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New park near Myakka River honors retired Sen. Bob Johnson
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
The Sarasota County Commission has honored a lifelong Sarasota County resident and community advocate by naming its newest county park for a man responsible for helping to preserve the area’s … Find out how to read more online.
Where cats write letters
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
Most people understand the sadness of losing a pet cat or dog — none more so than the volunteer team at St Francis Animal Rescue, which provides comfort to those … Find out how to read more online.
The end. Demolition starts at Arena
Sun  Oct 26 2014 10:38AM
While the city gets ready to herald in a new landmark, the Venice Performing Arts Center, it was demolition day for another landmark, the historic Venice Circus Arena, constructed in … Find out how to read more online.
City recognized Rotary ‘World Polio Day’
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
Members of the Venice-Nokomis Rotary Club received an extra bonus this year in celebration of Rotary International Global Polio Eradication Day. At their meeting last week, Venice Mayor John Holic … Find out how to read more online.
Foster care driver’s license program opens
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
For children in foster care in Florida, getting a driver’s license can pose a nearly impossible task. That is about to change, due to a new program funded by the … Find out how to read more online.
Salvation Army invites area residents to Thanksgiving dinner
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
The Salvation Army of Venice has issued an invitation to the Venice community for Thanksgiving. Its annual community Thanksgiving dinner will be served at the Venice headquarters, 1061 Albee Farm … Find out how to read more online.
City to explore bond to pay off pension deficit
Fri  Oct 31 2014 11:02AM
Venice city leaders agreed this week to explore bonding to fund big ticket capital projects, and to bring back Florida pension expert Jim Linn to see what can be done … Find out how to read more online.
Candidate says laws broken in campaign
Sun  Oct 26 2014 10:42AM
The challenger for Seat No. 1 on the Venice City Council, Deborah Anderson, is claiming that a “tag-team” appearance by her opponent and another councilman at a neighborhood meet-and-greet may be … Find out how to read more online.
Parent arrested after refusing to take back child
Sun  Oct 26 2014 10:42AM
A South Venice man was arrested after he refused to take back a child from foster care. According to a Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office report, the mother of two children … Find out how to read more online.
CEO honored with Lifetime Achievement Award
Sun  Oct 26 2014 10:40AM
More than 60 people gathered at Village on the Isle Thursday evening to celebrate the inaugural “Toast to Paradise” event hosted by the Venice Gondolier Sun. While many local businesses, … Find out how to read more online.
A century of looking out for veterans
Sun  Oct 26 2014 10:40AM
Talk to any of the officers at the Venice Veterans of Foreign Wars and you’ll hear the same refrain — “We don’t know what we would do without the VFW … Find out how to read more online.
Marcy Downey to perform
Sun  Oct 26 2014 10:38AM
The South Venice Yacht Club is proud to present singer Marcy Downey starring in her newest, highly acclaimed one-woman cabaret show, “It’s My Party: The Fabulous ’50s and ’60s,” Saturday, … Find out how to read more online.
‘Ladies in Retirement’ pulls plug on retirement plans
Sun  Oct 26 2014 10:38AM
The Lemon Bay Playhouse gives a new twist, and twisted view, on retirement planning in its latest play, “Ladies in Retirement,” running through Nov. 9. The actors in this melodrama had … Find out how to read more online.
Citizens graduate from Law Enforcement Academy
Sun  Oct 26 2014 10:36AM
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office graduated another 25 people from the 42nd class of the Citizens Law Enforcement Academy during a ceremony Thursday, Oct. 16. CLEA is held one night … Find out how to read more online.
Candidates struggle to get their message across
Wed  Oct 22 2014 09:50AM
Two nervous candidates for Seat No. 1 on the Venice City Council recently squared off at the second candidate debate of the season, sponsored by Venice Aviation Society Inc. Challenger … Find out how to read more online.
Buchanan eyes Ebola readiness
Wed  Oct 22 2014 09:48AM
Editor’s Note: See page 2B for the state of Venice Regional Bayfront Health’s readiness to deal with Ebola. U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan toured Sarasota Memorial Hospital Friday afternoon to see … Find out how to read more online.
City Notes
Wed  Oct 22 2014 09:48AM
Watch out for workers The inside westbound lane of West Venice Avenue, between U.S. 41 Business and Harbor Drive, will be closed to vehicular traffic Saturday, Oct. 25, to protect … Find out how to read more online.
Laughter is contagious Backstage at the Players
Wed  Oct 22 2014 09:46AM
There was a rash of giggles and more Backstage at the Players Thursday on the opening night of “Breaking Out in Ives,” a collection of one-act plays by David Ives. … Find out how to read more online.
Skaters want city skate park
Wed  Oct 22 2014 09:50AM
Jacob “Jake” Grammerstorf, 13, is on a mission. Like other skateboarders in the community, he says he’s not challenged by the local skate park at the SKY Family YMCA. Unlike … Find out how to read more online.
Report: woman in cast raped, imprisoned
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
A Venice man was arrested on four felony charges Sunday, including the sexual battery of a Nokomis woman handicapped by a broken foot that left her unable to flee her … Find out how to read more online.
Survey says raise your family here
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
The city of Venice has made yet another “best place to live” list, but this one has nothing to do with retirement. According to, Venice is the 13th best … Find out how to read more online.
Venice, Sarasota Veterans Day observances set
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
The Venice Area Veterans Council and the Sarasota Patriotic Observance Committee, in coordination with Sarasota County’s Veterans Benefits Unit, have announced plans for this year’s Veterans Day ceremonies in Venice … Find out how to read more online.
Walk with spirits of West Tampa Avenue on Halloween
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
In the scheme of things, Venice is a young city. So are many of its ghosts, especially the ones said to dwell along West Tampa Avenue. Whether one chooses to … Find out how to read more online.
Korean War veterans to speak
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
Korean War veterans Tom “Skip” Hannon, Richard Caverly and Scotty Blomeley will give a presentation Thursday, Nov. 6, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Venice, 8000 South … Find out how to read more online.
‘Dancing in the Street’ is good, nostalgic fun
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
“Dancing in the Street” will have you dancing in your chair as the Prima Donnettes take you back to a time when girl groups harmonized together singing about love and … Find out how to read more online.
Follow these tips for safe trick-or-treating
Wed  Oct 29 2014 09:58AM
The Florida Highway Patrol is reminding motorists and pedestrians to use extreme caution and to safely share the road Friday, when trick-or-treaters will be out haunting the neighborhoods. Low visibility … Find out how to read more online.
Building official placed on leave
Sun  Oct 26 2014 10:42AM
A couple of missteps by the Venice Building Official, Vince LaPorta, led to his being placed on administrative leave this week. City Manager Ed Lavallee took the action on Thursday, … Find out how to read more online.
Pristine area beaches await snowbirds
Sun  Oct 26 2014 10:42AM
Season is upon us, and with snowbirds returning to Venice, the first thing many want to know is how the local beaches are faring. It’s good news all around: no … Find out how to read more online.
‘To enjoy forever’
Sun  Oct 26 2014 10:40AM
Members of the media were invited Friday to a sneak peek inside the new Venice Performing Arts Center, one day after Sarasota County School Board received its certificate of occupancy. … Find out how to read more online.
New hand means more surgery
Wed  Oct 22 2014 08:00AM
Rachel Nowak, 16, had to take some time off from tumbling Tuesday morning for more surgery. After losing her left hand in a personal watercraft accident on Roberts Bay in … Find out how to read more online.
‘Little Shop’ delights audience
Sun  Oct 26 2014 10:38AM
“Little Shop of Horrors,” the blood-thirsty tale of a rather unusual plant, is horrifyingly delightful as presented by the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. Kicking off the 15th anniversary season of … Find out how to read more online.
Top ‘Big’ shares ‘Brotherly’ love
Sun  Oct 26 2014 10:38AM
John Sciandra of Englewood has been selected as the top Big Brother for 2014-15 by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast. Sciandra was selected along with Donna Fernandez … Find out how to read more online.
Rezone nixed over rumors of a garage
Wed  Oct 22 2014 09:50AM
The Venice Planning Commission voted 5-2 against approving a downtown rezoning application after neighbors complained it would pave the way for a rumored parking garage development. Despite the vote, the … Find out how to read more online.
Mystery Trolley Tours: A Recipe For Fun
Wed  Oct 22 2014 04:47PM
Take a 36-seat trolley car painted red and green, add 36 willing riders (including the organizers, barkeep and driver), throw in a dash of refreshments (snacks, wine, soda and water) … Find out how to read more online.
‘The Full Monty’ takes the MainStage
Wed  Oct 22 2014 09:48AM
Venice Theatre is proud to unveil the second show of its 2014-15 MainStage Season, “The Full Monty.” The hit musical with music and lyrics by David Yazbek and a book … Find out how to read more online.
Expert speaks about the Arab-Israeli conflict
Wed  Oct 22 2014 09:46AM
Lifelong Learning Academy presents a day-long workshop on the Arab-Israeli conflict. A companion to LLA’s series of fall classes, this special one-day event on Monday, Nov. 3, features archaeologist, historian, … Find out how to read more online.
Backstage at ‘fangate,’ I saw Fantasyland
Mon  Oct 20 2014 09:05PM
I was backstage at this week’s gubernatorial debate, as part of my role as past chairman of the Florida Press Association, getting ready to welcome the audience. Watching the fan … Find out how to read more online.