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Sleepy burglar takes a nap on the job
Sun  Sep 14 2014 07:44PM
A Nokomis man might be able to claim the title of Florida’s dumbest criminal. Dion Davis foiled his own burglary attempt after he fell asleep on his victim’s bed. According … Find out how to read more online.
Budget set for second hearing
Sun  Sep 14 2014 07:42PM
City leaders formally adopted the 2014-15 city budget this week, drawing on “excess reserves” to balance a nearly $108 million operating budget. The millage rate will remain at 3.116, the … Find out how to read more online.
Flood plan highlights low-lying areas
Wed  Sep 10 2014 09:42AM
The city of Venice adopted a number of policies and flood management mitigation plans this week, just in time for a planned visit from municipal insurers. The policies are required … Find out how to read more online.
Annual Coastal Cleanup returns Sept. 20
Mon  Sep 15 2014 03:19PM
Keep Sarasota County Beautiful (KSCB) will help clean coastal and other areas during the 2014 International Coastal Cleanup from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 20, at sites throughout Sarasota County, including … Find out how to read more online.
New form eases County volunteering process
Sun  Sep 14 2014 07:42PM
Do you want to serve as a volunteer or as a technology coach at Jacaranda Public Library? How about helping with the Florida Scrub-Jay habitat at Shamrock Park or being … Find out how to read more online.
Eyewitness tells students of his time in Saigon as it fell in ’70s
Wed  Sep 10 2014 09:44AM
At age 17, the only thing high school senior Randy Smith knew about life after graduation was that going to college would have been a waste of his parents’ money. … Find out how to read more online.
CodeRED test set for Friday
Wed  Sep 10 2014 09:42AM
The city is conducting a test of its recently updated emergency alert system on Friday, Sept. 12. The Venice CodeRED test takes place at 10 a.m. Those Venice residents within … Find out how to read more online.
City excited, anxious about CRA prospects
Sat  Sep 13 2014 02:45PM
The Venice City Council is getting more comfortable with the idea of trying to establish a Community Redevelopment Area to revitalize certain areas of the city. At a workshop held … Find out how to read more online.
Saying goodbye to an icon
Wed  Sep 10 2014 09:42AM
Splash, which has been a Venice icon for many years, has closed its doors due to the U.S. 41 widening. The owners have said they are not sure they will … Find out how to read more online.
Venice-area Five Star and Golden schools named
Wed  Sep 10 2014 09:40AM
Eight local schools joined 31 other Sarasota County public schools in being recognized for community involvement with Florida Department of Education Golden School Awards. Two of the eight received further … Find out how to read more online.
Cut-a-thon will benefit Lord-Higel House
Wed  Sep 10 2014 09:40AM
As a good haircut progresses clip by clip, so does progress on restoration of the Lord-Higel House. Avenue Hair Design Co. will donate the proceeds from a Hair Cut-a-Thon to … Find out how to read more online.
Jacaranda fix is coming
Sat  Sep 6 2014 05:19PM
According to people who called the Venice Gondolier Sun’s Let ’em Have It line, the condition of Jacaranda Boulevard is somewhere between “more potholes … than you have on the … Find out how to read more online.
Diver in distress rescued
Sat  Sep 6 2014 08:00AM
VENICE — A man scuba diving about a mile out in the Gulf off Venice needed to be rescued Thursday afternoon after the kayak he and his cousin were diving from … Find out how to read more online.
Diver in distress rescued
Sat  Sep 6 2014 05:19PM
A man scuba diving about a mile out in the Gulf off Venice needed to be rescued Thursday afternoon after the kayak he and his cousin were diving from took … Find out how to read more online.
‘Bishop, priest, friend’ is remembered
Wed  Sep 3 2014 04:27PM
The people came streaming into Venice’s Epiphany Cathedral — loyal parishioners and friends, many with stories of how one particular man affected them, where they met him and which parishes … Find out how to read more online.
Hacking Medical Records
Wed  Sep 3 2014 04:27PM
More and more doctors, clinics and hospitals are transitioning away from paper medical records to electronic ones. Conversion is optional, but there is a carrot — providers who switch to … Find out how to read more online.
Doctors, Y team to fight diabetes
Wed  Sep 3 2014 09:18AM
The SKY Family YMCA’s Venice branch is partnering with the American Medical Association (AMA) in a pilot program aimed at preventing type 2 diabetes. The program is being offered at only … Find out how to read more online.
Phase 1 plans for Milano unveiled
Wed  Sep 3 2014 09:16AM
The Venice Planning Commission signed off on a preliminary plat this week that paves the way for building Phase 1 of the Villages of Milano in northern Venice. Plans call … Find out how to read more online.
After local death, Lee wants better 911 training
Wed  Sep 3 2014 09:16AM
A few weeks ago, Denise Amber Lee would have celebrated her 28th birthday with her husband Nathan and sons, Adam and Noah. In 2008, the bubbly stay-at-home mom was kidnapped, … Find out how to read more online.
Libraries winnow One Book list from 34 to two
Wed  Sep 3 2014 09:16AM
Imagine getting all your neighbors on the same page, let alone reading the same book. That is the goal of the Sarasota County Library System’s One Book One Community program, … Find out how to read more online.
Children are waiting for a ‘Big’ break
Sun  Sep 14 2014 07:44PM
Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of the Suncoast needs Bigs. Bigs are adults who mentor children ages 6-18. They spend quality time, which, according to most Bigs, ends up being … Find out how to read more online.
‘Heart & Sole’ fashion show on tap
Sun  Sep 14 2014 07:42PM
Putting a new twist on an old song — “Heart And Soul,” by Frank Loesser — The Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County is planning its “Heart & Sole” Fashion … Find out how to read more online.
Players’ season off to hilarious start with ‘Lend Me a Tenor’
Sun  Sep 14 2014 07:42PM
The Players’ season opener, “Lend Me a Tenor” by Ken Ludwig, is a terrific bit of theatrical hijinks. The story evolves from the late arrival of tenor Tito Merelli (Berry … Find out how to read more online.
Tacy remembered as making difference
Wed  Sep 10 2014 09:44AM
Ruth Tacy doesn’t know where her son, Rick, got his interest in public service. Her father had been a politician in Massachusetts, where she and husband Charles raised Rick and … Find out how to read more online.
Classics Steakhouse to feature tribute entertainers
Fri  Sep 12 2014 11:37AM
Opening late next month and introducing a new trend of dining with or without entertainment is Classics Steakhouse & Night Clubs in the former Pineapples Island Grill on the island. … Find out how to read more online.
Jacaranda fix is coming
Sun  Sep 7 2014 08:00AM
VENICE — According to people who called the Venice Gondolier Sun’s Let ’em Have It line, the condition of Jacaranda Boulevard is somewhere between “more potholes … than you have … Find out how to read more online.
‘Famous’ drag queens primp for a cause
Wed  Sep 10 2014 09:40AM
Some guys will do anything for a buck. This time it was for more than a buck — all to benefit the Sarasota Chalk Festival, which is moving to Venice … Find out how to read more online.
Lemon Bay theater needs relief from comedy
Wed  Sep 10 2014 09:40AM
Imagine a mountain range with no valleys. Such a range might be called a plateau or — “too much of a good thing.” That is the problem with the current … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Theatre welcomes Goldtones’ return
Wed  Sep 10 2014 09:40AM
The Goldtones are back. Last year’s sell-out doo-wop group, The Goldtones, return to Venice Theatre Saturday. This is the third of four summer shows planned and produced by the theater’s … Find out how to read more online.
Study says roundabout is an option
Sat  Sep 6 2014 05:19PM
A roundabout at the intersection of Harbor Drive and West Venice Avenue. A separate bicycle-pedestrian bridge next to the Venice Avenue bridge. A bicycle-sharing program on the island. A trolley … Find out how to read more online.
Bishop Nevins is laid to rest
Sat  Sep 6 2014 05:19PM
As a red-haired boy of 8, long before he entered religious life, the Most Rev. John Nevins posed for Norman Rockwell, who was painting “The Census Taker” for the April 27, … Find out how to read more online.
Bishop Nevins returns to his flock
Wed  Sep 3 2014 05:56PM
John Nevins, a red-haired boy of 8, posed for Norman Rockwell who was painting “The Census Taker” for the April 27, 1940 cover of the Saturday Evening Post. In the … Find out how to read more online.
Springs close again
Wed  Sep 3 2014 04:27PM
Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa enthusiasts went for one last swim Sunday before the Springs closed for the second time in just over a year. “I hope it’s going to … Find out how to read more online.
Arrow’s aim: $100 million a year in 2016
Wed  Sep 3 2014 04:27PM
According to a popular saying, “mighty oaks from little acorns grow.” This describes the journey of what began as a small pest-control business 128 years ago and is now one … Find out how to read more online.
First sprinklered Tiki hut in Florida?
Wed  Sep 3 2014 09:18AM
Marker IV Restaurant is now home to what may be the first Tiki hut built in the state of Florida with a sprinkler system installed and with fire-proofed thatch. The … Find out how to read more online.
The circus put Venice on the map
Tue  Sep 9 2014 03:56PM
Editor’s note: The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus wintered in Venice from 1960 to 1992 and was the home of Clown College from 1968 until 1996. When the … Find out how to read more online.
‘Alice in Wonderland Jr.’ takes the stage
Wed  Sep 3 2014 09:16AM
Venice Theatre’s Generations Series will present “Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr.” This fast-paced musical version of Lewis Carroll’s novels “The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass” … Find out how to read more online.
No tax increase, no fire consolidation
Mon  Sep 8 2014 11:26AM
The Venice City Council made two important budget decisions this week. A proposal to consider consolidation of the Venice Fire Department with the Sarasota County fire department was dropped, as … Find out how to read more online.