Archive for February, 2003

02/1/2003

Homes With A High IQ

"Hello, Hal." "Hello, homeowner." "I’m having a dinner party tonight, Hal." "Fine. I’ll arrange the lighting and draperies, adjust the air conditioning and play your favorite CD in the dining room." "My guests might enjoy a movie later." ‘I’ll prepare the plasma screen, with Dolby Sound, lights off, blinds closed, and cushioned leather seating in […]

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02/1/2003

Taking the Cake

The bride may be at the center of her ceremony, but the undeniable star of the reception table is the wedding cake. Today’s cakes are anything but traditional. Couples want their cakes to reflect their unique personalities and relationship, says Rhonda Shinn of A Slice of Heaven, who has inscribed song lyrics and poetry on […]

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02/1/2003

Good Mornings

The Richard Ericksons of northern Michigan envisioned sunny mornings sipping coffee and reading the newspaper, surrounded by the natural light and tropical foliage of their Longboat Key vacation home. The modest ranch-style dwelling they purchased offered a waterfront location and serene setting, but tiny windows and a dark foyer impeded views; and the interior begged […]

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02/1/2003

Out of Blight

At the point where Route 301 and Route 41 merge to form Bradenton’s First Street is a striking new development. In what used to be a blighted neighborhood sandwiched between the busy junction, a rail line and blocks of dilapidated houses is a stunning enclave of 160 brand-new townhouses exuding urban Southern charm. Olive and […]

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02/1/2003

Mr. Chatterbox

As many of my regular readers probably suspect, being Mr. Chatterbox is just a "day job" for me. I have a whole other career. And, no, it’s not delivering the Herald-Tribune from 2 to 6 a.m.; that was a temporary situation and has been over for six months now. I am referring to my position […]

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02/1/2003

Sarasota Romance

For most, the story of Bird Key extends back to the late 1950s, when Arthur V. Davis’ Arvida Corporation bought the John Ringling holdings and set upon the task of redefining Sarasota. Through a massive dredge-and-fill operation, the key was enlarged to accommodate 291 waterfront and 220 off-water lots. Bird Key was and continues to […]

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02/1/2003

Addicted to Love

Reproductive Medicine Sarasota gynecologist Dr. Joe Corcoran reports that despite the media hype, couples choosing in vitro fertilization still face only about a 25-percent success rate. Those diagnosed with "unexplained infertility" can expect only a 15- percent to 20-percent success rate. Still, he maintains that many factors can skew these numbers one way or the […]

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02/1/2003

Happily Ever After

"There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage," Martin Luther wrote in 1569, and that enduring ideal made this special issue about Sarasota weddings a delight to work on, as couples shared tender stories of how they met, wedding pros inspired us with their ideas and photographers […]

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02/1/2003

Garden of Love

The garden that Sally and Richard Myers call a work in progress surrounds their small downtown home with color, creativity, sculpture and a persistent sense of curiosity and wonder. It’s a metaphor for their marriage-a surprise union that neither was expecting but that keeps blossoming in felicitous ways. Sally, a watercolor artist and the owner […]

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02/1/2003

Street Talk

SOME THINGS CHANGE Anyone with a dozen or more years in the Sarasota cultural scene will remember that former State Sen. Bob Johnson brought home more state money for culture here during the ’80s and ’90s than anyone else. Serving on the boards of virtually every local arts group at one time or another, Johnson […]

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02/1/2003

Dream Weddings

It seemed a conventional enough wedding for a modern couple-he 40-ish, she in her 30s, and both pilots. The setting was her father’s 40-acre ranch on the Manatee River, and the simple, dignified ceremony was set to take place under an old oak tree. The musicians were in place and the white tent was festooned […]

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02/1/2003

In the Swing

Fore! Mr. President The next best thing to playing golf with President George W. Bush is playing the very same course he plays during the winter months: Gasparilla on Boca Grande, the sleepy island town located about one hour south of Sarasota. "Gasparilla? I’ve never heard of it," most new residents will say. Surprisingly, many […]

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