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SRQ DAILY Oct 26, 2020

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"That's just the magic of art, it slows the moment down."

- Mike Solomon, Local Painter featured in SRQ's November 2020 feature article Pandemic Portraits.

[Politics]  Buchanan, Good War Over Coronavirus At Debate
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

A debate between U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, and Democratic challenger Margaret Good, a state representative, turned pointed and personal at various times on Friday. Both candidates for Congress laid out plans for navigating the COVID-19 pandemic and restoring the national economy.

The two met in Palmetto for a debate hosted by Manatee Education Television that will repeat regularly before the election.

Buchanan noted his office felt the tragedy of the pandemic on a personal level, reminding a district staffer, Gary Tibbets, lost his life to the coronavirus. “I think he was the first staffer in Congress that we’ve lost,” Buchanan said. “But we’ve been engaged from Day One. With China, back in January we wanted to stop the flights. We’ve supported and tried to push telehealth, which is something very important for seniors who are taking advantage of that now.”

He’s also pushed to ensure when a vaccine becomes available, seniors will receive it for free.

Good noted this Congressional district serves as home for a disproportionate number of retirees and individuals over 65, who statistically face the greatest risk of death from the coronavirus.

“We have so many seniors that are worried about getting sick,” she said. “Their family, their friends are getting sick. Some of them are dying. We’re spending too much time in isolation. We have got families who are experiencing economic insecurity for the first time in their lives, and we have a failed response, frankly.”

Good said the pandemic has run out of control thanks to a lack of contact tracing and broader testing, along with more transparency from federal leaders about the impact the virus delivered on individuals lives. “When I get to Congress, I will make sure that we treat the public health crisis like what it is, a crisis,” she said. “I will follow science and I will follow the experts. And I will work to ensure that we provide relief for the people that need it. There are still a million people in Florida that are unemployed through no fault of their own, and unfortunately our current Representative has turned his back.”

She trashed Buchanan for companies connected to him accepting $7 million in Paycheck Protection Program loans while he voted against extending unemployment.

But Buchanan countered the problems facing Floridians who could not receive timely assistance stem from a broken state system. Florida’s CONNECT website, put in place under Gov. Rick Scott, crushed under a flood of claims early in the pandemic as layoffs began, and there’s now an investigation into the now universally criticized system. While Good criticized a position Buchanan took on continuing to offer extended unemployment, he said he supported the original rescue package. But in three state legislative sessions, lawmakers did nothing to overhaul the state system, Buchanan said.

“I supported unemployment, and I agree with you, we have one of the worst systems in Florida in the country. And that’s your job, not my job, to fix that,” he said. “You had three years and you did nothing. You have no track record of getting anything done.”

Voters in U.S. House District 16 will vote on Nov. 3. 

[New Position]  Jane Grogg Named Director of Sarasota County Area Transit Services

Jane Grogg has been named as the director of Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT), after serving in the role in an interim capacity since January. According to Sarasota County Administrator Jonathan Lewis, Grogg's experience, planning background and long-time dedication to public service made her the ideal choice to lead SCAT. "Jane is the perfect fit to guide our transit system," Lewis said. "She has proven to be a collaborative, thoughtful and strategic presence while serving as the interim director, and proved herself as a leader." 

For more information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at (941) 861-5000 or visit scgov.net.

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[New Office]  The Twig Non-Profit is Branching Out

The Twig is excited to announce they are opening a second location in the Lakewood Ranch/Bradenton area by summer of 2021. This location will enable the non-profit based in Venice to expand their reach of blessing the lives of children in foster care. Conveniently located on SR64 just east of 75 this location will be easily accessible for the many foster families located throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties.


In September 2020 The Twig was gifted an initial $200,000 grant from The Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation. An additional $50,000 matching grant has also been offered by the Barancik foundation.

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[New Grant]  Child Protection Center Awarded $10,000 COVID Response Grant

The Child Protection Center, Inc. (CPC) was selected as the recipient of a $10,000 COVID-19 Response grant thanks to the generosity of Gulf Coast Community Foundation and Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation. This funding was awarded to combat the increased demand for services that correlate with the expected rise in child abuse reports in the fall. This grant will support CPC’s Children and Families Supervised Visitation Program (CFSVP), one of CPC’s four core programs. 

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[New Grant]  Tidewell Receives CareerEdge Grant to Fund Hospice Certification for RNs, CNAs

Tidewell Hospice has received a grant from CareerEdge Funders Collaborative to allow the organization’s Registered Nurses and certified nursing assistants to obtain advanced hospice certification. The $15,900 grant will fund training and examination fees for 22 RNs and 10 CNAs. Upon successfully passing the Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse examination (RNs) and Certified Hospice and Palliative Nursing Assistant examination, colleagues are awarded the appropriate credentials, CHPN® and CHPNA®, for RNs and CNAs, respectively. “On behalf of the Tidewell Foundation and Tidewell Hospice, we are grateful to have received this grant from CareerEdge,” said Tidewell Foundation President Debbie Mason. “Having a trained and strong specialty hospice workforce is so important to Tidewell’s ability to provide world-class care. This, as well as other support we’ve received, has helped us respond to the shortage of trained hospice nurses.” 

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[New Hire]  Kathy Hobday Joins RE/MAX Platinum Realty

Kathy Hobday has joined RE/MAX Platinum Realty as a Realtor in the Venice office. Having moved more than two dozen times in her life, she has become an authority on relocations. “I learned a lot about what not to do and what I want to deliver to clients as a real estate professional,” she says. The Venice office is located at 307 W. Venice Avenue. Hobday can be reached at 314-363-3877 or Kathy@HobdayRealEstate.com.  

[Job Fair ]  Sharky’s on the Pier and Fins at Sharky’s to Host COVID-19 Recovery Job Fair

Job seekers, it’s time to join the family – the Venice Pier Group family. Sharky’s on the Pier and Fins at Sharky’s, located smack dab on the Gulf at 1600 Harbor Drive S., are hosting a Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27th. The renowned destination restaurants are looking to hire experienced team members to prepare for the upcoming 2020-2021 season.  

[New Food]  Libby’s Neighborhood Brasserie Releases a Seasonal Menu

Libby’s Neighborhood Brasserie, with two locations in Sarasota, has released a seasonal ‘LTO’ (Limited Time Offer) menu. It will be available from Monday, October 26th-Sunday, November 8th. Libby’s is known for its accessible dishes, and neighborhood ambiance. Libby’s, originally opened in 2008, is a locally owned and operated restaurant. Expanding in 2019, the restaurant group opened their second location in Lakewood Ranch. Both Libby’s locations are currently accepting reservations.  

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Online Learning Labs: Mote Marine High School Program , October 7 – December 2

Mote’s Learning Labs are a series of virtual, interactive college and career preparatory labs that will provide students the opportunity to develop and hone professional skills for future STEM careers. Participants will gain basic knowledge in marine science concepts and experience in lab/field work. Additionally, marine science professionals will introduce participants to a variety of career opportunities and conduct career explorations. The intention of this program is to offer participants a head start toward their future goals in STEM and advance the next generation of STEM professionals. Learning Labs take place monthly on Wednesdays from 5pm to 8pm, via secure Zoom webinar. Registration for each Learning Lab is $10 and covers all necessary materials for your session.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Selby: 45th Anniversary Orchid Show: Women Breaking the Glasshouse Ceiling , October 10 – November 29

The year the land for Selby Gardens' Downtown Sarasota campus was purchased is also a momentous one in women's history. The dynamic display in the Tropical Conservatory celebrates the Suffrage Movement and the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote. The Museum of Botany & the Arts will showcase our preserved plant collections. Our Historic Spanish Point campus Gazebo will also receive the Orchid Show treatment and pay tribute to Sarasota pioneer Bertha Palmer. This year marks the 45th anniversary of the official opening of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens' Downtown Sarasota campus. To celebrate, the Orchid Show will honor founder, Marie Selby, and highlight the accomplishments of the many notable women who have built on her legacy and helped to make Selby Gardens home to the best scientifically-documented collection of orchids in the world. The year the land for Selby Gardens' Downtown Sarasota campus was purchased is also a momentous one in women's history. The dynamic display in the Tropical Conservatory celebrates the Suffrage Movement and the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote. The Museum of Botany & the Arts will showcase our preserved plant collections. Our Historic Spanish Point campus Gazebo will also receive the Orchid Show treatment and pay tribute to Sarasota pioneer Bertha Palmer. 

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 1534 Mound Street Sarasota, 34236

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ringling College: Illest of Ill , October 23 – December 4, Museum hours

Illest of Illustration is an annual juried exhibition that showcases the outstanding works created by current Illustration students of Ringling College of Art and Design. Over 100 works were chosen from more than 200 submissions. The talented guest jurors, Justin and Annie Stegg Gerard, made their selections based on the quality of technique, concept, and skill of medium used. Exhibition open by appointment only. Email galleries@ringling.edu to request an appointment. This exhibit began on October 23, 2020 and will end on December 4, 2020, during museum hours.

Ringling College Galleries

[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]  GRAB BAG: Virtual: Out Of The Blue 2020 Fundraising Event , October 29, 6:30pm-8pm

Welcome to Out of the Blue 2020 – a unique Live Online Event and Costume Contest supporting the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Throughout the month of October, you will have the opportunity to enter a picture of your best “BLUE” costume. On October 29th from 6:30-8:00 pm, NAMI will host a Live Online Zoom event emceed by entertainer Jonathan Cortez and featuring local artists and talent all in support of NAMI. Our evening will wrap up by announcing the Costume Contest winners with a “Best in Blue” winner in each category. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to have fun creating a “Bluetiful” costume along with an enjoyable – and safe – evening of entertainment.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: 2020 AIA Gulf Coast Sarasota Design Conference , October 29 – November 1

For over three decades, AIA Florida Gulf Coast Chapter has hosted the Sarasota Design Conference, a unique event in a unique city. The Conference aims to be motivational for both attendees and speakers and has created a history of featuring design-innovative speakers both established and up-and-coming who are able to interact with their attendees in a casual setting that encourages dialog and learning. This biennial event is well attended by industry professionals, primarily architects in the Florida Caribbean region. Registration for virtual attendance is open now through October 25, 2020

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Boo! at The Bazaar , October 31, 10-3pm

Come trick or treat at The Bazaar. Enjoy interactive experiences from 21 Century Shakespeare Theatre company. Every hour they will be performing Halloween inspired skits outside in the courtyard, also Let's Create Art is hosting a coloring contest with prizes.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Opera Film - Madama Butterfly , November 1, 1:30pm

Madama Butterfly is one of most performed and best loved operas of all time. The tragic story of the geisha Cio Cio San and the U.S. naval officer Pinkerton touches all audiences. Director Mario Gas sets his new interpretation in a 1930's film studio, where they are working on a movie adaptation of Puccini's soaring opera of romance and innocence lost.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: SarasotaMOD Weekend , November 6 – November 8
Please join in celebrating the architectural legacy of Carl Abbott FAIA at this year's SarasotaMOD.
[SOON]  MUSIC: Online: Live from the Sarasota Opera House , November 13, 7:30pm

Sarasota Opera's first live-streamed performance will take place on Friday, November 13 at 7:30 PM at the Sarasota Opera House, featuring favorite opera selections by Verdi, Rossini, Puccini, Wagner, and Mozart, accompanied by piano. A limited number of tickets will be available for an in-person, distanced audience at $25-45. Tickets for the live stream are $10. The live stream will be available for viewing for two weeks.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: SCD + Piazzolla Collaboration with Ann Pilot , November 19 – November 22, 7:30pm except Sunday 2:00pm

Back by popular demand, SCD continues to bring their collaborations to a nuevo level with renowned harpist, Ann Hobson Pilot. This performance is originally choreographed by Leymis Bolaños Wilmott, inspired by la música of Astor Pantaleon Piazzolla. Pilot’s arrangement for the harp, violin, and bandoneon, inspired by Piazzola’s compositions, infuses the composer’s melodías into a contemporary mix of música de tango with jazz and classical influences. Through an invigorating visual and emotional experience, SCD brings a passionate and poignant performance to the Historic Asolo Theater with Piazzolla from November 19, 2020 until November 22, 2020. Performances at 7:30pm, except Sunday at 2pm.

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