FREE Take Me Home Read Us Online at IslandSunNews.com VOL. 13, NO. 50 From the Beaches to the River District downtown Fort Myers DECEMBER 19, 2014 Christmas Carol Sing Brings In Donations For The Soup Kitchen Santa with Kyle Kosecki, Colby Davis, Mrs. Claus, Rilie Surgeon,Chase Davis and Tyler Kosecki Santa with FGCU students Marco Ferri, Kristen Weis, Kris Winselmann and Hunter Dahlen of Holiday Strings R esidents who attended the Christmas Carol Sing at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Myers on Tuesday, December 9 contributed plenty of canned goods and cash to help the Everyday Marketplace & Café (known as The Soup Kitchen) of Community Cooperative feed the hungry in Southwest Florida. About 3,000 pounds of food and $9,000 in cash were donated at the 24th annual Christmas Carol Sing, which was sponsored and organized by the Galloway Family of Dealerships. The canned goods will be distributed immediately to families in need. “It is so gratifying to see our community coming together to help those less fortunate, especially during these economic times. The need has never been greater,” said event founder Sam Galloway, Jr. Approximately 2,000 people attended the three performances, which featured a singa-long with the First Presbyterian Church Choir, a string quartet from Florida Gulf Coast University, special guest soloists, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. The Christmas Carol Sing is the third of three annual community sing-a-longs presented by First Presbyterian Church and sponsored by the Galloway Family of Dealerships. The other two are Mrs. Edison’s Hymn Sing in February (planned for February 10) as part of the Edison Festival of Light and A Midsummer Night’s Sing in July. All three events benefit the Everyday Marketplace & Café of Community Cooperative, which was founded as The Soup Kitchen by First Presbyterian Church of Fort Myers in 1984. The Christmas Carol Sing and two hymn sings are major sources of support for Community Cooperative, which works to end hunger and homelessness in Lee County with headquarters in Fort Myers, satellite offices in Cape Coral and Fort Myers Beach, and mobile services throughout greater Lee County. Clients range from shut-ins, homeless families and individuals, to the working poor and children. In addition to serving upwards of 200,000 meals each year through Community Cafes and Meals on Wheels, it provides comprehensive life coaching and homeless services, oversees an emergency mobile food pantry and provides emergency food to hungry school children and their families through the Growing Healthy Kids School Pantry and Backpack Programs. continued on page 19 Sanibel Run To Fund Second Local Ronald McDonald Care Mobile The 58th annual Holiday House is open until December 23 photo by Lauren Glase Photography Bob Risch, Leilani Sivsov and Jim Castle of Grampy’s Charities with Ronald McDonald G rampy’s Charities will present Robbie’s Run, a 9-hole Golf Course Fun Walk, Run or Crawl, on Saturday, January 17 at The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club on Sanibel. The run will benefit a new Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, a program of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida. Proceeds will help to fund a local mobile pediatric office that will travel to schools, community centers and neighborhoods continued on page 5 Holiday House Is A Fort Myers Tradition T here is still time to visit the 58th annual Holiday House. Sparkling lights flank the royal palms while decorations, lights, ornaments, garlands, figurines and other adornments are on display at the Burroughs Home and Langford Kingston Home. It took more than 100 ladies from the Fort Myers Woman’s Community Club to decorate the interior and exterior of these historic properties. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $5 and all proceeds go to the City of Fort Myers to help repair and maintain these properties. The Holiday House will be open until December continued on page 8 2 THE RIVER - DECEMBER 19, 2014 Historic Downtown Fort Myers, Then And Now: Christmastime At Heitman’s Store by Gerri Reaves, PhD P re-Thanksgiving Day advertising for Christmas shopping is nothing new. Harvie E. Heitman had it perfected as early as 1894, when he ran ads that would rival those of many big stores today. Perhaps the fact that his birthday was December 17 contributed to his enthusiasm for the holiday. Heitman first came to Fort Myers in 1888 to work in a store owned by his great-uncle, Howell A. Parker, but that store went out of business. (Parker had been elected the town’s first mayor in 1885.) In 1893, when he was only about 20 years old, Heitman established his own store on the northwest corner of First and Jackson in a woodframe building. Founding his own store was the first of many enterprising moves in Heitman’s successful business, political and civic career. In a life of only 49 years, he would immeasurably influence the growth and progress of Fort Myers. By Christmas 1894, Heitman had built a bakery adjacent to the store and was turning out cakes, pies and a variety of other baked goods. Discounts were offered to clubs, church groups and other organizations. The Heitman Building is downtown’s oldest brick building photo by Gerri Reaves The Heitman Store, pictured circa 1902, opened in February 1898 on the same site where the woodframe store had stood. Boyd Clifton Foxworthy (second from left) stands near Foxworthy & Company Clothing Store. The bank sign marks the location of a branch of the Citizens Bank & Trust Company of Tampa, which opened in 1901. photo courtesy of the Florida State Archives In 1897, he relocated his store and began construction on a new store on the site of the existing one. It would be the first brick structure in Fort Myers. In February 1898, he moved his business into the new building’s first floor, and in partnership with his brother Gilmer, began developing it into one of the “leading stores in South Florida,” as historian Karl H. Grismer writes. The new store featured plenty of large plate-glass windows that provided display space and natural light. The modern store was known for artistic displays, especially during the Christmas season, and typically ran prominent ads in the Fort Myers Press in the weeks leading up to December 25. Ads from the store’s early years reminded shoppers that Heitman’s, which was well stocked with “useful and beautiful holiday goods,” could compete with the big-city stores and their catalogue merchandise. Besides, as one early ad read, “Why not keep the money home?” And if that wasn’t persuasive, there was the excitement of an appearance by Santa Claus (Dr. Voorhis in disguise), fireworks, ascending balloons and other entertaining holiday events that brought out the crowd. In 1901, the “grand opening of Christmas Goods” took place pre-Thanksgiving, showcasing toys, games, imported novelties, and celluloid and Wave Crest Ware. One year, the store announced something of an advertising coup – that The Yellow Kid was on exhibition at the store in his first trip south. The Yellow Kid was a character in the comic strip Hogan’s Alley by Richard Felton “RF” Outcault, who early in his career in the 1880s, Outcault had worked as a technical artist in Thomas A. Edison’s traveling shows. His character, who was named for his bright yellow over-sized nightshirt, soared to popularity, and Yellow Kid impersonators were evidently employed in publicity for commercial enterprises. Read Us Online: www.IslandSunNews.com Click on The River Advertising Sales Isabel Rasi George Beleslin Co-Publishers Lorin Arundel and Ken Rasi Office Coordinator Patricia Molloy continued on page 6 Contributing Writers Graphic Arts/Production Ann Ziehl Kristy See Rachel Atkins Photographer Michael Heider Writers Gerri Reaves, Ph D Anne Mitchell Jeff Lysiak Jennifer Basey Kimberley Berisford Suzy Cohen Justen Dobbs Ed Frank Max Friedersdorf Priscilla Friedersdorf Jim George The River Weekly News will correct factual errors or matters of emphasis and interpretation that appear in news stories. Readers with news, tips, comments or questions, please call (239) 415-7732 or write to: The River Weekly News, 1609 Hendry Street, Suite 15, Fort Myers, FL 33901. Fax number: (239) 415-7702. E-mail: [email protected] The River Weekly News reserves the right to refuse, alter or edit any editorial or advertisement. Independently Owned And Operated • COPYRIGHT 2014 The River Weekly News • LORKEN Publications, Inc. Shelley Greggs Tom Hall Dr. Dave Hepburn Audrey Krienen Capt. Matt Mitchell Patricia Molloy Di Saggau PRINTED ON RECYCLED PAPER THE RIVER - DECEMBER 19, 2014 Fort Myers Public Art: Mina Edison Sculpture At The Estates by Tom Hall J ust past the sculpture of Thomas Edison and to the left of the ticket office is a seated, heroicsize Mina Edison. She too is the creation of sculptor Don Wilkins, who crafted her in cold cast aluminum. Wilkins seated her on a concrete bench with room enough for visitors to sit and have their picture taken with the “home executive” of the Edison Estate. And appropriately, the sculpture sits in the Edison Heritage Garden, a place in which Mina would have felt right at home. While husband Tom was consumed with collecting and testing scores of plants for their medicinal and scientific value, Mina adored the beauty and tranquillity of formal gardens. Over the years, she had a number of them installed throughout the grounds, including a moonlight garden of white and blue blooms, a lily pond garden of iris, water lilies and papyrus, and a rose garden as well. All became perfect backdrops for the socialite’s many tea parties and luncheons, but the Edison Heritage Garden held special significance. It was there that Mina grew vegetables and herbs in raised garden beds and containers, watering them with collected rain water. And nearby are a variety of fruit trees the Edisons cultivated, including banana, lemon, avocado, star fruit and calamondin. Mangoes are especially plentiful and run the length of the front entrance. But Mina did not merely enjoy the estate’s gardens. She was active in numerous garden clubs and related civic groups including the Chautauqua Association (where she served as president of the Bird and Tree Club), the National Audubon Society, the John Burroughs Association, the Daughters of the American Revolution (where she served for a year as its national chaplain) and the School Garden Association of America. While scores of visitors take advantage of the space left on the bench for photo opportunities with Mina, the spot was intended by Wilkins for Thomas Edison. “She’s looking over at him as if to invite him to come over and sit next to her,” Wilkins reveals. “I think that’s why so many people sit next to her. They’re responding unconsciously to that look in her eyes.” “She’s especially popular with kids,” points out Lisa Sbuttoni, the public relations and marketing director for the Edison Ford Winter Estates. “It’s not unusual to walk by and see a small child curled up in Mina’s lap.” To make his sculpture kid friendly, Wilkins blunted the contours of the handkerchief Mrs. Edison holds in her right hand so that it won’t poke or cut anyone sitting on the Enjoy a Speciahl All Holiday Menu inWgits. The Trimm ey or Our Tradition Ham, Turk Sea Bass Chef’s Select Chilean More. and Much Much Our Regular Menu Is Available As Well!!! Donated by Orvall McCleary, the sculpture was dedicated on February 11, 2009 sculpture. “We also carved channels in her dress to make sure that water didn’t pool around her hand.” The Edison & Ford Winter Estates are located at 2350 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers. Call 334-7419 or go to www.edisonfordwinterestates.org. An arts advocate, Tom Hall guides weekly walking tours of the River District’s public art collection in Fort Myers. For more information, go to www.truetours.net. With over 100 menu items. You can reel in the largest selection of fresh seafood, prime steaks, delectable sandwiches and on and on and on. Catch ﬁne spirits and get hooked to the beautiful waterfront atmosphere!!! Entertainment daily on the waterfront. FR MARINA EE with Dock DOCKAGE Atten Assistanc dant’s e .9C=GMLN9AD9:D= 239-463-8077 KL-L L'Q=JK=9;@cOOOF=JNGMKF=DDA=KF=LcGPS Coordinates: 26”27’23.41” N, 81”57’15.18” W 3 THE RIVER - DECEMBER 19, 2014 4 Lee Democratic Committee Elects Officers T he Lee County Democratic Party held its Democratic Executive Committee Elections on Monday at its offices in the Lee County Alliance for the Arts complex. Over 50 voting members attended to cast their ballots. Taking over for outgoing chair Jeff Kushner will be Yoseph Tedros, currently the Democratic state committeeman for the party. Tedros is the fleet manager at the Hertz airport location. Tedros has a masters degree in agricultural economics and bachelors in political science. He said he is excited and looking forward to firing up local Democrats and Independents. “We need to start talking about jobs, middle class values, healthcare and a clean environment. I want to emphasize what individuals lose when they don’t participate in the voting process, when their voice is not heard,” Tedros said. Christine King Jennings, partner at The McQuagge & King Law firm, was voted in as vice chair. Retaining their positions for another term were executive secretary, Michelle Guerin, and treasurer Larry Donaldson. Patricia Trotter won the vote for recording secretary without opposition. The state committeewoman position was not up for vote and is held by Cathy Michiels. The DEC is the official local county arm of the Florida Democratic Party with oversight over all Democratic Party activities within Lee County, including the Democratic Party of Lee County, The Democratic Club of Bonita Springs & South Lee County, The Democratic Club of Cape Coral, the Democratic Club of Greater Fort Myers, The Democratic Club of Lehigh Acres, The Democratic Club of the Islands (Sanibel-Captiva), and The Democratic Club at Shell Point. The Democratic Black Caucus of Lee County, Democratic Hispanic Caucus, Stonewall Democrats of SW Florida and the Democratic Women’s Club are statesanctioned Democratic organizations that are affiliated with the DEC. For more information about getting involved with any of the local Democratic clubs, visit www.leecountydems.org or call 939-2866. Cattle Barons’ Ball Tickets Still Available W arriors in the fight against cancer can still lasso tickets for the 12th annual Cattle Barons’ Ball, to be held January 17 at Six BendsHarley Davidson. The Cattle Barons’ Ball is the annual gala for the Lee County chapter of the American Cancer Society, generating critically needed funds for cancer education and services for local patients and survivors. This year’s Boots, Buckles & Bling themed ball will feature gourmet food by Ruth’s Chris Steak House, two-stepping AT THEIR NEW HOME. CONTINENTAL CUISINE 20351 SUMMERLIN ROAD, FORT MYERS. ACROSS FROM TANGER FACTORY OUTLETS. IN THE PUBLIX SHOPPING PLAZA. “Thank You for Voting Us Best Brunch, Best Continental Cuisine and Best Dinner in Fort Myers” Myers” SUNSET DINING 4 PM-5:30 PM DAILY Make Your Holiday Reservations Early Christmas Eve • Christmas Day New Year‛s Eve to live country western music, silent and live auctions, games, honors to survivors and victims, and other suprises. Wrangler tables of eight are available for $3,500 and VIP tickets are $1,000 per couple. The tickets can be purchased online at www.cattlebaronslee.com. Wrangler table sponsors will have their name on the table and also on a video loop playing throughout the evening. VIP couples will get premium seating, entrance to the Barons’ reception, two tickets to the pre- and post-gala parties and have their name included in the program and on the video loop. Now in its 12th year, the Cattle Barons’ Ball has raised more than $3.9 million for support services, research and education. Co-presenting sponsors for the 2015 gala are Fifth Third Bank and LeeSar. This year’s event will be held on Top Rocker Field at the new Six BendsHarley Davidson, on the southeast corner of I-75 and Daniels Parkway. To volunteer or for more information, contact Jamie Powell at [email protected] or call 936-1113. LeeTran Christmas Schedule T here will be no LeeTran service on Thursday, December 25. Service will end early on Wednesday, December 24 at these locations: • Route 5: 6:42 p.m. eastbound at Colonial and Forum Boulevard • Route 10: 6:45 p.m. northbound at Michigan and Marsh Avenues • Route 15: 6:30 p.m. northbound at Ortiz and Tice Avenues • Route 20: 6:45 p.m. eastbound at U-Save/6:50 p.m. westbound at Rosa Parks • Route 30: 6:59 p.m. westbound at Camelot Isles/7:00 p.m. eastbound at Bell Tower • Route 40: 6:54 p.m. southbound at Cape Transfer Center • Route 50: 6:20 p.m. westbound at Bell Tower/7:00 p.m. eastbound at Bell Tower • Route 60: 6:50 p.m. eastbound at Gulf Coast Town Center • Route 70: 7:06 p.m. southbound at Cape Transfer Center/7:10 p.m. northbound at Rosa Parks • Route 80: 6:15 p.m. southbound at Bell Tower • Route 100: 6:55 p.m. westbound at Rosa Parks/7:09 p.m. eastbound at Riverdale • Route 110: 7:35 p.m. westbound at Edison Mall • Route 120: 7:35 p.m. eastbound at Coralwood Mall • Route 130: 7:30 p.m. northbound at Edison Mall • Route 140: 7:30 p.m. northbound at Merchants Crossing/7:35 p.m. northbound at Rosa Parks/7:35 p.m. southbound at Edison Mall/7:40 p.m. southbound at Bell Tower • Route 150: 6:44 p.m. eastbound at Bonita Grande • Route 240: 6:40 PM northbound at Bell Tower • Route 400 Fort Myers Beach Trolley: 6:45 p.m. northbound at Summerlin Square • Route 500: 6:37 p.m. eastbound at Oasis • Route 515: 7:05 p.m. eastbound at E. 12th and Joel • Route 590: 7:10 p.m. at Merchants Crossing • Route 595: 6:50 p.m. at Merchants Crossing • Route 600 Linc: 6:34 p.m. at Creekside Business Park. Mah Jongg Club Hosts Tournament O n January 25, the Purple Dragon Mah Jongg Club is holding a one-day Mah Jongg Tournament. Anyone interested in a fun day of playing may contact the club at 433-4474 or email [email protected] PurpleDragonMahJongg.com. The tournament is to be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at the Bell Tower Shops in Fort Myers. The Purple Dragon Mah Jongg Club is located at 15675-1 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers. For more information including tournament registration, contact MariAnne Albano, director, at 433-4474 or [email protected] com. JOIN US EVERY SUNDAY FOR BRUNCH FROM 10AM - 2PM A DELICIOUS VARIETY OF BREAKFAST AND LUNCH ITEMS ON THE MENU Courtney’s has something for everyone. Come & see why Courtney’s aims to please! 239.466.4646 Chinese & Japanese Cuisine OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK Mon-Thurs 11am - 10pm • Fri-Sat 11am - 11pm . Sun 12pm - 9pm www. ichiban-sushi-chinese.com Open Christmas Eve All Day & Christmas Day 4-10 Open All Day New Year’s Eve & New Year Day Downtown Fort Myers (Post Office Arcade - Next to Hotel Indigo) 1520 Broadway For Takeout & Delivery Tel: 334-6991 THE RIVER - DECEMBER 19, 2014 From page 1 Ronald McDonald Care Mobile to deliver dental care and medical screenings to thousands of underserved children. Grampy’s directors Bob Risch and Jim Castle have been actively working with the charity on a proposal to bring a new Ronald McDonald Care Mobile to Lee, Charlotte, Glades and Hendry counties. “The program has been enormously successful in Collier County; we would like to see it benefit even more underserved children in the surrounding counties,” said Risch. Castle added, “Grampy’s is absolutely committed to this project and contributing $500,000 to help RMHC with the funding of the program. We’re hopeful more folks will get on board when they realize these services will benefit children in their comSanibel fireman Rob Wilkins helps Ronald munities as well.” McDonald with the ball drop at the previTo participate in Robbie’s Run, visit ous Robbie’s Run rmhcswfl.org or Grampys.org for details and start collecting pledges. A special After Party is planned for all participants who collect $500 or more in pledges and donations. A golf ball drop will be another highlight of the event. Tickets for the ball drop are available for $100 and can be purchased at the Ronald McDonald House in Fort Myers and at the event. Only 100 tickets will be sold. Ronald McDonald, with the help of the Sanibel Fire Department, will drop the balls high from the sky and the closest to the pin wins 50 percent of the loot. Furthest from the pin wins a special prize as well. Winners need not be present to win. Grampy’s Charities is a 100 percent volunteer organization with no paid staff. For over two decades, they have donated Proceeds from Robbie’s Run will help fund more than $3 million to charities serving a mobile pediatric office to serve Lee, sick children. Charlotte, Glades and Hendry counties Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida’s mission is to create, find and support programs that improve the health and well-being of children in Southwest Florida, providing a “home away from home” for families of hospitalized children; Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, delivering medical and dental services to underserved children; RMHC Scholarship Program awards scholarships to deserving high school seniors; and a grants program providing assistance to other local children’s charities. Fort Myers Woman’s Community Club presents Holiday House “Songs of the Season” PE HAP NI W! O N NG 0VSHJGUUP 4PVUIXFTU'MPSJEB GPSZFBST December 12-23, 2014 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Historic Burroughs & Langford Kingston Homes 2500 First Street Downtown Ft. Myers Admission $5, Children 10 & under free 55555555555551118 '18)'5R55hio7min7imgf America’s Boating Course Offered By San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron T he San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron, a unit of the United States Power Squadrons, will be offering America’s Boating Course on Saturday, January 10 from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This course is recognized by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. The State of Florida recently passed legislation requiring anyone born after January 1, 1988 to have passed a safe boating course and obtain a Boating Safety Education ID card, which is valid for life, in order to operate a boat with more than 10 HP. Each student will receive a card/certificate from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission upon completion of the class. The course consists of two sessions on consecutive Saturdays. The second session will be held on Saturday, January 17, also from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Topics covered include hull design, docking, anchoring, handling boating emergencies, reading channel markers and many other topics to make each boating experience safer and more enjoyable. Successful completion of this course entitles the boater to six months free membership in a United States Power Squadron. The cost of the course is $45, with a $20 cost for a second person sharing the instruction materials. The course is being taught at the San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron Classroom, located at 16048 San Carlos Blvd. (at the corner of Kelly Road, across from ACE Hardware) in Fort Myers. Students can register online at www.scbps.com or call 466-4040. t 5PVSUXPGFTUJWFMZEFDPSBUFEIJTUPSJDIPNFT t 7JTJU4BOUB$MBVTOJHIUMZ t .JMJUBSZ7FUFSBOTWJTJUGSFFXJUI*% t &OKPZ)PMJEBZ5SFBUTBOE&OUFSUBJONFOU t 'SFFQBSLJOHBU'JSTU6OJUFE.FUIPEJTU $IVSDIBU'PXMFS4USFFU Special thanks to: First United Methodist Church Fort Myers, Florida Free Parking 5 THE RIVER - DECEMBER 19, 2014 6 with the needs of the community. Many local groups and companies have participated such as Publix Super Markets, Target and Turbine Generator Maintenance. The United Way Volunteer Center connects individuals and companies to volunteer opportunities throughout our community. To reach the United Way Volunteer Center, call 433-2000 ext. 260, or visit www.unitedwaylee.org for more information. Democratic Women’s Club To Meet O Myers Brettholz employees at the Messina Center Local Company Participates In United Way Day Of Caring T wenty volunteers and family members from Myers, Brettholz & Company, PA participated in a United Way Day of Caring at Child Care of Southwest Florida’s Messina Center. The group refurbished a play area, refinished bookcases, painted and worked in the gardens landscaping. Messina Center Director Tamara Aronson commented on the group, “These guys are a favorite group of mine that volunteer at the Messina Center. Talk about team work and spirit; they embody it. Hooray Myers Brettholz!” Kelly Ann Talamo organized the project for Myers Brettholz. Talamo said, “Many of us have been blessed in life, through family, friends, and job that unfortunately most people may never experience. Community service is a way for us to give support to the organizations that in turn support and help provide wonderful opportunities to children, adults and seniors in our community who need help.” “Myers Brettholz is a great community partner that encourages its employees to volunteer, and one of its core corporate values is giving back to the community,” said Cliff Smith, President of the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee. “We are happy that the United Way Volunteer Center could be part of this project by matching Myers Brettholz with the Messina Center.” The United Way’s Day of Caring is a year-round program, coordinated by the United Way Volunteer Center which matches businesses’ and groups’ desire to help Hortoons n Saturday, January 10 at 10:30 a.m., the Democratic Women’s Club (DWC) of Lee County is holding its monthly membership meetings at the Helm Club of The Landings Yacht, Golf and Tennis Club, 4420 Flagship Drive in Fort Myers. The featured speaker for the meeting is Erin Jensen, communications and advocacy coordinator at Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida. Members and guests should tell the attendant at the gate to The Landings they are going to the Democratic Women’s Club meeting at the Helm Club, and the attendant will offer directions. Jensen is a graduate of the University of South Florida and has worked in communication for the League of Women Voters of Florida and as a field organizer. She will be speaking on Planned Parenthood’s mission of ensuring the right of all individuals to manage their sexual and reproductive health by providing direct services, education and advocacy. To make a reservation for the optional lunch following the meeting, send an email to Renee’ Savoia at [email protected] yahoo.com or call 217-779-1771. From page 2 Heitman’s An ad reported The Yellow Kid’s opinion that, while New York and Philadelphia stores might have “more mammoth” stock, Heitman’s excels in variety, quality and “a business-like selection of goods.” The store’s unique Christmas displays, innovative advertising, and crowd-attracting festivities came to an end with the demise of the store after Harvie Heitman’s death in 1922. Walk to First and Jackson and appreciate the Christmas spirit and big-city flair that a pioneer store brought to little downtown Fort Myers so long ago. Then, learn more about how the town celebrated the holidays way-back-when by visiting the Southwest Florida Museum of History at 2031 Jackson Street. Call 321-7430 for information, or go to www.museumofhistory.org. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. If you love local history, be sure to stop by the Southwest Florida Historical Society’s research center, where you can see an exhibit of vintage Christmas ornaments. The all-volunteer non-profit organization is located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard on the campus of the Lee County Alliance for the Arts. Hours are Wednesday and Saturday between 9 a.m. and noon and Wednesday 4 to 7 p.m. Call 939-4044 for more information. Sources: The Story of Fort Myers by Karl H. Grismer, the Archives of the Southwest Florida Historical Society, comicbookresources.com and The Fort Myers Press. Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702 or email [email protected] THE RIVER - DECEMBER 19, 2014 New Hope Christmas Eve Services A ll are welcome to celebrate the birth of Christ at New Hope Presbyterian Church’s Christmas Eve candlelight services on Wednesday, December 24 at 4:30, 6:30 and 8 p.m. The 4:30 p.m. service will be led by the elementary children and will include the re-enactment of the birth of Jesus along with many family carol favorites. At the 6:30 p.m. service, New Hope’s Sanctuary Choir will lead the musical portion of the evening. Music by Robert A. Hobby’s Holy Light will include the meditative hymn Silent Night. The 8 p.m. service will be led by the Praise Team. Music at this service will include hymns and contemporary renditions of O Come, O Come Emmanuel and Joy to the World. Senior Pastor Eddie Spencer will preach at all three services. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served on the patio between services. New Hope Presbyterian Church, an Evangelical Presbyterian Church, is located at 3825 McGregor Boulevard, one block south of the Fort Myers Country Club. Sunday services are at 8 and 9:30 a.m. (traditional) and 11 a.m. (contemporary). For more information, call 274-1230 or visit the website at www.newhopefortmyers.org. Church Offers Weekly Food Pantry O n Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 to 11 a.m., St. Vincent de Paul Church operates a food pantry at 2073 Lafayette Avenue on the corner of Grand, one block west of the City of Palms baseball stadium. To be eligible for food assistance, you need a photo ID and must meet USDA eli- Christmas Eve Nature Walk At Pine Island Preserve J oin a Lee County volunteer naturalist on a 1.1-mile nature walk at Pine Island Flatwoods Preserve at 9 a.m. Saturday, December 27. The Preserve is located at 6351 Stringfellow Road, St. James City. The preserve consists of nine native plant communities and is one of only a few locations in Lee County where you will see naturalized longleaf pines. This tall stately tree once covered 30 to 60 million acres of the southeastern U.S., but 200 years of logging and land clearing have greatly reduced its range. Fire plays a major role in the development of pine flatwoods, and is essential to continued on page 21 S FOR THE HOLIDAY U N I S JO Christmas Day Wednesday, December 24th, 2014 Thursday, December 25th, 2014 Breakfast - Regular Menu (6:30am - 11:30am) Lunch - Regular Menu (11:00am - 5:00pm) Dinner - Regular Menu featuring the following Chef’s Specials (5pm - 10pm) Breakfast Bloody Mary Bar & Brunch (9:00am - 12:00pm) Grouper Piccata, Pan Seared Tenderloin & Gulf Shrimp, Oven Roasted Rack of Colorado Lamb, Twin Lobster Tails over Fettuccini Alfredo Bar Service until 12am 7 gibility requirements. You are eligible to receive food once a week if your household meets the income guidelines available at the food pantry or participates in any of the following programs: • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) • Medicaid You only need to meet one of these requirements to be eligible to receive USDA foods. Volunteers and food donations are always needed. Contact the church at 334-9225 to donate and/or volunteer. For more information about local food pantries, go to www.foodpantries.org/ci/ fl-fort_myers. featuring Farmer’s Frittata, Lobster Frittata, Crabby Eggs, Eggs Punta Rassa, Lafayette Omelet and Honey Pecan French Toast Dinner - Select Menu (1:00pm - 8:00pm) featuring: Soup du Jour Lobster Bisque White Cheddar & Broccoli Salad Selections Tossed Mixed Greens Salad House Caesar Salad Spinach & Pecan Salad Appetizer Selections Traditional Shrimp Cocktail Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Scallops Romanov Swedish Meatballs Entrée Selections Prime Rib Tenderloin & Gulf Shrimp Grouper Piccata Grilled Vegetable Spears over Saffron Rice Grilled Salmon over Fresh Spinach Chicken Tasso Twin Lobster Tails over Fettuccini Alfredo Rack of Lamb New Year’s Eve Wednesday December 31st, 2014 Breakfast - Regular Menu (6:30am - 11:30am) Lunch - Regular Menu (11:00am - 5:00pm) and Limited Late Lunch Menu (5:00pm - 8:00pm) Dinner SS Hookers “Ragin’ Rassa” New Year’s Eve Celebration Two ﬂoors of partying and fun!!! (9:00pm - 1:00am) Cost: $125.00 per person includes: Menu, Draft Beer, House Wine, Champagne Toast, Live Music “The John Allender Band” and Party Favors Menu Boucherie (Hog Roast) with all accompaniments Raw Bar including Peel N’ Eat Shrimp, Raw Oysters, Crab Claws, Crab Dip and Accompaniments Lobster Boil including Florida Lobster Tails, Andouille Sausage, Potatoes, Corn on the Cob and Mixed Vegetables Vegetable Crudite Domestic Cheese Platter and Assorted Breads Champagne Toast £Çxä£Ê>ÀLÕÀÊ*ÌiÊÀÛi]ÊÀÌÊÞiÀÃÊUÊÓÎÈnÎnxÇÊUÊÜÜÜ°ÃÃ iÀÃ°V THE RIVER - DECEMBER 19, 2014 8 Along The River Nervous Nellie’s provides waterfront dining, either outside on its expansive patio or inside in climate-controlled comfort. It’s known for good food, live music and drink specials Family-owned and operated Ichiban is open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Pictured are Keny Chong, Marytez Tano and Meng Chong, creating sushi art F or some people, their favorite thing to make for Christmas dinner is... reservations. There are numerous options to answer their collective call. At Bratta’s Ristorante, “wine, dine and relax” is the motto. The restaurant serves casual fine dining with classic seafood, steaks and pasta dishes at affordable prices. House specialties include the Taylor Street Baked Ziti, the Chicago favorite Chicken Vesuvio and blackened salmon salad. Guests are entertained seven nights per week by talented local musicians. Happy hour is from 4 to 6:30 p.m. nightly with half-price drinks on all brands to satisfy customers who drink a certain selection. Tropical Fabrics Novelty Yarn Quilting Notions Beads Open Monday-Saturday ay-Saturday 10am ecraftyladies.com www.threecraftyladies.com Scrapbook Papers Children’s Crafts Art Supplies Shell Crafts Gifts Find us on Ask about our Sewing Machine Rental Program! STOP IN ON THURSDAY’S FOR OUR MAKE-IT-AND-TAKE-IT BEAD BRACELET ACTIVITY! 1628 Periwinkle Way • 472-2893 • Heart of the Islands, Sanibel For early birds, chose from Bratta’s $10 Meal Menu from 4 to 5:30 p.m. daily. After dinner, satisfy your palate with the Grand Finale, a baby chocolate piano filled with homemade espresso Sauvignon mousse, homemade cheesecakes or tiramisu with Limoncello, espresso or cappuccino. Reservations are accepted for dinner and for parties of six or more. Bratta’s is open on Christmas Eve and closed on Christmas Day. Bratta’s Ristorante is located on US 41, south of College Parkway and across from Bell Tower. Call 433-4449 or go to www.brattasristorante.com. Nervous Nellie’s in Fort Myers Beach is neurotic about good food and drink. The casual restaurant with the fun-loving staff boasts a large selection of appetizers, fresh seafood, sandwiches and entrées. While relaxing on the deck, swing to the beats of live reggae, rock and island music from the area’s premier musical talent. Just upstairs from Nellie’s is Ugly’s Waterside Bar, the place where everyone gets prettier. Happy hour specials are served all day, every day at Ugly’s. The bar also features live music nightly. On Christmas Eve, Mark Kobe performs 6 to 10 p.m. On Christmas Day, Mike Glean performs 1 to 10 p.m. and The Oysters perform upstairs at Ugly’s from 6 to 10 p.m. Go to Nellie’s website for a complete schedule of live entertainment. Whether you arrive by land or sea, parking for patrons of Nellie’s and Ugly’s is free. If you are traveling by boat, dockage is available at the its marina with dock attendant’s assistance. The GPS coordinates are 26”27’23.41” N • 81”57’15.18” W. Nervous Nellie’s Crazy Waterfront Eatery is located at 1131 First Street at the historic Fort Myers Beach Seaport. Call 463-8077 or go to www.nervousnellies.net. Prefer a non-traditional holiday celebration? Drop in at Ichiban, located in the historic River District, for great Chinese and Japanese cuisine. Ichiban is open all day Christmas Eve and 4 to 10 p.m. on Christmas Day. The downtown hot spot has maintained a loyal following among River District diners for ten years. Family-owned and operated, it offers friendly service, great lunch and dinner specials along with artfully crafted sushi rolls and sashimi; best enjoyed with hot sake or an ice-cold Kirin Ichiban beer. Ichiban is located at 1520 Broadway, downtown Fort Myers, in the mosiac-tiled Post Office Arcade. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m. Free delivery is available within the River District. For more information, call 334-6991 or go to www.ichiban-sushi-chinese.com. The newly opened SS Hookers is serving its regular menu all day on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day, brunch is served from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. followed by a special holiday dinner from 1 to 8 p.m. Paying tribute to the rich history of Punta Rassa, the home of big game fishing, SS Hookers is where fishing tales come to life. SS Hookers serves up American cuisine with a Cajun twist for waterfront breakfast, lunch and dinner. After a good day of fishing, anglers may opt to have their own catch cooked by the chef. A fresh seafood market, bait shop and gifts are also offered. SS Hookers is located at 17501 Harbour Pointe Drive, Fort Myers near the Sanibel Causeway. Call 689-3857 or go to www.sshookers.com. From page 1 Holiday House 23 from 5 to 9 p.m., including Sundays, and each guest has the opportunity to visit with Santa, have food and drink, and listen to music by local talent. There is free parking for at the First United Methodist Church across the street. Holiday House is at the corner of 2100 First Street in downtown Fort Myers’ historic River District. THE RIVER - DECEMBER 19, 2014 9 FORT MYERS FARE Dining From Downtown’s Historic River District To The Beaches For more information, check out our advertisers in this week’s River Weekly BRATTA’S RISTORANTE Bratta’s serves fresh made-to-order food in an inviting atmosphere featuring live music nightly. The two for $20 menu is served all day Sunday to Thursday. Happy Hour is daily from 4 to 6:30 p.m. with drink and appetizer specials. Filet Napoleon, Taylor Street Baked Ziti and fresh bruschetta are a few favorites on the restaurant’s daily menu. Lobster tail and Chilean sea bass are served on the weekends. Bratta’s is open Christmas Eve for dinner and closed Christmas Day. 12984 S. Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers. Call 433-4449. combined menu offers all the lunch and dinner items from 11 a.m. until closing. It includes cedar plank salmon topped with a mango chipotle glaze or a marinated grilled chicken sandwich and there’s a well provisioned raw bar. Tropical drinks are a specialty, notably the signature rum drink, Island Mojito. Doc Ford’s is open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day. 708 Fisherman’s Wharf, Fort Myers Beach. Call 765-9660. Ichiban is a downtown favorite for ICHIBAN COURTNEY’S CONTINENTAL CUISINE Tr Courtney’s is a family business run by Executive Chef Dale, his wife Betty and their son Courtney. The warm and welcoming bar is great for lunch, libations and lots of laughter. Relax in comfort with friends and enjoy discounted drinks and appetizers during happy hour, served 4 to 7 p.m. daily. The dining room offers a wonderful dinner variety; if you’re an early diner, be sure to check out the Sunset Dining Specials. “Eggceptional” entrées highlight the restaurant’s Sunday brunch from 10 o pi c al Sunshine Grille is on Santa’s Nice List again this year. It is open Christmas Eve and Day a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday dinner is served 4 to 8 p.m. Courtney’s is open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Call for reservations. 20351 Summerlin Road Units #111 & 112, Fort Myers. Call 466-4646. DOC FORD’S RUM BAR & GRILLE Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille is named for the Doc Ford character in local author Randy Wayne White’s bestselling mystery novels. It’s a well known gathering place with indoor and outdoor patio seating. The Chinese and Japanese cuisine. The name means “Number One” in Japanese and offers its customers the perfect balance of great quality and affordable prices. Ichiban has been family owned and operated for ten years and its enduring popularity is a testament to its exceptional, friendly service. Ichiban is open all day Christmas Eve and 4 to 10 p.m. on Christmas Day. 1520 Broadway #106, Fort Myers. Call 334-6991. ISLAND COW Where can you go when you’re in the moooood for some great cook’in, local continued on page 15 Sanibel’s Most Award Winning Restaurant O u t d oor Pa t i o Se ating Come Try our NEW Cowlicious Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Specials Fun "new" Moo Wear for all ages r o u d ly Br ew e P W h Fres ays Fun! w l A s way ...Al Get Crabby At The Cow with our Famous Stone Crabs w s Always F resh ...Alw ways! 1/2 lb & 1 lb. quantities • Appetizers & Full Dinners “Best Prices On The Planet” Serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 7 days a week. Snacks In-between • Live Music! • Outdoor Seating LIVE LIV E MU M USIC SIC 2163 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, Fl 33957 3957 • P Ph: h: 2 239.472.0606 39 472 0606 • www www.SanibelIslandCow.com SanibelIslandCow com 10 THE RIVER - DECEMBER 19, 2014 Churches/Temples ALL FAITHS UNITARIAN CONGREGATION (UUA) Where diversity is treasured, 2756 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers Sunday Services at 9 and 11 a.m. Adult Education Workshop at 10 a.m. The Reverend Margaret L. Beard, Minister 239-226-0900 – www.allfaiths-uc.org ALL SAINTS BYZANTINE RITE CATHOLIC CHURCH 10291 Bayshore Rd., N. Fort Myers Divine Liturgy is on Sun. at 10:30 a.m.; Rosary begins at 10 a.m. Lenten services (Presanctified Liturgy) will be on Wed. evenings at 6 p.m. starting on Feb. 22. Administrator is Very Rev. Peter Lickman, ph. 305-651-0991. We are a Church of the Eastern Catholic or Byzantine Rite, 1.5 mi. east of Int. 75. ANNUNCIATION GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH 8210 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers Reverend Fr. Dean Nastos, Proistamenos Orthros Service Sunday 9 a.m. Divine Liturgy Sunday 10 a.m. www.annunciation.fl.goarch.org 239-481-2099 BETH SHILOH MESSIANIC SYNAGOGUE 15675 McGregor Boulevard, 437-3171 Rabbi: Judah Hungerman Friday Service, 8 p.m., Saturday Service, 11 a.m. Shabbat School Saturday Morning, Adult Hebrew Classes. Call for information on full program. BREAD OF LIFE MINISTRIES CHURCH OF GOD 16581 McGregor Boulevard, 267-3166 Just past the Tanger Outlet Mall Pastor: Barry Lentz, 281-3063 Sunday Worship, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study, 7 p.m. CHABAD LUBAVITCH OF SW FLORIDA ORTHODOX 5620 Winkler Road, Fort Myers Rabbi Yitzchok Minkowicz 433-7708, E-mail: [email protected] Web site: www.chabadswf.org Services: Friday 6:30 p.m.; Saturday Kabbalah class 9 a.m.; Shacharit 10 a.m.; Kiddush at noon Minyan: Monday and Thursday 7 a.m. CHAPEL OF CYPRESS COVE 10200 Cypress Cove Circle Fort Myers 239-850-3943, Located at Cypress Cove Retirement Center on HealthPark Campus An ecumenical non-denominational community of believers. Sunday Worship Service, 10 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study, 7 p.m. Reverendt Ted Althouse, Pastor [email protected] CHURCH OF THE CROSS 13500 Freshman Lane; 768-2188 Pastor: Bud Stephens; A nondemonimational church emphasizing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Sunday Service: 9:15 a.m. Traditional, 10:45 Contemporary. CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH 1619 Llewellyn Drive Fort Myers Just off McGregor across from the Edison/ Ford Winter Estates 334-4978, Pastor: Douglas Kelchner, Worship times Sunday’s 9 and 10:30 a.m. Website: www.taecc.com COVENANT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 2439 McGregor Boulevard, 334-8937 Rev. Dr. Jeffrey DeYoe, Senior Pastor Reverend David Dietzel, Pastor Emeritus. Traditional Sunday service 10 a.m. Nursery available CYPRESS LAKE BAPTIST CHURCH 8400 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers, 481-5442 Randy A. Alston, Reverend. Sunday Services: Bible study, 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship, 11 a.m., Evening Worship, 7 p.m., Wednesday Prayer Meeting, 6:30 p.m. CYPRESS LAKE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 8260 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers, 481-3233. www.clpc.us. Clint Cottrell, pastor Prayer Service 8 a.m., Praise 9 a.m., Children’s Church 9 a.m., Traditional 11 a.m. Summer: Prayer Service 8 a.m. Combined Traditional/Praise 10 a.m. CYPRESS LAKE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 8570 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers, 482-1250, 8 and 11 a.m. Sunday Traditional Service 9:30 a.m. Praise Service Sunday School all times FAITH FELLOWSHIP WORLD OUTREACH MINISTRIES 6111 South Pointe Boulevard, Fort Myers, 278-3638. Sunday Worship, 10:30 a.m.; Voice of Faith, WCRN 13.50 AM Radio, Sunday, 1:30 p.m.; Thursday Service, 7:30 p.m.; Friday Youth Service, 7:30 p.m. Nursery care for pre-school children and Children’s Church for ages 5-12 available at each service. FAITH UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 15690 McGregor Boulevard Fort Myers, 482-2030 Pastor: David Stauffer. Traditional services 8:45 a.m.; Contemporary, 10:30 a.m. Go south on McGregor Boulevard. The church is ½ mile past the intersection of Gladiolus and San Carlos Boulevard on the way to Sanibel. FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST 2390 West First Street, next door to Edison Estates. Sunday Morning Service and Sunday School, 10:30 a.m.; Wednesday Evening Testimony Meeting, 5:30 p.m. Child care provided at all services. Visit our Reading Room for quiet study at: 2281 First Street, River District. www.time4thinkers.com, www.christiansciencefortmyers.com, www.christianscience.com FIRST CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE 13545 American Colony Boulevard off Daniels Parkway in the Colony, Fort Myers, 936-2511 Pastor: Reverend Joey Brummett Sunday School: 9:30 a.m.; Morning Worship, 10:30 a.m.; Sunday Evening, 6 p.m.; Wednesday Family Night, 7 p.m. FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH in the Downtown Fort Myers River District 2466 First Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901 239-332-1152, www.fumcftmyers.org Sunday: 9 a.m. Contemporary Worship 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Coffee Fellowship 10:30 a.m. Traditional Worship 5 p.m. Youth Program FORT MYERS CHRISTIAN CHURCH (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST) A STEPHEN MINISTRIES CONGREGATION 5916 Winkler Road, Fort Myers, 437-4330 Reverend Mark Condrey, Pastor Sunday Worship: 10:30 a.m. Church School: 9:15 a.m. FORT MYERS CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST: 8210 College Parkway, Fort Myers, 482-3133. Philip White, pastor Morning Worship: 10 a.m. Church School: 10:15 a.m. Adult Forum: 11:30 a.m. IONA-HOPE EPISCOPAL CONGREGATION 9650 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers 4544778 The Reverend Ray Buchanan Rector. Weekly services: Saturday 5 p.m., Eucharist with Healing Sunday 8 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite One; 9:30 a.m., Family Eucharist with Healing and Church School Tuesday 9:30 a.m., Morning Prayer (in Spanish); Wednesday 9:30 a.m., Eucharist with Healing. Child care available at Saturday 5 p.m. and Sunday 9:30 a.m. services. JESUS THE WORKER CATHOLIC CHURCH: 881 Nuna Avenue, Fort Myers, 481-1143 Masses Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 8 and 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. KINGDOM LIFE CHURCH 2154 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, 218-8343 Pastor Randy and Anita Thurman 10:30 a.m. Sunday Service All are welcome. LAMB OF GOD CHURCH One of a few federated Lutheran (ELCA) and Episcopal Congregations in the nation. 19691 Cypress View Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33967. 239-267-3525 or visit www.lambofgodchurch.net. The Rev. Dr. James Reho leads Sunday worship services at 7:45 and 10 a.m. Sunday’s Cool for Children 10 a.m. NEW BEGINNINGS CENTER New Home Church, 8505 Jenny Cae Lane, North Fort Myers, 239-656-0416 Weekly Friday Meeting Meet & Greet: 6:30 p.m. Kingdom Teaching: 7 p.m. Fellowship and refreshments after service. [email protected], www.facebook. com/nbcministry. Alex & Patricia Wiggins, Ministers NEW COVENANT EYES CHURCH See Clearly. Meeting monthly at 9 a.m. at the Elks Lodge. 1900 Park Meadows Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33907. 239-2208519. Pastor Alan Bondar www.newcovenanteyes.com Wear what you want, rockin’ music, relevant teaching, LIFT Kidz program, free coffee & donuts, people who are real, church that’s actually fun. NEW HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH OF FORT MYERS 16120 San Carlos Boulevard, Unit 10 239-985-8503 9:45 a.m. Sunday School for all ages 11 a.m Sunday Morning Worship. 7 p.m. Wednesday Evening Bible Study NEW HOPE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 3825 McGregor Boulevard. Fort Myers Pastor Eddie Spencer 8 & 9:30 a.m. Traditional Worship 11 a.m. Contemporary Worship 8, 9:30 & 11 a.m. Sunday School Youth and Children’s programming runs concurrent to Sunday services. Nursery care provided at all services 274-1230. For more information visit: www.newhopefortmyers.org PEACE COMMUNITY CHURCH Meets at Fort Myers Beach Masonic Lodge 17625 Pine Ridge Road, Fort Myers Beach 267-7400. Pastors Bruce Merton, Gail & RC Fleeman Adult Discussion Classes: 9-10 AM Countdown to Worship (praise music): 10:10 AM Amazing Grace Worship: 10:30 AM Phone 267-7400 Fax 267-7407 Web site: peacecommunitychurch.com e-mail: [email protected] PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH Sunday Worship at 9:30am. Peace is a member of the ELCA. We celebrate weekly communion with traditional liturgy, organ and choir. 15840 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers On the way to Sanibel. 239-437-2599, www.peaceftmyers.com, [email protected] REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH 3950 Winkler Ext., Fort Myers, 274-0143 8:15 and 10:15 a.m. Sunday Services Daily early learning center/day care RIVER OF LIFE ASSEMBLY OF GOD 21580 River Ranch Rd, Estero 239-495-0400, Senior Pastor: Todd Weston 8 and 9:45 a.m Services; 11:30 a.m. Legacy Service, multi-generational SAMUDRABADRA BUDDHIST CENTER Meditation classes. All are welcome. Guided meditations offering many methods for relaxing the body and focusing the mind on virtuous objects to bring increasing peace and happiness into daily activity. For information, class times and locations call 567-9739 or visit www.MeditationInFortMyers.org. SAINT COLUMBKILLE CATHOLIC CHURCH 12171 Iona Road, Fort Myers, off McGregor and north of Gladiolus. 489-3973 Father Joseph Clifford. Weekly Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. Weekend masses: Saturday 3 and 5 p.m.; Sunday: 7, 9,11, and 5:30 p.m. Reconciliation is available at the church on Saturdays at noon and by appointment SAINT JOHN THE APOSTLE METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCH 3049 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, 344-0012 Pastor Reverend Steve Filizzi An Affirming & Inclusive Congregation Sunday Services 10 a.m. SAINT MICHAEL LUTHERAN CHURCH & SCHOOL (LCMS) 3595 Broadway, Fort Myers, 239-939-1218, Worship: Saturday 5:30 p.m., Sunday 8 & 10:45 a.m. Bible Study for adults and children Sunday at 9:15 a.m. Phone for other dates & times. Plus Marriage Enrichment, Divorcecare, Griefshare. SAINT PETER LUTHERAN CHURCH 3751 Estero Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach, 239-463-4251, www.stpeterfmb.com. Sunday service at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. SAINT NICHOLAS MONASTERY Church and Bookstore:111 Evergreen Road (southwest corner of Evergreen Road and Gail Street.) Liturgical services conducted in English and Church Slavonic; following the Julian (Old) Calendar. Liturgical Services: Sundays and Holy Days: Hours at 9:30 a.m. Holy Liturgy at 10 a.m. Call to confirm service schedule: 239-997-2847; Bookstore: 239-691-1775 or visit www.saintnicholasmonastery.org. ST. VINCENT DE PAUL CATHOLIC COMMUNITY 13031 Palm Beach Blvd (3 miles east of I75) East Fort Myers (across from Ft Myers Shores) 239 693 0818 Weekday masses: 9 a.m. Tuesday-Friday Weekend masses: 4 p.m. Saturday Sunday 9 & 11 a.m. All Are Welcome! SOUTHWEST BAPTIST CHURCH 16940 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, 454-3336 Robert G. Kasten, Pastor Sunday Worship Service 11 a.m. Nursery available 9:45 a.m. Sunday School for all ages Junior Church grades one to five Wee Church Pre-K to K Evening Service 6 p.m. Wednsday Service 6 p.m. TEMPLE BETHEL SYNAGOGUE 16225 Winkler Road Fort Myers 239-433-0018, www.templebethel.com [email protected] Rabbi Jeremy Barras, Cantor Victor Geigner, Religious School Director Dale Cohen, Learning Tree Director Jesyca Virnig, Office Manager Inna Vasser Union For Reform Judaism Shabbat Service: Friday 7:30 p.m. Torah Study: Saturday 9:30 a.m. Religious School: Wednesday 5:30 p.m. and Sunday 9:30 a.m. Learning Tree: Monday through Friday From page 10 TEMPLE JUDEA (CONSERVATIVE) 14486 A&W Bulb Road, Fort Myers, 433-0201, Rabbi: Rabbi Marc Sack Minyan: Monday at 9 a.m. Religious Education: Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings Services: Friday night at 6:15 p.m. and Saturday morning at 9 a.m. Web site: www.tjswfl.org. continued on page 11 THE RIVER - DECEMBER 19, 2014 From page 10 Churches/Temples THE NEW CHURCH The New Church of SWFL is located 10811 Sunset Plaza Circ. #401, behind Zoomers. Rev. Gabriella Cahaley officiates worship services on Sundays at 11 a.m. during the season. Other worship events are held on the beach in Fort Myers Beach. See our webpage http://www. newchurchflorida.com/ or call for more information 239-481-5535. UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH FORT MYERS 13411 Shire Lane (off Daniels Parkway one mile west of I-75). Minister: The Reverend Allison Farnum. Sunday services and religious education at 10:30 a.m. For information on all church events call 5612700 or visit www.uucfm.org. UNITY OF BONITA SPRINGS Family Service 10 to 11 a.m. Healing Circle 11 a.m. Hospitality and Fellowship, 11 a.m. Inspiring lesson, uplifting and dynamic music, meditation in a loving environment. Service held at 28285 Imperial Street, Bonita Springs. Call 947-3100. UNITY OF FORT MYERS 11120 Ranchette Rd, Fort Myers Sunday Services: 9:15 and 11 a.m. Children’s classes: 11 a.m. Reverend Jim Rosemergy. 239-278-1511, web: www. unityoffortmyers.org. Our God is Love, Our Race is Human, Our Religion is Oneness WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 9065 Ligon Court, Fort Myers, across from HealthPark Hospital, 481-2125 Senior Pastor: Robert Brunson McKenzie Millis & Vivian Ciulla Sunday Service: 9:30 a.m. Sunday School for all ages. 11 a.m. Blended Worship www.westminsterfortmyers.org WORD OF LIFE CHURCH 2120 Collier Ave, Fort Myers, 274-8881; Services: Sunday 10 a.m.; Wednesday 7 p.m. Bishop Gaspar and Michele Anastasi ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH 7401 Winkler Road, Fort Myers, 4814040, Pastor Curtis Deterding. Sunday Services 8 a.m. Traditional, 10:45 a.m. Blended, 9:30 a.m. Eductional Hour. Web site www.zionfm.org. Candlelight Vigil On Saturday To Honor Homeless A s a tribute to at least 23 homeless individuals who have lost their lives while living on the streets or in shelters in Lee County this year, the Lee County Homeless Coalition will host its 18th annual Candlelight Vigil on Saturday, December 21 at 6 p.m. The community is encouraged to gather on the steps of the Old Lee County Courthouse, 2120 Main Street, Fort Myers to mourn those who have passed. The memorial event is also intended to educate and inspire the public to support the community’s need for more affordable housing, shelters, living wages and accessible health care. The vigil will include remarks by Lee County Homeless Coalition representatives Janet Bartos, executive director, and William Rodriguez, board member. An opening prayer will be presented by Major Timothy Gilliam of The Salvation Army. Taps will be performed by Harvey Charter, Commander, Victor Paul Tuchman Post 400 Jewish War Veterans. Local performing artist Dallas Bel will debut her original song, A Face Without A Home, which she wrote specifically for the Candlelight Vigil. “On this longest night of the year, we can all shine a light of hope for the homeless,” says Dallas, who will be joined by the AHT4U Girls Choir who sing in support of Touch a Hero’s Heart. The Lee County Homeless Coalition is a non-profit organization comprised of community and faith-based service providers, local businesses, people who are currently experiencing or who have experienced homelessness, and other advocates committed to ending homelessness. Its mission is to advocate, educate and promote awareness of issues and obstacles facing homeless individuals in Lee County through community collaboration, planning and implementing solutions. To learn more about to help the fight against homelessness, contact Janet Bartos at 322-6600. For more information on the Lee County Homeless Coalition, visit www.leehomeless.org. Christmas Eve Church Services S t. Peter Lutheran Church welcomes all to attend their Christmas Eve services at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., with Christmas Day worship at 10:30 a.m. and a Lessons & Carols service on Sunday, December 28 at 9:30 a.m. The church is located at 3751 Estero Blvd. in Fort Myers Beach. Clothes Needed For Homeless F ort Myers Inner Wheel Club members are collecting new and gently-used sweatshirts, jackets, sweaters and socks for the homeless and less fortunate in Lee County. The collection runs from now through January 15. Donations may be dropped off in East Fort Myers at Fred’s Award World, 3512 Palm Beach Boulevard, or at The Hayloft Western Wear at 4300 Lexington Avenue. In North Fort Myers they can be taken to at All Souls Episcopal Church, 14640 N. Cleveland Avenue. For further information about this project or about the Fort Myers Inner Wheel Club, contact Ellen Erickson at 694-6833. Meet Our Assisted Living Experts (of course, when we say “our” we really mean “your”) Navigating the myriad decisions in determining if Assisted Living is right for you or your loved one is just plain difficult. Levels of care. Different facilities. Quality. Affordability. All factors in ensuring an optimized quality of life. If you’ve got a question — or a whole list of them — meet with our assisted living experts, McKenzie or Vivian, today. With the well being of the individual as their highest priority, they’ll give you answers that can assist you in making the most informed decisions possible. When you do, we also invite you to tour Shell Point’s newest assisted living facility, The Springs. With beautiful surroundings and Shell Point’s proven reputation, The Springs offers an affordable option on a month-to-month basis. Meet with our experts and visit The Springs today! Appointments and tours can be arranged by calling (239) 454-2077 13901 Shell Point Plaza • Fort Myers, Florida 33908 08 ngs ng ngs (239) 454-2077 • www.shellpoint.org/springs The Springs Assisted Living is part of Shell Point’s Integrated Healthcare System. Shell Point is a non-profit ministry nistr str tryy of 197-13 19 197The Christian and Missionary Alliance Foundation, Inc. ©2013 Shell Point. All rights reserved. SPG-197-13 11 12 THE RIVER - DECEMBER 19, 2014 Expect The Unexpected by Capt. Matt Mitchell W eather and water temperatures really control our fishing action. We are currently experiencing good December weather after what was a much cooler than usual November. The consistent weather quickly snapped our fishing back into an almost fall-like pattern. With water temperatures finally holding steady, the huge schools of small whitebait are back on the open flats which we have not seen for more than a month. Along with the huge amount of bait fish come all the predators which are taking advantage of an easy meal. Add to that calm conditions and it’s easy to spot where the fish are feeding. Spanish mackerel, ladyfish, jacks, trout and bluefish were all found in good numbers feeding in and around the schools of bait fish. Small jigs, spoons, flies, shiners and live shrimp made for non-stop action on these species on the deeper grass flats throughout the sound. Simply locate the feeding birds and baitfish and as you get closer you will see the fish crashing on the surface. If you’re looking for a fastpaced mixed bag bite, this is it. During calm conditions I spent some time sight-fishing potholes around Blind Pass rocks and Red Light Shoal. With the sun up high and clear water conditions some of these bigger sand holes up close to the sandbars held snook, trout and redfish. Our biggest trout all week, a respectable 24 incher, came from these shallow sand holes while bouncing hand-picked shrimp on a jighead through them. The trout that are laid up in the shallow sandholes were much larger than the schoolie ones we have been catching out on the open grass flats. Black drum still seem to be just about Send Us Your Fish Tales T he River Weekly would like to hear from anglers about their catches. Send us details including tackle, bait and weather conditions, date of catch, species and weight, and include photographs with identification. Drop them at the River Weekly, 1609 Hendry Street, Suite 15, Fort Myers, Florida 33901, or email to [email protected] CLEAR YOUR GEAR It Catches More Than Fish Lead is toxic. Choose non-lead weights. Ed Cutney from St. James City with a snook caught and released while fishing with Capt. Matt Mitchell every place I target redfish on the low water. Live shrimp fished on the bottom caught black drum up to 28 inches this week. Although we did catch lots of redfish too, most were on the small side of the slot. The rat reds of winter are certainly here but with a little work, getting a limit of lower 20-inch or better redfish has been very consistent. Black drum are also a great fish to eat when they are less than about 24 inches. Sheepshead fishing is still a little hit and miss with the weather and water not BOAT RENTALS Fishing • Cabbage Key Dolphin Watching Captains Available 472-5800 Jensen’s Marina Captiva Island 1 really being cold enough for this species. This week, after a very small front passed through, it did seem like there were a lot more sheepshead around. We did catch a few better three- to four-pounders though while fishing the Chino channel and Gault Island channel. Areas around the passes that are the usual go-to spots for sheepshead this time of year are just not that great yet. The variety of species that you can catch while fishing one spot right now is amazing, One cast can be a gag grouper, then a snook followed by a sheepshead and who knows what will be next. Take advantage of the super low minus tides of winter that really bunch the fish up tight together. Once you locate a low tide honey hole expect the unexpected. One of my anglers this week can vouch for that, after catching just about everything that swims in our waters while fishing one such honey hole, he hooked a huge snook which after a few impressive jumps made quick work of the light tackle. Capt. Matt Mitchell has been fishing local waters since he moved to Sanibel in 1980. He now lives in St. James City and works as a back country fishing guide. 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Preferring nut-bearing trees such as hickory and oak, a squirrel will spend its days gnawing on berries, grains and nuts or nibble on flower blossoms. With a territory ranging two to seven acres, an adult gray squirrel’s highly-developed olfactory system helps it locate cached food. While two other species of squirrels – the fox squirrel (Sciurus niger) and the Southern flying squirrel (Glaucomys volans) – are also found in Florida, the Eastern gray is the one which is most familiar to the American urbanite. Last month, an Eastern gray squirrel was admitted to CROW after being attacked by a cat. Having been quickly rescued from the jaws of the kitty by its owner, the squirrel sustained only minor abrasions. After flushing the wounds to remove any debris, Dr. Heather Baron, CROW hospital director, order a round of antibiotics and mild pain medication to be administered to the tiny patient. Cats are the most popular pets in the U.S. as a result The gray squirrel, patient #3035, recuperates inside a cozy incubator located in the baby bird room of their docile nature and exceptional grooming habits. Ancient humans were also attracted to cats; it is believed that domestication of furry felines occurred at least 8,000 years ago. Sadly, even the cutest, sweetest kitties can pose a significant danger to wildlife. Cats carry a large amount of bacteria in their mouths, any of which are capable of causing tissue infections through a bite wound. A condition known as cellulitis can develop from a cat bite. It occurs when the bacteria spreads from an infected puncture wound to the tissue under the skin. Infection can also spread quickly through the bloodstream and cause septicemia, better known as blood poisoning. According to the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the Fish and Wildlife Service, domestic cats and feral cats kill approximately 2.4 billion birds and 12.3 billion mammals each year in the U.S. alone. The moral of this story? Don’t allow your kitties to prowl around the neighborhood at will. Besides, they could easily be on the receiving end of a bite wound from another neighborhood cat. For patient #3035, this story does have a happy ending. “He’s ready to go outside,” said Jen Riley, DVM intern. Once the squirrel has regained its strength and stamina, CROW will release it back into the wilds of suburban Sanibel. CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, Inc.) is a non-profit wildlife hospital providing veterinary care for native and migratory wildlife from our local area. The hospital accepts patients seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mail donations to PO Box 150, Sanibel, FL 33957. Call 472-3644 or visit: www.crowclinic.org. 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Foxtail, however, is more upright than sprawling Sprenger’s, reaching one to two feet tall, with dense soft plumes that taper to foxtail or rabbit-ear shapes. The bright-green fine-textured foliage makes it popular as a groundcover or border. It produces small whitish inconspicuous flowers and bright-red ornamental berries. What appear to be the leaves are branchlets; the actual leaves are scale-like. It is fast-growing, has moderate water needs and is moderately drought tolerant. Plant it in sun to partial shade in well-drained soil. The stems grow from fleshy tubers just under the soil and can be divided. It’s a good container or hanging plant and can be used in flower arrangements. On the plus side, foxtail fern is non-invasive and low maintenance. However, it provides little if any benefit for wildlife, although some birds might eat the berries. All around, if you want fern-like species for your landscape, why not plant Florida’s beautiful native ferns instead? Foxtail fern resembles its relative, the highly invasive asparagus fern Source: edis.ifas.ufl.edu and aspmastergardeners.org. Plant Smart explores the diverse flora of South Florida. Fisherman’s Paradise: Russell And Ollie At The Ferry Slip by Cynthia A. Williams B erry C. Williams (1915 to 1976) was something of a legend as a fisherman in the waters off Fort Myers in the 1950s and early 1960s. Reproduced for you here are chapters from his unfinished Fisherman’s Paradise, an account of his fishing adventures that are often hilarious and always instructional. It is presented by Williams’ daughter, Cynthia Williams, a freelance writer and editor living in Bokeelia on Pine Island. Chapter VII Part III Berry has taken his uncle Russell and Russell’s friend Ollie fishing. The misadventures of the day are in full progress. Ollie has shot the boat in reverse out from under Russell, leaving the stout, 60-year-old dangling from the pilings at the Sanibel ferry slip. Russell was holding onto the steel cable encasing the pilings with his right hand while trying desperately to grab it with his left before his 200-pound Berry C. Williams (right) with Ted Copley, owner and operator of the Punta Rassa fish camp, circa 1957 weight loosened his grip. He finally managed to grab hold with his left hand, and then started screaming at Ollie to ease the boat back under him. Ollie came through with flying colors, making only three unsuccessful attempts to get the bow under Uncle Russell. By this time, Russell had quit screaming and cursing, and was begging Ollie to steer the boat under him. His heavy weight and sheer exhaustion were about to get the better of him. Finally, on the fourth pass, Ollie succeeded and Uncle Russell fell backward into the boat. The photo by Gerri Reaves padding on his life preserver kept him from getting bruised too badly, but Ollie had a few choice complaints to make about Russell trying to tear the bottom out of the boat by hurling himself into it. Uncle Russell was too exhausted to make the faintest reply. I diplomatically cautioned Ollie to for goodness’ sake be careful. Uncle Russell said tiredly, “Oh hell, Berry, you may as well be talking to a mule.” In a short while, Uncle Russell had his line in, baited with live shrimp. In no time, he came up with a three-pound sheepshead. Ollie, too, had latched onto a small snapper. This eased the tension, and each time I saw Uncle Russell haul in a sheepshead, I noticed his disillusionment disappearing, fish by fish. Over in my boat, we, too, were well in production; Mr. Maxton was pulling in sheepshead like a veteran. This heartened me considerably. I was rudely jolted from this blissful state by the raucous whonk of the ferry horn, and glanced up to see the all steel “Yankee Clipper” coming in. Something was wrong. Instead of giving only the usual one or two routine toots, it was furiously blasting with long, lingering whooonks. The closer it came, the more furiously it honked. One fearful glance over my left shoulder told me why. There, sitting blithely in the middle of the ferry slip, were Russell and Ollie, fishing unconcernedly with their backs to the on-coming ferry. To be continued next week… THE RIVER - DECEMBER 19, 2014 15 Arts For ACT Gallery Opening Exhibit, Reception A painting by John Scoppa Mermaid by Martha Dodd J oin Arts for ACT Gallery, located at 2265 First Street in downtown Fort Myers on Friday, January 2 from 6 to 10 p.m. for the opening reception and art walk for their January featured artist, realist oil painter Martha Dodd in the main gallery. Showing off the main gallery is Stills and Figurative Works of From page 9 Fort Myers Fare fun and prices that won’t make you lose the farm? Try Island Cow on Sanibel. Island Cow is an airy bistro with french doors leading out to the front and back patios. It is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dine under the stars while you listen to live music on one of Sanibel’s only al fresco eating porches. Island Cow is open all day on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 2163 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. Call 472-0606. NERVOUS NELLIE’S CRAZY WATERFRONT EATERY Nervous Nellie’s is a casual, family-fun restaurant that boasts a large selection of appetizers, fresh seafood, over-stuffed sandwiches and entrées. Dine in airconditioned comfort or outside on Nellie’s expansive waterfront patio. Live music. Happy hour all day. Grab a bite to eat or drink and swing to the beats of live reggae, rock and island music from the area’s premier musical talent. Just upstairs from Nellie’s is Ugly’s Waterside Bar, the place where everyone gets prettier, and happy hour is all day, every day. Parking for your car or boat is free for patrons. The GPS coordinates are 26”27’23.41” N • 81”57’15.18” W. Nervous Nellie’s is open all day Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 1131 First Street, Fort Myers Beach at the Fort Myers Historic Seaport at Nervous Nellie’s Marina. Call 463-8077. Ellen Sayet and the Abstracts of John Scoppa. This exhibit continues through February 2, 2015. In the Main Gallery – Martha Dodd Painting has been Dodd’s passion and full time occupation for the past 27 years. The Fort Myers resident enjoys painting people, animals and landscapes. While she often travels to client’s homes to paint unique murals, working hand in hand with interior decorators, designers, and architects, her goal is to focus more and more on portraits, and capturing life in a natural setting. Her original paintings are created in oils, and occasionally acrylic. She prefers to work on large canvases, and her subjects include horses, SS HOOKERS Get hooked on great cuisine and spirits at SS Hookers. The restaurant pays tribute to the rich history of Punta Rassa, the home of big game fishing. It serves American cuisine with a Cajun twist. Waterfront dining is available daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. After a triumphant day of fishing, bring your catch to the restaurant: If you hook it, our chef will cook it. A late night bar features live music nightly. A fresh seafood market, bait shop and gifts are also on-site. SS Hookers is open all day Christmas Eve and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Christmas Day. 17501 Harbour Pointe Drive, Fort Myers. Call 466-4377. SUNSHINE GRILLE Formerly known as the Sunshine Seafood Cafe and Lounge, Sunshine Grille serves all of your favorite dishes for lunch and dinner. In addition to its previous menu, the restaurant is also serving gourmet flat breads prepared in a wood fire stove with fresh oak. Wood-fired steaks fill out the menu, including a ribeye and a porterhouse, to go along with our famous wood fired filet mignon. Happy hour and live music are featured daily. Sunshine Grille is open on Christmas Eve and for a buffet on Christmas Day from 12 to 9 p.m. 8700 Gladiolous Drive, Fort Myers. Call 489-2233. birds, people and mermaids. This past summer, Dodd traveled to Europe for a six-week long tour to study art in Rome, Florence, Vienna, Split and Paris. When she isn’t painting, she enjoys horseback riding and sailing with her best guy, Marc. In the White Gallery – John Scoppa Scoppa, who grew up in Boston, is now a resident of Cape Coral. He was a hair and makeup artist for 20 years and began painting four years ago. Intrigued by abstract art and its fascination, he strives for a composition that moves your eyes through the painting and provides stopping points for you. Allowing your eyes to move through the painting cre- 30 Shades Of Green by Ellen Sayet ates a thought or completing an image. Off the Main Gallery – Ellen Sayet Sayet has always loved sketching and painting, but they took a secondary position between two successful careers. Self taught with an occasional drawing class, she enjoys painting realism with “an edge.” Her figurative paintings are classic drawings with an inventive and creative side. Most important to her is producing works of realism and figurative portraiture in oil and pastel, and capturing the mood, personality and inner soul of the subjects. THE RIVER - DECEMBER 19, 2014 16 Gulfshore Opera Presents Beloved Grimm’s Fairy Tale Fantasy set by Jen Lancaster G ulfshore Opera continues its inaugural 2014-15 season with an original production of Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck on Sunday, December 21 at 4 p.m. at the Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers. Storytelling Performance At The Alliance Kim Weitkamp K im Weitkamp, a nationally acclaimed storyteller, is giving a performance at the Alliance for the Arts on Wednesday, January 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. The title of the onewoman show is The Wandering Mind. Weitmamp is also a humourist and musician, sharing her original stories and songs at theaters and festivals throughout the United States, including the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee. One theater review stated, “Kim weaves the threads of her individual stories into a tapestry full of singular characters, fantastic situations, and heartfelt wisdom – all the best that a storyteller can offer.” She has completed six audio collections and her award winning albums are The Lap, Penny Candy Love, Pickle in the Middle Blues and Head Bone Rattles. Weitkamp is a master at building bridges from story to song to story, with seamless transitions from one to the other. Weitkamp is known for her wit, impeccable comedic timing, perfectly woven stories and velvet voice. Her original stories and songs will have you laughing one moment and looking inward at another, all the while her stories cradle your heart and leave you wanting to hear just one more story or one more song. To find out more about Weitkamp, visit her website at www.kimweitkamp. com. Tickets arer $15. Call 939-2787 or visit www.artinlee.org for more details. Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702 or email [email protected] Based on the Grimm’s fairy tale, Gulfshore Opera’s production will feature four professional singers in leading roles, accompanied by the chamber orchestra. This updated version of the story features colorful fantasy sets designed by Jennifer Lancaster. The children’s chorus are members of the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs education program. The cast will feature Cuban-American soprano Nathalie Avila, most recently seen as Mimi in La Boheme with Miami Lyric opera. Hailed by her “scrumptious tone” and “vivid portrait” of the roles she portrays on the operatic stage, she will play the role of the mother. Buffo bass-baritone Alexander Adams-Leytes will portray both the role of the Father and the Witch. Adams-Leytes is a specialist in comic roles, and has made an international career performing the roles of Papageno in The Magic Flute, Leporello and Masetto in Don Giovanni and Dr. Dulcamara in The Elixir of Love. Kaycey Cardin, recognized internationally for her vibrant vocalism and dramatic intensity, will bring to life the role of Gretel. Cardin processes the rare capability to shine equally in operatic, musical theater, pop, country and R&B repertoire. Hansel, will be sung by mezzo-soprano Lauren Davis. Fresh off her senior recital at Florida Gulf Coast University, she has been featured as a soloist recently in Handel’s Messiah and the Magic Flute with the Miami Summer Opera Institute. In keeping with its mission to present opera that is accessible to all, Gulfshore Opera will present this one-and-a-half-hour version of Hansel & Gretel, accompanied by chamber orchestra, at substantially reduced ticket prices. Tickets are from $20 general and $30 premium, with a special $12 price for children under 18. Steffanie Pearce, general and artistic director of Gulfshore Opera, explained, “Gulfshore Opera is excited to try out this new venue and to work with the center’s students who will be the gingerbread children. We wanted to create a fun and affordable holiday treat for the whole family. Following our motto of “inclusive and accessible.” To order tickets, visit Gulfshore Opera’s website www.gulfshoreopera.org or call the box office at 529-3925. ArtFest To Celebrate15 Years The VIP tent from last year’s ArtFest A rtFest Fort Myers celebrates its 15th anniversary in February. Ron Bucher, vice president of investments at Raymond James, looks forward to welcoming the public to a weekend of all things artfully pampered, from the elite Friday night opening VIP party to a weekend festival getaway at the VIP terrace. It begins Friday evening, February 6, with reserved parking for VIPs and in the VIP tent, food from some of the area’s finest restaurants, wine and craft beers. The evening also includes surprise performances and works by festival artists. Over the weekend, the VIP experience includes a complimentary lunch, all-day beverages and a commemorative festival poster. “I am so proud to be a sponsor of this wonderful event,” said Ron Bucher, returning for his 12th season with the festival. “The arts continue to form and define our community and give us a competitive edge with regard to our quality of life.” The VIP experience is $75 per person and proceeds benefit the year-round ArtFest Fort Myers’ art education outreach programs. Log onto www.ArtFestFortMyers.com or call 768-3602 for more information. ArtFest Fort Myers, the annual juried fine art festival, takes place February 6, 7 and 8 in downtown Fort Myers’ historic River District featuring 215 professional artists from across the county and around the world; and the largest high school art exhibit and competition in south Florida, with free interactive art experiences for children. THE RIVER - DECEMBER 19, 2014 17 Swamp Stomp cast Ghostbird Theatre’s Holiday Show G hostbird Theatre Company’s second annual cabaret soiree and fundraiser, Frosty Swamp Stomp, will take place on Saturday, December 20 at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in Fort Myers. Featured will be lighthearted and tender skits, original songs and traditional carols, all celebrating the magic, the naughty and the nice of the holiday season. In all, it will be a down-home, downtown hoedown. Hors d’ouevres and refreshments will be served, along with a cash bar. The refreshments open at 7 p.m., and the entertainments begin at 8 p.m. Music will be provided by Pearlie Mae and the Crawdaddy Boys, known for their wholesome picking and sweet voices. Singers, musicians, and actors will be from the family of Ghostbird ensemble members, including Sarah Blinkhorn, Brittney Brady, Jim Brock, Rusty Coe, Jackie DeGraaff, Jake Eveker, Dana Lynn Frantz, Rebakah Goldberg, Katelyn Gravel, Phil Heubeck and Victor Stephen. Ghostbird Theatre Company is the resident theater company of the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. This event will enable Ghostbird Theatre Company to produce its final two plays of the season. The company is dedicated to bringing new and magical performances to Fort Myers and beyond. Tickets are $25, and are available through the Sidney & Berne Davis Arts Center ticket office or online at www.sbdac.com. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First Street in downtown Fort Myers. Special Performance Calendar Girls in festive mood C alendar Girl Joy Baker gave her one woman show entitled The Signs of Christmas at FleaMasters Music Hall on Sunday, December 14. The show, where Baker signed using American Sign Language to half a dozen carols, described Christmas from the Bible’s book of Luke. The Calendar Girls showed up in force to support their sister. For more information about the Calendar Girls or to invite them to an event, call Linda Floyd at850-6010. Email your editorial copy to: [email protected] A scene from The Nutcracker Children’s Theater Holiday Classic B roadway Palm Children’s Theatre’s performance of The Nutcracker continues on December 19 and 23. The holiday classic is about a young girl who is given a beautiful nutcracker. She dreams that it comes to life and battles against the Mouse King and his army. The nutcracker defeats the mouse king and is transformed into a prince. Broadway Palm Children’s Theatre presents full-scale productions for all ages. Performances begin with a buffet at noon and show time at 1 p.m. The chef’s special buffet includes children’s favorites such as hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries and chicken. Tickets for the buffet and the show are $18 for all ages. Group rates are available for parties of 20 or more. Tickets can be reserved by calling 278-4422, by visiting www.BroadwayPalm.com, or by stopping by the box office at 1380 Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers. Merry Christmas! Enjoy unobstructed sunsets from this two-building, ϭϮϬŌĂƉƟǀĂďĞĂĐŚͲĨƌŽŶƚƉƌŽƉĞƌƚǇ͘ ĂůůĨŽƌƉƌŝǀĂƚĞƐŚŽǁŝŶŐ͘ Isabella Rasi 239-246-4716 ENGEL & VÖLKERS 1101 Periwinkle Way #105, Sanibel, FL 239-472-0044 18 THE RIVER - DECEMBER 19, 2014 lobby. The dinner starts at 7 p.m. with shrimp cocktail and an upscale buffet that consists of chef carved prime rib, oven roasted pork loin, Alaskan salmon fillets, chicken piccata, tomato and spinach tortellini, and numerous side dishes. There will also be a full salad bar including seafood salad, a full dessert buffet and an ice cream bar. The show starts at 9 p.m. and the evening concludes with noisemakers, hats, champagne and the countdown to midnight. Ticket prices are $100 per person. For reservations, call 278-4422, visit www. BroadwayPalm.com or stop by the box office at 1380 Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers. A Holiday Spoof At Lab Theater by Di Saggau W A scene from Crazy For You An Entertaining New Year’s Eve C elebrate New Year’s Eve at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre with the Tony Award-winning romantic musical comedy Crazy For You. Written by Ken Ludwig, with lyrics by Ira Gershwin and music by George Gershwin, this production is the perfect way to ring in 2015. Crazy For You is the story of Bobby Child, a well-to-do 1930s playboy whose dream in life is to dance. Despite the efforts of his mother and soon-to-be-ex-fiancée, Bobby achieves his dream. This is a high-energy comedy of mistaken identities, plot twists, elaborate costumes, and plenty of tap dancing. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with live entertainment and hors d’oeuvres in the AppleJuice AirDrop by Carol Rooksby Weidlich, President, SWACKS A re you constantly texting and emailing friends and family with photos and the oh, so cute video when they’re in the same room? Next time, try using AirDrop. You’ll need to have WiFi and Bluetooth turned on and be signed into your iCloud account. In iOS7 and 8, swipe up the Control Center from the bottom of your iPad or iPhone screen and tap “AirDrop”. You can choose to share with your “Contacts Only” or “Everyone” who has an Apple device within 30 feet of each other. Be sure your Firewall is not set to “Block all incoming connections” and you’re using WiFi. Both devices must be powered on and not locked to make these transfers. To share photos, contacts and more, tap “Share” (that’s the rectangle with the arrow pointing up). Depending upon the app you are using, you may be able to share multiple items, like photos. With AirDrop turned on, you’ll see those of your contacts that are in the area and can tap on their photo to send a message to their Apple device. If you do not see your contact, try changing your sharing to “Everyone.” If you still cannot see the person you want to connect with, make sure they are signed into an iCloud account and try again. The other Apple user will receive an alert with a preview of the content you want to share with them. They can accept or decline your invitation. Once accepted, the files/photos will be transferred and can be opened in the applicable app. To AirDrop between an iOS device (iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4 or later, iPad Mini and the fifth generation iPod) and a Mac, your iOS device needs to have iOS7 or later, and your Mac must have Yosemite. There’s one other thing you need to know and keep in mind: the Mac must be a model released in 2012 and later for this option to work. To check to see if this option will work for you, go to your Finder window and click on “Go” in the Menu Bar. If AirDrop is not listed in this dropdown menu, then your Mac is not compatible for this feature. Workshops are held the second Tuesday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m., and meetings on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. (with the exception of July and August) at Zion Lutheran Church, 7401 Winkler Road in Fort Myers. For more information on the South West Florida Apple Computer Knowledge Society (SWACKS), visit www.swacks.org. hat I like about Laboratory Theater of Florida is that they are not afraid to take risks bringing us new and thoughtprovoking plays. Right now a new play by Laura Lorusso is being presented. Scrooge TV: A Modern Christmas Carol is a spoof on the famous Dicken’s classic. I talked to Lorusso prior to the opening night performance and she told me that the play is based upon reality TV which is so prevalent in today’s entertainment world. I am not a fan of reality TV and that might be a reason why this play did not especially grab me. It’s clever, and young folks in the audience were laughing out loud, so maybe there’s also a generation gap. The storyline involves a psychiatrist with a gimpy leg and a deep seated hatred for a man who resembles Scrooge. He has a secretary Whitney (Kendra Price) who is upset about his miserly attitude and puts drugs in his drinks. He drinks a lot. I laughed when he said, “Maybe it was the Scotch before breakfast.” Dr. Cramley (Jeffrey Schmitt) has three progression rooms, Past, Present and Future. Sound familiar? And he has the right to film the sessions and offer them to the public. Also involved are two siblings Sophie Dave Yudowitz plays The Conscience of Scrooge Mueller (Stacy Stauffer) and Gerry Mueller (Adriel Munoz) who want the psychiatrist to help them inherit some of their uncle’s estate. Playing dual roles is one of my favorite actors Dave Yudowitz as Marley and also the stingy uncle. Mike Dinko is Frank, an assistant to the doctor. The play is definitely cutting-edge and totally different from any other version of A Christmas Carol that you have ever seen. Scrooge TV: A Modern Christmas Carol plays through December 20 at Laboratory Theater of Florida, 1634 Woodford Avenue in downtown Fort Myers. For tickets call 218-0481. Next up at Lab Theater is Agnes of God, opening January 9. I am looking forward to that production. Acoustic Music In The Theater At The Alliance T he Acoustic Music Society of Southwest Florida presents three hours of live music in the theater at the Alliance for the Arts on Sunday, January 11 from 2 to 5 p.m. The January concert features bluegrass acts Southwind and the John Stey Band, and blues guitarist Frank Corso. Tickets are $8 at the door, $6 for Alliance members. Seating is open and first come, first served. Children 12 and under are free if accompanied by an adult. Presale tickets are not available. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. The Sunday afternoon concert series continues through March. Visit ArtInLee.org or call 939-2787 for more information. To learn more about the Acoustic Music Society of Southwest Florida visit www.Palmgrass.org. The Alliance for the Arts is located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard, just south of Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers. Our email address is [email protected] THE RIVER - DECEMBER 19, 2014 19 From page 1 Christmas Carol Sing Beth Filiowich sings O Holy Night Bill Filiowich Reverend Paul deJong and Sheryl deJong Sam and Kathy Galloway Harriet Hart, Max Furbringer, Roseanne Constantinople The agency partners with United Way, Harry Chapin Food Bank, Lee County School District and regional community foundations as well as with community and service groups, churches, businesses and other support organizations. For more information, call 332-SOUP or visit www.ccmileecounty.com. Robert Galloway, Olivia Galloway, Tracey Galloway and Will Galloway Email your editorial copy to: [email protected] Colts Placekicker Adam Vinatieri Is Perfect For The Year Despite Being The Oldest Player In The NFL by Ed Frank L ike a fine wine that ages with time, Adam Vinatieri, the remarkable 41-year-old placekicker for the Indianapolis Colts, and the oldest current player in the National Football League, is having a season truly for the ages. When he kicked two extra points and a 29-yard field goal last Sunday to propel the Colts to their second straight AFC South title, “Mr. Clutch,” a reputation he has duly earned, continued his 100 percent accuracy for the season. That’s right – 100 per cent; 44 of 44 extra points and 28 of 28 field goals. In his 19th season, Vinatieri, who turns 42 next week, has been 100 per cent accurate in extra points kicked in 12 of those seasons. He has made 704 of 714 extra point attempts (98.6 per cent) in a career that is certain to earn him Hall of Fame honors. His field goal kicking, however, is even more amazing considering his age. This season he has made eight of eight inside the 29-yard line, 10 of 10 inside the 39-yard line, seven of seven inside the 49-yard line and three of three beyond the 50-yard line. It’s the first season in his 19-year career that he has been 100 per cent accurate in field goals although his overall rating is 83.8 per cent. In the long history of the NFL, there have been more than 50 players who continued their careers into their 40s, the most notable being the late George Blanda, both a kicker and a quarterback, who was just shy of his 49th birthday when he hung up his cleats. Could Vinatieri challenge that mark? Apparently he has no plans to retire as he signed a two-year contract extension earlier this year. Vinatieri’s records and honors are certain to grow as he completes his recordbreaking 19th season. He has played on four Super Bowl champion teams, the New England Patriots in 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2006, and the Indianapolis Colts in 2006. In two of those title games for the Patriots, he kicked 48-yard and 41-yard field goals on the final play of each game for the victories. He holds the NFL record for the most postseason field goals with 51 and the most consecutive games (four) with three or more field goals. And there are numerous more NFL records attached to the Vinatieri name: • Most points in postseason – 213 • Most field goals in a single postseason – 14 • Most field goals in Super Bowls – 7 • Most extra points in Super Bowls – 13 • Total points in a single postseason – 49 in 2006 • Most field goals in a single postseason game – 5 Ten seasons with the Patriots and nine seasons with the Colts and 2014 may be Adam Vinatieri his best year yet. The way Adam Vinatieri continues, he may be still kicking field goals and extra points when he gets his AARP card. Torrid Florida Everblades 11-1 The Last Month. The Florida Everblades have started the 2014-15 hockey season as one of their best in franchise history. In the last 30 days, Florida has won 11 of 12 games including last weekend’s sweep of the Indy Fuel. The Everblades started the week with a season record of 17-3-0-1 and a five-point lead in the ECHL East Division. They will be home tonight, Friday, at Germain Arena hosting last place Gwinnett. 20 THE RIVER - DECEMBER 19, 2014 Financial Focus Balance Risk Tolerance And Required Risk’ by Jennifer Basey L ike everyone else, you have financial goals. To help achieve these goals, you may need to invest and when you invest, you’ll need to take on some risk. But the more you understand this risk, and the better you are at managing it, the greater your potential for staying invested for the long term. To begin with, take a look at these terms: • Risk tolerance – Your risk tolerance is essentially your comfort level with taking risk. For example, if you have a high tolerance for risk, you may be comfortable investing aggressively. Conversely, if you tend to be risk-averse, you might lean more toward more conservative investment vehicles that offer greater protection of principal. • Required risk – While the term “required risk” may sound odd, it is actually an integral component of your ability to invest successfully. Basically, your required risk is the level of risk necessary to help you achieve your investment goals. The higher the return necessary to reach those goals, the more potential risk you’ll need to assume. As you invest, you’ll need to balance these two aspects of risk. For example, what might happen if you have a low risk tolerance, leading you toward “safer,” low-growth investments, but your goal is to retire early? For most people, this goal requires them to invest in vehicles that offer significant growth potential, such as stocks. And, as you know, investing in stocks entails risk, specifically, the risk that your stocks will lose value. So in this situation, your risk tolerance – the fact that you are risk-averse – is going to collide with your required risk level, the amount of risk you are going to need to take (by investing in stocks) to achieve your goal of early retirement. When such a collision occurs, you have two choices. First, you could “stretch” your risk tolerance and accept the need to take on riskier investments in exchange for the growth potential you will require. Your other choice is to stay within your risk tolerance and adjust your ultimate goal, which, in this example, may mean accepting a later retirement date. Obviously, this is a personal decision. However, you may have more flexibility than you might have imagined. For instance, you might feel that you should be risk-averse because you have seen so many fluctuations in the financial markets. But if you have many decades to go until you retire, you actually do have time to recover from short-term losses, which means you may be able to reasonably handle more volatility. On the other hand, once you’re retired, you won’t have as many years to bounce back from market downturns, so you’ll have less “risk capacity” than you did when you were younger. In any case, by balancing your risk tolerance and your required risk level – and by understanding your risk capacity – you can be better prepared to take the emotion out of investing. When investors let their emotions get the better of them, they can make mistakes such as chasing “hot” stocks or selling quality investments due to temporary price drops. By having a clear sense of what risk really entails, however, you may be able to avoid costly detours and stick with your long-term investment strategy. Jennifer Basey is a financial advisor in Fort Myers. She can be reached at [email protected] Nominations Sought For Chrysalis Awards T he Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB) and the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce are seeking nominations for the sixth annual Chrysalis Awards to honor businesses and individuals who have positively impacted the local community. Award nominations are due by January 16 and are open to any local business regardless of whether they are directly a part of the tourism industry. Award recipients will be announced at a jointly hosted Celebration of Business & Tourism Awards Luncheon and Trade Show on April 16, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Harborside Event Center in downtown Fort Myers. The event, co-produced by the VCB and the chamber and held to commemorate National Travel and Tourism Week, celebrates the value of tourism and the community teamwork involved in maintaining and enhancing tourism as a major economic engine for the county. The event also is part of the VCB’s year-round Team Tourism informational program to strengthen destination teamwork. The awards, designed to foster a stronger alliance between the tourism industry and the county’s business community, will honor recipients in the categories: Business Development, Sustainability; Eco-Innovation; Cultural Achievement; Education; Sports; and, Sales & Marketing. The VCB’s long-standing Junonia Award, created to recognize those individuals who have positively impacted the local tourism community by demonstrating unique capabilities, leadership, commitment, and dedication, will also be awarded. A panel of local business community leaders will judge nominations and select one in each of the seven categories. The Junonia will be awarded at the sole discretion of the VCB. Business and individual nominees for the seven Chrysalis Awards will be judged on their innovation, how they have distinguished themselves in the community, their efforts to promote the destination, their contributions to business and tourism partnerships for the overall benefit of the county, and their work to foster growth and sustainability. “The partnership between the business and tourism sectors continues to strengthen, which benefits our community,” said Tamara Pigott, VCB executive director. “Destination visitors often spark future leisure visits, conventions, relocations and other business opportunities. By partnering, we are working together to help the business community gain greater awareness of the tourism industry’s role in our economic livelihood, while helping tourism partners better understand the needs and role of the larger business community.” Pigott said the awards committee chose the name Chrysalis for the program because it signifies the final stage before a butterfly emerges from its cocoon, the metamorphosis in which its growth and differentiation occur. Committee members see it as a symbol that represents the desire to foster a stronger strategic partnership between tourism and the business community. Those who wish to nominate a business or individual to receive a Chrysalis Award can visit the Team Tourism section of www.LeeVCB.com. For event registration and trade show participation visit the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Web site at www.fortmyers.org. For questions or further event details, contact either Christine Davlin at the VCB at [email protected] or 338-3500; or Colleen DePasquale, event chairperson, at [email protected] or 332-2930; or Terry Simon at [email protected] Top 10 Real Estate Sales Development City Year Built Square Footage Listing Price Selling Price Days On Market Bonita Beach Bonita Springs 2014 4,682 $4,975,000 $4,850,000 2 Riverwalk Bonita Springs 2008 4,805 $2,490,000 $2,353,371 110 Beachview Country Club Estates Sanibel 2009 3,825 $1,625,000 $1,615,000 17 Murano Miromar Lakes 2008 3,660 $1,599,000 $1,500,000 241 Bellagio At The Colony Bonita Springs 2001 5,495 $1,499,000 $1,350,000 284 Cape Coral Cape Coral 2010 5,109 $1,299,000 $1,200,000 368 Monteverdi Fort Myers 2008 5,735 $1,350,000 $1,162,500 136 Ravista Bonita Springs 2002 2,997 $775,000 $727,000 263 Somerset Fort Myers 2010 3,018 $690,000 $685,000 20 Town And River Fort Myers 1962 1,989 $599,900 $615,000 181 Courtesy of Royal Shell Real Estate THE RIVER - DECEMBER 19, 2014 School Smart by Shelley M. Greggs, NCSP D ear Shelley, I am looking at schools for my daughter who will be going to first grade next year. I know some of the things that I want in a school like the curriculum and caring teachers, but I don’t know what to look for in the physical plant of a school. What is important in this area? Janice J., Fort Myers Janice, You have asked an interesting and excellent question about the facilities of school. Classroom design can have a major impact on achievement. It’s great that you are observing different schools for your child to find a match that you think would be best for her. There is some recently reviewed research that tells us what to look for in quality classroom design. Two of the most important features are lighting and temperature, according to a new study published in the journal Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Researchers in this study reviewed the latest scientific evidence to come up with recommendations to improve students’ learning and success. Students exposed to more natural light do better in class than those with less exposure to natural light, the study found. However, 16 percent of schools with permanent buildings and 28 percent of schools with portable classrooms have unsatisfactory natural lighting, according to the U.S. National Center for Education Statistics. The best temperature range for learning is between 68 and 74 degrees Fahrenheit, but 16 percent of schools with permanent buildings and 12 percent with portable classrooms have unsatisfactory heating, the study authors said. Classroom design is also important. How is the classroom arranged and why? Where are the desks, tables and chairs placed? Are they the right size for the students who will use them? Where are the technology resources and are they readily available to the student in the classroom? You should also look at the building design of the school, the outside settings and exterior elements. Is the building in good condition? Where are the entrances and car or bus parking? Is the playground equipment accessible and safe? What safety features are present? Are the exterior doors always locked, are there video cameras, do the classrooms have locking doors? You will need to assess these all of these features and ask yourself if these elements make sense and are if they are appropriate for the building and it’s students. Finally, it is important to examine the school’s mission statement. A good mission statement includes the philosophical foundation, functions of the school including its physical functions, and who and why the students are being served. Shelley Greggs is adjunct faculty at Florida SouthWestern State College, where she teaches psychology and education courses. She is also a nationally certified school psychologist and consultant for School Consultation Services, a private educational consulting company. Questions for publication may be addressed to [email protected] com. Not all questions submitted can be addressed through this publication. Buccaneers. “While serving as officer in charge of Fort Myers, I was impressed with the dedication of the employees and look forward to leading such a great team,” said Middleton. “We will continue to provide exceptional customer service.” The postal service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. Postmaster Of Fort Myers Installed Free Guided Walk At Preserve Leroy Middleton, Jr. T he Postal Service’s Suncoast District Manager Nancy Rettinhouse administered the Oath of Office to Fort Myers Postmaster Leroy Middleton, Jr. during his installation ceremony held at the Edison Restaurant. As Fort Myers 24th postmaster, Middleton is responsible for the overall administrative and operational activity for approximately 930 employees, working at a total of 26 stations and branches and 17 contract units. With an annual operating budget of over $79 million, Fort Myers has approximately 526 city and rural routes combined, providing service to 542,224 delivery points. Middleton began his postal career in 1986 as a part time flexible carrier in St. Petersburg, Florida. While in St. Petersburg, he took on increasingly challenging roles, including associate supervisor, supervisor, customer services, and manager, customer services. He has also served as officer in charge (OIC) of Fort Myers, Dunedin, Tampa and Melbourne, Florida, as well as Austin, Texas. In 2007, he became the manager of post office operations in Tampa for Area 3. Middleton is a graduate of both the postal service’s Managerial Leadership Program (MLP) and the Advanced Leadership Program (ALP). He earned a business administration degree from St. Petersburg College and a BS in sociology from the University of South Florida. His interests include tennis and rooting for the Tampa Bay Rays and the Tampa Bay 21 eras, binoculars, water and sturdy shoes. No reservations are required and no dogs are permitted in this preserve. Call 707-3325 for more information. A Lee County volunteer naturalist will lead a 1.4-mile nature and history walk at Wild Turkey Strand Preserve, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, December 20. The preserve is located at 11901 Rod and Gun Club Road, off Route 82, in Fort Myers. The preserve sits atop portions of the former Buckingham Army Airfield, the state’s largest airfield training base during World War II. It is also located within the boundaries of Lee County’s designated well field recharge area. Cypress strands, cypress domes, pine flatwoods and scrub are some of the plant communities that make up Wild Turkey Strand Preserve. Home to a diverse population of wildlife including Florida panthers, hawks, coyotes and a variety of reptiles and amphibians, Wild Turkey Strand is a showpiece of the Lee County Conservation 2020 program. The walk is on a fully accessible trail, and a picnic shelter and restroom are onsite. Participants should dress for the weather and bring hats, sunscreen, cam- Pine lily in bloom From page 7 Nature Walk the survival of many of the animals found here, such as gopher tortoises. This 920acre preserve nearly spans the width of the island. No reservations are required and participants should dress for the weather and wear sturdy walking shoes. Call 707-8251 for more information. Send your editorial copy to: [email protected] Shoes, Socks, Shirts And Smiles Created By Fort Myers Resident A Fort Myers property manager has started a mission to provide essentials to the needy this holiday season. Lauren Baugh, a lifelong resident of Lee County, was inspired to get involved in the “betterment of our community.” She is collecting donations to provide needed items to the homeless population in our area; in an effort to make a difference in their lives. “I feel I have had a very fortunate life thus far and have not had the personal struggle of wearing overly worn items,” Baugh said. “I want to provide those items to spread the feeling of security. Everyone should have a comfy pair of dependable shoes, especially those in our community that walk most hours of the days and nights.” She created Shoes, Socks, Shoes and Smiles with the goal to pass out shoes, socks, shirts and smiles to those in need. She is collecting the items and donating them to Community Cooperative, whose 30-year mission is to end hunger and homelessness in Lee County. “I admire what Community Cooperative does on a daily basis,” added Baugh. “I’m hoping my donations will change the lives of some of their clients.” Items needed are:Men’s, women’s and children’s jackets, sweaters, sweatshirts, socks, shoes, gloves, hats, scarves, blankets, etc. All donations can be dropped off at the following collection places: The Historic Dean Building Residential and Commercial Suites, 1415 Dean Street, Fort Myers; David Schuman Insurance, Inc., 1329 Hibiscus Drive, Cape Coral; First United Methodist Preschool, 2246 First Street, Fort Myers; Offerman Automotive, 921 Courtney Drive, Fort Myers; The Blue Dahlia Salon, 1414 Bayview Court, Fort Myers; and Browtopia, 1415 Dean Street, Suite 203, Fort Myers. On Saturday, January 17, all collected items will be delivered to Community Cooperative, located at 3429 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Fort Myers. Items will be sorted and then distributed to Lee County homeless population. Monetary donations will also be accepted. For further information on Shoes, Socks, Shirts and Smiles, contact Baugh at 8341051; or email: [email protected] 22 THE RIVER - DECEMBER 19, 2014 Couple Establish Fund To Help People With Mental Illness John King, Sarah Owen and Kathryne King T he Southwest Florida Community Foundation recently established a new fund for donors to support mental illness in our community. Donors Kappy and John King established the $1.1 million John S. and Kathryne A. King Fund for Mental Illness with the foundation. Mental illness is a cause that’s near and dear to the Fort Myers Beach couple. Through their family fund, they’re committed to erasing the stigma associated with mental illness and helping Southwest Florida improve its services. Florida ranks 49th nationally in mental health spending per capita. “We hope by giving through the Community Foundation, it will raise awareness for the need for more money for mental illness,” said Kathryne King. “There are thou- Staff And Residents Of Retirement Community Donate Over 500 Toys sands of people out there who need help. It’s so difficult to raise money to support mental illness as opposed to mental health. We hope our fund will lead to additional contributions.” The Kings worked with the foundation to customize their fund, creating a family legacy that will ensure continued support of Hope Clubhouse, a Fort Myers agency offering work, education, friendship and access to housing for those with mental illness. “It’s a wonderful organization, as it gives people a sense of life and purpose,” said King. “We know if anything should happen to the clubhouse, the money will continue to help people living with mental illness. It will carry on after we’re gone.” The Kings participated in the creative exchange of ideas during the foundationhosted iLab with local nonprofits. By participating in the iLab, they and other donors had the opportunity to see the work the Community Foundation is doing to partner with nonprofits. “We got to watch and ask questions and share our insights,” recalled King. “We knew about the Community Foundation and have watched them grow during the past few years. We love what they’re doing – carrying it further and seeking solutions.” The foundation has also introduced new programs to empower donors with ownership on the issues they care deeply about. Donors with donor-advised funds can choose their investment strategy, from conservative to more aggressive, and they can continue to work with their investment advisors through the foundation. “We’ve made it even more convenient for donors to become vested in their giving, launching a Donor View portal on our new website that provides 24/7 Internet access to their funds,” said Sarah Owen, president and CEO of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation. “Here, they can track the history of their giving, create reports and receipts, and conveniently make grants.” As leaders, conveners, grant makers and concierges of philanthropy, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation is built on community leadership with a history of fostering regional change for the common good in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. Founded in 1976, it connects donors and their philanthropic aspirations with evolving community needs. With assets of more than $80 million, the foundation has provided more than $60 million in grants and scholarships to the communities it serves. Last year, the foundation granted more than $2.8 million to nonprofit organizations supporting education, animal welfare, arts, healthcare and human services. The foundation granted $782,000 to nonprofits including more than $400,000 in regional community impact grants and additional $450,000 in scholarship grants. For more information about the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, call 274-5900 or visit www.floridacommunity.com. Center, and Kathryn Kelly, president and CEO of the Heights Foundation, accepted the gifts. According to Jean Christensen, Cypress Cove community advancement director and toy drive coordinator, residents and employees have donated hundreds of toys during the community’s three-year toy drive affiliation. Christensen commended the toy drive support from Cypress Cove residents and employees. “They are extremely generous and we are delighted to be part of a program that brings great joy to children of the Harlem Heights neighborhood.” Gifts were distributed on Saturday, December 13 at the Harlem Heights Winter Wonderland festival where each child will have the opportunity to choose a toy, meet Santa and enjoy holiday refreshments. CEO To Speak On Mental Health Issues K Cypress Cove Executive Director Michele Wasserlauf is joined by Jody Callahan of Heights Center Foundation, Tina Parson of Gladiolus Learning and Development Center, Kathryn Kelly of The Heights Foundation, and Cypress Cove Resident Council President Sherry Schreier at Wednesday’s gifting H undreds and hundreds of toys, gifted by residents and staff of Cypress Cove at HealthPark Florida, were donated Wednesday for the annual Heights Center and Gladiolus Learning and Development Center Toy Drive during a brief ceremony at the South Fort Myers continuing care retirement community. Cypress Cove is an annual partner with toy drive organizers The Heights Center and Gladiolus Learning and Development Center. Toys for more than 800 children, ranging in ages three to 15 years, are being collected by organizers. Tina Parsons, executive director of the Gladiolus Learning and Development evin Lewis, CEO of Salus Care, Inc., will discuss Mental Health in Lee County at the League of Women Voters of Lee County monthly meeting on January 3 from 9 to 11 a.m. The meeting will be held in the Helm Dining Room at the Landings, 4420 Flagship Drive, in Fort Myers. The public is welcome. The cost including breakfast is $15, student rates are available. Reserve by December 30 by calling 278-1032 or email [email protected] yahoo.com. Our email address is [email protected] Kevin Lewis THE RIVER - DECEMBER 19, 2014 deaRPharmacist Frankincense And Myrrh Still A Wise Gift Of Health by Suzy Cohen, RPh D ear Reader: Around the holidays, we are reminded of the most famous gifts in history, frankincense and myrrh, carried by the wise men. Today, perfumes, incense and candles are often infused with these two wonderful aromas. Both frankincense and myrrh have medicinal properties, so holistic practitioners suggest these for patients as dietary supplements and essential oils for various ailments. But what exactly is frankincense and myrrh? They are both gummy resins that are tapped from the inner bark of two different trees that grow in the Arabian peninsula, Africa and India. A resin to a tree, is akin to a scab on our skin, so clearly, these resins are more protective to the shrub than plain sap. I’ll focus on frankincense right now which is rich in “boswellic acids,” an ingredient that has strong anti-inflammatory benefits. While shopping, you may see it as “frankincense” or “boswellia” and it comes as a liquid extract taken Mom And Me by Lizzie and Pryce L izzie and Pryce answer your questions and give advice about aging concerns from a two-generational perspective. A mother and daughter team, Lizzie is a retired RN and health educator, and Pryce is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice who specializes in the care of elders and people with chronic illnesses. Dear Mom & Me, We became acquainted with a nice (computer savvy) gal. She was in her middle 40s and was in a live-in arrangement with her boyfriend. They decided to get married, each for the second time. One day, we received an email invitation to their wedding. We both thought that it was a little unusual. The wedding was very casual, they made up their own service and it was held in a local park. The reception was beautifully catered and orally, or capsules as well as essential oils, which are used on the skin or in aromatizers. Boswellia herb is always in my home. I will often buy the ingestible powder at my local apothecary, grind it in my coffee grinder for five seconds, and then encapsulate the finely ground powder. You can certainly buy commercially-prepared brands of this; you don’t have to handcreate it like me. Boswellia has been studied and found to prevent the growth of certain types of cancers in ‘test tube’ studies. In 2009, researchers examined AKBA or “acetyl11-keto-beta-boswellic acid” and found positive benefits. This study was titled, Frankincense Superior to Chemotherapy in Killing Late-Stage Ovarian Cancer Cells. This is not the first study to suggest anti-cancer properties. The results of another study proved that frankincense oil could help with bladder cancer. The researchers concluded, “Frankincense oil might represent an alternative intravesical agent for bladder cancer treatment.” Now, it’s time for myrrh which is another resin extracted from the Commiphora myrrha tree. Research confirms the presence of guggulsterones in myrrh, which may help with cholesterol ratios, specifically by lowering LDL. Guggulsterones are blood thinners so be careful and don’t combine with aspirin, NSAIDs, warfarin or other blood thinners. One more thing: pregnant women should avoid myrrh, since it’s a uterine stimulant. The essential oil of myrrh is used we enjoyed ourselves. We sent them a sentimental card with a very nice check enclosed. One week later, we received another email and all it said was, “Thank you for the gift.” Is this how it is done now? Sarah Dear Sarah, I certainly hope not. I would be insulted because they couldn’t even take the time and write a little note of appreciation. But by today’s standards, I guess you were fortunate to have received recognition of the gift. I did call a local bridal agency and they were shocked about the email invitation but said, “We knew it was coming,” although they hadn’t heard that it had actually been done. It seems to take a long time for some people to learn a few manners, and then others I guess never learn. Lizzie Dear Sarah, I look forward to emails the same way that many people look forward to receiving U.S. Post letters. However, I too would be put out by what amounts to a mass mailing. “Dear (fill in the blank)” does not make you feel special or appreciated for your kindness, only an address on a mailing list. Where is Ms. Manners when we need her? Pryce Lizzie and Pryce’s email address is [email protected] topically to soothe your skin and help with gingivitis. So profound is myrrh’s ability to heal damaged tissues, Greek soldiers carried it into battle with them to use for skin infections and gangrene. Myrrh is a strong anti-bacterial, anti parasitic and antifungal. Just like it’s relative frankincense, myrrh also possesses strong anti-cancer properties. A Chinese test tube study published in 2013, found that “cycloartane-type triterpernoids” could destroy prostate cancer cells. Pretty impressive! In fact, just inhaling the scent of pure frankincense or myrrh can cause your brain and heart to respond favorably. Centuries may go by, but it’s clear that frankincense and myrrh are still a wise gift of health. This information is not intended to treat, cure or diagnose your condition. Suzy Cohen is the author of The 24-Hour Pharmacist and is a registered pharmacist. To contact her, visit www. SuzyCohen.com. Last Call For FGCU Alumni Nominations T he deadline for nominations for Florida Gulf Coast University’s annual Alumni Awards is Friday, January 2. Since 2004, the alumni association has recognized outstanding graduates for their professional accomplishments, ser- 23 vice to their communities and dedication to FGCU. Alumni are invited to enter nominations in two categories. The Alumni of Distinction, the association’s most prestigious award, recognizes one graduate each year for personal and professional achievements. The Soaring Eagle Award recognizes five recent graduates – one from each of the university’s colleges – who have earned undergraduate degrees from FGCU within the last decade (20052015) and have excelled professionally. Nominations must be submitted online at www.fgcu.edu/alumni. Alumni may nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else. Winners will be recognized Friday, February 20 at 6 p.m., during the Alumni Award Celebration at FGCU’s Lutgert Hall courtyard. Florida Rep. Matthew Caldwell was recognized as the 2014 Alumnus of Distinction for his long-time commitment to FGCU. A 2004 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences, Caldwell is the first alumnus elected to the Florida Legislature and is serving his second term. The association also welcomed four accomplished graduates into the Soaring Eagles Society in 2014: Todd Cofer (’07), Ashley Coone (’05), Kelsey DeLoach (’11) and Sarah Adam Levin (’11). For more information about the awards, call 590-1075. 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LANGUAGE: In Latin names for the days of the week, what god is represented by Wednesday? 10. ANIMAL KINGDOM: What is a group of weasels called? ANSWERS 1. 2,557 2. Edgar Allan Poe 3. Superman 4. Jacob Schick 5. Alabama 6. The Temptations 7. W (wolfram) 8. Portugal 9. Mercury (Dies Mercurii) 10. A gang. My Stars ★ ★ ★ ★ FOR WEEK OF DECEMBER 22, 2014 ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Your love of the holidays creates a special bond between you and the people in your life. Use this as a way of building stronger relationships that will carry over well beyond this time. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) A new approach could go a long way toward resolving a painful estrangement, especially at this holiday time. And since your aspects favor friendship this week, why not go ahead and try it? GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Your positives continue to dominate, and any negative factors that squeeze in can be dealt with easily. The secret is to tackle them at once and not allow them to benefit by your neglect. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Good news: A colleague’s remarks could help you move toward ultimately resolving that persistent workplace situation. Meanwhile, enjoy the holidays with loved ones. LEO (July 23 to August 22) No one reflects the bright holiday more than all you Leos and Leonas who love the shimmer and glimmer of the season. P.S.: There just might be a very special something from Santa. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Celebrate the holidays by being more receptive to new experiences. Overriding the Virgo reluctance to try new things could be the best gift you’ve given yourself in a long while. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Good news about a loved one makes the holidays even more festive. Expect some unexpected gifts, so be prepared with a few nicely wrapped packages of goodies to offer in return. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) The holiday season provides an opportunity to meet new people, some of whom you might even consider “worthy” enough to join the Scorpio’s select group of friends. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) You always bring your own wonderful sparkle and light to the holidays, and don’t be surprised if this year someone special reaches out to respond to your warmth in kind. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Togetherness is the dominant theme for the Goat’s holiday celebrations this year. That means reaching out to bring everyone you care for into your very own special circle of light. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) A reminder of a very special moment from the past makes the holidays more memorable for the romantic Aquarian. New friendships hold the promise of a romantic future as well. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Getting into the swim of things for all you party-loving Pisceans is easy enough this holiday season. And, of course, you can expect to impress people wherever you go. BORN THIS WEEK: Your dedication brings you the success you strive for, and your generosity impels you to reach out and help others on their way up. ● On Dec. 28, 1793, Thomas Paine is arrested in France for treason. Though the THIS WEEK IN HISTORY charges against him were never detailed, he had been tried in absentia on Dec. 26 and convicted. Before moving to France, Paine was an instrumental figure in the American Revolution as the author of Common Sense. ● On Dec. 24, 1801, British inventor Richard Trevithick takes his friends for a test ride on his “Puffing Devil,” or “Puffer,” the first steam-powered passenger vehicle. The Puffer could be put to work in mines, on farms, in factories, on ships and in locomotives of all kinds. ● On Dec. 27, 1831, British naturalist Charles Darwin sets out from Plymouth, England, aboard the HMS Beagle on a fiveyear surveying expedition of the southern Atlantic and Pacific oceans to gather knowledge of the flora, fauna and geology. This information proved invaluable in the development of his theory of evolution. ● On Dec. 22, 1849, writer Fyodor Dostoevsky is led before a firing squad but receives a last-minute reprieve and is sent to a Siberian labor camp, where he worked for four years. In 1866, he published “Crime and Punishment.” ● On Dec. 25, 1941, “White Christmas,” written by Irving Berlin, receives its world premiere on the NBC radio program, “The Kraft Music Hall.” The song went on to become one of the most commercially successful singles of all time. ● On Dec. 26, 1966, Jimi Hendrix writes the lyrics to “Purple Haze” -- the song that would give him his breakthrough hit in the United States. “Purple Haze” actually had relatively little commercial success as a single. It was Hendrix’s legendary, guitarburning live performance at the Monterey Pop Festival that established him as a star. SPORTS QUIZ 1. When was the last time the Chicago Cubs won a division time? 2. Who had been the fastest pitcher to reach 500 strikeouts before Texas’ Yu Darvish (401 2/3 innings) set the new mark in 2014? 3. In 2013, Tony Romo passed for 506 yards in a game, setting a new record for the Cowboys. Who had held the Dallas passing mark? 4. Which was the first school to be a 15th seed and beat a No. 2 seed in the men’s basketball NCAA Tournament? 5. Who holds the Chicago Blackhawks record for most postseason game-winning goals? 6. Entering 2015, how many consecutive years has a Chevrolet driver won NASCAR’s Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway? 7. Tennis player David Ferrer has won more than 20 singles titles, but has been in only one Grand Slam final. Which one was it, and to whom did he lose? ANSWERS 1. It was 2008 (Central Division). 2. The Chicago Cubs’ Kerry Wood (404 2/3 innings). 3. Don Meredith threw for 460 yards in a game in 1963. 4. The Richmond Spiders, in 1991 (beat No. 2 Syracuse). 5. Jonathan Toews, with 10. 6. Twelve years in a row. 7. The 2013 French Open, where he lost to Rafael Nadal. TRIVIA TEST 25 ● On Dec. 23, 1982, the Missouri Department of Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control inform residents of Times Beach, Missouri, that their town was contaminated when the chemical dioxin was sprayed on its unpaved roads, and that the town will have to be evacuated and demolished. In 1985, the city was officially unincorporated. ● It was American industrialist Jean Paul Getty who made the following sage obser- STRANGE BUT TRUE vation: “If you can count your money, you don’t have a billion dollars.” ● You’ve doubtless heard the term “bigwig” to refer to a person of importance, but you’ve probably never learned where the word originated. In the 18th century, King Louis XIV of France began wearing large wigs, and the fashion became a trend among the upper classes. At the time, wigs were made from human hair, which was very expensive to obtain; therefore, the larger the wig, the more hair was required and the more money the wearer had to spend to purchase it. ● In 1950, a patent was issued for a fork that automatically spins to wind spaghetti onto it. ● You might be surprised to learn that painter and sculptor Michelangelo was also a well-known poet in his day. ● Medieval times, it seems, were suspicious times. When nobles gathered for social events, each person would pour a little bit of wine from his or her own cup into the cups of others -- this was a way to ensure that no one was poisoning the drinks. The tradition continues today (with less suspicion, one would hope) when people clink glasses after toast. ● It wasn’t until 1933 that an act of Congress made the dime legal tender for all transactions. Before that, it could be used only if the item or items being purchased totaled less than $10. ● Besides being former U.S. presidents, what do George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams have in common? As adults, they all collected and played marbles avidly. THOUGHT FOR THE DAY “I’m all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let’s start with typewriters.” -- Frank Lloyd Wright PUZZLE ANSWERS 26 THE RIVER - DECEMBER 19, 2014 Key Vaca Shrimp 1½ pounds shrimp, peeled and deveined 1 teaspoon coriander, ground 1 teaspoon allspice, ground 1 tablespoon butter ½ teaspoon lime juice 2 teaspoons brown sugar 1 teaspoon pepper sauce In a bowl, combine shrimp, coriander and allspice. Set aside. Heat butter in a skillet over medium high heat and cook shrimp 3 to 4 minutes on both sides until opaque in the center. Add lime juice, sugar and pepper sauce to pan; stir until sugar is dissolved. Serve with toasted garlic bread and green salad. 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The fish will let you know when it’s ready to swim off. • Florida just recently changed the regulations on fishing from shore. Florida residents as well as out of state visitors need a fishing license to fish from shore. L 239-339-7988 www.joewirthconstruction.com Licensed & Insured cgc 1521967 FINANCIAL SERVICES FISHING CHARTER THE RIGHT INVESTMENTS IN YOUR IRA CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE. Jennifer L Basey Financial Advisor 1952-2 Park Meadows Dr Ft Myers, FL 33907 239-437-5900 Light Tackle Sport Fishing Tarpon p • Snook • Redfish & More CAPT. 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Non smoking, peaceful & quiet. ** 239-4720692 ** [email protected] ☼NS 12/19 CC TFN Residential Cleaning to Satisfaction Sanibel & Captiva • 239-565-0471 Sanibel Lic. #11412 Lee Co. Lic. #051047 ☼NS 1/4 PC TFN Please call for details 472-6747 RICHARD J. GARCIA, GRI, BROKER 239-472-5147 garciaonsanibel.com Looking for a Home in McGregor Woods ? C M F Y P T ISABELLA RASI (239) 246-4716 Offering Personal, Private, and Professional Real Estate Services on Sanibel and Captiva Islands. 30 Year Resident of Sanibel. Licensed in Florida, New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. ☼RS 9/26 CC TFN Gulf Beach Properties, Inc. Paul H. Zimmerman, Broker Serving The Islands Rental Needs Since 1975 ☼RS 12/19 BM TFN BIRDIE VIEW DRIVE Desirable Beachview lot overlooking the golf course Convenient to everything! RUE ROYALE Listen to the waves from your Chateaux Sur Mer property. Just steps to the beach access. BLUE CRAB COURT Overlook Dinkins Bayou and enjoy the dolphin and manatees. Homesite has a dock in place. Give me a call today! Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate 239-691-4915 ☼NS 12/12 CC 2/27 Email [email protected] FREE REAL ESTATE TOURS SCARNATO LAWN SERVICE Paul J. Morris, Broker VACATION RENTALS PROPERTY MANAGEMENT & SALES 359 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island 239-579-0511 Lawn Service, Shrubs and Tree Trimming Weeding, Installation of Plants, Trees and Mulch (one month free service available) Joe Scarnato (239) 849-6163 [email protected] ☼RS 1/4 CC TFN ☼RS 1/25 BM TFN ANNAUL RENTAL WANTED MOBILE DOG GROOMING ANNUAL RENTAL WANTED Self-Contained Trailer Up to 40 Lbs., Total Grooming, Package, Please call. 239-313-7140. RE/MAX OF THE ISLANDS Putting owners and tenants together Call Dustyn Corace www.remax-oftheislands.com 239-472-2311 ☼RS 1/4 BM TFN BUILD YOUR ISLAND DREAM HOME ON SANIBEL ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE REALTY Senior citizen female looking for yearly rental on Sanibel. No pets and non smoker. Call 239-472-1641 VACATION RENTAL ☼NS 12/12 CC 12/19 DOG TRAINING ON SANIBEL AND CAPTIVA Island Vacations Of Sanibel & Captiva Million $ Views Await You! • Cottages • Condos • Homes • Miles of Beaches & Bike Paths 239-472-7277 1-888-451-7277 ☼RS 1/4 BM TFN ☼RS 12/19 CC 1/9 SERVICES OFFERED AFFORDABLE HOME CARE Private Duty & Personal Assistant Flexible shifts from 4hrs, Live Ins & 24hrs Bath Visits,Alzheimer’s Care,Bedridden Stroke, Parkinson’s, Traveling Companion Licensed and Insured. 239-444-6914 In home obedience lessons or problem behaviors. Dog training in your home while you are away. Call for Obedience Classes Christine Wright. Certified Dog Trainer. 860-460-1845 [email protected] ☼NS 11/7 CC 12/26 ☼NS 11/28 CC TFN AMERICAN RESCREENING AVAILABLE JAN, FEB & MAR 2015 Newly remodeled vacation cottage. 2 bedrm 1 bath Walk to beach, East End Bright, Clean, Adorable non-smoking/ no pets Call Bob 410-913-2234 or [email protected] HOME/CONDO WATCH CONCIERGE SERVICES Dorado Property Management ❋ Island Resident ❋ Licensed & Insured ❋ 24/7 ❋ www.doradoproperty.com Pool cages and Lanais. No see-um screen or standard. Quality materials and workmanship. Buy American, Hire American. Call Bill at 239-841-9714 for a free estimate. ☼RS 11/28 CC 1/16 Call Lisa or Bruce at 239-472-8875 ☼RS 3/21 CC TFN ☼NS 12/12 CC TFN SANIBEL HOME WATCH Retired Police Captain Lives on Sanibel Will Check Your Home Weekly Very Reasonable Rates (239) 728-1971 1101 Periwinkle Way #105 Sanibel, FL 33957 ☼RS 3/21 NC TFN ☼RS 1/4 BM TFN FREE VACATION RENTAL ADVERTISING! Every Wednesday 10AM Departs from 2300 McGregor Blvd. one block north of the Edison Ford Winter Estates. FREE Subway lunch included. Call to register (239) 939-1145. Over 300 rentals to choose from! ☼NS 9/5 CC TFN TO PLACE A CLASSIFIED LOG ONTO: IslandSunNews.com ROGER NODRUFF ELECTRIC CLICK ON Lic# EC12002788. Call Roger 239-707-7203. Aqualink - Motor Controls. Office & Store Maint. PLACE CLASSIFIED ☼NS 11/21 CC 03/06 ☼RS 6/7 CC TFN ★ ★ ★ C L A S S I F I E D D E A D L I N E F R I DAY AT NOON ★ ★ ★ THE RIVER - DECEMBER 19, 2014 29 ★ ★ ★ CLASSIFIEDS ★ CLASSIFIEDS ★ ★ ★ HELP WANTED HELP WANTED OFFICE ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATIVE RECEPTIONIST PT, 20-24 hrs/wk Must know MS Word & Publisher min. 3 yrs. exp. (239) 472-0497 [email protected] ☼NS 12/19 CC 12/26 COMPUTER HELPDESK TECHNICIAN Sanibel Public Library - PT, professionaltechnical position. Experience working directly with public; MS Office, iPad & Windows experience required. Saturdays and evenings. Equal opportunity employer. Send resume electronically to: [email protected] sanlib.org. Questions on this positions, please call Cathy at (239) 472-2483. ☼NS 12/19 CC 12/26 Heidrick & Co. Insurance is seeking an experienced Administrative Receptionist for our fast-paced Sanibel office. We are seeking an individual with outstanding customer service skills, both on the phone and in person. She/he will be responsible for managing incoming calls on a multi-line phone system and providing clerical and administrative support to our team of six. Successful candidates must have professional office experience in a busy environment. Because this individual will be required to manage a number of projects simultaneously, with frequent interruptions, excellent organizational and time management skills are a must. A high proficiency in MS Office is also required. For consideration, please email a resume to [email protected] No phone calls please. WANTED TO BUY CASH PAID FOR MILITARY ITEMS Cash Paid For Old Military Items. Medals, Swords, Uniforms, helmets, old guns, awards & more. Local Toll Free 1-866-440-3280 SIMPLY BOUTIQUE IS HIRING FUN EXPERIENCED CUSTOMER SERVICE ORIENTED SALES HELP FOR LADIES BOUTIQUE. LOOKING FOR SALES ASSOCIATE WITH A PASSION FOR FASHION, GREAT ATTITUDE AND ABILITY TO ENHANCE THE SHOPPING EXPERIENCE FOR OUR CUSTOMERS. Season is here and we need Angels! Visiting Angels is looking for compassionate caregivers (CNA, HHA and Companions) for in-home care. Full and part time positions available. Please call 239-561-7600 DOCKAGE ANTIQUE WALNUT CARD TABLE (39”x38”) w. carved legs, 2 drop leaves, 1 drawer for cards. c1942 London. $475 incl. 2 chairs. Hourly, Daily, Weekly and Monthly. Captiva Island 472-5800 ☼RS 1/4 NC TFN WANTED: Reasonably-priced used tandem kayak, preferably with paddles. Call Anne at 472-6837. ☼NS 11/21 NC TFN GENEROUS DISCOUNT AND TOLLS PAID. CLEAN BACKGROUND CHECKS AND DRUG FREE ONLY NEED APPLY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED SOME EVENINGS + WEEKENDS REQUIRED SIMPLY BOUTIQUE 239-472-2224 PERIWINKLE PLACE The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum needs Education and Great Hall volunteers. No experience necessary, will train. Please contact Melanie at (239) 395-2233 ext 11. 15HP, 4-Stroke with less than 25 hours. Excellent for back bay fishing, island hopping. 5’ beam. Sturdy, light hull (230 lbs.) Electric Motor included. New Bimini top, newly refurbished trailer. $3,500. Call 239-691-7660. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED ☼NS 11/1 NC TFN VOLUNTEER/ JOB OPPORTUNITIES PAID volunteer opportunities to seniors, age 55 and over, to tutor/mentor children in elementary schools & after-school programs. Offering a stipend, mileage reimbursement, annual physical, holiday, vacation, and sick pay – all tax exempt. Providing struggling school children a chance to succeed in school, and offering opportunities that will last a lifetime. Call Joan at The Dr. Piper Center at 239-332-5346. POTTERY BARN TALLBOY DRESSER Selling $900 Mint. See Pottery Barn website to view ($1,399 retail). 19” Planar 1911M LCD computer monitor - $35 239-339-3781 ANTIQUE NAVAJO JEWELRY Year-round Sanibel art collector will sell Navajo turquoise & heishi necklaces w. najas; several Navajo sterling silver & turquoise cuffs. All c.1905-15 Provenance. 239-339-7087. ☼NS 12/12 CC 12/19 BOAT FOR SALE! 14’ SYLVAN SEA SNAPPER Volunteers needed for light general maintenance. Call (CHR) Community Housing & Resources, Inc. 472-1189. ☼NS 12/19 CC 12/19 ANTIQUES ☼NS 9/26 CC 12/26 ☼NS 12/19 CC 12/26 by Capt. Matt Mitchell MUST SELL! GIFT TO 92 YOUNG MAN WHO CANNOT RIDE. NEVER BEEN USED. $995 OR BEST OFFER. BOATS - CANOES - KAYAKS KAYAK WANTED COMPASSIONATE CAREGIVERS NEEDED! ELECTRIC HYBRID BIKE Shore Fishing: Don't Harm The Fish ☼RS 12/5 CC 2/27 ☼NS 12/12 CC 12/19 RETAIL SALES FOR SALE ☼NS 11/21 CC TFN ☼NS 7/11 NC TFN ENGLISH MAHOGANY DRESSER/ CHEST 1880’S Hand carved with MOP inlaid drawer pulls. Large, sturdy, fine example of English workmanship. Orig. price $4,000. -- will sell for $1,200. firm. 239-472-6623 (Sanibel) ☼NS 12/12 CC 12/26 L anding a big fish from the beach can be hard on the fish. Dragging a fish up onto the sand if you’re going to release it is not an option as it usually damages or kills the fish. • Hold the fish in the water while you unhook it if you’re going to release it. • The less you can touch a fish before release the better for the fish. • If you want a picture with the fish, support it as you lift it out of the water – and do it quickly. • Before releasing, revive the fish while holding it in the water; moving it slowly back and forth so water goes over its gills. The fish will let you know when it’s ready to swim off. • Florida just recently changed the regulations on fishing from shore. Florida residents as well as out of state visitors need a fishing license to fish from shore. SEASONAL TRANSPORTATION VOLUNTEERS NEEDED DR. PIPER’S FAITH IN ACTION PROGRAM Senior Volunteers needed to transport the elderly who need a ride to the Doctor, Dentist, pharmacy, dialysis or grocery shopping. Volunteers drive clients only when it fits in with their schedules, and are located in same ZIP code. The reward is in knowing you helped someone remain independent. Make a difference in your community and put your time and talents to use. Call Leslie Jander at 239-332-5346 at The Dr. Piper Center for Social Services, Inc. ☼NS 11/21 NC TFN ☼NS 1/17 NC TFN ★ ★ ★ C L A S S I F I E D D E A D L I N E F R I DAY AT NOON ★ ★ ★ 30 THE RIVER - DECEMBER 19, 2014 SUDOKU To play Sudoku: Complete the grid so that every row, column and every 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 through 9 (the same number cannot appear more than once in a row, column or 3x3 box.) There is no guessing and no math involved, just logic. answer on page 27 Pets Of The Week ARTS Alliance for the Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 939-2787 Arts For ACT Gallery & Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 337-5050 Art League Of Fort Myers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 275-3970 Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 481-4849 BIG ARTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 395-0900 Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 278-4422 Cultural Park Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 772-5862 Edison Festival of Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 334-2999 Florida Repertory Theatre at the Arcade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 332-4488 Florida West Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 948-4427 Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 288-2535 Gulf Coast Symphony . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 489-1800 Harmony Chorus, Charles Sutter, Pres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 481-8059 Naples Philharmonic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 239-597-1111 The Schoolhouse Theater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 472-6862 SW Florida Symphony . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 418-0996 Theatre Conspiracy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 936-3239 Young Artists Awards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 574-9321 CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS H ello, my name is Hector. I’m a 2-year-old neutered male black and tan Rottweiler. I’m not so big as Rottweilers go, but I’m every bit as handsome. My needs are simple really – I just want to be someone’s best companion. Whether you’re a girl and want a big handsome guy around or you’re a dude and want a dog to do guy stuff with, I promise to be the best buddy you ever had. Draw a coupon from Animal Services’ Christmas stocking for a discount off my regular adoption fee of $75. Hello, my name is Merlin. I’m a 5-month-old neutered male black domestic short hair. I probably don’t need to go on about how tuxedo cats are a little smarter than your average cat, not to mention how striking we look in our black and white suits. Yup, we’re pretty magical, so that’s how I got my name! Draw a coupon from Animal Services’ Christmas stocking for a discount off my regular adoption fee of $75. For information about this week’s pets, call 533-7387 (LEE-PETS) or log on to Animal Services’ website at www. LeeLostPets.com. When calling, refer to the animal’s ID number. The website updates every hour so you will be able to see if these or any other pets are still available. The shelter is open for adoptions from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The shelter is located at 5600 Banner Drive in Fort Myers, next to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office off Six Mile Cypress Parkway. All adoptions include spay/neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, rabies vaccination and county license if three months or older, flea treatment, worming, heartworm test for dogs six months and over, feline AIDS and leukemia test for cats, training DVD, 10-day health guarantee and a bag of Science Diet pet food. The adoption package is valued at $500. Emergency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 911 Lee County Sheriff’s Offi ce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 477-1200 Florida Marine Patrol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 332-6966 Florida Highway Patrol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 278-7100 Poison Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-282-3171 HealthPark Medical Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-936-5321 Ft. Myers Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 332-3624 Foundation for Quality Childcare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 425-2685 Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 454-7500 Fort Myers Beach Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 463-9691 Lakes Regional Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 533-4000 Lee County Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 931-0931 Post Offi ce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-275-8777 Visitor & Convention Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 338-3500 Angel Flight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-877-4AN-ANGEL Animal Refuge Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 731-3535 American Business Women Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 357-6755 Audubon of SWFL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 339-8046 Audubon Society . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 472-3156 Caloosahatchee Chapter DAR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 482-1366 Caloosahatchee Folk Society . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 321-4620 Cape Chorale Barbershop Chorus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-855-425-3631 Cape Coral Stamp Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 542-9153 duPont Company Retirees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 454-1083 Edison Porcelain Artists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 415-2484 Embroiderers Guild of America - Sea Grape Chapter . . . . . . . 239-267-1990 FM UDC Chapter 2614 - United Daughters of the Confederacy . . . 728-3743 Friendship Force Of SW FL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 561-9164 Horticulture and Tea Society . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 472-8334 Horticultural Society . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 472-6940 Lee County Genealogical Society . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 549-9625 Lee Trust for Historic Preservation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 939-7278 NARFE(National Active & Retired Federal Employees . . . . . . . . . 482-6713 Navy Seabees Veterans of America . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 731-1901 Paradise Iowa Club of SWFL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 667-1354 Sons of Confederate Veterans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 332-2408 Southwest Florida Fencing Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 939-1338 Southwest Florida Music Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .561-2118 Kiwanis Clubs: Hector ID# 601934 Fort Myers Beach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 765-4254 or 454-8090 Fort Myers Edison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 694-1056 Fort Myers South . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 691-1405 Gateway to the Islands. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 415-3100 Iona-McGregor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 482-0869 Lions Clubs: Fort Myers Beach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 463-9738 Fort Myers High Noon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 466-4228 Estero/South Fort Myers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 898-1921 Notre Dame Club of Lee County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 768-0417 POLO Club of Lee County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 477-4906 Rotary Club of Fort Myers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 332-8158 Sanibel-Captiva Orchid Society . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 472-6940 United Way of Lee County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 433-2000 United Way 211 Helpline (24 hour) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .211 or 433-3900 AREA ATTRACTIONS Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 395-2233 Burrough’s Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 337-9505 Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 275-3435 Edison & Ford Winter Estates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 334-3614 Fort Myers Skate Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 321-7558 Imaginarium Hands-On Museum & Aquarium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 321-7420 JN “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .472-1100 Koreshan State Historic Site . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .239-992-0311 Langford Kingston Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 239-334-2550 Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 765-8101 Skatium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .321-7510 Southwest Florida Historical Society . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 939-4044 Southwest Florida Museum of History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 321-7430 True Tours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 945-0405 Merlin ID# 599116 To be listed in calling card email your information to: [email protected] THE RIVER - 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