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  • 10 Oct 2017 12:41 PM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Oct. 10, 2017) – Manatee County has one opening for a citizens advisory committee that makes recommendations on regional transportation issues.
     
    The Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) assists the Metropolitan Planning Organization by providing input to the transportation planning process that reflects citizens' views and attitudes. CAC members represent a general cross section of the citizens of Sarasota and Manatee counties including the cities within the counties. CAC representatives are recommended for appointment by their respective units of local government and are appointed by the MPO Board.
     
    There is one vacancy for an at-large representative from Manatee County.
     
    Applications are taken through a rolling application process, and may be found online at www.mymanatee.org/advisory_boards
      
    The group meets at 5 p.m. on the second Monday of months in which an MPO meeting is scheduled. The committee meets in the main conference room at the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization Office at 7632 15th St E, Sarasota FL 34243.
     
    For more information, call Rachel McClain (941) 359-5772 or email her at rachel@mympo.org.
     
    For more information on Manatee County Government, visit online at www.mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. You can also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and on Twitter, @ManateeGov.


  • 04 Oct 2017 10:02 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    People seeking ongoing treatment after being hospitalized for a mental health issue or looking for alternatives to inpatient treatment now have more options. Doctors Hospital of Sarasota is launching Transitions at Doctors Hospital. The new program will offer a calm, serene and inviting environment that provides psychotherapy and psychoeducation in an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) or Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP.) It is designed for people with mental illnesses like major depression, anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or experiencing symptoms of significant grief and loss.

     “There is a huge need for this treatment option. We have patients who need continuation of treatment to ensure success after they leave the hospital, but there are very limited options. Now we have a premier specialty program for patients to continue their recovery,” said Michael Fitzgerald, RN, BSN- Director of Behavioral Health at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota.

    Transitions will be located in the Medical Office Building on the campus of Doctors Hospital. It compliments Serenity Place at Doctors Hospital. Serenity Place is the only voluntary, acute care geriatric behavioral health program in the area. It opened in 2012 and serves patients aged 50 and older who need acute care mental health treatment in a safe, compassionate and tranquil environment.

    Transitions will serve not just older adults, but younger adults as well. People 18 years and older who require intensive treatment, that do not meet the standard for inpatient care, may be eligible. Most insurances are accepted and all patients will work with trained clinical staff including a Psychiatrist, licensed Clinical Social Workers, Registered Nurses and Psychiatric Technicians.  The program is completely voluntary for patients to participate in. Psychiatrists Dr. Thomas Best, MD and Dr. Vladimir Einisman, MD will oversee the program.

     


  • 02 Oct 2017 3:06 PM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    Winter Haven, Florida, October 2, 2017 – John Corbett, Chief Executive Officer of CenterState Bank, announced recently that Shaun P. Merriman has been named Regional President for the bank’s West Region of Florida effective January 1, 2018. In this capacity, Merriman will take on leadership of the bank for the region including Hillsborough, Pinellas, Sarasota, and Manatee counties. Merriman will work closely with three other Community Presidents while continuing to maintain his current role as Community President of the Sarasota and Manatee counties. His office will remain located in Sarasota, Florida. 

    “Shaun has a distinguished career of building and leading great teams. His energy,experience, and commitment to our core values make him the ideal choice to be our new Regional President of West Florida,” stated Corbett as part of a series of changes in bank leadership across Florida. The strategic reorganization is to prepare for successful growth with the upcoming integration of Harbor Community Bank and Sunshine Bank as CenterState crosses over $10 billion in bank assets.

    In response to the announcement, Merriman noted, “I am delighted to take on this additional responsibility and look forward to the future growth of CenterState in the Greater Tampa Bay Region!” He added, “We welcome the Harbor Community Bank and Sunshine Bank associates to this growing family of exceptional bankers. We areabsolutely committed to our culture of outstanding customer service resulting in long-termbanking relationships.”

    CenterState Bank is a Florida based community bank and one of Florida’s largest publicly traded banks providing online banking, commercial lending, residential mortgages andinvestment services. CenterState has a history of quality service and community focus. Our core values at CenterState focus on themes of sustainability, a long-term horizon and the career development of our team. We believe that local ownership and localmanagement translate into a better bank.

     For more information on CenterState Bank,please visit, www.CenterStateBank.com.




  • 02 Oct 2017 1:09 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Jef Friton retired to Sarasota but as soon as he settled into life after his career, he went back to work. Friton wanted to volunteer and found Doctors Hospital of Sarasota.  Friton is the President of the Doctors Hospital Auxiliary and says, “Volunteering at Doctors Hospital is one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. The patients and the hospital staff truly appreciate our efforts, and they let us know it.”

     The hospital is holding a recruitment fair to share information about the benefits of volunteering and opportunities available. There are volunteer openings in almost every area of the hospital. Representatives from each department will be available to answer questions and explain the work they do.   “During the winter season our patient count increases, so this is the ideal time to learn more. If you can spare as little as four hours a week, we need you. I feel confident you will find the experience rewarding,” added Friton.

    The fair will be Monday, October 9 from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm, inside the McKenzie Café at the hospital, located at 5731 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota FL 34233. The event is free of charge and light refreshments will be served. For more information about the auxiliary visit: www.dhsauxiliary.org


  • 27 Sep 2017 4:55 PM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)


  • 27 Sep 2017 9:29 AM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Sept. 26, 2017) – FEMA representatives will be available on additional days next week to meet with Manatee County residents looking for damage assistance related to Hurricane Irma.
     
    FEMA will be at the following locations: 
     

    • Manatee County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. W., Bradenton, Mon., Oct. 2 and Tues., Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
       
    • South Manatee Library, 6081 26th Street W., Wed., Oct. 4 from 12-8 p.m. and Thurs., Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
       
    • Island Library, 5701 Marina Dr., Fri., Oct. 6 and Sat., Oct 7, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
       

    Residents who attend one of the assistance dates should bring the following: 

    • One social security number per household
    • The address of the damaged home or apartment
    • Description of the damage
    • Information about insurance coverage
    • Phone number
    • Mailing address
    • Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds

     
    Storm Debris Collection Continues

    Manatee County has contracted special debris collection crews to pick up an estimated 1.2 million cubic yards of storm debris, beginning with areas that pose the greatest safety concerns. While the County is looking to double the number of trucks on the roads collecting storm debris, it is still too early to in the process to determine how long collection will take.
     
    Residents must separate their debris to ensure it is collected. Debris should be sorted into separate piles of vegetative waste (trees, limbs, brush), C&D/Construction and Debris (fences, roofing, drywall, lumber), and white goods (appliances, such as fridges, air conditioners, etc.).
     
    Normal yard waste is still being collected on Wednesdays by Manatee County’s regular waste haulers. With the increased amount of the yard waste, the haulers may only be able to complete a portion of their routes. The haulers will begin the next Wednesday where they left off the previous week.
     
    For more information on Manatee County Government, visit online at www.mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. You can also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and on Twitter, @ManateeGov.

     

     


  • 21 Sep 2017 12:06 PM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    SBA Disaster: Business Recovery Centers

    The Small Business Administrations has opened five Business Recovery Centers thus far for businesses, nonprofits, homeowners and renters impacted by Hurricane Irma. 

    Collier County
    Naples Business Accelerator
    3510 Kraft Road, # 200
    Naples, FL  34105
    Opens: Friday, September 22 at 9 a.m. 
    Hours: Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Closed: Sundays 

    Duval County
    Beaver Street Enterprise Center
    728 Blanche Street, Bldg. 2
    Jacksonville, FL  32204
    Hours: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday - Saturday
    Closed: Sundays

    Hillsborough County
    Hillsborough Community College at The Regent 
    6437 Watson Road
    Riverview, FL  33578
    Hours: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday - Saturday
    Closed: Sundays

    Palm Beach County
    Carol Sims Center
    225 NW 12th Avenue
    Boynton Beach, FL 33435
    Hours: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday - Saturday
    Closed: Sundays 

    Pinellas County
    The EpiCenter-Pinellas County Economic Development Center
    13805 58th Street North
    Clearwater, FL 33760
    Hours: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday - Saturday
    Closed: Sundays


  • 20 Sep 2017 11:35 AM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce is having  the annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic event starting November 10, 2017 thru November 13,2017. I am looking for volunteers on all days and shifts. If anyone is interested please contact me or sign up online at:
    http://signup.com/go/uApiKwF
    Thank You!
    Mia Leone
    Volunteer Manager
    941-349-3800

  • 20 Sep 2017 10:08 AM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    Lots of classes are being offered in October at the Ag & Extension Office in Palmetto – some have a fee so please note that in the listing.  Also, the exciting annual plant sale is on October 7.  Plants are home-grown by the Extension Master Gardeners and offer a variety of plants and trees. Don’t forget your garden cart or wagon to purchase lots of plants!

    Some of our classes in October will be:  Problems in the Bee Hive; Water Gardening Wonders; The Longleaf Pine Trees; Irrigation Designing; and Wild about Wildflowers.

    Don’t forget we are offering the Walking Tours with the Extension Master Gardeners at Riverview Pointe Preserve (Oct. 14), Robinson Preserve (Oct. 15), and Rye Preserve (Oct. 21).  All tours 9am-11pm.  Tours are suitable for all ages and are FREE!

    Complete Listing

    View and register for our classes here: http://uf-ifas-extension-manatee.eventbrite.com


  • 20 Sep 2017 9:31 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Patti Squires, RN, MSN, is the new Assistant Chief Nursing Officer at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. She was previously the Director of Emergency Services at Palms of Pasadena Hospital in St. Petersburg. Patti has experience in medical-surgical, critical care, emergency and facility management. At Doctors Hospital she will assist overseeing nursing departments in the emergency room, critical care and the progressive care units. She will be involved in shared governance committees and assist with the Critical Care Unit of Distinction initiative. She is currently enrolled in the HCA CNO development program.

     Erin O’Quinn, BSN, RN- is the new Director of the Medical Surgical floor at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. She has nursing experience in critical care, ICU and nursing management.  O’Quinn was previously the Nurse Manager of ICU unit II at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

    Kerry Shellito is the new Executive Chef at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. He graduated from the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts and is a Certified Dietary Manager. He has extensive experience working in health care food service and was most recently the Executive Chef at Brandon Regional Hospital. Shellito is known for using locally sourced ingredients and working with local farmers to create nutritionally balanced and health conscience food. 


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Hook Kids on Fishing

 

Anglers for Conservation (AFC)

 a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization, in partnership with Fisherman’s Village, is coordinating its engaging Hook Kids on Fishing Program to be held on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 from 10am- 12:00pm at Fishermen's Village (1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda).

 Kids ages 6 to 16, are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. The first 100 kids registered and complete the training will receive a free rod and reel to take home! Registration is mandatory by calling King Fisher Fleet at 941-639-2628.

 This hands-on, conservation-minded program teaches casting, fishing safety, knot tying, boating safety, tackle box essentials, catch and release tactics, fishing habitats and conservation, and is taught by professional guides and knowledgeable anglers.

 Community support also provided by Fisherman's Village, King Fisher Fleet, local bait and tackle shops, and local Captains, Aylesworth's Fish & Bait, Canoe Outpost-Peace River, Coastal Angler Magazine, Diiachi Hooks, Fish Florida Foundation and Rio Villa Bait & Tackle

AFC’s mission is to inspire new generations of marine stewards through angling education, habitat restoration and applied conservation practices. For more information, please visit www.AnglersForConservation.org.

 Volunteers are needed and donations are greatly appreciated.

If you’re interested in volunteering please contact Theresa at tellershaw@aol.com or call me 321-433-3340/302-6260

If you would like to sponsor this event, please contact Heather Sears at Heather@AnglersForConservation.org or 321-474-8202.

Hook Kids on Fishing

 

Anglers for Conservation (AFC)

 a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization, in partnership with Fisherman’s Village, is coordinating its engaging Hook Kids on Fishing Program to be held on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 from 10am- 12:00pm at Fishermen's Village (1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda).

 Kids ages 6 to 16, are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. The first 100 kids registered and complete the training will receive a free rod and reel to take home! Registration is mandatory by calling King Fisher Fleet at 941-639-2628.

 This hands-on, conservation-minded program teaches casting, fishing safety, knot tying, boating safety, tackle box essentials, catch and release tactics, fishing habitats and conservation, and is taught by professional guides and knowledgeable anglers.

 Community support also provided by Fisherman's Village, King Fisher Fleet, local bait and tackle shops, and local Captains, Aylesworth's Fish & Bait, Canoe Outpost-Peace River, Coastal Angler Magazine, Diiachi Hooks, Fish Florida Foundation and Rio Villa Bait & Tackle

AFC’s mission is to inspire new generations of marine stewards through angling education, habitat restoration and applied conservation practices. For more information, please visit www.AnglersForConservation.org.

 Volunteers are needed and donations are greatly appreciated.

If you’re interested in volunteering please contact Theresa at tellershaw@aol.com or call me 321-433-3340/302-6260

If you would like to sponsor this event, please contact Heather Sears at Heather@AnglersForConservation.org or 321-474-8202.

 

The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance is a strong community-driven membership organization that focuses on business growth, partnership, opportunities and awareness. Its proud members are a wide variety of large and small business owners and their dedicated employees within the community. All of its valued members are committed to best businesses practices, networking opportunities, training, seminars, education, business connections, economic development and community expansion. Member businesses are located in, or doing business in, the Lakewood Ranch area, near Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida. Our proud members are dedicated to promoting a vibrant business community and speaking up for business needs in the community. The Alliance also has a strong working relationship with local Chambers of Commerce and is focused on creating awareness for local non-profit organizations.


8430 Enterprise Circle

 Suite 140
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
Phone: 941-757-1664 
Fax: 941-362-2600 
 
    
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