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VOL. 9, No. 12 From the Beaches to the River District downtown Fort Myers MARCH 26,2010
Gl Soul, Rhythm And Blues At Alliance
Southwest Florida college design students
Art Center And College Students
Partner For Race 2 The Finish Gala
group of Southwest Florida college students helped design the official pro- is .
Ai.c gram booklet of the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center (SBDAC) spring gala,
Race 2 the Finish. The March 27 event will raise funds to complete the
remaining $2 million renovations on its downtown historic building headquarters. Former band member, the late Bruce Gora (right) and Larry Hobbs performing live
Gala programs play a crucial role in advertising and sponsor appreciation notes.
This year's booklet was designed by Southwest Florida College students in Shell
Redfern's publication design class. Redfern, adjunct professor at the college, is creative mention the words "soul, rhythm and blues" in the same sentence and
director of the marketing group Get Groovy, which works closely with SBDAC. this community knows who you mean. The Juice, a band composed of
This is a terrific opportunity for the students to learn first-hand what it's like in the c Southwest Florida's most experienced and talented musicians, is performing
real world. From deadlines to working with budgets to last minute changes, this is the on Sunday, March 28 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Alliance for the Arts Amphitheater.
real deal. The experience gained from this project cannot be taught in a classroom," The Juice will be the first to perform in the Bruce Gora Concert Series, created
said Redfern. in memory of long time Alliance board member and community arts advocate Bruce
The partnership benefits both sides, said Jim Griffith, executive director and CEO Gora. The series is in partnership with the Urgent Care Center of SW Florida.
of SBDAC. "It's been a wonderful experience for all involved. The students have great Dr. Larry Hobbs, managing partner of the Urgent Care Center, was one of Gora's
ideas and contributed a lot to our event, both inside and outside of the program they closest friends. They played together in The Juice and Gora designed the Urgent
designed," he said. The students will also volunteer at the gala. continued on page 18
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Spring Egg Hunt In The Park Young Artists Awards Gala
Spring egg scramble
Patricia Bell of Century Link, category winners Haely Jardas, Jaimie Bocco, Nathaniel
he City of Fort Myers Recreation Division, Fort Myers Metro-McGregor Cornell, Deidre Rogan, and Anne Douglas of the Southwest Florida Community
Kiwanis Club and Lee County YMCA invite all children up to six years old Foundation
to join in for the Spring Egg Hunt on Sunday, March 28 at Centennial Park.
Four thousand eggs will cover Centennial Park and a special visit from E. Bunny is n Sunday, March 14, the Young Artists Awards gala was held at the
expected. Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre before a packed house. There were 22 indi-
Children will be divided into age groups and the egg hunt begins promptly at 10 0 vidual performers in voice, music, drama, and dance, as well as two group
a.m. Children must be able to walk on their own; parents will not be able to assist performances. Twenty thousand dollars in savings bond scholarships, as well as other
them. prizes were awarded. A silent auction benefited the Pediatric Hematology/
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Historic Downtown Fort
Myers, Then And Now:
Duplex On Jackson Street
by Gerri Reaves
F or much of Fort Myers history, pri-
Svate residences dominated the land-
1 scape on Jackson Street.
However, take a stroll down Jackson
Street today, and you'll not find a
: single private residence between the
Caloosahatchee River and Union Street.
The duplex shown in this mid-1950s
photo once existed on the large parcel
at the northeast corner of Jackson and
Anderson Avenue (now Martin Luther
King, Jr. Boulevard).
The two-story frame duplex featured pine floors, fireplaces,
and screened-in porches.
When it was built in the early 1920s, Jackson Street Today, the American L
between Main and Anderson Avenue was entirely residential.
Among the resident families were early Fort Myers names, such as Pavese and Kinzie.
By the end of that boom-time decade, however, Jackson would start to change, as
apartment buildings began to replace boarding houses and furnished rooms as rental
accommodations. Not only was there a flurry of apartment construction in town, but
many old large family homes were divided into rental apartments, a trend that contin-
ued for decades.
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Australian pines and coconut palms shaded this frame duplex on the corner of Jackson Stre
MLK, Jr. Boulevard) in the mid-1950s courtesy of the Sou
region Post 38 is located on the site where a 1920s duplex once stood photo by Gerri Reaves
Legion Post 38 is located on the site where a 1920s duplex once stood photo by Gerri Reaves
Among the big changes on those two blocks on Jackson Street during the 1920s
was the construction of the Hotel Seminole (later renamed the St. Charles Hotel), the
Como Apartments, and the Presto Service Station.
When this historic photo was taken, the duplex was owned by Mrs. Andrew L.
Kinzie, who lived farther north on the block. Her husband had been one of the found-
ers of the famous Kinzie Brothers Steamer Line in 1904.
The Charles C. Hardins were long-time residents
of the duplex.
The building was demolished in the mid-1960s,
and in 1973, the existing building was constructed
for Gulf Title & Abstract, Inc. It remained a title com-
pany, with several name changes, until 1990.
In 1997, American Legion Post 38 purchased
the structure and moved from its riverside location of
50 years on East First Street, the 1925 Elks Lodge,
which was demolished several years ago.
Today, Post 38 stands guard on a busy corner
where a tree-shaded duplex once stood.
Walk down to the intersection of Jackson and
MLK, Jr. Boulevard and ponder the transformation of
residential streets into modern commercial zones.
Then cross the street to explore the Southwest
SFlorida Museum of History at 2031 Jackson Street,
where you can learn more about the historic street.
-. 1 Don't miss the current exhibit, Tutankhamun:
Wonderful Things from the Pharaoh's Tomb.
For information, call 321-7430 or go to swflmu-
seumofhistory.com. The museum's hours are 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5
p.m. on Sunday.
When researching local history or doing genea-
logical research, be sure to check out the Southwest
Florida Historical Society at 10091 McGregor
SBoulevard. Call 939-4044 or drop by on Wednesday
-. or Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon.
Sources: The archives of the Southwest Florida
et and Anderson Avenue (now Historical Society and The Story of Fort Myers by
thwest Florida Historical Society Karl H. Grismer.0
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From page 1 ages eight to 21 which provides
professional feedback, exposure,
Youngy Artists and performance opportunities for
A a rd s Ga la talented young people in the com-
Ho hrds ota ni unity.
Category winners included:
Haely Jardas Drama and
Theatre; Jamie Bocco Classical
Voice; Nathaniel Cornell -
Instrumental Music; Deidre Rogan
Ai Dance; Nathaniel was named the
Overall Event Winner for his per-
formance of Mendelssohn's Violin
Concerto in E Minor by the 20
judges in attendance.O
Host Lois Thome of WINK TV with Nathaniel
Cornell, overall event winner
Oncology program at The Children's
Hospital of Southwest Florida. The Young
Artists Awards, moving into its eighth
year, is a not-for-profit performing arts *
education, audition, performance, and p
scholarship program for area students
Night & Auction
C anterbury School will hold an ..
Aloha Night & Auction at the
Hyatt Regency Coconut Point w
Resort & Spa from 7 p.m. until mid-
night on Saturday, March 27.
It will feature live and silent auctions,
a buffet dinner, fire dancers and a live
band. Proceeds will benefit Canterbury
School's financial aid program. Last year,
the school gave more than $1.2 million
in financial aid to about 20 percent of the
Would you like to treat five of your
friends to dinner on a private 82-foot
yacht? Does a seven-night stay in a
Breckenridge townhome or a one-week
stay in a Park City, Utah, home sound
good to you? There is the New York
Mets vacation package for those who
love baseball (airfare for two, game tick-
ets, two nights in a New York City hotel
and a Mets team goody bag). A Rose
Bowl package and a personal behind-the-
scenes tour of the NBC-2 Evening News
Live with Anchor Kellie Burns complete
the live auction items.
Silent auction items include vacation
get-aways, clothing and accessories, art RESERVATI
and photography, jewelry, children's
items, school and household items, wine & DIRECTI,
and dine, health and beauty, entertain-
ment and sports packages. 239 482 -(
Tickets are $125 and may be pur-
chased at www.canterburyfortmyers.org/ EXT. 1
aloha. For more information, call the
school at 481-4323.
Bidders at the silent auction at the Young Artists Awards gala
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Jennifer L Basey
1952-2 Park Meadows Dr
Ft Myers, FL 33907
To learn about the benefits of an
Edward Jones IRA, call or visit today.
The Democratic Women's Club
will hold its monthly meeting on
Saturday, April 10 at the Royal
Palm Yacht Club, 2360 West First
Street, Fort Myers. Professor Genelle
Grant, PhD, formerly of Florida Gulf
Coast University's Florida Migrant
Interstate Program, will be the speaker.
She is a professor at both FGCU and
Edison State College and is a member
of the Lee County Sheriff's Human
Trafficking Task Force
The luncheon meeting is from 10:30
a.m. to 1 p.m. The luncheon price is
$18. Guests are welcome.
To make a reservation call 466-8381.
More information about the DWC is
available at www.dwc-lee.com.0
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Spring Egg Hunt
There will be a drawing for special
prizes. Children should bring their own
basket to collect the eggs. Prior to the
egg hunt there will be face painting, con-
cessions and free giveaways. There is no
registration or fee required. Plan to bring
the kids for a great Fort Myers tradition.
Centennial Park is located in
downtown Fort Myers along the
Caloosahatchee River. For more infor-
mation call the City of Fort Myers
Recreation Division at 321-7530.0
For Fitness Fun
Grab your friends, family members
or co-workers and Get Moving...
For the Health of It!, a commu-
nity day of fitness on Saturday, April 10
at Centennial Park. From aerobics to
zumba, you'll find plenty to help you get
moving. Registration begins at 9 a.m.
Try the Family Fitness Zone, Baby
Boot Camp or follow marked routes to
run, walk, bike, or rollerblade through
Centennial Park. Shop the Farmers
Market on the Caloosahatchee River, visit
health care information booths and regis-
ter for door prizes.
Trophies will be awarded for Best
Team T-shirt and Team with the Most
Centennial Park is in downtown Fort
Myers along the Caloosahatchee River.
For more information call the Fort Myers
Recreation Division at 321-7530.0
Off At Lakes Park
Organize your bike group, running
partners and neighborhood -- or
just come solo to Lakes Park
on Sunday, March 28, to provide input
to Lee County's bike/ped master plan-
ners working on the countywide bike/
ped master plan. The event is organized
by BikeWalkLee, which will hand out
maps to mark-up and other materials.
There will also be short bike skills
clinics for adults and children at no cost -
good for riders of all skill sets and focused
on safety. Bring your own bike and hel-
met (it's required for any on-bike activi-
ties), and drop-in anytime between 10
a.m. and 2 p.m. at Shelter B-2 (straight
ahead from the main park entrance).
The Lee Metropolitan Planning
Organization (MPO) took the initiative in
September 2008 to request the devel-
opment of a countywide bicycle pedes-
trian master plan. After development of
the scope of work by the MPO, RWA
Consulting of Fort Myers was selected to
develop a plan by December.
The purpose of the plan is to:
Effectively integrate bicycle and
pedestrian travel on the county's trans-
Create a more livable environment.
Allow for viable mobility choices for
commuting as well as for recreational
Seeks to improve bike/ped access to
major trip attractions.0
Go to: IslandSunNews.com
For up-to-date information
on the local beaches
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Along The River
The award winning Thomas
Edison Black Maria Film
Festival will be back for a fourth
season in Southwest Florida since the
festival began its national tour in 1981.
Festival board of directors member and
filmmaker, Clayton Hemmert, will intro-
duce the films and facilitate discussion
afterwards. There will be more than 30
films shown between three sites:
March 26, 7:30 p.m. Edison & Ford
Winter Estates (rain date is March 28)
March 27, 7:30 p.m. Edison State
College, Fort Myers
March 29, 7:30 p.m. BIG ARTS,
Tickets may be purchased in advance
at the the Edison and Ford Winter
Estates, 2350 McGregor Boulevard,
Fort Myers and BIG ARTS, 900 Dunlop
Road, Sanibel Island. The cost is $7
per evening for adults, $5 for students.
Tickets for all three nights can be pur-
chased at a discounted rate of $15.
Estates members are admitted free
on March 26 and Edison State College
students are admitted free on March 27.
Seating is limited.
For more information call 334-7419
or visit the following websites: Edison &
Ford Winter Estates at www.efwefla.org,
Edison State College at www.edison.edu,
BIG ARTS at www.bigarts.org and the
Black Maria Film Festival at www.black-
Easter is just around the corner and
The Sandy Butler Gourmet Market
and Restaurant gives patrons many
options to celebrate the holiday.
The market offers gourmet delights
ranging from gift baskets to traditional
Easter fare. Choose from imported
meats, cheeses, chocolates, wines and
locally grown produce.
On April 4, the restaurant is serving a
four-course Easter brunch from 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m. followed by a gourmet Easter
dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. Reservations are
The Sandy Butler Restaurant is located
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The Sandy Butler Gourmet Market and The Alliance for the Arts Green Market is open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Restaurant is stocked up for Easter
at 17650 San Carlos Boulevard, Fort
Myers. For reservations, call 482-6765
Reduce your carbon footprint and sup-
port locally growers at Alliance for the
Art's Green Market. There is nothing
like just-harvested vegetables, local honey,
wholesome baked goods, homemade
yogurt and fresh eggs that weren't pro-
duced in a faraway location. You can
even learn to start your own backyard
garden with native plants and vegetables
without the use of pesticides.
Please visit our River Weekly News
online advertisers at
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Web sites for more information
about real estate, shopping,
restaurants and services.
Just click on the logos surrounding
the front page.
Art On The
An art show & sale is planned for
Sunday, March 28 from noon
to 4 p.m. by the Fort Myers
Beach Art Association and sponsored
by Century 21 TriPower Realty. The
event will be at 2001 Estero Boulevard,
(across from the DiamondHead Hotel).
Meet 12 local artists who will be exhibit-
ing and selling original art work.0
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news with us.
The market is open Saturdays from 9
a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call
939-2787 or go to www.artinlee.org.
If you are in the mood for shopping,
Miromar Outlets offers one of the best
selections in Southwest Florida. Voted
Best Factory Outlet Shoping Center for
11 straight years, it has over 140 top
designer and brand name outlets with
covered walkways and restaurants. Every
Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the
center has free arts and crafts for children
in a safe, covered play area.
Miromar Outlets is open Monday
through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It
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Boys & Girls Club
Rep Speaks At
submitted by Vicki Luster
C hris Morant of the Boys & Girls
Club of Lee County starts each
day by interacting with the chil-
dren in his program by asking, "How
was your day?" Then he asks, "What
positive thing happened to you today?"
He spoke at our Kiwanis Luncheon
on Tuesday March 16 about some of the
great things the Boys & Girls Club does
for the children in our community.
Boys & Girls Club programs provide
young people one-on-one relationships
with caring adult professionals and fun,
age-appropriate activities. These pro-
grams instill a sense of belonging, useful-
ness, influence and competence. These
attributes are the framework for youth
development programs. They provide
young people the knowledge, skills and
confidence to pursue their dreams and
succeed in life.
Character and Leadership
Development empowers youth to support
and influence their club and community,
sustain meaningful relationships with
pothers, develop a positive self-image and
good character, participate in the demo-
cratic process, and respect their own and
Education and Career Development
enables youth to become proficient in
educational disciplines, set goals, explore
careers, prepare for employment and
Kiwanis President Matt Ponzio, left, with Chris Morant of the Boys and Girls Club
embrace technology to achieve success in
Health and Life Skills develop young
people's capacity to engage in positive
behaviors that nurture their own well-
being, set personal goals and live success-
fully as self-sufficient, healthy adults.
The Arts enable them to develop their
creativity and cultural awareness through
knowledge and appreciation of visual arts,
crafts, performing arts and creative writ-
At the recent Sam Galloway Jr.
& Friends seventh annual Soup
Kitchen Benefit, Community
Cooperative Ministries, Inc. (CCMI)
launched its Do Something Twenty Ten
"With so many options available to
help our neighbors and community in
need, doing nothing is not an option,"
said Sarah Owen, CEO of CCMI. "Do
Something is our campaign to encourage
everyone, young and old to take owner-
ship in helping our community. Doing
anything is better than doing nothing."
CCMI is the umbrella agency for the
Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry, Meals
on Wheels, Senior Transportation, the
Montessori Preschool of Dunbar and
Social and Homeless Services.
During the Galloway event, volun-
teers wore "Do Something" T-shirts and
aprons with the campaign logo displayed.
Banners hanging throughout the dealer-
ship showed photographs and quotes
from individuals and companies who
have already done something in the com-
munity. A video was shown to attendees
illustrating a variety of ways people are
already helping and encouraging oth-
ers to do so. The banners and video
featured Wayne and Mavis Miller, the
Junior League, Architecture, Inc., Carter
Outdoor, Norman Love Confections,
ABC7 anchor Len Jennings, Harry and
Sandy Silverglide, FGCU's Women's Golf
Sports, Fitness and Recreation develop
fitness, positive use of leisure time, skill
for stress management, appreciation for
the environment and social skills.
To learn more go to www.bgclc.net.
Gateway to the Islands Kiwanis Club
meets every Tuesday for an 11:45 a.m.
lunch at the Crown Colony Golf and
Country Club; guests are always wel-
come. For details on joining the club
call Viki or Terry Luster at 415-3100.4
team, Saks Fifth Avenue, The News-
At the conclusion of the event, stickers
with "I did something for CCMI" were
handed out to all who committed to do
something over the next year.
"To think today in our community
people are going to bed hungry; it's unac-
ceptable," said Norman Love, owner of
Norman Love Confections and a CCMI
contributor. "When Mary and I opened
our business in 2001, we made a com-
mitment to give back to our community
and we want to give so much back each
and every day. Feeding the hungry in Lee
County is one of our goals."
"When the Junior League found out
there were kids going hungry on the
weekends last year, we were shocked
and made a commitment to become
involved," said Julie Adams, Junior
League member. "We're very happy to
be a part of something that is making a
little bit of difference in our community."
Junior League members stuff back-
packs with nutritious snacks and food
each Thursday at Heights Elementary in
order for the packs to be send home with
children each Friday during the school
Owen points out the campaign is not
just aimed at securing monetary dona-
"Yes, money definitely helps a lot, but
not everyone can afford to give money
right now," she said. "People have found
creative ways to help, from companies
donating billboard space, architects giving
us pro bono services to help transform
our Soup Kitchen into an Everyday Cafe
Food And Wine
At Twilight Time
he fourth annual It's Twilight Time
event to benefit the Boys and Girls
Clubs of Lee County, will take
place on Sunday March 28 from 6 to 9
p.m. The event will once again be held
on First Street, between Hendry and
Lee, in the Fort Myers River District,
Downtown. As at last year's event, the
Sydney and Berne Davis Art Center will
be the sponsor/VIP venue.
The event is an extravaganza, cel-
ebrating great food and fine wines from
around the world-as well as specialty
cocktails, desserts, and chocolates from
Norman Love. For a donation of $100 a
couple, or $60 per person attendees can
sample as much food, and taste as many
wines as they would like. Beer, soft drinks
and water will also be available.
Approximately 30 of the area's finest
restaurants will be participating- many of
which have been supporting the event
since its inception four years ago. A num-
ber of new restaurants will also be sup-
porting the event for the first time.
In the general admission area Clint
Wiley's Non Other Band will entertain the
guests. Danny Morgan will provide the
sponsor area entertainment.
For sponsorship opportunities
or to purchase tickets visit www.
ItsTwilightTime.com or call Greg Brock at
and Marketplace and even professionals
mentoring our Montessori preschoolers.
According to Owen, a growing num-
ber of those in need are the "new hun-
gry" individuals and families who have
never had to ask for help before. They
are former business owners, schoolteach-
ers, volunteers and former donors to the
organizations that they are now going to
CCMI is refocusing its hunger-fighting
efforts towards implementing a sustain-
able customer choice-centered model
for long-term hunger elimination. This
reexamination of the traditional soup
kitchen setting is aimed at changing both
the mind set of those who serve and
those being served, as well as the physi-
cal spaces and delivery model created for
the distribution of food. This concept has
been adapted in other parts of the coun-
try including Colorado and Ohio with
CCMI's Everyday Cafe concept will
make food more easily available to every-
one in the community who is hungry.
The market model will also decrease the
stigma associated with standing in line for
a hot meal or groceries and reduce sig-
nificant waste in the pre-selected grocery
"We can and did make a difference,"
said Sam Galloway, Jr. "When hunger
affects our community it impacts every
one of us in some way and if every one
of us do a small part to impact change,
change will happen."
For more information about the cam-
paign visit http://www.ccmileecounty.
United Way Surpasses Goal
The United Way of Lee, Hendry, and Glades has exceeded its 2010 campaign
goal and raised $8,022,330. The campaign had been scheduled to conclude
on February 28; however, it was $155,000 short of the goal and was extend-
ed to Friday March 12. A vigorous last push effort by volunteers resulted in the goal
Joe Catti, President of FineMark National Bank and Trust and Campaign Chair
announcedit is the 17th consecutive year that goal has been obtained or exceeded.
At the goal announcement Catti said, "Our community has done it again! In the
toughest economy that we have faced in many years, the generosity of our friends and
neighbors prevailed, and we raised $8,022,330. That is nothing short of extraordi-
"What is more important ... is that the 72 United Way partner agencies will receive
their full allocation of funds. The needs in our community have increased significantly,
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and at the same time, many agencies have experienced reduced funding from both
government and private sources. United Way Partner Agencies' 160 programs will be
fully funded and the needs will be met," Catti continued.
In addition to all of the very generous individuals and agencies that contributed, the
top 15 local contributing companies, organizations, and communities are as follows:
Publix Super Markets $1,133,777;
*Bonita Bay Community $837,778;
Bonita Bay Group $352,036;
Sanibel/Captiva Community $231,908;
Lee County School District $222,840;
The Brooks Community $205,508;
Fiddlesticks Community $189,394;
Mediterra Community $188,922;
FineMark National Bank and Trust $135,000;
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March 26th & 27th
THE COMMUNITY HOUSE
2173 Periwinkle Way
9am 5pm each day
A Donation of $4.00 is good for both days.
(children under 12 free)
Harry & The Dixie Strollers
AWESOME RAFFLE PRIZES!
Be sure to get your raffle tickets and you could be the
winner of a beautiful Marya Dabrowski piece from
Lily & Co. Jewelry Gallery.There are many valuable prizes
being auctioned off including gift certificates.
Tickets are available for $2 each, or $5 for three tickets.
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Indian Creek Donates Scholarship
Angie Gimpietro; Nancy Wallace; Bill McCormick, director, High Tech Central; Bob
Gimpietro; Al Peterson, chairman, Indian Creek Resort Community; Martha McLean; Jim
Hogan; lan Stewart; Anna Hebert; and Betsy Miller
The Indian Creek Resort community at For Myers Beach presented its annual
scholarship check to the Lee County High Tech Central General Scholarship
Fund. The ceremony was held at the school, on March 18. The funds will be
used to assist in the paying of tuition and fees for students enrolled at the career
training school, many of whom would not be able to attend school without this sup-
For over 25 years, hundreds of students have benefited from the generosity of the
residents of Indian Creek Resort. Residents recycle newspapers and aluminum cans,
sell entertainment books and hold fundraising events to raise the money for the schol-
arships. High Tech Central's partnership with the Indian Creek community has been
invaluable and is an example of the partnership which exists between Lee County resi-
dents and area public education.
Students at High Tech Central may enroll in any of over 28 different career pro-
grams including Electronic Technology, Web Design, Administrative Assistant, Massage
Therapy, Carpentry, Automotive Service Technology, and Practical Nursing. Call 334-
4544 for more information about the training offered at High Tech Central.4
NEW OFFICE LOCATION
O13981 McGregor Blvd, Suite 103
Fort Myers, Florida 33919
(1.5 miles north of former office location)
DR. AULINO'S STAFF:
Amy Hunter, CDA
Barbara Whitbred, RDH
Registered Dental Hygienist
JROTC students during last year's food drive
Junior ROTC To
Spring Food Drive
L ee County's 13 Junior Reserve
Officer Training Corps (JROTC)
programs will hold a month
long food drive to benefit Community
Cooperative Ministries, Inc. (CCMI) from
April 12 to May 14.
CCMI is the umbrella agency for the
Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry, Meals
on Wheels, Senior Transportation, the
Montessori Preschool of Dunbar and
Social and Homeless Services.
Last year, the JROTC collected over
10,000 pounds for the Soup Kitchen
during the drive.
According to Lee County JROTC
Director of Army Instruction, Lieutenant
Colonel Thomas Madigan, the goal of
this year's drive is to once again collect as
many items as possible during the month
long time period.
"Helping one's community is at the
core of the JROTC's Mission," said
he Lee County Genealogical
Society, Inc. is hosting a half-day
seminar on Saturday, April 10
with Genealogist, Lecturer and Librarian
Pamela J. Cooper. The seminar is titled
Census Census Census. Cooper,
who is thesupervisor of the Archive
Center and Genealogy Department of
the Indian River County Public Library
in Vero Beach will look at the some-
times unlockedd" at information in the
U.S. Federal Census. She will present
1790-1840 Census of Chickens,
Ducks, and Geese
The United States Population
The seminars will be held in the
Fellowship Hall of the Wesley Memorial
United Methodist Church, 4141 DeLeon
Street, Fort Myers.
Madigan. We are training our cadets
to be better citizens and this is a shining
example of how they have chosen to help
their community and neighbors."
JROTC is a cadet run and instructor
supervised educational program within
the Lee County School District's system.
Their mission is to motivate young people
to be better citizens, which they achieve
through classroom and hands-on experi-
The kick-off event is planned for April
12 at 2:30 p.m. at South Fort Myers
High School. Cadet Colonel Phillip
Sierosinski of Ida S. Baker High School
and Cadet Colonel Senada Bajraktarevic
of South Ft Myers High School will be
on hand to discuss the details of the
campaign and to motivate their peers to
complete a successful drive.
Only non-perishable food items will
be collected and stored at various school
locations until they are delivered to
CCMI's Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry.
For more information, contact Bill
Zacovic at 337-8204.0
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with
the first session at 9:15 a.m. The second
session is scheduled to end at 11:45 a.m.
The cost of the seminar is $5 per per-
son which includes all topic related mate-
rials and refreshments. Pre-registration is
required. No walk-ins. Registration is due
by Wednesday, March 31. If you must
cancel after making your reservation, it
must be done by Monday, April 5. No
refunds will be made after that date.
With the Web site www.LCGSFL.
org for a downloadable registration
form, or send your name, address, tele-
phone number and email address with
your check payable to LCGS to Carol
Rooksby Weidlich, President, Lee County
Genealogical Society, Inc., 5529 Adam
Drive, North Fort Myers, FL 33917-
4099. For more information call Carol at
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GENERAL &COSMETIC DENTISTRY
Free Water Safety ,
Instruction For Children
R registration is under way for Every Child a Swimmer, a
free water safety program for any preschool or school-
aged child in the community. Every Child a Swimmer is
presented by, The Kiwanis Fort
Myers Metro McGregor Club
and partners; The City of Fort
Myers, Swim Florida, The Lee
The program will be held at the
Fort Myers Aquatic center, Deleon
Pool starting April 1. It consists
of eight 30-minute sessions twice
a week and will run for a month
at a time. Targeted at both chil-
dren and parents, the sessions
teach water safety practices and
basic swimming skills along with -
core character values caring, '
honesty, respect and responsibil-
ity. Sessions are offered every
Tuesday and Thursday from 5 to
5:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 6 p.m.
Water safety has no one simple
solution. Drowning prevention
means creating layers of protec-
tion for children and adults.
With the abundance of water
and residential pools, the state of
Florida ranks third in the country
in all drowning fatalities
Advance registration is required
and space is limited. Register
online at www.leecountyymca.
org or at Lee County YMCA, -.
Royal Palm Square Boulevard, '.
Fort Myers, 275-9622. For more -
information call Paul at 823-0795
or send emails paulr@leecoun-
tyymca.org.0 Youngster learns to swim at the YMCA
CMCS Race Results
On Sunday, March 21, the Caloosahatchee Marching and Chowder Society
(CMCS) held its Shrimp Festival race off Fort Myers Beach. Eight sailboats
participated in two races with winds that varied from southeast to south 12
to 18 mph. Big seas and strong winds made racing quite challenging.4
PLACE NAME BOAT SKIPPER
1 Neptune Nightwind 35 Chip Pfalz
2 Sun Runner Morgan 27 Art Monahan
3 Judy Henderson 30 Tom Gore
1 Air Supply Jeanneau SO035SD Steve Romaine
2 Impulse Pearson Roger Horton
1 Jolly Mon Islander 36 David Nauman
2 Chase The Clouds Catalina Mk II 42 Bob Duff
3 Salty V CS 36 Bill Cox
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Most Parks Open On Good Friday
ee County pools, athletic fields, parks, beaches and the City of Palms Park
stadium will be open Friday, April 2, despite a countywide furlough day imple-
mented as a cost-saving measure.
Also open and operating will be the Lakes Regional Park water feature.
The furlough will cause closings of community centers, recreation centers, Club Rec
programs for children and the Lehigh Acres' Veterans Park water feature. Hammond
Stadium will not be open because the Minnesota Twins will have completed spring
Summer camp registration will be online only that day.
Swimmers and aqua aerobics class attendees also will be unaffected on the furlough
day. However, the county's four year-round pool sites will be closed Saturday, April 3.
For directions to parks, preserves and facilities and for more information, visit www.
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ALL FAITHS UNITARIAN CONGREGATION
Crestwell School, 1901 Park Meadows
Drive, between US 41 and Summerlin
Road, Y mile north of College.
Minister: The Rev. Dr. Wayne Robinson
Minister's cell phone: 218-3918.
Mailing address: PO. 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: email@example.com
8210 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers
Reverend Fr. Athanasios Michalos
Orthros Service Sunday 9am
Divine Liturgy Sunday 10am
Fellowship Programs, Greek School,
Sunday School, Community Night
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.
FridayYouth 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.
HOLY THEOTOKOS MONASTERY:
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.
ST. MICHAEL LUTHERAN
CHURCH & SCHOOL (LCMS)
3595 Broadway, Fort Myers
Wednesday Fellowship: 5:30 p.m.
Dinner $5, 6:15 p.m. bible studies
Worship: Saturday, 5:30 p.m.,
Sunday 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. with 9:15
a.m. adult and children's Bible Study, plus
marriage enrichment studies. Divorce Care
on Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
During Lent: Wednesday worship
noon and 6:15 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
continued on page 11
Fort Myers Beach
Church To Host
Concert In April
Beach United Methodist Church
(BUMC) on Fort Myers Beach
will be hosting its final concert in
its Hibiscus Series, on Monday, April
12. The concert features bass baritone
Douglas Renfroe, and is entitled Doug
and Friends. The concert begins at
7 p.m. and will be performed in the
BUMC Sanctuary. A free will offering
will be collected with a reception to fol-
low the concert. This is the fifth concert
of the second full season of the series
and one of the most anticipated of the
Renfroe is an internationally acclaimed
bass baritone who made his Lincoln
Center debut in Schumann's Paradise
and Peri, and his Carnegie Hall debut
in Orff's Carmina Burana. He has per-
formed in major concert halls throughout
Europe, Israel and the United Kingdom,
including solo performances in the
original Carnegie Hall in Dunfermline,
Scotland, the Edinburgh Festival, St.
Martin's In the Field (London), the Tel
Aviv Opera House (Israel), as well as in
Vienna, Bratislava, Eisenstadt, Prague,
Lisbon, Sofia and Varna (Bulgaria), and
throughout England and Scotland over six
concert tours. Plans are in the making for
his seventh tour to the United Kingdom
next year. Renfroe has performed with
the Boston Opera, Washington Opera,
Sarasota Opera and has started two
equity theater companies. In addition,
he has been the artistic director of the
Concord Symphony and the Lakes
Region Symphony (New Hampshire),
and has appeared as a guest conduc-
tor throughout Europe with chamber
orchestras. Since 2001, he has been the
cantor and music director for Temple Bat
Yam on Sanibel, and, for the past two
years, he has been the director of music
and fine arts for Beach United Methodist
Church. He has just been appointed the
artistic director for the Voices of Naples,
an auditioned 85-voice choral ensemble
Joining Renfroe for this concert will
be soprano Johanna Fincher, who was
recently featured in the February perfor-
mance which included Haydn's Little
Organ Mass. She has appeared with the
Sarasota Opera and has also danced with
the Sarasota Ballet. She will be return-
ing to Europe this summer as soloist in
the Mozart Requiem. In addition, mezzo
soprano Libby Hoyer-Booth will be sing-
ing. Known throughout the Naples area,
she has also toured as a featured soloist
on a Scotland tour in 2007. Rounding
out the ensemble is tenor Robert Beane,
who just recently presented a concert
for this series. Beane has been the tenor
soloist for the Varna Music Festival
(Bulgaria), and has toured Scotland and
Israel with this ensemble in the past.
Accompanying the quartet will be Dr.
Robert Reeves, former staff accompanist
for the Chicago Lyric opera as well as
former chairperson of the Organ and
Harsichord Department for Northern
Illinois University. He has accompanied
Renfroe on seven European concert
tours. In addition, Shirley Roe, well
known solo pianist and accompanist will
be assisting on several numbers.
The program will range from sacred
Hebrew-based compositions, to some of
the most famous operatic solos and duets
known. The concert will also include a
British Isles section, as a precursor to
next year's tour. The last half will include
Broadway selections, and the evening
will conclude with a medley from Les
Miserables. The concert will be a fitting
THERIVER MARCH26,2010 11
conclusion to a very exciting season, with
plans already being finalized for next year.
Call the BUMC office at 463-9656
for more information. Beach United
Methodist Church is located at 155 Bay
Road, directly behind the library.0
From page 10
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. LuderWhitlock
9:30 a.m., Contemporary;
Worship and Adult Classes
11 a.m., Blended Worship
WORD OF LIFE CHURCH:
2120 Collier Ave, Fort Myers, 274-8881;
Services: Sunday 10 a.m.;
Wednesday 7 p.m.
Bishop Gaspar and Michele Anastasi
ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH:
7401 Winkler Road, Fort Myers,
481-4040, Pastor, Steve Hess
Sunday Services: 8 a.m. traditional;
9:30 a.m. contemporary; 11 a.m. blendings.
Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.4
Our email address is
MIi rA tUnmw
9 10 a.m.
12 THERIVER MARCH 26, 2010
Fishing Is Finally Here
by Capt. Matt Mitchell
s we finally get into a regular weather pattern, things
South on the water have sure gotten a lot more consistent.
Going back to the same areas several days in a row and
catching fish, what a concept! Most of our winter was so chilly
with cold front after cold front, you could just not do this, and
fishing is all about patterns. The only thing we are missing out
there is baitfish which should come back any time time now as
the water slowly warms.
Trout and redfish are still my main targets. This week I saw
some larger redfish around and even caught a few over the slot.
Most of them remain the rat reds of winter but more and more
slot size fish and better are appearing.
The outside shorelines of the "Ding" Darling Refuge are holding redfish and with
the water so clear they are easy to spot, just not quite so easy to catch. Anchoring way
out from where I had seen the reds working in previous days and making long casts
with live shrimp caught some of the bigger ones of the week. Usually this time of year
I do really well inside the refuge fishing all the feeder creeks, but this year the fish don't
seem to be in there. I think the lack of bait has the reds bunched up on the outside
mangrove shorelines where food is more plentiful.
On higher tides I have been working these outside shorelines on the trolling motor
while throwing soft plastic baits. Any place where the bottom has some oyster shell
mixed in with it and it's not just grass seems to be where the redfish are gathering. For
the most part they have been hanging out with the sheepshead. Live shrimp still is the
bait of choice but if you're looking for that one quality fish and need to cover some
ground to find it, soft plastics have been the way.
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.
Big trout seem
to be spread out
whole sound with 3
fish over 20 inches
common all week.
They have even
being showing up
in my redfish holes
with some real mon-
sters caught while i
fishing potholes r
around oyster bars. 4
from Flamingo Bay
to Demere Key
have been great
places to drift fish -.
for trout with 90
percent of the fish
caught being slot-
As the water Tom Desantos with a big seatrout
slowly warming and it gets closer and closer to the magic temperature of 70 degrees,
Spanish mackerel have been showing up in the sound. There have not been any huge
numbers of them yet but expect to catch a few while trout fishing on the flats. Big
schools of ladyfish are already here and they are so thick it's hard to catch anything
else when they show up. On one trip this week, almost every spot we fished was just
loaded with ladyfish. Sure they are fun to catch but they get old after a while and it's
hard to keep a bait in the water without catching one or having one steal your bait.
It's really great to see our fishing start to finally pick up again. This winter was far
from our usual winter time fishing and consistently catching quality fish was tougher
than I can ever remember while guiding over the last 10-plus years. Spring is finally
here and things are only going to get better with every warm day bringing more and
more life back into our waters.
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 coun-
try fishing guide for more than 10 years. If you have comments or questions email
At The Beach
Nervous Nellie's Crazy Waterfront
Eatery is sponsoring and host-
ing the third annual Fort Myers
Beach Kingfish Shootout March 26-28.
The tournament, directed by Mambo
Promotions in Bonita Springs, will take
place at the new restaurant's location at
Snug Harbor Marina, 1131 First Street,
Fort Myers Beach. The schedule is:
Friday, March 26, 3 to 6:30 p.m.,
tournament site registration. Receive boat
number and captain's bag; 5-8 p.m.,
captains party with food, drinks and fun;
open to the public; 7 p.m., captains
meeting (all participating team captains
required); 8 p.m., tournament site and
Saturday, March 27, 7 a.m., safe light,
check-out begins; 7 a.m., fishing can
begin (announced on VHF tournament
channel 72). The day's activities are:
3 p.m. Tournament site opens
3 p.m. Weigh-in opens
5 p.m. Weigh-in closes
6 p.m. Tournament site closes.
Sunday, March 28, 7 a.m., check-
out begins; 7 a.m., fishing can begin
(announced on VHF tournament chan-
nel 72); 3 p.m., tournament site and
weigh-in opens; 4 p.m., weigh-in closes.
The awards will be presented at 5:30
For more information including entry
application, go to www.mambopromos.
com. or call Nervous Nellie's Crazy
Waterfront Eatery at 463-8077.4
he NARFE (National Active
and Retired Federal Employees
Association) South Lee County
Chapter #1263 will hold its quarterly
meeting on April 6, at 6:30 p.m. at
Lakes Regional Library on Bass Road,
For more information call Beulah
Greene at 482-6713 or send emails to
lorida Gulf Coast University sci-
entists and local volunteers begin
reef construction and restoration
in Estero Bay on Saturday, April 3.
Volunteers will meet at Carl Johnson
State Park Boat ramp in the picnic area
opposite Lover's Key State Park at 9
FGCU scientists, Lee County and
West Coast Inland Navigation District in
collaboration with local, state and federal
agencies are involved in a project that
creates and restores oyster reefs in Estero
Bay (200 square meters), thereby improv-
ing water quality and habitat availability
as well as protecting shoreline and man-
In its seventh year, the project involves
loading fossil oyster shells into wire mesh
bags, transporting them and placing them
in strategic points in the estuaries that
attract natural oyster spat (larvae) and
eventually form reefs.
Within one year, the 200 square
meters of oyster reef created at this event
will produce more than 1,000 oysters per
square meter, filter at least 10 liters of
water and particulates per oyster per hour
from the water column, provide stability
to mangroves shorelines by minimizing
the impact of boat wakes, and provide
food, shelter and habitat to nearly 300
species of invertebrates, fishes and birds.
For more information on this proj-
ect, contact professor of Marine and
Environmental Science Aswani Volety,
chair of Marine and Ecological Sciences
at 239-590-7216 oremail avolety@fgcu.
And Waters Class
he San Carlos Bay Sail & Power
Squadron, a unit of the United
States Power Squadrons, will be
offering the Local Waters/Local Charts
class on Saturday, April 3 from 8:15
a.m. to noon. The class is directed
towards new boaters and boaters new
to the area, as well as those wishing to
learn chart reading. It will provide some
of the basics of navigation, oriented to
the Fort Myers area. Students will be
using chart 11427 and must bring this
chart to class.
Optional on-the-water training is also
offered at a later date. Check with the
class instructor for details.
The cost of the class is $40. The class-
room is at 16048 San Carlos Boulevard
at the corner of Kelly Road. Students can
register online at www.scbps.com or call
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Of The Week:
by Brian Johnson
f pelican sus-
beside Middle Gulf
Drive on Sanibel
was very lucky that
his finder was a
who has scaled 35
peaks in Colorado
soaring over 14,000 feet.
Greg Jennings, who lives in Sea Pines
with his wife Linda, made one of the
most daring rescues of the year when
he scrambled up an Australian pine and
sawed off a branch from which the peli-
can dangled 30 feet above the water, to
save the bird from certain death.
Linda Jennings had seen the pelican
trapped in fishing line and hanging from
the pine on March 2. She called CROW
and Cat Turner and Joe Stahl arrived at
Greg Jennings had just arrived home
and volunteered to go up the tree, which
veered out over the water. Stahl boarded
a neighbor's boat and waited below the
It took some doing to finally get the
Jennings spent over 30
minutes trying to saw down
the branch without making
any progress on the hard pine.
Turner and Stahl returned to
CROW to get a better saw.
This time the work went
more quickly and Jennings
was able to cut off the branch R
in less than 10 minutes. Stahl
was there to scoop up the
pelican and haul him into the
"The bird had no fight, he
was absolutely exhausted," said
"It was neat the way it
all worked out, it was lucky
he didn't drown or break his
neck," said Jennings. "It was
fulfilling (to save him)."
The juvenile pelican was in
dire condition as he arrived at
"He was cold, wet and
exhausted," said Dr. PJ
Deitschel. "The line had
wrapped around his radius and
ulna and there was trauma to
the soft tissue around his left
wing and right leg. The hook
had lodged under his jaw. He
must have been struggling Brown pe
quite a while."
Staff put him in a cage
with a heat lamp after administering pain
meds, vitamins, anti-oxidants, Chinese
herbs, and subcutaneous fluids.
"He was quite content to sleep all day
and into the evening," said Dr. PJ.
The pelican was able to stand the
next day, but the signs of his ordeal were
already emerging. Staff noted bruising
and a two-inch band of grey tissue on his
THERIVER MARCH 26, 2010 13
"You never want to see the tissue
change color," said Dr. PJ. "It was great
that he was still alive, but it was going
to be a challenge to treat his soft tissue
trauma. We decided to add antibiotics as
his wounds looked worse."
The bird ate a small herring for break-
At first his symptoms continued to
deteriorate. He became more lame and
his wing drooped.
Yet he ate well and maintained a
scrappy attitude. "He is just bossy, even
with the adult pelicans, which is unusual,"
said Dr. PJ.
CROW staff fashioned a booty for his
foot, which began to knuckle due to the
leg trauma. They removed it for his baths
and when he walked around the clinic
with the other pelicans, but kept it on for
the night. They gave him massage treat-
ments to reduce the pain and loosen his
The bird is making flapping motions
and is anxious to go outside. He will stay
in ICU a little bit longer as staff manages
the treatment of his leg, but he is now
out of danger and on his way to recovery.
"It's a good case," said Dr. PJ. "It's
incredible he's alive."
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: www.crowclinic.
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Plant Smart: Beach Sunflower
by Gerri Reaves
A s beach sunflower's (Helianthus debilis) name suggests, its ideal habitat is the
seaside, where it's valuable in stabilizing dunes.
However, this abundantly flowering plant has much to offer any well-drained
sandy landscape, coastal or not.
A member of the aster or daisy family, beach sunflower is a multi-branched, sprawl-
ing perennial that produces abundant flowers all year in southern Florida.
Pest-resistance and high salt- and drought-tolerance render it low maintenance. In
fact, it suffers if over-watered or planted in soil that's too rich.
The oily seeds provide food for birds and other small animals, and the bright yellow
flowers attract a variety of butterflies.
The blooms are fairly large about three inches across and have 10 to 20 pale
yellow rays surrounding a brown or purplish center.
The coarse heart-shaped leaves are dark green and lobed.
Beach sunflower typically grows to about two feet in height and spreads to a width
of three to four feet.
Also called dune or cucumberleaf sunflower, this excellent re-seeder spreads exuber-
antly. Use it as a fast-growing dense groundcover or in a mass planting.
The trailing stems make an attractive cascade of foliage on a wall.
Put this robust wildflower in a well-drained sunny spot and enjoy the butterflies.
Sources: A Gardener's Guide to Florida's Native Plants by Rufino Osorio, flori-
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Oxbow And Riverlore Cruises Return
The historic Caloosahatchee River
Take the Caloosahatchee Oxbow and Riverlore Cruise on Sunday, April 11
and learn about the historic Caloosahatchee River. This guided monthly
cruise explores the meanders of the historic upriver Caloosahatchee. You'll
follow the river back to a time when a waterfall served as the headwaters of the
Caloosahatchee and settlers braved living among the wilderness.
The 2.5-hour adventure begins by locking through the WP Franklin Lock in Olga.
Heading east toward Alva, you'll enter the historic bends of the river and revisit the
activities of the pioneers who traveled the same river to find paradise. Stories of the
settlements and their adventures are blended with an understanding of the river's
oxbows, the wild creatures that call it home and the challenges the river faces.
The tour is guided by Rae Ann Wessel, a river researcher, long-time river advocate,
historian and SCCF (Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation) natural resource policy
director. The vessel is the stable and spacious 47-passenger Manatee Rover pontoon
THERIVER MARCH26,2010 15
boat that features daily manatee tours. All seats have a great view for photographs and
bird watching. Cruises depart at 1 p.m. from the WP Franklin Lock and Dam off SR
80 in Olga and return by 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person with advance registra-
tion. Call 472-2329.
Another cruise is scheduled for Mother's Day, May 9.0
Osprey Foundation Meeting Sunday
T he Sanibel-based
International Osprey .
hold its annual meeting
on Sunday, March 28 at
The Community House,
Periwinkle Way, Sanibel,
starting at 7 p.m.
Last year, 104 osprey
chicks on Sanibel survived ,
to leave the nest. That was
the first time since 2003 the
number topped 100. Only
44 survived in 2007, when
local waters were beset with
red tide, red drift algae and
other problems. A nesting
season update for 2010 will Osprey by Alessandro Troisi
Volunteers monitor nests
throughout nesting season, from December to May, and count the chicks.
The keynote speaker will be Marti Daltry of North Fort Myers, a proponent of
improved water quality. Daltry, an organizer for the Fort Myers office of The Sierra
Club, will discuss red tide, red drift algae and other harmful algal blooms. She will talk
about their impact on our health, economy and environment and how we can be part
of the solution to this problem, which is caused by excessive nutrient runoff into our
Admission is free to members; a $3 donation is requested of non-members. All are
L ee County Parks and Recreation
s offering the following shoreline
Bunche Beach Preserve: Low
Tide Loafing at Sunset New This
Join a volunteer naturalist and leisurely
explore the mud flats to see what myster-
ies the low tide uncovers while watching a
beautiful Florida sunset. Wear shoes that
can get wet, bring your camera, water
and bug spray. Days and times will vary
depending on the tides. Walks are sched-
uled for March 29 and April 12 at 6:30
p.m. and are about one hour in length.
Bunche Beach is at 18201 John Morris
Road in Fort Myers.
Matanzas Pass Preserve:
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 meet the last
Wednesday of every month. The next
walk is scheduled for April 28. Meet at
the entrance to Matanzas Pass Preserve.
These walks begin at 9:30 a.m. and last
approximately one and a half hours. This
is a free walk and there is no fee for park-
ing but space is limited so come early.
Matanzas Pass preserve is located at 199
Bay Road, Fort Myers Beach.
Mangrove Walk at Matanzas:
When was the last time you walked
through a maritime hammock or a man-
grove forest with the bay lapping at your
feet? Join in and learn about the diverse
plant communities including the mari-
time oak hammock, transitional wetlands
and mangrove forest. Walks meet every
Thursday at the entrance to Matanzas
Pass Preserve. Walks begin at 9:30 a.m.
and last approximately one and a half
hours. This is a free walk with limited free
parking. Matanzas Pass preserve is locat-
ed at 199 Bay Road, Fort Myers Beach.
Bowditch Point Preserve: Barrier
Islands Guided Walk at Bowditch -
Newly added day and time
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 meet every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
and Friday at 1 p.m. and last approxi-
mately one and a half hours. Walks take
place at Bowditch Point Preserve through
March. This walk is free but a fee for
parking is required. Bowditch Point Park
is located at 50 Estero Boulevard, Fort
For more information or to register
call 463-3764 or visit www.leeparks.org.
Group guided tours for any of the shore-
line walks are available upon request by
Of School Pond
t South Fort Myers High School,
students have a pond on campus
that has become an outdoor class-
Teacher Gina Sabiston wrote for and
received a grant that provides funding for
a service learning project. She then col-
laborated with the science department to
take on a project related to ecology that
would create an outdoor classroom for
the school's students.
Starting Wednesday, March 31, the
biology and environmental students at
South Fort Myers High will create a
plan of action for the currently "dreary"
pond located on the school's campus.
The main objective will be to clean
and restore the pond to good ecologi-
cal order with the help of students and
several science teachers. Neil Wilkinson
and Brian Murphy from the Lee County
Environmental Program are also helping.
On March 31, students will start Phase
1 of the project by cleaning up and
removing the invasive plants. They will
remove melaleuca and Brazilian pepper
trees, Cesar weed and a carrot wood tree
that have made the pond their home.
The goal will be to keep the native plants
and create an area that students can use
to study the ecosystem of the pond while
gaining hands-on experience.
Martin Tawil's environmental students
will be working with the ninth grade biol-
ogy students to conduct water and soil
tests while Julie Devore, Lyanne Fash
and Steve Wilkie's students study Florida
native plants and animals species while
also learning important environmental les-
sons about water runoff and pollution.
The project will also include the
school's TV Production Academy, Fire
Academy, Construction Academy and
Design Academy. TV Production will help
create a video diary of the project. The
video diary will help students document
their experiences. The Fire Academy will
be able to create a controlled burn from
the vegetation that will be removed from
the pond. The Construction Academy will
build benches and possibly a gazebo for
the students to use.
The students would also like to build
a floating dock, which could be created
utilizing the school's Engineering and
Design Academy, and school is seeking
Fishing Cabbage Key
16 THERIVER MARCH26,2010
Sweet Charity Not
Your Typical High
This is certainly not your typi-
cal high school cast this is
the Cypress Lake High School
Center for the Arts production of Sweet
Charity, the smash Broadway hit based
on a Neil Simon play with a marvelous
score by Cy Coleman.
As the only fundraiser to move the
cast and crew of Sweet Charity to
the Florida Thespian Society Festival
in Tampa in April, the musical will be
presented at the Barbara B. Mann
Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers, on
March 31 at 7:30 p.m. This is a last
chance to see this award-winning cast
perform it because the show in Morsani
Hall has already sold out to an audi-
ence of 2,600 Thespian Society Festival
All VIP seating at Barbara B. Mann
Hall has been sold out. Orchestra, mezza-
nine, and balcony seating is $15. Order
tickets online at bbmannpah.com or stop
by the Barbara B. Mann box office. For
information, call 481-4849.
This year, Cypress Lake High students
made several historical achievements
with their production of Sweet Charity.
They broke all their previous musical
attendance records with over 2,000 spec-
tators over the four-day run. They were
adjudicated by the Florida State Thespian
Society and were selected as one of only
three musicals in the state to be show-
cased in Morsani Hall at the David A.
Computer-generated images are a feature of Cypress Lake's production of Sweet Charity
Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts
(formerly the Tampa Bay Performing
This is the first time in Lee County
History a school has received such an
honor. Also an historical first, Cypress'
lead actress Kacie Phillips was nominated
(1 of 3) as Best High School Actress in
the state by the Florida State Thespian
Sweet Charity was the first Lee
County High School production to
employ computer-generated imagery
(CGI). The CGI technology added by
Theater Director Jason Loete, added life,
dimension and a sense of realism to the
sets and reduced the number of set pieces
needed to complete the scenes.
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Sweet Charity takes the audience
on an emotional roller coaster ride the
minute the curtain opens, beginning with
Charity (Kacie Phillips), who captures the
hearts of the audience. You'll laugh with
her and cry for her.
Oscar (Jeremy Miller) has great come-
dic timing. Susan Niekamp, President
of Advanced Mentor Pro Voice Studio
said, "I laughed so hard, I cried" during
his elevator scene. It is one of the most
memorable scenes in the show. Vittorio
(Mike Nance) manages to be smooth,
debonair and funny all at the same time.
Bob Thompson of Sanibel Island said,
"That young man who played Vittorio
really nailed the character." Ursula (Katy
Gibble) shuffles her way across the stage
and into the arms of Vittorio. Her walk
is reminiscent of Morticia Adams from
The Adams Family and is equally as
funny. Helene (Allison Scott) and Nickie
(Natasha Poinciano) portray a very real-
istic friendship. The Frug dance, lead
by Frenchy the Pony Tail Girl (Eden
Shelton), hasstyle, poise and grace.
Daddy (Joey Whitesman) has an afro
that goes on forever as he preaches his
message to followers, and Herman's (lan
Castro) melodic tenor voice will sooth the
Just as championship high school
athletic teams are developed from gifted
young athletes through their high school
careers by excellent coaching staffs, so
it is with the Cypress Lake High School
Center for the Arts young performing
artists. Cypress Lake's Theater Director
Jason Loete, Musical Director Gary
Stroh, Dance Director Patty Gair, and the
Center's Vice Principal Shelly Thimlar
(Florida State Thespian Administrator of
the Year), have developed the cast and
crew of Sweet Charity from a pool of
talented artists to this year's prominence
in the arts. Many of this year's cast and
crew evolved from the 2008, and 2009
Best High School Musical Awards win-
ners, All Shook Up and The
Florida Rep; A Comedy
by Di Saggau
If laughter is truly good for the soul, a lot of theater-goers,
after seeing Relatively Speaking, are leaving Florida Rep
feeling a whole lot better than they did when they came
in. The play is by Alan Ayckbourn, who has been called The
Einstein of Farce. Farce is often described as a play that uses
ribald humor, exaggerated characters, absurd situations, split-
second timing and improbable plots. The good thing about this
play is that Ayckborn has refined this technique by turning his
middle-class English characters into people who fall into the
Srealm of reality. The key word being realm.
The plot focuses on marital infidelity. Two couples, one
youthful and the other middle-aged, are completely confused about each others identi-
ties. Ginny (Kim Morgan Dean) and Greg
(Jason Parrish) are a young couple in love.
Ginny has had an affair with a much older
married man. Greg is jealous; she says,
"Trust me." Greg is a gentle, sweet soul
and Ginny realizes he is the man she wants
to marry. He remains suspicious about her
fidelity and decides to pay a visit to her
parents' house. That's when the real fun
The older couple Philip (Chris Clavelli)
and Sheila (Carrie Lund) live in a luxur-
ous English country house surrounded by
a beautiful garden with wisteria hanging
against the brick walls. There is quite a
contrast between the two sets. Ginny's
London flat is cluttered with clothes hang-
ing everywhere and '60s posters on the
walls. When the transformation takes place
from the flat to the glamorous country
manor, it elicits applause from the audi-
ence. Very clever. Jason Parrish. Kim Moraan Dean. Chris
continued on page 20
Clavelli and Carrie Lund in Relatively
From page 1
Care Center of SWFL building in
Cape Coral.With a show that has been
described as "Sealed Fresh, 100 Percent
Natural Blues and Soul,"
The Juice has opened for national
acts and is an active participant in local
festivals and events in the Southwest
Florida area. Band members include
Richard lanuzzi, founder and drummer
for the group; Joe Connor, guitarist and
lead vocalist; Lynn Richardson, vocalist;
Michael Baer, keyboard; Doug Simonson,
trumpet; Ernie Cantu, vocalist and saxo-
phone; and Hobbs, bassist.
The public is invited to bring your
chairs, blankets and small coolers.
Tickets are available at the Alliance for
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the Arts located on the corner of Colonial
and McGregor. General admission is
$15, Alliance members $12 and children
under the age of 12, $10. For tickets call
939-2787 or visit www.ArtInLee.org.
Proceeds will support additional out-
door concerts presented by the Alliance
for the Arts and help fund ARTreach pro-
grams bridging underprivileged groups
with an opportunity to find their inner
Linett Rasmussen and Danny Jakobsen
from Niels Brock Copenhagen Business
Academy are Edison State College's first
international exchange students
dison State College is hosting
international exchange students
Linett Rasmussen and Danny
Jakobsen from Niels Brock Copenhagen
Business Academy of Professional
Higher Education in Denmark.
"Travel strips us of the familiar and
forces us to improvise, observe and learn.
I can think of no better way to learn
about the world than to go there and see
it for yourself," said Dr. Edith Pendleton,
vice president for strategic initiatives. Her
passion for travel and the global opportu-
nities offered in education have led her to
begin an international exchange program
for Edison State students.
Niels Brock is the first school Edison
State has partnered with in the exchange
program. Linett and Danny are the first
students to participate, enabling two
students from Edison State to apply for
a semester at their college. The two
institutions have outlined a reciprocal
articulation agreement defining compa-
rable courses at each school. Now two
eligible Edison State students can apply
for a semester in Denmark while paying
tuition to Edison State for the experience.
The Edison State students would also be
responsible for dorm, meals, and travel
Both Linett and Danny are second-
year students who chose Edison State
after discussions with their school advi-
sors, and checking out the college's Web
site. The two did not know each other
before meeting at Edison State, but both
had goals of improving their English skills
while immersing themselves in American
culture. The allure of a semester in
Florida was also a big draw.
"The campus is huge so much big-
ger than our schools at home or even
my most recent experience," said Danny,
who traveled here after completing a
semester in Cypress. "The students are
so much more active than I am used to in
Denmark. Here everyone is so prepared
for classes and gives input on the subject.
It makes things very interesting," added
Linett. "Everyone's been so helpful."
For more information about the inter-
national exchange program contact Dr.
Edith Pendleton at ependleton@edison.
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Big Things In
Computer model of carbon nanotechnol-
ogy electron waves
science photo library
The New Frontiers lecture series,
supported by Patron Series
Sponsor FineMark National Bank
& Trust, features scientists who are lead-
ers in their field. All lectures are at BIG
ARTS at 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel and
begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are general
admission $25, students $10.
John Kanzius using radio waves to power
a fluorescent light
On Wednesday, March 31, Dr. Paul
Cherukuri will lecture about nanotech-
nology. Cherukuri studies the control of
matter at the atomic or molecular level
(nanotechnology); he will explain how it
is changing the way researchers think of
medical treatment. His lecture is spon-
sored by Dick and Mary Butler.
A lead research scientist on the John
Kanzius project at University of Texas
MD Anderson Cancer Center, Cherukuri
will discuss how nanotechnology, used
with radio waves, can be used to treat
cancer. Kanzius, who died last year, was
a part-time Sanibel resident who devel-
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is also an adjunct professor of Chemistry
at Rice University. His research at MD
Anderson involves the development of
advanced nanoscale diagnostic and thera-
peutic devices, with an emphasis on the
electrodynamic response of nanoscale
For tickets, call BIG ARTS at 395-
Art Programs Are
Alliance for the Arts' children's art
programs, including Summer Art
Camp, were named #1 by SWFL
Parent and Child Magazine in its 2010
People's Choice Awards.
For over 22 years, the Alliance has
provided comprehensive community arts
programming inducing youth classes in
ballet, theatre, drawing, painting, mixed
media and successful summer arts camp
programs. Summer Camp curriculum
provides youth with high quality visual
and performance art instruction, an inter-
active line-up of daily activities and a cre-
ative environment that introduces children
to a wide array of artistic opportunities.
Children participating in Summer Arts
Camp are grouped by age, grades 1st
to 6th, for crafting visual arts projects,
exploring literary arts and music and
becoming a superstar on stage. Each
week focuses on a theme and culminates
in a display of artwork and final perfor-
ocal fitness instructor Becky
Lang is bringing several upcom-
ing Zumba Fitness events to Fort
Myers. As always, no previous dance
experience is necessary and all fitness
levels are welcome to attend
Saturday morning Zumba classes at
the Fort Myers Skatium (2250 Broadway)
will be held on the following dates: April
10, April 17 and April 24. Cost is $5 per
Monday, April 12 Let's Zumba
Mon! It's a 90-minute Reggae & Calypso
Zumba Beach Party with Becky Lang and
guest instructor from Indianapolis, Nikki
Ringer. Class will be held at the Fort
Myers Skatium (2250 Broadway) and will
run from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Cost is $5 per
Sunday, April 18 Aqua Zumba
Pool Party from 11 a.m. to noon at
Golfview Pool (1865 Golfview Avenue).
Cost is $5 per person. Limited space
available. Advanced registration is
required. Call Becky Lang at 791-6538
Friday, April 30 It's another free
Student Appreciation class from 5:30
to 6:30 p.m. at the Fort Myers Skatium
Regular Zumba and Cardio Kickboxing
classes are held Monday through
Thursday afternoons at the Skatium at a
cost of $5 per class no contracts. The
classes begin at 5:30 p.m. and are open
to the public. For a complete class sched-
ule, visit www.zumbawithbecky.com.
mance for family and friends. Summer
Arts Camp is June 21 to August 14.
For middle school performers, there's
the Triple Threat Musical Theatre Camp,
held at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre,
for grades 7th through 9th. Campers
journey through the art of singing, acting
and dancing on stage with lead instructor
and Broadway Palm professional actress
Keara Trummel. It ends with weekly
performances for friends and family. The
camp will run June 28 to July 23.
Pre-registration is required. For
questions call 939-2787 or visit www.
Recital At FGCU
Forida Gulf Coast University (FGCU)
Bower School of Music presents
Chamber Ensembles, a recital featur-
ing the Bower Wind Quintet, the Bower
Brass, and the freshman String Quartet;
conducted by associate professor of
music, head of instrumental studies, Rod
The performance will begin at 7:30
p.m. Tuesday, March 30, in the Student
The evening will also feature the debut
of the Percussion Ensemble conducted by
instructor of music education and percus-
sion, Troy Jones.
The recital is free and open to the
public. For more information call Rod
Chesnutt at 590-7188.2
Jason Bishop Show Features
Illusions, Humor And Pop Music
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Tickets are general seating; $36, student/child; $12. Stop by BIG ARTS, 900
Dunlop Road or call 395-0900.
The Jason Bishop Show is supported by sponsor The Jacaranda.0
Photo Show At Shell Point
Illusionist Jason Bishop
Illusionist Jason Bishop with assistant Kim
BIG ARTS on Sanibel presents America's hottest illusionist, Jason Bishop, at
7:30 p.m. Friday, April 2. Bishop performs stunning and original state-of-the-
art magic at his shows. Each show features award-winning sleight of hand,
exclusive grand illusions, cutting edge Op-Art illusions, and even close-up magic
projected onto a huge movie screen. No other touring illusionist showcases such a
diverse array of talents. Bishop performs to an outstanding rock and pop sound-
Audiences of all ages will enjoy this surprisingly funny and truly magical show.
Bishop cuts through the usual hype and focuses on entertaining audiences with one
remarkable illusion after another. Some pieces bring about more laughter, while other
effects demonstrate sleight of hand skill performed at a world-class level. Dramatic
lighting, audience participation, and countless costume changes by his assistant are
added elements that help make each performance unforgettable.
New Exhibit And
A juried art exhibit five months in
the making will come to life at
Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center
(SBDAC) in downtown Fort Myers this
April. The opening reception for the
exhibit titled Turn, Turn, Turn The
Artisitic Synthesis of Vinyl to Art begins
at 6 p.m., Friday, April 2 during Art
Walk. The jazz and chamber music
ensemble PROJECT will perform at 8
p.m. A cocktail reception begins at 7
with an 8 p.m. performance. Tickets
are $35 and can be purchased online
at www.sbdac.com. The exhibit runs
through April 23; admission is free and
open to the public weekdays 10 a.m. to
The variety of work created includes
a 15 foot tall Transformer-style robot, a
movable 12-foot by 12-foot mechanical
blind piece, and a temple of vinyl the size
of a private chapel.
The exhibit will also feature two and
three-dimensional works made from a
collection of 60,000 record albums span-
ning several musical eras. SBDAC issued
a call to artists last December, and artists
from around the state responded.
Rena Miville, Captiva artist, provided
the record album collection which spans
decades of music. Artists were asked to
create awe-inspiring art from these recy-
cled but still very functional and treasured
albums. SBDAC challenged artists to cre-
ate their artwork with the album covers,
records, or a combination of both.
Following the exhibit PROJECT per-
forms. This high energy jazz and cham-
ber music ensemble, comprised of three
composer/performers from Brooklyn,
has made an impact on audiences of
all ages through shows and outreach.
PROJECT is a musical experience defin-
ing a new level of entertainment.
Members of the trio Greg Pattillo
(flute), Eric Stephenson (cello), and Peter
Seymour (bass), combine their talents to
produce an extraordinary sound. Pattillo,
internationally renowned for his redefini-
tion of flute sound, he has been praised
by The New York Times as "the best
person in the world at what he does." His
beatbox flute and other innovative per-
formance videos on Youtube have more
than 20 million hits.
Stephenson mixes jazz, classical,
rock, and folk, performing in festivals
and orchestras around the country. He
served as assistant principal cello of the
Aspen Festival Orchestra (1999-2004),
principal cellist of the Canton Symphony
Orchestra (2002-2006), and as a solo-
ist with the Cleveland Institute of Music
Symphony Orchestra and the National
Seymour, the recipient of the
Downbeat magazine award for Best Jazz
Soloist, has performed with Wynton
Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, and Bobby
For tickets and more information, visit
www.sbdac.com or call 333-1933.0
Cheetah photo by Frank Moore
he annual Shell Point Photo Show will be open to the public for viewing from
April 5 through April 9. The display will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
during these dates, and will be inside the Resident Activity Center located on
The Island at Shell Point Retirement Community.
"The residents here at Shell Point have the chance to try so many things when they
move in, and photography is just one way many residents show their creativity and
unique views," said Frank Moore, Shell Point resident and photo show coordinator. "In
the Photo Club, we have beginners, all the way up to professional photographers, and
everyone shares their knowledge, expertise, and ideas."
Photos on display will feature categories such as travel, nature, friends and family,
scenery, and Shell Point community shots. This event is open to the public. For more
information call Sandra Ashley, program coordinator, at 454-2057.
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Arts For ACT
A rts for ACT Gallery, located at
2265 First Street in downtown
A Fort Myers will feature Atlanta,
Georgia artist Naoko, in an exhibit titled
Art Fusion. David Meo will exhibit off the
The exhibit by Naoko and five other
collaborating artists opens on Friday,
April 2 from 6 to 10 p.m.
The five collaborating artists are:
Yujiro a Japanese artist who pro-
vided his mastery skill of gold leafing to
almost all the collaborated works in this
Barbara Lindfors an established
Florida artist who has literally lived and
painted all over the world. The color of
her palette reflects the richness of the cul-
tures she has experienced. Her work has
been exhibited through various sponsors
including: San Juan Art League, Puerto
Rico; The National League of American
Pen Women, Washington DC; Artistic
Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona.
Trudy Keimig- resides in Cape Coral
where she does her painting and ceramic
sculpting. Her distinctive Kimono Series
was included in numerous art shows and
included in one of the Arts for ACT Fine
Emiko Arai a Japanese artist cur-
rently living in Atlanta, who graduated
from the acclaimed Yokohama National
University in Japan.
Perpetual Moment I by Naoko
Yohei Horishita a young Japanese
art student majoring in illustration at
Savannah College of Art and Design.
Naoko moved to the United States in
1982. She immediately felt welcomed to
this country and has received prestigious
acclaim for her award-winning efforts
ever since. Her ongoing search for artistic
freedom results in canvasses that simul-
taneously interpret and explore. Today,
her mastery of the primitive naive allows
Naoko to reveal a personal freedom and
unity with nature that is striking, idealis-
tic and innovative. A graduate of Nihon
Designer Gakuin in Tokyo, Naoko's
graphic background is evident in her abil-
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ity to blend line and shadow to create
a moment of sensual intrigue. Through
color, Naoko evokes feelings using the
rich earth tones, provides warmth and
closeness making the viewer feel part of
the moment. Her art is reminiscent of the
great master Rousseau, which is readily
acknowledged in her stylized portrayal of
nature. Naoko works primarily in oils on
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Florida Rep; A
It's easy to see that the spark has
gone out of Philip and Sheila's marriage.
They go through the motions but Philip
is more interested in where he placed
the garden hoe than what is going on in
Lund plays her role with great dignity,
often ignoring her husband.
Clavelli is a master of the pregnant
pause and the double take. He's a Brit
with a strong, stiff upper lip. All of the
actors play their parts well and make it
easy to identify with their character.
To say more about the plot would be
saying too much. Relatively Speaking
directed by Robert Cacioppo offers an
evening of solid entertainment and lots
of laughs. It runs through March 28 at
Florida Repertory Theatre in the Historic
Arcade Theatre on Bay Street between
Jackson and Hendry. For tickets, call
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Sanibel Painter Peter Zell Wins
Alliance For The Arts Award
Peter Zell's oil painting, Doo-Wop at the Phil, won a First Juror's Choice Award at the
Alliance of the Arts show celebrating SW Florida Symphony's 50th anniversary
The Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers has announced the winners of a com-
petition sponsored by the Alliance and the Southwest Florida Symphony to
honor the Symphony's 50th Anniversary.
The alliance and the symphony created the exhibition and invited area artists to
submit two- and three-dimensional work honoring music in the arts.
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Best of Show was Carl Schwarz of Fort Myers. First Juror's Choice was Peter Zell
of Sanibel and Second Juror's Choice was Cheryl Fausel of Cape Coral. The winning
artwork will be displayed at the Barbara B. Mann Theatre on Saturday, March 27 dur-
ing the Southwest Symphony's performance of Passion and Fury, which will show-
case the music of Rachmaninoff. Images of the paintings will also be included in this
year's symphony program.0
Southwest Florida Craft
Guild Exhibit Of Excellence
B IG ARTS will host the
Southwest Florida Craft Guild
25th Exhibit of Excellence
Friday, April 2 through Monday, p .I.
April 26. And artists reception will
be held Saturday, April 10 from 5 to
The Southwest Florida Craft Guild
was founded in 1977. The guild has
exhibited at BIG ARTS for more
than 25 years to help promote pub-
lic appreciation of the dynamic fine
craft field. The guild's mission is to
encourage high standards of perfor-
mance and accomplishments in fine
crafts. The guild members accom-
plish this mission by participation,
promotion, and education through
shows, exhibitions, demonstrations,
and art scholarships.
BIG ARTS Phillips Gallery, 900
Dunlop Road, is open Monday
through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m., and
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The exhibit is supported by Visual Zen, fused glass bowl by Francine Gerson
Arts Patron season sponsors June
Rosner and Russ Bilgore.
For more information call 395-0900.0
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Friday, April 2 7:30 PM
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Jazz: The Roger Kellaway Trio with
Russell Malone and Jay Leonhart
Sunday, March 28 & April 4 3 PM
Island Jazz in Boler Garden
Monday, March 29 7 PM
Black Maria Film + Video Festival
Wednesday, March 31 1 PM
Film Director Series: Hobson's Choice
Wednesday, March 31 7:30 PM
Lecture: Dr. Paul Cherukuri
Big Things Come in Small Packages
Friday, April 2 7:30 PM
Illusionist Jason Bishop
Monday, April 5 7 PM
Monday Night Film Series:
Herb & Dorothy
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Estero Festival To Be Family Event
of the Arts
ment, art exhibits
arts and crafts sales,
raffle prizes, food
and drink booths,
and children's face
The event runs
from noon to 6
March 27, at the
regional artists, pho-
carvers and crafts nning pe
people will be show Winning poster
casing their works.
In addition, Lee County Commissioner Ray Judah will be presenting awards to art
students for their winning poster art submissions for this year's and next year's event.
The awards will be presented to students from Estero's elementary, middle and high
The musical entertainment begins at noon with the Estero High School Drummers,
followed by the Estero High School Jazz Band. Night Train, featuring 30s through
60s music, will perform throughout the afternoon, along with The Brooks Brothers.
The Gulf Coast Symphony will give a full concert, highlighting Estero High School stu-
dents, starting at 5 p.m.
Demonstrations will be given by students and representatives of Florida Gulf Coast
University, Estero Art League, Alliance for the Arts, Wood Carvers and Estero schools.
The Bookmobile, Classroom on Wheels (COW) and "bounce houses" will be avail-
able for education and recreation. A special parking area will be available for motor-
cycles for a "show and tell" social gathering.
The Estero Council of Community Leaders (ECCL) is presenting this special event,
partnering with Estero Art League, Estero Historical Society; Friends of South County
Regional Library, Gulf Coast Symphony; Estero Community Improvement Foundation;
Estero Community Planning Panel; and The Brooks Concerned Citizens.
For more information contact Marilyn Edwards, chair, External Affairs Committee,
firstname.lastname@example.org or 949-3379.0
A Very Odd Couple Gets An IRS Visit
return as a married couple. Jon says for four years he's been cheating the govern-
ment out of money they shouldn't have anyway. He had not planned on an investi-
gation by IRS agent Mr. Spinner, played by Paul Bernier.
Against his better wishes, Leslie agrees to dress up like a woman in the hopes of
avoiding a costly audit. There's no fooling the audience with his transformation, but by
plying Mr. Spinner with enough drinks, the hoax works, at least for awhile. Bernier
is a riot as the intoxicated investigator. He plays a good drunk, if there is such a thing.
He is also wears the hat of director. Playing the landlord, is Dick Westlake, and he too
is a hoot each time he comes on stage completely inebriated. In one scene he raids
the fridge and stuffs a six-pack of beer in his undershirt and a few in his pockets. Amy
Marie McCleary plays Kate, Jon's girlfriend, or is she Leslie's? It's a toss-up.
Donna Schulte plays Jon's mother, and she too takes to the sauce as she tries to
piece together whether or not her son is married, and to whom. Rounding out the
cast is Rachael Endrizzi as Connie, Leslie's on-again off-again girlfriend, and Rich
Sebastian as a justice of the peace. The cast does a superb job creating characters that
are a stitch to watch.
All the action takes place in a bachelor apartment in Manhattan in 1979, during
one spring day. The play is written by William Van Zandt and Jane Milmore. There
are some very funny one-liners and comical situations that keep the audience howling
The show plays through May 2 at The Off Broadway Palm Theatre. For tickets
call 278-4422 or log onto www.BroadwayPalm.com go to the box office at 1380
Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers.4
Intriguing Play On Stage
At Edison State College
Eli Johnson, Andy Francis, and Caren Zarpelon star in the Edison State Theatre production
What makes us happy can't be bad. Can it?
That's the question Edison State College Theatre's play Good poses to
theater-goers in a sophisticated mix of humor, music and drama. Centered
around bookish professor John Halder during the rise of the Nazi Party in pre-World
War II Germany, Good examines how a series of small, expedient decisions can lead
to things terrible and totally unimaginable. Halder's journey from simple man to villain
is a poignant, witty, and sometimes surreal expedition into ethical marshes that begs
the question: what is good? And how can good men do evil things?
The show runs March 25 through 28 at Edison State College, in LI 19 B in the
Humanities Hall. Curtain is at 8 p.m., tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for
students. For tickets, call the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Center at 481-4849
or go to email@example.com. Due to adult language, those under 17 years of
age will not be admitted.
For more information about Edison State College Theatre contact Stuart Brown at
Edison State College, 433-8007.0
The IRS man pays a visit
by Di Saggau
Love, Sex and the IRS, now showing at the Off Broadway Palm is a hysteri-
cal farcical production involving two young men who try to deceive the IRS.
Leslie (Sean Riley) and Jon (Brendan Cataldo) are roommates. Jon does their
taxes and unknown to Leslie, in order to save them money, he has filed their tax
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Twins Invest $3.1 Million In
16-Year-Old Rookie Shortstop
From The Dominican Republic
by Ed Frank
Y you're 16 years old, you're in a strange country where
| ryou don't speak the language and you're homesick
for your family. However, you are blessed with rarified
baseball skills and talent that rewarded you with a record $3.1
million signing bonus the most ever paid by the Minnesota
Twins to a non-drafted rookie.
9 \ This is the complex and challenging life of Miquel Angel
Sano, a strapping six-foot-four, 195-pound youngster who is
considered the No. 1 prospect in the baseball-rich Dominican
A slick-fielding shortstop with offensive power, Sano has been
scouted by the Twins since he was 14. They forged a close relationship with his family
while conducting an exhausting examination of his background to verify his age.
We talked to Miquel through his inter-
preter, Christian Martinez, who also is his
I'm blessed and thankful to be here.
I've made a ton of new friends. Minnesota
is a wonderful organization and they will
help me develop my skills," he said.
Asked what a 16-year-old does with
$3.1 million dollars, he replied quickly that
he doesn't handle the money and that he
is happy to be able to help his large family
with nine brothers.
To understand the vast complexities n1
involved in the signing of Sano, one must
also understand that birth, school and fam-
ily records in the Dominican Republic are
not what they are in the United States.
A year ago, baseball was thrown into
turmoil when it was discovered that the
Washington Nationals had paid a bonus IIJ
of more than $1 million to a rookie in the u B- ;J J --_
Dominican Republic who used a fictitious
name while claiming he was 19 when it
was later found he was actually 23.
At 23, a player should be at or near f
Major League level, not starting out at JJ J
the rookie level. That episode cost the
Washington general manager his job along 18 HOleS A Q
with several others.
As a result, Major League baseball tight-
ened its investigative standards even further
to present such fraud in the future.
In the case of Sano, he underwent
DNA testing and even bone grafting to Muit Preent Ths AO In Pro I
ascertain that he was in fact the son of the
woman who claimed to be his mother (he
is the youngest of his mother's children
and the third youngest on his father's side.)
When the Twins signed Sano for $3.1
million last September, he faced further
problems securing a visa, an issue ultimate-
ly resolved in time for him to travel to the
United States for the beginning of Spring
Training earlier this month.
Jim Rantz, the senior director of the
Minor Leagues for the Twins, said that
they will not rush him quickly through the e w 2
ranks. He will remain here for extended
Spring Training and then could be sent n D
back to the Dominican Republic for further TEN PLAY C ARD SIX
work in their academy. Later this year, the
teenager might be assigned to the rookie S475
level Gulf Coast Twins that play here. m$475 mm ,
For Sano and dozens of other minor
leaguers from foreign countries, training .
is not confined to the baseball field and
the weight room. Every night, they must
attend English classes.
Martinez, a graduate of Warner
University with a degree in sports manage-
ment, conducts those classes for
Spanish speaking players. Sano has
started in his basic English class.
Will the $3.1 million investment
in a16-year-old pay dividends to the
Twins? Only the future will answer
this question. But based on the
Twins scouting and development
success of the past, the odds favor
Everblades End Regular
Season Schedule Against South
Carolina with Split
The Florida Everblades ended
their regular season schedule against
first-place South Carolina last week-
end splitting two games before huge
crowds at Germain Arena.
The Everblades dropped the
series opener 5-3 Friday night, but
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Miguel Angel Sano (left) with interpreter and
teacher Christian Martinez
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bounced back with a 5-3 victory the next night. The two games drew a total of
13,936 fans. Florida is 7-5-1 against the Stingrays for the season.
With just six games remaining in the regular season, four on the road and the final
two at home, it is unlikely that the Everblades can overtake South Carolina which held
a nine-point advantage as the week began.
But the local hockey team does have the opportunity to gain a higher seed in the
post-season playoffs by moving ahead of second-place Charlotte in the ECHL South
Four of the Everblades remaining six games are against Charlotte, two this week on
the road and the final two games here at Germain next weekend.
Charlotte had a four-point lead on Florida entering the week.
The three division winners in the ECHL American Conference qualify for post-sea-
son play along with the next five teams with the highest point totals. Florida's season
record of 35-22-4 (79 points) placed them third among the five.
Following the midweek games at Charlotte, the Everblades travel to Gwinnett for
two weekend games.
Baseball Spring Training Home Schedules
Boston Red Sox
Thursday, March 25
Friday, March 26
Sunday, March 28
City of Palms Park
Saturday, March 27 Philadelphia
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The City of Fort Myers Aquatic Center has begun swim testing for its Spring
Swimming Lessons. Testing began on Monday, March 15.
Registration for swimming lessons must be conducted by Saturday, April 3 at
10 a.m. at the aquatic center at 1750 Matthew Drive to receive lessons this spring.
Lessons are for children four years of age and older as well as adults. The cost is
$35 for eight Saturday sessions. Lessons will run April 10 through May 29.0
Twins" Mauer Becomes Highest
Paid Catcher In Baseball History
by Ed Frank
W ith the same pen he used when he first
W signed with the Minnesota Twins nine
L e ears ago as a teenager, Joe Mauer
inked a 184 million eight year contract before
a packed press conference Monday night mak-
ing him the highest paid catcher in the history
"I love putting on a Minnesota Twins uni-
form. This is where I want to be," Mauer said,
emphasizing he made it clear to his agent and
the Twins organization that he wanted to remain
playing baseball just seven miles from where he
The eight-year, no-trade deal is not only base-
ball's biggest contract for a catcher, but is the
third highest contract ever signed in baseball.
Only 26 years old, Mauer is the reigning Twins player #7 2009 AL MVP, Joe
American League batting champion, American Mauer waves to the crowd at a Twins
League MVP, a gold glove winner, three-time home game
All-Star and named Player of the Year by
Baseball America. He has won the AL batting championship three of the last four
years, only one of 10 players in Major League history to win three or more batting
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound catcher was selected by the Twins as the first pick in the
2001 baseball draft upon his graduation from Cretin-Derham Hall High School in
Twins General Manager Bill Smith told the press gathering that it took less than 60
days to hammer out Mauer's contract once it became clear that his All-Star wanted to
remain with the organization.
Asked whether he considered testing the free-agent market, Mauer said "I was curi-
ous but I wanted to stay here."
Mauer makes his off-season home here in Fort Myers and played his early profes-
sional career with the Twins Class A Fort Myers Miracle where he hit .335 in 62
games in 2003. His older brother Jake will manage the Miracle this year.
The contract will take Mauer through the 2018 season. "The chance to spend 15
seasons with my home town team means a lot to me," he said.
Smith said that the Twins organization has always been family and when a player
says he wants to stay, the Twins will work toward that end.
"Twenty-five of our 40-man Major League roster came up through our farm system
and have played only with the Twins," he said.
The opening of the Twins new stadium, Target Field, next month has produced
vast new revenues. The Twins' payroll this season approaches $100 million and will
far exceed that figure next year when Mauer's $23-million-a-year contract kicks in.
Both Smith and Mauer told the Monday night press conference that they wanted to
reach agreement before the beginning of the season so as not to create a team distrac-
There is little doubt that Mauer's contract sets a "gold standard" for Major League
catchers and obviously will become a bargaining chip for other All-Star catchers in the
While signing Mauer was an historic day for the Twins and for baseball, there was a
negative situation for another Twin by the name of Joe Joe Nathan.
All-Star closer Nathan, is lost for the season due to arm injury.,
Karaoke Kraze In The Cape
Join the Tony Rotino Senior Center at the Cape Coral Yacht Club on Friday,
April 2, 7 to 10 p.m. for a night of Karaoke Kraze. Come sing, dance or just
laugh and have a good time. DJ Tommy Tunes will provide the music with
over a thousand song choices. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. All ages
are welcome. Admission is $7 per person. All major credit cards are accepted. Call
The Tony Rotino Center is at 5817 Driftwood Parkway.0
Mert Leeman of Fort Myers
received the 2010 Little League
Baseball and Softball Meritorious
Service Award for the Southeast Region.
Leeman has served Region 25 years
in Little League, 12 years as a district
He received the award at the District
Volunteer Recognition Luncheon,
part of the 25th Annual International
Congress in Lexington, Kentucky March
13 for voluntary service that supports
and perpetuates the ideals of Little
League and for commitment to the
healthy development of children.
"Each of the honorees has gone above
and beyond the call to help make this
organization the envy of all youth sports
organizations," Stephen D. Kenner,
Chief executive officer and president of
Little League International, said. "Their
extensive work on behalf of the children
and adult volunteers in their district is
exemplary. We are very thankful to have
people like those we honored in the Little
League Baseball and Softball family."
Every three years at Congress, the
Meritorious Service Award is given to a
deserving district administrator.
There are approximately 650 district
administrators in the nine Little League
Baseball and Softball regions around the
world. They are volunteers who are elect-
ed by those in their districts to counsel,
direct, and provide leadership in the poli-
cies and rules of the Little League pro-
gram and to serve as the liaison between
the local leagues and the regional direc-
Little League Baseball and Softball is
the world's largest organized youth sports
program, with nearly 2.6 million players
and 1 million adult volunteers in every
U.S. state and scores of other countries.2
Our E-Mail address is
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At The Legion
submitted by Bob Buntrock
f you are a cribbage player here's
your chance to be crowned Sanibel-
Captiva's Cribbage Champion of
Four cribbage mini-tournaments will
be run on four consecutive Monday
nights March 29, April 5, April 12, and
April 19 at American Legion Post 123.
Sign up starts at 5:30 p.m. and matches
begin at 6. Entry fee for each night is $5.
Cash prizes will be awarded to the top
three weekly winners with 60 percent of
the pot going to first place, 30 percent
to second place, and 10 percent to third
place. The tournaments are open to the
public to play or kibbitz.
Each player will play five games of
cribbage in the mini-tournaments with
opponents selected by blind draw.
On Monday, April 26, at 6 p.m.,
all the money winners from the four
mini-tournaments will meet in a round-
robin tournament to determine Sanibel-
Captiva's Cribbage Champion of
Champions for 2010. Again the entry fee
will be $5 with the top three places paid
60 percent, 30 percent, and 10 percent.
You can contact American Legion
Post member and tournament organizer
Bob Buntrock at 274-7881 or bobbun-
firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or
to indicate your interest in competing. Or,
just show up at Legion Post 123 at 5:45
each of the Monday nights and pay your
entry fee to play.
If you are planning to enter one or
more of the mini-tournaments, it is
strongly suggested that you play a few
practice games with your friends or rela-
tives prior to March 29 because Donn
Daus, Pete Mindel, and Scott Marcelais
have already stated loudly and publicly
that they are by far the best cribbage
players on the islands and that no one
else stands a chance of being named
Sanibel-Captiva's Cribbage Champion of
Enter the competition for good fun
and to show these three gentlemen that
they are blowing smoke. The American
Legion Post 123 is at mile marker 3 on
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Put Your Tax
Refund To Work
4 "^ by Jennifer Basey
It's tax refund
This year, if
you're going to
get a check from
your Uncle Sam,
why not put it to
work to help you
meet your financial
Last year, the
average tax refund was more than
$2,700, according to the IRS. The size
of your refund, or whether you will get
one at all, depends on your individual cir-
cumstances. But if you are going to get a
refund, plan ahead for what you'll do with
it. Here are a few possibilities:
Pay down some debts. In these diffi-
cult economic times, you may be carrying
a higher debt load than usual. The lower
your debt payments, the better your cash
flow and the more money you'll have to
invest for the future.
Build an emergency fund. If you
don't already have an emergency fund
containing six to 12 months' worth of
living expenses, you could use your tax
refund to start one. Without such a fund,
you may find yourself constantly dip-
ping into your long-term investments to
pay for unexpected costs, such as a new
furnace or an expensive car repair. Keep
your emergency fund in a liquid account
- one that you don't draw on for your
Help fund your IRA. In 2010, you
can put up to $5,000 into your IRA.
Consequently, if you received a $2,700
refund, you'd have more than half of
what you need to fully fund your IRA
for the year. (If you're 50 or older, how-
ever, you can contribute up to $6,000
per year.) You might not think that your
$2,700 would make much of a difference
in the long run. But by investing your
refund and giving it many years of growth
potential, you could end up with a sizable
Consider the following: If you put
$2,700 in your IRA and you earned,
on average, seven percent a year for 30
years, you'd end up with about $20,000,
even if you never invested another dime.
If you put $2,700 every year in that same
IRA, again earning an average seven
percent annual return, you'd end up with
more than $270,000 after 30 years.
(These examples are hypothetical illustra-
tions and do not represent any currently
You'd eventually have to pay taxes
on your earnings, typically when you
make withdrawals at retirement. And if
you qualified for a Roth IRA, you'd never
have to pay taxes on your earnings, as
long as you had your account for at least
five years and didn't start taking with-
drawals until you were at least 591/2.
Contribute to a Section 529 plan.
If you have children or grandchildren,
you may want to establish Section 529
plans to help them pay for college. You
can contribute virtually any amount and
the earnings grow tax-free, provided
the money is used for higher education
expenses. (Withdrawals used for expenses
other than qualified education expenses
may be subject to federal, state and pen-
alty taxes. Contributions are tax-deduct-
ible in certain states for residents who
participate in their own state's plan. Note
that a 529 college savings plan could
impact a beneficiary's ability to qualify for
You may be tempted to spend your
tax refund on things you want today but
with a little planning you can use it for
things you need tomorrow.
Jennifer Basey is a financial advisor
in Fort Myers. She can be reached at
Foundation Names New Director
T he Immokalee Foundation, dedicated to
empowering Immokalee's children through
programs focused on education, vocation and
life skills, has appointed Liz Allbritten as executive
director. Allbritten most recently held the position of
director of programs at TIF.
In her new position, Allbritten will be responsible .
for furthering its mission, programs and activities, and
expanding relationships throughout the region.
The Immokalee Foundation helps hundreds of
students each year by providing a range of programs
that focus on college scholarships, mentorship, after-
school activities, the development of vocational skills
and incentives for educational growth. The organiza-
tion manages core programs including Take Stock
in Children, Direct Scholarships, Vocational Success,
Immokalee Readers, College Success, The First Tee of Liz Allbritten
Naples/Collier and Community Grants.
Allbritten's career spans 23 years in higher education as well as education programs
and nonprofits. She was vice president of Take Stock in Children with the Education
Foundation of Collier County, and has held positions at Broward Community College
including director of student life and development. She was also a corporate facilitator
working with diverse organizations such as Reebok International, Pfizer Corporation,
Burger King and Florida International University.
In 2006, Allbritten was named Volunteer of the Year by The Greater Naples
Chamber of Commerce. She has worked with PACE Center for Girls and the United
Arts Council Stars in the Arts celebration.4
Junior Achievement Hall Of Fame
unior Achievement of Southwest Florida Business Hall of Fame dinner and
awards ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. on May 5 at the Hyatt Regency
Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Estero. At the event, Junior Achievement of
Southwest Florida will induct Jim Nathan of Lee Memorial Health System and Tom
Uhler of Uhler and Vertich Financial Planners LLC. into the Lee County Business
Hall of Fame. The honor recognizes prominent business leaders for their professional
accomplishments and commitment to the community.
BB&T Insurance Services/Oswald Trippe & Company will be the title sponsor for
the event. In addition, Edison National Bank, Hope Hospice and Lee Memorial Health
System in conjunction with Lee Memorial Health System Foundation will be gold
Proceeds benefit Junior Achievement youth programs. To reserve tables or individ-
ual tickets or to become a sponsor, call the Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida
office at 225-2590.4
FGCU Receives Contractors Gift
lorida Gulf Coast University's Physical Plant recently received a third annual
gift from B & I Contractors, Inc. in support of the Physical Plant Endowed
Scholarship Fund. The scholarship fund financially assists qualified students
enrolled in environmental studies, civil engineering or environmental engineering.
B & I Contractors, Inc. President Gary Griffin and Vice President Jason Grabowski
contributed $5,000 toward the endowment demonstrating a commitment to FGCU
students and Physical Plant for a total of $15,000 to the endowment. The company
has provided mechanical and plumbing services on campus for the last decade.
Scholarship recipient and civil engineering major Krysten Terns is grateful to receive
the award. "I am very appreciative to have received the Physical Plant Scholarship as I
have always had a hard time finding financial assistance. This scholarship has allowed
me to help my parents and to purchase new books so I can keep them for reference
in my professional career."
With the gift, the Physical Plant Endowed Scholarship Fund has received more
than $50,000 in contributions since 2007. While serving as an ambassador for the
annual employee annual giving campaign, assistant director of Finance and Business
Operations in Physical Plant Vikki McConnell realized that collective donations from
the department could result in an endowment. Creation of the endowed scholarship
fund allows employees in Physical Plant to support both students and its departmental
The Physical Plant department at FGCU provides campus operations and main-
tenance. The department staff is actively involved with students, employing over 100
student workers since 1997, including 49 work study and 13 international students.:
Batch 1 Student
approximately 14,300 students
participated in the Lee County
School District's Student
Assignment lottery, which was conduct-
ed the evening of Thursday, March 18.
Following a second year of lower than
expected student growth, nearly 84 per-
cent of students who applied between
January 19 and March 5 received their
first choice. More than 94 percent
received one of their top three choices.
Last school year, approximately 79
percent of applicants received their first
choice and 95 percent received one of
their top three choices after the first batch
was conducted. There were approximate-
ly 900 fewer applicants processed this
year as compared to 2009.
"I'm pleased that we could place that
many in their first choice schools," said
Leila Muvdi, director of student assign-
ment. "Over the next several months,
we will process the eligibility pools as
vacancies occur, which will move many
students into their first choice schools.
We often find that many are well satisfied
with their second or third choice, how-
Ninety-two percent of the students
Batch 1 applied for kindergarten, grade
six and grade nine, where most vacancies
occur each year. The remaining eight per-
cent of applicants were in grades where
participation is voluntary and space is lim-
ited. Last year 11 percent of applicants
were in the voluntary grade levels.
"We will begin mailing notices to fami-
lies March 26," said Muvdi. "We want
everyone to read the information sent to
them very carefully."
Any student who did not receive their
first choice is automatically placed in the
eligibility pool for their first choice school.
There is no need for parents to call
requesting placement in an eligibility pool
- it's automatic.
The second open-enrollment period
for fall classes began March 8 and con-
tinues through Tuesday, June 15 (the
last day of the 2009/10 school year.)
Once school ends, the district will make
administrative assignments for students in
grades six and nine who have not made
their own school selections for next year.
Parents who have questions about the
program can call the Student Assignment
Office at 337-8247.:
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American Heart Association Ball
To Honor Dr. Richard A. Chazal
D r. Richard A.
Chazal will be
the third recipient of '"
the American Heart .
guished Dr. Pascotto IIArI t nC L '
Award at the 2010
Southwest Florida Heart Ball to be held
April 24 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut
Point Resort & Spa.
The black-tie event will also feature a
gourmet dinner, dancing, silent auction and
big band entertainment by the Bill Allred
Orchestra and Party Band, The Malones.
This year's presenting sponsor is St. Jude
The Dr. Pascotto Golden Heart Award
is given to a physician that has made a life-
long contribution to improving heart health '
within the Southwest Florida community.
Dr. Chazal, a cardiologist and graduate of
the University of Florida and the University
of South Florida where he earned his
medical degree in 1977 is a senior part- Dr. Richard A. Chazal
ner in The Heart Group of Fort Myers.
He currently serves as chair of the Budget, Finance and Investment Committee and
treasurer of the American College of Cardiology, where he previously served as ACC
Chapter President, Governor for Florida (2002-05), secretary of the College and chair
of the board of governors, among other volunteer roles. Dr. Chazal also serves on the
Balance Scorecard Work Group.
Heart Ball tickets and sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more infor-
mation, contact Regional Director for Southwest Florida Jessica Hughes at 495-4912
Celebrating Joy Of Recovery From
Substance Abuse At SWFAS Lunch
Community leaders, board members and supporters will celebrate the joy
of recovery from substance abuse and the 30th anniversary of Southwest
Florida Addiction Services (SWFAS) Thursday, April 1, at the Broadway Palm
Dinner Theatre from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The recession-friendly brown bag luncheon is free, due to the generosity of several
sponsors, and seats are still available. Anyone who would like to attend may reserve
a seat by calling 931-9688 or responding online to email@example.com. Requests will be
honored on a first come-first serve basis.
The lunch, served in a brown paper bag, is made possible due to major spon-
sorships from Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, Chico's, First Community Bank of
Southwest Florida, Goldberg Racila, D'Alessandro & Noone, LLC, Leading Edge
Financial Group, Inc., and Owen-Ames-Kimball Company.
"We are very grateful for the support we've had over the years that has made it
possible for us to help others. This will be a celebration of new beginnings and lives
saved because SWFAS is here," said SWFAS CEO Kevin B. Lewis.
You're Got A Friend is the theme of the luncheon, which also will include special
recognition for a few individuals with long-standing service to the non-profit organiza-
The program also will include highlights from SWFAS' first 30 years, a tribute to
donors, and speakers who have gotten their lives back on track because of SWFAS.
SWFAS serves 6,000 people per year from ages nine to 90 and offers outpatient
and residential programs for both adults and youngsters from five locations in Lee
County and two in Hendry and Glades counties. In addition, SWFAS provides detoxi-
fication services for adults, prevention programming for youth and adults, and an
Employee Assistance Program for about 60 Southwest Florida businesses.
Fees are charged on a sliding scale, based on family income. In many cases, private
insurance is accepted. SWFAS is a United Way agency.
For more information about the luncheon, call 931-9688.
Online LIVE FGCU Health Classes
Florida Gulf Coast University's Continuing Education and Off Campus Programs
presents a variety of classes for healthcare professionals to learn about pallia-
tive care and end-of-life care, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesdays, April 6 to May
25, and October 5 to November 23 at The Atrium, 8695 College Parkway, Suite
1181, in Fort Myers.
Classes may be taken individually or as series at a reduced price and offer contact
hours through State of Florida's CE Broker for most healthcare professions.
Participants of Online LIV" series will complete one hour online modules and par-
ticipate in discussions with colleagues afterwards, facilitated by Kate Nolte, RN.
In the classes, participants will learn about palliative care, and how end-of-life-care
extends across physical, mental and spiritual care. Attendees will also learn to iden-
tify current trends in palliative medicine; discuss how to better communicate with the
dying; describe pain and symptom management techniques; discuss ethical insights
related to DNR and AND (allowing natural death); identify the spiritual aspects of end-
of-life care; discuss insights into death of a child; and learn successful strategies for dif-
Nolte was clinical mentor and staff registered nurse at Hope Hospice, providing
oversight and education for an interdisciplinary team of RNs, social workers, chaplains,
physicians, certified nursing assistants, and arts therapists. As nursing clinical manager,
she was responsible for supervision of staff, management of acute care situations, and
crisis intervention. Nolte assists the Lee County Library System in providing computer
Cost for Sessions I or II is $150 for eight classes, or $20 per class.
For more information or to register call 425-3277 or log onto http://registerce.
fgcu.edu. For further information, contact Christina Gallagher at 425-3277.5
ay Oaks' annual Health Fair will
be held on March 27 from 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. in the gym. There
will be professionals from many different
The event is free to anyone interested
in attending. Vendors that are in any
health-related fields are welcome. For
more information call 765-4222.5
Degree At Edison
addiction services, crisis interven-
tion and treatment planning
requires the delicate, yet deter-
mined care of highly trained profession-
als. Southwest Florida needs more of
these specialized care providers.
To meet this growing demand, Edison
State College will begin offering an
Associate's in Science degree in Human
Services this fall.
"The program is for students who
would like to pursue a career helping
people with personal and socialization
problems," said Kathie Morris, director
of Counseling Services and Ombudsman.
"The degree will prepare students for
entry-level positions in social services or
for transfer to four-year colleges or uni-
versities to pursue a bachelor master's
degree in human service, psychology,
social work, sociology and other related
social science majors."
Edison State met with a variety of
human service providers in the com-
munity to discuss the types of careers
and skill sets for which they have a need.
Southwest Florida Addiction Services, Lee
Memorial Mental Health, Vista, the David
Lawrence Center, The Salvation Army
and Hope Hospice were represented at
the meeting. Together the group deter-
mined that there is an educational need
in Southwest Florida to better prepare
students for careers in the fields of mental
health and substance abuse.
Students can select from a variety
of classes including: Intro to Human
Services, Basic Counseling Skills,
Intra and Inter Personal Processes,
Crisis Intervention, Pharmacology in
Drug Abuse, Chemical Dependence
and Addictions, Case Management,
Residential Treatment Theory, and
Evaluation of Treatment Environment.
New graduates have the potential to earn
$19,999 to $32,000 a year.
For more information about the
Human Services Program, contact, the
Allied Health Department at 489-9255.v
he Parkinson Association of
Southwest Florida will host The
Annual Parkinson Update, present-
ed by Dr. John Campbell, medical direc-
tor of Parkinson Association of Southwest
Florida, at The Moorings Presbyterian
Church, 791 Harbour Drive, Naples.
Two hours of continuing education
for mental health professionals, nurses,
nursing home administrators and public
guardians will also be provided for free.
Registration is at 10:30 a.m. and the
presentation is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Registration is free. RSVP required; call
Our E-Mail address is
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There's Still Time
To Enter Wiener Dog Derby
Entrants are still being accepted for the inaugural running of the Florida Wiener
Dog Derby to be held at The Shell Factory in North Fort Myers on Sunday,
Florida Wiener Dog Derby Inc. is a State of Florida registered non-profit organiza-
tion. Proceeds from the derby will be donated to the Pets are Working Saints Ministry
(PAWS) and the Lee County Animal Refuge Center (ARC) for the care and support
of animals in need. Race sponsors include Doug Dailey Investigations and Wyndham
Over 100 entrants have already been registered. Dachshunds of all sizes, shapes,
and ages will be in attendance to compete in four separate race divisions in order to
determine the fastest Wiener dog. Race divisions will consist of Puppy dogs from four
to 18 months; Adult for dogs 18 months to seven years; and Old School for dogs age
seven and up. A Masters division will also include all wiener dogs of qualifying race age
that wish to compete and claim the title Florida Wiener Dog Derby Masters Champion.
Pets Of The Week
i, my name is
Pepper and I'm
male red-nose American
Staffordshire terrier. I
was found in December
by an animal control
officer who was kind
enough to bring me to
the shelter where I have
received great care. I
really like the people
here but every night I
dream of my own home.
My friends on both
sides of me have come
and gone into their
forever homes and so I
get lonely at night. I'm
a good boy, very loyal
and extremely capable.
I think that I'm learning
quickly and I'd like to
show you how well I
can behave. I can sit, Pepper ID# 460781
stay, come and lie down.
Maybe you could teach me to roll over, or to give you my paw. If you have room
for a strong, healthy boy in your home, just ask for Pepper. I'm sure to spice things
up. I'll watch for you. By the way, my adoption fee is $55 during March's Find Your
Lucky Charm adoption promotion.
Hey meow, I'm Garth. I'm a three-year-old big friendly boy and I'd love to be part
of your family. In fact, my dream life is to be the best friend to someone like you. I
also double as a confidant or a counselor depending on the situation. Whenever you
Winners in each division will receive a plaque recognizing their accomplishment,
plus free entry into the Masters division race for the 2011 Florida Wiener Dog Derby.
The overall or Masters Champion will receive a cash prize, plaque, free entry into the
Masters division race for the 2011 Florida Wiener Dog Derby and the presentation of
the coveted Wien Jacket.
Racing is open to all Dachshunds four months and older as long as they are cur-
rent with shots and records indicate they are of a Dachshund breed. A copy of current
shot records will be required prior to entry or the dog will not be eligible. All must be
leashed when not racing.
Entry fee is $10 per entrant per race. Dogs may race in two divisions their age
division plus the Masters division. Owners who have four or more dogs within their
immediate family will receive one free entry for every three entered.
Registration begins at noon and races start at 1:30 p.m. All dog breeds are wel-
come to attend with owners but must be leashed at all times. No coolers will be
allowed; food and drinks are available at The Shell Factory. Bleacher seating will be
available but attendees can also bring blankets and lawn chairs.
For more information, log onto www.floridawienerdogderby.com or to register call
839-7760 or e-mail Floridawienerdogderby@yahoo.com.0
Protect Against Mosquitos
With the arrival of spring and warmer weather, Florida Agriculture and
Consumer Services Commissioner Charles H. Bronson reminds horse own-
ers to get their animals vaccinated for mosquito borne diseases.
The two principal equine diseases associated with mosquitoes are Eastern Equine
Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV), and the majority of cases of each can
be prevented with proper vaccinations, according to animal health officials.
"The key is to make sure that a horse has been vaccinated against these mosquito-
borne diseases and to check with your veterinarian to determine whether an animal's
booster shots are up to date," Bronson said.
So far this year, Florida has no equine cases of EEE or WNV, but that can change
quickly as mosquito populations increase significantly with the warmer weather and
can explode in areas with heavy rains and standing water.
Humans, too, need to minimize their contact with mosquitoes as mosquitoes
remain the largest carrier of diseases that afflict people.
Toward that end, Bronson is recommending that Floridians:
Remove standing water from their property by emptying out stagnant water from
kiddie pools, old tires, birdbaths and any other receptacle that holds water.
Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outside around dusk and dawn,
when mosquitoes are most active.
Use a good mosquito repellent.O
need someone to talk to,
I'll be there. I'm a really
good listener. When I'm
feeling sad I just think
about getting a new
home or being petted and
brushed and suddenly I'm
purring up the place. I
could be happy with, and
I promise not to disppoint
you. So why don't you
come and get me and take
me home. I just want to -
My adoption fee is $30
during March's Find Your *
Lucky Charm adoption
Through the end of
the month adopters will
receive $20 off the regular
adoption fee for all pets
plus a complimentary .
green T-shirt. The reduced Garth ID# 466069
adoption fee will still
include the complete package of services.
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 vaccina-
tion and county license if three months or older, flea treatment, worming, heartworm
test for dogs six months and over, feline AIDS and leukemia test for cats, training
DVD, 10-day health guarantee, and a bag of Science Diet pet food. The adoption
package is valued at $500.0
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LINKS ARE NOW AVAILABLE TO ANY BUSINESS OR ORGANIZATION IN OUR AREA:
CALL 395-1213 ON ISLAND, OR 415-7732 ALONG THE RIVER.
LESS THAN $ 6 PER WEEK!
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FULL SERVICE SALON & MASTER BARBER
15560 McGregor Blvd (Bruno's Plaza)
CONTRACTING & CONSULTING
New Construction / Remodel / Consulting
P.O. Box 494, Sanibel, FL 33957
Email: blbissl firstname.lastname@example.org
Lee County Resident Since 1970
TREE & LAWN CARE
*Jesus Hernandez *
LAWN CARE &
Licensed & Insured Free Estimates
Landscaping Tree Service Stump Grinding
Landscape Design Ponds Waterfall Installations
Landscape Refurbishing Pepper Clearing
12 years serving San-Cap & Ft. Myers
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HOME: (239) 433-0668 CELL: (239) 247-1237
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For the top nutritional,
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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.
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United States Postal Service $110,961;
BB&T- Oswald Trippe and Company $105,246;
Lee County Government Employees $85,105;
The News-Press $74,253.
Dotty St. Amand, executive director of the Alvin A.
Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center said, "United Way
funding makes it possible for our center to reach thou-
sands of caregivers who are struggling with myriad chal-
lenges on a long, progressive journey. These funds allow
our center's social workers to be available to help care-
givers develop effective coping strategies to overcome
these challenges. No caregiver is put on a waiting list for
our services thanks to United Way funding."
Major Art Penhale, The Salvation Army Corps Officer
said, "We are continually amazed by the generosity of
our community and so grateful to The United Way for
their dedication to our local agencies. We simply would
not be able to serve our neighbors in need in Lee and
Hendry Counties without the support of The United
"Making this campaign goal shows how much people
in our community care about one another. Despite the
economic situation, people gave because they realized
how many people were in need. That is why our com-
munity is such a special place," said Cliff Smith, presi-
dent of United Way of Lee, Hendry, and Glades.
Since the inception of United Way in 1957, over $96
million dollars have been raised and distributed in our
community. All money raised in the United Way cam-
paign stays in the local community to help support the
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LICENSED & INSURED
Census Workers Needed
The City of Sanibel has been notified that the US
Census Bureau has added additional test sites for
local residents wishing to assist in completing the
Tests will be administered on Saturday, March 27 at
10:30 a.m. at Sanibel Recreation Center, 3880 Sanibel-
Census takers usually work in their own neighbor-
hoods or communities and work varied hours, including
evenings and weekends, not exceeding 40 hours per
week. Pay is $12 to $15 per hour depending on posi-
If you are interested in being certain everything and
everyone Sanibel is fully counted for the 2010 U.S.
Census, call 941-347-3220, to make a reservation for
lorida Gulf Coast University Bower School of
Music will present a two-piano concert at 7
p.m., Thursday, April 1, in the Steinway Gallery,
28751 S. Tamiami Trail in Bonita Springs. Playing will
be Associate Professor Of Music And Head Of Piano
Studies Michael Baron and students in the Bower School
Baron and his students will perform works by Saint-
Saens, Prokofiev, Borodin, Poulenc, Gershwin, Grieg,
Mozart and Chabrier.
The event iss free and open to the public. For more
information, call Baron at 239-590-7209.#
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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-senste training is involved in all of our patient-care. We do
ask our volunteers to make a serce 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 Captiva
now hiring PT sales. 10-15 hrs per week.
Seasonal ok. Energetic and interested
in learning how to sell swimwear?
Call Peggy 239-395-5383 or apply online
SR 3/5 B TFN
PART TIME TREASURER WANTED. Volunteer PT
Treasurer wanted for light bookkeeping in S Fort
Myers. Portrait and Figure Org. Flexible hours. New
members welcome. 239-481-2081
RS 3/26 V 4/2
Sanibel-Captiva Care and Companion Service,
LLC Medical appointments, general transportation,
shopping, light meal preparations, and light
cleaning. Our services are customized to meet
our clients needs. Call 239-395-3591, or
for an emergency call 239-472-0556.
SR 10/3 BTFN
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 1/11V TFN
MURALIST/ARTIST FRANK RAO
Unique Faux/Old World Designs for home/
office. Free hand themed Murals Finshes-
woods/marbel/brick/stone for walls/
www.muralsbyfrank.com or 239-634-5410
RS 2/26 V 4/2
(Carpentry, maintenance toilets, faucets, ceiling fans, sliding doors, etc)
768-0569 or Cell 464-6460
While you are away by
retired architect, Sanibel resident.
SR 9/30 DTFN
On Island Free Estimates.
Over 15 Years Experience.
Offering Professional Upholstery Services,
Custom Art and Hand Painted Furniture.
Lacy@LacyMcClary.com or 918-740-4972
SR 10/23 V TFN
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 B TFN
HELLE'S CLEANING SERVICES
Residential Cleaning to Satisfaction
Sanibel & Captiva 239-565-0471
Sanibel Lic. #11412 Lee Co. Lic. #051047
SR 11/13 BTFN
Retired Police Captain
Lives on Sanibel
SR 3/5 B TFN
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
RS 3/12V 4/2
Trouble shooting your computer
Both Hardware and Software
Services in many languages
English, Scandinavian, German and even
in Polish. Repairing PC & MAC/Apple.
When was the last time you
backed up your data?
Contact Thomas Figura 239-297-9746
RS 3/26 V 3/26
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.
SR 4/28 N TFN
AUTO FOR SALE
2007 CADILLAC SRX
fully equipped, excellent condition,
new tires, garage kept.
$28,000 or best offer.
SR 3/26 V 4/2
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
SR 2/5 N TFN
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. $200.
SR 1/8 N TFN
- PLACE CLASSIFIED -
B & B CONDO PROS
Property Management & Care.
Home Watch Pool Service
SR 9/11 BTFN
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Interior Windows Carpet Cleaning
SR 11/13 N TFN
FOR ONLY $12 PER WEEK -YOUR CLASSIFIED CAN BE SEEN
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BOATS CANOES KAYAKS
Hourly, Daily, Weekly
Captiva Island 472-5800
SR 1/30 B TFN
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
SR 11/13V TFN
BOAT DOCK WANTED
BOAT DOCK & LIFT WANTED
Retired Sanibel residents looking to
rent dockage w/boat lift on east end
of Sanibel, seasonal or year round.
Close proximity to Lindgren Blvd. pre-
ferred. All locations considered.
SR 3/19A 3/26
LIVING ESTATE/MOVING SALE
1237 Seagrape Lane, Sanibel
Fri, April 2 from 9-3 & Sat, April 3 from 7-10
Antiques: furniture, ephemera, glass,
china, kitchen, tools, books, toys, linens;
craft, shells, artwork, sculptures & much more.
RS 3/26 V 4/2
ISLAND ESTATE SALES
Unique Silver, Jewelry, Art, Furniture,
Wicker, More. Islanders get
one cash item!
2431 Periwinkle Way, www.SanibelAuction.com
Saturday March 17
Opens 9 a.m. till ???
1809 Farm Trail, Island Woods, Sanibel
Everything must go, entire household
SR 3/26 M 3/26
LOST AND FOUND -
EAST END OF SANIBEL ISLAND,
Yachtsman Drive area.
Brown female tortie, and black female.
Both very friendly and vocal.
Call 472-4410 or 277-0058.
SR 3/26 V 4/2
TIME TO SAY
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13 50 PALMFLOWER LANE
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RS 11/27 N TFN
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.
Asking price $79,900.
For more information
SR 1/29 M TFN
CONDO FOR SALE
2-Bed, 2-Bath, newly renovated Gulf-front
condo w/garage and add'l cabana.
Call 239-472-3411 or 239-691-6047.
SR 3/26 V 4/2
VIP Executive Club
Multi-Million Dollar Producer
WELCOME To PARADISE...
2480 Library Way
Zoned for both commercial and
residential use. Rare opportunity on
Sanibel Island. Asking $1,150,000
3BR/3BA remodeled duplex in Dunes
with sweeping golf course views and
granite, marble, tile, pavers, 3rd floor
office, 1763 sq.ft. $524,000
^ Mobile: 910-3099
SR 8/6 N TFN
Pfeifer Realty Group
Sanibel Island, FL
SR 2/12 B TFN
Catch the Spirit
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Direct Gulf Aces
Bay vitma $2.685.000)
DIRECT GULF FRONT
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RS 3/26 B 3/26
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 CAPTIVE!! REDUCED TO $849,000.
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SR 2/12 B 3/26
Marlene's Open Houses
Saturday, March 27th
10 am 1pm
Coquina Beach 2E
625 Nerita, Sanibel Island
Sunday, March 28th
1 pm 4pm
15100 Harbour Isle Dr #602
Tuesday, March 30th
1 pm 4pm
461 Lighthouse Way
RS 3/26 B 3/26
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
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It's our job to know the
property you are about
to buy or sell better
SR 12/11 BTFN
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RS 3/26 B 3/26
REAL ESTATE FOR SALE
OPEN HOUSE DATES
820 E. Gulf Drive, Sanibel Island
2br/2.5 Ba Townhome
11 am- 3 pm
Thursday, March 25
Sunday, March 29
RS 3/19 M 3/26
THERIVER MARCH26,2010 37
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Wake up every morning to
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Bank of the Islands
1599 Periwinkle, Sanibel
Robyn & Robb
M oran, Realtors
SR 1/29 BTFN
CONDO FOR SALE
Two bed/two bath unfurnished ground
floor condo, close to Sanibel and
Fort Myers Beach, $95,000.
SR 10/9 NTFN
HOME FOR SALE
Live inexpensively on Sanibel.
Charming, unique unit in Periwinkle Park.
SR 3/12 N TFN
TURN KEY OFFICE SPACE
Central location -1630 Periwinkle Way Furnished
office including a Reception area and kitchen facil-
ity Recently designer decorated. Suite B-1072.6
sq.ft. @$15 per sq.ft. Plus CAM.
Call 239-985-0033 or 940-7823.
SR 11/21 BTFN
Architecturally designed real estate office
on Periwinkle with 7-12 private offices
depending on configuration. Freshly
painted, new floor covering, reasonably
priced. Call 239-940-7823 for showing
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 BTFN
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 :"':'1i.`:.4,:,-,:.
SR 8/7 B 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
RETAIL OR OFFICE SPACE
East End of Sanibel
Call 239-472-0121 or 239-410-2553
SR 12/11 PTFN
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
PRIME PERIWINKLE FRONTAGE! 1,000 sq ft
perfect for retail, office, other. Hardwood floors -
beautiful! Ample parking, no cam fees!
RS 7/31 A TFN
2 BR 2 BA 1st floor corner unit on canal. Free boat
dock. Fishing, lanai, pool, steps to beach. Interior
& furnishings new Jan 2006. Weekly/monthly/sea-
sonal. Call owner 419-566-8670.
SR 4/13V TFN
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 MTFN
COTTAGE W/DOCK ON
WEST-END SUNSET BAY!
Cute 2BR/2BA on Coconut Dr., direct
gulf access. Enclosed garage, laundry room,
furnished. Email for pics & terms.
$1,750 p/m for 12 mo lease,
varies for shorter periods. Avail now!
or call 800-526-7339 & leave message.
RS 3/12 M 4/2
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 B TFN
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
SR 1/26 M TFN
Rent absolutely gorgeous 3BR/3BA remod-
eled duplex in Dunes with sweeping golf
course views and granite, marble, tile, pav-
ers, 3rd floor office, 1763 sq.ft. $4,000 for
March, $3,000 for April. Call Jean Johnson
at 703-548-0545. Time frame negotiable.
SR 3/7 V TFN
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RS 2/19 A 4/30
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S 10/9 B TFN
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SR 2/12 BTFN
DIRECT BAYFRONT COTTAGES
Popular west end where Sanibel/Captiva
meet. 1 BR-3+BR, single story, furnished,
full kitchens, 3 docks, direct access, heated
pools, pet friendly, beach across street.
Best spot on island. 239-848-0906
RS 3/12 M TFN
TOWNHOUSE ON CAPE COD BAY
The beach, clubhouse & GOLF.
White Cliffs Plymouth, MA
month of July & Sept.
Please call for info.
RS 3/26 M 4/16
RECENTLY AVAI LABLE
Lovely 3BD/2BA ground level pool home
on Dunes golf course now available
April, May or June. Pet friendly.
Discounted rate. Call now, 1-877-307-7467
or email email@example.com.
SR 2/12V 3/26
East End. 1/2 Duplex.
Walk to beach near Causeway.
2-1 completely remodeled.
Deck, new kitchen, bath and tile.
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 M TFN
For a complete list visit our Website
Call Dustyn, RE/MAX of the Islands
RS 10/9 BTFN
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 2/5 V 4/16
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
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
SANIBEL EAST END HOME
Heated pool, Gulf access
Grd. level 2BR/2BA
SR 3/12 ATFN
SANIBEL BLIND PASS
Two bedroom, 2.5 bath townhouse
on Sanibel, newly refurbished kitchen,
inlcudes pool and amenities. Utilities extra.
No pets. $1,300/mo. Call 908-852-7215.
SR 3/19 V 3/26
3BR/2BA with LR/DR/Family Room,
screened lanai w/magnificent pool area.
New kitchen/ baths w/granite, Marble
FP-Many extras. 2-car garage.
Deposits required/Pets considered.
$1,650 per month includes yard/pool care.
RS 3/26 M 3/26
FOR RENT Two-bedroom cottage on Sanibel.
Furnished. Ground-level. On quiet street near
Gulf beach. Available April-December. Livingroom,
dinette, full kitchen, 2 bedrooms, bath, screened/
glassed-in lanai. Carport. w/d. $850 per month, all
utilities furnished except elec. HS int. available. Call
owner (239) 395-0036 or (859) 749-7574.
Also available one-bedroom furnished apt. All
utilities furnished. $750 per month. Call owner as
SR 3/19 P 3/26
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Foundation for Quality Childcare.................425-2685
Ft. Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce...........454-7500
Fort Myers Beach Library..............................463-9691
Lakes Regional Library.....................................533-4000
Lee County Chamber of Commerce.............931-0931
Post O ffice........................................... 1-800-275-8777
Visitor & Convention Bureau........................338-3500
Alliance for the Arts................... .................939-2787
Arts For ACT Gallery & Studio.....................337-5050
Art League Of Fort Myers.............................275-3970
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall..........481-4849
B IG A RTS .................................. ................ 395-0900
Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre.................... 278-4422
Cultural Park Theatre....................................772-5862
Florida Repertory Theatre at the Arcade...........332-4488
Florida W est Arts......................................... 948-4427
Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers..........472-0168
Gulf Coast Sym phony..................................489-1800
Harmony Chorus, Charles Sutter, Pres..............481-8059
The Schoolhouse Theater.............................472-6862
S.W. Florida Symphony..............................418-0996
Theatre Conspiracy................... .................936-3239
Young Artists Awards.................................574-9321
CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS
Angel Flight..................................1-877-4AN-ANG EL
Animal Refuge Center..................................731-3535
American Business Women Association............463-1221
Audubon of SW FL......................................339-8046
Audubon Society....................... .................472-3156
Caloosahatchee Folk Society.......................677-9509
duPont Company Retirees ........................... 454-1083
Edison Porcelain Artists................................ 415-2484
The Horticulture and Tea Society..................472-8334
Lee County Genealogical Society................549-9625
NA RF E(N nal Active & Retired Federal Employes)......... .................. 482-6713
Navy Seabees Veterans of America............731-1901
Paradise Iowa Club of SWFL........................667-1354
Southwest Florida Fencing Academy............939-1338
Southwest Florida Music Association...........561-2118
Fort Myers Beach.....................765-4254 or 454-8090
Fort M years Edison........................ ..................694-1056
Fort Myers South....................... ................ 691-1405
Gateway to the Islands..............................415-3100
lona-M cG regor.......................... ................. 482-0869
Fort Myers Beach...................... .................463-9738
Fort Myers High Noon.................................466-4228
Estero/South Fort Myers..............................898-1921
Notre Dame Club of Lee County................ 768-0417
POLO Club of Lee County............................477-4906
Rotary Club of Fort Myers............................332-8158
Sanibel-Captiva Orchid Society....................472-6940
United Way of Lee County...............................433-2000
United Way 211 Helpline (24 hour).......211 or 433-3900
Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum....................395-2233
Burrough's Hom e ..........................................337-9505
Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium............275-3435
Edison & Ford Winter Estates......................334-3614
Fort Myers Skate Park...............................321-7558
Imaginarium Hands-On Museum & Aquarium........321-7420
JN "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge.........472-1100
Koreshan State Historic Site................239-992-0311
Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center.......... 765-8101
S katium .................................. ....................... 32 1-75 10
Southwest Florida Museum of History... ......321-7430
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Gala director Kimberly Becker The newest auction items include a
explained this year's unique approach private tour of the Joe Gibbs Racing
to the gala. "Galas tend to be high- Team headquarters in North Carolina
priced, strictly black-tie events. But this hosted by Don Meredith, executive vice
year we've designed a gala fit for this president of Joe Gibbs Racing. The gala
economy. We looked for ways to involve will feature an array of cars, motor sport
everyone. This year's gala will be just fundraising activities, a taste of the track,
what the community needs, an upscale, and music by Clint Wiley's band, None
relaxing, outdoor event to celebrate our Other.
strengths and look forward to the future," For tickets and more information, visit
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