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Venice teacher arrested on sexual battery charges
Mon  Jan 23 2017 11:46AM
A charter school teacher was arrested this week for sexual battery on a middle school student. Matt J. Minton, 24, a history teacher for seventh- to 11th-graders at the Island … Find out how to read more online.
Wellfield is top site for public safety facility
Sat  Jan 21 2017 10:04AM
Venice residents could soon be heading to the polls to vote on another public safety referendum. This time it would be to OK building the city’s new public safety facility … Find out how to read more online.
Council eyes cut in downtown parking limits
Sat  Jan 21 2017 10:02AM
In 2007, at the request of Venice MainStreet, The Venice City Council voted to extend the parking time limit in Centennial Park during season from four hours to five hours. … Find out how to read more online.
Ads on trolley would need a new law
Sat  Jan 21 2017 10:02AM
Part of the reasoning behind the Venice City Council’s decision last week to take the South Jetty off the route of the Venice trolley was that it didn’t want to … Find out how to read more online.
Theatre Guild members party, promote and provide
Sat  Jan 21 2017 10:02AM
Members of Venice Theatre Guild support the theater’s education and outreach department every which way, even at meetings and holiday parties. In December, nearly 100 members got together the week … Find out how to read more online.
Charities to benefit from Glow Ride
Sat  Jan 21 2017 10:00AM
Approximately 300 people participated as Bicycles International held its second annual Glow Ride Celebration fundraiser on Dec. 10. Participants went on a casual-pace, 15-mile ride around the island of Venice, … Find out how to read more online.
Jeweler-turned-author publishes first book
Sat  Jan 21 2017 10:00AM
Sara Coast has been a painter and a teacher who developed a second career as a crafter of eye-popping clown jewelry. But in 2016, this Ohio snowbird who lives in … Find out how to read more online.
Tarpon sculpture added to Blalock Park
Sat  Jan 21 2017 10:00AM
A stunning tarpon sculpture was added Jan. 10 to the other remarkable sculptures in West Blalock Park in Venice. Monty Andrews — the namesake of the park’s Arboretum — is … Find out how to read more online.
The wonderful world of Book Art
Sat  Jan 21 2017 10:00AM
When Linda Sharp, a retired teacher, decided that she wanted to somehow mix her artistic skills together with her love of books, she discovered an unusual creative mode called “book … Find out how to read more online.
Nokomis Art & Antiques Market
Sat  Jan 21 2017 09:49AM
The Nokomis Art and Antiques Market at The Cottage takes place on the first and third Saturday of each month through March on the grounds of The Cottage Gallery, Rum … Find out how to read more online.
Jetty at heart of trolley debate
Wed  Jan 18 2017 09:48AM
A new route for the Venice trolley went into effect Tuesday, but the Venice City Council’s discussion of it isn’t over. The decision to drop the South Jetty as a … Find out how to read more online.
Rotary celebrates 25th arts, craft festival
Wed  Jan 18 2017 09:46AM
All that glitters could be silver at this year’s 25th anniversary Rotary Arts & Craft Festival, which will fill the Venice Municipal Airport’s festival grounds this weekend. Eighty artisans have committed … Find out how to read more online.
Venice honors fallen deputy
Wed  Jan 18 2017 09:46AM
Funeral services were held on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, in Port Charlotte, for the Orange County deputy who was killed last week while tracking down a murder suspect … Find out how to read more online.
‘Great Society’ completes Johnson legacy
Wed  Jan 18 2017 09:46AM
“The Great Society” is the continuation of last year’s “All the Way” at Asolo Rep in Sarasota. Based on the turbulent years following the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the play uses … Find out how to read more online.
Downtown to remain same
Sun  Jan 15 2017 12:40PM
Angled parking in downtown Venice is dead, thanks to a City Council vote that also killed the idea of reducing West Venice Avenue to one lane in each direction. But … Find out how to read more online.
She’s raising money to attend Trump inauguration
Sun  Jan 15 2017 12:38PM
You might say that Charlene Marks is a Donald Trump fan. The 80-year-old, who splits her time between Wisconsin and Venice, supported the multimillionaire businessman throughout his successful presidential campaign, … Find out how to read more online.
Fixing beach erosion could end federal funding
Sun  Jan 15 2017 12:34PM
Concerned about skyrocketing costs to renourish Venice’s beaches, city leaders discussed various options this week, focusing on what to do about three hot spots. The takeaway — after listening to … Find out how to read more online.
Ways to save Venice Beach challenging
Wed  Jan 11 2017 10:32AM
The Venice City Council holds a rare second meeting this week, on Friday, to discuss two topics near and dear to residents’ hearts: roads and the beach, the first item … Find out how to read more online.
Ceremony honors ‘Jew By Choice’
Sun  Jan 15 2017 12:32PM
Deborah Polkinghorn-Suta recently became a Jew by Choice, at the Jewish Congregation of Venice, where the sanctuary was filled with guests and friends. Rabbi Harold Caminker, Spiritual leader of the … Find out how to read more online.
Council cleans up decade-old mistake
Sun  Jan 15 2017 12:32PM
The Venice City Council voted to fix a nearly 11-year-old boo-boo Tuesday. When Gulf Coast Strategic Investments, an arm of Gulf Coast Community Foundation, petitioned in 2006 for the annexation … Find out how to read more online.
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Coyotes still a way of life here
Mon  Jan 23 2017 11:48AM
The latest incursion of residents from the north to enjoy life’s comforts in Southwest Florida includes Wile E. Coyote and his rapidly expanding clan of Canis latrans. The clan is … Find out how to read more online.
Got a biz idea? Present it to ‘Shark Tank’
Sat  Jan 21 2017 10:02AM
Budding entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to realize their dreams at a Shark Tank-style event sponsored by local investors. Three to five contestants will compete for $50,000 during a real-life … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Middle focus of new partnership
Sat  Jan 21 2017 10:02AM
With the Venice Performing Arts Center under its belt and a new Suncoast Technical College rising from the ground in North Port, elected officials are more excited than ever to … Find out how to read more online.
Don’t miss Rotary Art Fest this weekend
Sat  Jan 21 2017 10:02AM
Today and tomorrow, Jan. 21 and 22, visit some 85 artists, a dozen food vendors and other displays at the 25th annual Rotary Art Fest. Parking is free. The entrance … Find out how to read more online.
‘Venice Moms Helping Hands’ make a difference
Sat  Jan 21 2017 10:02AM
The Venice Moms Helping Hands gave out almost 70 turkeys and holiday meals as well as Christmas gifts for 160 children on Sunday, Dec. 18, at The Giving Hope Clearance … Find out how to read more online.
Venice utilities director to retire
Sat  Jan 21 2017 10:00AM
Venice Utilities Director Tim Hochuli has announced he will retire from the City later this year. “I feel like we were really fortunate to hire someone with as much skill, … Find out how to read more online.
VAC brings on the Bling ... and more
Sat  Jan 21 2017 10:00AM
Venice Art Center is a happening place. Newly open in the main gallery is “Out of Place,” an exhibit of “Unusual Things in Ordinary Spaces.” On the east side of … Find out how to read more online.
‘Winter’s Rhapsody’ concert planned
Sat  Jan 21 2017 10:00AM
“Winter’s Rhapsody” will be presented by the Venice Concert Band, under the direction of Bob Miller, on Monday, Jan. 30, 7 p.m., at the Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian … Find out how to read more online.
Home Run! Braves aim to play here
Wed  Jan 18 2017 09:47AM
The region slugged a home run Tuesday, beating out Palm Beach and Collier counties as Sarasota County secured exclusive negotiation rights as the Atlanta Braves’ spring training home. After a … Find out how to read more online.
‘Greatest Show’ No More
Wed  Jan 18 2017 09:50AM
Within hours of the latest induction of circus notables at St. Armands Ring of Fame in Sarasota on Saturday, Feld Entertainment chairman Kenneth Feld announced that the Ringling Bros. Barnum … Find out how to read more online.
Draft Comp Plan ready for public review
Wed  Jan 18 2017 09:48AM
After 15 months of revisions, the Venice Planning Commission passed out a fresh draft updating the 2010 Comprehensive Plan for the public to review. The “Comp Plan” is the city’s … Find out how to read more online.
City won’t buy controversial ‘The Woods’
Mon  Jan 16 2017 03:07PM
The Venice City Council this week opted to pass up an opportunity to purchase The Woods in Venice, a 150-acre planned subdivision by Neal Communities. A rezone of the property … Find out how to read more online.
Bee Gees Gold plays Venice Friday, Saturday
Wed  Jan 18 2017 09:46AM
Enjoy BBQ and the Bee Gees Gold tribute group with John Acosta Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20-21, at Venice Community Center. Acosta as Barry Gibb has performed in Bee Gees Tributes … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Orchid Society Show slated
Wed  Jan 18 2017 09:46AM
The Venice Area Orchid Society (VAOS) will present its 51st annual show and sale at the Venice Community Center, 326 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice, Feb. 4-5. Show hours are: Saturday … Find out how to read more online.
Unbelievable Life
Mon  Jan 16 2017 03:04PM
As dark clouds swirled over Europe with Hitler’s armies headed north, the corpse of Italy’s Benito Mussolini was soon to be hung in the street by a mob. Guido Saeli, … Find out how to read more online.
City poised to end Domestic Partnership program
Sun  Jan 15 2017 12:34PM
City leaders were prepared this week to officially do away with the city’s Domestic Partnership Registry but didn’t take action. At a meeting on Tuesday, Council sent the proposal back … Find out how to read more online.
Holic: Trolley’s purpose isn’t sightseeing
Sun  Jan 15 2017 12:34PM
The Venice City Council’s decision on Tuesday to keep the trolley circulating around downtown likely made merchants happy — especially those on West Miami Avenue, which will be put on … Find out how to read more online.
Council postpones new beach parking lot
Sun  Jan 15 2017 12:32PM
A new beachside parking lot planned at the Venice Fishing Pier near Sharky’s Restaurant was postponed this week after a number of Venice Council Members raised objections to the project. … Find out how to read more online.
Landscaper death investigation underway
Mon  Jan 16 2017 12:31PM
A male worker for a private landscaping company was fatally injured this week. The incident happened on Thursday, shortly after 10 a.m. while on the job at 758 Village Circle, … Find out how to read more online.
Political slugfest ‘Frost/Nixon’ takes the stage
Sun  Jan 15 2017 12:32PM
Venice Theatre will continue its 2016-2017 Stage II Season with the area premiere of Frost/Nixon by British film writer and playwright, Peter Morgan. The play, called “briskly entertaining” by The … Find out how to read more online.