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Top Stories this week: Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006
Trash team cleans up shoreline
A group of students from King Middle School search for trash in the water near the Kingfish Boat Ramp during the International Coastal Cleanup on Oct. 7. As they walk, chaperone Carol Schmidt, of Bradenton, talks with the children about marine life and ecology.Volunteers of all ages turned out for the 21st annual event, held throughout Manatee County and around the world. On the Island, volunteers waded into shallows and scoured beaches, woods and roadsides for trash. They found a variety of garbage - syringes and cigarette butts, tires and wood paneling, even a series of fetal sonogram photos. Keep Manatee Beautiful organized the local cleanup campaign. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Community supports its resource: Officer Lannon
Holmes Beach Police Officer Pete Lannon has been a fixture at Anna Maria Elementary School for the past seven years where he has taught students much more than just Drug Awareness Resistance Education.
The Islander newspaper and the League of Women Voters are pleased to welcome candidates and the public in Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and District 6 of the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners to two candidate forums on Monday, Oct. 23.
Poindexter resigns as Bradenton Beach department head By Paul Roat. Islander Reporter
Dottie Poindexter has resigned her post as Bradenton Beach project-program manager, citing work stress in the position due to long hours. Her resignation was approved "with reluctance" by the city commission, and her last day was Oct. 5.
GSR asks for Villa Rosa 'yard sale' By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
GSR Development is proposing to sell its Villa Rosa properties and lots in Anna Maria to the highest bidder in what could be a desperate attempt to raise quick cash for the financially troubled company.
Insurance: Baptists lose wind coverage By Molly McCartney. Islander Reporter
The Island Baptist Church, which thought it had insurance against hurricane winds through the state's Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, has lost its policy and faces the prospect of spending thousands of dollars for new coverage, if coverage is available.
Just a few weeks after the Holmes Beach Police Department said it no longer has jurisdiction over Kingfish Boat Ramp and the lands just east of Westbay Cove condominiums along Manatee Avenue, three men pulled off an armed robbery at the boat ramp Oct. 2, making off with an undisclosed amount of cash and property.
Top Notch: First weekly winner also 2006 grand prize winner
The grand prize winner from among six weekly award-winning photos in the 2006 "Top Notch" Islander photo contest is 'Hermit' by Kim Klement of Bradenton. Her shot was the first winner on June 28 and was taken at Andros Island in the Bahamas in May. She can claim her grand prize, including $100 from The Islander, a dining certificate from Ooh La La! Bistro, a bottle of champagne from Anna Maria Island Liquor and Wine, dinner for two at a Chiles Group Restaurant and framing of the winning photo by Decor and More. Congratulations to all the winners - and be watching next week for our featured runnersup.
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