Monday, November 26, 2018

West Villages Toys for Tots


The Gran Paradiso clubhouse is also a designated drop off for Toys for Tots. There is a box collecting UNWRAPPED childrens' gifts, toys, for children in need near the front entrance. It will be there until December 15th, which is coming up fast, so don't wait too long.






I LOVE my giving community! West Villagers are wonderful.


Thanks to all who have contributed so far!!!
Ali










Ali H. Johnston, MBA in Real Estate
REALTOR®, Lic. Broker #BK3284964




West Villages Realty LLC
19503 S West Villages Pkwy
Stes A2 & A11 (by Appt)
Venice, Florida 34293
Office: 941-460-3179












Sunday, November 25, 2018

West Villages Sock Drive

Hi, everyone. We are in the last days of the sock drive to benefit Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. There is a collection box in the main salon of the Gran Paradiso Clubhouse. Let's show the love and warm up some kids that aren't feeling so good! The box is being picked up on the 29th.



I even found some non-slip ones on sale at Beall's the other day.

Thanks to all who have contributed!!!
Ali









Ali H. Johnston, MBA in Real Estate
REALTOR®, Lic. Broker #BK3284964




West Villages Realty LLC
19503 S West Villages Pkwy
Stes A2 & A11 (by Appt)
Venice, Florida 34293
Office: 941-460-3179











Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Frankenstein (2018 Encore) Theater Production at the Movies






Have you heard of Fathom Events? It is pretty clever. Reruns of classic movies, recorded theater, ballet, opera, and other special shows get played in the local movie theaters. Many of them are shown at the movie theater at the Port Charlotte Mall and at AMC Sarasota 12.  AMC Sarasota 12 also has some family movies that are replayed in their theater...at time of writing it is Disney's live action Cinderella (2015) with 6p showtimes.

An upcoming Fathom Event example is Frankenstein...

Directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle, this thrilling production features both Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch as Victor Frankenstein and his Creature. October 22 will feature Cumberbatch as the Creature and October 29 will feature Miller as the Creature – a chance for audiences to see both versions.

The original production was a sell-out hit at the National Theatre in 2011 and has since become an international sensation.

Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered Creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale.

Both Dates at 7:00 PM at AMC Sarasota 12 8201 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34238 or at Regal Hollywood 20 - Sarasota, 1993 Main Street, Sarasota, FL 34236

I love these events...especially Doctor Who series premieres. ;)
Check them out.









Ali H. Johnston, MBA in Real Estate
REALTOR®, Lic. Broker #BK3284964
 







West Villages Realty LLC
19503 S West Villages Pkwy
Stes A2 & A11 (by Appt)
Venice, Florida 34293
Office: 941-460-3179

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

River Road Widening Gets a Little Closer!

From North Port Sun Newspaper article 10/13/18

River Road funding agreement OK'd
By Warren Richardson Sun Correspondent  Oct 13, 2018  

VENICE — The first part of getting improvements to River Road, from U.S. 41 to Interstate 75 is now in place.

With a unanimous vote on Tuesday, Sarasota County commissioners accepted a grant agreement in the amount of $3.5 million with the Florida Department of Transportation and the accompanying budget resolution to appropriate the funds.

The funds from FDOT represent the agency’s share to update existing plans regarding that portion of River Road that have remained in limbo since 2012. The county, pursuant to a pending agreement with the state to make that portion of River Road a state road, will chip in $3.5 million to make up the entire $7 million needed to update the plans.

Tuesday’s action by commissioners came during the presentations upon request portion of the meeting, and no commissioner made such a request. The vote came without discussion.

In a memo to commissioners, Public Works Director Spencer Anderson indicated that work on a formal agreement with the state on the road swap is still progressing. That agreement, Anderson wrote, will likely come to commissioners in late 2018 for their action.

Under the state’s offer, which commissioners accepted in May, the county will take over responsibility for two existing state roads on or near Siesta Key, in return for the state taking River Road.

The county, during negotiations with the state, attempted to get the state to take all of River Road to Winchester Boulevard, but the state refused to accept the western portion. County officials said at the time, they would continue attempts to make that section part of the state road too.

The tentative timeline calls for the plans update and acquisition of the remaining right of way to be completed by August 2020. A contract to construct the first portion of the improvements, from U.S. 41 to just north of West Villages Parkway, would then be let in December 2020. Actual construction, currently a county responsibility, would occur in 2021.

Before the state can appropriate any funds toward its share of the project, the road must be in state ownership, which could come with passage of the formal jurisdictional documents later this year.

The state, under the May agreement, would then start the improvements from West Villages Parkway to I-75 in 2024. [end article]



Very good news.
Ali


Ali H. Johnston, MBA in Real Estate
REALTOR®, Lic. Broker #BK3284964
 
                 

West Villages Realty LLC
19503 S West Villages Pkwy
Stes A2 & A11 (by Appt)
Venice, Florida 34293
Office: 941-460-3179



Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Ken Ludwig's Lend Me a Tenor At the Venice Theater Sept 21st





Written by Ken Ludwig:

It’s a historic night at the Cleveland Opera Company when world-famous tenor Tito Merelli arrives to perform in Otello. Through a series of farcical mishaps, Tito takes a double dose of tranquilizers, setting off a hilarious chain reaction of slapstick and mistaken identity.

Dates: September 21 – October 7 2018

Cost: $25 Adults | $17 College | $15 Child
Genre: Comedy
Curtain: Tues. - Sat. at 7:30 p.m. Sun. at 2 p.m.

Location: MainStage
Venice Theater
140 W. Tampa Ave
Venice, FL 34285

941-488-1115

Ali H. Johnston, MBA in Real Estate
REALTOR®, Lic. Broker #BK3284964
       


West Villages Realty LLC
19503 S West Villages Pkwy
Stes A2 & A11 (by Appt)
Venice, Florida 34293
Office: 941-460-3179

Our Sarasota National Website

Friday, September 21, 2018

Venice starts search for architect to design a new fire station








VENICE – The City of Venice has begun the process of getting a new fire station built.

Architects being interviewed will have to create a station that includes a two-story, three-bay station with storage space, a lounge, sleeping quarters, a kitchen, and a conference room that would be open for public meetings.

The current station, next to Venice City Hall, is 45 years old, and has age-related issues like a leaky roof and mold.

The proposed new station would be hurricane-ready and allow first-responders to remain in place through most storms. It also would be built in conjunction with changes at City Hall.

Sept 17, 2018, snntv.com/donbrennan

Ali H. Johnston, MBA in Real Estate
REALTOR®, Lic. Broker #BK3284964


       


West Villages Realty LLC
19503 S West Villages Pkwy
Stes A2 & A11 (by Appt)
Venice, Florida 34293
Office: 941-460-3179

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Anna Maria Island Privateers Privateer Time Travel

September 29, 2018: The Anna Maria Island Privateers are hosting their Privateer Time Travel Extravaganza. If your heart could go back in time, where would it take you? Dress in your favorite time period costume. Ladies travel in time and be Marilyn Monroe, Katherine Hepburn, Cleopatra, Wilma Flintstone, Greta Garbo, Scarlett O’Hara, or a Roaring 20’s Flapper. Gentlemen be adventurous and come as Al Capone, Dirty Harry, George Jetson, Fred Flintstone, Indiana Jones, Clark Gable, or Blackbeard the Pirate..…Photographer Jamie Blatt will be there to take your souvenir picture. Food to be eaten, drinks to be drank, music to dance to, and pirate booty to be had. Come early as the cocktail and social hour starts at five O’clock. A full liquor, wine and beer cash bar will be available. The Privateer Ball is open to the public. The Privateer Ball is a fundraiser for the Anna Maria Island Privateers, a 501c3 Not for Profit. Organization. A large portion of the proceeds will go toward the AMI Privateers Scholarship Fund. 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Admission Price $50.00 per person. Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave, Anna Maria Island, FL. Tickets may be purchased from Kim “Syren” Boyd at (931) 639-0986. 


escape-to-sarasota.com





Ali H. Johnston, MBA in Real Estate
REALTOR®, Lic. Broker #BK3284964




West Villages Realty LLC
19503 S West Villages Pkwy
Stes A2 & A11 (by Appt)
Venice, Florida 34293
Office: 941-460-3179