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  • 24 Apr 2017 1:00 PM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    WHAT:  Aviva – A Campus for Senior Life is set to unveil their new AVIVA4LIFE program and renovated wellness center on May 4. The program is a comprehensive approach to health promotion and illness prevention through five holistic components: Wellness Center, Life Enrichment, Brain Health, Healthcare Services, Fitness and Well-being. The event will begin with a county proclamation presentation of Older American’s Month by Sarasota County District 1 Commissioner Michael Moran in honor of Sarasota County’s commitment to supporting older adults as they take charge of their health, explore new opportunities/activities, and focus on their independence. The ribbon cutting for the AVIVA4LIFE program and renovated wellness center will be hosted by the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and concludes with a resident health fair.

     WHEN: Thursday May 4, 2 p.m.

     WHERE:  Aviva - A Campus for Senior Life, 1951 N. Honore Ave, Sarasota

     SPEAKERS:   Michael Moran, Sarasota County District 1 Commissioner

    Jay Solomon, CEO, Aviva

     Randy Mallitz, Operating Board President, Aviva 

    Carolyn Kaplan, resident board president, Aviva

    MEDIA COVERAGE IS INVITED, Photo and Video Opportunity

    CONTACT: Michelle Williams, 941-377-0781 x 205, mwilliams@avivaseniorlife.org

     AVIVA -- A CAMPUS FOR SENIOR LIFE, is Sarasota’s only rental senior campus offering all levels of living options: Independent living, assisted living and memory care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation. Aviva was formerly called Kobernick-Anchin-Benderson before rebranding in 2016.


  • 24 Apr 2017 12:54 PM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    WHAT:  The Jewish Housing Council Foundation will break ground on a new multi-purpose community room for Aviva, A Campus for Senior Life. The room will be used not only for Aviva educational and entertainment events but will also be open for use by the community including local non-profit organizations. The project will double the space of the existing room.  It will feature the most up-to-date audio visual and hearing loop systems and totally enhanced seating and accommodations. The room will be named THE KRETZMER CENTER AT AVIVA, honoring Sarasota Philanthropist Ernest Kretzmer, the lead donor on the project. A champagne and d'oeuvres reception will immediately follow the groundbreaking program.

    WHEN: Thursday April 6, 11 a.m.

    WHERE:  Aviva, A Campus for Senior Life, 1951 N. Honore Ave, Sarasota

    SPEAKERS: Merrill Wynne, President, Jewish Housing Council Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors                                                                                              

                         Jay Solomon, CEO, Aviva

                        Ernest Kretzmer, philanthropist and lead donor on this project

                        Scott Anderson, Vice President of Philanthropy, Jewish Housing Council Foundation, Inc.

    MEDIA COVERAGE IS INVITED, Photo and Video Opportunity

    CONTACT: Scott Anderson, 941-357-1609, 941-356-5401 (cell)

    THE JEWISH HOUSING COUNCIL FOUNDATION is a non-profit organization with a reverence for life and a belief in its dignity. The council creates and sustains non-exclusionary communities where seniors can live life to its fullest, answering their needs for quality housing, financial peace of mind, wellness and spiritual fulfillment.

    AVIVA -- A CAMPUS FOR SENIOR LIFE, is Sarasota’s only rental senior campus offering all levels of living options: Independent living, assisted living and memory care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation. Aviva was formerly called Kobernick-Anchin-Benderson before rebranding earlier this year.


  • 17 Apr 2017 2:34 PM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    Sarasota, Florida – April 13, 2017 – Grapevine Communications – the area’s leading full-service advertising, marketing and public relations agency – is proud to announce that Allison Imre Perkowski has been named the president of the company. Working alongside Grapevine Founder Angela Massaro-Fain and her partner John Fain during the transition, Imre Perkowski plans to continue the firm’s renowned dedication to community and clients – with a focus on growth and expansion into additional markets.

    Grapevine Founder Angela Massaro-Fain (who was recognized in 2016 with the prestigious Silver Medal Award by the American Advertising Federation – the second woman to ever receive the mark of distinction) and John Fain will remain on staff serving hands-on roles indefinitely, with Massaro-Fain as Executive Creative Director and Fain as Operations Consultant. “This transition has been a part of our business strategy, as John and I have discussed the path we’d like to see Grapevine take in the years to come on behalf of our team, our community and our clients,” said Massaro-Fain. “For us, it was about finding the right person who brings the vision, energy and enthusiasm, and embraces Grapevine’s history while moving the agency into the future.”

    Imre Perkowski joins the Grapevine family after a decade working in advertising and marketing for a Fortune 500 company. Her focus on enhancing client brand awareness and executing integrated marketing campaigns in broadcast, events and digital/social makes her the perfect fit for the Grapevine culture.

    A graduate of the esteemed University of Kansas School of Communications, Imre Perkowski launched her professional career as the Assistant to the Sports Marketing Director of the Kansas City Royals Radio Network. It was here that she combined her love of radio with sports.

    Beginning in 2007, Imre Perkowski worked with iHeart Media as a Senior Account Executive, managing clients such as Anheuser Busch, the Baltimore Orioles, Schroeder Manatee Ranch and more. In 2011, she was recognized by Radio Ink Magazine as one of the top Account Executives in the country. In both 2011 and 2014, she was honored with the Salesperson of the Year Award at iHeart Media Sarasota.

    Allison, her husband David, and her son Rip live in Sarasota and are proud and active members of the community, working with non-profit organizations such as United Way, SunCoast Blood Bank, and the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund.

    “Grapevine is more than a trusted name for effective multi-media solutions and outstanding creative services,” said Imre Perkowski “It is an aspiration, a steadfast promise we make to both our clients and ourselves on every project we touch and business we serve. Our clients deserve nothing less, and will continue to see the results they expect from the region’s top agency.”


  • 17 Apr 2017 12:51 PM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    Punta Gorda, FL—Fishermen’s Village is coordinating plans for their 5th annual Key Lime Festival to be held Saturday, May 13, 10 am-4 pm.  Family friendly activities scheduled at various times throughout the day will include:

    • Live Music by Gator DJ and Singer Paul Roush
    • Fun Photo Booth
    • Jeff the Juggler – Juggling/Balloon Twisting
    • Finest Face Painting by MaryRose
    • Hot Flashz Dance Team
    • Meet Luna the screech owl from Peace River Wildlife
    • Photos with pony from Endless Trails
    • Live art demonstrations
    • Tarot card readings by Pamela
    • Kids summer camp information
    • Meet staff from The Joy FM
    • Live remote with Jeff Collins, Seaview Radio

    Village specialty stores, restaurants and participating vendors will feature Key Lime products for sampling and purchase to include:
    Key Lime Fruit trees, Live Terrariums, key lime recipes, key lime fragrances,  Key Lime Pie, Key Lime Cheesecake,
    key lime loofa soaps, key lime yogurt, Lime-a-ritas, key lime infused water, key lime truffles, dressings, dips, gelato, fudge and taffy, Margarita T-shirts, lime sweatshirts, key lime beers, frozen key lime beverages, key lime jewelry creations, key lime pie ice cream, key lime shakes, key lime cookies, information on trips to Key West. . . and much more!

    Admission and parking for the Key Lime Festival is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

    Fishermen’s Village is located off Marion Avenue in Punta Gorda, FL.  1 800 639-0020 or visit on line at www.fishville.com.


  • 17 Apr 2017 9:02 AM | Amy Gonzalez (Administrator)


    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (April 10, 2017) - Gregory, Sharer & Stuart (GSS) is pleased to announce that is has once again been ranked as one of the Tampa Bay Times 100 Top Workplaces.

    As one of only 13 companies that have made the Top Workplace Lists for the last eight years running, GSS credits its success to paying attention to the personal, educational and career needs for each employee.

    “At GSS, we are focused on two wildly important goals: improving our staff experience and improving our clients’ experience,” said Jim Newman, Managing Shareholder at GSS. “Over the last year, we implemented a more robust approach to these goals, enabling our staff to lead initiatives for delivering outstanding client service while making it easier for individuals and teams to get things done. The result has been more engagement and satisfaction from our employees in the work that they perform.”

    “The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest. And oftentimes, people assume it’s all about fancy perks and benefits.” says Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics. “But to be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health. And who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day—the employees. Time and time again, our research has proven that what’s most important to them is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together. Claffey adds, “Without this sense of connection, an organization doesn’t have a shot at being named a Top Workplace.”

    The Tampa Bay Times published the complete list of Top Workplaces on April 9. For more information about the Top Workplaces lists and WorkplaceDynamics, please visit www.topworkplaces.com and www.workplacedynamics.com.

    About Gregory, Sharer & Stuart

    Gregory, Sharer & Stuart is a full service accounting and business consulting firm based in St. Petersburg, Florida. The firm provides an array of services including audit and assurance, tax and accounting, business valuation, litigation support, management consulting, healthcare consulting, global strategies and services and wealth accumulation and preservation.  GSS is well positioned to help companies of all sizes, from small entrepreneurial start-ups to more sophisticated privately or publicly held companies. For additional information about the firm, the services we offer and our community involvement, please visit www.gsscpa.com.  


  • 13 Apr 2017 4:50 PM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    The theme is “Sunsets in Paradise”

    April 11, 2017 (BRADENTON, FL) – Tropical Nights, the signature event of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee, will be begin at 6:00 pm on Saturday, April 22nd, at the Polo Grounds in Lakewood Ranch. This year’s theme, “Sunsets in Paradise,” is poised to be a spectacular Lakewood Ranch event filled with island fresh food, authentic steel drum welcome, a craft beer station for the hops connoisseurs, ice cream truck and live and silent auction. This year’s entertainment includes Emcee, Bob Harrigan, Comedian, Ken Sons of The Bermuda Mavericks, and live rock and island music by The Tropical Avenue Band! Individual tickets are $150 per person ($100 tax-deductible) and are available at www.mealsonwheelsplus.org or by calling 941-747-4655. All proceeds benefit the programs of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee, including The Food Bank of Manatee.

    “Our guests will enjoy our paradise inspired day,” says Maribeth Phillips, CEO of Meals on Wheels PLUS. “This is our 24th annual, and we invite everyone to put on island wear, relax and join us for an entertaining evening at the beautiful Polo setting, all to benefit the numerous programs of Meals on Wheels PLUS.”

    Tropical Nights would not be possible without the support of the community. This year’s top sponsors include Lakewood Ranch Communities, Cool Today, Synovus Bank, and Vanessa Fine Jewelry, in addition to our Annual Platinum Sponsors including Herald Tribune, TDS Construction, Inc., Med X Change, Herald-Tribune Spectrum and, The Ranch Grill.

    For sponsorship opportunities or ticket purchases, please go to ww.mealsonwheelsplus.org or call 941-749-0100 ext. 2119. 


  • 11 Apr 2017 9:09 AM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (April 11, 2017) – The Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) and Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) on Saturday will launch the Longboat Key Shuttle a new on-demand/call ahead service available on Longboat Key between Bay Isles and Coquina Beach.

    The innovative shuttle provides a customer friendly, curb-to-curb service which residents and visitors access either on local streets, or at existing bus stops along the Gulf Drive corridor. The Shuttle fare is $1.50 for each trip.  The new service replaces MCAT’s Longboat Key Trolley. SCAT will continue to operate Route 18 which operates every hour between Bay Isles and downtown Sarasota. 
     
    "The Longboat Key Shuttle was developed in response to the desires of residents of Longboat Key,” said William P. Steele, Manatee County Transit Division Manager. "Many residents voiced a desire for a more personalized on-demand, curb-to-curb service that is more accessible for those who are elderly or have limited mobility. These sentiments were expressed in a meeting organized by the Aging in Paradise organization in January of 2016.” 
     
    To use the service, passengers may call (941) 745-2317 to reserve a trip by 5 p.m. the day before they travel. After a reservation is made a shuttle service vehicle will pick up and drop off passengers within the Longboat Key Shuttle service area. Residents will enjoy ease of travel throughout the Island with convenient connections to Anna Maria Island (AMI) and the AMI Trolley at Coquina Beach.  Mainland destinations are easily accessed with transit route connections that are available at Coquina Beach and Bay Isles.
     
    MCAT will also offer a subscription service for passengers who want to schedule multiple trips with one phone call. A pre-paid fare option is also available, so passengers do not need to bring cash fare. Passengers transferring from mainland bus routes benefit as well, as the shuttle operators accept valid SCAT or MCAT bus passes, in lieu of a fare payment.  
     
    Walk-up service is also available at designated bus stops when shuttle vehicles are in operation. The shuttle vehicles accommodate bikes and are accessible for people using wheelchairs or other mobility devices. Passengers are encouraged to note their travel aids when scheduling Shuttle rides.
     
    For more information about the Longboat Key Shuttle, visit www.mymanatee.org/mcat or contact MCAT at (941) 747-8621. Passengers can also preview the service here.
     
    For more information on Manatee County Government, visit online at www.mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. You can also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and on Twitter, @ManateeGov.


  • 10 Apr 2017 12:50 PM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)


    (SARASOTA, FL) – Food, fun, craft beer and live music from some of the area’s top bands will be the order of the day from noon-5 pm on Saturday, April 15, as Sertoma Club of Greater Sarasota hosts its 2nd Annual My Hometown Fest at Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, in Sarasota. Tickets for adults cost $40 including all food and craft beer samples, or $10 in advance/$20 at the gate for food only tickets. Kids 6 and under are free. Purchase tickets today at MyHometownFest.org.

    Admission includes:

    • Regional food specialties from more than 40 area restaurants;
    • Samples of more than 60 different craft beers from throughout the USA;
    • Live music from Reverend Barry & Funktastic Soul, Twinkle and Rock.Soul.Radio, and Strangeways;
    • Tampa Bay Bucs Kids Zone and Bucs RV with locker room replica;
    • Tampa Bay Lightning Cheerleaders and Thunderbug mascot;
    • Tampa Bay Rays Street Team;
    • Petting zoo provided by Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue;
    • Stand up paddleboard, kayak, and RC sailboat demonstrations provided by Nathan Benderson Park;
    •  Exhibits and giveaways from dozens of local and regional businesses.

     Proceeds from My Hometown Fest support Sertoma Club of Greater Sarasota and its Sertoma Kids Clinic. Both are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that serve children and others in our community who suffer from speech, language and hearing disabilities.

     Major sponsors for this year’s event include Sunset Kia of Sarasota-Bradenton, Hancock Bank, Dakkak Insurance, LCM Advisors, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, The Observer and ABC7 in Sarasota.

     For tickets and information, visit MyHometownFest.org.

     


  • 06 Apr 2017 9:20 AM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (April 6, 2017) – Manatee County is accepting applications for three positions on the Manatee County Healthcare Advisory Board.

    This Advisory Board evaluates, monitors and discusses the healthcare system in Manatee County, including physical health, behavioral health and substance abuse, emerging state and federal legislation and policies, and makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners regarding the funding of healthcare services in Manatee County.

    The Board also reviews evidence-based practices and programs, as well as related data to determine how available county and other assets may be maximized and new resources engaged to enhance the long-term stability and effectiveness of the programs available to citizens of Manatee County who have no other meaningful means of access to health care.
     
    Eligible applicants include Manatee County residents from the three specific disciplines of social services, a medical physician (M.D. or D.O), and a consumer of County-funded healthcare.
     
    Each appointee shall be knowledgeable about healthcare and willing to meet a minimum of eight times per year on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 5 - 7 p.m. in the 9th Floor BCC Conference Room of the County Administrative Center, 1112 Manatee Ave. W.
     
    Other meetings may be scheduled as necessary.  Employees, owners or voting board members of agencies that receive funding from Manatee County Government, or individuals who contract with agencies that receive County funding are ineligible to serve on the board, with the exception of the practicing physician who may receive no more than (< 1%) one percent of their gross income from county-funded healthcare. 
     
    Efforts will be made, to the extent possible, to have a Board that is reflective of the diversity of the community. Manatee County residents from minority communities, including but not limited to members from African-American and Latino/Hispanic heritage, are encouraged to apply.  
     
    Applications are due April 28 at 5 p.m.  The application may be obtained online at: http://www.mymanatee.org/home/government/advisory-boards/healthcare-advisory-board.html.  Supplemental questions to the application are on page 5 of the form. 
     
    A resume or C.V. is also required for consideration for appointment to this Advisory Board.  For more information, call Joshua Barnett at (941) 749-3030 or email to joshua.barnett@mymanatee.org.  As the application has been updated, all applicants must complete the new form, even if they have applied previously
     
    For more information on Manatee County Government, visit online at www.mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. You can also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and on Twitter, @ManateeGov.


  • 06 Apr 2017 9:15 AM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (April 6, 2017) –  Manatee County Redevelopment & Economic Opportunity Department will host a free Business Recovery Expo to offer local business owners insight and assistance on preparing for the upcoming Hurricane Season.

    The expo will be Thursday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to noon at Manatee Technical College, 6305 S.R. 70 East, Bradenton. 
     
    Over 40 percent of local businesses never reopen after a disaster. The Business Recovery Expo will feature exhibits from local disaster recovery businesses and nonprofit organizations. Business recovery professionals will present information on preparedness and recovery related topics, such as:

    1. Preparing and Having a Plan
    2. Hurricane Season
    3. My Business Survived Hurricane Charley

     
    “The goal of the Business Recovery Expo is to engage local businesses and to bring attention to the process of having a plan and being prepared.” said Karen Stewart, County Economic Development Official.  “Disasters come in all forms, shapes and sizes, not just bad weather. Preparation is the key for any business to survive a hurricane or weather event.” 
     
    Partners assisting with the event include, CareerSource Suncoast, Small Business Development Center, Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance, Manatee Chamber of Commerce, the Gulf Coast Latin Chamber of Commerce, Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce and the Manatee County Black Chamber of Commerce.

    For more information, call Bruno Kapacinskas, (941) 749-3029 ext. 6218 or via email bruno.kapacinskas@mymanatee.org


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Hook Kids on Fishing

 

Anglers for Conservation (AFC)

 a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization, in partnership with Fisherman’s Village, is coordinating its engaging Hook Kids on Fishing Program to be held on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 from 10am- 12:00pm at Fishermen's Village (1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda).

 Kids ages 6 to 16, are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. The first 100 kids registered and complete the training will receive a free rod and reel to take home! Registration is mandatory by calling King Fisher Fleet at 941-639-2628.

 This hands-on, conservation-minded program teaches casting, fishing safety, knot tying, boating safety, tackle box essentials, catch and release tactics, fishing habitats and conservation, and is taught by professional guides and knowledgeable anglers.

 Community support also provided by Fisherman's Village, King Fisher Fleet, local bait and tackle shops, and local Captains, Aylesworth's Fish & Bait, Canoe Outpost-Peace River, Coastal Angler Magazine, Diiachi Hooks, Fish Florida Foundation and Rio Villa Bait & Tackle

AFC’s mission is to inspire new generations of marine stewards through angling education, habitat restoration and applied conservation practices. For more information, please visit www.AnglersForConservation.org.

 Volunteers are needed and donations are greatly appreciated.

If you’re interested in volunteering please contact Theresa at tellershaw@aol.com or call me 321-433-3340/302-6260

If you would like to sponsor this event, please contact Heather Sears at Heather@AnglersForConservation.org or 321-474-8202.

Hook Kids on Fishing

 

Anglers for Conservation (AFC)

 a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization, in partnership with Fisherman’s Village, is coordinating its engaging Hook Kids on Fishing Program to be held on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 from 10am- 12:00pm at Fishermen's Village (1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda).

 Kids ages 6 to 16, are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. The first 100 kids registered and complete the training will receive a free rod and reel to take home! Registration is mandatory by calling King Fisher Fleet at 941-639-2628.

 This hands-on, conservation-minded program teaches casting, fishing safety, knot tying, boating safety, tackle box essentials, catch and release tactics, fishing habitats and conservation, and is taught by professional guides and knowledgeable anglers.

 Community support also provided by Fisherman's Village, King Fisher Fleet, local bait and tackle shops, and local Captains, Aylesworth's Fish & Bait, Canoe Outpost-Peace River, Coastal Angler Magazine, Diiachi Hooks, Fish Florida Foundation and Rio Villa Bait & Tackle

AFC’s mission is to inspire new generations of marine stewards through angling education, habitat restoration and applied conservation practices. For more information, please visit www.AnglersForConservation.org.

 Volunteers are needed and donations are greatly appreciated.

If you’re interested in volunteering please contact Theresa at tellershaw@aol.com or call me 321-433-3340/302-6260

If you would like to sponsor this event, please contact Heather Sears at Heather@AnglersForConservation.org or 321-474-8202.

 

The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance is a strong community-driven membership organization that focuses on business growth, partnership, opportunities and awareness. Its proud members are a wide variety of large and small business owners and their dedicated employees within the community. All of its valued members are committed to best businesses practices, networking opportunities, training, seminars, education, business connections, economic development and community expansion. Member businesses are located in, or doing business in, the Lakewood Ranch area, near Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida. Our proud members are dedicated to promoting a vibrant business community and speaking up for business needs in the community. The Alliance also has a strong working relationship with local Chambers of Commerce and is focused on creating awareness for local non-profit organizations.


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 Suite 140
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
Phone: 941-757-1664 
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