Tag Archives: 10-09-2013

HBPD warning: Political sign theft is a crime

Political campaign season can sometimes bring the old adage of “dirty politics” to the forefront of another old adage, “Win at all costs.”

Some voters may be familiar with terms such as “smear campaign,” “negative campaigns” and “political attack,” but sometimes the negative strategies of not only politicians, but supporters play out behind scenes.

Stealing political campaign signs is among the strategies and the mischief happens almost every election cycle when there is a contested race.

This year’s election, the Holmes Beach Police Department learned, after a Sept. 27 complaint was filed by commissioner candidate Carol Soustek, is no different.

Soustek reported two yard signs promoting her candidacy were stolen. The first was taken from the corner of 60th Street and Marina Drive and another was removed from Palm Drive and 77th Street.

In an attempt to discourage that kind of politics, Police Chief Bill Tokajer says citizens caught removing a sign from property that is not their own will be charged.

“If a citizen removes a sign from property that is not theirs, the citizen can be charged with theft and even trespassing for going another property,” said Tokajer. “I have instructed our officers to make contact with anyone they see involved in sign activity to make sure they have proper authorization to be removing signs.”

Tokajer said it is the responsibility of the police department and code enforcement to remove sings that are improperly displayed, and not the responsibility of citizens to take that role upon themselves.

Candidates must secure permission from property owners to place signs, and no signs are allowed in rights of way or on city property.

Anyone wishes to dispute the a location of a political sign can contact the HBPD at 941-708-5804.

Sex offender moves to Holmes Beach

A convicted sex offender has moved into the 500 block of Key Royale Drive in Holmes Beach.

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement website, the 32-year-old male was convicted in September 2007 in Orlando of lewd and lascivious behavior with a minor child under 16 years of age. The man also was arrested in 2000 on the same charge, but adjudication was withheld at that time.

The man moved to Holmes Beach Sept. 16 from Osceola according to the FDLE, which reported the move was temporary. The man’s permanent address is in Osceola, which is near Orlando.

There are now two convicted sex offenders living in Holmes Beach, one in Bradenton Beach and one in Cortez. The FDLE does not show any convicted sexual offenders residing in Anna Maria.

By Florida law, convicted sexual offenders are required to notify the FDLE of any change of address, and to indicate if the address change is permanent or temporary.

For more information on sexual offenders, go the FDLE website at www.fdle.state.fl.us.

Sports – 10-09-2013

Rain ends, soccer season kicks into high gear


Finally, there was a full week of soccer action at the Anna Maria Island Community Center following two weeks of abbreviated play owed to a deluge of rain. With makeup games scheduled, the other football season is now full steam ahead.

Youth soccer games are played weeknights at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

The standings are tight in the 8-10 age division with Beach Bistro and Island Pest Control sporting 1-0-1 records at the top, followed by Tyler’s Ice Cream and LPAC, both sitting at 1-1, while American Marine brings up the bottom at 0-1.

The Feast is in control of the 11-13 division with a perfect 3-0 record — five points ahead of second place Waterfront Restaurant at 1-1-1. LPAC follows at 1-2, while Jen Crady Massage is looking up in the standings with an 0-2-1 record.

The 14-17 division only two teams, and thus far Wash Family Construction leads the back-and-forth action over Jessie’s Island Store, 2-0-1 to 0-2-1.

Last week, Jessie’s and Wash battled to a 4-4 tie. Nico Calleja scored three goals to lead WFC, which also received one goal from Carolyn Culinan. Jessie’s was led by Yuri Pereira, who notched four goals in the match.

The Feast made a strong statement Oct. 4 in the 11-13 division, dominating 9-4 over LPAC. Michael Latimer scored six goals to pace The Feast, which also received three goals from Joe Rogers in the victory.

The second game of the evening saw Jen Crady and the Waterfront battle to a 3-3 tie. Cameron Pasco scored all three goals for Crady. The Waterfront was led by Silas Banyas’ two goals and one goal from Hannah McCracken.

Beach Bistro and Island Pest Control battled Oct. 3 to a 2-2 tie in 8-10 division. Sean Rodriguez scored both goals for the Bistro, while Julius Peteriet and Javier Rivera each notched one goal to lead Island Pest in the tie.


Adult soccer continues

The center’s adult soccer league continued action Oct. 3 with four matches played. Sato Real Estate and Florida Discount Signs won their games and they share the top of the standings with 3-0 records. They’re followed by Slim’s Place and Agnelli Pool & Spa, both 2-1. Island Pest Control and Wash Family Construction are 1-2, while Island Gourmet and LaPensee Plumbing are still looking for a victory.

WFC earned a 3-0 victory in the first match behind two goals from BJ Grant and one from Aaron Parkin.

Agnelli Pool & Spa rolled past LaPensee 5-0 behind four goals from Omar Polar. Tyler Krauss added one goal and Lynn Clarke had an assist in the victory.

Florida Discount Signs shut out Island Pest Control 2-0 in the third match of the night. Brent Moss and Greg Moss scored one goal each, while David Moss made 15 saves in goal.

The final game of the night saw Sato record a 5-3 win over Island Gourmet. Josh Rio led the way with two goals, while Chris Circharo, Leslie Rio and Cory Wash each scored. Adam Bujarski, Tim Tedesco and Erin Vogel scored one goal each in the loss.


Horseshoe news

Steve Grossman and Dom Livedoti were outright champs during Oct. 2 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits after posing the only 3-0 record in pool play.

Oct. 5 action saw three teams garner 3-0 records in pool play, forcing a playoff. Hank Huyghe and Josh Slagh drew the bye into the finals and watched as Jerry Disbrow and Sam Samuels rolled past Tom Skoloda 22-4. Huyghe-Slagh then dismantled Disbrow-Samuels 22-11 in the finals.

Play gets underway 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 all are welcome.


Key Royale golf news

The Key Royale Club women played a nine-hole, individual-low-net golf match with a twist Oct. 1— they used only irons.

Tootie Wagner took the top spot with a 2-over-par 34 to earn a one-shot victory over Terry Westby and Christina Mason, who tied for second at 3-over-par 35. Helen Pollock was alone in third with a 38.


AMICC Sports Schedules


Oct. 15    6:30 p.m. Beach to Bay vs. Bowes

Oct. 15    7:30 p.m. Gator Man vs. Waterfront

Oct. 15    8:30 p.m. Sun vs. Southern Greens



Instructional Division (ages 4-5)

Oct. 14    6 p.m.      Eat Here vs. A&E

Oct. 14    6:30 p.m. LaPensee vs. Sandbar


Instructional Division (ages 6-7)

Oct. 9      6 p.m.      Bowes Imaging vs. Mr. Bones

Oct. 9      7 p.m.      Miller Electric vs. Agnelli Pool


8-10 Division

Oct. 9      6 p.m.      LPAC vs. Island Pest

Oct. 9      7 p.m.      Bistro vs. American Marine


11-3 Division

Oct. 14    6 p.m.      Waterfront vs. LPAC

Oct. 14    7 p.m.      Feast vs. Crady Massage


14-17 Division

Oct. 9      8 p.m.      Jessie’s vs. WFC



Oct. 10    6 p.m.      Discount Signs vs. Sato

Oct. 10    7 p.m.      Island Pest  vs. Slim’s

Oct. 10    8 p.m.      LaPensee vs. Island Gourmet

Oct. 10    9 p.m.      Agnelli vs. WFC

Island police blotter – 10-09-2013

Anna Maria

        • Sept. 30, 300 block of North Bay Boulevard, domestic disturbance. A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a disturbance and made contact with a brother and sister arguing. There was no physical contact during the argument. Domestic packets were issued.

• Sept. 27, 800 block of South Bay Boulevard, burglary. A complainant reported that someone entered his unlocked storage shed and stole several items valued at $360.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

        • No new reports.

        Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


        • Oct. 1, 4400 block of 124th Street West, Baker Act. A MCSO deputy responded to a call of a subject attempting suicide. The subject was transported to the hospital.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

        Sept. 27, 60th Street and Marina Drive, theft. Holmes Beach commission candidate Carol Soustek reported the theft of two campaign signs valued at $20. The other sign was taken from Palm Drive and 77th Street. They have been replaced.

        Sept. 27, 500 block of 67th Street, vehicle burglary. A complainant reported she entered her vehicle and noticed everything out of place. She said a wallet and change valued at $21 were stolen from her unlocked vehicle.

• Sept. 27, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach, battery. Police responded to a fight in progress. The suspects were attempting to leave the beach area, but, according to the report, police pulled in front of the suspect vehicle and made contact with four males. They were ordered from the vehicle and the victim was contacted. The victim told police he and the primary suspect are friends. He said they argued, and his friend hit him. Police observed a laceration over the victim’s eye, but he refused to press charges and the suspect was released.

Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.

        Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach police departments and Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Calendar – 10-09-2013

Seasonal planning

        Does your organization rely on you to share its event announcements with The Islander? Then we’d like to hear from you now, as we prepare for the 2013-14 season. Send your 2013-14 events calendar to calendar@islander.org. Please include a name, email address and telephone number for the contact. High-resolution photographs are appreciated.


Wednesday, Oct. 9

7:07 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Thursday, Oct. 10

7:06 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Friday, Oct. 11

10 a.m. — Forty Carrots for babies and young children, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

2 p.m. — Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group meeting, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

7:05 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Saturday, Oct. 12

8:30 a.m. — Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island breakfast and meeting, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1383.

10 a.m. — Senior Adventures group attending the Palma Sola Plant Festival, departing Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-962-8835.

10 a.m. — Origami Club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

7:04 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Sunday, Oct. 13

7:03 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Monday, Oct. 14

Today is Columbus Day.

7:02 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Tuesday, Oct. 15

11 a.m.-1 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Community Center blood drive, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 888-936-6283.

Noon — Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets, Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044.

7:01 p.m. — Official sunset time.


Wednesday, Oct. 16

2 p.m. — Less Stress/More Joy lecture, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

6 p.m. — Mana-Tweens craft session, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

7 p.m. — Official sunset time.



Wednesday, Oct. 9

11:30 a.m. — Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players meeting and luncheon, Mannatees Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-799-2181.


Saturday, Oct. 12

8 a.m.-4 p.m. — Plant sale, Palma Sola Botanical Park, 9800 17th Ave. NW, Bradenton. Information: 941-792-8719.


Coming up

• Oct. 18-19, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Bayfest, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria.

• Oct. 26, Bridge Street Merchants Rock Octoberfest, Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach.

• Oct. 26-27, Cortez Stone Crab Festival, 119th Street West bayfront, Cortez.

• Oct. 31, Halloween.


Save the date

• Nov. 2, Anna Maria Island Community Center Murder Mystery Night, Anna Maria.

• Nov. 1-3, Anna Maria Island Privateers Pirate Invasion, islandwide.

• Nov. 8-10, Cultural Connections ArtsHop, islandwide.

• Nov. 9, Florida Maritime Museum Boatyard Bash, Cortez.

• Nov. 11, The Islander Veterans Day Ceremony and Tribute, Holmes Beach.

• Nov. 13, Anna Maria Garden Club annual plant sale, Anna Maria.

• Nov. 16, CrossPointe Fellowship Community Thanksgiving, Holmes Beach.

• Nov. 28, Thanksgiving.


Calendar announcements

        Send calendar announcements to calendar@islander.org. Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a contact via email and phone. The deadline for submissions is the Wednesday a week before publication. High-resolution photographs welcome.


AME Calendar

• Wednesday, Oct. 9, picture retakes.

• 2:10 p.m.Wednesday, Oct. 9, Otis Spunkmeyer Fundraiser kick-off, AME auditorium.

• Thursday, Oct. 10, fire safety day.

• Friday, Oct. 11, no school.

• 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, PTO dinner, AME cafeteria.

• 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, third-grade play, AME auditorium.

• 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, fire drill.

• Friday, Oct. 18, end of first quarter.

• Monday, Oct. 21, record day, no school.

• 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, report card conferences.

• 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, PTO-sponsored Costume Parade and Fall Festival.

        AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. For more information, call 941-708-5525.


Ongoing events, activities

• Through Oct. 12, fifth annual Ringling International Arts Festival, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Fee applies. Information: 941-359-5700.

• Oct. 10-13, 7 p.m., “Spirit Voices from Old Manatee,” an original drama, 1850 Manatee Burying Grounds, 1404 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-741-4076.

• Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m., horseshoes pitched, Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.

• Wednesdays, through December, 11 a.m. Lifelong Learning Academy, Einstein Circle Discussion Group, Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.

• First and third Wednesdays, Mana-Tween Book and Culture Club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-748-5555, ext. 6318.

• Second Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Think+Drink science night, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.

• Fourth Wednesdays, 7 p.m., star talk, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.

• First and third Thursdays, 2 p.m., knitting group meeting, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341.

• Thursdays, 5-10 p.m., Main Street Live, Old Main Street, Bradenton. Information: 941-932-9440.

• Most Fridays, Senior Adventures, low-cost field trips from Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach. Fee may apply. Information: 941-962-8835.

• Fridays, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Mike Sales’ sunset drum circle, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-0784.

• Third Fridays, 5-8 p.m., Pine Avenue Porch Party presented by local merchants, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Information: 941-896-3132.

• Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meeting, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1383.

• Saturdays, through May, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Downtown Bradenton Farmers’ Market, Old Main Street. Information: 941-932-9440.

• Saturdays, 4 p.m., family night, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Except Nov. 2.

• Third Saturdays, 11 a.m., stress management through breathing, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341.

• Third Saturdays, through May, 9 a.m., Manatee County Junior Audubon meeting, Felts Audubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto. Information: 941-376-0110.

• Weekends, through Oct. 20, ranger-led kayak tours, De Soto National Memorial, 8300 De Soto Memorial Highway, Bradenton. Information: 941-792-0458, ext. 105.

• Mondays, 12:45 p.m., bridge games, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Doors open at 12:15 p.m. Information: 941-778-0414.

• First Mondays, 7 p.m., Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage board meeting, Fishermen’s Hall, 4515 123rd St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-254-4972.

• Third Mondays, 7 p.m., U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 81 meeting, 5801 33rd Ave. Court Drive W., G.T. Bray Park, Bradenton. Information: 941-779-4476.

• Tuesdays, basics of computing, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

• Tuesdays, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meeting, Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044.

        Send announcements of ongoing activities to calendar@islander.org. The deadline is a week prior to the publication date — Oct. 16 to publish in the Oct. 23 issue.

Fishing – 10-09-2013

Slightly cooler weather brings on red-hot fishing action


October is finally here and the long-awaited cooler weather is around the corner. If you noticed, water temps in the Gulf of Mexico have dropped to around 80 degrees. This slight drop has triggered a feed. Spanish mackerel, jack crevalle, blue runners and bonito are corralling bait schools around the beaches. Look for diving birds to locate the fish. Numerous shark are mixed in with these migratory fish, so have a heavy rod rigged up.

On the flats, snook, redfish and trout are responding to live shiners and pinfish free-lined behind the boat. Look for schooling reds along mangrove shoreline with good water flow. Look for big snook in these areas, too. Spotted seatrout can be found on shallow flats early in the morning. Top water plugs are a cool way to target these yellow-mouthed fish. As the sun gets up higher in the sky, move to deeper flats and switch to soft plastics on a jighead.

Capt. Warren Girle is fishing nearshore structure for a variety of species. By using different methods of bait fishing, Girle’s clients are reeling up snapper grouper, Spanish mackerel, kings and even shark.

To start, Girle is anchoring over structure to find mangoes and gags. Once anchored on “the spot” Girle is instructing his clients to drop their baits to the bottom. By doing this, mangrove snapper up to 12 inches are being reeled up. Gag grouper up to 29 inches are landing in the boat. As a bonus, Girle is catching cobia, with the biggest coming in at 36 inches.

Moving inshore, Girle is targeting schooling redfish. By using live bait or artificials, Girle is managing to get rallies of redfish in the chum. Expect to catch slot and over-slot fish. Also, snook and trout are mixed in to add some variety to the catch.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is targeting Spanish mackerel and shark off the beaches of Anna Maria Island. By anchoring among big schools of bait, Gross is finding Spanish mackerel in the 5-pound range. By chumming with live shiners, Gross is creating a feeding frenzy behind the bait for his clients to cast into. Jack crevalle, blue runners and bonito are mixed in, as well as sharks. Expect to catch blacktips 50-100 pounds.

Moving inshore, Gross is stalking redfish on shallow flats adjacent to mangroves during high tide. Once the fish are located, Gross is anchoring and chumming with live shiners to get the fish in the mood. Slot and over-slot fish are being caught. Expect to catch snook and trout as well.

Finally, on nearshore structure, Gross is catching keeper-size mangrove snapper. Gross is catching snapper in deep potholes along the grass flats. Live shiners combined with a light leader and small live bait hook are resulting in keeper fish.

Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier is seeing Spanish mackerel, ladyfish, jack crevalle and blue runners being caught throughout the day and into the evening hours. Large schools of threadfin herring and shiners are congregating around the pier, resulting in great action for light tackle fishers. Speck rigs, crappie jigs or silver spoons are getting the bite. If you’re live bait fishing, be sure to use a long shank hook to prevent mackerel from cutting your line.

Mangrove snapper are being caught under the pier. Again, live bait such as shiners or shrimp will get these fish to bite. The snapper around the piers are generally smarter than most so light leaders and small hooks are a good idea. If you need to, add a split shot once the tide starts moving.

Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle says inshore catches remain impressive redfish. Flats fishers are returning to the marina with upper-slot fish and stories of multiple hook-ups. Live shiners are the bait of choice, although as Keyes knows firsthand, artificials are working, too. Keyes catches his redfish on the fly. You can also use Berkley Gulp shrimp or gold spoons if fly-fishing isn’t your forte.

Along the beaches, Keyes is seeing Spanish mackerel, bonito and jack crevalle being caught. Live shiners are producing a bite, as well as artificials such as buck tail jigs and silver spoons. If casting directly from the beach, Keyes recommends a Gotcha plug. These lures are shiny and have some weight to them so you can cast further.

Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

AME celebrates International Peace Day

Anna Maria Elementary School fifth-graders march along the bus route to the stage to surround a newly unveiled peace pole. They carried flags representing peace, the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island and the countries whose languages were spoken at the celebration. Islander Photos: Jennifer Glenfield

Anna Maria Elementary School students wave flags after the opening ceremony for the celebration of International Peace Day, observed Oct. 1.

AME counselor Cindi Harrison brings Nenita Gollamudi and her three children on stage to speak “May peace prevail on earth” in Tagalog, her native language. Son Destin spoke the same words in his father’s native language of Hindi.

A new peace pole is unveiled at the celebration Oct. 1. “May peace prevail on earth” appears on the pole in Vietnamese, Portuguese, Hindi, Tagalong, Spanish, French, Japanese, Chinese, Czech, Italian, Russian, German, Hebrew, Thai, Swedish and English.

AME kindergarteners sit in the grass Oct. 1 during the Peace Day celebration. They are wearing self-made peace hats and flags with a message reflecting the theme, “How do you speak peace?”

Obituaries – 10-09-2013

Gladys Dingee Martineau

Gladys Dingee Martineau, 95, died Sept. 27 in St. Louis.

Mrs. Martineau and husband Gene were 27-year residents of Bay Palms Drive in Holmes Beach. They were members of the Holmes Beach Christian Science Church and, on its closure, members of Bradenton Christian Science Church. They also were active members and supporters of the Holmes Beach Garden Club, Friends of the Library, All Island Denominations, the Sarasota Symphony and Island Players. Mrs. Martineau also was active in the League of Women Voters.

She was an active bridge player, attending weekly games on Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key and playing frequently with friends.

The couple loved Anna Maria Island and the island spirit is carried on with their children.

Memorial donations may be made to Peace Haven Association, 12630 Rott Road, St Louis MO 63127, or First Church of Christ, Scientist, 702 15th St. W., Bradenton FL 34205.

Mrs. Martineau is survived by her children and their spouses, Gene and KarenLee, Steve and Deborah and Claire and Perry Fisher; grandchildren Katherine, Graham, Jane, Gwendolyn and Zoe; and two great-grandchildren.


Michael J. O’Leary

Michael J. O’Leary, 56, a lifelong resident of Bradenton, died Sept. 18, following a battle with throat cancer.

Mr. O’Leary was an integral part of the Cortez fishing and crabbing community for more than 40 years.

A celebration of life will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wedenesday, Oct. 16, at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 2850 75th St.W., Bradenton. Immediately following the service, there will be a gathering for family and friends at the Clam Factory, 10104 Cortez Road W., Bradenton.

Mr. O’Leary is survived by his son, Keegan; wife bridget; brother John, Aunt Dorothy A. Hall, and many cousins and dear friends.