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Goodwill hunting
Wed  Feb 21 2018 02:22PM
As Trey Burton’s trick pass in Super Bowl 52 put Venice on the national map, a find at the Venice Goodwill store on the Rialto evoked thoughts of Super Bowl … Find out how to read more online.
School safety ideas sought
Wed  Feb 21 2018 02:22PM
Sarasota County Schools is asking the community for comments and feedback regarding school safety and security. This comes as the district was preparing for a school safety task force meeting … Find out how to read more online.
The tough life of winter in Venice
Wed  Feb 21 2018 02:20PM
Those who live here know how tough the winter can be in Venice. Sometimes we have to put on two coats of sunscreen. And then there are the choices — … Find out how to read more online.
Time for the 30th annual Feast
Wed  Feb 21 2018 02:20PM
Time flies. Founded in Venice in 1979, the local Italian American Club will present its 30th annual Italian Feast & Carnival this weekend. The fun begins at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 … Find out how to read more online.
Feast on this
Wed  Feb 21 2018 02:18PM
Growing up on the east side suburbs of Cleveland, neither ethnicity nor religion would keep one from attending the annual Feast of the Assumption each summer in Little Italy. Actually … Find out how to read more online.
Repeated indecent exposure alleged
Wed  Feb 21 2018 02:18PM
The State Attorney’s Office has decided to prosecute an 86-year-old Nokomis man who was arrested again for allegedly exposing his private parts to children. Elvo Tomincasa was arrested on Nov. … Find out how to read more online.
‘Showtime Benefit’ to help fight Alzheimer’s
Wed  Feb 21 2018 02:18PM
Singers, dancers and many Venice Theatre volunteers will present the Showtime Benefit to support the Gulf Coast Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Society Saturday, Feb. 24, 3 p.m., at Venice Theatre, … Find out how to read more online.
Networking group celebrates eight years of helping women
Wed  Feb 21 2018 02:18PM
S.W.A.T. Networking, one of the premier professional businesswomen’s organizations in the area, is celebrating eight years at all seven of its locations. Who would imagine that an impromptu lunch meeting … Find out how to read more online.
Toy Train shows still hold an attraction
Sat  Feb 17 2018 01:02PM
While the crowds are getting slimmer at some toy train shows, a recent one in Englewood attracted about 200 would-be locomotive engineers and those interested in this slice of Americana. … Find out how to read more online.
Hoarder charged with animal cruelty
Sat  Feb 17 2018 08:30AM
Deputies charged a South Venice woman this week with animal cruelty after they found three crated dogs living among piles of trash and feces. Deputies first responded to the home … Find out how to read more online.
Administrators take over parks talks
Sat  Feb 17 2018 08:30AM
The Venice City Council put its faith in Venice City Manager Ed Lavallee to find common ground with Sarasota County for a new interlocal parks agreement. Lavallee met Friday with … Find out how to read more online.
State urged to fix bad intersection
Sat  Feb 17 2018 08:30AM
One of the city of Venice’s highest road priorities is a dangerous intersection that’s not in the city. The intersection is between Detwiler’s Farm Market on the west side of … Find out how to read more online.
Super Bowl hero returns
Sat  Feb 17 2018 08:30AM
“He’s one of us!” It was a refrain heard at Bogey’s Sports Pub Tuesday from people in a line that stretched from the patio, down the side of the building … Find out how to read more online.
Water ‘burn’ underway in S. Venice
Wed  Feb 14 2018 10:06AM
The Englewood Water District, serving an estimated 17,000 residential units in Englewood and 918 units in South Venice, has begun a month-long shock treatment of its water supply lines. It’s … Find out how to read more online.
Mayor’s State of the City:
Wed  Feb 14 2018 10:04AM
Venice Mayor John Holic on Tuesday delivered his annual State of the City address, sort of. After Holic tried unsuccessfully last year to convince council to adopt a statute requiring … Find out how to read more online.
Funding OK’d by county for homeless teams
Wed  Feb 14 2018 10:04AM
With little comment and no discussion, Sarasota County commissioners Wednesday took a major step in solving a decades old problem. Calling it a major step, commissioners unanimously approved a budget … Find out how to read more online.
There’s an art to this event
Wed  Feb 14 2018 10:02AM
With its latest addition up and running, the Venice Art Center’s annual member show and sale this coming weekend will be bigger than ever. In addition to all the returning … Find out how to read more online.
Buyer wanted for ‘Little Beirut’ property
Wed  Feb 14 2018 10:00AM
After sitting idle for 11 years with half-constructed shells of two buildings, the “Little Beirut” complex — as some people have started calling it — is now for sale. The … Find out how to read more online.
SCF Venice to host Florida author Tim Dorsey
Wed  Feb 14 2018 09:58AM
State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will host best-selling author Tim Dorsey at 6 p.m. Feb. 20 at SCF Venice, 8000 South Tamiami Trail. The event in Building 800, Selby … Find out how to read more online.
Shakespeare is better than ever
Wed  Feb 14 2018 09:58AM
One of my all-time favorite cabaret shows is “Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits” which was created inhouse at Florida Studio Theatre some 20 years ago. The creative team of managing director Richard … Find out how to read more online.
First Baptist readying for 2nd campus
Wed  Feb 21 2018 02:22PM
First Baptist Church, located on the island, will be opening a large, second lakefront campus at Executive Drive, directly off Jacaranda Blvd., according to Senior Pastor Tom Hodge. He said … Find out how to read more online.
Plan board OKs preliminary Woods plat
Wed  Feb 21 2018 02:22PM
Development of the controversial Woods of Venice project took a step forward Tuesday with the approval of its preliminary plat by the Venice Planning Commission. It now goes on to … Find out how to read more online.
Security at schools enhanced
Sat  Feb 17 2018 08:30AM
Additional police vehicles were stationed outside and on local school campuses this week after a deadly rampage on Wednesday by a former student in Parkland, Fla., who was expelled from … Find out how to read more online.
North Port reworks Warm Mineral Springs plan
Wed  Feb 21 2018 02:18PM
While North Port’s city commissioners are eager to move forward on development for Warm Mineral Springs, they want to make sure all their previous work isn’t wasted. The commissioners spent … Find out how to read more online.
City sues to stay online
Wed  Feb 21 2018 02:18PM
A judge issued an order this week requiring the city’s fiber optic Internet and telephone provider, FPL Fibernet and Crown Castle, to leave the city’s communications access up and running. … Find out how to read more online.
Raise money, have fun at United Way Charity Walk
Wed  Feb 21 2018 02:18PM
A family and pet-friendly event, the 12th annual United Way South Sarasota County Community Charity Walk will be held on Saturday, March 24, from 9 a.m. to noon. Taking place … Find out how to read more online.
Art center celebrates 60 years
Wed  Feb 21 2018 02:18PM
The Venice Art Center is celebrating 60 years of bringing art and culture to our community. In 1956, 27 artists came together to hold their first exhibition. Venice Art Center … Find out how to read more online.
CROP hunger walk marks 28 years
Wed  Feb 21 2018 02:18PM
The John Clay Memorial CROP Hunger Walk is the heart and “sole” of Venice. C.R.O.P. is an acronym standing for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty. Now simply written by the … Find out how to read more online.
City backflow policy may be stopped up
Wed  Feb 14 2018 10:00AM
The Venice City Council approved a resolution Tuesday establishing a process for testing and replacing backflow prevention assemblies. And in the process, several members potentially identified themselves as unintentional violators … Find out how to read more online.
Public safety project moving forward
Sat  Feb 17 2018 08:30AM
The Venice City Council gave a mixed reaction Tuesday to an update on the new public safety facility from Venice Police Detective Robert Goodson. Council members hadn’t had a report … Find out how to read more online.
Aerial hog slaughter creates fear
Sat  Feb 17 2018 08:30AM
A helicopter appeared near the fence line of Carol Abarbanell’s Rotonda West home. A man with a long gun began shooting from it. Scared and shocked, Abarbanell grabbed her binoculars. … Find out how to read more online.
Memorial benefit for young Venice resident
Sat  Feb 17 2018 08:30AM
Last week, Kim Schultz, 27, believed she had a sinus infection, so she went to her doctor, who gave her some medicine to clear up her sinuses and stop her … Find out how to read more online.
Pier rules unchanged, council says
Wed  Feb 14 2018 10:06AM
Meet the new Venice Fishing Pier rules — same as the old rules. After several months of discussion and getting the input from an informal advisory group, the Venice City … Find out how to read more online.
Bald Eagles raise babies as we document below
Wed  Feb 14 2018 10:06AM
Florida has one of the densest concentrations of nesting bald eagles in the lower 48 states, with an estimated 1,500 nesting pairs. Concentrations of nesting territories are clustered around several … Find out how to read more online.
Educators await association explanation
Wed  Feb 14 2018 10:04AM
Sarasota County educators are still awaiting their association’s explanation of a two-year salary pact with the school district that does away with traditional salary schedules. The idea of losing salary … Find out how to read more online.
Permit tracking still lacking
Wed  Feb 14 2018 10:02AM
It’s not uncommon for residents or business owners to seek out the assistance of a Venice City Council member to smooth away perceived road blocks or governmental red tape. A … Find out how to read more online.
Happy Valentine’s Day
Wed  Feb 14 2018 10:00AM
Venice Symphony tickets may be sold out for the month of February but there are still plenty of roses and chocolates available at local shops as well as from Mrs. … Find out how to read more online.
Mote to dazzle with aquarium at Benderson
Fri  Feb 16 2018 02:20PM
Imagine a building that is shaped somewhat like a boat, is four stories tall and covered in glass. As you approach the building, which is situated on a lake, giant … Find out how to read more online.
‘Toxic’ love story opens at Venice Theatre
Wed  Feb 14 2018 09:58AM
Newly opened in the Pinkerton Theatre at Venice Theatre is “Toxic Avenger,” a modern-day love story set in a polluted and politically corrupt New Jersey town. Sarah (Caitlin Ellis) is … Find out how to read more online.
Humor mixes with folly in Asolo’s ‘Rhinoceros’
Wed  Feb 14 2018 09:58AM
The newest play to take the Mertz stage at Asolo Repertory Theater, “Rhinoceros,” by Eugene Ionesco, brings enough humor to lighten a dark message: People are easily led to follow … Find out how to read more online.