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"We don't want people to feel like they have to leave the community to receive advanced, comprehensive healthcare."

- Kim Savage, SMH

[Health]  SMH Breaking Ground For Groundbreaking Healthcare
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

The Sarasota Memorial Hospital will celebrate another construction milestone in the hospital’s new Cancer Institute tower, breaking ground today at 10am. Due to space constraints and parking, it will not be open to the public, but the entire event will be live-streamed on Youtube, with live updates on Facebook as well, for anyone who wants to tune in. 

In January, SMH unveiled the first phase of the Cancer Institute evolvement on the University Parkway campus, and is now beginning construction of a new radiation oncology center there. That outpatient center, slated to open in 2020, will offer the most advanced radiation therapy in the community. The second phase is this oncology and surgical tower on the main campus. When completed in 2021, it expects to be part of an expanding center designed to bring together the industry’s best doctors, the latest health care research, the most advanced treatments and a lifetime of support and follow-up care for cancer patients.

We’ve been working on the development and design of this tower for the past two years,” says Kim Savage of Sarasota Memorial Hospital. “The latest rendering and video animation tour will show the eight-story tower for cancer patients being hospitalized, or those coming in for treatment and testing.” Within the grandiose scale of the building, there will be nine new operating rooms, including robotic surgery suites, offering the latest tools in tech for treating and removing cancerous tumors, as well as 56 private suites dedicated for hospitalized cancer patients, and an array of navigation, counseling and support services. The tower will have its own entrance and reception area, but connect to the main hospital on multiple levels, ensuring critical 24/7-access to SMH’s comprehensive range of diagnostic, medical and emergency care services.

Beyond the build and access to facilities, SMH was sure to include the importance of aesthetic touches in the design by involving the whole community including specialists, neighbors and a patient advisory group, many of whom are cancer survivors. Many patients offered their advice for the tower's interior by sharing heartfelt stories and personal experiences. Through this invaluable intel, SMH plans to incorporate recommendations such as soft, soothing wall colors, artwork, lots of natural lighting, personal bedside lamps and small gift bags with comfort items for patients and their visitors. “The advisory groups also have given clinically-oriented recommendations to make the entire process of treatment easier, seamless and coordinated—to create the most healing and hopeful environment for our patients,” says Savage. “Many noted the importance of everyone on staff being knowledgeable of each patient's day-to-day so everyone’s on the same page and focused on that individual's treatment plan.”

SMH is investing $220 million in the first two phases of the Cancer Institute and is in preliminary planning for a possible third phase—a pavilion to house a full array of before/after outpatient care and services for prevention and research. “As our population here gets older, we need to complement the care for cancer patients and survivors with optimal services,” Savage says. “And we don’t want people to feel like they have to leave the community to receive advanced, comprehensive healthcare.” 

Rendering courtesy of Sarasota Memorial Hospital, main campus, 1700 South Tamiami Trl., Sarasota.

Watch the SMH live-stream event here.

[GoodBite]  Shake It Till You Make It
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

New York has claimed fame with its cult-like following of Shake Shack, and with more modern day roadside burger joints we're beholden to—the In N Outs of California, the Teddy’s Bigger Burgers throughout Hawaii and more recently, BurgerFis in Florida—we’re happy to ride out the wave of upscale, yet fast-casual beefy love here. With widespread appeal expanding quickly to multiple locations nation- and worldwide, Shake Shack officially opens its UTC doors today for lunch after much sizzling local anticipation.

Highly acclaimed for its 100% all-natural Angus beef burgers and all-natural cage-free chicken sandwiches, both served on a non-GMO Martin’s Potato Roll, those famous crispy crinkle cut fries come close second to stardom, along with the griddled flat-top dogs (sans any hormones or antibiotics). For an ample burger-brew meal of Shack Stack or SmokeShack, guests will be able to wash the classics down with local brews from Crooked Can Brewing Company, Cigar City Brewing and Orange Blossom Brewing Co., or the Shack’s NY exclusive Brooklyn Brewery ShackMeister Ale. Wine lovers can enjoy a glass of Shack RedTM and Shack WhiteTM wine from the Gotham Project.

The UTC Sarasota Shack will also be spinning a selection of to-die-for frozen custard concretes—specifically tailored and created for each location. Its concrete recipes use only real sugar, no corn syrup and milk from dairy farmers who pledge not to use artificial growth hormones, while its fudge and caramel sauce have zero shelf-life lengtheners (#ZeroGuilt). Best part? The first 100 people in line when doors open at 11am will receive the Shack Attack concrete for free for opening day. And as part of Shake Shack’s continual mission to Stand For Something Good, the UTC Sarasota Shack will also donate 5% of its sales today from its Pie Oh My concrete to Sunshine Community Compost nonprofit.


Photo courtesy of Shake Shack.

190 North Cattlemen Rd., Unit 1 of The Mall at University Town Center, Sarasota, 941-413-1351.

[Government]  Manatee County to Dedicate Laurie Crawford Dog Park

Manatee County's most popular dog park will soon be dedicated to one of its biggest dog lovers. On April 26, Manatee County officials will dedicate the Happy Tails Dog Park at G.T. Bray Park in honor of Laurie Crawford. Crawford served on the Manatee County Animal Advisory Board for 15 years, serving as its chair from 2001 to 2015. She also helped establish Manatee County's first dog park, which now bears her name. The public and pups everywhere are invited to a brief dedication ceremony in the park on April 26 at 2pm.
Laurie Crawford Dog Park is open every day from sunrise to sunset, except Monday mornings from 7am to 10am, when the parks are closed for maintenance. 

Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources

[Government]  Pitchford Joins Sarasota County Value Adjustment Board

Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick has announced that Sarasota Partner Jan W. Pitchford was appointed to the Sarasota County Board of County Commissioners Value Adjustment Board. The Value Adjustment Board (VAB) consists of two members of the Sarasota County Commission, one member of the Sarasota County School Board and two citizen members. The VAB appoints Special Magistrates to conduct hearings on petitions filed with the VAB.

Pitchford is a board-certified real estate attorney and former board member of the Sarasota County Bar Association with more than 30 years of experience counseling in connection with acquisition, development and disposition of commercial and residential properties and financing. 

Sarasota County Value Adjustment Board

[Business]  Brooke Chase Associates Named Among Best Recruiting Firms

Sarasota-based executive search firm Brooke Chase Associates has been ranked among America’s Best Recruiting Firms 2019 for the third year in a row. Forbes teamed up with market research company Statista to create the list, producing, for the second year, an annual ranking of America’s best recruiting firms.  The list is divided into two categories; one for the top 200 executive search firms specialized in filling positions with salaries of at least $100,000, and another for the top 250 professional search firms focused on placing positions with salaries of less than $100,000. To determine the best recruiting firms, Statista surveyed 25,000 recruiters and 5,000 job candidates and human resources managers who had worked with recruitment agencies over the last three years. Firms could not nominate themselves; last year’s findings were considered. More than 17,000 nominations were collected, and firms with the most recommendations ranked highest. 

Brooke Chase Associates

[Business]  RLC Announces Groundbreaking of Seaside Springs

Resort Lifestyle Communities has invited the community to celebrate the April 23 groundbreaking of Seaside Springs, a resort-style senior living community coming to Osprey. The $30 million, 180,000-square-foot Seaside Springs Retirement Community is the fifth RLC location in Florida and will provide an array of significant long-term benefits to the Osprey area including the creation of more than 30 local jobs.

Seaside Springs will offer an all-inclusive experience where residents will enjoy chef-prepared meals and myriad entertainment options. On-site staff will provide assistance through the 24/7 emergency call system, appointment transportation, concierge services and valet parking. Residents will also enjoy the convenience of an in-house bank, pharmacy, gift shop, and salon—all of which will be open to the public. All-inclusive monthly rents for a studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments are competitively priced with no buy-in fee.

The celebration will be at 1092 South Tamiami Trail; the community itself will be located at 1301 S. Tamiami Trail in Osprey. 

Seaside Springs

[Business]  Waxing the City to Open in University Town Center

On May 3, Waxing the City, a waxing studio known for its expertise and specially formulated waxes, will be opening its doors at The Shoppes at UTC, with a soft opening, offering head to toe waxing services for both men and women in Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota and Bradenton. The studio will open under the leadership of franchise owner, Laura Bloise.

The studio will be open seven days a week, with online appointment scheduling, walk-ins allowed and all first time clients receiving 50% off their first waxing service. 

Waxing the City

[TODAY]  MUSEUM: Knights , February 3 – April 21

Drawn from the superb collections of the Stibbert Museum in Florence, Italy, this extraordinary exhibition reveals the figure of the knight in the Middle Ages and Renaissance through over 80 exquisite objects, including full suits of armor, helmets, corselets, swords and other weaponry. The exhibition explores the function and craftsmanship of these exquisite objects as well as their historical context, focusing on themes of love and war, jousts and tournaments, and the 19th-century revival of interest in medieval knighthood.

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

[TODAY]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Gauguin's Voyage to Paradise , February 10 – June 30

Just as Paul Gauguin left an indelible mark on the post-Impressionist art world, the deep impact of botanical imagery on his work cannot be denied. This exhibition will highlight the essential role of botanicals in achieving the artist’s vision of the savage, primitive and exotic. Together with lush displays of tropical plants in the conservatory and gardens, the show will feature dramatic woodcuts and rarely seen works in other mediums by the artist.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 South Palm Ave., Sarasota

[TODAY]  THEATER: Wednesday's Child , April 3 – May 24

A world premiere from Mark St Germain, when a young surrogate mother is found dead, a police investigation explodes the lives of everyone who knew her. As Detective aleece Valez and Walt Dixon begin to put the pieces together, secrets surface, alibis weaken, and lies are uncovered. This dramatic new play explores motherhood, passion, and the thin line between right and wrong.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

[TODAY]  SEMINAR: Timothy Enos on School Saftey , April 16

Timothy Enos is the Chief of Police for the Sarasota County School system.  He was sworn in as chief in November 2018.  Sarasota County School district decided to create its own police department in response to security concerns following the Parkland shooting in February 2018.

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

[TODAY]  PERFORMANCE: Noises Off , March 20 – April 20

In the rip-roaring comedy, Noises Off, a motley crew of actors frantically stumble through a final rehearsal just hours from Opening Night and things could not go worse. Lines are forgotten, love triangles are unraveling, and sardines are flying everywhere but will they be able to pull their act together on stage even if they can’t behind the scenes?

Asolo Repertory Theatre

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sailor Circus 70th Anniversary Spring Show , April 18 – April 27

These performances will be held for two weekends Thursday, April 18-Saturday, April 20 and Thursday, April 25 – Saturday, April 27. To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Spring show.

Sailor Circus , 2075 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALA: FOMCAS Casino Night , April 20

Are you an animal lover? Get tickets for Casino Night, a fabulous event benefitting the shelter animals of Manatee County. Casino Night is Saturday, April 20th 7:00 pm at Manatee Performing Arts Center. Authentic gaming tables, a poker tournament, amazing silent and live auction items including a stay in Las Vegas, local resort stays and fun excursions and experiences. Fabulous food and cash bars. Tickets are $75 general and $100 for VIP. Everybody gets a goodie bag. Visit fomcas.org to attend Casino Night and help the Friends of Manatee County Animal Services fundraise to help local shelter animals.  

Manatee Performing Arts Center

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Gershwin and Chopin , April 21 – April 22

Hailed by Gramophone as a "star of the future" and acclaimed by Piano Magazine for the "elegance and rapturous beauty" of his music-making, pianist Igor Lovchinsky has performed solo recitals in the United States, Europe and Canada.

Fischer/Weisenborne, 7459 Cabbage Palm Ct., Sarasota

[SOON]  FOOD: Easter Brunch and Family Fun , April 21

Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club is offering some family fun for Easter, including an egg-cellent Easter Brunch at the popular Eliza Ann’s Coastal Kitchen. In addition to the usual fabulous menu options, Executive Chef James Baselici has created several specialty items for Easter.

Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club , 5325 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Pioneers of Climate Science , April 23

An entertaining talk about the basics of climate science through stories from the lives of scientists, from Benjamin Franklin to Jennifer Francis. Jim Eachus is the organizer of Sarasota Climate Change Meetup.  He is a retired computer geek with a PhD in theoretical physics.  Jim will show slides, tell stories, and disagree with the most powerful man on the planet.

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

[SOON]  GALA: An Emerald Evening , April 25

Join NAMI Sarasota County for an evening to raise awareness and support youth and family mental health programs in our community. The event will include dinner catered by Michael's on East, open bar, live auction, and music and entertainment by the one and only Jonathan Cortez.

Michael's On East Ballroom, 1212 East Avenue, Sarasota

[SOON]  HEALTH: Relay For Life Of Venice , April 26 – April 27, 7:00pm - 7:00am

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life is the world’s largest movement to end cancer. Money raised from Relay For Life helps the American Cancer Society save lives by funding ground breaking research to discover cancer’s causes and cures and help people facing cancer today with free programs and services. People form teams and raise money together leading up to the event. Then, everyone comes together for a night of fun that celebrates cancer survivors, remembers loved ones lost to cancer, and unites us in our commitment to fight back against the disease.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: A Journey Through India , April 26 – April 28

Created in collaboration with local community partners, the festival will celebrate the performing and visual arts, literature, flavors and thought of historical and contemporary India. Friday, April 26, the festival will kick off with a Bollywood dance party in the Museum of Art Courtyard. Saturday, April 27, look forward to a day-long program of cultural exploration, including a series of lectures from scholars speaking on various aspects of Indian culture; music and dance performances by community groups; art-making and other activities for families; and a market featuring local food and artisan vendors. Sunday, the Festival culminates with a free, celebratory morning Hatha yoga event on the Ca’ d’Zan terrace.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Hear Me Roar Women in Business Leadership and Awards Luncheon , May 2, 10:30am-1pm

Join us for the 2019 Hear Me Roar Awards and Leadership Luncheon taking place on Thursday, May 2, 2019 from 10:30am to 1pm at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota in Sarasota. Every year, this incredibly powerful event features a nationally-recognized keynote speaker, a noted luminary who has made a significant impact in their field and the announcement of the winners of this year’s 2019 Women in Business Competition. We are thrilled to announce this year's Keynote Speaker Geralyn Lucas, author, breast cancer survivor and inspirational speaker and this year's 2019 Trailblazer Award Recipient, Journalist and Civil Rights Activist Dorothy Butler Gilliam. Stories collected over the course of the past year's Women in Business initiative will be shared along with the announcement of the 2019 inductees into the Women in Business Leadership Circle who will engage in the science and art and mentorship through regional programming aimed to empower women—from 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th-grade girls in Sarasota and Manatee counties to professionals looking to expand their capacity for leadership. Tickets online through March 25.

Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Evolving/Revolving , May 2 – May 5

"Evolving/Revolving" is becoming SCD's annual homage to the 'upbringing' of Sarasota Contemporary Dance. The final performance of the season will be comprised of diverse, new works by past company collaborators and/or dancers as well as works brought back by popular demand. This year's production will feature Gerri Houlihan, Pamela Pietro, and an aerial work by SCD Co-Founder, Rachael Inman.

Jane B. Cook Theatre, FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Phoebe Hunt and the Gatherers , May 2

Named one of the ‘Top 10 New Country Artists you Need to Know’ by Rolling Stone Country, Phoebe Hunt is an accomplished Americana instrumentalist with foundations in jazz and swing music.  Phoebe is skilled at taking seemingly disparate elements and pulling them together in a dazzling kaleidoscope of lush, coherent sound and rhythm patterns. The result is music that swells, crashes, and breathes organically under Phoebe’s soulful, plaintive voice.

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

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