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road to relief by Josh Siegel | Staff Writer

FDOT expedites I-75 project FDOT says it will improve the intersection of I-75 and University Parkway sooner if Manatee and Sarasota counties commit to the proposed solution.

+ Harbour Hatties raise $17,000 Ladies in the Heritage Harbour community took a stand against cancer as they hosted the “Hearts for Hope” ball at IMG Academy. Ladies in the Helping Hands Harbour Hatties group presented Michelle Brault, of the Center for Building Hope, a nonprofit dedicated to assisting families affected by cancer, with a check for $17,085 — money raised at the event. The funds will provide support to cancer patients and their families at the center’s Lakewood Ranch campus.

EAST COUNTY — The major players involved in easing traffic at Interstate 75 and University Parkway pooled their commitment and sat in the same room for the first time last week. When the delegation returned

from a morning meeting in Tallahassee March 6 — some traversing the very road network they have vowed to fix — they immediately worked to fulfill a directive by Ananth Prasad, secretary of the Florida Department of Trans-

portation. Prasad said Sarasota and Manatee counties must commit firmly to both a diverging-diamondstyle interchange to ease traffic at I-75 and University Parkway — and to improve the road network

around it — by passing a formal resolution asking FDOT to build the interchange. If the resolution succeeds, the state transportation agency vows

SEE I-75 / PAGE 8A

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Bus route to serve University A new Sarasota County Area Transit bus route along University Parkway will relieve traffic near Interstate 75.

+ Children ‘Read Across America’ Preschoolers at the Primrose School at Lakewood Ranch Town Center will provide books for local children in need in honor of Read Across America Day this month. Children participate in a book drive that is part of Og’s Bountiful Books, a Primrose reading program designed to encourage parents to read to their children at home and send books to school to share with their classmates and children in need. Og is the official Primrose school bookworm – as well as one of the school’s character development mascots.

+ Club raises $17,000 for local charities More than 200 women in the Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club enjoyed an afternoon of laughter and socializing Feb. 26, as they hosted “Laugh Your Abs Off with Tim Wilkins” at The Francis in Sarasota. Wilkins, who is part of the “Comics on Duty” world tour, served as the day’s keynote speaker.

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EAST COUNTY — While proposed improvements to the interchange at University Parkway and Interstate 75 may resolve traffic woes there, local officials also have looked for alternative solutions, such as public transportation. Bus service, they say, would bring immediate dividends. The Sarasota County Board of County Commissioners approved March 5 the implementation of a new bus route along University Parkway that will run from Lakewood Ranch to the Sarasota-International Airport and serve college students, spectators bound for Nathan Benderson Park and future patrons of the Mall at University Town Center. “It’s a route to serve businesses along University and colleges across Lakewood Ranch that will create economic development and relief to I-75 and University Parkway,” said Glama Carter, the director of Sarasota County Area Transit. SCAT will use a $529,021 federal grant to fund Route 30, which will

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cutting ties by Amanda Sebastiano | Staff Writer

Heritage Harbour CDD decides to go it alone on landscaping

After their inaugural landscape meeting ended without discussion, CDD supervisors voted to retake control of their assets from the HOA.

NEWS BRIEFS + Commission OKs Woodbrook II community The Manatee County Board of County Commissioners approved Neal Communities’ Woodbrook II subdivision Feb. 13 during its regular land-use meeting. The preliminary site plan calls for 77 single-family homes on 53.78 acres south of Whitfield Avenue, between Prospect and Lockwood Ridge roads. Woodbrook II is not considered the second phase of Neal’s Woodbrook community, a nearby subdivision off Lockwood Ridge Road. Neal’s Vice President of Marketing Leisa Weintraub said Neal plans to change Woodbrook II’s name soon. “Woodbrook II will have a completely different product (than Woodbrook),” Weintraub said. “We’re excited about the community because the area is enormously popular with people.”

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The Heritage Harbour South CDD owns medians such as this one, the Stoneybrook community. unified landscape contract, and that’s not what we’re going SHORT-LIVED to do,” Bettes said, noting the Despite Supervisor Lee HOA owns property, as well. “If Bettes’ hope for an on(residents) see a given parcel going working relationship or plant that’s not being taken with the homeowners care of, who do they call — the association, the newlyCDD or the HOA? Well, someformed joint landscape one will say, ‘I’ll have to get a committee may disband. map and decide who owns it.’ The committee consisted It doesn’t make sense to cut the of Bettes, CDD Supervisor baby in half.” Joe Jaudon and HOA repBettes believes the HOA’s resentatives Gene Ziner daily presence inside Stoneyand Phil Martinetti. brook’s recreational center At an HOA meeting comforts residents because March 10, HOA reprethey know someone is there to sentatives told residents answer questions. It also gives about the CDD’s decision the community a point of conto assume control of its tact, Bettes said. landscape contract and The CDD, however, has no discussed the HOA’s relasupervisors present at the tionship with the CDD. community hub to provide information. Should a resident ard Lane, who opposed retak- want to speak to a supervisor, ing control of HOA-maintained he must peruse the commuareas, said taking control from nity’s website for contact inthe HOA and giving it to the formation or attend the CDD’s CDD will be confusing for resi- monthly meeting. dents and increase associated To Bettes, Lane and others costs. opposed to the divide, having “As a community, it would two contracts ­­— one between make sense, to me, to have one the HOA and its contracted

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vendor, TruScapes, and the agreement between the CDD and the company it chooses — will result in higher prices because the organizations lose the benefits of economies of scale. CDD Chairwoman Joyce Sandy, the key proponent of separating the two groups, views the situation in a more positive light. She believes the divide will stop arguments between the CDD and HOA. “I’ve done research and talked to members of other communities that have joint groups, and the community seems to work best when things are separated,” Sandy said. “If there’s separation, there won’t be anything to argue about.” As for a future working relationship between the two groups, Bettes remains uncertain if such a concept exists anymore. “Until members of the CDD agree to work with the HOA, I’m not sure how we (as a community) go forward.” Contact Amanda Sebastiano at amandas@yourosberver.com.

Jersey Mike’s Subs will open a location in River Club Plaza, located at the southeast corner of State Road 70 and Interstate 75. Patrick S. George and his partner and father, Patrick J. George, will run the franchise. The new Jersey Mike’s will occupy the 1,300-square-foot space next to Popi’s Place on the Ranch. Casto’s John Hutchens, asset manager for the plaza, said Jersey Mike’s should open by the end of April. “Jersey Mike’s is a really solid tenant,” Hutchens said. “We have a lot of them in our portfolio, and they’ve always performed well. This is a good location for them.” This is the second East County location for Jersey Mike’s, which also occupies a space in University Park, 8210 Tourist Center Drive, under different owners. River Club Plaza also includes tenants such as Wasabi Japanese Steakhouse, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt and Holistic for Pets.

+ Correction In the March 6 issue of the East County Observer, the nonprofit story on page 3A about SMART and Beyond the Spectrum incorrectly named a student. The student’s name is Iza Shamsey.

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EAST COUNTY — As Lee Bettes prepared to leave the March 4 Heritage Harbour South Community Development District meeting, his red cheeks hinted at his frustration. In an attempt to build unity on landscaping issues, Bettes proposed the CDD and the Stoneybrook Homeowners Association form a four-person committee, composed of two representatives from each group. Despite the CDD agreeing in February to form the committee, Bettes couldn’t believe the result of what started as an opportunity for a partnership: nothing. Although the four members came together for the inaugural joint committee meeting, it ended abruptly when CDD Supervisor Joseph Jaudon said he was uncomfortable discussing issues in that setting. “My intention was to let us (HOA and CDD) work together,” Bettes said. “We would talk and say, ‘Oh, I don’t like this,’ or, ‘Change this.’ The two groups could work together on problems.” Instead, the topic of landscape maintenance was left to the CDD’s regular meeting later that night, at which CDD supervisors moved forward with plans to take back control of common-area landscaping maintained by the HOA on behalf of the CDD. The move came despite pleas from HOA representatives to “not give up” on the new partnership. Although the HOA has contracted with the CDD to maintain its land within the community for about 10 years, the CDD now will maintain the land it owns within Stoneyrook’s borders. In total, the CDD owns about 35% of the property, which includes five medians and 10 cul-de-sacs in Stoneybrook, as well as other property. Supervisors later will look for a vendor to maintain the property. The CDD will assume landscaping responsibilities starting Jan. 1. Bettes and Supervisor Rich-

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EAST COUNTY — Moments of horror still wrench Dari Oglesby’s heart, as she watched volunteers interact with animals rescued from Napier’s Log Cabin Horse and Animal Rescue Feb. 5. “A dog just peed on a treat,” she said, sighing. “It didn’t know what to do with it.” Volunteers at Nate’s and other rescues that took in the more than 300 animals confiscated by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office continue socializing and caring for them. A judge granted the sheriff’s office custody of the animals March 6, but it likely will be several weeks before the animals are ready for adoption. “(The animals) aren’t medically ready,” said Oglesby, Honor’s executive director. “I want to make sure everything is right.” Oglesby said of the 62 dogs rescued by Honor, 70% require dental work. Ten animals rePhoto by Cheryl Eason ceived more specialized care, including treatments for hernia, back disease and severe mange, from Ranch Animal Hospital. And this week, Honor planned to begin spaying and neutering the animals it had taken. The sheriff’s office signed over animals to Honor Monday, so they now can be adopted, Oglesby said. However, few animals are ready to be placed in homes, primarily because of medical reasons. Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Office Dave Bristow the sheriff’s office continues its criminal investigation against Alan and Sheree Napier, owners of Napiers Log Cabin Horse and Animal Rescue. Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@yourobserver. com.

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CARLTON SOUGHTON — “I have to own and accept that this disease has an affect on other people. I’m not just the victim; other people in my family and friends are the victims, too.”

Panelists discuss aspects of living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

DR. MICHAEL SPELLMAN — “Dementia is contagious. If one person always handles the bank statements, and now can’t, but never explained to their loved one(s) how to handle that business, then they won’t know either. The disease also affects that person.”

EAST COUNTY — As the one who always took care of her home and her family, Robin McCormick knew where her husband left his missing sock when he asked. But after being diagnosed with Young Onset Alzheimer’s Disease, the woman with all the answers struggled to perform daily activities, such as getting dressed. Receiving the news of her Alzheimer’s diagnosis prior to the age of 65 put McCormick in the Young Onset category. With the hand of her spouse resting on her back as he stood beside her, McCormick tried to explain her “new life” to her audience during the Memory Disorders Leadership Conference March 7 at the Windsor of Lakewood Ranch Reflections facility. She described how the mentally debilitating disease changed her life and how relying on her husband, Michael, to help her get through each day wasn’t something for which she planned. “My status in the family, is, well... I used to be the one who took care of everybody,” McCormick said. “I was…now, he helps me. I can’t dress, so he

DR. KARIM YAMOUT — “First, we need to be careful with the word ‘treatment.’ We’re talking about increasing the quality of life for those who live with dementia, and their loved ones. I wish we could use the word treatment as a cure, but I can’t. I wish I could.”

DR. CARA YERGEN — “Please, just remember you’re not alone, and there’s hope.”

helps me. I used to be the one. Now, I’m not the one. That’s it.” Nine panelists, including McCormick, fielded questions on the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia; present and future treatment or cures; and tips for individuals and families of individuals who suffer from the diseases, among other topics. Reflections’ Sales Director Julie Gartside and panelists Dr. Michael Spellman and the Alzheimer’s Association’s Sue Fox created the panel to educate the public about facets of memory disorders and what kind of help is available to people suffering from the diseases, Gartside said. Before answering prepared questions from moderator Sondra Guffey, Fox answered the No. 1 question she’s asked during her work at the Alzheimer’s Association: What is the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia? Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that affects the patient’s ability to recognize time and space — where they are and how they got there, Fox told attendees. Dementia, overall, can affect such men-

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EAST COUNTY — Manatee County School District Superintendent Rick Mills formally asked the Department of Education’s inspector general to investigate the financial activities and behavior of the former school district administration during years of overspending.  If it agrees to do so, the Inspector General’s Office would investigate the district for potential fraud, waste and abuse.  “When I go out into the community, I get a lot of questions about accountability,” Mills said. “I have some concerns myself. This community needs closure.” As evidence of the need for a state inspection, Mills wrote a letter March 6 to Inspector General Mike Blackburn and FDOE Commissioner Pam Stewart that lists findings related to the school district’s finances, including that the school district failed to meet state-mandated minimum fund balance for five consecutive years and the district overspent by $13 million cumulatively between 2011-12 and 2012-13. Mills’ letter specifically asks the inspector general to investigate the behavior of the district’s former leadership team — led by former Superintendent Tim McGonegal and Jim Drake, former assistant superintendent — from 2010 to 2012.  McGonegal took over as superintendent in fall 2008 and resigned September 2012 after announcing a multimillion-dollar deficit. Drake retired in February 2012. Mills assumed his role March 2013. In the letter, Mills states he was shocked by “the sheer scope and magnitude of the financial errors, neglect, incompetence, malfeasance and misfeasance.”

MILLS’ FINDINGS Rick Mills, Manatee County School District superintendent, says the following findings support his request for a state investigation: • The school district has failed to meet the state-mandated minimum fund balance for five consecutive years; • The school district overspent its budget by $4.5 million during fiscal year 2011-12 and by $8.5 million in fiscal year 2012-13; and • Audits from the Florida Auditor General’s office of the 2012-13 school year determined the district would have to pay more than $10 million in fines. “It appears the reality regarding school district finances were kept from the Manatee County School Board and community or purposely reported inaccurately,” he wrote. Manatee County School Board Chairwoman Julie Aranibar also sent a letter to the inspector general, dated March 7, seconding Mills’ request. An independent forensic audit report showed no criminal activity for financial accounts, but did not address the issue of malfeasance or misfeasance, she said. FDOE spokewoman Cheryl Etters said Stewart would decide whether to investigate the district. In the last several years, the inspector general has only investigated one school district: Lee County. Contact Josh Siegel at jsiegel@yourobserver.com.

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Baugh holds first Town Hall meeting in Lakewood Ranch During her first formal address at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, Vanessa Baugh, District 5 commissioner, promises action. LAKEWOOD RANCH — To Lakewood Ranch, Vanessa Baugh is the woman next-door. Her jewelry store occupies a prominent space on Lakewood Ranch Main Street, and her home here looks out onto a lanai where she can watch her community. So when Baugh, the District 5 Manatee County commissioner, commanded her first town hallstyle meeting in Lakewood Ranch March 5, it was like just another conversation among friends and neighbors. “Most of you I’ve met,” Baugh told the 156-person audience at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall. “Most of you helped me get elected. You are family. I don’t work for the county. I work for you.” With that, Baugh provided details on the issues that matter to Lakewood Ranch residents — ones she has heard about many times before: • Traffic at Interstate 75 and University Parkway; • A planned new traffic signal at the entrance to the Edgewater Community; and • The condition of Lakewood Ranch Boulevard. “I know what the issues are,” Baugh said. “It’s my job to help solve them.” Baugh deals with the first issue as a citizen every day.

I-75 / PAGE 1A to begin construction before the 2017 World Rowing Championships — but after the October opening of the Mall at University Town Center. “I want a firm commitment for all the pieces of the puzzle,” Prasad said. “I am looking for a holistic approach, not piecemeal, for a full network of road improvements.” Specifically, FDOT will try to raise about $60 million for accelerated construction of the interchange, with the goal to fund it within the next two years. FDOT has said in the past that it does not have any money earmarked for the divergingdiamond interchange until after 2021. Local officials previously were hesitant to begin construction during the 2017 World Rowing Championships at Nathan Benderson Park, for fear it would interfere. But a recent push led by Rep. Greg Steube fast-tracked the plan. Steube met with Prasad privately in the weeks leading to the group meeting. The local delegation traveled to Tallahassee March 6 to join them. The delegation included Ed Hunzeker and Thomas Harmer, county administrators from Manatee and Sarasota counties, respectively; Manatee County District 5 Commissioner Vanessa Baugh; Sarasota County Commission Chairman Charles Hines; Schroeder-Manatee Ranch CEO Rex Jensen and Vice President of Planning Todd Pokrywa; Todd Mathes, of Benderson Development; and transportation experts from both counties. As part of its plan to build south of University Parkway, SMR,

OTHER ISSUES Baugh on Lakewood Ranch Boulevard: “It won’t get totally repaved anytime soon. It won’t get done this year.” Baugh says the intersection of State Road 70 and Greenbrook Boulevard needs a traffic signal: “But that is more difficult because it is a state road.” Baugh on a planned traffic signal at the entrance to the Edgewater community: “We have that funded in fiscal year 2014.”

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Vanessa Baugh, District 5 commissioner and Lakewood Ranch resident, declared that she was helping a push for action to improve traffic at Interstate 75 and University Parkway. Baugh said that while she drove — or plodded along — University Parkway near the I-75 interchange shortly after becoming commissioner, she called Ed Hunzeker, Manatee County’s administrator. “There’s got to be something we can do here,” Baugh told him. Since she was elected in November 2012, Baugh acknowledged, nothing has happened there. The Florida Department of Transportation has said in the past

that it does not have any money earmarked for its proposed diverging-diamond plan for the interchange until after 2021. But Baugh announced to the crowd that she would board a 5:45 a.m. private jet the next day to discuss the University Parkway/I-75 traffic problem with FDOT and other local officials in Tallahassee (see page 1A story). The crowd applauded. The meeting represented a hard

DIVERGING-DIAMOND INTERCHANGE The Florida Department of Transportation has long planned a diverging-diamond-style configuration for the interchange at University Parkway and Interstate 75. Different than the traditional off-ramps used in Florida, the diverging-diamond design would be the first of its kind in the state. Transportation officials say the interchange will shorten wait time at red lights and improve safety. Kevin Ingle, a project engineer for FDOT, previously told the East County Observer: “This is Lakewood Ranch’s developer, has a large role in improving the overall road network with commitments that have been planned for years. SMR has already committed to help fund the following road improvements: • The continuation of Lakewood Ranch Boulevard as a fourlane 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 eastwest connector from Lakewood Ranch Boulevard to Lorraine Road. SMR has also pledged up to $7.5 million for a proportionateshare road project that gives Sarasota County one of two options: It can put the money toward an east-west connector overpass from SMR’s planned Villages of Lakewood Ranch South project

the ultimate interchange. It puts traffic on the opposite side of the road on University and eliminates two phases of the signal. Drivers won’t be spending as much time at red and yellow lights. This makes it more efficient.” Todd Mathes, of Benderson Development, says he drove a diverging-diamond interchange at the Mall of America in Minnesota and others in the Midwest. “It’s a very intuitive design,” Mathes said. “When you drive through one, you are just a driver on the street. It’s smoother and simpler than it looks.” over Interstate 75 and Cattleman Road; or it can use it to build a two-lane road between Fruitville Road and Palmer Boulevard.  If the interchange plans are accelerated, construction on University could be underway during the rowing championships, an event that is expected to bring more than 42,000 travelers to the region. To ease traffic around Nathan Benderson Park and the Mall at UTC, Benderson Development, which helped develop both projects, has made $20 million in improvements to existing roads, including the Cattleman Road extension to Fruitville Road. Mathes, Benderson’s director of development, says those roads are underutilized and will have to assume more of the load when the mall opens. He said Cattleman Road absorbs about 2,000 cars per day today, even though it has the capacity to serve 30,000 to 40,000 per day.

charge to improve traffic conditions before the 2017 World Rowing Championships begins. “I don’t care what we have to do,” Baugh said. “They get tired of me saying it. We need a road.” The tough talk — and action — impressed people in attendance. “The fact she was not only involved, but actually going to the meeting is impressive,” said Dick Moran, a resident of Edgewater. “A lot of officials would hear about the meeting after it happened from someone who was there. She’s doing a superb job of representing our interests.” As 8 p.m. approached and Baugh heard concerns from residents during a half-hour question-and-answer session, the District 5 commissioner confirmed that even when she returns home, the state of her community stays in mind. “I need to get home soon because my husband (Don) is probably wondering where dinner is,” Baugh said. “My husband tells me that even in my sleep, I say, ‘Oh my gosh, we need a road.’” “We anticipate that as the mall opens, drivers will find alternative routes,” Mathes said. “You will see more cars on Cattleman Road. And, we have signage on I-75 that helps distribute drivers to that roadway.” Both counties have begun the process of writing a formal resolution that would ease the traffic load in the future. Jim Harriott, an engineer with Sarasota County who attended the meeting in Tallahassee, expects staff to draft a resolution for commissioners to consider late this month or in early April. “From Sarasota’s side, this is no different than what we were working on before,” Harriott said. “The road network has been on paper for years. Lakewood Ranch just hasn’t developed south of University yet.” Harriott said Sarasota County has begun reviewing amended documents for SMR’s Villages of Lakewood Ranch South. If Sarasota commissioners approve them, it will permit SMR to begin residential construction on the 5,500-acre project located south of University Parkway and west of I-75 — and kick-start the related road improvements. Although it has no financial stake in most of the planned road improvements, Manatee County is acting aggressively, as well. Hunzeker traveled to Washington, D.C., last week to talk about transportation as part of an annual long-range planning discussion with the federal government. “If the feds pushed money our way, we wouldn’t turn it down,” Hunzeker said. “It seems everybody involved is committed to moving this forward as soon as possible.” Contact Josh Siegel at jsiegel@ yourobserver.com.


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More than six months after becoming its own church, Lakewood Ranch Baptist’s first senior pastor starts Sunday. LAKEWOOD RANCH — In the past year, Doug Yoder had plenty of unsettling moments. They came during the first business meeting Lakewood Ranch Baptist held as its own church body, after separating amicably from Sarasota Baptist in the summer. Yoder suddenly realized the newly formed church had a three-year lease, plenty of debt and no leader. And they came again when the church’s pastoral search committee took extra time praying to pick the right pastor. By the time Christmas and New Year’s Day rolled around, the church had gone six more months without a senior pastor and committee members had barely narrowed the applicant pool. “It taught me you have to rely on the people in leadership; you have to trust them,” Yoder said. And now, after becoming its own church July 1 and having an interim pastor for 15 months, Lakewood Ranch Baptist has hired its first senior pastor. The Rev. Lance Stack, previously with Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia, S.C., will lead his first service March 16

WELCOME LUNCH

Lakewood Ranch Baptist Church will hold a welcome luncheon for The Rev. Lance Stack, its new senior pastor, after its 10:30 a.m. service March 16 at the church, 5600 Deer Drive, Sarasota. Lunch, which is open to the public, will begin around noon. Guests should RSVP at lwrbaptist.com.

with a sermon series titled, “Crossing the River: Facing the Future with Confidence.” The church will host an honorary post-service lunch with Stack, and the community is welcome to attend. Organizers request that guests RSVP online at the church’s website, lwrbaptist.com, for lunch, but reservations are not required. Stack, who arrives to the area Friday and will be joined by his family — wife, Jessica, and their children, Noah, Elijah and Hadasah — after his wife finishes her graduate degree in about two months, comes to Lakewood

Ranch to lead a church of about 300 members, compared with the 7,000 members at Shandon Baptist. There, about 1,000 people were included in the ministries he oversaw. Stack will assume his first senior pastor role at Lakewood Ranch Baptist. Martin Vreman, pastor search committee chairman, said a core group of church members have worked hard to maintain and build ministries in the absence of a senior pastor, but members are excited to be united under the direction of one leader. “We weren’t visionless, but we lacked that person who could pull (all the ministries) together,” Vreman said. “We needed that leader who could unite all the different aspects of the church.” Stack said he has an entrepreneurial spirit and said helping the church form its identity is a challenge to which he looks forward. “To lead them and set the tone of who that church is going to be — that’s an exciting opportunity for me,” Stack said. Stack said he was impressed with church members’ dedica-

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ABOUT THE REV. LANCE STACK

Lance Stack comes to Lakewood Ranch Baptist after serving at Shandon Baptist Church, in Columbia, S.C., for seven years, most recently overseeing the church’s young adults and prayer ministries. He and his wife, Jessica, have three children: twin boys, Noah and Elijah, and daughter, Hadasah. Stack was born and raised in Missouri and he attended Truman State University, where he ran two years on a track scholarship. He transferred to Dallas Baptist University and later attended Southwestern Seminary, from which he graduated in 2004. He pastored at Wedgewood Baptist in Fort Worth, Texas, before moving to Shandon.

tion to prayer, the community and each other — all of which confirmed his decision to lead the congregation. “They love God and they love

their community and that is about the best resource a church can have,” Stack said. Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@yourobserver.com.

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MCAT PROPOSES EXPANDED ROUTE ALONG S.R. 70 Manatee County Area Transit proposes extending bus service on State Road 70 in an attempt to serve the new Walmart and Manatee Technical Institute’s East County campus. Currently, MCAT service on State Road 70 ends at the Walmart at U.S. 301. MCAT plans to extend its Route 6 in Fiscal Year 2015. Extending Route 6 from Cortez Road east would cost $668,360. MCAT has applied for state funding.

To help pay for that expanded service, along with other future improvements, MCAT has proposed bus fare increases, as well. Cash fares would increase from $1.25 to $1.50. A day pass would increase from $3 to $4 and monthly passes would increase from $30 to $40. The cost of weekly passes would drop from $15 to $12, and a 25 cent transfer fee would be eliminated. The county will host public workshops in April about the proposed changes.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 13 Alienated Grandparents Anonymous — starts at 1 p.m. at Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch. The group supports grandparents who feel estranged from their children or grandchildren. For more information, visit aga-bradentonsarasota.org.

SATURDAY, MARCH 15 Irish Celtic Festival and Lucky Dog Parade and 5K Run — starts at 8 a.m. at Central Park with the 5K run benefiting The Wobbly Feet Foundation. The festival starts at 11 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m. The dog parade starts at 11 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch. Festival attendees can enjoy Celtic food and music, children’s activities, artisan booths, green and stout beer, Irish coffee, Gaelic football and hurling demonstrations and other festivities. A trolley will transport guests from the parking lot of Gullett Elementary School, 12125 44th Ave. E., Lakewood Ranch. The event, hosted by Lakewood Ranch Community Activities Corp., is free to the public. For more information, visit lwrcac.com. History Presentation by the Old Braden River Historical Society — starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Braden River Branch Library, 4915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. Members of the Old Braden River Historical Society will speak on the history of the area. Rodney Potter, a lifelong resident and storyteller, will share the history of Manatee County. For more information, call 727-6079.

UPCOMING Springtime in Paris Tea — runs from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., March 20, at The Akarra II Model in The Lake Club, 16019 Topsail Terrace, Lakewood Ranch. Come enjoy hors d’oeuvres, Champagne, tea, desserts, door prizes and live music. All proceeds benefit Community HJaven for Adults and Children with Disabilities. To register, visit communityhaven. org/event2. htm or call 3558808, Ext. 213.

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Purim in the Palace — runs from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at The Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road, Lakewood Ranch. Celebrate Purim with this special event that features court jester Geoff Williams, who will perform his magical routine. Guests also will enjoy a royal Persian-themed dinner, traditional Purim pastries,

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Art at the Ranch Fine Art Show — runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 15, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 16, at Lakewood Ranch Main Street. Guests can see the work of prominent regional, national and international awardwinning artists and artist demonstrations and enjoy shopping, food and drink and other festivities. For more information, visit artcentermanatee.org/ art-at-the-ranch-fineart-festival-2014/.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 18 Lakewood Ranch History Club — meets at 7 p.m. at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. Professor Robert Barylski will speak about the history of “Putin’s Muslims: The Origins of Today’s Conflicts and Tensions.” For more information, email RBTKLB@gmail.com.

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SUZANNE GREGORY Just south of Historic Spanish Point sits one of Sarasota’s best-kept secrets: Bay Preserve at Osprey. The property is home to the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, and it is one of the most beautiful bay access points in the county. However, people often don’t realize the park, which is tucked away off of U.S. 41, is open to the public. Suzanne Gregory, the organization’s director of programs and marketing, hopes a new volunteer docent program will help clear up the confusion and encourage more people to get involved. “When people come here for the first time, they’re not really sure if this is a private home down by the water or if they’re even allowed to be around here,” she says. “We’re working to create a docent program and have volunteers there to welcome people to the site, let people know they can launch a canoe or kayak here and invite them to historic home and gallery space. We want a point of entry so people know this is a place they can come to learn about our mission of land preservation and water conservation.” The Conservation Founda-

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causes various movement and health complications. Organizers have expanded the festival’s food offerings to include Scottish and Welsh meals, in addition to Irish/ Celtic cuisine and other foods. The Lucky Dog Parade, for which dogs sport Irishinspired garb and parade around Central Park, will start at 11 a.m. Dogs compete in categories such as “Most Irish.” The $5 entry fee benefits the Humane Society of Lakewood Ranch. Nearby, Summerfield Park will host the Manatee Gaelic Sports Club, which will provide Gaelic football and hurling demonstrations throughout the day. As Shea and his team make preparations this week, inflating green balloons and pulling together decorations to transform Central Park into a miniature version of Ireland this weekend, the festival’s chairman hopes attendees will enjoy the day, while learning a about Irish culture. “It’s a good day to go out and enjoy some Irish fun,” Shea said. Contact Amanda Sebastiano at amandas@yourobserver. com.

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Legendary tennis coach Nick Bollettieri was named an inductee to the 2014 Tennis Hall of Fame March 3. He’ll be inducted July 12.

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The Out-ofDoor Academy boys and girls tennis teams both defeated Indian Rocks Christian March 7.

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The Lakewood Ranch High baseball team scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to defeat Manatee 3-2 Feb. 28.

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Luke Darnell went 2-for-3 with a threerun home run and five RBIs to lead the Bradenton Christian baseball team to a 14-2 district victory against The Out-of-Door Academy March 4.

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The Braden River High softball team rallied from seven runs down to beat Palmetto 9-8 in the bottom of the ninth inning March 4.

Juggling Act The Lakewood Ranch High softball team has four pitchers it can rely on to take the mound at any given time. LAKEWOOD RANCH — Logan Newton has become accustomed to having the ball in her hands. For the past five years, Newton has played softball with the same players and pitchers. She’s hurled more than one no-hitter, won a plethora of championships and pitched on some of youth softball’s biggest stages, including the USSSA World Series and the ASA 14U national championships. She’s been the person on whom her teammates have come to rely. But, this season, the Lakewood Ranch High freshman has taken on a new role. Rather than having to pitch every other game, or every game, in some cases, Newton is now part of a quartet of talented Lakewood Ranch pitchers. “To be able to play with these older girls who I’ve seen and looked up to growing up is really inspiring,” Newton says. “It’s different (not pitching all of the time), but I like to be able to see other people pitch too.” Newton joins junior Amanda Rak and seniors Korrin Cline and

Meghan Neu — all who have several years of experience, including back-to-back state semifinal appearances, under their belts. Rak is perhaps the most recognizable of the three upperclassmen, having come on in relief in the state semifinals as a freshman and taking the mound again in the state semifinals as a starter a year later. But, although Rak may have the most starts on the mound, Cline and Neu also have big-game experience. Cline posted wins against Braden River, Lemon Bay and Bartow last season before an injury kept her off the mound. Four pitchers is the most Lakewood Ranch has had on its varsity roster since coach Tony Cummins took over the program in 2011. Cummins admits it’s a challenge, at times, trying to give all four girls time on the mound. “It’s a juggle,” Cummins says. “Unfortunately, it’s not necessarily a fair process. It’s about what’s going to benefit the team the most. It’s stressful (at times) having four

pitchers, but most high school coaches would drool over it.” But, luckily, the girls have responded positively. “We work together really well,” Rak says. “There’s no tension between us. We support each other. If one pitcher is having a hard time, we’ll go in to support her.” Each pitcher brings something different to the mound, from her pitching style to her demeanor. Rak is known for her mental focus and toughness. Cline has an intensely competitive fire. Neu brings a sense of maturity to the team. And Newton loves the big game. So, what determines who will take the mound? The answer is simple: the opponent. “There’s not a team that we face that we haven’t scouted out,” Cummins says. “We know who their hitters are, and we tend to match up accordingly. We pitch by committee. All four bring different things. “There’s not a hitting style that

we can’t face,” Cummins says. “We’ve won district championships and been to the state semifinals twice, and I do not think that’s by accident.” Lakewood is off to another impressive start this season, posting a 7-2 record heading into its district rivalry game with Braden River March 11. The Lady Mustangs’ two losses this season came March 4 against Sarasota, which remains unbeaten, and Lake Region March 8. But Lakewood’s mentality this season has been the same as it has been each of the past two seasons; it is a championship approach for which the wins and losses add up at the end of the season. “Pitching is all about the mental (focus),” Neu says. “Forgetting pitches and losses and focusing on the next game and focusing on the struggle (within) makes it all better.” Rak agrees. “The losses and the mistakes — you learn from them and they help you at the end of the season where it really matters,” Rak says. “They help prepare you to work harder.” Lakewood still has another month remaining on its schedule before the district tournament begins, but the team has aspirations of returning to the Final Four and hopes to advance to the state championship for the first time. “We learned from the experience and we know what we have to do to get back there,” Rak says. “I see us going far.” Contact Jen Blanco at jblanco@ yourobserver.com.


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MOVING ON EAST COUNTY — Three East County football players signed national letters of intent March 5. Braden River linebacker Marcus Balliette signed with Stetson University, while Cardinal Mooney

running back Demardre Patterson and wide receiver Austin Leach both signed with prep schools. Patterson, who verbally committed to Kennesaw State University, will spend a semester at North

MARCUS BALLIETTE AGE: 17 • SCHOOL: Braden River POSITION: Linebacker • COLLEGE CHOICE: Stetson University DECIDING FACTOR: “It was one of the few schools that caught my interest,” Balliette says. “I went to visit a month ago and loved it. I just felt close to the team and the coach. I really liked it. It felt like home.” INTENDED MAJOR: Sports science or sports medicine. “I want to learn about the body and maybe go into physical therapy,” Balliette says. TRANSITION GAME: “Everyone at the college level was the star at his high school,” Balliette says. “The level of play is going to be really good, and the speed of the game is a lot faster.” BIGGEST ASSET: Brains for the game. “Having played on both sides of the ball, I’m able to understand and diagnose plays and find the ball carrier.” FONDEST MOMENT: This season. “I just (enjoyed) having the team atmosphere,” Balliette says. “Everyone tried their best for every win, and the feeling after those wins was just great.” COACH’S EVALUATION: “Marcus has tremendous ability, but his instincts are what put him above and beyond (everyone else),” coach Curt Bradley says. “He’s very football savvy. He’s only 5 feet, 11 inches, so that kind of limited him. He’s chosen a very good school, though, and I think he’ll have an impact at Stetson.”

Georgia Technical College to improve his grades. He will play football for the North Georgia Sports Academy. Patterson will then sign with Kennesaw State in January. Kennesaw State will begin playing

Three East County seniors will continue their football careers at the next level after signing national letters of intent March 5. Division I-AA this fall and will join the Big South Conference in fall 2015. Leach, who transitioned from defensive back to wide receiver this season, signed with East Coast Prep

in Massachusetts. East Coast Prep is one of the top prep schools in the nation and has a reputation of placing its athletes with Division I programs. Leach hopes to sign a Division I scholarship in January.

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AGE: 18 • SCHOOL: Cardinal Mooney POSITION: Wide receiver • PREP SCHOOL: East Coast Prep OTHER OPTIONS: Florida International University, Georgia Southern and Kent State University DECIDING FACTOR: “I feel like I need another year of experience to get my name out there to various colleges and see what I can do,” Leach says. “My goal is to play for a Division I school.” INTENDED MAJOR: Sports management FAST FACT: Leach finished the season with nearly 700 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. TRANSITION GAME: “I’m just focused on getting bigger, faster, stronger and developing for another year,” Leach says. FONDEST MOMENT: Winning the district championship. “It was the first time we had made it to the playoffs in a really long time, and it was coach (Josh) Smithers’ first district championship as a head coach.” COACH’S EVALUATION: “Austin’s a big strong blocking receiver, but he’s also got deceptive speed,” Smithers says. “He’s got a long stride, so he doesn’t appear to be running as fast as he is. From what I’ve seen, he’s got the best ball skills. He’s gone up against multiple Division I (defensive) backs, and he’s always competing for the ball. “He’s a great young man and a hard worker,” Smithers says. “Not every kid can be found, and I think he just needs another season (to get that exposure).”

AGE: 17 • SCHOOL: Cardinal Mooney POSITION: Running back • PREP SCHOOL: North Georgia Technical College to play for the North Georgia Sports Academy • COLLEGE CHOICE: Kennesaw State University OTHER OPTIONS: University of Kentucky, Ohio University, USF and Samford, Florida International University and Northern Illinois University DECIDING FACTOR: “My sister goes there, as well, on a track scholarship, and it’s a new program,” Patterson says. “It’s better for me to play all four years there.” INTENDED MAJOR: Criminal justice FAST FACT: Patterson rushed for 1,433 yards and 18 touchdowns this season. TRANSITION GAME: Improving speed and agility, ball control and vision in the backfield FONDEST MOMENT: Winning the district championship, at Bishop Verot, for the first time since 2006. LASTING LEGACY: “I want people to remember that I was a student-athlete,” Patterson says. COACH’S EVALUATION: “He has excellent speed,” coach Josh Smithers says. “He’s a one-cut back, and that’s something that colleges want. Kennesaw State runs the triple option, so he’s going to get 20 to 25 carries a game. He has been Kennesaw’s No. 1 choice. No matter what the situation was, they stayed with him the whole time, and they’re excited to sign him in January.”

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The 2014 nominees include Evora, who competed in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, 2014 ice dancing gold medalist Meryl Davis and choreographer Cindy Stuart. Previous Sonja Henie Award winners include Peggy Fleming, Dorothy Hamill, Kristi Yamaguchi and Michelle Kwan, among others.

+ Mooney blanks Admiral Farragut

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+ Rage advance in Region C Cup The Braden River Rage Maroon U11 girls soccer team defeated the Tampa Chargers 2-1 in the Region C Cup Division 2 quarterfinals March 9. The Chargers were ranked 12th in the state and were undefeated before falling to the Rage. The Rage now is ranked 34th in the state and will face the Fishhawk White team, which is ranked 33rd, in the semifinals March 15 in Brandon. Players include: Maya Wellard, Amelia Vazquez, Jordan Brown, Kaylee Cooper,

Stephanie Bobrek, Kendall Wade, Jordan Golden, Jenna Santiago, Taylor Golden, Lauren Golon and Juliana Austin.

+ Ellenton coach nominated for award Southwest Figure Skating Club coach Amanda Evora recently was named a nominee for the 2014 Professional Skaters Association Sonja Henie Award. The Sonja Henie Award, which has been given annually since 1996, is presented to a female professional skater or coach who has brought recognition to the sport in a positive and favorable manner.

The Cardinal Mooney boys tennis team defeated Admiral Farragut 7-0 March 4. Andrew Von Johnn, Jesse Maun, Greg Short, Shane Black and Robby Howard all won singles matches for the Cougars. Von Johnn and Maun also were victorious at No. 1 doubles. Black and Nick Melone were victorious at No. 2 doubles.

+ ODA boys lacrosse picks up district win The Out-of-Door Academy boys lacrosse team defeated rival St. Stephen’s 15-9 March 5. Andrew Romano scored five goals to lead the way for the ODA. Ben Martin and Jeremy Herrin each added three goals. With the win, the Thunder captured its second district victory.

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The number of goals Reagan Griffith scored to lead the Cardinal Mooney boys lacrosse team to a 12-7 victory against Community School of Naples March 7.

The Florida High School Athletic Association announced its Academic Team Champions for the 2013-14 winter season March 4, and Lakewood Ranch High leads the overall standings for Class 7A. The girls basketball team finished first in Class 7A with a cumulative team GPA of 3.65. The wrestling team finished second in Class 2A (3.353), while the girls weightlifting team also placed second (3.624). The cheerleading squad ranked third in Class 1A (3.561). The Lakewood Ranch boys basketball team placed fourth in Class 7A (3.237), and the girls soccer team ranked fifth in Class 4A (3.629). The Mustangs are third overall in the Florida High School Athletic Association Floyd E. Lay Sunshine Cup all-sports award standings for Class 7A. The Lakewood Ranch boys rank first with 54.5 points.

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The number of runs Maddie Biggs drove in to help lead the Lakewood Ranch High softball team to a 10-0 victory against Fort Myers March 7.

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The number of points the Sarasota Crew scored to win the 2014 OARS Invitational March 8 in Orlando.

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The number of runs the Braden River High softball team scored in two games last week.

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The number of events Cardinal Mooney High alumna Jacque Garcia will swim for Kenyon College at the NCAA Division III meet March 19 through March 22 in Indianapolis.

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The number of innings Kuebler pitched to lead The ODA baseball team to a 7-1 victory against Gateway Charter March 7.

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Cardinal Mooney freshman Regina Sandberg sends the ball back over the net. The Cardinal Mooney girls tennis team defeated Lakewood Ranch 6-1 March 5. Lauren Lepore (No. 2), Elizabeth Velez (No. 3), Erica Lester (No. 4) and Regina Sandberg (No. 5) all earned singles victories for Cardinal Mooney.

Lakewood Ranch’s Kahlie Bickerstaff slides in safely with a double in the top of the third inning. The undefeated Sarasota High softball team defeated formerly unbeaten Lakewood Ranch 3-0 in district action March 4. Clarissa Lynch struck out seven to earn the win on the mound for Sarasota. SarahBeth Wengerd went 2-for-3 with a triple and

three RBIs to lead the way for Sarasota at the plate. Lakewood Ranch pitcher Amanda Rak allowed six hits and a walk while striking out 10. Kahlie Bickerstaff had two hits, including a double, to lead the way for the Lady Mustangs.

Lakewood Ranch junior Jackie Schoff takes a pitch in the first inning.

The Lady Cougars also won both doubles matches. Lakewood Ranch’s Ashley Bongart defeated Tara Berg 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 singles to earn the lone victory for Lakewood Ranch.

Lakewood Ranch’s Ashley Bongart sends the ball over the net during her No. 1 singles match March 5.

Left: Lakewood Ranch catcher Talli Sharp throws the ball back to the mound.

Right: Cardinal Mooney freshman Erica Lester prepares to serve during her No. 4 singles match.

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Ulrike Nordhoff, Marian Wolfe, Laura Hammaker and Honey Chesner scored 97 to win Flight 1 of the Cha Cha Cha WGA event Feb. 18 on Royal Lakes. Yolanda Dwyer, Peggy Ossana, Christy Grow and Ellie Stoddard scored 98 to win Flight 2. Else Friborg, Karla Reens, Marlene Gavens and Kirsten Olive scored 106 to win Flight 1 of the team stableford WGA event Feb. 25 on King’s Dunes. Merci Madar, Denise Mcquillen, Sharon Cofield and Eileen Buzzard scored 101 to win Flight 2.

Dave Sackman used his 8-iron to record an ace Feb. 18 on the 140-yard No. 13 of Tara Golf & Country Club. Gary Crain, Richard Walser and Bill Hager scored 130 to win the 1-3-1 on 3-4-5 MGA event Feb. 26. Nick Dadas scored 56 to win the individual quota points MGA event March 5. Ron St. George used his 5-iron to record an ace March 5 on the 135-yard No. 17 of Tara Golf & Country Club.

+ Palm-Aire Irvin Kean used his 5-hybrid to record an ace Feb. 28 on the 115-yard No. 4 of the Lakes Course. Pat Poirier, Sandy Heerman and Connie Mahady scored 61 to win the two best balls of four T’s and F’s WGA event March 5. Joseph Ciampa, Mark Romich and Art Sandler finished -3.10 to win the scramble MGA event March 5.

+ River Club Suzanne Schuster and Judy Wayer each scored 36 to tie for first place in the odd holes LGA event Feb. 18. Mike Mayer and Pete Wayer finished +2 to win the quota points MGA event Feb. 26. Maj-Britt Mazur scored 46 to win the stableford LGA event March 4. John Quantrill and Jerry Barrett finished +12 to win the quota points MGA event March 5.

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+ University Park Erv Heyde used his Callaway to record an ace March 4 on the 160-yard No. 22 of University Park Country Club. Marian Witmer, Pat Brazzamano, Evelyn Cooper and Cathy Mantia scored 46 to win the two best balls of four on par 3s and 5s LGA event March 4. Karl Ausserlechner used his 8-iron to record an ace March 5 on the 140-yard No. 5 of University Park Country Club. Martyn Graaf, Bjorn Sigurdsson, Bab Lavery and Johann Wednt scored 88 to win the 1-2-1 on 3-4-5 net MGA event March 5. Bruce Strongman scored 16 to win the nine-hole low putts MGA event March 5.

+ Waterlefe Maureen King used her 5-hybrid to record an ace Feb. 6 on the 82-yard No. 15 of Waterlefe Golf & River Club.

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Regent scored 14 goals to win the U.S. Polo Association Officer’s Cup, presented by Ferrari of Tampa Bay, March 9 at the Sarasota Polo Club.

Regent swings past Barefield/ Ten Oaks during Officer’s Cup Regent defeated Barefield/Ten Oaks in the U.S. Polo Association Officer’s Cup presented by Ferrari of Tampa Bay March 9 at the Sarasota Polo Club. The Barefield/Ten Oaks team scored three goals in the first chukker to take an early lead. Regent’s Shane

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Foot & Ankle: Common Problems & Treatments

Thursday, March 20 / 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. LWRMC Conference Room 1 Presented by Daniel J. Howard, DPM, Sarasota Orthopedic Associates Light refreshments served. Call 941.708.8100 to reserve your place.

Preventing Golf Injuries: Golf Exercise for Optimal Performance Tuesday, March 25 / Last lecture of a 3-part series Two sessions offered: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. (FULL) / 11 a.m. – Noon (OPEN) MMH Auditorium (off the Tower Main Entrance)

Presented by Monica Reid, MSPT, The Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Center, a GOLO Master Golf Specialist, TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) and Certified Golf Fitness Instructor

Light refreshments served. Call 941.708.8100 to reserve your place.

Are You at Risk for Lung Cancer?

Find out about the multi-disciplinary Lung Institute at Manatee Memorial Tuesday, March 25 / 2 – 3 p.m. MMH Auditorium (off the Tower Main Entrance) Presented by Ronald D. Smith, Jr., MD, Riverview Cardiac Surgery Light refreshments served. Call 941.708.8100 to reserve your place.

New Devices to Keep Your Heart in Rhythm Tuesday, March 25 / 4 – 5 p.m. MMH Auditorium (off the Tower Main Entrance) Presented by Joseph Pace, MD, The Heart and Vascular Center of Bradenton Light refreshments served. Call 941.708.8100 to reserve your place.

Rotator Cuff Problems and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Tuesday, March 25 / 6 – 7 p.m. MMH Auditorium (off the Tower Main Entrance) Presented by Sajeev Nair, MD International Center for Advanced Spine & Orthopedic Surgery Light refreshments served. Call 941.708.8100 to reserve your place.

Surgical Options for Weight Loss Monthly lectures / Thursday, March 27 / 6 – 7 p.m. MMH Executive Boardroom Presented by Stelios Rekkas, MD, Manatee Surgical Alliance Call 941.708.8100 to reserve your place.

Childbirth and Parenting Classes

Lakewood Ranch Medical Center and Manatee Memorial Hospital offer classes for expectant moms and dads. View class schedules at: lakewoodranchmedicalcenter.com and manateememorial.com Lakewood Ranch Medical Center’s classes are held in the hospital’s Women and Children’s Center classroom. Call 941.782.2229 for information and registration. Manatee Memorial Hospital’s classes are held at MOMM’s Place, 250 Second Street East, Suite 3F (next to the hospital). Call 941.745.6925 for information and registration.

HOPE Stroke Support Group for Stroke Survivors and Caregivers

Thursday, March 13 / 4 – 6 p.m. Bradenton Country Club 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton This support group is in partnership with Florida Home Health and MMH. Dinner is provided. Please call 941.773.4628 to reserve your place.

Kidney Disease Education

Thursday, March 13 / 5 – 6 p.m. LWRMC Conference Room 1 Open to those with kidney disease. Contact: Heather Fitzgerald, RN, DaVita Dialysis Please call 941.359.0676 for information.

Women Living with Cancer Support Group Second and fourth Thursday of each month March 13, 27 / 6 p.m. MMH MOMM’s Place, Suite 3F (next door to the hospital) This meeting is open to any woman who has experienced any type of cancer. Please call 941.745.6925 for information.

Lap-Band® Surgical Weight-Loss Support Group

Monday, March 17 / 6 p.m. MMH Medical Office Building Lobby (next door to the hospital) If you’ve had weight-loss surgery, join us at a meeting that will keep you informed and on the road to success. Please call 941.746.5111 ext. 57756 for information.

Heart Failure Patient Support Group at LWRMC Third Friday of each month March 21 / 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. LWRMC Conference Room 1 Come and meet your cardiologist and the Cardiovascular Services team at LWRMC. Lunch is provided. Call 941.708.8100 to reserve your place.

Sleeve Gastrectomy Support Group This group is designed to provide postoperative support. Also for those interested in learning about surgical weight loss using the sleeve. Please call 941.254.4957 for next date, time and location.

Diabetes Self-Management and Education

Mondays: April 7, 14, 21, 28 / 2 – 4 p.m. MMH Classroom A (off the Tower Lobby) Facilitated by Susan Schussler, RD, CDE Nutrition & Diabetes Education for You, LLC Cost: $25 for workbook This 4-week class will cover healthy eating, being active, monitoring diabetes medications and reducing risk of complications. Classes are limited to 25. Call 941.708.8100 to reserve your place.

Post Partum Adjustment Support Group

Every Thursday of each month / 9:30 – 11 a.m. LWRMC Women and Children’s Center Classroom Please call 941.782.2229 for information.

Class sizes are limited. Registration is required.

Saturday, March 29 / 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Lakewood Ranch Medical Center Free screenings, evaluations and health info for all ages Meet physicians, specialists and wellness-related businesses Hosted by Lakewood Ranch Community Activities and Lakewood Ranch Medical Center

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Ladies in Sarasota and Manatee counties celebrated International Women’s Day March 8 during a special luncheon at the Polo Grill and Bar in Lakewood Ranch. The UN Women’s Gulf Coast Chapter hosted the event, “Women Inspiring Change: Locally and Globally.” Guests enjoyed an international fair-trade market and networking with women’s organizations before a lunch and panel discussion led by moderator Lee-En Chung.

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Student actors at Haile Middle School brought Disney’s “Little Mermaid Jr.” to life March 7 and March 8, during performances at the school. The show featured 105 students — 10% of Haile’s students — including a choir comprised of singers from Haile’s top choruses, Haile Singers and Swing Choir.

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Steve Fayette, center, with members of the Gamble Creek Band: Leo August, Kim Betts, Greg Holt and Evan Steele.

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Gene Witt students receive on-the-job training from teachers and administrators. EAST COUNTY — Three Gene Witt Elementary students brought home more from the school’s winter carnival last month than stuffed animals and painted faces. After outbidding their classmates during a silent auction at the school’s Feb. 8 event, Christopher Matris, Callie Bua and Mallory Shirey earned a chance to swap seats with their teachers and administrators.

Gene Witt Principal Myra Russell and kindergarten student Christopher Matris rule the school together March 5.

The trio took on their newfound roles March 5, as they played principal, assistant principal and music teacher, respectively. Christopher, a kindergarten student, patrolled the cafeteria that afternoon, walking up and down the aisles between tables in the dining area. As he brought napkins and forks to students, he also opened cartons of milk for them and answered questions from his peers. “I just wanted to be in charge,” Christopher said, while grinning at Principal Myra Russell. “I like getting to help my friends and the other people, but, I really like being in charge.” Christopher had no trouble keeping up with Russell, who frequently asked the 5-year-old if he needed a bathroom break or wanted to sit down for a few minutes. He assured her he felt fine; he didn’t want to miss a thing, Russell said, laughing. Mallory, the stand-in music teacher, also preferred the more hands-on approach to leading the school, rather than watching music teacher Julie Hebert at work. Mallory taught fourth-grade students how to play “Old MacDonald

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Eleven-year-old Mallory Shirey guides students through learning songs, while she acts as a music teacher March 5. had a Farm” on the recorder with Herbert’s help. As assistant principal, Callie, a fifth-grader, spent the day visiting classrooms and learning about the job with the real position-holder, Tia Henderson. The three students ended their half-day rule with a meal from their restaurant of choice — McDonald’s. Callie and Mallory’s

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Lake Club home tops sales at $1.6 million The following residential real estate transactions took place between Feb. 24 and Feb. 28. A home in Lake Club tops all transactions in this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s real estate. Stephen Switlyk sold the home at 16018 Topsail Terrace to Robert and Christine Ruff, trustees, of Mequon, Wis., for $1.6 million. Built in 2012, it has three bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a pool and 3,834 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,217,000 in 2013.

Preserve at Panther Ridge

Equity Trust Co. Cust FBO IRA Account Z029889, Equity Trust Co. Cust FBO IRA Account Z038193 and Gulfcoast Property Investments LLC sold the home at 22266 Panther Loop to Brian and Marissa Carlson, of Bradenton, for $675,000. Built in 2006, it has four bedrooms, four-anda-half baths, a pool and 5,462 square feet of living area.

Waterlefe Golf and River Club

Helen and Charles Kim, of Lansdowne, Va., sold their home at 991 Fish Hook Cove to Mary and Timothy Greist, of Carmel, Ind., for $575,000. Built in 2006, it has two bedrooms, four baths and 2,784 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $920,000 in 2006. James and Janet Davis, of Bradenton, sold their home at 9806 Portside Terrace to Patricia Fortman, of Rochester, Minn., for $273,000. Built in 2004, it has two bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,524 square feet of living area.

a pool and 2,804 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $490,000 in 2004.

River Club South

Robert and Kimberly Fitzgerald, of Bradenton, sold their home at 10167 Cherry Hills Ave. Circle to Nick and Barbara Caras, of Bradenton, for $449,000. Built in 1997, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,274 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $340,000 in 2011. Amanda Sebastiano

This Lake Club home, which has three bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a pool and 3,834 square feet of living area, sold for $1.6 million. It previously sold for $247,800 in 2004.

Country Club Village at Lakewood Ranch

Edd and Rebecca Dean, of Lakewood Ranch, sold their home at 8131 Championship Court to Jerrold and Judith Zivic, of Bradenton, for $561,000. Built in 2002, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,544 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $485,000 in 2012. Jack and Karen Jimmink, of Lakewood Ranch, sold their home at 7250 Orchid Island Place to Jessica Savidge, of Lakewood Ranch, for $450,000. Built in 2005, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,170 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $467,400 in 2005. Jerrold and Judith Zivic, of Bradenton, sold their home at 7150 Sandhills Place to Edd and

Rebecca Dean, of Bradenton, for $401,000. Built in 2003, it has two bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a pool and 2,173 square feet of living area. Steven and Kathleen Denman, of Denver, sold their home at 7604 Portstewart Drive to William Jenkins, of Bradenton, for $368,000. Built in 2007, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,091 square feet of living area. Joan Penzell sold her home at 7329 Wexford Court to Michael and Evelyn Bryant, of Sarasota, for $325,000. Built in 2008, it has two bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,160 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $325,000 in 2012.

Treymore at the Villages of Palm-Aire

William and Marcella Allaire sold their home at 7045 Treymore Court to Robert Stein-

hauser Jr. and Lydia Black, of Sun Prairie, Wis., for $554,500. Built in 2001, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,465 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $545,000 in 2004.

Kenwood Park

Jill Nugent, of Sarasota, sold her home at 8424 Abingdon Court to Michael and Linda Christmann, of Bradenton, for $493,000. Built in 2004, it has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a pool and 2,372 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $478,000 in 2004.

Riverwalk Ridge

Kevin and Barbara Hyde, of Lakewood Ranch, sold their home at 12324 Greenbrier Way to Niel Hutchinson, of Hong Kong, for $489,000. Built in 2002, it has four bedrooms, three baths,

Country Club East at Lakewood Ranch

Stirling Equity Group LLC sold the home at 14415 Whitemoss Terrace to Frank and Lenora Pacifico, of Warwick, Pa., for $409,500. Built in 2011, it has two bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,977 square feet of living area.

GreyHawk Landing

Robert and Laurie Connelly, of Bradenton, sold their home at 12436 Natureview Circle to Winona Wright, of Bradenton, for $400,000. Built in 2004, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,975 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $450,000 in 2008. Richard and Lyn Hackel, of Sarasota, sold their home at 310 Snapdragon Loop to Dean and Trilby Huff, of Bradenton, for $285,000. Built in 2004, it has four bedrooms, three baths and 2,252 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $280,700 in 2009. George and Marian Bryan, of

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6406 95th St. E. 12806 Seventh Ave. N.E. 6728 Wild Lake Terrace 16123 Daysailor Trail 6720 Wild Lake Terrace 1318 Morning Sky Glen 4216 Presidential Ave. Circle 7143 Fairway Bend Lane 7542 Fairlinks Court 11412 Pine Lilly Place 6464 Autumn Woods Way 7322 52nd Drive E. 7193 W. Country Club Drive 6513 99th St. E. 4516 Blue Marlin Drive 3611 222nd St. E. 7404 Oak Run Lane 7441 Haddington Cove 12536 Highfield Circle 6736 Wild Lake Terrace

Addition Pool Pool Pool Pool Pool Cage Pool Cage Door/Windows Re-roof Re-roof Pool Cage Re-roof Door/Windows Mechanical Re-roof Re-roof Re-roof Pool Mechanical Deck

Scott Veix Kathleen Barber Luis Ortiz David Grossman Jerry Zita Paul Kalbach Carolyn Butkier Michael Florey Christine Klein Roger Henkelmann Kim Miller David Saalmann Donald Lewis Brian Griesbach Robert Lupinacci Holli Hunter John Mayo Fatina Sadrianna Faith Peterson Douglas Emery

$49,000 $45,699 $45,000 $32,288 $27,950 $25,564 $21,000 $20,100 $19,000 $15,200 $14,976 $13,580 $12,822 $12,655 $12,600 $11,990 $11,990 $11,500 $11,383 $11,000

1717 71st St NW #M5842256 $2,550,000 Cynthia Pierro

Bradenton 941-907-9595 941-920-6818

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Bradenton, sold their home at 125 Peony Court to Andrew and Kristine Bryan, of Bradenton, for $280,000. Built in 2010, it has five bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a pool and 3,330 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $279,500 in 2010. CitiMortgage Inc. sold the home at 12519 Cara Cara Loop to Robert Gosling Jr., of West Hollywood, Calif., for $245,000. Built in 2004, it has three bedrooms, twoand-a-half baths and 2,282 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $258,400 in 2004.

The Moorings at Edgewater

James Uihlein sold his Unit 102 condominium at 6405 Moorings Point Circle to John and Joan Herrick, of Venice, for

1003 Fairwaycove Ln # 105 #M5840775 $2,200 Kendra Vogel

8413 9th Ave NW #M5840501 $2,900,000 Sharon Ingram

11633 Old Florida Ln #M5840218 $169,000 Jonnie Dwyer

Bradenton 941-552-4200 941-773-4372

5808 41St E St #A3993664 Lisa Shope

7905 Waterton Ln #A3992456 $1,695,000 Jessika Arman

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4700 Riverview Blvd #M5841639 $1,675,000 Pamela Goodwin & Fran DeDona

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2590 Ranch Club Blvd #M5839692 $1,295,000 Joanna Sternberg

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8105 Warwick Gardens Ln #A3983625 $1,195,000 Nancy Phillips

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660 Marbury Ln #M5843337 $975,000 Jody Shinn

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Parrish 941-907-9595 941-812-6283

8219 Simpson Falls Ct #M5843086 $223,500 Margaret Ann Quinlan

6103 65th Ct E #M5844059 $155,000 Kimberly Roehl

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Randall and Aleatha La Rue, of Fort Myers, sold their home at 9218 66th Ave. Drive E. to Richard and Evelyn Disharoon, of Bradenton, for $272,000. Built in 1985, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,066 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $170,000 in 1999.

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THE COUNTY EAST COUNTY EAST OBSERVER OBSERVER THURSDAY, MARCH Thursday, March13, 13,2014 2014


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THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2014

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East County Observer 3.13.14