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New Homes from Rye Wilderness.

FE6A56FD-D604-4C8F-B28F-7F7B0C163EF1.jpgRye Wilderness Estate will be adding some more homes, thanks to Texas-based homebuilder D.R. Horton.

The $2.4 million half acre lots compose Phase IV of the Rye Wilderness Estates and are said to e planned for single-family homes. Sources say that Rye Wilderness Estates sales professional JoAnn Strutt told reports that Phase IV will have luxury homes with tile roofs and paved driveway. Homesites are expected to include 2,300 to 4,300 square feet of lot. According to reports, home prices will start at $284,000, however sales of homes in Phase IV will not begin until the estimated 60 remaining slots in Phase III have been sold.

The property was first bought by Florida Properties II, LLC , a Clearwater developer, for

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A number of people witnessed a holiday exhibition game of Polo in Lakewood Ranch at the Sarasota Polo Club last Sunday, December 23.

Spectators paid only $12 for entrance to the Sarasota Polo Club's north side general admission section and watched the game from their chairs while munching on their food. To add to the picnic style day, there were people throwing Frisbees, playing croquet, and playing bocce during half time.

This year's holiday exhibition match had an electronic scoreboard, north side vendors selling food, a couple of wooden horses, Splinter and Woody, available for kids to ride on during half time and see what it's like to hit a polo ball with a mallet, and a team of Clydesdale horses pulling a wagon had been provided as rides for

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For those who didn't have enough to eat for a hearty Christmas meal, three restaurants in Bradenton filled in those empty stomachs.

Our Daily Bread, The Ranch Grill and The Salvation Army served food for free to the homeless on December 24.

The 17th Avenue West soup kitchen Our Daily Bread aims to put a Christmas smile on the faces of almost 300 needy from 10 am until noon time. Our Daily Bread is said to be serving turkey, ham, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes.

Since it opened last May 1, staff of The Ranch Grill at 14475 State Road 70 E spent their Christmas working at the restaurant, giving free food to about 150 between 11 am and 4pm. Their buffet included green bean casserole, turkey and ham, mashed potatoes and

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Now that you've bought and got those presents all wrapped up, you're imagining all those crazy places where you can hide all those gifts without your family finding out about them.

ID-10049496.jpgNo need to think hard anymore, here are some ideas where no one in your family would think you'd be hiding those gifts.

Got an office outside of your home? Try if you can hide some of those gifts in your desk drawers or underneath your table. If you think you'll need a big space, you might want to check with your boss first, but those little boxes could fit inside your drawers.

At home, think of spots where no one else goes to, drawers or cabinets no one else but you opens, or make use of those decorative jars and vases if you have one. If you have an extra pot or

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Christmas lights literally brighten the snowy December month, and simply add cheer and warmth to the house this winter.

Besides making your house look festive for the holidays, you surely would want to put those lights up safely and quickly, and save money when they start to light up.

Safety comes first
Try to stay away from climbing your roof after snow or rain when it's slippery. Also, have someone help you in hanging the lights, where one can hold the ladder while the other hangs the lights.

Lights are fragile
Be cautious when you unpack, you never know whether there's any broken piece of glass from the series or from the box where the lights were stored. Be sure to replace those broken bulbs before you hang the lights.

Save energy on LEDs

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The Lakewood Ranch Inter-District Authority has finally completed the purchase of five acres from Schroeder-Manatee Ranch for the site of their new $2.4 million maintenance facility on Wednesday, November 28, 2012.

The Lakewood Ranch government group had to wait for the Manatee County Building and Development's go signal on the site plan before they made the purchase. The site plan is said to have been approved on November 14.

IDA Operations Manager Ryan Heise says that the group expects the project's groundbreaking to be on January.

The new facility is now out to bid and responses are expected to come in no later than December 13. The group already had a pre-bid meeting with the contractors to make proposals for the facility's construction. The

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