Brodsky to discuss exploitation of the elderly
BRADENTON -- Manatee Forum guest speakers State Attorney Ed Brodsky and Assistant State Attorney Lisa Chittaro will discuss scams, exploitation aand other white-collar crimes at a meeting beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Renaissance on 9th, 1816 9th St. W. Dinner costs $22.
White Collar/Exploitation of the Elderly, a specialized unit of prosecutors within the Circuit Court Felony Division, is responsible for the prosecution of financial crimes, including embezzlement, grand theft, schemes to defraud and exploiting the elderly, disabled or vulnerable.
2 'The Stained Glass Heart' book signings set
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LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Maureen Ann Flaherty, Lakewood Ranch resident and author, has scheduled book signings for "The Stained Glass Heart":
2:30-5:30 p.m. Friday at Crowder's Gifts & Gadgets, 2401 Lakewood Ranch Blvd.
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, at Barnes & Noble, 4010 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
"The Stained Glass Heart" is a dreamscape quest of how God can rebuild your world when the sky falls down.
The book is also available online at Amazon, Kindle and all major booksellers.
A corresponding six-hour retreat or book club activity guide, meant for creating fellowship and providing a source for rebuilding and renewing the readers, is offered free at the book signings and on the publisher's website at CooperandRogers.com.
USF S-M students give back for 'Service Saturday'
SARASOTA -- University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee, students got a lesson in community service by volunteering at a food bank and a shelter.
The group met at the campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, about 9 a.m. Saturday to catch rides to Family Promise Sarasota and the Sarasota-based All Faiths Food Bank as part of "Service Saturday."
"This is our chance to give back to the community," Campus Activities Board President Katerina Pluhacek said. "We love our community. It was definitely worth it."
Students stocked shelves and filled boxes at the food bank while at Family Promise another 10 rolled up their sleeves to dust, sweep and scrub the shelter, which houses up to three families at a time for 90 days each. The group also organized a 16-passenger bus used by Family Promise and a storage shed crammed with donations.
Service Saturday launched last month with about 20 students but has since risen to 33 students.
"Service Saturday is one the first major outreach initiatives that we've undertaken this year," said Kati Hinds, coordinator of Student Organizations & Leadership. "I think people see that we have the resources to help the community and the students see this as an opportunity to give back. I'm just really proud of our student involvement in this."
-- Herald staff reports