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  • The Devyn Grand Opening - September 2014

    Sarah Vogel, Lauren Young, Holly Bova and Gail Ward


  • A Fashionable Evening: A Tribute to Phil... - May 2014

    Wendy Feinstein, Lynn Guilford, Marty Katz, Connie Allegra, Gail Welch and Sandy Pepper


  • A Fashionable Evening: A Tribute to Phil... - May 2014

    Bunny Skirboll and Gail Welch


  • A Fashionable Evening: A Tribute to Phil... - May 2014

    Bunny Skirboll and Gail Welch


  • 4th annual Men Who Cook - May 2014

    Beth and Jack Littman-Quinn with Steve and Gail Ludmerer


  • 13th annual Celebration of Hope Dinner - April 2014

    Artist Gail Fulton Ross’s ‘Circles for the Center of Building Hope’


  • 13th annual Celebration of Hope Dinner - April 2014

    Carl and Carol Ritter with Gail Fulton Ross


  • 13th annual Celebration of Hope Dinner - April 2014

    Carl and Carol Ritter paint circles on Gail Fulton Ross’s ‘Circles for the Center of Building Hope.’


  • Sarasota Film Festival: Tribute Luncheon... - April 2014

    Shirleyann Haveson, Gail Kaplan and Marsha Albert


  • Sarasota Film Festival: Tribute Luncheon... - April 2014

    Abigail Sheiarer-Robinson and Pattie Walsh


  • Orchid Ball - April 2014

    Jennifer Vigne, Gail Fagan, Hugh Bettendorf and Allison Archbold


  • An Evening at the Avant-Garde 'The Swing... - March 2014

    Steve and Gail Machov


  • 10th annual JFCS Celebrity Chefs and Win... - March 2014

    Gail Klein, Debbie Yonker, Kathy Horowitz and Suzy Benjamin


  • Cat Depot Gala 'Caturday Night Fever' - March 2014

    Peggy Miller, Mary Lousnider and Gail Schaeffer


  • 12th annual Legacy Luncheon featuring Da... - March 2014

    Gail Hruby and Sandy Stron


  • SPARCCle on the Runway Fashion Show and ... - February 2014

    Gail Hruby and Pat Nielsen


  • SPARCCle on the Runway Fashion Show and ... - February 2014

    Gail Hruby, Sandy Strom, Pat Nielsen and Deborah Bill


  • AJC Open House - January 2014

    Skip and Gail Sack with Brian Lipton and Veronica Brady


  • AJC Open House - January 2014

    Gail and Skip Sack


  • JFCS Gala 'Celebrating the American Spir... - December 2013

    Skip and Gail Sack, Lisa Morris and Howard Rooks


  • Corinthian Society Celebration - December 2013

    Honorees Gail and Richard Rubin


  • 'The Art of Caring for Children' - November 2013

    Gail and Skip Sack


  • Curtain Raiser - October 2013

    Gail Briley, Frances Vitale and Rachel Assi


  • LECOM Scholarship Dinner and Auction Gal... - October 2013

    Julie Martel, Shelia Cowan, Gail Shane, Carlene Lemley Becky Canesse and Bergen Sterahle


  • Women's Council of Realtors Fashion Show... - September 2013

    Gayle Goodfriend, Gail Shane and Leslie Lauritano


  • Women's Council of Realtors Fashion Show... - September 2013

    Sally Schule, Gail Shane and Mary Hellhake


  • SPARCC Princess and Pirate Ball - May 2013

    Kiki Verall-Wells, Heather Koester and Abigail Koester


  • Third Annual Men Who Cook - April 2013

    Scott Anderson with Gail and Skip Sack


  • 'Deja Vu: The Love Boat' - April 2013

    Rhonda Coblentz and Gail Shane


  • 2013 Greenfield Prize Award Presentation... - April 2013

    Gail and Jerrold Kamensky


  • Cattle Baron's Ball - April 2013

    Iris Starr and Gail Shane


  • Cattle Baron's Ball - April 2013

    Mark and Gail Henderson with Sal Diaz-Verson, Jr.


  • 25th annual Celebration Luncheon - April 2013

    Barbara Finn, Barbara Glanz and Gail Shane


  • Salute to the Stars Awards Luncheon - March 2013

    Gail Briley, Frances Vitale, David Silverman and Robert Schaible


  • 9th Annual JFCS Celebrity Chefs and Wine... - March 2013

    Todd Engelhardt and Gail Shane


  • 9th Annual JFCS Celebrity Chefs and Wine... - March 2013

    Dick Fedelem, Ben Klein, Eileen and Jim Tennant and Gail Klein


  • Bag Ladies and Baubles Luncheon - March 2013

    Gail Barthold and Barbara Campo


  • Out to Lunch 'Mrs. Kennedy and Me' featu... - March 2013

    Gail Hruby and Sandy Strom


  • Junior League of Sarasota Legacy Luncheo... - February 2013

    Gail Hruby, Donna Barcomb and Sandy Strom


  • Star of the Opera 'Two Dates with the De... - February 2013

    Gail Briley, Jennifer Simms, Pat Reinhart and Frances Vitale


  • Star of the Opera 'Two Dates with the De... - February 2013

    Tina Baran, Kathryn Cunningham and Gail Hall


  • New College Foundation's Inaugural Ball - February 2013

    Raine Nelson, Abigail Oakes and Samantha Kregger


  • The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbi... - February 2013

    Gail Briley and Frances Vitale


  • ARC Best in Show Gala 'Unconditional Lov... - February 2013

    Gail Hall and Maryanne Conlan


  • Sarasota Women's Cancer Awareness Lunche... - January 2013

    Sharyn Nassau and Gail Klein


  • Jewels on the Bay Designer Showcase Kick... - January 2013

    Barbara Gardner, Gail Davies and Sharon Lyons


  • Bradenton Opera Guild Winter Gala - January 2013

    Frances Vitale, Gail Briley and Elissa Soyka


  • Bradenton Opera Guild Winter Gala - January 2013

    Gail Briley


  • Dining with the Stars - January 2013

    Alena Barwick, 14, and Abigail Zion, 12, dressed up as Hollywood starlets for Temple Emanu-El’s Dining with the Stars event.


  • Dining with the Stars - January 2013

    Gail Yaverbaum, Barbara and Harry Lifsec, Bart Timmins, Michael Richker, Dan Carter, Joan Blum and Henry Yaverbaum


  • Women's Day with Steve Guttenberg - December 2012

    Judy Vigder, Florence Katz and Gail Klein


  • Women's Day with Steve Guttenberg - December 2012

    Barbara Sander and Gail Shalvitz


  • SPARCCle for the Holidays - December 2012

    Judy Armano, Marlys Hildreth, Sheila Davis and Gail Cox


  • The Next Act Gala - November 2012

    Sherry Singer with Gail and Bernie Katz


  • Divas After Dark - November 2012

    Gail Conquest and Greg Dixon


  • Curtain Raiser - October 2012

    Frances Vitale and Gail Briley


  • RIAF 2012 Closing Night Party - October 2012

    Gail Welch


  • RIAF 2012 Closing Night Party - October 2012

    Gail and Julie Welch


  • 2012 Equality Florida Suncoast Gala - October 2012

    Ron Brown and Gail Colella


  • Opening Night of Love, Loss and What I W... - June 2012

    Sig Johnson, Priscilla Derrenbacker, Gail and Timothy Foster


  • RAGS TO RICHES - April 2012

    Jenny Hime, Gail Johnson and Kathy Standard


  • RAGS TO RICHES - April 2012

    Laura Proctor and Gail Hruby


  • Paws on the Catwalk 'Animal Magnetism' - April 2012

    Maruta Miluns and Gail Kayajian


  • Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe April Foo... - April 2012

    Dr. Gail Moore and Gabriella Cooper


  • Maestro Victor DeRenzi's 30th Anniversar... - March 2012

    Rachael Worthington, Gail Briley and Frances Vitale


  • YMCA Foundation of Sarasota VIP Dinner '... - March 2012

    Susan Brennan, Gail Bowden, Lavonne Maetin and Kristi Bonsack


  • YMCA Foundation of Sarasota VIP Dinner '... - March 2012

    Host Donna Simmons with Lavonne Martin, Susan Brennan, Belinda Coffrin, Gail Bowden and Kristi Bonsack


  • YMCA Foundation of Sarasota VIP Dinner '... - March 2012

    Host Donna Simmons with Lavonne Martin, Susan Brennan, Belinda Coffrin, Gail Bowden and Kristi Bonsack


  • Women's Cancer Awareness Luncheon featur... - March 2012

    Gail Katz, Irene Kauffman and Dottie Baer Garner


  • Hadassah's Centennial Celebration - March 2012

    Gail Shane and Barbara Segal


  • REAL, HEELS and WHEELS - March 2012

    Gail Henderson, Christopher McConnell and Kristine Saldivar


  • 2012 Renaissance Luncheon - March 2012

    Barbie Gummin brought her original copy of Gail Sheehy's book "Pathfinders" to the Women's Resource luncheon.


  • 2012 Renaissance Luncheon - March 2012

    Lydia McIntire, Gail Sheehy and Norma Cohen


  • 2012 Renaissance Luncheon - March 2012

    Michael Saunders, Gail Sheehy and Janice Zarro


  • Neuro Challenge Cause 4 Fashion Parkinso... - March 2012

    Gail Bowden and Donna Simmons


  • Sarasota Opera Opening Night Gala - February 2012

    Frances Vitale, Gail Briley and Annette and Bill Lloyd


  • Second Hand Rose Fashion Show and Lunche... - February 2012

    Nancy Christie, Gail Cox and Judy Armano


  • Sweetheart Luncheon honoring Johanna Mei... - February 2012

    Gail Sanderson and Janet Huelster


  • Red Hot Event - January 2012

    Dave Lacy, Gail Boyer and Carol & Paul Banach


  • 'Le Grand Cabaret' 2011 JFCS GALA - December 2011

    Gail and Ben Klein


  • AJC 2011 Civic Achievement Award Dinner ... - November 2011

    Gail Sack and Stephen Walker


  • AJC 2011 Civic Achievement Award Dinner ... - November 2011

    Brian Lipton, Gail Sack and Stephen Walker


  • Wine Women & Shoes Sole Men Reception - October 2011

    Jenny Hovey, Erin Fitzgerald, Taryn Pharo, Dr. John Fezza, Gail Cervera and Pia Simonson


  • The Bag Ladies and Baubles Luncheon - April 2011

    Nancy Buchner and Gail Phipps


  • Reach Out Recovery Awards Celebration Di... - April 2011

    Ann Davidson-Pohl, Abbie Kurland and Gail Sullivan


  • Giving Matters Luncheon featuring Barbar... - April 2011

    Gail Hannah and Kay Nissly


  • Celebrity Chefs and Wine Tasting - March 2011

    Co-Chairs Ben and Gail Klein


  • Town Hall Platinum Dinner featuring Cher... - February 2011

    Gail and Keith Johnson and Stacey Corley


  • 'Women in Hollywood' Luncheon honoring M... - January 2011

    Amy Drake and Gail Sack


  • Best of Black Tie 2010 - December 2010

    Models Ariane Dart, Gail Klein, Caryn Patterson, Monica Barth, Jamie Becker and Roger Capote at The Observer Group's Black Tie Bash "Season Shaker" in October.


  • 'Celebrating Silver - A Musical Salute t... - December 2010

    Gail and Ben Klein


  • 'Celebrating Silver - A Musical Salute t... - December 2010

    Gail and Ben Klein


  • 'Celebrating Silver - A Musical Salute t... - December 2010

    Skip and Gail Sack with Milford and Melby Lewis


  • Joy to the World Luncheon - December 2010

    Gail Hruby and Judy Nimz


  • Men and Women of the Year Luncheon - December 2010

    Estella Thomas, Willie Mae Sheffield, Cynthia Hudson, honoree Dr. Harriet Moore, Rev. R. Vincent Smith and Gail Sullivan


  • AJC Civic Achievement Award Dinner honor... - November 2010

    Skip and Gail Sack with Veronica and Jay Brady


  • Building Hope Grand Opening - November 2010

    Skip and Gail Sack with Katherine Harris and Anders Ebbeson


  • Brunch on the Bay - November 2010

    Dennis Stover, Vivienne Smith, Gail Sullivan and Phil King


  • Black Tie Bash 'Season Shaker' - October 2010

    Models Ariane Dart, Gail Klein, Caryn Patterson, Monica Barth, Jamie Becker and Roger Capote


  • Black Tie Bash 'Season Shaker' - October 2010

    Elizabeth and Ed Roberts with Gail Johnson


  • Black Tie Bash 'Season Shaker' - October 2010

    Gail Klein models for JFCS's Celebrity Chefs and Wine Tasting


  • 'Thai One On' at Someone's In The Kitche... - September 2010

    Donna Simmons and Gail Bower


  • Black and Red Gala - September 2010

    Ashley Jantzen, Eileen Lundy, Cheryl Marchand, Gail Langeneger, Sabrina Cullen and Candy Magiera


  • The Women's Council of Realtors Annual F... - September 2010

    Chairwomen Melia Favorite and Gail Shane


  • Annual Women's Equity Luncheon - August 2010

    Maryann Grgic, Rochelle Dudley and Gail Shane


  • Women's Leadership Council Luncheon feat... - May 2010

    Leslie Cornell and Gail Shane


  • 'Element Au' - May 2010

    Brenda Coffrin, Pat Martin and Gail Bowden


  • Hurricane Bash - May 2010

    Laurel Corriveau and Gail Sullivan


  • Key Chorale 25th Anniversary Gala Celebr... - April 2010

    Bernie and Gail Katz


  • Sarasota Film Festival Night of 1,000 St... - April 2010

    Gail Sack, Stephanie Segrete and Karen Fay


  • Cattle Barons' Ball Kick-off - March 2010

    Jesse Biter's daughter, Abigail


  • Women's Leadership Council Luncheon feat... - February 2010

    Kathi Cellura and Gail Sullivan


  • The Little Black Dress Makes a Friend - January 2010

    David Bank and Gail Sullivan


  • The Little Black Dress Makes a Friend - January 2010

    Gail Sullivan


  • 'An Evening at the Opera Warehouse' - January 2010

    Marilyn Bezner, Gail Sanderson, Vlatka Ivanisevic


  • 'An Evening at the Opera Warehouse' - January 2010

    Beth Bloechl and grandaughter Ashley Gaillard


  • Children First 50th Anniversary Celebrat... - January 2010

    Mimi Goodwill, Wendy Hopkins and Gail Levin


  • The Best of Black Tie 2009 - December 2009

    Gail Bowden, Denise Mei and Nicole Sacco at United Cerebral Palsy's �Someone�s in the Kitchen with Tommy and Phil� in September.


  • Women of the Year honoring Nancy Feehan,... - December 2009

    Fran Levinson and Gail Sullivan


  • 'The Brassy Broads of Broadway' - November 2009

    Ted Ellis and Gail Schaeffer


  • 'A Night in New Orleans' - November 2009

    Gail Baird and Katherine Stephens


  • 'A Night in New Orleans' - November 2009

    Gail Baird and Katherine Stephens


  • 'A Night in New Orleans' - November 2009

    Marilyn Bezner and Gail Sanderson


  • 'A Night in New Orleans' - November 2009

    Marilyn Bezner and Gail Sanderson


  • Old-Fashioned New England Clambake - November 2009

    Gail Sullivan, Vivienne Smith and Beverly Koach


  • YMCA Donor Appreciation Luncheon - November 2009

    Debbie Dannheisser, Donna Simmons, Gail Bowden and Debbie Seitl


  • Flip Flops and Fashion Luncheon and Fash... - October 2009

    Gail Clifford, Joan Beneke and Renate Augenstein


  • 'Hot Style in the City' Fashion Show and... - September 2009

    Leslie Cornell Anders and Gail Sullivan


  • 'Hot Style in the City' Fashion Show and... - September 2009

    Co-Chairwomen Gail Shane and Melia Favorite


  • 'Hot Style in the City' Fashion Show and... - September 2009

    Co-Chairwomen Gail Shane and Melia Favorite


  • 'Someone's In the Kitchen With Tommy and... - September 2009

    Gail Bowden, Denise Mei and Nicole Sacco


  • 'Someone's In the Kitchen With Tommy and... - September 2009

    Michael Marcone and Gail Bowden


  • Women's Leadership Council Luncheon with... - August 2009

    Rosanne Frano, Betsy Marshall and Gail Sullivan


  • Women's Leadership Council Luncheon with... - August 2009

    Annette Gueli and Gail Shane


  • Salon Series featuring Rhoda Rose Olson - July 2009

    Gail Hruby, Judy Caron and Carlene Mallires


  • Front Page Luncheon - May 2009

    Gail Sullivan and Alex Quarles


  • 'Little Black Dress Follows Her Dream' - May 2009

    Vivienne Smith and Gail Sullivan


  • Go Red for Women Luncheon - May 2009

    Annaritz Nora-Stott, Julie Park, Gail Greco and Lisa Rock


  • SPARCC Prince and Princess Ball - April 2009

    Abigail Clissold


  • Sarasota Film Festival Filmmaker Tribute - April 2009

    Gail and Skip Sack


  • Lunch for the Cure - March 2009

    Gloria Bergman, Gail Katz and Barbara Katz


  • Chabad of Sarasota Gala - February 2009

    Gail and David Rubinfeld with Uda Inbar


  • A Gala Evening with Natalie Cole - February 2009

    Gail Greco and Kim Urbuteit


  • Sweetheart of the Opera Luncheon - February 2009

    Juanita Connell and Gail Sanderson


  • 60th Anniversary Gala Celebration featur... - January 2009

    Skip and Gail Sack


  • Living with AIDS, What a Drag: 'Divas Af... - January 2009

    Jeannie Randolph and Gail Condrick


  • Women's Day featuring director Tiffany S... - December 2008

    Wendy Diamond and Gail Edelman


  • Women's Day featuring director Tiffany S... - December 2008

    Roberta Lichtenstein, Edith Chaifetz and Gail Katz


  • Poinsettia Luncheon - December 2008

    Gail Sanderson and Myrna Labberton


  • Girls' Night Out - December 2008

    Gail Sullivan and Fran Levinson


  • 'Flip Flops and Fashion' Luncheon and Fa... - October 2008

    Gail Tassone, Janie Dunn-Rankin, Debbie Revels and Tamara Disselkoen


  • A Tribute to Stewart Stearns - October 2008

    Nancy Schlosseerg, honoree Stewart Stearns and Gail Levin


  • Tribute to Heroes ?Bash? - September 2008

    Gail and Lou Gagliardi


  • ?Lights, Camera?Fashion ? Be a Part of t... - September 2008

    Seth Jackson, Nicole Bentivegna, Kalie and Ryan Gailmard


  • Derby Day - May 2008

    Craig and Leslie Olesen, Sarah Olesen, Robert Ferris, Melanie Voss, Abigail and Scott Olesen


  • Cabana Culture - April 2008

    Sandy and Jerry Strom, Gail and Phil Hruby, Pam and Alan Morris


  • The Reel Experience at the Lake Club - April 2008

    Barbara Gardner, Jim David, Patti Sheehy, Janice Stridick and Gail Forrest


  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure Luncheon - March 2008

    Mrasha Halpern, Rookie Shifrin, Lois Goldman, Lynne Aussprung, Alice Shwom, Shelia Brill and Gail Klein


  • 16th annual Jazzy Ladies Fashion Show - February 2008

    Stacie Velliquette, Barbara Lambert, Deborah Carter, Billie Earle Deane, Edie Watson, Gail Morrison, Terrie Langford and Shirley Watson


  • PAL Gala - February 2008

    Duane and Patty Campbell with Gail and Bill Balkwill


  • 28th annual Extravaganza: ?007 - For You... - November 2007

    Gail and Skip Sack


  • 'Escape to Vegas' - November 2007

    Reggie Alleyne, Gail Bucci, Geri Simon and Chip Jackson


  • Mistletoe Ball Preview Party - September 2007

    Gail Yonov, James Pritchard and Elizabeth Tucker


  • Harry Potter Grand Hallows Ball & Midnig... - July 2007

    Summer Gladhill, Sydney Starcher, Jocelyn Starcher, Gail Keiser and Lauren Magee


  • Still Life in Motion Fashion Show: "Esca... - May 2007

    Shirley Faist and Gail Baird


  • Eternal Light Dinner - February 2007

    Christa Fineshriber, Gail Whiting and Frank Fineshriber


  • Wearable Art Fashion Show and Luncheon - February 2007

    Abigail Akers models a comfortable outfit.


  • Wearable Art Fashion Show and Luncheon - February 2007

    Abigail Akers


  • Spirit of Manatee Awards - A Celebration... - January 2007

    Jimmy White and Gail Manuel


  • 'Madame Butterfly' Opening Night Gala - January 2007

    Steve Kienzle and Gail Sullivan


  • An Evening with Martina Navratilova - January 2007

    Sue Jennings and Gail Weinflash


  • Vic and Lizzie's Japanese Adventure - January 2007

    Sisters Kira and Ashley Gaillard


  • Snooty's Diamond Jubilee Gala - November 2006

    Stan and Gail Stephens with Suzanne and Tom Thomas


  • Shining Star Award Ceremony - October 2006

    Chris Sancin, Sarah White and Gail Hruby


  • Shining Star Award Ceremony - October 2006

    Event co-chairs Sarah White and Gail Hruby


  • Opening Night Gala 2006 Historic Asolo T... - October 2006

    Gail and Tom McCabe


  • Black Tie & Tails - September 2006

    Dave Lacy and Gail Boyer


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  • Designing Debut - 09/17/14

    Alexandra Lin designs personality — in clothing. Think Audrey Hepburn meets Vivian Westwood, combined with a little bit of Lilly Pulitzer, and you’ve got 'the new face of the South.'

  • Three Things: Living the Ritz life - 08/13/14

    The Ritz-Carlton may well be the most iconic luxury brand in the world. And for more than a decade its mystique has added immeasurably to Sarasota's image as a gathering spot for the rich and famous.

  • Turquoise token on the bay - 07/30/14

    If you are lucky enough to have a home with water views, it would seem a unanimous want, but hard or impractical to accomplish, to have pristine and unobstructed views from all areas of your home.

  • Three Things: A Happy Median - 07/09/14

    The median price of a home in Sarasota these days is $215,000, meaning half the houses cost more and half cost less. But what will this tidy sum buy you?

  • Staycation Living on Siesta Key - 06/18/14

    Within walking distance of both the Siesta Key Public Beach and Siesta Key Village, the beachfront home located at 636 Beach Road on almost two acres of land overlooking the Gulf of Mexico is a great place to live to feel as though you're on vacation.

  • Keep your garden in season - 05/28/14

    As summer approaches, the desire to be outside enjoying the clear skies and warm weather is hard to resist, and it also provides the ideal time to spruce up your yard and garden.

  • Spring fever: Decor in bloom - 04/30/14

    Springtime … When flowers bloom, the air is fresh and excitement is near for the slower summer months. We explored local interior shops to find the perfect spring additions to appeal to all of the senses.

  • It's Read Everywhere - 04/16/14

    Headed on a great vacation? Make sure to take your Observer along! Visit YourObserver.com/itsreadeverywhere to submit your entries. We can’t wait to see where The Observer will travel next!

  • Artists' retreats - 04/02/14

    A look inside the studios where two of Sarasota's most artistic residents find peace to do they what they do best: create.

  • Business Briefs - 03/19/14

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

  • 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:

  • 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

  • Fashion Trends: Home Edition - 02/19/14

    Fashion at home is just as flux as fashion in a closet — trends come and go and some turn into long-standing staples. We stopped in a few local interior shops to see what's trending in the home décor world, and we found great tips and items to keep your home in style.

  • College commitment - 02/12/14

    Nine athletes from Braden River and Lakewood Ranch high schools made their college choices official on National Signing Day.

  • Area athletes ink college choices - 02/05/14

    Twenty-seven East County and Sarasota County student athletes made their college choices known today during National Signing Day ceremonies at their respective high schools.

  • Neighbors pitch to Hilton guests - 02/05/14

    Longboat Key will have 102 fewer tourist units for 16 to 18 months when the Hilton shuts down, but other properties are ready to roll out the welcome mat during the resort’s remodel.

  • 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

  • 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™.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • VIDEO: Longboat Key's 9/11 tribute - 09/11/13

    In 2002, Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce Executive DirectorE Gail Loefgren proposed lining Gulf of Mexico Drive with nearly 3,000 flags in memory of each life lost in the attacks.

  • Radio program celebrates milestone - 08/07/13

    Local Realtor liaison Gail Shane recently celebrated the fourth anniversary of her radio program, 'Gail Shane & Friends,' which airs at 10 a.m. Saturday, on WSRQ Radio 106.9 FM and 1220 AM.

  • REAL ESTATE REPORTS - 07/24/13

    MSC Foundation awards $30,000 in grants; Century 21 Dockside Realty releases new iOS app; Island Real Estate of Anna Maria announces top agents; SAR announces lowest inventory in a decade

  • Country Club Village home sells for $860,000 - 07/10/13

    A home in Country Club Village at Lakewood Ranch tops all transactions in this week's real estate. Ronald and Patricia Zabel, of Lakewood Ranch, sold their home at 7010 Vilamoura Place to Robert and Molly Eliason, of Waukee, Iowa, for $860,000.

  • Home on Higel Avenue sells for $2,935,000 - 06/27/13

    A home in Siesta's Bayside tops all transactions in this week's real estate. Scott and Debra Losch, of Sarasota, sold their home at 4929 Higel Ave. to Mary Peirce and Elizabeth Logan, co-guardians, of Sarasota, for $2,935,000.

  • SIDELINES 6.27.13 - 06/26/13

    Cal Ripken 8U All-Stars secure district crown; Lakewood Ranch High to hold softball camp;NJCAA announces academic award winners;Silver Hawks end season with second-place finish

  • Home in Revised Siesta sells for $3.6 million - 06/13/13

    A home in Revised Siesta tops all transactions in this week's real estate. The Northern Trust Co. and Gordon Holmes, trustees, of Naples sold the home at 3332 Gulfmead Drive to Sam Norton, trustee, of Sarasota, for $3.6 million. Built in 1970, it has four bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and 3,084 square feet of living area.

  • Home in Chelsea sells for $1,112,500 - 05/22/13

    A home in Chelsea tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Arthur and Bonnie Mellor, of Sapphire, N.C., sold their home at 7320 Chelsea Court to Ronald and Susan Keefe, of Prince Edward Island, Canada, for $1,112,500.

  • News Briefs - 05/08/13

    Two injured in Lakewood Ranch apartment robbery; Goodwill Manasota's new corporate campus approved; Main Street events benefit local charities

  • SIDELINES - 05/01/13

    8U River Dawgs win baseball tourney; River Strand tops Stoneybrook; IMG hoops players sign scholarships

  • Home in Country Club Village sells for $1.4 million - 05/01/13

    A home in Country Club Village at Lakewood Ranch tops all transactions in this week's real estate. ACPA Land Investments LLC and LVI Land Investments LLC sold the home at 7304 Greystone St. to James and Winifred Castoro, of Lakewood Ranch, for $1.4 million.

  • Waterlefe home sells for $1.15 million - 04/24/13

    A home in Waterlefe Golf and River Club tops all transactions in this week's real estate. Robert and Marlinda Thomason, of Bradenton, sold their home at 10602 Riverbank Terrace to Boomcare Ltd. for $1.15 million.

  • Home in Sarasota Beach sells for $4.25 million - 04/11/13

    A home in Sarasota Beach tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Richard and Marcia Holton, of Sarasota, sold their home at 220 Tenacity Lane to William Knapp, William Knapp II and Gerard Neugent, trustees, of West Des Moines, Iowa, for $4.25 million.

  • Scene & Heard - 04/10/13

    The perfect set to commit a murder; First of bi-annual art installation; Second installment of the now known

  • Home in Country Club Village sells for $640,000 - 03/20/13

    A home in Country Club Village at Lakewood Ranch tops all transaction in this week's real estate. Norman Malcolm, of Sarasota, sold his home at 8119 Lone Tree Glen to George Dahlbeck and Diane Briganti, of Lakewood Ranch, for $640,000.

  • Beau Ciel condominium sells for $1,187,500 - 02/27/13

    A condominium in Beau Ciel tops all transactions in this week's real estate. Stanley and Mary Antrim, trustees, of Osprey, sold the Unit 903 condominium at 990 Blvd. of the Arts to Richard Cameron, of Sarasota, for $1,187,500.

  • Home in Country Club East sells for $653,000 - 01/30/13

    A home in Country Club East of Lakewood Ranch tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. SP1 Inc. sold the home at 7046 Kingsmill Court to Robert Klutts and Vicki Klutts, trustees, of Lakewood Ranch, for $653,000.

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Braden River vs. Charlotte - 01/15/13

    The Braden River High girls soccer team defeated Charlotte 3-1 in a Class 4A-District 11 quarterfinal Jan. 14. Carly Provan scored three minutes into the match to give the host Lady Pirates a 1-0 lead. Fifth-seeded Charlotte tied the game 1-1 in the 17th minute. Braden River regained the lead on Abigail Holmes’ goal in t

  • Theater: 'You Can't Take it with You' - 01/09/13

    Asolo Rep continues its 2012/13 theme of "The American Character Project," which began with "1776," with yet, another spectacularly relevant production of a great American classic, "You Can't Take it with You."

  • SIDELINES - 12/19/12

    Riley-Hawkins wins Memorial Tournament; Cardinal Mooney tames Braden River with victory; Lady Pirates ride six-game streak; Lady Mustangs draw even with Lady Indians; Mustangs boys soccer blanks Venice Indians

  • Theater Review: '1776' - 11/20/12

    If only everyone in America could see "1776," they'd have a much clearer understanding of the political divisions we are experiencing now.

  • Condominium in Grand Bay sells for $2.97 million - 10/17/12

    A condominium in Grand Bay tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Edward Burke and Julie Burke, trustee, of Sarasota, sold the Unit PH3101 condominium at 3030 Grand Bay Blvd. to Deborah Renwick, trustee, of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, for $2.97 million.

  • Gulf and Bay Club condo sells for $650,000 - 09/20/12

    A condominium in Gulf and Bay Club tops all transactions in this week's real estate. James Zink, of Indianapolis, sold his Unit 302 condominium at 5790 Midnight Pass Road to Thomas and Suzanne McGee, of Kansas City, Mo., for $650,000.

  • Warwick Gardens home tops sales at $711,000 - 07/18/12

    A home in Warwick Gardens tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Willard and Barbara Engel, of Shelbyville, Ill., sold their home at 7325 Chatsworth Court to Thomas and Laurie Baker, of Orchard Park, N.Y., for $711,000.

  • Three-bedroom Waterlefe home sells for $565,000 - 06/27/12

    A home in Waterlefe Golf and River Club tops all transactions in this week's real estate. Deborah and Henry Sunkenberg, of Bradenton, sold their home at 10912 Big Bass Place to Bruce Diplock, trustee, of Ontario, Canada, for $565,000.

  • Class of 2012 - 05/30/12

    These Longboat Key, Lido and Bird Key high school seniors have aced countless exams, read stacks of literary classics, won football games and tennis matches, danced at prom, learned to drive, learned foreign languages, mastered the FCAT and took their high schools by storm.

  • The Beach Residences unit sells for $3.9 million - 03/14/12

    David Shoemaker, trustee, Sarasota, sold the Unit 1101 condominium at The Beach Residences, 1300 Benjamin Franklin Drive, to James and Misdee Miller, Lakewood Ranch, for $3.9 million. Built in 2005, it has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and 4,194 square feet of living area.

  • JUST THE STATS - 02/22/12

    148 — Score of overall champions Evan and Jaclyn Fletcher and Marion and Irene Pye at the Couples Member/Guest 2012 Golf Tournament Friday, Feb. 17, at the Longboat Key Club and Resort.

  • Bridge Scoreboard - 01/04/12

    Read the winning results of recent bridge matches of Merrill Duplicate Bridge Club and Longboat Key Duplicate Bride Club.

  • Lots for Tots - 12/28/11

    Many local little boys and girls will benefit from the elves at the Longboat Key Michael Saunders real-estate offices.

  • Lakewood Ranch home tops weekly transactions - 11/16/11

    A home in the Country Club of Lakewood Ranch tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Anne and Leonard Doherty, Sarasota, sold their home at 7339 Edenmore St. to James and Mary Hill, Bradenton, for $457,000.

  • Scene & Heard - 09/14/11

    Baby, I'm back!; DWB receives a whirlwind facelift; s/ART/q gets graphic with its tees; Golden Apple goes 'Butch' for buck

  • Two Concession homes each sell for $1.22M - 08/17/11

    Two homes in Concession top the transactions in this week’s real estate. Quality Properties Asset Management Company sold the homes at 19459 and 19463 Beacon Park Place to NFL legend Terry Bradshaw, of Thackerville, Okla., for $1.22 million.

  • Tower Residences condo sells for $2.25 million - 06/30/11

    A condominium in The Tower Residences tops all real-estate transactions from June 13 to June 17. Michael and Karen Valentino, of Sarasota, sold their Unit 1203 condominium at 35 Watergate Drive to Sally Yanowitz, trustee, for $2.25 million. Built in 2003, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,985 square feet of living area. I

  • East County Business - 06/22/11

    CornerStone, Blue Skye to offer Hot Properties event; EDGE announces new field specialist; Gateway Bank names new group VP; Hampton joins Soda Group at Keller Williams; RE/MAX tournament raises $4,650 for hospital

  • Class of 2011 - 06/01/11

    Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you the Class of 2011. These Longboat, Lido and Bird key graduates will soon start a new chapter in their lives as they pursue their goals for higher education. But, before they could say goodbye to high school, we gave them one final quiz about their past accomplishments and plans for the fut

  • A home on Siesta Key sells for $4.9 million - 05/12/11

    Michael and Nancy Dixon, of Barbour, Ala., sold their home at 6729 Peacock Road and a vacant lot on Peacock Road to Willis and Elizabeth Hartman, of Wichita, Kansas, and Hartman Oil Inc. for $4.9 million and $1.1 million, respectively.

  • Dance Review: 'Spring Surprise' - 05/04/11

    Not all surprises are good surprises. That was the case for the final performance of the Sarasota Ballet's 20th anniversary season — unfortunate for such a celebratory year.

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Kip O'Neill's April birthdays party - 04/20/11

    Following tradition, Kip O'Neill once again hosted a birthday party for Village girls with April birthdays. Attending April 20 this year were Ginny Johnson, Gail Condrick, Dawn diLorenzo, Lissy LaFlamme, Lillian Sands, D’Arcy Arpke, Vivie Porterfield, Chantal Diem and Liz Yerkes. Guests were Village residents, but no men were

  • Home, Sweet Home - 03/16/11

    Lake Erie College of Osteophathic Medicine student Lauren Acton bought her first home in Central Park in Lakewood Ranch. Her sale was the 8,000th for Ranch developer Neal Communities.

  • Man of steel - 11/23/10

    Bruce White shares the stories behind his monumental career and the 'randomness' behind his latest sculpture in downtown Sarasota.

  • Business Observer 09.23.10 - 09/22/10

    Gail Shane, Realtor liaison for Neal Communities, celebrated recently the one-year anniversary of her radio show, "Gail Shane & Friends," on WTMY 1280 AM.

  • Turtle Watch: Hatchling season starts early this year - 07/14/10

    As of July 3, with 136 nests laid on Longboat Key, we're beginning to catch up a bit on last year’s larger numbers (148 nests for the same time last year). The sea-turtle hatchling season has officially begun a little sooner than expected due to the heat and relatively dry weather.

  • Music Review: Looking ahead - 06/02/10

    With masterworks such as "The Crucible" and "La Boheme" at the Sarasota Opera and guests such as Robert Ward, Dick Hyman, Jacques d’Amboise, Robert Sherman and Martin Bookspan at SILL, 2011 promises to be a blockbuster season in Sarasota.

  • FOREVER A MOM - 05/05/10

    Ever since her son, Josh Zawacki, was a little boy, East County mom Alison Almy promised him a sibling. On Josh's 21st birthday in 2008, she surprised him with news — she was having triplets.

  • Lido Beach home sells for $1,895,000 - 05/05/10

    The sale was the largest of 24 transactions — more than any other week to date in 2010 — recorded on Longboat, Lido, St. Armands and Bird keys for the week of April 19 through April 23 at the Sarasota and Manatee county courthouses.

  • Village gals celebrate annual tradition - 04/18/10

    An annual tradition in the Village neighborhood is the celebration of April birthdays at the home of Kip O'Neill. The list of celebrants grows each year — and there were nine birthday gals who attended the party Sunday, April 18. Birthday girls this year were Gail Condrick, Lillian Sands, Vivie Porterfield, Dawn diLorenzo, Cha

  • Bevy of blooms - 04/14/10

    Longboat Key is currently ablaze with color as spring buds, long dormant from the cool winter, burst into bloom.

  • Some like it hot - 02/10/10

    A hint of Scottish bonnet pepper made a family recipe the winner of the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center’s first Rib Fest event.

  • Reality check - 01/20/10

    Forty artists get real (and surreal) in the latest exhibit to grace the walls of Ringling College's Selby Gallery.

  • $1.25 million sale at Water Club II - 09/02/09

    The sale of Unit 4 in the 11-story, 86-unit Water Club II tower for $1.25 million was one of three more than $1 million sales that highlighted the 10 realty transactions recorded on the keys during the third week of August.

  • Man on the street: Larger than life - 07/15/09

    We polled passerby near the "Unconditional Surrender" statue on Sarasota's bayfront and asked one question: Should the statue stay on the bayfront or be moved to a less public space?

  • Key Real Estate - 06/24/09

    Gilbert and Susan Harrell sold their Unit 263 at Grand Bay II to Linda and Glenn Miller, from Windemere, for $1,025,000. It was the largest real-estate transaction recorded on the keys during the week of June 8 through June 12.

  • Birth Announcements 06.25.09 - 06/24/09

    The East County Observer would like to congratulate all the parents who celebrated recently the births of their new bundles of joy. All of the following babies were born at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center.

  • A Package Deal - 05/20/09

    Eric Baird has constantly pushed himself to do better at what is now his $26 million packaging and shipping company. The next push: $100 million in annual revenues by 2012.

  • Five of 10 Key sales surpass $1 million - 05/14/09

    Not only are there encouraging signs in the area, state and nation but also right here on the keys, because sales recordings for the week of April 27 through May 1 rose from six the week before to 10.

  • Siesta Key condominium sells for $592,000 - 05/07/09

    A condominium in Sarasota Surf and Racquet Club tops all sales in this week’s real-estate transactions. Paul Kessen, of Boone, Ky., sold his Unit 1206 condominium at 5920 Midnight Pass Road to Paul and Elizabeth Coz, of Beverly, Mass., for $592,500


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