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"It is a tremendous loss to the Democratic Party and to all who knew her."

- Terrie Rizzo, Florida Democratic Party

[Politics]  Congressional Candidate Freeman Dies
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Congressional candidate April Freeman unexpectedly died on Sunday evening, leaving the Southwest Florida political world in shock. The Democrat was running in U.S. House District 17.

Republican Greg Steube cancelled all campaign events in the wake of Freeman’s death. Party leaders say they will discuss the process of naming a replacement nominee in due time, but for the moment were dealing with the unexpected news.

Freeman’s husband, David, announced Freeman's passing on her personal Facebook page Monday. "It’s with great sadness that I feel I must inform all of you that my beloved wife April passed away suddenly last night,” he wrote. “To all of her family and friends here on Facebook, my heart aches with you.”

Freeman in August won the Democratic primary over Bill Pollard and was set to face Steube in November. Both candidates stepped away from politics for a moment to mourn her death.

"My thoughts and prayers are with April Freeman’s family in the wake of her tragic passing," Steube said in a statement. "I respect her service to our community and admire her commitment to the causes she cared about. Out of respect to her memory, next week’s campaign events will be cancelled."

“Although we were contenders for the same nomination, I am saddened,” Pollard said. “We shared mostly the same political ideals and we a few times talked on the sidelines about them. My condolences go out to her loved ones, especially her husband, David.”

It was Freeman's second time as the nominee. Two years ago, she ran unsuccessfully against Tom Rooney, who announced his retirement this year. She’d recently told SRQ she felt more confident running for the open seat.

JoAnne DeVries, chairman of the Sarasota Democratic Party, says Freeman two years ago largely headquartered her campaign from the local office—a plurality of voters in the nine-county district live in Sarasota County.

“She was such a sweetie,” DeVries recalls. “She loved campaigning and loved being a candidate.”

David Shapiro, the Democratic nominee in District 16, says he was saddened by the news. He frequently campaigned at Sarasota events alongside Freeman. "April was such a passionate advocate, she will be missed," he says.

State leaders also recalled her energy on the trail. "April put her heart and soul into her community—and was dedicated to making a better future for all Floridians,” says Florida Democratic Party chair Terrie Rizzo. "Just last night she was in the office, making calls and working to get out the vote. Her work ethic and passion was an inspiration to all of us. It is a tremendous loss to the Democratic Party and to all who knew her."

Sarasota Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner says state law now leaves it to the state party to consult with county chairs and executive committees to name a replacement nominee. DeVries says nominees will hopefully come forward and a decision will be made in a timely fashion. Pollard declines to say if he will pursue the nomination.

“I am letting the powers that be take the next step,” he says. “If they should consider me, we will move from there."

Ballots have been printed, but, once a replacement gets named, Turner says election officials will post a note in voting booths and with mail-in ballots explaining votes for Freeman will count for the new nominee.



[GoodBite]  FALLelujah
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Saunter up to the second floor of a Main Street hidden gem for your first taste of Fall. This American infused, Hungarian classy-cool restaurant keeps their standards high with innovative dishes using healthy, gourmet ingredients and locally sourced as much as possible. In lieu of the autumnal equinox this past weekend, warm your belly and soul with Coolinary’s seasonal vegan soup—a sapid recipe of pumpkin—made with pumpkin oil for the broth and garnished with pumpkin seeds on top. It certainly helps that The Coolinary’s owner and Sommelier István Bottyan is available to guide you through your meal with insightful information on the cuisine and the wines to pair. For this seasonal dish, a glass of the Hungarian red wine, Aldas (Bulls Blood) is recommended for a full-body flavor that perfectly combines with the spices and notes of the soup de harvest.

Other gourdful specials this season include a mixed green salad with butternut squash, corn, pea and grilled chicken breast, as well as pan seared cobia with cauliflower, butternut squash and cabbage. Or feast your fork into a skirt steak with cheesy Florida red potatoes, asparagus and butternut squash puree. Regale any one of these dishes with a handcrafted Coolinary cocktail—perhaps the Aperol Spritz—made of the Italian aperitivo and topped with prosecco and a slice of orange.

Don’t fight the flavors of Fall and embrace the season of savory surrenderings. This must be the time to mention there’s a cheesecake as well… Eat, drink and be merry friends. 


Photo provided by The Coolinary.

The Coolinary Restaurant & Bar, 1343 Main St., Sarasota, 941-312-4773.

[Arts and Culture]  Arts Alliance Accepting Nominations for Leadership Awards

The Arts and Cultural Alliance is accepting nominations for our annual Arts Leadership Awards. These awards, presented each year by the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County, recognize those who have made significant contributions to the arts, and are actively engaged in the cultural life of the community. Anyone can make a nomination in one or more of the categories. The nominations are done through an online application. A review panel selects the awardees from among the nominees. Winners will be recognized at the Celebration of the Arts on Monday, October 22. Awards will be presented in the following categories: Volunteer, Arts Education, Arts Management, Philanthropy, Artistic Achievement and Cultural Champion. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, September 28, ay 5pm. 

Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County Leadership Awards

[Government]  Sarasota Offering Free Trees Through Community Canopy

The City of Sarasota is once again offering free trees to residents to help expand Sarasota’s urban canopy while reducing energy bills through its Community Canopy program. Beginning October 1, city residents can reserve one tree per household by visiting ArborDay.org/Sarasota. Residents are encouraged to register early while supplies last. Three Florida-friendly, regionally sourced species are available: crape myrtle, dahoon holly and red maple. Residents can use a calculator tool on the Arbor Day website to estimate the annual energy savings from planting a tree in the most strategic location on their property. Participants are expected to care for the tree and plant it in the location chosen in the online tool. A one-gallon tree will be delivered directly to the resident’s home.

This is the fourth Community Canopy tree giveaway for the City of Sarasota.  More than 459 trees have been given away, bolstering the urban canopy and helping with climate mitigation and adaptation efforts. The program is also supportive of the City’s recent Ready for 100 initiative, which supports energy efficiency and renewable energy community-wide.  It’s estimated the trees given away so far will absorb more than 7,500 pounds of air pollutants and filter more than 22 million gallons of stormwater when mature. Participating residents will have saved over 850,000 kilowatt hours of energy by planting the right trees in the right places to shade their homes. It all adds up to more than $200,000 in combined energy and community benefits. The program is funded by the City’s tree replacement fund, which collects a portion of tree removal permit dollars to be used for urban canopy protection programs. 

Community Canopy

[Philanthropy]  JFCS Sets Up Emergency Fund for Red Tide Affected

Serving on the front line of the Red Tide economic and environmental disaster in Sarasota County, JFCS of the Suncoast is stepping up efforts and asking for donations to a special emergency fund. Donations will go directly to outreach services through JFCS’ Building Strong Families Program, which serves people who rely on the service industries for employment and have found themselves with fewer working hours or employment opportunities due to red tide’s impact. Since the beginning of July, JFCS has identified an increase of approximately 40 percent in homeless prevention requests, that bridge between homelessness and living in a residence of one’s own. JFCS clients are generally underemployed and working more than one job. For many, their primary source of income is derived from the hospitality industry, such as restaurants and hotels. Donations can be made by contacting Sherry Gluchov at 941.366.2224, ext. 141 or sgluchov@jfcs-cares.org

JFCS of the Suncoast

[Real Estate]  Coldwell Banker Names McClure Manatee Branch Manager

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate has named Dawn McClure as the new branch manager of the company’s Manatee office, where she will lead approximately 28 independent sales associates. McClure brings 36 years of experience in real estate. Prior to her career in real estate, McClure provided marketing, statistical and administrative leadership and support for a leading health and life insurance company. McClure then transitioned to the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce in north Texas, where she served as the senior director of economic development for six years. McClure began her real estate career in Albuquerque, NM, before her career led her to Dallas, where she served as a residential and commercial sales associate. Later, she was named the managing broker of Coldwell Banker Legacy, LLC’s Rio Rancho office where she oversaw 65 sales associates. Upon relocating to Florida, McClure opened her own brokerage. She holds broker licenses in Florida and New Mexico. 

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

[Travel]  American Announces Nonstop Service to Philadelphia

American Airlines announced it will add nonstop service from Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) to the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ). Service to PHL will begin on January 12, 2019, and last through September 1, 2019, with flights offered on Saturdays and Sundays using Embraer 175 aircraft. Flights will depart SRQ at 11:47am and land in PHL at 2:30pm; return flights will depart PHL at 8:05pm and land in SRQ at 11:03am. American is also upgrading its Charlotte (CLT) nonstop service from regional aircraft to larger Airbus A319 aircraft during peak season and will continue to offer daily service to Washington, D.C. (DCA).  

Sarasota Bradenton International Airport

[LOVE LOCAL]  Deadline Extended to Wednesday, September 26

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[TODAY]  SEMINAR: 16th Annual Forty Carrots Free Community Speaker Event , September 25, 9am-12pm; 7pm-8:30pm

Forty Carrots Family Center's Annual Free Community Speaker Event presented in partnership with Community Foundation of Sarasota County returns for a 16th year featuring best-selling author and parenting expert, Dr. Michele Borba. She will be discussing “How to Cultivate Mentally-Healthy, Resilient, Empathetic Children (Despite a Trophy-Giving, Anxiety-Driven, Helicoptered and Bubble-Wrapped Culture)” and “UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About Me World.” In these free presentations, parents and educators will learn how to shift children's focus from I, me, and mine, to us, we and ours. With examples from years of research, Dr. Michele Borba will offer a framework that yields successful, happy kids who grow up to be kind, moral, courageous and resilient adults.

Community Foundation of Sarasota County and Riverview High School Performing Arts Center, 2635 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota; 1 Ram Way, Sarasota.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: 2nd Annual Grey Matters, A Symposium on Alzheimers Research , September 28, 11am-2pm

Don't miss out on this year's amazing Grey Matters Luncheon Symposium benefitting The Roskamp Institute. This year's Alzheimer's Disease-Research based Symposium will focus on lifestyle, wellness and healthy aging. For information or to be added to this year’s waiting list please call Megan Micale at (941) 552-9832.

Michael's on the Bay at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 South Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Real Men Wear Pink Reveal Party , September 29, 5pm-7pm

Join the American Cancer Society as they reveal the 2018 Real Men Wear Pink of Sarasota–Manatee. The candidates will participate in a fashion show, hosted by the tenants of the Mall at University Town Center. Come out and see which men in our community are dedicated to raising funds and awareness to help fight breast cancer. Light refreshments will be served.

The Grand Court at The Mall at UTC, 140 University Town Center Dr., Sarasota.

[SOON]  THEATER: Raisin , October 3 – November 11

Taking place in the 1950s on the South Side of Chicago, the story revolves around a working class black family aspiring to a better life after the death of their father. Hope is sparked by the arrival of a $10,000 life insurance check. But conflicts arise when mother and son want to spend the money in different ways. 

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, 1012 North Orange Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SkillSHARE October 4 Mentoring Summit , October 4, 5-7:30pm

Made for speed, SkillSHARE is the basics of mentorship concentrated into mini-sessions that encourage honest interactions and allow for spontaneous connection. This event is a way to meet like-minded professionals, make valuable connections and get straight to your most burning questions about career and personal development. Each participant will be paired with several mentors for mini-sessions. Lasting from 10-12 minutes, each mini-session is unstructured, allowing for conversation, guidance and direction from each mentor.

SRQ Studios, 331 S Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Beer, Bands & BBQ , October 6, 12pm-7pm

Music Compound is ready to kick off the fall season with the 4th annual Beer, Bands & BBQ. This will be a day for the whole family, with craft and domestic beers, local BBQ favorites, top local bands and local businesses supporting the talent. Not only will there be traditional BBQ to look forward to but also BBQ with a twist, with menu items such as BBQ chicken pizza and more. At this event, everyone can enjoy the music that they love with different genres playing each hour.

Music Compound , 1751 Cattlemen Rd, Sarasota, FL 34232

[SOON]  MUSIC: Piano Grand III , October 6

Don Bryn, Joseph Holt, Andrew Lapp, Thomas Purviance and Jonathan Spivey; this year joined by Genevieve Beauchamp, Avis Romm, Lee Dougherty Ross, Milana Strezeva and Aza Torshkoeva. Five Steinway Concert Grand pianos direct from New York and featuring ten renowned pianists performing familiar classics and popular songs.

Sarasota Opera House, 61 North Pineapple Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Cycle One: Lerner, Jounquil, Onghena , October 11 – November 16

The first exhibition of Brooklyn-based artist Natalie Lerner, daughter of Leslie Lerner, features a series of intimately scaled etchings and graphite on paper drawings. Miami-based installation artist Brookhart Jounquil brings his mesmerizing and illusory glass- and light-based sculpture. An Onghena, brings her diaristic take on traditional and contemporary printmaking to create a series of daily prints.

Art Center Sarasota, 707 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota.

[SOON]  DANCE: SCD + NOW Ensemble , October 11 – October 14

Sarasota Contemporary Dance kicks off the season with their live music and dance collaboration, "SCD + NOW Ensemble." NOW Ensemble is a dynamic group dedicated to making new chamber music for the 21st century. This evening-length performance, led by Mark Dancigers (Composer) and Leymis Bolaños Wilmott (Choreographer), will feature a world premiere composition and choreographic work inspired by Joan of Arc and, by popular demand, a restaging of "Dreamfall," co-choreographed by longtime company dancer, Xiao-Xuan Dancigers.

Jane B Cook Theatre - FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  GALA: Key to the Cure , October 11, 5:30pm-9pm

Don’t miss Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundations's Key to the Cure on October 11. In partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue, Key to the Cure has raised more than $1,500,000 to further research for women’s cancer services, which include breast, ovarian, uterine and cervical cancer. Proceeds are reserved for SMH Cancer Care Programs and continue to benefit the prevention and treatment of women’s cancers including state-of-the-art technology and surgical approaches.

Saks Fifth Avenue , 120 University Town Center Dr, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Pirates in Paradise , October 13, 9am-4pm

Aargh!  Listen up, Matey!  Don’t miss the 80th Annual Flower Show presented by the Scallywags of the Sarasota Garden Club. Enjoy a fun flower show both inside and out as you view the creative and beautiful floral designs, the lush and diverse horticulture and the stunning photography. While enjoying the flower show, be sure to stroll through the acre-plus of botanical gardens, a real Pirates Treasure you won’t want to miss. Avast ye! You ain’t done yet! Don’t miss the Annual Plant Sale & Gardenfest in conjunction with the Flower Show with a variety of plants and flowers propagated by club members priced typically lower than retail.

Sarasota Garden Club , 1131 Blvd of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Coco Fusco: Twilight , October 14 – February 17

A solo exhibition presenting recent video projects by internationally acclaimed writer and interdisciplinary artist Coco Fusco. Works explore the current political and social climate in Cuba as the Revolution enters its twilight years. Fusco will be premiering her lasted video project currently in production. This newest project, made possible by her 2016 Greenfield commission at the Hermitage Artist Retreat, is a short video-essay on contemporary Cuba that reflects on the anxieties emerging as the country faces an uncertain future. Fusco will also be unveiling a new sculpture on The Ringling’s grounds.

The Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GALA: An Evening in India , October 19

The world needs saving, and Poonam Maini believes the world can do it together. Join Poonam Maini and the Share Care Global team for this second annual fundraising gala. This year’s program of focus is a girl’s home designed to help spark a change in the lives of 10 troubled youth. Participation will allow Share Care Global to encourage women and children to live their most authentic lives.

Michael's On East, 1212 South East Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  HEALTH: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer , October 20, 7am

The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walks raise awareness and funds to help save lives from Breast Cancer. The event at Nathan Benderson Park, will raise money to fund innovative research, provide free information and support, and help people reduce their risk and find it early when it is easier to treat. From the opening ceremony to the post walk entertainment, the Making Strides event is a celebration of survivors and an opportunity to honor loved ones lost. It’s a day that won’t be forgotten and should not be missed.

Nathan Benderson Park , 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL 34235


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