Newtown Centennial: Tell Your Story

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Newtown is celebrating its 100 year birthday

April 17, 2014- April 17, 2015

100 Years of Community/365 Days of Celebration

Its Your Community. Tell Your Story. Share Your Memories. Determine the Path of  Newtown’s Future.

View A Message From Centennial Historian Mrs. Dorothye Smith and Others Captured During Our Opening Ceremony

YES! Awareness 2nd Annual Youth Empowerment Symposium added to Newtown Centennial Line-Up of Community Events

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Yes! Awareness is presenting its 2nd Annual Youth Empowerment Symposium on YES!logoAlone
Saturday, October 4, 201411:30 am to 2:00 pm
Michael’s on East
1212 East Avenue South
Sarasota, Florida

Doors open at 11:00 a.m.  Advance registration begins on 8/9/14 and  tickets are $29 for youth attendees/$35 for adults and can be purchased on line at  Registration forms can also be downloaded from the site or picked up at several sites around town and mailed in with your payment.

This interactive and educational event is especially for girls ages 9 to 18 seeking opportunities to excel in life though adults attending will appreciate and grow from the event’s positive message.

Produced by Sandra Washington and Youth Empowerment Symposia, Inc., the mission of YES! is to empower youth through awareness and relevant growth experiences to become confident and self-sufficient individuals.

Attendees will enjoy Lunch, Door Prizes, Entertainment, and a Scholarship Awards presentation. Featured speakers include Sarasota Chief of Police  Bernadette A. DiPino,  and Dr. M. Tina Dupree, Founder of Professional Speakers Network, Inc. Additionally, in recognition of the Newtown Centennial, YES! will make a special presentation honoring the eldest female in Newtown.

Show your support for Sandra Washington and our area’s young ladies by spreading the word, attending the luncheon, or becoming a sponsor of the event. Details at or by calling 941-993-7971.

Donations to the scholarship fund can be made throught this link:

July 24th Community Political Forum Seeks to Educate and Engage

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Women of Action is collaborating with Newtown’s Faith Based Leaders to present a Community Political Forum on Thursday, July 24th, 6:00 p.m., at Bethlehem Bible Church, 1680 18th Street in Sarasota.  The Forum is the first in  a series that provides  an opportunity for members of the community to learn and share important information, meet the candidates, and discuss the issues that are important during the upcoming  mid-term elections.  During the series of forums, anticipate meeting candidates running for local seats on the Sarasota County Commission, Charter Review Board, and Sarasota School Board as well as representatives from Federal and State campaigns including the gubernatorial race.

The July 24th Forum will feature candidates running for Sarasota County School Board seats in Districts 1,4, and 5.

Women of Action is a non-partisan coalition with a mission to educate, inform, and engage the community in the political process via the vote. Recognition of the 50th Year Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act (July 2, 1964) shines a light on the continuing battle to end voter suppression and discrimination at the polls. Let’s support Women of Action and our Faith Based Leaders as they work to educate the community and ensure that we are ready to vote.

What a great way to empower Newtown  during this Centennial year by increasing our knowledge of the political process. Let’s learn together.  Pass the information and bring a friend to this special event.

For more information on Women of Action and the Community Political Forum call 941-955-8834 or 941-228-8191.

6th Annual Greatness Beyond Teen Summit: Rising To Greatness 8/1-8/3

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Greatness Beyond Measure (GBM) brings its 6th Annual Teen Summit to the community with more than 16 activities for youth ages 12-19. Each year The GBM Teen Summit supports and celebrates the “Greatness” that resides within every teen and young adult .  GBM endeavors to create and promote rewarding opportunities that foster growth and maturity in the lives of the young, talented and gifted. And its a GBM_logolot of fun, too.

Events include the GBM Idol; Interactive Workshops; Career Mixer and Lunch; Shark Tank Competition; Stomp the Violence Step-Off; Basketball Tournament; and Praise in the Park Cookout, Scholarship Awards, Book Give-Aways and more.

This year’s celebrity guests include Actor/Educator/Activist Lamman Rucker known for his roles as T. Marshall Travers on the CBS soap opera As the World Turns, and as Will Brown on the TBS sitcom Meet the Browns.  Also on the celebrity roster is the Atlanta based R&B duo The CraigLewis Band

Registration fee for the weekend event is $5.00.  Parents are encouraged to attend.  Summit locations include Ringling College of Art + Design and the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex. For more info check our event calendar or log onto and don’t forget to like them on FaceBook.

Greatness Beyond Measure Teen Summit – leading Newtown into its Next 100 Years.

Dr. Ben Carson Salutes The Newtown Centennial

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Birthday wishes for Newtown continue to flow in, most recently from world renown pediatric surgeon and author,  Dr. Ben Carson. During the Sarasota stop of his national book tour, Dr. Carson presented the Newtown Centennial with a signed copy of his New York Times Best Seller One Nation: What We Can All Do To Save America’s Future.  We thank Dr. Carson for his generosity and Newtown Centennial Volunteer, “A.J.” Janson for making it all happen.


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Two venues will host exhibitions of multimedia works in celebration of the Newtown Centennial, June 20 – July 2, 2014.

All of the artists participating in the juried shows have a connection to Newtown via their creative work and/or service to the community and a special highlight of the exhibits focuses on artists that live in Newtown. The artistic expressions of students from the Booker elementary, middle & high schools, and youth participants in the Roy McBean Boys & Girls Club after school programs are included in the exhibit.

Professional and Amateur Artists Exhibit June 20 – July 2
Selby Gallery at Ringling College of Art + Design
Opening reception with the artists: Friday, June 20, 5-7pm.
Reception and ongoing exhibit free and open to the public
Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Phone: 941.359.7563 or 941.351.5100 Web:
Selby Gallery is located on the Ringling College of Art and Design campus, one-half block east of 2700 N. Tamiami Trail on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way in Sarasota.

 Youth Artists Exhibit June 21-July 2
North Sarasota Library
Opening reception with artists: June 21, 1:30-3:30 pm.
Reception and ongoing exhibit free and open to the public
Monday –Saturday 10 am – 5pm Tuesday & Thursday til 8 pm
Phone: 941-861-1360
North Sarasota Library is located at 2801 Newtown Estates Blvd. (SCAT Route #7)

The Newtown Artists Exhibits are the result of a collaboration spearheaded by County Commissioner Carolyn Mason that includes local artists, Ringling College of Art + Design, and the North Sarasota Public Library and are an expression of congratulations to Newtown on its 100th Anniversary!


4/22/14 Earth Day Event Rescheduled

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The Living With Trash documentary screening planned for Tuesday, April 22, 2014 has been canceled and will be  rescheduled for a later date.  Please visit our site for updates on that event.  Thank you.

Newtown Centennial 100 Hour Kick-Off

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All are invited to birthday celebrations during the Official Newtown Centennial Opening Ceremony, Thursday April 17, 2014 at Fredd Atkins Park from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Newtown elders, elected officials, community residents and a host of well wishers will gather to commemorate 100 years since the initial platting of the neighborhood. Events continue through Monday, April 21, 2014 with a “100 Hour Kick-Off” featuring family-oriented activities organized by neighborhood groups, that are free and open to the public. Check out the calendar for more information.