BY MARCY SHORTUSE - When Arturas Kaciucevicius, 23, of Lithuania got on a plane to come to the United States recently, he was prepared for a great adventure. A man needed a crew to help him get a sailboat to a Caribbean destination, and because he was a friend of Arturas' father he was quick to accept. He arrived, met with Piotras Dejevas, 54, of Lithuania and Paulius Guarauskas, 18, of Lithuania, another crew member, and they set out from Sarasota on Sunday.
At approximately 6:30 Thursday morning, August 22, the Boca Grande Fire Department responded to a house fire at 311 Pilot Point Lane in Boca Bay, the Talbot home.
After arriving on scene at 6:41 a.m. firefighters found a fully involved home. The home next door at 315 Pilot Point was also severely damaged.
BY JACK SHORT - Seth Shipley's fingers thrum on the table of his office, still mostly empty and unfinished, in the recently rebuilt kitchen at the Gasparilla Inn & Club. Because the Inn is closed, there is nothing like the typical conception of a commercial kitchen – hustle, shouting, steam and flames – but there is still a little of it in Seth's demeanor.
He frequently punctuates the end of his sentences with a firm thump of his hand. He speaks quietly, but clearly and quickly and rattles off the language of haute cuisine with alarming efficiency. Listening to him is like listening to a well-studied philosopher breeze through something as impenetrable as Gödel's proof.
Sally Gambling, 83, passed away on August 17, 2013, in Sarasota. Born Sally Bard Loppacker on June 15, 1930, in Montclair, N.J., Sally grew up in Glenridge, N.J. In 1949, Sally married John A. Gambling, host of the popular morning radio show "Rambling with Gambling "on WOR in NYC. John predeceased her in 2004.
Sally and John lived most of their lives on Long Island, N.Y. Their family homes were in Plandome, Locust Valley, New York City and Shelter Island before moving to Boca Grande, Fla. Sally is survived by her son John R. & Wendy Gambling of Locust Valley, N.Y.; daughter Ann Gambling Hoffman & Edwin C. Hoffman of Bedford N.Y.; daughter Sarah Gambling McGayhey & Donald McGayhey of Lakewood Ranch, Fla.; and sister Ann Glorch & Gordon Glorch of Naples.
The Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual open house and membership drive on Thursday, Aug. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the chamber office in Railroad Plaza on E. Railroad Avenue.
Refreshments will be supplied by the chamber and catered by Sisters.
Capt. Phil O'Bannon made some stops in Fort Myers at Lee County Commission chambers earlier this week, with hopes of garnering support for the Boca Grande Pass tarpon fishing gear rule.
A ruling is scheduled to be made at the next Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission meeting, scheduled for Thursday and Friday, Sept. 5 and 6, in Pensacola.
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