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Doctor ordered to pay $411K
Thu  Jan 29 2015 02:47PM
A Venice gastroenterologist surgeon has been ordered by a bankruptcy court to pay damages in the amount of $411,428.93, plus interest. The ruling means he’s not off the hook for … Find out how to read more online.
Bad golf swing gives thief away
Wed  Jan 28 2015 10:44AM
Some men have complained that golf, a favorite Florida pastime, ultimately ruined their life. Here’s an different take on that lament. John Carey Jeffery, Jr., 38, was arrested this week … Find out how to read more online.
The Secret to Pine View’s Success
Wed  Jan 28 2015 10:44AM
Stephen Covert and his wife conducted a nationwide search for the best school for their fifth-grade son when tests showed two years ago that he is gifted. Like many parents, … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood, Venice street resurfacing to begin in March
Wed  Jan 28 2015 10:40AM
Sarasota County commissioners signed off on a $4.7 million street repaving project for Englewood and Venice Tuesday. The resurfacing project is expected to begin in March and should be completed … Find out how to read more online.
School choice starts Feb. 2
Wed  Jan 28 2015 10:40AM
School choice applications can be sent in from Monday, Feb. 2 to Friday, Feb. 20 for children to attend a Sarasota County public school in 2015-16 other than their districted school. The … Find out how to read more online.
Medicare penalty changes Venice hospital’s practices
Sat  Jan 24 2015 02:24PM
Venice Regional Bayfront Health (VRBH) got bad news last month — unacceptable rates of infection and complications will cost it 1 percent of every Medicare payment from Oct. 1, 2014, … Find out how to read more online.
Asolo’s ‘Both Your Houses’ hits nerves
Wed  Jan 28 2015 10:40AM
What difference does a year make in politics? Not much in the Asolo Repertory Theatre’s “Both Your Houses,” which opened Friday in the Mertz Theatre at the Florida State University … Find out how to read more online.
Venice loses a passionate city booster
Sat  Jan 24 2015 02:24PM
Andrea Cooper’s friends need a lot of adjectives to describe her: honest, loyal, warm, giving, generous. In short, she was the best kind of friend to have. Cooper, 69, passed … Find out how to read more online.
Mote going after biggest catch yet — $50 million
Sat  Jan 24 2015 02:24PM
What could be the largest fundraising campaign for an area nonprofit was announced Thursday night at Mote Marine Laboratory’s 60th anniversary party. With pledges of $30 million already in hand, … Find out how to read more online.
VHS poster business seeks contest votes
Sat  Jan 24 2015 02:24PM
A business startup by a group of nearly all seniors and their tech teacher at Venice High is gaining traction, and they’re looking for support to take it to the … Find out how to read more online.
Epiphany celebrates LabLearner program
Sat  Jan 24 2015 02:20PM
LabLearner, a hands-on and inquiry-based program, makes learning science fun for students and teachers at Epiphany Cathedral Catholic School. Epiphany Cathedral recently implemented LabLearner, which is an exciting new program … Find out how to read more online.
Exsultate! and Symphony concert sells out
Sat  Jan 24 2015 02:18PM
Sold out crowds are set to enjoy the Feb. 13 and 14 performances of Carol Orff’s “Cantus Carmina Burana,” which will be jointly presented by the Exsultate! Chorale and The Venice … Find out how to read more online.
Facebook fighting crime?
Wed  Jan 21 2015 10:52AM
It’s probably safe to say that few of the deputies in the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) were trained to use a modern crime-fighting tool called Facebook when they went … Find out how to read more online.
Churches for homeless grow in ‘Family Promise’
Wed  Jan 21 2015 11:07AM
If Julie Pinkerton, new president of the Family Promise (FP) initiative, has her way, before the end of 2015 the program will be up and running. That is what she … Find out how to read more online.
Sun, fun makes Rotarty art fest a success
Wed  Jan 21 2015 10:50AM
Several thousand visitors and residents showed their support for the community fundraising by members of the Venice Nokomis Rotary Club, which staged the Fine Arts & Crafts Festival last weekend. … Find out how to read more online.
Mold found at Venice Community Center, library
Sat  Jan 17 2015 08:48AM
Mold is closing down rooms at the Venice Community Center (VCC), and has returned at the Venice Public Library — two of the busiest venues in the city. A forensics … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Theatre’s ‘Vera Stark’ perfect fit for Stage II
Wed  Jan 21 2015 10:48AM
“By the Way, Meet Vera Stark” by Lynn Nottage fits perfectly in Venice Theatre’s intimate Pinkerton Theatre space. The story is about Vera Stark (Beatrice Fletcher-Miller), who went from being … Find out how to read more online.
Man pleads guilty to stalking mayor
Sat  Jan 17 2015 08:48AM
A North Port man received a year’s probation after pleading guilty to aggravated stalking for harassing Venice Mayor John Holic after he discovered that Holic had an affair with his wife, according … Find out how to read more online.
Freedom of expression exhibition tonight
Sat  Jan 17 2015 08:46AM
Peter Badalamenti is a man of many talents. He is a painter, an author, an actor, a sculptor and a father of two girls. Badalamenti started to paint in 2003 … Find out how to read more online.
STEMsmart high school summit next week
Sat  Jan 17 2015 08:44AM
On Tuesday, 300 students from eight schools will compete in the third annual STEMsmart High School Summit, sponsored by Gulf Coast Community Foundation. The event is coordinated by Sarasota County … Find out how to read more online.
Residents organize over Plantation cell tower
Wed  Jan 28 2015 10:44AM
Representative for Florida Tower Partners, based in Bradenton, got another earful from residents of the Plantation Golf & Country Club and Lake of the Woods at Jacaranda subdivisions who oppose … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Jan 28 2015 10:44AM
The Venice City Council took two major steps this week to begin enforcing a ban against short-term rentals in single-family neighborhoods — albeit beginning in 2016. First, they settled a … Find out how to read more online.
Fellowship will send Pine View student to college
Wed  Jan 28 2015 10:42AM
Alexis Smith was a little miffed that she had to go back to school Thursday and leave her babysitting job. She got over it quickly when she found out what … Find out how to read more online.
Students keep circus history alive
Wed  Jan 28 2015 10:40AM
Historic markers and “The Greatest Little Show on Earth” are all that remain of “The Greatest Show on Earth’s” 1927-1992 winter quarters residency in Sarasota and Venice. The Sarasota site … Find out how to read more online.
Company conducts nutrition research with SKY Academy
Wed  Jan 28 2015 10:40AM
Venice-based Omega3 Innovations, the “fresh fish oil company,” is conducting a study with a local Venice charter middle school to track how omega-3 affects student focus and academic performance. Over … Find out how to read more online.
‘Say I Do Again’ returns
Wed  Jan 28 2015 10:40AM
In keeping with what’s become a local tradition, Sarasota County Parks and Recreation’s “Say I Do Again” wedding vow renewal event will return on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. … Find out how to read more online.
Flood of questions after new FEMA maps
Sat  Jan 24 2015 02:24PM
Residents aren’t all that impressed with the low-tech roll-out of the latest high-tech FEMA floodplain maps. The inability to publish easily accessible maps may have contributed to the steady stream … Find out how to read more online.
Vereen to direct Venice play
Sat  Jan 24 2015 02:24PM
Climaxing Venice Theatre’s announcement of its 2015-2016 season was the news that Broadway star Ben Vereen will direct “Hair” on the theater’s main stage. “There is a synergy here,” Vereen … Find out how to read more online.
Debate on special event fees comes full circle
Sat  Jan 24 2015 02:24PM
After several months of meetings, public input and discussion, the Venice Economic Development Advisory Board (EDAB) is basically back where it started on the issue of special event fee waivers. … Find out how to read more online.
‘Orphan Train’ author packs Arts Center
Wed  Jan 21 2015 10:50AM
Christina Baker Kline drew more than 1,000 mostly women to the Venice Performing Arts Center Friday morning Jan. 16 to hear the free talk about her recent hit novel “Orphan … Find out how to read more online.
One-woman play honors Black History Month
Sat  Jan 24 2015 02:18PM
Sarasota County Library System welcomes a dramatic one-woman play to the North Port Library in February to celebrate Black History Month. Written and performed by Penny Musco, “Steal Away” tells … Find out how to read more online.
Elected leaders missing meetings now a focus
Wed  Jan 21 2015 10:52AM
Council members appear to have drawn a line in the sand over the anticipated absences of newly elected member Deborah Anderson. She missed the original swearing-in ceremony in November (council … Find out how to read more online.
Segway service returns to Venice
Wed  Jan 21 2015 10:52AM
“Gather your friends and have a blast” is the description promoting the return of the Segway tours around the city that began recently. This is the second year that Maureen … Find out how to read more online.
Variance procedure overhauled
Wed  Jan 21 2015 10:50AM
Obtaining a variance from building rules isn’t going to be any easier for the average Venice citizen under a rule rewrite, but it is going to be easier for the … Find out how to read more online.
Dick Hyman scores one for symphony
Wed  Jan 21 2015 10:50AM
Venice Symphony will debut an original concerto Feb. 28 at the new Venice Performing Arts Center. It was created by famed musician Dick Hyman, a Venice resident and, with his … Find out how to read more online.
LBHS grad helps to save three friends’ lives
Wed  Jan 21 2015 10:50AM
Over the car radio, Lance Cpl. Taylor Reilly heard his friend’s car get hit by a truck with no lights on. He jumped out of the vehicle and heard the … Find out how to read more online.
‘Good People’ is entertaining, enlightening
Wed  Jan 21 2015 10:48AM
Asolo Repertory’s production of “Good People” by David Lindsay-Abaire is a bittersweet tale of a few good people in South Boston — one who never escapes and one who does … Find out how to read more online.
Technical college moving forward
Sat  Jan 17 2015 08:48AM
The North Port campus of Suncoast Technical College took a step toward becoming a reality when the Sarasota County School Board approved a ranking of three architectural firms for the … Find out how to read more online.
Robinson creates YouTube channel for School Board meetings
Sat  Jan 17 2015 08:44AM
Eric Robinson, husband of County Commission Vice Chair Christine Robinson, has taken it upon himself to make previously televised Sarasota County School Board workshops and meetings available to the public … Find out how to read more online.
‘Right’ may be wrong in ‘Knock Me a Kiss’
Sat  Jan 17 2015 08:42AM
Newly opened at West Coast Black Theatre in Sarasota is “Knock Me a Kiss” by Charles Smith, the story of early Civil Rights leader W.E.B. Du Bois who would even … Find out how to read more online.