We have established a Pinterest page for Sarasota Sister Cities members. You can look at photos that others have posted and post your own.

Manage a Blog

Enter the Digital Age of Communication with Citizens: 

How to Manage a Government Blog, Live Webinar 6/19/12

Bill Sikes,

Digitally staying in contact with the citizens of your local area will not only create a beneficial and trusting relationship, but will allow you to efficiently update people on current affairs & events.  From poll taking to decision making, the importance of digital communication is unparalleled.

"Enter the Digital Age of Communication with Citizens: How to Manage a Government Blog"

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 (1:00-2:00 p.m. EST)

Topics Covered will Include:

Strategies for using your blog for citizen collaboration & feedback
   *Keys for posting citizen centered messages & blog content
   *Techniques for driving citizens to your government blog
   *What's working now on citizen-government blogs

Strategies for Effectively Managing Government Blogs: What You Must Know
   *How often should you post & monitor blog messages
   *Who should be monitoring your government blog & how often?
   *How to effectively handle irate citizen questions & comments

Keys to Effectively Avoid Security Risks Associated with Government Blogging
   *What type of information can be posted on your government blog
   *Government blogging: How to manage your blog in a 24-7 world
   *Strategies for managing public content-what's right for your organization?

Question and Answer Session - Hear Real-World Questions Answered!

Your Expert Speaker:

Jed Sundwall is the director of social media marketing for Captura Group. At Captura Group, he has developed social media outreach strategies for,, and PayPal.

 **Prior to joining Captura Group, Jed worked at where he developed and managed a social media outreach platform used by Barack Obama for President, John Edwards for President, Mike Huckabee for President, and Ron Paul for President. His work at yielded coverage in CNN, the Washington Post, the New York Times, The Politico,,, and the Associated Press.

Register now for this exciting event by clicking the following link or calling             1-888-669-6067      :

We hope you'll join us.


Executive Education
P.O. Box 31
Devault, PA 19432 

P.S. If not satisfied, a full refund will be given from now until
7 days after the event.

If registering by phone, please refer to your priority code: 63234


International Rowing in Sarasota

The Nathan Benderson Park is an ambitious effort by Sarasota County to create a world class rowing facility. The expansive park is currently under development. A number of events have already been successfully conducted.
It is expected to be a major attraction to the region.
Click for the video. 

Fairwell Party

The farewell party for Kelly Fairbairn, Matthew Walton and Teacher Elspeth McDonald was held in the FST Cabaret Theater on last Monday.

The Haggis – himself

Playwrights & Actors – Matthew, Kelly, The Haggis and the FST performers

The Playwrights – Kelly & Matthew

 The Interview – Elspeth McDonald St. Columba’s High School Teacher; Kelly, Matthew, Beth Duda, FST Director of Education, and Adam Ratner, FST Young Playwrights Festival Coordinator.

Photos by Gayle Maxey

Awards Presentation by FST

Photos of the Awards Presentation by FST at Holly Hall on last Saturday honoring Dunfermline, Scotland playwright cousins Kelly Fairbairn and Matthew Walton, 10th grade & 9th grade students of St. Columba's High School.

Brothers of both students were previous FST Young Playwright winners. Dunfermline is a Sister City of Sarasota, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the twinning relationship in 2012.

Award Presentation 2 -  Kelly, Robert Pinsky (Poet Laureate of the United States 1997-2000), and Matthew.

Award Presentation1 – FST Director of Education Beth Duda, Kelly, Matthew, and President of Sarasota Sister Cities Tom Halbert

Winning Team – Matthew, Kelly & St. Columba’s High School Teacher Elspeth McDonald seated in FST Keating Theater awaiting presentation of the 2012 winning Young Playwrights Plays.

Photos are by Gayle Maxey

Visitors From Our Sister City Hamilton, Ontario

These 3 ladies came from Westfield Heritage Village of our Sister City Hamilton, Ontario, Canada for a presentation at Historic Spanish point.(February 2011). They are from left to right: Janet Knowles, Margaret Firth and Mamie McCormack. The 3 individual photos were taken at HSP during a maple syrup demonstration. They represented the various methods of collecting the syrup in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
Gloria Grenier

SSCA Meet & Greet - May 15, 2012

SSCA Meet & Greet

Caraguilo’s on Palm
Tuesday 5-7 pm – May 15, 2012
Caraguilo Brothers

The story goes Caragiulo’s became one of Sarasota’s most popular eateries in much the same way the family found the cozy storefront on Palm Avenue, with… ease. From his bakery in Brooklyn, Tony Caragiulo and his five sons came to Florida in pursuit of an agreeable location to open a simple Italian restaurant. After an exhausting, two week long car trek around Florida with no prospects and tempers flaring, Tony signaled for the car to pull over; “Stoppa the*#!*#!!!!car!,… This is it,” he declared, pointing to the vacant stucco location… And it was.  

And it is. For our Meet & Greet, house wines $3 each, draft beer $2.55 each & a well martini for $4.  Small plates available at $5 each.  Located at 69 Palm Ave in downtown Sarasota. Courtesy RSVP by Sunday, May 13. This will allow Caraguilo's to ensure they have sufficient bar staff for our meet    & greet group. Guests and last minute walk-ins are always encouraged.

Gayle Maxey, Events Chair
RSVP: 941-416-3565 or

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Mayor Suzanne Atwell

Mayor Suzanne Atwell was voted by the city commission to serve another year as mayor and Willie Shaw is the new Vice Mayor. The mayoral selection was preceded by the annual State of the City address.

For those who would like to pass on congratulations, you can contact her at 

Visit Sarasota County

The Sarasota Convention and Visitors Bureau has changed its name to Visit Sarasota County. Officials said the new corporate name would make it easier to find visitor information and would reduce confusion about the organizations purpose, as well as the fact the organization serves all of Sarasota County. The change should improve presence in online searches and social networking.

Host Families for exchange students

Summer 2012
Host Families for exchange students

Spanish Legacy invites you and your family to
host an exchange student age 12-16
from June 30-to July28.

They need room and board in a loving home and should be treated as a member of the family. Having children of the same age is not a requirement. Exchange students come with their own spending money and insurance.
They are with Spanish Legacy 2 days per week plus trips.

Exchange students living with host families learn the language and culture while the host family benefits from also learning the language and culture of the student.

Anyone that is hosting a student will receive
One week of free summer camp

For more information please contact:
Spanish Legacy (941) 925-8510