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CDDs vote to share gate costs

After seven months of collaborating on a solution, Lakewood Ranch CDDs 2, 5 and 6 will share costs of operating the main gates at the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club.

A sandhill crane nest hatched March 22 at Old Hyde Park Place in River Club.

LAKEWOOD RANCH — Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club residents live amongst each other, use the same roads, enter and exit through the same gates and represent the same community — Lakewood Ranch. So, their leaders naturally committed to

working together seven months ago, when they began holding joint workshops. The meetings between Lakewood Ranch Community Development Districts 2, 5 and 6 resulted in a collaborative decision March 20 when the boards sepa-

rately voted to approve an interlocal agreement to share the cost of maintaining and operating the main gates at Balmoral Woods and Legacy boulevards — the two primary entryways into the country club. “The gates will still operate the

same,” said CDD 6 Supervisor Bob Burstein, who resigned as chairman March 16 because he said he felt threatened by opposition to the agreement. “The gates will go up and down and people will go

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+ New residents hatch in River Club Bruce Domenella, a resident of Old Hyde Park Place in River Club, noticed a new friend in his neighborhood recently. A sandhill crane nest hatched March 22, and the first of three chicks came into the world. In the following days, his or her siblings followed.

+ Students travel to state tournament Earlier this month, two groups from Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School celebrated victories in state competitions. Lakewood Ranch resident Miranda Carrassi was one of eight Saint Stephen’s students who took home the Stephen C. Shenkman Professionalism Award after her mock trial team competed March 5 in the Florida High School Mock Trial Competition. Fellow team members were: Zhuo Zhao, Henry Bernet, Will Drogt, Katya Zavhorodnya, Sabel Duncan, Julien Freij and Alana Shukovsky. Additionally, Lakewood Ranch resident Hannah Sage earned first place in written French during the 62nd Congrès de la Culture Française conference March 14 in Orlando. Team members were: Laura DeMaio, Catie Brown, Michael Gharby, Lauri Schleicher, Christel Gharby, Letherio Jones and Jerry Alex Monosiet.

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Runners from Sarasota and Manatee counties made a colorful statement as they ran in the Run or Dye 5K March 22 at Nathan Benderson Park. Chloe and Christopher Camacho, Keira Jackson and Selah and Abby Swanson show off their new post-race colors. See page 7B for more photos.

NEW HORIZONS

by Josh Siegel | Staff Writer

Three East County principals to retire The principals at Nolan Middle, Gene Witt Elementary and Lakewood Ranch High School will retire effective June 30. EAST COUNTY — At the end of the school year, East County families will bid farewell to three longtime principals — none of whom ever dreamed of leading a school when they began their ca-

reers in education. Nancy High of Nolan Middle School, Myra Russell of Gene Witt Elementary School and Linda Nesselhauf of Lakewood Ranch High School all will retire

June 30. The longtime administrators say their decisions to end their careers is guided mostly by feeling.

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Vijay Iyengar, 13, and Kerri Dieffenwierth look over how far Vijay’s letter traveled. • Rose Coheleach, 14, found Pinnacle Academy student Vijay Iyengar’s message in a bottle more than 4,400 miles away.

MESSAGE RECEIVED French girl finds bottle sent from Lakewood Ranch student. EAST COUNTY — Although the letter Vijay Iyengar wrote, sealed away in a wine bottle and sent out to sea in November 2012, had a good chance of never being read, the 13-yearold thought otherwise; he knew someone else would read it some day. And after 16 months of waiting, Vijay saw his prediction come true. The bottle traveled from a beach in Englewood to a beach in France —  more than 4,400 miles away. On Feb. 23, at a beach near Bretagne, France, 14-year-old Rose Coheleach saw the barnacle-encrusted bottle bobbing in the water, while on vacation with her family. As her father picked up the bottle and pulled out the contents, Rose couldn’t believe what she found and the perfect condition of the letter, she said. “It’s fantastic to have found your bottle because one regularly hear about people who find messages from abroad,” Rose wrote in a letter back to Vijay. “This time it is us!” Kerri Dieffenwierth, who worked on the “message in a bottle” assignment with Pinnacle students as part of her master’s degree studies, presented

the letter from Coheleach to Vijay March 21 at school. With his eyes opened wide and a constant smile, Vijay promised he would respond to his new friend, as Dieffenwierth showed him on a map how far his letter traveled. “It looks like Vijay has found himself a pen pal,” classmate Blake Schlotthauer said. Dieffenwierth conducted the social activism project at the Pinnacle Academy because she knew some children at the school had Asperger Syndrome and had difficulty in social situations. She wanted to show them a new way to express their emotions, and decided to conduct a creative writing workshop at the Lakewood Ranch-based school in August 2012. Once a week for four months, eight students, ranging in age from 8 to 14 years old, wrote poems and stories to express their feelings on paper. Dieffenwierth gave the students a classroom setting in which grammar and handwriting rules didn’t apply; she stressed creativity and honesty.

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Dear Vijay My name is Rose, I’m a 14 years old French girl, and I liv e in Paris. I’m currently on holid ay in “Bretagne” which is the western part of France (yousee the “nose” of France). We spotted your bottle while we were walking alongsid e the beach on Sunday 23 th Februa ry 2014. We brought it back ho me where we opened it. Your letter wa s in perfect shape. It’s fantastic to have fou nd your Bottle because one reg ularly hear about people who find messages from abroad , wh ich travelled a Long way. Th have is Time it is us ! How funny ! Please write me back. Rose COHELEACH

“The idea was to spark imagination,” Dieffenwierth said. “It was all about encouraging them to write what they wanted, with guidance — to just let go.” After first struggling to inspire students to want to write, she was surprised by the group’s enthusiasm about an idea they pitched to her. They wanted to write letters

to unknown recipients and send them away in bottles. Dieffenwierth and her co-instructor, Jim Kelly, hadn’t seen the students so excited. And, they loved the idea. They soon found themselves traveling to stores to purchase additional items the students wanted in the bottles, such as pieces of jewelry, money and other “treasures.” The graduate student burned the ends of each letter, along with a few fingers, accidentally, to give the letters that antique look — an element important to the students. After about four weeks of writing letters and putting together the contents of the bottles, the students trusted Dieffenwierth to send their hard work away. She threw the bottles into the ocean from Stump Pass in Englewood in November 2012. Besides Iyengar’s bottle, two other bottles were found in Palm Beach in December 2012, about a month after they were sent out. Contact Amanda Sebastiano at amandas@yourobserver.com.

Manatee County Area Transit is asking MCAT riders to give comments on a proposal to modify fares to offset the cost for additional services. In April and May, riders can share comments on the plan by posting #MCAT on MCAT’s Facebook page, or tweeting @ManateeGov on its Twitter page. Proposed route changes resulted from public input for MCAT’s 2013 Transit Development plan and include: • extending Route 6 along State Road 70 to provide a link between the Gulf beaches and Lakewood Ranch; • adding new service to connect Palmetto and Rubonia; and • realigning Route 16 to connect to Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, along with transfer opportunities with Sarasota County Area Transit. Cash fares, also included in the proposal, would increase from $1.25 to $1.50, among other changes to fund the new options. MCAT will also host five workshops throughout April to discuss its plan. For more information, visit mymanatee.org/mcatplan, or call 748-4501.

+ New teacher evaluation system announced Superintendent Rick Mills and the Manatee Education Association announced a new teacher evaluation system March 20. The new rubric is based on Charlotte Danielson’s “Framework for Teaching,” a researched-based tool that identifies aspects of a teacher’s responsibilities of what to teach his or her students. Danielson specializes in teacher effectiveness and the teacher evaluation system. Schools throughout the state use her frameworks. The new system will be implemented in April, starting with a presentation by Danielson’s organization, The Danielson Group. “By implementing the FFT, schools ensure a consistent process for evaluating teacher effectiveness that is based on a solid foundation of research and is demonstrated to be strongly correlated to student growth,” Mills said.

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EAST COUNTY — The Florida Department of Transportation already is advancing with plans to improve the intersection of University Parkway and Interstate 75, where it has committed to build a double diverging diamond-style intersection. “We’re in design and we’re moving forward,” FDOT District 1 Secretary Billy Hattaway said, noting the project design is 45% complete. “We’re looking for the local governments to commit to making improvements to help reduce congestion in (and around) the interchange.” Those improvements were spelled out in resolutions passed by Manatee and Sarasota county commissioners Tuesday. The resolutions express full support for FDOT to fast track funding and expedite the design and construction of the double diverging diamond interchange at I-75 and University Parkway, as well as associated capacity improvements between North Cattlemen Road and Market Street. The boards also expressed full support for the planning, design and construction of specified regional improvements (see sidebar). Hattaway said FDOT likely will award a contract for the roughly $60 million project in May, at which time that contractor can start mobilizing for construction, which may begin as early as August 2015. “We believe we can get this project done in a reasonable timeframe,” Hattaway said. “We may not have all the construction complete before the (2017 World Rowing Championships), but we would not have an impact on it.”

PART II OF THE RESOLUTION READS:

“The Commission hereby expresses its full support for the planning, design and construction of the following regional capacity improvements: 1. the construction of a bridge over I-75 on the southern boundaries of the Nathan Benderson Park and Schroeder-Manatee Ranch, 2. the extension of Lakewood Ranch Blvd from its current terminus south of University Parkway to Fruitville Road, subject to contractual commitments tied to development approvals, 3. the construction of Lorraine Road between University Parkway and Fruitville Road, subject to contractual commitments tied to development approvals, 4. additional improvements required by, attributable and funded by new development, 5. and additional regional transportation improvements to enhance mobility consistent with and identified in the local governments Comprehensive Plan.”

“We do a very good job of maintaining traffic,” he said. “It’s not that there any hiccups. But, by and large, our goal is not to disrupt traffic flow or volumes.” Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@yourobserver.com.

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by Josh Siegel | Staff Writer

Consultant picks Ranch bus service route Tindale-Oliver says its study shows the need for bus service in Lakewood Ranch.

The route, recommended by Tindale-Oliver, would have connections to MCAT’s planned extended route along State Road 70 and SCAT’s planned route along University Parkway. SCAT has routes along University Parkway, but not east of I-75. Tindale-Oliver interviewed stakeholders, reviewed population and demographic information and studied area employment and services in making its recommendation. “Lakewood Ranch is defi-

nitely an unserved activity center,” said William Steele, MCAT’s manager. “This is a staged improvement plan to public transportation.” MCAT will provide the Lakewood Ranch route because it earned a service development grant from the Florida Department of Transportation in February 2011 — money specifically dedicated to expand transit in Lakewood Ranch. That funding can be used beginning fiscal year 2015-16, but Tindale-Oliver advises that the Lakewood Ranch route begin service in fiscal year 2017 after other planned SCAT and MCAT routes begin. The Lakewood Ranch route, Tindale-Oliver says, should connect with SCAT’s new University Parkway route, to begin in July, and with MCAT’s Route 6, which the agency wants to extend east along State Road 70 in 2015. The Lakewood Ranch route would also connect with MCAT’s Route 3, at State Road 64, and with SCAT’s Route 15, at the Mall at UTC. Tindale-Oliver’s service plan calls for the Lakewood Ranch route to include several highdemand stops, including Manatee Technical Institute, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, State Road 70 and Lakewood Ranch Boulevard, Lakewood Ranch Medical Center and Lakewood Ranch Main Street,

STOP, GO, CONNECT Some of the key stops along the bus route would include: • Manatee Technical Institute • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine • State Road 70 and Lakewood Ranch Boulevard • Lakewood Ranch Medical Center and Main Street • Mall at University Town Center terminating at the Mall at University Town Center. Dreyer said he expects to have other non-timed stops in between the key timed stops. He said the precise stops would be determined by the transportation agencies. “But there’s some specific, high-traffic stops that it would definitely hit,” Dreyer said. “Our conversations with stakeholders showed great interest from universities such as LECOM and MTI. We even heard high school students might use bus service.” Steele said the Lakewood Ranch route would not require new buses, athough additional bus shelters will be required to serve it. The Manatee County Board of County Commissioners must approve the Lakewood Ranch route and its associated implementation plan. Contact Josh Siegel at jsiegel@ yourobserver.com.

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LAKEWOOD RANCH — A more than seven-month study about bringing bus service to Lakewood Ranch revealed East County residents want a public transportation connector to the community’s universities, restaurants, homes, work and entertainment. Richard Dreyer, of Tindale-Oliver & Associates, presented the results of the study and mapped out its preferred bus route for Lakewood Ranch during the Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization March 24. The route ­ — which would travel east on State Road 64 from Interstate 75, turn south on Lakewood Ranch Boulevard and then west on University parkway to the Mall at University Town Center — would be part of a systematic approach to public transportation dependent on collaboration between Sarasota and Manatee counties. “Our study showed there’s a need for bus service from a lot of different people,” Dreyer said. “We were surprised by how many support it. Few people told us it’s a waste of time. Once we knew that, and studied what service would actually look like, we knew it would have to be systematic.” Tindale-Oliver, hired for the study by the MPO in August and paid $59,000 with federal money to complete it, recommends


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LAKEWOOD RANCH — A Lakewood Ranch breakfast staple will reopen April 7 — under new management and a different name. Since the week of Thanksgiving, when The Broken Egg closed for renovations, crews working for Another Broken Egg Café, the new owner, have transformed it. “For people used to the Broken Egg, the atmosphere will be different,” said Stuart Ottinger, chief operating officer for Double R Restaurant Group, the largest franchisee of Another Broken Egg Cafes, which has locations in Louisiana, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and, now, Lakewood Ranch. “We totally gutted it, from the layout, coloring and décor,” Ottinger said. “We changed the whole feeling to match the concept. It’s a Southern atmosphere, like you’re at your grandma’s house.” Bob Kirscher, the longtime owner of the Broken Egg in Lakewood Ranch and also its locations on Siesta Key and Clark Road in Sarasota County, and business partner Dr. Joe Gaeta sold the business in November. Kirscher sold the Siesta Key and Lakewood Ranch locations to Destin-based Another Broken Egg of America Inc. and the Clark Road location to longtime Managing Partner Dawn Hair. The sale represented a personal decision for Kirscher, who spent 46 years in the hospitality industry. Hall of Fame basketball coach and broadcaster Dick Vitale was a regular at the restaurant, where he would eat outside. In return for the publicity, the restaurant sold Vitale-related merchandise to benefit

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The V Foundation for Cancer Research. Since Broken Egg’s closing, Vitale has eaten at First Watch, but Ottinger said Vitale would be welcome at Another Broken Egg. “Dick’s table will be there waiting for him,” Ottinger said, adding the restaurant would sell Vitale merchandise. Vitale did not respond to an inquiry through his daughter, Terri. Other hallmarks of the original Broken Egg remain the same. Although the menu will change, and become slightly more upscale, The Broken Egg’s cheesy hash browns — a local favorite — will remain on the menu. Ottinger said Double R expects to open additional locations in southern Florida later this year. Contact Josh Siegel at jsiegel@yourobserver.com.

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bridge to success by Josh Siegel | Staff Writer

With rowing park contract, Sarasota supports nonprofit Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates formally will oversee operations for Nathan Benderson Park. CONTRACT DETAILS

that the faster SANCA becomes self-sufficient, the less it will cost the county. “I want SANCA to make as much money as possible,” Sarasota County Commission Chairman Charles Hines said. “The public should understand that it’s not bad for SANCA to make a ton of money through Tshirts, concessions or whatever it is.” For Blackketter, who has led a charge since 2009 to turn the park into a worldclass rowing facility, Sarasota County’s support gives him confidence that he can present a valid business plan to donors whose funds are needed to complete the park. “Our track record speaks for itself,” Blackketter said. “We’ve put together a facility that’s one of a kind in the Western hemisphere.” Contact Josh Siegel at jsiegel@yourobserver.com.

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• Sarasota County reimburses SANCA up to $788,722 a year for expenses related to park administration, event staging, maintenance, operations and personnel until October 2018, at which time the reimbursement is reduced to $250,000 a year. • The contract includes an automatic 10-year extension if the organization completes the finish tower, grand stands and safety improvements within six months of the end of the contract and includes options for additional 10-year extensions after that.

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EAST COUNTY — Paul Blackketter, the president of the nonprofit that runs Nathan Benderson Park, likes to refer to the time period before the organization becomes self-sufficient as “building the bridge to world class.” In his metaphor, Blackketter implies the need for support — the “bridge” — from Sarasota and Manatee counties, the state and donors — before the park reaps the economic rewards of hosting the 2017 World Rowing Championships. The Sarasota County Board of County Commissioners agreed to provide part of that “bridge” of funding when it approved a contract March 19 for Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates (SANCA) to run the venue’s day-to-day operations.  During the length of the contract, which spans from April 15 through Sept. 30, 2019, SANCA will run operations, events and fundraising at the 600-acre park. The agreement allows SANCA to keep fees and revenue from events at the park. It also requires Sarasota County to reimburse SANCA up to $788,722 a year for expenses related to park administration, event staging, maintenance, operations and personnel until October 2018, when the reimbursement is reduced to $250,000 a year. Those funds would come from the county’s tourist development taxes and the special recreation fund, but a revenue forecast shows the general fund may need to supplement funding by at least $300,000 in the 2017 and 2018 fiscal years. Commissioners unanimously approved the agreement, which supports the belief


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Dentist goes the distance for patient Dr. Maribel Santos-Cordero will use her patient as inspiration during this year’s Tour de Cure.

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Dr. Maribel SantosCordero has been the dentist of Hannah Gentry, 10, for three years.

IF YOU GO SOUTHWEST FLORIDA TOUR DE CURE When: 7:30 a.m. March 30 Where: 8131 Lakewood Ranch Main St., Bradenton Cost: Registration fee is $25; fundraising minimum is $200 Race details: 10-, 35-, 62- and 100-mile rides available Info: tour.diabetes.org

EAST COUNTY — As Dr. Maribel Santos-Cordero wakes hours before work to ride her bike, she thinks of 10-year-old Hannah Gentry. The mother of two boys has been preparing for what she feels is the only way she can help Hannah outside the two times a year she sees her for dental checkups. For the last three months, Santos-Cordero has been conditioning for the American Diabetes’ Association’s Tour de Cure, which takes place at 7:30 a.m. March 30, at Lakewood Ranch Main Street. Funds from the event will go toward helping individuals like Gentry, who suffer from diabetes. Cyclists of all skill levels can participate with 10-, 35-, 62- and 100-mile routes available. Registration starts at 6:30 a.m. with the first ride starting at 7:30 a.m. Santos-Cordero will ride her longest distance, yet — 100 miles — with her cycling group, the Village Idiots, and her husband, Francisco Mercano, who encouraged her to start cycling. Over the last three months, Santos-Cordero also has raised $1,000 for the cause, compared with the $200 fundraising minimum required to participate in Amanda Sebastiano the race. Drs. Maribel Santos-Cordero and Francisco Marcano have participated in “It’s important to me to sup- more than 10 events, including Tour de Cure, for causes. port the groups who support my “Hannah is always happy and patients,” Santos-Cordero said. “I parts of the body later, Santosbubbly,” Santos-Cordero said, can’t do the research, so this is my Cordero said. Santos-Cordero says she rides, smiling as she talks about Hancontribution; I do what needs to be done to get the funding to get this time, specifically for Hannah, nah. “She always has a remark for who has become a friend. everything. Oh, and is she talkthe education out there.” She plans to write Hannah’s ative. She’s so fun to be around Children and adults who suffer from diabetes are at a higher name on the bar near her bicycle — a riot. So, I try to go above and risk for gum diseases because of seat to remind her why she’s rac- beyond for her.” For more information on the the chronic mouth dryness dia- ing when she gets tired, she said. The girl has been a patient American Diabetes Association or betes can cause. Lack of moisture can cause cavities and other oral of Santos-Cordero’s Lakewood to donate, visit diabetes.org. Contact Amanda Sebastiano at complications, which can cause Ranch dentist practice for the last amandas@yourobserver.com. other health problems in other three years.

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+ CDD took action with good reason

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TO THEEDITOR

Dear Editor, After reading the story about the Heritage Harbour CDD retaking landscaping responsibilities from the HOA in the March 13 issue of the East County Observer, I felt it was important for the public to know the other reasons I encouraged the CDD to reassume landscape maintenance of the properties with the CDD’s boundaries.

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When the CDD became resident controlled in January of 2013, we noticed that there were independent contractors who had provided services to the CDD for more than 10 years. They had never submitted bids to provide services from the time  they had been originally selected for their work by the developer more than a decade before.  This flies in the face of well accepted business practices, which require the submission of proposals for the ongoing work that must be done for the community.  That means in more

than 10 years, no comparisons were made as to pricing or the quality of services. Contracts were renewed year after year without the benefit of this important information. The new CDD started making changes by bid letting, and in every case, the benefit to the community was substantial, because we saved tens of thousands of dollars.   Landscaping was one of our areas of concern, and we were shocked at what we learned. In the case of the Heritage Harbour landscaping services, for more than five years, the landscaping contractor has been working for the HOA without a contract — hardly the way to run a community of this size and complexity.  The needs of the residents have not been protected by the terms of a current contract for many years. This is completely unacceptable because residents are paying an amount stated in the HOA budget for landscaping for which there is no corresponding contractual amount from the vendor. As the landowner, there is no

way the CDD could stand by and let this indefensible situation to continue.

No. 2: HOA Landscape Committee Problems

There are ongoing landscaping problems that the HOA has not been able to resolve.  One issue is the noise and lights from State Road 64, which residents near the perimeter of the development, have been concerned about for more than 10 years.  The HOA landscape committee has not been able to resolve this with adequate landscape screening. Another issue is that there are 10 cul-de-sacs containing plant beds that require attention, according to residents. One resident voiced his continued frustration at the March 10 HOA meeting. He indicated that nothing had been done to improve the plant bed appearance, even after a year in which he had submitted pictures and written letters. Obviously, the current situation of HOA maintenance of CDD property is just not working. The HOA landscape committee of residents is a well-meaning but sometimes unsuccessful middleman. These are two current examples of issues they have not been able to resolve. Contrary to what you printed in your last issue, the HOA to date has never owned any property in Heritage Harbour.  The CDD, the golf course, the de-

veloper, and Aquaterra own the major parcels of land and lakes within the CDD boundaries. It is essential that the CDD, as the steward of the land it owns, puts forth every effort to fulfill it’s fiduciary responsibility to the residents by eliminating the faulty relationship with the HOA landscape committee which is acting as a middleman, and begin working directly with a landscaper chosen through the bidding process in a contractually based, one-on-one relationship.   This landscaper will have advantage of support of the engineers and landscape professionals on the CDD Management staff.

No. 3: Elimination of Controversy

Last, but not least, let’s move on and work together to make this change in the process a huge success. We all want the same thing. We want to live in aesthetically pleasing surroundings that enhance our property values. A dysfunctional setting of feuding residents does nothing to move us toward this desirable end. To continue the controversy would be counter productive to the achievement of this goal. These are three important reasons why we must change the way we contract our landscaping services. Thanks, Joyce Sandy, Heritage Harbour South CDD chairwoman


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provide one-year notice of non-renewal.  appointments to meet Decisions on gate-related items now Supervisor Kathleen Grant resigned with him from 10 have to be approved by all three boards. immediately from her seat on the CDD 2 Based on the agreement, Town Hall’s a.m. to noon. + Bob Burstein All: board via letter; she was not present at Chief Financial Officer Steve Zielinski To make an Bob Burstein, who served in the U.S. • District Engineer said CDD 6 will save $48,400 annually. the meeting. appointment, call Navy Reserve for 16 years, began servMike Kennedy CDD 2’s costs will increase $21,700 anGrant has served on the CDD board Tibbetts at 941747ing on the CDD 6 board in 2010, when announced he will nually, while CDD 5’s costs will increase since November 2011. 9081. it was developer controlled. In 2012, resign from his posi$26,700 annually. “She played an important role,” he was elected the first chairman of tion at the end of the Homeowners opposed to the agreeSupervisor Michael Finney said. “We will CDD 1: the resident-controlled CDD 6 board. fiscal year. Kennedy ment said that by decreasing CDD 6’s miss her.” • Supervisors So when he resigned as chairman said his firm, Stantec, financial stake in the Balmoral gate, it The board is now accepting resumes authorized TECO March 16 — but kept his position on has served the CDDs would cede authority to make decisions from residents in CDD 2 to fill the Peoples Gas to the board — it resonated. for many years. The about it. They asked to delay a decision seat. The term of the seat will expire in install a gas line in “I have been exposed to a lot of firm has worked for on the agreement to allow more time for November. Summerfield. The things in my life,” said Burstein, CDD 1 for 20 years. discussion. Candidates, who must be a legal resiline will go through who said he resigned because he felt Kennedy will step “The decision was a surprise,” said dent of Florida and of CDD 2 and a regtwo properties in threatened by individuals opposing a aside Sept. 3. James Rogoze, secretary of the Country istered voter in Manatee County, should Summerfield. The cost-sharing agreement for the Legacy “It’s been a long Club West Homeowners Association. “I submit their resumes to Lakewood homeowners will be and Balmoral Woods boulevard gates. time,” Kennedy said. find it difficult to understand why the Ranch Town Hall by 5 p.m. April 9. notified. “I felt, being in this position for “Like life in general, board wouldn’t listen to what the resim Applicants will be interviewed and o almost four years, having the target c sometimes it’s better dents want them to do.” use. selected by CDD 2 board members. CDD’s 2, 5 and 6: pinned on me, somebody else should reho(except for Richto make a change to a W CDD 6 supervisors rn u Resumes may be emailed, mailed or • Board memF . take that on as chairman,” Burstein get new ideas.” ww ard Williams, who was absent) said they w hand-delivered to: bers decided they said. The districts will go believed the public had ample opportuwill not enhance Burstein said he planned to consult through the requestnities to express their concerns on the police patrols in he CDD 6 attorney Andy Cohen about the Lakewood Ranch Town Hall for-proposals process topic. Joint workshops between CDDs 2, Lakewood Ranch Golf Attn: Jessica Mears, Clerk to the alleged threats. to hire a new engi5 and 6 are open to the public and have and Country Club. 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Below, High, Russell and Nesselhauf reflect on their careers, look to the future and share why they have chosen to retire.

Nancy High

Nancy High was more decisive in wanting to spend more time with her four young grandchildren than she was in deciding her career trajectory. A Pittsburgh, Pa. native who moved to Miami at 2 years old, High was content as a teacher. “I never thought I’d be an administrator,” High said. But, as a home economics teacher at Manatee High School from 1979 to 1995, High became involved with the school advisory council and showed a knack for business sense and leadership. An assistant principal there encouraged High to pursue an administrative career. In 1994, she went back to school for an educational leadership degree. One year later, she became an assistant principal at Manatee High. High joined Nolan as principal in 2006, replacing Ron Hurst, who opened the school two years earlier. In June, High retires after helping Nolan’s Technology Student Association become nationally recognized, promoting the arts and language arts, such as drama, orchestra and Spanish, and making the school the first and only bring-your-own-device campus in Manatee County. “I think it’s a good time (to retire) because I am getting older and I want to spent quality time with my four young grandchildren,” High said. “Nolan is a wonderful school in a great community that people seek out. I hope I’ve put a lot of great programs in place. I am blessed to have become an educator. I can’t imagine loving a career more than this.” 

Myra Russell

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Myra Russell has been at Gene Witt Elementary School so long, that, when she first became employed there in 1995, she says, it was the only East County school. Back then, when students used bulky desktop computers, Gene Witt was known as a progressive school for technology. “Watching how life changes — that’s the amazing thing about this job,” Russell said. For Russell, who has spent 44 years in education, this life change will be simple but significant. She will travel the world with a group of friends, who also have careers in education. She will put to use her gym membership. “It’s bittersweet,” Russell said. “You

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just know it’s time. It’s time for some new blood. While I’m still healthy, I want to travel. I’ve watched Lakewood Ranch and the whole community evolve. But the kids don’t change. They’re the same every year. They have the same smiles. I will miss them.” Russell began a teaching career in Pennsylvania, where she taught for 12 years. She moved to the area after visiting her parents in Florida, where they had retired. Before replacing Roy Larson, who opened Gene Witt, Russell served as assistant principal at Abel Elementary for four years. In her 18 years at Witt, she has started the gifted program and expanded technology. All of the classrooms at Gene Witt have iPads. “No matter what decisions I made, my motto was to help students reach their highest potential,” Russell said. “I hope my successor values the expertise of the teachers already there, takes a step back, and sees the good happening here before making any changes.”

Linda Nesselhauf

Linda Nesselhauf began her educational career in Manatee County as an intern. Nesselhauf had just graduated from the University of South Florida. Thirty-nine years later, Nesselhauf is still here. “I was never quite sure when I would be ready to leave,” Nesselhauf said. “It’s just time. I don’t know how to put it into words. You have that feeling more at 5 a.m. My basic plan is to sleep past 5 a.m. and spend time with family.” Nesselhauf says she will stay involved and volunteer in the district after retiring. Her two sons graduated from Lakewood Ranch High School. An English teacher until 1990, Nesselhauf began her administrative-level work at Harllee Middle School. She has also worked at Bayshore High School, Braden River Middle School and Johnson Middle School. After serving as an assistant principal at Lakewood Ranch High School when the school opened in 1998-99, she transferred to Manatee High School. She returned to Lakewood Ranch about five years ago as its third principal. “I truly believe I will always be a part of the Manatee County system,” Nesselhauf said. “You can’t get it out of my blood. That’s why I can’t pick a favorite job. But, if I were here alone on a weekend, sitting on a bench in the courtyard, I would be thinking it has been an amazing feeling to serve Lakewood Ranch High School.” Contact Josh Siegel at jsiegel@yourobserver.com.

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MARCH 14 PIED PIPER 12:58 a.m. — 2300 block of University Parkway. Item Found. A deputy responded to a report of a civil dispute. Upon arrival to a home, the deputy found a glass pipe on the armrest of a couch. The pipe contained marijuana residue. The people at the house denied ownership of the pipe. The pipe was destroyed.

RUDE AWAKENING 2:35 a.m. — 2900 block of 53rd Avenue E. Suspicious Incidents. A man was found sleeping in his vehicle in the parking lot of a department store. A deputy searched the vehicle due to its strong odor of marijuana. The deputy found items in the vehicle that were suspicious and appeared to be stolen. The deputy took photographs of the items.

MARCH 16 HORSE PLAY 8:52 a.m. — 11000 3rd Avenue NE. Burglary. Unknown person(s) entered a horse stable to gain access to a barn. The person(s) tried to pry open the barn door with an unknown instrument. Unable to open the door, the person(s) left the stable without taking anything.

MARCH 18 STUCK IN PLACE 2:12 a.m. — 6600 block of Tuttle Avenue. Criminal Mischief. A deputy responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle. When the deputy arrived, he found a small four-door car and an SUV stuck in the mud. The SUV was about one foot deep in the mud. The deputy also noticed the entire center median at 63rd Avenue East and Whitfield Avenue was damaged by someone driving in the grass. A man on the scene, the driver of the four-door car, said he had pushed the car to the side of the road after it ran out of gas. The man said a neighbor took him to get gas. When they returned with the gas and filled the car, it remained stuck. He then got a ride to his aunt’s house and borrowed her SUV, figuring the SUV could push his vehicle out of the mud. Ultimately, both vehicles became stuck in the mud. A tow truck removed the vehicles. The driver said he did not cause other damage to the median.

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4:46 p.m. — 5200 block of University Parkway. Theft. An unknown suspect entered a department store. Surveillance video captured a woman selecting items and concealing them in her purse. She exited the store without paying for the items. There are no suspects or witnesses.

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The East County Observer would like to congratulate all the parents who recently celebrated the births of their new bundles of joy. The East County Observer will publish birth announcements the last issue of each month. To have your listing included, please email your information to Managing Editor Pam Eubanks, peubanks@yourobserver.com.

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+ Familiar face in a familiar place Applebee’s on University Parkway recently added a new fixture to its walls, after it underwent an indoor and outdoor remodeling. Lakewood Ranch High senior Samantha Hannabass and St. Stephen’s senior Becca Roat, along with other members of their competitive water ski team, Sarasota Ski-A-Rees, are now featured on a wall at the restaurant, located at 3225 University Parkway, University Park. Roat has been involved with water ski show teams since she was 7 years old and has been a part of the Ski-A-Rees team for four years.

+ Haile Middle School students know their robotics The Haile Middle School robotics team captured the state title at the VEX Robotics Championship, held March 1 in Tampa. The group, which consisted of Brantley Deines, Lincoln Benedicto and Michael Kidisa, defeated 30 teams from across the state. In addition to being the tournament champions, the team received trophies for design, programming skills, driving skills and the VEX Excellence Award. By winning the state competition, the team will compete in the Robotics World Competition April 23 through April 26 in California.

Dian Fitzpatrick has completed jewelry and paintings, along with other works of art.

+ Tara residents show artistic sides Jewelry, paintings and other types of artwork filled the inside of the Tara Country Club March 10 for its annual art show. The majority of the paintings the artists and Tara Country Club residents painted depicted the beach and other outdoor scenes.

Dolores Hepak is a longtime Tara Country Club member originally from Pittsburgh. She created this scene, “Seascape.”

+ Nolan Middle Students head to ‘Odyssey of the Mind’ competition Select students at Nolan Middle School will compete as part of the 12 teams from Manatee County that will attend the University of South Florida “Odyssey of the Mind” Competition April 12 in Tampa. The competition is geared toward students of all ages, from kindergarten through college. Members work in teams to solve problems. Other schools in the district to compete include: Rowlett Elementary, Johnson Middle School, Imagine School at North Manatee and Manatee School for the Arts.

Mason John Cerven was born to Jeff and Mary Kate Cerven, of Parrish, Feb. 5 at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Mason weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and was 21 inches long. Korie Ann Maser was born to Eric Maser and Shelley Washington, of Myakka, Feb. 17 at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. She weighed 7 pounds and was 21.5 inches long.

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Lakewood Ranch Republican Club — meets from noon to 1 p.m. at the Lakewood Ranch Holiday Inn, 6231 Lake Osprey Drive, Sarasota. Lt. Col. Philip Mugford, senior JROTC adviser for Manatee County, will speak. For more information, call 321-2979.

Autism Resource Expo — runs from 10 a.m. to 2 pm. at Cardinal Mooney Chatholic High School, 4171 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. Face Autism, a nonprofit serving families of children with autism in Manatee and Sarasota counties, will hold this event. More than 30 organizations, including Family Network on Disabilities Manasota, Easter Seals, The ABA Academy and others, will be on-site to provide information to the public. A sensoryfriendly play area will be provided to keep children engaged. For more information, visit face-autism.org.

Medical Findings for Alzheimer’s — will be held at 2 p.m. at Windsor Relfections, 8230 Natures Way, Lakewood Ranch. Dr. Matthew Nessetti, of AllCare Medical Centers, will share about the latest medical findings in Alzheimer’s research and what it means for you or a loved one. To register or for more information, call 957-1400. Poker Night — starts at 7 p.m. at CaddyShak, 6600 River Club Blvd., Bradenton. Attendees can play up to four games a night or stop in for a single night. There are no entry fees. Food and cocktails are available for purchase. For more information, 567-6197.

Winterfest at Lakewood Ranch — runs from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Premier Sports Campus, 5895 Post Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. This outdoor music festival will feature acts such as Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band, Kansas, Billy Dean, Bertie Higgins and Hotel California, among others. Bring a lawn chair or blanket on which to sit. The festival includes a vendor and artisan area and a family fun zone. Gates open at 8 a.m. General admission is $25 in advance or $40 at the gate (cash only at the gate). VIP admission must be pur-

chased in advance and costs $200. For a full lineup, visit lwrwinterfest.com. Anime and Japan — runs from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Braden River Library, 4915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. This program is for children ages 10 and up. Paul Stonebridge, head of youth services for Pasco County Libraries, will present, “Come Hear, Taste and Experience the Culture of Anime and Japan.” Stonebridge has traveled to Japan extensively. For more information, call 727-6079.

SUNDAY, MARCH 30 Struggles with Adult Children — starts at 9:45 a.m. at Peace Presbyterian Church, 12705 E. State Road 64, Bradenton. David Mullen, a clinical psychologist and Presbyterian minister, will lead the class. For information, call 753-7778.

Heath and Wellness Expo — runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 29, at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, 8330 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. This expo will include exhibitors focused on preventative medicine, the heart and circulatory system and the importance of physical activity and proper nutrition. Samples, services and other information, as well as free glucose

Dance for Selah Freedom — runs from 2 to 5 p.m. at Sashay, 8209 Natures Way, Suite 103, Lakewood Ranch, in San Marco Plaza. The event will feature dance demonstrations, presentations by Selah Freedom staff about the organization’s mission and vision, survivor testimonials of human trafficking and original solo dance performances on human trafficking by Fuzión Dance Artists. Herbal teas and gourmet appetizers will be provided. Attire is dressy casual. Cost is $50 per person. For information or to register, visit SelahFreedom.com.

TUESDAY, APRIL 1 Manatee Genealogical Society Meeting — runs from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Manatee County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. W., Bradenton. Edward Sandbach, a retired professional photographer and genealogy lecturer, will present, “Photography and how it Relates to History and Genealogy.” For the computer special-interest and blood pressure checks, massages, and spinal checks and more, will be available. Olaf, from the film, “Frozen,” will be on-site for pictures. Lakewood Ranch

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2 The History of Smuggling— starts at 2 p.m. at the Braden River Library, 4915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. John Beale, education and volunteer coordinator at the Florida Maritime Museum, will speak on the history of smuggling in Florida. There will be a question-and-answer session. No advanced registration is required; event is free. For more information, call 7276079. Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance April Networking Social — runs from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Lakewood Ranch/Alamo Steakhouse, 6231 Lake Osprey Drive, Sarasota. Guests can enjoy music appetizers. Event is free for members or $20 for nonmembers. For more information, visit lwrba. org. Medical Center also will be providing tours of its pediatric unit and the breast health center. For more information, visit lwrcac.com.

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Myah Moy drove in Sarah Crawford with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to lead the Braden River High softball team to a 4-3 victory against Sarasota in Class 7A-District 10 action March 20.

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Lexi Meyers and Tess Siciliano both scored hat tricks to lead The Out-of-Door Academy lacrosse team to a 14-4 victory against Cardinal Mooney March 20.

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Luke Darnell tossed a three-hitter and notched a two-run double to lead the Bradenton Christian baseball team to a 10-0 victory against Keswick Christian March 20.

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The Out-of-Door Academy junior Kimmy Comito leads the state with 33 goals and 45 points, according to MaxPreps. LAKEWOOD RANCH — Kimmy Comito wasn’t in the right frame of mind. The then Out-of-Door Academy eighth-grader appeared lost and somewhat unsure of herself as she maneuvered up and down the field as a first-time lacrosse player. But a few games into the season, Comito quickly discovered her natural athleticism was her biggest asset. Using her speed to her advantage, Comito would run from one end of the field to the other without pausing long enough to let her opponents knock the ball out from her stick. “That’s such an advantage,” Comito says. “I have great athleticism all around, and I had a lot of fun darting down the field and nobody could stop me unless I dropped the ball. I thought, ‘Wow, this is cool.’ That’s when I really started to like it.” Comito has been ODA’s leading scorer each of the last two seasons and has helped lead the Lady Thunder to a 5-1 record so far this season. Comito scored 55 goals last season and has 33 goals and 12 assists through the first six games of the season. She leads the state in goals and points (45), according to MaxPreps, and is 19th and 12th in the nation, respectively, in those same categories. “We’ve had a lot of success,” Comito says. “The team has just progressed such an immense amount. Some of the younger girls just blow my mind with how quickly they’re picking it up and getting a grasp of the game. “I’m not just relying on myself this year,” Comito says. “I have a lot of trust in my teammates. I’m enjoying it so much. I love seeing everyone grow, and seeing the team succeed as a whole makes the season enjoyable.”

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Comito began playing lacrosse after her mom, Christy, who also serves as her lacrosse coach, encouraged her to pick up a spring sport. Comito had briefly picked up a lacrosse stick when she was 10 years old and knew some of the girls who were going out for the team. Comito decided to follow suit. She joined a combined team between the Manasota Lacrosse Club and ODA. Comito played there for a year before ODA started its own team her freshman year. “It was something new, and I picked it up pretty easily,” Comito says. “I (gradually) started getting better, and I knew I was going to enjoy it a lot.”

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The Out-of-Door Academy junior Kimmy Comito scored seven goals and added four assists in the Lady Thunder’s 16-3 victory over Cardinal Mooney March 11. During one of her freshman practices, former ODA coach Amy Whittington commented on the progress Comito was making and that she had the potential to play lacrosse at the next level. Comito, who had her heart set on playing college soccer at the time, did not think much about it. But that summer, the Lax Maniax were offering a free tryout, and Comito decided to go out for the team. “Everyone was so good, and I said, ‘I probably won’t even make it,’” Comito says. “But, I did it anyway.” Comito made the lowest team for her age group, and she made it a point to improve her understanding of the game and improve her skillset. At the beginning of her sophomore year, Comito learned Lax Maniax had an elite travel team called Team Florida Girls. Comito tried out; her lacrosse career began to take shape. “I was so excited,” Comito says of making Team Florida Girls. “I was a little behind the other girls because they had been playing with each other for a while. I could see by the time I started my high school season the amount I had learned about the game.

“I fell in love,” Comito says. “I started understanding how the game works. My play (elevated), and it just kicked off from there.”

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Last fall, Comito began the initial stages of the recruiting process — contacting college coaches. As a sophomore, Comito scored 55 goals in 10 games, including a new school record nine goals against Sarasota Military Academy. Comito spent the summer traveling with the Maniax and doing wall ball workouts to improve her stick skills. Comito also has focused her attention on shot selection, opting to take harder shots from farther away as opposed to running right up to the goalie and scoring an easy shot. “At the beginning of the season, I told myself I wanted to be able to shoot the ball so hard that it (automatically) goes to the back of the net. “In club and college, you can’t run through a bunch of people,” Comito says. “You have to take more strategic shots that are harder because the defenses are (better). I’ve enjoyed perfecting my shot.” Comito’s hard work already has

paid off this season. She’s scored five or more goals in four of the Lady Thunder’s six games this season. With six games left in the regular season, Comito has helped position ODA to contend for the District 16 title when the district tournament begins April 14. Now, Comito looks to put together her most successful season on the field — one she hopes will end with a scholarship offer. Comito is looking at several schools and is hoping to make a verbal commitment by the end of her junior year. “It would mean everything to me,” Comito says of playing college lacrosse. “I’ve been working so hard since I started playing club. This is all I want to do. I’ve put so much time into it with recreational camps and travel, so it’s really great to see it pay off and achieve my goal of playing in college. “I’m looking forward to it,” Comito says. “I’ve seen firsthand the experience of being a (college) lacrosse player, and it (looks) really cool. At this point, I don’t see myself going to college and not playing. It’s almost not an option at this point.” Contact Jen Blanco at jblanco@ yourobserver.com.


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The 10U River Dawgs went 4-0 to win the fifth annual spring Braden River Wreaking HAVOC Championship March 22 and March 23. HERITAGE HARBOR — Tyson Meyer stepped into the confines of the batter’s box, all the while trying to fight off the feelings of trepidation slowing coursing

through his body. The 10-year-old shortstop dug his foot into the red dirt, adjusted his grip on his bat and looked squarely toward the mound.

Meyer took a step back, and rather than waiting on the pitcher — one who had dominated much of the 10U River Dawgs’ lineup — to decide the

outcome, Meyer took charge of the situation. He swung early and connected for a double. The double was the beginning of a rally that helped propel the faith-based River Dawgs team to victory against Florida Battalion in the championship game of the Tampa Bay Classic Tournament March 8 and March 9. “It was fun,” Meyer says. “It felt good to be able to step up against a really good pitcher.” After seeing some of their top hitters initially struggle at the plate, Meyer and his teammates turned to what they could control — their belief in themselves. Recalling their weekly Bible lesson in which David defeated Goliath with five rocks and a slingshot, the River Dawgs put themselves in David’s shoes as they prepared to face one of the nation’s top pitchers — who just so happened to be a year older and significantly taller. “You can beat them if you believe in it,” 10-year-old third baseman Tyler Colditz says. “I just tried to time the pitcher in my mind, and I kept telling myself, ‘I can do this.’” The River Dawgs returned to action this weekend, posting a 4-0 record en route to winning the fifth annual spring Braden River Wreaking HAVOC Championship March 22 and March 23. The team outscored its opponents 39-3 to win its second tournament of the spring. “We’ve been blessed,” coach John Goda says. “There are a lot of really good teams out there. We try to teach the boys it’s all about the process, not about the result. Good process produces good results.

“We’re not focused on the outcome,” Goda says. “We practice and play with integrity, and we believe we’re playing for the right reasons. God calls us not to be good but to be excellent, and we’re really trying to build championship human beings.” With the win, the River Dawgs are now ranked No. 19 in the U.S. Specialty Sports Association National Baseball Boys 10U rankings. The team, which is one of only five Florida teams ranked in the top 20, was ranked No. 12 following the Tampa Bay Classic Tournament earlier this month. But, for the players, it’s not simply about the rankings; it’s about building friendships, having fun and playing for something much larger than themselves. “We really play to honor God. It’s not all about winning,” 10-year-old catcher Carson Goda says. “We don’t really get all that tense. We just play to the best of our abilities.” Colditz agrees. “If we lose, we honor God, and if we win, we honor God,” Colditz says. “And if we lose, we lose with class.” The River Dawgs practice once a week and try to compete in a tournament at least every other weekend. In addition, the players participate in weekly Bible lessons, which they often look back on when they find themselves in tough situations. “It feels good knowing you didn’t just cheat on it,” Carson Goda says. “It wasn’t luck. It took skill to do it.” Contact Jen Blanco at jblanco@yourobserver.com.

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Cardinal Mooney’s Matt Quinlan slides safely into second base after beating the throw back to ODA’s Jake Romine.

Lexi Phelps and Kinsey Golez congratulate one another following an out in the second inning.

The Out-of-Door Academy baseball team defeated rival Cardinal Mooney 5-2 in Class 3A-District 10 action March 14. With the win, the Thunder completed a regular-season sweep of the Cougars. The two teams could play one another again in the district tournament, which begins April 21.

The Braden River High softball team was one of 13 teams that competed in the Sarasota High Spring Slam Tournament March 14 and March 15 at the Miss Sarasota Softball Complex. Right: Freshman Lexi Phelps got the call on the mound for Braden River in round one versus Bloomingdale. Left: Freshman Sarah Crawford handles the catching duties for Braden River this season.

Cardinal Mooney catcher Gerald Thompson throws the ball back to the mound in the second inning.

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+ ODA storms back from five runs down Trailing 5-0 midway through the first inning, The Outof-Door Academy baseball team rallied back to beat St. Stephen’s 6-5 in district action March 20. Austin Hoppe pitched six shutout innings in relief to get the win for the Thunder. Jeremy Luna went 3-for-3 and drew a walk to plate the game-winning run. Jake Romine went 2-for-4.

The pair replace Caydee Denney and John Coughlin, who withdrew from the world championships due to Denney’s injured ankle.

For the second time in three years, the Cascades American 3.0 Division of the Tri Cities League won its division. Championship players include: Bev Wiberg, Lou Ann Eldred, Irene Baggio, Roberta Stacey, Coleen Quinn, Brenda Hamilton, Fran Cino, Donna McKenzie, Myrna Maksimik, Paula Terrenzi, Connie Troilo, Beth Loveday and Sue Gates.

+ Meadows Cup will benefit Easter Seals + Ellenton skaters join world team Ellenton pairs figure skaters Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay recently accepted an invitation to join the U.S. World team. Zhang and Bartholomay, who placed 12th at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, will compete in the 2014 ISU World Figure Skating Championships, which began March 24 and run through March 30 in Japan.

The Meadows Cup Pro Am Golf Tournament will be held April 19 at the Meadows Country Club, 3101 Longmeadow, Sarasota. Participants will enjoy an 18-hole round of golf with a professional, a complimentary gift, a $1 million hole-in-one shootout, dinner and awards and raffle and silent auctions. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. followed by lunch at noon and a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Cost is $395 per player or $295 for Meadows Country

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12 + Braden River Baseball Eric Kimsey pitched a complete game, allowing an unearned run and six hits to lead the Braden River High baseball team to a 4-1 victory against Palmetto in Class 7A-District 10 action March 18. Matt Parrill went 2-for-3 with a RBI and a run scored, and Brian Dillingham went 2-for-3 with a run scored to lead the way for the Pirates at the plate. Braden River followed up its win with a 12-2 victory against Lemon Bay in six innings March 20. Jordan Guerrero hit a three-run home run, and Dillingham went 3-for-3. Brock Younce allowed three hits in four innings to earn the win on the mound.

+ ODA swings past Lemon Bay The Out-of-Door Academy boys tennis team defeated Lemon Bay 6-1 March 20. Vaughn Garcia, Jose Juncosa, Marius Bschorer and Edward Hamburger all earned singles victories for the Thunder. ODA also won both of its doubles matches. With the win, the Thunder improve to 7-2.

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STATS The number of saves Abby Bannar had in The Out-of-Door Academy girls lacrosse team’s 14-9 victory against Fort Myers Canterbury School March 18.

Club members. Sponsorships also are available and range from $150 to $5,000. The tournament, hosted by The George & Isabel Bushong Foundation, will benefit Easter Seals Southwest Florida. Proceeds will go to the continuing education, rehabilitation and therapy of children, youth and adults with disabilities in Manatee and Sarasota counties. For more information, call 355-9637, Ext. 410 or visit TheMeadowsCup.com.

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The score Bongart posted to defeat Venice’s Michaela Mignemi in No. 1 singles March 19.

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Linda and Richard Bradway hold their rescued schnauzer, Baby.

The team of Clydesdales pull event-goers at halftime.

Leslie Medenwald, Frank Lee, Patti Kelly and Laura Corella find a shady spot under an umbrella.

Horse- and dog-lovers alike turned out March 22 at the Sarasota Polo Club for Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue’s Ponies for Pups fundraiser. About 500 people turned out for the event, which is Honor’s largest fundraiser each year.

This dachshund puppy is one of several up for adoption after being rescued from Napier’s Log Cabin Horse and Animal Sanctuary.

Chuck and Belle Nathan live in Lakewood Ranch.

Marsha and Philippe Tenret Right: Volunteer Cheryl Rice holds Drake, who was available for adoption at the event.

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Community Fund hosts 10th annual gala The Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club transformed into a sultry Cuban soiree for the 10th annual Lakewood Ranch Community Fund Gala, themed “Havana Nights,”

March 22. The event featured thick, hand-rolled cigars, classic scotches, a mojito bar, Caribbean-style seafood and rhumba dancing to the sounds of Double Vision.

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Musical festival makes debut Event organizers hope Winterfest at Lakewood Ranch will attract thousands of spectators from throughout the United States.

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Performers at the Winterfest at Lakewood Ranch March 29 will include Jeff Cook and the Allstar Goodtime Band.

IF YOU GO WINTERFEST AT LAKEWOOD RANCH When: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. March 29; gates open at 8 a.m. Where: Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch, 5895 Post Blvd., Lakewood Ranch Cost: $25 in advance or $40 at the gate (only cash payment accepted at gate); children ages 5 and under are free; VIP tickets cost $100 Info: lwrwinterfest.com

EAST COUNTY — As the president and CEO of Lakewood Ranch developer Schroeder-Manatee Ranch, Rex Jensen always looks for ways to put Lakewood Ranch on the map. He hopes SMR’s latest project, Winterfest at Lakewood Ranch, will accomplish that feat. The all-day festival runs from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. March 29, and will feature more than 11 acts, including Kansas, The Jake Castro Band, the Lt. Dan Band and a variety of local performers. The event, which took about a year to organize, also features more than 50 food and drink vendors, along with 25 craft booths. A portion of proceeds from the festival will benefit the Del Couch Foundation and the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. Jensen hopes the music festival will one day be synonymous with Lakewood Ranch. “It is our intention to grow Winterfest into a music event that rivals the biggest festivals in the country,” Jensen says. “And where better to do that than here in Lakewood Ranch during the winter and spring? I can’t think of (a place).” Cyndee Boelkins, booking agent for Southern Star Productions, worked to bring in bands as diverse in age as they are in genre. She said she focused on audience demographics of 30 to 65 years old. “The bands were selected by audience appeal, name recognition and making sure everyone was different

than the other,” Boelkins said. “Winterfest is in its first year, and it will only grow and get better. Bands in this lineup are headliners when they are out on the road. Having this many name bands in one day is not the norm.” Boelkins’ agency books shows for musicians such as Jeff Cook, founder of the country band Alabama and member of Jeff Cook and the Allstar Goodtime Band (AGB), which event attendees can expect to see this weekend. Cook, a Fort Payne, Ala., native, has traveled to Florida several times since his career started in the late ’60s, and he has a special spot in his heart for the Sunshine State, he said. The 21time gold, platinum and multiplatinum artist, with more than 78 million records sold, typically visits Key West, Orlando and other big-city areas. This trip marks the singer’s first time in the East County. Although his career started with the Wildcountry band, today known as Alabama, Cook will take the main stage from 7 to 8 p.m. with AGB — a “funtry” group that combines country, soul and rock ’n’ roll Cook promises to put on an energetic show. “This is true no matter which band I play in — I take the energy the audience generates and put it back into the show,” Cook says. “Everybody has a good time.” For more information on the festival, visit lwrwinterfest.com. Contact Amanda Sebastiano at amandas@yourobserver.com.

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Tabernacle youth rally at Olympics

Mikalah Johnson, Courtney Cole, Ava Boot-Handford, Sierra Wolff, Natalie Rodrigues and Sophia Rosa watch the other competitors.

Children at the Tabernacle Christian School competed for bragging rights March 20 and March 21 as the school hosted its annual Olympics event. Children in prekindergarten through eighth grade competed in sprints, cross-country and relay races, an obstacle course, running long jump, standing board jump and other athletic contests. Shane Foley leads his team’s leg of the relay race.

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Maya Almand, Mazey Driscoll, Molly Aldrich and Hope Panagiotu compete in the 50-yard dash.


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Daniel Clark, left, jumps alongside friends during Bashaw’s Jump for Fun event.

Students jump for fun Bashaw Elementary School students tested their coordination and their endurance March 21, during the school’s annual Jump for Fun event. For the event, students raised about $7,200, which benefited the school’s fine arts programs. Left: Eight-year-old Edwin Cerisier dances the YMCA.

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School of Russian Ballet swims under the sea The School Of Russian Ballet is quiet. The orchestral recording of “The Little Mermaid” plays over the studio’s speakers. Handsome Cuban dancer David Martinez Corso lifts his American female counterpart Lauren Henry to her feet as if her legs are asleep and just beginning to work. This is the scene where Ariel (Henry) first encounters Prince Eric (Corso) for the first time since getting legs. This is not the only first. It’s the first time the Ukrainian ballet “The Little Mermaid” will be performed in the United States. Vadim Fedotova originally choreographed it for the Kiev Ballet. It follows the traditional Hans Christian Andersen story. This is why Darya Fedotova, former soloist with Sarasota Ballet, has permission to present the ballet at her School of Russian Ballet — she’s the choreographer’s daughter. Although, her dancers are much younger. “This ballet is for professional

IF YOU GO ‘THE LITTLE MERMAID’ When: 6 p.m. Saturday, April 5 Where: Braden River High School Auditorium, 6545 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton Cost: Ages 3 to 11 $11; ages 12 and up $20; VIP $25 Contact: Call 258-5277 or visit schoolofrussianballet. com

dancers and for a professional company,” Fedotova says. “And, our students are doing really well,” Sergiy Mykhaylov says. Fedotova and her husband, Sergiy Mykhaylov, are co-owners and co-artistic directors of the School of Russian Ballet. They also are both former professional ballet dancers. Every year they present three productions, and the spring performance always features a guest artist. The school has more than 100 other students, but only the nearly 80 students, ages 7 and up, will participate in this performance. This year, the 26-year-old guest artist is a former member of the Cuban National Ballet ­— David Martinez Corso. He is commuting from Orlando, where he has been studying with Fedotova’s parents at their Russian Ballet School. Since leaving Cuba, he’s been making guest appearances until he finds a permanent position. He does not speak much English, but the French terminology of dance is universal. “It works out pretty well,” says Henry. “We make it work.” Henry is 18 years old. She’s studying business administration at USF Sarasota-Manatee but has been a long-time student of Mykhaylov’s. She’s been a part of the school since the couple opened it in 2010, but has trained under Mykhaylov for much longer. Maybe it’s why she keeps securing the lead roles. Henry

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made all the sets and costumes. “It’s crazy — too much work,” Mykhaylov says. “Our garage is like (full of crafts and chaos).” Fedotova says it’s a beautiful show. She says when the Ukrai-

nian ballet performs it, even the little children in the audience pay attention for the full duration — they love it. “Everyone loves ‘The Little Mermaid,’” Fedotova says.

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The School of Russian Ballet is moving to the building next door just in time for its Summer Intensive program, which takes place July 7 through Aug. 1. The new space is almost 14,000 square feet larger, with two studios. One of the studios will have a large divider and can be split into two.

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+ Berkshire Hathaway welcomes new broker Mike Holland has joined the team of the Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch divisions of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty. Prior to accepting his new position as a managing broker for the company, Holland managed and expanded three offices for an affiliate of Berkshire Hathaway located in Pennsylvania. Holland also has an extensive accounting background and formerly worked as a real estate agent for Michael Saunders & Co. Holland, a father of two and two-year Sarasota resident, said he feels excited and proud to work with the “outstanding and reputable company” and looks forward to watching the continuous growth of the Lakewood Ranch and Sarasota markets.

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+ CHAC becomes ‘employment center’ After 60 years of serving adults and children with disabilities, Community Haven became certified March 13 as an “employment center.” The Florida Department of Management Services, which granted the organization its new title, oversees Respect of Florida — a state program that helps nonprofit organizations market their services. Respect’s Service Contact Director John McBride will work with Community Haven Director of Adult Services Brad Jones to provide resources to create new products and services for the organization. The men hope the union will boost employment opportunities for the disabled adults who use Community Haven’s programs. Each year, Community Haven helps more than 700 children and adults by fostering independence to enable its participants to be active members of society through education, socializing, housing, fitness, job placement and other services.

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+ Halfacre Construction recognized nationally Lakewood Ranch-based builder Halfacre Construction enjoyed multiple recognitions during the Star Building Systems’ Master Awards conference last week in San Diego. Halfacre received the “Best in District Award,” “Master Builder of the Year Award” and “Best in Class” recognition for its building on Tallevast Road in Sarasota, Sun Hydraulics III. Competition judges liked the building’s level of design and quality construction. public to enjoy refreshments, music and arts-and-crafts activities March 22 for the grand opening of its newest community, Esplanade at Artisan Lakes. The backyard barbecue provided visitors with the opportunity to tour furnished model homes featured on the 800-acre property in northern Manatee County. The Palmetto community, like its Lakewood Ranch and Siesta

“What a great honor,” Halfacre President and CEO Jack Cox said in a statement. “We are honored to have been selected and are truly just humbled to be a part of a project that continues to make such a positive impact on the economic development of this region.” Star Building Systems’ Master Awards recognize property attractiveness, skill of construction and other factors each year. Key sister lookalikes, will feature resort-style living and maintenance-free homes in a range of floor plans. A 6,000-square-foot amenity center, with a lagoon-style swimming pool and adjacent fire pit, a children’s play area and a dog park will also be featured on the premises. Other planned amenities include a fitness center, spa services, an outdoor events lawn

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Country Club Village home sells for $725,000 The following residential real estate transactions took place between March 10 and March 14. A home in Country Club Village at Lakewood Ranch and a Langley Park home top all transactions in this week’s real estate. Geoffrey and Joann Pappas, of Niskayuna, N.Y., sold their home at 7704 Weston Court to Michael and Jean Donnellon, of Madison, Ind., for $725,000. Built in 1998, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 3,543 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $655,000 in 2007. Mark Miller and Linda Zuffa, of University Park, sold their home at 7018 Langley Place to Deborah Nethery, of Sarasota, for $725,000. Built in 2000, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,061 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $650,000 in 2010.

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Larry and Rita Noyes sold their home at 7009 Stanhope Place to Shirley Smythe, trustee, of University Park, for $659,800. Built in 2001, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,837 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $739,500 in 2006.

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Aaron and Courtney Kennedy sold their home at 7816 Rosehall Cove to Joel Garson, trustee, of Northbrook, Ill., for $585,000. Built in 2003, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,825 square feet of living area. It previ-

home at 8618 River Preserve Drive to Nathan and Shannon Dills, of Emond, Okla., for $305,000. Built in 2011, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,861 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $279,000 in 2011.

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This Country Club Village at Lakewood Ranch home, which has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 3,543 square feet of living area, sold for $725,000. ously sold for $579,000 in 2009. Terrell Butz, trustee, of Castle Rock, Colo., sold the home at 13861 Siena Loop to Warren and Cheryl Breining, of Miller Place, N.Y., for $430,000. Built in 2003, it has two bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,135 square feet of living area. Jerry Beck, trustee, of Sarasota, sold the home at 7634 Desert Inn Way to Robert Sullivan, of Bradenton, for $380,000. Built in 2001, it has four bedrooms, two-and-ahalf baths and 2,447 square feet of living area.

St. James Park

Robert and Susan Melum sold their home at 6604 Hunter Combe Crossing to William and Elvira Williams, of University Park, for $540,000. Built in 1992, it has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a pool and 2,645 square feet of

living area. It previously sold for $349,900 in 2001.

Watercrest

Ruth Cummins sold her Unit 401 condominium at 6370 Watercrest Way to John and Claire Morris, of Bradenton, for $539,000. Built in 2005, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,376 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $485,000 in 2013.

Heritage Harbour

Peter Hankey and Victoria Stevenson, of Bradenton, sold their home at 7416 Heritage Grand Place to Lakshmi and Chidambaram Krishnamoorthy, of Bradenton, for $525,000. Built in 2011, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,524 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $470,000 in 2013. Kasper Consulting LLC sold the

John and Florence Schimkaitis, of Bradenton Beach, sold their home at 4744 Pinnacle Drive to Michael and Bonnie McKee, of Bradenton, for $525,000. Built in 2001, it has three bedrooms, twoand-a-half baths, a pool and 2,966 square feet of living area. Angela Hingos, of Bradenton, sold her home at 4604 Shark Drive to V. Watkins Holdings Ltd. for $291,000. Built in 1995, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,659 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $348,900 in 2002.

Treymore at the Village of Palm-Aire

Francis and Dolores Benevento sold their home at 7028 Treymore Court to Gary and Tina Johns, of Sarasota, for $519,900. Built in 2004, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,489 square feet of living area.

Tara

John and Barbara McCormick, of Bradenton, sold their home at 5931 Wingspan Way to Mark Carrier, of Daytona Beach, for $449,900. Built in 2004, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,340 square feet of living area. Fannie Mae sold the home at

6123 Aviary Court to Christa Ursini and Gina Ursini, of Bradenton, for $203,100. Built in 2001, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,761 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $247,800 in 2003.

Edgewater Village

Donald and Doreen Pender, of Lakewood Ranch, sold their home at 8471 Sailing Loop to Corrine Wagner, of Lakewood Ranch, for $435,000. Built in 2002, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,617 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $363,200 in 2002.

Rosedale Golf and Tennis Club Barry and June Marshall, of Bradenton, sold their home at 8705 54th Ave. E. to Albert and Bonnie Rothenberg, of Northbrook, Ill., for $305,600. Built in 1994, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,093 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $200,000 in 2011.

Country Club East at Lakewood Ranch

Wayne and Marilyn Kristenson sold their home at 7294 Belleisle Glen to Matthew and Trisha Case, of Lakewood Ranch, for $272,500. Built in 2012, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,583 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $250,200 in 2012.

Stoneybrook at Heritage Harbour

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. sold the home at 8824 Stone Harbour Loop to Eric and Alison

LICENSED REAL ESTATE BROKER

22615 Night Heron Way #A3991168 $469,900 Thomas Cinquegrano

Bradenton 941-907-9595 941-284-5049

323 167th Blvd NE #M5843607 $450,000 Dani Pearson

Bradenton 941-907-9595 941-725-2112

7804 Ashley Cir #M5844707 $450,000 Leigh Simons

University Park 941-907-9595 941-224-4515

2337 Little Country Rd #A3994770 $449,500 Diane Fogo Harter

Parrish 941-907-9595 941-445-2431

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

117 10th St N # 121 #M5844711 $399,900 Margaret Ann Quinlan

Anna Maria Island 941-748-6300 941-350-2833

7696 Silverwood Ct #A3979632 $399,000 Laura Navratil

Lakewood Ranch 941-907-9595 941-806-7436

3701 54th Dr W # M103 #A3967090 $396,780 Adam Cuffaro

Bradenton 941-752-2683 941-812-0791

1701 51st St W #M5837466 $349,900 Maria Christenson

Bradenton 941-748-6300 941-920-3583

6517 Sundew Ct #A3994647 $338,000 Heidi Cox

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

Lakewood Ranch 941-907-9595 941-685-1529

7736 235th St E #M5844240 $336,000 Francine DeDona & Pam Goodwin

Myakka City 941-748-6300 941-812-5023

FAMILIAR FACES. EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE. INTERNATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS. Showcase your property to over 6,500 affiliate branches in 52 countries. 6608 88th St E #A3992441 $334,900 Kathy Lewis

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

Lakewood Ranch 941-907-9595 941-228-1213

13626 2nd Ave NE #M5841811 $330,000 Erica Thomas

East County 941-748-6300 941-799-9365

SARASOTA 941-907-9595 941-928-7345

3814 Bridlecrest Ln #M5844129 $325,000 Debbie Capobianco

Bradenton 941-748-6300 941-704-2394

3102 43rd Ave E #A3993834 $319,000 Robbbi Karas

Bradenton 941-951-6660 941-993-5088

6243 Wingspan Way #M5842456 $309,000 Jim D’alessio

Braden River 941-907-9595 941-737-0606

815 Faulkwood Ct #A3982018 $284,500 Terri Thacker

Sarasota 941-907-9595 941-376-1955

106 53rd St W #M5844607 Sylvia Isaacs

Bradenton 941-748-6300 941-448-7832

1515 White Breeze Cv #M5841357 $234,900 Jonnie Dwyer

Bradenton 941-907-9595 941-812-6283

6401 Meadowlark Ln # 53A #M5843392 $229,000 Neddy Harkins

Bradenton 941-748-6300 941-730-4941

3825 Garden Lakes Estates Dr #M5844639 $229,000 Jamie Van Vliet

Braden River 941-907-9595 941-993-8996

$269,000


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These are the largest East County building permits issued by Manatee County for the week of March 10 through March 14, in order of dollar amounts. Address

Permit

Applicant

Amount

7683 Silverwood Court 7219 41st Ave. E. 344 165th Court N.E. 4754 Raintree St. Circle E. 14709 Castle Park Terrace 5019 Serata Drive 7320 Links Court 2212 57th St. E. 14212 Woodhall Place 6511 Drewrys Bluff 13617 Second Ave. N.E. 25716 65th Ave. E. 5827 Fairway Lakes Drive 8314 Grosvenor Court 5818 Carriage Drive 5104 76th St. E. 8002 Desoto Woods Drive 13784 Sixth Place E. 9219 66th Ave. Drive E. 7903 Ashley Circle

Pool Addition Pool Pool Pool Pool Re-roof Mechanical Pool Re-roof Door/Window Re-roof Re-roof Pool Cage Door/Window Re-roof Re-roof Mechanical Siding Mechanical

John Grelle Billie Coleman Randall Fraatz Bart Philpott Michael Feinmam Glenn Wilson Jack Harja Daniel Brenneman Nancy Demakos Robert Delaney Robert Borowicz John Noble Robert Dunn Jr. Keith Mann Lance Huebner Earl Edwards III John Swessel Thomas McDade Robert Jones Anthony Carbonelli

$70,500 $56,720 $52,957 $32,400 $32,154 $32,067 $29,000 $24,816 $24,418 $23,950 $18,000 $17,200 $15,000 $14,828 $12,937 $12,400 $12,365 $11,440 $10,732 $10,519

6118 Riverview Blvd #M5824336 $2,950,000 Debbie Vogler

Bradenton 941-748-6300 941-705-3328

Source: Manatee County

Daniel and Kathleen Hogue sold their home at 15667 Lemon Fish Drive to Robert and Debra Donohue, of Osprey, for $255,000. Built in 2006, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,034 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $236,800 in 2008. Steven and Roberta Bordes, of Lakewood Ranch, sold their home at 6539 Blue Grosbeak Circle to Carey and Gabriel Sanders, of Bradenton, for $242,000. Built in 2002, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 2,000

Bradenton 941-748-6300 941-224-5909

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2111 7th Ave W #M5843886 $160,000 Paula Keegan-Bock

Ellenton 941-748-6300 941-685-2411

13026 Ramblewood Trail #M5844334 Laurie Rastovski

19429 Ganton Ave #M5843502 $3,430,000 Deborah Angelo O’Mara

6511 Pine Breeze Run #M5843263 $217,000 Bryan Dwyer

2607 Waterford Way # A #M5844139 $149,000 Dana Preston

Europe Invest LLC sold the Unit 503 condominium at 8008 Grand Estuary Trail to Frederick and Patricia Ross and Matthew Kindree, Samantha Kindree, Briar Ross and Renee Ross, of Bradenton, for $250,000. Built in 2007, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,108 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $226,000 in 2013.

Bradenton $2,400 941-552-4200

5577 Key West Pl # 5577 #M5839575 $2,000 Kendra Vogel

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

University Park 941-907-9595 941-400-6078

10506 Riverbank Ter #M5841733 $1,150,000 Robyn Drourr

East County 941-907-9595 941-812-7778

6715 Firestone Pl #A3992934 $914,900 Tammy Mast

Lakewood Ranch 941-383-7591 941-256-6543

2011 21st St W #M5836753 Lynne Callahan

$799,000

Palmetto 941-748-6300 941-720-3278

105 66th St # 11 #A3978703 $725,000 Kevin Carroll

Anna Maria Island 941-748-6300 941-465-8843

12301 Baypointe Ter #M5839375 $699,000 Kathy Valente

Cortez 941-748-6300 941-685-6767

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

Bradenton 941-748-6300 941-915-4167

272 Sapphire Lake Drive # 202 #A3994191 $659,000 Robin Bowman

Bradenton 941-907-9595 941-779-5000

3302 Twin Rivers Trl #M5841023 $649,000 Joe Foster

Parrish 941-907-9595 941-812-7634

311 Snapdragon Loop #A3991637 $598,500 Sandra Maslen

East County 941-907-9595 941-726-0035

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

Bradenton 941-388-4447 941-724-5448

627 Sand Crane Ct #M5839982 $519,000 Judy LaValliere

Bradenton 941-748-6300 941-504-3792

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Sarasota 941-907-9595 941-809-9106

Palmetto 941-748-6300 941-705-5510

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344 Shore Dr #M5841214 $219,900 Collette Quinehan

Coach Homes at River Strand

3609 57th Avenue Dr W #M5827064 $198,000 Patty Brooks

3210 16th Ave W #M5844017 $110,000 Kimberly Roehl

Bradenton 941-748-6300 941-545-1194

Bradenton 941-748-6300 941-447-9988

Braden River 941-552-4200 941-773-4372

6506 Blue Grosbeak Cir #M5841603 $2,000 Kendra Vogel

Lakewood Ranch 941-552-4200 941-773-4372

Lakewood Ranch 941-907-9595 941-730-0777

Bradenton 941.748.6300 • Lakewood Ranch 941.907.9595 • IMG Academy 941.752.2683

134010

Greenbrook Village

square feet of living area. It previously sold for $205,500 in 2002.

RE N TA L

Center, of Bradenton, for $265,000. Built in 2005, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,290 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $381,700 in 2005.


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Record Temperatures High

Low

High

Low

Tuesday, March 18

73

55

88 (2012)

33 (1916)

Wednesday, March 19

75

53

91 (1921)

40 (1985)

Thursday, March 20

77

60

90 (1921)

43 (1931)

Friday, March 21

87

60

90 (1921)

38 (1956)

Saturday, March 22

76

62

89 (1923)

38 (1960)

Sunday, March 23

79

66

88 (2007)

33 (1922)

Monday, March 24

70

65

88 (1974)

38 (1986)

AVERAGE GULF WATER TEMPERATURE: 69 SUNRISE / SUNSET

RAINFALL Tuesday, March 18

0.54

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Thursday, March 27

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7:25a

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0.00

Sunday, March 30

7:24a

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3.04

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7:23a

7:47p

Tuesday, April 1

7:22a

7:48p

Wednesday, April 2

7:21a

7:48p

Year-to-date: 2014 2013 9.35 in. 2.19 in. Month-to-date: 2014 2013 5.73 in. 1.05 in.

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64Represents in drawing 65 Delivered from 66 Catch, as in a net 68 Brainy group 69 Deep purplishreds 72 Coming through the door again 74 Overdo it on stage 76 Eschew 77 Places for props 78 Indian princess 79 Fire-setter’s crime 81 For some, it can be bruised easily 82 Ordinal suffix 83 Dubious buy 87 One crying uncle? 89 Upscale groups 91 French social philosopher Georges 92 Splendor 93 Bathhouses 95 Fries, once 96 Necks, slangily 98 Show the way 99 Word with “any” or “some” 100 Free-for-all feature 101 Storyline that spans multiple episodes 102 Cream-filled dessert 104 American ostriches 106 Tugboat noise 110 Grande or Plata 111 Fish catchers 112 River of Tours 113 Cyclotron particles 114 “Inception” actor Watanabe 115 African fly 116 Dog park noises 117 With 1-Across, a tasty entree

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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 ANTIQUE ROCKING chair: black with brown woven seat/back insert, perfect condition, comfortable, $45. 941-355-7524. CAR SEATS: Dodge, foldable, $100. Forbes 48,000 quotes on Business Life Practices, only $15. 941-739-8758. CHINA: NORITAKI grey bamboo pattern serves 12, w/extra serving dishes, excellent condition $100. 941 809-4046. DR. FUJI Back and Neck Massager. New! Shiatsu Shoulder Massager, multiple programs, heat. $150. 941-465-1247. PHONE CARD: long distance, 1,000 minutes, 3¢ a minutes. Never used. $30. 941-358-7411. ROCKING CHAIR: Excellent condition. Solid maple wood with embossed gold leaf design. $50. 941-773-4952. SCHOOL DESK: Early 1900’s. Attached front seat, ink well. Walnut and cast iron. $185. 941-907-8167. SLIDE PROJECTOR lens: used, for Carousel, Kodak Ektanar,102 mm., f/2.8. $35. 941-243-3695. TRUNDLE BED, springs, mattresses. Bamboo back and sides. Quilt, pillows, shams. $175. 941-360-9537.

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

Boats ChitwoodCharters.com Cruise or Fish Hyatt Sarasota Docks 32’/53’ Yachts - 2hrs./2 months 941-383-5232

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Homes For Rent LUXOR MHP $450/mo-1 bed/bath mobile homes. 55+ community. No Pets. 5811 14th St. W. Bradenton. Sarasota Real Estate Assoc., Inc. Greg Nowak 941-809-6034

Homes For Sale ENJOY THE FUN!! St. Armands Best home is 4,757 sq.ft., Very open & spacious, southside pool. Convenient to Lido Beach & Opera. Asking $1,800,000 Glenn Callaghan, LLC Re/Max Alliance 941-928-9020

Real Estate Wanted WANTED LUXURY ANNUAL RENTALS

Garage/Moving/Estate Sales ANNUAL CREEKWOOD Community Wide Yard Sale. Saturday, April 5th, 8a.m.-2p.m., SR70 & Creekwood Blvd. HUGE GARAGE SALE: Sat., 4/5/14, 8AM to 2PM, rain date 4/6/14 - Lakewood Ranch communities of Central Park, Greenbrook, Riverwalk, Summerfield. E. of I-75, look for posted signs at community and neighborhood entrances on Lakewood Ranch Blvd. and Greenbrook Blvd.

Merchandise Wanted CASH FOR Old Military Items. Swords, uniforms, insignia & old guns. Call 941-416-3280.

Pools/Spas HOT TUB seats 5, with lounger, 110 or 220 volt. Never used. Can deliver. Sacrifice $1895. 941-462-0633.

Good Things To Eat CLAIRE’S PRODUCE & PLANTS Local Fruits/Veggies Honey, Eggs & More Tuesday - Friday 12-6 Saturday 10-6, Sunday 12-4 7275 N. Lockwood Ridge Rd.

Landscaping & Lawn Service

Air Conditioning GULFSIDE A/C & Heating, LLC. SALES & SERVICE, FREE ESTIMATES! 10 MINUTE RESPONSE. Visa/MC/Disc. Lic. #CAC1816929 941-962-6863.

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

Cleaning 30 YEARS experience. We take pride in pleasing customers. Homes, schools, churches, resorts, offices. 941-756-4570. BLUE FISH CLEANING INC. 941-705-3812. Insured, Bonded. Affordable reliable home cleaning, $80, 2 cleaners, 2 hours. 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

Computer Services COMPUTER TECHNICAL Support. H/W & S/W problems solved. Virus/Malware removal; data recovery; Networking/ Internet Issues; Upgrades; A+, Network+ Cert. Tech. Navy trained electronics tech veteran. 941-225-0046.

Flooring STONE, TILE & WOOD FLOORING INSTALLERS. 20 Years Experience. Your flooring materials or mine. Lic./Ins. Call Joe, 941-929-3000.

For Qualified Waiting Clients Contact - Sarasota Luxury Rentals 941-225-1356

FRED’S HOME IMPROVEMENT AND REPAIR. Painting, tile, kitchen backsplash, windows, drywall, fans, just ask! 941-744-7473.

email: info@sarasotaluxuryrentals.com Personalized attention with professional honest advice. 25 Years Experience - References available

Adult Care Services 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

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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.

Personal Services DO YOU NEED A PERSONAL ASSISTANT? Transportation, Personal Errands/Shopping, Doctor Appts, Housesitting, Social EventsTheater, Dinner etc. Light meal preparation/ housekeeping. Call Ms. Schwabe 941-932-2732. YOUR PERSONAL BOOKKEEPER, LLC Gail Sunray, Owner Personal & Business Bookkeeping Accounting/ Taxes

Home Improvement/ Remodeling DRYWALL, TEXTURE AND PAINT. 20 Years Master Craftsman. Licensed & Insured. Call Joe, 941-929-3000.

Furnishings BRAND NEW Serta Queen Pillowtop Mattress Set. Willing to sacrifice for $150. Need to sell quickly! (941)387-4810.

Adult Care Services PROFESSIONAL GUARDIAN: Case Manager, Health Care Surrogate, Power of Attorney, Personal Representative, Trustee, Advocate and Companion for Elderly and Developmentally Disabled. Bonded, Patient and Compassionate. Call SueAnn Sanders, National Certified Guardian, Notary. 941-915-3797.

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Pressure Cleaning PRESSURE WASHING: Residential and Commercial. ECO Cleaning. Roofs, lanais, pool areas, etc. Roof coating also. 941-756-4570.

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