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Murray Devine
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By Murray Devine / December 18, 2014
Longboat Key will no longer have a family care physician after Dr. Pamela Letts, owner of the Centre Shops Family Practice and Urgent Care, retires May 5. As Letts prepares for retirement, various parties are working to make medical services a part of the island’s future.

By Murray Devine / December 18, 2014
Dr. Pamela Letts has a reputation for talking tough to patients. One patient recently stopped by and told her he didn’t like her or what she told him at first, but he had changed his mind.

By Murray Devine / December 18, 2014
Now that Dr. Pamela Letts, M.D., has closed her Longboat Key primary-care practice, there is a vacuum. And as economists often say, the market hates a vacuum, and the market always fills a vacuum.

By Murray Devine / December 18, 2014
Longboat Key Triathlon competitors will swim a half mile in the lagoon off New Pass at the south end of Longboat, bike 20 miles north and then south on Gulf of Mexico Drive, and run five miles on the grounds of the Resort and Longboat Club Road.

By Murray Devine / December 18, 2014
More than 500 athletes from across the nation and around the world converged on Longboat Key on October 19 to compete in the fifth annual Longboat Key Triathlon. The event benefited the Longboat Key Foundation.

11 Mothers Graduate from CNA Program at Alta Vista Elementary
By Murray Devine / December 16, 2014
On Tuesday, December 9, 2014, eleven mothers celebrated graduation from the American Red Cross Certified Nursing Assistant training program in a ceremony together with their children at Alta Vista Elementary School.

Huisking Family Fund Surpasses $1 Million in Charitable Grants
By Murray Devine / December 16, 2014
The Huisking Family Fund at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County has surpassed $1 million in grants awarded to nonprofit organizations.

By Murray Devine / September 30, 2014
Looking to sharpen your giving skills? Check out Online Philanthropy Class with Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen.

Alta Vista CNA Program Graduation
By Murray Devine / August 4, 2014
Ten single mothers celebrated during an inspiring and tear-filled graduation ceremony at Alta Vista Elementary School.

Contestants Bite off More Than They Can Chew at Snooty's Lettuce Eating Competition
By Murray Devine / July 16, 2014
Five of the best and brightest Manatee County community personalities came together to go head to head in “Snooty’s Lettuce Eating Contest” at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton. The contest was part of an effort to raise awareness for the care that is required for the manatees that reside at the South Florida Museum as well as promote the Birthday Bash for Snooty, the world’s oldest known manatee, happening on Saturday, July 19.

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