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We all have a story worth telling. Here is just a sample of some of the stories I've had the opportunity to put into words.

Woman works to rebuild communities in HondurasWoman works to rebuild communities in Honduras

Woman works to rebuild communities in Honduras


Cherie DiNoia believes in positive social and environmental impacts, affordable and environmentally conscious housing, and family.

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Jordan’s Crossing home is dedicatedJordan’s Crossing home is dedicated

Jordan’s Crossing home is dedicated


Habitat for Humanity Sarasota dedicated its second Women Build home to the Vicki Rocco family at Jordan's Crossing.

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Prosecutor raises awareness about child victimsProsecutor raises awareness about child victims

Prosecutor raises awareness about child victims


Donna Berlin is a 37-year-old wife and mother of one. Except for her time in college at Wellesley and the University of Florida Law School, Berlin has lived her life in Sarasota since the age of 1.

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Woman’s calling is a pet shelterWoman’s calling is a pet shelter

Woman’s calling is a pet shelter


Michelle Sampson has loved animals since she was a young child. She brought home every stray that came her way, including a chicken.

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Haven programs let woman excelHaven programs let woman excel

Haven programs let woman excel


Community Haven Interim President and CEO Marla Doss, Julie Mowery and Development Assistant Anny Barker Schefler on Mowery’s back porch at Community Haven.

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Camp for disabled children lives on as memorial to founderCamp for disabled children lives on as memorial to founder

Camp for disabled children lives on as memorial to founder


When she talks about him, she sounds like a starstruck 15-year-old -- the age at which they actually met. Muffet describes Brian as incredibly athletic, extremely optimistic and her best friend.

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Fundraiser for Women Build wows crowd with musical revueFundraiser for Women Build wows crowd with musical revue

Fundraiser for Women Build wows crowd with musical revue


"Hammers & Heels," a one-night-only musical revue to benefit Habitat for Humanity Sarasota's Women Build, performed Feb. 5 for a packed house at The Backlot.

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Computers help students achieveComputers help students achieve

Computers help students achieve


Samantha Cazares, in third grade at Laurel Nokomis School, says she has good grades. Straight A's," her father, Oscar Cazares adds, proudly.

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Contraceptives: Always in Style!Contraceptives: Always in Style!

Contraceptives: Always in Style!


This video, which explores the history of contraceptives, was created for Safe Sex, a fundraising event for Planned Parenthood of Southwest & Central Florida.

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Cooks At Home: Bambi Famous KaineCooks At Home: Bambi Famous Kaine

Cooks At Home: Bambi Famous Kaine


Long before Easy-Bake Ovens, Bambi Famous Kaine was in the kitchen with her great-grandmother Edna Clemens Bucher, baking “the best” apple, strawberry, rhubarb, and peach pies.

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A Cut Above the RestA Cut Above the Rest

A Cut Above the Rest


Scott McGowan loves satisfied customers. He works at least 60 hours every week at his family’s business to make sure he sees plenty of them. The Butcher’s Block, opened in 1968 by Scott’s father, Stan McGowan, spent 35 years on Siesta Key

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Satchel's Helped by Yappy HourSatchel's Helped by Yappy Hour

Satchel's Helped by Yappy Hour


Jane and J.C. Garcia drop off supplies at Satchels' Last Resort Animal Shelter & Sanctuary at least once a month. After all, they have the sanctuary to thank for their best

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Exhibit Celebrates Cultural DiversityExhibit Celebrates Cultural Diversity

Exhibit Celebrates Cultural Diversity


Peter Bassen stood in front of his artwork "Embracing The Dream," beaming as a Sarasota County Technical Institute classmate took his photo.

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A Matter of TrustA Matter of Trust

A Matter of Trust


Dave Ferguson works all week in his south Sarasota car business to help support his passion on weekends. That’s when he heads to Williston to a place called Windhorse Sanctuary.

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