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SRQ DAILY Jan 21, 2019

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"I'm grateful to have served the city for 33 years."

- Pam Nadalini, former Sarasota City Clerk

[Government]  Nadalini: No Decision Yet on Response to Firing
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Pam Nadalini, Sarasota’s former City Auditor and Clerk, this week chose termination over a forced resignation from her charter office. But does that mean litigation will follow her ouster?

The former city official told SRQ Media that’s a legal decision yet to be made.

“Everything is being handled by my attorney at this point,” she said, “and no decision has been made.”

Nadalini could not speak to specifics about the end of her relationship with the City of Sarasota, where she’s worked most of her adult life. She began her tenure as an employee in the clerk’s office more than three decades ago and climbed the ranks there to the position of Deputy City Clerk before being promoted to the top post in 2010. Her hire made her the first black and first female charter official in city history.

“I appreciate the opportunity extended to me through the City of Sarasota,” she said. “I’m grateful to have served the city for 33 years.”

Ultimately, her time at City Hall came to a close on Wednesday, a day after declining a request from city commissioners she resign. She had been offered the chance to submit a resignation and remain on leave until April 15, getting that pay in addition to a six-month severance.

A letter from Nadalini attorney Robert McKee made clear the offer wouldn’t fly because it also involved giving up any right to take action against the city such as suing for wrongful termination.

“She is not prepared to execute a general release in favor of the city,” McKee wrote, “especially as it related to the events which led to her being placed on administrative leave and which will precipitate the termination of her employment.”

The parting of ways came after city commissioners hired Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick to investigate Nadalini’s management style and the consultants came back with a report documenting complaints by past and current employees of a hostile workplace. 

[Education]  Scarbrough Named Principal at Buffalo Creek Middle School

Bradley Scarbrough has been named the new principal at Buffalo Creek Middle School. A final decision was made following interviews as well as staff and community input received during a community forum held at the school. Scarbrough has served as an assistant principal at Buffalo Creek Middle since 2014. Prior to that, he served as an assistant principal at King Middle School from 2009 to 2014 and as a teacher at Sugg Middle School from 1993 to 2009. He replaces Dustin Dahlquist who is now the principal at Lakewood Ranch High. 

Buffalo Creek Middle School

[Philanthropy]  Teen Court, Community Foundation Team Up for School Services

Teen Court of Sarasota has announced a collaboration with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, in the form of a $25,000 grant to support services at Sarasota County Public Schools. With this collaboration, Teen Court of Sarasota has placed Case Managers at each local high school, one day per week, to address topics like sexting, bullying, peer pressure and more. The organization’s programs address the whole family and also include mental health counseling, parent/child risky behavior classes and substance abuse education. Those high schools served include, Booker High School, Venice High School, Riverview High School, North Port High School, Sarasota High School and Triad. 

Teen Court of Sarasota

[Business]  Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee Announces Board and Officers

Michael Ritter, president of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee’s board of directors, has announced the organization’s 2019 board of directors. New members include Lauren Fineman, Mary Gratehouse, Bob Israeloff, David Millstone and Mel Taub. Board promotions include former treasurer, Randon Carvel, who will now serve as president-elect; former vice present, Roz Goldberg, who will now serve as treasurer; and Merrill Wynne, who moves from director to vice president. Cycling off the board are Fran Braverman and Irene Ross.

The Federation’s slate of officers includes: Michael Ritter, president; Randon Carvel, president-elect; Patti Wertheimer, immediate past-president; Ian Black, vice president; Stacy Hanan, vice president; Anne Spindel, vice president; Merrill Wynne, vice president; Roz Goldberg, treasurer; and Debbie Haspel, secretary/governance officer. Other members include Sepi Ackerman, Len Drexler, Marsha Eisenberg, Al Ernst, Lauren Fineman, Mary Gratehouse, Julie Green, Bob Israeloff, Simone Knego, Linda Lipson, David Millstone, Michelle Mitchell, Iris Nahemow, Nancy Roucher, Alan Silverglat, Bunny Skirboll, Adrea Sukin, Mel Taub, and Peter Wells. Lifetime board members are: Barbara Ackerman, Alan Ades, Tom Bernstein, David Chaifetz, Lewis Hanan, and Lois Stulberg. 

Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee

[TODAY]  MUSEUM: Watercolors from the Permanent Collection , September 15 – February 3

A selection of watercolors drawn from The Ringling’s permanent collections, illustrating various ways artists have used the medium. The exhibition will feature works by Edward Hopper, Charles Burchfield and Childe Hassam, among others.

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

[TODAY]  BUSINESS: SRQ Magazine's 6th Annual Women in Business Competition , December 10 – January 25

Nominations are now open for SRQ Magazine’s 6th Annual Women in Business Competition, recognizing extraordinary women who have made meaningful contributions to the Sarasota and Bradenton communities through their business, non-profit and philanthropic endeavors. Know someone who deserves to be recognized? Nominate them today! Once nominated, individuals will be invited to submit a formal application which will be juried by a panel of outside judges.

Nominations are open through Friday, January 25, 2019; midnight.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: The Ringling Art Library’s Collection of Rare Travel Books , January 22

The Ringling Art Library’s Special Collection includes a number of 17th to 19th-century travel books, many of which are extremely rare. This presentation from Elisa Hansen, Head of Library Services, will explore these fascinating journeys and the authors who wrote about them.  

Chao Lecture Hall, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time , January 23 – March 17

Adapted by Simon Stephens from Mark Haddon’s novel of the same name , Christopher is exceptionally intelligent, but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an ear-shattering discovery.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Cycle 3: SVAS, Nugent & Arbaugh, ASALH and Work of He(art) , January 24 – March 1

In Gallery 1, Sarasota Visual Artists Studios will present an exciting exhibition featuring the work of Andrea Dasha Reich, Barbara Banks, Bill Buchman, Duncan Chamberlain, Grace Howl and Larry Forgard. A collaboration between Jen Nugent and Jack Arbough uses drawing, collage and video to address competing impulses to conserve and explore in Gallery 2. In Gallery 3, the Manasota branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History highlights African-American artists from Sarasota and Manatee counties. And Gallery 4 features an open, juried exhibition.

Art Center Sarasota, 707 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: Through the Eyes of An Educator , January 24

The Ringling is proud to welcome over 10,000 students to their museum each year. During this tour, Katie Nickel, School and Teacher Programs Coordinator, will walk through the galleries through the eyes of a child and explain how she strategically designs school experiences for different ages and subject areas.

Museum of Art , 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SB2 State of the Economy and Localpreneur of the Year Awards Luncheon , January 24, 11am to 1pm

Join SRQ Magazine for SB2 for the State of the Economy at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota with a panel of regional experts from small businesses, economic development, finance, hospitality and real estate including Jacki Dezelski of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce, Kevin Cooper of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, Drayton Saunders of Michael Saunders and Company, Mark Huey of the EDC of Sarasota County, Philip Rich of Seaside Bank, Jeff Mayers of The Resort at Longboat Key Club and Sharon Hillstrom of the Bradenton Area EDC. The winners of the 2019 Localpreneur of the Year Competition will also be announced and recognized during a special awards program. Tickets are $55/person, $250 for a half table of four and $500 for a table of eight. Registration begins at 11am. The program runs from 11:30am to 1pm. Ticket online at SRQSB2.COM.

Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, Florida 34236

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Adapting to a Changing Climate , January 25

From hurricanes to red tide and sea level rise, learn how a changing climate affects the Sarasota-Manatee region and the state of Florida. Expert speakers will discuss the challenges and impact on our region while uncovering the adaptive strategies that bring unique social and economic opportunities.

USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  DANCE: Transcending Movement , January 25 – January 28

Kicking off 2019 with a bang, Program 4 features a world premiere from Sarasota Ballet’s Resident Choreographer and Principal Dancer, Ricardo Graziano, alongside David Bintley’s Four Scottish Dances and the company premiere of Sir Frederick Ashton’s Varii Capricci. This will be the eighth full work choreographed by Graziano for the Company.

FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Forbidden Broadway , January 27

An ever-changing spoof of Broadway musicals, sing and laugh along with the roast of such timeless Broadway hits as LesMiserables, Cats, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof and many more. The costumed cast of four talented singer/entertainers wrap highly professional performances with musicality and laughter.

Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave., Venice

[SOON]  DANCE: Dance Makers , January 31 – February 3

"Dance Makers" is the annual dance celebration bringing together some of the most sought out contemporary choreographers. The evening will feature new and imaginative dance works by internationally acclaimed contemporary choreographers, such as Ana Maria Alvarez (LA), Katiti King (NYC), Kira Blazek (NC) and Kwesi Johnson (UK), in addition to a multi-media solo set on Artistic Director, Leymis Bolaños Wilmott, choreographed by Tennille Lambert (NYC). This versatile program is sure to delight and inspire - while offering something a little unexpected.

Jane B Cook Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  FOOD: Steak & Burger , February 1, 6:00PM - 9:00PM

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County is thrilled to announce our Steak & Burger Event, Celebrating Our Youth of the Year, will be held at The Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club on February 1, 2019 at 6:00 pm. Join us for this western-themed, fun filled night, where kids eat steak and adults eat burgers! Support of Steak & Burger helps financially sustain high-quality programs that we offer to more than 7,000 youth in Sarasota County. All proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County, helping our members reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club, 3100 Fruitville Road, Sarasota

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