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‘Wish’ reunites sisters
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
A reunion of two sisters who live more than 1,000 miles apart and haven’t been together for a decade surprised Agnes Toltin, 92, a resident of Bella Vita Independent & … Find out how to read more online.
Gondolier Sun wins 26 awards
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
The Venice Gondolier Sun, the best community newspaper in the state of Florida for the last two years, has a good chance at a three-peat. Monday, when the list of … Find out how to read more online.
Overwhelming Barritt
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:30AM
A Venice advisory board says it’s time to reexamine what kinds of events are held at Maxine Barritt Park on the Gulf, and particularly the Venice Blues Festival. Some events … Find out how to read more online.
Ammunition, drugs in SWAT arrest
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:30AM
Deputies working in partnership with the Venice Police Department arrested an armed career criminal on drug and weapons charges this week. The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Section and … Find out how to read more online.
Craft brewery coming to ‘Off The Wagon’
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:30AM
Venice entrepreneur Tommy Villani never stops growing his award-winning pub, Off The Wagon Bar & Grill. Now a pub, dining venue and nightclub, it will soon be Venice’s first craft … Find out how to read more online.
Kids enjoy ‘Summer Nights’ at Snook Haven
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:30AM
Families are invited to come out and enjoy some good old Florida summer fun during Kid’s Night events at Snook Haven, located at 5000 E. Venice Ave. off of River … Find out how to read more online.
Man arrested for lewd behavior with minor
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:30AM
A 21-year-old Englewood man was arrested this week after impregnating a girl under 16. According to a Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office report: The two met last summer at Blind Pass … Find out how to read more online.
Take parking spaces out of Centennial Park?
Wed  Jul 20 2016 11:53AM
Reclaim Centennial Park from its current status as a primary downtown parking lot back into a community central park. That’s just one of the bold recommendations the city’s lead parks … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Theatre show update
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:30AM
The staff at Venice Theatre are doing all they can to help keep people entertained this summer. Here are some of their current shows. • Peter Pan – Thursdays – … Find out how to read more online.
Improv Festival wildly entertaining, educating
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:30AM
A performance festival always has so much to offer – it gathers in top performers of its genre from across the nation for the locals to enjoy in a series … Find out how to read more online.
Woman wants her stolen goose returned
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:30AM
Virginia Koss, 89, of South Venice, wants her precious cement goose returned. Someone stole it from its spot in front of her garage, and it would mean a lot to … Find out how to read more online.
RNC speaker set for Venice event
Wed  Jul 20 2016 11:54AM
One of the first speakers at the 2016 Republican National Convention, Karen Vaughn, will be the featured special guest speaker at the 2016 9/11 Fallen Heroes Memorial Ceremony at Patriots … Find out how to read more online.
County ready to buy Myakka River Oyster Bar
Wed  Jul 20 2016 11:54AM
The “I’s” may not be all dotted, or the “T’s” crossed, nor a purchase price announced, but it appears Sarasota County is on the verge of purchasing the Myakka River … Find out how to read more online.
In Fear of a Massacre
Tue  Jul 19 2016 11:12AM
Two recent gun thefts from homes in Sarasota prompted the Sarasota Police Department to postpone a public meeting for fear of a possible attack. The Sarasota Police Department held a … Find out how to read more online.
Workshop bridges gap at Jacaranda Trace
Wed  Jul 20 2016 11:52AM
Two students from Venice High School — Ravi Patel and Rebecca Betterton — had a vision. They wanted to share their knowledge of technology with the older generation and to … Find out how to read more online.
Charlie now has a home
Wed  Jul 20 2016 11:50AM
At 94 years old, Charlie Murdock has seen a lot and been in danger a few times. The former World War II Navy veteran skirted dangers in the Mediterranean Sea … Find out how to read more online.
Players holds auditions for three plays
Wed  Jul 20 2016 11:50AM
The Players Centre for Performing Arts in Sarasota is holding auditions for its three fall mainstage productions from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 13. Shows being cast include “Gypsy,” … Find out how to read more online.
Area officials beefing up security
Tue  Jul 19 2016 11:14AM
Recent attacks at the national level have caused local officials to increase security. The Council of Governments meeting brought Sarasota officials from across the county, including Venice, to brief each … Find out how to read more online.
Pokemon craze arrives here in force
Tue  Jul 19 2016 11:12AM
In the 1990’, “Friends” was on TV, the Backstreet Boys dominated the airwaves and the Pokemon phenomenon hit the United States. The second coming of the Pokemon craze is here, … Find out how to read more online.
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Deals reached for school safety officers
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
The first full-time school resource officer at a Sarasota County elementary school will walk the grounds of Emma E. Booker when the new school year begins. Elementary schools in the … Find out how to read more online.
Road projects advance
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
In Venice, a number of transportation projects received the Council’s blessing before the summer break to move forward — road paving in the city-owned Venice Municipal Mobile Home Park, establishing … Find out how to read more online.
Roundabout once again makes crash list
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:30AM
Only one road in the city of Venice gets a mention in the just-released 2015 Crash Report Summary for Sarasota County. But a lot of roads and intersections near the … Find out how to read more online.
Local LEO train for events like man on ground
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:30AM
From his hospital bed, Charles Kinsey told a television news crew how he had his arms in the air, telling police he’s a therapist helping an autistic man before being … Find out how to read more online.
Florida in Top 10 for safe senior driving
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:30AM
With the fourth-highest population in the country, and the highest percentage of seniors, you’d probably expect that Florida would be among the more dangerous states for older drivers. It’s not. … Find out how to read more online.
Snook Haven boat ramp to close for construction
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:30AM
The Snook Haven motorized boat ramp, along with the canoe and kayak launch, will close Monday, July 25, for the start of an improvement project. The project, which is tentatively … Find out how to read more online.
Loveland promotes, hires in expansion
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:30AM
With the recent expansion of Loveland Center with the opening of the in-campus Loveland Village, the organization recently made a number of hires and promotions. Loveland hired Becky Forest as … Find out how to read more online.
Econ board keeps the purse strings tight
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:30AM
The Venice City Council didn’t expressly send a message to its advisory boards during budget discussions last week, but one came through anyway. Mindful of the scrutiny the Council subjected … Find out how to read more online.
Latest ‘App’ can help protect wildlife
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:30AM
Have you ever wondered how to report an injured sea turtle or a non-native animal in the wild? Tech-savvy outdoor enthusiasts, naturalists, anglers and anyone who loves the outdoors will … Find out how to read more online.
Harry Potter book release party set
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:30AM
The book store at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will host a midnight release party for the latest Harry Potter book, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I … Find out how to read more online.
Gloria Musicae announces 2016-2017 season
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:30AM
Gloria Musicae launches its 38th season with more of the innovative, cutting-edge programming that has become the organization’s hallmark under the artistic direction of Dr. Joseph Holt. With a scintillating … Find out how to read more online.
Advisory in place for Nokomis Beach
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:30AM
The “No swim” advisory at Nokomis Beach issued by Sarasota County health officials on July 21 remains in place. The amount of enterococcus bacteria found during water quality testing on … Find out how to read more online.
Building boom in West Villages
Wed  Jul 20 2016 11:54AM
The West Villages, in South Sarasota County, is the fourth-fastest-growing master- planned community in the country, and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. At build-out in 40 to 50 … Find out how to read more online.
Post office/hotel idea on radar again
Wed  Jul 20 2016 11:54AM
Yet another discussion by the Venice City Council about acquiring the post office distribution center property ended without a clear decision on what to do next, other than to do … Find out how to read more online.
Economic advisory board budget takes a hit
Wed  Jul 20 2016 11:53AM
Like the rest of the Fiscal Year 2016-17 budget, the promotional portion of Venice City Manager Ed Lavallee’s budget came under the microscope last week, and like the rest of … Find out how to read more online.
Massive children’s park planned in South County
Wed  Jul 20 2016 11:50AM
A destination children’s park in South County — called Tuscano Park — is becoming a reality. “It will be a children’s park with very creative equipment,” said Joan Piper, a … Find out how to read more online.
Starlite’s short plays get to the point
Wed  Jul 20 2016 11:50AM
“Tiny Houses” may be a big deal but then so are short plays, the hallmark of the Starlite Players, which celebrated its first anniversary on July 15. A story should … Find out how to read more online.
Bandana kicks off sizzlin’ summer concerts
Wed  Jul 20 2016 11:50AM
Tony “Butch” Gerace and Bandana will perform their stylin’ rhythm and blues and classic rock at the Venice Community Center (VCC) Saturday, July 23, when Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and … Find out how to read more online.
AR-15, rifle found at Westboro protest
Wed  Jul 13 2016 11:42AM
As they faced off against counter-protesters on the other side of Avenida del Circo, members of the Westboro Baptist Church — who came to protest against four Venice churches Sunday … Find out how to read more online.
Tax hike aims at big issues
Tue  Jul 19 2016 11:12AM
As anticipated, the Venice City Council adopted a preliminary budget this week that includes a tax rate increase to address another pension shortfall and failing city buildings, among other things. … Find out how to read more online.