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SRQ DAILY Jun 8, 2021

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"The cheesesteak serves as the safest path to meat and cheese nirvana."

- Andrew Fabian, SRQ Contributing Writer

-Breakfast Diaries, as seen in SRQ's May/June 2021 edition. Click photo for the full article.
[Sandwich]  Sidewalk Cheesesteaks on MLK Way
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

The most widely accepted origin of the cheesesteak comes courtesy of Andrew F. Smith, food historian, educator and author of The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink. By his expert calculations, the first cheesesteak was made in Philadelphia by hot dog stand owners Pat and Harry Olivieri in 1933. The story goes that the brothers were making themselves a cheap lunch when a cab driver and regular customer smelled the grilled steak and onions. It was an instant hit and the brothers would end up saving enough money to open a brick and mortar restaurant selling the same sandwich, eventually adding melted provolone cheese.

This same industriousness—and comforting flavor—exists at C & D’s Sandwich Shop on MLK Way. Operating out of a food truck, the sandwich purveyor offers a bevy of submarines overflowing with griddled goodness, but the cheesesteak serves as the safest path to meat and cheese nirvana. Chopped and griddle-seared beef gets tossed with any combination of onions, mushrooms, bell peppers or even broccoli, with a dash of salt and pepper sprinkled on before being topped with slices of provolone cheese. Once melted, the goopy meaty scramble gets scooped into a soft hoagie roll just like at Pat’s King of Steaks in South Philly and wrapped in the aluminum foil garb of any worthy street food. And when owner-operator Samantha Koch asks if you’d like to add some homemade lemonade, the answer is yes, always yes. 

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[Fundraising]  New College 42nd Clambake Set for November

New College of Florida will celebrate the 42nd anniversary of its annual Scholarship Clambake, hosted by the New College Foundation, on Thursday, November 4, 2021, at 6pm. The event will take place on the New College bayfront beside College Hall, 5800 Bay Shore Road in Sarasota. All ticket proceeds benefit student scholarships. Tickets start at $250, and sponsorships are available. 

[Event Update]  Van Wezel Announces July Cabaret By the Bay Dates

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall announces July dates for Cabaret by the Bay, a series of intimate performances held in the Grand Foyer. Blues songstress Lauren Mitchell headlines the performances on Friday, July 9 and Saturday, July 10 at 7:30pm.  

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[Hospital Update]  Lakewood Ranch Medical Center Inpatient Visitation Updates

Starting Friday, June 4, 2021, Lakewood Ranch Medical Center’s (LWRMC) visitation to the hospital Inpatient Nursing Units will be extended to 10am– 8pm. Patients will be allowed two visitors at a time, age 18 or older. Visitors must enter through the main entrance of the hospital, attest that they are not ill or have recently been exposed to COVID-19, use antibacterial foam and wear a mask upon entry and keep the mask on at all times while at the hospital.  

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[Environmental Sustainability]  Sea and Shoreline Plants One-Millionth Seagrass Plant to Save Sea-Life

Florida aquatic restoration company Sea & Shoreline announced the planting of their one-millionth seagrass/SAV plant in honor of World Environment Day on June 5th. Reaching this monumental milestone, Sea & Shoreline, a carbon negative company, has planted more plants in fresh, brackish, and marine environments than any other company in the world. “We’re excited to part of the solution that enhances Florida’s water quality and provides a sustainable food source for our manatees,” said Sea & Shoreline CEO Jeff Huenink. In addition to the 130 acres planted to date, future phases of current projects will soon allow Sea & Shoreline to plant an additional 60 acres or 300,000 plants. 

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[Hospital Update]  Manatee Memorial Hospital Returning to Pre-COVID 19 Visitation Hours

Starting Monday, June 7, 2021, visitation to Manatee Memorial Hospital’s Inpatient Nursing Units will be returning to the pre-COVID-19 hours of 8am to 8pm. Patients will be allowed two visitors per day. The Emergency Department, Surgical/Procedural Areas, Labor/Delivery/Mom and Baby/Post-partum and Neonatal will also be able to have two visitors per day.  

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[Job Training]  Level Up SRQ Brings Entrepreneurial Training for Suncoast Teens

Teens and Young adults can come up with some pretty amazing ideas. In fact, earmuffs, the popsicle, and the trampoline were all invented by kids. One new startup is hoping to unlock the entrepreneurial potential of local teens with big ideas. Level Up SRQ recently launched its business in providing fundamental real-life coaching, mentorship, and career exploration for area youth. Level Up offers eight to twelve-month coaching programs and will be kicking off an inaugural four-week summer camp in July. The curriculum includes lessons on career and industry exploration, developing business plans, creating marketing materials, and sales and recruitment training. The courses will also emphasize life skills, work balance, and mental health awareness.  

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[New Hire]  Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s Welcomes New Chief Executive Officer

Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers, recently selected Dr. Sara Grivetti as its new chief executive officer. 

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[New Hire]  Realize Bradenton Adds Two Board Members

Realize Bradenton is excited to welcome two new members to its Board of Directors, Alisa Westberry of BMO Harris Bank and Wade Hamilton of Connect Bradenton. 

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[New Building]  Wellen Park to Expand Residential Options with Tropia at Wellen Park Luxury Apartments by Davis Development

Wellen Park has collaborated with Davis Development to develop Tropia at Wellen Park, a new luxury rental apartment complex. The 13.6-acre complex will be located in Downtown Wellen along U.S. 41 between Radiant Way and Springtide Way. Leasing is expected to begin during the summer of 2022 on more than 250 luxury one-, two- and three-bedroom residences. 

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[Achievement]  Center For Sight Ophthalmologist First Surgeon in United States to Utilize New TECNIS SynergyTM Lens Technology for Cataract Surgery

Center For Sight is now offering cataract patients the ability to experience high-quality vision at all distances with the TECNIS SynergyTM Intraocular Lens (IOL). Developed by Johnson & Johnson Vision, it is the most advanced intraocular lens to date, delivering uninterrupted high-contrast vision at all depths, day and night. 

[SOON]  FOOD: Rockin' Brunch Sunday , June 20, 10am-2pm

Join Hamlet’s Eatery for a Rockin’ Brunch on Sunday, June 20 from 10-2pm. Located in the outdoor courtyard of The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime at 821 Apricot Ave, Sarasota. Clint Justesen and JSanti will be performing a range of tunes from oldies, rock, county and blues. Both have 20+ years of experience singing and playing guitar. This is the first time they will be playing together as a duo. Hamlet’s Eatery menu options will include both traditional and vegan dishes from build your own omelettes with fresh organic eggs to tofu scrambles. For more information visit www.HamletsEatery.com or call 941-445-1938.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Mote Marine: 'Seas' the Summer with Miss Dana , June 16 – August 4, 1:30pm-3pm

Put a STEAM twist on your summer fun with Mote starting June 16 and until August 4 from 1:30pm to 3pm. Join Miss Dana, creator of Mote’s popular homeschool programs, each week this summer to learn about ocean animals as we explore the Sarasota Bay or get ArtSEA making upcycled crafts while learning how to protect the ocean. Whether you want your fins in the water or prefer sharks and crafts, we will ‘seas’ the summer. This program is for ages 6-14, accompanied with a parent/guardian (one parent/guardian is included with each participant fee). Due to health and safety restrictions, only one adult chaperone is allowed per paid child and additional (younger or older) siblings or other family members will not be permitted to attend the program; please make sure you complete registration for each participating child in your family. Admission to Mote Aquarium is NOT included with this program. Please visit mote.org/visit for information and to reserve tickets.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Virtual: Mote Marine: Environmental Science Scout Merit Badge , June 19, 1pm-3pm

Our Environmental Science Scout Merit Badge has gone virtual. Join us on June 19 from 1pm to 3pm as we review the badge workbook and explore the concepts with some demonstrations. Your registration confirmation email will contain your workbook and a guide containing a list of household materials to gather to be used in a few hands-on activities. All merit badge requirements will be completed during this workshop. Your child's safety is our priority. These programs are run via a secure Zoom webinar, and your child's personal identifiers will be kept private. Video and audio will be turned off for all participants. Participants will be able to interact with Mote Educators via the moderated chatroom and messages will only be seen by Mote staff. This is an interactive program. Your child will be able to participate in Polls, ask questions in the Q&A space that are answered live by our Educators, and follow along from home with the activities and demonstrations during this virtual program.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Mote Marine: Rise and Shine Morning Paddle: Kayaking with Mote , June 15 – August 24, 7:30am-9am

Start your morning with a guided kayak tour of Sarasota Bay Staring June 15 and until August 24 from 7:30am to 9am. Paddle across shallow seagrass beds and take in the wildlife that depends on this ecosystem. Soak up some early rays as we look for dolphins, manatees, birds and more. Ages: 12 and older ONLY (no minors under the age of 12 are permitted); any participant under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by a paying adult participant. Tickets are $36 for members and $40 for non-members. 

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Contemporary Dance: Sampler Workshop , June 7 – June 10, 2:30pm-5:30pm

4 Day Summer Workshop from June 7 to 10, 2:30pm to 5:30pm. Open to all dancers ages 13 and up with previous dance experience. Sarasota Contemporary Dance has created a one-of-a-kind workshop allowing dancers to experience a variety of classes with different teachers. This workshop offers a wide range of dance techniques with teachers from diverse backgrounds. Prices are $125/week or $40/day.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Anna Maria Oyster Bar's Dive Into Reading seeks Volunteer Mentors for Summer Reading Program , June 7 – July 15, 8:30am-10:30am

Dive Into Reading (DIR) summer reading program aims to improve children’s reading levels by combating “Summer Slide” and continuing education over summer break - now in its fifth year. The program’s long-term objective is to improve elementary level reading levels, instill a lifelong love of reading and teach social-emotional skills. By the end of the summer 2021 program, Dive Into Reading will have served nearly 1500 students in its five year history. In 2020, DIR continued virtually with the help of more than 100 volunteer mentors. This summer, the DIR program will return safely in-person and is seeking a diverse group of volunteer mentors to encourage, grow, and inspire the young minds of rising 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders in the Manatee County area. Interested mentors can apply online and will be required to attend one 90-minute training session on a date of their choice (May 18, 19, 21, 24 or June 4). Volunteers must commit to one morning shift (8:30am-10:30am) one time per week for 5 weeks during June 7 through July 15. No sessions week of July 4. Story Opportunities: Interview: Amanda Horne, Director of Marketing & Philanthropy, Anna Maria Oyster Bar. Interview: John Horne, CEO of Anna Maria Oyster Bar. Interview: Melissa Powell, reading coach at Daughtrey Elementary and teacher-coordinator at Landside who has worked with DIR for 4 years. Social Media: Instagram takeovers & other content available.

[SOON]  HEALTH: COVID Vaccination Pop Up Clinic at Asolo Rep Theatre , June 7 – July 6

Asolo Rep Theatre will host a FREE Moderna Vaccination Pop-up Clinic. The 1st Moderna shot will be offered on June 7 and the 2nd Moderna shot on July 6. Shots are available to those 18 and older only at this time. If interested you must register with Cameron Thorp Cameron_Thorp@asolo.org OR 941-351-9010 ext 3308. The deadline to register is June 1.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Bookstore1Sarasota: The Mysteries to Die For Zoom Book Club led by Elsie Souza , June 8, 11am

On Tuesday, June 8 at 11am. The Mysteries to Die For Zoom Book Club led by Elsie Souza. This month we are discussing The Lost Village by Camilla Sten. A fee of $34.50 is required for participation. This includes a copy of The Lost Village to be picked up at Bookstore1 and the book club meeting. The fee is $39.50 to have the book shipped. The Blair Witch Project meets Midsommar in this brilliantly disturbing thriller from Camilla Sten, an electrifying new voice in suspense. Addictively gripping and brilliantly chilling, The Lost Village by Camilla Sten is a pulse-pounding, riveting thriller from beginning to end. Ticket purchase required for Zoom link. More event info at https://www.sarasotabooks.com/bookclubs or 941-365-7900.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Gecko's Hospitality Group: In-House Job Fairs , May 6 – June 17, 2pm-4:30pm

The Gecko’s Hospitality Group, an award-winning independent family of restaurants co-owned by Mike Gowan and Mike Quillen since 1992 will be hosting In-House Job Fairs at two Gecko’s Grill & Pub locations during the months of May and June, 2021. Gecko’s Job Fair schedules will be as follows: First and third Thursdays in May and June from 2pm to 4:30pm, starting May 6 through June 17, 2021 at Gecko’s Grill & Pub on SR 70 at Twelve Oaks Plaza, 7228 55th Avenue East, Bradenton and Gecko’s Grill & Pub on Clark Road at 5585 Palmer Crossing Circle. Applicants can expect to meet with a hiring manager and will be advised of the many company benefits the Gecko’s Hospitality Group offers employees, including Health, Dental and Vision insurance, paid time off, company 401(k), flexible schedule, meal allowance and opportunities for bonuses, career advancement and community involvement.

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