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Orioles to host food drive in game against Rays Thursday

Sarasota, Florida -- This Thursday, March 6, the Orioles will host their 4th annual All Faiths Food Drive to help people in need in the Sarasota area.

All fans attending the 1:05 p.m. game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Ed Smith Stadium are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items and/or monetary donations to benefit the All Faiths Food Bank.

Since 2011, 2,400 pounds of food and $3,500 in cash donations have been collected at the yearly food drive to help people in need in the Sarasota area.

Owner of Tube Dude company begins repaying grant

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - The head of the Sarasota company Tube Dude has begun repaying a $56,000 grant that he received from the city in 2011.
    
The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported Saturday that Scott Gerber agreed to repay the grant after a former employee and an investor alleged he misused the money.  The company creates colorful tube statutes that sit outside many Sarasota businesses.
    

Lost wedding ring found on beach 8 months later

Venice, Florida- A combination of love, fate and luck brought 59-year-old Sarah and 60-year-old Leslie Grigsby together nine years ago.

"We were a match.com couple. He had to try more than once before I paid attention," said Sarah. 

"It took a lot of winks," added Leslie.

A love born on the internet- it's how they planned their wedding four years ago, all the way down to their blue and green polka dot titanium wedding bands. Sarah found them online.

Venice contractor steals from cliens, never completes work

Venice, Florida -- A Venice contractor has been arrested following separate investigations by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office and Venice Police Department.

Terrence Ream, the owner of Terry Ream Construction on Progress Circle, is accused of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from nearly a dozen customers and never completing the contracted work.

Couple reunited with unique ring dropped in Gulf

VENICE, Florida (AP) - A unique wedding ring lost in the Gulf of Mexico has been found by a southwest Florida treasure hunter.

Sarah Whitten-Grigsby and Les Grigsby had matching titanium wedding rings with colored dots around the bands. Les Grigsby's ring slipped from his hand into the waters off Venice in June.

For months, the couple would describe the ring to anyone they saw at the beach with a metal detector.

Mark DesErmia of Venice found the ring in January about 50 feet from shore and tracked down the couple around Valentine's Day.

More doctors making house calls, Concierge Medical Care is up

Sarasota, Florida - Instead of Doctor Daniel Cooper's patients seeing him, he's the one making house calls.

As he carries a large brown leather doctor's bag, reminiscent of the ones used when doctors visited patients at home, Cooper stops by new patient John Sullivan's home for a consultation. Sullivan says he and his wife spent about a year thinking about turning to a concierge medical service.

Lose the hat and glasses? Venice council votes on bank "dress code"

Venice, Florida -- Venice City Council considered a resolution that would have called for banks to adopt a policy that would limit what customers can wear when entering a bank.

The council vote ended in a tie, meaning it didn't pass.

The policy came up for consideration in an attempt to cut down on the number of bank robberies.

According to FBI Crime stats from 2011: