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Suncoast community mourning the loss of popular Sarasota High School football coach

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - The football community -- and the entire community -- is saddened over the death of Elton Strawderman. “It’s a big loss for our community, but what I’m hoping that happens is a lot of people understand who he was,” said Brody Wiseman, head football coach for Sarasota High School. “A lot of people are inspired to make that type of impact that he was making in his life here in his area.”
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Man injured after falling from ladder on Longboat Key

LONGBOAT KEY, Fla. (WWSB) - A man was injured Friday when he fell from a ladder, Longboat Key fire officials said. The incident happened at about 1:15 p.m. The victim fell from an appreciable height, officials said, but was conscious and alert when rescue crews arrived. He taken to Blake Medical Center.

ZimSculpt exhibit arrives at the Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens

The sound of chisels clinking against stone will be echoing throughout the Peace River Botanical Gardens from Feb. 4 through April 18. ZimSculpt, a world-renowned exhibition of modern Zimbabwean stone sculptures, only travels from Africa to North America once a year to be displayed at a preselected Garden. In 2022, this prestigious honor has been bestowed upon the Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens in Punta Gorda, making our local sanctuary of art and nature the only place one can experience this blockbuster exhibition.
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Challenger enters Manatee County School Board race. ‘I know what questions to ask’

Susan Agruso, a former New York superintendent and a longtime financial watchdog for Manatee County schools, has entered the District 2 school board race. She spent decades as a teacher and administrator in South Carolina and New York before she moved to Bradenton and volunteered her time on the Manatee County School District’s Audit Committee. Now, Agruso said she hopes to bring her passion for education, transparency and fiscal responsibility to the school board.

Florida Freeze is on for the weekend

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - The coldest air of the season is set to move in behind a powerful storm system which will bring up to two feet of snow over parts of the NE U.S. on Saturday. This bomb cyclone has prompted the National Weather Service to issue numerous warnings and advisories for our area through the weekend.

Oshima Brothers Bring Infectious Pop to Fogartyville in Sarasota

Maine-based indie duo, Oshima Brothers’ have been creating music together since childhood. The brothers blend songs from the heart with blood harmonies to produce a “roots-based pop sound that is infectious.” (NPR) On stage, Sean and Jamie offer lush vocals, live looping, foot percussion, electric and acoustic guitars, vintage keyboard and bass – often all at once.

Charlotte County opens cold weather shelter for the weekend

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. — Charlotte County officials have announced a cold weather shelter will be open this weekend. The Homeless Coalition on 1476 Kenesaw Street in Port Charlotte will be open to people seeking refuge from the cold, according to a Charlotte County press release. The announcement comes after...

Venice man found in DeSoto County after Silver Alert

VENICE, Fla. — Update: Wesley Croteau was found in DeSoto County and was reunited with his family. The Silver Alert has been canceled. The previous story is down below. Authorities have issued a Silver Alert for a missing elderly man out of Venice. According to the Sarasota County Sheriff's...

Faricimab FDA approval: Dr. Joshua Mali shares what this new therapy will mean to retina specialists

Joshua Mali, MD, shares how the FDA-approved faricimab-svoa (Vabysmo, Genentech) will change the treatment landscape for wet AMD and DME. Joshua Mali, MD, is an ophthalmologist and vitreoretinal surgeon based in Sarasota, Florida. He also serves as retinal medical director of the Macular Degeneration Association (DMA), and is the founder and CEO of Mali Enterprises.

How to Celebrate Black History Month in Sarasota

Celebrate the achievements of Black people and learn about how the legacies of American history shape Black life today:. Art Exhibit: "No Justice, No Peace" by Allan Mestel and "My Beautiful" by Jesse Clark. 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, SPAACES Art Gallery and Studios. The public is invited to an...

1926 Sarasota: A Guided Walking Tour Experience

Time travel with us to 1926 - a year of boom and bust, joy and sorrow. Experience downtown Sarasota through this historic and pivotal year. - Each tour is approximately 75-90 minutes in length. - Tours begin on the corner of Pineapple Avenue and 1st Street in Five Points Park...

Orioles equipment trucks begin pilgrimage to Sarasota

BALTIMORE, Md. (WWSB) - Despite what thermometers say this weekend, the first sure sign of spring was spotted 1,000 miles north of the Suncoast. On Friday morning, trucks carrying the Baltimore Orioles’ equipment departed from Camden Yards, making their way to Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota in preparation for the 2022 spring training season.

Neuro Diversity and Ability Inclusion

For many in the Suncoast community, diversity and Inclusion is a movement that began in the last five years, with broader interest peaking in the summer of 2020 as is evidenced by Google search trends. For those of us working with or caring for a person with a disability, diversity and inclusion is a second language spoken fluently. Neurodiversity acknowledges the variation in how we behave, think and learn without the need for designating these variations as abnormal or problematic. Ability inclusion can be summed up in three words, Least Restrictive Environment. As part of the Individual with Disabilities Education Act, Least Restrictive Environment is a civil right afforded to students with a disability to participate and be included with the general school population where safe and developmentally appropriate, the spirit of which has been an adopted ideology by the broader special needs community.

Trucks depart Camden Yards for Orioles' 2022 Spring Training season

Von Paris Moving & Storage trucks carrying equipment for the Baltimore Orioles departed Friday from Camden Yards headed to Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida, in preparation for the 2022 Spring Training season. The trucks will travel 1,000 miles before arriving at the Orioles' Spring Training home early next week.