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Mayor: Library handled ‘poorly as anything’
Wed  Feb 10 2016 10:46AM
The Venice City Council took a few moments this week to vent about the county’s handling of the decision to keep the Venice Public Library closed due to mold. But … Find out how to read more online.
Local teen busted for chop shop
Sat  Feb 13 2016 01:00AM
A Nokomis teen was arrested on three counts of grand theft and operating or aiding in the operation of a chop shop — a place where stolen vehicles are stripped … Find out how to read more online.
No hand, no problem
Wed  Feb 10 2016 10:52AM
“What's the most difficult thing about my situation? I don’t really know, because I basically have everything.” — Rachel Nowak Physicians will often tell their patients with debilitating injuries or … Find out how to read more online.
Big event for Siesta Key
Wed  Feb 10 2016 10:50AM
The community is invited to come see what’s new at the country’s No. 1 beach as Sarasota County hosts a Siesta Beach grand opening celebration at 9 a.m. Feb. 20. … Find out how to read more online.
Transgender bathroom policy debated again by residents
Wed  Feb 10 2016 10:48AM
Sarasota County School Board chambers were packed last Tuesday night with a sea of white-clad, peaceful protesters — including area pastors — asking the board to reconsider a recently implemented … Find out how to read more online.
County commissioners praise administrator, attorney
Wed  Feb 10 2016 10:46AM
Sarasota County’s administrator and attorney both received glowing reviews from county commissioners Wednesday morning. The annual evaluations also came with a 3 percent raise, pushing the administrator’s yearly salary over the … Find out how to read more online.
VPD’s Joyce is city’s Employee of the Year
Wed  Feb 10 2016 10:46AM
Marine Patrol Officer Paul Joyce has earned the Venice City Manager’s Employee of the Year Award for 2015. Assistant City Manager Len Bramble, sitting in for City Manager Ed Lavallee, … Find out how to read more online.
‘Ragtime’ returns to the MainStage
Wed  Feb 10 2016 10:44AM
Venice Theatre is delighted to present the Tony Award-winning musical “Ragtime” on its MainStage Feb. 16 - March 13. The theater last produced the show in November 2010 to rave … Find out how to read more online.
State: School district background checks incomplete
Wed  Feb 10 2016 10:44AM
A report by the State of Florida Auditor General’s office recently found the Sarasota County School District hasn’t been consistently conducting required, five-year, follow-up background checks for employees. According to … Find out how to read more online.
Next library?
Sun  Feb 7 2016 01:46PM
Using the former Hamilton Business Condominium building for a temporary Venice library will be discussed next week by city leaders. The building, purchased by the city last year, is located … Find out how to read more online.
McQueen retiring at Garden Elementary
Sun  Feb 7 2016 01:46PM
John McQueen, principal of Garden Elementary School for almost 10 years, is retiring effective Friday, Feb. 26. His is the second mid-year retirement of a local principal. Longtime Venice Elementary … Find out how to read more online.
Food fest looks back in history
Sun  Feb 7 2016 01:40PM
This year’s Jewish Food Festival honors Knishes and Valentines. The annual festival will be on Valentine’s Day and a special drawing features an immigrant Knish vendor on the streets of … Find out how to read more online.
Jail ‘sweeps’ reduce inmate population
Sun  Feb 7 2016 01:38PM
Twice a month, 12th Circuit Judge Andy Owens walks across the street in Sarasota to the county jail to work out deals with nonviolent offenders. Many are repeat customers. Owens … Find out how to read more online.
Restaurateur next in Nolen-inspired speaker series
Sun  Feb 7 2016 01:38PM
Ed Chiles, owner of three popular farm-to-table restaurants on Anna Maria Island, will speak on these and other topics at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at the Venice Community … Find out how to read more online.
Knitting gave him back use of his arm
Sun  Feb 7 2016 01:34PM
For Ed Brueker, knitting provides a healing salve. At least it did after he was shot through the neck on a German battlefield in World War II, and the Red Cross … Find out how to read more online.
Sites goes from concrete jungle to biker’s respite
Fri  Feb 5 2016 04:33PM
It took eight long years, but Venice finally opened Legacy Park this week, creating a gathering and picnic spot for bicyclists and others who use the 10.6 mile Legacy Trail, … Find out how to read more online.
Koci picked to lead Loveland Center
Fri  Feb 5 2016 04:33PM
Daniela Koci will replace Loveland president and CEO Carl Penxa following his retirement at the end this month. Her appointment follows a three-month search after Penxa announced his retirement last … Find out how to read more online.
Promotions in fire, police ranks
Wed  Feb 3 2016 05:06PM
Appointing new police and fire chiefs from within the city of Venice ranks is having a ripple affect, and has led to a host of promotions as the new chiefs … Find out how to read more online.
Ancient China dances into Venice
Wed  Feb 3 2016 10:10AM
For proof that the Venice Performing Arts Center is coming into its own, there is Shen Yun, a stunning musical show that is billed as a “Journey through 5,000 years … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Theatre announces new season
Wed  Feb 3 2016 10:08AM
Venice Theatre announced its 67th season Wednesday, Jan. 27, at a party attended by more than 400 sponsors, donors, advertisers, patrons and volunteers. Moments before the reception began, the Board … Find out how to read more online.
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Club has new name, same goal
Sat  Feb 13 2016 01:00AM
One of the more successful clubs in the area is expanding to represent the entire Venice area, with a new name: the Venice Men’s Club. Formerly the Jacaranda Men’s Club, … Find out how to read more online.
‘Extreme’ seniors eye TV stardom
Sat  Feb 13 2016 01:00AM
The Venice senior citizens who have been taking classes in Extreme Cane Martial Arts could soon become TV stars. Following a Venice Gondolier Sun report on the group last fall, … Find out how to read more online.
Colorful new signs installed
Wed  Feb 10 2016 10:52AM
Creative Mailbox Designs began installation this week of the City of Venice Wayfinding Signs on and near the Island of Venice. Completion of the project is expected to take approximately … Find out how to read more online.
No puppy mill sales in Venice
Wed  Feb 10 2016 10:50AM
It only took a few minutes for Venice leaders to agree with a new county law banning the use of puppy mills by retailers. Council Member Jeanette Gates previously asked … Find out how to read more online.
Planes return to Venice tomorrow
Wed  Feb 10 2016 10:46AM
One of the most popular annual events in Venice is the return of the World War II planes owned by the Collings Foundation. Look back in time at 2 p.m. … Find out how to read more online.
Dead fish on beach as red tide hits
Sun  Feb 7 2016 01:40PM
Red tide has made an appearance in the Venice area, leaving beachgoers coughing and dodging dead fish. Venice Gondolier Sun correspondent Joseph John Orchulli II said he knew red tide … Find out how to read more online.
Council adds discussion section to agenda
Wed  Feb 10 2016 10:44AM
The members of the Venice City Council had a number of thoughts about how their meetings are organized but decided Tuesday only to implement one — a new agenda item … Find out how to read more online.
‘Outside Mullingar’ concerns rites and rights
Wed  Feb 10 2016 10:44AM
Two families, the Reillys and the Muldoons, own adjacent farms outside Mullingar, Ireland. Their story is the topic of “Outside Mullingar”, a one-act play by Patrick Shanley, in the newly … Find out how to read more online.
Local attorney ‘disbarred,’ has pending charges
Wed  Feb 10 2016 10:44AM
Englewood attorney John Charles Archer agreed to the disciplinary revocation of his law license for five years in January amid allegations he defrauded clients through foreclosure relief scams. The revocation … Find out how to read more online.
Weather warnings added to CodeRed
Sun  Feb 7 2016 01:46PM
Sarasota County is adding weather alerts to its CodeRed emergency notification system that will benefit even those living within municipalities. City of Venice residents complained they never received CodeRed high … Find out how to read more online.
‘Tiny House’ homeless community proposed for South Venice
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
VENICE — Thrift shop owner Marc Marois has a dream, and he’s hoping the wildly popular Tiny House Nation movement will help him achieve it. His idea: to build a … Find out how to read more online.
Home tour benefits women’s education
Sun  Feb 7 2016 01:38PM
The Venice Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) hosts its annual tour of homes in the Venice area next Friday, Feb. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 … Find out how to read more online.
Council to consider changes to agenda
Mon  Feb 8 2016 12:03PM
The Venice City Council will finally take some time next week to talk about how and when they talk about what they talk about. City Manager Ed Lavallee has tried … Find out how to read more online.
Cancer survivor surprised by pink fire truck
Sun  Feb 7 2016 01:38PM
Sirens blared as a pink firetruck rolled in front of Beverly Nance’s house. She didn’t call the police or fire departments for any emergency, but two deputies, paramedics and firefighters … Find out how to read more online.
‘Tiny House’ homeless community proposed
Fri  Feb 5 2016 04:33PM
Thrift shop owner Marc Marois has a dream, and he’s hoping the wildly popular Tiny House Nation movement will help him achieve it. His idea: to build a small community … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Regional hires new CEO
Fri  Feb 5 2016 04:33PM
A months-long search has culminated in the hiring of John McLain as chief executive officer of Venice Regional Bayfront Health (VRBH). The hospital announced the hiring in a press statement … Find out how to read more online.
Businesses shine at awards gala
Fri  Feb 5 2016 04:33PM
This year’s annual Best of Venice awards celebration was a magical night of merriment. Dinner, spirited travel up the aisle, awards, music, dancing and even bling were on the menu. … Find out how to read more online.
Sun editor to become Venice PIO
Wed  Feb 3 2016 10:10AM
The city of Venice has hired another former Sun newspaper editor as its Public Information Officer. North Port Sun editor Lorraine Schneeberger Anderson was offered the city of Venice position … Find out how to read more online.
Health Department urged library closure
Sat  Jan 30 2016 08:30AM
Sarasota County’s decision to close the Venice Public Library due to mold was based on Florida Health Department concerns that the danger to staff and patrons was growing, and nearing … Find out how to read more online.
Swing band returns to Venice
Wed  Feb 3 2016 10:08AM
The public is invited to swing on over to the Venice Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. for the return performance of the Toronto All-Star Big … Find out how to read more online.