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"We are helping our teenagers to read, to investigate, to research deep before taking information immediately and believing it to be true."

- Maria Eva Chaffin, Director, Seeds of Life Montessori Academy.

[Politics]  Ethics Complaint Filed Against Edwards
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

An ethics complaint was filed against Sarasota County School Board member Tom Edwards over his financial disclosures from 2020.

Ashley Beaudry, a Venice activist and frequent School Board critic, filed a complaint with the Florida Commission on Ethics raising concerns about reported income for the elected official. In his 2020 disclosures, Edwards lists only a School Board salary. He values that at $40,138, though that appears to be erroneous as he was only sworn into office in November after winning his School Board seat in an August primary. Tax records indicate, Edwards only earned $3,643 during 2020 for the position.

While that appears to be a mistake in which income was written on the form, Beaudry described it as actively dishonest. But she also raised a question over what did not appear to be reported at all. Edwards ran for office on a business background but lists no income besides his public post-election salary.

“Tom Edwards Lied on his 2020 Financial Disclosure Form,” Beaudry wrote in her complaint. “In part D he listed only one income item. He listed income from the Sarasota County School Board. While his W2 clearly shows income of $3,643.49 in box one he reported $40,138 in Part D of his 2020 Form 6. He reported no other income on his form 6. How was he able to make car payments on the liability on Part C of the Form 6 and pay for his normal bills with only $3,643 of income for the entire year. It would appear that not only did he falsify his income that he did report, but clearly there is income not reported.”

Edwards characterized the problems with his forms as a mistake by a first-time candidate and elected official.

“I believe in transparency and I believe that public officials should be accountable to any wrong doing, whether it is the president of the United States or a School Board member,” he said. “I will be happy to cooperate with the Ethics Commission if in fact I am found to have committed a clerical error to rectify the situation.”


[Sporting Event]  Bradentucky Bombers vs. Orlando Roller Derby

The Bradentucky Bombers are excited to announce their first home game since 2020 on Saturday, September 24th against Orlando Roller Derby, a team out of Orlando, Florida. They will be hosting the game on Saturday, September 24th at Ellenton Ice & Sports Complex (5309 29th St E., Ellenton, Florida 34222) at 5:00 p.m, doors open at 4:30pm. Tickets are available! Presale—$10; Door—$15; Kids 5 and under FREE! For more information visit www.bradentuckybombers.com or their Facebook event (https://www.facebook.com/events/755022412226795). After party begins at 8pm at Canopy Bistry and Bar (3503 US-301, Ellenton, FL 34222). All raffle proceeds will go to FabAF. The Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) is the international governing body for the sport of women's flat track roller derby. THe Bradentucky Bombers are located at Ellenton Ice & Sports Complex. They are excited to be a part of the world-class athletes that Ellenton Ice & Sports Complex trains all year round. 

Pictured: The Bradentucky Bombers in action. Photo by Patrick Laughrey.

[In Conversation]  In Conversation with Maria Eva Chaffin Director, Seeds Of Life Montessori

In the September 2022 edition of SRQ Magazine, we interviewed Maria Eva Chaffin, Director of Seeds Of Life Montessori as part of our In Conversation feature with educational leaaders about current trends in education. Below is an excerpt published in the magazine in which Chaffin shares her insights with SRQ readers.

How can educational institutions and parents help form kids that are able to handle stressors like we are seeing today?

The Impact of social media right now, and kids having the ability at the tip of their fingers to have information in minutes and seconds of what is going on around the world, what is going on in their community is big. Some of them don't have the ability to know what is true and what is not. They see it online and believe it is real. We are helping our teenagers to read, to investigate, to research deep before taking that information immediately and believing it to be true. 

To read the full article, click here.

[Exec Moves]  Two Vice-President Promotions at NDC Construction Company

NDC Construction Company takes great pride in the NDC team and strives to acknowledge staff commitment, by promoting within the company whenever possible. NDC believes that by enabling staff growth opportunities within the company, it further strengthens relationships inside and outside the company. It is with great pleasure, NDC Construction Company announces that Kyle Huggins and Brando Fetzek have been promoted to Vice Presidents of Construction. Kyle Huggins has been with NDC since June 2003 and has been an important part of the NDC team and Project Manager on several projects including the Chamber of Commerce offices, Bradenton City Centre Garage and currently the Lake Maggorie Apartments in St. Petersburg. Brando Fetzek has been with NDC since December 2011 and has worked on numerous School District of Manatee County projects including the recent renovations and addition at Braden River Middle School. 

To learn more click here.

[Event]  Memorial Concert Benefitting Conservation Foundation to be Held at Bay Preserve

Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast invites the community to Rock the Preserve. Saturday, October 8 from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm, a line-up of local musicians are donating their time and talent to celebrate the life of Mary Terese “MT” Finnegan and support Conservation Foundation’s ongoing work to protect nature here in Southwest Florida. The event will take place at the organization’s beautiful Bay Preserve on the shore of Little Sarasota Bay. Mary Terese loved Bay Preserve and Conservation Foundation’s mission to save land for the benefit of people and nature. She passed away in December of 2021 after a hard-fought battle with cancer. This special event celebrates her life while supporting a cause she held close to her heart. All proceeds benefit Conservation Foundation. Second Nature, the host band, will perform a variety of cover songs about nature and love followed by “MT’s All Star Band” performing a set of rock ‘n roll standards. Food trucks will be onsite with delicious food and treats to enjoy during the concert. Attendees are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket to sit on at this picnic-style gathering. Bay Preserve is located at 400 Palmetto Avenue in Osprey, Florida. Concert admission is free though there is a suggested donation of $10 per person. Each $10 donation provides one entry into a door prize giveaway. To RSVP or for more information, visit conservationfoundation.com/events. 

To learn more click here.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Florida Studio Theatre Announces 2022-2023 Children's Theatre Series Lineup

FST is pleased to announce the lineup for the theatre’s four-show weekend Children’s Theatre Series. From a heartwarming adaptation of Charlotte’s Web to award-winning plays written by elementary school students from around the world, this year’s lineup has something for children of all ages…and their favorite grownups. Subscriptions for FST’s four-show weekend Children’s Series are now on sale for ONLY $20—that’s just $5 per show. Single tickets are also available for $10 per ticket. Subscriptions and single tickets are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org and at 941.366.9000. Children's Theatre Schedule*- Charlotte’s Web: October 1, 9, 15, 23, and 30; Deck the Halls: December 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, and 18; The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe: January 14, 22, 28, February 5 and 12; The Last Acorn & Other Winning Plays: March 25, April 2, 8, 16, and 23. *Additional performance dates may be added later in the season.  

To learn more click here.

[Employment]  SCS Job Fair at the District Administrative Offices at the Landings – September 16

Please join Sarasota County Schools on Friday, September 16 for a Job Fair at the District Administrative Offices at the Landings! Location: Sarasota County Schools’ District Administrative Offices at the Landings (1960 Landings Blvd Sarasota). Once on property, go to the building with the black awning. Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. We are currently hiring for bus drivers, custodians, food service assistants, classroom aides, security monitors, and more! Computers and application support will be available. Pre-register today at: https://forms.microsoft.com/r/RKEuEjMagq. Please email recruitment@sarasotacountyschools.net with questions. 

[Trendsport]  Progressive Vegan Dining
Barbie Heit, barbie.heit@srqme.com

PROGRESSIVE VEGAN DINING | Plant-based meals, drinks, desserts, and even lifestyles are more popular than ever and luckily, Sarasota’s plant-based scene is growing like weeds.

Take a look at Sarasota’s tastiest plant-based places through this link, on our social media, or in the September edition of SRQ Magazine! 


[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: Friday Fest 2022 , June 17 – September 16, 5pm

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Friday Fest events are our outdoor concert series that provide the community with 4 entertaining and FREE events from June to September, showcasing the best of local bands from Sarasota and Bradenton. Friday Fest brings together a wide variety of talented artists along with food trucks and drink stations on the Van Wezel lawn along the beautiful Sarasota Bayfront. Our Friday Fest lineup includes: Yesterdayze - June 17, Kettle of Fish - July 15, Big Night Out - August 12, and Jah Movement - September 16 at 5pm. 

Van Wezel

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Venice Theatre: The Revolutionists , September 16 – October 2, Varied

The Revolutionists by Lauren Gunderson. Four bodacious women lose their heads (literally) in this irreverent, women-centered tragicomedy set during the French Revolution. This witty, thought-provoking, raucously funny adventure was inventively conceived by one of today’s most-produced American playwrights. * Includes adult language/themes. Audience discretion advised. September 16-October 2, 2022. Tickets Adult $29 College/Educator $21 Youth $15 For more information visit venicetheatre.org, Ph. 941.488.1115, email info@venicetheatre.net 

Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave. W Venice, FL 34285 (The Box Office is currently closed for walk-up business)

[SOON]  THEATER: CreArte Latino Cultural Center: MADENUSA , September 16 – October 15, Varied

CreArte Latino Cultural Center Presents MADENUSA A Play by Claudia Soroka September 16-17, at 8 p.m., September 18 at 5 p.m., and October 14 and 15 at 8 p.m. MADENUSA is an amusing and fresh take on the immigrant experience that delves into the intricacies of adjusting to a different culture. The comedy is directed by Carolina Franco, president and artistic director of CreArte Latino Cultural Center. The play will be performed in Spanish with subtitles in English. The playwright will attend the show on September 17 with a bilingual Q & A after the performance. Tickets are $20. To purchase tickets, visit www.creartelatino.org. CreArte Latino Cultural Center is at 8251 15th Street East, Airport Mall Plaza, Suite 1, Sarasota. The show is sponsored, in part, by a $3,000 grant from Bradenton Area Arts & Culture.

CreArte Latino Cultural Center, 8251 15th Street East, Airport Mall Plaza, Suite 1, Sarasota.

[SOON]  FILM: From Script to Screen , September 16, 7:00 pm

Like an opportunity to discuss a film based on a classic Rainer Werner Fassbinder Play? How about Friday September 16 th 7 pm? Q&A directly following the film. By Bookseller Roxanne @ Burns Court Theater following the film: Peter Von Kant, Directed by Francois Ozon. Tickets available at: https://filmsociety.org/movies/showing.cfm?shoID=91977.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Players Centre: Side by Side by Sondheim , September 8 – September 18, Varied

Join The Players in their 93rd Season with Six That Matter – shows that explore finding purpose, the universal desire to live a life that matters, to fully appreciate aspiration. Be it finding true love, sacrificing it all, a life of devotion, cultivating artistry, finding fame, each of these unforgettable shows- important in their own genres, are celebrations of greatness, of striving for more, that will make memories, sparking feelings of joy- of what being alive fully means. Side by Side by Sondheim is a revue that celebrates the wit and genius of musical theatre’s most influential artist, who searched for what it means to be alive. Get ready to laugh, cry and fall in love with lyrics that are heartbreakingly true and music that captures the soaring emotions of a new generation with Side by Side by Sondheim. Simple and unpretentious, this Tony Award-winning musical is a perfect introduction to the work of this contemporary master and a must for diehard fans. September 8th-18th, 2022. For tickets visit theplayers.org, Ph. 941-365-2494, email BoxOffice@ThePlayers.org

The Players Centre For Performing Arts, Performance Venue & Box Office The Crossings at Siesta Key 3501 South Tamiami Trail, Suite 1130 Sarasota, FL 34239

[SOON]  SPORTS: WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup , September 9 – September 18

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) and host USA Baseball revealed the new dates for the next WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup, with the 30th edition of the youth world championship to take place from 9 to 18 September 2022 in Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida. The elite international tournament will be played at Sarasota’s Ed Smith Stadium and Bradenton’s LECOM Park, the respective Spring Training homes of the Baltimore Orioles and the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball (MLB). The XXX WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup will include 12 national teams, whose rosters will feature the best youth players in their respective countries.

Ed Smith Stadium and LECOM Park

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Sarasota Art Museum: 209 - Author Mara Torres González Speaks , September 20, 4pm-6pm

Mara Torres González to Speak About Her Visual Art Book Exploring the Aftermath of Hurricane María in Puerto Rico September 20, 4-6 p.m., at Sarasota Art Museum. Torres González tells the story of the resilient, through “209,” a book featuring her own artwork and published by the Peppertree Press, LLC. “209,” which refers to the date the hurricane took place—September 20—features images of Torres González’s mixed-media paintings, with photography. The book also includes a poem about the hurricane by the New Jersey poet and author Danny Shot, which Torres González will read at this event, which happens to take place on the same day as the hurricane, five years later. Learn more about the artist on her website: www.marastudiogallery.com

Sarasota Art Museum , 1001 South Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Forty Carrots Family Center 20th Annual Free Virtual Community Speaker Event , September 21, 7:00 pm

Registration is open for Forty Carrots Family Center’s 20th annual free educational community speaker event Thrivers: The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine, presented in partnership with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. The virtual presentation will feature educational psychologist and best-selling author Michele Borba, Ed.D. at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21st. The event is free and advance registration is required. Michele Borba’s latest book, Thrivers, is a sharply insightful, science-backed guide that helps parents and educators teach the essential character traits kids need to become “thrivers” – young people who flourish in rapidly changing, digitally-driven and uncertain world. Borba will identify seven teachable strengths that will safeguard kids for the future, offering practical “how-to” strategies and ideas for everyday activities that build up kids’ strength, resilience, happiness, and success. Certificates of Attendance and CEU’s will be available. The previous 19 speaker events have reached nearly 14,000 parents, professionals, and educators in our area. To register for this free virtual community event visit www.fortycarrots.org, email events@fortycarrots.com or call (941) 365-7716. RSVP is required and registration is open at www.FortyCarrots.org.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Atelier de SoSi Art Show , August 12 – September 22, 7pm-10pm

Atelier de SoSi announces the opening of their newest art show “An Artful Home at Atelier.” Exhibition Dates: August 12th - Sep 22nd; Opening night: August 12th 7-10pm; Gallery hours Tues - Wed - Thur 1 - 5pm. “An Artful Home at Atelier” - focus is to showcase that art can be both functional and beautiful. Atelier de SoSi’s gallery space will be transformed to represent a living space. Displaying functional art such as: handmade table settings, glassware, lighting, textiles, furniture, etc. The space will also be featuring one of a kind paintings, sculptures and an array of other unique pieces. We want to show the viewer that artwork comes in all shapes, sizes and functionalities. Yes, your coffee table can be a piece of artwork along with your favorite reading chair, lamp, and coffee mug. Art can touch every area of our lives, come see examples of this and find one of a kind pieces for your own living space.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: New York State of Mind: All the Hits of Billy Joel With The Uptown Boys , August 9 – October 2, Varies.

With more than 40 years of cumulative work on some of Broadway’s biggest hits, The Uptown Boys use Billy Joel’s rich songbook as a way to share their stories of life, love, and trying to make it in New York City. Whether you’re a fan of Billy Joel’s entire catalogue or just a casual listener, The Uptown Boys have something to satisfy everyone. Featuring such hits as “Only The Good Die Young,” “For the Longest Time,” “Piano Man,” and many more you know and love. New York State of Mind: All the Hits of Billy Joel With The Uptown Boys™ by Alexander Aguilar and John De Simini will play beginning August 9, 2022 in FST's John C. Court Cabaret. Run Time is 70 minutes with a 15-minute intermission.

Florida Studio Theatre's John C. Court Cabaret

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