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Ex-educator arrested for child porn
Wed  Mar 21 2018 11:38AM
A long-retired Venice educator and first leader of The Venice Symphony was arrested this week on charges of child porn possession. The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested 74-year-old Hartley Wood … Find out how to read more online.
Real? Or Fake?
Wed  Mar 21 2018 11:38AM
Every year or two, Pine View’s History Club sponsors a campus-wide re-enactment of a historical time period or event. This year, faculty sponsor Jym Froelich, club president Megan Lepak and … Find out how to read more online.
Hospitals still waiting for judge to rule
Wed  Mar 21 2018 11:38AM
Nearly three months after putting their cases into the hands of an administrative law judge, Venice Regional Bayfront Health and Sarasota Memorial Hospital are still waiting to learn the fate … Find out how to read more online.
There’s history to city/county parks debate
Wed  Mar 21 2018 11:36AM
It’s fitting that Wellfield Park is at the center of the current parks dispute between the city of Venice and Sarasota County, since its creation was the subject of their … Find out how to read more online.
Hundreds attend North Port, West Villages town hall
Wed  Mar 21 2018 11:36AM
West Villages residents came out in force Thursday evening to ask questions of North Port City Commissioners and learn more about how their communities fit into the larger city picture. … Find out how to read more online.
Books are ‘in’
Wed  Mar 21 2018 11:36AM
Books, authors and illustrators take over downtown Venice Friday and Saturday for the seventh year in a row. Read all about that in today’s feature above. As the years go by, despite … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Theatre makes dramatic impact at regional festival
Wed  Mar 21 2018 11:34AM
A team from Venice Theatre attended the Southeastern Theatre Conference’s Community Theatre Festival in Mobile, Alabama, the weekend of Feb. 9. They presented Tennessee Williams’ 1946 one-act drama “27 Wagons … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Theatre offers Shakespeare with a bonus
Wed  Mar 21 2018 11:34AM
The beauty of works by William Shakespeare is that one usually gets a bonus far beyond the iambic pentameter verse in which he wrote. In the case of Venice Theatre’s … Find out how to read more online.
Opera will present special program
Wed  Mar 21 2018 11:34AM
For one time only, Sarasota Opera and Verdi aficionado August Ventura will present the 1963 film “In the Mouth of the Wolf” on Thursday, March 22, at 4 p.m. in … Find out how to read more online.
Concert band goes ‘Up, Up and Away’
Wed  Mar 21 2018 11:32AM
Venice Concert Band will perform Monday, March 26, 7 p.m., in the Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave., for a night of music from many countries around the world. … Find out how to read more online.
Rare Beach Fire
Sat  Mar 17 2018 10:48AM
The Venice’s Fire Department’s Boat 51 rescued eight people trapped on a small dock by a brush fire on Thursday. The beach-goers had taken the ferry over to dock on … Find out how to read more online.
Worker survives severe electrical arc flash
Sat  Mar 17 2018 10:48AM
Electrocution is typically the first thing that comes to mind when someone is killed or injured by electricity but it is not the only existing hazard. An electrical arc flash … Find out how to read more online.
Rotary’s ‘Toast To Venice’ is next weekend
Sat  Mar 17 2018 10:46AM
“Eat, Drink and be Merry” by the beaches of the beautiful Gulf of Mexico on a warm sunny afternoon while doing much good for the community is the idea and … Find out how to read more online.
City refines position on county parks proposal
Sat  Mar 17 2018 10:46AM
City Manager Ed Lavallee received Venice City Council’s nod of approval on Friday to present a new counter-offer to the county’s proposal to come up with a new Parks Interlocal … Find out how to read more online.
Archives are in need of more space
Sat  Mar 17 2018 10:46AM
Venice Historical Resources Manager Harry Klinkhamer told the Historic Preservation Board Friday that the city’s archives are “busting at the seams.” The renovation of the house across Milan Avenue from … Find out how to read more online.
End Zone owner sues county for ‘wrongful death’
Sat  Mar 17 2018 10:44AM
The owner of End Zone sports bar is suing Charlotte County in the death of her husband, Owen Anders. Joanne Anders filed suit on Feb. 1, charging the county contributed … Find out how to read more online.
VPAC offers magical evening
Sat  Mar 17 2018 10:44AM
Enjoy an evening of magic with Kid Magician Kadam Bart Rockett and Brooklyn at the Venice Performing Arts Center March 24. At America’s Got Talent, KidMagician: Kadan Bart Rockett and Brooklyn … Find out how to read more online.
Storm busing plan part of key meeting
Wed  Mar 14 2018 12:08PM
Emergency management experts who reviewed the county’s performance during Hurricane Irma aren’t opposed to busing evacuees, but even they haven’t seen the plan being unveiled today (Wednesday) that will impact … Find out how to read more online.
Additional homestead exemption won’t mean cuts
Wed  Mar 14 2018 12:06PM
The Venice City Council got some good news from Sarasota County Tax Appraiser Bill Furst on Tuesday: Adoption of a homestead exemption constitutional amendment in November would cost the city … Find out how to read more online.
Nominations underway for ‘No Roof Left Behind’ contest
Wed  Mar 14 2018 12:04PM
Roofing by Curry, the family-owned roofing company that installed a free roof for a needy Venice homeowner last November is now accepting nominations for another deserving recipient. Gary Curry, owner … Find out how to read more online.
Voters OK tax for schools
Wed  Mar 21 2018 11:38AM
Sarasota County residents voted Tuesday to continue the school’s ad valorem millage rate. The continuation of the property tax was passed by 78.54 percent of voters in Sarasota County. Tuesday’s … Find out how to read more online.
Woman found dead on Venice front lawn
Sat  Mar 17 2018 10:48AM
Police have released the name of the female found dead on the front lawn of a ranch home in the 200 block of Park Blvd. S. near Armada Road in … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Rotarians launch first RotaKids Club
Wed  Mar 21 2018 11:36AM
RotaKids is one of the new programs being introduced to schools by Rotary Clubs, particularly in Florida where swimming pools, the Gulf and Atlantic oceans surround the coastline. The new … Find out how to read more online.
Book fair is for writers, readers, illustrators
Wed  Mar 21 2018 11:36AM
The Venice Book Fair & Writers Festival is back in Centennial Park this year but for how much longer no one knows. Featuring programs for writers on Friday, March 23 and book … Find out how to read more online.
Rewrite begins on so many of city’s rules
Wed  Mar 21 2018 11:36AM
The Venice Planning Commission held its kickoff meeting a week ago on rewriting the city’s Land Development Regulations, or LDRs, with a presentation of what it means for some areas … Find out how to read more online.
Traffic fatalities down in two counties
Wed  Mar 21 2018 11:36AM
Despite increases in traffic accidents, traffic fatalities decreased in 2017 for both Charlotte and Sarasota counties, according to preliminary data from Florida’s Integrated Report Exchange System. In Charlotte County, fatalities … Find out how to read more online.
SKY Academy to hold open house
Wed  Mar 21 2018 11:34AM
SKY Academy is a unique charter middle school located at 701 Center Road in Venice, Florida. Venice SKY Academy stands for Strength and Knowledge at the Y (YMCA). SKY Academy … Find out how to read more online.
Asolo revisits ‘Roe v. Wade’ 50 years later
Wed  Mar 21 2018 11:34AM
Opportunity comes in many colors. In Asolo Rep’s production of “Roe” by Lisa Loomer, there was an opportunity for a female lawyer to make a name for herself in a … Find out how to read more online.
‘Things They Carried’ mirrors a soldier’s journey
Wed  Mar 21 2018 11:34AM
Florida Studio Theatre concludes its Stage III Series with the regional premiere of “The Things They Carried,” based on Tim O’Brien’s semi-autobiographical set of short stories of the same name. … Find out how to read more online.
17 Minutes
Sat  Mar 17 2018 10:50AM
Several hundred Venice High students participated in a nationwide walkout Wednesday morning in remembrance of the 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida, last month. … Find out how to read more online.
Irma report sheds little light on Venice dilemma
Sat  Mar 17 2018 10:48AM
“I heard nothing new.” That was Venice Mayor John Holic’s assessment after former FEMA administrator Craig Fugate delivered his after-action and improvement plan to County Commissioners on Wednesday. The 72-page … Find out how to read more online.
Water heater cited for Legionnaires’ outbreak
Wed  Mar 14 2018 12:04PM
The IslandWalk fitness center’s hot water heater is to blame for the recent outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease at the West Villages community, according to the Florida Department of Health. Out … Find out how to read more online.
Radio-controlled air show this weekend
Sat  Mar 17 2018 10:46AM
The 19th Annual “Wings Over Venice,” a radio-controlled aircraft show hosted by the R/C Fliers of Venice will take place at 4000 Knights Trail, Nokomis, March 17 and 18 from … Find out how to read more online.
Sheriff’s office report shows decrease in crime
Sat  Mar 17 2018 10:46AM
Last year brought a hurricane, a new office for the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office and a decrease in crime in the county, according to its annual report. In 2017, the Sheriff’s … Find out how to read more online.
Board hopeful about preservation tax incentives
Sat  Mar 17 2018 10:44AM
It makes a sort of twisted sense that the effort to create tax incentives to preserve historic properties in Venice has taken more than 30 years. “As we all know, … Find out how to read more online.
Architect for public safety facility hired
Sat  Mar 17 2018 10:44AM
The Venice City Council approved a contract for architectural and engineering services for the new public safety facility Tuesday, but only after getting a few questions answered. Council Member Mitzi … Find out how to read more online.
Barbershop singer always has a song in his heart
Sat  Mar 17 2018 10:44AM
It’s no surprise that Dick Maier joined the Venice Gondoliers Barbershop Chorus (VGBC) after he retired and moved to Venice with his wife, Jean. He’s had a song in his … Find out how to read more online.
More parking at beach possible
Wed  Mar 14 2018 12:06PM
The on-again and off-again idea to expand beachside parking next to the Venice Municipal Pier appears to be back on again. The Venice City Council voted 4-3 on Tuesday to … Find out how to read more online.
Council expresses doubts about parks deal
Wed  Mar 14 2018 12:04PM
Mayor John Holic wanted to give his colleagues some background Tuesday about dealings between the city and the county on parks while the city manager and the county administrator continue … Find out how to read more online.
Police seek help in boardwalk fire
Sat  Mar 10 2018 10:40AM
Detectives with the Venice Police Department are asking for the public’s help in identifying who may have been responsible for the fire that destroyed much of the Service Club Park … Find out how to read more online.