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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…

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…

Englewood motorcyclist killed in head-on collision on 776

FHP logoENGLEWOOD, Fla. – An Engle­wood motor­cy­clist was killed Thurs­day when his vehi­cle was struck by a car dri­ven by an elderly woman, the Florida High­way Patrol said.

Kevin Stu­art Orf, 49, was dri­ving south on Indi­ana Avenue at about 7:40 p.m. and was approach­ing Fox­wood Boule­vard when his motor­cy­cle col­lided with a Dodge Car­a­van that was com­ing the other way, accord­ing to the FHP report released Sat­ur­day. Con­tinue read­ing this story…

Sarasota sheriff: Missing woman has been found

Sylvia Sue Charles. (CCSO)

Sylvia Sue Charles. (CCSO)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Sylvia Sue Charles, 73, has been found and is safe, the Sara­sota County Sheriff’s Office said.

The announce­ment came at 7:19 p.m. Fri­day, Dec. 30. No fur­ther details were relayed.

SSCO on Fri­day announced a Sil­ver Alert for Charles, who, accord­ing to the Char­lotte County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO), suf­fers from Demen­tia and Alzheimers Dis­ease. CCSO said on Thurs­day that the last time she had been seen was at 10 a.m. Thurs­day on Placida Road, but on Fri­day SSCO said she’d been seen Thurs­day after­noon in Sarasota.


Orig­i­nal story: 

Sylvia Sue Charles, 73, is miss­ing, accord­ing to the Char­lotte County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO).

Charles, who suf­fers from Demen­tia and Alzheimers Dis­ease, was last seen at 10 a.m. Thurs­day on Placida Road, police said. She has no cell­phone, med­ica­tions or money. Con­tinue read­ing this story…

Tennis in Rotonda



ROTONDA, Fla. — As we approach the new year, win­ter ten­nis games are unfold­ing at the Rotonda Com­mu­nity Park ten­nis courts. Mas­ters Ten­nis’ POP 60 and Fuzz Ball will debut with a demon­stra­tion and clinic for both on Jan.21, start­ing at 10 a.m., with play con­tin­u­ing every other week there­after.  Spe­cial rack­ets and balls will be pro­vided for these Mas­ters car­dio games.

Try­ing to get back in the game, out of shape, recov­er­ing from injury or just want­ing to improve your present game? POP 60 and Fuzz Ball are just what the doc­tor ordered. The Park is located at 100 Boule­vard East and Parade in Rotonda West. Con­tinue read­ing this story…

Learn about large-tooth sawfish in lecture

Join Ann­marie Fear­ing, Uni­ver­sity of South­ern Mis­sis­sippi grad­u­ate stu­dent, at a lec­ture at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 11 at Bayshore Live Oak Park to learn about the crit­i­cally endan­gered large-tooth saw­fish pop­u­la­tion, how it has changed over the last cen­tury, and the study being under­taken to col­lect DNA from exist­ing saw­fish ros­tra (saws).  These stud­ies help sci­en­tists under­stand more about the past saw­fish pop­u­la­tions so that they can be bet­ter man­aged in the future. Char­lotte Har­bor is one of the last strong­holds for these crit­i­cally endan­gered species. Con­tinue read­ing this story…

Sammy is the Suncoast Humane Society Pet of the Week

Sammy20161383BSub­mit­ted by Sun­coast Humane Society

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – Meet Sammy, the Sun­coast Humane Society’s pet of the week.

Sammy is a 5-year-old Domes­tic Short­hair weigh­ing 14 pounds.  He has a soft, white coat and golden eyes. Sammy is much like Mighty in that he enjoys the com­pany of peo­ple of all ages as well as the com­pany of dogs. He’s been well trained, comes when called, can climb a bunk bed lad­der and can also open door latches.  He is a clas­si­cally curi­ous cat and an excel­lent hunter who will alert you to an intrud­ing spi­der or other unwanted bug.   Sammy, like most cats, feels com­fort­able in high places.  He has a very pleas­ant dis­po­si­tion and enjoys attention.

To meet Sammy, stop by the SHS Adop­tion Cen­ter at 6781 San Casa Drive. For more infor­ma­tion, call 941−474−7884.

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