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Deputies stop meth shipped via FedEx, find more
Sun  Dec 21 2014 12:16PM
Three Venice area people were arrested by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office this week in an undercover investigation that included the interception of more than two pounds of methamphetamine. According … Find out how to read more online.
Tortoise-napping alleged in odd case of missing animal
Sun  Dec 21 2014 12:16PM
It’s the worst fear of every pet owner: Your beloved companion runs away. As you frantically try to locate the animal, your phone rings, and the voice on the other … Find out how to read more online.
Downtown music levels drawing more complaints
Wed  Dec 17 2014 10:30AM
What does it take to maintain Venice’s quiet and peaceful Mayberry-type neighborhoods? That’s what some residents are asking. Over the past year, there’s been a steady stream of complaints over … Find out how to read more online.
County, city services altered during holidays
Sun  Dec 21 2014 12:12PM
Venice City Hall will be closed Dec. 24, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Garbage, recycling and yard waste will be collected as usual on … Find out how to read more online.
Living Christmas Tree brings new life to season
Sun  Dec 21 2014 12:10PM
I can’t tell you how many times I have wanted to see and hear The Living Christmas Tree. Let’s just say it has been many times in the eight years … Find out how to read more online.
Respect for patients key to better hospital care
Wed  Dec 17 2014 10:40AM
According to a new study by Consumer Reports, a key component in achieving the best outcome from a hospital stay is making sure you’re treated with respect. The study, “How … Find out how to read more online.
‘At-will’ employees, residency rule up for discussion
Wed  Dec 17 2014 10:40AM
The city of Venice may remove certain high level employee protections and require directors to live within city limits. Those are just a few human resource issues facing the City … Find out how to read more online.
Heritage Glass fits 25th storefront in new mall
Wed  Dec 17 2014 10:28AM
More than 60 years ago in Michigan, the forerunner of Heritage Glass Inc. at 1200 Ogden Road started a glass company. Three generations later, the family — Ebbie and Martin … Find out how to read more online.
Top acts to close out 2014 season
Wed  Dec 17 2014 10:26AM
Venice Theatre will continue to provide lively entertainment over the holidays with two MainStage events playing Dec. 27 through New Year’s Eve. First, Branson, Mo.’s Red, Hot & Blue! will … Find out how to read more online.
‘Dancing Lessons’ is thought-provoking
Wed  Dec 17 2014 10:26AM
At Friday night’s performance of “Dancing Lessons” by Mark St. Germain, in the Keating Theatre at Florida Studio Theatre, heat was an issue — onstage and off. The room temperature … Find out how to read more online.
Cats get married for charity
Wed  Dec 17 2014 10:26AM
Lou and Lily met at a picnic last year. They fell in love over a dish of chicken salad and a bowl of warm water. Months later, Lou proposed. Lily … Find out how to read more online.
Royal Coachman residents unhappy with owner, too
Sun  Dec 14 2014 01:48PM
Connie Garrison doesn’t live in Bay Indies Resort Community, but she was there Dec. 4 at a demonstration in solidarity with people who do. It wasn’t just a matter of … Find out how to read more online.
City hall ponders a religious motto
Sun  Dec 14 2014 01:48PM
Earlier this week the Venice City Council backed off from a proposal to display “In God We Trust,” the national and state motto, in council chambers. Council Member Emilio Carlesimo … Find out how to read more online.
History-filled Rotarian praised on 90th birthday
Sun  Dec 14 2014 01:48PM
It was a special event for Rotarians at their recent meeting when Rotarian Guido Saeli celebrated his 90th birthday on Dec 4. As his remaining relatives reside in Italy and … Find out how to read more online.
‘The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical’
Sun  Dec 14 2014 01:46PM
“The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical” had its area premiere on Venice Theatre’s Pinkerton Stage Dec. 5. This “preposterously zany” musical (EntertainingU.com) will run through Sunday, Dec. 21. Performances are Tuesday … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Musicale to perform Dec. 19
Sun  Dec 14 2014 01:46PM
Celebrate the spirit of the season at The Friendship Center in Venice Friday, Dec. 19 at 11 a.m. when Venice Musicale will perform a vocal and piano concert featuring popular … Find out how to read more online.
Teen ODs, 5 arrested as new drug arrives
Wed  Dec 10 2014 11:30AM
A law enforcement investigation into a Sarasota County teenager’s drug overdose triggered a chain of five arrests over the weekend. The unidentified teen had ingested 25i-NBOMe, a synthetic psychedelic drug … Find out how to read more online.
Rev3 ready come back, with changes
Fri  Dec 12 2014 11:53AM
The 2014 Rev 3 series of long distance runs in Venice, held last month, was again a great success, said a volunteer coordinator for Rev 3 Triathlon, bringing in $800,000 … Find out how to read more online.
Don’t destroy a good tree — move it
Wed  Dec 10 2014 10:18AM
Northern transplants of the human kind are often amazed by transplants of the arboreal kind that occur regularly in Florida. Instant yards and instantly recreated yards are a fascinating and … Find out how to read more online.
Man’s family survives another close call with typhoon
Wed  Dec 10 2014 11:30AM
It’s understandable if Thomas Guay has a sense of deja vu as he prepares for the second time in just over a year to fly to the Philippines to rescue … Find out how to read more online.
Challenger Baseball excited about new home
Sun  Dec 21 2014 12:16PM
Challenger Baseball’s Rich Carroll is more excited than he’s been in four years. That’s when his search began for a new home for the disabled children and youth who play … Find out how to read more online.
Movie pulled from Venice over cyberthreat
Sun  Dec 21 2014 12:16PM
The last glimmer of hope to see the movie The Interview, an action comedy, vanished this week from the Venice area as Frank Theatres removed the movie trailer from its … Find out how to read more online.
Simple? No way. Basket weaving is an art form
Sun  Dec 21 2014 12:12PM
No machine can do what members of the Venetian Society of Basket Weavers do with their hands and a few simple tools. Considered one of the world’s oldest crafts, basket … Find out how to read more online.
‘Broadway Meets Opera’ at Venice Art Center
Sun  Dec 21 2014 12:12PM
Jason Sterns bring the lights of Broadway and the thrill of the Metropolitan Opera to Venice March 6, 7 p.m., at the Venice Art Center, 390 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice. Sterns, a … Find out how to read more online.
Twin toddlers found living in feces, filth
Wed  Dec 17 2014 10:40AM
A South Venice couple was arrested early Tuesday morning after deputies, responding to a disturbance call, instead found two young children living in a Briarwood Road home amidst the stench … Find out how to read more online.
$3 million lottery ticket bought in Englewood
Wed  Dec 17 2014 10:40AM
A stop at an Englewood convenience store has made someone a lot richer. Monday, the Florida Lottery identified Mark Lewis as the Dearborn Corner Market customer whose purchase of a … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Naval recruit dies during training
Sun  Dec 14 2014 01:46PM
A naval recruit from Venice who died while training at Naval Service Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill., has been laid to rest on the Suncoast. Twenty-year-old Andrew Adams lost … Find out how to read more online.
Tips offered to keep home fire-free during holidays
Wed  Dec 17 2014 10:28AM
Holiday celebrations may put a home at risk for fire, according to Sarasota County fire officials. They urge residents to make sure a home is safe for the holidays by … Find out how to read more online.
‘A Christmas Story’ wildly entertains at The Players
Wed  Dec 17 2014 10:26AM
“A Christmas Story: The Musical” brings about a sense of reality at The Players Theatre of what goes through a young boy’s mind when he longs for a certain toy … Find out how to read more online.
Shea, a runaway, runs home at last in ‘Shea’s Lounge’
Wed  Dec 17 2014 10:26AM
When a runaway dog named Shea finally stopped running away, he and his owner Joe Ozier were both in a better place. Ozier chronicles their meeting of the minds in … Find out how to read more online.
Teen, 16, charged with death of Venice women
Sun  Dec 14 2014 01:48PM
The Florida Highway Patrol and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office have arrested 16-year-old Emerson Herrera of Bradenton, driver of the 2003 Ford Explorer involved in the fatal crash on Nov. … Find out how to read more online.
City action: Lawsuits, lions and protest vote
Sun  Dec 14 2014 01:48PM
The city of Venice is ready to take legal action on the owner of an allegedly run-down apartment building that city officials say is unsanitary and harboring the homeless. City … Find out how to read more online.
Canal transit crossed off bucket list at last
Sun  Dec 14 2014 01:48PM
(Editor’s Note: This is part 1 of a three-part series.) Bucket lists should not be rushed. Near the top of my own bucket list for several years, the Panama Canal … Find out how to read more online.
Holiday Tea featured Black & White with a ‘Pop’
Sun  Dec 14 2014 01:46PM
Decorating a Christmas tree is a time-honored tradition. The custom of the Christmas tree is said to be credited to Germany in the 16th century when devout Christians brought decorated … Find out how to read more online.
USDA Food Distribution Schedule
Sun  Dec 14 2014 01:46PM
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services contracts with All Faiths Food Bank to distribute free U.S. Department of Agriculture commodities. In December, eligible Sarasota County residents will receive … Find out how to read more online.
‘Pockets’ book holds hope for youngsters
Sun  Dec 14 2014 01:46PM
Visually stunning, “Pockets” is a children’s book by Venice resident Mary Alice Deveny. The youth librarian, teaching artist and media specialist worked with a local company to embellish her book … Find out how to read more online.
Rev3 ready to come back, with changes
Sat  Dec 13 2014 08:30AM
VENICE — The 2014 Rev 3 series of long-distance runs in Venice, held last month, was again a great success, said a volunteer coordinator for Rev 3 Triathlon, bringing in … Find out how to read more online.
Fire consolidation study is back on
Wed  Dec 10 2014 11:30AM
The decision made months ago not to conduct a feasibility study about consolidating the Venice Fire Department with the Sarasota County Fire Department was reversed this week. Council voted 6-1 … Find out how to read more online.
Man travels from Canada to Venice on ELF
Wed  Dec 10 2014 11:30AM
It was quite a surprise for many people traveling north to work on Monday morning to see an elongated white bubble on wheels noiselessly heading south into Venice, having driven … Find out how to read more online.
Bay Indies protesters picket owner’s office
Sun  Dec 7 2014 01:46PM
Residents of Bay Indies Resort Community demonstrated outside the on-site office of the park owner Thursday, escalating their effort to get their complaints addressed. Residents marching with signs were joined … Find out how to read more online.