Nudi's Neighbors: Group to hold prom for LGBT youth

May 2, 2014 

The area's first Alternative Prom for LGBT youth and their friends will be held next weekend.

All high school students between the ages of 14 and 20 are welcome to attend "A Summer Night" from 6-10 p.m., May 10 at The Out-of-Door Academy, 5950 Deer Drive, in Lakewood Ranch.

The drug- and alcohol-free event is being sponsored by Also Youth, a nonprofit organization providing support to southwest Florida's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth.

Dress is semi-formal -- or whatever makes each attendee comfortable, according to Molly Swift, the organizations program coordinator.

Tickets are $20, and more information is available at

• Bob Bauman will be heading back up north with his wife, Diana, to be closer to his family in Utah now that he's retired from the Manatee County Tax Collector's office.

County Tax Collector Ken Burton Jr. said Bob has been a highly regarded employee since he started in 1998 working in the IT department on the help desk and as a project manager.

Congratulations, Bob and Diana. Come back to visit.

• That wily ol' stork will be making a couple of stops at Pat and Kyle Goneau's Beef 'O' Brady's at 4925 Cortez Road for more than beer and wings this summer.

Waitress Stephanie Montanus is expecting a boy in June, and waitress Amanda Manning is expecting a girl in July.

Cole Ralston and Troy Matthews are the proud dads-to-be, respectively.

• Robert and Pasquina Ricciardo are so proud of their daughter they wanted to announce she was graduating Friday from State College of Florida.

Francesca Ricciardo, 19, will continue her education at The University of South Florida to pursue a

degree in child psychology.

While attending SCF, she also served as the Manatee High School Sugar Canes' JV dance coach.

• Manatee County continues to excel in Olympic sports.

Johnson Middle School International Baccalaureate student Logan Smith came home with a bronze medal last weekend from the Florida Junior Olympic trap shooting championship in Gainesville.

The 13-year-old is a member of the United State Clay Target Academy trap and skeet team in St. Petersburg and will travel to the USA Olympic Training Center in July to compete in the National Junior Olympics.

"She has been training in this sport for 10 months," said Logan's father, Danny. "Not a bad showing for a rookie."

Logan's father and mother, Tiffany, and her grandparents, Paul and Skeeter Smith, are super proud of this third-generation Manatee Countian.

• During the 2014 Giving Challenge from noon Tuesday to noon Wednesday, Manatee County Habitat for Humanity will be raising money to construct a new home for U.S. Marine Corps veteran Joe Dove, his wife, Mary Jane, and their two daughters, Holly Ann and Amanda.

Joe served in Iraq during Desert Storm and on the USS Saipan as part of the peace keeping support for Saudi Arabia.

To give, go to and search for "Manatee Habitat."

Carl Mario Nudi, who retired from the Herald in August 2010 after 44 years in the business, is back with 'Nudi's Neighbors' every Friday. Reach him at

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