Author Archives: Bonner Joy

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Former Anna Maria Commissioner Mattick died Jan. 10

The U.S. flag at Anna Maria City Pier Park was lowered to half mast to honor former Commissioner JoAnn Mattick. It was a fitting sight, the flag waving over the bayfront and the pier — so near and dear to Mattick. Laura JoAnn Mattick, 81, of Anna Maria, died Jan. 10. She served as Anna […]

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Sheriff arrests murder suspect, victim had island ties

An 83-year-old man was arrested for the Jan. 10 fatal shooting of a longtime Anna Maria Island hairstylist. Manatee County Sheriff’s Office arrested Eugene Matthews at the county jail several hours after he allegedly shot Rebecca Rawson, 65, of Bradenton, who was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton and pronounced dead at 8:10 p.m. […]

Island police blotter – 01-18-2017

Anna Maria Dec. 30, Bayfront Park, 200 block of North Bay Boulevard, information. A man fell from a bench while grilling steaks with friends. Manatee County sheriff’s deputies assisted emergency medical workers, who transported the man to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton. Jan. 1, 100 block of Tern Avenue, information. MCSO responded to a complaint […]

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017

ITEMS FOR SALE TWO WHITE, DISTRESSED twin headboards. Brand new, solid wood with coastal feel. Bought wrong sizes and can’t return. Paid $449/each. Asking $250/each. 847-707-0588. COMPUTER: DELL DUAL core, refurbished, $60. 941-756-6728. QUEEN-SIZE FUTON, used, excellent, beautiful, $50, oak entertainment center, three-pieces can be used separately, $100. 478-542-1883. HAND-HELD SHARK steam cleaner, accessories, $25. […]

Obituaries – 01-18-2017

Matthew James Klym Matthew James Klym, 46, formerly of Bradenton, died Dec. 27, 2016, in Veneta, Oregon. He was born in April 12, 1970, in Pittsburgh to James and Dianne Klym, He worked for about four years in the Holmes Beach public works department before he moved about 18 months ago to Oregon to be […]

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Islander of the year: soft-hearted Moose Lodge leader

You really couldn’t ask to meet a nicer guy. Or a more devoted member of the Loyal Order of the Moose. Or a softer, kinder, bigger-hearted man. He is Ernie Casali Jr. He has been the Moose Lodge administrator since 2003. And since he took over, membership at the Bradenton Beach lodge has grown to […]

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Islanders honored, remembered

The Islander takes pride in recognizing members of the Anna Maria Island community for their unselfish contributions and for making this slice of paradise an even better place to live. Since the newspaper started up in 1992, its path was to partner with community organizations, report the news of record and tell the tales of […]