First Safe Kids Fair to arrive Oct. 12

October 4, 2013 


Gov. Scott taps Sarasota man for airport board

TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott has appointed John Stafford to the Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority.

Stafford, 66, of Sarasota, is chairman for FCCI Insurance Group. He previously served on the Suncoast Offshore Powerboat Racing Association, Suncoast Foundation for Handicapped Children and Shrine Hospitals of North America Investment Board. He also serves on the Sarasota County Sheriff's Advisory Board.

Stafford succeeds Gary Kompothecras and is appointed for a term ending Nov. 17, 2016.         

Alzheimer's care training available at Lakewood Ranch

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Manatee County families are invited to attend a free Alzheimer's care training workshop offered in recognition of World Alzheimer's Month from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Oct. 22 at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd.

Developed by Home Instead Senior Care, the Alzheimer's or Other Dementias Care program incorporates an innovative, hands-on approach to help families deal with the difficult behavioral changes that often are associated with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias.

During the workshop, program experts will teach caregivers how to manage behaviors, encourage engagement and care for themselves while caring for their loved one.

RSVP: 941-739-3050.

SCF schedules nursing information sessions

BRADENTON -- State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota will offer information sessions about Associate in Science in Nursing Degree Program. The program's application deadline for the spring term is Oct. 15.

Information sessions are scheduled at the following campuses:

• Noon Tuesday, Oct. 8, at SCF Lakewood Ranch, 7131 Professional Parkway E., Medical Technology & Simulation Center, room 203;

• 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at SCF Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail, building 100, room 172; and

• 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W., building 29, room 157.

Students eligible for the program must have completed prerequisite courses and passed the nursing entrance examination.

Information: 941-752-5209 or contact Julie Darner, SCF health professions specialist, at; or visit nursing.

Animal Rescue Coalition names new exec director

SARASOTA -- Animal Rescue Coalition named Gisele Pintchuck its new executive director Thursday.

Pintchuck has spent 18 years working in the local nonprofit community most recently as associate executive director of Embracing Our Differences and earlier as director of development for the Suncoast Communities Blood Bank.

With Animal Rescue Coalition, Pintchuck will be responsible for all aspects of the organization's fundraising and community relations campaigns. She will also oversee program growth, manage and implement long-term sustainability goals.

"I'm honored to join the Animal Rescue Coalition and work on behalf of such a worthy cause," said Pintchuck, "ARC's mission addresses the critical issue of preventing generations of innocent puppies and kittens from entering a world without enough homes, thus preventing the killing of adoptable pets".

Edward Sarbey, ARC co-founder and board chairman, said Pintchuck will work closely with the organization's leadership to ensure the fulfillment of its mission as ARC enters a new initiative to adopt the nationally acclaimed Humane Alliance model.

Wares Creek cleanup set for Saturday morning

BRADENTON -- Join a local effort to keep the shores of Wares Creek clean from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday as the Historic Ware's Creek Neighborhood partners with Keep Manatee Beautiful and the Ocean Conservancy for the 2013 International Coastal Cleanup.

Volunteers should meet at 9 a.m. at the corner of Virginia Drive and Manatee Avenue West near the Bradenton Woman's Club. The cleanup targets Wares Creek between Manatee Avenue through Ninth Avenue West. Bring your Well Point Tracking Sheet to be signed by Bradenton City Councilman Patrick Roff.

Information: Bobbie Goss at

-- Herald staff reports

First Safe Kids Fair coming to Bradenton

BRADENTON -- The first Safe Kids Fair, with an emphasis on children between 5-11 years of age, will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 12 at 3011 19th Ave. W., Bradenton.

The Bradenton Police Department will partner with several local businesses, community partners, public safety agencies, and Westminster Presbyterian Church on the free event.

There will be information on children home, bike, pool and beach safety. Child ID kits will be provided by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office. Home Depot will demonstrate projects youngsters can build. 

ABayflite helicoter will be on display, along with the Bradenton Police Department SWAT Armored Rescue Vehicle. 

Free items will be distributed by local businesses, raffle prizes will be drawn every hour and there will be food and refreshments available.     

RSVP: 941-739-3050 or contact Tami Spyker, Neighborhood Watch liaison to the Bradenton Police Department, at  

-- Herald staff reports

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