Local briefs

January 25, 2014 

Work to be done along I-75 this week

MANATEE -- Drivers should anticipate shoulder closures along Interstate 75 from University Parkway to the I-275 interchange near mile marker 228 beginning Sunday and continuing through the week for road work.

Construction workers will be installing fiber optics communications cable and transmission equipment, closed-circuit television cameras and roadside sensors along 56 miles of the interstate for the Intelligent Transportation System and Satellite Traffic Management Center.

The Florida Highway Patrol advises motorists to use caution while traveling through construction zones.

The project is scheduled for completion this summer.

East Manatee GOP to hear discussion of House session

PERIDIA -- The East Manatee Republican Club will meet 11:30 a.m. Feb. 13, at the Peridia Golf and Country Club, 4950 Peridia Blvd. E.. for luncheon. Cost of the lunch is $16.

Guest speaker will be Sally Tibbetts, district director for Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota. She will fill address Buchanan's plans for the 2014 session of the U.S. House of

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Trevor Gooby to address sports performance in area

BRADENTON -- The Republican Party of Manatee County will meet 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at the Bradenton Women's Club, 1705 Manatee Ave. W.

Trevor Gooby, senior director of Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training and Minor League operations, will speak on Bradenton Area Economic Development in the sports performance industry.

Groundhog Jog set for Rosedale in February

EAST MANATEE -- Runners in the 2nd Annual Groundhog Jog will race through the beautiful grounds of Rosedale Golf & Country Club as they head towards the finish line on Feb. 1.

Presented by the Lakewood Ranch branch of the Manatee County YMCA, Groundhog Jog is open to racers of all skill levels. The chip-timed race will begin at 8 a.m., with the kids' dash beginning at 7:30 a.m. Both will start from the Lakewood Ranch YMCA.

Prizes will be awarded for overall male and female winners as well as male and female master's winners. Age-group prizes will be given three deep in male and female age groups. Race entry includes a post-race pancake breakfast for all runners. The first 300 registered participants will receive gender-specific performance shirts.

Prices to participate are $30 for the 5k and $15 for the kids' dash until Jan. 30th. Race day registration will be $35 for the 5k and $20 for the kids' dash. Packets may be picked up at the Lakewood Ranch YMCA health and wellness expo on Jan. 30 from 5-8 p.m.

Information: 941-782-0220, ext. 103. Register online at www.raceroster.com or www.manateeymca.org. Registration is also available at the Lakewood Ranch YMCA.

-- Herald staff reports

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