program into Y Dash. The YMCA is one of nine agencies to receive funding for childrelated programming this year. But because Y DASH is sitebased, meaning YMCA employees travel to schools to administer the program, the nonprofit minimizes overhead costs. Y DASH enrolls students for a price of $66 per quarter (down from $110). Enrollment has jumped to 650 students. On any day during the week at participating middle schools, one can find the four pillars of youth development for which Y DASH is named — developmental assets, academic achievement, social responsibility and healthy living — put into action.

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Rebecca O’Brien, a Southeast High School senior, assists Logan Heath, a Haile Middle School sixth-grader, with his math homework as part of a before-and-after school program offered by the Manatee County YMCA. All students also must complete monthly service projects in lowincome communities and learn about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse, sexual activity, poor nutrition and, of course, fitness. At Braden River Middle School, students participate in a book club. They recently read “the Maze Runner,” and, to pique interest, Blaney thought it best to show the movie version of the story first. When they’re not focused on the story, the Braden River students take a baby-sitting course and learn CPR. Students at each of the schools stay active and even learn Zumba from a certified instructor employed by the YMCA. “You still have to separate

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DRI / PAGE 1A Pokrywa, vice president of planning for SMR. “This eliminates what has been preventing the build-out of the community and provides predictability to the process to meet 2050.” The Villages of Lakewood Ranch South, approved by the Sarasota County Commission in 2010, calls for 5,144 residential units and 390,000 square feet of commercial space on a parcel surrounding the Lakewood Ranch Corporate Park. The amended DRI confirms the terms of an amended transportation agreement with Sarasota County — approved in October — that allows SMR to begin construction before related road improvements have been completed. As part of an existing Adequate Transportation Facilities Agreements with the county, SMR previously had to wait for road improvements to be fully constructed before any development could occur. In 2010, SMR committed to funding the following three improvements to mitigate project traffic:     • The continuation of Lakewood Ranch Boulevard as a four-lane roadway from its current ending at Communications Parkway to Fruitville Road; • The continuation of Lorraine Road as a four-lane road from University Parkway to Fruitville Road; and • The construction of an east-west connector from Lakewood Ranch Boulevard to Lorraine Road. SMR has also pledged up to $7.5 million for a proportionate share road project that gives the county one of two options: It can put the money toward an east-west connector overpass from the Villages over Interstate 75 to Cattleman Road; or it can use it to build a two-lane Iona Road between Fruitville Road and Palmer Boulevard. The revised zoning ordinance addresses outstanding issues that have prevented SMR from beginning work

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on the project. For example, Pokrywa said SMR provided an updated fiscal neutrality report that demonstrates the fiscal benefit of each project phase. Previously, SMR had completed the fiscal neutrality report — safeguards designed to prevent the costs of development from being passed on to taxpayers — as a total, project-wide figure. The applications do not propose changes to already approved development totals or uses; but they do reflect 2050 amendments Sarasota commissioners approved in November — revisions meant to appease developers who felt hamstrung by strict rules designed to prevent urban sprawl in Sarasota County east of I-75, protect the environment and be pedestrian friendly. The 2050 amendments loosened rules relating to environmental protections, design and density requirements and other restrictions. SMR had lobbied the county for such changes several years ago, saying the changes were in line with the intent of 2050 regulations. “We’ve identified what’s necessary for us to move forward,” Pokrywa said. “The county has reduced the number of housing types required in 2050, and it is now allowing multiple neighborhood centers. Those changes allow us the flexibility to make adjustments related to shifts in the economy that will happen over a couple of decades of buildout.” Pokrywa said he expects Sarasota County to review SMR’s amended Villages of Lakewood Ranch South applications within a few months. “We believe these are simple and straightforward updates,” Pokrywa said. “The changes help to remove the impediments to reach the goals of 2050.” Sarasota County officials are expected to review additional changes to the 2050 plan in March. Most of the proposed changes target environmental regulations on the development of villages. Contact Josh Siegel at jsiegel@yourobserver.com.

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JAN. 9 ACCIDENTS HAPPEN 2:18 p.m. — 6100 block of Winchester Place. Accidental Shooting. A man unfamiliar with firearms suffered an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound to the hand. The weapon belongs to his girlfriend’s father. He was transported to the hospital. His injury is not life threatening.

JAN. 14 SECURITY BREAK 7:35 a.m. — 6700 block of 33rd Street E. Burglary. Unknown person(s) broke through a gated property and stole tools from a locked trailer. The person(s) fled the property through a break in the fence.

JAN. 14 REPEAT OFFENDER 4:58 p.m. — 1900 block of University Parkway. County Ordinance Violation. A man violated a Manatee County ordinance regarding panhandling. A deputy responded to the incident and told the man to stop panhandling. The man said he understood and left the area.

JAN. 12 JUVENILE PLEASURE 11:16 a.m. — 8400 block of Lockwood Ridge Road. Theft. A juvenile entered a department store and selected two Apple iPhone chargers. She then headed to another aisle and concealed the items in her purse. She went to the front of the store and bought a soda. She made

While on the same patrol roughly a halfhour later, the deputy observed the man in the same spot, holding a sign and asking for money. The deputy arrested the man.

JAN. 16 WEAR IT OUT 1:48 p.m. — 2900 53rd Avenue E. Theft. Inside a department store, a man selected a pair of shoes and put them on his feet. He then put on a pair of sweatpants over the ones he was wearing. He concealed two sets of headphones in the pants. He tied a sweatshirt, which he grabbed from a shelf, around his waist and exited the store. Store monitors caught the man stealing the items, valued at $173.05. The man was found in possession of two needles, a crack pipe and empty drug baggie.

JAN. 16 APPLIED THEFT 4:10 p.m. — 8300 block of Lockwood Ridge Road. Theft. A white male selected two kitchen appliances from a shelf in a department store. He placed the items, valued at $308, in a cart. He then exited the store without paying. Upon confrontation with store staff, the man fled on foot. All merchandise was recovered and in good condition. no attempt to pay for the concealed goods in her purse. Store staff stopped the woman and called the sheriff’s office. Deputies determined the woman works and lives nearby. The merchandise, totaling $38, was recovered. The woman had no prior arrest record. Her grandmother picked her up from the store to go home. She was not arrested.

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SATURDAY, FEB. 1 Doughnut Dolly — starts at 11 a.m. at the Carnegie Library, 515 10th Ave. W., Palmetto. The Palmetto Historical Park and Manatee County Agricultural Museum will host this program as part of the Legacy of Valor campaign, which honors the service of military veterans and their families. The Vietnam War Red Cross “doughnut dollies” were young women with college degrees who spent a one-year tour in Vietnam as morale boosters for American troops. Reservations required to 723-4991 by Jan. 29. Grand Ovation — runs from noon to 4 p.m. at Lakewood Ranch Main Street. This seventh annual event

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features live performances by dancers, singers and drama troupes. Admission and parking is free. Seating is provided. No coolers. For more information, visit lakewoodranch.com. Dean Johanesen — plays at 7 p.m. at the Polo Grill and Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch. For more information, visit pologrillandbar.com.

TUESDAY, FEB. 4 Manatee Genealogical Society — runs from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Manatee County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. W., Bradenton. Drew Smith, cohost/producer of The Genealogy Guys podcast, will present “Effective Online Queries” and the computer special-interest group topic “Experiences with DNA.” For more information, email mgs.society@gmail.com. Graduate School Information Session for Webster University — runs from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Webster University, 8043 Cooper Creek Blvd., University Park. The session will cover how to apply to graduate school and for financial aid. For more information, call 358-3840.

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‘The Wedding Singer’ — shows at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30 and Jan. 31 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 2 at Lakewood Ranch High School, 5500 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. The show is based on the 1998 Adam Sandler film. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children. Call the box office at 727-6100, Ext. 2189.

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Power Connection Lunch — runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Arts and Eats, 1114 12th St. W., Bradenton. The Manatee Chamber of Commerce hosts this event, at which all attend-

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It all began 14 years ago, with a phone call. Judy Alexander, CEO of the local nonprofit Every Child Inc., received a call from a friend who worked at Booker Elementary, who was panicked that some of the children would not have backpacks and proper school supplies for the new school year. Alexander reached out to the community and, in just a few months, she raised enough money to buy backpacks and school supplies for all the students living in low-income housing. “The backpacks really got Every Child Inc. started,” she says. “Children who start off the school year without backpacks and school supplies are starting out immediately at a disadvantage, and that’s not right. What every parent wants for their child, we should want for all children. I think everyone should have the same opportunities.” Today, Alexander continues to run the nonprofit organization to meet the need she sees among local children. She organizes back-

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Every Child Inc. provides prom dresses and tuxedo rentals to low-income students. tion for many years that because it’s a relatively wealthy community, every child had all his needs met. We’re learning more and more that that’s not the case.” One of her favorite components of the nonprofit involves providing children with free books, which she incorporates into nearly every activity. As one of the

smaller nonprofit organizations in Sarasota, she says the workload can be a lot, but seeing the children’s reactions makes it worthwhile. “It’s just helping to meet the need,” she says. “And as long as it still exists and the support keeps coming, I’ll continue to do it. It’s hard to describe, but it’s a wonderful feeling.”

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by Jen Blanco | Sports Editor

MOMENTS OF THE WEEK

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Lakewood Ranch High golfer Danny Walker won the boys 16-18 division in a playoff to capture his first Florida Junior Tour title Jan. 25 and Jan. 26.

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The Lakewood Ranch High boys basketball team edged past Sarasota 53-49 in overtime Jan. 24 to clinch the No. 3 seed in the district tournament.

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The Lakewood Ranch High JV wrestling team finished second at the Manatee County JV Wrestling Championships Jan. 21.

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Lisa Hoffman scored 28 points to lead The Out-of-Door Academy girls basketball team to a 49-17 victory against Sarasota Military Academy Jan. 24.

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Ryan McMahon scored 17 points to lead the Cardinal Mooney High boys basketball team to a 50-38 victory against Lemon Bay Jan. 24.

Dancing Queen Lakewood Ranch High senior Marina Masterson has been training with the Sarasota Ballet since she was 11 years old.

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When she’s not busy cheering on the Mustangs, Lakewood Ranch High senior Marina Masterson expands her dance skills through classes at the Sarasota Ballet. LAKEWOOD RANCH — A grinning Marina Masterson huddles in the back corner of the gymnasium and anxiously awaits her turn to take the mat. The Lakewood Ranch High senior nudges one of her teammates, and the two quickly scan the bleachers, making eye contact with their faithful followers. Masterson offers a quick wave to her family and friends before turning her attention back to the task at hand. Shortly thereafter, a hush falls over the crowd, as the Lakewood Ranch varsity cheerleading squad is finally introduced. With her brown curls bouncing from beneath her crisp white hair bow, Masterson grabs her pompoms and megaphone and bounds onto the floor for the annual Cheeriest Competition at Braden River High. Through the duration of the routine, the Mustangs co-captain is completely in her element — her trademark smile never leaves her face. But, there was a time when Masterson barely knew a high V from a high five. A lifelong dancer, Masterson had no intention of trying out for cheerleading when she first entered the halls of Lakewood Ranch High School four years ago. Instead of spending her Friday nights cheering the football team to victory, Masterson, who also plays the clarinet, envisioned herself playing in the marching band. But Masterson never got the chance. At the urging of her best friend,

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Co-Captain Marina Masterson, center, leads Lakewood Ranch’s varsity cheerleading squad onto the floor during the Cheerfest Competition last month at Braden River High. who wanted to try out for cheerleading, Masterson tagged along and tried out for the squad. Later that day, while Masterson was at a dance class, she received a text message saying she had made the cheerleading squad. “It was just overwhelming,” Masterson says. “It didn’t help that I was in a tryout group with the varsity captain. I didn’t even know what a high V was. I was just looking forward to getting to wear my uniform to school.” Masterson was chosen pre-

dominately for her dancing ability — something she has been perfecting since she was 5 years old, at which time her mother enrolled her in ballet. “She wanted us to have poise, sit up straight and have that discipline,” Masterson says. Although she didn’t like going to class, Masterson loved performing and spent the majority of her time working her way from the back row to the front row. Masterson joined the Sarasota Ballet when she was 11 years old,

after moving to Florida. She began training every day. Since then, Masterson has played the role of Ursula in the “Little Mermaid” and Jasmine in “Aladdin,” among other roles. “I love character roles the best because there’s the acting part of it and then the dancing part of it,” Masterson says. “Jasmine was my favorite Disney princess growing up, so being able to play her was a dream come true.”

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The Manatee Admirals hockey team is made up of players from Braden River, Lakewood Ranch, Manatee and Palmetto high schools.

Icing the competition

The Manatee Admirals hockey team finished the regular season 16-1-1 and captured the No. 1 seed in the Lightning Conference tournament. ELLENTON — Braden River High junior defender Zach McCoy took the puck and shot it up the ice to Lakewood Ranch High junior Sean Hanlon. Hanlon secured the puck with his stick, slid back and forth across the ice and fired off a shot that left McCoy and the rest of his teammates staring at each other in awe. A relative newcomer to the sport, the former Lakewood football kicker put together his best game of the season, notching

three goals and an assist, to lead the Manatee Admirals to a 15-1 victory against Berkeley, in Tampa, on Jan. 17. “It was awesome,” McCoy says of seeing Hanlon score his first goals of the season. “We just kept feeding him passes. Defensively, we couldn’t have asked for a better game.” Braden River senior defender Ashton Frick agrees. “Sean hasn’t been playing as long as the rest of us,” Frick says. “He’s a great sport even though he

doesn’t get the ice time that some of the other players get.” McCoy, Frick and Hanlon came together for the first time back in September, at the start of the Admirals’ regular season. Several of the players, including McCoy and Frick, were familiar with one another after having played together on the same Gulf Coast Flames travel hockey team, while others, such as Hanlon, were just picking up the sport. After failing to generate enough interest to field its own team last

season and having to join forces with rival Sarasota County, the Manatee County high school hockey team was finally able to create its own team this season. The Admirals consist of players from Braden River, Lakewood Ranch, Manatee and Palmetto high schools and now find themselves in the same conference as Sarasota County. “I like having it more spread out throughout the whole county than just one school,” Frick says. “We have fans of four different schools, and they each bring their own unique way of celebrating.” The Admirals opened the season 5-0 before suffering their first lost of the season Nov. 1. The team went on to win 11 of its final 12 games to finish the regular season 16-1-1. “We have a great team,” Frick says. “We manage the puck well and really gel together whenever we play the game.” With its 3-2 victory over East Lake Jan. 24, the Admirals captured the No. 1 seed in the Lightning Conference tournament, which begins Feb. 7. During the regular season, Manatee scored 143 goals while only allowing 45 goals in 18 games. Six players scored more than 10 goals over the course of the season, including David Tmej (24), Rhett Rampinelli (17), Brett Wessel (14), Ian Deckard (130), Chase Bafia (12) and Charlie Schukay (10). Raven Woodring led the team in assists with 19. Goalies Dominik Tmej and Matthew Richard combined for three shutouts. “We’ve played with each other before, so we have really good team chemistry,” McCoy says. “We know how each other plays and moves on the ice, so it makes it a lot more fun.”

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Wessel agrees. “We’re an all-around team,” Wessel says. “We’re strong defensively and offensively.” The Admirals will open the Lightning Conference tournament Feb. 7 with the quarterfinals in Brandon. The winners will advance to the semifinals Feb. 14 in Brandon, with the Lightning Conference championship scheduled for Feb. 23 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. “It’s about creating tradition,” Wessel says. “It’s a new team and a new season, and we just want to establish a tradition for the rest of the time this team exists.” Frick agrees. “We just want to go out there and play our game,” Frick says. “Everyone is a really good sport and we love the game.” For more information on the Manatee Admirals, visit manateeadmirals.com. Contact Jen Blanco at jblanco@ yourobserver.com.

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LAKEWOOD RANCH VS. PORT CHARLOTTE SOCCER

The Lakewood Ranch High boys soccer team defeated Port Charlotte 3-1 Jan. 20 and Venice 6-1 Jan. 21 to advance to the Class 4A-District 11 championship Jan. 23. Martin Martinez scored with 10 minutes left in the match to lead the Lakewood Ranch High boys soccer team to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory against North Port in the 4A-11 championship. Trailing 2-0, Ryan Sollazzo and Ben Wilson each scored a goal to pull the Mustangs even with the Bobcats late in the second half. With the win, Lakewood captured its secondconsecutive district title and will play host to Fort Myers in the regional quarterfinals Jan. 30. 

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The Hillcroft/Ten Oaks team scored in each of the final four chukkers to secure a win against Regent.

Hillcroft/Ten Oaks triumphs over Regent

Lakewood Ranch senior midfielder Jake Dube pushes the ball up the field for the Mustangs during their Jan. 20 game against Port Charlotte.

Lakewood Ranch sophomore Julia Ortiz attempts to regain possession for the Lady Mustangs.

CARDINAL MOONEY VS. BOOKER SOCCER The Cardinal Mooney boys soccer team defeated Booker 3-0 in a Class 2A-District 11 semifinal match Jan. 21. With the win, the Cougars earned a berth in the regional tournament, which begins Jan. 30.

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Delaney Riggins scored 22 minutes into the first half to lead the Lakewood Ranch High girls soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Naples Gulf Coast in a Class 4A-Region 3 quarterfinal match Jan. 23. With the win, the Lady Mustangs will play host to Riverdale, which beat Braden River 2-1 in a regional semifinal match Jan. 28. 

Cardinal Mooney’s Alex Turner and Booker’s Rodolfo Esqueda battle for possession during their district semifinal match.

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Hillcroft/Ten Oaks defeated Regent 10-7 in the Rolls-Royce Tampa Bay Cup & Merrill Lynch Jan. 26 at the Sarasota Polo Club. Trailing 5-3 after the second chukker, Hillcroft/ Ten Oaks scored in each of the final four chukkers to hold off Regent. Brent Mirikitani scored six goals to power Hillcroft/Ten Oaks. Mason Prim and Shane Rice each scored three goals to lead the way for Regent. Mirikitani was named the Most Valuable Player. Mirikitani’s brother, Jamie, received the Best Playing Pony award for his horse Lilly’s performance in the fifth chukker. Teams return to action at 1 p.m. Feb. 2 in the MGA Insurance Group Cup, which will feature a team spirit tailgate theme.

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+ Pirates to hold athletic fundraiser Braden River High School will hold its inaugural For the Love of the Game Dinner and Auction Feb. 15 at the South Florida Museum Spanish courtyard. Cost for the semiformal event, which will be held from 6:30 to 11 p.m., is $50 per person and includes dinner, drinks, live music, door prizes and a silent auction. Silent-auction items include a Tampa Bay Rays versus New York Yankees weekend in New York City, four one-day parkhopper passes to Walt Disney World, a three-night stay at Lido Beach Resort and a charter fishing trip for four, among others. Former Major League Baseball player and current commentator Harold Reynolds will serve as the keynote speaker. Proceeds from the event will benefit the school’s athletic department. To purchase tickets and view available auction items, visit fortheloveofthegamebrhs.com.

Coral Oasis 5-0 in a Class 2A-Region 3 quarterfinal match Jan. 23. Rose Amato, Anna Brusco, Jill Polk, Lauren Ravazzoli and Alex Byers all scored for the Lady Cougars. Goalkeeper Lexi Barbour recorded the shutout. With the win, Cardinal Mooney played host to Bishop Verot in a regional semifinal match Jan. 28.

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+ Mustang grapplers finish third at meet The Lakewood Ranch High varsity wrestling team finished third at the Manatee County Varsity Wrestling Championships Jan. 22, at Braden River High. The Mustangs beat Southeast, Bayshore and Braden River before falling to Palmetto and Manatee. Hunter Reed (106 pounds), Dylan Cameron (120) and Jared Dipsiner (138) each won individual county titles. Tim Dywer (132), Juan Torres (145), Ty McLeod (170) and Kyle Mathis (heavyweight) all finished second. Josh Last (113) finished third.

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+ River Club Kathy LaStella scored 72 to win the individual low net LGA event Jan. 18. Judy Wayer scored 31 to win the low putts LGA event Jan. 21. Bill Seiler and Pete Wayer finished -5

MARINA / PAGE 15A Now 13 years after slipping on her first pair of ballet slippers, Masterson is enrolled in the Sarasota Ballet’s upper division, where she currently takes only a handful of classes, as time allows. Masterson plans to resume her regular dance schedule, which includes training three hours a day, seven days a week, once the cheerleading competition season officially ends Jan. 30. Masterson also plans to continue to make time for her other activities, which include band, National Honor Society, for which serves as vice president, the school’s buddy program, Student Government Association and Manatee County Teen Court. It may seem like a lot, but Masterson wouldn’t have it any other way. “It’s worth it,” Masterson says. “I don’t know if I’m a control freak or just like to have my nose in everything, but if I see things that need done, then I want to be the one responsible for heading up those programs and clubs.” But, perhaps one of her most important roles is one completed behind the scenes. Masterson choreographs all of Lakewood’s cheerleading routines, and although her teammates occasionally tell her the routines seem better suited for

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the dance team, Masterson hopes to use the experience, along with the choreography she has done at the Sarasota Ballet, to advance her one step closer to her goal of doing choreography for and teaching dance to children. “Cheer dancing is the polar opposite of classical ballet,” Masterson says. “I had to learn how to be less graceful and more (bouncy). I don’t think I ever would’ve made cheer team without dance. I made it because of my dancing ability.” Over the past four years, Masterson has cheered the Mustangs football team to a playoff berth and captured first-place finishes at the Manatee County Fair and Cheerfest competitions, among others. Most recently, Masterson helped Lakewood captured a first-place finish at the Region 3 meet Jan. 25 in Tampa. Lakewood will conclude its competition season at the Florida High School Athletic Association Finals Jan. 30, at Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee. “I don’t get nervous performing ballet, but I get so nervous for cheerleading,” Masterson says. “In dance, if I mess up I can save myself and I’m the only one to blame. But in cheerleading if I mess up, then the team suffers. It makes me nervous. I’m not used to that.” Contact Jen Blanco at jblanco@yourobserver.com.

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Curt and Kati Ramage cozy up during the chilly evening.

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READY, GO! Half-marathon sprints toward Lakewood Ranch. PAGE 4B

Linda Filtsch and Bob Kopec bring the ’20s to life.

WEATHER See this week’s standout local weather photo. PAGE 16B

Carrie Hulen and Steve Heyman lighten up the room.

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Charlotte Pelletz says “cheese” for the camera.

Patrons sported sequin-covered headbands, suspenders and other ’20s-style outfits while they sipped Champagne during Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy’s (SMART) Great Gatsby Interactive Dinner Jan. 24 at the Polo Grill and Bar’s Fête Ballroom. Attendees could participate in a silent auction to win items such as weekend getaways and gift certificates. Proceeds from the event, which more than 100 guests attended, benefit SMART.

Vanessa and Don Baugh with Ann Marie and Lou Marinaccio

Katie Raymond struts her stuff beside Maks Lototskyy and Sarah Haworth.


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road show by Pam Eubanks | Managing Editor

East County revs up for annual car meet Afternoon rain showers did not keep car enthusiasts from heading to Rangeland Parkway, in Lakewood Ranch, Jan. 26, for the 45th annual Devereaux-Kaiser Car Meet. Thousands of attendees perused rows of vintage cars. Right: Cascades resident Pat Hittner (right) came out with her brother, Mike Hampel, and neighbor, Fran Cino.

Creekwood’s Nick Monaco checks out a vintage Buick.

Mark and Linda Rehder live in Braden Woods. Left: Jerry Getch sits in the back of his 1940 Ford Sedan Delivery with his friend, Tom Steele.

Lakewood Rancy residents Sarah and Danny Broad with their children, Henry and Eliza

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February 5th to 17th

February 13th, 6 to 8 p.m.

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February 1, 2014 Noon to 4 p.m.

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Come spend the day enjoying the sights and sounds of some of the area’s top performance groups. The 7th annual Grand Ovation makes its return to Lakewood Ranch Main Street with three stages and an amazing line-up of talent. A delightful mix of street festival and concert hall, this celebration of the arts is not to be missed! Explore the shops and boutiques of Main Street. Dine at cozy restaurants and cafés. Discover street vendors and local non-profit groups. Includes free children’s crafts and the Mote Marine touch tank. Seating is provided. No coolers please. Free admission. Free parking.

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June Suller, Michele Galluppi, Melissa Forsten, Traci Myers, Dee Stout and Linda Kennedy run on team Running Chix.

Suncoast Half Marathon strides into Lakewood Ranch Runners made their way through Lakewood Ranch and onto Lakewood Ranch Main Street Jan. 26, during the annual Suncoast Half Marathon. Participants enjoyed beer and breakfast after finishing the 13.1-mile race. By Jon Robin Baitz Directed by Greg Leaming

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Ed Humphrey and David Pelletier relax after the race.

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Pavlina Camp and Dobrin Dobrev complete their second Jennifer Hargaden holds half-marathon in two weeks. her son Aeden, 1.

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SATURDAY

FEBRUARY 1, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

Brandon Huynh, a junior at Braden River High School, displays his photographic work, Dr. Diana Greene, the deputy superintendent of instruction for Manatee County while Victoria Forbis, a senior at Bayshore Schools, with her husband, James High School, shows an acrylic painting.

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The Manatee Education Foundation hosted the seventh annual 2014 Heart & Soul Gala and live art auction Jan. 25 at the Polo Grill and Bar. The MEA recognized students for their work and awarded them scholarships, which ranged from $150 to $1,500. Proceeds from the auctioned artwork benefit Manatee County School District arts programs.

Emily Anderson, a junior at Manatee School for the Arts, earned Best in Show for her animation piece titled, “Traffic Lights.”

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Edgar and Hanna Krasa, survivors of Terezin concentration camp, will speak after the event. Stuart Eizenstat, Chairperson of the Defiant Requiem Foundation, will be introducing the program.

Dr. Warren Simonds, with his wife, Kathy, is one of the founders of the event.

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OCCASIONS

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WEDDINGS • ENGAGEMENTS • ANNIVERSARIES • BIRTHS

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BECKHAM NICHOLAS BUCHANAN

Beckham Nicholas Buchanan was born to Nick and Meghan Buchanan, of Summerfield, at 8:11 a.m. Dec. 20, at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. Beckham weighed 9 pounds, 13 ounces and was 21 inches long. Proud big sister is Adriana.

RIDGE CHARLES MALTBY

Ridge Charles Maltby was born to Charles and Amber Maltby, of Greenfield Plantation, at 12:10 p.m. Jan. 3, at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. Ridge weighed 9 pounds, 4 ounces and was 20 inches long. Proud big brother is Collin.

LOU & PATTI BRODERSEN

Lou and Patti Brodersen, of Stoneybrook at Heritage Harbour, are about to celebrate their golden jubilee. The couple will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Feb. 1. The Brodersens married in 1964, in Fairfield, Conn. Lou Brodersen retired after a 33-year career as a newspaper sports journalist, and he is a past chairman of the Associated Press Sports Editors in the Northeast. Patti Brodersen retired after a 30-year career in public relations and medical fields; her last position

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HENRY PATRICK KRIBY

Henry Patrick Kriby was born to Tom and Jessica Kriby, of Lakewood Ranch, at 2:31 p.m. Jan. 7, at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. He weighed 8.15 pounds and was 21 inches long. Proud big brother is William.

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Students, families enjoy festival Gilbert W. McNeal Elementary students and their families came together for a cookout, music and games Jan. 25, during the annual Winter Carnival held on the school’s front lawn. The event featured a facepainting

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by Pam Eubanks | Managing Editor Haylee Almand, 8, sleds with gusto.

Michelle Carlson’s kindergarten class dresses the part.

Tabernacle students hit slopes

Mia Davis, 7, smiles as she tosses a ball into a cup.

Alex Hallett visits with her daughter, Nevaeh, 7.

Children at the Tabernacle Christian School received a rare treat in Florida — snow. As part of the school’s annual Winter Wonderland event Jan. 24, children enjoyed sledding down a snow-covered hill on inflatable tubes, hot cocoa, snacks, games and crafts. Children at Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities also stopped by for their own scheduled playtime. Samantha Franzone and Tali Spencer each got their own bag full of powdered doughnuts.

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Snow lands at Tara Elementary Families at Tara Elementary School enjoyed an evening of food, inflatables and carnival-style games Jan. 24, during the school’s winter carnival event. Families even had a chance to play in the snow.

Jaimie McNeely digs for a prize. Right: Art teacher Pat Knowlton adds glitter to the butterfly on Desiree Delgado’s face.

Lilyanna Bedford, 7, reacts to her new hair color.

Ethan Chwojko, 6, scores twice in a game of corn hole.

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Gabriela Cardenas, 17 attends Lakewood Ranch High School as a junior. This will be her first time participating in a pageant. She has only modeled occasionally for her aunt, a photographer. Sh hopes to attend Florida Gulf Coast University to pursue a degree in nursing.

SARAH ADAMS Sarah Adams, a 16-yearold junior at Braden River High, would apply scholarship dollars toward studying psychology and specializing in clinical psychology at the University of South Florida. Adams also was named Miss Manatee County’s Outstanding Teen at Miss Florida last summer, and served as last year’s junior Fair Queen.

won’t have heard the question before, so it’s going to take some quick thinking. I’ve watched a million YouTube videos on interview tips and sample questions.” Cardenas and Rahn, who has appeared in more than 25 commercials for theme parks and other businesses and is also a sophomore at Braden River High, also cannot shake nervousness about not knowing what

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ANNA-MARIA ANDERSON Fifteen-year-old Anna-Maria Anderson, an East County resident, will compete for the Miss Junior Teen Tampa title for the 13- to 15-year-old age group Feb. 2. A home-schooled student, Anderson says the most exciting element of the competition so far has been the chance to make new friends. She hopes to pursue a career in cosmetology and attend a beauty school close to home in Bradenton.

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Lake Club home tops sales at $1.35 million The following residential real estate transactions took place between Jan. 13 and Jan. 17. A home in Lake Club tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. John Cannon Homes Properties LLC sold the home at 16019 Topsail Terrace to Timothy Koerner, of Lakewood Ranch, for $1.35 million. Built in 2012, it has three bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 3,354 square feet of living area.

ton, for $331,800. Built in 2013, it has two bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,684 square feet of living area.

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Robert K. and Gayle Conn, trustees, sold the home at 2520 57th St. E. to Robert W. Conn, of Bradenton, for $382,500. Built in 1987, it has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and 3,907 square feet of living area.

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Larry and Evelyn Putt, of Camp Hill, Pa., sold their home at 7015 Dominion Lane to Frances Havill, of Bradenton, for $1.1 million. Built in 2005, it has four bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 3,957 square feet of living area. Brian and Kathleen Weiner, of Lakewood Ranch, sold their home at 7234 Lake Forest Glen to Richard Hagenbach and Cynthia Postma, of Lakewood Ranch, for $475,000. Built in 2008, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,296 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $437,500 in 2010. Sara Mills, of The Villages, sold her home at 8322 Tartan Fields Circle to Elizabeth Mulroy, trustee, of Marshfield, Mass., for $272,500. Built in 2001, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,565 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $240,000 in 2012.

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Jerry and Catherine Howze, of Melbourne, sold their home at

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This Lake Club home, which has three bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 3,354 square feet of living area, sold for $1.35 million. 14738 Bowfin Terrace to Stephen and Rhonda Harrison, of Lakewood Ranch, for $700,000. Built in 2008, it has six bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 4,117 square feet of living area. More Than Conqueror Ministries and Family Church Inc. sold the home at 6388 Golden Eye Glen to Daniel Gessessee and Mei Chen, of Bradenton, for $300,000. Built in 2006, it has four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and 2,575 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $381,300 in 2006. Connie Jessup, of Wilton, Conn., sold the home at 15324 Skip Jack Loop to IH3 Property Florida LP for $218,000. Built in 2006, it has four bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and 1,868 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $158,000 in 2012.

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Michael and Lorraine Swisher, of Washington, Pa., sold their Unit 204 condominium at 6450 Watercrest Way to Shirley Redmond and Stephanie Redmond, of Ontario, Canada, for $465,000. Built in 2005, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,134 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $350,000 in 2009.

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Taylor Morrison of Florida Inc. sold the home at 12622 Fontana Loop to William and Rebecca Bowman, of Bradenton, for $424,700. Built in 2013, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,587 square feet of living area. Taylor Morrison of Florida Inc. sold the home at 5141 Serata Drive to Cynthia Batt, of Braden-

Lawrence and Carol Sutherland sold their home at 6608 88th St. E. to Federal National Mortgage Association for $374,900. Built in 1987, it has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and 3,068 square feet of living area. Russell Ware, Michael Ware, Connie Ware Wash, Karen Ware, Jeffrey Ware and Joyce Ware, of Bradenton, sold their home at 6211 98th St. E. to Charles and Susan Billard, of Bradenton, for $275,000. Built in 1989, it has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a pool and 2,296 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $150,000 in 1992.

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Patricia Burrer, trustee, of Sarasota, sold the home at 5198 Creekside Trail to Arthur Feinberg and Linda Feinberg, trustees, of Brookeville, Md., for $365,000. Built in 2003, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,315 square feet of liv-

ing area. It previously sold for $325,800 in 2004.

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Mary and James Poitrast, of Cortez, sold their home at 4739 Halyard Drive to Karina Badillo, of Alpharetta, Ga., for $363,000. Built in 2001, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,718 square feet of living area.

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Jay Newgaard and Betty Leepart, trustees, of Sarasota, sold the home at 12209 Clubhouse Drive to John and Shirley Easey, of Lakewood Ranch, for $363,000. Built in 1999, it has five bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,514 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $460,000 in 2007. Martha Horrocks, trustee, and David Horrocks, of Sarasota, sold the home at 6507 Deerberry Court to Diane Geis, of Lakewood Ranch, for $245,000. Built in 1998, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,994 square feet of living area. Omar and Naz Qureshi sold their home at 12005 Beeflower Drive to BOW Investments LLC for $237,500. Built in 1996, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,808 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $210,000 in 2003. Joshua and Wendy Lynn, of Bradenton, sold their home at 12519 Rockrose Glen to Michael Marzella and Jennifer SierraMarzella, of Lakewood Ranch, for $225,000. Built in 1999, it has three

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18807 Ganton Ave. 6404 13th Ave. E. 626 Honeyflower Loop 16131 Daysailor Trail 6553 Waters Edge Way 15423 Leven Links Place 15518 Leven Links Place 4842 Kilty Court E. 7927 49th Ave. E. 6807 46th Terrace E. 6901 Cumberland Terrace 16303 Clearlake Ave. 5255 Castello Lane 2307 64th St. Circle E. 11123 Marigold Drive 6602 Peach Tree Creek Road 16743 Fourth Ave. N.E. 4652 Glenbrooke Terrace 6014 99th St. E. 6678 Coopers Hawk Court

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Kimberley Miller Martin Winkel Robert Bystricky Jill Nugent John Blickenstaff Martin Gurvey Philip O’Hearn Larry Arth Belinda Dean Michael Jazzar Barbara Delaney Jeffrey Nuckols Kenneth Wenk Marjorie Miller Barton Mathis Theodore Maggelet Michael Rushing Robert Greenough Timothy Hochuli Donald Klein Jr.

Amount $516,800 $46,843 $46,425 $45,702 $43,734 $41,811 $35,000 $31,100 $28,000 $25,000 $23,684 $20,000 $19,447 $16,565 $14,850 $14,850 $14,639 $12,987 $12,913 $12,765

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3630 57Th Avenue W Dr # 58 #A3984163 $163,000 Carol Aviles

Bradenton 941-388-4447 941-356-6777

817 32Nd W St #M5843264 $134,500 Debbie Capobianco

GreyHawk Landing

Kendall Collins, of Delran, N.J., sold the home at 308 Snapdragon Loop to Nancy Cowan, of Moorestown, N.J., for $330,000. Built in 2004, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,481 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $448,000 in 2005.

6931 Winners Cir #A3989315 $1,980,000 Nancy Phillips

Lakewood Ranch 941-907-9595 941-400-6078

8346 Farington Ct #M5842919 $1,750,000 Jody Shinn

Lakewood Ranch 941-748-6300 941-705-5704

Bradenton 941-748-6300 941-812-0754

16009 Clearlake Ave #A3986419 $1,639,000 Barbara Najmy

Lakewood Ranch 941-383-7591 941-705-1158

University Park 941-907-9595 941-685-6154

7215 Desert Ridge Gln #A3991150 $915,000 Mary Pat Pihl

Lakewood Ranch 941-907-9595 941-932-3065

$799,000

Palmetto 941-748-6300 941-720-3278

7205 County Road 675 #A3990796 $725,000 Chris Baylis

Myakka City 941-907-9595 941-735-4713

5624 Title Row Dr #M5838120 $695,000 Laura Tracy Clekis

Bradenton 941-748-6300 941-915-4167

306 107Th W Ct #A3983717 $545,000 Stephanie Church

Bradenton 941-388-4447 941-724-5448

1614 Point Pleasant Ave W #M5843091 $525,000 Kathy Valente

Bradenton 941-748-6300 941-685-6767

11106 Winding Stream Way #M5841052 $500,000 Mary Fiorini

East County 941-907-9595 941-526-6755

Central Park

Central Park Lifestyles LLC sold the home at 11504 Griffith Park Terrace to Jason and Carrie Leitzman, of Bradenton, for $285,100. Built in 2013, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,389 square feet of living area. YOUROBSERVER.COM // Go online for more real estate transactions.

Bradenton 941-748-6300 941-704-2394

2007 22nd St W #M5843073 $118,900 Sharon Ingram

4700 Riverview Blvd #M5841639 $1,725,000 Pamela Goodwin & Fran DeDona

Bradenton 941-748-6300 941-224-6447

7718 Sloane Gardens Ct #A3982339 $1,220,000 Edward Haggerty

314 Winding Brook Ln # 103 #M5837180 $3,000 Laurie Rastovski

6280 Riverview Blvd #A3959260 $4,500,000 Pam Taylor

Bradenton 941-951-6660 941-228-2030

Bradenton 941-552-4200 941-552-4200

13513 2Nd E Ave #M5843119 $1,750 Kendra Vogel

5215 15th Street Ct E #M5838401 $57,900 Jaymie Carter

Braden River 941-748-6300 941-920-4573

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3304 32nd St W #M5841270 $109,900 Kimberly Roehl

Bradenton 941-552-4200 941-773-4372

215 63Rd E Dr #A3988885 Lisa Shope

$1,650

Braden River 941-552-4200 941-320-8022

2011 21st St W #M5836753 Lynne Callahan

Bradenton 941-748-6300 941-920-2301

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bedrooms, two baths and 1,757 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $237,500 in 2007. Justin and Ashley Richardson sold their home at 11279 Beebalm Circle to Evan and Heather Curry, of Lakewood Ranch, for $218,000. Built in 2000, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,738 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $155,000 in 2011.


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Items Under $200 For Sale ADVERTISE YOUR MERCHANDISE with the total value of all items $200 or less in this section for FREE! Limit 1 ad per month, 15 words or less. Price must be included next to each item. No commercial advertising. Ad runs 2 consecutive weeks in 1 Observer. (No phone calls please.) (Please provide your name and address) Email ad to: classified@yourobserver.com Online at: www.yourobserver.com Or mail to: The Observer Group P.O. Box 3169 Sarasota, Fl 34230 BRONZE GIRL On Swing by artist Malcolm Moran, 5x9", $110. 941-753-1993. CRAFTSMAN LAWN mower: in very good condition (like new), $170. 941-896-8072. INDOOR CHAISE: Drexel Heritage, 35wx30hx64L. Mint condition. Neutral color, light brown, $200. 941-228-2475. LOVE SEAT: Wine color, cloth with matching back cushions. Excellent condition. $75. 941-518-9930.

Autos Wanted WE BUY CARS. TOP $$ PAID FOR YOUR VEHICLES. Call Hawley Motors, 941-923-3421.

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BLUE FISH CLEANING INC. 941-705-3812. Insured, Bonded. Affordable reliable home cleaning, $60, 2 cleaners, 2 hours.

Real Estate Wanted WANTED LUXURY ANNUAL RENTALS For Qualified Waiting Clients Contact - Sarasota Luxury Rentals 941-225-1356 email: info@sarasotaluxuryrentals.com Personalized attention with professional honest advice. 25 Years Experience - References available

Waterfront Property WATERFRONT “Million Dollar View” - FSBO. Go to: www.tarawittdrive.com Brokers paid. Check it out.

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Horses/Boarding CIRCLE Y Western Youth Saddle. 14” seat size, very good condition. Comes with lots of extras. $450. 941-685-9407.

Merchandise Wanted ALWAYS BUYING vintage sports cards and memorabilia. Call 941-896-2652. CASH FOR Old Military Items. Swords, uniforms, insignia & old guns. Call 941-416-3280. SENIOR LOOKING to purchase precious metals, time pieces, coins, jewelry and antiques. Please call Marc, 941-321-0707.

Good Things To Eat CLAIRE’S PRODUCE & PLANTS Local Fruits/Veggies Honey, Eggs & More Tuesday - Friday 12-6 Saturday 10-6 7275 N. Lockwood Ridge Rd.

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

Business Opportunities JAN PRO CLEANING FRANCHISE: $950 Down Required, Financing Available for growth, Includes customers. Earn up to $10,000 Month+. Call 941-907-8141.

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ALL TYPES OF MASONRY Specializing in concrete driveways, pavers, decorative concrete, stone work, patios. Call for free and honest estimates. 941-525-2435

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

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BRAND NEW Serta Mattress Sets. 50-80% OFF. King, $290. Queen, $150. Full, $140. Excellent value! Won’t last! Call (941)387-4810.

COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE. RIVER PLACE, BEACONS COVE, CYPRESS BEND, WALKERS COVE. Located end of Tara Blvd off of SR 70 Exit 217. Saturday, 2/1/14. 8a.m.-2p.m.

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BRAZILIAN CLEANING Service by Maria. Residential/ Commercial. Meticulous Cleaning. Excellent References. Free Estimates. Reliable. Lic./ Ins. 941-400-3342. ND SPARKLE. We are a family business experienced in both home and office cleaning great rates. Call for a quote. 941-330-4466. Email: norgrasi@hotmail.com

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Landscaping & Lawn Service Provides home healthcare from as little as 4 hours to 24/7 care. For more info Phone: 941-809-3725 License #230506 & #30211577 IN-HOME ASSISTED LIVING. Why leave the safety, beauty and comfort of your own home to receive professional, affordable and compassionate care? You don’t need to! ElderCare Services provides complete customized care perfectly tailored to suit your needs and lifestyle. Services include, but not limited to, homemaking, transportation, running errands, meal prep., medication supervision, 24/7 medical staffing, and more. Please call 377-4465 for more info. or visit us on the web @ eldercaresarasota.com. Licensed, bonded and insured. Lic.#30211372

DE LA ROSA LAWN CARE - Family owned and operated. Now accepting new clients. Free estimates. No yard too big or too small. Serving Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch and Sarasota. Tony De La Rosa, owner and operator 813-900-4056. Licensed and Insured. GENTLEMAN GARDENER. Refine your space. 15 years LW Ranch resident. I’m in your backyard! 941-724-5792.

Auto Transport SHIP YOUR CAR, TRUCK OR SUV anywhere in the United States. Great rates, fast quotes. Call Hawley Motors, 941-923-3421.

Pet Services DOGGY HOTEL/GROOMING. 24 Hour Daycare. FREE Daycare with groom (we are the best). 3925 Brown Avenue behind Sleep King. doggyhotel.net 941-554-4620. “K-9 BOOT CAMP”. Professional in-kennel pet obedience program. 40 Acre facility. 35 years proven results. Lakewood Ranch area. Von Asgard K-9 Center, Inc. Boarding - Training - Sales. 941-322-0705, www.VonAsgard.com

Pools FULL WEEKLY POOL SERVICE FROM $65 per month including chemicals. For screened-in pools. Owner operated, reliable, personal service. Save money - call now. Blissful Pools, 941-705-0400.

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