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Bradenton, FL, United States

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Past articles by Richard:

Calendar oddity puts Valentine's Day, Ash Wednesday on same day this year

The 40-day season of Lent leading up to Easter begins with Ash Wednesday on Feb. 14, a day of fasting for some or at least the giving up of certain foods and activities. Does that mean that Manatee County Christians should forget about Valentine’s Day and all of its rich treats this year because Valentine’s Day falls on Ash Wednesday? → Read More

League of Women Voters offer information on March 20 referendum

The debate, called “School District Tax Increase,” will be held noon to 1 p.m. Monday at the Bradenton Women’s Club, 1705 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. → Read More

Volunteers cooking up a storm for 34th annual Saint Barbara Greek Glendi

Roughly 30 volunteers start preparing the food in January to have it ready for this week. It takes hundreds of volunteers to put on the event. → Read More

AARP offering tax preparation in Manatee County

The service will be offered at six Manatee County sites through April 15. → Read More

Anna Maria Island watering hole favors Eagles fans. Patriots faithful root elsewhere ‘for their safety’

Slim’s Place is a Philadelphia sports-themed sports bar that usually welcomes a good number of New England Patriot fans. But those wearing red, white, blue and silver were advised to venture elsewhere Sunday for the Super Bowl. → Read More

'Great event' says Bradenton mayor after fourth Bradenton Regatta

Some people, like Atlanta’s Richard Smith, who attended Saturday’s fourth annual Bradenton Area River Regatta strictly because of the race boats, were strolling downtown Bradenton Sunday and were still basking in the afterglow of the event. → Read More

SCF takes issue with colleges bill in Florida Legislature

State College of Florida Sarasota-Manatee President Carol Probstfeld has issues with the “College Competitiveness Act of 2018” working its way through the Florida Legislature this session. → Read More

Manatee parents upset over late school bus service for students

One Manatee County parent said her student was getting home more than an hour late almost every day this month and that the bus was late in the morning as well. → Read More

Forward Manatee to try and win over voters for March 20 election

Members of Forward Manatee, a political action committee, are promoting the March 20 special election where voters will determine if the School District of Manatee County receives a roughly $33 million new revenue stream through a one-mill property tax increase. → Read More

Board of Governors endorses University of South Florida reunification

With a support letter from USF President Judy Genshaft, The Florida Board of Governors, the 17-member board that oversees all 12 public institutions of higher learning in Florida, unanimously endorsed the “reunification” of USF. → Read More

Siesta Key couple donatates $15 million to Ringling College of Art and Design

Dr. Joel Morganroth and his wife, Dr. Gail Morrison Morganroth, Siesta Key residents, often talked to each other about how virtual reality could transform their professions. → Read More

All-star wine and food event successfully moved to Feld Entertainment

Organizers of the 11th annual Forks & Corks Food & Wine Festival in 48 hours needed a space large enough for 1,500 ticket holders, dozens of wine makers and 60 restaurants. They got it and it all worked out on Sunday. → Read More

Homeless count to be taken in Manatee County

Beginning at 3 p.m. Monday, a team of 50 volunteers from Turning Points, led by volunteer coordinator Cheryl Hedger, and a group from Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness in Sarasota, will once again go out into the community to take the annual homeless census, which is called the “Point-in-Time Survey.” → Read More

Students steal the show during Take Stock in Children Manatee breakfast

Take Stock in Children of Manatee seemed well on the way of reaching its goal of $150,000 in donations for new scholarships after its 11th annual Leadership Prayer Breakfast was attended by 550 at the Bradenton Area Convention Center Thursday. → Read More

172 get diplomas at Manatee Technical College winter graduation

Samantha Stewart is among 172 who received diplomas during Manatee Technical College’s 2018 Winter Graduation. The college now has 50 programs that students can take to enter the local workforce. → Read More

Governor's wife reads to children in Manatee school

Ann Scott is on a statewide tour for Celebrate Literacy Week. → Read More

Manatee school board discusses new schools in East Manatee

During a busy school board meeting held at Manatee Technical College while the board’s chambers on Manatee Avenue West are being renovated, the board approved a new Citizens Financial Advisory Committee, discussed a land swap with Schroeder-Manatee Ranch, heard an auditing firm give its finances passing grades and discussed how to close its pay gap for substitute teachers. → Read More

Manatee school district issues 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

The 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report on the district prepared by the Tampa independent auditor, Moore Stephens Lovelace, P.A. gives the district passing grades. It will be discussed and perhaps approved at Tuesday’s school board meeting, which will be held at Manatee Technical College due to renovations on board chambers. → Read More

Students to speak at 11th Annual Take Stock Leadership Prayer Breakfast

Jailene Salazar-Ibarra, 18, is one of five students who will speak about the Take Stock in Children of Manatee County program and how it has helped them during Take Stock in Children’s 11th Annual Leadership Prayer Breakfast 7:30 a.m. Thursday at the Bradenton Area Convention Center in Palmetto. → Read More

2018 Manatee County Fair concludes on warm and sunny note

The 2018 Manatee County Fair won’t break last year’s attendance, which set the all-time record of 182,600, said fair director Dan West. Vendors reported a strong fair. Roughly 600 livestock were entered this year. → Read More