Sarasota Herald Tribune

Articles from August 21, 2012

A Commitment to Tiny Babies a Continent Away
Southwest Florida is graced with lots of health professionals who spend their spare time on medical missions to countries that desperately need them. But few make a time and travel commitment like Pauline Hill's.Hill, a longtime Sarasota registered nurse...
Benderson's Retail Project Wins Approval
SARASOTAA mailer sent last week to thousands of city residents foretold a bleak future for one of the city's busiest intersections: Neighbors could be crowded out by a tacky and monolithic shopping center, a sterile parking lot. In big and bold letters,...
Business Buzz
Longboat Key Club job fair WednesdayThe Longboat Key Club & Resort is hiring.The beachfront resort will hold a job fair to fill a number of anticipated and current vacancies for cooks, room attendants and other positions in its operations, catering,...
Center's Artists Sell Work
With its new monthly trunk sales, ArtCenter Manatee wants to give shoppers a chance to see new ideas and perhaps spice up their wardrobes.A recent show featured Earthen Arts, with four local female artists who use recycled materials to create art and...
County Planning Bonuses
GOVERNMENT: Leaders OK $1.5 million for a measure they had rejected recentlySARASOTA COUNTYMore than 1,000 county employees who have gone five years without a raise will get a bonus this year.In what might be another sign of a strengthening economy or...
Elected Mayor Concept Rejected
SARASOTA3-2 VOTE: Commissioners spurn idea for initiative after hearing much inputVoters will not have a fourth chance to consider changing Sarasota's form of government to an elected mayor after commissioners rejected the idea at the end of a community...
Filings in Early Stage Decline
MANATEE COUNTYEarly-stage foreclosures filings in this county dropped during July after a one-month surge in June, court records show.Manatee's largest lenders filed 311 "lis pendens," the first stage in the foreclosure process, when lenders notify borrowers...
Florida Watches as Tropical Storm Expected to Form
Forecasters and emergency managers are keeping an eye on a storm brewing in the tropical Atlantic with the potential to affect Florida during next week's Republican National Convention in Tampa.It is too early to tell how strong the storm system will...
Helping Teenagers Face Challenges
Teenagers congregated at the Inspiration, Praise and Worship center for a night of fun and games, and to take part in activities to help them overcome some of the challenging obstacles they face in their community."We're trying to keep them in a positive...
Herald Tribune Obituaries
Babcock, Harold R.Oct. 10, 1928 - Aug. 17, 2012Harold R. Babcock, 83, of Venice, FL, formerly of Groton, Connecticut, died on Aug. 17, 2012. Services will be held from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm on Thurs., at United Church of Christ in Venice, FL. Funeral arrangements...
Just for the GIRLS
Bradenton academy aims to prove critics of single-sex schools wrongBRADENTONDebate still rages in education circles on whether separating boys and girls in school leads to higher grades and more well- rounded students.But parents of more than 100 area...
Political Billboard Defaced by Vandals
RESPONSE: Both parties condemn destruction of GOP's anti-Obama signVENICEMembers of both political parties are condemning an act of vandalism over the weekend in which someone went to great lengths to alter a Sarasota County Republican Party billboard...
Seaweed Spoiling Region's Close-Up
TOURISM: As convention draws close, the beaches aren't picture- perfectSouthwest Florida is famous for its white sand beaches and crystal clear water, but the national spotlight could soon be shining on the region's seaweed instead.Hundreds of tons of...
Sweat Equity in Habitat Homes
Every day, when Katie Gwinn makes dinner in her kitchen with her two children -- or watches them play in the yard -- she is grateful to have a home of her own.On Aug. 15, Gwinn did her part to help make that dream come true for Aquiline "Primo" Ledesma.Smuggler's...
Victory for the Courts
Funding decision fixes a problem that the Legislature causedA legislative commission's decision to restore funding initially cut from the Florida court clerks' budget rights a wrong inflicted by state lawmakers and enables the courts to operate in the...
What Price for Siesta Project?
IMPROVEMENTS: The cost of expanding the beach facility has almost tripledSARASOTA COUNTYThe vision was to add upgrades to Siesta Public Beach that were more befitting its world-class status -- a pedestrian esplanade, expanded parking and a 6,000-square-foot...
Wise Skepticism Foils a Phone Scam
A local man got a worrisome phone call at home last Friday afternoon.The serious-sounding caller said he was a DEA agent -- he gave a name and Drug Enforcement Agency ID number -- and he had scary news: The agency had intercepted a package of drugs sent...
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