Archive for July, 2005

07/1/2005

Mr. Chatterbox

Guess what! I’ve discovered the hot new neighborhood! Yes, the place where property values will skyrocket and we’ll all get rich if we buy now. That as-yet undiscovered "bit" of Sarasota which, if a little rough around the edges, will soon become sophisticated and charming. I like it so much I’ve even moved here, staking […]

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07/1/2005

People to Watch

Gwen MacKenzie It wasn’t the weather that drew Gwen MacKenzie, 50, from Detroit to Sarasota this May, she emphasizes. Instead, she came to serve as the new chief executive officer of Sarasota Memorial Health Care System because SMH is known as an outstanding hospital. She cites a U.S. News & World Report article that ranked […]

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07/1/2005

Flavorful Flowers

At a recent edible flower seminar at the Crowley Museum & Nature Center, Joan Kershaw, owner of Floral Concept, demonstrated that the proof is indeed in the pudding-or, in this instance, in the delectable floral delights she served. A peppery gazpacho strewn with arugula blossoms, nasturtium stuffed with savory cream cheese, an herb and flower […]

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07/1/2005

Outta Sight Real Estate

Two bold headlines from the March 30 edition of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune tell the story: "Manatee House Sale Cracks a Barrier at $5.5 Million" and "Metropolitan Site Sells for $40 Million." The first refers to the record price paid for a Manatee County home, an 8,500-square-foot waterfront residence in northwest Bradenton. The second refers to […]

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07/1/2005

Things We Love

Tres Chic Give your windows a chic European vibe with these retractable awnings from Durasol. With non-corrosive hardware and acrylic fabrics in more than 200 colors and patterns, these shady beauties cool interiors and decrease energy consumption. Options such as wind sensors and remote control access make operating the awnings a breeze. Durasol SunGuard Elite […]

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07/1/2005

Back to the Bistro

When I noticed a new French restaurant had "Sylvie" in its name, I wondered if the proprietor knew that the French name (and its owner) had a long and respected culinary history in this town. But when I visited the eatery, I discovered that the new Sylvie is the original Sylvie, this time joined by […]

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07/1/2005

Right Now

Rollover DJ New musician of the moment is DJ Rus Deep, whose "tribal house" music is being heard at cool parties in venues around Sarasota. Deep is just in from New York City to start up a production event company, Plush Entertainment, which will feature music from Deep and two other DJs and catering from […]

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07/1/2005

The New Gold Rush

When my daughter was seven, she returned from a weekend with her father and his new wife, who had entertained guests while she was there. Kate was used to my parties, which tended to be rowdy gatherings of artists, writers and ne’er-do-wells, and her father’s event had been a little staid for her tastes. "When […]

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07/1/2005

Made in Sarasota

The term "struggling artist" has never applied to Stacie Caspari: She sold her first pieces, pencil sketches, as a high schooler in Missouri. Today, Caspari presides over an Englewood studio where she produces not just her fine art, but also her gorgeous Grotto collection, shell-encrusted furniture and accessories that sell to clients around the country […]

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07/1/2005

The Activist

Eighteen-year-old Benjamin Dictor raised a ruckus last year when he founded Mobilized Youth, inspiring hundreds of Sarasota teens to rise from their Playstations and work for voter registration, keeping Planned Parenthood educators in public schools and more. The group recently opened its first headquarters, and Dictor, who graduated in May from the Law and Public […]

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07/1/2005

Cruising for a Cause

After umpteen seasons of fabulous benefits and balls (yawn), the canap├ęs start to taste like cardboard and the champagne loses its fizz. So how do Sarasota’s glitterati get their gala back? They take the show out to sea. Some of Sarasota’s best parties now have a backdrop of blue skies and open seas, as patrons […]

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07/1/2005

Showtime!

"Another op’ning, another show".Cole Porter’s famous song launching Kiss Me, Kate is one of those showbiz anthems so often referred to I hate to borrow it again. But as I contemplate the 50-plus productions of the season past that I’ve seen, I can’t get the tune out of my head. Offering everything from crowd-pleasing musical […]

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07/1/2005

My Search for Dorothy Rodgers

Every writer has his muse, and I’m not talking about some anonymous angel from heaven who comes down to hover over your shoulder and offer gentle encouragement. I’m talking about a real-life person who, for some reason, you can’t get out of your mind. An obsession develops; you examine every facet of the person’s life, […]

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07/1/2005

At First Sight

According to researchers at Miami’s Florida International University, one in every 677 children in America is afflicted with some sort of treatable eye disease, including conditions that can cause blindness. Strabismus, or "crossed eyes," and amblyopia, or "lazy eye," both affect as many as five percent of all preschool children. Infantile glaucoma occurs in one […]

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07/1/2005

Cooking Light

Take one modest ranch-style home with an unflattering 1960s image. Strip away dated layers and discard. Remove barriers and open walls. Expose to light and allow for expansion. Color with imagination and garnish to personal taste. Enjoy! The original kitchen in the Davies residence on Bird Key sported white Formica counters, a monstrous white refrigerator […]

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07/1/2005

Cheers!

Belly up to the Sand Bar for the Grande Margarita. Toast your good luck (you’re in Florida) with this tequila-based cooler from the outdoor deck overlooking the Gulf. It’s a generous pour, and with strains of Jimmy Buffett wasting away again, the salty sea breeze and more salt around the rim, you could go ’round […]

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07/1/2005

Street Talk

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07/1/2005

Homefront

SEEING GREEN Meeting homeowners’ rising concerns for safety, structural integrity and energy conservation, Vision Homes has partnered with the Home Builders Association of Sarasota County to create the 2005 HBA Tech House, showcasing just how green high-tech can be. The Tech House, set to be completed in August, features two 20-SEER air conditioning systems that […]

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07/1/2005

In the Eye of the Storm

A few years ago, hardly anyone asked Vision Homes president Chip Nemec about building hurricane-safe rooms in a new house. After last summer’s frightening hurricane season, however, when four back-to-back-to-back storms devastated parts of Florida, Nemec says some customers began inquiring about safe rooms, a proposition that can cost up to $10,000. You can see […]

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07/1/2005

Justice is Served

When Lynn Silvertooth started lawyering in 1949, there were just two judges and fewer than 40 attorneys in all of Sarasota County. From his appointment as a circuit court judge in 1964 until his retirement in 1989, he had a high-profile career on the bench. Early on, he presided over an international headline-making murder trial, […]

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