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Honeybears Winter Show is Jan. 14-15

Bayshore High’s Honeybears host a Winter Dance Show 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14-15 and, for the first time in the the dance program’s 35 years, some Manatee High Sugar ’Canes will join the Honeybears in a jazz dance.

“How awesome is that!” said Honeybear director Bonnie Condor.

“I can’t wait to see it,” said Sugar ’Cane di- rector Lori O’Leary. “Any time our girls can dance and perform with another team and exchange ideas, that’s what we’re about.”

Lee Middle’s dancers also will perform in the show, which will include ballet, contemporary and hip hop as well as jazz.

Call 751-7004, ext. 2329 for details.

n Say it ain’t so! Bradenton City Councilman and Vice Mayor Harold Byrd Jr. hit the Big 5-0!

Cheers from big sister Clovia Byrd Russell, and mom, former School Board member Ruby Byrd.

n Gulf Shore Animal League could use an assist.

Daisy, an 11-month-old tabby, had been in a foster home, healthy and happy the first few weeks.

Then kitty got sick. Real sick.

A vet’s ultrasound revealed Daisy had swallowed a dime, the metal was breaking down and poisoning her.

Fortunately, the vet was able to remove the dime without surgery.

Daisy is doing fine, but the non-profit GSAL has a $1,500 vet bill.

Want to help?

Donations may be sent to: G.S.A.L., P.O. Box 14291, Bradenton 34280.


n West Bradenton Beef O’ Brady’s Jenna Greco is 23.

n Big ups to Robert Blalock, Larry Coleman, Rice “Chip” Hamilton, Jr., John Harllee, Steve Heintz, John Lakin, Fred Moore and Edwin Mulock.

These Bradenton barristers, chosen for attaining a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, were among the attorneys voted as Florida Super Lawyers by 44,000 of their peers for Florida Super Lawyers magazine.

“I don’t get a cape?” Lakin joked.

n Gladys Willson turned 100 at the Burgundy Condominiums.

n If Scott Eyre’s days as a Philadelphia Phillie are indeed over, this Phillies’ fan is sorry to hear it.

The Lakewood Ranch lefty reliever helped the Phils win the 2008 World Series against the Rays.

Then last season he gutted it out, pitching with a bone chip in his elbow to go 2-1 with a 1.50 ERA in 30 innings and help get the Phils to the 2009 World Series, won by the Yankees.

Eyre, whose signed No. 47 Phillies’ road jersey is framed at Ed’s Tavern at 10719 Rodeo Drive, defined the word “gamer.”

n Jessica Schultz and Troy Langford named Nathan’s new baby sister Addison Joy in Daytona Beach.

Brian and Julia Schultz are the proud grands.

n MHS senior Branden Hollobaugh is 18. Cheers from parents Mike and Vickie.

n Jo Anne Curtan is this month’s featured artist at Artists’ Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

Tonight’s opening reception is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

n Betty Steele, the administrative secretary and real brains at the Bradenton Fire Department, has retired after 27 years.

Battalion Fire Chief Wilburn Newsome has retired after 26 years.

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