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SRQ DAILY Aug 4, 2020

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"Adaptability is starting to wear many different hats than before, learning new skills and taking up new roles in order to make it all work. "

- Aniko Gulyas, Owner and Operator of Kurtos Chimney Cake

-Photo from SRQ Magazine's Summer 2020 edition featuring Ringling Blossoms
[Pasta Dish]  Local Foodie Develops Cheesy Pasta Problem
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

The sauce, the sauce, the sauce. Savory, creamy, cheesy sauce. I want to eat it, use it as a moisturizer, a sleep aid, an aphrodisiac, a peace offering or an additive to a warm bath. I would pour it in my coffee, drizzle it on a mound of scrambled eggs or dip chips in it while binge-watching a series on television only to wake up in the middle of the night with crumbs and cheese sauce in my beard. I would quite literally ruin my life for this stuff, and Pazzo Southside would be happy to oblige. “This stuff is basically like crack,” jokes proprietor Vicky Calore (happy belated birthday, Boss Lady).

She is referring to the pasta dish listed only as Farfalle. The sparse description beneath the listing—prosciutto, peas, parmesan cream—belies the big problems this pasta can cause if consumed without supervision. Diced prosciutto and peas populate the empty spaces between the bowtie pasta, and the whole dish is practically drowning in the parmesan cream sauce, itself so decadent and full of flavor it should come with a warning label. The pasta, cooked perfectly al dente, is the only thing that keeps you from guzzling the sauce down on its own, though if you can muster any self-restraint, the leftover liquid gold is well suited to fare la scarpetta all the way to rehab.

My name is Andy and I have a cheesy pasta problem.

Pazzo Southside is open Monday through Thursday from 11:00am to 9:00pm, Friday from 11:00am to 10:00pm, and Saturday from 5:00pm to 10:00pm. Those nervous about dining in will be happy to know all Pazzo employees wear masks and that each table comes equipped with hand sanitizer. Otherwise, to-go orders can be placed via telephone or online. 

Pazzo Southside, 1936 Hillview Street, www.pazzosouthside.com, 941-260-8831

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[Donations]  Goodwill Manasota Provides Resources for Partner Agency Clients

For years, it has been the policy of Goodwill Manasota to provide emergency assistance to community residents who are in need by providing clothing and essential household items through its Referral-to-Voucher Program. Whether it is a family that has survived a fire, a child coming from a low-income home or entering the foster care system who has insufficient clothing, a social service client entering transitional housing, a victim of domestic abuse who was forced to flee without any possessions, or a job-seeker without attire suitable for an impending job interview, Goodwill is there with the resources to help them get back on their feet and on the path to better days.

Approved agencies must make the referral for community members to benefit from the voucher program. Some of the area agencies on Goodwill's list include the American Red Cross, CareerSource, Children First, First Step of Sarasota, JFCS of the Suncoast, the Sarasota County and Manatee County Sheriff's Office, Safe Children Coalition, SPARCC, and Women's Resource Center. New on Goodwill's approved agency list is the All Star Children's Foundation, a local organization dedicated to healing the effects of trauma suffered by children who have been abused. Children who are coming into care will have access to clothing, with house parents in charge of the shopping.

“All Star is thrilled to collaborate with Goodwill to help provide for the children and families we serve,” said Stephen Fancher, chief development officer for All Star Children’s Foundation. “Community partnerships are a pillar of All Star’s programs and we are very happy to partner with Goodwill to provide much-needed clothes and other essential items for the children moving onto our Campus of Hope & Healing.” 

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[New Grant]  Hermitage Artist Retreat Receives Substantial Grant From Florida Division of Cultural Affairs

The State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs has awarded the Hermitage Artist Retreat a $29,591 grant, which will be directed to help fund the Hermitage’s community arts and cultural programs. The award-winning creators across all artistic disciplines who stay at the Hermitage provide free public programs that attract thousands of residents and tourists every year. These programs take place at the Hermitage and throughout our region in collaboration with leading arts, cultural, and educational institutions. This year, some will also take place via digital and online platforms.
According to Andy Sandberg, Artistic Director and CEO of the Hermitage, these cultural gatherings provide both residents and visitors the rare opportunity to interact with celebrated authors, musicians, poets, playwrights, visual artists, composers, and performers from across the globe. “The artists creating work at the Hermitage are shaping the artistic and cultural landscape of the future,” says Sandberg. “The Hermitage has been the birthplace and incubator for significant works that have gone on to leading theaters, museums, and concert halls around the world.” The Hermitage’s audiences get front-row seats to experience brilliant new works-in-progress and participate in conversations with accomplished artists at the top of their respective fields. 

[Teacher Appreciation]  Free Health Care Surrogate and Living Will to Manatee and Sarasota Teachers

Gregory Kaiser, Esquire, of the Wills, Trusts, Probate and Elder Law Firm has heard numerous teachers are concerned for their personal health with school starting soon. Having had a father who was a teacher and mother who worked in the school library, this impact him personally. As such, he will be offereing free health care surrogate and living wills to any teaacher who works in the Manatee or Sarasota Country though Monday, August 31, 2020.  Teachers are welcome to call his office at 941-914-9145 or email his practice manager Chelsea Day at chelsea@wtpelf.com to get started. Gregory hopes to use his professional skills to give back and hopefully provide some peace of mind as we face these challenging times together.  

[Grants ]  Sarasota Orchestra Promotes Save Our Stages Act

Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced the bipartisan Save Our Stages Act last week. Alongside Congress' RESTART Act, this vital piece of legislation provides Small Business Administration grants for independent venues where Sarasota Orchestra performs, including Holley Hall, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, and Sarasota Opera House. The legislation also protects promoters and festivals affected by COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. These grants offer financial support to keep performing arts venues afloat, pay employees, and preserve the arts ecosystem and a critical economic sector in communities across America. 

Sarasota Orchestra, 709 N Tamiami Trail, web@sarasotaorchestra.org

Click here to sign the letter.

[Achievement ]  Kristin Triolo Earns Luxury Home Certification

Kristin Triolo, a Broker-Associate with RE/MAX Platinum Realty, has been awarded the Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS) designation and simultaneously earned Million Dollar GUILD recognition, both issued by the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing. The CLHMS designation recognizes experience, knowledge and expertise in high-end residential properties. Triolo joins an exclusive group of real estate professionals who have completed the Institute’s training and have a proven performance in the upper-tier market. If at least two of the three CLHMS qualifying transactions have a sold price of $1 million or above, the applicant is automatically approved for GUILD recognition. “Agents who have earned the CLHMS designation are performing at the highest level in their community,” said Diane Hartley, president of the Institute. “The CLHMS seal is a symbol of distinction. Affluent buyers and sellers from around the world look for this symbol of luxury home knowledge and expertise when putting their trust in a real estate professional." 

941-725-2486 or kristin.triolo@gmail.com

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[New Hire]  Michael Saunders and Company Welcomes Janet Carter to Main Street Sarasota

Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to welcome Janet Carter to the Main Street Sarasota office. Stepping out from “behind the scenes” of some of the area’s most successful real estate teams, Janet Carter’s creativity and sharp business insights blend effortlessly with her passion for Southwest Florida’s lifestyles and her nearly two decades of real estate experience.

Originally from South Beach on Long Island’s north shore, Janet has had the opportunity to live and work in many of Sarasota’s feeder markets, developing valuable relationships across the country that now serve her sellers well. She moved to central Florida in 2004 and shortly after channeled her natural abilities in business, art, and hospitality into a profitable career as a Realtor within new construction. In 2015, she joined the Michael Saunders & Company team and was an integral part of the success of a multi-million dollar producing team, honing her skills in customer service, design, and marketing along the way. Now embarking on her own, she will continue to utilize the knowledge and resources gained to offer exceptional real estate experiences. 

Janet can be reached at 941-313-2093 or by visiting the Michael Saunders & Company office located at 1605 Main Street.

[Recognition]  Sarasota County earns Top Green Provider Honors from for Supply Chain Logistics

Sarasota County Government's Materials Management team has earned the Top Green Provider Award from Food Logistics. "We believe that optimizing our supply chain strategy matters from our board rooms all the way down to shop floor by ensuring that we are getting fast, low-cost ,high quality products to our customers that are compatible with green supply chain principles," Lowdermilk said, adding, "Our Materials Management team continues to be industry leaders in these efforts while finding cost savings for the community and reducing the environmental impacts." "This award is just one more recognition of the leadership of Sarasota County's Material Management division for implementing sustainability practices in their operations. As a team, they are regularly looking for efficiency opportunities, saving taxpayer dollars, time and natural resources," Byron said.  

Sarasota County Contact Center, 941-861-5000, www.scgov.net. Pictured: Sarasota County Materials Management team member Ted Monaghan holds the 2020 Top Green Provider Award from Food Logistics.

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[New Technology ]  Community Day School Approved for G-Suite with the Google Assistant Beta Program

As parents throughout Sarasota County are struggling with the decision about whether or not to send their kids back to school in person or virtually, Hershorin Schiff Community Day School has been selected for a Google program, "G-Suite with the Google Assistant" beta program, that will offer the flexibility to choose from in-person or distance learning from day to day. This adaptive learning program, which will be available to preschool juniors through eighth grade, will enable families to make decisions about how students will attend school as public health conditions evolve due to the coronavirus, rather than have to lock in a decision for a whole semester or even the entirety of the school year. Through the G-Suite/Google Assistant program, with a touch-screen Google Home Hub in each classroom, students at Community Day School can feel like they've got a seat in the front row of a classroom, even on a day when they're livestreaming classes from home. The school has been granted access to a data site where students can log in for real-time instruction. Additionally, with this program, classes can be recorded and catalogued, and accessed as desired at any time from a shared drive. Virtual school assemblies or special events can also be easily livestreamed for larger groups. The entirety of available resources is integrated into the school's new safe and secure Blackbaud learning management system. 

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[Social Media Contest]  Celebrate National Fried Chicken & Waffle Day with Metro Diner

The ultimate comfort food holiday is back and it’s time to celebrate National Fried Chicken & Waffle Day on Saturday, August 8 – a day created by Metro Diner! Honoring its third year and recognized as an official holiday by Chase’s Calendar, the famous Fried Chicken & Waffle dish from Metro Diner comes complete with a fluffy Belgian Waffle topped with sweet strawberry butter and half a fried chicken and served with the diner’s signature sweet and spicy sauce. 

Throughout 2019, Metro Diner sold more than 485,000 orders of Fried Chicken & Waffles, that’s nearly 2 million pieces of fried chicken. Looking to help break this year’s record and to celebrate the national food holiday’s third anniversary, Metro Diner is hosting a three-day social contest from August 8th-10th where diner fans have the chance to win the dish for free along with a variety of prizes. The grand prize awards one lucky winner free Fried Chicken & Waffles for one entire year. Ten second place winners will receive a one-time free order of Fried Chicken & Waffles for two to share with a friend, and twenty third place winners will receive a one-time free single order of the dish. 

Starting, Saturday, August 8th at 8:00am through Monday, August 10th at 12:00pm, when followers enter to win from the comfort of their own homes by liking Metro Diner’s National Fried Chicken & Waffle Day post on their Instagram and/or Facebook page and tag a friend, they will be entered to win one of the above three prizes. For five additional entries, followers can share their own post of the Fried Chicken & Waffle dish following the rules on their contest post.  

[In This Issue]  Road to Recovery
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Engaging regional business leaders for a dialogue about the future. 

Click here to read the full article from SRQ's Summer 2020 edition.

[Election Update]  Supervisor Encourages Citizens to Vote Early

Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner is urging Sarasota County voters to take advantage of early voting ahead of the Tuesday, August 18, 2020 primary election.“Why wait until election day to vote? Early voting provides an in-person voting experience – like on election day – but allows a person to vote early at any one of five sites conveniently located throughout the county,” Turner noted. To protect workers and the voting public at early voting and election day polling sites, the supervisor of elections is increasing safety measures, including providing face masks or face shields for poll workers and staff, routinely sanitizing surfaces and voting equipment, and practicing social distancing. Voters are also encouraged to bring and use face masks and practice social distancing when visiting early voting sites or on election day. Early voting begins Saturday, August 8 and continues through Sunday, August 16, from 8:30am to 4:30pm at the five locations listed below: 

  • Supervisor of Elections office: Terrace Building, 2001 Adams Lane, Sarasota
  • Supervisor of Elections office: R.L. Anderson Administration Building, 4000 Tamiami Trail S, Venice
  • Supervisor of Elections office: Biscayne Plaza, 13640 Tamiami Trail, North Port
  • Sarasota Square Mall: 8201 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
  • North Sarasota Library: 2801 Newtown Boulevard, Sarasota


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[TODAY]  PERFORMANCE: Arts in the Park with The Players Centre , July 7 – August 4, 10am-11am

Join The Players Centre for Performing Arts for some performing arts fun in the sun from every Tuesday and Thursday. Amazing instructors from The Players Studio will be spending an hour on Tuesday and Thursday mornings teaching acting and dance in Bob Gardner Community Park, completely free. If you're looking for a way to stay active and get your fill of performing, join us. For ages 8-14.

Bob Gardner Community Park, 2710 White Eagle Blvd Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211

[TODAY]  GRAB BAG: Lakewood Ranch Create For Care Art Projects For Kids , July 21 – August 4, 1pm-2pm

Gather your kiddos and join our Facebook live Tuesday, June 2 and June 16 for our new program, Create for Care. These weekly art classes for kids are an opportunity to give back through artistic expression and will benefit our community hospital, Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. Kori Clark Design will lead the class on Tuesdays at 1pm with a new art project that kids can create at home and donate to Lakewood Ranch Medical Center healthcare professionals and caregivers. How can you get your child involved? It's simple. Step 1: RSVP to this event page, so we know you're planning to join. Make sure to "like" and "follow" Lakewood Ranch, so you can be alerted when we go live on Tuesdays at 1pm. Step 2: Gather arts & crafts materials and wait for the live stream to begin. Kori Clark Design will provide an example of the project and will demonstrate step-by-step instructions that are easy for kids to follow along. Supplies that Kori recommends: Pencil and Eraser (any old #2 should be good), A pen, either an art pen such as a Micron or Faber-Castell or any rollerball pen will work as long as the ink doesn't run when it gets wet, Watercolor paints or colored pencils, and A small paintbrush. Step 3: Create your masterpiece. Step 4: Scan or take a picture of your creation and leave it in the comments section of the live video, or in this event page. All images will be collected and sent to Lakewood Ranch Medical Center to be donated as gifts to our #healthcareheroes.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: State of the Community Series - Meet the Candidates District 3 , August 5, 8:30am-9:30am
The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce is excited to present our State of Community Series: Meet the Candidate Forum for the City of Sarasota City Commission District 2 Zoom event. This is an excellent opportunity for you to understand each of the candidate's platforms and how they would move our city forward if elected.
[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: COVID Safety - Start With the Why , August 6, 9am-10am

Presenter Colin Cornhill has dealt with the subject of safety in various businesses over 4 decades and more recently has led increasingly challenging business transformations in response to changing conditions and requirements. In this webinar he will talk about: Our initial response to the new situation; How our responses can both help and harm our adaptation to the change; How some of our biases can get in the way of fully understanding and dealing with the new information coming at us quickly; How starting with the right question (WHY?) can often be the source of fresh thinking that will lead us out of deadlock and into a brighter future. A Zoom meeting code will be sent to registered attendees 24 hours prior to the event. You do not need a Zoom account to register for this event.

[WEEKEND]  HEALTH: Fox Yoga at Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary , August 7, 8:45am-10am

Join Big Cat Habitat for our Fox Yoga fundraising event in collaboration with instructor Erika Cain. This is a unique interactive animal experience with gentle yoga weaved into the adventure. Erika will guide you through a yoga flow in our intimate encounter area, while Stormy and Miko, 2 silver foxes, freely play and connect with you. Allow yourself to be transformed by this exclusive experience as you become immersed in the outdoor environment and powerful energy of the foxes. This alignment-based class synchronizes breath with movement for you to deepen the mind-body connection and tune into your spirit animal. Practice is for most levels, giving you the opportunity to be gentle on your body. We will be practicing social distancing throughout the class and mats will be placed 6ft apart. Masks are required for this event. Big Cat Habitat hopes that this event will help guests connect with our majestic animals in a new way and support our mission to provide a safe, loving and permanent home for big cats and other exotic creatures in need. We take pride in educating our guests on the importance of species preservation to ensure the survival of these magnificent animals for future generations and to keep alive the human-animal connection in our world and in our community. $125 per person; includes interactive animal encounter, yoga flow and a single day pass to return to the habitat during normal business hours. Only 6 spaces available. Advanced reservations only. Bring yoga mat, towel and any props to assist your practice. Complimentary refreshments and light snacks available.
Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary, 7101 Palmer Boulevard Sarasota, FL 34240

Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary, 7101 Palmer Boulevard Sarasota, FL 34240

[WEEKEND]  GALA: Virtual: The Players Centre Hosts That's Entertainment: A 90th Birthday Celebration , August 7, 6:30pm-9pm

Due to COVID-19, the original gala, That’s Entertainment, to be held April 18, 2020 at The Municipal Auditorium, was canceled to keep patrons and staff safe from the virus. As the summer ends, so does the organization’s celebration of 90 years in downtown Sarasota. The new virtual gala will be held through Zoom and will feature performances, a live auction, and a tribute to our honorees: Heritage Honoree: Eva T. Slane, Hometown Talent: Eve Caballero, Community Philanthropists: Angela & John Fain and Hearts of Gold: Barbara & Dick Johnson. Tickets are $19.29 in honor of The Players founding in 1929. If you’re feeling especially festive, VIP tickets are available by phone. VIPs receive swag bags and a (socially distant) private cocktail time with a singing bartender before the virtual gala.

[WEEKEND]  GRAB BAG: The Exchange Hosts Charity Trunk Show , August 7 – August 8

Regional artist Isabella Adams who’s clientele includes luxury retailers Nieman Marcus, The Atlantis, Ritz Carlton and the Beverly Hills Hotel, to name a few, will be doing her part to help The Exchange, (formally the Woman’s Exchange) get back on their feet after being closed for two months due to Covid-19. For the first time since its inception, Isabella Adams will be selling 1st quality Swarovski crystal gifts and accessories, including signed and numbered pieces from her collection at wholesale prices during this two-day only “Charity” Trunk Show. This two day only charity event will take place at The Exchange on August 7th and 8th. Supplies are limited and will be sold on a first come first serve basis. No orders will be taken. In addition to the “Charity Trunk Show” The Exchange will have a large selection of sterling silver jewelry starting as low as $5.00 per piece. Other local artisan pieces will be available at discounted prices.

The Exchange, 539 S Orange Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Sarasota County Bicycle/Pedestrian Master Plan Update Public Workshop , August 4, 11am-12pm

Sarasota County is working towards completing the update to the County's Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. This public outreach event will discuss the efforts to-date on the Master Plan, including an evaluation of the County's existing pedestrian and bicycle network and the prioritization process for completing the pedestrian and bicycle network throughout the County. In addition to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan Update, this event will include an overview of the County's efforts to implement Complete Streets and the development of a Vision Zero initiative. Your participation and involvement in this event will help ensure that the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan Update reflects the needs of the County's residents.

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