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Getting jobs for military wives
Sun  Mar 26 2017 12:10PM
Described as a huge problem, 97 percent of military spouses are either unemployed or under- employed simply because they are constantly moving to other bases worldwide, according to Diana Jaquith. … Find out how to read more online.
Rescued dogs recovering
Sun  Mar 26 2017 12:10PM
Max and Ebony, 6-year-old hounds rescued from what some officials are calling a “hoarding” situation, are looking for a new home. Max is ready for adoption, said Nalani Simpson, Communications … Find out how to read more online.
Proposed rules would curtail marathon hearings
Sun  Mar 26 2017 12:10PM
It’s been months since a complicated rezoning hearing extended a Venice City Council meeting into the wee hours of the following morning, and nearly two years since another one took … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota Film Festival begins
Sun  Mar 26 2017 12:08PM
Jim and Deb Fenn, left, and Jedediah Shoemaker (at podium) and Mary Moscatelli at the Venice opening of the Sarasota Film Festival, held Thursday, March 23, 5-7 p.m. at the … Find out how to read more online.
Pick someone to make emergency decisions for you
Sun  Mar 26 2017 12:07PM
When a medical emergency strikes senior citizens, deciding on the course of treatment comes to the forefront for medical caregivers. The question comes to mind for seniors: Who will make … Find out how to read more online.
Author to discuss his works in Venice
Sun  Mar 26 2017 12:04PM
State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will welcome writer Brian Evenson to discuss his works, answer questions and sign books at noon April 12 in Building 800, Selby Room at … Find out how to read more online.
Down goes the mold-infected Venice Library
Thu  Mar 23 2017 11:42AM
Months after all the protests had died down, wrecking crews got to work this week tearing down the 50-year-old, mold-ridden Venice Public Library. “I started my first job as a … Find out how to read more online.
At 15, he builds 3-D printer, starts company
Thu  Mar 23 2017 12:04PM
Occasionally, someone will be called a rocket scientist and 15-year-old Rocket (his birth name) Burns is without doubt an electronics engineer genius. He has created, set up and owns Rocket … Find out how to read more online.
Carlesimo formally announces bid to run
Thu  Mar 23 2017 11:46AM
Retired firefighter and two-time city council member Emilio Carlesimo held a rally at the beach with supporters as he formally announced his candidacy for Seat No. 1, currently held by … Find out how to read more online.
City to look at handling tree protection
Thu  Mar 23 2017 11:44AM
Add tree protection to the list of areas in which the Venice City Council isn’t thrilled with its relationship with Sarasota County. To avoid having to create its own regulatory … Find out how to read more online.
Reading festival returns to Centennial Park
Thu  Mar 23 2017 11:44AM
At 6, the annual Venice Book Fair & Writers Festival has made a home for itself in Centennial Park. Now a two-day affair, the event begins at 3 p.m. Friday, … Find out how to read more online.
Arrest made after 14 dogs found malnourished
Sun  Mar 19 2017 11:50AM
A Nokomis man is facing charges of animal cruelty after deputies recovered more than a dozen dogs living in poor conditions, some in 2-foot-high homemade crates found at his residence. … Find out how to read more online.
‘For the Children’ to end concert season
Thu  Mar 23 2017 11:40AM
The Venice Chorale will present “For the Children” Sunday, April 2, 3:30 p.m., at the Venice Performing Arts Center on the Venice High School Campus to conclude its 15th annual … Find out how to read more online.
Twister rips Manasota Key
Sun  Mar 19 2017 11:54AM
Toni and Tom Orr settled in Monday for a quiet evening at their Manasota Key home. Tom sat in a rocker watching David Feherty’s interview of Phil Mickelson on the … Find out how to read more online.
Quest for River Road funding begins
Sun  Mar 19 2017 11:52AM
And the search for elusive state dollars begins. A subcommittee of the Florida House gave the first hearing Wednesday to a funding request for River Road, and advanced the bill … Find out how to read more online.
Venice woman leads Florida Yacht Club council
Sun  Mar 19 2017 11:52AM
Venice Yacht Club’s first female commodore (2007), Audrey Rice, earned more gold bars Saturday night, March 11, with her induction as the first female commodore of the Florida Council of … Find out how to read more online.
Last chance to see Thomas this season
Sun  Mar 19 2017 11:50AM
Enjoy a ride with the Thomas the Tank Engine at the Florida Railroad Museum in Parrish today and tomorrow, March 18 and 19. One of the most popular train engines … Find out how to read more online.
Sewing ministry provides dresses for children
Sun  Mar 19 2017 11:50AM
Sometimes the best gift someone can give is one of their time and talent. Take Rosemary Toussaint and Audrey Towsley, for example, leaders of the volunteer sewing ministry at Our … Find out how to read more online.
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Modzelewski to retire from YMCA
Sun  Mar 26 2017 12:10PM
Ken Modzelewski, who served as president and CEO of The SKY Family YMCA in Venice for 17 years, has announced his retirement, effective June 30. During Modzelewski’s tenure, the Venice … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Crime down in county
Sun  Mar 26 2017 12:10PM
Overall crime in Sarasota County is down 6 percent and violent crime dropped 9 percent, according to data released in the 2016 Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office annual report. The report, … Find out how to read more online.
Big cost changes view on sludge removal
Sun  Mar 26 2017 12:08PM
A bigger-than- expected price tag has the city of Venice rethinking what to do with the two lime-sludge ponds at Pinebrook Park. The sludge is byproduct from the city’s water-treatment … Find out how to read more online.
Piano duo duels for Loveland
Sun  Mar 26 2017 12:06PM
Brian Gurl, whose piano-playing and arranging skills have wowed the likes of Roger Williams, has finally met his match — Katherine Alexandra, a summa cum laude graduate of the renowned … Find out how to read more online.
A fire fee debate breaks out early
Sun  Mar 26 2017 12:07PM
The City of Venice is a long way from adopting a Fire Rescue Special Assessment to replace its current ad valorem method of funding fire services, but if it does … Find out how to read more online.
‘Inherit the Wind’ opens April 11
Sun  Mar 26 2017 12:04PM
The classic drama “Inherit the Wind” opens on Venice Theatre’s MainStage Tuesday, April 11, and will run through Sunday, April 30. Performances are Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and … Find out how to read more online.
‘Footloose’ rocks on at The Players
Sun  Mar 26 2017 12:04PM
“Heaven Help Me” but “Dancing is Not a Crime,” especially at The Players Centre for the Performing Arts in Sarasota where “Footloose” danced into the hearts of a nearly full … Find out how to read more online.
Something’s (micro)brewing at Off The Wagon
Thu  Mar 23 2017 12:04PM
There’s nothing like it in Venice. There’s nothing like it in any neighboring town, for that matter. Sure, there are indie brewpubs in Sarasota, Bradenton, Fort Myers and Punta Gorda. … Find out how to read more online.
Arson possible in park fire
Thu  Mar 23 2017 11:46AM
A fire that damaged a four-acre wooded area in Shamrock Park Monday evening could be the result of arson. That fire, and another one in the park a few weeks … Find out how to read more online.
Free vaccines available before college
Thu  Mar 23 2017 11:44AM
Local public health and school officials remind high school seniors to get their immunizations updated before they graduate or turn 19. Vaccines are only available at no charge through the … Find out how to read more online.
PGT wants 24-hour child care center
Thu  Mar 23 2017 11:44AM
PGT Industries, one of the largest employers in the area, is moving forward with plans to build a 24-hour child care center. But it first needs state approval to construct … Find out how to read more online.
Silver Foxes prepare 25th show
Thu  Mar 23 2017 11:42AM
Venice Theatre’s senior theater performance troupe, The Silver Foxes, will present the troupe’s annual springtime production March 30-April 2 on the theater’s main stage. This year’s production is called “Seasons … Find out how to read more online.
New croquet courts officially open
Thu  Mar 23 2017 11:42AM
The Sarasota County Croquet Club recently held the official opening of its new croquet courts this week. The courts are located at the intersection of Pinebrook Road (off Venice Avenue) … Find out how to read more online.
Asolo shows Southern ‘harm’ — not charm
Thu  Mar 23 2017 11:40AM
Dressed in finery and seated in an elegant drawing room or lovely garden, Southern ladies exude charm — but not always. “The Little Foxes,” by Lillian Hellman, reveals the sordid … Find out how to read more online.
At 90, nat’l jazz legend keeps on performing
Sun  Mar 19 2017 11:54AM
These days, many people consider 90 the new 70. Venice resident Dick Hyman entered his 10th decade this month by performing multiple jazz concerts. Next month, he will pick up … Find out how to read more online.
Commission responds to concerns, rebuts councilwoman
Sun  Mar 19 2017 11:54AM
The Venice Planning Commission addressed a number of issues raised by the public at a workshop this week on a draft Comprehensive Plan. It included the rebuttal of a sitting … Find out how to read more online.
Honk for ‘Honk Jr.’ at Venice Theatre
Sun  Mar 19 2017 11:52AM
Students from Epiphany Cathedral School (ECS) in Venice will perform the Disney musical, “Honk Jr.,” on Venice Theatre’s MainStage March 24-26. Venice Theatre’s popular actor, director, choreographer and teacher in … Find out how to read more online.
‘Footloose’ readies to take the stage
Sun  Mar 19 2017 11:50AM
The Players Centre for Performing Arts presents the high-energy dance musical “Footloose,” playing from March 22 to April 9. With music by Tom Snow and lyrics by Dean Pitchford with … Find out how to read more online.
‘Music of the Night’ titles spring concert
Sun  Mar 19 2017 11:50AM
The Venice Concert Band, under the direction of Bob Miller, will present its spring concert entitled “Music of the Night” Monday, March 27, 7 p.m., at the Venice Performing Arts … Find out how to read more online.
Too many downtown festivals?
Wed  Mar 15 2017 09:54AM
City leaders had a long discussion this week about having too many downtown events, then approved another one. On Tuesday, the Venice City Council approved Venice MainStreet’s Venice Seafood Festival, … Find out how to read more online.