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The late Mark Chapman at the wheel in December, heading toward Englewood.Mark and Eric in 1988.Mark and his father, 1953 or 1954.Nancy and Mark in 1977, on their wedding day.Mark with his mother.Mark performing in 2000 on the Golden Princess cruise ship.

October 1st, 2016 at 9:23 pm

The late Mark Chapman at the wheel in December, heading toward Englewood.

The late Mark Chap­man at the wheel in Decem­ber, head­ing toward Englewood.

Mark and his father, 1953 or 1954.

Mark and his father, 1953 or 1954.

(More than half of this obit­u­ary was writ­ten by Mark, in 2014.)

Mark Chap­man, 63, took his final bow Aug. 15, 2016, dying sud­denly due to a brief illness.

Mark was born in Hyan­nis, Mass., June 27, 1953, the son of the late Carl W. and Martha C. Chap­man. He met his wife, Nancy (Guen­ther), at the Smithville The­ater in New Jer­sey in 1976 and they mar­ried a year later. Con­tinue read­ing this story…

Pet of the Week

Zada20171150HENGLEWOOD, FLA. – This is a press release, pre­sented in the for­mat in which it was sent:

Meet Zada! She is a 2 yr. old Domes­tic Short­hair weigh­ing just 8 lbs. Zada has dis­tinc­tive mark­ings on her face and big golden eyes – just a beau­ti­ful cat! She is an active & play­ful cat and very affec­tion­ate. She likes to reach out and grab your atten­tion. And once she has it she is full of purrs. Zada can be a love biter. She really loves the com­pany of peo­ple but she def­i­nitely does not want to be around other furry crit­ters. Zada will pro­vide all the pet love any­one could wish for – she just wants to be the only love of your life!

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Sharing among Humane Societies

Left to Right…Phil Snyder, Executive Director of Suncoast Humane Society and Rick Yocum, Executive Director of Humane Society of Manatee County.

Left to Right…Phil Sny­der, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of Sun­coast Humane Soci­ety and Rick Yocum, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of Humane Soci­ety of Man­a­tee County.

ENGLEWOOD, FLA. – This is a press release, pre­sented in the for­mat in which it was sent:

Hur­ri­cane Irma was trau­matic for humans and ani­mals alike, but it also brought out the gen­eros­ity in peo­ple and in this case neigh­bor­ing humane societies.

Fol­low­ing Hur­ri­cane Irma, the Humane Soci­ety of Man­a­tee County had received an over­abun­dance of pet food and sup­plies from gen­er­ous donors. So, after learn­ing that Sun­coast Humane Soci­ety had suf­fered some dam­age from the storm, and that their Pet Food Pantry had been depleted, Rick Yocum, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Humane Soci­ety of Man­a­tee County, decided they had enough to share. Con­tinue read­ing this story…

CCSO plans enforcement on South McCall Road

Englewood CCSO 15-1211 062 (2)ENGLEWOOD, FLA. – This is a press release, pre­sented in the for­mat in which it was sent:

Spe­cial Traf­fic Enforce­ment Locations 

(CHARLOTTE COUNTY) — The Char­lotte County Sheriff’s Office will pay spe­cial atten­tion to traf­fic enforce­ment at these loca­tions from August 28 – Sep­tem­ber 3, 2017.  Con­tinue read­ing this story…

Lemon Bay Playhouse Presents ‘Annoyance’

The talented actors appearing in “Annoyance”, our first production of the 31st Season, pose for a picture during rehearsals. From left to right are Sandi Wood (Anita), Charlie Tyler (Ethan), and Jim Manns (Sidney). {John Bass Photography.}

The tal­ented actors appear­ing in “Annoy­ance”, our first pro­duc­tion of the 31st Sea­son, pose for a pic­ture dur­ing rehearsals. From left to right are Sandi Wood (Anita), Char­lie Tyler (Ethan), and Jim Manns (Sid­ney). {John Bass Photography.}

ENGLEWOOD, FLA. – This is a press release, pre­sented in the for­mat in which it was sent:

 

Lemon Bay Play­house Presents “Annoyance”

For the open­ing pro­duc­tion of its 31st Sea­son, the Lemon Bay Play­house will present “Annoy­ance”, writ­ten by Sam Bobrick. This “adult” com­edy, directed by Michele Strauss, will open on Sep­tem­ber 6 and run through Sep­tem­ber 24, 2017. Con­tinue read­ing this story…

Placida boat ramp to close for repairs

ENGLEWOOD, FLA. – This is a press release, pre­sented in the for­mat in which it was sent:

 

Placida Boat Ramp clos­ing for repairs Sept. 19 – Oct. 13

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. (Aug. 24, 2017) – The Placida Boat Ramp will be clos­ing Sept. 19 through Oct. 13 for boat ramp repairs and pil­ing replace­ment on the fin­ger piers. The boat ramp is located at Placida Park, 6499 Boca Grande Cause­way in Placida.  Con­tinue read­ing this story…

CCSO investigating Englewood death

Englewood Vehicle Photo copyENGLEWOOD, FLA. – This is a press release, pre­sented in the for­mat in which it was sent:

 

(Engle­wood)- The Char­lotte County Sheriff’s Office responded to a res­i­dence in the 2700 block of Eleventh Avenue in Engle­wood at approx­i­mately 10:01am Sun­day morn­ing for a reported dis­tur­bance. Con­tinue read­ing this story…

Englewood teen slams SUV into tree

FHP logoVENICE, Fla. – An Engle­wood teen was taken to Sara­sota Memo­r­ial Hos­pi­tal on Fri­day after a one-car acci­dent on Jacaranda Boulevard.

Todd Park, 17, lost con­trol of his vehi­cle as he was dri­ving south on Jacaranda Boule­vard, toward Engle­wood Road, the Florida High­way Patrol reports. Todd ran the 2000 Toy­ota 4-Runner off the road at a curve; the SUV rotated clock­wise before over­turn­ing, FHP reports. It went 44 feet in a north­east direc­tion and the driver’s side hit a tree. Con­tinue read­ing this story…

Supervisor of Elections invites scholarship applications

Sub­mit­ted by Sara­sota County Super­vi­sor of Elec­tions Ron Turner

SARASOTA, Fla. – Sara­sota County Super­vi­sor of Elec­tions Ron Turner is accept­ing appli­ca­tions for a schol­ar­ship to be awarded by the Florida State Asso­ci­a­tion of Super­vi­sors of Elec­tions (FSASE) this year.

The FSASE is offer­ing three $1,200 schol­ar­ships to eli­gi­ble college/university juniors or seniors enrolled or accepted as full-time stu­dents in an accred­ited Florida uni­ver­sity or col­lege. Con­tinue read­ing this story…

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