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Seniors waiting for help after federal cuts

Seniors waiting for help after federal cuts

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. -- The Senior Friendship Center can no longer provide food for all seniors who need help. The organization had to start a wait list for its nutritional food assistance program.

Senior Friendship Center Chief Financial Officer David Blehar says they were hit hard by federal cuts to Older American Programs which go through the state run Department of Elder Affairs and then the Area Agencies on Aging. "It's hard," Blehar told WWSB-TV. "We are at a time when there is more need in the community then there has ever been. It's disappointing not to have the funding available."

Phillippi Farmhouse Market returns Nov. 2

Phillippi Farmhouse Market returns Nov. 2

Sarasota -- Phillippi Farmhouse Market opens for its third season at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The event will feature music, speeches and product giveaways.

The market will be open every Wednesday from November through April from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. There is ample parking, handicap accessibility and public restrooms.

The Phillippi Farmhouse Market features fresh locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs and organic and hydroponic produce as well as cut flowers. Prepared foods are available to eat at the market picnic-style or to take home.

Unpopular mining operation shuts its doors

Unpopular mining operation shuts its doors

VENICE, Fla. -- A mining operation, unpopular with its neighbors, will close after years of operation.

Venice Minerals and Mining off Gene Green Road mines for sand and shell used in many construction materials. The extended economic downturn forced the company to end mining operations by Halloween.

Willow Chase and the Venetian Golf & River Club periodically complained about the operation's impact on noise and the environment.

Sarasota Libraries accept Kindles to check out eBooks

Sarasota Libraries accept Kindles to check out eBooks

Sarasota, Florida-The Amazon® Kindle eBook reader, one of the most popular readers on the market today, is now accepted at all Sarasota County libraries.

Kindle users can browse the library's collection of bestselling and classic eBooks from any computer by selecting the "Get for Kindle" option when checking out an eBook. Users who enjoy eBooks on Kindle will benefit from Amazon's Whispersync technology that synchronizes notes, highlights and last page read between their Kindle and free Kindle applications.

"Technology is a key part of libraries today," said Andrea Ginsky, manager. "By offering our customers more options to choose from through the use of technology, we are expanding the reach of the libraries."

Venice businesses show-off at upcoming Expo

Venice businesses show-off at upcoming Expo

VENICE, Fla. -- Venice area residents can check out the best businesses around at the annual Consumer Expo this week.

The Venice Area Chamber of Commerce produces the event featuring local products and services from Friday, October 21 through Saturday October 22.

Also a part of this year's Expo, RV World hosts an RV show, health screenings will be offered for free, and several prizes will be given away - from $100 gift certificates to a bicycle.

Admission to the Consumer Expo is free. It runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Venice Community Center on Nokomis Drive.

Venice H.S. Volleyball receives donation from local business

Venice H.S. Volleyball receives donation from local business

Venice, Florida - Neal Communities has donated $1,300 to the Venice High School Volleyball program. The funds will be used for equipment, software, and other needs of the team.

The Lakewood Ranch-based home builder is now actively building in three communities in Venice.

Pat Neal first became aware of the team's need from Bill Waddill, of the design firm Kimley-Horn and Associates. Waddill's daughter, Abigail, plays on the Venice freshman team.

Board: Venice should have a "strong mayor"

Board: Venice should have a "strong mayor"

VENICE, Fla. -- Venice's Charter Review Board believes city leaders should consider fundamentally changing the way Venice operates.

Currently, Venice city government makes decisions through the council county with a city manager.

However, the Board suggests a "strong mayor" form of government could benefit the city. Venice used a "strong mayor" government until the 1970s.