Archive for March, 2006

03/1/2006

Searching for a Cure

In 1964, at age 23, Michael McGillicuddy was diagnosed with melanoma. Doctors told him he had six months to live, typical for late-stage cases, yet he survived another 12 years. In the more than quarter-century since Michael McGillicuddy’s death, melanoma is still the most commonly occurring cancer among 20- to 30-year-olds, and its incidence overall […]

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03/1/2006

In the Swing

If you’re a member of a private club who likes to venture out occasionally to play on one of Sarasota County’s public-access courses, or just a golfer who prefers to play a variety of courses rather than belong to a country club, add Bobcat Trail to your list. "The Cat," as it’s known to regulars, […]

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03/1/2006

Cow Girl

It’s been a wild ride for Sarasota’s Marlene Strickland. As president of the 2,000-member American National CattleWomen, she travels the country promoting the nutritional value of beef and talking agricultural issues with state and national legislators. But it was her life’s work in 4-H that recently earned Strickland Florida’s Woman of the Year in Agriculture […]

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03/1/2006

Eggs-actly Right

This column is not for sale-although I admit it often seems that way. But I accept all those free trips in the spirit of deductive reasoning, like Descartes. I remain detached and unmoved by them even if they do provide a transitory pleasure. This month, though, is different. I’m doing the whole thing to get […]

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03/1/2006

Up & Coming

March 5. Sarasota Italian Cultural Brunch. Playwright Adriana Trigiani is the guest at this event at Prestancia Country Club. The group also plans an "Italian Memories" dinner March 15; for information on both, call 753-1197. March 7. Tour of Kitchens. A fund-raiser kickoff for the annual Embracing our Differences exhibition coming up in April, featuring […]

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03/1/2006

Fresh Favorites

Sometimes the most luxurious things in life are simple. Take, for example, the enticing new menu of the Vernona Dining Room at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. Most of it is organic, featuring locally grown produce and meats from animals that have been organically fed and humanely raised. The menu reflects fresh, seasonally appropriate selections-peas in the […]

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03/1/2006

Cruisin’ the Hood

Amid the constant debate about planning the future Sarasota, much is said about creating workable and walkable neighborhoods. Rules and regulations are discussed, hackles are raised, New Urbanists are praised and reviled. The result? So far, very little has been done to make traditional neighborhood development both attractive and inevitable. But while the bureaucrats and […]

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03/1/2006

Desperately Seeking Housing

In Sarasota problems come and go, even if no solutions are found. Last summer, it was parking! Lots of hot air was expended, and months later we’re not ahead one additional space. But parking! is not on the agenda anymore. People grew bored when it became clear nothing was going to happen. Now the problem […]

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03/1/2006

Outside the Box

Whole Foods Market Center has sparked the opening of other hip nearby boutiques, with the newest bringing Indonesia to downtown Sarasota. Maurice (who also builds custom homes with DooleyMack) and Vanessa Opstal have opened Box Furniture Boutique, the first retail store offering their family-owned Box line, formerly available only to the trade and to wholesalers. […]

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03/1/2006

The Maestro

It’s 8:30 a.m. as Victor DeRenzi enters the Sarasota Opera House, where he has been artistic director for the past 24 years. His first stop is the Opera CafĂ©. There he downs two cups of espresso in quick succession, standing up and keeping a sharp eye on the coffee’s preparation. He swallows the coffee in […]

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03/1/2006

Mr. Chatterbox

Can you believe it? Two public art crises at exactly the same time! One with the big sailor, one with the painted clowns. Everybody’s running around saying, "What is art? Is this art? Can art be that big?" Honestly, it’s like nobody in town knows what art is, with the possible exception of Virginia Hoffman. […]

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03/1/2006

March Events

IN TOWN TOMLIN TONIGHT Some comedy stars are famous for one long-running character; others for a host of them. Lily Tomlin, who began her career in the public eye more than 35 years ago on TV’s Laugh-In, is one of the latter. Tomlin will bring some of those popular characters to the Van Wezel stage […]

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