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JANUARY 9, 2015
Museum Commemorates Battle
Of Fort Myers 150th Anniversary
Bluegrass band Southwind will perform on January 11 at the Alliance for the Arts
Acoustic Music In The Alliance Theater
Battle Of Fort Myers
o commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Myers (February
20, 1865), the Southwest Florida Museum of History is hosting a special exhibit featuring items including framed documents, three interactive exhibits, artillery, letters, medical surgical kits, Confederate money, a ceremonial sword.
In Florida in the Civil War, discover how Florida overcame adversity to ship salt and
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Rebecca Constant
Gibson Bastar
Daniel Benson
Samuel Bishop
Edison Pageant Of Light Celebrates
The 77th Royal Court Of Edisonia
ast week, the Edison Pageant of Light announced the 2015 Royal Court of
Edisonia. The mythical realm began over 77 years ago as a way to commemorate the great inventor Thomas Alva Edison.
The Royal Court participates in a King and Queen’s Ball, which raises funds for community outreach, the Coronation Ball where a king and queen are crowned, and adorn
the Royal Float in the Edison Festival of Light Grand Parade.
The king and queen of The Royal Court serve the realm for a year. The current king
and queen, respectively, are Hunter Logan, son of Karol Williams and Todd Williams,
and Brittany Ann Brinson, daughter of Donald and Ann Brinson.
Below are the prince and princesses of the Royal Court of Edisonia, as chosen by
members of the Edison Pageant of Light and the Fort Myers Woman’s Community
James (Jay) Keith Arnold, Jr., son of Keith and Maureen Arnold
Matthew Alexander Barrett, son of William and Lisa Barrett
Jacob Bair Diamond, son of David and Nancy Diamond
Johnathan Jacobie Fischer, son of Johnnie and Audria Fischer
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 concert features bluegrass acts Southwind and the John Stey
Band, and blues guitarist Frank Corso.
Tickets are $8 at the door, or $6 for Alliance members. Seating is open and first
come, first served. Children 12 and under are admitted free if accompanied by an adult.
Pre-sale tickets are not available. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. The Sunday afternoon concert series continues through March. Visit www.ArtInLee.org or call 939-2787 for more
information. To learn more about the Acoustic Music Society of Southwest Florida, visit
The Alliance for the Arts is located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard, just south of
Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers.
Alyssa Collier
Jacob Diamond
Emily Campbell
JJ Cantisano
Joshua Lee Hendry, son of Cynthia Hendry and Brett A. Edens
Brandan Anthony Lynn Pendergrass, son of Cecil and Jody Pendergrass
Dustin Shane Sage, son of Joel Sage
Stanley (SAS) Alan Stouder, son of Stanley and Colleen Stouder
William Jared Zipperer, son of Douglas and Catherine Zipperer
Gina McKenzie Clarke, daughter of Richard and Sharon Clarke
Emma Lee Clinger, daughter of John and Rusti Clinger
Meghan Michelle Collins, daughter of David and Christin Collins and Jeannette and
Dave Farr
Elizabeth Cady Doragh, daughter of Peter and Cyndi Doragh
Parker Kathleen Gilmore, daughter of the late Lee Gilmore Bryant and Gary Bryant
Nicole Lindsey Globetti, daughter of John and Karen Globetti
Megan Lela Griffin, daughter of Gary and Julie Griffin
Lindsay Marie Hoop, daughter of George and Lisa Hoop
Jenna Kathleen Meredith, daughter of John and Donna Meredith
Here are the newly elected dukes and duchesses of the Royal Court of Edisonia, as
chosen by the Edison Pageant of Light and the Fort Myers Woman’s Community Club.
They serve a year before becoming princes and princesses:
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Historic Downtown Fort Myers, Then And Now:
A Decade Ago At First And Broadway
by Gerri Reaves, PhD
ince the latest wave of downtown redevelopment began
in earnest more than a decade ago, the River District has
come a long way in its plan to make Fort Myers a pedestrian-friendly place where people can live, work and play.
The spark for this renewed energy can perhaps be traced to
1990, when the Fort Myers Downtown Commercial District was
listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
By the early 2000s, the redevelopment of core downtown
was gaining momentum, especially along First Street. And, despite the economic downturn that hit in 2008, by the end of the
decade, the business district was visually transformed.
The renowned city planner Andres Duany had visited Fort Myers in 2001, and the
city subsequently adopted his plan. Historic buildings are one of the greatest assets in a
New-Urbanist vision such as his for the city.
The re-purposing of historic structures not only preserves the essential charm of a
place, but makes good business sense as well.
Regular events such as Art Walk, established several years ago, helped people from
all over Southwest Florida discover historic downtown. One by one, historic structures
were renovated and the business district perked up.
These photos of the 1927 SH Kress Building, taken about 10 years apart, illustrate
the principle that historic restoration goes hand-in-hand with economic revitalization.
In the early 2000s, the 22,000-square-foot Kress Building on the southwest corner
of First and Broadway underwent a complete interior and exterior renovation.
New businesses, streetscaping and general activity have changed the intersection over the
last decade. In the Kress Building, Starbuck’s anchors the corner at street level and offices
occupy the upper floors.
photos by Gerri Reaves
The process involved a complete gutting of the building and the elimination of nonhistoric elements. Rear doorways were added, too, opening into a courtyard featuring
the ceramic-tile mural Fort Myers, An Alternative History by Dr. Barbara Jo Revelle
on the Federal Courthouse wall.
The result was retail space on the street level and office space on the upper floors.
Originally built during the 1920s boom, the three-story brick commercial building
had been a joint venture of LC Curtright, John Morgan Dean and Frank C. Alderman.
It cost $136,000 and opened in December 1, 1927.
SH Kress & Co. held a 50-year lease.
It was the last structure on the west side of Broadway to go up on the street that
had opened less than three years before.
Constructed around a steel skeleton, the Kress Building was built to last. The 5-1025 cent stores were known for good construction and lavish architectural and interiordesign details.
Many former Kress stores throughout the country are now designated historic
Note the Kress name at the center rooflines facing the streets.
Once Kress vacated the building, it housed many types of businesses and offices.
For example, in 1970, a “fine arts” shop was there, and as late the mid-1990s, a
travel agency occupied the prime corner.
Today, Starbuck’s occupies the street-level corner. The entrance to the second- and
third-floor offices faces Broadway.
Walk down to First and Broadway and appreciate the Kress Building and its role in
downtown business life since 1927.
Then stroll over to the Southwest Florida Museum of History at 2031 Jackson
Street, where you can see Kress’s construction photos from start to finish.
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In 2005, the 1927 Kress Building at First and Broadway was finishing up a restoration
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Fort Myers Public Art:
Biolchini Work
Included In
Female Portrait
by Tom Hall
n exhibit
March in the
Cottage at the
Edison & Ford
Winter Estates,
the Fort Myers
Founding Females
portrait exhibition is designed to introduce to area
residents and visitors the names, faces
and stories of some of Fort Myers’ most
prominent female leaders, civic activists,
philanthropists and entrepreneurs.
One of the area artists who is involved
in this effort by rendering a portrait of
Mina Edison is Greg Biolchini. Biolchini
is not a Founding Females portraitist
per se, but host Edison & Ford Winter
Estates has graciously loaned his studio-
Artist Greg Biolchini
style rendering of Mina Edison for the
Born near Chicago in 1948,
Biolchini’s weekend trips to the Chicago
Art Institute ignited his creative fires at
an early age. Although he believed the
great masters like John Singer Sargent
were beyond his reach, he nevertheless
strove to develop his talent and propensity for painting, drawing inspiration after
his family relocated to Southwest Florida
from the natural world all around him.
He apprenticed with portrait painter
David Phillip Wilson, and took courses
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with Do sistance
at the Ringling School of Art, and
through a combination of dogged
determination and perseverance, he
became over time a nationally celebrated artist and Master Pastelist.
Since 1975, Biolchini has shown
in more than 30 solo exhibitions
and has been included in countless
group exhibitions across the county.
His numerous awards and honors include the Grumbacher Gold
Medalian, a 2001 Best of Show in
the annual Wildlife Competition and
inclusion in three Arts For The Parks
nationwide touring exhibitions in
2001, 2002 and 2004. In 2006, he
was named Visual Artist of the Year
by the Alliance’s Angels for the Arts.
Biolchini has also been featured in
books such as The Art of Pastel
Portraiture and The Best of Pastel,
and local magazines and newspapers
including Gulfshore Life, Aesthetix
Magazine, Times of the Islands,
Happenings Magazine, Island Sun,
The River Weekly News, Breeze
Newspapers, Artspeak, Fort Myers
Magazine and Lee Living Magazine.
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weekly walking tours of the River
District’s public art collection in Fort
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Edison Pageant Of Light
Gibson Nettles Bastar, son of Terri Destoppelaire and Richard Bastar
Daniel Erik Benson, son of Lowell and Karen Benson
Samuel Christopher Bishop, son of Stacey Bishop-Cline and the late William
John Joseph Cantisano, son of Chip and Lynn Cantisano
Bryant Randolph Cole, son of Chuck and Anne Cole
Edward (Trey) Francis Dougherty III, son of Ed and Verella Dougherty
Jason Hunter Phillips, son of Frank and Gina Phillips
Brian Andrew Richards, son of Andy and Kelly Richards
Shane Eric Sabiston II, son of Shane Sabiston and Tracy Burden
Jacob Christian Taminosian, son of Steve and Patty Taminosian
Emily Jane Campbell, daughter of Jeff and Anne Campbell
Alyssa Michelle Collier, daughter of Michael and Robin Collier
Rebecca Marie Constant, daughter of John and Alissa Constant
Kaitlyn (Kaitie) Alyssa-Ashleigh Cross, daughter of Louis and Scarlett Cross
Alexandria (Alex) Carlton Edwards, daughter of Charles and Charlotte Edwards
Jenna Marie Elliott, daughter of Jerry and Jackie Elliott
Joy Allyson Hendry, daughter of Cynthia Hendry and Allen Hoffacker
Emily Zoe Hunt, daughter of John and Kim Hunt
Whitney Hendry Letourneau, daughter Michael and Stephanie Letourneau
Alexis Leigh Macdermott, daughter of Kimberly Storch and Roy Macdermott
Kiersten Michelle Royal, daughter of Dan and Mary Royal
Rachel Anne Zipperer, daughter of Douglas and Catherine Zipperer
A new king and queen will be crowned at the Coronation Ball on February 20 at
Harborside Event Center in Fort Myers. Pageant royalty also ride in the Edison Festival
of Light’s Grand Parade on February 21.
Kaitie Cross
Trey Dougherty Sr.
Jenna Elliott
Dustin Sage
Bryant Cole
Jenna Meredith
Jonathan Fischer
Nicole Globetti
Meghan Collins
Alexis Macdermott
Whitney Letourneau
Rachel Zipperer
Lindsay Hoop
Megan Griffin
Matthew Barrett
Shane Sabiston II
Jacob Taminosian
Emily Hunt
Parker Gillmore
Jason Phillips
Brian Richards
Kiersten Royal
Stanley Stouter
Gina Clarke
Joy Hendry
Jay Arnold
Alexandria Edwards
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William Zipperer
Mystery Walk Launches 2015 Season
he River District Alliance will host
the first Mystery Walk extravaganza of 2015, the Wild Wild
West, on Friday, January 9 at 6 p.m. in
the historic downtown Fort Myers River
There will be entertainment by five
bands, Blackwater, Jeff Rosebush Band,
The Gladezmen, Buckshot and Swamp
Rats. Activities will include Fiero the Art
of Fire, Dance & Light; live speed painting; Aerodynamics Aerial Team performing Silks & Hoop; mechanical bull rides;
rodeo clowns bullfighting; The Dixie
Roadhouse Dancers; best dressed cowboy
and cowgirl contest; cowboy stilt walker;
and magic shows on the streets
Mystery Walk is the third Friday night
series to join the downtown social scene,
and is free.
The River District Alliance is a 501(c)3
dedicated to promoting and enhancing
the development of the Historic River
District as a hub of economic social activity.
For more information, go to www.fortmyersriverdistrictalliance.com.
Park & Ride Lot Is Closed Temporarily
As Wal-Mart Construction Begins
he Park & Ride lot used by passengers taking the LeeTran trolley to Fort
Myers Beach will close starting Wednesday, January 7, due to construction
of a new Wal-Mart store.
The land, formerly a shopping center known as Summerlin Square, is located
at the southeast corner of the intersection of Summerlin Road and San Carlos
Instead of parking at that location, drivers should continue south on San Carlos
Boulevard, turn right on Main Street and park in the county-owned lot on the left
side, says Betsy Clayton, LeeTran spokeswoman.
LeeTran had used the Summerlin Square parking lot since 1987. When WalMart purchased the site, LeeTran was allowed to continue its use until construction
“We have been looking for an interim location for months, but haven’t yet found
a landowner interested in a short-term lease,” said Steve Myer, transit director.
“We’re continuing to explore short-term options and will keep the community notified as that process progresses.”
Considerations of safety and ADA-access are involved in the selection of a suitable site, he explained.
In the meantime, LeeTran will place a supervisor at the former Park & Ride location to assist with transfers and directions to the alternate parking site.
For the latest informations, LeeTran riders and beach-goers can call 533-8726
and press option 1 or check http://www.rideleetran.com.
Longterm, LeeTran has a contract to purchase a nearby 5.5-acre parcel of land
at 11101 Summerlin Square Drive for a permanent location.
Pancake Breakfast
n Sunday, January 11, the Bayside Men’s Club hosts its first monthly pancake breakfast of the season from 8 to 11 a.m. in the Bayside Recreation
Hall. There will be all-you-can-eat pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, coffee and orange juice for the cost of $5. For an additional $2, guests may order
a freshly-made omelet. Pancake breakfasts will also be served February 8 and
March 8.
Bayside Estates is off San Carlos Boulevard, just south of Pine Ridge Road. Signs
are at both entrances. For more information, call Ken Wescoat at 609-226-9955.
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Battle Of Fort Myers
beef to the Confederacy and how the
state’s citizens survived the Union blockade of its coastline. Visitors can try on
uniforms, hear music of the era, listen to
letters exchanged between a soldier and his
wife and make choices about difficult situations they may have faced during those
tumultuous times.
The exhibit runs January 10 through
April 4 at the Southwest Florida Museum
of History, 2031 Jackson St., Fort Myers.
For details, call 321-7430
The Patriot and the Widow
Southwest Florida author and naval historian Robert N. Macomber will share the
touching story of a pro-Union couple on
One of the exhibits at the museum
Useppa Island and the sacrifices they made
in a presentation titled The Patriot and the Widow. Macomber’s books centering on
Florida during the Civil War will be available for purchase and signing.
It will take place Thursday, February 26, at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person.
Come early to experience the new exhibit or purchase a discounted ticket for $5 for a
return visit.
For reservations call 321-7430 or email [email protected] Space is limited;
reservations are required.
Battle Reenactment
A special event will feature reenactment of camp life by the 2nd Infantry Regiment
USCT Reenactment Unit and Living History Association. It will include children’s activities and artifacts and is slated for Saturday, February 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
It will take place at the Lee County Black History Museum and Clemente Park,
1938 Henderson Avenue, Fort Myers. Admission is free. It is being coordinated by
Florida Public Archaeology Network and Lee County Black History Society
About the Battle of Fort Myers
The Battle of Fort Myers was fought on February 20, 1865. Abandoned following the Third Seminole War, Fort Myers was reoccupied by Union soldiers in January
1864 to confiscate livestock from regional cattle ranches to prevent the shipment of
beef to the Confederate States Army. It also was used as a refugee center for escaped
slaves and Union sympathizers. The fort was garrisoned by the 2nd Florida Cavalry, a
company of the 110th New York Volunteer Infantry, and the D and I Companies of
black soldiers of the 2nd Regiment, United States Colored Troops.
The battle broke out when elements of the Confederate Cattle Guard Battalion
(“Cow Cavalry’) demanded the fort to surrender. The demand was refused, leading
to the exchange of fire. The Confederates withdrew after dark and returned to Fort
Thompson (present-day LaBelle) where they had been protecting cattle. Casualties
were light on both sides.
Author To Offer Water Journey
During ‘Ding’ Darling Lecture
n his new book, The Peace of Blue: Water Journeys, award-winning nature writer Bill Belleville takes readers on a lyrical journey to the natural places in Florida
and the Caribbean that have been forged and shaped by water. He will present
two programs about the book beginning at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday, January
16 in the free “Ding” Darling Visitor & Education Center on Sanibel Island.
Belleville’s seventh book affirms the vitality of water in our lives by showing the
many ways in which water-driven landscapes nurture plants, wildlife and the human
spirit. The author has scripted and produced films for PBS and radio documentaries
for NPR and has written more than 1,000 articles and essays. He has won top honors
from the National Outdoor Book Awards, and Library Journal named an earlier title,
Losing It All To Sprawl, “one of the best books of the year.”
Following his presentations, Belleville will sign copies of his book, which is available
for purchase in the Refuge Nature Store, all proceeds of which benefit refuge conservation and education programs.
Admission is free to the lectures, which are sponsored by The Sanibel Captiva Trust
Company and “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS), as part
of the latter’s 14-week Friday Lecture Series.
Funding for this program was also provided through a grant from the Florida
Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed do not necessarily
represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the
Future events are listed below; all lectures include two presentations at 10 a.m. and
1 p.m.
As usual, Wildlife Drive is closed on Friday, but visitors are welcome to enjoy the
free Visitor & Education Center and the recreational opportunities at Tarpon Bay
Explorers, the refuge’s official concessionaire located at its Tarpon Bay Recreation
For more information on the lecture series, call 472-1100 ext. 241 or visit www.
Upcoming “Ding” Darling Lecture Series events:
(*Book-signings will follow all starred presentations)
*January 23 – Author/photographer Mac Stone, Everglades: America’s Wetland
*January 30 – Author Neville Williams, Our Solar-Powered Future
*February 6 – Author Jeff Klinkenberg, Alligator in B Flat
*February 13 – Authors Don and Lillian Stokes, Beautiful Birds of Sanibel
*February 20 – No lecture (volunteer
*February 27 – Author Gary Monroe,
The Highwaymen
March 6 – Sarah Adams, Memories of
My Grandfather, Ansel Adams
*March 13 – Author Frederick “Fritz”
Davis, Banned: A History of Pesticides
and the Science of Toxicology
*March 20 – Author Marie Read, Into
the Nest: Intimate Views of the Courting,
Parenting, and Family Lives of Birds
*March 27 – Peggy MacDonald,
Marjorie Harris Carr: Defender of Florida
April 3 – Jeremy Conrad, Sea Turtles
April 10 – Jerry Lorenz, The Beauty &
Science of Roseate Spoonbills
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Tickets Go On Sale For Southwest
Florida And Lee County Fair
pring is just around the corner and
in sunny Southwest Florida, that
means it’s almost time for the fair.
The 91st annual Southwest Florida & Lee
County Fair opens Thursday, February 26
and runs through Sunday, March 8. The
popular Mega Pass is on sale now, along
with advanced gate admission tickets.
Ticket information can be found at www.
Livestock and creative arts are considered the heart of the fair. Livestock exhibitors must register in the fall and keep a
complete record book of their project and
compete in shows and competitions pertaining to their animals throughout the fair.
Creative Living and Horticulture registrations are still being accepted, and online
registration is encouraged. Entry dates and
times, pre-registration, age categories and
general rules can be found www.swflcfair.
Lee County Fair
This year, there will be new shows for
the family, a hay bale decorating contest
and a Glue a Shoe contest.
The Fair that boasts it has been “making memories since 1924” is getting ready to
bring new rides, great livestock events and a spectacular range of shows and demonstrations.
For information and tickets visit the website at www.swflcfair.com or www.leeciviccenter.com
The fair is held on the grounds of the Lee County Civic Center on Bayshore Road
in North Fort Myers. It is dedicated to promoting agricultural, horticultural, creative arts
and educational opportunities while providing quality entertainment for the citizens of
the area. The fair is recognized as a 501(C)3 non-profit educational organization by
the federal government and the State of Florida.
The Southwest Florida Symphony
Major Fundraiser
he Southwest Florida Symphony, Fort Myers’ only professional symphony
and the oldest symphony orchestra in Southwest Florida, will hold its major
fundraiser on Tuesday, January 13.
It will be a luncheon and fashion show at The Forest Country Club with fashions
by Bell Tower Shops, Fort Myers.
Lunch will be Chicken & Wild Mushroom Crepes, coffee and dessert. A vegetarian and/or gluten free menu is available upon request with reservation. A cash bar
will be available
The event begins at 10:30 a.m. when auction items will be displayed and tickets
will be sold by Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott
Cost is $50 per person. For reservations, contact Jean Marie West at 458-9622.
Payments will be accepted using either credit card, check or cash.
Family Movie Nights At The Alliance
utdoor Family Movie Nights
return to the Alliance for the Arts
on Friday, January 9 at 7 p.m.
with a screening of The Life of Pi. Bring
your lawn chairs, blankets and coolers
and enjoy this Academy Award-winning
film under the stars with your family and
The Life of Pi tells the story of a
young man who is hurtled into an epic
adventure of journey and discovery after
surviving a disaster at sea. While cast
away, he forms an unexpected connection
with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal
The Outdoor Family Movie Night series continues on Friday, February 6 at 7
p.m. with Charlotte’s Web, on Friday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. with Mr. Popper’s
Penguins, and concludes on Friday, April 10 at 8 p.m. with Fern Gully: The Last
Rainforest. A suggested $5 family donation helps ensure continued free family programming at the Alliance. Support for Family Movie Night generously provided by
Briers CPA, DinoLingo.com Language Learning Programs for Kids, Internet Services
Group of Florida (ISG), Pediatric Dentistry of Fort Myers-Dr. Tim Verwest, Riverside
Realty, Staging Matters and Winged Foot Title.
The Alliance for the Arts is located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard, just south of
Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers.
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Step back in time at the Medieval Faire this weekend at Lakes Regional Park, Fort Myers
Popular local band High Tide plays on Friday night at Times Square on Fort Myers Beach
eginning Friday, January 9, the Cultural Park Theatre in Cape Coral
has Monty Python’s Spamalot. It runs through January 25.
Monty Python’s Spamalot is the outrageous musical comedy lovingly
ripped off from the cult classic film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It tells the
story of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their
quest for the Holy Grail.
Cultural Park Theatre is located at 528 Cultural Park Boulevard, Cape Coral.
For more information, call 772-5862 or go to www.culturalparktheater.com.
Heading to Fort Myers Beach this weekend? Enjoy live music at Times Square
during the Sunset Celebration. Local bands play every Friday and Saturday evenings from 5 to 10 p.m., weather permitting. There is no charge to attend.
On Friday, January 9, popular cover band High Tide will entertain the crowd
with rock, reggae and R&B. The following evening, it’s Troublemakerz from Fort
Myers playing classic rock, modern rock, dance and country.
For more information about the weekly Sunset Celebration, call 463-5900.
On Saturday and Sunday, the Riverdale Kiwanis presents its annual Medieval
Faire from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Lakes Regional Park, Fort Myers. It returns on the
weekend of January 17 and 18. The two-weekend event is expected to draw over
15,000 attendees.
The faire features jousting, live chess match, live sword fighting, royal court,
children’s games and rides, jugglers, magicians, minstrels, period food and medieval
themed merchants. Entertainment is provided by professional touring medieval faire
Tickets are available the day of the faire. Adult tickets are $15 and children (age
five to 11) are $5. Free on-site parking is available. All profits go to the Kiwanis
of Riverdale Foundation Fund to support local programs including Thanksgiving
baskets for the needy, Christmas dinners, Buckingham Exceptional School, Orange
River Elementary, Sunshine Elementary, school grants and scholarships.
For more information about the Riverdale Kiwanis Medieval Faire, visit www.
Medieval-faire.com. For group ticket information, call Sandy Wheeler at 369-6881.
The first Downtown Bike Night of the year is on Saturday, January 10 in the
historic Fort Myers River District. The event is free to the public.
Hundreds of bikes, vendors and live music will line the streets of the historic
downtown Fort Myers River District from 6 to 10 p.m. Lazy Bonz will perform on
the main stage and Half Step Down on the second.
For more information, contact Pam Lemmerman at 849-1380.
On Sunday, the Acoustic Music Society of Southwest Florida presents three
hours of live music at Lee County Alliance for the Arts. Bluegrass in the
Theatre features bluegrass acts Southwind and the John Stey Band, and blues guitarist Frank Corso. Tickets are $8 at the door, or $6 for Alliance members. Doors
open at 1:30 p.m. Seating is first come, first served. Concert runs from 2 to 5
Alliance for the Arts is located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers. For
more information, call 939-2787 or go to www.artinlee.org.
On Tuesday, January 13, Shell Point Retirement Community presents the
Southwest Florida Symphony: Simply Classics. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and
tickets are $20.
In the late 18th century, Vienna was the glittering musical capital of Europe.
Join Maestro Nir Kabaretti and the Southwest Florida Symphony as they perform
music by three of Vienna’s brightest stars. Joseph Haydn, known as the father of
the symphony, also was a prolific opera composer, and Overture to Armida is
one of his most delightful works. Wolfgang Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A Major,
K.488 is one of his greatest. The brilliant pianist Andrew Armstrong will scale
the heights and plumb the depths of this rich and emotionally complex work.
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 begins with the same melodic outline as his legendary Fifth, but the two symphonies are a world apart. There are no storm clouds
here; the Fourth, one of Beethoven’s happiest creations, is brimming with fun and
the joy of song and dance.
Shell Point Retirement Community is located at 15101 Shell Point Boulevard,
Fort Myers. For more information, call 454-2147 or go to www.shellpoint.org.
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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 is
served on the weekends.
12984 S. Cleveland Avenue, Fort
Myers. Call 433-4449.
Courtney’s is a family business run by
Executive Chef Dale, his wife Betty and
their son, Courtney.
The warm and welcoming bar is great
for lunch, libations and lots of laughter.
Relax in comfort with friends and enjoy
discounted drinks and appetizers during
happy hour, served 4 to 7 p.m. daily.
The dining room offers a wonderful
dinner variety; if you’re an early diner,
be sure to check out the Sunset Dining
Specials. “Eggceptional” entrées highlight
the restaurant’s Sunday brunch from 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday dinner is served 4
to 8 p.m.
20351 Summerlin Road, Units #111
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are a specialty, notably the signature rum
drink, Island Mojito.
708 Fisherman’s Wharf, Fort Myers
Beach. Call 765-9660.
Ichiban is a downtown favorite for
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 10 years and its enduring
popularity is a testament to its exceptional, friendly service.
1520 Broadway #106, Fort Myers.
Call 334-6991.
Shrimp Tuscany from Courtney’s Continental Cuisine
and 112, Fort Myers. Call 466-4646.
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
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
Where can you go when you’re in the
moooood for some great cook’in, local
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.
2163 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. Call
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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
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.
8210 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers
Reverend Fr. Dean Nastos, Proistamenos
Orthros Service Sunday 9 a.m.
Divine Liturgy Sunday 10 a.m.
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.
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.
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.
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]
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.
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
2439 McGregor Boulevard, 334-8937
Rev. Dr. Jeffrey DeYoe, Senior Pastor
Reverend David Dietzel, Pastor Emeritus.
Traditional Sunday service 10 a.m. Nursery
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.
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.
8570 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers,
8 and 11 a.m. Sunday Traditional Service
9:30 a.m. Praise Service
Sunday School all times
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.
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.
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,
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.
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
5916 Winkler Road, Fort Myers, 437-4330
Reverend Mark Condrey, Pastor
Sunday Worship: 10:30 a.m.
Church School: 9:15 a.m.
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.
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.
881 Nuna Avenue, Fort Myers, 481-1143
Masses Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 8 and 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
2154 McGregor Boulevard,
Fort Myers, 218-8343
Pastor Randy and Anita Thurman
10:30 a.m. Sunday Service
All are welcome.
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 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,
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
Wear what you want, rockin’ music, relevant teaching, LIFT Kidz program, free
coffee & donuts, people who are real,
church that’s actually fun.
16120 San Carlos Boulevard, Unit 10
9:45 a.m. Sunday School for all ages
11 a.m Sunday Morning Worship.
7 p.m. Wednesday Evening Bible Study
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:
Meets at Fort Myers Beach Masonic
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]
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,
[email protected]
3950 Winkler Ext., Fort Myers, 274-0143
8:15 and 10:15 a.m. Sunday Services
Daily early learning center/day care
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
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.
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
3049 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers,
344-0012 Pastor Reverend Steve Filizzi
An Affirming & Inclusive Congregation
Sunday Services 10 a.m.
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.
3751 Estero Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach,
239-463-4251, www.stpeterfmb.com. Sunday service at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.
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.
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!
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.
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
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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
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.
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.
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 en-
vironment. Service held at 28285 Imperial
Street, Bonita Springs. Call 947-3100.
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
9065 Ligon Court, Fort Myers, across
from HealthPark Hospital, 481-2125
Senior Pastor: Robert Brunson
Sunday Service: 9:30 a.m. Sunday School
for all ages. 11 a.m. Blended Worship
2120 Collier Ave, Fort Myers, 274-8881;
Services: Sunday 10 a.m.; Wednesday 7
p.m. Bishop Gaspar and Michele Anastasi
7401 Winkler Road, Fort Myers, 481-4040,
Pastor Curtis Deterding. Sunday Services
8 a.m. Traditional, 10:45 a.m. Blended,
9:30 a.m. Eductional Hour. Web site www.
Greeters Club January Luncheon
e’ve all heard that laughter is the best medicine. Well, the guest speaker
at the Greeters Club of Fort Myers January 15h luncheon combines both
laughter and medicine by sharing observations from her 30- year nursing
career. Carol O’Flaherty is a registered nurse, a laughter yoga practitioner and a
nationally recognized humorist. Vowing to always mix work with fun, she presents
programs that appropriately blend the serious with the hilarious. By creating a
laughter-filled environment via demonstrations and participation, her message never
fails to hit home.
Luncheon costs $20. For a reservation, email [email protected] Provide
contact information (name, email address and phone number). You will receive a call
confirming your reservation as well as an email confirmation. Luncheons are held on
the third Thursday of the month at 11:30 a.m. at the Colonial Country Club, 9181
Independence Way, Fort Myers. Check out the website, greetersclubofgreaterfortmyers.com.
East Preserve
Nature Walk
located at 10130 Bayshore Road, North
Fort Myers.
This ADA-compliant boardwalk and
trail traverses wetlands, oak hammocks,
and pine flatwoods. Participants on this
easy stroll will learn more about the birds,
butterflies, plants and animals that make
this preserve their home.
Restrooms and picnic shelters are
available. Participants should meet in the
parking lot and remember to bring water,
hat, sunscreen, binoculars and camera
and wear closed-toed shoes.
Pets are not permitted on this guided
Call 707-0862 for additional information.This tour is provided in cooperation
with Lee County Conservation 20/20.
Craft Guild Exhibit
he Southwest Florida Fine Craft Guild rings in the new year at the Visual Arts
Center of Punta Gorda with a themed juried exhibit, titled Extra Dimensions.
The theme tested the creativity of the 100-plus member guild by providing
them with a myriad of opportunities to explore and interpret new ideas through their
various media.
The guild’s members are local, regional and nationally showing artists who are represented by various galleries throughout Florida and the United States. Each member
brings a rich and varied background to the guild along with many years of honing their
specific craft. Many of the member/artists are also instructors at the Cape Coral Arts
Studio, Alliance for the Arts and the public school system. Come and experience traditional and contemporary craft at its finest.
The exhibit runs through the January 29. The judge for the exhibit was David
Acevedo, well known visual artist and co-founder and managing artist at the Union
Artist Studios in Fort Myers.
The Visual Art Center of Punta Gorda is at 210 Maud Street.
For information on exhibits and membership, visit www.swflfinecraftguild.org.
Musical Discovery
Program For Kids
ulf Coast Symphony kicks off its 2015 Musical Discovery Series at the
Alliance for the Arts on Saturday, January 10 from 10 to 11 a.m. with an
Exploration of Strings. Based on the popular Musical Discovery Zone from
the symphony’s Family Concerts, the Musical Discovery Series give children a
chance to engage with musicians and their instruments in a fun, relaxed program.
The program then moves into the theater for a brief concert followed by a Q&A
when musicians will explain how their instruments work and the different sounds they
can make. The program is recommended for children in grades K-6.
Visit ArtInLee.org or call 939-2787 to learn more. The program is free with a suggested $5 family donation.
The 2015 Musical Discovery Series continues with Woodwinds on February 28,
Brass on March 21, and concludes with Percussion on April 25.
The Alliance campus and galleries are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, located at 10091
McGregor Boulevard just south of Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers.
Mardi Gras, Island-style!
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Saturday, February 7, 2015 • 5–9PM
The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club
A pileated woodpecker hunts grubs
Lee County volunteer naturalist
and a Florida Master Gardener
will lead participants on a halfmile nature walk at the Caloosahatchee
Creeks Preserve East at 9 a.m. on
Saturday, January 10. The Preserve is
Private Piano Lessons: All Ages
Consultation: Find the Right Instrument for Your Space
Convenient Sanibel Studio
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This event supports CHR’s mission
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Spring Fishing
In January
by Capt.
Matt Mitchell
t sure did not
feel like January
out on the water
this week. Not
only are we enjoying being one of
the warmest spots
in the nation,
the warmer than
usual temperatures
have the fish chewing like it’s spring
time. After two weeks of no major cold
fronts, fishing just keeps getting better
and better. Morning dense fog made
getting around on the water a little bit
of a adventure a few days this week, but
once it burned off by mid-morning, it
was really a non issue.
Boat traffic seemed to really increase
out on the water this week, with many
snowbirds arriving after the new year and
taking advantage of the warm sunshine
and near perfect boating weather. Lots of
places I have been fishing for the last few
months are now starting to get lots more
angler pressure. Switching it up and
heading up to the harder to reach, lesser
known mangrove creeks and channels in
the middle sound on the super low tides
provided a great escape from the traffic.
With so many miles of shoreline in the
sound, it’s great to have options.
Usually this time of year I’m writing
about fishing with shrimp and catching
sheepshead and rat redfish while hiding
from the cold north wind. These past few
weeks, things have been totally different
– it’s been all about live shiner fishing for
great catch-and-release snook action. The
snook bite has been as good as it gets for
January, with lots of fish of all sizes being
caught from one end of the sound to the
other. With so many snook around, this
has been my daily go-to fishing and it’s
been hard to fish for for anything else as
these fish just make clients happy.
Fishing for these wintertime snook in
tight little mangrove places is not only
tranquil and provides pretty scenery but
really keeps a anglers on there toes. Not
only do you need a accurate cast but
once hooked up, these fish charge hard
for the nearest place to break you off.
When you do make that perfect cast up
under or close to the structure, it can pay
off very quickly. Often before you can
even close the bail of the reel with a big
Send Us Your Fish Tales
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]
It Catches More Than Fish
Barbless hooks cause
less damage than
hooks with barbs
Brad Sowers from St Louis with a 30-inch snook caught and released while fishing with
Capt. Matt Mitchell this week
flash and a strike, now that is the instant
gratification that all fishermen love. This
snook action is some of my favorite fishing of the year, clear water and explosive
surface strikes are what its all about.
Big seatrout where another option
this week for what has seemed like the
first time in months. Shiners and jumbo
shrimp fished under a popping cork on
the open flats caught trout to 22 inches,
with the average size getting a whole
lot better than in previous weeks. Look
for these seatrout in small sand holes in
clean clear water out on the open grass
flats in depths from 2 to 4 feet. Drift until
you locate them, then anchor up. Once
you find them, it’s a bite on just about
every cast. Narrow mangrove creeks also
held some larger trout during periods
of strong incoming tide, although these
trout usually came as a bonus fish while
targeting snook in these same areas.
Either on the flat or in the creeks, trout
came easy all week for anglers wanting
to take home a fresh fish dinner.
If you’re looking to hook into a
really big fish, the causeway bridges have
had some giant black drum on them.
Although I have not targeted them on
rod and reel over the last few weeks, me
and several of my guide buddies have
non intentionally had encounters with
these massive black drum while castnetting shiners on the bridge pilings. If
there are enough of these drum on the
bridges to catch one in a castnet, then
half a fresh broken blue crab weighted
down on the bottom on heavy tackle will
get it done. Some of these fish are in
the 50 pound-plus size range, and I one
report of a real beast that was estimated
at 80 pounds plus. Catching one of these
massive fish in a castnet is scary – if not
outright dangerous – for the guy with the
net lopped around his wrist. Now that’s
a morning workout to catch your shiners
for the day!
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:
White Pelican
by Patricia Molloy
ith a ninefoot wingspan, the
American white
pelican (Pelecanus
is one of the largest birds in North
America. While its
plumage is white,
it has black flight
feathers that are visible when its wings
are extended.
Unlike the more common brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis), the white
pelican does not dive into the water for
its food. It floats on the water and scoops
fish and water into its distensible gular
(throat) pouch. It then holds its heads up
to drain out the water, allowing the bird
to swallow the fish. Several white pelicans
may fish together, moving in a circle to
“herd” the fish toward the center.
Last month, a white pelican was
admitted to CROW after being found
down and depressed on Sanibel. Upon
arrival at the clinic, it was too weak to
stand or flap its wings. It was quickly
determined that the pelican was suffering
from toxicosis caused by red tide. He had
likely suffered respiratory irritation after
breathing in the algal bloom or had eaten
a fish that had digested the organism.
During the first few days of treatment,
the patient was tube fed Piscivore, a
formula designed to meet the metabolic
needs of a critically ill fish-eating seabird.
He also received fluid injections under the
skin to prevent dehydration, along with
a liver detox containing milk thistle to
stimulate his liver.
On day seven, the staff gave a collective sigh of relief when the pelican
became “snappy” and tried to nip one
of his caregivers. The following day, he
began eating fish on his own and was
eventually moved to the pelican complex
so he could stretch his wings and exercise
his chest muscles. The pelican spent his
last days recuperating in the company
of two double-crested cormorants and
another white pelican.
After just a few days outside, the white
pelican was healthy and eager for freedom. He was placed in a carrier in the
back of CROW’s patient transportation
van, along with the other white pelican,
and driven to the JN “Ding” Darling
National Wildlife Refuge, far away from
the algal bloom. When the carriers were
opened, both pelicans leapt from their
carriers and quickly took to the skies.
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.
Two double-crested cormorants and two white pelicans recuperate in CROW’s outdoor
pelican complex before being released back into the wild
Plant Smart
Laurel Oak Catkins
by Gerri Reaves
f the laurel oak (Quercus laurifolia) tree in
your yard is yellow this time of year, look
closely and you’ll see it’s not due to late fall
leaf color, but to a curtain of pale yellow catkins.
This member of the beech family is one of
South Florida’s most beautiful native shade trees
and is on Lee County’s Protected Tree List. It is
common in wild, residential and commercial landscapes.
One of the tree’s most outstanding ornamental
attributes is the shimmer of delicate dangling catkins in the winter sun.
Laurel oak is monoecious, meaning that it has
both male and female sex organs on the same
tree, with stamens and pistils in separate flowers.
Yellow catkins of male flowers emerge from
the previous year’s leaf axils soon after a partial
winter leaf drop.
Another leaf drop in early spring is followed by
inconspicuous female flower stalks in the current
year’s leaf axils and the unfurling of new leaves.
This tree can reach a height of up to 100
feet. Its natural habitat includes river floodplains,
swamps, hammocks and the edges of rivers or
It is fast-growing, somewhat drought tolerant,
and generally low-maintenance. A particularly
attractive tree, it is valued for its straight trunk,
rounded crown, and flat furrowed gray-black bark.
It prefers moist well-drained soil in full to partial shade.
The dark green leaves are two to four inches
long and vary from oblanceolate or broadly lanceolate to elliptical or obovate with smooth edges.
Many caterpillar and moth species consume
the leaves, and the tree is the larval host for
Horace’s duskywing (Erynnis horatius) and white
M hairstreak (Parrhasius m-album) butterflies.
The tree’s plentiful shallow-cupped acorns
provide food for a variety of species and the foliage provides cover and nesting sites for birds and
This species is sometimes confused with water
oak (Q. nigra), which has spatulate leaves.
Sources: A Gardener’s Guide to Florida’s
Native Plants by Rufino Osorio, Native Florida
Plants by Robert G. Haehle and Joan Brookwell,
floridasnature.com, na.fs.fed.us, fnps.org, enature.
com, and floridata.com.
Plant Smart explores the diverse flora of
South Florida.
The swathes of yellow on this laurel oak are catkins, not foliage
photos by Gerri Reaves
Fisherman’s Paradise:
“Why, Ollie, that’ simple,” Uncle
Russell said slyly. “Just put your right
forefinger down in his mouth and pry the
hook loose.”
Ollie accepted this suggestion without
question. The burley snapper accepted
his finger equally without question, clamping down on it with his spike-like teeth.
Uncle Russell was convulsed with laughter
as Ollie almost went overboard trying to
sling the fish from his bleeding finger.
Ollie finally flung the snapper off and,
wringing his hand, whimpered, “That
darned thing bites like the very devil.”
“How do you reckon the snapper got
is name?” chortled Uncle Russell. I think
he felt well repaid for all the misery he’d
endured that morning, but I think he was
counting chickens prematurely, for the
day wasn’t yet over.
To be continued next week…
Russell And Ollie
At The Ferry Slip
by Cynthia A.
erry C.
(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 V
Berry has taken a potential housebuyer and his Uncle Russell and Russell’s
friend Ollie fishing. Russell and Ollie, in a
rented outboard, have narrowly escaped
being crushed by the incoming ferry at
the Sanibel ferry slip and Berry, having
lost all patience with Ollie’s bone-headed
ineptitude, has ordered him to untie and
follow him up Shell Creek, “where surely
to God you can fish without getting killed
or killing each other!”
My sudden outburst must have struck
Berry C. Williams with Ted Copley and a 340-pound Goliath grouper caught in April 1957
a responsive chord in Ollie, for he obeyed
my instructions without question and,
in a few moments, we were headed up
the Caloosahatchee River toward Shell
We made it without incident to the
back of Shell Creek, winding slowly in
“S” curves among beautiful green mangroves. It was as restful as it was beautiful, and by the time we reached our destination, I felt certain Uncle Russell was in
a good humor.
As we slid down to the last bend, I
noiselessly dropped anchor and motioned
Uncle Russell to do likewise. He accomplished this in perfect fashion and the
four of us fished forward into the current
as it rounded the point of the creek on its
way out into the river. We weren’t long
in being rewarded. I came up with a fivepound black drum which really gave me
a run for my money. My guest, Maxton,
brought in several snapper and sheepshead. and Uncle Russell proudly landed a
two-pound trout. I believed he’d forgiven
Ollie until Ollie reeled-in a large snapper
and asked Russell how to get the hook
out of the snapper’s mouth.
Fishing • Cabbage Key
Dolphin Watching
Captains Available
Jensen’s Marina
Captiva Island
Conservancy Water Works Lunch
And Program Set For January 14
eats are still available for the Water Works luncheon at 11 a.m. Wednesday,
January 14 at the Naples Yacht Club. The premier of Water Works supports
the Conservancy’s efforts to protect Southwest Florida’s most valuable natural
resource, water. Members of the community are invited to a three-course luncheon
and a meet-and-greet and keynote presentation by National Geographic’s Joel
K. Bourne Jr., an award-winning journalist who has covered environmental issues
impacting water nationally and internationally for 20 years.
The presenting sponsor is The Naples Trust Company and supporting sponsors are
Naples Yacht Club, Hurley Travel Experts, CRS Technology Consultants, PNC Bank
and Naples Daily News.
Registrations are being accepted at www.conservancy.org/waterworksevent or call
403-4200. Individual seats are available for $200, and a Patron Package for $500
includes two premium seats at the luncheon with Bourne and name recognition during
the program as a patron supporter.
“With the successful passage of Amendment 1, Floridians demonstrated their support for protecting Florida’s rivers, lakes, springs, coastal waters and natural areas for
future generations,” said Rob Moher, Conservancy president and CEO. “And now with
Water Works, the Conservancy offers a new way to engage citizens who care about
our waters to learn about our work at the Conservancy and how they can become
more involved in protecting water quality, fisheries, and estuaries for generations to
Conservancy of Southwest Florida began 50 years ago when community leaders
came together to defeat a proposed Road to Nowhere and spearheaded the acquisition and protection of Rookery Bay. The Conservancy is a not-for-profit grassroots
organization focused on the critical environmental issues of the Southwest Florida
region, including Glades, Hendry, Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties, with a mission
to protect the region’s water, land and wildlife.
Conservancy of Southwest Florida and its Nature Center are located in Naples, at
1495 Smith Preserve Way, south of the Naples Zoo off Goodlette-Frank Road. For
more information, call 262-0304 or visit www.conservancy.org.
America’s Boating Course Offered By
San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron
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.
Wild Turkey Strand
Scenic Wetlands
Draw Waterfowl
To Preserve
free guided nature walk will be
offered on Saturday, January 17
at Wild Turkey Strand Preserve. A
Lee County volunteer naturalist will lead
a 1.4-mile nature and history walk at
Wild Turkey Strand Preserve at 9 a.m.
The preserve is located at 11901 Rod
and Gun Club Road 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
wellfield 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 Preserve is a showpiece of the
Lee County Conservation 2020 program.
The 90-minute walk is on a fully
accessible trail, and a picnic shelter and
restroom are onsite. Participants should
dress for the weather, and bring items
that may be needed during the walk (hats,
sunscreen, cameras/binoculars, water,
sturdy shoes, etc.)
No reservations are required and no
dogs are permitted in this preserve. Call
707-3325 for more information.
Everglades Movie Nights
Home & Remodeling Show
he Fort Myers Home & Remodeling Show, Southwest Florida’s biggest home
show, will take place from January 9 to 11 in downtown Fort Myers at the
Harborside Event Center, 1375 Monroe Street.
From floors to doors, spas to saunas, kitchens to flooring, the Fort Myers Home &
Remodeling Show has everything for your home inside and out. There will be painting
demonstrations by Brian Santos of the Wizards Workshop, a drawing for a three-day
cruise courtesy of Jill Venturi Cruise One and health screenings by Walgreens.
Hours are Friday from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and
Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, and kids are free. Visit
www.fmhomeshow.com for more details.
Read us online at IslandSunNews.com
Barbara Stewart and Orin Fogle in Everglades Odyssey
he Everglades Society for Historic Preservation will again show historical movies, especially those with a connection to this area, each month at 5:30 p.m.
in the Jinkins Fellowship Hall behind Everglades Community Church.
The first one is Everglades Odyssey on Friday, January 9, which tells the story of a
young couple who kayak through the Ten Thousand Islands. It was filmed from 1957
to 1960 and shows some beautiful scenery in the days before Hurricane Donna.
The movies are open to the public and free of charge but reservations are requested. To RSVP, email [email protected] or call Marya at 695-2905.
A Holy Spoof At Theatre Conspiracy
Christopher Brent, Jordan Wilson and Miguel Cintron play over 60 characters
by Di Saggau
alk about a religious romp. That’s what’s taking place right now at Theatre
Conspiracy with the production of The Bible: The Complete Word of God
(Abridged). Jordan Wilson, Christopher Brent and Miguel Cintron play the
three sinners cavorting through both the Old and New Testaments, swearing to
make the “inexplicable plicable.” Their irreverent, but very funny, sketches are
chock full of music, puns, slapstick, magic tricks and lots more. They play a total of
62 characters as they take us from fig leaves to final judgment.
The show opens in the Garden of Eden with a scantily clad Adam and Eve and also
the apple, complete with serpent. That sets the tone for what follows. The straight
man, Brent, childlike Wilson, and acerbic Cintron, guide and acknowledge the audience through their irreverent re-envisioning of the Bible. The actors address the audience in between short vignettes, they even involve the audience at times. One example
being a group of 12 or so who take part in a Noah’s Ark number that ends up with
total audience participation.
The humor in the show comes not just from the lines but from the actors’ reactions
to what they are saying. You can tell that everyone on stage is really having a good
Science Vs. Faith
At Lab Theater
Cinemascope of Agnes
ohn Pielmeier’s prizewinning play,
Agnes of God, pits science against
religion as they each struggle to
explain the life and actions of a mysterious young nun.
“Riveting, powerful, electrifying
drama... the dialogue crackles,” said the
New York Daily News.
Agnes, a novice in the convent, seems
to have a special relationship to God; she
radiates peace and joy, but is a deeply
troubled young woman. When a baby is
discovered dead in her room, Dr. Martha
Livingstone must psychoanalyze Agnes to
determine whether she is legally sane. As
the story skillfully unravels, we get to know
Livingstone and the mother superior, who
are each conflicted about what it means
to be a believer today. And we learn how
unique and compelling Agnes truly is.
The play is also an exploration of the
truth behind the constructs of the church
and of modern medicine. Isn’t a wish to
help others at the core of both institutions? Has the structure of the church
overwhelmed that native impulse? Has the
rigor of medical science left no room for
faith? The doctor and the mother superior
struggle to understand and communicate
their own personal truths while remaining
faithful to the institutions they each serve.
“The script is electrifying and we are
thrilled to have found three actors who
are committed to this amazing and intense
project,” said the show’s director, Annette
Trossbach. “As timely as it was when it
premiered, Agnes of God crackles with
tension and is full of heart.”
With sound by Mitch Haley, music by
Nancy Fueyo, set design by Ken Bryant,
dramatic lighting by Ron Kelly, special
effects by Nykkie Rizley and costumes by
Diana Waldier, performances of Agnes of
God will be staged on January 9, 10, 15,
16, 17, 22, 23 and 24 at 8 p.m., and on
January 18 at 2 p.m. at the Lab Theater,
1634 Woodford Avenue in the Fort Myers
River District. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are available at www.
LaboratoryTheaterFlorida.com or by calling
218-0481. There will be an opening night
reception, starting at 7:15 p.m. Tickets
are $12 for students and $22 for adults at
the door. The theater also offers Thursday
night discounts to seniors and military, at
$18.50 per ticket.
There are plenty of laughs and lighthearted jabs
time and their energy passes onto the audience. When you can laugh a lot and leave
the theater with a big smile on your face, that’s a good thing. It’s directed by Rachael
Endrizzi, and I can just imagine the fun she had working with thee three actors.
The Last Supper scene has facial cut outs of the apostles and features Wilson running back and forth from face to face as we learn their fates. A giant reproduction of
Michelangelo’s Creation scene from the Sistine Chapel serves as a backdrop for most
of the play. While it’s not exactly true to form, it works well. My friend swears she saw
a caricature of Bob Hope among the angels. See if you agree.
Theatre Conspiracy put on this play seven years ago. It has been updated with
some political joke and jabs at celebrities including Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber. The
goal of the show is to have fun and it definitely succeeds in this area. If you are in the
mood for a screwball approach to the most influential book in the history of the world,
don’t miss The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged), showing through
January 18 at Theatre Conspiracy, 10091 McGregor Boulevard in the Alliance for the
Arts in Fort Myers. For tickets call 936-3239 or visit www.theatreconspiracy.org.
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Fort Myers Fare
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 air-conditioned
comfort or outside on Nellie’s expansive
waterfront patio. 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 for free
for patrons. The GPS coordinates are
26”27’23.41” N • 81”57’15.18” W.
1131 First Street, Fort Myers Beach at
the Fort Myers Historic Seaport at Nervous
Nellie’s Marina. Call 463-8077.
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.
17501 Harbour Pointe Drive, Fort
Myers. Call 466-4377.
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.
8700 Gladiolous Drive, Fort Myers.
Call 489-2233.
Moonlight On The Marsh Features
Lectures On Water, Wetland Issues
ome of world’s most distinguished experts on coastal landscape ecology,
hydrology and ecological engineering will share their knowledge during The
Bernard and Susan Master Moonlight on the Marsh 2015 lecture series presented by Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU).
The third annual series sponsored by FGCU’s Everglades Wetland Research Park
runs January through March. Topics will include timely issues of local, regional and
global interest such as watershed restoration, prevention of coastal dead zones and the
potential for conflict over water management in the Middle East.
The free lectures are open to the public and are held at FGCU’s Harvey Kapnick
Education and Research Center at the Naples Botanical Garden, 4940 Bayshore
Drive, Naples.
“This series brings to Naples the nation’s -- and the world’s -- best minds in
environmental sciences,” said FGCU Professor Dr. William J. Mitsch, director of the
research park and Juliet C. Sproul Chair for Southwest Florida Habitat Restoration
and Management. “Because Naples and Southwest Florida have unique and vital relationships with our freshwater and coastal water environments, these lectures offer all of
us some positive approaches and solutions to problems we see around us.”
Dr. Gail L. Chmura, associate professor of geography at McGill University in
Montreal, will kick off the series on Thursday, January 15 with Losing Money with
the Mud? How Sea Level Rise Will Affect Carbon Accumulation in Salt Marsh and
Mangrove Wetlands.
Other lectures in the series are:
• Thursday, January 29: Coastal Areas of the World and Global Change, by
Dr. Thomas S. Bianchi, Thompson Endowed Chair of Geological Sciences at the
University of Florida.
• Thursday, February 12: Will the Next Middle East Tension Be About Water?
Threats and Opportunities, by Dr. Aazam Alwash, a civil and geotechnical engineer
who was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2013 for his efforts to restore
freshwater marshes in southern Iraq that are sometimes referred to as the Garden of
Eden or Mesopotamian marshlands.
• Thursday, February 26: Restoring the World’s Rivers and Watersheds with
Ecohydrology, by Dr. Maciej Zalewski, professor of applied ecology and director of the
UNESCO Regional Center for Ecohydrology at the University of Lodz in Poland.
• Thursday, March 12: Preventing Coastal Dead Zones From a Distance, by Dr.
Jennifer Tank, Galla Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame
in Indiana.
The series’ new title sponsors, Bernard and Susan Master of Naples, signed on to
show their support for the science being done at the research park that will benefit the
“Dr. Mitsch has assembled the world’s greatest wetlands experts to help in this
endeavor,” Bernard Master said. “We are honored to sponsor the Moonlight on the
Marsh Distinguished Lecture Series.”
Additional sponsors are: The Heffner Family, Columbus, Ohio; Gator Club of
Naples and Southwest Florida Gator Club; CH2M HILL, Tampa; The Isles of Collier
Preserve – Minto Communities, Naples; and the Notre Dame Club of Naples.
All lectures are at 7 p.m. in the Kapnick Center auditorium. Seats can be reserved
by calling 325-1365.
The Everglades Wetland Research Park is dedicated to research on the wise management of freshwater and coastal ecosystems of Southwest Florida and the Florida
Everglades and to protection and enhancement of wetlands and water resources worldwide. More details are available on the park’s website, www.fgcu.edu/swamp.
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First And Broadway
Call 321-7430 for information, or
go to www.museumofhistory.org. Hours
are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through
Be sure to visit the Southwest Florida
Historical Society’s research center to
learn more about Kress’s long history on
First Street.
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.
Share your community news with us.
Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702
or email [email protected]
Storytelling At
The Alliance
Kim Weitkamp
he Alliance for the Arts presents
A Wandering Mind: An Evening
with Storyteller Kim Weitkamp
on Wednesday, January 14 at 7 p.m.
Weitkamp is an award-winning storyteller and musician whose latest release,
A Wandering Mind, was recorded during her wanderings from one coast to
the other. It’s a hodge-podge of humorous yet insightful stories and songs that
showcase the people who have crossed
A Wandering Mind is Weitkamp’s latest release
her path and influenced her life.
Tickets to this one-night-only performance are $15 for alliance members and
$20 for non-members and are available
at www.ArtInLee.org or by calling 9392787.
As the redheaded child of exhausted
parents, Weitkamp grew up the middle
child. Allowed to roam free in the heart
of Amish Country, her imagination was
ripened by a life lived outdoors. She
wrote and performed plays and pageants
Alliance Gallery
Book Club Meets
n Tuesday, January 20 at 6:30
p.m. Alliance for the Arts members will gather for a discussion
of Saving Kandinsky, by Mary Basson.
The monthly Member Gallery Book
Club meets the third Tuesday of every
month through April.
for her family, did impersonations and
comedy bits for visiting guests, and frazzled her teachers with grandiose stories
of her daily adventures which included
talking animals and impossible inventions.
Weitkamp survived numerous attempts,
by adults, to cut and curb her rambunctious behavior and prolific imagination.
Now all her creativity projected through a
mature and seasoned artist.
One reviewer stated, “Kim is a master
at seamlessly building bridges between
stor, to song, to story. Like all good storytellers she evokes both laughter and tears,
but her smooth silky voice, impeccable
timing and dead-on anticipation of her
listeners’ needs place her at the pinnacle
of her craft.”
In her work as a humorist, storyteller,
singer and songwriter, she has taken
home an armload of awards and recognitions. She has worked on and created
successful peace projects including the
Peace by Piece Project in collaboration
with the Taubman Museum of Fine Arts.
Weitkamp currently has six audio collections, the latest two being, Head Bone
Rattles, a much anticipated collection of
original ghost stories and songs and The
Lap, a limited release story and song.
All four of Weitkamp’s last recordings
have been recognized and awarded the
Storytelling World Award for their year of
release. for high profile non-profits. Visit
www.ArtInLee.org or call 939-2787 to
learn more or purchase tickets.
Alliance for the Arts is located at
10091 McGregor Boulevard, Fort
Saving Kandinsky tells the story of
young Gabriele (Ella) Münter, who falls
in love with her married teacher, Wassily
Kandinsky, as they paint together on
the Bavarian mountainside. While their
illicit love faces the disapproval of early
20th century European society, the
two artists forge a partnership that will
offer the world its first taste of Abstract
Along with Alexei Jawlensky, Franz
Marc and other members of the Blue
Rider, Münter and Kandinsky give birth
to something truly new in art. Yet the
delights of that heady time together are
not to last, certainly not past the time of
the Nazi purge of “degenerate art.” That
period will test Ella’s mettle as well as
her dedication to art and to love.
Gabriele Münter’s life is a tale of
courage in the face of personal and historical crisis. Saving Kandinsky is her
Alliance individual memberships are
$50 annually, families can join for $75
per year, college students can become
for $15. Membership benefits include
20 percent discounts on all classes and
camps, free open studio sessions, discounts on concert and theatre tickets,
and member only exhibition opportunities. Visit www.ArtInLee.org or call
939-2787 to learn more or become a
member today.
The Alliance for the Arts is located at
10091 McGregor Boulevard just south
of Colonial Boulevard.
A Rollicking And Rhythmic
Musical At Broadway Palm
by Di Saggau
snappy, satisfying musical, Crazy For You, is now
gracing the stage at Broadway Palm. The Tony Awardwinning show features music by the famous Gershwin
brothers, and has some of the finest tap-dancing ever seen in
this area. It’s a high-energy musical comedy about a well-todo 1930’s playboy Bobby Child (Jake Delaney), whose only
dream is to dance. His mother wants him to be a banker and
sends him to Deadrock, Nevada to foreclose on a rundown
theatre. He meets and quickly falls in love with Polly Baker
(Emily Grace Tucker), owner of the theatre, but if he follows
his mother’s wishes he’ll lose Polly.
Jake Delaney with his showgirls in Crazy For You
Everything needed for a musical comedy is there in spades.
Crazy For You plays through February 14 at Broadway Palm, Southwest Florida’s
Premier Dinner Theatre. Tickets can be reserved by calling 278-4422, by visiting
www.BroadwayPalm.com or by stopping by the box office, located at 1380 Colonial
Boulevard in Fort Myers.
Jake Delaney shows off some fancy footwork at Broadway Palm
Public Invited To Attend
Young Artists Awards Auditions
Jake Delaney and Emily Grace Tucker in Crazy For You
Bobby comes up with an idea to pay off the mortgage. He impersonates a New
York producer, Bela Zangler (Craig Smith). Things get a bit complicated when the real
Zangler arrives with Bobby’s fiancé Irene (Millicent Hunnicutt).
It’s not the plot that endears this musical to the audience, it’s the music, snappy
footwork, and sparkling showgirl costumes along with a great cast that make it all
work. This is a bright, bouncy show with lots of slightly corny but still funny one-liners.
The major roles have talent in abundance. Child and Tucker sing and dance together
beautifully. Two dance scenes are set against a starlit sky and in one you think you are
watching Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers trip the light fantastic.
Standout numbers are Slap That Bass, which develops from a rhythmic figure to a
full-out celebration of dance in a matter of moments. The I Got Rhythm number is a
joyous explosion of movement that leaves you smiling long after the curtain falls. You’ll
love the energetic finale as well.
One of the funniest scenes is when the two Zangler’s get drunk and sit opposite
one another as if watching their reflections in a mirror. Well done, gents.
The memorable Gershwin score includes Bidin’ My Time, They Can’t Take That
Away From Me, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Embraceable You and many more.
he public is invited to attend the 2015 Young Artists Awards auditions to view
hundreds of preregistered students from throughout Southwest Florida auditioning in classical voice, contemporary voice/musical theatre, dance, drama
and instrumental music during four days of auditions held on the campus of the
Alliance for the Arts, located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers.
The auditions are open and free to the public to watch and will be held at multiple
locations at the Alliance.
The days and locations for viewing are:
Saturday, January 17
Dance – Ages 8 to 14, 15 to 21 (Foulds Theatre) 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Contemporary Voice and/or Musical Theatre – Ages 8 to 12 (Classroom) 9:40
a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 18
Drama – Ages 13 to 16, 17 to 21 (Classroom) 11:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, January 24
Instrumental Music – Ages 13 to 16, 17 to 21 (Foulds Theatre) 10 a.m. to 4:15
Contemporary Voice and/or Musical Theatre – Ages 13 to 16 (Classroom) 9:40
a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, January 25
Classical Voice – Ages 13 to 16, 17 to 21 (Foulds Theatre) 10:45 a.m. to 3:30
Contemporary Voice and/or Musical Theatre – Ages 17 to 21 (Classroom) 11 a.m.
to 3:30 p.m.
The not for profit Young Artists Awards is the area’s premier performing arts audition, performance, education and scholarship program for area students, now in its
twelfth year. Participants will have the opportunity to perform before panels of professional adjudicators; over 50 judges will be in attendance this year. Students will receive
scoring sheets and written comments from all members of their judging panel. All
genres of music, acting, dance and vocal performance are encouraged.
Based on the results of the four days of auditions, twenty-two finalists will be chosen
to perform individually at the Young Artists Awards 12th Annual Gala at the Broadway
Palm Dinner Theatre on March 16. Twenty-two runners-up will also perform in a
group coached number. The organization’s newest award, Audience Choice, will also
be voted on by audience members in attendance that evening. A total of $25,000 in
cash scholarships and other prizes will be awarded. In addition, all participating
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Urban Meyer Repeats Glory Years
At Florida With Ohio State Buckeyes
by Ed Frank
h how the University of Florida Gator Nation must
yearn for the days of Coach Urban Meyer as the
departed Meyer has taken his Ohio State Buckeyes to
the cusp of a National Championship in just his third season in
Monday night in Arlington, Texas, the Buckeyes will tangle
with the Oregon Ducks for college football’s biggest prize after
defeating No. 1-ranked Alabama in an exciting 42-35 victory in
the college semi-final.
The offensive-minded Ducks destroyed No. 3 Florida State
59-20 in the other semi-final game.
The prominence that Meyer brought to Gator football during his six seasons in
Gainesville is all past history, yet Florida faithful still must think of those glory days
when Meyer was pacing the sidelines.
In his six seasons as Florida coach, Meyer compiled a 65-15 record (.813), won
two BCS championships (2006 and 2008) and was 5-1 in bowl games.
Since his departure, the Gators are 28-22 (.560) but did secure a minor bowl victory last weekend with a 28-20 win over East Carolina in the auspicious Birmingham
Bowl to finish the season 7-5.
But take heart Gator fans, Florida was the only team in the Sunshine State with a
bowl victory this season as the University of Central Florida, Miami and Florida State
all lost their bowl games.
In his three seasons at Ohio State, Meyer has won 37 of 40 games (.925) with two
bowl appearances already, a 40-35 loss to Clemson last season in the Orange Bowl
and last week’s Alabama victory in the Sugar Bowl.
The Crimson Tide had won two of the last three BCS National Championships
Fort Myers Miracle
To Host Job Fair
ob seekers who enjoy the sights,
smells and sounds of the ballpark
are invited to attend a job fair
at the newly renovated CenturyLink
Sports Complex/Hammond Stadium
on Saturday, January 10 from 10 a.m.
to 2 p.m. The job fair will be held on
the patio of the new Player’s Academy
at 14400 Six Mile Cypress Parkway in
Fort Myers.
Hosted by the Fort Myers Miracle,
employment opportunities include merchandise sales, parking, security, ticket
sales and food and beverage operations.
Job fair attendees will meet and interview
with the management team of the Fort
Myers Miracle, and are encouraged to
bring a resume and to download and
complete the pre-employment application
by clicking here.
For more information, call the Miracle
offices at 768-4210 or visit www.miraclebaseball.com.
The Fort Myers Miracle, which manage the operations for the CenturyLink
Sports Complex/Hammond Stadium, will
be hiring up to 75 positions to support
operations during the 2015 Minnesota
Twins spring training and Miracle seasons. This represents an increase in
employment of approximately 20 percent over last year. The Twins play a
17-game home schedule at Hammond
Stadium beginning on March 4 and
continuing through April 4. The Miracle
season begins on Thursday, April 9 with
the home opener set for Friday, April
10 against the Charlotte Stone Crabs.
The Miracle have a 70-game schedule at
Hammond Stadium.
“In addition to providing an entirely
new 360-degree fan experience, the
newly renovated CenturyLink Sports
Complex/Hammond Stadium brings
many new jobs to Lee County,” said Fort
Myers Miracle General Manager Andrew
Seymour. “With expanded food and beverage services, a new merchandise shop,
new ticketing office and a heightened
guest experience, the need for ‘guestfocused’ customer service ambassadors
is stronger than ever. We are looking for
good people who exude great customer
service, and we encourage those who
love the game and appreciate the guest
experience to attend the job fair.”
The Fort Myers Miracle employ the
American Hotel and Lodging Institute’s
Certified Guest Service Professional certification as part of the Lee County Visitor
and Convention Bureau’s Guests First
program aimed at providing professional
development and guest-focused services
within the tourism industry.
Renovations to the CenturyLink
Sports are scheduled to be completed
by February and include an expanded
Hammond Stadium seating capacity of
9,300 seats, a new parking lot, completion of a 360-degree boardwalk and
concourse, upgraded and expanded concourses, improved concessions, renovations to the restrooms, premium seating
improvements, the expansion of the clubhouse, a new retail store, new suites for
events and new spaces for group seating.
For a game and events schedule or
more information, visit www.miraclebaseball.com.
Our email address is [email protected]
and was favored over Ohio State by nine
points. But the Meyer magic prevailed, as
Ohio State scored 28 straight points after
failing behind Alabama 21-6 and then
withstanding a furious Alabama rally in the
closing minutes.
Whether Ohio State can stand up to the
potent and face-paced Oregon offense is a
big, big question.
The Ducks destruction of Florida State
was the result of six straight scoring possessions. And they became the first team
to score 50 points in the 101-year history
of the Rose Bowl.
But don’t count out Meyer and his
Buckeyes. Given 10 days to prepare for
the title clash, Meyer will have his team
Urban Meyer
And should they win the National
Championship, you can be certain that Gator fans will be both envious and proud of
their former coach.
Everblades Start Five-Game Home Stands Tonight, Friday
The Florida Everblades hockey team, riding a five-point first-place lead in the ECHL
East Division, begins a five-game home stand tonight, Friday, hosting Orlando at 7:30
p.m. in Germain Arena. The same two teams square off again Saturday at 7 p.m.
Florida began the week with a season record of 23-5-0-1 and a five-point division
lead over Greenville.
The Everblades split a pair of road games last weekend against Greenville.
Tulsa provides the opposition next week with Wednesday and Friday games followed by a Saturday game against Gwinnett to complete the home stand.
LCEC To Decrease Rate This Year
hile the price of just about everything is increasing, LCEC is reducing electric rates for the second year in a row, according to spokeswoman Karen
“More notably, 2015 begins the seventh year LCEC has not raised electric rates,
and the not-for-profit utility continues to work hard to keep rates competitive,” Ryan
LCEC reduced the power cost adjustment (PCA) for customers beginning January
1, 2015. Natural gas prices recently reached a historical low allowing power suppliers with diverse fuel mixes to take advantage of reduced fuel costs. As a cooperative,
LCEC shares these savings with customers. The LCEC Board of Trustees approved a
decrease in the PCA from $16.65 per 1,000 kWh to $14.60 per 1,000 kWh.
“Although the cost of materials, labor and purchased power has risen over the past
few years, a calculated business strategy has helped LCEC manage operating costs,”
said Ryan. “Process improvements, proactive maintenance, constant budget oversight,
the use of technology and the diligence of employees have all contributed to holding
the line on LCEC electric rates,” she added.
Customer support is also an important factor in managing costs. When customers
utilize green payment methods, pay on time and wait to run appliances and equipment
in off-peak hours, they are also doing their part.
Seminars On Public Records Search
ee Clerk of Court Linda Doggett will present a seminar January 14 on The
Value of Searching Public Records and Online Services.
It will take place at two locations:
South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero, January 14,
from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.; and
Lakes Regional Library 290 Bass Road, Fort Myers, on February 11, from 1:30 to
3:30 p.m.
Doggett guides you through the information available on the Lee County Clerk of
Court website. Public records are not only useful to businesses and organizations, but
can help you make better informed decisions in your personal day-to-day life.
• Review civil and criminal public records of prospective tenants or employees, or
when choosing a doctor or selecting a local contractor;
• Learn how to obtain copies of deeds and mortgages;
• Review county financial and audit reports;
• Find interactive forms for evictions, small claims and simple divorce;
• Find website links to pay a traffic ticket online and FAQ information on how to
bid on foreclosure properties or on tax deed certificates;
• Request postponement or excusal of jury duty;
• Obtain passport and marriage license information;
• Locate links to other local and state agencies
Registration is not required. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. The seminars are free and open to the public.
To learn more about this event contact Community Relations Manager Rita Miller
at [email protected] or call 533-2766
School Smart
by Shelley M.
Greggs, NCSP
My son’s
school wants to
write a 504 plan
for him. How is
this different than
an IEP? Can you
please tell me the
difference between
them? I’m confused.
Allison C., Naples, Florida
I agree that these two different plans
may cause confusion. You are not
alone. The intent of the law as well as
the language used can be easily misunderstood. Both you and your child have
different rights under Section 504 and
IDEA and it is wise to understand these
differences. Below is some basic information on this question from http://
www.wrightslaw.com that should be
“Section 504 is a civil rights law
that prohibits discrimination against
individuals with disabilities. Section 504
ensures that the child with a disability
has equal access to an education. The
child may receive accommodations
and modifications and it covers several
areas: preschool, elementary and secondary schools, employment practices,
accessibility, health, welfare, and social
The purpose of IDEA is different: “to
ensure that all children with disabilities
have available to them a free appropriate public education that emphasizes
special education and related services
designed to meet their unique needs
and prepare them for further education, employment and independent
living” and “to ensure that the rights of
children with disabilities and parents of
such children are protected … (Section
1400(d))” (Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004,
page 33).”
Here are a few important differences
between Section 504 and IDEA.
1. Section 504 does not require
written plans and parents are often surprised to learn that Section 504 does
not require the school to develop a written 504 Plan.
2. Parents have fewer rights under
Section 504 than IDEA.
3. The school does not have to invite
the parent to the meeting when the
504 plan is developed. The school must
notify the parent that a 504 plan was
developed. Most schools do invite parents to these meetings however.
4. Section 504 has fewer procedural
safeguards to protect the parent and
child however your school may have
developed a policy of using a procedural
safeguards in a written 504 plan that
are similar to those in IDEA, but this is
not required under Section 504.
5. Section 504 protections follow
the child after s/he leaves the public
school system. IDEA does not. When
the child graduates from high school
with a regular diploma or reaches the
age of 22, the child’s entitlement to
rights under IDEA ends. IDEA rights do
not follow the child into college or the
workplace. Section 504 provides protections against discrimination after the
child leaves public school. Parents have
no rights after their child leaves public
school under Section 504 or IDEA.
For further information visit www.
wrightslaw.com or your state’s education website.
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]
Not all questions submitted can be
addressed through this publication.
Food And Fun For Learning Center
Ethics & Staying Mission-Focused
Featured At Estate Planners Meeting
he Partnership for Philanthropic
Planning (PPP) of Lee County and
The Estate Planning Council of
Lee County will present Ethics & Staying
Mission-Focused: Everything You Need
To Know In 7 Words at the Thursday,
January 15 meeting.
Featured speaker Dawn-Marie Driscoll
is an emeritus executive fellow and advisory board member of the Center for
Business Ethics at Bentley University
in Waltham, Massachusetts, one of the
nation’s leading institutes devoted to
the study and practice of business ethics. Driscoll serves on the faculty of the
national Ethics and Compliance Officer
Association. She is co-author of two books
about ethics and compliance and her business ethics articles have appeared in many
professional and popular journals and
newspapers. Driscoll will give an introduction to business ethics and provide stories
and examples of ethical issues that have
happened at nonprofits.
The meeting will be held at Cypress
Lake Country Club, 6767 Winkler Road in
Fort Myers from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Dawn-Marie Driscoll will be the featured
Networking begins at 11:30 a.m., while
speaker at the January 15 Partnership for
the lunch and program begin at noon.
Philanthropic Planning and Estate Planning
The event is free to members of The
Council meeting
Partnership for Philanthropic Planning and
The Estate Planning Council. The cost for non-members is $30 and includes lunch.
Reservation deadline is Monday, January 12. To RSVP, go to www.ppplee.org.
A member of
Robert G. LeSage, OD
Timothy E. Underhill, OD
n Tuesday, January 20, there will be an opportunity to support Gladiolus
Learning and Development Center in a way that everyone can enjoy.
Through a partnership with Twisted Vine Bistro and The Florida Repertory
Theater, the non-profit charity will offer the first of two outings that will benefit the
children at the center.
The event will start at Twisted Vine Bistro in downtown Fort Myers with a complimentary glass of house wine and a choice of pan-seared Florida snapper with a
fire roasted risotto cake; smoked balsamic barbecue pork shank; or breast of chicken
stuffed with goat cheese, spinach and roasted garlic.
After dinner, guests will proceed to the Arcade Theater for One Slight Hitch,
performed by the Florida Repertory Troupe. This romantic comedy centered around
a wedding. It’s the day of the wedding and everything is perfect... until the doorbell
rings! Then the fun begins.
Cost for the evening is $120 per person.
A second fundraising event is being offered on Monday, January 26. This is a river
cruise aboard the Lady Chadwick, which will depart from the Captiva Cruises dock.
It will be a sunset cruise with a 50s theme, an opportunity to wear Bobby socks and a
poodle skirt and dance to Malt Shop Swing, Jitterbug and Lindy. Passengers can create their own sundae with Queenie’s ice cream and swing with the dancers from The
Enchanted Ballroom.
To register for these events, call the center at 481-2100
Gladiolus Learning And Development Center, Inc. is a non-profit organization that
supports children and their families by providing quality day care to those who are
working but need help finding a safe and nurturing environment for their children. For
more information, go to www.gladkids.net.
conveniently located near Publix in
South Pointe Commons at College Pkwy.
New Address
5995 South Pointe Blvd, #111
Fort Myers, FL 33919
239-482-0355 • 239-332-1555
Financial Focus
New Contribution
Limits Make
401(k) Plans Even
More Attractive
by Jennifer Basey
f you are interested in saving
for retirement,
here’s some good
news: For 2015,
the IRS has raised
the maximum
contribution limits
for 401(k) plans
from $17,500 to
$18,000. And if
you’re 50 or older, you can put in an
extra $6,000, up from $5,500 in 2014.
These same limits also apply to 403(b)
plans, for employees of public schools
and nonprofit organizations, and to
457(b) plans, for employees of state and
local governments and other governmental agencies, such as park boards and
water districts. So, in other words, a lot
of workers have gotten a “raise” in their
ability to contribute to tax-advantaged
retirement plans.
Although you may not think you will
ever contribute the maximum amount to
your retirement plan, you may still benefit
from making small increases each year.
Unfortunately, many people don’t do
this. In fact, approximately 30 percent of
eligible workers don’t even participate in
their employer’s 401(k)-type plan, according to the Employee Benefits Security
Administration, an agency of the U.S.
Department of Labor. And the median
savings rate for these plans is just six
percent of eligible income, with only 22
percent of employees contributing more
than 10 percent of their pay, according
to a recent report by Vanguard, an investment management company.
In any case, you do have some pretty
strong motivations to put in as much as
you can possibly afford. First of all, your
401(k) earnings grow on a tax-deferred
basis, which means your money has more
growth potential than it would if it were
placed in an account on which you paid
taxes every year. Eventually, though, you
will be taxed on your withdrawals, but by
the time you start taking out money, presumably in retirement, you might be in a
lower tax bracket.
But you can also get a more immediate tax-related benefit from contributing as much as you can to your 401(k).
Consider this hypothetical example.
Suppose that you are in the 28 percent
tax bracket. For every dollar you earn,
you must pay 28 cents in taxes (excluding state and other taxes), leaving you
72 cents to spend as you choose. But if
you put that same dollar into your 401(k),
which is typically funded with pre-tax dollars, you will reduce your taxable income
by one dollar – which means that if you
did contribute the full $18,000, you’d
save $5,040 in federal income taxes.
Your particular tax situation will likely be
impacted by other factors, but you’d have
that $18,000 working for you in whatever investments you have chosen within
your 401(k) plan. If you kept contributing
the maximum each year, you will be giving yourself more potential for a sizable
fund for your retirement years.
Even if you couldn’t afford to “max
out” on your 401(k), you should, at the
very least, contribute enough to earn your
employer’s match, if one is offered. (A
common match is 50 cents per dollar, up
to six percent of your pay.) Your Human
Resources Department can tell you how
much you need to contribute to get the
greatest match, so if you haven’t had that
conversation yet, don’t put it off.
As we’ve seen, investing in your
401(k) is a good retirement strategy – you
get tax benefits and the chance to build
retirement savings. And with the contribution limit increasing, you’ve got the
chance for more savings in the future.
Jennifer Basey is a financial advisor
in Fort Myers. She can be reached at
[email protected]
Rotary All Star
Banquet Speaker
J. Jeffrey Rice
. Jeffrey Rice, managing partner
of the Southwest Florida law firm
Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice
& Purtz, P.A., was the keynote speaker
at the All Star Banquet which took place
at The Harborside Event Center in Fort
Myers on December 8. The banquet
was part of the 26th annual Rotary
South All Star Classic. This event has
evolved into a three-day celebration
starting with the All Star Banquet on
Monday night, a Miami Dolphins Youth
Clinic on Tuesday night and the All Star
Classic Football Game on Wednesday
Rice, an NFL Umpire for almost 20
years, spoke to approximately 1,000 to
1,500 attendees on his experience both
on the football field and in the courtroom.
He shared football stories and stressed
the importance of continued education
or learning a skill to be utilized after high
school since very few are able to become
successful college or professional athletes
after high school. Rice encouraged the
youth in attendance to set goals and be
proud of what they have accomplished.
The Rotary South All Star Classic is
hosted by the Rotary Club of Fort Myers
South. It provides a platform showcasing the football and cheerleading skills of
local athletes. A number of awards were
presented to both athletes and coaches
during the banquet. The coaches’ awards
honor outstanding leadership and dedication and the different athlete awards recognize athletes with the highest GPA, an
MVP and a spirit award. A student from
both the North and South teams received
each award.
Rice focuses his practice on commercial and construction law, construction
lien cases and real estate closings. He
has been named one of Florida’s Super
Lawyers every year since 2006.
Free Workshops Offered On
Government Contract Opportunities
he Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) at Florida Gulf
Coast University (FGCU) will host a free, three-week workshop to show business owners how to expand their business by obtaining government contract
opportunities. The workshop will take place on Fridays, January 9, 16 and 23 from
1 to 3 p.m. at Career Source SWFL, 4150 Ford Street Extension in Fort Myers.
Dan Telep, government contract specialist with the Procurement Technical
Assistance Center and a past government contracting officer, will teach the workshops.
The FSBDC at FGCU offers one-on-one, confidential, no-cost consulting and lowcost workshops for businesses throughout Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry, and Glades
counties. It is designated by the state as Florida’s principal provider of business assistance.
Register online at www.sbdcsemnars.org or call the FSBDC office at 745-3700 to
register by phone.
Fort Myers Ranked In Top 10
Winter Destinations In The Country
he American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) placed Fort Myers in the top
10 most popular destination for 2014-2015 winter season. It shares this new
ranking with major cities including Orlando, Las Vegas, New York City, Miami,
Honolulu, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Maui and San Diego. The listing is based on
bookings by members of ASTA. Fort Myers and Maui replaced New Orleans and
Washington, DC.
“We have something those big cities don’t have,” said Tamara Pigott, executive
director of the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB). “We have tremendous natural assets such as world famous shelling, kayaking, birding, etc. We also have
beautiful weather. Who wouldn’t want to be here now?”
The VCB also moved its marketing dollars to more than 50 percent digital, focused
on an increase in social media engagement and intensified sales and PR efforts, she
TravelPulse, which covers industry news, offered some reasons Fort Myers made
the list including having the “most beautiful beaches in the world.”
For more information about the ranking, visit www.asta.org. These travel agents
represent 80 percent of all travel sold in the United States through the travel agency
distribution channel. Together with hundreds of internationally based members, it is the
leading global advocate for travel agents, the travel industry and the traveling public.
Share your community news with us.
Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702
or email [email protected]
Offers Hope For
Diabetes, Herpes
And Brain Injuries
by Suzy Cohen, RPh
I’m a
foodie and would
never want to give
up traditional desserts
and pasta, bagels and
muffins. That said,
if my blood sugar
was elevated, I would
be highly motivated
to alter my diet and try natural remedies
before prescription drugs or shots. Twenty
nine million people in the United States
now have Type 2 diabetes and one in
three adults has pre-diabetes, blood sugar
levels higher than “normal,” but not quite
high enough to be diagnosed with Type 2
diabetes. Having pre-diabetes puts you on
the fast track to getting full-blown Type 2
diabetes within five years. Complications
include severe nerve pain, heart disease,
kidney failure, blindness, stroke, or amputation of the toes, feet or legs.
We know that meal choices matter.
We also know that exercising works. The
big deal is how low thyroid is the number
one missed cause for diabetes. I discuss
that in my book, Diabetes Without
Drugs. As a pharmacist, I’m aware of the
side effects and interactions associated
with medications, so today I’m going to
spotlight berberine.
Berberine is a compound that scientists extract from the Oregon grape plant,
which is the state flower for Oregon in
the United States. It grows beautiful yellow flowers and blue grapes (but not the
kind of grapes you are thinking of, these
are different).
Medicinal uses of berberine have been
documented in China since 3000 BC.
More recently, there are scientific papers
to show all kinds of cool things! Like how
berberine lowers blood glucose (sugar) as
effectively as metformin, a popular prescription medicine for diabetes. Doesn’t
that just blow your mind?! Berberine
is just as effective as this strong medicine, but without as many side effects.
That gets my attention. A study in the
Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and
Metabolism in 2008 found that berberine caused a significant reduction in
hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) and improved
cholesterol ratios. In this particular study,
1,000 mg was administered as the total
daily dose. Another study (animal) suggests that berberine can prevent prediabetes from developing.
What else you wonder? Berberine kills
herpes simplex virus (HSV) which is often
treated with the prescription drug acyclovir. Berberine protects neurons in your
brain and reduces inflammation, so it
helps with a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Amazingly, when combined with the
chemotherapy drug cisplatin, berberine
displays strong anti-cancer effects against
ovarian cancer cells.
Berberine is completely natural and
sold nationwide as a dietary supplement.
Most naturopaths recommend 500 mg
once, twice or even three times daily.
The dosage varies greatly so you should
consult a trained professional. Use and
dosage depends on your medical history,
liver function and the condition for which
you are taking it. Keep in mind, berberine
is a natural blood thinner. It also enhances the effects of diabetic medications,
possibly to your detriment if your blood
sugar drops rapidly. It’s definitely not
recommended if you are pregnant since
it’s a uterine stimulant. Physicians often
underestimate herbs but as far as I’m concerned, plants are medicine too.
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.
Exercise Class
ope Parkinson Program, a
service provided by Hope
Healthcare Services, is partnering with the Sanibel Recreation Center
to provide a weekly exercise program
especially designed for persons diagnosed with Parkinsons or motion related
diseases. Classes begin January 7 at
1 p.m. For more information, contact
Michelle Martin, Hope HealthCare
Services community outreach coordinator, at 985-7727.
From page 19
Young Artists
students will be given the opportunity to
perform at various community events. As
a not-for-profit organization, the Young
Artists Awards also collaborates with
other area organizations to provide additional information to our student participants in the performing arts.
Visit the Young Artists Awards website
at www.youngartistsawards.org, email
[email protected], call 5749321 and like the Young Artists Awards
page on Facebook for more information
on the auditions and upcoming gala in
March at the Broadway Palm Dinner
Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702 or email [email protected]
Mom And Me
by Lizzie and Pryce
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,
I was interested in meeting our new
neighbors. I had heard that he was a
successful scientist with a distinguished
career. To my surprise, his wife was a
terrible disappointment. This is his second
marriage after being widowed a number
of years. His wife has not gone beyond
the eighth grade, was a waitress in a
diner, looks and acts like a total slob and
has no redeeming assets we can see.
They argue constantly and it is difficult to
be in their company.
At neighborhood functions, we hate to
leave them out but others will not come if
they are invited. What should we do?
Dear Andrea,
I am constantly amazed at how different one’s public face is compared to
one’s private face. You do not have to
be around this couple if they make you
However, I also suggest that you be
respectful and not mean to them, nor
should you engage in any gossip about
Dear Andrea,
This woman is this man’s wife and
they both deserve to be invited to a
neighborhood function. She is what he
wanted in a wife and if she makes him
happy, it is none of your business.
Have you ever heard of opposites
attracting? And they both may thrive on
I also heard of an attorney who was
devastated when his wife was killed.
He went to the local diner to eat in the
evening and the waitress there was the
only one who listened and comforted
him during his grieving period. They later
married, but unfortunately the marriage
did not last, but then second marriages
involving older people don’t seem to have
a very good track record.
Lizzie and Pryce’s email address is
[email protected]
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1. U.S. PRESIDENTS: How many U.S. states are named after a president?
2. GEOGRAPHY: Which Japanese island is the home of Mount Fuji?
3. FAMOUS PEOPLE: What was gangster Al Capone convicted of, sending him to prison for 11
4. MOVIES: What 1980s movie featured the lines, “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my
father. Prepare to die.”?
5. PSYCHOLOGY: What would someone who suffered from chorophobia be afraid of?
6. TELEVISION: Which long-running country variety show featured a radio station named
7. SCIENCE: Who is known as the “father of taxonomy,” a system of naming, ranking and classifying organisms?
8. LITERATURE: Who wrote under the pseudonym of Lewis Carroll?
9. FOOD & DRINK: What is a scuppernong?
10. MUSIC: What does the musical notation “da capo” mean?
1. One, the state of Washington 2. Honshu 3. Tax evasion 4. “The Princess Bride” 5. Dancing 6. “Hee
Haw” 7. Carolus Linnaeus 8. Charles L. Dodgson 9. Type of grape 10. From the beginning
My Stars ★ ★ ★ ★
ARIES (March 21 to April 19) That lowerthan-acceptable performance you’re getting
from others in your group might be the result
of miscommunication. If so, correct it before
serious problems arise later on.
TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) An unexpected situation could call for a change of
plans. If so, you might feel that this is unfair.
But it’s best to make the needed adjustments
now. There’ll be time later for rescheduling.
GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) The new
year brings opportunities you might want to
look into. Some might be more interesting
than others. But take time to look at all of
them before you make any decisions.
CANCER (June 21 to July 22) It’s a good
idea to be careful about expenses until you’ve
worked out that pesky financial problem.
You might find it advisable to get some solid
advice on how to proceed.
LEO (July 23 to August 22) Romance
looms large over the Leonine aspect. Single
Lions looking for love should find Cupid very
cooperative. Paired Cats can expect a renewed
closeness in their relationships.
VIRGO (August 23 to September 22)
Making contact with a former colleague
might not be high on your list of priorities.
But it could pay off personally as well as professionally. Avoid bringing up any negatives
about the past.
LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) A
personal relationship could face added stress
because of a situation involving someone
close to both of you. Be supportive and,
above all, try to avoid playing the blame
SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21)
You might well find some lingering uncertainties about a decision. If so, take that as a
warning that you might not be ready to make
that move yet. More study would be in order.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to
December 21) Music is a dominant theme for
Sagittarians right now, and it should remind
you to make a greater effort to restore some
much-needed harmony in that very special
CAPRICORN (December 22 to January
19) Although family matters might demand
much of the Sea Goat’s attention this week,
you’ll want to try to make time to handle
those all-important workplace situations as
AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18)
A recurring unresolved issue might need to
be revisited before you can move forward.
Consider asking someone familiar with the
situation to act as an impartial counselor.
PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Ignore
pressure to make a decision. Keeping your
options open is still the wisest course, at least
until you’re sure you’ve learned all you need
to know about the matter at hand.
BORN THIS WEEK: You’re capable of
great loyalty to those around you, which is
one reason you can count on devotion from
friends and family.
● On Jan. 13, 1128, Pope Honorius II
grants a papal sanction to the military order
known as the Knights Templar, declaring it
to be an army of God. The self-imposed mission of the Knights Templar was to protect
Christian pilgrims on their way to the Holy
● On Jan. 14, 1860, the U.S. House of
Representatives’ Committee of Thirty-Three
submits a proposed constitutional amendment
protecting slavery in all areas where it already
existed. The proposed measure was not
enough to stem the tide of seceding states.
● On Jan. 15, 1870, the first recorded
use of a donkey to represent the Democratic
Party appears in Harper’s Weekly, drawn by
political illustrator Thomas Nast. Four years
later, Nast originated the use of an elephant to
symbolize the Republican Party in a Harper’s
Weekly cartoon.
● On Jan. 18, 1882, A.A. Milne, creator of
Winnie-the-Pooh, is born. Years later when
his son, Christopher Robin, was born, Milne
used the boy’s stuffed animals as inspiration
for the stories “Winnie-the-Pooh” and “The
House at Pooh Corner.”
● On Jan. 12, 1932, Ophelia Wyatt
Caraway, a Democrat from Arkansas,
becomes the first woman to be elected to the
U.S. Senate. Caraway had been appointed
to the Senate two months earlier to fill the
vacancy left by her late husband, Thaddeus
Horatio Caraway.
● On Jan. 17, 1984, U.S. Supreme Court
decides Universal v. Sony, the court battle
over the legality of the video cassette recorder
(VCR) and its allegedly detrimental effect on
the motion-picture industry. The U.S. District
Court ruled in favor of Sony, stating that
taping material for private entertainment purposes was fair use.
● On Jan. 16, 1991, the United Nations
deadline for the Iraqi withdrawal from Kuwait
1. In 2014, Florida State baseball coach Mike Martin reached 1,800 career victories.
Who were the first two Division I coaches to hit that mark?
2. How many times did Hall of Famer Ted Williams walk more than 140 times in a season?
3. In 2013, Duke’s football team set a record for most victories in a season (10). Before
then, how many times did the Blue Devils win nine in a season?
4. What year was the first in which the Utah Jazz made the NBA playoffs?
5. Who was the youngest NHL team captain to win three Stanley Cups?
6. Name the last driver before Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2014 to win both NASCAR Cup
races at Pocono Raceway in the same season.
7. Who was the last Frenchman before Yannick Noah (1983) to win the French Open
men’s singles title?
1. Texas’ Augie Garrido and Wichita State’s Gene Stephenson. 2. Six times during his 19-year career. 3. Four times
-- 1933, ‘36, ‘38 and ‘41. 4. It was 1984. 5. Wayne Gretzky, who won his third in 1987 at age 26. 6. Denny Hamlin,
in 2006. 7. Marcel Bernard, in 1946.
expires, and the Pentagon prepares to commence offensive operations to forcibly eject
Iraq from its five-month occupation of its
oil-rich neighbor. Operation Desert Storm
was conducted by an international coalition
under the command of U.S. General Norman
Schwarzkopf and featured forces from 32
● It was American author Gail Kathleen
Godwin who made the following sage observation: “Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.”
● Elizabeth Montgomery, best known
for playing the witch Samantha in the TV
sitcom “Bewitched,” in 1975 played the title
role in the TV movie “The Legend of Lizzie
Borden.” This would not be remarkable,
except that a genealogist later showed that
Montgomery and the notorious axe-murderer
were actually sixth cousins once removed.
● Those who study such things say that
if you grew up in the era before color TV,
you’re more likely to dream in black and
● In April 2014, the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission moved
to forbid the sale of stuffed baby alligators in
“an unnatural body or body part positioning”
-- including upright human poses.
● You might be surprised to learn that during the Revolutionary War, only one out of
every six able-bodied men in the American
colonies actually took up arms.
● John Pemberton, the inventor of CocaCola, came up with the recipe by boiling coca
leaves, kola nuts and a variety of herbs in a
pot in his backyard. It was originally sold in
his drugstore as a “nerve medicine.”
● It’s well-known that camels are able to
go long periods of time without access to
water, but biologists say that giraffes are able
to survive even longer than camels when
deprived of moisture.
● In the 18th century, so-called anatomical
demonstrations became very popular. At the
time, museums, colleges, private homes and
even bars hosted public dissections of human
corpses. Competition to obtain the sometimescostly tickets to these events was fierce, and
the crowds attending often were raucous.
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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.
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Looking for
a Home in
Woods ?
(239) 246-4716
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
Desirable Beachview lot
overlooking the golf course
Convenient to everything!
Listen to the waves from your
Chateaux Sur Mer property.
Just steps to the beach access.
Overlook Dinkins Bayou and
enjoy the dolphin and manatees.
Homesite has a dock in place.
Give me a call today!
Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
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Gulf Beach Properties, Inc.
Paul H. Zimmerman, Broker
Serving The Islands Rental Needs Since 1975
☼RS 12/19 BM TFN
Putting owners and
tenants together
Call Dustyn Corace
House Watch, House Cleaning, Laundry,
Ironing, Organizing, Transportation.
Miriam or Vera
[email protected]
239-878-1416 or 239-368-6458
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Over 300 rentals
to choose from!
Please call for details
Available February 1, $4,800/month
Luxury High-Rise-Just over bridge in FM
Beautiful Gulf Of Mexico views visit
Mastiquemarketing.com for details
Seahorse Rentals
[email protected]
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Retired Police Captain
Lives on Sanibel
Will Check Your Home Weekly
Very Reasonable Rates
(239) 728-1971
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We will provide music for your event/party.
We are a duo performing a variety of music
based on YOUR needs. We’ve performed
at private house parties, country clubs, etc.
Smiling Faces Duo 518-796-4239
for further information.
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Paul J. Morris, Broker
359 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island
☼RS 1/4 CC TFN
Annual or Seasonal 3BR/2B Island cottage
for rent. Private mid-island location,dead
end street. Walk to all conveniences &
easy bike ride to bay/gulf beaches. Fully
furnished incl w/d. Annual $1,800 mo.+ util.
Seasonal $1,300 per wk/$4,000 mo.
Best deal on Sanibel! 773-507-8095.
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[email protected]
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]
Lic# EC12002788.
Call Roger 239-707-7203.
Aqualink - Motor Controls.
Office & Store Maint.
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.
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Island Vacations
1101 Periwinkle Way #105
Sanibel, FL 33957
☼RS 3/21 NC TFN
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.
Of Sanibel & Captiva
Million $ Views Await You!
• Cottages • Condos • Homes •
Miles of Beaches & Bike Paths
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
Residential Cleaning to Satisfaction
Sanibel & Captiva • 239-565-0471
Sanibel Lic. #11412 Lee Co. Lic. #051047
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JAN, FEB & MAR 2015
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.
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]
Dorado Property Management
❋ Island Resident ❋ Licensed & Insured
❋ 24/7 ❋ www.doradoproperty.com
“Voted Best Of Islands”
Specializing in home - offices - condo’s commercial. Call for Free Estimates.
395-1122, Owned & Operated by
20 year Island Residents.
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Call Lisa or Bruce at 239-472-8875
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★ ★ ★ C L A S S I F I E D D E A D L I N E F R I DAY
NOON ★ ★ ★
Available to work with elderly.
Day or Night.
Call 239-600-1738.
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Linen warehouse sorter/packer needed
Thursday, Friday, Sunday 8am-4pm @
$10 per hour. Call David @ VIP Vacation
Rentals 472-1613
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Self-Contained Trailer
Up to 40 Lbs.,
Total Grooming, Package,
Please call.
☼RS 12/19 CC 1/9
Volunteers needed for light general
maintenance. Call (CHR) Community
Housing & Resources, Inc. 472-1189.
☼NS 11/1 NC TFN
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.
☼NS 1/2 CC 1/9
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.
☼NS 7/11 NC TFN
The Sunshine Ambassador Program
is a new and exciting volunteer opportunity
offered at the Golisano Children’s Hospital
of Southwest Florida located within
HealthPark Medical Center. The Sunshine
Ambassadors will greet, assist and be a
positive first point of contact for patients,
families and visitors entering the hospital.
The Ambassadors also make a difference
to families by providing educational
and healthful resources to assist in
GRANDparenting for GRANDchildren.
We are currently seeking
year-round volunteers to work
one 4-hour shift Monday through Friday
from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
or 12:00pm to 4:00 pm.
If you would be interested in learning more
about this wonderful new opportunity,
please contact Lisa Ellinwood, Volunteer
Resources Coordinator at 239-343-5062
at the Golisano Children’s Hospital.
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The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife
(CROW) on Sanibel is seeking a full-time
experienced retail manager to run our
gift shop, and also provide administrative
support to our Development Director.
Excellent organizational and people skills,
office and computer experience required.
Competitive pay and benefits offered.
Email resume to Linda Estep, Executive
Director at [email protected] or mail to
PO Box 150, Sanibel FL 33957.
No phone calls.
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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
at The Dr. Piper Center
for Social Services, Inc.
Sanibel CPA firm seeks a full-charge
bookkeeper/accountant. Prior CPA firm
experience and Associates/ Bachelors
Degree preferred. Expert in QuickBooks.
Responsibilities include Payroll, General
Ledger, Accounts Payable, Receivables,
Financial Statements, MS Word, Excel,
and Prior Experience Mandatory.
Resumes can be emailed to Linda at
[email protected]
Cash Paid For Old Military Items.
Medals, Swords, Uniforms,
helmets, old guns, awards & more.
Local Toll Free 1-866-440-3280
BOAT LIFT - 10,000 LBS
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Sanibel Public Library - PT, professionaltechnical position. Experience working
directly with public; MS Office, iPad &
Windows experience required. Saturdays
and evenings. Equal opportunity employer.
Send resume electronically to: [email protected]
sanlib.org. Questions on this positions,
please call Cathy at (239) 472-2483.
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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.
Call 239-691-7660.
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Hourly, Daily, Weekly
and Monthly.
Captiva Island 472-5800
☼RS 1/4 NC TFN
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
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To advertise
in The
River Weekly News
Call 415-7732
Don't Harm The Fish
by Capt. Matt Mitchell
☼RS 12/5 CC 2/27
☼NS 1/9 BM TFN
Sunday School Teacher for K-4th at
Sanibel Church wanted. This is a paid,
part-time Sunday mornings year-round
position. Background check and references
required. Mainstream theology required.
Teaching experience preferred.
For details call (239) 472-0479.
Shore Fishing:
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.
Friday, Jan. 16 & Saturday, Jan. 17
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
West Rocks, 3980 Coguina Drive, Sanibel.
Something For Everyone.
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★ ★ ★ C L A S S I F I E D D E A D L I N E F R I DAY
NOON ★ ★ ★
Strawberry Cheesecake Dip
1/2 cup fresh strawberries,
rinsed, dried and chopped fine
1/4 cup pecans,
toasted and chopped fine
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup freshly squeezed
orange juice
1 cup low-fat cream cheese, softened
1 cup low-fat sour cream
Assorted cookies, graham crackers
and fresh fruit for dipping and spreading
Set aside 1 tablespoon each of the
strawberries and pecans for garnish.
In a small bowl, lightly mix the strawberries, honey and orange juice. In a
separate bowl, blend the cream cheese
and sour cream until smooth. Add the
strawberry mixture and fold together.
Fold in the pecans. Cover and chill.
Garnish the top of the dip with the
reserved strawberries and pecans. Serve
with cookies and fruit for dipping.
Strawberry Cheesecake Dip
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Don't Harm The Fish
by Capt. Matt Mitchell
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
• 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.
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 29
Pets Of The Week
ello, my name is Nubbs. I’m an
18-month-old neutered male
brown and white hound mix.
I’ve got the cutest little nub of a tail that
vibrates when I’m happy, which is pretty
much all the time. I’m mild-mannered
and easy-going. I’m a lab in hound’s
clothing. In fact, I have the same balanced temperament as a lab. I’m affectionate and want to please.
My adoption fee is $45 (regularly $75)
during Animal Services’ Paw Stars adoption promotion.
Hello, my name is Baby. I’m a 2-yearold spayed female brown tabby domestic
medium hair. I should have been a model.
After all, I’m very beautiful and love to
pose for photos. I’m patiently but playfully waiting for my forever home.
My adoption fee is $25 (regularly $50)
during Animal Services Paw Stars adoption promotion.
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
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
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
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
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:
Nubbs ID# 602735
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
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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