10th annual Halloween Safe Kids Night set for Oct. 31

Safe Kids Night set for Oct. 31

BRADENTON — Manatee CrimeStoppers announce the 10th annual Halloween Safe Kids Night at the Bradenton City Center, 1005 Barcarrota Blvd., 5:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 31.

“We’re excited to once again offer a safe alternative for trick-or-treating on Halloween. It’s hard to believe that we have provided this venue to Manatee County families for 10 years,” said Frank Brunner, the Executive Director of Manatee CrimeStoppers.


Homes are selling faster

WASHINGTON – Oct. 23, 2012 – Inventories of for-sale homes aren’t the only thing dropping. The amount of time homes stay on the market is growing shorter as well – down 11 percent in the last year – according to the latest Realtor.com data.

Homes were listed on average 95 days, according to September housing data. That is down from 107 days a year earlier.


Fla. ranks 27th in state, local taxes paid

WASHINGTON – Oct. 24, 2012 – New Yorkers faced the highest state and local tax burden in the country (12.8 percent of their incomes in state and local taxes) in fiscal year 2010, while residents of Alaska can celebrate the lowest (7 percent), according to a new study by the Tax Foundation. Between those two extremes – both consistent over several years – a number of states in the middle of the pack have seen significant fluctuations.

Florida falls close to average. In the Sunshine State, residents paid 9.3 percent of their income in state and local taxes during fiscal 2012, according to the Tax Foundation study.


New-home sales rise – highest in 2.5 years

WASHINGTON (AP) – Oct. 24, 2012 – Sales of new U.S. homes jumped last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 389,000, the highest level since a homebuyer’s tax credit boosted sales in April 2010.

The Commerce Department says new home sales rose 5.7 percent in September, up from 368,000 in August. Sales have risen 27.1 percent in the past year. That’s the strongest yearly gain since February, although sales are still well below healthy levels.


Bradenton Blues Festival

Saturday, Dec 1 10:30a to 8:00p
at Riverwalk, Bradenton, FL

An annual festival featuring a stellar team of top, nationally touring blues artists. Food, drink, art, and an array of vendors complement the live music to create an awesome experience. Buy tickets at http://www.BradentonBluesFestival.org Presenting Sponsor: BMO Harris Bank with 51 other community sponsors

Category: Music

Shoppers, local businesses eager for University Town Center to arrive (part 2)

Editor’s Note: This is the second of a two-part series about the impact of the mall.



MANATEE — Lauren Bewley is anxiously anticipating the opening of the University Town Center mall, which will be located on the county line of Manatee and Sarasota County.

Bewley said she’s outgrown the local outlets and to appease her shopping desires, Bewley, who lives on University Parkway in a neighborhood west of the 73-acre planned mall, travels to Tampa’s International Plaza. It’s 110 miles, round trip.


University Town Center mall expected to bring economic boon to region

Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part series on the impact of the new mall.



LAKEWOOD RANCH — The much anticipated University Town Center will become the busiest retail hub from Tampa to Fort Myers when the mall opens in two years, analysts predict.

The $315 million construction project is slated to officially break ground Monday after nearly two decades of planning.

When complete, the luxury indoor shopping mall will directly pump more than $400 million a year into the regional economy — spurring growth for nearby commercial centers, boosting property values and creating thousands of new jobs along the way.