Yellow Strawberry predicts summer color hair trends

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Spring has sprung and salon goers are looking to SUMMERIZE their hair color for the occasion. Yellow Strawberry, a boutique salon with three locations in Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch, Fla., is recommending some ways to subtly sway hair color into a warmer-weather shade. For starters, the salon suggests to go lighter and brighter in the summer and a richer and …

Exploring the world through art at Woodland Middle School

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When the World Rowing Championships take place in Sarasota from September 24 to October 1, competitors and spectators will get to enjoy the artistic creations of Sarasota County students. Some 40 county schools are working to create banners to represent the countries participating in the competition, which will be on display at the entrance to Nathan Benderson Park. Art students …

In tune: the orchestra programs at Venice and Woodland Middle Schools get some much-deserved recognition

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In 2014, Christopher Riley took on the new position of orchestra director at Venice and Woodland Middle Schools. Splitting his time between the two sites, he established the orchestra programs there, programs that had their beginnings thanks to the support of Any Given Child and a grant from Gulf Coast Community Foundation. Christopher says he took it one day at …

Damage control: How Kirk-Pinkerton helped Florida businesses and cities fight back after the BP oil spill

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When the Deepwater Horizon oil spill began occurring on April 20, 2010, Bill Robertson looked at its effects in two different ways. “As a local Sarasotan and an outdoorsman, the spill was disturbing from an ecological standpoint,” says the personal injury attorney and CEO at Kirk-Pinkerton in Sarasota. “As a lawyer, I looked at it and saw an opportunity to …

What does your communication style say about you?

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Communication is the fabric of our daily lives. It’s how we interact. It’s how we share our stories. It’s how we live. Whether verbal, written or silent, communication plays a vital role in how we process our environment. With so much of our time centered on communication, it’s important to understand how to communicate effectively. That understanding comes in large …

Artistic mindset guides Dr. Avi G. Kumar’s hand when creating the patented anatomic humeral plate

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Dr. Avi G. Kumar always dreamed of following in the footsteps of Spanish Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. With a passion for drawing, painting and architecture, Dr. Kumar was inspired by Gaudi’s artistic designs and initially thought his artistic nature would lead him toward a career as an artist. “Everyone has different ideas of what they want to do when they …

Blood donor Juan Villaveces serving on SunCoast Blood Bank board

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As a student at Riverview High School in Sarasota, Juan Villaveces donated blood for the first time. “I just thought it was a good way to give back,” said Villaveces, now a real estate attorney at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick. “It was a way I could do my part, so I donated consistently whenever I could.” He continued donating blood …

Benchmark for success: How to find the right person for the job?

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Do you want a body in the position or do you want the skills and competencies that fit the job? It’s the main question that organizations should be asking themselves whenever they are looking to fill a position.   Every job requires certain characteristics for an individual to be successful, and it’s up to the organization to figure out what …

Teen Court of Sarasota undergoes a makeover with the help of Gulf Coast Builder’s Exchange members

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When Teen Court of Sarasota, Inc. reached out to the Gulf Coast Builder’s Exchange (GCBX), the not-for-profit trade organization delivered. Mary Slapp, GCBX’s executive director and a Teen Court of Sarasota board member, surveyed the GCBX’s over 400 members in Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte Counties with Teen Court of Sarasota’s request of donated office furniture. Service Painting of Florida stepped …

2017’s design trends are translated

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Known in the design world as a source for inspiration, creativity and design,the Kitchen and Bath Show at the International Builders’ Show draws designers from across the country in droves – all to get a glimpse of the latest and greatest trends for cutting-edge kitchen and bathrooms. Kathy Cioffi, vice president of design at Neal Communities, attended this year’s show, …