Captain Tom Stephens

Published March 24, 2010 A day on the high seas with Sarasota artist and fishing captain Tom Stephens Process: S/ART/Q Art Exhibit Opening reception 5-11 p.m. Fri., March 26, exhibition runs through April 25, G.WIZ Science Museum, 1001 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, topnotchfishing.com, tomstephensfineart.com, sartq.com, free. As he does on most days during the summer months, Captain Tom […]

Newcomer’s Guide: How to enjoy Suncoast waters

Published March 17, 2010 FISHING Saprito Pier at Ringling Bridge Causeway Park, 420 John Ringling Causeway, Sarasota, 365-2200 or sarasotagov.com A great spot to cast a line is the Saprito fishing pier under the east end of Ringling Bridge. Hart Landing, just south of the pier, offers a bait shop, gazebo, picnic tables, concessions and […]

Newcomer’s Guide: The best places to play your favorite sports

Published March 17, 2010 DISC GOLF Lakeview Park: 7150 Lago St., Sarasota, 316-1172 or scgov.net; North Water Tower Park: 4700 Rilma Ave., Sarasota There are two disc golf courses in the area with distinctly different levels of difficulty. Beginners should definitely stick to North Water Tower Park till they get good at long distance drives. […]

What next? A Sarasota karate instructor invents Handi-Capabale Karate

Published Dec. 29, 2009 SPORTS The story: Shihan Donna Judge of Suncoast Karate Dojo launches Handi-Capable Karate, a DVD series thatteaches karate to the handicapped, after an Arkansas man with cerebral palsy named Jason Sasser contacted her about lessons. What next? Last month was the most encouraging month yet for Shihan Judge and her Handi-Capable Karate lessons. They sold […]

How a Sarasota karate instructor teamed up with an Arkansas man born with cerebral palsy to create a specialized karate for the handicapped

Jun. 16, 2009 Donna Judge’s karate credentials are flawless. In her 11 years in competition, the Sarasota Shihan — aka chief instructor — won 323 first-place trophies, came in second four times and never lost. She won 11 world titles, was named “Sportswoman of the Year” and “Female Fighter of the Year,” was inducted into […]

Top 11 Stories I Want to Write in 2009: Cowabunga, Dude!

Dec. 28, 2008 8. Cowabunga, dude! One thing that was definitely in abundance during my trip to Australia was great surf. I have heard a lot about Cocoa Beach being the East Coast Surfing Capital of America. I plan to attend the 2009 Ron Jon Easter Surfing Festival and find out if Cocoa Beach really […]