New shirts promote community pride

ENGLEWOOD — The nonprofit Englewood Center for Sustainability is selling T-shirts to promote Englewood.

Its message is ‘34223,’ one of Englewood’s ZIP codes.

Proceeds from the shirt benefit the Ethnobotany and Trails Program taking shape adjacent to the Deltec Buildings at the Buchan Airport Community Park off Old Englewood Road.

The purpose of the ethnobotany program is to bring awareness to the importance of plants and history of the area where the native culture is utilized. An example is using plants for medicine, said Board Member Bobbie Marquis.

Tom Minnich, who was one of the original founding members of the Englewood Center for Sustainability, was instrumental in the ethnobotany program.

‘It was his dream to see this,’ Marquis said.

Minnich died Oct. 7.

Don Musilli, a committee chairman at the Englewood Center for Sustainability, or EC4S, said he came up with the idea of Englewood Zip code T-shirts to generate revenue for the center.

‘We also operate the Farmers Market, but we try to keep some of the operational funds separate and we’ve been developing some logo products for the Farmers Market,’ he said.

The idea for the ZIP code T-shirt came about when the TV show, ‘90210,’ came up in a discussion.

‘It was interesting because they just use the ZIP code,’ Musilli said. ‘People would say, ‘What is 34223?’ Well that’s Englewood, Florida.’

Musilli went to John and Ann Mead of Premier Tees & Screenprinting in Englewood.

‘We made a couple,’ Musilli said. ‘We tried it out at the board meeting and there were some people from the community there and they liked it. So we decided to come up with a few styles and colors and put them on our website — then we started marketing them.’

The center sells the shirts online, at the Farmers Market and at Ron Smith’s State Farm off County Road 775. The shirts come in a variety of designs and colors. There are T-shirts, tank tops and V-neck T-shirts.

‘They sold them at Pioneer Days,’ said Marquis. ‘People love the shirts, because there’s a lot of ties people have to Englewood. It’s got a very strong community sense.’

For more information go to ec4s.org or call 941-474-4659.

EC4S shirts

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The Englewood Center for Sustainability is selling T-shirts, tank tops and V-necks. You can find the shirts online at ec4s.org, the Englewood Farmers Market on 320 W. Dearborn and Ron Smith’s State Farm on 21 S. Indiana Ave.

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About Tom

Tom Chang is a freelance journalist with a background in multimedia journalism and web publishing. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St.Petersburg. He graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications at USF Tampa. Tom's interests include a little bit of everything from entertainment to sports. He also wishes to delve into creative writing writing sci-fi/fantasy stories. Tom was recently the Online Editor for USF St. Petersburg's the Crow's Nest, he joined the staff in January 2010 where he started freelance writing, photographing, copy editing and later became a staff writer. Tom’s freelance experience in journalism amassed a wide range of companies including Creative Loafing, The Focus Magazine, Lutz News, Examiner.com, and Tampa Tribune.
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