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  • Seidman: Turkey, tradition and theatrics gone awry

    Thanksgiving and traditions go hand in hand. Maybe your meal isn’t complete without Grandma’s creamed onions or Aunt Sue’s rhubarb pie. Maybe you always go around the table and ask each person to share what they are grateful for. Perhaps you read the Declaration of Independence aloud or (more likely) nod off on the couch watching football.During my childhood, nothing said Thanksgiving like a play. My mother was the daughter of frugal New Englanders and her […]… Read more »

  • Sarasota responds to the hungry and needy

    SARASOTA — Altruism’s seasonal rhythms hit full stride this week as community caretakers opened their Thanksgiving pantries to society’s most vulnerable members.Leading the pack was All Faiths Food Bank, whose preparation of 6,500 turkeys with attendant stuffing, gravy, potatoes, cranberry sauce and green beans served more than 26,000 people at distribution centers in Sarasota and DeSoto counties. But All Faiths had plenty of company.Hundreds turned out at […]… Read more »

  • 'I’m just a little guy trying to help out'

    Thomas Perry had just graduated from Cardinal Mooney High School in 1972 and was looking forward to spending the summer at the beach and doing all of the other things carefree kids at that age do.His vacation lasted precisely a week.That’s because Perry’s father informed him if he wanted to continue living at home he would need to come up with 18 bucks a week for room and board. That meant getting a job. That meant his summer of fun was over before it ever really […]… Read more »

  • Sarasota's Bath and Racquet Club plans redevelopment with residences

    Proposal could mean big changes for area behind Trader Joe's off U.S. 41…. Read more »

  • The biggest shopping weekend of the year is here

    Normally about this time of year, I’d tell you the wait is over for holiday shopping.But this time, I’m not sure we ever had a wait.Holiday merchandise spent much of the late summer lurking in small corners behind the Halloween stock in most traditional brick-and-mortar retailers. Amazon.com undeniably took the top spot on the shopping podium last winter, and came back swinging for this year’s holiday pre-season. The e-commerce giant had […]… Read more »

  • Sarasota mayor intervened in investigations on behalf of pastor

    Shelli Freeland Eddie, acting as a private attorney, directed investigators to halt questioning of a Newtown pastor who police believed had information that could be related to Jabez Spann's disappearance…. Read more »

  • Bill Waddill selected to lead 'The Bay' master plan

    SARASOTA — Kimley-Horn & Associates Senior Vice President Bill Waddill has been selected as the managing director of The Bay redevelopment project along Sarasota's bayfront.Waddill will lead the master plan development process with Boston-area firm Sasaki to reimagine the 42-acre city-owned bayfront around the Van Wezel as a new arts and cultural district.The announcement Tuesday ends a six-month, national search for a director to lead the ambitious project with a […]… Read more »

  • Sarasota attorney Jordan Wallach is suspended

    SARASOTA — A Sarasota lawyer is among 20 Florida attorneys who were disciplined by the Florida Supreme Court from Sept. 22 to Nov. 2.Divorce and family attorney Jordan Lloyd Wallach, whose office is located at 1800 2nd St., Suite 919, has been suspended until further order effective Nov. 22, according to a court order to the Florida Bar. He began practice in 1979.The Florida Bar notified the public of the suspension in an emailed news release Tuesday afternoon. […]… Read more »

  • Junior League of Sarasota cuts ribbon on Easter Seals sensory room

    The Junior League of Sarasota and Easter Seals Southwest Florida unveiled a new Sensory Room earlier this month, made possible by a grant from the League.During the 2016-2017 year, the Junior League awarded Easter Seals Southwest Florida with $5,000 to create a room that would serve as a therapy intervention and treatment area for children who have autism or other behavioral needs.The room helps calm and refocus children, so they can have improved learning.The multi- […]… Read more »

  • Pop up shop benefits SPARCC program

    The Evelyn & Arthur store in downtown Sarasota hosted a Pop Up Shop on Nov. 3 for women in the program at Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center.Eight women were treated to fashion consultations and fittings from E&A’s stylists, along with a complete outfit with accessories. In addition, lunch and refreshments were served and the ladies got to hear the inspiring story of Weissman’s journey as a female business leader.Adrianne Weissman, president of E&A, […]… Read more »

  • Thanksgiving holiday closings in Sarasota-Manatee

    Several local governments announced they will be closing this week for the Thanksgiving holiday:SARASOTACity of Sarasota administrative offices will be closed Thursday and Friday. Offices will reopen Monday.There will be no garbage, recycling and yard waste pickup on Thanksgiving Day. Collection will be delayed by one day: Thursday collection will occur on Friday, Friday collection will occur on Saturday.Hours of operation at recreation and […]… Read more »

  • Sarasota asset manager kept up fraud while awaiting prison, prosecutors say

    Steven R. Zoernack jailed after being sentenced last month for bilking investors out of $3.4 million…. Read more »

  • Parking lot crash sends 2 to hospital

    A Toyota accelerated rapidly and struck two other vehicles, according to the FHP…. Read more »