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"There is nothing like holding the marriage license or the last will and testament of your ancestors to make you appreciate your family and your past."

- Angel Colonneso, Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller

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[Family]  Discovering Local Genealogy at Manatee County Historical Records Library
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

If genealogical DNA testing kits like 23andMe and FamilyTreeDNA seem a bit too intrusive, a more local genealogy research workshop will be taking place next weekend a little closer to home. Located inside a 1918 Carnegie Library, the Manatee County Historical Records Library will present a workshop to offer visitors access to governmental records dating back to 1855, in hopes to make the library more of an educational showplace rather than just a research facility. While this type of genealogical investigating won’t be able to tell an individual’s ethnic mixture down to specific locations, it may very well verify ancestral relationships and family history. 

“Our goal is to help people understand and appreciate the past,” says Cathy Slusser, director of historical resources at the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller. “We have a variety of documents on display and available for individuals researching Manatee County’s people and property. We even have old yearbooks that have some wonderful photographs, too.” From deed books, marriage licenses, probate files, court records and County Commission minute books, to aerial maps, Sanborn Fire Insurance maps, historic maps, plat maps, tax cards, general directories, school attendance records and voter registration books, visitors are welcomed to uncover their narrative lineage.  

During the workshop, the staff will provide a tour of the library and discuss how to use the resources available for its visitors, from 9am to 10am. Following the tour, historians will be available to help participants research their own Manatee County family history or another local historical topic. “We make stories come alive,” says Angel Colonneso, the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller. “During this workshop, we will help attendees make their own stories more relevant.”

A few years ago, Colonneso recalls a man coming in to search for information about his grandparents and found that his father had a younger brother who died and was buried in the Palmetto Cemetery. The man's father had never told him about the younger brother. “We were able to help him draw some conclusions about the child's death,” she says. “It was deeply touching to him.”

All research must be based within the Manatee County region, which also includes Desoto County, Hardee County, Highlands County, Glades County and Charlotte County, from the years 1855-1887, as well as Sarasota County, from years 1855-1921. “We are proud of the documents that we have collected, and grateful to the historians and genealogists who worked to save them,” says Colonneso. “There is nothing like holding the marriage license or the last will and testament of your ancestors to make you appreciate your family and your past.” 

Local Genealogy Workshop, Saturday, September 21, 9:00AM-12:00PM

Photo provided by Manatee County Historical Records Library, 1405 4th Ave. W, Bradenton, 941-741-4070.

[Education]  School District of Manatee County Promotes Estes and Gibson

Debra Estes and Dr. Shirin Gibson have been appointed to advanced positions of leadership within the School District of Manatee County, based on experience and expertise gained during more than 40 years of combined service in education. Estes was named Director of ESOL, Migrant and Dual Language Programs, a brand new position within the district; while Gibson was moved from Director of Assessment, Accountability and Research, to the position of Executive Director of Curriculum and Professional Learning.

Estes is the current President of the Florida Association of Bilingual ESOL Supervisors. She came to Manatee County in October 2013 to serve as the ESOL Immigrant Coordinator for the district, supervising the district’s ESOL program. She also wrote and managed Title III grants and developed and presented training to school based personnel and district administrators. As Director of Assessment, Accountability and Research the last two years, Gibson led the district’s team in preparing school and student data reports, creating analysis and summary of district trends and communicating that information to district leaders, school administrators, teachers and the community. 

School District of Manatee County

[Government]  Sarasota-Manatee Traffic Management Center Website Receives Award

One year after launching a real time traffic information website, the Sarasota-Manatee Traffic Management Center (TMC) has received top state honors from the Intelligent Transportation Society of Florida, winning the Outstanding Achievement Award. The website gives local drivers a live picture of local traffic conditions at more than 470 intersections across two counties from 350 cameras across Sarasota and Manatee counties. On Twitter, TMC's @941_Traffic posts live updates on some of the most significant traffic updates around the region. Both can be accessed from mobile phones and tablets but should not be used while driving.

The Sarasota-Manatee Regional Traffic Management Center (RTMC) is the hub for operation, maintenance and monitoring of advanced traffic management systems in the two-county area. Staff in the center monitor traffic conditions and can make temporary traffic signal timing changes to ensure traffic flows more smoothly around impacted areas.

The website can be viewed at the link below. 

Sarasota-Manatee SmartTraffic

[Education]  Dr. Thompson Named Among Most Influential Business Leaders in Florida

Dr. Larry R. Thompson, president of Ringling College of Art and Design, has been named one of the Top 500 Most Influential Business Leaders in Florida by Florida Trend. The Florida 500 “highlights the 500 most influential executives in different economic sectors throughout the state.”

Listed in the education category, Florida Trend credits Thompson with moving Ringling College of Art and Design from “a nice little art school” to “one of the pre-eminent art and design colleges in the world.” The founding executive director of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and president of Ringling College of Art and Design since 1999, Thompson has shepherded the institution through a period of sustained growth, from 800 students upon his arrival to a current student body of nearly 1680.

The full 2019 Florida 500 listing is available online at https://floridatrend500.com/

Ringling College of Art and Design

[Healthcare]  SMH Cardiac Program Earns Top Rating from Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Sarasota Memorial Hospital is one of just three cardiac programs in the United States and Canada that earned the highest 3-Star rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons for patient care and outcomes in all five adult cardiac surgery procedures STS measures in its latest analysis: Isolated Coronary Artery Bypass (CABG), Isolated Aortic Valve Replacement (AVR), AVR + CABG, Isolated Mitral Valve Replacement/Repair (MVRR) and MVRR + CABG.

The 3-star ratings, which denote the highest category of quality among hospitals, place SMH’s cardiac surgery team among the top performers of more than 3,800 participating cardiothoracic surgeons voluntarily submitting case records to the STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database for analysis and comparison with benchmarking data for quality improvement initiatives.

The STS National Database was established in 1989 as an initiative for quality improvement and patient safety among cardiothoracic surgeons. The database houses more than 6 million surgical records and gathers information from surgeons and anesthesiologists from more than 90 percent of hospitals that perform heart surgery in the United States. 

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

[Healthcare]  Coastal Orthopedics Surgeon Earns Board Certification

Dr. John Harkess, a total joint specialist with Coastal Orthopedics, recently earned board certification in orthopedics from the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. By completing this board certification, Harkess exceeded the standards in the areas of orthopedics, the broad-based medical and surgical specialty dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries of the musculoskeletal system.

Dr. Harkess joined the staff of Coastal Orthopedics in August 2017, and specializes in total joint replacement surgery, with a special interest in hip and knee replacements. With this recent certification, Coastal Orthopedics now has 17 specialty-trained board-certified doctors in the areas of foot and ankle, hand and wrist, joint replacement, orthopedic, pain management, shoulder and elbow, spine and sports medicine. 

Coastal Orthopedics

[TODAY]  GALLERY: CFAS: Halflants + Pichette , September 12 – October 10

Center for Architecture Sarasota opens its fifth season at the McCulloch Pavilion with its new Solo Architecture Series. The first exhibit of the series features the Sarasota firm of Halflants + Pichette. The opening reception is September 12 from 5:30pm until 7:30pm. Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. Information and registration is available at the CFAS website.

McCulloch Pavilion, 265 South Orange Ave., Sarasota.

[TODAY]  FILM: Sun Xun: Time Spy , August 11 – February 16

A mesmerizing 3D animated film by Chinese painter and draughtsman, Sun Xun incorporates traditional techniques including ink painting, charcoal drawing and woodblock printing. He uses analog and digital technologies to explore pressing concerns of the time.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  BUSINESS: 14th Annual Intertape Polymer Group Leadership Breakfast , September 13, 730am

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County will honor Jaime DiDomenico, Cool Today/Plumbing Today/Energy Today President, and Dr. Rachel Shelley, Booker High School Principal, at the 14th Annual Intertape Polymer Group (IPG) Leadership Breakfast for their commitment to empowering our community’s future leaders to reach their full potential. The event will take place on Friday, September 13, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club, located at 3100 Fruitville Road in Sarasota.  Individual tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased at bgcsarasota.com. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please contact Tanya Orr, Community Engagement Manager, for more information by calling (941) 366-3911 or emailing torr@bgcsarasota.com.

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

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Oktoberfest , September 13, 5–8pm

Put on your best German lederhosen and get ready to sample beers and shop during Oktoberfest. Ticket holders will be able to enjoy a fall-themed beer tasting at each of the participating locations in Downtown Venice as live, traditional German music fills the air. Attendees will receive a small sampling stein on a lanyard and get to sample a variety of brews in 3-ounce tastings as they follow a map of beer-tasting locations.

Downtown Venice

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Sarasota Wellness Expo , September 15

This expo provides an opportunity for locals to meet with local businesses that promote healthy living, and learn how to better their health and mind. This event caters to all ages and attendance is free. Guests can enjoy free fitness demos, health checks, a teddy bear clinic for kids, healthy food demonstrations, interactive activities and more.

Westfield Sarasota Square , 8201 South Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  HEALTH: Doctors Hospital Caregiver Support Group , September 16

On every third Monday of the month, Julie Cook Downing, President of Caregivers Comfort Creations, LLC, facilitates a Doctors Hospital Caregiver Support Group. This group focuses on the caregiver and offers a retreat from the never ending mental and physical responsibilities of caregiving. This free, open group provides compassionate support and an opportunity to explore new solutions together to caregiver challenges. The group meets in the classroom outside of the cafeteria.

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, 5731 Bee Ridge Rd., Sarasota, FL

[SOON]  HEALTH: Veterans' Caregivers Free Lunch and Learn Support Group , September 16, 12:15pm-1:45pm

Welcoming all Veterans' Caregivers and Veterans caring for a loved one to a free lunch and monthly Caregivers Support Group every third Monday of the month. This group focuses on the Caregiver, and not the patient. Julie Cook Downing, Facilitator and President of Caregivers' Comfort Creations, LLC, has over two decades of experience with both support groups and Family Caregiving.

Mindspa Integrative Wellness Center , 5632 Bee Ridge Rd #101, Sarasota, FL 34233

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Voice + Visibility Women's Summit Lift Off Luncheon , September 17, 11am

Don’t miss the Voice + Visibility Women’s Summit hosted by Shannon Rohrer-Phillips, LLC at 11am on September 17 at Michael’s on East. The Voice + Visibility Network of SW Florida convenes diverse female leaders in Business, Philanthropy, The Arts and Community Advancement for maximum impact. At the event, SRP, LLC will highlight local leaders and announce the Inaugural Program for February 4th, 2020. VVWS will feature nationally recognized visionaries who will share their stories of leadership, innovation, wealth creation, and community investing in women and girls.

Michael's on East, 1212 South East Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34239

[SOON]  MUSIC: Van Wezel Friday Fest featuring Ari and the Alibis , September 20

FREE outdoor summertime concert series! The events run from 5-9pm and are located on the Bayside Lawn of the Van Wezel. Each of the four events will feature food trucks, beverage vendors and more – it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a summer sunset over Sarasota Bay. Rounding out Friday Fest 2019 is the high-energy band, Ari and the Alibis! Infusing Funk, Jazz and Samba with Blues Soul and Rock, this 5-piece group has earned two Grammy® nods (Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance) and an award for “Best original song by a local group” in the Bradenton Times “Best of the Bay.” Don’t miss Ari’s powerhouse voice filled with emotion and strength – live at the Van Wezel’s Friday Fest!

Van Wezel

[SOON]  GALA: ACS Real Men Wear Pink Fashion Show , September 21, 5pm

Don’t miss the 2019 Real Men Wear Pink fashion show at 5pm on September, 21st in the Grand Court at The Mall at UTC. The show will feature Sarasota and Manatee candidates and each man will be dressed by one of the stores in the UTC Mall. These men are raising awareness and funds to fight breast cancer in our community.  Public is Welcome. Reserved Seating available. Contact Bethany Lynch at bethanyk.lynch@cancer.org to reserve your seat. Let's support these men in our community who are dedicated to fighting breast cancer.

The Mall at UTC, 140 University Town Center Dr, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  SPORTS: Totally Tailgate Benefiting Girls Inc. , September 21, 630pm

Get ready to tailgate at the 4th Annual Totally Tailgate benefiting Girls Inc. of Sarasota County. Girls Inc. invites you to the largest tailgate party under one roof with fan favorite food and drinks, classic games, raffles, multiple screens to watch your favorite football games and the opportunity to brag about the team nearest and dearest to your heart. Come out and represent your favorite team and support Girls Inc.

Michael's on East, 1212 South East Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34239

[SOON]  GALA: Sertoma Speakeasy and Casino Night , September 21, 7pm

Come out and support Sertoma Kids at the Speakeasy and Casino Night featuring casino-style games, hor d-oeuvres, cocktails, silent auction and raffle. Entertainment provided by Bill Buchman's Art of Jazz Band. Flappers, Hollywood Glam and Ganster attire is encouraged. True to Speakeasy tradition, the party will be held at an exclusive private location. Password and location will be provided via email after purchasing tickets. All proceeds benefit Sertoma Kids, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit outpatient speech clinic funded by Sertoma Club of Greater Sarasota. Purchase tickets at SertomaKids.org/news.

Private Club in Downtown Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Social Entrepreneurship Conference , September 21, 10am-3pm

Join Cross College Alliance at 10am at the Sudakoff Conference Center for the inaugural Social Entrepreneurship Conference. This free event features panels addressing social issues, green initiatives, and creative endeavors, as well as an incubator program and contest with cash prize. Creative professionals will also be on hand for student portfolio reviews. The conference brings together students from the CCA’s member institutions: New College of Florida, Ringling College of Art and Design, State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota, and University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. Free registration at seconference2019.eventbrite.com.

Sudakoff Conference Center, New College of Florida, 5845 General Dougher Place, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Forty Carrots Free Community Speaker Event , September 26, 7pm-830pm

Register now for the Forty Carrots 17th annual Free Educational Community Speaker Event, “Raising Human Beings: Creating a Collaborative Partnership with Your Child,” featuring renowned child psychologist and best-selling author Ross W. Greene, Ph.D. Greene will share how to cultivate a better parent-child relationship using his empirically supported model of collaborative problem solving. Discover how to nurture empathy, resilience and independence, improve communication and avoid power struggles. RSVP is required. Register at www.fortycarrots.org.

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

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Grey Matters A Symposium on Alzheimer's Research , September 27, 11am

Join us at the Grey Matters luncheon symposium at 11am on September 27th at The Ritz-Carlton. The luncheon will be hosted by The Roskamp Institute, and will involve presentations and interactive Q&As from their leadership team in addition to featuring New York Times bestselling author Kimberley Williams-Paisley as the Keynote Speaker. Attendees will hear updates on various areas of brain health, potential treatments and information for caregivers, preventative measures, early symptom warnings and clinical research updates regarding the potential for new treatment. Proceeds raised go towards research and development at The Roskamp Institute. 

The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, 1111 Ritz Carlton Drive, Sarasota, FL

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