The Anna Maria Island Sun Newspaper

Vol. 12 No. 26 - April 11, 2012


First soccer season win goes to Slim's

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story

Scott dell | submitted
Emily Ageros, of Slim's Place, and Ed Moss
and Brent Moss, of Agnelli Pools & Spa, go for
the ball during Center adult
co-ed soccer action.

The Sun Sports game of the week was an adult co-ed soccer game between the Agnelli Pools & Spa team and the Slim's Place team. The Agnelli team was looking to roll to its second win and Slim's was hungry for its first.

Both teams started off playing good controlled soccer by using precision passing and great defense to manage play. It wasn't until the 12-minute mark before Slim's Place struck first. Sean Sanders sent a center lead pass up to Emily Ageros, who passed it to Aaron Parkin on the right wing. Parkin ripped it into the upper right corner for the first goal.

The Agnelli defense held strong for the rest of the half led by goalie Ryan Moss and defenders Frank Agnelli, Ed Moss and Troy Shonk. With only 10 seconds left in the half, Parkin sent a long desperation pass up to teammate Aaron Duduks who sneaked a slow roller under the outstretched arms of the goalie for the second Slim's Place goal. 2-0 at the half.

At the 18-minute mark in the second half, Aaron Parkin found a loose ball in front of the net. He switched the ball over to his left foot and shot it to the lower left corner for his second goal and the Slim's 3-0 lead. Just two minutes later, Parkin picked up his hat-trick goal number three when he dribbled coast to coast down the left sideline and crossed a low hard shot to the right for the goal. 4-0 Slim's.

With two minute left in the game, Parkin sent a corner-kick pass to Sean Sanders who one-timed it into the lower right corner for the goal. The strong defense of Slim's Place led by Rob McLaughlin and Francisco Salgado-Marin helped goalie Adam Mott to his first shutout of the season. Mott only needed eight saves in the game to record the first win of the season for the Slim's Place team 5-0.

Results from week 1:

Island Pest Control 5
Florida Discount Signs 3
Adam Burjarski scored two goals; Ryan Hogan, Brent Laudicina and Greg Ross each scored one goal. Laudicina also had an assist and six saves, and Emily King had two saves in goal for the Island Pest Control win. Daniel Anderson, Matt Kretzmann and Brad Laudicina each had a goal and Josh Peurifoy had 19 saves for Florida Discount Signs.

Don Meilner & Son Construction 6
Wash Family Construction5
Matt Plummer had three goals, Tim Tedesco had two goals, Rich Bell had one goal and Nate Talucci had three saves for the Don Meilner & Son Construction win. Norman Fleet had three goals, Kris Yavalar and Austin Wash each had one goal, Darrin Wash had an assist and Matt Ray had seven saves in goal for the Wash Family Construction team.

Best Buy  4
Pink & Navy Boutique  1
Rico Beissert had two goals and an assist, Zoran Kolega and Missy Verdoliva each had a goal; Mark Pennell had four saves and Pedro Gonzalez had two saves in goal for the Best Buy win. Scott Eason had one goal and Scott Rudacille had eleven saves for Pink & Navy Boutique.


April 12, Thursday, 6 p.m., Best Buy vs. Fl. Discount Signs
April 12, Thursday, 7 p.m., Pink & Navy Boutique vs. Don Meilner & Son Construction
April 12, Thursday, 8 p.m., Slim's Place vs. Wash Family Construction
April 12, Thursday, 9 p.m., Island Pest Control vs. Agnelli Pools & Spa


Sleepless in Seattle

My only free time these days is in the air enroute to the next speaking gig. I am not complaining. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I am grateful to share they journey with you, interspersed with tips for a healthy lifestyle. If mama isn't feeling good and happy in paradise, mama doesn't enjoy paradise.

If you've ever dreamed of writing the great or pretty great American novel or cookbook and accidentally do it, this is a half-baked reality show as I broadcast the play-by-play highlights. My book continues to do well enough that my publisher has me booked at all the largest vegetarian food festivals throughout the end of the year. They've let me know that my work and resulting book sales have more than paid my way to every speaking appearance, including several cross-country trips and Seattle, where I'm flying to now.

I got up at 1 a.m. Seattle time to get to the Tampa airport, and may not get to sleep until 1 a.m. Seattle time tonight. And then speak the next day. I am the only speaker invited to speak both days of the festival. Other speakers scheduled are legendary doctors like Dr. Neal Barnard and the Humane Society's Michael Gregor. But they've been on the lecture circuit for a while. Maybe it's just because I'm the new kid on the block. I haven't pulled an all-nighter since college. I'll need every bit of my vegan energy to pull this one off.

This seven hours in the sky will fly by as I go over my notes for not only my two talks in Seattle, but for my talk at Whole Foods in Tampa this Wednesday, the day after I get back.

Getting my book into Whole Foods was a miracle. Getting me to speak there was even more miraculous. Being a former TV reporter and media consultant, speaking with a visually interesting slide show is what I usually do. But there are some venues that don't have the set-up for doing that. Whole Foods is one of them. I've spoken without my slide show before and sometimes without much notice or preparation.

After all, I've been saying the same things for 30 years since I first went vegan to avoid my hideous family history of breast cancer – mom, aunt and both sister – with most of them and everyone else suffering hugely from diabetes, heart disease, colon disease, Alzheimer's, arthritis and osteoporosis. I have none of it and believe my lifestyle has been the key. Why did I crawl out of semi-retirement? If I can save one person from the intense pain and suffering I've seen and experienced, then it's worth it.

The Whole Foods event has forced me to put all my talking points onto one concise page. Now that I'm starting to get lots of speaking invitations a year ahead of time, thought I'd give you a taste of what you can expect to hear with or without visuals. I go way beyond my family history, which I consider to make me a bit of a genetic freak, or at least worth of some study.

I talk about how, as an investigative/consumer reporter for 18 years, dodging my family destiny became the investigative job of my life. I speed through my credentials, the broadcasting and financial consulting awards, certifications as a personal trainer and running coach with a track record of helping people lose weight and improve woman 120 pounds in eight months chronicled in The Sun. I touch on my endurance and sprint running awards. I talk about how a plant-based diet caused my own 25-pound weight loss and saved me from a near-fatal colon blockage and a hysterectomy.

I crunch numbers, as I do in my book, about how much cheaper beans are compared to meat and dairy, and in the opinion of a growing number of doctors and studies, much healthier. I show the numbers of widening income disparity and how that means that most Americans are looking for ways to save money any way possible. I give tons of tips on saving money culled from my work as a consumer reporter and living this lifestyle for decades.

Flying over Kansas. Naptime. Gotta sleep!

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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