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SRQ DAILY Oct 14, 2019

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"The iLab by PGT Innovations is enabling the imagined, from concept to reality, and celebrates innovation, inspiration, and ideas."

- Jeff Jackson, President & CEO of PGT Innovations

[People]  Sarasotan Completes Tractor Drive Across the US in Support of Operation Second Chance
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Sarasota native, Ivan Stoltzfus, completed his almost six month cross-country tractor drive Saturday, October 12. The retired farmer journeyed many of America's county and state roads in a modified 1948 John Deere tractor he refers to as “Johnabilt”, which reached top speeds daily of 14 MPH. Stoltzfus lived on the road and slept in his RV trailor.

From a young age, Stoltzfus was captivated by his father’s stories of traveling across the U.S., and he always had a dream of one day being able follow in his footsteps. While going through the process of what it would take to make this dream a reality, Stoltzfus realized he needed a purpose to drive him the thousands of miles.  Although he never served in the military, he always had an devotion to those who had. This admiration developed into the idea to travel the country to raise money and awareness for veterans and first responders. Stoltzfus teamed up with Operation Second Chance (OSC) for his venture to create the Across America for Wounded Heroes initiative. 

The national nonprofit is known for its dedication in providing financial and emergency assistance to America's wounded, ill and injured service members. Additionally, the nonprofit's veteran retreat program has a strong presence within Sarasota, and is run by former military officers who volunteer and donate all of their time—proving that life in the service doesn’t end when you retire. 

Stoltzfus started his journey in Germantown, Maryland in May before heading across the motherland to Red Lodge, Montana, arriving in time for one of OSC’s Veteran Retreats. From Red Lodge, he traveled south through Texas before heading his way back to his home in Sarasota. Along the way, he met many veterans who shared their stories and donated personal items forStoltzfus to hang in his tractor as he continued on for the cause. Some of these gifts include a service members' Purple Heart medal, old photographs from war, military patches, mass cards of relatives passed and more. His 5500-mile journey concluded as he rolled into the Der Dutchman restaurant on Bahia Vista with a local crowd applauding at the finish line of his philanthropic pursuit.  

For more information about OSC and Across America for Wounded Heroes, visit here.

[Business]  PGT Innovations Launches New iLab

PGT Innovations a national leader in the premium window and door category, recently revealed its 24,500-square-foot iLab, an extension of the business that serves as a product incubator and micro-factory, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony last Thursday. The new iLab operations include creating prototypes, developing initial product builds, and, if needed, assisting in setting up mass-production plans for products. During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, attendees toured iLab, viewed its products and heard from PGT Innovations executives and Venice Mayor John Holic. The crowd also saw an impact-resistant glass demonstration, a part of PGT Innovations’ stringent testing protocols. 

“The iLab supports PGT Innovations’ mission to manufacture highly engineered and technically advanced products that can withstand some of the toughest weather conditions and revolutionize the way people live by unifying indoor and outdoor living spaces," said Jeff Jackson, President and CEO of PGT Innovations. "With this state-of-the-art facility, we’ve brought together an exceptional team of inventors, tinkerers, engineers, and dreamers who also have in-depth industry knowledge.” 

Located at 3440 Technology Drive in North Venice.

[Education]  Sarasota County Schools Announces 2020 Principal of the Year and 2020 Assistant Principal of the Year

Sarasota County Schools is pleased to announce that Brentwood Elementary School’s John Weida is the 2020 Principal of the Year, and Booker High School’s Merlin Schenk is the 2020 Assistant Principal of the Year. Both recipients were recognized at district administrative and school staff meetings this week. “Our district is privileged to have many highly experienced, talented leaders,” said Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. “John Weida and Merlin Schenk epitomize the stellar qualities we prioritize in all of our school leadership. Mr. Weida and Mr. Schenk have each been unquestionably impactful to the various school communities they have served over the years. It’s our hope that our principals and assistant principals continually develop their skills and areas of expertise, as well as encourage their colleagues to strive for excellence.”

Sarasota County Schools has received two prior Florida Principal of the Year awards. Alta Vista Elementary’s Dr. Barbara Shirley received the honor in 2014, and Booker High School’s Dr. Rachel Shelley received the honor in 2017. 

[Expansion]  Haus of Trikes & Bikes Expands Into Bradenton

Haus of Trikes & Bikes, a local motorcycle dealership with headquarters in Fort Myers, will expand its operations into Bradenton with a second dealership on 6823 14th St. West. The dealership will showcase over 100 motorcycles, Trikes, ATVs and Side by Sides on over 10,000 Square Feet. A state of the art service center will provide repairs and custom builds for all metric brands, Harley Davidson models and ATVs. The new location will be carrying, as an official dealership, Royal Enfield motorcycles as well as CF Moto ATVs, UTVs and Side by Sides. Similar to the headquarters in Fort Myers, the dealership in Bradenton will be specialized in providing trike conversions and certified pre-owned motorcycles. The grand opening is targeted for mid November. 

[Commercial Sale]  SVN Commercial Advisory Group Manages Sale of Class A Medical Surgery Center in Bradenton for $3.6M

Senior Advisors, Tony Veldkamp, CCIM and Bob Morris of SVN Commercial Advisory Group recently coordinated the purchase and sale of  a 9,580 SF, 1.1 acre, Medical Surgery Center in Bradenton. BATH, LLC, was the seller, represented by both Veldkamp and Tom Brown with Wagner Realty. The buyer was represented by Morris. Purchase price was $3,600,000. The asset will remain as a single tenant, triple net investment property occupied by Coastal Orthopedics Group, who use it as their Lakewood Ranch surgery center. 

[Staff Announcement]  Manatee County Public Safety Announces New EMS Chief James Crutchfield

James Crutchfield, who launched and has led the County's successful Community Paramedic program in 2016, has been named Chief of Emergency Medical Services. The Community Paramedic Division will now fall within EMS, allowing the Public Safety Department to focus its efforts in both pre-hospital emergency medicine and preventative healthcare for patients in need. Acting Public Safety Director Jacob Saur said it was a clear-cut decision to ask James to oversee the Emergency Medical Services Division.  

The Community Paramedicine Team has graduated more than 400 patients since 2016. It has also diverted nearly 1,200 ambulance trips and loaned more than 285 pieces of durable medical equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, scooters and hospital beds. The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is now reviewing the Community Paramedic Program to evaluate the processes and overall successes of the program. USF has measured cost savings $3.5 million through their evaluation process.

Because of his success, James has gained recognition from the State of Florida Department of Health and the Bureau of Emergency Medical Oversight which is the state EMS regulating authority. He received the 2018 EMS Injury Prevention Award, serves as the co-chairperson for the Florida EMS Advisory Council’s Access to Care Committee and a board member for Manatee County’s Health Alliance and is active in many local health collations. 

[Transportation]  Have a Say on Transportation at Upcoming 'Sarasota in Motion' Workshops

The public has another opportunity to weigh in on the future of transportation in Sarasota when the City hosts two community workshops later this month. The City is in the second phase of “Sarasota in Motion,” the first citywide transportation master plan. Sarasota in Motion will serve as a playbook for how the City not only invests in transportation infrastructure, but also how it achieves the community’s long-term quality of life goals. Anyone who lives, works or plays in Sarasota is invited to attend one of the two upcoming workshops and share their thoughts on what they would change about the City’s transportation network, how our streets can be safer and how travel options can be expanded. Both workshops will be held Tuesday, October 22, with two options offered that day:

  • Workshop No. 1: 11:30 am - 1 pm at the Selby Public Library auditorium, 1331 First St.
  • Workshop No. 2: 4 - 5:15 pm at Selby Goodwill Manasota-Newtown, 1781 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way

In addition to the workshops, an interactive online feedback map is now available at SarasotaInMotion.com. Citizens can zoom in on specific streets, intersections and routes on the interactive map and post their comments and ideas. For more information on the transportation master plan, to provide your input or to subscribe to the email list for future updates and events, email SarasotaInMotion@SarasotaFL.gov

[ITB]  Now Online: Rising Rosemary

Now available to view online, Rising Rosemary highlights the diverse businesses and happenings that are taking place in Sarasota's Rosemary District. Download a copy of this special section to use as your go-to guide while you explore this dynamic, bustling neighborhood. 

Click here to view the feature

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: The Orchid Show , October 12 – December 1, 10am-5pm

Blossoms of Asia combines a dazzling display of living orchids in the Tropical Conservatory with an elegant exhibition of orchid treasures from Selby Gardens’ bibliographic and preserved collections in the Museum of Botany and the Arts. The magnificent orchids in the Tropical Conservatory will include Asian specimens from Selby’s living plant collection. The display will reference traditional Japanese garden design and horticultural practices, including ikebana (the art of flower arrangement) and bonsai (the creation of miniaturized trees), in order to evoke a sense of Asia in the heart of Sarasota.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  FILM: The Education Foundation of Sarasota County Presents Screenagers Next Chapter , October 15, 6pm-8pm

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County Presents Screenagers Next Chapter, a free community documentary and discussion. High stress, anxiety and depression are experienced by millions of young people. Screenagers follows Physician and filmaker, Delaney Ruston, as she discovers solutions for improved adolescent well-being in the digital age.

North Port High School Performing Arts Center, 6400 W Price Blvd

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Fish, Fun & Fright , October 18, 5:30pm-8pm

Buoys and ghouls of all ages are invited to dress up in costume for a Night of Fish, Fun & Fright to enjoy spooky activities throughout Mote Aquarium. Unearth shark teeth in “Coffin Creek" and feast on deep sea delights in the “Diner of the Dead." Don’t miss Mote’s signature underwater pumpkin carving in spooktacular shark habitats. Pricing, additional information, and a link to purchase your tickets will be posted closer to the event on Mote's Fish, Fun & Fright website page.

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  GALLERY: Jack Davis: Drawing American Pop Culture , October 18 – December 6

Famed in particular for his speed and a tendency to create images overflowing with colorful characters, Jack Davis was one of the founding members of Mad Magazine's "Usual Gang of Idiots." He supplied covers for Tim and TV Guide, designed numerous album covers and movie posters, and, over his 60-year career, became one of the most in-demand caricaturists and cartoonists in the world. This exhibition attempts to show Davis' range by bringing together a selection of his original work that demonstrates his breadth of subjects and his skills as an artist. This body of work focuses on American popular culture, diving deeper into his career than the sports and caricature work for which he is best known. Opening Reception, Friday, October 18, 5-8pm. Evening Panel Discussion, Thursday, November 14, 6-8pm.

Lois and David Stulberg Gallery in the Richard and Barbara Basch Visual Arts Center, 2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  HEALTH: Doctors Hospital Caregiver Support Group , October 21, 10am-11:30am

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 34233

[SOON]  HEALTH: Veterans' Caregivers Free Lunch and Learn Support Group , October 21, 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: Modern Education Symposium , October 23, 5pm-7pm

Join SRQ Magazine and its family magazine RocketKids for an evening with representatives from local private and charter schools in Sarasota and Manatee Counties in a panel discussion about how each school prepares their students for success.  With the future workforce continuing to evolve rapidly, we ask local schools how they are creating programs that will prepare our students. We will also discuss the increasing importance of teaching social emotional literacy (SEL) and the role of schools in engaging with students in fostering these skills. Schools include: The Out-of-Door Academy, NewGate School, Sarasota Christian School, Island Village Montessori School, St. Martha's Catholic School and The Pinnacle Academy. Free admission. Lightbites, beer and wine will be served. RSVP at srqmag.com/moed.

SRQ Studios, 331 S. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Safari Sarasota , October 24 – October 26, Different festival event dates and times.

Safari Sarasota is a three-day, five event experience, produced by Michael's On East in partnership with the All Heart Fund of South Africa's Good Work Foundation. Safari Sarasota is the only event experience in the United States that brings together internationally-recognized guests from South Africa's Good Work Foundation and its founding patron, the Londolozi Reserve. There will be five sensational opportunities to experience the flavors of South Africa through food and wine, including an Interactive Cooking Experience led by Chef Anna Ridgewell from Londolozi Game Reserve and Chef Jamil Pineda of Michael's On East.  

Michael's On East, 1212 East Avenue S. Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: International Author & Wildlife Activist Boyd Varty Kicks-Off Book Tour , October 24, 10:30am

Somewhere deep inside, you know what your gift, purpose, and mission are. Boyd Varty, a lion tracker, life coach, and gifted storyteller reveals how ancient wisdom can teach you how to recognize the essential ingredients that create a meaningful life. Boyd will kick off the press tour of his NEW book, The Lion Tracker’s Guide to Life, with an intimate talk at Ringling College Morganroth Auditorium in partnership with Ringling College Library Association. Celebrating the release of his new book, each guest will receive a signed copy.  Watch Boyd Varty's Ted Talk here. 

Ringling College, Morganroth Auditorium, 2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Antigone by Sophocles , October 30 – November 17, 7:30pm/8pm

The FSU/Asolo Conservatory begins a new season with the classic Greek drama, Antigone, by Sophocles. Director of the Conservatory and the show, Greg Leaming, will put a modern spin on this ancient tale of right versus wrong. In the aftermath of a bloody war, Thebes celebrates victory while Antigone mourns the loss of both her brothers in battle. When King Creon refuses one of the two brothers all rites of burial, the young girl is left facing an awful choice. One of the great classics of Greek drama that speaks as powerfully today as it did when first performed - when faced with the conflict between law and personal morality, what is the right choice?

Cook Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Boomer Conference, 2019 , November 1, 8:30am to 1:30pm

Retirement. What a concept! And what a challenge. Even those who have prepared financially might not be psychologically ready. Who are you when you’re not working? What do you do with all that free time? What do you want to do with the rest your life? Boomers across America are facing these questions. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College (OLLI at Ringling College) will address these concerns with the fourth annual Boomer Conference. The event features speakers and networking sessions offering useful strategies on retirement’s social, financial, and practical implications. Keynote speaker Marianne Oehser, a certified retirement coach and author of “Your Happiness Portfolio for Retirement: It's Not About the Money,” will challenge audiences to rethink their retirement expectations. The fee is $39.95, which includes lunch, with a $5 certificate toward OLLI membership for each registrant.

Ringling College Museum Campus, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  FOOD: Sunset at Phillippi Estate Park Farm to Fork Dinner , November 3, 5-9pm

Join Chef Paul Mattison for a unique 4-course Farm to Fork Dinner overlooking the beautiful Phillippi River, featuring vendors from the Phillippi Farmerhouse Market. Each course will be paired with wine. Guests will enjoy live music by Romy Hernandez and artwork by the Light Chasers, plein air painters of the Suncoast, who will exhibiting and selling their original paintings and will donate 30% of all sales to the renovation of the Historic Keith Farmhouse. Please join us for sunset and an evening to remember! In case of inclement weather, the farm-to-fork dinner will move inside the Edson Keith Mansion. Tickets are $100 per person and includes tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and available for purchase at mattisons.com or by calling Mattison’s Forty-One at (941) 921.3400.

Philllippi Estate Park, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231

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