Vin's People: Program assists kindergarten readers

August 30, 2013 

United Way's ReadingPals program is looking for a few good people.

Approximately 200 volunteers are needed to read one hour weekly to kindergartners at four Manatee County School District schools -- Ballard, Blackburn, Daughtrey or Rogers Garden.

Subsidized by the Barnett Earl Literacy Initiative and supported by the Women's Leadership Initiative, ReadingPals pairs volunteer readers with students to work on building vocabulary and increasing comprehension.


Call Sandra Holmes at 941-748-1313. Or e-mail Or visit

• Marguerite Regner is 105 years young at Westminster Tower & Shores.

• Catch the Manatee Hurricanes' 2013 regular season opener at a 7 p.m. Sunday watch party hosted by the Manatee High School Alumni Association at the Manatee Central Banquet Hall, 509 Ninth St. E., Bradenton.

The Canes will play Baltimore's Gillman High Greyhounds at the University of Maryland.

The party is free, but donations will be accepted and MHSAA membership forms will be available.

Doors open 6:30 p.m.

E-mail Carolyn Keller at

• Big ups to Michael Ohlman. The Frederick Keys catcher made the postseason Carolina League All-Star team. The Lakewood Ranch alum is batting .307 with 13 homers and 52 RBI.

This is his fifth season in the Baltimore organization,

• Carl Weeks Day is Saturday, proclaimed by the Manatee County Commission in recognition of the retiring president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County.

Don't forget the social honoring the man, 5-7 p.m. Friday at Pier 22, 1200 First Ave., W., Bradenton.

Call Valerie Nelson at 941-761-2582.

• Josh McCoy is now a financial adviser with Edward Jones Investments.

• Davien Martinez, the 4-year-old wounded after a drive-by shooting July 27, got a standing ovation at Mass last Sunday at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs.

There's a benefit at noon Monday at Ace's Lounge, 4343 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton.

Call 941-795-3886.

Or visit "Angels for Davien" on Facebook.

• Cleve Dixon, a Parrish native now living in Riviera Beach, is 107 years young Sept. 5. Cheers from daughter, Daisy Cooper, son, Nathaniel Dixon, and granddaughter, Brenda Dixon.

• Hats off to Giancarlo Gamboa-Barrios, Lisbeth Gorgonio, Scarlett O'Hara, Kevin

Townsend and Alexander Turner.

The five Manatee District Take Stock In Children scholars were recognized along with their mentors and families before last Saturday night's Tampa Bay Rays game.

Their mentors, respectively, are Rob Hendrickson, Robin Thompson, Violet Huesman, Dr. Dwight Fitch and Chuck Fradley.

The students were recipients of the partnership between The Rays Baseball Foundation, the Helios Education Foundation and Take Stock in Children.

Vin's People, is by local columnist Vin Mannix. He can be reached at 941-745-7055.

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