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Writer turns your life story into a book
Thu  Jul 24 2014 01:48PM
The art of creating a record of the personal history of a person or family to retain for future generations led a recent writer to continue his career when he … Find out how to read more online.
Venice sign may be changed to LED display
Thu  Jul 24 2014 09:20AM
The city’s main marquee, installed in 1987 on Venice Avenue at U.S. 41 Business, is still maintained by hand, fitting black letters on a white board behind a glass face. … Find out how to read more online.
He gave precious gift of life at age 43
Thu  Jul 24 2014 09:20AM
Lisa Moon has seen more than her share of medical misfortunes. When she was 18, she married her 19-year-old high school sweetheart. He already had Hodgkins disease, and it turned … Find out how to read more online.
City finds way out of pension business
Thu  Jul 24 2014 09:18AM
The city of Venice took a monumental step this week to get out of the pension business. Six contracts involving three municipal unions were ratified on July 22 that, among … Find out how to read more online.
Writer turns your life story into a book
Thu  Jul 24 2014 01:51PM
The art of creating a record of the personal history of a person or family to retain for future generations led a recent writer to continue his career when he … Find out how to read more online.
Florida Studio Theatre show is an illusion — or is it?
Thu  Jul 24 2014 09:18AM
Florida Studio Theatre offers a unique opportunity to experience close-up magic in its Court Cabaret presentation of “Clearly Invisible: Magic Up Close with Carl Seiger.” This is a unique opportunity … Find out how to read more online.
Dressing her child becomes business
Fri  Jul 18 2014 01:04PM
Boutiques come in all shapes, sizes and locations, but none as unique as a traveling boutique making its debut in a few weeks. A 1972 trailer used for family vacations … Find out how to read more online.
Fire sprinklers save all lives of seniors
Fri  Jul 18 2014 01:04PM
Properly working fire sprinklers helped subdue a fire that broke out in an apartment kitchen at Village On The Isle Monday evening. No injuries were reported. “We have a mess … Find out how to read more online.
Update school shots now
Wed  Jul 16 2014 09:18AM
With local schools scheduled to resume Aug. 18, Sarasota County public health and school officials remind parents to get their children’s immunizations updated now. Parents of children who will be … Find out how to read more online.
Larry Rhodes was a gunner on B-29 bomber over Tokyo
Wed  Jul 16 2014 09:16AM
Larry Rhodes of Venice grew up in Far Rockaway, N.Y. Just out of high school in 1941, he went to work for Republic Aviation, building P-47 “Thunderbolt” fighter planes on … Find out how to read more online.
92-year-old bounces back from broken pelvis
Fri  Jul 18 2014 01:04PM
Clara Bodager credits an active lifestyle to her speedy recovery from a broken pelvis just a few short weeks ago. Clara, 92, has lived in Nokomis for about 30 years. … Find out how to read more online.
Improv show off the beaten path at FST
Wed  Jul 16 2014 09:16AM
Due to unforeseen circumstances, I was unable to attend all four improv shows Saturday night, July 12, that were part of Florida Studio Theatre’s Improv Festival. Unfortunately, the one show … Find out how to read more online.
Nutrition office to close
Sat  Jul 12 2014 08:00AM
The WIC Clinic — formally known as the South County Health Center, in Venice — will be shuttered by the end of the month because of a lack of need, … Find out how to read more online.
Venice police officer to be investigated for 2nd time
Fri  Jul 11 2014 08:00AM
VENICE — A Venice police sergeant who previously committed multiple policy violations but retained his job and rank under a “last chance agreement” is under another internal affairs investigation. Police … Find out how to read more online.
Eco-cafe puts new spin on eco-tourism
Fri  Jul 11 2014 08:00AM
VENICE — Relax. Enjoy a cup of coffee in an eco-cafe while you sign up for an eco-tour in Venice, or rent a bicycle or kayak, or just watch artisans … Find out how to read more online.
Venice named in FBI’s 9/11 documents
Mon  Jul 7 2014 09:59AM
There are new details regarding the FBI’s investigation into a Sarasota Saudi family who left their home just weeks before 9/11. There is a tie to Venice in what was … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Nokomis Women’s Club resurges
Sun  Jul 6 2014 10:18AM
An 88-year-old Venice club has in the past few months undergone a major transition with the involvement of new leadership. The result is an increase of 45 members during its … Find out how to read more online.
Local teens attend leadership seminar
Sun  Jul 6 2014 10:18AM
A Venice High School sophomore and the sophomore daughter of a Venice High graduate recently attended an exclusive leadership conference together in St. Petersburg. Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) is … Find out how to read more online.
Pine View teacher receives top honor
Sun  Jul 6 2014 10:16AM
Pine View School language arts teacher Fran Squires has been named the 2014 Outstanding Middle Level Educator in the English Language Arts by the National Council of Teachers of English. … Find out how to read more online.
Diocese ordains priest as bishop conducts solemn ceremony
Thu  Jul 24 2014 02:54PM
VENICE — He lay prostrate for three to four minutes on the hard floor in front of the altar in Epiphany Cathedral’s sanctuary in Venice as prayers of a litany … Find out how to read more online.
Solemn. Joyful.
Thu  Jul 24 2014 09:57AM
He lay prostrate for three to four minutes on the hard floor in front of the altar in Epiphany Cathedral’s sanctuary in Venice as prayers of the Litany were chanted … Find out how to read more online.
SMH agrees to withdrawal lawsuit in exchange for ‘cure’ meeting
Thu  Jul 24 2014 01:51PM
Flawed paperwork is at the center of a dispute among hospitals that dragged the city of Venice into court. Sarasota Memorial Hospital agreed this week to back off a lawsuit … Find out how to read more online.
There’s an art to Saturday’s Family Fun Day
Thu  Jul 24 2014 11:01AM
Arts, crafts and hot dogs are on the menu at Venice Art Center for Saturday’s 10th annual Family Fun Day. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the center will hold a community … Find out how to read more online.
Quick, is this nice artwork or a sign?
Fri  Jul 18 2014 01:04PM
Louis Foxwell, aka Father Fish, watched in amazement this week as the Venice Planning Commission determined his storefront mural, depicting an aquarium, is a sign. It was the first challenge … Find out how to read more online.
‘Honey, Honey,’ABBA Revue is on the money
Thu  Jul 24 2014 09:16AM
Music is just better in summertime, especially easy-listening tunes such as those made famous by ABBA. “Knowing Me, Knowing You The Hits of ABBA Revue” proved it as it packed … Find out how to read more online.
Gondolier Sun named best community paper in Florida
Fri  Jul 18 2014 01:04PM
The Venice Gondolier Sun has been named the state’s best community newspaper in its size class by the Florida Press Association. The recognition came as the newspaper set a state … Find out how to read more online.
VPD earns state honor
Sat  Jul 12 2014 08:00AM
When Tom McNulty took over as Venice police chief in 2011, the department was suffering from political turmoil. And, by his own admission, community partnerships were virtually nonexistent. A chasm … Find out how to read more online.
No millage increase in draft budget
Wed  Jul 16 2014 09:16AM
City Manager Ed Lavallee distributed a draft Fiscal Year 2014-2015 budget document this week that maintains the current property tax rate into next year. The balanced draft budget, showing a … Find out how to read more online.
Oak Park South closes its doors after decade of service
Wed  Jul 16 2014 09:16AM
The great experiment to create a school in South County for pupils with behavior problems is over. Sarasota County Schools closed Oak Park South, a K-8 school, at the end … Find out how to read more online.
Domestic violence shelter opens its doors to pets
Wed  Jul 16 2014 09:16AM
Sometimes women put up with physical or emotional abuse because they don’t want to leave their pets behind in a failing relationship. They no longer have to. With the help … Find out how to read more online.
Venice nutrition office moving to North Port
Mon  Jul 14 2014 11:37AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The WIC Clinic — formally known as the South County Health Center, in Venice — will be shuttered by the end of the month because of a … Find out how to read more online.
Beaches get ‘all clear’
Sat  Jul 12 2014 08:00AM
Retesting of Gulf waters at Venice Beach and other local beaches resulted in an “all clear” this week. However, a “No Swim” advisory was issued July 10 for elevated levels … Find out how to read more online.
Angel Food Ministries helps with food bills
Thu  Jul 10 2014 06:48PM
Buying groceries through Angel Food Ministries shaves dollars off the monthly food bill and is now available in Venice. First Christian Church, 1100 Center Road, officially started as a hub … Find out how to read more online.
Beach bummer: Nokomis ‘No Swim’ remains
Thu  Jul 10 2014 03:30PM
Water samples for Nokomis Beach brought more bad news on the Fourth of July — the beach will remain under a “No Swim” advisory until at least Tuesday, July 8, when … Find out how to read more online.
First hatchlings emerge as turtle nesting continues
Mon  Jul 7 2014 09:59AM
The first sea turtle hatchlings emerged from their Longboat Key nest on June 22, according to information from Mote Marine Laboratory’s Sea Turtle Program. Nesting began along Casey Key, Venice … Find out how to read more online.
From Fired to Fame
Mon  Jul 7 2014 09:59AM
A Cracker Barrel employee fired two weeks ago for giving away a muffin to what appeared to be a homeless man says he doesn’t support a boycott of the popular … Find out how to read more online.
Young ‘chefs’ learn about healthy food
Sun  Jul 6 2014 10:18AM
Quest Camp at the Venice YMCA is nearing an end for the nearly two dozen children who got an early, healthful start to their summer vacation. Attendees signed up from … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Theatre repeats Summer Cabaret Festival
Sun  Jul 6 2014 10:16AM
Venice Theatre invites audiences to its second annual Summer Cabaret Festival. The event opens at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 18, with a duet performance from Kristofer Geddie and Delores McKenzie. The … Find out how to read more online.
Petition underway for Venice turn signals
Thu  Jul 3 2014 08:00AM
Driving on the island of Venice in season can pose problems due to the increasing number of vehicles. One resident believes a major problem to drivers is the need to … Find out how to read more online.