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Vol. 14 No. 43 - August 20, 2014


Sensational soccer

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story

ERIN VOGEL | submitted

Danny Burton, of Jesse's Island Store, scores a goal
against Agnelli Pool & Spas while flying through the air.

The adult co-ed spring soccer season comes to a climatic conclusion this week at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.

The soccer buzz is all over the world right now due to the FIFA World Cup in soccer. The most popular sport on planet earth has fans reeling and soccer fans on the Island are no different. What a perfect time for the conclusion of the Center’s adult soccer season.

Upsets were prevalent in last week’s first round of the playoffs. Three out of the four tournament playoff games were won by the underdog seeded team. Again this shows the parity of the Center’s drafting system in the sports leagues and how any team can win on any given night.

The first game of the tournament set the tone for the night when the number eight seeded Slim’s Place Team defeated the powerhouse number one seeded Jessie’s Island Store Team in a spectacular finale shootout. The game went to an end of regulation time tie 3 to 3. In tournament play, there must be a winner so it went to an overtime shootout.

For the Slim’s Place Team, Danny Anderson, Zach Gilliund and PJ Smargisso all scored regulation time goals. For the Jessie’s Island Store Team, Danny Burton scored all three goals in regulation time for his team.

In the shootout, Slim’s Place pulled off the upset victory and outscore the Jessie’s Island Store team by score of 3 to 2 and pulled off one of the biggest upset victories in a Center soccer tournament. Danny Anderson, Erin Vogel and Shawn Wampole all scored shootout goals for the Slim’s Place victory. Danny Burton and Aaron Parkin scored the two shootout goals for the Jessie’s team.

The number eight seeded Slim’s Place team will look to continue its Cinderella story on Wednesday night when it takes on the number five seeded Sato Real Estate team.

The sensational spring soccer season will conclude on Thursday night and cap off with the final championship game at 8 p.m. and the All-Star game before it at 7 pm.

Adult Co-Ed Soccer Results

Island Pest Control  2
Beach to Bay Construction  1

Eric Pullen and Andrew Turman each scored a goal apiece, and Ray Gardner had 10 saves in goal for the number two seeded Island Pest Control first round tournament win. Damir Glavan scored the only goal for the number seven seeded Beach to Bay Construction team, and Rico Beisert had 17 saves in goal.

Agnelli Pool & Spas  4
LaPensee Plumbing & Pools  1

Alisha Keene scored two goals. Chris Klotz and Matt Kretzman each scored one goal apiece, and Frank Agnelli had five saves in goal for the number six seeded Agnelli Pool & Spas first round tournament victory. Tyler Krauss scored the only goal for the number three seeded LaPensee Plumbing & Pools team, and Aaron Dudukes had 12 saves in goal.

Sato Real Estate  3
Ross Built Construction  1

Josh Burnet scored two goals. Matt Plummer scored one goal and Jason Sato had 11 saves in goal for the number five seeded Sato Real Estate team first round tournament win. Adam Bujarski scored the only goal for the number four seeded Ross Built Construction team, and Scott Rudacille had 10 saves.

Adult Basketball Results

Duncan Real Estate  64
Gator Man Pools  61

The Feast restaurant  65
Bug Guys  50

The Island Sun  95
Island Gourmet  72

Healthy food can taste great

As a TV reporter ages ago, I used to get paid the big bucks (ha) getting all sides to a story and doing the research it takes. So this volunteer column is the result of my week’s experiences and what I can write in two to three hours time. I always hope to inspire and prevent needless suffering of humans and animals that occurs way too often.

It is my belief that in our area, it would be a huge financial benefit if we had more vegan restaurants. Really vegan restaurants.

Like the exclusively vegan restaurant Ionie’s in Sarasota. My friend, Carl Lovejoy, is the amazing chef there. Check out restaurants’ Facebook pages or websites to see what they’re serving.

What I love are restaurants that aren’t afraid to say they are vegan in their name. Leafy Greens in St. Petersburg is an example. The first yelp review says, “Very fresh ingredients and the largest dehydrator I've ever seen combine for a menu that is very palatable even to non-vegans. 

Highly recommend the chilled curry soup, spinach salad with berry dressing, Mediterranean pizza and The Real Deal.

Also, the vegan chocolate lava cake is the perfect balance of dates and cacao. This is the way things should be. Healthy food can taste great!”

My problem is that I’ve traveled the country on book tour, and my publisher and others have taken me to the best and outrageously, financially successful vegan restaurants. Karyn’s on Greens in Chicago, The Chicago Diner, Café Gratitude all over California, New York’s Candle 79, San Francisco’s Millenium, Philly’s Vedge are just a sampling of restaurants that are exclusively vegan and even boast it in their titles.

Guess what? All those cities have lots of people, I bet, who travel here and would love an exclusively vegan restaurant option. I for one, would be a regular. Even an exclusively vegetarian restaurant on the Island would be awesome.

Speaking of food, the deadline is approaching to register for my noon Taste of Vegan cooking classes at the Anna Maria Island Community Center on all Thursdays in February. Fresh Market has donated the food. To whet your appetite, here’s what I’ll be demonstrating, and what you get to eat:

Feb. 6: Eating/Staying Fit on $4/Day – Thai no-fry spring rolls, braised collards, stone-broke soup;

Feb. 13: Getting Enough Protein on Just Plants – garbanzo bean salad, tempeh broccoli saute, breakfast scramble;

Feb. 20: Sumptious Salads – easy bean salad, community garden salad, tropical salad;

Feb. 27: Delectable Desserts – chocolate mousse, coconut ice cream, heavenly Island smoothies.

We had a small, but mighty, turnout to brave the cool temps at my free Manatee Public Beach hour-long, mini-workout last week. I start with warm-ups that have kept me injury free, then a walk and or run, depending on group interests, and cool down stretches. Feel free to join us every Monday at 9 a.m. at the Manatee Public Beach playground.

All abilities are welcome. I separate the group if needed. We’re always there as long as the temperature is 50 degrees or warmer. If it’s windy, bring a windbreaker and a towel and water. And I promise never to mention the “v” (vegan) word unless you ask.

I placed first in my age group at the Bradenton YMCA 5K this weekend – the 63rd time placing in a race since 2006. I thought it would be a gentle cross-country course on the county fairgrounds. Instead, it wound through the actual fair itself – heavy lighter fluid, BBQ smoke, people smoking and a fuel truck that blocked the narrow path at one point. But I got to hold my trophy by the Beef-It’s What’s For Dinner sign.

I’ll be attempting the marathon in Celebration next weekend. I’ve been spending way too much time in the chair writing. Sitting is the new smoking 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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