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VOL. 9, No. 4 From the Beaches to the River District downtown Fort Myers JANUARY22, 2010

River District

Ribbon Cutting

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Fort Myers Mayor Randy Henderson, Jr.
with former Mayor Jim Humphrey
On Friday, January 15, the City
of Fort Myers held a ribbon cut-
ting and celebration to mark the
completion of the Downtown Utility
Replacement and Streetscape A ribbon cutting marked the completion of downtown's improvement project
continued on page 21

Jazz Concert
Supports GCE
And Haitian Relief
by Gerri Reaves
L oad up your lawn chairs, blan-
kets, and sunscreen. On Sunday,
January 24, Jazz for Peace will
bring first-class jazz to the campus of
the Lee County Alliance for the Arts in
Fort Myers from 3 to 8 p.m.
The outdoor family-friendly jazz con-
cert is organized by the local non-profit
Global Community Engagement (GCE).
The event is made possible by a con-
cert benefit grant from Jazz for Peace,
a New York-based group that performs
internationally for worthy non-profit orga-
nizations they deem "underfunded and
Local sponsors include the
Environmental Peace and Education
Center, Health & Harmony Yoga and
Massage Center, La Casona Peruvian
Restaurant, and the Renaissance
Montessori School.
Publix, Costco, and Daily Chocolate
are sponsoring the VIP area, which will
offer champagne and food.
Teachers from the Renaissance School
will be running a child activity center in

Rick DellaRatta in concert
photo by Juan Flores Mundo Hispano
a secure area, where the main activity
will be creating musical instruments from
recycled materials. The children will later
play those instruments on stage with the
professional musicians.
Health & Harmony will offer chair
massage. La Casona will sell Peruvian
food and beer.
continued on page 19

Celtic Festival
This Saturday
The City of Fort Myers, in con-
junction with Celtic Heritage
Productions, Inc., will host the
seventh annual Caloosahatchee Celtic
Festival on Saturday, January 23 from
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the grounds
of downtown Fort Myers' Centennial
Park. The festival boasts six hours of
continuous live Celtic music from an
international line-up, featuring the high-
energy Scottish group Albannach, Celtic
jam band Rathkeltair, native Irish bal-
ladeer Brendan Nolan, national touring
act Marcille Wallis & Friends, and the
award-winning Fort Myers-based dance
troupe Kellyn Celtic Arts Irish Dance
Academy. Gates open at 11 a.m.; main
stage music begins at noon. Making a
repeat appearance at the festival after last
year's thunderous response is Glasgow,
Scotland's Albannach. Scottish natives all,
Albannach's stated purpose in life is to
share Scotland's intriguing culture through
music. Their invigorating approach to the
traditional music of the Highlands and
islands quickly brings audiences to their

feet and always leaves them begging for
more. Featuring a championship winning
piper, a variety of percussionists, and
haunting vocalists, this band is the toast
of Highland games and Scottish events all
over the United Kingdom and the United
Rathkeltair (pronounced rath-KELT-ur)
is one of North America's premier Celtic
rock bands, featuring a powerful trio
of musicians from Ireland, England and
America. Their cross-generational appeal
lies in their ability to take listeners on a
musical journey through time and space,
continued on page 5

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Historic Downtown Fort Myers, Then

And Now: Jordan-Ballis Bungalow
by Gerri Reaves
T'r|he bungalow currently owned by Kos Ballis and Christine
~ | Jordan-Ballis was one of the first built on Hough Street.
I The precise age of the house that sits at the foot of
Fourth Street is unknown, but is estimated to be around 1900.
It sits on a parcel that's part of the Gardner Subdivision,
named for the pioneering AA Gardner family, who among other
things, gave Fort Myers its first electric and ice plants.
Over the years, the land the bungalow sits on has passed
S through many hands. First granted to Augustus M. Wilson in
1883, it next was owned by Wilson's uncle, Captain FA Hendry,
and his wife, Ardeline.
A few years later, the AA Gardner family bought it.
A parade of owners and residents made the bungalow home before Christine and
Kos bought it in 2005. Former residents include many names threaded through Fort
Myers history, including several more from the Hendry family.
The couple bought the historic bungalow "as is" and proceeded to restore its livabil-
ity and charm.
Kos refinished the original yellow-pine floors and kept the original windows and
built-in shelves and cabinets. He says the house is very sturdy, due to a super strong
stucco-like material applied over the wood frame and metal mesh, a substance that
rivals concrete in strength.
They left the brick fireplace intact.
One of the property's most notable and attractive features is the coral-rock wall
with planters.
Many of the old trees, including tropical fruit, are perhaps a legacy from the
Seminole Canning Company, started by the Gardner family in 1888. They processed

The Jordan-Ballis bungalow on Hough Street in the mid-20th century
photo courtesy of the Southwest Florida Historical Society

The coral-rock fence and mature trees accentuate the historic renovated bungalow's
charm photo by Gerri Reaves

and shipped the guava, citrus, and other fruits they cultivated into jams and marma-
Christine and Kos also own the adjoining historic property that faces Fowler Street,
where they run Echo Vintage Books & Vinyl.
According to Christine, both structures definitely have "a strong presence" in them.
She has experienced "incidents" on the property that leave no doubt that spirits are
"I believe they once lived in the home on Hough Street or were familiar with both
homes on the properties. I always sense a man and a woman, not necessarily a mar-
ried couple, but they are familiar to each other."
She senses that the spirits are pleased with the care that has been taken with the
historic properties and choose to remain.
During the renovations, however, she sensed that the spirits were not sure if they
wanted the new owners there.
"It was very uncomfortable at times and I could feel the strong male spiritual pres-
ence, as if I was intruding in his space, but the energy has mellowed out since the
completion of both the home and bookstore," says Christine.
With so many years of history and so many residents, who can be surprised that a
spirit might linger in the tree-shaded bungalow on Hough or among the old books.
Walk down to Hough Street, where so many early residents of Fort Myers lived and
Then visit the Southwest Florida Museum of History at 2031 Jackson Street to see
the Tutankhamun: Wonderful Things from the Pharaoh's Tomb exhibit and ask about
the South Pacific Historic USO-Inspired Gala on January 30.
For information, call 321-7430 or go to swflmuseumofhistory.com. The museum's
hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Continue your historical research at the Southwest Florida Historical Society at
10091 McGregor Boulevard, where you can explore family and local history and buy
tickets for the February 15 annual Cracker Dinner.
Call 939-4044 or drop by on Wednesday or Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon.
Sources: The Story of Fort Myers by Karl H. Grismer and the archives of the
Southwest Florida Historical Society.M

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Bridal Fair At Winter Estates
T he Estates Tropical Bridal
Fair will be held on the
beautiful grounds of the
Ford Estate, one of Southwest
Florida's wedding locations, on
January 24 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Over 40 wedding profes-
sionals will be available to assist
brides in planning their special
day. Events include:
Fashion show by Lace & ..
Roses Bridal and Formal Wear
at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. .
Dance demonstrations by
Rhythm in Motion
Music by local musicians '
and a DJ
Catering showcase
Prizes from participating
Wedding reception show-
The fair is sponsored by the
Edison & Ford Winter Estates,
Creative Events & Rentals/
Taylor Rental and Studio Six
Eleven. The event is free to
members and brides, $5 for
For additional information
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Call To Artists For 'Square' Exhibit
T OWL Gallery has issued a call to artists for its upcoming juried show, Hip to
be Square from Friday, February 5 (Art Walk) until Wednesday, March 3.
Works may be any medium and subject matter, but must be square in shape/
format. Entry fee is $15 per piece and artists may submit up to three pieces. Works
may not exceed 24" x 24". First place will be awarded a plaque and second and third
place winners will receive ribbons.
Deadline for submissions is January 31.
To submit works visit www.howlgallery.com/submissions.html.
Upon acceptance into show, works and entry fee are due at the gallery by
Wednesday, February 3. Winners will be posted for the Art Walk Reception on
February 5 from 6 to 10 p.m.
HOWL Gallery is a new hybrid art gallery that features local and national contem-
porary artists, and mixes in pop culture such as graphic novels and designer art toys
with a custom tattoo studio. The gallery rotates art shows monthly and participates in
the Downtown Fort Myers Art Walk on the firs=st Friday of each month. Visit howlgal-
lery.com for event listings or call .
For more information call 332-0161 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.M

Edison Parade Tickets Available
he American Red Cross of Lee County is making dozens of extraordinary
seats to the 2010 Edison Festival of Light Grand Parade available to the
general public. The parade will be held February 20. These tickets are avail-
able for purchase at the Red Cross office, 6310 Techster Boulevard, Suite 7, Fort
Myers, at $8.50 each on a first come-first serve basis. For more information call

Tours Of Historic Burroughs Home
Guided tours of the historic Burroughs Home in Fort Myers are now available
on Friday beginning at 11 a.m.
The one-hour tour of the home and grounds will be provided by "Mona
Burroughs," who will give an insight into the lives of the residents at the turn on the
20th century. The Burroughs Home is one of the oldest homes in Fort Myers, dating
back to 1901, and has undergone several renovations in the past few years.
The cost for the tour is $10. Reservations are not required, but are appreciated and
may be made by calling 337-9505.0

Rain Barrel Workshop, Tour At Estates
H harvesting rainwater by
using rain barrels has
been around for thou-
sands of years. Thomas Edison
used cisterns and water tanks
throughout his Fort Myers
estate to help irrigate his gar-
dens and to use for drinking
Estates horticulturist and Lee
County Extension educators will
present a unique approach on
uses and construction of rain
barrels on January 23, 9 to *'
11:30 a.m. -
Participants will learn how to
construct and install a recycled
55-gallon barrel to collect rain
water. In addition, Southwest
Florida artist, Marie Dyer will
give a demonstration on paint-
ing rain barrels to create beauti-
ful additions for any landscape.
Both demonstrations will be
held in the estates museum.
After the workshops the hor-
ticulturist will lead a sustainable
landscape tour of the Edison &
Ford Winter Estates.
Registration is required by
calling 334-7419. Cost for the
workshop is $50 for estates Estates Horticulturist, Debbie Hughes with painted rain
members, $55 for non mem- barrel
bers and includes a rain barrel
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Saltwater Fishing
ape Coral Parks & Recreation is
offering a saltwater fishing class
for the new and novice angler
and for the angler who has limited
saltwater experience and is looking to
improve success. Topics include rod
and reel selection, line, leader and hook
selection, rigging, casting, and live,
dead and artificial baits. Also discussed
will be how to identify potential fishing
spots, chumming techniques, working
with tides, knot tying, bait rigging and
The class is for age 16 and up and is
on Saturday January 23 from 9 a.m. to
3 p.m. Cost is $30 for Cape Coral resi-
dents, $45 for non residents.
Pre-registration is required. Call Cape
Coral Yacht Club, 574-0806..0

Oil Painting Class
At Bay Oaks
Anyone interested in learning to oil
paint or anyone that has painted
but still may have intermediate
skills is welcome to join the new oil
painting class at Bay Oaks Recreation
Campus on Fort Myers Beach. The oil
painting class is geared to beginners and
intermediate level students.
Diane Davis will be instructing the
class on everything it takes to create a
great oil painting. Davis brings impres-
sive qualifications that will benefit all the
students. She is a member of TEAM
(Teachers and Educators of Materials),
Society of Decorative Painters of Fort
Myers, The Art League of Fort Myers,
and she is a certified Bob Ross floral
Students must bring their own sup-
plies. For more information call Diane
Davis at 454-2417.0

Teen Flag
This year's teen flag football league
at Bay Oaks Recreation Campus,
Fort Myers Beach, is for ages 12
to 17. All games will be played at Bay
Oaks Recreation Center.
The cost to play is $50 and uniform
shirt will be included. The last day to sign
up is January 30.
For more information contact Ed
Frazier at 560-8929.i

Arts And
Craft Show
ay Oaks Recreation Center at Fort
Myers Beach is inviting artists abd
crafters to participate in the first
annual Bay Oaks Arts and Craft Show
on February 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For vendors, the price for a table out-
side is $25 and for a table inside the gym
it's $35. For more information or to sign
up, contact Randy at-560-8989.0

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Celtic Festival
weaving traditional bagpipe tunes togeth-
er with tunes from Steely Dan or The
Beatles. They are story tellers as well,
delivering compelling original vocals that
are exciting, audience-friendly, and great
Dublin-born balladeer Brendan Nolan
performs throughout the United States
and Canada. His performances feature
a rich baritone voice, innovative musi-
cianship on guitar and bodhran (the
traditional Irish frame drum), and good
humor. Marcille Wallis & Friends has as
its nucleus touring and recording artist
Marcille Wallis, one of the nation's top
hammer dulcimer players. Wallis' group
also includes award-winning Scottish
dancers Ann and Cal Lloyd, vocalist/
multi-instrumentalist Don Pigeon, and
fiery Celtic fiddler Frances Pisacane.
Kellyn Celtic Arts Irish Dancers boast four


Festival favorites Marcille Wallis & Friends with dancers Ann and Cal Lloyd

2009 Gold Crown Champions. Principal
Dancer, Instructor and Choreographer
Jaime Knaub, now retired from competi-
tive dancing, is herself a much-decorated
Irish dance veteran, having won numer-

ous Irish dance medals and trophies,
in addition to representing the United
States at the World Championship of
Performing Arts in 1999. Piper Robin
Hendrickson, who has officiated at many
state of Florida ceremonies, will open the
festival, and provide strolling entertain-
ment throughout the festival grounds.
Festival goers will find vendors of
Celtic goods ranging from children's
clothing with an Irish theme to wares
from the Guinness brand shop in
Dublin to kilt outfitters who offer sturdy
and practical everyday wear as well as

authentic tartans. The British Car Club
of Southwest Florida will display mem-
bers' cars, and offer the public a chance
to vote for Best of Show. To satisfy the
appetite there is Celtic fare such as fish
and chips and meat pies, along with tra-
ditional American festival food. Domestic
beers and imports will both be served.
Admission to the event is $5. Children
under 12 are admitted free, when in the
company of a paid adult. Additional infor-
mation may be found at www.cityftmyers.

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Graduates of the Florida Master Naturalist Program at Ostego Bay on Fort Myers Beach
On January 15, 21 students completed their Florida Master Naturalist
Program (FMNP) training at the Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science
Center. The environment education extension program was offered in part-
nership with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
(UF-IFAS) and participating organizations throughout the state. The FMNP informs
and prepares persons to share information about Florida's natural world and envi-
ronmental history. Completion of the 40-hour program results in registration in the
UF-IFAS Master Naturalist Program database as a FMNP coastal systems naturalist.
Joanne Semmer, Ostego Bay Foundation president, was the certified FMNP pro-
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Trudy Hutchinson and John Kahlke present check to ECHO's Director of Development
Mary Moore

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Kiwanis Partners

T local non-profit ECHO
(Educational Concerns for Hunger
Organization) was presented with a
grant for $2,500 from the Cape Coral
Kiwanis Foundation during a recent
club meeting. This funding will provide
ECHO with a golf cart for its facilities
department, which maintains ECHO's
50-acre campus in North Fort Myers.
"With many structures and machinery
to maintain, golf carts are necessary for

us to efficiently care for the ECHO farm,"
said Harry Volker, facilities manager.
ECHO provides agricultural options,
networking and training to over 3,000
organizations worldwide. Its large prop-
erty featuring the Global Demonstration
Farm is maintained by staff and more
than 400 volunteers assisting ECHO each
year, some on a daily basis.
"Without the generosity of our local
community such as the Cape Coral
Kiwanis Club and our wonderful volun-
teers, we would not be able to provide
the level of service to the organizations
who depend on us for help," said Mary
Moore, director of development for

Cattle Barons'
Ball Is Saturday
he seventh annual Cattle Barons'
Ball will be held at Bell Tower
Shops (presenting sponsor) on
January 23. The event is a major fund-
raiser for the American Cancer Society of
Lee County.
"We are thrilled that Bell Tower
Shops is our presenting sponsor," said
Chairperson Danielle Lucht. "The loca-
tion is terrific and BTS will be the perfect
venue for fundraising activities throughout
the year."
Schedule of Events
5:15 p.m. VIP Party
Very Important Pardners gather for
this invitation only shindig, exclusively for
major sponsors, whose generous sup-
port has made an enormous impact on
the 2010 Cattle Barons' Ball. VIP guests
will treated to entertainment, special
grub, private bar, early viewing of auction
items, and a special souvenir reminding
every attendee of their VIP status.
6 p.m. Cattle Barons' Ball
Party 'til the cows come home.
Grab your boots and round up the
cattle and do your part to rope in a cure.
Silent Auction Mall
Veranda watering holes open for
Casino open for gambling'
Cow Pie Toss biddin'
Cattle Can biddin'
Aeronautical Charters Inc. Smile
Purdy photo booth for mug shots
Home-Tech Cub-n-Cork with com-
memorative bears and a bottle of wine
Budweiser Mavericks "Mug"slide
Boot Scoot-n-Boogie with the
Ronnie Morgan Band
7:30 p.m. Chuck wagon arrives
8:30 p.m. Sweet treats ready for the
9 p.m. ROCK Program
Ante up for this special portion that
is all about the cancer kids.
Live auction begins immediately fol-
lowing the ROCK Program
9:30 p.m. Cow Pie Toss winners
Midnight Cows have come home...
time for y'all to do the same.
Since 2004, the Lee County Cattle
Barons' Ball has raised approximately
$2.7 million in support of the American
Cancer Society. American Cancer Society
funds research to help find cures. It is all
about saving lives.
"We help people stay well by work-
ing to prevent cancer or detect it early,
when it's most treatable. We help people
get well we're here for anyone facing
cancer with the resources and support
they might need whenever they need
it," said Lee County's gala manager, Beth
Hayes. "We also fight back against cancer
by working with elected officials to pass
laws that defeat cancer and bring com-
munities together to join the fight. The
bottom line is that with your help, we
save lives and create more birthdays every
"Mall management and merchants
are honored to provide the venue for this
important benefit," added Amy Fletcher-
Smith, marketing director for Bell Tower

Shops. "We strongly believe in the mis-
sion of the American Cancer Society and
want to take this popular Lee County
event to new heights."
Bell Tower Shops is located at U.S. 41
and Daniels Parkway.
For information on tables for the
Cattle Barons' Ball, contact Beth Hayes
at 936-1113, ext. 3909 or beth.hayes@

Lakes Park

Market To Open
he Lakes Park Enrichment
Foundation in cooperation
with the Lee County Parks and
Recreation and market managers Jean
Baer and Betsy Ventura announce the
opening of a new community market at
Lakes Park. This open-air market will
feature vendors to include baked goods,
live plants, honey, pasta, cheese, fresh
seafood, local produce, organic veg-
etables, nuts, soaps, and area arts and
The market will open Friday, January
29 and run each Friday through May
from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. On opening day,
the award winning country band One
Night Rodeo will provide entertainment.
There are no pets allowed in the park. If
you are interested in being a vendor or a
volunteer, or if you have questions con-
tact one the market managers by email
at: jmbaer@comcast.net or jenningssims@
aol.com. Lakes Park is at 7330 Gladiolus
Drive, Fort Myers.

Alva Center

programs, events, and classes at
the Alva Community Center in
January will include:
Puffy Arts and Pizza
Customize your own T-shirt. Children
will design their fashions using fabric
paints and prints. They must bring their
own T-shirt. Pizza and drinks will be
served. Ages eight to 12. Friday, January
29 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Fun Days
For non-school days, there are arts
and crafts, tennis lessons and outside-
inside activities. Bring a lunch/snack.
Registration is $10 per participant. Ages
six to 13. January 25 and 26 from 7:30
a.m. to 6 p.m.
Some programs may be cancelled if
the minimum of six or 10 participants is
not met.
The Alva Community Center is at
21471 North River Road. Call Sandra at
(239) 7282882 for more information.
Call 533-7440 or go to www.leeparks.
org to register for classes, programs and

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Matt Krupka
by Gerri Reaves
Eight years ago, Matt Krupka made
a commitment to "give back" and
volunteering is his way of doing it.
His commitment is driven by gratitude
to God for the good health of his twin
son and daughter, who were born three
months prematurely.
That experience, he says, made him
realize that there's a lot more to life than
To fulfill that profound commitment,
on Friday mornings, Krupka shows up
at the Soup Kitchen of Community
Cooperative Ministries, Inc. (CCMI). His
efforts help the organization to providing
a stable, dignified and healthy way for the
community's temporarily or chronically
homeless to receive a nutritious noontime
Founded in 1984, CCMI provides
meals, groceries, transportation, and
other services to seniors, the homeless,
working poor, children, and the frail in
the community.
Krupka started volunteering two and a
half years ago for the Friday lunch shift.
He's primarily a cook, or a "chef," as
CCMI Volunteer Director John Mayhew
dubs him. The title seems appropriate,
since the volunteer was involved in the
restaurant business in his native Ohio for
many years.
"I know the business. I started out as a
cook when I was 15," he says.
He owned his first restaurant at age
19, and at one time he owned six pizza
restaurants and employed a couple of
hundred people. He is still a silent partner
in several restaurants 25 years later.
Remodeling his businesses eventually
led into his current profession, custom
home building and the founding of
Coconut Bay Construction.

Matt Krupka, a volunteer for the Soup
Kitchen of Community Cooperative
Ministries, Inc.
photo by Gerri Reaves
He's well-versed in the logistics of put-
ting out 125 to 160 lunch plates per day.
Krupka begins his shift at 9 a.m., after
Meals on Wheels wraps up its work of
providing 300 to 400 meals.
He and other volunteers begin to
prepare the lunch, which is served on
the premises. First, he consults with the
kitchen manager about the day's menu,
based on available food.
Then recipe creativity begins. The
restaurant professional loves it when he
really "gets it right" and puts out a dish
that's restaurant quality.
Hearty meals such as chicken and
rice, spaghetti and meatballs, chicken cac-
ciatore, chili, and chicken stroganoff are
typical main dishes.
His hands-on approach to volunteering
began back in Ohio, where he worked
for six years as a foreman for Habitat for
Humanity. He continued with Habitat
for a while after moving to this area four
years ago, but soon decided to embark
on a new adventure with CCMI.
He did his research online and by
telephone, visited the Soup Kitchen, and
said, "I can do this."

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He enjoys the experience of directly
helping and interacting with so many
people every Friday and he likes help-
ing people with something so basic as
food and daily survival.
He realizes the importance of the
Soup Kitchen to hundreds of people, and
he's grateful to be part of it.
Volunteering has its immediate, emo-
tionally moving rewards.
"When you hear a homeless person
say thank you...that's powerful. To have
nothing, and still thank you."
Krupka wants to remind the public
that CCMI welcomes not only volunteer
labor and food donations, but monetary
donations as well.
Volunteers are especially needed once
the winter season ends and snowbirds go
north. Working with the kitchen team is
"a blast," he says, as people with a com-
mon purpose do their work, flowing eas-
ily from role to role, be it cook, server, or
food prep.
If you'd enjoy the camaraderie of a
busy kitchen, check out the volunteer
opportunities at CCMI's Soup Kitchen.
Other programs include Meals on
Wheels, Hands & Hearts Childcare, and
Faith in Action.
Call John Mayhew at 332-
0441 or email him at Volunteers@
CCMILeeCounty.com. CCMI is located
at 3429 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Boulevard in Fort Myers.
Each week, Who's Volunteering?
honors people who make Southwest
Florida a better place to live.0

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I want to thank them for possibly sav-
ing the life of my new husband Tom.
Knowing that my husband's family has
heart problems, I knew we needed to
get Tom a complete physical. But we
could not afford the financial commit-
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So, he had a medical screening done
at a HealthFair mobile testing unit in
Fort Myers. One of the technicians dis-
covered a "critical to severe" blockage
in my husband's right carotid artery. We
followed up with our primary physician
who immediately referred us to a neuro-
surgeon. A carotid endarterectomy was
scheduled. After the procedure his doctor
advised me it was a good thing Tom had
this done. He was basically a stroke wait-
ing to happen. I want to thank HealthFair
for making it possible for us to "fix the
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Crestwell School, 1901 Park Meadows
Drive, between US 41 and Summerlin
Road, V2 mile north of College.
Minister: The Rev. Dr. Wayne Robinson
Phone: 226-0900.
Minister's cell phone: 218-3918.
Mailing address: P.O. Box 07477,
Fort Myers, FL 33919
Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.
We believe in the benefits of diversity in
gender, age, political affiliation, sexual
orientation, race and religion.
Email: allfaithsuc@earthlink.net
Web site: allfaiths-uc.org.
Minister's e-mail: war9999@msn.com
8210 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers
Rev. Dr. Elias Bouboutsis
Orthros Service Sunday 9 a.m.
Divine Liturgy Sunday 10 a.m.
Fellowship Programs, Greek School,
Sunday School, Bible Study
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
Please 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.
13500 Freshman Lane; 768-2188
Pastors: Jeff Moran and Michael Bulter;
A nondenominational church emphasizing
a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Sunday Service: 9 a.m. Contemporary
10:45 a.m. Traditional.
1188 Lake McGregor Drive, Fort Myers,
432-1724. Rev. N. Everett Keith III;
An Old Catholic Community; Liturgy
in English; Sunday Mass at 9:30 a.m.
2439 McGregor Boulevard, 334-8937
Rev. Dan Hagmaier, pastor
Traditional Sunday service 10 a.m.
Nursery available
8400 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers,
Danny Harvey, pastor
Sunday Services: Bible study, 9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship, 11 a.m.
Evening Worship, 7 p.m.
Wednesday Prayer Meeting, 7 p.m.
8260 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers, 481-
3233; Clint Cottrell, pastor
Sunday services:
Traditional, 8 and 11 a.m.;
Contemporary, 9:30 a.m.
Children's Church K4J (Kids for Jesus)
9:45 a.m.
8570 Cypress Lake Drive,
Fort Myers, 482-1250
Sunday Traditional Service: 8 and
11 a.m., Praise Service: 9:30 a.m.
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 9:00 a.m.;
Contemporary, 10:30 a.m.
Go south on McGregor Boulevard. The
church is 1/2 mile past the intersection of
Gladiolus and San Carlos Boulevard on the
way to Sanibel.
2390 West First Street, next door to Edison
Sunday Morning Service and Sunday
School, 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday Evening Testimony Meeting,
7:30 p.m.
Child care provided at all services.
Visit our Reading Room for quiet study at:
2281 W. First Street, River District
www.spirituality.com and www.christian-
13545 American Colony Boulevard (off
Daniels Parkway in the Colony), Fort
Myers, 936-2511
Pastor: Rev. 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.
5916 Winkler Road, Fort Myers,
437-4330. Rev. 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: 9 a.m.
111 Evergreen Road, North Fort Myers,
Eastern Orthodox men's monastery.
Liturgical services conducted in the
English, Greek and Church Slavonic lan-
guages, following the Julian (Old) Calendar.
Liturgical Services: Sundays and Holy
Days: The Third and Sixth Hours at 8:30
Divine Liturgy at 9 a.m.
9650 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers,
The Rev. Dr. John S. Adler, pastor
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,
Pastor Randy and Anita Thurman
Sunday Service, 10:30 a.m.
All are welcome.

Corner Cypress View Drive and Koreshan
Boulevard, Three Oaks area, Fort Myers,
Walter Fohs, pastor; Becky Robbins-
Penniman, associate pastor
Sunday worship services:
Early Grace Traditional, 8 a.m.
Awesome Grace Contemporary, 9 a.m.
Classic Grace Traditional, 10:30 a.m.
Sunday School God's Group, 8:45 and
10 a.m.
Worship Gathering Sunday 10 a.m.
Pastor Alan Bondar
Fort Myers Villas Civic Association Bldg.
2306 Sunrise Blvd. Fort Myers, 33907
Phone/text: 220-8519
website: messiahreformed.com
Bible Study Wednesday 6:30 p.m.
Fellowship Lunch Sunday noon
Teen Events Monthly
c/website for podcasts, special events, min-
istries, calendar, blogs, etc.
16120 San Carlos Boulevard, Unit 10B
Tom Richards, Pastor
Sunday School for all ages 9:45 a.m.
Sunday Morning Worship 11 a.m.
Sunday Evening 6 p.m.
Wednesday Evening Bible Study 7 p.m.
Special Monday Community Group service
at 7 p.m. for those who can not attend
3825 McGregor Boulevard. Fort Myers
Pastors: Bill Stephens, Stu Austin and
Howard Biddulph, Associate Pastor
Traditional Worship at 8:00 and 9:30 am,
Contemporary Worship at 11:00am
Sunday School at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00am
Youth and Children's programming runs
concurrent to Sunday services.
Nursery care provided at all services
For more information visit: www.newhope-
(Meets at Ft. Myers Beach Masonic Lodge)
17625 Pine Ridge Road, Fort Myers Beach
Pastors: Bruce Merton, Gail and RC
Traditional Worship 9:45 a.m.
Contemporary Worship 11:15 a.m.
Phone: 267-7400 Fax: 267-7407
Web site: peacecommunitychurch.com
e-mail: peace1265@aol.com
15840 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers
Walter Still, Senior Pastor,
Sunday Worship: 8 and 9:30 a.m.
3/4 mile south from the intersection of
McGregor, San Carlos and Gladiolus.
A congregation of the ELCA.
3950 Winkler Extension, Fort Myers
Daily early learning center/day care
Sunday Services, 8:15 and 10:15 a.m.
Meditation classes. All are welcome.
Guided meditations offering many meth-
ods 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.
16940 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers,
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.

Wednesday Service 6 p.m.
12171 lona Road, Fort Myers, off
McGregor and north of Gladiolus.
Father Joseph Clifford.
Weekly masses:
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
Saturday at noon and by appointment
3049 Mcgregor Boulevard, Fort Myers,
Pastor Rev. Steve Filizzi
An Affirming & Inclusive Congregation
Sunday Services, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Service, Wednesday 6:30 p.m.
16225 Winkler Rd. 433-0018.
Rabbi Jeremy Barras
Cantorial Soloists Joseph/Lynn Goldovitz
Shabbat Services, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Torah Study, Saturday, 9:15 a.m.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Services, Saturday,
10:30 a.m.
Religious Education Classes, Midweek,
Grades 2-7, Wednesday, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Preschool Classes, Monday through Friday
Confirmation Classes, Wednesday,
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. to noon
14486 A & W Bulb Road,
Fort Myers, 433-0201.
Rabbi: Benjamin S. Sendrow,
Cantor: I. Victor Geigner.
Weekly services: Monday and Thursday, 9
a.m.; Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.
Religious school Sunday, 9 a.m. to noon,
and Wednesday, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Family Midrash services on the first and
third Fridays of the month at 7 p.m.
Pre bar/bat mitzvah class Monday, 5:30 to
7 p.m., followed by confirmation class from
7:30 to 9 p.m.
For information on early childhood educa-
tion/preschool, phone 482-1121.
The New Church of SWFL is located at
10811 Sunset Plaza Circle, by Summerlin
and Pine Ridge Roads, behind Zoomers
and the ponds.
Reverend Nadine
Spiritual Recovery, Wednesdays 10 a.m.
Healing Service, Wednesdays 11 a.m. and
Friday 6:30 p.m.
Sunday Worship Services, 11 a.m.
Call for information 481-5535.
13411 Shire Lane (off Daniels Parkway one
mile west of 1-75)
Minister: The Rev. Allison Farnum
Sunday services and religious education at
10:30 a.m.
For information on all church events call
561-2700 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 environment.
Service held at 28285 Imperial Street,
Bonita Springs. Call 947-3100.
9065 Ligon Court, Fort Myers, across
from HealthPark Hospital, 481-2125
Pastor: Interim Pastor Dr. Luder Whitlock
Sunday Service:
9:30 a.m., Contemporary;
Worship and Adult Classes
11 a.m., Blended Worship
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From page 8
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, Steve Hess
Sunday Services: 8 a.m. traditional;
9:30 a.m. contemporary; 11 a.m. blendings.
Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.

Concert Series
The Unitarian Universalist Church
of Fort Myers announces the
start of its 11th annual Signature
Chamber Concert season.
The Doug Cameron Quartet will
perform the season's first concert on
Sunday, January 31. Cameron is an
internationally known master of the vio-
lin. His repertoire includes jazz and easy
listening as well as classics. Concerts
begin at 3 p.m. at the Unitarian-
Universalist Church of Fort Myers,
13411 Shire Lane, off Daniels Parkway.
Tickets in advance are $17 or $20 at
the door. One $8 student ticket covers
all siblings in a family when accompanied
by at least one adult. Season tickets (four
concerts) are $55. Tickets are now on
sale at the Unitarian-Universalist Church
or by calling 303-9165. Further informa-
tion is available at www.signaturecon-

Church Yard Sale
B each United Methodist Church's
annual Yard Sale will take place
on Saturday, January 30 from 9
a.m. to 2 p.m.
There will be hot dogs, ice cream, and
pie. All proceeds will benefit the church's /
Missions Outreach program.
Beach United Methodist Church is
located at 155 Bay Road, behind the
library on Fort Myers Beach. For more
information, call the church office at 463- 1 .

Heaven Study .2
At Beach St. Columbkille Volunteer Thrift Store man
United Methodist ECHO
each United Methodist Church St. Colum bkille
will host lunch and a Heaven
Study on Sundays, February Church Honored

7, 14, 21 and 28 starting at noon in
the Fellowship Hall, based on Randy
Alcorn's book, Heaven.
Pastor Jeanne Davis, Susie Bloom
and Judy Billings will guide the group
through the promises concerning Heaven
that are found in the Bible. There is no
cost, and all are welcome.
Beach United Methodist Church is
located at 155 Bay Road, behind the
Library on Fort Myers Beach. Call the
church office at 463-9656 to sign up.0

t. Columbkille Catholic Church
was honored on December 1 with
the Bethel Society Award for life-
time giving to a local charity, ECHO
(Educational Concerns for Hunger
Organization). The Bethel Society
Award pays tribute to churches who
have supported ECHO through con-
tributions totaling over $50,000. St.
Columbkille is one of only five churches
out of over 800 who have reached that
Through their thrift store located in
the lona-McGregor area, St. Columbkille



agers accept plaque honoring their giving to

has supported ECHO since 2003, and
provides a number of volunteers as well.
Over 400 individuals from all over
Southwest Florida volunteer at ECHO in
various capacities, such as farming, nurs-
ery, seedbank, tour guides and clerical
work, providing over 52,000 volunteer
hours per year.
ECHO provides sustainable options to
world hunger through agricultural train-
ing, innovative ideas, and networking. By
networking with community leaders and
missionaries in 180 developing countries,
ECHO seeks to find agricultural solutions
for families growing food under difficult
conditions. ECHO's international head-
quarters are in North Fort Myers.A

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Along The River
On Wednesday, January 27 The
Bar Association Bistro and
Lounge features Cuba as the
last stop on its Passport Oasis culinary
tour of the world. The prix fixe dinner,
served in the restaurant's beautiful court-
yard dining room, starts at 7 p.m. and is
$37.50 per person.
Don't forget that Wednesdays are
Pasta Day at The Bar Association.
Choose from three pastas (spaghetti,
penne and farfalle) and eight delicious
sauces: puttanesca, prosciutto, alio olio,
mint and garlic, marinara, meat sauce,
mushroom sauce, and marinara with
meat balls. The cost is $8 per person,
lunch and dinner, and includes salad and
The Bar Association is located at
1609 Hendry Street, Fort Myers.
Reservations are required by calling
Doc Ford's Fort Myers Beach
Rum Bar & Grille will have live music
all weekend. On Fridays through the
month of January, Geo is playing at 3
p.m. followed by Soul Machine at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, January 23, Overthrowing
Amy takes the stage at 3 p.m. with
Chicago Mob at 7 p.m. On Sundays
through January, it is Tom Foolery at 3
p.m. and the Steve Farst Trio at 7 p.m.
Doc Ford's Fort Myers Beach is
located at 708 Fisherman's Wharf under
the Matanzas Pass Bridge and is open for
lunch and dinner. Call 765-9660 or go to
Adel's Hair Design and Ursula's
Hair Design announce their February
special. Receive 10 percent off on all hair
services at their new location at Snipitz.
Salon, 15560 McGregor Boulevard, Fort
Myers in Bruno's Plaza.

Adel's Hair Design and Ursula's Hair Design are now located at Snipitz.Salon in Bruno's
Plaza behind the Big Lots center

In addition to English, Adel speaks
Portuguese and Spanish while Ursula
speaks German.
Call Adel at 454-3683 or Ursula at
462-1075 to schedule an appointment.
Have guests visiting during the winter
season? Errol's Taxi can pick them up
at the airport while you prepare the last-
minute touches for their arrival. Errol's
professional drivers will also provide you
with a safe ride home after a night on
the town with friends. The 24-hour taxi
service offers transportation to and from
the airport with limousines and Towncars

All cars are non-smoking with service
all around Southwest Florida to Miami,
Tampa, St. Petersburg, Fort Launderdale,
Naples, Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel
and Captiva Islands. Call 770-3333.
The Sandy Butler Gourmet
Restaurant is offering two special meal
options this Valentine's Day. On Sunday,
February 14, treat your loved one to
a four-course Valentine's brunch from
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $22 per
person. If you prefer dining to romantic
music, make reservations for their special
dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. The cost is $50
per person.

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The Sandy Butler Restaurant is located
at 17650 San Carlos Boulevard, Fort
Myers. For reservations call 482-6765
ext. 1.
For live music and wicked good food
and drinks in Fort Myers, the place to be
is Icabod's.
This Friday and Saturday, two bands
will take the stage at Icabod's. First is No
Way Jose at 9 p.m. followed by Drunk
Monkeys. Also on Friday and Saturday
upstairs in The Attic, Mark Kobie enter-
tains from 6 to 9 p.m. and DJ Goldfish
from 9 p.m. to close.
Icabod's is open for lunch and din-
ner from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily with
happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. The Attic
is open Tuesdays through Saturdays at 4
p.m. for live entertainment.
Icabod's is located at 13851 South
Tamiami Trail behind Barnes and Noble
booksellers. Call 267-1611 or go to
www.icabods.net for more information.M

Snook Season Cancelled,

Tarpon Season Closed
lorida anglers eagerly anticipating snook season February 1 are facing disap-
pointment. The state has cancelled snook season until September to protect
the popular gamefish.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has issued execu-
tive orders to protect Florida's snook, bonefish and tarpon fisheries from further harm
caused by the recent prolonged cold weather in the state, which has caused wide-
spread saltwater fish kills.
The orders also will allow people to legally dispose of dead fish in the
water and on the shore
The order also establishes a temporary prohibition on the harvest and possession
of bonefish and tarpon from state and federal waters off Florida through March 31,
unless these fisheries are opened sooner or the closures are extended by subsequent
One of the executive orders temporarily extends closed fishing seasons for snook
statewide until September. It also establishes temporary statewide closed seasons for
bonefish and tarpon until April because of the prolonged natural cold weather event
that caused significant, widespread mortality of saltwater fish in Florida. The other
order temporarily suspends certain saltwater fishing regulations to allow people to col-
lect and dispose of dead fish killed by the cold weather.
"A proactive, precautionary approach is warranted to preserve our valuable snook,
bonefish and tarpon resources, which are among Florida's premier game fish species,"
said FWC Chairman Rodney Barreto. "Extending the snook closed season and tempo-
rarily closing bonefish and tarpon fishing will protect surviving snook that spawn in the
spring and will give our research scientists time to evaluate the extent of damage that
was done to snook, bonefish and tarpon stocks during the unusual cold-weather period
we recently experienced in Florida."
Snook season currently is closed in Florida under regular FWC rules, and there are
also regular closed snook seasons that occur in the summer. However, the FWC execu-
tive order extends the statewide snook closed seasons continuously through August 31

and provides that no person may harvest or possess snook in state and federal waters
off Florida during this period unless the fishery is opened sooner or the closure is
extended by subsequent order.
The orders took effect January 16.
The state has also temporarily removed specific harvest regulations for all dead
saltwater fish of any species that have died as a result of prolonged exposure to cold
weather in Florida waters. It also modifies methods of taking dead fish from Florida's
shoreline and from the water to allow the collection of saltwater fish by hand, cast net,
dip net or seine. In addition, people taking dead fish are not required to possess a salt-
water fishing license.
However, these fish may not be sold or consumed, but must be immediately be dis-
posed of in compliance with local safety, health and sanitation requirements.M

Science At Sea Cruise

To Help Marine Lab
Captive Cruises will be offering a special educational program entitled Science
at Sea on Thursday, January 28 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. This two-hour
cruise will be aboard Captiva Cruise's 24-passenger sailing catamaran and
will be a hands-on scientific inquiry suitable and fun for all ages.
If you have ever dreamed or wondered what it would be like to be a marine biolo-
gist, this trip will answer those questions. Scientific equipment will be used to measure
the salinity, temperature, dissolved oxygen and clarity of the water. Crab traps and a
plankton net will be hauled in for observation and there will be discussion about some
of the inhabitants of the waters surrounding Sanibel and Captiva.
This program is an excellent way to learn about the impacts to water quality and
how marine biologists measure the health of the back bay estuary ecosystem. The data
and observations recorded on the trip will be added to the cumulative research of the
Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation's (SCCF) Marine Laboratory. A portion of
the proceeds will help The Marine Lab in its ongoing research. Richard Finkel, envi-
ronmental educator with Captiva Cruises, will be conducting this program. Space is
limited so reservations are required by calling 472-5300.0


CMCS Change
Of Watch Dinner

Steve Romaine, Bill Misenheimer, Elise Missall, Ron Maddix, Betty Goodacre, Diane Fowler, Forrest Banks, Beverly Duff, Bob Duff, Ben
Preston, Al Eastman, Russell Vance and Jerry Pim

Steve Romaine and Cindy Carlino accept
the prestigious Bomgardner Trophy
On January 9, the past commo-
dores of the Caloosahatchee
Marching & Chowder Society
(CMCS) gathered during the annual
Change of Watch event.
Tom and Linda Koenig presented the
Cruising And Exploration Trophy to Ron
and Shirley Maddix. The trophy is an
award for participation in the most club-
sanctioned cruise events.

New Commodore of CMCS Joan Perkett
takes the sword of command

The new commodore of the CMCS,
Joan Perkett of Cape Coral, took the
sword of command from past commo-
dore Bill Misenheimer during the annual
Change of Watch celebration.
Steve Romaine and Cindy Carlino
accepted the prestigious Bomgardner
Trophy from outgoing CMCS
Commodore Bill Misenheimer. The award
was a tie this year between Romaine
and David and Cindy Naumann. The
Bomgardner award honors the most well-
rounded skippers in racing, cruising and
race-cruising events.
The first CMCS race of the year is the
Chili Cook-Off Race on Saturday January
23. There will be three buoy races off
Fort Myers Beach. The Chili Cook Off
social will start at 6 p.m. at the Cape
Coral Yacht Club Pavilion.
For questions, send an email to Dan
Merriman at SailorDan07@comcast.net.M

Learn How To Bird
Dr. Harold Johnstone will conduct
a one-hour session on birding on
Wednesday, January 27 at 9:15
a.m. in Auditorium B at "Ding" Darling
Wildlife Refuge Visitor's Center followed
by a tour of the refuge to put your new
knowledge to work. The goal is to help
beginning and intermediate birders learn
tips for increasing their bird-watching
enjoyment. Bring binoculars. Limited
to 30 participants. The class is spon-
sored by the Sanibel-Captiva Audubon
Call Malcolm and Sue Harpham at
395-3804 to sign up.4


Live Entertainment, Thurs Sun BOO& SIGNING EVENTS
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Lunch Dinner Entertainment Fort Myers Beach: March 27th
aoile*S e. 1249 Estero Blvd 239.463.5505
TheBeachedWhae con Times: Noon-2pm and 4-6pm
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Cold Snap Was
An Epic Event
by Capt.
Matt Mitchell
T he record
cold snap
really did a number
Son our fishery.
Dead or dying fish
can still be spotted
all over the sound
either stunned,
floating or lying
on the bottom. With so many differ-
ent types of fish hit hard by the coldest
water temperatures recorded in our area
in at least 25 years, I think it's going
to take a long time for our fishery to
bounce back to what it was.
Living here almost 30 years I have
never seen a fish kill caused by the cold
like this one before. Ladyfish, mullet,
snook, grouper, tarpon, jacks and pom-

pano seemed to be hit the hardest by the
record cold. What this big fish kill has
done to our snook fishery will only be
told as time goes by.
With so many snook killed during this
once-in-a-lifetime epic cold snap it's not
hard to tell what effect this is going to
have on the fishery. Snook fishing will
bounce back but how long it will take
is anyone's guess. On January 15, the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission cancelled snook season and
closed tarpon and bonefish season.
Other species did do much better with
the cold. Redfish, seatrout and sheep-
shead were all found in large numbers
this week. Schools of trout were easy
to locate but not so easy to get to feed.
Numerous shallow potholes around the
grass flats held large numbers of bigger
trout in the 20-inch plus size. The trout
seemed to be just laid up sunning in crys-
tal clear water and as conditions warm
these fish will begin to feed again.
Redfish fishing was good again, with
limits taken every time I fished. There
are lots of smaller rat reds around with

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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, 16450 San Carlos Boulevard, Suite 2, Fort
Myers, Flordia 33908, or email to RiverWeeklyNews@aol.com.

School Days Off Bromeliad
Adventure Camp Memorial Garden

Children looking for adventure and
fun on school days off can attend
an adventure camp with tennis,
fishing, swimming, beach tennis, soc-
cer, hiking and adventure trips at. Cape
coral Yacht Club Community Park.
There will be trips planed during the
two days.
Adventure camp is for children age
eight to 12. It will be held on Monday
January 25 and Tuesday January 26
from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. There is a
fee of $25 per day for Cape Coral resi-
dents or $37 per day for non-residents.
Pre- registration required and may be
done by calling Cape Coral Parks and
Recreation, 574-0806. Cape Coral Yacht
Club is at 5819 Driftwood Parkway Cape

DedicaTion bet
he Estero Island Garden Club will
be holding a dedication for the
Bromeliad Memorial Garden at
Bay Oaks Recreation Campus, Fort
Myers Beach, on Monday, January 25.
The dedication, beginning at 10:30
a.m., will be honoring the late Ann
Reasoner, a dedicated member of the
garden club and upstanding citizen of
Fort Myers Beach.
The dedication will be held at the
Bromeliad Memorial Garden which is
right next to the recreation center.
Light refreshments will be served fol-
lowing the dedication. For more informa-
tion call 765-4222.


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a few keepers in the mix. The reds I
am cleaning for clients have all been
really fat for their size and generally
filled with small crabs. Finding the
reds has not been that easy but once
they are located it's been non-stop
action. Pulling a dozen or so out from
one hole has been the norm. Live
shrimp fished slow on the bottom is
all the reds will eat for me right now.
All those I caught this week have
been on the Sanibel-Captiva side of
Pine Island Sound. "Ding" Darling has
been a good bet along with the Blind
Pass area and Roosevelt Channel.
The morning incoming tide worked
best for me on the reds with the bite
slowing as the tide gets high and then
begins to fall out.
Sheepshead fishing has been the
best action in town with these fish just
loving the cold temperatures. With
so many around they have been the
go-to species for me when redfishing
has slowed. I like to use small chunks
of shrimp double-hooked on small, Bla
very sharp hooks. Look for sheep- las
shead anyplace close to structures
with good moving current. Docks and
structures around the passes are always
holding fish along with deeper mangrove
Not only can these fish be found all
over inshore right now, they are also
loaded on the nearshore wrecks and
reefs. Some of the bigger sheepshead of
the year will be caught in big numbers out

Ike Desantos with a nice sheepshead caught
t week
in the 20- to 30-foot depth range.
State cancels snook season, see
page 10 in The River Weekly.
Capt. Matt Mitchell moved to Sanibel
in 1980 and has fished local waters for
more than 25 years. He now lives in St.
James City and has worked as a back
country fishing guide for more than 10
years. If you have comments or ques-
tions email captmattmitchell@aol.com.4

Citrus Growing Seminar

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he Lee County Extension Service
is presenting a seminar intended to
help gardeners select and maintain
healthy citrus trees while producing high
yields year after year.
Speakers will be Dr. Rouse, University
of Florida citrus specialist at the Research
and Extension Center in Immokalee, and
Dr. Zekri, University of Florida multi-coun-
ty citrus agent for Southwest Florida. I
The seminar is on Saturday, January
30, 1 to 4:15 p.m. at Lee County
Extension, 3406 Palm Beach Boulevard,
Fort Myers. Cost $8 per person.
For more information, contact Stephen Brown, 533-7513 or brownsh@ufl.edu.

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Of The Week: Sea Turtles Part II
by Brian Johnson
She sea turtles continued to arrive at CROW last week
during the final stages of a cold snap that brought an
estimated 1,800 of the endangered creatures to the
attention of officials across Florida. Sea turtle facilities around
the state have been maxed out, and sea turtles have had their
pictures splashed across newspapers such as the Orlando
As of press
time, CROW
has received
a total of 13
sea turtles during this period. Three
greens came in on January 12,
another green on the 13th, a log-
gerhead DOA on the 14th, and a
green on the 15th. Fortunately they
reported no new arrivals for the next ----
four days; the spigot may have been
turned off.
"This cold snap came so fast and
lasted so long that it surprised us and
them," said Dr. Amber McNamara.
Some may have been trapped
before swimming toward the
Caribbean later in the winter; others
may not have planned to migrate at

The turtles have found safe haven
at CROW. Staff has set up a MASH
unit for the turtles all around the new
hospital; in order to gradually warm
them up, they have created zones
with 70 degrees, 75 degrees, and
80 degrees. McNamara said it takes
about three to four days to safely ele-

Helping the turtle slowly swim through the water

vate the body tempera-
ture of each turtle from
a carapace-chilling
50-60 degrees to their
normal 78 degrees.
Once they have
recuperated for several
days in a bin with tow-
els and fleece cover-
ings, they are moved
into 900-gallon salt
water tanks, which
are kept at about 75
degrees. Normally they
keep these solitary
marine nomads in their
own tank, but necessity
has forced CROW to Sea turtle swimming in a sink basin
put two and three of
them together. So far, the arrangement has worked out okay.
"They are doing really well," said Dr. Amber. "We offered them food over the
weekend, and they ate smelt and other fish. They are pretty hungry."
All the sea turtles are in good body condition and have no other injuries to wory
about. Not much is known about treating hypothermic turtles, so the staff is following
existing protocol and watching them closely.
CROW recently sent four turtles up the coast to Mote Marine Laboratory, which
had extra space in their tanks.
The influx of turtles has created one of the more "labor intensive" situations seen at
CROW in recent memory. Staff is constantly cleaning the tanks and rotating the turtles
through the complex and the hospital; they must also keep up with the extensive
paperwork required by the state of Florida for sea turtles.
"Everyone has been pitching in, we've had great teamwork," said Dr. Amber.
They don't have a timeline for the release, but the remaining greens and hawksbill
are now out of danger and steadily gaining strength. With the Gulf of Mexico warming
up, they could be ready to go before the end of January.
CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, Inc.) is a non-profit wildlife
hospital providing veterinary care for native and migratory wildlife from the Gulf
Coast of Florida. 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:

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Harbor Regatta
he inaugural Charlotte Harbor
Regatta is set for February 4 to 7.
Charlotte Harbor was recognized
in 2004 by SAIL magazine as one of
the top 10 greatest places to sail in the
United States.
The four-day event will include races
in various boat classes, awards to the
top three finishers in each class, and a
variety of social mixers. Event organizers
anticipate up to 100 participating boats
and more than 400 sailors hailing from
New England to Florida and California to
the Outer Banks. Spectators will be able
watch the action either by land or aboard
a sightseeing boat.
"A world-class harbor deserves a
world-class regatta," said Brian Gleason,
the Regatta's chairman and editorial page
editor of the Sun newspapers, "Intended
to attract small one-design boats that race
head-to-head in their class will differenti-
ate the Charlotte Harbor Regatta from
others handicap regattas in the region.
Classes range in size from Sunfish and
Hobie 16s to Viper 640s and S2 7.9s."
"We are excited about the national
exposure the Charlotte Harbor Regatta
will bring to Charlotte Harbor which fur-
ther reinforces the area as a world-class
sailing destination," said Becky Bovell,
Director of the Charlotte Harbor Visitor
& Convention Bureau, "Sailing is a niche

tourism market and we are optimistic
this event will introduce new visitors to
Charlotte County."
Those without boats can watch the
racing action by hopping aboard a
90-minute cruise departing Fishermen's
Village with King Fisher Fleet (www.king-
fisherfleet.com). Cost is $14.95 plus tax,
per trip, per person.
Fishermen's Village (www.fishville.
com) is the host sponsor and headquar-
ters for the regatta and the location of
nightly receptions. A kickoff reception will
be Thursday, February 4, at the Charlotte
Harbor Yacht Club.
Registration and additional information
for the Charlotte Harbor Regatta can be
found on www.CharlotteHarborRegatta.


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Record Low Temperatures Across
State Are Impacting Marine Life
submitted by the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation

Generally in the south we get two- to
three-day extended cold temperatures
that return to more normal seasonal
temperatures soon after. Farmers had to
deal with low temperatures to try to save
their temperate-tropical crops. Record low
air temperatures were recorded all over the
For example Tampa International Airport
broke a record as temperature dipped to
27FE The previous record low for the day
was 30 in 1999. Temperatures at Plant City
were at 25, Clewiston, 27, Fort Pierce and
Immokalee, 29 and Belle Glade was at 34.
Miami hit a new record low as temperatures
dipped to 36, breaking the old record of
370, which was set in 1927. Key West also
set a new record low for the day at 42.
Water temperatures generally take longer
to drop as air temperatures decline, given the
unique characteristics of water. For example,
water's density in its solid form (ice) is less
than its liquid form. Hence, ice floats when
frozen allowing lake animals to survive below
in its unfrozen depths. Water also has a high
specific heat, meaning it can absorb a lot
of heat (energy) before its temperature rises
or boils. This same process is why water
temperatures lagged significantly behind the
record low air temperatures, especially near
the coast where the gulf moderates changes.
The extended cold temperatures we
experienced are impacting not only marine
mammals, but also large and small fish as
well as invertebrates. In St. Joe Bay, Florida
they are experiencing a major sea turtle cold-

Image taken by Dr. Richard Bartleson
of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation
Foundation at the Sanibel boat ramp.
Species include gulf menhaden, scaled
sardine, cowfish, filefish, moharra, pen-
fish, ladyfish, catfish, mullet, pompano,
tarpon, spadefish, triggerfish, tripletail,
ocellated moray, mangrove snapper,
silversides, grunt, and snook.

stunning-event and are dealing with finding, collecting, and transporting stunned turtles
to a rehabilitation facility. Locally we are dealing with significant impacts to turtles and
SCCF's Recon shows the extent and tempo of this rapid temperature decline.
Water temperatures are lower than they have ever been since it came online in
late 2007 from Moore Haven to the Gulf of Mexico. We hit an air temperature of
32.14'F at the SCCF weather station.
We are seeing numerous dead or dying fish in Tarpon Bay ladyfishh, tarpon, pinfish,
filefish, mojarra, gag grouper, mullet, catfish, among others) and are gathering infor-
mation from other areas around Sanibel-Captiva.
Weather forecasts were predicting rising temperatures, but as mentioned above-
water temperatures will lag air temperatures,returning to more normal seawater condi-
tions perhaps weeks later.0

Fishing Fleet Tour
stego Bay Foundation Marine
Science Center is offering com-
mercial fishing fleet tours on San
Carlos Island.
The three-hour tour, which is held
held every Wednesday morning, includes
a one-and-one-half-hour tour of the
Marine Science Center and a one-and-
one-half-hour guided tour of the $100
million commercial fishing industry,
which includes Erickson & Jensen Supply
House, Trico Shrimp Company and
Beach Seafood.
See how the boats are unloaded, the
trawl doors are built, the shrimp nets are
hand-sewn, the seafood is processed and
other important aspects of this unique
industry. The cost is a donation of $15
per adult, $10 per child and free for chil-
dren under the age of five.
Reservations are required by calling

Sailing Singles
ailing Singles of Southwest Florida
is looking for single sailors from
Punta Gorda to Naples who want
to have fun on the Gulf waters 'wan-
nabes' or experienced sailors boat not
SSSWF starts its 15th season with a
meeting at Bonita Bill's Restaurant, Fort
Myers Beach, planning sailing activities
for 2010 including guest speakers on top-
ics relevant to sailors and life in Florida.
The regular meetings are on the third
Thursday each month at Bonita Bill's
under the Matanzas Pass bridge at 7 p.m.
First Friday Happy Hours are at a local
venue at 5 p.m. Call Diane at 463-0993
or log onto www.sailing-singles.net for
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January 22 February 1


Saturday, January 23 8 PM
Concert: Steve Lippia and His Big Band
Sunday, January 24 7:30 PM
Lecture: James Fallows (Sold Out)
Monday, January 25 7 PM
Film Series: Conversaciones con Mami
Wednesday, January 27 7:30 PM
Lecture: General Anthony Zinni (Sold Out)
Thursday, January 28 8 PM
Live Theater: Opus
Friday, January 29 8 AM
Digiscreen: An Evening of Opera
with Shana Blake Hill and Ryan Taylor
Saturday, January 30 7:30 PM
Dance: Taylor 2
Sunday, January 31 3:30 PM
Concert: Ayako Yonetani
Monday, February 1 7 PM
Film Series: Everyt Little Step


Walker Bros. Circus

The Circus Is Coming To Fort Myers
The fabulous new Walker Bros. Circus under the Big Top has hit the road for
its all new North American Tour where the production will dazzle adults and
children of all ages.
This incredible show features fourth and fifth generation circus performers from
around the world.
The list of breathtaking acts includes performances such as aerial cloud swing, jug
gling, tons of comedy, along with an astonishing array of circus acts. Adults will be
in awe at the performers' stunning athletic ability, as children are captivated by the
clowns' comedic antics. This world renowned international cast guarantees a lifetime
of memories for all who attend.
The circus will run February 2 and 3 from 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the Alliance for
the Arts, 10091 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers.
In order to ensure that everyone can have an opportunity to see this wonderful
form of family entertainment the producers are distributing a limited number of dis-
count coupons through various area merchants.
For more information and advance tickets visit www.walkerbrotherscircus.com.4

Printmaking Talk
At The Alliance
Alliance for the Arts welcomes
Andy Owen, assistant professor
of art from Florida Gulf Coast
University, who will lead a Printmaking
Walk & Talk on January 25 at 10 a.m.
Owen will discuss both traditional and
contemporary printmaking processes
while displaying a variety of prints from
his personal collection. He will reflect
on the pieces displayed in the current
exhibition by Buell Whitehead, one of the
1950s top five historical printmakers and
The program is open to the public but
space is limited. RSVP to 939-2787 or
email exhibitions@artinlee.org.
The exhibit Buell Whitehead A True
Southern Treasure is on exhibit at the
Alliance through January 30. Whitehead
is considered a master in stone lithog-
raphy, a print method that utilizes a
limestone slab and relies on the principle
of the repulsion of oil and water. He
is remembered for his lithographs that
window his southern upbringing and pas-
sion for the arts. The exhibit is on view
Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5
p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Alliance for the Arts is at 10091
McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers, just
south of Colonial Boulevard. Visit www.

ur photographers recently shot
award-winning photographs on
Sanibel and Fort Myers Beach.
Bob Pelkey, Bob Malbon, Jim Urbach
and Lorraine Thomas are all honored in
the January-February issue of Audubon
magazine. These four photographers
each won an honorable mention in the
magazine's First Ever Photo Awards.
Three of the honorable mentions were
in the amateur category. Pelkey, a ser-
vice manager for Publix Supermarkets,
submitted a picture of a little blue heron
perched on Bunche Beach Preserve in
Fort Myers; the photo took him nearly a
half-hour to craft.
Malbon, a cabinet maker by trade, also
entered an image of a little blue heron.
His photograph was taken at J.N. "Ding"
Darling Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel.
Thomas, who sells bottling machinery,
entered an image of a reddish egret she
took in the water near Fort Myers.
In the professional photographer cate-
gory, Urbach won an honorable mention
with his photo of a mother and newborn
snowy plover. "These birds are so tiny
and they blend in with the sand so well,
so if you aren't looking you can easily
miss them," said Urbach.4


Last Weekend For Riverdale
Kiwanis Medieval Faire

Knights locked in battle
This weekend, January 23 and 24, will be the last weekend of the annual
Riverdale Kiwanis Medieval Faire from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Lakes Regional
Park in Fort Myers. The two-weekend event is expected to draw over 10,000
The event will feature jousting, live chess match, live sword fighting, royal court,
children's games and rides, jugglers, magicians, minstrels, period food and medieval
themed merchants. Entertainment will be by touring medieval faire professionals.
Tickets will be available the day of the faireat $13 for adults, $6 for children 14 and
under. Free onsite parking is available.
All profits go to the Kiwanis of Riverdale Foundation Fund to support such
programs as Thanksgiving baskets for the needy, Christmas dinners, Buckingham
Exceptional School, Orange River Elementary, Sunshine Elementary, school grants
and scholarships.
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Wings Of Freedom Tour Comes To Fort Myers

aviation enthusiasts and history buffs will be able to tour or take flight in rare,
historic WWII aircraft when the Collings Foundation brings its Boeing B-17G
Flying Fortress Nine O Nine heavy bomber, Consolidated B-24J Liberator
Witchcraft heavy bomber and North American Dual Control P-51C Mustang, Betty
Jane to Page Field General Aviation Airport on Monday, January 25 through
Wednesday, January 27.
The stop in Fort Myers is part of the Collings Foundation's Wings of Freedom Tour,
an annual 110-city nationwide tour in its 21st year of showcasing rare living aviation
The B-17, one of the most recognizable bomber aircraft of WWII, is one of only
nine in the nation in flying condition. The B-24J and Dual Control P-51C are the sole
remaining examples of their type flying in the world.
Walk-through tours are available for a donation of $12 for adults and $6 for chil-
dren under 12. Ground tour and display hours are 2 to 4 p.m. on Monday, January
25; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26; and 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesday,
January 27. The flight experiences are normally scheduled before and after the ground
tour times. Flight costs for the B-17 or B-24 are $425 per person for a 30-minute
flight. P-51 flights are $2,200 for a 30-minute flight and $3,200 for a full hour. All
flight experiences are a tax-deductible donation. For flight reservations, call 800-568-
8924. For more information, visit www.collingsfoundation.org.
The Wings Of Freedom Tour travels the nation as a flying tribute to the flight
crews who flew them, the ground crews who maintained them, the workers who built


them, the soldiers,
sailors and airmen L-'-Vf_
they helped protect;
and the citizens and
families that share
the freedom that
they helped preserve.
The B-17 and B-24
were the backbone of
the American effort
during the war from
1942 to 1945 and
were famous for their
ability to sustain dam-
age and still accom-
plish the mission. B24, B17 and B51
Despite the risks of
anti-aircraft fire, attacking enemy fighters, and the harrowing environment of sub-zero
temperatures, many B-17s and B-24s safely brought their crews home. The P-51
Mustang was affectionately known as the bombers "Little Friend" saving countless
crews from attacking axis fighters.
After the war, many aircraft were scrapped for their raw aluminum to rebuild a
nation in post-war prosperity and therefore very few were spared.
Local veterans and their families are encouraged to visit and share their experiences
and stories with the public. Find out more at www.collingsfoundation.org.4

CLASSIC 7/erc/nce

-Hot Rhythms & Sweet Swing Valentine Serenade
February 5 & 6 8pm February 14 4pm
The Capitol Quartet The Youth Chorus
Barbara B Mann Hall Faith Presbyterian
Cape Coral

Brahms at the Beach Brahms' German Requiem
February 21 4pm February 27 8pm
Chapel by the Sea McGregor Baptist Church
Presbyterian Church Fort Myers
Fort Myers Beach

For more information or to reserve tickets
contact the Symphony Box Office at
239.418.1500 or visit www.swflso.org/tickets

ArtFest FortMyers

Is February 6-7
very year, Fort Myers' waterfront
and green spaces are transformed
into a beautiful, stress free, open
air art gallery overflowing with excep-
tional artwork, great entertainment and
fun children's art activities.
Over 200 artists will gather from
across the country and around the world
for ArtFest Fort Myers Saturday and
Sunday, February 6 and 7, from 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m. on Edwards Drive between
Heitman and Lee streets.
Majestic palms, continuous background
music and savory food are components
of this fine art festival. Convenient and
well-marked patron parking is abundant
in adjacent city streets, parking lots and
multi-story garages.
The juried festival will feature 200
national artists, high school art competi-
tion, interactive arts, children's crafts,
fine food and entertainment
A preview party is planned for
February 5 from 5 to 9 p.m. This is a
ticketed event.
Admission to the festival is free.
Components of ArtFest Fort Myers
Art Under 20, the largest Lee
County high school art competition and

exhibition, provides talented student art-
ists the unique opportunity to exhibit
their work to 60,000 ArtFest Fort Myers
patrons. $6,000 in cash prizes will be
awarded to the best student artists.
Kids@Art, a collaborative effort of
ArtFest Fort Myers and The Alliance For
The Arts, helps eager "weekend artists"
of all ages to tap into their best creative
selves. Supplies and supervision provided
to all who wish to make an artistic trea-
sure to take home.
The Young Art Collectors Gallery
is a place for children ages six to 12 to
purchase artwork for $5. Filled with won-
derful items donated by festival artists,
the kids only shopping zone fosters the
development of future art patrons with an
emphasis on fun.
Visit the Youth Stage for a variety of
free performances throughout the week-
end. Among others, Florida Rep Theatre,
Hot Flashz, Southwest Florida Symphony
Youth Orchestra, and Celtic Arts dancers
will be showcasing their talent.
Have you been wondering if your
youngster has a calling to be a violin
virtuoso or a trumpet player in the
marching band? The Southwest Florida
Symphony will be on hand with a petting
zoo. A variety of musical instruments will
be available for all to play, with expert
instruction on hand, courtesy of the
Youth Symphony members.M

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Music At The Mounds

A n outdoor music festival and archaeological showcase to benefit the
University of Florida, non-profit Randell Research Center at Pineland on Pine
Island and the music program of Lee County Schools, will be held Saturday,
January 30.
Music will be continuous from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Gates open at 9 a.m. Food
vendors will be on site. Bring lawn chairs.

Frank and Suzanne Lansford

Professional groups featur-
ing Palm City Dixieland Band
with Fox 4's Jim Syoen,
bluegrass by Tomorrow's
News, Suzanne Lansford's
Violin Stylings, Deb and the
Dynamics and North Fort
Myers High School Music
The tax deductible $20
ticket provides a whole day
of entertainment. For infor-
mation visit University of
Florida's website www.flmnh.
ufl.edu/rre/events.htm or call
283-2062 or 283-2157.4

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Students Chosen For Hall of Fame

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Eighth Grader Wins Geography Bee
Aaron Frank, an 8th grader at Canterbury School, won the school's National Geographic
Bee. The question that put him on top was, "Which Mediterranean country, located at the
southern end of the Balkan Peninsula, is Europe's largest exporter of cotton?" Aaron cor-
rectly answered, "Greece." He will now sit for a test to qualify for the state bee in April.
Pictured with him are Sheena Neese, Spanish teacher and Geography Bee moderator,
and Barbara Bacon, geography teacher and Bee coordinator.

Library Programs

For February
The February roster of activities at
the Fort Myers-Lee County Public
Library offers topics for all ages.
The following activities are free to the
Be My Valentine, 10 a.m. Thursday,
February 4
Make beautiful valentines with your
own special flair. Materials and ideas sup-
plied. Registration is requested.
February Beginners Genealogy Series,
10 a.m. Saturday as follows:
February 6: Using Home Sources &
Organizing Your Research
February 13: Finding Your Family in
the United States Census
February 20: Using Courthouse
Resources and Vital Records
February 27: Using Alternative or
Hidden Resources for Locating Ancestors
Book Discussion: Adriana Trigiani's
Big Cherry Holler 12 p.m. Wednesday,
February 17.
Second Helpings these are the sec-
ond novels of debut novelists we have
read in this book discussion group during
the past several years. Whether or not
you have read the author's first novel or
this one, join us for the discussion.
Family Storytime, 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, February 3, 10, 17, 24
This program is for the whole family
and lasts about 30 minutes. Registration

is required.
Baby-Parent Rhyme Time, 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, February 18, 25
This 20-minute program is filled with
songs designed to introduce rhyming
and movement to infants. Registration is
Wacky Wednesday: Don't Break
My Heart Craft Program, 4:45 p.m.
Wednesday, February 10.
Make and take a Purple Heart photo
frame for mom or dad on Valentine's
Day, and check out some of the library's
love stories for kids. Supplies are pro-
vided. For children ages six to 13.
Registration is requested.
Kids Read Down Fines, 3 to 4 p.m.
Monday, February 15.
Take care of fines by reading and
earn a $2 coupon for every 15 minutes
of reading during the allotted time in the
designated area of the library. For ages
18 and younger..
You Make Valentine Cards, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, February 3.
All supplies are provided. For grades
six to 12.
Kids Read Down Fines, 3 to 4 p.m.
Monday, February 15
Button Jewelry Bracelet, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, February 17.
What's cool about buttons? How
about turning them into jewelry? All sup-
plies are provided. For grades six to 12.
Registration is requested.
The library is at 2050 Central Avenue,
Fort Myers, phone 533-4600.5

Genese Badeau and Shawn Davis were selected for the 2010 Dunbar Festival
Committee's Hall of Fame for Outstanding Service. Badeau, an ESC freshman, and Davis,
an ESC sophomore, were honored at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Dinner on
Saturday, January 16 at the Riverside Community Center.

Fort Myers Native

Launches Food

Blog In London
Sibby Andrews,
a native of
Fort Myers,
started a food
blog in London at
the end of 2009.
As a food lover
and public rela-
tions executive
in the consumer
industry, Andrews
started the blog,
titled Ravenous,
to bridge the gap Libby Andrews
between foodies
and food PRs in the capital.
According to Andrews, food bloggers
- those who are not journalists or food
critics, but just love food and spend all of
their spare time visiting restaurants and
food-related events and blogging about
it are very well read and known in the
industry. She says a food PR is someone

usually for a restaurant, product or brand.
"As a person who focuses on PR both
online in the print media for my clients,
it became obvious very quickly in 2009
that I would need to target the food blog-
gers in London to feature the restaurants
and brands I worked for in their blogs,"
Andrews said. "People are paying atten-
tion to these bloggers. Not only do they
have thousands of ordinary viewers, but
opinion former are also reading them."
But the bloggers were not always very
receptive to the idea of PR. According to
an article in the Guardian August 2009,
titled When the food bloggers met the
PRs, bloggers do not trust PRs, nor do
they think they need them, and PRs have
trouble convincing some clients the blog-
gers are worth the time and money.
"But the thing is," Andrews said,

"They need each other. The bloggers
can use PR to get access to interesting
content for their blogs, and the PRs can
generate some great online coverage for
their clients."
After a lot of reading and meeting
many of the bloggers, Andrews said she
realized she wanted to start a food blog
herself because she loves food not only
for her job, but also in her spare time.
Since launching Ravenous, Andrews
has written about restaurants in London,
eating on vacation in places like the south
of France and Cyprus, food-related events
(an evening of chocolate cocktail tasting),
and tips for eating healthy. After only
four months of going live, in January
2010 Ravenous was featured in a UK
parenting magazine with a quote for one
of the top 25 ways to stop ditching your
Now with hundreds of viewers from
multiple countries, Ravenous has taken
shape into a food blog with a focus on a
healthy lifestyle.
"Thanks to my mom, I grew up in a
home learning about how to eat healthy,
good food and at the same time really
love to eat. You'd be surprised how many
people have no idea what's healthy
and what's not, and I have had a great
response to my posts. People really find
them to be helpful."
Andrews says she will continue to
write about health but also about food in
London and around the world. And, as
for bridging the gap, she's not sure if it
will ever happen, but she thinks she has
fit into the world of food blogging with
"I enjoy writing about food eating
out, ways to eat healthy, indulging in the
good stuff, you name it. I am lucky to be
living in a city with so many great restau-
rants and different food cultures, and to
be working in a job where I can do what I
love (eat and talk about it!), and I want to
share that with the world."
To read Libby's food blog visit


F -Fresh


Garlic Shrimp and Fried Green
4 to 6 sprigs rosemary
24 large shrimp, peeled, deveined, tails
1/4 cup olive oil
4 medium cloves garlic, crushed and
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
3 tablespoons lemon juice
salt to taste
Strip leaves off the bottom two-thirds
of the rosemary sprigs. Thread shrimp
onto stem of each sprig. In a large skillet,
heat oil over medium heat about 30 to 45
seconds. Add the garlic and shrimp; saute
over medium heat 4 to 5 minutes, turning
skewers frequently until the shrimp just
turn pink. Add the parsley, lemon juice,
and salt; stir well. Remove from the pan
and serve immediately with fried green
Yield four servings
Nutritional Value Per Serving
Calories 176, Calories From Fat 128,
Total Fat 15g, Saturated Fat 2g, Trans
Fatty Acid Og, Cholesterol 64mg, Total
Carbohydrates 3g, Protein 9g, Omega 3
Fatty Acid Og
Fried Green Tomatoes
4 green tomatoes

From page 1
Jazz Concert
The Latin
Rhythm Clubs
of Cape Coral
and Ida Baker
high schools will
open the show,
followed by the
13-member Rick
DellaRatta Big
Band, which will
perform from 4
to 6 p.m.
A trio of local
musicians will
perform from 6 Craig Heller, execu-
to 8 p.m.: pia- tive director of
nist Dan Tudor, Global Community
saxophonist Lloyd Engagement
Fish, and singer
Darlene Mitchell.
Donations of clothing, non-perishable
food, and medical supplies for victims of
the earthquake in Haiti will be accepted.
GCE is partnering with the Nations
Association Charities and Florida Gulf
Coast University's Students Helping Haiti
to accept, coordinate, and deliver those
Out Of The Blue, A Concert
Benefit Grant
The Concert Benefit Grant is quite a
coup for GCE. Jazz for Peace's efforts
have been praised by organizations such
as the United Nation's International
Children's Fund and lauded by President
Barack Obama, Senator John McCain,

Garlic Shrimp and Fried Green Tomatoes
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
/4 cup yellow cornmeal
1 egg
1/3 cup milk
salt and pepper, to taste
oil for frying
Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Slice
unpeeled tomatoes into 12-inch-thick
slices. Mix flour, cornmeal, salt and pepper
in a shallow plate. In a small bowl, beat

Jazz for Peace Big Band in concert
and New York City Mayor Michael
Bloomberg, among other leaders.
The American Red Cross has
described partnering with Jazz for Peace
as "an opportunity for the community to
experience world-class music, while rais-
ing much needed funds."
Formed in 2002, DellaRatta's Jazz for
Peace Big Band has performed over 650
benefit concerts to raise funds, publicity
and awareness for outstanding organiza-
tions across the globe. Featured musicians
have included Paquito D'Rivera, Victor
Lewis, Lenny White, Eddie Gomez, Dave
Valentin, Ray Mantilla, Rick Margitza,

egg and milk until combined. Pour oil to a
depth of 1/4 to 1/2 inch in a large cast iron
skillet; heat to 375 degrees F. Dip sliced
tomato into egg mixture then dip into flour
mixture coating both sides. In the skillet,
fry half of the coated tomato slices at a
time for 4-6 minutes on each side or until
brown. Drain on paper towels or a rack.
Season to taste with salt and pepper then
keep warm in preheated oven until ready

and others. DellaRatta's jazz-influenced
orchestral composition Permutata
was recently recorded by the London
Symphony Orchestra.
Last May, DellaRatta and Jazz for
Peace performed in Kigali, Rwanda, as
part of the new government-launched
Peace Week in the war-ravaged country.
GCE Executive Director Craig W.
Heller says that last fall, "out of the blue"
he received an email and telephone call
from the event coordinator of Jazz for
Peace, first asking if his organization was
interested in holding a concert. Heller
learned that GCE had been nominated

to serve.
Yield four servings
Nutritional Value Per Serving
Calories 136, Calories From Fat 20,
Total Fat 2g, Saturated Fat Ig, Trans
Fatty Acid Og, Cholesterol 56mg, Total
Carbohydrates 25g, Protein 6g, Omega 3
Fatty Acid Og
Look for Fresh from Florida ingredients
at your grocery store.

Jazz for Peace decided to award GCE
the grant after reviewing the organiza-
tion's mission statement and work.
The process is designed, Heller says,
so that an "under-known" or "under-fund-
ed" non-profit organization doesn't have
to spend a dime to hold the jazz concert
and raise funds for their work.
GCE supports groups that provide
services for children in vulnerable situa-
tions. Focusing on the developing world,
the non-profit encourages community
engagement, global citizenship and cross-
cultural understanding. Their mission
and values are illuminated by the United
Nations Universal Declaration of Human
Rights and the Earth Charter.
To purchase tickets, go to www.
JoinGCE.org or contact Craig Heller at
226-0817 or cwheller@JoinGCE.org.
Donations made on the GCE Web site
during the month of January will go to
Haitian relief.
Children under 16 are admitted free.
General admission is $10 prior to the
event and $15 at the gate. Five of that
$15 will go to GCE's Haitian Refugee
Assistance Program in the Dominican
VIP tickets are $25.
The gate opens at 3 p.m. at the Lee
County Alliance for the Arts, 10091
McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers.
Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and other
outdoor comforts, but please leave pets
and glass containers at home.4



Dentist Opens New

Office In Fort Myers

New Dr. Aulino's new office
D r. Carmen J. Aulino has opened his new, state-of-the-
art dental office located at 13981 McGregor Boulevard,
Suite 103 in Fort Myers.
With a special emphasis in cosmetic dentistry, Aulino has been
providing the highest quality dental care to patients in Southwest
Florida for more than 30 years. He offers advanced general,
cosmetic and implant dentistry including all porcelain no metal
crowns or bridges, dentures and partial, dental implants, full
mouth reconstruction and rehabilitation, all-ceramic inlays and
onlays, bone grafting and all varieties of bleaching techniques.
"Our team is dedicated to providing the highest level of dental
care in the region with personal, prompt and compassionate care Dr. Carmen Aulino
for our patients and families," said Aulino. "Our new convenient
location provides the opportunity for us to extend our services to new patients as we
continue to serve our existing patients. As always, our patients can expect the highest
level of care and professionalism."
Aulino's dental care team includes several registered dental hygienists, certified den-
tal assistants, an insurance specialist, an appointment secretary and office manager.
For more information or to make an appointment, call 333-1140 or visit www.

Good Citizens Receive Awards
P ur local high school senior students received Good Citizen Awards from the
Caloosahatchee Chapter Daughter of the American Revolution (DAR).
The awards were given at a DAR meeting and luncheon on January 8 at the
Royal Palm Yacht Club. Jaclyn Calicchio of Bishop Verot High School, Jillian Galewski
of Fort Myers High School, Samantha Jodice of North Fort Myers High School, and
Almendra Mendoza of Dunbar High School all received awards and spoke at the meet-
ing about their goals and aspirations.
This annual award is given to young men or women who exemplify qualities of
leadership, dependability, service, and patriotism. Each recipient received a DAR Good
Citizens Certificate and pin, a United States Savings Bond, and a wallet recognition

New Board Members
F lorida Repertory Theatre has added two new members to its board of directors
Susan S. Chicone and R. Marc Laviolette.
Chicone is the managing executive of FineMark National Bank & Trust's new
Shell Point office, and Laviolette is the director of admissions for FGCU. "I am very
pleased to be able to welcome Ms. Chicone and Mr. Laviolette to our board of direc-
tors," said Board Chair Dr. Gerald Laboda. "Both are influential leaders in this com-
munity, and as a cultural organization it is important for Florida Rep to continue to
forge new relationships in the worlds of business and higher education."
Raised in Southwest Florida, Chicone grew up on Sanibel and received a BS in
Finance from Jacksonville University in 2003 and an MBA from FGCU in 2006.
Chicone also serves as vice president on the Canterbury Alumni Board and as the trea-
surer of the Junior League of Fort Myers. Chicone joined FineMark in January 2008
and in July 2009 was promoted to her current position as the managing executive of
FineMark's Shell Point Office.
"It is exciting to have such a professional theater in our community," Chicone said,
and I am thrilled to be a part of helping the Rep continue to bring the art of theater
to everyone in our community."
Laviolette became a Fort Myers resident in 1991 after a 20-year career with the
Canadian Navy. Laviolette has been with Florida Gulf Coast University since 1998,
where he held positions in the graduate admissions office, freshman advising, the reg-
istrar's office, the college of business and as an adjunct instructor in the college of arts
and sciences. Laviolette was appointed to his present position, director of admissions,
in August of 2005 and oversees enrollment marketing, recruitment and admissions
operations functions. He is also an FGCU alum, having graduated in 2002 with an

Financial Focus
New Year Means
New Opportunities
W by Jennifer Basey
f you already
Shave a Roth IRA,
you're aware of
its biggest benefit:
your earnings grow
tax free, provided
you meet certain
conditions. If you
don't have a Roth
IRA, you may want
to consider one -
and it may be easier for you to do just
that in 2010.
Before we get to the reasons why
2010 may be your year to open or con-
vert to a Roth IRA, let's look at some
differences between Roth and traditional
IRAs. If you own a traditional IRA, your
contributions may be tax-deductible,
depending on your income level. But
whether you can make deductible con-
tributions or not, your earnings grow on
a tax-deferred basis, which means your
money can grow faster than it would if it
were placed in an investment on which
you paid taxes every year. On the other
hand, Roth IRA contributions are never
tax-deductible, but your earnings grow tax
free, as long as you've held your account
at least five years and you don't start tak-
ing withdrawals until you're at least age
Furthermore, unlike a traditional IRA,
a Roth IRA does not require you to start
taking distributions when you reach 701/2.
Consequently, you'll have more flexibility
and freedom when it comes to making
If you have a traditional IRA, you
might be thinking it's a good idea to
convert to a Roth IRA because tax free
sounds better than tax deferred and, all
things being equal, tax free would indeed
be better. However, it's not quite that sim-
ple. If you convert your traditional IRA to

Susan S. Chicone
Susan S. Chicone

a Roth IRA, you'll have to pay taxes on
those traditional IRA earnings and contri-
butions that had previously gone untaxed.
If you do convert, you'll be better off if
you use money held outside your IRA to
pay the taxes. If you simply take money
from your IRA, you'll obviously lower the
value of your IRA and, if you're under
591/2, you may have to pay an additional
10 percent penalty on the amount you
withdraw to pay the taxes.
In the past, many investors have been
prohibited from converting their IRAs
due to either their tax filing status or
their income. Under previous rules, you
could convert your traditional IRA to a
Roth IRA only if you were married and
filed a joint return or were a single filer,
and your modified adjusted gross income
(MAGI) was $100,000 or less. But start-
ing in 2010, you can convert funds to
a Roth IRA even if your MAGI is over
$100,000. You will also be able to con-
vert to a Roth if you are married and file
separate tax returns.
And that's not the only piece of good
news regarding your conversion ability.
As mentioned before, you will have
to pay taxes when you convert to a Roth
IRA. A conversion is usually reported as
income for the tax year the conversion
takes place. However, in 2010 only,
your conversion amount will be split and
reported as income for tax years 2011
and 2012 unless you elect to report the
entire conversion amount on your 2010
taxes. You may find that spreading the
taxes over two years can make the con-
version more affordable.
In any case, consult with your tax advi-
sor before converting from a traditional
IRA to a Roth. If done correctly, such a
conversion can potentially make a big
difference in your ultimate retirement
Copyright 2010. Jennifer Basey
is a financial advisor in Fort Myers.
She can be reached at jenniferbasey@

R. Marc Laviolette

"After many years of attending and thoroughly enjoying the productions at the
Florida Rep," said Laviolette, "I am truly looking forward to contributing to its success
as a member of the board of directors."O


From page 1
Ribbon Cutting
Improvements Project. A celebration
immediately followed.
The City of Fort Myers began the
Downtown Utility Replacement and
Streetscape Improvements Project in
late 2005. While the project beautified
downtown Fort Myers, more impor-
tantly, this was a utility replacement
project. The project replaced all existing
water, sewer and storm drain systems in
downtown Fort Myers; many dating as
far back as the early 1900s. Once the
underground utility replacement work
on each street was complete, street
beautification elements were constructed
including brick-accented sidewalks and
crosswalks, streetscape amenities, and
landscaping and lighting. Street furniture
such as benches, waste receptacles, and
decorative bike racks placed throughout
the downtown area complete the street
furnishings package.
One of the most exciting aspects about
this project has been the effort to recover
and recycle over 500,000 old bricks
once covered for decades by asphalt.
Several streets such as Jackson, First,
Main, Hendry, and Lee were known or
suspected to still contain many of the old
bricks. Suspected streets were carefully
demolished, old bricks found were pallet-
ized and taken off-site for cleaning. Many
of the old bricks were cleaned by South
Fort Myers Junior ROTC members, citi-
zens needing community service hours,

The benches were designed by James
DiGiorgio Metal Design
and a handful of volunteers. The process
was long and tedious, but the results are
well worth the effort. Today, First Street,
Hendry Street, and Main Street reflect
the look of a simpler time and add charm
to downtown Fort Myers.4

The Dixie Strollers: Jim Steele, Al Antinini, Bob Anderson and Jerry French

Celebrating the renovation of downtown Fort Myers

Mary Thomas Versus Bob Knight -

A Mother's Courage With

Florida Connections
by Ed Frank
he was tough, courageous, outspoken and stubborn; a
single mother with only a 3rd grade education who fled
the segregated South so her nine children could receive
the education she never obtained.
This feisty woman died last week at the age of 86, and you
might wonder what her story has to do with sports, particularly
Florida sports. Read on and we'll tell you.
Mary Thomas moved to Chicago at the age of 13 where she
lived with an aunt and later married Isiah Lord Thomas II, the
father of those nine children. They separated following the birth
of the youngest, yet never divorced. He died in 1987.
Perhaps you've guess by now that her youngest child, Isiah, went on to become an
NBA Hall of Famer, one of the NBA's 50 greatest player, who now is the basketball
coach at Florida International University.
But his success is the result of the strict but loving upbringing by his amazing moth-
er whose life story was the subject of a 1989 made-for-television movie, A Mother's
Courage: The Mary Thomas Story.
Raising those seven boys and two girls on Chicago's tough West Side, Mary
Thomas worked at a Catholic school and various other jobs so her children could
attend the parish school. All nine graduated high school and four from college.
She would ride herd over their homework although it's doubtful she understood
most of their studies. Yes, she was on public aid, but refused to live in gang-infested
public housing.
She once marched into city hall to confront Mayor Richard Daley when her case
worker said it was necessary for her to move the family into such a facility. She
screamed and cried, made her point, and stayed in her small apartment with her chil-
A poignant scene in the movie occurred when she pulled a shotgun on gang-
bangers who were attempting to recruit her sons and threatened to blow them across
the street.
Not shown, however, were the numerous times she opened her home to neighbor-
ing children and even posted bonds so they could be released from jail.

Her baby, Isiah, showed basketball talents from kindergarten age. And when he
reached high school, Mary had him commute 90 minutes to and from school so he
could attend St. Joseph High School.
He was recruited by dozens of college coaches, including the legendary Bob Knight
of Indiana University. Now just picture the crusty, belligerent Knight confronting the
equally feisty Mary Thomas.
She wanted Isiah to stay closer to home and attend DePaul University. She also
didn't like the idea that the IU campus was is Bloomington, Indiana, a short distance
from Martinsville, once a hot bed of the Ku Klux Klan.
There were reports, never confirmed, that Mary got into a chair-throwing argument
with Knight in her living room.
She consented to take her son on a visit to IU and while there accepted an invita-
tion to Knight's home. Ignoring Knight's strict no-smoking rule, she lit a cigarette, but
Knight was so eager to recruit her youngster he didn't say anything.
In 1981, as a sophomore, Isiah led the Hoosiers to a national championship, and
then left school to reach fame and fortune in the NBA. But he promised his mother he
would earn his college degree which he did in 1988 in criminal justice.
The riches of the NBA allowed Mary to move from the West Side, but she told Isiah
"don't ever forget where you came from." She often returned to churches and centers
in her old neighborhood with food and presents.
Isiah played 13 seasons with the Detroit Pistons where he scored 18,822 points,
9,061 assists and 1,861 steals all Piston records along with two NBA champion-
He's also coached the Indiana Pacers and the New York Knicks in a somewhat
tumultuous coaching career. And in his first stint in college coaching, last year he
accepted the basketball rebuilding job at FIU, donating his first year's salary back to the
It's a big challenge and he was 6-15 and 3-5 in the Sun Belt Conference at week's
But this present challenge is nothing compared to the challenges and battles Mary
Thomas endured for Isiah and her children.
The world needs more of the Mary Thomases.
Everblades .500 on 11-Game Road Trip
The Florida Everblades long, 11-game road trip ended last weekend with a .500
record five wins, five losses and one tie. They return home with a 20-15-6 season
record and a firm grip on second place in the ECHL South Division with 46 points.
During that franchise-record road trip, the Everblades took on division foes South
Carolina, Charlotte and Gwinnett before facing northern opponents Elmira, Reading
and Trenton. They host Gwinnett this weekend at Germain Arena with 7:30 p.m.
games Friday and Saturday.@


Information Clinic
Apanel of guest speakers will help
people understand and learn new
information regarding the impact
of healthcare on the average family and
small business owner.
Florida Gulf Coast University Lutgert
College of Business, Small Business
Development Center, Undergraduate
Business Association (UBA), and the
Financial Planning Association of
Southwest Florida have partnered to offer
this free community outreach clinic titled
Healthcare in 2010, from 3 to 7:30
p.m., Monday, February 1 in the Student
Union ballroom.
Panelists will present from 5 to 6 p.m.
with questions and answers following.
Panelists include Mark Vertich, health
care specialist for Vertich Insurance
Agency, who discusses understanding
and managing employer/employee insur-
ance; Trevor Briede, managing director
and healthcare consultant at Briede &
Associates, discusses the proposed impact
on healthcare and how to understand the
current and proposed healthcare cost;
Renee Porter-Medley, certified financial
planner with Key Bank and president
of the local chapter of the Financial
Planning Association, discusses using and
understanding financial planning to pre-
pare for and manage healthcare cost; and
Bill Valenti, president and CEO of Florida
Gulf Bank, addresses healthcare impact
on the small business community.

Free, one-on-one confidential financial
consultations will able be available from
3 to 4 p.m., and again from 6 to 7 p.m.
with members of the FPA. To arrange a
time with a financial planner, contact the
FPA hotline at (941) 637-7526 or e-mail
"The community outreach is some-
thing the Financial Planning Association
has been working on with the Lutgert
College of Business undergraduate stu-
dents for the past two years," said Porter-
Medley. "We have invited the business
students to participate in our Shadow
Day program where they are paired with
members of FPA, and who work at their
business learning about financial planning
as a career.
For more information about the event
visit www.fpa-swfl.org. or register at

United Way
Taking Grant
he United Way of Lee, Hendry
and Glades has announced that
Lee, Hendry and Glades coun-
ties will receive funds to supplement
emergency food and shelter programs
in the area. Lee County will receive
$506,586, Hendry County $36,509,
and Glades County $6,557. Last year
over $550,000 was distributed to 21
local agencies under this program.
continued on page 24

Human Trafficking
Artreach Projects
Available To Girls
Human Trafficking Awareness
Partnerships (HTAP), a Sanibel
based 501c3 non-profit. is
organizing two Artreach projects for
Lee County girls. Each project uses the
arts to teach young women about the
dangers of human trafficking, especially
domestic minor sex trafficking.
Cases of young girls being lured into
the commercial sex trade have occurred
in Lee County and Florida. The goal of
these projects is to teach girls how to pro-
tect themselves and to use their art and
their voices to educate their peers.
One project creates canvas wall hang-
ings under the supervision of Dr. Genelle
Grant, an art therapist and educator, and
Nola Theiss, executive director of HTAP.
Theiss says, "One of the groups most
susceptible to the lures of traffickers is
our own children and grandchildren. The
National Center of Missing and Exploited
Children estimates that over 200,000
U.S. children are currently enslaved in the
sex industry in the U.S. and the number
is growing every day".
The art project takes place on
February 16, March 2 and 30 and
April 13 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the
Unitarian Universalist Church on Shire
Lane off Daniels Parkway in Fort Myers.
Transportation from schools can be
arranged and dinner and snacks are pro-
vided as well as a stipend to the girls for
their work when the project is completed.
Community service hours can also be
Twelve high school girls will be
selected for the program. Girls from
Sanibel are also invited to be part of the

To apply, send an e-mail to nola@
humantraffickingawareness.org including
name, age, school and indication why
you are interested in this issue, and any
art interest or training. For information,
call Theiss at 395-2635.
The second project is already unde
way: a play is being produced at the
Cypress Lake Center for the Arts which
will be performed in the Spring 2010.
Both projects are sponsored by the
Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva among
other local organizations and individu-
als. To support these programs or other
educational projects of Human Trafficking
Awareness Partnerships, send a tax
exempt contribution to HTAP, PO Box
1113, Sanibel, FL 33957.0

Nordic Walking
Nordic Walking workshops and
classes will return to the North
Fort Myers Community Park,
located behind the North Fort Myers
Librsary at 2021 North Tamiami Trail.
Pre-registration is required.
Nordic Walking For Back Health is
on January 18, 20, 25 and 27 from
5:30-6:30 p.m. Cost is $35 for all four
Nordic Walking Workshops are held
on February 20, March 6 and March 27
from 10 to 11:30 am. Cost is $23 each
workshop (register early and pay $20).
For more information contact 652-
6002 or e-mail Lolive@leegov.com
Walking with specially designed Nordic
walking poles may help some people
enjoy walking again. Benefits of using
poles to walk are balance and stability.
Nordic walking poles will be provided.
This class will meet four times. January
18, 20, 25, 27 from 5:30 to 6:30



O13981 McGregor Blvd, Suite 103
Fort Myers, Florida 33919
(1.5 miles north of former office location)

Allison Bandsuch
Office Manager
Robin Nunez, RDH
Registered Dental Hygienist

Amy Hunter, CDA
Certified DentalAssistant
Barbara Whitbred, RDH
Registered Dental Hygienist


Insurance Specialist
Linda Gehrlein

Debbie Potter, CDA Lilliana Trujillo, RDH
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Salvation Army Needs Donations
To Help With Recovery In Haiti
On the flow chart of The Salvation Army, Haiti is part of The Caribbean
Territory, which is a partner territory under the umbrella of the Florida
Division. The National Commander of The Salvation Army in Virginia is
leading the way mobilizing resources and personnel to assist with the international
relief effort in Haiti following the devastating earthquake on Tuesday. The quake
damaged much of the country's infrastructure, housing and commercial buildings.
"We are continually praying for the people of Haiti. This is devastating to an
already impoverished community. We will be doing whatever and all we can to assist
the people of Haiti," said Major Ann Penhale, corps officer of The Salvation of Lee,
Hendry and Glades Counties.
The Salvation Army has had a presence in Haiti since 1950 and currently oper-
ates schools, clinics, a hospital, feeding programs, children's homes and church-related
activities spread across two major facilities in Port au Prince, close to the epicenter
of the earthquake and at other locations in the country. According to reports from
Salvation Army staff in Port au Prince, no one in either of the facilities were injured
during the earthquake, but the children's home, the clinic and church suffered major
The Salvation Army's World Service Office, based in Alexandria, Virginia, has com-
mitted $50,000 to the relief effort and the organization is prepared to commit more
financial resources, as well as food, water, emergency supplies and trained emergency
disaster teams to assist in the recovery. The Army is working with other agencies
to identify appropriate transportation for the food. As will all such relief efforts, The
Salvation Army will be part of the initial emergency response while assessing long
term needs of the residents.
The local corps office is accepting monetary donations for the victims of the earth-
quake at the following drop-off locations:
Salvation Army Administrative Office, 10291 McGregor Boulevard and Salvation
Army Red Shield Lodge, 2400 Edison Avenue.4

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Cancer Fighting
Cooking Course
The Cancer Project, a national non-
profit dedicated to advancing can-
cer prevention through education
and research, is offering a four-session
cooking course in Naples designed to
help prevent and survive cancer through
proper diet and nutrition.
The class lineup is as follows:
February 17, noon to 2 p.m.,
Introduction to How Foods Fight Cancer
February 24, noon to 2 p.m., Fueling
Up on Low-Fat, High-Fiber Foods
March 3, noon to 2 p.m., Discovering
Dairy and Meat Alternatives
March 10, noon to 2 p.m., Cancer-
Fighting Compounds and Healthy Weight
For more information about Cancer
Prevention and Survival Cooking Classes,
visit www.CancerProject.org or call 202-

Weight Loss
Surgery Seminars
Obesity is a growing problem in
the United States and more
specifically in Florida. According
to the most recent data available from
the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, approximately 24.4 percent
of Florida's population was classified as
obese in 2007. Lee County's popula-
tion, scored higher at 25.4 percent.
The number of people undergo-
ing weight loss surgery has also grown
dramatically over the past few years.
The American Society for Metabolic &
Bariatric Surgery reports that 220,000
Americans had some form of bariatric,
or weight loss, surgery in 2008. The
most common procedures nationwide are
gastric banding and gastric bypass, and

a newer procedure known as a sleeve
gastrectomy is also growing in popularity.
People considering bariatric surgery may
have heard about all of these options,
but they may not realize that one of the
nation's most experienced surgeons prac-
tices right here in Southwest Florida at
Lee Memorial Health System's Bariatric
Moses Shieh, D.O., FACOS, leads
LMHS' holistic bariatric and weight man-
agement practice, which includes surgery,
ongoing support groups and activities,
revisional surgery and post-weight loss
body contouring. "Bariatric surgery isn't
a 'magic bullet' for massive weight loss,"
Dr. Shieh says. "Rather, it can be the first
step, combined with ongoing support
and lifestyle changes such as exercise and
diet, to help patients lose weight and live
healthier lives."
People interested in learning more
about bariatric surgery and LMHS' weight
loss program can do so at one of several
upcoming complimentary educational
seminars. Seating is limited and reserva-
tions are requested. Call 343-9966 to
reserve a spot.
Seminar dates:
Tuesday, January 26, part of Lee
Memorial Health System's Well Informed
Lecture Series, 5 6:30 p.m., Hyatt
Place Coconut Point, Estero; Thursday,
February 18, 6:30 8:30 p.m., Cape
Coral Hospital.:

Alzheimer's: Light
To Remember
The Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer's
Resource Center and Fox Electronics
will sponsor the 12th annual A Light
To Remember in Centennial Park, Fort
Myers, on Thursday, January 28 at 5:30
A Light To Remember was created to
help raise awareness about Alzheimer's
disease and related memory impairments
and raise much-needed funds for the
Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center.
It will include a lighted display of lumi-
naries purchased by families and friends
to honor or remember a loved one with
Alzheimer's disease or a related memory
impairment. A special ceremony will be
held near the fountain on Edwards Drive
in downtown Fort Myers.
Luminaries can be purchased in
advance for $5 each. To purchase a lumi-
nary call the Dubin Alzheimer's Resource
Center at 437-3007.
Family members and friends requesting
a luminary are encouraged to send a color
copy photo, poem, or other special mem-
ory of their loved one with their luminary
request. The luminary display at the 2010
A Light To Remember will include a col-
lage of these memories. Copies should be
sent since photos and other materials from
previous years are used in the display.4


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Local Salvation Army Prepares
Canteen To Assist With Repatriation
The canteen (mobile kitchen) has been checked and approved road-worthy for
travel. The trailer has been stocked with food and supplies. A crew has been
contacted and told to be ready at a moment's notice to leave Fort Myers and
head for either Miami International Airport or Homestead Air Force Base to assist
with the repatriation of American citizens from earthquake torn Haiti.
The United States government has asked The Salvation Army and State
Emergency Management to help coordinate efforts in helping American citizens when
they arrive at either Miami International Airport and/or Homestead Air Force Base.
The Salvation Army's task is to support services such as feeding operations (snacks,
hydration, etc.) and basic supplies for those coming with just the clothes on their back.
It will be at these two locations where American citizens can receive medical attention,
counseling, and communication with family.
"We are on a heightened standby status for the Fort Myers canteen and crew to
be ready for service," said Major Ann Penhale, corps officer. "This is our service to
help those in need who are returning to America. We have been praying fervently for
the people of Haiti and all those connected with the relief work being done," added
The Salvation Army canteen has the capability of providing up to 1,500 meals a
day for this mission. The trailer that will be pulled behind the canteen is stocked with
three days worth of food and supplies. This trained crew of three is diversified in the
duties of driving, cooking, stocking, maintenance and mechanics.
The Salvation Army has had a presence in Haiti since 1950 and its personnel
who were affected by the earthquake are now working to assist others in need. The
Salvation Army operates schools, clinics, a hospital, feeding programs, children's
homes and church-related activities through some 60 corps community centers across
The public can help The Army most right now by making a financial gift that gives
them the purchasing power needed to care for disaster survivors. The local corps office
is accepting monetary donations for the victims of the earthquake at the following
drop-off locations:
Salvation Army Administrative Office, 10291 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers or
Salvation Army Red Shield Lodge, 2400 Edison Avenue, Fort Myers.0

From page 22
Grant Applications
The selection was made by a national
board that is chaired by the Federal
Emergency Management Agency and
consists of representatives from The
Salvation Army, American Red Cross,
United Jewish Communities, Catholic
Charities USA, National Council of the
Churches of Christ USA, and the United
Way of America.
A local board is charged with distribut-
ing the funds appropriated by Congress
to expand the capacity of food and shel-
ter programs in high-need areas. The
local board determines how the funds
awarded to this area are to be distributed
among the emergency food and shelter
programs run by local human service
agencies in the area.
The United Way of Lee, Hendry and
Glades provides the coordination and
administrative support for this program in
the community.
Under the terms of the grant from the
national board, local agencies chosen to
receive funds must be the following: be
private voluntary non-profits or units of
government; have an accounting system;
practice non-discrimination; have demon-
strated the capability to deliver emergency
food and/or shelter programs, and if they
are private voluntary organizations, they
must have a voluntary board. Qualifying
agencies and organizations are urged to
Public or private voluntary agen-
cies interested in applying for these
Emergency Food and Shelter Program
funds should contact the United Way
of Lee, Hendry, and Glades, 7275

Concourse Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33908
or call 433-2000 to request an applica-
tion. The deadline for applications is
February 5.
Cliff Smith, president of the United
Way of Lee, Hendry, and Glades added,
"The emergency food and shelter funds
are being put to work where they are
needed the most, and the administrative
costs of getting the funds to the agencies
who actually provide emergency food and
shelter is only two percent of the total.
That is extraordinarily low and speaks to
the efficiency of the program."#

Florida's Largest
Tourism Fundraiser
Florida Gulf Coast University's
Resort & Hospitality Management
Program's 21st annual Wanderlust
travel auction and gourmet din-
ing extravaganza will take place on
Wednesday evening, April 14 at the
Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club.
Wanderlust, Southwest Florida's larg-
est tourism fundraiser, is supported by all
the major resort and hospitality compa-
nies in Lee and Collier counties. Proceeds
benefit FGCU's Resort & Hospitality
Management Program.
Reservations for Wanderlust are $250
per person or $3,500 for a corporate-
sponsored table of 10. Premium sponsor-
ships, which include center-stage promo-
tional opportunities, are also available.
For more information or to make a res-
ervation call 590-7742 or e-mail kroyal@

New Director
Of Development
CAN, the Island Coast Aids Network,
has appointed J. Mitchell (Mitch) Haley
as its new director of development.
Haley's responsibilities will include fund-
raising, special events, planned giving,
communications, public relations and
supervision of print, broadcast and Web
related materials for the not for profit
service organization. Haley has a history
of broadcast and advertising in Southwest
Florida that includes the Media Services
Department of Lee Memorial Hospital;
WGCU Public Media (PBS/NPR) as well
as formerly running two area advertising
More information on ICAN and its mis-
sion can be found on-line at www.icanswfl.
org or by calling 337-2391.0

he Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer's
Resource Center and Fox
Electronics will sponsor the
12th annual A Light To Remember in
Centennial Park on Thursday, January
28 at 5:30 p.m. A Light To Remember
is a special event created to help raise
awareness about Alzheimer's disease
and related memory impairments and
raise much-needed funds for the Dubin
Alzheimer's Resource Center.
The event will include a lighted dis-
play of luminaries purchased by families
and friends to honor or remember a
loved one with Alzheimer's disease or a
related memory impairment. A special
ceremony to honor and remember these
individuals will be held during the event
in Centennial Park near the fountain on
Edwards Drive in downtown Fort Myers.
Luminaries can be purchased in advance
for $5 each. Anyone interested in pur-
chasing a luminary can call the Dubin
Alzheimer's Resource Center at 437-
Family members and friends request-
ing a luminary in celebration of their
loved ones are encouraged to send a
color copy photo, poem, or other special
memory with their luminary request. The
luminary display will include a collage of
these memories. Copies should be sent
since photos and other materials from
previous years are used in the display.
Approximately five million Americans,
including more than 22,000 Lee County
residents, currently have an Alzheimer's-
type dementia. Another person is diag-
nosed with Alzheimer's disease every 70

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J. Mitchell (Mitch) Haley

Minnesota Twins
Players Visit
Local Hospitals
Minnesota Twins outfielder Joe
Benson and batting coach
Tommy Watkins, along with
mascot TC and longtime radio announc-
er John Gordon recently visited The
Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida
and Lee Memorial Health System's
(LMHS) Regional Cancer Center. The
visitors brought smiles to the patients'
faces and raised awareness for the 12th
annual Minnesota Twins' upcoming
Celebrity Classic Golf Tournament.
The Minnesota Twins share a long-
standing relationship with LMHS and its
regional cancer programs. The Minnesota
Twins Celebrity Golf Classic raises aware-
ness and funds for local cancer programs
and members of the community suf-
fering from cancer. This year's tourna-
ment will be held on February 25 at
Fiddlesticks Country Club in Fort Myers.
For information on corporate sponsor-
ships or to play in the tournament, e-mail
TwinsGolf@LeeMemorial.org or call the
Lee Memorial Health System Foundation
office at 985-3550.0

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2. SLOGANS: What was Woodsy Owl's message from the federal government?
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4. MUSIC: What entertainer has been called "The Man from Memphis"?
5. DISCOVERIES: Who is credited with discovering streptomycin?
6. U.S. PRESIDENTS: Which president had a pet badger?
7. MATH: What is the decimal equivalent of the fraction one-third?
8. MOVIES: What film features the theme park "Walley World"?
9. GEOGRAPHY: Where is the Lombardy region?
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My Stars ***
ARIES (March 21 to April 19)
Mixed signals could create problems.
Make sure your views are presented clearly,
and insist others do the same. Don't let an
unanswered question go by without a full
TAURUS (April 20 to May 20)
Financial pressures ease, allowing for more
budget flexibility. But as the money-wise
Bovine will appreciate, thrift still beats out
splurging. Expect news from someone spe-
GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Getting
things done is what you do so well. But be
careful not to overtax your energy reserves.
Take time out to relax or to do something
different to help keep them at optimum lev-
CANCER (June 21 to July 22) This is a
good time to satisfy the Moon Child's grow-
ing sense of wanderlust. Choose a really spe-
cial place to go to, with a very special person
to share it all with you.
LEO (July 23 to August 22) You love
being in the spotlight. But be careful it
doesn't blind you to the truth behind a seem-
ingly wonderful opportunity. Look closer
and you might be sadly surprised at what
you find.
VIRGO (August 23 to September 22)
Isn't it time to take a break from your hectic
schedule? Sure it is. And the sooner you do,
the sooner you can return fresh and more
than ready to take on all those new projects.
LI BRA (September 23 to October 22) A
recent family incident can help bring every-
one closer, and there's no one who's better
at making that happen than you. Accept
(indeed, insist on!) help from others to get
things off and running.
SCORPIO (October 23 to November
21) Long-held habits are often difficult to
break. But the change from how you always
did things to how you can do them now can
be liberating. So, be flexible and give it a try.
SAG ITTARI US (November 22 to
December 21) Someone you met in your
professional world last year and thought you
would never hear from again could make a
sudden reappearance in your life, along with
an interesting job offer.
CAPRICORN (December 22 to January
19) Once again, you delight everyone by
coming up with a solution for a problem that

actually works. On another note, it's not too
early to get started on those travel plans.
AQUARI US (January 20 to February
18) Before you go ahead with finalizing your
plans for your new project, check them over
to see if you can make some improvements
or if you can find ways to cut costs.
PISCES (February 19 to March 20) The
Fabulous Fish might have been out of the
social swim for too long, and it's time you
plunge back in. Reinforce your old friend-
ships and be open to starting new ones.
BORN THIS WEEK: Your creative
talents help bring beauty to the world and the
people in it. On their behalf, thank you.

On Jan. 30, 1835, Andrew Jackson
becomes the first American president to
experience an assassination attempt. Richard
Lawrence, an unemployed house painter,
shot at Jackson, but his gun misfired. A
furious 67-year-old Jackson confronted his
attacker, clubbing Lawrence several times
with his walking cane. A second shot also
On Jan. 27, 1888, the National
Geographic Society is founded in
Washington, D.C., for "the increase and
diffusion of geographical knowledge."
Readership of the magazine did not grow,
however, until it changed the format to
articles of general interest accompanied by
On Jan. 25, 1924, the first Winter
Olympics takes off in style at Chamonix in
the French Alps. Spectators were thrilled by
the ski jump and bobsled, as well as 12 other
events involving a total of six sports. The
United States came in third, winning its only
gold medal in the 500-meter speedskating
On Jan. 26, 1934, producer Samuel
Goldwyn buys the film rights to "The
Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank
Baum. Goldwyn had intended for Shirley
Temple to play Dorothy in the film, but
17-year-old Judy Garland got the part
On Jan. 31, 1945, Pvt. Eddie Slovik
becomes the first American soldier since the
Civil War to be executed for desertion -- and
the only one who suffered such a fate during
World War II. Slovik claimed he was "too
scared and too nervous" to be a rifleman, and
threatened to run away if forced into combat.
He deserted the next day.

On Jan. 29, 1964, Stanley Kubrick's
black comic masterpiece, "Dr. Strangelove
or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and
Love the Bomb," opens in theaters. The
movie's popularity was evidence of chang-
ing attitudes toward atomic weapons and the
concept of nuclear deterrence.
On Jan. 28, 1978, "Fantasy Island" is
created as a follow-up to "The Love Boat"
TV series. "Fantasy Island" became a hit
and ran for six years. Screen actor Ricardo
Montalban played the mysterious host Mr.
Roarke, and his diminutive sidekick, Tattoo,
was played by dwarf Herve Villechaize.

It was American cartoonist, humorist
and journalist Kin Hubbard who made the
following sage observation: "There's no
secret about success. Did you ever know a
successful man who didn't tell you about it?"
Next time you're in Iowa, you might
want to stop by the rural town of Riverside,
which touts itself as the future birthplace of
Captain James T. Kirk. Yep, the future birth-
place. It seems that "Star Trek" creator Gene
Roddenberry asserted that the character of
James Tiberius Kirk was born in Iowa, but
he didn't specify exactly where. In 1985, the
Riverside City Council voted to declare their
town the future birthplace of the character,
later writing to Roddenberry and receiving
his approval. In honor of its newfound claim
to fame, the city began hosting an annual
Trek Fest, complete with a Spockapalooza
battle of the bands.
If you enjoy cooking, you might have
heard of some of the following cookbooks:
"Kill It and Grill It," "The Joy of Pickling,"
"Full of Beans," "The Stinking Cookbook"
and "I Can't Believe It's Not Meat!" Then
again, maybe not.
The term "bric-a-brac," usually used to
refer to a collection of tawdry trinkets, comes
from the French, where its original meaning
was "at random."

If living conditions don't stop improv-
ing in this country, we're going to run out
of humble beginnings for our great men. --
Russell P. Askue

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We are currently seeking applicants
for several volunteer positions,
Current Positions:
Cage Cleaner, Gopher Tortoise Grazer, Patient
Driver, Emergency Response Transporter, &
Gift Shop/ Education Center Volunteers. Other
positions are available throughout the year. Call for
a full listing. If you're interested in hard work and
would like to become a volunteer call Marguerite
Jordan at 472-3644 ext 5.
A tme-senstrve training s involved in all of our patient-care. We do
ask our volunteers to make a semnce commitment of 3 consecutive
months per year with a minimum of 3-5 hours per week
SR 9/5 N TFN

now hiring. Energetic and interested in
learning how to sell swimwear? Call
Peggy at 239-395-5383 or apply online
Must be available some nights and
weekends. Tolls paid. We drug test.
SR12/11 BTFN

Matzaluna now
hiring for season.
servers, hosts,
food runner.
Please call Paige at
472-1998 between 2-4 p.m. to schedule an
SR 1/15 B 1/22

Property Management & Care.
Home Watch Pool Service
Handyman Repairs

Bob Adams
(Carpenty maintenance toies, faucets, ceiling fans, sliding doors, etc.)
768-0569 or cell 464-6460
RS 11/14 MTFN

Residential Cleaning to Satisfaction
Sanibel & Captiva 239-565-0471
Sanibel Lic. #11412 Lee Co. Lic. #051047
SR 11/12 BTFN

While you are away by a
retired architect, & a Sanibel resident.
Call 395-1649
SR 9/30 N TFN

On Island Free Estimates.
Over 15 Years Experience.
Offering Professional Upholstery Services,
Custom Art and Hand Painted Furniture.
Lacy@LacyMcClary.com or 918-740-4972
SR 10/23 V TFN

Assist with transportation, meals,
cleaning, home/car maintenance. Excellent
organizational skills. Island Resident.
Call Lisa 239-472-8875
Available day/night/weekends
RS 10/23 BTFN

Sanlbel-Captiva Care and Companion Service,
LLC Medical appointments, general transporta-
tion, shopping, light meal preparations, and light
cleaning. Our services are customized to meet our
clients needs. Call 239-395-3591, or
for an emergency call 239-472-0556.
SR 10/3 BTFN

Residential Commercial
Interior Windows Carpet Cleaning
Jennifer Watson
SR 11/13 N TFN

Sanibel Resident. 20 Years pc
Experience. Pc Troubleshooting, Data
Backup & Restoration, Netorks, Virus
Detection & Removal. Free Initial
Consultation. Call Fred 472-3873
RS 11/27 V 2/12

Experience the clear WATERS of Sanibel
and Captiva Islands onboard one of our
luxurious NEW BOATS. YOU Design
the TRIP and we will customize a
Unique and Unforgettable day of
BOATING to meet your wishes. All trips
tailored to your schedule. WaterWorld,
239-233-7060 dream/plan/reserve
RS 1/22 V 1/29


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Roomy 2/2 with loft. Pool, tennis,
walk to beach & pets allowed.
List price $350,000
Contact Deb Gleason, Realtor
VIP Realty Group
SR 1/15 B 1/22

Two bed/two bath unfurnished ground
floor condo, close to Sanibel and
Fort Myers Beach, $95,000.
Call 466-0677



From $625,000 to
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Brand New
Listed for $1,699,000

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RS 11/27 NTFN

2 bed/2bath on big lot
near Bowmans Beach
M Rice Realty, LLC
SR 1/1 M 2/5

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Housekeeping Inspector needed.
Experienced preferred.
Light maintenance skills helpful.
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SR 1/22 N 1/22

Computer repair, setup, file recovery & troubleshoot-
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Convenient location on Periwinkle Way, Island
Tower Plaza, Sanibel. 1st Floor availability with
700 sq. ft. of space. Leasehold improvements
negotiable. Call Joe at 516-972-2883 or toll free
at 800-592-0009. Fax is 212-371-2290
SR 10/12 BTFN

For sublease on Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.
Excellent exposure and convenient location,
flexible square footage available to suit your
needs. Call 239-472-2183 for more information.
SR 12/3 BTFN

Architecturally designed real estate office
on Periwinkle with 7-12 private offices
depending on configuration. Freshly
painted, new floor covering, reasonably
priced. Call 239-940-7823 for showing
RS 12/14 BTFN

lona Schoolhouse Professional Center
Great Location at McGregor Blvd & Kelly Road.
685 sq feet & 1350 sq feet units available. Will
negotiate year lease! Call Lisa at 239-472-2792
RS 1/4 B TFN

800 Sq. ft. Doc Ford's Center. New large white
tiles on floor. New bathroom. Raised ceiling
and new windows. Motivated owner some
FREE RENT. Call Nancy 239-246-4075.

Retail space available on Periwinkle Way.
Frontage 2,100 sq. ft.
Call 239-283-8581
RS 8/14 BTFN

For Rent
East End of Sanibel
Call 239-472-0121 or 239-410-2553
SR 1211 PTFN
perfect for retail, office, other. Hardwood floors -
beautiful! Ample parking, no cam fees!
RS 7/31 A TFN

1,500 sq ft, great visibility. Location, loc
tion. Call 239-738-1609
SR11/13 MTFN

Adorable ground level 2 bedroom
newly renovated and very close t
Sparkling new swimming pool! A\
February 1 Call for info 239-69
SR 1/8 M 1/29

Two bed/two bath unfurnished ground
floor condo off Kelly Road. Close to
Sanibel and Fort Myers Beach.
Annual lease $875/mo.
Call 851-3506
SR 10/9 N TFN

For a complete list visit our Website
Call Dustyn, RE/MAX of the Islands
RS 10/9 BTFN

Furnished for single woman in luxury one-
story home with pool, internet, large TV
SR11/20 NTFN

Completely renovated
Corian and tiled throughout.
Quiet Street
and near shopping
Ground level
W/D on site.
$950 month plus electric
SR 11/27 V TFN

Charming old Sanibel-style
2 BR-1 BA house. Great neighborhood.
Beach access. Lighthouse end.
Available February 1.
Call 252-341-6222
RS 1/15 V 1/22

East End, 2BR/1BA, 1/2 of duplex. Private Deck,
remodeled kitchen & bath. New tile. Walk to beach.
$1,195 a month Call 410-692-0200.
RS 7/24 V TFN

SMALL ELEVATED 3-BED/2-bath, no pets. 2550
Sanibel Blvd. 239-472-2225. $1,400 per month.
$1,000 security deposit
SR 11/13 BTFN
SANIBEL 2BR/2BA, w/large office, LR/DR, UF
ground level home in quiet neighborhood w/ large
one car garage. Renovated, corian counters and ter-
razzo floors, large back yard deck. Pets welcome.
Available April. $1,450 plus utilities. 239-472-2464
leave message.

Corner unit, S J ,
ation, loca- CUSTOM HOME, PRIVATE, riverview, guestloftwith
sun porch, pool, tennis, beach. No smoking or pets.
Available monthly beginning April. 405-210-2341 or
AL 405-307-8949
home mo. 2br/2balden/2car. Granite, wood cabinets, tile,
bea screened lanai, eat-in kitchen. No pets. Security
o beach $1,100. 239-357-1700
available RS 1/22V 2/5
1-3319 BEAUTIFUL GATED TOWNHOUSE $700. 2br/1.5ba
off College Parkway. Close to shopping, beaches,
Sanibel. New tile throughout. W/D. Screened patio.
New a/c. No pets. Security $650. 239-357-1700
RS 1/22 V 2/5

Sanibel 2BR/2BA- Furnished, Central
A/C, Wet Bar, Vaulted Ceilings, Direct TV,
Internet, Pool, Screened Lanai, Garage. Call
954-605-3325 or 800-618-3325 for details.
SR 7/17 MTFN

Sanibel Waterfront 2BR/2BA home fur-
nished. Manatees & otters are neighbors.
4 months $9,600, 6 months $13,600.
2010- 2011 Season.
Please call 973-398-6315.

Heated pool. 2BR/2BA partly furnished.
Almost all brand new interior, appliances
new, carport, lovely views. Immediate
occupancy. Price negotiable. Also for sale:
$56,000 terms. 239-278-5689
RS 1/22 V 1/22

Steps from the beach. 1 bdrm/1 1/2 bath,
AC/heat, full kitchen, laundry. $3,500/mo + tax
Jan-Mar, neg.off-season.
Call for availability: 239-738-3021.
SR 1/9 B TFN

Completely remodeled Dunes duplex with
fantastic golf course views available for monthly
or seasonal rental. 3BR/3BA, vaulted ceilings,
two floors, light and bright, large kitchen.
Upgrades include granite, marble, tile, pavers.
Call 703-548-0545 for more information.

Island Vacations
Of Sanibel & Captiva
Million $ Views Await You!*
Cottages Condos Homes *
Miles of Beaches & Bike Paths
S 10/9 BTFN

First floor condo, completely redone -
kitchen/bath/appliances/furniture -
November 2005. TVs/DVDs, internet, pool/
clubhouse. Just a few steps to beach.
Call owners: 401-253-2511
S 1/26 M TFN

2 BR 2 BA 1st floor corner unit on canal. Free boat
dock. Fishing, lanai, pool, steps to beach. Interior
& furnishings new Jan 2006. Weekly/monthly/sea-
sonal. Call owner 419-566-8670.
SR 4/13V TFN

Completely Remodeled Key West Style
Beach House. New Kitchen/Baths/Appliances/
Furniture. 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, Screened
heated Pool & Spa. TVs, DVDs, wireless,
Bikes. Very Close to Beach! Call 239-691-2265
RS 12/4 M 1/22

bedroom, 2bath Home with heated pool,
in quiet Sanibel neighborhood. Seasonal
and monthly rentals. 239-472-0692 or
SR 12/25 P 10/1

10x12x30 GROUND LEVEL Dry Dock
at Sanibel Harbor Yacht Club
(Next to Sanibel Bridges)
Unlimited In/Out Privileges 7 days/week
Complete Boat Wash/Engine flush after each use
Total use of club facilities (no dues)
(Restaurant, Marina Supplies & Boat Shop
& Certified Mechanics & Repair Shop);
showers, Fuel at Wholesale (gas & Diesel)
Slip #157
Call Phil 239-395-0407


32" TV
JVC I'Art 32" TV
Silver case, good looking, good working
order, w/remote and manual. $150
472-6837 (leave msg)
SR 11/20 N TFN

Playstation PS3 game for sale
Call 848-8240
RS 11/27 NTFN

Estates Items on Consignment
2431 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island
Jewelry Art Coins Wicker More. You bring
it, we will sell it! Donations benefit local
charities. www.SanibelAuction.com
RS 1/15 V TFN

Heart Rate Monitor, Time, Distance, Calories. $400.

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Hourly, Daily, Weekly
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Captiva Island 472-5800
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Lee County Sheriff's Office..........................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
Ft. 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 Office ..................................... 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
Florida Repertory Theatre at the Arcade..........332-4488
Florida W est Arts........................................ 948-4427
Fort Myers/Estero Island Barbershop
Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers.........472-01 68
Gulf Coast Symphony..................................489-1800
Harmony Chorus, Charles Sutter, Pres...........481 -8059
Naples Philharmonic.........................(239) 597-1111
The Schoolhouse Theater...........................472-6862
S.W. Florida Symphony...............................418-0996
Theatre Conspiracy.................................... 936-3239
Young Artists Awards................................ 574-9321
Animal Refuge Center..................................731-3535
American Business Women Association..........463-1 221
Audubon of SWFL.................................... 339-8046
Audubon Society.................... ...................472-3156
Caloosahatchee Folk Society.....................677-9509
duPont Company Retirees ......................454-1083
Edison Porcelain Artists..............................415-2484
The Horticulture and Tea Society...............472-8334
Horticultural Society................... ................472-6940
Lee County Genealogical Society...............549-9625
N ARFE (Natonal Acltve& Retred Federal Empoyees) .........................482 -671 3
Navy Seabees Veterans of America............731-1901
Paradise Iowa Club of SWFL......................667-1354
Southwest Florida Fencing Academy...........939-1 338
Southwest Florida Music Association..........561-2118
Kiwanis Clubs:
Fort Myers Beach..................765-4254 or 454-8090
Fort Myers Edison.............................. .. 6941056
Fort Myers South ................. .................... 691-1405
Gateway to the Islands ................................415-3100
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...........................332-81 58
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 Hom e........................................ 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
Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center.........765-8101
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Bike Night Moved To January 23
The River District Bike Night which was scheduled for earlier this month has
been moved to Saturday, January 23 from 6 to 10 p.m. The event is free and
open to the public with all motorcycles welcome.
Live musical entertainment from The Mixx will be provided and approximately 30
street vendors and many downtown businesses will be open. Motorcycle parking will
be available within the closed streets as well as in the adjoining streets. Parking for all
vehicles will be available throughout the River District.
Harley-Davidson/Buell of Fort Myers, has a strong commitment to motorcycle
safety and is supporting this event. For more information on this event or other local
Harley activities, call (75-HOGS (4647) or visit www.hdfortmyers.com.4

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father, is in love with another man. Young
Bianca, in love with her young but poor
husband, becomes the object of affection
of the aggressive Duke. And Livia, the
black widow at the center of both plots,
schemes and connives to get everybody
what they want with dire consequences.
The off-Broadway hit will play at the
Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in
downtown Fort Myers.
"Just as with our very successful pro-
duction of Macbeth last year, the aim is
again to blow out of the water any mis-
conceptions people may have about clas-
sical texts," said veteran director Annette
Trossbach. The naughty and delightful
show examines the lives of Livia, her
brothers, and those who enter their web
of deceit and pervasive moral corruption.
With penetrating psychological insight,
author Thomas Middleton shows the
characters to be self-conscious victims of
desire in a world insufficiently governed
by social restraints. Trossbach said, "If
this sounds like an article you read online
last week, know that Women Beware
Women is a Jacobean revenge tragedy,
written in 1621 by Shakespeare's col-
laborator and friend, Thomas Middleton."
Popular Southwest Florida actor Joann
Haley plays the devious lead, Livia. Livia
says, "Love, thou shalt see me do a
strange cure then, as e'er was wrought
on a disease so mortal..." The show will
also star local favorites Shawn Holiday as
the Duke, Abrahan de la Rosa as the stu-
pid Ward, and Nykkie Ptaszek as young
Isabella, to name a few. The production
is co-directed by Louise Wigglesworth and
Michael Dunsworth. Live music will be
composed by Steven Pawlowski.
While there is no foul language, there
are mature themes, so parental discretion
is advised.
Tickets may be purchased at the door
for $20, by phone at 337-1933 or online
at www.sbdac.com. Doors open at 7:30
p.m. and the show begins at 8. Both
Thursday nights are Ladies' Nights, with
special treats for women.C

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