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  • 8th annual Paws on the Catwalk Luncheon - April 2014

    Models practice walking with the dogs before the Paws on the Catwalk fashion show


  • Orchid Ball - April 2014

    Guests enjoyed cocktail hour in the Ann Goldstein Children’s Rainforest Garden before making their way to the tent for dinner at Orchid Ball.


  • Orchid Ball - April 2014

    Guests enjoyed cocktail hour in the Ann Goldstein Children’s Rainforest Garden before making their way to the tent for dinner at Orchid Ball.


  • Iconcept 6 - March 2014

    Katelyn Studer’s ‘Plastic Forest Queen’


  • Asolo Repertory Theatre Annual Gala 'A N... - March 2014

    Michael Andrew & The Atomic Big Band rehearse before guests arrive in the ballroom at Asolo Repertory Theatre’s annual gala “A Night at the Rainbow Room.”


  • Sarasota Exotic Car Fest: Luxury Lifesty... - February 2014

    Chairwoman Marilee Roberts introduces designer Alice Bee before the runway show.


  • Major Gifts Dinner - February 2014

    The Major Gifts Dinner for The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee was held in the Ann Goldstein Children’s Rainforest Garden at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.


  • Teen Court of Sarasota Silver Anniversar... - November 2013

    Wendy Hopkins and Lynne Foreman


  • Donor Preview of the Ann Goldstein Child... - November 2013

    Carmen Baskind, Barbara Hansen and Dr. Elaine Marieb


  • Donor Preview of the Ann Goldstein Child... - November 2013

    Kimberly Bailey brought Zacka, her 25-year-old blue and gold macaw, to the Donor Preview of the Ann Goldstein Children’s Rainforest Garden.


  • Donor Preview of the Ann Goldstein Child... - November 2013

    Kimberly Bailey brought Zacka, her 25-year-old blue and gold macaw, to the Donor Preview of the Ann Goldstein Children’s Rainforest Garden.


  • Donor Preview of the Ann Goldstein Child... - November 2013

    Luisa Bustamante, Harry Leopold and Teri Hansen


  • Donor Preview of the Ann Goldstein Child... - November 2013

    Pattie Clendenin and Beverly Koski


  • Donor Preview of the Ann Goldstein Child... - November 2013

    Billy Gamble, David Perice and Liebe Gamble


  • Donor Preview of the Ann Goldstein Child... - November 2013

    Billy Gamble, David Perice and Liebe Gamble


  • Donor Preview of the Ann Goldstein Child... - November 2013

    William Harrison, Dee Stottlemyer, Alice Rau and Charles Stottlemyer


  • Donor Preview of the Ann Goldstein Child... - November 2013

    Nola Hietbrink, Sharyn Weiner and Shantelle Schmidt


  • Donor Preview of the Ann Goldstein Child... - November 2013

    Rick and Donna Krabill with Bruce Holst


  • Donor Preview of the Ann Goldstein Child... - November 2013

    Dr. Joseph and Carol Kreit


  • Donor Preview of the Ann Goldstein Child... - November 2013

    Dr. Joseph and Carol Kreit


  • Donor Preview of the Ann Goldstein Child... - November 2013

    Harry Leopold and Luisa Bustamante


  • Donor Preview of the Ann Goldstein Child... - November 2013

    Brooke and Karen Misantone, Margie and Kelvin Cooper and Mindy and Wayne Rollins


  • Donor Preview of the Ann Goldstein Child... - November 2013

    David Peirce and Susan McLeod


  • Donor Preview of the Ann Goldstein Child... - November 2013

    David Peirce and Susan McLeod


  • Donor Preview of the Ann Goldstein Child... - November 2013

    The Ann Goldstein Children’s Rainforest Garden was transformed into a magical jungle Thursday, Nov. 7, for the donor preview event.


  • Donor Preview of the Ann Goldstein Child... - November 2013

    Donors gathered at the Ann Goldstein Children’s Rainforest Garden for a special preview Thursday, Nov. 7, at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.


  • Donor Preview of the Ann Goldstein Child... - November 2013

    Donors gathered at the Ann Goldstein Children’s Rainforest Garden for a special preview Thursday, Nov. 7, at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.


  • Donor Preview of the Ann Goldstein Child... - November 2013

    Ann Goldstein Children's Rainforest Garden at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens


  • Donor Preview of the Ann Goldstein Child... - November 2013

    Christopher Romine with Dr. Sarah and George Pappas


  • Donor Preview of the Ann Goldstein Child... - November 2013

    Christopher Romine, Alice Rau and William Harrison


  • Donor Preview of the Ann Goldstein Child... - November 2013

    Pete Russell and Cathy Layton


  • Donor Preview of the Ann Goldstein Child... - November 2013

    Pete Russell and Cathy Layton


  • Donor Preview of the Ann Goldstein Child... - November 2013

    Michael Saunders with Elton and Gordie White


  • Donor Preview of the Ann Goldstein Child... - November 2013

    Herb Schaal and Susan McLeod


  • Donor Preview of the Ann Goldstein Child... - November 2013

    Jim Shirley, Pete Russell and Peter Hayes


  • Donor Preview of the Ann Goldstein Child... - November 2013

    Ronald and Marcia Jean Taub


  • Donor Preview of the Ann Goldstein Child... - November 2013

    Andy Tugendhat and Dave Muolo


  • Donor Preview of the Ann Goldstein Child... - November 2013

    Tom and Gwen Watson


  • Donor Preview of the Ann Goldstein Child... - November 2013

    Patti Wertheimer and Howard Tevlowitz with Nancy and Raymond Swart


  • St. Martha’s Interactive Dinner 'Taste... - October 2013

    Vicki Skidmore, Yoaly Miller and Karen Strand read the instructions before they being cooking the first course.


  • SPARCC Princess and Pirate Ball - May 2013

    Avery Hunt, 3 ½, and Olivia Gambert, 3, have fun eating marshmallow treats before dinner.


  • 'Encore - The Dance Goes On' - March 2013

    The crowd spent time mingling and chatting with other before the performance and dinner portion of the evening.


  • Children's Rainforest Garden Reception - March 2013

    Ellis Greene with Elaine Meshad and Macy Meshad, 8


  • Children's Rainforest Garden Reception - March 2013

    Al Goldstein and Jean Weidner Goldstein


  • Children's Rainforest Garden Reception - March 2013

    Ann Moore and Gina Gregoria


  • Children's Rainforest Garden Reception - March 2013

    Nathalie McCulloch and Beverly Koski


  • Children's Rainforest Garden Reception - March 2013

    Mike McLaughlin and Jeanine Hendrick-Perales


  • Children's Rainforest Garden Reception - March 2013

    Mark, Emily and Jane Mendlow


  • Children's Rainforest Garden Reception - March 2013

    Laurey Stryker, Bill Lewis and Rachel Denton


  • Children's Rainforest Garden Reception - March 2013

    Michael Saunders, Donna Krabill and Emily Lane


  • Children's Rainforest Garden Reception - March 2013

    Pete Russell, Cathy Layton and Milton Shenk


  • Children's Rainforest Garden Reception - March 2013

    Sandy Rederer and Christopher Romine


  • Children's Rainforest Garden Reception - March 2013

    Marcia Jean Taub with her father Ron Taub


  • Children's Rainforest Garden Reception - March 2013

    Bruce Holst, Ariane Dart, Thomas Buchter and Ann Logan


  • Children's Rainforest Garden Reception - March 2013

    Francis Misantone and Bill Lewis


  • Children's Rainforest Garden Reception - March 2013

    Rachel Denton and Charlie Huisking


  • Children's Rainforest Garden Reception - March 2013

    Steve Hazeltine and Milton Shenk


  • Children's Rainforest Garden Reception - March 2013

    Mindy Rollins and her daughter, Eve, have fun at the koi pond.


  • Children's Rainforest Garden Reception - March 2013

    Thomas Buchter


  • Children's Rainforest Garden Reception - March 2013

    Art Wood and Beth Knopik


  • Children's Rainforest Garden Reception - March 2013

    A small group involved in the creation of the Selby Gardens Children’s Rainforest Garden attended a reception Wednesday, March 20, underneath the Banyan trees.


  • Children's Rainforest Garden Reception - March 2013

    Chris Romine


  • Children's Rainforest Garden Reception - March 2013

    Michael Saunders


  • Children's Rainforest Garden Reception - March 2013

    Nathan Renner and Bekah Hamilton


  • Children's Rainforest Garden Reception - March 2013

    Mindy Rollins keeps her children Eve, 1, and Magnus, 4, entertained during the reception.


  • Children's Rainforest Garden Reception - March 2013

    Laurey Stryker


  • Children's Rainforest Garden Reception - March 2013

    Al Goldstein


  • Children's Rainforest Garden Reception - March 2013

    Laurey Stryker, Cathy Layton, Pete Russell, Veronica Brady, Thomas Buchter, Al Goldstein, Beverly Koski, Ariane Dart, Chris Romine and Peter Hayes


  • Children's Rainforest Garden Reception - March 2013

    The group throws a bunch of dirt during the reception and ceremony celebrating the Selby Gardens Children’s Rainforest Garden.


  • Children's Rainforest Garden Reception - March 2013

    Magnus has fun wearing one of the hard hats at the reception.


  • Children's Rainforest Garden Reception - March 2013

    Boards with drawings of what the garden will look like as well as a miniature replica were on display inside Selby Gardens.


  • An Evening at the Sarasota Ballet - March 2013

    Jane Hutchins with Michael and Lynne Foreman


  • Hearts Afire Benefit - March 2013

    Heart of David poses together before performing at the benefit.


  • Cooking for Wishes - February 2013

    Linda Doan and Michelle Reilly pour themselves some wine before getting started cooking.


  • Catholic Charities Ball - January 2013

    Couples take to the floor to dance before dinner.


  • GUEST FASHION EDITOR: ZARA BARRIE - April 2012

    MARC JACOBS

    “The sisterhood of the traveling dress. It looks good on me, my mom, and my sister, Jaymie. It’s a very flattering color. There needs to be more forest green.”


  • Pique Nique Sur La Baie - April 2012

    Michael's On East served giant strawberries with a fruit platter before lunch.


  • Corinthian Gala 'Supper Club & Speakeasy... - February 2012

    Guests danced until their hearts were content, and were out on the dance floor before dinner, in between courses and after dessert.


  • GUEST FASHION EDITOR: LAUREN MCCOMB - January 2012

    CAVIAR CHANEL HANDBAG

    “You can dress up or down with this bag and it goes with everything. It was a great investment, as I will have this bag forever.”


  • Town Hall Lecture Series featuring Laura... - January 2012

    Former first lady Laura Bush presented before a packed house.


  • 12 Black Tie Events in 2012 - January 2012

    RINGLING COLLEGE LIBRARY ASSOCIATION TOWN HALL LECTURE SERIES

    When: Lectures take place from January through March Where: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

    The Ringling College Library Association’s Town Hall Lecture Series, now in its 30th year, has brought in world leaders, artists, journalists, entertainers, authors, political figures and more to speak before thousands of Sarasotans. This year’s series kicks off Jan. 7 with the by-invitation-only platinum dinner and lecture featuring Tina Brown, one of the most widely known magazine editors in the world. Brown is the former editor of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker and currently serves as editor in chief of The Daily Beast/Newsweek. Other speakers in the series include former First Lady Laura Bush (Jan. 11); Harvard ecnomics professor Roland Fryer (Feb. 1); four-star general and former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan Gen. Stanley McChrystal (Feb. 13); “Freakonomics” and “Superfreakonomics” co-author Steven Levitt (March 5); and 30-year journalist and FOX news cable news show host Bill O’Reilly (March 21). This year’s Town Hall Lecture Series chairwoman is Kristine Nickel. Tickets are $200 to $600. Call 925-1343 for information.


  • Debutante Ball - December 2011

    Debs and escorts line up before being presented


  • Black Tie Standout of the Week - November 2011

    Black Tie Stand-Out of the week is Barbara Zdravecky … as seen by Tim Burton? The CEO of Planned Parenthood of Central and Southwest Florida showed up at her organization's Safe Sex Halloween Bash party as she might have appeared in the Nightmare Before Christmas … or perhaps The Corpse Bride.


  • Guest Fashion Editor - Brenda Michel - June 2011

    CARTIER WATCH "A watch is an important part of a wardrobe for me. I notice watches on people; I feel it's a statement of who you are. It's something you keep forever."


  • Guest Fashion Editor - Montana Ross - May 2011

    FOREVER 21 SKIRT "This is the perfect example of my love for finding low-cost items. Forever 21 has great finds. I've gotten more wear out of this than anything else in my closet."


  • Guest Fashion Editor - Elenor Maxheim - February 2011

    ST. JOHN COUTURE SUIT "I've had this forever, it's great for around the holidays. I change it around by changing the accessories."


  • Guest Fashion Editor - Sabrina Cullen - January 2011

    FOREVER 21 JACKET "This is my Michael Jackson jacket. I like to buy very trendy items at Forever 21, because they are affordable, so it's OK if they go out of style next year. This is one of those items that people are afraid to pick up but when they see it on me, they realize it is wearable."


  • Guest Fashion Editor - Sabrina Cullen - January 2011

    GUCCI HANDBAG "This handbag was my first big investment. It has a classic look, so it will last forever. I don't go anywhere without this bag."


  • 'Harlem Nights 2' - November 2010

    Charles Manning, Leon Pitts, Jeffrey Atkins, Porter Anderson, Donald Frison backstage before the show.


  • Guest Fashion Editor - Kristy Cail - September 2010

    DIOR SHOES "These are my favorite pair of shoes. The classic, pointed toe and style look good with anything. I will have these shoes forever."


  • Guest Fashion Editor - Joni Bergs - September 2010

    VINTAGE HAT "I got this Panama hat at a thrift store. It's a cool piece, because a Panama hat is a forever classic. I can wear this with jeans or a bathing suit."


  • Guest Fashion Editor - Joni Bergs - September 2010

    Joni Bergs: "My style is classic, but I like to have an edge to it. A classic look is forever, but the little bit of edge makes you feel more youthful and sexy."


  • 'The Traveling Little Black Dress is For... - March 2010

    Vivian Blake, Jane Robinson and Linda Daniel


  • 'The Traveling Little Black Dress is For... - March 2010

    Amy Christensen, Nikki Kochis, Tracey Linehan and Liz McNelis


  • 'The Traveling Little Black Dress is For... - March 2010

    Beth Coury and Jeff Bell


  • 'The Traveling Little Black Dress is For... - March 2010

    Dawn Epstein and Millicent Kennedy


  • 'The Traveling Little Black Dress is For... - March 2010

    Judi Gallagher and Roxanne Joffe


  • 'The Traveling Little Black Dress is For... - March 2010

    Denise Mei, Noreen Peterson, Lynette Pagley and Penny Nolan


  • 'The Traveling Little Black Dress is For... - March 2010

    Alisa Pettingell, Jamie Becker, Johanna Gustafsson and Mindy Rollins


  • 'The Traveling Little Black Dress is For... - March 2010

    Clara Ramos, Nicole Kaney and Kyla Weiner


  • 'The Traveling Little Black Dress is For... - March 2010

    Tracy Seider, Judie Bradenburg, Sally Martell and Sandi Wolf


  • 'The Traveling Little Black Dress is For... - March 2010

    Debbie Seitl and her daughter, Lauren Cameron


  • 'The Traveling Little Black Dress is For... - March 2010

    Jenny White and Debbie Dannheisser


  • Caring Hearts Luncheon - February 2010

    Adam Schiffman, Dan Forestier and Bob Schiffman


  • Sonata a Due - December 2009

    Federico Agostini and Derek Han before the concert


  • Guest Fashion Editor - Carolyn Ann Holde... - November 2009

    COIN BRACELET 'This custom-designed bracelet culminates my travels. Before Europe went to the euro, I collected coins from different countries, and this bracelet pulls together all of my travels and memories from those trips.'


  • Guest Fashion Editor - Cornelia Matson - June 2009

    DONNA KARAN SWEATER "I keep my things forever. My clothes are classic, not fly-by-night designs. I wear this silk ribbon sweater at Christmastime."


  • 'Little Black Dress Goes to the Rainfore... - February 2009

    Lindsay Howell, Mary Pat Radford, Beth Bobb and Nikki Taylor


  • 'Little Black Dress Goes to the Rainfore... - February 2009

    Nicole Kaney and Dayle Hoffmann


  • 'Little Black Dress Goes to the Rainfore... - February 2009

    Nancy Liss and Tonya Gowan


  • 'Little Black Dress Goes to the Rainfore... - February 2009

    Maria Markowski, Melissa Stevens, Kelly Collins and Jennifer Compton


  • 'Little Black Dress Goes to the Rainfore... - February 2009

    Giovanna McGrath, Scott Anderson and Susan McLeod


  • 'Little Black Dress Goes to the Rainfore... - February 2009

    Diane Muir, Beth Pitcher, Mary Puleo, Anni Englhardt, Teresa Finley and Susan Wutz


  • 'Little Black Dress Goes to the Rainfore... - February 2009

    Carmen Rodriguez and Carmen Singletary


  • 'Little Black Dress Goes to the Rainfore... - February 2009

    Laurey Stryker and Michael Saunders


  • 'Little Black Dress Goes to the Rainfore... - February 2009

    Janis Swan and Jane Newman


  • 'Little Black Dress Goes to the Rainfore... - February 2009

    Nancy Wagner and Doris Berkey


  • 'Little Black Dress Goes to the Rainfore... - February 2009

    Judith Witkin, Giovanna McGrath and Roberta Skoda


  • Tournament Fore Dreams Gala - March 2008

    Wanda and Mark Burke


  • Tournament Fore Dreams Gala - March 2008

    Betty and Dan Callaghan


  • Tournament Fore Dreams Gala - March 2008

    Fran and Dick Clarke


  • Tournament Fore Dreams Gala - March 2008

    Bruce and Maggie Daniell


  • Tournament Fore Dreams Gala - March 2008

    Warren Merriman, Devon Davis and Susan and Bob Harrigan


  • Tournament Fore Dreams Gala - March 2008

    Liz and Eric Peters


  • Tournament Fore Dreams Gala - March 2008

    Jim Ramer and Tara Donovan


  • Tournament Fore Dreams Gala - March 2008

    Nicole and Dan Starostecki


  • Tournament Fore Dreams Gala - March 2008

    Ray and Donna Wolski


  • 22nd annual UnGala Gala - October 2007

    Partygoers had to wait in the long valet line before leaving


  • 22nd annual UnGala Gala - October 2007

    Partygoers had to wait in the long valet line before leaving


  • Sarasota Cook-ie-Off - February 2007

    Sweetbay's Chocolate Forest Torte


  • 'CAT'sino Night - January 2007

    Josie Cunningham, Jaye Deforest, Gary Harvey and Pat Kaufman


  • Vern Buchanan Swearing-In Ceremony - January 2007

    Buchanan greets supporters before a group photograph was taken


  • Vern Buchanan Swearing-In Ceremony - January 2007

    Buchanan supporters gathered in the congressman?s new office before he arrived: Manatee Republican Chairman Kathleen King, Longboat Key residents Deborah DiCarlo-Whitman and Jim Whitman, Buchanan?s chief of staff Dave Kavelas and Bill Grant of Sarasota


  • Vern Buchanan Swearing-In Ceremony - January 2007

    Buchanan supporters gather in his office before his inauguration


  • Vern Buchanan Swearing-In Ceremony - January 2007

    Supporters gathered before the swearing in


  • Crosley Opening Night - November 2006

    Kelly Fores, Marie Hastings and Cathy Dashiell


  • 'Gathering of the Goddesses: Celebrating... - November 2006

    Guests enjoyed shopping around the atrium before the luncheon


  • 'Simply Sarasota' Cooking Class with Che... - October 2006

    Friends catch up before the cooking demonstration


  • 'Simply Sarasota' Cooking Class with Che... - October 2006

    The Junior League cookbook has sold 850 before even hitting the streets


  • Van Wezel Season Premiere Party - September 2006

    Michael Klauber and Margaret Wise enjoy each others company before dinner and a show


  • Summer Salon Series with Scott George - September 2006

    Models Joyce Faeth, Yvonne Tarrant, Betsy Hinrichs, Elizabeth Massey, Janet Hunter and Sandra Day pose before walking out among the women


  • Bachelorette Ball - September 2006

    Rachel and Carren Burnell took "Doodle" the Labradoodle around before bids began on the puppy.


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  • Familiar Heights - 04/17/14

    Pole vaulter Travis Amuso hopes to return to the Class 4A state championships this season in honor of his late grandfather and coach, Guy Amuso.

  • PHOTO GALLERY: YPG State of Jobs Conference - 04/16/14

    The Sarasota Young Professionals Group (YPG) held its inaugural State of Jobs Conference Wednesday, April 16, at Sarasota County Technical Institute. Members networked before hearing from keynote speaker and Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of the Orland Magic Pat Williams.

  • IN THE KITCHEN WITH: Duval's New World Cafe - 04/16/14

    This week we went in the kitchen at Duval's New World Café with executive chef Nils Tarantik while he prepares their signature Spice Rubbed Grilled Goldentile, with sautéed shoestring vegetables, sweet soy glaze and crispy cellophane noodles

  • Villa Am Meer nears new era - 04/16/14

    With the restoration of the 79-year-old Villa Am Meer residence almost complete, developers prepare to begin construction of the new Aria project, developers prepare to begin construction of the luxury 16-unit Aria project.

  • United in Song - 04/16/14

    Joseph Holt and Gloria Musicae hope to make the audience reflect on modern discrimination through ‘Voices of the Holocaust’ performance.

  • Tidbites - 04/16/14

    Café Americano Offers La Prima Colazione (aka breakfast); Pre-theater Dining; The Easter Bunny is confused by too many choices

  • Black Tie Untied - 04/14/14

    Untie the weekend with Black Tie Untied, featuring SFF Cinema Tropicale, Florida Winefest and Auction's Grand Tasting and Greenfield Prize Award Dinner.

  • Two Faiths Embrace - 04/10/14

    American Jewish Committee Regional President Anne Virag, a Sarasota resident, met with Pope Francis in February as part of an interfaith trip to the Vatican.

  • The Finish Line - 04/09/14

    World record-holder John Wallace has two marathons left until he retires from the sport. But will his retirement last?

  • A Plea for Forgiveness - 04/09/14

    John and Dehlia Garrity seek clemency for Josh Hunter, who is serving a 10-year prison sentence for driving drunk in the car crash that killed their son, Doug.

  • Marathon Miles - 04/09/14

    The Out-of-Door Academy senior Peter Runge qualified for the Boston Marathon, with a time of 3 hours, 1 minute, at the Miami Marathon earlier this year.

  • News Briefs - 04/09/14

    Town attorney starts office hours for commission; Police department offers medication disposal

  • Recipe for Success: Don Depaoli - 04/09/14

    Do you frequent the same local eateries and see the same faces each time you go? This feature helps you get to know these faces a little better. This week, get to know the face behind the desserts at Euphemia Haye.

  • Business Briefs - 04/09/14

    La Firenza unit sells for $4.25 million; Premier Sotheby’s honors top 20 teams and associates; BP station rebrands as Mobil Longboat Key

  • A Wider Lens - 04/09/14

    Paradise Coast TV is expanding its hotel-room programming to visitors in Sarasota by building on its success in the Naples area.

  • Black Tie Untied - 04/07/14

    Untie the weekend with Black Tie Untied featuring Pique Nique, Sarasota Film Festival Opening Night Film and Party and Orchid Ball.

  • WEEKEND BEST BET: All-American Family Day - 04/04/14

    The Orioles, in partnership with the Patterson Foundation’s Legacy of Valor campaign, invites Sarasota families to its All-American Family Day and Concert Sunday, April 6. Attendees can enjoy family-friendly, hands-on activities all day at the concourse of Ed Smith Stadium.

  • Quiet Ace - 04/03/14

    Sarasota Christian sophomore Cheyenne Miller has hurled the Lady Blazers to a 7-1 record so far this season.

  • Business Observer - 04/03/14

    Camp Better America nominated for top honor; Soda Group joins Premier Sotheby’s; Eurotech Cabinetry featured in publication

  • Main draw - 04/02/14

    Ashley Bongart will take a swing at competing on a higher level at the Sarasota Open. Good thing hard-fought matches serve as motivation for the high school junior.

  • Wildcat team gallops to victory - 04/02/14

    Joseph Stuart scored a neck shot in overtime to lead Wildcat to an 8-7 victory against Tito’s in the U.S. Polo Association’s Robert A. Uihlein Memorial Tournament, presented by Fidelity Investments, March 30, at the Sarasota Polo Club.

  • Longboat tests new electronic pollbooks - 03/27/14

    Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent’s office used Longboat Key’s March 25 municipal election as a testing ground for new electronic equipment that will be deployed in full force later this year for the county’s primary.

  • Coming up clutch - 03/27/14

    Sarasota High senior Mason Dancer has helped lead the Sailors baseball team to a perfect 12-0 record so far this season.

  • Sidelines - 03/27/14

    Sailors set track records at FSU Relays; ODA storms back from five runs down; Booker edges Palmetto; ODA swings past Lemon Bay; Youth football registration underway

  • Longboat Key tests new electronic pollbooks - 03/26/14

    Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent's office used Longboat Key's March 25 municipal election as a testing ground for new electronic equipment that will be deployed in full force later this year for the county's primary.

  • Shot Selection - 03/26/14

    The Out-of-Door Academy junior Kimmy Comito leads the state with 33 goals and 45 points, according to MaxPreps.

  • Hot Flash: Prep for Pique Nique - 03/25/14

    Springtime, that time of year when the most polite of events happen — polo matches, Derby events, golf tournaments and more — all taking place under the beaming sun. So, what better time to don a fashionable hat?

  • Black Tie Untied - 03/24/14

    Untied the weekend with Black Tie Untied, featuring Ringling College of Art and Design's 'An Evening at Avant-Garde: Swinging Sixties' and Lakewood Ranch Community Fund's Havana Nights Gala.

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Leon Panetta Town Hall Lecture Series - 03/20/14

    Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta spoke in the Town Hall Lecture Series Thursday, March 20. Before Panetta served as the Secretary of Defense from 2011 to 2013, he was the director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2009 to 2011 and chief of Staff to President William Clinton.

  • Shelter showdown continues - 03/20/14

    The Sarasota County Commission accuses some city of Sarasota commissioners of deliberately stalling the selection of a site for a downtown homeless shelter.

  • News Briefs - 03/20/14

    New lights installed at Five Points Park; Indiana football player nearly drowns on Siesta; Nightclub owner plans lawsuit against residents; Parks selected for Macy’s ‘Heart Your Park’ program

  • Pushing forward - 03/20/14

    Shawna Sims, one of the Sarasota Crew’s most decorated rowers, will row for the University of Virginia next year.

  • Athlete of the Week: Reagan Griffith - 03/20/14

    Cardinal Mooney High sophomore Reagan Griffith scored eight goals and notched two assists to lead the boys lacrosse team to a 20-5 victory over St. Stephen’s in district action March 11.

  • Business Briefs - 03/20/14

    Mike Holland joins Berkshire Hathaway; Parishioner named Member of the Year; Salvation Army Advisory Board installs new officers; Stowe joins RE/MAX Alliance Group; PrimeLending adds downtown location; First Federal Bank welcomes Mark Rosenthal

  • County approves Eide museum proposal - 03/19/14

    Sarasota County commissioners today unanimously approved the rezone of 58 acres of bayfront property slated to board scholars studying one of the largest collections of Chinese literature in the world.

  • Turn a new page at Library sale - 03/19/14

    Before or after you cast your ballot for two commission races, stop by the Longboat Library, located next to Longboat Key Town Hall at 555 Bay Isles Road, to pick up new reads during its election week book sale.

  • Lisa Berger 'Makes It Work' - 03/19/14

    Art Center Sarasota Executive Director Lisa Berger encourages dressing in rags. Anything nontraditional or recycled goes in Art Center Sarasota's Iconcept fashion show.

  • Giving Back - 03/19/14

    First-year head coach Craig Page has implemented a new community service program for his team this season.

  • Tidbites - 03/19/14

    Verdi’s 'Jérusalem' meets MoZaic; The Honey Tree Café offers dining all day; and The Serving Spoon owner earns his angel wings.

  • Business Briefs - 03/19/14

    MIC Insurance relocates to Longboat Key; BeachHouse Restaurant completes renovation; MS&Co. announces top 2013 agents and teams

  • CDDs talk agreement on gate costs - 03/18/14

    At a workshop today, Lakewood Ranch Community Development Districts 2, 5 and 6 are conducting a straw poll on an interlocal agreement to share the cost of maintaining and operating the gate at Balmoral Woods Boulevard and the gate at Legacy Boulevard.

  • FILM REVIEW: 'Tim's Vermeer' - 03/16/14

    Tim Jenison, a renowned technologist, spends five years testing a theory of how painter Johannes Vermeer created his masterpieces in the documentary, 'Tim's Vermeer.'

  • Return to her roots - 03/13/14

    Emmy-winning anchor and Riverview graduate Sharyl Attkisson will return to Sarasota this month to make her first public appearance after announcing her decision to leave CBS.

  • Siesta Chamber's new leader shares insights - 03/13/14

    After her first week on the job, new Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Debra Lynn-Schmitz reflects on the Key’s challenges and opportunities and her vision and how to keep the island’s tourism industry booming.

  • Going the distance - 03/13/14

    Sarasota High runners Emily Harding and Angelina Grebe are seeking to continue their cross-country success on the track this season.

  • Longboat ladies celebrate International Women's Day - 03/12/14

    Ladies in Sarasota and Manatee counties celebrated International Women’s Day March 8, during a special luncheon at the Polo Grill and Bar in Lakewood Ranch that drew Longboat Key residents, including Regina Gurland, Sue Hereford and Nancy Jones.

  • Juggling act - 03/12/14

    The Lakewood Ranch High softball team has four pitchers it can rely on to take the mound at any given time.

  • Sidelines - 03/12/14

    Rage advance in Region C Cup; Ellenton coach nominated for award; Mooney blanks Admiral Farragut; ODA boys lacrosse picks up district win

  • Best of Ceviche - 03/12/14

    Ceviche, the historically South American dish, features raw fish marinated in citrus juice. Here are some places we recommend:

  • Business Briefs - 03/12/14

    Former deputy police chief joins Cannons Marina team; Longboat Key Dental to hold grand opening; Evan Barniskis promoted to assistant vice president; Rutstein named top Florida RE/MAX commercial agent

  • FDOT expedites I-75 interchange project - 03/07/14

    The Florida Department of Transportation vows to start construction on improvements to I-75 and University Parkway in the next few years if Manatee and Sarasota Counties commit to fortifying the surrounding road network.

  • Ask Otus™: Invasion of the Tegus! - 03/06/14

    Otus Rufous, an Eastern Screech-owl, was born on Siesta Key and is a full-time resident there. An avid hunter, accomplished vocalist and genuine night owl, Otus is a keen observer of our local wildlife and knows many of nature's secrets. Otus will answer your questions about our amazing wildlife, but only if you Ask Otus™.

  • Big Pass debate faces the music - 03/06/14

    A performance of the Beatles song ‘Let It Be’ on an organ towed out to the Big Pass shoal highlights mounting opposition to a proposed U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredging project.

  • Letters to the Editor - 03/05/14

    To send in your Letters to the Editor, email them to News Editor Robin Hartill at rhartill@yourobserver.com. Letters pertaining to local issues receive priority. Letters may be edited for grammar and space.

  • Swinging smiles - 03/05/14

    Riverview High junior Allison Davis started the Manasota BUDS tennis program at Lakewood Ranch High last May.

  • High Score - 03/05/14

    Seven champion level 4 LWR gymnasts have moved up at least two levels in the last three months.

  • Real Estate Reports - 03/05/14

    Rock star exec hums in new role at Datum Corp.; Construction industry gets Texas-sized competition; Berkshire Hathaway acquires real estate company

  • Social Studies: Barbara Zdravecky - 03/05/14

    Barbara Zdravecky, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, is being honored for her 20 years of leadership at the organization's March 13 annual dinner.

  • Black Tie Untied - 03/03/14

    Untied the weekend with Black Tie Untied, featuring Asolo Repertory Theatre's "A Night at the Rainbow Room," 21st annual Celebration of Imagination and Community Humanitarian Awards Gala.

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Siesta Isles Association Dinner - 02/27/14

    The Siesta Isles Association held its annual dinner Friday, Feb. 26 at St. Boniface Episcopal Church. Members enjoyed lasagna and apple pie before hearing guest speaker and County Historian, Jeff LaHurd, share the history of Sarasota. Before Sarasota was crowned as the Circus City from 1927 to 1960, the small city was advertised

  • Field of dreams - 02/27/14

    Michael Lynch, 64, is semi-retired — and spending his spare time as a member of the Sarasota Millionaires minor league football team.

  • Social media boosts Sarasota tourism - 02/27/14

    Visit Sarasota County seeks to leverage the power of social media and online reputation management to promote the area’s tourism industry at lower costs than traditional advertising campaigns.

  • Culture shock - 02/27/14

    The Sarasota Christian boys basketball team advanced to the state semifinals for the first time in school history Feb. 25 in Lakeland.

  • Ask Otus™: But Is It Art? - 02/24/14

    Otus Rufous, an Eastern Screech-owl, was born on Siesta Key and is a full-time resident there. An avid hunter, accomplished vocalist and genuine night owl, Otus is a keen observer of our local wildlife and knows many of nature's secrets. Otus will answer your questions about our amazing wildlife, but only if you Ask Otus™.

  • Black Tie Untied - 02/24/14

    Untie the weekend with Black Tie Untied, featuring Sarasota Exotic Car Fest's festivities and Sarasota Orchestra's "A-Nu Time" gala.

  • PHOTO GALLERY: ODA Grandfriends Day - 02/21/14

    The Out of Door Academy held its annual Grandfriends Day Friday, Feb. 21. Students spent the day with their loved ones in the classroom before they showed off their jump roping skills in Jump for Heart.

  • Golden grappler - 02/20/14

    Sarasota High senior Tobias Baker won the 220-pound weight class at the Class 2A Wrestling Championships Feb. 14 and Feb. 15.

  • Monumental milestone - 02/20/14

    Sarasota Christian basketball players Heidi Miller and McKenzie Lantz both reached the 1,000-point milestone in their careers last week.

  • Letters to the Editor - 02/19/14

    To send in your Letters to the Editor, email them to News Editor Robin Hartill at rhartill@yourobserver.com. Letters pertaining to local issues receive priority. Letters may be edited for grammar and space.

  • Raising the Intensity - 02/19/14

    Lakewood Ranch High set a school record with five wrestlers qualifying for the Class 2A Wrestling Championships Feb. 14 and Feb. 15.

  • Tito's Handmade Vodka notches win - 02/19/14

    Tito’s Handmade Vodka held on to beat Regent 8-7 in overtime of the USPA Wayne Brown Finals hosted by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Feb. 16 at the Sarasota Polo Club.

  • Sidelines - 02/19/14

    ODA swings past Braden River; Ellenton skaters win silver medal; Concession to hold celebrity golf classic

  • Tidbites - 02/19/14

    Caragiulo's is another family affair; Jalea sent out a valentine; and The Serving Spoons serves up more than brunch.

  • Black Tie Untied - 02/17/14

    In honor of Fashion Week, Sarasota had its share of fun fashion events throughout the week. Read all about it in this week's Black Tie Untied.

  • Ask Otus™: Name that Bird! Answers to Pop Quiz - 02/16/14

    Otus Rufous, an Eastern Screech-owl, was born on Siesta Key and is a full-time resident there. An avid hunter, accomplished vocalist and genuine night owl, Otus is a keen observer of our local wildlife and knows many of nature's secrets. Otus will answer your questions about our amazing wildlife, but only if you Ask Otus™.

  • FILM REVIEW: 'Gloria' - 02/16/14

    The Chilean film 'Gloria' is a movie without a plot. It's simply a character study of a 50-something-year-old divorced woman who isn't needy, isn't hiding secrets and is happy most of the time.

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Say I Do Again - 02/14/14

    Couples took to Siesta Beach to affirm their love at the 2014 Say I Do Again Friday, Feb. 14. The ceremony took place at sunset and was led by Magistrate Ed Wilson. Before the ceremony, couples strolled through the village.

  • College commitment - 02/13/14

    Athletes from Riverview, Cardinal Mooney and Booker high schools made their college choices official during National Signing Day Feb. 5.

  • Mote VIPs enjoy first look at 'Survivors' - 02/12/14

    Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium’s new limited-time exhibit, “Survivors: Beautiful and Extreme Adaptations,” features special guests from the animal kingdom such as the peacock mantis shrimp, blue-ringed octopus and the Vietnamese mossy frog.

  • CONA talks traffic, roundabouts - 02/11/14

    The Sarasota County Council of Neighborhood Associations, CONA, featured a three-person panel Monday night, discussing a proposed $60 million project to transform a key section of U.S. 41.

  • Occasions - 02/06/14

    To see your own wedding, engagement, anniversary and birth annoucements in the Sarasota Observer, send your information to Jessica Luck at jluck@yourobserver.com.

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Taste of the Keys & Fashion Show (Continued) - 02/05/14

    Many gathered to sample favorites from local restaurants and experience this year’s finest fashion at the Longboat Key Garden Club’s Taste of the Keys and Fashion Show on Wednesday, Feb. 5. Attendees enjoyed the best the Keys has to offer before sitting down for a high-spirited fashion show. Proceeds from this well-attended

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Taste of the Keys & Fashion Show - 02/05/14

    Many gathered to sample favorites from local restaurants and experience this year’s finest fashion at the Longboat Key Garden Club’s Taste of the Keys and Fashion Show on Wednesday, Feb. 5. Attendees enjoyed the best the Keys has to offer before sitting down for a high-spirited fashion show. Proceeds from this well-attended

  • Sochi Bound - 02/05/14

    Ellenton skaters Nathan Bartholomay and Felicia Zhang held hands for the first time in May 2011.

  • Letters to the Editor - 02/05/14

    Send in your Letters to the Editor to City Editor Robin Hartill at rhartill@yourobserver.com. Editor reserves the right to edit letters based on space. Letters pertaining to local matters receive precedence.

  • Business Briefs - 02/05/14

    Chamber makes a move with help from its members; Cannons Marina to attend Miami Boat Show; Barbara Miller celebrates anniversary with Coldwell

  • Tidbites - 02/05/14

    Pomona serves the Sarasota Orchestra; JPan offers specialties in their houses and yours; and The Elixir of Tea.

  • Ask Otus™: Sarasota Audubon's Christmas Bird Count Results - 02/03/14

    Otus Rufous, an Eastern Screech-owl, was born on Siesta Key and is a full-time resident there. An avid hunter, accomplished vocalist and genuine night owl, Otus is a keen observer of our local wildlife and knows many of nature's secrets. Otus will answer your questions about our amazing wildlife, but only if you Ask Otus™.

  • Home-field advantage - 01/30/14

    This spring, Booker High School will unveil its new baseball and softball fields, tennis courts and rubberized track, among other upgrades.

  • Dancing queen - 01/29/14

    When she’s not busy cheering on the Mustangs, Lakewood Ranch High senior Marina Masterson expands her dance skills through classes at the Sarasota Ballet.

  • Icing the competition - 01/29/14

    The Manatee Admirals hockey team finished the regular season 16-1-1 and captured the No. 1 seed in the Lightning Conference tournament.

  • Sidelines - 01/29/14

    Pirates to hold athletic fundraiser; Lady Cougars advance to semifinals; Mustang grapplers finish third at meet; River Dawgs open season with win

  • News Briefs - 01/23/14

    UF and CFAS begin collaboration on building; Commission OKs first phase of work at lift station; County plans parking fix for North Shell Road

  • Taking charge - 01/23/14

    Katy Mixon played varsity soccer at Riverview High for four years. Now she’ll take her talents to the University of West Georgia.

  • Horses need home - 01/22/14

    Napier’s Log Cabin Horse and Animal Sanctuary is seeking new homes for several companion horses — horses too small to be considered full-size horses and too large to be called ponies.

  • News Briefs - 01/22/14

    P&Z Board recommends stripping ZBA Board duties; Town hosts health fair; Town seeks volunteers

  • News Briefs - 01/22/14

    School district preps for School Choice enrollment; New section of Pope Road receives new name; Planning Commission vets 2050 changes; Mediation for Waterline Road project brings no verdict

  • District Champ - 01/22/14

    Braden River High junior Sarah Weiss will compete in the District 8 State Qualifier Jan. 22 at Charlotte High.

  • THEATER REVIEW: 'Other Desert Cities' - 01/20/14

    America has been the arena for a running brawl between the Left and Right since before Upton Sinclair was in diapers. For some, the factional fight is a family feud. The Asolo Rep's production of Jon Robin Baitz's 'Other Desert Cities' introduces us to one such family.

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Sarasota Keys - 01/17/14

    Music and art fans filled Five Points Park Friday, Jan. 17, for the unveiling of the six pianos decorated for the Sarasota Keys public art project. Guests admired the pianos before enjoying a live performance.

  • Planning Commission vets 2050 changes - 01/17/14

    Sarasota County staff presented the second phase of proposed tweaks to Sarasota 2050 Thursday. The new changes make environmental aspects of the long-term growth regulations more flexible for developers.

  • Colony Association sues town - 01/15/14

    A petition the Colony Association filed states ‘no competent substantial evidence supports the Town Commission’s decision’ to increase a bond to $250,000 for the Colony property.

  • Renewed purpose - 01/15/14

    Bernabe Somoza owns thousands of pieces of discarded furniture. He gives new meaning to the discarded frames.

  • Central focus - 01/15/14

    Six seniors lead the Lakewood Ranch High girls soccer team, which finished the regular season 18-0-1.

  • All-American girl - 01/15/14

    Cardinal Mooney High senior Summer Egly was chosen as a Universal Cheerleaders Association All-American and invited to walk in the New Year’s Day parade in London.

  • Running mates - 01/15/14

    Two East County families, the Tullios and Dzembos, run to support their sons, who suffer from different — but similar — disorders.

  • Town supports insurance legislation - 01/10/14

    Longboat Key Mayor Jim Brown sent a letter to Senator Jeff Brandes this week, thanking him for addressing a flood insurance crisis through a bill he’s attempting to pass in the Legislature

  • Siesta Beach renovations have SKVA on edge - 01/09/14

    The Siesta Key Village Association met for the first time in 2014 on Tuesday, opening the new year with fresh concerns about how the two-year renovation project at Siesta Beach might impact the island’s tourism industry.

  • New year, new me! - 01/09/14

    Second-graders from Ashton Elementary and Gulf Gate shared their goals and resolutions with the Sarasota Observer.

  • Gift giver - 01/08/14

    For Lakewood Ranch resident Doreen Degirolamo, the best Christmas gift was one she already had at home.

  • Killer Instinct - 01/08/14

    There's almost always a smart, strong leading character who has to save herself in the face of a killer in Mary Jane Clark's mystery thrillers.

  • Sharp shooter - 01/08/14

    Lakewood Ranch High senior Emily Bulfin is on pace to break the 1,000-point mark for her career before the end of the season.

  • Paws for celebration - 01/08/14

    Honor Animal Rescue adopted out 1,000 animals in 2013, thanks to the DePew family’s December adoption of Lexi, a 2-year-old collie mix.

  • New year brings fitness options for Longboaters - 01/08/14

    This column heads into its 17th year with its most news ever about fitness classes. There is an exciting array of new formats, teachers and time periods at both the Longboat Key Education Center and Bayfront Park Recreation Center.

  • LECOM unveils distance education program - 01/06/14

    The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) will officially launch its Masters in Health Services Administration distance education program today when students come on campus for orientation.

  • Top Teams of 2013 - 01/02/14

    As another year comes to a close, we at the Sarasota Observer once again celebrate your accomplishments with our Year in Sports 2013.

  • Spotlight: The Chroma Quartet strings together an instrumental ensemble - 01/01/14

    They said it was supposed to be a one-time performance, the four members of The Chroma Quartet explain as they sit in their rehearsal space in the family room of Christopher and Jennifer Takeda's new home. The violin-playing couple makes up half of the group; the other half consists of cellist Abraham Feder and violist Michael M

  • MUSIC: Highlighting the 2014 season - 01/01/14

    Because arts organizations around the world usually plan their seasons spanning the fall and spring, a new year means part two of the 2013-2014 arts season in Sarasota. Read June LeBell's picks for 2014.

  • Ranch youth earns scholarship - 12/31/13

    GreyHawk Landing resident Joseph Schneider, a junior at Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School, has been named the first-place winner in the Voice of Democracy Essay Contest hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

  • Rosemary explores higher density - 12/26/13

    The proposed Rosemary Residential Overlay District would allow for higher-density housing developments in the area, which the city believes will spur much-anticipated growth.

  • Building champions - 12/26/13

    After spending 29 years at Sarasota High, National Wrestling Hall of Fame coach Ron Jones is now seeking to bring a winning culture to Sarasota Military Academy.

  • Dear Santa - 12/26/13

    Before Christmas break, the Sarasota Observer asked the students of three classes to write Santa and let him know what they hope to see under the tree Christmas morning.

  • 2013: Top 10 real estate transactions - 12/24/13

    The Longboat Observer counts down the top 10 highest real estate transactions of the year, recorded Jan. 1 through Dec. 17, on Longboat, Lido, St. Armands and Bird keys. Of this year’s top sales, three were in Country Club Shores, two were in Longboat Key Gulfside and one each was on Bird Key and St. Armands.

  • Sidelines - 12/24/13

    Mustangs top Pirates in district win; SCF homecoming weekend approaches; IMG will host NCAA track championships

  • Holly jolly Christmas décor - 12/24/13

    It's that time of year when homes are filled with red and green and wintry things for the holidays. Whether it's décor designed by a professional, or decorating for the holidays in a new home, Sarasota residents have turned their homes into beautiful holiday showplaces.

  • 'Dear Santa ...' - 12/23/13

    Sometimes the holiday season can drive you mad! So we decided to counteract the crazy with a little fun, and asked a few of the busiest arts people this time of year to use their "mad" in a Mad Libs-style letter to Santa. Here's what they said.

  • NORAD Tracks Santa - 12/20/13

    The North American Aerospace Defense Command is ready to track Santa. Check her for a countdown clock to track Santa and a live interactive map that goes live on Christmas Eve.

  • VIDEO: Q&A with Santa and Mrs. Claus - 12/19/13

    For the last 17 years, during December, Santa and Mrs. Claus have sat outside on Friday and Sunday evenings at the corner of Shade Avenue and Siesta Drive at the home of Richard and Nancy Underwood.

  • Ask Otus™: The Sarasota Audubon's Christmas Bird Count - 12/18/13

    Otus Rufous, an Eastern Screech-owl, was born on Siesta Key and is a full-time resident there. An avid hunter, accomplished vocalist and genuine night owl, Otus is a keen observer of our local wildlife and knows many of nature's secrets. Otus will answer your questions about our amazing wildlife, but only if you Ask Otus™.

  • Leading Ladies - 12/18/13

    For the last six years, mayors have led Girls Inc.’s Dream Harbor Community. But, this year, the girls decided to undergo a political change.

  • Reports elicit strong response - 12/18/13

    Rick Mills, Manatee County School District superintendent, says his goals remain the same, even after two state Auditor General’s Office reports revealed more financial challenges for the district.

  • Leaving a mark organically - 12/18/13

    Before Allison Nelson died of breast cancer, she started an organic produce business that donates vegetables to people with cancer through the Center for Building Hope, in Lakewood Ranch.

  • Colony receives four-month extension - 12/18/13

    Commissioners extended the deadline for the property’s grandfathered status but will hold a public hearing to determine whether the town should take action to demolish the Colony’s buildings.

  • Harvesting an economy - 12/18/13

    Bird Key resident Michael Yourison doesn't offer the olive branch, he offers a whole harvest's worth with his company, Buonafide Foods and Wines.

  • Fresh force - 12/18/13

    The Out-of-Door Academy freshman Amad Brayboy is averaging 21.7 points per game in his first season with the Thunder.

  • 'Season stunners:' Holiday film picks - 12/18/13

    "It's the most wonderful time of the year" … especially for catching great films. 'Tis the season when studios strategically release the best they've got for the upcoming awards ceremonies. The following are at the top of Pam Nadon's holiday picks list.

  • Black Tie Untied - 12/16/13

    Read about recent Black Tie events with Black Tie Untied, featuring Designing Women Boutique's gala and Jewish Family and Children's Services' gala.

  • Ask Otus™: Otus Wishes You A Very Scary Christmas - 12/12/13

    Otus Rufous, an Eastern Screech-owl, was born on Siesta Key and is a full-time resident there. An avid hunter, accomplished vocalist and genuine night owl, Otus is a keen observer of our local wildlife and knows many of nature's secrets. Otus will answer your questions about our amazing wildlife, but only if you Ask Otus™.

  • On the rise - 12/12/13

    Freshmen Madison Pack and Ja’da Bennett have been instrumental in helping lead the Sarasota High girls basketball team to a 10-1 record in their first season with the team.

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Bay Haven class decorates courthouse tree - 12/11/13

    Bay Haven Elementary student’s visited the Sarasota Judicial Courthouse Wednesday, Dec. 11. Mrs. Missy Owen’s third-grade class, who have been learning about politics in school, sang carols and decorated the Christmas tree before taking a tour of the courthouse.

  • A final salute - 12/11/13

    Marty Samowitz, 99, survived the Battle of Iwo Jima to become a businessman and philanthropist. He died Dec. 6.

  • News Briefs - 12/11/13

    Longboat Key Fire Rescue honors staff at annual awards; Police promote three longtime employees; Town collects items for Toys for Tots drive

  • Town tosses trash negotiation - 12/11/13

    Town Manager Dave Bullock had been negotiating a seven-year garbage and recycling contract with Waste Management at the direction of a bid review committee consisting of town staffers.

  • Composer of note - 12/11/13

    Sarasotan Lera Auerbach's life is composed of unique opportunities that led her to become a composer and concert pianist in high demand.

  • Tidbites - 12/11/13

    Roast is toasting around the corner from the Opera House; Polo Grill reopens; Half Shell Oyster has a name and place change; and Off the Hook rings a bell.

  • Letters to the Editor - 12/05/13

    ACA allows citizens a chance to pursue dreams; Obamacare mimics plot of James Bond Movie; Dogs should not be allowed on our beaches

  • Ultimate Challenge - 12/05/13

    The Sarasota Military Academy male and female Raiders teams will compete in the Gulf Coast All-Star Raider Challenge Dec. 14, at Braden River High.

  • Groups feel burn of Sunshine - 12/05/13

    In the wake of a Sunshine Law case against the city of Sarasota, members of neighborhood associations share concerns about their ability to connect with local officials at their meetings.

  • Ask Otus™: 'Do Plants Have Sex?' - 12/04/13

    Otus Rufous, an Eastern Screech-owl, was born on Siesta Key and is a full-time resident there. An avid hunter, accomplished vocalist and genuine night owl, Otus is a keen observer of our local wildlife and knows many of nature's secrets. Otus will answer your questions about our amazing wildlife, but only if you Ask Otus™.

  • IN THE KITCHEN WITH: Cosimo's - 12/04/13

    This week we went in the kitchen at Cosimo's with owner John Ganley as chef Alfredo prepares two signature pizzas, the margherita and the quattro formaggi. Get the recipes and watch an instructional video in this week's 'In the Kitchen.'

  • Colony: Judge suggests sale - 12/04/13

    U.S. Bankruptcy Judge K. Rodney May delayed his ruling on the case, but said a sale might be the best resolution. ‘None of us will ever see a case like this again,’ he said.

  • News Briefs - 12/04/13

    Quiet hurricane season comes to an end; Water meter replacement program continues; Town, police department collect items for Toys for Tots

  • Battle ready - 12/04/13

    Superintendent Rick Mills’ strategy to get ahead of the district’s financial trouble combines precision with collaboration.

  • Focused on the future - 12/04/13

    Lakewood Ranch center Josh Rountree sat out most of his sophomore season for academic reasons. Two years later, the senior has brought his grade-point average up a full point.

  • The real-life 'snowbirds' - 11/28/13

    Sarasota County’s moderate winter weather attracts a variety of migrating wildlife, which can be easily viewed thanks to the area’s variety of outdoor recreation areas.

  • Holiday helpings - 11/27/13

    Lakewood Ranch resident Don O’Leary and friends, Dick Moran and Richard Lozier, this year may be foregoing their annual drive through Lakewood Ranch to collect non-perishable food and financial donations for the Food Bank of Manatee, but that doesn’t mean they’ve given up their annual tradition.

  • News Briefs - 11/27/13

    Aranibar elected school board chair; Manatee County School District named finalist for grant

  • Decoration Destination - 11/27/13

    Every holiday season, Benderson Development, owner of 1.5 million square feet of commercial space along University Parkway, quietly lights up the roadway.

  • Monumental Milestone - 11/27/13

    The Sarasota International Cricket Club celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and will hold its 20th annual Thanksgiving Six-A-Side Festival this weekend.

  • Making a Splash - 11/27/13

    After swimming in her first state meet two weeks ago, Cardinal Mooney High senior Paiton Krebs signed a national letter of intent to swim for Valparaiso University.

  • Colony vote under fire - 11/27/13

    Monday’s hearing centered around whether Colony unit owner Andy Adam’s block of 58 votes —  crucial to the 75% majority needed to approve the settlement — can be counted.

  • News Briefs - 11/27/13

    Three crashes reported on GMD; ULI prepares for first meeting; Town prepares for state groin challenge hearing

  • Colony vote under fire - 11/26/13

    Monday’s hearing centered around the validity of a unit owner vote and whether Colony unit owner and developer Andy Adam’s block of 58 votes — which are crucial to the 75% majority vote needed to approve the settlement — can be counted.

  • Ask Otus™: 'In Praise of Turkeys' - 11/26/13

    Otus Rufous, an Eastern Screech-owl, was born on Siesta Key and is a full-time resident there. An avid hunter, accomplished vocalist and genuine night owl, Otus is a keen observer of our local wildlife and knows many of nature's secrets. Otus will answer your questions about our amazing wildlife, but only if you Ask Otus™.

  • DANCE REVIEW: 'Serenade,' 'Illuminations' and 'Who Cares?' - 11/25/13

    Iain Webb continues to wow with his thoughtful programming for the season. The official kick-off performance to the 2013-2014 season featured two of George Balanchine's most famous works — "Serenade" and "Who Cares?" — and the very first ballet that Sir Frederick Ashton choreographed for the New York City Ballet (Balanchine'

  • Kayak launch worries residents - 11/21/13

    A forthcoming multiuse recreational trail in Laurel Park — and particularly a kayak launch — has some residents worried about the neighborhood getting too crowded.

  • Ask Otus™: 'MOLTING: It's for the Birds' - 11/20/13

    Otus Rufous, an Eastern Screech-owl, was born on Siesta Key and is a full-time resident there. An avid hunter, accomplished vocalist and genuine night owl, Otus is a keen observer of our local wildlife and knows many of nature's secrets. Otus will answer your questions about our amazing wildlife, but only if you Ask Otus™.

  • IN THE KITCHEN WITH: Lynches Pub & Grub - 11/20/13

    This week we went in the kitchen at Lynches Pub & Grub with owners and sisters Chris and Ethna Lynch as they prepare traditional Irish lamb stew. Get the recipe and watch an instructional video in this week's 'In the Kitchen.'

  • A Hero's Welcome - 11/20/13

    World War II veteran Harber Hall and his friend, Ronald Emmerman, took the trip of a lifetime last week when they visited Washington, D.C., memorials on an Honor Flight.

  • News Briefs - 11/20/13

    Planning Board OKs Brookside Estates site plan; Smoothie King slated for Mall at UTC; Officials lobby to secure Pentathlon World Cup

  • My View: ULI forgets whose town it is - 11/20/13

    Bradford Saivetz translates the presentation by the representatives of the Urban Land Institute as a preliminary result of their introduction to Longboat Key and its residents, business owners and the town.

  • CONA braces for 2050 fight - 11/18/13

    Sarasota County’s community neighborhood association alliance held a press conference on Monday, addressing proposed changes to the Sarasota 2050 plan, which the Sarasota County Commission will discuss this week.

  • DID follows the lights - 11/14/13

    After shutting off the tree lights in Five Points Park due to maintenance issues, the Downtown Improvement District considers a new lighting system.

  • Welcome Back: Since you left ... - 11/14/13

    It’s clear from the traffic jams that summer is officially over and “season” has arrived in Sarasota. But the summer lull did not mean a lack of news. Here, we’ve compiled all the big news you missed while you were at your summer homes, traveling the globe or enjoying lazy summer days at the beach.

  • Making Strides - 11/14/13

    The Riverview High boys cross-country team finished eighth in the state at the Class 4A cross-country finals Nov. 9.

  • SKA marks 65 years - 11/14/13

    The Siesta Key Association celebrated its anniversary Thursday. It met to discuss its current agenda while looking back at the history of the community group.

  • East County Observer reflects on 15 years - 11/13/13

    At the prodding of an employee, Observer Media Group CEO Matt Walsh drove to East County to see what was happening away from Sarasota's sunny beaches. That was more than a decade ago. In fact, this month the East County Observer celebrates 15 years of reporting on the East County. Join us as we reflect on 15 years of our history

  • Outdoor display ban under fire - 11/13/13

    The Siesta Key Village Association (SKVA) held a forum on Tuesday, seeking input from Siesta residents and business owners about potential changes to a countywide ordinance banning the outdoors display of merchandise.

  • Church finds home - 11/13/13

    After eight years of uncertainty, Peace Presbyterian Church will occupy a permanent space, thanks to approval from the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners.

  • Regional champ - 11/13/13

    After winning his region, Braden River sophomore Ryan Walker hopes his training will payoff with a state title.

  • Lasting Legacy - 11/13/13

    The Lakewood Ranch volleyball team saw its season come to an end with a 3-0 loss to Naples Gulf Coast Nov. 9.

  • Going out in style - 11/13/13

    After 28 seasons at the helm, Lakewood Ranch High boys golf coach Dave Frantz retired from coaching Nov. 6. He left on top, with the team winning its third-consecutive state title.

  • Best of Cops Corner - 11/13/13

    Drugs, DayGlo thongs, dogs on the beach — they’re all part of the beat for Longboat Key police. As usual, officers handled cases that ranged from serious to strange and sometimes silly. Here are our favorite Cops Corners from the summer.

  • In Memoriam - 11/13/13

    Longboat Key said goodbye over the summer to many citizens, past and present, who made a difference in their communities. Here, we remember the lives they lived.

  • Noah Racey: Song-and-dance man - 11/13/13

    Noah Racey returns to Sarasota to charm Asolo Rep audiences for a second time. Although he's just here to choreograph "Show Boat," he's sure his Sarasota ship hasn’t set sail.

  • CONA panel to debate 2050 plan - 11/11/13

    The Sarasota County Council of Neighborhood Associations (CONA) will hold a meeting Monday night, featuring a panel of speakers set to debate the impact of proposed changes to the Sarasota 2050 plan on area urban services.

  • 'We are being punished' - 11/11/13

    Congressman Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, is working to suspend an act that has wreaked havoc on insurance rates for property owners living close to the water.

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Portraits of Service - 11/08/13

    Fifteen local veterans were honored by the Senior Friendship Centers with Portraits of Service, Friday Nov. 9. Artist Melinda Trick painted the veterans’ portraits in secret and unveiled them Friday night. Veterans and their families enjoyed snacks and beverages before the ceremony.

  • SKA celebrates 65 years - 11/08/13

    The Siesta Key Association celebrated its 65th anniversary Thursday, meeting to discuss its current agenda while looking back at the history of the community. group.

  • Peace church lands a home - 11/07/13

    The Manatee County Board of County Commissioners approved Peace Presbyterian Church’s general development plan to take over an unoccupied office building at 12705 State Road 64 E.

  • Barwin awaits new process - 11/07/13

    For Tom Barwin’s first evaluation since taking over as city manager, commissioners will have to navigate a different process than the one used for his predecessors.

  • Playoff Picture - 11/07/13

    The Sarasota, Cardinal Mooney, Riverview and Booker High football teams all earned berths in the playoffs this season.

  • District champs - 11/06/13

    The Cardinal Mooney High football team captured its first district title since 2006 with a 35-10 victory over Fort Myers Bishop Verot Nov. 1.

  • Glass Half Full - 11/06/13

    The emphasis on contemporary art led Philip and Nancy Kotler to donate their collection as the first contemporary studio glass in The Ringling museum's collection.

  • Daily Headlines: Nov. 5, 2013 - 11/05/13

    Today's stories: Another candidate jumps into the Sarasota County Commission race; Two Longboat Key properties sell for $6 million each; Sarasota City Commission to extend homeless outreach program; and MORE!

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Selby Gardens' Rainforest Garden - 11/05/13

    Selby Gardens previewed the Ann Goldstein Children’s Rainforest Garden, Tuesday, Nov. 5. Families from Selby’s Little Sprouts program were invited to explore the recently finished rainforest before its grand opening. The garden provides an opportunity for families to connect with nature in a fun, safe environment. The garden

  • Circus Sarasota unveils a new identity - 11/04/13

    The new identity for Circus Sarasota was a necessary one. There were so many acts that have developed since Dolly Jacobs and Pedro Reis began the nonprofit 17-years-ago that they needed one big top name to straighten it all out.

  • Daily Headlines: Nov. 1, 2013 - 11/01/13

    Today's stories: Signs of red tide found near Sarasota County beaches; Sarasota City Commission to consider Street Team funding; Manatee County Commission invites public to review land development regulations; and MORE!

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Fright Night - 11/01/13

    Hundreds of people celebrated Halloween on St. Armands Circle Thursday, Oct. 31. Families took their children trick-or-treating on the circle before enjoying Sarasota High School students’ flash-mob performance to Michael Jackson’s "Thriller."

  • Succession Plan - 10/31/13

    Thomas Harmer, Sarasota County’s new interim county administrator, talks about overcoming crises and adapting to unexpected circumstances as he steps in to lead.

  • Our View - 10/31/13

    High crime in Sarasota?; Hudgins for administrator; First dance of freedom

  • Sidelines - 10/31/13

    ODA volleyball; Riverview Rams win district crown; Sarasota cruises to district titles; Cougars victorious at homecoming; Falcons open new athletic center

  • Athlete of the Week: Sage Lyons - 10/31/13

    Sarasota High freshman Sage Lyons set a new school record: crossing the finish line in 18 minutes, 51 seconds at the Class 3A-District 10 cross-country meet Oct. 24, in Largo.

  • The Scream Team - 10/30/13

    The Haunted Ranch, which benefits the YMCA Adventure Guides program, became a scream, after volunteer zombies learned how to scare.

  • Qualifying Round - 10/30/13

    The Sarasota Club de Petanque will host the 2013 FPUSA National Men’s Triples Championship and World Championship Qualification Tournament Nov. 2 and Nov. 3.

  • The Ghost Hotel - 10/30/13

    John Ringling’s Ritz-Carlton hotel stood vacant on the Key for more than 30 years, leading many locals to call it ‘the Ghost Hotel.’

  • Day in the Life - 10/30/13

    Two singers will perform arias in November at Sarasota Opera House — one a teenaged aspiring opera singer; the other, a professional principal.

  • Tidbites - 10/30/13

    Cooking for Kids; Learning to cook as an adult; Eat Here Out There; and Quick Bites.

  • News Briefs - 10/24/13

    Burns Square parking lot reopens to the public; Woman’s Exchange begins demolition and expansion; City discusses future of GWIZ property

  • Beach project is a drain on funding - 10/24/13

    Plans to dewater the Beach Road Drainage Improvements construction site have hit another snag. Problems threaten to once again delay the project and muddy tourists’ impressions of a top area attraction.

  • Familiar bond - 10/24/13

    Cardinal Mooney High sophomore outside hitter Keri McMahon has developed into one of the leaders on the volleyball team.

  • News Briefs - 10/23/13

    Mall at UTC adds second restaurant; Manatee director of high schools resigns; KB Home files another lawsuit in Willowbrook case; Lakewood Ranch promotes community with annual tour

  • News Briefs - 10/23/13

    Telecommunications amendment extension sought; Commissioner Terry Gans qualifies for commission seat; Town’s code-enforcement officer terminated last week

  • Full circle - 10/23/13

    Lakewood Ranch High seniors Danny Walker and Ramsey Touchberry will vie for their third consecutive state championship Nov. 5 and Nov. 6.

  • Mixed Marriages - 10/23/13

    Politicians, take note. You can work together even when you disagree — as these three couples demonstrate.

  • Commission reviews Colony progress - 10/21/13

    A grandfathered tourism density for the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort expires at the end of the year and the commission will have to extend the deadline while a settlement is sought.

  • Daily Headlines: Oct. 21, 2013 - 10/21/13

    USF Sarasota-Manatee takes over former space occupied by Viking Culinary Center; Sarasota City Commission considers State Street garage designs; Sarasota County Commission to consider plans to dredge Big Pass; and MORE!

  • News Briefs - 10/17/13

    Suspicious incidents cause multiple shutdowns; Rosie O’Donnell purchases Casey Key home; Citizens graduate Sheriff’s Office program

  • CONA sets priorities - 10/17/13

    As Sarasota County sees an uptick in development and construction in the wake of the Great Recession, area neighborhoods are bracing for a fight.

  • Just for Kicks - 10/17/13

    Twelve-year-old Kevin Sweeney began playing soccer for the Braden River Soccer Club’s TOPSoccer program last fall.

  • Daily Headlines: Oct. 16, 2013 - 10/16/13

    Today's Stories: Sarasota Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation respond to suspicious incidents; East County Publix set to open; Old friends unite for Doctor Idol; and MORE!

  • Stalled project moves forward - 10/16/13

    Sarasota County Commission approves a revised transportation agreement that allows SMR to begin residential construction on its Villages of Lakewood Ranch South project.

  • Nature park officially opens - 10/16/13

    Conservatory Park was nearly developed into homes before neighborhood homeowners associations intervened. Now, the 55 acres of wetlands and trails is open for public use.

  • Tropical Spice hits the ice - 10/16/13

    Donna Euston is a Lakewood Ranch resident and member of Tropical Spice on Ice, an adult synchronized ice skating team that has lost three teammates to breast cancer.

  • Master of Macabre - 10/16/13

    The Powel Crosley Estate is perfect for weddings, but it's also perfect for the graphic and thrilling Poe stories this Halloween.

  • RIAF Review: Rocío Molina 'Danzaora y Vinática' - 10/14/13

    Rocío Molina’s flamenco performance at the Ringling International Arts Festival, “Danzaora y Vinática,” was hypnotizing with the rhythms created by Molina’s movements, the traditional Spanish ballads, strums of the guitar and hand clapping keeping beat.

  • News Briefs - 10/10/13

    State Street garage designs presented, delayed; City to negotiate for Burns Square lot

  • Going the Distance - 10/10/13

    Building off last year’s success, Riverview High sophomore Spence Atkins won both of her individual events Oct. 2.

  • Community Service - 10/10/13

    The Sarasota County Fire Department had 13 different fire districts throughout Sarasota County until they consolidated Oct. 1, 1988, for efficiency and to provide the best level of service to the community.

  • News Briefs - 10/09/13

    Old Publix building coming down this week; Municipal Finance Today recognizes IT Department; Mote-rescued turtle “Murph” released on Lido Beach

  • Braden River band marches on - 10/09/13

    With the Manatee County School District coming off a multimillion-dollar budget deficit, money is tighter at schools this year. The result can be unseen impacts, but schools — such as Braden River High — are working to overcome them.

  • Global Networking - 10/09/13

    Carl Hobert, a Boston University professor, led a workshop at Out-of-Door Academy called ‘Rwanda: One Village, Six People.’ The day was meant to boost the global citizenship of students.

  • Natural Talent - 10/09/13

    If James Griffin were to create the cover art for a book about his career, it would illustrate just enough of his story to seduce you to read the pages beneath it.

  • Tidbites - 10/09/13

    Uncle Peter and nephew Marc revamp Café Gabbiano; Darwin's is brewing at two spots; and Extra bites to chew on.