It's been really nice hearing from so many people about my new column.
So far it has been a lot of fun talking and e-mailing with everyone.
Many of you have sent me your tips and tidbits, and I'm going to try to get them all in.
The old keeper of this column, Vin Mannix, sent me this one:A big thanks to Matt Bloome, Richard Ferrell, Rudy Guerrero, Juan Madrid, Odilon Madrid, Jason Matthews, Norberto Mercado and Jeff Scott.
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The eight-man team, representing different city of Palmetto departments, such as, utilities, DPW, and parks, worked the garbage detail at the DeSoto Seafood Festival last weekend.
Their yeoman's work, moving 13 tons of trash from 70 bins over the three-day bash, and friendliness helped make the event's first appearance in Palmetto enjoyable and memorable, according to Mayor Shirley Groover Bryant.
Barbara and Robert Gustafson will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary on April 24.
"All the kids are taking us out somewhere for a major blowout, but they won't tell us where," Robert said.
The couple, who moved to Manatee County 40 years ago from Illinois, have five children, 12 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Many will remember Robert from the Sears Auto Service Center, where he started as the manager when it first opened in 1973.
Another local couple, Suzanne and Jerry Reek, report they will be married 58 years on Monday.
Jerry said they will be celebrating the milestone day riding his Harley.
Anna Maria residents Tom Skoloda and his wife, Alice Newlon, will give a talk on the European bike trip they took last year.
The couple traveled from Sept. 6-20 and covered a little over 350 miles between Berlin to Prague.
"It was a Road Scholar trip and was aimed at education about the region and it's history," Tom said.
The presentation will focus on history, the changes in Germany and Eastern Europe after the Berlin Wall came down, information on Dresden, Prague, and the Nazi concentration camp at Terezin, and other interesting aspects of the trip.
The presentation will be from 2-3:30 p.m., Wednesday at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Katie and Jeremy Bertolino named their first bundle of love Brock Paul. That wily ol' stork delivered him last Sunday.
The proud grandparents are Terry and Craig Wells, Craig Gilbert and Cheryl and Paul Bertolino.
Bradenton police Detective John Morningstar has been named the 2013-14 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year by the Bradenton Elks Lodge #1511.
Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore reports that her husband, Dr. Andre Renard, has retired from his plastic surgery practice after 44 years.
Dr. Renard owned Parkway Plastic Surgery on University Parkway and practiced in Manatee County for 22 years.
Carol said her husband "applied and was approved for his first professional art show two years ago at the New York ArtExpo in NYC. He has been working daily in his art studio and has finished a large 4x6 oil painting."
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., announced this week that former NBA referee crew chief Bob Delaney, a Lakewood Ranch resident, has been named one of two recipients of the 2014 Mannie Jackson -- Basketball's Human Spirit Award.
Robert L. Johnson, the first African American owner of an NBA team, the Charlotte Bobcats, was the other winner.
The hall of fame officials recognized Delaney for his work educating and raising awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
According to Florida Maritime Museum supervisor Amara Nash, the museum is gearing up for its inaugural Sweet and Salty fundraiser from 2-5 p.m., Saturday, at the museum, 4415 119th St. W., in our historic fishing village of Cortez,
There will be live music by Bill Vinhage, a sundae bar featuring Tyler's Ice Cream, artsy photo booth, unlimited popcorn, nautical twister and lots of other fun activities for everyone.
This unique and local gem of a museum located in a 1912 historic schoolhouse is worthy of support.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for kids. Reduced rates for museum members are $20 for adults and $12 for kids. All ticket prices include a gift bag.
For more information, call 941-708-6120.
Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee marketing manager Jill McGarry reports that the 21st Annual Tropical Nights celebration to benefit the organization will be held from 6-11 p.m., Saturday, at Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W.
The "Vegas Lights" theme will feature elaborate food displays, specialty drinks, live entertainment, casino-style games, interactive photo shoots, silent auction and raffles. New this year is a "Chill Lounge" tribute to the posh Las Vegas nightclub scene.
All proceeds go to the programs of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee, including The Food Bank of Manatee.
Individual tickets are $150 per person ($100 is tax-deductible) and may be purchased by visiting www.mealsonwheelsplus.org or by calling 941-747-4655.
Bealls Department Stores reported 737 individuals have made $2 donations at its cash registers in support of Manasota Operation Troop Support, totaling $1,474 as of last Friday.
The retail chain fundraising effort was in partnership with Realize Bradenton's Legacy of Valor Campaign.
Johnette Isham, executive director of Realize Bradenton, said the donations will be presented at the city-booster organization's Stories of Valor event, a USO-style show, from 6-8 p.m., Saturday, at McKechnie Field.
Carl Mario Nudi, who retired from the Herald in August 2010 after 44 years in the business, is back with 'Nudi's Neighbors' every Friday. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.