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  • 12 Oct 2018 11:51 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    SARASOTA, FL – Richard S. Webb IV, a shareholder at Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm and Ginsburg, P.A., represented the Seller in the marketing and sale of a $212 million portfolio of manufactured housing retirement communities in Sarasota and Central Florida. The portfolio included over 2,000 homesites and featured the Camelot Lakes and Camelot East luxury retirement communities located in Sarasota, Florida, which sold for a combined $165 million. The portfolio was acquired by Cove Communities, a national real estate company based in Phoenix, Arizona.

    Webb is a member of the firm’s manufactured housing group and concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate law, business law, and manufactured housing law. He represents clients in complex real estate and business matters in Florida, handling a wide range of regulatory and administrative law issues, business formations, transactions, financings, and land use matters.


  • 11 Oct 2018 12:17 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    BRADENTON, FL – During its annual Community Ambassador of the Year Awards Dinner on October 17, Goodwill Manasota will recognize six community leaders who contribute to our community and Goodwill’s success through volunteer efforts and philanthropy. The nonprofit will also recognize Suzanne Ottomanelli – a very special employee who has overcome significant challenges and, with Goodwill’s support, gotten her life and career back on track – as its 2018 Team Member of the Year. 

    Ottomanelli is one of five children born to a loving, close-knit family in New Jersey. She graduated from college with a teaching degree then earned her Masters of Education. She worked as a teacher in New York and loved what she did. A seven-year marriage to someone who was into drugs changed everything. Influenced by her husband’s behavior, she became addicted to cocaine and was eventually arrested. Over time, her connections to her family, her community, and her spiritual life were disrupted.

    She suffered two drug overdoses. While recovering in the hospital from the second one, her parents told her that her sister – who struggled with an addiction to prescription medication – had overdosed and died. It was then that Ottomanelli decided it was time to get her life back on track. 

    Ottomanelli found her way to Bradenton, where she enrolled in Learn to Fish Recovery, a faith-based nonprofit residential recovery center for women and children. She needed a job and drew on her previous experience doing office work in her father’s butcher shop and as a server in his restaurant to seek employment as a cashier at Goodwill Manasota’s corporate campus.

    It has been nearly a year since Ottomanelli began her employment with Goodwill. In that time she has excelled, earning recognition as a hard worker who can learn any new skill, and been promoted to a store management position. Her GoodPartner Coach, Career Development Facilitator, and others have provided valuable guidance and support, helping her to find her way back to financial and physical well-being, and regain her self-esteem.

    “Goodwill has helped me to support my natural skills and talents, and allowed me to reconnect to the things I cared about before drugs took them away,” said Ottomanelli. “Thanks to Learn to Fish and Goodwill, I have my life back. Goodwill is an amazing company – I hope to work here for a long time.”

    “With the programs and opportunities she’s received through the partnership between Goodwill Manasota and Learn to Fish Recovery, Suzanne is building a solid foundation for her future, based on the things she values the most: a strong connection to her faith, a sense of family and security, and a supportive work environment where she can learn, thrive and be acknowledged for her accomplishments,” said Goodwill’s community outreach manager Pavitra Ciavardone. “It’s seeing the results of our community partnerships in someone like Suzanne that makes us realize how much more we can accomplish and contribute to the lives of others.”

    Goodwill Manasota is proud to give individuals with barriers to employment – including those who have struggled with addiction, ex-offenders, individuals with disabilities, veterans, senior citizens and more – a chance to change their lives through the power of work. For more information, go to experiencegoodwill.org or call (941) 355-2721.

    PHOTO ID: (From l-r) Pavitra Ciavardone, community outreach manager, Goodwill Manasota; Suzanne Ottomanelli, Goodwill’s 2018 Team Member of the Year; and Sabrina Crain-Sweeney, executive director/CEO, Learn to Fish


  • 08 Oct 2018 12:42 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    We are still in need of volunteers for the 2018 World Cup Triathlon October 12-14th.  If you could send this out to your membership we would greatly appreciate it!  Thank you for your continued support and we hope to see you at the park!

    http://usatriathlon.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?id=30265

     

    Thank you,

    Sarah Kupiec 

    Director of Events & Event Services

     941-224-9395


  • 24 Sep 2018 4:33 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

     - The Animal Rescue Coalition, (ARC) has partnered with Lakewood Ranch to host the largest pet fest in the area. Attendees will enjoy a fun-filled day of pet-related activities with their dogs. Try a variety of beer, wine and food,watch agility, disc and nose-work demonstrations and visit popular pet companies - all while listening to a great band - Reverend Barry and the Funk. Dress your pet in a costume and participate in the ‘Furry Scurry” pet parade, learn helpful tips about your pet and more! Come and experience all there is to offer your pet in and around Lakewood Ranch.

    By attending, you'll support the ARC mission of making high-quality, low-cost spay/neuter available for everyone. In the last 20 years, ARC has performed nearly 60,000 spay/neuter surgeries; both the public and rescue organizations rely on ARC for their spay/neuter, vaccination and microchipping needs. Spay/Neuter is the single most effective way to end shelter overcrowding and to stop the senseless killing of innocent animals.

    Entry and parking are free. Bob Gardner Park: 2710 White Eagle Blvd. - between routes 70 and 64.

    If you wish to become a sponsor and donate, please contact our Events Manager, Kate O’Driscoll, at kate@ARCSRQ.org. She can help guide you toward the best sponsorship. We are also accepting silent auction donations of products/services. No act of generosity is too small to make a difference.

    Thank you to our Corporate Event Sponsors: Bayside Pet Resort, Manatee Community Foundation, BMW of Sarasota, Lennar Homes, Culligan Water, The Observer, Lakewood Ranch Community Fund and Knock Out Marketing & PR.


  • 17 Sep 2018 1:06 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Sarasota Orthopedic Associates has announced the relocation of its Lakewood Ranch facility to the future Lakewood Ranch Healthpark, currently under construction. Sarasota Orthopedic Associates will occupy 10,000 square feet on the first floor of the medical office building located within the C.O.R.E. project of Lakewood Ranch. The new SOA office at Healthpark will replace the existing location while doubling in size to better serve patients. The Collaboration Opportunities for Research and Exploration, or CORE, is a 300-acre development located at the intersection of SR 70 and Lakewood Ranch Boulevard. CORE is projected to focus on health sciences, higher education, biotech, research and related retail and hospitality uses. Healthpark at Lakewood Ranch will be a 46,000 square foot Class A medical office building developed by Optimal Outcomes based out of St Petersburg.


  • 12 Sep 2018 3:39 PM | Deleted user

    FISHERMEN’S VILLAGE TO HOST 2nd annual “THROWBACK TO THE 50’S!” event Saturday, October 27, 2018

    Punta Gorda, FL – Fishermen’s Village will present the 2nd annual “Throwback to the 50’s” music centric event Saturday, October 27, 2018, 12 Noon-4 pm. This fun, interactive event promises to take you back to yesteryear through music, dancing, and fun contests!

    Live entertainment will be featured from 12 noon-4 pm throughout the Village including:

    • Boomers Band – first section near Good ‘Ole Days Coffee – golden oldies, rock ‘n roll, Motown, Blues and more!
    • Nick Dattilo and The Legends Band – Center Court – tribute to Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Ritchie Valens, The Beach Boys!
    • The Smoothies Duo – inside Scotty’s Brewhouse – doo wop, golden oldies
    • CJ & Friends – third section of the Village – take a trip down memory lane with this dynamic twosome!
    • Appearance by “Elfig”, alias Bob “Fig” Newton – who knows, he might just belt out an Elvis tune or two with the bands!!!

    Come dressed in attire from the 50’s and 60’s and join the fun! Admission and parking are free. The public is cordially invited to attend. Located on Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda, Fishermen’s Village features 40 shops/boutiques/galleries, waterfront dining, harbor and sunset cruises, fishing charters, boat rentals, military museum, special events and weekly live entertainment.

    Phone: 941 639-8721 Website: www.fishville.com


  • 28 Aug 2018 3:48 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Kiddie Academy of Lakewood Ranch continued to receive the Presidents Circle, Life Essentials® Curriculum, Character Education and Customer Service award at the Academy’s® Annual Conference, held last month in National Harbor, MD, where hundreds of franchisees from more than 200 academies nationwide were considered for the program. William and Marina Schmidt were among the best of the best at this year’s conference, which recognizes exceptional franchisees who have made a lasting impact on their communities through some of the most progressive, accredited, and award-winning high-quality educational child care programs in the country.

     According to the President of Kiddie Academy, Greg Helwig, winners were honored for their extensive contributions to the Kiddie Academy system by way of mentoring, leading, and championing the brand’s key growth initiatives. Helwig shared that common denominators among Kiddie Academy’s Annual Conference winners include excelling in the following areas: ambassadorship of brand systems, standards and processes; customer service and satisfaction; staff motivation and retention; community involvement; and extensive contributions to the Kiddie Academy system by way of mentoring, leading and setting the example.  

     “An important trait that all Kiddie Academy franchisees share is a passion for our industry, our brand, and the people who drive the company’s success every day. With so many dedicated professionals working to provide best-in-class early educational childcare in an environment that fosters learning and development, as well as the highest safety standards, the ‘best of the best’ are truly ‘doing it all’ and doing an exceptional job,” said Helwig. “This year’s award winners exemplify the highest standards of professionalism and caring, and we are proud to recognize their contributions not only to Kiddie Academy, but to their communities, neighborhoods, and thousands of families nationwide.”

     More than 200 Kiddie Academy locations in 26 states and the District of Columbia serve over 20,000 families nationwide. For more information about <Academy Name> and their Life Essentials® curriculum approach to preparing children for school and for life,      


  • 22 Aug 2018 12:31 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Manatee County's Agriculture and Extension Service is planning for the upcoming Master Gardener Plant Fair on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The plant fair is held at the University of Florida IFAS Extension Manatee County, Agriculture and Extension Service, Educational Gardens, 1303 17th Street West (Manatee County Fairgrounds) in Palmetto.  Save on Florida-friendly plants all grown and propagated by Extension Master Gardeners!  The plant selection includes natives, shrubs, vines, herbs, orchids, butterfly plants, vegetables, ground covers, bromeliads, and more.  All proceeds from this event go to the operation and maintenance of the Master Gardeners’ Educational Gardens and Greenhouses and to support Master Gardener educational and outreach programs.

    Free native seedlings to the first 50 customers.  Come early for the best selection!  Cash or personal checks only. 

    The Florida Master Gardener Program was created to assist Extension Agents in providing research based horticultural education to Florida residents.  In Manatee County residents can bring their horticultural questions to the plant clinic where Master Gardeners will assist in resolving their questions.  The clinic is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Soil testing for pH and soluble salts is available for a small fee.  Educational Garden tours are available.  Various educational classes are offered throughout the year to the public.  Contact the Manatee County Extension Services office to be put on the mailing list for the monthly newsletter.  If you have an interest in gardening, consider becoming a Master Gardener.  This program is offered annually.

    We’ve got a good thing growing! 

    Contact:  Kathy Oliver, Program Assistant Urban Horticulture

                    Email:   koliver@ufl.edu                                                                    

                   Phone:     941-722-4524 x 1816






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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