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  • Designing Daughters Gala 'Fashionable Ga... - May 2014

    Montana Taplinger and Ashley Dooley


  • Designing Daughters Gala 'Fashionable Ga... - May 2014

    Irwin and Montana Taplinger


  • Designing Daughters Gala 'Fashionable Ga... - May 2014

    Irwin and Montana Taplinger


  • Where Art Meets Fashion - April 2014

    Co-Host Montana Taplinger, featured artist Marisu Miranda, Co-Host Nikki Sedacca and Co-Host Wendy Feinstein


  • Where Art Meets Fashion - April 2014

    Co-Host Montana Taplinger, featured artist Marisu Miranda, Co-Host Nikki Sedacca and Co-Host Wendy Feinstein


  • Pique Nique Sur la Baie - April 2014

    Ashley Gruters, Montana Taplinger, Jennifer Rust, Ashley Dooley, Amanda Pileggi and Pandora Cabrera


  • Pique Nique Sur la Baie - April 2014

    Montana Taplinger, Ashley Dooley and Ashley Gruters


  • Iconcept 6 - March 2014

    Joe Santana, Denise Aberle, Sandy Lewis and Brady Pedler


  • Iconcept 6 - March 2014

    Joe Santana, Denise Aberle and Brady Pedler


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

    Flora Major, Tana Sandefur and Elisabeth Waters


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

    Trish Mire, Tana Sandefur and Mary George Smith


  • The Circus Arts Conservatory Gala - January 2014

    Uta Christ-Janer, Bello Nock and Tana Sandefur


  • The Circus Arts Conservatory Gala - January 2014

    Debra Sandefur, Uta Christ-Janer, Bello Nock, Tana Sandefur and John Sandefur


  • New Year's Eve Speakeasy Soiree - December 2013

    Gabriel Santana, Michelle Dhankhar, Sable Perrin, Chris Rios and Levi Perrin


  • 14th annual Signature Chefs Auction - December 2013

    Tony and Annette Santana with Marianne and Richard Reilly


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

    Shirley Silverman, Ina Schnell and Tana Sandefur


  • Sarasota Chalk Show at the Ice House - November 2013

    Montana Judd, Gary Palmer and Kimberly Colman


  • Goodwill Ambassador of the Year - October 2013

    Honoree Tana Sandefur with John and Deborah Sandefur


  • Key to the Cure - October 2013

    Ashley Dooley, Montana Taplinger and Erin Hart


  • Key to the Cure - October 2013

    Montana Taplinger and Lauren Graham


  • Key to the Cure - October 2013

    Montana Taplinger and Ashley Jantzen


  • Chic in the City: A Fashionable Gala - May 2013

    Co-Chairs Ashley Gruters and Montana Taplinger


  • Chic in the City: A Fashionable Gala - May 2013

    Co-Chairs Ashley Gruters and Montana Taplinger


  • Third Annual Men Who Cook - April 2013

    Marge Sedacca, Montana Taplinger and Nikki and Jeff Sedacca had an ice sculpture of a shrimp as their centerpiece.


  • Children First 'April in Paris' Gala - April 2013

    Kevin and Julie Stanaland with Elizabeth and David Fleming


  • 30th annual Pique Nique sur la Baie - April 2013

    Montana Taplinger and Nikki Sedacca


  • SFF Opening Night Party - April 2013

    Brian Montanari and Mark Barnard


  • Glitz at the Ritz-Carlton honoring Al an... - March 2013

    Tana Sandefur and Betty Schoenbaum


  • 'Madcap Evening: The Anniversary Edition... - March 2013

    Ashley Dooley and Montana Taplinger


  • JFCS Annual Gala - Magical Moments - December 2012

    Tana Sandefur, Jim Helmich and Gloria Moss


  • The Nutcracker - December 2012

    Dance Next Generation student Montana Beacham


  • Designing Women Boutique's DESIGNING DAU... - November 2012

    Montana Taplinger


  • The Next Act Gala - November 2012

    Uta Chris Janer and Tana Sandefur


  • Wine, Women and Shoes: The Signature Lun... - November 2012

    Edy Attanasio


  • Wit & Wisdom of Aging Luncheon - October 2012

    Gerda Maceikonis, Dr. Sarah Pappas and Tana Sandefur


  • Key to the Cure Kick Off Party - October 2012

    Montana Taplinger, Erin Hart and Ashley Dooley


  • Key to the Cure Kick Off Party - October 2012

    Montana Taplinger, Erin Hart and Ashley Dooley


  • Key to the Cure Kick Off Party - October 2012

    Montana Taplinger


  • Ross-Taplinger Wedding - May 2012

    Montana Ross with Nikki and Jeff Sedacca


  • Ross-Taplinger Wedding - May 2012

    Steve Ross and Montana Ross


  • Ross-Taplinger Wedding - May 2012

    Just married Montana and Irwin Taplinger and officiant Dan Bailey


  • Community Video Archives Hall of Fame Lu... - April 2012

    Nikki Sedacca and Montana Ross


  • Cinema Tropicale - April 2012

    Brigitta and Mark Sultana


  • Bag Ladies, Baubles and Bonnets Luncheon - April 2012

    Tana Sandefur and Linda Houze


  • The Glitz at the Ritz-Carlton: The Schoe... - March 2012

    Tana Sanderfur, Betty Schoenbaum and Roxie Jerde


  • Designing Women Boutique Fashion Week Ga... - December 2011

    Montana Ross, Margie Lee, Josephine Eisenberg, Hillary Steele and Heather Clark


  • Designing Women Boutique Fashion Week Ga... - December 2011

    Dr. Christine Cauffield, Montana Ross, Lisa Merritt and Shelley Sarbey


  • Designing Women Boutique Fashion Week Ga... - December 2011

    Montana Ross


  • Night of Hope Gala 'Over the Moon' - November 2011

    Tana Sandefur and Michele Redwine


  • The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Ce... - November 2011

    Diane McFarlin and Tana Sandefur


  • Black Tie Stand-Out of the Week - October 2011

    Long-time Ringling Museum supporter Tana Sandefur and her daughter Jane Taylor at the Ringling International Arts Festival Block Party -- the kickoff to the very successful third year of this world class event. Get the full story in the October 20 edition of Diversions, which comes with the Longboat Observer, the Sarasota Observer and the Pelican Press.


  • Gathering of the Goddesses Luncheon - October 2011

    Laveda Keesling, Montana Ross and Nikki Sedaca


  • Ringling International Arts Festival Ope... - October 2011

    Veronica and Jay Brady, Tana Sandefur


  • Ringling International Arts Festival Ope... - October 2011

    Tana Sandefur and Jane Taylor


  • Molly Schechter's Birthday Party - May 2011

    Tana Sandefur, Dottie Baer Garner and Doris Kaplan


  • A Fashionable Gala - May 2011

    Montana Ross and Lauren McComb


  • A Fashionable Gala - May 2011

    Irwin Taplinger and Montana Ross


  • 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 - Montana Ross - May 2011

    "I have a feminine and eclectic look. I change my style based on my mood." - Montana Ross


  • Guest Fashion Editor - Montana Ross - May 2011

    H&M BLAZER "I'm not afraid to pair different and unique color combos. This blazer is feminine but definitely has a little edge."


  • Guest Fashion Editor - Montana Ross - May 2011

    HERMES SCARF "This brings in bright color to any outfit. I like to wear the scarf in my hair or tied around a shirt collar for work."


  • Guest Fashion Editor - Montana Ross - May 2011

    J BRAND JEANS "I would wear these every day if I could - they seem to go with everything. I roll them up to wear with flats, or I wear them at night with heels."


  • Guest Fashion Editor - Montana Ross - May 2011

    JIMMY CHOO SHOES "These shoes were my first big splurge after I got my 'adult' job. I love patent and the Mary Jane style."


  • Guest Fashion Editor - Montana Ross - May 2011

    NANETTE LEPORE DRESS "I love to wear color, and I love the color and fit of this dress. Fit makes or breaks an outfit - I never buy anything that doesn't fit correctly."


  • Guest Fashion Editor - Montana Ross - May 2011

    PEARLS "My mom gave these to me for my college graduation. I wear pearls to work all the time. They go with everything and really make an outfit look more classy."


  • Guest Fashion Editor - Montana Ross - May 2011

    RENE ESCOBAR BRACELETS "I am a big accessories person - they can change the look of a whole outfit. My staple item is this set of gold bangles. They always make me feel pulled together."


  • Guest Fashion Editor - Montana Ross - May 2011

    SNAKESKIN CLUTCH "I designed this bag while on a trip overseas with my mom. I got to pick out the skin and added the handle. The color is great with any outfit."


  • Guest Fashion Editor - Montana Ross - May 2011

    TOP SHOP BLAZER "Everyone should have a classic black blazer in their closet. This goes great over dresses, with skinny jeans or even shorts. The cotton is so light and comfortable, and it's great for traveling."


  • Guest Fashion Editor - Montana Ross - May 2011

    TOP SHOP DRESS "This is my typical feminine dress - I love the fit and color. And, it's so easy to accessorize with jewelry or a blazer and a belt. I'm in London a lot for work, and I can't leave without making a stop at Top Shop."


  • Guest Fashion Editor - Montana Ross - May 2011

    TORY BURCH SHOES "I love having accessories in metallics, because you can wear them with anything and they make any outfit pop."


  • Guest Fashion Editor - Montana Ross - May 2011

    TRICIA FIX TOP "This is one of my favorite tops - it looks great with skinny jeans and a white blazer."


  • 'Cirque des Voix' - February 2011

    Betty Schoenbaum, Carol Krug, Tana Sandefur, Joseph Caulkins and Linda Howze


  • 'Cirque des Voix' - February 2011

    Betty Schoenbaum, Carol Krug, Tana Sandefur, Dolly Jacobs, Pedro Reis


  • Circus Sarasota Gala honoring Phil Manci... - January 2011

    Dolly Jacobs and Tana Sandefur


  • Circus Sarasota Gala honoring Phil Manci... - January 2011

    Ulla Searing and Tana Sandefur


  • Dogs' Night Out 'An Evening at the Bow-W... - January 2011

    Frosty and Tana Sandefur


  • Designing Women Boutique Fashion Gala Di... - December 2010

    Montana Ross


  • Marjorie North's 'Get the Scoop' Luncheo... - December 2010

    Linda DiGabriele and Tana Sandefur


  • St. Martha School 60th Anniversary Gala - November 2010

    Celene Berman, Carol Krug, Linda Houze and Tana Sandefur


  • Old-Fashioned New England Clambake - November 2010

    Co-Chairs Julie and Phil Delaney with Tana Sandefur


  • Laughter Unlimited Luncheon - May 2010

    Tana Sandefur with George and Lorraine Cooper


  • Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center... - May 2010

    Phil King, Tana Sandefur


  • 'Bag Ladies and Baubles' Luncheon - April 2010

    Graci McGillicuddy, Tana Sandefur and Betty Schoenbaum


  • 'Bag Ladies and Baubles' Luncheon - April 2010

    Tana Sandefur, Denise Robertson


  • A Night at the Opera - March 2010

    Phil Delaney, Betty Schoenbaum, Tana Sandefur and Julie Delaney


  • A Night at the Opera - March 2010

    Doris Kaplan and Tana Sandefur


  • BOG Fashion Show - March 2010

    Evelyn Leahy, Sharon O'Keefe, Grace Anzelone and Pat Montanari


  • Designing Daughters 'Doing it Right' - February 2010

    Jean Weidner and Montana Ross


  • Designing Daughters 'Doing it Right' - February 2010

    Jean Weidner and Montana Ross


  • TideWell Hospice Compassion in Caring Aw... - February 2010

    Betty Schoenbaum, Major Donna Murphy and Tana Sandefur


  • Ringling's Dream Works VIP Reception - February 2010

    Tana Sandefur and Pat Thompson


  • Designing Women Boutique Fashion Week Di... - December 2009

    Montana Ross


  • Designing Women Boutique Fashion Week Di... - December 2009

    Montana Ross


  • Designing Women Boutique Fashion Week Di... - December 2009

    Montana Ross


  • Designing Women Boutique Fashion Week Di... - December 2009

    Montana Ross, Co-Chair Janet Hunter and Nikki Sedacca


  • Old-Fashioned New England Clambake - November 2009

    Martha Honey, Bob Dudley and Tana Sandefur


  • Old-Fashioned New England Clambake - November 2009

    Janet Hunter, Tana Sandefur, BJ Creighton and Jewel Ash


  • CANDance Celebrity 2009 - October 2009

    Donald Attanas and Christine Jennings


  • 'Low Country Supper' - May 2009

    Tana Sandefur, Hal and Hazel Lenobel


  • Children First Dinner and Auction 'Soire... - May 2009

    Greeter Kayvon Santana


  • Celebration of Hope - Manatee honoring V... - April 2009

    Tana Sandefur, Adela Rose and Shelia Wynne


  • Florida Winefest and Auction - The Grand... - April 2009

    David Kast and Noriko Watanabe


  • Laughter Unlimited Luncheon - April 2009

    Tana Sandefur and Gloria Moss


  • Laughter Unlimited Luncheon - April 2009

    Tana Sandefur, Chuck Sidlow and Gloria Moss


  • 50th Anniversary Starry Night Dinner Ser... - April 2009

    Bill Wagy and Montana Ross


  • 'The Glitz at the Ritz-Carlton' - The Sc... - March 2009

    Tana Sandefur, Mary George Smith, Nancy Cobin


  • PJ's With A Purpose - March 2009

    Melissa Cirringione, Tana Sandefur


  • Flying High honoring Dolly Jacobs and Pe... - January 2009

    Janet Hunter, Tana Sandefur and Jennifer Gemmeke


  • An Evening of Ageless Delight honoring J... - January 2009

    Rita Adler, Ed Kalin, Margaret Ross


  • An Evening of Ageless Delight honoring J... - January 2009

    Myrna and David Band, Marjorie North, General Roland Heiser


  • An Evening of Ageless Delight honoring J... - January 2009

    Myrna Band, Tana Sandefur, Charlotte Taylor


  • An Evening of Ageless Delight honoring J... - January 2009

    David Band, Joan Wood, Evan Collingsworth


  • An Evening of Ageless Delight honoring J... - January 2009

    Dominick and Joseph Bauer


  • An Evening of Ageless Delight honoring J... - January 2009

    Harold and Fran Blum


  • An Evening of Ageless Delight honoring J... - January 2009

    Ron Carter, Carol Zabotinsky, Jimmy Neal


  • An Evening of Ageless Delight honoring J... - January 2009

    Chaba and Caroline Williams


  • An Evening of Ageless Delight honoring J... - January 2009

    Ryan Clark, Jennifer Mitchell, Pauline and John Mitchell


  • An Evening of Ageless Delight honoring J... - January 2009

    Michele Connell, Carol Perigo


  • An Evening of Ageless Delight honoring J... - January 2009

    Ann Copeland, Rick and Tam Frignoca


  • An Evening of Ageless Delight honoring J... - January 2009

    Page and David Dettmann, Peg Nadel


  • An Evening of Ageless Delight honoring J... - January 2009

    Mitch Freddis


  • An Evening of Ageless Delight honoring J... - January 2009

    Bunny Gourse, Bea Friedman


  • An Evening of Ageless Delight honoring J... - January 2009

    Dru Greene, Geoff Quisenberry


  • An Evening of Ageless Delight honoring J... - January 2009

    Greg Gregory and Ilene Friedman


  • An Evening of Ageless Delight honoring J... - January 2009

    Penny Hill


  • An Evening of Ageless Delight honoring J... - January 2009

    Ed Kalin, Ray Pilon, Jack Dane, Ron Gibson


  • An Evening of Ageless Delight honoring J... - January 2009

    Fran and John Lacivita


  • An Evening of Ageless Delight honoring J... - January 2009

    Skip Land, Allison Smith


  • An Evening of Ageless Delight honoring J... - January 2009

    Jackie LeClaire


  • An Evening of Ageless Delight honoring J... - January 2009

    Meg Lowman


  • An Evening of Ageless Delight honoring J... - January 2009

    Flora Major, Betty Schoenbaum


  • An Evening of Ageless Delight honoring J... - January 2009

    Chris Nadel, Art Nadel


  • An Evening of Ageless Delight honoring J... - January 2009

    Ray Peper and Natalid Gudrun


  • An Evening of Ageless Delight honoring J... - January 2009

    Ray Peper


  • An Evening of Ageless Delight honoring J... - January 2009

    Ray Peper


  • An Evening of Ageless Delight honoring J... - January 2009

    Shelby Rash, Nikki Nilon, Mindi Rohan


  • An Evening of Ageless Delight honoring J... - January 2009

    Alica Rau, Jane Smiley, Dot McCulloch


  • An Evening of Ageless Delight honoring J... - January 2009

    Pedro Reis


  • An Evening of Ageless Delight honoring J... - January 2009

    Mary Ann Robinson, Glenda Miller


  • An Evening of Ageless Delight honoring J... - January 2009

    Robbie Robinson


  • An Evening of Ageless Delight honoring J... - January 2009

    Maria Roles, Gloria Moss


  • An Evening of Ageless Delight honoring J... - January 2009

    Molly Schechter


  • An Evening of Ageless Delight honoring J... - January 2009

    Diane Salz, Colleen and Chad Thayer


  • An Evening of Ageless Delight honoring J... - January 2009

    John and Tana Sandefur


  • An Evening of Ageless Delight honoring J... - January 2009

    Betty Schoenbaum


  • An Evening of Ageless Delight honoring J... - January 2009

    Stephen Seig, Mary Ann Robinson, Pat Merryman


  • An Evening of Ageless Delight honoring J... - January 2009

    Sally and Sam Shapiro


  • An Evening of Ageless Delight honoring J... - January 2009

    Tom and Debbie Shapiro


  • An Evening of Ageless Delight honoring J... - January 2009

    Iris Starr and Sharon Moody


  • An Evening of Ageless Delight honoring J... - January 2009

    Charlotte Taylor, Tana Sandefur, Jane Taylor


  • An Evening of Ageless Delight honoring J... - January 2009

    Jane Taylor, Tana Sandefur


  • An Evening of Ageless Delight honoring J... - January 2009

    Gil and Elisabeth Waters


  • An Evening of Ageless Delight honoring J... - January 2009

    Gil and Elisabeth Waters


  • Gathering of the Goddesses - November 2008

    Montana Ross, Nikki Sedacca, Vicki Hornberger and Lauren Walsh


  • Fashion Week 'Jewels of Sarasota' VIP Pr... - November 2008

    Montana Ross, Janet Hunter, Nikki Sedacca


  • Laughter Unlimited Luncheon - April 2008

    Tana Sandefur and Peg Nadel with Chuck Sidlow


  • Laughter Unlimited Luncheon - April 2008

    Tana Sandefur and Peg Nadel


  • Gallery Gala - February 2008

    Tana Sandefur and Ulla Searing


  • The Art of Circus Gala Under the Big Top - January 2008

    Debra and Tana Sandefur


  • JFCS Gala 2007 'Hooray for Hollywood: Je... - December 2007

    Tana and John Sandefur


  • Sarasota Film Festival's Campaign Debut - December 2007

    Lois Schulman, Ernesto Santana and LeeAnne Swor


  • "Sunshine from Darkness" Kick-off Party - November 2007

    Bob Drohlich, Annette Scherman, Tana Sandefur and Pat Johnson


  • "Designing Women and the Men Who Love Th... - November 2007

    Montana Corbino, Jeff and Nikki Sedacca


  • 'Escape to Vegas' - November 2007

    Sonya Quintana and Jeff Heidkamp


  • Old-Fashioned New England Clambake - November 2007

    Tana and John Sandefur with newlyweds Dolly Jacobs and Pedro Reis


  • 22nd annual UnGala Gala - October 2007

    Ernesto Santana and LeeAnne Swor


  • 22nd annual UnGala Gala - October 2007

    Ernesto Santana and LeeAnne Swor


  • Dr. Larry Thompson's 60th Birthday Party - October 2007

    Tana Sandefur with Chuck and Mary George Smith


  • Opening Night Party - April 2007

    Suzette Jones and Ernesto Santana


  • Laughter Unlimited Luncheon - April 2007

    Linda Houze, Dolly Jacobs, Pedro Reis, Chairwomen Tana Sandefur and Emily Parry


  • Pique-nique sur la Baie - April 2007

    Diane Slattery, Tana Sandefur, Chris Pfahler and Pat Thompson


  • Old Bags Luncheon - March 2007

    Tana Sandefur, Janet Hunter and Linda Houze


  • Travels with Jim & Nikki: A Wild & Wonde... - March 2007

    Tana Sandefur, Phyllis Cobb, John Sandefur, Bob and Joan Brand have some fun.


  • Goodwill's Fat Tuesday Street Party - February 2007

    Lee Peterson, Tana Sandefur, Linda Houze, Gloria Moss and Veronica Brady


  • Goodwill's Fat Tuesday Street Party - February 2007

    Queen Mum Tana Sandefur passes on the crown to Emily Walsh Parry.


  • Asolo Annual Gala, Celebrate a New Dynas... - February 2007

    Jim and Kelly Gettel, Anne Weintraub, Tana Valente and Doug Libertore


  • The Layover - February 2007

    Aimee Chouinard, Suzette Jones, Ernesto Santana and Johnette Isham


  • The Layover - February 2007

    Aimee Chouinard, Suzette Jones and Ernesto Santana


  • Searing Galleries Opening Gala - January 2007

    Chairwoman Tana Sandefur with guest of honor Ulla Searing


  • Searing Galleries Opening Gala - January 2007

    Chairwoman Tana Sandefur with guest of honor Ulla Searing


  • The Art of the Circus Gala - January 2007

    Linda Houze, Honorary Chair Elaine Keating and Tana Sandefur


  • 'The Golden Anniversary Gala' Sponsor an... - December 2006

    Martha Honey, hostess Tana Sandefur and Bob Dudley


  • 'The Golden Anniversary Gala' Sponsor an... - December 2006

    Tana Sandefur


  • Gala Performance featuring guest artist ... - November 2006

    Tana Sandefur and Ulla Searing


  • WEDU Broadcasters Circle Thank You Lunch... - November 2006

    Tana Sandefur, Rebecca Eaton and Caren Lobo


  • WEDU Broadcasters Circle Thank You Lunch... - November 2006

    Tana Sandefur with Peter and Patricia Laughlin


  • Key to the Cure Kick-off Party - October 2006

    Suzette Jones and her fianc?, Ernesto Santana


  • 'Jes Mis Behavin' Concert, Featuring the... - September 2006

    Suzette Jones with her fiance, Ernesto Santana


  • Mad Hatter's Ball - September 2006

    Tana Falconer and Annette Duda played off the name of their company calling themselves Tweedle Ta and Tweedle Da


158 articles

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    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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • PHOTO GALLERY: One88 Celebration - 03/19/14

    Clients, city dignitaries and realtors celebrated the Vandyk group’s One88 luxury condominium building Wednesday, March 19 at the Sarasota Yacht Club. One88, located at 188 Golden Gate Point, is the first project of the Toronto-based company in the United States. The evening marked the unveiling of the building’s interior de

  • 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:

  • 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™.

  • 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.

  • 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™.

  • 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™.

  • 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™.

  • DANCE REVIEW: 'Theatre of Dreams' - 10/28/13

    Opening up the 23rd season of the Sarasota Ballet with a program featuring the works of its own dancers in “Theatre of Dreams” was a great way to kick-off what’s expected to be a knock-out year for the ballet company.

  • Fall Film Picks - 09/27/13

    This fall's film line-up is all about star power and directors extraordinaire. Some of the best veteran and contemporary actors will grace the silver screens in the coming months. From the Civil War to science fiction, a cornucopia of quality films is about to hit theaters. The following are list-toppers.

  • Home on Casey Key sells for $2.3 million - 09/19/13

    A home on Casey Key top all transactions in this week’s real estate. George and Susan Nielsen, of Sarasota, sold their home at 1504 Casey Key Road to Donald Wilborn and David Wilborn, of Nokomis, for $2.3 million.

  • REAL ESTATE REPORTS - 08/07/13

    A three-bedroom unit at the luxury Ritz-Carlton Beach Residences sold this week for $3.35 million — the highest amount paid for a unit in the building since February 2012.

  • Country Club home sells for $870,000 - 06/12/13

    A home in County Club Village at Lakewood Ranch tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Robert and Denise Sousa, of Orange, Conn., sold their home at 13211 Lost Key Place to George Ristow, of Bradenton, for $870,000.

  • News Briefs - 05/02/13

    Property owners file petition against Walmart decision; Ryland Homes buys land for 90-home Palmer Reserve

  • Longboat Key Gulfside home sells for $3.5 million - 05/01/13

    A home in Longboat Key Gulfside tops all transactions in this week's real estate. Gerard and Christine Byrne, of Kilkenny, Ireland, sold their home at 6021 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Randall Welch and Cynthia Hett-Welch, of Beaver Creek, Ohio, for $3.5 million.

  • Our View: The word for 2013: freedom - 01/02/13

    We have a tradition. Each year on New Year's Eve, we announce at a family gathering our word for the year — the one word that describes how we are going to focus our lives during the New Year.

  • Cherokee Park home sells for $3,275,000 - 12/20/12

    A home in Cherokee Park tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Randolph and Isabel Norton, of Sarasota, sold their home at 1500 N. Drive to Marcia Litton, trustee, of Fort Wayne, Ind., for $3,275,000.

  • Love of the Game - 11/15/12

    Gabrielle Woodruff grew up on the volleyball court watching her mom coach the Cardinal Mooney High volleyball team. The St. Stephen's middle hitter played her final game for the Lady Falcons Oct. 31.

  • BUSINESS OBSERVER - 08/29/12

    John Sackett named salesperson of the month; Lee Wetherington Homes added to Haddington; First Federal Bank confirms new director; RE/MAX's Lou Sansevero awarded CDPE designation

  • Country Club Village home sells for $535,000 - 08/15/12

    A home in Country Club Village at Lakewood Ranch tops all transactions in this week's real estate. Eugene and Andrea Doren, of Lakewood Ranch, sold their home at 12615 Elgin Terrace to Stephen and Debra Poitras, of Lakewood Ranch, for $535,000.

  • Geology rocks - 08/02/12

    Sarasota resident and Lafayette College junior Wesley von Dassow is logging extracurricular hours this summer at his internship at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

  • Students embrace Project B-Town - 07/03/12

    More than 100 students from Woodland The Community Church spent at least three hours each day participating in service projects throughout the community as part of a weeklong overnight camp.

  • BUSINESS OBSERVER - 06/13/12

    Sales on upswing for Taylor Morrison; Robin Jones joins Coldwell Banker; Sackett named salesperson of the month

  • Scene & Heard - 11/16/11

    Sarasota dad nabs award for baby book; Venice Theatre lures audiences with giveaway; Famous NYC mime will leave you mum

  • Our View: Rowing park questions - 11/02/11

    Nathan Benderson Park just keeps growing, in scope and in cost. As an international rowing destination, it could be a huge sports tourism draw to Sarasota and Manatee counties.

  • Black Tie & Tales - 11/02/11

    The 11/11/11 phenomenon; Over the moon; And there's more; Lest we forget — it’s also Veterans Day; Tidbits; It's a wrap

  • Black Tie & Tales - 10/26/11

    They could have danced all night; Police tape and life jackets; Tidbits; Pink, pinker, pinkest; Black Tie Affair

  • Black Tie Stand-Out of the Week - 10/17/11

    Long-time Ringling Museum supporter Tana Sandefur and her daughter Jane Taylor at the Ringling International Arts Festival Block Party -- the kickoff to the very successful third year of this world class event. Get the full story in the October 20 edition of Diversions, which comes with the Longboat Observer, the Sarasota Obser

  • Harbor Acres home sells for $2,262,500 - 08/18/11

    Margaret Varner, Sarasota, sold her home at 1545 Hillview Drive, in Harbor Acres, to Donald and Sharon Lerner, Sarasota, for $2,262,500. Built in 1997, it has five bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a pool and 4,625 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $2.1 million in 2002.

  • Football Preview: Out-of-door Academy Thunder - 08/17/11

    Six years ago, The Out-of-Door Academy football team called a Pop Warner field home. Now, with a new stadium on campus and the support of family, friends and the community, the Thunder is prepared to leave a lasting legacy.

  • Sports Briefs - 06/22/11

    Miss Manatee wins All-Star Championship; Gator Air wins LRLL championship; Junior Golf Clinics raise money for JDRF; Braden River graduate selected in MLB draft

  • Scene and Heard - 06/22/11

    Kennedy Center selects Sarasota for arts-education program; Rockin' party pops up in Sarasota; Silver Stars add some sparkle

  • Real Estate Reports - 04/20/11

    Coldwell LBK earns Premier Office Award; Barbara Mei joins Signature Sotheby's; SAR announces property sales high since Sept. '05

  • Lord of the ring - 01/26/11

    After more than two decades of touring the world with his "Wheel of Thrills," Circus Sarasota ringmaster Joseph Dominick Bauer Jr. performs his signature stunt before a hometown crowd.

  • When you want to eat light... - 01/05/11

    The question was, "What is your favorite restaurant when you want to eat something light (like right after the holidays)?" The varied answers celebrate the diversity of eating places with which our community is blessed. ­

  • All Hail the Queen - 09/15/10

    For gigs, actor Berry Ayers puts on his pantyhose, lipstick and best brunette wig. Meet the man behind Sarasota's favorite bingo caller.

  • The end of an era - 08/18/10

    The Klauber family gathered friends and family for a final bash at the Colony to celebrate a key chapter in Longboat history.

  • Film Review: 'Inception' - 07/21/10

    When Christopher Nolan directs, expect greatness and, above all, originality. In his highly anticipated new film, "Inception," Nolan pulls out all the stops, taking his audience on an intellectual ride that thrills at every turn.

  • Gracious giveaway - 04/01/10

    First Church of the Nazarene instructed its congregation to take from the offering plate, instead of donating, and use it to do good.

  • In Loving Memory: Jessica Marie Stock - 07/15/04

    Jessica’s body was found at about 11:30 a.m. July 6, on the south side of State Road 64 just east of Interstate 75. She was 25. Her car was found parked at home — less than one mile away.


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