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  • 17 Jul 2018 1:36 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)


    Club Z! Tutoring of Lakewood Ranch, FL, proudly serving families in Lakewood Ranch, Bradenton and Sarasota, is celebrating its official grand opening with special offers, including FREE SAT or ACT test preparation services and FREE homework help. Local families are encouraged to like and follow the Club Z! Tutoring of Lakewood Ranch Facebook page to participate in all of its grand opening special offers and promotions, or call (941) 894-1229 to register.

    Club Z! Tutoring of Lakewood Ranch offers in-home and online tutoring for all subjects, including SAT and ACT test preparation and study skills development. In addition, Club Z! Tutoring of Lakewood Ranch has services and programs to support students of all ages, from Kindergarten readiness through college admissions counseling. Club Z! services are also available year-round, with everything from test prep classes to summer reading camps available during the summer months.

    Club Z! is the nation’s largest in-home and online tutoring and test prep organization, with more than 450 offices in North America. Club Z! Tutoring of Lakewood Ranch is owned and operated by Mr. Jim Moletto, an experienced corporate manager. Mr. Moletto’s career experience prior to joining Club Z! spanned the gamut from learning and development to client services, all of which helped perfectly prepare him to open a Club Z! franchise in Lakewood Ranch. According to Mr. Moletto, he was drawn to the Club Z! business model because it would allow him the opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of young people, stating:

    “At Club Z!, our tutoring programs are extremely effective in raising grades and test scores, because we create customized learning plans based on each child’s specific needs and goals, and we follow the same curriculum as our local schools. But we also have several enrichment programs, from SAT and ACT test prep to study skills development, or even learning a foreign language. I know that families in Lakewood Ranch, Bradenton and Sarasota will be extremely happy with the quality of services offered by Club Z!, and the truly unique educational experience we can offer their children.”

    Club Z! Tutoring of Lakewood Ranch tutors are all highly qualified, professional educators who are passionate about education. In addition, all Club Z! tutors are thoroughly screened and background checked prior to hire, and students are carefully matched to a Club Z! tutor using the company’s proven Z! Tutor Match process. The Z! Tutor Match is based on academic qualifications, personality traits, and other factors that help foster student success. Club Z! even offers a 100% satisfaction Z! Guarantee backing their tutor match.

    To celebrate its official grand opening, Club Z! Tutoring of Lakewood Ranch is offering local families free online homework help, and free SAT and ACT test prep services, now through August 31, 2018. The free test prep services include diagnostic testing and 30 days of access to their extremely popular Z Prep! Score Booster study program. The Score Booster provides students with in-depth diagnostic results for the SAT and ACT, as well as access to hundreds of study modules designed to help increase SAT and ACT test scores. Adds Mr. Moletto:

    “Students will receive instant feedback on their test performance, with videos with top notch tutors demonstrating the correct way to answer each and every question on each and every test. The Score Booster is a real game-changer for college-bound students, and it plays a large role in our student successes, with our SAT students improving an average of 200 points, and our ACT students improving 4-5 points on average. We’re very excited for our local families to try our Z Prep! Score Booster out during our grand opening celebration.”

    Families are encouraged to like and follow Club Z! of Lakewood Ranch @ClubZLakewoodRanch or call (941) 894-1229 to take advantage of the free tutoring and test prep, as well as all of the other exciting grand opening promotions.

    Contact:

    Jim Moletto
    Club Z! Tutoring of Lakewood Ranch, FL 
    +1 941-894-1229


  • 16 Jul 2018 4:27 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Nominations for Manatee County Outstanding Agriculturalist and Agriculture Hall of Fame are now being accepted. These awards honor those who have contributed to the success of Manatee County’s agriculture industry.  This includes farmers, industry representatives, crop consultants, agriculture educators, etc. The Outstanding Agriculturalist must be a current member of the community and will be honored during the Kiwanis Club of Bradenton Farm City Week Luncheon on Nov. 13, 2018.  Nominees for the Manatee County Agriculture Hall of Fame may be living or deceased and will be honored at the Palmetto Historical Luncheon on Nov. 16, 2018.  Photos of both recipients will be placed in the Manatee County Agricultural Museum and the Hall of Fame in Palmetto.

    Nomination forms and award guidelines may be obtained online at UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County by contacting Wendy Henry at the Manatee County Extension Office at 722-4524 ext. 1811, or stopping by UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County office at 1303 17th St. West, Palmetto.  For more information please contact Crystal Snodgrass at crys21@ufl.edu or 722-4524 ext. 1812.

     Nominations must be submitted by August 31.


  • 16 Jul 2018 12:07 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Can you tell me how old a fish is just by looking at a slice of bone? That’s one question youth will learn how to answer in the Manatee Marine Explorers Day Camp created by two University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension agents.

    “There is so much more to the ocean than what you can see on the surface,” says Angela Collins, a UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County agent and co-organizer of the camp.

    She and fellow Manatee County UF/IFAS Extension agent, Michelle Atkinson, will introduce attendees to the diversity of marine life that may be less familiar than dolphins or sea turtles. “We plan to have a lot of hands on activities for the kids this year. We will be discovering how plastics and other debris pollute our oceans, dip netting, and conducting a virtual underwater fish survey.” Atkinson stated.

    Students will become official "Manatee Marine Explorers" as they are introduced to the marine environment through expert demonstrations, underwater videos, games, crafts and hands-on activities. These young scientists will also discover the otolith, a tiny bone in the fish’s head that can tell a scientist how old the fish is—just as a tree gets more tree rings as it ages, the otolith likewise develops rings as a fish grows older.

    Both Collins and Atkinson ultimately want to encourage curiosity and show how fun science can be. With the camp being held at Emerson Point this year, campers will be dip netting to see what lives in our sea grasses. Campers will also participate in a coastal cleanup at Emerson Point to reinforce this year’s camp theme, “Look for Solutions for Our Pollution”.

    Registration is capped at 25 participants and will close August 3rd. Age range is 8-12 years old. Activities will be held at Emerson Point on August 10th. The camp fee is $20.

    For registration and more information, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/manatee-marine-explorers-day-camp-tickets-47225477675

    For further questions, please contact Angela Collins, Marine Extension Agent, or Michelle Atkinson, Environmental Horticulture Extension Agent at 941-722-4524.  


  • 12 Jul 2018 10:07 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    3/8 and Co. was founded in July of 2013 and is based in Sarasota, Florida and is owned and operated by Kim Boynton. Their fully motorized screens are manufactured in the USA. They are proud to be a member of the Manatee-Sarasota Building Industry Association and a certified Somfy Expert in motorization.  Kim is thrilled to be celebrating this milestone!

  • 10 Jul 2018 2:29 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

     Lakewood Ranch Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®, the Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

     Lakewood Ranch Medical Center earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.  These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients also receive education on managing their health, schedule a follow-up visit, as well as other care transition interventions.

     “Our hospital is very proud to receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for the excellent acute treatment we provide to stroke patients, said Andy Guz, CEO, Lakewood Ranch Medical Center.  “This was the first year our Stroke program could be considered for the Gold Plus Award based on number of years, so to achieve this level of recognition this year is remarkable and a true reflection of the outstanding work our team is doing.  The American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative provides tools and resources that help us track and measure our success in meeting and exceeding evidence-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”

     Lakewood Ranch Medical Center additionally received the association’s Target: StrokeSM Elite Honor Roll award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or TPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.

     “We are pleased to recognize Lakewood Ranch Medical Center for their commitment to stroke care,” said Eric E. Smith, M.D., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and an associate professor of neurology at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

     According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the 5th leading cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

      


  • 09 Jul 2018 3:56 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Lakewood Ranch’s exceptional sales numbers have boosted the community’s ranking to second place in the nation for mid-year 2018 for the first time in its history, according to Maryland-based real estate consulting firm RCLCO.

    Lakewood Ranch bettered its 2017 mid- and year-end position of No. 3 and outpaced many other recognizable and well-known communities in Arizona, California, Nevada, Texas, Colorado, and even Florida. 

    The Ranch secured 826 new home sales through the end of June of 2018, versus last year’s figure of 622; an increase of 33 percent. Only one other community in the top 10, located in Nevada, demonstrated a larger percentage of growth. Lakewood Ranch has been among the top-selling master planned communities in the country for seven years.

    Lakewood Ranch, after several years of increasing sales, has displaced the previous second place holder, Orange County, California’s Irvine Ranch. This has been aided by the opening of neighborhoods like Waterside, RCLCO officials said. The new village is located on the southern edge of the MPC and, as its name suggests, is oriented around several lakes. Waterside will include a town center on the lake.

    Lakewood Ranch’s improvement over its mid-year sales in 2017 is also due to successful market segmentation – the targeting of various age, income, and household segments with appropriately priced and designed residential product types and lifestyle amenities – filling multiple market niches, RCLCO officials added.

    The Ranch is a thriving place that embodies small town living with big city conveniences, said Laura Cole, vice president of marketing for Lakewood Ranch. “There are vibrant and varied shopping districts, unique sporting venues such as the Premier Sports Campus and the Sarasota Polo Club, a hospital-the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, and A-rated public schools, Cole said. Anything that is not found on property is in close proximity, including access to I-75, the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, and the beaches and cultural offerings of Sarasota and Manatee counties.

    “More than 24 years into its development, the Ranch conveys a profound sense of ranch town life,” Cole said, “a relaxed well-being that is gracious and hospitable to everyone.” Even with the pace of growth escalating, Schroeder-Manatee Ranch, Inc., the Ranch’s developer, maintains a commitment to open space – more than half of the community’s 31,000 acres is open space, including 45 percent for nature and close to 10 for recreation. “The Ranch is sensitive to and integrated with its surroundings and history,” Cole said. “This makes it unique and authentic.”

    With all of the choices Lakewood Ranch offers, you can easily find yourself here, Cole continued. “The community continues to benefit from the addition of builders who offer an every-expanding array of home products and sizes,” she said. There are more than 20 builders with upwards of 70 models, with prices ranging from the $200,000s to more than $5 million. Increasingly, young families are starting to positively impact sales in communities like Savanna, Mallory Park, and Polo Run, the Ranch’s first 100-percent solar neighborhood. There are also established, high-quality lifestyle neighborhoods with unique programs, which are attracting people at higher price points, like Esplanade and Country Club East.

    The Ranch offers a rich and textured life not available anywhere else, Cole said. “Our Main Street, our parks, our trails, all of our amenities – both physical and intellectual – focus on vitality and activity. One of our most highly sought-after amenities is the more than 150 miles of interconnected trails and sidewalks.”

    Sales in Lakewood Ranch are coming from throughout Florida, including an influx of buyers from Tampa, Orlando, and the east coast, as well as New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Illinois and the mid-Atlantic. People are also coming, in increasing numbers, from Georgia and California. Another area of growth is younger adults following their parents. Thanks to technology and the proximity of four international airports for business use, millennials are able to leave highly congested metropolitan areas and pursue their careers and family life here. Our schools, medical facilities, sports and entertainment options, location close to the beaches and cultural offerings allow them to experience a higher quality of life without sacrificing their big-city conveniences.

    The Ranch is also a great place to start or expand a business, with more than four million square feet of current commercial development and entitlements for up to 14 million square feet. Some 2,600 acres have been set aside for future development and mixed-use, campus-style business parks, including CORE, a site for national life sciences and health care companies.

    RCLCO has been ranking master-planned communities since 1994; for more information, visit www.rclco.com.


  • 06 Jul 2018 10:20 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Gulf Coast Community Foundation has renewed its accreditation with National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations. Administered by the Community Foundations National Standards Board, the accreditation is considered one of the nation’s highest standards for philanthropic excellence. Gulf Coast Community Foundation was among the first community foundations to earn the designation back in 2006, and it has remained accredited since then. The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations establish legal, ethical and effective practices for community foundations. The National Standards program requires foundations to document their policies for donor services, investments, grant-making and administration. It is designed to provide quality assurance to community foundation donors, as well as to their legal and financial advisors. Gulf Coast is one of 14 community foundations in Florida currently confirmed in compliance, according to the National Standards website. The foundation’s renewed accreditation lasts for one year. 


  • 05 Jul 2018 9:08 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Sarasota Orthopedic Associates has announced its upcoming 40th anniversary providing orthopedic care in the community as July 13th, 2018. On this day, SOA will celebrate the milestone anniversary with staff and patients. A day of fun and festivities will be highlighted with a Super Hero theme, and the SOA staff of over 100+ strong will dress as their favorite Super Hero figures and all offices will be decorated. SOA is the exclusive orthopedic partner for Circus Arts Conservatory (CAC), who will provide entertainment at all three locations with jugglers, stilt-walkers, roller skaters, unicyclists and balloons. Over the past seven years, SOA has expanded to three locations. SOA is a full-service orthopedic center providing not only physician care for the musculoskeletal system, but also X-ray, MRI, physical therapy, occupational therapy and aquatic therapy. 

  • 03 Jul 2018 11:09 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    With a continual commitment to a student-focused, community-engaged future, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) has named Dr. Todd Fritch to the newly created position of Executive Vice President and Provost. Serving as both the chief academic officer and chief operating officer of the college, Fritch will lead SCF’s team of deans and academic administrators in developing workforce-driven curriculum to meet the educational needs of the college’s service region while also providing support and leadership for SCF’s vice presidents.

    Fritch plans to apply the depth and breadth of his experience to SCF’s five-year strategic plan, led by SCF President Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld. SCF’s “Boldly Engaging” strategic plan includes four key priorities, and the Executive Vice President and Provost will be an integral part of fulfilling all of them. For example, one strategic priority includes increasing SCF’s presence in the rapid growth area east of I-75 and north of the Manatee River. Fritch will play a significant role working with Probstfeld to develop and envision the future for SCF’s newest campus in Parrish.

    “Dr. Fritch rose to the top of the proposed candidates due to his 15 years of teaching experience and 13 years of increasingly responsible academic leadership experience,” said Probstfeld. “I’m very excited to have him join me in developing and expanding all forms of educational programs and academic support services.”

    “As chief academic officer, my job is to seek out, hire and support the best faculty and to work across all divisions of the college to ensure students have flexible schedule options and rigorous curriculum to prepare them for the demands of today’s workforce,” Fritch said.

    He also plans to be a visible presence in the community, meeting regularly with business and civic leaders to ensure SCF continues to be the region’s first choice for innovative, responsive, quality education, workforce training and community partnership.

    “This college has a great story to tell. The outcomes SCF is measuring show how we are consistently surpassing other institutions. Our passing rates on the NCLEX-RN certification exam are a prime example; we have exceeded state and national averages for many years,” he said. Fritch comes to SCF from Shorelight Education, where he served as Chief Academic Officer and Vice President, Global Solutions. Other previous positions encompass a variety of academic administrative roles, including provost, vice president of academic affairs, and dean of graduate and professional studies at American International College, The American College of Greece and Northeastern University.

    He received his Ph.D. and Master of Science in geology from Baylor University in Waco, Texas and earned a Bachelor of Science in geology from Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

    For more information and to view SCF’s Strategic Plan, visit SCF.edu.


  • 26 Jun 2018 2:50 PM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    VENICE, FL: Caldwell Trust Company has reached into its deep bench of professionals to promote two staff members from trust associate to trust officer according to R. G. “Kelly” Caldwell, CEO/president. “Once again we’ve been able to watch our staff members grow, and we’re gratified to see them move up so capably within the company,” he said. The new trust officers are Kimberly Evener and Marci Sweat.

    Kimberly Evener began her financial career in 2001 in New Jersey while still in high school. She relocated to Florida in 2003 and joined Northern Trust Company in 2004, beginning as a senior teller and departing in 2016 as a trust associate. While with Northern she took two AIB courses (Ethical Issues for Bankers, Principles of Banking) as well as classes for Trust School—Session 1. She joined Caldwell in 2016 and graduated in 2017 from the Florida Bankers Association's three-year program, Florida Trust & Wealth Management School, earning her FBA certification. She is currently working towards the American Bankers Association designation of Certified Trust and 

    Financial Advisor (CTFA), the recognized standard of excellence for trust and wealth advisors.

    Kimberly Evener is based in Caldwell’s Sarasota office, reporting to Jan Miller, executive vice president and trust officer. To reach her, email kevener@ctrust.com or phone 941.926.9336.


    Marci Sweat began her financial career in 2008 with Northern Trust Company in Sarasota, where she remained for over nine years, departing as officer and account manager on the Wealth Management Advisory Team. While with Northern she attended Northern Trust School as well as three years of the Florida Trust and Florida Graduate Trust & Wealth Management School–Grad I and Grad II, sponsored by Florida Bankers Association, graduating in 2014. She was elected class president during her third year of trust school. She joined Caldwell Trust Company in 2017 and is based in the Venice office.

    Prior to their move to Florida, Marci and her husband Jim owned a successful real estate company in South Haven, Michigan, which they sold in 2006.  Marci is currently working toward the designation of Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA). To contact her, email msweat@ctrust.com or phone 941.493.3600.

    To learn more about Caldwell Trust Company, call 1.800.338.9476 (toll-free), 941.493.3600; (Venice) or 941.926.9336 (Sarasota); email info@ctrust.com or visit www.ctrust.com.

    Established in 1993, Caldwell Trust Company is an independent trust company that manages a billion dollars in assets for clients throughout the United States. The company offers a full range of fiduciary services to individuals including services as trustee, custodian, investment adviser, financial manager and personal representative. Additionally, Caldwell manages 401(k) and 403(b) qualified retirement plans for employers.


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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.


8430 Enterprise Circle

 Suite 140
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
Phone: 941-757-1664 
Fax: 941-362-2600 
 
    
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