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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
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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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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 marianne@
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.
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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
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America’s Boating Course Offered By
San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron
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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.
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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
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Myers Brettholz employees at the Messina Center
Local Company Participates
In United Way Day Of Caring
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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 rkw1965@
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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Scrapbook Papers
Children’s Crafts
Art Supplies
Shell Crafts
Gifts
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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.
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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.
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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
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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,
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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. If you have comments or questions email [email protected]
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CROW Case Of The Week:
Cat Attack
by Patricia Molloy
A
s the most commonly
seen mammal east of
the Mississippi River, the
Eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carlinensis) delights watchers with its
playful antics. They scurry along
telephone lines before leaping
through the air and landing on
the nearest tree limb. They are
known to chatter loudly to warn
their furry friends of the impending danger posed by a prowling tomcat or a family
dog.
Despite their name, gray squirrels may have coats
of varying colors: reddish, cream and black. 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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Plant Smart
Foxtail Fern
by Gerri Reaves
F
oxtail fern (Protasparagus densiflorus var. Myersii)
originates in South Africa and is not really a fern at
all.
Other common names for this member of the lily family include Myer’s asparagus, cat’s tail asparagus, basket
asparagus, and emerald fern.
This perennial herb closely resembles its highly invasive
relative, asparagus, or Sprenger’s, fern (Asparagus aethiopicus), which is listed as a category-1 invasive species by
the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council.
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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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]
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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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]
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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 lwvlee@
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-
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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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1. MATH: What is the Arabic equivalent of the Roman numerals MMDLVII?
2. LITERATURE: Who wrote the story “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”?
3. TELEVISION: What superhero pops up repeatedly in episodes of the “Seinfeld” sitcom series?
4. INVENTIONS: Who is credited with inventing the electric razor?
5. MOVIES: What was Forrest Gump’s home state?
6. MUSIC: What group performed the hit “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone”?
7. CHEMISTRY: What is the symbol for the element tungsten?
8. GEOGRAPHY: What modern European country was called Lusitania in Roman
times?
9. 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.
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● 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
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THE RIVER - DECEMBER 19, 2014
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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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PUZZLE ANSWERS
SUDOKU
FIND AT LEAST SIX DIFFERENCES BETWEEN PANELS
SCRAMBLERS
answer on page 27
PROFESSIONAL DIRECTORY
GENERAL CONTRACTOR
COMPUTERS
Shore Fishing:
Joe Wirth General Contractor
When Its’ Wirth Having It Done Right!
Don't Harm The Fish
Joe Wirth
by Capt. Matt Mitchell
Certified General Contractor
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.
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. MATT
MATT MI
MITCHELL
TCHELL
To learn about the benefits of an
Edward Jones IRA, call or visit today.
www.edwardjones.com
Member SIPC
USCG
Licensed
& Insured
C: (239) 340-8651
www.captmattmitchell.com
email: [email protected]
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★ ★ ★ CLASSIFIEDS ★ CLASSIFIEDS ★ ★ ★
REAL ESTATE
REAL ESTATE
ANNUAL RENTAL
VACATION RENTAL
SERVICES OFFERED
FOR SALE BY OWNER
$699,000
GARCIA REAL ESTATE
AND CONSULTING
ANNUAL RENTALS
FULL SEASON
JAN, FEB & MAR 2015
HELLE’S CLEANING SERVICES
3 Bedroom 2 Bath renovated ranch (08)
East Rocks. Pool w newer lanai,
granite and stone counter tops, tile floors.
call 732-778-8367 for info.
ACROSS FROM BEACH
This Executive home, is located
on the East end, offers 3BR/2BA plus
private pool, on a canal with dock
and across from the beach.
A Must See!! $4,500/mo
☼NS 9/26 CCTFN
400 Foot Walk to West Gulf best shelling
beach. 3 bdrms, 2 ba, 1600 sunny sq. ft.
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
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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: resume@
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
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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
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