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The ribbon is cut for the reopening of the Lakewood Ranch Information Center on University. Enjoying the moment were Heather Kasten, Vanessa Baugh, Jimmy Stewart, Angie Kaleskas, and Jahna Leinhauser.
East County Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015 5 years ago

Side of Ranch: Information delivered with style

East County Observer managing editor Jay Heater writes his daily blog
by: Jay Heater Managing Editor

The Lakewood Ranch Information Center on University re-opened on Friday and it, indeed, is a beautiful thing.

Angie Kaleskas, the center manager, was delighted as she looked around the new facility.

"It is 180-degrees different," Kaleskas said. "They gutted the entire front of the house and created a light, bright space. They have upped our technology. It refreshes our whole outlook."

As a portal into our community, I am sure the renovation was money well-spent.

I’m kind of a dinosaur when it comes to new technology, but the many video screens mounted on the walls appear to be user friendly. They even have a children’s play area so they can stay occupied while mom and dad search for a home.

Even if you live here in the area, it’s worth checking out.


Couple of notes about fundraisers. Tickets ($150 each) remain available for Dick Vitale’s pediatric cancer fundraiser on Tuesday at Main Street Trattoria. Call 350-0580 or contact through email at [email protected].

The Putts Fore Mutts tournament to benefit the Humane Society is Monday. Although registration has passed, you probably can squeeze into the tournament by calling 941-713-8147 or at [email protected]. The signup fee is $225 and includes cocktail, dinner and golf.

You also might note that a walk-a-thon to benefit the Humane Society is being held today at Gene Witt School at approximately 3:15 p.m. Good time to watch the kids work for a good cause.



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