Honoring the Badge spree set
BRADENTON -- Kingdom Life Christian Church and the Bradenton Police Department partner for the seventh annual Honoring the Badge event at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Toys R' Us, 512 Cortez Road W., Bradenton.
Bradenton police officers and employees will accompany children who may not receive gifts this year on a Christmas shopping trip. Participants were chosen by community leaders, church leadership and Bradenton police officers.
Donations allowed purchase of approximately 20 gift cards valued at $25 for the children.
Two 'Puttin' on the Glitz' fundraiser chairs named
LONGBOAT KEY -- Matt and Lisa Walsh of The Observer Group have been named honorary chairs for "Puttin' on the Glitz," the Downton Abbey-themed gala scheduled Jan. 25 at Sarasota Bay Club.
The Aging in Paradise Resource Center also received a $13,000 donation from Arnold Simonsen.
"This donation will be instrumental in providing quality seminars, health and wellness programs, caregiving, group counseling for seniors going through difficult transitions and other age-related support to residents on the keys and the surrounding communities," said Executive Director Donna Dunio.
To donate to the Aging in Paradise Resource Center fundraiser go to aginginparadise.org or call 941-383-6493.
Osprey Bridge work to complicate boat, car travel
SARASOTA -- Crews will begin to inspect the Osprey Bridge over Hudson Bayou on Monday before soliciting bids to hire a new contractor for the Lift Station 87 project.
Crews will survey the area, including the waterway, and conduct geotechnical investigations. The city wants confirmation of the depth of the bridge foundation before finalizing design plans. Crews are expected to be working in the area until mid-February 2015.
Periodic lane closures near the bridge will be necessary, however, traffic will be maintained on Osprey Avenue with a flag person directing vehicles.
A coffer dam also will be temporarily installed in the bayou. The waterway will remain open to boat traffic, however, vertical clearance under the bridge will be temporarily reduced.
Information: Call Steve Topovski, project manager, 941-365-2200, ext. 6221 or go to LiftStation87.com.
-- Herald staff reports