BY MARCY SHORTUSE - When island resident Cal Groton went to have a small red mark on his leg checked out, he had no idea how many life-changing decisions would come before him in the next few months.
It all started with that little red mark in February, 2011. Dr. Russell Samson, a doctor with Sarasota Vascular Specialists, saw Cal in his office and asked if he would attend a screening at the Community House. He signed up and paid for the ultrasound and other tests that go along with it, then got the shock of his life.
As if the great food and music weren’t enough, the 2012 Taste of Boca raised more than $31,000 for the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida. This brings the total amount of “Taste” donations over the last decade to more than $250,000.
Blanche Johnson, one of the coordinators of the event, said that an extraordinary thing happened this year to bring that total up a bit more.
“An anonymous person entered Hudson’s Grocery, saw the Harry Chapin brown food bags and asked about them,” she said. “That person gave the ladies at Hudson’s $500 cash for the food bank, but the gentleman refused to identify himself.”
It is a time for fun, a time for comaraderie, a time for food and drinks and a big, happy sleepover.
It’s also a time for quiet reflection, a bit of sorrow, and lots of anger directed at one word: Cancer.
It was announced at the Lemon Bay Conservancy “Toast to the Coast” event on Wednesday, Feb. 29 that 9.77 acres of Thornton Key has been donated to the group by local developers Gar and Dean Beckstead.
The announcement was a huge coup for the local environmental group.
John Storms will present a natural history of reptiles and their fascinating and exciting world. Learn how snakes survive without the use of legs, ears, and eyelids. See giant pythons, crocodilians, and other exotic reptiles from around the world. Marvel at poisonous and non-poisonous snakes from around the world.
The program is sponsored by the Boca Grande Woman’s Club and will be held on Tuesday, March 13 at 1 p.m. in the Community Center auditorium. It is free to the public.
James “Jim” Ernest Fuller passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012 in Florida.
Born in Detroit on October 17, 1939, Jim attended the University of Michigan. He lived for many years in Detroit, then moved to Grand Rapids, where he and his wife raised their family.
Suzanne and Jim moved to Boca Grande in 1994, and last December he and Suzanne celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary amidst family and friends there. Jim was genuinely fulfilled by connecting with people for whom he cared, and there were many. He loved catching up with friends, whether over a cocktail or his various lunch dates, regardless of how much time may have passed since their last meeting.
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