Sarasota Herald Tribune

Articles from February 15, 2012

30,000 Meals Ready to Feed the Hungry
Three area Kiwanis clubs joined joined forces to package 30,000 meals for Kids Against Hunger.The Kiwanis Club of Bradenton hosted the Manatee Sunrise and Lakewood Ranch Kiwanis clubs Saturday at Kiwanis Hall in Bradenton."It's been a long time since...
A Bid to Privatize Prisons Falls Short
TALLAHASSEELEGISLATURE: As plan aimed at budget savings fails, a rebuke to Senate leadershipIn a sharp rebuke of its own leadership, the Florida Senate on Tuesday dramatically rejected the nation's largest prison privatization plan in a 19-21 vote.The...
Anderson Blanks Lightning Again
TAMPAMISSED CHANCES: Senators goalie stops 28 shotsIt's becoming a more glaring issue for the Tampa Bay Lightning.The Bolts are getting great chances to score, but they cannot finish the task.It was more of that Tuesday night. The Lightning had the better of...
A Woman's Touch on Habitat Homes
As Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County dedicated its first Women Build House in Nokomis last month, new homeowners Sharon Hoke and Walter Monkiewicz expressed gratitude as they prepared to move into two new handicapped-accessible villas built...
Battle Begins Again on Siesta
UPKEEP: County cleaning village, and businesses don't want that to changeUpkeep and maintenance in Siesta Key Village are critical to the area's continued draw as a tourist attraction, but not everyone can agree on who should do the work.Sarasota County...
Budget Bull for USF
Suspicious minds are right to question proposed cutsWhen it comes to an outlandish state Senate proposal to gut the University of South Florida's funding, it's hard not to be suspicious of the motives.Whatever is behind the measure, the cuts should be...
Business Buzz
Mortgage pros form an allianceA group of local mortgage professionals has formed the Mortgage Alliance of Southwest Florida to offer leadership and education and to promote high professional standards and expert service.The group also will work to show...
'Cats Do It Again
8A-2: North Port beats East Lake for the fourth time this seasonNORTH PORTTom Tintor could feel the Tarpon Springs East Lake girls basketball team gaining on North Port.Tintor's Bobcats won the regular season meetings by 17 and 19, but in the district...
Chinese VP Visits U.S
WASHINGTON -- The man destined to be China's next leader won an extraordinary welcome across Washington on Tuesday, a finely scripted opening to one of the world's most important relationships. Trading kind words of cooperation, President Barack Obama...
Cold Start Ices Blazers' Season
SARASOTA2A-3: Sarasota Christian hits one of its first 16 shotsThe Sarasota Christian girls basketball team could not overcome its early cold shooting, First Baptist Academy's late free throw efficiency or the intimidating shot-blocking by the Lions...
Cross the Border for Canta Rana
For a long time Fruitville Road marked the northern border of downtown dining in Sarasota, but in the last five years restaurants have begun to cross that line. The latest is Canta Rana, a new Peruvian restaurant that has opened on the corner of Fruitville...
Flare-Up over Usf Funding
BUDGET: Leaders push back against a call for cutbacks some say is pure politicUniversity of South Florida leaders are marshaling alumni, students and community members in an all-out battle with J.D. Alexander, the influential state legislator pushing...
Food Trucks Come to Downtown
Although food trucks have been all the rage in urban areas around the country for the past few years, Sarasota has been behind in that particular culinary trend. Mindy Parker hopes to change that with her new Ringling Picnic.Essentially a place for food...
Herald Tribune Obituaries
Armendarez, RichardFeb. 5, 2012Richard "Jesse" Armendarez of Sarasota died Feb. 5, 2012.Private services will be held at a later date.He was a man who held a deep sense of love for his family and friends, and will be greatly missed.Beagle, Harold LeeFeb....
In Florida, 'Scheme on Steroids'
FLIPPING: Trial starts against last 3 defendants in Adams-Bobka caseTAMPAOne of the biggest flipping fraud trials in Florida history got underway Tuesday afternoon with the government arguing that the three remaining defendants in the case did not just...
Lemon Desserts Are Fair Highlight
Celebrating the zesty lemon, a part of the history of the Lemon Bay area, the annual dessert contest was a highlight of the Cracker Fair in Englewood.After the winners in each lemon dessert category were announced on the Pioneer Park main stage Saturday,...
Little Things Lead to Pirates' Big Loss
CLASS 7A-3: Sharks make plays that stop Port CharlottePORT CHARLOTTE -- It came down to the simplest of things. A rebound. A free throw. Another rebound.For all of its offensive impatience, Sebastian River did the little things right when it mattered...
Old-Fashioned Singing Sure Hits the Spot
Jason Stearns, a Metropolitan Opera baritone, recalled the infectious virtuosity of the popular stars of the past in his concert at Church of the Redeemer Sunday afternoon.This was not the familiar formal recital, performed and received in an atmosphere...
Pancakes: What's Not to Like?
Pancake lovers don't need a special day to enjoy their beloved treat. For those who like pancakes, but for one reason or another don't think to make them, there is a reminder: Pancake Day. Also known as Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday, (Feb. 21 this year),...
Parking Revamp for Siesta
With beach lot, what is an 'improvement'?SIESTA KEY: Sarasota County plans to add more spaces, but changes to existing site will actually lessen capacityConsidering that the No. 1 beach in the country -- Siesta Public Beach in Sarasota -- is as renowned...
Rally Touts Safety for Children
The seventh annual "Kids' Safety Rally" provided parents and children with free hands-on personal safety skills and training in evading an abduction.The annual rally, presented by Central Church of Christ on Feb. 4, was in memory of Carlie Brucia, 11,...
Rental Law Is Allowed to Stand
VENICE: City decides to keep ordinance, against its attorney's adviceVENICEThe city's ordinance against vacation rentals in single-family neighborhoods will stand for now, even though the controversial law has not been enforced for nearly a year.Despite...
Sports Illustrated Would Be Welcome Here
Sports Illustrated's annual swimsuit photo shoot would be welcomed with open arms to the beaches of Sarasota and Manatee counties, tourism promoters said."It's a national magazine and the swimsuit issue is something that generates a lot of positive press," said...
Things Improving, Fed Banker Says
NEW COLLEGE SPEECH: Official acknowledges policy tough on retireesSARASOTATaking a Valentine's Day look at the economy, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Dennis P. Lockhart told a New College crowd Tuesday he is confident the economy will improve in...
Tower Deal May Be a Secret
DOLPHIN CONDOS: Owners wouldn't be able to talk about insurance payoutSARASOTADolphin Tower's insurer and homeowners' group have asked a federal judge to keep confidential a settlement reached in mediation last month.If approved by U.S. District Court...
Truman's Is off to a Good Start
What with the (still) cruddy economy and everything, it's good to see a new restaurant opening in Manatee County. Truman's, located in a shopping center at the corner of Lakewood Ranch Blvd. and S.R. 70, is the kind of place that should do well. The...
Valentine Craft Is Party-Pleaser
Evelyn Greenberg waited nearly two months to officially celebrate her 87th birthday, but the smiles on the faces of those who attended her party were proof that it was worth the wait.On the second Thursday of each month, the Kobernick-Anchin Independent...
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