Manatee Players name Spino chairwoman of board

June 24, 2014 

Spino named chairwoman of board by the Players

MANATEE -- The Manatee Players Inc. voted in its 2014-15 Board of Directors was at the annual membership meeting held Thursday at the Manatee Performing Arts Center.

New members elected include Eileen Hoffner and Nina Richardson.

Returning members are Ron Allen, Steve Bayard, Linda Diem, Jeffrey Evans, Randy Hanson, John Hargreaves, Jack Hawkins, Ron Lennon, Jason Lipton, Tom Moseley, Fay Murphy, Patricia Pickelsimer, David Schrott, Arline Spino, Dr. Steve Tinsworth and Pat Whitesel.

Officers include Chairwoman Arline Spino, Vice Chairman Pat Whitesel, Secretary David Schrott and Treasurer Jeffrey Evans. Immediate Past Chairman is Dr. Anthony Pizzo.

Enterprise donates $4,000 to USF Sarasota-Manatee

MANATEE -- Enterprise Holdings Foundation has donated $4,000 to USF Sarasota-Manatee for professional development programs in career services. Enterprise Holdings Foundation has donated $15,000 total to USF Sarasota-Manatee's Career Services since 2007.

Toni Ripo, USFSM Career Services coordinator, said Enterprise Rent-A-Car hires USF Sarasota-Manatee students into management trainee internship and trainee positions.

Laura Scott, talent acquisition specialist at Enterprise Holdings is a 2007 graduate of USF Tampa graduate.

Manatee High senior earns Suncoast scholarship

TAMPA -- Suncoast Credit Union Foundation recognized four freshmen with $88,000 in higher education scholarships Wednesday.

More than 1,039 students throughout southwest Florida applied for the annual scholarship and this year's amount is the highest the Foundation has awarded in a single year. Since 1992, the Foundation has awarded $1 million in higher education scholarships to more than 550 students.

Scholarship recipients include Manatee High School graduate Justice Alvarado who will attend Manatee Technical Institute. Alvarado plans to earn a nursing degree from the State College of Florida after MTI.

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Bay scallop season starts three days early Saturday

MANATEE -- The recreational bay scallop season opens in some Gulf of Mexico state waters (shore to 9 nautical miles) Saturday -- three days earlier than the season was slated to start.

The season will remain open through Sept. 24, with the first day of the closure on Sept. 25.

Gov. Rick Scott asked the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to open the season early.

All size limits and bag limits remain the same. The bag limit is 2 gallons of whole bay scallops or 1 pint of meat per person, per day, with a vessel limit of 10 gallons of whole bay scallops or a half-gallon of meat. Scallops may be collected by hand or with a landing or dip net.

Scallops cannot be taken ashore outside the open area.

There is no commercial harvest for bay scallops in Florida.

-- Herald staff reports

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