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  • 10 Jul 2017 9:16 AM | Anonymous

    15 U.S. communities awarded top honors in civic action, community problem solving and advancing early literacy
     

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (June 26, 2017) – Manatee County is part of an award-winning Suncoast Region, one of 15 U.S. communities named a 2017 All-America City Award recipient by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and the National Civic League. 

    Manatee and Sarasota counties are part of the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (SCGLR) which received a variety of accolades, including the All-America City Award, a Pacesetter Honor, and three Communications Awards during Grade-Level Reading Week in Denver. The Campaign was recognized for exemplary work to unite the community and engage families in an effort to increase reading proficiency and combat the challenges that can undermine early literacy. 

    Fifteen communities across the country were honored earlier this month with the 2017 All-America City Award (AAC) for their civic engagement to help more young children from low-income families achieve grade-level reading proficiency and early school success. Research has long shown that when children read at proficient levels by third grade they are more likely to complete high school prepared for college, a career and active citizenship.


    “We applaud the ’big tent’ coalitions in these award-winning communities. They put a stake in the ground around third-grade reading and made some ‘big bets’ to improve the odds for early school success,” said Ralph Smith, managing director of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. "Those big bets are paying off in more hopeful futures for so many vulnerable children in these communities."

    Cheri Coryea, Manatee County Neighborhood Services Department director, said one of the primary reasons this area was selected as an All-America City Award is the Manatee County Public Library System’s innovative new literacy program, “I Am a Lifelong Learner.” The program supports the Suncoast Campaign for Grade Level Reading and is unique for its partnerships and collaboration. 

    "The program aims to improve literacy by targeting our youngest readers in locations they are familiar with: their neighborhoods," Coryea said. "Proceeds from the Manatee Library Foundation Stephen King/John Grisham and Nicholas Sparks fundraisers over the past two
    years have created a new Lifelong Learner Campaign Coordinator."

    The Lifelong Learner Campaign Coordinator interacts directly with young children in geographically challenged areas to offer pop-up programs that develop literacy skills. She also helps coordinate summer reading programs at our libraries and the new reading rooms around the community and enriches parental engagement through other programs and technology.

    “We are proud to partner with The Patterson Foundation, United Way of Manatee County, School District of Manatee County and others to make progress in moving children’s literacy skills on grade level and for those efforts to be recognized as an All American City,” Coryea said.
     
    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.


  • 07 Jul 2017 12:48 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    MEDIA ALERT

    Bradenton, Fla. – July 17, 2017

    Community Influencers Are Invited to Visit Newly Remodeled Offices

    at One of Manatee County’s Largest Employers

    WHO: TriNet, one of Manatee County’s largest employers1, is welcoming area

    lawmakers, community organizations, local vendors and media to join

    TriNet executives and colleagues for an open house of their innovative

    offices. Speaking attendees include local political representatives and

    business leaders, as well as TriNet executives.

    WHAT: In the last two years, TriNet’s Bradenton office alone experienced a

    headcount growth of over 200 percent on its sales team. TriNet has

    enhanced its offices as part of its strategic plan to continue to scale in the

    area and bring on more local talent.

    Refreshments will be served.

    WHEN: Monday, July 17, 2017

    11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    The event will kick off with a few words from the speakers, followed by a

    Q&A session and a brief tour.

    WHERE: TriNet

    9000 Town Center Pkwy.

    Bradenton, FL 34202

    1 According to the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation, June 2017

    CONTACT:

    Fatima Afzal

    TriNet

    Fatima.Afzal@TriNet.com.

    510.875.7265


  • 03 Jul 2017 9:22 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Sarasota, FL (June 29, 2017) – Doctors Hospital of Sarasota has once again been selected as one of the Best Places to Work by Modern Healthcare. The hospital has made the list nine years in a row. According to Modern Healthcare, this annual awards program recognizes companies who continuously try to improve their work environment and increase employee engagement, satisfaction and retention through innovative ideas.

     “Our culture here is special. We strive to create a place where everyone is valued for their unique talents and recognized for the contributions they make providing personalized care to our patients,” said Robert Meade, CEO of Doctors Hospital of Sarasota.

     The hospital offers comprehensive benefits and is committed to providing a healthy work environment. There are stress breaks for employees with massages, free Tai Chi classes, tuition reimbursement, ongoing job training, and appreciation events throughout the year.  Doctors Hospital of Sarasota has almost 800 employees and 250 volunteers. Earlier this year it was also recognized by Becker's Hospital Review on its "150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare | 2017" list. This year the hospital also received an “A” for its commitment to quality from the Leapfrog Group.

     

    You can see more about the people of Doctors Hospital in this behind the scenes video:

    https://youtu.be/AXNuvpUhAuw


  • 16 Jun 2017 10:14 AM | Anonymous

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (June 14, 2017) — Manatee County Government received a proposal today from Schroeder-Manatee Ranch (SMR) offering to donate the underlying land of the Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch to become a county park.

    The proposal offers the 126.9-acre campus in exchange for compensation for the physical improvements that have been made to the property. It also includes an additional 36-acre parcel of land, with the request that the county construct an aquatic center and parking within the next five years.

    The Premier Sports Campus improvements include parking, 22 quality irrigated fields — eight of which are lighted for evening play — and other recreational facilities. The price for the improvements is $5.2 million based on the SMR construction cost, which could potentially be paid through impact fee revenue. The cost for the aquatic center will be determined based on the scope of the facility. 

    According to Director of Parks and Natural Resources Charlie Hunsicker, this opportunity is important to the community.

    "The addition of the Premier Sports Campus to our inventory of recreational spaces will greatly enrich the community’s recreation opportunities,” said Hunsicker. “The facility is consistent with the upcoming Parks Master Plan, and the acquisition of this site at cost only is a great opportunity for our community and the thousands of children who will be served. We are extremely grateful to Rex Jensen and the SMR community for their vision and largesse.”

    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.

      


  • 08 Jun 2017 12:15 PM | Anonymous

    Sarasota, Florida – June 6, 2017 – Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate – Atchley Properties, a locally owned real estate firm specializing in residential, luxury and commercial properties, is excited to welcome experienced Sarasota real estate professionals Keith Kropp and Wayne Rogers to its team of full-service residential property experts.

    “Keith and Wayne are proven specialists who bring extensive market knowledge and help reinforce our goal of extending our presence and reach in Sarasota real estate,” said Alan Atchley, President of Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate – Atchley Properties. “It’s an honor to welcome this experienced, passionate, client-focused team to our family of associates to give home buyers and sellers the outstanding results they deserve.”

    Born in Wilmette, Illinois, Kropp grew up in the Greater Chicago area and earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Northern Illinois University and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. Kropp relocated to Florida in 1974 and obtained his real estate license in 1979. Kropp began his real estate career in 1984 working for new home builders in both sales and sales management. During that time, he was named Sales Manager of the Year by the Home Builders Association of Mid-Florida in 1993 and again 1995.

    In 1995, Kropp was selected by The Walt Disney Company to head the sales team for Celebration, Disney’s Master Planned Community, as the Broker of Record for Celebration Realty. In 1998, he transitioned into general real estate and soon after opened his own brokerage in Celebration, Florida. Kropp is a member of the National Association of Realtors and the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee Counties, and has earned the GRI and e-PRO designations. “Having lived in the State of Florida for many years and travelled extensively around the state, we chose to invest in Sarasota in 2005,” said Kropp. “I sold my business and we moved permanently to Sarasota in 2011. We have never regretted the move. If anything, we wish we had moved here many years earlier!”

    Wayne Rogers graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in business administration. Rogers also played baseball and was recently recognized as one of the Top 100 Players to ever play at UF. Rogers began his real estate career in 2003 after a highly successful 27-year career in medical sales. Rogers is also a member of the National Association of Realtors and the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee Counties, and has earned the GRI, e-PRO and Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) designations.

    Seasoned in assisting homebuyers and sellers with all local lifestyle options, Kropp and Rogers are active members of the Gay Real Estate Executive Network of Sarasota (GREEN), National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals (NAGLREP), the Florida Council of Equality Florida, and have both earned the At Home With Diversity® designation from the National Association of Realtors. “Inclusion is a core value of Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate – Atchley Properties, which allows our team to grow while letting us be who we are,” said Kropp.

    About Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate – Atchley Properties

    A locally owned, independent real estate brokerage, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate – Atchley Properties provides exceptional buying and selling services for residential, commercial and rental properties in all price ranges and lifestyle options. With locations in Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch, the brokerage is part of the international franchise network of Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate. The Atchley Properties philosophy is grounded in the passionate pursuit to achieve the highest level of professionalism in the real estate industry, raise the standard of service excellence and continually improve processes by utilizing

          

  • 06 Jun 2017 2:11 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    (Sarasota, FL) Designing Women Boutique is pleased to announce the 2017 recipients of its annual grants program, which is expected to bestow over $100,000 in the coming year. The list includes the Asolo Foundation, which is the primary beneficiary of the DWB grants program, along with the following local organizations:

    • All Faiths Food Bank – in honor of Butch Amerson
    • Asolo Rep – this donation brings the total over 15 years to $536,000
    • Baby Basics of Sarasota
    • Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota County – in honor of Ethel and Ron Taub Foundation
    • Child Protection Center, Inc.
    • The Circus Art Conservatory – in honor of Ethel and Ron Taub Foundation
    • Forty Carrots Family Center – in honor of Ethel and Ron Taub Foundation
    • The Sarasota Ballet – in honor of Ethel and Ron Taub Foundation
    • Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation – In honor of Margaret Wise
    • Sarasota Opera Association
    • Sarasota Symphony
    • The Venice Symphony
    • Tidewell Hospice
    • Venice Symphony
    • Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe – In honor of Ethel and Ron Taub Foundation

     “It is our great pleasure to have the resources to be able to support these outstanding organizations in our community,” said Ida Zito, DWB board president. “Everything we do throughout the year, from running our boutique to our annual gala to our luncheons, fashion shows and special events, it’s all geared towards raising the funds that allow us to give these grants to support the greater good. It’s so rewarding to see our time and effort pay off in such a meaningful way. All of this would not be possible without our staff, volunteers, consigners, donors, and sponsors.”


  • 06 Jun 2017 1:59 PM | Anonymous

    Chamber names Caldwell winner of its 2017 Frank G. Berlin, Sr. Small Business Award;

    company also wins Top Honor Small Business of the Year Award

    VENICE, FL: Members of Caldwell Trust Company attended the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce 2017 Frank G. Berlin, Sr. Small Business Award awards luncheon on Friday, June 2. The company, a finalist, was doubly honored when the Chamber named Caldwell as winner in the professional services category and also as winner of its Top Honor Small Business of the Year Award.

    The prestigious honors were announced before an audience of over 400 attending the Chamber’s annual awards luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota. The Frank G. Berlin Award recognizes member businesses and individuals with locally owned and operated business while the Top Honor Small Business of the Year Award chooses its winner across all six categories.

    R. G. “Kelly” Caldwell Jr., CEO, president and co-founder of Caldwell Trust Company, accepted the awards on behalf of the 24-year-old company, which provides a full range of fiduciary services to individuals as well as management of retirement plans for employers. “We are truly honored and humbled by this award,” he said. “When we started our company in 1993, we pledged to offer traditional financial services in a highly personal way, and we vowed always to remain independent. We felt that this was the right path to serve our clients and grow the business.”

    The founding philosophy proved accurate. As the company approaches its first quarter-century of service, it is nearing the mark of $1 billion in assets under management with $890,000 currently in its portfolios. Its success in generating strong returns for investors at modest costs is due not only to careful, responsible management but also to Caldwell’s development of proprietary software programs that greatly enhance efficiency, according to Kelly Caldwell.

    Caldwell Trust Company began with six co-founders in offices above a bank in Venice. Today the business operates from an elegant $4 million headquarters building at 1400 Center Road in Venice and additional offices at 1561 Main Street, Sarasota, with a staff of 29.

    Known for its family-oriented culture and strong ethic of corporate citizenship, the business has donated over $1 million to local organizations that focus on youth and social causes. In keeping with the company philosophy of giving back, employees also donate their time to serve on boards and committees of chosen area charities, which now number over three dozen.

    Caldwell Trust Company is an independent trust company with offices in Venice and Sarasota, Florida. Established in 1993, the firm currently has nearly $1 billion dollars in assets under management 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. 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.


  • 05 Jun 2017 12:37 PM | Anonymous

    Local students pursuing a career in the healthcare field get help from volunteers at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota.

    Sarasota, FL (June 5, 2017) – Each year, several local high school seniors who want to pursue a career in the healthcare industry get some financial help from the Auxiliary of Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. Since the hospital first opened in 1967, the non-profit group has been awarding scholarships to Sarasota County high school graduates. To date they have awarded more than $1 million dollars in scholarships. The auxiliary raises the money from fundraisers, newspaper sales in the hospital lobby and donations made throughout the year. This year ten students received scholarships. They are:

    •  Avia Davis- Booker High School attending FAMU majoring in Physical Therapy
    • Joshua Guaita-Homeschool attending Cedarville University majoring in Nursing
    • Joey Flanagan- Riverview High School attending FSU majoring in Pre-Bio Science and Nursing
    • Nadine Elnagaar-Riverview High School attending USF majoring in Pre-Med
    • Maximillian Konarzewski- Pine View School attending U of M majoring in Pre-Med
    • Kim Nguyen-Pine View School attending UF majoring in Nursing
    • Amara Wilson- Sarasota High School attending SCF majoring in Nursing
    • Caroline Jungels- Venice High School attending UF majoring in Bio-Med/Pre-Med
    • Bryana Mammana- Venice High School attending UF majoring in Physical Therapy
    • Melissa Whitman-Venice High School attending FGCU majoring in Nursing

    Scholarships are available to any high school senior attending school in Sarasota County. Applications and more information can be found at http://doctorsofsarasota.com/about/volunteers.dot

    **Photo of the group is attached.

    For more information contact:
    Monica Yadav
    Director of Marketing & Public Relations
    Doctors Hospital of Sarasota
    5731 Bee Ridge Road
    Sarasota, FL 34233
    Monica.Yadav@hcahealthcare.com


  • 05 Jun 2017 9:14 AM | Anonymous

    Lakewood Ranch, Fla., June 2,, 2017 — All Star Laundry Announces its newest division, “All Star Scrubs, Shoes and Chef” has reached an agreement to acquire Scrubs, Shoes and Chef located (HWY 64) 1002 Manatee Ave E # A, Bradenton, FL 34208, (941) 795-1100 www.scrubsshoesandchef.com.  Additionally All Star’s Management Company, SunCoast Development has also agreed to acquire the property located on Manatee for an undisclosed amount. SunCoast CEO Dave Walstad states “the ongoing revitalization of the downtown Bradenton Area provided us a great opportunity to acquire this property for future development of a multi-story complex”.

    As the market leader for Garment Care in the Sarasota and Manatee County Markets, adding Scrubs,Shoes and Chef gives unparalleled capability to now be able to provide the uniforms, custom embroidery, logo digitizing and full service cleaning at the same time.“The acquisition of Scrubs, Shoes and Chef provides us an excellent platform to begin our expansion into the uniform industry. Allen and Vera have created such a terrific company and we are thrilled to have it as part of our store portfolio” , says company President Cheryl Walstad Commenting on the deal, Allen and Vera Royce; "Even though it is time to move on. It is still difficult to walk away from something you have nurtured and cultivated for years. However, we are extremely excited with what All Star brings to the table. They will grow and move Scrubs Shoes and Chef in ways we could only dream of. We would like to thank all our customers that have supported us over the years and are pleased to know that they will be in capable and caring hands."

    About All Star Laundry & Dry Cleaners

    Under the Brand “All Star" the company's strategic growth plans target surrounding communities along the I-75 corridor in Sarasota, Manatee counties and include the Venice and Tampa- St Pete Markets. Services include GreenEarth Dry-cleaning, Wet Cleaning, Ozone Cleaning, Alterations, Hotel Guest Services, Fine Table Linen Cleaning, Pickup and Delivery, Restoration Cleaning, for Commercial andResidential. And now Uniform and accessories thru retail stores and online.

    For More Information call (941) 921-1258 or visit www.allstarlaundry.com 






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.

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