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Meet Shirley and Vicki from Richard's Whole Foods. We caught them smiling. They are our smiley people of the day.
Maybe thenew Ringling Bridge should be called the Highway to the Clouds as it reaches far into the sky.
Our Town 50 honors our local troops that are serving our nation in Iraq and around the world. Photos courtesy family and friends.
Meet Lisa who works for Liberty Savings Bank in Sarasota. Our photographer got the picture thru the bank window.
Too old to drive? Oldsters say they have experience and know how to compensate. The statistics in Florida say they are involved in a disproportionate number of accidents. 12 states and Florida now require testing of older persons. Some base it solely on age others on driving performance.
Thom Williamsfrom Sarasota County arranged for Dave Downer, a local sand sculptor, to create Sarasota County's 1926 courthouse tower on Siesta Key. Pictured above is Dave with the finished courthouse tower.
Budweiser sponsored a volleyball tournament at Siesta Key Beach this weekend. These ladies confer between sets.
Illustration: Ckochek, Our Town 50.
* Smoke permeates South Sarasota County this morning. Fire Department reports they are having a controlled burn at Myakka State Park.
It's hot on Saint Armands Circle. This guy has the right idea with minimal clothing. but he should get out of the sun after he finishes working on his tan.
Law enforcement from Northport, Venice, City of Sarasota and Sarasota County gather for a press conference with youth from Community Youth Development to let the public know about their efforts to help cut down on teenage drinking.
Children big and small enjoy the fountain at Island Park with temps in the mid-80's and low humidity.
Lady sings "God Bless America" during an intermission at Casey Key Fish House. A patron she brought the crowds to their feet with applause.
* Venice Shark's tooth Festival runs
Ok I have
my duck taped now what?
Harry Higel found murdered in 1921
82 year old Sarasota resident who mows 20 lawns per week.
Man climbs Sunshine Skyway Bridge wearing a cowboy hat and lasso.
Students and Sarasota County Commissioners open up Edmunson Road in Venice.
Acting Sarasota H.S. principal, Jeff Hradek, named to be permanent.
We've heard about reading material while on the throne. However, Sarasota County is asking certain residents to place phone books on their toilets. Evidently they are worried about little monsters :) while they work on rehab-ing local sewer lines.
* Bradenton students hold dog/pet food run to help Seniors feed their pets. Shannon Walsh, center, founded PAWS, Pet Awareness With Seniors. Leave it to a 14 year old to help solve life's problems :)
A turtle trying to cross U.S. 41 almost makes it across 3 lanes of traffic. Our photographer tried to save the turtle but it was too late when the turtle moved forward into a tires path.
Trash sits in front of homes on garbage pick up day which fell on
the 4th of July. Evidently word
Divers from the Sarasota County Fire Department dive for
Women's doubles at Make a Wish Tennis Tournament held this weekend. May 3-4.
Easter Sunrise Service at Siesta Key Beach this morning. With morning temps at 66 degrees thousands herded to SK Beach for the umpteeth annual sunrise service.
Sunrise trips over our horizon on Easter Sunday. We do seem to have a better panorama for sunsets rather then sunrises. The traffic lights don't add much to the effect.
A fire gutted a storage business on U.S. 41. The lot above is finally cleared after over 6 months of demolition.
This is the first formal group picture taken of the Commissioners. It will be used on a plague being presented to President Bush with a photo of his plane in mid air leaving Sarasota Bradenton Airport on 9/11. Our Town 50 took the photo of the Presidents plane and is coordinating the plague/ signatures with City and County officials.
The local blood bank receives a large portion of their blood supplies from high school students. Above their bus is parked at Cardinal Mooney High School recently for a blood drive.
The parents of a two year old, Michelle to the right and Mark on the left, fought with their health insurance company to get their daughter a cochlear implant. Their daughter was deaf from birth. They lost that fight but found other funds to allow their daughter to get a cochlear implant. Pictured in the center is Heather, Miss America, 1995 who was the first deaf person to become Miss America. Mark is a fireman on Longboat Key. Heather was in town to present an award. Insurance companies need to take responsibility for full medical coverage.
Gas drops to $1.569 per gallon. It had been as high as $1.739 per gallon in the past month.
* Sarasota City manager proposes taking
over Sarasota High School for use by the Police Department. The move would help keep Sarasota County government offices downtown.
Boaters enjoy a warm Sunday afternoon off of Passage Key. The area is frequented by area nudists. Probably there were some toasty buns Monday morning.
* Unique Air van parks in a deed restricted community that bans residents from parking commercial vehicles overnight.
T.P. Hans a local sports bar looks like they have hosted their last Super Bowl party. The doors are locked.
Longboat Pass Sunday afternoon drew dozens of boaters soaking up the 80 degree temps.
* Sarasota Clay Court tournament draws 22 of the top 50 ranked tennis players in the world. The event is being held at the remodeled Meadows Tennis facility today through April 6th.
* Vernon Buchanan, owner of
Sarasota Ford, makes
$1,000,000 donation to Ringling Museum.
Sarasota County Deputy tickets U.S. 41 driver.
In 1995 Brooksie Bergen (L), of Sarasota, won the National U.S. Senior America contest. That same year Heather Whitestone-McCallum won the Miss America contest. Both are pictured at a recent luncheon to honor Heather's work.
Pelican Man Sanctuary releases an American Bald Eagle that they nursed back to good health.
Florida House at Sarasota Technical Institute shows you how to have a energy efficient home.
Gulf Gate Drive during the remodeling.
Hidden Harbor vacates their
Heather Whitestone-McCallum (R), Miss USA 1995, was presented the Handi Capable Award by Matt Hightower (C) today at the Children's Haven Luncheon at the Lakewood Ranch Country Club. Bruce Rodgers and Peggy Connell look on. Watch for additional photos of the event in Our Town 50.
* Marge Baldwin President of the Tiger Bay Club introduces the speakers . The topic was malpractice insurance. Representatives from all sides were on the panel.
* There was one winner for the 35 million Florida Jackpot.
The Sarasota Film Festival drew around 25,000 movie goers for the week long event.
The Righteous Brothers knock the crowd for a loop with 90 minutes of oldies and doowap at the Van Wezel Friday night. Their song "You've lost that loving feeling" just surpassed a Beatles song as the most played song on radio.
* Carpenters Union 140 workers protest in front of Glenridge development offices (across from the Palmer Ranch YMCA) to protest that one of their cement contractors is paying sub-standard wages. Most of the workers were Hispanic. 28 were reportedly fired for exercising their Federal rights. Our Town 50 has contacted Ceco Concrete for their response. They have not responded as yet.
Workers from Mote Marine begin red tide tests on humans at Siesta Key Beach.
Take a trip back in time and be sure to visit The Fountain Shoppe in Venice. Nostaglia reins in this quaint restaurant with stools/booths, wood decor and great food.
The Junior Leagues Tinsel and Treasures extravaganza at Phillippi Mansion drew thousands of people. Above is a sample of the 50 specialty vendors that participated. Program runs through Sunday.
This is the first part of a series on our NYC-WTC , Our Town 50 Tour. The sign to the left says, "The human spirit is measured not by the size of the act but the size of the heart" The sign is painted directly next to and overlooking the WTC.