BRADENTON -- The Pittsburgh Pirates have named A.J. Grant manager of McKechnie field operations and general manager of the Bradenton Marauders.
Grant has worked for the Pirates since 2005. He will oversee the day-to-day operations of McKechnie Field as well as continuing to assist with sales and marketing efforts for the Marauders, owned and operated by the Pirates.
Grant inherits the daily responsibilities of the Marauders organization from Trevor Gooby, the Pirates senior director of Florida operations. Gooby will continue to oversee the overall operations of Pirate City, McKechnie Field, Pirates Spring Training, the Marauders and the Pirates Dominican Academy.
Prior to joining the Pirates, Grant spent two years with the Los Angeles Dodgers as minor league equipment coordinator. He has also worked for the Arizona Fall League and the New York Mets. He is a 2002 graduate of the University of West Virginia with a degree in sport management.
Zach DeCicco has also been hired as Coordinator of McKechnie Field operations. DeCicco, who worked with the team as a Florida operations intern during the 2013 season, will assist Grant in all facets of operations. DeCicco is a recent graduate of Washington and Jefferson College.
Manatee Glens opens Sarasota office
SARASOTA -- Manatee Glens has opened the first Regional Children's Community Action Treatment Team office in Sarasota.
The Regional CAT Team offers help for families with children ages 11 to 21 who are struggling to manage a mental health and/or addiction. The facility is in an office complex at 4010 Sawyer Road in Sarasota. It will serve families from Sarasota, Manatee and Desoto counties.
The team provides individualized solutions to meet the behavioral health needs of young people. The comprehensive approach offers 24/7 crisis intervention, intensive counseling, mentoring, tutoring and psychiatric nursing services in the home, school and community.
State Rep. Matt Hudson, of District 80 who chairs the Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee, attended the ribbon cutting and open house. He said he was impressed with the CAT Team's significant results and ability to change lives within a limited budget.
The Legislature selected nine locations -- including Sarasota -- that most needed these services and is opening similar offices there.
For information on the CAT Team or other services of Manatee Glens, call 941-782-4150.
Land Trust buys apartment complex
BRADENTON -- Rainbow Lakes Land Trust has purchased the 27,903-square-foot Rainbow Lakes Apartments on 57th Avenue West in Bradenton, from Haney Developers Inc. for $2 million. Leasing for the 29-unit community is managed by Walter Realty.
-- Herald staff reports