I’ve recently seen on TV news stories about communities where the residents are placing Teddy bears/stuffed animals in their windows to provide objects for scavenger hunts. Here’s a news item from Tampa:
I am making cloth masks — free of charge — for anyone who would like one. They are not sized individually so I can’t promise a “perfect fit.” However, I have tweaked the Olsen style mask a bit so that it can be adjusted somewhat by the wearer. These masks are also constructed with an inside pocket into which the wearer may insert an additional filter. I do not have any wire (pipe cleaner or other craft wire) for the nose piece, but the wearer can easily insert one if desired. Attached is a photo of the one I made for myself (I drew a smile on mine because no one can see a real smile behind a mask). Please contact me if you’d like one. I’ll keep making them until I run out of materials. Email Sharon at
Here is my post for the Wall of Something:
City of Venice solid waste collection update 4/6
The City of Venice is working hard to protect our community. Currently, all garbage, recycling and yard waste collection will continue as usual; however, we want to notify our residents of several important precautions which will begin on Monday, April 6:
· All residential garbage and recycling must be placed inside the correct automated cart for collection. For the safety of our staff, nothing placed outside of the cart will be collected at this time.
· If you have additional garbage or items that will not fit in the cart, please save it for your next regularly scheduled pickup day, or contact Public Works to schedule a bulk collection. Bulk garbage and bulk yard waste will continue to be collected and must be scheduled by contacting the Public Works office at 941–486-2422.
· City of Venice residents will continue to receive once weekly collection of prepared yard waste. You may use garbage cans, or bags (any color or type) to package your yard waste. Your yard waste may also be tied up in bundles as long as they are not longer than 4 feet and do not weigh more than 40lbs. As long as your yard waste is prepared in this way there is no limit to how many bags, cans or bundles you put out.
· Cardboard boxes should be broken down flat and placed into the blue recycling cart for collection. For cardboard that will not fit inside a recycling cart, public dumpsters for cardboard will be placed at the following two locations:
1. The Venice Community Center, 300 S. Nokomis Ave., within the southern parking area.
2. The intersection of Pinebrook Rd. and Lucaya Ave., to the east of Pinebrook Rd. near the croquet field entrance.
· If your collection should get missed for some reason, please contact the Public Works office and staff will schedule a return trip within 24 hours.
Please contact Public Works at 941–486-2422 for any other solid waste or recycling questions. We truly appreciate your cooperation and assistance during this challenging time.