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Dec 01
2014

Repurposed motels aid homeless, and North Trail

Posted by ntadmin in North Trail , North Tamiami Trail

In the lobby of what used to be the Sarasota Airport Hotel, the manager must tell people — sometimes, desperate people — that he has no vacancies.

This place is not a motel anymore, but it is full.

It still looks like a motel, from its battered old front desk to the ice machine and rooms overlooking the pool. But for the past few months, it has operated as the Oakridge Apartments. It's an experiment in low-income housing conceived by a savvy businessman who has been buying up North Trail motels and renting the rooms out monthly.

Oct 24
2014

North Trail's Asolo Rep Opens New Season

Posted by ntadmin in North Trail , North Tamiami Trail , Asolo Rep

The Asolo Repertory will open its 2014-15 season in November and continue its series exploring the American Character with a production of the 1949 Tony Award-winning musical South Pacific. Known as much for its musical score and story as it is for its progressive social awareness, the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic has brought great talent to town, including Kelly Felthous, previously Glinda in the Wicked national tour, as Nellie Forbush and Anthony Festa, who recently starred in a West End production of West Side Story, as Lt. Joseph Cable.

Loretta Ables-Sayre also returns as Bloody Mary, the role she played in the Lincoln Center revival for which she received a Tony nomination.

Preceded by 1776 in 2012 and Show Boat in 2013, South Pacific brings the American Character series up to World War II and America’s struggle with racism in a changing world. Actor Ben Davis returns to the series after last season’s Show Boat, as does director Rob Ruggiero, who feels the show to be a fitting addition.

Oct 07
2014

North Trail's NCF's Featuring Dr.Burger

Posted by ntadmin in North Trail , North Tamiami Trail , New College

Burger Presents “The Five Elements of Effective Thinking”

New College of Florida (ncf.edu) hosts a free public speaking event at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Oct. 8, featuring Dr. Edward Burger, president of Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas and co-author of “The Five Elements of Effective Thinking.” Burger’s talk will take place at the Sudakoff Conference Center on the New College campus. For more information, contact David Gulliver, news services manager, at (941) 487-4154 or dgulliver@ncf.edu.

Original article published October 7, 2014, by BIZ(941).

Oct 06
2014

Renovation of North Trail Motel

Posted by ntadmin in North Trail , North Tamiami Trail

 

By renovating his North Trail motel - and embracing some of its distinctive characteristics - Jay Patel hopes he can become a catalyst for long-awaited change in the area.

Patel owns the Regency Inn and Suites at 4200 N. Tamiami Trail.   He's been a part of the North Trail Redevelopment Partnership since 2007, and has served as a prominent voice calling for the revitalization of the area since then.

Sep 18
2014

North Trail's NCF's Board Elects New Officers

Posted by ntadmin in North Trail , North Tamiami Trail , New College

NCF Board of Trustees Elects New Officers

The New College (ncf.edu) board of trustees elected Keith D. Monda as its new chair and Felice Schulaner as its new vice chair. Monda, who has previously served as president and COO of Coach, Inc., was appointed to the board by Gov. Charlie Crist in 2010. Schulaner, who served as a consultant to the Coach Foundation, was appointed to the New College board by the Florida board of governors in 2009.

Original article published September 18, 2014, by BIZ(941).

Sep 02
2014

Ringling College Graduate Wins Eisner Award

Posted by ntadmin in Ringling College , North Trail , North Tamiami Trail

Ringling College of Art and Design today announced that illustration graduate Jordie Bellaire of Orlando received the 2014 Eisner Award for best coloring. The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are considered the “Oscars” of the comics world, and Bellaire's coloring work is responsible for winning her and publishers Image, Dark Horse, DC, IDW, Marvel, Titan and Valiant this industry recognition. Nominees in each category are chosen by a five-member, blue-ribbon panel of judges in the spring of each year, then voted on by comic book professionals, with awards presented at the annual Comic-Con International convention held in San Diego. 

Original article published September 1, 2014, by SRQDaily.

Aug 29
2014

USFS-M and Longboat Key Club Join Forces

Posted by ntadmin in USFSM , University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee , North Tamiami Trail

Two regional giants, The Resort at Longboat Key Club and USF Sarasota-Manatee partnered to ensure a quality and prepared workforce specific to the needs of Sarasota County.  With 19.4% of individuals in our region employed either directly or indirectly in the hospitality and tourism field this program will lay the groundwork for employment opportunities for students to begin and to build their careers in Sarasota County.

Original article published August 29, 2014, by SRQ Daily.   

Aug 26
2014

SRQ Airport Boosted by United Newark Service

Posted by ntadmin in SRQ Airport , Sarasota , North Tamiami Trail

Airport officials in Sarasota for the past seven years have heard one destination requested as a place passengers want to fly but cannot. That destination, Newark, will come within reach of SRQ Airport travelers in February when United Airlines starts non-stop flights from Sarasota to New Jersey.

“It’s the most requested route we’ve had from the public,” said Fredrick Piccolo, president and CEO of SRQ Airport. “Every time I give a speech people ask about it, and then they follow up with phone calls and emails.”

United announced on Monday that the airline will offer seasonal daily service starting Feb. 12 and running through May 15 in 2015. Tickets are available for purchase now. The flight provides a direct connection between SRQ Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). The New Jersey airport is critical in creating a flight network because it houses United's New York hub, from which the airline services a total of 142 domestic and international destinations. 

Aug 25
2014

North Tamaimi's The Ringling Hits Record Numbers

Posted by ntadmin in Ringling , North Tamiami Trail

The Ringling (ringling.org) saw a record number of visitors totaling more than 384,000 during its 2013-2014 fiscal year, a 12 percent increase from the 2012-2013 fiscal year. The increased attendance has continued with the new season, which began July 1, with nearly 40,500 visitors attending so far, a 13 percent increase from the previous year.

Originally published August 25, 2014, by BIz(941).


Aug 04
2014

USFSM Receives Funding for Research Project

Posted by ntadmin in USFSM , North Tamiami Trail

USF Sarasota-Manatee received more than $289,000 through Clark University in Massachusetts as part of a $1.45 million grant funded by the John Templeton Foundation to study how universities around the world can help students find a strong sense of purpose. The research will survey hundreds of students in six countries to learn how college can be made meaningful and relevant to them in a way that also helps students make a positive difference in their communities. Jenni Menon Mariano, associate professor in the USF College of Education, is co-principal investigator for the grant.

Original article published August 4, 2014 by BIZ(941).

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