West Coast Woman is 25 this month! Yeah, I'm, surprised, too. WCW started publishing March 17, 1988, to be precise. Now, some nine million plus copies and over 300 profiles later, we continue our "mission" to
highlight the fascinating and inspiring women who have added so much to our community - and we do so with great pleasure. And what better woman to profile in March than Sarasota's new Chief of Police, Bernadette DiPino. No one can dispute that law enforcement is still predominantly male. But if you look into women who are in leadership jobs, it's even rarer to find a woman in charge. And I haven't enough space here to go into how demanding and sometimes dangerous the job can be. So, instead, I suggest you click here to view a PDF of the Chief or else click here to go to
our web site where you can read her profile and see what else WCW has this month.
Chief DiPino's bio shows a career with steadily increased responsibility, a breadth of experience and a new take on being a "cop" that means working with the community and being very visible and accessible. I happen to live in the city of Sarasota so I have my own vested interest in her success. I want the city to be a better, safer place, too, but I don't think she should have that responsibility alone. The community needs to stand with her and fix the problems.
Thank you all for reading and supporting WCW all these years!
Editor, West Coast Woman
Worth Checking Out:
* Breast Health after Surgery: Dr. Scott Engel, a surgeon at Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center, will speak on current developments and major achievements impacting your choices for breast reconstruction. With him will be Amy Haddad a licensed physical therapist who will discuss rehabilitation programs for mastectomy patients and the benefits of MediCupping as well as other therapies. The event is Wed., March 6, 6-7 p.m. and is being held at Fyzical, 5922 Cattlemen Rd., Sarasota.RSVP required: email
or call 941-227-4122. For more info on Fyzical, visit them at www.fyzical.com.
* Seminar on Micronutrient Testing: Family Pharmacy, 3644 Webber St., Sarasota, is having a free seminar on micronutrient testing presented by Carrie Simon of SpectraCell Labs on Thurs., March 14 at 7 p.m. RSVP: Call 921-6645.
* Sci-Brain: Where Science Meets Brain Health. Find out more about a new approach to improving brain fitness by building brain reserve to optimize mental performance and protect the brain from Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Held March 8 at Hyatt Sarasota, March 15 at Lakewood Ranch Country Club, and March 22 at Venice Yacht Club. Registration 8 a.m. Presentation 9-11 a.m. Cost: $20 (inc. continental breakfast). Tickets: email
or call 941-556-9900.
* Royal Tea Service: Simply Gourmet is offering Royal Tea Service at the Powel Crosley Estate at 2 p.m. on March 12, 14, 19, 26 and 28. Tickets are $32 and you get to enjoy a sumptuous tea in the upstairs living area of the mansion overlooking the Bay. Reserve by calling 941-225-9122.
Also in WCW March '13 Issue: * Virginia Hoffman's Photo Exhibit * Dining In - American style Irish Stew * Scenes from our Jan. 23 Expo at the Van Wezel * WCW Shopper, health advice, arts calendar and more!
Images are by Evelyn England, ace photographer at Sage Art
International Women's Day is March 8!
Everyone is invited to celebrate International Women's Day as the city of Sarasota hosts a community get together and movie on Friday, March 8, 2-5 p.m. at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, 1845 34th St., Sarasota.
The event is free and open to all. Eight Sarasota women will be recognized for their achievements in the community. The award-winning documentary "Arise" will be shown and is narrated by actress Daryl Hannah. This is the first time International Women's Day has been celebrated with an event in Sarasota thanks to UNIFEM Gulf Coast, Sarasota's Commission on the Status of Women and the United Nations Assoc., Sarasota-Manatee Chapter. Info:
Sarasota's (and Ireland's) own Paul Duffy will perform on March 10 at 4 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Sarasota. The concert will also have fellow musicians Michial Hickmott and Greg Holt in a concert of folk songs and Irish sea shanties - perfect for an early St. Pat's celebration.
Tickets are only $15 and that includes wine & cheese afterwards as well as a reception with the artists. Call 371-4974 or visit www.uusarasota.org/concerts.
Happy St. Patrick's Day to you!
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