Sen. Galvano steps up for Manatee Forum event
BRADENTON -- The Manatee Forum announced a change in program Monday with state Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, speaking on behalf of Gov. Rick Scott at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Pier 22, according to a release signed by Stephanie DeSear, Manatee Forum president.
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Bradenton police names top female cop of the week
BRADENTON -- Officer Elizabeth VanFossen, a Florida native and graduate of Manatee County schools, has been named Female Officer of the Week by the Bradenton Police Department.
She received her associate of arts degree in 2007 from Manatee Community College. In January 2008 she attended the Manatee Technical Institute Law Enforcement Academy where she received her law enforcement certification.
In 2009, VanFossen was hired by the Bradenton Police Department as a police officer.
She has participated in the Florida Police and Fire Games in mounted police, equestrian dressage, and team competitions. She has earned numerous gold, silver, and bronze medals and plaques.
Non-scary Halloween set Friday at Tabernacle Church
SARASOTA -- The Tabernacle Church, 4141 DeSoto Road, Sarasota, is offering a free, non-scary family alternative to Halloween from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday called Night of Light. Night of Light is a fun event with something for every member of the family with a fall farm theme.
There will be a petting zoo, pony rides, archery, hayrides, inflatable bounce houses, basket ball hoops, inflatable obstacle course, games, mechanical bull, rock climbing wall, crafts and sweet treats.
Vendors will include Chick-fil-A, Taco Truck, Tropical Sno-cones and barbecue.
The Outreach Ministry will provide free groceries and clothing for those in need.
Information: Call 941-355-8858 or go to thetabsarasota.org.
-- Herald staff reports