Marauders’ LECOM Park climbing the ranks


Vote for the LECOM park!

Baseball Digest’s Best of the Ballparks 2021 contest is underway, and the Bradenton Marauders ballpark has made it through the final round of national polls in the low-A rating of minor league baseball.

The voting runs until July 18th.

B’town’s cozy ballpark currently ranks fourth on the poll, behind The Diamond, home of Lake Elsinore Storm, a subsidiary of San Diego Padres, California; Segra Park, home of the Columbia (SC) Fireflies, a subsidiary of the Kansas City Royals; and Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, the longtime home of the Lakeland Flying Tigers and a Detroit subsidiary.

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• Good for Cindy Denison, retired after 39 years in banking.

• Big Ups to B’town’s Leah Roddenberry, our newly crowned Miss Florida. Cardinal Mooney alum, University of Florida graduate and Miss Tampa 2020 will be featured in the 100th Anniversary Miss America contest this December.

• That is 42 years of marital happiness for Connie and Bill Chaltis.

• And Karen Weber is 39. Again.

• Thanks to the students recently recognized by the Law Enforcement Academy, Fire Science Academy, and the Practical Nursing Program at Manatee Technical College.

At the law enforcement ceremony, the top gun and academic award went on James Workman. The fare went up Nicholas McMahon. Macy Lamastra and Andrew Rodman were class representatives. Duane Henderson gave the class speech.

At the fire science ceremony Christopher Kingsley earned the highest academic and practical skills. Derek Marino won the fastest fight challenge time.

At the care ceremony Melba Allen and Kylie Plichta achieved the highest academic achievement. Anthony Rzewnicki was awarded for perfect participation.

Marie Fuller Gartley is 94 years young.

• And granddaughter Nyssa Gartley is 31.

• Cheers to the Manatee County Clerk Angel Colonesso, selected by colleagues across the state as President of Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers.

Kristi Cascarelli is 37.

• Greetings to the pilot Steve Wellman and corrections deputy Samantha Wiggins, both in the Manatee County Sheriff’s office for 20 years.

Mike Ivko is 66.

• Good luck to Kevin DiLallo. The Chief Executive Officer of Manatee Memorial Hospital has been promoted to Group Vice President, Universal Health Services Florida Region. He has been Group Vice President for the Manatee Healthcare System since 2010. He will oversee four hospitals, including Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, Wellington Regional Medical Center, a future Palm Beach Gardens hospital, and MMH.

• Happy 4th of July!

Vin’s People runs on Sundays. Send an email to Vin Mannix at [email protected] Or call 941-962-5944. Twitter: @vinmannix.


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