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North Port in mourning after teacher killed
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
Students, staff and residents gathered Sunday at North Port High School to remember Antoinette “Ann” Gordon, who was gunned down Friday in Port Charlotte in what police deemed a murder-suicide. … Find out how to read more online.
Evacuation ‘collars’ installed
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
Just hours after Venice Mayor John Holic and a band of volunteers began to attach evacuation “collars” to stop signs, designating evacuation zones in the event of a hurricane, Sarasota … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Regional recertified for stroke care
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
Venice Regional Bayfront Health has again earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The hospital has had the advanced certification since 2009. … Find out how to read more online.
Millner passes baton after amazing run
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
After 20 years at the helm of the Venice Concert Band, Bill Millner has passed the baton. Millner is the organization’s third conductor as well as the one who has … Find out how to read more online.
Rebounding economy leaves homeless behind
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
An improving local economy hasn’t kept the number of homeless people in Sarasota and Manatee counties from increasing. In fact, the recovery has actually hurt the effort to shelter the … Find out how to read more online.
Burglars fail in Venice, head to Sarasota
Thu  May 5 2016 03:28PM
Four men attempted to burglarize two businesses in Venice early Wednesday morning but failed, then went on to burglarize a business in Sarasota, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. … Find out how to read more online.
Pension chair: Council was warned about increases
Sat  Apr 30 2016 11:56AM
Editor’s note: This is part three of a series on the city of Venice’s continuing police and firefighter pension issues. Next: What more can be done? • • • When … Find out how to read more online.
City could give up Wellfield complex
Sat  Apr 30 2016 11:54AM
Faced with an Interlocal Agreement that provides the city with only $5,000 annually for improvements at Wellfield Sports Complex, city leaders this week began to ask a drastic question: Should … Find out how to read more online.
New MainStreet sign not very popular
Sat  Apr 30 2016 11:54AM
Public reaction to Venice MainStreet’s new electronic sign is mostly negative, if comments on a story posted to the Gondolier Sun’s Facebook page are any indication. In January, the City … Find out how to read more online.
City to finish Legacy Park
Sat  Apr 30 2016 11:54AM
Weeks ago the Sarasota County Parks Director, Carolyn Brown, clarified the $400,000 programmed in a 2017 budget document for Legacy Park improvements wasn’t actually committed, and was being redirected. This … Find out how to read more online.
‘Driving Miss Daisy’ is a loving story
Sat  Apr 30 2016 11:52AM
An award-winning script and three fine actors make Westcoast Black Theatre’s production of “Driving Miss Daisy,” by Alfred Uhry, a must-see. Carolyn Michel plays Daisy Werthan, a retired schoolteacher whose … Find out how to read more online.
Belarus Orchestra to perform free concert in North Port
Sat  Apr 30 2016 11:52AM
The Belarusian State Chamber Orchestra will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Monday, May 2, at the First Slavic Pentecostal Church in North Port. The orchestra agreed to include … Find out how to read more online.
Future of Venice up for discussion
Wed  Apr 27 2016 10:30AM
The Venice City Council will spend two days this week crafting a Strategic Plan for the city. Council meets on Thursday and Friday, April 28-29, at 8:30 a.m. at the … Find out how to read more online.
Vet’s wife on hunger strike
Wed  Apr 27 2016 10:29AM
Yvonne May will not stop fighting for her husband, Carl, even if it means sacrificing her own health in the process. She began a hunger strike last Tuesday in protest … Find out how to read more online.
No private roads in updated bond proposal
Wed  Apr 27 2016 10:28AM
City leaders are moving ahead with the prospect of putting a bond referendum on the ballot in February. A final decision by City Council on whether to proceed is still … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Two dead in nursing facility murder-suicide
Wed  Apr 27 2016 10:26AM
Chris Kavanaugh said his parents’ health had been failing these past months. Frank, who had quadruple bypass surgery several years ago, was again having heart problems as well as bouts … Find out how to read more online.
Megyeri: Hungarian Revolution to U.S. Guard
Wed  Apr 27 2016 10:26AM
Student unrest in Budapest, Hungary, in 1956 launched a national uprising: The Hungarian Revolution against the Hungarian People’s Republic and dominance by the Soviet Union. It was the first people’s … Find out how to read more online.
Foreclosures take big dip
Wed  Apr 27 2016 10:24AM
Foreclosure starts dropped 18 percent in March from the previous month in both Sarasota and Charlotte counties, according to new numbers released Monday. Last month saw 36 foreclosure filings in … Find out how to read more online.
Sand sculpting contest opens at Siesta Beach
Wed  Apr 27 2016 10:24AM
Have some fun in the sun and sand as Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources hosts the 44th annual Amateur Sand Sculpture Contest on Siesta Beach on Saturday, May … Find out how to read more online.
Pelican Pointe relay team brings it home
Wed  Apr 27 2016 10:24AM
The Pelican Pointe Relay For Life Team has been busy the past several months fundraising to benefit the American Cancer Society. In January, the team held a gigantic garage sale … Find out how to read more online.
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Players Theatre leaving Sarasota
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
The Players Theatre, Sarasota’s community theater and the county’s oldest arts organization, is rewriting its script. Step one was the immediate rebranding of the theatre, which is now known as … Find out how to read more online.
Learning to fly
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
Have you always wanted to pilot an airplane but never had time to learn? A private-pilot ground school will be offered two evenings a week during May in Venice through … Find out how to read more online.
Former mayor’s ashes found in a garage
Sat  Apr 30 2016 11:52AM
Paul Justice led a full and productive life. He was born in East Palestine, Ohio in 1927, owned a Wheel Horse tractor dealership in Beach City, Ohio and in the … Find out how to read more online.
Blue dots rule at the library
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
Sarasota County library officials gave Venice residents a second chance to provide input on a new public library this week. In February, officials compiled a list of programs and services … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Theatre’s ‘Metamorphoses’ makes a splash
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
A little knowledge of mythology will add much enjoyment to the viewing of Venice Theatre’s newest offering, “Metamorphoses,” by Mary Zimmerman. Most of the classic myths selected for inclusion in … Find out how to read more online.
More doctors for hospital, new CEO says
Sat  Apr 30 2016 11:56AM
Venice Regional Bayfront Health CEO John McLain, who arrived in the city five weeks ago, recently outlined his plans for the hospital to Venice-Nokomis Rotarians at their weekly meeting. Since … Find out how to read more online.
On hunger strike
Sat  Apr 30 2016 11:54AM
A week into her hunger strike, Yvonne May said she’s suffered from headaches and feels weak, but remains determined. “There is no misunderstanding ... in my heart and soul I … Find out how to read more online.
City to push conservation, Adopt-A-Park
Sat  Apr 30 2016 11:54AM
A new conservation zoning designation and copying Sarasota County’s Adopt-A-Park program, and creating a new one called Adopt-A-Gateway, are just a few of the new initiatives identified this week by … Find out how to read more online.
Snowbirds depart as turtles arrive
Sat  Apr 30 2016 11:54AM
As the last of the winter visitors heads north, the first nesting sea turtles head for shore along Florida beaches. With more miles of beach than any other state frequented … Find out how to read more online.
Officials say they blame county too much
Sat  Apr 30 2016 11:52AM
The City of Venice wants a better relationship with Sarasota County and a host of other governmental entities. “We met the enemy, and the enemy is us,” said Council Member … Find out how to read more online.
‘Smell of the Kill’ takes the stage
Sat  Apr 30 2016 11:52AM
Take three delicious, malicious wives, add three miserable, unloving husbands — and chill. That’s the recipe of Michele Lowe’s tantalizing new black comedy playing at The Players Theatre through May … Find out how to read more online.
Venice hospital’s latest grade is a ‘D’
Wed  Apr 27 2016 10:29AM
Venice Regional Bayfront Health (VRBH) saw its Hospital Safety Score drop from a “C” to a “D” this spring in spite of steps it’s been taking for more than a … Find out how to read more online.
Did you notice?
Wed  Apr 27 2016 10:29AM
After nearly two years of planning, study and city review, Venice MainStreet’s marquee has gone electronic. The sign is in the West Venice Avenue median at the intersection with U.S. … Find out how to read more online.
Council rejects short-term rental appeal
Wed  Apr 27 2016 10:28AM
Glowing testimonials from neighbors weren’t enough to persuade the Venice City Council to allow Kevin and Sandra Murphy to keep operating their house at 425 Gulf St. as a short-term … Find out how to read more online.
VHS principal charged with DUI
Mon  Apr 25 2016 05:29PM
Venice High Principal Jack Turgeon has been charged by the Florida Highway Patrol with misdemeanor DUI and careless driving in a single-car crash that happened more than a month ago. … Find out how to read more online.
Heroin victim thanks deputy who saved his life
Wed  Apr 27 2016 10:26AM
Sheriff Tom Knight presented several awards during a recent ceremony to recognize employees and citizens whose quick thinking saved lives. Here’s one of them Deputy Jimmy Adams received the Life … Find out how to read more online.
‘Perfect Day’ movie shot at Patriots Park
Wed  Apr 27 2016 10:24AM
It was the perfect morning at Patriots Park for the film crew and actors making the movie, “The Perfect Day.” The park, which has a girder from one of the … Find out how to read more online.
Stormwater improvements may cause delays
Wed  Apr 27 2016 10:24AM
For about two months, DeJonge Contractors will be performing drainage improvements along Bayshore Drive and Laguna Drive, between the intersections of Bayside/Bayshore Drive and El Dorado/Laguna Drive on the island … Find out how to read more online.
Less is more for Starlite Players
Wed  Apr 27 2016 10:24AM
April’s Starlite Players’ offerings began with “The Naked Truth” and ended with a return visit to husband-and-wife playwrights Charlie and Marie Williams. Now in its second season, the company offers … Find out how to read more online.
Horse show to benefit riders and food bank
Wed  Apr 27 2016 10:24AM
Fox Lea Farm in Venice will host a “Sunsets and Show Jumping” $25,000 Equestrian Grand Prix Saturday, April 30 as the highlight of its Spring Concours Horse Show. Grand Prix … Find out how to read more online.