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Brother rescues kids from man on ecstasy
Wed  Jul 1 2015 09:33AM
The brother of a man found high on ecstasy while caring for two small children may have averted a disaster. According to a Venice Police Department report, Brandon Michael Loyd, … Find out how to read more online.
Developer fees draw attention in Venice
Wed  Jul 1 2015 09:33AM
City Attorney David Persson recently opined the “extraction” fee the city of Venice collects from developers to mitigate the impact of new projects is a valid contract fee. That news … Find out how to read more online.
Shooting victims ID’d, but details lacking
Wed  Jul 1 2015 09:33AM
Other than their identities and ages, little more has been made public about the victims of what has been termed a double homicide and suicide at the Fairfield Inn & … Find out how to read more online.
Three dead in homicide-suicide at Venice hotel
Mon  Jun 29 2015 11:52AM
Three people were found dead at the Fairfield Inn & Suites off Interstate 75 Friday morning in what law enforcement are calling a double homicide and suicide. All died from … Find out how to read more online.
Prepare to be disturbed by ‘Reborning’
Wed  Jul 1 2015 09:30AM
In Urbanite Theatre’s second offering, “Reborning,” by Zayd Dohrn, the story imitates life as art enough to be unsettling to some in the audience. The story concerns Kelly (Megan Rippey), … Find out how to read more online.
City Council to consider codifying civility
Sun  Jun 28 2015 11:48AM
The Venice City Council agreed unanimously Tuesday to have city staff draft a civility code for its meetings even though at least two members don’t think it will do any … Find out how to read more online.
SCAT chief: Help us find better bus stop
Sun  Jun 28 2015 11:46AM
Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) held a public meeting in Venice Wednesday on all aspects of its operations and the major topic of conversation among those who attended was the … Find out how to read more online.
Bennett won’t be seeking re-election
Sun  Jun 28 2015 11:46AM
Two terms on the Venice City Council will be enough for Jim Bennett. He announced at the end of Tuesday’s meeting that he won’t be running for re-election in November. … Find out how to read more online.
Police pension plan numbers pretty positive
Sun  Jun 28 2015 11:44AM
The news about the Venice Police Department Pension Fund was almost all good at Tuesday’s Venice City Council meeting. Incentives to join the Florida Retirement System reduced the number of … Find out how to read more online.
Sea turtle nest numbers keep climbing
Sun  Jun 28 2015 11:44AM
While it’s too early for anyone to predict, Manasota Key and other local Gulf beaches could see record-breaking numbers of sea turtle nests this year. According to the Coastal Wildlife … Find out how to read more online.
Shark Brothers embrace wild ideas
Sun  Jun 28 2015 11:42AM
When Sean and Brooks Paxton were youngsters, they were captivated by the movie “Jaws.” A picture of them taken in 1975 shows two little boys proudly holding two plastic sharks. … Find out how to read more online.
Breaking news: Politicians not scientists; water is wet
Sun  Jun 28 2015 11:42AM
I haven’t written a column in a little while, and it’s been even longer since I used one to get something off my chest. I’ll be venting today, though, so … Find out how to read more online.
Changes in store for Venice’s South Jetty
Wed  Jun 24 2015 12:26PM
The city learned this week it will receive a gift of $50,000 toward the renovation of Anita’s Sandcastle on the South Jetty. The West Coast Inland Navigation District’s board on … Find out how to read more online.
No love in this tennis grudge match
Wed  Jun 24 2015 12:28PM
A number of tennis players at Hecksher Park who previously asked the Venice Parks and Recreation Advisory Board to keep an angry tennis player off the courts were back at … Find out how to read more online.
Homelessness down; help lacking for many
Wed  Jun 24 2015 12:26PM
There’s a lot of good news in the 2015 Community Report on Homelessness released lasst Monday by the Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness (SPEH). The annual Point-in-Time Census, conducted Jan. … Find out how to read more online.
Heaven’s Best Carpet Cleaning is ‘Biz of Year’
Wed  Jun 24 2015 12:26PM
She had the humble beginnings of working at an ice skating rink as a young girl. She continued to take on jobs that came her way, including being a bank … Find out how to read more online.
Resident introducing personalized medicine to doctors
Wed  Jun 24 2015 12:26PM
Patricia LeSarge was allergic to many things but had adverse reactions to the drugs she was prescribed to help her. As a 30-year pharmaceutical representative, LeSarge was disappointed she had … Find out how to read more online.
Our Mother’s House expands to help more
Wed  Jun 24 2015 12:24PM
Helping homeless single mothers and their children have the opportunity to become self-sufficient is a priority at Our Mother’s House. In this community, this program is expanding with the acquisition … Find out how to read more online.
He saves her from the water; she jumps back
Wed  Jun 24 2015 12:24PM
May 31 was just another birthday in Paradise for Anne Bilsky. To celebrate, she and husband Sandy set out for an afternoon at a friend’s beach on Manasota Key. Anne … Find out how to read more online.
‘Happy budget’ introduced early
Sat  Jun 20 2015 11:41PM
City Manager Ed Lavallee submitted a proposed budget this week that will serve as the basis for upcoming budget discussions — and it doesn’t include a property tax increase. The … Find out how to read more online.
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Hodgin donates $24,000 to museum
Wed  Jul 1 2015 09:33AM
Charles A. Hodgin, graduate and former commandant of the old Kentucky Military Institute, gave a challenge grant of $24,000 to the Venice Museum and Archives. The gift, which was announced … Find out how to read more online.
Venice writer stitched way to best-seller list
Wed  Jul 1 2015 09:33AM
Few self-published books become national best sellers. Venice writer Donna Foley Mabry is one of the few who beat the odds. It did not happen overnight with the first book. … Find out how to read more online.
EARS complies with regulations
Wed  Jul 1 2015 09:33AM
EARS Animal Rescue Sanctuary had until Sunday to relocate more than 40 cats following a zoning complaint that made it stop taking in new felines. Although EARS, which operates in … Find out how to read more online.
‘Godspell’ to take the stage July 23
Wed  Jul 1 2015 09:33AM
Venice Theatre’s Summer Stock program (a “boot camp” for students interested in pursuer professional theatre careers) will present its ninth annual musical: the 2012 Broadway revival version of “Godspell.” The … Find out how to read more online.
There’s an ‘Art’ to friendship
Wed  Jul 1 2015 09:30AM
Banyan Theater’s season opener, “Art” by Yasmina Reza, offers a poignant look at the longtime friendship of three men. When Serge (Don Walker) buys a painting for $200,000, his longtime … Find out how to read more online.
Man had girl, 16, perform nude on Web, report says
Sun  Jun 28 2015 11:46AM
The 27-year-old man’s offer on Facebook to the Venice 16-year-old girl was simple. If she would model nude and perform sexual acts using her Web cam and a special website, … Find out how to read more online.
Take a close look at this United States flag
Sun  Jun 28 2015 11:46AM
With the Fourth of July just a week away, a French artist who has moved to Venice has painted an American flag that is amazing in its detail. Displayed outside … Find out how to read more online.
Beach wedding? Get a permit
Sun  Jun 28 2015 11:46AM
With the holiday fast approaching, weddings are popular and Sarasota County has published a guide to assist potential brides and grooms. One of the more interesting items listed is the … Find out how to read more online.
Council committed to seasonal shuttle service
Sun  Jun 28 2015 11:44AM
The Venice City Council isn’t going to let another season go by without having something in place to help with traffic congestion and parking problems. What that something will be … Find out how to read more online.
Army officer baptized by fire in Vietnam
Sun  Jun 28 2015 11:42AM
The most danger Dominic Ruggerio faced during his 30-year Army career came in Vietnam — he arrived with the 101st Airborne Division just ahead of the Tet Offensive — when … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Jun 28 2015 11:42AM
My Vote. I always vote Democratic. It seems the Republicans caused the Great Recession. Also, I’m loyal to the party that gave me Social Security, Medicare and Equal Rights, without … Find out how to read more online.
‘The Woods’ rezone wins final approval
Wed  Jun 24 2015 12:28PM
A last ditch attempt to create larger buffers around a planned Neal Communities subdivision, called The Woods At Venice, was rebuffed this week at city hall. The Venice City Council … Find out how to read more online.
Publix bus stop may get 2nd look
Wed  Jun 24 2015 12:28PM
A day before a scheduled Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) public meeting in Venice, the City Council reiterated its hope that the agency will reconsider the relocation of a popular … Find out how to read more online.
Aiding the Homeless
Wed  Jun 24 2015 12:26PM
He didn’t want to live outside, on the grounds of the Venice Public Library. Everything he owned was stuffed into one bag. A moment of underestimating the power his addiction … Find out how to read more online.
Growth could bring another high school to area
Sat  Jun 20 2015 11:41PM
Because of the resurgence of growth locally, the Venice area might get another high school, though probably not one that would serve anyone currently in school. The Sarasota County school … Find out how to read more online.
Hermitage adds opera to its arts mix
Wed  Jun 24 2015 12:24PM
Two old cisterns, a cluster of not-quite-dilapidated buildings, a stand of neglected palmetto, an old Indian midden (shell mound) and a narrow strip of sand on Manasota Key has blossomed … Find out how to read more online.
Nate Jacobs honored with national award
Wed  Jun 24 2015 12:24PM
Nate Jacobs, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) founder and artistic director, will receive the “Larry Leon Hamlin Producer Award” during the 2015 National Black Theatre Festival in August, in Winston-Salem, … Find out how to read more online.
‘In God We Trust’ Stare closely. It’s there
Sat  Jun 20 2015 11:41PM
In late April, the City of Venice voted down a proposal to display the words “In God We Trust” in Council Chambers, for the second time — citing a potential … Find out how to read more online.
Painting fun at Kids Camp
Sat  Jun 20 2015 11:42PM
The heat of the summer does not concern 18 enthusiastic young artists aged from 4 to 11 years participating in the Summer Art Camp at Stillpoint Studios, 227 W. Miami … Find out how to read more online.