MCAT to offer free service Friday

April 21, 2014 

MCAT to offer free rides on 'Try Transit Day' Friday

MANATEE -- Manatee County Area Transit will offer free service from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday on Try Transit Day.

The promotion is part of the Florida Department of Transportation's campaign to convince commuters to consider alternative transportation.

"Try Transit Day has become one of MCAT's most popular promotions of the year," said MCAT Manager Bill Steele in a press release. "MCAT benefits the environment and mitigates traffic in our county. Public transit offers much more than saving you the cost of increasing fuel prices."

MCAT serves Bradenton, Ellenton, Palmetto and the Gulf beach communities.

Information: visitmymanatee.org/mcat or call 941-747-8621.

USF spring commencement set May 5 for 330 grads

SARASOTA -- The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee's spring commencement exercises will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 5, at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto.

Of the 330 USF Sarasota-Manatee seniors who will graduate, 190 are expected to attend.

Regional Chancellor Arthur Guilford will represent USF Sarasota-Manatee, and USF System President Judy Genshaft will preside. Bonnie Jones, regional vice chancellor for academic and student affairs will be the ceremony announcer. Freshman Sarah Bradtmueller, of the USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Education will perform the national anthem and USF alma mater.

Award recipients include:

• Golden Bull Service and Outstanding Leadership Award: Kaleigh Lundy, USFSM College of Education, Elementary Education.

• Outstanding Graduate Award: Christopher Davis, College of Arts and Sciences, psychology.

• Paul Searles Webecke Award: Ryan Stulman, College of Business.

• Spring 2014 Outstanding Professor: Ernest Scott, College of Arts and Sciences.

ShotSpotter tech talk Wednesday at City Hall

BRADENTON -- Phil Dailly, regional director of SST Inc. of Newark, Calif. will conduct an in-depth presentation of the gunfire alert and analysis system known as "ShotSpotter" to Bradenton City Council, and community members at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall Council Chambers, 101 Old Main St., Bradenton. 

Dailly will answer questions following the presentation, according to Bradenton Police Chief Michael Radzilowski.

Information: 941-932-9300.

Citizens Academy graduation is Tuesday

SARASOTA -- The second Citizens Academy class will graduate at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Sarasota Police Department, 2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota, in the second floor Community Room.

The 13-week Citizens Academy teaches residents about patrol techniques, emergency response and explosive material teams, SWAT as well as Crisis Negotiation Unit, Dive Team, canine, drug awareness, criminalistics, training, special events, firearms, firearm safety and marine patrol.

The next class in August is accepting applications. Open to all residents of Sarasota age 18 and older.

Information: Call Officer Danny Robbins at 941-954-7056 or apply online atsarasotapd.org

-- Herald staff reports

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