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Something’s (micro)brewing at Off The Wagon
Thu  Mar 23 2017 12:04PM
There’s nothing like it in Venice. There’s nothing like it in any neighboring town, for that matter. Sure, there are indie brewpubs in Sarasota, Bradenton, Fort Myers and Punta Gorda. … Find out how to read more online.
Arson possible in park fire
Thu  Mar 23 2017 11:46AM
A fire that damaged a four-acre wooded area in Shamrock Park Monday evening could be the result of arson. That fire, and another one in the park a few weeks … Find out how to read more online.
Free vaccines available before college
Thu  Mar 23 2017 11:44AM
Local public health and school officials remind high school seniors to get their immunizations updated before they graduate or turn 19. Vaccines are only available at no charge through the … Find out how to read more online.
PGT wants 24-hour child care center
Thu  Mar 23 2017 11:44AM
PGT Industries, one of the largest employers in the area, is moving forward with plans to build a 24-hour child care center. But it first needs state approval to construct … Find out how to read more online.
Silver Foxes prepare 25th show
Thu  Mar 23 2017 11:42AM
Venice Theatre’s senior theater performance troupe, The Silver Foxes, will present the troupe’s annual springtime production March 30-April 2 on the theater’s main stage. This year’s production is called “Seasons … Find out how to read more online.
New croquet courts officially open
Thu  Mar 23 2017 11:42AM
The Sarasota County Croquet Club recently held the official opening of its new croquet courts this week. The courts are located at the intersection of Pinebrook Road (off Venice Avenue) … Find out how to read more online.
Asolo shows Southern ‘harm’ — not charm
Thu  Mar 23 2017 11:40AM
Dressed in finery and seated in an elegant drawing room or lovely garden, Southern ladies exude charm — but not always. “The Little Foxes,” by Lillian Hellman, reveals the sordid … Find out how to read more online.
At 90, nat’l jazz legend keeps on performing
Sun  Mar 19 2017 11:54AM
These days, many people consider 90 the new 70. Venice resident Dick Hyman entered his 10th decade this month by performing multiple jazz concerts. Next month, he will pick up … Find out how to read more online.
Commission responds to concerns, rebuts councilwoman
Sun  Mar 19 2017 11:54AM
The Venice Planning Commission addressed a number of issues raised by the public at a workshop this week on a draft Comprehensive Plan. It included the rebuttal of a sitting … Find out how to read more online.
Honk for ‘Honk Jr.’ at Venice Theatre
Sun  Mar 19 2017 11:52AM
Students from Epiphany Cathedral School (ECS) in Venice will perform the Disney musical, “Honk Jr.,” on Venice Theatre’s MainStage March 24-26. Venice Theatre’s popular actor, director, choreographer and teacher in … Find out how to read more online.
‘Footloose’ readies to take the stage
Sun  Mar 19 2017 11:50AM
The Players Centre for Performing Arts presents the high-energy dance musical “Footloose,” playing from March 22 to April 9. With music by Tom Snow and lyrics by Dean Pitchford with … Find out how to read more online.
‘Music of the Night’ titles spring concert
Sun  Mar 19 2017 11:50AM
The Venice Concert Band, under the direction of Bob Miller, will present its spring concert entitled “Music of the Night” Monday, March 27, 7 p.m., at the Venice Performing Arts … Find out how to read more online.
Too many downtown festivals?
Wed  Mar 15 2017 09:54AM
City leaders had a long discussion this week about having too many downtown events, then approved another one. On Tuesday, the Venice City Council approved Venice MainStreet’s Venice Seafood Festival, … Find out how to read more online.
Council to seek bond validation
Mon  Mar 20 2017 06:13PM
Prospective neighbors of Venice’s new public safety facility voiced objections to the Venice City Council last month, all but saying they might see the city in court. Soon they’ll be … Find out how to read more online.
Library about to be knocked down
Wed  Mar 15 2017 09:54AM
The seemingly simple task of issuing a demolition permit for the old Venice Library provided Venice City Council members a chance to vent some frustrations again at being left out … Find out how to read more online.
Fashion show wonderful, raises funds
Wed  Mar 15 2017 09:54AM
When it comes to a fun Florida fashion show, Nancy Gorski and her experienced committee keep the winning formula constant. They know their sold-out show regulars like a lot of … Find out how to read more online.
Second nod to Pinkerton building
Wed  Mar 15 2017 09:50AM
A second city advisory board gave a thumbs-up to the proposed PinKelly building on West Venice Avenue this week. The Architectural Review Board on Thursday approved the design, required of … Find out how to read more online.
‘Blood Brothers’ takes the stage March 30
Wed  Mar 15 2017 09:46AM
Venice Theatre’s Stage II Series will present the dramatic musical “Blood Brothers,” Thursday, March 30, through Sunday, April 23. Performances start at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. … Find out how to read more online.
Rooney gets earful on Obamacare, Trump
Wed  Mar 8 2017 09:24AM
Affordable health care. Clean water. Russia’s meddling in the presidential election. Questions about these and other hot-button topics were fired at U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Okeechobee, by a crowd at … Find out how to read more online.
Goodbye Charlie, hello Leo
Mon  Mar 20 2017 06:13PM
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office retired Charlie last week after 12 years of Mounted Patrol service and officially said hello to its newest member, Leo (initials for Law Enforcement Officer). … Find out how to read more online.
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At 15, he builds 3-D printer, starts company
Thu  Mar 23 2017 12:04PM
Occasionally, someone will be called a rocket scientist and 15-year-old Rocket (his birth name) Burns is without doubt an electronics engineer genius. He has created, set up and owns Rocket … Find out how to read more online.
Carlesimo formally announces bid to run
Thu  Mar 23 2017 11:46AM
Retired firefighter and two-time city council member Emilio Carlesimo held a rally at the beach with supporters as he formally announced his candidacy for Seat No. 1, currently held by … Find out how to read more online.
City to look at handling tree protection
Thu  Mar 23 2017 11:44AM
Add tree protection to the list of areas in which the Venice City Council isn’t thrilled with its relationship with Sarasota County. To avoid having to create its own regulatory … Find out how to read more online.
Reading festival returns to Centennial Park
Thu  Mar 23 2017 11:44AM
At 6, the annual Venice Book Fair & Writers Festival has made a home for itself in Centennial Park. Now a two-day affair, the event begins at 3 p.m. Friday, … Find out how to read more online.
Arrest made after 14 dogs found malnourished
Sun  Mar 19 2017 11:50AM
A Nokomis man is facing charges of animal cruelty after deputies recovered more than a dozen dogs living in poor conditions, some in 2-foot-high homemade crates found at his residence. … Find out how to read more online.
‘For the Children’ to end concert season
Thu  Mar 23 2017 11:40AM
The Venice Chorale will present “For the Children” Sunday, April 2, 3:30 p.m., at the Venice Performing Arts Center on the Venice High School Campus to conclude its 15th annual … Find out how to read more online.
Twister rips Manasota Key
Sun  Mar 19 2017 11:54AM
Toni and Tom Orr settled in Monday for a quiet evening at their Manasota Key home. Tom sat in a rocker watching David Feherty’s interview of Phil Mickelson on the … Find out how to read more online.
Quest for River Road funding begins
Sun  Mar 19 2017 11:52AM
And the search for elusive state dollars begins. A subcommittee of the Florida House gave the first hearing Wednesday to a funding request for River Road, and advanced the bill … Find out how to read more online.
Venice woman leads Florida Yacht Club council
Sun  Mar 19 2017 11:52AM
Venice Yacht Club’s first female commodore (2007), Audrey Rice, earned more gold bars Saturday night, March 11, with her induction as the first female commodore of the Florida Council of … Find out how to read more online.
Last chance to see Thomas this season
Sun  Mar 19 2017 11:50AM
Enjoy a ride with the Thomas the Tank Engine at the Florida Railroad Museum in Parrish today and tomorrow, March 18 and 19. One of the most popular train engines … Find out how to read more online.
Sewing ministry provides dresses for children
Sun  Mar 19 2017 11:50AM
Sometimes the best gift someone can give is one of their time and talent. Take Rosemary Toussaint and Audrey Towsley, for example, leaders of the volunteer sewing ministry at Our … Find out how to read more online.
History Visits
Wed  Mar 15 2017 09:54AM
John Matson stood in the bow of a replica of a four- centuries-old sailing ship, the Pinta. “I was onboard a 325-foot-long U.S. Navy destroyer in a storm off Cape … Find out how to read more online.
After softened stance, land purchase approved
Wed  Mar 15 2017 09:54AM
The Auburn Woods Home Owners Association, which consulted an attorney after it learned a new public safety complex would be built next its subdivision on East Venice Avenue, has softened … Find out how to read more online.
Community offers joined villas, 2-10-year leases
Wed  Mar 15 2017 09:54AM
An established northern developer, the Barrington Group, has chosen Venice for what the company is calling a new concept in providing a way of living in affordable homes. The developer … Find out how to read more online.
City collects $737,000 from Sharky’s
Wed  Mar 15 2017 09:52AM
Mike Pachota and Justin Pachota brought the Venice City Council some good news Tuesday in the form of a check for almost $737,000. The money is the annual payment of … Find out how to read more online.
Oldsmobile belonged to Teddy Roosevelt’s son
Thu  Mar 16 2017 04:40PM
The 1922 Oldsmobile touring car that John Bailey occasionally drives around Venice is not only a historical car in its own right but also was a witness to history. The … Find out how to read more online.
‘Girl Groups’ singers stroll memory lane
Wed  Mar 15 2017 09:46AM
Nate Jacobs’ latest adventure brings “Girl Groups: The ’60s Explosion” to audiences at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. Playing to a packed house on March 9, eight days into its nearly … Find out how to read more online.
Sewage break backs up island
Mon  Mar 20 2017 06:13PM
Residents and businesses on much of the island were asked to limit the use of their restrooms Thursday after a force main sewer line break. The pipe was damaged by … Find out how to read more online.
No city zoning? No problem … yet
Mon  Mar 20 2017 06:13PM
City officials knew this headache was coming. More than 1,000 properties annexed into the city over the last few decades have a county zoning designation property owners can’t use, and … Find out how to read more online.