Archive for July, 2005

07/1/2005

Cruising for a Cause

After umpteen seasons of fabulous benefits and balls (yawn), the canapés 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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