Business Briefs: Verizon offers grants to combat abuse

July 11, 2013 

The Verizon Foundation has launched a new program to provide $100,000 in grants to Florida organizations in the effort to prevent domestic violence and to serve victims of abuse.

The 2013 Florida Domestic Violence Prevention Solutions Grant Program is open to all Florida non-profit agencies and organizations. Funding will be distributed in individual grants up to $10,000 each.

The focus will be on programs that do one or more of the following:

• Support health and wellness of families affected by domestic violence or provide training to first responders/health care professionals to safely screen for domestic violence.

• Engage men to act to prevent domestic violence in the office, at home, or in other social situations.

• Educate teens on using new choices to create safe digital dating and healthy relationships.

• Provide workforce development and entrepreneurship training for individuals participating domestic violence prevention programs.

The deadline to apply for the new program is 5 p.m. Aug. 30. Applicants will be notified of funding decisions by early October. To apply, go to

Manatee bar honors two for community service

MANATEE -- Attorneys Melton H. Little and Jonathan D. Fleece have been recognized by the Manatee County Bar Association for their record of service to the community.

In the 15th annual presentation of the awards, Little received the William C. Grimes Award for Lifetime Achievement in Community Service, and Fleece received the Community Service Leader Award.

The awards highlight members of the Bar Association who provide service to the community through participation in organizations and activities beyond the scope of the Bar and mandatory pro bono legal services.

Little, a partner in Kallins & Little, was honored in particular for his service to children and youth organizations, Fleece, a principal and shareholder in Blalock Walters, was honored for his volunteer efforts in promoting and facilitating the provision of primary medical care to low-income, uninsured and underserved residents.

Nominations for the awards were submitted by fellow members of the Manatee County Bar Association.

Manatee chamber to hold email marketing seminar

BRADENTON -- The Manatee Chamber is holding a seminar on "The Power of Email Marketing" from 9-11:30 a.m. Aug. 6 at the Manatee Chamber, 222 10th St. W. C1 Bank and S2 Timing are sponsors.

All area business are welcome to register. The cost is $15 for Manatee chamber members; $25 for non-members. Reservations are required at (941) 748-4842, ext. 123 or

Lee Wetherington opens new model in LWR

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Lee Wetherington Homes has opened its first new model in the Haddington neighborhood in Country Club East at Lakewood Ranch. Called the Solivita model, it had seven sales before the model opening. The home can be built as a one- or as a two-story, said Peter Mason, vice president of sales for the Lakewood Ranch-based new-home builder.

The one-story Solivita starts at 2,644 square feet and the two-story can be built with flex options up to about 4,000 square feet. The great room floor plan has three bedrooms plus a den with options of adding more rooms upstairs. "We added options that people frequently ask for such as a Florida basement, a large eat in kitchen, an outdoor dining area, en-suite bedrooms plus flex options," Mason said in a release. The model also has an infinity edge pool and spa.

In Haddington, Lee Wetherington Homes will start in the $400s for a 2,500-square-foot home and lot. The gated community will feature private roads, including its own transponder-controlled "residents only" gate, paver sidewalks, lush community landscaping, and upgraded landscape requirements for all residences. Neighborhood amenities will include three gazebos for gathering and relaxing - two with waterfront views - and a kayak launch.

Country Club East is a private, gated community built around lakes, nature preserves and 18 holes of Rick Robbins-designed golf. Every home meets the Florida Green Building Coalition's standards for energy efficiency, clean indoor air, sustainability and drought-resistant landscaping, according to the release.

-- Herald staff reports

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