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Island police blotter – 12-29-2010

Anna Maria
• No new reports.

Bradenton Beach
• No new reports.

Holmes Beach
• Dec. 17, 400 block of 28th Street. theft. Holmes Beach Police Department responded to the reported theft of an outside air-conditioner unit.
Earlier in the month, an HBPD officer made note of a man driving a pickup truck with a trailer attached. The trailer contained what appeared to be old, rusted air-conditioners.
• Dec. 18, 5000 block of Marina Drive, lack of valid ID. An HBPD officer stopped a motorist in a pickup truck for driving without valid identification.
• Dec. 19, 500 block of Key Royale Drive, noise complaint. HBPD responded to a complaint about loud music from vehicles in the neighborhood.
Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach police departments and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office as of Dec. 23.

Sports – 12-29-2010

The women of the Key Royale Club played a nine-hole, individual-low-net golf game and a two-best-balls-of-foursome match Dec. 21. Helen Pollock captured Flight A with a 1-under-par 31, two shots ahead of second-place finisher Cindy Miller. Marcia Helgeson took third place with a 35.
Sandy Dahl and Nancy King each carded 3-under-par 29s to tie for first place in Flight B by one shot over Joyce Brown and Sue Wheeler, who tied for second.
Flight C saw Terry Westby take first place with a 3-under 29, two shots better than Denise Burckhardt, who finished alone in second place. Barb Lindawall carded an even-par 32 to finish in third place.
Luanne Collins’ 6-under-par 26 was the low-net round of the day and earned her first place in Flight D. Jane Winegarden finished at 1-under 31 to take second place, while Frankie Smith-Williams took third in Flight D with an even-par 32.
The foursome of Marcia Helgeson, Cindy Miller, Mary Selby and Penny Williams won the team event with an 86. Luanne Collins, Helen Pollock and Mary Selby all won closest-to-the pin shots.

Horseshoe news
No teams emerged from pool play during Dec. 22 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits, which resulted in a four-team playoff. Gene Bobeldyk and Herb Puryear downed the Disbrow brothers, Jay and Jerry, 23-10. The other semifinal game saw Art Kingstad and Al Forgue defeat Norm Good and Dave Landsaw 21-17.
The finals saw Bobeldyke-Puryear rolling to an easy 21-5 victory over Kingstad-Forgue.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.

Island real estate transactions – 12-29-2010

209 Palm Ave., Anna Maria, a 960 sfla / 1,718 sfur 2bed/2bath home built in 1988 on a 52×110 lot was sold 12/06/10, Bowers to Pichette for $415,000; list $475,000.

6400 Flotilla Drive, Unit 42, Westbay Point & Moorings, Holmes Beach, a 1,114 sfla / 1,426 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1977 was sold 12/07/10, Stabeck to Goldsmith for $350,000; list $399,900.

304 62nd St., Holmes Beach, a 2,015 sfla / 2,055 sfur 2bed/2bath home built in 1969 on a 75×100 lot was sold 12/10/10, Vayias to Welch for $285,000; list $319,000.

6108 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,112 sfla / 1,569 sfur 2bed/1bath/1car home built in 1960 on a 90×101 lot was sold 11/30/10, Saunders to Kaleta for $235,000; list $299,900.

502 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,540 sfla / 2,313 sfur 3bed/2bath home built in 1959 on a 85×116 lot was sold 11/29/10, Jacobs to Mitchell for $207,000; list $299,000.

5807 De Palmas Ave., Holmes Beach, a 1,038 sfla  / 1,328 sfur 2bed/1bath home built in 1969 on a 50×100 lot was sold 12/09/10, Brown to B&B Rentals AMI LLC for $200,000.

Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.

Obituaries – 12-29-2010

Sarah ‘Sally’ Ethel (O’Brien) Kubik
Sarah “Sally” Ethel (O’Brien) Kubik died Dec. 18. She was born Nov. 9, 1925. She moved to Bradenton in 1979 from the Cleveland area, where she was born.
Mrs. Kubik was known for interior decorating and entertaining.
A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held in January 2011. Donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Covell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Kubik is survived by sister Eileen Pailey of Lawrenceburg, Tenn.; five children, Laurie and husband Jim Meagle of Marietta, Ohio, Tom and wife Carol of Anna Maria, Craig and wife Donna of Conifer, Colo., Susan and husband Jim Budde of Beaufort, S.C., and Claire Hickman of Bradenton; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Wolf Mason
Wolf Mason of Pennsylvania died. He was born Sept. 14, 1945, in Cortland, N.Y. He was owner and operator of four Machine Heads Tattoo Shops.
He previously owned and operated the Bradenton Beach Bait and Tackle Shop for many years.
He served in the U.S. Army in Germany from 1965-1967. He pursued religious studies and was ordained a Baptist minister.
Interment will be at a later date. Memorial services were held Dec. 28 at Zimmerman-Auer Funeral Home in Harrisburg, Pa. Condolences may be made at www.pennlive.com/obits.
He is survived by his mother, Vivian Mason of Fayetteville, Pa.; spouse Beverly of Bradenton; longtime girlfriend Sherry Sears of Newport, Pa.; brother Donald and wife Janice of Gettysburg, Pa.; sister Sharon Griffie of University Park, Fla.; three daughters, Torrene Sears of Newport, Pa., Cindy Capner of Farmers Branch, Texas, and Lori Silva of Newton, N.J.; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Fishing – 12-29-2010

Winter fishing thrives in area waters

With the gag grouper bite in full swing island fishers hope for light winds and calm waters to improve their fishing days. We have until Dec. 31 to fish federal waters for gag grouper, so plan accordingly.
Best baits this week seem to be a mix of frozen and live. Sardines, threadfins, squid and octopus for frozen baits, and pinfish, grunts and sand perch for live bait. Starting Jan. 1, gag grouper will be closed in federal waters. The closure will last for 180 days.
Moving inshore, sheepshead and redfish seem to be the targets species this week. Shrimp, fiddler crabs and sand fleas are the way to go for natural baits, while soft plastics on a jig head will suffice for an artificial offering. Don’t forget spotted sea trout will be back in season beginning Jan. 1, in our region. Target deep potholes and sheltered areas such as canals and creeks to catch these “fattened up” winter trout.
Merry Christmas!
Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle reported that with calmer waters, beach fishers were targeting pompano, jacks and ladyfish. Best scenario is to pack light and walk the beach so you can fish a greater area of water. Keyes suggested using jigs and silver spoons for best results.
The sheepshead bite is growing around docks, piers and bridges. “Fishers using live shrimp and fiddler crabs seem to be producing the most fish,” Keyes said. Keyes recommended using a No. 2 or No. 4 hook with a No. 2 split-shot set about 12 inches from the hook. “Throw a shrimp under a dock and retrieve real slow,” Keyes added.
In the local canals, fishers have been catching redfish and trout. Berkley Gulp shrimp on a jig head has been the most productive offering. A light twitch combined with a slow retrieve seems to work well.
Moving offshore, Keyes said the gag grouper catch is in “full force.” Best baits include frozen sardines, squid, octopus and fresh-cut mullet. While fishing for gag grouper, fishers are catching red grouper, mangrove snapper, lane snapper, triggerfish and banded rudderfish. “Don’t forget,” Keyes added, “gag grouper closes in federal waters starting Jan. 1.”
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me the Fish Charters reported limits of gag grouper this week on the nearshore ledges starting at about 50 feet of water. McGuire referred to the bite this week as “gags gone wild” — which should give you an idea of how good the bite has been.
Moving out farther into depths of 115 feet, McGuire’s charters reeled up red grouper, scamp, mangrove snapper and amberjack. Large baits such as pinfish, sand perch and grunts are producing the larger catch.
In closing, McGuire added, “This time of year we have to be flexible and fish between the cold fronts. Doing this could produce the fishing trip of a lifetime.”
Brad Williams at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge South Fishing Pier said fishers this week have been catching keeper gag grouper and sheepshead. Drifting a piece of cut mullet under the pier has been a good bet. Remember, stout tackle is required for this kind of fishing, you never know when you might catch a big gag grouper. The sheepshead bite has been good with fiddler crabs, shrimp and tubeworms being the best bait. “At night, we’ve been catching bluefish, too,” Williams said.
Capt. Wayne Genthner of Wolfmouth Charters took advantage of the calm waters this past week to fish for gag grouper on the nearshore reefs and ledges. After the winds calmed down, Genthner said the grouper bite “went crazy.” Genthner fished “deeper ledges” in water depths of 40 to 50 feet for best results. “We limited out on gag grouper in 30 minutes,” Genthner added.
Inshore, Genthner put his charters on sheepshead, redfish, flounder and some small snook. He uses a 14-pound fluorocarbon leader when fishing this time of year in the bay waters. “With the water being so clear,” Genthner said, “you have to scale down your leader to get a good bite going.”
Capt. Warren Girle reported fishing in Sarasota Bay was a little tough this week. “The fish are really sluggish in this cold water.” Girle said. “You need to put your bait right in front of their noses.”
Girle managed to produce nice catches of sheepshead, black drum, redfish and flounder. He suggested fishing backwater bays and creeks for best results.
Girle said water temps in Sarasota Bay have been on average in the low 50s, but fishing backwater areas made it possible for him to find water temps as high as 58 degrees, which is where he’s finding the bite.
Tom Cassetty at the Rod & Reel Pier said fishers this week have been catching some nice sheepshead, black drum, flounder and a few redfish. Most pier fishers are targeting sheepshead, using baits such as fresh-cut shrimp, fiddler crabs and tubeworms. “The sheepshead bite should only get better as the winter progresses,” Cassetty said. Most sheepshead, as of this week, have been in the 12- to 16-inch range. Bigger fish and greater numbers of fish are expected soon.
Cassetty added, “The fishers at night are catching bonnethead sharks.”
Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing Charters reported the wintertime fishing pattern is in full effect and the redfish are being cooperative. Howard said his charters were able to hook up with redfish to 13 pounds by fishing close to deep-water docks. Howard used “a lot of meat on the hook” this week. His bait of choice was select live shrimp, or two small ones rigged tandem on the hook with a split shot.
The extra low tides also provided excellent opportunities to wade fish for redfish and speckled trout. On the extreme low tides, Howard suggested wading to potholes surrounded by exposed seagrass. He said to use artificial baits or live shrimp and slowly work your rig through the pothole for “fishing-in-a-barrel action.”
Sheephead fishing is starting to come on and will only get better as the wintertime pattern advances, Howard said.
Remember speckled trout fishing season opens Jan. 1. Howard added. “This past year bodes well for the opening of the speckled trout season, as my parties have been having a banner year catching a lot of over sized ones.”
“Tight lines and have a safe and fun filled holiday.”
Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Islander Calendar – 12-29-2010

Wednesday, Dec. 29

5:30 p.m. — “Old Junk to New Treasures” craft program for teens at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

Friday, Dec. 31

9 p.m. — New Year’s Eve celebration and fireworks display (at midnight) at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Reservations: 941-799-2222. Fee applies.

Saturday, Jan. 1

8 a.m. — Ginny’s and Jane E’s at the Old IGA, 9806 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, hosts its annual New Year’s Day flea market.

8 a.m. — Rader’s Reef, 5508 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts a flea market.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Whitney Beach Plaza, 6828 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, hosts an antique and art fair. Info: 941-383-1901.

Noon — Shamrock Shiver Charity Plunge on the beach at 12th Street and Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-2489.

Sunday, Jan. 2

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Whitney Beach Plaza, 6828 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, hosts an antique and art fair. Info: 941-383-1901.

Monday, Jan. 3

4:30 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Privateers kick-off their 40th Anniversary with an invasion of town hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, and a party. Information: 941-780-1668.

Wednesday, Jan. 5

1:15 p.m. — Mystery book author H. Terrell Griffin speaks to the Gulf Coast Writers at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7631.

3 p.m. — After Hours book club members discuss Jodi Picoult’s book “Plain Truth” at Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-1208.

7 p.m. — Third annual Epiphany Eve service concluding the 12 days of Christmas with a traditional blessing of chalk at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4579.

Ongoing:

• The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee applies. Information: 941-794-3390.

• Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m., duplicate bridge at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive W., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3390.

• Tuesdays, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Coffee and Conversations for Seniors at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

• Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

• Alternating Wednesdays, 11 a.m., memory loss support group at the Longboat Island Chapel Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-6491.

• Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.

• Fridays, Senior Adventures Group meets for outings to various locations. Information: 941-962-8835.

• Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach, Holmes Beach.

• Sundays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Open air market on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-518-4431.

Off-Island:

Wednesday, Dec. 29

1 and 2:30 p.m. — Wagon tours of Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-742-5757. Fee applies.

Thursday, Dec. 30

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. — Naturalist-led family hike through Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-742-5757.

Tuesday, Jan. 4

9:30 a.m. to noon — The Manasota Genealogical Society presents “The Spanish Influence in Florida” with Dr. Daniel Stephens of the Life Long Learning Academy at the Manatee County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-722-5156.

Coming Up:

• Jan. 7, “Florida Charm” opening art reception, Florida Maritime Museum.

• Jan. 7, Sunshine State Film Series: “The Greatest Show on Earth,” South Florida Museum.

• Jan. 7, Artinsight-Sarasota wine reception, Dancing Crane Gallery.

• Jan. 8, Privateers Thieves Market and Mullet Smoke, Coquina Beach.

• Jan. 10, Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island meeting, Episcopal Church of the Annunciation.

• Jan. 11, Inquiring Minds resumes meetings, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.

Save the Date:

Jan. 13, “Hairspray” opening night, Manatee Players.

Jan. 14, Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island mural dedication, Island Shopping Center.

• Jan. 15, Anna Maria Elementary School Dolphin Dash.

Send calendar announcements to diana@islander.org. Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a contact via e-mail and phone.

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010

ITEMS FOR SALE

ELECTRIC SCOOTER: THREE-wheel, like new. Make it easy to travel the Island. $300 or best offer. 941-778-7999.

DELL COMPUTER WITH newly loaded Windows XP, $100. 941-756-6728.

MITSUBISHI TV, 36-inch, $50. TV stand, black 30x20x18 with storage, $25. 941-761-1135.

OCCASIONAL TABLE, GLASS, bronze base, 28×25, $25. 941-761-1135.

HIGH-TOP TABLE: 45-inch round, tile top, wood base and chairs, $75. 941-795-8359.

CHINA CABINET: CHERRY wood, lights, four doors, drawers, 48×72, $75. Early American couch, floral, great condition, $40. 941-795-8359.

BIRD CAGES: ONE parrot size, one cockatiel size, $35 each. 941-356-1456.

YAMAHA VINO CLASSIC: Two scooters for sale. 2007 blue, only 1,500 miles, great condition. $1,150 or best offer. 2006 silver, only 850 miles and in great condition. $1,050 or best offer. Great gas mileage, 35 mph-plus, easy to ride, and really great fun on the Island! 941-928-8735.

GIRL’S BIKE: SPECIALIZED Hotrock, light purple, like new. $85. 941-928-8735

ANTIQUE COPPER POTS and bowls, collection $300, or $50-75 each. Wine racks, antique burl-wood rocker and more. View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

THREE GRAND MIRRORS, gorgeous frames, 4×6 feet to 5×8 feet. $200-$350. View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

ORIGINAL, LOCAL ART for sale. View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and purchase online: www.jackelka.com.

COMMERCIAL RESTAURANT SUPPLIES: Ice machine: install and service $2,100. You pick up, $1,600. Assorted stainless shelves: $75. Six-burner gas cooktop and charbroiler: $1,800. 941-730-2606.

FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE: Individuals may advertise up to three items, each priced $100 or less, 15 words or less. FREE, one week. Deliver in person to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, e-mail classifieds@islander.org, fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are welcome to come and worship with us! Please call 941-778-1813 or visit us at: www.gloriadeilutheran.com for worship times. 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

CORPORATE AND GOLF entertainment. Private parties and fundraisers. Florida: October through March. www.bbrodney.com. 337-367-0339.

THE ANNA MARIA Garden Club will hold its January meeting at noon Jan.19. Meeting will be at Roser Church and a speaker from Selby Gardens will be speaking on African Violets (Gesneriads). Public is welcome. 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.

CALLING ALL ARTISTS! Sidewalk pre-Christmas sale at The Islander newspaper. Co-sponsor sculptor Woody Candish. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29. No fee. Call 941-778-7978 or stop by 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, to register for the Where’s Woody Sale.

HAITI $$$ DONATIONS to the Ministry of Presence Inc., www.ministryofpresence.org, urgently needed for local representatives to aid homeless children. Info: The Islander, 941-778-7978.

TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Signature Sothebys International. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes@sothebysrealty.com. Discoverannamaria.com.

BRADENTON ROTARY CLUB meets at noon Mondays at Mattison’s Riverside, 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton. Club members enjoy fellowship with like-minded professionals. Club projects offer opportunities to benefit the community locally and worldwide. To attend a meeting as our guest, call Trish, 941-747-1871. More information: www.bradentonrotary.org.

WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling. Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and The Islander are collecting new or used, repairable fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to give to children. Donate your gear at The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Holmes Beach Police Department. Pick up at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don’t be sorry, be safe.

GARAGE SALES

ROSER THRIFT SHOP open 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779 -2733.

ANTIQUE AND ART fair: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 1-2. Take the trolley! Quality artists and antique dealers, organic produce and exotic orchids.  Benefits LBK Turtle Watch. For information, call Steff’s Stuff, 941-383-1901. 6828 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Whitney Plaza, Longboat Key.

GIANT YARD SALE: Art and artists sale hosted by The Islander in the Island Shopping Center, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29. Bargains and fun shopping. Info: 941-778-7978.

ISLANDER STORE SALE: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29. Tie-Dye Mullet T-shirts, AMI stickers, collection of art, mirrors and Island kitsch. One-day sale at The Islander in the Island Shopping Center, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

LOST & FOUND

LOST CAMERA: Panasonic Lumix, small black camera in pink neoprene-style pouch. Call 941-778-7978 if found.

PETS

PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster puppies and kittens until they are old enough for adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie, 941-720-1411.

BOATS & BOATING

MAINSAIL MARINA BOAT slip rentals: Monthly boat slips for rent starting as low as $225 per slip. Please contact Margo or Tay, 941-201-3222. E-mail: mryder@mainsailhotels.com or tay@mainsailhotels.com.

HELP WANTED

SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.

EXPERIENCED MOTIVATED REAL estate sales associate for Island office. High splits, low fees. Call Lynn, 941-730-1294.

GRAPHIC DESIGNER WANTED part-time for ad/editorial layout. InDesign and Photoshop expertise a must. Advertising experience required. Intro-resume to info@islander.org.

KIDS FOR HIRE

LOOKING FOR A babysitter or pet sitter? For all ages, call Carolyn. Red cross certified. 941-778-2301.

LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter available. CPR and first aid-certified, early childhood development major. Emily, 941-567-9276.

KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in person at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY

HEALTH FOOD STORE on Anna Maria Island, located in busy shopping center, large inventory, all equipment and fixtures, completely turnkey, business growing monthly, owners moving, great opportunity for mom and pop. $189,000. Call Jim, 941-580-0626.

SERVICES

LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-778-5476.

PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete computer solutions for business and home. Installation, repair, upgrade, networking, Web services, wireless services. Richard Ardabell, network engineer, 941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.

LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handyman work, deck repairs, dock repairs, etc. Retired tradesman, Island resident. No job too small. Call Steve Doyle 941-778-1708.

CONTACT CAPT. GREG Burke of A Paradise Realty for all of your real estate needs, selling, listing, buying, market analysis. Listings needed, present inventory sold or under contract. 941-592-8373, or e-mail: gregburkesr@hotmail.com.

I DON’T CUT corners, I clean corners. Professional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941-778-7770. Leave message.

TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to the airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates. Reasonable. Call Mike, 941-567-6634.

HOUSE CLEANING BY Laura. Excellent references. One house, 2BR/2BA, $50. 941-539-6891.

TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home and business specialist. On-site service, virus/spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diagnosis and repair, internet/wireless networking, custom system design. 941-224-1069.

ISLAND PET NANNY: Loving pet care. Longtime Island resident, background check, pet CPR-certified, references. Karen Robinson, 941-779-2830 or 941-730-5693.

WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem solving for all animals, big and small. Call Joe, Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service. 941-720-4152.

INDEPENDENT POWER WASHER: Anna Maria resident. $15/hour, $50/minimum. Services include houses, trailers, pool and wood decks, store fronts. Removes stains and mildew. Free estimates. Please, call Bill, 941-896-6788 and save!

BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD’s Window Cleaning looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach. 941-920-3840.

ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: Last-minute Christmas gift certificates! 36 years of happy customers. Organizing, pet-watch, storm-check, etc. Rentals our specialty. 941-778-3046.

DESIGNER FOR HIRE! All your graphic needs covered! Web design. Call Jon at Smashcat Studios, 941-778-2824 or 941-545-0192.

BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigeration. Commercial and residential service, repair and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and personalized service, call William Eller, 941-795-7411. CAC184228.

ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional creates a portrait. I 0want to be at your wedding! www.jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.

NADIA’S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage in the comfort of your home. Call today for an appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.

CHECK MY HOUSE! When you’re away, we stay close to home. We provide full house checking services to ensure your house is secure while you are away. Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail check.my.house@verizon.net for details.

TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra, geometry, calculus, trigonometry and science. Special need students welcome. Grades 3-12. Jenifer, 941-224-1760.

GUITAR TROUBLE? KOKO RAY’S ISLAND studio. Instruction in flute, saxophone, guitar, piano and voice. 315 58th St., Holmes Beach, 941-778-8323.

LAWN & GARDEN

CONNIE’S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, landscaping, cleanups, hauling and more! Insured. 941-778-5294.

ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. Your complete irrigation repair company. Call 941-778-2581.

TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes, tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured. Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.

JR’S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanups. Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.

LANDSCAPING

STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark Mark. 941-301-6067.

KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch, clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. 941-448-3857 or 941-448-5207.

SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. Premium grade-A, $45/yard B-grade, $30-$40/yard. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, “shell phone” 941-720-0770.

NATURE’S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Residential and commercial. 30 years experience. 941-729-9381.

HOME IMPROVEMENT

VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island references. Bill, 941-795-5100.

TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile supplied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call Neil, 941-726-3077.

CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard, 941-730-7479.

GRIFFIN’S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.

JERRY’S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handyman, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pressure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 941-447-2198.

SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it’s broken, stuck, loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I’ll fix it. Affordable quality work. 941-720-2906.

FOREMOST FENCE: Commercial, Residential. Chain link, vinyl, aluminum, wood, access control. Contractors you can depend on. Call 941-748-2700.

J.E. MURRAY: ESTABLISHED Island builder. New homes, remodeling. 30-year resident. Call 941-778-2316 or 941-730-3228.

CONCRETE/PAVER WORK: 20 years experience. New, repair, replace. Sidewalks, patios, driveways. Joel Snyder, 941-720-1599.

RENTALS

WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com.

WATERFRONT KEY WEST STYLE with dock. Furnished, walk to beach. $150/night, $950/week. $1,900/month off and $2,490/month in season. Use of bikes and kayaks included. 941-794-5980. www.divefish.com.

ANNA MARIA BEACHFRONT, waterfront vacation rental. 5BR/4BA. $1,500-$2,200/week. 559-760-1331. Annamariaislandbeachfront.com.

SEASONAL: HOLMES BEACH. Spacious 3BR/2BA duplex, upper level. Screened lanai, completely furnished. One house from beach. Gulf view. No pets or smoking. 813-689-0925 or HLMSBCHRNTL@aol.com.

DIRECT BAYFRONT: 2,500 sf. Beautiful home, 3BR/2.5BA, boat dock, lift, pool, fully furnished. $3,600/month, annual. 941-580-0626.

KEY ROYALE WATERFRONT house for rent. Annual, unfurnished. Beautiful, tropical 2BR/2BA, den, 1,700 sf. Great pool area, gas-heated hot tub, on canal, two boat lifts, two-car garage. Available Feb. 1, 2011. $2,300/month. 941-730-1086. linkconnection@hotmail.com.

BEACHFRONT HOME. Spectacular water views, private beach. Ground-level 2BR/1BA, garage. 941-348-9448.

CANCELLATION AVAILABILITY. WESTBAY Cove, Westbay Point, 2BR/2BA, tennis, pools. January and February openings. Sharon, Old Florida Realty, 941-713-9096.

SEASONAL: PARTIAL-TO-turnkey furnished. 1BR/1BA off Cortez Road. One mile from beaches. Call Pat with Florida Real Estate team, 941-920-6637.

ESCAPE WINTER: MARCH available, 1BR, across street from beach, washer, dryer, cable TV, Internet. 888-841-8474.

SEASONAL RENTAL AVAILABLE February and April. 1BR/1BA apartment west of Gulf Drive, Anna Maria City. $1,200/month plus tax. 941-778-4499.

2BR/2BA condominiums for rent. Harbor Pines. $650-$750/month. No pets. Call 941-524-5577.

LARGE REMODELED 2BR/1BA, garage and deck. Walk to beach. $1,100/month includes water, sewer, garbage. First, last and security.  941-779-2131.

FOR RENT: ANNUAL 2BR/1BA. $700/month plus utilities. Perfect for quiet couple. Anna Maria City. Call 941-746-0377.

HOLMES BEACH BUSINESS Center. Rental units available for office/commercial spaces from 750-2,000 sf. Humidity-controlled mini-storage units and garage units, 11 x 22 feet. 5347 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-2924.

ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH 2BR/2BA. $875/month plus utilities. 941-778-4498.

NEW YEAR’S WEEKEND: 2BR/2BA townhouse. Pool, dock. $350/weekend, $500/month. Call 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.

VACATION HOME: 3BR/2BA northwest Bradenton, three blocks to bay. Eight minutes to Anna Maria, small pet considered. January, $1,500, February, $2,200, March, $2,400. Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.

PLANTATION GROVE: ANNUAL 2BR/1BA. $600/month, gated community, 55-plus. Available now. Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.

SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals. 1BR/1BA or 55-plus 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach, shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site 2spinnakers.com.

REAL ESTATE

BAYFRONT PELICAN COVE condo: 2BR/2BA great views, close to everything. Call Capt. Greg, 941-592-8373, A Paradise Realty.

DIRECT GULFFRONT: 4BR/4.5BA, den, three-car garage, pool, spa, elevator, security. Immaculate 2005 Mediterranean villa-style architecture, breathtaking Gulf views, furnished, 5,146 sf under roof, north Anna Maria Island. 12106 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. $3,500,000. Contact owner, broker, 941-920-1699.

I WILL LIST your property on 350 web sites! Laurie Fox, Coldwell Banker, www.every-listing.com, 941-730-7635.

DIRECT GULFFRONT: 146 feet on the beach. 3BR/4.5BA, office recreation room, spa, pool, outdoor kitchen and theater, elevator, turnkey furnished. $3,950,000. Suncoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202 or 941-720-0288.

NICE 2BR/1.5BA DOUBLEWIDE, at Bradenton Tropical Palms senior park. 15 minutes to beach. Big pool, sauna, recreation hall seats 1,000. Lease option, $45,000 with lot, lots alone are $38,000. Great deal. 863-688-3524 or 863-608-1833. chickenplucker@webtv.net.

CUSTOM BUILT BY owner: Elevated 3BR/2.5BA, four-car garage. Top-of-the line construction with elevator, lush private gardens and pool. Quiet street, walking distance to beaches and available boat dock. We have bought at Freedom Village so the opportunity to get a great buy is now! Asking $549,000. For pictures and information, e-mail Holmesbeachdream@aol.com or call 513-378-9100. Also have a like-new 3BR/3BA ranch in northwest Bradenton only $165,000. All by owner.

SMALL HOME AT Bradenton Beach Pines Trailer Park. 55 and older. Lot rent, $392/month. $12,900. 61 N. Bay Drive. Call Bryan, 941-737-7759.

FORTY-THREE WEST 2BR/1BA, one-car garage villa. Modern cathedral ceiling, caged courtyards, exclusive, $120,000. Realtor, Call 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.

PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots, both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under building. $335,000. Call owner: 941-730-2606.

FLORIDA, OUT-OF-STATE

CONDO FORECLOSURE! OWN for pennies on the dollar. Spectacular brand-new 3BR/2.5BA condo, 2,262 sf on Amelia Island, Fla. Prime location, upscale amenities, only $249,900. Own for less than half price! Includes private beach club membership! Must see. Call now, 877-888-6381, ext. 42.

Santa, Sandbar bring joy

The children, snug in sweaters and winter coats, ran to Santa Claus, kicking up sand and shouting hellos.

St. Nick waved from the back of a pickup truck trailed by a lanky snowman, SpongeBob SquarePants and Clifford the Big Red Dog.

Loudspeakers amplified a recording of “Here Comes Santa Claus,” which could be heard at least as far as the water’s edge, even over the hard-crashing surf.

It was not a typical day at the beach.

With temperatures in the low 50s and wind biting ears and reddening cheeks, about 160 children celebrated an early Christmas Dec. 14 at the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria.

The children, along with parents, teachers and aides, were the guests at the 16th annual Lawton Chiles Kids Christmas Party.

The late Lawton Chiles, who served as a U.S. senator and Florida governor, started the party in 1998. Son Ed Chiles, owner of the Sandbar, BeachHouse and MarVista restaurants, carries on the tradition with his staff.

Organizers said the attendance set a party record.

Children arrived at about 10:30 a.m., some in cars with their parents but most on buses from the Healthy Families Manatee and Head Start programs.

Anna Maria Island Privateers welcomed party guests with beads and “argh” and “merry Christmas, matey.”

On the Sandbar patio, children decorated Christmas ornaments, chased the Cat in the Hat, danced with SpongeBob and watched Snowbird and Sparky clown around before dining on chicken tenders and french fries.

Shortly before noon, Santa Claus arrived, riding in the bed of a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office pickup truck. Rough weather forced him to cancel plans to arrive via a U.S. Coast Guard boat.

Several shivering teachers said they envied Santa’s heavy red suit and fur trim, while children crowded around the jolly guy to whisper secret wishes in his ear.

Santa then visited one-on-one with each child, presenting them with a wrapped toy, a holiday outfit and a Publix gift certificate for a Christmas dinner.

The party, overseen by Sandbar manager Patti McKee, is presented with the support of the Chiles family, the Chiles restaurant group and a number of volunteers.

“I want to add my personal thank you to those of you who have given so generously,” said Ed Chiles. “My family and the entire Chiles group family wishes you and yours a wonderful holiday season.”

Policing reviewed for pier party

Sgt. Dave Turner of the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Anna Maria substation and MCSO Deputy Gary Sellito said they’re impressed with plans to celebrate the city pier’s centennial.

The officers were briefed by the centennial celebration committee at its Dec. 13 meeting on plans for the May 13-14. 2011, celebration. The Anna Maria City Pier Centennial Celebration Committee has been planning the event for more than two years.

Turner said the committee is providing plenty of time to plan for crowd and traffic control. The number of officers needed will depend on how much of Pine Avenue is blocked off for the celebration, which includes a wine and food festival.

The pier celebration begins at 6 p.m. May 13, with a parade from CrossePointe Fellowship to the City Pier organized by the Anna Maria Island Privateers.

The Privateers also plan a family picnic starting at 4 p.m. May 14 at Bayfront Park that should end about 7 p.m., just in time for a fireworks display.

The Islander newspaper and City Pier Restaurant are sponsoring the $10,000 fireworks show and selling memorial planks as a fundraiser. A maximum of 1,000 planks will be sold.

The fireworks display comes with a VIP party at the City Pier with limited seating. The fireworks will be shot from a barge offshore, which means the MCSO marine unit will be needed for patrol, according to Turner.

Sellito said he was concerned about closing the pier to the general public, but he acknowledged there may be a safety issue if too many people attempt to view the fireworks from the pier.

Committee chair Sissy Quinn asked Anna Maria Mayor Mike Selby to check with city attorney Jim Dye on that issue.

Sellito said if the vendor map is ready by the end of January, that will be “plenty of time” to assign deputies.

Volunteer Caryn Hodge estimated about 2,500 people would attend the food and cultural event, but Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick thought that number low.

“We drew 10,000 people for Bayfest,” she said.

“And we’re already advertising in Europe and Germany and elsewhere about the celebration,” Mattick said, adding that many stamp collectors are coming just for the one-day U.S. Post Office cancellation stamp depicting the city pier.

Turner and Sellito said attendance would likely be higher than 2,500 people on May 14.

Parking will be available at the Anna Maria Island Community Center field, CrossePointe Fellowship and Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Holmes Beach.

After hearing of all the progress, planned events and attendance sizes, Turner estimated he would need between five and eight deputies for the two-day event, but emphasized that’s just a preliminary estimate. The extra deputies would complement the regular MCSO shift for the city those days.

The committee will meet again at 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 3, for an update on activities, but Hodge said she might not have the final number of food vendors at that meeting.

“That’s OK,” Sellito said. “We’ve got plenty of time.”

Turner added that the committee has done a lot of planning and work for the centennial.