The Anna Maria Island Sun Newspaper

Vol. 12 No. 50 - September 26, 2012


Spirited start for soccer season

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story

Scott Dell | Sun
We will defend this goal! Players from Tyler’s Ice Cream
line up to defend the indirect kick from Hunter Allan
of Beach Bums, during 6-7 year old AMICC soccer play.

Hundreds of families and friends made it out to the Anna Maria Island Community Center’s annual start of the season. The soccer spirit jamboree day officially began Saturday to a host of decorated players and fans. Spirit day is all about having fun and showing off your team support by dressing up and creatively displaying your team colors. Oh, and by the way, there were great soccer games, too.

Soccer teams started the 2012 fall season off with their first regular games and to earn points towards winning a team spirit prize. Notable spirit standouts in team colors were the 8-10-year-old team Lobstahs players, who were all decked out in orange mustaches and hair and carried orange rubber lobsters to the field. In the 6-7-year-old league, Beach Bums players carried big lime green plastic clapper hands and wore headbands to match.

The Center enhanced the fun atmosphere by having all you can eat snow cones and a blow-up bounce house and obstacle course, which was sponsored by Bowes Imaging Center.

Athletic Director Troy Shonk said, “The day was an absolute success for the kick off the soccer season. Coaches players and parents all showed great team spirit.

“It’s such a rewarding experience when you do something like this for your community and everyone goes home happy. Thank you to our volunteers and staff for helping to make this a great day.”

Adult co-ed soccer results

Moss & Bernard Construction – 6
Island Pest Control - 3
Omar Polar scored four goals, and Brent Moss scored two goals. Ryan Moss had two assists, and Jonathan Moss had 13 saves in goal for the Moss & Bernard Construction team win. Austin Wash scored two goals, and Erin Vogel scored one goal. Tony Frudakis had an assist, and Pedro Gonzalez had eight saves in goal for the Island Pest Control team.

Sato Real Estate -3
Jessie’s Island Store – 3
Diego Filipe had two goals, and Jason Sato added one goal. Jeff Christianson had an assist, and Mike Brusso had four saves in goal for the Sato Real Estate team tie. Zach Gilliland, BJ Grant and Steven Perry all had one goal each. Matt Plummer had an assist, and Nate Talucci had 14 saves in goal for the Jessie’s Island Store tie.

Wash Family Construction - 8
Florida Discount Signs – 3
Kris Yavalar scored three goals and had two assists, and Damir Glavan scored two goals. Scott Eason and Darrin Wash each had a goal and an assist. Greg Ross had a goal, and Don Purvis had 10 saves in goal for the Wash Family Construction win. Chrissy Rice scored two goals, and Tim Tedesco scored one goal. Troy Shonk had 15 saves in goal, and Chad Manning had 5 saves the Florida Discount Signs team.

Slim’s Place – 3
Pink & Navy Boutique - 1
Danny Anderson and Nate Coleman each scored a goal, and Sean Sanders scored one goal and had an assist. Tyler Krauss had 12 saves in goal for the Slim’s Place win. Aaron Parkin scored a goal, and Scott Rudacille had 17 saves in goal for Pink & Navy Boutique.

Adult co-ed Soccer schedule

Sept. 27, Thursday, 6 p.m., Wash Family Construction vs. Slim’s Place
Sept. 27, Thursday, 7 p.m. Jessie’s Island Store vs. Pink & Navy Boutique
Sept. 27, Thursday, 8 p.m., Florida Discount Signs vs. Island Pest Control
Sept. 27, Thursday, 9 p.m., Sato Real Estate vs. Moss & Bernard Construction

Youth Soccer Results

Division III (8-10-year-old)

Best Buy – 6
American Marine – 5
Daniel Fritz led all scoring with 5 goals, and Jaclyn Schlossberg added one goal in the Best Buy win. Tyler Brewer scored 4 goals, and David Daigle added one goal for the American Marine team.

Tyler’s Ice Cream – 6
Miller Electric - 1
Javier Rivera scored 3 goals, Daniel Sentman had 2 goals and Gianna Sparks added one goal for the Tyler’s Ice Cream win. Ava Zink scored the lone goal for the Miller Electric tea.

Lobstah’s – 2
LaPensee Plumbing – 1
Allie Connely and Kole Pearson each scored a goal for the Lobstah’s win. Sam Bowers scored the lone goal for the LaPensee Plumbing team.

Division II (11-13-year-old)

Steam Design – 6
LPAC – 5
Nico Calleja scored 3 goals. Olivia Glavan, Aiden Grumley and Gavin Sentman each added one goal for the SteamDesign victory. Zach Fernandez scored 3 goals, and Tyler Pearso scored 2 goals for the LPAC team.

Jen Crady Massage – 3
Wash Family Construction – 3
George Lardas scored 2 goals, and Abby Achor added one goal for the Jen Crady Massage tie. Tyler Yavalar scored 2 goals, and Ben Connor added one goal for the Wash Family Construction tie.

Adult co-ed Basketball results

Gator Man Pools – 65
Island Real Estate – 42

On the plane to Portland

Thank goodness I brought my headset enroute to Portland’s Vegetarian Festival, where I’ll be a headline speaker/cooking demonstrator both days.

The people next to me are squirming as the baby in the row in front of me is screaming. The bottle his dad is trying to force in his mouth to quiet him is being noisily and resolutely rejected. It’s hard not to think about how much we have lost such touch with the signals children give when they are in distress.

I am grateful that my three daughters were breastfed and their Eustachian tubes were never blocked when we flew. In fact, no one ever knew I was breastfeeding as I wore a discreet baby sling that kept my babies, now in college and beyond, well-hidden and happy. We all do the best we can with the information we have at the time.

As a volunteer La Leche League leader in my stay at home years, I learned more than my share including from docs who said, “You better breastfeed as long as possible to avoid your family history of breast cancer (mom, aunt and both sisters.)

The woman next to me is wearing a mouth and nose mask. I ask her why.

“I got terribly sick once, and usually do get some kind of upper respiratory infection 4-5 days after I fly if I don’t. I had a friend who got desperately sick after flying once to the point she almost died when her body shut down."

I listen, as any good reporter would. But I can’t help think about how constantly sick I always was as a kid, and then through my childbearing years, especially if I challenged my immune system and ran during season changes or ran more than six miles.

Since adopting a plant-based diet, I can’t remember the last time had an upper respiratory infection. I was always on antibiotics with the pediatrician making house calls back in the days they did those kinds of things.

I now run 6 to 7 miles every weekend. I can to keep my endurance up and my poundage down. I work in a gym where I assume there are germs, even though it is very clean. When I volunteer coached girls’ cross-country and was exposed to whatever kids get exposed to, I never got sick.

I’m also completely struck that this woman next to me, wearing a facemask, pulls it down just enough so that she can eat a highly processed fruit snack bar. It has a white sugar glaze over the top and a thin red-raspberry-ish filling inside. It looked typical of so many snack bars these days – full of chemicals and preservatives that would make it last a lifetime on a shelf and maybe in your gut.

So let me get this straight – you’re hyper-concerned about the germs you might be taking in breathing, but the chemicals going in your digestive system and then, of course, into your blood and all your organs not so much? Sometimes, it seems so easy to connect the dots. But I guess not everyone does that. I try to remain non-judgmental and, of course, don’t say anything. In my old age, though, it gets more challenging.

Two days later: I’m grateful to be in vegan Mecca, aka Portland. I gave a talk and book-signing at Whole Foods outside under a tent in vintage, misty Northwest rain. Whole Foods employees, as they always do, prepared recipes from my book and offered free tasting samples.

People often ask if it is possible to eat on $4 a day shopping at Whole Foods. I point out that when I ask my Whole Foods audiences, “How many of you shop here every day?” the only people who raise their hands are employees. So my information on how to cut food costs can apply to shopping at Whole Foods, but it is geared toward the shopping that goes on elsewhere.

The idea is to help you save so much money shopping elsewhere, that you’ll have even more money to shop at places like Whole Foods, Trader Joes, or wherever premium or top-of-the-line health foods are sold. But yes, if you buy in bulk at health food stores, you can still eat on $4 a day. Piece o’ carrot cake.

Evan Wolfe scored 33 points and had 5 rebounds and an assist. Sean Hubbard had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds and 3 assists. Richard Atkins had 12 points and 9 rebounds for the Gator Man Pools win. Matt Ray had a double-double with 15 points, 14 rebounds and an assist. Eric Gledhill scored 12 points with 6 rebounds. Matt Dwyer scored 9 points, 13 rebounds and had 5 assists for Island Real Estate.

Eat Here – 66
Agnelli Pools & Spa – 64
Daniel Orloff had 22 points and 7 rebounds and an assist. R.J Mizell had a double-double with 17 points and had 13 rebounds and 2 assists and Emmanuel Abraham chipped in with 11 points, 1 rebound and an assist for the Eat Here win. Chad Woods had a double-double with 24 points, had 12 rebounds and an assist. Jonathan Moss scored 17 points, had 3 rebounds and 6 assists. Jordan Demers had 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the Agnelli Pools & Spa squad.

Best Buy – 58
The Feast Restaurant – 47
Antwaun Jackson had a double-double with 32 points, 21 rebounds and 2 assists. Brandon Kern scored 17 points and had 2 rebounds and 2 assists. Tyler Bekkerus scored 10 points and had 8 rebounds in the Best Buy win. Matt Morgan scored 14 points, had 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Nate Coleman had 8 points, 4 rebound and 3 assists. Michael Haynes scored 8 points and had 9 rebounds and 2 assists for The Feast team.

Adult co-ed Basketball schedule:

Sept. 25, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., Agnelli Pools & Spa vs. Gator Man Pools
Sept. 25, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., Best Buy vs. Island Real Estate
Sept. 25, Tuesday, 8:30 p.m., Eat Here vs. The Feast restaurant
Oct. 2, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., Eat Here vs. Gator Man Pools
Oct. 2, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., Island Real Estate vs. The Feast restaurant
Oct. 2, Tuesday, 8:30 p.m., Agnelli Pools & Spa vs. Best Buy

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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