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01/24/2014

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Sarasota News Leader January 24, 2014 Page 61 CONTROL GROWTH NOW TO HONOR RANDALL REID AS CITIZEN OF YEAR Local civic organization Control Growth Now (CGN) will honor former Sarasota County Administrator Randall Reid as its Citizen of the Year at the group's 25th Anniversary Annual Meeting and Luncheon, it has announced. The event will be held on Saturday, March 15, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at Marina Jack's upstairs meeting room overlooking Sarasota Bay, a news release notes. Control Growth Now is honoring Randall Reid, says the group's president, attorney Dan Lobeck, "because he put ethics and sensible planning first in his service to all of the people of Sarasota County," the release continues. Among CGN's other speakers will be County Commission candidate Lourdes Ramirez. Registration for the luncheon is $20, with a choice of pan seared grouper, chicken caprese or vegetarian plate. The meal will The event is open to the public. Guests may include rice, a vegetable, dessert and choice of register by calling Lobeck at 364-8777 or tea or coffee. 955-5622. FIRST STEP TO HONOR KNIGHT AT ANNUAL CARING HEARTS LUNCHEON First Step of Sarasota Inc., a nonprofit substance abuse treatment agency, will honor Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight at the 11th Annual Caring Hearts Luncheon, scheduled for Feb. 19 at Michael's On East in Sarasota, the organization has announced. "Each year, First Step presents the Caring Heart of the Year award to an individual who has made a positive impact in the community, with a focus on those whose efforts have improved the lives of women and children" or those who have dedicated themselves to raising awareness or providing treatment for substance abuse or mental health disorders, a news release explains. Since he was first elected in 2008, "Knight has worked diligently to increase awareness of the dangers of prescription drug abuse," the release adds. He implemented a Pharmaceutical Diversion Investigative Unit and permanent drop boxes for the safe disposal of unused medications, for example, the release says. Recently, Knight brought the state's Safe Sleep Campaign to Sarasota County, the release points out. "The Sheriff's Office is working with child safety advocates

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