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Community Manatee Spotlight December 16, 2012


Desoto Boys & Girls Clubs Receives $2000 donation

Jaden Hair, the Publisher of Steamy Kitchen and New Asian Cuisine has partnered with EZ Bean Cooker and donated $2000 to the Desoto Boys & Girls Club. Ms. Hair is working with EZ Bean Cooker to develop a recipe for their super-simple one touch bean cooker and coordinated the donation between EZ Bean Cooker, LLC and the Desoto Boys & Girls Club.

EZ Bean Cooker, LLC knows the value of dry beans and wants people to be able to prepare and enjoy them with ease.  Dry beans have high nutritional value; they are high in protein, vitamins and minerals and low in sodium and fat.  Additionally, they are an economical and versatile ingredient.  These characteristics along with their healthy qualities make them a kitchen staple.  Traditionally, dry beans are a time consuming and tedious food to prepare.  With EZ Bean Cooker, dry bean preparation is now as easy as pushing a button and walking away. 

Desoto Boys & Girls Clubs strive to teach their young people about healthy living through various programs.  The EZ Bean Cooker partnership is perfect as it focuses on an easy way to be healthy and eat more nutrient-rich foods all while being affordable and easy to use.

The Desoto branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County serves over 200 children.  County wide, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County serve over 4,600 youth at seven locations (Daughtrey Elementary, Harllee Middle School, Johnson Middle School, Southeast High School, Bradenton, DeSoto and Palmetto Clubs). For more information, call 761-2582 or visit www.bgcmanatee.org.

Gulf Auto Clinic Earns Esteemed 2012 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

Gulf Auto Clinic has earned the service industry-coveted 2012 Angie’s List Super Service Award, an honor awarded annually to approximately 5 percent of all the companies rated on Angie’s List, the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews on local service companies.

“It’s a select group of companies rated on Angie’s List that can claim the exemplary customer service record of being a Super Service Award winner,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “Our standards for the Super Service Award are quite high. The fact that Gulf Auto Clinic earned this recognition speaks volumes about its dedication providing great service to its customers.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2012 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, including earning a minimum number of reports, an excellent rating from their customers and abiding by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. Members can find the 2012 Super Service Award logo next to company names in search results on AngiesList.com.

Manatee Parks & Recreation Announces Spring Leagues

2013 Spring Adult Softball League

The Manatee County Parks and Recreation Department announces the formation of the 2013 Spring Adult Softball League.  The Open League plays 14 regular season games on Monday – Thursday evenings.  The Coed League plays 10 regular season games on Sunday evenings.  The Spring Season is set to begin Monday, February 4th.  A single elimination playoff tournament will follow. 

Registration will be held from January 21 - 27.  Fees include: Team Registration Fee is $400.00 (Open League) and $350.00 (Coed League).  All teams are required to pay a $20.00 Association Fee.  The Sponsor Fee will be determined at the informational meeting. 

The Informational Meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 15th at 7:00 p.m.  The meeting will be held at the G.T. Bray Park Recreation Center located at 5502 33rd Avenue Drive West, Bradenton, FL.  For more information, contact Ashley D’Arpino at 941-742-5923 ext. 6062 or by email at ashley.darpino@mymanatee.org

Spring Youth Basketball League at G.T. Bray Park

The Manatee County Parks and Recreation Department announces the formation of our 2013 Spring Youth Basketball League.  Children ages 5-17 years old are encouraged to participate.  This recreational program teaches the importance of fundamentals and teamwork in a fun, safe and competitive environment. 

We will host a three week camp beginning February 4, 2013.  Team practices are tentatively scheduled to begin March 4 and games will begin March 16.  All dates are subject to change.

The registration fee is $65 per child and includes a team jersey.  All age divisions play full-court.  Teams will play eight regular season games followed by single elimination playoffs.

On-Site Registration will be held from January 2 – 31, 2013 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.

Bradenton Firefighters to Hold 40th Annual Christmas Party at Community Haven December 20th

Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa and his Fire Elf are making their annual stop at Community Haven, Thursday, December 20, 2012 from 10 AM to 2 PM arriving in Bradenton Fire Department’s Engine No. 1 – a vintage 1926 American LaFrance.  For the past forty years, the firefighters association continues to generously provide a delicious BBQ lunch of hotdogs and hamburgers served to over 450 people made up of Community Haven’s adult residents, children, and staff along with gifts personally delivered by Santa Claus and his Fire Elf.

The Community Haven, 4405 DeSoto Road, Sarasota, is in its 59th year serving children, teenagers, and adults with disabilities by providing a wide spectrum of services including the Selby Preschool; Kidspot (individualized therapeutic plans); adult day training; transition and employment services; community living; Kaleidoscope; Whole Child Manatee; Heavenly Haven Bakery; plant nursery; and a new group home under construction.

Much appreciation to Fire Marshall Kenny Langston and Fire Inspector Richard Findlay who purchase the food and to Fire Chief Chuck Edwards; Captain Dana Tindall; newly retired training director Tom Woods; program administrator Rebecca Pilsbury; and members of the Bradenton Fire Fighters for their generous support of Community Haven.

Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A. Receives 2013 “Best Law Firms” Ranking, two lawyers selected as 2013 Lawyer of the Year

LLW received most Tier 1 votes in Environmental Law than any other law firm in Florida

Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A. recently received the 2013 “Best Law Firms” Ranking by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers®. The firm’s Jacksonville Tallahassee and West Palm Beach offices received Tier 1 rankings in Environmental Law, and the Tallahassee and West Palm Beach offices received Tier 1 Rankings in Environmental Litigation. Rankings are determined by a combination of hard data, peer reviews and client assessments.

Lewis, Longman & Walker received more Tier 1 rankings in Environmental Law than any other law firm in Florida. The first-tier rankings are featured in the “Best Law Firms” standalone publication, which is being distributed to 30,000 general counsel and in digital format to 58,000 private practice lawyers worldwide.

In addition to receiving this “Best Law Firm” ranking, below is a list of Lewis, Longman & Walker attorneys that have been named “Best Lawyers” by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers®.

Stephen A. Walker Lawyer of the Year 2013 Environmental Law; Environmental Litigation
Wayne E. Flowers Lawyer of the Year 2013 Environmental Law; Environmental Litigation; Water Law
James W. Linn - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Labor & Employment Law
Terry E. Lewis - Environmental Law; Environmental Litigation
R. Steven Lewis - Environmental Law; Environmental Litigation
Anne Longman - Environmental Law; Environmental Litigation
Brenna M. Durden - Real Estate Law; Real Estate Litigation, Land Use & Zoning Law
Alfred J. Malefatto – Environmental Law

Best Lawyers® is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. The online publication is estimated receive 10 million viewers this year and Best Lawyers has firmly established itself as a premiere legal referral source.

The 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America includes 43,629 lawyers covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia and is based on more than 3.9 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. Best Lawyers® lists are excerpted in a wide range of general interest, business and legal publications worldwide, reaching an audience of more than 17 million readers.

West Manatee Fire & Rescue District Announces 2012 Awards

West Manatee Fire Rescue District recognized the following personnel for their service
in 2012:

Firefighter of the Year: Firefighter Jeff Philips
Lifesaving Award: Firefighter John Stump
Meritorious Service Award:

Firefighter Ben Dillon

Firefighter Rodney Kwiatkowski

15 Years of Service: Firefighter Chris O’Kelly
Financial Assistant Julie Pritchard
5 years of Service: Firefighter Andrew Lauricella
Military Service Award Firefighter Brandon Beals – USMC
Firefighter Edward Whitaker, Jr. – USA



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