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VOL. 9, No. 7 From the Beaches to the River District downtown Fort Myers FEBRUARY 12, 2010
Emmy Winner National Christian Choir To Perform
F orida Repertory Theatre is present-
ing Harmonic Collage, its annual
benefit concert given by Emmy
Award-winning and Grammy-nominated
flutist and composer Kat Epple.
Joined by a number of world renowned
musicians and performers, Epple will take
the stage at 7 p.m. on Monday, February
15 in the historic Arcade Theatre.
Epple will perform on flutes from
around the world, electronics, and key-
board, and will be joined by special guests
including Chuck Grinnell (keyboard), DL
Turner (harp/guitar), Darrell Nutt (percus- The National Christian Choir
sion), Ray Nesbit (guitar), David Johnson
(bass) and Nicole Long and Christar
Damiano (movement). he Village Church at Shell Point Retirement Community will present the
Also featured will be two performance National Christian Choir (NCC), with Dr. C. Harry Causey, on February 13
art ensembles Epple is a part of, Sonic _and 14 as part of the Season of Praise concert series. Tickets are still avail-
Combine (with Laurence Getford and Kat Epple able.
Lawrence Voytek) and Katalyst, as well as "We are very excited to welcome The National Christian Choir and Dr. Causey to
a few surprise guest performers. Shell Point for this performance," said Randy Woods, minister of worship and music
Harmonic Collage is a benefit for Florida Repertory Theatre. for The Village Church. "Residents and visitors have thoroughly enjoyed the concerts
Admission is $20 for this one-night-only event. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets we have offered in this year's Season of Praise series, and we know that all who attend
are available through the box office at 332-4488 and online at www.floridarep.org. this performance will be impressed by the proficiency of this highly skilled choral
Florida Repertory Theatre is on Bay Street between Jackson and Hendry.4 group.
continued on page 22
Community Garden At Lakes Park
Opens Saturday Plots Available
he grand opening of the
SCommunity Garden at Lakes Park
will be on Saturday, February 13
from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Fragrance
Among those present will be Lee
County Extension Agent, aka the Plant
Doctor, Roy Beckford, Lee County Natural
Among the attractions and events:
The public will be able register for a
plot in the Community Garden
Plant sale by the Lee County Master
Gardeners with proceeds to benefit the
Performances by Southwest Florida
Youth Orchestra Brass Ensemble.
Vegetables for sale
Gulf Coast Palm & Tree display
Admission is free though a parking fee
is required ($1 an hour, $5 a day).
The garden plots are rented for $50
a year with all proceeds benefiting the Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation and being
reinvested in Lakes Park. The garden beds will be available to local citizens wishing to
cultivate produce or flowering species within the Community Garden. This is an effort
to revive the practice of growing produce and plantings close to home.
Garden Supervisor Austin Tincher is directing the Community Garden operations.
Each gardener will be required to sign an agreement to uphold the regulations, namely
restrictions on the use of pesticides and fertilizers, pledge to maintain the Community
continued on page 24
Naples Five-Year-Old Creates
Signature Art For Wine & Food Fest
J oseph West of Naples, a five-year-
old cancer patient at The Children's s
Hospital of Southwest Florida, is a ded-
icated Florida Gators fan. He even dressed '. 4
up like Albert E. Gator, the university's
mascot, for Halloween, and decorated his
Christmas tree in all things Gator. So when
local artist Ellen Sheppard was planning her
painting session with Joseph, the hospital's
child artist selected to create the Southwest
Florida Wine & Food Fest signature poster,
her husband John had just the right idea.
Known to many as the steadfast bearer of
teddy bears to every young patient of The
Children's Hospital, John headed out to
find a bear dressed up like University of
Florida quarterback Tim Tebow.
Not only did Teddy Bear Tebow, as he
became known, lift Joseph's spirits, but he
also provided the perfect inspiration for the
painting to be featured on this year's post-
ers. Ellen has been offering her guidance to SOUTHWE ST FLORIDA
the hospital's child artists for the signature Wine & Food Fest C'
posters of the Wine & Food Fest since
nearly its inception over six years ago.
"Joseph loves his Gators, so Teddy Bear
Tebow couldn't have been a better pick for Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest poster
him," said Joseph's mom, Tiffany. "He featuring child artist Joseph West's original
loves art projects almost as much as he painting, Teddy Bear Tebow
loves the Gators."
continued on page 24
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Historic Downtown Fort Myers,
Then And Now: The Post
Office Arcade On Broadway
by Gerri Reaves
Tr|his historic photo of Post Office Arcade was taken soon
I | Iafter it opened in 1925. Constructed by George R Sims
for a cost of $125,000, the mixed-use structure in the
center of the west side of Broadway was the first building to
i open on the short street named for New York City's famous
The structure is still thriving and proudly displaying its name
over the entrance.
S Recently it has embarked on a new phase in its history, as the
main entrance to Hotel Indigo.
As we can see in the historic photo, one of the arcade's first
tenants more than 80 years ago was Silver-O'Brien Realtors,
which occupied the storefront where Vino Di Notte Restaurant is today. Judging from
the signage, a pharmacy might have occupied the space where Southwest Capital
Bank is now.
The neighboring Colquitt and Kress buildings were yet to go up when a photogra-
pher snapped this wide-angled shot, but they would be constructed before the decade
was out, on the arcade's south and north sides, respectively.
Instead, to the left of the newly constructed arcade, we see an alley that still borders
the Colquitt Building today. In the mid-1920s, it would have led to the rear of the
Hotel Kenmore that faced Main Street.
To the right and behind the car, we see a private home that would soon be demol-
ished to make way for the yellow-brick Kress Building, completed in 1927.
In its new role as the entrance to Hotel Indigo, the originally open-air building
retains its beauty, leaving no doubt that historic preservation is worth every effort.
Hotel Indigo has enclosed it with glass doors and preserved one of its most distinc-
tive features, the rubble-random tile floor of a "pique assiette" design.
continued on page 4
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Today the historic arcade leads to Hotel Indigo, as well as Vino Di Notte Restaurant,
Company Hair, Ichiban, and Southwest Capital Bank
In this photo taken shortly after the Post Office on Broadway was constructed, the paperboy seems oblivious to the photographer, but the man on the right is highly aware he's being
photographed for posterity photo courtesy of the Southwest Florida Historical Society
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and Ken Rasi
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Inventor's Summer Camp
R registration for the fifth
annual Edison & Ford
Winter Estates Inventor's
Summer Camp is now open and -- .
this year the Wild Wizard will be
offering classes all summer.
The estates is a living lab where
every project engages the campers
in the sciences, arts, and history
to ask questions and discover the
answers for themselves while hav-
Weeklong camps begin the
week of June 8, and continue
to the final week, August 13.
Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
Monday to Friday. Camps are
open for grades 1 to 6 and ses- Movie Making Magic
sions are separated by grade levels.
Cost for members is $200; non members $230. Scholarships will be available.
The schedule is as follows:
Session 1: June 8 11: Edison Invents A five-day adventure that captures the
Edison and Ford experience.
Step back in time and investigate the inner workings of a light bulb, discover trees
and plants brought here from around the world and create inspired works of art.
Sessions 2 and 7: June 14 18, July 19 23: Movie Making Magic Act, direct,
operate the camera and build sets. Campers will study Foley art (sound effects), movie
magic (special effects), and script writing.
Sessions 3 and 8: June 21 25, July 26 30; Kitchen Chemistry This mind-bog-
gling camp is a combination of the best experiments the Wild Wizards have to offer.
Campers will learn how to take everyday things found in the kitchen and make them
do amazing things. Top it all off with a solar cookout with hand made ice cream and
root beer float party!
Session 4: June 28 July 2: Animation The perfect mix of science and art.
Campers will develop original characters, write their own story, choose between many
different animation styles, and make a short film.
Sessions 5 and 10: July 5 July 9, August 9 13; Spaceships & Rockets The final
Frontier! Campers will explore the outer reaches of the universe with the resident
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spaceman. Campers will visit planets, collect
samples and float on a Lunar Lander.
Sessions 6: July 12 July 16: ESI Edison
Science Investigation Thomas Edison, known
for his ability to turn normal objects in amaz-
ing inventions, made bamboo glow and tinfoil
talk. Now it's your turn!
Each day, campers will be presented with
a different mystery and will only be given nor-
mal everyday items to solve it.
Session 9: August 2 August 6: Eager
Engineers "To be a good inventor you need
a good imagination and a pile of junk," said
Thomas Edison. The estate will supply the
junk and jump-start the imagination. Campers
will use recycled materials and develop green
inventions such as robots, conduct science
experiments, participate in balloon car races
and build bridges.
Registration forms are available online at
www.efwefla.org. or at the Edison & Ford
Winter Estates at 2350 McGregor Boulevard.
For more information or to sign up contact
the Estates Education Coordinator at 334-
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Broadway was the brainchild of Sims
and two other progressive developers,
Henry Colquitt and LC Curtright, who
strove to bring a contemporary urban
aesthetic and business model to Fort
After buying properties between First
and Main streets along what became
Broadway, they obtained permission from
the city to create the new street at their
In order to generate pedestrian traffic
and business, Sims leased a large space
in the arcade to the government as a
post office, complete with lock boxes and
equipment, for one dollar per year.
A scarcity of downtown office space
made it possible to rent the remaining 20
stores and office spaces at premium rates
prior to construction.
Over the years, many businesses have
called the arcade home, including the
beloved Snack House, which opened
in 1947; the Fort Myers News-Press;
Geraci Travel; Bara Bread; and today's
Company Hair and Ichiban Japanese &
In 1934, Barron G. Collier bought the
arcade, renamed it the Collier Arcade,
and established his bus terminal there.
But it's the original name one still hears
If Sims, Colquitt, and Curtright could
see the redeveloped arcade, perhaps
they would wander up to Indigo's rooftop
pool and lounge to see one thing that
hasn't changed since Broadway was a
mere plan on paper: the sunset over the
Walk down to Broadway to see the
historic Post Office Arcade, now trans-
formed for 21st century use.
Then visit the Southwest Florida
Museum of History at 2031 Jackson
Street, where you can see the exhibit
Tutankhamun: Wonderful Things from
the Pharaoh's Tomb. Ask about their
Author's Evening spring series 2010.
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.
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.,
Palmetto Palms RV Resort will hold
a Craft and White Elephant Sale
on Saturday, February 20 from 8
a.m. to noon. The RV resort is located at
19681 Summerlin Road in Fort Myers.
Coffee and donuts will be available.
The public is invited.C
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Garden Hat Project To Benefit
Estates Education Programs
M ina Edison loved hats as did
many of the fashionable ladies of
her time. They were beautifully
adorned with lace, feathers, jewels, veils
and other additions which were crafted of
straw, organdy, felt and other materials.
In honor of the first Garden Brunch
at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates on
February 12, several notable women in the
community decorated hats.
Nearly 20 women from the community
created hats including: Pamela Cronin,
Lee County Tourist Development Council,
co-owner of The Shell Factory; Michelle
Gouley, architect, Parker Mudgett Smith;
Debbie Hughes, estates horticulturist; Ca Ly
Nicole Long, Saks Fifth Avenue; Leoma Calla Lady hat
Lovegrove, artist, Lovegrove Gallery &
Gardens; Rachel Peacock, Pure Love Soap;
June Pekol, Edison Restaurant, June Pekol
Reality; Chris Pendleton, estates president
& CEO; Piper Rudlich, artist, Art & Soul;
Anita Singh, jewelry designer; Lois Thome,
anchor, WINK TV News; and Margie Willis,
The designers named their hats reflect-
ing the personality of their creations includ-
ing, A WINK and a Smile, Black Magic,
Turquoise Sunbeams, Belly Dancer, Not the
Edison's Peacocks, Calla Lady, Lady in Red
and Purple, Orchid Lady and the Country
The hats will be auctioned off February
12 at the Brunch with Mrs. Edison, Living
with a Genius event at the estates. A WINK and a Smile hat
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In addition to the hat auction and brunch amidst the beautiful historic plantings,
professional actress Nan Colton will present Living with a Genius, a witty, one-woman
show that engages the audience in what it is like to live with a genius in this case
Mina Edison and husband, Thomas Edison. Colton is well known for her charming
representation of historic women and includes storytelling and audience involvement.
Two performances are scheduled: February 12 and 13 at 11 a.m. Attendees are
encouraged to wear hats.
Reservations are required by calling 334-7419. Estates members are $50, non-
members $60. The project benefits the estates education programs.M
Donations Needed For Operation
Support our servicemen and women who protect our freedoms every day by con-
tributing to Operation Open Arms, Inc. These heroes need your help to take their
minds off of their very hazardous mission, even for a short time. Founded in 2005 on
Pine Island by charter boat Capt. John "GiddyUp" Bunch, a U.S. Marine officer in
Vietnam, Operation Open Arms is one of the most successful charitable organizations
in the country serving active duty military personnel.
Operation Open Arms is an IRS approved 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation so con-
tributions are tax deductible. Two sitting presidents, George W. Bush and Barack
Obama, have recognized the organization for its work.
The mission of Operation Open Arms is to provide every possible benefit to active
duty military personnel while on leave from a combat zone. The organization also
provides free mental health counseling. There is no staff, only volunteers and business
partners. Operation Open Arms is a network of sponsoring businesses that extends
free benefits in a wide range of categories to enable military personnel to take a much
needed vacation from the stresses of war. Servicemen and women are eligible for one
free service from each business partner. They make their own arrangements with the
Partners donate hotel room nights, restaurant meals, fishing charter trips, excur-
sions, sightseeing opportunities, leisure activities, haircuts, dental work, and other
For more information visit the Web site, www.operationopenarms.org or call Capt.
Bunch at 283-8838. Donations should be sent to: Operation Open Arms, PO Box
101, St. James City, FL 3390',
The next meeting of the Fort Myers
Camera Club is scheduled for
Friday, February 19. The meeting
will feature an instructional workshop
by award-winning photographers, Ron
Addison and Joyce Wans.
Addison will discuss How To Get
Started With Camera RAW (which
includes Elements and CS), and Wans will
demonstrate How To Do Great Camera
Guests are welcome free of charge.
The club meets at the Congregational
Church of Christ, 8210 College Parkway,
Fort Myers. Parking is available behind
For additional information about the
club, log onto www.ftmyerscc.com.M
Jennifer L Basey
1952-2 Park Meadows Dr
Ft Myers, FL 33907
he monthly meeting of the Fort
Myers Beach Yacht Club will be
held Wednesday, February 24 at
the American Legion Post 274, 899
Buttonwood Drive, Fort Myers Beach.
Dinner will be catered and is available
for $14 per person. Social hour begins at
6 p.m., dinner at 7, and the membership
meeting is from 8 to 9 p.m. Potential
new members wishing to attend any or all
portions of the meeting are invited to call
Commodore Tom Swanbeck for required
reservations and additional information,
292-6284. To learn more about the club
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The Immokalee Foundation's
Mission Takes Flight
When three World War II fighter
planes took to the picture perfect
cloudless skies in Fort Myers,
they provided the thrill of a lifetime for
passengers and the opportunity of a life-
time for dozens of Immokalee children.
Among those who purchased rides
on the Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress
Nine-O-Nine and the North American
Dual Control P-51C Mustang Betty Jane
are some enthusiastic supporters of The
Immokalee Foundation, a not-for-profit
organization that provides educational
opportunities for Immokalee's children.
The Collings Foundation, who brought
the fully restored World War II B-17, P-51
and B-24J Liberator to Page Field, is a
not-for-profit organization dedicated to
helping Americans learn more about their
heritage through the restoration and exhi-
bition of historic aircraft, cars and other
modes of transportation.
The airplane below is known as Betty Jane,
the only dual control North American
P-51C Mustang plane
Ex-warbirds Jack Morgan, Donna Kletjian, Dick Stonesifer and Jack Myatt
1938, these men detail their Flying Fortress
and paint yellow bombs under the cockpit
to signify the number of successful missions
the team has completed. This plane has 63
yellow bombs on it.
The Immokalee Foundation flyiers, gathered in front of a Flying Fortress
While the public could purchase rides in any of the planes, 20 people made sure to
secure their spots last year during The Immokalee Foundation's Fiesta of Fun dinner
and auction. The group traveled together from Naples on Tuesday, January 26 for the
flights. Following the afternoon of high-flying fun, they gathered for dinner at the Bay
Colony Golf Club, aka the "Officer's Club," for dinner and flight stories and the view-
ing of vintage video of B-17s.
Foundation board member Louise Penta is friends with Bob Collings, who founded
The Collings Foundation with his wife, Caroline. Penta and Collings worked together
on charitable events in the Boston area.
After seeing the interest generated there in B-17 rides, Penta asked Collings to
secure a couple of seats in the plane during its Southwest Florida visit. They wound up
with enough bidders to fill the plane twice.
"We got a tremendous response," Penta said. "Everyone's (auction) paddle went
up. We had 20 people riding. A lot of people going on the flight know the history of
the B-17 and P-51. Some are veterans. It has a lot of meaning to them."
Marie Stonesifer was one of the lucky B-17 flyers. She flew in the plane's radio
compartment. "It was a terrific flight and a wonderful view," said Stonesifer on the tar-
mac after the flight. "All I could think about were the pilots and crew and how grateful
we are to all the people who fought in the war."
In addition, two more experienced what it's like to fly the P-51, the world's only
dual-control fighter aircraft. The two-seat modified P-51 afforded one passenger a
chance to fly in a second cockpit behind the pilot.
The collaboration between the two foundations made perfect sense to Collings.
"We are an educational foundation and as such are interested in educational issues,
particularly those pertaining to children," Collings said. "Part of our mission of taking
World War II aircraft around the country is to teach younger Americans about the sac-
rifices made by veterans to ensure the lifestyle we have today."
In teaming up with TIF, Collings said, "I'm pleased and honored to try to help
contribute to the success of the auction and raise awareness of The Immokalee
Foundation's efforts and what we do as well."
The 2010 Fiesta of Fun dinner and auction will be held in November at The Ritz-
Carlton Beach Resort in Naples.
The Immokalee Foundation provides educational opportunities for Immokalee's
children from early childhood through the start of their professional lives through men-
torship, after-school activities, college scholarships, vocational skills and incentives for
educational growth. To learn more, visit www.immokaleefoundation.org or call 430-
THERIVER FEBRUARY12,2010 7
Twilight Time Benefit Downtown
The fourth annual It's Twilight Time event to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs
of Lee County has been set for Sunday March 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the
Sydney and Berne Davis Art Center the Fort Myers River District.
The event is an extravaganza celebrating great food and fine wines from around the
world, specialty cocktails, desserts, and chocolates from Norman Love. There will also
be live music.
Approximately 30 area restaurants will be participating.
"We are very excited about the venue for our event- last year was our first in the
River District and it is perfect for the It's Twilight Time concept. Four years ago at our
first Twilight Time, we had about 600 attendees; this year we expect close to 2,000 to
attend," said Greg Brock, co-chair.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Lee County offer after school and summer programs
at seven club facilities to almost 2,000 youth members age 6-18, most of whom come
from single parent, low income families.
For sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets, visit www.ItsTwilightTime.com
of call Bill Gunnin or Garrett at 334-1886.0
Foster Care Kids"
Forida Repertory Theatre has
partnered with Foster Care
Advisory Services. In conjunc-
tion with Florida Rep and Vino de
Notte Restaurant, Foster Care Advisory
Services will present Night on the Town
on Tuesday, February 23 in the Historic
Arcade Theatre to benefit abused and
neglected children in Southwest Florida.
These children often have few clothes
or any of the other necessities that so
many of us take for granted. Foster Care
Advisory services, Inc. has worked to fill
these needs since 1984.
The event offers a night of fine din-
ning and theatre beginning with dinner
at Vino de Notte in the Hotel Indigo, and
moving down the block to the Arcade
Theatre for Florida Rep's production of
Kaufman and Hart's Pulitzer Prize-inning
American classic, You Can't Take It with
Chef Rocco Pisera of Vino de Notte
has selected four of his most popular
authentic Italian dishes and combined
them with appetizers, salad, dessert and
Dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m.
and the play begins at 8 p.m. The cost is
$75 per person and tickets are available
at Robb & Stucky Interiors in Fort Myers,
Bonita Springs and Naples, as well as
evenings at the SW Florida Fencing
Academy, 4210 Fowler Street, Fort
Myers. Tickets may also be purchased by
mail. Call 989-8663 or 939-1338 for
No Phone Driver
recognizing that use of a cell
phone while driving increases the
risk of having an accident by four
times, the same risk as a drunk driver,
and texting while driving increases
the risk of an accident by eight times,
the Florida Junior Civitan Board of
Directors have launched the No Phone
Driver campaign to raise awareness.
Teenagers across Florida will encour-
age their own members, school mates,
family and the public to sign a pledge to
be a No Phone Driver, to stop risking the
lives of everyone on the road, including
Junior Civitan is a community service
club organization of 12,000 teen volun-
teers in 400 clubs in the USA, Canada,
Europe, Asia and Africa, helping seniors,
challenged and the under privileged.
While each club chooses its com-
munity service, environmental projects
and social awareness activities, the
Florida Junior Civitan Board of Directors
have designated this No Phone Driver
campaign as the statewide project,
after Junior Civitan Governor Matthew
Pendleton, an 11th grade student at
Sandalwood High in Jacksonville, learned
the alarming statistics on a recent Oprah
To sign the pledge visit www.
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Cindy Venezia and Jon Mayhugh
On Tuesday, February 2,
Ministries Inc. (CCMI) held its
annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in
Fort Myers. Over 300 of CCMI's 1,200
annual volunteers attended for breakfast,
musical and video presentations, and
raffle prizes. CCMI volunteers totaled
over 38,000 hours of service in 2009.
CCMI is the umbrella agency for the
Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry, Meals
on Wheels, Senior Transportation, the
Dawn and Hank Fortier
Montessori Preschool of Dunbar and
Family and Homeless Services. CCMI
serves Fort Myers and the greater Lee
County area, including Bonita Springs,
Cape Coral and Lehigh Acres. For more
information, visit www.ccmileecounty.
com or call 332-7687.0
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tions for BIG ARTS scholarship
awards: The Robert Rauschenberg
Scholarship, The Patricia Thurber
Scholarship Trust, and BIG ARTS BIG
SECRET Artworks Scholarship. The
deadline is Monday, March 29.
Students who have professional goals
to pursue visual arts, music, dance, the-
ater, or film are invited to apply for one
of the awards. Funds may be used for an
educational institution's tuition, books, art
supplies, or equipment. The committee
will consider funding for, but not limited
to, tuition associated with any arts-related
degree or advance workshops. In order
to be eligible for a BIG ARTS award,
applicants must meet one of the following
High school senior
Student currently enrolled in accred-
ited undergraduate or graduate programs
Individual who has received their
bachelor's degree and who has worked
for a period of time and is returning to
school for an advanced degree
Len Jennings and Debi Almeida
And also must meet one of the follow-
Current resident of Sanibel or
Captiva for at least two years
Currently employed on Sanibel or
Captiva (or have a parent employed) for
at least two years
Current member of BIG ARTS for
two years (one year for students)
Current resident of Lee County
Applications are available Monday
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Empty Bowl Event
For Food Bank
he Saturday, January 30 Empty
Bowl event raised a minimum of
$30,000 for the Harry Chapin
Food Bank of Southwest Florida. This
was the fourth annual event held in
Cambier Park, Naples, with Panera
Bread as a major sponsor. Last year's
event brought in $25,357.
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Passion For Historic Preservation
Began In Childhood Play
Gina Taylor, executive director of the Lee
Trust for Historic Preservation
by Gerri Reaves
Gina Taylor says that her interest
in historic preservation began in
early childhood, long before she
understood what it was.
The executive director of the Lee Trust
for Historic Preservation has vivid, happy
memories of weekends and holidays
spent at her grandfather's house in New
Jersey, where she and her numerous
cousins would play and explore in his
She recalls the big porch, the solid
claw-footed furniture, the bay windows,
and the big yard with large trees.
"That's where it all started," she says,
"because I loved that feeling of a large
family, being in a large home, of having
all these nooks and crannies in a home,
with an attic and a fabulous basement."
Years later, her connection to history
deepened when she married someone
with an imposing historical lineage and
moved to New England. Her former hus-
band traced his roots to the Mayflower,
and the family still owned the colonial
house, now a house museum.
She is especially drawn to such
histories, for most of her own family,
from Germany and Russia, died in the
Holocaust. So she doesn't have deep
When she lived in Cape Cod,
Massachusetts, where historic preserva-
tion is the order of the day, she became
fascinated with architecture and the sense
of place that a respect for history can
Where's The History?
Thoroughly immersed in a preserva-
tionist mindset, she was in for a jolt when
she moved to Fort Myers in 1986.
One of the first sensations she had
was of loss. She wondered, "Where's the
history?" All she could see was strip malls
and new construction.
She was yet to learn that historic
neighborhoods did indeed exist in Fort
Seeing a newspaper article about the
effort to preserve the 1901 Murphy-
Burroughs home on First Street was a
turning point for Taylor.
She journeyed downtown to see
the home that Jettie Burroughs had
bequeathed to the City of Fort Myers a
few years earlier.
That was only the beginning of her
passion for that historic home. In 1989,
she learned that the city was looking for
a director to open the home, applied for
the position, and four months later began
the exciting job of turning the site into a
By that time, the home had been
placed on the National Register of
Historic Places in 1988. Taylor credits
Bill Grace with spearheading that daunt-
ing project. At that time, he was the chair
of the board of the Burroughs Home.
In 1993, Grace, along with other pres-
ervation-minded people, founded the Lee
Trust for Historic Preservation. Taylor
was among the founding members.
During her tenure as department head
director of the Burroughs Home from
1990 to 1998, a massive renovation
was completed, with the support of the
Burroughs Home Society, a fundraising
A design specialist in historic-preser-
vation restoration was hired. Thousands
of hours were spent in reproducing the
wallpaper, draperies, carpet, furniture,
and other features in the house to historic
The result was "absolutely exquisite,"
The historic site opened as a house
museum. Starting in 1991, the site
offered tours as part of the Ticket
through Time program. The success-
ful tours of 20 to 25 participants were
scheduled five days per week, 10 a.m. to
4 p.m., every hour, on the hour.
The tours were led by guides imper-
sonating Mona and Jettie Burroughs,
the daughters of Nelson T and Adeline
Phipps Burroughs, who in 1918 had pur-
chased the 1901 house.
For her efforts, Taylor received an
American Associations of Museums
award in 1995 for the Burroughs Home
Living History Tour.
Buses and trolleys made their rounds
to the site, and many local groups held
luncheons on the large porch overlooking
the Caloosahatchee River.
She also marketed the historic home
and gardens as a wedding destination.
"Every year, we were booked-out
about a year, year and a half... some-
times five on a weekend."
From 1995 until 1998, she took
on two more positions, director of the
Fort Myers Historical Museum (now the
Southwest Florida Museum of History), as
well as the Imaginarium.
Several years ago, an inquiry from
then Lee Trust President Grace led her
back to the work she's so passionate
about. Asked if she would be interested
in part-time work on the organization's
newsletter and other tasks, Taylor took it
on, although she had a busy and success-
ful mortgage business.
In 2007, she assumed her current
position as executive director.
Money To Be Made
Taylor is greatly encouraged to see
that the Lee Trust's work is really pay-
ing off. Gradually, people are beginning
to understand the relationship between
historic preservation and a revitalized
She talks to countless people as she
goes about her work downtown in
meetings, one-on-one while distributing
newsletters, and in chance encounters.
She senses an excitement about down-
The main comment she hears? "This
downtown is beautiful."
When she asks people why they come
downtown, they say it's because they love
the old buildings.
The thrust of her work, as she sees it,
is to help decision makers see that visi-
tors are not coming here because of the
weather or to see high-rise buildings.
"They are coming here to have an
experience of the way it used to be.
That's what historic architecture can pro-
vide for people."
The smart thing to do, she advocates,
is to capitalize on historic-cultural tourism.
There's a financial opportunity in doing
so, she strongly believes.
Fort Myers has the largest concentra-
tion of historic buildings in Southwest
Florida, so why not follow the lead of
other historic cities such as Savannah,
Key West, and St. Augustine?
She also senses a nostalgia among
baby-boomers who remember the 1950s
as she does, and that longing for what
seems lost in part propels historic preser-
"Our culture is a hard place to live,"
she surmises, and historic-cultural tourism
provides a respite from modern life.
In February 2008, the Lee Trust
opened an office in the historic Starnes
Arcade (now known as Peeple's Court) in
the downtown historic River District.
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Since then, they sponsored various
events, including receptions and book
signing, last November's Heart of
Hendry Celebration, the Parade of Trees
recognizing Fort Myers' founding fami-
lies, the city's recent 20th Anniversary of
Historic Designation, and others.
Currently, the Lee Trust is working
as a catalyst to preserve the Hall of Fifty
States on Edwards Drive.
In May 2010, the Lee Trust is bringing
Florida Trust for Historic Preservation to
Fort Myers, the second time that the con-
ference has been held in the city, the first
Find out about the Lee Trust's work
and membership by visiting leetrust.org
or calling 939-PAST (7278). Or, email
Taylor at leepreservation@embarqmail.
New board members are needed.
Requirements include residence in Lee
County and an interest in historic preser-
The office is located at 1609 Hendry
Lee Trust for Historic Preservation,
Inc. is dedicated to preserving and devel-
oping the heritage of Lee County and its
municipalities. The mission of Lee Trust
is to preserve the sites and buildings of
historical, archaeological, and architec-
tural significance to Lee County through
both advocacy and acquisition.:
Our email address is
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ALL FAITHS UNITARIAN CONGREGATION
Crestwell School, 1901 Park Meadows
Drive, between US 41 and Summerlin
Road, V2 mile north of College.
Minister: The Rev. Dr. Wayne Robinson
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.
Web site: allfaiths-uc.org.
Minister's e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
BETH SHILOH MESSIANIC
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.
BREAD OF LIFE MINISTRIES
CHURCH OF GOD:
16581 McGregor Boulevard, 267-3166
(Just past the Tanger Outlet Mall)
Pastor: Barry Lentz, 281-3063
Sunday Worship, 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday Bible Study, 7 p.m.
CHURCH OF THE CROSS:
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.
CHRIST THE KING
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.
COVENANT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH:
2439 McGregor Boulevard, 334-8937
Rev. Dan Hagmaier, pastor
Traditional Sunday service 10 a.m.
CYPRESS LAKE BAPTIST CHURCH:
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
Traditional, 8 and 11 a.m.;
Contemporary, 9:30 a.m.
Children's Church K4J (Kids for Jesus)
UNITED METHODIST CHURCH:
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
FAITH FELLOWSHIP WORLD
6111 South Pointe Boulevard, Fort Myers,
278-3638. Sunday Worship, 10:30 a.m.;
"Voice of Faith," WCRN 13.50 AM Radio,
Sunday, 1:30 p.m.
Thursday Service, 7:30 p.m.
Friday Youth Service, 7:30 p.m.
Nursery care for pre-school children and
Children's Church for ages 5-12 available
at each service.
FAITH UNITED METHODIST CHURCH:
15690 McGregor Boulevard
Fort Myers, 482-2030
Pastor: David Stauffer.
Traditional services 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.
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST:
2390 West First Street, next door to Edison
Sunday Morning Service and Sunday
School, 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday Evening Testimony Meeting,
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-
FIRST CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE:
13545 American Colony Boulevard (off
Daniels Parkway in the Colony), Fort
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.
FORT MYERS CHRISTIAN CHURCH
(DISCIPLES OF CHRIST) A STEPHEN
5916 Winkler Road, Fort Myers,
437-4330. Rev. Mark Condrey, Pastor
Sunday Worship: 10:30 a.m.
Church School: 9:15 a.m.
FORT MYERS CONGREGATIONAL
UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST:
8210 College Parkway, Fort Myers,
482-3133. Philip White, pastor
Morning Worship: 10 a.m.
Church School: 10:15 a.m.
Adult Forum: 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
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
Child care available at Saturday 5 p.m. and
Sunday 9:30 a.m. services.
JESUS THE WORKER
881 Nuna Avenue, Fort Myers, 481-1143
Masses Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m.;
Sunday, 8 and 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
KINGDOM LIFE CHURCH:
2154 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers,
Pastor Randy and Anita Thurman
Sunday Service, 10:30 a.m.
All are welcome.
LAMB OF GOD LUTHERANIEPISCOPAL
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
MESSIAH REFORMED CHURCH
Worship Gathering Sunday 10 a.m.
Pastor Alan Bondar
Fort Myers Villas Civic Association Bldg.
2306 Sunrise Blvd. Fort Myers, 33907
Bible Study Wednesday 6:30 p.m.
Fellowship Lunch Sunday noon
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istries, calendar, blogs, etc.
NEW HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH
OF FORT MYERS
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
NEW HOPE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
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-
PEACE COMMUNITY CHURCH:
(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
PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH:
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.
REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH
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.
SOUTHWEST BAPTIST CHURCH:
16940 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers,
Robert G. Kasten, Pastor
Sunday Worship Service 11 a.m.
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.
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
SAINT JOHN THE APOSTLE
METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCH
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.
TEMPLE BETHEL SYNAGOGUE:
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,
Religious Education Classes, Midweek,
Grades 2-7, Wednesday, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Preschool Classes, Monday through Friday
Confirmation Classes, Wednesday,
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. to noon
TEMPLE JUDEA (CONSERVATIVE):
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
The New Church of SWFL is located at
10811 Sunset Plaza Circle, by Summerlin
and Pine Ridge Roads, behind Zoomers
and the ponds.
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.
CHURCH FORT MYERS:
13411 Shire Lane (off Daniels Parkway one
mile west of 1-75)
Minister: The Rev. Allison Farnum
Sunday services and religious education at
For information on all church events call
561-2700 or visit www.uucfm.org.
UNITY OF BONITA SPRINGS:
Family Service 10 to 11 a.m.
Healing Circle 11 a.m.
Hospitality and Fellowship, 11 a.m.
Inspiring lesson, uplifting and dynamic
music, meditation in a loving environment.
Service held at 28285 Imperial Street,
Bonita Springs. Call 947-3100.
9065 Ligon Court, Fort Myers, across
from HealthPark Hospital, 481-2125
Pastor: Interim Pastor Dr. Luder Whitlock
9:30 a.m., Contemporary;
Worship and Adult Classes
11 a.m., Blended Worship
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Peace Lutheran Church, 15840
McGregor Boulevard, offers the
First and third Saturday each month,
MOPS (Mothers of PreSchoolers), 10 to
11:30 a.m. This is a group where moms
can come to talk with other moms, enjoy
a good cup of coffee and refreshments,
listen to guest speakers (water safety
specialist, pediatrician, fitness coach,
etc.) or participate in a creative activity.
All this while your children are cared for
by trained staff in the nursery. For more
information, call Connie at 437-2599.
February 21 at 2 p.m., Barbary Coast
Dixieland Band in concert. The band has
been together since 1967. They have
been elected to the Minnesota Music
Hall of Fame and rated among the finest
entertainers in the Midwest. The band has
played everywhere from the Mississippi
paddlewheel boats and the Minnesota
State Fair, to Nagasaki, Japan. This
group of versatile musicians, who occa-
sionally swap instruments on stage with-
out missing a note, will have your feet
tappin' from their very first set. Tickets
for general seating can be purchased for
$10 from the church before the concert
or at the door. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.
Call 437-2599 for more information.
February 23 and February 25 (continu-
ing on Tuesdays and Thursdays through
March18), CARE Program, 1 to 4:30
p.m. This program is designed to provide
family caregivers with a free comprehen-
sive education which will enable them
to provide enhanced care for their loved
ones, while better maintaining their own
emotional/physical well-being. The CARE
program is provided by the Lee Memorial
Health System, members of the com-
munity and members of Peace Lutheran
Church. For more information on the
various biweekly topics, call 437-2599.
March 14 at 3 p.m., The Seven Last
Words of Christ: A Choral Lenten
Presentation by Theodore DuBois, writ-
ten in 1867. This work will be performed
by the Peace Sanctuary Choir and feature
soloists Richard Howell, baritone; David
L. Hamblin, Jr., tenor; and the church's
own Michelle A. Giesel, soprano.
Directed by Richard D. Jaeggi. Take a
moment during the Lenten season and
join in and reflect on these most auspi-
cious moments in the life of Jesus Christ.
There is no admission cost.#
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People began lining up at 9:15 a.m.
for the 11 a.m. opening, where they
donated $10 and were able to select a
handmade ceramic bowl from the 1,350
made by local students under the direc-
tion of Donna Torrance, Barron Collier
teacher. The bowls were all selected
within 45 minutes.
Twenty five local restaurants provided
a different soup, along with three restau-
rants providing bread. Professional artists
donated a variety of bowls for the silent
auction and the Barron Collier drum line
he public is invited to attend a
seminar titled Ancient Egypt and
Us presented by Professor Adrian
Kerr, sponsored by The Academy at
Shell Point. The event will take place on
Thursday, February 11 at 7:15 p.m. in
the Village Church Auditorium.
Kerr travels twice a year to Egypt
keeping up on the latest discoveries,
giving talks, and sharing his wealth of
information with traveling scholars. He
is regularly invited to give talks on the
ancient Middle East internationally and
has participated in TV and radio pro-
grams relating to the race against time to
save ancient Egyptian monuments.
Egypt was the dominant civilization
in the Middle East for over 2,000 years,
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its kings are household names and many
of its monuments are classified as World
Heritage Sites. This presentation is an
interactive talk for those interested in
what we have learned from the ancient
Egyptians and still use today. The talk will
be extensively illustrated by photographs
from his visits to Egypt.
This event is free, and open to the
public. For more information, call 454-
To Benefit Child
he Foundation for Quality Child
Care, Inc. is holding a garage sale
on Friday, February 19 at Terrace
Hall, 1313 SE 47th Terrace, Cape
Coral. Parking is available in Big John's
parking lot across from Terrace Hall.
The foundation is accepting donations
of any and all sellable items. Items can
be dropped off at the Foundation for
Quality Child Care at Beacon Executive
Suites, 8359 Beacon Boulevard, Suite
412, Fort Myers (425-2685) between
the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday
through Friday. Items can also be
dropped off at either of the Curves
of Cape Coral, 1213 47th Terrace
(945-6161) or at 231 N. Del Prado
All proceeds from the sale will go to
fund the foundation's Emergency Child
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and events, including links to performers sites.
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Friday, February 12 7:30 PM
Indiana University Broadway Cabaret
Saturday, February 13 5 PM
Artists Reception: Recycle It Juried Theme
Show & Two Peruvian Artists-Ventura & Jimenez
Saturday, February 13 8 PM
Jazz: Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks
Sunday, February 14 3:30 PM
Island Jazz in the Garden
Sunday, February 14 7:30 PM
Lecture: Dr. Francis Fukuyama (SOLD OUT)
Monday, February 15 7 PM
Monday Night Film Series: Priceless
Tuesday, February 16 10:30 AM
ARTSalon with Luc Century
Tuesday, February 16 8 PM
Classical: Cypress String Quartet
Wednesday, February 17 8 PM
Live Theatre: Say Goodnight Gracie
Saturday, February 20 7:30 PM
Dance: Step Africa!
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Low Water Basics
It's great to see
that fishing is
back to normal out
in the sound. We
are still experienc-
ing cold fronts
every week to 10
days but they do
not have close to
the punch of the epic cold temperatures
of January. Action out on the bay has
really picked up with lots of trout and
redfish in the mix. Most of the fish I am
catching are on the small side right now
but what they lack in size they make up
for in sheer numbers.
The low tides of winter really offer
some great fishing opportunities out
there. Big minus tides are caused by a
big or new moon and add in a north or
northeast wind and the water can get
super low out there. If you know where
to look during these low water conditions
you can find some great winter action.
There are many different areas to target
on low water. Making the choice just
depends on the weather conditions and
which kind of fishing you prefer.
During winter months the water in
the sound is as clear as it gets all year.
Combine this clear water with super low
tides and we have prime conditions for
shallow water sightfishing. Push poling
or wading are the two basic ways to go
if you want to do what I call "hunt fish."
Fish are very spooky in shallow water
and need to be approached with stealth
if you want to be succsesful at this. Sure,
you have to put in your time and learn
which flats are productive and hold fish
but nothing is more satisfying than land-
ing a well placed cast at a tailing redfish
or laid-up trout and watching the fish eat
The best conditions to fish these shal-
low areas are on low wind days with
bright sun and no clouds. The higher the
sun the better your visibility.
Weedless baits, either soft plastic or
weedless rigged live shrimp, are best for
this shallow water action. Gold spoons
work great for this along with powerbaits
rigged on a bass-style weedless bait hook.
Some things I look for to give me a better
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idea if a flat is going to be productive
or not are wading birds/feeding birds
and mullet working. Generally flats
that have more life and bait on them
hold more gamefish.
As you slowly check out and
explore a flat, look for the natural
tidal channels, drop-offs and sand
holes in the flat to hold laid-up fish.
These channels and holes only need
to be a few inches deeper than any-
thing else to be used by the fish. As
the water slowly comes up higher
with the tide, gamefish will push up
further onto the flat to feed. I gener-
ally start out on the lowest part of the
tide by working the deeper edges of
the flat until the tide starts to flood in
and I can move up more on top of it.
Boat basins and canals are not
often the prettiest places to fish but
can and do hold tons of fish all winter
long. Low tides are a great time to
give these areas a try. Deep dead-end
canals and deeper channels let the
water stay warm longer and are areas
the fish really bunch up in. Seawalls
in canals work like solar panels and
warm up the water during the day.
Having a water temperature gauge on
your boat is a real fish finder this time
of year. Three to five degrees warmer
water temperature than any other
water around can make all the dif- Tor
ference in finding active fish. I like to
target these areas on the coldest days
just after a cold front has passed through.
They are also great places to hide from
that strong north wind of winter.
Natural mangrove channels and
deeper mangrove shorelines hold fish
all year long but in the winter they hold
more than ever. Shorelines that are more
than three feet deep on a low tide with
a high and dry flat in close proximity are
a winter time hot spot. As the flat dries
out on the low tide, all of the fish from
the flat have to fall off into the deeper
water or channel. Add in some good
tide movement either the last part of the
outgoing or the first part of the incoming
tide and the fish will feed. The "Ding"
Fishing Fleet Tour
stego Bay Foundation Marine
Science Center is offering com-
mercial fishing fleet tours on San
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
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
nmy Desantos with a blue-tailed winter redfish
Darling Refuge is loaded with shorelines
and channels like this.
Deep holes and channels around and
through oyster bars can be very produc-
tive too. Any place there is an oyster bar
there is always really good tide flow and
usually a ton of life. Learning the layout
of the bar and how the fish relate to the
bar and the stage of the tide is the key to
catching these fish.
Get out and take advantage of these
winter low tides. If you have never tried
shallow water sightfishing before it will
only take stalking and catching one
spooky redfish to be hooked.
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 email@example.com.
Send Us Your Fish Tales
The River Weekly would like to hear from anglers about their catches.
Send us details including tackle, bait and weather conditions, date of
catch, species and weight, and include photographs with identification.
Drop them at the River Weekly, 16450 San Carlos Boulevard, Suite 2, Fort
Myers, Flordia 33908, or email to RiverWeeklyNews@aol.com.
Fishing Cabbage Key
Plant Smart: The Cabbage Palm
by Gerri Reaves
It's almost impossible to go wrong
with Florida's state tree, the cab-
bage palm (Sabal palmetto). The
robust tree has evolved for thousands
of years to survive Florida's rainy and
dry seasons, storms, and even fire. A
strong, deep taproot equips the tree to
weather the worst of storms.
Also called sabal palm, it's low-main-
tenance, drought-tolerant, and suited to
almost any soil conditions. It does best
in a sunny location.
This iconic hardy tree readily self-
seeds. If you're so lucky as to have one
appear in your yard, usually all that's.
required to cultivate this desirable tree is
to let it be. An attractive row of cabbage palms greets
Avoid over-pruning the cabbage visitors at the Lakes Regional Library in South
palm, for it's a self-pruner and naturally Fort Myers
spherical in shape.
Stress from over-cutting weakens palms and robs
it of nutrients, thus making it more vulnerable to
storm damage. However, if a little shaping is desir-
able, trim only the lower fronds.
Note that the cabbage palm appears on Lee
County's Protected Tree List. County codes prohibit
carrot-topping" or drastic "hurricane cuts."
In the spring, it's wise to leave the creamy flower
clusters, for they produce black berries that are a
valuable food source for birds and other wildlife.
Cabbage palms usually grow to about 30 feet, but
can reach up to 50 or 60 feet. The distinctive cross-
hatched "boots" on the trunk make it easy to identi-
The distinctive "boots" on the palm's trunk identify
Florida's state tree. Curiously, not all cabbage palms
fy. They arethe
remnants of the
leaf stems that
emerge from the
the boots don't
appear on every
create a habitat
for many native
ferns and air
tree also pro-
vides a culinary
as hearts of
palm or swamp
beware -- taking The cabbage palm's fruit is a valuable food source for wildlife
the heart kills photos by Gerri Reaves
the tree, so stick
to the commercially grown treat.
Guard against the threat posed by two exotic invasives: the Queensland umbrella
tree (Schefflera actinophylla) and the Cuban or Indian laurel (Ficus retusa), a type of
fig tree. They root in the canopy, send down aerial roots to establish themselves, and
eventually kill the palm.
Two natives threaten the cabbage palm in a similar way, the strangler fig (Ficus
area) and autograph or pitch apple tree (Clusia rosea. But that scenario takes years
to occur, so an attentive landscaper has time to decide whether to intervene in the
competition between native trees.
Acknowledgements: hort.ufl.edu, A Gardener's Guide to Florida's Native
Plants by Rufino Osorio, and Native Florida Plants by Robert G Haehle and Joan
Plant Smart explores sustainable gardening practices that will help you create
a low-maintenance, drought-tolerant, hurricane- and pest-resistant South Florida
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Open House At SCCF
Last year's SCCF open house offered plenty for children to do
anibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation will hold its annual Open House
on President's Day, Monday, February 15, and for the first time ever will be
offering bus tours of SCCF preserves. The tours will be at 9:30 a.m. and 1
p.m. and will leave from the SCCF Nature Center. The route includes the Johnston
and Periwinkle Preserves with a stop at Frannie's Preserve. This will be a chance
for everyone to learn about and access a preserve that is generally not open to the
public. Narration will be provided by an SCCF habitat manager and will give an
overview of the history and ecology of the preserves.
Advance sign up is requested. Call 472-2329 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. SCCF staff and volunteers will have face painting, live
snakes, guided trail walks, mask making, seedling planting and free refreshments for
people of all ages. It is an opportunity to learn what SCCF is doing to preserve natural
resources on both the land and water.
Start practicing your favorite animal/nature sounds for the nature sounds contest
which begins at 11:30 a.m. for both young and seasoned animal impressionists.
The day continues with a presentation about the marine lab research and a chance
to see and touch live marine and estuarine critters.
The Nature Center is one mile west of Tarpon Bay Road, on the left-hand side of
Tour Of Gator
Atour of Gator Hole Preserve with
the Lee County Bird Patrol is
planned for Saturday, February 20
at 8 a.m..
There is no fee and no registration is
Participants may see white-tailed deer,
gopher tortoises, swallow-tailed kites,
eastern bluebirds, raptors, warblers,
nuthatches. The outing is provided in
cooperation with Lee County Parks and
The preserve lies along the edge
of a 60,000-acre wildlife corridor that
includes Flint Pen Strand, Imperial Marsh
and Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem
Watershed lands. The seasonal wetlands,
surrounded by intact upland communities
are of particular importance to amphib-
ians and birds residing at the preserve.
The preserve is at 14291 Corkscrew
Road, Estero. There are no restrooms.
For more information call 239-482-
6250 or log onto www.birdpatrol.org.0
On The Beach
On Saturday, February 13,
Floridians statewide are gathering
at their local beaches and holding
hands to show their opposition to off-
shore oil drilling along Florida's coasts.
Fort Myers Beach will be the loca-
tion for one such public gathering. Folks
will meet at the Fort Myers Beach Pier
between 1 and 1:30 p.m., find a spot
along the shoreline and line up. At 1:30
p.m. everyone will join hands for 10 min-
utes. If you have any questions about par-
ticipation in this event, you can contact
Dan Morrissey at email@example.com
For additional information check out
the Web site www.handsacrossthesand.
org, which provides detailed informa-
tion as well as locations of other beaches
around the state that will be the site of
the recipe for a treasured dining experience" ChefAJ
CROW Case Of The Week:
by Brian Johnson
T he wild turkey who arrived at CROW on November
17 last year, just days before Thanksgiving, has been
It was only the second wild turkey CROW Veterinarian Dr. PJ
Deitschel had seen at the clinic since taking over in 1998. Staff
were elated by the success story, as the turkey arrived in grave
condition from a probable dog attack. The bird had four puncture
wounds across his back,
one of which fractured
For the first two
weeks the turkey sat quietly in his cage, unable
to walk much. With many of his tail feathers
pulled out, he had a forlorn look. Staff cleaned
the wounds, applied SSD cream, and changed
his bandage daily. Pain medications, herbs and
antibiotics facilitated his recovery.
On December 3 staff transferred him to
the large walk-in cage in the Bailey quiet
room. "He perked up then," said Dr. Amber
McNamara. "He stood up, making use of the
space. We didn't have to handle him every
time we cleaned his cage."
The wild turkey dined on duck chow, seeds,
scrambled eggs, and worms.
By the middle of December some new
feathers were starting to grow in as the
wounds healed. "They looked nice," said Dr.
Next staff moved him outdoors to the
Cannon Flight Cage. "He liked to peck the
dirt, though he still did not move very much,
you could still see the lameness," said Dr. Wild turkey on his perch
M angrove Walk at Matanzas
When was the last time you
walked through a maritime ham-
mock or a mangrove forest with the bay
lapping at your feet? join in and learn
about the diverse plant communities
including the maritime oak hammock,
transitional wetlands and mangrove for-
est. Walks are every Thursday, November
through March, at the entrance to
Matanzas Pass Preserve. Walks begin at
9:30 a.m. and last approximately 1 l/2
hours. This is a free walk with limited
free parking. Matanzas Pass preserve is
at 199 Bay Road, Fort Myers Beach. For
more information visit www.leeparks.org
or call 463-3764.
Exploring Ethnobotany (new this
Learn how indigenous plants can be
used for such things as food, shelter,
medicine and clothing. Learn the his-
torical importance of some of Florida's
plants to humans. Walks are on the last
Wednesday of every month beginning in
November and running through March.
The next walk is scheduled for February
24. Meet at the entrance to Matanzas
Pass Preserve. These walks begin at 9:30
a.m. and last approximately 1 l/2 hours.
This is a free walk and there is no fee
for parking but space is limited so come
early. Matanzas Pass preserve is at 199
Bay Road, Fort Myers Beach. For more
information visit www.leeparks.org.or call
Barrier Islands Guided Walk at
Do gopher tortoises like to swim?
Why are plants important to the beach
and what is a barrier island? Learn the
answers to these questions and more
while exploring the beach front tropical
communities and all their inhabitants.
Walks are every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
and Friday at 1 p.m. and last approxi-
mately 1 /2 hours. Walks take place
at Bowditch Point Preserve from now
through March. This walk is free but a fee
for parking is required. Bowditch Point
Park is at 50 Estero Bolevard, Fort Myers
Beach. For more information visit www.
leeparks.org or call 463-3764.
Low Tide Loafing at Sunset (new
Join a volunteer naturalist and leisurely
explore the mud flats at Bunche Beach to
see what mysteries the low tide uncovers
while enjoying a beautiful Florida sunset
as well. Wear shoes that can get wet,
don't forget your camera, water and bug
spray. Days and times will vary depending
on the tides. The next walk is scheduled
for February 26 beginning at 5 p.m. and
should last about one hour. For more
dates and times call 463-3764 or visit
www.leeparks.org. Bunche Beach is at
18201 John Morris Road, Fort Myers.
Group guided tours for any of the
shoreline walks are available upon request
by calling 229-7356.4
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Cat Turner, senior staff rehabilitator, holding the wild turkey
One month later they took him to the Large Flight Cage, where he thrived. He
spent much of his day preening or relaxing on a shelf; eventually, he flapped up to the
25-foot high perch to "roost." His gait improved, and his spirits brightened.
"When he vocalized you could hear the turkey gobble all around the property that
was a treat for everyone," said Dr. Amber.
On February 4 the wild turkey was released back to Alva to a property belonging
to a friend of CROW's. The bird will have plenty of acreage to roam, and other wild
turkeys are seen regularly on the land.
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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Along the River
The Seminole Lodge in down-
town Fort Myers is a place where
history comes home. The museum
celebrates the rich history of Southwest
Florida and the diverse stories of its
The main exhibit, known as the
Hanson Family Archives, is a collection of
more than 1,000 historic documents and
images from 1884 to the mid-20th cen-
tury, passed down through five genera-
tions of one of Fort Myers' first families.
It is a treasure trove of information about
the historic places, people and institutions
of Southwest Florida, including unrivaled
insight into the community's relation-
ship with the neighboring Seminole-
The Seminole Lodge is located at
1635 Hendry Street at the corner of
Hendry and Second streets. For more
information, call 334-4430 or go to
Semmer Electric, Inc. in Fort Myers
Beach is hosting a bake sale to benefit
the 2010 Fort Myers Beach Fourth of
July Fireworks fund. The sale is Thursday,
and Friday, February 11 and 12 from 8
a.m. to 4 p.m.
Semmer Electric is located at 1130
Main Street, San Carlos Island. For more
information, call 463-8008.
The Sandy Butler Restaurant and
Market is offering a variety of choices
for Valentine's Day dining and shopping.
On Valentine's Day, Chef Michael
Ragusa is serving a special four-course
brunch for $22 per person, from 11 a.m.
to 3 p.m.
Chef Ragusa is also offering a four-
course Valentine's Day dinner. The cost
is $50 per person and is available from 5
to 9 p.m.
For reservations, call The Sandy Butler
Restaurant at 482-6765, ext. 1.
On Tuesday, February 16, the Bar
Association Bistro and Lounge is
having an all day Mardi Gras party.
Owners Ron Kopko and Mark Solomon
have scheduled two stilt walkers who will
be throwing beads from the courtyard.
They are also giving away hats, masks
and wigs and are serving Cajun food and
speciality drinks from 11 a.m. to close.
The Bar Association Bistro and
Lounge is located at 1609 Hendry Street
in historic downtown Fort Myers. Call
4 7 p.m. Nightly in the lounge
2 for 1 Drinks
Call & Well Liquor, Draft Beer Selections,
The Seminole Lodge displays themed exhibits, images and artifacts from Southwest
Florida's rich history
Shell Point Retirement
Community invites the public to its
On Friday, February 12 at 7 p.m., Dr.
Gary Small will discuss how to keep your
brain active and limit the effects of aging.
Tickets are $30. Call 454-2067 for res-
On Saturday, February 13 at 7 p.m.
and again on Sunday, February 14 at
6:15 p.m., the National Christian Choir
will perform at The Island at Shell Point.
Tickets are $10. Call 454-2147.
On Thursday, February 25 at 7 p.m.,
Dr. Harold Koenig will discuss mind-body
connections and their effects on immune
function and longevity. Koenig is the
founder of the Center for Spirituality,
Theology and Health at Duke University.
Tickets are $30. Call 454-2067.
March 27, New
York Times Best
White will be sign-
ing copies of Deep
Shadow, the 17th
novel in the Doc
Ford's series, at
Doc Ford's Fort
Myers Beach. The
best selling author
and local favorite is scheduled for two
appearances from 12 to 2 p.m. and 4 to
Doc Ford's offers lunch and dinner in
the indoor dining room and on the dock-
side patio. The restaurant is located at
708 Fisherman's Wharf. Call 765-9660
or go to www.docfords.com for more
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
available. 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
e a Marine Biologist For The
This trip will be a hands-on
scientific inquiry and voyage suitable
and fun for all ages. Crab traps and a
plankton net will be hauled for a look
at some of the components of the food
chains. Scientific equipment will be used
to measure the parameters of water qual-
ity. This trip 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 by tak-
ing part in actual scientific research that
will be utilized by The Sanibel-Captiva
Conservation Foundation's Marine Lab.
Kids will use a compass for a navigational
aid, and magnifying viewers, making this
a worthwhile and exciting trip for the
Shoreline Discovery Cruise
This program will take you to a seclud-
ed beach for a guided naturalist shoreline
Sesame Encrusted Ahi Tuna,
Crispy Fried Calamari,
Chilled Oysters, Steamed Shrimp,
BBQ Beef Satays,
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he Fort Myers Power Squadron
has had a busy end of 2009 and
an exciting start of 2010. On
January 8 new bridge officers were
installed at the Royal Palm Yacht Club.
January 16 was a squadron lunch at the
On January 28 Fort Myers joined with
the Fort Myers Beach Yacht Club and 13
boats set course for Tarpon Point. After
three days of fun everyone headed back
to home port. On February 13, squadron
members will be setting their courses and
shoving off for four days of sun and fun
on Captiva Island at 'Tween Waters Inn.
Mixed in with all the boating fun is a
full slate of educational classes. There are
piloting classes every Monday in February
along with various other classes, all open
and free to the public. Call for times and
reservations. There is a dinner meeting
the first Thursday of every month and all
are is welcome.
For information on boat cruises, class-
es and dinners call 368-9734.0
walk to discuss coastal sea life and beach
dynamics. Explore mudflats and use nets
within the shallow sea grass beds for an
up close look at some of the smaller yet
amazing inhabitants of the back bay estu-
Sailing Under The Stars Cruise
Being out on the water at night is an
incredible experience. This program will
serve as an introduction to the night sky.
Learn about planets, stars and constella-
tions that will be identified along the way.
Mythology, mysteries and features of the
Milky Way Galaxy, as well as the greater
universe, will be all be appreciated under
the magic of the night sky. Enjoy the
sunset, experience day turning into night
while you sail under the stars.
Captiva Cruises also offers crusies
to Cayo Costa for beach and shelling,
Cabbage Key, Useppa Island and Boca
Grande, Dolphin Watch and Wildlife
Adventures as well as Sunset Sailing and
Sunset Serenade Cruises. Additional
information and reservations for all of the
Captiva Cruises tours and programs may
be obtained by calling 472-5300 or visit
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Cypress Lake Students Invite Public
To Performance Of Sweet Charity
T he Cypress Lake High School Center
for the Arts production of Sweet
Charity has been selected as one
of only three musicals in the entire state r
to perform at the Tampa Bay Performing
Arts Center in April. Additionally, one of
the cast members was one of six students
nominated, out of the in the entire state
(three boys and three girls), for best high
school actor. To prepare for the large stage c- I
performance at Morsani Hall in Tampa,
and as the main fundraiser, Cypress is per-
forming the musical at the Barbara B Mann
Performing Arts Hall on March 31 at 7:30 p.m. This is a one-time only show.
This is the first time in Lee County history that a high school has been selected for
this honor. The students are not only representing Cypress Lake High School Center
for the Arts but all of Lee County. A sell-out at Barbara B. Mann would pay the cost of
putting on the show at Barbara B. Mann and moving it to Tampa Bay's Morsani Hall
in April. Support the arts in the community by attending this performance.
For information and reservations call 466-0761, 340-8977 or 340-8976.4
Pine Island Art
On Saturday and Sunday, February
13 and 14 from 10 a.m. to
4 p.m. Matlacha Community
Building will host the Pine Island Art
Association Fine Arts Show and Sale.
This has become the largest event
on Greater Pine Island, one that draws
attendees from all over Southwest Florida.
There will be a large selection of Florida
landscapes. seascapes, birds, flowers, fish
and wildlife in watercolor, acrylic, oil and
pastel, painted by many experienced and
talented artists. All the work has been
professionally framed and is ready for
There will also he a large selection of
original mini paintings. 31/2" x 41/2", all
double-matted painted by the members,
for $10 each. Frame kits designed to fit
the minis will be available for $10 each.
Matlacha Park is just west of the
Matlacha Bridge on the south side of Pine
At Florida Rep
John Madden of Captiva
aturday, February 13 is John
and Marjorie Madden Day at the
Florida Repertory Theatre.
The Maddens have contributed enor-
mously to Florida Rep's outreach and
education programs over the past 12
years through Madden Charities, and
on Saturday Madden and over 40 of his
guests will have VIP status for the 2 p.m.
matinee of You Can't Take It With You.
A nationally renowned and award-win-
ning developer for more than 40 years,
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Madden has provided invaluable counsel
to Florida Rep's managers, He consults
frequently with staff and board members
on opportunity and growth. The Maddens
have homes on Captiva and in Colorado.
"Like any non-profit organization,
Florida Rep relies heavily on individual
and corporate giving," said founder
and Producing Artistic Director Robert
Cacioppo. "John and Marjorie are chief
among them. They have been generous
supporters and champions of ours from
the very beginning, and I can honestly
say that without their support in our early
years, Florida Rep's journey would have
been a very different one."
After the show, Madden and his guests
will adjourn to Cacioppo home for a VIP
reception with some of Florida Rep's
staff, board members and stars of the
You Can't Take It With You is spon-
sored by the Maddens and Madeleine
Taeni and plays through February 26. For
information, log onto www.floridarep.org,
or call the box oOffice at 332-4488.0
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On Tuesday, February 16 the
Cypress String Quartet will
perform in BIG ARTS Schein
Performance Hall. The concert will
include Haydn's String Quartet, Op.
33, No. 3 (The Bird); Barber's String
Quartet in B Minor, Op. 11; and
Schubert's String Quartet No. 14 in D
Minor (Death and the Maiden).
The quartet members, Cecily Ward,
violin; Tom Stone, violin; Ethan Filner,
viola; and Jennifer Kloetzel, cello are
known for their elegant performances.
The quartet's sound has been called
"beautifully proportioned and power-
ful" by The Washington Post, and
the ensemble has been singled out
by Chamber Music Magazine as "a
Generation X ensemble to watch."
The concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets
are $46 loge, $41 floor, and student free
with paying adult.
This performance is supported by
Patron sponsors Jim and Roz Marks.
To purchase tickets stop by BIG
ARTS, 900 Dunlop Road or call 395-
The Cypress String Quartet
Dance At Bay
Oaks Rec Center
On February 12 Bay Oaks
Recreation Campus will be hav-
ing a free Valentines Dance for
grades kindergarten through 8th. There
will be dancing, dining and all kinds of
fun. The dance will be from 6 to 8:30
p.m. in the Bay Oaks gym, 2731 Oak
Street on Fort Myers Beach. There will
be food available for purchase through-
out the dance.
If you have any questions or more for
information call 765-4222
Are you interested in the learning
the finer skills of acting? Is acting
your hobby or something you just
enjoy doing? If so sign up today for Bay
Oaks acting classes taught by Elizabeth
D'Onofrio. D'Onofrio has been teach-
ing and helping refine the skills of local
actors and actresses at Bay Oaks for
years. She has appeared in several
movies and has studied with Sharon
Chatten of The Actors Studio and a
renowned acting coach of film actors in
Los Angeles. Acting classes are every
Wednesday night from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
For more information call 765-4222.
Bay Oaks is at 2731 Oak Street, Fort
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y iu Can't
T s With You, a
Pulitzer Prize win-
ning comedy by
Kaufman & Hart, is
has this fast mov-
ing, zany comedy
moving in all the
The story is about a young woman
who invites her fiancee and his family
home to meet her family of very odd
ducks. A number of people make up
the household. There's grandpa, Martin
Vanderhoff, (David S. Howard) the eccen-
tric patriarch, who loves to attend com-
mencement ceremonies and also collects
snakes. Penelope Sycamore (Carrie Lund)
has written plays for eight years because
a typewriter was accidentally delivered
to their home. Paul Sycamore (Bruce
Somerville) and his sidekick Mr. DePinna
(Chris Clavelli) assemble fireworks in
the basement. Essie Carmichael, (Jackie
Schram) studies ballet and is perpetually
dancing around the stage. Her husband
Ed (Adam Jones) likes to print things,
play the xylophone and make masks.
Is Back In Town
Stephen Hanna a dancer with
BRAVO!Ballet returns to Fort Myers in March
BRAVO!Ballet will once again take
the Southwest Florida stage. The
performance will begin at 3 p.m.,
Sunday, March 14 at Cypress Lake
Center for the Arts. Principal Dancers
from the world-renowned New York
City Ballet, in their only local appear-
ance, will perform excerpts from a wide
range of classical to contemporary bal-
lets from its repertoire.
Jackie Schram, David S. Howard, Chris Clavelli and Carrie Lund in You Can't Take it With
You Photo by Chip Wolfe
Boris Kolenkhov (Avi Hoffman) is a
colorful, bearish Russian dance instruc-
tor. Rheba, (Christine Peete) is the house
cook who loves to serve cornflakes,
watermelon and some kind of meat. Her
boyfriend Donald (John Archie) is on
relief. The only seemingly sane member
of the family is Alice,(Christine Perez)
who falls in love with Tony Kirby, (John
West) a Wall Street broker.
Their wedding plans are threatened
when Tony's mother (Kim Ostrenko) and
father (Dick Boyd) arrive for dinner on
the wrong night. They walk into a mael-
Once again, Bank of the Islands and
Edison National Bank are the presenting
sponsors of this outstanding afternoon of
Tickets may be purchased at the
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
box office, at www.bbmannpah.com or
by calling 481-4849. Prices range from
$45 to $65 for general seating. Patron
tickets are $150 and are available at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Patron benefits
include center orchestra seating, reserved
parking and a post-performance party
with the dancers.
Proceeds from the show will benefit
Gulfshore Ballet, the area's only non-
profit classical ballet school.M
Tours Of Historic
uided tours of the historic
Burroughs Home in Fort Myers
are now available on Fridays
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
strom of characters that would challenge
any relationship. Ostrenko also plays the
Grand Duchess Olga Katrina. When I
saw the play, Leah Thomas was cast in
the role of Gay Wellington, a very drunk
would-be actress. Brava, Leah.
The year is 1936. All of the action
takes place in the Vanderhoff house, a
riot in itself. It's an organized mess, that
you'll love to look over. There's a wild
boar's head on the wall with a bridal or
first communion veil on its head. A very
large marching band drum sits atop a
piece of furniture.
John West and Christine Perez
Photo by Chip Wolfe
The play runs a little over two hours
with two intermissions and there's never
a dull moment. You'll love all of the char-
acters for giving you one of the best times
you've ever had.
The play also makes you think about
what's really important in life.
You Can't Take It With You will be
revived on Broadway this November.
Florida Repertory Theatre is in the
Historic Arcade Theatre on Bay Street
between Jackson and Hendry. For tickets
call 332-4488. The play runs through
An ztienity ~With
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Sponsored by John M & Mary Jo Bolr
Join internationally known performers Jon Weber &
KT Sullivan for a night of music & fun.
Pre-show reception starts at 7pm. Show 8pm.
Tickets only $45
Seating is limited. Reserve today.
Call the Box Office for tickets: (239)472-6862
The Schoolhouse is located at 2200 Periwinkle Way
20 THERIVER FEBRUARY12,2010
A Glorious Production
by Di Saggau
The comedy Glorious, by Peter Quilter, is delighting theater goers at Theatre
Conspiracy. It's based on the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the worst
singer in the world. In spite of her lack of talent, Jenkins played to full houses,
including Carnegie Hall.
Diandre McGee is wonderfully cast as the tone-deaf, eccentric, charming diva, who
sings so badly. I can only imagine the hours it must have taken to learn how to sing so
off-key. Leo Wolfe plays Cosme McMoon, Jenkins' pianist.
The play opens in 1944, with McMoon applying for the job in Jenkins' apartment.
He plays and as she starts to sing the look of utter shock that comes over his face is
absolutely priceless. The audience is roaring. Jenkins is totally oblivious to how she
sounds. It's not only the fact that she's tone deaf, she also has terrible timing. In her
mind she's singing perfectly.
As the play progresses we see how McMoon comes to respect and understand
Jenkins. Even the audience is taken in by her charm.
Among her many admirers are Cole Porter, who always brings a group of young
men to her concerts, and Tallulah Bankhead. Florence Foster Jenkins is a star. It
doesn't bother her that people are laughing and carrying on during her performances.
"My audiences are very noisy,",she says. However, she compares them with those
who go to hear Sinatra.
She feels they are just overcome with her beautiful voice.She has guts and gusto.
In between acts we hear songs sung as they should be and the audience has
to keep in mind that's how Jenkins hears herself. McMoon is very diplomatic in
answering her many questions. I loved the dialogue in this play. When she sings the
Habanera from the opera Carmen it's enough to make Rise Stevens rise from the
grave. The audience is howling with laughter. She says after Enrico Caruso heard her
sing, he replied, "This hall will never hear a sound like that again." Jenkins herself
says, "There are people who say I can't sing, but no one can say I didn't sing."
Diandre McGee and Leo Wolfe in a scene from Glorious
Both McGee and Wolfe are excellent in their roles. June Koc plays various parts,
including a Spanish speaking maid who Jenkins can't fire because she doesn't speak
All in all, Glorious makes for a great evening of entertainment. For tickets, call
936-3239. Theatre Conspiracy is located in the Foulds Theatre, Alliance for the Arts,
10091 McGregor Boulevard, in Fort Myers.O
Set In Florence
by Di Saggau
omen Beware Women being
performed by More Crinoline
Productions fuses a domestic
tragedy into a revenge tragedy. The
17th century drama written by Thomas
Middleton, was written only a few years
after William Shakespeare's death.
Middleton, was a friend of Shakespeare.
The play is a moral tale showing the
tragic results of the search for wealth,
power and lust. The show opens with a
tight-knit Florentine family: Leantio (Cash
Decuir); a clerk, Bianca, (Ashley Graziano)
his gorgeous and well-born bride; and
Leantio's mother (Louise Wigglesworth).
Leantio has eloped with Bianca, and that
concerns his mother for several reasons.
The plot thickens as the Duke of
Florence, (Shawn Holiday) seeks out
Bianca, seduces her, and then keeps
her as his mistress. The seduction scene
appeared more like rape and went on a
tad too long. Bianca chooses the life of
luxury with the Duke, much to Leantio's
In another plot line, the young Isabella,
(Nykkie Ptaszek) is faced with entering a
loveless marriage and is appalled when
her uncle Hippolito (J. Mitchell Haley)
confesses his love for her. Her aunt Livia
(Joann Haley) persuades Isabella that
she isn't related by blood, so a relation-
ship with her uncle would be acceptable.
Haley is superb as the conniving Livia.
It is the vengeance of women that
mostly propels the play's final tragedies.
However, it's also made clear that women
did not have many options in those days
and were often thought of as chattel.
However, in this setting, the fairer sex is
sometimes not so fair, nor are the men.
The play is co-directed by Louise
Wigglesworth and Michael Dunsworth.
The cast is large, and everyone does
a great job. The costumes are also note-
Women Beware Women continues
through February 13 at the Sidney &
Berne Davis Art Center in downtown
Fort Myers. For tickets call 333-1933.4
Call For Artisits
Arts is call- __
ing for artists
Symphony's for tihe
50th anniver- ARTS .
sary by creat-
ing a piece of ..
art that frames
the past and
inspires the future through music. Cash
prizes, courtesy of the Southwest Florida
Symphony, will be awarded to four
artists who will display their pieces at
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
after being displayed in the Alliance
for the Arts exhibition. Three of those
artworks will be featured on the front of
the 50th anniversary season program
and published on the cover of a history
book, coming out soon.
The exhibition will be on display in the
Alliance main gallery March 5 to 27. An
opening reception to reveal the work and
announce the winners is scheduled for
March 5 from 5 to 8 p.m.
For the past 50 years, the Southwest
Florida Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
have been the foundation and the frame-
work of classical music in Fort Myers and
Southwest Florida. As the Arts Agency
in Lee County, the Alliance for the Arts
has been striving to fulfill its mission to
facilitate and nurture the creation, devel-
opment, promotion and education of arts
and culture for 35 years. It seems only fit-
ting these two organizations, deeply root-
ed in community's cultural development,
partner for such a monumental event.
Together the Alliance and Southwest
Florida Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
are proud to create a program that pro-
vides support to local artists and contin-
ued arts education in the area.
The opportunity is open for all artists
residing in Southwest Florida to create an
original artwork in any medium. An entry
will consist of one to three artworks.
Entry fees are as follows: non-members
$35 for three entries, $15 for one entry.
Alliance members $10 for one entry,
$25 for three entries. Annual member-
ship to the Alliance for the Arts is $50.
Download the complete prospectus
including drop-off and installation dates,
and size specifications at www.ArtInLee.
org, click on Special Events then
Upcoming Exhibitions. For questions call
939-2787 or email exhibitions@artinlee.
Foundation is pairing up with the
Clewiston Chamber of Commerce
for a Sugarland Tour on February 17.
This trip includes a walk through sugar
cane fields, a view of the sugar process-
ing mill and also a tour of one of the
world's most advanced citrus plants.
The group will also meet Mary Ann
Martin at Martin's Marina to learn about
the lake she cherishes, Lake Okeechobee.
Lunch at the Clewiston Inn is included
in the $50 per person cost.
Payment at time of registration is
required. Call Kristie at 472-2329, ext.
203 for all the details.M
he City of Fort Myers will observe
Presidents' Day on Monday,
February 15. City government
offices will be closed, including the
solid waste and utility billing offices.
However, all trash, garbage, and recy-
cling will be collected on schedule.
If you have any questions concerning
your service, call the City of Fort Myers
Solid Waste Division at 321-8100.M
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Award winning RC Otter s Island Eats is a place for the
whole family' Serving the finest seafood dishes,
voodoo steak, creative pasta, and the largest
vegetarian and kid's menu anywhere
Over 100 menu items. Take-out available.
Play the ring game and listen to the
island sounds of our talented local musicians.
You ought to eat at Otter's!
Monday Sunday, 8.00am 10:00pm
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Art By Caribbean
Survival As Motivation by Elsa Mora
Florida Gulf Coast University's art
gallery opens Close Encounters:
Contemporary Art by Caribbean
Women, an exhibition organized by
FGCU Associate Professor of Art
Patricia Fay. The exhibition opens with
a reception 5 p.m. Thursday, February
18 in the art gallery located within
FGCU's Arts Complex. The exhibition
runs through March 19.
Yunia Pavon's self titled work
The show is part of the College of
Arts and Sciences' Caribbean Spring
2010, an interdisciplinary exploration of
Caribbean topics including four linked
courses in the art, literature, history, and
ecology of the region with accompanying
speakers, films and special events open to
the public. Through proximity and demo-
graphics, Florida is inextricably linked
with the Caribbean region. The gallery
exhibition is the visual springboard for the
series, and provides an engaging forum
for discussion of contemporary regional
Zen by Babette Wainwright
"In the 20th century, a visual canon
was established for Caribbean art that
focused on male artists making iconic
paintings defining and illustrating sweep-
ing issues of newly emergent national
identity," said Fay. "In the 21st century,
women artists from the region are pro-
ducing intensely personal interpretations
of Caribbean heritage in a range of media
including photography, video, perfor-
mance, mixed media, sculpture and instal-
lation of art. These works highlight an
acute awareness of the social and psycho-
logical complexities of this post-colonial
landscape, whether as perspectives on
island life or reports from the diaspora."
A Thrilling Dance Experience
Step Afrika! photos by Enoch Chan
BIG ARTS on Sanibel presents Step Afrika! at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, February
20. Step Afrika! is the only professional company in the world dedicated to
the art of stepping. Like a band without instruments, stepping is a percussive
dance that uses kicks, stomps, claps, and chants to create visually and musically
Washington, DC's critically acclaimed Step Afrika! brings high energy performances
to the stage; a feast for both the eyes and ears that The Washington Post described
Tickets for general seating are $42, loge $47, student/child $15. The Step Afrika!
performance is supported by Grand Patron series sponsor The Ferguson Foundation
with supporter Traders Store & Cafe.
For tickets stop by BIG ARTS, 900 Dunlop Road or call 395-0900.0
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National Christian Choir
Founded in 1984 by its current music director, C. Harry Causey, the NCC is com-
prised of over 150 singers from more than 100 different churches throughout the
greater Washington, DC area. In addition to their live presentations throughout the
U.S and abroad, the choir's library of recordings are widely received. Also, their week-
ly inspirational broadcast, Psalm 95 is heard on over 400 radio stations in every state,
all of Canada, and beyond.
The concert will begin at 7:15 p.m. on Saturday and at 6:15 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets are $10 each and are available by calling 454-2147, or go online at www.
Shell Point Retirement Community is located in Fort Myers just off Summerlin
Road, two miles before the Sanibel Causeway.M
FGCU's ArtLab will also open the
same night featuring the textile works of
artists Muffy Clark Gill and Nuch Owen in
an exhibition of their work titled Dyeing
Arts: Batiks and Silks.
For more information on this exhibi-
tion and others, visit artgallery.fgcu.edu or
call Interim Director Anica Sturdivant at
Art In Public
The Downtown Deli and Market
located at 1617 Hendry Street in
downtown Fort Myers has become
the newest participant in the Art in
Public Places project by the Art League
of Fort Myers.
The project connects local artists with
businesses interested in displaying original
pieces of art.
The Downtown Deli and Market is
showcasing fine art by various members
of the art league. The art will remain
on display throughout the month of
This collaboration benefits both the
artist by giving him/her exposure in more
venues and the business by providing it
with original art.
Businesses interested in participating
in a similar project can contact committee
chairperson Nancy Nuce at 246-4633 or
Gulfshore Playhouse Presents
Comedy For The Entire Family
Zolan Henderson Sarah Baskin
Gulfshore Playhouse will present its production of Beau Jest by James
Sherman February 19 through March 7. This wildly popular comedy is a
hilarious and heart-warming off-Broadway sensation for and about the entire
The story centers around Sarah Goldman, an independent young teacher living in
Chicago. When her parents, Miriam and Abe, don't approve of her choice of boy-
friend because he is a gentile, she begrudgingly hires an out-of-work actor, Bob, to
portray their idea of an ideal mate Dr. David Steinberg. The twist comes when it is
revealed to Sarah that he isn't Jewish as she had assumed. But it's okay, he's toured
with Fiddler on the Roof and is sure he can pull it off. Hilarity ensues in this charming
comedy as the the two try to keep the charade going.
Lori Wilner and Stephen Berger will play the parents, Miriam and Abe respectively.
Florida actor Zolan Henderson will play Bob, the actor and stand in boyfriend, while
Sarah Baskin will play Sarah Goldman.
Sherman, the playwright and member of the Victory Gardens Playwrights
Ensemble, will be in attendance on February 25 and 26 to participate in a talk-back
after the show.
He will also be offering a workshop on February 27 to explore the building blocks
for creating a play. Through the use of lectures and demonstrations, Sherman exam-
ines the process of play writing. Examples of classic and contemporary plays will be
viewed, in-class exercises will be utilized, and Sherman will be available to discuss his
decades long career in theater and the life of a playwright. The workshop will be held
from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Gulfshore Playhouse performs at the Norris Center, 755 8th Avenue South in
downtown Naples. Single tickets are on sale now. Tickets start at $30 and are avail-
able by calling 866-811-4111 or online at www.gulfshoreplayhouse.org.4
North Fort Myers Teen Night
Movie In The Park: The Blind Side
The North Fort Myers Teen Night on Friday, February 19 from 6 to 10 p.m. will
be a trip to Hancock Park for a movie in the park. The movie showing will be
The Blind Side.
Teenager Michael Oher is surviving on his own, virtually homeless, when he is
spotted on the street by Leigh Anne Tuohy. Learning that the young man is one of
her daughter's classmates, Leigh Anne insists that Michael -- wearing shorts and a
T-shirt in the dead of winter come out of the cold. Without a moment's hesitation,
she invites him to stay at the Tuohy home for the night. What starts out as a gesture
of kindness turns into something more as Michael becomes part of the Tuohy fam-
ily despite the differences in their backgrounds. As the family helps Michael fulfill his
potential, both on and off the football field, Michael's presence in the Tuohys' lives
leads them to some insightful self-discoveries of their own.
The cost is only $3 for teens ages 12 to 16. The concession stand will be open to
purchase treats. Bring a blanket or chair to sit on. Transportation will be provided to
the movie in the park for any teen between the ages of 12 to 16. There are only 25
spots available. RSVP soon as spots fill up fast.
Call Libby Olive at 652-6002 or email Lolive@leegov.com. Departure and return
will be at the North Ft. Myers Community Center, behind the North Fort Myers
Library, 2021 North Tamiami Trail.4
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EL Fox Jr., president of Fox Electronics with
his mother Ellie Fox and Dubin Alzheimer's
Resource Center's Executive Director Dotty
The Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer's
Resource Center and Fox
Electronics held the 12th annual A
Light To Remember in Centennial Park
on Thursday, January 28. A Light To
Remember is a special event created to
help raise awareness about Alzheimer's
disease and related memory impair-
ments and raise funds for the Dubin
Alzheimer's Resource Center in Fort
Myers. The event raised $6,600 for
caregiver programs in Lee County.
There was a lighted display of over
800 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
was held around the Uncommon Friends
fountain in Centennial Park on Edwards
Drive, downtown Fort Myers. A special
display contained photos, poems, and
other memories contributed by family and
friends of individuals being honored.
To kick-off this year's event, Arden
Courts Alzheimer's Assisted Living
sponsored a Tribute Tree at its com-
munity during the month of December.
Individuals who made a $10 donation
received an ornament for their loved one
on the Tribute Tree at Arden Courts and
a luminary in A Light To Remember.
Arden Courts' Tribute Tree raised $1,300
toward this year's event total.
The Dubin Alzheimer's Resource
Center, a United Way agency, provides
education, information, and support
for caregivers and individuals living with
Alzheimer's disease and related disorders
in Lee County. Services offered include
monthly caregivers' and early-stage sup-
port groups; educational resources for
caregivers and professionals; a lending
library of books, videos, pamphlets and
Rochelle Lunsford poses by her grandfa-
ther's luminary at A Light To Remember
other written materials in English and
Spanish; individualized assistance to help
families cope; a safety program with
an emergency plan kit and wanderer's
identification bracelet; and a bi-monthly
All funds raised by the Alvin A. Dubin
Alzheimer's Resource Center are used to
benefit local families and caregivers.
For more information about
Alzheimer's disease or services offered by
the center, call 437-3007."
From page 1
Art For Wine &
several trips a
month to visit $
Joseph's pedi- ^
at the Chrissy
Unit at The
Hospital for regular rounds of chemo-
therapy. Two years into his treatment,
Joseph is doing well. Now his painting
will help other ill children in Southwest
Florida get well.
Joseph's original acrylic painting,
along with four tickets to the 2010
University of Florida vs. Kentucky game
on September 25 in the Swamp, will
be auctioned off at the Wine Fest's
grand tasting on February 27. Wine Fest
Chairman Dr. Steve Machiz says the
children's artwork is typically one of the
The Southwest Florida Wine & Food
Fest is a signature event of the SWFL
Children's Charities, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-
profit organization that provides funding
to local charities serving local children.
It begins the evening of February 26
when 19 families will host 11 dinners at
private homes around Southwest Florida
for invited guests, donating $500 to
$2,500 per seat. Each dinner will feature
E M A
Joseph West dressed as University of
Florida mascot Albert E. Gator
wines by featured vintners and Southwest
Florida's finest local chefs, including:
Marbin Avilez Sr., Bayfront Bistro; Nick
Costanzo, Angelina's Ristorante; Reiner
Drygala, Bistro 41; Caroline Hostettler,
55 Degrees; Ryan Leto, Roy's; Jeffrey
Lucas, Ruth's Chris Steak House;
Thomas Pedit, Miromar Lakes Beach &
Golf Club; Michael Ragusa, The Sandy
Butler; Jayson Rydell, Flippers Lover's
Key Resort; Andreas Singer, Hyatt
Regency Coconut Point; Jesse Souza,
LaPlaya Beach Resort; Gil Suarez,
Capital Grille; Eric Truglas, French Bread
Oven; Christian Vivet, Blue Windows
Bistro & Catering; Shannon Yates, Cru.
Special guests include: Norman
Love, Norman Love Confections;
Keegan Gerhard, Food Network; Casey
Thompson, Top Chef Season 3.
The signature vintner is Juelle Fisher,
of Fisher Vineyards of Napa Valley.
Other wineries represented are Ponzi
Vineyards, Willamette Valley, Oregon;
Teachworth Winery, Calistoga, California;
Bodega Catena Zapata, Mendoza,
Argentina; Tablas Creek Vineyards, Paso
Robles, California; Anderson's Conn
Valley Vineyard, St. Helena, California;
Turnbull Wine Cellars, Oakville and
Calistoga, California; Castello Banfi,
Montalcino, Italy; Silver Oak, Napa
Valley, California; V Madrone Winery,
St. Helena, California; Honig Vineyards
and Winery, Rutherford, California; and
Peter Lehmann Wines, Barossa Valley,
On February 27, the chefs, vint-
ners, dinner guests and others come
together at the Miromar Lakes Beach
& Golf Club for the Grand Tasting and
Auction. Participating chefs prepare their
favorite dishes to accompany signature
champagne reception sponsor Piper
The auction features exceptional pack-
ages of special and unique wines, exclu-
sive trips, and amazing dining experi-
ences. All proceeds from the auction and
ticket sales will benefit three causes ben-
efiting children's health care in the area:
The Children's Hospital of Southwest
Florida, Edison State College's Pediatric
Nursing Program and an endowment to
Florida Gulf Coast University to establish
a pre-med student scholarship.
Last year's event netted $753,000,
resulting in a $600,000 donation to The
Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida
and $50,000 to Edison State College.
For more information about the
Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest or
ticket sales, visit www.swflwinefest.org or
From page 1
Garden plot and attend quarterly meet-
ings. Gardeners will supply their own
tools and plantings. Tincher will offer a
variety of courses in best practices for
good yields from the garden plots.
Online registration is available at
org/donationform.php) and plots are
available on a first come, first served
basis. For answers to garden questions,
call Tincher at 533-7529.
Lakes Park is at 7330 Gladiolus Drive,
Bonita Bill's Restaurant will host a
book signing featuring local author
Mary Tatarian for her new island
mystery Seabliss on Saturday February
13 from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. A por-
tion of the proceeds will be donated to
Ostego Bay Marine Science Center.
Set on a fictional island in Southwest
Florida, Seabliss is a cozy island mystery
about a beach town that suddenly comes
alive as two best friends, a local merchant
and the town psychic, find themselves in
the middle of some pretty strange busi-
ness. The novice sleuths are drawn into a
web of murder, deception, and drugs as
the story takes the reader to the Mexican
west coast and to the Keys, meeting
some unique characters along the way.
Tatarian is a 25-year resident of
Fort Myers Beach and former owner of
Pirate Pete's Video and Arcade. She is a
member of Ostego Bay Foundation, the
Southwest Florida Romance Writers and
Romance Writers of America.
Bonita Bill's is located on Fisherman's
Wharf, San Carlos Isla and is accessible
by car or boat.4
Lee County Bar Association Meeting
The Lee County Bar Association (LCBA) will hold its next monthly luncheon
on Friday, February 19 at 11:45 a.m. at Royal Palm Yacht Club, 2360 W.
First Street, Fort Myers. Keynote speaker, Charlie Green, clerk of the court,
will present a free continuing legal education (CLE) program on the e-filing process
coming to Lee County courts this year and on other current issues. There will be a
live, remote demonstration of the new procedure presented by Carolyn M. Weber,
project manager, Orange County clerk of the court.
Kitty Green of the Horizon Council will also address attendees on the efforts of the
Lee County Economic Development Office to create a connection with businesses
wishing to relocate to Southwest Florida. And Denise Wheeler, esq., of Fowler White
Boggs, PA will discuss Voices for Kids, the financial support of the Guardian Ad Litem
Program. The not-for-profit organization provides local abused and neglected children
with a court-appointed guardian ad litem volunteer, as well as financial assistance and
other resources for their health, education and social needs.
Reservations are required. E-mail email@example.com or call 334-0047. Members
are $20 and visitors $25. All LCBA meetings are open to the public.
Smart Growth Design Competition
W hat should Smart Growth and transit-oriented development in Lee County
look like? That is the question in the Creating Better Places design competi-
tion. "We are challenging local citizens and design professionals to rethink
sprawling development patterns and help visualize better prototypes for our future,"
said Tammy Hall, chair of the Lee County Board of Commissioners. Entry information
is available on the Web site www.swflregionalvision.com and the deadline for entries is
The competition will compare various transit-oriented designs for a specific site in
the City of Fort Myers near Terry Park with access to potential light rail service. The
purpose is to solicit creative ideas and provide information about better alternatives for
the physical form of the community.
Transit-oriented developments are typically defined as higher density, mixed-use
developments within walking distance up to a half-mile of existing or future transit
stations. Transit-oriented design is about creating attractive, walkable, sustainable com-
munities with energy-efficient housing and transportation choices that reduce reliance
on car trips and increase social interactions among residents.
Competitors will submit three items: 1) a generalized site plan showing streets,
blocks, and buildings, 2) a simple illustration showing the arrangement of buildings,
and 3) a short narrative that describes the most important attributes of this proposal's
response to the factors listed on the competition Web site along with the submittal for-
The competition is sponsored by Lee County in cooperation with the City of Fort
Myers, Reconnecting Lee County, Florida Gulf Coast University's Center for Public
and Social Policy, and the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council.M
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Douglas Brinkley Will Discuss His Epic
Book About Theodore Roosevelt
F named presidential biogra-
pher Douglas Brinkley will
make an exclusive guest
appearance to speak about
his latest book, Wilderness
Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt I K
and the Crusade for America,
on Wednesday, March 3 at
7:30 p.m. at BIG ARTS'
Schein Performance Hall, as
part of the "Ding" Darling l IllllD i
Bookstore's 2010 Lecture
In his groundbreaking epic
biography, Brinkley draws on I I
to examine the life and achieve-
ments of "our naturalist presi-
By setting aside more than
230 million acres of wild
America for posterity between
1901 and 1909, Theodore
Roosevelt made conservation
a universal endeavor. Tracing
the role that nature played
in Roosevelt's storied career,
Brinkley brilliantly analyzes the
influence that the works of John-
James Audubon and Charles '
Darwin had on the young man '
who would become America's
26th president. Douglas Brinkley's latest book
His 940-page opus -- what
the New York Times called a
"vast, inspiring and enormously entertaining book" -- is available at the "Ding" Darling
Bookstore now and will be sold at BIG ARTS the evening of the presentation. Tickets
for his presentation are on sale at the BIG ARTS box office: $20 for adults, $10 for
students. A book-signing reception will follow.
"Ding" Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge, JN "Ding" Darling National
Wildlife Refuge, BIG ARTS, and 'Tween Waters Inn partner to bring this nationally
acclaimed author to the islands.
For more information, call the "Ding" Darling Bookstore at 472-1100 ext. 241 or
BIG ARTS at 395-0900.7
College Waives Two New Board
Application Fees Members At
At Open House Food Bank
are invited to spend the day
learning the ins and outs of col-
lege life at Edison State College. The
annual Go Higher Get Accepted Open
House will be on Monday, February 15
at each of its campus locations.
Take a campus tour and hear from
students and faculty about all that Edison
State College has to offer. Apply to ESC
on Monday, the 15th and the $30 appli-
cation fee will be waived.
Presentations and campus tours begin
at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Taeni Hall,
Room 117 at the Fort Myers campus.
The presentation will include a campus
tour. Faculty, staff and students will share
their knowledge of the opportunities
available at ESC. Visitors can join in the
fun of Music Mondays, watch the Upward
Bound program run The Amazing Race,
and other campus activities. Take home a
great ESC gift.
wo individuals have been named
to the board of directors of The
Harry Chapin Food Bank of
Southwest Florida. They are Winter D.
Myers and John D. Belisle.
Myers is assistant vice president and
relationship manager for the Florida
District of KeyBank. Prior to joining
KeyBank in 2008, she worked as a pri-
vate banking relationship manager for
Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Myers is a Fort Myers resident and serves
on the Edison-Ford Winter Estates Gala
Committee and volunteers at the Clinic
for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW)
John Belisle is senior vice president
for Oswald, Trippe and Company, Inc.
He joined Oswald Trippe and Company
in1985; his expertise in specialized risk
management supports many of the
company's large commercial accounts.
Belisle also serves on the board of Alvin
A. Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center,
26 THERIVER FEBRUARY12,2010
by Jennifer Basey
A re you a
applies to people
caring for their
their own children
may be appli-
cable to you if you're either a younger
baby boomer, born in the late 1950s
or early 1960s, or an older member of
Generation X, born in the mid-1960s.
But any way you slice it, being in the
sandwich group is probably going to
present you with some challenges, par
ticularly of the financial kind so you'll
need to make the right moves.
Basically, you should consider two
areas of decision-making: those affecting
the future of you and your children; and
those affecting your elderly parents' life-
style and legacy.
Regarding your future, and that of
your children, you'll need to prioritize
your goals. Some people, when weigh-
ing the merits of investing for retirement
versus saving for their children's college
educations, conclude that while loans are
available for college, none are offered to
retirees. Consequently, they focus more
heavily on retirement. If you're in this
camp, you'll probably want to contribute
as much as you can possibly afford to
your IRA and 401(k) or other employer-
sponsored retirement plan.
However, if you feel strongly about
helping your kids go through college
relatively debt-free, you may want to
explore some college-savings options,
such as Section 529 plans and Coverdell
Education Savings Accounts, both of
which offer significant tax advantages.
In any case, these goals don't have
to be mutually exclusive but if you're
going to address them both, you will have
to make some key decisions regarding
allocation of resources. And while you're
handling these issues for yourself and
your children, you'll need to juggle the
needs of your elderly parents. With luck,
you won't have to contribute financially,
but you may be required to put in some
time and energy to help make sure your
parents' situation remains positive.
This means you'll need to ask some
questions. Where do your parents bank?
Do they have a brokerage account? If so,
do you know the name of their financial
advisor? Have they taken steps to remain
financially independent if they ever need
to go to a nursing home or employ home
health care assistants? Have they drawn
up a will, a living trust or other estate
plan documents? Would they be willing
to have you or another family member
assume power of attorney should they
In raising these questions, you will
have to approach your parents with tact
and sensitivity. However, you may be
pleasantly surprised at their willingness
to talk about these issues. After all, they
almost surely want to avoid burdening
you with extra financial responsibilities.
The best time to approach your
parents is when they are healthy, both
mentally and physically. It's especially
important to be aware of even minor-
seeming cognitive impairments, such
as memory lapses, which can result in
paying the same bills two or three times,
forgetting to record checks or even falling
prey to fraudulent investment schemes.
If you suspect your parents may be hav-
ing these troubles, you'll need to step in
It's not easy being a Sandwich
Generation member, but through dili-
gence and proper planning, you should
be able to help avoid getting "squished" -
while improving the outcomes for all your
beloved family members.
Copyright 2010. Jennifer Basey
is a financial advisor in Fort Myers.
She can be reached at jenniferbasey@
Citizen Of The
he Lee County Board of County
the four finalists for the 19th
annual Paulette Burton Citizen of the
Year Award for 2009. The finalists
are: Samira Beckwith (Fort Myers),
Mary Miller (North Fort Myers), Roxie
Smith (Fort Myers Beach) and George
Szymanski (Lehigh Acres).
The winner will be announced at the
9:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 16 Lee
County Commission meeting in the
second floor chambers in the Old Lee
County Courthouse, 2110 Main Street in
downtown Fort Myers.
A Board of County Commissioners
appointed a committee of seven individu-
als who narrowed the 16 nominations to
the four finalists. The commissioners will
select the winner from that list of four.
The award was created in 1991 to
honor Mrs. Burton, a long time Sanibel
Island resident and government watch
dog. She spent many years serving as a
voice of the people to the Lee County
Board of County Commissioners as well
as playing an active role in Sanibel poli-
tics. She died in a 1991 car accident.4
Dr. Daniel E. Dosoretz, a physi-
cian with 21st Century Oncology
and a founding director of Edison
National Bank/Bank of the Islands, has
been awarded the 2009 Distinguished
Alumnus Award at Harvard Medical
School through the Department of
Radiation Oncology, Massachusetts
Dosoretz was the keynote speaker
for the Distinguished Alumni Visiting
Professor in Radiation Oncology in which
he spoke on Radiation Therapy: Our
Path to the Future.
He is the co-founder, president and
CEO of Fort Myers-based Radiation
Therapy, one of the nation's largest
operators of radiation treatment centers,
which was returned to private owner-
ship in February 2008 as 21st Century
Oncology, which has been operating for
nearly 20 years and has 99 freestanding
hospital-based centers, which serve can-
cer patients in 16 states.
Dosoretz received the Horizon Council
2008 Industry Appreciation Award for
Business Expansion. The company is
building a new corporate headquarters on
Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers, which
is scheduled to open this month. This
recent expansion will create 140 new
full-times jobs with salaries averaging
115 percent of the average Lee County
Dr. Daniel E. Dosoretz
annual wage. It was estimated in 2008
that the economic impact of the expan-
sion over the next four years would be
Dosoretz has been involved with the
American Cancer Society in a variety of
roles. He is the recipient of a research
fellowship, member of the peer review
committee and state-level research com-
mittee. He also served as president of the
Lee County Unit and chairman of the
Professional Education Committee.
Dosoretz is a Fellow of the American
College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO)
and a Fellow of the American College of
Naomi Chance Named
Chiropractic Assistant Of The Year
he prestigious Chiropractic
Assistant of the Year
Award was presented at
Parker Seminars Las Vegas -
the world's largest chiropractic
- event to Naomi Chance from
Chance Chiropractic Clinic in
Fort Myers. Chance and her
husband Dr. Steven Chance are
The award was given for
excellent contributions and dedi-
cation to the chiropractic profes-
sion. Chiropractic assistants play
a vital role in supporting the
doctor of chiropractic. They also
benefit the patients by helping to
inform them of the best way to
live happier, healthier lives.
Doctors of chiropractic focus
on the nervous system by adjust-
ing the vertebral column to affect
the nervous system.
Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, president of Parker College of
Chiropractic, presents the award to Naomi Chance
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World's Best Skier Lindsey Vonn A Top
Attraction In The Winter Olympics
by Ed Frank
J hhe Super Bowl last weekend in Miami, the Ace Group
Classic golf tournament this weekend in Naples, the
S. Daytona 500 this weekend in Daytona; Boston Red Sox
S and Minnesota Twins players start arriving next week it's a
jam-packed sports calendar in Florida.
But we turn our attention nearly 3,500 miles away to the
distaff side of athletics and today's start of the 2010 Winter
A Olympics in Vancouver where the world's greatest skier, Lindsey
Vonn, is certain to capture the hearts of Olympic enthusiasts.
Just as Danica Patrick, who will be making her NASCAR
debut tomorrow at Daytona, has stirred the emotions of race car
fans, Vonn is out to prove to the world that she is much more than a pretty face.
Congenial, attractive and oh so talented, she could be to the 2010 Winter Olympics
what Michael Phelps was to the 2008 Summer Games.
She has recently appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated and has advertising
deals with at least 10 corporate sponsors including Rolex, Proctor & Gamble, Vail
Resorts and Alka-Seltzer.
Here's what David Neal, NBC's executive producer for the Olympics said:
"Lindsey is authentic. She's very telegenic. She's the best woman skier in the world.
Lindsey has the whole package athletic ability and personality."
She is considered a medal contender in five events downhill, super-G, combined,
giant slalom and slalom, and is the prohibitive favorite in downhill and Super-G.
The 25-year-old has already been called the greatest woman skier in U.S. history.
She has 31 World Cup victories and an amazing nine just this season.
Yes, she's America's sweetheart of the slopes, but like all great athletes it didn't
come easy. When 13, her family moved from Minnesota to Colorado so she could
have better training. She commits to a brutal daily workout program explaining that
"talent can only take you so far."
She has been severely injured on the slopes a number of times, but always came
back with grit and determination.
In a 70-mile-an-hour downhill training crash two days before the 2006 Turin
Olympics, Vonn suffered serious back and pelvic injuries, but she returned to compete
in four events. Her tongue was cut open when her knee bounced up into her chin as
she won a World Cup title just last December.
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players are Fred "Curly" Neal and Hot
One of the truly magical shooters
and dribblers in basketball history, Neal
embraced the imagination of fans all
over the world for 22 seasons as a key
member of the Harlem Globetrotters. He
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On February 15, 2008, Neal became
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illustrious history to have his number
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rafters during a special ceremony at New
York's Madison Square Garden.
He received the Globetrotters
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Barbara's Friends Cancer Fund
Benefiting The Children's Hospital
Members of the Gulfshore Ballet : Emily Chase, Sara White, Mimi Hulley-Buczny, Kelli
Guenther, Trinka Lowe (representative), Julie Stevens and Deidre Rogan
Members of KidzAct Naples Players: Briana Prioletti, Tori Hendry, Christopher Campbell
and their instructor
Barbara's Friends, the cancer fund benefiting The Children's Hospital of
Southwest Florida, held an event to celebrate its 15th anniversary and rec-
ognize founders Frank and Betty Haskell on Sunday, January 31. The event
included a champagne brunch, silent and live auctions, and live entertainment by
local youth performance groups including: KidzAct Naples Players, Gulfshore Ballet,
Dancing Classrooms, and The Music Foundation.
continued on page 30
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pediatric oncologist Dr. Emad Salman and
his wife Alissar
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he Cure at Varsity Lakes Middle
School gymnasium, 801 Gunnery
Road, Lehigh Acres, at 6:30 p.m. on
Thursday, February 25.
Varsity Lakes Middle School students
and staff will be strolling down the cat-
walk, showing off clothing styles and
dance moves to songs of the decades.
The goal is to raise money that will go
toward finding a cure for type I diabetes.
The cost is a $2 donation before the
event, $3 at the door.
THERIVER FEBRUARY12,2010 29
Disease Is Easier
Than You Think
Staying heart healthy and prevent-
ing cardiovascular disease doesn't
need to be hard. That's Dr. Jesus
Mendiolaza's message for Lee County at
Lee Memorial Health System's February
23 Well Informed lecture from 5 to 6:30
p.m. at the Hyatt Place Coconut Point,
23120 Via Villagio, in Estero.
"Heart disease is a very serious prob-
lem to be sure. It causes more than
630,000 deaths each year," Mendiolaza
said. "But we could prevent so many of
these deaths if people at risk made some
easy and different lifestyle choices."
Since February is American Heart
Month and devoted to heart disease
awareness and education, there's no bet-
ter time to take action. With each minute
that passes, another life is lost to heart
disease, and it's just as likely to strike
women as men.
Mendiolaza advocates a simple
approach to prevent cardiovascular dis-
ease in adults with four parts, all of which
he will discuss during his lecture.
Education on basic, primary ways to
prevent cardiovascular disease that every-
one should know
How to be proactive in preventing
Identifying risk factors and lifestyle
modifications to improve your overall
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your heart health
"Being aware of your risk and lifestyle
factors is only half of the challenge,"
Mendiolaza adds. "The hardest part is
making lifestyle changes to ward off dis-
ease. By talking about simple changes
people can make to reduce their risk,
we'll hopefully increase their likelihood of
doing so and in turn, reduce their likeli-
hood of suffering heart attacks or other
For reservations call 433-8505 or go
Tea Honors Three
Chico's FAS has signed on as
the title sponsor of the Grande
Dames Tea for 2010, which will
honor three more of the community's
most revered women.
In recognition of their accomplish-
ments, Mark Loren of Mark Loren
Designs will design a special piece of
jewelry to present to the three Grande
Dames. The honorees for 2010 are
Jeanne Bochette, Helen Hendry and
The event will take place Tuesday,
March 23, at the Broadway Palm Dinner
Theatre on Colonial Boulevard in Fort
Myers. Tickets may be purchased by call-
ing 278-4422 or the Lee PACE Center
for Girls at 425-2366, ext. 25.
The Grande Dames Tea was started
by the Lee PACE Center for Girls last
year to honor women who have played
major roles in Lee County history
through decades of service, philanthropy
and helping others. The theme is The
Wisdom of Age Honoring the Female
The first Grande Dames to be hon-
ored were philanthropists Berne Davis,
Eleanore Kleist and Barbara B. Mann.
The PACE Center for Girls is a
non-residential delinquency prevention
program targeting the unique needs of
girls, ages 12 to 18, who are faced with
challenges such as foster care, domestic
violence and declining grades. Many girls
also experience abuse and neglect, death
of a parent, substance abuse, and/or a
family history of incarceration.
For more information about this
event, please contact PACE Development
Director Melissa Simontis at 425-2366,
ext. 25, or Dena Geraghty at 851-1028
or log on at www.pacecenter.org.
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Island Gala To
Aid Man's Best
Friends In County
he first Onyx & Breezy Island Gala
is set for March 14, hosted by the
Onyx & Breezy Foundation. One-
hundred percent of the proceeds will go
to the welfare of domestic animals in
The Onyx & Breezy Foundation was
named in honor and in memory of two
beloved black Labradors owned by part-
time Sanibel residents Mark and Wanda
Shefts. A non-profit foundation, it has
raised money for the welfare of animals
nationwide and will focus this event to
raise support for Lee County's animals
and the organizations that work for their
Comedienne Elayne Boosler will be
joining guests, entertaining them with
her comedy and helping with the auc-
tion. Boosler is an animal lover and when
she heard this event was being held
on Sanibel, she offered to come from
California and be a part of it.
Island residents and owners of the
Over Easy Caf&' and Island Paws, Trasi
Sharp and Liza Clouse, encourage island
residents to join with them in attending
this evening of fun. "We are thrilled that
Mark and Wanda are putting their efforts
toward raising money for our local animal
organizations right here in Lee County.
We know this event will be great" they
From page 28
The event's Over the Rainbow theme
included art by local children
Barbara's Friends has raised more than
$8.7 million since its inception. This
money has helped build and equip a
pediatric hematology and oncology center
and other facilities providing therapy and
support to children battling these diseases
in our community. The fund also helps
cover some treatment expenses for unin-
sured or underinsured patients.:
Trasi Sharp, Wanda Shefts, Mark Shefts, Liza Clouse, Birgie Vertesch and Peter Beck are
planning the Onyx & Breezy Island Gala
The gala will be at Ellington's Jazz
Club & Restaurant. Tickets are $150
which will include hors d'oeuvres, a
full open bar, four-course gourmet din-
ner, silent and live auction, dancing to
Ellington's jazz band and a special perfor-
mance by Boosler.
Other sponsors include Bailey's
General Store, Ellington"s Jazz Club,
Karen Bell Team, Kay Casperson Beauty
Inside Out, Lily & Co., McMurray/
Nette VIP Realty, Myra Roberts, Sanibel
Captiva Community Bank, Sanibel-
Captiva Trust Company, and Tribeca
Attendance is by reservation only.
There are 160 tickets available. All pro-
ceeds will for medical equipment and
research, spay and neutering, disaster
relief, puppy mill rescue and many other
efforts in Lee County to help the animals.
For more information, or to receive an
invitation, call 850.9998 or email trust-
To learn more about the Onyx and
Breezy Foundation, log onto www.onyx-
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Wilbur Ortiz, Jovasia Spike, Zhantevez Jackson, Victoria Romero, Parker Hazen, Gret
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From page 27
Area trainers and developers have
a unique opportunity to uncover
secrets of how FGCU's Florida
Institute of Government keeps people
interested in, involved in, and coming
back to workshops.
The Southwest Florida Chapter of
the American Society for Training and
Development will meet at the new
facilities of FIOG at the Atrium Executive
Center, 8695 College Parkway, in Fort
Myers on February 17 from 11:30 to 1
p.m. Host will be Joanne Hartke, institute
director. Through targeted group activi-
ties, IOG staff will share strategies cre-
ated to sustain interest, involvement, and
repeat business. After 25 years the IOG
is still learning... one day at a time, one
lesson at time, one person at time.
Cost for the meeting is only $5 with-
out food and $10 for catered lunch. To
register, go online to www.swflchapter.
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For directions to the facility, go online
to the Institute's Web site at http://www.
fgcu.edu/iog/. Offices are located in
Suite 1181. For information call 390-
That same month she received a deep
bone bruise in her left wrist in a giant
slalom crash in Lienz, Austria, when her
skis caught in the snow and threw her
into the air. For the average skier it would
take months to recover, but not for Vonn.
And there was one comical injury
that she would like to forget. She nearly
severed her right thumb when grabbing
a broken champagne bottle after win-
ning two gold medals in the 2009 World
Championships in France. She bristled at
comments that she was a party girl.
"It was a freak accident. It was 6 p.m.
right after the awards ceremony. I had
zero alcohol," she was quoted as saying
Lindsey Vonn is certain to take center
stage at the Winter Olympics. And she's
likely to be center on the medal stand as
she receives Olympic gold.
Everblades To Play Five Games This
The Florida Everblades split with the
Charlotte Checkers in two games in
Charlotte last week. They claimed a 4-3
shootout win last Thursday and lost 3-2
the following night.
Tuesday began a busy week for the
Everblades as they played host to the
Gwinnett Gladiators for two games
Tuesday and Wednesday in Germain
Arena. Thursday and Friday they travel to
North Charleston to face first-place South
Carolina. The Everblades finish the week
on Sunday at Gwinnett.4
From page 27
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own equipment and has been a DJ at
weddings, dances, restaurant openings
and other events in his hometown of
He is involved with a community proj-
ect called the Project Hoops Basketball
Organization. He is also interested in
becoming a probation officer following
his playing career.
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WORD OF LIFE CHURCH:
2120 Collier Ave, Fort Myers, 274-8881;
Services: Sunday 10 a.m.;
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ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH:
7401 Winkler Road, Fort Myers,
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DID YOU KNOW
1. ANIMAL ADJECTIVES: What is a group of dragons called?
2. TELEVISION: What was Norm's last name in the sitcom series "Cheers"?
3. GEOGRAPHY: Lapland is a region of what country?
4. ARTS: An eisteddfod -a festival of music, literature and performing arts -is held in which
5. ANATOMY: Where is the retina located?
6. HISTORY: Who was known as "The Iron Chancellor"?
7. U.S. STATES: The Catskill Mountains are located in which U.S. state?
8. FOOD & DRINK: What kind of plant does the flavoring saffron come from?
9. MOVIES: Who directed the movie "The Lost Weekend"?
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FOR WEEK OF FEBRUARY 15, 2010
ARIES (March 21 to April 19) All that
flattery and fawning shouldn't affect any
decision you have to make. Keep your focus
on the facts and ignore all the hyperbole,
especially if it gets uncomfortably personal.
TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Your
Bovine instincts are on the mark about that
"favor" you're being asked to do. Agree to
nothing unless you get a full explanation --
which you would check out first, of course.
GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) A some-
what unsettled recent period should give way
to a smoother time going through the week.
Use this quieter time to catch up on matters
you might have had to let slide.
CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Feeling
a little confused is understandable with all
those mixed messages. Take time to list the
questions you have. Then present them and
insist on answers that make sense.
LEO (July 23 to August 22) Cupid can
be very helpful for Lions seeking a love
connection. The chubby cherub also brings
warm and fuzzy feelings to paired Leos and
Leonas who already share a special love line.
VIRGO (August 23 to September 22)
Travel is favored this week, whether you'll
be globe-trotting or taking a trip to a nearby
getaway. You might be surprised (or maybe
not) by who wants to be your traveling com-
LIBRA (September 23 to October 22)
Getting advice on your next business-related
move is a good idea, but only if your advis-
ers are trustworthy. Get references that you
can check out before you make any deci-
SCORPIO (October 23 to November
21) Getting a boost in your self-esteem is
one benefit that comes with a job well done.
There are other plusses as well, including
being noticed by all the right people. Good
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to
December 21) Make time to deal with family
matters, especially where they concern your
elderly kinfolk. Being there for them from
the start can help resolve problems sooner
rather than later.
CAPRICORN (December 22 to January
19) Getting a project started can often be dif-
ficult. But the good news is that you won't
want for lack of assistance from colleagues
who would like to work with you. So, let
AQUARIUS (January 20 to February
18) A lot of work-related issues might be
raised this week, and you need to be pre-
pared for whatever comes along. Things
should be easier when it comes to matters in
your private life.
PISCES (February 19 to March 20)
What might appear to be a very much
unwanted change in your life right now
could turn out to be a very welcome event
after all. Give yourself a chance to see where
it might take you.
BORN THIS WEEK: You exercise
your strong leadership qualities well, which
is why people believe in you and feel reas-
sured by you.
On Feb. 20, 1792, President George
Washington signs legislation creating the
U.S. Postal Service. The federally funded
postal services included 75 regional post
offices and 2,400 miles of postal routes. The
cost of sending a letter ranged from 6 cents
to 12 cents.
On Feb. 18, 1885, Mark Twain
publishes his novel "The Adventures of
Huckleberry Finn." Twain (the pen name
of Samuel Clemens) first introduced Huck
Finn as the best friend of Tom Sawyer, hero
of his tremendously successful novel "The
Adventures of Tom Sawyer" (1876).
On Feb. 17, 1915, after encountering a
severe snowstorm, the German Zeppelin L-4
crash-lands in the North Sea near the Danish
coastal town of Varde. One month earlier, the
huge airship had taken part in the first-ever
air bombing raid on Britain.
On Feb. 15, 1933, in Miami, Giuseppe
Zangara shoots and fatally wounds Anton
Cermak, the mayor of Chicago. Zangara pled
guilty to the murder and died in Florida's
electric chair on March 20. Today, such a
swift outcome would be practically unheard
of, particularly where the death penalty is
On Feb. 19, 1954, the Ford Thunderbird
prototype is born. The T-Bird was a scaled-
down Ford built for two. It came with a
removable fiberglass hardtop and a convert-
ible canvas roof. With its V-8 and sporty
looks, the T-Bird was an image car costing
On Feb. 21, 1965, black nationalist
leader Malcolm X is assassinated while giv-
ing a speech at the Audubon Ballroom in
Harlem in New York City. Malcolm X, born
Malcolm Little, had split from the Nation of
Islam almost a year before and had escaped
several other attempts on his life.
On Feb. 16, 1979, the Bee Gees receive
the Grammy for Best Album of 1978 for
"Saturday Night Fever" and also win the
Best Pop Group award. The group had
dominated the charts in late 1977 and 1978
with three consecutive No. 1 hits from the
"Saturday Night Fever" album.
It was American writer Cullen
Hightower who made the following sage
observation: "Laughing at our mistakes can
lengthen our own life. Laughing at someone
else's can shorten it."
If you were asked to name the north-
emmost of the United States, I'm sure you'd
have no trouble naming Alaska. And you
probably also know that Alaska is the west-
emmost state of the union. You might be sur-
prised, however, to learn that Alaska is also
the [SET ITAL]eastemmost[END ITAL]
state. Yep. The Aleutian Island chain crosses
the International Dateline, placing a few of
the islands in the Far East.
Thanks to the fact that their eyes are
placed on the sides of their heads, rabbits can
see behind themselves without turning their
In the town of Arcadia, Calif., there is
a law on the books that grants peacocks the
legal right of way when crossing any street
Those who study such things claim that
there are 293 different ways to make change
for a dollar.
In 2002, a research firm conducted a
poll on Americans' beliefs about the exis-
tence of alien life in the universe. It seems
that a whopping 68 percent of us feel that the
U.S. government knows about alien life but
refuses to publicize that knowledge.
The Russian Space Agency has a full-
fledged space tourism program -- and a
popular one, at that. Despite the $20 million
price tag, all the available trips were fully
booked by (wealthy) civilians in 2009.
If you and your spouse are like the
average modern married couple, you spent
more than $2,500 on photos and videos of
"I look to the future because that's where
I'm going to spend the rest of my life." -
Pets Of The Week
L ove is in the air the entire
month of February at Lee
o ounty Domestic Animal A
Services (LCDAS). If you've
been looking for love in all the '
wrong places or you just need
a new best friend, LCDAS has
a sweet deal for you. All month
long the agency is offering $25
off the regular adoption fee
for all adult pets. The reduced
adoption fee will still include
the complete package of ser-
My name is Nino. It's
almost Valentine's Day and I'm Belinda ID# 457858
looking' for some good lovin'!
I'm only four months old and i
my first owner didn't treat me
very nice. The police found me
when they took my owner to
jail. He had cropped my ears
himself without taking me to a
vet. It hurt a lot but I feel much
better now that the shelter doc-
tor took care of me. So even
though I might look a bit like
a tough guy now, I'm really
a little sweetheart. Won't you
please be my valentine?
My adoption fee is only
$95. Nino ID# 463728
Love is in the air this
month so I sure hope it's my turn. I'm Belinda and when I came to the shelter I was
ready to give birth to my kittens. We spent the next couple of month in a very nice
foster home. My girlish figure has returned and I'm ready to find that special someone
meant just for me. I have lots of love to lavish on someone so you won't want to miss
an opportunity to take me home.
My adoption fee is only $25 this month.
For information about this week's pets, call 533-7387 (LEE-PETS) or log on to
Animal Services' Web site at www.LeeLostPets.com. When calling, refer to the ani-
mal's ID number. The Web site updates every hour so you will be able to see if these
or any other pets are still available.
The shelter is open for adoptions from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through
Saturday. The shelter is located at 5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers, next to the Lee
County Sheriff's Office, off Six Mile Cypress Parkway.
All adoptions include spay/neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, rabies vac-
cination and county license if three months or older, flea treatment, worming, heart-
worm test for dogs six months and over, feline AIDS and leukemia test for cats, train-
ing DVD, 10-day health guarantee, and a bag of Science Diet pet food.
The adoption package is valued at $500.0
THERIVER FEBRUARY12,2010 33
February Pet Adoption Special
L ove is in the air the entire month of
February at Lee County Domestic
Animal Services (LCDAS). If you've
been looking for love in all the wrong
places or you just need a new best friend,
LCDAS has a sweet deal for you. All
month long the agency is offering $25 off
the regular adoption for all adult pets. The
reduced adoption fee will still include the
complete package of services consisting of
sterilization, age appropriate vaccinations,
county license, microchip ID, worming,
flea treatment, a heartworm test for dogs,
feline AIDS and leukemia test for cats,
10-day health guarantee, and a bag of
Hill's Science Diet dog or cat food. The
adoption package is valued at over $500. /.
True love comes in all shapes and sizes. -
Whether it's a lap kitty or an energetic
little dog that would make a perfect jog-
ging companion, LCDAS can find your
perfect match. Make plans to find your true
love today by visiting the shelter at 5600 Find your sweetheart at the animal shelter
Banner Drive, Fort Myers next to the Lee this Valentine's Day
County Sheriff's Office off Six Mile Cypress
Parkway. For those that would like to view their matches first, love is just a click away
when you visit the Web site at www.LeeLostPets.com. All pets available for adoption
are featured online.
For more information call 533-7387 (LEE-PETS). If you are inquiring about a pet
you have seen online, please have the animal ID number ready for faster assistance.,
Spay Day USA
Fact: Cats are lucky if they
have just one life. In Lee County
over 3,000 cats were euthanized in 2009
due to pet overpopulation. Spaying and
neutering can prevent the unnecessary
and tragic deaths of thousands of cats
During February Lee County Domestic
Animal Services (LCDAS) will join the
national organizers of Spay Day USA
in promoting the importance of spaying
and neutering to save the lives of millions
of pets each year. Locally, Lee County
residents are fortunate to have programs
available year-round that will help reduce
pet overpopulation. LCDAS would like to
draw particular attention to Lee County's
cat overpopulation problem and "bust
the myths" associated with spaying and
Information is available online at www.
LeeLostPets.com about LCDAS's free
spay/neuter services for owned and out-
door community cats. For those who do
not qualify for this program, other low-
cost options are available. To schedule an
appointment or for additional information
about spay/neuter programs for both cats
and dogs, call 533-9234. Making a call
today can save the lives of animals tomor-
Tax-deductible donations are gladly
accepted to offset the costs of spay/
neuter programs so more animals may
benefit from these life-saving programs.
It is estimated that Lee County has
98,000 feral and community cats. Your
$25 donation will help spay or neu-
ter one more. Donate online at www.
LeeLostPets.com or mail your tax-deduct-
ible donations to: Animal Care Trust
Fund, 5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers,
For up-to-date information
on local beaches
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Weekly onfine at:
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We can design. build and manage any endeavor
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TREE & LAWN CARE
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Landscaping Tree Service Stump Grinding
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12 years serving San-Cap d Ft. Myers
HEALTH & SOCIAL SERVICES
Need Hel Cl..
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Servli Lee, Hendry and /ades Count/es...
211 is a free three-digit phone number people can call for
information and referral on health & social services.
211 is for non-emergency assistance only.
You can always reach the 211 service by dialing
(239) 433-3900 in Lee and
(863) 675-8383 in Hendry and Glades Counties.
904 Lindgren Blvd.
Sanibel Island, FL 33957
New Mineral Powder Line!
MAGGIE BU R Career information available
Gift ideas available
HOME: (239) 433-0668 CELL: (239) 247-1237
LICENSE NO. 0803040
SANIBEL CREATIVE TILE CO.
Celebrating our 30th year
on Sanibel & Captiva
Lie. & Ins. Tile, Marble, Stone, with
remodels & repairs A Specialty!
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For the top nutritional,
weight loss & skin care products got to:
Brenda Biddle Independent Distributor
email@example.com or 239-849-9593
LET'S GO FISHING'
Fishing Charters Shelling Sightseeing
Captain Lamar Williams
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r Freelance Photographer
Aerial Photography Digital Imaging -Videography
DRAPERY/WINDOW BLIND CLEANING & REPAIR
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We Come To You!
Rain Barrel Workshops
AFlorida Yards and Neighborhoods rain barrel
workshop will show how rain barrels can collect
water from your roof. Only a quarter inch of
rain on a typical roof will create over 600 gallons of
During the class 55-gallon recycled barrels will be
transformed into rain barrels that you can take home.
The class is taught by Lee County Extension Service
Benefits are water conservation, preventing storm
water run-off, and money saving.
The workshops are on Saturday, February 27 and
Saturday, March 27 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Rutenberg
Park, 6490 South Pointe Boulevard, Fort Myers. The
cost is $45 per rain barrel.
Call Pam at 533-7523 to register.#
ANA HAMILTON SERVICES
Residential & Commercial
Serving the Lee Island Coast
for over 18 years
Lic # S10-14929
LA SK-8 "Virtual"
Tracy Hanson, Certified Administrator Special-Ed Students
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Toll Free: 877-302-6478
309 NE 13th St, Cape Coral FL 33909 Office/Fax 239.772.0152
Providing Personalized, Professional Home Repair,
Remodeling and Hurricane Protection Services
Hurricane Protection Products Windows, Doors and Shutters
Screen Enclosures and Repairs Pool Cages Remodeling
Foreclosure Clean Outs and Repairs and More!
TREE & LAWN CARE
Complete Landscaping Maintenance
SLawn Care Landscape Trimming & Pruning
SFertilization Weed Maintenance Mulch Applications
Property Clean up
Call us today for a free estimate 239-896-6789
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Light Tackle Sport Fishing
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REMODELING, RENOVATION & REPAIR
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(239) 472-0828 or (239) 458-0828
Over 25 years Professional Experience
State Certified and Insured
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QUALITY WITHOUT QUESTION
INTERIOR & EXTERIOR
DECORATIVE FAUX PAINTING
"Since 1986 Ron is still on the job
satisfying his Sanibel and Captiva customers.
Visit our gallery of pictures at
Complimentary Estimates Insured
License #PT 000286 Sanibel #02-07916
Marianne Ravenna 7
Landscape Design .
588 Boulder Drive Sanibel Island, FL 33957
CUSTOM RESIDENTIAL RENOVATIONS
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HELP WAN IED HELP WANTED SERVICES OFFERED- COMMERCIAL SPACE- VACATION RE-NAL
We are currently seeking applicants
for several volunteer 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-sensitie training is invoked in all of our patient-care. We do
ask our volunteers to make a service commitment of 3 consecutive
months per year with a minimum of 3-5 hours per week
SR 9/5 N TFN
BEACH HOUSE SWIMWEAR on
Sanibel and Captiva now hiring.
Energetic and interested in
learning how to sell swimwear?
or call Kim @ Sanibel 472-2676
or Peggy @ Captiva 395-5383.
SR 12/11 BTFN
for downtown Fort Myers restaraunt. Must
have experience and transportation. Above
salary plus tips. Must be available Wed.
through Sat. nights.
RS 2/5 N 2/12
for downtown Fort Myers restaraunt.
Must have experience, transportation
and speak English. Split shifts.
RS 2/5 N 2/12
SANIBEL SCOOP NOW HIRING
Part time positions available.
Apply in person at
2411 Periwinkle Way
or call 472-9866.
Ask for Brittany
RS 2/5 M 2/12
The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum is
looking for a part-time (3 days/week 4-5
hours/day) Facilities Supervisor with dem-
onstrated experience and skills for routine
maintenance, minor repairs, and paint-
ing. The Museum is an Equal Opportunity
Employer and complies with the regula-
tions of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Contact Dr. Jos6 H. Leal at 239-395-2233
or email at email@example.com.
SR 2/12 B 2/12
GIFT SHOP PT/FT
Sales Experience. Great hours
with rotating shifts. Starts March 1.
Olde Sanibel Shops.
Call Jane for interview. 395-5300
SR 2/12 A 2/12
Full and part-time Sanibel retail sales.
Call Anne 770-8247.
SR 2/12 R2/12
(Carpentry, maintenance toilets faucets, ceiling fans, sliding doors, etc
768-0569 or cell 464-6460
B & B CONDO PROS
Property Management & Care.
Home Watch Pool Service
Sanibel-Captiva Care and Companion Service,
LLC Medical appointments, general transportation,
shopping, light meal preparations, and light
cleaning. Our services are customized to meet
ur clients needs. Call 239-395-3591, or
for an emergency call 239-472-0556.
SR 10/3 BTFN
NEED COMPUTER HELP?
Sanibel Resident. 20 Years pc
Experience. Pc Troubleshooting, Data
Backup & Restoration, Networks, Virus
Detection & Removal. Free Initial
Consultation. Call Fred 472-3873
Computer repair, setup, file recovery & troubleshoot-
ing for home or office. 15 year Island resident.
Guaranteed work & low rates. Call Justin at
677-0226 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
SR 1/11 VTFN
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 VTFN
PERSONAL HOME CARE
Assist with transportation, meals,cleaning,
home/car maintenance. Excellent organiza-
tional skills. Island Resident.
Call Lisa 239-472-8875
RS 10/23 BTFN
HELLE'S CLEANING SERVICES
Residential Cleaning to Satisfaction
Sanibel & Captiva 239-565-0471
Sanibel Lic. #11412 Lee Co. Lic. #051047
SR 11/13 BTFN
Interior Windows Carpet Cleaning
SR 11/13 NTFN
CONSULT THE EXPERTS for all your
hurricane protection needs from shutters to
windows & doors. Professional Window &
Doors Consultant (CGG 1506332).
Tel Diane on 239-826-8969
RS 2/5 A 2/26
Trouble shooting your computer.
Both Hardware and Software.
Services in many languages -
English, Scandinavian, German and even
Polish. Repairing PC & MAC/Apple.
When was the last time you did a backup?
Contact Thomas Figura 239-297-9746
RS 2/12 V 212
TURN KEY OFFICE SPACE
Central location -1630 Periwinkle Way.Furnished
office including a Reception area and kitchen acil-
ity. Recently designer decorated. Suite B-1072.6
sq.ft. @$15 per sq.ft. Plus CAM.
Call 239-985-0033 or 940-7823.
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
SR 12/14 BTFN
OFFICE SPACES FOR LEASE
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 :': 1 I. 1:.:.
SR 8/7B TFN
RETAIL SPACE FOR RENT
Retail space available on Periwinkle Way.
Frontage 2,100 sq. ft.
RS 8/14 BTFN
OFFICE SPACE FOR LEASE
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
PRIME COMMERCIAL/OFFICE SPACE
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
RETAIL OR OFFICE SPACE
East End of Sanibel
Call 239-472-0121 or 239-410-2553
SR 12/11 PTFN
PRIME PERIWINKLE FRONTAGEi 1,000 sq ft
perfect for retail, office, other Hardwood floors -
beautiful! Ample parking, no cam fees!
RS 7/31 ATFN
EAST END COTTAGE
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
SR 1/9 BTFN
SANIBEL ARMS 2/2
First floor condo, completely redone -
November 2005. TVs/DVDs, internet, pool/
clubhouse. Just a few steps to beach.
Call owners: 401-253-2511
S 1/26 M 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.
SR 3/7 V TFN
Of Sanibel & Captiva
Million $ Views Await You!
Cottages Condos Homes
Miles of Beaches & Bike Paths
S 10/ BTFN
NEAR BEACH PRIVATE HOME
3 BEDROOM, 2 BATH
bedroom, 2bath Home with heated pool,
in quiet Sanibel neighborhood. Seasonal
and monthly rentals. 239-472-0692 or
SR 12/25 P 10/1
Walk to beach Near causeway
2-1 completely remodeled.
Deck, new kitchen, bath and tile.
Feb-$3,500, March-$3,700, April-$3,000
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We guarantee success or your money back.
Call Tom & Lee Ann today at
Vacation Rentals On-Line: 239-244-1638
RS 2/12 A 4/30
TOWNHOUSE ON CAPE COD BAY
Country Club Townhouse on Cape Cod
Bay in Plymouth, MA. 2 miles from Cape
Bridges. Golf, tennis, pool, restaurant,
sandy beach. 2BR, 2BA. Available July &
Sept. $6,000/Mo. Call Agent 508-561-1666
RS 2/5 V 2/26
Lovely 3BD/2BA ground level pool home
on Dunes golf course now available, March
and April. Pet friendly. Discounted rate
under $4,000. Call now, 1-877-307-7467
or email email@example.com.
SR 2/12 V 2/19
Single wide unit number 30
in Adult Periwinkle Park on Sanibel
Island. One bedroom one bath with
central air. Located on quiet street with
great view overlooking the pond.
Has a large finished lanai including
washer and dryer. All in great condition.
Willing to pay monthly lease fees
for first six months.
Asking price 87,900.
For more information
SR 1/29 M TFN
While you are away by
retired architect, Sanibel resident.
SR 9/30 DTFN
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RS 11/27 N TFN
SALLY'S TOP PICKS
BLIND PASS. 2/2 POOLSIDE. GORGEOUS
UPDATED KITCHEN & BATHS $525,000
* SUNDIAL RESORT 2/2 BEACH VIEW.
GREAT RENTAL INCOME. $644,000
CAPTIVA BEACH FRONT HOME. 2/2 +
LOFT. SUNSETS INCLUDED! $2,450,000
* 15112 SANDPIPER COURT. BEST DEAL
ON CAPTIVA!! REDUCED TO $849,000.
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SR 2/12 B 3/26
VIP Executive Club
Multi-Million Dollar Producer
WELCOME TO PARADISE...
3BR/2BA Dunes duplex
Great golf course views
Beautiful wood floors
SR 8/6 N TFN
Catch the Spirit
of the Islands!
Private Lanai and Pool
DIRECT GULF FRONT
2/2, Loft, Updated Kitchen
2 BR/1.5 BA
3 Units Occupied
Cell: 850.0333 IIl
SR 2/12 B2/12
Bay to Sea is FREE!
Captiva & Sanibel Vacation Rentals
Rent directly from more than
300 property owners!
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SR 2/12 BTFN
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Let us share
over 30 years
of Island Living
Homes Condos Land
Time Shares as low as $6,000
The Sanibel Cottages
Casa Ybel Resort
Tortuga Beach Club
Work with a
AICP Land Planner/Realtor/Owner
It's our job to know the
property you are about
to buy or sell better
SR 12/11 BTFN
Pfeifer Realty Group
Sanibel Island, FL
CONDO FOR SALE
Two bed/two bath unfurnished ground
floor condo, close to Sanibel and
Fort Myers Beach, $95,000.
SR 10/9 NTFN
CAPTIVA PLANTATION BEACH CLUB at SSIR.
Lovely fully equipped 2BR 2BA units (3) available on
the beach 5/21 to 5/28. Call 901-604-6224.
REAL ESTATE WANTED
WANTED: SHELL HARBOUR HOME
Single level, sea wall,
under one million
SR 1/15 V 3/6
REAL ESTATE DISTANT
MOUNTAIN REAL ESTATE
Search all listings maps and tours.
Highlands Cashiers Lake Toxaway
Lake Glenville Sapphire Valley
SR 4/24 BTFN
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.
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
ANNUAL OR SEASONAL RENTAL
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 M TFN
GULF HARBOUR 2BR/2BA
Lovely furnished condo on golf course w/lake
views. Carport, storage, pool in complex,
cable, large TV. Fully furnished, flexible lease
term, available in Mar/Apr time period. No
Pets, reasonable rent. 630-696-0003
RS 2/12 V 2/19
OPEN HOUSE AT SUNSET SOUTH
OPEN SUNDAY 2/14 1PM-4PM
Top Floor with Elevator
Enclosed lanai wi sunset views over
river to- I I .. '-ver
1400 Sq. Fr -- i ..... both
bdrms. Remodeled interior- private
1340 Middle Gulf Dr #8D.
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John RWood Island Real Estate
"Seling the slandfor over28years as a Top Producer"
SR 2112 B 2112
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Call Dustyn, RE/MAX of the Islands
RS 10/9 BTFN
EAST END 2BR/2BA
1/2 of duplex. Walk to beach.
Fully remodeled. Kitchen/Bath/Tile
$1,095 per month
RS 1/29 V TFN
Two bed/ two bath unfurnished ground
floor condo off Kelly Road. Close to Sanibel
and Fort Myers Beach. Annual lease
$875/mo. Six month lease also avail.
Pets under 25 lbs. OK. Call 851-3506.
SR 1/29 N TFN
LOVELY SANIBEL CANAL HOME
Watershadows, direct gulf access, new
dock, 3-bd/2-bath, walk to Bay.
Available May 1. $2,195/month.
firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-356-5646
RS 2/5V 2/19
LEASE OR LEASE/
PURCHASE ON SANIBEL
Three bedroom, two bath piling home
with a convenient east end location.
Very low utility costs, two car enclosed
garage, bright and airy with vaulted
ceilings, unfurnished and immediate
occupancy. Asking $1,850
plus utilities for an annual lease.
Lease purchase terms are negotiable.
Call Charles Sobczak, Realtor
with VIP Realty, at 239-850-0710.
SR 2/12 BTFN
Centrally located 2-bed, 1-bath cottage.
Washer & Dryer, unfurnished.
SMALL ELEVATED 3-BED/2-bath, no pets. Unfur-
nished. 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
SR 12/25 BTFN
CUSTOM HOME, PRIVATE, river view, guest loft with
sun porch, pool, tennis, beach. No smoking or pets.
Available monthly beginning April. 405-210-2341 or
SR 1/8 MTFN
Join other "news junkies" every Monday,
10 a.m. to noon, Phillips Gallery, BIG
ARTS, to discuss current events. Donation
$3. Refreshments during break. Tell your
friends. For more information call 395-0900.
S 4/28 N TFN
BOATS CANOES KAYAKS
Hourly, Daily, Weekly
Captiva Island 472-5800
SR 1/30 BTFN
BOAT STORAGE FOR RENT
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 Chad 239-222-4848
Call Phil 239-395-0407
MISC. FOR SALE
JVC I'Art 32" TV
Silver case, good looking, good working
order, w/remote and manual. $150
472-6837 (leave msg)
SR 11/20 NTFN
SONY TRINITRON TV
36" in 7' cabinet, extra speakers
VHS & DISC Players
2 brand new table lamps -
crystal with white shade $50
Gray office chair $15
RS 2/5 N TFN
SCHWINN AIRDYNE UPRIGHT EXERCISE Bike.
Heart Rate Monitor, Time, Distance, Calories. $300.
SR 1/8 NTFN
ISLAND ESTATE SALES
Unique Old High End Silver, Jewelry, Art,
Coins, Wicker, More. Pick-Up & Donations
can benefit local charities. BOGO
1/2 off Sale. Wall Art & Beachy Items.
2431 Periwinkle, www.SanibelAuction.com
Household/Clothing, Dept 56 Xmas Decor,
12' tree, silk flowers & much more!
February 18 to 20, 7 am to 4 pm
3705 West Gulf Drive, Sanibel
RS 2/12 V 2/19
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YARD SALES AT
THE SANIBEL SCHOOL
The Sanibel School middle schoolers will
be having two yard sales again this year
to raise money for upcoming field trips.
The next yard sale is February 27 from 8
a.m. to noon in the school pavilion. These
events are open to the public. All middle
school families are invited to participate.
Each family is responsible for their own
set-up, clean-up and money collection. Call
Sandy Messinger at 395-9207
for more information.
The Sanibel School is located at
3830 Sanibel-Captiva Road.
SR 1/29 N 2/26
COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE
Coconut Creek Development off
McGregor near Kelly Road, Fort Myers.
Furniture, tools, fishing, misc.
Saturday, February 13 at 8 a.m.
RS 2/12 M 2/12
FICT I VICIOUS NAME
I, SAMUEL OREJOBI of Orejobi & Orejobi Investment
Inc., am going to register a ficticious name for "Quick
RS 12/12V 12/12
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p Join us for the
of our original Sanibel location and the
new Congress Jewelers Rolex boutique.
Participate in a silent auction to benefit
Sanibel Captiva Cares
Come in and meet some of the world's
most renowned jewelry designers
Friday & Saturday, February 19th & 20th
Periwinkle Place Shops
Sanibel Island 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Draw for Congress Cash worth $25 to $1,000
No minimum purchase required
Entertainment, champagne and light hours d'oeuvres
Back on Sanibel Island
under family ownership.
Periwinkle Place Shops 472-4177
2075 Periwinkle Way, #35