Archive for January, 2004

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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01/1/2004

The Top 100

Last year, vice president of Sarasota County’s Committee for Economic Development Kathy Baylis said this about Sarasota’s corporate landscape: "I don’t consider the forecast bleak, I just don’t think it’s going to get much better too soon. This could last well into 2003." What a difference a year makes. Says Baylis today: "I kept waiting […]

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01/1/2004

Hot Tickets

Art Tampa Museum of Art. Continuing through Jan. 11: Toulouse-Lautrec: Master of the Moulin Rouge, featuring posters and lithograph prints. Opening Jan. 25 to run through April 11: Selections from the Neuberger Berman Corporate Collection, which includes photographs by Vik Muniz and Tracey Moffett as well as paintings by Robert McCurdy and Mary Heilman, among […]

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01/1/2004

Lemur Love

Just like humans, apes, and monkeys, lemurs are primates. More specifically, they are prosimian (literally pre-monkey) primates, the group with the deepest roots of the primate evolutionary tree. These deep roots mean that lemurs and humans shared their last ancestors nearly 70 million years ago and learning about lemurs gives us some insight into how […]

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