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Business Observer Friday, Feb. 18, 2005 17 years ago

Free Press (Sara/Mana edition)

Sarasota Community Center renamed for community leaderWoodruff and Sons Inc. receives $3.4 million contractMCC faculty team wins leadership awardHarris selected to Homeland Security Committee
by: Janelle Makowski Staff Writer

Free Press (Sara/Mana edition)

Sarasota Community Center

renamed for community leader

Residents and officials of the City of Sarasota and Sarasota County honored the contributions of longtime city employee and community leader Robert L. Taylor during a celebration renaming the Newtown Community Center facilities in his honor.

The facilities, which include the Newtown Community Center building, the Adair Ford Gymnasium and the Newtown Community Center Swimming Pool, will officially be designated as the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex. The complex is owned by Sarasota and managed by Sarasota County Parks and Recreation.

Woodruff and Sons Inc.

receives $3.4 million contract

The Sarasota County Commission awarded a $3.4 million contract to Woodruff and Sons Inc. for a major roadway construction project that will make it easier for residents of Newtown Estates to access their homes, and safer for students to attend Booker Middle School.

The project will construct a new four-lane segment that will connect U.S. 301 to Myrtle Street at Leonard Reid Avenue, and widen the existing roadway from Leonard Reid to Carmichael Avenue. It will also construct a two-lane divided road from Carmichael Avenue to the existing road at Booker Middle School, providing an additional access.

MCC faculty team

wins leadership award

An eight-member Manatee Community College Faculty Professional Development Team won a 2005 International Leadership Award from The Chair Academy.

The MCC team will be honored March 4 at The Chair Academy's 14th Annual International Conference in Fort Lauderdale. Members of the winning team are Kathy Biggs, director, instructional technology and distance learning; Gary Russell, chair, language and literature department; Dr. Jeff Hollway, co-activity director, academic development, Title II grant program; Judy Born, librarian; and professors Susan Finlay, Julie Francavilla, Jean Mousseau and Courtney Ruffner.

Harris selected to Homeland Security Committee

Congresswoman Katherine Harris was named a charter member of the House Homeland Security Committee. Harris noted that homeland security, the war against terrorism and domestic preparedness, whether for man-made or natural disasters, are the top issues for constituents throughout Florida.

Harris intends to focus her committee work upon the crucial issues of port security, border security, preparedness and response.


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