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Hermitage Artist Retreat and American Opera Projects announce Opera Genesis fellowships for 2017-18 season.

The second Opera Genesis Fellowships to composer Joseph Rubinstein and librettist Jason Kim will support the creation of a new opera “Legendary”

The Hermitage Artist Retreat in Englewood, FL and New York City’s American Opera Projects (AOP) announce the second Opera Genesis Fellowships to composer Joseph N. Rubinstein and librettist Jason Kim. 

Composer Joseph Rubinstein and Librettist Jason Kim

The award includes a six-week Hermitage residency, in which these two artists will work on their new opera Legendary, about the drag balls of the 1980s in New York City. The Opera Genesis Fellowship awards are presented annually to artists who have completed training in AOP’s Composer & the Voice (C&V) training program which helps to develop contemporary American opera.

The first fellowships were awarded to the creative team of Mikael Karlsson and co-librettist and visual designer Elle Kunnos de Voss along with co-librettist Kathryn Walat. Their opera, The Echo Drift, on which they worked during their time at the Hermitage, will premiere at the Prototype Festival in January at Baruch Performing Arts Center, New York City. 

Hermitage Executive Director Bruce E. Rodgers remarked that “seeing the program come into being with the announcement of the first recipients was very exciting. We exist to inspire and assist artists in the creation of new work. AOP takes it to the next level so that the work can be presented to the public. We are now seeing the fruition of the first fellowship with the world premiere of The Echo Drift, and are eagerly looking forward to welcoming Joe and Jason.”

Charles Jarden, General Director of American Opera Projects, noted, “seeing how much the development of The Echo Drift benefited from the creators’ time at the Hermitage makes me eager to see what new ideas will be sparked when Joe and Jason find their way there this coming year. With so much faith in these two creative artists, AOP is now in the early stages of negotiation about where Legendary will be brought to its full production in an upcoming season.”

American Opera Projects’ Composers & the Voice is a two-year fellowship for composers and librettists which provides experience working collaboratively with singers on writing for the voice and opera stage. This free training includes a year of working with the company’s resident ensemble of singers and artistic team, followed by a year of continued promotion and development through AOP and its strategic partnerships. Launched in 2002, C&V has fostered the development of sixty-three composers & librettists. Alumni works that went through AOP’s opera development program and continued to a world premiere include Love/Hate (ODC/San Francisco Opera 2012, Jack Perla), Paul’s Case (UrbanArias 2013, Gregory Spears), and The Scarlet Ibis (Prototype 2015, Stefan Weisman). AOP’s C&V program is generously supported by a multi-year award from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Max & Madeleine Launch Moisturizing Products

Max & Madeleine recently launched a variety of organic products designed to detoxify and soothe your dry skin and hair this winter.

Detoxifying Mud Mask is designed to help restore skin, drawing out impurities and toxins deeply embedded in facial pores. Hair Oils are a conditioning/nourishing treatment that improves the health of hair and erases the damaged caused by the stress of modern day living. Additionally, Max & Madeleine recently launched Bath Bombs, Ultra Nourishing Body Oil, and organic Black Charcoal Soap, Max & Madeleine’s version of black African soap combined with Charcoal Soap. To complete your skincare routine, Max & Madeleine has also launched an ultra-moisturizing Healing Balm designed to soothe, heal and restore the skin.

Manatee County Clerk of Court receives perfect score and certificate of achievement for its passport division

The office of the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller recently received its Certificate of Superior Achievement and a perfect score from the U.S Department of State – Miami Passport Agency.
Nearly 300 facilities are assessed and audited annually, and the Manatee County Clerk of Court is a part of a small group of Passport Application Acceptance Facilities throughout Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to receive a perfect score. Manatee County Clerk of Court also received this designation in 2015.
During this process, an assessment visit is conducted, which includes one-on-one interviews with the supervisor of the division, an inspection of the space and security and real-time observations of the acceptance agents working with customers and executing the applications.

“I am so proud of our passport division team who handles and executes applications for this office,” said Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller Angel Colonneso. “They undergo certification through on-the-job and online training to serve this office and the community. We are honored to have been recognized again for the service we provide to our residents.”

The Certificate of Achievement recognizes those offices that have demonstrated exemplary service to the community and the U.S. Department of State, Passport Services, through the conscientious execution of passport applications, excellence in customer service and commitment to measures that ensure the integrity of the U.S. passport.
For the fiscal year 2016-17, the Manatee County Clerk of Court processed 6,252 passport applications, which was one of its largest years due to an influx of applications between January and June. During 2015-16, the office processed 5,447 applications.

Manatee Literacy Council moves to Goodwill location

Goodwill Manasota announced a new partnership with fellow area nonprofit, Manatee Literacy Council, formerly known as Manatee Reads!, which is now working out of an office next door to Goodwill’s Cortez location; its new address is 3501 Cortez Rd. W., Suite 6 in Bradenton. To celebrate its new name and location, Manatee Literacy Council held an Open House in September. Earlier this year, the Literacy Council of Sarasota presented the 2017 James E. Duffy Friend of Literacy Award to Goodwill Manasota president and CEO Bob Rosinsky during the annual Literacy Matters luncheon. The honor was presented in recognition of Goodwill’s ongoing partnership with Manatee Literacy Council to provide workplace English language and literacy classes on-site, where employees can better access the educational services they need for self-sufficiency, empowerment, and the ability to thrive. For more information about Manatee Literacy Council, call (941) 746-8197 or email For more about Goodwill, go to or call (941) 355-2721.

Taylor Morrison Takes Home 18 Awards at the 2017 Manatee-Sarasota Building Industry Association Celebration of Excellence

Taylor Morrison, a leading national homebuilder and developer, recently took home 18 awards at the Manatee-Sarasota Building Industry Association (BIA) Celebration of Excellence awards.
The Sarasota team was recognized for 14 individual sales awards, including nine Platinum Awards. In addition, the Cobblestone on Palmer Ranch and Esplanade Golf & Country Club at Lakewood Ranch sales teams each won Platinum Awards while Sales Manager Jenny Lytle was also recognized with a Platinum Award.

In addition, Taylor Morrison took home Best Brochure and Best Direct Mail piece for its Esplanade on Palmer Ranch and Esplanade Golf & Country Club at Lakewood Ranch communities respectively. The submitted materials were created to attract sophisticated homebuyers who desire resort-style living in exciting active-lifestyle communities. The contents and layouts were designed to meet the high expectations of today’s homebuyer, reflecting the craftsmanship of Taylor Morrison and its signature Esplanade brand.

“It’s important to us to deliver on the high quality and inspired lifestyle promise of Taylor Morrison,” said Cammie Longenecker, Division President for Taylor Morrison’s Southwest Florida division. “These awards are confirmation that we’re delivering a superior experience and product to our customers, and recognizes our team for the hard work and dedication they exude every day.”

As the 2016 and 2017 America’s Most Trusted® Home Builder by Lifestory Research, Taylor Morrison has built its reputation on delivering innovative, well-built homes in locations that offer the best in amenities and convenience. Currently, the homebuilder has eight new home communities in the Sarasota area, including six signature Esplanade active-lifestyle communities.

For more information, call 866-495-6006 or visit:

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Welcomes New Board Members for 2017-2018

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation is delighted to announce the addition of eight new members to the Board of Trustees: Robert G. Bartner, John H. Dejongh, Mary Evelyn Guyton, Robert P. (Bob) Martin, Alexandra (Alex) Miller, Johnathan E. Mitchell, Michael J. Valentino and Robert Lee Wood.

“We are delighted to welcome this very talented group of individuals to the Healthcare Foundation Board of Trustees,” says Jim Syprett, chairman. “They will be instrumental in helping us to carry out the mission of the Healthcare Foundation to ensure world-class healthcare throughout our community.”

The eight new trustees join the current board: Jim D. Syprett, Chair; Arthur M. Wood, Immediate Past Chair; William E. Chapman, Vice-Chair, Louis E. Levy, Treasurer; Charles Shivery, Secretary; Philip A. Delaney, Jr. Executive Member-at-Large; William A. Stanford, Member-at-Large; Kirk G. Voelker, MD, Member-at-Large; Ariane M. Dart; Richard J. Gerrity; Richard S. Johnson; Deborah Kabinoff; Laurence R. Saslaw; C. Reed Savidge; R.L. “Bibb” Swain; James A. Taylor and Margaret Wise.

SMHF Welcomes Marketing Coordinator & New Prospect Research Analyst

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation is pleased to announce two new additions to the team: Hillary Terhune and Elizabeth Connolly.

Hillary Terhune

Hillary joins the Healthcare Foundation as Marketing Coordinator. Prior to joining the team, she was the Social Media Coordinator at Tervis in North Venice. Hillary brings extensive knowledge of the digital space and an ambitious personality that will help drive our digital presence to the

Elizabeth Connolly

next level.

Elizabeth will be serving as the Healthcare Foundation’s New Prospect Research Analyst. Coming to us from Community Health Services in Connecticut, she has over 15 years of fundraising and prospect research experience. Elizabeth will be responsible for identifying and researching potential donor prospects that will enable the Foundation to meet its fundraising goals.

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