The Islander Newspaper E-Edition: Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010

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Haiti bike

Jacob Lauderbach, right, a third-grader at Anna Maria Elementary School, collects his new bicycle at The Islander newspaper office with help from brother Zachary. Jacob entered a raffle for a chance to win the bike by donating shoes at school …

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Model fundraiser planned with ‘Fabio’

Fabio Lanzoni will participate in an Island-based fundraiser in March. Islander Photo: Courtesy www.fabioinc.com

He once appeared in “Son of the Beach” and has modeled in numerous fashion shoots on beaches. In March 2011, Fabio Lanzoni will share the beach and other Island hot-spots with participants in a fundraiser for The Myositis Association. The …

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Island tourism mixed for holidays

The weather is just fine for some outdoor diners at the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

For some Island accommodation owners and managers last week, reservations for the Christmas-New Year’s period were off by 10 percent from last year. Others, however, said this is just a typical holiday week for visitors. The cold weather in Florida …

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Mayor raises concern for crime

Bradenton Beach’s mayor is pressing for increased policing in the city’s downtown district. Mayor Bob Bartelt discussed his concerns recently with Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale, as well as expressed them in a memo to city commissioners and city …

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Water taxi lacks traction

While the Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization includes a water-taxi operation in area coastal waters as a long-range goal, there’s been “no movement” on the idea since an initial study was completed in 2005. “The water taxi idea doesn’t have much …

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Man arrested for neglect seeks visitation

Lance Aaron Blaylock, 24.

A Bradenton Beach man arrested on charges of child neglect is asking the court to permit visitation with the child. Lance Aaron Blaylock, 24, and Phaedra Christina Brace, 30, of Second Street North were arrested late Nov. 6 after a …

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Missing man found on LBK

Area law enforcement officers joined in a countywide search Dec. 20 for a 76-year-old man found unharmed on Longboat Key. The man went missing from a Target store on U.S. 41/Tamiami Trail. Surveillance video showed the man walking out of …

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Bond set in stabbing case

A Bradenton Beach man arrested for the Dec. 8 stabbing of a man in the 2500 block of Avenue B in the city faces a $35,000 bond. Jacob Stephen Gennell, 20, was arrested for alleged aggravated battery and escape. Bradenton …

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Saving Christmas energy

Solar energy expert Tom Stockebrand of Holmes Beach constructed a solar-powered Christmas tree for Mike and Lizzie Vann Thrasher at the Sears cottage, part of the Anna Maria Historical Green Village at 503 Pine Ave. The solar panel collects energy …

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