Nudi's Neighbors: Manatee High Class of '74 plans fun reunion

May 16, 2014 

The organizing committee for the Manatee High School graduating class of 1974 is trying to reach as many classmates as possible.

They're planning what sounds like a fun 40th class reunion for the weekend of June 27-29.

There's a Bradenton Marauders baseball game scheduled on Friday at McKechnie Field; a reception party Saturday at Renaissance on 9th; and to top off the weekend, meet for lunch at the Shake Pit on Sunday, just like they did after school in 1974.

For information, call Debbie (Williams) Fitzgerald at 941-932-1852 or Cheryl (Longstreet) Marino at 941-685-1583.

• Vicky Duquette, the former director of the MHS Sugar Canes, is so proud of daughter, Kourtney Sperko, and her fellow MHS cheerleaders. They are having a fundraiser during the tailgate party before the MHS spring football game next Friday. They will be selling a platter with a hamburger, baked beans, chips and a drink for $5. But here's where Vicky's smile beams big with pride: After the game, the cheerleading squad will be feeding 300 homeless people at the Salvation Army meals cooked by the staff of 1st Street Cafe. "They just want to give back to the community," Vicky said.

• And we also have proud grandmother Marilyn Trevethan boasting about her granddaughter, Kimberly Schuldt, graduating Thursday from Stetson Law School in Gulfport.

• There will be an "after-the-beach" party at Duffy's Tavern in Holmes Beach to benefit the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Charmian Miller and Debbie Pinkley created "AMI Day Tripper" bumper stickers to promote the island after a parking controversy and committed to donating the proceeds from the sticker sales to the AMI Community Center. "We've sold all our stickers and will be having a celebration party and check presentation (of more than $630) this Sunday from 2-5 at Duffy's Tavern," Charmian said.

• Carol Grantham had an extra nice Mother's Day. Her and husband Dave's son, Steven, a Marine lance corporal, was home on leave. The 27-year-old and 2007 Manatee High School alum will be stationed in Okinawa. Also on hand to celebrate Steven's visit were sisters Michelle, Maddie and Chrissy, brother-in-law Glenn and grands Lloyd and Nancy.

• Oh, no! LuAnn and David Grace have hit the Big 6-0!

• Those are the distant sounds of wedding bells for Myakka City's Krystal Weaver and Brent Laudicina. They'll say "I do" Nov. 11. She's an elementary school teacher in Hillsborough County, and he works for the Manatee County Utilities Department. Krystal's proud par

ents are Karen and Dan. Brent's are Carol and Bruce.

• State College of Florida baseball alum Jonathan Rodriguez was April's Minor League Player of the Month for the St. Louis Cardinals. The 24-year-old infielder, who was drafted in 2009, is playing with the organization's Double-A Texas League ballclub in Springfield, Mo. He hit .346 with nine doubles, four home runs and 17 RBI.

• Eight-year-old Leah James made her First Holy Communion at Church of the Incarnation.

The Witt Elementary School second-grader's proud family includes parents Jen and Jon and sister Brooke.

• Congrats are in order for Rebecca Blitz. She was appointed regional director for the Suncoast Region of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which covers Manatee, Sarasota, DeSoto, Charlotte and Hardy counties. The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

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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