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"We want to assist our non-English speakers in improving their language skills so that they can enroll in our training programs, get promotions at Goodwill and/or gain the skills and certifications they need to re-enter the industry they worked in before coming to the U.S."

- Pamela Bavo, Goodwill GoodPartner Coach

-Photo from SRQ Magazine's SEPT/OCT 2020 Feature Chunky Cherishables
[Politics]  Gregory Forms Committee to Fight Amendment 2
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Voters in Florida this November will decide whether to amend the state constitution to require a $15 minimum wage by late 2026. In the meantime, a political committee run by Rep. Tommy Gregory, R-Sarasota, will make the case the measure should be shot down.

“It’s a simple economic issue,” Gregory says. “If you increase prices for something, you lower the demand for it. Businesses won’t be able to afford it.”

The lawmaker this week announced formation of More Jobs and Better Wages, which will work to convince many Florida voters to say no to the attractive prospect of forcing a boost to their paychecks.

Amendment 2 made it to the ballot via citizen petition, with the effort financed largely by Orlando attorney John Morgan, the same person who served as a driving force for the medical marijuana amendment a few years ago. Morgan said the raise in wages will ease troubling income inequality in the Sunshine State.

"It is essential that our essential workers are not in poverty," Morgan argued on social media.

The Florida Supreme Court cleared language for the amendment in December. If more than 60% of voters in November vote yes, the measure will phase in an increase in the wage, bringing it to $10 in September of 2021 and pushing it up $1 a year afterward.

While that may sound great to many low-wage workers, Gregory said many of them will feel the economic consequences. “Those trying to work and learn new skills, they will be the ones who are hurt the most,” he predicts. “Lower-skilled employment, those are jobs that will be lost and will not exist anymore.”

Running a political committee means Gregory will spend much of the election season doing media and speaking to groups about the measure around the state, even as he faces a challenge to his reelection from Democrat David Fairey.

He’s worked with business groups like the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association on research about the measure, and heard from workers in major cities with similar requirements. He said that includes restaurant workers who now have to work multiple jobs because employers can’t staff the way they used to before the wage increase.

Additionally, Gregory said he just doesn’t see why any requirement regarding a minimum wage should be presented as a constitutional amendment. “The wage private employers pay to private employees has no place in the Constitution,” he said. 

[ESOL Classes]  Goodwill Manasota Provides ESOL Classes for its Employees

In an effort to help its employees to achieve work and life success, Goodwill Manasota is offering virtual ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes each week for team members whose primary language is not English. These classes, which are taught by instructors provided by the Literacy Council of Sarasota, are provided while employees are on the clock, at no cost to them. Goodwill GoodPartner Coach Pamela Bavo reports that, this year, Goodwill Manasota employs 73 team members who do not speak English as their primary language. Bavo said, "“We want to assist our non-English speakers in improving their language skills so that they can enroll in our training programs, get promotions at Goodwill and/or gain the skills and certifications they need to re-enter the industry they worked in before coming to the U.S." 

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[Key Sailing]  Sailing Home Sarasota
Janet Hamel Solomon, Owner, Key Sailing

Sailing is like life. Every story with a happy ending has some scary chapters, or you wouldn’t read the book. On the, “Key Breeze,” feel free to throw all cares to the wind, as your family turns off life’s motor to embrace a new reality of peaceful relaxation.

Ironically, this tranquil journey of faith began with a 1960 Category Five Hurricane named Donna. Key Sailing Owner Jan Solomon’s father, namesake of our Bayfront Chaplain J.D. Hamel Park, told the firemen, “You spray and I’ll pray,” as Jan’s mom, a symphony violinist, prepared a community meal on fine china.

“This spirit of giving back is what drew the globe to our beach” quips Jan. “What bugs me about this latest bug is that we can’t fix it by playing in the sand together.” Or, maybe we can... 

Hope Fleet President Danny Moroney notes, “During this season of fear and financial loss, Key Sailing not only offered free cruise tickets to local graduates, but school supplies and home repair for hurricane victims in The Bahamas.” Jan’s childhood experience is proof that we can walk through life’s storms together, as the local/global community that brands us uniquely as, “Home.”

Janet Hamel Solomon, Owner, Key Sailing, Sarasota’s Longest Running Sailing Charter  www.siestakeysailing.com

Partnering with Hope Fleet International , A local charity sailing hope globally www.hopefleet.org 

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[Recognition]  Siesta Key Sports & Physical Therapy Celebrates Ten Years in Sarasota

Dave and Kristy Ochsendorf opened the doors to their practice, Siesta Key Sports & Physical Therapy, ten years ago. Siesta Key Sports and Physical Therapy has a wide range of clientele who all receive 1:1 care with customized treatment plans. “We can help anyone who is experiencing a physical limitation that is preventing them from living the lifestyle they desire; everything from a minor discomfort to post-operative care,” says Dave. And although the pandemic might mean they cannot throw a 10-year anniversary party — at least, not yet — they know they have plenty to celebrate. “Aside from all the successful outcomes, it is very rewarding to develop relationships with physicians and patients who return to us over the years and refer their friends and neighbors to us,” says Kristy. “We love seeing our patients return to their hobbies, recreational activities, and everyday living without pain.” 

Siesta Key Sports & Physical Therapy is located at 5147 Ocean Blvd on Siesta Key. For more information visit siestakeypt.com or call 941-870-5811.

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[Wellness Center]  Tidewell Foundation Announces the Opening of its Full-Service Medical, Social and Recreation Center on Longboat Key

The Tidewell Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce the opening of the Tidewell Foundation building, a full-service, year-round medical, social and recreation center on Longboat Key. Located at 540 Bay Isles Road, the Tidewell Foundation building will serve as the home for The Paradise Center, Fitness Quest Longboat Key, Youthful Aging Home Health, JFCS of the Suncoast and philanthropy officers from the Tidewell Foundation. An onsite Medical Center will also include weekly rotations from Connexis Medical Services, the Silverstein Institute, Advanced Foot and Ankle Care, and Luminary Dermatology. “The Tidewell Foundation is excited to bring together such a dynamic group of health care organizations to serve the Longboat Key community,” said Debbie Mason, Tidewell Foundation president. “Our mission is to transform the health and care of our community, and we see this project as a fresh approach to fulfilling that vision.” 

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[Recognition]  Patricia Baker's Team Earns RE/MAX Platinum Club Award

The Baker Global Team, led by Patricia Baker, has earned the prestigious RE/MAX Platinum Club Award, which honors successful agents and teams for outstanding sales performance. In 2019, only six percent of all active RE/MAX agents received this award. Baker is a Broker-Associate in the University Park office of RE/MAX Alliance Group at 8027 Cooper Creek, #105. She can be reached at 941-727-7345 or patsellingflorida@gmail.com. 

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[Recognition]  Cindy Quinn Honored for Outstanding Performance

Cindy Quinn of RE/MAX Alliance Group has received the RE/MAX Platinum Club Award and has placed among the top RE/MAX agents in the state of Florida. She is based in the Anna Maria Island office of RE/MAX Alliance Group, located at 5316 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, Florida 34217. She can be reached at 941-780-8000 or Cindy@islandannamaria.com. 

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[Building ]  London Bay Homes' Newest Model at The Founders Club is Nearing Completion

London Bay Homes is nearing completion of their newest model in The Founders Club, Sarasota’s premier golf club community. The Davidson will offer 2,860 square feet of air-conditioned living area, with an additional 888 square-feet of covered entry and outdoor living. Homeowners can let the Florida sunshine in by opening a four-panel sliding glass door that connects the great room and the covered lanai. All homes in The Founders Club are located on the award-winning Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed golf course. Visitors can stop by The Founders Club Sales Center Monday through Saturday from 9am to 5pm, and Sunday from 10am to 5pm located at 3001 Founders Club Drive, three miles east of I-75 on Fruitville Road, Exit 210.  

For more information about The Founders Club, call 941-404-3107.

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[Property Sales]  SVN Commercial Advisory Group Manages the Purchase of $1.76 million Medical Office Investment Property

Advisor, Jeff Jamison, MBA of SVN Commercial Advisory Group recently coordinated the purchase of a 5,766 SF Medical Office Investment Property at 6310 Health Park Way in Bradenton.  A professional medical group of 18 doctors were the sellers. The buyer was a private investor. Purchase price was $1,762,500. Jamison represented the investor. Hembree & Associates represented the seller. “This is another great example of a net lease, passive income investment property with no landlord responsibilities.” Said Jamison, concerning the deal. The medical investment property is located on the hospital campus in Lakewood Ranch. The tenants are currently a group of Doctors with hospital rights. 

[New Hire]  Centauri Insurance Welcomes Paul Knutson as Vice President of Capital & Reinsurance Strategy

Centauri Specialty Insurance Holdings and its subsidiaries are excited to welcome Paul Knutson as their new Vice President of Capital & Reinsurance Strategy. “We are delighted to have Paul join our executive team” said Rick Espino, President and CEO of Centauri Insurance. “His background and experience in the reinsurance markets will generate focused strategies to bolster our financial stability and reinforce the strong relationships we’ve developed with our reinsurers.” 

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[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: A Few of Our Favorite Things: A Virtual Homage to the Players Centre , September 25, 7:30pm

On September 25, 2020 at 7:30pm, The Players Centre for Performing Arts is proud to host A Few of Our Favorite Things, a virtual homage to 90 years of live theatre in downtown Sarasota. A Few of Our Favorite Things was originally set to close our 91st season, but due to COVID-19 and our impending move in October, The Players has made it virtual and moved this cabaret to the top of our 91st season. Volunteers, patrons and staff have submitted songs, dances and stories about The Players, they’ve been edited together into one spectacular trip down memory lane. Expect a few surprises and maybe even a couple tears.  The Players was established in 1929, the same year the Iron Lung and the car radio were invented. That is 90 years of memories, friendships, and community arts education and entertainment. Such a historic and loving facility deserves a send-off like none other. This isn’t “goodbye,” it’s only “see you later.” Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at www.theplayers.org or by calling 941-365-2494. 

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Virtual: ALSO Youth Presents Virtual Variety Show , September 26, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Matthew McGee, a well-known performer in the Tampa/Sarasota area, will host ALSO Youth’s upcoming Virtual Variety Show “Better Together” on September 26th from 6:30 to 8:30. Mr. McGee has performed locally with the Asolo Rep, freeFall Theatre Company, Stageworks, American Stage in the Park, and the Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project. He is a two time Theatre Tampa Bay Award winner and a Broadway World’s Best Actor in a Musical winner. The Virtual variety Show will feature performances by local theater, dance, circus arts, and drag performers as well as cooking and cocktail demonstrations. An online auction featuring vacation stays, experiences and gift baskets will begin two weeks prior to the event and will conclude at the end of the Variety Show. Proceeds from the event will support ALSO Youth’s programs for LGBTQ+ youth. For more information about the event contact TonyBoothby@michaelsaunders.com or james@alsoyouth.org.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Women of Note: A Celebration of Female Composers of the 19th and 20th Centuries , October 1 – October 12

As part of Florida Studio Theatre’s Suffragist Project, an artistic celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of women’s right to vote, this stellar all-female quartet which includes Artist Series Concerts co-founder Lee Dougherty Ross, performs pieces by Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann, Amy Beach and Marion Bauer. The concert was filmed in July 2020 at Church of the Palms in Sarasota. Women of Note is hosted by Marcy Miller, executive director of Artist Series, and features cameo appearances by Kate Alexander, Ariel Blue and Meg Gilbert. With Jenny Kim-Godfrey, soprano; Robyn Rocklein, mezzo soprano; Gail Berenson and Lee Dougherty Ross, piano.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Privacy and Accountability: Not a Contradiction With Dr. Anita L. Allen , October 1

Dr. Allen will explore how ideals of freedom and moral responsibility for personal conduct can be squared. The pandemic of COVID 19 and increased state and industry surveillance raise this issue acutely. Anita L. Allen (’70-’74) is the Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and professor of philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. Allen is a global thought leader in the fields of privacy law, data protection and ethics. She is the chair of the board of the Electronic Privacy Information Center and has received EPIC’s Lifetime Achievement Award for 30 years of pioneering privacy scholarship and advocacy. Allen is one of the first African-American women to receive a doctorate in philosophy and the very first in history to be elected president of the American Philosophical Association. A prolific scholar, Allen has written and spoken about a wide range of topics, including privacy law, the philosophical basis of privacy, bioethics, women’s rights, and race relations. These issues mark the fault lines of American society—and explain the seismic shift in our law and culture.


[SOON]  SEMINAR: OLLI Lecture:: John Ringling and the Florida Boom , October 1, 2:30pm-4pm

No name has dominated Sarasota’s history like that of John Ringling, commonly known today as the “circus king who built a museum and started an art school.” A century ago, Ringling and his wife, Mable, spent a dozen quiet winters in Sarasota before the dramatic Florida Land Boom began in the 1920s. Always one to recognize opportunity, Ringling, often working with developer Owen Burns, seized the chance to profit from his significant land holdings in Sarasota and on its barrier islands. While developers George Merrick, Addison Mizner, Glenn Curtiss and Carl Fisher fought over the Miami-Palm Beach corridor, Ringling had freshly minted Sarasota County largely all to himself. This program traces the riches-to-ruin story of both the Florida Boom and John Ringling. He had many acquaintances but few friends, yet he reshaped Sarasota’s image and helped make it the cultural capital it is today. In this lecture, you will learn details of Ringling’s life that go far beyond the common perception. Tickets: $15. Members: $10.  Registration Closes On: Tuesday, September 29, 2020 @ 12:00 AM

Online Seminar

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Connections Documentary Film Series: Made in Boise , October 13, 2:30pm-4:30pm

In the conservative heartland of Boise, Idaho, a most unexpected industry has emerged— commercial surrogacy. Here, 1 in 15 mothers (most of whom are Mormon or Catholic) will carry a baby for strangers who struggle with infertility, for gay couples, and single men from around the world. The local hospital St. Luke’s, runs the most comprehensive surrogacy program of its kind with a network of community, medical, and legal support. Made in Boise is an eye-opening rare glimpse into how this red state became the unofficial surrogacy capital of the U.S. and is redefining family in unexpectedly progressive ways. This surprising story is beautifully told and heart-warming at every level. Tuition: $15. Member: $10. Registration closes on October 10 at 12am.


[SOON]  SEMINAR: OLLI: Turbulent Times and their Effect on the 2020 Election , October 21, 3pm-4:30pm

After 47 years of teaching, Susan MacManus retired as Distinguished Professor Emerita of the department of Government and International Affairs at the University of South Florida-Tampa. She is author and co-author of over a dozen books and a sought-after nationally-known political analyst and noted commentator on state and national television news.

In the past, seniors have been America’s most dependable voters and were coveted by political can-didates because they historically voted at the greatest rate in elections. Nevertheless, the country has been undergoing an upheaval that has hard-ened political views and is causing the electorate to make decisions based more on personality than on political competence. Will the 2020 election bring unprecedented younger voters to the polls based on political issues, a trust of the principles of democracy, and a desire to see America regain its prominence in the world?

Called the “most-quoted political analyst in Florida,” Susan MacManus returns to Einstein’s Circle to share her experienced insight with us. She will talk about voting history, changing de-mographics in Florida, and what the numbers are telling us about the outcome of this very conten-tious race.


[SOON]  MUSIC: Under the Stars with Jennifer Kreider , October 26, 5:30pm

Jennifer and Austin delighted judges and audience members alike at Artist Series Concerts’ 2016 National Voice Competition, where they took first and second place respectively. Fast-forward to 2020 and the duo, each now pursuing a busy music career, returns to Sarasota to perform together for the organization’s 25th season. Soprano Jennifer Kreider is pursuing a performer’s diploma under the guidance of Jane Dutton at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Her past roles include Musetta (La Bohème), Dew Fairy (Hansel and Gretel), Linfea (La Calisto) and many others. She has been a young artist at Opera in the Ozarks, the CoOPERAtive Program in Princeton, New Jersey, and the Franz Schubert Institute in Baden bei Wien, Austria. A native of Brandon, Florida, tenor Austin Cripe is currently pursuing his master’s degree at Florida State University. He has performed with Florida State Opera in the roles of Gastone in La Traviata, King Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, the title role in Candide and others. He has also performed with Red River Lyric Opera, the Savannah Voice Festival and Opera Tampa. The trio performs works by Brahms, Donizetti, Kurt Weill, Jerome Kern and more. With Austin Cripe, tenor; and Joseph Holt, piano

[SOON]  MUSEUM: The Ringling: Syd Solomon, Concealed and Revealed , December 19 – January 24, Museum hours.

Syd Solomon: Concealed and Revealed offers a unique selection of paintings by the artist, along with numerous objects from the Solomon Archive on view for the first time. Syd Solomon (American, 1917-2004) described himself as an “Abstract Impressionist” alluding to the fact that his work infused impressionism into the processes, scale and concepts of Abstract Expressionism. Solomon moved to Sarasota in 1946 with his wife Annie. His was the first work of contemporary art to be collected by The Ringling in 1962. His paintings were greatly influenced by climatic factors and reveal a fascination and concern for Florida’s aquatic environment. Solomon incorporated his experience as a camouflage designer during World War II into his painting. It is not well-known that he was also an accomplished graphic artist, who in his early years designed commercial signage for prominent hotels and businesses in Sarasota. Like his work in camouflage, Solomon’s calligraphic skill was essential to the development of his later gestural abstraction. The exhibition began December 19, 2019 and will end January 24, 2021, during museum hours.

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

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Small Wonders: Insects in Focus at The Bishop , June 17 – October 20, Museum hours.

Insects inhabit every domain of our daily lives, performing essential functions that balance our fragile ecosystem on Earth — functions that often go unnoticed because of their small size or scale. Now, using cutting-edge technology and custom methods that put tiny insects on a human scale, artist and photographer Bob Sober allows visitors to see the patterns, textures, colors and details that have always been present, but too small to appreciate in The Bishop’s newest special exhibition: Small Wonders: Insects in Focus.

Creating human-scale images of insects, with resolution so high that every hair, dimple and tiny structure is clearly revealed, was impossible prior to the technological advancements of the past 10 years. Now, Sober’s skills allow us to see the intersection of natural science and art in the smooth metallic finishes and heavily stippled textures, strange body shapes, delicate wing structures and beautifully engineered body components in this series of 30 images that will are on display in the Museum’s second-floor Rincon Gallery and throughout the Museum.

Small Wonders: Insects in Focus features 30 of Sober’s spectacular images and viewers will find themselves at the intersection of art and science. The exhibition, which is included in the cost of admission, is organized by ExhibitsUSA, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance and will be open at The Bishop through October 20.

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St. W, Bradenton

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