Archive for January, 2004

01/1/2004

Safe Sex

In every culture and at every time, there’s always been an appreciation for renderings of the female figure. In Western culture, following the curvaceous line from Botticelli’s Birth of Venus to Hugh Hefner’s Playboy bunnies takes us through the playful yet provocative world of the pin-up. If you can get a copy of The Great […]

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01/1/2004

The Seeds of Hope

First the good news. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), the survival rate for prostate cancer has risen from 67 percent 20 years ago to 97 percent today. Now the bad news. It’s still the most common form of cancer in men, second only to lung cancer. The ACS estimates that more than 200,000 […]

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01/1/2004

From the Editor

This is the last issue of SARASOTA Magazine that will include our annual ranking of the region’s largest companies; and though I usually choke up at farewells, I’m celebrating, because the story is leaving us for a better home-our new magazine, Sarasota-Manatee Business, edited by long-time staffer Susan Burns. The new magazine, which debuts this […]

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01/1/2004

Real Estate Gossip

Neighborhood Watch Located between Sarasota and Osprey, The Oaks was the area’s first ultra-luxury mainland single-family neighborhood when it began development in the early 1980s. It encompasses just over 1,000 acres west of Tamiami Trail along Sarasota Bay, east of the Trail featuring multiple golf courses and a clubhouse, and also the former Oaks III, […]

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01/1/2004

More Top Companies

TAKING STOCK 10 of our top companies are listed on Nasdaq, 1 on the NYSE and 2 on the OTC. 7. Intertape Polymer Group, ITP on NYSE and TSE 10. Central European Distribution Corporation, CEDC on Nasdaq 11. Edwards Systems Technology, SPW on Nasdaq 14. Gevity HR, Inc., GVHR on Nasdaq 18. Sysco Food Services-West […]

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01/1/2004

Makeover Magic

Just a few years ago, plastic surgery seemed like the self-indulgent secret of the rich and famous; but suddenly, it’s moved into the mainstream. From ABC’s Extreme Makeover to FX network’s Nip/Tuck, makeover fever has seized the nation, with millions of viewers mesmerized by the drama of physical transformation. Plastic surgeons say they’re seeing bus […]

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01/1/2004

In the Swing

Golfing Gateway Whether you’re a local casual golfer looking to have some fun on the links without having to hit long drives and approaches to reach greens, or a visitor/part-time resident from up North looking to play a course that doesn’t require you to "swing out of your shoes," then I have a place for […]

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01/1/2004

Luxury Redo

When Suzanne Sultana was invited to make over the Giuliano residence on Lido Key, she knew exactly where to begin. When the front door swung open to foyer and living room, one was immediately overpowered by orange wallpaper covered in big, busy flowers and a dropped swag valance holding sheers with pink and green rosettes. […]

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01/1/2004

Ask the Experts

Q. Can you give me some alternatives for the traditional coffee table? I’m tired of the same old look. A .Designer Treanne Michel adds some zip to that sofa situation: Your new coffee table option should be practical and express something about the way you live. For instance, if your sofa pulls out into a […]

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01/1/2004

Made in Sarasota

About five years ago, new Casey Key resident Jenni Messina began to dabble in clay. She took classes, practiced and perfected techniques and created a line of nature-inspired planters she thought friends might like. That turned out to be a modest goal for someone whose first collection sold out at its Selby Garden show debut. […]

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01/1/2004

Multiple Personalities

Introvert or extrovert. Sociable or territorial. Chances are, your home office tells as much about your personality as a Meyers-Briggs quiz. Today’s home offices are not cookie cutter cubicles where the framed desk photo is the only distinguishing feature. These offices are as individual as their owners. From CEO to sales rep, artist to consultant, […]

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01/1/2004

Homefront

A Whole New Country Country doesn’t have to mean rural and rustic, folksy stencils and blue geese anymore. At Ethan Allen, country today can be international, eclectic, sophisticated and hip. Check out the New Country collection there, designed with an eye for the trend toward relaxed sophistication that’s versatile, comfortable and easy to care for. […]

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01/1/2004

Mr. Chatterbox

After the recent scientific disclosures about my racial identity (I am 16 percent East Asian, as revealed in our October issue), I find myself consumed with curiosity about my roots. I always knew I was different from the other children. There was always a secret part of me, a part that even I didn’t understand, […]

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01/1/2004

The Roundup

In the predawn fog, cowboys ride out to the palmetto flatwoods of the 17,000-acre Mabry Carlton Ranch, east of the interstate in Sarasota, to gather up the cattle for the twice-yearly roundup. Before noon, the pens are filled with several hundred bellowing cattle, and after hours of hard, sweaty labor, the crew-including State Senator Lisa […]

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01/1/2004

Street Talk

Noisemakers PURE ENERGY Exercise buffs follow the power of Reggie Walden. Reggie Walden’s resume reads like a Dalai Lama in training: teacher, social worker, international karate competitor. The 11th of 13 children, Walden earned a degree in criminal science, but balked at police work when his mother feared for his safety. Instead, the 37-year-old New […]

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01/1/2004

It’s a Wonderful Life

The first time I meet Leif Bjorn Bjaland (Be-ya-land), he’s not at all what I expect. His photos make him seem cool, sophisticated, and a little unapproachable. As I’m led up the back stairs to his office on top of the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, I feel slightly nervous. I’ve interviewed many great conductors and […]

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01/1/2004

The North Country

While others wrangle about the Downtown Master Plan, the folks north of Fruitville Road just do that New Urbanism thing, in the most natural way possible: They are bringing new life to their neighborhood simply by taking it in hand and making it attractive. They are so successful that one wonders how difficult it could […]

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01/1/2004

Simply Divine

Two Dutch sisters with a love for food and hospitality, Ismini and Nicky Van Gurp, married two Italian men, Andrea Bozzolo and Giovanni Cristofoli, with similar passions. The quartet recently ended up in Sarasota on Main Street, where they have opened a 98-seat metropolitan Mediterranean bistro called Divino. It’s fresh, young and full of great […]

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01/1/2004

Fighting Back

In our January health report, Pat Haire looked at new innovations in treating prostate cancer. If you or someone you know faces this deadly disease, here are some helpful resources from the National Cancer Institute’s Web site (www.cancer.gov). Important questions that the patient might want to ask their doctor before their treatment: What is the […]

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01/1/2004

Jai Alai Forever

Miami Vice made it official. It came during the show’s opening sequence, between the windsurfer who dunks her head in the water and the cockatoos. The entire nation saw brief but exotic footage of an athlete in a yellow jersey (number 6 if you’re keeping score at home) propel a ball from a curved basket […]

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