Adopted dog breaks away, prompts search

LAKEWOOD RANCH — A small, beige-and-white lasa apso became scared after its adoption from Honor Sanctuary on Saturday evening, broke free and ran off, the agency’s director said.

More than a dozen people on foot and in vehicles searched for the dog, named Oreo, along Market Street and toward University Parkway, Mary Lupi said. She said the dog ran under Interstate 75 headed east.

“The adoptive family is heartbroken,” Lupi said in an e-mail at 6:30 p.m. She said the dog is a 2-year-old female with an near-identical brother that was adopted too.

A reward is being offered by Honor Sanctuary for return of Oreo. Anyone with information may call Lupi at (941) 448-4358.

Check irrigation timers

MANATEE — A regional water district reminded residents to check timers on lawn irrigation system controllers at the start of Daylight Savings Time.

Residents may water only before 8 a.m. and after 6 p.m., and watering during the day risks a user receiving a water-restriction citation, according to the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

Daylight Savings Time began at 2 a.m. today.

Because of dry conditions, the district recently enacted Phase III extreme water restrictions, effectively causing law officers to issue citations only, not warnings.

Ninth Street closing today

BRADENTON — Four blocks of Ninth Street West alongside McKechnie Field will be closed to traffic for six hours today for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Fan Fest.

Fan fun will occupy the street from 13th to 17th avenues west from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bradenton’s Public Works Department said.

Vehicles will be detoured around the activity. For more information, phone the city’s Arlan Cummings at 708-6300.

Flags to grace Fogartyville

BRADENTON — Volunteers working with American Legion Post 317 plan to post flags on the graves of veterans May 23, the post’s chaplain said Friday.

Peter Rifner said the ceremony of flag posting at 9 a.m. the Friday before Memorial Day will be a first at Fogartyville Cemetery in the 4200 block of Third Avenue NW. The chaplain and others currently are surveying the cemetery to find the veterans’ graves.

He said the flags will be placed by volunteers from area schools’ ROTC departments and members of other organizations. Rifner can be phoned at 713-1122.

Celebrating global Shabbat

BRADENTON — Congregation Ner Tamid will once again participate in Shabbat Across America, an international celebration of Shabbat, at 6 p.m. Friday, March 20, at the Lakeside South Clubhouse, 3817 40th Ave. W.

A pot roast dinner will be served. Bring your Shabbat candlesticks for a communal lighting. Cost is $10 for members, $13.50 for non-members, and $8.50 for children 12 and younger. RSVP by March 13, to 755-1231.

Riverview Blvd. closing Tuesday

BRADENTON — Replacing a FPL pole during the day Tuesday will close four blocks of Riverview Boulevard, the city of Bradenton said.

The work is to take place near the intersection of Riverview and 32nd Street West, and roadblocks on Riverview will be set up at 30th and 34th streets west.

A detour will be marked for traffic from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, phone FPL’s Pam Shoosmith at 723-4447.

Auburn, Baylor water off

MANATEE — Work on water pipes will necessitate customers of Manatee County utilities on Auburn Avenue and Baylor Place to lose water Wednesday morning, the county said.

The affected customers on Auburn and Baylor are between Bowdoin Place, Pratt Street and Georgia Avenue, according to Manatee County Utilities Maintenance Department.

The water will be shut off from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

— Herald staff reports