Tag Archives: 10-26-2011

HB man arrested for suspended license

A 43-year-old Holmes Beach man faces a series of charges following a vehicle stop in the 3400 block of Sixth Avenue on Oct. 15.

The Holmes Beach Police Department arrested Ronald W. Hadley for driving on a suspended license, a felony classification on the third offense.

Hadley also faces a charge of an open container, because the HBPD allegedly collected an open can of Budweiser from the front seat, and a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was released from the Manatee County jail on $1,620 bond.

Coast Guard rescues diver

A U.S. Coast Guard crew stationed in Cortez helped rescue a scuba diver who went missing after separating from friends. The incident occurred Oct. 15 about 9 miles southwest of Sarasota Pass.

The agency reported that a 43-year-old Sarasota man was scuba diving with friends at about 7:30 p.m. when he became separated from the group. The divers had gone underwater to release the boat’s anchor and, when they surfaced, the vessel was moving. Two divers climbed into the drifting boat, but the third went missing.

The friends contacted the Coast Guard over VHF radio and requested assistance.

A crew from Cortez headed out, along with a Jayhawk helicopter crew from the station in Clearwater.

The helicopter crew spotted the diver at about 8 p.m. and lowered a rescue swimmer to the man’s aid. The Cortez crew pulled the diver from the water and took him to paramedics waiting at the boat ramp at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach.

“While operating a private boat, it is important to make sure someone knowledgeable of boat procedures and dive safety stays topside to tend to the boat,” said Coast Guard search and rescue controller Jason Morris.

Breaking waves in BB

With heavy rain on the horizon, Cortez Beach is left to surfers and surf-watchers Oct. 18. The National Weather Service issued an advisory warning that a low-pressure system moving over the eastern Gulf of Mexico would cause high, hazardous surf, as well as strong wind. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff

CHFR votes down merger, WMFR holds meeting

Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue board members voted 4-1 Oct. 13 to end any possible merger of the Cedar Hammock and West Manatee Fire Rescue departments.

At the WMFR meeting Oct. 20, the vote-down was a major topic.

Board chairman Larry Tyler remarked that WMFR Chief Andy Price “put a lot of work” into the proposal. He added, “I’m a little surprised it was turned down so quick.”

On Oct. 6, at a workshop between CHFR and WMFR boards, Price presented his points for the merger. He offered details as to how it could be implemented financially for the two departments and their communities, as well as a sketch of what the department structure might look like. At the conclusion of that workshop, it was suggested that the boards take 60 days to contemplate the matter.

WMFR Commissioner Jesse Davis responded that such a period is “not enough time to swallow all of this,” so a period of 90 days was allowed.

But any prospect of a merger is now ruled out.

WMFR Commissioner David Bishop remarked that Price offered a great analysis of an application of taxation. “I’m a little disappointed it didn’t go further,” he said, adding that many of the details of Price’s presentation were only hypothetical, not definite.

Bishop also noted that the board’s approval of the plan would have served as a recommendation, and that the final outcome would rest with district voters.

Price concluded his presentation by announcing workshops are being conducted on county and state levels on district mergers and consolidation. He said that there are about 1600 special districts in Florida.

Although a bill failed to pass last year that would have made merging districts easier, the assumption is that a similar bill will be presented in the future.

Price said, “Consolidation could be coming down the pike for all Manatee districts in the future. Certainly, there’ll be a lot of new dialogue on the subject down the road.”

Price also discussed a new testing program being implemented for firefighters.

“Until now,” Price said, “there has been a validated written exam, but no physical exam.”

He said the district was contacted by a testing facility in St. Pete about a validated physical test, known as the Candidate Physical Ability Test. It will likely become the standard physical test for West Manatee firefighters, according to Price.

There was a large audience for the Oct. 20 meeting, mainly due to a special promotions ceremony at the outset.

The promotions included Jay Johnson, now a second-class firefighter, and Wayne Faulkner, promoted to third-class. Johnson began with the district in 2006 as a reservist and was hired in 2009. Faulkner started as a reservist in 2010.

The next WMFR meeting will take place on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. at the district administrative center, 6417 Third Ave. W., Bradenton.

Islander Calendar – 10-26-2011

Wednesday, Oct. 26

        11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Einstein discussion group presents “Is France right to ban headscarves on Muslim girls?” at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-779-1392.

        5 to 7 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce business card exchange at Blue Water Beach Resort, 6306 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.

5 to 8 p.m. — Women on Wine gathering at Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-2123.

 

Friday, Oct. 28

        5 to 8 p.m. — Oktoberfest German dinner at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813. Fee applies.

 

Saturday, Oct. 29

        9 a.m. to noon — Causeway4theCause cancer fundraising walk departs from Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3316. Fee applies.

        1 to 3 p.m. — Women of the Moose children’s Halloween party for ages 1 to 10 at the lodge, 110 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Registration closes Oct. 26. Information: 941-778-4110.

 

Sunday, Oct. 30

10 a.m. — Fifth annual “Shiprek” Poker Run, a 40-mile ride by motorcycle, car, truck or “run what you brung” from Peggy’s Corral in Palmetto to Mexicali Border Cafe, Cortez Road West.  Fee. Information: 941-752-5973.

 

Monday, Oct. 31

        3:30 to 8 p.m. — Trail of Treats at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-9679.

5:30 p.m. — Canine corral and costume contest at The Islander newspaper, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7978.

6:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Trick or Trunk celebration at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

 

Wednesday, Nov. 2

        11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Einstein discussion group presents “Legislation of Medical Marijuana” at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-779-1392.

 

Ongoing:

• Tuesdays through Nov. 15, 4 p.m., Inquiring Minds cross-denominational Bible study at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4579.

• Saturdays through Nov. 26, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., learn to fish excursions for kids ages 5-12 at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.

• Saturdays through March 18, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra rehearsals at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-7853.

• Tuesdays, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meetings at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044.

• Tuesdays, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., coffee and conversations for seniors at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

• Second Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 8199 meets at the volunteer fire station, 201 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-4400.

• Wednesdays, one hour before sunset, the city of Bradenton Beach and entertainer Mike Sales host sunset picnic at Katie Pierola Sunset Park, 2200 block of Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-448-5798.

• Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

• Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.

• Fridays, Senior Adventures Group meets for outings to various locations. Information: 941-962-8835.

• Fridays, sunset drum circle with Mike Sales at Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-526-6789.

• Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Yoga on the Beach at the Pine Avenue beach access. Information: 941-794-6723. Donations accepted.

• Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

• Saturdays, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., children’s story and craft hour at the Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second Street N., Bradenton Beach, through Dec. 10. Information: 941-779-1208.

 

Off-Island

Wednesday, Oct. 26

7 to 8 p.m. — Star talk series preview with Jeff Rodgers at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.

7 to 8:30 p.m. — Mote Science Cafe presents “What Moves Us” with the Sarasota Ballet and scientist Nick Whitney at Ceviche, 1216 First St., Sarasota. Information: 941-388-4441.

 

Thursday, Oct. 27

5:30 to 7 p.m. — “Silver Springs: The Underwater Photography of Bruce Mozert” reception and lecture at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.

 

Friday, Oct. 28

        6 p.m. — Between the States film series presents “Red Badge of Courage” at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.

11 p.m. — “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at Manatee Players, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-5875. Fee applies.

 

Saturday, Oct. 29

4:30 to 6:30 p.m. — Trunk or Treat at McKechnie Field, 1611 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-747-3031.

6:30 p.m. — Desoween family-friendly haunted trail walk at De Soto National Memorial Park, 8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy., Bradenton. Information: 941-792-0458.

6:30 p.m. — Pink Carpet Premiere of Penguin Island at Mote Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 941-388-4441. Fee applies.

11 p.m. — “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at Manatee Players, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-5875. Fee applies.

 

Sunday, Oct. 30

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Fifth annual Anna Maria Island Privateer’s “Shiprek” poker run departs from Peggy’s Corral, 4511 US Highway 41 N., Palmetto. Information: 941-752-5973.

7 to 10 p.m. — Hanbury haunted barn tour to benefit the Gulfshore Animal League, 1703 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton. Information: 941-747-2284. Fee applies.

 

Monday, Oct. 31

7 to 10 p.m. — Hanbury haunted barn tour to benefit the Gulfshore Animal League, 1703 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton. Information: 941-747-2284. Fee applies.

7:30 p.m. — “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at Manatee Players, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-5875. Fee applies.

 

Tuesday, Nov. 1

        9:30 a.m. — Genealogical Society presents “How to Publish Your Family History” at the Manatee County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-722-5156.

 

Coming Up:

• Nov. 5, Pirate grog party, Drift-In.

• Nov. 5, Medicare information program, Island Branch Library.

• Nov. 5, United Way walk-a-thon, Robinson Preserve.

• Nov. 5, Volunteer clean-up, FISH preserve.

• Nov. 5, Snooty’s Gala, South Florida Museum.

• Nov. 5, Penguin Party Family Festival, Mote Aquarium.

 

Save the Date:

• Nov. 11, The Islander’s Veterans Day Salute, Holmes Beach City Hall.

• Nov. 11-12, Island ArtsHop.

• Nov. 19, Cortez Folk Art Festival.

 

AME calendar

Save the date for the following Anna Maria Elementary School happenings:

• Nov. 15, 5 p.m., Parent-Teacher Organization dinner, cafeteria.

• Nov. 15, 7 p.m., fifth-grade play, auditorium.

• Nov. 23-25, Thanksgiving break.

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

 

Send calendar announcements to diana@islander.org. Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a contact via e-mail and phone.

 

Island police blotter – 10-26-2011

Anna Maria

• Oct. 10, 500 block of South Bay Boulevard, theft. A resident reported the theft of a garbage can to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

• Oct. 13, 800 block of South Bay Boulevard, burglary. The MCSO investigated a burglary to a residence. Items valued at $1,600 were taken.

• Oct. 15, 100 block of Spring Avenue, burglary to vehicle. The MCSO took a report that someone entered an unlocked vehicle and removed items. Fingerprints were found.

• Oct. 18, 400 block of Magnolia Avenue, traffic complaint. The MCSO responded to a call from the mayor, who received complaints about traffic problems on Spring and Magnolia avenues because of large, commercial trucks in the area. A citation was issued.

        Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

• Oct. 7, 2500 Avenue A, possession. The Bradenton Beach Police Department arrested three juveniles — ages 16 and 17 — for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police were called to Herb Dolan Park because of youths allegedly smoking marijuana. An officer’s report stated he saw three juveniles smoking a joint. The officer also found a homemade pipe and plastic bags containing cannabis.

• Oct. 16, 1800 block of Gulf Drive North, child abuse with physical/mental injury. The Bradenton Beach Police Department arrested a woman for allegedly abusing two minor children.

        Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.

Cortez

• No new reports.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO.

Holmes Beach

• Oct. 15, 3400 block of Sixth Avenue, driving on a suspended license. The Holmes Beach Police Department initially arrested a man for driving on a suspended license. He faces two additional charges — for an open container of beer allegedly found in the vehicle and for alleged possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Oct. 15, 3000 block of Avenue C, domestic battery. The HBPD arrested a 19-year-old man for domestic battery. The man allegedly repeatedly pushed his juvenile girlfriend and damaged her possessions.

• Oct. 18, 12600 block of Manatee Avenue West, traffic accident. Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to a crash that blocked eastbound traffic on the Anna Maria Island Bridge.

        Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.

Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the BBPD, HBPD and MCSO.

Sports – 10-26-2011

Soccer continues at center

 

“The beautiful game” continues at the Anna Maria Island Community Center in six age divisions, ranging from the youngest instructional division players up to premier and adult divisions, but the season is winding down and heading toward playoffs.

And when the playoffs begin, the regular-season record no long matters. It’s win or go home.

With that said, seedings can take an important role in playoff matchups, as typically the first-place team is pitted against the last-place team.

The standings stayed pretty much the same during the past week in all cases except for Division I, where Spinnakers Vacation Cottages started its move up the table. After a season that began with four consecutive losses, they’ve gone on a streak to move from last place into third.

The team is buying into coach Nate Talucci’s system, and players are settling into what are now becoming familiar roles. The offense is centered around Henrik Hellem-Brusso, Jacob Talucci, Jackie Burgess and the rapidly improving McKenzie Para, while Gillian Cassidy, Adam Clarke, Harrison Franke and Max Driscoll anchor a much-improved defense.

A third-place finish means Spinnakers could avoid a first-round match with undefeated Autoway Ford and may instead play second-place Wash Family Construction, which was defeated by a 4-1 score Oct. 21 by Spinnakers.

Leading the way for Spinnakers was Talucci, who scored three goals, while Hellem-Brusso added one goal. Nico Calleja scored the lone goal for Wash in the loss.

In other Division I action last week, Spinnakers defeated Mr. Bones BBQ 5-2 behind two goals apiece from Burgess and Talucci. Hellem-Brusso and Cassidy also notched goals in the victory.

Division II leader LaPensee Plumbing continued its winning ways with a 3-1 victory over Eat Here Oct. 19. LaPensee was led by a goal each from Sullivan Ferriera, Katie Krokroskia and Joe Rogers in the victory. Jovan Vasquez scored the lone goal for Eat Here in the loss.

Division III Gettel Toyota showed why it’s the only team with an undefeated, untied record when it rolled past West Coast Surf Shop by a 7-2 score Oct. 17.  Daniel Fritz led the way with three goals, while Emilee Bell, Jack Groves, Charlotte Pardue and Ava Zink each notched single goals in the victory. Luke Marvin scored both goals for West Coast in the loss.

Second-place Island Pest Control improved to 3-3 on the season thanks to a 6-3 victory over Surf Shop Oct. 19. Julius Petereit and Sean Rodriguez led the Pest Control effort with three goals apiece in the victory. Luke Marvin scored two goals and Ryan Joseph added one in the loss.

Premier Division’s lone game of the week Oct. 17 was like the shootout at the OK Corral when Ace Hardware defeated Beach Bistro 8-6. Julius “Nanni” Gomes led the way with four goals, while Chandler Hardy chipped in three goals. Gabe Salter completed the scoring with one goal in the Ace victory. Austin Wash and Alex Burgess led Beach Bistro with two goals apiece, while Lexi Davis and Helio Gomez added one goal apiece in the loss.

 

Basketball moves to playoffs

There’s only one week of the regular season play remaining for the Anna Maria Island Community Center adult coed basketball league and teams are jockeying for the top two spots in the standings and a first-round bye in the playoffs.

Unique Mobile Detailing currently holds down first place with Beach to Bay Construction and Bowes Imaging both one game back, tied for second place. Mobile Detailing can nail down the top spot in the standings with a victory over Bowes Imaging Oct. 25. A Mobile Detailing loss and a victory by Beach to Bay Construction, which plays Southern Greens, could produce a three-way tie for first place.

The game of the week saw Southern Greens improve to 3-3 on the season thanks to a 58-54 victory over Agnelli Pool & Spas Oct. 18. Robbie Bennett led the way for Southern Greens with 30 points. Wayne Grant added 19 points, while Kevin Austin scored 4 points and Chuck McCracken added 3 points in the victory. Aaron Duduks scored 19 points to lead Agnelli, which also received 14 points from Nate Coleman and 13 points from Tyler Krauss in the loss.

Horseshoe news

Two teams emerged from Oct. 22 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits and were left to battle for bragging rights. Hank Huyghe and Jerry Disbrow rolled past Tom Skoloda and George McKay by a 21-12 score.

Oct. 19 horseshoe action saw Team Norm — Norm Good and Norm Langeland — defeat Jerry Disbrow and Sam Samuels by a 23-16 score.

Play gets under way 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 everyone is welcome.

 

AMICC Soccer League standings

Division III (ages 8-9)

Teams                     W      L       T     Pts.

Gettel Toyota          5        0       0     15

Isl. Pest Control      3        3       0     9

Island Real Est.       1        2       2     5

The Feast                1        2       1     4

WC Surf Shop         1        4       1     4

 

Division II (ages 10-11)

LaPensee                 5        1       0     15

Crady Massage       3        1       1     10

Eat Here                  0        6       1     1

 

Division I (ages 12-14)

Autoway Ford         5        0       1     16

Wash FC                 4        2       0     12

Spinnakers              2        4       1     7

Mr. Bones               1        6       0     3

 

Adult Division

Ross Built               5        1       0     15

Meilner & Son        4        1       1     10

Sato Real Estate     3        2       0     9

Island Pest               2        2       1     7

Jessie’s                    2        1       1     7

FL Dis. Sign            2        3       1     4

WC Air Cond.         1        4       0     3

Wash FC                 1        4       0     3

Euphemia                1        4       0     3

 

AMICC Soccer League schedule

Instructional Division (ages 4-5)

Oct. 26    6 p.m.      Gulf Bay  vs. Bowes Imaging

Oct. 26    6:30 p.m. White Egret vs. Isl. Dental

 

Instructional Division (ages 6-7)

Oct. 26    7 p.m.      Beach Bums vs. Tyler’s

Oct. 28    6 p.m.      Beach Bums vs. Coastal

Oct. 28    7 p.m.      A&E vs. Tyler’s

 

Division III (ages 8-9)

Oct. 26    6 p.m.      The Feast vs. Gettel

Oct. 28    6 p.m.      Surf Shop vs. IRE

 

Division II (ages 10-11)

Nov. 2     7 p.m.      LaPensee vs. Crady Massage

 

Division I (ages 12-13)

Oct. 26    7 p.m.      Wash vs. Autoway

Oct. 28    7 p.m.      Mr. Bones vs. Spinnakers

 

Premier Division (ages 14-17)

Nov. 1     7 p.m.      Ace Hardware vs. Beach Bistro

 

Adult Coed Division

Oct. 27    6 p.m.      Euphemia Haye vs. Sato

Oct. 27    7 p.m.      Jessie’s vs. Island Pest

Oct. 27    8 p.m.      WCAC  vs. Wash

Oct. 27    9 p.m.      Meilner vs. Ross Built

 

AMICC adult basketball standings

Unique Mobile Detailing    5     1    0

Bowes Imaging                    4     2    0

Beach to Bay Construction 4     2    0

Southern Greens                  3     3    0

Agnelli Pool & Spa             2     4    0

Island Sun                            0     6    0