+Manatee Schools to create new positions, eliminate assistant superintendents
New Superintendent Rick Mills proposed a new organizational chart that will replace assistant superintendent positions held by Bob Gagnon and Scott Martin with two deputy superintendent positions.
+Vandalism reported at Colony
Damage included broken light poles and a shattered guardhouse door at the shuttered resort.
+Hymn for Her turn up the heat with new album
Tenants at the Ringling Shopping Center discovered a vandalized truck this morning.
+Popcorn Bob's Movie Magic
Enjoy this week's movie reviews by Popcorn Bob.
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+Save Our Seabirds Soiree
Event will feature food from the Longboat Key Club & Resort and string musicians.
+SFF 2013 launches with Opening Night FIlm and Party
Sarasota Film Festival starts this weekend. In addition to the 250 films there's a slew of great events. This weekend’s best bet is the Opening Night Film and Party.
+2013 It's Read Everywhere
Traveling somewhere? Don't forget to pack your Observer newspaper! Bring along the Sarasota Observer, Longboat Observer, East County Observer or Pelican Press; snap a photo of you with your newspaper on your vacation; submit to win!
+Find the Balloon Sweepstakes!
Search the pages of this week’s Observer to find the red hot air balloon, then enter online for a chance to win big prizes from the upcomingFlorida Wine & Balloon Festival! Enter the Page Number you find the red Observer hot air balloon, and you'll be entered to win a weekly prize giveaway.
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17 Night of Fish, Fun & Fright
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
18 Jewels on the Bay Showhouse
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tiny trio tours safety facilities
Commissioner Lynn Larson’s three grandchildren, Zander, 9, Zora, 8, and Zoe Ramsey, 5, got a close-up look at what Longboat Key police and firefighters do to keep residents safe earlier this month, during a tour of the police and north fire stations.
Mar Vista dollars to benefit local teen
Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub’s walls and ceiling are covered with dollar bills, signed and decorated by patrons. Every few years the restaurant removes the bills for a good cause.
'We Are The Marines'
That is how Maj. Brian Dix introduced “The Commandant’s Own” U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps July 4, at Avery Fisher Hall.