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"It was not my intent to deceive or mislead anyone. I made a mistake in saying that I completed my degree. What I did was wrong and set a bad example for someone seeking public service. "

- Melissa Howard, state House candidate

[Politics]  Howard Apologizes for Fake Degree, But Stays in Race

Melissa Howard, a state House candidate running in District 73, has issued an apology after posting a picture of an apparently fake college degree.

"I would like to apologize to my family and my supporters for this situation," Howard posted on Facebook. "It was not my intent to deceive or mislead anyone. I made a mistake in saying that I completed my degree. What I did was wrong and set a bad example for someone seeking public service. I am staying in the race and intend to win and lead by example from now on."

Howard flew to Ohio last week to prove she graduated from Miami University, and even posted a picture online of her with a 1996 college degree mounted and framed in her mother's house.

But university officials quickly said the degree did not appear to be authentic. Howard's campaign initially disputed the story as "fake news." The apology makes clear, however, that Howard did not finish her degree when she attended the university.

Howard is running against Tommy Gregory in the Aug. 28 Republican primary. The winner faces Democrat Liv Coleman in a Nov. 6 general election.

Gregory, a Sarasota attorney and former JAG lawyer, says Howard’s choice to stay in the race showed poor character. “Melissa Howard has lied, broken the law, and been caught red-handed,” he said. “In the military, she would be discharged dishonorably. Yet instead of withdrawing gracefully, she is doubling down on her deceit even to the detriment of other Republicans. I will be making my case that I have the courage and integrity to fight the establishment and clean up the sort of corrupt behavior represented by Melissa Howard."

Coleman, a University of Tampa professor, says lying about one’s academic credentials is something voters should take seriously. “It’s so important that our representatives are role models of honesty and integrity, and that includes how we choose to represent our educational credentials,” she says. “I offer a strong alternative to what we’ve seen the last few days and I look forward to the general election contest in November because I know voters will want someone who will stand up for the values that they share.” 

[Flight]  Cleveland Route Means Frontiers Arrival at SRQ
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Another ultra-low-cost carrier will soon open a counter at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. Frontier Airlines just announced nonstop service between SRQ airport and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport starting on Dec. 21. “This announcement brings the first nonstop service to CLE from SRQ in over a decade and we are confident that it will be a great success,” said Rick Piccolo, airport president and CEO.

Twice weekly flights on Mondays and Fridays start Dec. 10, with one-way fare running as low as $49.

Frontier executives announced the flights during a ceremony in Cleveland on Monday, along with other flights to the Ohio city. “With this winter's schedule, we will offer a great range of warm-weather destinations to customers from Cleveland,” Frontier Senior Vice President Daniel Shurz told Cleveland.com.

It’s the first connection from CLE direct to SRQ since 2008, but the big news locally may be the carrier’s arrival as much as the route itself. Piccolo notes Frontier is one of the top three ultra-low-cost carriers in the country, along with Allegiant Air and Spirit Airlines. Allegiant just started service from SRQ in April. “It’s bringing us a whole new group of travelers we haven’t enjoyed before,” Piccolo says, “which is certainly a help for us.”

Now that Frontier has a desk in Sarasota, more destinations may follow from the airline, which last November announced a major expansion over the next decade and has 200 aircraft on order.

SRQ airport this year has enjoyed steady growth in traffic so far, Piccolo says. The facility saw 16-percent passenger growth in May, 23-percent growth in June and 30-percent growth in July. 

[GoodBite]  Park It Right There
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

With an expansive skate park, tennis court center, kids’ playground, paved walking trails/biking pathways, plenty of space to lounge solo or gather with your chosen—you couldn’t ask for a better establishment of engaging food and refreshments in the heart of Payne Park. Kart-wheel over to Cafe in the Park for an airy lunch break spoilt with natural lighting and plenty of greenery—around you and on your plate. Off-menu daily specials written on a chalkboard feature bites made with locally sourced ingredients in season, of which you can receive 10% off your lunch when you mention the day’s awesome board (leaked ahead of time on the Facebook and Instagram). Offering a healthy mix of creative, organic and affordable foods, the cafe starts each day with baking fresh baguettes in house and using hand-picked herbs harvested from its own garden, as well as market-fresh produce from local providers. Cafe in the Park also carries a quality selection of beer and wine, featuring seasonal brews and vintages to pair with that scrumptious Chicken Salad Croissant.

On Friday nights, Cafe in the Park hosts Session Live—showcasing concerts and performances on the patio’s outdoor stage that diversifies weekly. “We’re currently enthusiastically booking for the upcoming season and will be covering all the musical bases from jazz, blues, Americana, bluegrass, alternative, gypsy jazz, soul, Latin, World and others,” shares owner/proprietor Simone Steiff. Loyal park-goers anticipate the weekly email that announces the musical guest for that coming weekend, as well as the featured menu, which offers specials often geared to the genre of music that night. “On Friday nights, we expand our menu options and shift from a more simple daytime sandwich spot to feature a creative and exciting range of specials, adding another option in Sarasota’s exciting dinner and music scene,” says Steiff. “On any given Friday night, you could find anything from a Watermelon Feta Mint Salad to Organic Vegan Lentil Soup to a hearty Italian Beef Sandwich.”

This Friday, get your drink and belly roll on with a World Music & Belly Dance showcase with Latin Rendezvous. Sounds by Rumba Flamenco Bossa Nova World Music, performing a blend of music inspired by rhythms of Latin America, Spain and the Middle East, plus a belly dancing treat by Jameela. It’s all within easy reach on the edge of Downtown Sarasota—but an oasis still of nature and music under the stars. 

Photo provided by Cafe in the Park

2010 Adams Lane, Sarasota, 941.361.3032. Take Out, Catering & Delivery also available.

[Government]  Early Voting Scheduled for August 28 Primary Election

Early voting for the August 28 primary election will begin on Saturday, August 18 and continue through Saturday, August 25, from 8:30am to 4:30pm daily, Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner has announced. During the early voting period, voters may cast their ballots at any one of the three supervisor of elections offices in Sarasota (2001 Adams Lane), Venice (4000 Tamiami Trail S.), and North Port (13640 Tamiami Trail), at the Westfield Sarasota Square Mall (8201 S. Tamiami Trail), or at the North Sarasota Library (2801 Newtown Boulevard). Florida Law requires voters to present a current and valid photo and signature ID prior to voting. A voter who appears at a polling location without photo and signature ID will be allowed to vote a provisional ballot. During this primary election, every registered voter may vote. However, political party affiliation will affect which races and candidates appear on ballots. Florida has closed primaries, which means that voters must be registered with a political party in order to vote in a party's primary election. All registered voters, whether affiliated with a political party or not, can vote on issues and nonpartisan candidates, such as for school board and judicial offices, in a primary election. To confirm their party affiliation, voters may visit the website below. 

Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Office

[Government]  Manatee County Accepting Healthcare Board Applications

Manatee County is accepting applications for four vacancies on the Manatee County Healthcare Advisory Board, a volunteer group that evaluates, monitors and discusses the healthcare system in Manatee County and makes recommendations to the County Commission regarding the funding of healthcare services in Manatee County. The county is accepting applications for representatives to occupy the seats of (1) higher education, (1) health care, and (2) business. Other meetings may be scheduled as necessary.  Employees, owners or voting board members of agencies that receive funding from Manatee County Government, or individuals who contract with agencies that receive County funding are ineligible to serve on the board, with the exception of a practicing physician who may receive no more than 1 percent of their gross income from County-funded healthcare. The advisory board reviews evidence-based practices,  programs and related data to enhance the long-term stability and effectiveness of the programs available to citizens of Manatee County who have no other meaningful means of access to health care. Applications are due September 3 at 5pm. The application may be found at the county website below. 

Manatee County Government

[TODAY]  THEATER: The Music of the Night , July 17 – August 19

The Swingaroos return to the cabaret with an all-new show—Music of the Night. Offering their swingin'est versions of songs embraced by the worlds of theatre and jazz, this hit show overflows with hits by the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hart, Kander & Ebb and many more. With a touch of 30s and 40s flair and bold arrangements, The Swingaroos lend a spirited voice to the most-cherished American songs and personalities of the past century. 

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

[TODAY]  GALLERY: Possibilities , July 19 – August 17

This members only, juried exhibition opens July 19th with an opening reception from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Approximately 250, two- and three-dimensional works in a wide variety of media will be on display throughout all four galleries. Juror Vicki Chelf is a fine art graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design and also studied classical drawing at the Southern Atelier in Manatee County. Chelf derives much of her inspiration from spontaneous thoughts and unplanned drawings, as well as current events. 

Art Center Sarasota, 707 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

[TODAY]  GALLERY: VOLUMES , August 12 – October 9

This summer light and sound come into play with a special installation by the artist Ezra Masch. VOLUMES harnesses the speed of light to reveal the volume of sound and space. This immersive audio and visual installation will feature a 3-d grid of LED lights that will fill the interior of the Ringling’s Monda Gallery.

John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[TODAY]  GALLERY: "40 by 8" , June 25 – August 31

True to its name, the summer exhibit, curated by Mark Ormond, features 40 works by eight artists, including Luisa Basnuevo, Jean Blackburn, Luis Delgado, Daphne Gamble, Leslie Lerner, Melissa Meyer, Helen Shulman and Joyce Ely Walker. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.

Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art Gallery, 1288 N Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL, 34236.

[TODAY]  THEATER: Wakey, Wakey , August 3 – September 2

How do we confront the uncomfortable inevitability of death? Obie-award-winning playwright Will Eno chooses to celebrate life’s lingering gifts with an uplifting mix of gratitude, absurdity and humor in a profound rumination on life and humanity.

Urbanite Theatre, 1487 2nd St., Sarasota

[TODAY]  THEATER: Other People's Money , August 1 – August 19

Fast-talking Wall Street shark Lawrence Garfinkle has his sights set on taking over the undervalued stock of New England Wire and Cable. It is up to Kate Sullivan, a determined big-city lawyer, to stop Larry from gutting the company. Loaded with conflict, comedy, and a touch of romance, Other People’s Money delves into the seedy and deceptive world of business.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

[TODAY]  THEATER: The Turn of the Screw , August 7 – August 26

1840: an era charmed by superstition, madness, and the writings of Sigmund Freud led Henry James to write one of the most chilling ghost stories of all time. A young governess arrives at a seemingly idyllic country house to look after two orphaned children. But shortly after her arrival, she realizes they are not alone. She risks everything to keep the children safe, until she begins to question her sanity, and the children’s innocence.

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[TODAY]  THEATER: On Golden Pond , August 8 – August 19

This 1979 play by Ernest Thompson focuses on aging couple Ethel and Norman Thayer, who spend each summer at their home on a lake called Golden Pond. The play explores the often turbulent relationship between a daughter and her father growing up, and the difficulties faced by a couple in the twilight years of a long marriage. It is the winner of numerous Tony and Drama Desk Awards.

Players Centre for Performing Arts, 838 North Tamiami Tr., Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Ricky Nelson Remembered , August 18

Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer Ricky Nelson emerged from “The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet” to establish himself as one of the most important rock artists and influential musicians of the last 50 years, selling over 140 million recordings. The Nelson Family Legacy continues as Ricky’s twins Matthew and Gunnar Nelson present an interactive, multi-media rock & roll concert experience, taking the audience on a musical journey down memory lane. 

Sarasota Opera, 61 North Pineapple Ave, Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Gilbert & Sullivan Unplugged , August 21 – September 23

Pour the pirate sherry, braid the raven hair, polish up the handle of the big brass door, and celebrate Gilbert & Sullivan’s most beloved songs. Gilbert & Sullivan Unplugged has delighted audiences across the US with lovingly loopy renditions and joyfully irreverent excerpts from HMS Pinafore, The Mikado, and The Pirates of Penzance. Last seen at New York’s 54 Below, this isn’t your grandmother’s Gilbert & Sullivan!

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Making Strides Kick Off Celebration , August 23, 5:30pm-7pm

Don’t miss the 2018 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Kick off Celebration at the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota. Celebrate survivors, hear from Team Leaders and learn more about the mission of the American Cancer Society. If you have been thinking about starting a team, becoming a sponsor or you just wish to know more about the programs and services the American Cancer Society provides in our community, the Kick Off celebration is the place to start. Light refreshments will be served and complimentary valet parking is available.

Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, 1111 Ritz-Carlton Dr., Sarasota.

[SOON]  FOOD: German American Social Club Sommerfest, August 25 , August 25, 6:00 PM

This is one party you won’t want to miss! Come down and celebrate everything you love about summer at this shindig hosted by the German American Social Club of Sarasota. Enjoy friendly conversation with other Sarasota locas. Kick your feet up and relax with an ice-cold beer. Enjoy lively dancing and music provided by DJ Bustin Justin. You’re guaranteed to have a good time at this casual summer bash! Authentic, delicious German food will be provided by the Schnitzel Trailer, and proceeds will go toward benefiting students studying German both here and abroad. You can purchase tickets in advance on their website.

Music Compound, 1751 Cattlemen Road Sarasota, FL 34232

[SOON]  GALLERY: Elsewhere , August 30 – October 5

This juried exhibition opens with a reception on August 30th.

Art Center Sarasota, 707 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  MUSIC: Friday Fest: Dr. Dave Band , September 14, 5pm-9pm

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is wrapping up their Friday Fest summertime concert series this September with the Dr. Dave Band. A Bradenton favorite performing for more than a decade as a top-choice house band, this group knows how to wow a crowd with high-energy Southern Rock blended with bluegrass banjo and fiddle. During the show, don’t forget to indulge in the refreshments provided by Van Wezel, including local food trucks and popular beverage vendors. Bring a blanket, lawn chairs and settle in for a good time.

Van Wezel, 777 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota.

[SOON]  FOOD: Dining for a Difference , September 20, 5pm-10pm

Join the Designing Daughters for Dining for a Difference, a community wide, dine out event featuring 20+ local Sarasota and Manatee County Restaurants who will donate a portion of all sales made on September 20 back to the Designing Daughters Grants Program for local Children and Family charities. Simply grab your friends, colleagues and neighbors, pick a participating restaurant and enjoy a meal. No ticket, no fancy clothes, just a night out with your favorite people.This simple act will make a huge impact for local families in need.

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