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Manatee Spotlight September 16, 2012
Cars: A Standard Flower Show
What do flowers and cars have in common? The Manatee River Garden Club will be hosting a Standard Flower Show with the theme this year of CARS. Beginning on Friday, October 19 from 1 – 4 p.m. beautiful floral designs, horticulture entries and special exhibits can be viewed at 3120 First Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34280. As an extra treat, MRGC will host a car show on Saturday, October 20 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. After you have viewed the “petals” inside the clubhouse, come view the car “pedals” outside.
Violets and Volkswagens
Daisies and Dodges
Ferns and Fords
Junipers and Jaquars
Forty eight floral designs will compete in 12 classes for the National Garden Club top awards:
- Designer’s Choice Award: best design using any kind of plant material
- Tricolor Award: best design using all fresh plant material
- Petite Award: best miniature or small design
- Table Artistry Award: best table design
- Design Excellence Award: highest scoring exhibit in entire design division
One of the Design sections is devoted to the iconic Chevrolet Corvette and will feature class titles Chrome & Fins, Speed, and Go for the Gold.
In the horticulture division, the 7 competitive sections include succulents, cacti, bromeliads, container grown foliage and flowering plants, ferns, orchids, and cut branches from shrubs. Three classes for combination plantings are also included, for which garden club members have been challenged to create a planter using a car part.
Special exhibits will compete in the following categories:
- Educational – several will deal with our Florida Wild Flower License Plate Program and the Blue Star Memorial Markers
Artistic – featuring specialty license plates and wheel covers decorated with plant materials
- Youth horticulture – entries from Williams Elementary School and Palmetto High School
Vote for your favorite classic car outside while listening to music from the 50’s and 60’s. A small lunch is available for sale on Saturday. This show is open to the public free of charge – just come and cruise Florida plants and cars at your leisure. For more information call Parke Finold at (941) 794-6402.
Cathleen McCabe MD Honored by American Academy of Ophthalmology
Cathleen McCabe MD, of The Eye Associates has just been honored with the Lifelong Education for the Ophthalmologist (LEO) Continuing Education Recognition Award by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The LEO Award is presented in recognition of her outstanding participation in the Academy’s education programs and publications. Only Academy members who have earned at least 150 credits in Academy-designated programs within a three-year period are eligible for the prestigious LEO award. In addition, Dr. McCabe’s ongoing commitment to continuing education in her medical field of specialty earned her the Physician’s Recognition Award (PRA), presented by the American Medical Association.
Dr. McCabe is passionate about the lifelong pursuit of education, and sharing her knowledge with others. “As a physician, part of my commitment to providing excellent care for my patients is to continually strive to stay abreast of the more current information, surgical techniques and innovative methods of diagnosis and treatment so that I can utilize this information to provide the highest level of care,” she comments.
As one of the foremost eye surgeons practicing today, Dr. McCabe is the recipient of numerous other national awards. A leading innovator in the field of premium IOL surgery, Dr. McCabe was named on the Premier Surgeon 250 (PS250) List, which recognizes the most outstanding surgeons in the United States. She was also named a LASERVISION Top 100 Surgeon for her vast experience and excellent outcomes in LASIK and refractive surgery. Her accomplishments have resulted in Dr. McCabe being honored with other prestigious awards, such as the American Cancer Society Fellowship Award, the Armand J. Quick Award in Biochemistry, the Hiram Benjamin Award in Anatomy, and the Frankow Award for Outstanding Scholarship.
After receiving her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. McCabe completed her internship with Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She went on to residency training at one of the world’s most prestigious ophthalmology programs, the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, at the University of Miami School of Medicine.
Help Cat Depot Raise $10,000 In Six Days By Casting A Vote with Chase Community Giving
Anyone who has a Facebook page, or banks with Chase Bank, can vote for Cat Depot and help the nonprofit organization win $10,000. “We are committed to saving lives and that takes funding,” said Shelley Thayer, executive director for Cat Depot, a no-kill, free-roaming rescue and adoption center in Sarasota, FL. “We are asking everyone to please open their heart and help the homeless cats in our community. It is so easy to vote, and it can literally save a life. We only have a few days, but in the spirit of helping the homeless, I know we can win with the community’s support.”
To vote, go to www.catdepot.org. The deadline to vote is September 19, 2012.
Through the use of social media networks, the Chase Community Giving program has already directed more than $20 million dollars toward charities nationwide, putting the power to bring positive change across the nation into the hands of those who need it most. Due to enthusiasm, the program is being continued this year, giving hundreds of additional charities, including Cat Depot the opportunity to win grants to further their mission.
The current Chase Community Giving program is designed to benefit smaller local 501(c)3 charities with operating budgets under $10 million. The top eligible charity receives $250,000 and the remaining 195 top charities earn awards from $10,000 to $100,000, for a total of $5 million dollars in grants.
Open seven days a week, Cat Depot helps homeless animals. Hours are Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Handicap accessible. Cat Depot is located at 2542 17th Street, Sarasota, Fla. 34234. For more information, go to www.catdepot.org, or call 941.366.2404.
Chamber Delegation Returns from Nation's Capital
The Manatee Chamber of Commerce returned Thursday from a two day mission, meeting with Congressional leaders and politicos on important business and community issues. They heard presentations from staff with the U. S. Chamber of Commerce, Georgetown Assistant Professor of Government (who has worked on U.S. defense policy and strategy in the Middle East - on 9/11) and U.S. Congressmen John Mica, Vern Buchanan and U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, to name a few.
“Our trip was an enlightened success,” stated Public Policy & Small Business Vice President for the Chamber, Neil Spirtas. He continued, “Anytime business people devote a large chunk of time out of their busy work week to spend in our Nation’s Capitol - for the betterment of our community, it makes for a huge impact on our elected leaders.”
Chamber officials carried the message to D.C. and were able to talk one on one on the need to restore and secure federal share funding in the fall of 2014 for 4.9 miles of beaches. Chamber Chairman John Horne explained, “Our beaches are an economic engine that have been vital to Manatee County’s economic recovery and maintaining them is of critical importance.” Immediate Past Chairman of the Chamber’s Board, Jim Vett agreed, “There was no divergence of opinion from any one we met with on beach renourishment continuing to lead our local as well as Florida’s economy.” He shared that Florida has the most beaches in the country. Chamber President Robert Bartz made the case for a new formula to reimburse our physicians on Medicare reimbursements and the shortage on Medical Residency slots funded for Florida. Bartz added that these two issues are an impediment to us in attracting new physicians to our community.
Our only regret Chairman Horne expressed is “we just missed seeing Arnold Palmer and his receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor”.
The Chamber had dialogue with Congressional leaders including Senator Marco Rubio’s Legislative Assistant Scott Parkinson and Anne Warhola, Senior Tax Policy Counsel for the U. S. Chamber and others about the “fiscal cliff’ which will allow Congress in the lame duck session, only a few weeks after the November elections, to avert America’s impending fiscal cliff. With a sputtering U.S. economy, now is clearly not the time to play with another recessionary time bomb. Unless lawmakers agree to tackle comprehensive tax reform, another recession is quite possible, stated Spirtas, who mentioned the Manatee Chamber has signed onto to a letter along with nearly 300 organizations nationwide expressing concern to members of Congress and the President.
Other issues on the Chamber’s Agenda included the pending January 2013 implementation of a 2.3% excise tax on medical device manufacturers which will hurt our local, regional and statewide economic development effort with this growing sector (Florida is second in the number of medical device manufacturing companies which employ over 20,000 people) and the passage a few months ago of the “ Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” – MAP–21 and its impacts on Manatee County’s transportation system.
Manatee County Animal Services offers Many Mini Cats throughout September
Manatee County Animal Services has many mini cats. We have many mini tigers, many mini lions, many mini panthers, and many mini cheetahs to choose from. All cats will receive a health certificate, all current vaccinations, be spayed or neutered, and micro-chipped, a $10 license fee is required for all Manatee County residents.
“Come down to Manatee County Animal Services where we have “Many Mini” cats who are looking for their new homes.” said Animal Services Chief Kris Weiskopf. “Help us reach our goal of a No Kill community by adopting today.”
This adoption special is another step in the County’s plan to become a no-kill community. Please help up save lives today!
The special is available in Bradenton, 1002 B., Manatee Ave. W., (open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Preview available animals by visiting www.mymanatee.org/pets
For more information, call (941) 742-5824
Holiday Inn-Airport Ranks High
Out of 4500 hotels in the Intercontinental Group, the local Holiday Inn-Airport (www.hisrq.com) has won honors for service to guests.
The rating was achieved in Intercontinental's Overall Service rankings, which regularly survey a random sample of guests and rank the group's hotels, said Marshall Williamson, Guest Services Manager. In the most recent rankings, the hotel was among the top quarter of all the chain's hotels.
The hotel has been called "America's most spectacular Holiday Inn," as a result of an investment of $7 million more than in the usual hotel its size. There's a six-story atrium inside, ringed by rooms all the way up, and an indoor swimming pool - and both are the area's only ones. Also unique are kids' private bedrooms in some suites, with bunk beds.
Manatee District Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
Two seniors in Manatee County’s public high schools have been named semifinalists in the academically prestigious 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,300 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.
The 2013 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists from the Manatee District are:
- Braden River High: Taylor L. Myers
- Southeast High: Mackenzie A. Yaryura
Students qualify for the National Merit Scholarship program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) during their junior year of high school. During the 2011 - 2012 school year, about 1.5 million high school juniors in more than 22,000 high schools took the PSAT/NMSQT, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Approximately 16,000 students achieved semifinalist status this year; which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors.
To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and their high school must submit a detailed scholarship application in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, and honors and awards received. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn sat scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. Those finalists will have the opportunity to compete for some 8,400 National Merit Scholarships, which will be offered next spring.
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