Congratulations to Carlos Anguiano-Moreno, our April 2014 Employee of the Month.

Carlos is originally from Tamaulipas, Mexico, however moved to the United States in 1993. Luckily for us, he chose to re-locate to Sarasota in the late 1990’s and by 2010 he was working at Plymouth Harbor on our Dining Services staff as a full-time Steward.

Always willing to work hard, he’s quick to identify what needs to be done and equally quick to take action.  Of course, his supervisors love that!

Not only is he quick and efficient, providing service that keeps our dining room humming, Carlos is loved for his courtesy and good humor with dining guests as well as his co-workers.  No wonder he was promoted to Lead Steward in 2013 and is now our Employee of the Month.

On a personal note, Carlos has two grown children.  His son lives in South Carolina and his daughter and her family live with Carlos.  He enjoys spending time with them.  Congratulations Carlos, well deserved!

In this second year of offering Foundation Forums, we have aligned the content of the Forums with the initiatives of the Foundation to bring you educational, intellectually stimulating subject matter.  This year we are delighted to offer a New College of Florida faculty series, two of which you heard in January and March, the third and final being at the end of this month, presented by Gordon Bauer, Ph.D., professor of psychology, entitled “The Sensory World of the Manatee.”

We will also offer a series on brain health and dementia.   Alan Grindal, M.D., a neurologist in Sarasota, will talk about the clinical aspects of dementia and brain health.  Teepa Snow, a nationally-known dementia expert who trains and consults for healthcare professionals and families, will present on particular behaviors and the best care-giving techniques for persons with dementia.  We hope to offer a third Forum to complete that series on the research that is being done  on diagnosing dementia-related illnesses and the best treatments.

Finally, we hope to bring you a series that speaks to our roots in Sarasota, the life-changing impact that philanthropy has had on our mission, and how the love of giving has shaped the lives of Sarasota philanthropists over the decades.

We are excited about our 2014 Forums and we hope you will be, too.

And for our next Forum, we hope to see you there !

The Sensory World of the Manatee

Gordon Bauer, Ph.D.
Peg Scripps Buzzelli
Professor of Psychology
New College of Florida

Wednesday, April 30 at 4 pm
Pilgrim Hall

Professor Bauer will present the findings of recent investigations into the sensory world of the manatee, which reveal a unique constellation of attributes important to the development of effective conservation recommendations.

By Ila Preti
A pretty, petite person, Cynda has many interests and talents in the arts: she’s a perfect fit for Sarasota!  (She first visited her mother-in-law here, and then spent many winters on Siesta Key.  She knew it was the place for her.)

Growing up in New Rochelle, N.Y., an easy commute to New York City, Cynda became enamored of drama, art and music.  Her entire life has been art-centered: painting, sculpture and quilt designing have been favorites.  She participated in arts activities and sang in choral groups wherever she lived.

A drama major at Vassar College, she has fond memories of playing Nellie Forbush in “South Pacific.”  She met her husband there and they began married life in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where he entered the family lumber business.  Cynda and her husband founded an art and drama center in Hot Springs.  Sadly, she was widowed at an early age.

New Mexico has been her home for many years.  As a rancher, she bred and raised Appaloosa horses, further developing her love of the environment and horticulture.  When she sold theranch and moved to Santa Fe, she had an opportunity to become involved in that city’s outstanding arts community.  She still has a home there and plans to spend the summer in the cool mountains (at 7,000 feet).

A love of learning has enriched Cynda’s entire life—wherever she lived, she enrolled in classes in many areas. Sometimes, when there was no college available, she took ‘correspondence’ courses.

The mother of three, she has three granddaughters and three great-grandchildren.  One of her daughters, Liz, has lived on Longboat Key for many years; some of you may know her!  Her son and another daughter live in Colorado; grandchildren live in California and in North Carolina.

While Cynda’s life has centered on the arts, she has many other interests.  She is fascinated by “New Age” studies and loves sports; she was part of the 19th Colony Bocce team that played the North Garden Colony in the first Plymouth Harbor ‘tournament.’

A fascinating, enthusiastic person, Cynda is a wonderful addition to Plymouth Harbor and to Sarasota.  We warmly welcome her!

April is a gorgeous month in Florida—and it is an easy time to enjoy our balmy breezes.  If your apartment faces east or north it may be possible to use no artificial heating or cooling for a month, maybe more.  We remember the tricks from when we paid our own electricity bills.  Use the windows, doors and blinds to modulate the temperature.

If you turn the thermostat to OFF, you usually will be comfortable, unless we have another Arctic Vector (gulp).  Should you become uncomfortable, use the darned air conditioner.

If you are among the unlucky ones on the south or west, and have only views of the gulf and birds and dolphins, keeping the increasingly warm rays out involves more effort.  Maybe you can use less artificial air once the sun moves past your windows.  You may be able to enjoy those balmy breezes by opening the windows late at night or early in the morning.

FANS.  Something new conservation committee members taught us is that fans can forestall the need for more expensive air conditioning for an hour or two.  And some of our slower members did not realize that turning the fan on our thermostats to ON from AUTO will have the same chilling effect.  And, we need not remind you, a chilling effect on Plymouth Harbor’s electrical bills.  Never mind how much oil/natural gas/coal is saved.

A couple of cautions.  Be sure that the air is turned off when you open the windows.  Be sure the hall door is closed.

TIME FOR OUR SEMI-ANNUAL REMINDER:  On April 1, the “peak hours” for Florida Power & Light’s rate CHANGES.  From April to November, “peak rates” are in effect from noon until 9:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  At all other times, electricity costs half as much.

 

After so many years of excellent performances, it’s not surprising that when word goes out that Don Wallace has a new idea for the residents of ‘Puritan Cove’ and Naomi Wittenberg has once again donned her producers cap, excitement starts to build.

For 28 years residents of Plymouth Harbor have written, directed and produced original plays and these efforts are also supported by the Plymouth Harbor Residents Fund.  Staff are involved as well, but this is clearly one of the most creative and all-compassing group efforts led by residents.  It’s for fun, camaraderie, and probably one of the most entertaining ways to sharpen their wits and skills.

The excitement started several months ago.  It was December, in fact, when residents interested in trodding the boards read for roles in Don’s new play.  Peggy Wallace, Don’s wife, works with him as the stage director, lead prop mistress, lyricist, and vocalist.  Their son, Bruce, provided music, sound and media.  Another son, Gordon, was responsible for filming the video sequences which were important for the story line.

This time Don’s original story was about “The Stash on the Seventeenth Floor” and the performances took place on February 25 and 26 in Pilgrim Hall to the usual packed audience.

If you have been lucky enough to have enjoyed any of the Players’ performances in recent years, then you appreciate the quick wit and pace of the plays which owe much to the playwright.  Follow the natural dialogue that is also slyly humorous without going overboard, and you see the work of an Emmy-nominated writer responsible for soap operas like “The Edge of Night,” “One Life to Live” and “All My Children.”

This year’s “Stash” not only brought all that we have come to expect, but included video in the form of messages from Cassie Crowder’s granddaughter, Cassandra, who is working on her anthropology dissertation in Peru.  Heather Shaw played the doting Cassie who agrees to support her granddaughter by gathering a focus group of her friends to test an old Incan herbal medicine for their arthritis.  We’re tipped off when “in the hemp family” is heard in the first video message, featuring Don and Peggy’s grand-daughter-in-law, Amanda Wallace.

And so the story goes as some residents of Puritan Cove, including Cassie’s friends Chiquita (Francie  Jones), Selma (Ann Williams), and even the doubting Dr. Jules Hartley (Al Balaban) consume the special cookies Cassie bakes using the herb “kinocopa” sent to her direct from the Andes by her Cassandra.

Al Balaban — or rather Dr. Hartley — was the trouble-maker warning CEO Barry Dobson (played by Harry, of course) of the “illicit drug dealing.”  Lawyers were involved, with Bobby Broderick’s clear-thinking Frank Dillon getting the best of the politically ambitious State Attorney General Sam Sparger, given a heightened touch by the tall Paul Groen.

A clever use of the simple tune Frere Jacques with alternative lyrics unified the many scenes and even spiced up the drug inferences.  What do you think of when you hear those bent sitar notes introduced to western ears during the drug-fueled years of the Beatles recordings?  Another favorite reference  came with every “Walk this way” followed by the awkward dragging leg gait we all first saw in the Mel Brooks movie, Young Frankenstein.

Every character, and therefore actor, was given something funny or juicy to play with and we all had fun.  Kudos to so many, such as Carol Lawrence, Macky Groen and Bill Brackett, the only actors not yet mentioned.

Behind the scenes were George Doty on lights, Phil Starr with his videography skills, Sandra Forbes and George Salley with props, Nancy Gross and Sandra Forbes as prompters, Scott Pike providing program art, and finally Hugh Kelly, Jeanne MacArthur and Fran Vancil handling stage and curtains.  Thanks to other staff deeply involved in the production, Karen Smith and Maryanne Shorin.

 

“Having spent much of my life here with my parents and other relatives, Plymouth Harbor is near and dear to my heart.  Someday, we will call it home, too.”  – Bill Johnston, Chair,   Plymouth Harbor Foundation Board of Trustees

 

Well regarded in financial circles throughout the country, Bill was the President and COO of the New York Stock Exchange from 1996 to 2001.  In addition, he has a long and distinguished career on Wall Street with several well-known firms, and is a graduate of Washington and Lee University.  Bill is the consummate Board member who shares his time and talent with many organizations in addition to Plymouth Harbor, including locally DeSoto National Park, Boys & Girls Club of Manatee Foundation, and New College of Florida.  His advisory board service is too numerous to mention in this article, but suffice it to say that he is in demand and gives generously of his time.  Prior to Bill’s involvement with the Foundation Board, he served six years as a Plymouth Harbor Trustee.  He was first introduced to Plymouth Harbor by five relatives who preceded him, including his parents, two aunts, and an uncle.  Bill and his wife, Betsy, are Bradenton residents who also spend part of their time in the northeast.

 

By Helen Kelly

Our new Plymouth Harbor neighbor is a woman of many talents:  medical researcher, massage therapist, fashion model, hiker, skier, world traveler.  Born in Norway, the youngest of four children, she was trained in cytology at Radium Hospital near Oslo.  She was a member of the team of the renowned doctor who developed the Pap Smear, a method for early cancer detection.  This was the start of a circuitous path to a career in medical research.

In her twentieth year, she embarked alone on an ocean voyage to the United States.  The plan was to stay for two years, to learn and play.  However, a job was necessary.  In order to work, she needed a green card through Immigration and due to quotas, she ended up waiting for two years before embarking.  Fortunately, along the way a fellow traveler advised her to first seek work as an “au pair” which would provide her a view of local family life and familiarity with New York City.  Her youthful enthusiasm opened many doors.

To further advance her knowledge of science and biology, she took courses at Columbia University  Medical School while working with “the best” in diagnostic and research labs.  She found life in the city challenging and fascinating.

Life in Academia soon offered long vacations, fulfilling Hild’s travel dreams.  She made several trips around the world, stopping in exotic places on all continents.  When offered a position in the Department of Anatomy at the Auckland School of Medicine in New Zealand, she embarked on her longest trip, 360 days.  In lieu of a salary, she received room and board, giving her the freedom to explore a new world.  Accompanied by friends, she climbed Mt. Egmont, a volcanic mountain on North Island, New Zealand, a daunting experience.  Her love of adventure included a four-day hike of the Milford track in the “Southern Alps.”  On continuing her trip westward from New Zealand, Hild pursued some unforgettable stops in Australia, New Guinea, Indonesia, India, Afghanistan and Iran.

For the past twenty five years, Hild has been part of an eye-research team in the Department of Ophthalmology at Harkness Eye Institute, Columbia University Medical Center in Manhattan.  This gave her the opportunity to visit and become familiar with Sarasota where an annual Ophthalmology meeting, ARVO, has taken place every May.

After retiring, Hild lived in Venice and is now very pleased to be part of the Plymouth Harbor community.  Perhaps those of you who are “travel buffs” will arrange a “těte à těte” with her.  It is bound to be fascinating.

L-R Phil Delaney, Priscilla Doulton, Mary Allyn, Harry Hobson

Priscilla Doulton could see that her family was enjoying the old pool table that had come with the house they had just moved into in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts, outside of Boston.  The cue sticks,  however, were just not in good shape.  So off she went to a store in a nearby town that was having a sale.  “Sure we have pool cue sticks,” they had answered when she called ahead to ask.  What they failed to mention was that they also had a rare gem on hand with which she would soon fall in love.

The large antique pool table that caught her eye when she walked in was made of oak with diamond-shaped inlays of ivory all along the top border.  The shopkeeper told her it was from the 1880’s and she could see that it had real presence.  It was beautiful, Priscilla thought, and just the right gift for her husband.

It was perfect for them, but the “pool table” room in the house was not.  This grand pool table was simply too large.  Undaunted, Priscilla and her husband simply added a room onto the back of the house to accommodate the new table.  There was nothing more than the pool table and necessary accoutrements in the room they designed with three glass walls overlooking a wooded backyard and distant stream.

It sounds idyllic, but Priscilla says she doesn’t think her daughters noticed the view at all.  Bettina andKara grew up having a lot of fun in the pool room.  As budding young women, they delighted in the attention from the boys, whether they said it was interest in the pool table or not.

The pool table held a lifetime of memories and moved down with the Doultons when they retired to Sarasota.  Recently, Priscilla moved to a smaller home in downtown Sarasota and wondered what to do with this lovely antique.

Phil Delaney making the first break.

Her friend, Phil Delaney, Managing Director & President at Northern Trust, thought that it deserved a home where many more would enjoy games of pool for years to come.  If she were to give the antique to an organization, where might it receive a fitting reception and welcome home?  When the idea struck Phil, Priscilla agreed, Plymouth Harbor on Sarasota Bay!

Now, this lovely table has a home of its own again, the cozy alcove in the newly renovated Club Room.  Accompanied only by two handsome spectator chairs for the watchful players and a cabinet for the cue sticks, the table built by J.E. Came & Company Billiard Makers of Boston now holds court at Plymouth Harbor, welcoming all players.

Harry Hobson, President and CEO of Plymouth Harbor, greeted both Priscilla and Phil, along with  several Plymouth Harbor resident leaders and Trustees for the official christening of the pool table in its new home.  Phil was given the honor of making the first break.

Mary Allyn, President of the Residents Association, and Bill Johnston, Chair of the Plymouth Harbor Foundation, proudly acknowledged this remarkable gift and thanked Priscilla for her generosity.

“This gift is an amazing example of how our community comes together for the good of the whole,” commented Harry Hobson.  “We cannot thank Priscilla Doulton and Phil Delaney enough.”

The table is clearly following the Eastlake design style popular in American furniture making from 1870 to 1890 during the later years of the Victorian era.  The Eastlake furniture style as envisioned by its namesake, Charles Lock Eastlake, came about in response to his dislike of the over-the-top Rococo Revival and Renaissance Revival styles popular during the Victorian era.  In contrast with other  Victorian styles of furniture produced in America featuring classical motifs, Eastlake furniture is more geometric and incorporates modest curves.

Ornamental carving seen on these pieces is lightly incised rather than deeply carved.  Wood grains were often emphasized, with oak and cherry frequently used in Eastlake pieces.  The next time you visit the Club Room, take a moment to examine the oak grain in the veneer panels and the carved medallion details on the sides.  We can appreciate the elegantly turned legs and the diamond ivory inlays.

Bill Seiberling recently enjoyed a game of pool with Harry on the ‘new’ table.  “I played a lot of pool in college and thoroughly enjoyed the game, but I haven’t played much since then,” said Bill.  “I was very touched that Harry remembered pool as one of my favorite college pastimes and challenged me to a game.  I had the biggest smile on my face!” he exclaimed.

And so ends the story of how a Sarasota community connection led to a generous contribution by a newfound friend that will lead to Plymouth Harbor residents and friends connecting with one another for many years to come. It just doesn’t get any better than that!

Congratulations to Luis Santiago for being nominated by his peers and being honored as the Plymouth Harbor“Employee of the Month for March 2014.”

Luis is originally from Panama,Central America, however moved here to Sarasota while still in school. He was not only an athlete, but an accomplished musician as well. While attending the Booker High School Visual & Performing Arts program, he played clarinet and baseball. Luis was one of the best pitchers in the tri-county area, but he still made time to go to concerts and enjoy all kinds of music.  After graduating from Booker High School, he went on to earn an Associates degree from State College of Florida in 2008.

Always working while attending school Luis served  at Pei Wei Sarasota as a Dishwasher and Pantry Cook, at Kobernick House as a Server, and at Sweetbay Supermarket as a Cashier and Customer Service Rep.  His previous employers describe Luis  as personable with customers or residents and a good employee.

Luckily for us, Luis came to Plymouth Harbor as a full time Lead Steward in March 2012 where he was quickly noticed as the person who consistently asks if there is anything he could do to help when he has a few spare minutes.  Within a year he was promoted to Dining Services Houseman in April 2013.

Now everyone knows that Luis always does whatever it takes to help make the kitchen run smoothly. He’s efficient at cleaning up after and organizing everyone’s untidiness or accidents.  He tries to keep a smile on everyone’s face and lightens their spirits.

Always the professional, he listens and follows instructions and criticism effectively while keeping a good, upbeat, and enthusiastic attitude.

And just to emphasize the fact that he is a hard worker, Luis is still in school. This time he’s working toward earning a Radiology certificate at State College of Florida.