+ Whole Foods program helps local charities
Through Sept. 26, customers who bring their own bags to Whole Foods in Sarasota can donate a refund of 10 cents per bag to Save Our Seabirds or the Whole Planet Foundation through the “Change for Change” program. The program began in April and was designed to encourage customers to reuse their shopping bags. Each quarter, one local charity will be chosen to benefit from the project alongside the Whole Planet Foundation.
The first charity selected was the Humane Society of Sarasota County, which has received more than $600 from the program as of July 1.
+ Beachhouse hires special events assistant manager
Beachhouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., recently hired Jamie Berfield as its special events assistant manager to coordinate the restaurant’s weddings and events. Berfield graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in education and health. She worked as a real-estate agent in Chicago for three years before moving in October 2009 to Florida.
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Commission savors the sunshine
The weather on Longboat Key was cloudy on the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 11, but the Longboat Key Town Commission stayed in the sunshine, as far as the Longboat Observer could tell.
Resident keeps eye on the pie
Inspired by her mother’s homemade banana cream pie, Bird Key resident Kim Manning had a sweet idea: key lime with a twist.
Show us your spirit this season
This week, our reporters will make our final decisions on our favorite displays of holiday cheer for our “Spirit of the Season” contest. This year’s competition isn’t limited to lights.