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"Hurricane Irma has literally hit close to home, and The Patterson Foundation is committed to ensuring that the full range of challenges facing our community and other communities like us in Florida, the Southeast and beyond is addressed."

- Debra Jacobs, Patterson Foundation

[Hurricane Irma]  Patterson Foundation Gives $1 Million to Hurricane Recovery
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

The Patterson Foundation is providing up to $1 million to strengthen relief and recovery efforts in the regions and communities affected by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.

The Patterson Foundation previously contributed $250,000 to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s (CDP) Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund, which will support recovery efforts in Texas and the affected regions in the coming months and years. The funding for Hurricane Irma will go to several partners, including: a $50,000 contribution to NetHope, to support immediate disaster assessments throughout the Caribbean, along with up to $200,000 to restore and enhance the region’s communications infrastructure based on needs identified by these assessments; a $250,000 contribution to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy Hurricane Irma Recovery Fund, which will focus on medium- and long-term recovery needs like rebuilding homes, businesses, and infrastructure while meeting the needs of young children and supporting mental health services for people throughout Florida and the Southeast; and a contribution of up to $250,000 to Community Foundation of Sarasota County’s Disasater Relief Fund.

“Working with highly effective national and global partners focused on disaster response over the past five years has revealed the complexities of these efforts and the importance of strategizing for holistic, long-term recovery,” said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation. “Hurricane Irma has literally hit close to home, and The Patterson Foundation is committed to ensuring that the full range of challenges facing our community and other communities like us in Florida, the Southeast and beyond is addressed,” says Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation. “Furthermore, the Foundation aspires to connect anyone wishing to contribute to ongoing recovery efforts to entities with a proven track record of strengthening communities impacted by natural disasters.” 

[Hurricane Irma]  SMH Announces Reopenings Post-Irma

Sarasota Memorial Hospital and its freestanding Emergency Room in North Port are open and serving a record number of patients from the southwest Florida region. 

SMH’s main hospital in Sarasota and its freestanding ER in North Port remained fully functional on backup generator power throughout Hurricane Irma, caring for 500-plus patients and providing shelter for more than 2,500 people. SMH also sheltered more than 100 pets for staff who worked through the storm—mostly dogs and cats, but also two bunnies and a rather large tortoise.

SMH activated a number of contingency plans, including evacuating patients from its behavioral health hospital on Osprey Avenue to the main hospital, but never lost power or sustained damage that hampered its operations. The hospital closed its outpatient locations before tropical winds arrived, and worked with physicians to reschedule any non-urgent elective surgeries.

Venice, Stickney Point and Heritage Harbour Urgent Care Centers reopened earlier this week with normal hours, as is the SMH Community Specialty Clinic (for uninsured/underinsured patients) and the HealthFit fitness center on Sarasota Memorial’s Clark Road. The following resume normal hours and services today: The University Parkway Urgent Care Center; Outpatient services at Heritage Harbour and Blackburn Point health care centers; University Parkway outpatient services; most First Physicians Group offices; Cape Outpatient Surgery; Cattleridge imaging services. 

[Hurricane Irma]  Sarasota, Manatee Schools Closed Until Monday

Sarasota Superintendent Todd Bowden announced all Sarasota County public schools will remain closed the rest of this week and will reopen Monday, Sept. 18. Manatee Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene announced Manatee District Schools will also be closed to students until Monday so that school facilities and grounds can be restored and rehabilitated for students and staff.  

Bowden thanked parents and district staff for their patience as the district assesses the state of schools and the community after Hurricane Irma. He noted that 14 district schools served as shelters, welcoming almost 19,000 evacuees. These and other campuses have cleanup and maintenance issues. Some schools still do not have power. 

Bowden assured everyone that district employees and Sarasota County Government partners are working hard to prepare our schools to reopen and reminded custodial and maintenance staff to report to their assigned work sites at 7am for the remainder of the week. "Thank you to our staff members who worked in our shelters,” Bowden said. “Your efforts were appreciated by this community and your superintendent." 

Officials noted 26 Manatee District Schools were without power. Almost all campuses need debris cleaned and damage repaired. In addition, 24 schools served as shelters since last Friday to more than 25,000 evacuees and thousands of pets. Those schools need extensive cleanup and restoration to have them ready for students next week.

“This has been an extraordinary ordeal for our community and our schools,” said Greene. “I am incredibly proud of our employees for the amazingly positive and affirming way they responded to those in need at our school shelters. They, and the many volunteers who helped, gave above and beyond. I also want to thank all of the law enforcement personnel, National Guard troops, First Responders and Emergency Management officials who gave us aid, comfort, and protection in the face of this historic storm. We will be closer as a School District and community because of this experience.” 

[Hurricane Irma]  Manatee Moves on Waste Removal

Thousands of Manatee County residents remain without power and Manatee County Emergency Operations Center remains at a partial activation today as hundreds of people continue to call the County with Irma-related questions. Power outages have complicated water-related issues around the County, as well. Wastewater pump stations are not working in areas without electricity and Manatee County Utility asked residents avoid flushing toilets, taking showers and doing laundry. Wastewater has nowhere to go and can back up inside the home until power is restored. A boil water notice remains in place untilThursday for Anna Maria Island residents. 

Damage assessment crews are canvassing Manatee County today as residents called the Citizens Information Center (CIC) line to report damages. The CIC line, (941) 749-3547, is the first number people should call to ask for non-emergency help from the County. CIC call takers will request a homeowner's name, number and address that will allow assessment crews to assist, and track all Irma-related damages. 

Irma-related damages were not as severe in Manatee County than in other Florida communities, and local damages have been limited to private properties throughout Manatee County.

Manatee Utilities said hazardous waste/e-scrap collection scheduled for Saturday has been cancelled. Residents should plan to bring their household hazardous waste and e-scrap to the scheduled collection at the Lena Road Landfill on Saturday, Oct. 21. 

Household hazardous waste can also be taken to the Manatee County Fairgrounds or Manatee County Utilities Department on Sat., Oct. 21, between 9am and 3pm. 

[Hurricane Irma]  Bradenton Deploys Debris Clean-up

The City of Bradenton's debris management and monitoring contractors deployed Tuesday to begin the storm debris cleanup process, with debris pick up expected to begin next week. While preparing debris for pick up, citizens are asked not to mix vegetation debris with construction material debris. Please make separate piles for pick up. Conventional, non-storm related garbage and trash must be kept separate for regularly scheduled City of Bradenton Solid Waste pickup. Co-mingled or mixed debris (building material and vegetation, trees, limbs, etc.) or storm debris mixed with regular garbage will not be picked up by the debris contractor. The storm debris contractor will make two passes through the City to ensure that those missed on the first pass can have debris picked up later in the process. Citizens are asked to pile yard debris in the right-of-way area and not in the street travel way. 

[Hurricane Irma]  South Florida Museum Offers 'Cabin Fever Relief'

South Florida Museum fared well during the hurricane, sustaining many downed branches and the like, but reporting no major damage. Staff remained onsite throughout the hurricane to ensure the safety of the rehabilitating manatees. All staff and manatees weathered the storm with no issues. 

The Museum opens today, with full power and air conditioning, and offering Cabin Fever Relief—half-priced admission through Friday, so the community can come in out of the heat and enjoy the museum’s collections and exhibits, as well as a special Planetarium and Rehab Manatee presentation schedule.

The Museum has also canceled two programs, originally scheduled to take place on today: Lunch & Learn and think + drink (science). The program topics will be rescheduled for later dates. Refunds will be given for those who had already purchased tickets for these programs.

The Museum has also rescheduled the Snooty Memorial Open House that was originally slated to take place Sunday, Sept. 10. The Memorial Open House has been postponed to noon to 5pm on Sunday, Sept. 24. 

[Hurricane Irma]  Selby Gardens Gives Sunny Update

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens has reported that all of its staff are safe and already in the process of returning the gardens to its regular, beautiful state. Though a number of trees and branches were downed in the storm, and there remains much debris to clear away, Selby Gardens staff report that many of the iconic trees held up through the storm, including the Moreton Bay Fig, Banyans, Bo Tree and Wedding Oak. The greenhouse collection, herbarium and library are “unscathed.” The Gardens will remain closed to the public temporarily, as debris is cleared and a further assessment for damage has been made. 

[Hurricane Irma]  Mote Aquarium to Resume Normal Hours

Mote Aquarium is expected to reopen to the public this morning and resume normal operations. Dedicated staff remained on site during the storm, and additional staff arrived early yesterday to assess the Aquarium. All animals are safe, but additional time was needed for clean up.

Mote’s Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research and Restoration (IC2R3) remains closed. IC2R3 was completed earlier this year on Summerland Key and was designed to be Category-5 hurricane resistant. IC2R3 staff secured the campus last week and have been following evacuation orders along with safety recommendations provided by Monroe County's emergency management team. By Friday, Mote staff had moved many of the nursery-grown coral fragments into the facility’s wet lab for protection, securing a “gene bank” of multiple coral species and genetic varieties that matter for reef restoration efforts. 

[Hurricane Irma]  2017 World Rowing Championships on Schedule

After assessing the minimal damage left by Hurricane Irma at Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota County officials have granted the local organizing committee for the 2017 World Rowing Championships, access to continue operations. As a result of months of planning and forecasting for potential storm delays, venue buildout is on schedule and the site will be ready to host the world's best rowers in Sarasota-Bradenton from September 23-October 1.

In addition, the committee’s Manager of Athlete Services, Kristen Hartley, remains in constant communication with Team Managers from each country, confirming their arrival schedules. Many of those teams will arrive to Florida later this week for training. 

[Hurricane Irma]  Sarasota Chamber Operations Limited

The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce operations will be limited this week.  Thursday's Tony Robbins event at Polo Grill is still scheduled as planned.  All other events and meetings will resume on Monday, September 18th. 

[Hurricane Irma]  Sarasota Garbage and Recycling Collection Resumes

Regular garbage and recycling collection schedules for the City of Sarasota will resume Thursday, September 14. Carts, as well as additional trash bags, placed curbside will be picked up on the regular collection day. Residents are encouraged to place storm debris at the curb away from mailboxes, fire hydrants, light poles etc. Please keep storm debris separated from other waste. A storm debris collection schedule is being compiled by the contractor, Ceres Environmental, and will be announced soon. It is anticipated storm debris collection will begin next week. 

[SOON]  THEATER: Mame , September 14 – October 1, 8pm

Follow the journey of well-to-do Mame in this blast from the past. Set in New York in the 1920s, the play is centered around Mame and what happens when she is surprised by Patrick, and orphan nephew. Tickets are $27, $30 or $37, depending on seating.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton

[SOON]  GALA: 12th Annual Intertape Polymer Group Leadership Breakfast , September 15, 7:30am-9:00am

On Friday, September 15, the Boys & Girls Club of Sarasota County will present the 12th Annual Intertape Polymer Group Leadership Breakfast; celebrating community members who support youth as leaders in our community. The honorees this year are CEO of PGT Industries, Rod Hershberger, and Director of Sarasota County Library System, Sarabeth Kalajian. The event takes place at the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club from 7:30-9:00am. Cost is $50 for an individual ticket. For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, please call 941-366-3911.

Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club , 3100 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, FL 34237

[SOON]  HEALTH: Grey Matters: A Symposium on Alzheimer's Research , September 22, 11am-1:30pm

The Roskamp Institute is hosting a Brain Health and Awareness Symposium this September the 22nd at The Sarasota Yacht Club. The aptly named Grey Matters Symposium will offer a deep dive into current Alzheimer’s research by Institute Directors and will be moderated by ABC7’s Hayley Wielgus. There will be a presentation, interactive panel, and an opportunity for Q & A. For more information or to become a sponsor today please call (941) 552-9832 or visit www.roskampinstitute.org/events.

Sarasota Yacht Club , 1100 John Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Antsy McClain , September 23, 8pm

Antsy is a rare performer whose music will create an unforgettable night. His casual, approachable presentation and relatable songs will have you laughing one moment and crying the next. His storytelling and theater make each of his concerts special.

Fogartyville Community Media & Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: Dreamscapes , September 24, 5:30pm

Enjoy the a variety of flute and piano music in this ethereal performance. Each piece in the vast repertoire expresses landscapes or scenes with the characteristic mystery of dreams. Be a part of the magic through interactive program notes. Tickets are $14.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: iconcept jr 2017 , September 24, 12:00pm

Twenty-five young designers will use their problem solving and creative skills to create outfits from repurposed and unconventional materials. The incredibly talented designers will showcase their creations in an exciting runway fashion show.

Art Center Sarasota , 707 N. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Grid Un-locked , September 25 – October 30, 6:00-7:00pm

Join The Chamber, in partnership with Gulf Coast Community Foundation and SRQ Media, as we explore the facts, plans, and future of mobility and transportation in the Sarasota region. This six-week series will cover everything from traffic basics and land use impacts, to traffic studies and roadway improvement plans, and will wrap-up with a look at creative solutions. This session will be an introduction to automobile congestion, peak hours, and peak season and will cover local and national facts plus information on peer communities. Demian Miller, Principal at Tindale Oliver will be the featured speaker for this weeks’ event. Each event in the series is $10 and will be hosted at The Francis.  Click here for more info.

The Francis, Downtown Sarasota, 1289 N. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  THEATER: You Can't Take It With You , September 26 – October 15, Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 2pm

In this play by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, enjoy an American comedy classic centering around the life of the eccentric Sycamore family. When the only daughter with a normal job invites her fiancé and his family for dinner, the household erupts into chaos. Tickets are $25 for adults, $17 for college students and $15 for children.

Venice Theatre, 140 West Tampa Ave.,Venice

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SB2 Rumble: How Will STOP! Impact Our Economy and Growth? , September 26, 5:30-7pm

What will be the impact of the recent STOP! movement on economic growth and the quality of projects in our region? Join us at the Mildred Sainer Pavlion at New College for lively debates on issues that some consider “too hot to handle” where our modified Oxford-style debate gives us civil discourse designed to sway through both factual information and rhetorical skill. Attendees are asked their position on the topic of the day before and after the debate–the success of the participants being judged on those they sway from their initial positions. 

Mildred Sainer Pavilion, New College, 5313 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  THEATER: Beehive: The '60s Musical , September 28 – October 22, Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 2pm

This musical will go back in time to the days of miniskirts, transistor radios and flower power. Told from the perspective of six young women who came of age in this enigmatic decade, the muscial looks back on the challenges they facesd alongside memorable songs from the era. Tickets are $30 for adults, $17 for college students and $15 for children.

Venice Theatre, 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice

[SOON]  THEATER: The Will Rogers Follies , September 28 – October 15

Anyone who has heard of Will Rogers knows his signature phrase:  “I’ve never met a man I didn’t like”. This philosophy is the jumping off point for this showy piece of Americana that follows his many accomplishments as well as his tumultuous personal life. It was the winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and Best original score!

The Players Theatre, 838 N Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  FOOD: Dining for a Difference , September 28, 5pm to close

Dine at one of 18 participating restaurants to support local nonprofits through this event. Restaurants will donate 15% of food and beverage sales from 5pm to close to the Designing Daughters Grant Program, which will benefit a variety of Sarasota area charities and causes.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Forty Carrots 15th Anniversary Educational Community Speaker Event , October 3, 7:00pm

The not-for-profit Forty Carrots Family Center is commemorating 15 years of free annual education talks with its most prominent speaker to date. Dr. Siegel will explain how to cultivate healthy emotional and intellectual development so that children can lead balanced, meaningful and connected lives by drawing insights from his best-selling book, The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind.  Dr. Siegel will offer parents, teachers and other professional strategies to nurture children’s minds at all ages, survive everyday parenting struggles, and help your family thrive. Along with Dr. Siegel’s sage advice, attendees will receive a free copy of the book and Sarasota County educators will have the opportunity to earn continuing education credits (CEUs). While admission is free, tickets are required and available starting August 1.

Riverview High School Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota, FL 34231

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: William R. Mote Memorial Snook Shindig , October 6

Don't let Mote's snook tournament be "the one that got away!" On October 6 and 7, 2017, anglers can join our William R. Mote Memorial Snook Shindig- a catch, sample and release tournament targeting snook released by scientists from Mote’s Fisheries Ecology and Enhancement Program and our colleagues at Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Anglers of all ages can take home prizes (and new fish stories) in this tournament on Sarasota Bay. Participants will help Mote scientists find out how snook fare after being raised and released into the wild by Mote and FWC staff. 

Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Prkwy., Sarasota

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