Allie Connelly hugs her mom Holly before she begins her first day of kindergarten in teacher Maureen Loveland's class at Anna Maria Elementary School, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Islander Photos: Joanie Mills
Maya and Lauren Sapienza arrive to the AME campus Monday morning for the first day of the new school year.
AME kindergarten teacher Maureen Loveland leads her students to their room after an orientation in the school auditorium Monday.
AME opens for 2007-08 term Islander report
Anna Maria Elementary School and other Manatee County School District students headed for the classrooms Monday to begin the 2007-08 term.
Island property values up and down By Rick Catlin, Islander Reporter
Owners of non-homesteaded property on Anna Maria Island were either pleasantly surprised or flaming mad when they received their Manatee County Truth in Millage notice last week from property appraiser Charles Hackney.
A long-standing policy by the city of Bradenton Beach of placing 'clean' concrete and other material along the shore to avert erosion at Herb Dolan North Park has been halted. The city's public works director, Tom Woodard, said his crews dropped off some material recently, but further placement was stopped by city officials, who approved an environmental approach through the planting of marsh grasses fronting the park, off 25th Street on Anna Maria Sound. The grass planting effort will take place Sept. 15, and volunteers who would like to aid the effort should call 941-778-4619 for further information. Islander Photo: Paul Roat
For FISH: One down, two to go for Preserve By Paul Roat
FISH folks are a happy bunch in the wake of last week’s notice that a parcel of land within the preserve is being donated to the not-for-profit group.
Palma Sola group to seek bids on landscaping By Lisa Neff. Islander Reporter
A major beautification project for the Palma Sola Scenic Highway may soon be put out for bids, according to members of the group charged with protecting, enhancing and promoting the corridor linking the mainland to Anna Maria Island, Perico Island and Flamingo Cay.
Red tide report: much work done, more needed By Paul Roat
A comprehensive study of red tide that details the environmental, scientific, economic and social impacts of the water-borne problem has been released by Mote Marine Laboratory’s fledgling Marine Policy Institute.
Airborne sneaks just a prank, police say By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Motorists traveling along Gulf Drive last week who happened to glance up might have been surprised to see pairs of sneakers wrapped around electrical lines crossing over the road in a number of locations.
Tom Thomas of Holmes Beach won the grand prize in The Islander's annual Top Notch contest for this photo of a 2 1/2-year-old Labrador retriever named Taylor greeting a blue crab on a sandbar near Longboat Pass Bridge. Thomas won $100 from the newspaper, plus a bevy of gifts from Islander advertisers, including Cafe on the Beach, Creations by L, The Sea Hagg, Subway and Walgreens. Five other photographers were weekly winners in the Top Notch contest - Robert L. Brown, Kim Klement, John Barker, Lori Kee and Mary Anne Keenan. The weekly winners received Islander "more-than-a-mullet wrapper" T-shirts and page 1 placement of their photos.
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