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’Tis the season … for a crime spree
Wed  Nov 25 2015 09:14AM
A Tampa man endangered holiday shoppers before he was arrested for using counterfeit credit cards at four Walmarts. His crime spree on Saturday, Nov. 21, took him from Sarasota through … Find out how to read more online.
Free Thanksgiving dinner
Wed  Nov 25 2015 09:12AM
Would you like to enjoy a free Thanksgiving meal with others in the community? If you don’t have Thanksgiving plans of your own, you are invited to join a gathering … Find out how to read more online.
Venice’s parades — big and beautiful
Wed  Nov 25 2015 09:04AM
Scrooge will be the Grand Marshal of the 2015 Holiday Parade in Venice. We are not talking about any old Scrooge from any old version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas … Find out how to read more online.
New Syrian refugees not coming to area
Sat  Nov 21 2015 11:06AM
A recording on the Catholic Charities phone number for the refugee relocation program easily clears up all rumors that Syrian refugees are coming to North Port — or anywhere in … Find out how to read more online.
Actors sought for ‘Troupe in a Trunk”
Wed  Nov 25 2015 09:02AM
Auditions for Venice Theatre’s “Troupe in a Trunk” spring 2016 tour will be held on Monday, Nov. 30 at 1 p.m. at the theater, located at 140 W. Tampa Ave. … Find out how to read more online.
‘She Loves Me’ now on stage
Wed  Nov 25 2015 09:00AM
The Players Theatre will present the much-loved and heartwarming comedy “She Loves Me”as part of its 86th Broadway Season from Dec. 2 to Dec. 20. Directed by Bob Trisolini, this … Find out how to read more online.
Family says 6-year-old sexually assaulted by classmate
Wed  Nov 25 2015 09:01AM
A North Port family is reeling after learning their daughter was allegedly sexually assaulted at Atwater Elementary School. The child is only 6 years old, as is the accused attacker. … Find out how to read more online.
Miss a city meeting at your own risk
Sat  Nov 21 2015 11:08AM
There’s an unwritten rule in government politics. Elected officials who are absent for a meeting are likely to be volunteered by their peers for some task not of their choosing. … Find out how to read more online.
A moment of silence as Cautero, Fraize take the dais
Sat  Nov 21 2015 11:06AM
Two new Venice City Council members were sworn in this week at City Hall. Rich Cautero and Fred Fraize assumed seats to the left of the mayor, vacated by outgoing … Find out how to read more online.
‘Secret’ is out. County is growing fast
Wed  Nov 18 2015 10:34AM
With North Port leading the way, Sarasota County’s population grew more last year than it has in nearly a decade. Countywide, the estimated population posted a 1.3 percent uptick, but … Find out how to read more online.
Honore extension may be done by March
Sat  Nov 21 2015 11:06AM
Although indications at both entrances to the new Honore South extension at Route 681 and Laurel Road are virtually complete, it is misleading because the project is only 75 percent … Find out how to read more online.
Sgt. Tatko laid to rest at Sarasota National Cemetery
Sat  Nov 21 2015 11:06AM
Walter Tatko of Venice joined the silent ranks of the 12,000 service men and women interred at Sarasota National Cemetery on Monday, Nov. 9. Thirty-five mourners gathered under an open … Find out how to read more online.
‘The Nutcracker’ takes the stage in Venice
Sat  Nov 21 2015 11:04AM
Under the artistic direction of Sergiy Mykhaylov and Darya Fedotova, School of Russian Ballet will present two performances of “The Nutcracker,” based on the story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse … Find out how to read more online.
Churches housing first of homeless families in program
Wed  Nov 18 2015 10:36AM
Family Promise is keeping its first promise, which was to begin serving homeless families in October. The doors opened at area host churches and the Day Center, located at 720 … Find out how to read more online.
City’s growth plan not as bad as Council thought
Wed  Nov 18 2015 10:36AM
A consultant’s appraisal of the city’s current Comprehensive Plan, a guide on how to handle future growth, is that it’s “not all bad.” “We didn’t come in here saying you … Find out how to read more online.
Shining a light on substance abuse
Wed  Nov 18 2015 10:34AM
Who better than their peers to advise students about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse? After much practice and tweaking of their presentations in the Drug Demand Reduction program, … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Theatre celebrates 65th anniversary
Wed  Nov 18 2015 10:34AM
Venice Theatre supporters and savvy theatergoers who wanted to be the first to experience Ben Vereen’s reimagined production of “Hair, The American Tribal Love Rock Musical,” attended the theater’s 65th … Find out how to read more online.
Veterans honored at Mass
Sat  Nov 14 2015 08:30AM
Catholics and those of other faiths gathered Wednesday in the 2,800-seat amphitheater on the grounds of Sarasota National Cemetery for a Veterans Day Memorial Mass. The principal celebrant was Bishop … Find out how to read more online.
Warm words for Bennett, Carlesimo
Sat  Nov 14 2015 08:30AM
Mayor John Holic issued proclamations this week thanking outgoing City Council members Jim Bennett and Emilio Carlesimo. Bennett declined to run for a third term, and Carlesimo, seeking a third … Find out how to read more online.
A biking fanatic at age 91
Sat  Nov 14 2015 08:30AM
Arthur Friesen was a Minnesota teenager in the 1930s when he got his first bicycle. He found it in a junkyard. That bike did not last long. His second bicycle, … Find out how to read more online.
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Women who bloody men (’round midnight)
Wed  Nov 25 2015 09:14AM
Three women bloodied or beat their boyfriends over the weekend, while a fourth pointed out a man who her husband then punched. All the incidents occurred around midnight. Sleepover angers … Find out how to read more online.
Former top city staffers get jobs elsewhere
Wed  Nov 25 2015 09:04AM
Former finance director Jeff Snyder has traded his position in the “City on the Gulf” for one in the “Village By the Sea” — Delray Beach. Snyder is the new … Find out how to read more online.
Mayor: County response to merger a Catch 22
Wed  Nov 25 2015 09:02AM
The Sarasota County Board of Commissioners is urging the Venice City Council to move forward with a referendum on whether to give council the authority to merge fire departments at … Find out how to read more online.
Court date set for baby Chance’s parents
Wed  Nov 25 2015 09:02AM
Joseph Walsh and Kristen Bury, the parents of baby Chance Walsh, who face charges in his murder, are set to appear in court Dec. 29. According to Walsh’s attorney, Assistant … Find out how to read more online.
Starlite hits home run with ‘Looking For Love’
Wed  Nov 25 2015 09:00AM
Sometimes, love really is found when looking in all the wrong places. At least, that is the case for some of the characters in the four short plays written and … Find out how to read more online.
Lemon Bay debuts play set in Florida
Wed  Nov 25 2015 09:00AM
“Over the River and Through the Woods” opens next week at Englewood’s Lemon Bay Theatre. Written by Joe DiPietro, “Over the River and Through the Woods” had a successful run … Find out how to read more online.
Organizer: Festival ‘incredibly fabulous’
Sat  Nov 21 2015 11:08AM
There’s no subtlety in Sarasota Chalk Festival organizer Denise Kowal’s response when asked how the 2015 event went. “It was incredibly fabulous,” she said. “It was a great success.” Her … Find out how to read more online.
Red tide in Venice is at low levels
Sat  Nov 21 2015 11:08AM
Red tide algae persist in local waters, but the concentrations remain patchy. Concentrations of red tide — Karenia brevis — turned up in very low to high concentrations in 25 … Find out how to read more online.
Proposed bond would help local gov’t bldg.
Sat  Nov 21 2015 11:06AM
Sarasota County commissioners still are ironing out the details of a proposed referendum to be placed on the November 2016 ballot that could expand public safety, court and other services … Find out how to read more online.
Survivor visits Nazi camp after 70 years
Sat  Nov 21 2015 11:06AM
Venice resident Helga Melmed doesn’t remember the music that was popular during World War II. She never heard it while she was gathering rocks and pushing them uphill in a … Find out how to read more online.
County: three options for homeless shelter site
Sat  Nov 21 2015 11:06AM
The location for a proposed homeless shelter in Sarasota County has been narrowed to three possible sites. “We have pursued a lot of different options,” said Wayne Applebee, the Sarasota … Find out how to read more online.
Asolo’s ‘West Side Story’ not to be missed
Sat  Nov 21 2015 11:04AM
If you haven’t see the Asolo Repertory Company production of “West Side Story,” you have not seen one of the most amazing shows on Broadway, in Sarasota or wherever. Between … Find out how to read more online.
Waterfest draws local excitement
Fri  Nov 20 2015 07:19PM
ENGLEWOOD — Ralph Young’s phone buzzes and rings at all hours. In addition to the meetings and organizational tasks, Young is in charge of the Wet Pits for the Englewood … Find out how to read more online.
New council members to be sworn in
Wed  Nov 18 2015 10:36AM
New Venice City Council members Rich Cautero and Fred Fraize will be sworn in today at a special meeting at City Hall. The reconstituted board will select a new Vice … Find out how to read more online.
John Nolen: not just a Venice visionary
Wed  Nov 18 2015 10:34AM
Meet John Nolen, the star of the current exhibit at the Venice Museum and Archives. Although he died in 1937, his concept of designing cities combining beauty with the needs … Find out how to read more online.
Triathlon participant in critical condition
Sat  Nov 14 2015 08:30AM
A California man participating in last weekend’s Challenge Florida Triathlon in Venice is in critical condition at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. According to an incident report released Thursday morning by the … Find out how to read more online.
Paddlefest kicks off competitive week
Tue  Nov 17 2015 09:24PM
ENGLEWOOD — They yelled “Go, Hail Storm, go, go!” as Hayley Kabana paddled across the finish line. The 21-year-old is part of a team called the Silver Sharks, made up … Find out how to read more online.
DCF changes policy after baby’s death
Sat  Nov 14 2015 08:30AM
The Florida Department of Children and Families says it is changing the way it responds to abuse reports in the wake of 8-week-old Chance Walsh’s death. DCF Secretary Mike Carroll … Find out how to read more online.
City may use security guards to handle homeless
Wed  Nov 11 2015 10:42AM
Yesterday may have been a defining moment in the way the city of Venice handles its homeless. That’s when Mayor John Holic shared a story about a recent run-in with … Find out how to read more online.
Got a boat? Parade wants you
Wed  Nov 11 2015 10:50AM
The 27th Annual Venice Christmas Boat Parade of Lights will take place on Saturday, Dec. 5, and as usual Parade Committee Chair John Osmulski, in his 11th year, is looking … Find out how to read more online.