Archive for January, 2002

01/1/2002

He’s Awesome, Baby!

Sarasota’s Dick Vitale is everywhere during basketball season-ESPN television, ABC radio, and every magazine and newspaper imaginable. Vitale also puts up big numbers right here at home. Vitale, 62, first earned fame coaching high school and college basketball in the ’60s and ’70s. He coached the University of Detroit to a .722 winning percentage until […]

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01/1/2002

The Expandable Vacation

SARASOTA has it all-islands with sugar-white sandy beaches, a famous art museum, live theater, ballet and a symphony, outdoor cafes, golf galore and tropical flowers in more colors than an artist’s imagination. For many visitors, the problem is deciding just which of those many attractions to experience during the limited time of their stay. To […]

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01/1/2002

Welcome to Sarasota

Dreary gray skies and biting winds. Cars that won’t start, heating bills that won’t stop, and that nagging ache in your back from shoveling snow off your driveway. These are some of the reasons you need to get away from what we Sarasotans refer to simply as "up North." Sunshine. Balmy breezes, swaying palm trees, […]

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01/1/2002

Ground Zero

I had to go to New York recently on a short business trip- my first to the city since Sept. 11-and in the back of my mind the inevitable question lurked. Should I go to Ground Zero? I felt no compelling urge to do so. I’d seen it enough on TV-the cranes, the wreckage, the […]

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01/1/2002

A World of Water

In Sarasota, the natural world is a world of water-lakes, rivers, beaches and swamps-many worlds actually, many ecosystems, all depending on water for their existence. To the west, across Sarasota Bay, lie the barrier islands, where giant sea turtles return to the summer beaches of their births to lay their eggs in the sugary sand. […]

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01/1/2002

Shopping

quality time: His and her desk/travel clocks are interpretations of famous FabergĂ© originals handcrafted for the royal family of Russia. And they didn’t work as hard as you do. The luxury timepieces are 24K gold plate over silver and feature all the meticulous detailing that makes the FabergĂ© name synonymous with European quality and glamour. […]

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01/1/2002

Chill Out

This is one of the reasons you came to Southwest Florida, to relax at the water’s edge and savor a silken libation that’s as refreshing as a breeze off the palm trees. Even after you’ve gone home, you can still recapture that tropical Sarasota flavor with one of these specialties of the town. Key Lime […]

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01/1/2002

Homefront

What’s New in the Home "America’s pastime is shifting to entertainment that brings the family together inside the home, where the only things missing are the crowds, the pricey refreshments and the sticky floors," says Thomas Bible, marketing manager for Florida Home Theater (FHT). Bible says that whether your passion is sports, movies or music, […]

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01/1/2002

The Best of the Best

Food and Drink Best Waterfront Restaurant Ophelia’s Finalists: Beach Bistro, Marina Jack The experts say we eat with our eyes. That must be why we want that aqua-view when we dine. From the serene and sublime deck overlooking Little Sarasota Bay at Ophelia’s to Anna Maria Island’s rustic charm at Beach Bistro to the glistening […]

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01/1/2002

Street Talk

Best Bite There’s new bread in town. Located out in the sticks at 6589 South Trail in the Pavilion shopping center, Panera Bakery is a new link in the Panera chain of bakery/cafes-and the bread is about as good as you’re going to find in town right now-especially outside downtown. A good “B-level” bread. The […]

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01/1/2002

Ask the Experts

Q. I collect art glass and want to know how I should care for my treasures. Also, can I safely put water and flowers in an art glass vase? A. Lois Ross, interior designer and owner of A Step Above gallery, answers: I put about a capful of vinegar into a cup of water and […]

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01/1/2002

Real Estate Gossip

On Sunday, Sept. 9, Siesta Key realtor team Sandy and Jerry Strom sailed out of the New York harbor en route to Bermuda and turned back to glance at the fabled skyline one more time. Sandy exclaimed at the perfect view of the World Trade Center’s twin towers and snapped off a roll of photographs […]

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