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L E GA L A I D O F M A N A S OTA How well do you know Legal Aid of Manasota? By PAMELA FIELDS, Esq. Legal Aid of Manasota Ann was her elderly father’s caretaker and lived with him in his mobile home until he died. During the time of her father’s illness, the mortgage became delinquent. Through our No Place Like Home Program we were able to provide her with a pro bono attorney (Thank you Jordan Riccardi!) who assisted her with a probate to get the home in her name. Then, our office assisted her with the paperwork to get a loan modification with the lender. The loan was modified and the grateful client was able to keep a roof over her head and she now has an afford- able mortgage. Maria had been physically abused by her husband during their 8 year marriage until he kicked her out of the house that he owned prior to the marriage. Her only income is Social Security Disability of $900 per month so she was forced to live in her car. In the divorce, Legal Aid was able to get Maria $10,000 so that she could get back on her feet and secure housing. Pamela Fields, Esq. Legal Aid of Manasota T his is only a small sample of the work Legal Aid does every day, but we could not do it without your help. As attorneys, you are the only ones we can count on to provide our clients with a fair chance at justice. For those of you who may not be familiar with Legal Aid of Manasota, we have been providing free civil legal services to low-income clients in Sarasota and Manatee Counties for 29 years. Our small staff of 10 includes only 4 staff attorneys serving two counties. As you can imagine, our small staff cannot possibly assist the large number of potential clients, therefore, we rely heavily on pro bono attorneys to provide legal assistance. We have several wonderful, mostly retired, volunteer attorneys who come to our offices on a weekly or biweekly basis to meet with clients to gather the facts in an intake interview and to give brief counsel and advice, if possible. However, we need additional pro bono attorneys to take those cases that need further representation. How can you help? Glad you asked. Although we have a group of dedicated pro bono attorneys who support us already, it just isn’t enough. Legal Aid receives over 25,000 calls for help each year, but we have to turn away deserving clients every day because of a lack of resources. We have many opportuni- ties for you to assist and fulfill your goal of pro bono service. Things as simple as preparing a will, helping a client complete pro se court forms, or providing full representation in a contested lawsuit. There are many See LEGAL AID , Page 13 R E S TA U R A N T R E V I E W M-m-m . . . Some top sandwiches of Sarasota By ALISA M. HEEDY Fergeson Skipper and DAVID HEEDY Shumaker Maximillian’s Café  A local institution, you won’t find any tourists here. Tucked in the heart of Gillespie Park (with plenty of parking) at 1695 10th Street, Maximillian’s Cafe is one of Sarasota’s hidden gems focused on lunchtime classic and specialty sandwiches, salads, and soups. Our favorite specialty sandwich is the Frenchie Wrap ($7.50), which is filled with maple glazed turkey, creamy French brie, crunchy apple slices, and honey mustard.  The classic Cuban Sandwich (8” $6.50, 12” $7.65) rivals the best in Sarasota. Locally baked Cuban bread is stuffed with house roasted pork, ham, and Swiss cheese, classically dressed with yellow mustard and pickles, and a spicy surprise of pepperoncini. Finished with butter, then pressed hot and Alisa M. Heedy Fergeson Skipper, P.A. crisp.  Be sure to swap out the potato chips for one of the homemade sides: Redskin Potato Salad, Macaroni Salad, and our favorite, Tri-Color Rotini Salad.  Centered on its delivery and takeout, Maximillian’s is open Monday through Friday from 10:30AM to 3:00PM.  If you are looking for authentic Thai food or fresh sushi, check out its sister restaurant, Spice Station, in the nearby Rosemary District. Michelle’s Brown Bag David B. Heedy Shumaker Another local’s only lunch spot is Michelle’s Brown Bag, serving up gourmet breakfast and lunch items in the City Center Building at 1819 Main Street. Originally from Bar Harbor, Maine, owner Michelle Connor is always there slangin’ food, with her black-rimmed glasses and hair swept back into a bun.  Specialty sandwiches, ranging from the Bradenturkey to the SRQPD Panini and Longboat Brie, each have their own bit of local flair.  The Islander ($8.95) is the perfect sandwich: a significant amount of thinly sliced roast beef topped with a smear of herbed goat cheese, baby greens, tomato, cucumber, and sweet red onions. But the best part of the Islander is the homemade pesto aioli. Wowza! Michelle should bottle and sell this stuff. This is one place you don’t want to skip the dessert. Be sure to grab a sweet treat to-go (in a brown paper bag, of course). Michelle’s sweet treats include chocolate chunk cookies and brownies and are displayed next to the register. Our go-to is the Blondie ($2.95) with a chewy graham cracker crust topped with a gooey mixture of butter, condensed milk, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and walnuts, and a toasted coconut topping. If you get there early enough, you can enjoy this goodness warm out of the oven, or stop by for an afternoon pick- me-up.  Michelle’s Brown Bag is open See SANDWICHES , Page 18 The Docket · April 2020 9