'DaVinci & Michelangelo' theater performance encores July 18-19

June 25, 2014 

'DaVinci & Michelangelo' theater returns July 18-19

BRADENTON -- The "Discover DaVinci & Michelangelo: Side by Side" original theater performance returns to the Manatee Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. July 18-19.

Mark Rodgers, creator and host of the multi-media performance, is also the curator of the "DaVinci Machines and Michelangelo" exhibitions from the permanent Museum of Leonardo DaVinci in Florence, Italy, now on display at the Bradenton Auditorium.

Rodgers developed the idea to compare and contrast the two geniuses while curating the "DaVinci and Michelangelo" exhibition in Denver.

"We have a special place in our heart for the Manatee Performing Arts Center, Janene Withham the executive director and Susan Romine, development director," said Rodgers.

The Manatee PAC was the first venue for "Discover DaVinci & Michelangelo: Side by Side," which led to a performance at the Van Wezel in Sarasota and area national tour beginning in August.

This is the last chance to see the original theater performance before it leaves Bradenton on July 27.

Reserved seats cost between $34 and $39 and can be purchased at the Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, or by calling 941-748-5875 or online at manateeplayers.com.

Information: discovermichelangelo.com or go to manateeplayers.com.

Deputy Young honored by Manatee County in June

MANATEE -- Deputy Phillip Young was named Deputy of the Month for June by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Young was traveling June 6 on Interstate 75 near Riverview when he came upon a vehicle moving erratically. He watched to determine whether the driver was under the influence of suffering a medical crisis.

Young called 911 to report the situation and remained in visual contact to keep 911 informed. He followed the vehicle to Lakeland before 911 could get law enforcement in the area.

Young turned on his flashers so Hillsborough Sheriff's Office could stop the vehicle and was later informed the driver was intoxicated.

"He could have ignored the situation and continued on his way home, but chose to act beyond expectations for the benefit of public safety," said Sheriff Brad Steube in a press release.

Sheriff's Office names O'Toole top employee

MANATEE -- Denis O'Toole has been named Employee of the Month for June by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

O'Toole was assigned acting shop foreman at fleet maintenance for three weeks and assumed all roles, responsibilities and completed all tasks. Under his supervision, in addition to routine operations, the fleet maintenance staff completed assembly of two new vehicles and prepared five vehicles for auction.

O'Toole also assisted in the 2014-15 budget submission by gathering information on shop equipment needs.

"Denis demonstrated a determined approach and did not allow the overwhelming workload to distract from the mission," said Sheriff Brad Steube.

Gag grouper season opens in Manatee Gulf on July 1

MANATEE -- Gag grouper will open for recreational harvest in most Gulf of Mexico state waters and all Gulf federal waters July 1, according to the Fish and Wildlife Commission.

The season will close in state waters off the coast of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties the same day. The FWC manages marine fish from the shore to 9 nautical miles in the Gulf of Mexico.

The gag grouper recreational harvest season in Gulf of Mexico state waters, not including Franklin, Jefferson, Wakulla and Taylor counties, will close Dec. 4.

State waters off Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties were open from April 1 through June 30.

In state and federal Gulf waters, the gag grouper recreational harvest minimum size limit is 22 inches total length and the daily bag limit is two gag grouper per person within the four-fish grouper aggregate limit.

Gag grouper also opens in Gulf federal waters July 1 with the closing date yet to be determined.

-- Herald staff reports

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