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Jackpots plus new Cadillac ‘a good night’

If you happen to hear Popi and Manny Ameres say they’re thinking about going up to Seminole Hard Rock and playing a little anytime soon, ask politely if you can join them.

The family restaurant matriarch has got the luck o’ the Irish.

When they went Tuesday, Popi hit the jackpot a few times on the slots, but that’s not the best part.

Hers was the lucky name drawn for a new Cadillac.

“I had a good night,” Popi said.

n Oh, no! Jen Marks hits the Big 4-0 at Scissors on March 10.

n PHS senior Erin Lisch is a legislative messenger for State Rep. Bill Galvano in Tallahassee this week.

Classmates Andrea Lewtag, Nicole Liles, Taylor Uselton and Will Leevens will do the honors later in the legislative session.

n Larissa Wright is 21 and Mark Whitley is 20. Cheers from Dan and Debra.

n When Jodie Simpson and Joey Kerns say “I do” Saturday, the happiest guy will be her old man.

“Two daughters down, one to go,” Jim Simpson joked.

n Bradenton Insurance’s Dave Grantham is 54.

Cheers from wife Carol and children DJ, Steven, Michelle and Chrissy.

n I had fun reading “Cat In The Hat” to teacher Emily Chapin-Clarke’s amused first-graders at Moody Elementary for Read Across Manatee on Tuesday.

They were Mahalia Andreo-Ashley, Angel Carino, Leeah Cort, Audjen’nae Crowle, Isaiah Depina, America Garcia, Christopher Heredia, A’nieja Jefferson, Jayden Levering, Tatiana Lopez, Jiell Loreus, Elizabeth Nunez, Luis Olvera, Christopher Peterson, Jesus Rico-Gomez, Faith Smith, Joe Trejo, Kamron Ubry and Rosie Valladares.

n Bob and Sophie Boyle are wed 50 years.

n Manatee County Audubon Society offers two $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors planning to study an environmentally related science geared toward the protection of birds, wildlife and environment as a career.

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Submit them by April 1 to Manatee County Audubon Society, Box 14550, Bradenton, FL 34280-4550.

n Danielle Cacchiotti Taylor, an RN at Manatee Memorial and Coastal Orthopedics, is 24.

Cheers from parents Danny and Darlene, husband Ryan, and siblings Danny and Deanna.

n The MHS choral group performs this month at Carnegie Hall and is holding a fundraiser Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church. Call choral director Thomas Jomisko at 714-7300, ext. 2184.

n Don Allen Sr. is 102.

Cheers from Paul and Arma Jo Allen, Don Jr. and Nadine Allen.

The Council Bluffs, Iowa, resident just got a two-year extension for his Iowa driver’s license.

n Southeast alum Rob Schaer, an L.A. musician for a few years now, will play trumpet in the Oscars orchestra Sunday night.

“I’m still waiting for my ticket!” kidded dad Bob Schaer, the LRHS band director.

n Mary Randall is 46 Monday.

Cheers from husband Gregory, daughters Tamika, Taccara and Lashawnna, and grands Nijah, Jatorrion, Andrew and Kadian. Makayla, too.

n Bradenton’s Michael Chadsey was among Peace Corps volunteers who greeted Assistant Secretary of State Johnnie Carson in the West African country of Benin on Feb. 6.

n The Bradenton Yacht Club’s Ninth annual Great Mates Community Outreach Charity Fundraiser is 6 p.m. Saturday.

The Great Mates (BYC’s women) have raised $300,000-plus for selected charities, and this year’s beneficiary is Family Promise of Manatee County.

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