Christmas on Bridge Street to be kids' bazaar
ANNA MARIA ISLAND -- Young entrepreneurs will be able to sell their wares at Christmas on Bridge Street next month.
One popular part of the Christmas on Bridge Street event is a Children's Craft and Cookie Bazaar, where area schoolchildren make and sell handmade holiday items, Christmas crafts, gifts and baked goods. The children pay a nominal fee based on their grade level, but get to keep all the money they earn.
Christmas on Bridge Street is set from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 19 in the market lot at 107 Bridge St. in Bradenton Beach. The event transforms the historic street into a Winter Wonderland. Snow, a visit by Santa, live holiday music and special performances, caroling, special sales at the shops, holiday treats including a hot chocolate bar, gift basket silent auction, wreath giveaways, and a lighted boat parade are all part of the event.
Parking is available on Bridge Street, at Bradenton Beach City Hall/Tingley Library, and by the beach just south of Bridge Street. The free island trolley and the Monkey Bus are other transportation options.
For information on having a booth at the event contact coordinator, Cindy Thompson at 941-536-4257 or email@example.com.
Tainted produce in Costco salad is being recalled
SAN FRANCISCO -- Federal officials say a business is recalling a vegetable mix believed to be the source of E.coli in Costco chicken salad linked to an outbreak that has sickened 19 people in seven states.
Taylor Farms Pacific Inc. of Tracy, Calif., has recalled a mix of diced celery and onion used in Costco chicken salad and other foods containing celery "out of an abundance of caution," the Food and Drug Administration said in a statement Thursday.
The foods range from Thai-style salads to packaged dinners and wraps, and they are sold at Costco, Target, Starbucks and many other outlets, the FDA said.
Free community college plans may be template
CHICAGO -- An economic engine. A jumpstart for lower-income students. A partnership with businesses to groom a workforce. The idea of free community college has been touted as all these, by President Barack Obama, Democratic presidential candidates, and some Republicans.
The idea is to curb student debt and boost employment by removing cost barriers. Educators are split on its merits, with some worrying the push could divert students away from four-year schools. And some proposals could cost taxpayers tens of billions of dollars, and may still leave students with debt.
But thousands of high school graduates have just started community college for free, with the first batch enrolled in independent first-year programs in Tennessee, Chicago and soon Oregon. Different prices and philosophies may offer templates of how a federal program might look and potential glitches.
-- Herald staff and wire report