Saturday, April 30, 2011

Celery Fields, Rowing, More this week

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Sarasota County News UpdateApril 29, 2011
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Welcome to Sarasota County Community Connections eNewsletter. We hope that you will share this eNewsletter with family, friends and neighbors. Contact us if you have questions, ideas for featured articles, or feedback on the system at e-mail pubcom@scgov.net.

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Prescrption pillsSaturday is National Drug Take-Back Day
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office will be participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Drug Take-Back Day, Saturday, April 30, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The agency has permanent drop boxes in the lobby of the Criminal Justice Center, 2071 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, which is open 24-hours a day, and at the south county office, 4531 State Road 776, Venice, where the lobby hours are 8 a.m.-8 p.m. (MORE)

RowingCounty celebrates link between rowing and transportation
Sarasota and Manatee county commissioners will join officials from Benderson Development Company LLC and other community leaders for a ceremonial "groundbreaking" celebration at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, April 30, before the Florida Scholastic Rowing Association (FSRA) Championship Regatta at Nathan Benderson Park, 2500 Honore Ave., Sarasota. (MORE)
RunnersGrand opening celebration to feature 5k Fun Run on May 3
County officials and community representatives and organizations, including the Sarasota Audubon Society, will celebrate the completion of the Celery Fields Regional Stormwater Facility and a related project - replacement of the Raymond Road Bridge and other improvements - at a grand opening ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3. The ceremony at the gazebo just north of Palmer Boulevard will be followed by a 5k Fun Run starting at 6 p.m. (MORE)

Hurricane FranDisaster can strike anytime ... workshop to help get you ready now

The April storm that produced tornadoes which damaged mobile homes on Longboat Key is a reminder that disasters can occur anytime. Residents are invited to the second annual Community Disaster Preparedness Workshop from 5:30-9 p.m. Friday, May 13, and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at Covenant Life Presbyterian Church, 8490 McIntosh Road (near Westfield Sarasota Square Shopping Mall) in Sarasota. (MORE)

UF Extension ServicesHelp extension plan for the next decade

The Florida Cooperative Extension System is conducting a planning process that will shape Extension programs in Florida for the next decade. This joint effort of the University of Florida(UF) and the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University will provide a clear path of action tosupport Florida's economy, environment and the changing needs of Florida's communities. (MORE)

Upcoming Events

Sea turtle nessting season begins May 1

Celebrate Historic Preservation Month
May 2 from 4-6 p.m. at Phillipi Estate Park
Self-guided tours of the historic Edson Keith farmhouse between
4-4:30 p.m.


'Hope for Homeowners' seminar on May 10


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Celery Fields, Rowing, More this week

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Sarasota County News UpdateApril 29, 2011
Greetings!

Welcome to Sarasota County Community Connections eNewsletter. We hope that you will share this eNewsletter with family, friends and neighbors. Contact us if you have questions, ideas for featured articles, or feedback on the system at e-mail pubcom@scgov.net.

Follow us on Twitter View our videos on YouTube Find us on Facebook

Prescrption pillsSaturday is National Drug Take-Back Day
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office will be participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Drug Take-Back Day, Saturday, April 30, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The agency has permanent drop boxes in the lobby of the Criminal Justice Center, 2071 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, which is open 24-hours a day, and at the south county office, 4531 State Road 776, Venice, where the lobby hours are 8 a.m.-8 p.m. (MORE)

RowingCounty celebrates link between rowing and transportation
Sarasota and Manatee county commissioners will join officials from Benderson Development Company LLC and other community leaders for a ceremonial "groundbreaking" celebration at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, April 30, before the Florida Scholastic Rowing Association (FSRA) Championship Regatta at Nathan Benderson Park, 2500 Honore Ave., Sarasota. (MORE)
RunnersGrand opening celebration to feature 5k Fun Run on May 3
County officials and community representatives and organizations, including the Sarasota Audubon Society, will celebrate the completion of the Celery Fields Regional Stormwater Facility and a related project - replacement of the Raymond Road Bridge and other improvements - at a grand opening ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3. The ceremony at the gazebo just north of Palmer Boulevard will be followed by a 5k Fun Run starting at 6 p.m. (MORE)

Hurricane FranDisaster can strike anytime ... workshop to help get you ready now

The April storm that produced tornadoes which damaged mobile homes on Longboat Key is a reminder that disasters can occur anytime. Residents are invited to the second annual Community Disaster Preparedness Workshop from 5:30-9 p.m. Friday, May 13, and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at Covenant Life Presbyterian Church, 8490 McIntosh Road (near Westfield Sarasota Square Shopping Mall) in Sarasota. (MORE)

UF Extension ServicesHelp extension plan for the next decade

The Florida Cooperative Extension System is conducting a planning process that will shape Extension programs in Florida for the next decade. This joint effort of the University of Florida(UF) and the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University will provide a clear path of action tosupport Florida's economy, environment and the changing needs of Florida's communities. (MORE)

Upcoming Events

Sea turtle nessting season begins May 1
http://bit.ly/i7mVzd

Celebrate Historic Preservation Month
May 2 from 4-6 p.m. at Phillipi Estate Park
Self-guided tours of the historic Edson Keith farmhouse between
4-4:30 p.m.

http://bit.ly/muhQSY

'Hope for Homeowners' seminar on May 10

http://bit.ly/lLsusq
Quick Links
Ready for
Hurricane Season?
Evacuation Sign
Take our survey
Bike Riders
Watch
Warren HEadshot Board Report
Watch
Jeff Maultsby
Watch
County Talk with Jim Ley
Contact Information
Sarasota County Communications
941-861-5000

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Businesses Charged in Sting Operation

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office recently conducted a county wide sting operation to determine levels of compliance within the Pawn Shop and Secondhand Dealer industries.

The Sarasota Police Department, Venice Police Department and North Port Police Department assisted with the undercover operation to sell gold jewelry to each business. Many were found to be in compliance. However, a number of businesses were operating under a “no questions asked” policy, making no attempt to properly document the seller information, record the items being purchased or obtain the seller’s fingerprint, all of which are state requirements. More here. Story in Patch.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

BMX in Sarasota

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 Sarasota County News UpdateApril 22, 2011
 Greetings!

Welcome to Sarasota County Community Connections eNewsletter. We hope that you will share this eNewsletter with family, friends and neighbors. Contact us if you have questions, ideas for featured articles, or feedback on the system at e-mail pubcom@scgov.net.

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BMXTop BMX riders will celebrate Easter in Sarasota
Some of the top BMX riders in the United States and Canada will be in Sarasota this weekend for the National Bicycle League (NBL) Easter Classic, Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and 24 at the Sarasota County BMX Track, 1500 N. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota.
  
The Easter Classic is part of the NBL National Championship Series featuring 25 races at venues across the United States. Amateur and professional riders in multiple age groups will compete to qualify for a national title. (MORE)
express busExpress bus service between North Port and Sarasota starts Monday
Beat the high gas prices and commute to work on SCAT's new Express bus service between North Port and downtown Sarasota. Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) will debut its new Express bus service on Monday, April 25.
  
Bike Riding
Give your input on Sarasota County's Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
The county's first Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan is under development. The plan is designed to outline a safe, convenient and efficient bicycle and pedestrian system that provides access to major destinations within Sarasota County and surrounding counties.  The first draft is expected to be available in summer 2011.
Take the survey to tell us what is important to you for inclusion in the plan.  Please click here to take the survey.
Hope for HomeownersHope for homeowners seminar scheduled
You are invited to attend a housing seminar on forclosure, bankruptcy, and credit management. Join the community conversation about the housing crisis with our panel of experts: Chief Judge Lee Haworth, 12th Judicial Circuit Court; Sherry Ellis, bankruptcy attorney; and others on Tuesday, May 10, at the Venice Public Library from 6-7:30 p.m. (MORE)

Upcoming Events
KSCB accepting volunteer award nominations
Keep Sarasota County Beautiful (KSCB) is now accepting nominations  until May 9, for the 2011 Volunteer Awards Recognition Program.
http://bit.ly/fLKQP7

Special O'Laughlics 6
Tuesday, April 26
7:30 p.m. @ 3333 N. Tamiami Trail (McCurdy's Comedy Theatre)
T-Rec Coalition of Sarasota County is sponsoring this one night only performance by talented comedians who have completed Les McCurdy's special comedy workshops.
http://bit.ly/g5D4iW

"Name that insect or spider or ...!"
A guided walk @ Manasota Scrub Preserve

Join Dr. Fred Santana on Wednesday, April 27
9:30-11:30 a.m.
Manasota Scrub Preserve, Englewood

5k Fun Run and Celery Fields Grand Opening Celebration
 
Tuesday, May 3
5:30 p.m., Fun Run starts at 6 p.m.
http://bit.ly/hOf8AQ

 
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Hurricane Season?
Evacuation Sign
Watch
Warren HEadshot Board Report
Watch
Jeff Maultsby
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County Talk with Jim Ley
Contact Information
Sarasota County Communications

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Lose a set of keys?

Found: 
A set of keys on the NW corner of Friendship and Allan. There were three keys, one is a Ford key, a picture of a young redheaded girl and a small bottle opener that has the words (Rumple Minze). 
If you recognize the description and know the owner, please contact lakesarasota@gmail.com



Friday, April 15, 2011

Bus to North Port Starts, Animal Adopt-a-thon, more

express busNew Express bus service between North Port andSarasota 
Beat the high gas prices and commute to work on SCAT's new Express bus service between North Port and downtown Sarasota. Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) will debut its new Express bus service on Monday, April 25.
  
With local gas prices nearing $4 per gallon, SCAT's new Express service will provide commuters between North Port and downtown Sarasota with an affordable transportation option. For just $2.50 one way or $5 round trip, a rider can make the 70-minute, one-way trip with limited stops between North Port and Sarasota.  (MORE)
Shelter dogAnimal Services Spring Adopt-a-thon
Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Animal Services will hold its spring Adopt-a-thon this Saturday, April 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  
Animal Services is located at 8451 Bee Ridge Road, east of I-75 across from Rothenbach Park.
  
During the event, animal lovers can meet dogs, cats, puppies andShelter Catkittens that are available for adoption at significantly reduced fees.
  
Adoptive parents will receive a "starter kit" with food, treats and other useful items.
  
The event will also be a celebration to honor the shelter's many volunteers and to introduce citizens to volunteer opportunities at Animal Services.

The event is sponsored by Sarasota In Defense of Animals. For more information contact Animal Services, 941-861-9523.
One Book One Community
Vote now for your choice of 2011 'One Book' selections 
Voting began Friday, April 15, for the six candidates of the 2011 "One Book, One Community" program sponsored by the Sarasota County Library System in coordination with National Library Week. Paper ballots and online voting at www.onebooksarasota.com  will extend through Sunday, May 22. (MORE)
 
US flagSupervisor of elections offers early voting for City of Sarasota runoff election
Early voting for the May 10, 2011 City of Sarasota 2nd (runoff) Election will begin on Monday, April 25 and continue through Sunday, May 8.   (MORE)

Historical marker County to dedicate Newtown/Helen R. Payne Day Nursery historical marker
The Sarasota County Historical Commission will recognize the historic Newtown/Helen R. Payne Day Nursery with the dedication of a new historical marker. The dedication ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 20, at Children First, 1729 33rd St., Sarasota. (MORE)
 
Golf clubPlay golf and send a child to summer camp
Friends of Sarasota County Parks and Sarasota County Parks and Recreation have a limited number of slots left available for the Adopt-A-Camper Golf Scramble scheduled 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 23, at Heron Creek Golf and Country Club, 3401 South Sumter Blvd., North Port. The 18-hole shotgun tournament raises money for Parks and Recreation's summer camp scholarship program. (MORE)
UF Extension ServicesSarasota County Extension Service wants your input on long-range planning for state program
The Florida Cooperative Extension System is conducting a planning process that will shape Extension programs in Florida for the next decade. This joint effort of the University of Florida (UF) and the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) will allow us to have a clear path of action as an educational organization to support Florida's economy, environment, and people that is relevant and flexible to meet the changing needs of Florida's communities.

Listening will be at the core of Extension's long range planning effort. UF/IFAS Sarasota County Extension would like your input to identify educational programming priorities and future directions for Extension as part of a state and local planning initiative. Please take 10 minutes to let us know how we can improve the Extension program by completing thissurvey.

In addition to this survey, Sarasota County Extension will be holding a listening session on Thursday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to noon at Twin Lakes Park. Register online for this event by Friday, May 6, or by calling Sarasota County Extension at 941-861-9900.

Upcoming Events
Calling all birding enthusiasts!
Join a birding nature adventure on Saturday, April16
7:30 am - noon
T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve 
http://bit.ly/fGO2wI