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Bank robber found hiding in woods
Sat  Nov 22 2014 02:24PM
The man who law enforcement says robbed a Nokomis branch of Bank of America Thursday morning was hunted down and caught after three hours on the run, thanks to good … Find out how to read more online.
Council to consider garage sales ordinance
Sat  Nov 22 2014 02:24PM
An ordinance that would put restrictions on garage sales in the city of Venice has its first consideration before the Venice City Council Tuesday. The proposed city law comes with … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Holiday Parade set for Nov. 29.
Sat  Nov 22 2014 02:22PM
The Venice Holiday parade takes place Saturday, Nov. 29, with pre-parade entertainment starting at 5 p.m. and the parade beginning at 7 p.m. The parade route is along West Venice … Find out how to read more online.
Fake IRS phone scams on rise
Sat  Nov 22 2014 02:22PM
Monica Zammett’s 84-year-old mother received a recorded message saying the IRS was filing a lawsuit against her. She panicked and called Monica who called the police. “It’s a scam, but … Find out how to read more online.
World festival favorite ‘Our Daily Bread’ returns
Sat  Nov 22 2014 02:22PM
The play that won everyone’s heart at this summer’s international theater festival is returning to Venice Theatre for two performances only. “Our Daily Bread,” produced by La Compasiva Teatro of … Find out how to read more online.
‘A Christmas Carol’ visits Fort Myers
Sat  Nov 22 2014 02:20PM
Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre welcomes the holidays with one of the most beloved holiday stories of alltime, Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” playing Nov. 20 through Dec. 27. From a … Find out how to read more online.
Some merchants want it back
Wed  Nov 19 2014 12:42PM
As merchants in most of Venice lament the poor business weekend of the first Sarasota Chalk Festival, those in the midst of the show on West Miami Avenue are enthusiastic … Find out how to read more online.
Operation Freelancer nabs unlicensed contractors
Wed  Nov 19 2014 12:40PM
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested 20 people on multiple charges during Operation Freelancer, an investigation to protect citizens from unlicensed contractors. Detectives worked with the Sarasota County Building Department, … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Theatre holds holiday favorites
Wed  Nov 19 2014 12:36PM
Venice Theatre will run holiday favorite shows starting Dec. 5 with “The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical” in the Pinkerton Theatre. Production dates and times are Dec. 5-21, Tuesday-Saturday, 8 p.m., and … Find out how to read more online.
Couples square off in ‘God of Carnage’
Wed  Nov 19 2014 12:36PM
If it was award-winning playwright Yasmina Reza’s desire to portray the dark side of the upper class, she found success in “God of Carnage” as a comedy of manners. Peter … Find out how to read more online.
Hear & Now Concert Series launches Dec. 4
Wed  Nov 19 2014 12:36PM
The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast launches “The Hear & Now Concert Series: The Next Generation of PMP Artists” with Perlman Music Program alumni Rachel Lee Priday, violinist, and David Kaplan, pianist, … Find out how to read more online.
North Venice will soon become a construction zone
Sun  Nov 16 2014 11:52AM
In North Venice, residential development on both sides of Laurel Road has already begun, with no less than 6,000 residential units already approved, although build-out could take years. Even so, … Find out how to read more online.
Foundation honored for effort
Sun  Nov 16 2014 11:50AM
A hunger-relief program earned Gulf Coast Community Foundation a 2014 Secretaries’ Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships. Only 10 foundations received the award, given by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban … Find out how to read more online.
ALF, townhouses gain preliminary approval
Sun  Nov 16 2014 11:50AM
Two major gateway construction projects are one step closer to receiving final approval from the city of Venice. The Venice City Council gave its unanimous preliminary approval to the two … Find out how to read more online.
Venice resident was one of the Army’s top enlisted men
Sun  Nov 16 2014 11:50AM
Most of David Eshelman’s 29 years in the service were spent as an airborne trooper. In 1979, the Venice man retired as a command sergeant major, one of the highest … Find out how to read more online.
Using fashion to raise funds
Sun  Nov 16 2014 11:50AM
The Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County held its annual Heart & Sole fall fundraiser at Plantation Golf and County Club on Thursday. More than 200 guests attended the event. … Find out how to read more online.
Aerialist will soar over The Ringling on Monday
Sun  Nov 16 2014 11:50AM
Not only is Monday the free day for Florida residents at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, there will be a bonus freebie on Nov. 17. Chinese artist and … Find out how to read more online.
Board: Forget waivers; think sponsorships
Sat  Nov 22 2014 02:24PM
When the Venice Economic Development Advisory Board (EDAB) was tasked with drafting a policy on waiving city fees for special events, the assignment came with suggested guidelines from the mayor. … Find out how to read more online.
Big Time Blues
Sat  Nov 22 2014 02:24PM
Renowned bass guitarist Mac Arnold took the stage as the sun set beyond the Gulf of Mexico last Saturday evening at the second annual Venice Blues Festival that organizers describe … Find out how to read more online.
River Road widening sought through grant
Sat  Nov 22 2014 02:22PM
County commissioners decided this week to pursue federal funding for three projects, including an Englewood Interstate connector to Interstate 75. That project, which would mean vast improvements to River Road, … Find out how to read more online.
Behind the scenes of the Sarasota Chalk Festival
Sat  Nov 22 2014 02:22PM
With the inaugural Venice edition of the Sarasota Chalk Festival behind her, the founder and chair of the internationally renowned event was full of gratitude — and exhaustion. “The community … Find out how to read more online.
2014 Chalk Festival a hit, satellite parking not so much
Wed  Nov 19 2014 12:38PM
Organizers and the city of Venice are calling the first ever Sarasota Chalk Festival in Venice a huge success, but they also recognize there’s considerable room for improvement to the … Find out how to read more online.
‘Hairspray’ brings new life to age-old lessons
Sat  Nov 22 2014 02:20PM
On the surface, “Hairspray” is a delightful, infectious musical with bright colorful sets and upbeat music. And, in spite of the deep-rooted lessons to be learned about stereotyping people for … Find out how to read more online.
Asolo offers family day deal for ‘South Pacific’
Sat  Nov 22 2014 02:20PM
Asolo Rep will host a family day for its current production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical “South Pacific” on Saturday, Nov. 22. Coupled with bargain-priced tickets, the event will feature … Find out how to read more online.
Challenger Baseball still looking for home
Wed  Nov 19 2014 12:42PM
First the bad news: a deal struck a few years back to find a new home for Challenger Baseball at Wellfield Sports Complex appears to have unraveled. Now the good … Find out how to read more online.
Chalk up a big weekend for Venice restaurants
Wed  Nov 19 2014 12:42PM
It was a busy weekend for downtown restaurants as hundreds of Sarasota Chalk Festival visitors sought food, drinks and treats along the avenues on the island. The event drew people … Find out how to read more online.
Traveling from N.Y. to Venice — on bikes
Mon  Nov 17 2014 01:26PM
Most people would consider a bicycle ride to be long if the length was more than 20 miles. After the amount of time it takes to ride that distance, a … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Symphony begins season in new home
Thu  Nov 20 2014 10:32AM
Venice Symphony fans are counting down the minutes to the beginning of the inaugural concert season at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the city’s new Performing Arts Center at Venice High … Find out how to read more online.
Asolo’s South Pacific is wonderfully made
Wed  Nov 19 2014 12:36PM
On so many levels, South Pacific, now showing at Asolo Repertory Theatre, is very much worth the price of a ticket. It is one of the Asolo Repertory Theater’s finest … Find out how to read more online.
Hoarder’s hopes for a new start take a big blow
Sun  Nov 16 2014 11:52AM
On Monday, Diana Crane was actually optimistic as contractors for Sarasota County cleared her Ravenna Street yard of things she’d accumulated for years, planning to use or sell them. They … Find out how to read more online.
WCIND to seek new executive director
Sun  Nov 16 2014 11:52AM
A regional taxing authority responsible for maintaining public access to the Intracoastal Waterway is looking for a new executive director. The West Coast Inland Navigation District’s current executive director, Chuck … Find out how to read more online.
Venetian CDD explores options over course
Sun  Nov 16 2014 11:50AM
A long-range plan crafted in January by the Venetian Community Development District’s board of supervisors played into this year’s election. The plan, which called for consideration of buying the Venetian … Find out how to read more online.
Program aimed at infant sleep death prevention
Mon  Nov 17 2014 02:36PM
Sarasota community leaders and state officials have launched Safe Sleep Sarasota, a community-driven initiative to reduce preventable child deaths locally. Unsafe sleep is the leading cause of death for children … Find out how to read more online.
Going to the Chalk Fest? Park at the airport
Sun  Nov 16 2014 11:50AM
City officials are urging Chalk Festival-goers to park at the airport festival grounds to ensure the event — perhaps the largest in the city’s history — doesn’t cause traffic jams. … Find out how to read more online.
With faith, hoarder learns to let it go
Wed  Nov 12 2014 11:00AM
She says it’s almost like an introduction at a support group meeting: “I’m a hoarder.” But Diana Crane only came to accept that fact recently, and when she did, she … Find out how to read more online.
Chalk Festival: Megalodon to stay, sponsorship OK’d
Sun  Nov 16 2014 11:50AM
The Venice City Council decided this week to allow the drawings at the Sarasota Chalk Festival in Venice to remain 30 days after the festival ends on Monday. They also … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Musicale to perform
Sun  Nov 16 2014 11:48AM
Venice Musicale will perform a program of “American Music” featuring pianist-composer, Sharon Elery Rogers, cellist Charlie Wright, pianist Ed Dobrosky, vocalist Dee Schneider, oboist Sue Aaron and duo-pianist Betty Badawi … Find out how to read more online.