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"I hope the Congressman's proposals for reform ultimately are approved so that no parent ever has to go through what we did."

- Kimberly Weaver, Mother to Spc. Nicholas Panipinto

-Home of the Year, as seen in SRQ's March 2021 edition. Click the photo for the full article.
[Congress]  Buchanan Presses Army After Soldier's Death
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

It’s been two and half years since Bradenton soldier Nicholas Panipinto died in a training accident in South Korea. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, let Army brass know in a hearing this week that a similar tragedy can never be allowed to happen again.

The congressman was part of a hearing entitled “Learning From and Preventing Future Training Mishaps,” held Tuesday by the House Armed Services Committee, where he directed a series of questions to Gen. Joseph Martin, vice chief of staff for the Army.

“We’ve got the best military on the planet but we can always do better,” Buchanan said. He noted that in 2017, the military lost more soldiers to training accidents than to combat. That’s unacceptable, he said. Regarding Panipinto’s death in particular, he said there was much reason for alarm.

Panipinto died in a vehicle rollover, flipping an M2A3 fighting vehicle he wasn’t certified to drive, at Camp Humphreys. The base itself didn’t have a fully stocked ambulance or a MedEvac helicopter. The Army specialist had to be transported two hours after the crash by local ambulance to a civilian hospital, where he died from his injuries later the same day.

Buchanan’s office has worked with Kimberly Weaver, Panipinto’s mother, on reforms since then. Last year, he got a proposal passed into law requiring an inventory on medical readiness at U.S. bases around the globe.

Martin, for his part, told Buchanan the Army is in that process now, and will strive to ensure all bases have the right medical infrastructure in place. He also acknowledged a number of failures that led the Panipinto’s death and said officers were held responsible. Military.com last year reported three of Panipinto’s superiors were drummed out of the Army over the incident.

“We took appropriate action against the individuals who failed the soldier that day,” Martin said.

Training for vehicles has been made more rigorous since the accident, but Martin said the truth is standards in place at the time were not followed.

Buchanan remains alarmed by some of the oversights and asked for assurances mistakes will not be repeated. “Steps need to be taken so parents don’t have to go through this again,” he said.

Weaver, for her part, released a statement through Buchanan’s office hopeful reforms will make a difference. "It's heartening to see the Armed Services Committee respond to Vern's request for a public hearing," she said. "I hope the congressman's proposals for reform ultimately are approved so that no parent ever has to go through what we did." 


Photo of Spc. Nicholas Panipinto and family.

[ShopTalk ]  Stay Happy & Humble With New Local Gift Box Company
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Meet new local gifting company, Happy & Humble – Gifts of Gratitude. With the intention to spread local joy and luxury to you and your loved ones, thoughtfully-curated gift boxes are filled with "indulgent and useful products from companies with integrity and purpose." Happy & Humble simplifies the process of shopping by sourcing and putting together thoughtful, meaningful gifts that ensure the recipients of your gifts feel loved and special. "We take care of every detail — from sourcing the best products to fine-tuning the browsing and shopping experience to making sure each gift is delivered in perfect condition so that you can click and relax," says founder Lisa Grabisch. 

Pictured above is the SRQ Deluxe Gift Box CollectionSun Spirit Cooling Aloe Mist by Among the Flowers, Sarasota Pocket Notebook by artist Ali Kurzeja, IndahGlow and Co Sunstick, a cookie from Monarch Baking Company, two essential oil wipes by Happy Spritz, SRQ Jute Bag and a large bouquet of florals (will vary by season/availability). 

Happy & Humble donates 5% of the proceeds from the SRQ Delux Box to two local charities: Pace Center for Girls and the Humane Society of Sarasota County.

Visit shophappyandhumble.com to shop, or check out their Instagram (@shophappyandhumble). 

[Children's Event]  Manatee Mischief for Manatee Appreciation Day

With Manatee Appreciation Day coming up on March 31, Bishop Museum Science Sprouts will be celebrating manatees this month with "Manatee Mischief" during our March 28 program. Get silly as they sing songs, tell stories, play games, and make crafts about these loveable marine mammals. From 10:30-11am at the Bishop Musuem of Science. Tickets are $14 per child. 

Click here to register.

[Children's Resources]  New Children's Book Exploring Loss Benefits Tidewell Foundation

Sara Jonas, local author of the new children’s book, “Ham’s Big Adventure,” is donating 33 percent of the book’s proceeds to the Tidewell Foundation, Inc. The proceeds donated from the book will go toward caring for hospice patients and funding programs such as Tidewell Hospice’s Blue Butterfly Family Grief Centers. “Sara’s new book is a great lesson for children everywhere that you are never alone and love lives within all of us,” said Tidewell Foundation President Debbie Mason. “This lesson is even more important for children today, as they struggle to cope with being separated from family and friends during the pandemic.  

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[Recognition]  New Boys & Girls Clubs Campaign Reflects Community’s Impact on Future Leaders

In celebration of its 50th year as a leader in positive youth development, Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties is launching a campaign inviting people to see the difference their support is making in the continued growth and success of kids in our region. The “See Yourself Here” campaign conveys the connection between these members and people in our community through the hope, optimism and experiences they have in common. The campaign will also highlight Club alumni who continue to build upon the foundation they received during their time as members, as well as, community leaders whose generosity has resulted in greater opportunities for children to achieve greatness. 

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[Promotions]  B&I Expands Electrical Department

B & I Contractors, a Florida based subcontracting and building services firm, recently announced key promotions to drive the growth of its electrical department and expand its geographical footprint in the State of Florida. Michael Donnelly to Southwest Regional Electrical Operations Manager, Dustin Harrington to Electrical Superintendent in SW Region, John Mernin- “Promoted to Electrical Superintendent in SW Region, Rob McCool to West Central Regional Electrical Operations Manager. 

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[Recognition]  Doctor's Choice Receives Patient Satisfaction Award in Three Locations

Doctor’s Choice Home Care, Inc. received Fazzi Associates’ Home Health Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Patient Satisfaction 2020 Award of Distinction in three of its locations: Fort Myers, Englewood, and Port St. Lucie.  

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[Recognition]  Kerkering Barberio Named a TBBJ Top Accounting Firm

Kerkering, Barberio & Co., Certified Public Accountants, is pleased to announce its place as one of the 2021 Tampa Bay Business Journal Largest Accounting Firms in Tampa Bay. Kerkering Barberio & Co. has been in the top ten rankings for multiple years and is ranked as 7th for 2021. 

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[Nonprofit Fundraising]  Association of Fundraising Professionals Chapter President Selected to Speak at International Conference

Tracy Vanderneck, MSM, CFRE, President of Phil-Com, has been selected to present at the largest international conference for nonprofit fundraising education, the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP) ICON 2021 (afpicon.com) in June. “This will be my first time presenting at ICON,” Vanderneck said. “It is the largest and most well-respected educational conference for the profession of fundraising, and I am thrilled to be a part of it by showing attendees how a successful Case for Support can help their organizations raise more money.” 

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[Technological Upgrade]  Sarasota Memorial Hospital Offers Experimental Treatment for Pancreatic Cancer Patients

 Sarasota Memorial Hospital is one of just two hospitals in Florida enrolling pancreatic cancer patients in a Phase III clinical trial to extend survival and improve quality of life. Patients receive eight treatments at two week intervals of a unique drug-device combination called RenovoGem. Kenneth Meredith, MD (medical director of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Specialty Program at SMH), is leading the trial at SMH. 

[In This Issue]  SRQ Magazine's March 2021 Edition

Don't miss all the great features in SRQ Magazine's March 2021 edition. 

Click here to read the all the great articles in SRQ's March 2021 edition.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Resilient Retreat: Resilient Rhapsody: Concert Series , May 9, 4:30pm-7pm

Resilient Retreat Welcomes You To Resilient Rhapsody: Concert Series Featuring the Sarasota Pops on their beautiful 84 acres of conservation land on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 9 at Resilient Retreat, 13010 Fruitville Road. Proceeds benefit Resilient Retreat and our mission to provide trauma-informed support for abuse survivors and those that witness trauma in the workplace. Gates will open at 4:30pm and the performance will take place from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Individual tickets are $40 per person and VIP seating is $60 per person. COVID safety protocols will be followed. Sponsorship opportunities are available, for more information please call 9413430039.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Fools & Friends Acoustic Trio with Al Fuller , April 3, 8pm

The Ship of Fool‘s Nate Howell and Turner Moore will be joined by Al Fuller for two sets of acoustic music including Grateful Dead, Beatles, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash, and others at the outdoor stage (weather permitting) at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center on Saturday, April 3 at 8pm. Tickets are $12 for WSLR+Fogartyville members and $15 for the general public. Advance tickets are available at WSLR.org. Formed in 2012 in Sarasota, Ship of Fools features soaring leads, driving rhythm and tight harmonies. The band performs improvisational rock and blues, blending folk, bluegrass, reggae, and traditional American music in a dynamic mix. The acoustic trio will feature 2 members of the band and include bluesman Al Fuller. Al’s fine, bluesy baritone voice reels out tune after tune with precision, while accompanying himself on a Gibson 6-string, a Fender Stratocaster, a National Reso-phonic Guitar, assorted harmonicas, and some fancy footwork.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual Talk: Van Wezel: Everybody's Talking About Jamie , April 17 – April 21, 4pm

Meet the West End stars of the hit musical "Everybody's Talking About Jamie" on Saturday, April 17 at 4pm. Your purchase includes access to re-watch the Video On Demand from 12am on April 18 through 11:59pm on April 21. Featuring: Layton Williams (Jamie/Tour), Noah Thomas (Jamie/London), Melissa Jacques (Margaret), Hiba Elbichkie (Pritti), Dan Gillespie-Sells (Music) and Jonathan Butterell (Director). Inspired by a true story, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is the award-winning hit musical that celebrates acceptance, belonging, the power of unconditional love of a mother for her child and how good life is when everybody is the best they can be. Jamie New is a 16-year-old from Sheffield, England who doesn’t quite fit in. Supported by his brilliant, loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight. The Broadway Cast Reunion Series gives audiences a chance to do what they may never have done before: visit “backstage” with the cast and hear personal, hilarious, unscripted stories and gossip – as the casts really let their hair down. Viewers can even ask questions via the chat feature.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Virtual: Van Wezel: Dave Koz: Cruisin' on a Sunday Afternoon , April 18, 5pm

With cruising set to come back BIG time next year in 2022, we wanted to get the celebration started early by “Cruisin’ On A Sunday Afternoon” with some of our favorite cruise artists on April 18 at 5pm. Join your host Dave Koz as he welcomes very special guests Keiko Matsui, Eric Darius, Vincent Ingala, Adam Hawley and legendary radio host Pat Prescott for an afternoon of fun, amazing live music, cruise memories and surprise. We’ll “See The World Together Through Music” from the comfort and safety of our own sofas, spending an unforgettable afternoon as we being the countdown to 2022. It’s going to be the greatest reunion at sea, ever. Tickets are $25 and include a digital copy of Dave Koz Presents “Live from the Dave Koz Cruise” album.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Virtual: Van Wezel: Rock of Ages All-Star Reunion Concert , April 24, 8pm

The best-reviewed, most-nominated, longest running (hair band) musical of all time, will play a one-night only, livestream shredfest, featuring an all star “supergroup” of RoA alumni on April 24 at 8pm. Prepare to STREAM at the top of your lungs to some of the greatest 80’s hits, like you’ve never heard them before- Live from the REAL Bourbon Room Hollywood stage. Pants optional, rock horns required. Admission to the livestream concert includes access to a 24-hour Video-on-Demand replay. Only one livestream ticket is needed per household, not per individual. The music that ignited a generation soars to new heights in the critically-acclaimed and audience-adored hit musical Rock of Ages. Tickets are $33 and a number of ticket packages and upgrades are available, including a Backstage Pass add-on for an additional $15.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Virtual: Van Wezel: 50th Anniversary Reflections of Who's Next , April 30, 8pm

The Rock Project honors the 50th anniversary of The Who’s legendary album Who's Next along with other greatest hits in a streamed performance shot live from the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Long Island’s premier concert hall. The concert, on April 30 at 8pm, features the high-octane band, Wonderous Stories, along with special guest musicians, and the powerful Broadway voices of Constantine Maroulis (2x Tony Award Nominee, American Idol), Justin Matthew Sargent (Rock of Ages, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark), Lana Gordon (Chicago, The Lion King), and Michael Wartella (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Wicked). Together, they will commemorate the 50th Anniversary of this Triple Platinum album, track-by-track and note-for-note. Hailed as an undisputed masterwork of The Who’s career, WHO’S NEXT changed the world of rock after it was released in 1971 as their 5th studio album. With timeless songs like "Baba O’Riley” and "Won’t Get Fooled Again", WHO’S NEXT continues to resonate with listeners as if it were written yesterday. But don’t worry if your favorite Who songs aren't on this album! This concert also celebrates their greatest hits, so you can expect to hear other Who masterpieces like “Pinball Wizard” and “Long Live Rock” just to name a few.

[SOON]  : Virtual: Van Wezel: Titanique: The Maiden Voyage Concert , May 2, 7:30pm

What happens when the music of Céline Dion makes sweet Canadian love with the eleven-time Oscar-winning film Titanic? You get Titanique, an upcoming musical celebration that turns one of the greatest love stories of all time into a hysterical and joyful slay-fest. On Sunday, May 2 at 7:30pm, we’re sailing straight into your living room for Titanique: The Maiden Voyage Concert. Streaming live from New York City’s Le Poisson Rouge, this hilarious new musical comedy reveals what really happened to Jack and Rose on that fateful night, as told by Céline Dion (who hijacks a Titanic Museum tour and recharts the course of Titanic’s beloved moments). The evening will feature a powerhouse cast performing 15+ of Céline’s most iconic hits, including “My Heart Will Go On,” “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now,” and “All By Myself.” Girlfriends, it’s time to feel joy again. It’s time to feel love again. It’s time to strap on your life vest and and never let go! We’ll see you on the Ship of Dreams. Early Bird Pricing: $25 (available March 29 10am through April 11 at 11:59pm). General Pricing: $29 (beginning April 12). VIP packages with extended access and merchandise, ranging from $35-$125.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles , May 9, 7pm

Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles returns to the Van Wezel by popular demand on Sunday, May 9, 2021 at 7pm, delivering a note-for-note experience that brings all the greatest Beatles hits to life. Don’t miss the mind-blowing theatrical event that takes you back in time and was hailed by the Associated Press as “the next best thing to seeing The Beatles” Performing together longer than the Beatles themselves, RAIN delivers your favorite hits with the nuance of the legendary group – live on stage.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Death and The Maiden , March 25 – March 28

Franz Schubert’s monumental String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor was written in 1824 after the 27-year old composer had been hospitalized and knew that he was terminally ill. The title “Death and the Maiden” is taken from the quartet’s second movement, which is based on a song of that title Schubert had composed years earlier. Although Schubert did hear the quartet performed privately, the work was not published until three years after his death at age 31. The towering piece is considered one of the most important chamber music works in the repertoire, and an intense reflection on life and death. Gustav Mahler undertook the arrangement heard here for string orchestra in 1896. The performance will run at various times from May 25, 2021 until May 28, 2021. $10 Streaming Access from April 1, 2021 until April 6, 2021.

Holley Hall, 709 North Tamiami Trail

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Virtual: Asolo Repertory: James Baldwin Now with Playwright Ty Greenwood , March 25, 7:30pm

What does this complicated, witty, immensely perceptive, and above all brilliant thought leader mean to us in our local community of Sarasota, Florida? Join us on March 25 at 7:30pm as we discuss the impact of James Baldwin’s work with Playwright Ty Greenwood, who is in the midst of his creative process to write a piece of theatre commissioned by Asolo Rep and inspired by James Baldwin’s legacy. An IllumiNation Digital Three-Event Package is $39.00. Tickets to individual events are $15. For more information on the events and to purchase tickets, patrons should visit www.asolorep.org.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Virtual Talk: Van Wezel: Dear Evan Hansen , March 25 – March 28

Meet the Broadway and National Tour stars of the Tony Award sensation "Dear Evan Hansen" (Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score). Your purchase includes access to view the Video On Demand from 12am PST on March 25th through 11:59pm PST on March 28th. Featuring: Jordan Fisher (Evan Hansen on Broadway), Jessica Phillips (Heidi Hansen on Broadway), Christiane Noll (Cynthia Murphy on Broadway), Gabrielle Carrubba (Zoe Murphy on Broadway), Phoebe Koyabe (Alana Beck on Broadway), Ciara Harris (Alana Beck on tour), Stephen Christopher Anthony (Evan Hansen on tour), and Noah Kieserman (Connor Murphy on tour). The Broadway Cast Reunion Series gives audiences a chance to do what they may never have done before: visit “backstage” with the cast and hear personal, hilarious, unscripted stories and gossip—as the casts really let their hair down. Viewers can even ask questions via the chat feature.

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