Friday, January 25, 2013
The community's developers announced a new promotional partnership with the Tampa Bay Lightning aimed at convincing residents and businesses to move to Manatee and Sarasota.
The developers of Lakewood Ranch are hoping a new partnership with the Tampa Bay Lightning will draw hockey fans from all over the country to live and work in Sarasota and Manatee counties. To prove they mean business, NHL Hall of Famer and Lightning General Manager and Vice President Steve Yzerman was brought in for a news conference Friday at Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club to announce details of the deal, which officials say will expand the Lakewood Ranch brand name and grow its market. "This really will put us on the national and international map for real estate," said Rex Jensen, president of Schroeder-Manatee Ranch, the community's developer. The hope is that by promoting Lakewood Ranch at Lightning home games and on TV …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
As the Tampa Bay Lightning and Lakewood Ranch join Friday to announce a partnership, it brings back memories of hockey that could have been in Lakewood Ranch.
As the Tampa Bay Lightning top brass join Lakewood Ranch officials for a special announcement Friday, some excitement lingered online of what could be and what might have been. The announcement appears to be most likely a business partnership as Lakewood Ranch was featured on the largest indoor HD jumbotron in North America for a team segment during the Lightning's opening night. But when you read hockey and Rex Jensen, it brings up some memories of what could have been in Lakewood Ranch with the Forum at Lakewood Ranch, originally called the Bradenton-Sarasota Forum. And most likely, renamed for a corporate sponsor if ever built between Lakewood Ranch Boulevard and Pope Road near the Esplanade. Lightning fan blog Raw Charge was the first…
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Tampa Bay Lighting and Lakewood Ranch community will make a special announcement regarding a new partnership between the two organizations.
The developer of Lakewood Ranch and the Tampa Bay Lightning will make a special announcement Friday regarding a new partership between the two organizations. The announcement will take place at noon Friday, at the Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club, 7650 Legacy Blvd., Lakewood Ranch, and will feature Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman with Lightning CEO Tod Leiweke and Rex Jensen, the CEO of Schroeder-Manatee Ranch and Brian Kennelly, the president of Lakewood Ranch Community Realty. The Lightning announced that the mobile fan truck Rolling Thunder along with the Lightning Girls and ThunderBug will be on hand.
Monday, January 14, 2013
About 5,500 people showed up to see the Tampa Bay Lightning's first practice of the season on Sunday.
With the salute of their sticks, the Tampa Bay Lightning thanked the estimated 5,500 fans who attended their first practice of the season Sunday afternoon. The Lightning opened up its training camp Sunday and decided to head to the Tampa Bay Times Forum to host the first one of the year instead of the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon to give fans some elbow room and plenty of things to do — from getting autographs to snapping plenty of photos of the team — during a Fan Fest. Single-game tickets go on sale today and the team is running a special offer through 11:59 p.m. waiving the Ticketmaster fees when fans use the code FORUM when purchasing online. The team was able to practice Sunday after the National Hockey League and National Hockey …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
With an end to the NHL lockout in sight, will you be watching the Lightning play hockey this year?
The Tampa Bay Lightning are wasting no time preparing for what will be an abbreviated season thanks to the National Hockey League’s 100-plus-day lockout. The team announced that ice installation at the Tampa Bay Times Forum is scheduled for today. In fact, painting is expected to begin this afternoon. “The Times Forum staff began by laying down a base coat of ice this morning,” a Lightning media release stated. All of this is in preparation for what will now be an abbreviated season thanks to the negotiation breakdown between the players’ union and the league. The end of the lockout was announced on Sunday. While it remains unclear how many games will be a part of the shortened 2012-13 season or when games will officially start, the …
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Tampa Bay Lightning brought its fan tour to Five Points on Saturday.
The Tampa Bay Lightning brought its Rolling Thunder into Sarasota on Saturday. Fans weren't deterred by a lockout and a threatened shut-down of the season as they turned out for the festival, which featured street hockey for kids, cornhole, giveaways and more. The event was co-sponsored by the Downtown Sarasota Alliance. The Lightning are also promoting a Sarasota Chamber Night on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 in a game against the Washington Capitals. The event features a pre-game party from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on the Bud Light Party Deck. Puck drops at 7 p.m. For $45, you get light hors d'oeuvres, one alcohol beverage per person, a welcome by Lightning and Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce executives and the chance to win unique fan experiences …
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Tampa Bay Lightning's fan event will stop at Selby Five Points Park on Saturday. They will also make a stop at Lakewood Ranch Main Street.
The Tampa Bay Lightning's fan tour will bring the thunder to Selby Five Points Park on Saturday. The Rolling Thunder fan event features activities and entertainment for all ages, and will help celebrate the team's 20th anniversary. The event is scheduled to run 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event includes interactive games, appearances by the Lightning Girls, ThunderBug and Lightning personalities. Due to the National Hockey League owners' lockout, no players are permitted to be promoted or be asked to attend team events. The NHL and the players union, National Hockey League Players Association, are expected to talk Friday to continue to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement in hopes that the season will start on time, TSN.ca reports. …
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Tampa Bay Lightning honore commissioner Carol Whitmore as a hometown hero, A.J. Burnett to pitch for the Marauders and Leadership Manatee is looking for applicants to its program.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Toni Whitt
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
1. Manatee County's no-kill efforts will get $40,000 and the homeless coalition will get $10,000 after the Tampa Bay Lightning named Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore, a hometown hero for her work with homeless people and animals. 2. A.J. Burnett on the mound Friday at 6:30 p.m. for the Bradenton Marauders against the St. Lucie Mets. Burnett, who was acquired from the Yankees at the start of Spring Training, was unable to pitch in any Grapefruit League games. He was injured when a ball he bunted struck his head and fractured his orbital bone. Burnett is making a rehab start as he prepares to return from the disabled list after having surgery to repair a broken orbital bone on March 2. Friday will also feature the Marauders first …
Monday, April 2, 2012
Carol Whitmore is honored for her advocacy for homeless animals and people.
Friday, May 6, 2011
A three-year letter winner in golf and a four-year letter in softball, Malanczuk is the starting second baseman for the school's 2011 Class 4A-Region 3 championship team.
What sports do you play besides softball?: I played volleyball my freshman year. Then, I played golf for the rest of three years (of high school). Which sport do you like the best?: It’s between softball and golf because I have a really great passion for both. Mostly softball because I’ve been playing since I was like 7 or 8. What’s the excitement level like at school with your team winning a region championship and advancing to the Final Four?: The excitement is getting higher because we’ve made it so much farther and we are making history. It feels good to have people around school saying, 'Good luck Monday for states.' Before when we had regionals, everyone knew about it. It’s really nice to have the excitement. I think it gives us more…