Archive for July, 2003

07/1/2003

Pioneers of Publishing

When newspaper man Cornelius Van Santvoord Wilson and his wife, Rose, arrived in Sarasota in 1899 after publishing the Manatee County Advocate, there was precious little here to suggest anything but a dubious future for them, their enterprise or the community. In those days Sarasota was just a minor part of Manatee County, a sparsely […]

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07/1/2003

People To Watch

Yes, we all know the Sarasota economy is based on tourism and the services that support a luxurious resort lifestyle. But not everyone comes here to lie on the beach. Working in fields as diverse as athletics, science, education, business, non-profits, the arts and the high-tech industry, the people on these pages are proving that […]

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07/1/2003

Coping with Suicide

On the afternoon of June 15, 1998, Rebecca Shaw climbed the stairs to her cottage on Clematis Street, put a gun in her mouth and pulled the trigger. In an instant, the beautiful 36-year-old artist who seemed to have everything to live for became one of the 30,000 people who kill themselves every year in […]

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07/1/2003

The Envelope, Please

Oh, me, oh, my, what’s a theater critic to do when the cultural menu just keeps expanding? Time was, you could expect to see maybe 35 shows, a mix of community theater and professional, in the Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice area, mostly October through May. Now that theater season stretches year-round, with 60 productions or more on offer, […]

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07/1/2003

Summer Solace

Crêpes are back, you know. Not that they were ever far away. Fillings both sweet and savory encased in a light, flat pancake can always be found on some restaurant menus from New Mexico to Maine. But French-style crêpes have been absent for more than a decade as heartier bistro fare claimed our attention. Now […]

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07/1/2003

Losing Focus

LOSING FOCUS Taking a new look at treating presbyopia.  By Pat Haire  As if turning 40 weren’t traumatic enough, now we learn that it’s often the magic number for the onset of an age-related vision impairment called presbyopia that progressively steals our ability to focus at will. At this point, if you’re 39 or younger, […]

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07/1/2003

Memorable Moments

As a theater critic attending approximately five dozen productions a year locally, I can testify that not every moment onstage is a golden one. But each season there are a few memorable souvenirs I take with me as I leave the theater. Here are five from this past season.  1. In the Asolo’s Filumena, aristocrat […]

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07/1/2003

Moving On

The suicide of a loved one leaves lasting wound. We’ve assembled some resources for recovery from Vanessa Shaw-Finelli’s book, "Losing Rebecca." IF YOU’RE CONSIDERING SUICIDE. Avoid drugs and alcohol, which contribute to uncontrollable impulses. They also interfere with medications that treat depressive disorders. Put your thoughts down on paper, along with your hopes for the […]

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07/1/2003

Street Talk

Partisanship gets out the vote Long-established Sarasota politicians like Mollie Cardamone and Lou Ann Palmer are upset at the recent rash of Democrat/Republican partisanship that sprang up in last spring’s city commission elections. Cardamone says the elections are legally non-partisan and city commissioners don’t have Democrat and Republican issues-or at least aren’t supposed to. But […]

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07/1/2003

Mr. Chatterbox

Editor’s Note: This is the time for summer vacations, and-not surprisingly-Mr. Chatterbox got an earlier start on his than most of us. That means we’re running one of his classic columns, about an earlier vacation, which originally appeared in November 1993. With so many Europeans coming over here in droves and getting all those headlines, […]

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07/1/2003

The Lost Girls

When most adults think of preteen girls, they picture children in those appealing "tween" years-full of the innocence and exuberance of childhood but hovering on the lip of the adult world. It’s a time when girls may begin to have vague, idealized dreams of far-off love and romance, we think, but when they’re just as […]

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07/1/2003

Physical Eye Fitness

Though most people over 50 do need reading glasses, optometrist Dr. Gary Bockhold of Center for Sight says this exercise can postpone the inevitable. Focus on a small letter, bringing it toward your nose until it begins to blur. Stop there and cross your eyes for two to three seconds. Repeat twice. Perform twice daily. […]

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