+Update: Town, firefighters find common ground
The Longboat Key Town Commission will meet in a closed-door executive session to discuss the possibility of approving a new contract.
+Manatee County Sheriff deputies turn down union attempt
A Dec. 5 vote among Manatee County Sheriff Office's rank-and-file deputies to unionize failed to pass
+WEEKEND BEST BET: 34th Annual Holiday Night of Lights
Santa Claus is coming to the Circle tonight at the 34th Annual Holiday Night of Lights.
+WEEKEND BEST BET: Sarasota Ballet: 'Holiday Variations'
Don't miss the Margaret Barbieri Conservatory of Dance perform classical variations from multiple famous ballets in "Holiday Variations."
+WEEKEND BEST BET: 'The Nutcracker'
This weekend's performance of "The Nutcracker" will bring to life a holiday classic.
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2 French apÃ©ro evening
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
2 Florida's Children First 2014 Sarasota Reception
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
2 'Safe Sex Halloween Bash: Midnight on the Bayou' Pre-Party Kiki
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
3 Sarasota Memorial HealthSquare Event
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Observer adds new staff writers
Jessica Salmond, staff writer, is a Missouri native and graduated in May from the University of Missouri. Amanda Morales, staff writer, is a native Floridian who has lived on both coasts.
Arts festival raises awareness
The 20th annual downtown Sarasota Art and Craft Fair takes place Oct. 4 and 5, at Five Points Park and Central Avenue.
Bridging the gap
The Children’s Guardian Fund wants to help teens get hired.