Who’s Ready For Something More Football and Less Politics?

Are you a Seminoles fan looking for new show to watch? Showtime may be able to perfectly suit your needs. This year the Showtime original series, A Season With, will feature Coach Jimbo Fisher and his Florida State Seminoles. The show’s previous season followed Notre Dame and has now made its way to the sunshine state for the 2016 season. Continue reading

Looking for a New Pet? Manatee County Adopt-A-Palooza is this Saturday, August 6, 2016 with all Adoptions only $5.00!

If you have been thinking about getting a new pet, the attorneys at Heintz & Becker ask you to mark your calendar and don’t miss this Saturday’s Adopt-A-Palooza at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, Haben Boulevard, Palmetto FL 34221.  All adoptions will be offered at the incredibly low price of only $5.00, plus $15.00 Manatee County License Fee and will support Manatee County’s No Kill Shelter Program.  The event starts at 11:00 a.m. and runs through 4:00 p.m., with free parking and free admission.  Attendees are encouraged to bring pet toys to be donated to the animal shelter.

In addition to pet adoptions, the event will feature rescue groups, specialty retailers, a
“Monster Mutt Truck”, food, beverages and raffle prizes.  Click on the video link below to watch the promotional video:

For more information, contact Manatee County Animal Services at 941-742-5933.  If you can’t make to Adopt-A-Palooza, Heintz & Becker urges you to check the Manatee County Animal Services Website for available dogs and cats, or plan a visit to the Palmetto Shelter or Downtown Meowtown:

Palmetto Shelter

305 – 25 Street W

Palmetto, Florida  34221

941-742-5933

Monday -Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday 10:00a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

Downtown Meowtown

1002 Manatee Ave. W.

Bradenton, Fl.

(941)742-5824

Tues-Sat, 11 am – 3 pm

Source(s): Manatee County Animal Services

Boating Safety Series Part 10: High School Credit Available from Florida Virtual School

Parents, do you know where your kids in grades 9-12 can satisfy some of their physical education and online course requirements, and get certified in both Boating and Hunting Safety for FREE?  The answer is the Outdoor Education Course offered by the Florida Virtual School (FLVS®) which allows Florida high school students to get their Boating Safety and Hunting Safety certification while earning 0.5 physical education and online course credit for high school graduation.

For students carrying heavy academic course loads and/or involved in music, art or other time-consuming programs, it can be difficult to fit in physical education and other required courses.  It can also be hard to find an online course that students actually want to take.  For those students that are interested in boating and/or hunting, this course may be just what they are looking for.  It’s the only course in the country of its type to combine both boating and hinting safety and it’s free to all Florida High School students.

Boating Safety Classes

To learn more, take the FLVS Outdoor Education Course Tour:

Heintz & Becker encourages parents and students to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity.  By doing so, students will not only get one step closer to graduation, they’ll learn things about boating and hunting safety that may someday save their own life or the life of someone else.  If you are a boating or hunting accident victim and need an experienced attorney to seek compensation for your injuries and related suffering, call us today to make an appointment for a free no-obligation consultation.

Source(s): Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, “Boating Safety & Education: Florida Virtual School”

 

Stand Together, Don’t Divide #WeAreOrlando

By now, the entire world is aware of the mass shooting that took place in the early hours Sunday morning.  Omar Saddiqui Mateen entered Pulse, a nightclub in Orlando, Florida and opened fire on hundreds of innocent and unsuspecting patrons around 2 A.M. Allegedly equipped with an AR-15 and a handgun, Mateen was able to take the lives of 49 people and leave over 50 wounded. Before he was killed in a fire fight with SWAT, Mateen in a call to 911 reportedly pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State. Despite being born a U.S. citizen, it has also been reported that Mateen had been on the FBI radar. Subsequently, the response from citizens and community groups has been overwhelming and #WeAreOrlando is drawing considerable attention to this tragedy.

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Preventable Tragedy?

This is the largest mass shooting in United States history excluding any military events. Many people have questions and concerns they want addressed by law enforcement as well as government officials. The internet has exploded with varying opinions on where we should stand with respect to gun control and immigration laws. However, in the immediate wake of such a tragic event, we should instead choose this time to refrain from arguing behind a keyboard and do what we can to help those affected. It is truly a time for the nation as a whole to come together and help those in need.

What Can I Do?

The outpouring of people eager to donate blood Sunday morning was a perfect example of how we can respond to tragic events. In Manatee County the blood banks are only accepting donation appointments as the response has been so great. The BloodMobile will be at Riverwalk today, however there may no longer be appointments available. You can go to oneblood.org and schedule an appointment at a location near you. The attorneys and staff at Heintz & Becker will be donating blood throughout the day on Friday June 17 at a local BloodMobile event in a show of solidarity with #WeAreOrlando.

Those not able to donate blood can help by making a donation to the GoFundMe page setup by Equality Florida. You can also support other groups known to be helping the victims and families. Please donate what you can; every dollar helps. Show your compassion and empathy to those affected by being an emotional support for them. So rather than being divisive, we want to stress the significance of standing together to help your fellow citizens. Gun control, immigration laws, and sexual orientation should be irrelevant when there are people in need of help. Donate what you can, give blood, or just be there for your fellow man. Today we all have a chance to be the difference in the world.

Respectfully submitted by Tanner Heintz

 

Sarasota’s Specialized Plumbing Technologies Spreads Waves of Love

As part of a mission trip organized by the non-profit organization Waves of Love, Sarasota-based Specialized Plumbing Technologies (formerly Sleuth Plumbing Technologies) recently assembled a group of volunteers that spent four weeks in a small Nicaraguan village to help build five brick homes from the ground up, an outdoor kitchen, two outhouses and install a water filtration system providing clean water for the village residents.  One of the volunteers was our very own, Tanner Heintz, son of Steve Heintz.

The mission was made possible through the combined efforts and contributions of Specialized Plumbing Technologies, its parent corporation Aquam Corp., and Waves of Love.  Specialized Plumbing Technologies, which uses underground video inspections to fix sanitary drainage problems and has about 70 employees statewide, has a culture of giving back.  In addition to volunteering locally, its employees have volunteered in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico and Nicaragua.  Aquam Corp., a global water infrastructure firm with a U.S. headquarters in San Diego, who acquired Specialized Plumbing Technologies last year, provided funding for the project.  Waves of Love was founded by Michael and Paula Lindsey and is located in Sarasota.  Its mission is to ensure everyone has life’s basic needs: food, water, shelter, clothing, and education.  For more information on Waves of Love, see the video below:

It’s great to see local organizations working to make positive changes in both our local community and around the world.  The attorneys at Heintz & Becker are happy to be able to use their website and Facebook page to share this story with its readers.  We hope it will inspire others to join in and help make a difference for people in need.

Source(s): The Bradenton Times, “Sarasota Company is Creating Positive Change in Nicaragua”, posted May 21, 2016; Plumber Magazine, “Florida Plumbers Embark on Mission to Nicaragua”, posted May 23, 2016; Business Observer, “Homes that really matter”, posted June 3, 2016

Pirates Charities and Bradenton Boosters Giving Back to Local Community

There’s a lot more to having the Pittsburg Pirates in Bradenton than baseball.  Pirates Charities and the Bradenton Boosters are also hard at work helping to make a difference in our community.

As part of Pirates Charities Adopt-a-School program, which was created in 2014, the Pittsburgh Pirates have entered into a partnership with the Mosaic Company and the Manatee Education Foundation to provide $30,000 in support to six Manatee County elementary and middle schools in the coming year.

The funds will be utilized to help purchase items such as school supplies and books for Wakeland Elementary School of International Studies, Ballard Elementary School, G.D. Rogers Garden Elementary School, James Tillman Elementary Magnet School, Myakka City Elementary and Martha B. King Middle School.  Wakeland Elementary will also receive help aimed at improving its reading and literacy initiative.

Such generosity would not be possible without the dedication of our very own Bradenton Boosters.  The Bradenton Boosters have been volunteering at Pirates Spring Training since 1969, working at McKechnie Field as ushers, program sellers, parking lot attendants, security personnel, merchandise sellers, and press box attendants.

In addition to volunteering their time, the group has made annual financial donations to help to grow several Pirates Charities programs in Manatee County.  Earlier this month, they made a donation to Pirates Charities for the 2016 season, presenting a check for $35,000 to Pirates Senior Director of Florida Operations Trevor Gooby.

The Bradenton Boosters conduct several events for its members each year, including a breakfast in January and a luncheon in February — plus a trip to Pittsburgh each summer.  Anyone interested in getting involved with this wonderful group can get a membership application at McKechnie Field on any spring training game day.

The attorneys at Heintz & Becker extend their thanks to Pirates Charities and the Bradenton Boosters.  We feel extremely fortunate to have Pirates baseball and these great organizations in our community and urge all of our readers to get out to the ballpark and support our team.  Go Pirates!

Source(s): OurSports Central, “Bradenton Boosters Make Annual Donation’, posted March 7, 2016; OurSports Central, “Pirates Adopt a School Program to Help Local Schools”, posted March 17, 2016

Get Ready to Rock for Local Families in Need!

On Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m., Bradenton’s Knights of Columbus, St. Josephs Council 5604, will be presenting a live rock-and-roll concert called “A Knight of Rock” at Mixon Fruit Farms featuring the Survivors of Rock and GoodByEddie. The purpose of the event is to raise money to create a Catholic Charities Sugar Bowl Fund to help local families suffering from an economic hardship. Local favorite GoodByEddie, headed by local music legend Doug Henderson, will open the concert at 4:30 p.m. At 7:00 p.m. the iconic Survivors of Rock will take the stage featuring former members of Iron Butterfly, Captain Beyond, Alice Cooper, Thee Image, Spiral Staircase, Curtis Mayfield, James Brown, Blues Image and Cactus.

Food, beverages, beer and wine will be available for purchase and band members will be available for meeting and autographs at the end of show. A limited number of tickets are available at Mixon Fruit Farms and through Bradenton area Knights of Columbus Councils for a donation of just $10.00 each. Sponsorship opportunities are also available for individuals and businesses wanting to do more to help this worthwhile cause. Mixon Fruit Farms is located 10 minutes west of I-75 at 2525 27th Street East in Bradenton. Seating will be limited so concert goers may wish to bring their own chairs. For more information go to Knights of Columbus on the web, email Richard at 349main@gmail.com or give Richard a call at 941-773-1061.

Click play below for a preview of GoodByEddie performing “Love Somebody Like You:”

Everyone at Heintz & Becker is excited to spread the word about this fantastic fundraising event. It’s events like these that make our local community one of the very best in the entire State of Florida. We hope that everyone attending has a great time and remind concert goers to plan ahead to make sure they get there and get home safely.