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SRQ DAILY May 18, 2021

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"When it's layered just right, it's more than just one plus one equals two. It's truly memorable. That's why I call umami the fifth experience in food."

- Pam Smith, Co-founder of Gumpel’s Searing Spices

-Breakfast Diaries, as seen in SRQ's May/June 2021 edition. Click photo for the full article.
[Sandwiches]  Anthony's Deli Serves Throwback Charm and Massive Sandwiches
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

A vintage photo of Anthony’s Deli gets longtime Sarasota residents in the feels. The tricolore sign has the original location’s phone number on it, and since it’s missing the area code it almost looks like it could be located on some nondescript thoroughfare of Fairfield, New Jersey. The original Sarasota deli came and went, but last year, Anthony Puccio, whose family owned the original location for decades, got back into the game after years away.

Opened in late summer of last year—a brave time to open any business, let alone a restaurant—the new store makes use of the same logo. More importantly, it makes use of the same recipes that honor the Italian American staples many from the Northeast grew up on. The Italian sausage sub comes with sauteed peppers and onions inside a freshly baked Italian roll. The sausage has a touch of kick and a whole lot of fennel and garlic. With the option of making it a parmigiana-style preparation—which adds mozzarella and marinara—it tastes just like Mama Leone’s, who left a note on the door of Anthony’s grocery store and told him to move out to the country.

Anthony’s Deli is back-ack-ack-ack-ack-ack. 

Anthony’s Deli & Eatery, 4944 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 941-365-2998

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[Job Opportunity ]  Save Our Seabirds Launches Search for New CEO

Save Our Seabirds (SOS), one of the largest wildlife rescues in the state of Florida, recently launched a search for a new chief executive officer, as current CEO David Pilston announced his retirement. Talent acquisition company MBJ Group is spearheading the organization’s nationwide search for a new CEO to help SOS fulfill its mission to rescue, rehabilitate and release seabirds, and to educate people of all ages on environmental issues. SOS receives calls to rescue approximately 5,000 birds every year and is home to many permanent avian residents and birds in rehab. 

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[Airport Updates]  SRQ Continues to Break Passenger Records

In the month of April, passenger traffic at the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) totaled 294,165 passengers, breaking the all-time record set the previous month with 277,590 passengers. Passenger numbers increased 6% over the previous month of March. Compared to April 2020, passenger traffic was 2,920% higher than the COVID-19 impacted level of 9,742 passengers. It also is a 61% increase over April 2019 pre-pandemic numbers. 

[Celebration ]  Tidewell Hospice and Tidewell Foundation Host Community Celebration of Life Events

Tidewell Hospice and the Tidewell Foundation are hosting a series of community celebration of life events in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties. These free outdoor events will give members of the community an opportunity to gather and mourn the loss of loved ones, friends, caregivers, coworkers, pets or other important aspects of their lives. “This has been an extremely difficult year for many members of our community who were unable to fully process significant loss,” said Jonathan Fleece, President and CEO of Tidewell Hospice and the President of Empath Health. “Through these celebration of life events, Tidewell is providing a safe place for people to gather and hopefully begin to properly mourn the loss of those dear to them.” 

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[Recognition]  Lakewood Ranch Medical Center Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Recognized with National Award for Clinical Excellence and Center of Distinction 2020

Lakewood Ranch Medical Center (LWRMC) physicians, leaders and clinicians celebrated the Center of Distinction and Clinical Excellence 2020 Awards, which were presented to Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine, for the third consecutive year. “The Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine provides outstanding specialized care for patients in Lakewood Ranch and our surrounding communities,” says Andy Guz, CEO, Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. “We are honored to receive this recognition for the third year and celebrate the Center’s impressive patient outcomes.” 

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[New Class]  Women’s Resource Center Hosts Info Session on Women in Manufacturing

Women represent only a small percentage of positions within this industry that is growing fast in our Sarasota/Manatee region. To help close this skills gap, the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) is partnering with local manufacturers to offer a free online information session Wednesday, May 26, from noon to 1 p.m. The session is part of WRC’s monthly Career Connections program that links women to quality jobs and funded training programs.  

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[Pet Wellness]  Manatee County Animal Services to Host Animal Vaccine Clinic

With Hurricane Season starting in June, Manatee County Animal Services wants to make sure pet owners are prepared in the event of a disaster. Manatee County Animal Services and Commissioner Kevin Van Ostenbridge are hosting a free pet vaccination, microchip and licensing clinic for Manatee County pet owners on Sunday, May 23. 

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[Transportation]  MCAT's Popular Summer ConneXion Bus Pass Resumes June

Summer conneXion, a popular MCAT promotion that gives local teens an inexpensive, reliable transportation option during the summer, resumes service June 1. Manatee County Commissioners first approved the Summer ConneXion bus pass program in 2018, providing passengers ages 19 and younger with unlimited travel on local bus routes for $25. This June, July and August the bus pass  is good on Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) buses and Route 99  connecting Manatee and Sarasota counties.  

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[SOON]  MUSIC: WSLR: The Wandering Hours , May 23, 8pm

The Wandering Hours are a Neo-traditional mountain folk band whose contemporary songwriting has an old timey feel. Banjo, mandolin, guitar and foot percussion underscore the band’s thoughtful lyrics and story-telling. The Wandering Hours will play the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center on Sunday, May 23 at 8pm. Tickets are $12 for members and $15 for the General Public. Advance tickets are available at WSLR.org. The Wandering Hours are a rare group that is not only fun and engaging with the audience, but absolute tops on their instruments, drawing from folk traditions and meta-modern thinking with topics ranging from the perpetuity of time to some good ole drinking songs. A staple in live music circles and the festival circuit, they were named Creative Loafing Tampa’s Best of the Bay in 2019 and 2020. The Wandering Hours are currently recording their next record to be released later this year.

[SOON]  MUSIC: WSLR: Jalen Baker Quartet , May 24, 8pm

A recipient of the South Arts Jazz Road Tours Grant, the Jalen Baker Quartet will perform at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center on Monday, May 24 at 8pm. The concert is presented in conjunction with Modern Marimba. The Jalen Baker Quartet consists of Jalen Baker, vibraphone, Paul Cornish, piano, Gavin Moolchan, drums, and Gabriel Godoy, bass. Jalen will promote his debut album during his Jazz Road Tour. Jalen’s quartet has performed at Jazz Showcase in Chicago, Cezanne Jazz Club in Houston, Timucua Arts in Orlando and Good Times Jazz Club in Savannah, Georgia. Tickets for the show are $15 for members and $18 for the general public. In-person seating is limited due to Covid, but streaming tickets will also be available for $10. Advance tickets are available at WSLR.org.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: Straight No Chaser , November 12, 8pm

Chart-topping a cappella group Straight No Chaser returns to Sarasota on Friday, November 12 at 8pm. Their “Back In The High Life” tour marks the group’s return to in-person shows after a year of cancellations due to the pandemic. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 21 at 10am. Tickets for the November show at the Van Wezel are $29.50-$69.50 and can be purchased at www.VanWezel.org, by calling the box office at 941-263-6799 or by visiting the box office Monday through Friday between 10am and 4pm. To view a full listing of upcoming events, visit www.VanWezel.org.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Marie Selby: We Dream A World, African American Landscape Painters of Mid-Century Florida , July 14, 12pm-1pm

This Botanical Briefing, presented by Radiah Harper, Guest Curator, will take place on Wednesday, July 14 from noon to 1pm and is open to all. What prepared young African American adults to become the enduring landscape artists they are today? What was inside of them that encouraged the pursuit of a creative life? Join us for a discussion about the community that supported these young artists, the entrepreneurial spirit that helped them see painting as another way to live in the world, and the little-known tale of an art teacher that saw their potential and helped to empower them.

[SOON]  HEALTH: St. Armands Circle: Sol of the Circle: Breathe: An Outdoor Yoga Series , June 9 – September 8, 6pm-7pm

Life on the Circle only gets better when days are bathed in the summer sun. Enjoy a breath of fresh air and immerse yourself in the perfect setting for adventure and fun. Join us for the “Sol of the Circle,” a series of special events for the entire family. Breathe: An Outdoor Yoga Series will take place every second Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm. Dates are June 9, July 14, August 11, and September 8.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: The Ringling: Paul Binnie, Woodblock Printmaker, Studio Visit , May 18, 3pm

In 2018, The Ringling invited artist Paul Binnie (Scottish, b. 1967) to create a woodblock print, Luna, demonstrating one of Saitō Kiyoshi’s signature techniques, mokume-zuri, or woodgrain printing. Join us for a special visit to the studio of Japanese-trained artist Paul Binnie, whose woodblock prints are held in the collections of several major museums, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art, and The Ringling virtually via zoom on May 18 at 3pm. Mr. Binnie drew on his expertise in historical woodblock print techniques to create an original print, Luna, to demonstrate the methods used by Saitō for our Saitō Kiyoshi: Graphic Awakening. A gifted speaker and teacher, Mr. Binnie will share his printmaking practice and knowledge during this session. Following the presentation we will have a short Q & A with Paul. Watch your Ringling email for registration information. This is a members only event.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Sarasota Chamber: Nudge or Nuisance? How to Set Career Expectations and Aspirations , May 18, 11:30am-1pm

Join Sarasota Chamber for the first professional development event of the year, Nudge or Nuisance? How to set career expectations and aspirations with your boss, on Tuesday, May 18 from 11:30am to 1pm at Sarasota Chamber. Lunch and networking at 11:30am and presentation at 12pm featuring Lisa Krouse, Board Member of FCCI Insurance Group and Sr. Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). Many people don’t know the “right” way to ask for the raise they’ve been wanting, so they don’t ask at all. What about asking for a promotion? How do you go about that? Join us for a session covering techniques that can make or break your quest for a promotion or higher compensation. YPG/Chamber Members/Leadership Alumni are $10 and Non-Members are $15.

[SOON]  GALA: Junior League of Sarasota: Annual Celebration , May 18, 6pm

The Junior League of Sarasota (JLS) will be holding their Annual Celebration for members and their guests on Tuesday, May 18 at 6pm at the Sarasota County Farm Bureau Pavilion to celebrate accomplishments from the past League year, present the annual awards, and welcome incoming leadership. This year has been full of challenges for all, however JLS continued to use innovative ways to keep their members engaged and active in giving back to the community.  There is always an end of the year celebration however,   this year the celebration may look different. It will be less formal and more “spring casual” with food from Polpo Pizza Co. food truck in an outside affair that is sure to highlight all the wonderful accomplishments of the year.  In addition, the installation of the new Board of Directors and Management Team will occur. Awards for the following categories will be presented: President’s Award, Sustainer of the Year, Sustainer Community Service, Charter Award, Spirit of the League, Active Team of the Year, Active of the Year, Active Community Impact, New Member of the Year, and Community Partner of the Year.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Roundtable Event to Connect Industry with Community Resource Organizations , May 18, 9am-10:15am

On May 18, the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA) Suncoast Chapter will host an innovative recruiting event that will allow restaurants and hotels to meet with community resource organizations that can help them connect with and hire future employees. Florida’s hospitality industry was hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic but has struggled to fill job vacancies since re-opening, and this event aims to fill those needs through community organizations with job seekers. Representatives from the following career resources will be on-site to discuss hiring needs for all positions: ShortStaf, University of South Florida, Keiser University, Goodwill, United Health Care, New College of Florida, CareerSource Suncoast, Ringling College of Art and Design, Suncoast Technical College, Chattr, and more. The event is open to member and non-member restaurants and hotels and we are seeking more hospitality industry establishments to participate. This event is free to attend. Registration will begin at 8:30am and the event will begin at 9am. Attendees must register in advance online.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Let's Save Siesta Key Public Meeting , May 19, 7pm

Let's save Siesta Key by becoming our own town. Do you believe Siesta Key has a voice worth hearing? We stood up against the dredging of Big Pass and were not heard. The development of the Promenade will create even worse traffic, we spoke but were not heard. Now four large proposed projects that require special exception for density and height are trying to be built, we are not being heard. We believe our community of residents and businesses deserve to have a voice that is heard. The next public meeting will be held on  May 19, 2021 at 7pm at Siesta Chapel, 4615 Gleason Avenue with guest speaker and topic to be determined. Get involved at www.savesiestakey.org to donate, volunteer and learn.

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