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Next library?
Sun  Feb 7 2016 01:46PM
Using the former Hamilton Business Condominium building for a temporary Venice library will be discussed next week by city leaders. The building, purchased by the city last year, is located … Find out how to read more online.
McQueen retiring at Garden Elementary
Sun  Feb 7 2016 01:46PM
John McQueen, principal of Garden Elementary School for almost 10 years, is retiring effective Friday, Feb. 26. His is the second mid-year retirement of a local principal. Longtime Venice Elementary … Find out how to read more online.
Food fest looks back in history
Sun  Feb 7 2016 01:40PM
This year’s Jewish Food Festival honors Knishes and Valentines. The annual festival will be on Valentine’s Day and a special drawing features an immigrant Knish vendor on the streets of … Find out how to read more online.
Jail ‘sweeps’ reduce inmate population
Sun  Feb 7 2016 01:38PM
Twice a month, 12th Circuit Judge Andy Owens walks across the street in Sarasota to the county jail to work out deals with nonviolent offenders. Many are repeat customers. Owens … Find out how to read more online.
Restaurateur next in Nolen-inspired speaker series
Sun  Feb 7 2016 01:38PM
Ed Chiles, owner of three popular farm-to-table restaurants on Anna Maria Island, will speak on these and other topics at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at the Venice Community … Find out how to read more online.
Knitting gave him back use of his arm
Sun  Feb 7 2016 01:34PM
For Ed Brueker, knitting provides a healing salve. At least it did after he was shot through the neck on a German battlefield in World War II, and the Red Cross … Find out how to read more online.
Sites goes from concrete jungle to biker’s respite
Fri  Feb 5 2016 04:33PM
It took eight long years, but Venice finally opened Legacy Park this week, creating a gathering and picnic spot for bicyclists and others who use the 10.6 mile Legacy Trail, … Find out how to read more online.
Koci picked to lead Loveland Center
Fri  Feb 5 2016 04:33PM
Daniela Koci will replace Loveland president and CEO Carl Penxa following his retirement at the end this month. Her appointment follows a three-month search after Penxa announced his retirement last … Find out how to read more online.
Promotions in fire, police ranks
Wed  Feb 3 2016 05:06PM
Appointing new police and fire chiefs from within the city of Venice ranks is having a ripple affect, and has led to a host of promotions as the new chiefs … Find out how to read more online.
Ancient China dances into Venice
Wed  Feb 3 2016 10:10AM
For proof that the Venice Performing Arts Center is coming into its own, there is Shen Yun, a stunning musical show that is billed as a “Journey through 5,000 years … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Theatre announces new season
Wed  Feb 3 2016 10:08AM
Venice Theatre announced its 67th season Wednesday, Jan. 27, at a party attended by more than 400 sponsors, donors, advertisers, patrons and volunteers. Moments before the reception began, the Board … Find out how to read more online.
Electric shock sends landscape worker to hospital
Sat  Jan 30 2016 08:30AM
VENICE — Two landscapers are recovering from injuries from an accident in Venice Friday morning involving a power line. According to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, workers at Juniper Landscaping … Find out how to read more online.
Midlam honored as community pillar
Sat  Jan 30 2016 08:30AM
Two things happened to Earl Midlam over the past month that most people won’t experience in a lifetime: He was presented with the Mayor’s Pillar of the Community Award and … Find out how to read more online.
Locals are smarter with credit cards
Sat  Jan 30 2016 08:30AM
Venice residents are savvy when it comes to credit card spending, according to a study by WalletHub.com. Credit card users in Venice have the least outstanding average monthly credit debt … Find out how to read more online.
Final offer: Take fire dep’t ‘as is’
Wed  Jan 27 2016 11:10AM
Venice leaders gave city staff direction this week to present a fire department merger offer to the county it hopes the county won’t refuse. The Venice City Council met on … Find out how to read more online.
Warm Mineral Springs is progressing well
Wed  Jan 27 2016 11:10AM
When asked about Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa, Brian Bradshaw responded with a well-known Tim McGraw lyric. “I like it, I love it, I want some more of it,” he … Find out how to read more online.
Get schooled on Sarasota style
Wed  Jan 27 2016 11:06AM
Getting to see a Sarasota School of Architecture house up close is usually a matter of who you know. But not right now. In Venice, two families live in homes … Find out how to read more online.
Pine View OKs transgender bathroom policy
Sun  Jan 24 2016 11:12PM
Pine View School in Osprey recently established a bathroom policy for transgender students, allowing them to use the restroom of the gender with which they identify. Pine View is the … Find out how to read more online.
‘Sweeney Todd’ is a cut above
Wed  Jan 27 2016 11:04AM
For those with a predilection for the macabre, it is hard to beat Venice Theatre’s production of “Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” with music by Stephen Sondheim … Find out how to read more online.
‘Butler’ is cleverly entertaining
Wed  Jan 27 2016 11:04AM
Those who are intrigued by Civil War history will find “Butler,” Richard Strand’s clever play, to be very informative. Who would have thought that a brash major general would go … Find out how to read more online.
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Weather warnings added to CodeRed
Sun  Feb 7 2016 01:46PM
Sarasota County is adding weather alerts to its CodeRed emergency notification system that will benefit even those living within municipalities. City of Venice residents complained they never received CodeRed high … Find out how to read more online.
‘Tiny House’ homeless community proposed for South Venice
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
VENICE — Thrift shop owner Marc Marois has a dream, and he’s hoping the wildly popular Tiny House Nation movement will help him achieve it. His idea: to build a … Find out how to read more online.
Home tour benefits women’s education
Sun  Feb 7 2016 01:38PM
The Venice Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) hosts its annual tour of homes in the Venice area next Friday, Feb. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 … Find out how to read more online.
Council to consider changes to agenda
Sun  Feb 7 2016 01:38PM
The Venice City Council will finally take some time next week to talk about how and when they talk about what they talk about. City Manager Ed Lavallee has tried … Find out how to read more online.
Cancer survivor surprised by pink fire truck
Sun  Feb 7 2016 01:38PM
Sirens blared as a pink firetruck rolled in front of Beverly Nance’s house. She didn’t call the police or fire departments for any emergency, but two deputies, paramedics and firefighters … Find out how to read more online.
‘Tiny House’ homeless community proposed
Fri  Feb 5 2016 04:33PM
Thrift shop owner Marc Marois has a dream, and he’s hoping the wildly popular Tiny House Nation movement will help him achieve it. His idea: to build a small community … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Regional hires new CEO
Fri  Feb 5 2016 04:33PM
A months-long search has culminated in the hiring of John McLain as chief executive officer of Venice Regional Bayfront Health (VRBH). The hospital announced the hiring in a press statement … Find out how to read more online.
Businesses shine at awards gala
Fri  Feb 5 2016 04:33PM
This year’s annual Best of Venice awards celebration was a magical night of merriment. Dinner, spirited travel up the aisle, awards, music, dancing and even bling were on the menu. … Find out how to read more online.
Sun editor to become Venice PIO
Wed  Feb 3 2016 10:10AM
The city of Venice has hired another former Sun newspaper editor as its Public Information Officer. North Port Sun editor Lorraine Schneeberger Anderson was offered the city of Venice position … Find out how to read more online.
Health Department urged library closure
Sat  Jan 30 2016 08:30AM
Sarasota County’s decision to close the Venice Public Library due to mold was based on Florida Health Department concerns that the danger to staff and patrons was growing, and nearing … Find out how to read more online.
Swing band returns to Venice
Wed  Feb 3 2016 10:08AM
The public is invited to swing on over to the Venice Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. for the return performance of the Toronto All-Star Big … Find out how to read more online.
Shock sends worker to hospital
Sat  Jan 30 2016 08:30AM
Two landscapers are recovering from injuries from an accident in Venice Friday involving a power line. Workers at Juniper Landscaping were unloading a semi truck carrying large palm trees. A … Find out how to read more online.
Library was labor of love
Sat  Jan 30 2016 08:30AM
Who better than a writer to help start a free public library? More than 50 years ago author Walter Farley, creator of “The Black Stallion” series of books, his wife, … Find out how to read more online.
Library still set to be closed in days
Wed  Jan 27 2016 11:06AM
A grassroots effort to keep the Venice Library open while the county contemplates a temporary home is underway. It’s not clear if they have any chance of meeting that goal. … Find out how to read more online.
Law office gets another 10 years
Wed  Jan 27 2016 11:10AM
Colonial House, the owner of the building at 1001 Avenida del Circo where the Boone Law Firm has its offices, has another 10 years to connect to city of Venice … Find out how to read more online.
County ranks highway construction priorities
Wed  Jan 27 2016 11:06AM
Sarasota County commissioners have prioritized local highway projects Wednesday. The board unanimously approved the 2016 State and Federal Transportation Program priorities list. A draft of the list was brought before … Find out how to read more online.
Council defers discussion of Hamilton condos
Wed  Jan 27 2016 11:06AM
A discussion by Venice City Council about the city-owned Hamilton Office Condominiums was derailed Tuesday by Sarasota County’s interest in the building for a temporary library. City departments have been … Find out how to read more online.
Starlite’s love offerings come with humor
Wed  Jan 27 2016 11:04AM
Starlite Players got the jump on Valentine’s Day this past weekend. The new theater on the second floor of Tyler Yurckonis’ Starlite Room in Sarasota has been selling out nearly … Find out how to read more online.
Nice play, questionable set at Asolo Conservatory
Wed  Jan 27 2016 11:04AM
David Breitbarth portrays the lead role of Nat Miller in “Ah, Wilderness!” as easily as he portrays multiple roles in “All the Way.” Both are Asolo Rep productions. Breitbarth’s ability … Find out how to read more online.