Sports – 05-02-2012

Sandbar Restaurant plaer Jean Paul Russo blocks an attempted pass by Walter & Associates player Seth Walter during 11-13 division Anna Maria Island Community Center basketball league action in the center gym.

Three basketball teams chase perfection   Both youth basketball and baseball leagues are under way, as well as adult soccer at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Three basketball teams appear to be separating themselves …

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Fishing – 05-02-2012

Bill, Eric and Logan Oja, visiting Anna Maria Island from Minnesota, show off a nice triple catch of redfish — all over-slot and released — on a recent charter with Mark Howard of Sumotime Fishing Charters.

Wait out bad weather, rewards come soon   With recent storms and a string of days with strong north winds, fishing around Anna Maria was, at best, sporadic. Large amounts of rainfall combined with a drop in water temperature have …

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The Islander Newspaper E-Edition: Wednesday, May 02, 2012

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Island real estate transactions – 05-02-2012

        651 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,989 sfla / 3,213 sfur 3bed/2½bath/2car canalfront home built in 1969 on a 109×159 lot was sold 03/30/12, Simmons to Tilelli for $880,000; list $995,000. 213 Elm Ave., Anna Maria, a 2,294 …

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Obituaries – 05-02-2012

Shirley Brown Van Winkle Shirley Brown Van Winkle, 69, of Stratham, N.H., Anna Maria Island and Antigny, France, died in Bradenton April 24, following a brief illness. She was born in Bryan, Texas. She graduated from Texas Christian University and …

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Islander Calendar – 05-02-2012

Wednesday, May 2         • 5-7 p.m. — Family Science Night and Book Fair, Anna Maria Elementary School, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-708-5525, ext. 2040.   Thursday, May 3 • 11 a.m. — 61st National Day of Prayer, …

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Happy Cinco de Mayo from the terns, Cinco and Mayo

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Island police blotter – 05-02-2012

Anna Maria • April 22, 200 block of Archer Way, burglary to a vehicle. Unknown persons entered an unlocked vehicle with several items being reported stolen. • April 21, Gulf Drive/Palmetto Avenue, habitual traffic offender. A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office …

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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, May 02, 2012

ITEMS FOR SALE TWO FOLDING BOOKCASES: One vertical, four shelves, one horizontal, three shelves. Both same style, solid wood. $35/each. 941-778-0364. SALE: LIVING ROOM set, $200, dining set, $100, entertainment center, $40, dressers, tables, lamp, dishes, much more. Call to see. 941-778-5412. …

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Saturday is Cinco de Mayo

Bayfront Park in Anna Maria is empty of vehicles now that the winter-spring tourism season has ended, but Island law enforcement officials expect it to fill up quickly this Saturday for Cinco de Mayo. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Just when Island residents thought the winter-spring tourist season was over and Island traffic would return to some sense of normalcy, Cinco de Mayo — May 5 — is expected to bring about 25,000 people to Anna Maria Island to …

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