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SRQ DAILY Jan 11, 2021

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"Total empathy is more than satisfying design parameters. It's also responding to a client's devotion to their product as well as the patient's need for it."

- Rob Brady, ROBRADY

[Medical]  ROBRADY-Designed Shields Contain Air Contaminants
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

The COVID-19 pandemic forced medical professionals to innovate and reevaluate how they deal with respiratory treatment while containing an airborne virus. Now, a pair of products developed by a Missouri-based medical company and designed by Sarasota-based ROBRADY could provide the benefits of a negative-pressure hospital room with a hand-held product that fits onto a nebulizer.

Safer Medical Products developed Respiratory Shield and the Endoshield pathogen containment systems were developed in response to the pandemic. With concerns over an airborne virus, medical professionals across the country found themselves challenged simply treating asthma patients and others with common respiratory ailments. Hospitals struggled to find negative pressure spaces to ensure air breathed out by patients could be contained. Dr. Todd Baker, of Safer Medical Products, told the Emergency Physicians Monthly podcast that care for basic asthma attacks was compromised in emergency rooms.

“Patients were getting better care in the back of an ambulance or at home,” he said.

So the company of physicians developed the Respiratory Shield and the Endoshield. That can be used in connection with existing respiratory machines to achieve the same goal as a negative-pressure room by capturing air exhaled by patients to reduce any viral load breathed into the air. For example, when affixed over a nebulizer mask, patients will breath in from the nebulizer like normal, but when they exhale, the air breathed out will be captured by the Respiratory Shield rather than going into the open air.

The concept was fine-tuned at ROBRADY, a Sarasota firm that has designed countless products in the medical space and elsewhere, from military products to transportation. The team there developed a series of 3-D printed prototypes that were evaluated and refined. “Total empathy is more than satisfying design parameters. It’s also responding to a client’s devotion to their product as well as the patient’s need for it,” said ROBRADY founder Rob Brady about the process.

The final product utilizes transparent barriers in combination with a negative pressure system that blocks airborne pathogens like the coronavirus and captures them in high-efficiency and ultra-low particulate air filter systems. The Respiratory Shield can be used with nebulizers, BI/PAP and CPAP machines and during swab collections. The Endoshield can be used for video laryngoscopy, fiber optic placement and intubation.

The medical equipment should now be of use for medical professionals not just for the duration of the pandemic but into the future, as concerns about airborne infections and contamination continue in the future. 

[New Acquisition]  Public Accounting and Business Advisory Firm Mueller Announces Acquisition

Plum & Company, P.A., a certified public accounting firm headquartered in Sarasota, Florida has been acquired by Chicago area-based firm, Mueller & Co., LLP. Plum & Company will operate under the Mueller name and continue to serve clients at their respective Florida address. “This next step in our Firm’s development will provide significant benefits to our clients, “said Laura Plum, CPA and owner of Plum & Company. “We will have expanded services and resources of a highly respected firm that serves clients not just nationally but internationally, while still providing high touch service to clients at a local level.” 

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[Student Program]  Goodwill and Bayshore High School Partner on Work Program for Exceptional Students

For exceptional students enrolled at area high schools, the ESE (Exceptional Student Learning) program helps each student with a disability to progress in school as well as prepare for life after school. Thanks to Goodwill Manasota's High School Work Experience Program, ESE students from area high schools and the Easterseals Southwest Florida VIP Academy also benefit from real-life work experience through placements at area Goodwill retail stores. “We are extremely excited about this program: it offers students real-life work experience and, potentially, a job at Goodwill after they graduate, if they are interested in applying,” said Goodwill career development facilitator Morgan Howell. “The students learn important employability skills and gain valuable information about the world of work, such as what they enjoy or don’t enjoy doing, the value of teamwork, and the pride of doing a job well. We are pleased we found a way to continue this program with our Bayshore students, even as the pandemic continues on.” 

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[New Stores]  St. Armands Welcomes a New Era with New Merchants and Branding

St. Armands Circle, Sarasota’s iconic shopping, dining, and services destination, is growing and reinvigorating, welcoming more than eight new merchants and introducing a refreshed brand in 2021. Joining its nearly 140 existing establishments, new businesses include: Vernona Gourmet Market and Restaurant, Sea Bags, Butterfly Beach, Anna's, Sea Glass Lane, Meaney's Mini-Donuts & Coffee House, Arcade Monsters and The Whiskey Barrel. “This is an exciting time for us, as well as our visitors,” said Diana Corrigan, executive director of the St. Armand’s Circle Association, “as we provide even more reasons to come to our tropical community.” 

[Job Opportunity ]  Seeking Board Members to Support Paratransit Service

Community representatives are needed for the Sarasota County and Manatee County Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Boards (TD LCB). As a Board member, your role on the LCB is essential to people who rely on paratransit services every day, and for many this includes life-sustaining activities. You will identify local paratransit service needs and provide information, advice, and direction to the local paratransit service provider. Members are unpaid volunteers and serve a three-year term. Interested parties should contact Corinne Tucker, corinne@mympo.org, for more information. 

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[New Hire]  Jewish Family & Children’s Service of the Suncoast Hires CEO

JFCS of the Suncoast is pleased to announce the hiring of Arthur Lerman as their CEO. Lerman has served as the Interim CEO for the past six months. “Arthur has done an excellent job leading the organization as our Interim CEO”, said Dean Miller, Chair of the JFCS Board of Directors. “We were very impressed with the work Arthur accomplished. The Board went through a rigorous and comprehensive review of Arthur’s candidacy upon learning of his interest in the permanent position. We are very pleased to have Arthur on board to provide leadership for the foreseeable future.” 

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[New Hire]  Allegiant Private Advisors Expands by Welcoming Susan K. Bacon as Senior Operations Specialist

Allegiant Private Advisors has hired Susan K. Bacon as a senior operations specialist. Bacon joined the Sarasota-based independent firm which provides fiduciary-level financial planning and investment advisory services as part of the client service team. 

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[COVID-19]  Manatee County Activates New Vaccine Registration Site

Manatee County launches its new pre-registration pool process tonight. Seniors ages 65 and older can register for the waiting list by visiting vax.mymanatee.org. Seniors may also book an appointment by calling 311 weekdays from 8am - 5pm, beginning tomorrow. Regardless of how seniors sign up, there is no deadline to join the pool.  

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[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Virtual: Bookstore 1 Sarasota: The Poetry Zoom Book Club led by Doug Knowlton , January 13, 2pm

This month we're discussing A Map of the Lost World by Rick Hilles on January 13, 2021 at 2pm. A fee of $23 is required for participation. This includes a copy of A Map of the Lost World and the Zoom book club meeting. The fee is $28.50 to have the book shipped. The poems that make up A Map of the Lost World range from tightly-wrought shorter lyrics to longer autobiographical narratives to patterns of homage (in several forms) of poets that Hilles admires and emulates (including Richard Hugo, James Wright, James Merrill and Larry Levis) to extended voice-driven meditations, one in the voice of a German Jewish woman, a prisoner who would escape a French concentration camp and go on to fight in the French resistance, to other efforts to confront history and not be devoured by history, and to locate, even resuscitate, friends lost to death, if only provisionally. Ticket purchase required for Zoom link.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Bookstore 1 Sarasota: Imagining Your Way Through Pandemic: Storytelling and Tarot , January 13 – April 14, 5pm-7pm

Join New College creative writing professor Dr. Emily Carr for this four-part Zoom workshop series is offered from 5pm to 7pm on the second Wednesday of the month: January 13, February 10, March 10, and April 14. A fee of $95 is required for participation. This includes a copy of the required text, The Creative Tarot: A Modern Guide to an Inspired Life by Jessa Crispin, and all four Zoom sessions. This mixed-genre, all-levels workshop includes a basic introduction to the Tarot, generative writing exercises, storytelling tips and tricks, unique Tarot-inspired provocations for creativity in times of crisis, and a discussion of the various ways writers might use the Tarot in their work. This workshop is open to writers at all levels, working in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Together, we'll explore a series of Tarot-inspired writing activities designed to offer you strategies for using the cards to 1) start a new poem/story/essay 2) inject new life and surprising stakes into a poem/story/essay you're already working on and/or 3) breakthrough imaginative blocks - in this particular historical moment.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Speaking of the Arts with Francisco Serrano , January 12, 1pm

Arts Advocates continues its Speaking of the Arts series with Francisco Serrano, a member of England's Royal Ballet. Serrano will share his star-studded journey from Sarasota to London via New York and Havana, as well as video clips of him performing and rehearsing. "Speaking of the Arts... Meet Francisco Serrano, Artist with England's Royal Ballet” is on January 12, at 1pm and is free via Zoom. Registration, which is limited, is required. Arts Advocates is pleased to offer this Speaking of the Arts program in collaboration with the award-winning Sarasota Cuban Ballet School (SCBS), led by Serrano's parents, Cuban-born Ariel Serrano, artistic director, and Wilmian Hernandez, managing director.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Center for Architecture: Designing Sarasota an Architectural History , January 12 – April 17, Gallery hours.

In collaboration with the Sarasota Architectural Foundation, the Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation and the AIA Gulf Coast Chapter, this exhibit will examine the unique history of architecture in Sarasota from the time of Native Americans to the present and will run from January 12 until April 17, 2021. Timed reservation information will be available soon.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Virtual: Bookstore 1 Sarasota: The Mysteries to Die For Zoom Book Club led by Elsie Souza , January 12, 2pm

This month we're discussing Open Season by C.J. Box on January 12, 2021 at 2pm. A fee of $22 is required for participation. This includes a copy of Open Season and the Zoom book club meeting. The fee is $27.50 to have the book shipped. The first novel in the thrilling series featuring Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett from #1 New York Times bestselling author C. J. Box. Ticket purchase required for Zoom link.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Virtual: The Ringling: Music in the Circus , January 12, 1pm

Join Jennifer Lemmer Posey, Tibbals Curator of Circus, and representatives from the circus music historical society Windjammers Unlimited, Inc., as they discuss the integral role that circus musicians played in the success of the show at 1pm on January 12, 2021. $5 / Free for Members.


[SOON]  GALLERY: Ringling College: Ligature XI: Parametric Type , January 11 – February 12, 9am-3pm

Celebrating its 11th year, the Type Club presents Ligature Show XI, a juried student exhibition of typographic work from all majors in categories such as Drop Cap, Type in Motion, Hand Lettering, and Editorial from January 11 until February 12 . This exhibition showcases the typographic excellence at Ringling College of Art and Design. This exhibtion is sponsored by SRQ Media Group, and WUSF 89.7. Appointments are required to view this exhibition. Admission to this exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery Hours are Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm.

[SOON]  THEATER: Virtual: Florida Studio Theatre: Discovering Heritage , January 14, 11am

FST audiences may remember the work of husband and wife creative team Jason Odell Williams and Charlotte Cohn from their Winter Mainstage play, Handle With Care. Now, we reconnect with the couple as they share about their latest work - a musical - which continues their creative exploration of Cohn's Jewish heritage. As the Nazis plan to round up all of the Danish Jews for concentration camp assignment in the fall of 1943, one family of five attempts to elude capture by hiding in a fishing boat traveling to Sweden - and freedom. In this FST Forum on January 14, 2021 at 11am, we will examine what it takes to bring such an emotionally-charged story to life and how to tell a true story with justice, authenticity, and heart.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Inspirations , January 14 – January 17

Great composers have always looked to other great composers for guidance and inspiration. This program, from January 14 until January 17, 2021, features music whose composition was influenced by other masters. American Caroline Shaw, the youngest-ever recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in Music, was inspired to write her 2011 string quartet Entr’acte after hearing a performance of Haydn’s quartet, Op. 77, No. 2. Her captivating, cinematic writing has earned her widespread acclaim as one of the most important young voices in today’s music world. Antonin Dvorak had recently lost his mother when he decided to rework the slow movement from an earlier string quartet into the hypnotic Nocturne in B Major in 1883. Nine years later, Josef Suk, Dvorak's student and future son-in-law, was challenged by his teacher to “lighten up” his melancholy music. Suk responded with the sunny and romantic Serenade for Strings, by far his most popular and enduring work. $10 Streaming Access from January 21 - 26.

Holley Hall, 709 North Tamiami Trail

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: The Ringling: Restorative Ringling , January 14, 4pm-5pm

Join us at Restorative Ringling on January 14, 2021 from 4pm to 5pm for a variety of activities designed to soothe body, mind, and spirit. Sketching with Keith Crowley in The Mable Ringling Rose Garden.

The Ringling Museum

[SOON]  MUSEUM: The Children's Garden: For The Birds , January 13, 11am-11:30am

This is a fun morning learning about our feathered friends and what makes them so unique on Wednesday, January 13 from 11am to 11:30am. Do you know what our State Bird is? We are making little paper bag bird nests with nature finds & each child's nest gets an egg with seed and soil to plant at home. This is a perfect activity for all ages and best of all it is included in your admission & free for members.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Virtual: The Bishop: Think + Drink Science , January 13, 7pm-9pm
Want to capture that amazing night-sky shot? Join expert astro-imagers as they discuss and demonstrate some basic astrophotography techniques during this month's think + drink science program "Fundamentals of Astrophotography" on January 13 from 7pm to 9pm on Zoom. Discussion will include techniques of nightscape photography, wide-field Milky Way panoramas, deep sky images using a DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera and planetary imaging. Cost is $3 for members of the Discovery Society and $5 for all others.

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