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Sun Coast Gondolier (Newspaper) - December 19, 1977, Venice, FloridaSim coast gondolier the Vole of Tho South county second class postage paid at Venice Florido 33595 Tel. 813 484-2611 monday december 19,1977 pub shed Runoff tuesday no it s not Santa s backyard but the kindergarten playground at Venice elementary school where a mystery is under investigation. Who really brought the candies found in stockings Hung on the Wall Only Santa knows for sure. In a spate of continued campaigning for the one year term As Venice City councilman the two candidates in tomorrows tuesdays Runoff election spoke before a group of citizens at colonial Manor Mobile Home Park wednesday morning. George Wayne and or. Lewis Saunders who polled 921 and 906 votes respectively in the dec. 6 municipal election necessitating a Runoff again presented their viewpoints concerning City government. Saunders stressed the importance of Early adoption of the new zoning code since the City is presently operating under a code dating from the 1950s. He has served for the last four years on the City planning commission which spent three years devising the new code. Agreeing that additional services to City residents Are desirable from time to time Saunders added a you done to necessarily have to raise taxes to increase Federal Grants Are available he said to help with some projects but the City needs a qualified person to spend the time preparing the necessary applications and forms. Saunders also stressed that Venice should be making More extensive use of Ceta employees. Such employees have their wages paid by the Federal government even though the City retains control Over them. He said Ceta employees Are available from a wide Range of professions and do not consist of Only unskilled labourers and Blue Collar workers. Wayne who captured the larger number of votes for the one year office in the earlier election stressed that he had run a Low budget Campaign with total expenses of less than $200. He said he does not believe in Large Campaign expenditures for local of Fife and would like to encourage others to offer their services to the City without having them feel an expensive Campaign is necessary. Wayne agrees the City should get its share of Federal Grants but thinks people should be reminded that it is not free Money since it represents a feedback of Federal taxes paid by the citizenry. In reference to Ceta employees Wayne said he had been told by people in City government that such employees had proved in Many cases to be unreliable. He cited As an example the razing of the old civic Center and said he had been told the Cost was approximately six times As much with the use of Ceta employees As it would have been using other people and other methods. The Winner in the dec. 20 Runoff election will be certified at a special City Council meeting scheduled at City Hall for noon on dec. 21. Search for stocking staffer by Liliane Johnson Sun coast gondolier staff writer a who Dun it mystery is a much talked about event at Venice elementary school in the classes of mrs. Laura Simanskey and mrs. Andie Madison. But rather than donning the Sherlock Holmes and or. Watson attire the students put Antlers on their Heads and lipstick on their noses to discuss the seasonal Enigma. Is there a better Way to get in the Christmas spirit when you Are five years old and trying to escape the intellectual pressure of kindergarten a the was Here already a said Lloyd of the famed patriarch whose yearly round is not due until dec. 24. A you see those stockings on the Wall. He is the one who brought Lloyd was sure of his facts but Sammy had another theory a some kids say Santa Claus did not bring them. They say it was the fortunately a cute Brunette with big Brown eyes and with the skill of a peace mediator offered a bit of inside information a my Mother made the stockings and the teachers Hung them up a said Bonnie. A but Santa Claus brought the Candy that a in with the Case settled to everyone a satisfaction the two legged a Rudolph so were willing to discuss another major topic. A Santa is going to bring me a cd radio because my dad already has one a a said a smiling youngster. A what is your name a asked the interviewer. a How do you spell a Jimmy a a a a a Jothen a straight line then i done to know the other of Well As Long As he included his zip code on his letter to Santa. Kandi is not sure what a ahead this Christmas. She thinks Santa will put toys in her stockings but she is afraid that he is facing a transportation problem that even All the Oil of saudi Arabia could not solve. A the usually comes in his Sleigh a she explained. A but i done to know. I dreamed about him. When Rudolph was driving his Sleigh he fell and he hopefully Santa a magic will work on Rudolph like it works on doors. According to Lloyd that stuff about Santa needing a Chimney is just an old wives tale. A the does not need a Chimney a he said. A we done to have one. He just comes in through the door. Last year we left the door open but maybe we wont this year. He can open it himself with his girls this year seemed anxious to learn All about motherhood the Side of it that their mothers could probably do without. Many Are asking for a baby a it is sick and you hear toc toc toc right Here a said Kandi while tapping her Chest. Michelle is planning a larger family that will include baby heartbeat. A a in la also get baby come Back. It walks and she turns around and she wont break the Castle. I saw her on to and i am going to continued on Page 6 Caspersen Road closes monday visitors to Caspersen Beach will discover More than Sharks Teeth when they visit that facility beginning today monday dec. 19. Park superintendent Jimmy Walters of the Sarasota county Parks and recreation department reported late last week that the Beach Road will now be closed to vehicular traffic from a Point about one Quarter mile South of the Sharp Bend in the Road where county property begins. Parking facilities have been constructed at that Point for 150 cars but Beach lovers will have to walk the rest of the Way if they want to get away from what will probably become a congested area of Beach. The traffic barricade will be permanent said Walters until such time As county funds Are available to install additional parking areas to the South of the newly constructed one. When monies Are available the county will continue to add parking areas at various Points further South and extend the length of Roadway available to vehicle traffic added Walters. He explained that All emergency vehicles such As police ambulance and fire department will have keys to the present barricade so that Access will be convenient to these services should any emergency situation arise South of the today Sonto Clous of Tokes his Home in Venice Bridge scene p.7 classified 24-25 entertainment. .8-9 fishing. .17 letters. .4 obituaries .7 real estate 25 thru 33 society. 21-22-23 sports. 15-16 Santa Claus is alive and Well and living in Venice. Nathanial Vaughn who has been hired by the Jacaranda merchants association to be their Santa Claus represents the Christmas spirit As Well As the Jolly old Man himself. A a in be always wanted to do this a he says a and now that in a retired i finally have the a this Job started As a joke a recalls Vaughn. A Allan Jones of Crowder Brothers hardware and i had joked about me playing Santa but i never thought any More about it. A then the other Day i got a Call from the Jacaranda merchants asking if i was interested in the Job a he explained. As far As pay is concerned Vaughn says that he does no to know or care what he will receive. A this Job is fun a Vaughn explains a but if you Wake up Grumpy you might As Well stay Vaughn began his Christmas career by playing Santa Claus at his Odd fellow Lodge in new Jersey and for his children. A my daughter just told me that i Hadnot fooled her because Santa clause was wearing her dads when the firetruck brought Santa Vaughn to the shopping Center there were Over 200 kids waiting to Tell the merry gentleman exactly what they wanted for Christmas and How Good they have been All year Long. Though some give the famous line a a in a always Good a followed by a sheepish Grin at their parents most according to Vaughn admit they Are no different than other children and really weren to that Good. A at least 10 percent of the kids Only ask for one thing a reported Vaughn. A they Arentt greedy and nearly All Are polite and say thank you when done talking to Vaugh attributed the fact that most of the kids believe him to be the real Santa to the Quality costume provided him by the merchants. A a Cotton Beard just do. The kids Are too smart for however the red velour suit is a Little hot for Florida a mild december temperatures. Instead of dashing through the Snow Vaughn occasionally dashes to a continued on Page 6 circus uses team Effort Jerry Fries Bill Bradley m. B. Macfarlane Sun coast Bandolier staff writer if the saying a two Heads Are better than one holds True the new productions of the Ringling Bros and Barnum amp Bailey circus opening dec. 29 in Venice should be the Best Ever. Both the red and Blue shows previously under the direction of Richard Barstow will be staged and choreographed this year by a team of experienced circus notables Bill Bradley and Jerry Fries. Both have Many years of show business experience behind them and Are responsible for planning the extravagant production numbers for which the Ringling shows have become Well known. This becomes a monumental task when the extravaganzas include both human and animal performers. Bradley who has been involved with show business since age 12 when he began As a nightclub dancer in his Hometown of Phoenix ariz., has been with the Ringling circus since it was purchased by Irvin and Kenneth Feld 10 years ago. He danced in five Broadway shows performing for such personalities As Agnes Demille Michael Kidd and Jerry Robins and worked first As a dancer then As director and choreographer for Industrial shows produced for automotive manufacturers menswear companies and breweries. At one time Bradley was under contract to Mem studios and worked with Judy Garland. He also staged fashion shows in new York City for the fashion Institute of technology. Bradley and Fries worked together Many times in live television productions such As the de Sullivan show and the hit Parade. Fries who has been with the circus for five years and served As assistant to Richard Barstow had his show business Start in an Ethel Merman vehicle on Broadway when he was quite Young. The Altoona a. Native then performed As a dancer in 13 shows before going into television. Choreographing summer Stock shows for the John Kenley players in ship was Fries next step in his career. In addition to Industrial shows he was choreographer at the new York City Center for revivals of former Broadway musicals. Besides staging off Broadway shows and choreographing a Barry Manilow television show Fries put his professional ability to use in connection with student productions at Yale and Prince ton universities and in the Hollywood Pavilion at the new York world fair in 1964. When Bol h the red and Blue shows of the circus have left Venice for their nationwide Tours Bradley and Fries will take time for a Short and deserved rest before pitching in with their combined talents to plan productions for next year. June and july will be spent working with musical director Bill Pruyn on the music for those shows. The duo emphasized that theirs is a year round Job even though Only about a month each is spent in rehearsals for the two shows. To fill any time that might be otherwise unused this talented team is also charged with the responsibility for staging and choreographing shows performed at circus world near Orlando

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