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Community Manatee Movers and Shakers, 11/15/12


Community Invited To Help ‘Stuff The Bus’ Nov. 17-18

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In the ongoing effort to help feed the hungry in our community, the 4th annual “Stuff the Bus” event will take place at all Manatee County Publix Super Markets on Saturday, Nov. 17th from 9am until dark and Sunday, Nov. 18th from 9am until 4pm. This initiative is a partnership between the Manatee School District, Publix, Tropicana, FM radio stations 106.5 CTQ and 92.1 The Coast, and United Way of Manatee County, to benefit The Food Bank of Manatee.

“What started as an idea from a few employees in the School Transportation Department has become one of the largest community efforts to help The Food Bank of Manatee to feed children and families in need,” said Scott Martin, with The School District of Manatee County.

“With the holiday season approaching, we encourage everyone to come together and give food to help those less fortunate.”

There are more than 2,000 children in the Manatee County school system who are homeless and unsure of how they are going to get their next meal. Through its 100 partner agencies, including the school district’s Project Heart, The Food Bank helps to ensure that these families are not going hungry.

Philip Brown, President of United Way of Manatee County said, “Fortunately, we live in a community that cares for one another. This initiative is a perfect example of how reaching out a hand to one can influence the condition of all.  From the collaborated efforts of all of our partners and sponsors, to the folks donating their hard earned money by buying food, to the dedicated volunteers that give their time to see this project through, we are able to make a huge impact in the fight against hunger.

Last year, the Stuff the Bus event collected more than 100,000 pounds of food – this year, the goal is to collect 130,000 pounds. Volunteers are needed to help at Publix stores during the event. Those interested in helping should call Darlene Reynolds at 708.8770, ext. 2259 or email reynoldd@manateeschools.net

14th Annual Canine Christmas EventComing Soon

Fun for Everyone and a World Record Attempt

The 14th Annual Canine Christmas Festival, sponsored by Animal Network and Bishop Animal Shelter, is set for November 19 at Bishop Animal Shelter, 5718 21st Ave W., Bradenton. 

This popular, fun festival is fordog families and their pets, people looking for adoptable dogs and animallovers of all kinds . Festival information and registration forms are available at www.caninechristmas.com.

The festival, from 10 a.m. to 3p.m., features shelter and rescued dogs available for adoption along rescue row, a Canine Fashion Show, American Fido talent contest, music and entertainment by emcee Dan Crawford, doggy pictures with Santa, a 50/50drawing, prize drawings, silent auction, dog nail trims, vendors with holidaygifts for all the pets and animal lovers, grilled food and a bake sale, agility demonstrations, plus information on free and low-cost spay/neuter programs. 

Asa tribute to Manatee County becoming no-kill, event organizers will attempt to set a world record in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most dogs to sit-stay at 2:45 that day...bring your dog(s) & participate!

All proceeds benefit Animal Network, Inc., a501C3 animal welfare group "helping people help animals" and working toward helping  Manatee County  become a no-kill community.

For information contact Sue Kolze at (941)729-8631.

Jamie A. Ebling Promoted to Partner at Berlin Patten

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The law firm of Berlin Patten is pleased to announce that Jamie A. Ebling has been made a partner of the firm.  Mr. Ebling has extensive experience in the areas of complex commercial and residential real estate transactions and corporate matters related to the structuring of real estate transactions. He is a Member of the Florida Bar, the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar, Sarasota County Bar Association, American Bar Association, American Cancer Society, and Leukemia Society - Suncoast Chapter.  Mr. Ebling frequently conducts seminars for buyers, sellers, and realtors with respect to various real estate matters. His is legal acumen, local knowledge/connections, and diverse background (former professional baseball player with the Tampa Bay Rays) have helped Berlin Patten become one of the preeminent real estate law firms on the Gulf Coast. Mr. Ebling has provided substantial assistance in developing Berlin Patten's real estate closing services, which have been highly regarded by sellers, buyers, realtors, and attorneys.  His attention to detail, exceptional communication, and deal oriented focus have been lauded by his clients and have allowed Berlin Patten to expand into other market areas.  Berlin Patten is truly honored to have Mr. Ebling as a partner in the firm.

Harrington House Honored

Harrington House

Harrington House Beachfront Bed & Breakfast located on Anna Maria Island was awarded the Medium Size Business of the Year Award for 2013 from the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce. 

Harrington House was established in 1989 and is locally owned and managed by the Frank, Jo and Mark Davis family.  It is one of Florida's most highly rated B&B Inns located directly on the beach and offers a variety of accommodations including B&B rooms, one and two bedroom bungalows as well as luxury Gulf Front three bedroom villas for families.  

G.T. Bray will host Winter Adult 4-on-4 and 5-on-5 Flag Football Leagues

Manatee County Parks and Recreation will host both Adult 4-on-4 and 5-on-5 Flag Football Leagues this Winter.  Both leagues will play eight regular season games, followed by a single elimination tournament.  The season will begin on Wednesday, December 5, 2012.  Games will be played on Wednesday nights at G.T. Bray Park.  Team rosters for 4-on-4 may include up to eight players and 5-on-5 may include up to 10 players.  Teams are required to provide jerseys, flag belts and a football.

Team Entry Fee is $325 for each league.  Official Team Rosters are due upon registering.   Registration will be held from November 13 – 25, 2012 at the G.T. Bray Park Recreation Center located at 5502 33rd Avenue Drive West, Bradenton, FL 34209.  For more information, please contact Ashley D’Arpino at 941-742-5923 ext. 6062.

Humane Society of Manatee County is Offering Free Sterilizations for Pit Bulls and Pit Bull Mixes Living in Bradenton and Palmetto

Offer good in Specific Zip Codes

Humane Society of Manatee County, located at 2515 14th Street West, Bradenton,  is currently offering free spay and neuter surgery and free microchips for any pit bull or pit bull mix living in the 34203, 34205, 34207, 34208, and 34221 zip code areas, thanks to a grant from PetSmart Charities®. Residents living in these areas can call 941-747-8808 x302 to make an appointment for one of the free sterilizations.


“This is a really good offer and one that will end when the grant monies run out,” says Alison Bradshaw, Clinic Manager of the Humane Society of Manatee County. “We really want to see pet owners in these zip codes take advantage of these free spay/neuter surgeries to help reduce pit bull overpopulation in Manatee County’s local shelters.”           


Humane Society of Manatee County is a 501(c)3 organization that relies on grant funding and donations to offer free to low-cost sterilization services for pet owners in the community. For more information, call 941-747-8808 x302.  


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