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Sun Coast Gondolier (Newspaper) - December 5, 1977, Venice, FloridaSim coast gondolier the Vole of Tho South county vol 33, no. 89-34 pages second class postage paid at Venice Florida 33595 Tel 813 484-2611 monday december 5,1977 published twice weekly�?15c Meek As a Kitten six month old Fluffy playfully Chews on his pal s ear but four year old Taras is a bit too sophisticated to Romp with his Little Friend. The two tigers Are part of the menagerie that arrived last week with the Ringling Bros and Barnum amp Bailey circus. Rehearsal for the Blue show which premieres in Venice dec. 29, has begun at the circus Arena. Photo by Sandy Gray residents remember infamous bombing dec. 7, 1941. What do you remember about that Date that a the question put to people in and around Venice by the Sun coast gondolier in View of the upcoming 36th anniversary of the infamous japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Some of those questioned had total recall of the events of that shocking Day while for others memories were a bit clouded. Steve Albee Venice City clerk remembered that he was catching Bass in the Middle of a Lake 12 Miles East of Avon Park Fla. A i had a portable radio with me a said Albee a so i heard the news of the Pearl Harbor attack and also the news that As a contract flight instructor for the . Army i was to report Back to Avon a i did no to know about the attack until the following Day a said major Allen Slater of the Venice police department. He explained that he was living in Michigan at the time had just saved two Hunting dogs from distemper and per the veterinarians instructions had to keep the radio off so the dogs would have absolute quiet. Consequently he did not hear the news until dec. 8, when our country went to War. A local realtor Marge Sager was a student at the University of Cincinnati at the time and recalled a i was in the dormitory when i heard the news on the 1 Adio. None of us could believe it and we even got out an Atlas to find out just where Pearl Harbor was Joan Wilder a salesperson at Bealls department store remembers Only that she was at her grandparents Home in new York state listening to the radio when the news reached them. Geri Becker of Geri bees originals at the Brickyard shopping Plaza said a i made my confirmation that Day and was at my godmothers House in Rochester . When the news was heard on the radio. I was 10 years old continued on Page 7 candidates contemplate colleague Venice residents will have an Opportunity tomorrow tuesday to elect three new members to the City Council. Nine contenders Are running in the election which is an especially important one because it will usher a Trio of freshman representatives onto the seven seat Council. When councilman John Vickers resigns Jan. 1, and his replacement is appointed the number of Veteran councilmen will be a minority. Polls will be open tuesday from 7 . Until 7 . Voters in precinct 21 will cast their ballots at the Catholic Church of the Epiphany 317 Tarpon St. The polling place for precinct 36 is the first Baptist Church Fellowship Hall at Nassau and Miami avenues. Precinct 45 voters will cast their ballots at Venice recreation Center 391 Bahama St. One of the first decisions facing the new and present City councilmen when they begin the new year in january will be the appointment of a replacement for councilman John Vickers whose resignation is effective Jan. 1. The nine candidates running for three open Council seats were asked by the Sun coast gondolier How they think Vickerts Post should be filled. Robert Anderson candidate for a two year term said he feels first consideration should be Given to someone who stuck his neck out to win by running for one of the Council seats. Said Anderson a a it a hard to stand up and have people shout at you. If you can do that you ought to be a i lean this Way a said William Gibson running for the two year Post a we have some pretty Good candidates running in this election. I would give serious thought to one of the candidates who lost but received a Large number of Bill Granger contender for the three year Post reported he would like to first find out who wants a seat on the Council although he admitted it would probably be one of the losing candidates. He added a a it a a matter of selecting from those who Are interested in the Job. This could even include people who Are not in the present race but Are Well qualified and desirous of receiving the John Pettenger candidate for a three year term said he thinks there should be an election to fill the vacancy regardless of the Cost rather than having the City Council appoint the replacement. Pettenger said a in leu of an election i would probably want to appoint one of the losing candidates or someone who is presently Active in City George Wayne running for the one year Post stated a a the appointee would have to be a person who not Only has shown willing Neil to serve in City Hall govern Tient or Community service but one who would have the time Avaiu ble to effectively fulfil the Day to Day duties of a he continued a the person should have background and experience and be adept at human relations in order to work successfully with others on the a i would choose primarily from the losing candidates in the election a said Lewis Saunders vhf third in literacy exam candidate for the one year Post a since they have shown the most interest in serving on the Frank Proctor contender for the three year term said his preference would be someone with knowledge of and experience in City government operation. He said a i would Hope we might find a former Council member who would be interested in serving for a a one of the places i would look first a said John Kalajian running for the one year Post a would be among those who had run for City Council in the election since these Are the people who have shown interest and a desire to he continued a was a second source i would look to people who have served in capacities such As the City planning commission or the charter review James of Guin candidate for the two year term replied a my first opinion would be to choose from the other six candidates. At least one of those should be eleventh graders at Venice High school vhf ranked third among their Peers from other Sarasota county High schools in the percentage of students who passed the state mandated functional literacy test according to results released last week. Of the 431 vhf pupils who took the comprehensive examination when it was administered in october 419 or 97% passed the communication skills and 332 or 77% passed the mathematics. These percentages placed vhf third among the five secondary education facilities in Sarasota county. Pine View a Public school for gifted children was tops with 100% of its 42 juniors passing the communications skills and 41 or 98% passing the mathematics. Riverview High was second with 745 or 99% of its 752 students passing the communication skills and 600 or 80% passing the mathematics. Behind vhf was Sarasota High where 602 of 640 or 94% of the pupils passed the communications skills and 432 or 68% passed the mathematics. At Booker High an All Volunteer integrated school 57 of 71 students or 80% passed the communications skills and 27 or 38% passed the mathematics. The test results had school officials beaming for preliminary indications Are that Sarasota county fared better than nearly All other school systems in the St/t/0 at vhf principal Guy Rose was Happy with his students scores. A a in a pleased with the results but i think its important to recognize that the results Are not wholly Venice High schools responsibility Good or bad a he said. A the Good scores also reflect the first 10 years of the students education they reflect Well on the rest of the South county those who failed the test Rose said will be placed in a Small groups and receive both programmed instruction and individual instructors will concentrate on areas in which the students scored poorly he added and will not try to a or teach things they already passing the literacy test is required for graduating with a diploma. Students who Are unable to achieve a passing score after three attempts will be awarded certificates of attendance after completion of twelfth Grade. Or. Rick nations coordinator of student services attributed the county a High scores to several factors. He first suggested that the ability of Sarasota county students is at or above state and National Levels As measured by other standardized examinations. Nations then praised the teachers for their a a super performances in Light of overcrowded classrooms and limited resources. The instructors he said deserve a a Pat on the he pointed out that High scores in the communication skills Are Likely due to the score Sarasota county objectives in Reading and English program in use at All the schools except Booker. A detailed analysis of the test results has not yet been con juiced. But nations said when he exan lined the scores shortly after receiving them he found that in All but two cases students who failed the communications Section also failed the math. Or. Don Spivey director of curriculum and staff development said he fully expected scores in math to be lower than those in communications. He blamed the scores partially on the fact that mathematics is not a required course in each year kindergarten through twelfth Aden As is language arts. Spivey also noted the instructional math program is not common to All the grades leading to a a gaps in the learning process. He said the county has been working for the past two years on revamping the math program and will be prepared to initiate a new sequence in january. The Sarasota county school Board has pledged $110,000 it will receive for compensatory education to helping those who failed. Many of those students Are already in remedial classes those who Arentt will be placed in them by the Winter term. John Pettenger William Granger Frank Proctor James o Guin Robert Anderson William Gibson i i Lewis Saunders George Wayne John Kalajian

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