+Downtown merchants welcome changes
Merchants hope streetscape improvements, less panhandling and the strengthening economy bode well for the downtown’s future.
+License cameras will start snapping soon on Longboat Key
Contractors did a test run yesterday for the cameras that will capture license plate data from vehicles entering and leaving the Key.
+Creative Healing: Paula Kozak
Cancer patient Paula Kozak, an Out-of-Door Academy art teacher, led a project for her students to create art to benefit local cancer patients.
+Popcorn Bob's Movie Magic
Enjoy this week's Movie Magic reviews.
+2013 It's Read Everywhere
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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
Durante dog, owner well after raccoon run-in
Last week, we reported on a scuffle between a black dog and a group of raccoons that occurred at dusk near Joan Durante Park.
Golfer scores her first hole in one
Liz Lang scored her first hole in one July 8, on the Resort at Longboat Key Club’s Harbourside White Course, while celebrating her friend, Jane Hunter’s birthday.
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.