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Pine View teacher in dispute speaks out
Sun  May 20 2018 12:24PM
• See related editorial on Page B5 When school starts in August, Pine View School will be missing seven of the nine dual enrollment classes that were available on campus … Find out how to read more online.
Victim wages war on human trafficking
Sun  May 20 2018 12:24PM
When Jamie Walton was a 14-year-old living in Venice, she spent every other weekend flying from Florida to Atlanta to see the 46-year-old man she’d met and started a romantic … Find out how to read more online.
OK to swim; beach advisories lifted
Sun  May 20 2018 12:22PM
The four Sarasota County beaches that were issued a “No Swim” advisory on Thursday for elevated levels of enterococcus bacteria, had the advisory lifted on Friday, giving the all-clear for … Find out how to read more online.
Man charged with abducting, hitting woman
Sun  May 20 2018 12:22PM
A Sarasota man was arrested for domestic battery after allegedly abducting and assaulting a north Venice woman. According to a Venice Police Department report: On May 2 at 3:30 a.m. … Find out how to read more online.
Pine View needs ‘identity,’ officials say
Wed  May 16 2018 11:30AM
The elimination of most of Pine View School’s on-campus dual enrollment classes for the 2018-19 school year was barely mentioned at Tuesday’s Sarasota County Schools Board workshop. But board members … Find out how to read more online.
Scrub jay habitat plan may cost $3.5M more
Sun  May 20 2018 12:20PM
Charlotte County Commissioners reluctantly agreed to move forward with acquiring new lands for scrub jay habitat conservation. About 80 scrub jay families were recorded in the county during the last official … Find out how to read more online.
‘Lillian Likes It’ to take the stage
Sun  May 20 2018 12:20PM
Venice High School Student Theatre Summers will present “Lillian Likes It,” winner of the 2015 Essential Theatre Playwriting Award and written by actor, director and playwright Joshua Mikel. Incoming ninth … Find out how to read more online.
‘Stuart Little’ is a really BIG show
Sun  May 20 2018 12:20PM
With set design and direction by Tim Wisgerhof, Venice Theatre’s Generations production of “Stuart Little” held lots of promise. Not only did Wisgerhof transform the Main Stage into a setting … Find out how to read more online.
Death at sea still a mystery
Wed  May 16 2018 11:32AM
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a suspicious death off the coast of Venice. A Sheriff’s Office forensics team responded to the Crow’s Nest marina on Saturday, May … Find out how to read more online.
Hiring process to change after child porn arrest
Wed  May 16 2018 11:30AM
Following the recent arrest of a Booker High School teacher on child porn charges, Superintendent Todd Bowden addressed Sarasota County Schools hiring policy. Quentin Peterson was arrested April 24 by … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Gardens celebrates 60 years
Wed  May 16 2018 11:30AM
Venice Garden residents are celebrating the community’s 60th anniversary. The official celebration began at last Tuesday’s City Council meeting when City Council member Chuck Newsom presented a proclamation recognizing the … Find out how to read more online.
End of Watch
Wed  May 16 2018 11:30AM
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office hosted the 33rd Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service on Tuesday morning, honoring Florida officers who made the ultimate sacrifice. The event is held each year … Find out how to read more online.
Meet ‘Doc Malwin,’ a fisher of men
Wed  May 16 2018 11:30AM
According to Greek literature, the primary component of the Hippocratic philosophy was “healthy mind in a healthy body.” Greek physicians Asclepius and Hippocrates practiced medicine focused on a natural approach … Find out how to read more online.
Beach-goers asked to keep light out of sight
Wed  May 16 2018 11:30AM
As summer approaches and trips to the beach become more frequent, Sarasota County is reminding all visitors and residents to keep light out of sight during sea turtle nesting season. … Find out how to read more online.
Florida Student Theatre hosts 10th Improv Festival
Wed  May 16 2018 11:28AM
Florida Studio Theatre (FST) will host its 10th Anniversary Sarasota Improv Festival, the premier improv festival of the Southeast United States. Featuring 20 of the top comedy ensembles from across … Find out how to read more online.
Hospitals still have much work to do
Mon  May 14 2018 11:32AM
Venice Regional Bayfront Health (VRBH) and Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) moved a big step closer to being allowed to build new facilities this week. But it’s still going to be … Find out how to read more online.
Gov. Scott campaigns at Venice’s PGT
Sun  May 13 2018 11:34AM
Making a pit-stop appearance at the PGT Innovations plant Wednesday during his political campaign for the U.S. Senate, Florida Gov. Rick Scott and his wife, First Lady Ann Scott, were … Find out how to read more online.
Venice resident spent years in Middle East
Sun  May 13 2018 11:34AM
Editor’s note: In honor of Mother’s Day, we recognize one of many mothers who served our country. Barbara Vaughn served 28 years as a member of the Air National Guard, … Find out how to read more online.
Mancini, 86, a performer for Sinatra, still plays
Sun  May 20 2018 12:24PM
Philadelphia is the city of Brotherly Love. It also is a haven for musicians. Dominic Mancini, who plays bass, saxophone and other woodwind instruments, is one of those Philadelphia musical … Find out how to read more online.
Burn ban lifted
Sun  May 20 2018 12:22PM
Sarasota County Fire Chief Michael Regnier on Friday lifted the countywide recreational burn ban that was put in place on April 4. The mandatory burn ban was put in effect … Find out how to read more online.
Shamrock Preschool celebrates VPK graduates
Sun  May 20 2018 12:22PM
Shamrock Preschool honored its 2018 VPK graduating class Tuesday in Venice. Director Deborah Whitham and teacher Sherry Jenkins organized the celebration where students sang, danced and received their diploma and … Find out how to read more online.
Comp Plan wins ‘grassroots’ award
Sun  May 20 2018 12:22PM
The City of Venice has won a planning and zoning award in a category for which it didn’t apply. The Florida Planning and Zoning Association last week announced the City … Find out how to read more online.
Bikers needed for drowning prevention fundraiser
Sun  May 20 2018 12:20PM
As a group gathers Sunday at the cemetery to remember twins who died from drowning, some will have the same horrific experience as the toddlers’ father Paul DeMello. “I have … Find out how to read more online.
Council to consider utility rate increases
Sun  May 20 2018 12:20PM
City of Venice utilities customers will see an increase in their bills five times in the next five years if the City Council adopts a five-year rate adjustment plan recommended … Find out how to read more online.
Students end school year on musical note
Sun  May 20 2018 12:20PM
The Venice Symphony concluded its 28th annual Symphony In The Schools music education program on Friday, May 11, with three concerts at the Venice Performing Arts Center (VPAC). More than1,400 … Find out how to read more online.
Memorial Day Ceremony at Patriots Park
Sun  May 20 2018 12:20PM
The annual Venice Area Memorial Day ceremonies will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 28 at Patriots Park. This year’s observances and activities will be hosted by the American … Find out how to read more online.
Lovebugs unwelcome hitchhikers on my travels
Sun  May 20 2018 11:56AM
My daughter, Melissa, visited me from Denver for Mother’s Day, much to my delight. I love her husband dearly, but it was nice to spend a lot of mother-daughter time … Find out how to read more online.
Report: State near the bottom in healthcare
Wed  May 16 2018 11:32AM
Only Louisiana, Oklahoma and Mississippi kept Florida out of the basement in the 2018 Commonwealth Fund Scorecard on State Health System Performance, issued earlier this month. The state’s ranking dropped … Find out how to read more online.
County Commission gets idea of cannabis options
Wed  May 16 2018 11:30AM
When Sarasota County commissioners approved the first two medical marijuana dispensaries for the county in April, they expressed varying degrees of concern about the future. Specifically, commissioners worried about the … Find out how to read more online.
No storm shelters on island — ever
Sun  May 13 2018 11:32AM
If a strong hurricane and storm surge truly hit Venice, the three bridges would likely be destroyed and anybody on the island would be trapped — or underwater and dead. … Find out how to read more online.
Aria’s big lakes plat gets thumbs up
Wed  May 16 2018 11:30AM
Demand continues to remain strong for homes in Neal Communities’ The Milano in northeast Venice. On Tuesday, the Venice Planning Commission recommended approval of a preliminary plat that calls for … Find out how to read more online.
Vienna outranks Venice but we have so much
Wed  May 16 2018 11:30AM
Finally, another city has bumped Venice from its status as the number one place to retire and all those other titles dropped on Venice in recent years. Vienna, Austria, was named … Find out how to read more online.
Contract for downtown roadwork finally approved
Wed  May 16 2018 11:30AM
The Venice City Council was pleased last week to hear that a rebid of the downtown road project brought it back under budget. “It’s nice to be here with some … Find out how to read more online.
‘Profit’ by H.R. Hutter is a profit parable
Wed  May 16 2018 11:30AM
Business is a popular major for both undergrads and grads. For the business grads who want to own their own business or the person who already owns his own business … Find out how to read more online.
Officials silent on Pine View situation
Sun  May 13 2018 11:34AM
Pine View School parents are looking for a fuller explanation of the school’s loss of most of its on-campus dual enrollment classes from State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) than … Find out how to read more online.
Bridge Fire
Sun  May 13 2018 11:34AM
It isn’t often residents find two of three bridges onto the island of Venice impassible, but that was the case for a short time around 6 p.m. on Thursday. Venice … Find out how to read more online.
City rejects rental project
Sun  May 13 2018 11:34AM
City leaders are often faced with NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) complaints when it comes to considering land use petitions. A proposed rental apartment complex in Pinebrook South, defeated … Find out how to read more online.
Venice High IB students hold college signing
Sun  May 13 2018 11:32AM
The Venice High School Class of 2018 International Baccalaureate students held a college signing and reception recently. “The IB program challenges students to excel in their studies and encourages both … Find out how to read more online.


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