+Deputies arrest parent for child neglect, find baby near drugs
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office charged a woman with child neglect after finding her passed out next to her 5-month-old son, who has Down syndrome.
+Private push or public interest?
Residents Larry Grossman and Gene Jaleski are as active as ever at Town Hall. Their presence is prompting questions about how much staff time should be used to handle their requests.
+Vandals leave anti-Wal-Mart graffiti at shopping center
Tenants at the Ringling Shopping Center discovered a vandalized truck this morning.
+Steakburger chain makes state debut
Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers will move into an empty Arby’s building.
+Patron Saints: Dr. Phillip Nelson
Dr. Phillip Nelson moved to The Glenridge on Palmer Ranch retirement community about a decade ago.
+2013 It's Read Everywhere
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8 Sarasota Music Half Marathon
7:00 am - 6:00 am
12 Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce Networking Luncheon
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
14 New Exhibit "Oh Baby" Life Cycles of the Seas
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
17 Hospitabull Evening 'A Taste of Israel'
Gauls celebrate sweet 60
On Jan. 29, Jack and Joan Gaul will celebrate their 60th anniversary.
Dora Walters goes by the book for readers
You saw her byline countless times during her 26 years at the Longboat Observer, but now, retired Senior Editor Dora Walters’ byline appears on her new book, “Rewind…Playback: A Collection of Life’s ‘Little’ Memories.”
Encore opening celebration
Members of the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce gathered for a ribbon-cutting event Jan. 20, at Amore by Andrea.