The Island Team

Michelle Finley with The Island Team

Editor’s Note: We spoke with Island Team Broker Associate Michelle Finley with Paradise Exclusive Real Estate. Please call 941-208-5353; visit Photo is from the annual community calendar and this image honors the Englewood Fire Department. Michelle, what’s the brief history of Paradise Exclusive Real Estate and The Island Team?In 2007, Jim Benson started Paradise…

Mary Erickson

Venice Artist Mary Erickson

     You can sense the reverence of nature in paintings by Venice artist and conservationist Mary Erickson. Her love of wildlife and quiet places flows through the subtle lines and colors reflecting years of attentive observation. Mary’s beautiful art reflects her study of birds, shorelines, habitat, light, color, forms, and the interplay that makes the…

Scratching Post Cat Hospital

Gulf Coast Scratching Post Cat Hospital

Editor’s Note: We spoke with veterinarian Dr. Kandi Norrell for an update about Gulf Coast Scratching Post Cat Hospital located at 3135 Bobcat Village Center Road in North Port. Her practice has earned Gold Status designation as a Cat Friendly Practice with the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP). Visit; call 941-200-5779. Dr. Norrell,…

The Recchia Family

Seed to Table Vegan Eatery

Editor’s Note: We spoke with Christopher and Kimberly Recchia, the owners of Seed to Table Vegan Eatery located at 2357 Tamiami Trail S. in Venice. Call 941-492-6232. Visit to see their full menu and hours of operation. Why is vegan cuisine important to health and longevity?A whole food, plant-based lifestyle improves your health, boosts…

North Port Art Center

North Port Art Center Earns North Port Spirit Award

By Randy Moore – The North Port Art Center (NPAC) is being honored with our North Port Spirit Award. The popular nonprofit organization is being recognized for its sustained support promoting art education and the love of art throughout our growing region. Art in every form enhances personal growth, healing, and a sense of wellness.…

Dr. Mary Macedonio

Dr. Macedonio Introduces Gulf Coast Therapy Center

Editor’s Note: We spoke with Dr. Mary Macedonio, the Director of Gulf Coast Therapy Center (GCTC) located in the Tandem Center at 333 Tamiami Trail South on Venice Island. Please call 941-500-9796 for more information or learn more online at Mary, please introduce your center and explain your approach in supporting personal growth. We…

Jean Utterback

Jean Utterback Introduces FYZICAL of Venice

Editor’s Note: We spoke with Jean Utterback, the Owner and Clinical Director of FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers located at 2203 Tamiami Trail S. in Venice. Call 941-408-0670 with any additional questions and to schedule an appointment. Learn more at Jean, please provide an overview about your practice? We are a state-of-the-art center providing…

Athena by Raven Skye

Raven Skye McDonough is a Mixed Media Artist

     Artist Raven Skye McDonough of Venice loves to experiment and try new things. It explains her natural affinity for mixed media and non-traditional collages. Many of her colorful and interesting creations involve hours of layering different patterned papers to celebrate nature, wildlife, pets, landscapes, seascapes, and the spirit and beauty of life.     Raven was…

American flag

How to Survive our Political Biases

By Randy Moore – My older brother and I are disturbed by different issues. His list includes abortion, the threat of police departments being defunded, and homosexuality. My list includes ineffective gun laws, systemic racism, and voter suppression. Two decent men in the same family seeing the world through their own biases.     Reflecting on our…