+Projected budget deficit: $6 million
Rising pension costs make up a large part of the city deficit. The city manager and finance director seek ways to trim costs.
+Willowbrook residents sued for defamation
DueAll Construction, a contractor that is repairing damaged homes in Willowbrook, an East County condominium community, alleges two homeowners published defamatory statements about the company.
+Iwo Jima veteran envisions statue next to Unconditional Surrender
Iwo Jima Navy veteran Harold Ronson envisions the famous 1945 monument sitting next to Unconditional Surrender.
+'LUCKY' BREAK: The Lucky 6
The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort is in the spotlight, as students from Ringling and FSU/Asolo collaborate on a feature film project.
+Pine View unofficially breaks Guinness World Record
Students spread soy butter and jelly on 5,721 sandwiches breaking the Guinness World Record of amount of sandwiches made in an hour.
+2013 It's Read Everywhere
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13 Holidays around the Ranch
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
13 Holidays Around the Ranch-Lakewood Ranch
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
14 FREE Pictures with Santa Cow!
8:00 am - 10:30 am
14 Gingerbread Houses
14 Italian Wine and Dine
15 A 1913 Florida Cracker Christmas
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
15 Gingerbread Houses
16 Cooking Class: Asian Grilling Techniques
Members and guests of the Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club ventured Dec. 4 to Orlando, to view holiday decorations at the Grand Floridian and to have lunch at Downtown Disney.
The Play Readers of the Asolo Repertory Theatre Guild were in fine form as they entertained at the Art Association of Palm-Aire’s opening winter luncheon with “Fractured Fairy Tales.”
Catapulting into first place
Seven Manatee County elementary schools competed in the countywide Technology Student Association catapult competition Nov. 16, at Southeast High School. Students built the catapults on-site.