'Piggy races' to aid local charities
BRADENTON -- Local children's charities will benefit from the inaugural "piggy races" from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at Pub 88, 436 Old Main St., in downtown Bradenton.
The public is invited to watch and bet on their favorite decorated, artificial piggy at the Manatee Riverside Rotary Club event. All proceeds go to local charities.
Admission is free with drink specials and cash prizes.
Companies can also sponsor and decorate pigs with their logos.
For more information: 941-448-4128 or 941-962-4686.
Free tickets available for dedication of Patriot Plaza
MANATEE -- The public is invited to attend the June 28 dedication of Patriot Plaza, the 2,800-seat ceremonial amphitheater at Sarasota National Cemetery. Free tickets are required for admission available on first-come, first-served basis at locations throughout Manatee and Sarasota counties.
Patriot Plaza, which includes art to honor veterans and their families, was created through the first public-private partnership between The Patterson Foundation and the National Cemetery Administration.
Manatee County ticket locations and hours:
New Balance, 8204 Tourist Center Drive, Bradenton, 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon- 4 p.m. Sunday.
McKechnie Field, 1611 Ninth St. W, Bradenton, non-game days, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; game days noon until end of game Monday-Friday; and box office opens two hours before game time Saturday and Sunday.
The dedication is set for 10 a.m. June 28 at Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Road 72, Sarasota.
BPD names Sgt. Ramdath top officer for June
BRADENTON -- Sgt. Anthony Ramdath has been named Officer of the Month for June by the Bradenton Police Department.
Just after noon Friday, April 25, while off duty, Ramdath notified BPD Dispatch Center of a missing adult after a neighbor told him her 78-year-old father with dementia had not returned from an outing. Ramdath searched the area on foot, kept the neighbor up to date and calm, and later found the missing man in the neighborhood.
"It's my neighbor. It doesn't matter whether I'm on or off duty, I'm going to help find him," Ramdath said.
He was nominated by Lt. Brian Thiers.
"It is an honor to work with officers such as Sgt. Ramdath, who go above and beyond to help someone in need," Thiers said.
-- Herald staff reports