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"We are communicating with voters about the issues that matter to Sarasota: public education, the environment, our local economy and access to affordable healthcare."

- Margaret Good, state Rep District 72

[Politics]  Good Continues to Dominate in Fundraising
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

The fight for votes in state House District 72 could come down to the wire, but when it comes to the race for contributions, incumbent Margaret Good leads Republican challenger Ray Pilon by a mile.

Good, who shocked the political world with a special election win in February, has raised $378,352 dollars to date, while Pilon has pulled in $106,372. That means she’s raised more than any other candidate in the two-county area over the entire election cycle.

Her war chest includes $51,425 in monetary contributions just over a two week period from September 15 through 28. In that time, the Florida Democratic Party also provided more than $20,000 of in-kind support. And with less than a month between now and Election Day, the candidate is spending money even faster than it’s coming in.

“We are communicating with voters about the issues that matter to Sarasota: public education, the environment, our local economy and access to affordable healthcare,” says Good.

Of course, a six-figure haul for Pilon is nothing to sneeze at. Pilon is the only candidate in the region challenging an incumbent this November (state Rep. Newt Newton won re-election in the August Democratic primary and faces no general election opposition). But the Republican candidate does have the advantage of having won this district twice before; the former state representative served the area from 2010 through 2016.

And in a sense, he’s running on the platform of keeping Republicans in charge in Tallahassee. In that sense, Good still sounds like a candidate demanding change and Pilon the one fighting for continuity.

“The main message is that we need common sense in Tallahassee, not more taxes and spending” Pilon says, noting Florida’s economy just grew 3.7 percent under Gov. Rick Scott and the GOP-led Legislature. “Why change that?” Pilon asks.

Pilon and Good face off in the November 6 general election. All voters in District 72 can vote. 

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

Prost to the most wonderful time of year—join Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club for its Inaugural Oktoberfest 2018. The festivities will take place on the outdoor patio of Waterline’s signature restaurant Eliza Ann’s Coastal Kitchen, as well as inside the Plimsoll Ballroom and on the pool deck for breezy October celebrations. With ticket purchase, guests can enjoy a true German-inspired biergarten buffet menu including beer-braised brats, Weiner schnitzel, Bavarian salted pretzels, black forest cake and many more authentic goodies. But what’s a schnitzel without a refreshing Hefeweizen or Dunkel to knock it back? With the purchase of an adult ticket, guests will also receive a complimentary beer, house wine or well liquor. 

Lederhosen and dirndl attire optional, but if you’re feeling a swim, slip on your bathing suit underneath. Festival attendees are encouraged to stay for full access to the luxury pool and enjoy their Saturday at the marina-based resort. And in true Bavarian fashion, live German entertainment will be provided, as well as games including ping pong, cornhole and life-size Jenga for the whole family to feel a part of the international folk funfair here in Florida.

Saturday, October 13, 12pm-5pm. 

Photo provided by Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club, 5325 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach, 941-238-6262.

Tickets can be purchased online here: $29.99 per adult (advance ticket) or $34.99 (day-of) , $17.99 per child under 12.

[Education]  Montessori Conference Brings Speakers, Film Premiere

With the International Montessori Conference coming to the Hyatt Regency in Sarasota on November 8–11, a new documentary exploring this educational philosophy and its implementation across the United States will make its world premiere. The film, Inside Montessori, looks to take viewers inside the experience of visiting five Montessori schools, and experience what it would be like to be inside these learning environments. Through these stories, viewers will learn key Montessori concepts and hear practitioners discuss the critical importance of supporting children in achieving their full potential. The five stories from across the United States highlight programs serving children from birth to twelfth grade in public (charter and district) schools, as well as in an independent school. The International Montessori Conference will also feature keynote speakers Tim Seldin, president of the Montessori foundation and headmaster of Newgate Montessori in Sarasota, and Kathy Leitch, founder and head of Renaissance School in Fort Myers, in addition to more than 50 other presenters. 

International Montessori Conference

[Government]  Manatee County Distributing Sandbags for Residents

As of 2pm, October 8, residents in northern parts of Manatee County are under a tropical storm watch, and Hurricane Michael is projected to deliver up to four inches of rainfall and a storm surge of up to four feet according to acting Emergency Management Chief Steve Litschauer. In response, Manatee County Public Works crews will make sandbags available for residents tomorrow at three locations around the county. Manatee County residents may pick up sandbags from 8am to 7pm tomorrow, Tuesday, October 9 at the following locations: G.T. Bray Park, Bennett Park and the Bradenton Area Convention Center at 1 Haben Boulevard. Residents (ID required) are allowed to fill ten bags per household. There are no plans to open local shelters or to declare a local state of emergency, Litschauer said yesterday. He will deliver an update to County Commissioners at a regularly scheduled meeting tomorrow at 9am. The meeting will be held in the first floor chambers of Manatee County Administrative Center. The meeting will also air live at the website below. 

Manatee County Commission Live Stream

[Law]  Cason Named President of Sarasota County Bar Association

Sarasota real estate attorney Nancy E. Cason, a partner of Syprett, Meshad, Resnick, Lieb, Dumbaugh, Jones, Krotec & Westheimer, has been named president of the Sarasota County Bar Association (SCBA). The Sarasota County Bar Association (SCBA) is a voluntary association of lawyers and judges who practice law and administer the judicial system in Sarasota County. Its mission is to advance professionalism, promote practice development, encourage public service, fellowship and support access to legal services for all. The Association has more than 900 members.

Cason holds the AV Preeminent rating, the highest possible rating from the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings. She has been named three times to the Super Lawyers “Rising Star," an honor reserved for lawyers aged 40 or younger. In 2011, Cason was appointed by Governor Rick Scott to serve on the Twelfth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.  In 2017, she was re-appointed by the Governor for a second term on the Commission, and currently serves as the Chairwoman of the Commission. In 2015, she was recognized by Legal Aid of Manasota for her pro bono legal service to those in need in the community. 

Sarasota County Bar Association

[Healthcare]  MDC Goes Live for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In observance of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and in honor of its 30th Anniversary, Manatee Diagnostic Center (MDC), part of the Manatee Healthcare System, committed to educate and give away 30 screening mammograms during a recent live remote with 92.1 CTQ’s Maverick and Lulu in the Morning Show. Within 1 hour and 45 minutes, they surpassed their goal. During the live remote, Kobee Masiello, MDC practice administrator, and Bret Hendricks, MD, radiologist and MDC medical director, spoke about the importance of having yearly screening tests after the age of 40. Listeners heard how family history can determine testing, what dense breasts are, a concern of having a mammogram and the benefits of the 3-D technology that MDC offers.

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second leading cancer among women and one out of eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Regular screenings, early detection and improvements in treatment are helping millions survive this disease. 

Manatee Diagnostic Center

[TODAY]  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]  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]  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]  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]  FESTIVAL: 8th Annual Gulf Coast Open , October 12 – October 13, 5pm

Brought to you by NBOA Marine Insurance and Sara Bay Marina, the Gulf Coast Open is celebrating its 8th annual King Mackerel Fishing Tournament this Fall. Their dedicated staff, many of whom are avid boaters and anglers themselves, are excited to team up with The Seafood Shack (in Cortez, FL) to host another fun-filled event benefiting the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida

The Seafood Shack Marina, Bar & Grill, 4110 127th St W, Cortez, FL 34215

[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]  BUSINESS: SWAC Lecture , October 15, 6:30pm

Join the Sarasota World Affairs Council for the first program in its 2018-19 lecture seriesFrom PIGS to Hot Spot:  How Portugal Is Engineering the Great Comeback Story of Post-Crisis Europe, featuring Dr. Michael Baum,Director of the Study in Portugal Network and an Executive Board member of the Luso-American Development Foundation. A dual-national of Portugal and the United States, Prof. Baum describes how Portugal has defied critics who insisted on austerity as the only way out of Europe’s debt crisis.  Each SWAC lecture is followed by a members-only reception with the speaker in a historic building on Sarasota Bay.  The lecture is free, but reservations are suggested 

[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]  SEMINAR: Robert McKee: STORY , October 19 – October 21

The story-crafting maven who has taught Hollywood notables such as Peter Jackson, Geoffrey Rush and Kirk Douglas brings his famous seminar to Sarasota. An opportunity for not only professional writers, aspiring writers, producers, directors, and numerous creative individuals in many genres, but also for educational institutions, their faculty and staff, and students of all ages, in many creative disciplines. Interested parties can call the Sarasota County film commission for registration and details: (941) 309-1200 extension 104.

Ringling College Academic Center Auditorium, 2700 North Tamiami Trl., 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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