Local briefs: It will cost driver who run these redlights

October 15, 2012 

Red-light runnersare warned

MANATEE -- Traffic scofflaws, beware: The act of running red lights at some busy local intersections is about to be a costly decision.

Drivers who run red lights at two Manatee County intersections are subject to a $158 fine beginning at 12:01 a.m. Oct. 15. The red light cameras are at 53rd Avenue West and 34th Street and at 57th Avenue East and 15th Street.

A one-month warning period began a month ago. Since then 969 warnings were mailed to drivers who drove through red lights. Many of the warning notices were sent to drivers who failed to come to a complete stop before making a right-hand turn.

Advocates for kids needed

BRADENTON -- A Guardian ad Litem/Starbucks meet and greet is set for 10-11 a.m. Oct. 15 at Starbucks, 7386 52nd Place E., in Creekwood Plaza. Receive a free tall coffee when you learn how to become a volunteer advocate for children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected. For more information, call Paul Dain at 756-4050.

Empty Bowls luncheons set for this week

MANATEE -- The Empty Bowls luncheons to benefit The Food Bank of Manatee will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 18 at Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., and onOct. 19 at 8131 Main Street, Lakewood Ranch.

For this casual luncheon, area restaurants, local businesses and talented potters all contribute to help fight hunger in Manatee County. Tickets are $20 each and include a unique ceramic bowl to keep, a selection of soups, and fresh bread from Publix. The simple meal of soup and bread is symbolic of the hunger struggle in our community.

Empty Bowls is the primary fundraiser of the year for The Food Bank of Manatee and 100 percent of the proceeds stay local. The event is a way to help re-stock the shelves, which have been very bare in recent months.

The 2012 restaurant participants include the 9th Street Bistro, Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club, Rosedale Golf & Country Club, Tara Golf & Country Club, The Broken Egg at Lakewood Ranch, Truman's Tap & Grill, Renaissance on 9th Catering, Sweet Tomatoes-Bradenton, Publix Apron's Cooking School, Carmen's Italian Café, Keiser University and the ACF Sarasota Bay Chef's Association, Panera Bread Co.-University Parkway, Panera Bread Co.-Cortez Road, Ortygia, and Popi's Place Too, III, IV, V, VI.

Tickets may be purchased online at foodbankofmanatee.org, by calling 941-749-0100, or at the door.

-- Herald staff reports

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