Author Archives: Bonner Joy

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Graffiti on Crescent bridge

Graffiti on the Crescent Drive Bridge in Anna Maria was discovered in late December by public works director Ronald Jones. Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Russell Schnering, who heads the sheriff’s substation in Anna Maria, said deputies have no lead in the case. The graffiti was painted over by the public works department. Islander Photo: […]

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Now reporting for The Islander

Introducing Jennifer Sheppard, reporter for The Islander, covering the city of Holmes Beach and other areas of interest. Sheppard is a native of Central Florida, and holds a master’s degree in journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of South […]

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Runners take your mark

Youngsters dart from the starting line at the Anna Maria Elementary Dolphin Dash in 2016. This year’s event takes place Saturday, Jan. 14, with age-group awards and two races — a 5K and a 1-mile fun run — gets underway with 5K registration at 7 a.m. at AME, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Proceeds go […]

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Cortez man arrested for DUI

A Cortez man was arrested for driving under the influence in Bradenton Beach at more than three times the legal blood-alcohol limit after police observed him driving and weaving a Honda on the road without headlights at night. Jeffery Pansiera, 30, was traveling north on Bay Drive North at 1:53 a.m. Dec. 16 when BBPD […]

Island police blotter – 01-11-2017

Anna Maria Dec. 24, Poppo’s Taqueria, 210 Pine Ave., fire. A grill fire was extinguished by a worker who was in the process of closing the restaurant. A Manatee County sheriff’s deputy and West Manatee Fire Rescue firefighters arrived after the fire was out. The worker told the MCSO when he noticed the flames, he […]

Obituaries – 01-11-2017

Walter S. Zahn Walter S. Zahn, 84, died Jan. 5, one week before his 85th birthday. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he served in the Army Reserves for 10 years while earning his electrical engineering degree. He moved to New Jersey and raised a family while working for Bell Labs in the telecommunications industry. Upon […]

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017

ITEMS FOR SALE COMPUTER: DELL DUAL core, refurbished, $80. 941-756-6728. DINING TABLE: 75-by-45 inches, solid ash wood and four upholstered chairs, 24-inch leaf. $500 obo. 941-592-7548. PANAMA JACK WOMAN’S 26-inch bicycle with basket, helmet, cover, cup holder. Schwinn Windwood Men’s 26-inch bicycle. Both brand new, ridden once. Bradenton Beach. $300 for both bicycles. Ray, 404-558-7729. […]

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Islander remembers Debbie Reynolds’ dazzle

It’s been more than half a century since a young Paul Barnett — serving in the U.S. Marines — stood in the South Korean sun and watched a young star dazzle hundreds of far-from-home soldiers. That star was Debbie Reynolds, barely past her teenage years, playing a show for the troops on a makeshift stage. […]

State drops drug case

The Office of 12th Circuit State Attorney dropped a case against a New Jersey man arrested in Bradenton Beach. Anthony J. Cerami, 27, was arrested in September 2016 for possessing pills without a prescription after Bradenton Beach police responded to alleged threats at the Bridge Tender Inn & Dockside Bar, 135 Bridge St. The prosecutor […]