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Flood of questions after new FEMA maps
Sat  Jan 24 2015 02:24PM
Residents aren’t all that impressed with the low-tech roll-out of the latest high-tech FEMA floodplain maps. The inability to publish easily accessible maps may have contributed to the steady stream … Find out how to read more online.
Venice loses a passionate city booster
Sat  Jan 24 2015 02:24PM
Andrea Cooper’s friends need a lot of adjectives to describe her: honest, loyal, warm, giving, generous. In short, she was the best kind of friend to have. Cooper, 69, passed … Find out how to read more online.
Vereen to direct Venice play
Sat  Jan 24 2015 02:24PM
Climaxing Venice Theatre’s announcement of its 2015-2016 season was the news that Broadway star Ben Vereen will direct “Hair” on the theater’s main stage. “There is a synergy here,” Vereen … Find out how to read more online.
Mote going after biggest catch yet — $50 million
Sat  Jan 24 2015 02:24PM
What could be the largest fundraising campaign for an area nonprofit was announced Thursday night at Mote Marine Laboratory’s 60th anniversary party. With pledges of $30 million already in hand, … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Central Florida church makes 100,000 meals to ship to Africa
Mon  Jan 26 2015 01:19AM
INDIALANTIC, Fla. (AP) — Hundreds of volunteers at a central Florida church have pulled off an impressive act of charity: They’re sending 100,000 meals to Africa. The youth ministry at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Indialantic spearheaded an … read more.

Uber drivers fined more than $44K in series of Fla. stings
Mon  Jan 26 2015 01:19AM
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Palm Beach County officials have fined the ride-hailing service Uber and six of its drivers more than $44,000. The Palm Beach Post reports the county conducted stings this week in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, … read more.

Florida couple gets wedding surprise from Backstreet Boy
Mon  Jan 26 2015 01:19AM
MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida couple got the wedding crasher of their dreams: A visit from a member of the Backstreet Boys. Florida Today reports Ryan and A’riel Kastovich were married Saturday in Melbourne. A few months back, the … read more.

WHO adopts reforms to repair reputation after bungling Ebola
Mon  Jan 26 2015 01:19AM
GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization has proposed reforms that could overhaul its structure after botching the response to the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, a sluggish performance that experts say cost thousands of lives. On Sunday, several dozen of WHO’s … read more.

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Debate on special event fees comes full circle
Sat  Jan 24 2015 02:24PM
After several months of meetings, public input and discussion, the Venice Economic Development Advisory Board (EDAB) is basically back where it started on the issue of special event fee waivers. The board was directed by the City Council last year … Find out how to read more online.

VHS poster business seeks contest votes
Sat  Jan 24 2015 02:24PM
A business startup by a group of nearly all seniors and their tech teacher at Venice High is gaining traction, and they’re looking for support to take it to the next level. Madeleine Zubyk, the Career & Technical Education instructor, … Find out how to read more online.

Epiphany celebrates LabLearner program
Sat  Jan 24 2015 02:20PM
LabLearner, a hands-on and inquiry-based program, makes learning science fun for students and teachers at Epiphany Cathedral Catholic School. Epiphany Cathedral recently implemented LabLearner, which is an exciting new program in science education. LabLearner was originally established to increase science … Find out how to read more online.

One-woman play honors Black History Month
Sat  Jan 24 2015 02:18PM
Sarasota County Library System welcomes a dramatic one-woman play to the North Port Library in February to celebrate Black History Month. Written and performed by Penny Musco, “Steal Away” tells the story of a white woman homesteading in the plains … Find out how to read more online.

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