September 23, 2020

HOW TO BABYPROOF YOUR HOME – 6 WAYS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED

WORDS: Infant CPR So you have a little crawler and it’s time to babyproof your home. You clip your cabinets, remove the choking hazards, and plug […]
September 14, 2020

TIPS FOR PARENTS JUGGLING REMOTE WORK AND REMOTE LEARNING

WORDS: Kristin Louis When you work from home, it’s almost impossible to keep your career and family life from bleeding into one another. Separating work and […]
August 25, 2020

A STAR IN THE MAKING!

WORDS: Kara Chalmers PICTURES: Whitney Patton In the span of one hour, I watched Allie McLaughlin, 10, laugh, cry, speak with a convincing British accent and […]
August 25, 2020

A QUEST TO END POVERTY….

Peg Delegato and her gift of giving Words: Amy Bell Picture: Whitney Patton For most of her life, Margaret (Peg) Delegato has been on a quest […]
August 25, 2020

THE UNTOLD FIRST RESPONDERS…

How Manatee County childcare providers stayed open during COVID-19 crisis WORDS: Bre Jones Mulock PICTURES: Whitney Patton Like a luminary shooting warm light through a grey […]
August 25, 2020

ELC RESPONDS TO COVID-19…

WORDS: Katelyn Disbro At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County (ELC) wanted to do everything they could to support […]
August 25, 2020

THE WORLD IS THEIR OYSTER…

WORDS: Kara Chalmers PICTURES: Whitney Patton Anna Maria Oyster Bar Landside has been one of Bradenton’s most beloved restaurants for more than two decades — quite […]
August 6, 2020

THRIFTY SHOPPING SOLUTIONS FOR BUYING KIDS’ SCHOOL SUPPLIES

WORDS: Kris Louis — Parentingwithkris.com Now that COVID-19 restrictions have lifted, schools are slowly gearing up for the start of the new year. Of course, you’ll need […]
July 27, 2020

ADDING TO THE FLEET!

ELC introduces a new classroom on wheels… WORDS: Katelyn Disbro PICTURES: Whitney Patton The Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County (ELC) recently rolled out; pun intended, […]
April 13, 2020

GUESS WHAT WE JUST BUILT?

The amazing story behind a community pulling together to create all-inclusive playgrounds… WORDS: Bre Jones Mulock PICTURES: Whitney Patton Nancy Griffith pulled up to the G.T. […]
April 13, 2020

WATCHING OVER MANATEE…

The amazing Marge Vita has spent a lifetime of giving back WORDS: Amy Bell MAIN PICTURE: Whitney Patton For Marge Vita, volunteering is a way of […]
April 13, 2020

THE CONQUISTADORABLES!

On a Journey to Queens Court, Society Members, and Beyond… WORDS: Katelyn Disbro PICTURES: Kyle Baker KIDS around the County are longing to get back out […]
April 13, 2020

25 YEARS OF SMART SYSTEMS

Bruce Bottorff celebrates PPT Florida’s anniversary… WORDS: Amy Bell PICTURES: Whitney Patton Based in Tampa, Production and Process Technologies (PPT) is a full-service design/build contractor that […]
April 13, 2020

THE GIRLS OF THE RYHERD CATTLE COMPANY…

WORDS: Kara Chalmers PICTURES: Whitney Patton In September, Caitlyn Ryherd, 14, watched one of her cows give birth to a calf, a boy, whom she named […]
April 13, 2020

100 YEARS YOUNG!

League of Women Voters Celebrate Landmark Anniversary… The birthday party glowed with many women and men in white or purple “Votes for Women” sashes. Fancy hats […]
March 12, 2020

HOW YOUR FAMILY CAN WIN THE WAR AGAINST NATURE-DEFICIT DISORDER

Playing in the great outdoors is something kids are doing less and less of these days, and it seems their well-being is suffering as a result. […]
March 2, 2020

PARENTAL CONTROLS: KEEPING YOUR CHILDREN SAFE WHEN WATCHING TV

While you may or may not disagree about whether television has taken things too far in recent years given the slow erosion of content restrictions, you […]
February 13, 2020

ENGAGING OUR COMMUNITY ONE CHILD AT A TIME…

WORDS & PICTURES: Jessica Schubick The Community Engagement team at the Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County (ELC) is a newly-formed branch of the Child Development […]
February 13, 2020

ASHLEY THE ARTIST

WORDS: Kara Chalmers PICTURES: Whitney Patton When Ashley Santana-Morales was only eight, her art teacher knew she had a gift. “She was very artistic,” said Alex […]
February 13, 2020

SCF’S FIRST GENTLEMAN

LIKE HIS WIFE, BILL MURPHY IS ON A MISSION TO ENHANCE EDUCATION IN MANATEE COUNTY WORDS: Amy Bell PICTURES: Whitney Patton As the husband of State […]
February 12, 2020

A LANDMARK PIER RESTAURANT

WORDS: Kara Chalmers PICTURES: Whitney Patton Greg Campbell was 12 and home – supposedly sick – from school, when he cooked on his own for the […]
February 12, 2020

HAPPY AMONGST HER CUBS…

ANNETTE LARKIN REFLECTS ON DECADES IN CHILD CARE AND HELPING HER COMMUNITY WORDS: Bre Jones Mulock PICTURES: Whitney Patton When life swells uncomfortably out of proportion […]
February 12, 2020

MEET MAVERICK

THE RADIO HOST WITH A BIG HEART WORDS: Amy Bell PICTURES: Whitney Patton As the radio host of 92.1 CTQ’s “Maverick & Lulu in the Morning,” […]
January 8, 2020

A COMPETITIVE EDGE

A COMPETITIVE EDGE… WORDS: Kara ChalmersPICTURES: Whitney Patton When Sophie Potillo dances, she is graceful, precise, and expressive. All things that make her a winner. Sophie, […]
January 8, 2020

THE MOSAIC BACKYARD UNIVERSE AT THE BISHOP – PLAY WITH A PURPOSE

THE MOSAIC BACKYARD UNIVERSE AT THE BISHOP – PLAY WITH A PURPOSE Southwest Florida has a new early learning resource. The Mosaic Backyard Universe at The […]
January 8, 2020

TOP APPS AND TOOLS FOR GETTING ORGANIZED AS A FIRST-TIME PARENT

TOP APPS AND TOOLS FOR GETTING ORGANIZED AS A FIRST-TIME PARENT First-time parents must quickly learn to adjust to a new schedule and daily routine. Luckily, […]
January 8, 2020

THE BEST PAL ANYONE COULD HAVE

THE BEST PAL ANYONE COULD HAVE… WORDS: Bre Jones Mulock PICTURES: Whitney Patton With a towering frame over six-feet tall, Deputy Ralph Bryant exudes a bigger-than-life, […]
January 8, 2020

THE PATH TO PERFECT VISION

THE PATH TO PERFECT VISION… WORDS: Dr. Paige Laudicina, Eye Center, Inc Much like the fact that we are not born with the innate ability to […]
October 8, 2019

ON THE BOOK SHELF

ON THE BOOK SHELF REVIEWS: ANA RODRIGUEZ Amazing Me! Dressing Up! By Carol Thompson (Birth to 3) “Dressing Up!” is one of the books of the […]
October 8, 2019

KEEP RESPONSIBILITY ON YOUR KIDS

KEEP RESPONSIBILITY ON YOUR KIDS! My seven year old child is good at school but bad at home.  What am I doing wrong? (Denise, Bradenton) Erma […]
October 8, 2019

LORD OF THE STRINGS

LORD OF THE STRINGS… WORDS: Kara Chalmers PICTURES: Whitney Patton In summer, the Pops Orchestra in Bradenton runs “Camping with the Pops,” an intensive program that […]
October 7, 2019

THE ART OF RAISING A WELL-ROUNDED CHILD

THE ART OF RAISING A WELL-ROUNDED CHILD… WORDS: Jim Knapp, Triumph Martial Arts The Physical Child As children grow ever bigger and stronger it becomes increasingly […]
October 7, 2019

ALL ABOARD THE DENTAL EXPRESS

ALL ABOARD THE DENTAL EXPRESS! MCR Health bus is providing an amazing service to the community. WORDS: Bre Jones Mulock PICTURES: Whitney Patton With the clock […]
October 7, 2019

PALM VIEW SOARS INTO THE FUTURE

PALM VIEW SOARS INTO THE FUTURE…. WORDS & PICTURES: Jessica Schubick Palm View Elementary began the new school year on an exciting note after receiving excellent […]
August 30, 2019

KIDS IN THE KITCHEN

KIDS IN THE KITCHEN CUCUMBER COOLER INGREDIENTS • 2 granny smith apples • 5 stocks of celery • ⅓ of a cucumber • 5 splashes of […]
August 30, 2019

PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR SUPERSTARS

PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR SUPERSTARS! Transitioning from summer into a new school year can be tough for kids. Establishing a different routine can be difficult, and […]
August 30, 2019

DIVE INTO SUMMER READING SUCCESS

Diving Into Summer Reading Success! WORDS: Jessica Schubick John and Amanda Horne, owners of Anna Maria Oyster Bar, launched the Dive Into Reading program in the […]
August 30, 2019

NO CHILD SHOULD GRIEVE ALONE

No Child Should Grieve Alone… The sights and smells of summer on the Suncoast are in full effect. But for some children and families, bronzing sunshine, […]
August 30, 2019

A VISION FOR ALL OF MANATEE’S CHILDREN

A VISION FOR ALL OF MANATEE’S CHILDREN… WORDS: Bre Jones Mulock PICTURES: Whitney Patton The bustle of Dr. Michael Mackie’s morning had already roared into full […]
August 13, 2019

ON THE BOOK SHELF

ON THE BOOK SHELF REVIEWS: ANA RODRIGUEZ Goodnight Moon By Margaret Wise Brown (Birth to 3) This unique bedtime story takes place Bunny’s room where he […]
August 13, 2019

THE BENEFITS OF READING WITH YOUR CHILD

THE BENEFITS OF READING WITH YOUR CHILD…. WORDS:  Manatee County School Social Workers and Psychologists Many of us have memories of the enjoyment of reading with […]
August 13, 2019

HOW TO BABY-PROOF YOUR HOME

HOW TO BABY-PROOF YOUR HOME… WORDS: www.consumersafety.org Your baby will spend many hours in their nursery, so it’s important to make this space as safe as […]
August 13, 2019

RACING TO THE WORLD STAGE

RACING TO THE WORLD STAGE WORDS & PICTURES: Jessica Schubick Nine local students are heading to the prestigious World Finals of the F1 in Schools competition, […]
July 26, 2019

WORKING FOR THE PEOPLE

WORKING FOR THE PEOPLE… WORDS: Bre Jones Mulock PICTURES: Wendy Dewhurst With hearts fluttering to a drumbeat of exciting new beginnings and every item they owned, […]
July 26, 2019

SETTING THE PACE…

Setting the Pace for a SUCCESSFUL and More CONFIDENT School Year! The new school year will bring many challenges for children as they get used to […]
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 […]