+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.
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3 Manatee Audubon -- OPEN HOUSE at Felts Audubon Preserve
8:00 am - 11:00 am
19 Jewels on the Bay Showhouse
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
21 Taste of the Keys & Fashion Show
8 Sarasota Music Half Marathon
7:00 am - 6:00 am
Program to honor Sally Shapiro
Longboat Key resident Sally Shapiro loved music, and a special musical program her husband, Sam, organized will honor her memory.
Key of Sea seeks new voices
Key of Sea Chorus, which sings at assisted-living and retirement homes in the Sarasota area, is inviting new members to join.
Learn more about LBK Foundation
Want to know more about the Longboat Key Foundation, which is embarking on a $1 million fundraising drive, as reported in the Dec. 18 issue of the Longboat Observer?