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Early registration offered for ‘Kids Summer Beach Runs’

Early registration offered for ‘Kids Summer Beach Runs’

The co-sponsor of the popular “Kids Summer Beach Runs,” which is New Balance Sarasota, 1872 Stickney Point Road, Sarasota, will offer early free registration to the first 100 kids who register for the beach runs at the store, 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8. The one-time $1 registration fee will be paid by New Balance Sarasota for registrations collected at this location only.

Beginning June 14, the 1-mile beach runs will be held every Tuesday at Siesta Beach, 948 Beach Road on Siesta Key, and every Wednesday at the Venice Fishing Pier, 1600 Harbor Drive, Venice. Registration at each location begins at 5:30 p.m. and the beach run start promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Sarasota County to hold open house on pain management clinics

Sarasota County to hold open house on pain management clinics

Stakeholders and other people interested in pain management clinics will have an opportunity to comment on proposed ordinances regulating these clinics during an open house from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, at the Fruitville Library, 100 Coburn Road, Sarasota.

Drafts of the ordinances will be available for people to review and make comments or suggestions. In addition, staff will be available to answer questions. For those unable to attend the workshop, written comments will be considered and may be sent or delivered to Sarasota County Health and Human Services, 2200 Ringling Blvd., Suite 2001, Sarasota, FL 34240, or emailed to drugfreesarasota@scgov.net.

The Sarasota County Commission will consider the ordinances for adoption during a public hearing at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 7, in the Commission Chamber at the Robert L. Anderson Administration Center, 4000 S.Tamiami Trail, Venice.

Sarasota's Whole Foods Market is 1st Fl. retailer to add a hearing loop

Sarasota's Whole Foods Market is 1st Fl. retailer to add a hearing loop

Sarasota, Florida-The Whole Foods Market store in Downtown Sarasota has added a hearing loop system to offer their customers with hearing loss greater access while shopping.

A loop was installed at cash register #1 to allow the cashier's spoken words to be sent directly into the hearing aids of customers at the time when many shoppers raise questions. This is the first use of a hearing loop system by a retailer throughout the South of the US.

Hearing loops are the only system that provide a clear transmission of a speaker's voice directly into a user's hearing aid or cochlear implant, as long as the device has a t-coil. Almost all new hearing aids come equipped with a tiny receiver called a t-coil and 69% of all hearing aids in use in the nation had one as of mid 2010. Sarasota and Manatee County has 110,000 people with hearing loss accounting for 16.1% of the population, tied for the highest U.S. incidence.

Sarasota's Sammy's Run is Saturday

Sarasota's Sammy's Run is Saturday

Sarasota, Florida -- The 3rd Annual Sammy's run to benefit Oak Park School and the Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Foundation takes place Saturday May 28 at and near the school.

Phelan-McDermid Syndrome, also known as 22Q13 Deletion Syndrome, is a genetic condition found in approximately 1 percent of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Phelan-McDermid Syndrome is a complex disorder involving mild dysmorphic features, developmental disability, delayed or absent expressive speech, autism or autistic-like features, seizures and other medical conditions.

The family even starts at 7:15 a.m. with a 5k race through the Bent Tree neighborhood followed by a 1-mile "wheelchair and stroller friendly race at 8 a.m. on school grounds and  kid's dashes at 8:30 p,m. designed for children with disabilities.

Beach air prompts air quality health notice

Beach air prompts air quality health notice

Sarasota, Florida - Elevated ozone levels were detected Friday on Lido Key. That prompted Sarasota County to issue an air quality advisory.

Most people won't notice a thing, but people with respiratory ailments may experience health effects during this advisory and they should limit their outdoor activities.

Similar ozone levels have been measured across the state over the past three days. The Sarasota advisory was in effect until Friday at dusk.

Free and low-cost health services in May

Free and low-cost health services in May

Sarasota County, FL -- The Sarasota County Health Department’s Health In Motion Mobile Medical Unit staff will provide free and low-cost health services at 16 sites around the county during May.

The services offered at all regularly established sites include diabetes education and screening, blood pressure tests, pregnancy testing, HIV and tuberculosis testing, adult immunizations and health education.

The staff also assists individuals who lack medical insurance and do not have a health care provider to find a medical home for ongoing health care.

Sarasota mulls outdoor smoking ban

Sarasota mulls outdoor smoking ban


SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- The city council in Sarasota considering a smoking ban in parks and outside municipal buildings.

The Sarasota Herald Tribune reported Monday that the ban would even apply to the designated smoking area outside city hall. Aside from the second-hand smoke issue, proponents say it will cut down on the litter problem and vagrancy in a city park downtown.

Critics say the city would be encroaching on their right to smoke outdoors.