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Aug 04

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).

Jul 15

New College of Florida Named "Best Buy"

Posted by ntadmin in North Tamiami Trail , New College , Fiske Guide to Colleges

New College of Florida continued a year of prominent accolades with its selection as a “Best Buy” college – one of just 44 in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom – in the respected Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2015. The Fiske “Best Buy” colleges must meet the guide’s criteria for a top four- or five-star academic rating, and be in its moderate or low-price groupings. The guide, founded by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske, is in 31st year.

Original article published July 14, 2014 by SRQ Daily.

Jul 14

County Commissioners Approve Funding for the Arts

Posted by ntadmin in Sarasota County Commission , Ringling College of Art and Design , North Tamiami Trail , Arts and Cultural Alliance

The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County has announced that recommendations for the Tourist Development Tax funding for the Arts have been approved by the Board of County Commissioners. Funds were distributed to the following organizations, among others: Asolo Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, Fuzion, Sarasota Orchestra, Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota Film Festival, Sarasota Ballet and the Ringling School of Art and Design.  

Original article published July 11, 2014 by SRQ Daily.

Jun 17

Four Men Arrested In Sarasota Prostitute Sting

Posted by in Sarasota Police Department , North Tamiami Trail

Four men were arrested after trying to pay prostitutes along the 1600 block of N. Tamiami Trail on Friday evening. The operation was conducted by the Sarasota Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit in conjunction with the Narcotics Unit.

Jun 12

Broadway Promenade's Retail Portion Sells For $11.3 Million

Posted by ntadmin in North Tamiami Trail , Broadway Promenade

A Cincinnati-based shopping center investment firm bought the retail portion of the Broadway Promenade complex at North Tamiami Trail and 10th Street just north of downtown for $11.3 million. In addition to the 52,000 square feet of retail space anchored by a Publix, the development includes 3,827 square feet of office space.

Read full story here.

May 21

Operations Targeting Prostitution on the North Trail Continue

Posted by ntadmin in Sarasota Police Department , North Tamiami Trail

On Wednesday, May 13, 2014, the Sarasota Police Department Street Crimes Unit in conjunction with the Narcotics Unit conducted a prostitution operation targeting individuals soliciting prostitutes; “Johns.” The operation was conducted at two different locations on N. Tamiami Trail. As a result of the operation, the following three males were arrested for Solicitation of Prostitution;

• Manuel D. Enriquez: DOB 12-20-59 – resides at 1186 Alabar Lane Cape Coral, Florida

• Joaevan C. West: DOB 08-14-68 – resides at 1509 25th Street Sarasota, Florida

May 07

Four New College of Florida Students Receive Fulbright Grants

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

In keeping with its title as a top producer of Fulbright scholars, an accolade given by The Chronicle of Higher Education, four graduating students at New College of Florida have been awarded Fulbright grants for 2014 to study and work in Belarus, Taiwan, India and Germany. The recipients are Erich Barganier, Robert Matthew Klinkel, Laura Robinson and Richard Zay. NCF now has 57 Fulbright recipients in the last 10 years and 79 in its history.

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

May 05

SB2: Arts and Culture as an Economic Driver

Posted by ntadmin in North Tamiami Trail , Arts and Cultural Alliance

Plenty of attractions in Southwest Florida draw a crowd—the beach, sports, annual conventions—but arts leaders in the region say none quite bring the level of spending that you get from the cultural tourist.

"The expenditures people leave here are significantly larger," said Steven High, executive director of The Ringling. "They (cultural visitors) stay longer and tend to have more cash to leave behind." In fact, the measured impact of the visual arts on the Sarasota area, High said, was around $500 million, compared to a still laudable $150 million for sports. 

Arts and Culture as an Economic Driver was the topic of discussion at the most recent SB2 event, sponsored by SRQ Media Group. The April 30 event was hosted in Manatee County for the first time, at the Powell Crosley Estate, and naturally touched on regional opportunities in both the Bradenton and Sarasota areas. 

May 02

The Asolo Repertory Theatre features "Hero: The Musical"

Posted by ntadmin in North Tamiami Trail , Asolo Rep

At 28 years old, the main charcter of Hero: The Musical, the latest production from Asolo Repertory Theatre, still lives in his father’s house, works at his father’s store and remains too afraid to pursue his professional or romantic dreams. Trapped in the Milwaukee malaise with no discernible way out—except maybe the superheroes who grace the glossy pages of his graphic novels—Hero is forced to find his own superpower and move forward. Fresh off of its 2012 debut at the Marriott Theatre in Chicago, Hero is a charming, funny and surprisingly moving tale of courage and growing up in the modern world. For creator Aaron Thielen, artistic director at the Chicago Marriott, the idea grew naturally from his own extensive stay in Milwaukee, including a particular house/store combo he recalls vividly. “It’s a whole world in one little plot of land,” said Thielen. “I knew it’d be great as a shop and the questions just started coming. Who embodies this comic shop?” Thielen began filling out his imaginary comic book store with the people he remembered from the old days and tapped musician/composer Michael Mahler to write music and lyrics. Roughly three years later, Hero was ready for Chicago. But good enough for Chicago doesn’t mean good enough for Sarasota, and Thielen and Mahler spent the time elapsed tweaking, trimming and rewriting both music and book for Hero’s Sarasota debut. “I really feel like it’s strong storytelling and it’s the story that Mike and I wanted to tell,” said Thielen. “I feel like this production is going to be stronger than any before.” For Brian Sears, who took a leave of absence from the Broadway production of the hit Book of Mormon for Hero, landing the lead role of Hero was a delight. “I read it and I was blown away by the script even though I hadn’t heard any of the music,” said Sears. “He’s such a well-written character and it’s rare to have a character my age who’s written with such complexity.” Sears was also impressed by the quality of the music and arrangements when he finally heard them. “If it’s done right, it comes from a place that’s real,” said Sears. “None of these songs come out of nowhere; every note is written specifically because we can’t put across what we mean with just words.” Characters and subplots came and went throughout the course of Hero’s development, but Thielen never strayed from his core idea that every person, like the superheroes who make up our modern mythology, has their own superpower. “I do believe we all have our own special gift,” said Thielen. “The question is whether you embrace who you are and try to use your superpower to help the world.” Directed by Asolo Rep’s David H. Bell and with Broadway performer Laurie Veldheer and Hero veteran Don Forston rounding out the cast, Hero: The Musical opens today, May 2, 8pm at the Asolo Rep.

Original article published May 2, 2014 by SRQ Daily.

Apr 30

USFSM Launches Honors Section of Capstone Course

Posted by ntadmin in USFSM , North Tamiami Trail

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee College of Business has designated an honors section of the capstone course—the final opportunity when students demonstrate the culmination of their knowledge. Six students participated in the inaugural course, which included roundtable discussions facilitated by speakers from the business community and presentations of their final theses.

Original article published April 30, 2014 by BIZ(941).