December 14, 2009

Concrete Countertops, Etc. in Business Weekly

The recent expansion and unique service of Sarasota's Concrete Countertops, Etc. was featured in today's Business Weekly, a feature of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. The following is an excerpt from the article, entitled "From Cement and Water, a Niche Industry is Born," by Residential Real Estate reporter Tom Bayles:

Returning to Florida in early 2008, Brady took a job with a concrete design company. But he saw potential in using the product in different ways.

"On one hand, this stuff has been used for thousands of years, yet in this day and age people want it to be perfect," Brady said. "It's hard to maintain the balance between being a hand-made, artistic product and the stain-resistant durability that a customer seeks in their kitchens."

He did not stay with the company for long: "My entrepreneurial spirit got the best of me. I have always worked on my own, and now I had found concrete countertops."

Read the entire article here. For more information about Concrete Countertops, Etc. please visit www.concretecountertopsetc.com.

December 08, 2009

Ina May Gaskin Awarded Honorary Doctorate

Ina May Gaskin of Summertown, Tennessee, was awarded the title “Honorary Doctor” by the Thames Valley University, London, England, on November 24, 2009. The award was presented by the faculty of the Health and Human Sciences division of the University in recognition of her work in demonstrating through midwifery and natural childbirth that women’s bodies still work as they were designed. Gaskin accepted the award in the Grand Auditorium of Wembley Stadium before an audience of 600.

Gaskin, who will turn 70 in March, thanked her mother for not scaring her about childbirth; Dr. Grantly Dick-Read (author of the classic Childbirth Without Fear); her high school biology teacher for teaching her to keep an open mind; her husband, Stephen Gaskin, for allowing 270 young people to accompany him on a lecture tour in the winter of 1970-71; and several physicians for mentoring her during the early years of her career as midwife.

Gaskin also thanked “the little Capuchin monkey who, in 1970, held my hand with an electrifying touch, thereby teaching me in an instant that I could also have touch that powerful if I lived as much in the moment as she did.”

With the honorary degree, Gaskin is now a PhD(Hon.), as well as a CPM, Certified Professional Midwife. She is Executive Director of the Farm Midwifery Center, which she helped found in 1971; the center has handled more than 2600 births, with statistics showing much better than average outcomes. Gaskin herself has attended more than 1200 births. She is author of Spiritual Midwifery, now in its fourth edition, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, and a new book, Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding.

Gaskin lectures internationally at midwifery conferences, at medical schools and hospitals, both to students and to faculty. She was President of Midwives’ Alliance of North America from 1996 to 2002. In 1997, she received the ASPO/Lamaze Irwin Chabon Award and the Tennessee Perinatal Association Recognition Award. She was featured in Salon magazine’s “Brilliant Careers” in 1999. In 2003 she was chosen as Visiting Fellow of Morse College, Yale University.

Gaskin transformed her observation of increasing maternal mortality in the United States into The Safe Motherhood Quilt Project, a national effort to honor women who have died of pregnancy-related causes and to draw public attention to the high maternal death rate in the U.S.

Her promotion of a low-intervention but extremely effective method for dealing with one of the most-feared birth complications, shoulder dystocia, has resulted in that method being adopted by a growing number of practitioners. The Gaskin maneuver is the first obstetrical procedure to be named for a midwife. Gaskin learned it from a Belizean midwife, who had learned it from indigenous midwives in Guatemala.

November 21, 2009

Gilkey's Cherokee Park West on SRQ Cover

The Cherokee Park West project, a collaboration between Michael A. Gilkey, Inc. landscape architecture and Jonathan Parks Architect, was featured on the cover of the November SRQ Magazine. The award-winning project has received national attention, and SRQ editor Lisl Liang and writer Lindsay Downey took notice. The following excerpts are from the feature, entitled "Cherokee Romance."

Nestled among towering oaks and statuesque retreats in Sarasota’s exclusive Cherokee Park neighborhood sits a home reminiscent of a bygone era, where cool breezes float through grandiose windows and indoor and outdoor spaces flow into one. The crisp white, art deco-meets Moroccan-style home extends effortlessly to a series of inventive outdoor rooms where hedges create walls, hardscape mimics tile, tree canopies define the ceiling and textured plants accent a vibrant outdoor décor.

Architect Jonathan Parks designed the home at 1729 Cherokee Drive with influences of the 1920s, a time when open windows and natural light paid homage to architectural clarity and brought a sense of organic nature to the indoors. But what began as a home designed to pay tribute to the legacy of the quiet, family-oriented Cherokee Park neighborhood became one of the most innovative uses of indoor-outdoor spaces in the city, with Parks and landscape architect Michael A. Gilkey, Jr. meshing their visions into one. “The thoughtfulness of going through and really tying the landscape and the architecture together, it’s one of the most collaborative projects we’ve done,” Parks says. The home, which was completed in December 2008 and is listed for a sale price of $2.5 million, won Residential Design and Build magazine’s 2009 Design Excellence Award for Outdoor Living and the Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects’ 2009 Award of Honor.

Whereas a landscape architect might typically come in at the end of a home construction project, Gilkey and Parks talked through design concepts together from day one. “They had to be on the same page philosophically and their hearts and minds really needed to be in tune with each other,” says (owner and developer Jan) Zachariasse. The artists envisioned small courtyards and romantic gardens comprising a series of distinct yet intimate exterior spaces that would spill out from the modular home.

November 06, 2009

Concrete Countertops, Etc. Expands Studio

The Sarasota-based concrete surface studio Concrete Countertops, Etc. has relocated to Eastern Industrial Park. The larger workspace, located at 1939 Barber Road in Sarasota, can now meet the needs of the company’s thriving business and enhanced fabrication capabilities.

“After over a year in business and a certification in Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete under my belt, I felt the need to expand my workspace,” says Concrete Countertops, Etc. owner Jake Brady. “Now that I can fabricate much larger custom pieces, the word has spread, and I’m busier than I’ve ever been.”

Jake Brady’s training in Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete (GFRC) allows him to use an environmentally friendly substitute for traditional Portland cement. He also applies ultra-fast UV sealants, resulting in 28-day strength in just one day. This combination of technologies creates a 62% reduction in carbon footprint, and the ability to create smooth, seamless pieces of up to 12’ in length. These technologies allow Brady to increase production and create a lighter weight, more durable product. Most recently, Concrete Countertops, Etc. has installed the kitchen surfaces for a newly constructed Mission Valley Estates residence in Nokomis. This Josh Wynne Construction project is receiving Green certification from the Florida Green Building Council, Energy Star, FPL Build Smart and other groups. Concrete Countertops, Etc. has also teamed up with local landscape architecture studio Michael A. Gilkey, Inc., to co-design a new line of custom concrete planters.

ABOUT CONCRETE COUNTERTOPS, ETC.: Established in 2008, Concrete Countertops, Etc. is an innovative concrete design and installation studio in Sarasota, Florida. In step with the very latest in concrete and LEED certification requirements, owner Jake Brady takes pride in his commitment to ecological responsibility and creative and elegant surface technology. Concrete Countertops, Etc. offers a unique technique, sustainable mix design, and philosophy that can satisfy the unique vision of his discerning clientele. The surfaces created by Concrete Countertops, Etc. are beautiful and long lasting, and play a vital role in reducing the burden on our nation’s landfills. For more information, please call Jake Brady at (941) 232-1411, or visit www.concretecountertopsetc.com.

Local Amish Holiday Gift Baskets: Delivered!

Ashley’s Food Delivery, Sarasota’s only multi-restaurant delivery service, has teamed up with local Amish restaurant Troyer’s Dutch Heritage to offer locally made gift baskets available for delivery this holiday season. Ideal for personal and corporate gift giving, these food-filled baskets reflect the traditional heritage and old-fashioned charm of Sarasota’s local Amish community.
“Troyer’s gift baskets offer true local flavor with homemade baked goods and home-style delicacies produced right here in Sarasota, making a truly unique gift,” says Liz Sniegocki, co-owner of Ashley’s Food Delivery. “With delivery available to homes and offices throughout the area, they are also a convenient gift option, perfect for clients, friends and family. Plus, gift givers have the satisfaction of knowing they are supporting our local economy with their purchases.”

The Troyer’s Heritage Basket features 100 percent locally made treats from the Troyer’s Dutch Heritage bakery and restaurant, as well as a copy of the newly-published Heritage Favorites cookbook, a collection of family recipes from Troyer’s employees. Included is a small homemade pie, home-style fudge, fresh granola, apple butter, jam, old-fashioned candies and more.
Also available for delivery are the Troyer’s Brunch Basket (filled with home-style goodies including homemade sweet bread & cookies, coffee, tea, two ceramic Troyer’s mugs, jelly, fruit mix, homemade peanut butter, candy and more) and the Troyer’s Party Basket (a sampling of Amish delights including a summer sausage, a cheese round, pretzels & crackers and Amish dressings & dips).In addition to Troyer’s gift baskets, Ashley’s is also delivering a variety of baskets and sweet gift items from Peterbrooke Chocolatier. The Chocolate Lover’s Holiday Basket is a sweet tooth’s dream, filled with Peterbrooke’s signature chocolate covered popcorn, handmade assortments and hand-dipped specialties.
Ashley’s Food Delivery makes seasonal gift giving easy and convenient with a complete Gift Basket Delivery Menu available at www.ashleysfood.com. Order online, or call 953-FOOD and let a customer service representative help you select the perfect gifts for friends and family, colleagues and clients. Delivery is available everyday; 72 hour notice is requested. Featured holiday gift baskets (mentioned here) are $55.00, including delivery; or a variety of delectable gift selections are available to fit your budget. Complimentary gift cards can be included with all gifts, upon request.

About Ashley’s Food Delivery:
The area’s only multi-restaurant delivery service, Ashley’s Food Delivery partners with over 35 restaurants in Sarasota and Bradenton to deliver everything from home-cooked, comfort food to elegant, gourmet dining. Ashley’s Food offers residential & corporate meal delivery, drop-off catering services and gift basket delivery. The service is open for lunch delivery Monday through Friday (Sarasota only) and dinner delivery every day. For more information, call 953-FOOD or visit www.AshleysFood.com.

November 05, 2009

Maternal Health Weekend: Events Summary

Last weekend, Sarasota was host to several events aimed at improving maternal health care here at home and throughout the country. Headlining the weekend was Sunday afternoon's panel discussion Maternal Health Care in the 21st Century: Sarasota and Beyond. Present for this and all other events was the world's leading midwife, Ina May Gaskin.

Ms. Gaskin began her visit to Sarasota with a Clinical Conference for the medical staff of Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) on Friday, October 30. Her presentation was entitled "Combining the Best of Modern Obstetrics with Respect for Nature and Traditional Midwifery Approaches." Her objectives were threefold: to explore the knowledge base and skills common to traditional midwifery; to understand the need for both modern obstetrics and (authentic) midwifery; and to build positive relationships between the two professions (especially with regard to home birth midwives). Present at the conference were SMH Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine Dr. Washington Hill; Sarasota County Health Department OB/GYN Dr. John Abu; Licensed Midwives Christina Holmes and Alina Vogelhut; and several members of the hospital staff and the community, including childbirth educators, nurses and retired physicians. The presentation will be available via podcast on the SMH Continuing Education website.

Friday afternoon found Ina May Gaskin touring both of Sarasota's freestanding birth centers (Birthways Family Birth Center and Rosemary Birthing Home), and having lunch with Sonia Pressman Fuentes, the co-founder of the National Organization for Women (NOW). Two of the most influential women in recent American history, the pair discussed the shift in birth culture in the last half century, the difference between American governmental structure and that of most European countries with better maternal outcomes, and the role of the feminist movement in changing the American perception of birth.

Saturday morning, October 31, Ina May Gaskin presented the Safe Motherhood Quilt Project at the Selby Public Library. Ms. Gaskin spoke to Sarasota's SNN News Channel 6 before the presentation, saying "In 2007, the World Health Organization reported that there are forty other countries that do better at preventing maternal death than the United States." Three panels of the quilt were shown in the library's Geldbart Auditorium, after having been hung from the atrium balcony during the week prior. These three panels contained 58 squares, each representing a woman who has died of pregnancy or childbirth related causes in America since 1982. Ms. Gaskin argues that simple measures such as a unified federal death certificate and an increase in percentage of hospital autopsies would dramatically improve U.S. maternal outcomes. The presentation was followed by a booksigning benefiting the project, as well as Florida Friends of Midwives (FFOM), a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to promoting and preserving access to midwifery care in Florida. Ms. Gaskin signed copies of her classic Spiritual Midwifery, the gold standard prenatal education book Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, and her newest release, Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding, said by Dr. Christiane Northrup to be "the best thing ever written on the subject."

Sunday afternoon at 3:00 pm, Ina May Gaskin met in the Hyatt Regency Sarasota Ballroom with Dr. Washington Hill once more, as well as Sarasota Healthy Start Coalition executive director Jennifer Highland and Representative Keith Fitzgerald, for a panel discussion called Maternal Health Care in the 21st Century: Sarasota and Beyond. The discussion was moderated by Sarasota Vice Mayor Kelly Kirschner, who shared his perspective as a City Commissioner that improved maternal health is a formula of community growth.The panel was a free program which included refreshments and a 28 page Maternal Health Resource Guide, all made possible by the hard work of the sponsoring organizations and the generosity of several business partners. Approximately 250-275 people attended the discussion, including several guests of expertise in the field of maternal health and associated disciplines.
Dr. Washington Hill was the first to speak, pointing to a collaborative model of care as the standard for positive outcomes, and encouraging open communication between the many components of maternal health care and its providers.Ina May Gaskin followed, discussing maternal death, its possible prevention and ways to move toward accurate recordkeeping, and the importance of prenatal health. She illustrated strategies in other countries with much better outcomes than ours, such as the Netherlands, which provides its new pregnant women with paid postpartum care. Jennifer Highland then presented a staggering display of statistics illustrating Sarasota's place in Florida and the rest of the country in categories such as infant death, fetal death, smoking during pregnancy, breastfeeding rates and more. Jennifer suggested that Sarasota County's high cesarean section percentage be closely examined and reversed to improve preterm birth rates and NICU admissions, and that prenatal health be a priority of all parties involved.
Finally, Florida House of Representatives Health and Family Services Policy Council member Rep. Keith Fitzgerald gave the audience a history of health insurance, an overview of health care reform issues, and a call to action. When talking about the frequency of special interest groups' appointments with him and his colleagues, Fitzgerald asked: "Where are you?"

Questions were then taken from audience members, who asked about tort reform, individual OB/GYN's c-section rates, and women's intuition--among many other things.

After the panel discsussion, Florida Friends of Midwives (FFOM) hosted the tribute An Evening with Ina May Gaskin in the Boathouse of the Hyatt Regency Sarasota. Guests received keepsake tickets, signed a book of gratitude for Ms. Gaskin, and viewed a tribute DVD of her work and its manifestation through the midwives and midwife-assisted births here in Sarasota. Net proceeds of approximately $2500 will help FFOM in their strategy to protect Florida's midwives and their laws, and to improve public awareness of the Midwives Model of Care.It was the honor of a lifetime for Kangaroo Promotions to provide event planning services, graphic design coordination, media and community relations and all marketing services for The Safe Motherhood Quilt Project Presentation, Maternal Health Care in the 21st Century: Sarasota and Beyond, and An Evening with Ina May Gaskin.

October 29, 2009

Urban Reef to Open in Downtown Sarasota


URBAN REEF is proud to announce its grand opening, infusing a fresh vacation atmosphere into the heart of downtown Sarasota. The Reef is cooking up fresh tropical cuisine with an edgy twist, nightly live entertainment and a wide range of special events. URBAN REEF is owned and operated by the two-generation Sarasota family of Larry and Kathy Heinzerling and Eric and Andrea Zito. The grand opening is set for Thursday, November 12th, with a soft opening on Monday, November 2nd.

With inspiration from traditional Floribbean cuisine, Urban Reef has developed a menu with that is unique to Sarasota, bringing the beach into the city with fresh, local seafood. Common ingredients in the URBAN REEF kitchen are bold and modern, featuring stars such as curry, coconut, coffee, pumpkin, cilantro, and ginger. For starters, URBAN REEF offers Caribbean inspired appetizers, featuring:

--Deep Fried Barbados Style Fish Fritters with House Tarter --Massa Corn Slow Braised Pork Tamale Cakes, Chipotle Chocolate Sauce, Sour Cream & Pineapple Pickled Ginger

Featured dishes from the URBAN REEF dinner menu include:

--Crispy Skin-on Snapper, Pineapple Slaw, Coconut Red Curry and Mango Salsa --Pan Seared Grouper, Spinach Lump Crab Stir Fry, Coo Coo Cake and Peppercorn Beurre Blanc --Coffee Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Goombay Smash Yucca Sweet Potatoes and Apple Jus

URBAN REEF offers live entertainment both upstairs and downstairs, including a vast array of talent from local DJ's, singers, bands, and karaoke performers. There are several events planned to round out the holiday season, including special industry nights, block parties and charity functions, including a benefit in early December for Daxton Cole Blanford, a nine month old baby with stomach cancer. All cover charges from the benefit will go directly to the Blanford family. “We love our community,” said co-owner Eric Zito. “We want nothing more than to add to our growing town and for our town to love us right back.”

Join the URBAN REEF family on Thursday, November 12th, for a fabulous grand opening weekend with great entertainment, food and drink specials, and prize giveaways. For more information, please call (941) 365-5181.

ABOUT URBAN REEF: Urban Reef is located at 1888 Main Street, on the corner of Links and Main in the heart of downtown Sarasota. The restaurant is open Monday through Saturday for lunch from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, and again for dinner from 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM. The bar is open until 2:00 am Monday through Saturday. Dinner prices range from $15-$24 a dish. For more information, please call (941) 365.5181.

October 20, 2009

National Parkinson Leader Comes to Sarasota

Dr. Michael Okun, MD, Medical Director for the National Parkinson Foundation, will visit Sarasota this weekend to tour the Neuro Challenge Foundation (NCF) Parkinson Comprehensive Care Center and to meet with NCF leaders. Dr. Okun has taken a special interest in the Sarasota based foundation, where more than 1,300 Parkinson patients annually receive counseling and recommendations on a broad array of treatments designed specifically for Parkinson Diesease. The Care Center is part of an elite group of Parkinson Disease centers, due to its large caseload and its geographic location outside of a university setting.

Dr. Okun will also participate in the first annual Neuro Challenge Foundation Charity Golf Tournament this Saturday at the Heritage Oaks Golf and Country Club. All proceeds from the scramble format tournament will benefit Neuro Challenge Foundation, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of people struggling with Parkinson Disease and other neurodegenerative disorders.

Dr. Okun will be the guest of Neuro Challenge Foundation Medical Advisor Dr. Dean Sutherland, MD, PhD and will speak to NCF Foundation supporters at a dinner following the golf tournament. Both doctors are at the forefront of Parkinson research and support services. The mission of Sarasota’s Neuro Challenge Foundation is unique and local, yet consistent with the message of the National Parkinson Foundation: to improve the quality of care for people with Parkinson’s disease through research, education and outreach.

Check-in for the tournament is at 11:00 am, followed by a putting contest and driving practice. Golfers have the chance to win cash and prizes on the course including $5,000 on a par 3 hole. The tournament begins at 1:00 pm and will end with a cocktail hour, dinner, raffle and the announcement of prizes, including a 42” flat screen TV, golf clubs, gift certificates and more. Registration for the tournament is $95 per player, and may be reserved by calling Mark Bisgeier at (941) 400-7867 or emailing golf@neurochallenge.org. Tickets for the dinner only are $35. “Bring your friends and enjoy an excellent day of play,” says Bisgeier. “And create some hope along the way.”About The Neuro Challenge Foundation: The Neuro Challenge Foundation is advised by Sarasota physicians Dean P. Sutherland, M.D., Ph.D., Bernard Feinberg, M..D. and Donald Negroski, M.D., and is dedicated to the fight against Parkinson Disease, MS and related neurodegenerative diseases. The Foundation, operated entirely through volunteer time and charitable donations, maintains a Parkinson Comprehensive Care Center in Sarasota, Florida. At the Center, patients and families receive advice on surgical and non-surgical treatments, counseling, health and fitness, home services and more. The Center offers a level of care that rivals major university medical centers. Patients seen at the Parkinson Disease Center have access to the latest information, medications, surgeries, diagnostic tests, rehabilitation services and alternative therapies. As a result, the reputation of the Center has grown by leaps and bounds, extending to the entire state of Florida and beyond.

About the National Parkinson Foundation: The mission of the National Parkinson Foundation is to improve the quality of care for people with Parkinson’s disease through research, education and outreach. Founded in 1957, NPF is a leading national organization with an extensive grassroots network of Centers of Excellence, chapters and support groups in the United States, Canada and internationally. Unique among the national Parkinson’s organizations, NPF is the only organization with a singular focus on improving the quality of care in Parkinson’s disease. Since 1982, NPF has funded more than $150 million in care, research and support services.

About Dr. Michael Okun, MD: Michael S. Okun, MD is Co-director of the Movement Disorders Center located within the McKnight Brain Institute and the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Okun is dedicated to an interdisciplinary care concept, and since his appointment as the National Medical Director for the National Parkinson Foundation in 2006, he has worked with the 64 NPF Centers to help foster the best possible environments for care, research and outreach in Parkinson disease. Dr. Okun has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles, and has served as a reviewer for more than 25 major medical journals. He has been invited to speak about Parkinson disease and movement disorders in various regions throughout the world, and he is currently a faculty and founding member for SUPPORT-PD, which aims to bring functional Parkinson and Movement Disorders Surgery to “countries in need” around the globe.

October 19, 2009

Michael A. Gilkey, Jr. in AIA's 10 x 10

Sarasota Landscape Architect Michael A. Gilkey is excited to join a cast of ten designers as they present "10 x 10: Ten Slides by Ten Designers," and answer the question: What Inspires You?
Each designer will present 10 slides illustrating their inspirational sources. Each slide will be presented for no longer than 30 seconds, creating a fun, fast atmosphere for creative dialogue.

The 10 x 10 event is held quarterly by the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The show will take place at the Art Center of Sarasota this Friday, October 23 at 5:30 pm. Admission is $5 for AIA members and $10 for the public.

October 06, 2009

Marcy Chapman Featured in Style Magazine

Sarasota water media artist Marcy Chapman was featured in the October issue of Style Magazine, a Herald-Tribune Media Group publication. Writer Su Byron's interview with Marcy follows in its entirety.

Marcy Chapman began painting nearly 30 years ago as the result of a "happy accident," when she enrolled in a watercolor class because a guitar class was canceled. "The second I picked up my paintbrush, I knew I had found my thing," she says. After taking a variety of college art courses and workshops taught by noted artists, the former English teacher blossomed as a visual artist. Chapman went on to create a large body of work in a continually evolving style. She and her husband moved to Sarasota three years ago. "I couldn't be happier," she says. Her work can be seen at www.marcychapman.com.

How do you describe your recent work?
I call it contemporary impressionism or mixed water media presented without the visual interference of glass.

What's the advantage of leaving off the glass?
Clarity. Without the visual barrier of glass, the vivid colors of the painted surface are fully exposed. You can see the transparency and expression of light. You can also avoid those annoying reflections.

What landscapes inspire you the most?
I've always been an avid gardener and observer of nature. The tropical environment in Florida constantly inspires me. Gardens, individual plants and flowers, water scenes and birds all fascinate me and end up in my work.

Other than the natural world, what inspires you?
I'm interested in architectural structures and details: cottages, gates and fountains, especially.

Who are your principal artistic influences?
I love to paint the emotion I feel without being tied to a particular school or influence.

What's your take on Sarasota's visual arts scene?
A strong artistic presence enhances so many facets of this community. It's wonderful, positive and supportive. So many places call themselves an arts community. Sarasota is truly deserving of that name.

September 29, 2009

New Release: Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding

On October 31st, Ina May Gaskin, the mother of the modern American midwifery movement, will sign her latest release Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding at the Selby Public Library. The signing will take place immediately following Ms. Gaskin’s 11:00 am presentation of The Safe Motherhood Quilt, her project intended to raise awareness about the hidden problem of maternal mortality in the United States. The quilt will be displayed in the library’s atrium from October 26th-31st. Ms. Gaskin’s two earlier books, Spiritual Midwifery and Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, which currently rank first and second on Amazon’s Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Gynecology bestseller list, will also be available for purchase and signing. Proceeds from the sale will benefit The Safe Motherhood Quilt Project and Florida Friends of Midwives, a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to promoting and preserving midwifery access in Florida.

Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding is filled with helpful advice, medical facts, and real-life stories to help mothers understand how and why breastfeeding works, and how to use it to more deeply connect with their babies and their own bodies. Whether you’re a mother planning to nurse for the first time or are looking for the latest, most up-to-date expert advice available, you couldn’t hope to find a better guide than Ina May.

Drawing on her decades of experience in caring for pregnant women, mothers, and babies, Ina May Gaskin explores the health and psychological benefits of breastfeeding and gives invaluable practical advice intended to help mothers nurse their babies in the most fulfilling way possible. Answers to virtually every question on breastfeeding can be found in this book, including topics such as:

•the benefits of breastfeeding
•nursing challenges
•pumps and other nursing products
•sleeping arrangements
•nursing and work
•medications
•nursing multiples
•weaning
•sick babies
•nipplephobia, and much more.

Praise for Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding

“Ina May Gaskin is an international treasure. Her new guide to breastfeeding is the best thing ever written on the subject. A must-have for all pregnant women interested in the best start for their babies.” —Christiane Northrup, M.D., Author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause

"This book is all we've come to expect of Ina May Gaskin—warm, wise, solidly based in real experiences, and sensitive to the needs and lives of women in all their complexity. It's the only breastfeeding book you'll need."—Barbara Katz Rothman and Wendy Simonds, authors of Laboring On

“Simply put, midwife Ina May Gaskin is the most important person in maternity care in North America, bar none.”—Marsden Wagner, M.D., M.S., former Director of Women’s and Children’s Health, World Health Organization

“Breastfeeding is one of life’s greatest joys. And there is no better guide to have at your side than the legendary Ina May!”—Harvey Karp, M.D., author of The Happiest Baby on the Block and creator of the DVD

“Ina May Gaskin’s words of wisdom are a gift to all women. Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding is the perfect informative companion to Spiritual Midwifery and Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth. All of them hold a treasured place in my library and should, no doubt, be part of yours.”—Ricki Lake, coauthor of Your Best Birth and cocreator of the documentary The Business of Being Born

September 20, 2009

Michael A. Gilkey, Inc. : Ornamental Outlook

Sarasota landscape architecture studio Michael A. Gilkey, Inc. was the cover story of this month’s Ornamental Outlook magazine, a horticultural trade publication with a wide readership in Florida.

Magazine editor Paul Rusnak visited Sarasota to interview Gilkey in July. He spent several hours with Michael, discussing the landscape design industry and touring several finished projects. The complete interview and photo slideshow are available on www.ornamentaloutlook.com.

An excerpt from the cover story: "According to Gilkey, an award-winning design begins with positive working relationships among the owner, architect, landscape architect, and all other subcontractors and suppliers. 'Because of these relationships and open lines of communication, we see a true collaborative process that benefits the project through expertise and commitment of everyone involved,' Gilkey says. While winning awards is nice, Gilkey says there’s no higher compliment than one from his father. 'Dad still critiques every job I do,” he says. “I got a B+ a couple weeks ago, which is the highest grade I’ve ever gotten from him. So, I’m doing pretty well,' he chuckles."

For more information about Michael A. Gilkey, Inc., please visit www.magilkey.com or call the studio at 941.924.0132.

ABOUT MICHAEL A. GILKEY, INC.: Michael A. Gilkey, Inc. is a landscape architecture studio in Sarasota, Florida, established in 1981. Through a passion for pure design and personal relationships with architects, contractors and homeowners, Gilkey creates expressions of outdoor space that are direct translations of their clients’ visions. For more information, please visit www.magilkey.com or call (941) 924-0132.

ABOUT ORNAMENTAL OUTLOOK: Ornamental Outlook reaches out to Florida nursery and landscape professionals by reporting on the latest news, trends, events, and products making an impact on the Florida marketplace. An experienced and dedicated staff strives to deliver timely and useful information to help sustain success and bolster business. For more information, please visit www.ornamentaloutlook.com or call (407) 539-6552.

September 16, 2009

Ashley's Delivers Dinner from Two Local Favorites

Ashley’s Food Delivery, the area’s only multi-restaurant delivery service, is offering free delivery* when you place a dinner** order from Simon’s Coffee House or Word of Mouth (Osprey Ave.), through September 30.

“Simon’s and Word of Mouth, local favorites for breakfast and lunch, now offer dinner - and we’ll deliver it right to your door,” says co-owner Liz Sniegocki. “We post nightly dinner options and dinner specials from each café on our website every day to make ordering easy.”

Simon’s Coffee House offers over 15 different dinner items every night, updated daily on Ashley’s website (www.ashleysfood.com). The restaurant strives to use organic, sustainable products on the menu, which features eclectic, whole food entrees such as: Roasted Salmon, Black Bean Cakes, Mushroom Ravioli and Pork Tenderloin.

Word of Mouth, located on Osprey Avenue, has a variety of homemade dinner entrees to choose from, as well nightly dinner specials. Dinners are served with soup or salad, vegetable of the day and choice of potato, rice or pasta. Home-style favorites offered include: Thanksgiving Dinner, Gourmet Meatloaf, Chicken Picatta and Eggplant Parmesan.

To redeem free delivery on dinner orders from Word of Mouth and Simon’s Coffee House, place your order online at www.AshleysFood.com and use the coupon code “dinner” at checkout. Or mention the “dinner special” when you call 953-FOOD.

*Promotion is valid on dinner orders from Simon’s and Word of Mouth only, through 9/30/09. A minimum $25 food order is required. Free delivery value is $3.75.

**Simon’s dinner delivery hours: Mon.-Sat., 4:30-7:30pm. Word of Mouth dinner delivery hours: Tues.-Sat., 4:30-8:00pm.


About Ashley’s Food Delivery: The area’s only multi-restaurant delivery service, Ashley’s Food Delivery partners with over 35 restaurants in Sarasota and Bradenton to deliver everything from home-cooked, comfort food to elegant, gourmet dining. Ashley’s Food offers residential & corporate meal delivery, drop-off catering services and gift basket delivery. The service is open for lunch delivery Monday through Friday (Sarasota only) and dinner delivery every day. For more information, call 953-FOOD or visit www.AshleysFood.com.

September 13, 2009

Sarasota Community Acupuncture Supports WSLR

Sarasota Community Acupuncture celebrated its first anniversary on Saturday, August 29, with an open house at their Towles Court practice, located at 200 South Washington Boulevard, Suite 1. The all-day celebration featured entertainment from local artists, food and refreshments, teas from Deja Brew, and acupuncture treatments. In gratitude for the support of their community, practitioners Gene Burgess, Melonie Burgess and Nate Mohler donated all proceeds from the day’s treatments to WSLR 96.5, Sarasota’s community-supported local radio station.

Guests at the event enjoyed acupuncture in a community setting, sitting in a quiet, soothing room with several recliners clustered in small groups. While most American acupuncturists treat patients on tables in individual cubicles, Sarasota Community Acupuncture feels the community setting has many benefits. “It’s easy for friends and family members to come in for treatment together,” says co-owner Gene Burgess, A.P. “Many patients find it comforting, and a collective energetic field becomes established which actually makes individual treatments more powerful.”
The clinic also sets itself apart with a unique sliding scale, reflective of the Asian method of practice. Most American acupuncturists see only one patient per hour, and charge $65 to $125 per treatment. The Sarasota Community Acupuncture philosophy is that acupuncture needs to be consistent, not expensive, to be effective. “The only way we can make acupuncture affordable and still make a living ourselves is to streamline our treatments and see multiple patients in an hour,” says co-owner Melonie Burgess, A.P. “This is the way acupuncture is practiced traditionally in Asia -- many patients per hour and very little talking.”

Saturday’s anniversary celebration at Sarasota Community Acupuncture embodied the spirit of community that makes this clinic unique, with local music, food, and support of WSLR 96.5. “We believe acupuncture can really make a difference in people's lives-it is really an untapped resource for many,” says Burgess. “It just needs to be more available and affordable and that is why we are here.”

The clients of Sarasota Community Acupuncture couldn’t be more satisfied. “The acupuncture I have been receiving has improved my sleep, digestion, energy and stamina,” says one client. “I feel so much better.” Says another regular customer, “(Sarasota Community Acupuncture) makes it possible for myself and others to afford acupuncture. Coming here makes a big difference with my health and wellbeing. What a difference in my life.”

About Sarasota Community Acupuncture: Sarasota Community Acupuncture is a famly practice committed to cultivating healthwith the practitioner and the patient in partnership. The mission of SCA is to provide the community with high quality and affordable acupuncture, and to create a treatment space that connects people and builds community. For more information, please visit www.sarasotacommunityacupuncture.com.

September 12, 2009

A Community Treat: The Hukilau Hut

The Hukilau Hut is an icon around Sarasota and Bradenton, its custom-made vehicles and delicious shave ices causing smiles and turning heads wherever they go. Juan Gutierrez, proprieter of the original Hukilau Hut based in Sarasota, drives the small RV shaped like one of his delicious shave ice treats, with custom hand-carved Hawaiian-inspired embellishments on nearly every part of the vehicle. Gutierrez's son-in-law, Luis Trujillo, has recently established a presence in Bradenton with his smaller modern version, also 100% hand-carved and custom designed. In addition to the original Hukilau Hut, there is now the Tropical Bamboo Bar, the Wild Island Truckster, the Huki-Huki Golf Cart and the Carribean Transport.It is not only their unique rides that make the Hukilau Hut's shave ices special, it's the more than twenty-five rich flavors. For $3, Juan or Luis will fill a giant cone with shave ice, and add one of many custom blends, including Hawaiian originals like Lulo, Mora, Curuba, and Tamarind. When your flavor is chosen you can then add their incredible sweet cream or marshmallow topping. Their flavors can also be mixed with spirits (provided by their clients) to create delicious mimosas, mojitos, margaritas and daiquiries.

So what's so special about shave ice, it's just like a sno-cone, right? Not hardly. Shave ice is a large block of ice spinning on a sharp blade. Just a fraction of the ice is shaved off to produce a fluffy, light 'snow' that captures and locks in the flavors within the snow flakes, and keeps them from draining to the bottom of the cup. "This method produces a much more fulfilling treat than the typical snow cone," says Gutierrez. "Those leave you with a load of syrup and ice at the bottom of your cup."

The Hukilau Hut was inspired by the famous North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. A 'Hukilau' is a gathering of people to have fun and share food, refreshment, and fellowship. The Hukilau Hut is available for luaus, parties, birthdays, grand openings, fundraisers or any celebration where fun is the objective!

In Sarasota, you can find Juan in front of the SwimMart on Tamiami Trail every Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon. In Bradenton, Luis serves his treats on Sunday afternoon in front of Mattress Firm on US41. The Hukilau Hut is available for rental at your event by calling 941-350-2029 in Sarasota, or 941-914-3597 in Bradenton. You can also email Juan at rgsteno@aol.com. For more information, please visit www.hukilauhut.com.

September 10, 2009

Michael A. Gilkey: Butterfly Gardening in Style

The September edition of the Herald-Tribune's Style Magazine included a section on 'green' wedding gifts, and featured butterfly gardens by Sarasota landscape architecture studio Michael A. Gilkey, Inc.

An excerpt: "Butterflies symbolize the cycle of life," says landscape architect Michael Gilkey. "A butterfly garden is a great gift for a new couple starting their lives together." For your newlywed couple, Gilkey will create a butterfly garden that is aesthetically pleasing and long-lasting. But Gilkey stresses there are deeper benefits. "Butterfly habitats are disappearing. The couple's new home can be their home too."

September 01, 2009

Ina May Gaskin to be Honored in Sarasota

Ina May Gaskin, the world’s leading midwife, is coming to Sarasota to participate in a panel discussion entitled Maternal Health Care in the 21st Century: Sarasota and Beyond, taking place at 3:00 pm on November 1st in the Sarasota Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Immediately following the program, Florida Friends of Midwives will host An Evening with Ina May Gaskin at the Hyatt Regency’s waterfront Boathouse, to begin at about 5:30 pm. Tickets for this event, going on sale in September, will cost $35 and will include dinner and live music from Radio-Free Carmela and the Transmitters. Guests will view a tribute to Ms. Gaskin’s work, enjoy a cash bar, and participate in a silent auction and raffle. All proceeds will benefit Florida Friends of Midwives, a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to promoting and preserving midwifery access in Florida.

Ina May Gaskin is internationally recognized as the mother of modern midwifery, and has been credited with the re-emergence of direct-entry midwifery in the United States since the early 1970's. Ms. Gaskin is founder and director of the Farm Midwifery Center, founded in 1971 and located near Summertown, Tennessee. By 1996, the Farm Midwifery Center had handled more than 2200 births, with remarkably good outcomes, noted for low rates of intervention, morbidity and mortality. Ms. Gaskin herself has attended more than 1200 births. She is author of Spiritual Midwifery, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, and Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding, to be released October 1st. She was President of Midwives' Alliance of North America from 1996 to 2002. The Gaskin maneuver, a low-interventive effective method for dealing with shoulder dystocia, is the first obstetrical procedure to be named for a midwife. Ms. Gaskin is also the originator and coordinator of The Safe Motherhood Quilt Project, a national effort developed to draw public attention to the current U.S. maternal death rates. Three panels of The Safe Motherhood Quilt will be on display at the Selby Public Library from October 26 – October 31. For more information about the Quilt Project, please visit www.rememberthemothers.org.

In addition to participating on the panel and being honored at the tribute dinner, during her stay in Sarasota, Ms. Gaskin will be presenting a Clinical Conference to the medical staff at Sarasota Memorial Hospital on Friday, October 30th, and presenting the Safe Motherhood Quilt Project at the Selby Public Library on Saturday, October 31st at 11 am. For more information about any of these events, please contact Laura Gilkey at laura@kangaroopromotions.net.

ABOUT FLORIDA FRIENDS OF MIDWIVES: Florida Friends of Midwives (FFOM) is a nonprofit grassroots organization dedicated to promoting the Midwives Model of Care and supporting the practice of midwifery in Florida. Florida Friends of Midwives was formed to support midwives who offer safe, cost-effective, evidence based care to Florida's Families. FFOM members are consumers and birth advocates with a common goal: to preserve the legal protection afforded to Florida's midwives and birth centers. They are committed to organizing the community to support midwives and to assure the continued availability of midwifery care in the State of Florida. For more information, please visit www.flmidwifery.org.

August 31, 2009

Michael A. Gilkey Featured in Herald-Tribune

The cover story in the Home and Garden section of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune Saturday, August 30th, was called 'Making an Entrance.' Several design experts were asked to share 'simple and affordable ways to create inspired, artful and inviting entranceways.' Michael A. Gilkey, Jr., landscape architect at Michael A. Gilkey, Inc., was featured. An exerpt:

"Michael Gilkey compares a home’s first impression to an inspired piece of music. A great entrance is like a well-crafted overture; it unfolds over time.

'Think about not just actual front-door area, but the arrival sequence,' he says. Begin with what leads up to the entrance. 'Entry walkways should lead the eye to the front door. If you have a brick or paver walkway, the pattern can reinforce the entry sequence. A tight pattern, such as herringbone, can add a moment of pause; a linear pattern, such as running bond, can move the eye quickly.'

To draw the eye, he says, there’s nothing like color: 'A splash of color near the front door will immediately attract direct attention to the destination.'

Plants are a vital part of the visual music. 'Use plants that are in scale, arranged with strong, clean organization to move the eye toward the home’s entrance,' he says.

Gilkey also advises enticing the sense of smell: 'Use ginger, jasmine and rosemary to add a touch of enticing fragrance near the front door.'

The finishing touch? 'A small architectural element in scale with the front entry, such as a cleanly planted vessel or a recirculating fountain, can create a sense of welcome.'

August 27, 2009

Sarasota Community Acupuncture Celebrates 1st Anniversary with Open House August 29th

Sarasota Community Acupuncture is celebrating its first anniversary this Saturday (August 29) with an open house at their Towles Court practice, located at 200 South Washington Boulevard, Suite 1. The celebration is scheduled for 9:00am – 6:00pm, and features entertainment from local artists, food and refreshments, teas from Deja Brew, and acupuncture treatments. In gratitude for the support of their community, practitioners Gene Burgess, Melonie Burgess and Nate Mohler will donate all proceeds from the day’s treatments to WSLR 96.5, Sarasota’s community-supported local radio station.

While most American acupuncturists treat patients on tables in individual cubicles, Sarasota Community Acupuncture offers treatments in a community setting. The clinic features several recliners clustered in small groups, in a quiet, soothing space. “Treating patients in a community setting has many benefits,” says co-owner Gene Burgess, A.P. “It’s easy for friends and family members to come in for treatment together. Many patients find it comforting, and a collective energetic field becomes established which actually makes individual treatments more powerful.”

The clinic’s unique sliding scale is also reflective of the Asian method of practice. Most American acupuncturists see only one patient per hour, and charge $65 to $125 per treatment. The Sarasota Community Acupuncture philosophy is that acupuncture needs to be consistent, not expensive, to be effective. “The only way we can make acupuncture affordable and still make a living ourselves is to streamline our treatments and see multiple patients in an hour,” says co-owner Melonie Burgess, A.P. “So we have returned to the traditional approach: we rely on a shorter, concise consultation, along with pulse and tongue diagnosis to determine treatment. This is the way acupuncture is practiced traditionally in Asia -- many patients per hour and very little talking.”

Saturday’s anniversary celebration at Sarasota Community Acupuncture will embody the spirit of community that makes this clinic unique, with local music, food, and support of WSLR 96.5. “We believe acupuncture can really make a difference in people's lives-it is really an untapped resource for many,” says Burgess. “It just needs to be more available and affordable and that is why we are here.”

About Sarasota Community Acupuncture: Sarasota Community Acupuncture (SCA) is a famly practice committed to cultivating healthwith the practitioner and the patient in partnership. The mission of SCA is to provide the community with high quality and affordable acupuncture, and to create a treatment space that connects people and builds community. For more information, please visit www.sarasotacommunityacupuncture.com.

August 25, 2009

Golf Tournament for Parkinson Disease

The first annual Neuro Challenge Foundation Charity Golf Tournament will be held at Sarasota’s Heritage Oaks Golf and Country Club on October 24, 2009. All proceeds from the golf scramble will benefit the Neuro Challenge Foundation, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of people struggling with Parkinson Disease and other neurodegenerative disorders. The Foundation's Parkinson Care Center is a unique and nationally recognized program and is located in the Institute for Advanced Medicine, just off Clark Road in Sarasota.

Check-in for the tournament is at 11:00 am, followed by a putting contest and driving practice. The tournament begins at 1:00 pm and will end with a cocktail hour, dinner, raffle and the announcement of prizes. Registration for the tournament is $120 per player , and may be reserved by calling Mark Besgeier at (941) 400-7867 or emailing golf@neurochallenge.org. Registration forms are also available at several private golf clubs, as well as at local golf stores and fitness clubs including Edwin Watts, Pro Golf Discount, Golf USA and the Sarasota Memorial HealthPlex Fitness Center, or by calling Neuro Challenge at 888-623-4463.

“Sarasota is a golfer’s paradise, and this tournament will bring awareness to our community, and to the need for funding and research to improve the lives of Parkinson’s patients,” says Doreen Sutherland, Neuro Challenge Foundation Chairman. "All of the proceeds from this event will benefit the 15,000 Parkinson patients and caregivers living in the Sarasota area by helping to keep the doors of our Neuro Challenge Parkinson Care Center open during challenging economic times."

The golf course at Heritage Oaks is a private 18-hole championship course. Originally built in 1997, the course was redesigned in the summer of 2006 by internationally known architect Ron Garl. The signature hole is number 18, a 385-yard par 4 nestled between the clubhouse and aquatic driving range. For dress code and more information about the golf course, please visit www.heritageoaksgolfcc.com.

Tax-deductible sponsorship opportunities are still available. “Bring your friends and enjoy an excellent day of play,” says Besgeier. “And create some hope along the way.”

About The Neuro Challenge Foundation: The Neuro Challenge Foundation is advised by Sarasota physicians Dean P. Sutherland, M.D., Ph.D., Bernard Feinberg, M..D. and Donald Negroski, M.D., and is dedicated to the fight against Parkinson Disease, MS and related neurodegenerative diseases. The Foundation, operated entirely through volunteer time and charitable donations, maintains a full-service, state-of-the-art Parkinson Disease Center in Sarasota, Florida. At the Center, patients and families receive advice on surgical and non-surgical treatments, counseling, health and fitness, home services and more. The Center offers a level of care that rivals major university medical centers. Patients seen at the Parkinson Disease Center have access to the latest information, medications, surgeries, diagnostic tests, rehabilitation services and alternative therapies. As a result, the reputation of the Center has grown by leaps and bounds, extending to the entire state of Florida and beyond.

August 19, 2009

The Healthy Start Coaltion of Sarasota County Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week 2009

BREASTFEEDING IS A LIFELINE IN AN EMERGENCY

Emergencies can happen anywhere. In Southwest Florida, we know all about hurricanes, tornadoes, and fires. Whatever the emergency, breastfeeding is a lifeline and a shield that protects infants.

During emergencies and catastrophes, infants and young children are especially vulnerable to malnutrition, illness, and death. The American Academy of Pediatrics’ breastfeeding recommendation—early initiation and exclusive breastfeeding until six months of age and continued breastfeeding for at least one year—is even more critical in emergencies.

Breastfeeding is the one safe and secure source of food and fluid for infants: it is instantly available, clean and ready, and it protects infants against illness, particularly by eliminating the need to mix formula with water that may be contaminated with fecal bacteria or other hazardous substances. For mothers who deliver their baby during an emergency, immediate breastfeeding can reduce the risk of post-partum hemorrhage after the birth.

As part of this year’s World Breastfeeding Week activities in August, the Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County, Inc., conducted its Annual Door Decorating Contest for local health care providers and others to promote and support breastfeeding in a public display. This year’s theme was “Breastfeeding: A Vital Emergency Response.”

The 2009 winners were:

  • Sarasota County Health Department, Children’s Health Center – Best Pediatric Display
  • Comprehensive Childcare Associates – Most Creative
  • First Step of Sarasota, Mothers and Infants Program – Most Beautiful
  • Sarasota County Health Department, Women’s Health Services – Best Obstetric Display
  • Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System, Lactation Services – Best Educational Display
  • Sarasota County Health Department, Women, Infant and Children Nutrition Program (WIC) – Best Use of Theme
If you need more information about breastfeeding, please call the Healthy Start Coalition office at 941-373-7070 to request a list of Breastfeeding Resources in Sarasota County.

About the Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County, Inc.: The Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to improve the health and well-being of pregnant women, infants and young children. For more information, contact Jennifer Highland, Executive Director of the Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County, at 941-373-7070.

August 12, 2009

Ashley's Back-to-School Special: Free Delivery

Get in the back-to-school spirit with free delivery on school nights (Sunday – Thursday) from Ashley’s Food Delivery, the area’s only multi-restaurant delivery service.

“It’s a busy time of year for families and a great time to take advantage of the convenience of our food delivery service,” says co-owner Liz Sniegocki. “We can deliver a delicious, wholesome dinner for the whole family right to you door – what could be simpler?”

Ashley’s Food Delivery offers a wide variety of restaurants to choose from to please everyone in the family. The restaurant delivery service recently added Chili’s and a local favorite, Word of Mouth, to their delivery menu. Both restaurants offer kids’ menus and full dinner menus.

“There are also options for family-style dinners from several of our restaurant partners,” says Sniegocki. “Basil’s Flame Broiled Chicken & Ribs, Roadside Rib Shack and Troyer’s Dutch Heritage all offer easy-to-order meals for a bunch.”

To redeem free delivery on school nights, place your order online at www.AshleysFood.com and use the coupon code “school” at checkout. Or mention the Back to School Special when you call 953-FOOD. (Promotion is valid Sunday through Thursday, on dinner orders only, through 9/3/09. A minimum $25 food order is required. Free delivery value is $3.75.)

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About Ashley’s Food Delivery: The area’s only multi-restaurant delivery service, Ashley’s Food Delivery partners with over 35 restaurants in Sarasota and Bradenton to deliver everything from home-cooked, comfort food to elegant, gourmet dining. Ashley’s Food offers residential & corporate meal delivery, drop-off catering services and gift basket delivery. The service is open for lunch delivery Monday through Friday (Sarasota only) and dinner delivery every day. For more information, call 953-FOOD or visit www.AshleysFood.com.

August 06, 2009

Ashley's Food Delivery in August Style Magazine

Congratulations to Ashley's Food Delivery for their feature in the August 2009 issue of Style Magazine, a publication of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune Media Group! Ashley's was selected because of their innovative new partnership with Cafe Italia, designed to bring their clients a romantic, affordable meal this summer.

An excerpt from the article: "Ashley's offers dinner delivery seven days a week from 29 different restaurants, with cuisine ranging from home-cooked comfort food to gourmet dining. Buon appetito! 953-3663."

Ashley's also offers customized catering services and delivers to all sectors of the hospitality and business industries. For more information, please visit www.ashleysfood.com.

July 31, 2009

Maternal Health Care in the 21st Century: Sarasota and Beyond

Sarasota, FL (July 31, 2009) -- On November 1, 2009, Sarasota will host a discussion entitled 'Maternal Health Care in the 21st Century: Sarasota and Beyond.' The program will feature a distinguished panel of internationally recognized speakers. The Sarasota-Manatee Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) is sponsoring the event, along with co-sponsors Florida Friends of Midwives and the Sarasota Commission on the Status of Women. The discussion will take place at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota. The public is welcome to attend at no cost.

The panelists for this discussion are:
--Dr. Washington Hill, MD, FACOG, Labor and Delivery Medical Director and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Director at Sarasota Memorial Hospital;
--Ina May Gaskin, MA, CPM, Founder and Director of The Farm Midwifery Center;
--Jennifer Highland, MPH, Executive Director of the Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County;
--Rep. Keith Fitzgerald, PhD, Florida House of Representatives, District 69.

The discussion will be moderated by Kelly Kirschner, Sarasota City Commissioner and Vice Mayor, and will last approximately an hour and a half. Time will be allotted for audience questions and answers as well as refreshments following the program.

This panel will review current trends in maternity care in Sarasota within the context of the U.S. and the world and target paths to improving maternity care locally and nationwide. Topics for discussion include:
  • maternal mortality,
  • obstetric intervention rates and risks,
  • legislation,
  • legal reform and malpractice concerns,
  • community education and awareness,
  • the midwifery model of care,
  • informed consent and refusal,
  • the availability of prenatal and postpartum care (including education, counseling, and doulas), and
  • the upcoming expansion of Sarasota Memorial Hospital to include new labor and delivery rooms.
Hosting a panel discussion about maternal health care issues was the brainchild of Sonia Pressman Fuentes, co-founder of the National Organization for Women (NOW). “After spending a lifetime improving the legal status of women and fighting gender discrimination in the US and the world, it is exciting for me to be involved in a field new to me, that of improving maternal health care options for women in Sarasota, the US, and the world,” says Fuentes. Joining her in planning the event is Laura Gilkey, local childbirth advocate and board member of Florida Friends of Midwives. "With a panel representative of obstetrics, midwifery, legislature, and public health, perhaps Sarasota can begin a conversation that will pave the way toward becoming a national model of community healthcare reform through improved maternity care," says Gilkey.
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For more information, please contact Laura Gilkey at laura@kangaroopromotions.net / (941) 915-8115. Interviews are available at the request of the press. Planning and agenda updates for the panel will be posted on the website www.borninsarasota.blogspot.com.

About the National Organization for Women (NOW):
The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. NOW has 500,000 contributing members and 550 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since its founding in 1966, NOW's goal has been to take action to bring about equality for all women. NOW works to eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society; secure reproductive rights for all women; end all forms of violence against women; eradicate racism, sexism and homophobia; and promote equality and justice in our society.

About Florida Friends of Midwives (FFOM):
Florida Friends of Midwives (FFOM) is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to promoting the Midwives Model of Care and supporting the practice of midwifery in Florida. Florida Friends of Midwives was formed to support midwives who offer safe, cost-effective, evidence based care to Florida's Families. FFOM members are consumers and birth advocates with a common goal: to preserve the legal protection afforded to Florida's midwives and birth centers. They are committed to organizing the community to support midwives and to assure the continued availability of midwifery care in the State of Florida.

About the Sarasota Commission on the Status of Women (SCSW):
The Sarasota Commission on the Status of Women (SCSW) was established in 1987 and became an independent nonprofit organization in 2007 to empower Sarasota County's women through education, research and advocacy. Their overview is Women and Violence and they work through committees on Domestic Violence, Women and Housing, Women and Homelessness, Sexual Content in the Media, Human Trafficking, Women and Politics. Their focus is local and they encourage the enhancement of the status of Sarasota's women through public policy changes by local, state, and national governmental entities by partnering with other organizations with similar goals. For more information, please visit http://cswsarasota.googlepages.com.

ABOUT THE PANELISTS:

Dr. Washington Hill, M.D., FACOG
Labor and Delivery Medical Director / Maternal-Fetal Medicine Director, Sarasota Memorial Hospital

B.A., Rutgers University, College of South Jersey, Camden, New Jersey, 1961
M.D., Temple University School of Medicine, 1965
Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency, William Beaumont General Hospital, 1970
Post Graduate, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship, University of California, San Francisco, 1984
Board Certification, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology with Special Competence in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, 1989 with Recertification 1978, 1993 and 1998

Dr. Hill is the Past President of the Medical Staff and Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Sarasota, Florida. He is currently Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He is also Clinical Professor Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at University South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa, Florida and Clinical Professor Department of Clinical Sciences OB/GYN Clerkship Director-Sarasota Campus Florida State University College of Medicine, Tallahassee, Florida. Following completion of his fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, he has practiced this subspecialty for over 20 years first at the Sutter Perinatal Center and the University of California-Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento, California; and then at Creighton University, School of Medicine, Omaha, Nebraska; Meharry Medical College; and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee. He served as Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Meharry Medical College, School of Medicine, until 1992, when he took his current position as Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and the Perinatal Center of Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida. Dr. Hill is the author of at least 60 articles in refereed journals and the book Ambulatory Obstetrics.

Ina May Gaskin, M.A., C.P.M.
Founder / Director, The Farm Midwifery Center

State University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, B.A., English, Summa cum laude, Highest honors
Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, M.A., English
North American Registry of Midwives
Certified Professional Midwife
Tennessee Licensed Certified Professional Midwife

Ina May Gaskin, MA, CPM, is founder and director of the Farm Midwifery Center, located near Summertown, Tennessee. Founded in 1971, by 1996, the Farm Midwifery Center had handled more than 2200 births, with remarkably good outcomes. Ms. Gaskin herself has attended more than 1200 births. She is author of Spiritual Midwifery, now in its fourth edition. For twenty-two years she published Birth Gazette, a quarterly covering health care, childbirth and midwifery issues. Her most recent book, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth was released in 2003. She was President of Midwives' Alliance of North America from 1996 to 2002. The Gaskin maneuver, a low-interventive effective method for dealing with shoulder dystocia, is the first obstetrical procedure to be named for a midwife. Ms. Gaskin’s center is noted for its low rates of intervention, morbidity and mortality. Ms. Gaskin is the originator and coordinator of The Safe Motherhood Quilt Project, a national effort developed to draw public attention to the current U.S. maternal death rates. Her newest book, Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding, will be released October 1st, 2009.

Rep. Keith Fitzgerald, Ph.D.
Florida House of Representatives, District 69

University of Louisville, B.A., 1979
Indiana University, Ph.D., 1987

Representative Keith Fitzgerald was elected to represent State House District 69 in 2006, and re-elected in 2008. His district includes the northern part of Sarasota County and a small portion of Manatee County. Representative Fitzgerald has lived in Sarasota and taught political science at New College of Florida since 1994. He and his wife, Angela Baker, have nine-year-old twins. Representative Fitzgerald serves as the Democratic Ranking Member on the Policy Council and as a member of the Finance and Tax Council, Health and Family Services Policy Council, Select Policy Council on Strategic & Economic Planning and the Military and Local Affairs Policy Committee. Representative Fitzgerald also serves as Policy Chair for the House Democratic Caucus. His prior leadership positions include service on the Advisory Council of Faculty Senates, the Board of Trustees at New College of Florida and the Sarasota City Charter Review Board.

Jennifer Highland, M.P.H.
Executive Director, Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County

University of South Florida, M.P.H. Public Health, 1995

Jennifer’s passion for helping mothers and infants began with the birth of her children. Jennifer's early career was in Louisiana, Georgia and Texas, where she served as a registered nurse. After she moved to Florida and became a mother, Jennifer volunteered for the Breastfeeding Advocates of Sarasota County and completed her Master of Public Health Degree from USF, graduating in 1995. Jennifer was the Project Coordinator for the first and on-going national breastfeeding promotion campaign, “Loving Support Makes Breastfeeding Work,” through her employment with Best Start, Inc., in Tampa. She then became trained as a Childbirth Educator and taught at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Her work at The Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County began in 2001 as the Contract/Quality Manager. Her role expanded to include professional education. In 2006 she became the Executive Director.

MODERATOR: Kelly Kirschner
Sarasota City Commission (District 3 Commissioner / Vice Mayor)
B.S. Foreign Service, Georgetown University
M.A. Latin American Studies, Georgetown University


Kelly is a lifelong Sarasotan. He has served the Sarasota community as President of the Alta Vista Neighborhood Association as well as having been an active member of the Coalition of City Neighborhood Associations. Believing strongly in public service, Kelly has worked for the White House Office of Public Liaison; served as a Peace Corps Volunteer; and led a USAID community conservation project in rural Guatemala. Kelly lives with his wife, Tracy, son, Bodhi, and daughter, Selby, in District 3.

EVENT SPONSOR: Sonia Pressman Fuentes
The Sarasota-Manatee Chapter, National Organization for Women (NOW)

B.A. Cornell University 1950
J.D. University of Miami School of Law 1957

Sonia Pressman Fuentes, who was born in Berlin, Germany, came to the U.S. with her immediate family in 1934 to escape the Holocaust. She was an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) (where she was the first woman attorney in its Office of the General Counsel), and the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere. She was a co-founder of NOW, WEAL (the Women’s Equity Action League), and FEW (Federally Employed Women) and a charter member of VFA (Veteran Feminists of America). She was the longest-serving board member in the history of NWP (National Woman’s Party). In 1993, she retired from the federal government, thereafter wrote her memoir, Eat First—You Don’t Know What They’ll Give You, The Adventures of an Immigrant Family and Their Feminist Daughter, and embarked on new careers as a writer and public speaker. For further information, please visit her website at http://www.erraticimpact.com/fuentes.

EVENT COORDINATOR: Laura H. Gilkey
Florida Friends of Midwives (FFOM)

B.L.A. Landscape Architecture, University of Florida, 2000

Laura Gilkey serves on the Board of Directors for Florida Friends of Midwives, and is the Florida Coordinating Ambassador for The Birth Survey: The Transparency in Maternity Care Project. Laura is an endorser of The Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative and a member of the Coalition for Improving Maternity Care Services. She is a project coordinator and quilter for Ina May Gaskin's Safe Motherhood Quilt Project, intended to raise awareness about American maternal mortality. Laura has recently joined the Planning and Evaluation Committee for the Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County, whose mission is to improve the health and well-being of Sarasota's pregnant women, infants, and small children. Professionally, she is the marketing manager for Michael A. Gilkey, Inc., landscape architecture studio, and is the owner of Kangaroo Promotions, Inc., a creative marketing firm in Sarasota. For more information, please visit her website at http://borninsarasota.blogspot.com.

Kangaroo is beyond honored to donate all media relations, press releases, marketing, event planning and graphic and web design coordination for this groundbreaking program.

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