June 4, 2019

BUILDING ON OUR SUCCESS

BUILDING ON OUR SUCCESS…. Words: Cynthia Saunders (Manatee Schools Superintendent) The 2018-2019 school year in Manatee County was one of transition, challenges, and hard work at […]
June 4, 2019

EARLY EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL!

EARLY EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL! WORDS & PICTURES: Jessica Schubick When families have questions or concerns about their child’s development or behavior, they may not know […]
June 4, 2019

KIDS EAT FREE THIS SUMMER!

KIDS EAT FREE THIS SUMMER! WORDS: Jessica Anderson With summer upon us, Manatee County Schools Food and Nutrition Services is again preparing to feed students across […]
June 4, 2019

A REAL TASTE OF EUROPE

A REAL TASTE OF EUROPE WORDS: Kara Chalmers PICTURES: Whitney Patton Château 13 Restaurant & Wine Bar, a hip, new European-style restaurant and wine bar in […]
June 4, 2019

CHILL OUT, NOT TIME OUT!

CHILL OUT, NOT TIME OUT! WORDS: Merab-Michal Favorite Imagine if being sent to the corner, or to time out, was less of a punishment and more […]
June 4, 2019

THE POWER OF CREATION

THE POWER OF CREATION WORDS: Bre Jones Mulock PICTURES: Whitney Patton Bold hues of orange, blue, red, and yellow sweep through McKenzie Ware’s coveted sketchbook, filling […]
May 15, 2019

GET YOUR PREVENTION ON

GET YOUR PREVENTION ON… WORDS: ALISON BERGMANN, M.S., C.P.P. – PROJECT DIRECTOR OF DRUG FREE MANATEE As parents, we talk to our kids about health and […]
May 15, 2019

STRONGER TOGETHER

STRONGER TOGETHER… WRC of Manatee and Sarasota join forces to empower local women. WORDS: Amy Bell PICTURES: Whitney Patton The Women’s Resource Center (WRC) has been […]
May 15, 2019

HUNGRY FOR A CHANGE

HUNGRY FOR CHANGE… Feeding Tampa Bay is changing lives one meal at a time. WORDS: Amy Bell Across the Tampa Bay area, hundreds of thousands of […]
May 15, 2019

THE DEDICATED DOCTOR

THE DEDICATED DOCTOR… How Sharon Otis has helped children and families for over 50 years. WORDS & PICTURES: Jessica Schubick Dr. Sharon Otis has devoted her […]
May 15, 2019

DON’T LET MATH SLIDE THIS SUMMER

DON’T LET MATH SLIDE THIS SUMMER… With summer right around the corner, students are getting ready to ditch books and tests for beaches and travel. Most […]
May 15, 2019

FUTURE FOUNDATIONS…

FUTURE FOUNDATIONS… Manatee County School District get ready to open three new schools. WORDS & PICTURES: Jessica Schubick The Manatee County School District is growing! Jane […]
April 25, 2019

LET LOVE BLOOM THIS MOTHER’S DAY!

LET LOVE BLOOM THIS MOTHER’S DAY! I appreciate handmade presents for Mother’s Day – and I especially love the expression on my kids’ faces as I […]
April 25, 2019

ORANGE GUMMY BEAR POPSICLES

ORANGE GUMMY BEAR POPSICLES https://laurenconrad.com/blog/2014/08/edible-obsession-gummy-bear-popsicles/ INGREDIENTS     Popsicle molds     Popsicle sticks    Orange juice    Gummy bears PREPARATION 1. Drop a few gummy bears into your Popsicle mold. We […]
April 24, 2019

REACH OUT FOR SUPPORT!

REACH OUT FOR SUPPORT! WORDS: Niki Richards When your child struggles meeting developmental milestones, having a support system and a team of highly skilled therapists on […]
April 24, 2019

ON A ROLL…

ON A ROLL… WORDS: Kara Chalmers PICTURES: Whitney Patton As usual, JPAN Sushi & Grill was bustling on a recent weekend night. Couples on dates, groups […]
April 24, 2019

THE WRITING WARRIOR…

THE WRITING WARRIOR… WORDS: Kara Chalmers PICTURES: Whitney Patton E’yannie Gomez loves to write – she always has. In fourth grade at Samoset Elementary School in […]
April 24, 2019

CROSSING THE EXTRA MILE!

CROSSING THE EXTRA MILE! WORDS: Bre Jones Mulock PICTURES: Whitney Patton As the morning school bell threatened to ring at Stewart Elementary recently, Dwayne Riedel peered […]
March 21, 2019

COME SEA WHAT YOU’RE MISSING!

COME SEA WHAT YOU’RE MISSING! MORE THAN 35 YEARS OF FOOD, FUN, AND ENTERTAINMENT…. WORDS: Jessica Schubick Are you ready for the Heintz & Becker DeSoto […]
March 21, 2019

PREVENTING SCHOOL VIOLENCE

Preventing School Violence WORDS: Dr. Kirstina Ordetx When students go to school each day, they are surrounded by experiences, emotions, opinions, and knowledge of current events […]
March 21, 2019

FINDING THE RIGHT FAMILY BLEND…

FINDING THE RIGHT FAMILY BLEND…. WORDS: Lauren Gould When the school year is coming to an end, and it’s time to start planning those summer breaks, […]
March 21, 2019

CHICAGO ROOTS…

CHICAGO ROOTS… WORDS: Kara Chalmers PICTURES: Whitney Patton Joey D’s Chicago Style Eatery & Pizzeria offers exactly what its name claims – which is great news […]
March 21, 2019

BINOCULAR WHAT?

Binocular What? WORDS: Dr. Paige G. Laudicina Kids spend much of their time in school, so I wanted to put out a reminder on the importance […]
March 21, 2019

YOGA CAN MEET THE NEEDS

YOGA CAN MEET THE NEEDS… WORDS: Cheryl Albright Over 251 million families in the United States are caring for someone with special needs or a disability. […]
March 20, 2019

BUCKLE UP FOR SAFETY!

BUCKLE UP FOR SAFETY! WORDS: Kerry Gaylord It can be very confusing these days to figure out what is the safest way for your child to […]