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Sep 16

North Trail Prostitution Sting Nets 16

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Sarasota Police arrested 16 people during an undercover operation aimed at disrupting the prostitution problem on North Tamiami Trail, according to a Sept. 12 news release.

Officers arrested nine women for prostitution, seven men for solicitation of prostitution and another man on drug charges. Police also seized six vehicles during the two-day operation, according to the release.

Original article published September 13, 2013, in the Observer.

Jul 17

Ringling College Grads Launches Kickstarter Campaign

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Chances are if you saw an animated film in the last 30 years, Aaron Blaise has had something to do with it.

Blaise, a 1989 graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design, worked on the Lion King, Mulan, Beauty and the Beast, and co-directed the 2003 hit Brother Bear.

Blaise and longtime collaborator Chuck Williams launched a campaign on Amazon’s Kickstarter July 7, to raise $350,000 to start production of “Art Story,” a tale exploring a boy’s relationship with his grandfather, as the two become “stuck” within famous works of art. Some of the inspiration for the film comes from the countless hours Blaise spent at Ringling Museum of Art.

Apr 22

North Trail's USFSM Adds New Technical Courses

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The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership has announced new courses in IT Security and Mobile Applications. Courses include Android Web Apps, Mobile/Wireless Security, and IT Strategy and Entrepreneurship. Classes are available for traditional and non-traditional students, as well as working professionals seeking formal training in new technologies. More information is available here.

Original article published April 22, 2013, by BIZ941 Daily.

Apr 19

North Trail's Ringling's Best Student Works

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 Ringling College of Art and Design exhibits its “Annual Best of Ringling Juried Student Exhibitions” on campus through tomorrow. The long-time event showcases the best work produced in the academic year in every department. 

There are 11 majors at the college, and instructors for each discipline invite an expert within the designated field, sometimes from out of state, to judge what faculty deems the most qualified work within their expertise. The judiciaries then assess what they feel is the best overall work amongst those submitted for consideration, then prize the Jurors Award to the overall winner. The works selected from each particular major are installed in galleries across campus, and a map and subsequent checklist is provided to navigate the tour. The galleries are open from 10-4 today and tomorrow, and the exhibition’s award ceremony is held today at 5pm Interested parties should plan to spend a minimum of an hour exploring the student’s entries. There are 50 submissions in computer animation that run an average three minutes apiece, and there are six film entries screening in the college’s auditorium that each have a designated start time. Mark Ormond, curator of exhibitions and business of art and design professor, highlights the advancement of the showcase with new majors over the last five years. A great deal of the work produced in motion design is recognizable to TV aficionados, particularly of programs like Sportscenter that contain an abundance of moving text and graphics; the majority of this work has only been made possible through developments in technology. “All the work impresses me,” says Ormond. “I teach here, and it all changes monthly. I find every semester the students are telling me something new about how they’re getting information, using software or making their work. It’s fascinating.” 

Original article published April 19, 2013, by SRQDaily.

Oct 19

North Tamiami Trail's SCOPE Seeks New CEO

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SCOPE Seeks Chief Executive Officer

Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence is seeking a chief executive officer to lead the agency in its mission to connect and inspire citizens to create a better community. Review the entire position description here.

Original article published October 18, 2012, by BIZ(941).

Sep 05

North Trail Events: Ringling International Arts Festival

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Sneak peek at Ringling International Arts Festival 2012

The fourth annual Ringling International Arts Festival is just five and a half weeks away, so here’s your chance to get an advance look at the eight acts scheduled for Oct. 10-13 on the grounds of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and FSU Center for the Performing Arts.

The festival, a partnership between the Ringling Museum and the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York, no longer has underwriting from the state of Florida and Sarasota and Manatee counties, so will be standing on its own financially, said Steven High, executive director of the museum.

That means some restructuring of the festival, with fewer performances by some acts and with the festival anchored by daily performances by the Mark Morris Dance Group in the complex’s largest venue, the 500-seat Mertz Theatre in the FSU Center for the Performing Arts.

Aug 20

North Trail: Walmart Market Announces Opening Date

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By Charles Schelle

North Trail Walmart Market store manager is Bradenton native who started out as a cart pusher.

Jul 31

North Tamiami Trail Sculpture

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Quick Pic of Positive Geometry
Jake Coleman,

Many of you know Jorge Blanco’s trio of linear runners dashing in their yellow, zigzag charm through the median on North Tamiami Trail. It’s “positive geometry,” as Blanco defines it, and his vision of imparting energetic happiness is readily perceptive through his chosen palettes that imprint optimism. It’s a stretch to digest his early work in Venezuela being fastened on angst and oppression, but he’s had quite a global journey of unconventional development since his birth in Caracas. He attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome where he worked as an illustrator and graphic designer; his comic strip “The Castaway (El Náufrago)” was published in major newspapers and magazines in Venezuela, eventually exploding into merchandising, books and television; then he returned to work in sculpting in 1989 and was approaching his work differently, with touches of humor and new materials. When asked about the evolution of his approach, Blanco says: “My work is always evolving. Ever since I began sculpting, I have been in a constant progression. It is changing slowly and someday it might change in a radical way.” Blanco’s sculpting style is distinctive and colorful and has landed him a distinguished international career. In addition to his public works with the States, he’s exhibited in Uruguay, China, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and in Japan many years ago, and he confesses that he tries to travel as much as he can. He will be exhibiting in the upcoming Art Nocturne Knocke, which is one of the most prestigious arts and antiques fairs. Running from August 11th-19th in Knokke-Heist, Belgium, the fair strives for quality and style and the participation of carefully selected contributors from the international forum. The event connects the dialogue between traditional and contemporary art, and by spotlighting investors, the format is designed to be as much a buying fair as an exhibition. Art Nocturne is esteemed in its approach, and it’s complimentary for Blanco to be displayed. “It is an important opportunity to show my sculptures to a different public that might not have the chance to see my work otherwise," Blanco says. "Most important is being exposed to another culture; it always is a learning experience for me, through relationships with different people. As an artist I feel it is crucial to travel and experience other environments.” 

Jul 25

North Trail: USFSM Named "Best Place to Further Your Education"

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University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Named “Best Place to Further Your Education” In Biz(941)’s Readers’ Best of Biz Contest

 SARASOTA (July 23, 2012) – The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) is the recipient of the “Best Place to Further Your Education” award from Biz(941) magazine’s first Readers’ Best of Biz contest. USFSM was featured in the July issue of Biz(941) and received the award at the Best of Biz reception on July 19, 2012.

“We are delighted to be honored by the readers of biz 941,” said Dr. Arthur Guilford, Regional Chancellor of USFSM.  “We are also pleased to no longer be the best kept secret in the region. We are your home town comprehensive university!”

Jul 24


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