The Anna Maria Island Sun Newspaper

Vol. 11 No. 49 - September 21, 2011


Spirited start to soccer season

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story

Above, Jeremiah Sculco, of Air & Energy, dribbles with
defender Anthony Monetti, of Beach Bums, trying to stop him.

An estimated crowd of more than 500 people gathered at the Community Center on Saturday for the Spirit Day soccer jamboree. Crowds of happy spectators dressed in their team colors, painted their hair, wrapped purple duct tape around their cleats, decorated tents with balloons and creatively showed their team spirit colors anyway they could. Soccer teams started off the fall season with spirit fun games to earn points towards winning a team prize. Notable spirit standouts in team colors were the Autoway Ford monster F650 truck, the West Coast Surf Shop blue surfboard, and the Movable Feast purple boas, butterfly wings and painted hair.

Adult co-ed soccer results:

Don Meilner & Son Construction – 3 Jessie's Island Store – 3
Jeff Christianson, Zach Gilliland and Amy Talucci each scored a goal for Don Meilner & Son Construction. Aaron Duduks, Robert McClaughlin and Sean Sanders each scored a goal for Jessie's Island Store

Euphemia Haye – 3
Florida Discount Sign – 0
Paul Hayward scored two goals, and Ryan Hogan added a goal in the win for Euphemia Haye. Tyler Bekkerus recorded the shutout in goal.

Sato Real Estate – 5
Island Pest Control – 2
Matt Plummer scored two goals and Rich Bell, Stephen Perry and Josh Sato each added one goal for the Sato Real Estate victory. Enrico Bissert scored both goals for Island Pest Control.

Ross Built Construction – 7
Wash Family Construction – 3
Emily Ageros and Greg Ross each scored two goals, and Eric Howe and Toby Wicklund each added one goal for the Ross Built win. Brent Laudicina, Scott Macy and Jessica Macy each scored a goal for the Wash Family Construction team.

Adult co-ed soccer schedule:

Sept. 22, Thursday, 6 p.m.
Island Pest Control vs. West Coast Air Conditioning

Sept. 22, Thursday, 7 p.m.
Don Meilner & Son Construction vs. Florida Discount Signs

Sept. 22, Thursday, 8 p.m.
Sato Real Estate vs. Jessie's Island Store

Sept. 22, Thursday, 9 p.m.
Euphemia Haye vs. Ross Built Construction

Youth Soccer schedule:
Instructional League (4-5-year-old):

Sept. 19, Monday, 6 p.m.
The White Egret vs Bowes Imaging

Sept. 19, Monday, 6:30 p.m.
Island Dental Spa vs. GulfBay Realty

Instructional League (6-7 -year-old):

Sept. 22, Thursday, 6 p.m.
Air & Energy vs. Beach Bums

Sept. 22, Thursday, 7 p.m.
Coastal Orthopedics vs. Tyler's Ice Cream

Sept. 23, Friday, 6 p.m.
Air & Energy vs. Coastal Orthopedics

Sept. 23, Friday, 7 p.m.
Beach Bums vs. Tyler's Ice Cream

Division III (8-9-year-old):

Sept. 19, Monday, 6 p.m.
Island Real Estate vs. Island Pest Control

Sept. 20, Tuesday, 6 p.m.
Gettle Toyota vs. West Coast Surf Shop

Sept. 26, Monday, 6 p.m.
Island Pest Control vs. West Coast Surf Shop

Sept. 27, Tuesday, 6 p.m.
Gettle Toyota vs. The Movable Feast

Division II (10-11-year-old):

Sept. 20, Tuesday, 7 p.m.
Eat Here vs LaPensee Plumbing

Sept. 27, Tuesday, 7 p.m.
LaPensee Plumbing vs. Jen Crady Massage

Division I (12-14-year-old):

Sept. 23, Friday, 6 p.m.
Mr. Bones BBQ vs. Autoway Ford

Sept. 23, Friday, 7 p.m.
Wash Family Construction vs. Spinnakers Vacation Cottages

Premier League (15-17-year-old):

Sept. 19, Monday, 7 p.m.
Beach Bistro vs. Ace Hardware

Sept. 26, Monday, 7 p.m.
Ace Hardware vs. Beach Bistro

Adult co-ed basketball results:

Agnelli Pools & Spa – 55
Southern Greens – 34
Aaron Duduks led all scoring this week with 35 points, Nate Coleman scored 14, Will Langston scored four and Tyler Krauss scored two points for Agnelli Pools win. Kevin Austin and Robby Bennett scored 15 points each, Wayne Grant and Chuck McCracken each scored two points for Southern Greens.

Bowes Imaging – 42
Island Sun – 40
in overtime
Tyler Bekkerus scored 16 and four of those were in OT, Michael Kasten scored 11, Nick Schweitzer scored six, Mark Templeton scored five and Steven Aryes scored four for the Bowes Imaging win. Jarell Quesenberry scored 22, Larry Berkery scored 11, Chris Smith and Erica Smith scored two and Paul Kurtz scored one point for The Sun.

Unique Mobile Detailing – 55
Beach to Bay Construction – 43
Jonathon Moss scored 21, Justin Jones and Brent Moss scored nine points each, Ryan Moss scored seven, Jason Sato scored four, Josh Sato scored three and Lindsey Weaver scored two points for the Unique Mobile Detailing win. Nick Diaz scored 19, Scott Eason and Tommy Tyrell scored nine points each, Chuck Bucky, George Imes and Shawn Kaleta scored two points each for the Beach to Bay Construction team.

Timing is everything

It has been one of the most amazing months. I really didn't set out to have another career, but when you do your passion, who knows? Getting published in an e-book age is a miracle in itself. What has happened to my book and my life recently is miraculous, I'm told. I know that many Islanders and beyond are hoping to write the next great book. So I decided it is worthy of a column, in my humble opinion. I'll try to maintain the humble part. But I sure could get used to the life of an author.

Admitting someone else is right is a challenge. And so it was when my publisher, Book Publishing Company, told me they wanted to change my original title from "Eat Well on $4 a Day," to "Eat Vegan on $4 a Day." I argued that my title was going for the broader Wal-Mart crowd. I mentioned the "V" word to some Wal-Mart shoppers and got the rolling eyes look. But who says no to a publisher, especially a first-time author?

That was more than year ago when I was tracking food prices and for my book. What I did not begin to imagine was that an American president, Bill Clinton, would hit the airwaves big-time a few weeks after my book came out and rave about how a vegan diet saved his life by saving him from a third heart stent and third by-pass. Wow! Talk about timing.

The best advice I received in the whole publishing process is that you have to be your own marketer. I also had an agent who spent an entire year shopping my book to the big boys. They turned me down wanting a celeb or known quantity. Every one of them. My publisher says they are all crying a river now.

Book Publishing Company is the largest vegetarian publisher in the U.S. It started as hippies from San Francisco who drove to Tennessee in a bunch of vans to start a farm. They've been there ever since. The company is known as one of the best back end publishers. In other words, they are known for picking books that will continue to sell well over time.

My official book tour kicked off with a standing-room only crowd of 300 at Toronto's Vegetarian Food Festival last weekend. According to its website, it is the biggest festival in North America. My publisher put me and three of their other best-selling authors up at an incredible bed and breakfast one block from Toronto's finest raw, vegan restaurant. We ate there three times. Vegan nirvana! Why Bradenton or the Island doesn't have one vegetarian restaurant is beyond me. Toronto, it seemed, had one on every block. Just sayin.'

In addition to talks at the festival and local health food stores, I spent my other time signing books at the publisher's booth. Non-stop. My book was placed right on the corner so that it would be the first thing people would look at. And many did this predictable double-take as they saw the title, and then reacted, "How can you eat vegan on $4 a day?!" I would answer. Leaf through the book. Sale.

Before I got to Toronto, the book was already my publisher's #1 seller. I started whining that my book had dropped above 1,000 on Amazon. The publisher/owner, Bob, laughed and cornered me for a fatherly discussion. "Ellen," he said, "Do you understand that 75 percent of all books in print never get a second printing? We are scrambling to get yours reprinted, and it's only been three months! We are happy with any book ranked below 100,000 on Amazon! Below 5,000 is amazing, below 1,000 is incredible and unheard of."

Another author chimed in, "Yeah, Ellen, my book is above 200,000! Do you understand how unusual this is?"

I am living on Facebook/Twitter 24/7. I've taken classes. My publisher hired a New York publicist to help book media interviews. The book has been in the top 10 of vegetarian cookbooks and in the top 30 of all diet books at times climbing past Atkins, South Beach and other popular books.

The St. Petersburg Times contacted me yesterday. The reporter heard about me from a friend. When this gets published in the Times, the book/story goes global/viral. What a hoot! Ellen (DeGeneres) here I come! She's vegan, you know.

You can follow Island resident Ellen Jaffe Jones on her Facebook page and keep up with her just released book:,"Eat Vegan on $4 a Day," or her website: She is also a nationally certified personal trainer and running coach. For training in a gym or private hire, contact Ellen at or 941-704-1025.

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